April 1890


April 3, 1890. The Liverpool Courier.
J. Masden, the famous Darwen back, who was expected to play with the Everton Club has signed the professional agreement to play for the Darwen Club next season.


April 5,1890. The Liverpool Courier
This match was played at Anfield yesterday, in the presence of over 10,000 spectators. Lambie kicked off, and Brady at once charge of the leather, and passed over to the left wing from whence Chadwick neatly notched the first point. The homesters tightly penned their opponents the backs, however, for some time holding them away. At length Weir, who was performing finely, placed the ball to Chadwick, who scored with a swift ground shot, Stirling making a worthy effort to arrest the progess of the ball by throwing himself at it. Not much time had been allowed topelapsed before Kirkwood beautifully headed the third goal, when the goalkeeper and full back were in the wake. Chiefly by Lambie executive the Caledonians worked down and the ball being sent over to the left, Burns had as clear an opening as he could have wished, but he made a sad blunder and his side had to suffer for it by the loss of a certain point. The ensuing play tended to show a vast superiority possessed by the home lot over their antagonists, and from the advantageous pitch their took up the visitors were luckily in escaping further disaters. Lambie tripped off at one time and “diddled” the backs very adroitly, but his shy at goal was a few inches on the wrong side. This was a diversion from the ordinary run of play of only a few minutes duration the Anfielders again performing the usual routine business of “hard lines” Hammond headed an inch or two above the crossbar. Milward with a shot of electrical speed sent a thrill through the goalkeeper, Chadwick also presented this gentleman with a good handful, whilst Brady and Kirkwood did their best to level the upright. Milward with an express shot struck the under part of the crossbar, with great damage to the white wash, but the ball returned into play. The Caledonians bounced off with no better success then previously, as Doyle and Parry were able to cope with the menace, and Milward contributed one of those brilliant dashes with a finale in the shape of an awe-inspring shot, whick Kikwood was able to convert into another point. half-time was then called with the score Everton 4, Caledonians nil.

After the restart the Metropolitans, with very nice combination from the centre, and right wing, took up a satisfactory position, which, however, availed them nothing, the opposing backs doing all that was required. The home team continued the tactics record in the first half, Sellar and Cassetton with great perseverance preventing them from combutting a vital injury. Chadwick from the centre, gave Sterling a heavy one to deal, he succeeded in with, and keeping at away but Brady was in the vicinity and returned the ball with interest. After the reverse the Caldonians threatened from the left and Burns had hard luck to send the ball on the crossbar from whence it dropped behind. The home lot careered away again, and Milward swiftly shot across the goalmouth, Kirkwood rushing up, and scoring in really magnificent style. A couple of corners were obtained by the Evertonians, these, however, being uneventful, and then Lambie and Burns forced Weir to make a similar concession. This was also unfruitful, and Milward shot away and kicked in, Stirling forsaking his post in order to clear the ball. Hammond at this time being on the leather was afford a very ample opportunity as the goal was deserted, but he mulled it fearfully by shooting high over the bar. A few minutes later a very fine movement of passes between Milward, Chadwick and Hammond took place, and culminated in a goal from the foot of the last mentioned player. Stirling had been rather heavily charged by Kirkwood and was for a brief period injured, but he recovered quickly and resumed duty. Burns was to the fore with a grand dribble, but he was robbed by Weir, and the ball being given to Chadwick, this player went straight away and obtained the right goal with an easy attempt. Just on the call of time, a ninth goal was scored (Milward) from a scrimmage. Teams; Everton: - Joliffe, goal, Hannah (Captain), and Doyle, backs, Weir Holt and Parry half-backs, Kirkwood, Brady, Hammond, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. London Caledonians: - Stirling, goal, Sellars, and Cassetton, backs, Key, Harbie, and Douglas, half-backs, Rae, Hogarth, Lambie, Brown and Burns, forwards.

