February 1889

February 4 1889. The Liverpool Courier
The above teams met on the Anfield enclosure on Saturday under very unfavorable circumstance. During the morning Liverpool was visited with a very heavy storm, and at the time for starting very strong, bitter wind was blowing, which made it very uncomfortable for the spectators, who numbered about 5,000. The visitors were the first to put in an appearance the home partisans receiving them very cordially. After two months, suspension Dick took his place in the Everton rank, his return being received with that recognition, which his ability deserves. Ross having been successful in the spin of the coin, Somerville started the game down hill, the ground being very sloppy. The Battlefield men were the first to press. A got by Elliott was nicely cleared by Dick. The home right, with a good passing run, removed the play to the end Milward forcing an abortive corner. Ross sent forward, and immediately the visitors recognised their advantage, and went away they went in splendid combined run, Somerville finishing up the movement with a good shot, which Smalley appeared to fist over the bar. A claim for goal was sustained to the astonishment of the spectators. From the restart the home left pressed forward, Ross being unfortunate with a regular daisy cutter. Again Sommerville broke away, Holt checking him and passing to Dobson, who shot in the ball just going outside. Hector and Hendry paid Smalley a visit from which the latter cleared at the expense of a corner, which Dick headed clear. A throw in by Dobson gave Watson and Davies a good opportunity, which Gow frustrated by conceding another corner that was worked clear, by the fine defence of Hall and Cook. Elliott brought relief with a fine run. Farmer worked the sphere clear, and passing to Ross, the latter give to Milward who equalised, to the delight of the spectator. Encouraged by this success this home van renewed the attack, Davies causing Neill to clear. A pretty bit of work on the part of Ross and Chadwick enabled Brown to shoot through, but a claim for offside was sustained. Everton again broke away, Brown scoring a grand goal from a pass by Davies. Immediately afterwards Chadwick and Brown and, passing brought the ball up the field to Ross, he scored for Everton with a low shot. Score at half-time:- Everton 3 battlefield 1. After the changing ends Milward kicked off against the wind. The opening incident of the play was rather in favour of the home club. One of the visting backs displayed z tinge of unnecessary feeling in defending his goal. Good passing by the visitors removed the play to the Everton quarters, where Holt was cheered for some fine tackling. From a long kick by Farmer, Davies, missed a good chance. Walker robbed Watson, who passed to Hendry, who put the Everton citadel in danger owing to Dobson missing his kick. Ross removed the danger with a long point. Milward dribbled down the centre Gow again removing the danger, and passing to J.Cunninghan, put in a fine sprint Dick clearing on the touchline. Chadwick was now conspicuous with an excellent dribble. T.C.Hendry robbing him when further downs fall of the Scotch goal seemed certain. Hector forced his way up the right, Passing Farmer and Ross he brought the ball in front, Elliott increased the score with a fine goal. The play became very exciting. Watson and Davies forced the play with a strong run, Hall kicking out to save. Dobson was now called upon to check a fierce raid of the part of the Scotch left, and passing to Brown he allowed the ball to run out. From the thrown in by Hendry, Hendry initiated another aggressive movement which Ross repulsed. Milward and Chadwick both had shots, which Neill cleared. The game ended in a heavy downpour the home team winning a very hard game by 3 goals to 2. Battlefield:- Neill goal, Hall and Cook, backs,, Hendry (tc) Walker and Gow half-backs,, Hector, Hendry (wt), Cunningham (j), Elliott, and Somerville, forwards. Everton:- Smalley, goal, Dick (a) and Ross (nj) (captain), backs, Donson (g), Holt (j) and Farmer (g) half-backs, Davies (j), Watson (r), Milward (a), Chadwick (e), and Brown (w) forwards.

