LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION
Athletic News - Monday 11 July 1910
The annual meeting of the arranging of fixtures and other business in connection with the Liverpool County Combination competition was held in Liverpool last Friday. Three clubs had withdrawn, namely Everton “A”, Liverpool”A” and St Helens Recreation Combination. Four teams were elected to the First division, which will now comprise thirteen teams.
LANCASHIRE V. LEICESTERSHIRE.
Yorkshire Post -Friday 29 July 1910
(By our Reporter.)
The first match between these counties this season was commenced yesterday at Leicester glorious weather, and before good company. Lancashire made two changes in the eleven which defeated Sussex on the previous day, Ralph Whitehead and Cook taking the places of Makepeace and Dean. The latter presumably was being rested because of the heavy work that has fallen him lately, and also in view of the return match with Yorkshire, which commences next Monday. Leicestershire also mode a couple changes. Sir Arthur Hazierigg and Mr. Sharp standing out of the team in favour of Lord, a member of the Leicestershire ground stall, who is making his first appearance for the county, and Turner, the well-known Everton football player. Turner was run-out for 22
KIRKCALDY UNITED'S CAPTURE.
Dundee Courier -Friday 5 August 1910
EX-EVERTON PLACER SIGNS FOR FIFE CLUB.
Kirkcaldy United have done a good stroke of business securing the signature Geo. Cooper, late Heart of Midlothian and Everton. Cooper is a player of outstanding ability, and can play in either the outside right or position. These are positions in which the United have been very weak in past seasons, but the signing on Cooper will be hailed with great satisfaction by the United's supporters, as he will no doubt make an excellent pivot.
A FORMER RANGER.
The Berwick Advertiser-Friday 5 August 1910
Though he has signed for the seventh season for Millwall, which is opening new ground in the old Kent Road in September. Jack Blythe, who has been visiting Spilttal, the scene of his early kicking career. Is looking fit and well as ever. Blythe first joined the Everton, club, when an accident in the practice matches nearly ended his football career. A smashed ankle was only well enough enable him to turn out twice for the "Toffees” the following season. But West Ham knew his worth if his ankle could be got strong again, and they risked signing him up. Jack during the off season went the seaside, and tried daily paddle in the sea for some hours every day for some months. The affect was wonderful. He never missed a single match for the “Hammers” in the next After being three or four seasons West Ham, he went Millwall. And took benefit match last season. Blythe is still young-looking and in the pink condition, the result of careful living and regular exercise. That promises maintain his place in Southern League football for some seasons come.
Nottingham Evening Post-Friday August 12 1910
At Manchester, Leicestershire will have almost, the same representation against Yorkshire. The only difference is that Turner will be absent. He has been called up by Everton to begin his training for the football season, and in his stead A. T. Sharp re-enters the eleven.
August 13 1910. The Liverpool Echo
Amongst professional footballers who have earned some distinction in the cricket field one seldom comes across the name Meunier, the Everton full back. Meunier is a crickter of considerable ability, but because he spends most of his cricket left with King's county (Ireland) club his performances with bat and ball are seldom notice. He is a much-sought man, for the annual end of the season cricket matches in which the Everton and Liverpool footballers participate. Parenthetically I may mention that in addition to to-day's match at Stanley several of the Everton and Liverpool players will form part of an eleven under the direction of Mr. R. Gratton, which annually visits upon. This always-interesting little outing takes place on Wednesday, August 24, and I understand a certain Lancashire cricketer may be in the visiting eleven. However, to return to Meunier, I have the score before County County Kilkenny and me of a two day match played last Friday and Saturday at Kilkenny. The home side battling first were dismissed for 35, Meunier being responsible for six wickets. His analyses in detail reads overs 13, maidens 7, runs 11, wickets 6. King's County replied with 77, and Meunier going in sixth down, scored 27, being easily highest scorer. Taking four wickets for 29 in the second innings, the Evertonian had a big share in his county's victory by six wickets.
THE COMING FOOTBALL SEASON
August 20, 1910. The Liverpool Echo
For weeks Goodison has been a hive of industry. Workmen have been busy on ground cleaning and general renovation, including the new roofing of the stand at the City-road end. As the annual meeting several shareholders complained of the scant consideration they received on the side of the ground; that the old stand leaked, and was very uncomfortable in wet weather, and that, generally speaking their accommodation was not commensurate with the position of the club. True, the stand did leak, but on the whole taking into consideration the hugh scheme for construction of the big double decker on the Goodison-road side, the directors are not to be held culpably blameworthy. This season I dare venture, there will be little for the grumblers to give vent over attention. An excellent scheme of reserved and tip-in seats is, I am given to understand in prospect. The well-drained stretch of turf is a perfect picture. No wonder Everton are favoured with a final tie and the international of the season, England and Scotland. This match is arranged for Goodison in April. In the meantime many strenuous games must be fought out. A thoroughly up to date results board is being constructed. It will be among the best of its kind.
THE OUTSIDE RIGHT POSITION.
It is a curious feature of the Everton club that despite its continued success the extreme wings at one time of another have not been all that could be desired. It will be remembered that Harold Hardman filled a long felt want, and with R. F. Turner not touching his best form last season the outside left was again a doubtful quatity. Since Sharp has now retired a vacancy is created that will be difficult to fill and, as you are aware, the club, making no secret of their necessity have been on the look out for a real class outside right. Everton will have the real article if it is to be obtained, and on this occasion they have looked to the best in the land. If the famous Anglo-Scott in induced to leave the county of his adoption Everton will have achieved one of the most sensational captures of modern times. But while we wait we ruminate on the capabilities of Pinkney and A. Berry respectively. The amateur played several good games at the back end of last season. He will assist the club, when possible, but I suspect he will not be anxious to go headlong into a busy season straight from a heavy in South Africa. Young Pinkney may turn out trumpet I believe he has good football in him because I saw him play Cowell, of Blackburn Rovers, at his own game at Blackburn, and beat him nine times out of ten. Experience will teach Pinkney much. G. H. Barlow, another amateur, will also be ready for service on the left wing. Meanwhile Turner has made his appearance in county cricket, like two of his colleagues of last season. I saw him at Old Trafford at the beginning of the week looking very fit. Among the forwards there a one notable, but not unexpected, departure, viz, “Tim” Coleman to Sunderland. White practically played himself into the inside right position, and there he is certain of his place. Bert Freeman has spent nearly all the summer months on the other side of the “herring pond.” He likes the station immenedly, but what he admires are most concerned about is whether he can attain the form which made him champion goal-scorer, in 1908-09. “Sandy” Young, willing as ever, has now a nameshake colleague. The duplicating of nomenclature is going to cause heated arguments. Two Scotts two Thompson, two Youngs, and two Berrys, are something to be going on with. The club are well served in goal, for in addition to Williams (now happily recovered) and Walter Scott and C. H. Berry, Roger Jones, a local amateur having caught the eye of keen judges, is on the books.
A STRONG DEFENCE.
The defence as it should be, is again going to be strong and resourceful. It should again prove a valuable match-winning asset. Macconnachie, Clifford, Balmer, Stevenson, Meunier, and J.C. Bardsley form an imposing barrier, but a smart captor was effected in the close season in the person of David McKay Thomson. Thomson was one of Port Glasgow Athletic's stalwarts, and Everton obtained his signatures where several anxious others failed. The difficulty may be not whom to put into the first team back division, but whom to leave out. Similarly among the half-backs, of whom Everton have a close array. Like the Liverpool veteran Dunlop, Jack Taylor pursues the even tenor of his way. He is optimistic of putting in several more seasons with his old club. A marvel of modern football is he. Recovered from his bad accident at Manchester, in the cup semi-final, he will assuredly don the Blue jersey. In the two matches played at Middlesbrough, last season –the League match and the cup tie-Robert Young, the centre half impressed the Everton officials. Big and robust, Young is a fine forager, had a swift tackle, and feeds judiciously. Borthwick has not yet reached the standard of the Everton first team. He has plenty of time to mature, and so the Midldesbrough man will be in possession. A great deal of Young's resource that was wasted on the Middlesbrough's forwards should be taken advantage of by Freeman, and his wings. Harris and Makepeace of course remain, and the latter leads the team vice Sharp. A prominent new addition to the half backs, Lloyd Davies the Welsh International from Wrexham a reliable man to fill a vacancy. Allan and Weller also are on the fringe of senior football. Among the additional prominent new faces is Frank Thompson, of Belfast Distillery. The circumstances of his signing are quite novel. Thereby hangs a tale, however. Thompson may give Turner a close run for the outside-left berth. The remaining new player is E. Magner; a forward from Gainsbrough Trinity, for whom hope of a good season at Goodison is he'd. As well as Coleman, Pratt the centre half, has been transferred to Exeter City, and Rafferty was not engaged, having gone back to his home in Scotland. With such promising young blood at their call as the following, added to those already mentioned: - Lacey, H. Mountford, W. Michaels, L. Carlisle, Gault, Gourlay, and W. Davies. It will be agreed, have good reason to face the coming season with equanimity. The reserve force is probably only equalled by Newcastle United and Aston Villa.
A FIT COMBINATION.
The whole combination is fit to a man. Makepeace, Turner, and Meunier have been allowed to proceed with their cricket engagements, because obviously they must be in good training. The usual procedure has been adopted; ball practice in the mornings, walks and dumbbell exercise. It is to be hoped then, that the practice games will be free from mishaps to players. Everton have got such a heavy opening month as they had last year, but they start on the 1 st with a visit from Tottenham Hotspur, who it will be recalled, were among easily visitors to Goodison last September. The players signed are: - Goalkeepers: - William Scott, Walter Scott, C.H.Berry, and R. Jones.
Backs: - J. Macconnachie, Clifford, R. Balmer, Stevenson, Thomson, Meunier, and J.C. Bardsley.
Half-backs: - V. Harris, J.D. Taylor, H.Makepeace, R. Young, Lloyd Jones W. Davis, Borthwick, Weller, and Allen.
Forwards: - Freeman, White, A. Young, Turner, F. Thompson, A. Berry, Pinkney, G. H. Barlow, Lacey, Magner, Mountford , Michaels, Carlisle, Gault, and Gourlay.
EVERTON PRACTICE GAME.
August 22, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
The Everton Club held the first of their public practice games on Saturday, when a crowd of almost 12,000 witnessed an interesting match between sides representing the probable League team and the Combination eleven. The weather brightened considerably after the rain of the morning, and although rather warm for football the conditions were more favourable than those which prevailed on Thursday, when the Liverpool Club held their first rehearsal. It was gratifying to see such a large crowd present, as the proceeds are to be devoted to the hospitals of the city. Last season's players demonstrated that they have lost none of their ability, whilst the new players showed promise, and there are indications that Everton have a capable set of footballers at their command.
The game as a purely friendly affair was not at all bad. In the first half the Reserves players had the best of matters, and Gourlay scored a fine goal from a beautiful centre by Prescot Jones, who did exceedingly well at outside right. The “Blues” improved greatly in the second portion of the game, when Freeman equalised from a centre by Turner, and the latter scored the winning goal after Freeman had driven the ball out to him on the wing. Thus the “Blues” won the match by two goals to one. The most noticeable feature of the game was the line form shown by Robert Young, the ex Middlesbrough centre half-back. Young is a well-built player, and his forceful methods were greatly admired. He is a player after the style of Jack Taylor has tactics being very similar to those of the veteran half-back. Turner at outside left was also seen at his best, the winger playing in great style, and he along with Sandy Young made a good wing. Freeman was not too prominent although he improved as the game wore on, but the right wing was far from being satisfactory. Harris, Balmer, and Macconnachie showed their usual cleverness, as also did Makepeace, who turned out in the second half of the game. Llew Davies created a good impression, whilst Jones and White who constituted the right wing of the whites were also good. Two much could not be expected of the man, and they are likely to improve on Saturday's showing in the second practice game, which takes place on Thuesday even. The teams were as Follows: - Blues, Wm Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and Macconnachie (captain), backs, Harris, Robert Young, and Allan, half-backs, Pinkney, Lacey, Freeman, Sandy Young, and R. Turner, forwards. Stripes: - Walter Scott, goal, W. Stevenson, and J. Clifford, backs, Llew Davies, Borthwick, and Weller, half-backs, Jones, White, Magner, Gourlay, and Mountford (Captain), forwards. In the second half Harry Makepeace turned out for the “Blues” team instead of Allan.
