April 1889

April 1889. The Liverpool Courier
For some time past the Liverpool football community has manifested a considerable amount of interest in this important match. The teams have already tried play twice this season in the League contest. The first match was played at Blackburn last November when the Everton boys were defeated by 3 goals to nil, and the return match arranged to be played at Anfield in January last, but when the teams came on the field it was found that the frost had made the ground very dangerous and it was decided to play a game, but whatever the result might be the match was to be declared a draw. The game ended in Everton victorious by 1 goal to nil, subsequently the league committee refused to uphold the decision and ordered the match to be replayed. It was a matter of extreme regret that Everton were deprived of the services of Ross, who was unable to play owing to indisositive his absent been keenly felt. There was about 6,000 spectators present. When Everton kicked the ball off at 3-35. The ground was at a very odd conditions, but soon after the game commenced the rain stopped felling Everton pressed at the opening and shot gained a corner, which could not be improved. The homesters continued to have the best of matters and Milward nearly shot over, and the same player retaining capital form put the ball through, a claim for off-side being disallowed. Then the Rovers became somewhat more conpicusous, and a number of shots were but along none of them, however, being close enough to cause an excitement. A few minutes later though the visitors had a free kick close to goal, and from this they equalised the score. Holt was damaged, and went way for a few minutes, being able to return to his place. Chadwick showed some good play, and making one or two long kicks, Waugh attempted a shot some distances from the goal, but just failed in his endeavor. An exciting dash was made towards the Rovers goal just before half-time, Milward and Brown appearing at it they would pop the ball through, but Davies spoiled the affair, and half-time arrived with the score Everton 1; Blackburn Rovers 1.

Shortly after the restart Holt made a beautiful shot the ball just being headed out by Southworth, but the sooner had been done,, then, Waugh neatly kick through. Everton were playing in good style, and were decidedly having the best of the tussle. Forbes was penalised for tripping Brown when close to the Rovers goal, from the free kick Davies added to the score. Things began to get very warm about the Rovers goal, Chadwick made an opening through, and travelled well up the field Townley was putting in some spendid runs down the left, whilst Wilson for Everton, was defending very finely. Haresnape made the Evertonians then charged Smalley, Towie just previously kicked over. Brown and Davis played up well, in a spendid run along the right and Forbes gotback to the former and struck to his. Brown being away and shot through, the referee had however blown his whistle, and a good piece of play was devoid of result. Barton later on charged Waugh when the ball was elsewhere. Waugh fixed the Rovers half-back altogether, and there was further suffering and pleasant banter and shelf. Brown, Davies, and Waugh had a spanking shots at the Rovers custodian, Arthur fisting away, Jim Southworth a Rovers back, had gone away, and Douglas filled his place. Final score Everton 3 Blackburn Rovers nil. Teams, Everton:- Smalley goal, Wilson, and Dobson (captain), backs, Farmer, Holt, and Weir half-backs Waugh, Chadwick, Milward, Brown, Davies forwards. Blackburn Rovers:- Arthur goal, Southworth (jim) and Forbes, backs, Barton, Douglas, and Forrest, half-backs, Beresford, Southworth (jack), Whittaker, and Townley forwards.

April 4 1889. The Liverpool Courier
These teams met at the Anfield enclosure last evening. Wretched weather prevailed and only 500 persons witnessed the match. Earsletown were minus Sims and Fazackerley whilst Everton lacked the services of Ross, Holt, Watson, and Smalley, Everton kicked off, but the visitors were the first to attack, Nidd clearing the danger with a timely kick. Waugh and Chadwick made a nice run along the Everton left, and after soon neat passing the farmer scored the first point for the homesters. From the centre-kick the visitors attacked, where upon Wilson put in some fine play, and they were repulsed. Waugh was again prominent, and sent in a hot shot, which Champion put through his goal thus recording the second point for Everton. The homesters were thus early having the best of the play, until a run by the Earlestown left placed the home goal in danger, J.Shaw went in a grand shot which Farmer but over the line. Waugh cleared the ball from the corner kick, and the Everton forwards raced down the field, with the result that Davies topped the bar. A few minutes later the same player defeated Champion with a spendid screw shot right off' ‘'touch'' The Earlestown van were next prominent, a corner kick accuring to them. This proved futile, and at the other end Champion saved on his knees whist Weir sent in a spanker, which pressed outside the upright. Chadwick then notched a fourth point, which aroused the visitors who rushed down, W.Shaw scoring. Brown retaliated for Everton and at half-time the home players led by five goals to two. At the ‘'half'' only lasted thirty minutes, the scoring progressed at the taste of a goal in a trivia over four minuets' play. Earlestown restarted, and Milward raced down the centre until Green robbed him. The home forwards, however, returned and Farmer took a ‘'corner'' which proved futile. Everton had much the best of play, which was mainly located round the Earlestown goal. At many as a dozen shots were sent in, but the ball went anywhere but between the posts. Following a raid by the Earsletown, forwards, Davies shot a sixth goal for the home side. Waugh next gave Champion a ‘'handful'' which he had the utmost difficulty in clearing in time. Wilson played a spendid back game for the home side, and repeatedly mopped dangerous rushes of the Ealerstown forwards. Chadwick shot a seventh goal for the Evertonians, who were playing in grand form. Weir again shot through the Earlestown goal, but the point was disallowed. Brown then rushed down the Everton right, and centering grandly, Waugh notched the eighth goal. Everton pressed during the remainder of the game, but failed to score any further points. Earlestown thus retiring beaten by 8 goals to 2. Teams; Everton:- Joliffe goal, Dobson (captain), and Wilson, backs. Farmer, Weir, and Nidd, half-backs, Davies, Waugh, Chadwick, Milward, and Brown, forwards. Earlestown:- Champion, goal, Green and Jones, backs, Johnson, Howell, and Allison half-backs, Shaw (j), Shaw (w), Conray, and Siddeley forwards.

