Dundee Courier- Thursday 02 July 1914
St Mirren are not to make money over the departure of Magner from Love Street grounds. The ex-Everton centre forward has signed for South Liverpool, which means ithat no transfer fee forthcoming.
ANOTHER NEW PLAYER
Saturday 4 July 1914 Cheshire Observer
This week Chester have made a notable capture in Fred Kirby, half-back, who last season played regularly for Everton Reserves, the champions the Central League. He is 23 years of age, stands 5ft. 9in.. and weighs 12st 5lbs
ALL HONOURS BUT ONE
July 4, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
Some Jottings On Liverpool F.C and Their Rise To Fame
In the beginning was Everton, and Everton were the goods, so they said. The Everton of those day's played at Anfield and out of a dispute which those Evertonians had among themselves arose Liverpool, so that dispute was worthwhile. All this happened in 1892 and the ancient history glutinous may regale themselves with the following fact. It was a matter of the rental of the Anfield ground which led to the trouble and in the end a sections of the Evertonians decided to move rather than pay the rank asked –a mode of proceedings which is by no means uncommon. In fact, to this day there are thousands of people who regularly preach and act upon the gospel that it is cheaper to move than pay rent. Joke, All American copyrights secured. The proprietor of the Anfield-road ground was Mr. John Houlding and at a meeting in his house it was decided that those who had left were not to have matters all their own way, for active opposition was the card which was to be played. The Football Association were asked to sanction new club, which they did, and the association also allowed the newcomers to call themselves Liverpool, a title which Everton thought was much too ambitious. But Liverpool have worthily up held the honour of the city where name they bear. Now Liverpool would have liked a place in the First Division of the League straight away, and in fact they asked for the place, but the League couldn't see it in the same light and that Anfield road for a time knew not League football. Still the Lancashire Combination were glad to have the new club and Liverpool reciprocates by winning the championship right off. That represented progress certainly. The players in those days O might say were the Scotsmen, a fact which prompts me to think that the first committee of Liverpool must have been composed of wonderfully sensible men. This love for the Caledonian still exists at Anfield where the accent of the North is well-known. One often hears funny stories of clubs in which a large number of Scots are engaged, but one of the funniest concerns not Liverpool but another club –one which will be easily identified when I say that the secretary once told me that there was a time when his team consisted of ten Scotsmen and Fred Spikesley. It is said that at the same time the secretary one day in the stripping room dropped a sixpence on the floor and the coin rolled out of sight. “Never mind it,” said the secretary and he left the room, followed by Spikesey. The other members of the team however remained behind and tore up the concrete floor looking for the sixpences.
A Desirable Body
To return to Liverpool. Before long the League came to the conclusion that the next tensure of Anfield were desirable members of their body and admission to the Second Division was granted. Once more Liverpool now to the occasion for they won the championship of the division in their first season, got through the Test matches and took their place in the top class. They have kept that place once or twice since then, but have always won their way back at the earliest opportunity and their record of winning the championship of the Second Division in one season and that of the First Division in the next is unequalled. Liverpool I may say, have no desire to repeat the performance. Had I written this article a year ago I would probably have said that in the Cup Liverpool had been conspicuous failures and let it go at that, but since then the Anfielders have beaten Aston Villa in a semi-final, and have made themselves a popular wherever the English language is spoken, and also in the United States. That may also be a joke! I am not quite sure, but am taking advice, Waterloo, we have been assured was a famous victory, but Waterloo was a mere fleabite to what happened at White Hart Lane, London last March, when Liverpool the 100-1 against chance, came home against the Villa and brought of one of the biggest surprises known in the history of the game. The final was something of a disappointment to Liverpool and, in a sense they were unlucky for, in my opinion they were slightly the better team. They were beaten by a snap shot, the one respectable thing done by a man who can be the most deadly forwards.
The Best Thing That Happened
The best thing that ever happened to Liverpool was when Mr. Tom Watson was persuaded to leave his camp at Sunderland and migrate to Anfield. I have forgotten exactly how many years ago that was and in any case I am not sure that I would mention it if I did remember. Time flies you know and any way Mr. Watson doesn't look as if he had been in business that long. All it is true that a man is as young as he feels then I am quite prepared to believe that Mr. Watson had to send someone else to buy his tobacco for him, while his appearance on licensed premise would be an offence against the Children Act. As the time of the final it was said that Tom was the most popular club secretary in football and that is a true bill. I met loads of people who said before the match that generally speaking they didn't care which club won but they hoped to see Liverpool successful for Tom Watson's sake. The Liverpool secretary is not a Scotsman, although in the old days there used to be a pretty general impression that he hailed from the Land of Cakes. I remember bearing Ton tell a yarn of a meeting which he attended once, when a representative from some club on the South Coast had referred to him as a calculating Scotsman or something of the kind. Tom immediately countered by calling this Southerner an excitable Frenchman” and remarked that there was as much justification for his description as there had been for the other.
Wanted in Scotland
If Tom Watson is not a Scot, he has as least spent a considerable portion of his time in the North Countries and in some parts they still remember him with affection. I though he made his reputation in the old poaching days. In some parts of Scotland, there is a keen desire to see the Liverpool secretary again, and I had an experience of that in Renton some years ago. The Northern Nomads were playing a game against that old time champions of the world, and after the game when I was talking to one or two of the old stagers they asked if I saw anything of Tom Watson at all. I admitted the act impeachment, whereupon I was charged to tell Tom that if ever he cared to visit Renton again they would be delighted to see him and delighted to throw him into the Lakes as some years previously. I gave Tom the message, but I am not aware that he has been at Renton since then. Everybody knows Tom's reputation as the man who puts the Cup blight on his terms and it is indeed strange that neither Sunderland nor Liverpool have ever won the Cup. Within the last two seasons, however each of those clubs has managed to get to the final a thing nether had ever done before and I am hoping that before long Liverpool will go one better than last April and give to the most popular secretary in England the one decoration he lacks. Burn Campbell.
ANOTHER NEW PLAYER
July 4, 1914. The Cheshire Observer
This week Chester have made a notable capture in Fred Kirby, a half-back who last season played regularly for Everton Reserves, the champions of the Central League. He is 23 years of age, stands 5ft 9 ½ in and weighs 12st 5lb
Thanks to Kjell Hanssen for this
COVENTRY CITY'S NEW FULL-BACK
July 9, 1914 Coventry Evening Telegraph
Wiring from Lincoln today, Mr. Scott Walford stated that he has signed James Meunier, a full back, 5ft, 9in., and weighting 12st. 8lb. He is aged 26, and played two seasons for Manchester City, four seasons for Everton and two seasons for Lincoln City.
ANOTHER EVERTON FORWARD MARRIED
July 15, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
Following the recent announcement of the marriage of Frank Jefferis, the Everton forward comes the news that Clennell, ex-Blackburn Rovers and now Everton's inside forward has followed suit. The Rovers was married yesterday at Blackpool to Miss Katherine Turner. All good wishes to the happy pair.
OLD EVERTON PLAYER'S POST AS COACH.
Liverpool Echo - Thursday 16 July 1914
Everton and Liverpool football enthusiasts will be surprised to learn that Jack Bell, the once-famous forward, has returned from Canada, and has immediately been successful in obtaining a new football appointment. He has been selected by Preston North End as coach to the young North End players, and is a man eminently suited to the post. Bell is Scot, and after leaving his homeland he joined Everton and played many great games for them. After that he joined Preston, and his clever dribbling and strong shots were instrumental in raising the North End team from their lowly estate.
Northwich Victoria's Capture.
Saturday 18 July 1914 Manchester Evening News
Northwich Victoria secured an important capture of a new centre forward' for their Lancashire League team today, namely, William Murray, Bristol Rovers, and formerly Everton. Aged 21, standing 5ft 10in, and Murray first Played with New Brighton Tower Amateurs, Everton Reserve, and Burslem, whom he assisted as runners-up in the Central League. He returned Everton, and after being loaned to a Scottish League Club joined Bristol, scoring 37 goals last season.
