August 1888

Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 03 August 1888
N.J. Ross. who for some time has been dissatisfied, early this week intimated his desire to join the ranks of the Everton team.  He was at once informed that if he could improve his position the North End would not stand in his way.  Accordingly he made the journey to Everton, and signed an agreement to play with that club, attaching only the proviso that North End would cancel the registration form he had signed with them some time previous.  This Mr. Sudell and his committee are quite willing to do, so that it may now be taken for granted that Nicholas John has played his last game at Deepdale, except as a visitor.  There is no foundation for the rumour that Jimmy Ross is also about to join the Everton ranks.   

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 04 August 1888

  • Is it true that Jamison, late of Bootle, has signed for Everton, and not for the Wanderers?
  • Oh! What a surprise. N.J. Ross has accepted the captaincy of the Everton team. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 04 August 1888
Sir- I fully agree with the remarks of “T.T” in last Saturday’s Field re above club, with one exception, viz, about Holt.  When a club like Everton can offer Holt 45sw per week for two matches a week and 20s per week during the summer, how could a club like Bootle secure Holt at such a figure?  Does “TT” expect the committee to pay players out of their own pockets-Your obedient servant, William Jackson, 13 Hawthorn-road, July 31, 1888.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 11 August 1888

  • N. J. Ross got his release on Tuesday from Mr. Sudell, and will shortly take up his residence at Everton. 
  • Either George Dobson or Whamby will have to stand down at Everton. 

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald - Saturday 11 August 1888
A friend who iS behind the scenes in matters pertaining to football tells me that N.J. Ross, of Preston North End has thought fit to sever his connection with his old club and joins Everton. It is said that the Liverpool organization offered him £100 to start business, and no one can blame the best back in the kingdom for accepting it or the least club in the kingdom at drawing gates for making the bargain.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 18 August 1888
By Richard Samuel
Out at Belmont-road, the practice ground of  the Everton Football club, the first Crumbling of the Everton roar were  heard last Saturday, when N. J. Ross turned out in a practice game with his new club, and when many of the new faces in the Everton team looked first upon their future supporters. The crowd that collected on Wednesday evening at Hawthorne-road, did not come to see the cricket match, and regarded with unfeigned disgust the fine cricket shown by “Jimmy" Simm and  Butler in their innings against Chorlton. This was abundantly testified when the big ball replaced: the small, and the crowd lined-up, quite in the old sweet way, to follow the doings Tom Veitch and his merry man. The Park keeper rigidly suppresses the ardour of the denizens the city lungs, who would feign lay aside the bat and ball to “chase the leather," whilst those rare patches of open space on the outskirts of the borough, are nightly crowded with youths, all madly rushing about and raising the eager cry, “To the goals ! So, Mr. Editor, your old Richard girds up his loins, and acknowledging with thanks the courtesy of our leading club officials in assisting him thereto, “sets out on his “ Liverpool Football” journey, with the Prospects of the Season.”
At this period last year, the Everton prospects were a matter of speculation upon which not a gleam of official light was ever shed. The new Executive hare adopted a new departure.  The secretary is of opinion that he should take the members of the club into his confidence, and has already issued a statement which has been gladly welcomed. It will be followed by a shortly second, detailing the results of the labours of the Executive in the interest of the club, which have been crowned with very great success. Few clubs will be able to show a greater range of talent in the forth- coming season; for it has been recognised that the heavy fixture list would be far too trying for a single eleven, so that a most powerful reserve has been laid by. The wages sheet will be a heavy one, but Evertonians will rally round Mr. Barclay and his committee to an extent which will make this heavy tax on the club’s resources but lightly felt. The ground has been placed in the hands Mr. Rowlands, of West Derby, who appears to have put in some splendid work upon it, and, a practice ground having been secured, it will have some chance of maintaining its consistency to the close of the season, and of not on occasions being reduced to the condition of a swamp. There is splendid stand accommodation, but ere Christmas the committee hopes to be in the position of launching forth into the expenditure of grand structure at the Anfield-road end similar to that at the opposite end of the ground. The object aimed at is to provide real accommodation for 12,000 spectators; not mere standing room, but facility for obtaining a good view of the play.
The names of the new players are pretty generally known, but the list is not yet complete. The committee in treaty for several forwards, whose names, for obvious reasons, they are not in a position to divulge. It may be taken as certain that Jimmy Ross will not join his brother, that is definite, and the rumour that he was likely to do so arose from the mere surmise of what was a probability. So far, the committee at their disposal the following: Goalkeepers, Gillam (not Gwyllm, please) and Joliffe. Smalley is still undecided, but may yet added to this list.  Backs, Ross, Dick, Dobson, Chadwick. Half-backs, Wharmby, Holt, Jones, Higgins, Gibson, Weir, the suspend," will probably be reinstated and reinforce the advance guard. Forwards, Farmer, Chadwick, Waugh, Watson, Fleming, Costley, Briscoe. Keys, of Derby County, has created a big reputation in the practice matches, but has not yet been definitely retained. From this list a grand team can be formed, the only difficulty being as to the best selection. The defence may be taken as the following;—Goal, Gillam; backs, Ross, Dick; half-backs, Wharmby, Dobson, Weir; as for the forwards there will be some difficulty. With the forces at command I should say the five would be: Left, Farmer and Chadwick; centre, Keys; right, Watson and Fleming. The club have already scratched in the English Cup Competition, but it is a mistake to suppose that they have not a good eligible team. They have probably a stronger list of eligible than that which overthrew Bolton Wanderers in the most stubbornly contested Cup tie on record. It is purely in deference to the wish to preserve a reliable fixture card that the English Cup ties have been abandoned, and, this consideration will most probably induce the club to take similar action with regard to the Lancashire Cup. Mr. Barclay is anxious that it should be known that hit committee is actuated by no hostile feelings either to the Lancashire or Liverpool Association in the notion they have taken or may take; but that they are acting solely with the object mentioned above.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 18 August 1888