April 8 1889. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton encountered Witton for the first time this season at Anfield and quite 7,000 enthusiasts were present. Ross again absent, but his place was successfully filled by W.Wilson partnering Dobson. A new man was tried in the person of A.Perry (Chest St Oswald's), who seemed to satisfy the followers of the home club with his consistent and accurate passing to his right partner. Witton, who kept the crowd waiting 40 minutes came with their full strength. Dobson won the toss, and taking advantage of the slight-wind, kicked towards Stanley end. Grimshaw set the ball going, and soon Parry caused Sharples to throw out, a well judged shot. Coming again. Holt had the misfortune to handle, and the visitors getting down from the free kick, Rushton missed his mark. From the goal the home left, and centre did a grand rush towards Sharples, and Milward, unfortunately was ruled offside. Nothing daunting, Everton again were aggressive and after Wilson pluckily staved off Rushton, Sharples had to negotiable attempt from Davies and Chadwick. The visitors, who still kept pegging on, got towards Smalley, and Wilson put in a timely save from Smith, and placing the ball well up the field, Milward got possession and scored the first goal for the homesters. After this Witton strove hard to get on level terms, but failed to break through the defence of Dobson and Wilson, who enabled their side to hold the upper hand, and Farmer narrowly escaped notching another point. after the visiting custodian had attended to Parry, Isherwood sent in a scorcher to Smalley, who saved in a business-like style, a performance which Sharples initiated four times just on half-time. On charging ends, the spectators showed their admiration of the clever tactics of the visiting custodian by a hearty round of applause, which was the least that, could have been meted out to him. Milward restarted, and the Everton right were not long in getting down, but Davies failed to find another opening. The visitors monetarily held the reins, but Wilson proved himself equal to Turner and Horsefield by neatly robbing them when ominous looking and then Sharples was called upon by Waugh, responding in good style by throwing out the shot in clearing which Smith handled the leather close in the goal mouth and from the free kick Farmer very cleverly added a second goal. Play still continued fast,, considering the soft state of the ground, and Davies hit the crossbar, followed by Sharples escaping to the corner in steering a good aim by Milward. Rushton was again conspiouous and nicely eluding Wilson,, had the goal at his mercy, but was yards off the mark. Amends however were made, Horsefield beating Smalley for the first time with a very easy shot. Everton, who seemed to be anxious to obtain as many goals as that recored Against Witton the previous week infused more life into the game, and Farmer added a third point whilst Milward attended the goalkeeper, a feat performed by Parry but without success a minute later. As a final attempt, the strangers well fed by Iserwood, strove hard to increase,, but found the home defence impregnable and just on the call of time Parry added the fourth goal for Everton, greatly to the delight of the spectators, who seemed to be proud of the capabilities of the last acquision to the team. Result Everton 4 goals Witton 1 goal. Teams; Everton:- Smalley, goal, Dobson (captain), and Wilson, backs, Farmer, Holt, and Weir,, half-backs, Davies Parry, Milward, Chadwick, and Waugh, forwards. Witton:- Sharples, goal, Smith (j), and Shorrock, backs, Alston, Isherwood, Pickering, half-backs, Ruston, Smith (h), Grimshaw, Horsefield, and Turner, forwards.

April 8 1889. The Liverpool Courier
This interesting fixture fought out at Fulwood Park in gloomy weather and attended by only a few spectators. Everton kicked off at five minutes past four, and the home backs were soon busy, Jackson having to fist out two or three shots. Aigburth pressed and from a corner warm work followed,, Joliffe setting out twice but being beaten at the third attempt by Tibbott, the goal giving great satisfaction to the spectators. From the kick kick off Angus had a chance, but he shot wide. Tibbott then headed a second notch from a scrimmage and the game get very lively. A corner to Everton was well centered by Nidd, an offside goal resulting. Hendry making a fine sharp shot at the other end, which however, just went outside, succeeded a wide shot by Weir. Another corner to Aigburth gave the same player a second chances, which the accepted in fine style heading the ball through and adding goal No.3. Weir afterwards sent in a beauty, which Jackson failed to negotiate thus making the game one to three. Several corners to the visitors ended in Everton centering nicely and Weir heading another point for his side. After some minutes close work in the home goal harder against the homesters nearly proved an equaliser, but Jackson just got the ball away. At this point Everton had the best of the game, and Angus made the game 3 all with a fine oblique kick very low down. Score at half-time Everton reserves 3 goals Aigburth Vale 3 goals.

Resuming Everton pressed , and show much the better combination a few minutes from the restart, and after a sustained improvement of the home goal, Robinson helped the ball through the upridge putting the visitors a goal to the good. Aigburth broke away once or twice, but the vistering backs held their opponents well in check. Roberts played a fine game for his side, and was very prominent all though. The home team weaked but coulds scaredly got on terms with the visitors. Tibbott put in good work, but nothing came of it, the ball being chiefly in Aigburth quarters. Everton took a corner and Aigburth cleared. Nidd and Weir put in some god long kicking and Peers did similar work. Briscoe put in a warm handful, which Jackson got away, but the game was continued near the Aigburth goal. Final result Everton 4 goals Aigburth Vale 3 goals.

April 8 1889. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton have apparently struck the right chord at last, and the the improving trenency of the forwards week by week bids fair to see the attack as uniformly strong as the defence has all along been. This week they have added two more victories of an unequivocal kind to their record- that of Earlestown by 8 goals to 2 on Wednesday, and again over Witton on Saturday by 4 goals to 1. It so happened that Bootle have recently met those two particular clubs, and on the eve of a certain interesting event it is impossible to refrain from indulging has long since proclaimed, ‘'ordorous'' Bootle made a draw with Witton, and were only 5 goals to 3 better than Earlestown in the cup tie. These figure speak in favour of Everton. Of Everton's latest success, however, It was not a good game-not nearly so entertaining as the Earlestown match, when Everton's forwards were seen as they have not been seen of late-but this defect is to be attributed to the slippery state of the ground, which indeed, was flooded in places. The home team are stronger in physique than the visitors, and on the heavy ‘'turf'' the weight told effectively the Wittonians who were fast on the dry ground at Bootle, being now too slow for their heavier Anfield opponents. Play thus despite the clever all-round tactics of Witton went all in favour of Everton, and had the shooting been as accurate as the forwards were powerful in their raids, the score would have been a record one. Sharples delighted everyone with his prowess between the posts; he was relieved in a great measure by Smith, though Shorrock was almost as safe a back. Each set of halves were about equally effective Isherwood being about a match for Holt who played one of his best games through lame. Dobson and Wilson did their work well, and there is a great confidence in the department as when in other charge. Smalley had few opportunities of displaying his form. The Everton forwards were on the whole highly satisfactory, the left wing proving very strong. Davies had a new partner in Parry of Chester St Oswald's but on such a ground he had hardly a fair opportunity of showing his full worth. The wing was certainly not so effective as the one in charge of Chadwick and Waugh. Parry was very free in passing to Davies; a little more attention to Milward would have made his efforts telling

