Liverpool Echo - Monday October 02 1916
"F.E.H." writes of the Everton match: Everton received a nasty and irritating setback Saturday at, Hyae-road, where Manchester City defeated them by four goals to one. it was quite one of the fastiest and most exciting contests that first month of the season has yielded, and interest was maintained until a few minutes of the finish. The heavy margin against the Evertonians was by no means indicative of the general run the play. Up the interval there was very little to choose between the sides, and on crossing over the visitors, for a few bright moments, looked like swamping their opponents. This was, however, only a flash in the pan. The City forwards suddeniy developed a method of attack that proved simply irresistible, and they ran out the easiest of victors. Frankly, Everton were a badly-balanced, and therefore ineffective, side. The times, of course, are trying and anxious ones for team-builders, and experiments are almost inevitable. It is to hoped that October may make compensation for the month that has gone.
Everton, after resisting dangerous opening manoeuvre on the part of the City, were the first to open the scoring, Clennell netting the ball from penalty kick after he had been grassed by Brennam. This reverse pulled the Mancunians together, and Barnes speedily equalised, thanks mainly to Meredith, while shortly before the interval the intervel he added a second from a centre by Cartvvright. The first stages of the second period were, as already intimated, all in favour of Everton, but they faded away when Hoare scored after "Barnes had headed against the crossbar. From this point onward there was only one team in it, and Barnes eventually administered the coup do grace with a fourth. Everton's main weakness was at forward and half-back. Morris scarcely shone in the centre position, and the right wing pair always 'well held, though Lloyd once or twice got away cleverly. Clennell was the most prominent of the quintet, and lost opportunity shooting when it came his way. Hunter, the St. Helens soldier, was obviously out of first-class practice, and after beginning well tailed off very tamelv, with the result that Barnes and Cartwright 'frequently had clear field. Fleetwood also weakened towards the finish, while Dunn, the Luton player, was not always reliable. Fern might, perhaps, have stopped two of the shots that told, but he did a lot serviceable work. The City forwards were generally dangerous, and their halves always held the enemy well in hand. was pleasant to see the veteran Meredith as agile and fleet foot as ever, while his centres were characterized by the same wonderful accuracy of yore.
POSSIBILITY OF CHEDGZOY PLAYING.
Liverpool Echo - Tuesday 03 October 1916
It is good to learn that Private Sam Chedgzoy, of the Scots Guards, is at present on leave and is staying in Liverpool. There is just chance that will be able to help Everton on Saturday. The club can do with his help of a surety, even though the outside right berth has not been the weak spot far this season.
EVERTON’S IMPORTANT CHANGES
October 4, 1916, The Evening Express.
By the Judge
For the home match against Blackpool on Saturday the Everton defence will remain unchanged from last Saturday, Dunn again partnering Thompson at left full back. The half-back line will, it is not expected, include Wareing at centre this being his first appearance since he sustained an injured ankle at Bury in the opening match. After an absence of a fortnight Kirsopp returns to inside right, and Morris is afforded a further trial at centre forward, thus being his first appearance at Goodison Park. The selected side is as follow: - Fern; Thompson, Dunn; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Morris, Clennell, Harrison.
October 4, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s sports Notes
For the home match with Blackpool, Everton on Saturday make changes in the forward and half-back ranks. Kirsopp is recalled, and the return of health of Waring makes the old-style intermediate line possible. Morris, the Stoke man will make his debut at Goodison Park. Team;- Fern; Thompson, and Dunn; Fleetwood, Waring, and Grenyer; Llody, Kirsopp, Morris, Clennell, and Harrison.
October 6, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge
It is devoutly to be hoped that the changes, which have been effected in the Everton team for tomorrow will have the result of bringing two much needed points to the Goodison Park Club, whose play has frankly been below par so far this season. Wareing will take part, and it is hoped that the combination of Lloyd and Kirsopp will be worthy of the selection, whilst another trial is accorded to the Stoke player, Morris, at Centre forward. Blackpool’s selection is not yet definite, but the following may be the ultimate composition of the sides; Everton; Fern; Thompson, Dunn; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Morris, Clennell, Harrison. Blackpool; Kidd; Bainbridge, Jones; Connor, Carlisle, Booth; Charles, Appleton, Chorley, Johnstone, Croker.
