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Hull Daily Mail - Monday 20 July 1903
Ideal weather was assoiated with the opening of the second country match of the season on Headingley ground. Notts gave a trial to Thos Simpson, the Everton footballer and professional to Heywood Cricket club.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 21 July 1903
In the match at Leeds, Yorkshire have the same side that so nearly beat Worcestershire on Saturday. Notts are making two changes from the team that met Sussex last week, Hardstaff abd Taylor giving way to Dixon and Simpson. The latter is better known as an Association football forward. He played with Leicester Fosse last season, and is now engaged by Everton.

T. Simpson
Edinburgh Evening News - Thursday 23 July 1903
T. Simpson, who is appearing for the first time for Notts this week, is at present engaged as a professional at Heywood, and he is perhaps better known to the public as an Association football player. He formerly played for Notts County, who transfered him to Leicester Fosse. The latter have recently agreed to his transfer to Everton, with whom he is expected to appear as outside left next autumn.

Alexander McDonald to Wellingborough Town
Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 July 1903
Wellingborough Town have signed on Alexander Macdonald, who last season played with Portsmouth, the season previously with Southampton, and prior to that with Everton. He is Scotchman, and stands 5ft. 10in., weighs 11st. 8lbs., and is 24 years age. He will play at centre forward, but can take either the inside positions.

Dundee Evening Post - Wednesday 12 August 1903
Wanderers are building up a strong team for next season, and the latest capture is Peter Crockatt, of Parkmore, an inside forward player. Everton were anxious for his services, but wishing to follow out his employment he decided to remain at home in the meantime. Wandereres are to be congraultaed on securing his signature.

Dundee Evening Post - Wednesday 12 August 1903
Everton's changes are very slight, and are mostly in the forward line, where Bell and Brearley have been transferred, and are replaced by Corrin (Portsmouth) and M Dermott (Celtic). Simpson, of Leicester Fosse, who was recently tried by Notts at cricket, has also been engaged a forward. Clarke, the ex-Hamilton half, has gone to the new club at Plymouth, and Russell, who went south a year ago from Rutherglen may get some trials centre-half. Kitchen will again figure between the posts, and Gordon, late of Broxburn, may partner Crelly at back. Wolstenholme and Abbott are again engaged for half-backs and Sharp, Taylor, Young, - Sheridan, and Rankin complete a first-rate eleven. Tom Dilly, Arbroath, as also been retained.

Nottingham Evening Post - Monday 17 August 1903
It will doubtless give pelasure to the many admiirers of the old Blackburn Rovers that one of them, Joe Lofthouse, has been engaged by Everton as assistant trainer.

Athletic News - Monday 17 August 1903
It will doubtless give pleasure to the many admirers of the old Rovers that one of them, Joe Lofthouse, has been engaged by Everton as assistant trainer to Elliott, himself an old player for the Everton club.  The appearances of Lofthouse in International=s and English cup finals are pretty generally known, and of late years he has been indeed a rover.  Last winter he trained the New Brompton players, but will doubtless prefer to be within hail but will doubtless prefer to be within hail of his beloved Blackburn.  The followers of the Everton club will probably witness Archie Young figuring in the centre again for he has thoroughly recovered, and is training with the rest of the players.  On Saturday a public practice will take place at 4 o’clock, and a collection for the hospitals will be made.  We hope all other clubs will follow their example in this respect.  Season tickets may also now be obtained at the office at Goodison Park.
Richard Molyneux
Brentford is under the new and able management of Dick Molyneux, who gained a wide and deserving popularity at Everton. 

Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 21 August 1903
Alec Latta, the old captain of the Everton Football Club, was instrumental in saving the life of a fisherman named Little, of Hoylake, on Wednesday. Little, ho was rowing out to his fishing boat in a small punt, was seized with a fit and fell overboard, and together with a fisherman Latta put off from his punt and managed to reach Little, who was drifting out with the tide, just in time to save him. He was towede ashore, and recovered consciuiness in half an hour. The committees of the Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs have again permission for collections to be made at their practice matches, the ladies conencted with the Hospital Saturday fund are appealing to the football public to rally to their support.

August 21 1903. The Liverpool Courier
With the expiration of the present month he football season, 1903-04 will start on its mission and the inauguration on the 1 st prox, will be welcomed by enthusiasts of the glorious winter pastime. In no football centre in the United Kingdom is this feeling of eager expectancy more pronounced than in Liverpool where two League organisations serve to keep the excitement at fever heat and claim attention of thousands of partisan's week by week. From information gleaned officially by a “Courier” representative as to the position of affairs of Everton almost on the eve of commencing operations, it would appear that out local football supporters have plenty of good things in store for them this next season. Everything points to a successful time during this period of chasing the leather.at Goodison Park and Anfield matters are in a very forward state. As regards Everton, the list of players (League and Combination teams) has witnessed a few changes, the additions being of an important character. The goalkeeper's department will be considerably strengthened by the inclusion of F.W.Dent who plays as an amateur, he having already played in that status with Preston North End. Dent, who belongs to Southport, is a finely built young fellow, standing 6ft 1in, and has the reputation of being a capital custodian. He should prove an able coadjutor to Kitchen and Whitley. In the full back positions the brothers Balmer, Henderson and Wildman will again don the jersey, and the club will also be able to rely on further resources in this department in the persons of Gordon, who comes from Broxburn, and Murray, from Leven Victoria, Renfrewshire. Gordon is only twenty-one-years of age, stands 5ft 9ins, and weights 12st. He is spoken of as sturdy, fearless players, and he formerly partnered the famous Evertton-Celtic-Southampton back, P.Meechan. His position is right full back. Of Murray great things are expected. Playing in a couple of trials for Everton during their Southern tour last season, he showed magnificent form, and it was upon this that the directors there and then secured his services. He is also a well set up young fellow, 5ft 8 and a half inches, and drawing the scale at 12st 7lb. In the half-back position we shall again have the pleasure of seeing that worthy trio Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbott, with Chadwick Russell, and Makepeace, as their “under studies” The forward rank has received careful revision, and this line ought to prove a very capable one indeed. On the right, our tried friends, Sharp and Taylor, will again take up their positions, with Rankin and McDermott, late of Celtic, to “understudy” them. McDermott is regarded as a decided acquisition, and one who will greatly strengthen the front line. He plays either inside left of inside right. Twenty-three years of age, he is 5ft 7 and half inches, in height and scales 11 stone. That he is a deadly shot was proved on Wednesday in a practice game, when he scored four goals. They were remarkably clever goals, too, with none of which the custodian had any chance whatever. He seems to have the knack of putting the ball quite out of reach of the goalkeeper. That he will frequently be seen in the League team there is not the slightest doubt. It is satisfactory to learn that Young is now fully restored to his wanted health. The clever centre has recovered some of his lost weight, and it is anticipated that his form will be fully equal to what it has hitherto been. That smart young player, Dilly, is also ready to take the centre position, and spectators will be surprised to see the improvement that has taken place in his play, Settle and Sheridan are the inside left-wing players, and for the outside left the directors have the choice of McEwan. Simpson (from Leicester Fosse), Corrin (who was formly associated with Everton), and an amateur in the person of H.B.Hardman of Blackpool, who it will be remembered, played with the Goodison Brigade in the closing match of the season with Liverpool. Hardman, who is in the legal profession, is spoken of as a very clever forward. The players who have left are Bell, who has been transferred to North End, and Clark, one of the half-backs, who has signed on for Plymouth.
The combination programme will be of increased interest this season by reason of the inclusion of the Lancashire League clubs in the Lancashire Combination and there will be a keen struggle amongst the clubs in order to remain in the A Division of the combination. As regards the ground the directorate have left nothing undone to provide for the comfort of spectators, and all the stands and other erections have been thoroughly tested and renovated, whilst improvements have been effected in the baths accommodations for the players. It is of interest to note that the directors have appointed Joe Lofthouse, the old Blackburn Rover and International to assist Elliott in the training of the team. Tom Booth will again captain the League eleven. W. Balmer being sub-captain. A practice match is fixed for to-morrow at four o'clock between the following teams: - Blues: - Kitchen, Crelly, Wolstenholme, Booth, Abbott, Rankin, Taylor, McDermott, Dilly Sheridan, and Corrin. Stripes: - Whitley, Henderson, Murray, Chadwick Russell Makepeace, Sharp Taylor, Young, Settle Hardman.
A collection in aid of the Hospital Saturday Fund will be taken. Season tickets may now be obtained at the office on the ground, and Mr.Cuff, the energetic secretary will be in attendance on the ground until 8-30 each evening this week and next for the convenience of those who cannot come during the day.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 22 August 1903
Out Goodison Park way the opening of the season is being looked forward to with great interest. The management never believed in sparing expense, and have 30 players on their list, of whom three are goalers. While Liverpool rather underman the ship, Everton rather overman it. It is ti be hoped that all three goalers will not have their hands full. The full strength of the establisement is as follows;- Goal, Kitchen, Whiteley, and F.W. Dent; Backs; W. Balmer, R. Balmer, J. Crelley, W. Henderson, Murray, Gordon, and Wildman; Half-backs; S. Wolstenholmes, T. Booth, W. Abbott, Chadwick, Wolfe, Makepeace, and Russell; forwards. J. Sharp, Rankin, J.D. Taylor, McDermott, Sheridan, A. Young, J. Settle, O'Hagan, Corrin, Simpson, Dilly, McEwan, and H.P. Hardman.
The old hands who have gone are Bell, Clarke, and Brearley; the new mewn are Dent (Preston North End), Murray and McDermott (Celtic), and Simpson (Leicester Fosse). The men are practising assiduously, and from among their number a team ought to be selected which will be fully equal to last season's, and a bit ober. Booth is again captain, and W. Balmer vice-captain. The ground is on grand order, and the opening match, for reasons sufficiently well known, should be of peculiar interest, and inaugurate the season with a bumper gate.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 22 August 1903
Everton who have appointed Joe Lofthouse, a seven times international, late of Blackburn Rovers, to be assistant trainer, have signed on most of their season's first team, though Jack Bell has mirgrated to Preston North End. The new men are; D. Gordon (Broxburn), D. Murray (Levern Victoria), backs; McDermott (Celtic), Corrin (Portsmouth), H.P. Hardman, the youth who rendered such good service to Blackpool lasdt season, and Simpson (Leciester Fosse), the last named being known as the professional crickter now atatched to Heywood Club, and who during this season has assisted the lancashire second string and Notts, of which latter county he is a native. The following is a full list of players on the books of the club. Kitchen, and Whiteley, goal; W. Balmer, R Balmer, J. Crelly, W. Henderson, D. Gordon (Broxburn), D. Murray (Levern Victoria), and Wildman, backs; Booth, Abbott, Wolstenholmes, Chadwick, Makepeace, and Russell; half-backs; Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle, McDermott (Celtic), Rankin, Corrin (Portsmouth), H.P Hardman (Blackpool), Dilly, McEwean, Simpson (Leicester Fosse), O'Hagan, and Sheridan, forwards.

Athletic News, 24 August, 1903.
By Junius
Everton have been more fortunate than their rivals across the park, for they have succeeded in retaining all the players they were desirous of keeping. Consequently they have endeavored during the recess to strengthened the weak places noticeable last season, and by this means hope to gain a position amongst clubs in the country, more in accord with their undoubted capabilities. There will be little change in the back division, and when you come to consider the caliber of the following half-dozen –Kitchen, Balmer, Crelley, Wolstenholmes, Booth, and Abbott, it is not necessary to go futher afield for a rareguard able to hold its own in the best company. One is pleased to be able to record a marked improvement in the physical condition of Young, the centre forward. What the absence of this clever Scot meant to Everton a year ago it is difficult to estimate. However, that is past; Young, I am told, is now in splendid health and this means that he will lead the Everton van in the early League tussles. He has only to reproduce his form of two seasons ago, and the forward division of the “Blues” should require some stopping. Four new forwards have been secured, and in Hardman, 5ft 6ins, and 10st, the club has made a rare capture. He played for Blackpool last winter, and for Everton in na friendly at the close of the season. He is speedy and centres finely, and should fill the vacancy caused by Bell's removal satisfactorily. Corrin, who formerly assisted Everton has returned to his old love from Portsmouth, and standing 5ft 9 ½ in., with weight 11st 10lb., he should prove a useful member. As inside right or left McDermott is expected to shine. He obtained international honours against Ireland when with Celtic, stands 5ft 6 ½ in., and weighs 11st 6lb. Simpson, a cricketer of no mean repute, who is still engaged in he summer pastime, is also reported a good find. In ease of emergency in the rear ranks there is Russell for centre half, and in goal Whitley is, of course available. At full back there will be young Balmer and two newcomers ready for any vacancy that might arise. Daniel Gordon, of Broxburn, is a right back of promise, weighing 11st 3lbs., and standing 5ft 9 ¾ in. Another capable defender is David Murray, who formerly connected with Levern Victoria in Renfrewshire, assisted Glasgow Rangers before coming to Everton. He stands 5ft 9ins, weighs 12st 6lbs and plays on the left wing.