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April 11 1889. The Liverpool Mercury
These teams met at Anfield last evening, before about 1,000 spectators. The home club depended almost entirely upon reserves men apparently saving their senior players for the Bootle match. The ground was in a muddy condition, but play was carried on briskly right from the start. Northwich were the first to become dangerous, but were stalled off easily, and Everton attacked strongly on both wings Angus scoring after a few minutes play. Fallows was nearly beaten two or three times in quick succession and after a flying visit to Joliffe Parry and Milward went down in grand style the latter running close up and shooting the second goal. Everton returned to goal, repeatedly, Cross intercepting smartly when Parry and Brown had assumed a menacing attitude. There was no keeping the home forwards backs, and a moment later Parry shot through, whilst Milward charged Fallows. The next goal came from Briscoe,, who put through from a corner forced by Milward and placed by Angus. Two other goals followed within a few minutes Angus and Parry being the pilots, and at half-time Everton were leading by 6 goals to nil. The visitors backs proving no sort of barrier to the strong and well combined forwards runs of the home team. On Milward restarting, Victoria right wing broke away with the wind at their backs, but were pulled up by Chadwick and Pollock, and Fallows soon had to chuck clear from the right wing. Chadwick attended another breakaway to, and then Falloffs was in too minds, though he cleared. A strong run by Northwich's right wing and down the centre took play in close proximity to Joliffe who was defeated by leather, an appeal for off-side not being entertained. The visitors brightened up just now and made the game more even, travelling once or twice quite as powerfully at the home team. Everton, however, towards the close again assumed control and on Angus running hard and centering Milward just managed a goal near the post, after an exciting scrimmage. Parry trying a shot of some merit in the renewed attack. In the waning light the home team moved often to goal in nice combination, but in the last moments or so the visitors gave trouble. No flaw was to be found in the Everton defence however, the result being:- Everton 7 goals Northwich Victoria 1 goal. Teams. Northwich Victoria:- Fallows goal Maddock, and Cross, backs, Hankey Whitlow, and Dalton, half-backs, Rowbottom, Leather, Golden, Upton,. And Pickering forwards. Everton:- Joliffe, goal, Chadwick (a), Pollock (h), backs, Nidd (f), Wilson (w), and Jones (r) half-backs, Brown (w), Parry, Milward, Briscow (w), and Angus forwards. Referee H.McIntyre

