Everton v Chester Rovers
September 24 th 1881
The above named clubs opened their season at Stanley Park on Saturday, and what otherwise would have been a good game was marred by the incessant rain, which admitted of an hour's play only. Everton having won the toss, elected to play with the wind. A corner kick, early obtained, was entrusted to Dixon, who proved the accuracy of his kicking by placing the globe mid-goal, enabling McGill to reduce the fortress. Another goal immediately followed, but the uprights falling at the moment the goal was disallowed, as was a subsequent one on a place of offside. At this time the passing of the Evertonians was first-class, and after some capital runs effected on the wings a second goal fell to McGill. Some good play was subsequently shown by Wycherley and back on the part of the visitors, who defended goal in a praiseworthy manner. After half-time some give-and-take play ensue, until Richards, and Brettell made a good run and centred, when from a scrimmage, W. Williams scored a third goal. Soon afterwards no side was called, the Everton winning by three goals, and two disputed to nil. Teams; - Everton; - Ashley, goal; Marriott, back; Morris, Dixon, and Parry, half-backs; Richards, McGill (captain), Clarke, Provan and W. Williams, forwards. Chester; - Chambers, goal; W. Davies, and Trainer, backs; Wycherty, and Hack, half-backs; Tomkinson, Griffiths, D. Griffiths, Shone, Banks, and Smith, forwards.
Everton v Chester Rovers (2d teams)
With a favouring wind W. Jones kicked off for Everton, and through some good passing on the part of D. Provan, Gibson scored the first goal for the Evertonians, within five minutes from the start. Upon change of ends Chester tried hard to equalise matters, and succeeded in passing the ball through the posts, but the point was disallowed, within ten minutes from the finish another goal was obtained by the Rovers, which was also disallowed for infraction of rules. Everton thus won by a goal to nil. Everton; - Scott, goal; Higgins, back; J. Williams, Straw, and A.N.Other, half-backs; Gibson, Jones, Wade, T. Williams, Provan and Douglas (captain), forwards.
September 30 th 1881. The Daily Courier
Everton v Chester Rovers (2d team) –Thomas Venables, umpire, writes; - in Tuesday's issue of your paper, I notice that the returns of the match between the above clubs, in which the Everton team claims the match by one goal to nil, are not correct. Their objections in regard to the two goals scored by their opponents were overruled, and the ball kicked from centre.
October 1 st 1881. The Daily Courier
The Everton Association met for the first time the Chester Rovers. Expectations were raised of a closely contested game, but although the Evertonians were playing within their strength they had matters pretty much their own way, and won without giving the Cestrians a sight of the uprights, the score of the victors being three goals, two others being disputed. The new costume of the Evertonians consist of Black jerseys and pants, and White hose, with a crimson sash or band slung crosswise from shoulder to hip, a make up which gives players a neat and business like appearance.
Everton (a team) v Burscough
October 3 rd 1881. The Daily Courier.
On Saturday, in splendid weather, these teams met at Stanley Park, and a most pleasant game ensued. The visitors had choice of ends, and Morris started the ball for Everton by placing it with the left wing forward, who carried it to the proximity of goal, and centred, D. Provan scoring with two minutes from the kick-off. Two minutes later a second goal was registered, this time by Morris, and so thoroughly organised were the home team that the visitors, although playing a hard game, were overmatched. The ball was restarted, and McGill (who up to this time had been absent) was soon at work, and with the assistance of Morris, the Burscough goal was again menaced, D. proven reducing the strong hold by a timely shot, which was supplemented by a fine piece of play on the part of the centres. McGill obtained No 4. The visitors now played better together, and some give-and-take play resulted, until T. Coleman made a run, but danger was averted by a fine kick by Richards, who returned the ball to Gibson, and the forward going with a rush McGill was enabled to score an additional goal. Half-time was then called, and shortly afterwards the visitors' goal was again in danger. Several corner kicks resulted, but no score was made for fifteen minutes, the Burscough players having increased the strength of their backs, and were playing entirely on the defensive. Some fine passing was now noticed on the part of the home team, and the sixth goal was obtained by Morris. Coleman and Woodcock, for Burscough, made several attempts to break away, but through the combined effects of Hiles, Clarke, and J. Williams, were unable to make headway. Several fine shots were now made at the Burscough citadel, which were eventually reduced by McGill with a capital screw-kick. There now being only five minutes to call of time, another attack was made, Morris and McGill taking the globe to the mouth of goal, and by a piece of judicious play McGill turned his back upon goal, and scored the eight point by passing it through with his heel. No side was then called, the Evertonians being victorious by eight goals to nil. Teams; - Everton; - Glover, goal; H. Richards, back; Clarke, Hiles, and J. Williams, half-backs; Gibson, T. Williams, McGill, Morris, Jones, D. Provan, forwards. Burscough; - H. Caunce, goal; W. stretch and G. Nelson, backs; H. Darby, and J. Hunter, half-backs, T. Coleman, E. Woodcock, C. Thoroughgood, J. Peet, J. Thiercus, and R. Bridge, forwards.
Everton v Halliwell Jubilee (2d teams)
October 5 th 1881. The Daily Courier.
This match was played at Halliwell on Saturday in pleasant weather. Everton having lost the toss, the home team commenced the game with the sun and wind in their favour. W. Williams for Everton set the ball in motion, which was swiftly carried forward by the wing players, and cantred to Williams, who secured the first goal. The ball being again started and the Everton team playing well together their opponents fortress was a second time reduced by Williams. Provan, H. Williams, and Richards also scored, and eventually the game was won by Everton by five goals to nil.
October 8 th 1881. The Daily Courier
A team of Everton, made short work of the Burscough representatives, who were defeated by eight goals to nil. The latter were completely overmatched from the start, but, unlike many teams under such dispiriting circumstances, they maintained admirable equanimity of temper. The second team of Everton were also successful against the old opponents the Halliwell Jubilee, who notwithstanding defeat, entertained the victors in a manner characteristic of the district.
Everton v Northwich Victoria
October 17 th 1881. The Daily Courier.
On Saturday the holders of the Cheshire Assoication Cup visited Stanley Park, and notwithstanding the boisterous wind, which blew, direct down the field a pleasant game of an hour's duration ensued. The ball was started by the visitors. There was a larger number of spectators present. Richards was soon at work for Everton, and passing well to Asbury, who duly centred to McGill and Provan, some fine play was witnessed, which colminated in the latter putting the ball through by a splendid shot five minutes from the start. On restarting, some excellent play was shown by Pugh and Hughes on the part of the visitors. A throw in now fell to Everton, and Hiles placing well to Asbury and Williams, a capital run was effected which brought about some spirited play in proximity to the Northwich goal, which was eventually reduced by Gibson, but disallowed on plea of offside. Dobell and Spruce now gained possession of the leather and by dint of smart passing neared the Everton goal, but Marriott, by timely interference, placed the ball out of danger. McGill immediately afterwards took the sphere nearly the length of the field, a number of subsequent shots at the visitors fortress being greatly interfered with by the wind, which prevented accurate kicking. A corner kick now fell to the home team, from which, although well placed by Hiles, G. A. Hughes averted danger by placing the ball with Plant and Turnbull, who put in a smart piece of play until checked by Morris, whose half-back play was remarkably good. Some good passing on the part of the home team forwards was not witnessed. Asbury finally centring, and Provan, by a brilliant shot reduced the visitors goal for the second time. Half-time being reached, it was thought the visitors, having the wind in their favour, would equalise matters. McGill restarted the globe, and a rush was at once made by Northwich, their progress being stopped by Parry, who drove back the ball, but only to have the compliment returned by G.A. Hughes, the home team in turn being thrown on the defensive. A couple of corner kicks were entrusted to W. Hughes, but owing to the sturdy play of the home backs the Victorias were unable to score. These were followed by a shot at goal by J. Atherton, which was well repelled by Bargery, and being placed on the right-wing. Asbury made a splendid run, and had he not fallen when about to make his shot, it is very probable the score would have been augmented. J. Plant now displayed his abilities as an athlete, and getting on the ball ran it down in proximity to the home goal, where he passed to Dobell, who had exceedingly hard lines in making his shot, the ball striking the cross bar and rolling over. This was supplemented by another shot by W. Hughes, Bargery being compelled to give a corner. Immediately after the kick was taken no side was called, leaving the home team victorious by two goals to nil. Teams; - Everton; - Bargery, goal; Marriott, back; Morris, Parry and Hile, half-backs; McGill (captain), Provan, Williams, Asbury, Richards, and Gibson, forwards. Northwich; - Hitchin, goal; G.A. Hughes and Pugh, backs; Russell and W. Hughes, half-backs; Dobell, Spruce, Plant, Turnbull, Capp, and J. Atherton, forwards.
