EVERTON PRACTICE MATCH
August 24, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
The first practice match of the season for the Everton club was played at Goodison park last evening. The weather was very unfavourable, and the adverse conditions had their effect upon the attendance, which would not greatly exceed 10,000. The ordinary course was adopted of putting the League attack (the stripes) against the League defence (the Blues). The teams lined up as follows: - Blues: - W.Scott, goal, R.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Taylor, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Roberts, Sheridan, McAdam, Caldwell, and Dilly, forwards. Stripes: - Kitchen, goal, Wildman, and McCartney, backs, Makepeace, Chadwick, and Hutchinson half-backs, Rankin, McDermott Young, Settle, and Hardman forwards . There was a good display of football in the first half, the Blues having the advantage. They secured a goal early on through some misunderstanding in the defence, and Sheridan afterwards added a second with a shot well out of Kitchen's reach. The Stripes retaliated and forcing a corner, Young got possession and put the leather into the net. The League defence still showed effected tactics and before half-time was reached Caldwell added a third goal half-time Blues 3 stripes 1. In the second half the Stripes forwards attack the Blues defence considerably, Hardman did well on the left and Scott was kept very busy, he kept some excellent shots in first class style. Suddenly dashing to the other end McAdams got through and shot at Kitchen at close quarter. In another attack Kitchen was forced out to his goal to met McAdams and the ball being centred, Sheridan headed it through. This was five goals to one by the reserves forwards against the reserve defence. Young had a good pop at goal, but Scott brought off another capital save. The Blues afterwards pressed, but they could achieve no tangible success.
EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB
August 27, 1904. The Liverpool Football Echo
Blessed with a full coffer and attended by a large and enthusiastic following, the Everton directors have nothing to fear financially. Rarely is there many changes in the Goodison park ranks, and this year proved no exception, the only noticeable absentee being Wolstenholme from the half back line, Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbott have achieved many victorious in the past, and there is every confidence that the vacancy will be thoroughly well filled. Of the candidates for the position. Makepeace has worked well for the Reserves, and at the practice game this week Hutchinson, an importation from Blantyre Victoria, gave excellent account of himself. Two new forwards have been signed on-Thorburn of Queen's Park, an understudy for centre forward positions, and Caldwell who, like Hutchinson, hails from Blantyre. The defence will be sound, and not many clubs can boast three goalkeepers of such merits as Kitchen, Whitley, and the Irish international Scott of Linfield Athletic. These players will be ably protected by the brothers Balmer, McCartney, and Crelly, Sharp, Abbott, Settle, and Kitchen, will receive benefits this year, and the matches for the same have been apportioned. Thee two first mentioned have selected the Aston Villa match on October 22, whilst the latter pair will depend upon, the Bury match on February 11. Proceeds of these games will be pooled between the four players named. Taken as a whole the “Blues” are a grand kit, and favoured with a little bit of luck, there is no saying what honours may be won by the Goodison Park team before the present season closet.
EVERTON PRACTICE MATCH
August 29, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
The Everton club had a beautiful afternoon for their second practice match at Goodison Park. The people were only to pleased to pay their pennies for admission to the ground, and additional coppers for the stands, seeing that the proceeds were to be devoted to the hospital Saturday's funds, and the Stanley hospital. There was a large crowd to witness the trial of Everton's players. The League forwards being pitted against the League defence. The teams selected were: - Blues: - Scott, goal, Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Taylor, Booth (captain), and Abbott half-backs. Roberts, Sheridan McAdams Caldwell and Dilly, forwards. Stripes: - Whitley goal, Wildman, and McCartney, backs, Hanlin, Chadwick, Hutchinson, half-backs, Rankin McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman forwards. About 18,000 spectators were present and an interesting game was witnessed, the League attack showing to better advantage than the League defence and scoring through Rankin and Settle, the latter shot being a particularly fine effort. Sheridan scored for the Blues with a very good shot. Half-time Blues 1, Stripes 2. In the second half the teams were altered, the League eleven facing the Reserves eleven with the result that the Reserves, put on two goals to one. Blues: - Scott goal, Balmer, and Crelly backs, Taylor, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs Rankins, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forward. Stripes: - Whitley, goal, Wildman, and McCartney, backs, Hanlin, Chadwick, Hutchinson, half-backs, Roberts, Sheridan McAdams, Caldwell, and Dilly, forwards.
After the practice match on Tuesday W.R.McAdams give a fine exhibition as centre forward, with the result that on the invitation of the directors, he yesterday signed a profession form for Everton.
August 30, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
An application from the Everton Football Club to increase Balmer's benefit from £162 12s 8d, too £200, was agreed to, but it was decided that any such application must in future be made before the match is played.
WHITLEY LEAVES EVERTON FOR STOKE
September 1, 1904. The Liverpool Daily Post
Now that the Everton have signed on Scott, as goalkeeper, a pussle seemed to arise as to where Whitley would play, as Kitchen would be among the Reserve men. Now, however, this pussle is solve, for Whitley has been transferred to Stoke at a substantial fee.
