WALTER SCOTT FOR SUNDERLAND
Athletic News - Monday 03 July 1911
Little surprise was occasioned in Liverpool football circles by the transfer of Walter Scott to Sunderland. The mere fact of his departure to Wearside meant nothing; the only thing of note was, that there was little probability of his remaining at Everton. Everton could well effort to dispense with his services, and the Goodison people will be better advised to turn their attentions in the direction of acquiring forwards. They have been in negotiation for a well known full back operating in the Second League, but it is difficult to assign any reason for such procedure.
SOUTH LIVERPOOL SIGN TURNER
Athletic News - Monday 03 July 1911
The entertaining club have secured the signature of Turner, the ex-Leicester Fosse and Everton outside-left.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE MEETING.
Lincolnshire Chronicle - Friday 14 July 1911
Regarding the case of Robert Clifford, of Everton no action was taken, as he joined a club outside the League (South Liverpool). With regard to the new rule allowing players to participate in their transfer fees, the League decided trhat in the case of Davidson, of Middlesbrough, who was transferred to Everton not to allow anything.
R.F. TURNER OF EVERTON LEAVES FOR PRESTON NORTH END.
July 15, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Preston North End who, two seasons ago, took Winterhalmer from Everton has fixed up Turner the Everton outside left. The price paid for Turner was £300.
Turner's Everton record.
1908- 09 5 League apps, 1 goal.
1909-10, 19 League apps.
• 10 apps. Total Record: - league apps, 24, goals 1.
R.F. TURNER TO PRESTON
Athletic News - Monday 17 July 1911
Preston North End have secured R.F. Turner, the outside left winger from Everton.
ROBERT F TURNER
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 18 July 1911
Preston North End Directors have completed negotiations with the Everton Club for the transfer Robert F. Turner, their outside left, whom they secured from Leicester Fosse three years ago. Turner during his two years' stay Goodison Park has not fulfilled his Second Division promise, but he played in nineteen League games for Everton in 1909-10. and in ten last season. He is speedy, twenty-four years of age, carries 11 stones lbs., and stands feet 8j inches high. A native of Leicester, has made several appearances with the county cricket team.
JACK SHARP CASE
Athletic News - Monday 24 July 1911
I am not aware how many of the 217 have been restored to the ranks of the amateurs -but some have been refused, and among them Jack Sharp, of Everton and G.M. Furr, formerly of Manchester City, but now residing at Stevenage, in Hertfordshire. The Football Association has, of course, been denounced in every case where restatement has been refused. Jack Sharp for instance the well known international forward, and ex-captain of Everton thinks that he has been harshly treated. Still in the prime of life Sharp gave up his income from football. he could have been reengaged by Everton and he could now obtain a professional engagement at $4 per week. But he no longer wishes to be paid for his services. Yet he desires to have a game for the love of sport. As a professional he cannot play with any team without being registered -and he has no idea of being a paid man any longer and at the bidding of any club executive. As an unregistered professional, for such he remains he is debarred from appearing as an amateur in any other club. His notion was to lend a foot to the Northern Nomads and even to turn out with Everton in an odd game. He offered his services to Everton, and, of course, they were accepted in a purely honorary sense. But the committee of the F.A. refuse to allow him to join the great unpaid. Therefore unless Sharp is again registered as a professional he cannot enjoy a game of football. This appears, at first sight, an injustice.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 25 July 1911
FORFARSHIRE V. BIRKENHEAD. Brilliant weather again favoured Forfarshire in the second game of their holiday tour at Birkenhead, but unfortunately the local men were unable to take the field till after two o'clock. Consequently the visitors had rather Jong wait. Captain Kyd won the toss, and the same batting order as obtained yesterday "was followed, Batchelor accompanying the captain to the crease oppose Berry, the Everton footballer, and Ryland.
EVERTON SIGN CLEVER BRISTOL FORWARD.
July 25 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton had for some days been considering the advisability of making overtures to the signature of Andrew Burton, the Bristol City forward and today they completed arrangements for his transfer. This is welcome news because the acquisition of the Bristolian should largely increase the sufficiency of the forwards. He is an inside left with a fine command of the ball. Burton has typically Scottish methods, he came to the City six years ago as a Scottish junior. He is 5ft 8ins, in height and weights 10st 14 lbs.
HOW ANDREW BURTON CAME TO EVERTON.
July 26, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
“Sandy” has gone; “Andy” has come. “Andy” is Andrew Burton, the Bristol City inside left, and there is a personal touch connected with his coming to Everton, which, makes me hope devoutly that he will be a triumph in his new colours. In last night's pink editions a brief sketch of his career was given. This can now be enlarged. It was fairly well known that Burton was “on offer.” Bristol having decided that they would part company how, whereas three years ago Burton desired to do the parting, and found Bristol up against his desire. Why were the club anxious to let him go now? - That was the question Mr. W. C. Cuff (now enjoying the balm of Bornemouth) was desirous of fathcoming, together with anything further about the player that could be gleaned. Well, this was the outcome of inquiries I made and ‘phoned to 63 Walton, and the strange thing was that my informant, in chatting, got it into his head that it was Liverpool F.C, that wanted Burton. I let him go ahead in his error, and he said; “I know Mr. Watson has had a liking for Burton, and after Gilligan's move to Anfield we have been waiting for his old clubmate to follow.” “But why is Burton leaving?” I asked. “Well” came the reply, “it is not because Bristol do not recognise his ability, but because he has, in later seasons been unable to ‘get going,' and has failed to dovetail with the other members of the team. Now when he left Motherwell, Sunderland quibbled over the price on his head and lost him –Bristol played him and gained promotion. Harry Thickett had made a forward line to his liking, and the result was shown in that Bristol lost only the first match –at Manchester United's ground –and the home engagement with Leicester Fosse. Burton played in practically every match, and his dribbling was all for the benefit of the other forwards, who were able to take up splendid passes and make them into goals. He used to put the ball across to Maxwell and Bennett, and these two did the damage.”
“Is he especially clever?” “Undoubtedly that has been his fault to a degree. He has got into the habit that many an ultra clever forward does, of desiring to best “the field.” Still the Football Company he has been keeping in the last season of so has not been adapted to take up his finesse work.”“And do you think Everton to him well be the missing link?”“Feel certain that all he needs is to appear in better company to ensure him returning to his finest form. There is not a word of complaint against him as to his mode of living. He is a total abstained, and lives a clean life. At times his play suggests “moods” but I feel this has been due to the fact that he was not enabled to prove as successful as formerly through the incapacity of his fellow forwards.”
Burton was one of the team that drew a semi-final with Derby County, followed with a win at St. Andrews, and finally was beaten in the Palace tie by Manchester United, on March 31, 1909, I saw the replayed semi-final, and said of Burton next day: - The Bristol man who took an eye was Burton. He and Hardy formed a wing, which dovetailed, he jumped over the out stretched foot of an opponent and dribbled and passed with icicle coolness. He is tall, and his heading is clever. It would seen that Everton have signed a double “Sandy” in “Andy.” Further particulars regarding the new player –height weight etc, must not be omitted for the football public loves these records. Born in Fifeshire in 1884, Burton played for Thomson's Rovers one season and later helped Lochgelly and Lochgelly juniors, who bring to mind George Wilson's younger days. Motherwell signed on Burton and the 5ft 8in, 10st 9lbs forward later transferred his affections for Bristol. In the City's first season in the First Division Burton did telling work, having a considerable hand in the success of the side, which just failed to equal Liverpool's feat of being champions of the Second Division one season and of the First in the season following that year. In all Burton scored sixteen goals. Maxwell getting nineteen. Gilligan eighteen, and no one else more than five. In the City's second in Division one, he scored ten goals for them again being third to Gilligan (seventeen) and Maxwell (fifteen). He scored ten more in the following season, he remained the regular inside left up to the first Saturday in Decemeber last, when he received an injury which left him out for many weeks. This injury was followed by some misunderstanding with the club management, and apart from the disastrous Cup-tie with Crewe, he did not reappear in the side until March 11; then again playing regularly to the close. The season before last his goals dropped to five, and last season he scored four in twenty-one League games. At one time during his career with the Bristol club offers of £600 and more would have been made in vain for him since the close of last season his fee was fixed at £100. “Out in” and hope and believe they will find a splendid bargain.
EVERTON SIGN CLEVER SCOTTISH FORWARD
July 26, 1911 Dundee Courier
Everton have for some days been considering the advisability of making overtures for the signature of Andrew Burton, the Bristol City forward, and yesterday they completed arrangements for his transfer. The acquisition of the Bristolian should largely increase the efficiency of the forwards. He is an inside left, with a fine command of the ball, and tricky withal. Burton has typically Scottish methods. He came to the City six years ago as a Scottish junior. He is 5ft feet 8 inches in height, and weighs 10 stone 9lbs.
THE CASE OF GEORGE KITCHEN
Athletic News - Monday 31 July 1911
The directors of the West Ham club have placed George W. Kitchen, their late goalkeeper, on the transfer list. He has declined to sign on again, and, we are informed has decided to close up his football career. So far as Kitchen or any other player is concerned, he is not compelled to play football a day after his agreement with a club ends. We hear a lot at times about the “White Slave” question, but there is no compulsion about football. Kitchen has had a good innings; he is now in his 36th year, a time when even goalkeepers are no longer so nimble as they used to be, and the only pity about it is that his retirement from the game he has for so many years adorned is not to be accompaniment of an illuminated address and a dinner.
A Preference For Golf
It may be said without hesitation that George Kitchen is one of those big, broad-minded and gentlemanly players whose example and influence help to lift professionalism to a higher plane. He was brought out by Stockport County some 13 years ago, and, after a run with Everton, spent many happy years at West Ham. In his time he was very, very near to his International cap, and he won many minor honours. As a goalkeeper he was cool, calculating and accurate, rather than brilliant. He had a great reach and “Carpet-bag” hands, and weight enough to defy the ordinary scrimmage. He is well known that he has kept his position with West Ham latterly under great difficulties, as he lived over a hundred miles away, and spent the week as professional at the Bournemouth Municipal Golf Link. The other day he made a record for the course, and he has hundreds of admirers who follow his golf as keenly as his football, and look on him as a coming champion. Kitchen has had rather a struggle, but he has now decided to concentrate on the former. He plays golf as he plays in goal – with perfect assurance and imperturbable consistency.
West Ham’s Hold
That Kitchen is on the transfer list, though he has given up playing, is rather interesting. West Ham of course, knowing his football powers are still high, protect themselves against any change of mind on his part. It would not do for a club to part with a player on his own decision to retire, as he might return to the game, and so that valuable transfer fee which is not an asset under some accountants views, and which yet figures in many balance-sheets, be lost. One might write volumes about the transfer fee and its desirability or otherwise but in this particular case it appears to be an unnecessary cautionary measure on the part of the club. If Kitchen gave his word to return to West Ham if he returned to Association football that would be enough for all who knew him. But perhaps it would not do in every case.
