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Edinburgh Evening News - Thursday 20 July 1905
Everton hold the League transfer of Kirwan, the ex-Tottenham Hotspur player, demanded $300 from Chelsea, who refused to pay so large a sun. The League Management Committee will have to decide the dispute.

Lancashire Evening Post -Saturday 5 August , 1905
T. Caldwell, Everton to Hamilton Athletic, H. Thorburn, Everton to Motherwell

August 5, 1905. The Daily Post and Mercury
The report of the commission as to the misconduct of players in the Manchester City against Everton game, and the conduct of the spectators, after the match, and as to the game not having been properly controlled by the referee (Mr.J.T.Howcroft) was adopted. The Referee (MrT.T.Howcroft) and the linesman (Mr.F.Britwistle) were suspended from taking part in football or football management from September 1 st to October 1 st 1905. T.Booth of Everton, was suspended from taking part in football or football management from September 1 st to October 1 st , 1905, and the players on both sides were cautioned as to their future conduct. In fixing Booth's suspension, the council have had regard to his previous good conduct, and the provocation he received.

August 10, 1905. The Luton News
A big man in every way is Lewis, Luton's new custodian, for he is considerably above the average in height, and he is a great in reputation as in stature. Born in Jan. 20 th , 1879, at Bedminster from the fact that they had to play a couple of Cup-ties in that neighborhood some thirteen or fourteen years ago. Lewis is now 26 years of age, and that he has made good use of his time in physical development is evident from the fact that he stands 6ft 1in, in height and weights 13st 10lbs. his first experience of football –that is above the junior class- was as an amateur with the Bedminster club, but he afterwards turned professional and joined Bristol City, with whom he remained for a couple of years. He them migrated to Everton, and after a season there went to Walsall. The Saddlers were at that time a Midland League team and created a surprise by their performance in the English Cup competition, for, after beating Brierley Hill and Worecster City, they accounted for New Brampton, Burnley and Burslem, and it was not until they took the field against Bury that they were knocked out. After a season at Walsall, Lewis went to Sheffield United and had two years with them. Whilst playing for Sheffield –it was three years ago –he figured in goal against the Arsenal at Woolwich in the first round of the English Cup, and it was largely due to his brilliant goalkeeping that the Arsenal were defeated, for though they had nearly all the game, the visitors ran out winners by three goals to one. Curiously enough, Lewis went to Sunderland just as Lindsay, who was the Reserve goalkeeper left for Luton, and he was regarded as a very big capture. “Sunderland folk” said a writer in the “Athletic News” would seen to have seen the last if their famous custodian, Doig –that is as a Wearsider –judging from what happened in the early part of last week. This was the signing on of A. Lewis, the Sheffield United custodian, by the Sunderland secretart. Lewis is certainly a fine goalkeeper, and there is no doubt he will occupy the position so ably and so long filled by Doig. I am officially informed that Sunderland paid £500 for the transfer of Lewis and Common.” Another paper said; “In Lewis we are certain Sunderland have booked a star who has a quick eye and arm, and is absolutely devoid of fear.” In his play, Lewis fully justified all the expectations formed of him, but unfortunately his career was cut short by an injury from which he is now said to have fully recovered, and that being so, Luton are exceedingly fortunate to secure his services.

In County cricket, Lewis has made a name for himself, and for the last seven seasons has played regularly for Somerset. Last season he just missed making a double century against Hampshire -101 and 97. He also placed a score of 118 not out to his credit, and his bowling and fielding against Gloucestershire was described as magnificent. He took six wickets for 42 runs and also made two brilliant catches. And only the other day he made score of 84, and 75 against Hampshire. It only remains to say that Lewis is a life-long abstainer and is engaged in an athletic outfitting business on his own account at Taunton.

August 14, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
The Wrexham Club has sighed on Ellas Roberts, who last season was a professional with the Everton Football Club.

Athletic News - Monday 14 August 1905
The clever and popular Everton half-back-Makepeace-is one of the most capable cricket professionals in the district, and for the Stanley Club this season he has rendered yeoman service.  For his benefit the West Lancashire League match with Newton-le-Willows was awarded, and a capital attendance numbering about 800 persons, witnessed a low scoring game which ended in a victory for the visitors. 

The Athletic News, 14 August, 1905.
By Junius
From a financial point of view, last season was the most successful ever experienced by the Everton club, and in a playing sense also considerable distinction was achieved. At one period towards the close of the campaign, Everton were well in the running for the Association Cup and the League championship, but the semi-final of the former, and the last match in the latter competition shattered their chances of honours in either direction. However, as they have succeeded in retaining all the men who proved so skillful last winter, they should, under ordinary conditions, manage to improve even upon their previous excellent record. Alterations have been made on the popular side, where the stands, which were separated by the directors room anmd the Press-Box, have been joined, and the latter have been carried above this connected part by means of a substantially built brick structure. Separate entrances to these elevated rooms have been made from Goodison-road, and the extra accommodation on the clinder banking and stand space is expected to meet the demands of 6,000 more people. New entrances to the popular side have also been constructed at the Walton end of the ground, where pracifically a street has been made by the club leading to these turnstiles. The old players retained are L.R Roose, and Scott, goal; W and R Balmer, Crelley, and Wildman, backs; Taylor, Abbott, Makepeace, and Chadwick; half-backs; Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, H.P Hardman, Dilly, McLoughlin, and Rankin, forwards. W > Kelly –a nephew of Mr. B. Kelly, one of the directors –and a local custodian of no mean repute, has been secured, while W.R Ritchie, half-back, and H. Cooke, inside forward, have been obtained from junior clubs in the district. Other players signed are J. Hannan (Celtic), P. Hill (Southampton) backs; W. Black (Celtic), J. Donaldson (Maryhill), R. Wright (Sittingbourne), half-backs; A. Birnie (Sittingbourne), and F. Oliver (Brentford), forwards. Some of these new comers have shaped very satisfactorily in the private practice games, and there seems to be material at the disposal of the directors to successfully fill up any vacancies that may arise in the League eleven. I append the correct heights and weights of the new men; Birnie, 5ft 10 1/4ins., 11st; Oliver, 5ft 11ins; 11st 1lbs; Cooke, 5ft 8 ¼ ins 10st; Wright, 5ft 10 ½ ins, 11st 1lbs; Donaldson, 5ft, 11ins, 1lbs; Black, 5ft 10ins, 11st; Hannan, 5ft 8ins, 12st 7lbs; Hill 5ft 9 ½ ins, 11st 7lbs; Booth and Taylor wqill be awarded benefits this year, and they have chosen the Villa match for the occasion.

August 22 1905. The Liverpool Courier
The first practice matches in connection with the Everton Club took place last evening, and not withstanding the heavy downpour of rain, there were some 12,000 spectators present. A nominal fee for admission was charged, the proceeds going to swell the Hospital Saturday funds of the Stanley Hospital. Teams representing the League defence and the League attack respectively faced each other as follows : - Blues: - Scott, goal, R.Balmer, and Crelly backs, Makepeace Taylor (captain) and Abbott half-backs, Birnie, McLoughlin, Oliver, Cooke, and Dilly, forwards. Stripes: - Kelly goal, Hill, and J.Hannan, backs Chadwick, Wright and Black, half-backs, Rankin McDermott, Young Settle, and Hardman, forwards. The game was well contested and some good passages of play were witnessed. The Stripes were first dangerous, and Young banged the ball through- a good shot. Oliver was not long in equalising with a shot, which thoroughly beat Kelly. Hannan next put through his own goal off Oliver. Towards the interval Balmer knocked the ball out, and a penalty kick was given in a good position (McDermott entrusted), but Scott managed to pilot the ball safely away and at half-time the Blues were leading by two goals to one. The good standard of the play was maintained throughout the second half, which had not been long in progress, before there was another goal credited to the Blues. It was a very exciting affair. Kelly seemed to turn the first shot out, but two or three of the opposing side were quickly up, and the ball was put through. Scott after this had to deal with a fine shot from Young, and then the centre unfortunately shot over the bar with as clear course before him. The Blues were victors by three goals to one. The players all appeared in good form, and with every promise of excellent work during the ensuing season. Naturally great interest in the doings of the new man. Hill the Southampton recruit played a rattling game at right back. He is apparently a fearless defender, and a powerful kick. Hannan, his partner also gave a capital account of himself, and Black late of the Celtic has every indication of turning out a source of strength in the half-back lone, his play on the left being very praiseworthy. Cooke the Liscard youth, shaped very well in good company, as also did Oliver in the centre.

August 19, 1905. The Liverpool Daily Post
With the near approach of September, football clubs are busily engaged in putting their houses in order, while the vast army of supporters are looking forward to the commencement of the campaign. Locally this promises to be of exceptional interest and briskness. A visit to the splendidly-appointed ground of the Everton Football Club at Goodison Park shows that still further improvements have been carried out during the recess. The principal alterations have been made on the popular side at Goodison-road. Here the two large stands which were formerly separated by the directors and secretary's offices and the Press box have been joined, so that the stand now runs along the whole length of the ground. New offices and a Press box have been erected above the stand, and facing the centre line, so that a splendid view of the playing pitch is now obtainable. The new erection is a substantial one of brick and iron, and its architectural features are such as agreeably break the monotony of a long line of roof. Special entrances for the directors and Press representatives are being provided, and altogether the rearrangement forms a distinct improvement. It has the further –and more material –advantage of providing additional accommodation for fully 6,000 people. At the Walton end of the ground the stand has been projected several feet; a new street has been built, and fresh entrances have been made. The centre doors used last season will now be done away with, and the approaches to the ground will be at the two ends of the long stand. In addition to these alterations the spacious “paddock” in front of the stand is being banked up with cinders, and everything is being done to secure an uninterrupted view of the game, by one and all who patronise the ground. The playing patch has never been in such a perfect condition. The turf has been carefully tended during the close time, and would do no discredit to many a pretentious cricket ground. Turning to the players, it is pleasing to note that all the men who did so well last year have been retained. The club's financial position is, indeed an enviable one, and it is hoped that the coming season may be attended with continued properity. Last season's players who remain with the club are L.R. Roose, and Scott, goal; W and R Balmer, Crelly, and Wildman, backs; Booth, Taylor, Abbott, Makepeace, and Chadwick, half-backs; McDermott, Young, Settle, H.P. Hardman, Dilly, McLoughlin, and Rankin, forwards. W. Kelly –nephew of Mr. B. Kelly, one of the directors –a local custodian of considerable ability has been secured while W.R. Ritchie, half-back and H. Cooke, inside forward, have been obtained from clubs of minor importance in the district. The chief acquisitions are –J. Hannan (Celtic), P. Hill (Southampton), W. Black (Celtic), J. Donaaldson (Maryhill), R. Wright (Sittingbourne), half-backs; A. Birnie (Sittingbourne), and F. Oliver (Brentford), forwards. Some of these new-comers have shaped very satisfactorily in the private practice games, and there seems to be material at the disosa; of the directors to successfully fill up any vacancies that many arise in the League eleven. The following are the correct heights and weights of the new men. Birnie, 5ft 10 ½ ins, 11st; Oliver, 5ft 11ins, 11lbs; Cooke, 5ft 8 ½ ins, 10st; Wright, 5ft 10 ½ ins, 11st, 1lb; Donaldson, 5ft 11ins, 11st; Black, 5ft 10ins, 11st; Hannan, 5ft 8ins, 12st 7lbs; Hill, 5ft 9 1/2in, 11st 7lb. The first public practice match will take place on Monday evening at six o'clock, and there will be a second game next Saturday at 3.30.