NOTTS COUNTY 1 EVERTON 2 (Game 447)
September 5, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Everton opened their League season at Nottingham. Their opponents were Notts County, but owing to the County Ground being required for cricket the match took place on the enclosure of the Forest club. The weather was more suggestive of cricket than football, but there was naturally a large crowd to witness the first League game of the season in the town. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Taylor, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Notts County: - Earle, goal, Prescott, and Montgomery, backs, Anderson, Mainman, and Griffiths, half-backs, Muir, Humphreys, Green, Reid, and E.Gee, forwards. Referee F.H.Dennis. The County opened the game when a smart check was administered by Abbott, which led to Settle and Hardman racing to within a few yards of Earle, the ball rebounding from the keeper, and just as Settle was about to put on the finishing touch Earle pushed the ball over the line. A change came over the proceedings on Green passing out to Muir, as a raid was at once made on the Everton defence. After several smart movements the ball the ball was given to Humphreys, who shot grandly into the net, but was palpably offside, and the point was promptly disallowed. A further attack in which Gee kept the Everton defenders busy, and the best efforts of Booth and high co-defenders were required to hold the County forwards in check. Sharp was given a chance of getting away, but it was not accepted, and a moment later, the ball was driven over the line. Pulling themselves together, the visiting quintet went off in fine form, and Prescott in order to save charge conceded a corner kick. Hardman placed well, and the followed a stiff bully in goal, but Everton lost their chance by a player handling the ball just in front of the goalmouth. Another severe attack followed, and a strong drove by Booth only missed the mark by the merest shave. Settle and Hardman meanwhile were putting in much good work, but in T.Anderson at half-back they found a sturdy opponent, and further behind, Prescott allowed little quarter. From a free kick, Balmer placed well to Settle, who worked himself into a nice position, but his shooting he put the ball straight to the keeper. A clever movement by Muir and Humphreys led to a heavy pressure on the Everton goal, and gave Gee a simple chance of scoring, but he missed the ball altogether. Scott had then to clear from green, and in a trice was at the other end, where Sharp put in a clever centre, Earle came out, but could only put the ball to Settle, whose shot glanced off Montgomery over the line. The corner kick was well taken and McDermott rushing up headed the ball into the net quite out of the keeper's reach. This success came after about twenty minutes play, and on getting to work again the County forwards bore down in almost irresistible style. Humphreys looked like getting through when Booth with a clever effort just managed to get his toe to the ball, and directly afterwards McDermott when going strongly was pulled up for fouling Griffith. A clever shot from Hardman was the next item, but the keeper attended to it in able fashion, and directly afterwards and no difficulty in dealing with a weak attempt by Booth. Reckless passing by the Everton forwards resulted on severe occasions in the ball rolling harmlessly over the goalline. Young then broke though, and when he had practically no opposition he preferred to pass back to McDermott instead of shooting. The latter put the ball ridiculously high over the bar, and after a further attempt to make headway by the Everton left the County got well under way, and gave Balmer, and Crelly plenty to do. Eventually Everton right got down, and after defeating Montgomery Sharp centred, and Settle meeting the ball headed into the net. Play had no sooner been set going again, than the County notched their first goal through Reid. after several smart passes across the goalmouth, Everton become once again aggressive, and looked like adding to their score, when Hardman took a pass in an offside position. Closely following the outside left sprinted down nicely, and was only a trifle out of his reckoning with a shot which, dropped on the crossbar. Half-time Notts County 1, Everton 2. On resuming the home side were first to get away, and had a free kick in a favourable position, but Griffiths shot over the bar. Everton retaliated but were driven back, and Balmer had to pass back to Scott in order to stop the opposing wing. Notts were having rather the best of the exchanges, but the Everton forwards were by no means idea, and Earle had to negotiate a stiff shot from Young. Green was hurt, but quickly resumed, and twice Muir sent the ball across the Everton goalmouth but the defence was too strong. The Everton pressed with determination, and on the two occasions. Mainman managed to divert capital shots, when Earle was out of his goal. Notts then gained a fruitless corner, while Scott saved from Gee. Nothing further was scored, and the result was Notts County 1, Everton 2.
EVERTON RESERVES 5 EARLESTOWN 1
September 5, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 1)
At Goodison-park, before 5,000 spectators. The opening half was splendidly contested play being fast and exciting. Earlestown opened the score through Hilton, and Sheridan equalised. Half time 1 goal each. On resuming Everton were early aggressive, Sheridan giving the home team the lead with a fine shot. Dilly augmented later. Everton had matters all their own way after this, and Caldwell put on a fourth, and Dilly a fifth goal, and Everton won by five goals to one. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Wildman, and McCartney, backs, Makepeace, Chadwick, and Hutchinson, half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan McAdam, Caldwell, and Dilly, forwards.
September 5, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton have opened the season most auspiciously. Their first League engagement was away from home, and whoever their opponents might be some anxiety naturally is felt as to the issue of the match. It is, therefore, all the more gratifying to their supporters that thus early a victory should have been obtained. Such a capital send-off is bound to have a good effect upon the team, for after all, there is nothing so encouraging especially in league football, as a win at the very start of an arduous season's engagements. Their success over Notts County by 2 goals to 1 was not, it is true, very pronounced, but the two points are there, and this is all that the team were asked to accomplish. Last season, in the corresponding fixture, the Evertonians gained the upper hand by three clear goals. That however, need scarcely be taken into account at the present time, in as much as when that result was achieved the Everton players had enjoyed plenty of serious practice, and were at the top of their form. Saturday's game could not be classed as a really first-rate exhibition of Association football. At the same time, this was by no means a matter of astonishment. One can hardly expect in the opening game all the finer points to be accentuated. The players themselves do not get into their regular swing, and the weather-it was more suggestive of cricket than of the winter pastime-necessarily plays on unimportant part, Still, it must be conceded that Everton's victory was the outcome of superior tactics. Right from the commencement this was apparent to every impartial spectators. The Notts County representative certainly tried hard, but the work of the Evertonians was characterised by style and finish, which overshadowed the vigorous efforts of the home side. At one period it looked as if Notts would be simply overwhelmed, for in less than half an hour Everton were two goals to the good. Both goals were cleverly obtained. McDermott heading through from a corner, while Settle also used his head successfully in meeting a brilliant centre from Sharp. These successive, however, seemed to impart renewed energy to the “Lancemen” and temporary weakness on the part of the visiting defence presented an open goal to Reid, who made no mistake. After this neither team succeeded in adding to their score, for although Young placed the ball into the net, the referee disallowed the point, presumably because Sharp before centring had gone over the line. The earlier proceedings of the second half were not so favourable to Everton as the club's followers might have desired. Indeed, had the home forwards taken advantage of ready good opportunities, the game might easily have been equalised. Still the main fault rested with the County attack, who, if they are to be successful, cannot throw away chances of lowering their opponents goal. It is just as well to point this but because unless the Everton defence is maintained at the high standard which distinguished it last season, such opportunities as were offered in Saturday's game would certainly not be discarded by any skilful set of forwards. For the main part little faulty could be found with the work of the Everton defence, but there was occasional slackness which, fortunately for the side, was not turned to profitable account. The only new recruit in the Everton ranks was Scott, the Irish International from Linfield. Although not subjected to any severe trial, he showed that he is a custodian of real ability. A word of caution, however, would not be out of the place. Coolness is an excellent qualification in a goalkeeper, but there is such a thing as carrying it to success. On more than one occasion when he might have punted strongly down the field, he threw the ball to the backs, and if the Notts forwards had been more alert the Everton citadel might have been captured. Balmer and Crelly were a strong couple of defenders, although not so consistent as usual. but no disquietude need be entertained, for with more work they are bound to improve. Taylor filled the vacancy caused by Wolstenholme's transference to Blackburn Rovers, and that he worked like a Trojan goes without saying. Still, right half is not Taylor's true position, and somewhat naturally he could not resist the temptation to act his old part as inside right. Booth and Abbott maintained their reputation, and were always a thorn in the side of the Notts attack. The visiting forwards individually were exceedingly clever, but they did not quite realise one's expectations in the matter of combination. No doubt the necessary assimilation of method will soon be forthcoming, and then Everton will possess probably the smartest quintet in the League. McDermott who was conspicuous throughout for his wonderful trapping of the ball, had the honour of registering Everton first goal of the season, while Settle, who claimed the second, was always smart, not only in robbing opponents, but opening out the game for his comrades. Young was a watchful centre, and both outside men, Sharp and Hardman, were speedy and resourceful, the centre from the former, which led to the winning goal, being a particularly fine effort. The new men who appeared for Notts County rendered a good account of themselves, but there is a lack of balance about the team, which does not suggest a very successful career. It was noticeable that three old players, who have been associated with the district-Prescott, Gee, and Mainman-were amoug the most prominent of the County representatives. Everton victory still doubtless add to the interest which will be taken in the friendly fixture at Goodison park to night with the Linfield club.