February 11 1889. The Liverpool Courier
The return league contest was played on the Everton enclosure on Saturday in fine but rather windy weather. The recent frost had made the turf very hard and somewhat dangerous's for the players. It will be remembered that in the first contest a fortnight ago the ‘'Wolves'' defeat the Everton representative by five goals to nil. Although this is the greatest reverse for home team have received in the League matches, it was fully expected that the game would be off a more even character. The County match at Stoke deproved Everton of the services of Ross and that, which automatically weakened the back division. The Wolverhampton captain was also absent, his place in the centre having being taken by Wykes. At 3-30 the teams took up their position on the field there being about 10,000 spectators. The Wolves having won the toss. Milward kicked off against a strong wind, and immediately Dobson was called upon to stop Hunter and Cooper who made an excellent run up the right, Elgar Chadwick relieved his goal with a fine run Lowder kicking over the stand toclear. Farmer threw in to Milward and Brown came dangerously near scoring, the ball going outside. Albert Chadwick passed to his brother who forced Baugh to concede a corner which proved futile, although nicely placed by Farmer. Wykes now indulged in a spendid run up the centre, Dick checking him in midfield and again Watson and Davies forced their way down the right Mason clearing with a hugh kick. Play was now conbined to the right, and Farmer having all their work to check the persistent attack of Hunter and Cooper. From a long pass by Dick, Milward rushed up to the other end, where Baugh saved under the bar from a grand shot from the foot of Davies. An excellent dribble by Knight gave Everton some trouble. Smalley having to fist out from Woods. Farmer brought the ball out of the goal mouth and passing to Brown he compelled Rose to clear. Everton still kept up the attack and obtained a free kick for ‘'hands'' and after a fine bit of passing Chadwick scored. Against great cheering on the part of the home patrons. From midfield Allen passed to Cooper, who raced away until met by Dick who transferred the sphere to Davies and again Rose saved three capitals shots in rapid succession. Still the pressure was kept up by the home van until Milward kicked over the bar. Another grand run by the visitors enabled Allen to test Smalley, who cleared splendidly. Dick worked the ball clear, and passed to Davies, and again Rose kicked clear. The Wolves Dobson Dick, and Smalley preventing any downfall of their goal made a most determined rush by some grand defensive play. The visitors again pressed, until Dick saved in the goalmouth. Farmer gave a corner which Cooper headed over. The home left brought the play to midfield. Half-time Everton 1 goal, Wanderers nil. After the usual interval, Wykes re-started the game downhill. The play for a little time was confined to the Everton quarters, Chadwick heading clear a good shot from Cooper that looked like taking effect. Milward initiated an aggressive movement, which was well sustained by the home halves. Roberts improving considerably in his play. The defence of the visitors being very good, no opening could be effected. The home team, increasingthe speed again pressed, Rose stopping a spendid shot from Watson. Mason passed to his forwards, who paid another visit the Everton goal, Smalley saving when a goal seemed certain. Brown and Chadwick got possession, and passing to the right Davies put in a fine screw. Rose again proving equal to the emergency. Chadwick had hard lines with a long shot. Smalley was next called upon to save a good shot from Wykes. Good passing by Davies and Watson gave Everton another opportunity Davies shooting well. Dick negotiated a good shot, Allan and again Brown and Milward brought the ball to midfield. Where Fletcher returned to Wood, who dribbled down the right until relieved by Farmer, the ball passing over the line. A nice passing run by the visitors looked ominous, Smalley again removing the danger when surrounded by four of his opponents. From the kick out, Davies raced away Mason fastened on the ball and passing to Knight he shot through. A claim for off-side was abstained. Hunter and Cooper renewed the attack and after a warm scrimmages Wood equalised. Both teams tried hard score and each goal was visited in turn, Mason repelling a good shot from Brown. Fletcher with a long shot kick got the ball well in front. Dobson kicking clear. The home van again pressed, Mason removing the danger. The Visting forwards rushed away. Knight shot through the referee conceding a goal the player being distinctly off-side. Immediately the whistle blew. Result- Wanderers 2; Everton 1. Teams Everton:- Smalley goal, Dick, and Dobson (captain), backs, Farmer, Roberts, and Chadwick (a), half-backs, Brown (w), Chadwick (e), Watson Davies, and Milward, forwards. Wanderers: - Rose goal, Baugh, and Mason backs, Fletcher, Allen, ansd Lowder half-backs Hunter, Cooper, Wood, knight, and Wykes forwards.

February 13 1889. The Liverpool Daily Post.
