August 7, 1907. Aberdeen Journal
Emulating the doings of the Walters, the brothers Balmer have come together at full back in the ranks of the Everton Club, and are doing excellent service. W. Balmer, the right back, is a Merseyside man, and was born at West Derby some 28 years ago. He joined Everton in 1896. A year later he succeeded Peter Meehan, the noted ex-Celtic back, and since then has kept his place either on the one side of the field or the other, and has gained one international cap. R. Balmer, like his brother, is also a West Derby man, and first saw the “light” about 1882, so that he is still a comparatively young player. He first served Everton as an amateur, but soon became a professional, playing his first League game against Middlesbrough in January 1903. He is a fine back, some say better than his elder brother, and it has often been a toss-up which would have preference, with Crelley, also as a competitor. As backs go, R. Balmer is a small man, being about 5 feet 7inches in height and some 10 stone in weight. But he makes up for lack of avoirdupois by extreme agility and accuracy in timing and placing the ball. He has frequently been spoken of for international honours, but there are so many strong individuals claimants for the honour, with Crompton, Burgress, Pennington, and Smith at the head, that it is small wonder if the famous Everton brothers have little to boast of in the way of international decorations.
Two other Evertonians all the way from Fife, and over whom there has been a big ahindy, and a queer couple they seem to be – a sort of Siamese twins. These young men belong to Lochgelly, and when they went into League football it was on behalf of Hearts of Midlothian. As a player George is considered to be ahead of his brother, but the one never seems quite happy without the other, and the Club that gets George, it seems must also take David. But while with the Hearts they really played extremely well together. A year ago they journeyed to Everton, a large sum being paid for their transfer. But the Toffeeites did not appreciate the brotherly arrangement, and ruthlessly pulled the pair apart. Not only s, but they made George play in the inside position, whereas he had been before accustomed to outside and his brother's nursing. Still, he did so well that he managed to secure his international cap for Scotland. Then he became the hero of a real seven days sensation. His club reached English Final; but Wilson was dropped at the last moment, to the hugh astonishment of every one, the explanation being that he had refused to sign on for the following season. Of course there were other explanations, and probably there was a something behind and undivulaged attitude taken up by the Everton Directors, who by general agreement made a hugh blunder. The previous year the Wilsons both played in hearts of Midlothian under similar circumstances and were instrumental in winning the Scottish Cup. George scoring the goal which accomplished this. Afterwards the Everton people thought they might patch up their differences; but this proved a mistake. Scotchmen, and especially Wilsons, do not forgive such injuries readily. But the joint arrangement has been forcibly broken. George going to Ireland, while David has joined Portsmouth.
TRULY A “GRAND STAND”
August 10, 1907. The Liverpool Football Echo
A View Of The Everton Football Clubs New Building
Players For The Forthcoming Season
Distruction To “Season”
The Shareholders Meeting
“Next Please.” It was a sharp request from the sharp voice of a sharp man. But how pleasant were the faces of those men when they answered to the roll-call. The scene was not a barber's shop; it was the Everton Football Club's well-appointed and luxurious office, and therein was Mr. W. C. Cuff looking exceptionally well after his tour through Taffy land. Mr. Cuff was busy; it was pay day (that was not the reason I found afterwards, that he asked me to give him a call on that day, which was Wednesday. The men filed up and in most sense received the maximum wage for something they had not done! However, they have got to do it, and it's real hard work, too, that lies before them. Some of the men have been taken on to Upper Bangor for a few days, and there is no doubt the Everton officials consider the cares of their players most generously; they always seem to be looking for a means of helping them. Ask a footballer anywhere round the country which club treats it's players well, and it is almost a certainty that Everton will be named among others. It was a pleasant sight to see these men just entering on a course of practice to fit them for the ardours of the season and it would have been additionally pleasant had one been able to share with them in the lucky bag which was being slipped into so frequently by the secretary. The men looked well –some of them, it is true were a it on the heavy side –but a week of exercise will move the superfluous fat off any of them. I saw Walter Abbott who has been o Wales again this year for the vacation and Crelley. Both were in good trim even before they commented training. Mention of the local full backs reminds me that I ought to ask Everton supporters and friends to bear in mind that Crelley, Young and Trainer Elliott are to divide the proceeds of the match in which the Aston Villa club will form the visiting ranks. This match is always a big attraction, and this season it will be fraught with exceptional interest. The football public have a short memory, and this must be jogged later on so that Sandy Young's goal which caused the “English” cup to come to the Mersey side for the first time in its career will be brought back to memory. The turf looked as well as ever, I have seen it. Groundsman Weston was at the very moment busily engaged in giving it a clean shave. You know the weather has been all in favour of the altered playing space. No ? Didn't you know that the pitch had been altered somewhat? Yes, it has. The playing space has been removed slightly while the advertisement inside the ground have been removed wholly, the latter showing that the directors are determined to make the ground look attractive. With the alteration of the paddock it was found convenient to take off a yard of the turf on the Bullens road side and transfer it to the sixpenny side. The actual size of the field is as before. The paddock looks very acceptable now. It is sheltered, and will be even more popular than in previous years. The players will be able to enter the field without rushing past admirers, which made the entrance become a bit of a nuisance. The players will find the railings that have been erected must convenient. In future there will always be a dry footing for the man in the paddock for there have been laid down some fifteen steps all of concrete. There are crush barriers of iron placed in suitable capons, and I should say that the paddock will be one of the best places to view the match from, because there is a duel advantage. It will be possible to see the game in any kind of weather without getting wet, and, furthermore those people in the paddock are conveniently close to the playing area and will be able to see all the nice little points that the gentlemen of the Press Box are unable to see. Mr. Cuff took me round to see the sights and the followers of the club will agree with me when they have visited the ground and noted the new constructions that the many changes are all excellent in idea and construction. They all tend to improve the lot of the spectators. As I have said the Paddock improvements are welcome and well done. What shall we say of the new and imposing stand that has been erected? It is situated at the back of the town goal and replaces a wooden structure which was awkward in every way. It was always a popular stand with the six penny spectators, was the Stanley end goal always providing, of course, that it was a me other goalkeeper than “Billy” Scott who was stationed at the end, and was being beaten by the forward. But it was out of date stand and was not credit to the richest football club in the world. Everton have as their motto “Forward” and living up to it, they spent their time and much of their spare money (the extent I believe is about £10,000) in erecting a new stand at the back of the aforesaid goal. It is a startling and delightful change which meets the eye as one enters the ground. There is a fine accommodation and strongly built stand nearing completion now. There is only one end left and one at present and the contractors assure that it will be complete and ready for use by the time the football season opens. It is a double-decker stand, and its errection has caused the directors to revise their rather antiquated turnstile coverings. The entrances now are stoutly made, and that crushing which used to suggest that a fatal accident must happen shortly will be a thing of memory only. Which is good, eh? The stand is formed of bricks and its supports are of strong iron, and no one will have the slightest fear of a calamity, such as happened on the Ibrox Park ground. The shilling stand will accommodate something like 15,000 people all of whom will be able to gain admission easily. Whether they first pay entrance fee of a sixpence (the lower portion of the stand is 6d and the higher 1s) and subsequently transfer or whether they book direct. All those 15,000 people will be able to sit, see the match in comfort and they will have a splendid view of all the players. Whether a player is taking a corner kick or whether Scott is saving a penalty, it matters not, the incident will be seen –unless there is some on in front wearing a matinee hat and if there is my advice is “drop em over board.” It's a lovely drop! Well judge for yourself by this fact –when I sat on the stand, somewhere about half a dozen seats from the top I was on a level with the directors box. That will give you the idea. Of course if you don't care to be so far from the players or are short-sighted it would be best for you to get there early and take a seat in the front row. If only the people who visit this stand will rigidly stand by the rule. “No standing while play is in progress,” it will be found that this new stand is one of the most comfortable and advantageous. The directors have done their part it remains for the spectators to do theirs.
There have been all round improvement. The huge sixpenny bank in front of the directors stand has been touch up to effect a better view and around the playing area there is now stronger boarding, with a brick foundation and a main prop of iron. At the base of the boarding there has been laid a splendid dramage system and one cemented step. May it be that at some future date the sixpenny bank may be grounded, as in the paddock with concrete floors. It would be cleaner and better in all ways. How many will, Goodison hold now? It remains to be seen, and proved. It will not have been forgotten that in former years the accommodating power of the Walton ground has been over-estimated. Everyone was convinced two years ago that 60,000 people could be housed. That was an exaggerated figure. However we shall be on safe ground now if we state that Goodison Park will hold 60,000 people, for with the improvements carried out there has been a greatly increased accommodation. The paddock will hold more than previously, but the great addition will of course be at the new goal stand, which now will hold, say 10,000 on the upper deck and 10,000 on the lower. Yes, when required, Goodison will hold 60,000 –and there well not be any need to call in the mounted police, pretty as was the spectacle when they entered the ground on the occasion of the local Derby last Easter. The season tickets are out, and an advertisement in our columns explains the prices &c. Mr. Cuff will be at the office on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6.0 till 8 p.m for the purpose of issuing these season tickets. Mentioning the reminds me that the shareholders are still carrying ahead their determination to get a season ticket at the nominal sun of 2s 6d. A meeting was recently called, and was held at the club offices, Mr. Charles Wright, I believe, being the shareholders leader. The shareholders argue this wise –The club is wealthy and the men who put their money into the club when it was a problematic matter whether it would succeed or not should receive a cheap season ticket. It was at one time stated that the Football Association would look upon the reduced price of a season ticket as a means of evading the law which allows only five per cent, at the utmost to a shareholder. I have quite unofficial, but reliable information that the Football Association takes the view that the changes of price is purely a matter for the shareholders. However, the change cannot come for at least a year, for the acquisition of the shareholders was not in order, and the solicitor secretary advised the gentlemen present that, being a legal matter, their requisition was not valid. However in the end the meeting was adjourned and the directors themselves have taken the matter up, and will probably propose a resolution concerning the reduction of prices of shareholders tickets at the next annual meeting. During the summer months readers will probably have forgotten who's who of the Everton club and therefore I will give here a list of the players signed for next season. Abbott, Adamson, William, and Robert Balmer, Booth, Black, Bolton, Chadwick, Crelley, Couper, Cooke, Chetwood, (transferred by Whitechurch), Donnachie, Graham, T. Jones, MaConnachie, the great capture from the Hibernian), Makepeace, Mountford of Burslem Port Vale now defunct, Rafferty, not Pat of music hall fame, but a chubby young fellow with a strong frame. Rouse (whom we all hope will have a capital season and a smile from Dame Fortune), Settle, Sharp, Scott, Sloan, Stevenson, Strettell, Captain Taylor, Woods (St Helens), Winterhalmer, (West Ham's player), Young and Harold P. Hardman.
Of the men who have left there is Donaldson who has joined McLoughling with Preston North End, McLoughlin has been a peageanting in Liverpool this week and I also saw Alec Raisebeck viewing the Channel Fleet. Thankful are we all that the Liverpool captain is looking infinitely better than last season. Thomas has gone to Leeds, Wright will make Burnley a very useful member indeed and David Wilson has gone to Portsmouth. Butler, Dorward, Depledge and Gilberton have sought pastures new. I can almost hear the readers asking. What about George Wilson? Mon I dinna ken, wait a wee. George might join the Irish Fleet –sorry, I mean an Irish club. I am asked to make it known to shopkeepers that applications for the club's big season cards to be hung in windows and prominent places must be made before August 17. Bee.