April 7, 1890. The Liverpool Courier
Played at Anfield on Saturday, in the presence of nearly 12,000 spectators. Teams Everton: - Smalley goal, Hannah (Captain) and Doyle, backs, Kirkwood, Holt, and Parry, half-backs Latta, Brady Hammond, Chadwick, and Milward forward. Celtic: - McLaughlin, goal, McCallum, and Reynolds, backs, Gallacher, Madden, and Mitchell, half-backs, Dowds, Naughton, Campbell, Dunbar and Coleman, forward. The men from Scotland were somewhat tardy in making their appearance on the ground, and the interval was spent in applauding Smalley who in practice was punching the ball out finely and seemed to have gained a great deal of benefit by his holiday. Celtic took the kick off at a quarter past four. Parry stopped the rush, and the ball being sent over to the right wing. Latta who had resumed his usual station, went beautiful away, and he and Brady were obstructed barely in time by Madden. The course of the play, was setting in favour of the homesters, and Latta made the goalkeeper shiver with one of his puzzling screw shots. Further grand play by the outside right mainly accounted for the corner to the Evertonians. Chadwick took the kick, and the ball dropping to centre, Hammond headed it through to the great enjoyment of the spectators. Now the Celtic left wing indulged in some very tricky movements, which almost completely non-plussed the home backs. This resulted in Dowy having a capital offering made to him, but Doyle outwitted him, Milward went off in a spirited dribble, his final effort, however, being very erratic, but in the ensuing play Chadwick was a shining light. Milward improved in his shooting, and on one occasion had distinctly hard luck. Hammond was a little flurried at one time or otherwise he could scarily have failed to score. A series of exchanges followed in the home territory, in which the backs on both sides were conspicuous with long relief kicks. The visiting forwards working with the accuracy of machines evoked admiration by the way in which they led up to the goal attack, but their shooting was slightly off colour or else a goal would have accrued. The homesters gradually gained the supremacy in point of position, and Chadwick sent in a stinger although had it gone through it would not have reckoned, as Hammond had previously fouded one of his antagonists. From the free kick awarded, Dowds was enabled to show his splendid fast dribbling powers, but he spoiled all by kicking too far. Everton only made a slight feint, when the visitors returned to the attack, and Smalley had to put away a neat dropping shot from the foot of Coleman. The baser spirits of some of the players seemed now to be over-ruling their judgement, and rather rough tactics were consequently resorted to. This was apparently particularly the case with Hammond and Holt against Campbell and Madden, against whom several fouls had to be recorded. The onslaughts made by the Evertonians were frequently and Brilliant and the advantage was on their side for a considerable time. The Celts, however, by perseverance managed to improve their position and a couple of minutes before the whistle went for half-time Campbell scored with a slow shot, Smalley being impelled by the crush immediately in front of him. Half-time; Everton 1 goal, Celtic 1 goal.there was some luck of vigour and speed on recommencing, and honours were fairly evenly divided. The Celtic were very much to the front through the exertions of the right wing, but Doyle and Hannah were very cool, and their calculations invariably proved correct. A free kick in capital quarters was awarded the visitors without benefit to them, but they would not be held off, and the backs were busy for some time. Coleman was responsible for a splendid low screw shot, but Smalley was not to be beaten. Doyle and Hannah were battering away at the ball like Trojans, and it was owing to their redoubtable front that the goal was several. A fine rescue by Doyle give the ball to Milward, who sprinted down and transferred to Hammond, this player cleverly scoring the second point. The game was now being forced at a high pace, and the visits at each end were frequent and rapidly accomplished. The combination amongst the Everton forwards was at this period a good deal better than it had been for some time previous, and by noble fighting they assumed a very dangerous attitude. Milward kicked right across to the right wing, from whence Latta put in a grand back kick with the left leg, the goalkeeper not having the slightest chance with the ball. It was a magnificent goal, and Latta was vociferously cheered for the feat. Dowds and Naughton menaced, and Doyle missed his kick. Campbell at once took up the running and out-manoeurving Hannah there seemed to be nothing for it but a goal Smalley, however, rushed out, although the ball was fifteen yards away, and relieved the great anxiety of the spectators. Hannah was cheered for fine tackling, and as he had given the ball to the right wing there was a hot battle in the vicinity of the goal line. The leather was passed to and from the centre without avail. It could not be put through although from one hot shot of Latta's it looked an extremely likely case, as McLaughlin had to scoop out with three men banging away at him. Milward gave a very fine exhibition along the left, and swiftly sent across the goal, Latta giving McLaughlin a very tough lot to manage. Another gallant dash was made for the Celtic citadel, and Milward and Hammond properly went for the goalkeeper who, however, was safe. Final Result Everton 3 goals, Celtic 1.

