September 1888

Derbyshire Courier-Tuesday 10 July 1888
Is it true H. Warmby, the Derby County centre half-back, has gone over to Everton? 

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.   

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.

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.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 01 September 1888
That Everton has secured the services of another man who had given his word appear in North End ranks—R.E. Smalley; that the bargain, for bargain it was. between Smalley and the Everton committee was struck last Saturlay afternoon at Everton, the Prestoniin making a special journey to “fix the matter;” that the rumour that Smalley has turned pro. is without foundation, for in a telegram to the Lancashire Evening Post last Saturday he said he would play for Everton ordinary and league fixtures, probably North End cup ties;”  that if he had signed a professional form he would not have been able say, “ probably North End cup ties;’’ that Bob has, like Jack Ross, made a mistake from which he alone will be the sufferer; that, in Preston those who know most about the cost of football teams'are at a loss to know how Everton are going to keep faith with all the players they have made arrangements with ; that last year they had deficiency on the year’s working, when the football fever was at its height; that if this was so, how will they manage to play the additional players they have obtained? that, so far, Jack Ross has not got the business he went to Everton for, and if all that is reported be true he is not likely for getting it; that at the present time he is living in a private house close to the football ground, and is enjoying the faster life he went in search of much as at Preston—-practising ; that if he is to play centre forward he will require lot of practice, if not to turn out first.”
That Archie Goodall, who was said to have signed for Derby County, is still a free man, and can play for any team he chooses;

September 1 1888. The Daily Post
Today inaugurates the season of football for 1888. When the Association takes the field for an eight-month campaign. Perhaps there has never been a period in its history when football-that is the Association game-has excited so much interest and attraction from the public, and the angers well for in its success at the pay gates, a no slight consideration for management in these days of large expenditure. Much legislation; - perhaps too much for the football player himself, has been going on during the summer, and a new venture has also been started under the name of the Football League, which if importance of fixture and combination go for anything should prove a great season.

As an instance of the feeling of interest in this neighborhood, we may quote the scene which encurred a few Saturdays ago, when it was whispered round that Everton were going to have their first practice on a field off Belmont-road. Lookers on at cricket and other games in Stanley Park and else where at once tropped off and by the time the men made their appearance, 2,000 or 3,000 people were present. Each new player and there are not a few-was critically scanned on his appearances in the field. Some of the well-known men received a hearty welcome, and the new captain, in the person of the celebrated N.J.Ross, received quite an ovation. This auguis well for the support the club may expect to receive during the season. Many changes have taken place in the executive as well, as the players since last season. Mr. W.E.Barclay, the polite and energetic governor of the Everton industrial School, has been installed as secretary, and under his guidance the club should certainly not lose any of its prestige. Early in the summer the wise precaution was taken of getting tanders from practical men, to undertake the apparently impossible task of making grass gow on what was then a bare brown patch of earth, but thanks to Messrs., Rowlands, of Green-lane, the skill and the fostering care of the groundsman, and above all the influence of St. Smithin, grass has grown in abundance, so that the novel sight has been witnessed of a mowing machine at work and sheeping glazing. A formidable list of players has already being published, from which the team will be chosen; in fact there are no less than three goalkeepers, four backs, and a host of half-backs. Still the front division is not all that could be desired, for amongst the forwards selected to do duty today against Padiham there are three of the old hands. On account of not having yet received his transfer from the Association, N.J.Ross will not wear the Everton colours to-day.

September 3 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
The Everton football Club opened their season on Saturday, and had as their opponents the once famous Padiham, who have been slightly strengthened since their last visit here. The home club tried all their new men, with the exception of Gillain who failed to turn up at the last minute, and they gave satisfaction to the 7000 spectators who lined the ropes. The ground, which was in good condition reflects credit on the contractor, Mr Rollands West Derby, the visitors were the first appear following closely by Ross and his men, amid ahearty round of applause. Winning the toss, Ross elected to play with a stiffish breeze in his favour. Crasen kicked off, the ball travelling towards Dick, who planted it well up the field, and Farmer had hard luck in not scoring the shot skimming the upright. Loftus starved off a dangerous rush from the home forwards and Waugh tested Park, who had to concede a corner, but the wind carried Fleming's shotover the bar. A succession of corners caused the visitors custodian some anxiety but the defence was broken by farmer, who scored with a nice shot five minutes from the start. Aided by Craven and O'brien, Padiham got welldown from the kick off, but Holt intercepted and passed tohis left wing pair who dribbled well up Chadwick finished with a screw shot, which Thompson in clearing put through his own goal, thus registering the second point for Everton. Restarting, Chadwick, Farmer, and Warmby treated the spectators t a nice bit of passing, Hudson causing the later players to be a small but wide in his finishing shot. Holt and Dobson having repelled Waite Waugh sorely taxed Parks who cleared at the expense of a corner which was got away, and play taken to the other end, where Crears made a bad attempt to score. Again becoming aggressive, the homesters made many attempts to eject another downfall but Parks and the backs defended nobly and succeeded is paying in paying a visit to the home end, where Higgins was penalised for carrying the ball in clearing in a shot from Crears. Nothing resulting. Everton again had a succession of corner, and Ross sent in a scorcher to the visitors goalkeeper, which also was got away, half-time arriving with the score- Everton 2; Padiham 0. On changing ends, the home forwards soon bore down on the visitors, and Waugh, who had been playing a consistence game, enabled Farmer to head a third goal which, however, was disallowed for off-side. Nothing daunted the home forwards again attacked and Farmer put a legitimate point on by scoring a third for his side from a pass by Holt and Waugh Costley having missed a chance from Waugh owing to erratic shooting, the Pads paid another visit to the home-quarters, and Crears again muddled. Farmer got well down, but Hudson held him when dangerous, and from the free kick Birrtwistle got nicely pass Ross finishing with a bad attempt. From now to the finish Everton continued to have all the play, and Chadwick scored a fourth goal from a pass by Waugh. Just on time Birwistle got up and screwed across Craven beating Higgins, for the first time, results Everton 4; Padiham 1. For the winners, the backs half-backs, and wings were all that could be desired, and are sure to make their mark this season; for the losers Parks, McCrae and Hudson were the best of a medium lot. Teams_ Everton:- Higgins goal, Dick and Ross (captain), backs,, Holt Dobson, and Warmby, half-backs, Fleming Waugh Costley, Chadwick and Farmer forwards. Padiham:- Parks, goal, McCrae and Hudson, backs, Luftus, Thompson and Sagar, half-backs, Crears Britwistle Craven, O'Brien and Waite, forward

September 3 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
Played at Saltney on Saturday. The home teams were the first to score, through a misunderstanding between Joliffe and Chadwick. After 20 minutes play the superior skill of Everton began to tell, and Harper equalized. This was a supplemented by another goal-a spendid shot from Keys. In the second half Everton had matters all their own way, and eventually ran out easy winners by 5 goals to 1. The forwards played a spendided game Everton team:- joliffe (c), goal, Hoaldsworth and Chadwick backs, Parry (f), Pollock (h), and Jones (w), half-backs Keys (j) and Briscoe (w), right wing, Harper, centre, Cookson and Falls (r), left wing

September 4 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
This match was played at Anfield last evening in the presence of a large number of spectators. Olympic won the toss and Waugh started for Everton, and Fleming ran up, and Wharmby shot, but the shot was repulsed. The visitors left now ran down pretty, But Ross in his own unique style, robbed them, and returned Wharmby finishing with a bad shot. Everton still continued to pass and Waugh playing strongly, secured a corner. Again Heyes and Dixon, by their pretty and unselfish passing troubled Ross and Dick and obtained a foul, but with no result. Loose play was now the order for some time,, the Everton team becoming disorganized. At last Chadwick got a good shot but Barrette cleared, and Straiten and Carlisle getting possession ran down, passing over Ross's head. Joliffe running out, and Heyes shooting. It appeared to every one present that the ball passed over the bar, but the referee gave his decision against Everton, and the visitors were award a goal, much to their surprise. Strachan and Carlisle again troubled Ross who had his hands full owing to the indifferent play of Warmby, but he was found to be all there. Chadwick obtaining possession, put in a good centre, which Fleming failed to utilize. This unfortunate performance was repeated directly afterwards from a good pass by Waugh. The visitors by some strong and determined play forced a corner from Ross and it being well placed, Heyes was enabled to defeat Joliffe a second time. Half-time was now called. Hothersall restarted and Everton pressed. Holt was applauded for the neat manner in which he robbed the visitors right. After a lot of give and take play, Keys mulled an easy chance from Fleming. The Everton forwards now completely tell off, but the olympic improved, and pressed Ross, and Dick repeatedly. Their forwards were playing by far more scientific game and were supported by good back play. Ross here altered the team going centre, and placing Dobson back and Farmer half-backs but although numerous chances were missed by Keys and others the change worked, and playing desperately, Chadwick scored a beauty. Everton now forced the game,, but weak shooting applied all their efforts and eventually the Olympics won by 2 goals to 1. Teams olympic:- Barrett, goal, Davy,, and Redhead backs, Starkie Sellars, and Gibson half-backs Strachan,, Heyes, Carlisle, Hothwesall, and Dixon forwards Everton:- Joliffe (c) goal Dick (a), and Ross (nj) (captain), backs Holt (j), Dobson (g), and Warmby (h), half-backs Fleming (g) Keys (j) Waugh (d), Chadwick (e), and Farmer (g), forwards. H Brownlow referee.