  • Evertonians are glad to hear “Kenny” retains his form.
  • What the odds against Jack Ross playing centre forward for Everton? They want one.
  • Who is the gentleman amateur who will occasionally play half-back for Everton?

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 25 August 1888
That Jack RosS has not yet got permission to play with the Everton team ; that since his departure from Preston it has been pointed out to the Everton committee that the permission will have to come from the Council of the Football Association; that one of the rules of the Football Association says that no player shall sign a second registration paper in one season without the consent of the Council; that Ross has done this, and may be called upon for an explanation ; that the Everton committee and Ross may, however, rely upon the North End committee and officials putting no obstacle in “Old Nick’s” way—in fact, they will all in their power to secure to him the transfer. That Bob Smalley is in great request at the present time; that prior last Sunday he had partly given his word to play for the North End, hut on that day a couple of Evertonians visited Preston in disguise, and, in an interview with Bob, made him magnificent offer; that Bob will foolish if leaves the North End, as inclusion their ranks opens the door to football fame —when successful—while inclusion the team means maintenance only of the reputation already achieved; that even if Bob does play for Everton in ordinary matches, he will do duty under the North End flag cup ties, as he thinks that the more local talent there is engaged in pot hunting, the greater likelihood there is of success.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 25 August 1888

  • The Everton men are all on the big side, and it will take them all their time to get it off for the shouting on the 1st.
  • The Everton committee are in a position to supply Rams(h)ay at a reduced price.  Bar-Clay is advancing owing to increasing demand.
  • Of course Holt was not found work because he played for Bootle, but did he not get the “sack” as soon as it was known he had signed for Everton?
  • Jack Ross playing cricket for Stanley last Saturday, scored two with a hugh kick, and was then caught, but would not leave his wicket owing to the man having handled the ball. 
  • At this time last year the Everton Committee were working in the dark, and before the season was half over the club was suspended.  Bootle, beware! Scotch amateurs are dangerous.
  • Everton were tramping Cemetery-road in Preston last week.
  • Bob Smalley is not playing for North End after all, but has gone back to Everton.
  • Archie Goodall practiced with the Everton club on Tuesday night.  What’s his game now?
  • “Richard Samuel” does not include Waugh nor Holt in the Everton first team- try again Richard.
  • Bob Smalley may yet play for Everton, and North End will have to look elsewhere for a cup tie goalkeeper.
  • They say that A.E. Leyland, of the Walton F.C., is the gentleman amateur who will occasionally play for Everton.
  • That “matter” on the Everton Committee is more like a cotton merchant than a sampler, but probably he will improve.
  • Jack Ross has bene asked to play centre for Everton, and has agreed to do so.  It will spoil both him and the other forwards.
  • It is not likely that Keys, of Derby County, will get his release from the Midland Club, so that he cannot play for Everton.
  • Those two Everton secretaries were so “sheered” last Sunday when they broke the Sabbath to secure Bob Smalley that one adopted a lame leg, and the other carried a most peculiar bag.