April 8, 1890. The Liverpool Courier
The last of the Everton holiday fixtures was played at Anfield yesterday, and as the “Reds” in the League fixture with Everton had won a game and drawn one, a large amount of interest was centred in this event. The weather was fine, but windy, and about 10,000 persons were present, notwithstanding the increased charge in the price of admission. The homesters were minus Geary, whilst Howarth was absent on the visitors side. Everton won the toss, and on Gallacher setting the ball in motion Holt at once ran down and shot in finely. McLennan kicking out, the homesters returned Lindsay having to use his hands. A couple of corners kicks were awarded Everton, but nothing accured. Hannah made a fine return from the kick out of goal, and the homesters were again swarming round the Accrington custodian, who, however, refused to be beaten. The Accrington right now made a fast sprint down the fields, Entwistle shooting over the bar. Latta was prominent for Everton, and when close in Milward sent wide of the posts. A rush by the “Reds” looked dangerous until Parry brought the ball out from the midst of a crowd of opponents. Milward now got well away, and sent in a long shot, which Lindsay caught and threw away. Then Stevenson took a free kick on behalf of the “Reds” and for a few minutes the ball was hovering round the home posts the danger being removed by Wilkinson kicking over. Latta dallied at the other goal, and lost in good chance. Lindsay was again hard pressed and knocked a shot from Kirkwood from underneath the bar, and on the ball being rushed down the field Parry saved grandly. Latta and Brady put in a pretty bit of passing on the right, the ball eventually rolling harmlessly over the line. Chadwick sent in a grand shot, but Lindsay was safe, and kicked well, out of goal' Pemberton gained further ground until Asccrington right were pulled up by Doyle and from Chadwick's centre Hammond shot over the Accrington bar. Brady repeated the performance a few minutes afterwards; following which Chadwick shot a grand goal. The “Reds” now made desperate attempts but were met with a stubborn defence, and no damage was done. Everton again got dangerous near, Latta taking a corner kick. The ball was well cleared by Tattersall, and Accrington looked like equalising at which juncture Doyle proved the savior of his side. Again Everton pressed, and Milward shot a splendid goal amidst cheers, Everton had the best of the remaining play, and were leading at half-time by two goals to nil.

On Everton restartingMcLennan stopped a rush of the forwards in capital style. The homesters, however, were not to be denied, and after Chadwick had shot wide Brady registered a third point from a centre by Milward. Play still ruled in favour of Everton, several attacks being made on their opponents' goal. Lindsay was almost beaten, McLennan just clearing in time. The Accrington right gave Parry some trouble, but the Everton “Half” came off best, and after a good run Milward shot the wrong side of the post. Still keeping up the attack the Everton forwards found the Accrington backs plenty to do, Chadwick and Milward were playing grandly on the left, and after a hot shot of Brady's had been kicked out by Stevenson, Chadwick got a fourth goal with a grand shot. The ‘'Reds'' now made a desperate effort to break through the home defence, but were easily held in check. Now Brady shot strongly, and Lindsay saved at the expense of a corner kick, nothing resulted. Accrington made a further effort to score, Smalley, throwing out from Pendergast. Kirkwood kicked well down the field, Stevenson bringing up Latta in the nick of time. The “Reds” were now playing better by the aid of the wind; but try as they would they could not break through the home defence, although Smalley's capabilities were tested on several occasions. Holt put in a bit of tricky play in the centre, Lindsay clearing just as Hammond was fastening on the ball. Shortly afterwards, Brady shot high over the bar, whilst Lindsay kicked a grand shot away from the foot of Latta. Everton still kept up a hot attack, and Chadwick reduced the Accrington colours for the fifth time. From the centre kick the “Reds” tried long shooting, but it failed to come off, Lindsay failed to stop a hot shot from Brady, and from Chadwick's centre put the ball though his own goal. Everton attacked strongly to the finish, and won easily, the final result being Everton seven, Accrington nil. Teams Everton: - Smalley, goal, Hannah (Captain), and Doyle, backs, Kirkwood, Holt, and Parry, half backs, Latta, Brady, Hammond, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Accrington: - Lindsay, goal, Stevenson and McLennon, backs, Pemberton, Gallacher, and Tattersall, half-backs, Entwistle, Wilkinson Barbour, Pendergast, and Shuttleworth, forwards.

April 9, 1890. The Liverpool Courier
The following is the probable team for next season, Goal, Angus (of Sunderland Albion), backs, Hannah, Doyle, half-backs, Stevenson (Sunderland Albion) Holt, and Campbell (Booth), forwards Latta, Brady, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward. Geary is doubtful, as he had not signed on Saturday morning.