August 24, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Judging by the big attendance at Goodison park on Saturday to witness the Everton trial match, interest in the winter pastime is as keen as ever. There were fully 15,000 spectators present, and the weather was more in keeping with the cricket than football. The sides were arranged so that the League forwards were opposed to the League defence the team being as follows: - Blues, Kitchen, goal, W.Blamer, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Abbott (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Rankin, McDermott, Dilly, Sheridan and Corrin forwards. Stripes: - Whitley, goal, Gordon, and Murray, backs, Chadwick, Russell, and Makepace, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards . The Blues who faced the sun, showed up prominent at the start the forwards being finely backed up the halves. Dilly made one good run, but shot wide as did Rankin a moment later. McDermott and Sheridan dribbled well, and the latter scored after a quarter of an hour's play. So far the League forwards had made little impression upon the opposing half-backs, but at length Sharp made a capital run, but Crelly pulled him up. Booth once robbed Settle in fine style, and Taylor and Abbott had an amusing tussle, the honours being divided. At length following a good run by Sharp, Young equalised very cleverly. Even play followed for some time during which Hardman, Corrin and McDermott particularly the last named were conspicuous. Crelly retired for ten minutes, and during his absentence Dilly gave the Blues the lead, while before the interval McDermott put on a third goal from Corrin's centre. Half time Blues 3, Stripes 1.
Play during the first half been very well contested, and the second portion was equally interesting. The Combination forwards showed up surprising well, but they had fine half-backs behind them. McDermott put in some capital shots and he was at length successful in beating Whitley. Both custodian had ticket shots to deal with, but there was no further scoring. Results Blues 4 goals Stripes 1. Judging by the form displayed the prospects for the coming seasons are exceptionally bright. All the old players did well, and there was no evidence off any of them having lost their form. The most prominent of the new players was McDermott who proved himself a class man. He is an acquisition, and it will be hard to keep him put of the League team. Gordon and Murray at back did very well, while Corrin on the left wing did a lot of useful work, and can centre splendidly Hardman was not so prominent, but sufficient was sent of his abilities last season to allow that he is a player who will fill Bell's feet with credit. Altogether the directors of the club are to be congratulated upon the team, they have got together.

Athletic News - Monday 24 August 1903
By Junius
The Everton directors turned out all their talent on Saturday at Goodison Park, and judging from the attendance, the public are evidently anxious for the of the season. As is usual in these cases, the probable league forwards were pitted against the defence, and some very interesting play was the outcome. From the following list it will be seen that two strong sides were in opposition, and at the same time, evidence of Everton’s resources will be apparent. Blues: Kitchen; Balmer and Crelly; Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbott; Rankin. McDermott, Dilly, Sheridan, and Corrin. Stripes; Whitley; Henderson and Murray; Chadwick, Russell, and Makepeace; Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Hardman. Well backed up by their halves, the Blues front line indulged in some capital football, and the most prominent member of this department was McDermott, who not only scored three goals,  but displayed fine footwork. I have an idea that this young man will quickly be in the League eleven, for he passes most judiciously, and requires some tackling when under weigh. Corrin also shaped well, his centres being accurate, and with recruits of this calibre Everton should have no difficulty in putting a clever forward line on the field. Rankin is another promising player, and Dilly ought to make a dangerous centre forward, whilst Sheridan, though inclined too much to fancy tricks, is very smart with the ball.  The old brigade appeared very fit, and Everton will not need to make any change in the constitution of their rear division, should the men steer clear of injuries. Young, who is now in the best of health, displayed plenty of dash, and should he maintain his present condition, will make a vast difference in the front rank. What I saw at Goodison Park impressed me most favorably. The ground and its appurtenances are in perfect condition, and Mr. Cuff and his directors have certainly spent the interregnum in creditable fashion judging from the results therefrom. A collection was made on the ground in aid of the I Hospital Saturday fund, and the efforts of the collectors met with a generous response.

Athletic News - Monday 24 August 1903
By Junius
Everton have been more fortunate than their rivals across the Park, for they have succeeded in retaining all the players they were desirous of keeping. Consequently they have endeavored during the recede to strengthen the weak places noticeable last season, and by this means hope to gain a position amongst the leading clubs in the country, more in accord with their undoubted capabilities. There will be little change in the back division, and when you come to consider the calibre of the following half-dozen—Kitchen, Balmer, Crelly, Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbott, it is not necessary to go further afield for a rearguard able to hold its own in the beat company. One is pleased to be able to record a marked improvement in the physical condition of Young, the centre-forward. What the absence of this clever young Scot meant to Everton a year ago it is difficult to estimate. However, that is past; Young, I am told, now in splendid health and this means that he will lead the Everton van in the early League tussles. He has only to reproduce his form of two seasons ago, and the forward division of the “Blues” should require some stopping. Four new forwards have been secured, and in Hardman, 5ft 6in and 10st, the club has made a rare capture. He played for Blackpool last winter, and for Everton in a friendly at the close of the season. He is speedy and centres finely, and should fill the vacancy caused by Bell’s removal satisfactorily.  Corrin, who formerly assisted Everton, has returned to his old love from Portsmouth, and standing 5ft. 9in., with weight 11st. 10lb., h should prove a useful member. As inside right or left McDermott is expected to shine. He obtained international honours against Ireland when with Celtic, stands 5ft 6in, and weighs 11st, 6lb. Simpson, a cricketer of no mean repute, who is still engaged in the summer pastime, also reported a good find. In case of emergency in the rear ranks there is Russell for centre-half, and in goal Whitley is, of course, available. At full back there will young Balmer and two newcomers ready for any vacancy that might arise. Daniel Gordon, of Broxburn, is a right back of promise, weighing 11st. 3lb., and standing 5ft. 9in.  Another capable defender is David Murray, who, formerly connected with Leven Victoria in Renfrewshire, assisted Glasgow Rangers before coming to Everton. He stands 5ft. 9in., weighs 12st. 6lb., and plays on left wing.

August 29, 1903 The Football Echo
The famous Blues of Liverpool are always a funny lot to reckon up. There have, however, been a few, important changes this season, and both the management and officials are looking forward to better work than has been done in the past. The men, who will be missing are Bell, who has gone to Preston North End, and Clark and Brearsley, who have run off to the South. The men, who fill their places, are all well known and of them the Young side, and much is expected of them. There are Dent, from Preston North End, Murray and McDermott from Celtic Glasgow, and Simpson a man who has remarked good service with Leicester Fosse. In all thirty men have been engaged. They are Kitchen, Whitley, and goal (Goal), W.Balmer, R.Bamer, Crelly Henderson, Murray, Gordon and Wildman, (Backs), Wolstenholme, Booth (Captain), Abbott, Chadwick, Wolfe, Makepeace, and Russell (Half0backs), Sharp, Rankin, Taylor, McDermott, Sheridan, Young Settle O'Hagan Corrin, Simpson, Dilly McEwan, Hardman (Blackpool), and H.P. Hardman (Forwards).

Athletic News - Monday 31 August 1903
By Junius
At Goodison Park everything is ready for the visit of the Rovers tomorrow and as the kick-off is timed for 5-45, there will be ample opportunity for the frequenters of the popular side to witness the match.  The Everton team will be;- Kitchen; Balmer, Crelley; Wolstenholme, Booth, Abbott; Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, Hardman.  The inclusion of McDermott in the home team cannot be wondered at, seeing the capable manner in which the young Celt shaped in the trial games, and his first appearance in a League match will be awaited with interest.  The Everton reserve team will take part in an interesting function on Saturday, when they go across the river to Port Sunlight, for the purpose of playing the new club formed there, in the opening match of the finely appointed ground, which has been laid out in this most picturesque village. 

Leeds Mercury - Wednesday 02 September 1903
This first League match was played at Goodison Park in delightful weather, the kick-off being fixed for 5.45. Both sides played full teams, and in the opening stages the game was particularly fast, the Rover's forwards putting in capital work, which brought out all Kitchen's resources. Bowman eventually defeated him with long shot, but Young equalised'. Half-time—Everton 1 goal, to the Rovers 1 goal. In the' second half Everton started strongly, and after Young and Hardman had just missed the mark, Evans, the Welsh international, effected a smart clearance from McDermott. Kitchen also was nearly beaten, and then Sharp got in a grand run, and scored a magnificent goal for Everton. Settle soon afterwards added a third goal. Play was exciting the finish. Result:—Everton 3 goals, the Rovers 1 goal.

London Daily News - Wednesday 02 September 1903
These Lancashire clubs met at Goodison Park, Liverpool, in delightful weather, the game being commenced at a quarter to six. Both teams were as thoroughhly representative as they could be at so early a date, when how the combination of the men would turn out in a competition match could only be partly judged. From the start the play proved extremely fast, the Rovers' forwards working together in fine style. Kitchen, in the Everton goal, had a lot to do, but defended successfully for some time. At length Bowman beat him with a long shot. Young, of Everton, equalised. The game at the interval stood at one goal each. When the players returned to the field Everton settled down in capital form. Young and Hardman only just missing, while Evans, the Welsh international, who this season keeps goal for Blackburn, was several times called upon to save from McDermott. At the other end Kitchen was nearly beaten. Then a splendid run by Sharp ended in a grand goal for Everton, and before the end came Settle also got through for the home side. Play continued fast and exciting to the end, when Everton could claim a victory by 3 goals to 1.

Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday 02 September 1903
At Ewood Park, before a fair gate and in beautiful weather. The Rovers were trying three new men, in McDonald, at right back, Bradshaw at left half, and Dunkley on the extreme left of the forward rank. The Rovers forwards showed some speedy turns, and twice knock the leather to the Everton custodian's hands. Neither side was giving much away, and while the TRovers's left wing made some determined attempts to get home, they did not make any great impression. Simpson made a capital run past McDonald and Riley, only to shoot feebly. Russell, the home outside right, was working well, and several times set the rest of the quintette in front of goal. The Everton forwards were responsible for one or two pretty touches, and on one occasion Simpson got tight in front, and in spite of appeals for "Offside" shot hard. The ball struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced straight down, apparently just over the line. The leather was whipped up the field again immediately and as no whistle was sounded, play was carried straight to the other end, where a corner was forced, and resulted in the first goal of the match, Carthy giving the Rovers the lead. Play quieteded down, somewhat and the score was not further added to before the interval. On the resumption a hot attack was made by the Rovers but play soon resolved itself into a give-and-take struggle, till Everton got away. Corrin sent in a beauty from the corner flag, and as McIver sent the leather away it was caught by Dilly who rattled it against the bar. Soon afterwards subsquent to a couple of runs by Russell, Simpson sent a soft shot to McIver, who failed to get it away, and Sheridan sent the leather safely home thus putting the accounts equal. Almost immediately after the centre kick the Rovers were awarded a penalty for a foul, and Carthy steered the ball between the uprights again giving his side the lead. They did not hold it long, however, for from a fine kick for a foul the visitors got in again, and after some determined work by their right wing Simpson equalised. During the latter stages of the 80 minutes game matters were very even, neither side managing to pot the necessary goal.

