EVERTON ON “THE BILLARD BOARD.”
September 1, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sport Notes
Everton will find the Bury ground suitable to their style of play. It is always like a brilliant board, and is the most wonderful bit of football turf, I have ever seen. Everton have to face a strong side in Bury, but their task should not be beyond them, I hope they lead off with a victory. Whether they succeed of not you must take tomorrow’s Football Echo as your guilde as to the progress of play. Everton; Fern; Thomson, Simpson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Bradbury, Clennell, Harrison. Bury; Cornthwaite; Thomson, Greaves; Humpheys, Chorlton, Culshaw; Connor, Mitton, Lythgoe, Brodie, Edwards.
September 4, 1916. The Evening Express
By the Judge
Had it not been for an injury to Wareing sustained towards the close of the first half, and which prevented him from taking part in the second portion, the Everton score must have been of a more pronounced nature. As a combination, the Blues were a smarter and better lot than their opponents and though Wareing, whose ankle was injured be collision with the bury centre-half, is not likely to assist the club for some little time, the executive have sufficient resources at hand that will win more matches than they will lose. For an opening game, the footwork of the forwards left little to be desired. The inside players got the best out of the wingers when the side was intact, and the whole line was backed up assiduonously by a trio of halves, who was maintained the prestige of the club in this respect. There was nothing lacking in the rearguard, and all round the eleven gave one an impression of good results in store for the club.
Regarding the Players
The three goals were recorded by Clennell, whose marksmanship and general manoeuvring stood out prominently as the best finished work in the match. He obtained two in the first half, and his third point in the second portion was the embodiment of artistry. Taking the ball first time from his confrere, he beat the back, drew out the keeper, and instead of shooting, as nine out of ten forwards would under the circumstances, a deft touch to the right left the course clear and he literally walked the leather into the net. Harrison put in many fine sprints and centres, and at the other end of the line Kirsopp’s command of the ball and colliabation with Lloyd, the recruit from Warrington, frequently caused trouble to the Bury defenders. The home forwards worked hard, but exercised little judgement at close quarters. Finishing efforts were crude, and only private Mitton, who last year played with Stockport, looked like finding the net.
Liverpool Echo - Monday 04 September 1916
There was a crop of injuries and a few cases of missed penalty kicks. Unfortunately, Everton's half-back, Wareing, was crocked in the match with Burv. Everton won well, Clennell getting a speedy move on with three goals. He looks like having a wonderful season. Congratulations to him on his hat-trick feat. "F.E.H.", commenting on the victor, says: In their opening engagement of the season, which was at Bury, the Evertonians quite fulfilled all the anticipations raised in their practice matches. It was quite expected that they would field a strong eleven, and such proved the case. Bury, on the other hand, were, to put the matter quite frankly, rather a scratch lot, and there was practically no serious attempt at combination among their departments. They began very shakily indeed, and it was only a timely rally, coupled with a depletion of the Everton ranks, that saved them from utter rout. All things considered, the game, which was played on perfect turf amid summer-like conditions, was pleasant, incidental, and interesting furnishing a rosy indication of better things to come. Everton set the pace in merry fashion, and despite the heat, this was well maintained throughout the encounter. It was soon made clear that, for all practical purposes, " there was only one side in it." A series of more or less well-designed attacks culminated in Clewnnell opening the score with a characteristic effort, and before the interval arrived the irrepressible player added a second. The home side made at least two attempts to reduce this lead through Mirtton and Lythgoe, but without success. In the second half the visitors had to leave Wareing the dressing-room, the clever halt back having had his ankle rather badly damages In the circumstances Bradbury was brought back into the middle line, and the visitors made the best of matters with four forwards. Bury, for their credit be it said, tried hard to profit on this advantage, but the defence was rarely seriously troubled, and the victory was clinched when Clennell added a third goal with an individual effort that simply !eft the home keeper gasping with surprise and mortification. Bury were obviously suffering from a lack of understanding between themselves, but they should improve as the season progresses
EVERTON v. STOKE.
Liverpool Echo - Tuesday 05 September 1916
At Goodison Park on Saturday next, kick off 3.30, the Everton team will be:—Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Bradbury, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Campey, Clennell, and Harrison.
Everton's First Home Engagement.
Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 06 September 1916
In view of Everton's well-deserved and clear victory at Bury, there certain to be a big crowd at Goodison Park on Saturday, when Stoke provide the opposition. Everton seem to be forced to make Bradbury a half-back. He played there through Grenyer's absence, and now he ls chosen as half in place of Wareing, whose ankle is very bad, and will keep him out of the field for some time. The appearance of Campey is a point of special import. He is the player who made a fair number of appearances with Manchester United last season. He is working in Liverpool, and Everton, wanting a forward, were glad give him his place.
September 8, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sports Notes
So far I have not seen Bradbury, the Hull City forward, who is placed at half-back again by Everton F.C, but I have seen Campey, and this Manchester United player should help Everton considerably. If I remember aright it was a lance-corporal in the Army, but now he is working in Liverpool. He can shoot, and with the regular shooter on the Everton side –you know who they are the strong left-footed merchants –Everton will gave Herron a hot time. There is certain to be a big crowd to witness what should be a fast game, and pointers proving that forecast are the appearances of Bradbury, Campey and Lloyd. All Evertonians are anxious to see the speedy winger Lloyd, who must needs have time and experience before he becomes a top hole player, but who is a player of personality and will be keenly watched. Another “draw” is Bridgett’s revival. I should have thought that Mary would have prevented Bridgett from playing forward, but we must not forget that Bridgett was always a clean-living and clean-playing footballer, and that he has looked after his physical ability throughout his life. A through and through gentleman is Arthur, and we shall be glad to welcome him tomorrow at Walton. These teams should put up a struggle that will please the most fastidious. Everton; Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Bradbury, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Campey, Clennell, Harrison. Stoke; Herron; Allman, Turner; Jones, Parker, Lymer; Harrison, Herbert, Smith, Brdiggett, Brooks.