Athletic News - Monday 12 August 1907
The alterations and additions to the Everton football ground will be reviewed by the Press on Thursday next. The new double-decker stand will probably be copied by other wealthy organizations.
THE EVERTON F.C’S ENTERPRISE
August 17, 1907. Cricket and Football Fields
When the last annual meeting of the Everton Football Club Co Ltd, was held and it was there shown that in addition to owning Goodison Park and all its appurtenances the Company had over $20,000 in hard cash to carry forward, people began speaking of Everton being troubled with the envitable complaint – “the embarrassment of riches.” With a view to assisting the directors in solving what threatened to develop into an awkward problem, the club’s shareholders at said meeting came out with numerous gratis, and therefore generous suggestions, vide ways and means of legitimately putting certain big lump sums of the surplus hard cash into the melting pot. One gentleman, I fancy went so far as to suggest that the club be wound up and a general prorate Christmassy toutine divide take place or something of that sort. Mr. Cuff, however, was pretty prompt in pointing out that, following such a tight wind-up the Everton clock, etc., would quickly cease from troubling and tickling. But during the past four months the Everton directorate have legitimately come to the alarming “incubus” referred to, and at the same time have done the general public – (the sixpenny and shilling spectators, who are, after all the back-bone of the club – a splendidly good turn by putting into immediate action a Pageant Year’s Ground improvements scheme the general trend of which one’s readers are, of course, pretty well conversant with. On Thursday members of the Press, including the representative of the “Football Field,” were pioneered over “Greater Goodison” by the Everton management. The improvements made at Goodison Park since last May have swallowed up between nine and ten thousand pounds, hence one’s opening reference regarding the manner in which the club’s directors have stepped forth to erase the feared.
“Embarrassment of Riches” stigma. To pull down certain of the old and build up a magnificent new “two-decker” stand capable of accommodating over 14,000 people; to remove the playing area somewhat; to engage in a tremendous round of concrete-terracing work and and to write “metamorphosis” over the ingress and egress portals on the Goodison-rd side are the main features of the ground’s improvement scheme which has now almost reached completion point. And, to press this enormous work into three months has meant working at hard and at high pressure. During certain periods of the said three months over 500 workmen have been simultaneously engaged. Never has the minimum number game below 250. Indeed for all the world Goodison Park, has savoured of a hugh ant-hill with the difference, that somebody’s uncles have done the ammunition carrying in and out of the thousand and odd holes which dot the great enclosure. The Press research party were first shown over the lower deck of the new Stanley Park stand on Thursday. This, with a magnificent concrete terrace in front, with accommodation about 10,000 people, of all whom can obtain a splendid end-on view of the game – unless perchance Everton should happen to nhave an off day, which, the fate forbid! True those occupying the treble width back row of this stand will find it difficult to see the top of the far goal, unless they are people under the medium height, as the front of the base of the upper deck obsrudes itself somewhat unduly, but I understand the object of the management is to keep this back row free from “packing” and to make it a sort of passage along the stand, and in this way it should serve the purpose mentioned admirably. Ascending to the upper deck, via spendidly broad concrete steps, a vista opened have been requisitioned for the work on hand. The “salmon” deck of Everton’s new stand is a splendid one in every sense of the word, and should give a genuinely delightful and panoramic view of the game to those who are partial to end on surveys of “Soccer.” Going backward and upwards from the fifth row on this deck, each succeeding row or seat is increased in height three-fifths of an inch compared with that directly in front of it. The result is that the “rise” is so increased and perfect that every occupant of a seat can see the goalkeeper at their end of the field –even to kicking the ball away; in fine, he will have a complete view to every inch of the playing arena without troubling to crane his neck in the least. In addition to the gigantic and powerful vertical girders abounding there is a perfect maze of intricate and ingeniously placed steelwork running underneath the woodwork of the seats, both upright and on the horizontal –everything possible being done to make for strength, and with it, safety. This upper deck will be accessible at a shilling per head, and for a comfortable seat will be hard to beat for the money. The mass of brickwork at the rear and sides rising to the full height of the two decker –suggests a City Council or some other corporate structure, so strudyt is it. The stand in all is 270 nfeet long, 40 feet broad and 40 feet high. It is crowned with a galvanized roof, and respecting this latter there is now an official feeling that perhaps a slate roof would have proved a better investment, when comparing the relative cost with the longevity of the twain. Spectators can either book direct or “transfer” to the upper deck, which is truly a credit to ewveryone concerned. Then what must one say of the paddock now running along the Front of the Grand Stand or the Bullen-s road side. This will be found a beyond all-comparison improvement on the former turf paddock. It comprise spacious concrete steps, and I can quite see Everton’s grand stand paddock becoming wonderfully popular with muscular and healthy enthusiasts who prefer standing close up to the field of play. Under the altered condition of things one feels safe in stating that “Greater Goodison” will comfortably accommodate 70,000 people – indeed at the dinner at the Hotel St. George on Thursday evening I did hear an Everton director give an eightly thousand estimate. Nor has Goodison yet reached its high water limit. It is hoped that the club’s embarrassment of riches” will eventually go towards linking the new “two-decker” with the club’s office, and the City-road goal. But even now the Everton Board are pardonably proud of their fine enclosure, where the working-man is so well cared for, and Jupiter Pluving is so well shut out. All regretted the absence of Mr. Geo Mahon on Thursday, the club’s popular chairman being announced as in serious ill health. The usual toasts were proposed and replied to at the Hotel St. George, and the majority of directors and guests spent the evening subsequently in a lighter musical vein. It should be stated in conclusion that the new two deckor stand has been erected by Messers Jos. Henshaw and Sons, the plans being by Mr. Henry Hartley. The concrete terracing has been carried out by Messrs A.J. Hillips and Co., London. Other prominent names in connection with “Greater Goodison” include Messrs E.F. Blakeley and Co (Steel work) Mr. Harrison and Mr. Harris –the clerk of the works being a genuine indefatigable I understand. –Richard Samuel.
Athletic News - Monday 19 August 1907
The news that George Wilson, of Everton, might come to Belfast created quite a sensation in certain places. Both Wilson and the Distillery are agreeable, but the Football Association has to be consulted. Is it a case of Wilson playing for Everton, or being out of the game during the winter.
Athletic News - Monday 19 August 1907
I hear that wonderful improvements have been made in the Everton arena. There is not finer football turf in these islands than that at Goodison Park, but when the crowd broke the barriers and trampled its which on the occasion of the Cup-tie with Bolton Wanderers last season the directors realized that the spectators were, as Americans say, howling for room. Eventually it was decided to increase the accommodation by electing two-decker stands around the ground, to be completed in sections extending over a period of years, and carried it as circumstances demanded. The first portion is now complete. At the Stanley Park end of the ground has been built a two decker goal stand 270 ft. long, 45ft high, and 40ft deep, in the construction of which 175 tons of steel has been utilized. The upper deck possess seating accommodation for 3,500 people, who pay one shilling admission, while below 11,000 persons can conveniently view the game for sixpenny. Along the front of the stand and along the side stand –the latter space being primarily known as the paddock- what was formerly a cinder-heap has been terraced and cemented, the graduations being to make that there need to be no craning of necks by those in the rear. The paddock has been widened, and Everton expect they will be able to cater for 30,000 people under cover. Access to the goal stand can be made direct from the outer turnstiles or by transfer from the lower deck, and the means of approach and egress have been admirably arranged. Should the accommodation prove during the coming winter’s to be still insufficient, the goal stand at the opposite end of the ground will be similarly reconstructed a year hence. The improvements already carried out have cost about £9,000. The playing pitch has been slightly altered, and is now surrounded by a substantial brick and wood barrier rectangular in shape. The “early birds” around the enclosure will find that they can view the play from those positions which were formerly corners, while the dip near the barrier is such that the turf will be on a level with the chest. Throughout the whole series of a serrations the one idea in the minds of the directors has been to provide their supporters with the most comfortable and convenient enclosure in the country. It has not been a close season for the management, whose compensation is found in the result of their labours. The public will show their appreciation of the alterations or I am mistaken.
August 26, 1907. Athletic News
Whatever fortune may be in store for Everton during the coming season, the club is in the happy position of being able to await the commencement of the campaign with confidence and bright anticipation. With one notable exception –I refer, of course, to George Wilson – the directors have retained all the men they were desirous of keeping, while in the opinion of many, they have secured recruits who should more than counter-balance the losses sustained by other departures. Amongst the newcomers to Goodison are A. Winterhalder and H. Mountford. The former played a great game against Everton for West Ham in the second round of the Cup-ties last season, the sequal being the present interesting acquisitioin. He stands 5ft 6 half in, weighs 10st 3lbs, and can play in either position on the left wing. Mountford, who scales 11st and is 5ft 7in, in height, was secured along with B. Chetwood -5ft 6 half in., 10st 10lb –from Burslem Port Vale, to fill vacancies forward. Towards the close of last season Everton effected some capable captures, who played occasionally in the final. League and Combination games. These are J. Macconachie, 5ft 9in., 12st., who with Edbinburgh Hibernians gained a reputation as a first-class half-back or full back. H. Adamson hails from Lochgelly United, and is of somewhat slighter stature, 5ft 6 and half., 10st., but he displayed good form at half-back in the few trials he was given. From the Hearts of Midlothian, G. Couper was obtained, an outside right standing 5ft 8ins., and scaling 13st. He can play centre forward or on the extreme right wing. Benefits will be given to Crelley and Young, while the effervescing enthusiasm of Trainer Elliott is to be similarly recognized. The complete list of players at Goodison Park is;- Goal;- W. Scott, height 5ft 190 and half in, weight 10st 5lb; D. Sloan, 5ft 10 and half in., 13st, 12lb; Full-backs; W. Balmer, 5ft 9 and half in., 11st 9lb; R. Balmer, 5ft 7 and half in., 10st 5lb; S. Strettle, 5ft 11ins, 11st, 8lb; W. Stevenson, 5ft 7 and half in., 10st, 5lb; J. Crelley, 5ft 9in, 12st, 2lb; Half-backs; H. Makepeace, 5ft 7in, 10st 4lb; W. Abbott, 5ft 9 and half in., 12lbs; T. Booth, 5ft, 10 half in., 11st 10lb; W. Black, 5ft 8 and half in, 11st; T. Chadwick, 5ft, 9 and half in., 11st 5lb; J. Macconanchie, 5ft 9in., 12st; H. Adamson, 5ft, 6 and half in., 10st; Forwards –J. Sharp, 5ft 7ins., 11st 8lbs; H. Bolton, 5ft, 6ins., 10st, 2lb; A. Young, 5ft 8 and half in., 11st 3lb; J. Settle, 5ft 6 and half in., 11st, 5lb; H.P. Hardman, 5ft, 6in., 10st 2lb; H. E. Cooke, 5ft 6 and half in., 9st 9lb; J. Donnachie, 5ft 8in., 10st; T. Jones., 5ft 7 and half in., 10st, 5lb; R. Graham, 5ft 7in., 10st, 2lb; G. Couper, 5ft 8in., 13st; F. Rouse., 5ft, 9 halfd in., 11st 8lb; A. Winterhalmer, 5ft 6 and half in., 10st, 3lb; D. Rafferty., 5ft 8 and half in., 10st, 12lbs; H. Mountford, 5ft 7in., 11st; B. Chetwood, 5ft 6 and half in., 10st, 10lb; L.G. Woods, 5ft,
August 26, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S GOOD DISPLAY AT PRACTICE.