September 2, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
The football season in Liverpool opened last night by a League match between Everton and Blackburn Rovers at Goodison park. It was the first day of the season and although the kick off was not until 5-45. 12,000 persons were present when the game commenced. The weather was delightfully fine, and the ground in capital conditions. Both teams were at full strength the players facing as follows: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Balmer and Crelly backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott half-backs Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Blackburn Rover: - Evans, goal, Crompton (captain), and Eastham, backs, Dewhurst, McClure, and Birchall, half-backs, Whittaker, Smith, Bowman, Watson, and F.Blackburn, forwards. Referee J.T.Howcroft. The Rovers commenced operations Everton having to face a somewhat powerful sun, which, however, soon disappeared. The opening exchanges were evenly contested, and then Everton went strongly down the centre, McDermott initiating a move, which enabled Young to get in a good though futile shot. Eastham by a hugh kick removed the venue to the other end. Balmer, however, by a judicious bit of work enabled Sharp to secure possession and indulge in most effective sprints. Eastham accounting for him just as he was preparing for shot. The game ruled fast and exciting many pretty touches being exhibited by both sides. A breakaway by the Rovers left, Bowman with an undeniable chance, but his effort went wretched wide, A free kick to the Rovers was well taken, and after Smith and Walker had participated in some neat passing the ball was transferred to Bowman who shot was brilliantly replied to by Kitchen. Further bombardment of the Everton goal, followed, the exchanges among the Rovers forwards line being quick and incisive, and Balmer, Crelly, and Kitchen had all their work cut out to prevent a score. This they succeeded in doing for sometime, but at length after tricky work on the Rover right wing, Bowman came into possession, and eluding the opposing half-backs sent in with great force a long the ground. Kitchen having no possible chance of saving. This success which came after about 18 minutes play, aroused the Evertonians to the idea that they were engaged in serious warfare. From the centre they made rapid tracks for Evans's end, and a claim was made for a penalty kick for obstruction which the referee, however, ignored. The home team, maintains a strong pressure, for some time, and at length Sharp put in a beautiful shot from a most difficult angle. Evans affecting a magnificent save, which drew forth the well-deserved plaudits of the crowd. After this play, opened out, and Bowman missed a palpable goal by wretched shooting. McDermott and Sharp got away the latter sending across to the opposite wing Hardman forcing an abortive corner. A free kick to Everton just outside the 12 yards line yielded no advantage, as the ball was drive over the line. An exceedingly clever move on the part of McDermott and Sharp should have resulted in Everton getting on level terms, Sharp ultimately swinging the ball across but Settle, just failed to reach it, and Eastham cleared. A miskick by Balmer let in the Rovers, but unfortunately no harm was done, and midfield was the scene of hostilities for some time. At length Wolstenholme put his forwards in possession, but all to no purpose a fruitless corner being the only result. A free kick to the Rovers followed. Blackburn eventually sending wide. By way of a change Everton had a brief spell of attacking a grand attempt by Young going a trifle wide. A free kick to the Rovers was replied to by Crelly, after which Hardman put in a fast sprint to the other end finishing up with a brilliant shot. However, Everton had not long to wait for an equalising point. Wolstenholme took a free kick, Sharp transferring to Young who safely piloted the ball into the net. The interval was announced soon afterwards. Half-time Everton 1goal, Blackburn Rovers 1.
The Everton players had evidently been somewhat confused in the initial half of the game by the similarity of the Rovers jerseys to their own, and when the teams reappeared Everton wore black and white jerseys in place of the ordinary blue. The reopening stages found Everton busily assailing the Rovers charge, a corner falling to them without more tangible result. The pressure was kept up for some minutes, and after some sterling work on the part of Hardman and Settle, Young missed by a few yards. A little later Hardman made a galliant attempt to lower Evan's colours without effect. Whittaker was in evidence on behalf of the Rovers, and than Hardman went up the wing in dashing style, finishing up with a superb centre, Crompton clearing when the odds were distinctly against him. Everton were now displaying excellent football, and the Rovers defenders was kept fully engaged. After fine finessing by the three inside men, Settle, essayed a shot, but Evans was on the quivive, and starved off disaster. The attack by Everton was somewhat prolonged, and the Blackburn citadel was several times in jeopardy, but Crompton, Eastham, and Evans were perfectly safe. Settle on one occasion almost succeeded in doing the trick, following which Booth, with a lofty kick, gave Evans a rare handful, which he successfully coped with. Balmer checked a dangerous rush on the part of the visiting forwards, and then Hardman received the ball from Booth and centred perfectly. McDermott fastened on to it, and shot hard in only to see it rebound from the upright-exceedingly hard lines for Everton. Shortly afterwards Blackburn became very busy, and the Everton citadel had a somewhat lucky escape. Watch sent in hard to Kitchen, who just kept the ball out for Crelly to clear, and whilst the custodian was on the ground Dewhurst placed the leather over the bar. The half-backs on either side but in some useful work, and then Everton went to the front again forcing a couple of unproductive corners. Crompton was hard pressed and was compelled to kick behind to extricate himself, the subsequent corner, however, proving futile. Booth placed his front rank on the aggressive Sharp shooting wide. A couple of corners to the Rovers ensued, and then Sharp secured at the centre line, and racing up the field at a terrific pace he left all opposition standing still, finishing up by scoring a magnificent goal eight minutes from the finish. The delighted spectators vociferously cheered this achievement. Darkness was now approaching, and during the last few minutes it was difficult to follow the game. A couple of corners came to Everton from the second of which Settle added a third. (The Daily Post discovered that it was Hardman who had benn lucky enough score). Result Everton 3, Blackburn Rovers 1. In the earlier stages of the game the Rovers fully held their own, and it would not have been surprising if they had placed themselves in a winning position. After the chance of ends however, they seemed to collapse though until Sharp's brilliant run a little luck might have turned the tide in favour of either side. Once having got the lead there was no holding the Evertonians, who so far as could see in the darkness scored again through Settle (Hardman). After all even of the 1 st September 5-45 is too late for the kick off in a First League match. Everton have reason to be proud of their debut. The new men, Hardman and McDermott the former especially performed very creditably, and the old players seem to have retained the form, which has gained them distinction.

September 2, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 1)
At Blackburn before a small gate, Everton opened the game facing the sun, and the Rovers at once pressed Bow missing an easy chance when under the crossbar. A little later Whitley the Everton custodian, had two shots to clear, and the Everton made their first serious attack from a fine run by Simpson at inside but they were unable to turn it to account. Everton kept the upper hand for some time, but without calling on McIver. Play being transferred Bow and Dunkley became troublesome, but failed to reach Whitley. After 35 minutes play Carthy, the Rovers centre scored a grand a grand goal, and the interval arrived, Rovers 1 Everton nil.
On resuming of the game was evenly contested for a while, Everton made one determined attack led by Corrin whose grand centre from the corner flag occasioned McIver sometrouble to clear. Dilly returned the ball and struck the crossbar and Riley cleared the danger. Everton returned to the attack, however, and Sheridan shot McIver making a poor clearance from Rankin the equalising goal. The game had been only another minute in progress when the Rovers were awarded a penalty kick, and Carter placed them ahead. Simpson brought the score even once more, with a good shot. From this point the game became very even. Result Rovers 2, Everton 2. Everton: - Whitley, goal, Henderson and Murray, backs, Chadwick Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, Simpson, Dilly, Sheridan, and McEwan, forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 07 September 1903
By Junius
Whatever may be the result of Everton’s endeavours in the League campaign of 1903-4, there can be no two opinions about the manner in which they have opened their programme. They started most auspiciously by vanquish the Rovers on the first day of the season, and followed this up by a precisely similar success over Notts County, the final figures in both cases being three goals to one, whilst, curiously enough, it was the visitors in each instance who opened the scoring. Everton, however, do not appear to be troubled by details of this sort; in fact to be a goal in arrears seems to be the one incentive necessary to bring the beet football out of the men, and with two glaring instances of this nature recorded in the first week of the season, there Is some justification in anticipating a good time for the Goodison Park brigade. There were fully 18,000 persons present to witness them wear down the Notts County team and play them to a standstill, and the bulk of these no doubt departed fully satisfied with what they had witnessed.
This was due to superiority in staying powers, for although the game was evenly contested in the first half, there was no comparison between the teams after the interval. It would be impossible to imagine a more complete kaleidoscopic char than what occurred in this game. To begin with Notts would brook no resistance to their attack, and had their forwards been at all nippy and ready to take advantage of the chances afforded, they must have scored sooner than they actually did. Several times did Gee slip deftly away, but the finishing touches were lacking, and smart movements on the Notts right wing proved similarly abortive. The Everton left wing was in a most persistently aggressive humour all through the proceedings, but the Notts defence unceremoniously staved off every danger, and thus 35 minutes from the start nary a goal had been gained, either legal or illegitimate. At length, McCall forged clean ahead, and sent across the goal mouth, when, in my opinion. Kitchen made an error of judgment in not coming out and clearing. However, he chose to stay under the bar, and Gee pouncing on the ball, whipped it back again to the centre to Humphreys, who caught it on his knee, and landed it over custodian’s outstretched hand into the net. Notts went along even better after this stimulating success, but about three minutes before the interval Mainman was detected pushing Hardman off the ball inside the penalty area, and Settle proved his right to possess a cognomen of this nature by equalising. Thus the teams faced each other after the interval an even basis again, and now comes the explanation of the headline to this paragraph. Never was a team played mom completely off their feet than Notts were during this half. It would be useless to expatiate upon the ceaseless attacks of the Everton men, and the praiseworthy defence of the Midland backs in averting a more decisive defeat. Young scored the second point from Hardman’s centre, and McDermott headed a third, via Settle and Hardman; hence the final figures already mentioned.
There could be no mistaking the superiority of the Everton team, and I consider that a great deal of the credit for their success is due to the admirable condition in which they took the field. In this respect the trainer, Elliott, deserves more than a passing meed of praise. There was scarcely a weak spot on the Everton side, and the more the men played the better they shaped. The forwards exhibited some of the prettiest passing I have seen for many a day; ’tis true, they may have overdone the maneuvering, but of their cleverness they must have convinced every observer that they were adepts at the business. Settle and Hardman were in a class to themselves, and the latter never seemed satiated with work: he could not get the ball too often, and what is more, he made good use of it when in possession. Settle should now have a partner to his liking, and I want to be introduced, speedily, to a left wing that can beat this pair. Sharp was also in great form. Young showed a vast improvement upon his previous Tuesday’s display and McDermott will, I fancy, suit the inside right position, with further experience, and a wee bit more dash.  The half backs were exceedingly effective; in fact one has to ask the question. When are they not so? And with such a formidable intermediate line. Everton possess the best foundation for a successful side that could possibly be desired. Balmer and Crelley were inclined to take matters easily at the start, but improved afterwards, and a like remark applies to Kitchen in goal; in fact, the only fault on the winning side seemed to be a looseness on the part of the defence in getting off the mark in the early stages. Afterwards, they were irreproachable; but it is just as well to give nothing away in the opening phases of a stern League tussle. As regards Notts, I must confess to a feeling of disappointment. They flattered but to deceive, and they were hopelessly outplayed towards the end. Their best work was accomplished before the interval, and during this period they showed some really clever football, which, could it have been maintained, would have caused Everton trouble. It was a different team altogether after breathing time, and the vast difference between the form shown in the two halves was truly remarkable. The defence acted nobly in the later stages, for they had the onus of the club’s reputation thrown on them during this time, and they must be awarded the credit of keeping down the score to such a respectable margin. Prior to the interval, Glen, Humphreys, and McCall did well in the forward line, whilst farther behind Bull, at centre-half the full-backs and custodian strove unceasingly, though unavailingly, throughout. Everton; Kitchen; Balmer and Crelley; Wolstenholme, Booth and Abbott; Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman.  Notts County; Pennington; Prescott, and Montgomery; Mainman, Bull and McDonald; McCall, Humphreys, Green, Glen and Gee.  Referee; W. Nunnerley, Wrexham. 