EVERTON'S SECOND TRIAL.
August 26, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
A BIG ADVANCE.
The four or five thousand spectators who last night witnessed the second practice match at Goodison park were treated to a display which augurs well for the success of the team in this season journey. Considering that for the greater part of the game there was a drizzling rain, the exhibition given was very satisfactory. The opening match on Saturday certainly left a lot to be deserved, and last night the League team players in particular showed a big advance. Not only was their display better balanced, but individually the players were more purposeful. Taking the two practice games as a criterion, it has been clearly demonstrated that the defence is sound, the only evidence of weakness being the right wing forwards. As on Saturday Pinkney and Lacey were at times disappointing. Towards the end of the game, however, they were seen to better advantage, particularly in regard to shooting. The elevens were the same as in the match on Saturday, with the exception that L. Davies and Walter Scott were absent. The teams were: - Blues: - Willaim Scott goal, R. Balmer, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Pinkney, Lacey, Freeman, A. Young, and Turner, forwards. Stripes: - Berry, goal, Stevenson and Clifford, backs, Allan, Borthwick, and Weller half-backs, Mountford (Captain), Gourlay, Magner, White, and Jones, forwards. It fell to the lot of Young, the new centre half to open the scoring. He first struck the upright with a hard drive, but on meeting the rebound he made no mistake in crashing the leather safely into the net. Well backed up by their halves the Blues gave glimpse of really bright and effective play. Their second goal was well worked for by Turner from whose well-judged centre Lacey headed in front for Freeman to rush up and find the target. The right wing pair were responsible for the third goal in a neat movement Pinkney taking the inside position and converting a short pass from Lacey into a certain goal. All this time the Stipes were fighting hard for a goal, and just before the interval a convincing centre by Jones led to Gourlay beating Scott with a warm shot. At the interval the League team were leading by three goals to one. There had certainly been dull periods in the first half, but in the later stages there was far more keenness shown, and the League team players worked with a precision that led to the frequent downfall of the Stripes defence. Pinkney after a fine run gave Lacey an opening and the latter shot completely beat Berry. Harris added a fifth and Lacey a sixth. while in the closing stages Freeman put in a strong drive, the ball glancing off Gourlay's head into the net. The Stripes looked like having to be satisfied with a solitary goal, but just the finish Magner scored with a stiff shot, the game ending in a victory of seven goals to two for the Blues. The superiority of the League players was more clearly demonstrated than on Saturday. Neither Freeman nor Magner as pivots were seen at the best, and Magner found Young, the new half-back a tough obstacle. Of the forwards Young and Turner were the most effective, the latter rare speed and neat footwork frequently was applauded.
August 29 1910 The Athletic News
The Everton executive have been content to rely upon their well-known and well-tried players for the hazarding of their fortunes in another season’s warfare. The majority of the performers, in their two practice games, are well known, and it only remains to be seen how the changes under consideration will materialize for the subsequent benefit of the club. Naturally eough, chief interest is centred on the probable constitution of the League eleven, and as the only defection from the ranks is Jack Sharp, everybody is watching this outside right position with feelings of exceptional keenness. In the trial games Ernest Pinkney has been placed there, and has certainly created a favourable impression by his work therein. Whoever was deputed to the position would have a thankless task, for Sharp had become a word almost synonymous with Everton, but the north country youth has certainly done himself credit during these preliminary trials. With the Iriswh International –Lacey –as a partner, capital combination and efficient enterprise near goal have been witnessed. Of course one League match may upset all the pre-conceived notions anent the worth of this wing, but that the pair possess ability is unquestionable. There is every reason to believe that we shall see some fine football on the left wing. Turner has been the most entrancing individual in the two trial games, and with the elusive “Sandy” Young as a partner, this combination should cause uneasiness to the most sedate League defence. Freeman is expected to improve upon his last season’s displays, and if this prove to be the case I fancy the Everton team will enjoy a very successive season, whilst the club has done well to secure the services of R. Young, of Middlesbrough, for the intermediate line. From what has been seen of him since he arrived at Goodison there is no reason to anticipate a weakening in this important position. The defence is beyond reproach, and with Robert Balmer once more in the pink of condition the Everton rare division should hold its own with the best in the country. It is in the forward line that chief interest will be centred, but with a defence behind it of a character as before mentioned, the team should do well. While there are the important additions to the playing strength in the defensive part of the team in the acquirement of Young ® at centre half-back, and the Welsh International, Llew Davies, on the wing, the club have also engaged E. Magner from Gainsborough Trinity, as centre forward, and the amateur international Arthur Berry, will also be available for the outside right berth. It will thus be gatherered that Everton are practically relying upon old favourities to bring them honours. There are some alternations to be noted on the ground, for the shareholders’ and three shilling stands have been equipped with tip-up seats. The players who have been engaged are; Wm Scott (Belfast) , Walter Scott (Worksop) , H.C. Berry (Warrington), goalkeepers; R. Clifford (Rankston), R. Balmer (West Derby), J. Macconnachie (Aberd’n) , W. Stevenson (Accrington), D. Thompson (Stevenson), J. Meunier (Birmingham), backs; Val Harris (Dublin), J.D. Taylor (Dumbarton), H. Makepeace (Middlesbrough), R. Young (Swinhill) , L. Weller (Stoke), J. Allan (Carlise) , J. Borthwick (Leith), Llew Davies (Wrexham), Half-backs; E. Pinkney (Glasgow), W, White (Hurlford), B.Freeman (Birmingham), A. Young (Slamammam), R. Turner (Leicester), E. Gault (Wallsend), W. lacey (Wexford), T. Jones (Prescott), E. Magner (Newcastle), H. Mountford) (Hanley), W. Micheals (Liverpool), J. Gourlay (Annbank), S. Carlise (Liverpool)., forwards.
Of the players who have departed., H.C Pratt has gone to Exter City Tim Coleman to Sunderland, J. Sharp has retired. D Rafferty’s address is not known, H. Buck has joined Tranmere Rovers, A. Wright, St. Helens Rec, and H. Anderson’s where abouts cannot be stated.
PROBABLE EVERTON TEAM CHANGES
September 2, 1910 Liverpool Evening Express
The Everton team travelled to Darlington in readiness for their match against Middlesbrough tomorrow. The players who opposed Tottenham made the journey, together with Taylor and Weller, and Gourlay, and it is probable that Taylor and Weller will play instead of Robert Young and Makepeace. The latter sustained an injured knee last evening, whilst Robert Young also hurt his ankle and foot. Probably the injury prevented him from showing his best form. The chances are that Jack Taylor will play centre half and Weller left half.
Probable Everton Team Changes.
Liverpool Evening Express-Friday 2 September 1910
The Everton team travelled to Darlington by the 3- 6 o'clock train this afternoon to be in readiness for their match against Middlesbrough to-morrow. The players who opposed Tottenham made the journey, together with Taylor, Weller, and Gourloy, and it is probable that Taylor and Weller will play instead of Robert Young and Makepeace. The latter sustained an injured knee last evening, whilst Robert also hurt his ankle and foot. Probably the injury prevented him from showing his best form. The chances are that Jack Taylor will play cente half and Weller left half.
Everton v. Tottenham Hotspur.
Western Daily Press -Friday 2 September 1910
Fine weather prevailed at Goodison Park for this match, when 15,000 spectators attended. Play at the outset was even. The 'Spurs were the first to attack, but Everton gained the upper hand, and after fifteen minutes' play Freeman opened the score for Everton. The 'Spurs' goal keeper was kept busy, and just before the interval Freeman scored the second goal for Everton. Interval;—Everton, 2; Tottenhan Hotspurs 0 Play in the second half was fast, and the Hotspurs showed to advantage at first, and Steel shot over the bar. Scott saved from Humphreys, and Everton then took the upper hand and the home goal was hotly assailed. Nearing the finish Lunn saved grandly from Freeman and Young. Result; Everton 2; Tottenham Hotspurs 0
EVERTON v. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR.
Yorkshire Post-Friday 2 September 1910
This opening match, at Goodison Park, yesterday, attracted 15,000 spectators. Everton played their strongest team, including Young (late Middlesbrough), and the Spurs also had a good side. The opening play was even. The Spurs were the first to get going, but Everton assumed the aggressive, and Freeman scored after fifteen minutes. Lunn, in the Spurs goal, was kept busy, and Freeman later scored a second goal. Interval—-Everton 2 goals, Tottenham Hotspur none. In the second half play was fast, and the Spurs showed up the Outset. Steel shot over the bar when well placed, and Scott saved from Humphreys. Everton then assumed the aggressive, and the Spurs goalkeeper was kept busy. Nearing the finish Lunn saved brilliantly from Freeman, and Young. Result:—Everton 2 goals, Tottenham Hotspur none.
EVERTON 2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0
September 2, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S SUCCESSFUL OPENING.
A TWENTY THOUSAND GATE.
Judging from what was witnessed in the opening game last evening at Goodison Park, there appears to be pretty sanguine grounds for anticipating a successful season so far as the Everton Club is concerned. The local organisation prevailed by two clever goals, and even this margin might easily have been more pronounced but for the really excellent opposition presented by the Tottenham Hotspur custodian. Clever shots were rained at him thick and fast, and although he is built on diminutive lines, he parried these with a skill that stamped him with the hallmark of class. Taore could be no questioning the important part he played in the proceedings, and, as is always the case at Everton, the crowd, which numbered twenty thousand, did not fail to show their appreciation of his resource under somewhat trying conditions.
One could not fail to notice the difference between the efficiency of the respective forward lines. There was no half-hardedness in the work of the Everton front rank, for whenever they got within reasonable distance of the Tottenham goal they gave the keeper amble cause for anxiety. None did better in this respect than Lacey, the Irish international inside right. The second goal was entirely due to a brilliant shot from him, which Lunn could not hold, and which presented Freeman with an open goal; while other sterling efforts were only checked by really skilful clearance on the part of the ex-Wolves custodian. In addition Lacey combined in very promising style, with Pinkney, and the pair showed by their display last evening that they are worthy of a extended trial in first-class company. Freeman made an suspicious start by scoring a couple of goals, and in addition distributed the play to the wings in a most creditable manner. Young and Turner were responsible for some neat touches, and it was gratifying to find the Lancashire youth repeating the vastly improved form, which he exhibited in the preliminary practice matches.
In the half-back line Makepeace was the outstanding personality, his fine turn of speed proving of the greatest benefit to his side. It was only fitting that he should signalise his first appearance as captain of the team by playing such a prominent part in Everton initial League success of the season. Harris also shared creditably, and perhaps the least effective of the intermediate trio was the Middlesbrough recruit Young. Probably his placing of the ball to a men in the front of him will improve upon further acquaintance with his new associates. The defence was equal to every demand, and though at times the full-backs were at fault in their interceptions, they were responsible for much clever work at others, and on the whole came out of the ordeal successful. As a result Scott was seldom requisitioned, and the final score is a fitting testimony to his work between the uprights.