A HUGH ATTENDANCE.
A crowd numbering at least 25,000, a ground looking in the best of conditions, with several notable improvements, and players suggesting to the onlooker the picture of pristine vigour –these constitute an earnest that football activities will very shortly be resumed. These were the features noted at Goodison-park on Saturday when 22 of Everton's players turned out for practice. It is by means of these preliminary canters that the supporters get their first impressions of the team's capabilities, and especially of the new players, whom they are most interested to see. It was mot a suprising therefore, to see the vast crowd discussing, not doubt, the prospects of the forthcoming season for Everton, and admiring as they certainly did, the improvements which the directors had carried out during the summer for the increased comfort and convenience of their numerous patrons. First and foremost was the fine, commodious new covered stand –the “Double decker” –at the Stanley park end of the ground, which, alike as to its helding capacity and the splendid view of the game which it affords is not equalled on any other football ground in the country. Though the “upper deck” was not opened on Saturday, there being a few finishing touches to add, the lower portion was fully occupied, and from the rear row down to the front of the paddock there was one vast seas of faces. The problem of how to considerably increase the accommodation of a ground without adding to the existing area has now been solved, and the directors were generally congratulated upon this wise provision they have made.
YOUNG IN FORM.
But to the play and players. The League team, with two or three exceptions, and designated the “Blues”opposed the “Stripes,” who were made up of members of the Combination team and the recruits like McConnachie and Winterhalmer. A slight rearrangement, it was seen when the teams appeared, had been necessary Rouse playing in Settle's place in the League team, whilst in the Stripes. Mountford, the ex-Burslem man, inside left, and Adamson operated at left half-back vice Chadwick. What was soon apparent in a game, which was interesting to watch, was the all-round fitness of the men, more so perhaps amongst the League players. The result of a practice match is, of course quite secondary –it was in this case 6-2 in favour of the Blues –and more important is form and manner of performance. There was one thing of which the spectators were easily convinced, and that was Sandy Young's tip-top form, which at once suggested that the popular centre is thirsting for work, and that he looks like being as expert a goal getter as ever. He was in dashing form, and apart from the three goals which were put to his credit, he moved about in a very businesslike manner, having more than one opponent frequently at his mercy. The Stripes were bad to shake off, and Scott's position in goal was no easy one. One of his saves from Jones, the Stripes centre was of the sensational order, nine out of every ten custodians would have been baffled with it.
THE NEW MAN.
Winterhalmer, the West Ham recruits, was particularly aggressive, and required a lot of watching. Though on the small side, he has speed and strength, and, judging from Saturday's display, he can centre with precision. Altogether he gives promise of being a very useful man, and if this forth is maintained he should soon be a candidate for League honours. Much has been expected of McConnachie, late of the “Hibs,” a well set-up footballer, who took the centre half-backs position for the Stripes. He did not seen to find his feet properly in the first half, and Young was too much for him. What was lacking was a dash in his movements, and a keenest in tackling. He however, played a better game in the second half, and was more comfortable in his position. Probably when he is more familiarised with the manner of his new colleagues he will turn out well. Mountford frequently shone both in speed and footwork, and he and Jones worked very smoothly, together, and, above all, other can shoot' effectively. The Stripes played a good rousing game in the second half success coming to them in the final stages of the match, Couper, after a fine effort all on his own, scoring their first goal, and Jones the second a minute later. Couper's play all through was meritorious. The spectators went away well impressed, and with their opinions favourably formed. There is now no question that the League team is in excellent trim. Tom Booth and Taylor are their old selves the Balmers are sound in defence, Scott knows how to Handle the most difficult shots –and he had a few on Saturday –and Hardman is again speedy smart, and exact in his centre. Though in the senior company in the practice Rouse gave us some of his best, and availed himself well of his opportunities. There was a nominal charge for admission, the proceeds of which the directors very kindly propose to hand over to the Liverpool medical charities. Teams : - Blues: - Scott, goal, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs Booth, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs, Donnachie, Bolton, Young, Rouse, and Hardman, forwards. Stripes: - Sloan, goal, Crelly, and Stevenson, backs, Black, McConnachie, and Adamson half-backs, Winterhalmer, Mountford, Jones, Graham, and Couper, forwards.
BRISTOL CITY 3 EVERTON 2
September 3, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Twelve thousands spectators saw a capital game at Bristol last evening, the weather being delightfully cool, and as there was very little sun, the players enjoyed the favourable conditions, the turf being in splendid trim. Bristol were at full strength, but Everton fielded short of Settle, Sharp, and Makepeace. It being understood that the first named was suffering from a cold, and the other two needed a short rest, after cricket. The teams were as follows : - Bristol City: - Demmery, goal, Annan, and Cottle, backs, Marr, Wedlock, and Hanlin, half-backs, Stainforth, Maxwell, Milligan, Burton, and Hilton, forwards. Everton: - goal, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs, Booth, Taylor, and Abbott, half-backs, Donnachie, Bolton, Young, Rouse, and H.P. Hardman, forwards. Referee F. Armitt.
Bristol won the toss, and with a slight breeze behind them at once slipped into stride, so that in the opening minutes, Abbott and W. Balmer had to be alert. But when the game was four minutes old Everton had not only sharply reversed the attack, but scored, though in a measure they had to thank Demmery for this. He field a long and not very difficult but dropping shot from Rouse with his knees, and before the City goalkeeper realised what had happened, Bolton had scored. For five minutes Everton held the lead, and then the City equalised. The City levelled matters in dramatic fashion, for following a throw in by Maxwell, Burton raced the ball to the goal line, only to be pulled over by Balmer, and whilst everybody waited for someone to clear, Staniforth raced in from the wing and beat Scott. There was also something almost mechanical about the way in which the city got the lead soon afterwards for Wedlock dodged Taylor, and then pressing to Gilligan, he gave to Maxwell, who very gently netted. It was all done so methodically and so quickly that the crowd did not cheer until the ball was fisted out of the net, and was being taken back to the centre. After that they were very subdued for a time and for a full quarter of an hour Everton gave the Bristol defence a great lot to do and but for their backs dropping back to the assistance of Demmery many goals must have accurated, for the City goalkeeper was unacceptably weak. Bolton once list the upright with a rasping shot that Demmery cleared by hitting against the upright again for which Everton claimed a goal, but after consulting the linesman the referee Armitt decided against them. Everton, however, preserved and when Rouse had done very clever work against Marr and Annan. Hardman got possession, and beat Demmery with a shot that gave him absolutely no chance. The scores remained level till the interval, the only other item of interest prior to this being also something of curiosity, for Hardman was cautioned for embracing Demmery after he had once cleared from Rouse. The second half in the early stages was not conspicuous for clever play, both sides sacrificing skill for excessive use of weight the Everton backs and Taylor offending most on the visiting club. For the first equarter of an hour neither side deserved to score, but after that Donnachie and Bolton played great football, their centres giving the City defence great cause for anxiety, find Demmery once saved very nicely from Abbott by tipping the ball over the bar the corner proving abortive. This roused Bristol to better work, and once when Staniforth centred well, Maxwell only missed by inches. With 20 minutes left for play Annan slipped and went off injuried and during his ten minutes absence two dramatic missed occurred. On the first occasion Young gave to Donnachie, who was quite unmarked, and at short range should easily have scored. But he scarified accuracy for pace, and sent in a terrific shot wide. Almost immediately following this there was an equally culpable miss at the other end for Gilligan being put in possession by Hilton gave to Maxwell, who could almost have dribbled the ball in, but he shot hard at Scott, and so a glorious opportunity was lost. The light City left wing several times after this used their pace finely against Booth and R. Balmer, but the latter stuck to them finely, and repeatedly made them part with the ball prematurely, so that the passes did not go too accurately to the right wing. Towards the close Everton made a great effort, their three halves acting in capital comfort with the forwards, but the City defence thwarted them in great style, and five minutes from the close the City got the lead in, on sational manner for following a pass from the right Gilligan got possession, and Scott, unwisely coming out, left Bristol City lob the ball over his head into the net. This closed the scoring, so the City won by 3 goals to 2. The game was not conspicuous for any long spells of combination by either sides, but all five goals were of the order of that delights the average crowd. Demmery in the second half was better in goal than in the first, but in that department Everton were superior. Honours were easy at the back, but the City were slightly superior at half where Taylor for Everton was too vigorous to be clever. Rouse was the best of Everton's forwards, none of whom were weak.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 LIVERPOOL RESERVES 1
September 3, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination First Division (Game 1)
That the many thousand enthusiasts in Liverpool were anxiously waiting to welcome the opening of the football was evidenced by the splendid attendance at Goodison Park last evening. Both Everton and Liverpool League teams were engaged away from home, and it was therefore left the Combination teams to open the season. The weather was in great contrast to the opening match of last season, when the games were played in tropical heat. The continuous rain of the forenoon, had made the turf (which looked particularly well) somewhat heavy, whilst further showers as the teams appeared did not improve matters. The new double decker stand was well patronised, and at the time for starting there would be fully 12,000 spectators, and the crowd was later largely augmented. The teams were heartily cheered on their appearance and lined out as follows: - Everton: - Sloan goal, Stevenson and Crelly, backs, Adamson, Macconnachie, and Chadwick, half-backs Couper, Graham, Jones, Mountford, and Winterhalmer, forwards. Liverpool: - Husbands, goal, Griffiths, and Dunlop, backs, Chorlton, Gorman, and Hughes, half-backs, Griffin Robinson, Parkinson, Bowyer and Ramsey forwards.
Parkinson started, but the Everton front rank were the first to get going and within a couple of minutes, Graham had hard lines with a well judged shot within rebounded into play from the crossbar. Clever play by Robinson, Parkinson, and Griffin enabled the latter to test Sloan, the home keeper, however, keeping his charge intact. The enthusiasm of the spectators was raised to high pitch by the clever play of the Liverpool front rank, Parkinson Robinson and Bowyer each shooting from short range, but without success. Winterhalmer and Mountford next gained possession, and Jones making ground from the inside left's deft pass, parted out to Winterhalmer, who in a rasping shot. Husband cleverly saved, and Griffin came away with a good dribble, his centre however, being missed by Parkinson, Bowyer, and Ramsey. Adamson robbed the latter, and placed the Everton front rank in possession. They were quickly, in close proximity to the visitors goal, where Gorman tripped Jones in the penalty area. Winterhalmer was entrusted with the penalty kick, and placed the ball well out of Husbands' reach in the corner of the net. The Reds made a brief attack, Stevenson conceding a corner, which was safely negotiated. Jones showed a fine turn of speed, but shot straight into Husbands hands. Maconnachie repeating this with a long shot a moment later. Sloan was next in difficulties and sought refuge in throwing outside when on his knees. Another goal fell to Everton through Winterhalmer's cleverness and speed, Griffiths, the visiting right back, skied the ball towards his own goal and before he could recover Winterhalmer had fastened on to the ball and out pacing all opposition scored a brilliant goal. Although Everton had a clear two goals lead they did not relax their efforts, and Husbands goal was again in jeopardy. Offside against Graham relieved the pressure, but Adamson tried a long shot with no success. Play slackened somewhat afterwards, the players feeling the effects of a drenching rain which swept across the field –Everton, however, continued to have the best of matters. Half-time Everton 2, Liverpool nil.