April 10, 1890. The Liverpool Courier
The Liverpool Senior Cup Final
These old rivals met in the final tie to the Liverpool Cup at Bootle yesterday evening, about 8,000 person being present. Everton were the first on the field, closely followed by the home team, both being warmly received. Everton won the toss, and Jamieson kicking the ball in motion, Hannah stopped a rush of the home forwards where upon Latta raced along the right, but kicked into touch. G.Woods give relief, and a pretty run of the Bootle van took play to the visitors goal, on Doyle give a “corner” Galbraith shot over the bar, a performance Weir repeated at the other end of the field. “Hands” against Campbell looked dangerous for Bootle, but Hannah relieved all anxiety by kicking over the bar. Everton again got down and Chadwick shot right across the mouth of goal. Latta however, failed to take the pass, and the chance was lost. The visitors forward were now prominent, and getting close up Chadwick struck the bar with a tremendous shot. From the rebound Hammond sent in again, but Jardine saved in magnificent style. Woods having administrated a relieving kick the Everton goal was momentarily in danger of being captured. Campbell took a free kick for Bootle, however, ruling harmlessly over the line. Chadwick and Milward now combined in capital style until McFarlane rushed up and cleared. Jardine saved cleverly with Hammond on top of him. Everton with their favour were pressing, and Milward sent in a scorcher from touch, which Jardine gallantly repelled. Milward, however, rushed up, and with a high shot scored for Everton amidst tremendous cheering. From the centre kick Jones and Jamieson invaded the visitors quarters, Doyle kicking away. Jardine contined to put in some champion “saves” at the other end, Parry sending in a clinking shot, which the custodian cleverly intercepted. Campbell kicked away, and rushing down the field Jamieson had a shy at Smalley's charge, the ball shaving the outside of the posts. A couple of free kicks were awarded Bootle, but neither was turned to account, although the Everton backs had a busy time for a while in defending their goal. Milward at length got away in a good position, but he was pulled up for off side play. A penalty kick (Free-Kick) to Everton, however, enabled them to take up the attack with a resulting corner kick. Fierce play took place around Jardine, but the backs defended ably, and Brady shooting over relieved the pressure. Hammond them lost an easy chance with only the goakeeper in front of him. Everton pressed towards half-time, but no further scoring was done, and the visitors were leading at the interval by one goal to nil. Hammond restarted on behalf of Everton, who at once took up the attack, McFarlane however, was in the way, and on returning Chadwick shot high over the bar. Parry now took a free kick on behalf of Everton right in front of goal, but Bootle crowded in, and nothing accured. Hughes cleared, and taking up the attack the Bootle forwards found Smalley plenty to do. Doyle relieved with a big kick, and the ball was rushed down the field, Chadwick sent right across goal, and Latta scored amidst a renewal of the cheering. The Evertonians looked like repeating the performance on McFarlane “skying” the ball in front of his own goal. Jardine knocked out, and the Bootle left went down the field, Hannah sending them back with interest. Latta now scored a third goal, but the point was disallowed for offside play. Everton however, renewed the attack, and with a legitimate goal from the foot of Chadwick the enthusiasm of the visitors supporters knew no bounds. The Everton forwards were playing a pretty passing game, which was partially neutralized by grand play on the part of their Bootle backs. The home van now took up the attack, and had rather hard lines in not scoring, as Hobley headed against the bar, the ball finally going out of play. Bootle were now playing better than in the previous half, but their shooting was not as accurate as it might have been. From a good run on the left, Galbraith had a possible chance of scoring, whist Hobley also shot outside a few minutes later on. The Everton backs were now kicking with great power and judgement, and the efforts of the Bootle forwards to score were futile. A few kick was given against Jones for using his hands, and on Hannah sending right into goal, Chadwick shot past Jardine for the fourth goal. Bootle tried had to reduce the lead, but in vein. Milward was playing grandly on the left, and fully engaged the attention of McFarlane and Kilner. A free kick to Bootle was not turned to account, whilst Jones shot over the Everton bar. The Bootle goal had another narrow escape, owing to Milward sending the wrong side of the posts. Everton still kept up the pressure, but Jardine kept his goal intact, and as no further points were scored, Everton regained possession of the Cup by four goals to nil. Teams: - Everton: - Smalley, goal, Hannah (Captain) and Doyle, backs, Weir, Parry, and Kirkwood, half-backs, Latta, Brady, Hammond, Chadwick, and Milward, forward. Bootle: - Jardine, goal, Woods (F), and McFarlane, backs, Hughes, Campbell, and Kilner, half-backs, Hobley, Jones, Jamieson (Captain), Morris, and Galbraith forwards.