EVERTON 3 LINFIELD 0
September 6 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Yesterday Everton played a friendly at Goodison-park with Linfield, the Irish League champions, from whom they secured Scott and McCartney. Although the kick off was not until a quarter to six o'clock, the spectators only numbered a couple of thousands. Everton played a mixed team, which included five combination players while the Irishmen tried new recruits. For a friendly the game was interesting to watch. The visitors displayed smart football, the forwards being very nippy on the ball, but they were scarcely a match for the Evertonians. The only goal in the first half fell to Everton, McDermott after a series of exchanges within the penalty area, scoring with a fast low shot. Occasionally the Itrishmen had hard lines, but Scott and the backs defended strongly. A neat individual effort on the part of Caldwell led to Everton second goal and Sharp followed with a third. Scott was not beaten, and the result was Everton 3, Linfield nil. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal, Wildman, and McCartney, backs, Taylor Booth (captain), and Hutchinson half-backs, Sharp, McDermott, Young, Caldwell, and Dilly, forwards. Linfield: - Best, goal, Shepperd, and Wallis, backs, Anderson, Darling and Smith, half-backs, Young, Hagan, Osborne, Stewart, and McClure, forward. Referee J.McGill.
LIVERPOOL LEAGUE 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 8,1904. The Liverpool Courier
At Bank-road, Garston, last evening, before about 2,000 spectators. Everton won the toss, and playing with a strong sun at their backs, monopolised the opening stages. Balmer secured the first goal from a free kick in midfield. Dodd and Sheridan broke away, and a corner was forced but nothing resulted. At the other end Boyland (Garston Church) shot into Kitchen's hands. Taylor (Sutton Commerical) at centre half, repeatedly broke up the combination of the Everton forwards. Half-time Everton 1, League nil. Restarting the Leaguers forwards, well supported by the halves, were constantly aggressive and Wilson (Sutton) three times in succession tested Kitchen. While Neve (Prescott) got in a brilliant cross shot. A breakaway by the Everton right almost ended in a score, but Whiting saved at the expense of a corner. A few minutes from time Wilson placed the ball in the corner of the net away from Kitchen, Everton 1, Leaguers 1. Everton: - Kitchen goal, Heyes, and R.Balmer, backs, Hanlin, Chadwick, and Hutchinson, half-backs, Rankin Sheridan, McAdam, Dodd, and McCartmey
OSWESTRY UNITED 0 EVERTON RESERVES 4
September 9 1904 The Liverpool Courier
At Oswestry yesterday in dull weather. Shortly from the kick off, Everton got a lead from Sheridan, the second point being registered by Roberts. Everton practically made rings around their opponents, leading by three goals at the interval. On resuming Everton used fine passing, which the salopians warded off successfully. The encounter from this rules somewhat more quick, the visitors only securing one more point throughout the second half. Elsworth also a Liverpool player deserved especial mentions, for his long shot.
EVERTON 2 SHEEFIELD UNITED 0 (Game 478)
September 10, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Everton played their first League match of the season at Goodison Park on Saturday, when with fine weather prevailing, a “gate” of about 23,000 people was attracted to witness the match with Sheffield United. Owing to an injured toe, Booth was unable to turn out in the home team, his place being taken by Chadwick, while the United made several changes: - The teams were: - Everton: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer (captain), and Crelly, backs, Taylor, Chadwick, and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, McDermott, Young. Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Sheffield United: - Foulkes, goal Groves, and Milnes, backs, Johnson, Wilkinson, and Needham (captain), half-backs, Lang, Donnelly, Brown, Drake, and Lipsham, forwards. Referee Fred Kirkham Balmer beat Needham in the spin of the coin, and them gave Everton the advantage of playing with the sun at their backs, Brown kicked off, and the Blades opened strongly. The ball being taken down on the left Lipsham forced a corner, which was not improved upon. The Everton took up the running, and amid applause Sharp dashed in a long shot to Foulkes, who fisted the ball down the field. At the other end Lang, was erratic in his shooting, and in the course of another attack Milnes was penalised for fouling Sharp. Taylor took the free kick, and placed the leather in the goalmouth. Foulkes got his arm to it, but could not deal with it adequately, and Hardman rushing up, headed the leather into the net. This success came after about six minutes play. Immediately after the ball was again set in motion, Foulkes splendidly saved the United goal, who intercepted in clever style a dangerous shot from Sharp. The Blades had a look in, but beyond a long shot from Lipsham the home defence was not seriously troubled. Again the Everton forwards swooped down on Foulke, and after a most entertaining series of passes McDermott tried his luck, only to end the ball high over the bar. Lang shot across the Everton goalmouth, and a corner being conceded the ball remained in the vicinity of the goal for some minutes, Scott dealing effectively with a high dropping shot from Donnelly. A wild kick by Chadwick gave the Blades another corner, Scott this time having to deal with a dangerous header. Needham was the next to call upon Scott, the visiting side at this period undoubtedly having the better of the augment. Suddenly there came a change. Young passed well forward, and with Sharp racing for it Foulkes also left his goal. The Lancashire cricket managed to evade the giant custodian, and a goal seemed certain when Groves intercepted the leather. It was a decidedly lucky escape for United. Play continued to be of a lively and interesting description, though naturally the Evertonians felt the loss of Booth's services. Hardman was applauded for a run down the wing, which he finished with a nice pass to Settle, who, however, sent the ball yards from the desired haven. Another abortive corner fell to the Blades, and play ruled pretty even. Capital work by the home attack followed the outside men both being conspicuous. From Hardman's centre McDermott had hard luck in heading outside the post, but Settle was at fault, when splendidly placed in dealing with a cross from Sharp. Young shot into the net after the whistle had blown for offside, and then Sharp finished a fine run by sending wide. A corner to the Blades led to some exciting work in the vicinity of Scott, who was applauded for his smartness in fisting out a dangerous shot. Soon Everton were again swarming round Foulkes, but he was not called upon to handle, Sharp when in good position placing high over the crossbar. After midfield play, the home attack delighted the crowd with a capital exhibition of passing, in which Abbott, Settle, Young, McDermott, and Sharp participated, the latter ending the movement by lifting the ball just over the bar. Half time Everton 1, goal, Sheffield United nil.