The resumption was made in fine weather before upon 20,000 spectators. Winterhalmer Griffiths flooring Husband in his endeavour to clear assailed the Liverpool goal. At the other end Bowyer shot over. Jones gained possession, and easily foiling Gorman, parted to Mountford, who in turn passed out to Winterhalmer. The initial shot hit the post and went outside. Couper received from Graham, and tricking Dunlop put in a capital shot, which completely beat Husband. Much to the chargin of the Everton supporters the goal was disallowed, though Winterhalmer obstructing the keeper. A feeble shot from Jones was easily cleared, and then Bowyer and Ramsey each tried shots, which however were charged down. Parkinson next got away, but Stevenson and Crelly closed upon him, and the latter changed the venue with a lengthy kick. Winterhalmer's centre again presaged danger to the visitors citadel, Jones and Couper each shooting in. Husbands, however, repelled both shots, and play veered to the centre. Parkinson over ran the ball after clever passing by Robinson and Bowyer had placed him in fine position. A further attack on Sloan's charge resulted in two corners being concerned, but both were futile. Following a spell of midfield play, Winterhalmer got down the wing, but miskick. Recovering possession smartly, he passed back to Macconnachie, who brought Husband to his knees with a shot from long range. The keeper only partly cleared his lines and Jones scored Everton's third goal. This further reverse spurred the visitors to more energetic measures and Bowyer ran half the length of the field for Robinson to put outside. Not to be denied, the Liverpool inside left again got possession, and tricking Stevenson, brought out Sloan, who however, could not stop the progress of Bowyer's shot. Liverpool only point was registered five minutes from the finish. The concluding stages of the game were played in a fast failing light, but Sloan saved a penalty kick, a shot from Parkinson. Final result Evertron 3, Liverpool 1.
WORKINGTON 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 6, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 2)
At Workington yesterday, before 4,000 spectators. The visitors showed pretty football, and for a considerable time kept the home backs fully employed. Later the play was more even, and Wokington often attack. The interval arrived without a score. The second half furnished exciting scenes, play at both ends, but the game was nearly finished before Mountford put to visitors ahead two minutes later Ellis equalised, which Sloan was on the ground. Result Workington 1, Everton 1. Everton: - Sloan, goal, Stevenson, and Crelly backs Adanson, Macconachie, and Chadwick, half-backs, Couper, Graham, Jones Mountford, and Winterhalmer, forwards.
GREAT GAME AT GOODISON
Athletic News - Monday 09 September 1907
By The Pilgrim
WHAT a change! Twelve months ago, if I may be pardoned for going into history, Manchester City opened the League campaign at Goodison Park, and were, metaphorically, annihilated. They were beaten by nine goals to one. On Saturday they again had the honour of playing the first League match on the magnificent ground at Walton, and Everton’s legion of supporters attended in strong force to admire the extensive improvements which have been effected, and other things. If they had reckoned upon another cricket result they were sadly disappointed. Manchester City showed themselves a vastly different team, and well though they played the Evertonians got quite as much, if not more, than they deserved in abstracting a point from the contest. The result was a draw of three goals each, so that if I calculate aright the Citizens made a distinct gain of one point and eight goals the corresponding match last season.
TWO GOALS IN TWO MINUTES
The first few minutes of the battle gave no indication of such a happy issue. On the other hand, Everton started in a manner which suggested a very bad time for their opponents, but before ten minutes had elapsed the Mancunians had found their feet and up to the interval the gams proceeded at a pace which was positively thrilling. The ball flitted about with bewildering rapidity, and the play on both sides rose to a standard of excellence such as I feel safe in predicting will not be surpassed at Goodison Park this season. If it is should like to be there. There was the perfection of skill in several of the movements by the home front line, and that they were not crowned with success was due in the firm place to some remarkably fine work by the City defenders, and occasionally to a little over anxiety on the part of Young and his colleagues. It seemed impossible for the Scottish international to miss on one occasion, but just as he was on the point of shooting Kelso stepped across his path, and the chance was gone. A moment sooner and the goal must have fallen. Then it was that the City began to make their presence felt, and hardly had they tumbled into their stride than Irvine Thornley had given them the lead. Stewart had maneuvered very skillfully for the opening and centring splendidly, right in the jaws of the goal. Thornley applied his head to the ball at the moment, and Scott was beaten. This was the first of a trio of successes by the City captain. Two minutes later he repeated the performance, though this time it was Conlin who afforded him the opportunity from a corner-kick, which he himself had forced from one of the home defenders. Far from relaxing their efforts, this sudden transformation stimulated the Evertonians to still further activity, and they made many most meaning raids on the City fortress. But all to no purpose until twenty nine minutes had elapsed, when, after Bolton had tested Smith with a terrific shot from close quarters. Young, as is his wont when the slightest opportunity is afforded, dashed into the goal and forced the ball from the goalkeeper’s grasp and into the net. There may be those who would attribute the success to mistake on the part of the custodian, but personally I am inclined to award full praise to the dashing centre-forward.
THORNLEY'S HAT TRICK.
Twenty minutes had elapsed in the second half ere there was any further scoring, although before the interval I am thoroughly convinced that the Mancunians ought to have been awarded a penalty kick for what appeared to be a most deliberate case of handling by R. Balmer right in front the goal. Had he allowed Conlin’s centre to pass it would almost assuredly have meant disaster, for Grieve was in a splendid position for taking the ball, and as events turned out Balmer did his side a splendid service, for Mr. Carr disallowed the appeal for a penalty kick. If this may be accounted unfortunate for the visitors one could not offer them much sympathy when they lost the advantage they had so cleverly gained and so richly deserved. They simply gave away a goal, for the shot with which Rouse equalized the scores came indirectly from a free kick awarded against Eadie for foul on Young. Whether or not the Evertonians were worthy of their third goal—the goal by which they took the lead for the first time, in the match thirteen minutes from the finish—is a matter of opinion. Personally, I do not think that such a shot would have scored in a schoolboys’ match. It was a most haphazard sort of effort by Young from the vicinity of the touchline, and Smith came out to meet it, but completely misjudged the ball, and the goal was captured. Had the City been beaten by such an effort I consider it would have been very hard lines, but five minutes from time they rallied for a final attack, and Thornley, once more applying his head to a glorious centre by Conlln, directed the ball past Scott for the third time, and thus consummated the "hat trick".
THE STRONG MEN OF EVERTON
That is the story of a great game, as full of incident as it was delightful to watch. Everton are a splendid side, but, unless I am mistaken, the men have not yet got thoroughly settled down to their work. Of Scott’s goalkeeping I have nothing but praise, but the defence was hardly up to the usual standard. Both were frequently beaten by the smart little City wing forwards, and it was well for them the half-backs played such an untiring game. Both Abbott and Makepeace worked very hard, but neither came up to the standard of their captain, "Jock" Taylor. What a player he is. I can say no more than what has often been said of his abilities, and if Thornley was the man who did the mischief it was not his fault. In the first half the forwards moved very smartly, particularly the right wing, though Sharp did not always finish his work as well as he might have done. Still he was about the pick of the quintette, for if Young was largely responsible for the point, I have seen him play much better. Bolton made many very nice and very judicious passes, but did not show to great advantage as a shot, and Hardman and Rouse had to thank Buchan that they were not conspicuous by their brilliance.
I have said the City well deserved their point. Their play in the first half was excellent, but, like the Evertonians, they found the pace too hot to maintain, and they were not nearly so smart after the change of ends. Still, the only real fault that could be found with the team was the blunder by Smith in the second half. He made some brilliant saves, but he evidently has his bad moments. Coming into the team owing to an injury to Hill, Norgrove did very well, and Kelso, adapted himself splendidly to a new position, kicking strongly and tackling fearlessly, and in front of him Buchan ranked with Taylor as the best half back on the field. Eadie was a great worker, but he did not improve his play by his attentions on Young, and Blair was effective in a quiet way.
A MAN FIRE.
Thornley was the man who infused the dash into the forward line - a rare worker and a rare leader—and on both wings he was well supported. Stewart was perhaps the most prominent, and his footwork and centring were exceedingly clever, but I liked Conlin on the opposite wing, and Grieve and Jones constituted a line which will give trouble to many defences. Everton.—Scott: Balmer (R.). Balmer (W.) ; Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Rouse, and H. P. Hardman. Manchester City. — Smith; Kelso. Horgrove; Buchan, Eadie, Blair; Stewart, Grieve, Thornley, Jones, and Conlin. Referee: S. R. Carr. London.
EVERTON’S OPENING AT GOODISON.
Athletic News - Monday 09 September 1907
The League fixture at Goodison Park against Manchester City provided a far different game from what was witnessed a year ago, when the Mancunians were trounced heavily. After the fine display at Sunderland by the City team, Everton were prepared for a tough encounter, and subsequently events realized these anticipations. I must confess to a feeling of disappointment at the performances of some of the Everton players. What has usually been the strongest portion of the side, namely, the half-back line, was decidedly weak, and there was not that combination between them and the forwards that is such an essential factor of success. For the centre half-back position against Preston North End this evening, Macconnachie will be given a trial, and much is expected of this fair-haired Scot. He was cut of his element in the Reserve match between the local teams last Monday, and his cool, judicious work suggested something above second team play. After being two goals in arrears, Everton did well to gain the lead over the City, but we shall look forward to better football from them in the near future.
With The Reserves
The Everton second team have opened in fine style, and their victory over Liverpool was thoroughly deserved. Winterhalder played capitally, and I fancy he will make a bod bid for inclusion in the League eleven. Others who distinguished themselves on the winning side were Macconanchie, Crelley, and Chadwick, and there seems ample material in the second team to provide for any emergency in the premier side. There was a nasty incident near the conclusion of the game, after Sloan had saved a penalty kick. One result was that Robinson, the Liverpool forward, was unable to play on Saturday. The Anfielders were not seen to advantage, and their defence was by no means reliable. Husbands gave a promising exhibition, and it is afforded striking testimony of the condition of affairs when Dunlop was vastly superior to any of the other rear rankers. There was a haphazard sort of method about the movements of the Liverpool team that could be considered promising.
EVERTON 3 MANCHESTER CITY 3
September 9, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON LOSE A POINT.
EXCITING GAME AT GOODISON PARK.