PARKER MAY HELP RANGERS
September 9, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Bobbie Parker may help Rangers again this season. Nowadays the Everton centre never has a chance to visit his much-liked Liverpool city.
ON THE EVERTON AND STOKE MEETING
September 9, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Teams:- Fern (captain), goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Bradbury, Fleetwood and Grenyer, half-backs; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Campey, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Stoke City:- Herron, goal; Turner, and Twenlow, backs; Jones, Parker and Lymer, half-backs; Harrison, Herberts, Smith, Bridgetts, and Brooks, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.T. Rawcroft, Bolton. Unfortunately, Allman was unable to play for the visitors and consequently the duel expected between the two Manchester men did not fructify. Stoke is one of the longest journeys enforced by the Lancashire circle, and it was not surprising, therefore to find the Stoke arrive late and delay the game a quarter of an hour. Clennell with a hugh punt, found a weak spot in Twemlow’s armour, and in some scrappy opening play, Fleetwood, Kirsopp and Bridgett were prominent. Campey’s first move was a smart one. He allowed up a line-centre, and changed the goalkeeper over the line, but a corner was not given. Moreover, an offside decision against an Everton forward was an error. Simpson put some spirit into a charge, and there was also spirit in a Duel between Bridgett and Kirsopp. Lloyd, by speed, judgement, and centre, proved that his practice game was not a flash in the pan; and Kirsopp who has rarely played such an invigorating game, got in a fine long shot, which Herron manipulated rather neatly. The old Wolverhampton forward –Harrison –had a solo sprint, but he pressed when the shot, and the ball went wide. It was a nippy match, and the players went at each other as though the game was a cup-tie. Stoke went near by the agency of Smith. Fern in the first place, showing judgement in his fall and timing his save cleverly. In the second instance Smith was a yard wide. Clennell, keen as ever on gaoling, tried long and short shots, and always imparted strong pace into all these shots. But there wasn’t any luck about, and when he lay out while Lloyd took a corner kick he went near with a rasping drive. The study-built Campey made a telling header from a Harrison centre and Lymer, Grenyer and Fleetwood give the crowd some good examples of half-back work. The energy of the Stoke side was inspiring, and they made a rousing game. Lloyd showed his lack of experience when from the centre of the field and at long range he tried to score. It was not lack of experience but lack of judgement that prevented Harrison utilising two goodish chances from close range. When the best chance of the match presented itself to Clennell he screwed round the ball and lost a great chance. A little after Kirsopp was inches too high with a really fine effort, and Harrison hit the crossbar with a bang. Strangely enough the Stoke Harrison copied the Everton Harrison’s performance and hit the crossbar, while Herbert a rare worker gave Fern a handful, but the Everton man did well to parry. The home Harrison came again with a hefty run, charge, and shot, but he could not quite get the ball over the line. Eight minutes from half-time a penalty and a goal were witnessed. Twenlow gave the penalty by a deliberate hook of Campey’s who was racing through. Clennell made no error about the gift goal. Stoke played a surprisingly vigours and nippy game, for a equaliser came a thrill from Lloyd. He bout his men cutely and with a strong centre, which went wide.
Half-Time; Everton 1, Stoke City 0
First half Summary.
Anyone who could grumble at today’s play should have the room to kick about, admittedly the game was not a classic, but the heartiness of the players made up for his deficiency, and as sport the game was a glorious one. Stoke surprised us by their play, which was due, in a measure to the Wolverhampton player. Harrison like Brookes commenced stoutly, but finished the half with much brilliantly and whereas Herbert was fast and cohesive, Bridgett was slow. The old un served as an example of the spirit being willing and the flesh weak. Clennell’s endeavours to score, Campsey’s fire power and G. Harrison and Lloyd sprints made the home attack a very hot one.
It is worthy of note that in addition to the first half starting but fifteen minutes were taken for the interval. No sooner had the game been started than Bridgetts and Clennell offered up evidence of the trickness. Only a minute had clagged when Bridgetts scored, The tall half-back Jones lobbed the ball to goal, and Fern failed to catch the ball, which ran down his body and made a perfect chance for Bridgett, who was only a few yards out of goal. Encouraged by his success and by the encouragement of the crowd, Bridgetts tried a further shot –a long one and a strong one-which was only inches over the bar. J. Jones was cautioned for a foul upon Clennell and Thompson stoutly challenged Bridgett when that player was in a dangerous position. Stoke kept up their form and in the first quarter of an hour of the latter half they were the better side. The score after an hour was 1-1. Goal Scorers Clennell after 37 minutes from a penalty, Bridgetts scored in forty-six minutes.
September 11, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge.