August 24, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
Only a few days now remain and the Everton team, with other clubs, will have buckled on their armour for another period of serious work. Thanks to very business like management everything is in a very forward state for the opening game at home with Middlesbrough on September 2, and football devotees in Liverpool and district are eargely anticipating that date. The prospects for the season are indeed, very bright. One has not forgotten the splendour which characterised last season at Everton, both from a financial and a playing point of view- how desperately neat they were to premier honours alike in the League tournament and the English Cup competition. If they can go one better this time and secure those honours their supporters will be satisfied. As regards the playing strength, it is satisfactory to know that all the players who performed so well least season are on the roll. The only regrettable circumstance is that it is very unlikely that the club will be able to retain the services of that prince of custodians, L.R.Roose. That worthy finds it exceedingly difficult to get away from his medical studies in London, and whenever the League team is playing his presence in it consequently involved a great sacrifice of time which he cannot very well spare. An idol of football crowds, it goes without saying that the absence of the famous goalkeeper will not only leave a breach not easy to fill, but will cause some disappointment amongst the football populace. Happy with Scott on the list it is fully anticipated that any consequent weakness there may be will be repaired. Moreover, W.Kelly, a nephew of one of the directors, gives good promise as a custodian, and it is hoped to further strengthen this department. The players available to Scott, and Kelly, goal; W.Balmer, R.Balmer, Crelly and Wildman, backs, Booth, Taylor, Abbott Makepeace, and Chadwick, half-backs, Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle H.P.Hardman, Dilly, McLoughlin, and Rankin, forwards. Booth of course will not be in harness until the 1 st October owing to the unfortunate episode at Manchester. W.R.Ritchie, the amateur half-back, who played occasionally last season will be given more work this season will be given more work this season on account of the wonderful way in which he has developed. The new blood is highly spoken of, and from the manner the recruits have so far been performing it is confidently believed that the selections will prove most valuable ones and a source of strength to the club. The backs will be fortified by the additions of P.Hill (Southampton) and Hannah (Celtic). Hill is very speedy and a powerful kick, whilst Hannan comes with a big reputation from the scotch club, which up to the present he has not belied. The acquisitions to the half-back line are A.Black (Celtic) J.Donaldson (Maryhill) and R.Wright (Sittingbourne). Black has earned an enviable name as a player full of judgement and a successful feeder. Alex Young will have a very capable understudy in F.Oliver, who hails from Brentford, the other new forward being A.Birnie (Sittingbourne) and H.Cook, the Liscard youth. All these will be capable of coming into the teams when wanted. Each one has given a good account of himself at the practices; indeed it is stated that seldom at previous practice games have the powers that be been so pleased with the men as on the present occasion. Heights and weights of new players are interesting, and the following may be given-Birnie 5ft 10 and half in, 11s t. Oliver, 5ft 11in, 11 st 1lb. Cooke 5ft 8 and half in, Wright 5ft 10 in and half in, 11 st 1lb, Donaldson 5ft 11in, 11 st 1lb, Black 5ft 10in 11 st . Hannan 5ft 8in, 12st 7lb, Hill 5ft 9 and half in, 11 st 7lb. The directors have wisely set their minds on fostering local talent as much as possible, and are always on the lookout for players of ability. With this end in view they are giving trials to selected teams of amateurs in the district, and keep an eye on the most promising youths.

Visitors to Goodison-park will find a transformation in certain parts of the ground, some important improvements, which will tend to improve the view of the game having been carried out. The principal alterations is that on the side of the ground where the offices are situnate. The offices have now been removed, and between the two already existing wooden stands, a new substantial structure of brick and iron has been erected so that for the whole length of this side of the ground there will be stand accommodation, there being increased capacity for 6,000 or 7,000 people. Immediately above the new stand are the secretary office and boardroom with a new press box adjoining, thus affording a fine view of the ground. There are special entrances for the directors and the press representatives. The centre door near the old office will be dispensed with, and the public entrances on the side will be to the north in the new road called Goodison-place and the South of the spellow-lane end. The spacious area in front of the new stand is being banked up with clinders so that spectators will have an uninterrupted view of the game. A minor though eminently useful improvement is the increased facilities for ascertaining the results of away League matches whilst the home game is in progress a telegraph board having been provided at each end of the ground, instead of at one end. This will be fully appreciated. The turf is looking in splendid conditions most careful attention being devoted to it. As usual the season tickets are going off well, though it would be advisable if intending purchasers would see to it to procure their tickets before the date of the opening match, and thus prevent a block. These may be obtained from Mr.Cuff, the secretary, who is in attendance on the ground daily, and on Tuesday and Thursday evening from six to eight o'clock. Another practice match is fixed for Saturday afternoon next at 3-30, for which a penny admission (twopence on the stands) the proceeds being in aid of the hospital.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 26 August 1905
Visitors to the home of |Everton football during the coming season will find further additions have been made for their general comfort. The gap on the popular side which was caused by the directors room and the Press box, has been filled in by connecting the two stands, while the afore mentioned structures are raised by the means of bricks and mortar. This extra accommodation well provide standing room for 3,000 spectators. Team that did so well last season has been retained almost to a man, and these include L.R. Roose and Scott goal; Crelly, R and W Balmer and Wildman, backs; Taylor, Makepeace, Abbott, Booth, and Chadwick, half-backs; H.P. Hardman, Settle, Young, Sharp, McDermott, McLoughlin, Dilly, and Rankin, forwards. A trial will be given to W. Kelly, a nephew of Mr. B. Kelly, as director of the club, W.RE. Ritchie half-back, and H. Cooke, forward, three promising juniors from clubs in the district. Other players signed are P. Hill, (Southampton), and J. Hannan (Celtic), backs; J. Donaldson (Maryhill), W. Black (Celtic), and R. Wright (Sittingbourne) half-backs; A Birnie, (Sittingbourne), and F. Oliver (Brentford), forward. The first match is with Middleborough at Goodison Park on September 2nd. It is worthy of note that last season was the most successful financially, ever experienced by the Everton club, due, no doubt, to the fact that they reached the semi-final of the English Cup and were runners-up to Newcastle for the League championship.

August 26, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
The well known international goalkeeper L.R.Roose who last season played for Everton, has decided to again throw in his lot with the Stoke Club, which introduced him to first division football. The transfer has been secured from Everton, and Roose will play in the public match to-day on the Stoke ground.

Athletic News - Monday 28 August 1905
Jack McGill, the well-known local referee, and former Everton player in the club’s earliest days, is recovering nicely from his recent severe accident at his work. 

August 28, 1905. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The final public rehearsal of the Evertonians came off on Saturday afternoon, at Goodison-park. Delightful weather favoured the efforts of the “Toffees” in the noble cause of charity and the “Old Sol” smiled benignly on 25,000 spectators so that the amount to be handed over will be substantial. Speculation is still rife as to the cause of Roose's secession to Stoke, and keen interest was displayed in Scott's custodianship, on which so much will depend during the coming season. The teams were chosen to represent the League defence against the League attack, and were as follows: - Blues: - Scott, goal, R.Balmer and Crelly, backs, Makepeace Taylor (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Birnie, McLoughlin, Oliver, Cook, and Dilly, forwards. Stripes goal, Kelly, goal, Hill, and Hannan, backs, Donaldson, Wright, and Black, half-backs, Rankin, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Rankin was the first to make a move of importance, and after a dashing run afforded Scott a brilliant opportunity of showing his calibre. Then Oliver opened the score for the Blues by Defeating Kelly from a corner. Soon after Kelly had again responded to the same player. The League forward line was responsible for some pretty forward work, but Balmer and Crelly played steadily, and Scott dealt coolly and cleverly with some rasping shots. At half-time the first Leaguers had failed to pierce the defence of the stripes. Taylor, McLoughlin, and Oliver were soon busy in the second half, and the latter should have scored. McDermott next made a serious effort to effect a breach in Scott's citadel, and finally missed by inches, McLoughlin increased the lead of the Blues, against whom a penalty kick was given, and Makepeace did the trick in his own inimitable style, and by registering the third goal put the issue beyond doubt. The backs and half backs of the Reservists quite failed to keep their forwards going, and Kelly was continuously subjected to bombardment and made some capital saves. Makepeace was in great form all through, and scored a fourth goal. The result of the game proved that Scott is in excellent form, and Everton's supporters need have little anxiety on the score of custodianship. Result Blues 4goals, Stripes nil.

September 2, 1905 The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton are looking forward to a big crowd and a good win. Rankin has his chance, and so has R. Balmer, and it is everyone's wish that they should have a fair trial. Among the Everton Reserves due at Accrington are Hill (Southampton), Hannan (Celtic), Wright (Sittingbourne), Platt (Celtic), Birnie (Ke Thanks to Kjell Hanssen for this
nt), Oliver (Brentford), and Cook (Seacombe).

Lancashire Evening Post-Saturday 2 September 1905
Hollow Victory over Everton Reserve.
From three o'clock the spectators commenced to roll up on Moorhead Park, and the time start was made the attendance reached 4.000 spectators. The ground was in splendid condition, except for one bare patch in the centre while various improvements had been made round the barriers for the benefit of the onlookers. Teams; Accrington Stanley; Turner, goal; Stevenson and Hampson, backs; Rigby, Bradshaw, and Brindle, half-backs; Smith, Dempley, F. Chatburn, Morris, and Scott, forwards. Everton Reserve; Kelly, goal; Hill and Hannon, backs; Chadwick, Wright, and Black, half-backs; Birnie, McLoughlin, Oliver, Cooke, and Hill, forwards. Referee; Mr. R. Wild, Bury. Stanley won the toss, and Bradshaw decided to play with the wind, but against the slope. The visitors looked the livelier lot. McLoughlin at once ran the ball out of play. After a very brief visit to the Everton terrority, McLaughlin again dashed forward and gave Turner a grounder, which he smartly picked up and landed into midfield. The pace was a scorcher, and from a free kick Davison landed the ball up to Stott who had a near shave with lively shot, which travelled across the goal. Morris was outpaced by Hill, but he struck to the ball even when he came a cropper, Stott afterwards shooting feebly. The venue was quickly changed, and Stevenson miskicked at the expense of an abortive corner, Stanley made tracks for the Everton fortress but a hugh kick by Hannon set the visiting forwards going in a body. Oliver shot rather weakly from eight yards' range, but Taylor's length came in useful and the ball went round the post. Bradshaw had a similar fate in front of the other goal, Kelly affecting a timely save. The Reds warmed to their work, Smith and Dempsey showing pretty combination. Brindle had hard lines with a terrific shot, which Hannan headed away but directly afterwards Chatburn got past Kelly with a daisy cutter 20 minutes after the start. Rousing cheers greeted this performance, but a few minutes later the homsters held their breath while McLoughlin dribbled down to Turner. The backs were yards away, but when the Evertonian was three yards off the custodian he evidently lost his head, for the ball went peacefully round the post. After this Turner was several times applauded for effective clearances. Bain descended heavily now, and threatened to spoil the game. The homesters had the best of matters and Smith caused Kelly to fist away a rasper. Oliver was winded, and then the game became much tamer. Chapman was in the way of a shot from Morris, but the greasy ball spoiled the play. A fine shot was put into the goal, but it was kicked away. Shortly afterwards Chatburn tipped the ball over the bar when he had Kelly at his mercy. Morris was applauded for a clever run on his own, and Dempsey after clever tackling missed his kick when straight in front of goal. The homesters pressed on the interval. Half-time-Accrington Stanley 1, Everton reserves 0. Not more than three minutes from the restart Stott got down the left, and tempted Killick to come out to meet him. He then gave to Morris, who found the net, Hill making a futile effort to save. A couple of minutes later Bradshaw shaved the goal post on the wrong side. Turner was again applauded, and at the other end Brindle was tripped in the penalty area, but the referee did not penalize the offender. Brindle was cheered for pulling up Birnie who went racing away, on his own, and Stevenson by a determined effort, got the ball down again into the Toffeemen's territory. The Reds got a fruitless corner, and Kelly misjudged a flying shot, which however, sailed outside, Stott forced another corner, and Hampson had a shot, but was yards wide. Everton pressed for a spell, and McLoughlin was facing the goal with only Turner to beat when he handled. The home forwards then got going at a good pace, and Dempsey sprinting ahead scored a third goal with a rasping diagonal shot, which grazed the underside of the crossbar. Turner was hard pressed about 10 minutes before the finish, but he kept his lines clear. Dempsey by a splendid effort, scored two goals in the last five minutes. The gate was $55. Result; Accrington Stanley 5, Everton Reserves 0.