September 5 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
The first of a quartet of matches arranged between the above teams took place on the bootle ground last evening and there being no counter attractions a goodly proportion for their respective supporters assembled to witness the contest there being quite 25000 when McCowan opened the game on behalf of the home team. Some injudicious passing of the Bootle forwards enabled the Everton forwards to assume an aggressive attitude, but Spencer, who was at the juncture exhibiting spendid form. Defended his charge in fine style. A momentary visit to the Everton end was nicely replied to by Higgins and once again the home team was called upon to save. The pressure was stubbornly maintained by the visitors and from a tough scrimmage in front of goal, Briscoe draw ‘'first blood'' on behalf of Everton. Following this, Bootle, who had been playing butan indifferent forward game, pulled themselves together, and Joliffe was repeatedly called upon to fist out some spendid shots from Fenn and Lewis. The visiting left were again prominent in an sudden spurt,, and after a most stubborn defence, Falls put the leather through but the point was disallowed on the score of ‘'off-side'' Kicking out, Thompson sent in a clinking shot, hot experienced the disappointment of seeing it graze the crossbar. Later a corner secured to Everton,, and Spencer averting danger. Thompson and Lewis contributed a spendid run down the home right the latter leaving an easy opening for McCowan to equalize. Whack, however, was not put to the best advantage. This brought about the interval with Everton leading by one goal. Resuming the home team showed up to better advantage,, but failed to make a breach in the visitors defense. Following this shot after shot was leveled at the Bootle citadel, but Newport displayed most excellent judgement in manipulating some really fine attempts from Harper and Briscoe. Spencver effected a speedy relief and the home forwards, getting well on the Everton line, tried hard to equalizes, but Joliffe was not to be beaten. The remainder of the match was most stubbornly, and evenly contested and as darkness was fast closing in it became almost impossible to follow the progess of the game, but as no material point was added to the score the visitors retired victorious by one goal to nil. The home forwards proved to be the weak part of the team, while the backs played a sterling game conspicuous amongest them being Spencer, who played a faultless game throughout. Newport's performances in goal was a grand one, and should last night's display he no exception. He will undoubtedly have a bright future before him. It will be remembered that the Reserves of Bootle have not been defeated since the season of 1885-86 and this reverse has somewhat nettled their most ardent followers; but it must also be remembered that while they were obliged to bid farewell to the backbone of their team, who were called upon to fill up the gap in the first eleven their opponents have, on the other hand, been considerably reinforced by players from their first eleven, an that on the whole their performance was rather a creditable one than otherwise. The constitution of the present Bootle Reserves must undoubtedly with practice prove to be a thoroughly reliable one while the Everton executive can also congratulate themselves on being able to place a reserve team to this field which will stand the test with similar combinations. Teams; Everton:- Joliffe, goal, Chadwick, and Higgins, backs Fayer, Jones and Pollock, half-backs, Falls Keys, Costley, Harper, and Briscoe forwards. Bootle:- Newport goal, Howarth, and Spencer backs, Donaughine, McDonald and Dodd, half-backs Lewis McCowan, Fenns, Barber,, and Thompson, forwards

September 6 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
This match the third engaged in by Everton within five days was played last evening at Anfield, and excited much interests. Halliwell who have always ensured a sterling game in their visits to Liverpool entered on their latest contest this season with a couple of victories to their credit, they having overthrown Burnley Union star and Burslem Port vale whilst Everton against more serious opponents had been less fortunate. An ‘'accidental'' reverse at the hands of Blackburn Olympic having completely discounted their substantial win of 4 goals to 1 with Padiham. The home team again underwent rearrangement in order to recover some of their lost ground, and to be fully prepared for the exacting encounter with Accrington-the opening League fixtureon Saturday. The weather however interfered with both good play and the attendances though for such a slippery ground at fair display was shown. Lewis of Bangor, displaced Costley at centre otherwise the names of the Everton team were the same as announced. Hallwell were strongly represented. The visitors at once had to clear a corner, when Mullen replied with an off-side goal. Waugh assisted by Fleming gave trouble Holt finishing off the attack with a long shot which was well taken charge of the Bamber. Everton continued the presure and after one or twonear shaves of scoring the home club obtained a fine goal at the hands of Chadwick who made a grand aim from Lewis pass. Another good shot was tried and then Hallwell found their way down the hill, McGunness beating the defence with a return. Farmer and Chadwick, at once replied with a Sharp run, but the former declined an easy opportunity. Lewis and Waugh then put in a couple of ficklish shots. Dick came to the rescue at an opportune moment and enabled the left wing to get well up, to no purpose. Hallwell next made ground for a corner which was immediately set of by Rabb rushing in and giving a corner top Everton in spoiling a spendid run by Chadwick and Farmer. Dick about this time resumed his accuntoised place at back, Dobson going centre half-back and the interval arrived with the score a goal each Everton having so far show slightly superior tactics. On Lewis resuming, a strong kick Lucas sent Everton backs, but the right wing easing Fleming contributing one or two of his old style centre the ball eventually rolling harmlessly away from Farmer's foot. The latter however, made amends by running well scoring splendidly. He nearly repeated the movement a little later but met a check. The game resulting in a 2 goals to 1 for Everton. Everton:- Joliffe,, goal, Ross (captain), and Dobson backs, Warmby, Holt, and Dick half-backs, Fleming, Waugh, Lewis (w), Chadwick (e) and Farmer, forwards. Halliwell Bamber goal, Lucas, and Robbs, backs, Robinson (k), Crombie and McDougal, half-backs, Turner Hays Cross, and McGunness forwards, referee J Rogers

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 08 September 1888
That Liverpool has been fitly described as the El Dorado of football, for now the season has commenced one cannot walk along the streets without overhearding fresh "finds" reported, and old diggings working immensely; that the latest find has been Lewis, the Welsh forward, who has found his way to Everton, and will henceforth delight the Anfield spectators with the "magnificent" disclosures.   That the past bweek has been an exceptionally busy one in the "seaport," both Everton and Bootle having played a couple of games, while the reserves of the respective teams have "had it out," that in this encounter the Hawthorn was dragged from its proud position at the top of the hedge, and into the mud; that this os the first time Mr. Herd's "fall backs," have been reduced since the season 1886; that the game was remarkably pleasant, nothing but the greatest harmony prevailing. 
That the start by Everton has not been over encouraging, having only beaten Padiham, not a first-class club, by three goals, and gone under by two goals to one to the Blackburn Olympic; that this defeat is galling to Jack Ross and his supporters, as they consider they were refereed out of the match; that Mr. H. Bromilow of Halliwell, before lasdt Monday, was gradually becoming a great favouritie at Anfield-road, but that goal has dashed all his prospects at the ground; that Harry himself afterwards admitted -after hearing some of the Olympians make the assertion -that he had made a mistake, and this has soothed the Evertonians slightly, but they say it will not take the blot off their copy-book; that Jack Ross ios playing very well, but has not yet got used to his compansions, and consquently is not so brilliant as when he were the white silk shirt; that on Monday he had the misfortune to have both the goals scored from his side, a circumstance which displeased him not a little; that "Play up, Everton," was often heard and the forwards not complying with the command Jack went centre, but did not make any difference, in fact, the show was even worse than before; that Everton last saturday took well on for $100, while on Monday their total was almost half this amount; that when it became known Ross had received permission to play last Saturday there was jubliation in the Everton camp, but when he stepped into the encousre the shout which greeted him might have been heard at the Bootle ground.  That the red-tapeism exhibited as to the grantring of the requiste permission for Ross to play for Everton has been sickening; that Ross's professioinal form was sent in five weeks ago, both to the Football Association and the Lancashire Association; that Mr. Gregson immedaietly replied to Mr. Barclay, but Mr. Alcock could not be induced to give a sign of utterance until the time for last Saturday's match to commence had arrived, notwithstanding that he had been telegraphed to above once; that if the Secretary for the Surrey Cricket Club is too busy with the management of the Oval in the summer, why cannot he say so, and give up the post of Football Association secretary or get am assistant. 

Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 10 September 1888
The first of the League matches at Everton, on Saturday, against Accrington, augured well for the success of the new organization, so far as Everton is concerned, from a financial aspect.  There could not have been less than ten thousand spectators present, and the receipts must have amounted to considerably over $100.  The match, too, was of a very exciting character.  In the first half the Anfield crew had a decided advantage, and for a considerable time play was almost entirely in their opponents' quarters, but the splendid defence of the Reds, assited to some extent by the inaccurate shooting of the home forwards. prevented them from scoring.  Everton, however, were unable to keep up their dash, while the Reds improved, and up to the interval no goals were scored.  About ten minutes after the resumption, the homesters gained their first point, and shortly afterwards a serious accident befel Horne, the Accrington custodian, who, in falling, caught Chadwick's heel against his back, and one of his ribs was fractured.  The game was stopped for several minutes, and Horne was compelled to leave the field, McLellan taking his palce between the posts.  With only ten men Accrington had not much prospect of success, but they played up in a wonderful fashion, and even aroused the cheers of the Everton spectators.  The homesters, however, managed to secure another goal, but the Reds afterwards kept up an almost constant bpressure, swarming round the Everton fortress with a persistance which was certainly deserving of better luck.  Holden eventually scored, and an unsuccessful claim was also made for another shot by the same player, the Everton keeper being apprently over the line when he repelled the ball.  Hard lines were the only reward for Accrington, however, and they had to submit to a licking by two goals to one.  Fort the winners, Waugh, Chadwick and Farmer were the best of the forwards, and Holt played well among the halves.  Jones was not of much service for the greater part of the game owing to an injury.  Dick defended admirablyt, and was even superior to his partner, Ross, who at times kicked rather wildly.  Smalley was very active in goal, repelling some capital shots.  For the bReds, Bonar was seen to great advantage among the forwards, he and Lofthouse freqntly baffling the ex-North-End back.  Chippendale surprised everyone by his exhibition on the outside left, and Holen and Kirkham also rendered good service.  The whole of the backs showed up well, the International, Howarth, playing magnificently after injury to Horne.   

September 10 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
A crowd of close on 12,000 turned up at Anfield-road ground on Saturday, to witness the above encounter, which was the first of the series of fixtures arranged by the League. The Accrington team was the strongest they could put on the field, while the home club substituted R Jones at half-back instead of Warmby, and W.Lewis (Bangor) in Costley's place at centre forward, Smalley again taking his position between the posts. The weather was fine, with a strong sun and very little wind, and the f ground in good order. The visitors who turned up 20 minutes later, won the toss, and Lewis sent the ball rolling against the sun. waugh was the first to be conspicuous by passing nicely to Fleming who sent it to Farmer and the latter put in a scorching shot. Horne clearing at the expense of a corner, which was badly taken. A goalkick to the visitors enabled Joe Lofthouse to get within shooting distance, but Dobson cleared nicely and gave Lewis's a chance. Stevenson robbing him, however, while in the act of testing Horne, from a throw in Chadwick had a corner conceded him, which Farmer put to the side. Aided by Dobson and Holt, the home right got away and Waugh sent in a low swift shot which Pemberton negotiated following by Chippendale being eased by Holt, who returned the leather well down, but Lewis found the defence impenetrable. An exciting bit of play now ensued. Howarth, In clearing a shot headed into Horne, who threw out in nice style, and Waugh rushing down, kicking on to the crossbar, the ball falling over. Dobson having had a trail for goal the visiting forwards rushed up in a body, only to find Dick ready to meet them by planting to his right wing pair, and Waugh was loudly cheered for making a passage through the visitors and troubling Horne. Stevenson off disaster, but Lewis eventually got cleverly away, and gave a long pass to Fleming, who could not get down, in time, and the ball rolled out. By means of a goal kick. Holden and Chippendale dribbled up, but the latter had his shot spoiled by Ross. Holt now got his hands in the way, and from the penalty Howarth sent the ball spinning over Smalley's charge for the first time. R.Jones, who appeared to be lame, managed to beat Kirkham and then the home left worked down, Farmer's attempt going wide, arousing themselves to the call of their captain to ‘'play up Reds'' Chippendale and Bonar each had shies, but Ross and Holt relieved and play was taken to the ‘'Reds'' end, where Lewis, Dobson and Chadwick had shots in rapid succession. Horne however, defended well, and managed to avert a downfall. Dobson, who had to keep watching Lofthouse enabled Joe to get freedom, that player giving Smalley his first handful with a stunner. Everton than had a couple of free kicks, from one of which Lewis had hard luck in heading over the crossbar. Coming again, the home forward's swarmed around Horne, and Stevenson managed to Spoil Waugh in a tricky run. Hands to the visitors in the home quarters gave the homester a chance, and Fleming, form a pass by Chadwick, was pushed off the ball by Horne while in the act of shooting it through half-time arriving with a clean sheet. On changing ends, Accrington became busy, but Dobson managed to clear, Ross having intercepted Chippendale who was playing a grand game in his new position, the home club took up the running, and literally swarmed Horne, who was in spendid form. Pressure was at length eased by Holden running to the other end, where Dick relieved and Dobson had the misfortune to foul Bonar. From the free kick Ross returned the ball, and Horne's charge was again in danger the visitors conceding a corner to Hot. The kick was nicely taken Dobson heading in, and McLallan and Stevenson preventing disaster. Another corner having been got rid of by the visitors. Lofthouse was stopped in a run by Dobson, who gave the pass to Waugh, who in turn gave to Farmer, and that player enabled Fleming to head the first gaol striving hard to equalised, Bonar and Lofthouse was held, in check by Holt, but the visitors still kept in the home quarters, and Dick was the hero of the finest bit of back play seen on Everton ground for some considerable time, keeping his lines clear in grand style. Taking the play up the hill, Chadwick and Lewis lokked dangerous, and the former sent in a low shot, when Horne , in clearing, fractured a rib, necessitating a stoppage of play. McLennan went in goal, and Howarth back. Resuming, Everton again bacame aggressive, and Fleming soon registered a second goal from a pass by Farmer. . Accrington next had the best of the play, and after Holden had headed on the bar and Kirkham had hard lines, a free kick was conceded them, from which Holden beat Smalley. Everton than had another try to score after which Holden severely tested the home custodian, but without effect, a strongly contested game thus ending with the result Everton two goals; Accrington one. Teams; Everton:- Smalley, goal, Dick and Ross (captain), backs, Holt. Jones (r), and Dobson, half-backs, Fleming, Waugh, Lewis (w), Chadwick, and Farmer forwards. Umpire Berry (e), Accrington:- Horne, goal, Stewart, and McLennan backs Haworth, Wilkinson, and Pemberton, half-backs, Lofthouse, Bonar, Kirkham (e) Holden and Chippendale forwards, Umpire Oldham (o), referee J.J.Bentley.

September 10 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton visited Ince on Saturday. Falls and Key were absentees, their places filled by Scott and Jones. Winning the toss the visitors took advantage of the wind, but good play was considerably interfered with by the state of the ground, the result being a win for Everton by 2 goals to 1. Everton team:- Joliffe, goal, Ashcroft, and Chadwick (g), backs Jones (wh), Pollock, and Fayer (t), half-backs Scott, Briscoe, Costley, Cookson and Jones forwards.