Whatever the season evolves, it as safe to say it will yield few more attractive games than that witnessed at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Stoke team as seen there are a most entertaining side, and their irrepressible energy, their speed of action, and the real braininess of their work simply served to demonstrate to the Everton supporters that they themselves have before them a side of polish and all-round skill. It is a fact that each team coming to Goodison Park seems always to give of its best. There is a material glory attaching to the extraction of a point out of Everton on their own enclosure, and there is no doubt Stoke rose fully to the demand of the occasion. In short they played a great game, and a great game as much resulted. Not a dull moment crept into mar the ninety minutes’ play, and every man of the twenty two may be genuinely complimented on his work. That Everton miss the presence of Chedgzoy is apparent, but all round the team is splendidly balanced and a successful season is safely to be anticipated. And Stoke on Saturday’s display will make their presence felt in the Lancashire section to a merry tune.
Experience of space prelude a too, elaborate criticism of all the players, but there were several who stood out prominently. Chief interest certainly centred in the reappearance in the ranks of his old club of Arthur Bridgett –as clean and conscientious a player who ever donned a jersey, and a popular figure wherever he is seen. Bridgett may have cast off some of his old general activity, but his generalship was always prominent, and he will be a great factor in the operations of the club. The visitors have acquired another valuable asset in the precise of the ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers, Harrison –a perfect bundle of tricks, and a positive puzzle to any defence. In Herron they have a goalkeeper beyond reproach and their undeniable capabilities as a team may be left there. The value of Clennell in the home attack was always evident. Forceful and enterprising as ever, Clennell will get many goals, and taking the Blues forward line as a whole it is, on current showing, a cohesive methodical combination. The halves are sound enough. Fleetwood was the most prominent in Saturday’s contest, but all three are thoughtful, effective workers, as more than one attack will discover are the season develops.
EVERTON’S SUPRISE FROM STOKE
September 11, 1916, The Liverpool Echo
An Error and It’s Cost
THAT Fern could have let slip the lobbing centre made by tall Jones, the half-back was unbelievable. But one must judge goalkeepers on the number of seemingly unstoppable shots they stop as well as the slipe –and we all know how very reliable Fern has always been. It was an error, but let us rather find pleasure that Bridgett snapped it up and scored an easy goal. How delighted were the Stoke players at their old chum’s success. It put new heart into the steamroller, and he tried one capital long drive-one of his old sort –when the game had gone by a few minutes longer. Bridgett brought his judgement to bear upon the passes and surely he, from experience, knows exactly what sort of a pass should suit a winger. Still I feel his slowness was a hindrance to little Brooks the lively little fellow who plays on the extreme left. Both extreme lefts were good, and so were the right-wingers, Llyod admittedly coming in splashes –he needs experience, you know, and mustn’t be hurried –whereas, save for the opening five minutes, the visitors Harrison was a lively as a kitten and was wonderfully willing. He used the throw in trick first mentioned to footballers through the column years gone by, to rare advantage and marvellous to relate, was not once pulled up for a wrong throw. Notts, ye forwards who would save time and an ankle-tap!
Clennell Gets a Notch
Joe Clennell had no worth of fortune with his slamming drives, and will he managed to keep in the scoring list. His goal, being a penalty kick –the shot being made possible by Twenlow’s foolish foul on Campey, a fiery centre who never ceased trying and deserved the reward of a goal –and would have got it but for Harrison’s safe methods. Clennell’s spot kick was a grit for him, and, barring accidents he is sure to be at or about the top of the goal-netters list at the end of the season. Kirsopp’s first half exhibition was excellent but he was variable near goal when a strong short shot was needed. Out half-backs were hardly as good as usual, though Bradbury did well for a forward who was playing out of place. Also our backs were not true kickers –they found touch too often for my liking. Stoke impressed by their half-back work Lymer playing very good class football, and Jones, although still awkward, getting there time and again. Forward, the wingers and Herbert were surprisingly nippy, and while Turner was good Twenlow was mediocre. The keenness of the side will carry them far and the old club merits high praise for the way in which they tackled the classic side. They gave them a capital game and a good run for their money. Stoke brought some money with them, for the crowd included a number of Stoke, folk, -people who are engaged in this part of the world with munitions. One black fact must be chronicled. The game started twelve minutes late, and fifteen minutes interval was taken. Clubs must conform to the ruling of the matter. Football has gained much of its strength by reason of its pecomptitude.
September 14, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s second match, like the initial match led to a half back being crocked somewhat. First it was Wareing, next it was Grenyer. If the Shields man does not play at Southport, McNeal of the Albion, will deputise. Team; Fern; Thompson, and Simpson; Bradbury, Fleetwood, and Grenyer or McNeal; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Camsey, Clennell, and Harrison.
SOUTHPORT CENTRAL V. EVERTON.
September 15, 1916, The Evening Express
By the Judge.
Grenyer will not be able to turn out at Southport tomorrow, as was anticipated in these columns on Wednesday, consequently McNeil will come into the side, which may be taken as at full strength, as McNeil’s capabilities can in no sense be described as of the emergency order. Southport are placing a strong eleven in the field, and the teams are accepted to turn out as follows: - Everton:- Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Bradbury, Fleetwood, McNeil; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Champey, Clennell, Harrison. Southport; - Campbell; Dorward, J.H. Wright; Rigsby, Stringfellow, Abrams; Merritt, Caulfield, Watson, Toms, Scholfield.