A novel and most successful charitable movement was yesterday brought off on the Everton football ground, in the form of a pantomime football match between members of the theatrical profession now engaged in the different pantomimes going on in the City and members of the Everton Football Club. The entertainment was in aid of the funds of the Royal Infirmary and Stanley Hospital, and no doubt these institutions will greatly benefit thereby. The idea however of coupling the names of pantomime artistes with football is not exactly new, as some years ago a similar thing occurred in Sheffield, when these engaged in producing the Pantomimes than being performed in that town played a “character” game with a local team of footballers with such success that the charity on whose behalf the performance was being enacted greatly profited. That a similar thing could be successfully brought to issue in Liverpool suggested itself to several master minds in the city; and amongst them were Mr.Albert Smith and Mr. Alfred Hemming, this one, as it well known, connected with one of the principal threates of Liverpool, and the other as equally celebrated in sporting and football life in the old town. To this pair of worthless was left the task of “bossing the show” under the role of the joint the secretary. They first of all obtained the co-operation of a host of talent from the different theatres of the city, who heartily entered into “the fun of the things” quite as much indeed as if they had been “invited” to perform at one of their own benefits. They then secured the patronage of his worship the Major and other gentleman, and decided that the “ entertainment” should he given on behalf of the Royal infirmary and Stanley Hospital, two very deserving charities connected with Liverpool. To secure a ground and opposing side were the next tasks, and there were found to be very small matters in the preliminary business, as the Everton Football Club executive, who possess an enclosure second to none in the kingdom for convenience of the (if we except press accommodation) heartily responded to the desire that the “match” should be played on the ground in Oakfield road, and they suggested that they should choose the one team, which was composed of Everton players. The town for weeks past had been liberally placed, and the public generously responded to the appeal made on behalf of the two insistutions by a large purchase of tickets. Unfortunately, the weather for several days past had not been very propitious for outdoor sports, and doubt s were entertained as to whether of not the “performance” would take place. That it did do, so thanks are due to the energetic management, who set themselves the formable task of clearing away the accumulations, of the “Downpour on Sunday”. The job was successfully accomplished to the comfort of all, the only winter surrounding being small heap of snow along the “touch line” and the adjacent house-topes on the latter of which were perched, clinging to the chimney stacks, several darling spirits probably with more nerve in their breeze than “coppers” or generosity in their pockets. Overhead the afternoon was fine and bright, with a brilliant suns shining and as early as half-past one o'clock the “show” commenced by people wending their way Everton wards. At two the ground was well lined with spectators who aroused themselves by snowballing each other. A few minutes later the “itinerant” part of the business was begun by vandous of packett of “sweetmeats” and the winners of the football match for a penny. Others, fully equipped for the occasion were playing on barrel organs accompanied by a bevy of fair ladies from the respective theatres all eagerly “begging” on behalf of the charities. A splendid orchestra was divided by the Alexandrs Prince of Wales, and Shakepeare staffs, who discouraged a fine sound of music to wile away the time while waiting for the more important performers who, at three o'clock promptly, came tumbling for the many thousands of spectators now assembled, truly, it was the greatest football match, ever witnessed on the Everton ground. The major and his party now made their appearance, and were received with much cheering. The “sock and Buskin” company, who in all numbered about twenty-six, kicked off, and immediately there was a scrambling to front of the Threaticals goal. The scene was indescribable, much noise and hullabaloo were perfect players as much as spectators became as if by magic connived with side splitting laughter; spirited devils, dwarfs, giants stages, villains Highlanders, clerical, police, brigands, clowns, harlequins, fat boys, and pick witches character all became a mixed up mass with the Everton players. It made no difference which way the ball was kicked so long as the pantomimiste could have their little “go “ and produce a laugh. More often the ball was missed than kicked, or else picked up and run off with. The two threatical goalkeepers were in force with “drop curtains” which took up form of lawn tennis nets sewn together, so that when their charge became endangered the pulleys were immediately set to work. By a clever mixture of Rugby Association, and pantomimic tricks several “corners” fell to the threaticals. Afterward Joliffe gave a “foul” by “fisting” the wrong side of the centre line, and here the pantomime business was great. On the cry of foul, Mr. Wheetley, one of the Artist produced from some mysterious corner a dead “fowl” and presented it to Ross, the Everton captain. This fine joke was of course successfully in “bringing down the house”. At length by means of inducing Jolliffe to forsake his goal. McCarthy, one of the half-backs, picked up the ball and run straight up to the post, and flung it through, for which of course a goal was claimed and after Davies had been “taken into custody” for running too fast, half time was called, and refreshments in the shape of inflated balloons were handed round. This also afforded no end of amusement for the spectators and players. The score at this period was Threaticals 1goal Everton nil. Them on changing ends