Athletic News - Monday 07 September 1903
By Junius
Everton gratified their supporters by the capital display they made in their opening fixture against the Rovers.  Sharp (twice) and Settle scored, whilst Bowman followed suit for the opposition.  When fairly settled down, I fancy Everton will require a strong side to lower their colours, for they have a capital set of experienced players for every department of the team.  The “halves” were not seen at their best against the Rovers, but there is some excuse for one of the trio, namely Wolstenholme who appears to be still troubled when the weather is particularly hot, as was the case in this match.  Booth was the most conspicuous figure of this line, but the honours of the game were borne off by the extreme wing forwards, Hardman and Sharp.  The latter’s brilliant goal, which practically decided the match, was the outcome of a dashing run from his own penalty line the full length of the field, with Crompton vainly endeavouring to keep pace with his speedy opponents. I have never witnessed a more exhilarating scene at a football match, and this proved the turning point of the game. Hardman has already established himself a prime favourite, and I shall look to Everton having a successful time this winter. 

London Daily News - Monday 07 September 1903
Some eighteen thousand spectators assembled at Goodison Park, Liverpool, to watch the game between these clubs. Notts began well, but Everton pressed later on. The attack in each case was successfully resisted, but Humphreys eventually scored for Notts, and Settle equalised with a penalty kick, Everton began the second half in great style, and quite outplayed their opponents. Young gave them the lead, and after a prolonged atatck, McDermott scored a third point. Notts county had asll the worst of the play, and Everton won by three goals to one.

September 7, 1903. The Liverpool Daily Post
At Goodison Park Everton faced Notts County, and the teams faced as Followers: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, half-backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Notts County: - Pennington, goal, Montgomery, and Prescott, backs, McDonald, Bull, and Mainman, half-backs, Gee, Glen, Green, Humphreys, and McCall, forwards. Referee W,Nunnerley. From the kick off Everton went away, and were soon busy in the Notts quarters, but a foul against Hardman let to their utter rout. The home halves soon put their forwards in possession again, and as the result of good all-round work Young obtained a hold and sent in a great shot, which only just missed the mark. Abbott checked the Notts right wing on two occasions at the half line, and on the other wing Wolstenholme was equally useful, and subsequently Settle and Hardman can nicely towards the Notts goal, Prescott intervened, but Young and McDermott brought the ball back into goal, where there was exciting play until the clearance. Booth broke up a sharp attack by the Notts forwards, and then Sharp started along his wing, and gave the ball to Young, who was given off-side. From the free kick Gee put got in very nicely, but he was rather hampered, and Shot by the side of the post. The County man soon returned to the attack, and when Glen was about to shoot for goal he was completely beaten by Balmer. From this point the Evertonians went away, but a likely move was spoiled by bad judgement on the part on the part of Hardman, who failed to make a good pass from Young, the homesters being beaten back. Strong pressure brought to hear by the visitors, Crelly conceded a corner but the Notts gained no further advantage, although directly afterwards McDonald had a pot shot at goal, and put the ball outside the net. Wolstenholme missed his kick, and let in Gee, who trotted down with a clear course, and took deliberate aim for the mark, but Kitchen took good measure of the shot, and brought off a grand clearance. A little later a free kick was given against Everton at the half-line, and from this, Green skied the ball over the crossbar. The home contingent went away, but was well beaten by Bull, and then the County made play on the left wing, the pressure at the finish being rather strong. McCall got down near the corner and shot for goal, but Kitchen was again all there when wanted, although on this occasion he was compelled to given a corner, which after being nicely placed, was well accounted for in fron t of goal. At last Notts found a flaw in their opponents armour for McCall slipped along smartly on the right, and shot across where Gee maneuvered cleverly for a moment, and then gave Humphreys a grand opportunity which the inside right could hardly ignore he would, and netted the leather under Kitchen very nose, for the Everton custodian could not make much effort to stave off disaster. Rare good passing took place between Gee and Glen the last named at last sending in a great shot which Kitchen caught just as the ball was about to enter the top corner of the goal. Wolstenholme and Booth kept sending the ball up to their forwards, but the Notts backs appeared to be almost impassable. At last one of the Everton halves dropped the ball in front after a free kick, and Settle headed in the Notts County saving splendid. Just afterwards Mainman committed himself within the penalty area, and the referee had no option but to grant a penalty kick against Notts, from which Settle, had no difficulty in making the score even. Half-time came directly afterwards, the score being 1 goal each.

Notts restarted but Sharp was the first to do anything of note, nut his final shot was tame in the extreme. McDermott, Sharp and Settle then took possession, but there was little in their advance, and the leather was dribbled behind. Wolstenholme then gave the ball to Sharp, who dashed along the touchline and centred, but there was no score up in time to take advantage of the opportunity thus offered. A short delay occurred owing to Settle being winded, and shortly afterwards the Evertonians attacked again, and forced a corner, which yielded no advantage. There was a lot of faulty passing on the home side, and many advantage, were thus lost. Montgomery ably took a free kick, and of this the County full advantage until Humphreys was pulled up when close to Kitchen. Nevertheless the home custodian had a very warm time of it, as the Notts forwards were all making prodigious efforts to get in front. Then Hardman did good work and removed the venue forcing a corner which was badly take. The Blues remained in possession, and were very tenacious. At last the leather came out to Hardman, who this time centred, and so accurately that Young had an easy thing on, and put the leather past Pennington, without much difficulty. It was an attractive bit of work from the moment when Hardman first took the initiative. McDermott scored his first goal for Everton as the result of a movement cleverly ineffective by Wolsrtenholme. Hardman and Settle maneuvered, and McDermott receiving a centre put the ball through at close quarter. Final result Everton 3, Notts County 1.

September 7, 1903. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton played at Port Sunlight on Saturday, and placed the following team on the field: - Whitley goal, Henderson and Murray backs, Chadwick, Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, O'Hagan, Dilly, Sheridan, and McEwan, forwards. Everton lost the toss, and Mr. Lever kicked off for the South-end. The visitors at once went off on the attack, but the home backs did well, and Sunlight had a rush down the field. Edwards, Davies, sending in a good shot, which struck the post. Everton were soon at it again, Rankin and O'Hagan dribbling right up the field, the ball going over the line. Then McEwan put in a vasper, Jones fistling out. Clever work by the home forwards, who worked through the opposition, resulted in the home side pressing. Livesley, and Williams shinning. Everton once more came away, a bold dash by Grundy sending them back, but they had a corner, which was fruitless, and then Davies and Ramsey dribbled to the visitor's goal. Henderson sending them back. Rankin and O'Hagan got up, and Jones ably handled a hot one from the latter. Again the other end was visited, Nicholas pressure Murray, who kicked back to Whitley, the latter throwing clear. Everton then had three shots at the goal, one striking the post. Grundy stopping the next, and the third going outside. The home side were playing a brisk game, but a fine run up by their opponents gave a clear chance to Dilly, who kicked high over the bar. Dilly a moment later sent in a stinger from three yards, which Jones got in front of, and was nearly, knocked through. Everton were now pressing their combination being very fine. Several shots went wide and the goalkeeper dealt others with. First minute before half-time there was no score. In the second half Everton had it all their own way, in spite of the dogged resistance of the home club, who really played a good game, against long odds. Makepeace and Dilly scored in quick succession and McEwan added a third after a fine run up. Then Sheridan put on a fourth, and from a penalty kick, O'Hagan added another, and Everton won by 5 goals to nil.

September 7, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton have opened the season in a manner which is highly gratifying to their numerous supporters- two victors, four points, six goals for and two against, being the sun tatal of their endeavours against the Rovers and Notts County during the first week of the campaign. What is of more important, however, is the manner in which these double triumphs have been attended, and there has been a striking similarity in the two performances. In the first fixture the Rovers led the way in the scoring, kept Everton at concert pitch throughout the first half, and conveyed the impression that they would not be beaten without a severe struggle. Then Everton equalised just before the interval, and in the second half effectual settled the pretensions of their opponents. This methods of procedure was reproduced against Notts almost exactly, for the Midlanders obtained the first goal through Humphreys, while Settle equalised a few minutes before half time. On resuming Everton simply walked through their opponents, played them to a standstill, and won with incredible ease by the same score that they had overthrown the Rovers. Such a series of coincidences would almost appear impossible, though it must be stated that Notts were far more decisively beaten than the Rovers three-day's previously. These early evidences of Everton's abilities, and of the excellent condition in which the men take the field, are sufficient to justify pleasing anticipatious for the future, and in both cases to which allusion has already been made, Everton have won on their merits, have displayed superior football, and fairly vanquished their opponents by the superfine character of their movements. With the reference to the details of the success over Notts, little need be said. For some time the visiting forwards proved exceedingly aggressive, and secured openings, which they repeatedly muddled, and in other cases nullified by reason of a lack of string and incisiveness when in the home team'' territory. The Everton defence experienced some narrow escapes, but after 35 minutes fairly even play, McCall raced along on the outside right, and sent the ball obliquely across the goalmouth. This should never have been allowed to pass unheeded either by Balmer, and more particularly Kitchen, though both may have imagined that the ball would go over the line, before Gee could get to it on the left wing. The latter, however, reached the leather, and flashed it back to Humphreys who with his knee placed it into the net over the outstretched arm of the custodian. After several capital efforts to equalise, in which Hardman, Settle, and Sharp were especially prominent the former was pushed off the ball by Mainman inside the penalty area, and Settle promintely placed the scores level. In the second half there was only one team playing all-round football, for Notts could not make any appreciable headway, and were fully run of their feet. Their defence withstood the severe pressure in capital style, but Young added a second, and a third came from McDermott, who was the recipient of a most judicious pass from settle. The Everton speedy outside men were almost continually on the move, for Booth and his halves fed them as if they had been starved for six months, and during this period the home players showed really exhilarating form. As regards the Everton players, it is impossible to speak too highly of their performance, and having set such a high standard in their opening matches, they will needs have to maintain this form to satisfy their ambitious supporters. That the team is thoroughly sound in every branch has been clearly proved. The defence appeared a bit slow in settling down against Notts, and it was perhaps fortunate that the visiting front line were not smart enough to make the most of the chances which they secured in the first twenty minutes afterwards, they did not even get an opportunity of scoring, and Kitchen acted the part of a spectator in the second half. Of the forwards Hardman and Settle indulged in some most delightful footwork, and the Notts right half Mainman, could scarcely get a sight of them. The inside player treated the crowd to one of his choicest displays, for he kept his partner going ahead with some brilliant passing, and the pair twisted and turned and wriggled about until the Notts defence was fairly bewildered. At the other extremity of the line Sharp was equally difficult to keep in check, and McDermott, though no so showry as Settle, displayed good judgement, and justified his selection. Young was the weakest member of the line, though his exhibition was in advance of that given on the previous Tuesday, and one point in his favour was the marked manner in which he attended to his wings. The halves were fine, Booth fairly smothering the Notts centre forwards, and being thereby the most conspicuous figure in the intermediate line. Wolstenholme and Abbott did many smart things. Crelly gave a capital display at full back, and with Balmer and Kitchen preserved a solid and crediable defence. Notts fell ready victims to the prowess of their opponents, and they could make no sort of a show in the second half. McCall and Gee were occasionally seen to advantage; but the pick of the forwards was Humphreys, and in the first half Glen was also a prominent feature in the attack. As a line, however, they did not possess the cohesion neccassary for complete success, and though they occasionally displayed neat passing, and thereby gained favourable opportunities for scoring, they were losse and erratic when the final touches were required. At half-back Bull was ahead of his confreres, though McDonald worked hard without gaining much for his labours. The defence was the best part of the side, and both full backs kicked sturdily, and likewise rashly at times, though it should not be forgotten that they were over whelmed with work after the interval, and did not fare badly, in holding out as successfully as they managed to do. Pennington kept goal well, and had no chance to stop the shots which took effect. Thus have two home matches been won, and if Everton, can maintained similar form in their away fixtures they should have a successful time this winter.