FLEETWOOD ABSENT AGAINST CENTRAL
September 16, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Hard Game At Southport Ground
Everton have rarely had to do without the services of Tom Fleetwood, who considering his wear and tear game at centre-half, has been very immune from accident. However, Fleetwood, though an injured toe, was unable to help his side in the big match at Southport today, when the Central were looking forward to points from their near and dear neighbours. Central had a strong side out, even if they had to tempt Fate by playing Watson, an international half back, at centre forward. They had Liverpool’s goalkeeper Dennis Campbell to guard the sticks and to the other hand, Everton gave at centre half where Challinor, the Northwich boy deputised, had no chance from the side which drew with Stoke. Grenyer a doubtful starter, finding himself able to play. The home side was at the fullest available strength and the men lined up as follows:- Everton:- Fern (captain), goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Bradbury, Challinor and Grenyer, half-backs; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Campey, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Southport:- Gunner Campbell (Liverpool), goal; Dorward and Wright, backs; Rigby, Stringfellow, and Abrams, half-backs; Merritt, Caulfield, Watson, Toms and Scholfield, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.H. Alderson. The Evertonians made a short if somewhat crowded journey to Southport, a good time, and drove straightaway to the Central enclosure. The weather was perfect after the cold spell of the previous two days, and the springy part promised a fast encounter. The composition of the opposing teams moreover suggested a more than usually interesting game. The visitors made one important change from the team originally selected. Fleetwood was found to be suffering from a badly damaged toe, and his position was therefore given to Challinor, a player who has done good service for the Everton Club in the past. It was ten minutes after time when play started in the presence of some 2,000 spectators. Everton started in the face of the sun and a cross breeze. They at once made play on the left and a series of throws in might have been turned to account if Dorward had not interfered. He cleared vigorously, and the home right made ground only to pulled up by Grenyer. The visitors at once returned to the attack and after Campey had failed at close range, Clennell dashed in and with one of his imperious shots sent the leather flying just wide of the target. The spirited movements gave us a foretaste of what might be expected at warming to their work both centre forwards proceeded in turn to exert pressure. There was, however, a lack of combination and the nearest approach to a goal was when Watson wriggled between Thompson and Simpson nearly to fail at the critical juncture. Everton tried hard to make play on the left, but the clever wingers were, very closely watched and Rigsby on more than one occasion managed to put a decided spoke in their wheel. Challinor once in trying to serve up to his forwards drove the ball ever the line, and subsequently a pretty movement on the part of Kirsopp and Lloyd came to nothing. The pace was now aggreedly fast, and Southport pressing strongly gave the Everton defenders rather an anxious time. Watson getting hold strongly, but he was offside, and when a little later a corner was forced Scholfield put behind. Everton retaliated with a series of somewhat struggling movements, in which Clennell was the most conspicuous figure, but the only shot that came to hand was well dealt with by the ex-Liverpool custodian Central returned to the attack, caused further apprehension, which was only allayed when Fern fielded a hot shot from Toms. The Southport vanguard were not to be denied and coming along once more Everton drove with tremendous strength straight at Fern, who effected a wonderful clearance. The Battle was now of a really ding-dong character. Everton breaking through the home defence on both wings made openings only to lose them, and Campey, when well placed shot over. So far there had been comparatively little science about the struggle, but there was no taking the determination of the opponents and so we had a sense of thrills, which are often lacking from the more precise and schoisrity game. Twice the visitors made clever play on the right where Lloyd once again demonstrated his capabilities as an accurate director of the ball, but in each instance there was no one up to complete the movement. The same player and Kirsopp were next prominent in the first really concerted movement of the match, and Clennell looked like putting in the finishing touch on when Dorward and Stringfellow successfully stopped his progress.
Half-time; Southport Central 0, Everton 0
The visitors at this period were rather more than holding their own, but there was still a lack of understanding and matters were not improved when Campey put the ball high over the bar. A little slackness on the part of the home halves let Clennell and Harrison in, but the latter shot rather wildly and Campbell coming out cleared with comparative ease. Further spells of the quick and rush order led to Southport making further attacks, and after Simpson had lost one shot from Toms, the latter named player returned and gave Fern such a handful that he was only just able to turn it outside the upright. Towards the interval the visitors showed something of their real cleverness and it was well for the home defence that Campbell was between the sticks. Campey and Harrison both tested him, and he had scarcely recovered his place when Lloyd tried hard to draw first blood. The galliant runner, however, still kept the breach and fisted clear with marvellous agility. Central made a desperate attempt to gain the lead, but the Everton defence was sound, and half time came with no score.
The proceedings in the first half may best be described as a rough and tumble exhibition, in which vigour took the place of class football. The Central forwards set such a querry pace at the commencement that the Evertonians seemed to be taken by surprise and it was some time before they appeared to realise that they were up against stern and steady opponents. Watson in the centre position led the attack with great cleverness, and Toms was unlucky in twice failing to score. Everton’s attack as I have said, was scrappy, and therefore in effective. Campey ought certainly to have found the target, on more than one occasion. Clennell was so closely watched that he was allowed very little rope, and the centres of the outside men were more often than not neglected.
The Second Half.
There was an increased attendance when hostilities were resumed in still brilliant sunshine. Southport at once advanced on the right, side the ball was moving dangerously across the goalmouth.