On resuming the Blades at once took up the running, and Lipsham got in a splendid oblique shot, which Scott dealt with in masterly fashion. The ball was quickly worked down to the other end, where Abbott tried his luck. However, he did not get sting into his effort, and Foulkes had no difficulty in clearing. A corner was forced, from which Everton might have added to their score. A second corner was conceded without leading to anything tangible, and although Balmer miskicked, the Blades forwards could make little impression upon the Everton defence. The Blades were driven back, and Foulkes had to use his trusty fist. Certain of the referee's decision did not meet with the approval of the crowd, who, however, quite agreed when Groves was penalised for bringing down Young outside the penalty line. From the free kick Sharp dropped the ball into the goalmouth, and though Settle twice got his head to it he could not direct it into the net. Everton were now going in great style, and after enjoying several narrow escapes, the United goal was captured, Young running round Groves and Shooting past Foulkes amid a terrific outburst of cheering. After the second reverse the United forwards exerted pressure, and following a corner Scott was almost taken by surprise. Everton quickly retaliated and from good work by Hardman and Sharp, the latter presented a fine opening to Young, who sent the ball high over the bar. Result: - Everton 2, goals, Sheffield United nil.
September 12, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
Although unable to place their strongest side in the field. Everton managed to account for Sheffield United by two clear goals, and thus repeated the verdict of last year in the corresponding game precisely. Booth was an absentee owing to the suffering from an injured toe, and the reserves team player Chadwick was called upon to fill the vacancy. It is no easy matter to effectually substitute such a clever half back as Booth undoubtedly is, and if Chadwick's debut in First League football was not exactly a triumphant one, it was probably no worse than could have been accomplished by any of the other reserve half-backs, which the club possesses. To make the situation worse. Abbott twisted his knee in the first half of the game, and this materially lessened the efficiency of the work, and with their intermediate line thus below its customary strength, Everton may be said to have fared exceedingly well in winning so decisively. On the United side Priest was unable to play at full back, and this let in Milne an amateur who assists the second eleven usually, and also one of the Sheffield minor clubs on special occasions. Thus both teams had to bemoan the loss of one of their most experienced men, and may be said therefore, to have opposed each other on an even basis. The feature of the first half was the fine play of the extreme wings forwards on the two sides. Sharp and Hardman-especially the former- were given every opportunity of displaying their fine turn of speed, and they made the most of their chances. Repeatedly did the Everton right winger dash past his opponents, and centre beautifully in front of goal, and scarcely ten minutes had elapsed before Hardman had converted one of these chances with a neat header. Foulkes got the ball, but he could not keep it from entering the net. On the United side, the right wing past were not so prominent as Lipsham on the left, and the Chester youth initiated the majority of the raids on the home goal, but his efforts were not backed up by his comrades as they should have been. Lang and Donnelly proved more than serviceable recruits, and they know the location of the goal posts. But taken as a body, the Everton forward line was decidedly superior to that of the United. Young gave further evidence of the complete returns to form and, though faulty with a couple of glorious centres, which he bounced upon quite close to Foulkes, he compensated for these shortcomings by the able manner in which he distributed the play to his wings. There was life in his movements which, last year were often characterised by lack of determination near goal, but these latter failings were completely absent in the match with the United, and the difference in the effeciency of the forwards was most marked. Little fault could be found with the work of this line, for the men were eager, and when in possession alert and aggressive straight away. There was one exception perhaps for McDermott carried his coolness almost to the verge of disaster at times, and his attempts at goal were alarmingly ambitious. Settle was in a lively vein, his footwork being exceedingly clever, and frequently the passing all along the line was of the highest character. This was achieved in spite of the fact that the half-backs were not up to their usual standard of efficiency, and did not augment the efforts of their forwards to the extent that is generally the case. As already stated, Chadwick was attempting something a bit above his calibre, and he has much to learn before becoming even a likely candidate for the League eleven. Abbott stated well, but was handicapped in the later stages by the injury to his knee. Taylor was not very prominent, and is a lost force as a half-backs. He got through a vast amount of work however, and is unfortunate that his energies can not be utilised in the front rank. The full backs were left with more tackling to perform than has been the case for some time, and Crelly fairly distinguished himself in this respect, which more than compensated for some occasional mistiming in his returns. Balmer played a useful game, and Scott kept a really fine goal, two of his clearances near the finish from Donnelly and Lipsham respectively smart. United posses a very serviceable side, and they were not beaten until the final whistle blew. In fact they shaped more dangerous in the closing, stages that any other part of the game, and their perseverance deserved some reward, but they could not get the ball past, Scott though one cross shot from the right wing near the call of time found the keeper, as well, as the United left wingers unprepared for the leather. As already stated, Lipsham was the chief performer but the right wing, composed, of Lang and Donnelly displayed creditable form, and Brown in the centre also did well. In the intermediate line, Needham bore off the honours, and he had a sultry time of it in keeping Sharp under control. Wilkinson was like wise always worrying his opponents, but his efforts were not as successful as had been the case in former matches against Everton. Johnson gave a fair exhibition, and the same remark applies to the full backs, who kicked well when allowed plenty of room, but were not so effective when bustled. Foulkes gave a characteristic display in goal his hugh lunge and mighty fisting away of the ball eliciting the wonderment of the spectators. He kept out the low shots with as much ease as the higher ones, and considering his weight, he is a remarkably active keeper.