Athletic News - Monday 14 September 1903
By Harricus
The fact that Everton had won their two games at home imbued them with a feeling that they might repeat last year's success at Bramall-lane in their first out match, but the United, likewise, were spurred to further exertions by their victory at Small Heath, and I in common with about 20,000 looked forward to a stem combat for the credit of the two points going to Lancashire’s or Yorkshire’s aggregate.  We had the struggle right enough, but there seemed every probability of the points being divided, for up to ten minutes from time neither side could score the necessary leader. United, however, then managed to chip in with the deciding point, and so won the day by two goals to one. As I left the field I heard two opinions of the game, the one that it was a good one and the other that it was not. Well, it was a sort of half-and-half, and for the best part of the first half there were some fine attempts made on each goal, though I thought that the home forwards put in the most likely shots for scoring, particularly Brown and Archie Needham; in fact, generally speaking, after Everton’s rush off, which produced their only goal, by the way, play was oftener in Everton’s half of the field than United's. Neither team gave us of its best right through the second half, and it was not because the first 45 minutes were particularly fierce. Nor was the ground at all heavy after the recent rain. To my pleasant surprise it was covered with grass. Last year the pitch was pretty bare owing to the “salt cure” of the previous winter, but the ground has been harrowed, the rotten roots disturbed, and there is now a crop of fresh grass. Jack Ulyett,  the groundsman, brother of George Ulyett, “Happy Jack," deserves all credit for the transformation.
The great crowd were hardly prepared to see Everton leading after four minutes' play, yet it was so. The good work originated with a cross from Hardman. Young secured the ball, and after performing the double feat of working for himself a favourable position and bamboozling the defence, he shot straight into the net. It is true that Lewis had not much room to get a sight of the ball, but at the same time he ought, in my opinion, to have prevented the downfall of his charge. In another quarter of an hour the equaliser came. The ball came straight across from the outside left. I don’t know what the Everton backs thought, but they apparently had no cognisance of the existence of Bennett, who ran in and shot the ball against the legs of Kitchen. From the rebound the ball seemed to me to strike the post after leaving Bennett’s boot and then into the net. Thus at half-time the clubs were no nearer than at the start, and for a matter of a further 35 minutes they were still equal. Lipsham, however, was allowed to get another centre when he might have been bowled over, and Bennett rushed in and scored the best goal of the day, which was only fitting, seeing that it gave his side the points.
United gained their victory not because of any superabundant excellence, but rather owing to an all-round equality just in front of the strength of their opponents. They had a big pull from the fact that the forwards worked more for one common end than did Everton’s quintette. Their first thought was to make straight for the Everton stronghold by open play rather than close footwork, and, moreover, their shooting was more telling. These are advantages which, given all else equal, will reap a reward in points. Brown, the Gainsborough boy, for he is only about 19, believes in feeding his outside men and shooting whenever he can. Archie Needham, who came into the team owing to an injury to Priest, if I mistake not, will improve with further acquaintance with first class football. Like the other inside. Common, he is of the ideal Sheffield United stamp, off to goal with the least possible delay. But to the outside men may be attributed the chief cause of success, for it was from a cross by Lipsham that Bennett got both his goals. The veteran, who was almost dispensed with at the close of last season, is still a source of danger. The half-backs were all good, and were the backs, though at times Thickett was bit erratic in his kicking, and Lewis has done better. Everton did not give a bad display, even though it was not their very best, and I think the same eleven should place the club into a prominent position in the table. Young seems to be more himself again, but the forward line generally were just short of that knack of passing the ball to within a yard or two of the proper distance. Certainly Settle put the ball well out to Hardman many times in the second half and the amateur did his duty when Thickett did not frustrate him by returning to the centre. McDermott I have not seen before, but he struck me as an e very heady sort of player. Abbott I thought, was by far the best of the half-backs, but the best man on the side undoubtedly was Kitchen, the goalkeeper, although Crelley played well at hack. Although they lost I should not advise the Everton directors to make any changes in their team, and, after all, there is no shame in being beaten 2—1 at Bramall-lane. Sheffield United; Lewis; Thickett, and Boyle; Johnson, Wilkinson, and E. Needham; Bennett, Common, Brown, A. Needham, and Lipsham.  Everton; Kitchen; Balmer, and Crelley; Wolstenholme, Booth and Abbott; Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman.  Referee; S.R. Carr, London. 

September 14, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
For their first away league encounter, Everton had a stiff task on Saturday when they opposed Sheffield United at Bramell lane. Both teams had commenced the season in splendid form, and there was a big crowd present to welcome them. Everton played their usual eleven, but on the home side, A.Needham turned out vice Priest, who was injured. Teams: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer and Crelly, backs Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Sheffield United: - Leiws, goal, Thickett, and Boyle, backs, Johnson, Wilkinson, and Needham, half-backs, Bennett, Common, Brown, A.Needham, and Lipsham, forwards. Referee Mr.A.S.Carr. Everton were fortunate in winning the toss, as the United had to face a glaring sun and had also a slight breeze against them. Immediately from the free kick against Thickett for fouling Young gave the visitors a promising position, but in ready stages Bennett and Common worked down the wing, and on the inside man parting to Brown, the last named player skimmed the bar with a beauty. Attacking again, Young cleverly foiled Wilkinson, and Boyle, and finally getting his left foot to the ball he sent in an oblique shot along the ground, and opened the scoring after play had been in progress four minutes. The United forwards for some little time played up in desperate fashion, but when going strongly Brown was ruled off-side, and much headway was lost. Balmer staved off a further attack when the home centre easily robbed Booth, and play was taken to the Everton line. From the throw-in Brown was again put in possession, and Kitchen had to negotiate a clever low shot, and did this in an effective fashion. Sharp was next in evidence, but got no further then Boyle, and on the United breaking away again Balmer came to the rescue, and, taking some risk cleverly broke up a splendidly combined movement on the part of Brown, A.Needham and Common. Beautiful passing by the home forwards culminated in Lipsham sending accurately across the goalmouth, and immediately afterwards Needham drove in a hard shot, but could not defeat Kitchen. At this juncture there could be no doubt as to the intentions of the United players, who, with the least luck, must have equalised. Common next had a clear field, but screwed across the goalmouth-another lucky escape-and then play was directed to the other end, when Needham foiled Booth when in a good position. Within a minute the ball was at the other end, where Kitchen kept out a magnificent shot from Bennett just as it was about to pass into the net. Eventually the persistency of the United forwards was rewarded by a goal from Bennett, who was allowed a clear field but it was only at the second attempt that player was able to beat Kitchen, who was entirely unprotected. Their success came after twenty minutes play, and naturally the enthusiasm of the crowd was high. The ball had no sooner been in motion again than Kitchen was called upon to save from Common. Eventually the visitors got well down, and an effort from Hardman passed wide of the post. Then followed a capital bit of work between Settle and Hardman the outside man finishing up with a magnificent centre under difficult conditions. A corner was conceded but it came to nothing, and during the next few minutes two similar concessions were gained by the United. During this period several shots were levelled at Kitchen, all of, which was lucky, charged down. The next item was a brilliant shot from Lipsham, equalled only by the skill, which Kitchen displayed in diverting its course over the bar. The home forwards continued to play up in spirited fashion, and hereabout they kept the pace at full tension. Everton appeared to have a chance when Young placed in a good position just outside the penalty line, when Thickett pushed him up somewhat vigorously, and nothing came of the free kick. Another dangerous run by Bennett brought Kitchen to his knees, and immediately afterwards Hardman was ruled offside. When about to test Lewis shortly afterwards Young lost a splendid chance of scoring, for he had an open goal when Thickett nipped in and relieved with a corner kick. half time Sheffield United 1, Everton 1.
When the game was resumed there would be fully 20,000 spectators present. Everton had now to face the sun, and wind, and their prospects of victory were somewhat minimised. Immediately on restarting Settle came under the ban of the referee, and as a result the visitors goal was all but captured. A corner followed, and after further pressure Common sent behind. Abbott was kept well employed by Bennett and at length Hardman raced off and forced a corner off Thickett. This was well placed, and Sharp headed in, only to see Lewis fist out, and in a trice play was again in close proximity to Kitchen's charge. There Balmer put in good work, and once again Hardman got off, but was not well supported. The powerful kicks of the home backs troubled the visitors, Sharp and McDermott was next in evidence, and the former opened out a nice chance to Young, but the latter was foiled by Boyle when the parting shot was levelled. The visitors were now having plenty of the game, but against the stubborn defence of the opposing backs they had little chance of finding the net. Bennett scored for the United tem minutes from time, and won by two goals to one.

September 14, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division. (Game 2)
Played at Goodison park, in fine weather, before a fair attendance. Both sides were strongly represented. Everton kick off, and the opening play was noticeable for the numerous mistakes on the part of the home forwards, who lost several chances. Dilly at length beat Taylor, and afterwards both custodians were kept busy. North End holding their own. At half-time Everton led by a goal to nil. Two minutes after resuming Sheridan scored a second goal, for Everton, and afterwards Dilly put on three in quick succession, two of than being splendid efforts. North End tried hard, but could not be Whitley. Murray also defending well, and Everton won by five goals to nil. Everton: - Whitley, goal, Henderson, and D.Murray, backs, Chadwick, Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, O'Hagan, Dilly, Sheridan, and McEwan, forwards.

September 14, 190. The Liverpool Mercury
The Everton team on Saturday failed to realise the high expectations, which had been formed by their enthusiastic supporters. In view of the really excellent displays which they given at home it was foundly hoped that, even when faced with a trying ordeal at Bramell lane, they would come through the encounter, if not victorious at least with an equal division of honours. Unfortunately, three anticipations were not consummated the Goodison road team having to accept a two goals to one reverse. While the result was not palatable to those enthusiasts who had travelled to Sheffield, it must be said that the side gave creditable exhibitions against formen worthy of their steel. There was not much difference between the team, but the success of the United players was due, not only to a greater amount of determination in following up chances, but to little slips on the part of the Everton defenders, which unfortunately for them were turned to account by their agile and spirited opponents.
Both goals which Sheffield obtained were rather of the nature which has been described as “soft” not that on the play the Blades did not deserved their goals, but in each instance a little more care might have obviated the downfall of the Everton custodian. For the first goal, Kitchen, who thoroughly gave a masterful exposition was in no way to blame. By some extraordinary means, not one of his co-defenders made the least effort to intercept a swinging centre from Lipsham, and the result was that the dashing Bennett seized a splendid opening and banged the ball from short range at great force towards the keeper. This attack Kitchen gallantly parried, but it was impossible for him to get the ball away to a safe distance, and the brilliant outside right easily placed it into the net. The second goal was equally due to carelessness. From a goal kick, Wolstenholme unfortunately restarded the ball, and this furnished an opportunity of which the alert Sheffield vanguard took full advantage. The ball was instantly sent across to the right wing, where Bennett fastened upon it, and from short range placed it in the net quite out of Kitchen's reach. It is rather curious that in the light of home matches, the Everton team, after opening the scoring should have been beaten. At Goodison Park, both against the Rovers and Notts County, the visitors were the first to find the net, and yet in the end Everton gained an easy victory. The reverse was the case on Saturday. With the sun and wind at their backs, the visitors commenced strongly, and after four minutes play, Young succeeded after a clever piece of maneuvering in opening the scoring. It was a capital movement and somewhat unexpected, and it was from this period onward that the home side realized that a big effort would have to be extended if they were to secure full points. They peppered away, at the Everton goal, with great persistency, and some really brilliant shots were disposed of by Kitchen, who displayed great resource under at times trying conditions. The equalising point eventually came in a matter already described, and with honours even at half-time prospects were none too bright for the visitors, who had now to face the adverse conditions that prevailed. However, play was maintained at full tension, but there was always an air of superiority displayed by the Blades when within shooting range, through it was not till ten minutes from time that they succeeded in bringing the game to a definite issue. The Everton forwards lacked that incisiveness which is usually associated with a great team, and it goes without saying that had their final efforts been in keeping with their general movements quite a different complexion must have been placed upon the result. The centres of the outside men did not compare favourably with those put in by the home wingers, whose shots had far more string behind them, and invariably carried across the goal. Still, both Sharp and Hardman showed plenty of resource, and had Young been more alert their efforts might have brought about better results. Correct shooting was as a rule conspicuous by its absence and in this respect the inside men signally failed. The Half-backs had plenty of work on head, and, though there was occasional slackness noticeable, their work was up to a high standard. Wolstenholme however, was frequently beaten by Lipsham, and at the other end of the line. Abbott had a stiff task on hand in checking the clever attacks of Bennett, and on the whole, came out of the ordeal fairly well. While Booth played a grand game, one might suggest that it is not in the province, nor is it necessary in the case of such a sterling exponent of half-back play, that he should go out of his way to badly foul the opposing captain. And it was fortunate for Booth that the referee did not notice the incident. Coming to the rearguard, Balmer was kept constantly extended, and he did his work well. Crelly had more than his match in the wily Bennett, and was often in difficulties; while sufficient has been stated concerning the sterling worth of Kitchen's efforts in keeping down the scoring.
The United have undoubtedly a powerful side. Their dashing forwards were always a source of considerable anxiety to the visitor's defenders, and the wingmen especially were ever ready to swing the ball across and generally with good result. There was plenty of sting behind their centres, and the best of defences will experience a difficult task in keeping them in check. The half-backs played a hard harassing game, and stopped at nothing whereby they might turn the advantage in favour of their side where the ball dropped there was invariably a United half in its neighborhood, and it was this close following up that placed them more favourably than the opposing trio. Boyle was the better of the backs and Lewis in goal, had really nothing of a difficult nature to negotiate. Taking the game as a whole it was excellently contested, and although the Everton forwards were somewhat deficient in the matter of finishing efforts, still they gave many beautiful exhibition of clever passing, while on the run, and their supporters need not be disheartened by the reverse, for on the form the United displayed, Everton will by no means be the only team that will lose both points at Bramell lane.