EVERTON STRENGTHENING THEIR ATATCK
Athletic News - Monday 31 July 1911
Everton have signed on two new forwards recently. A local player in Llew Lloyd comes with a good reputation, Brynn, Central and Wallasey Village. He is young, of fine physique and said to be an adept at goal scoring. Thus should it be. The acquisition of Burton, an inside left from Bristol City, is also announced. Everton need forwards, and if these new captures fulfil expectations, a speedy solution of a difficult problem will have been gained.
Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Friday 04 August 1911
Everton were given permission to grant $100 to A. Young, who was transferred to Tottenham for $500
Middlesbrough were granted until the end of September in which to pay their fine, an application for a reduction being refused. Davidson, transfered to Everton was ordered to repay $32 which had been paid to him against the rules.
London Daily News - Thursday 10 August 1911
The Preston North End directors have transfered Arthur Winterhalder, their outside left who formerly played with Everton to Accington Stanley.
Falkirk Herald - Saturday 12 August 1911
Adam Bowman who last year played centre forward for Forfar Athletic F.C., has been reinstated as an amateur. Bowman has had a long expeirence of first-class football, having been terms with Everton, Leeds City, Blackburn Rovers, and Portsmouth. He is a Forfar "Loon," and in his English days was one of the crack shots of ther First League. It should also be mentioned that Bowman played for East Stiringshire; in fact the Bainsford club was the one that brought him into football prominence when he was an attendant at Murthly Asylum.
REV. W.C. JORDAN
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 17 August 1911
Everton are negotiating with West Bromwich for the services of the Rev. W. C. Jordan. Mr Jordan holds a living at Stoneycroft at the moment, and has expressed a desire to return to senior football and to play with Everton. He gained amateur International honours when he assisted West Bromwich Albion—a club he helped for three season —whilst all followers ot football will remember the big part he played in the Everton- Albion Cup semi-finaL He assisted Liverpool F.C. Reserves about six years ago.
It is highly improbable, owing to the strike, that the trial games Everton and Liverpool, fixed for Saturday and Monday, will now be played.
WHEN EVERTON WILL HAVE PUBLIC TRIAL MATCH.
August 21, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
The strike threatened to hit football very hard. The season was fast approaching, and local club's most loyal devotee was too much concerned with the national affair to interest himself in sporting matters. Fortunately the strike has ended, and the season will open in favourable circumstances. Everton Football Club, abandoned their first trail game, fixed for Saturday last, and a meeting of the directors will be held tomorrow night when it is most likely that Thursday will be the day chosen for a preliminary run for the players.
W. C. JORDAN TO RE-APPCAR.
Athletic News - Monday 21 August 1911
Everton have been negotiating for the services the Rev, W. C. Jordan, who formerly played for West Bromwich, but who is now in charge benefice in one of the Liverpool suburbs. It is probable that this amateur will don the Goodison colours when the serious work of the season is entered upon.
August 22, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton's first affair of honours is with that over popular Southern Club Tottenham Hotspur, and the match this season will be an especial interest for Everton followers, because it will bringing to life in a new jersey one “Sandy” Young, who was transferred to the Spurs and who, according to report has been leading the “Spurs” attack in trail games, “with such of his old ability.” Tottenham have gone quaint ideas. You may recollect that the once gave out a team of “or so-and-so” and a pressman jocularly chipped in. “I don't want the name of all the players you have on yours books –only the team chosen for Saturday.” That team selection consisted of some fifteen names! Will say this about the club that a more kindly soul than Mr. Turner breathed. Mr. Turner is secretary, and personal knowledge, of his untiring efforts on everbody's behalf cause me to give him that tribute.
Everton have now definitely fixed up arrangements for the playing of the Rev. W. C. Jordan, late of West Bromwich Albion, and reverend gentleman will on all probability take part in the first public trial game fixed for Goodison Park. The club's season tickets are now on sale, and a referee to the first page is issue wills showing intending tickets purchases the price list.
ILKESTON UNITED F.C.
Belper News - Friday 25 August 1911
Ellis Gee, who by reason of his massive proportions, rude but enthustasic followers term "Porky" is the veteran of the team, although he still retains the agility of a bantam. Has seen 34 summers, stands 5ft 5 ½ ins, and weighs 14swt. Also takes a delight in cricket, and latterly has developed a tendency for wrestling. Engaged the famous Relwyskow in the catch as catch can" style a short time ago, and did very well too. In his spare time acts as landlord and "Chucker out" of the Sir John Warren. Has seen service with Grassmoor, Chesterfield, Everton, Notts County, Reading, and in addition has played for Ilkeston during the past four seasons. Can give the "cubs" a wrinkle or two both in running and dribbling, and knows how to use his weight without appreciable detriment to the opposing defenders.
Athletic News - Monday 28 August 1911
The process of team building was started at Goodison Park during the latter part of last season, when the excutive secured the services of Fleetwood, from Rochdale, Gracie from Greennock Morton, Jefferis from Southampton, and the Burnell’s Ironworks forward, Chedgzoy. These men all took part in league matches, and acquitted themselves so satisfactorily that there have only been two other players of repute signed on since. Burton, the Bristol City forward, and Davidson, from Middlesbrough, have arrived at Goodison; hence it may be assumed that the campaign will be opened by the old bridage, changed in one position only, and that forward. The transfer of Freeman and Mountford to Burnley in the spring of the year clearly denoted the policy of the Everton people, and other players have since journeyed to pastures new. “Sandy” Young was secured by Tottenham Hotspur, and it may be that the moody Scot will play his first game for the Spurs against his old club on the opening day of the season at Goodison Park. Walter Scott has gone to Sunderland to keep goal, but the last I heard of the ex-Bolton Wanderers and Everton full back, Clifford, was that he was at his home in Rankinston, Aryshire, and that a Southern League club was inquiring about him. Turner will be seen with Preston North End, while Borthwick, the centre half-back, has joined Millwall. Others who have departed are Thompson, full-back; and Llew Davies, the Welsh International to Wrexham. The deflection from the ranks will not cause undue anxiety, for the Warrington youth Berry has deputized in goal for William Scott in League matches, while Clifford and Borthwick were seldom called upon for League service. It is probable that Fleetwood will develop into a half-back, and should this be so the intermediate line will be strengthened, even though Robert Young be tried further behind. Regarding the forwards there are, I believe divers opinions as to their merits, but it seems to me that it would be a wise policy to wait and see. For rthe centre berth, Gracie and Magner are available also the New Brighton youth Murray. The inside wingers include Gourlay, Jefferis, Lacey, Burton, and Gault, while for the extremities of the line there will be ample choice from Beare, Chedgzoy, Davidson, Pinkney, and the old Oxonian Arthur Berry. Anaother amateur –the Rev W.C. Jordan –may also turn out. The beautifully kept ground is a credit to the man in charge, and the whole equipment of the enclosure defies criticism. An important change was made on the directorate at the last annual meeting, Mr. E.A. Bainbridge failing to retain his seat, and Mr. H. Allman being elected to the board. The twenty nine players engaged are here-with appended.
H.C Berry (Warrington), goal; Wm. Scott (Belfast), goal; W. Stevenson (Accrington), back; J. Macconnachie (Aberdeen), back; R. Balmer (West Derby), back; J. Meunier (Birmingham), back; JC Bardsley (Southport), back; LC Weller (Stoke), half-back; A. Grenyer (North-Shield), half-back; J Allen (Carlisle), half-back; W. Davies (Liverpool), half-back; T. Fleetwood (Kirkby), half-back; V. Harris (Dublin), half-back; H. Makepeace (Middlesbrough), half-back; J.D. Taylor (Dumbarton), half-back; R. Young (Swinhill), half-back; G. Beare (Southampton), forward; S. Chedgzoy (Ellesmere Port), Forward; E. Gault (Wallsend) forward; J. Gourlay (Annbank), forward; T. Gracie (Glasgow), forward; F. Jefferis (Fording Bridge, Southampton), forward. W. Lacey (Wexford), forward. E. Magner (Newcaste), forward; W. Murray (New Brighton)_, forward; E. Pinkney (Glasgow), A. Burton (Lochgelly); W. Davidson (Glasgow); Arthur Berry (Liverpool), forward.
EVERTON TRIAL MATCH.
August 28, 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The strike robbed the local charities of a big sun for the Liverpool clubs were advised last week that the initial trials arranged should not be carried through. On Saturday the Everton Club held a capital trial, and the receipts from an attendance of 15,000 will be large. The ground was in capital trim, and most of the players in trim order. Play was keen, the pace for a preliminary canter was good, and the goals were gained by clever methods. It would be folly to be hypercritical upon such an occasion. However, there were many points worthy of special notice. Taking the League team first, one found William Scott in his customary good form, and his guardsmen, captain Macconnache and the burly Young, were safe in their directly opposite ideas of defence. Macconnachie was cool and sedate in his clearance, while the other backs, hitherto a centre half back was lusty and his checkrating a hustling method. The “first team” half-backs line was strong and Fleetwood's continued appearances at half-back instead of forward seems likely to bear good fruit. Jefferis was tricky, and Beare not too certain in centring as compared with Davidson. Gracie at centre was always doing sound work, and his goal crop is a happy augury for League battles. Burton tested Berry severely towards the close of the game, and the young goalkeeper enhanced his already big reputation among reserves goalkeepers. Before him Stevenson and Meunier who had much work thrown upon them by a moderate half-back line. Forward, the reserves showed some promise as a line and great prospect in the centre, where the old Oxford University, and West Bromwick stalward Reid, with C. Jordan who is engaged at Stoneycroft, was a forceful leader and daring. The goals came in this manner, before half time (2-2)- Davidson centred accurately for Gracie to head through; a further goal to Gracie, who raced between the backs; Pinkney scored with a low drive after the ball had been worked in the goalmouth; the Rev Jordan equalised just before referee Peers sounded the whistle for half-time. In the second half scoring resulted as follows: - Gracie completed his “hat-trick” and Davidson made the issue safe with a swift low shot. Teams: - Blues: - Scott goal, R. Young, and Macconnachie (Captain), back, Harris, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Gracie, Burton, and Davidson, forwards. Stripes: - H. Berry, Stevenson, and Meunier, backs, Allan, Weller, and W. Davies, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Pinkney, Rev. Jordan, Gault, and Lacey, forwards.
London Daily News - Thursday 31 August 1911
Most interesting of the transfers of the close season has been that of L.R. Roose, the famous Welsh amateur international goalkeeper, from Huddersfield to Aston Villa. Thus far in his career Roose, who is generally accepted to be the greatest custodian of his time, has assisted Stoke, Everton and Sunderland, besides Huddersfield.
TOTTENHAM TRAVEL TO EVERTON
London Daily News - Saturday 02 September 1911
Tottenham Hotspur have travelled to Lancashire to meet Everton attack made up, in names of strange sounding - Beare, Jefferis, GRacie, Burton, and Davidson. The Hotspur themselves are apparently bringing their big guns into play, but on last season's form these are still weak spots in their defence. The only new player with the eleven is veteran "Sandy Young" who thus enbters upon his new mission with the big ordeal of opposing his old comrades on an enclosure upon which he has made history. Young's brilliance cannot last forever, but so long as he remains physically and muscularly sound, he will strengthen the Hotspur in a position they have not had filled satisfactorily since they left the Southern League.