SURPRISE FOR EVERTON
September 18, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge
The Everton team gave a disappointing display at Southport on Saturday; indeed, neither the Central nor the Blues could by any stretch of imagination lay claim to having provided an exposition of footwork calculated to stir the pulses of followers of the sport. That the Central deserved their success by the bare margin of a goal could not be denied, for they were the more virile if not clever set, and it was the former quality that settled the issue. Clennell and Harrison were the strongest wing on the Everton side, and it was through no fault of the inside man that his scoring proclivities received a check. Campey, as the centre, got more into touch with the comrades as play progressed, and the sprinting, of Lloyd was one of the features in Everton’s advances, Watson, the ex-Burnley player, was a capable leader of the Central forwards, of whom Toms like Clennell on the Everton side, caught the eye by reason of clever marksmanship.
September 18, 1916, The Liverpool Echo
“The Shrimpes will be highly delighted that they have beaten Everton. It is a feather in their cap. F.E.B here tells how it came about:-
The Evertonians invariably fail to do themselves full justice when playing at Southport. Saturday proved no exception to this rule, and as the result of a ding-dong encounter in which brawn was more prominent than brain, they deeded a couple of points to the fisher folk. This was perhaps, more than the Southport team deserved for they were by no means as well balanced side, yet their vigour persistence entitled them to some reward. As on former occasions it was the ground that beat the visitors. The sandy soil, with its uneven surface, caused the ball to perform all sorts of convention movements, and it was not until well in the second half that the Everton players appeared able to keep the leather under complete control. This we had a series of “balloons ascents” that led to some smart headwork, but which got us “no forrarder,” so to speak. Everton despite their obvious defects displayed at times something of their inside cleverness and in the closing stages they made fine target practice. Fortunately for Southport Kenneth Campbell, the famous Liverpool custodian, was between the sticks, and gave the crowd a wonderful display of his powers in fielding the ball from all angles and in intelligently anticipating the course of its flight. The first half, though of a rather boisterous character, was full of incident. Southport early on howled a disposition to get through at any cost and with a little better under standing among the forwards they might well have made good. As it was, their final charges were erratic, and either the backs or Fern were able to cope with them. Everton were equally at fault in this direction. Abrams almost completely bottled up one wing, and Clennell was so well marked that he was not permitted to get his customary goal. In the second period play was still fast and furious fluctuating from goal to goal with agreeable rapidity. Neither side, however, succeeded in breaking the defence until eight minutes from the finish; Toms scored with a telling shot. It was a fitting climax to a capital individual performance. Watson did well at centre and Abrams shone climax to a capital individual performance. Watson did well at centre and Abrams shone brilliantly in the middle line. Both the full backs played really good football. The Everton forwards, as we have indicated, might have been seen to much better advantage. Campey lost many golden opportunities and the wingers were scarcely up to concert pitch. The halves were moderately sound, and it is just as well that Thompson and Simpson, together with Fern, exercised judgement in one or two tight places.
ONCE EVERTON PLAYER A PRISONER
September 20, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sports Notes
Sergeant Llew Lloyd, who has played with Everton on occasions and who latterly helped Blackpool Football club, is a prisoner of war. Address 1/8 Irish Battalion, K.L.B, 2 Company, 6th Scotipo, Nuremberg, Bayem Deutschland. He sends me word this morning that his wounds are now better and that the boys are straightaway going in for football if some kind reader of the “Bees” Notes will oblique there by sending them a football. The need for football just now is tremendous and I shall be deeply grateful if readers, clubs, officials &tc, will help me by sending footballs. A suggestion has been made that I should open a fund. Perhaps this may be unnecceary. Well wait a while and see. But the donor of the ball must get a move on, as the call is for fully a notten ball. Llew Lloyd says “Another season has now started but we are hoping to be able to be home for next season. Good luck to the boys and yourself. “
Chegzoy’s Flying Visit.
We shall be glad to renew acquaintance and friendship with Sam Chedgzoy, a member of the Scots Guards, who has been helping West Ham and finding Danny Shea, a very suitable “accompanist. Chedgzoy is home on leave this week-end, and as Blackburn rovers are visitors to Everton the return of the great winger will be very helpful. Fleetwood and McNeal come into the half-back line, and Frank Jefferis returns to the inner berth of the right wing while Sheldon leads the line. Thus there are a number of changes from last week’s beaten side. Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Bradbury, Fleetwood, McNeal; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Sheldon, Clennell, Harrison.
Sunday Mirror -Sunday September 20 1916
Walter Scott, the ex-Everton and Grimsby keeper, who sustained a fractured leg last April, is making a slow recovery.
September 22, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge.
Everton’s visitors of tomorrow, Blackburn Rovers have gone away with a rare rush. They have won all three of their games so far played, and they are sure to give of their best at Goodison Park, for it would appear to be an ambition of all the teams who visit there to “do it on” the Evertonian –a feat to which a special glory seems to attach. The presence of Chedgzoy in the home forward line will be strengthening factor as well as a draw of itself, and there is no doubt that it will be a battle royal between the rivals. For myself, judging matters in the lights of collateral form, I am rather inclined to anticipate a drawn game, in which any amount of good football he forthcoming. If there is a leaning one way it is towards the home teams, for the side beare the district stamp of strength. The Blackburn selection is a strong one, though at the eleventh hour I am informed that a doubt exists concerning Robinson (goal) and Hodgkinson (outside left). Reserves have not yet been decided upon, but summing the appearance of the two players, named, the full order will be:- Everton; Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Bradbury, Fleetwood, McNeil; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Sheldon, Clennell, Harrison. Blackburn Rovers; Robinson; Crompton, Corell; Walmsley, Smith, Bradshaw; McGhie, Orr, Aikenhead, Lathron, Hodgkinson.