EVERTON PLAYED SMITH AGAINST BLACKPOOL
October 7, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Mitchell’s Great Goalkeeping
Teams:- Referee; Mr. R. McLachan controlled the following teams: Everton:- Mitchell, goal; Smith (West Brom) and Thompson, backs; Fleetwood, Waring and Grenyer, half-backs; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Morris (Stoke City), Chennell and Harrison, forwards. Blackpool:- Kidd, goal; Bainbridge, and Jones, backs; Connor, Carlisle, and Booth, half-backs; Charles, Johnstone, Appleton, Chorley, and Croker, forwards. Everton’s captain was unwell, and Mitchell came in. Much interest was shown in the appearances in the visiting side of two former Liverpool members –Carlisle, and Lance Johnstone. The latter it will be remembered sustained a broken leg when playing for Everton. There were 12,000 onlookers present at the start. Everton lost the toss, but opened effectively, Lloyd and Kirsopp both dovetailed nicely, and the former’s well judged centre was met by Clennell, who could not got past the vigilant Kidd. However, Blackpool’s goalkeeper was well beaten by Clennell’s few moments afterwards and the Pool custodian, was decidedly lucky to find the sharpshooter’s shot screw right across the goalmouth, not one forward being up to tap it over the line. On the other hand Croker was twice prominent, once missing when close in through digging the turf, and on the next occasion with a determined solo and a strong shot. Strength of shot was the feature of a shot by Chorley, there was no accurate aim. Clennell seemed bent on an early goal, and after another screwed effort, he tried a long side when Kidd in tying to save, slipped up, but retained possession. Harrison turned the ball in beautifully, although he was at a bad angle, and Lloyd, in trying to emulate big example, fell over J.Jones. The referee unfortunately, awarded a free kick, which Lloyd took, Kirsopp flicking the ball into the net with his head –a pretty goal, but a goal made through an sequence decisions –time, 13 minutes. Blackpool made a splendid endeavour to regain the ground lost, and the left flank was distinctly clever and cute, Croker being the most prominent member. It was the outside left who rammed in a magnificent shot which Mitchell caught in a manner that forced tremendous applause. Blackpool seemed too intent on watching their old player Clennell and once they were no check that they left Morris with a good change of scoring. However in 20 minutes Everton’s second free kick had brought a goal. Clennell was tripped when sailing through. Taking the free kick himself Clennell scored even though Jones had planted himself along side Kidd. The pertinacity with which Blackpool came again was very striking. Appleton made a most deceiving shot which Mitchell would not allow past him, and the goalkeeper also saved splendidly when Crocker put in a stinging low shot. Play was fast, good and clean, and the improvement at half back meant much to Everton. Morris, however, was not getting on too well, even through Kirsopp was playing a sparkling game. Although Thompson missed his kick, Blackpool did not take advantage of the chance, and next moment Johnstone fired wide, what time the obiquistion Mitchell was out of goal. Blackpool could do everything except goal, and when Chorley, by tricky football, opened the way for Appleton, the later decided to shoot, and Mitchell brought off a brilliant save. Still, Appleton should have taken the ball nearer goal before shooting. Forty minutes passed, and then Clennell scored his second notch in a curious manned, Lloyd and Morris centred from the goalline, Clennell, through falling, being forced to drag the ball over the line. This point was the concluding item of a most enjoyable “45.”
Half-time; Everton 3, Blackpool 0
Blackpool were the first away after the interval and Grenyer were cleverly kept but their right wing Smith heading away a free kick and a moment later Mitchell fisted out a lofty shot from Booth. Croker let drive from the penalty line, but he was yards too high. Charles dropped a long ball into the Everton goal, and Mitchell got ride of it by conceding a corner. Then Everton had their first turn at attacking and as Blackpool defences looked like cracking up when Lloyd sent across a nice centre but with timely assistance they got rid of the danger. Grenyner, however, adopted in with a long, accurate shot that Kidd just managed to push out by falling full length. Clennell was given a chance when Jones failed to dispossesses him, and from two yards range he shot hard, the ball hitting Kidd on the foot and going for a corner. This was a truly wonderful escape for Blackpool and Kidd was as much surprised at the save as Clennell was at his ill luck. Everton were plainly the superior in the second half, and even so, Mitchell was afforded an opportunity of bringing on himself another hearty round of applause. He had left his goal for a moment and as Chorley shot he raced by and edged it half away in marvellous fashion.
FINE GOALKEEPING AT GOODISON PARK
October 9, 1916, The Evening Express
By The Judge
Saturday furnished a tonic of supreme effect in the goalkeeping of Mitchell at Goodison Park. Fern has admittedly not been himself for some weeks, he was distinctly off form, and that he wanted a rest, as it was in the season, was pretty obvious. Right nobly did Mitchell till the breach, and he played one of the games of his life. As to one or two other outstanding features, first of all, the crowd was much less than usual and it was highly significant that there appeared to be as much khaki as mufti, in the picture. That the game fell off considerably in the second half does not matter, there were always episodes cripping up, and there was no more amusing incident than when Joe Clennell held his sides with laughter when he sent the ball flying over the bar at a moment when if he had tried not to beat Kidd, he could not have carried out his intention. And Kidd joined him in his mirth. But the energetic Joe had then already got a couple so it was all right. Harrison and Kirsopp were the only other forwards to do themselves justice. Lloyd requires a little more experience, and Morris is short of artistic “go.” The Everton halves did well, themselves with Fleetwood a mountain of strength, and Thompson found the association of Smith, who of course, played for Dunn, quite to his liking. In short Everton fully deserved their victory in a clearly contested if not brilliant game, and Blackpool had to be commended for the grit with which they stuck to their guns to the last second of play.
EVERTON GET A MOVE ON
October 9, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sports Notes
However, Everton have got a move on, and mayhap the players will continue in their wining path. They played much better than formerly and the strength imparted by the introduction of Fleetwood, Waring and Grenyner was patent. Morris did not shine in his new surroundings, and Llody seemed unable to trap the ball, yet did many things early on that make it certain he should be preserved with. On the left Clennell got a couple of “inners” and as Kirsopp nodded Lloyd’s “gift” (the free kick) to goal Everton led at half-time by three goals. I was glad Croker scored, for his first half exhibition was such that he deserved a point on his own. He and Charles were sprightly wingers who controlled the ball yet kept up a speedy inrushing move on the banks of whom the unlucky Bob Thompson was again damaged.
Johnstone Stands the Test
In addition to the forwards, however, Blackpool’s dogged half backs deserved praise, Connor was dour, Carlisle, ever a nice player to watch, kept his controlling boot over Morris, and had an eye for Clennell at times. Booth, too, shaped well, a remark that applies to our Everton friend, Lance Johnstone, who shows no sign of dropping the game, although he has suffered a broke leg. The Blackpool defence was tough, and Jones in particular, always guarded a pal. That Kidd, an experienced goalkeeper, should turn his back on a Clennell shot must mean he didn’t fancy being wounded –he know Clennell in his Blackpool days, and the power of his shot is known to all goalkeepers. The wingers by the way, seemed to have the best of the deals on Saturday, for Harrison, like the “Fouls” wingmen crossed the ball very judiciously many times and made some angular centres that should have been netted. It was quite a good football we saw, had everyone had enjoyed the keenness of the players and also their standard of football.