Leeds Mercury - Monday 04 September 1905
There was a crowd of well over 20,000 spectators the opening game Goodison Park. Thanks to the admirable goal-keeping of Williamson, the visitors repelled some early attacks by Everton. Everton, however, asserted themselves in uncertain fashion, Young opening the scoring for them, and Settle putting on second point. Everton at once pressed when the players returned the field, Williamson having to save from Settle, and Young shooting just over the bar. A miskick by Crelly "afforded Common a splendid opportunity, but the latter player, with only the goal -Keeper to beat, sent his shot which Scott saved. Settle .increased the home team’s lead, and after Common had got through for Middlesbrough, Rankin, added a further point for Everton, who thus won by four goals one.

London Daily News - Monday 04 September 1905
In the opening match of the season at Goodison Park Everton defeated Middlesbrough by four goals to one. The visitors were full strength, but Everton were without W. Balmer and Sharp, their places being taken by R. Balmer and Rankin. At the start Everton attacked, and Williamson, the Middlesbrough goalkeeper, had to save quite early. Then Hewitt, of Middlesbrough, got clean away, but ended his effort with a bad shot. For the rest of the first half Everton pressed, and scored through Young and Settle. Vigorous play was seen on resuming, but for the most part Everton easily held their own. Once, however, Common had a fine opportunity of scoring after a mistake by Crelly, but he sent the ball straight at the goalkeeper. Settle and Rankin subsequently added further goals for Everton, and Common got through for Middlesbrough.

Athletic News - Monday 4th September 1905
By Tityrus
Goodison Park has never been a lucky ground for Middlesbrough. They have never won a match on that enclosure. Indeed they have never garnered a single point. Until Saturday they had never even scored at the home of Everton. So when Common did notch a goal late in the second half the men from Tees-side broke a record, but with the least luck the Northern contingent would have had the stimulus of a point in the first half. But even so they could not have won, for the Everton eleven, even without William Balmer, who is not yet fit for football, and Sharp, who required a week’s rest after arduous cricket campaign, were so aggressive that they beat “Tim” Williamson four times.  Thus the Everton executive and their legion of followers were quite joyous as evening approached on Saturday. The defence of Middlesbrough was arranged on the same lines as when the team were last at Everton, but the forward line was entirely novel. About 20,000 people watched the game, admired the condition of the ground, and seemed very pleased with the extensive alterations which have been carried out since last season at considerable expanse.  The Middleborough men to jump into their game as soon as they heard the signal, little Hewitt, at outside right, threatening to be quite a stormy petrel, for he flitted o'er the ground and centred and shot in ominous fashion. The visitors were so aggressive that they forced comer-kicks from Abbott and Makepeace. Once they drew Scott out of his goal. But the wearers of the red jersey were gradually forced back, and evidently Everton had a word to say, but time after time when the home players threatened to become really dangerous their plans went awry, chiefly because they could not keep the ball well under control. Once Settle, sturdy and skillful, kept Aitken at bay, while Hardman ran round McCullum and screwed right across the mouth of the goal. The ball just went wide of the far post. This was undoubtedly the best effort, although Young once lofted over the bar. Again Common and Hewitt boded trouble and it was as well that Makepeace intervened when the outside right’s centre dropped before Cassidy and Reid. Abbott at length gave Hardman an opening. M'Callum was at fault, and Hardman buzzed past him very neatly. As he looked Like being hampered Hardman tapped the ball along a straight line Young, who scored, and so Everton were a goal up at the end of 36 minutes. Two minutes later Young, by an admirable bit of work, placed Settle in possession, and the inside left took the liberty of scoring. The Tees-siders were in no way distressed, and Cassidy crowned some strenuous work on the wing by a very fine shot, He had little room and hardly any angle, the leather passing off Common’s head and coming into contact with the foot of a goal post, whence it rebounded into play. Following a free kick against Taylor, Abe Jones plied Cassidy, whose effort passed along the front of goal, and Scott jumping up handed out to the wings. Green gave Hewitt the ball, and the latter middled so nicely that I thought Reid would score. But he found himself in front of the ball, and Makepeace gave a corner kick, which was non-productive. So Everton led at the interval by a couple of goals. Early in the second half it looked as If Middlesbrough were certain to score, for Common took the ball from Crelley’s toe and, with da clear course, sailed away for goal. There was only Scott in front of him, but the Irishman contrived to dart out his right hand and turn Common’s parting shot wide at the expense of corner. Crelley rushed up and shook Scott heartily by the hand. The compliment was deserved. For a long time Everton exerted the more pressure, although the visitors occasionally asserted themselves, particularly in one prolonged bout of heading. But twenty-five minutes after crossing over the combination of Makepeace and Abbott afforded Settle an opportunity, and with a well-placed ball he gave his club a third goal. Still Middlesbrough persevered, and Common took a surprise shot from a considerable range, but the pace on the ball was just too fast for Scott, who fell full length. But the leather went under his arms. He was too late! Thus did Middlesbrough score their first goal at Everton!  But Scott was not the only custodian who was taken unawares.  The Evertonians attacked by the left, and from right near the corner-flag, when it seemed odds on the ball going over the goal line, Hardman made a wonderful centre.  Really I did not think that Williamson expected such a visitor.  He dashed out, and jumping up merely turned the shot aside to Rankin, who hooked the ball into an untenanted goal.  Scott had the opportunity of distinguishing himself on one or two occasions in the last quarter of an hour, especially in parrying a ball from Jones- but in the end Everton won by four goals to one.  I cannot say that the game was a thrilling, pulse-stirring battle.  It was just an ordinary League match, sternly fought at a strong place.  If we did not see brilliant football, we consoled ourselves with the refection that there was plenty of time before April-and that players had hardly become accustomed to their boots.  The form was typical of last season, and Everton seem as difficult to master on their own ground as ever.  But the players were so many units; not a team endowed with perfect understanding.  In other words there was more individual effort than collective merit, and when we did see a little combination we were all Oliver Twists asking for more.  But, as I say, there is time.  Scott kept goal in a style that augurs well.  Now that Roose has gone he will rise to his responsibility.  This will be heavy, not merely because the Welshman has returned to his old love, but because the backs betrayed hesitation and were apt to balloon the ball too much.  Indeed, this was a fault were all plodders and never beaten, the most conspicuous of the three being Abbott, Settle and Young were clever on the ball, and that near goal, which is a happy omen, but McDermott was inclined to dalliance when within the shooting zone.  When Hardman had his chances he made the most of them – but there were times when he was not too well plied-there being a tendency to try an inside game.  In goal Williamson did not show to such advantage as I have seen him.  May he had not any sensational shots to fly at.  The Everton forwards placed beyond his reach.  The backs are fearless and strong kickers, but did not strike me as resourceful.  The middle line was fairly reliable, Jones being the most galliant in defence.  But they kept the ball too much in the air, and do not push it on the ground to their forwards as high-class artists should.  Mediocrity is the word which best describes the front line.  Most initiative was shown by Common, the best man on his side, and next to him I should place Joe Cassidy, who does not yet lag superfluous.  Hewitt started in surprising fashion, but could not maintain the standard he set.  Reid struck me as lacking in speed and finesse, and Green wants coaching.  The game was splendidly referred by a little man called D.G. Ashworth, who rolls up the cuffs of his sleeves, wades into the battle, and keeps a grip on the players.  I do not think I have come across Ashworth before, but if he is the kind of referee the Lancashire Combination can train and turn out, we want more.  I hope Mr. Ashworth will not see these remarks, and if he does that he will still wear the same size of hat when he takes his walks abroad.  He disdains even a cap when officiating.  Everton; Scott; Balmer (R.), Crelley; Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Rankin, McDermott, Young, Settle, and H.P. Hardman.  Middlesbrough; Williamson; McCallum, Agnew; Aitkens, Jones, Davidson; Hewitt, Common, Green, Reid and Cassidy.  Referee; D.G. Ashworth, Rossendale. 

September 4, 1905. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton opened the season in a matter, which, delighted their supporters. True, Middlesbrough are not one of the strongest teams in the League, but still a victory by four goals to one over any club in the charmed circle is a performance which is districtly gratifying. The weather during the match was fine, there was a big crowd- 25,000 at least- and the ground itself was in really wonderful conditions. All these considerations coupled with the fact that the Everton sharp shooters were in a happy vein, rendered the opening of another season of strenuous football of the most agreeable description.
It was not their full team, which Everton placed in field. Tom Booth, the captain, was perforce an absentee in view of the Football Association's decision. Then L.R.Roose, the brilliant goalkeeper has cast in his lot with his old club (Stoke). Sharp was having a rest after an arduous and successful season's cricket, and W.Balmer was on the sick list. Thus we had Scott, in goal, Rankin at outside tight, and R.Balmer at right back. Under the circumstances Everton's pronounced victory is all the more creditable. Still it not gained without a keen struggle. In fact, from the determined manner in which the Middlesbrough men started, it looked as if they meant to gain their first League point of the city. Fully half an hour's play had pass before Everton's attack met with an success. To Young fell the honour of registered the first goal at Goodison-park in the season 1905-06, and within another couple of minutes Settle very cleverly steered the ball past the alert custodian, Williamson. Two goals to nothing at half-time placed the crowd in a rare good humour. But there was more to follow, Settle, who never failed to seize an opportunity, put on a third goal, and then somewhat unexpectedly, Common, after missing several times by merest margin sent in a long shot that quite compared with the best efforts on the Everton side. This, singularly enough, is the first goal, which Middlesbrough have obtained in this city. It looked, too, just about this period as if the visiting side would be rewarded with another goal, but when Hardman raced down and placed the ball beautifully across the goalmouth, with the result that Rankin took full advantage of his chance. Middlesbrough's prospects had vanished. Thus it was that Everton won by four goals to one.
On the actual run of the game, not even the most blassed followers could suggest that such a wide margin as the score indicates represented the difference in merit of the two sides. There were occasions when the Everton backs were hopelessly beaten, and the slightest luck might have enabled Middlesbrough to secure the first goal, which, as everyone knows, is a great incentive to a side. Once Cassidy had the bad fortune, when Scott had no chance of saving his charge, to bang the ball against the upright off which it rebounded into play. Common, too, was equally unlucky on at least two occasions missing by the merest shave. As a matter of fact, had there been any weakness displayed in goal the question of superiority might have been an open one.
Scott, on his play, quite demonstrated that the club need look no further for a capital and resourceful custodian. The shots he had to deal with were varled, but high and low were disposed of with consummate east, and the Irish International's display must be written down as a great success. The backs R.Balmer and Crelly were occasionally unsteady, especially in the earlier stages, when the Middlesbrough forwards were seen at their best, they improved later on, but at the same time the old Everton standard of back play was by no means attained. Taylor, Abbott and Makepeace were more conspicuous by reason of sound hard work than by anything approaching brilliance. Still little exception could be taken to their all-round display, and there were occasions when several movements between them and the forwards quite reminded one of their best achievements last season. The forwards as a line were a district success. Young controlled his wings with skill, and when making for goal his methods were quite of the best. He was unfortunately well shadowed, but it is questionable if this paid the visiting sides, for the artful Settle anticipated almost every movement in this direction, and demonstrated to a nicety that he has lost none of his old dexterity. The wing men did what came their way in satisfactory fashion. As for Middlesbrough, the team as a whole did not shape badly, and when they have settled down is likely to prove a formidable lot. Common in the same hard grafter of old, and it will require a watchful half to keep this enterprising forward in check. Teams: - Everton: - Scott goal, R.Balmer and Crelly backs, Makepeace, Taylor (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Rankin, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Middlesbrough: - Williamson goal, McCallanm, Agnew, backs, Aitkens, Jones, and Davidson half-backs, Cassidy Reid, Green, Common, and Hewitt forwards. Referee G.D.Ashworth.