COLEMAN FOR THE FOREST
July 31 1914. The Evening Express
Tim Coleman is going the rounds of the clubs, and the latest team to claim his services is Notts Forest. Tim is said an elusive player who provides openings for the men on either side of him, and Notts Forest will find him a very useful forward. Coleman first made his name with Woolwich Arsenal and local enthusiast will recall his really clever work for Everton. He afterwards joined Sunderland, and last year he played with Fulham.William Murray who served two periods with Everton Reserves has been transferred from Bristol Rovers to Northwich Victoria. Murray who was with New Brighton Tower Amateurs before joining Everton is 21 years of age, and last season scored 37 goals.
GALT AND THE EVERTON CAPTAINCY
August 1, 1914. The Football Express
Proud of Captaincy
Away in the Northeast, is a small village in Kincardineshire, I happened upon no less a person (says a writer in the Saturday Post”) than James Galt, Everton's new captain. The name of the village –Auchinblae. It lies among the hills –hills covered with heather. Galt had his motor-cycle and sidecar with him. He was looking and feeling in the pink. We had a chat about the past, another about the future. James is extraordinary keen on making a great impression at Goodison. I scarcely think he relishes the honour which the Everton directors have conferred upon him. But he apprecises it, all the same, and I tell you this –and it is a plain cold fact –James Galt is as proud of the captaincy as though it had been a baronetcy, and in his own quaint, likeable way he told me how anxious he was to justify his election in the eyes of the Everton directors and the Liverpool crowd. I warned him that his over-anxiety might be to his detriment, but the stalwart Scot would have none of it. He proposed a cycle run. In a trice I was in the side-car, and we were off, ripping along at a race of knots. We visited a pretty little seaside town called Montrose, in Fortanshire, saw several army aeroplanes in flight, passed the time of day with the caddie master at the golf course, had a cup of tea at the pavilion by the sea, and then back to Auchenblae like the wind. It was grand.
Ex-Everton Player's Good Form
Meunier the old Everton full back, was in rare trim with the bat yesterday. Playing for Lincoln against Captain Cliffe's eleven he hit up 163 –a fine innings characterized by much skill.
Aston Villa are said to be after Cummingham, of Kilnarnock. Will they get him? Everton, among other clubs, have failed.
THE FOOTBALL SEASON
August 8, 1914. The Liverpool Express
Management Committee of the League and the Crisis
Just when football enthusiasts were looking forward confidentially to a renewal of friendly rivalry on the football field the country has been plunged into a war which it has not sought, and at the present time it is impossible to foresee what may happen. One thing is certain, unless there is a big change football is bound to suffer; indeed, all branches of sport will be hit hard if the present situation continues over a long period. Of course preparations for the season are going ahead as usual and with the exception of those clubs whose grounds have been taken over for military purposes, training operations are proceeding. The Football League up to now have come to no decision, and of course, much depends on how matters progress during the next few weeks. If circumstances are such as to merit a postponement of the opening of the campaign, the President of the League Mr. John McKenna will summon his colleagues to consider the best steps to be taken. At the moment a number of football grounds are being used and quite a number of players who are reservists have joined the forces, but generally speaking there are not a great number of players attached to the reserves. Meanwhile the clubs are preparing for the season, and reports to hand speak highly of the progress made by the teams.
The Football Outlook
In Scotland it has been decided to play matches as arranged. The junior clubs will be fully engaged in their League matches this afternoon, and the 15 th of the month will find the First Division of the Scottish League on the mark. As matters stand this side of the border there is a growing, and indeed am almost unanimous opinion that the season should open in the ordinary way on Tuesday September 1 st . In an interview with a prominent official it was pointed out that unless matters took a very much worse turn there would be no justification for throwing several thousands of players out of employment and entirely dislocating the arrangements of the clubs. Football as he said, was now something akin to a hugh business affair. Clubs entered into contracts as to grounds and players which could not be cancelled, and whilst as things stood, and in the ordinary way, clubs must be badly hit, for the attendance could hardly come up to last years figures –it was not wise.
Mr. Wall's Opinion
Mr. F.J. Wall, the secretary of the Football Association, interviewed in an intercourse, said that although he did not speak officially he thought it was in the best interests of the country that the games should go on. Football would be the means of providing, he hoped, large sums of money to assist the sufferers through the war.
August 22, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
The Prospects of Everton
Never in the history of football has a season opened under such gloom as the one on the threshold of which we now stand, and never before has the great national game had such an opportunity of justifying it's hold on the public as a recreative sport and a beneficial counter-irritant to the anxieties of this workaday world. When England was drawn into the great European conflict, football officials, players and followers were sorely troubled. Not that they were unwilling to bear their share of the national blunders; but because all arrangements for the coming campaign had been completed and in these-days when first class football is a game-cum-business, there are many matters, outside of actual playing to be considered. Speculation was rife as to the desirability and possibility of commencing the season at the appointed time, and as the military authorities had claimed the use of many grounds the minds of the officers of mere Clubs were still more perturbed. However, matters have mended considerably in this direction in the past few days and as the first of the ruling bodies has gone forth that the fixtures are to be commenced as usual comparative peace reigns. It is certainly desirable that the winter past-time should not be stopped, for the obsession of any one particular subject, even though of such mighty import as war, is not good for the general welfare; therefore anything which tends to relieve the tension and give some pleasure to these drab and tortuous times ought to be welcomed with open arms. There is no doubt that should national affairs resume a darker aspect football clubs will willingly close their gates if it be for the general good. Despite the foregoing, clubs can hardly expect the season to start with the usual flare of trumpets and great attendance. The shadow which overhangs all Europe is bound o make its effect felt. The pinch of hard times or even the unwelcome prospect of having to go warily will cause many of the great mass of the working men football supporters to cut out from their expenses list that is not an actual necessity, and thus it is that the attendances are likely to suffer. That the call to arms has of course, reduced the numbers of those who would have watched the various games, and lastly but by no means least, the ranks of the players themselves have been thinned to a certain extent by those who have gone to bear arms in the country's call. In local football circles the approaching campaign is viewed in optimistic fashion – particularly from a playing standpoint. A visit to the heart-quarters of the Liverpool and Everton clubs showed that everything is in order and all eyes are eagerly awaiting the advent of September. At neither Anfield nor Goodison Park will the spectators find much alteration in his surroundings, for the exception of the application of the paintbrush the stands &c remains a most as they were last season. From both clubs familiar faces and figures have departed and in their stead new men have made their appearance and it is hoped that bygone weaknesses have been overcome and that the playing strength has been improved.
Ready At Goodison Park
From all appearances Everton have got together a band of players who should do credit to the club's name. Trainer Elliott has had them through their paces in the past few days, and they have given general satisfaction. The majority of last season's players have been retained and to them have been added James Galt (the noted Scot), Charles McFadyen of North End fram, William Brown of Camsbulang Rangers, J. Kirsopp (of Wallasey Borought) and J. Roberts (of Crewe while a youth named Taylor was given a trial this afternoon. Thus it would seem that the personnel of the players justifies optimistic feelings. In every department of the team there are capable players. The early part of the season found the club in difficulties as to their goalkeepers, but now there is no cause for alarm there. Fern has proved himself an excellent custodian and Mitchell has improved. Macconnachie and Thompson are a pair of very reliable backs and rarely occasions misgivings and should anything befall either of them efficient substitutes are at hand. At half-back Everton are particularly strong, as a glance at the list below will show. Val Harris has gone, and James Galt, another international has joined the club, so that “all square” can be called on that point. Galt has come into English football with a splendid reputation which he earned whilst with the Rangers across the border. He has been chosen to captain the Blues, and much will be expected of him. May hopes be fully realized. The other members of the intermediate line with the exception of Brown, the recruit from Kenneth Campbell's old club have all earned their spurs with Everton. All are reliable and consistent players, and the difficulty which is likely to face the directors will be as to who should be left out of the line for all are fully competent for a position in the first team. Everything was not satisfactory in the vanguard last season, and in additions two of the younger players were laid under for a long while with broken limbs. Happily all are in training now, and the material at the club's command ought to result in a goal-getting forward line being formed. Parker did well in the short time he was at Goodison Park last season –a resumption of that form is hoped for. Should it materialize, and his colleagues get into a proper understanding with one another, then the supporters can confidently look forward to a successful times. If all goes well them perhaps when April arrives a share of the honours so long overdue will find their way to Walton. The names of the players engaged by the club are given below; T. Fern, F. Mitchell, W. Bromilow; J.S Macconnachie, R. Thompson, R. Simpson, W. Stevenson, C. McFayden; J., Galt, H. Makepeace, W. Wareing, A. Grenyer, T. Fletwood, L. Weller, N. Challinor, W. Brown; J. Houston, F. Jefferis, S. Chedgzoy, T. Nuttall, L. Johnston, G. Harrison, W. Wright, R. Parker, J. Clennell, J. Kirsopp, J. Roberts, W. Palmer.