October 10, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Thanks For Nothing Mr. Wall.
Everton and Liverpool Appeal
On Saturday I was able to inform readers that Mr. F.J. Wall, secretary of the Football Association had replied to Everton, and Liverpool’s appeal for consideration of their plea for payment. Now another exclusive. I am able to give the letter of the secretary. It is important because it appeals that Mr. Wall has on his own account decided not to put the appeal before the council! The players claim that if they are not to be paid for their services –say, £1 a match or £1 a week –that this must be considered a charity season, and that all profits must go to charity. They point out that they alone are making a sacrifice –trainers, secretaries, referees, and linesman receiving payments for their part in the carrying-on of the game. Mr. Wall’s quaint letter runs thus –
42, Russell-square, London
Payment to Players.
I am in receipt of your letter of the 19th inst. I may remind you that at the conference held so recently as May last with representatives of the Football League and Southern Football League it was considered that until there was some material change in the position of war the regulations and restrictions then in force be continued. Your letter is the only suggestions I have received that there be a departure, but I have been made acquainted with what appears to me to be a consensus of opinion that there is not that material change which would warrant reconsideration. In these circumstances I feel that I should not be justified in bringing your letter before the Council. F.J. Wall.
EVERTON AGAIN AT HOME
October 13, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge
Everton again have the advantage of appearing before their own supporters tomorrow, when they will receive a visit from Rochdale. The victory of last Saturday came quite as a tonic for the Goodison Park brigade, who appeared to revel in their work, and to have taken on quite a new lease of life. Mitchell in goal was at the top of his form, and if he is only as skilful –it would be emphatically unfair to say as fortune –tomorrow as he was on Saturday last, well, another victory for the Blues should be assured for the forwards on Saturday’s form are quite capable of procuring goals, and we certainly expect Joe Clennell to be there when the goal scoring stiff comes along. On the wise principle that there is nothing like leaving well alone, the same side has been chosen to represent Everton and the following is the selection up to the time of writing, Rochdale still having to make their final choice:- Everton:- Mitchell; Smith, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Morris, Clennell, Harrison. Rochdale; Causer; (from) Crosan, Caldwell, Weyss; T. Page, Tully, Rigg, Tierney; Rawling, Halligan, Thomas, Smith, Walker.
EVERTON V ROCHDALE
October 13, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sports Notes
We know Blackpool; we but partly know Rochdale. Hence our opposition tomorrow, is certain to cause much interest. Locally we have Everton at home for the second week in succession, and it would appear that one or more products of Mersey football will be seen in the Goodison Park visitors, for, if I mistake not, Thomas is a Tranmere man and Tom Page of course, is a former Everton full back. The name Halligan, I take to be the representative of a former Wolverhampton side. At any rate, the Rochdale side has put up some good performance, and consequently, with Everton having resumed winning ways a big crowd is expected at Walton, the kick off, despite the oncoming winter, being timed once again for 3.30. Everton make no changes from last week’s side, and that should be good enough to record a useful and perhaps a big-margin win over their rivals. Teams; Everton:- Mitchell; Smith, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Morris, Clennell, Harrison. Rochdale; Causer; (from) Crosan, Caldwell, Weyss; T. Page, Tully, Rigg, Tierney; Rawling, Halligan, Thomas, Smith, Walker.
ON EVERTON-ROCHDALE MEETING
October 14, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Everton, at home for the second week in succession, hoped for a rather good time against Rochdale, in spite of the latter’s earnestness and their inclusion of some players of note. Everton made no changes from last week’s side, and Rochdale were well represented. Teams:- Everton; Mitchell, goal; Smith (West Brom) and Thompson, backs; Fleetwood, Waring and Grenyer, half-backs; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Morris (Stoke City), Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Rochdale:- Causer, goal; Barton and Crossan, backs; J. Page, Rigg and Tierney, half-backs; Rawlings, Thomas (Tranmere), Halligan, Smith and Roecoe, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.W. Heath (Burslem). There were not more than 10,000 spectators present when Everton kicked off. There was no point in the early stages save that the Rochdale defence kept a vigilant eye on Clennell and Harrison. However, the incidents started when Thompson made a bad mis-kick and let in Halligan. The old Wolf-Wanderers was slow to take his chance, with the result that Thompson, through his great speed redeemed his error and saved a goal. Morris showed enterprise in his dashes, and Lloyd made some wise centres, whereas Rigg wasted a change of an attack by shooting at an outrageous range. Following this, Smith screwed d wide. Everton, though playing against the wind, now got to work in hearty fashion, and nicely placed corners by Lloyd started. A lot of trouble for the Rochdale defence. From the first corner Fleetwood shot and the ball was stopped. In the second case Kirsopp flicked the corner kick towards goal, and Causer brought off a smart save. In the next phases of play Everton and Cause were most prominent. The goalkeeper, in fact, received round after round of applause, and he well deserved it. After Kirsopp, had shown A1 form, Clennell a master man in his knowledge of when and how to hit the ball, made a magnificent low shot which Causer, throwing himself full length contrived to turn away. Wareing and Llody gave Causer admirable shots, and only a moment elapsed ere Lloyd catching Crossan napping, centred a shade too strong to be well-placed, Morris, otherwise Everton must have been a goal up. Morris does not trap a ball well –an art that comes with experience and assiducna practice. Bitterness was introduced at this point. J. Page was wrath with Clennell and renewed his display of wrath when he collared Clennell across the field and fouled him. Llyod’s sprints and centres were of more interest than any boxing exhibition. A free kick let in Clennell, who hit the crossbar.