ASTON VILLA 1 EVERTON 1 (Game 479)
September 13, 1904 The Liverpool Daily Post
Sharp sprained his Knee and retired early in the first half.
The remarkable popularity of the Everton team was strikingly emphasized yesterday when several thousands followers of the club travelled to Birmingham to witness the encounter between the Goodison Park brigade and Aston Villa. The weather unfortunately was wretched, the Midland capital being enveloped in a dreary drizzle, and this had a great effect on the gate, these being a very small attendance when play began. Owing to injuries and other causes, neither side was at full strength. Hardman, who is suffering from a sore throat, was unable to play, and Abbott, owing to a severely wrenched knee, was also an absentee. It had been hoped that Booth would be able to turn out, but his toe was still damaged, and Chadwick had again to do duty for him. Dilly took Hardman's place and Makepeace appeared instead of Abbott. The enforced absentee of Evans also handicapped the Villa. Wilkes and Johnson so that neither held any great advantage so far as personnel went. Teams: - Aston Villa: - George, goal, Spencer, and Miles, backs, Noon, Gray, and Leake, half-backs, Brawn Hall, Watkins, Bache and Garratty, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer (captain), and Crelly, backs, Taylor, Chadwick, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Dilly, forwards. Referee Mr.Nunnerley. Balmer won the toss, and the home team started in the face of a fresh breeze. After the opening exchanges, the Villa moved down strongly on the left, and Garritty, going at to speed, put in a splendid shot, which Scott fisted out. The Evertonians then advance on the right, but they were pulled up short, and a free kick to the Villians looked ominous. Spencer placed the ball splendidly, and Bache running in gave Scott a difficult task, but the latter rose to the occasion, and cleared coolly. Everton gain took up the running and Settle was about to shoot when the home skipper cleared. The home side were now, having the bulk of the attack. From a couple of free kicks Spencer placed the ball in the goalmouth, but on each occasion the Everton defence proved sound, and the danger was averted. From this point the Evertonians beaten in assert themselves strongly. Dilly raced down the wing, and passed to Settle who banged the ball in, but George intercepted and Young catching the return, spoiled a splendid chance by shooting high over the bar. It was not long, however, before the visitors resumed to the attack with renewed vigour, and a corner was forced of Milnes. This was well placed by Sharp, and after a short scrimmage in front of George, Settle, headed the ball into the net, but the referee after consulting both linemen, disallowed the point- apparently on the ground for offside. Play now became faster than ever, and Sharp on one occasion sprinted grandully down the wing. He centred well, and Young got to the ball but he shot, failed in making the centre, Sharp sprained his knee, and he had to retire from the field. In spite of this the Evertonians continued to enjoy all the best of the argument and Dilly had a open goal before him, when he shot remarkably wide. Still the Goodison park men kept pegging away and both the home backs had more than once in trouble. They were however, very ably aided by the halves, who constantly dropped back to their assistance. And so saved off defeat. Some neat dribbling by the Everton forwards ended in a good centre, but Settle was obviously offside, when he netted the ball with a low shot. The next item of interest was a break away on the inside left which, scrimmage to Garritty who sending in a clever shot, when just topped the crossbar. Then the visiting forwards once more took up the running, and McDermott from long range shot high over George's charge. Each side being but on the defensive in rapid succession. A dangerous shot from Brawn was well cleared by Balmer and a moment later George had to deal with a difficult dropping shot from the foot of McDermott. Then Settle from a pass by Sharp who had resumed, shot in a low swift one, which was most dealt with by Spencer. Towards the interval the play slowed down considerably, and a series of long kicks, and rushes materially spoiled the quality of the football. Everton during this period were still the aggressors for the most part, but their shooting when within close range was always lacking in sting. Just before half-time Brawn made desperate efforts to rush away on the wing, but speedy through he was, Crelly so hampered him that he was unable to get in a fine shot. Then, from a run down by Garritty, Bache put in a magnificent low shot, which brought Scott to his knees, but the Irishmen cleared brilliantly. A second later Garritty put one towards the corner of the net, but Scott throwing himself prone, saved at the expense of a fruitless corner. Half-time Villa nil, Everton nil. When play was resumed there were fully 6,000 people present. The home team began to put on pressure, and in the first five minutes. Brawn sent in a glorious ground shot right from the corner flag, which the Everton custodain saved with rare skill. After this the Villians began to exert the greatest pressure, and the Everton goal was distinctly lucky in escaping capture. Time after time the forwards who were now showing improved football, attacking down on Scott's charge, and it was only the vigilance of the custodian that averted disaster. On one occasion Noon sent in a rally terrific shot, which seemed certain to score but Chadwick managed to intercept it just under the bar. The Villa, however, maintained their attack, and they were rewarded in the very last minute of the game, Brawn scoring with a somewhat lucky shot, result Aston Villa 1 Everton nil.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 ST HELENS TOWN 1
September 13, 1904. The Liverpool Daily Post
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 2)
At Goodison Park, before a poor attendance. The teams were as follows: - Everton: - Kitchen goal, McCratney, and Wildman, backs, Clayton, Hanlin, and Hutchinson, half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan, Roberts, Caldwell, and Dodd, forwards. St Helen Town: - Critchley goal, A.N.Other, and Yates, backs, Dixon, Prescott, and Lorat half-backs Rogers, Howarth, Taylor, Rigby, and Barendale forwards. Roberts commenced operations, and the first few minutes were spent in midfield. The Everton forwards eventually got going and the St Helens custodian was subjected to a revere bombardment. Roberts however, put an end to the pressure by shooting yards over the bar, a performance which was represented in every detail a few minutes later by Howarth at the other end. Roberts was again at fault with his final effort when favourably placed. Both sides put in some clever work, the Forwardss in each case being particularly active in the open, but they failed miserably in their attempts to force home the attack. Rankin was prominent with some really fine runs. His centres however, were usually charged down or made bad use off by the home centre. A mistake on the part of one of the St.Helens backs let in Roberts, who taking deliberate aim, easily beat Critchley. Everton continued on the aggressive, but the visitors were by no means idle, the forwards finding plenty of work for the Everton backs. Rankin cleverly outwitted the St.Helen's defence, and centring at the right moment Sheridan very neatly beat Critchley for the second time. Howarth sent the leather high over the bar, while Dixon was very little out in his final reckoning from long range. At the interval Everton led by 2 goals to nil. St Helens started after the interval, and each end was visited in turn with nothing, save a baron corner to everyone. Clever work by the whole of the St.Helens forwards enabled Taylor to notch their first point. This encourage helped to put new life into the visitors attack and Rodgers after running half the length of the field put the leather hit the corner of the goal. While Everton were quite determined to prevent them scoring, later on Critchley saved a beauty from Sheridan, while a moment later Dodd missed an open goal, and Everton won by two goals to one.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 3 EVERTON 2 (Game 480)