August 22, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
Taylor, we hear has been signed on trial for a stipulated period by the Blues. It was Taylor and not a certain “full back” who shaped so promisingly in last Friday's practice match.
Everton's running is in part taking the form of short snatches proper this year, with less of the old kicking into goal in evidence. Form as a rule, thrive best in the shade but Everton's under the open canopy. Weller will yet turn out a rare “catch” on Wednesday's fielding form. Lance Johnston is still looking far from fit, McFayden too, is hardly likely to play yet awhile we fear.
Four of Everton's 1913-14 players are to be found on Scottish soil this season.
Wright, the Everton forward is a capital left handed bowler. Parker (R.N) is not a reservist
Joe Clennell is a good watchful bat. He has been playing for Blackpool during the summer months. Galt is a native of Saltocoats (in a far away Aryshire) and like J. Scott of Liverpool graduated with Ardeer Thistle prior to joining the Rangers.
Bobby Parker looks picture of health and fitness following his recent sojourn across in Glasgow.
By the way he was born at Possilpark near Glasgow, and his last junior club was Ashfield.
J. Coffee an outside left late of Tate's has now turned sweet on the Toffees.
HOW EVERTON SHARPED
August 24, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
“Ryta” comments on the Everton trial as follows;-
Those who went to Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon to see the Everton players in their first public trial must to a certain extent have been disappointed, for the game fall short of by best value which is usually expected. This was caused through the overwhelming superiority of one side. That side the “Blues” –Looked upon as being the most likely eleven to open the League campaign –were even superior to the Stripes and won by five goals to one. Clennell shot straight and was always close on the target. He scored two of the goals and if this is a true preliminary to the real matches then he should be in for a good time. Parker notched three goals and this in itself is a happy one. More than this he was always heading for goal. Galt was the centre of attraction in the half-back line, and his debut was a success. He easily held up the opponent middle forwards and distributed the play equally amongst his own men. Galt is essentially a defender, and a notable feature of his play is the way in which he returns direct down the field towards his own particular “spot” after he has been at work amongst the forwards. Wareing had to go to the left full back berth, and Roy took Wareing's place. Still even allowing for this misfortune the team played in a very disjointed fashion and rarely looked like holding their rivals. Periodically they showed glimpses of creditable play, and during one of these periods, Nuttall scored their only goal. The players who were perhaps the best were Wright, Brown, and Wareing. Wright was always on the alert and was easily the best of the forwards, Brown is a capital half-back.
August 22, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
From all appearances Everton have got together a band of players who should do credit to the club's name. Trainor Elliott has had them through their paces in the past few days, and they given general satisfaction. The majority of last season's players have been retained, and to them have been added James Galt (the noted Scot). Charles McFayden of North End fame, William Brown of Cambuslang Ranegrs, J Kirsopp of Wallsey Borough and J. Roberts of Crewe; while youth named Taylor was given trial this afternoon. Thus it would seem the personnel of the players justifies optimistic feelings. In every department of the team there are capable players. The early part of last season found the club in difficulties as to their goalkeepers but now there is no cause for alarm there. Fern has proved himself an excellent custodian, and Mitchell has improved. Macconnachie, and Thompson are a pair of very reliable backs, and rarely occasion misgivings and should anything befall either of them efficient substitutes are at hand. At half back Everton are particularly strong, as a glance at the list below will show. Val Harris has gone, and James Galt, another international has joined the club, so that “all –square” can be called on that point. Galt has come into English football with a splendid reputation, which he earned whilst with the Rangers across the border. He has been chosen to captain the “Blues” and much will be expected of him. May hopes be fully realised. The other members of the intermediate line, with the exception of Brown, the recruit from Kenneth Campbell's old club, have all earned their spurs with Everton. All are reliable and consistent players, and the difficulty, which is likely to face the directors, will be as to who should be left out of the line for all are fully competent for a Poisson in the first team. Everything was not satisfactory in the vanguard last season; and in addition two of the younger players were out for a long while with broke limbs. Happily all are in training now (and the material at the club's command ought to result in a goal getting forward line being formed). Parker did well in the short time he was at Goodison Park last season –a resumption's of that form is hoped for, should it materialise, and his colleagues get into proper understanding with one another, then the supporters can confidently look forward to a successful time. If all goes well, then perhaps when April arrives a share of the honours so long over due will find their way to Walton. The names of the players engaged by the club: - Goalkeepers, T. Fern, F. Mitchell, Bromilow, Full Backs; J.S. Macconnachie, R Thompson, R. Simpson, W. Stevenson, C. McFadyen, Half-backs; J Galt, H. Makepeace, W. Wareing, A. Grenyer, T. Fleetwood, L. Weller, S. Challinor, W. Brown, Forwards; J. Houston, F. Jefferis, S. Chedgzoy, T. Nuttall, L. Johnston, G. Harrison, R. Wright, R. Parker, J. Clennell, J. Kirsopp, J. Roberts, W.Palmer.
August 24, 1914. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
A ONE-SIDEED GAME.
Everton Football Club held their first public practice at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, and the attendances was very good, considering the counter influence outside matters. The game itself was a most one-sided display, for the Blues proved themselves' so superior to the Stripes that they were never really extended, and the comfortably by the margin of five goals to one, and in fact, even this big win might easily have been larger. Naturally, with one side so out-weighted, the value of the game as a test of the players abilities was to some extent minimised. Still, the exhibitions of a number of the players were most satisfactory. The Blues' forwards generally were in excellent trim, and Clennell and Parker in particular caught the eye. The former scored two goals and the centre forward three. Clennell was a hard worker throughout. He was always in the thick of the fight and doing well. His shooting was strong and well directed, and if this was a sample of what is to come them a profitable season should be in store for him. Parker was a close rival, and was ever on the alert for an opportunity of scoring. The other three also played creditably, and Chedgzoy seems to have resumed with the free form he showed towards the close of last season. The half back Galt, made a pleasing debut. He exhibited much good judgement and fed his forwards capitally; Grenyer likewise satisfied. Fleetwood seemed hardly at home on the wing, and roamed too much at times. Both Macconnachie and Thompson kept a sound defence, and Fern was always ready when called upon. The shot that scored was a goal-getting all the way. This shows the Blues to have been pretty soundly balanced, and as a likely League eleven should make progress. The Stripes team was disappointing. An unfortunate accident to Weller (who twisted his right knee and was taken off and replaced by Roy) in the opening few minutes may have somewhat upset them, but really with two or three exceptions they were a mediocre lot. The forwards rank got into line, and the defenders were often at their wits, and as to how they should cope with the opposition, Wright, Brown, and Wareing were perhaps the pick of the lot, and the last named was in an usual position at full back. Wright pleased in a way in which he foraged for the ball and then for goal. This is likely to prove of much value. The youthful half back, Brown is a player of excellent promise. He faced a hot wing pair courageously, and with a little more experience should do well. Taylor was hardly a success at centre forward, and the others only formed up occasionally, Nuttall scored for them. The sides were: - Blues: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Stripes: - Mitchell, goal, Simpson, and Weller (Roy 8), backs, Brown, Challinor, and Wareing, half-backs, Houston, Nuttall, Taylor, Wright, and Palmer forward. Referee Mr. J. W. Bamber.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 26 August 1914
Arthur Berry, son of Mr E. Berry, Wrexham, formerly chairman of the Liverpool Club, has joined the Welsh Mounted Regiment—the force which is being raised at Cardiff for immediate service in the war. Berry, who a member the Northern Nomads' team and Oxford Blue, has played for England in several International matches. He gained experience League football with Liverpool, Everton. and other clubs, and is one the best-known forwards in the country.