EVERTON'S CAPTURE FROM SHEFFIELD, HOLBEM
September 2, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Walter Holbem, Everton's new back is a born footballer. Took to the game as a duck takes to water, and from when he was old enough to stand up and kick a ball he was always a leader of his contemporaries. A native of Sheffield, Holbem was one of the stars of a Sheffield school team, which was usually able to master any proposition, put before it, and so, with the local footballer keenly alert to sign promising juniors, it was no surprise when Sheffield Wednesday signed the Healey boy. At that time Holbem was a centre-half, and in that position he bid several trials with the League eleven. It was needless to expect, of course that a raw youth could displace men like Crawshaw of his successor, English McConnell; and so Holbem gradually turned his attention to the full-back position, there again his opportunities were for Layton and Burton were quick good enough for anyone. With the departure of Burton and retirement of Layton came Holbem's chance, with another old centre half in Spoors as his partner. Holbem held the left back position for the greater part of the season 09-10, and last season he appeared in twenty League matches for the men of Owleton. At the end of the season there were rumours in Sheffield that Holdem was going to a Merseyside club, but at that time it was the Anfield organisation which was enamoured of him. Aston Villa had a great fancy for Holbem, but Wednesday refused to consider any offers. Holbem would still be with Wednesday had he not taken up a rather dogmatic attitude regarding his benefit, which was due this season, and his insistence on a particular date for the match led to a rupture, and he was put on the transfer list. Everton however, can congratulate themselves on having secured a back, who on his day, has few equals in the country. At times he shows a defence which even the most brilliant forwards find too much for them. He has played many great games for Wednesday, but possibly none better them that against Sunderland, at Owerton last year, when the Wearsides, with all the luck in their favour, just escaped with a draw. Holbem is not big or heavy, as backs go, but he shows, great judgement and kicks a beautiful length with either foot. He has any amount of speed, and either at right or left back he would be a valuable acquisition to Everton's defence.
EVERTON 2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2
September 4, 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
THE “SPURS” SHARE SPOILS WITH EVERTON.
For better or for worse, Everton have built up a new team as the result of fearless and enterprising policy. The public have full confidence in the wisdom of the directors, and were obviously, inclined on Saturday to criticise the new combination generously. Everton's opponents were Tottenham Hotspur, to whom Alec. Young was transferred, and, therefore, it was somewhat paradoxical to boast a new forward line when the “immortal Sandy” was on the field. Exactly why Young left the Everton ranks is not known to the “man in the street, “both his enthusiastic reception on Saturday must have astonished the Spurs, and proved to the old Blue that he still remains a warm place in Liverpool hearts.
BURTON SCORES SENSATIONALLY.
Everton's defence is old enough to be well known, and the novelty lay in the attack. On the right wing were Beare and Jefferis. Beare earned golden opinion last season, but Frank Jefferis did little more than make his debut though his reputation Southampton way was very pretty tall. Gracie is a pivot par excellence, and eschews shown methods in favour of scientific. Davidson was always a stylish player for Middlesbrough, and had but to blend well with Burton to make a really skilful left wing. “Strike hard and early” might prove a good football motte in these days when players of repute love to dally. Jefferis got on the move with charming case but deadly intent, and the home attack opened out vigorously and swiftly, but withal so deftly that the Spurs failed to size it up before the Blues were all over them. Gracie, Beare, Jefferis, and finally Burton all took part in the swiftly executed manceurve, which surprised both Tottenham backs and caught Lunn napping. True, the Spurs' custodian made a frantic final effort to avert disaster, but Burton head piloted the ball well past the discomfited keeper. Such an early success could hardly fail to deject the visitors, and so for some time after they were distinctly groggy. Of course Young was the centre of attraction, and the old Blue accepting the situation, played with rare nerve, and gave many flashes of his old brilliance, even though severely shadowed.
EVERTON DRAW SECOND BLOOD.
In the course of fifteen minutes' play Lunn was again beaten, Jefferis doing the trick. Before this, however, the spectators had many samples of deft and brainy forward work and persistent thrustfulned from Burton. The line of attack showed plenty of pace as well as originality and enterprise in manipulating the ball. Not one of the quintette hung onto the ball too long, and consequently, each one had chances of becoming prominent. Burton and Jefferis were, perhaps the most convincing by reason of their cleverness, and they look like being prolific goal scorers. Beare proved a prime initiator kicking up his chances quickly, and placing the ball accurately and wisely. There was but little effort as originality on the Tottenham side, and for the most part, the plan of attack was left to, Alec. Young.
McTavist proved an exception as this sturdy player could do things when he set his mind to it. At the interval approached the Spurs looked like an outclassed and inclined to except defeat, so a comfortable victory seemed in store for Everton, who retired for a breather two goals ahead.
MACCONNACHIE SEVERELY INJURED.
Most League teams are troubled occasionally with a form of disease known as “slowing” it comes on frequently when a team has scored well and occupies a tolerably safe position; it may even be another form of chivalry or sympathy towards a beaten foe. After the interval we did not see the same Everton, for the various links were seldom really taut, and the finishing especially was more or less listless, whereas it had been keen and direct. Tottemham gradually awoke to the fact that their opponents were by no means, invulnerably, and Scott had numerous compliments to acknowledge from Alec. Young, Minter, and McTavish. The true quality of the Spurs was seen when McTavish, seeming to have all opposition overcome, sent the ball crashing against the angle of the upright. But a most unlooked for change came over the game. It happened thuswise. The Londoners were buzzing busily round the home goal area with Macconnachie and Alex Young adjacent. For some reason “Sandy” bent down, when “Mac” facing his own goal, stepped backwards and came a mild sort of cropper. Unfortunately, Macconnachie have fallen awkwardly for he wrenched his back, and had to be carried from the field. Stevenson took Macconnachie berth, while Bob Young operated at right back. Jefferis filling his place in the centre. During the first half the Blues had shown a fine combative quality, but could not regain it now when needed. A new combination cannot be reshuffled with impunity, and in this instance the changing worked badly.
AGGRESSIVENESS THAT WON.
The aggressiveness of the visitors increased, as they found out the awkward places in the opposing defence. It would be invidious to make distinctions, but neither of the home trio seemed comfortable in their new positions, and the whole team was distinctly awry. It was ten minutes from the finish before success, attended the Spurs, Stevenson found the Spurs' right wing a hot couple, and, hereabouts, he was fairly left by McTavish, who sent the ball spinning fast past Scott. It was nothing more than had been expected. There was not much time left, but the Spurs were determined to make the most of it, and bid high for a share in the spoils. Time after time they returned to the attack until a finely conceived movement, which was opened out by McTavish and carried right across to the opposite wing, proved successful “Sandy” Young fastened onto Forman's return, and ensconced the ball safely in the net. It would have been terrible hard lines for Everton to suffer defeat under the circumstances, so everyone breathed more freely when Mr. Adams signalled the cessation of hostilities. On the whole Everton were distinctly unlucky to drop a point and their skipper at the same time nevertheless, there is food for reflection in the fact that the defence failed to hold out against a by no means powerful opposition and a division of points may be taken as fairly representing all the circumstances.
Teams : - Everton: - Scott goal, Stevenson and Macconchie (Captain), backs, Harris R. Young, and Makepeace, half-backs, Beare Jefferis, Gracie, Burton, and Davidson, forwards. Tottenham Hotspurs: - Lunn, goal, Collins, and Wilkes, backs, D. Steel, Raper and Darnell, half-backs, McTavish, Minter, A. Young, R. Steel, and Forman, forwards. Referee Mr. Adams .
Athletic News - Monday 04 September 1911
Everton 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2
Everton were the victims on Saturday of one of those “Slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” which are occasionally hurled at a football team. After outplaying Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park for the greater part of the game, and worthily establishing a two goals’ lead, they suddenly found themselves called upon to do without the services of their captain, and their rearranged and weakened forces were unable to prevent the visitors scoring twice in the last fifteen minutes and thus dividing the points. The ‘Spurs had shown improved form after the interval prior to Macconachie’s injury, and had more of the game than their opponents, but there does not seem any doubt that with their full strength available the Evertonians would have been able to hold on to the advantage they had gained in the first half. The game had a sensational start. From the kick-off Gracie placed over to the right, Beare darting away and centring with judgment. Burton was equal to the occasion, heading just within the near side post, and although Lunn got his hand to the ball it hd passed over the line before he reached it, the referee signaling a goal. Naturally the 30,000 spectators were pleased at this business like opening, and the Everton forwards continued to delight them with some clever football, in which they they showed combination surprisingly good for men so new to each other’s work.
The Thurstful Burton
Burton was particularly thrustful, and more than once he gave Lunn a rare handful. The second goal, however, came from the other wing. At the end of 25 minutes’ play. Macconnachie, after dispossessing Sandy Young, placed over to the right, Beare taking up the running. He placed to Jefferis, who, with a well-timed shot, beat Lunn from 20 yards’ range. Thus Everton were two goals up, and they should have been even further ahead before the interval, for Gracie twice missed good opportunities of scoring. It was after the interval that the ‘Spurs began to report progress. They buzzled around the home goal with a persistency that constantly threatened danger, but the defence of Macconanchie and Stevenson was valiant until the Everton captain, in stopping a rush by Sandy Young, turned a half somersault and strained his back, having to be carried from the field in great pain. The home team had to be rearranged in consequence of this disaster, Stevenson crossing over to take his injured comrade’s place and Robert Young falling back to partner him, with Jefferis at half-back. The ‘Spurs were now more persistent than ever, and after 30 minutes of the second half they were rewarded with a goal. It was the result of clever work by Minter and McTavish, whom Stevenson failed to check, McTavish beating Scott with an oblique shot. Five minutes later Sandy Young, who had throughout played a fine game against his old comrades, placed the teams on level terms. Jefferis tried to head away a fine centre by Foreman, but missed the ball, which fell at the feet of Young, who without the slightest hesitation banged it into the net.
About the Players
Everton are to be commiserated with. They played splendidly in the first half, the full-backs being sound and sure, the half-backs effective, and the forwards dashing and clever, while Scott kept a good goal. Macconnachie in particular was a constant stumbling block to the Tottenham vanguard, and he had many a successful tussle with Sandy Young. Gracie was the weakest man in the home forward line, for the wings worked beautifully on either side of him, and he had chances which he ought to have turned to account. Of the Tottenham forwards the most noticeable were Young and McTavish, both of whom were always difficult to hold. Young in particular was thrustful and clever, and he was generously cheered time after time by the big crowd, who remembered with kindly thoughts his long association with the Everton club. The wing half-backs were better than Rance, and Collins and Wilkes only moderate backs, but Lunn kept a fine goal. Everton; Scott; Stevenson, Macconnachie; Harris, Young (R.), Makepeace; Beare, Jeffers, Gracie, Burton, and Davidson. Tottenham-Lynn; Collins, Wilkes; Steel (D.), Rance, Darnell; McTavish, Minter, Young (A.), Steel (R.), and Forman, Referee; mr. J. Adams, Nottingham.