April 15 1889. The Liverpool Mercury
The third meeting of Everton and Bootle, which took place at Anfield on Saturday. Aroused all the interest of the two previous contests, and despitethe increased tariff , there was the same dense crowd of about 10,000 spectators. The weather though threatening fortunately proved fine and the ground, it still muddy in place, was in a greatly improved condition to that of the previous Wednesday. Punctually at four o'clock Ross led his men on the field, Followed immediately by Jamieson and his colleagues, both teams being popularly received. Bootle had two alterations compared with the eleven that played in the last match. Jardine displaced Jackson in goal, and Jones partnered Hasting Morris playing centre half in place of Hughes. The changes in the Everton team were, Waugh, Wilson, and Parry also Brown, Holt and Watson, respectively. Mr Fitzroy Norris having addressed the players everything was in order for a start. Jamieson prompt to time kicked off, and Bootle at once moved uphill in spite of the wind against them. Wilson held Wood in check when going well, but the visitors were not yet stalled off, as Hasting returned on the left, and compelled Dobson to kick out. Keeping at close quarters,, a free kick fell to Bootle, which was placed by MaFarlane, from which Wood centered nicely to Jamieson who beat Smalley and placed Bootle in the lead three minutes from the start. Before the ovation subsided Parry Milward and Davies were away in strong combination and severely defeated Macfarlane and Woods, the shots by Chadwick and Parry being in one case wide, and in the other too high. Again the home team grew threatening. Macfarlane adroitly intercepting a splendid centre by Chadwick and then Jamieson led a rush which brought forth a clever defensive feat on the part of, Ross, Davies at once replied in a dashing run, finishing with such a good pass to Parry that McFarlane deemed it essential to step across to kick out. Everton proclaim a series of exciting scrimmages in goal, Jardine fisted out coolly. Allsopp headed a another critical movement, and all the visitors stood up manfully until relief came on the left. Hasting put over the bar, and with this let off Everton soon took up the bombardment in earnest Davies going behind from a corner, and Milward being just off the post in a shot taken at an easy position. A good run by Hasting and Jones shifted the venue, and a passing run, in which each of the five forwards had touched the ball. Improved the outlook for Bootle but Ross was on the alert to prevent mischief, as he did when MacFarlane placed accurately from Chadwick's foul of Allsopp near goal. Waugh came to the rescue in a neat dribble to Milward, who beat Allsopp but found himself foiled by Campbell, the latter driving on to the roof of the long stand. Farmer broke through from the throw in, and gave Chadwick an opening but the Blackburn man banged wildly over the bar, and on Farmer again dodging up Campbell was just to smart enough to divert Waugh's shot. Davies a moment later overrunning himself from a Wilson pass. Chadwick also received from Wilson, and tried a low shot which MacFarlane was keen enough to see would pass harmlessly out if left alone. Ross next risked a corner in attending to Wood, a corner falling to Everton soon afterwards. Play just now ran on even lines, sulminating in Jardine carrying the ball out of his prescribed boundary. An exciting tussle arose from the free kick, Hasting eventually clearing. Further scrimmages were pitched in front of goal, and after Jardine had scrooped away when on his knees a sterling bit of play by Parry, Davies and Waugh was too clever to be combated. Parry equalising with a spirited return shot. There was jubilation once more in the home camp, and hopes ran higher as Parry, upon Farmer nipping a fine run by Jamieson and Galbraith in the bud, experienced rather hard luck in shooting behind. Bootle soon rallied, and went up two or three times in splendid formation, and just when Hasting was sailing along strongly, and Wilson disputing his progess. Half-time was announced with the score Everton 1 goal Bootle 1 goal. On taking up positions for the second stage, Jardine was welcomed to the Anfield-road goal with a good cheer in recognition of his skill during a trying time, and was also congratulated by the referee. Campbell was the first to forge ahead when Milward restarted, with Jones in support, Weir checking them by kicking out. Hasting however, took up the theme, and though Ross slashed across to repel the attack, Smalley had to check out. Everton now ascended the slope by the aid of a hugh kick, Wilson's goal shot being clamly fisted clear by Jardine, whilst Milward went ridiculously wide from a long range. Allsopp was too tricky for Waugh at the half-line, but Everton closed up to goal in a determined manner, play setting in Bootle quarters for about 10 minutes. Ross came well up the field, and kept his forwards supplied, but only one good attempt was made to score, and them McFarlane met Parry's accurate shot very smartly. Jones and Weir had a tussle, the former getting free, only to find Ross breaking ever in front of Dobson, and kicking up the wing to Davies and Parry. Bootle were at once back to goal, the ball having been impelled by means of neat heading by Jamieson, Hasting and Galbraith. Dobson cleared by conceding a corner, and from a ticklish scrimmage that ensued Galbraith had a fine chance, but faltered,, apparently fastened in the mud, and so gave Smalley time to pick up and chuck away. Waugh was near scoring a few moments later, he lifting just over the bar, from a pass by Parry, after Chadwick had run well. Ross then found it safest to give a further corner, on Wood and Gaibraith running prettily, the latter placing behind, and this was followed by Jones shooting through, Subsequently to the whistle sounding for off-side. Both goals were repeatedly visited during some energetic play; but nothing remarkable occurred until Davies, Chadwick and Waugh each shot hard in succession, and Jardine coolly saved two of their shies and Woods the other. Milward soon had another favorable opportunity but again made a wretched attempt. Woods went well from a free kick, and though checked at the corner, he followed by giving Smalley a handful. Waugh and Chadwick, going nicely up the left, raised the hopes of the Evertonians once more, but the attackers were easily held in check. Wilson also had a good opening from a corner, but was too high, and then Bootle attacked very strongly time after time about the nearest shot being an overhead one by Jamieson. Ross, as he had done all through played a masterly and safe game staving many an ugly rush, and just when all had made up their minds that there was going to be another drawn battle, a run by Hasting, Galbriath and Jamieson took the ball within range, the captain tipped to Wood, who availed himself to the full of a good position, and thoroughly beat Smalley. The Bootletes at the slice of good fortune raised a great shout for there were but three minutes left, for play, and the match was practically won. However, Everton darted off up the right, and on Parry becoming dangerous, Campbell kicked over, but before the corner could be placed the signal was given for a cessation f hostilities, Bootle emerging out of three hard contest as Liverpool champions, by a bare margin of victory ion the score of Bootle 2 goals Everton 1 goal. Teams, Bootle:- Jardine, goal, Woods and MacFarlane, backs, Allsopp, Morris, and Campbell, half-backs Wood,, Galbraith, Jamieson (captain), Jones, and Hasting forwards. Everton:- Smalley, goal, Dobson, and Ross (captain), backs, Weir, Wilson, and Farmer, half-backs, Davies Parry, Milward, Chadwick, and Waugh, forwards. Rewferee Mr Fitzroy Norris. Umpires, messr McMurray and berry.

April 15 1889 The Liverpool Courier
These teams met at Churchtown, before a fairly large attendance. The game during the initial stages was of the keenest nature, and when half-time was announced although both goals were frequently visited, no major point were registered a result, no goals being scored.

April 16 1889. The Liverpool Mercury
These two well known teams appeared at Anfield last evening it being the first appearance of Newton Heath on the ground. The visitors brought a good team with them and Everton were presented by two or three of their second team. About 3,500 spectators assembled. Williams kicked off, and Everton at once pressed. Farmer and Ross punted into goal-Briscoe sent over to Watson and he parted judiciously to Angus, who scored with a spendid oblique shot, four minutes from the start. Good play by Farmer kept Powell busy, but at length Dobson was beaten by Gotheridge. Ross cleared but Brown put the ball though when he had a good opportunity to pass. The play was kept on the Everton right, which was not to the best advantage. From a foul the ball was taken over the Everton lines for the first time. Parry passing by the whole of the home forwards took the ball down,, and Angus obtained a foul, which Farmer put over the bar. Williams and Jarrett rushed away, but Smalley cleared. Watson was fouled when clear away, but the referee gave a foul. Excellent play by Holt gave Watson and Briscoe possession, they passing to Milward and he shot into Hay's hands, who only partially cleared and Briscoe shot through. Good combined play on the part of the home forwards kept the sphere in the opponents goal, Milward at last give Hays a handful, which he had no difficulty in clearing. A good shot by Owen was diverted by Williams who headed out. Everton then secured a foul near goal, and Watson shot through, but as the ball was wrongly placed it was brought back. Williams started, and Tait and Williams ran down. Williams shot to Smalley's hands, and from some inexplicable cause he allowed the ball to fall and scored for the visitors. Back play by Dobson gave Jarratt a possible chance, but Ross came to the rescue. Hays next had a busy time, as he had to fist out five consecutive shots. Doughty and Gotheridge worked their way down, but found Ross good enough for them, and Angus gave to Brown, who raced away, but nothing came of it. This was directly afterwards followed by a foul in goal and Ross scored the third point for Everton. The home team still maintained the pressure but breaks away by Tait and Gotheridge relieved the monotony. Ross gave a foul in goal, but Holt sent up the field, and Watson forced the pace considerably, and the home forwards again became the aggressive. Score Everton 3 goals; Newton Heath 1 goal, Teams Newton Heath:- Hays (t), goal, Mitchell and Powell, backs Burke, Owen, and Jones, half-backs, Tait, Jarrett, Williams, Doughty, and Gotheridge, forwards. Everton:- Smalley, goal, Dobson, and Ross (captain), Weir, Holt, and Farmer, half-backs, Briscoe, Watson, Milward, Angus, and Brown,, forwards.