EVERTON TRIAL GAME.
August 27, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
“CERTAIN“ GOAL THAT WAS MISSED
Everton held a second trial game last evening, the 4,000 spectators who were present, witnessing some novelties. Naturally, the players did not take the match too seriously, and there was some curious incidents, none being more unusual than when Parker was placed for a goal some four yards out of the goal range. He was a certain scorer, so Mitchell, the opposing goalkeeper, walked as far as possible from the scene of the “war,” Parker quick wittedly scorned the gaping goal, chance and purposely shot wide. Five goals were scored, the order of scoring being: - Harrison, Wright, Taylor, Clennell, and Wright. So that the Stripes beat the first team-eleven for presumably the premier side by 3 goals to 2, for the sides road as follows: - Blues Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Stripes: - Mitchell, goal, Simpson, and Wareing, backs, Brown, Challinor, and Roy, half-backs, Houston, Kirsopp, Taylor, Wright, and Palmer, forwards.
On the winning side Wright showed a great improvement to his former form, and Challinor has progressed most favourably. The latter player was injured twice and Thompson also received a knock, but there were no serious interruptions. Mitchell made some good saves from long and close range. Brown, for a seventeen-year-old has a capital conception of the game, and on the losing side Parker, Clennell, and Chedgzy, were the leading lights.
EVERTON CLUB’S BIG SURPRISE
August 27, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
Teams Big Grant To War Fund
Everton have given the football clubs of the country a lead in no uncertain manner. Their directors met last night and settled most important business the three main items being –Club’s attitude of connection with the War Relief Fund, selection of teams and the announcement of the cancellation of the agreement with W. Stevenson their full back. In the first case a sum of £500 was voted to the Lord Mayor’s Fund and intimation is made in the letter which appears below that the club have under consideration a scheme for making further assistance to the fund. The selection of the teams resulted in an unusual but wise decision. The League team that played before a £30 gate last night will play against Tottenham on September 2, Newcastle on September 5 and Burnley on September 7. Nuttall being the reserve man. The reserve team of last night’s game will play v. Port Vale on September 1 and Bury on the 5th. These are the teams;
First Team; Fern; Thompson and Macconnachie; Fleetwood, Galt, and Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison. Second team; Mitchell; Simpson, and Wareing; Brown, Challinor, and Roy; Houston, Kisopp, Taylor, Wright and Palmer.
Why Stevenson Has Left
Great surprise will be express locally, I imagine when the news of William Stevenson case is learn; Stevenson has for over five years with Everton and for his services since he left Accrington he was last season rewarded with a benefit match which meant a guarantee of £500. In the out season Stevenson has become a Boniface at Blackburn and desired to live at Blackburn, but this being against the directions of the club’s rules, there was nothing left to the club but the cancellation of Stevenson’s agreement. The Club can ill-afford to lose any defender just now, for they are very badly place at back; in fact as hard off as they were two seasons ago. On the books we find the names of Macconachie, Thompson, Simpson, McFadyen, Weller and Stevenson. Weller is laid low through a nasty injury, Stevenson has retired, McFayden has not yet been able to deal in serious football, and maybe will not play for two months or more. So with recognized full backs the club have at the moment, only Macconnachie, Thompson, and Simpson. However, they have capable half-backs and are hopeful that Wareing for instance will develop into a more than useful defender.
Letter to the Lord Mayor
The following letter has been sent from the Everton Football Club offices to the Lord Mayor of Liverpool;- Everton Football Club, Goodison Park, August 27, 1914.
The War Relief Fund
My Lord –I am instructed by my directors to subscribe on behalf of the company the sum of £500 to the above fund; and I therefore enclose the company’s cheque for that amount payable to the order of your lordship. Owing to arrangement made early in June and sanctioned by the local Football Association the proceeds of our practice matches were allowed is in former years, to local charities. As my directors left unable and indeed unwilling to divert the proceeds of our practice matches from their pre-arranged destination and as no opportunity has up to now, presented itself to us for raising money by these means for the War Relief Fund, my directors have decided to subscribe the above mentioned sum out of the funds of the club. They realize that at a time such as we are now passing through it is the bounding duty of every citizen to do whatever is possible for the relief and assistance of the dependants of those who are upholding the honours of our country with their lives and as we are fully aware that we have depended for our existence as a sporting organization upon the public of this city and the surrounding districts and particularly upon the working-class population it gives us great pleasure to be able to express our appreciation of such support in this tangible manner. I may add that it is the intention of my directors to still further demonstrate their interest in and support of this most worthy object. They have at the present time under serious consideration proposals which they confidently believe will when adopted result in a considerable asigneatation of the above fund. In conclusion may I on behalf of my directors the hope that your lordship’s efforts on this direction may be crowned with the utmost success. I am Your lordship’s most obedient servant W.C. Cuff (Secretary).
EVERTON’S LEAGUE TEAM
August 28, 1914. The Evening Express
By the Critic
The directors have elected the following team, barring accidents to represent them in their opening League matches against Tottenham Hotspur on September 2, Newcastle United on September 5th, and Burnley on September 7th all away; Fern; Thompson, and Macconachie; Fleetwood, Galt and Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell and Harrison, Reserve Nuttall.
The Central League team to meet Burslem Port Vale on the 1st September and Bury Reserves on the 5th will be;- Mitchell; Simpson and Wareing; Brown, Challinor, and Roy; Houston, Kirsopp, Taylor, Wright, and Palmer.
PLAYER'S AGREEMENT CANCELLED.
August 28, 1914. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON CLUB AND STEVENSON.
The cancellation of the agreement between the Everton Club and W. Stevenson, their full back, was announced yesterday. Stevenson has been with Everton over five years and for his services since he left Accrington he was last season rewarded with a benefit match, which means a guarantee of £500. In the out season Stevenson took over a public house business at Blackburn, and had desired to live at Blackburn, but this being against the directions of the club's rules, there was nothing left to the club but cancellation of Stevenson's agreement.
EVERTON'S £500 GRANT TO WAR FUND.
August 28, 1914. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton Football Club has contributed £500 to the War Relied Fund. In the course of a letter to the Lord Mayor, on behalf of the directors, Mr. W. C. Cuff, the clubs secretary, says “ Owing to arrangements made in early June, and sanctioned by the local Football Association, the proceeds of our practice matches were allocated, as in former years to local charities. As my directors felt unable, and, indeed unwilling to divert the proceeds of the practice matches from their pre-arranged destination, and as no opportunely has up to now presented itself to us for raising money by these means for the War Relied Fund, my directors have decided to subscribe the above mentioned sum out of the funds of the club. “I may add that it is intention of my directors to still further demonstrates their interest in and support of this most worthy object. They have at the present time under serious consideration proposals which the confidently believe will when adopted, result in a considerable augmentation of the above fund.
Liverpool Echo Saturday 29 August 1914
The Everton Football Club's professional players have decided to each week at the of 2half per cent, upon their wages for the Relief Fund.
BURSLEM PORT VALE RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 2 1914. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 1)
Before, 5,000 spectators at Hanley. Vale had Holford (Manchester City) at left half and Munro (Bradford) at outside right. Vale had much the better chances during the first half, Yule frequently beating his wing. But the inside men were weak, and Simpson, Wareing, and Challinor defended finely. Kirsopp scored while the Vale claimed offside a quarter of an hour from the start. Everton led till the last five minutes, Brough scored, Young converted a free kick outside the penalty line, and added a third with a surprise shot. Vale thus made a brilliant recovery. The visitors were unlucky for Simpson was injured and practically useless for the last half hour. Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Simpson, and, Wareing, backs, Brown, Challinor, and Roy, half-backs, Houston, Kirsopp, Nuttall, Taylor, Wright, and Palmer, forwards.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 EVERTON 3
September 3, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
CLENNELL'S HAT TRICK FOR EVERTON.