BERRY SCORERS IN RUSSIA
September 4 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
At St. Petersburg, yesterday, in a football match against Russia, which was a combined team of British and Russian players, the English Wanderers Football club won by 7 goals to nil.
AT GOODISON PARK.
London Daily News - Monday 04 September 1911
CROWD CHEERS TOTTENHAM'S EQUALISING GOAL.
It must be a long time since the supporters of the Everton Club cheered a goal scored by an opposing team in the entusiastic manner they did on Saturday, when, seven minutes from the end, Sandy Young, the former Everton centre forward, beat Scott and thus enabled Tottenham Hotspur to share the points in draw of two goals each. Young had been given quite ovation when he turned out with the Londoners at the start of the game, but his reception was nothing to the cheering he received when he equalised, many the spectators waving their hats in their enthusiasm. They might have been cheering an Everton victory instead of the loss of point, but it was striking testimony to the popularity the Scot and the sportsmanship the Everton crowd. It was remarkable game in other respects also, for the Hotspur nearlv brought off sensational victory after being apparently well beaten side at the interval. Everton had played well in the first half that they fully deserved their interval lead two goals—a lead that might hove been further emphasised had Gracie made the most his chances. But there was a surprising change the resumption, and tnongh Everton were seriously handicapped through Maconnachie being carried off injured 25 minutes from the end. Tottenham had played so well before this that they always looked like getting goals. Up to the time Maconuachie was hurt the Evert on defence had been thoroughly sound, but Stevenson fell away when crossed from right to left back, and McTavish, who was the Hotspur's best forward, could not kept in check afterwards. McTavish had hard lines in hitting the top of the post, but he scored the first goal and paved the way for the equaliser. Young, though closely watched, played well, and for Everton none did better in attack than Beare and Burton, though Jefferis, until went to centre half, was also very good. Rance was about the best half on the field, and D. Steel and Harris also did good work, while after an uncertain start there was little fault find with the Tottenham defence. The Everton goals were scored Burton and Jefferis.
TOWER AMATEURS 0 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 5 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
There was a splendid muster of the Tower Amateurs' supporters at Mersey Park, Liscard, last evening, the attraction being a visit of the Everton Combination team. The opening exchanges were pretty even, but warming to their work, the Tower showed up better, but shot badly. Erratic shooting also spoiled several individual efforts by the Amateurs' centre forward, Clark. The interval arrived without a score being registered. In the second half both teams displayed plenty of dash, each custodian being severely tested. A grand forward movement, initiatwed by Weller, resulted in that player registered a capital goal for the visitors. The Tower team tried hard to equalise, several; corners accruing, which however, did not materialise. The game ended in favour of the visiting team by 1 goal to nil.
EVERTON PLAYER TO REFUND TRANSFER FEE
September 5 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
W. Davidson, of Everton and formerly of Middlesbrough was ordered to forward the £42 shares of transfer fee, improperly received by him, to the secretary of the League by September 30, failing which he will be suspended from taking part in League football until the sum is paid. W. Holbem to receive 50 per cent of the transfer fee paid by Everton to Sheffield Wednesday.
Everton and New Back.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 06 September 1911
Everton have secured the services of Walter Holbein, the full back Sheffield Wednesday. He can play in either the right or left positions. The circumstances of Holbein leaving Sheffield are rather interesting. It appears that he was offered a benefit guarantee of £350 this season, but it is said that Holbein refused this, and requested a promise in writing and certain match before Christmas. The Directors refused to grant it, and as a result the relations became strained, and Holbein was put on the transfer list at £600. Sheffield's loss has been Everton's gain, for there is denying the fact that Holbein is well worth the sum paid. He is a dashing player, and stands 5 feet 8 inches in height, his weight being 11 st. lbs.
J. Hannah, the well-known back, has received a free transfer from Everton.
LIVERPOOL MAGISTRATE FINED FOR OBSTRUCTING POLICE
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 07 September 1911 PECULIAR CASE.
At Liverpool Court yesterday. Dr. Whitford, a magistrate of city, and chairman the Everton Football Club, was summoned before the Stipendiary Magistrate for obstructing a police-constable in the execution of his duty. It was stated that late on the night of August 8 Police-constable Burns arrested a man who was drunk and had disorderly, and had been using obscene language, and a rough and tumble ensued, in which a passer-by assisted the constable by keeping back a companion of the prisoner, who was also drunk. This happened in Shaw Street, near Dr. Whitford's residence. When the constable had quietened his man. Dr. Whitford came up on his way home. To him the prisoner's companion complained that the officer had arrested his friend for nothing. Dr. Whitford said if that was so , he had better and give evidence in court the next morning. At this moment the officer grabbed the companion, and said. " I'll take you, too." Dr Whitford. thinking that was unjust, said to the constable. "This man has done nothing now to juatify you arresting him.” According to the officer and an independent onlooker, this sympathetic action of the magistrate incited the two men to renewed violence, and the constable was badly was badly assaulted by one the prisoner, and the other escaped, but was recaptured later. The next morning one was sentenced to four mouths imprisonment,and the other one month imprisement. Before leaving the scene Dr. Whitford. learning from bystanders the previous misconduct the me, went to the officer and apologised for interfering on imperfect knowledge. Later the Head Constable summoned the magistrate, and Mr. Kennedy, barrister, now prosecuted for the police. Mr. Rudd, solicitor for Dr. Whitford. said his client was ready to repeat his expression of regret. Mr. Kennedy said would accept the apology, but muw ask for costs against the defendant. Dr. Whitford said he could not consent to that stigma, and insisted on Withdrawing the apology and having the case heard in detail. He complained that if the constable had told him the second arrest was being made for previous misconduct, the matter would have ended at the moment. He denied that his conduct amounted to obstruction, and said the second assault was really due the officer attempting to arrest two men himself, tho men promptly seizing the chance to struggle for liberty, in the hope of both or one getting free. The Stipendiary commented upon Dr. Whitford's impetuous nature, and said he was sorry to find the case proved. He imposed a fine of 40s., and ordered the payment five guineas costs.
NEWCASTLE UNITED v. EVERTON
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 07 September 1911
Played at Newcastle yesterday, before 18.000 spectators, in fine weather. Newcastle showed superior football in the opening stage, and after Huggins and Stewart had narrowly missed scoring Low cleverly beat Scott with a free kick. After a hot attack Everton, Scott saved from Wilson, but was beaten immediately after by Stewart. Newcastle continued to do all the pressing, Duncan just missing adding third. Scott saved several times luckily. Half-time:—Newcastle United 2 goals. Everton none. Everton showed considerable improvement in the second half, and for long time they did most of the aggressive work, but were not finished enough to beat the good defence. Jeffries once got the ball into the net, but was clearly off-side. Newcastle were lucky to escape disaster from a melee near goal. Scott, the Everton goalkeeper, saved several shots from Duncan and Stewart, and Lawrence staved off a hot attack. Result: —Newcastle United 2 goals, Everton none.
London Daily News - Thursday 07 September 1911
Clever Forward Game Against EVERTON.
Thanks to the fine form of their forwards during the first half, Newcastle United, at St. James's Park yesterday beat Everton by two goals to none. Early in the match the United gained their two goals through Low (from free kick), and Stewart, and for the remainder of the first half only some brilliant goalkeeping by Scott saved Everton from further disasters. After the change of ends the football, owing to the heat, fell off in quality. Everton were always a badly-balanced side, and never looked like saving the game. Waugh, at back, played splendidly for the United.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 EVERTON 0
September 7 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
EVERTON'S REVERSE AT NEWCASTLE
VISITORS' DEFENCE HARD PRESSED.
BRILLAINT GOALKEEPING BY SCOTT.
Everton visited Newcastle yesterday and played their new back Holbem. Davidson was a doubtful starter, and Chedgzoy was on reserve duty. However, the Middlesbrough man was able to play. Both sides had their full back captains absent, and Balmer was also absentee for Everton. Makepeace acted as Captain of the visitors, and had the misfortune to lose the toss, and Everton had therefore to battle against a fair wind and strong sun. Moreover, the latter was missing throughout the second half. Newcastle, once they got into their strides, by devious methods always sharp and clever, and keeping the ball ground high, overplayed Everton's defence, and led by two goals. The first came after sixteen minutes, Low took a free kick with accuracy and power, and the goalkeeper was greatly surprised to see the ball swerve into the net. It is doubtful whether a free kick was justifiable, but the play was all Newcastle's way, and the wonder was that the arrears were not heavier. Scott made some remarkable saves –masterpieces, in fact. Higgins also once hit the crossbar, when the goalkeeper was well beaten, and in addition to a number of other narrow escapes a ball from Kelly nearly went over the line after Scott, had attempted to kick clear. The second goal, scored by Stewart came after Wilson had missed fire from two yards' ranges twice in as many seconds, the goalkeeper being hit by the first effort and thumping out on the second occasion. Wilson in the next minute beat Harris and Stevenson, and Young and Makepeace failed to intercept the pass. R. Young was badly shaken by a severe collision with Willis and maybe his play suffered in this half through the blow. At any rate he made some indiscreet punts. Everton afterwards came to their best form, and made the Newcastle defence busy. Beare did score, only to be ruled offside, and in the closing stages the visitors applied great pressure, and caused Lawrence to fist away several dangerous shots. Harris had a good shot charged down –fortunately for Newcastle –and a remarkable melee should have given Everton the goal they had worked so hard for. However, the ball was smuggled away flukily. Burton headed perilously near; and then Duncan who had not been overworked, casued Scott alarm, the custodian reaching the ball in the nick of time. Further danger threatened when Stewart, in a solo effort, went at a pace towards goal. Gracie was up against a stiff proposition in Low, and received few opportunities to get his wings on the move. So sustained was the pressure upon Scott that addition to the goal crop were momentarily expected, Kelly, Duncan, and Wilson being the marksmen per excellence. With the approach of the interval, Everton were in complete submission and nothing but miraculous custodianship prevented the Tynesiders doubling their score. Half-time; Newcastle United 2 goals, Everton nil.
United continued in the ascendancy, many invasions being ruined by passes too far forward, which Scott easily returned, while Waugh magnificently stemmed the Everton left wing raids. Beare, it is true, made one galliant effort in a neat run and accurate centre, which brought Lawrence into service, but long exchanges between the half backs predominated. Scott fisted but mightily from Wilson, and the next moment saw a great shot from Duncan skim the post. In the midfield maneuvers very little movement past Willis, Low, and Hay –a half back trio of sterling quality. Kelly twice tested Scott with close quarter shots, but the keeper was sustained his reputation, and with the United pursuing the open game they kept the play almost without cessation in Everton's quarters. Everton fought hard in the second half, and deserved a goal for their labours. It must be confessed nevertheless, that the winners were good value for their victory, as their first half display was a powerful one, and gave the opposing defence no rest. Scott's goalkeeping was remarkably clever. And he had good defenders in front of him. Holbem's kicking being true, and strong. Harris and Makepeace did many good things, and the longer Young played the better he abilities. Forward who's light weight attack had little chance against the two sturdy Scottish international players and another big built half in Willis. The line did not blend till the game was eventually won, though each man in turn was responsible for able footwork at times, and the rallying of the last quarter, and was valiant struggle that merited praise, and would have gained a goal against a less capable team. Result Newcastle United 2, Everton nil. Teams: - Newcastle United: - Lawrence, goal, Waugh and Whitson backs, Willis, Low, and Hay, half-backs, Duncan Kelly Stewart, Higgins, and Wilson forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, Stevenson, and Holbem, backs, Harris, R. Young and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Beare, Jefferis Gracie, Burton, and Davidson forwards. Referee Rev. J. W. Marsh. (Bury).