The opening of the League season at Goodison-park on Saturday could not be rightly described as auspicious. The Blues dropped a point, and this, of course was not agreeable in every other respect the occasion was eminently successful. The slight shower of rain at the interval was in no way inconvenient. The turf was in splendid conditions, there was a great crowd –well over 30,000 people one would imagine –and the enclosure, filled as it was with eager enthusiasts, presented a pleasing sight. The improvements in the paddock and the magnificent double decker were greatly admired. All that was required to produce a feeling of perfect satisfaction amongst both management, players and supporters of the club was a victory. Unfortunately this was not forthcoming. Manchester City sent a very different team to that which went under last season to the tune of nine goals to one, at a time when the City club were in the midst of their troubles over the suspension of players and directors. That they deserved the point, which they took away with them, must be readily granted. Yet in view of the end of the play, it would not have been surprising if they had lost. When early in the first half they had established a two-goal lead they looked all over winners. After Everton had not only drawn level put on a third, it seemed as if they in their turn would earn the maximum points. Then came that final goal which placed the contestants on equal terms. This it remained to the end, it would have been hard lines on either team, had the issue turned out otherwise.
INCIDENTS OF THE GAME.
We have been served up with many more brilliant exhibition of football at Goodison-park, but on such a day as Saturday –altogether too sultry to be suited to footballers – the quality of the play was really excellent. What was even more attractive was the spirit and determination, which prevailed right to the close. The varying changes in the fortune of the sides were acceptable indeed to the crowd. Everton started with an amount to dash, which suggested that they intended to over whelm the opposing force. Smith was early called upon, and well it was for the City that during this period of pressure, their defenders were coolness personified. Sharp, Hardman and Young were all in evidence, and once Taylor had the misfortunes, with the keeper helpless, to head the ball against the crossbar. But gradually the City pulled themselves together in great style, and were distinctly the better side to the interval. After less than fifteen minutes play Stewart centred, for Thornley to defeat Scott. It was a good goal, but from an Everton point of view, worse was to follow. The City forwards were too smart on the ball, that the Everton defenders were continually in difficulties and following a corner beautifully placed by Conlin, Thornley bundle both the ball and Scott into the net. Thus the visitors appeared to have the match well in hand. There was a nippiness, and confidence about there movements, which was in rather striking contrast to the display of the Blues. However, Young was the means of reducing the margin, for following grand work by Hardman and Rouse the ball was planted in the goalmouth by Bolton who enabled Young to find the net. Although the younger Balmer might have been penalised for handling the teams crossed over with City leading by two goals to one. In the second half, play for a considerable time was uneventful. Matters only livened up when as the result of a free kick against Eadie. Rouse safely planted the ball pass Smith. Had Everton been reserving themselves ? It seemed so, for they began to rubost in, and were rewarded by a third goal. Young was the scorer. He took a shot a few yards from the corner flag. Smith was evidently surprised, but though he got his hands to the leather, the curl carried into the net. Even then the City were not done with. A magnificent centre by little Conlin, enabled Thornley to equalise, and an intensely exciting finish saw the scoreline three goals each.
On the whole the performance of the Evertonians left something to be desired. They are to be congratulated upon a plucky uphill fight, but they were hardly as brisk in their movements or as tricky as their opponents. Scott kept an excellent goal, and was in no way blameable for either of the goals which, the City obtained. The brothers Balmer though responsible for much good work, were not as safe or reliable as usual. Neither were the halves in happy vein. True, they had exceedingly smart forwards to contend with, put perhaps the heat had something to do with the comparatively indifferent display that the players, Makepeace, Taylor, and Abbott by their standard, which we know they are capable of attaining. The forwards too, were uneven, Hardman, and Rouse constituted the better wing although Sharp now and again was quite his old self. Young was good and bad by turns. He would exasperate by bad misses and compensate immediately afterwards by neatly brilliant touches. Bolton was the weakest of the quintette, and was unnecessarily attentive to the Welsh international, Lot Jones. Judging by Saturday's game Manchester City have secured a side which ought to go far in the League competition. They have a couple of good backs, in Kelso, and Norgroves, a well balanced half-back line, including that skilful centre-half, Eadie, and a dangerous set of forwards. On Saturday Conlin and Stewart, the outside men, caught the eye particularly, while Thornley, the centre-forward, had the honour of scoring all three goals. Teams : - Everton: - Scott goal W. Balmer and R. Balmer, backs Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, Rouse, and Hardman, forwards. Manchester City: - Smith, goal, Kelso, and Norgrove, backs, Buchan, Eadie, and Blair, half-backs Stewart, Grieve, Thornley, Jones and Conlin, forwards.
MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 5
September 9, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One. (Game 3)
As was shown by the play against Liverpool in the opening match of the season, Everton have a rare goof reserve eleven, this season. There was further evidence of this fact on Saturday, when they visited Hyde road, in order to meet Manchester City, whose team included several well-known players. The visitors showed fine football from the start, and were early placed in a happy position by Couper, who scored from a capital centre by Graham. However, Eyres equalised with a fine shot, and although Chadwick put Everton in front once more, Ross beat Sloan, and the sides were again level. But Couper again showed his smartness by putting Everton ahead for the third time, the visitors crossing over leading by three goals to two. In the second half, Mountford added to Everton's lead, and finally a heavy scoring game scoring game ended in Everton proving successful by five goals to three. Everton deserved their success. They played excellent football in every department, and were a better-balanced side, than the City. The visitors have a splendid line of forwards and one or two of them will challenge comparison with members of the League team. Five points as the result of three stiff games is good business for the Goodison second string. Everton: - Sloan goal, Stevenson, and Crelly, backs, Booth, Macconnachie, and Chadwick, half-backs Graham, Couper, Jones, Mountford, and Winterhalmer, forwards.
EVERTON 2 PRESTON NORTH END 1
September 10, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
At the third time of asking Everton have succeeded in gaining the first League victory of the season. They had lost at Bristol City by the odd goal in five, and had a drawn with Manchester City 3-3, but yesterday at Goodison-park, they accounted for Preston North End by 2 goals to 1. There would be about 10,000 people present, and the success of the Blues gave great satisfaction. Everton were without Taylor, an opportunity being given to McConnachie to show his abilities with the League team, while the visitors made a number of chances from the selected side, McBride being ill, Derbyshire and Saunderson, (the latter being the old Barrow forward), being on the injured list. The teams were as follows: - Everton: - Scott, goal, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs, Makepeace, McConnachie, and Abbott half-backs Sharp (Captain), Bolton, Young, Rouse, and H. P. Hardman, forwards. Preston North End: - Taylor, goal, Lockett, and Rodway, backs, McLean, Hunter, and Lyon, half-backs, Bond, Carlin, Smith, Dawson, and Danson forwards. Sharp, who acted as captain in Taylor's absentee won the toss, and Preston had to face the wind. The visitors early put on pressure, and Scott had to save, from Hunter. Everton then got going, and Taylor distinguished himself by saving grandly from Sharp, while he cleared from Young following the corner. A free kick against the Everton centre, resulted in Smith shooting in, W. Balmer kicked away, but Smith again shot well, Scott effectually clearing. There was another exciting incident at the other end, where Young banged the ball against the bar. Hardman getting possession and sending the ball across the goal and outside. When Preston attacked again the elder Balmer almost let in Bond, who, however, was tackled just in time by the younger back, and between them the defenders managed to get the ball away. After Everton had pressed without result. W. Balmer made a very bad miskick which lit in Danson, who sent across a fine centre, which Bond might have converted, had he shown more dash. Abbott cleared, but Hunter got hold, and Scott had to tip a fine shot over the bar. MaConnachie distinguished himself by some clever tackling, and Sharp made headway, only for Hardman to send wide. Young followed with a brilliant bit of work, robbing Hunter and banging the ball only inches on the wrong side of the post. Bond, who so far had done nothing neatly, rounded R. Balmer, but Abbott disposed of his centre. Later, Preston had a free kick just outside the penalty line, and Danson's shot might have scored had the ball not been diverted over the crossbar, through striking Abbott. Young never missed a chance of shooting, and on two occasions he was only a foot or so too high, with fine attempts. On another occasions, he worked his way to the left of the goal, and sent the ball across to Bolton, who, however, failed to trap the leather, and Taylor cleared. A free kick in the Preston half led to a goal for Preston, for the ball sent into the goalmouth, for Smith to head into the corner of the net. Everton afterwards attacked, and Taylor saved in grand style from Young. Everton forced three corners, but Taylor was not to be beaten. Hunter received a reprimand from the referee for fouling Young. At half-time, Preston still led by a goal to nothing. In the first minutes on resuming, Taylor saved wonderfully well from Sharp at the expense of an unproductive corner. It was evident that Everton meant business, for they pressed with vigour, Taylor again clearing well, this time from Hardman, while Rouse sent a foot wide, from close range. Later, Sharp missed a centre from Hardman, who dropped the ball almost against the goalpost. Then Rodway cleared twice from the goalmouth, the second time with Taylor out of his position. Lockett had to concede a corner, to prevent Young getting through and this led to further exciting play in the Preston goal. Taylor bringing off another good clearance. Everton appealed strenuously for a penalty kick, but the referee decided against them. The pressure was bound to tell, however, for after several shots had been banged in, Makepeace got hold and scored the ball entering the net off one of the defenders. Everton now pressed to some purpose, and Sharp finished up a fine run by sending inches over the bar, while McConnachie later sent high over. Play became somewhat vigorous, and McConnachie and Smith came under the notice of the referee. The Preston men could not get going, and at last following a corner, Abbott scored Everton's second goal with a terrific shot. A break away by the visitors did not result in Scott being troubled, and McConnachie tried his luck from long range, the custodian clearing well. Everton did all the pressure, and towards the end Young put the ball into the net, but the whistle sounded for offside. Preston forced a corner near time, but this was got away, and Everton won by two goals to one.
The victory was more pronounced than the score would indicate, for it was due almost entirely to the fine defence of the Prestonians that Everton did not score oftener than they did. Although they were a goal down at the interval they did not deserve to, for they had enjoyed a greater share of the play than the visitors, but Taylor in goal was splendid, and his saves from Sharp, and Young were brilliant. Once ends were changed, however, it was evident that Everton would not be long in arrears, and they were all over their opponents. It was left to two of the half-backs to score the goals, but it was due to the fine custodianship of Taylor and his methods of handling. MaConnachie made a very promising debut, tackling well, and passing nicely, but he would be even more successful with a little dash as he is at times rather inclined to take matters too easily. W. Balmer made two very bad mistakes, which might have had serious results for Everton, but otherwise the side did well and now they have got into a winning vein utmost success may be anticipated. Preston were well served by the defence and the halves particularly Hunter did well, but the forwards were but moderate, Bond doing practically nothing.
CARLISLE UNITED RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 5
September 13, 1907. Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Lancashire Combination Division One
At Carlisel, Before 6,000 spectators. Everton opened vigorously, and brilliantly, the combination being superb. Matters looked ominous for the cumbrians, but gradually the homester improved their play being inspiring. A strong attack on the Evertonians citadel ended friutlessly, but Stevenson missing, Tait rushed in and scored, Chadwick equalised before the interval. Fletcher letting the ball slip between his legs, and scoring well, placed Carlise ahead, but Chadwick again equalised, and Everton went ahead by Carlise loose play, scored again though Graham. A fourth came from Couper who later scored the fifth. Everton: - Sloan, goal, Stevenson and Crelly, backs Adamson Booth, and Chadwick, half-backs Donnachie, Graham, Couper, Mountford, and Woods, forwards.