April 20 1889. The Liverpool mercury
This was the first visit of the visitors to the Anfield enclosure and to show the interest it aroused they were greeted with a hearty welcome from close upon 14,000 spectators. The day was rather dull, but fine, and the ground in capital conditions for a good display of scientific football. Everton first appeared in the white jerseys they unfortunately played in last Saturdays but as the ‘'Scottish'' were in the same costume the Everton team had to retire, and their re-appearance in the old blue and white colours was the signal for an outburst of hearty cheering. Ross won the toss, and played uphill, with a good breeze at his back. Barbour kicked off but Milward intervened and gave to the left, where the immense audience appreciated good play by Nidd. Angus passed well to Davis but the latter unfortunately ‘'fouled'' the ball, and Burns, on the visitors right, got clean away, but shot badly. Holt helped the kick off to Angus and obtained a foul near goal, but nothing tangible accrued. Everton were now decidedly the better team, and kept up a continued pressure. The home forwards made up an excellent combined run, but Farmer unfortunately headed wide. Stirling, the London Scotch goalkeeper, showed remarkable form, and wasceedingly cool. Shots by Holt and Milward were treated in a quiet way, which spoke volumes for his play. Farmer next put in a short sprint and centre to Davis, who made but a poor screw, and the ball went outside Lambie, the Scotch international obtained it from the kick-off, and Wilson missing, he ran down, and shot magnificently, this being the first time the visitors had troubled Smalley. The home team still continued to press, but weak play on the Everton right was the cause of several chance being lost. Farmer dodged his opponents in capital style, but Milward made his center. Era and Lamb received great applause for a short-passing run, which was prettily checked by Ross was in his right place,, and cleared, and Milward tried a shot which went wide. Burna, the noted late Lancashire cricketer, now raced away and beat both Nidd and Ross, but his pass was not put to the best use. Milward then put in a short timely run, and passed at the proper moment to Davies, but he mulled and allowed the ball to go out. Still maintaining the pressure the Evertonians kept Niel and Stewart very busy, but their play was so good that no impression was made. At last Farmer got the best of Stewart, and shot in terrific fashion close to the goal-post, and Stirling in attempting to clear-apparently from the stand-put the ball through his goal, but upon an appeal the point was disallowed and a corner given. Pretty play by Lambie and Barbour beat weir and Wilson, and Ross had to kick out. Milward was now prominent for an excellent shot, but this was replied to by a spendid dodge run down the right Clarke who finished up in fine style by giving Smalley an awkward handful. This brought about half-time, and now that the visitors had the wind their combination improved, and, as they improved so Everton fell off, and for a long time their forwards play was wretched. Good combination by Lambie and Ross compelled Holt, and then Wilson to give corners, but nothing was made of them. Burna then beat Ross twice in succession, and Smalley had an anxious time, but eventually Ross lunged out, and cleared by putting over the houses. Clarke threw into goal mouth, and after some hopping and dodging about, Barbour popped on the ball and shot through thus scoring first blood for the Caledonians. The home team now wakened up a little, but the defence of the Caledonians goalkeeper and backs was so good that so impression could be made, although Farmer and Milward put in several meritorious individual runs, one of Milward's shot striking the bar, and it was rather hard lines on the homesters to secure a corner just on the last minute, and as Framer was preparing to kick the ball to have the whistle blows for time. Teams; London Caledonians;- Stirling, goal, Stewart, and Niel, backs, Clarke, Casselton, and Smith, half-backs, Burns, MacAlpine, Barbour, Rea, and Lambie, forwards. Everton:- Smallet, goal, Wilson,, and Ross (captain), Weir, Holt, and Nidd, half-backs, Davis, Angus, Milward,. Chadwick, and Farmer, forwards.