Attention has already been drawn to the prominent part that Lunn played in the match. He had in front of him in Elkin and Wikes, two full-backs who should prove sterling defenders for their club this season. Elkin was especially clever in tackling, and little fault could be found with the defence as a whole. Darnell was the pick of the half-backs, and he played a scrupulously fair game, and in the earlier stages D. Steel put in much useful work. The weakness of the forwards was at close quarters. In midfield Minter and R. Steel were often seen to advantage, but Humphreys, who led the attack, though afforded several openings failed to utlise them. Yet his individual bursts were only with difficulty resisted.
SCORING OF THE GOALS.
Both goals were scored in the first half, the opening point coming after twenty minutes' play. Prior to this each keeper had been keenly tested, though Everton seemed always the more likely team to fine the net. A clever centre from Harris placed Young in possession, and the latter tipped the ball to Freeman, who flashed it past Lunn at a terrific pace. A few minutes later Humphreys got clean through but failed wretchedly with his final shot. Just before half-time, Pinkney and Lacey went away, and the inside right sent in a tremendous drive, which Lunn could not hold, thereby giving Freeman an open goal, which was promptly excepted. After the change of ends the “Spurs” made a bold attempt to reduce the lead, but without effect, and in the closing stages they were exceedingly fortunate in not having further points recorded against them. Teams: - Everton: - William Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Pinkney, Lacey, Freeman, A. Young, and Turner, forwards. Tottenham Hotspur: - Lunn, goal, Elkin, and Wilkes, backs, Morris, D. Steel (Captain), and Darnell, half-backs, Currie, Minter, Humphreys, R. Steel, and Middlemiss, forwards. Referee Mr. W. C. Clover.
GLOSSOP 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 2, 1910. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Lancashire Combination Diviison One (Game 1)
At Glossop, before 1,000 spectators. The first half was keenly contested, but the home forwards could make little impression on the sound defence of Clifford and Stevenson. After twenty minutes Magner received from Gourlay, and completely beat Butler, giving the visitors the lead. Just on half-time Wall equalised with a fast rising shot from a corner kick. About a minute after the restart Wall made a grand run, and Scott dived down and partially saved, but Tomkinson rushing up, shot into the net, giving Glossop the lead. No further scoring took place, Result Glossop 2, Everton 1. Everton: - Walter Scott, goal, Clifford, and Stevenson, backs, Allan, Borthwick, and Weller, half-backs, Jones, White, Magner, Gourlay, and Mountford (Captain), forwards.
MIDDLESBROUGH v. EVERTON.
Yorkshire Post -Monday 5 September 1910
At Middleborough, before 15,000 spectators. The team was unchanged, but Middleborough had Weir (captured a week ago from the Celtic), Gibson (Bury). McClure (a Middleborough lad), Jackson Scottish Junior International), and Nicholl (Airdrieonians). The game was grandly contested, Middleborough having much the better of matters, but Balmer and Scott were magnificent in defence. Williamson had but one shot from Lacey to stop. No score the interval. The game ruled more even in the second portion, but Middleborough were still the better side, and Scott had most work to do. Freeman and Lacey were the more dangerous for Everton. Towards the close of the game McClure beat Scott. Middleborough held their own to the end, and beat Everton, for the first time for six years. Result: —Middleborough 1 goal, Everton nil.
AFTER MANY DAYS
Athletic News - Monday 05 September 1910
Middlesbrough 1 Everton 0
For the first time for six seasons Middlesbrough, at Ayresome Park, gathered in a brace of points at the expense of Everton; a fact which gave the keenest pleasure to the bulk of 20,000 people who witnessed the game, which was played in glorious weather and on a round that was in grand order. It is true the margin was of the narrowest so far as goal scoring was concerned, but Middlesbrough were unmistakably the superior side throughout, and on the run of the play, they well deserved the full spoils that fell to their lot. Everton turned out the identical side which beat the ‘Spurs, but Middlesbrough were an unknown quantity, quite a lot of colts having been signed. The club’s latest capture, James Weir, of Celtic, partnered his old club-mate McDonald McLeod, while a youngster in Jackson, a Scottish junior international, figured at centre half-back. Bob Young, who had a big hand in saving the club from relegation last season, figured against his old team for Everton. Gibson formerly with Bury and Crystal Palace was at outside right; Nicholl, of Airdreonians, at outside left; Pentland, England’s outside right, at centre forward, with Elliott, the lightly-built South Bank lad at inside right, and McClure, who had formerly done duty with the club, at inside left, Barker, a native of Middlesbrough, who used to understurdy Sam Aitken, got his place at right half-back, and, of course, Verrill was on the left.
A Whole- Hearted Display
The odds appeared all in Everton’s favour, but the Middlesbrough supporters had been promised a whole-hearted display by the eleven selected, and they got it, the greatest enthusiasm prevailing as first one and then another of the players came into the picture. It was an exhilarating exhibition of zealous and clever football. In contrast the visitors’ display forward was very moderate, not one of the quintette appearing to over-exert himself, while their shooting was so wretched that during the first forty-five minutes Williamson, who was captaining the home team for the first time, had but one save to make, and that from Lacey seven minutes prior to the interval. The only goal of the match was registered thirteen minutes from the close, and was the result of some really smart play on the part of the home inside trio. Elliott got possession near the centre of the field, but so closely was he pursued by Makepeace and Macconnachie that he had to dribble the ball well out before he could manage to swing it back to the centre. Pentland drove it in, hard and true, Scott got down to the ball, which, however, rebounded off him to McClure, who promptly netted it. Pentland was a splendid success at centre-forward, and put in several fine drives at goal. The extreme wing men were equally clever, their speed and dexterous manipulation of the ball at times rousing the crowd to a high pitch of enthusiasm. These men had established themselves favourites in the practice games by reason of their admirable work. The local men, Elliott, and McClure, very ably seconded the efforts of Gibson and Nicholl, and the whole line was satisfactory, working with an accuracy of combination that was refreshing to witness.
A Useful Recruit
In Jackson Middlesbrough appear to have a very valuable man. He was much the superior of Young in this game, his feeding of his forwards being a noticeable feature of his play. Barker was more than a match for Turner and Young, and on at least three occasions he saved his goal by sheer tenacity of purpose. Verrill was as useful as ever, McLeod kicked soundly and tackled with his usual robustness. Weir is a cool customer, a man of fine physique and no fear. He kept the ball low, and used his head well, exercising capital judgement. Williamson had not more than a half a dozen shots, but he cleared them cleanly. It was against Everton that he made his First League debut, and no premier league custodian had a better record. It is worthy of note that Harry Makepeace the Everton captain, was born at Middlesbrough, and he ranked as the most polished and successful half-back on the field. Balmer was a hero, with Macconnachie anything but reliable. Scott got through plenty of hot work in a most satisfactory fashion. He was helpless against McClure’s shot which scored. Harris was in excellent form, but Bob Young was disappointing. Lacey was the only forward who showed anything like the keen aggressiveness. Middlesbrough; Williamson (captain); McLeod, Weir; Barker, Jackson, Verill; Gibson, Elliott, Pentland, McClure, and Nicholl. Everton; Scott; Balmer (R.), Macconnachie; Harris, Young (R.), Makepeace (captain); Pinkney, Lacey, Freeman, Young (A.), and Turner. Referee; Mr. C.C. Fallowfield, London.
MIDDLESBROUGH 1 EVERTON 0
September 5, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON FAIL AT MIDDLESBROUGH
During the brief space of forty-eight hours the Everton team have been seen in two moods, and have a daly different achievements. It would be difficult in imagine. On the opening day at Goodison Park the side gave great promise of better things to come. There was than not a semblance of that class of play which is usually associated with the opening of the of methods and forceful touches when within the shooting area that simply delighted the twenty thousand spectators. There was quite the reverse side of the picture at Middlesbrough, with absolutely nothing to offer in extenuation of the failure of the men. One may make allowances for untoward conditions against which the side had to battle during the first half of the game, but singularly though it was in this period that the easiest of chances were not accepted, owing to the lack of the extra dash which is necessary always to drive home an advantage. The fairly still breeze was of course a great drawback, and matters were not improved by facing the sun as well, still, the Everton backs kept their charge intact during the trying period, and it was only natural that when ends were changed they might hope for a respite, and that those in front would do all that was necessary to achieve success. We expected to find the line ably led and the work well distributed. The latter did materalise to a certain extent, but what of the finishing touches. If one might accept just a few instances, the majority of the final efforts to penetrate the defence of Middlesbrough would not have done credit in a second rate organisation. Surely it is not too much to expect from reputed players that they should be able to control even a lively ball. There was little indication of ability in this respect, consequently the position, from an Everton point of view, became practually hopeless.
TURNER'S TELLING TOUCHES.
Most interest so far as the Everton club as concerned was showed towards the newly constituted right wing, where performance in the openings game was so satisfactory. They commenced in promising fashion on Saturday, and in conjunction with Harris occasionally bewildered the opposing half by indulging in effective triangular movements, but there was little quality in their plan of compaign. At times the inside man gave the home backs and keeper much cause for anxiety, and so far as the first portion of the game was concerned the Irish International quite justified his inclusion. He dropped down to the general level during the second half, with the result that almost from its opening there was little to rouse interest from the right wing. The ineffectiveness of the whole line was undoubtedly due to slack play in the centre. There and again did Turner, who again reproduced his brilliant form of the preliminary trials and opening League games, middle the ball with all accuracy that under ordinary circumstances must have penalised the desired success. Even when the game was for spent, the ex-Leicester player never relayed his efforts and his general work all through stamped him at the most resourceful forward on the field. On one occasion, just before Middlesbrough secured the goal that decided the issue, he headed the ball accurately to Freeman, when a clear course presented itself, but the centre failed to allow for the wind, and the bouncing ball went to Williamson. Apart from other brilliant efforts, the outside man in the closing minutes of the game played at least a division of honours within the grasp of his side. From a corner kick he drove hard against the crossbar only to find his comrades unable to take advantage, and his part in the proceedings might be summed up as a display characterised by great efforts attended with misfortune. On the whole one cannot accept Everton's forwards play as a true reflex of his ability, and might it be suggested in these days of keen competition, it is absolutely essential that downfall grit and go a head persistency are in addition to general in footwork, necessary factors to success.
For many seasons now have the Everton club been well served in the half-back division, but the latest display cannot by any stretch of the imagination be considered as in keeping with tradition. There was of course, the drawbacks attendant upon the failure of those in front, and this frequently led to the trio being overrun, still when all considerations are weighted in, none of the half-backs could claim that they had enhanced their reputations. At times Makepeace showed a good turn of speed and plied Turner and supplied Turner and Young with a frequency that looked like bring about success. Still, there were other occasions when the Middlesbrough right exacted more than usual quarter though it is but fair to state that the skipper was evidently labouring under an injury to his knee. R. Young gave a very disappointing display for his new club. He failed altogether to hold the inside men, and it is somewhat difficult to reconcile his form so far with that of last season, when he played a great part in expiating the Borough team from a perilous position in the League table. He was slow in recovery, and his judgement under pressure was none too sound, but we shall probably see better work from him when he settles down to his new associations. Harris had stout opponents in Nicholl and McClure, and though he accomplished some good work on occasions, he failed to reach the usual standard. The performance of the full backs was but very few exceptions, left little to be desired, against the wind and sun they were naturally at a great disadvantage. Still, they held up their opponents in a manner that called even for the admiration of the home supporters. Balmer throughout was resourcefully clever in anticipating the movements of the Borough forwards and his powerful kicking was quite a feature of his game. Macconachie too, showed all his old resource in dealing with Gibson, Elliott, and Pentland, and it was somewhat unfortunate that for once in a way he failed to tackle Elliott, who initiated the movement that led up to Scott's downfall. The custodian had plenty of work on hand to which he attended in his usually able fashion.