At White Hart Lane last evening Everton gained a well-deserved victory by 3 goals to 1. The Blues have thus commenced the season in convincing manner, and it can be said at once that they gave a great display of match winning football that simply overwhelmed the Sours during the second half, when Clennell scored all three goals for the visitors, following magnificent efforts. One can go as far as to sympathize with the Spurs, and perhaps even go further and say that an incident that took place midway through the first half ruined any prospect that they had of succeeding. Minter collided unluckily with Maconnachie with such force that he took no further part in the game, and had to retire with a dislocated shoulder. Up to this point Tottenham had played a slightly superior game in some moderate football, but even when they had only four forwards they held their own quite well, and managed to score the only goal prior to the change of ends. In many respects the goal was a lucky one, because it would probably not have been scored had not Fern and Macconnachie mistaken each other's tactics. The ball had been pushed forward, and while the two Everton defenders were in two minds what to do Cantrell slipped through and scored. It was in the second half that Everton played such a strong determined game, and scored three exceedingly clever goals. Clennell was the man of the moment with a hat trick performance that was full of merit. The equalising goal came twelve minutes after the restart, when fastening on a short pass from Harrison, Clennell dribbled through and shot a great goal. Three minutes later he repeated the performance, while ten minutes from the end Jaques, the new Spurs' custodian, was beaten a third time. The Everton team at the start was not convincing, but once they had settled down they made the Spurs appear a very moderate team. The chief point about ‘Everton's superiority was their quickness in making an attack. Harrison and Clennell on the left wing were splendid. They combined beautifully, and both had a lot too much pace for Weir and Clay, the defenders. Chedgzoy, on the other wing also played brilliantly at times. Parker and Jefferis were hardly so effective as the other three, and frequently they shot very poorly. Then the Everton half-backs showed distinctly the better form. There was more vigour in their tackling, and a better understanding with their forwards. Galt did splendidly with his head, and for the most part had Cantrell well under control, and even if Grenyer was more promising than Fleetwood, it was because he had more opportunities with only Weldon to oppose on the home right wing. Macconnachie was the best back on the field, but Thompson did quite well. Fern kept goal splendidly all through. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Grenyer half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards.
EVERTON RES V. BURY RES
September 5, 1914. The Evening Football Express
The enclosure at Goodison Park was fairly well patronized this afternoon when business as usual was resumed after the summer vacation. Teams; Everton Res- Mitchell, goal; Phillips and Wareing, backs; Brown, Challinor, and Makepeace, half-backs; Houston, Kirsopp, Taylor, Wright, and Palmer, forwards. Bury Res; McClelland, goal; Greaves and Pheartheam, backs; Humphreys, Brooks and Culshaw, half-backs; Speakman, Peake, Heap, Lygoe, and Spottiswood, forwards. Heap started operations for the visitors but the Blues were the first to become dangerous. Makepeace sent forward to Palmer, who after getting down the wing sent inside to Wright. The last named preferred to give Taylor an opportunity to open the scoring account when it would have been more advantageous to shoot, but the centre missed the openings. After Mitchell had repelled a high shot from Lythgoe the Bury right came down in promising style, and a well-judged centre by Spottiswoods was headed into the net by Peake. Everton were more aggressive after this reverse and Wright sent in a fine shot which McCelland pulled down. The visitors were dangerous when within shooting range, and Speakman's centre was cleverly diverted by Mitchell. At the other end Kirsopp put in some fine individual work and Phearthean luckily charged down a daisy-cutter from Houston. Virile attack, initiated by Makepeace was followed by an unproductive corner, and the attack was taken up by Bury, whose centre (Heap) missed a good opening, whilst Peake sent wide of the upright. The Everton forwards were equally unfortunate in their effort to pierce the defence, Kirsopp and Wright each sending over the bar whilst McClelland anticipated, and cleared a header from Lythgoe. A brilliant run down the wing by Palmer preceded a hot assault on the Bury goal and McClelland was brought prone in a successful effort to repel a fast sot from Wright, whilst Challinor's shot grazed the crossbar. Everton were decidedly unlucky not to have equalized as they had much the better of the play during the concluding stages of the first half.
Half-time Everton Res 0, Bury Res 1
In the second half Lythgoe scored for Bury from a centre by Spottiswood. Near the finish Wright scored for Everton.
NEWCASTLE UNITED V. EVERTON
September 5, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton Lead at the Interval
Goal by Jefferis
The weather was fine, and there was a nice westerly breeze. There was 12,000 spectators. Prompt to time Mr. Palmer got the ball away, Pailor kicking off. Teams; Newcastle United; Lawrence, goal; McCracken and Hudspeth, backs; Vietch, Low and Hay, half-backs; Douglas, Hibbert, Pailor, Wilson and Goodwill, forwards. Everton; Fern, goal; Thompson and Macconnachie, backs; Fleetwood, Galt (captain) and Grenyer, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell and Harrison, forwards. Everton pressed but only occurred a goal kick. Newcastle retaliated Pailor put out to Douglas who returned the leather to Pailor but the latter tumbled into the net as Fern punched out. Goodwin hit the side of the net and forced a corner from Fern. Hay gave Goodwill a chance, but Fleetwood spoil the effort. Veitch gave Douglas a nice pass but he dallied too long. Thompson gave a corner, and Fern had to tip over the bar. The Everton left were busy but McCracken got the ball away. Everton secured a free kick from Hibbert but Wilson was soon under way only to be illegally brought down by Clennell. A fine pass from Vietch enabled Douglas to give to Pailor who, however, was hampered by the backs. The ball was put back again, McCracken had to look lively to stop the Everton inside men. Chedgzoy made a nice run to be beaten by Hudspeth, but the ball remained in Newcastle quarters for a time. Galt showed fine form, for Everton. The visitors repeatedly frustrated well meant efforts, Harrison got in a shot which Lawrence fisted away under difficulty and then McCracken nearly let in Clennell but Vietch spoilt his effort. Newcastle forced the visitors back on to their own goal, and Veitch raised a clever with a fine effort which passed outside, by two feet. Pailor was also conspicuous for a good try which secured a corner. Fern had the greatest difficulty in clearing by lying full length on the ground, but Thompson helped him.
A Near Shave
Still, Newcastle pressed, Hibbert and Pailor being conspicuous, Fern saved magnificently and once again Newcastle by Wilson nearly scored a goal. Then Chedgzoy was offside when nicely placed. Newcastle and Pailor was nearly through when Fleetwood running across gave Fern a chance to clear. A raid by Everton was stopped, and then Douglas by clever footwork gave Fern a handiful, while Pailor nearly rushed him in. Jefferis and Chedgzoy were grand triers but found Lowe and Hudspeth too clever for them. Goodwill had a splendid run in, but centred too forcefully and although a corner was gained by Douglas nothing came of it. Parker got into trouble through kicking Hudspeth, the referee giving him a lecture. Everton secured a corner, and Chedgzoy nearly slid the trice, but his shot went through Hay’s when close into goal. At the other end Goodwill ran Fleetwood to the line, and the ball into touch. Parker let Thompson beat him when thirty yards away from goal and with a clear field Fleetwood was injured in a tussle with Goodwill, but he soon recovered. Everton by their right made incursions but McCracken succeeded in putting Chedgzoy offside. This also happened to Parker a moment after Chedgzoy put in a fine dropping shot which Lawrence tipped over, and he saved from the corner kick. Pailor was nearly through but Fleetwood stopped him by finding touch.
Half-time Newcastle United 0, Everton 0
Newcastle’s form was very promising, but they found the Everton defence a tough nut to crack. The same is to be said of the United defence, and the visitors contribution to their own undoing by playing offside. In the main Newcastle exercised greater pressure but could not beat Fern. It was a duel and keen game, and not the best pleasing feature was the good play of Colin Veitch. The defence on either side was excellent but the passing of the forwards might have been a little better. Douglas and Hibbert were conspicuous on the United side, and the outside right sent across some fine centres. Everton put on much pressure, just before the interval but Newcastle beat them back and carried on an aggressive policy. With the breeze to help them Newcastle ought to have scored, for there was no question as to their superiority but the doggedness of Everton’s defence was great. The Everton forwards improved considerably, and were difficult to shake off as was moved by two great saves by Lawrence. Newcastle were too eager and the ball was taken from them time after time, by their opponents. In the second half Newcastle exerted pressure but could not get through. Five minutes after the resumption Jefferis accepted a pass from his left and with deliberate coolness beat Lawrence with a fine low shot. Pailor gave Hibbert a lovely pass and although Macconachie bothered him the Newcastle forward got in the shot, which went yards too high. Goodwill sent in a good shot which was cheered by the crowd, and Fleetwood put in a grand low shot which just went over the bar. Final; Newcastle United 0, Everton 1.