September 10, 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton's new govering body, taking up the enterprising lines of their prodecessors, have left no stone unturned to get their machinery in perfect order for the heavy programme that has been mapped out. To justify their position as ‘'one of the twelve'' it has been neccassary to introduce new blood of the very first order, and which the valuable acquisitions of N.J Ross (of Preston North End), E.Chadwick (of Blackburn Rovers), W.Lewis (of Bangor), and Holt (of Bootle), together with Warmby and Keys, from Derby County, to reinforce Smalley, Dick, Dobson,. R Jones, Farmer, Waugh, and Fleming, a team has been gathered together within the four corners of Anfield enclosure that should and no doubt will improve capable of giving a good account of themselves against the powerful teams with which they are to measure themselves. Such a team can only be maintained at an enormous expense, but the executive can rest assured that the public will gladly assist them in their ambition to possess Liverpool of champion exponents of the game. The opening contest on the first was judiciously arranged, for the Padiham they met one of their weakest, but at the same time most popular. Opponents. Of course Everton won and that substantially by 4 goals to 1. The play, however, cannot be called brilliant, the balance of strength not being suffciently true to test the powers of the home representatives. Behind, Everton were all that could be desired, but the combination of the forwards was lacking Costley at centre being a vertable fish out of water in such company right and left. On Monday Blackburn Olympic came, saw, and conquered, a new formation was tried. Costley stood down, Waugh went centre, and Keys was tried with Fleming but the move proved a failure. The vistors soon received a lead with a very doubtful gaol, and this whim of fate, no doubt, had a good deal to do with the demorslisation that set in along the front line, Era half-time came Hayes improved the chance of Olympic by successfully flourishing off a corner. Key next mulled badly, with matters looking serious, and time and light becoming less Ross reformed, going centre himself to rush the game, and by this means, as he has done on previous occasions received some of the lost ground; but there was only time for a solitary goal, so there was nothing for it but to accept a defeat of 2 to 1. The losers only consolation being that the winners besides playing a surprisingly neat game, had all the luck. For the third engagement of the season, against Halliwell on Wednesday evening the one great desideraturn was supplied-a centre forward up to the standard of the powerful wings. W Lewis of Bangor, of well-known Welsh international fame, was at last requisitioned, and proved an unmistakable success, the five forwards working as soildly as though they had long been associated. The back division also was as safe as ever, the least conspiouous being Warmby; whilst Holt was hardily so much at home as when frisking with his old Bootle colleagues. Altogether Everton played a sterling game against the strong Halliwellians, among when McGuinness was always a (bete noir) to the home defence, the result of 2 goals to 1. In no way helying the respective tactics. The last of the Anfielders Preliminary tournays was by far the best, and from which they emerged with evidence for the more serious business of League engagement, for the first of which the supporters of Everton turned up at Anfield to something like the number of 12,000-this was perhaps the largest attendance at any of the League matches-the bulk of whom were thoroughly satisfield with the display of their pets. Everton with the exception of R.Jones, whom leg again gave way, and caused him to be of little service, played a hard and fast game although at times not a combined one. Smalley was safe in goal, keeping his head cool, and baffling Holden time after time. Dick and Ross were in spendid form, especially the former, who fairly excelled himself, and indeed, may be reckoned one of the finest backs in the country. At half-back, Dobson, and Holt worked hard, it not always judicious in their kicks; while the forward rank maintained the improvement observable in the Halliwell contest Practice alone being requisite to develop sound combination.the visitors all round veined great determination to win, and never relaxed their efforts one momemt to secure victory. Unfortunately Horne their custodian, received an injury in clearing a shot from Chadwick, which of course placed Accrington at a disadvantage.

September 14 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
The first encounter between the above locals took place last evening before about 2500 spectators. Everton played the same teams as on Saturday with the exception of McKinnon, a ‘'Stranger'' from Edinburgh, while Stanley were reinforced by the services of Quine (Press Guards), Stevens (Police Athletic), and Griffiths (Press Guard). Everton won the toss, and elected to defend the Anfield road goal, within 30 sec, from the start. Everton scored from a foul in front of Stanley's goal. Following this, the home team pressed the visitors pretty severely, Fleming ultimately shooting wide. Threfall and Stevsn effected relief with a neat run down the right, but failed to escape the vigilance of Ross and Dick. Holt despoiled Quina, and parted nicely to Farmer, who badly misjudged his kick. ‘'Hands'' in front of goal looked ominous for Stanley, but Wilson cleared, following which Roberts saved at the expense of a corner from which Farmer registered the second goal. The home forwards were now having all their own way, but the shooting was very erratic. The visitors for the next quarter of an hour were playing an entirely defensive game, Chadwick finally beating the Stanley custodian with a clinking shot. Half0time soon arrived with the home team leading by three goals. Resuming, Everton at once pressed, Holt giving a good chance to score, which was not put to the best advantage. Immediately afterwards Ross had a ‘'shy'' that did not make allowance for the wind, and a foul a yard in front of the Stanley goal did not prove of any advantage to the homesters. Roberts cleared some fine shots from Farmer and Chadwick, when Pickstaff, taking up the running leveled the first shot at the Everton citadel. Which passed rather wide. The visitors now showed up the better advantage, but Dick and McKinnon were ever watchful. At length Everton again came to the attack, and after a tough scrimmage in front of the Stanley goal, Farmer notched the fourth goal. The light was now very bad the progess of the play being simply marked by the movement of the players. After two or three momentary spurts down the visitors left, Ross caused great anxiety to the Stanley defence, finally adding the fifth goal. Shortly after this the game ended, leaving Everton winners of a one-sided game by five goals to nil. Teams. Everton:- Joliffe goal, Dick and McKinnon backs, Warmby, Dobson, and Holt half-backs, Farmer, Chadwick, Ross (captain), Waugh and Fleming, forwards. Stanley:- Roberts, goal, Griffiths, and Wilson (w), backs, Roberts, Martin, and Wilson (j) half-backs Threllfall Pickstaf Stevens, Brown, and Quine, forwards.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 15 September 1888
that the "interview" has been on the track of Jack Ross, and given to the world that worthy's opinions on football topics; that in the introduction of his interview the writer says Ross "will be better known to the public as a member of the famous North End club, until recently the finest Association football combination in the world;"  that Jack says he plays football soely because he is in love with the game.  Great Scott!  that if this is true ciles this statement with one made to Mr. Sudell when he asked for permission to go to Everton, viz, that he could get better terms and be better treated at Everton than at Preston; that the following questions and answers will be interesting to those acquainted with Ross - "Your leaving Preston North End caused some surprised?"  "Yes, it did, and" -with a dry smile -" I've been peppered for it pretty freely; quite a repetition of the slating I got when I left the Heart of Midlothian club, and crossed the border to join Preston North End.  But" -firmly -" I had occasion to leave, and here I am.  I was in the Preston combination for about five years.  I like Liverpool, and expect to get along all serene.  You see I've been more or less used to a large seaport town nearly all my life. Of course, I've knocked about a good deal.  I travelled over 12,000 miles in one season playing football." - " Are the duties of a football captain very exacting?" "In most cases they are.  He must understand both the players and the play.  I moved several men last Monday night to different positions on the field, because I saw that the game wanted forcing.  It is much better for men to keep to their usual positions, but many things turn up in a match which make certain changes necessary, and beneficial.  Fast play, slow play, tricky play, long and short kicks, shooting for goals, and a hundred other things have to be taken in instantly, and prompt measures adopted to frustrate every move of opponents; add to this that every player has a style or a knack peculiar to himself, and you will have some idea of the responsibility of a captain on the field.  I am now giving you the experience of responsiblew football captains;"  that if these are Ross's answers he certainly uis improving with the extra life he is enjoying at Liverpool.  That Jack thinks Everton's propsects are good, though they vare not so strong as they could be; the team will improve, as they have not played long enough together to get into a right good swing; that Jack is described as "The finest full back in the world - Everton's back-bone," and then the interviewer concludes with his own impressions of Ross, as follows;  :Throughout the interview Ross was perfectly frank, but was slow to answer some questions, thinking his answers might be considered so much 'brag.' Those who are acquainted with him, however, know that he is not as a boasrt or anything approaching one.  He is a genial fellow and quite unassuming."  That Jack Ross does not shine at anfield as he did at Deepdale; that he has now no half-backs to take the man while he attends to the ball, and put on a great dash; that his present comrades all play for themselves, and consquently Jack has to do the same; that in consequence he has not up to the present given any better exhibitions than Dick; that in consequence the greetings accorded him are so enthusiastic as they were; that last saturday Bob Smalley was the lion of the day,  when he stepped on the field there was quite an ovation, and at different intervals when he stopped good shots the crowd went almost wild; that when the first goal of the match was scored Smalley asked Ross how that cheer would do for a Deepdale whisper, Jack replying that the Prestonians were not in it for shouting; that Smalley has signed for Everton in order that an agreement binding alike on both sides might be entered into.   