Two Goals In Two Minutes.
After Clennell’s bad luck, Lloyd’s excellence led to two goals in two minutes. Wareing scored at the half-hour from Lloyd’s corner kick, and following an injury to Morris, who, recovering set about his work merrily, Lloyd hooked the ball over to Clennell, whose timing of the leather was perfect, Causer being well beaten. Everton went boldly for further goals, and Kirsopp, taking a swift turn inwards made a peach of a shot, which Causer did well to catch. Just before the interval Fleetwood and Crossan were damaged and Morris made a thrilling solo and shot, the nonchalant Causer again refusing to give a goal. Rochdale forwards were held tight by Everton’s capable half-back line. It is worthy of note that Mitchell had not a single shot throughout the half. Everton started the second half smartly, Harrison and Llody centring well. But there was an absence of decision by the inner forwards, the outcome being the waste of centre. Rochdale put some spirit into the opening attack, but Mitchell had still to concern himself with a shot. An attack from the right wing led to Causer pushing the ball out for a corner but before he had completed the idea he received an accidental kick on the right wrist. The game was delayed a while. When the game was resumed Kirsopp lobbed over and Lloyd was inclined to do too much shooting; and Morris made a long and swerving shot which was inches out of range. When Thomas broke away –one of Rochdale’s spasmodic efforts –he seemed to have a clear field, till Thompson by a brilliant stroke, beat him for speed and baulked him.
Half-time; Everton 2, Rochdale 0
Wareing scored for Everton after thirty minutes
Clennell scored for Everton after thirty-two minutes.
Harrison scored after 66 minutes.
EVERTON’S OVERWHELMING FORM.
October 16, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge.
If Everton maintain the form shown at their two recent games they need have no fears for the remainder of the season’s operations and they added to their points on Saturday after a game in which Rochdale, their opponents, had hardly a look in. The home display was of a masterful character in all his passes. Clennell, Kirsopp, and Harrison were in electrifying form, and Rochdale had a gruelling task to hold them. They were indeed a warm trio. What a half back Fleetwood is! Never tiring and always in the think of the fray, his work was valuable enough for two men, and he had the visitors left wing at his mercy. Wareing (who also scored the opening of the game) and Grenyer were quite were quite able to substantially support the efforts of their colleague, and the visitors front rank was indeed well held. Then to complete the mastery, there was the resolute, overpowering work of Thompson work of Thompson, who, but for one mistake very early in the game, reduced the attack to impotence, dealing with either wing in turn, though it is no way implies that Smith was either top of below the calls made upon him. The Rochdale custodian, albeit he was thrice beaten by altogether impreventable shots reinserted with distinct triumph.
October 16, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Although Everton played a better all-round game on Saturday than at any other point this season the fact remains that the appearance of Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer at half-back has made a vast difference to the team. Each of these three performs the double duty of a half-back. Having beaten a man they do not waste the ball with a fancy lunge. They provide a pass, and (in the case of Fleetwood, especially) give a forward a pass; can take-note the fact, a pass he can take. So many half-backs give passes that only angels could hope to reach. Fleetwood by the way, was a connecting link with a rather curious affair. He disputed a throw in, and when the Rochdale man flung the ball in he handled it. The referee, instead of giving a free kick for hands, simply ordered the throw to be retaken –which isn’t according to the rules of the game.
The Goals and Their Making.
The three goals were interesting in their make and shape. First Lloyd forced corner after corner, and as you know, corners are taken to persistently in the same old way that it should be simple to prevent their leading to tangible result. However, on Saturday, against Rochdale, Lloyd was particularly clever in the first half, and his corner kicks were taken with successful effects. He it was who pushed the ball over to Wareing to score a popular goal. Later he lobbed the ball over to the left wing, where Clennell, taking his time, yet taking the ball first-time, fired in an unstoppable shot from a position and standing that would have prevented ninety-nine out of a hundred forwards during to attempts. The day of the half volley shot is not now –more’s the pity. Finally Harrison got a goal-a slamming shot which cannoned off the far post, and left causer with nothing better than to pick the ball out of the net. Still Causer was not to blame at all. He played a top-hole game, and all his batches were clean and sure. He even coped with a low shot from Clennell –and we know that takes a deal of accomplished. Further, his arm must have been troubling him because he was rather badly kicked.
Out of Work.
Rochdale disappointed throughout the piece Mitchell never had a shot to stop throughout the game. This is a very rare occurrence, and his only concerns was to pick up the pass back that was applied at times by Thompson or Smith. Against the wind Rochdale were very poor “judges” Their backs developed inaccuracy of punt and their half backs became a trifle upset by the intricate footwork of the home forwards and the bustling hearty game played by Morris who has come on a bit since last week. Kirsopp, too played a judicious game, and much of his feinting was worth studying. True, Roscoe made some good runs, and J. Page, against a hot wing, fared well for a long time, but taken as a whole the visitors side was very mediocre.