The Middlesbrough Club have not a great side, yet they were powerful enough to claim both points, and in doing so accomplished what they failed to do for several seasons. They were fortunate in finding their opponents in a somewhat lethargic mood, and might easily have been compelled to share the honours had Scott held a shot from Pentland instead of pushing the ball out for McClure to clinch matters. Pentland who has played a prominent part in many games at outside right proved a very capable centre forward, but he is likely to come across sterner opposition than was meted out by his former club mate. The most telling work came from the wing forwards, Gibson and Nicholl. Both showed a good turn of speed, and were able assisted by the inside men. The half-backs had little difficulty in breaking up the somewhat fitful attempts at combination by the Everton forwards, while further behind McLeod and Weir were seldom in difficulties. They were rarely harassed, and had thus plenty of cope to effect their clearances. As a consequence Williamson had a comfortable time, for he accomplished some smart incepting work in the closing stages. Twenty thousand people witnessed the game, and on the general run of the game, Middlesbrough thoroughly deserved to win their first League game of the season. Teams: - Middlesbrough: - Williamson (Captain) goal, McLeod, and Weir, backs, Barker, Jackson, and Verrill, half-backs, Gibson, Elliott, Pentland, McClure, and Nicholl, forwards. Everton: - William Scott goal, R. Balmer, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Pinkney, Lacey, Freeman, A. Young, and Turner, forwards. Referee C. C. Fallowfield.
EVERTON RESERVES 5 OSWESTRY UNITED 0
September 5, 1910. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton had an idle day so far as the League competition was concerned, having visited Glossop on Thursday and suffered defeat to the extent of 2 goals to 1. A friendly meeting with Oswestry was arranged for Saturday, and Everton scored an easy victory by 5 goals to nil. Everton's superiority was never seriously challenged, and the display of the visitors was poor in the extreme. Gault (2), Ness (2), and Weller scored Everton's goals. The Blues tried a new pivot in Ness from Scarbrough. He is a well set-up youth, but his display on Saturday was by no means encouraging. He displayed little enterprise and was exceedingly slow. The team generally gave a good account of themselves, but they really had little to beat . Everton: - Berry, goal, Thompson, and Meunier, backs, Wm Davies, Weller, and Llew Davies, half-backs, T. Jones, Gault, Ness, Carlisle, and Michaels, forwards .
September 7, 1910 Lancashire Evening Express
There are few who can claim to have been associated with one club in a professional was for a period of 21 years and I fancy “Jack Elliott, the popular Everton trainer can claim a great distinction in this respect. Next month Elliott comes of age in Everton's service. He has been connected with the Goodison club as player and trainer since 1889, and next month he will be able to claim the unique distinction of having served one club continuously for 21 years. This is indeed a record to be proud of and I am sure Jack Elliott numerous friends will be pleased to hear of the unique occasion. He was fought for the Blues in many a hard battle on the field, whilst in later years Elliott has trained some of the finest players ever known. He came to Everton as an outside left, and played his first match against Rawtenshall, whilst he played for the League team against Notts County. Of course in those days Milward and Chadwick were the start artistes, so that Elliott had little opportunity. However, he was a whole-hearted player and his headlong dashes down the wing will ever be remembered. He was a member of the League team on occasions but mainly assisted the Combination eleven, and he took part in games when Everton were at Anfield road. Jack proved himself a real good trainer, and I trust he will remain to look after the Everton players for many years to come.
Thanks to Kjell Hanssen
September 7, 1910 The Lancashire Evening Express.
Some time ago I mentioned that the Everton directors had in view a scheme whereby the shareholders and guinea ticket holders would be able to avail themselves of comfortable chairs in the Bullens road stand. The work was about to commence but some difficulty arose about the space on the stand and the placing of the chairs and therefore some delay was caused. However, I am in formed that all difficulties have now been overcome and the “tip-up” chairs are being got ready as quickly as possible. About 1,500 are to be placed on the centre of the Bullen's road stand and Mr. Cuff's says that a number of them will be in position for Manchester United match on September 24 th .
PRESCOT JONES TRANSFERRED
September 8, 1910. Liverpool Evening Express
This afternoon the officials of the Birmingham club completed arrangements with Everton for the transfer of “Prescot” Jones, the Everton forward. Birmingham are in the Second Division, and are not too strong, and Jones ought to prove of some value to the Midland club. Jones has been a very useful player to Everton, and in Combination football he has scored a large number of goals. He has appeared in the League team on occasion, and has shown good form, but has never been able to retain his place. In the practice matches in August Jones showed capital form at outside right along with White. Jones is useful in the centre, which is his real position, and he ought to make his name in second division football. Tom Jones played for Prescot Wireworks and has been with Everton four or five seasons. He is a great favourite, and his many friends will regret his departure.
EVERTON PLAYER FOR BIRMINGHAM
September 9, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Yesterday the officials of the Birmingham Club completed arrangements with Everton for the transfer of “Prescot”Jones, the Everton forward. Jones has been a very useful player to Everton, and in Lancashire Combination football he has scored a large number of goals. He has appeared in the League team on occasions, and has shown good form. Jones formerly played for Prescot Wireworks, and has been with Everton four or five seasons.
Birmingham sign Jones from Everton
Friday 9 September 1910 Hull Daily Mail
Birmingham yesterday signed Jones, the Everton centre-forward. This forward stands 5ft 7in and weighs 11 stone. has been kept out of the Everton team the fine form of Bert Freeman, but he has done excellent service for the Everton Reserves, and is fast, clever, and a prolific goal scorer. Birmingham have' paid a heavy transfer fee for him, and are satisfied that they have made a useful capture. He will against Bradford on Saturday.
EVERTON PLAYER FOR "BRUM"
Yorkshire Post -Friday September 9 1910
The Birmingham Club yesterday secured the transfer from Everton of "Prescott" Jones, a centre-forward, with a good reputation for speed and control of the ball. Twenty-four years of age, Jones stands 5ft 7in, high and weighs 11st. It is stated that the transfer fee was a high one. Jones will be included in the Birmingham team against Bradford, on the St Andrew's ground, on Saturday.
Tame Struggle at Goodison.
Liverpool Evening Express -Saturday 10 September 1910
BLUES WIN IN SECOND HALF.
The play during the first half was for the most part tame, and indeed times mediocre, there being very few occasions when the enthusiasm of the spectators expressed itself. On the general run, however, Everton had the advantage, and the shots that came from their side were not only more numerous, but more deadly than those the North Enders. Indeed, Scott had scarily to handle. The best department on the visitors side was the halfback line. Waring especially gathering himself. By the way, it should be explained as a matter correction as regards the mistakes by the Preston defence in heading towards their own goal, attributed to Rodway that Lyons and J. McLean were responsible. There is a great similarity on the part between Lyons and Rodway. On resuming Rodway cleared a sharp movement by the Everton front line. Robert Young was prominent in cleverly dispossessing McLean, and then Preston returned to the attack. Thompson, the winger, sent in a beautiful shot, but Scott cleverly caught the ball just as it was going away from him. Soon afterwards the same player sailed in another strong drive, which spent itself on the side of the netting. The Blues set out at top speed towards McBride's charge, when a rather
Occurred in the goal mouth. The ball bobbed about, and just when it appeared to be entering the net with McBride beaten. McFayden stepped in at a critical moment. In this melee Waring the visitors' centre half, was injured, but soon, resumed. Everton were mainly aggressive, but a nice movement on the left by Winterhaulder and Mountenay looked promising until Balmer got the ball and brought off a huge kick. The Preston forwards opened out play better, and Thompson getting possession centered in, but it was met by Makepeace. The play, however, continued to be of the same tame description as before. Once Pinkney ran down, but he overran the ball, and the promising movement by Harris and Pinkney terminated the latter being judged offside. White was busy with some nice work, and centred neatly. The spectators had
SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT '
after Freeman had put in neat kick under difficulties the ball came out to Makepeace, and the latter running in transferred to Sandy Young, who beat McBride a with strong low shot. Visitors' keeper went down full length in his endeavor to stop a shot, but the ball travelled just inside the post. This success was naturally received with jubilation. This reverse had the effect of rousing Preston, who were active in the Everton half, but the “Blues” were soon back again and Turner was presented with an opening, but his shot travelled over the bar. White, receiving a pass from Young, sent in shot, completely beating McBride. Final Result. Everton 2 Preston 0
Preston N.E. Res V. Everton Res
Liverpool Evening Express-Saturday 10 September 1910
At Deepdale, before 3.000 spectators. Borthwick stuck the crossbar in the first minute. Scott was applauded for magnificent save from Spence and Platt. North End pressed hotly, but Scott cleared at the foot of the post from McLean. After forty minutes Spence scored for Preston. Half-time; North End, 1 Everton. 0.
JACK KIRWAN GOES TO HOLLAND
Athletic News –September 12 1910
The many old friends of Jack Kirwan, late of Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Clyde, and Leyton, the old Irish international, will be pleased to hear that he has secured an appointment as coach in Holland.
Monday, September 12, 1910. The Athletic News
It was a striking change on Merseyside from the gloom of the previou week, for like the Anfielders, Everton accounted for Preston North End at Goodison Park, and by an exactly similar score. When it was authoritatively announced that John Sharp was definitely retiring from football there were many anxious fears expressed by the supporters of the Everton club anent the possibility of a capable substitute being found to fill the vacancy. The previous February a North-County youth named Pinkney had been signed, who, in his subsequent appearances with the reserve team, justified trials in the premier eleven, with the result that it was determined after the August practice game to start the present League campaign with this youngster at outside right. Dame Fortune has been kind to Ernest Pinkney, and has placed within his grasp straightaway the opportunity of gaining fame and maybe, substantial honours. Born at Glasgow twenty-two years ago, Pinkney in his boyhood days did not exhibit a particular fondness for the winter pastime. In fact, it was not until he had reached the age of seventeen that he became enamoured of the sport. With a West Hartlepool organiastion known as the Baptist’ United he began his career as a centre forward, and for two seasons occupied this position. He early discovered the way to score goals, for in his first season he credited himself with thirty-nine. The following year Pinkney having developed a nice turn of speed, was placed on the outside right, and proved equally successful in this position.
His next club was Christ Church, who were connected with the Hartlepool and District League, and another year’s experience on the extreme right wing gave him further confidence. He acquired some amount of local promince, and at the age of twenty he joined West Hartlepool Expansion, a team attached to the Wearside League. From his now recognized position in the front rank he scored fifteen goals, and in the succeeding season had put on a dozen when the Everton emissaries heard of him and promptly secured his signature. Thus he became a professional last February, and made his first appearance in the League team against Bury at Goodison Park on March 28. He also played against Sunderland and Middlesbrough in subsequent games. Standing 5ft 8in., and weighing 10st 4 and half lbs, he is rather simply built for a League player, but he has youth on his side, which is a great asset. Two years ago Pinkney enjoyed a most successful summer on the running track, winning the 100 yards at Grangetown, and coming in second in the sprint at Wingate. Judging from his displays with Everton he seems likely to develop into the man needed by the club. He is speedy and determined and shows a creditable command of the ball. Lack of experience is all that can be said against him, but there is no questioning his ability as a footballer.