September 4, 190. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination Division One. (Game 1)
The Everton reserves team have commenced the season in very disappointing fashion. Accrington Stanley, their opponents on Saturday, are a very difficult side to beat on their own ground, but in view, of the form shown by the Goodison-park team in the practice matches, it was hoped that they, would at least hold their own in their opening game. As a matter of fact, they never looked like making even a draw, and the East Lancashire side had the satisfaction of winning by the big margin of five goals to nothing. All through Everton were disappointing, and they never seemed to settle down. The bustling tactics of the opposition gave them few opportunities for combination and most of their attacks were the result of individual efforts. Stanley showed fine football, and were not long in taking the lead as the result of weak defence on the part of the visitors. Soon afterwards McLoughlin dribbled close to the home goal only to send the ball wide, and afterwards the Blues got few changes. Accrington on the other hand, played with confidence, and added four more goals. Everton falling to respond. The Goodison park team will have to show considerable improvement if they are to defeat their Anfield rivals to-day. Everton: -. Kelly goal, P.Hill, and J.Hannan, backs, Chadwick, J Wright, and W.Black, half-backs Bernie, McLioughlin, Oliver, Cooke, and Dilly, forwards.

September 5, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 2)
This interesting Combination fixture was decided on the Goodison-park enclosure last evening. Everton made two changes in the team which fared so disastrously at Accrington on Saturday, Scott replacing Kelly, in goal and Rankin supplanting Cooke at inside left; whilst Liverpool relied upon the team that defeated Manchester United. The ground was in splendid conditions, and beautiful weather prevailed. There was an excellent attendance at the start, numbering about 8,000 spectators. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal, Hill, and Hannan, backs, Chadwick, Wright, and Black, half-backs, Birnie, McLoughlin, Oliver Rankin, and Dilly forwards. Liverpool: - Hardy, goal, Wilson, and Murray, backs, Robinson, Latham, and James Hughes, half-back, Dudley, Gilberton, Carlin, Hewitt, and Garside, forwards. The Visitors were successful in the toss, and Oliver set the ball in motion. The Evertonians immediately assumed the aggressive, their forwards showing excellent dash, and operations were taken near the Liverpoolians goal. Dilly ran to obtain possession, and Hardy left his charge to clear, but tripped, Dilly then passed to McLoughlin, who with an open goal in front of him, easily registered the first goal. Hardy, who had evidently been badly hurt, retired, and Wilson took his position between the uprights. The game was resumed after a few minutes, and Liverpool, though handicapped by hardy's absence, did not resort to one back tactics. Garside and Hewitt got away on the left, making excellent progress, Scott, however, came out and put the ball out of danger. Chadwick securing a fine passing bout ensued among the home halves, who then gave to their right wing, Bernie being conspicuous. The latter passed right over to Dilly, who called upon Wilson who effected a good save. After this Liverpool commenced an incursion into their opponents territory. Dudley racing away and getting past Black and passing to Gilbertson, who succored the leather in an excellent position beating Scott with a fine effort, thus equalising. The Blues made a determined effort to obtain the lead again, but Murray effected some good clearance, and Wilson safely encountered shots from Ranlin and Oliver. Liverpool played up finely, and operations were again taken near Scott's charge, but Hill relieved the pressure. Hardy, who was greatly cheered appeared on the field, limping, and resumed his position in goal. After painfully limping out to secure the ball, throwing it over to Murray, he again left the field, Wilson once more going in goal. A minute later Dilly sent in a long swift shot, which Wilson dealt with effectively. Murray concerned a corner, which was immediately followed by another. This was splendidly taken, Wright securing the ball, and striking the corner of the upright with great force. The ball rebounded into play and after an exciting scrimmage in the goalmouth Wilson threw the leather out to Latham. Liverpool endeavoured to get away again, but another disaster overtook than Carlin tripping and having to retire. Reduced to nine the visitors were forced to adopt one back tactics. Notwithstanding their disadvantages, the Reds gave a good exhibition. They played four forwards, who acquitted themselves admirably. Garside after a fine run endeavored to centred to Gilbertson, Scott, running out, however, intercepted and averted the danger. The Liverpoolian citadel was again subjected to pressure, but Murray changed the venue with a fine clearance. Dudley and Gilbertson got away nicely, and succeeded in approaching the home goal, where during an exciting struggle Scott was floored just outside the penalty area. The game continued to be spiritedly contested to the interval, which arrived with the score Everton 1 goal, Liverpool 1. Liverpool resumed with only nine men. A foul against Everton gave the visitors an opportunity of approaching the home goal, but nothing accured. The Blues got going again, and their forwards admirably supported by an excellent half-back line. Once more assumed the offensive, Bernie finishing a fine movement by netting the ball. Immediately afterwards McLoughlin further increased the home majority. Liverpool despite their difficulties, and reverses struggled gamely. They were kept on the defensive for a time, but an opportunity eventually occurred, Garside and Latham getting away, Wright failed to stop the latter, who sent in a fine shot Scott just reaching it. A little later the Reds again had hard lines. An admirable effort by Garside was charged down, and after a scrimmage near the goalline, the Everton custodian cleared. Everton now began to practically monopolise play, and Rankin was responsible for another goal. Wilson was kept busy in saving from the home forwards, McLoughlin, Oliver and Bernie shooting well. He did verily well considering the weakness of the visiting defence. Oliver registered a fifth goal for the homesters, and Bernie a sixth. The Blues efforts now relaxed considerably, and Hewitt succeeded in defeating Scott. This reverse had a stimulating effects on the Evertonians, who again began to press, and Oliver was responsible for the last goal of the match, which terminated – Everton 7, goals, Liverpool 2.

September 8, 1905. The Liverpool Daily Post
There is a vast amount of mystery buddle in the minds of Everton with regard to L.R. Roose leaving them. There is nothing mysterious about it at all, and Roose left the club on the best of terms, and has since expressed the hope that the Blues may win all along the line –until they meet Stoke. Roose is a medical student and, living in London, he would have to set out every other Friday morning for Liverpool at an early hour, and return to the capital in the wee, small hours of the morning. Then when Everton were engaged on foreign soil it sometimes caused him to travel overnight. As at present he can always get a convenient train to and from Stoke in addition to which is must be remembered that Stoke is really his home.

September 9, 1905. The Liverpool Football Echo
The Evertonians played their first away match of the season by travelling to Preston to-day, in order to meet Preston North End on the famous Deepdale enclosure. The popular Liverpool organisation started the season so auspiciously on Saturday last, when they vanquished Middlesbrough very easily, that their performance against Preston was anticipated with more than ordinary interest, and in spite of wretched elemental conditions a large company of the club supporters travelled with the team to Preston. The weather on arrival was worse than ever, the rain falling with pitiless persistency, and the ground of the home club, if not pretty well swamped, was distinctly on the soft side. There were three changes in the Everton ranks from last week. Sharp having concluded his cricketing engagements, took his place at outside right, and Rankin was of course relieved. Settle owing to a chill, was unable to turn out, and his position was filled by McLoughlin, while W.Balmer come into the team in place of his brother Robert. The home side were at full strength, and despite the downpour, there was a capital crowd present when the teams lined out as follows: - Everton: - Scott, goal W.Balmer and Crelly, back, Makepeace, Taylor (captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, McDermott, Young, McLoughlin, and Hardman, forwards. Preston North End: - McBride, goal, Derbyshire, and Rodway, backs, McLean, Hunter, and Lyon, half-backs, Bond, Smith, Brown, Wilson, and Lockett, forwards. Referee J.H.Smith. No more striking tribute to the popularity of the game could be found than the fact that fully 8,000 spectators, most of than unshethered were present when the rivals captains toss for choice of ends. Even those who occupied seats on the covered stands were not immune, and the Pressmen had to write their reports in a box, which might well have passed for a shower bath. Jack Taylor won the toss, and the home side started towards the town road. After the opening exchanges the Evertonians moved down smartly, and McLoughlin put in a long shot, which McBride had little difficulty in dealing with. The visitors continued to press, but a foul against Abbott let the home side in, and a dash down by the forwards ended in Smith shooting wide. Following upon this their was a spell of give and take play, both sets of forwards attacking in turn, and if not over scientific, the football was certainly most exciting. Smart work took place in midfield. Bond got possession, and running down, finished with a shot, which Scott dashed. The home side continued to face the pace, but the rain and wind were beating in their faces, and it was due to this that their shooting lacked string. On one occasion a pretty concerted movement took the leather to within a few yards of the Everton goal, and Wilson ought to have scored, when he shot over the bar. The Climatic conditions soon began to tell on the efforts of the homesters, and Everton taking the fullest advantage of the rain being at their backs, put on double pressure. Sharp ran down in his most characteristic way, and finished by putting in a beautiful oblique shot, which went across the goalmouth. Good work by Taylor gave the Everton forwards possession again and Young had a long shot at McBride's charge, but without success. All the time it was pouring in torrents, but not even this could damp the ardour of the crowd, and there was a tremendous enthusiasm when the North Enders bagan a series of systematic bombardment on the Everton goal. Twice Smith and Brown looked dangerous and it was the dash and vigour of Balmer that kept them at bay. In spite of this, however, the home front line kept pegging away, and the Everton half-backs were beaten time after time. An especially good move on the part of the three inside men ended in tremendous struggle in the goalmouth, and Brown came within an ace of scoring, but Scott just managed to throw clear. The Prestonians were not to be denied, however, and their efforts were at length rewarded, for as the result of an exceptionally clever combined movement the ball was sent across to Bond, who shot in, and the leather striking the inside of the crossbar entered the net. This success naturally infused new life into the players, and spectators a like, and they forgot their drenched conditions in anticipation of a victory. The visitors, however, were not to be overawed, and for a long time they kept the home defence busy. The work of the forwards was ragged, and both Sharp and McDermott managed to miss opportunities although showing anything like their form and cleverness, the Evertonians displayed strong resistance and the home goal was consistently in jeopardy. Makepeace who was playing a sound game, was especially promising, and on one occasion, and as a result of his efforts, a corner was forced. This was cleared by the Preston defenders, but the Evertonians still lingered on the vicinity of McBride charge and Sharp had the ball at his feet, and a fine chance of scoring when he shot yards wide. The game continued to be a ding-dong description, and it was really remarkable to note the cleverness with which the players raced along the heavy saturated turf. Accuracy of aim was, of course out of the question, and though both sets of forwards pressed in turn their final shots went woefully wide of the mark. A rather long spoil of attack on the part of North End was relieved by a free kick in favour of Everton and from this Rodway put the ball nicely forward, but it was so slippery that brown in trying to score, sent it skidding yards away. Following upon this there was an electrical sprint down the wing on the part of sharp, but it ended in a rather wild and aimless shot. Just before half time, the downpour became torrential, and the light was so bad that it was impossible to follow the finer points of the game. It was indeed an absolute farce to continue the match under such conditions and yet the players kept up the pace as merrily as ever, and though most of those present were by this time absolutely drenched there was no suggestion of stopping. As the interval approached the home forwards put on a great spurt, and Bond nearly added a second goal, but Crelly cleared, and at half-time the score read-Preston North End 1, goal, Everton nil. During the interval the weather cleared slightly, but the conditions were still distinctly uncomfortable. When play was resumed the players it was noticed had made a complete change of clothing and in this they were far more fortunate than the bulk of the spectators. The ground had been reduced to a veritable quagmire, and the suggestion of really first class football being shown was quite out of the question. The home side were the first to advance, but they floundered badly, and Brown missed the ball altogether when he was in a good position. The visitors took up the attack, and Young was prominent with a clever run through, but he failed at a critical moment. After this the North Enders pressed strongly, than followed a long period of midfield play. A mistake by Lockett gave the Everton forwards a openings, but the ball stuck in the mud and the danger was cleared. Good play was impossible with the ground a perfect puddles. Sharp beat Rodway in clever style, and swung in a lovely centre, which Hunter headed behind. Bond after beating Abbott shot straight at Scoot who cleared. Hardman raced away, and after a series of scrimmages the ball came out to Taylor who shot into a ruck of players, the ball passing through off Derbyshire's foot. On the call of time Scott cleared a flying shot by Lockett in beautiful style, Result Preston North End 1 goal, Everton 1.