EVERTON V NEWCASTLE
September 5, 1914. The Football Express
At St. James Park, today, Everton visited Newcastle United with precisely the same team in that which gained a brilliant victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Teams; Newcastle United; Lawrence, goal; McCracken and Hudspeth, backs; Vietch, Low and Hay, half-backs; Douglas, Hibbert, Pailor, Wilson and Goodwill, forwards. Everton; Fern, goal; Thompson and Macconnachie, backs; Fleetwood, Galt (captain) and Grenyer, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell and Harrison, forwards. The visitors were remarkably quick into their stride and Jefferis shot past. Then Douglas twice centred, and while on the first occasion Fern saved from Pailor, Goodwin delayed in accepting a pass right across the goalmouth from the home outside right. For several minutes Newcastle forwards revealed a fine pace and cleverness, and with incisive footwork pressed the visitors in their own penalty area. Douglas forced a corner off Macconachie, and Fern was a trifle fortunate to intercept a header from Hibbert. The Everton backs relieved the pressure, and the Blues’ attack broke away with a fast dribble on the right wing, but Jefferis was unable to outwit Hudspeth, who cleared.
So far the Tynesiders had outplayed their opponents with their dashing dribbling and perfect combination, and their backs were the more effective. An early feature was a magnificent run on the part of Chedgzoy who advanced up to the penalty line, where he was beaten by Hudspeth. This was followed by a straight run by Harrison, who puzzled the home custodian with a splendid shot. Thompson conceded a corner in beating off a hot attack by Pailor and Wilson and the flag kick resulted in Veitch volleying the ball only inches high over the bar. Still Newcastle sustained the pressure, and Macconnachie then robbed Pailor of an open goal whilst Fern with a tremendous straight volley by Wilson. Newcastle’s form for the first quarter of an hour was of a brilliant description and it was marvelous how the Everton defence held out successfully.
Faulty Back Play
Thompson repeatedly blundered in his efforts to stop the progress of Goodwill and Wilson, and twice as a result the visitors goal nearly fell though he atoned for this when he robbed Pailor who had an open goal. Parker and Jefferis were given offside in the course of an Everton attack, but the visitors showed an improvement in their attacking method towards the interval, and Lawrence had to save a great shot from Chedgzoy, who again got near the mark with a real good shot. Right on half-time there was a scrimmage in the Everton goal and Macconachie and Fern saved in succession. The Tynesiders had fully three parts of the play in the opening half, and the Everton defence, in which the half-backs were particularly smart, prevented their opponents from scoring.
Half-time; Newcastle United Nil, Everton Nil.
Within five minutes of the change of ends Pailor the home centre-forward, retired owing to injury, and during his absence the Newcastle defence was easily out-manceurved, and from Harrison’s pass Jefferis scored with a fast twenty yards shot. Two minutes later Chedgzoy won a corner off Hudspeth, but Parker sent the ball past. Newcastle made a lively response and Galt got in the way of a great shot from Goodwill, saving what looked like a certain goal. Pailor returned to the Newcastle attack and in a hot scrimmage in the Everton goal both Galt and Wilson received knocks but resumed. Play fluctuated but, it was quite perceptible that Everton had distinctly recovered their form, the forwards in particular displaying a marked improvement in controlling the ball against the breeze and Jefferis once more distinguished himself with fine marksmanship. A terrific shot beat Lawrence all the way, but the ball carried too much loft to score. Newcastle attacked, but when near goal they were at the mercy of the Everton defence. In the last six minutes they made a strong rally, and twice Fern saved lightning shots. Final; Newcastle Nil, Everton One.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 EVERTON 1
September 5, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
The weather was fine, and there was a nice westerly breeze. There were 12,000 spectators. Prompt to time Mr. Palmer got the men away, Pailor kicking off. Teams: - Newcastle United: - Lawrence, goal, McCracken, and Hudspeth, backs, Veitch, Low, and Hay, half-backs, Douglas, Hibbert, Pailor, Wilson, and Goodwill, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Everton pressed but only secured a goalkick. Newcastle retaliated, Pailor put out to Douglas, who returned the leather to Pailor, but the latter tumbled into the net, as Fern punched out. Goodwill hit the side of the net and forced a corner from Fern. Hay gave Goodwill a chance, but Fleetwood spoilt the effort. Veitch gave Douglas a nice pass, but he bulled too long. Thompson gave a corner, and Fern had to tip over the bar. The Everton left were busy, but McCracken got the ball away. Everton secured a free kick from Hibbert, but Wilson was soon under way only to be illegally brought down by Clennell. A fine pass from Veitch enabled Douglas to give to Pailor, who, however, was hampered by the backs. The ball was put back again, McCracken had to look likely to stop the Everton inside men. Chedgzoy made a nice run, to be beaten by Hudspeth, but the ball remained in Newcastle quarters for a time. Galt showed fine form for Everton. The visitors repeatedly frustrated well-meant efforts. Harrison got in a shot, which Lawrence fisted away under difficulty, and then McCracken nearly let in Clennell, but Veitch spoilt his effort. Newcastle forced the visitors, back onto their own goal, and Veitch raised a other with a futile effort, which passed outside by two feet. Pailor was also conspicuous for a good try, which secured a corner. Fern had the greatest difficulty in clearing by lying full length on the ground, but Thompson helped him, a near shave. Still, Newcastle pressed Hibbert and Pailor being conspicuous, Fern saved magnificently, and once again Newcastle by Wilson nearly scored a goal. Then Chedgzoy was offside when nicely placed. Newcastle got down through Hibbert and Douglas, and Pailor was nearly through when Fleetwood, running across gave Fern a chance to clear. A raid by Everton was stopped, and then Douglas; by clever footwork, gave Fern a handful, while Pailor nearly rushed him in. Jefferis and Chedgzoy were grand triers, but found Lowe and Hudspeth too clever for them. Goodwill had a splendid run in, but centred too forcefully and although Douglas gained a corner; nothing came of it. Parker got into trouble through kicking Hudspeth, the referee giving him a lecture. Everton secured a corner, and Chedgzoy nearly did the trick, but his shot went through Hay's leg when close into goal. At the other end Goodwill ran Fleetwood to the line, and the ball into touch. Pailor let Thompson beat him when thirty yards away from goal and with a clear field, Fleetwood was injured in a tussle with Goodwill, but he soon recovered. Everton, by their right, made incursions, but McCracken succeeded in putting Chedgzoy offside. This also happened to Parker, a moment after. Chedgzoy put in a fine dropping shot which Lawrence tripped over, and he saved from the corner kick. Pailor was nearly through, but Fleetwood stopped him by finding touch. Half-time Newcastle United nil, Everton nil.
Newcastle's form was very promising, but they found the Everton defence a tough nut to crack. The same is to be said of the United defence, and the visitors contributed to their own undoing, by playing offside. In the main Newcastle exercised greater pressure out could not beat Fern. It was a fast and keen game, and not the least pleasing feature was the good play of Colin Veitch. The defence on either side was excellent, but the passing of the forwards might have been a little better. Douglas and Hibbert were conspicuous on the United side, and the outside right sent across some fine centres. Everton put on much pressure, just before that Newcastle beat them back and carried on an aggressive policy. With the breeze to help them Newcastle ought to have scored, for there was no question as to their superiority, but the doggedness of Everton's defence was great. The Everton forwards improved considerably, and were difficult to shake off, as was proved by two great saves by Lawrence. Newcastle were too clever, and their opponents took the ball from them time after time. In the second half Newcastle exerted pressure, but could not get through. Five minutes after resumption Jefferis accepted a pass from his left, and with deliberate coolness beat Lawrence with a fine low shot. Pailor gave Hibbert a lovely pass, and although Macconnachie bothered him the Newcastle forward got in the shot, which went yards too high. Goodill sent in a good shot, which was hearted by the crowd, and Fleetwood put up a grand low shot, which just went over the bar. Final score, Newcastle United nil; Everton 1.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 BURY RESERVES 2
September 5, 1914. The Liverpool Echo.