EVERTON 2 PRESTON NORTH END 0
September 12, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
It would not have been surprising if Preston had retired deeper in arrears than they actually were, for two others at least of the shots from the Everton front line were dangerously near the mark and certainly deserved a better fate. One of these occasions was when Turner put the ball across the Preston goal amazingly close, and the other when just before the interval, Freeman created quite a shock his opponents in topping the bar with a rising shot. These and other attacks were some of the principal features of a tame first half, when Everton had the advantage of play but were repeatedly checked by the worrying and resolute work of the halves, and the backs. There were certainly no half measures on the part of Rodway, and Macfadyen, who plunged into it fearlessly, and prevented more calamitous results. In this spirit of resoluteness there was sometimes an inclination to be tougher than was necessary and Macconnachie, Freeman and Makepeace received special attention in this direction. Equality sound too, was the home defence and came alert of the few opportunities which “Proud Preston” obtained for getting in the zone of danger may be gathered from the fact that William Scott6 had not a real shot to deal with throughout the first half. There was more spirit infused into the play after crossing over but still the football was rarely of a high quality. Thompson, who had been somewhat overshadowed so far, suddenly came into prominence with a couple of shots within a short interval of each other, one of which Scott easily draft with, and the other went on the side of the netting. The Preston goal once very narrowly escaped when Macfedyen cleared in the nick of time after McBride had been deserved with the ball. Everton came with characteristic force after this, and were rewarded with their two goals, these honours falling to Young and White respectively.
WHERE EVERTON SHONE.
Considering the stout defence, which was put up against them. Everton may be said to have preformed very satisfactorily, even though as stated their play was not of the best. The forward line was good in combination and method, and in midfield there was frequently some nice open play. It was when they advanced towards the opposing backs that they movements were dislocated. But their form gave promise of better things, and throughout to prove an invincible quintet “Waitie” White found a place at inside right through Lacey being still unfit as a result of last week's injury, and the vacuities could not have been more adequately or efficiently filled. White soon showed himself on the warpath, and whilst he made the most of his opportunities his play was at times very uneven. He required a great deal of watching. His partner Pinkney although playing a useful game, was not on top of his form, and some of his finishes lacked purpose. Turner and Freeman were always in the picture, giving most trouble for their opponents, whilst “Sandy” Young co-operated very effectively. Of the half-back line Makepeace caught the eye most frequently making openings for the front line, but Bob Younger was less prominent than usual. The two backs were always safe, Balmer especially kicking and clearing his lines in fine style. As to Scott, had light work he had to do was perfectly discharged.
On Saturday's form the Preston front line calculated to give confidence. Some occasional pretty movements were noticeable, but there was a remarkable weakness, or lack of tact when in front of goal, and they could make little headway against the well-organised efforts of Makepeace and Co. The best work came from D. McLeon and Winterhalmer in the first half, the former Everton winger showing a good turn of speed and dashing along in promising style. Thompson did not show much form, until the second half, when he started with two attempts at scoring. He was too well watched by Makepeace. The halves fought valiantly, though they proved themselves more apt in defensive tactics than in making play for their forwards. Wareing was by far the pick. He is a clever young back, who will doubtless be heard a lot of in the future. Preston have a great deal to thank Rodway and Macfayden for. Both worked like Trojans, and time after time extricated the side from difficulties. McBride kept a good goal. Teams : - Everton: - William Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Pinkney, White, Freeman, A. Young, and Turner, forwards. Preston North End: - McBride, goal, McFayden, and Rodway, backs, J. McLean, W. Wareing, and Lyon (Captain), half-backs, R. Thompson, Bannister, D. McLean, Mounteley, and R. Winterhalmer, forwards. Referee J. Mason.
PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 0
September 12 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 2)
Everton have played two games this season, and have lost both. They were beaten 2-1 at Glossop on the opening day, and suffered defeat at Preston on Saturday by two clear goals. Everton's forward work was poor, but the defenders did well, Walter Scott keeping goal cleverly. Everton: - Walter Scott goal, Clifford, and Stevenson, backs, J. Davies, Borthwick, and Weller half-backs, A. Berry, Lacey, Ness, Gourlay, and Barlow, forwards.
September 13, 1910 Liverpool Evening Express
By the Critic
The Everton Combination team usually start off in a winning vein, but it was not until last evening that the second string secured their first victory in the Combination tourney. It is not a common occurrence for three internationals to turn out in a reserve team, but there were three players who have played in international football seen out in the “Blues” team last evening, when Bolton Wanderers Reserves visited the Park. I refer to Arthur Berry, G.H. Berry, and Llew Davies, the two former players having assisted England and Davies Wales. It was a fairly interesting game but the Wanderers fell off considerably, and in the later stages Everton had pretty much their own way and won by four goals to nil. It was satisfactory to note that Arthur Berry was in trim, and it is evident that the South African tour has not done him any harm. The amateur has a had nice style, and it would not surprise me in the least if he is chosen for the first team before long. His speed last evening was noticeable and with a good partner he would of a great value. I was pleased too, to see G.H. Barlow showing capital form, and his understanding with Llew Davies led to the winger putting the ball across accurately on many occasions. Llew Davies is indeed a clever half-back and his display last evening created a most favourable impression. The Blues are well off for half backs with such men as Davies, Allan, Borthwick, Weller, and Jack Taylor waiting to show up in the League team. The centre forward Ness, was another outstanding figure. This player joined the Everton Club from Scarborough and when he had undergone a course of training he may turn out to be a most useful centre. He is well built and has plenty of weight, and although rather crude in his methods, he can shoot with great force and in the match last evening he scored two fine goals. Gourley, too showed excellent form, and he scored a goal, whilst the referee Mr. Hargreaves of Blackpool, disallowed another point which appeared to be legitimate enough.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 0
September 13 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 3)
Following two successive defeats, Everton gained their initial victory in the competition at Goodison Park last evening when they defeated Bolton Wanderers by four goals to nil. Everton were a much better side than in the previous contests, and were full value for the points. The visitors vanguard got little opportunity to display their skill, being well held by the Everton defence. Still, being well held by the Everton defence, in foot, Scott had few difficult shots to deal with. On the other hand, the Everton forwards did must of the aggressive work. G.H.Barlow made his initial appearance and played well, although Arthur Berry, on the opposite wing was more successful, and was from one of his centres that Everton scored their first goal, the ball being turned into the net by Stott, one of the backs defences. Ness was given a further trial in the centre, and scored the second and fourth goals with fast ground drives. During the game he got in several hard drives which caused Newton some trouble, but his work was much below the Everton standard. Gourlay was tricky and resourceful, and led many well-conceived movements. Before the finish he had the satisfaction of recording a third goal for the Blues. The Everton halves –Weller, Borthwick, and L. Davies –were an excellent trio, and when the Bolton forwards did make trains for Scott they were quickly and effectively subdued. Teams : - Everton: - Walter Scott, goals, Clifford, and Stevenson, backs Weller, Borthwick, and L. Davies, half-backs, A. berry, White, Ness, Gourlay, and G.H. Barlow, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Newton, goal, Stott, and Hall, backs, Robinson, Freebury, and Owen, half-backs, Whiteside, Marsh, Shinton, Jones, and Vizard, forwards.
EVERTON TEAM TO MEET NOTTS
Liverpool Evening Express –Wednesday 14 September 1910
By The Critic
Arthur Berry at Outside-Left
Everton journey to the Lace capital to try conclusions with the County, and quite a Struggle should ensue. Main interest just now, however, centres in the team duty. The directors held their usual meeting last evening, when the sides to meet Notts and Burnley Reserves respectively were chosen. One change was made in the eleven to do duty at Nottingham compared with the side which defeated Preston North End. Arthur Berry coming in for Pinkney. The following the full team: —William Scott; Balmer and Maconnachie; Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace; A. Berry, White. Freeman, Young, and Turner. The amateur showed on Monday that he is in form, and he should fill the position satisfactorily. Pinkney was unable to do justice to himself last week, his form being very moderate, but he is young, and can afford to spend a term in the Combination team, where he will gain experience. White and Berry ought to make capital wing. Lacey has recovered from his injury, but he is taking a run in the Reserves team. Arthur Berry turned out in a few matches for the League eleven last season, and I find that he opposed Notts County last April, so that the Lacemen are no strangers to him. It will remember that the Blues came under the ban of the authorities for not fulfilling their engagement at the appointed time. The Goodison club were fined £50 on that occasion, but on appeal the fine was remitted. There is no such disagreement on the carpet Just now, so that Everton make the journey to the Lace capital Saturday morning by the 10.5 train from Lime-street. Allen travels reserve.
After all the trouble last year, when the match did come off, Everton had the audacity to beat the County, and it should not be beyond their power to repeat the victory. As showing the changes which teams undergo in the course of a few month. I may mention that there are but four players due to turn out on Saturday who took part in the corresponding match last season, these being Maconnachie, Makepeace, Berry, and Turner. The match will, of course, take place on the new ground the Notts County club. The teams have met on the old ground Trent Bridge in 18 League games, and I find that honours fairly even in these long series matches. The clubs are very old opponents, and they took part in the competition when it first started in 1888-89. Of the 18 games Everton have won 8 and Notts County 7, whilst the remaining were drawn. It will be seen, therefore, that Everton hold the advantage. In the early games the carried off the spoils, end it was not until 1891-92 that the Blues won at Nottingham, but since then they have done very well and have lost but once in the in the last seven meetings. The Blues have scored 28 goals, against 27 by their opponent. Everything, therefore, points to an interesting game on Saturday when the teams meet for the first time on the new ground. The new enclosure, which is not far from the old quarters, has been laid out a cost about £7.000. Upon the land acquired on lease from the Corporation immediate accommodation has been provided for 35.000 spectators, the site affording possibility of increasing this by another 15,000. As stated previously Pinkney drops out the Everton first team make room for Arthur Berry, and Pinkney and Lacey turn out for the Reserves. An interesting feature of the Reserve match at Goodison Park is the re appearance of John Taylor. The veteran has not played since he sustained that injury in the Cup semi final at Old Trafford and much interest will centred in the veteran's Jack is a wonderful player, and all will be pleased see him in active warfare once more. G. H. Barlow also turns out, and the full team to oppose Burnley Reserve is Walter Scott: Stevenson and J. C. Bardsley; Weller Taylor, and Llew Davies; Pinkney. Lacey, Ness. Gourley, and G. H. Barlow'.
September 15, 1910. The Evening Express
One is delighted to see Jack Sharp still making runs. At the Oval yesterday the ex-Everton captain was seen at his best when he complied a fine 103 not out for the Rest of England versus Champion County, Kent. He knocked up 50 in the first innings, so that he has wound up the season in brilliant style. He played splendid cricket throughout his innings. Sharp appears to have a great liking for the Oval, and it was on this ground last year that he made the only century scored against Australia in the Test match campaign.
EVERTON AT NOTTINGHAM
September 16, 1910. Liverpool Evening Express
Everton travel to Nottingham tomorrow morning by the 10.5 train, and the kick-off is timed for 3.15. There is no change reported in the constitution of the team selected. This game should be worth seeing, but it is generally acknowledged that the Blues must improve on last Saturday's form if they are to make any impression on the sturdy Notts' defenders. The fact that the County defeated the City at Manchester last Saturday is ample proof of their ability, and they can be depended on to try their best to gain their first victory on their new ground at the expense of the Blues. But Everton defeated the men of the lace capital last April, and I think they will escape defeat tomorrow. The result will be anxiously awaited and I may remind enthusiasts that the “Football Express” will contain a full report of this game, together will all important league and other contests.