October 22 nd 1881. The Daily Courier
After a remarkably successful career, the Everton team on Saturday was for the first time brought vis-à-vis with Northwich Victoria, dual winners of the Cheshire Association Challenge Cup. A well-contested game was the result, the Evertonians being again victorious, while the Victorias retired pointless. Provan scored two goals, the only ones made in brilliant style, and it may safely be said few players in the district have made such a marked advance as this promising young player. The cupholders had hard luck, and none more than Dobell, who towards the close of the game, in making a shot struck the bar and the mortification of seeing the ball roll over. This is the most important match yet won by Everton, and as the club is engaged in the competition for the Lancashire trophy, its progress will be watched with interest.
EVERTON V MIDDLETON
October 25, 1881. The Sporting Chronicle
Lancashire Association Challenge Cup
The representatives of the Katter club journeyed to Everton on Saturday to try conclusions for supremacy in the first round. Owing to a late start being made it was agreed to play an hour only, at the expiration of which time the home team were credited with five goals to their opponents nil. McGill started the leather and for some few minutes the game was of a give and take nature, until Provan and D.H. Williams secured the ball and ran it down to the Middleton goal, which was reduced by McGill about ten minutes from the start. It was very evident at this juncture the Evertonians, would have matters in their own hands, their back play being such as admitted of no inroads into their territory, and the combination play of the forwards quite overpowered their opponents. Richards for the home team, now centred in fine form, ad Gibson coming up opportunely put the globe through the posts. The smart piece of play was followed by another similar exhibition. Provan putting the ball, which enabled Gibson to score, the two goals being obtained in two minutes. After half-time was called the visitors play entity on the defensive, and so combined was the play the Evertonians that shot after shot fell on the Middleton goal. Gibson finally reducing the game. This performance was shortly afterwards supplemented by McGill, who was off-side. The home team now set to work to make the best5 use of the last few minutes, and were rewarded by seeing McGill reduce the Middleton fortress once more. Everton; Bargery, goal; Marriott, back; Morris, Parry, Dixon, half-backs; McGill, Provan, W. Williams, Gibson, Richards and D.H. Williams, forwards.
Everton v. Middleton.
Athletic News - Wednesday 26 October 1881
The representatives of the latter club journeyed to Everton on Saturday to try conclusions for supremacy the first round. Owing to late start being made it was agreed to play an hour only, at the expiration of which time the home team were credited with five goals to their opponents nil, McGill started the leather, and for some few minutes the game was a give and take nature until Provan and D. H. Williams secured the bail and ran it down to the Middleton goal, which was reduced by M'Gill about ten minutes from the start. It was very evident at this juncture the Evertonians would have matters their own hands, their back play being such admitted of no inroads into their territory, and the combined play of the forwards quite overpowered their opponents. Richards, for the home team, now centred in fine form, and Gibson coming up opportunely put the globe through the posts. This smart piece of play was followed by another similar exhibition Provan putting the ball, which again enabled Gibson score, the two goals being obtained in two minutes. After half-time was called the visitors played entirely on the defensive, and so combined play was the play, of the Evertonians that shot after shot fell on the Middleton goal, Gibson finally reducing the same. This performance was shortly afterwards supplemented by M'Gill, who from a splendid snot obtained a goal, which was disallowed on plea offside. The home team now set to work to make the best use of the last few minutes, and were rewarded by seeing M'Gill reduce the Middleton fortress once more. Everton; Bargery, goal; Marriott, back: Morris, Parry, and Dixon, half-backs; M'Gill, Provan, W, Williams, Gibson, Richards, and D. H. Williams
Everton v Halliwell
October 31 st 1881. The Daily Courier
This match was played at Stanley Park on Saturday, and the weather being fine an enjoyable game, witnessed by a good number of spectators, ended in a victory for the home players by four goals to nil. The visitors were well represented, and showed considerable improvement in their play, Mason (at back) and Turner (goal) frequently clearing their lines in capital style. McGill, having lost the toss, kicked off uphill, and in a few minutes rushed the ball through the Halliwell uprights, but the point was disallowed on plea of “offside.” This, however, only acted as a stimulus to further exertions, and after ten minutes' play of a give-and-take nature the ball was worked up towards the mouth of the visitors' goal, when McGill again sent it flying between the posts, thus securing the first goal. After the kick-off Halliwell strove hard to equalise matters, and Messrs, Morris and Marriott put in some splendid returns, especially the former, his tackling and kicking throughout being first-class. The Everton forwards again getting together were soon rewarded with another goal; this time through the instrumentality of H.D. Williams, who, rushing in opportunely, succeeded in getting the best of the argument with the goalkeeper. Up to half-time no further goals were scored, although Messrs Provan, H.D. Williams, and others worked hard to add to the score. After change of ends, Everton added two more goals, these being credited to W. Gibson, and H. D. Williams respectively. The whole of the home team worked hard, and with a thorough determination for victory. Halliwell were faulty in passing, and invariably kick too far ahead, thus giving a decided advantage to the home players. With this exception they played a good and plucky game. Teams; - G.R. Bargery, goal; T. Marriott, back; J. Parry, R. Morris, and M. Higgins, half-backs; J. Richards W. Gibson, left-wing; J. McGill (captain), W. Williams, centre; A. Provan, and H.D. Williams, right-wing. Halliwell; - W. Turner, goal; H. Holding (captain), and J. Mason, backs; C. Heywood, D. Smith, E. Wilkinson, half-backs; J. Isherwood, J. Plumbley, right-wing; J. Hood, Centre; H. C. Fairhurst, and J. Wilding, left wing.
EVERTON V. HALLIWELL JUBILEE
Athletic News - Wednesday 02 November 1881
On Saturday last the Halliwell Club sent their first team to Stanley Park, to meet the Everton F.C. The last named club had matters pretty nearly all their own way, and eventually won by four goals. (H.D. Williams (2), McGill and Gibson) to love. Teams; Everton; C.R. Bargery, goal; T. Marriott backs; R. Morris, F. Parry, and F. Gibson; half-backs; J. McGill (captain), and W. Williams, centres; J. Richards, and W. Gibson, left wing. Halliwell Jubilee; W. Turner, goal; H. Holding, and J. Mason, backs; C. Heywood, E. Willkinson, and D. Smith, half-backs; J. Plumbley, and J. Iserwood, right wing; J. Hood, centres, W.C. Fairhurst, and J. Wilding, left wing.
November 5 th 1881. The Daily Courier
After nearly twelve month's uninterrupted success Everton on Saturday, on the home ground at Stanley Park defeated Halliwell Jubilee pointless. Mr. John Houlding, the president of the club, may well be proud of the invincible “Black Watch.” Few Association clubs have made so much progress in such a brief period as Everton. It's proud position being no doubt chiefly due to a course of practice during Moonlight nights and in the summertime.
Everton v Chester Rovers, at Chester.
Everton v St Benedict's at Stanley Park (2d teams)
Everton v Chester Rovers.
November 7 th 1881. The Daily Courier.
The return match between these clubs was played at Chester on Saturday, and resulted in a drawn game, one goal being scored by either side, that for Everton by A. Provan, owing to the inconvenient service of trains, the visitors could only muster seven players, which number, however, was augmented on arrival, although the substitutes were practically of little use. Owing to this cause the visitors were placed at a great disadvantage, their efforts in playing an offensive game being thus serious applauded. Teams; - Everton; - Marriott, Morris, Parry, Richards, Gibson, McGill (captain), A. Provan, and Substitutes. Chester Rovers; - Sharnock, goal; Wytcherley, back; Trainer, Hawk and Pickering, half-backs; Maddock, Thush, Tomkinson, Wilkes, Shone, and Banks, forwards.