At Goodison Park, Everton commenced briskly and were compelled to act on the defensive, Spokesman troubling the Blues defence. Taylor was somewhat unlucky in not scoring for Everton, and Lythgol was unfortunate in not opening Bury account.
BURNLEY 1 EVERTON 0
September 8, 1914. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Few senior grounds have a hill, and Burnley's is one of the last relics of old-fashioned football grounds. At Turf Moor yesterday the people who were on Walies pleasure witnessed a curious thing. Everton, when having to climb the hill, played a combined game that made the 15,000 spectators astonished and glad to see such football. Burnley “slept” during that period. They didn't know how to frame an attack against Everton's defence and half-backs. In the second half, however, Burnley combined as they had not done previously, and after having forty-five minutes mainly in defence they gave Everton pause, and actually beat them. Everton had not pressed their advantage home, and Burnley managed to get a corner converted by Thorpe, the centre-half. It was a surprising and extraordinary turn up, for Burnley had not played like a team likely to score, and Everton, as the play ran, should have been three up at half-time. There were reasons, which partly explained the matter; Jefferis was injured and was virtually a passenger the second portion of the game, and Burnley rearranged their right wing, Lindley doing well late on and making all the difference. Freeman got in three first-time shots of power, and Clennell and Parker were strong shooters and raiders. However, no forward could compare with Chedgzoy, whose centring on the run and when steady was perfect, while his dribbling was close and sound. Burnley, it should be mentioned were without the services of Boyle and two other first team players . Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards.
EVERTON 2 MIDDLESBROUGH 3 September 14, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton did not come up to expectations in their first home match on Saturday. After securing four points in their three away matches, they entertained Middlesbrough, and were beaten by the odd goal in five. What was more, they were deservedly beaten. Middlesbrough's success was all the more notable in view of the fact that they had not previously scored a goal at Goodison Park for five years, and had never before succeeded in a League match on this ground. But the Teesiders have materially improved of late years, and their present combination is a particularly strong one. Even without Jackson, at centre half, they were too good for Everton, and there were periods in the second half when the Middlesbrough forwards were all over their opponents. It was a great pity that the Everton front line had to be altered. The absence of Jefferis, who was injured at Burnley, considerably weakened the line, for Nuttall, who took his place, was but a poor substitute. On the other wing, Parker did several smart things, but both he and Clennell were inclined to be slow. Taking into account the incessant rain and the slippery state of the ground the game was by no means a bad one, and the interest was maintained right to the end. Middlesbrough gained the lead quite early on, a centre by Cook giving Tinsley his opportunity for steering the ball into goal with his head. Fern, however, might have saved if only he had been a bit more alert. Everton equalised a quarter of a hour later. Palmer getting in a centre from which Parker scored with one of the best shots of the afternoon. Middlesbrough were much the better side in the second half, and might easily have won by a big margin. They swung the ball about with accurate precision, and their inside men were more alert than the Everton forwards, and were much better balanced. Fleetwood had the misfortune to divert a centre from Wilson into his own goal, and J. Carr scored a third goal, after Elliott had crashed the ball against the crossbar. Everton made a spirited rally towards the end, only for Clennell to clean miss an open goal. Everton's second goal was the result of a penalty kick given for hands (Davidson-Echo). Parker scoring after a second attempt. (Twice taken, Williamson over stepped the goal-line- Echo). Chedgzoy was the most speedy of the Everton forwards, but he had a weak partner in Nuttall, and Parker and Clennell did not make the most of their chances. Galt, at centre half, was not seen at his best, Fleetwood being the pick of the halves. Fern was shaky in goal, and the Everton backs were only moderate. Middlesbrough were the better side in all departments. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Nuttall, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer, forwards. Middlesbrough: - Williamson, goal, Haworth, and Walker, backs, Davidson, W. Carr, and Malcolm, half-backs, Wilson, J. Carr, J. Elliott (Captain), Tinsley, and Cook, forwards. Referee J.G.A. Sharpe.
BURY RESERVES 6 EVERTON RESERVES 0
September 14, 1914.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 3)
FOOTBALL AND RECRUITING.
September 14, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
GATE MONEY FOR RELIEF FUND.
The following correspondence has passed between the War Office and the Football Association: -
8 th September, 1914.
Sir- I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 4 th inst., approving the proposals submitted by the Football Association for helping to obtain recruits for the army.
I send you herewith for your information copies of the documents we have issued and of the communications we have made to our members.
I am also instructed to say that the Football Association is prepared to request all its members to stop the playing of matches, if the War Office is of the opinion that such a course would assist them in their duties. I am, your obedient servant F.J. Wall.
REPLAY OF THE WAR OFFICE.
War office, 10 th September, 1914.
Sir –in reply to your letter of the 8 th inst. I am commanded by the Army Council to inform you that they are very grateful to your association for its assistance in obtaining recruits for the army and in placing football grounds at their disposal.
The question whether the playing matches should be stopped is more a matter for the discretion of the Association, but the Council quite realise the difficulties involved in taking such an extreme step, and they would deprecate anything being done which does not appear to be called for by the present situation. Should your Association decide to continue the playing of matches the Council thrust that arrangement will be made so as not to interfere with the factities at present afforded to the recruiting authorities. The Council also suggest that the Association might take all steps in their power to press the need of the country for recruits upon spectators who are eligible for enlistment, and they would further venture to suggest that some portion of the gate money might be set aside for the charitable relief of the families and dependents of all soldiers and sailors who are serving in the present war. –I am, sir your obedient servant, B.B. Cubitt.
LORD KINNAIRD'S OPINION.
Mr. F.N. Charrington, who has been conducting a crusade against the playing of football during the war, recently visited and interviewed Lord Kinnaird, president of the Football Association, with the object of securing a pronouncement from the lordship on the subject. He has since read the following statement from Lord Kinnaird: -
Rossie Pritory. Inchture.
Perthshire, 11 th Sept., 1914
Mr. F. N. Charrington has called on me, and I have assured him that I am strongly of opinion that all professional players should be freed from any engagements which they have made, if they wish to join the Army of the Territorial forces and go to the front. I should advice a fund being raised for the support of wives and children of footballers who have gone to fight for their country, and who would need help. I cannot make a further reply until I have met the Council of Football Association. (Signed) Kinnaird.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 NORTHERN NOMADS 1
September 19, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
At Goodison park, this afternoon. The amateurs were very much in earnest and placed Everton's defence at full stretch in the opening minutes. Makepeace in his new role at left back full back performing very well. White a new corner, was fairly successful Barlow made a bloomer when Everton were attacking. Later on Moulding shot wide. Cruse shot weakily at the Everton goal, and from a centre by Gotobed Aspinal made a poor attempt. A centre from Harrison enabled Kirsopp to open the scoring for Everton. Everton took a couple of corners, and were now continually pressing the Nomads; but Derbyshire skied the ball over the visitors crossbar. Everton were playing ten men, White having to retire, Challinor falling back, while Wright took centre half. Harrison narrowly missed increasing the Blues score, and J. Fleming shot over the Everton crossbar. Moulding utterly failed to hold the Nomads' left. A penalty was given against Smith for fouling Kirsopp, Harrison taking the ball, and scoring for Everton. Derbyshire easily adding a third. Half-time Everton 3, Nomads nil. Early in the second half Aspinall made a bold bid for the gaol but subsequently Everton had the greater part of the game. Harrison being very prominent. Fifteen minutes from the finish Challinor scored a forth for Everton, and shortly afterwards Crufe opened the Nomads account.
SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 EVERTON 0
September 21, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
BEATEN BY A SURPRISE GOAL.