SEPTEMBER 17 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
The league fixture the second engaged in by the home club was played on Saturday. At Anfield Road, before 9000 spectators. Notts, who had not previously taken part in any match this season, were without Jackson, Daft, and Gunn- the two latter playing in the North v South cricket match-but their places were ably filled, and the teams showed to greater advantage than they did in the two encounters last season. The home team was the same at that last Saturday with the exception of McKinnon''late of Hearts of Midlothians, who temporally took up his position at center-half-back. The rain which fell previous to the starting of the game caused the ground to be a little treacherous, and may account for the few mishaps which occurred. Winning the toss Ross took the advantage of a slight breeze, but had the hill against him. Jardine put the ball in motion, and Fleming, nicely eluding Shelton and Guttridge ran up and centered, Chadwick finished with a wide shot. Moore and Wardle got away from the goal kick, and looked like scoring Ross giving a corner to save. After that had been cleared, Chadwick and Farmer worked up to within shooting distance, only to be spoiled by McLean returning the ball well down, when Hodder finished up bysending high over the crossbar. The visitors again got down on the left wing, but Dick intercepted, and sent to Farmer, that player looking dangerous, when McLean tackled and got the ball away. After McKinnon had put in some tricky play, Dick got possession and sen in a long shot. Chadwick charging Holland at the ball rolled between the Posts, thus securing the initial point for Everton amidst great cheering. With this reversal the County worked hard and made incursions to the home quarters but foundno opening. Harker and Hodder, who were warmly cheered for their short and speedily passing, made a strong did to score and Ross had to concede another corner to get rid of a hard shot from Shelton, which, however, came to nothing. Hands against Warburton was ominous looking for Notts as from the free kick Fleming headed nicely into goal and McLean was lucky in saving his side from again being lowered. From a throw in Dobson tested Holland with a stringer, and then play was worked to the other end, where Smalley had a handful from harker and Guttridge, from a corner, was high with his shot. Arousing themselves, the homesters worked hard and well all round, and kept up a persistent attack on Holland's charge for some considerable time. Pressure being eased by the ball going over the line, the Notts left pair again got away, and Harker screwed across the goalmouth, but Jardine failed to get up, thus enabling Waugh to get possession, and the latter dashing up the field, passed neatly to Chadwick, who could not get the upper hand of Holland. The home team aided by their half-backs, continued to play up and found the visitors back division plenty to do. Ross lobbed into the Notts goalkeepers who seemed to be impenetrable and managed to defy all efforts of the Everton lot to augment their score. Guthridge having starved of Fleming, and Dick prevented Jardine from having a try at goal getting. Lewis missed an easy chance, Half-time arriving with the score Everton 1; Notts County 0. On changing ends, Holland was heartily cheered by the big crowd for his remarkable saves in goal. Resuming after the interval the game soon became fast, and Everton were the first to attack, Farmer and Chadwick aided by Holt and McKinnon, getting into the Notts Quarters, but Brown, who had been playing consistently checked the raid, and Hodder unfortunately got offside a few yards from Smalley. Moore and Wardle having been pulled up in a dangerous rush by Ross Hodder tested the home custodian with a too cher which he manipulated in good fashion. From the goal kick the Visiting left again got up but Dick impeded their progess and enabled his right wing pair to get near Holland, where a couple of fouls to Everton,, from one of which Ross notched a second point for his side with a swift shot. Arousing themselves, Notts continued to play hard, but Holt and Dobson staved them off time after time. Fleming got away in a grand run audicentre Lewis finishing up with an erratic shot, the ball going over the bar, Moore tested Smalley and Ross eased Jardine by dribbling through to Fleming, who found Guttridge in readiness by planting the ball at the other end where Ross kicked out. After Lewis and Warburton had collided a corner fell to Notts which was nicely cleared by Smalley. Holt was here seen to lie down in midfield owing to an accidental kick in the leg and sprinting of the leaders of his ankle which necessitated his removal from the field. Chadwick went half-back, and play continued fast and furious,, each goal being visited in turn, when at length from a throw in Moore was allowed to score for Notts, the home captain thinking the ball was going to the outside of the upright, calling to his men to let it ran. Chadwick then had a trial for goal, but Holland threw out, and after a fast game, Everton won cleverly their second league match by 2 goals to 1. The losers played a sterling game throughout, and their back play was greatly admired. Shelton was most conspicuous of the halves, while the left wing pair were the best of a good lot. The home team are getting stronger in their play every week, and no doubt, when McKinnon gets fixed as centre-forward, will be able to show still better combination. They played to win and succeeded in their object. Teams; Notts County:- Holland, goal, J McLead, and Guttridge (f), backs, Brown (gh) Warburton, and Shelton (a), half-backs, Wardle (f) Moore (a), Jardine (t), Hodder (w), and Harker, forwards. Umpire Browne, Everton:- Smalley, goal, Dick and Ross (captain), backs, Holt, Mckinnon, and Dobson, half-backs, Fleming, Waugh, Lewis, Chadwick, and Farmer forwards. Umpire F Perry, Referee W.H.Jope

September 17 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
These teams met at Walton on Saturday afternoon in dull and threatening weather, and in the presence of a few hundred spectators. Owing to the late arrival of the Everton team, a start was not made until 3-00. Aintree was successful in the toss, and decided to kick uphill. Costley started and some spirited play on the part of Everton gave when a corner, but a good shot was placed out of danger by A.Jones for the home team. Then the home forwards showed abit of grand play, and was rewarded with a goal from the toe of Cornock within, five minutes from the start. Everton now pressed very much, but the Aintree me were equal to the work, and certainly had the best of the game for some time. Joliffe having to fist out a beauty. Again the Everton custodian had to fist out, a corner resulting for the home club, with no result. Some very good all round play on the part of Aintree resulted in a second goal for their club, to the credit of Shaw and Roberts. This seemed to wake up the visitors, who for a time did very good work, but their opponents were more than a match for them, and some steady unselfish play in the part of the homesters right wing was rewarded by a third goal from S.Shaw. Everton now had a good chance, but Falls made a wretched shot. Nidd then showed very prominently, and made good attempts, but the posts were in the way. Everton again played with a will and some good passing on the part of Falls and Cookson in the first goal for Everton, kicked by Briscoe. Aintree still kept the upper hands, in the play and had “ hard lines” in front of the goal. Great pressure was now the order with the Evertonians, and a bit of grand passing on the part of Cookson and Falls ended in a second goal for the visiting team. Shortly afterwards the whistle announced. Half-time with the score- Aintree Church 3 goals, Everton two. For a short time after restarting Aintree showed the best form, but very soon fall away. Good play by Keys and Briscoe, and a timely past to Costley who scored, resulted in even goals. From this time to the finish of the game, the Evertonians all the best of the play. Keys and Briscoe especially distinguishing themselves with an occasional bit of good back play on the part of Pollock and Fayer. Keys had the honour of scoring the fourth, fifth and sixth goals, his shooting and the general play of the visiting team received some applause from the spectators. Pullock was the next to take down the home club's colours. Getting past Barton in fine style. Towards the finish Aintree made a determined effort to score, and were successful although with little credit to themselves, as Joliffe was almost useless, having received a severe injury to his arm. A few minutes before the call of time, Cookson sent in a beauty past Barton, making the eight goal for his side, and the whistle blew with the score Aintree Church 4 goals Everton 8. While in the first half Everton team disappointed their friends, in the second half their all-round play was very good. For Aintree Jess Taylorplayed splendidly at back. Teams:- Everton Reserves:- Joliffe, goal, Ashcroft, and Fryer, backs, W.H.Jones, Pollock, and Harbour, half-backs, Keys Briscoe, Costley, Cookson, and Falls, forwards. Aintree Church:- Barton (r), goals, Jones (r), and Taylor (j), backs, Ray (a), Jones (a), and Nidd (f), half-backs, Meakins (c), Shaw (s), Curnock (g), Roberts (h), Jones (j), forwards.