EVERTON "A" V. ST. BENEDICT'S
Athletic News - Wednesday 09 November 1881
This game was played at Everton, and, after some exciting play, was left drawn, each side scoring a goal.
November 12 th 1881. The Daily Courier.
Everton v Liverpool Association, at Stanley Park
Everton v Liverpool Association, at Wavertee
Everton v Liverpool Association
November 14 th 188. The Daily Courier
A match was played between the above named clubs, on the ground of the former, on Saturday, in the present of a large number of spectators. The Everton captain having won the toss, elected to play with the wind. A few minutes after play commenced, McGill succeeded in putting the ball between the posts, but the Liverpool Umpire refused to allow a goal, on the plea of offside. The Everton umpire, declined to give a decision, and the referee on being appealed to, first said he had not see the ball played, and afterwards on being pressed by the Everton players decided in their favour. The remainder of the game was very evenly contested and as neither side succeeded in scoring the repute was a draw. Teams; - Liverpool; - Fay goal; Taylor and Simpson, backs; Brunt, and Clark, half-backs; Harvie, Beynon, Mylie, Knightley, Berry, and Howard, forwards. Everton; - Bargery, goal; Marriott, back; Evans, and Morris, and Parry, half-backs; Roberts, Williams, McGill (captain), Provan, W. Williams, and Richards, forwards.
LIVERPOOL (A) V, EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB
Liverpool Mercury -Monday 14 November 1881
A match was played between the above named clubs on the ground of the latter on Saturday, in the presence of a large number of spectators. The Everton captain, having won the toss, elected to play with the wind. A few minutes after play commenced, McGill succeeded in putting the ball between the posts, but the Liverpool umpire refused to allow a goal on the plea of off-side. The Everton umpire declined to give a decision, and the referee on being appealed to, first said he had not seen the ball played, and afterwards, on being pressed by the Everton players, decided in their favour. The remainder of the game was very evenly contested, and as neither side succeeded in scoring, the result was a draw. Teams;- Liverpool; Fay, goal; Taylor and Simpson, backs; Harvie, Beynon, Knighley, Mylie, Berry, and Howard, forwards. Everton; Bargery, goal; Marriott, back; Evans, Morris, and parry, half-backs; McGill, Provan, Williams, Roberts, Richards, anmd W. Williams, forwards.
EVERTON V. LIVERPOOL
Liverpool Mercury -Tuesday 15 November 1881
These teams met on the ground of the former, at stanley park, on Saturday, anmd the play was witnessed by a large numbers of spectators. Knightley started the ball for the vsiitors, which was quickly taken down to the Liverpool goal, McGill scoring for Everton three minutes from the start. This being the only goal scored in an hour's play, when "no-side" was called the game stood -Everton one to nil. Teams;- Everton; goal, Bargery; back; T. Marriott; hla-fbacks, R.W Morris, Thomas Evans, W. parry; Forwards, J. Richards, Roberts, McGill (captain), W. Williams, Provan, and D.H. Williams. Liverpool; Goal, Fay; backs, Taylor and Simpson; half-backs, Brunt, and F. Clarke; forwards, R.W Howard, Berry, Knighley, Metcalfe, Harvey (captain), and Beynon.
Everton v Liverpool
November 16 th 1881. The Daily Courier.
With reference to the report of this match published in Monday's “Courier” Mr. F. Parry, the referee, writes as follows; in the report of the above match I notice two misstatements in the first place it is stated that I said I did not see the shot made by Mr. McGill three minutes from the start, Secondly, that I hesitated to do so. In dealing with the first misstatement, I beg to state I made no such assertion, and with regard to the second, I made no hesitancy whatever in giving my decision –when Mr. McGill made the shot, he was not off-side, and on being appeared to, my reply was “A goal.” The Everton won the match by one goal to nil, on the same subject Mr. J. W. Clarke, Hon sec of the Everton Football club writes; - The result is giving a draw, and I the Everton umpire, I am represented as having “declined to give a decision” when Mr. McGill put the ball through the Liverpool posts three minutes from the start. The referee it is also stated equivocated in giving his decision until “pressed by the Everton players” when Mr. McGill made his shot, the Liverpool umpire maintained he was offside, I asserted he was “in play” and on Mr. F. Parry (Referee) being appealed to be immediately declared “a goal for Everton.” I hope you will kindly give me space in your valuable paper for insertion of this as a vindication of Mr. Parry's impartiality.
EVERTON V LIVERPOOL (A).
Liverpool Mercury - Wednesday 16 November 1881
To the Editors of the The Liverpool Mercury
Gentleman,-In your issue of today I notice in the report of the above match two misstatements. In the first place, it is stated that I said I did not see the shot made by Mr. McGill three minutes from the start. Secondly, that I hesitated in giving my decision until pressed by the Everton to do so. In dealing with the first misstatement, i beg to state I made no such assertion; and, with regard to the second, i made no hesitancy whatever in giving my decision. When Mr. McGill made the shot he was not off-side, and on being appealed to my reply was "A goal" The Everton won the match by one goal to nil. Nov 14, 1881 F.Parry, Referee
Gentleman, - In the report of the match in today's issue of your paper, the result is given as a draw, and I (the "Everton umpire") am represented as having declined to give a decision when Mr. McGill put the ball through the Liverpool posts three minutes from the start. The referee, it is also stated, equvocated in giving his decision until "pressed by the Everton players," When Mr. McGill made his shot, the Liverpool umpire maintained he was off-side. I asserted he was in play, and on Mr. F.W Parry (referee) being appealed to, he immediately declared "a goal for Everton." I hope you kindly gave me space in your valuable paper for the insertion of this as a vincication of Mr. parry's impartialfty, at the same time trusting it may act as a check to mis-reports. -J.W.Clark, Hon, Sec Everton F.C 22 village street, Everton, Nov 14, 1881
November 17 th 1881. The Daily Courier
Everton v Liverpool
With reference to the disputed match between these clubs, Mr. E. Berry, sec, LA Club writes; Allow me state that not withstanding the statement of Messrs Parry and Clarke to the contrary, the report in your issue of Monday is accurate in every respect. I have no wish to indulge in a paper warfare over a matter which does not interest the majority of your readers, or else I could furnish you with abundant evident of the correctness of the report (with this communication the discussion my now cease, so far as we are concerned; but it may be well to say that if clubs cannot agree as to the results of the games it may be necessary to exclude their reports from publication altogether).
November 19 th 1881. The Daily Courier.
Everton and Liverpool having each won their ties in the Lancashire Challenge Cup Competition, a large gathering assembled in the North-end Park on Saturday to witness the first of the annual matches between the two clubs. The Evertonians went away with a dash, and scored within a few minutes of the start. The goal however, was disputed, and there are conflicting allegations as to the action of the umpire; but there can be no doubt whatever that the referee give it as a goal for Everton. This is corroborated by independent testimony. A prominent member of the Liverpool team was distinctly heard to call out, is it, or is it not, a goal? To which the referee promptly relied “A goal.” Now, as Liverpool did not score how can a drawn game be claimed? Unfortunately much of the game, which was but of an hour's duration, owing to an inconveniently later start, was marred by much unseemly disputation. Wide publicity has unwittingly been given to a statement that Mr. F. Parry the referee, is a member of the Everton team, thus impugning his impartiality. We have that gentleman's authority for stating that he is not a member of the team, nor is he, or has he ever been a member of the club.
Everton v Over Wanderers.