Athletic News - Monday 11 September 1905
By Pavo.
Preston North End will beat Everton someday. It must be eight or nine years since the Ribble-siders last extracted two points from the Goodison club. They and their supporters fondly hoped that the long lane was to have a turning on Saturday, for the North Enders secured the lead sixteen minutes after the commencement, and remained in front until ten minutes of the close, when their expectations were shattered by a goal which made the game a draw. It is a long time since we saw such a match at Deepdale. The fight was keen, and it is quite likely that had the weather and ground been favourable the display would have been particularly well worth watching. As it was the dash and stamina were admirable, and the mis-kicks were even less numerous than might have been expected under the circumstances. Taylor did a capital stroke of business for his side when he won the toss, for the wind and rain were sweeping towards the barracks goal, which the Everton captain, of course, set North End to defend, the consequence being that for half-an-hour or so the Prestonians were struggling in the teeth of the elements, the breeze afterwards dropping to a large extent and the rain coming nearly straight down. In this North End had the worst of the luck. It was rather curious, however, that they should have secured their goal when they were thus handicapped. The game had not been going long when a splendid opportunity was presented to Wilson, the Preston inside-left, and without doubt a goal should have been scored, but the ball went flying over the bar, to the immeasurable disappointment of the onlookers. Jack Sharp, playing for the first time since he doffed his flannels , was the most prominent man in one or two Everton movements, and from right on the wing he rattled in a swift oblique shot which went just past the far post, and would have been very dangerous on such a day had it happened to be quite straight. Several centres from Lockett, who was busy hereabouts, threatened danger, but the first goal came from the other wing, Bond snapping up a smart pass, running close in, and giving Scott no chance. It was a neat goal, not without a suspicion of off-side in the minds of the Evertonians, but the referee was confident.  A goal is a grand stimulant, and despite the rain, which opposed them for another fifteen minutes at least, North End were the better team up to the interval. Afterwards, the Prestonians scarcely did so well considering that they were then in no way handicapped. Possibly the pace of the first half had left its effect on some of them. In the second half, there was little to choose between the two sides, and defence was so far superior to attack that in ordinary circumstances it seemed likely that Bond’s goal would settle the issue.  But it didn’t, or ten minutes off time Taylor, the Everton centre half, sent in a shot which cannoned off Derbyshire into the net. There was a strong claim that the Preston back mentioned was hampered by a player in an off side position, but as in the case of North End’s goal Mr. Smith’s verdict favoured the attack. So the spoils were divided, as they were in the corresponding game last season.   Neither deserved to finish without something to show for such an arduous battle under wretched conditions, and consequently a draw was in one sense the best possible result. Yet on the play the Preston men were slightly the more meritorious team. I say this mainly because of the wonderful spirit and pertinacity they exhibited in the first half. Their backs and half backs played with rare resolution, and McBride was so well covered that the demands on him were by no means great. Derbyshire played a dashing game, and his little mishap the finish in putting through his own goal was a bit of bad lack. Rodway also performed well, and McLean, Hunter, and Lyon at half were magnificent in their energy, and energy was a great thing on Saturday. In attack there was, of course, little combination, and the outside wing men, Bond and Lockett, were best, for though the former has been more effective he scored his goal very smartly.  Brown was of little use on the heavy ground. Everton found the conditions little suited to their style of play, and the forwards certainly suffered, for the game was well advanced before they were at all successful.  A heady player like Settle, who was absent through a chill, might have been useful, for one except Sharp quite to realise the need for open passing. In defence there was a lot of excellent work. Taylor had the measure of the home centre forward completely, and both Makepeace and Abbott were thoroughly effective. W. Balmer and Crelley became stronger as the game advanced, and I especially liked the latter’s play against Bond. Scott, in goal, had more to do than McBride, if the shots were not as a rule difficult he did well to field the ball in such clean style, seeing that it was slippery, and the foothold insecure. Finally, neither set of forwards went for long shooting, as they might have done, for such shots are dangerous on wet day. Teams: — North End;- McBride; Derbyshire, Rodway;  McLean, Hunter,  Lyon; Bond, Smith, Brown, Wilson, and Lockett.  Everton-Scott : Balmer. W. Crelley ; Makepeace,  Taylor,  Abbott;   Sharp. McDermott, Young,  McLoughlin, and H. P. Hardman.  Referee. J. H- Smith. Doncaster.

London Daily News - Monday 11 September 1905
Those teams met at Preston in wretched weather, the game ending in a draw of one goal each. Although facing the storm Preston had rather the best of matters throughout the first half and scored through Bond. Both sides showed good defence in the second half, but ten minutes before the close Taylor enabled the visitors to draw level. Three changes were made in the Everton team.

September 11, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 3)
At Goodison-park on Saturday Everton only draw With Preston North End Reserves each side scoring on three occasions. They ought, however to have secured both points but a mistake on the part of the goalkeeper resulted in the visitors taking the lead, and it was only after repeated efforts that the Everton got on level terms. The home side started promisingly the Preston goal being almost captured in the first two minutes while Taylor the visiting custodian soon afterwards cleared finely from Oliver. The Prestonians however, opened the scoring through Turnbull, Kelly should have stopped the shot, but the ball rolled into the net off the foot of the upright. Oliver equalised with a fine shot, and then the play was stopped for some time owing to the deluge. On resuming Turnbull twice beat Kelly, who was handicapped by having to stand in a pool of water, but Birnie reduced the visitors lead before the interval. Afterwards Everton easily held the upper hand, but they could only score once, through Chadwick. As indicated, Everton deserved to win, but Taylor in the Preston goal gave a fine display, and to him and Turnbull the visitors chiefly owed their draw. Apart from his one mistake Kelly did well and immediately after the storm he made two clever saves. Hill was the better back. Chadwick did well at half, while Oliver and Birnie stood out well among the forwards. Teams: - Everton: - Kelly goal, Hill, and Hannon, backs, Chadwick Wright and Black half-backs Birnie, Rankin Oliver, Jenkins, and Dilly forwards. Preston North End: - Taylor, goal, Blythe, and Orral, backs, McKie, Todd, and Butterworthy, half-backs, Rodgers, Maher, Turnbull, Bell (j), and Danson, forwards.

September 12, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 4)
At Barrow yesterday. The first half was stubbornly contested, both sides attacking strongly, but the defence was superb. The home side pressed hard, and Rea Ramsay, and Jones deserved success. After half an hour's play Everton attacked strongly, and Lawrie fumbling the ball, Rankin scored. The visitors maintained the lead until the interval. On resuming Barrow pushed and Jones equalised. Harvey gave Barrow the lead, and Walty Boyle scored, Black and Birnie than scored for Everton. Result Barrow 4, goals, Everton 3. Everton: - Collins, goal, Hill, and Hannon, backs Chadwick, Wright, and Black, half-backs Bernie McLoughlin, Oliver, Rankin, and Dilly, forwards.

Derby Daily Telegraph-Wednesday 13 September 1905
Grimsby Town have resigned A. McConnell, who has played full back for them during the past two seasons. He has played with Everton, Woolwich Arsenal, and Queen's Park Rangers.

September 14, 1905.
The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Nomads were extremely fortunate in securing such an attractive fixture for their opening match of the New Brighton Tower Ground last evening. There was a good muster of spectators present when the teams lead as follows: - Northern Nomads: - Wilson, goal, Wallwork and Housefield, backs, Ashworth, Browne, and Duggan half-backs, McKenna, Gankridge, Edwards, Bell, and Forster, forwards. Everton: - Hoye, goal, Hill and Hannan backs, Wright Kerr and Donaldson, half-backs, Rankin, Jones, A.N.Other, Jenkins, and Cropper, forwards. The initial half was fairly evenly contested, and, despite clever work on the part of the Forster and McKenna, the Everton defence refused to be beaten, Hill and Hannan always presenting a bold defence. The interval arrived with a clean sheet. From the restart the homesters adopted a more business like attitude, and within fifteen minutes of the resumption, Edwards had no difficulty in nothing the first point from an accurate centre by Forster. At the other end Wright hit the inside of the crossbar and the ball rebounded into play- a marvelous escape for the Nomads. After midfield play Gaukridge sent in a long shot, which Hoye fumbled, and Edwards being close at hand, easily put the leather into the net for the second time. The Blues were awarded a penalty kick, which Donaldson sent over the bar. The Nomads were a better-balanced team throughout, and deserved their victory of two goals to nil.

Falkirk Herald - Saturday 16 September 1905
Falkirk will turn out the same team against the Celtic as faced Aberdeen last week, with the exception that Gordon will play in place of D. Mitchell at back. Two years ago Gordon was one of the Everton reserve backs and last season he was with Southampton. He has both height and weight. His League transfer from Everton was received on Thursday morning.

London Daily News - Monday 18 September 1905
Fine weather favoured the Everton v. Newcastle United match at Goodison Park. Everton made two changes from the previous Saturday, Settle and Black taking the places of McLoughlin and Makepeace. Harding played for the United instead Appleyard. During the opening half the exchanges wore fairly even. Howie scored for Newcastle, but Sharp equalised. For a time after the change of ends the United had the hotter of the play. But subsequently the exchanges were well fought out. Just before the finish Hogg got through, and Newcastle United won two goals to one.