April 22 1889. The Liverpool Mercury
This match was played on Saturday on the Everton ground before 7,000 spectators. The home team were first to appear and it was noticed that Ross Waugh, and Davis were absent. Everton lost the toss, and Port Vale played with the wind and sun at their backs. Milward started, but Shields intercepted and gave to Balham, who centred smartly, but Ditchfield, on the left wing, just missed with his head. Farrar the Everton centre-half gave a dangerous foul close in goal but Ditchfield relieved all anxiety by shooting high over the bar. Milward then ran away from all opponents, but in stopping to shoot was robbed by Poulston, Ditchfield and McGuinness now ran down the centre in nice style, but a lofty kick by Dobson temporarily relieved. Shields, who played a grand game throughout narrowly escaping scoring. From the kick-off Parry passed to Milward, who again got clean away, but unfortunately overstepped the ball and fell, and thus a good chance was lost. Parry was then noticeable for excellent passing, both to his wing man and centre, but nothing was made of them. Brown on several occasions losing the ball through dallying. Ballam on the visitors right then raced away in fine style, and secured a corner off Holt. Although placed well, Weir cleared and gave to Milward, who in turn passed on to Farmer, and he got away very nicely, but in attempting to ‘'play'' with Marriott instead of going ahead he was easily robbed by Shields,, and McGunness sent the ball on the left, and Stokes caused Smalley to fist out. McGunness, however, met the ball and shot, but it went wide. Ditchfield then put in some tricky play and centred and Smalley had an anxious time for shots came from Balham, McGunness and Shields the last named just grazing the bar. The visitors up to now were having all the best of the game, and if an Everton got away his colleagues and consequently his individual efforts did not support him were easily nipped in the bud. Parry and Milward got up, and Milward lifted the ball right into the top stand. Immediately Parry, from a pass from Chadwick, repeated the performance. The homesters were not allowed to remain at the Pot Vale end very long, for the visiors forwards by quick and judicious passing, were soon round Smalley and Wilson and a regular attack was kept up for some moments and it was fortunate that Smalley was in his best humour, for had some string shots to negotiate. The old saying that ‘'Perseverance will gain its own reward'' was soon exemplified. Ditchfield and Stokes by nice passing had got down in the left corner, and had drawn Dobson out of grate when Stokes centred quickly and McGunness by a pretty overhead shot scored the first point, for the visitors. The indignant cries of their supporters somewhat roused the indifferent play of the home team, and a semblance of combination was attempted by Weir, Chadwick, and Farmer but the latter started ‘'gallery play'' and consequently the improvement went for nothing, for Poulston stepped in and made an excellent run down the centre of the field, and although challenged by four Evertonians managed to elude them all, and obtained a corner. This brought about half-time, and it was now through that the home team would make a better shape, and soon wipe the score obtained by the vistors but the play, instead of improving became worse, and it disgusted the large crowd of their enthusiastic supporters. The game eventually ended in a win for Port Vale by 1 goal to nil. Teams; Everton:- Smalley, goal, Wilson, and Dobson (captain), backs, Weir, Farrar, and Holt half-backs, Brown, Parry, Milward, Chadwick and Farmer, forwards. Port Vale:- Broomshall goal, Marriott and Batesman, backs, Poulston, Shields, and Elston, half-backs, Reynolds, Balham McGuniness, Stokes and Ditchfield, forwards. Referee Mr. Walter Sugg.

April 22 1889. The Liverpool Mercury
The game on the Everton ground this Easter have been a great disappointments to the admirers of the club. The root of all the evil is the great want of combination, not only between the forwards but with the whole team. One point which most strike all throughful persons as being altogether wrong in the continual chopping and changing of playing men out of their proper positions. Why are the reserves not called upon oftener ? They won the Northwich match in a hollow fashion, and their forwards on Monday last beat the team that has been one of the hardest nuts for Bootle to crack this season. if the players and committee do not make a great change, they cannot expect to get the patronage they have hitherto to. The match on Good Friday was remarkable for the immense attendance. In the first half Everton had matters pretty well their own way, but the lazy, indifferent style of shooting lost them dozens of chances. Milward has certainly deterorated since the final introduction to the first team, and his play on Saturday was simply wretched. Brown is not class enough for a team of this standing of Everton, and it surprises more than one why he is chosen in preference to such consistent players as Keys and Briscoe. The half-backs, too, have not by any means been up to the mark of late; and Wilson through injury received in the bootle match was only ‘'so so'' The Caledonians played a very close passing game and shot with great accuracy while the two full backs were in fine kicking form. Why Farrar, the Southport Central player was brought into the team on Saturday is a coundrum few can solve. What is the use of Mr. Stockton working up a good set of reserves with such half-backs as Pollock, C Weir, Fayer, W Jones Parry, and Chadwick, and them passed over for a stranger ? With exreit de coups lacking it is not surprising that first the London Caledonians, and, then-mark it-Burslem Port Vale, should ride Everton down, even on their own ground.

Meanwhile Mr J.Rogers has sent to Mr. Frank Brettle a postcard announcing that the long looked for charity match between Bootle and Everton veterans is off, the reason being the inability to raise a team among the Bootle ‘'Vets'' What an unfortunate thing this was not found out before last Saturday week. It is rather hard on Everton who fully expected that Bootle would keep their return engagement and had by means of handbills extensively advertised the match in Everton, but it also to regretted that Stanley and Bootle Hospitals will at least be the losers of about £10 each.

To-day at Anfield Everton will try their prowess with better success, it is hoped, than of late, against the well-known Renton team, and if they are clever enough to come out of the formidable task with flying colours the bitterness of Friday and Saturday reverses will be toned down. On Wednesday Everton not content with the heavy work of late, cross over the border in order to tackle Hearts of Midlothians on the Scotchmen's native beath.