November 21 st 1881. The Daily Courier
On Saturday the latter journeyed to Stanley Park, and a most enjoyable game was witnessed by a large concourse of people. The visitors won the toss, and McGill on starting the globe entrusted it to Provan and Williams, who at once menaced the Wanderers' goal, Jones the custodian averting danger in fine style. Forster and Cunningham now got away, but failed to get through the Everton backs, who have rendered their goal impregnable for over twelve months. J. Richards and Roberts were now conspicuous, and centring to McGill, Jones's ability as a custodian was again tested. Several corner kicks fell to the home team, but owing to the sturdy play of the visitors' back no score was made. F.G. Heaton, Turnbull, and Stevenson kicked in fine form for the Wanderers; whilst Provan and Richards were centring well, and Morris, Marriott, and Evans, at back, were effective for Everton. half-time was reached without either side having scored, and although the Everton confined the visitors to their quarters (the wings here doing some splendid work) it was not until some capital shots by Provan, which were well handed out by Jones, that Richards, who came up opportunely placed the ball through the posts amidst ringing cheers. From this time Everton pressed their opponents until the close of the game, McGill having very hard lines with several of his shots. Everton thus won a well-played game by one goal to nil, in an hour and ten minutes' play. Teams; - Everton; - Bargery, goal; T. Evans, back; R. W. Morris, T. Marriott, and W. Parry, half-backs; J. Richards, Roberts, McGill (captain), W. Williams, A. Provan, and D.H. Williams, forwards. Wanderers; - Jones goal; R. Turnbull, and A. Williamson, backs; F.G. Heaton, S.A. Stevenson, and A.E. Powles, half-backs; J. Wrench, S. De T. Cunningham, R. B. King, W. G. Forster, and N. G. Woodyattt (captain), forwards.
November 26 th 1881. The Daily Courier.
The match between the Over Wanderers and the increasingly popular Everton Club attracted fully 1,500 spectators to Stanley Park. Ably sided by Messrs Jones (goal) and Heaton, of the Bootle club, the Wanderers played a capital defensive game. So stubborn indeed, was the contest that after 80 minutes' play the unbeaten “Black Watch” were hailed the victors by one goal only to nil.
Everton v Earlestown.
November 28 th 1881. The Daily Courier.
The above clubs met on the ground of the latter on Saturday, and what would otherwise have been a good game was marred by the bad state of the ground and a boisterous wind. The home team won the toss, and McGill started the ball for the visitors, which was at once taken to the home goal, at which a series of attacks commenced, but owing to the breeze and the able manner in which Appleton kept goal no score was made for a considerable time, the ball several times striking the uprights. Eventually the visitors' forwards went with a rush, and by a splendid long shot W. Williams scored. No addition was made to the score upto half-time, after which the visitors, slightly favoured with the wind, kept up a constant battering at the home fortress, and although several corner-kicks were obtained, the wind did not admit of more than a couple being accurately placed. The home team played a good defensive game all through. At the call of time the Evertonians were victorious by one goal to nil. Teams; - Earlestown; - Appleton, goal; Andy and Bradshaw, backs; Bowler, and Green, half-backs; Cameron, Champion, Dagnall, Sudworth, Sibbald, and Sins, forwards. Everton; - McGregor, goal; T. Evans, back; T. Marriott, R. W. Morris, and W. Parry, half-backs; McGill (captain), W. Williams, A. Provan, D. H. Williams, J. Richards, and F. Brettell, forwards.
December 3 rd 1881. The Daily Courier.
The Evertonians had cause to remainder their visit to Earlestown; in such wretched conditions was the ground that attempts at goal were well nigh as ludicrous as would be those of a dromedary in an effort to squeeze his ill-shaped frame through the eye of a needle. Ever and anon the ball was found disporting itself in bucad pools of water, and in course of time the obdurate globe became so saturated and clogged with a villainous compound of adhesive clay and earth, that it refused to travel, a solitary goal was placed, and that by the “Black Watch”, which was their only consolation.
Everton v St. Peter's at Stanley Park
Everton v St. Mary's at Stanley Park (2d team)
Everton v St. Peter's.
December 5 th 1881. The Daily Courier.
A match between these clubs were witnessed by above 800 spectators at Stanley Park, on Saturday. On the ball being started it was immediately taken up to the St. Peter's goal, at which several shots were made in quick succession, and had it not been for the good goalkeeping of the St. Peter's custodian, their citadel must have been reduced several times. Eventually, after about twenty minutes' play. Richards scored the only goal. After half-time the St. Peter's still stood on the defensive, and so combined was their back play that, although several corner kicks fell to the Evertonians and shot after shot was made at their opponents' goal, no further score was made. The Evertonians pressed their opponents throughout the game, and won by one goal to nil. Everton; - Bargery, goal; Marriott, back; Morris, Parry and Dixon, half-backs; Richards, Brettell, McGill (captain), W. Williams, Provan, and D. D. Williams, forwards.
Everton (2d team) v. St. Mary's.
These teams met on the ground of the latter at Stanley Park. Wade started the ball against the wind for Everton, which was at once carried to the home goal, and reduced by Gibson from a long shot within three minutes from the start. From this upto half-time, give-and-take play ensued, following which the home team played entirely on the defensive, the Evertonians winning by one goal to nil.
December 10 th 1881. The Daily Courier
Many years ago a racehorse of considerable celebrity enjoyed the reputation of being able to make the semblance of a race with even a Shetland Pony. That hook was Fisherman, and from a football point of view, the Evertonians would seem destined to rival the equines phenomenon. During thirteen months has an unbroken series of victories been inscribed on the records of the club, but singularly of late these have been achieved by one goal to nil, as was the case in the match with St. Peter's on Saturday. Today Everton the only Liverpool club left in the county cup competition will meet Turton in the second round of ties, and it would be singular indeed were the results again by one goal to nil.
Everton v Turton
December 13 th 1881. The Daily Courier
This match in the second round of the Lancashire Challenge Cup competition was played at Turton on Saturday. Neither side was represented by a full strength, but a good game resulted nevertheless. The visitors winning the toss, the ball was kicked off by J. Howarth for the home players. In five minutes the first goal was secured by Hamer for Turton, and then from a scrimmage Turton added a second goal. Shortly after restarting, Everton had a free kick, but nothing can of it. Bentley then made a good run, and passing neatly to J. Haworth, the latter transferred it to Halliwell, who sent the ball through the posts for the third time. No further score was made up to the call of half-time. The visitors, after kicking off jeopardised their antagonists' goal, but W. Trainor and Greenhalgh saved their charge capitally. Following up well, H. Haworth made a clever shot, which was as cleverly stopped by the goalkeeper. McGill now distinguished himself, as did Provan, but the home team backs were in capital form, prevented the visitors from scoring. Bentley was again prominent with another good run, and centring the ball, Halliwell rushed up and shot it under the bar, but it was disallowed on the plea of “offside.” Everton made a determined rush, and their efforts were rewarded with a goal, the keeper falling in attempting to stop the ball. Up to the finish play was very even, and Turton left the field the winners by three goals to one. Teams; - Turton; - Raby, goal; Trainor and Greenhalgh, backs; Seed and Tootbill, half-backs; Bentley (captain), Rothwell, Halliwell, Hamer, and J. and H. Haworth, forwards. Everton; - Bargery, goal; Evans and Marriott, backs; Morris, and Parry, half-backs; Proven, Williams, McGill (captain), Brettell, J. Richards, and Gibson, forwards.
December 17 th 1881. The Daily Courier
Everton v Bootle at Stanley Park
Everton v Bootle, at Bootle (2d teams)
December 24 th 1881.
Everton v Manchester Wanderers, at Manchester
Everton v Linden, at Stanley Park (2d team)
December 31 st 1881
Everton v Northwich Victoria at Northwich
Everton v Northwich Victoria, at Stanley Park, (2d teams)
NORTHWICH VICTORIA V EVERTON
January 7, 1882. Blackburn Standard.
This match was played at Northwich on Saturday, and ended in the visitors being easily defeat by six goals to two. Teams: - Northwich Victoria: - Hitchen, goal; F.W. Hughes and Butterworth, backs; Russell, and W Hughes half-backs; Capper (captain), Spruce, Turnbull, Plant, Dobell, and Vernon forwards. Everton: - Richardson goal; Evens (captain),back; Marriott, F.G. Heaton, and Morris half-backs; McGill, Higgisn, Provan, D.H. William's, Richards, and Parry, forwards.