Athletic News - Monday 18 September 1905
The success of the Novocastrians represents a gain of a couple of points on last season, and, having found their feet, it is not unreasonable to expect they will continue to make use of them.  It is a great achievement to vanquish a team like Everton on their own ground, but the triumph of the United had the merit of being well deserved.  It was gained by superior play, and was due in no small measure to the brilliant work of Rutherford, who played one of his finest games.  And when in from the international outside-right has few, if any, superiors.  Gosnell, too, was seen at his best, while the defence was of its old-time excellence.  Everton, on the other hand, were rather disappointing, the forwards being disappointed, but Scott kept a wonderful goal, and Taylor completely overshadowed Hardinge, the Kent cricketer, who made his first appearance in the Teesside team. However, many a player whose misfortune it was to suffer a partial or total eclipse neither similar circumstances has lived to become a celebrity, and Hardinge has seen too much of the luck which surrounds the game to be discouraged by Saturday’s failure. 
Everton were overplayed and beaten as thoroughly as the score against them would appear to demonstrate. Three men stood out prominently in the game - the two Irishmen, M'Cracken and Scott, and the right winger, Rutherford. If Scott can maintain the form exhibited since the season opened the departure of Roose will not be lamented. He has already shown his worth in the matches played during the present campaign, and some of his clearances against the Tynesiders were brilliant. The forwards have not yet got thoroughly into their stride. Sharp has not recovered from his cricketing experiences, and McDermott, up to the present, has failed to justify his selection. Everton appear to be a team not completely wound up, but the men are clever and capable, and they are not likely to cause the directorate much uneasiness as far as their League position is concerned. Whether they will prove as successful as was the case a year ago is a matter that cannot at present be satisfactorily answered.
Everton had to alter their intermediate line against Newcastle owing to Harry Makepeace spraining the muscles of his thigh at Preston week ago. This let in Black, a player signed on from the Celtic club during the close season.  He showed very promising form, and though somewhat on the slow side demonstrated that he had a capital idea of the game. In placing to his forwards he is extremely proficient, and only requires to become another yard or two speedier to develop into really good player.

Athletic News - Monday 18 September 1905
By Harricus.
There is one disadvantage in winning the Championship of the League—the high standard established is difficult to maintain over another season, and consequently disappointment follows. This is what Newcastle United have discovered, and, with never a victory accruing from their first four matches, it seemed hardly likely that they would commence winning matches at the home of the Everton club, who were only a point behind them in the Championship table last season. Yet this is what they did, for the score was 2—l in their favour at the finish, and I venture to predict that they will, notwithstanding their disappointing opening, win many more matches than they will lose. The attractiveness of the fixture, coupled with the fine weather, brought out a splendid attendance, the crowd numbering anything from 30,000 to 35,000, and though they must naturally have been very disappointed with the result, they could have no complaint as to the standard of the play, which was worthy of the reputations of the two teams. The Novocastrians lacked three of the Championship eleven, though only Hardinge, the Kent county cricketer, was an unknown quantity, Veitch coming in at centre half, while McCracken dropped in at right back, causing McCombie to cross over. On the Everton side Black, who came from the Celtic this season, displaced Makepeace, who has not recovered from his visit to Preston, though it was only at the eleventh hour that Black was introduced. From the very outset it was evident that we were in for a game of exceptionally high standard, though it was early evident that the visitors were the better balanced side, and the position of Lawrance was almost a sinecure. Just under fifteen minutes some beautiful inside play ended in Orr finding the net, but unfortunately he was just offside, and the referee did not possess sufficient sentiment to overlook the slight infringement. Directly afterwards Alexander Young had nothing to do but just touch the ball over the goal-line, with Lawrance away from his charge, but he was very slow, and M'Combie stepped in and kicked the ball away when it was lying almost under the cross bar. It was very annoying to the crowd. With eight minutes to go, the home defence was caught napping, and in a contest for the ball between Scott and Howie the Novocastrian won, and he placed his side ahead. They did not enjoy their lead long, however, for under three minutes the scores were equalized by Jack Sharp. Young sent the ball across to him, but M'Combie was certainly lax in his shadowing, with the result that Sharp had time to steady himself ere he dexterously slipped the ball past Lawrance. Everton made a better fight in the second half, with the result that the game was always open; indeed, everyone was prepared for a drawn game, but the last five minutes had just been entered upon when the Northerners recorded the goal which gave them both points. The trouble was inaugurated by Gosnell the Colchester young man who is so dangerous on the outside left. He found himself with the ball in a nice position, and just on-side. He made the most of his opportunity, and passing square to Hardinge, the centre forward in turn gave to Orr, who sent the ball across the goalmouth and into the far corner of the net out of the reach of Scott, who well beaten. Although it was rather hard on Everton to be beaten in the last five minutes, the Novocastrians must be given all credit for their victory, for undoubtedly they were the better side; indeed, I cannot understand their previous lack of success. However, on Saturday’s form they are not likely to make any more mistakes, and though I would rather some other club finished first for the good of the game, I am afraid that I shall not come across a better side. I was most favorably struck with the new men who have been brought into the team, and with a little encouragement McCracken and Veitch should develop into very capable players. I am reminded of the fact that one is an Irish International and the other a reserve English International, but for all that they are fighting for their places with the League champions. McCracken was the best full back on the field. He seems all legs, and his kicking in any position was good to see. He tackles well, too. Colin Veitch, who is used as a sort of handy man, is also worthy of regular participation in First Division football. He made Young appear quite an ordinary player, and their displays only go to show what a wonderful reserve the Newcastle United has on hand. Perhaps someday the pair will be regarded as regulars. The centre forward, Hardinge, is fresh to the team this season, and unlike the other two, has yet the win his spurs in the best class of football. In the first half he could do nothing right, but was simply helped along by the success of his colleagues. In the second half, however, he was an improved player. Early on he got in a pot shot which was decidedly dangerous, and again headed into the Everton goal like a real artist, while later on, after dodging his way past several opponents, he caused Scott to accomplish a brilliant save. Whilst not a startling success he may yet be polished as Appleyard was. At any rate, he possesses the knowledge. The display of Rutherford and Howie, on the right wing, was really entrancing, and the spectators could not help but admire them. A worthy international pair are they. Rutherford is a most natural player, and without apparent undue exertion gave Abbott and Crelley a worrying time. Howie and he have an understanding,  as had Gordon and Ross, Latta and Brady, Athersmith and Devey, Meredith and Finnerhan, and the Scotsman is a very dangerous shot. Orr was a very worrying inside left, and if Gosnell was not so prominent as I have seen him he put in excellent work. Gardner, at right half, was perhaps the pick of the half-backs, for McWilliam has done better, and the same may be said of McCombie, who has not that fire of old. Still there was not a weak man in the team, even if one or two were rather overshadowed by the brilliance of their colleagues. I am rather afraid that I have not left much room to criticize the Everton men. They lost, but they were not thrashed. They made the winners play for their points, though they certainly nave played better. The defence was good all round. Scott, like McCracken, is a living example of the injustice to Ireland, but with Roose out of the way his place in the team is assured. Balmer and Crelley kicked as hard as of yore, and are a very reliable pair. The star of the half-back line was John D. Taylor, a player whom I have seen take at least four positions with the club, and who is now the captain, despite his many years’ service. Hardinge found in him too great a stumbling block. Black was a most efficient substitute for Makepeace, his work being of the quiet, useful order rather than brilliant, and he is certainly a very useful man to fall back on. Settle was the best forward, and was a rare worker, often looking for it in the interests of his side. Jack Sharp did nothing in the first half, but put in some of his sparkling runs afterwards, and this pair, along with Hardman, formed the best of the Everton attackers, which, as a body, were much behind those of Newcastle. Everton;- Scott; Balmer,  Crelley;  Black, Taylor, Abbott;  Sharp, M'Dermott, Young, Settle, and H. P. Hardman. Newcastle United;- Lawrance; McCracken, McCombie; Gardner, Veitch, McWilliam; Rutherford, Howie, Hardinge, Orr, and Gosnell. Referee: A. G. Hines, Nottingham.

September 18, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
Newcastle United on Saturday furnished a surprise at Goodison-park, which was not at all pleasant to Evertonians. In their previous matches the League champions had failed so lamentably to maintain their high standard of last season that few expected they would register their first victory on the Everton enclosure. AS a matter of fact in four games, three of which were at St.Jame's-park, they had only acquired two out of a possible eight points. Moreover, there were rumours of dissensions among the players, so that in the face of it everything pointed to a comfortable win for Everton. Unhappily for the latter the League champions returned to form in most astonishing fashion, and after one of the most brilliant expositions of the game seen in Liverpool for a considerable time past succeeded in obtaining their initial victory of the season. It is not the first occasion on which, the Novocastrians have specially reserved themselves for the Blues. Invariably they have been an absolutely their best behaviours at Goodison-park. The football public evidently had this in mind seeing that a great crowd, estimated at 35,000, witnessed the encounter. Certainly the League Champions did give of their beat, and on the day's play no one could begrudge them their success by two goals to one.
Curiously enough this was the exact reverse of the result last season, when it will be remembered United had rather hard lines in being beaten. On Saturday the conditions were altogether favourable. The sun occasionally bothered the players, but it was an ideal afternoon for spectators, and as far as the state of the ground was concerned nothing could have been better. From the start it was evident that the spectators were in for a treat. First one side and then the other took up the running, but it was noticeable quite early on that the methods of the visiting team were superior to those of Everton, a feature being the remarkable understanding that prevailed between the United halves and forwards. The attacks of the champions were always incisive, and well directed, and it was fortunate for Everton that Scott was on the top of the form. On one occasion the Newcastle goal had a narrow escape from a centre by Hardman, but Lawrence as compared with Scott had a dull time. Most of the danger to Everton's goal came from the right wing. Rutherford in particular delights the crowd by masterly exhibitions. One really brilliant centre by him was badly mulled, but when a similar opportunity occurred Howie cleverly turned it to account. This was a damper to the Everton enthusiasts, but their spirits rose mightily when within a couple of minutes the ball came from left wing out to Sharp, who deceiving McCombie, equalised the score. With the teams on level terms there was a great struggle for supremacy during the second half. Everton were still unable to open out the play to their own particular liking, and their disjointed efforts were in marked contrast to the precision, which characterised their opponents. They exhibited plenty of dash, and at one period when four successive corners were awarded them it appeared as if the Newcastle goal must fall. However, the defence prevailed and again chiefly through Rutherford the Everton goal was subjected to severe pressure. Still it was not until five minutes from the finish, when everyone expected a draw, that Orr gave his the victory.
It will be evident that the Everton men failed to do themselves justice. Perhaps the truer way of putting it would be that they met a team that fell into each other's methods with a minimum of efforts, and with remarkable success. On Saturday's display Newcastle United may still have hopes of retaining the championship, even although they were without such noted players as Appleyard, Veitch and Carr. In the centre Hardinge, the Kent centre cricketer, performed creditably, though he still has much to learn before he can lay claim to being a class centre forward. Gosnell on the outside left put in some pretty touches, but the bright star of the side was unquestionably Rutherford, whose exhibition on the right wing was one of the finest ever seen at Goodison-park. He seemed to be possessed of endless resource and on doubt Abbott and Crelly could ably testify this. The halves were excellent, and McCracken was the better of the two backs. As for Everton the forwards never really got going. They indulged in occasional brilliant flashes, but unfortunately those were not sustained. Young was not in the happiest vein, and for a wonder Hardman did not approximate his usual standard. The inside men, too, were uncertain, and Sharp were the pick of the bunch, although he was also in a fitful mood. Thus it was not surprising that the line as a whole did not produce good work. Black, the ex-Celtic player, made a creditable debut, as understudy to Makepeace, who was on the injured list, and once again Taylor, shone out most conspicuously in the half-way line. Taking into consideration the effective movements of the United forwards, Balmer and Crelly got through their work in fairly creditable fashion, and, as has been suggested, the display given by Scott could not have been excelled. Indeed, it was entirely due to his masterly exhibitions of goalkeeping that Everton did not suffer even a more pronounced defeat.
Teams: - Everton: - Scott goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly backs, Black, Taylor (captain), and Abbott, half-backs Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Newcastle United: - Gosnell, goal, Orr, Hardinge, backs, Howie, Rutherford, and McWilliams, half-backs, Veitch, Gardiner, McCombie, McCrackie, and Lawrence, forwards. Referee A.G.Hines.