Everton Res v Burnley Res
Liverpool Evening Express-Saturday 17 September 1910
Everton commenced this season in anything but championship form, for out three matches played they have only annexed two out possible six. For this match a very strong team was placed in the field, which included the veteran, Jack Taylor, who was making first appearance of the season Teams; — Everton.-Scott (Walter) goal; Stevenson and J. C. Bardsley, backs; Weller, Taylor, and Davies (Llew ). Half-backs; Pinkney. Lacey, Ness. Gourley, and G. H. Barlow, forwards. Burnley.—Turner, goal; Bamford and Smith barks; Dodd. Hogarth, and Watson, half backs; Greenshaw, Bates, Leeburg, Lindlay. And Davies, forwards. The Burnlev men were the first make progress, but Jack Taylor soon made his presence felt with a timely tackle and clearance. A long pass to Pinkney set the home forwards in motion, and Ness looked like making an opening, when he was depossessed by Hogarth. A pretty movement by the home left did not come to anything, for Gourlay overdid the dribbling game, and was eventually overcome by numbers. A fine long shot by Taylor, which only just missed by inches, was loudly applauded. Another good movement by the Barlow and Gourlay ended in the latter shooting past the post. Llew Davies then tried his luck with a long shot but his aim was at fault, after Gourlay had a shot turned around the post for abortive corner. Llew Davies fouled the Burnley Davies just outside the penalty line. The visitors did not make much use of the free kick, for Scott rushed out goal and kicked well down the field. Everton were soon in the visitors quarters again, and clever manipulation by Gourley enabled Barlow to get a fine centre, which Lacey turned over the bar. Everton were dead out of luck with their shooting, for all the forwards made attempts to capture the Burnley goal, but the ball seemed to travel anywhere but into the net. A Lightning sprint by the Burnley Davies looked ominous for the Blues, but Greenshaw with open goal shot wide, and a moment later the same another missed another likely chance. After this the Blues had matters all their own way, and eventually Lacey scored with a fine ground shot, which rebounded off the post into the net. Ness then hit the post with a thunderbolt shot, but this time the ball rebounded into play. At the other end Leebury got in a fine shot, which Scott turned round the post for Abortive corner. In an attack on the home goal Scott left his charge, and Barddey assumed the role of a keeper, and fisted out a shot. Watson scored from the resulting penalty kick. Half time—Everton 1. Burnley 1.
NOTTS COUNTY 0 EVERTON 0
September 19, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
HONOURS DIVIDEN AT NOTTS.
A STRENUOUS GAME.
By sharing the points with the County Club at Nottingham, Everton may be said to have accomplished an exceptionally smart performance. Yet the quality of their play was not convincing, and but for some exceptionally smart work in the last lines of defence quite a different tale would have to be told. The general character of forward play left much to be desired. The first and second portion of the game stood out in marked contrast. In the initial period, although facing a strong breeze, the play was well distributed and general movements were suggestive of an ultimate triumph. During the second half there was presented quite the reverse side of the picture. The work of the inside forwards dwindled into comparative insignificance, with the result, that clever and resourceful wingers had perforce to forage for themselves. During the greater portion of this half the County players were most aggressive, but, fortunately for Everton, they were up against a resolute set of backs, and a keeper whose work was well nigh perfect. There were occasions when both sets of forwards were easy openings, but they lacked the necessary polish at the final stage.
From an Everton point of view, interest was mainly centred on the right wing, which in previous games had not come up to expectation. It was hoped that the inclusion of Arthur Berry would remove the unrest that had prevailed concerning the quarter. As events transpired there was no cause for alarms on Saturday, for the amateur displayed smart footwork, showed a capital turn of speed, and swung the ball across with good judgement. It was during the first half, when the work was being distributed, that Berry was seen at his best. Naturally he was at a disadvantage in the second portion, when inside forward play was at a very low level. Yet even then he made the most of whatever came his way. At the other end of the line Turner was in one of the best moods, and there could be no losing slight of the fact that Everton's wing play was one of the striking features of a somewhat strenuous game. Both were badly neglected in the later stages, and this was most disappointing, following as it did upon the assiduous attention accorded during the first forty-five minutes, of play. A sustained effort in the centre would have had a material influence upon the game, and should this be forthcoming there is no reason why the line represented the club on Saturday should not hold its own.
The half-back play of Everton was satisfactory throughout, and it is pleasing to place on record a vast improvement in the play of the ex-Middlesbrough recruit. His fearless tackling when the Notts forwards were at close quarters was of great service to his side, while his play throughout indicated that he was become more conversant with the methods adopted by those on either side of him. Makepeace was the most effective half back on the field. His tackling was clean and his placing beautifully timed, but the pity was that those in front did not put his able display to advantage. Harris also accomplished much good work, though he too frequently, came under the notice of the referee for infringements. One has come to expect much from Balmer, and Macconnachie, and though they put up a stout defence their clearing was not as forceful and accurate as usual. Scott kept a wonderful goal. There were times when at close quarters, he appeared well beaten, but he came through a ruck of players, and in this matter he seemed to bear a charmed existence. One save from Cantrell –a hot ground shot –he stopped on the line, and there were other efforts that brought out the Irishman's great skill as a custodian. Iremonger was not undully tested, just before time Freeman gave him a couple of hot drives to negotiate. The full backs offered strenuous resistance to the Everton forwards, and while the halves compared well with the visiting trio, the best work of the forwards came from the inside men, who displayed a bustle, and activity that might with advantage be emulated by the “Blues.” Summing up, it was a spirited game throughout, with the County the more aggressive side. Some dissatisfaction attended a ruling of the referee in the final portion in regard to a claim for a goal by Notts. After a severe bombardment, Richards, who was just a yard or from goal, drove the ball against the under portion of the crossbar into the net. Notts claimed that Richards got possession from Scott, and was thus onside, but the referee on consulting the linesmen, upheld Everton's appeal, and disallowed the point. Teams: - Notts County: - Iremonger, goal, Griffiths, and Montogemery (captain), backs, Emberton, Clamp, and Craythorne, half-backs, Dean, Matthews, Cantwell, Richards, and Waterall, forwards. Everton: - William Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, A Berry, White, Freeman, A. Young, and Turner, forwards. Referee H.P. Lewis.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 BURNLEY RESERVES 1
September 19, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 4)
That Everton are regaining the form that won for them the championship last year was evidenced on Saturday when they defeated Burnley by 3 goals to 1. The forwards gave a vastly improved display, especially Lacey and Gourlay who believed a shooting hard and often. In the first half each side scored, Lacey for Everton and Watson for Burnley from a penalty against Bardsley for handling. The second half was Everton's, the Burnley men never being able to get going, and before the finish Gourlay placed two goals to the credit of his side. Jack Taylor made his first appearance of the season, and without unduly exerting himself played a clever and heady game. Everton: - William Scott, goal, Stevenson and Bardsley, backs, Weller, J. Taylor, and J. Davies, half-backs, Pinkney, Lacey, Ness, Gourlay, and Barlow, forwards.
EVERTON’S BELATED WIN
Athletic News - Monday 19 September 1910
It was only in the concluding stages of the game at Goodison Park that the champions managed to secure the lead from Burnley. Lacey scored in the first half but Hogarth obtained one from a penalty, and matters remained thus until seven minutes from time, when Gourlay registered a couple of clever goals. Everton thus won by three goals to one, but their form was not very convincing. Pinkney was not so successful on the extreme right, and the pick of the forwards were Lacey and the amateur G.H. Barlow. The veteran John D. Taylor, appeared at centre-half, but it is evident he is completely out of form.
SCOTT SAVES EVERTON
Athletic News - Monday 19 September 1910
Notts County 0, Everton 0
Notts are still languishing for their first victory on their new ground. They made strenuous efforts to achieve success in their match with Everton but all were in vain. This was mainly due to the looseness of the attack. Their forwards played with rare spirit and carried out many clever movements, but near to goal they were not at all convincing. At the same time they were responsible for attempts which thoroughly deserved to succeed, and with a less resourceful and stubborn defence than that of Everton they would have won easily. Up to the interval Everton were quite as good a team as Notts. Their forwards were smart and dashing and attacked with great determination. Their efforts to score, like those of Notts, were, however, somewhat feeble, and in the second half, with one exception, they amounted to next to nothing. Everton indeed, fell away very considerably. They seldom made any progress, and it was not until the finish was at hand that they made a really good attack. The defence stood the heavy strain to which it was put with great skill, Scott in goal gaining every admiration.
An off-Side Goal
The spectators marveled at his ability in the first minute, for, upon Waterall placing a corner kick, Matthews appeared to head through. Scott, however, cleared triumphantly. He also dealt cleverly with a close shot by Dean, and he was only once ebaten, this being when dean, Cantrell, and Richards bundled the ball through. Much to the disgust of the home side and their supporters the referee, after consulting one of the linesmen, disallowed the point on the ground that the offside rule had been infringed. Iremonger had to deal with a few simple shots in the second half, and the end had almost been reached before Freeman made two grand attempts. The Notts keeper was, however, equal to them. The duties of Scott were far more arduous. Twice he had to face Cantell, who had got clear of the backs, but ewach time he managed to foil him. There was probably most danger to his goal when he ran out to clear upon both the backs in front of him miskicking. He merely knocked the ball to Cantrell but that player was not well placed, and all he could do was to head past the post.
The Promise Of Richards
Richards is a local youth who seems destined to make a name for himself. He is fast, clever, and plucky, but is rather wanting in height and weight. He and Waterall were certainly the better wing. It was gratifying to see Cantrell exhibiting something like his old form. He was fast, and if he failed with his delightful dashes he could not be blamed. Dean was over shadowed by Macconnachie and did little with the openings made for him by his partner. The half-backs were strong, Embertson and Clamp playing finely, and the veterans Montgomery and Griffiths once more came out with flying colours. Iremonger’s work was not nearly so difficult as that of Scott, but he was quite safe. Macconnachie played a great game for Everton and Balmer was useful. The intermediate line of the visitors was also one of merit. Freeman did not get many opportunities, and though Young worked hard, he was weak near goal. Turner put in some capital work, and White and Berry were a moderate right wing. Notts _Iremonger; Griffiths, Montgomery; Emberton, Clamp, Craythorne; Dean, Matthews, Cantrell, Richards, and Waterall. Everton; Scott; Balmer, Macconnachie; Harris, Young (R.), Makepeace; A. Berry, White, Freeman, Young (A.), and Turner. Referee; Mr. H.P. Lewis, Rotherham.
September 24, 1910. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Manchester United visits Goodison Park, and are sure to gave a stern fight. The Everton forwards line has again undergone a change, Freeman had been omitted, and Sandy Young moved into the centre to occupy his old position as leader. Gourlay has been given his first change this season playing as partner to Tuner. The United's team reads exceptionally strong.
EVERTON MANCHESTER UNITED. (Draw, 3-3. last April.)
Liverpool Evening Express –Saturday 24 September 1910
Past and Exciting Game.
Scott's Brilliant Saves.
The meeting between these powerful clubs produces very interesting games, and it was evident that the first engagement the clubs this season at Goodison Park would not be lacking in this respect. The United have so far been performing very successfully, being particularly strong in the forward and half-back departments of the team, and it recognized that Everton would have to give their very best if they were to take the two points. Everton resorted to changes in the not too certain forward line, “Sandy” operating the centre. Whilst Gourlay and Lacey occupied places. The were at full strength. The weather was dull and threatening. But still there would fully 20.000 spectators present at the start. Teams: — Everton: Wm .Scott, and Maconnchie; Harris. R Young, and Makepeace; A Berry. Lacey, Young, Gourlay. And Turner United Moger ; Holden and Stacey. Duckworth, Roberts, and Bell; Meredith, Halse. West. Turnbull, and Wall. Referee: J Tykes.