TRULY GREAT MATCH AT GOODISON PARK
September 22, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sport’s Notes
We- that is a crowd of some 20,000 spectators –are expecting a great game at Goodison Park. The home side promises it, and the opposition certainly “threaten” it. I imagine that the game will produce the England season’s first 20,000 gates, for the season. Blackburn have been out of the game for a season; that is Blackburn as a club, not the Rovers players, for most of them have been playing with Blackpool F.C. Then there is the knowledge that the Rovers always give clean, tough football, and their matters with Everton are of a very close description. The Rovers have some run into their form, whereas Everton, mainly through lax forwards work, are coming to hand slowly.
The shuffling of the forward rank of the home side is, I am told, on the authority of a neutral correspondent, very necessary. While the left wing was good in patches, the other members were well held, and it is quite a natural sequence that Sheldon and Jefferis should be recalled. Sheldon is the man who performed the hat trick in his first trial game, you may remember. But the most important entry is the return of Sam Chedgzoy of the Scots-Guards. True, Lloyd has made a capable deputy for the Ellesmere Port man, but the delight that Chedgzoy’s game always giving will be a certain attraction to lovers of the clean-centre-from all angles. Sam has been helping West ham –a lucky club to have a right wing framed with the names Chedgzoy and Shea –and in addition to getting goals, he has been described as the best forward on the field. West Ham’s ground, I should imagine, will suit Chedgzoy’s shooting propensities because it is a tight little corner termed “Palace” and will offer opportunities of shooting that Goodison Park does not. That Fleetwood should return to the half-back line for this game is opportune –he’s wanted with his hearty defence and on-darting forward dribbles. Spectators are asked to note the following instruction. For the first time this season there will be a band present. The 7th Territorial Force Reserves Battalion (late 8th Irish Spectators are asked to render the exact amount of admission in order that congestion at the turnstiles may be prevented. Shareholders who are writing for tickets are requested to send the tax fees; 2d in the 2s 6d, 3d on 6a, and 6d on 7s 6d. Teams:- Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Bradbury, Fleetwood, McNeal; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Sheldon, Clennell, Harrison. Blackburn Rovers; Robinson; Crompton, Cowell; Walmasley, Smith, Aitkenhead; McGhie, Orr, Morris, Latheron, Hodkinson.
IN SAME REGIMENT
September 23, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Sam is a member of the Scots Guards, which regiment has now in the fold Bobbie Parker, the popular Everton centre, who last season played once or twice, but who played more frequently with Glasgow Rangers. Another “return packed” was Frank Jefferis, an artistic player who is eminently suited to serving passes to land keeping the defence from such a winger as Chedgzoy. Fleetwood’s robustness was missed last week but he was fit for today’s still match and McNeal’s help at half-back was also welcomed. Everton plainly realised two things –the strength needed to conquer Blackburn and the need for an improvement in the attack as compared with the side beaten at Southport. Hence the introduction of the right wing and the trial of the Swansea boy Sheldon, who performed the hat-trick in a public trial game.
CARRONSHDRE FOOTBALLER WOUNDED.
Falkirk Herald - Saturday 23 September 1916
Hugh Caldwell, No. 5 Row, Carronshore, is received official intimation that his son, private James H. Caldwell, Gordon Highland's, has been wounded in action on 7th Soptember, and that he is now lying in a military hospital in Liverpool. Caldwell, who enlisted in December of year, went to France on Ist July, was a professional footballer, starting his career as goalkeeper with the Dunipace Club. He also played for East Stirlingshire, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Woolwich Arsenal, and Reading, in whose service he was when he enlisted.
A GOODISON PARK TRAGEDY!
September 25, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge.
Oh, dear the days seen tank and long
When all goes right and nothing goes wrong;
And isn’t your life excessively flat
When there nothing whatever to grumble at?
The famous librettist’s words could not have better application than the experience at Goodison Park on Saturday. In fact there was everything to grumble at. To begin, with, we had that forty minute wait for the Rovers of Blackburn and it led one to the reflection that if a Lancashire team cannot reach Goodison Park until over half-an-hour after 3-30 kick-off what is going to happen when the starting time is 2.30? The splendid military music saved the situation for without it hardly think that 25,000 crowd would have suffered in such patience. To proceed with the grumbles. Chedgzoy after all the announcements, was unable owing to military duties to take part. That was a disappointment of itself. Growl No 3. Everton, after leading at half-time went clean to pieces in the second portion, and after one of the worst displays I have seen them give had their defence pierced five times, thrice by one player Latheron. Can it be wondered that the whole of Saturday’s proceedings weight heavily? There is little need to emlarge on the play. Everton were roundly and soundly beaten. The team as a whole was bang off colour; and therein lies the full story of Everton’s defeat.