, and hence great anxiety was shown by the whole team for their charge. They accordingly flocked round it, cutting capers, shouting, protesting in such a manner that they forgot all about goalkeeping, and Ross headed the ball through and equalised. From there start some capital and amusing “passing” was shown by the clowns who rushed everything before them, including the whole of their opponents, and put them and the ball through a second time. Messrs. Graham and many were compelled to do some clever tumbling feats to clear their goal, but the climax was reached when “pickwick” got “winded” There was such a stir, and commotion amongst the talent, and calls for “doctors” and “water” as cussed grave anxiety's for the life of Mr.Pickwick, but the “plant” was soon observed, and the neighborhood of Evertoin once more re-echoed to the sound of merriment. After enjoying a plentiful supply of cold water, brought forth in sturdy caus and buckets, Pickwick came round. Play was resumed, and Everton men being surprised, a third goal was scored for the combination by a very clever impersonator of a Liverpool “step girl” Another raid on the threaticals goal caused an amusing stampede, and as Ross sent in his shot there were about two and twenty goalkeepers all fisting out. After Everton goal had once more become “endangered” the whistle sounded time, the result being a win for the threaticals by 3 goals to 1. It is needless to say that the game was immensely enjoyed by about 8,000 or 9,000 people. Amongst those on the stand were the Mayor (. H.Cookson.) Mr.John Houlding (chairman of the Stanley Hospital), MrI.E.Bennett (secretary of Stanley Hospital), the Rev. Dr. Hyde, Dr.Costine, Mr.E.Berry, and Mr.E.H.Bryson. Miss Maude Branscombe and other ladies were very successful collectors of silver and copper coins on behalf of the fund. Photos of the professional players had from Brown, Barnes, and Bell, from Lord Street, the proceeds from the sale of which will go to aid the fund.

Febraury 16 1889. The Liverpool Courier
The League contests are fast drawing to a close, and the Evertonians do not as was confidently anacipated, improve their position. On the contrary, there has been a gradual falling to the rear, and as the remaining fixture are of the strongest possible character, the outlook is by no means a cheerful one. Still ‘'a long pull and a strong pull'' may effect wonders, and it is certain that every effort will be made to keep within the qualifying bounds for next season's competition. When it is remembered, however that the Evertonians have been competing against the very best teams in the country, the record is not bad. Rome was not build in a day nor was North End so formidable when first organised as now, and Everton must therefore take heart and ‘'play up'' as becomes a team surprising to championship honours. Their opponent s last Saturday were the Wolverhampton Wanderers who on their first issue won easily by five goals to nil; but notwithstanding the severity of the beating hopes were entertained despite the absence of Ross and Holt, that if the result was not absolutely reversed the balance in favour of the ‘'Wolves'' would be much smaller than before. The Latter assumption proved correct, for the game was excellently contest, and should (in the opinion of many) have remained a drawn as ‘'time'' was up or alleged to have been, when the Wanderers scored their second and winning point. play during the first half was very fast,, Knight conspiouous for the Wanderers, whose forwards passed almost to perfection. Baugh and Mason also did well as back, and notwithstanding the constant attacks of the Everton van, they were kept out of goal, Rose was several times compelled to handle the ball, but wonderfully well. after half an hour's play Chadwick scored. Amidst tremendous cheering, for Everton after some fine passing by the forwards ranks. The ‘'Wolves'' played determinedly, Dobson Dick, and Smalley having all their work cut out to prevent the downfall of the home goal. This, however was prevented, and half-time arrived with Everton leading by one goal to nil. On resuming the play rolled in favour of the Wanderers for whom Cooper almost scored. Roberts was playing half-back for Everton in place of Holt, and was a failure until towards the close of the game,, when he improved considerably. The Wanderers showed a spendid defence, and the home forwards try as they would could not increase their lead. Rose saved finely, shots from Watson Milward, and Davies, and Chadwick also had hard lines a fast shot just passing over the bar. After Smalley had saved grandly Knight defeated the Everton custodian but the point was disallowed. Wood then scored a legitimate point, and with the score equal play became faster than ever. Knight notched a second goal, offside not being sustained. This was the last point, and the Wanderers won by two goals to one-luckily it most be confessed.