April 12, 1890. The Liverpool Mercury
The runners up of the Scottish Cup made their first appearance on the Anfield ground on Saturday, nearly 10,000 spectators present. The Vale were exactly the same as that which faced the famous Queen's Park in the final for the Cup at Glasgow while Everton were without Geary, and Holt the place of the latter being filled by Humphreys Jones of Corinthian and Welsh International fame. The ground was all that could be desired, and the day altogether was a fine one for a good exposition of the game. Everton led by Hannah were the first to put in appearance, and came in for a hearty round of applause from the vast assembly. The Vale, who are a smart looking lot of fellows, followed a minute later, and received a similar reception. Wilson, their well-known goalkeeper, coming in for a big share of attention. Everton won the toss, and Graham started. The visitors became active, on the right when Murray nicely eased Everton's apprentice stepped in and sent the visitor's back, but Brady when the goal was staring him in the face. Hannah and Doyle soon put their club on the attack, but Wilson handled clear. Hammond then took possession and tipped to Chadwick, who scored rather neatly, a claim for offside, however, being entertained against the homesters. Doyle had something to do in stemming the ex-cupholders right wing, and a corner kick to the homesters nearly took effect, both Chadwick and Latta sending in to Wilson, rather warmly. A throw out by the visitors enabled them to shoot one past the home upright, and the return from the goalkeeper saw Kirkwood busy in trying Wilson with two well placed kicks. Everton still continuing to forced the pace, they remained troublesome, but nothing better than a well-cleaned corner by Wilson ensued. Try as they would the Scotsmen could not get over the line and Everton had again to put up with a barren corner, and a capital goal shot by Brady. Wilson's splendid saves nullifying, all efforts of the homesters, a free kick against Jones took them over the line, when Milward dashed along, and beating Whitelaw, got close in, when the latter returned and gave a corner. With a determination to force a point, Hannah and Doyle were working to the utmost, and it was thought when Brady and Latta got a pass from the former something tangible would change, but the latter got too much weight under the ball, and the leather went spinning over the bar. Rankin and McLaughlan from now brightened up and gave the spectators a tasty bit of football, a slight hurt to one of them, causing a free kick near goal. The game now commenced to assume one sidedness, so often were the homesters at the goalmouth, but Wilson defied all sorts, and thus prevented a score. The Vale made a brief attempt before the interval to make headway, in which Rankin was the brightest, but Doyle stemmed them, and Milward pluckily went through and crossed over, with the result that the ball went over the crossbar, and half time arrived, with the score- a clean sheet. Restarting, Hammond commenced again, and the homesters were quick in attacking a couple of shots by Brady deserving better fate than bouncing against Murray. By dint of strong work the Vale, aided by Osborne became troublesome, only to be driven back again, however, and Humphreys Jones and Milward sent twice offside. So strong was the pressure at last on Wilson's charge that Whitelaw had to shave off Milward, which was so well put by Chadwick that Hammond headed a fine goal for Everton. Still keeping themselves together the visitors made a strong effort to equalise when driven back by Hannah and Latta and Hammond sent two scorchers in. Graham settled down with the front rank to test Smalley, when a stumbling block was found in Parry, a big punt by the players and a scrimmage in front of Wilson, ending in Jones kicking strongly to the side of the post. Parry having headed the ball on the McLachlan's nose, the goal kick saw Milward kicking one outside of the bar. The match continued to be evenly contested right up to the finish, and Brady continued to show sterling properties, his neat tackling and, short passing tactics being greatly appreciated. A few minutes from the finish saw the Scotsmen hard at work, but the home defence kept very cool, and Latta beating Murray in the run up, Wilson had to save rather smartly from the Everton front division. The Scotsmen soon had their revenge, and a quick manourve by the front rank saw Rankin equalising with an easy shot, which Smalley ought to have stopped. After this easily equalisation, a stubborn contested game ended with the score Everton 1 goal, Vale of Leven 1. Everton: - Smalley, goal, Hannah (Captain), and Doyle, backs, Kirkwood, Humphrey-Jones, and Parry, half-backs, Latta, Brady, Hammond, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Vale of Level: - Wilson, goal, Whitelaw, and Murray backs, Osborne, McNicol, and Sharp, half-backs McLachian, Rankin, Graham, McMillan and Bruce forwards.