HONOUR FOR JAMES
September 25, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sport’s Notes
It will rank as an honour for Jimmy Ashcroft that he should appear probably for the last time on the city side that defeated Everton 5-2. James has long since given up serious football –unfortunately be is troubled with pains that will not allow goalkeeping –and his decision to step into the breach is worthy of special applauses. He had not much work to do, and two minutes from the finish Sheldon beat him with a shot he could not reach Sheldon’s goal showed plainly how lax Everton’s forwards had been. Ashcroft’s absence from the game surely pointed to one fact; he could not be nimble in getting to shots of any pace. Yet Everton’s attack was poor, inaccurate in shot, and as times quite unable to combat the offside tactics tried on then by Crompton and Co.
Rovers missed their connection at Lontook Hall and arrived half an hour late, and every one of the 25,000 spectators must have noticed how long they were nothing down to their game. You could as well expect a billiard champion to run up and down a flight of steps and them play a descent game as expect Rovers to start off with semblance of smooth-working. But in the second portion they revelled in combined and tricky movement and the spectators must have thoroughly enjoyed the ripe exhibition of feinting –aye and getting but of the way of injury –shooting and dribbling that Latheron treated us to. Chapman was a forager who took and gave hard knocks and Aitkenhead did many things worth noting. Did you notice Dockworth’s pulled corner kicks? They work a study and reminded of Williams Davidson’s game at Goodison Park, Bur Latheron was the forward par excellence. His unselfishness and his directness in shooting made his display great. At half Rovers were strong and at full back they were sturdy. No wonder they beat Everton, who save for some fine drawn work by Jefferis much endeavour by Clennell and Harrison, and Fleetwood’s persistence would have caught a very severe cold. Fleetwood introduced some “bite” into his game that would have been better out. Thompson was handicapped by his damaged shoulder and Simpson worked with a will and a big kick till he found the task too much for a little un. Fern was falling when the first goal was created, the ball cannoning from his chest to Chapman, who had the simplest of tasks. Latheron scored three- and Bradshaw with a penalty made no error, his popular little swerve when approaching the ball being sufficient to bewilder any goalkeeper. Harrison was Everton’s scorer after Clennell had struck the woodwork with a grand drive. It was a game to remainder, and a game well worth watching. I wish that Chedgzoy had been able to play though Lloyd was not at his been, and the occasion troubled him.
TIM THE SNIPER
September 26, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Tim Coleman the man of many equip and many clubs –in the latter class may be named Woolwich Arsenal, Everton, Sunderland, Fulham, and Nottingham Forest. “Tim the Sniper “ new title.
Read Jackie Sheldon’s, Liverpool.
Dear “Bee’s” a few line hoping you’re well. I am sorry to say I have a bad knee and hope to under an operation. I left France last Monday and reached Birkenhead on Tuesday morning at 3.30. I am glad to say that I have been brought to this place for we are looked after thoroughly and Mrs. Carter of the hospital sees that we have our every want. The football boys out at the front are fit, I hear that “Tim” Coleman is sniping now. When we wasted a German sniper abilities we only had to send for “Tim” to come to work. He sends one round into the opposition and he came back saying “You will hear no more from him –he’s gone West.” The hospital boys were at the match on Saturday at Liverpool and they tell me that it was a good game. I hope the boys have luck again today.
AN EVERTON FORWARD WOUNDED
September 26, 1916. Liverpool Echo
“Bee” has received news that H.B. Howarth, the winger who helped Everton for two seasons, and promised to developed into a capital forward, has been wounded, and is now in hospital in France. He has three pieces of shrapnel in his arm.
Everton will play Hunter at right half tomorrow owing to Wareing finding himself unfit for play. Fleetwood goes centre-half.
Finlay, a well known as a Newcastle Half-back, has died from wounds. Wheelhouse a former Grimsby pro, has also been killed.
EVERTON TEAM SELECTED
Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 27 September 1916
Everton who have tough opposition to face, have brought in Dunn at back - he's the Luton man -and at half-back Wareing and Grenyer resume. Fleetwood going on the wing. Forward A.N. other is at the moment the centre and the wingers are as last week. team (given by the way in last night's Echo) Fern; Thompson, and Dunn; Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer; Lloyd, Jefferis, A.N. Other, Clennell, and Harrison.
September 28, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge.
In the Manchester team to oppose Everton at Hyde-road, on Saturday, Sergeant E. Hanney, one of the soldier members of the Manchester City club, has promised to play. Sergeant Hanney, who was injured in the fighting at Delville Wood, has been assisting Reading during the past fortnight. It will be the his first appearance to Manchester since he enlisted. Another famous player –also in the Army –Gordon Hoare, who created a sensation by scoring five goals in succession for Fulham in their opening match with Reading is coming to Manchester on business, and has offered his services as he did on several occasions last season. The offer has been accepted, and the team will accordingly be strong in composition. The changes in the Everton side were all fully dealt with yesterday, and the full teams may now be given as follows:- Manchester City; Goodchild; Davies, Fletcher; Seargt Brennan, Sergt Hanney, Parker; Meredith, Jones, Hoare, Baines, Cartwright. Everton; Fern; Thompson, J. Dunn; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Lloyd, Jefferis, A.N.Other, Clennell, Harrison.
AN EVERTON FORWARD WOUNDED
Liverpool Echo - Friday 29 September 1916
" Bee" has received news that H. B. Howarth. the winger who helped Everton for two season.,, and promised to develop into capital forward, has been wounded, and is now in hospital in France. He has three pieces of shrapnel in his arm. Everton will play Hunter at right-half tomorrow owing to Wareing finding himself unfit for play, Fleetwood goes centre-half.