April 23 1889. The Liverpool Mercury
The visit of the famous team to Liverpool to play Everton yesterday roused much interested and there was 12,000 spectators to greet them with a hearty cheer when they appeared in their dark blue jerseys at 2-30. Great eagerness was evinced as to what would constitute the Everton team, and it gave an immense amount of Satisfaction to the greater present when it was seen that three reserves men were included in the team. Ross won the toss, and elected to play with the wind and sun. J.Campbell kicked off, and at once Keys and Briscoe got away on the right, but the ball went out. Weir met the kick off, and Chadwick tried a shot, which Hannah kicked away, and G.Campbell helped the ball onto Harvey and H.Campbell who sprinted off in splendid fashion; but Ross intercepted and sent up the field, but a foul of Weir's caused Smalley to use his hands. Holt was then noticeable for his fine tackling of the visitors forwards, and from a well judged past Angus centered beautifully, and Keys obtained a corner of McCall. Weir put well in, and for several seconds the ball was bobbing about Lindsay in dangerous fashion. eventually Gardner punted up the field,, but the home team, whose improved play was greatly appreciated continued to have the best of matters and Briscoe and Weir both tested Lindsay with a good shots. From the kick off Brown sent to Harvey, and that player again got away, but Ross overlook him and kicked into touch. Ross them saved grandly right in the mouth of goal and by a powerful kick gave Keys possession, but the players centre was allowed to roll out on the other side. Campbell then took up a pass of Briscoe and outwitting Holt sent to his left wing, and McNee and McCall raced along the left and centred, but Ross met the ball and kicked over the stand. Not to be so easily denied the visitors left and centre came again, and McNee by a stringing shot struck the upright. Dobson then put on a spurt and overturned Gardner, and passed judiciously to the Everton left, but Brown stepped in before Chadwick and gave the ball to J.Campbell who when pressed by Holt, sent to Harvey but Ross came away with a rush and put in a good shot which was supplemented later on by one from Briscoe. Hannah cleared the latter by a tremendous kick but Holt again spoiled the concerned effort of the visiting forwards and passed to Keys, who, when attempting to pass McCall was fouled and a free kick awarded Gardner cleared the free kick, but Ross coming up the right moment landed the ball back again in the goal and just as Chadwick shot through the whistle blew for a previous claim for hands. Pretty play was then shown by J.Campbell, but Dobson robbed the left wing of the pass, and a miss by McCall let in Keys. Again his centre was not put to the best. Excellent short passing was now shown by Campbell, McNee and McCall, McNee centred to the right, and Harvey after dodging Ross, scored the first goal with a magnificent oblique shot. This unexpected reverse aroused the Everton team and they put more fire into their play and forced the Scotchmen back upon their goal, and kept Lindsay, Hannah, and McCall busy. Brown showed a turn of speed, but Holt robbed him, and sent to Milward who put in a flying shot, which took Lindsay all his time to get away. Angus then put in a nice easy centre but somehow both Briscoe and Keys missed. Half-time being called. Milward kicked off and he, Chadwick and Briscoe ran through the visiting forwards and half-backs, but McCall was too good for them, and returned. The Renton forwards then replied and a similar run, and Dobson was compelled to kick out. Weir got the best of an argument with McCall and McN ee and sent forward, but Lindsay ran out and kicked up the field . Farmer returned and passed beautifully to Milward but Hannah rushed in and punted up the field. Harvey dropped upon the ball and darted off, but Farmer pulled him up, and gave to Angus. Again Hannah spoiled the combination of the left wing, and then the spectators were treated to a pretty bit of passing by the Renton forwards, but they could not get any further than Ross and Dobson, who were placing in their best form. Hot obtained Dobson pass and gave to Milward, who by the help of Briscoe and Keys made considerable headway and troubled McCall and Lindsay, who was compelled to gave a corner. Weir then beat the visitors left wing, and sent to Keys, who raced off, and closed in towards goal and shot into Lindsay hands, but he only partially clearing Briscoe was enabled to make the game equal with a good shot. This success and the hearty cheers of the spectators urged the players to greater things, and for a spell the home team kept up a regular bombardment of Lindsay's goal, but that cool player was not caught napping and treated all shots in a mastery style. Angus and Chadwick with Farmer's help them get up a nice piece of Combination, and Chadwick's find shot struck the cross bar-a neat thing. Although Hannah and McCall were kicking in a most powerful style, the Everton forwards forged ahead, and directly Angus forced a corner off Hannah. This was well placed by Farmer and Milward headed in Lindsay fisted out But immediately a claim arose from players and umpire for a goal, as they stated Lindsay was though the goal, when he cleared and Mr Lythgoe, who was standing by the upright at once gave his decision in favour of Everton. The point was greatly appreciated by the immense assembly But little time being left the visitors worked hard for another point but the backs and half-backs playing a determined game, kept Smalley free from danger and when the whistle blew for time, with Everton leading by 2 goals to 1, the cheering was loud and prolonged. Teams Renton:- Lindsay, goal, Hannah, and McCall (a), backs, Brown, Gardner and Campbell (g), half-backs Harvey, McCall (j), Campbell (h), Campbell (j), and McNee forwards. Everton:- Smalley, goal, Dobson, and Ross (captain), backs, Weir (j), Holt and Farmer half-backs, Keys (j), Briscoe (w) Milward Angus and Chadwick (e), forwards. Referee R.Lythgoe

April 26 1889. The Daily Post
Played at Edinburgh on Thursday, about 4,000 spectators being present. The play in the first half was of a retaliatory character, the forwards on the home side and the backs for the Everton doing excellent work. At half-time the teams changes ends without anything bring scored, but immediately after the restart, Taylor defeated Joliffe charge. This success for the Hearts was followed twice afterwards and Everton lost by three goals to nil.

April 29 1889. The Liverpool Mercury
The return fixture should have been played at Blackburn but Witton preferred to again travel to Liverpool. About 6,000 spectators were present. Milward kicked off at 4-45, but senting too far forward, Isherwood had no difficulty in giving to his own forwards who ran the ball over the Everton touch line. Weir received the kick-off and gave to Keys, who raced away, and at the right movement gave to Chadwick and Angus but Smith intercepted, and by a hugh punt sent the ball to Smith jun, who shot outside the post. Milward then put in a nice run, with the assistance of Angus made good progess and Chadwick essayed a shot which Sharples threw away. Grimshaw pounced upon the ball, and then the Witton forwards showed excellent passing, and bothered Ross and Dobson considerably but Rushton relieved all anxiety by shooting over the bar. Again Milward and Briscoe tried to break through the capital defence of Smith Frankland and Sharples but these players for a while nonplussed the efforts of the Evertonians. Eventually Keys livened up and went off at lighting speed and got well down near the Witton goal, but finished up badly by a wide shot. Weir was directly afterwards cheered for a fine save in the mouth of goal, and for a time the Visitors had the best of the matters. A foul in midfield against Witton eased the pressure and a magnificent shot by Farmer, which struck the bar, was deservedly applauded. This wakened the lethargio homesters up a little and good combination being shown by Keys and Briscoe, Milward was enabled to get in a good position but the shot over. Keys made amends for this immediately by a clinking shot, which skimmed the bar. Rushton and Smith then got off and, passing Ross Rushton centred, but Smalley cleared grandly, falling on his knees to do so. Weir then beat Higgins and Horsefall,, and gave to Briscoe who in his own unique style, dodged first one and then another, and wound up with a good centre, which Angus headed in but Sharples punted out easily, and thus brought about half-time. Grimshaw restarted, and he, Higgins and Horsefield put in a very pretty passing run and compelled Dobson to kick out. The home team getting the best of the throw in enabled Farmer and Angus to get down and Milward missed an easy chance from their pass. Holt who had been doing excellent services now put in a beauty, which Sharples could only get away at the expense of a corner. Weir kicked in with excellent judgement and Briscoe headed against the bar, and another corner obtained. Frankland and old Mike cleared this and Horsefield kept Dobson fairly busy but Weir came to the rescue and robbed them. Keys secured the ball and got off in nice style, and centred in Sharples hands but again the custodian sent clear, and it seemed as though the match must end in a draw but just about this period Keys got severely kicked in the groin, and Ross seeing Everton having so much of the game, brought him full back, sent Milward on the right and went centre forward himself, and it was not long before the Witton lads knew of his presence, and it gave immense satisfaction to the large number of spectators when, by one of his characteristic sprints he literally ran the ball through, Sharples's goal and scored the only point of the match. Shortly afterwards time was called and the match ended as above . teams; Witton:- Sharples, goal, Smith, and Frankland, backs, Whiteside, Iserwood, and Pickering half-backs, Ruston Grimshaw, Higgins, Smith jun, and Horsefield forwards. Everton:- Smalley, goal, Dobson and Ross (captain), Weir Holt, and Farmer half-backs, Keys, Briscow, Milward, Chadwick, and Angus, forwards .