April 14, 1890. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton are once again Liverpool Cupholders, as was generally expected they would be from the moments they consented to return to the contest for the possession of the symbol of the local superiority, and are to be congratulated on regaining their just rights. In the “black year” of 1887, though they had beaten Bootle- the eventual cupholders at the close of the season-Everton were ruthlessly deprived of the claim they had established, owing to their suspension for veiled professionalism, and, as they deemed the punishment meted out to them by the Liverpool Association unnecessarily harsh, that felt they had no honorable course open to them, but to withdraw and accordingly they held aloof last season.the balm of time. However, healed the sores, and, to the satisfaction of all peace was made with the association this year, they threw down the gage to Bootle in dispute of the retention of the cups, the competition resumed somewhat its old interesting character, and now the trophy will gleanish in the case at Everton's headquarters, to the displacement of the notorious table. This is a fit and proper development of events, and none will begrudge Everton the honours they have won-no, not even Bootle, who readily concede that the best team “up to date” won on Wednesday, and, therefore is deserving of the spoils of war and whatever honours are to be enjoyed from such a circumscribed competition-practically a duel between the two leading clubs, as that governed and organished by the Liverpool and District Association. Everton have shown an unhappy knack this year, after doing almost impossible things, and brushing and apparently insuperable barriers during the preliminary periods, of failing at the eleventh hour, so to speak-the League championship and English Cup collapse to wit-and after the drawn game with Bootle a fortnight ago it seemed just within the bounds of probability that they would be consistent in this ill-luck to the end and let slip the one remaining chance of gaining tangible mementos of a most prosperous and brilliant season. But there was no mistake tolerated on Wednesday at Hawthorn-road, and the great assembly- 10,000 spectators at an evening mid-week match justifies the description- soon felt convinced that the cup for the next twelve months would fine a home at Anfield-road. Compared with the tennis that met on March 29, there were changes in both-to the gain of Everton, and the loss of Bootle. Latta and Smalley were again in their places but Evans and Howell were ineligible to help Bootle, letting in MacFarlane and Hobley, and so the previous drawn battle was valueless as an index to the issue. Though Bootle were not beaten at the previous meeting, they were severely pressed by Everton, and so they were in the cup-tie, with the difference that the shooting of the visitors was better. Everton, in fact held the reins for fully three fourths of the game, and but for the marvelous resources of Jardine the margin of victory must have been much more pronounced. MacFarlane and Woods were always busy, and shaped very well, Woods meriting the greater commendation. The halves of Bootle were conspicuous all through, Campbell especially delighting the spectators, as though to show what a loss Bootle are to suffer in his migration Evertonwards. The losers weakness, lay mainly in the frontline, which was of no use again such a defence as Everton, and here is where reform of a drastic kind will have to be made if Bootle are to keep step with the times. Smalley never touched the ball until a quarter of an hour in the second half, so sure were Hannah and Doyle in grappling with the weak attackers. Holt again excused himself from playing face to face with his old clubmates, but Weir qualified for his medal by making good substitute, sandwiched between Parry and Kickwood, both of whom were at their best. The Everton forwards all conbined grandly, Chadwick was ever conspicuous, but well backed up by his colleagues, and Hammond though slightly rash at the beginning, settled into a good line, and gave further promise of usefulness. Mr. McMurray and now graces presented the cup to Captain Hannah after the match its old corner. This is the fourth time Everton have won the cup, Bootle having held it three and Earlestown once.

Everton finished up their successful Easter engagement on Monday at home again tackling their Accrington rivals and made no mistake by severely drubbing them to the score of 7 goals to nil. Both clubs have already met twice during the season in League engagements, and on each occasions the Anfielders had to retire without conquering, the first meeting at home ending in a draw of two goals each, whilst on the ground of the Reds-thanks to the exertions of the referee. And the good goal-keeping of Lindsay, the Anfield men succumbed to their opponents to the extent of 5 goals to 3. The homesters entered on the last engagement fully determined to show their supporters and admires that they could hold their position against the Reds, and a one-sided game was the result, the visitors during the whole of the match being held spellbound, to the seemingly entire satisfaction of the home followers. Encouraged with their holiday successes and their victory over Bootle, Everton on Saturday faced the famous eleven of sturdy Scots, namely Vale of Leven. This time, however, it was not a walk over for the Anfielders, as after a very hard and fast game the honours had to be divided, and each team to put up with one goal each. The Vale were an exceedingly smart lot of fellows, and their display throughout was much superior to what is usually seen from the Scotch teams who visit Anfield. The game opened with great determination on both sides, and the onlookers saw football as it ought to be played. So evenly balanced were the contestants that the half-time whistle sounded with no advantage to either side. Crossing over at the interval, Wilson who is supposed by many to be the fortune goalkeeper at Anfield, gave some fine displays of what his capabilities are, and although he will not strengthen the home team next season, he has left behind him the impression that Auld Scots ought to be proud of his worthiness. After Everton had, if anything the best of a stubborn bargain. Hammond from a neatly of the match, scored to the intense delight of the onlookers. The Vale seemingly did not relish this reverse and never rested until Graham go on level terms, Smalley performance was showing that the homesters are still in went of a reliable custodial. The runners up of the Scottish Cup individually showed good form, and give Everton one of the toughest games they have played this season. For the homesters nothing need to be said as all worked coolly and energetically.