September 19, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
In order to fulfil their engagement with the Tyneside club the Everton team made the journey North on Friday, and spent the night at Harrogate, entraining for Newcastle in good time on Saturday. Unfortunately for the prospects of the visitors the side ha, owning to injuries, to take the field without the services of such clever exponents as Sharp, Booth, and Abbott. There would be quite 25,000 spectators on the enclosure when the sides took the field as follows: - Newcastle United: - Watts, goal, McCracken and McCombie, backs, Gardner, Aitkens, and Carr, half-backs, Rutherford, Howie, Veitch (captain), McWilliams, and Templeton forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer (captain), and Crelly, backs Taylor, Chadwick and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, McDermott Young, Settle, and Hardman forwards. Referee H.Ward. Balmer lost the toss, and Young opened play against a fair breeze. The home left at once raced down, and Crelly had to kick back to Scott to prevent Veitch finding a likely opening. Some capital play then followed, in which Settle and Hardman took part, but unfortunately the Everton inside left over ran the ball when within a few yards of goal. A pretty piece of combined play by Aitken, Howie and Rurtherford ended in Taylor kicking over his own line. The resulting corner kick was well placed, and Howie, with a terrific just shaved the upright. Everton now had a turn at the attack, and a fine cross shot from Rankin troubled Gardner, who cleared after a tussle with Hardman. The Everton forwards came again, and Settle found an opening. Young, however, shot against the side of the net. Another fine centre from Rankin harassed Watts and his backs when a powerful kick by Aitken transferred the play to midfield. By steady stages the Tynesiders got within range of Scott, but both Balmer and Crelly attended well to their work, and repeatedly kept them out. Another severe pressure followed, and McWilliams, with a long shot, called out Scotts best work. Further pressure ended in two shots from Veitch and McWilliams in close succession and within six yards of goal the keeper somewhat luckily warding off both efforts. Two district chances fell to Everton, once when Watts was out of his goal, and again after a fine cross-shot by Rankin, but the inside men failed and Hardman made a poor attempt to cover. The United forwards then broke away, and after several smart touches Rutherford put in a high shot from the wing, which struck the inside of the upright, and quite defeated Scott, This success had scarcely been obtained when the home forwards again got under way, Taylor, however, checked their onward course and putting well ahead Young supplemented, only to find Aitkens in attendances. Templeton drew Balmer and Taylor round him and passed to Carr, who gave the ball to Veitch. The latter was in a fine position, and with a swift low shot drove into the net. The Everton forwards, the most, effective coming from Rankin, who several times got the better of McCombie, and put in a rasping centre. The breeze militated against accurate shooting, but one of Rankin's efforts met with success, as after a spirited run down the ball was sent across to Hardman, who, with a raising shot, completely defeated Watts. This infused more sting into the visitors methods and for a few minutes play hovered round the home goal. A sharp attack was levelled at the other end, when from a free kick, Young got clear away, and had only the keeper to beat. He, however, held on too long, and Watts fell at his feet, and this prevented an otherwise an otherwise certain goal. Half-time Newcastle United 2, Everton one. Immediately on resuming Rutherford and Howie raced along the wing, and the Everton goal was threatened with a capital cross shot from the winger. Balmer came to the rescue, and smart passing by Young Settle, and McDermott followed this up, but, as before, the United defenders offered a most stubborn resistance. Returning again Hardman drew out cheers from the crowd as the result of some very clever mancenrving, which culminated in a brilliant shot at goal. The ball was about to sail in at the corner of the net when Watts got to it, and conceded a corner. This was worked clear, but again the Evertonians with the strong wind behind them pressed severely, and were somewhat unlucky in not drawing level. Taylor was just now putting in some capital work in the tackling line, and it was mainly due to his efforts that the Everton forwards enjoyed the greater share of the play. At length Settle equalised for Everton, but shortly afterwards Veitch gained another goal for Newcastle. The game was most exciting in the closing stages, the equalising and winning goals being scored in the last five minutes. Newcastle United 3. Everton 2.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 SOUTHPORT CENTRAL 1
September 19, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 3)
At Goodison park, before 5,000 spectators. The Central played well during the first half, Dawson scoring for them in ten minutes, while afterwards Dent had a bust time in goal. Everton pressed forward towards the interval and McAdams equalised. In the second half play was much more in favour towards Everton, who attacked with vigour, but found Platt in splendid form. Everton: - Dent, goal, Wildman and R.Balmer, backs, Hanlin, Muir, and Hutchinson half-back Tuft, Sheridan, McAdams, Caldwell, and Dilly forwards.
September 19,1904. The Liverpool Mercury
St. Jame's Park, Newcastle has never proved a happy hunting ground for Everton. Previous to Saturday they had on six occasions played a League match there without the satisfaction of a solitary victory. As a matter of fact, only twice have they succeeded in dividing the points. Consequently it was but in accordance with the fitness of things that the outcome of Evertoin's latest visit North was the loss of a couple of points. Even apart from past experienced-and it is curious even in football, how much environment affects certain teams-there were consideration which were scarcely suggestive of victory for the winning side. As has been pointed out, Everton's weak spot this season is undoubtedly centred in the half-back line. The defection of Wolstenholme meant a great deal to the team for it broke up admittedly the cleverness half back division possessed by any club in the League. The absence of an efficient substitute for such a pastmaster in right half-back play was bad enough in itself, and it only needed injuries which can hardly be obviated to reduce the Everton first line of defence to a position bordering upon ineptitude especially when compared with the wonderfully effective work of last season's remarkable trio, Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbott.