September 17 1903. The Liverpool Courier
At Chester, the home side tried three new man Hardacre Vernon (forwards), Hall at right half back. Everton kicked off, and after some sharp football T.Lipsham got through and Whitley, tipped the ball out, but he met it and scored. Rankin made a fine run on the visitors right, and shot hard, Coventry saved in splendid fashion, them Rankin, Sheridan, both shot, but Coventry saved, put could not stop, Sherdian shot going in. Everton added a second immediately, after Rankin running in, and tipping the ball into the corner of the net. Sheridan scored a third, in splendid fashion. Chester at once attack, and Lipsham sent the ball over, then the Evertonians scored a fourth from Simpson. The second half was characterised by more even play McEwan scored a fifth goal for Everton and Simpson a sixth with a clever shot, and Whitley save from T.Lipsham and Matthews. Everton were awarded a penalty kick, but did not score . Everton: - Whitley goal, Henderson and Murray, backs, Chadwick, Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, O'Hagan, Dilly, Sherdian, and McEwan forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 21 September 1903
Fully 7.000 spectators visited the Manchester United enclosure to witness the Everton match. True, Everton were the superior side on the day's play, and had they been successful, would have got no more than they deserved; but, at the same time, chances were thrown away on the United side by feeble marksmanship, and at times the visiting defence had quite as much as they could manage. A goalless draw was the result, and with their depleted team it was a smart performance on United part to divide the points, and to the defence must be awarded most of the credit. Moger, in goal, was a host in himself, his clearances being wonderfully safe. Stafford and Blackstock at back rendered him every assistance, and this pair were most difficult to circumvent. At half, Christie played a sound game, and Herbert Rothwell also did well, whilst amongst the forwards Hall at inside right took the eye for tricky and dashing work. McCartney and Street did some smart things, but the left wing was very weak. For Everton Corrin was most prominent forward, followed by Simpson and Rankin. Makepeace was prominent amongst a well-balanced half-back line, and both backs defended well, whilst Whitley in goal did all that was required.

Athletic News - Monday 21 September 1903
By Junius
Everton have now played three matches at Goodison Park, and in audition to annexing full points have scored ten goals to their opponents three.  Whatever their weaknesses were at Sheffield a week ago, there has been no possible cause of complaint in their home games and the manner in which they have achieved their successes is sufficient to warrant high hopes for the future.  In each case the Everton players have shown their finest form after the interval, for, after setting a tremendous pace in the opening half, they have completely over-played their opponents in the second moiety.  The victory over Newcastle was all the more pleasing because of the fact that the Tynesiders had not been beaten for three years at Goodison Park, and they were fancied in many quarters for the match on Saturday.  Everton have got a team together that should make a name for itself in the League, and they have been fortunate in being able to play the same side since their opening match.  Their exhibition against Newcastle was exceedingly fine, and Young is evidently returning to his best form,.  Last year Everton were sadly handicapped in this position, and the want of a capable leader in the forward line was frequently apparent.  Now that Young has resumed in seemingly good health, the change has already worked wonders, and no longer can the Everton team be designated one of defence alone.  The forwards are doing their fair share of the play, and it is many a long day since I saw an Everton front rank display such dazzling form as was shown in the match against Newcastle. 

Athletic News - Monday 21 September 1903
By Junius
The eject of Newcastle have usually found Goodison Park a happy hunting ground for points, but they received a rude shock on the occasion of their visit on Saturday, which, to some extent, compensated for previous failures on the part of the Everton players. Two years ago a goalless draw was the result of the meeting of these teams, whilst last season the Novocastrians secured full points by scoring the only goal of the game. They, however, in the match under notice met Everton in their happiest vein, and as a result were completely outplayed and vanquished by the decisive verdict of four goals to one. In fact, it was not until the last minute of the game that the visitors managed to obtain their solitary goal, and had they failed to open their account, the final figures would not have over-represented the superiority of the home players. Both sides were at full strength, and the weather was ideal for football, so that everything was in favour of a fair test of the merits of the combatants. As in their previous home matches Everton outstayed their opponents, and had them well beaten at the finish.
The game opened at a tremendous pace, and continued thus throughout the greater part of the first half. Everton early on gave evidence of what they were eventually to accomplish and capital efforts by Sharp, Young, and McDermott narrowly failed to achieve their object. Some twenty minutes had elapsed before the first goal was obtained, and this followed a neat movement between McColl and Rutherford, which had resulted in the latter securing a fruitless corner. Settle received and ran down, and his centre was sent across again by Hardman; but Agnew intervened, and drove the ball to midfield, where Booth pounced upon it, and rushing in sent the leather out of Kingsley's reach into the net. McColl should have equalized a moment later, but Crelley, smartly recovering himself from a previous blunder, charged down the shot. Everton were the more dangerous side, and led by a goal at the interval, but shortly after breathing time that they exhibited their superiority in most decisive fashion. Kingsley saved brilliantly from Young in the first minute, and after Balmer had let in Appleyard, who nearly scored, and another raid had narrowly resulted in an equaliser whilst Kitchen was out of goal.  Everton commenced their triumphal march. McDermott tipped the hall over Aitken’s head to Hardman, who raced in and gave Kingsley no chance. Still maintaining their excellent form, the Everton forwards bore down repeatedly on the United goal, and Young receiving from his halves, dashed between the backs and netted in beautiful style.  More pressure followed, and Settle put on the fourth, the visitors being at this stage simply bewildered by the brilliance of the home attack. Close on time Templeton managed to get away, and from his centre Howie appeared to tip the ball past Kitchen.
Everton’s exhibition was superior to anything they have shown for some time their footwork was of the most delightful description. This was of the most noticeable in the forward line, where the judicious passing,  the excellent combination between the centre and the wings, and the necessary infusion of dash which was lacking the previous week, made a combination which proved too strong for the opposition in every respect. The finest forward on the field unquestionably was Young, whose display, even in his palmiest days of two years ago, never exceeded the heights which his play against the United reached. Feinting first to right and then to left, he maneuvered for openings for his comrades, and kept the wing men moving in concerted fashion, so that the whole machinery of attack worked with the utmost precision, and presented no jarring tendency.  He repeatedly outwitted the Newcastle centre-half, and to him must be attributed, more than to any other individual, the credit for the fine victory obtained by his side.  McDermott was another great success, his midfield work being most enticing to witness, and he only requires a bit more sting behind his shots to make him an exceedingly dangerous forward.  Sharp gave a fine exhibition also; Settle played wonderfully well, and Hardman was strange to say, the weakest member of a forward division that fairly covered itself with glory.  The halves were best represented by Abbott and Booth though the only defect in Wolstenholme’s play was a tendency to take matters too easy at times, and it was owing to this that Templeton managed to lead the way to the scoring of his side’s only goal.  The complete understanding between the halves and forwards was one of the features of the match, and I don’t think Everton will go far astray so long as they can command these players in their customary position.  The full-backs were inclined to be rash on several occasions, but they invariably recovered themselves and made amends for their mistakes to such an extent that Kitchen had little to do in goal.  As for the Tynesiders, it is difficult to single any department of the team out for special mention.  The forwards were disjointed, and did not display the combination which previous teams from Newcastle have done.  The left-wing was extremely disappointing, and although Templeton accomplished an occasional flash along the wing, he seemed to forget that there were four other forwards in his team.  McColl gave him abundant chances, but received little in return and Appleyard was rarely allowed to get away.  The right-wing was the most effective portion of this line, but their finishing touches were lacking in sting, whilst all along the line there was a marked tendency to indulge in dribbling at the expense of shooting.  Gardner was the pick of the halves, but the backs did not impress me as being particularly sound.  Kingsley could not be blamed for the heavy defeat, and no doubt the inability of the United front line to get away from the attentions of the Everton halves was a more sustainable cause of the overflow.  In addition the home forwards acted in harmony with each other which is more than can be credited to the losers.  Everton; Kitchen; Balmer and Crelley; Wolstenholme, Booth and Abbott; Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman.  Newcastle United; Kingsley; Aitken and Agnew; Gardner, Vietch, and Carr; Rutherford, Howie, Appleyard, McColl, and Templeton.  Referee; T.Kirkham, Preston. 

September 21, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
At Goodison-park on Saturday Everton were opposed to Newcastle United. Although dull weather was warm, and favourable for a fine exhibition of football. Both sides were at full length, and long before the start a large number of people put in an appearance. The teams were: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly backs Wolsenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Newcastle United: - Kingsley, goal, Aitken, and Agnew, backs, Gardner, Veitch, and Carr half-back, Rutherford, Howie, Appleyard McColl, and Templeton, forwards. Referee T. Kirkham. Newcastle won the toss, and naturally selected to play with the wind in their favour. Young started in the presence of fully 18,000 spectators, and the home side at once made progress on the right, Agnew conceding a corner from Sharp. The corner kick was well placed, but Wolstenholme sent wide. Some fine passing between Settle and Young and Young enabled the latter to have a shot, but the ball went inches the wrong side of the upright. There was more clever passing by the Everton forwards and McDermott dribbling through, dashed in a grand shot, which grazed the crossbar. The United got away for the first time on the left wing, but Templeton's attempt was not accurately directed. Soon Everton were again on the move and another corner resulted, while McDermott shot into Kingsley hands. Retaliating the United made headway in good style, and Rutherford finding himself favourably placed, had a shot at goal. Kitchen was waiting for the ball, but Balmer intercepted it, and granted an abortive corner. Howie was conspicuous with smart tactics, but was finally robbed by Settle, who gave the leather to Young, the latter running through and trying his luck with a flying shot, which went high over the bar, in a twinkling Newcastle were at the other end, where McColl forced a corner, following which the ball came out to Rutherford, who made a very feeble effort to open the score for his side. Tricky play by Hardman was applauded, but still the United defence was not to be beaten, though Everton were more than holding their own. After twenty minutes play Settle prevented the ball going over the line, and passed to Hardman. The later missed his chance, and Aitken kicked up the field. Booth however, found himself in position, and with a terrific shot completely defeated Kingsley. This success for Everton was well deserved, and was vociferously applauded. No sooner however, had the ball been kicked off again than the home goal was in jeopardy, Crelly who had previously blundered, intercepting a rattling shot from McColl. The Everton forwards soon returned to the attack; indeed the whole team were giving a decidedly effective exhibition. From another dash along the wing, Sharp centred, only to see the ball get beyond the reach of Hardman. They still maintained vigorous pressure, and Abbott being especially meritorious rained shots in upon Kingsley, one effort. The pace was terrible and it was evident that both teams were in conditions, McDermott was prominent with a capital work, but owing to a misunderstanding its efforts was nullified. Next Sharp received from McDermott, and sprinted down the wing eventually sending the ball across the goal mouth, only to find no one ready to turn the opportunity to account. Kinsgley fisted out from Hardman, and a moment later had also to use his hands, while after that Young called upon him with a high dropping shot. Next Newcastle had a look in, but after Kitchen had been ruled offside spoiled their chances. Hardman failed to turn clever play to advantage, and United became more aggressive, but their forwards were by no means as deadly as had been anticipated. Half-time Everton 1, Newcastle 1. There must have been upwards of 20,000 people present when operations were resumed. Everton display had been so satisfactory in the opening half the great things were now expected of them. Moreover, the very first minute of play might have produced another goal. Young brought Kingsley to his knees and Hardman crossed nicely Sharp who, with a fine chance quite missed his mark. The visiting attack was not disposed to lag behind, and Appleyard, after tricking two or three opponents, sent a dangerous shot only a little wide. A movement later Kitchen fisted out a high shot from Rutherford, and with the custodian out of his goal there was a rare chance for an equalising goal. However, the ball was got away somehow, and the spectators were relieved. Away to the other end dashed the Everton quinette, and Kingsley beat Settle in a race for possession, the Newcastle custodian clearing his lines with a hugh kick. Still the Everton attack stuck gallantly to their work, and from a pass by McDermott, Hardman scored a second goal with a beautiful shot, with which, Kingsley had not the slightest chance. A series of throws in somewhat detracted from the interest of the game, but soon the teams were at it again in ding-dong fashion. Abbott being heartily cheered for a splendid effort. He banged the ball in with great force from a long distance, and it took Kingsley all his time to get it away Everton monopolised the attack, and Young as the outcome of a brilliant individual effort scored a third goal. This was followed a few minutes later by a fourth from Settle. Newcastle being completely outplayed. From a sudden breakaway Howie scored for the United just before the finish. Result Everton 4, goal, Newcastle United 1.