BEATEN AT EVERTON ROCHDALE EASILY OUTPLAYED
Rochdale Observer -Wednesday 18 October 1916
Everton 3 Rochdale 0
About 11,000 spectators witnessed the game between the Rochdale and Everton elevens at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon. The visitors were hardly a match for the strong opposition, and: they were defeated three goalsto nil. Teams ; Rochdale; Causer,- Barton and Crossan; Page, Bigg and Tierney; Rawlings. Thomas, Halligan, Smith, and Roecoe. Everton: Mitchell; Smith and Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirrop, Morris, Clennel, and Harrison. Referee, Mr W. J. Heath, Burslem. Rochdale had the advantage of the breeze in the first half, and the opening stages were rather interesting. Roscoe worked down the wing in fine style, but his centre went wide. Following some clever combination between Tierney and Roscoe the latter sent across a hard, drive, which Thompson failed to clear. Thomas, however, could not utilise the chance. The Rochdale left-wing was showing capital form, and on one occasion Wareing had difficulty in checking Roscoe. Eventually Everton were awarded a corner kick, and from which Wareing scored despite Causer's clever attempt to save his goal. Play had now somewhat deteriorated, the visitors being no match for the opposition. Causer, however, made many saves. Just before the interval Clennell succeeded in placing the ball into the net out of Causer’s reach, the score at half-time being two-nil in favour of Everton. The side started the second half smartly. Harrison and Lloyd centred well, but the opportunities were allowed to go abegging. Rochdale put some spirit into their opening attack, but the home backs were ab'e keen them in check. An attack from the right wing led to Causer pushing the out for corner, but before had completed the clearance he received an accidental kick in the wrist, the game being stopped for abort time. On the resumption Kirsopp lobbed over, while Lloyd was inclined to too much shooting instead of giving his colleagues a chance. Morris made and swerving shot which was inches out of range. Eventually Thomas broke away and seemed to have a clear field until Thompson beat him for speed and baulked him. Later Harrison raced In and registered the third point for his side the ball cannoning off the far post into the net. Rochdale were thus beaten by three goals to nil.
Note Stalker has got permission to play for Falkirk F.C as guest, by Everton.
A former Local.
Liverpool Echo -Thursday 19 October 1916
Sergeant Llew. Lloyd, a forward who played for Blackpool last season, and has assisted Everton, writes me from 1/8 Irish. K.L.R., 4, Kompagme, 9 Sektion, Kriegs-Gefangenenlager, Nurnberg:
Just these lines to you hoping you are well. My wound is much better. I have had letters from people who saw my name in your paper, asking for information regarding missing relatives. I have answered them so you see your paper does a lot of good. Well. " Bee," we are short off a football. Hope you can get one for us. We are well treated here, but have mostly a desire for English food. Hope you will be able drop me a line and let me know how football is getting on.
EVERTON AT BOLTON
October 20, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge
Everton have the Trotters (to use the old familiar designation) of Bolton to face tomorrow at Bolton, and the directors have very wisely decided to adhere to the same eleven that has represented them so successfully in their recent proceeding games. The improvements of Morris and Llody a week ago was very marked, even though the opposition of the Rochdale contingent is not so serious yet it is clear both players were coming on well, especially Lloyd, whilst Morris, is at any rate enterprising to say the least of it. Bolton are a particularly young combination, the youngest, it is asserted, in either section of the League, yet their display at Manchester against the City clearly showed that they know how to play football and are an enthusiastic body. All this should make for a good game, in which the experience of the Everton players, should serve the Blues in goal stead. The field –fields are doubtful quantities nowsday up to the last moment –may be planned out as follows:- Bolton; Hodgkiss; Hulme, Nuttall; Bomb Gimlett, Heslop, Buchan; Pickup, Sharp, Wray, Bomb Smith, Bomb Visard. Everton:- Mitchell; Smith, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Morris, Clennell, Harrison.
EVERTON V BOLTON
October 20, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
In meeting Bolton Wanderers away Everton have a tough piece to show off. The Wanderers are a trifle uncertain, but when on their game they carry the way emphatically. They have young earnest members and if the Everton half-back line remains intact and plays a game similar to last week’s game, i see Everton securing a victory. F.E.H. will give you a complete count of the game, “The Football Echo” is the only paper in the city regularly gives the main points of all the big matches, in the season, and also make a complete critique of the “away” match. Teams; Bolton; Hodgkiss; Hulme, Nuttall; Bomb Gimlett, Heslop, Buchan; Pickup, Sharp, Wray, Smith, Visard. Everton:- Mitchell; Smith, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Morris, Clennell, Harrison.
October 21, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Meet Young Wanderers at Bolton
Everton have been at home for a fortnight and have been among the goals and the points, and today they had to face a young and robust side in Bolton Wanderers at Burden Park. This was a test of the visitors strength, but as the team was unchanged from last week by the selectors, and the strong half back line was included, there was a reasonable chance that Everton’s visit would not be fruitless. The Evertonians were accomplished to Bolton, by John MaConnachie, who is home on leave from the Military duties. The famous footballer looked very fit and well in his uniform of the Flying Corps. The weather in the “town of trotters” was beautifully clear and bright, with just the necessary nip in the air, and the playing patch at Burnden Park never looked better than the afternoon. Both clubs relied upon the same player that did services last week, and there was a capital crowd present when they lined out in the following order:- Everton; Mitchell, goal; Smith (West Brom) and Thompson, backs; Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Morris, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Bolton Wanderers:- Hodgkiss, goal; Hulme and Nuttall, backs; Gimblett, Heslop and Buchan, backs; Pickup, Sharp, Wray, Smith and Vizard, forwards. Referee; Mr. R. Eccles, of Darwen. The start was a few minutes late owing to the eleven being photographed, but when once going the game became immediately interesting. Everton started against a slight cross breeze and they were the first to make progress, the left wing pair running close in before being held up by Hulme. The Wanderers at once retaliated on the right, but Sharp was over-anxious, with the result that the ball was put harmlessly over the line. A spell of midfield work was succeeded by a dangerous move on the part of the home right, who had got well into the firing line. Thompson punted clear, Fleetwood then served up to his forwards admirably, and Kirsopp passed neatly to Llody, who unfortunately overran the leather. There were more clever exchanges in the vicinity of the centre flag, and the visitors were the first to break through, Harrison getting off his mark in fine fashion. It proved to be the foundation of a beautiful goal, for the Evertonians