April 15, 1890. The Liverpool Courier
These clubs met at Halliwell last evening both teams being well represented. Everton: - Smalley, goal, Hannah (Captain), and Doyle backs, Kirkwood, Jones (H), Parry half-backs, Latta, Brady, Hammond, Chadwick, and Milward, forward The first half was keenly contested and the play was fast, though Everton had rather the best of it. Milward scored twice, Chadwick one and Fairclough put through his own goal in the second half, the play ruled fast, Halliwell having hard lines, but at length scored.everton won by 4 goals to 1.


The Wrexham Advertiser.
April 19, 1890
This match was brought off at the Racecourse on Saturday, in splendid football weather, but, considering the texture, there was a very poor attendance of spectators. Owing to the late appearance of the visitors it was quite half-past four when the ball was set rolling by Everton. The home team having won the toss decided to play with a slight wind in their favour. The visitors were the first to look dangerous, but they were nicely pulled up by Oilerhead, who put the ball well among his forwards, who were soon in the Everton quarters, and had forced a corner before being done with. However, the free kick was got away nicely, but Wrexham, keeping up the pressure, and playing a very nice combination game sent in a lot of shots in quick succession. The visitors defence was very good and wanted a lot of getting through, and a well-meant shot from a scrimmage right in front was saved in wonderful form by their goal-keeper. Turner now made a nice run along the line, the shot going wide, but directly after, from some very nice play by the inside forwards Turner again got possession, this time defeating the goalkeeper with a splendid cross shot amid great cheering. From the centre kick the home forwards soon secured the ball, and O. Davies got well in, but was brought up just in time. Up to now it look the visitors all their time to look after their defence although they occasionally showed some pretty passing, but our half-backs were able to bring them up almost at any time. From a scrimmage Wilding added point N0.2, which, judging from appearance, seemed a very great surprise to the visitors' goalkeeper, and right full-back. The Everton forwards now made strenuous efforts to haul down the colours of the home team, but were always brought up by the backs, until just before half-time Briscoe got through and put in the first shot to the home goalkeeper. This he had little difficulty in dealing with, and the half-time whistle blew with the game two goals to nil in favour of Wrexham. From the restart, Everton again played a very hard game, their forwards still showing good combination, but the home defence were always able to deal with it, and the Wrexham forwards doing some nice work, passed to Lea, who scored a third goal for Wrexham. The home forwards were again in the Everton quarters, and almost immediately had forced corner, from which some nice heading was seen. W. Turner finally heading it past the visitors' goalkeeper, thus making the home team four goals to nil. At this juncture Nidd, the visitors' full back, came in for some attention from the spectators for leaving the field of play. The home team kept up the pressure, and from a nice bit of combined play Wilding shot well in, but the goalkeeper accounted for it in good style. A Lea, the home captain, now had to leave the field. The visitors got a look in, and from a pass, Godwing sent in a hot which Turner cleared. The visitors now had the best of the business, and from a good run on their left, and bad judgement on the part of the home backs, Turner was defeated for the first time about a quarter of an hour off the close. Wrexham now had a look in, but failed at the finish, when Everton again got away, and scored a very easy thing. Hughes and Turner were next conspicuous, doing some very good work, and passing to O.Davies, who, shot in but failed to score, directly after which the whistle blew, leaving Wrexham four goals, Everton Reserves two goals. For the first half, Wrexham played a splendid game, especially the forwards, who passed with better judgement than usual, although Tuner and O. Davies at times tried to force their way up the line, when the better way would have been to pass to the centre. With this exception they both played a brilliant game. A. Lea has never played better. R. Davies and Wilding, although playing well, passed very widely at times, the latter trusting to his head many times when he had time to use his feet. This, I consider, is throwing good chances away, for in heading the ball one as often gives it to an opponent as to partner. The half-backs and full back have played better many times (if we exclude W.J.Hughes who played a very hard game) and this all for the want of a little training, for well as the visitors played, they never had a chance with Wrexham while they could get about, and there is no doubt that the home back division was quite run down long before the final whistle blew. This is their form a week before the final tie, it does not look as though there had been much preparation, and if beaten by Chirk, it will be entirely their own fault, for although they can play as well s Chirk, they cannot afford to stand by while Chirk are in training. Their play so much alike that I think it is a simple a question of staying power betweens The two clubs. The following composed the Everton and Wrexham teams:- Everton:- Murray, goal; Nidd and Houldsworth, backs; Weir, R. Jones, and G. Farmer, half-backs; Reid and Briscoe, right wing, Brumpton and Godwing, left wing, Orr, centre. Umpire Mr. Clayton. Wrexham:- R.E Turner, goal; F.T. Evans and J.Ollerhead, backs; E. Davies, H. Rowland, and W.J. Hughes, half-backs; O. Davies, and R Davies, A. Lea (captain), J. Wilding, W. Turner; umpire, Mr. E. Phennah; referee Mr. J. Davies.