THE INTENTIONS OF L.R.ROOSE
Athletic News - Monday 16 September 1907
Considerable doubt seems to have existed in the minds of both the Stoke Football Club officials and the public as to the intentions of L.R. Roose during the present season. No one seems to have known if there had been any difference of opinion between this famous player and the management, but uncertainty as to his intentions was partially removed when the famous Welshman turned out against Clapton Orient on Saturday, and we are able to say positively that he has definitely promised to assist the stoke club for the remainder of the present season. His decision will give unqualified satisfaction in North Staffordshire, where he is one of the most popular players who has ever worn the Stoke colours, while his presence should give that confidence to the team which they seem to need so badly, for weak goalkeeping was certainly a factor in the loss of three points out of the first two home matches.
THE MAN OF THE MOMENT
Athletic News - Monday 16 September 1907
The great event in Belfast on Saturday was the debut in Irish football of the famous Scot George Wilson, whilom Heart of Midlothian and subsequently Everton forward. For long enough rumour had been busy with regard to the future of this player, and even last week it was doubted whether he would, in face of the bother with the Goodison officials and the cancellation of his Portsmouth forms, be able to assist Distillery, but matters were set at rest when he took the field. As soon as he settles down Wilson will be of utmost service to his new club and to Irish football. He did not, perhaps, do as well against Belfast Celtic as he had been expected, but far too much was maybe looked for under the circumstances.
EVERTON DRAW AT DEEPDALE
Athletic News - Monday 16 September 1907
Twice within a week North end scored the first goal of the game against Everton, and twice the latter afterwards forged ahead. Indeed, it seemed at one time on Saturday afternoon that for the second time in the short space mentioned the Prestonians would be beaten by the Evertonians, but six minutes from the finish Robert Balmer brought down Dawson, the home outside right, and from the penalty which followed Derbyshire scored the equalizing goal. Thus the match was drawn, the score being two goals each. This result was the outcome of a game characterized by the keenness than cleverness, and by a fiery spirit which may possibly have had its origin in the unhappy incident in the corresponding match last season.
The game opened with every evidence of determination on both sides, and it was soon apparent that earnestness was to be a greater factor in the play than science. There was little difference between the teams in the early exchanges, neither side being able to sustain an attack for long together, and the number of free kicks prevented the play being really good. It was from such a kick, given against Taylor four fouling Carlin a yard or two outside the penalty area, that North End took the lead. Mclean was entrusted with the kick, and the ball went from his foot into the net, passing nicely under the bar amid loud applause. One felt that Scott might have made a better effort to save the shot. This reverse roused Everton, and for a time the game was decidedly in their favour, Settle, however, only finding the side net after getting the ball at very close quarters. A dash by North End, which ended in Carlin heading outside, preceded another Everton effort, and Sharp was left to settle on the ball at leisure. The Lancashire cricketer is not the sort of player to be allowed liberties of this kind, and with an oblique shot he equalized, McBride being so deceived that he made no attempt to save. This shot, like Mclean’s was lucky to count.
A denial and an Assent
Before the interval the excitement reached its climax. There was a hugh shout for a penalty as Sanderson fell inside the area, and several players followed the referee appealing. He brushed them away, and Carlin was evidently cautioned. Before the crowd had regained their equilibrium the play was taken to the other end and Bolton, standing well forward, gave Everton the lead. The Prestonians were somewhat unlucky to be behind, and they began the second half with a gusto which told of their keen desire to get level. They found this pace too hot, however, and as the game went on the Everton half-backs and backs had the Preston forwards sufficiently well in hand to flatter their followers that victory was in store. Winterhalder and Young indeed tried to strengthen the visitors’ position, but McBride was not inclined to make a second mistake, and 2-1 remained the score until Dawson, who had seldom shown either his pace or skill on the right wing, was brought down by R. Balmer. The referee consulted the linesman nearest the spot where the incident occurred, and then pointed to the twelve yards mark. A grand kick by Derbyshire left Scott helpless; and so the spoils were divided.
The game did not provide any great personal triumphs. There was scarcely a player who acquitted himself in a manner to call for high praise. Some of the men performed well; but there is no need for superlatives. The forwards were anything but prominent on the whole, partially, no doubt, because the half-backs were of the worrying type, seldom allowing the attacking party to pass carefully. Everything was done in a hurry, and consequently much of it was done pretty poorly. In the home team the experiment of trying Dawson outside right in place of Bond was a failure, the tall forward not showing anything like the form he did in the same position last season. On the opposing extreme Sanderson, the recruit from the Barrow-in-Furness club, was the cynosure of all eyes, and without equaling his Combination form, he played fairly well, as forward play went on Saturday. He is quick and clever, but his centring was not equal to what he is capable of. Carlin was the best of the three inside forwards, Smith doing well in the first half, but falling away. Everton’s attack was little better, Winterhalder, playing outside left in place of Harold Hardman, was smart in some of his runs and centres, and on the whole was the best of the quintette. Settle, making his first appearance this season, gave a few artistic touches, but neither he nor Young and Sharp was not a star, as he was against the same club last Monday.
The Triumph of the Balmers
If the Everton defence had any point in which it was better than North End’s it was in the dash of the two Balmers at back. These two were not exactly safe on all occasions, but they do invest their play with a useful degree of vigour-a quality which is rather lacking in the play of the Preston backs just now. W. Balmer was the sounder of the two, though Robert had an easy opponent to meet in Dawson. Derbyshire, reappearing for North End in place of Lockett, was more reliable than Rodway, who has not found his old form at present. Taylor was the pick of the Everton half-backs, with Makepeace next, and Lyon was possible a little in front of Hunter and Mclean for Preston, though the last-named was much better than previously. The half-backs were, in fact, good on both sides, at all events in defence. Each goalkeeper made smart saves, and each was beaten rather easily on one occasion. Preston North End;- McBride; Derbyshire, Rodway; Mclean, Hunter, Lyon; Dawson, Carlin, Smith, Wilson, and Sanderson. Everton; Scott; Balmer (W.), Balmer (R.); Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Winterhalder. Referee; A. Millward, Leyton.
PRESTON NORTH END 2 EVERTON 2
September 16, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON DRAW AT PRESTON.
AN UNFORTUNATE PENALTY.
It was in the natural order of events that a draw should have resulted from the return engagement at Deepdale on Saturday between Everton and Preston North End. During the three preceding seasons each side scored a goal. In their latest encounter they were one better for the final read –Everton two goals, Preston North End two goals. On the fact of it a point away from home in satisfactory, but the fact is that Everton should have captured the maximum allowance. Five before the finish they were leading by two goals to one, and the display of the home forwards was not such as to suggest that they would rob the Blues of victory. Unfortunately for his side, the younger Balmer came under the ban of the referee for his vigorous attentions to Dawson within the prescribed area. A penalty kick was awarded to the Preston side, and after considerable consultation McBride entrusted the kick to Derbyshire. It was a happy choice, for the sturdy full-back sent the ball into the corner of the net with Scott helpless to avert defeat. Thus the North Enders shared the honours. They were lucky in so doing, and the crowd in their enthusiasm over the equalising goal almost forgot their indignation with the referee over what they regarded as unfair decision.
HOW THE GAME WENT.
The game was characterised by too much feeling to be altogether enjoyable. How is it that of late the fixture between these two old Lancashire clubs has lost their pleasantness, which used to be associated with them? Certainly it is by no means a happy reflection that unfair tactics should be so much in evidence when the teams meet. There were faults on both sides, and it was no wonder that the referee Mr. A. Milward, did not gave entire satisfaction. On one point however, he is to be congratulated, and that is he pursued the even tenour of his way with out being influenced by the “booing” of the spectators. The ground itself was all in favour of a good exhibition of football. Indeed the Deepdale enclosure has never looked better than it does now. From the start the pace was lively enough. Everton caught the eye in the early stages, but their opponents were the first to open the score. This was due to a free kick against Taylor, McLead doing the trick with a shot with which even a goalkeeper of his ability of Scott was unable to cope. As was the case in last Monday's match the Prestonians were not allowed to keep their lead long. Sharp was the medium of equalising the score. It was a surprise shot of the oblique order, and no one appeared to be more astonished that McBridge when the ball was seen inside, the net. If possible the pace was faster than ever, after this. The referee refused a penalty for an alleged infringement by W. Balmer, and while the people were hooting Bolton nipped in and Everton at the interval were in the satisfactory position of leading by two goals to one. The second half was more lively football –and fouls. Everton had the measure of their opponents, though the North End representatives tried very hard, and but for the penalty already alluded to victory would have been theirs.
CONCERNING THE PLAYERS.
Although Everton were the cleverest side they have not yet blended as well as we expect of them. In other words they have not approximated their best form of last season. There was any amount of sterling work accomplished, but somehow there is an absence of that perfect combination which brought the team such kudos last season and enabled them to visit the Crystal Palace in the final of the English Cup. Winterhalmer made an exceedingly promising debut, in League warfare. He is speedy, tricky with the ball, but his finishing efforts are not of the class of Harold Hardman at his best, Settle, too, was the versatile Settle of old, and the forward line as a whole were on good behaviour. The halves also exhibited customary cleverness alike in defence and assistance to their forwards, but the brothers Balmer have found their true form. It was a pity that Robert's luck of discretion led to Everton losing a valuable point. Scott goalkeeping was altogether praiseworthy. Bond was not much missed by North End. Indeed, the two outside men, Dawson and Sanderson were as conspicuous and hard working as any of the players on the field. Let us hope when next teams meet a better spirit will prevail. Teams: - Preston North End: - McBridge, goal, Derbyshire, and Rodway, backs, McLean, Hunter, and Lyon, half-backs, Dawson, Carlin, Smith (Captain), Wilson, and Sanderson, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goals, W. balmer, and R. Balmer backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Winterhalmer, forwards. Referee A. Milward.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 PRESTON NORTH END 0
September 15, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One.
Considering that they were without Winterhalmer, and Couper, Everton put in a capital performance against Preston North End at Goodison-park. Three goals to nil is substantial enough, but it must be admitted that the margin by no means represents a correct reflex of the game, as North End in the opening period had the better of the argument. Play from the commencement favoured the Proud. “Uns” and try as they would Everton could impression on the visitors defence. Taylor performing splendidly. Sloan also did likewise, one save of his from John Bell being superb. Preston should have opened the scoring as Winchester got clean through, and though Sloan ran out, the visiting centre retained the ball, but could not locate the goal. Then following a foul in the penalty area Chadwick gave Woods possession, and that player made the run of the match quite three parts the length of the field, and though challenged by McFadden, he beat Taylor with a werrying shot. Mountford scored a second just on the interval, when Everton led by 2 goals to nil. The game in the second period favoured the home players, but they could not beat Taylor for some considerable time, when Chadwick put on No 3. There was not a weak spot in the home eleven. Sloan was safe, both backs in capital form, while Booth was the pick of the three excellent halves. Jones was in good form in the centre, though he failed to score his usual goal, while the men on each side of him performed creditably. Woods the St Helens youth improving wonderfully as the game progressed. Of the visitors Taylor had more to do than Sloan, and did it well. Lockett was safe than Mcfadden over vigorous, and was cautioned by the referee in his treatment of Jones. Bell was the equal of any of the halves, and wears wonderfully well, while the forwards were only moderate and did not cause the home defence much anxiety. Everton: - Slaon, goal, Stevenson, and Crelly, backs, Booth, Booth, and Chadwick, half-backs, Rafferty, Jones, Couper, Mountford, and Woods, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 SOUTHPORT CENTRAL 2
September 19, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One.