In the game with Newcastle United, Taylor, Chadwick, and Makepeace filled the places to which reference has been made. No one for a moment would dream of suggesting that either of these players did anything but place their best talents at the disposal of the club. Taylor times without number has proved what a wholehearted enthusiast he is when on the field. He has won his spurs, and as for Chadwick and Makepeace, they had the stimulus, which buoys up the youthful aspirant to the highest honours of the football field. As a line they may be said to have creditably understudied more experienced and brilliant half-backs. It would not be fair to attribute Everton's defeat to any pronounced lack of ability on their play. At the same time, even a team like Everton cannot expect to make such a brave display when sat artists like Booth and Abbott are on the shelf owing to injuries. Chadwick improved upon his exhibition at Goodison Park against Sheffield United. He has many neat touches, and there is a certain degree of promise about his method which experience might bring to fruition. Makepeace was set a rather difficult task seeing that he was brought face to face with Rutherford, who was probably the most dangerous of the Newcastle forwards. While he did not some conspicuously, he certainly proved of considerable service to his side. Taylor, as ever, was a thoroughly worker, and it was largely owing to the close attentions that Templeton, the erst while Aston Villa winger and Scotch international, was for the most part quite out of the picture. The game considering the excessive heart, was contested throughout at a remarkable pace, although during the latter stages both sides gave evidence of fatigue. While Newcastle in the end claimed the minimum points, it is still a moot question as to whether they really deserved their win. Admittedly in the first half during which they scored twice to Everton once they were the superior side, and displaying the better football were at least a goal ahead of their opponents. After crossing over the advantage rested with the Evertonians, who had even more of the game than the United could claim in the opening portion, and considering their number and the accuracy of the centre which came from Rankin and Hardman, a perfect harvest of goals might have accrued had Young been in one of his happiest moods. As it was, while he never shirked work he somehow or another never seemed to get in the proper groove with the result that the loss of a second or two means all the difference between success and failure. It was a smart bit of judgement on the part of Settle, which led to Everton's equalising goal. He cleverly outwitted the Newcastle backs, and astonished them not a little by his deftness in diverting into the net a ball which McCracken and McCombie both imagined was going out of play. At this period everything pointed to a division of honours, and with a little more generalship and strengthening of the defence at the crucial moments Veitch's all-important goal might have been averted. Rankin proved an admirable substitute for Sharp, and was one of the most prominent men on the field. His fine turn of speed was of invaluable service to his side, particularly when one bears in mind the successful manner in which, he frequently centred the ball. Hardman too, gave another delightful exhibition. Although of slight build the Everton amateur is as plucky and fearless a forward as any engaged in First League football to day. His experience with McCracken was not always pleasant. but the invariably came up similing, and on one occasion after being somewhat severely dealt with, he surprised the Irish International by a quick recovery and a brilliant centre. Settle and McDermott rendered useful assistance to the outside men; while Scott was well protected by Balmer and Crelly, who were as usual reliable. Newcastle United gave one the impression that other teams besides Everton will fare badly at St.Jame's Park. The two Macs are a powerful pair of backs, and although the halves were scarcely as effective as the home supporters desired the forwards were always alive to any chance of scoring which came their way.
September 20, 1904. The Lancashire Evening Post
Everton have started the League tourney badly by losing their first three matches –two away, one at home –to teams of which only Newcastle United can be said to be above an average. Apart from any natural inferiority of the Toffees to their rivals. Their failure, says “Tom Tiddler,” is due to the suspension of Secretary Cuff and Trainer Elliott during the off-season for “poaching.” Horace Wright is the acting scribe pro tem, and Toman is the provisional trainer until October 1 st ; but, as may be easily imagined, these changes paralyzed the attempts to get new blood, with the result that the stables contain far too large a proportion of “old crocks,” while the absence of the regular trainer has not allowed even the “old crocks” to be patched up, for work again. In other words Everton are deplorably short of being “fit” and by the time they have got into trim they may have lost their chance.
S.B. ASHWORTH TO PLAY FOR EVERTON
September 23, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
For some time past, S.B.Ashworth, Stoke amateur, who helped Manchester City win the English Cup, has been connected with the club, and he has transfer intimating that it wants to play for Everton
EVERTON 1 PRESTON NORTH END 0 (Game 481)
September 26,1904. The Liverpool Courier.
The visit of the famous North End to Goodison Park on Saturday was favoured with fine weather, and there was a splendid attendance, about 25,000 people being present. Preston had a great reception on entering the enclosure. They were at full strength, but Everton were still without Abbott, and Sharp, their places being taken by Makepeace and Rankin. The teams were as follows: - Everton: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly backs, Taylor, Booth (captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Preston North End: - McBride, goal Derbyshire, and Rodway, backs, McLean, Hunter, and Lyon half-backs, J.Bell (captain), Smith, Brown, Wilson, and Bourne, forwards. Referee John Lewis. Bell won the toss and Young kicked off shortly before time. The home right were immediately prominent, but Lyon relieved. Smart passing by the Everton front line was nullified by Settle passing to an opponent. Then the North End left broke away but Brown shot wide, North End kept up the attack for some time, and a fine centre from Bourne was headed over by Smith. Makepeace smartly gave Settle possession and the latter passed out to Hardman, who ran the full length of the field. From his centre, however, the ball was placed high over the bar. Next Rankin tried a run on his own but Lyon sent the ball out to touch. Next Scott handled, and the Everton right raced away, an appeal for a corner being disregarded. Nice passing between Settle, Young, and Hardman brought no result, and in the course of a vigorous attack by the visiting side, Wilson was penalised for offside just as Brown shot strongly into the hands of Scott. In an attack on the Everton goal, Bell was penalised for bringing down the goalkeeper. Brown also fell under the ban of the referee for an unfair charge out Everton could make nothing out of the resulting free kick. They attacked strongly, but McBride was never in difficulties. Smith was temporarily disabled and when he recovered the Evertonians assumed the aggressive in real earnest. Rankin, McDermott, and Young were prominent and then Booth forced a corner which was admirably placed, McBride however, fisted it away, but still the Everton forwards were persistent. Settle provided a beautifully opening for Rankin, who however, quite failed to rise to the occasion. McDermott made a mull of an attempt to open the score, but he was by no means the only offender. A moment later the home inside right made ample amends for any previous shortcomings. Hardman initiated dangerous movements, and from his centre the ball cannoned off one of the Preston backs to Young. The latter tipped it over to McDermott, who then in an awkward position planted the ball in the net quite out of the reach of McBride. It was really brilliant goal, and was deservedly cheered to the echo. The visitors after this reverse played up with renewed energy, but without making much impression on the defence. From long range Booth sent in a fine shot which McBride only diverted at the expense of a corner. Hardman placed the ball splendidly, and after McBride had fisted away McDermott's shot was somewhat luckily charged down. It was a narrow escape for Notts End. Still the latter were not depressed, and working their way down Bell had a rare chance from a centre, but his effort was as wide as was that of Smith a few minutes later. Good play by Bourne caused Scott to come out of his goal, and kick away, and immediately afterwards Brown missed a rare chance of equalising. Half-time Everton 1, Preston North End nil.