September 21, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 3)
At Clayton. The United had a poor team. In the first half, Everton were the superior side and only a excellent defence of the United to kept the goal intact. There was no score at the interval. The game was fast and exciting in the second half, but neither side could score. Everton: - Whitley, goal, Henderson, and Murray, backs, Chadwick, Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan, Dilly, Cotton, and Simpson forwards.

September 21, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury Everton furnished further evidence of what a strong side they are this season by completely overplaying Newcastle United, and this verdict of 4 goals to 1 in their favour does not by any means over represent their superiority. Both teams were at full strength, and the day was idea for football, so that there could be no excuse put forward by the Novcastrians in mitigation of their downfall, except that of inferior play. The game opened at a tremendous pace, and continued so throughout the first half, but after the interval Everton, as in their previous matches, were apparently staying the better. Having once got the upper hand of the opposition, they brought full pressure to bear, and made their victory sufficiently decisive to satisfy, even their most exacting supporters. During this period, Newcastle goal was thrice captured, and so spirited were the Everton attacks that a continual bombardment was maintained, which tested the ingenuity and resources of the defenders to the utmost. Having worn down their opponents, Everton made the most of the opportunity thus gained, and credited themselves with their biggest triumph of the season thus far, in a fashion which was almost identical with that which accounted for the Rovers and Notts County. The second half saw them at their best, but it should not be forgotten that the stern struggle witnessed prior to the interval, had paved the way for their ultimate triumph.
To recount in detail the varied movements of the players during the game would serve no useful purpose, but some idea of the character of the play may be gleaned from the manner in which, the goals were obtained. It was left to Booth to open the scoring, after about 20 minutes play, during which, both sides had experienced spells of pressure, but even at this juncture it was apparent that Everton were the more finished in their efforts. Settle smartly prevented the ball going over the goalline, after a raid on the home right, and sending across to Hardman, the latter returned only to find Aitken drive the leather to near midfield. Booth pounced on it, and working his way between several opponents, flashed in a low delightful shot, which beat Kingsley all the way. McColl should have equalised almost immediately, after but Crelly charged down his shot when close in. thus for the first time this season in their home matches, Everton led at the interval, and afterwards there was only one team in it, for Hardman prettily took a pass from McDermott, and getting close in gave the custodian no chance, whist after some really fine passing, Young gained possession, and dashing between the backs, scored a lovely goal. There was no holding the home forwards, and when Settle added a fourth, after a series of exchanges neat the visitors goal, it was no more than the side deserved for their splendid play. Then some loose defensive work on the Everton right wing let in Templeton, who whipped across a beautiful centre, after some bustling work near Kitchen, in which Appleyard was injured, Howie apparently scored the United's only goal close on time. Rarely have the Everton forwards been seen to such advantage, for the combination was excellent, whilst there was just that dash infused into their movements-which was lacking the previous week- that was necessary for the successful termination of their endeavours. If there was a weak spot it was on the extreme left, where Hardman did not seem as sprightly as in previous matches and was evidently slightly off colour. But in the centre, Young was in brilliant form, and the Scot had no superior on the field. His passing was judicious and he controlled his wings finely, whilst when it came to a tussle for the ball between him and Veitch, the latter had invariably to acknowledge defeat. Sparkling in his movements, and ever ready to make the utmost out of everything which came his way, the Everton centre fairly bewildered his opponents, and at the same time clearly demonstrated that he has completely recovered from the troublesome weakness that so severely handicapped him last season. McDermott also played a very fine game, and the cool manner in which he tricked the opposing half, and placed with equal skill to the men on either side of him, were alike extremely creditable. Sharp was likewise in a happy mood, even though not successful in utilising one easy chances of scoring, and up to the present the dashing outside right has displayed commendable consistency. The left wing was scarcely so effective, as the right, but Settle exhibited some pretty football and he was the primary cause of the first goal being scored, whilst himself put on the fourth. The whole line of forwards however, seemed to have one common object in view, and the men played to each other with an unselfishness and cleverness that was bound to brings its due reward. The halves backed them up grandly, and were continually lobbing the ball forward, whilst at the same time dispossessing the tricky United forwards, and completely upsetting all their plans of progression. The backs were not altogether free from fault, for although they kicked strongly, they made many weak clearances at times, still, the chief point in their favour was that they gallantly recovered themselves, and almost invariably rectified their previous error. Kitchen was seldom requisitioned, and for this the feeble work of the United front rank near goal chiefly to blame, for they made poor use of many chances which their clever midfield work had secured. From the foregoing sentence it will be gathered where Newcastle's weakness lay. There could be no mistaking the deftness of their foot work and occasionally they bore down in dangerous fashion on Kitchen's charge, but they generally bungled matters at the finish. In addition their forward play was one-sided, the right wing being the most prominent feature of their attack for the two clever players on the left-McColl and Templeton-were too smart to permit of their play assimilating. Each, with a less skilful partner might have created a more effective combination, but as it was nothing but disappointing was furnished by their movements. Appleyard was allowed little latitude by Booth, and rarely got going, and the best work in this division came from Rutherford and Howie. At half-back Gardner was the most effective player, but the full backs did not show too prominently, their tackling being weak, and they only returned well when allowed plenty of room. Kingsley kept a good goal despite the severe of the defeat, and it was not to say solitary individual that the work could be attributed, that arose from the foot of Everton were a better side all round, and on the evidence from this match they will have a reckoned with in the distribution of this season's honours.

London Daily News - Monday 21 September 1903
Fully 30,000 spectators witnessed this fixture at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Both sides relied on the elevens previously representing them. Everton played fine football at the outset, and it was only the admirable defence offered by Kingsley and the backs that prevented a considerable score being run up against the United during the first portion. As it was, a fine goal from a long shot by Booth for the Lancashire side was the solitary point obtained before crossing over. Afterwards, the Everton forwards played with the utmost briloliancy, and at the intervals Henderson, from a pass by McDermott, Young, and Settle added goals, and though Howie scored in the last minute for them, Everton won with some ease by four goals to one.

Dundee Evening Post - Monday 21 September 1903
His Play at Centre Forward
Everton may have to find a place for Dilly in the League team at an early date (says an English correspondent). Signed on as an outside left, he has adopted himself to the centre forward position, and evidently knows where the goal lies. He credited himself with four goals out of five against North End reserves recently.

Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 22 September 1903
Probably by way of compensating Blackpool for the loss of Hardman, REverton took a team down there last evening to engage in friendly combat. There was a very good gate, the general desire being to see how Hardman would fare against his old associates. but he was too well watched by Threlfall and Birkes, to do anything great; still, he did well well, and it would apopear as if his connection with first class footballers had improved him. Everton did not play their full team, Henderson, Murray, Rankin, Taylor, and Dilly appearing in place of Balmer, Crelly, Sharp, McDermott, and Young. Blackpool had only one alteration from the team which drew with Lincoln City, Edwards of Holywell, North Wales, taking bennett's place at outside left. Hardman partenered Settle on the left wing, playing on the outside. Hardman was the means of putting Everton ahead after 20 minutes' play, by centring to Taylor, who beat Hull with a shot he had no chance of dealing with. The visitors held the upper hand up to the interval, and crossed over leading 1-0. Blackpool had a chance of equalising, Parkinson passing to Edwards, who shot just a trifle wide, when he had no one to beat but Kitchen. The new wing man had another chance from a free kick taken by Jones, but this time his shot went over bthe bar. Both sets of forwards tried hard to score, but nothing further was done, Everton winning a very pleasant match 1-0.

September 22, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
This friendly match took place at Blackpool yesterday. A stiff breeze blew across the ground, making good football impossible. The teams were fully represented, Hardman the former Blackpool players, turning out with the visitors. Both sides strove hard to score, but it was not until near the interval that Taylor scored for Everton. Very little vigour was imparted into the second half. Blackpool tried hard to equalised, but unsuccessful. Result Blackpool nil, Everton 1 .

Leeds Mercury - Tuesday 22 September 1903
Bloomfield-road, South Shore. Everton played a fine game in the first half, amd after twenty minutes' play Taylor scored from a centre by Hardman. In the second half Edwards, of Holywell, who made a first appearance for Blackpool at outside left, missed an easy chance of equalising. Everton easily held the balance of play, and might have won by greater margin than one goal nil.

Derby Daily Telegraph - Monday 28 September 1903
At Aston, before a crowd of 33,000 people. The Villa substituted Johnson forn Bache. The game rather favoured the visiting side, although Niblo and Johnson did not use chances which came their way. Young missed a nice opening after good play by the visiting forwards. A few minutes before half-time Johnson scored from Brawn's pass. Interval Villa one, Everton none. In the second half the Villa had the better of the game at the start, and McLuckie scored a second point for them, Wilkes following with a third. Then Everton showed skilful football, and Settle was able to score a well deserved point. It was a fine game to watch. Result;- Aston Villa 3, Everton 1.