September 17 1888. The Liverpool Review
Everton having on Thursday severely chastised a team under the title of Stanley by 5 goals to 0, entered on their second League engagement on Saturday which was with Notts County. The visitors, who had not before played this season, brought a strong team though without Gunn Daft Jackson, and W Shelton the two former not having yet abandoned cricket. Taken all round, however, Everton's latest opponents proved a good lot, and with more practice will hold their own. The home team were strengthened by the help of McKinnon late of Hearts of Midlothian, who played centre half-back, but is destined for centre forward. The game was very fast each goal being reached in turn, but Dick score the the only goal of the opening half. Chadwick attending to the goalkeeper whilst the long shot passed through. Ross followed with a second goal from a foul close in, and thus it happened that the home full backs shared the scoring. Holt soon after met with an injury to his foot, which unfortunately his absence from the field for a few weeks,, and when rendered short-handed, the Everton defence was beaten, Moore turning a throw in to account, Ross thinking the shot was wide of the mark. Shouting to his men to let it go. Everton however, prevented further disaster, and won their second League engagement by 2 goals to 1. The Anfieldites are to be congratulated on such a promising commencement, and they should face Aston Villa next Saturday at perry Barr with confidence. The Notts custodian delighted the spectators with his dexterity in goal, and on changing over he received a hearty cheer; whilst the home team, though still lacking in combination displayed improvement notwithstanding that Waugh was suffering from an injured ankle. On Thursday next R Anderson, the old and popular Bootle forward, takes his benefit at Hawthorne road when Bootle and Everton combined will try conclusions with a lancashire team.

September 20 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
The latter paid their first visit to Liverpool last evening, opposing Everton at Anfield enclosure and between 3000 and 4000 persons assembled to witness the play, Everton lost the toss and kicked off against the wind. A visit to the Midland goal was repelled by Smith, and the visitors left was just pulled up in time by Dick. A corner was cleared by Dick. Bailey and Daft however, returned. Everton were only playing ten men, Farmer getting his leg slightly hurt. This of course weakened the left wing considerably. A run by Waugh placed the derby citadel in danger the ball, however, bring shot high over the bar. Play was even and exciting, both goals being assailed in turn. Keys sent in a hot shot at the Midland goal, Gibbert repelling in capital style. A free kick to Derby in the Everton half was taken by Smith. The ball was landed well in goal, but Dick kicked away to the centre Chadwick put in a capital dribble, the sphere landing in the mouth of goal. Stones headed out Wharmby however, returning and passing to Waugh the latter transferred to Watson, who at the second attempt dashed the ball past Storer. This success stimulated the home team to greater energy and in a minute they almost scored again. A throw in by Smith (who was working extreme hard) cause the Midland to attack. Daft shot finely, causing Smalley to fist out. Derby returned, the ball, however, rolling harmlessly over the line. At the other end Waugh and Wharmby sent in capital shots and them Chadwick scored a second time. Everton were now showing fine form and the Midland and citadel was again in danger of being caprturned till Gilbert, with a hugh kick landed the ball to the centre. Ross returned and for a time Storer was hotly pressed. A corner kick to the homesters was well placed by Farmer. Wharmby just kicking over the bar, from the kick out of goal the visitors forward reached the centre of the field,, Chadwick robbed Smith in fine style and along with Farmer ran past the visitors half-backs. The Derby backs, however,, played at sturdy game and Steven stopped the rush. The Everton goal was next the scene of hostilities, and Midland claimed for a ‘'foul'' for hands ? but were overruled. Ross took a free kick at the Derby goal Wharmby sending a low shot, which Roswe intercepted. The visitors were hard pressed and Storer had all his work cut out to keep the ball from going through goal. Dick shot finely from half-back the visitors custodian placing the ball over the bar. From the resulting corner Waugh added the third point to the home score. This reverse aroused the Midland men, who attacked pretty strongly until the ball was placed the wrong side of the posts from Ross's kick out. Watson shot weakly at the Derby Goal. Gilbert clearing with ease. The visitors backs showed a sturdy defence and often kept the home forwards from adding to their total ‘'Hands'' to Everton was given in the centre,. But no advantage resulted as the whistle was brown for half-time. Everton leading by 3 goals to nil. Evans restarted the ball on behalf of the Visitors who in an edeavour to break away were stopped by Weir. A long kick by Dobson sent the ball to Chadwick who centred grandly right in front of goal. Storer fumbled the ball, and it seemed likely that Everton would score but the Derby custodian recovering himself, just threw out in time. The homesters returned and is succession Waugh and Wharmby cleared the bar on an attempt to score. The midland forwards now dashed off, and Dick missing his kick, let in Evans, who tricked Ross and had the goal at his mercy. His shot however, landed in Smalley's hands, the home custodian throwing well out of danger. Watson and Waugh put in good play, and Farmer rushed down the Everton left only to be brought to a standstill by Gilbert. The Derby backs defended Capitally, but Ross sending in a long shot caused the visitors quarters to be invaded, Watson shot the ball missing-it intended mark by only a few inches. Dick dribbled the ball, his shot however, failing. Everton were having slightly the best of the play, and Waugh pouncing smartly on the ball, ran into Midland quarters-Stones kicking away, however, in good style. After a dribble by Daft Bailey and Shannon into the Everton half Ross from the centre,, sent in a clinking swift shot which completely beat Storer. From the centre kick Derby had a chance, the ball however, going into touch, Watson Waugh, and Weir here showed splendid passing, and Storer was almost beaten- just clearing in time. Chadwick nest shot prominently, the leather shaving the posts. The Midland players next invaded the Everton quarters, a palpable foul by Ross however, relieving the presure. The ball was worked nicely down the centre to the visitors lines, Gilbert kicking out to save. From the throw in, Jack Ross showed tricky play, and, kicking well, gave Watson a chance, of which he was not slow to avail himself, for, with a capital attempt he registered a fifth goal. From the re-start, Everton were again found at their opponents goal, Chadwick shooting into Storer's hands. The visitors custodian cleared and although the Derby forwards made repeated efforts to break away they were always pulled up by Ross and Dick. The left wing were the most prominent, but it was without avail. A long kick however, by Ross then placed the ball in the Everton half, Weir stopping the visitors forwards in an attempt to score. Hands of Wharmby was the next item, Derby however, spoiling their chances by giving Everton a similar claim. Midland then pulled themselves together and Daft sent in a stinging shot which Smalley repulsed in a clever manner. Waugh now dashed off down the Everton right, and parting with the ball at the right moment enabled Keys to shoot Storer calmly fisting out. With the light failing considerably Everton assumed a strictly aggressive attitude. Repeated shots were aimed at the Derby goal, which was at last reduced by Keys. This was the last point scored. Everton thus winning easily by 6 goals to nil. Teams:- Everton:- Smalley goal, Dick and Ross (captain), backs, Wharmby,, Dobson and Weir, half-backs, Farmer, Keys, Waugh, and Chadwick forwards. Derby Midland:- Storer, goal, Gilbert, and Stone (w) backs, Ross (w) Flowers (j), and Smith half-backs, Bailey, Daft (t), Evans (g), Shannon (j) and Smith (g), forwards.