coming in between the defenders, gave the ball to Morris, who, taking it on the run, crashed it into the net before the Bolton keeper had a chance of seeing it. It was all done in the twinkling of an eye and showed that the Evertonians did not intend to let the grass grow under three feet. The Wanderers though temperately taken aback, were by no means dismayed at this sudden reverse. They ran down strongly on the left, and a corner being forced, was only cleared after a tremendous bully in front of Mitchell. The Wanderers, however, continued to attack with great vigour, and a free kick in their favour for a case of handling resulted in Smith equalising with a masterly shot from twenty yards’ range. This second goal naturally whetted the appetite of both contestants, and some exciting football was seen at both ends. Everton got away in combined order, and the Bolton backs were in difficulties, when Buchan nipped in and saved the situation. Vizard and Smith gave some trouble, but they were ultimately disposed of and the Evertonians once more moved along. Kirsopp getting possession, worked his way through with wonderful cleverness, and steadying himself, finished with a shot that completely beat Hodgkiss. This effective replay to the Bolton challenge was added keenness to the contest, and the Wanderers made desperate efforts to draw level again. Vizard and Smith were an almost continuous thorn in the side of Fleetwood who was twice beaten when his tracks were covered by Smith. A long dropping shot from Gimblett landed just wide of the mark, and subsequently Everton were again dangerous on the right. Lloyd finishing up with a great solo effort by hitting the side of the net. Following upon this there was a rather desultory patch, but play brightened when the three inside forwards closed in and gave the ball to Lloyd who sent in a lively shot which Hodgkiss cleared at the cost of a corner. This was judiciously taken by Wareing drove the return with tremendous force right into the arms of the home warden. Everton were now showing to great advantage and a breakaway on the part of Harrison looked very like succeeding, when Hulme chipped in and cleared his lines. This led to a sturdy advance by Wray, and the left wing pair, but the Everton defence was not again to be highly shaken and the invaders were beaten off. They returned a little later on the right, where the nippy Sharp had a glorious opening when he shot wildly and so spoiled a great chance. As the interval approached Everton put on a further spurt, and Lloyd looked very like finding the target when he was bowled over with more force than politeness by Nuttall. The Wanderers rushed away in turn at a promising pace, and a swift ground shot from Smith brought Mitchell to his knees. Just before half-time Fleetwood tried his luck with a long drive, but it came to nothing, and at the other end the Wanderers were busy but ineffective.
Half-time; Everton 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.
The first half had given us an excellent three-quarters of an hour of vigorous football. The style of play on both sides was not perhaps too classical, but it possessed the merit of being always interesting. Once they had netted into their stride the Evertonians were clearly the cleverer side though Bolton at times showed nippiness and much individual determination. Everton’s first goal as I have already fudicated was very smartly obtained, while Kirsopp’s point was most meritorious. The Wanderers deserved their shot that told, because at the moment the Everton defence was scarcely up to concert pitch. The half backs throughout showed a perfect command of the situation, and it was perhaps primarily due to them that Everton led at the turn.
The Second Half.
There were about 5,000 spectators present when operations were resumed. Everton were early prominent on the right and Kirsopp for a moment was like a marionette as he danced round Nuttall. The Bolton backs, however, eventually put the visitors to the right about, and we had a lightning like run on the part of Vizard, who just failed to finish effectively. It was not long before the Evertonians were again on the offensive and Llody might have put the finishing touch on a concerned movement if he had shown slightly more energy. For quite a long period the visitors monopolised the attack, and some considerable credit is due to Helsop and his wings for keeping the intruders at bay. Profiting by a free kick, Fleetwood drove the ball into the goalmouth, and Harrison tried to head it into the net, but without success. A few moments later Clennell missed an open goal at short range, and Harrison did not improve matters when he lobbed the leather over the crossbar. Mitchell was next called upon to deal with a particularly hot shot from Smith. A further breakaway by the home left was well checkmated by Wareing and succeeding stages of the contest ruled mainly in favour of the wearest of the Blues jerseys. A quarter of an hour from the finish Harrison run in on his own account and scored the third goal for Everton. Goal Scorers
Smith Equalised for Bolton
Kirsopp scored a second for Everton
Harrison scored a third goal for Everton.
October 23, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
In describing Everton’s victory over Bolton F.E.H writes:- Everton materially improved their away record at Burnden Park on Saturday, when they gave Bolton Wanderers a thoroughly sound thrashing. The Wanderers, with their infusion of new blood, were expected to give the Goodison Park brigade a stiff run for their money, and there certainly were times when they made the pace hot and strong. Once the Evertonians had got into their stride however, there was really only one competitor in the race, and the register of goals against the defeated team might easily have been greater. The contest without being over-scientific was full of goal footwork and there was no lack of incident throughout the whole ninety minutes. The outstanding League was the work of the Everton half-back who have rarely been seen to better advantage. There were moments when they had the Bolton forwards completely “bottled up,” and it was only at rare intervals that Vizard and company were allowed to put in any concerned effort. The visitors, on the other hand was always dangerous, aggressive, and if an apparently good goal from Clennell in the last stage of the struggle had not been ruled offside the Everton score would more correctly have indicated the run of the game. Perfect weather and the promise of a keen contest attracted one of the biggest gates to the famous enclosure so far this season. The visitors were some time in settling down, but once they found their feet they proceeded to business. Morris who displayed increasingly good form, opened the score with a well judged shot right out of the keeper’s reach and when the Wanderers retaliated with an equaliser from a free kick the pace became additionally mercy. Everton pressed strongly and Kirsopp working through on his own account, finished with a really fine goal. In the second period the Wanderers struggled gamely, but they were obviously outplayed, and their chances of even sharing the points fell below zero when Harrison put a third goal through. A mead of commendation is due to the Everton front line. Morris, as already mentioned took the eye and both wings were well in the picture. Kirsopp was particularly nippy, and Clennell was unlucky in not being allowed his goal. The fine work of the halves has been alluded to and it need only be added that the other lines of defence played their parts creditable.