January 7 th 1882. The Daily Courier
With the close of the old year Everton sustained a crushing defeat from Northwich Victoria, the cupholders of Cheshire, which amply avenged the two-goal discomfiture previously sustained at Stanley Park. That the Victorias were thoroughly on their mettle and meant business was evident from the moment the ball was set in motion. Capper, their captain, lost no time in getting an example which was followed by others of his team, who made such a determined onslaught on the Everton citadel that it was successfully stormed on six occasions. Twice the Evertonians retaliated, but generally they appeared unable to cope with the opposing forwards.
Everton v St. Peter's, at Stanley Park
Everton v St Peter's, at Stanley Park (2d teams)
St. Peter's v Everton
January 9 th 1882. The Daily Courier.
This return match was played at Stanley Park on Saturday, when Everton were returned victorious by four goals to nil. The game was played in bolsterous weather, which, interfered greatly with the passing. McGill named for Everton and Won, so at 3.45 p.m. Lindsay kicked off for St. Peter's. Owing to the strong gale blowing, the ball could not be persuaded to travel, and there followed a succession of assault on St. Peter's goal. At length Provan, with one of his best shots, scored the first goal for Everton, W. Williams followed, securing a point from a long shot. On the ball being restarted, a little loose play ensued, McGill got possession, and ran the ball down the centre, passing to Richards, who succeeded in placing another goal top the credit of Everton. Sundry free kicks were allowed on both sides, then the Everton forwards settled down to some steady work, and were awarded by an augmentation of their score, Provan opportunely touching the globe between the ‘trees.” Half time was then called, but the wind now blowing full in the teeth of the Everton, they were unable to increase their score, being rather unfortunate on several occasions. The Everton team were not in full strength, as three of their firsts were unavoidably absent, but on the whole they played a very creditable game. Teams; - Everton; - J. Houlgrave, goal; R. Morris, back; F. Brettle, W. H. Parry, and J. F. McGregor, half-backs; J. McGill, W. Williams, A. Provan, H. Williams, W. Roberts, and J. Richards, forwards. St. Peter's; - W. Wilson, goal; R. McGuinness, and W. Cartwright, backs; Ross and Walsh, half-backs; Lindsay, McLennan, Grant, McGowan, Bell, and another forwards.
Everton V St. Peter's. (2d teams)
These teams met on the ground of the latter on Saturday. St. Peter's kicked off, but the globe was well returned by the Everton backs, which were pretty good for the occasion. Provan getting possession of the ball passed to Gibson and Bell, the latter scoring from a screw-kick, Provan being the next to score, twice in succession, when ends were changed. St.Peter's now having wind and hill in their favour, tried hard to score, but the Everton back averted danger, and the globe was carried to St. Peter's goal and their colours again brought low, this time by J. Douglas. Some give-and-take play now ensued, and Gorrie, for St. Peter's, breaking away, secured a goal at the end of the game, Everton thus proving the winners by four goals to one.
January 14 th 1882. The Daily Courier.
The Everton club on Saturday played off its remaining fixtures with St. Peter's in the first team match with Evertonians disposed of their opponents, by four goals to nil, and in the second by four goals top one.
Everton v Bootle, at Marsh-lane,
Everton V Bootle, at Stanley Park, (2d teams)
Everton v Bootle
January 18 th 1882. The Daily Courier.
The first match of the season between these leading organizations was played at Marsh-lane on Saturday, there being 600 spectators present. Both teams had got together there full strength and the game was the best ever contended at Bootle. Everton won the toss, and elected to play with a slight wind behind them. Bootle kicked off, and the brothers Baxters were soon conspicuous on the left, causing considerable trouble to the Everton backs. Parry and Marriott were, however, equal to the emergency. Owen and Rogers also put in some good back play for Bootle and Smith, getting possession, passed to one of the Baxters, who, with the assistance of Turner and Henstock, forced his way through and drew first blood, Baxter charging the Everton goalkeeper and compelling him to kick the ball between his own posts. Stimulated with this success, Bootle again went off with great dash, and looked like carrying all before them; but Everton were not slow and respond, as from a good run by Roberts, Provan and Williams, the ball was quickly worked in from of the home fortress, where McGill, getting possession, with a capital screw-kick equalised matters. On the renewal of the game some capital kicks was effected by Heaton, Morris, and Evans, which Owen, Rogers, and Parry tackled for their respective sides with great vigour. The brothers Baxters were also always hard at work, and made frequent runs. Marriott, however, was ever on the alert, and averted danger. Bootle now made a capital effort, and Turner and Henstock leading the way were getting in close quarters until checked. Morris and Richards, when the visitors' cause (McGill), having the ball placed on him, by Roberts dashed off at a great pace, and passing all finally scored the second goal for Everton in really brilliant style, a piece of play which enthusiastically cheered from all parts of the ground. With the change of ends, the home players had the wind in their favour, it was thought they were to equalise matters, but the Everton passing and dodging tactics completely nonplussed the Bootle backs, and in a quarter of an hour from the commencement, the two Wiilliamses carried the ball along the right wing in capital style, W. Williams making a splendid shot which struck the inside of the post and rebounded into play, but before Jones could get at it, McGill had rushed it through for the third time. After the kick-off Smith and Turner made for the Everton goal, and secured a corner-kick; danger was, however, averted, and Richards, Roberts, and Provan rushed the ball to the opponents end, the former centring and McGill getting possession again succeeded in reducing the Bootle colours. No other points were scored up to the finish, although Bootle obtained one or two corners and free kicks, but failed to utilise them to advantage. The match thus ended in favour of Everton by four goals to one. Teams; - Everton; - G. B. Bargery, goal; T. Evans, and T. Marriott, backs; W. Morris, W. Parry, half-backs; H.D. and W. Williams, A. Provan, J. McGill (captain), J. Richards, and J. Roberts, forwards. Bootle; - S. W. Jones, goal; R. M. Sloan, and F. Owen, backs; Heaton, J. Rogers, half-backs; G. W. Turner, Bateson, Stewart-Smith, F. Heustock, C. and G. Baxter.
Everton v Bootle (2d teams)
These teams met on Saturday at Stanley-Park, and winning the toss, Bootle close to play with the wind and two goals being scored by then before half-time. On changing of ends the Everton, having the wind in their favour, made several attacks on the Bootle fortress, which Provan reduced. The ball being restarted was carried along the wing and centred when W. Marriott coming up opportunely, and scored, making two goals, each, the game being a drawn one. W. Marriott and J. Williams played well for Everton; also J. Grayson and Alsop and C. Kerr for Bootle.
January 21 st 1882. The Daily Courier
With the probability of a close and exciting contest, the meeting of Bootle and Everton was looked forward to by the Associationists of the district with unusual interest. Both were admirably represented, and the game was by common accord declared the best ever played at Bootle, and spectators being both numerous and appreciative. At the outset the dash of the home team was irresistible, the youthful Etonians (Baxter brothers) especially showing great speed and cleverness one, of whom scored the first goal. With the Everton captain again in the centre, a change now came over the scene. By means of a screw-kick the score was equalised; then after worming his way through the bulk of his opponents, the ball was again shot through the upright. Returning to the charge from a deft shot by W. Williams the intrepid Ranger' scored the third goal for his side, and finally, having the ball centred by Richards, again was the sphere sent on its unerring mission, Everton thus winning by four goals to one. McGill never played in better form, but he was largely indebted to his colleagues, chief among whom were Roberts, H. D. Williams and Provan. Bootle was probably best represented by the Baxters, Heaton, Owen, and Turner.
Everton v St Benedicts, at Stanley Park.
Everton v Birkenhead (2d teams)
January 31 st 1882. The Daily Courier.