Manchester won the toss, and " Sandy" Young started for Everton. Who were at once prominent. Turner centering nicely on two occasions. Sandy Young, when an opening seemed possible, unfortunately missed kick After a short stoppage owing to a slight in Roberts, play was resumed, and was applauded for the neat manner which
The Everton next passed to Turner, but the winger kicked too far forward the ball went behind. So far all the play had been in the Manchester half, but a free against Maconnachie enabled the visitors to obtain a footing the Everton half. A smart sprint by Arthur Berry looked promising, but the United backs proved very safe. Lacey was penalized for offside. A nice bit of work by Young and Turner gave Gourlay an opening, but unfortunately for the Blues his shot was diverted by Bell. Immediately after this Meredith showed one of his charactiersed dribbles, and the crowd for crowd applauded Makepeace for cleverly dispossessing the famous winger. The next item of note was dash through the Everton defence by Bell, who. After tricking a couple of opponents, fired in a shot with great force, bringing Scott to his knees. It was a fine effort the on part of the visitors' half back, and the work of the home custodian was equally fine. The assembly reveled in this spicy bit of play. The Everton right wing were penalized for being off side, Wing off, but generally the front line was going admirably. Sandy Young once broke through but was charged off the ball by Roberts at the critical moment. There been had been plenty of excitement up to this point, and the next item of interest was a nice effort by Wall, but the outside's lefts went too far forward for Meredith to reach the ball. Everton dashed away again, but the United backs were
NOT TO BE CAUGHT
napping Roberts relieved his lines for Wall at the other end to drive in a shot which just scraped the bar. Everton v Manchester United There was abundant spirit in the play in the play up to this, both sides being seen to excellent advantage. If anything, Everton were little better than their opponents, although Roberts, Stacey, and Holden defended without fault. Some the offside decisions evidently did not please the crowd. During a nice passing bout between Turner and Gourlay, Lacey missed a chance, and the move came to an abrupt conclusion when Gourley was tripped, the free kick coming to nothing. A terrific shot from Arthur Berry was cleverly kept out by Moger. The Everton amateur being warmly greeted by the crowd. Then, at the other end, Wall sent over. The front line were Taking full advantage of their opportunities and kept the United backs busy. There seemed to be better understanding between them than the previous matches. They were, however, keenly looked after by the United halves who struck to them most resolutely. Thus the shooting on the home side was rendered less effective than would otherwise have been the case. Manchester forwards were always dangerous when they broke away but Makepeace, Young, and Harris rarely allowed them any scope. Once however. Wall got right through, only to disappoint the Manchester supporters by placing right across the goal and outside. Some nice play by the Everton forwards, in which Gourlay was prominent, came in for special notice, but try as they would, the home team not find opening owing the
Of the other side. Moger caught and cleared a nice centra from Berry, and then rather too much finesse in front goal spoiled a very promising movement by Everton "Sandy" Young was always well marked by Roberts, and his play was consequently not so telling. The game was being fought with exceptional gusto, and Jack was as good as his master. For a few minutes, however, there was a little slackness, the ball going into touch several times either side. At last, however. Meredith received the ball from the right, and dribbling in he banged in a shot, which Scott fortunate enough to stop with his outstretched leg. It was narrow escape for Everton, for Scott did not appear know where the ball was. The leather rebounded to Meredith, and a rather exciting tussle ensued. Robert Young cleared, and the Blues dashed to the other end, where Berry was spoiled by Holden. United came again, and this time Halse shot over the bar. The last few minutes, before the interval produced some rare and exciting football and after a struggle in the visitors goal, where Sandy Young almost did the trick, the visitors' left wing again made progress, but the move was frustrated. The Everton centre caused the crowd to shout when he drove in a hard shot, which was not far off the mark. The interval arrived with no score Half-Time; EVERTON 0 MANCHESTER 0
It had been a remarkably keen struggle all through the first half, there being much applauded on both sides. Taken altogether, the front line showed an improvement, but the feature of the play was the sterling work both sets of halves, Roberts and Makepeace for their respective sides being especially prominent.
Victory for United
Blues Miss Changes
Narrow Escapes of Visitors
On resuming, the first thing to attract attention was weak effort in front of goal by the Everton centre. The home forwards were once aggressive, and Berry centred finely, but Gourlay shot weak, and the Manchester came away with a dash and Turnbull got clean through and scored a fine goal, Scott having chance with the shot, which entered the net high up. This, the first goal of the game naturally pleased the visiting supporters. West next tested Scott with long shot, the goalkeeper this time taking the ball well and clearing. At the other end Sandy Young dribbled through in great style, but his parting effort was just wide the mark. Everton did not slacken their efforts, and in a rundown Berry again showed adroitness in his footwork, completely outwitting Bell and Stacey before parting with the ball. Turner on the other wing was working hard. From a centre from the winger the Manchester goal had a narrow escape, Roberts clearing when the downfall the citadel seemed imminent. There could be no question about the visitors being
OUT FOR BLOOD,
For Turnbull hit the post with a terrific shot. A pass by Young went a begging because no one was near enough, and Holder Kicked to the centre, Lacey received a slight injury, but resumed, and a free kick was taken by Berry whose shot was wide of the mark. The Blues' forwards lacked nothing in determination, but their efforts in front of goad were rendered useless by the unfaltering play of the Manchester halves. Somehow there was a strange fate about their shots. Turner, from a centre by Lacey just dropping one over the bar; whilst shortly afterwards a long shot from Lacey went the wrong way. West bowled Macconnachie over unceremoniously at the Everton end. An exciting episode now occurred. Mogar I allowed the ball to past him, seemingly waiting for it over the line, but Lacey made a despairing effort and prevented it going outside. He promptly dropped the ball right front of the goal, and apparently in his anxiety he lifted it over the bar, a
SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE FEAT.
The crowd yelled with disappointment. It was not Everton's day out evidently, for they unfortunate in not drawing level. Immediately after this incident Young headed just over the bar from corner, and then the centre forward the misfortune to see another drive from his foot graze the cross-bar. These startling Incidents aroused the crowds to great excitement, but Everton could do nothing right near goal, although on their play they did not deserve to be in arrears. After this prolonged pressure the United got away, and Hulse sent in a terrific shot, which Scott save in fine style Towards the close Everton pressed vigorously, but still matters would not go right with them in their efforts, although actual play they were certainly giving the United a hard time.
Final Result; MANCHESTER U 1 EVERTON 0 The goal scorer was Turnbull for Manchester United.
Athletic News - Monday 26 September 1910
Everton 0, Manchester United 1
The 30,000 people at Goodison Park must have thought the match between Everton and Manchester United somewhat disappointing, and theplay below the standard of the two clubs. In the first place the passing of the forwards on both sides was often inaccurate, and, generally, the defenders triumphed. Everton did a great deal of running about without making being able to score, and, indeed, without making more than one or two attempts at goal that could really be called good. The United forward line also was disjointed, and the menu seemed unable to combine as one might expect, but if it be true that their attacks were few, and those of Everton many, it is equally true that they not only scored the solitary goal of the match, but, also that they made twice as many shots as the home vanguard. Altogether they were a more forceful and formidable set in front of goal.
Trials For Everton
Everton opened well enough, but an excellent square centre by Turner failed, and Gourlay missed when well placed a little later. The United seemed quite placed a little later. The United seemed quite unable to get the ball accurately to their outside men, and yet they were decidedly the more business-like set. Save for a few nice centres by Arthur Berry and one long, straight shot by the same player the home men were quite unable to make any headway at close quarters. Once Makepeace, who played a fine game, mark you, nearly hit the corner flag with an attempt at goal. Matters were different at the other end. Both Wall and Halse missed by a few inches with drives that thrilled, and Scott had to fall and smother a fast, low ball from Duckworth, while when Meredith, at ten yards range, fired away from the goalkeeper, someone –Balmer, I think –happened to be in the corner of the goal, and met the ball with his leg. Sandy Young, who tried hrd enough to encourage his wings, made one good effort, but was a foot wide, and, in the main, that is the story of the opening half.
The Only Goal
Again Everton began the second half well, but the story of their experiences at close quarters was continued, and in fourteen minutes Turnbull won the match in brilliant fashion. Near the centre line Roberts pushed the ball along the centre, and West went ahead and glided if forward to Burnbull. Balmer challenged him, but a clever turn of the foot left the back beaten, and the United’s burly inside left found himself in the centre and well in front of Scott. The ball was just wide of his right foot, and as he was tackled again he screwewd it high into the angle of the goal at an amazing pace. To the end of the game the Manchester men spent nearly all their time in defending. Twice only did Everton look like scoring. Once Moger made an extraordinary blunder that nearly cost his side dearly. Stacey just saved the situation after Duckworth and the goalkeeper had allowed the ball to go. The other moment of goal peril for Moger was when he and “Sandy” Young, who had ran up, wheeled, and challenged him. Turnbull shot against the goal post, and Scott saved finely from Wall.
The Everton defence was excellent. I always did like Macconnachie, and he played a beautiful game, whilst Balmer kicked finely. There was no question as to Makepeace being the best of a good half-back line, and Young was the forward of the side, though Turner and Berry did not do badly. The line lacked finishing power. As I have indicated, the Manchester forwards did not work at all smoothly, and the outside men can never have bene less prominent. It was not their fault; they did not get the ball. West and Halse worked hard, but Turnbull was the man on the line. I thought United had a very fine half-back line. Bell had not the pace of his two comrades, but he was cool and clever, while Roberts played splendidly, and was an outstanding figure all through the match. Holden and Stacey were a strong pair of backs, and there was no flaw in a defence which was tried to the utmost. Everton; Scott (W.); Balmer (R.), Maccnnachie; Harris, Young (R), Makepeace; A. Berry, Lacey, Young (A.). Gourlay, and Turner. Manchester United; Moger; Holden, Stacey; Duckworth, Roberts, Bell; Meredith, Halse, West, Turnbull, and Wall. Referee; Mr. J. Sykes, Stockport.
EVERTON 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 1
September 26, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
FAST GAME AT GOODISON.
EVERTON DETERMINUED BUT UNSUCCESSFUL.
The vast crowd at Goodison Park were entertained to an exhibition of football after their own heart. Manchester United were the visitors; that a long way toward explaining why the play was so much superior and wholly interesting to anything, which has been witnessed on the Everton, ground not only during the present but for a considerable portion of last season. The United seem to have set a standard of merit which demands that their opponents must go all the way if they wish to avoid their record being tarnished. It acts, as it were, as a healthy stimulant upon the other side, urging them on to better performances, and levelling things up all round. So it was on Saturday. Every man of the twenty-two played as if his existence depended upon the issue. There were no laggards, but each man was a trier and had some share in the good things provided.
EVERTON PRINCIPAL ACCRESSORS.
Under these circumstances the low scoring is not surprising. Only a goal separated the teams at the finish, and that was gained by the United, who, however, many be considered a trifle fortunate in winning by such a narrow margin. It certainly did not accurately reflects the balance of play, which rested with Everton. For three-quarters of the game they were the chief aggressors, but they were once more haunted by the spectra of misdirected effort in front of goal, although it must be said that more than once they had hard lines. For a period in the second half it was astonishing how the Manchester goal escaped capture. Moger was tested, and the tall custodian never faltered.
A HOT PACE.
Play went at a rattling pace all through. Both sides quickly got into their stride, and a chapter of exceptionally stirring movements was the result. The play of the respective forwards lines was pretty and attractive in its essentials of combination, but it was soon quite evident that on either side it would have little chance against the sterling work of the respective rearguards. These departments were in wonderfully fine trim, and well-executed movements by the forwards were repeatedly broken up by the daring and timely intervention of those behind. The backs, indeed, seemed always a stronger quantity than the forwards especially the two lines of halves. Makepeace, for Everton, and Roberts, the United man, being par excellence. There was thus little chance of the attack, dangerous as it often was on both sides being able to fulfil its purpose. Once, however, just before the interval the wily Meredith managed to steal through, and the spectators were breathless when he sent in a terrific shot which Scott only saved by the nearest chance. He just managed to stop it with his outstretched leg –a narrow escape. The United goal came early in the second half through “Sandy” Turnbull, who, taking advantage of a pass from West, sent in high up out of the reach of Scott. It was impossible to do anything with it. Everton strove tremendously hard in this half to draw level, and there were numerous attempts, but without success. One incident was watched with breathless interest as a goal for Everton seemed imminent “Sandy” Young missed the ball from Turner, and it went to one side of the Manchester goal, Moger, apprehending no danger, waited for it to run over the goal line, but to his intense surprise Lacey had quietly gained possession and kicked the ball across the then empty goal. Fortunately for Manchester, one of their backs promptly came to the rescue and saved at the expense of a corner. The United were extremely lucky in saving their goal on this occasion.