On resuming Everton went off with rare dash, and a goal seemed likely to accrue in the first minute Rankin was conspicuous with an unexpected back pass which, however, neither Young nor Settle could turn to account. Suddenly the North End forwards dashed off to the other end, but Borne made a terrible mess of an attempt at goal. At the other end McBride conceded a corner, which proved to be useless. Next the visiting forwards with in evidence, but Scott had no difficulty in maintaining his charge intact. Wilson when well placed shot wildly the wrong side of the upright. Booth unfortunately injured his knee, and had to be carried off the field by Elliott, the trainer. This was a serious loss to Everton, and in the necessary rearrangement of their forces, Taylor went centre half, Rankin failing back to right half. The players, however, struck gallantly to their work, and had quite as much, if not more of the game than their opponents. The North End forwards seemed to have little idea of where the goal posts lay, while the Evertonians were quicker on the ball and had more methods in their movements. Everton were the better team to the finish, but could not added to their score. Result Everton 1, Preston North End nil.
PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 0
September 26, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 4)
At Preston. Before 4,000 spectators. Play was well contested in the first half, both goalkeepers making some splendid saves. Dent particularly doing good work. After Sheridan had missed a fine opening, Wilcox scored for Preston. In the second half the home side added another goal, Everton failing to respond. Final Preston 2 Everton nil : - Everton: - Dent, goal, Wildman, and R.Balmer, backs, Clayton, Chadwick, and Hutchinson halfbacks, Hanlin, Sheridan, McAdams, Caldwell, and Dilly forwards.
September 26 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton administered the first check of the season to Preston North End, and as both Newcastle United and the Rovers were likewise sustaining their initial reverse at Small Heath and Nottingham respectively, Sheffield Wednesday now rank as the only unbeaten team in the First Division of the League. This defeat of the North Enders was the only occasion in which they had been on the losing side since March 12 last season, when they were trounced in a second League fixture with the City. Considering that Everton were still without Abbott, and that Booth was so badly kicked above the ankle shortly after the interval, that he had to retire permantely, their performance is a creditable one, and although their success was secured by the only goal of the match, obtained by McDermott, they were the better team and fully deserved to win. It cannot be said that the exposition of the football given by either side was particularly attractive, and in the first half especially it was utterly devoid of any incident worthy of note, with the solitary exception of the movement which, enabled McDermott to register the goal that won the game. The shot which he sent in was beautifully judged, and placed with accurate precision in the very spot which gave McBride the least chance of getting at the ball, the result being that the Keeper was hopelessly beaten. On both sides the forwards play was ragged, and there were weak spots noticeable which stood out in marked contrast, to the capital work accomplished by others in the front rank. Young was not seen at his best, and neither in midfield nor near goal did he exhibit the form which he produced in some of his earlier games. This is somewhat strange, for the man on either side of him were in a cunning vein, and frequently bluffed the Preston half-backs affording the centre ample opportunities of making headway. More dash and determination is necessary especially when going for goal. Rankin was not a success on the extreme right, and he failed to utilise several excellent chances of showing his speed, whilst he was easily dispossessed. Curiously enough when he retired to right half on the withdrawal of Booth he shaped exceedingly well, and altogether surpassed everything he had done in the forward line. A reproduction of such form would lead one to suggest that right half is his proper position, to which by the way he is no stranger. McDermott is an adept with the ball, and with the only exception that he was inclined at times to take matters too coolly played a capital game. His drawing of the Preston half-backs around him, and then flashing the ball to the right of left as the circumstances of the case demanded were most ably achieved and it was unfortunate that much of his good work was nullified by his partner. Settle seemed to have regained his pristine form, and the combined movements on the left wing constituted the most dangerous part of the Everton attack. Hardman was knocked about considerably by the Preston heavy weight, but he bore his grueling manfully, and in the last quarter of an hour got back some little satisfaction for his earlier trouble, for he ran Derbyshire almost to a standstill, which no doubt afforded him soothing consolation. But there was room for improvement in shooting taking the forwards as a body, and it was only in the closing stages that McBride was ever in difficulties. One terrific drive from Hardman, about five minutes from time was more artistically tipped over the bar, and with Taylor unable to keep away from the fighting line, the Preston defence was more severely taxed during this period than in any other portion of the game. In the half-back division an average level was reached by the trio, none of which, however, displayed particular prominence Booth was the most effective, though Taylor, in his characteristic fashion, entered into the fray with unabated vigour, and Makepeace in the second half gave a decidedly useful display. Prior to the interval he contented himself too much with defence, but later on he was more aggressive and his play improved vastly as a natural consequence. Crelly was the better of the backs, for Balmer was at times none too reliable in his kicking, and Scott who had little to do, maintained his charge intact. He should have been easily beaten in the second half after saving as shots form the right wing, which he failed to get clear away, but near the finish he repelled a beautiful drive from Smith, who had dribbled close in. Preston lost all chance of averting defeat by the feeble shooting, and some easy opportunities of equalising were allowed to pass unheeded. As was the case on the home side, the left wing was the most efficient part of the front line. Bourne running, and centring in excellent style. In midfield some defy footwork was witnessed at times, but the forwards seldom appeared likely to score, and were frequently at fault when within range off the home custodian. Rodway and Derbyshire proved a sturdy pair of backs kicking with commendable precision, but they fell away somewhat towards the close of the game. In the half-back division each of the three players proved expert in the adoption of worrying tactics. McLean being especially noticeable in this respect, whilst the old Liverpool player, Hunter, also got through a vast amount of harassing work. In goal McBride was like his vis-à-vis, seldom requisitioned, but he was never at fault with what he had to deal with, and could not possibly be held responsible for the shot that did take effect. Judging from their form in this match, North End will acquit themselves with credit in the first division, but the attack does not seen as reliable as the defensive portion of the team.