September 18, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 5)
Despite the fact that they had Collins in goal at Rossendale, Everton had to acknowledge another defeat, it may be said at once however, that the new custodian was by no means to blame for this latest reverse. As a matter of fact, he kept goal in fine fashion, and it was chiefly owing to his good work combined with sturdy defence on the part of Wildman, that the United were only one goal ahead at half-time. Everton quite failed to get going during the first half, and as a result their defence was kept busy, but Collins was only beaten once. Everton improved after the interval, but the forwards threw away some good openings although Rankin and Bernie made good efforts to secure the equalising goal. Play was very fast throughout, and some exciting play was witnessed in each goalmouth, but Everton could not get on terms. All though it was a case of the respective defences holding the upper hand of the attack, and in the end Rossendale claimed both points by reason of a goal to nil majority. Collins gave a good display, and on his form in this match should considerably strengthen the side. Everton: - Collins goal, Hill, and Hannan, backs, Chadwick, Wright, and Black half-backs Berbnie, McLoughlin, Oliver, Rankin and Dilly, forwards.

September 19 1905. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 6)
Played at Atherton. The home side pressed at the start, but the visitor's better combination enabled them to clear the danger and get to the other end. Horrous headed through from a pass by Owen, and another goal fell to Atherton, a little later, the ball rebounding through off Hamner. Rankin scored for Everton, after fine forward work. Interval Atherton 2 goals, Everton 1. Ten minutes after the resumption Oliver equalised, and Hamer put Everton ahead near the close, and Everton eventually winning by four goals to two.

Sheffield Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 20 September 1905
Yesterday at Liverpool, Frank Sugg, the ex- Lancashire county cricketer, and Jack Sharp, the Everton footballer and Lancashire county cricketer, ' both dealers in athletic accessories were plaintiff and defendant respectively in a case dealing with the sale of footballs. Counsel for plaintiff said that Sugg sought an injunction to restrain the defendant, his servants or agents, from advertising or offering for sale under the name of Zug,” or under any other description of like character, any football of other goods which have not been manufactured by the plaintiff, or front passing off or attempting to pass off any football or other goods not of plaintiff s manufacture as of the plaintiff s manufacture, or in any way representing such articles as being manufactured the plaintiff. He explained that an order was sent to Mr. Sharp for a "Sugg" football, and one was sent in return which was not of plaintiff's manufacture, but which had the words, "Zug" registered," upon it. It was a trap order, bit it had succeeded. The defendant admitted in an affidavit having misread the order, and raised some question as to a right to use the word "Zug: because it was applied to leather. He pressed for an interim injunction, because the football season had just commenced, but the motion would have to stand over until he could reply to an affidavit. Sharp's counsel was prepared to give an undertaking not to pass off any goods not of plaintiff's manufacture as of his manufacture. He would give that with pleasure on the understanding that it was not used for advertisement purposes. On these conditions the motion was adjourned for a fortnight the understanding to stand for that period. Another action of a similar nature, Sugg b. Wills and Co, of Oldham, was also postponed on the same terms.

Lancashire Evening Post - Thursday 21 September 1905
At Southport Central ground yesterday afternoon a gala was organized in aid of the local infirmary. Among the attractions was a football match between Central and Everton which had been arranged principally through the good offices of the Mayor Councilor Trounson, whose special fund for the institution supported by yesterday's fete has reached $400. It will be largely swelled by the proceeds of admission money yesterday. Little seriousness could be attached to the football which all through was unattended with exciting phrases. Chorlton opened the scoring for the Sandgrounders. To those who delight in recording coincidences it may be of interest to mention that the arrival of the Lord Major of Liverpool on the grandstand was immediately signalized by a goal for Everton, who had wholly a reserve side -the latter detail a circumstance of much disappointment after a First League side had been advertised. Oliver was responsible for the point and before the interval the same player gave Everton the lead. Subsequently this was neutralized by Willie and when the end came honours were even with two goals each.

September 22, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Senior Cup Round One.
Everton sent a strong reserves team to St.Helens last night to take part in the first round of the Lancashire Senior Cup. The start was sensational, as Everton, who had the assistance of the wind, soon got into strides, and the ball was placed out to Rankin, who had a clear course, and dribbling to the goal line, he centred to Oliver, who neatly put the leather past Roughley. Straight away from the kick off weak back play by the visitors gave Clarke an opportunity, of which he took full advantage, and centring under the posts, Dagnall neatly headed through, thus equalising the scores five minutes from the start. A capital run and shot by Dilly was the nest item of interest, but Roughley cleverly diverted the ball over the bar. For some time play was confined principally to the Rec's half, but Roughley kept a capable goal. The Recs temporarily lost the services of Martin, who was laid hors de combat in a collision with Dilly. A race for possession between R.Balmer and Evans resulted in favour of the Recs man, who rattled the side of the net with a terrific shot. Then Dilly centred across, and Oliver neatly hooked the ball into the net out of Roughley's reach, giving Everton the lead. Roberts had a chance of equalising, but shot high over the bar. Evans also headed over from a centre by Clarke, At the interval Everton led by 2 goals to 1. On restarting Evans lost a beautiful opportunity by shooting wide from a clever centre by Clarke. Oliver had a clear run through, but Roughley neatly intercepted his shot and cleared. The game was very evenly contested, but after thirty minutes play the Recs lost Evans, who met with an injury to the leg. The Recs, however, soon afterwards equalised, Roberts putting through after Collins had left his goal, and three minutes from the close Dagnall defeated Collins at close quarters. Final Result St Helen's Recs 3 goals, Everton 2. Teams: - St Helens Recreations: - Roughley, goal, Burden and Clegg, backs, Hunter, Martin, and Patten half-backs, Clarke, Kearns, Roberts, Dagnell, and Evans, forwards. Everton: - Collins goal, R.Balmer, and Hannan, backs, Black, Chadwick, and Abbott, half-backs, Rankin McLoughlin, Oliver, Cooke, and Dilly, forwards. Referee T.P.Campbell.

London Daily News - Friday 22 September 1905
Everton paid a visit to St. Helens, and there met the Recreation team in the first round of the Lancashire Cup competition. Playing with the wind, Everton started well, Oliver scoring in two minutes, but directly afterwards Dagnall equalized. Everton pressed hard several times, but were met by a strong defence. Eventually Oliver scored again, Everton leading at the interval by two goals to one. Thanks to the fine play of their goalkeeper, the home team prevented any further score, and Roberts and Dagnall adding two points for them, St. Helens Recreation won by three goals to two.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 23 September 1905
On Wednesday on the Southport Central football ground, there was fete and gala in aid the local Infirmary. The festivities were organized by influential committee of local ladies, headed the Mayoress, Mrs. Trounson, and Lady Pilkington. A ‘large and fashionable gathering, which included the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, the Mayor of Birkenhead, and Sir George and Lady Pilkington. Occupied the grand stand. The proceedings included football match between Everton and Central, ending draw two goals each. A mixed hockey match between sides selected by Miss Hamar. Daughter of the Town Clerk Preston, and Mr. Jack Holden, was won by the latter team two goals one. In cricket match between team of ladies-and eleven gentlemen, the ladies declared 38 for one wicket. Miss Leach making not out, while the gentlemen scored for four wickets. An exhibition of gymnastic drill and Morris dancing the boys the Birkdale Farm School, who brought their band, elicited hearty approval, did some. Costume dances girls from Holy Trinity School. The band the 3rd V.B.K.L.R. also enlivened the proceedings with music. Apart from the amount realized admission money, the Mayor's special fund has how reached £400.' Mrs. Barker, of the Queen's Hotel, provided afternoon tea, and the receipts therefrom were added to the funds. In the evening Sit George Pilkington entertained the football teams and officials at dinner.

London Daily News - Monday 25 September 1905
A Lucky Goal, and What Followed.
It would be difficult to recall series of games between two great clubs which have the aggregate produced finer football than the League matches between Aston Villa and Everton. With few exceptions, those games have been free from anything savouring of roughness ; in fact, the Birmingham crowd have come to look upon the meeting Aston Villa and Everton the match of the year, because experience has taught them that in that engagement they were likely to witness football of an exhilarating and yet delightful character. unfortunately, Saturday’s game Aston did not maintain the high traditions of which we have 'spoken. For the first forty-five minutes the play was of the best type. It was keen and well fought, and Aston Villa had great stroke of luck when a shot from the foot of Bache struck Balmer, who was trying to cover the goalkeeper, Scott, and the ball deflected off the Everton full back into his own not. The Villa had put on plenty of pressure prior this, and deserved to score, but not in the manner in which the goal came. However, such things happen in football, and Aston Villa do not often score more goals than they deserve. When the teams crossed over there was everything to suggest a close finish, and nothing to hint that Aston Villa were destined to have runaway victory. But the unexpected happened. From this point to the finish of the game the Villa practically swamped the Everton defence—and it was a good defence, too. At any rate, the halves did sound work, and the backs acquitted themselves manfully. But Garratty put on a second goal; then Hampton ran up, and, tempting Scott out, scored with the greatest ease; while before the finish Hall obtained fourth, and the Villa won four goals to nil. Everton deserve to have a vote of condolence passed with them in the loss of Roose, for assuredly Scott is not in the same class as the Welshman. Indeed, it is doubtful if there is a finer goalkeeper in the world than Roose. Scott is not convincing; for instance, he gave a free kick, not on the goal line, but on the touch line, which suggests that is of errant disposition. Balmer played well, more especially in the first half. He is very fine back indeed. Makepeace was clever at half, but Abbott was missed in that line. The forwards were moderate. Sharp and Hardman lacked opportunities, Young clinging to the ball too much. For the Villa Spencer, although injured, was always safe, the throe halves were untiring, and skilful withal. Brawn was better than Hall, but the three inside men were exceptionally clever. Garratty is a consistent performer for Aston Villa this season.