EVERTON’S INTERESTING RIVALS
October 25, 1916. Evening Express.
By the Judge
Though Everton should have no difficulty in defeating the Port Vale club at Goodison Park on Saturday, it may prove that the visitors although they have yet to win a game will provide an interesting contest. The Vale –one time Burslem Port Vale –have a valuable sprinkling of Wolverhampton element in their ranks, and they have not been blest with the best of fortune so far. It was on their ground, it will be remembered, that the celebrated military “round up” took place earlier in the season, though it was a case of “much cry and little woo.” Everton will on Saturday rely on the same team which has represented them so successive in recent matches, which means they will again be at full strength with the side as follows:- Everton:- Mitchell; Smith, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Morris, Clennell, Harrison.
AN OLD SPORT
Liverpool Echo - Thursday 26 October 1916
Many Liverpool sports people will regret to hear that Mr. James Raw passed away yesterday afternoon. he was chiefly known by reason of his tug-of-war excellence. He was father-in-law of John Borthwick, the former Everton and Millwall half-back, who I am glad to annouce, has greatly recovered from his gash received in France.
EVERTON AT HOME
October 26, 1916. The Evening Express.
As previously intimated, Everton will make no changes in their victorious side for Port Vale’s visit; whilst it is exceedingly probable that the visitors will place the same eleven in the field as represented them against, Manchester City last Saturday.” The ex-Stoke, Manchester City half back Tommy Holford, is at the present moment a doubtful starter, but he will turn out if possible, in which case the sides will be:- Everton:- Mitchell; Smith, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Morris, Clennell, Harrison. Port Vale; Powell; Bentley, Collins; J. Shelton, Groves, Holford; Smith, G. Shelton, Hubbard, Needham, Walton. The Vale will probable travel Cameron Heath, and Lockett as reserve.
Everton were charity is concerned, and they have also made a contribution to the Cameron Fund, the amount in the case of Goodison Park club being 10 guineas. In addition Everton have started a fund for the purpose of providing soldiers and sailors in training at home, and also those at the front, with footballs and football outfits and to this they voted a similar amount.
Chedgzoy v. MaConnachie.
In seems strange to find Chedgzoy and MaConnachie in direct opposition, but this was the case yesterday at Stamford Bridge, where the Scot Guards, to which the outside right belongs, opposed the Flying Corps, for whom the ex-Everton back appears. The match was an aid of St Dunstan’s Hosel for the Blind. The R.F.C had a team that could have held its own against any organisation, and the match had the extraordinary result of 9-4 in favour of the R.F.C, who were all round the superior quality.
October 28, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Meeting Of Comedians In The Trenches
Soccer Favourities Wounded and Killed
Trench news, especially when it concerns our footballing soldiers is always very welcome. I have a letter from cheery “Tim” Coleman, the famed forward, who tells of an accidental meeting with “Sandy” Turnbull, the former Manchester United forward and one would like to have had a verbatim report of the remarks of those two comedians of the game. In his letter “Tim” points to the killing of certain footballers, and the wounding of others, and his request of the Croydon player will be attended to at once if someone in Liverpool can give me the name of the hoe pital that “houses” him. Letter:- “Dear Bee,” –Just a few lines to let you know I am still knocking around, and still chasing the fluff at that. I have just come back off leave, so you can tell how I feel, as I can assure you this is no place for anyone on pleasure bent! We have been out on rest for some time now, so I suppose they will dish us up something a bit hot shortly –it is a way they have in the Army. We managed to get a game playing the R.A.M.C and beating them by t5 to nil after a fairly good game, I was put in to a bottle of wine if I scored, which I did the ball striking me knee and rebounded into the net. “Sandy” Turnbull is looking very fit, and I asked him how he liked handling the gun. I won’t tell you what he said. We have one or our battalion in a hospital at Liverpool, and if you could fine time to given him a call he would be delighted, a she will no doubt be very lonely. Cyril Smith, who played with Croydon Common, got a bad touch of shell-shock during the big push. I have just heard he has gone from the hospital and I can’t trace him. Just had news that G. Scott is wounded prisoner, in Germany. You can understand how pleased we were to hear it, as we had all given him up. His clubmate Sergeant-Major McFadden has been rather badly wounded and poor Billy Baker (Plymouth) has I am sorry to say died of wounds. Give my kind regards to all my Liverpool friends and tell them if I get a “bighty” I hope they bring me to Liverpool –from year old pal Tim.
Saturday 28 October 1916. Reading Mercury
Reading's old goalkeeper, J.H. Caldwell, of the Gordon's has been wounded and is in hospital at Venice Street Auxiliary Hospital, Everton. He says; “I'm cushy here,”
EVERTON V BURSLEM
October 28, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton spectators gave Burslem Port Vale a good welcome today at Goodison Park. It is not often we have opportunity of seeing the Vale, though they have been here in connection with Cup-ties. Everton had an unchanged side for the third week in succession, and Burslem had a good representation. Mr. R. Eccles referred the following elevens:- Everton; Mitchell, goal; Smith (West Brom) and Thompson, backs; Fleetwood, Waring, and Grenyer, half-backs; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Morris (Stoke City), Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Burnsley Port Vale; Powell, goal; Collins and Cameron (Blackburn), backs; Heath, Groves, and J. Shelton, half-backs; Wooltan, Needham (Wolves), Bentley, G. Shelton and Smith, forwards. The early kick-off and the morning’s rain encounter for a comparatively small attendance at the start. Everton lost the toss, and early on there were a number of pretty exchanges, and two good and quickly delivered decisions by the referee. Morris had a quarter of a chance of scoring, and did not raise the opportunity of making an splendid start. Harrison made a fine solo and centre, and Needham replied with two excellent efforts, in which the old Wolverhampton Wanderers forced Mitchell to the ground to save. Needham’s second shot followed a fine sample of feinting and dribbling and the quality of Mitchell’s save can be gauged by the fact that a soldier wounded in the leg, climbed the rails and congratulated Mitchell. Cameron for many years Blackburn Rovers defender showed up well against Lloyd, as did also Shelton. Still up to the moment, there was no forward to compare with Needham who found Fleetwood plenty of work, and found Smith somewhat handicapped by a damaged knee. Burslem’s form was surprisingly good, and therefore it occasioned no sensation when G. Shelton who was limping.