This match was played last evening at Goodison-park, before a fair attendance. The teams were as follows: - Everton: - Sloan, goal, Strettle, and Stevenson backs, Chadwick, McConnachie, and Booth half-back, Rafferty, Graham, Jones, Rouse, and Winterhalmer, forwards. Southport Central: - Dent, goal, Orrell, and Meunier, backs, Holdsworth, Edmunds, and Turner, half-backs, Birch, Aaron, Wright, Graham and Gale forwards. The opening play for some time was confined to midfield. Jones then secured and passing to Rafferty, that player transferred to Graham, whose shot was inches wide. The Southport forwards initiated a pretty movement, and when the ball was in the penalty area, Settle handled. The penalty kick was entrusted trusted to Meunier, who gave Sloan no chance. This reverse roused the Blues, and Rafferty gained a corner, which was not improved upon. Again the Sandgrounders invaded Everton territory, and again handling took place within the dreaded area Stevenson being this time the culprit, and Meunier converted the second penalty kick. Everton once more asserted themselves, this time to some effect, for Booth from long range scored a beautiful goal. Continuing to press, the home team drew level, Jones doing the trick with a fine shot. End to end play followed, and at the interval the score was: - Everton 2 Central 2. On resuming, Everton maintained a severe pressure on the Southport goal, Jones once having particularly hard lines, from a clever header. Southport broke away, Birch securing and sending in a capital shot, which Sloan cleverly saved. The home team returned to the attack, the halves showing fine tactics and Booth once came within an ace of scoring with a fine effort. The pressure on the visitors' goal hereabouts was continuous, but Dent was seldom troubled owing to the worrying tactics of the Southport defence. At length the pertinacity of the home team was rewarded. The ball crossed and recrossed, the Southport goal in most bewildering fashion, until Rafferty secured and scored, with an oblique shot. Just on time Southport raced down and secured a corner, but this was somewhat easily cleared. Final Everton 3, Southport 2.
EVERTON 6 BURY 1
September 23, 1907. The Liverpool Courier. |
BRILLIANT EVERTON VICTORY.
SCOTT SAVES A PENALTY KICK, BUT CAN'T SAVE SECOND REBOUND.
The League leaders up to Saturday last had a terribly disappointing experience at Goodison Park. In view of four successive victories, it was though that Bury at least would make Everton go all the way in order, to secure maximum points. But exactly the reverse happened. The Blues gained one of their most pronounced triumphs by six goals to one. Play in the first half was not at all suggestive of such a signal victory. Everton were unquestionably the clever side, but they were only allowed to score once. It was in the second portion of the game when Bury for a considerable time were deprived of the service of MaMahon, a full-back, that the “bag” of goals was forthcoming. The Evertonians were in the form, which would have nonplussed the best team in the country. Not only did they play grandly, but they were assisted by the fact that nearly everything they did came their way. Thus the game was not so one-sided as the score might indicate. In spite of the result being foregone conclusion only a small parcentage of the big crowd –probably 30,000 –left the enclosure before the whistle finally blew. This was a compliment to the teams, and especially to the inspiriting exhibition of the Evertonians.
HALF A DOZEN GOALS.
As has been suggested, Bury made a brave enough show in the opening half of the game. At the same time they hardly gave one the impression that they would seriously challenge the supremacy of the Blues. The tangible point fell to Everton, and Young, who after receiving a pass from Bolton, smartly outwitted Leeming, and had the ball in the net with Raside helpless, obtained this during the first quarter of an hour. It was later on that Bury were completely outclassed. To some extent the absence of MaMahon, and his ineffectiveness handicapped them when he was on the field, but this had little or no effect upon the result. The home forwards went at their work in irresistible fashion. Sharp headed against the crossbar –distinctly hard lines –but Taylor was alert and had the ball past Raeside in a twinkling. This pretty well settled all hopes. Bury might entertained, and the issue was placed absolutely beyond doubt when Hardman quietly tipped the ball into the net as MaMahon had grounded Settle, and when, and when a fine shot from Bolton brought Everton their fourth goal. Even this and not satisfy the Blues for after Sharp had once more found the crossbar, Young, advanced the total to five. Bury secured their solitary point as the outcome of a penalty kick given against R. Balmer for an infringement of the rules, which was not very apparent. Twice Scott saved from Hibbert and after this galliant holding of the breach it was rough on the custodian that the ball should have been rushed into the net. Still it was some consulation to the well-beaten Buryites. Just to show what they could do, the Everton forwards carried the ball along and easily overcame all opposition, Bolton having the credit of the six goals. Poor Bury had a bad afternoon. They were soundly thrashed at every point of the game.
A BRILLIANT HALF-BACK.
While every man contributed to the remarkable victory, the outstanding figure was Walter Abbott, who gave an almost perfect display of the half-back game. He was in his happiest vein. His short crisp passing was a treat to witness. He never skied the ball, and invariably managed to place it where he wanted it to go. Throughout, his tackling was admirable, and it was a treat to note the case with which he managed to take the ball from the toe of an opponent. Taylor and Makepeace, while no so prominent as their colleague, were responsible for much good work, while the brothers Balmer though daring at times, showed a decided improvement on previous displays. Settle was the weakest of a dashing line of forwards. Sharp and Bolton constituted a brilliant wing, especially in the later stages, and with Young in shooting form, and Hardman as tricky as ever, no wonder the Bury defence was sorely troubled. The visiting forwards, of whom Booth was the best, received little assistance from their halves, and on Saturday's display it is rather difficulties to understand how Bury managed to reach the head of the League table. Teams: - Everton: - Scott goal, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Bury: - Raeside, goal, Leeming, and Rae, backs, McMahon, Davidson, and Glides, half-backs, Dewhurst, (Captain), McLead, Sanderson, Hibbert, and Kay, forwards.
“SHAKERS “SEVERELY SHAKEN.
Athletic News - Monday 23 September 1907
Never in the whole series of their visits to Goodison Park have Bury sustained such a trouncing as that inflicted on them on Saturday last. They came as League leaders, for the time being, and their previous performances led us to anticipate a closely contested encounter, but subsequent events altered our ideas materially. In justice to them it should be stated that they were deprived of the services of McMahon, their right full-back, during the last quarter of an hour, and thus furnished Everton with an advantage that they utilized to the fullest extent.
Seven Successful Shots
Everton emerged from what eventually became a most one-sided game by the decisive score of six goals to one, five of their number coming during the second half. Bury early showed us where their weakness lay, for Booth raced round W. Balmer and centred across the open goal. This opportunity, like many others which fell to them, was neglected, and those who came to witness sharp-shooting from the Bury front rank were sorely disappointed. Scott was seldom troubled throughout the game, and less effective forwards could scarcely be imagined than those of the East Lancashire team. Young started the scoring fourteen minutes after the play had commenced by pouncing on a forward pass from Bolton and promptly netting. A few minutes later the ball came from the right to Settle, who was standing unmarked in front of the posts, but the inside left, after coolly noticing the position he was in, sent the leather yards wide. So ridiculously easy the opening that Settle’s failure simply caused the crowd to roar with laughter.
The issue was not long in doubt after the play had been resumed and Sharp led the way to the second goal. Raeside had to concede a corner in repelling his drive, and Hardman placed so accurately that Sharp headed against the bar, while from the rebound Taylor netted. Sharp was again in evidence with another lofty centre, and while Settle’s attentions bothered the custodian, Hardman nipped in and added number three. Everton were now simply romping round their opponents, and Sharp could not be restrained. Down the wing he darted, and gave Bolton possession, but the latter timbered the pass, and Taylor came on the scene. He transferred wide to Hardman and the amateur centred strongly, the ball cannoning off a defender to Bolton, who easily registered a fourth goal. Even this did not satiate the Everton appetite for goals, and Sharp once more set matters moving. A tremendous shot from him nearly beat Raeside, who could only force it upwards, and the ball striking the crossbar came out to Young, who did the needful. Goals appeared likely to follow the never Everton got within the danger zone, but Bury broke away, and in attempting to breast a lofty shot from the Bury right Robert Balmer elbowed the ball, and was mulcted in a penalty. Scott saved Hibbert’s first attempt and also his second, but a scramble around him led to the leather being forced over the line. Straight away went the Everton forwards, Hardman getting through, and he hooked the ball across to Bolton to score the easiest of goals.
One of the principal causes of Everton’s decisive victory was the vastly improved form shown by their half-backs, and pride of place must be awarded to Abbott. In every respect, his work was alike excellent, tackling splendidly, evading his opponents with deft touches to right or left, and placing to his wingers with admirable accuracy. This was Abbott at his best, and the Bury right wing was as snugly tucked away and put quietly on one side, as if the pair had been unnecessary interlopers. Taylor and Makepeace performed most creditably, but Abbott was the man of the line. The effect of this advance of form shown by the half-backs was apparent in both front and rear ranks. Bolton and Sharp were almost irresistible in the second half, and the former’s dainty passes were beautifully placed. Sharp is a dangerous player with such a universal feeder to keep him moving, and I have already said sufficient to prove the efficiency of his work. Raeside’s fingers must have tingled with the rousing shots that Sharp hurled at him, and goal became simple matters as a result. Settle was the weak spot in the front rank, but Hardman and Young rendered a better account of themselves than in previous games. The centre forward’s first goal was a characteristic effort, and all through the game he kept the play open and full of possibilities by his wide passes. In defence the brothers Balmer were very reliable, the younger being somewhat unfortunate in being debited with the penalty. Scott was only once in difficulties, and that was when Hibbert drove at him from the penalty kick.
As will have been gathered, Bury were not well served by their forwards, and, though the line occasionally moved with precision, the men seemed absolutely impotent when it came to a question of scoring. Their best work was achieved prior to the interval, when Booth was often noticeable, and Hibbert responsible for furnishing chances to his wings, but feebler work near goal it would be impossible to imagine. Utterly disappointing was their exhibition, due perhaps, as much to sanguine expectations being unfulfilled as to the inept character of the whole body of forwards in the vital matter of shooting. The half-backs kept plodding away until they were completely worn down, and the Bury resistance was utterly crushed out ere the play ended. Rae could not hold the wing he had to face, but Davidson and Dewhurst were more effective up to a certain stage, when, with the verdict settled, a gradual falling away was witnessed. Leeming worked assiduously at full-back, and he had a grueling time of it, I admired the stolid manner in which he stuck to his work, and when McMahon left him to face the music alone he simply buckled to with indomitable spirit. He had many rare tussle with Sharp, and played the game squarely. Raeside thrilled us last New year’s Day with a superb exhibition of keeping. What a change on this occasion! Other times, other manners; such is a custodian’s fortune; but Raeside was not wholly to blame. Everton; Scott; Balmer (W.), Balmer (R.); Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and H.P. Hardman. Bury; Raeside; McMahon, Leeming; Dewhurst, Davidson, Rae; Gildea, Tufnell, Hibbert, Kelly, and Booth. Referee; T.P. Campbell, Blackburn.