September 25, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
The outcome of Everton's visit to Aston Villa was a great shock to the club's vast army of supporters. There is never any disgrace in being beaten on the Villa's ground, but invariably the struggle between the two clubs have been exceedingly close. A thrashing by four clear goals is an indignity which, the Evertonians will not forget for some time to come. Moreover, it came almost on top of an even more decisive defeat (5-0), which the Villa inflicted upon Liverpool. Thus early in the season the cupholders have taken four points out of out two clubs by the very substantial margin of nine goals to nothing. There ought to be reckoning when the return visits are paid to this city. If memory services in the long series of League encounters between Everton and the Villa, this four goals to nil is about the most pronounced which has been recorded. And the worst of it is, there was noting like such a disparity between the teams. The Villa's first and second goals had more than an element of luck about them, but the other two were all right and let it be at once be admitted, the Villa fully earned their couple of points.
It was a very enjoyable opening half from the point of view of the spectators. The great rivals gave of their best, and with the grand in excellent conditions the pace was terrific while the rapid changes in the fortunes of the side made the game intensely interesting. Everton if anything played rather more attractive football than the Cup holders, but the determination of the home team was always threatening danger. Quite early on Everton experienced a stroke of rank bad luck. Sharp's pace enabled him to outwit both Windmill and Miles, and from his centre, Rankin banged in a dazzlingly shot, which had George beaten all the way. Unfortunately for Everton the Ball rebound from underpart of the crossbar andHoward Spencer in a twinkling had it cleared. The half-way line, who knows what would have happened if only that ball had bounded the way into the net. Still it all in the game, and it was Aston Villa who got the first point, when scoring from a rebound off Balmer, with Scott in a helpless position, was distinctly as lucky as Rankin's effort had been otherwise. Up to the interval Everton fought hard to obtain an equaliser, but, though Spencer hurt his knee and had to retire, they could make no impression on the home defence.
The second half was in striking contrast to the earlier position of the proceedings. The Villa started off with exhilarating dash, and in the very first minute both Bache and Hall missed an open goal. Still only a few minutes claused and the home team were two goals up. This time Scott was evidently caught napping by Hampton; as a matter of fact, if he had paid more attentions Garratty's shot and less to the centre forward the goal might have been saved. With fortune on their side the Villa after this were irresistible, while the effects of their opponents were singularly disjointed. Even when Sharp and Rankin changed places, there was little improvement and when Hampton with a brilliant effort put on a third goal, Everton's doom was sealed. They gave occasional glimpse of their old form, but they were merely flashes in the pan. One hoped that they might reproduce a little of the magnificent display in the closing stages of the memorable semi-final replay at Nottingham, instead of which, as the saying goes, they could not raise a gallop, and their discomfiture was complete when Hall registered the fourth goal. THE PLAYERS.
With only three points out of four games, the Everton representatives will have to look to their laurels. So far they have failed to attain their standard of last season. This will not do if the club are to maintain the position they have so long held. Although Booth is perforce standing down, the class of players at command surely ought to practice better results. Granting the ill-luck which was their portion against the Villa, the falling away in the second half was not at all pleasant for the may supporters who travlled to Birmingham to witness the game. Scott was not so successful as in previous games this season, but beyond his lack of judgement in dealing with the shot which led in the second gaol, he was not to blame for the defeat. The backs were far from safe when subjected to severe pressure, and Balmer, as also Taylor seemed to lose his temper somewhat unnecessarily, with the result that the comments of the crowd were very outspoken. The halves were singularily uneven. At times their work was excellent, but in the later stages they were unable to cope with the brilliant combination of the Villa attacking forces. The forwards were good and bad by turns. Sharp and Hardman got in some capital centres, and Settle at times was as clever as ever. Young was responsible for some smart bits of work, but Rankin is obviously unfitted for an inside position. Apart from that one shot, which certainly deserved to score, his display presented little merit. At the same time it must be remembered that he has few opportunities of gaining experience in first-class company. As for the Villa, when once their position was safe they played their typical cup tie game. The forwards have a happy knack of going for goal for all they are worth. They have two fine outside men, in Brawn and Hall, and in Hampton a centre forward who is as daring as he is resourceful. Windmill was the pick of the halves, while in view of Spencer's injured knee, Miles was the shining light at full back. It is to be hoped that when Abbott and McLoughlin are again available, Everton will come back to their old form. Teams: - Aston Villa: - George, goal, Spencer, and Miles, backs Pearson Leake, and Windmill half-backs, Brown, Garratty, Hampton Bache and Hall, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (captain), and Black half-backs, Sharp, Rankin Young, Settle, and Hardman forwards. Referee Mr. Whittaker.

Athletic News - Monday 25 September 1905
By Junius
Both our League elevens have experienced a rough time in Birmingham at the hands of the Villa this season.  Liverpool’s defeat by five clear goals was astounding, but the reverse sustained by Everton was nearly as bad.  The “Blues” had a weakened team, for Abbott was hurt at St. Helens on the previous Thursday in the Lancashire Cup-tie, and McDermott was omitted.  They could well have done with Booth, who has yet another week to remain in idleness, for Everton are now beginning to feel the pinch.  The decision to leave McDermott in idleness has been one of the sensations of the week, but modern football demands all the energy and concentration of every player.  The idea of playing Rankin inside-right to Sharp has been often mooted and the experiment is certainly worth repeating.  But the team as a whole is not settling down to that effective football they exhibited last year.  The forwards are uneven, and the defence is inclined to be erratic.  These defects have an effort will be necessary to bring about a change of fortune.  There has been a marked difference in the feelings of the respective supporters of Everton and Liverpool during the past fortnight. 

Athletic News - Monday 25 September 1905
By Brum
Meetings between Aston Villa and Everton have long been invested not only with special interest, but even with a special charm.  I have ever watched has been afforded by league games between these historic clubs.  What wonderful left wing play we used to get when Edgar Chadwick and Milward were in the Liverpool side and Dennis Hodgetts and Allen or Steve Smith formed the Villa wing.  One exhibition which Chadwick and Milward gave at the old Perry Barr ground was a revelation eve to those who had seen all the best wings since football became the game of the masses.  Then who does not recall the most brilliant of all cup finals, that of 1897, then the Villa, then at their best, were practically no better than Everton.  Looking backwards one has to revert to the very early days of the League to recall the time when Hodgetts and a gentleman named Dick got at loggerheads, with an unfortunate result (officially), for one of the fairest men that ever wore the Aston jersey.  I do not recall any rough game between Aston Villa and Everton since that time until Saturday.  Now I am not given to making a fuss over rough play, because fair shoulder to shoulder charging is an integral portion of Association football.  Saturday’s game, indeed, was beyond reproach until after the interval.  No one need wish to see better football than the teams played in the first forty-five minutes.  Then there was a disposition on the part of the Everton backs to go for Hampton and he was laid out four of five times.  Of course, we know that Hampton courts these sort of things.  He is daring to the verge of recklessness (even if he does not get over the line), but I am bound to declare that he was not fairly treated in Saturday’s match. Possibly a few of the Everton men were a trifle sore over the ridiculously lucky goal which Balmer unintentionally gave to the home side. Mind, I am not condemning the Everton team, because practically the undue vigour shown was exhibited by two men only, Taylor and Balmer. Relatively it was not a rough game, by any means, but one is constrained to point out defects in a Villa- Everton match because, as I hinted before, the standard of play has invariably been so high. Please do not run away with the impression that it was a bashing match; it was nothing of the kind. It was a very fine match, indeed, although towards the end the Villa took a pronounced lead and finally won with far greater ease than anyone ventured to think possible at the end of the first half. Their win, in fact, was not quite so easy as the scores would indicate. There was not much between the sides; a little luck would have given Everton a couple of goals. Still the Villa thoroughly deserved their win; there was more method about their forward work. Rankin, who took the place of the injured McLaughlin, who in turn displaced the unsuccessful McDermott, was a source of weakness to the Everton attack. He missed two or three simple chances, but he was not the only sinner. I did not like Young’s work; in fact, speaking of my own personal tastes  I thought Young played into the hands of the Villa in those two Cup-ties we saw between the sides last season.  He keeps the ball far too close for my liking, and is the very Antithesis of Hampton, who delights in flinging the ball out to the wing as widely as possible. I know which is the better game, but Young is a clever player, and perhaps he will think this suggestion over. Everton also missed Abbott at left half. Not only is Abbott a skilful tackier but he is a deadly shot goal, as he was indeed when he was so distinguished an ornament of the Small Heath forward line. Black, late of the Celtic, was not quite so efficient as the old Coventry-road man would have been. The first half was well advanced when a shot from Bache troubled the Everton defenders. The ball hovered about a little, then struck Balmer, and finally found its way into the net. Lucky Villa! Said most of us, but there was no luck about the work of the home team in the second portion. They obtained three goals, and they gained them by sheer merit, or rather, by dash and merit combined, but then the first quality is as meritorious as anything in football.  Garratty obtained a second, Hampton a third, Scott coming out in a vain effort to save, and Hall brought the total up to four goals to none. There was a sharp contrast between the two styles of forward play. With the Villa the game was always open and the ball was constantly on the move. The three Everton inside men played a cramped game. Young was the chief sinner, but Settle was not altogether guiltless, although, he put in many clever touches, but the net result of the style adopted was that the clever wing men, John Sharp and Hardman, had comparatively little to do. What Sharp had do he did fairly well, although Windmill showed more judgment than I had ever seen him manifest. He constantly intercepted the ball as it came from Rankin, Taylor, or Makepeace to Sharp. The Everton half back play was good, and the backs were sound until the Villa’s “dash” upset their equanimity. Scott is not a Roose on Saturday’s showing. For the Villa, Spencer (although injured early on) played a masterly game. Miles was full of pluck, and the half-back trio did admirable work. Pearson and Windmill are coming on apace. Hall was not quite at his best, but Brawn worked harder than usual, though the forwards par excellence in the game were Garratty, Hampton, and Bache, and none did better than that splendid veteran, William Garratty. There was a crowd of thirty thousand, and they witnessed some good sport. It was a heavy defeat, but Everton should remember that the Villa, at their best, are unbeatable. How different the show the Villa men gave compared with the sorry figure they cut at Coventry-road, only a short week ago. Aston Villa:—George: Spencer, Miles; Pearson,  Leake, Windmill: Brawn, Garratly, Hampton, Bache, and Hall.  Everton:—Scott; Balmer, Crelley; Makepeace,  Taylor, Black; Sharp,  Rankin, Young, Settle, and Hardman. Referee: N. Whittaker,  London.

September 25 1905. The Liverpool Football Echo.
There was a mere handful of spectators present when proceedings commenced. Collins Late of West Ham made his debut as custodian of the Everton team. The opening moves favoured the homesters, but their good work in the open was spoiled by their inability to force home the attack. Play remained tame and uninteresting and not a sound was heard from the crowd. Earnshaw was penalised, and from the free kick Rankin drew first blood for the Evertonians. Rankin was responsible for a good acrobatic feat endeavoring to score with an overhead kick while lying prone on the ground. The Ripley halves failed to hold the lively Everton forwards, who literally swarmed around the visiting custodian's charge, while the backs were kept fully, employed. A clever run and centre by Mccartney elected warm applause from the spectators, whose number had considerably increased. The Ripley forwards miserably failed to appreciate the situation and their luckwarnances was remarkable. At the end of the initial forty-five minutes Everton led by 1 goal to nil. They had proved themselves the better side and deserved their lead. The visitors opened the second half in promising fashion, and Collins cleared after Hannan had miskick. Everton retaliated and occupied the ground adjacent to Radnell's charge for some time. Oliver scored a second goal for Everton, and the crowd cheered lustily. Play livened up considerably and the spectators looked more cheerful that they had done for some time. There was no denying the superiority of the home forwards. The visitors centre placed the ball high over the bar from a well-directed corner kick. clever run and shot by Birnie was well saved by Radnell. A long shot which finished yards wide of the post was the best their could get. Jenkins made rings round the visiting defence and finished up with a brilliant effort, which went a few inches, the wrong side of the post. Everton had the best of the argument to the finish and thoroughly deserved their 2 goals to nil victory. Everton: - Collins, goal, Hill, and Hannan, backs, Ritchie, Dodd and Donaldson, half-backs, Hamer, Rankin, Oliver, Jenkins and A.N.Other, forwards.

September 28, 1905. The Liverpool Daily Post
There will be many in Liverpool who will say that the announcement that Mr. Arthur Kingscott is retiring is not at all a bad thing for Everton, who somehow or other were incapable of winning matches in which he officiated. Mr. Kingscott, who has twenty six years record, has been promoted by the Midland Railway Company, and his business is of more importance to him than referee's fees. He holds the record of having officiated before the biggest crowd that ever watched a football match –the Tottenham-Sheffield United final of 1901 at Crystal Palace.

September 1905