This match was splayed on the ground of the latter on Saturday. The Birkenhead first team failing to put in an appearance at Stanley-Park were enabled to considerably augment the strength of their second team. Notwithstanding this, the visitors came off victorious by one goal to nil, and played only ten men up to half-time. Everton won the toss, and elected to play uphill. Veitch kicked off, and the home team at once assumed the aggressive, and pressed their opponents for about ten minutes. After this the Evertonians settled down into combined play, several shots being made in rapid succession at the home goal, which was well kept by Ikin. Brettell now became conspicuous, and centring to Jones the ball was placed between, but disallowed on the plea of off-side play. After change of ends, the Everton continually pressed their opponents. From a foul J. Williams took the kick and placed the ball in fine form, the ball going through off Vitch's head in his attempt to head it out. No further score being made, the game terminated as above stated. Teams; - Everton; - Manley, goal; Richards, back; J. Williams, J. Craig, and Scott, half-backs; Bell, Gibson, Brettell, W. Jones, W. Marriott, and J. Douglas, forwards. Birkenhead; - J. Ikin, goal; Moffatt, and R. Smith, backs; R. Smith, and A. Veitch, half-backs; J. McMillian, J. Paul, Bryson, Owens, Stevenson, and R. Hughes, forwards.
February 1 st 1882. The Daily Courier.
Everton v Birkenhead (2d team)
Mr. Jas McMillian, Jun, Hon, assistance sec, of Birkenhead, says; - The writer of the report of the above match has apparently been faulty in forming a conclusion, or as been misinformed, or he would not have stated that the Birkenhead team were augmented by members of the first team, I can state that no members of the first team played in this respect.
Everton v Haydock
February 6 th 1882. The Daily Courier.
The representatives of these clubs met at Stanley-Park on Saturday, the home team gaining an easy victory of five goals to nil. The visitors kicked off, and two minutes from the start the home team were attacking the Haydock fortress, Provan's shot just clearing the bar. The play was wholly confined to the Haydock portion of the ground during the first half of the game, the Evertonians taking no less than three goals during this time, from the foot of Brettell, the second by McGill, and the third from a splendid corner-kick by Morris, the ball dropping right in the mouth of goal just beneath the bar, the custodian failing to hold it. After change of ends the Haydock, although slightly favoured by the ground were as hard pressed as ever, several corner-kicks failing to the home team, some of which were in fine form, especially one by Evans, which was sent home by Gibson. The visitors now offered a very stubborn resistance, notwithstanding which, after some combined play on the part of the home team, Gibson again placed the globe between, this making the fifth goal to nil. Everton; - Brownlie, goal; T. Evans, and Marriott, backs; Morris, and Parry, half-backs; W. Williams, A. Provan, J. McGill (captain), F. Brettell, W. Roberts, and W. Gibson, forwards. Haydock; - T. Mawsesley; W. Knowles, and A. Pickton. backs; J. Carter, and E. Fairhurst, half-backs; T. Wedgwood, J. Blackey, T. Twist, S. Harrison, and E. Fairhurst, forwards.
St Mary's v Everton (2d teams)
This match was played at Stanley Park on Saturday, St. Mary's being victorious by two goals to nil.
February 11 th 1882. The Daily Courier.
In the Association game the Everton team scored an easy victory of five goals against their old opponents, Haydock, the result being more decisive than that of any of the proceeding games between the two clubs.
Everton v Over Wanderers, at Winsford
Everton v Halliwell Jubilee, at Stanley Park, (2d teams)
Everton v Over Wanderers
February 13 th 1882. The Daily Courier.
This match was played at Winsford, on Saturday, and although the visitors had to seek the services of three substitutes, were declared the winners by four goals to nil, after a pleasantly contested game of an hour's duration. The home captain won the toss, and Everton kicked off with a strong wind against them, the play during the first half being by no means brilliant, although good runs were made by Morris, McGill, Provan, and Roberts, for Everton; and by Henstock, Cunningham, and Turner for Over. Forester at back and Hamlet goal warded off frequent attacks, and it was in a great measure due to the energy of these players that the home citadel was not reduced up to the call of half-time. After the change of ends, the visitors having the wind in their favour, quickly carried the ball into the home territory, but the Wanderers responded and obtained the advantage of a corner-kick, which being well placed required the serious attention of Marriott, who after dribbling out of the scrimmage placed the ball to midfield, Williams, Roberts, and Morris at once rushed to the other end, but nothing came of the attack. Evans now went forward in lieu of Morris on the right wing, and after a little play in midfield, the ball by good passing was again carried to the Over goal, which McGill by a capital shot succeeded in reducing. The home players struggled gallantly to equalise matters, but Parry and Marriott returned the leather, and Williams, Evans, and Provan rushed away on the right, then passing to Roberts the latter made his shot, which the goalkeeper managed to throw back before being heavily charged by Williams, but ere he had recovered his equilibrium McGill again scored. On resuming, Hestock and Cunningham strove hard to remove the venue of play; Roberts, however, obtained possession, and passing to the centre, Provan's shot just topped the crossbar. Immediately afterwards Evans and Williams carried the ball up the right and centring McGill scored for the third time. As only a few minutes now remained to play an irresistible rush by the visitors' forwards enabled the Everton captain to add yet another goal, who thus repeated his Bootle performance by scoring the whole of the four goals. Teams; - Everton; - D. H. Williams, goal; T. Evans, and T. Marriott, backs; W. Parry and U. Flecther, half-backs; W. Roberts, F. Dale, C. Earl, A. Provan, J. McGill (captain) and R. w. Morris, forwards. Over Wanderers; - E. Hamlet, goal; Forester, and Gem, backs; Williamson, and Dodd, half-backs; Wrench, Cook, Cunningham, Turner, A.N. Other, and F. Hepstock, forwards.
Everton v Halliwell (2d teams)
This return match was played at Stanley-Park on Saturday, and ended in a draw, no score being made.
EVERTON'S GENERAL MEETING
From the Athletic News, 17 February - 1882.
The annual general meeting of this club was held last Wednesday, at the Sandon Hotel, Liverpool, J. Houlding, Esq., presiding, there being also a large number of members present.
The secretary's report showed the club to be in a very prosperous condition. The first eleven had played 22 matches, won 17, drawn 3, and lost 2. Goals taken, 70; goals lost 17. The second eleven had played 10 matches, won 6, drawn 3, and lost 1. Goals taken, 15; lost 8.The following officers were then elected for next season: - President: J. Houlding, Esq. Vice-presidents: Messrs. A. Baylett, J.C. Brooks, W. Lowe, and R. Wilson. Secretaries and treasurers: T. Evans (28, Faraday-street, Liverpool) and F. Brettell. Captains: 1st Eleven, R.W. Morris and T. Marriott (sub); “A” team, J. Williams; 2nd eleven, J. Douglas. Committee: G. Bell, J. McGill, J. Richards, W. Gibson, A. Provan, E. Watson, W. Jones, W. Parry, and D.H. Williams.
February 18 th 1882. The Daily Courier.
That McGill, the Everton captain, has fully recovered his best form was shown in the match with the Over Wanderers on Saturday, when he repeated the Bootle coup by again scoring four goals, this being accomplished in a game of one hour's duration. Disappointed, at the last moment, the Evertonians appeared at Winsford with eight men, the team subsequently being augmented to its full strength with substitutes. Everton did not score until within a few minutes of termination of the game, eventually a victory four goals to nil was secured. This was the return match, the previous one being won by Everton by a goal to nil, and on its conclusion Mr. McGill was rightly complimented for his fine play.
Everton v Manchester Wanderers, at Stanley Park
Everton v Manchester Wanderers, at Manchester (2d teams)
February 27 th 1882. The Daily Courier.
Haydock v Everton
This return match was played at Haydock on Saturday, the Everton team being a weak one. Provan started the leather for the visitors, and passed to the left wing, when Blackie went away at great speed until checked by Marriott, who returned in fine style to Provan. The visitors' backs had to use every effort to prevent their opponents scoring, some capital play being shown on both sides. W. Williams was now conspicuous on the right, and after a clever run passed over to Richards, whose shot went just outside the post. After half-time Haydock started the ball, which was well returned by Parry to Richards, who, with the assistance of Gibson, carried the sphere the length of the wing, and centring well, Morris was enabled to head it through. Almost immediately afterwards W. Williams was again conspicuous as was also Provan. Blackie (Haydock) now dashed off on the right, and was becoming dangerous when he was stopped by Parry, who passed to the left. Blackie missing his kick, Marriott placed the ball with Provan, who secured a goal from a magnificent shot. Numerous shots were made at the home citadel, which, however, were repelled in splendid style by Mawdesley. Eventually Richards again centred, and Provan obtained the third goal, the game, thus ending in favour of Everton by three goals to nil. Everton; - Sharpe, goal; Marriott and Parry, backs; J. Williams, and Richards, half-backs; Morris, W. Williams, Provan, Gibson, J. Richards, and Walters, forwards.