BURY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 0
September 23, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 7)
After playing half a dozen matches and escaping defeat Everton had to bow the knee to Bury Reserves, who have thus won the whole of the four games in which they have taken part. The margin in favour of the Shakers was two goals to nothing, and on the run of the play the victory was well deserved. Everton, however, suffered owing to Couper going lame, and he was compelled to leave the field during the second half. The visitors should have done better, for they had the good fortune to win the toss and had a strong wind at their backs. But they failed to make the most of their opportunities, and crossing over with a clean sheet. Bury soon made they position safe. There was a good attendance, and Jack Plant, the old left winger, who received the gate, receipts, as a benefit should get a fair sum. Everton's record is something of a curiosity. They have played seven games, five of which have been won, one drawn (1-1), and one lost (0-2), and yet as a set off against the 20 goals scored they have actually been debited with 12, which is only two less than Manchester City, who have lost four games in succession. Everton: - Sloan, goal, Stevenson and Crelly, backs, Booth, MaConnachie, and Chadwick, half-backs, Donnachie, Jones, Couper Mountford and Winterhalmer, forwards.
RYLANDS RECREATION 1 EVERTON RESERVES 4
September 24 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
An exhibition game between these teams was played last evening at Warrington. Spencer started for Lylands, and Everton were the first to attack. Rafferty was penalised, and relief was afforded Rylands. Cook and Woods got away on the left, but the latter shot wide. A nice passing movement between Spencer, Allen, and Darbyshare was productive of a score, the latter sending in a shot with which, Sloan had no chance. A few minutes later MaConnachie equalised with a shot that completely beat Baines, and then Adamson placed the visitors ahead. Everton had the best of matters, but the home team defended well. Half-time Rylands 1, Everton 2. The second half showed the Blues to advantage, their pretty forward work quite nonplussing the home eleven, Jones, after a fine individual effort, scored a third goal, and was followed by another from Cook. Result Rylands 1, Everton 4.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 NORTHERN NOMADS 1
September 28, 1907. The Liverpool Football Echo.
At Goodison Park. Teams: - Everton: - Sloan goal, Strettell, and MaCoonachie, backs, Adamson, Keeling, and Chadwick, half-backs, Rafferty, Chetwood, Jones Cooke, and Woods, forwards. Northern Nomads: - Kelly goal, Horsefield, and Clegg, backs, Rothwell, Browne, and Boullemier half-backs, Kuill, Aaron, Cook, Owen, and Barlow forwards. Everton opened in promising fashion, and good work by Woods enabled Jones to shoot over the bar. Strettle got the better of Barlow and Owen during advance, and Macconachie effected a timely check to the opposite wing. Everton were the more aggressive, and a capital centre by Rafferty finished just over the bar. Kuill, at the other end, compelled Sloan to handle, and than MaConnachie, got in a powerful punt to Rafferty, who shot just outside. As was to be expected, there was a degree of easiness about the play of both sides, with the balance always in favour of the Blues. A rather determined effort on the part of the Everton vanguard resulted in Cooke sending in a good attempt, which Kelly just scooped out for Chetwood to send behind. After Sloan had saved a feeble attempt from the Nomads left, Kelly narrowly escaped defeat, the ball striking the inside of the upright and rebounding into play. After the interval Chetwood and Rafferty scored for Everton.
EVERTON’S RAID ON ASTON
Athletic News - Monday 30 September 1907
It would be foolish to liken the emerald stretch of turf at Villa Park to the Sahara Desert, but there was a sun blazing down upon the said stretch of turf on Saturday which would have held its own with any orb known to tropical Africa. It was with the exception of the opening Saturday of last football season the sultriest afternoon I have known In connection with football, or as we sometimes humorously style it, the winter pastime. There was a splendid attendance, 35,000 people being present, and the receipts exceeding a thousand pounds. Nor is this surprising, for there is no contest at Villa Park more eagerly look forward to than that between the Villa and Everton. As a rule we see science versus science. The news of the sudden departure of Greenhalgn for Bolton was without doubt the most popular man on the villa side. His place was taken by Tranter, and there was only one change m the Everton eleven, Crelly coming in for R. Balmer. To play the game in quite championship form was not easy. There was a barren first half, and neither side had much to grumble at when they retired for a long and doubtless very acceptable, interval. The visiting side were the cleverer set when the teams got going again, and within five minutes they gained their first goal. There was a shade of luck about it, but far be it from me to seek to excuse the Villa for the nonchalance they showed. Why first-class footballers cannot play to the whistle and go on persevering until the sound is heard I know not. The axiom is as old as the hills. Settle looked too many to be offside when he shot through, and the Villa allowed him to do his shooting in peace, but they and the crowd looked glum when the referee pointed to the centre. I say nothing regarding the decision, but the Villa might at least have hustled Settle. SHARPS REMARKABLE GOAL.
It was a valuable goal, and we saw the Everton vanguard at its best after this. The men always seemed to be in position. If as pass was made there was someone there to receive it. John Sharp obtained the second goal, and I have never heard a player off his own ground receive such a rousing cheer as Sharp had when he beat the vigilant Turner. He ran down the wing, and having a good start of the opposition cut straight in and scored with one of the finest oblique shots I have ever seen. The goal reminded me of those two points which Steve Smith notched for the Villa long years ago in the semifinal at Blackburn, when his display secured for him the only Scottish cap he was honoured with. Of Aston Villa’s supporters it can be said that they are as generous towards opponents as any set in the country. This finished the scoring, and Everton won, and deservedly, by two goals to none. The Villa were overplayed. They showed none the cleverness they manifested in their hard game against Birmingham, and Hall failed signally reproduce the excellent skill and discretion he supplied when acting as pivot for the first time. He was weak, and so was Walters. Bache did some good things, but there was a lack of cohesion about the line. The half-back section was not bad, but Greenhlagh was greatly missed. The backs were good, although they let Settle have a very easy task when he recorded the first point. Turner is a good custodian, and is already quite popular at Aston. The only criticism I can offer in connection with the Villa is that they were not good enough for their opponents.
EVERTON S POWER.
Everton gave an excellent show. Crelly occasionally kicked wildly, often volleying the ball out almost at right angles, but Balmer throughout exhibited skill and power. The half-back line was magnificent. Makepeace was probably the roost aggressive member of the line, but Taylor tackled sternly, and made some admirably judged passes. Of the winning forwards Settle was often weak until late in the game, but it is at close quarters that his judgment tells. Once or twice he was well placed near the posts, and each time his effort bade fair to be disastrous to the home side. Sharp and Hardman showed great pace, and a capacity for dashing in at the right moment, and Young has never played so well on a Birmingham ground as he did on this occasion. Occasionally he held the ball too long, an old fault of his, but all round there was little fault to find with his work. Aston Villa-Turner; Miles, Riley; Tranter, Logan (J.), Windmill; Walters, Cantrell, Hall, Bache, and Evans. Everton.—Scott; Balmer (W.), Crelly; Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, Bolton, Young. Settle, and H. P. Hardman. Referee: A. Adams, Nottingham.
Athletic News - Monday 30 September 1907
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ASTON VILLA 0 EVERTON 2
September 30, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
ASTON VILLA BADLY BEATEN.
The victory which Everton achieved at Aston-park was particularly gratifying to supporters of the Goodison-park, organisation. There is one thing about it which ought to reconcile even Villa enthusiasts to the defeat, and that is that something like a-dozen seasons have elapsed since Everton lowered the colours of their old opponents in Birmingham. From this it may be gathered that Everton's turn had arrived at last. Well the “Blues” rose to the occasion in fine style. True they had to contend with a Villa team only a shadow of its former self. That, however, was not their fault. They went out to win the game, it possible, and if in the stress of modern football the Villa management have failed to replace stars of former days that is a matter which concerns themselves alone. Incidentally it interesting to note of the present Villa players only George, the goalkeeper –and he was not playing on Saturday, owing to an attack of lumbago –was with the Villa in the season 1898-99, while Everton have still with them, Sharp, Settle, Taylor, and W. Balmer. Curiously enough Saturday's victory was gained by the goals of Settle and Sharp. So much for the old uns.
INCIDENTS OF THE PLAY.
The heat was of the tropical description, and was not far behind that terrible day –for football –of the 1 st September last season. Considering the conditions for the powerful rays of the sun, affected players and spectators alike, the game was contested at a rare pace, though it failed to approximate the standard to which we have grown accustomed when the Villa and Everton have been in opposition. The falling off it is pleasant to note was not exhibited by the Evertonians; rather was the decline marked in the case of the present representatives of Aston Villa. In the opening half of the game the home side compensated somewhat for their old skill by reason of the dash and sudden spurts which characterised their play of campaign. It was in this direction that Everton were threatened with the downfall of the goal. Happily the Blues' defence held out gallantly, and the outcome was that Scott had little of a really dangerous nature to negotiate. When the interval arrived –and the players on both sides sorely needed a refreshment –there was a clean score sheet. However, it was not long after the resumption that Everton obtained a complete masterly of the situation. Settle, who was in his trickiest mood, seized upon a pass by Bolton, and while the Villa players were fondly imagining that he would be called up for offside, he had the ball in the net quite out of Turner's reach. Whatever the Villa men might have through, the referee had no doubt whatever about the legitimacy of the point. After this the visiting side rubbed it in worse than ever. A beautiful centre from Sharp provided Young with a glorious opportunity, but in hesitating as to whether to head breast, or kicks the ball into the net the centre, threw away his chance. A few moments later Sharp entirely on his own placed the issue beyond doubt. Riley in attempting to clear with a header, placed the ball behind him, Sharp fastened on to it immediately, and working in towards goal scored with a grand oblique shot, which evoked an amount of enthusiasm, which one would only have expected had a home player preformed such a brilliant feat. Right to the close of the proceedings, Everton simply toyed with the opposing forces, and deservedly secured the honours of the day.
EVERTON FINE FORM.
There was no question whatever about the superiority of the winners. In no department was there a weak spot. Again the Everton forwards, and halves-combined with telling effects and many of their movements especially in the second half, were brilliant in the extreme. Hardman, owing largely to an injured heel, was the least conspicuous of the forward line. Settle was quite himself again, and with Young eager for work and indicious in method it was small wonder in view also of the striking effectiveness of the right wing, that the Villa halves, and backs were so completely over-ran. Makepeace, Taylor, and Abbott were the trio that we know so well, and that carries with it the impression that as a line they are still equal to the best that the country can furnish. Crelly filled the younger Balmer's position with marked success. His kicking and tackling were alike excellent, and on one occasion, when Scott, owing to the glare of the sun, misjudged the ball, he rendered his side timely and valuable aid. W. Balmer was not severely tested, and apart from the one slip mentioned, the custodian was quite reliable, one of his saves in the second half being exceptionally clever. As may be judged the Villa players, individually and collectively, compared badly with their visitors. In the half-back line they suffered by the absentee of Greenhalgh, who, the spectators were surprised to know, had been transferred to Bolton Wanderers. Evidently the Villa team required considerable strengthening if it is to maintain the old reputation of the club. Teams : - Aston Villa: - Turner, goal, Miles, and Riley, backs, Tranter, Logan, and Windmill, half-backs, Walters, Cantrell, Hall, Bache, and Evans, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal W. Balmer, and Crelly, backs Makepeace Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Referee A. Adams.