Ever foremost in works of charity the Evertonians on Monday returned to antagonise a team of panominic players, 17 in number made conditions by which they could not possibly win, but as the public appreciated the entertainment, this mattered little. Two custodians, with a net in front of goal,, presented an almost insurmountable barrier, and it is therefore by no means surprising that on a single occasion only were the Evertonians able to successfully shot though goal. The antics of the pantomimic troupe were ludreous in the extreme especially the fatal scene between Wheatley, Joliffe and Ross. Disregarding off –side and other restrictive clauses of the rules of the game, ‘'sook and buskin''elements were every where handsand feet being used in a style never before witnessed on the football field; and thus privologed, they won by three to one and completely ‘'brought down the house.''

February 18 1889. The Liverpool Courier
This important engagement took place on the Anfield enclosure on Saturday in very boisterous weather. The heavy downpour during the early part of the field had rendered the turf very heavy. This, together with the strong wind, considerably millitated against anything like a good exhibition of football. At four o'clock the teams took up their positions in the field there being fully 9,000 spectators present. It was a matter of regret that the trial match at Glasgow prevented W.Dickson accompanying his team his place being taken by his brother. The Dundee having been successful in the spin of the coin Ross kicked of down hill and against the wind. The opening, feature of the game favoured the home club a free kick by Farmer going outside. McGregor and C.Dickson removed the danger with a fine run up the right. Weir kicking clear in the goal mouth. Watson retaliated from the home side, Mason saving a good shot from the foot of Chadwick. The kick out gave the Scotch forwards another opening, and taking full advantage of the opportunity Dick was called upon, the Everton back being loudly cheered for a fine defence. Ross now lewd a very fine movement, Simpson relieving the Everton captains, when a goal seemed certain. McGregor was again well to the fore with another grand dribble, his pass being well repulsed by Dobson. Strathmore still kept up the pressure Dick conceding a corner, which proved fruitless. From a throw in bySteven the ball was taken into the Everton quarters. A grand shot by Dickson was well cleared by Dick, who concede another corner, which was well placed by Laturn and after a warm scrimmage in front the ball was kicked through. The spectators duly recognized this early success of the visitors. From the kick-off Chadwick and Brown dribbled down the left. McFarlane transferred the play, Farmer kicking over the stands to clear his lines. In response in the demand of the spectators the home van came down the field, with an excellent passing run. Ross finishing up with a shot that took effect. Douglas made a good attempt to save. The visitors started from the centre, Smalley again fisting out a good shot from Murray. From midfield the home left ran down and passing in Ross increased the home total with a grand goal. Everton kept up the attack and obtained three corners in rapid succession, William Brown having hard lines-with a good header. Laburn threw in to McGregor who raced up the right. Dobson kicked clear, and passing to Ross, he and the left worked the ball down the left, Brown allowed the ball to go over the line. Good play by the visiting half-backs enabled their forwards to press, a shot from McLaren going over. Score at half-time- Everton 2 goals Dundee one.

After the usual respite Murray put the ball in motion. The Scotch right worked down. Holt came to the rescue, and put Brown in possession,, Ross missing what appeared to be an easy chance from a pass by Chadwick. Hands against Watson gave Mason a free kick, Ross intercepted, and passing to Davies the latter scored but a claim for offside was sustained. A nice dribble by Murray gave Duncan an opening. Weir proving a stumbling block, and Everton became aggressive Chadwick scoring third goal after some beautiful passing by the home van. Both sides had the advantage of free kick from the latter of which Brown almost scored. Farmer who passed to Chadwick nicely repulsed a dangerous rush by the Strathmore right. The ball was again hovering round the Scotch posts, Mason saving a good shot from Davies. A foul against Everton brought relief, but the visiting forwards could not break through they excellent defence of Weir Holt, and Farmer, who fed their forwards judiciously, a long shot from Chadwick going over the bar. Weir robbed McLaren and Duncan, and dribbling up the wing Chadwick shot in, Douglas proved equal to the occasion. The game assumed a one-sided character, the visitors scarely ever getting over the centre line. Good passing by the home forwards gave Holt a chance, his shot going over. A good ran by Dickson caused Dick to kick over the line. From the throw in Murray kicked over. A mistake by Farmer let In McLaren, who made headway down the left. Dick with a strong punt, spoiled his intentions, and passing to Watson he shot in, Douglas saving. Ross met the sphere, and gave to Watson who scored a rather soft goal. Another rush forced Douglas to fist out from Ross, good passing by the home left enabled Watson to increase the score. From now to the close Everton had the best of the game. The Scotch continued to defend admirably. Dick took a free kick and landed the leather well in front, Mason kicking clear. Final score- Everton five goals,, Strathmore one goal. Teams Everton:- Smalley goal, Dobson, and Dick, backs, Farmer, Holt and Weir half-backs, Brown (w), Chadwick (e), Ross (captain), Watson, and Davies (j), forwards. Dundee Strathmore :- Douglas goal, Mason, and Simpson backs Laburn, McFarlane and Stiren half-backs, McGregor, Dickson (c), Murray, McLaren and Duncan forwards.