The Everton team were decidedly unlucky not to come away from Bramall-lane with one point at any rate. Sheffield United secured the verdict by the only goal scored in the match, and this was from a surprise shot by Davies, who pounced upon a ball that cannoned off Masterman, and gave Fern no chance of saving. There was a goal difference in the play, and a draw would have better befitted the occasion. Everton made by no means a bad effort when it is considered that during a critical period in the first half they were handicapped owing to the retirement of Thompson, and again towards the close Chedgzoy was tripped up by English in the penalty area, with their appeal disallowed. Eighteen thousands spectators watched the game, in which the defenders generally prevailed over the attack. The contest on the whole did not produce a high-class exhibition, for finishing touches as a rule was crude, and had the Everton forwards been at all nippy when chances came their way there could have beer only ending to the match, and that in their favour. The Everton team displayed a better understanding than in their game with Middlesbrough at Goodison the previous Saturday, but it was unfortunate that the capable work of the extreme wing forwards was not more ably supplemented by the inside men. The half-back formed a strong line, with Galt showing improved form upon his first game at home and there is prospect of this all important line playing a great part in the fortunes of the club. The defence too, was sound, with Macconnachie always prominent, and the side as constituted on Saturday gave promise of restoring the old prestige of the club. Teams: - Sheffield United: - Gouch, goal, Cook, and English, backs, Sturgess, Brelsford, and Utley, half-backs Utley, Stimmots, Davies, Materman, Fazackerley, and Revil, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Nuttall, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer forwards.
EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB.
September 22, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON F.C.'S SEHEME TO ASSIT RELIEF FUND.
The Everton club have written to Mr. Wall secretary of the Football Association out linings a scheme whereby a large sum of money could be raised for the National Fund. The letter is as follows: -
Dear Sir, -National Relief Fund. In my letter to you on the 27 th ultimo intimating a donation of £500 to the above fund, I stated that my directors had under consideration a scheme; whereby a considerable augmentation to the above fund might be obtained. “As requested by you, I now beg to place details of the proposed scheme before you for the consideration of your council. “That a competition be inaugurated to consist of a series of inter-county matches, wherein selected teams from the clubs of one county would play similarly selected teams of another county in a knock out competition on the lines of the Football Association Challenge Cup competition. “All ties to be played in mid-week, and the net receipts shall be handed over to the National Relief Fund. This arrangement will not have any detrimental effects on the usual Saturday gates. “ If the proposed scheme meets with the approval of your council. I am directed to say it will be a pleasure to my club to provide a suitable challenge cup and medals for the winning team. In respectfully offering the above suggestion for the favourable consideration of your council, I would urge that if justification for the existence is a power to do good,' the Football Association can desire no stronger arguments to support their decision to continue the game than is to their hand in the readiness with which the professional footballer and his club have responded, and will continue to respond to the call for financial assistance and to the facilities they offer to the securing of recruits. “ The above scheme therefore places a further opportunity to the Football Association of silencing their critics, and my directors trust that your council will decide to seize it. –Your faithfully
To P.J. Wall, 42. Russell square, London, W.C.
September 23, 1914. The Evening Express
By the Critic
The Villa are always popular favourites at Goodison and though they have not done too well of late a good hard game is anticipated. Everton have chosen the following side to represent them; Fern; Thompson, and Macconachie; Fleetwood, Galt, and Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer.
The reserve team to meet Preston North End at Deepdale is as follows;- Bromilow; Page and Simpson; Challinor, Wareing and Makepeace; Clarkson, Kirsopp, Nuttall, Wright, and Harrison.
Everton meet Bury a fortnight today in a Lancashire Cup-tie at Goodison Park. The half-holiday will thus be favoured.
Military Drill at Goodison
I am informed that Everton and Liverpool have arranged with a military instructor to drill the players three afternoons per week. The men will be drilled together and a start will be made at the Park next Tuesday afternoon. The question of rifle ranges has been left over for the time being.
Hull Daily Mail - Wednesday 23 September 1914
Gainsbrough Trinity, on Tuesday, transfered John Page, their left back, to Everton his old club.
EVERTON AND TRANMERE ;
Liverpool Echo - Thursday 24 September 1914
SIGN NEW DEFENDER.
This year's transfer list will be the smallest on record, and in the list will be two concerning Everton. The news of one of the number exclusive item to the "Echo." William Stevenson has joined Tranmere Rovers, and , will play for them on Saturday in their preliminary round of the Football Association Cup v. Northwich at Prenton Park. Stevenson, after being at Accrington, joined Everton, and for a long time could not get his place in the first season. Last season he had a benefit, and in the close season took a public-house at Blackburn. Everton's rules were thereby broken, and so was placed on the transfer list, With the club's difficulty at full back. John Page, of Gainsborough Trinity has been signed again for service at Goodison Park. Page and his brother Tom played for Everton last season, but were not re-signed. Since then Everton have suffered greatly through injuries to full backs, and therefore the club thought it wise to take the Liverpool-born back again.
EVERTON 0 ASTON VILLA 0
September 28, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton without such stalwarts at Hampton, Wallace, and Bache Aston Villa managed to take a point away from Goodison Park. No goals were scored, and in that sense the game was disappointing. Still, there was any amount of fast, keen football, and the blank scoring sheet was really a tribute to the respective defence. If anything, Hardy had more difficult shots to stop than Fern, and what slight advantage there was in the play lay with Everton. But goals should have been scored. Considering the fierce attacking that was witnessed first at one end and then at the other it was surprising that neither of the keepers was beaten. Whilst giving every credit to the alertness of the respective defences, there were several occasions when the respective goals should have been penetrated. A good deal of clever play in the open went to waste through sheer lack of finishing power. Aston Villa's easiest chances came in the early stages. Everton opened very tamely, whereas the visitors commenced with rare dash and speed, and looked like gaining an early success. In the first few minutes Edgley provided J. Stephenson with an open goal, but his shot went wide, and the Villa centre forward let other chances slip by in the early stages. When Everton did get into their proper stride Clennell had the first real chance, only to shoot yards wide. That early mistake seemed to make a deep impression on his mind, for after that he was dead on the mark with all shots. Hardy saved one straight drive from Parker, and later the Villa keeper failed to reach another shot from Parker, but, fortunately for the visitors, the ball went the wrong side of the post. In the second half Everton did most of the attacking, but try as they would they could not score. The best efforts were made by Clennell, who twice got in shots which would probably have beaten a keeper less reliable than the redoubtable Hardy. The Everton forwards did not work together with that complete harmony that one would have liked to have seen, Jefferis was back at inside right, but he was not up to his best form. Parker worked hard, and so did Clennell, and Chedgzoy was more speedy and showed better finish than Palmer, Hampton was badly missed by the Villa, for although J. Stepheson did many clever things he was not as thrustful as the Villa's regular leader. C. Stephenson was prominent, and Edgley was the best of the wingmen. One of the features of the game was the dogged play of the half-backs. For Everton Fleetwood got through a vast amount of hard work; Galt showed up better than a fortnight ago, and Makepeace, on his first appearance this season gave an encouraging display. Harrop once again showed his great worth to Aston Villa, and Ducat, who turned out for the first time since the accident in which he broke his leg, played with all his old confidence. The Villa backs were more reliable than the home pair, both Lyons and Weston playing sound football. Macconnachie was seen to advantage, but Thompson was not as sure in his kicking as he usually is. Hardy earned applause for several of his saves, and Fern was equal to the demands made upon him . Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer forwards. Aston Villa: - Hardy, goal, Lyons, and Weston, backs, Ducat, Harrisop, and Leach, half-backs, Dyson, J. Stephenson, C. Stephenson, Berberry, and Edgeley, forwards. Referee P. Salt .
PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 28, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
September 30, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
No change is the order so far as the first team is concerned, and as a policy it was one to be commended. It is to be hoped that some of the players thus favored will improve the form they allowed in last week's game, otherwise Everton will not keep up their remarkable record of successes at Anfield. Not since 1899 (January 21 was the day) has the Everton side been beaten at Anfield. The promise of a good keen game is big, and the match has already much interest. Expectant it should be mentioned that the telegram received from London regarding W. Stevenson was not correct and its inference that Stevenson had his transfer fee reduced was an incorrect one. What happened was this Everton simply asked permission to remove Stevenson's name from their list and to put on the transfer list at £300. Talking of Everton's defenders reminds me that McFadyes, ex-Preston, is mending well now, and is likely to be doing some shortly. Lance Johnston like McFayden had the misfortune to break his leg last season and he, too, is one I glad to hear improving nicely.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 BLACKPOOL RESERVES 2
September 31, 1914.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 5)