Everton v Oswestry
On Saturday the Evertonians journeyed to Oswestry to try conclusions with the runners up in the Shrosphire Cup competition, and after a pleasant and evenly contested game the home team were declared the victors by one goal to nil. Everton having won the toss, elected to kick with the wind favouring them, and immediately the ball was set in motion it was taken up the right wing by Messrs D.H. and W. Williams, and shot right into home goalkeeper's hands. After a corner kick had fallen to Everton, Shaw, Davies, and Owen having the leather well placed by the home backs, made a determined attack on the Everton fortress, but Bently and Marriott quickly changed the venue of play. Smith, Roberts, Morris, and Williams then renewed the siege on the home goal, several corner kicks having to be acceded to the visitors. After being hard pressed, Oswestry made a galliant attempt to turn the tables, and Hiles, the Everton custodian, twice came to the rescue in splendid style. A corner kick followed, but subsequently the ball was well taken charge of by Williams, Roberts, Richards, and Smith, and the Oswestry backs had to beat a hasty retreat to stave off the attack. Half-time was shortly afterwards called, no goals having been obtained by either side, although Everton up to this had the best of the play. On changing ends the home team had the assistance of the wind, and as a heavy downpour blinded the visitors their chance of success was considerably lessened. Although Everton thus played at a disadvantage, it was not till the game had been contested for upwards of an hour that Shaw, by a splendid low shot, succeeded in shooting the ball past the Everton custodian. Nettled by this reverse, the visitors made a rare struggle to equalise matters, and the Shropshiremen had on several occasions to thank the goalkeeper for cleverly listing the ball out of danger, and once from a grand shot by Smith it struck the post and passed outside. No further point being scored, a capital match terminated in favour of Oswestry as above stated. Everton: - C. H. Hiles goal; R. Bently and T. Evans, (captain), backs; T. Marriott and W. Parry, half-backs; D.H. and W. Williams, J. Smith, R. Morris, W. Roberts, and J. Richards, forwards.
Burscough v Everton (2d team)
This match was played at Burscough on Saturday in boisterous weather. Everton having won the toss, Baldwin was deputed to kick off for Burscough. Provan got the ball and passed to Marriott, who ran up the right wing and centring finely to Higgins, the latter placed it through the posts about two minutes from the start. On kicking off Coleman, on the left got on the ball and centred to Thorogood, who scored a goal for Burscough. T. Williams, from a pass by Bell then scored the second goal for Everton, no further point being made up to half-time. On restarting, Coleman again became conspicuous, his shot being spoiled by Williams. Provan now ran down the field with the ball and scored, and immediately afterwards followed up his success with another shot, which on being parried was put through the uprights by Gibson thus making four goals for Everton to one for Burscough. Everton's last goal was disputed on the plea of off-side play. Burscough; - H. Darley, F. Stevens, C. Wrigley, J. Hunt, J. Peate, Coleman, W. Strech, W. Baldwin, J. Thierns, Briggs, and Thorough. Everton; - Bell, goal; Gibson, J. Williams, B. Smith, Craig, Sinnett, W. Marriott, T. Williams, Provan, Higgins, and Brettell.
Everton v Chester Collegue
March 13 th 1882. The Daily Courier.
This match was played at Stanley-Park on Saturday in the presence of 1,200 spectators. Everton kick off, and after half an hour's play W. Roberts took the ball up the left wing, and centring well in front of goal, Provan got up and was enabled to score. Subsequently an excellent run was made by the right wing pair and the ball again, put through, but the point was disallowed of a plea of offside being raised. On charge of ends, Everton having wind and hill in their favour, the game was chiefly confined to the quarters of the Collegians. Ten minutes before the close of the game the forwards of the latter got away with the ball, and centring from the right, Owen equalised the score. No further goal being made between this and the call of no side, the game ended in a draw –one goal each. The Everton goal shooting was less effective than usual, this being attributed to the pressure of the crowd around goal. The Collegians played a good defensive game, Hamilton in goal in particular saving numerous shots. Teams; - Everton; - T. Marriott, goal; R. W. Morris, back; W. parry, and C.H. Hiles, half-backs; J. Richards, W. Roberts, J. McGill (captain), A. Provan, D. H. Williams, and W. Williams, forwards. Chester Colleague; - T. Hamilton, goal; J. Woolscroft, and W. Greening, backs; Willing, and A. fox, half-backs; J. Heald, J. Hartley, J. Roberts, S. Owen, J. Walkden, and T. Ross, forwards.
March 18 th 1882. The Daily Courier
Although young in Liverpool, it speaks volumes for the rapidly increasing popularly of the Association game, when 1200 spectators was attracted to a public park, as was the call on Saturday when Everton received the visit of Chester Colleague. A much closer game than was anticipated was played, the Colleague in the end being on level terms with their successful opponents. They had, however, the worst of the play, and but for the indiscreet crowd of the spectators in goal, the home team conferred that the result would have been other than one goal each.
March 25 th 1882. The Daily Courier
The habituates of Stanley Park, and they increase in numbers week by week, were on Saturday treated to a most enjoyable exposition of the Association game. The Northendes have not been slow to show their appreciation of the pasture, as was showing by the large attendance-fully 1,400 of the improved fixtures arranged by Messrs T. Evans, (Everton Football Club) and R.M. Sloan (Booth). Mr. Sloan's contingent being strengthened by a couple of gentleman from the Liverpool Association. It was just one of many games which an ordinary concourse of spectators enjoy, simply because the players were in the humour for goal-making –in that respect, the Evertonians were the most successful, seven being their quots of the spoils, while four fell to Mr. Sloan's team. This new approach of the close of the season will viewed with regret by the residents of the North-end, as for a whole they will be drive to seek fresh fields, and better views.
Everton v Oswestry
March 27 th 1882. The Daily Courier
These Association clubs played their return match at Stanley Park on Saturday, there again being present a large concourse of spectators in anticipation of Everton being able to wipe of the goal defeat recently inflicted at Oswestry on the first occasion of their meeting. Although this hopes was not realised, a really fine game was played, the result being a draw of two goals each. With choice of ends, the visitors elected to play with the wind and hill in their favour, and when McGill, the home captain kicked off, the game at once assumed a most interesting and animated character, Oswestry for a time having perhaps a trifle the best of the play. A few minutes before half-time, however, Asbury and W. Williams, on the Everton right, travlled the ball well, upfield, and the latter centring accurately to McGill, the ball was shot beneath the bar and the first point scored for the home team. Almost immediately afterwards, Richards and Roberts on the left got well away, and on Parry throwing in effectively, a misjudged kick by one of the Oswestry backs, causing the ball to roll between the posts, gave a second goal for Everton, this being the score up to half-time. On changing ends, it was thought that having the wind and hill in their favour, the home team could increase their score. For the first fifteen minutes after the resumption of the game the play was of an even character. Roach and Shaw then obtaining possession, made a splendid run on the left, the latter finally shooting the ball through the posts and scoring first goal for Oswestry. On the ball being restarted from the centre several assaults were made on the visitors' citadel, the custodian of which had on several occasions to use his hands. At length, after a gallant defence, the siege was raised, when the Oswestry left-wing pair were again conspicuous, and beating back their assailants rushed upfield with the ball at a rapid pace. A fine centre was made, when some hottish work ensued, and although the home backs made a vigorous resistance, the ball during the scrimmage was eventually forced past Marriott and the score equalised. Both sides now strove strenuously to score the winning point, but without obtaining that result, although from a corner by Morris and a grand shot by Provan the ball passed just outside the posts. It was near shave, whilst the Oswestrians, who it should be stated played a man short, subsequently experienced similar hard fortunes. The match, which was pleasantly contested throughout, therefore resulted in a draw as above specified. For Oswestry the Williamses and Shaw were the pick of the team, whilst for Everton, McGill, Provan, Armstrong, Evans, and indeed, the bulk of the eleven, played an admirable game. Everton team; - T. Marriott, goal; T. Evans and R. B. Armstrong, backs; W. Parry, and R. W. Morris, half-backs; J. Richards, W. Roberts, J. McGill (captain), A. Provan, J. Asbury, and W. Williams, forwards.