Scored After 21 Minutes
Shelton broke away down the centre, and Mitchell came out of his goal and half parried the shot, Sheldon took up the running again and with a low shot hit the far upright, the ball turning from the post into goal. After Thompson had mis-kicked and recovered, Morris made Everton’s first dangerous attempt at gaoling. Harrison opened the way and Morris by a clever where made the shot possible. And it was a good shot, too! –a low, stringing ball, which Powell cleared. In another minute Morris would have scored from Harrison’s well-placed free kick if he had taken his chance first time. There was no firmicking about Burslem; they were determined, swift and practical.
Morris Equalised, the score after thirty-five minutes with a surprise goal. The ball was travelling about in front of the Burslem goal when Morris scooped it, place-shot, fashion to the left hand side of the goal. The ball travelled slowly but it travelled surely, and Powell was unable to get near it. There was a lot of ragged finishing on the Everton side, and Llody ended weakly more than once. When he is good he is very good; when bad, very bad. Play became rather ragged towards half-time, which was reached with the score:-
Half-time; Everton 1, Burslem Port Vale 1.
Tommy v. Jack
During the integral the crowd and the players concerned enjoyed a tussle between a badly wounded soldier and a light-footed tan. When the football was taken from them the sailor boy produced a three penny ball and continued his storming fun. Everton started briskly, but again showed a lack of finish. Lloyd failing to get the ball in play when nicely placed. Clennell and Harrison were marked with care, and when Fleetwood flashed forward he suddenly found himself smothered with visitors ready and willing to block his passage. There was no stopping Needham; he was the headpiece of the visitors, whereas Everton’s inside left had done a lot of grafting without being nearly as promising as is his wont. In fact, Clennell has rarely gone so long with but one shirt of merit. Perhaps Clennell heard this reproach, for at the moment he made a true, fast shot, Powell clearing in an able manner. Fouls against Needham and Fleetwood led to unnecessary splash being shown by Fleetwood. Kirsopp was twice close in and put too much on the ball. Then Lloyd followed with a rather too strong centre which brought a corner and was easily manipulated. Still there could be no denying the fact that the Burslem defence was cracking up. Everton’s half-backs and backs had the tight rein on the Port Vale forwards. Of the home lot Lloyd could do nothing right and was of confidence was the reason of his failure. For a long time there was little to write of interest until Thompson fell in an awkward angle, made a splendid return, keeping the ball in play. A collision between Thompson and Smith had nasty result for the latter. Everton stirred themselves a little, and Morris and Powell and Clennell went near with a header. Wareing and Kirsopp rubbed heads together when going close with a free kick taken by Harrison and when Clennell took a free kick a yard outside the penalty box he fired straight at a wall of defenders. Really pretty play by Kirsopp and Morris let in Clennell but Powell by his daring and sure push, edged the ball away. The keeper was knocked out and was on the ground what time Morris shot into the empty goal. But of course, the point did not count, as the whistle had sounded before the shot was made. Clennell tried a swerving shot, which Powell edged away, Kirsopp running in and scoring on the goalline –time 80 minutes.
Final; Everton 3, Burslem Port Vale 1al-Scorers
G. Shelton scored for Port Vale after twenty-one minutes
Morris scored for Everton after 35 minutes
Kirsopp scored for Everton in eighty minutes
Harrison scored for Everton after 83 minutes.
KEEN PLAY AT GOODISON
October 30, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge
During the interval, at Goodison Park on Saturday I asked a fellow-journalist who attends all the matches of Burslem Port Vale, both home and away, a question which must have been in the minds of many of the spectators who had witnessed their display in the first portion. That was how did it come about that a side capable of showing such energetic, clever football as we had so far seen had not yet a solitary victory to their credit? Port Vale on Saturday’s showing deserve much better results than their efforts have so far brought them I think the general opinion on Saturday at half-time was that we were in for a drawn game so resolutely were the Vale contesting every inch of the ground, but whilst with the progress of the second portion the Everton forwards improved beyond all recognition, the visitors showed a falling off which lost them the day, and the Blues certainty deserved the victory. The Potters though, were strong and speedy, and the Everton players certainly found themselves up against a warm proposition. Harrison and Kirsopp were perhaps the pick of a very keen forward line, the former displaying at times quite electrifying form on the wing. Clennell was not fortunate enough to secure his wanted goal, through Morris had the satisfaction of scoring a perfect one against a side with whom he is familiar. Fleetwood was always “there” in the intermediate section, and Thompson’s work was the embodiment of artistry in defence, his occupancies being accomplished from all kinds of positions. Smith was again an able coadjutor and Mitchell was well on hand whenever his services were requisitioned. It was for Everton one of their most hardly won successors this season, yet one of their best deserved by the very reason of the manner in which, after an overshadowed and overplayed beginning, they rose to the demands of the occasion.