PROBLEM OF THE FORWARDS.
Save for their ill-judged attempts at goal in the second half, the Evertonians gave a creditable display, and short of winning they appeared to please their supporters more than at any other time this season. The problem, which has offered most difficulty up to the present is the forward line, and naturally the experiments tried on Saturday, were watched with interest. “Sandy” Young was once again seen leading the attack, and he certainly initiated some clever movements, and played with plenty of dash. If his shooting was not as deadly at it once was there is nevertheless some quality in it, and the handful, he presented Moger with towards the finish was a regular teaser. The whole of the front line was always in grim earnest. Arthur Berry dribbled and passed with much adroitness, rounding Holden on several occasions. He is certainly at present form for the League team. Gourlay had a hand in most of the things that happened, and he thoroughly deserved his place whilst Turner headed in his usually cool manner. With a less capable half-back line than the Manchester United, the home forwards would have been very dangerous. A quintette that could successfully cope with a trio like that of Manchester on the form they showed on Saturday would be wonderful indeed. On the whole, then, the experiments worked, and if they did not bring about points, they, however, may be looked upon as a step in the right direction. Macconnachie played a great game.
The United, judged by Saturday's display are a power this season. In their methods science is coupled with high efficiently, and thus well equipped they will prove a very hard nut to crack. Their forwards move along with machine-like precision, and are fast, tricky, and resourceful. Meredith wears well, and when he gets an opening he is still exceedingly difficult to stop. He is yet a football “star” and likely to remain so for some time. But it was the half-back line, which seized hold of the spectators most. They played a worrying game all through and always gave those in front a splendid backing. Nothing seemed to go wrong with them. Stacey and Holden made no mistake about their kicking, nor were these backs ever in any real difficulty; if they were they quickly righted themselves. With the exception of the blunder in the second half, which might easily have cost the United a goal, Moger kept his charge admirably. Teams: - Everton: - William Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, A. Berry, Lacey, A. Young, Gourlay, and Turner, forwards. Manchester United: - Moger, goal, Holden, and Stacey, backs, Duckworth, Roberts (Captain), and Bell, half-backs, Meredith, Halse, West, Turnbull, and Wall, forwards. Referee J. Sykes.
MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 3
September 26, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 5)
Everton's second string gained a smart victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, the margin in favour of the visitors being three goals to nil. There was not much between the teams in the first half, but after the change of ends. Everton took the game in hand, and Pinkney and Ness (2) scored. Everton were value for their big victory, for while their defence were very safe, the forwards showed smart form. The two goals scored by Ness were smart efforts, and it is evident Everton have in him a promising reserve centre. Everton: - Walter Scott goal, Stevenson, and J.C. bardsley, backs Allan Borthwick, and Llew Davies, half-backs, Pinkney, White, Ness, Magner, and Mountford (Captain), half-backs
EVERTON v. MANCHESTER UNITED.
Yorkshire Post-Monday 26 September 1910
Fine though dull weather prevailed for this match, and there were 20,000 spectators. Everton played Young at centre forward instead of Freeman, whilst Gourley partnered Arthur Berry. The United played their strongest team. Play was of a fast description. Everton were the more dangerous side, Moger having mere to than Scott. Play was interesting right up the interval, but there was scoring. There were fully 30,000 spectators when the game was resumed. Everton once showed up prominently, but first Young and then shot wide. The United came away, however, and Turnbull, forcing his way through, scored a fine goal for the visitors. Turnbull later hit the post with a strong drive. Everton later made incursions without avail, but the United goal had many narrow escapes near the finish. Result:—Manchester United 1 goal, Everton none.
Everton and Reserves notes
Liverpool Evening Express-Tuesday 27 September 1910
It will be noticed that Everton have called upon 14 players only up to the present. In September last year Everton played 7 matches compared with 5 this season, Freeman scored 9 goals last September, but he can claim but. 2 now. It is a remarkable fact that a team like Everton have only been able to score 4 goals in five games. It is hardly compliment the Blues' front line. An interesting championship match took place last evening at Goodison Park between Everton Res. and Glossop Res., the leaders of the Lancashire Combination Divisions last season. Everton prevailed by the narrow margin of one goal nil, but does not by any means give a fair reflex the play (says colleague). The Blues were easily the superior side, and the visitor's goal was constantly in danger. The Blues had only themselves to blame for only notching one point, for their work in front of goal lamentably weak. Ness was the goal scorer, and came about a very unusual manner. Everton were attacking Glossop's citeda; in severe fashion, and Tomkinson, the visitors centre forward deemed it neccessary to fall back to help his defence. in doing so he fell and clutched the ball, and the referee could but give a penalty. Ness's kick proved too much for Causer for we are getting to know how hard the new centre can push a ball. He scored two goals against manchester United Reserves on Saturday. bert Freeman turned out at inside right (anything in it, I wonder) and his play on the whole was very good. He sent in a delightful thrill through the crowd on one occasion by missing one of his thrilling dashes from the centre. he brushed the defence aside with ease. but, oh, his final touch; it made us rub our eyes, for when within two or three yards of the goal he tipped the ball to the goalkeeper. bert, however gave his co-fowards many opportunities and a terrific shot from his toe brought out Causer's skill. ness is already improving and may turn out a centre of the first order. it is not easy for a goalkeeper to stop a drive from him, for he puts extraodinary power behind his shots. Everton's defence was very sound, and I would like to see Borthwick tried for the first team again. Pinkney was decidedly weak.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 GLOSSOP RESERVES 0
September 27, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Combination Championship match.
Everton had a strong team out last night at Gooodiosn Park, when a championship match was played between the leaders of the Lancashire combination division of last season. The teams were: - Everton: - Berry, goal Stevenson, and J.C. Bardsley, backs, Allen, Borthwick and Weller, half-backs, Pinkney, Freeman, Ness, Magner, and Mountford (Captain), forwards. Glossop Reserves: - Causer, goal, Hampton and Well, backs, Larney, Craigie, and Campball, half-backs, Willock, McDonald, Tomkinson, Bowden and Hogkinson, forwards. The home side had the bulk of the play in the first half to themselves, but weakness of attack in front of goal kept the Glossop defence intact; while at the other end Berry had few shots to trouble him. All the Everton forwards had shies at Causer, who kept a marvellously good goal. Freeman on one occasion –after one typical Freeman solo effort –had only the custodian to beat, but his shot missed its billet. Ness also was through on his own, and failed at the final touch. A back header from a corner kick caused great trouble to the Glossop defence, Freeman diverting the ball wide of Causer and nearly into goal. Pinkney's centres were woefully wide, though one shot narrowly missed its mark. One of Ness big drives was somewhat luckily diverted by Wall. McDonald was Glossops most serviceable attackers. Half-time; no goals, much the same sort of conditions prevailed in the second half. The Everton forwards worked out some excellent openings, but failed to being them to a successful issue. A fine centre by Pinkney was headed over by Magner, and then a “thunderbolt” from Freeman was smartly saved by Causer. Poor shooting was the order of the game. During an Everton attack, Tomkinson fell, and while on the ground handled the ball, Ness scoring for Everton from the penalty kick. The game continued to be fought in the Glossop half, save at very rare intervals, and then berry's in charge was never seriously in danger. Freeman provided Ness with several nice openings, but the Everton pivot was seldom on the attack. True, the Glossop goal had numerous narrow and lucky escapes, but the home forwards did not combine well. Everton were undoubtedly the better side, and they should have won by a greater margin. Result Everton 1; Glossop nil.
FULHAM SEEK EVERTON PLAYER.
September 29, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
We are officially informed that the Fulham Club were in commucation with Everton for the transfer of one of their forward, but the player concerned does not wish to go South, the negotiated were dropped.
Everton's First Home Defeat
Liverpool Evening Express –Monday 28, September 1910
By the Critic
It was certainly disappointing to find Everton beaten at home by the first goal recorded against them on their own ground this season. It was certainly a fine goal "Sandy" Turnbull scored, but at the same time he must be considered a bit fortunate to get as through as he did. He found the backs in two moods, however, and for once Maconnachie and Balmer were hoodwinked and were a fraction of a second too late in recovering. How different it was at the other end. The Everton forwards could not find a loophole anywhere in the defence, and indeed when they did get chance the ball either flew an inch over the crossbar or shaved the post. On the play Everton did not deserve to be beaten, for they did more pressing than their opponents. Near goal, however, the "Blues" front line failed to surmount the defence, whilst at the other end the United forwards spelled danger. We must not sight of the fact that Turnbull struck the post with a terrific shot, whilst Scott was fortunate to stop that shot of Meredith's in the first half when that player was presented with almost open goal. The defenders were all drawn to the left wing when the ball was flashed across to Meredith. The winger dribbled in and shot hard. The ball struck Scott on the knee and rebounded, but so little did Everton keeper know of what had become of the ball that he looked round towards the net, evidently expecting see the leather in the haven. Balmer was behind the keeper had Scott missed the ball, but at the same time it was a lucky escape. Although play was at times disappointing when we remember the calibre the teams, at the same time there was plenty of fast, open football, and on the whole I thought it was an interesting game. There were certainly plenty exciting incidents to stir the pulse, and the spectators did not forget to applaud the many tasty bits play witnessed. It was not a day on which the forwards shone, for the simple reason that the respective half-backs would not allow them to settle down. It was rare contest for supremacy, but the defenders on both sides came out on top. The respective half-back lines were composed of rare workers, and all those who saw the game could not fail to be impressed the artistic and resourceful play the respective captains Harry Makepeace played one of his finest games, never allowing the great Meredith a chance of showing his worth, and indeed, I fancy it is a long time since Meredith has been much subdued as he was on Saturday. It is not often that he runs up against two such class defenders as Makepeace and Maconnachie. The crowd thoroughly recognized that when either Makepeace or Macconachie dispossessed the famous winger they had accomplished something great. The cheers which greeted the player who spoiled Meredith were well deserved, but at the same time those same cheers formed a rare compliment to the Welsh International. The half-backs were the outstanding figures on either side. Roberts was in great form at centre half, and "Sandy" could make little or no headway against the United captain. He defended in most able fashion, and whenever danger threatened Roberts always seemed to be in the right spot at the right moment. He rendered great assistance to his backs, too, besides breaking up promising forward movements. Nothing could be found to complain about in the rear division of the Everton team, for Balmer and Maconnachie were excellent defenders, whilst one could not wish for better trio of halves. Robert Young improved on his previous form at the Park, and Makepeace and Harris were their usual clever selves. It was the forward line which is failing settle down would desire. Now, on Saturday I thought the dash of Freeman might have made all the difference. Whilst Sandy Young at times did some smart things, he lacked that dash which is so necessary in these days. He never really got away from Roberts. Neither Gourley nor Lacey finished as they usually do, and one missed those strong drives of which know they are capable of sending towards goal. Arthur Berry was very smart on the wing, and he put across some beautiful centres, whilst Turner also did well, but the inside men failed to combine effectively, and It would seem that the forward line will take some time to settle down to the real Everton standard. Lacey was rarely in the picture, but narrowly missed levelling the scores when he ran round Moger, who was calmly waiting for the ball to cross the line, and the Irishman dashed round but found one the Manchester United defenders sent the ball over the bar as he (Lacey to the full length into the net. Sandy Young, at 'times had hard lines with a shot which barely grazed the bar, whilst he also headed over the Bar.