EVERTON V OSWESTRY
April 1 1882. The Wrexham Advertiser.
These clubs played their return match at Stanley Park on Saturday. There was a large concourse of spectators in anticipation of Everton being able to wipe off the goal defeat recently at Oswestry on the first occasion of their meeting. Although this hope was not realized, a really fine game was played, the result being a draw of two goals each.
April 1 st 1882. The Daily Courier.
Stanley Park, was on Saturday the chief centered of attraction, some 1,200 spectators being interested in the game between the Association representatives of Everton and Oswestry. The great repute of the latter, and the fact that the home club had a previous goal defeat to wipe to wipe out, no doubt attracted so large an assemblage. Singularly both played with much greater success against the wind them with its aid, a drawn game, with the score two goals each, eventually being the result, whilst the game was an enjoyable one, the visit of teams of the calibre of Oswestry will in the future do much to popularizes the Association code, in the Mersey district.
Everton v Halliwell Jubilee, at Halliwell
Everton v Manchester Wanderers, at Stanley Park
Everton v Halliwell Jubilee (Bolton)
April 4 th 1882. The Daily Courier
This match was played on the ground of the latter on Saturday last, and resulted in a victory for Everton by six goals to one. The home team won the toss, and kicked with a strong wind favouring them. McGill started the leather, and for thirty minutes the Boltonians succeeded in resisting all efforts to capture their stronghold. The visitors, however, coming with a combined runs brought the ball into close quarters, when Evans with a swift low shot passed it safely between the uprights, and scored first goal. After the renewal of hostilities from midfield the home team, working hard from a long kick succeeded in equalising the score, and immediately afterwards the Everton custodian cleared his charge in capital style. Half-time was called, and the visitors having the wind now in their favour began a series of attacks which the Halliwell men could not long resist. Provan, after a neat dribble, scoring the second goal, and directly afterwards several corner kicks fell to Everton and subsequently a foul by one of the home players gave the visitors a free kick. Parry played to Evans, who at goal, and Provan headed through for the third time. Hostilities being resumed Halliwell struggled hard to change the aspect of affairs, and for the only time during the second half succeeded in reaching the opposite end of the field. Richards returned, and Morris and the Williamses quickly transferred the scene of action, a good centre enabling Evans to score goal four. Armstrong and Marriott kept the enemy well at bay, and Richards, Provan, and McGill came away with a neat passing run, the latter finally scoring fifth goal; and in a few minutes later Provan shot it through for the sixth time, the game thus ending in a victory for Everton, as above stated. Everton; - H. Richards, goal; T. Marriott, and R. B. Armstrong, backs; W. Parry, R. W. Morris, half-backs; D. H. Williams, W. Williams, J. McGill (captain), A. Provan, J. Richards, and T. Evans, forwards.
April 8 th 1882. The Daily Courier.
The Everton team was turned topsy-turvy at Halliwell on Saturday, where it encountered the old opponents the Jubilee. The home team held out most stubbornly for the space of 30 minutes, when Evans translated to the front rank –descried an unjustified point. Then Provan twice forced a passage ere Evans, after some smart manoecouving by Morris and the Williamses, effected his second coup, it now became the turn of the captain and finally the irrepressible Provan for the third time shot the sphere through the uprights. As the unjubilant Jubilee had meanwhile scored a single they were consequently defeat by six goals to one.
April 21 st 1882. The Daily Courier.
Stanley park Whitsuntide gala
As the request of the sports committee of the above gala, the committee of Association clubs of Liverpool and district have through their hon. Secretary, Mr. T. Evans, of Everton, concluded arrangements with Darwen, holders of the Lancashire county trophy in 1880, to play a grand match at Stanley Park on Whit-Tuesday, for the benefit of the Stanley Hospital. The football committee have since met, and selected their team, which we may remark in thoroughly representative, and the best that could be selected for the occasion. The following is the team chosen to represent Liverpool and district; - S. W. Jones (Bootle), goal; with G. R. Bargery (Everton) resevres; T. Evans, (captain) and R. B. Armstrong (Everton), backs; with R. M. Sloan (Bootle) reserves; R. W. Morris and W. Parry (Everton), half-backs; with J. Rodgers (Bootle) reserves; W. Roberts, and C. Edwards (Bootle), left-wing; with W. Roberts (Everton) reserves; J. McGill (Everton) and W. H. Harvie (Liverpool), centres, A. Provan, and D. H. Williams (Everton) right-wing, with W. George (St. Mary's) reserves. On Thursday in Whit-week the Stanley Park clubs will play the remainder of the District. Great interest is already shows in these fixtures, and it has been decided that the representatives team shall be opposed weekly by one of the district clubs, the first trial match being played against Bootle on Tuesday evening next.
Liverpool and District v Stanley Park.
June 2 nd 1882. The Daily Courier.
A football match under this title, in aid of the objects promoted by the Stanley Hospital Gala Committee, was played at Stanley Park, yesterday, and attracted considerable attention. McGill, the Park captain, having won the toss, played uphill with a rare wind. Following an early ‘corner' in favour of the Park, the ball was taken in charge by the left wing and centred to Provan, who shot the posts, but the point was not awarded on a plea of off-side being raised. The sphere was again worked up, and Jones was under the necessity of using his hands to effect a clearance. Liverpool now made a strong raid, which, although temporarily checked by Parry, resulted in the ball being forced through the Park uprights during a close scrimmage. Some good points by Welsh were the prelude to fine heading exchanges, which enabled Wilson by a surprisingly clever piece of footing to equalise the score, this being shortly afterwards followed up by Welsh also scoring a meritorious goal from a shot which could not possibly be stopped by the Liverpool and District custodian. A fruitless corner shortly afterwards fell to the visitors, and on the ball being got away, Jones twice deserted his post in order to save, each time with success. Within a minute from the change of ends, the visitors rushed the ball uphill and scored a further goal, the flight of the ball being accelerated by an opposing player. This success, however, was nontralised a moment later, as from a free kick Morris was enabled to pass to Marriott, whose shot struck the head of Rogers, who unconsciously placed the ball through his own posts amidst laughter. Some smart play ensued at the Park end, the ball finally being played over the line. Allsopp was instrumental in its being again brought up with greater success, as the renewed effort enabled J. Jones to augment the Liverpool account, which again made the score equal. The struggle for victory now became exciting, the play for a length of time being of an even and interesting character. Eventually W. Roberts, a Welsh international player, gained possession, and within twelve minutes of the close of the game scored the winning point. Directly afterwards, some fine play by Berry still further imperiled the home stronghold, but fortunately for the Park representatives, the ball was played out by some of their opponents, relief thus being afforded. No further addition was made to the score of either side, consequently the Liverpool and District team won a good game by four goals to three. Mr. T. Evans, captain of the Everton club, was unable to play for the Park owing to an injury to his hand received the previous day. The following are the players; - Liverpool and District; - S. W. Jones, goal; R. M. Sloan, and B. Simpson, half-backs; C. H. Allsopp, and J. Rogers, backs; Benyon, Berry, W. Harvie, Smythe, J. Jones, and W. Roberts, forwards. Stanley Park; - G. Bargery, goal; T. Marriott, and R. Morris, backs; Parry and Welsh, half-backs; A. Provan, W. George, J. McGill, Kenworthy, Wilson, and Higgins, forwards. Referee Mr. R. E. Lythgoe.