February 18 1889, The Liverpool Courier
On Saturday Tranmere played off their return fixture with Everton Reserves, and as this was the team that first broke the Everton record of course great interest was taken in the match by the Tranmere's supporters. Teams Everton:- Joliffe (c), goal, Chadwick (a) and Connor (j), backs. Fayer (t), Pollock (h) (captain), and Weir (c), half-backs, Keys (j), Briscoe (w), Milward (a), Brown (r), and Waugh (d), forwards Tranmere Rovers:- Sherdian (h) goal, Myers (t), and Shepherd (f) backs Sherdian (g), Roberts (c), and Fish (h) half-backs, Littler (w), Morgan (j), Taylor (a),, Stevenson (j), and Edwards (r) forwards. Everton turned out late, and a start was not made until 3-45. Everton won the toss, and Tranmere kicked off against the wind. Immediately Everton worked the ball down and forced it over. Hands against Tranmere looked dangerous and after a neat pass Milward scored the first goal for Everton. Again the visitors took it down, and again kicked behind. Tranmere now took the ball up the field but soon it was down again, and play was even for some time. From a throw in Everton came near scoring the second time, the ball striking the upright. Milward now put in some nice work but would not success in scoring. Waugh was now noticed he making a grand run and centring to Milward the latter play overran the ball and Tranmere worked it up the field. Again Waugh raced down and passing to Brown another was scored for Everton. Littler here made a run up the right for Tranmere but he could not break through the Everton backs. Tranmere began to play up a little after this but could not do much against the wind and shortly after Everton had hard lines the ball hitting the bar and rebounding back into play, but none of the Everton being there the ball was worked back. The home team were completely penned in, and the visitors gained a corner but the ball was kicked behind. Another corner soon followed, and Everton tried to rush the goalkeeper through, it passed over the bar. Play was continually on the left, and Waugh put in a spendid a shot, which Sheridan failed to stop but he was ruled, off-side, ansd the point scored was not counted. A foul right in the goal mouth looked dangerous for Tranmere, but now a dispute becarried, and play was stopped for some time. From the scrimmage in front of goal Everton again put through. Tramnere now took the ball, past the half-way flag for the first time amid great cheers, but not for long, Everton soon taking it back Brown scored another goal. Everton were again in front of goal, when the whistle blow half-time Everton 4 goals Tranmere Rovers nil. Final Result Everton Reserves 5 goals, Tranmere Rovers Reserves 1.