MANCHESTER UNITED EVERTON.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 11 September 1911
At Old Trafford, in glorious weather, before 20,000 spectators. United made one change, and Everton had a mixed side. Play opened at a good pace, but the shooting of both sides was poor. Scott and Edmonds both made brilliant saves. After half-an-hour's play, Halse opened the score for United with a long, dropping shot. There was no further scoring before the interval, when United led by 1 goal to none. Turnbull increased Manchester's lead soon after the resumption. The Everton forwards exhibited very poor form. Halse got through the visitors' defence, but was fouled when a goal seemed certrain. The United were having much the better of matters but Lacey eventually got through, opening the Everton score after thirty-four minutes. Result-Manchester United 2 goals, Everton 1 goal.
CHAMPIONS FIRST WIN
Athletic News - Monday 11 September 1911
Manchester United 2, Everton 1
No finer tribute could be paid to the Manchester United backs than the plain statement that though the half-backs in front of them were beaten by the Everton forwards the United won by two goals to one. The Everton forward line was hastily reconstructed at the last moment. Davidson and Burton had been dropped as a wing in favour of Lacey and Gourlay, when it was found that Young was injured and could not appear at centre-half. So Fleetwood was pulled from the forward line to the centre-half position, and on Friday night the amateur W.C. Jordan, was wired an invitation to take the centre-forward berth. With both Balmer and Holbem on the injured list, the Everton backs were Stevenson and Meunier, and Manchester United gave their centre-forward position to Anderson in reward for fine play with the reserve team. In my opinion the Everton forward play was utterly deceptive. They were clever and passed prettily –at times they passed far too much –and they had a big share of the game, but for all that they never looked like scoring goals. It is all very well to pass nicely in midfield, and to be clever without making ground, but if you cannot beat the backs it is really all so much wasted energy. Now that was the case with Everton. They were full of football in midfield, but when they came in front of Holfton and Stacey they absolutely stopped dead. With all their nice combination and pretty midfield tactics the Everton forwards only made two good shots. Both were from lacey –one was saved and the other scored.
Poor Centring By Everton
I was particularly struck with the fact that the Everton outside wing forwards seldom put the ball in front of the Manchester goal. Run they could, but centre they did not. Now if the Manchester forward broke away the ball was invariably swung across the face of the goal by someone. I can only recall one really fine centre from the Everton wing men. That came when Beare pushed the ball past Stacey and darted round him to score well across in the second half. I heard people say after the match that if Everton had possessed their regular backs they would have won, and a more unfair comment I have heard made. Why, Stevenson and Meunier were always doing far more effective work than the attack. What a difference there was in the wing play of Meredith! Repeatedly he got the ball across from the touch-line and his corner-kicking was a treat to watch. The Manchester men, if not so pretty, always looked the stronger, more business like set, and deserved to win. The opening goal was scored by Halse, who found the ball at his feet in front of the eight yards space, and managed to direct it just inside the post. Scott stood yards wide of the ball, and was helpless. This happened at the end of half an hour. Early in the second half Meredith won a corner kick, and dropped the ball right in front of the net. A dozen heads rose, but Turnbull was there first, and into the haven went the ball. When lacey opened the score with a quick shot at close quarters shortly after the interval there was visions of a big Goodison rally, but the men did not carry the necessary spirit with them, and the Manchester backs were always masters of the situation.
Hotfon The Star Artist
The back play all round was singularly good. There was not a weak man in the four, and while Stevenson of Everton, was full of pace, Hofton of the United, was both powerful and artistic. Indeed, I have no hesitation in saying that Hofton’s display was the outstanding feature of the game. On this form he must be classed as an international of the near future. His strong, artistic volleying reminded one of Burgesws at his best. Another noticeable feature was that although the day was warm, and the men were keen, the game was delightfully clean. There was not a bad foul in the whole match, and we saw a good deal of really fine shoulder charging. Manchester United won, but their forward play was not good. Meredith was a long way the best man in the line, with Turnbull second and Halse a sound worker. Wall was only a shadow of the outside left who won his cap against Scotland. He had none of the old fire and pace, and was never a strong performer. He is, however, newly recovered from a knee injury, and it may be that he will soon again reveal the form that made his name and fame. The line certainly did not combine so well as the Everton set. There was little to choose between the two half-back lines. Both sets tackled hard and fed well, but I though the Manchester three showed the stronger quality of play. The backs I have spoken of, and both custodians were good, though neither had much to do, by the way. Anderson, who led the Manchester United forwards for the first time, tried hard, but never made much progress. The other centre forwards, too, was under difficulties, and also out of condition and short of practice, yet his footwork was most stylish at times. Jefferies was decidedly the cleverest of the Everton forward line, and like Turnbull on the other side, did brainy work in pulling the attack together and helping it along. Manchester United; Edmonds; Hofton, Stacey; Duckwortk, Roberts, Bell; Meredith, Halse, Anderson, Turnbull, and Wall. Everton; Scott; Stevenson, Meunier; Harris, Fleetwood, Makepeace; Beare, Jefferis, W.C. Jordan, Gourlay, and Lacey. Referee; Mr. H.S. Bamlett, Gateshead.
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 EVERTON 1
September 11, 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
EVERTON BEATEN AT OLD TRAFFORD.
The Evertonians had a somewhat unpleasant experience at Old Trafford –the finely appointed enclosure of the Manchester United Club –on Saturday. Despite the fact that they were the better side from a strict football point of view, they were defeated by 2 goals to 1. Perfect weather prevailed, and the turf was carpet like in its softness. A gentle breeze tempered the rays of a smiling September sun, and the amenities generally were placid and peaceful. Unfortunately, the football, in its cohesion, combination, and skill, left something to be desired. Neither side did itself anything like full justice, nor though, as we have said, Everton outclassed their opponents in the first period of the match they were eventually beaten. The directors had taken the bold step of rearranging the front line, and up to a certain point the experiment was a success. It just fell short, however, of realising expectation, and it is not unlikely that there may be a further reshuffling of the cards. Anyhow, the season is young enough, and trials even if costly, more often than not repays those who have the boldness and the enterprise to make them. The composition on Saturday's team was, frankly speaking, unbalanced, but on the general run of the play, Everton fully deserved to share the honours with their opponents.
UNITED LEAD THE WAY.
It was early evident from the opening stages of the game that Everton were finer masters of the art of short passing than were United. Led by the Rev. W. C. Jordan, the forwards many a time often made dangerous raids on the Manchester goal. Their finishing touches however, were woefully weak, and this coupled with occasional instances of ineptitude on the part of the full backs, accounted for their inability to wrest at least one point from their antagonists. Considering the atmospherical conditions, the pace was set at an exceptionally quick rate, and in the first few minutes Meredith gave Scott a warm shot to deal with. The famous Welshman, subsequently proved a constant source of anxiety to both Meunier and Stevenson, his centres being placed with characteristic accuracy. Everton, playing strongly for a time looked very like drawing first blood when Lacey, who had only the goalkeeper to beat, shot wildly outside Makepeace, Fleetwood, and Young kept serving their forwards with unwavering assiduity, but there was always that fatal hesitancy in front of goal, and it was left for the Mancunians to show the way to Victory. Their front rank moved smartly down, and Turnbull put the ball neatly to Halse, who dashed in and shot just as he was being bowled over. The leather, flying at a tangent, lobbed into the corner of the net right out of Scott's reach. On the face of things it was what the crowd would call “ a soft goal “ but there is no doubt that it was well worked up to.
THE SECOND HALF.
There was no diminution in either speed or keenness in the second half. Everton made many bold bids to retrieve their fallen fortunes, Jefferis being particularly prominent; but was left to the United to add a second goal. Meredith ran the leather along the wing with lighting like rapidity, and centring splendidly he enabled Turnbull to head the ball into the net. This was a really fine goal, and it sent the spectators –who by this time numbered quite 20,000 –into ecstasy of delight. Smarting under the sense of a second reverse, Everton redoubled their efforts, and pressing their advantage home, Lacey scored with a magnificent shot. Subsequently the vigorous and alert Irishman tried to added a second goal, but his shots missed the mark by inches, and both Gourlay and Jordan were qually offenders in the matter of missing opportunities.
Chief interest in the composition of the Everton team centred in the person of the Rev. W.C.Jordan. As a pivot the old Oxonian ought to prove a valuable asset to the Evertonians. His style is distinctly academic –but it is accurate. The way in which he fed both wings was at times very pretty to see and if he showed a disposition to shirk “roughing” it few will blame him. It is sufficient and encouraging to know that he possesses a perfect knowledge of the game, and we shall be very much surprised if he does not prove an invaluable link in welding the Everton team together. Jefferis played wonderfully good football, and Lacey was pertinacity. Beare, and Gourlay fough well, but failed in their endeavours. All the half-backs did themselves justice, Fleetwood cutting a fine figure in the centre position. The Full backs were unsteady and unreliable, and it is scarcely too much to say that they were the main factors in Everton's discomfiture. Teams: - Manchester United: - Edmonds goal, Holton, and Stacey, backs, Duckworth, Roberts (Captain), and Bell, half-backs, Meredith, Halse, Turnbull, and Wall, forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, Stevenson, and Meunier, backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Jordan, Gourlay, and Lacey, forwards. Referee H.S. Bamlett.
WILL VEITCH JOIN EVERTON?
Athletic News - Monday 11 September 1911
Well-informed Tynesiders hint at the early return of John Rutherford to Newcastle fold. A settlement of the difference between this talented player and his club would be most welcome. The other individual object of Novocastrian interest, Colin Vietch, has not completed his parley with the Bolton emissaries, but the barometer at the moment indicates the likeihood of the players' Union chairman sporting the blue jersey of Everton. At any rate the Newcastle authorizes have made clear, with disconcerting frankness, their intention not now to resign Veitch.