September 21 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
The above fixture was arranged for the benefit of E Anderson, who has now entered the Bootle veteran list. The attendance was rather below the average, the number not exceeding 2500; but it must be remembered that the football public have been overdosed with football during the week, this being the third match. Hay opened the game on behalf of the Lancashire team, and passing nicely to Morris the latter parted to wood who raced nicely down the right only to be pulled up by Veitch. Fleming followed up with a neat run, and putting in a good centre to Farmer, the latter player notched the first goal to the Liverpool teams credit. Restarting Briscoe and Fleming were soon away, but Robertson repelled strongly calling upon Dick to reply who caused much amusement to the spectator by dribbling round the opposing forwards and leveling a shot to Jackson. From the throw in close to the visitors line Wood and Morris got away, but on Campbell replying. Briscoe and Fleming were again causing anxiety to Jackson. Kicking off, the Lancashire forwards executed some very brilliant passing but the final attempts to score were extremely weak. During the next few minutes a strong fusillade was kept up by the home forwards, Hasting, Farmer, and Fleming sending in hot shot which Jackson cleverly manipulated. On Robinson relieving Brogan and Wood worked nicely down the right and the after player wheedling round Veitch sent in a beauty which Dick timely cleared. The play now waged very evenly when Wood getting away sent in a ground shot which However grazed the crossbar. Following this Anderson had the goal at his mercy, but was as usual, ‘'bowled'' over before the attempt could be made. The interval now arrived with the Everton and Bootle team leading by a goal. Resuming, both ends were quickly visited and a little more excitement prevailed than in the first half. A corner to the home team was of no advantage, for Wood and Brogan were again busy in taxing the home defence. Dick cleared well and had a shy at goalfrom the centre of the field a grand one which Jackson fisted out. Shortly afterwards a corner accured to the Lancashire team, who experienced hard lines in not scoring the leather shaving the crossbar. Hasting contributed a neat run, and sent in a stringer which Jackson cleared, and Wood taking the running spurted down the right finally parting to Morris, who equalize with a clinking shot. The home defence was now heavily pressed, Roberts especially causing great trouble. After a couple of erratic shots from Anderson and Farmer, the latter managed to again beat Jackson. There mainder of the game was well contested, McFarlane equalizing on the call of time. Teams Bottle and Everton:- Griffiths goal, Veitch,, and Dicks backs Higgins, Allsop,and Wood (f), half-backs Hasting, Farmer, Anderson, Briscoe, and Fleming forwards. Lancashire team; Jackson, goal, Robinson (Bolton Wanderera), and Lucas (Halliwell) backs, McFarlane, Woods (Bootle) and Roberts (Wanders) half-backs, Brogan (Wolverhampton) Wood (Bootle), Hay (Halliwell), Fenn and Morris (Bootle) forwards.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 22 September 1888
That after last Saturday's experience, Jack Ross will think twice, the next time he has occasion, before he shouts "Let it go," that the goal scored by Notts County against Everton was a mightly fine piece of good luck; that Dick had that dreadful little leg of his raised to clear the corner kick when Ross gave the fatal order refered to above; that, in consquence, Smalley hadn't a chance of stopping Moore's shot, and so Notts broke thgeir duck; that the Evertonians set Hodder down as a flyer of no mean order, but he soon found that against backs of the calibre of Dick and Ross the old game of kick and rush won't fizz.  That the new man at Everton supposed to be a clipping centre forward (Lewis), moves about like a mourning coach; that if given his own time he might be a scorcher; thatr he was hardly good enough, and Fleming, the old centre, appears to dread a collison, and little wonder; that when a man had had his shoulder out three or four times, it is about time he made way for someone else; that it will be generally regretted when Fleming is forced to adopt this cause, as he has played well and skillfully for his club, and helped them on to victory in mnay a hard fought game; that everyone was sorry to see little Holt carried off the field with a sprained ankle; it was an accident of a simple character.  That the delight of the Evertonians was unbounded when the information was posted respecting the restatement of Weir by the F.A. 
That Wednesday brought Everton and Derby Midland face to face; that the Midlanders are a very likely lot, and although they failed to score, gave Smalley considerably more to do than he has had in anmy other match so far this season; that there were a couple of changes in the home team which caused such a startling difference in the combination that the same lot will probably be tried against Aston Villa; that Watson is a much better partner for Waugh than his former companion, and, fed as they were by Weir, the wing, instead of being the weakest, has become immeasurably stronger than the left; that Keys made a very respectable show as centre; that N.J. Ross is coming to his old-form, and the goal he obtained was such an astonishment to the Derby goalkeeper that he is not likely to forget it in a hurry.  That it was very hot at Everton last Saturday, and, in consquence, the referee took off his coat, and became so earnest that the following injuction was given him by one of the players.  "Don't speak until you are spoken to;" that Mr. Jope (the referee) had given a decision before being appealed to; that the Everton club are still strengthening their team; that McKinnion, an Edbinburgh forward, has been secured; last week Mr. "Fish" Ross was in Edinburgh on an angling expedition, and successfully hooked something.  Whether it was what he was after or not is not clear.  According to account, it was the Hearts back he wanted; that the visit of reynard made the good Saints, of Stockbridge, keep a close watch on their poultry.  Some of the brethan with more of the wicked world in them than the others were observed sounding the depths of the gymnasium pond. 

September 24 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton journeyed to Perry Bar Birmingham on Saturday to play their League match with Aston Villa. The weather was fine but the ground rather hard. Warmer was the only absentee from the Villa team, his place being filled by Ashmore ; while the Evertonians were heavily-handicapped through having to fill up three gaps. Dobson, Holt and Lewis being substituted by Wharmby, Higgins and Keys. Thete were 5000 spectators present who behaved themselves in a obnoxious manner to the visitors throughout the entire game by hissing and hooting. The Villa won the toss, and Keys kicked off with the sun in his face. Play soon became fast, and after Dick had cleared a dangerous rush by the home right and centre. Waugh sped nicely to the other end and screwed across the gaol mouth, but Cox managed to put the ball to Brown who ran along the right wing and passed tom Hodgetts, that player beating Smalley four minutes from the start. A claim was made that the ball was over the line before Hodgetts got it but it came to nothing. Restarting Dixon was nicely brought up by Ross, and then Chadwick was seen in a tricky run down the left, Dixon going to the aid of Coultas and preventing the visitors from scoring. Aided by the about of their supporters. Aston paid another visit to the visiting end, but Hunter was very erratic in his shot the ball going yards over the crossbar. Everton now pressed, and Farmer, Waugh, and Watson gave the backs plenty to do, a foul against Cox in the goal mouth being got away withsome difficulty. Continuing to work hard Ross, Weir, and Chadwick each had shies Coultas rebirthing to the kicking out principle to save his side from being lowered. A foul was then given against Brown in front of Smalley, and from the kick Chadwick again raced down, and had hard luck in not scoring, the ball hust shaving the upright. Waugh next paid a visit to Ashmore, but Cox transferred to Brown, and that player placed the ball to Hodgetts who headed what appeared to be an off-side goal but the referee gave his decision in favour of the home club. Striving hard to score Everton continued to work hard, and had a succession of corners and fouls awarded them, but failed to register a point, half-time soon after arriving with the score:- Villa 2 goals Everton 0. On changing over Everton with the sun in their favour, soon took up the rigns, and kept plugging away, Cox, Coultong, and Green having to work hard to avert a downfall. Hands having been given against Allen Dixon had to clear a concerned run by the Everton forwards and Hunter was nicely pulled up by Weir, who was playing a grand game,, but Hodgetts evaded Warmby and Smalley was seen at his best keeping out three shots in gallant style. The game after this was very rough on the part of the Villa and the referee custioned Brown and Hodgetts resuming Waugh son tested Ashmore and Watson was tripped up as he was in the act of shooting for goal. Continuing the pressure Everton completely hermed the Villains, and, after many repeated attempts to score Watson beat Ashmore with a scorcher in dead silence. Called on by Ross to play up, the visitors kept hovering around the homesters quarters and had the worst of luck, but failed to break through, and the whistle blew just as Waugh shot in, a very unpleasant and rough game on the part of Aston Villa resulting in their favour by 2 goals to 1. For the Villa, their backs played an erratic game, the ball seldom going where they intended; Dixon and Yates were the best of the half-backs and resorted to dirty tactics; while forward Green and Allen were decent in their work although the same cannot be said of Hodgetts, who seemed determined to leave his mark on the visitors. Everton back division played a good and clever game throughout; which however, does not apply to the half-backs. Weir being the only one to show up while Warmby was an entire failure forward. All with the exception of Keys worked well but had no luck. Teams Aston Villa:- Schmore, goal, Coulton, and Cox, backs, Yates, Devey, and Dixon half-backs, Brown Green, Hunter, Allen and Hodgetts, Everton:- Smalley goal, Dick, and Ross, backs, Weir, Warmby, and Higgins, half-backs Waugh, Watson, Keys, Chadwick and Farmer, forwards. Umpire E Berry Referee Fitzroy Norris.