February 25 1889. THE Liverpool Courier
In rather dull weather this important League contest took place on Saturday, the ground being in very good condition. The English Cup Holders received a very good reception, regret beening expressed at the absence of Bassett their popular forward who is away playing in the International Match against Wales (scored 4-1 to England) at Stoke. After an absence of four months Waugh took his place in the Everton ranks, his presence beening heartily welcomed. At 3-50 the teams faced each other there being an attendance of fully 10,000 spectators. Ross won the toss, Bayliss kicked off,, and against the wind. The opening points of the game were rather in favour of the home side. A long kick by Waugh landed the sphere in front of Roberts who concede the first corner the ball going outside. ‘'Hands'' against Dobson gave the Albion an opening, the free kick going over the bar. The kick out was taken up by Ross, who forced his way down the centre Horton kicking clear. A tremendous rush by the Albion left was beautifully checked by Weir who passed to Davies, and again Everton became dangerous, Perry with a timely kick removing the danger. This was followed by a spendid run by Wilson who travelled to the other goal Dick cleared his lines with a huge punt. A good combined run by the home forwards earned another corner; Farmer placed the ball well in front Roberts fisted out Waugh returned, the ball going over the bar. Play was confirned to midfield. Holt was loudly offered for fine defensive play. Ross again fastened on the ball, and, passing to Davies he missed an excellent chance of Scoring. Everton kept up the pressure,, Chadwick kicking behind from a grand pass by Davies. A free kick near the Albion goal was taken by Dick, who kicked-over. This was repeated a minute later by Chadwick. A grand dribbled by Perry was nicely checked by Dick, who worked the ball clear, Dobson having to clear a minute later from Bayliss. The Albion improved considerably in their forwards play, Weir heading clear a grand shot from Crabtree. Pearson putting a pretty run, and passing to Wilson he almost brought about the downfall of the Everton Citadel. Dick kicking out repelled a good passing run by the visiting right, the throw in by E.Horton giving his side a rattling chance. Farmer came to the rescue, and passing to Chadwick he put in a lot a low shot, which Roberts cleared. This brought half-time, Everton 0; Albion 0. Recommencing Ross put the ball in motion, and passing to Watson to broke away, Timmins returned to Bayliss who scored three minutes from the kick off. Ross initiated a grand aggressive movement, Davies allowing the ball to pass over the lines. The Everton left was now conspicuous, Ross having hard line in the goal mouth. Crabtree and Perry became almost irresistible with a spirited attack, Dobson again saving in grand style. Waugh and Chadwick brought relief with a grand run. Horton and Perry returned, the ball going behind. A throw in by Farmer was not utillised by his forwards, and again Perry troubled the home defence. Dobson with a strong punt cleared his lines. Ross handling when a goal seemed imminent spoiled another spendid run by the Everton left. Hands against Holt in the Everton quarters enabled Pearson to test Smalley. Whom played equal to the demand made upon him. A good pass by Waugh gave Davies a chance, which was not taken. Holt robbed Bayliss and Passing to Ross, he again experienced hard luck in not equalising W.Perry indulged in a little gallery play, his effect being spoil by Holt, who passed to Ross, who rushed down the centre Green transferring the play to Bayliss, when raced down. Smalley fisted out from Pearson. Give-and –take play followed until Chadwick gave Watson mark. Everton continued to press, but could not break through and fine defence of the visitors. Ross struck the cross-bar a few minutes off time. Final result:- West Bromwich Albion 1 goal Everton nil. The following were the teams which faced : Everton:- Smalley (r) goal, Dick (a) and Dobson (g) backs, Weir (j), Holt (j), and Farmer (g), half-backs, Davies (j), Watson (r), Ross (jn) (captain), Chadwick (e), and Waugh (d), forward. West Bromwich Albion :- Roberts goal, Horton (j) and Green (h), backs, Horton (e), Parry (g), Timmins half-backs, Crabtree (w), Perry (w) Baliss, Pearson and Wilson forwards, Referee Mr Cooper.

February 28 1889. The Liverpool Courier
A large number of persons assembled yesterday at Southport to witness this match. A spendid match was witnessed, and at half time the game stood Everton two goals Southport nil (2 from Davies). Shortly after renewal on play the Central after their goal (Mullen) after their goal had been severely attacked, made a fine run and scored. Some most excellent play ensued, the game ending Everton, 2 goals Central 1 goal.

February 28 1889. The Liverpool Courier
To the editor of the Liverpool courier
Sir-during the progess of and since the match West Bromwich Albion v Everton, of Saturday last, I have heard many hard things said of N.J.Ross, the captain of the Everton first team, his play in the above game. I myself did not consider he was doing as well as expected but under the cirstances which I have been assured of, and coming from a source I have no reason to doubt, I take this matter before the public, the chief supporter of the last mentioned club. The fact are as follows:- the visting team at once objected to the globe placed on the field for hostilities, on the ground that it was not true; therefore appealed to the captain of the home team for a new ball, and he in turn, as was his duty, appealed to one of the leading spirits of the management committee in the person of one of the management for his aforesaid article, and was immediately snubbed in the following terms:- mind your own business and go to your place, and play your game that is all you have to do. Now I maintain that such a speech was quite uncalled for before an audience of football members. Such treatment of a first class player is sufficient to cause him to be most careful in giving him content to play for the Everton club.