DAVIDSON AND HIS TRANFSER FEE
Athletic News - Monday 11 September 1911
The financial rules of the Football League framed largely for the benefit of the players, must be construed strictly, or the door for abuse would very soon be pushed opened. The easiest way to help the club to go straight is to make it difficult to go wrong. W. Davidson, late of Middlesbrough and who signed on for the Teesside about November last (prior to which he was an amateur connected with the Airdrionians) was transferred to Everton in June of the present year, so that he had not completed a year’s service at Ayresome Park. But on being transferred to Everton he was paid 42 ponds by Middlesbrough out of the transfer fee. The club seems to have escaped punishment, probably because the transaction was carried out by the old directorate. It was arranged at the time of the League annual meeting in London just before the publication of the findings of the Commission. Davidson had no right to share in fee, and the Management Committee have decided that the amount must be refunded. We believe that Everton, acting in ignorance, were parties to the payment to Davidson, and are probably now wondering what effect the decision of the Management Committee will have upon the player. We do not see that Davidson has anything to complain about. He is somewhat fortunate to get off as he has done. Presumably he got the 10 pounds bonus for signing on for Everton, and seeing that he has not yet been a professional player for twelve months he has done very well. What will the League do with the 42 pounds? Middleborough are not entitled to it. The player has to pay it over to the League, and maybe the League will enrich its funds or devote the money to charity.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 2
September 11 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercery.
Everton opened their career in the new Central League with a poor exhibition and a defeat at the hands of Manchester United. The game was chiefly noticeable for the vigorous play of both sides while at the same time it must be confessed that the Manchester eleven were the more business like. There was more dash and method about the tactics of the visitors. True, the Everton eleven underwent several changes, which did not and to its solidarity. The United scored first through Picken, and then Gracie made the scores equal before the interval. Afterwards Taylor was unlucky enough to head the ball through his own goal. Taylor and W. Davies were the Everton backs, and they did not blend very harmoniously. Taylor did several good things, but he was many times outpaced by the opposing left wing. The half-back line worked hard but not very successfully. Allan gave a bustling exhibition, and was probably the best of the trio. The forwards were very weak and lacked method and cohesion. Gracie often developed a fatal hesitancy in front of the goal, while the wingmen were rarely in sympathy with each other. Everton: - Berry, goal, J.D. Taylor, and W. Davies, backs, Allan, Weller and Grenyer, half-backs Chedgzoy, Pinkney, Gracie, Barton, and Gault, forwards. Manchester United: -Moger goal, Holden, and Donnelly, backs, Livingston, Whalley, and Hodge, half-backs, Sheldon, Hamil, Nuttall, Picken and Blott. Forwards.
BRECHIN CITY MAKE BIG CAPTURE
Dundee Courier - Saturday 16 September 1911 SIGNING ON HANNAN, EVERTON BACK.
Brechin City, always the on lookout for real good stroke of business in securing the signature of " Jock" Hannan of Everton. This crack back was signed on at a late hour last night. Prior to joining the ranks of the Toffeeman , Hannan was for six months a member Celtic Club, and there were many knowing ones Parkhead who shook their heads when " Jock" was allowed to depart. Mr. Kirkwood, one of the Goodison directors, however, enticed the player away, and for the past year he has done good work for Everton. There can be no gainsaying that he is a splendid back- a born defender, I might say-andonce Hannan gets into the ways of hisnew love there is doubt but that he will shine. Of robust build, he is a fearless and at the same time a reliable tackler.Provided the papers are hands of the Association in time -and there is little doubt that they will be -" Jock" will toe the line against Abroath at Nursery Park this afternoon in place of Lyon.
TRANMERE ROVERS 0 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 16, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
This match attracted a fine crowd to Prenton Park, that climatic conditions being admirable for a strenuous contest. The teams turned out as advertised with but one exception Bardsley playing vice Bob Young at Everton's right full back. The visitors won the toss and went straight for goal, but Hancock relieved from Burton. Smith and Moreton got away on the home right, and it was only a very clever clearance by Meunier that saved disaster. After this Everton showed superior combination their forwards work being as scientific as if was interesting to watch. Dunroe got away a very good centre from Burton, while later some tricky pasting between Pinkney and Doran resulted in the home goal continuously bombarded. On one occasion James Rimmer, the home skipper, cleared with brilliance from Murray, and then Hancock and Derbyshire saved the fort from successive shots from Grenyer and Gault. The game was all in the Evertonians' favour, who attacked and defended with a skill quite worthy of the traditions of their well-known club. But there were weak shots, and it was thanks to these that the homesters were enabled to become dangerous. Moreton and Smith cleverly outwitted Grenyer, and the other centred, but Wright hesitated, and Bardsley cleared the ball. Bird received for the homesters, and sent in a swift shot, which Bromilow saved magnificently. Allan eventually the clearance. A few minutes later Bromilow cleared from Wright, and on the ball being returned the latter was about to score when the offside rule was put into operation. Gault as the other end tested Dunroe without effort. This was followed by a fine solo by Pinkney, who was on the point of scoring when Hancock dashed in and cleared. Dunroe saved well from Burton at close range. Half-time no score. Immediately after the restart Everton got away, and Gault gave them the lead. Then Rovers pressed, and Bromilow fisted away a good shot from Moreton. The keeper later saved from John Rimmer at close range, the effort being loudly and deservedly applauded. Three quarter time: Everton 1 Rovers nil.
EVERTON v. LIVERPOOL
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 18 September 1911
Before 30.000 spectators, at Goodison Park. Both teams had to make changes, owing to injuries, Fleetwood being unable turn out for Everton, whilst Liverpool were without Harrop and Peake, McDonald and Owen filling the extreme wing positions. The play was fast, and exciting. Beare scored in ten minutes for Everton, Orr retired injured. Play continued very fast, but Liverpool were badly handicapped. Interval: —Everton 1 goal Liverpool none. Liverpool were still without Orr when the game was resumed, and generally play was confined to thye Anfielders' half of the field. Gourlay early tested Hardy with a hot shot, the Liverpool keeper saving, while Jordan headed just over the bar. owing to a mistake by Scott, Parkinson equalised, but Everton gained the verdict by a goal scored by Gourlay near the finish. Result; Everton 2 goals, Liverpool 1 goal.
EVERTON’S OPENING WIN
Athletic News - Monday 18 September 1911
Everton’s opening victory, especially at the expense of Liverpool, must have been very welcome, for only twice in the past six seasons had they mastered their rivals from across the Park on their own ground at Goodison. It was a strange team that Liverpool were compelled to place in the field, for they have suffered heavily through injuries to their players. Yet another misfortune overtook them in this engagement, for Orr twisted his knee in the first five minutes, and took no further part in the match. One of the features of the contest was the brilliant display of Frank Jefferis, who was secured from Southampton late last season. Born at Fording Bridge, a suburb of the Southern seaport, Jefferis started his football career with Fording Bridge Turks as an inside right, and for a season or two rendered them excellent service. His club won the Salisbury Junior League, and the Bournemouth League, Jefferis at that stage being an amateur. So successful was he that his abilities attracted the attention of the Southampton club, and Jefferis was afforded a trial with them against the Corithians. In his usual position of inside right, he acquitted himself so creditably that he was immediately signed, and became a professional. With the reserve team Jefferies gained further experience, and he was quickly drafted into the Southern League elven. For four seasons he maintained his place, and the quality of his footwork made him a prominent figure wherever the Southampton club was playing. Against Everton at Goodison Park, and four days later in the Hampshire seaport, Jefferis played finely in the English Cup-ties, and his performances in these games were well remembered by the Merseyside club, by who he was engaged last season. Standing 5ft 10in, and weighing 11st., 5lb., Jefferis is exceedingly clever on the ball, and he and Beare form a smart and effective right wing.
Athletic News - Monday 18 September 1911
Misfortunes are dogging the steps of the two Liverpool League teams and although the first month of the season has not yet run its course, both Everton and Liverpool have a number of players on the injured list. The Anfield club has been particularly unfortunate in this respect, for Harrop and Gilligan could not turn out against Everton on Saturday, and neither Robionson nor McDonald would have played had other men been available. This is a very formidable list thus early in the season. It is a strange coincidence that these unfortunate happenings usually occur just before a meeting with Everton. I well remember a semi-final cup-tie between the pair on the Aston Villa ground, when the forward line had to be completely rearranged just before the game started. Other instances could be enumerated did space permit. The injury sustained by Orr will probably keep the inside left out of football for some weeks. He kicked the ball, and at the same time his foot came into contact with the ground, the result being that the ligaments of his right leg were torn. Liverpool, however, have a strong list of reserve players, but even their resources are being sorely taxed by the continued injuries to their men.
But Everton have also been unfortunate with their men, for Balmer and Macconnachie are not able to play, and Fleetwood could not take the centre half-back position against Liverpool, for which post he had been selected. He sustained a nasty injury at Manchester, and through he kept on playing he has had to remain indoors since, and cannot resume training for some days. Robert Young was also far from fit, and played under disquieting conditions. The receipts at the battle at Goodison Park on Saturday amounted to upwards of 1,100. This represents an attendance of about 38,000 spectators. The ground was by no means filled, and the accommodation of a big crowd at the Everton headquarters are as near perfection as it is possible to attain. Liverpool and Everton have not met thirty-one times in League engagements, with the result that Everton have won sixteen games, and lost six, and drawn nine. Liverpool have been successful four times at Goodison Park, but Everton have prevailed at Anfield on six occasions and have shared the points there seven times. They have not been defeated on the Liverpool ground since January 19, 1901, and have won on each of their last four visits.
EVERTON’S FIRST VICTORY
Athletic News - Monday 18 September 1911
Everton 2 Liverpool 1
Compared with most of the thrilling tussles that have been witnessed when the rival Mersey clubs have opposed each other, the most recent meeting of the pair proved tame and featureless. There were, however, extenuating circumstances in the case which undoubtedly exercised a deteriorating influence on the play. It is not the first time that Liverpool have had to bemoan their ill-fortune when pitted against Everton, but I question whether they have ever in the whole course of their League career been in such straits as they were on Saturday in order to place a fairly representative eleven on the field. And still malignant Fate pursued the Anfield people, who must surely have offended the goddess beyond all comprehension. Scarcely had the game started when Orr, in kicking the ball, injured the ligaments of his leg, causing him to leave the field, and thus for fully eighty minutes Liverpool battled against their keenest foes with ten men, some unsound in parts, and others filling totally unaccustomed positions. Little wonder that they were beaten, but Hardy played a great game, and then, when Scott had practically presented an equalizing point to his opponents, the Liverpool custodian made a sad attempt to stop the shot which won the match.
Let me state at once that Everton were the superior side throughout; there was more method in their movements, and their forwards were decidedly more dangerous at close quarters than were the opposing line. Weaknesses were apparent in the Everton ranks, but these were practically hidden by the more glaring puerilities in the Liverpool team. We saw two moderate sides, of which Everton were certainly the better. Tem minutes had elapsed when, following a corner kick taken by Lacey, the ball was headed inwards by Jordan. This was never properly cleared, and Beare seizing a nice opening smartly scored. Nothing further was registered during the first half, though Everton never seemed like losing their lead, but Hardy’s excellent goalkeeping prevented this from being increased. After the change of ends, Everton were almost incessantly attacking, but Hardy was in a martial mood, and simply refused to surrender. Shots were rained at him, but he dealt with all in a manner that betokened the skilled custodian. Then came a solitary ray of good fortune for Liverpool, which burst through the dark clouds that had enveloped them, and gave them hope anew. Macdonald eluded Holbem, who fell, and sent in a lofty shot, one of the tamest imaginable, which no one ever anticipated would lead to a tangible result. Scott caught the ball, fell, and allowed it to slip out of his grasp, whereupon Parkinson, who happened to be prowling round, calmly assisted it into the net. There now appeared a chance for Liverpool to share the spoil, but then ensued another surprise. The play was hovering around Hardy’s charge, when Gourlay gained possession some distance out, and fired in a fast straight shot. The goalkeeper was ready for it, with outstretched arms, but to the consternation of all the ball beat him, and Everton had snatched AA victory. Hardy had performed so brilliantly that his defeat by a shot of apparently ordinary difficulty was inexplicable. There was no hope for Liverpool after this, though Macdonald had another chance of equalizing in the last minute, and I should imagine that the Anfielders will look in vain for any item of gratification in this their latest encounter with their friendly foes.