Athletic News - Monday 28 September 1903
By Brum
Generally speaking the habitués of the Aston Villa ground can count on witnessing as good an entertainment as any provided in the country, for the Villa's home form is apt to be of a superfine type. If their home defeats in the League were to be calculated the average per season would come out very small, and no visitors to Birmingham, taking the history of the League right through, have given finer exhibitions than Everton. How grand were the evolutions of Chadwick and Milward in the old days, how exhilarating the dashes of Fred Geary; how stirring the runs and centres of Alex. Latta! Times have changed, and the composition of the teams has changed, but thank goodness it is still possible to see football of the highest class when the Villa and Everton meet. Their coming together is sure to mean a big gate, for everyone here recalls one of the “greatest” of all English Cup finals, in which the teams engaged at Aston on Saturday were the heroes thereof. Shall we ever see another Everton and Villa final? Is the remark one often hears. Well, we may, but it will take a lot of equaling. We saw a very fine game, a very delightful game, in fact, on Saturday. Everything favoured the fixture, the weather was summerlike, indeed, the voice of the cricketer could be heard complaining of the juxtaposition of the seasons, so to speak.  It was the Birmingham onion fair, too, and fifty special trains came into the city from different parts of the country. Some the excursionists probably went to the fair, but it is quite certain that a larger percentage of them visited the football ground before yielding to other fascinations. There were 30,000 people round the railings when the game began on as perfect a stretch turf as one need desire for the purpose of the so-called winter game. Johnson and Niblo formed the Villa left wing, still, they have such an assortment to choose from that it is difficult to say which is their best eleven.
The pace was very fast, John Sharp put in a good many of his flying runs, and on his early form he looked like being the star performer of the game, but Brawn was not far behind him, and it would not be easy to pick a pair of fleeter and cleverer men, although Brawn is now the more solid man of the two. The onlookers, or those who favoured the Villa, and I presume that they were in a slight majority, did not quite like the way in which the game was going. You could not help entertaining the idea that the Villa were not quite so smart as their rivals. There was not much in it, but the Everton forwards played more systematic football than the Villa vanguard did to begin with. Sharp was often too good for Noon, and Hardman is a capital player, but the shooting was not A1 registered at Lloyd’s. It was faulty. Settle and Young are supposed to be experts at this phase of the game, but although they got in some good shies they did not look like beating George. Still, they had more chances of beating him than the Villa had of defeating Kitchen.  A splendid goal headed by Johnson from a centre by Brawn enabled the Villa to lead at the interval, but they could not claim to have been the better side. The game went on at undiminished pace, Everton having none the worst of it, but when the Villa make up their minds to go all the way they are hard to hold in, and from this point they literally ran away with the game, McLuckie scored after a superb dodgy run, and Wilkes obtained third goal with a long shot. Young then beat George, and Everton pressed in the last five minutes, but the Villa had won handsomely.  They were the better team, but their opponents retired honorably defeated.
It was an exhibition of football such as we see none too often, a game which made the folks go home and declare emphatically that it is all rubbish to say that football is deteriorating. It was a game which made one feel that the afternoon had been well spent, and that next week’s game might also be worth watching. Brawn played admirable football, and my estimate of him is that he is the best man in his position in the country. I am prejudiced (?), maybe, but that is my unbiased opinion. Sharp also showed up well, and McLuckie was a bright star. Booth, Abbott, Spencer, and Pearson were also first-class, and there were no moderate men. Aston Villa; George; Spencer, and Noon; Pearson, Wood, and Wilkes; Brawn, Garrity, McLuckie, Johnson, and Niblo.  Everton; Kitchen; Balmer, and Crelley; Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbott; Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman.  Referee; H. Shelton, Nottingham. 

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Monday 28 September 1903
At Aston, before a crowd of 33,000 people. The Villa substituted Johnson for Bache. Young missed a nice opening after good play by the visiting forwards. A few minutres before half-time Johnson scored from Brawn's pass. Half-time; Villa 1, Everton 0. After the interval the play was again very fast. Brawn missed an open goal after McLuckie had got through. Settle appeared a certain scorer, but George effected a brilliant save. McLuckie scored aftr twenty minutes and Wilkes added a third, while Young got through for Everton. Result; Villa 3, Everton 1.

September 28, 1903. The Liverpool Courier.
This match at Birmingham attracted very great interest in view of the fine form shown of late by both teams, and with fine weather prevailing the attendance as the start numbered fully 25,000. Everton relied upon their usual side, while there was a slight alteration in the Villa eleven. The teams were: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Aston Villa: - George, goal, Spencer, and Noon, backs, Pearson, Wood, and Wilkes, half-backs, Brawn, Garraty, McLuckie, Johnson, and Niblo, forwards. Referee Mr. Shelton. The Villa won the toss, and Young started, Everton were the first to get to close quarters, but Settle shot wide. From the goal kick the Villa went away, but Booth stopped McLuckie, and the Evertonians were soon swarming round the home goal, McDermott shooting the wrong side of the upright. Again the Evertonians returned, but Noon kicked clear for Young. Everton continued to press until offside relieved the situation. Spencer pulled Hardman up nicely and the Villa right moved off in nice style, Brawn swinging across to Niblo, who being hard pressed by Crelly, ran the ball out. The play for a time was confined to midfield and then Hardman eluding Pearson ran down and put out to Settle, who shot wide. A foul against McDermott enabled the home lot to find their way into the visitors quarters, but Johnson placed the ball over the line. Garraty and McLuckie were prominent in a desperate effort to get through Balmer, however, kicking away. Brawn receiving a long pass from McLuckie made headway, only to be pulled up by Abbott. Wilkes hard pressed by Sharp had to kick back to George, and a moment later Settle put outside. The Everton prevented the Villa forwards settling down, and Everton pressing again George only saved a long dropping shot by Young at the expense of a corner. The visiting side continued to show to advantage until Wolstenholme sent high of the bar. Spencer robbed Settle neatly just as he was about to shoot, and the Villa rattled away, only to be stopped by Abbott in clever fashion. A foul against Young relieved further pressure on the home goal, but it was only temporary, for the Evertonians playing a dashing game came on again, and the Villa were in some difficulty to keep them at bay. Garraty was penalised for tripping Settle, but from the free kick the ball was got safely away. The Villa now got down, and several nice passes enabled McLuckie to test Kitchen, who threw clear. Johnson from the rebound, fastened on the ball, but sent it wildly outside. Noon was checked for pulling up the Everton right, and a minute later Young, when in front of the goal, was pulled up for offside. Again Sharp was responsible for a good run, but George was all there, and saved Young's shot splendidly. Spencer next cleverly checked the Everton right wing, and Pearson sending the ball forward put the Villa on the move. Smart work by Niblo took the ball well in, the visiting backs clearing easily. The Villa were now playing better, but the Everton halves prevented them getting dangerous. At last a shot from Garrity passed over the bar, and from the goal kick, play went on in the home half. Wilkes eventually relieves the situation with a well-timed kick. Once more the Villa worked down to the other end, Johnson bungling s shot from McLuckie, and the effort was foiled. A long shot by Booth was wide of the mark, and then following a fine run by Brawn, Kitchen saved splendidly. The Villa were now doing the entire pressing, and excitement ran high when Balmer intercepted a good shot from Johnson. A mistake by Pearson let the visitors in, but Spencer covered and saved the situation. At the other end a bully in the Everton goal saw Crelly head away from Garrity. Returning to the attack the ball was sent across the goal, and Johnson being well up, put it out of Kitchen's reach into the corner of the net. This success for the Villa cans three minutes from the interval. Half-time Villa 1, Everton nil.

The Villa were distinctly fortunate in crossing over a goal to the good as Everton had most of the play. On restarting the players seemed disposed to take things somewhat more easily until Sharp livened matters with a smart run which ended in Wilkes conceding a corner. From this Sharp put the ball nicely, but Abbott headed outside. Villa again worked down, and McLuckie getting past Balmer, who fell, shot the ball against Kitchen. It went out to Brawn, who, with an open goal sent it against the side of the net. A moment later the home goal had a narrow escape, George saving from Young at the expense of a corner. Everton were trying desperately hand to equalised, but experienced no luck in front of goal. McLuckie scored a second goal for the Villa, and Wilkes added a third. Towards the finish Young scored for Everton, who lost by three goals to 1.

September 26, 1903. The Liverpool Football Echo
Liverpool Leek were the visitors at Goodison park this afternoon, when glorious weather favoured the meeting, and there was consequently a good attendance of spectators. The teams were constitution as follows: - Everton: - Dent, goal, Gordon and R.Balmer, backs, Chadwick, Russell, and Wildman, half-backs, Rankin, Williams, Dilly, Corrin, and Simpson forwards. Liverpool Leeks: - Thomas, goal, Lamb, and Williams, backs, Lewis, Taylor, and Othy, half-backs, McDonnell, Roche, Griffiths, Brown, and Chadwick, forwards. Griffiths kick off for the Leeks against the sun, and the opening exchanges were in the visitor's favour, the game being contested in Everton territory for some time. Gordon with the aid of Wildman, temporarily cleared the danger, but Leek came again, and Griffiths made a capital but unsuccessful attempts in opening a score on behalf of the visitors. Splendid tactics were shown by Leek, who maintained the pressure, and kept Everton in their own half. Everton eventually got away, but nothing tangible resulted. Leek then went to the other end, a fruitless corner being awarded them. Everton again took up the running, and Dilly shot within a few yards of goal. Corrin made a splendid effort to lower the colours of the Welshmen, but he was knocked over when close in goal, and his appeal for a penalty was disallowed. Everton put in some good work after this, but the Leek defence was very sound, and all the efforts of the home eleven to draw first blood were futile. Corrin made a magnificent shot at goal, the goalkeeper was busy for a time, and he brought off a grand save from Dilly. At the other end, Brown shot over, Everton were pressing at the interval. Half-time Everton nil, Leek nil. Final Time Everton 1 Leek nil.

September 28, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
Once again the jubilation engendered by Everton's magnificent display against Newcastle United has been followed by disappointment. The team and an unusually large number of their supporters journeyed to the Midlands on Saturday in the expectation of witnessing the discomfiture of Aston Villa. Unhappily, these fond hopes were not realised, and as the outcome of a really spirited and well-contested game, the Evertonians acknowledged defeat by three goals to one. On the face of it, this represents a serious reverse; but while points have been lost, there is some consolation in the fact that the final score was by no means as accurate reflex of the varying fortunes of the play. Indeed with a little luck, but it must be admitted with reasonable marksmanship on the part of the visiting forwards, the result might easily have been the other way. During the first half, and especially until a few minutes from the interval, Everton were distinctly the superior side. In finesse, in combination, and in all the finer features of the game, they were in advance of their old and famous antagonists. In view of this, it seems singular that the visitors were unable to pierce the Villa defence. It is strange, but none the less true, that their admirable footwork, and determination brought no fruition; simply, it must be said, owing to an almost inexplicable incapacity when the moment came to turn to real account splendid bits of play, which delighted even the Villa spectators. Having allowed so many chances to go abegging, it was not altogether surprising that when the Villa a turn did come they, by reason of none accurate shooting, should have made victory assured. Time and again the Everton forwards had the better of the Villa defence, but some of their efforts to score were ridiculously feeble, even at times when the keeper was the only player that had to be overcome. Weak and wide shooting characterised many of their efforts, and had they established themselves, as they should have done quite early in the game, probably a different tale would have to be related. The only really dangerous shot during the first half-hour came from Abbott, but unfortunately for his side, the referee was in the way of the ball, otherwise a certain goal must have accured. Then followed the first success of the Villa. Garrity, who all along had been a troublesome player to Everton halves, put the ball out to Brawn, with the result that this speedy player ran round Crelly, and swung it across to Johnson, who completely defeated Kitchen. It was a capital movement, and deserved success, while at the same time, it apparently decided the game, for from this point onwards the Everton side played like a beaten team. The second half opened in brisk fashion, and quite early on George kept out a fine shot from settle, while at the other end, and one of the best saves of the day was effected by Kitchen, who kept out a ball from Johnson that looked like beating him all the way. The Everton defence for some time had been showing signs of weakness, and the alert Villa forwards for a long period ran the rearguard off their feet. McLuckie eventually got the better of Balmer, and put on a second goal, and a third came from Wilkes, though the latter point should have been prevented, as the keeper handled the ball, but unluckily placed it into the net. A big effort was made to reduce the lead, and Young scored a clever goal, while both Settle and Hardman had no luck with capital shots. As has been suggested, the Everton forwards missed many opportunities of laying a foundation to success early on in the game, but this was not the only weakness discernible, for the backs did not strike one as being particularly safe. Balmer was occasionally easily beaten, but there were times when he and Crelly extricated their sides from difficulty. Wilstenholme and Abbott had plenty of work, on hands, and a pleasing feature in their display was the fact that they endeavored to do what the forwards should certainly have accomplished-shot at goal. Both put in rattling good shots, but levelled from long range they had little chance of defeating George. In the centre, Booth was fitful, and some of his efforts to score were decidedly feeble. The forwards did everything but find the net. Their footwork was greatly admired, and though Young showed the prevailing weakness, he kept his men well employed, and on the whole played a satisfactory game, Sharp on the extreme right was always a source of anxiety to the Villa defenders, while at the other end of the line Hardman put in a good work early on, but appeared to tire towards the finish. The Villa players, after once finding their position comparatively secure, played a most confident game, and for a time nothing could go wrong with them. McLuckie was a capable centre forwards, for he distributed the play in such a fashion that the best efforts of those on either side of him were distinctly brought out. Brawn and Niblo got in many fine runs and accurate centres, and the dash of the inside players, Johnson and Garrity, who rarely failed to take chances, stamped the forward line as capable of securing many succession. The half backs played a harassing game, and further behind Spencer showed that he has lost none of his skill. Noon was often beaten by Sharp, especially in the early stages of the game, but as played progressed he improved, and with his confreres and George formed a sound defence.











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