April 29 1889. The Liverpool Mercury
The match at Everton on Saturday was characterized by the lethargy, which seemed to possess the players on both sides. At times there were grand points in the play but there was a great want of fire and energy. This can be accounted for perhaps by the fact that the Everton team have gone through some hard work this last week. To play five matches in nine days is more than enough for any team, and one of them entailing a journay to Edinburgh and back. In the match with Hearts of Midlothians the Evertonians had equally as much of the game as the home team. Bad shooting is the cause of their not scoring, and little indiscretion by Joliffe made them a gift of the first point. the second point was obtained from a foul in goal, and the Evertonians maintain that the ball went though without touching any one, but that the referee was not in clined to listen to their claims. Chadwick played the best back game and Weir showed up well amongst the halves. The two outside wing players seemed off colour and the forwards work deviled itself among Watson Milward, and Chadwick who acquitted themselves creditably. And now for the valediction. To-morrow the official season closes, when players will be freed from the shackles of registration, and when secretaries and all who have a penchant for figure will be dabbling in statistic and striking averages. During the month of May odd games will be indulged in but they count for nothing, in an authorized sense of a club's record of a club, and will be interesting more as exhibitions games for the introduction of possible and impossible new hands. The shadow of coming events.

April 30 188. The Liverpool Courier
These teams met for the fourth time this season, at Anfield-road enclosure,, last evening, and the weather being fine. There was a good attendance of spectators. On the previous matches each side had won one the remaining game being a drawn. The Burnley team has been altered considerably of late and a capital game was expectorated. Everton minus Holt, whose place at half-back was filled by C.Weir, whilst ‘'venetian'' Mike Higgins was playing forward. The visitors having kicked off an attack was at once made on the home goal, Ross relieving. The Burley forwards returned McFettridge sending in a grand shot, which passed outside the posts. The home right next ran down, a corner kick at the other end and the danger being cleared. The homesters reached the centre line and White got the ball away in fine style. The next minute Briscoe shot wide of the Burnley posts. Smalley saved several shots in a marvelous manner, but at length Duckworth beat him with a fast shot. The centre kick brought no relief to Everton a ‘'foul'' against Dobson looked dangerous for then until Ross cleared with a powerful kick in the centre, and a corner accured to Everton, but the ball was badly placed, and Keenan cleared. Burnley was next dangerous and Everton were employed in defending their goal. Ross and Dobson saved finely on several occasions succeeding which Yates made a grand dribble along the Burnley left a splendid ‘'centre'' being badly missed by Duckworth. Everton now had extremely hard lines, but the Burnley defence was magnificent, and scoring was no easy matter. The visitors forwards had several shies at the home goal which proved futile. ‘'Hands'' off Dobson pressed danger for Everton but through some misunderstanding a capital chance was lost. Cox now saved grandly and prevented an imminent goal by admirable play. Farmer sent in a splendid shot from half-back Cox again being called upon to save. Higgins also put in a bit of good play, and Everton forced a ‘'corner'' which proved futile half-time was called with Burnley leading by one goal to nil. Milward having restarted on behalf of Everton, a rush was made for the Burnley goal, reaching which Chadwick made a poor attempt to score. From the kick-out the visitors forwards attacked, Smalley saving finely. McFettridge shot well, the ball just passing over the bar. Burnley still kept the ball well in their opponents quarters, and Friel sent in a shot which took Smalley all the time to save. At this jucture Ross collided with the rails, and play was suspended for a time. On resuming Everton attacked ‘'offside'' play spoiling their efforts. Burnley were now having much the best of the game, their opponents however showing a solid defence. Milward almost broke through but Berry brought him up in fine style, and the Burnley forwards were again busy at the home goal. Dobson and Ross were playing a champion game however, the former clearing grandly. The home forwards at length went away with a rush, but could not score the luck being dead against them. The Evertonians were by far too slow on the ball, and were in consequently repeatedly robbed. Still play was again taken in front of the visitors goal Watson with an overhead shot just topping the bar. One of the Burnley players was now hurt and had to leave the field. Smalley fisted out a shot from Hibbert over the line, and on Friel returning increased pressure was brought to bear on the Everton goal. Ross cleared, and a ‘'foul'' off keenan gave Everton a chance, but being to slow the opportunity was lost. Everton had a further chances of equalising from a long kick by Ross but Chadwick shot yards too high. Watson dribbled well on the home right, but although Everton pressed severely and forced several corners, they failed to score, and were beaten by a goal to nil. Teams: Burnley:- Cox, goal, Berry and White backs Friel, Keenan and McFettridge half-backs, Hibbert, Duckworth, Campbell, Crossley, and Yates, forwards. Everton:- Smalley goals, Dobson, and Ross (captain) backs, Weir (j), Farmer, and Weir (c), half-backs, Watson, Briscoe, Milward, Chadwick, and Higgins (m), forwards.