In their forward line, Everton could point to a decided advantage, for Jefferis and Beare constituted a clever wing, while on the left, Gourlay and Lacey were a vigorous pair. The footwork and judicious placing of Jefferis were alike excellent; he always parted with the ball to the ultimate advantage of his partner, and he did not fail near goal, as Hardy will readily admit. Beare put across many delightful centres, and this part of the team engineered the majority of the attacks. Useful work was forthcoming at times from Jordan, but he was not consistent, and many capable movements were interspersed with some feeble items. Lacey was responsible for some dashing sprints and fiery centres, but the quality of the play on the left wing could not compare with that at the other extremity of the line for subtlety. Makepeace was the best of the half-backs; rare tackler and an ideal supporter for his forwards whom he plied with most seductive glances, to right or left. Harris, though not so prominent, was always sound in defence, and ever in touch with the men in front. No fault could be found with Young, while at full-back Holbem gave a capital exhibition, kicking cleanly and with accurate length. His first appearance At Goodison was a distinct success. Stevenson also defended well, but Scott was responsible for his own solitary downfall. I have already offered sufficient evidence of Hardy share in the proceedings; there was no comparison between the work which fell his lot and that of the Everton custodian. Even the best of goalkeepers cannot be exempt from occasional lapses, and it must not be forgotten that he cleared many thrilling thrusts that deserved to score. Longworth gave another grand exhibition at full-back; there was no hesitancy about his play, and seldom faltered despite the heavy strain him. Crawford was not so reliable, and I was pleased to see him change the tactics he had begun to adopt in the early stages. A word from the referee was wisely acted upon. Of the half-backs, M‘Connell was the pick, and his efforts deserved greater support from the forward line. The greatest credit is due Robinson for his performance at centre half-back. Considering his physical condition, and that he was operating in a strange position, he did splendidly, and furnished yet another example of the genuine footballer he has always shown himself to be. Lowe was not a success, and the forwards were all awry, Goddard, at inside right, being no means inspiring. Everton;-Scott; Stevenson, Holbein; Harris. Young: Makepeace; Beare. Jefferies, W. J. Jordan., Gourlay, and Lacey. Liverpool; Hardy; Longworth. Crawford, McConnell. Robinson. Lowe; Macdonald, Goddard. Parkinson, Orr and Uren. Referee; J. Mason, Burslem.
EVERTON 2 LIVERPOOL 1
September 18 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
EVERTON DEFEAT LIVERPOOL BY A GOAL
Seldom in the annual of their football warfare have Everton or Liverpool met with. More depleted forces than on Saturday. When men meet with injuries so early in the season it is often a serious handicap to clubs who have not efficient reserves to fill in the gaps. It is only natural that the supporters of both clubs should be desirous on local Derby days of seeing their champions turn out at full strength; however, the loyalty and interest of the respective followers was simply demonstrated when 40,000 watched the game.
The game was fought at Goodison Park, and the Everton team was perforce somewhat remodeled. In the absence of the injured Macconnachie, Holbem, (the Sheffield acquisition) made his debut in the left back position. Gracie was absent from the centre in favour of the Rev. W. C. Jordan, who has many admires and a big reputation of late. Lacey and Gourlay returned to the left wing, and Bob Young to centre half. Individually, of course all the Blues were good men, but they could hardly be very strong in combination. Liverpool were even worse off, especially after they lost Orr. Neither Harrop nor Peake were available as pivots, and this position had to be taken by Robinson, who has a sore knee. Gilligan was a great loss to the forward line, and the right wing looked very queer with Arthur Goddard playing inside to MaDonald. It took one some time to get over the absence of so many stalwarts who have been associated with these contests; indeed, as the game proceeds many must have though that a leaven of the old brigade would have given a more spicy flavour of play which at no time reached the heights of former contests. Freeman or Sandy Young, for instance, in the centre of the Everton line would probably have imparted to it far more force and character.
EVERTON OBTAIN THE LEAD.
Goddard elected to face the sun –a decision which puzzled the onlookers. So much had been disclosed beforehand that one half anticipated where to look for special points of interest. All eyes were fastened on the lengthy cleric, whose fame had not got abroad; then there was Holbem to be criticised, and Robinson on the Liverpool side. But, perhaps, the most curious feature of the game was the Goddard-MaDonald wing. Here we had two masters of their craft. Operating under difficulties when were almost certain to produce failure, no matter how the two might juggle; in the respect the wing was a continued source of interest, even if it was not effective. The Reds put plenty of energy into their work, but there was little genuine accord between the forwards, or the halves and the forwards. Still, the Anfielders had ideas, finesse, and a spirit of enterprise, which largely counteracted their palpable, want of balance. There was a spirit of irrepressibility in the Liverpool ranks, which was in contradistinction to the more leisurely and finished methods of Everton. Had Orr not been injured, Liverpool's attack must have developed wonderfully, for the units were incisive and venturesome. In defence, however, the Reds were distinctly weak the half-backs especially responding very feebly when severe pressure was put upon them. Longsworth played one of the game of his life, and Crawford stood up gallantly to a wing which was always too clever for him. Longsworth, however, accepts defeat better than his partner, and scorn to retrieve the situation by unsportmanlike methods. Quick to decide, direct an execution; and filled with boundless energy, Longworth is one of the most fearless backs living. Thus, say with Harrop, Longsworth, and Hardy in the field, the Livers defence would never be really weak.
LIVERPOOL DEFENCERS' GRUELLING.
There is no questioning the fact, however, that the Reds defenders had a real grueling compared with the opposition, and there were many occasions when Hardy was the last bulwark of defence. Strange though it may seem, however, it was the Livers who threw most chances away in front of goal. Hardy, though kept very busy, had not many “treasers” to deal with, but he had quite sufficient work to enable him to give a very fine demonstration of goalkeeping. The Rev. W. C. Jordan obviously does not believe in storming methods of attack. Had the centre adopted more heroic methods, there were many occasions when Hardy seemed abandoned to inevitable defeat. The Everton wings played with spirit and enterprise, but their raids frequently died away for lack of centre support. Mr. Jordan seem declined to wait for favourable openings rather than to go ahead and make them. In the early stages of the game Everton were the more forceful. Jefferis, Beare, and Lacey standing out bolding. During the first ten minutes Hardy was sore pressed, and ultimately succumbed to a series of raids which culminated in Beare scoring as the sequel to Lacey's corner. This brought about a vigorous response from the Reds, and on the Everton side none excelled Captain Makepeace in sterling defence. He showed marvellous subtlety and resource in opposition, and placed to his colleagues with rare discretion and unerring accuracy. Makepeace's excellent form relieved Holbem considerably, though, truth to tell, the Anfield right wing was not a perplexing problem. Goddard never has been a dead shot, and McDonald caused Scott little anxiety. Uren and Parkinson were a much more dangerous couple, but troubled Scott occasionally their best efforts failed to materialise. Just before the interval Parkinson managed to mix up Scott and his backs, but with a very wide part of the gaol to fire at Parkinson scored a disappointing “outer.” In the first half the following players did well –Both custodians, Holbem, Makepeace, Harris Beare, Jefferis, Lacey, Uren, and Parkinson.
LIVERPOOL RESUME WITH TEN MEN.
The popular opinion at the interval was that the game had been well contested, though the play was weak scientifically and artistically. The player too, were somewhat deficient in personality. Liverpool were without the services of Orr when the resumed, and perhaps for this reason Everton were not anxious to be aggressive. For a long time after restarting there was a spell of uninteresting work. Liverpool seemed to rouse themselves for a big effort, while Everton frittered away many promising ventures by dilatory tactics in finishing. Mr. Jordan was undoubtedly averse to robust methods, but without a strong led, the whole line time after time fell away. The pivot was neat and classy in the outfield, but at close quarters he showed no fight whatever. This won't do for Everton. Whoever, their future centre is to be, he must be a leader of men. The Anfielders equalised by one of those sudden, storming movements, which sweep through opposition. Even Scott got flurried at the finish enabling Parkinson to score from McDonald's centre. The superiority of the Blues was never so marked as during the five minutes, which followed Parkinson goal. They simply played havoc with the Anfield defences. Jefferis missing the easiest of openings very much as Parkinson did before the interval. A minute or two after Gourlay unexpectedly tried his luck at 25 yards' range. Gourlay's action was so swift and the ball had such speed and power that Hardy evidently failed to sight it. Instintingly the custodian made an effort, which only served to suggest that he had utterly failed to gauge the fight of the sphere. And no wonder. After this there was no question of Liverpool getting on terms. On the whole Everton were the better-balanced side, but they might have had to divide the spoil had Ronald Orr kept the field. Teams: - Everton: - Scott goal, Stevenson and Holbem, backs, Harris R. Young, and Harry Makepeace (Captain), half-backs Beare, Frank Jefferis, J. C. Jordan, Gourlay, and Lacey, forwards. Liverpool: - Hardy, goal, Longsworth, and Crawford, backs, McConnell, Robinson and Lowe, half-backs, McDonald, Goddard (Captain), Parkinson, Orr, and H. Uren, forwards.
CLYDE WANT GRACIE.
London Daily News - Wednesday 20 September 1911
It is rumoured that Clyde, the Scottish League club, have made a overtures to Everton for the transfer of Gracie, the centre forward of the Goodison Park club. Grace, who played for Greenock Morton for the greater part of last season, was reserve for the Scottish team to oppose England in international match, and remained at Everton after the game. His transfer, though late in the season, caused much talk. He played in four or five games at the end last season for Everton, and in the two opening matches this season, but was then dropped, the Rev. W. C. Jordan taking his place. Clyde have been weak in the centre forward position this season, and are, it stated, anxious to secure Gracie in time for the Scottish Cup tie against Glasgow on Saturday next.
ASTON VILLA v. EVERTON.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 25 September 1911
At Aston, before 25.000 spectators. Everton lacked the services of Makepeace and Balmer. Right from the kick-off the Villa dashed away, and Hamppton scored from Bache's pass half a minute from the start. Beare and Jefferies played well for Everton, but the three Villa inside forwards all missed chances of augumnenting the leaders score. Interval; Aston Villa 1 goal, Everton none. The shooting on both sides was moderate after the interval, though Gourlay was woefully unlucky to fall when Roose had left the Villa goal at his mercury. Hampton when travelling well was brought down by Stevenson and from the penalty, promptly awarded by the referee, Wallace scored half a minute from ther end. Walters scored the Villa's third goal. Result; Aston Villa 3 goals, Everton none.