September 24 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
The Everton Reserves appeared for the first time at the home ground this season on Saturday, and fully 2000 spectators turned up to show their appreciation of the recent victories of this unbeaten reserves. The teams faced each other and H Pollock captain and Gibson lost the toss Milward from Great Marlow who was tried in the centre in Costley placed Kick off for Everton. The Athletic rushed off, at once, put was stopped by Pollock, who obtained possession and passed to Briscoe, who in turn passed to McKinnon, and this this extremely cool player, with spendid judgement shot right in the visitors goal, Fyfe, the custodian, who was a worthy successiive to the ‘'Prince of Goalkeepers'' cleared with apparent ease. Briscoe and McKinnon by most jurficious passing,, and peppering at the opponents goal, but could not find an opening. After Fall had unfortunately missed a pass from Milward, McKinnon immediately scored for Everton. Although upto half-time the Reserves. Although up to half-time the Reserves pressed continuously they failed, partly through some excellent goalkeeping and partly through bad shooting, to add to their score. Upon restarting Cookson, whose knee had been injured at the start of the game, now bro9ke down altogether and did not take part any further part in the game. This accident of course benefited the Athletic and, showing improved form, they for a while pressed Everton, but this did not last long, and again the Reserves were the aggressive, and from a well placed corner kick, Pollock, whose judicious play reminds one of .Gibson, headed a beauty. The game now slowed down, and after a good run by Falls to centre, Milward, who improved towards the end of the game scored again for Everton, and at this, the game entertained, for Everton Chadwick and the three halfs-backs played with their skill, and forward, although two strangers were included the combination was at times very good. On the opposing side Fife was the shinning player (although Clarke and Murdock worked hard). Teams; Atletic:- Fyfe (t) goal, Thompson and Cotton backs, Fergun, Stewart, and Withers, half-backs, Graham, Murdoch, Harper, Clarke, and Harper, forwards; Everton:- Joliffe (c) goal, Chadwick (a), and Ashcroft (n),, backs, Parry (f), Pollock (h) (captain) and Jones (wh), half-backs, Fell (r) Cookson (t), Milward (a), McKinnon, and Briscow (w) forwards

September 27 1888. The Liverpool Mercury
Sderby Junction who effected such a surprise in beating Blackburn Rovers and attaining semi-final status in last season's National cup competition visited Anfield last evening. About 3000 spectators were present. Everton gave a trial to Pollock and Milward. Of the Reserves, while the Derby visitors, besides being otherwise well represented, were assisted by Plackett and W.Smith Long Eaton Rangers. Derby Junction kicked off, and Everton made ground on the left, but in a moment Hopkins and Radford eased and racing strongly, the former evaded the home defence, and scored an easy goal. Everton next attacked a centre by Farmer being mulled, and the visitors replied with another burst on the right but found Ross this time impassable. The invaders were not yet beaten off, however, giving trouble at the right corner again and then attacking from the centre . Joliffe having to handle sharply Smith winding up a further onslaught with a fine attempt the ball going just outside. Pollock sent up well, but Farmer failed to turn the chance to advantage, and the Dick, Weir Watson and Waugh improved the outlook for Everton. Morley however, cleverly beat the attackers, and the Junction once became tantalizing in some clean strong kicking. Joliffe narrowly clearing a shot near the post. Relief coming from a kick behind. Chadwick ran himself over, and in reply Derby went rapidly down forcing a futile corner. When half-time was announced shortly after play was just inside the visitors quarters. Crossing over with a goal to nothing against them, Everton at once forced a corner from which a hot tussle in the goalmouth was intiated, and a goal from a fouls scored. Bromage soon had to clear a fast shot from Farmer and on Derby Junction closing up, Plackett lifted over the bar. Watson next shot hard, bromage giving another corner placed by Farmer, a simlilar point being risked to clear; but the sige was renewed and Pollock gave Everton the lead in a nice shy the ball striking the bar and dropping through. The home team just now had fairly taken the measure of their opponents, Framer and Waugh each making good bids for goal, the former causing Hind to head behind and the latter shooting over near the left post. Another severe tussle ensued from hands against Derby close in, which was renewed when Ross kicked up splendidly twice despite a nasty knock on the leg just previously. Morley, however,, cleared with effectively and Joliffe touched the ball in the first time since the interval. A short attack followed by the visitors, which, on Farmer being pulled up in a spackling run was taken up again, the ball going over twice or thrice. Farmer next missed the chance he had at a favorable moment and takingadvantage of the mistake, Hopkins from a pass shot through, but just as he was kicking the whistle blew for off side, and the point was lost. In the fading light Everton got down to goal, and forced two corners whilst Farmer shot too high in a long kick, Waugh passed over splendidly to the left. Hind intercepting and then Waugh tried a shot himself only to be well met. Both sides then indulged in spurts the closing item being a corner to Everton. This was well got away, and a hard and even contest terminated in favor of the home team by 2 goals to 1. The visitors though beaten, played the most finished game. Their kicking was very neat and generally well injudged; whilst Everton were weakest forward, the combination being poor and the passing erractic Farmer especially spoiling chances. Teams- Everton:- Joliffe, goal, Ross (captain), and Dick backs, Higgins Pollock and Weir half-backs Farmer, Chadwick, Milward, Waugh, and Watson forwards. Derby Junction:- Bromage, goal, Hind and Morley backs, Walker, Plackett, and Snelson half-backs, Kinberley, Smith,, Housley, Hopkins, and Radford, forwards.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 29 September 1888
the report that N.J. Ross and Hodgetts, during the progress of the Everton and Aston Villa league match at Birmingham last Saturday, were parties to an unseeingly francis is, we are glad to state, entirely with foundation.  We had been authentically informed that Ross was in no way to blame for what occured.  The statement published in our last saturday's Football Edition on the subject was made on the strength of a telegram received from our Birmingham correspondent, who confounded Ross with another person.  We regret exceedingly that such an error should have been made, and assuree Ross and the Everton committee and their supporters that it was not our intention to cast any slight on the famous full back.  In another part of our paper we quoted remarks erroneously attributed to Mr. Nisbet, the late secretary of Everton, by a Manchester contemporary, and statement made by a Birmingham comtemprary as to N.J. Ross.  mr. Nisbet writes to us that he never made the remarks, and desires us to say that "on his present form he (Ross) is pre-eminetly one of the best backs in the kingdom, and with his partner, Dick, forms a defence superior to that in any other team@  We desire to express our great regret that we inserted the remarks and statements above referred to, and we unreservedly withdraw any imputation which they involved and are exceedingly sorry for any annoyance which has been cased to Mr. Ross.  

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 29 September 1888
Played on the Everton Ground, in dull and threatening weather, and before a comparatively small attendance.  The Turton team were late, and the start was delayed 30 minutes, when the ball was centred, Whittle kicked off, and Briscoe shot a goal, claiming the tie. But the game started 35 minutes later. Turton scored a goal within a minute. From a claim of hands against Everton the ball was again rushed through,  Entwistle giving the final touch. Everton now took up the attack, Costley scoring a splendid goal for Everton. Play continued very fast. Costley again shot at goal, the keeper giving a corner, which proved futile. Play continued fast, Everton scoring a goal, Briscoe doing the needful. Play was very even, Everton having slightly the best of it. At half-time the score was 2 goals each. Briscoe scored again for Evorton after changing ends. Fast play continued. Briscoe again scored. Result— Everton 4, Turton 2.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 29 September 1888
Sir - As a reader of your Evening paper football editions, I hope you will kindly place this letter, togther with a reply to same, in next week's notes of football.  Since Jack Ross has gone yo the rising Everton Club, you have, or rather, I should say, allowed him, in your football notes, to be trampied down -in plain language, to be spoken of in a despicable manner, because when he played for the famous North End, he was considered by you, and all Prestonians who are supporters of that club, to be the champion full back player in -not Preston, which would have read rightly -but the United Kingdom (?).  I would like to know what Ross had done that he should now be run down.  Whatever took place with Ross, so that he left the greatest football eleven ever formed, is no criterion that he is not now a player of the first water.   I regret to think that those whom Ross has worked hard for an pleased in the past, should now find time to endeavour to lower the flag of fame which has been rightly handed to him for the good work he has done in many a hard-fought battle on the football field.  Yours, &c, 28 Kirkdale-vale, Kirkdale, Liverpool, 24 September, 1888.