EVERTON’S VISIT TO MANCHESTER CITY
September 29, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sport Notes
Manchester City, having got at last a move on, are certain to give Everton a hard game and F.E.H,” will describe it fully in tomorrow’s Football Echo.” The complete and reliable paper. City have Hanney, who is back from the trenches to help them and Everton who bring back Dunn, Wareing and Grenyer, will make a trial at centre-forward. Teams; Fern; Thompson, Dunn; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Lloyd, Jefferis, A.N. Other, Clennell, Harrison. Manchester City: Goodchild; Davies, Fletcher; Breenan, Hanney, Parker; Meredith, Jones, Hoare, Barnes, Cartwright.
FAMOUS FOOTBALLER AS AN ABSENTEE
September 29, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Walter Holbem, who formerly played full back for Everton, Preston North End and Southport Central, was charged at Southport, today under the Military Service Act, with being an absentee from the Army. It was stated by Detective Bull that he saw defendant's wife in respect to the matter, and today Holblem went to the police station and said he would give himself up in order to save his wife trouble. Defendant said he came to see the recruiting officer, not the police. Lieutenant Winterbottom chief recruiting officer, said defendant was an unattested married man who had received three notices to report, but had not responded. He was a very well-known man, and was on the books of Southport Central F.C., at the present moment. Defendant was fined 40s and remanded for an escort.
AN EVERTON FORWARD WOUNDED.
Liverpool Echo - Friday 29 September 1916
Bee’s has received news that H. B. Howarth. the winger who helped Everton for two season, and promised to develop into capital forward, has been wounded, and is now in hospital in France. He has three pieces of shrapnel in his arm. Everton will play Hunter at right-half tomorrow owing to Wareing finding himself unfit for play. Fleetwood goes centre-half. Finlay, well known as Newcastle half-back, has died from wounds. Wheelhouse, former Grimsby pro, also been killed.
September 30, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Borthwich the old Everton and Millwall half-back, who belongs to Leith and who joined the Football Battalion early in the war, has received a very bad scalp wound, in France. He is now at a hospital in Liverpool, within easy distance of his own home.
PLAY MORRIS OF STOKE
September 30, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Everton today had something very stiff face. They recognised that Manchester City, now in form, had a very strong test “for their benefit” at Hyde-road. The City announced definitely that their former captain and Hal-back Ted Hanney, who last turned from the trenches would play for them, and that Gordon Hoare, who has been piling up goals in the London combination, having come up north, for the time being, had been offered and had accepted the chance of a game. Everton after last week’s surprise, looked about for a reliable centre forward and after filling the team sheet with the ball name of A.N. Other they announced this morning that a mystery man was Morris, of Stoke. He had selected Wareing for centre half, and Hunter a local, was called in to make his debut as Wareing was not sufficiently recovered. Dunn of Luton, partnered Thompson, and altogether Everton’s team was much different to that which the Rovers trounced. Mr. W.J. Heath referred the following side. Everton:- Fern (captain), goal; Thompson and Dunn, backs; Fleetwood, Hunter, and Grenyer, half-backs; Llody, Jefferis, Morris (Stoke City), Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Manchester City:- Goodchild, goal; Davies, and Fletcher, backs; Breenan, Hanney and Parker, half-backs; Meredith, Jones, Gordon Hoare, Barnes and Cartwright, forwards. There was a touch of chill October in the air at Hyde-road this afternoon; the teams were not actually decided up until the eleventh hour. Everton’s eventual selected Morris the Old Stoke player to the centre forward position, while at right half-back, Hunter, a St. Helens youth who has recently returned from fighting in France made his debut with the Evertonians. In the City ranks Private Gordon Hoare filled the centre forward position. Sergeant Hanney made his re-appearance at centre half. Fern won the toss, and Manchester City started against the little breeze there was. They at once rushed away and Meredith who is still the darling of the Mancuian crowd, put in one of his old-time centre which was only disposed of after. A thrilling bombardment of the Everton goal. The visitors retaliated immediately making ground on the right, where a corner was forced. This was well cleared but a Everton forwards still hung on and Clennell put in a slow ground shot, which was fielded by Goodchild. The pace was terrific, and the excitement of the spectators seemed to stimulate the players to greater effort than usual. The result was that both ends were visited in succession and another centre by Meredith almost brought about the down fall of the visitor’s citadel. Another centre this time from the left found Fern in desperate trouble, but Thompson stepped gallantly into the breach and save the situation. After a time the game settled down into a more considerable formation of play, and as a result some exception work was witness. The City forwards were moving down perfect order when Fleetwood nipped in and dispossessed Cartwright, just as the winger was sailing through. The Everton halves subsequently held the City forward rushes on admirable fashion and Lloyd had a chance of making good when he shot just outside. The visitors then came away in most determined style on the right, and Clennell making straight for goal when he was sandwich between Brennan and Fletcher and rather roughly grassed in the penalty area. The referee at once granted the appeal of a penalty kick and Clennell scored with a swift low shot, which gave Goodchild little chance. As may be readily imagine the City did not take too kind to the sudden reverse and they proceeded to harassed the Everton defenders, with increase termination. Meredith forced another corner, which was cleared with some difficulty, and them a further clever movement on the pass of a Mancunian met with deserved success. Barnes getting possession, passed right across to Meredith and the favour wing returning the pass with unique judgement enabled Barnes to head it into the net.
Clennell for Everton
Barnes for Manchester City