ASTON VILLA 3 EVERTON 0 (Game 743)
September 25 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
EVERTON ROUTED BY THE VILLA.
It is always a melancholy task to be the bearing of ill tidings. Still, duty, however, disagreeable must be done, and therefore it must be done, and therefore it must be placed on record that Everton gave a woeful display against Aston Villa at Birmingham on Saturday. There were, it is true extenuating circumstances; but even these, rated on the meet liberal scale, do not outweigh the ominous fact that the Everton eleven is far from being a satisfactory one. It may be, of course, that the team has struck a bad patch and we have never been in the habit of taking a pessimistic view of their performances. But really, on Saturday's play, one is bound to admit that, with one or two individual exceptions, the Evertonians played rank bad football. Their defeat was decisive enough, in all conscience, bit it is heightened when we remember that the Villa defence was by no means great. Having written with what may appear to be brutal frankness, we may now consider the points in favour of the Goodison Park brigade. To begin with, they were without the service of Makepeace, and in the second place Macconnachie declared himself unfit to play. That the famous full back was not himself was early evident. He was quite enable to stem the rushes of the home forwards, and when he left the field, half an hour before the finish, many wondered how he has “struck it” so long. It is, of course, idle to indulge in mere surmises, but it is pretty certain that the full back's unfitness had a lot to do with heavy defeat. This, indeed, would undoubtedly have been heavier still but for the brilliant goalkeeping of Scott. In the second half especially the Irish international covered himself with glory. and even the Birmingham crowd, who are not always generous, loudly applauded his wonderful work between the sticks.
A STARTING GOAL. (IN 20 SECONDS)
The game opened in the most sensational fashion, and it is probable that the Villa's first goal, coming as it did precisely twenty seconds from the kick off, had much to do with the ultimate result of the contest. Facing the wind and the rain, the Villa raced along the left at lighting speed. Henshall passed the ball to Bache, and the latter gave to Hampton, who headed into the net. The movement quite took one's breath away, and it was not for some time that Everton settled down Grenyer whose second appearance it was with the first eleven, threw his heart into the work, and serving up nicely, he gave Gourlay possession, but the latter's shot went awry. The Everton right wing persevered in their attempts to get through but there was an absence of combination, which enabled the home defenders to clear their lines without having to extend themselves. The Villians were much dangerous, and Bache, Walter and Hampton were constant thorns in the side of Scott. Fortunately for Everton, their shooting was very erratic, and when the interval came the home side led by only one goal.
It was hoped that the second period might witness an improvement in Everton's methods, but hope smiled but to decisive. The Villa forwards were soon swarming round Scott, and Stevenson, in preventing Hampton from getting through, was muleted in a penalty. The Evertonian protested against having deliberately fouled the Villa's centre forward, but the referee ruled otherwise, and Wallace scored with a shot, that gave the custodian little chance from the penalty kick . The remaining stages of the game continued all in favour of the home side, though Beare and Jefferis made more than one valiant attempt to make up the leeway. It was not to be, however, and within a minute of the finish Aston Villa rammed home their victory by netting the ball for the third time, the successful shot coming from the toe of Walters. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Roose, goal, Lyons, and Miles backs, Tranter, Buckley, and Whitaker, half-backs, Wallace, Walters, Hampton, Bache, and Henshall, forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs Beare, Jefferis, Gracie, Gourlay, and Lacey forwards .
EVERTON AND THEIR FORWARDS.
Athletic News - Monday 25 September 1911
Everton have been in negotiations with the Clyde club for the transfer of Gracle, but there is little likelihood of any business being transacted on this matter. The Scot was selected to play against the Villa, and more than usual interest was centred in his appearance by reason of the fact that Fleetwood was tried behind him at centre half-back. Everton are inclined to the belief that there is more football in Gracie than has yet been forthcoming on their behalf, and the introduction of Fleetwood was expected to provide a clue to the solution of the difficult problem of finding a worthy forward leader. Everton are not content with their present forces, and Mr. Cuff, the secretary, along with Director Allman, were in Scotland during the weekend watching a well-known forward. Everton are having bad luck with their players, for Macconnachie was again hurt at Birmingham, and Holbein is nursing a damaged knee. The Everton full-back, Meunier. Has been engaged by the New Brighton Club as their professional for next year's cricket season.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 OLDHAM ATHLETIC RESERVES 0
September 25, 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 2)
Everton's display against Oldham Athletic was the most satisfactory they have given during the present campaign. The Blues were infinitely superior to their opponents in all departments, and their four clear goals victory was well deserved. Both sides were responsible for some good work during the opening play; but before the interval was reached Everton had the game well in hand, having scored twice though Gault and Murray. Afterwards the disparity between the sides was even more pronounced, and Everton added two further goals by Pinkney and Weller. Berry had not so much to do as the Oldham custodian, but he several times got rid of awkward shots in clever fashion. Young gave a satisfactory display in the rear division and his forward passes were always tempered with good judgement. Weller was a tower of strength in the intermediate line, and W. Davies also did well. Murray was the most successful of any of the players, Everton have yet tried in the centre forward position. He is resourceful and possesses just that element of dash necessary to make a successful pivot. Pinkney and Doran made a capital wing, and Gault was responsible for some clever wing play. Everton: - Berry goal, R. Young, and Bardsley backs, Allan, Weller and W. Davies, half-backs, Pinkney, Dovan, Murray, Burton, and Gault, forwards.
EVERTON FOOTBALL AND VEITCH'S TRANSFER.
The negotiations between Bolton and Veitch of Newcastle, having ended, without satisfaction to the player or the club, the name of Everton comes into publicity in connection with Newcastle old captain, and half-back. Mr. Cuff denies that Everton have made any overturn's towards this end. We understand later that in addition to the fact that they have made overturn's for the transfer of Veitch Everton do not intend entering for his signature.
A SENSATIONAL START
Athletic News - Monday 25 September 1911
Aston Villa 3, Everton 0
ASTON VILLA are in merry mood. They scored four goals against the Albion in a local cup-tie, six against the City at Manchester, and in, their last engagement they put on three against Everton. The Villa are hard to keep down when they are in an aggressive humour, and in this engagement they were decidedly the cleverer team, although at no time was the game one-sided. Everton had R Balmer and Makepeace away—two valuable men to be absent —and Stevenson and Grenyer deputized for them. Grenyer is a youthful player from Newcastle, and he is a lad, too. There is a fine suggestion of the athlete about him, and he by no means let his side down. It is true that Wallace often tricked him but, then; Wallace is as nearly as possible the best outside right of English traction in the country. It was not an ideal day, there being a slight drizzle as the players came on field, while later the drizzle resolved itself into a steady downpour, but fortunately the rainfall was not of long duration. The change in the weather, however, affected the play considerably, because from using a dry ball and having the advantage of a really fine stretch of turf, the players were suddenly called upon to control an elusive ball on a slippery field. Miskicks were frequent, bad passes were by no means infrequent, and the kicking of the backs on both sides was poor.
Everton might have been excused had they fallen to pieces, because the Villa put on a goal in not more than thirty seconds. The Villa kicked off, Hensall darted up his wing, gave a long forward pass, and Bache got to the ball before the Everton back could tumble to the trick. Bache centred, Hampton came rushing up, and, getting his head to the ball, Scott was beaten. To Everton’s credit be it said that they did not let anything of the sort occur again until sometime after the interval. Then Hampton was interfered with by Stevenson. A penalty kick was granted and Wallace scored, while Walter, notched the third when the game was eighty-nine and half minutes old. The football was never of the highest quality. The Villa combination was often at fault, while, frankly, Everton possessed little. Beare and Jeffries know each other’s play, and are quite a talented wing but Gracie, Gourlay, and Lacey never settled down. They did not seem to have the faintest understanding- Occasionally Lacey would get a long pass when well placed, but such pass usually came from some player in a remote position. Everton are by no means a homogeneous side as yet.
THE VILLAS WEAKNESSES.
The Villa had a grand representative in Wallace, who is as fleet as he is tricky, and never delays a centre. Walters had one of his off days, but Hampton was dashing, and Bache and Henshall shone, although
Bache might easily have turned some of the excellent openings he had to better account. The Villa were sound at half-back. Whittaker is thoroughly good in his position, but then all the trio shaped well. The Villa backs are not ideal. Useful they are, but their kicking is very faulty. Everton have a sound defence- Scott kept goal brilliantly. Macconnachie had the bad luck to hurt his back, and could do little or nothing afterwards. Finally he retired, but previously he and Stevenson both did valuable if unobtrusive work. The half backs were the pick of the team. Fleetwood was quite the equal of Buckley. He did an immense amount of work. So did Harris, and Grenyer should be looked after. Beare is a fine player to watch, and Jeffries is always clever, but Gracie was almost weak, and Gourlay was not seen much of. Lacey opened well, but deteriorated. Aston Villa.—L. R. Roose; Lyons, Miles; Tranter, Buckley, Whittaker; Wallace, Walters, Hampton. Bache, and Henshall. Everton.—Scott; W. Stevenson., Maconnachie; Harris, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Beare. Jeffries. Gracie, Gourlay, and Lacey. Referee: Bullimer, Northampton.
ROCHDALE V EVERTON RESERVES
September 30, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
These teams met at Rochdale, before 2,000 spectators. Everton had a very strong team which including Gourlay, Gracie, and Lacey. Rochdale got down well in the first minute, but Bromilow easily dealt with the shot. Gourlay got between the backs, but Lacey's shot for goal was yard's high. Rochdale played good football; Spriggs and Gregson played good Football. The Rochdale forwards, were showing good football, and following smart work in front of goal, Gregson found the net with a curling shot, which gave Bromilow no chance. Midfield Everton shine, but they shot by when well placed. The home right wing got going, and after Reynolds had well place the ball, Gregson added the second goal. No more details. Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Bardsley, and Meunier, backs, Allen, Weller and Grenyer, half-backs Chedgzoy, Lacey, Gracie, Gerraty, and Gault, forwards.
ENGLAND'S TEAM TO PLAY DENMARK.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Friday 29 September 1911
The International Selection Committee the English Football Association met to-day at 42 Russell Square, and chose the following team play Denmark at Park Royal on October 21 in the amateur international:— R. G. Brebner (Huddersfield), goal; T. C. Burn and A. E. Knight (Portsmouth), backs; Rev. K. R. G. Hunt (Leyton), F. W. Chapman (Oxford), and J. Dines (liford). halfbacks; A. Berry (Everton), J. Woodward (Chelsea) (capt.), G. W. Webb (West Ham United), G. R. Hoare (Woolwich Arsenal), and E. G. D. Wright (Hull City), forwards. Reserves —F. C. Symons (Nunhead) and C. H. Pearce (liford). Kick-off. 3 p.m.