April 19,1890. The Liverpool Courier.
(Match report from Last Saturday encounter)
Everton Reserves found Wrexham a much harder nut to crack than was bargained for, and therefore came off with Secondary “honours” in the nature off defeat by 4 goals to two. Although the Reserves had somewhat the best of the opening play, were beaten back, and Turner and Wilding (The latter an old Bootle player) each scored a goal, which left the Wrexhamities with a lead at the interval of two to nil. Play afterwards was more even, and each side scored a couple of goals.

April 21, 1890. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton made their second visit to Glasgow on Saturday, when they played the return match with Glasgow Rangers. The home side was a strong one, including Fraser (of St Mirren) and McPherson (of Cowlairs). Everton were without Smalley and Geary their places being filled by Cox and Hammond. Losing the toss, Everton kicked off against a good breeze, Latta after a bit of midfield play, carrying the ball over the Rangers lines. Allen a second later caused Hannah down the wing, the old Rentonian being forced to kick out. From the throw in McPherson had a long try, which, however, went over the bar. A foul then came to Everton well driven in by Hannah; Hammond caught up the pass, but shot wide. Allen was again busy on the left, but McPherson drove in too strongly, with the result that the ball went over the line. Latta and Brady were away, deers, but a foul caught them up. Marsh and McCreadie took play back into Everton quarters, but the former kicked far too strongly, Cox having no difficulty in clearing. Mitchell checked the Everton right, and landed the ball well into goal, there McPherson had a grand try, the ball just skimming the bar. Coming away on the left, Milward and Chadwick looked like giving the Rangers halves the slip, but McCreadie with a banging rush drove the ball over the line. The stoppage was only temporary however, as by dint of wide smarts passing. Everton got within range, and Hammond securing a pass by Chadwick, cleverly beat both the backs and scored a rather easy goal. Allen galloping down the centre, wound up badly. Fortune favoured the home men McPherson heading through a minute later. Backed up by the wind, the home men were having the pull of their opponents, their play at this point being really very fine. The visitor's backs, however, were playing a strong defensive game, their punting being of the lofty order. hovering round Cox, who was very safe in goal, a throw in fall to the home team, which was beautifully taken by Hendry, but as finely driven out by Hannah. Catching up his punt, Latta and Brady had a gallop up the right, but the latter's shot was very wide of the mark. On Doyle clearing, Milward on the outside, left beat Hay cleverly, and driving in a low fast shot. Reid was beaten for a second time. A corner fell to the Rangers just on the call of time, but they could not improve on it, and had to cross over one down. Everton 2 Rangers 1. With the wind behind them Everton started well trying Reid in the first second of the second half. Scarcely had he cleared when Hammond out of a scrimmage in front of him sent the ball through for the third time. A rush by the home men raised the hopes of the crowd, but it was but a shadowy hope at the best, as Everton were swarming round Reid, and had the ball through too, but hands were claimed and allowed. A banging kick by Hays gave his side a look in at the other end, whence Allen did his best to get round Parry, but Hannah cleared finely. A foul aided their progess towards Reid. This was so beautifully placed that Reid was beaten by a low fast shot for the fourth time (Hammond). The light Blues played up gamely, and had the hardest of hard lines on not scoring, from a splendid cross shot of McCreadie, which just went sailing pass the posts. Everton added two more goals in quick succession, and easily won by 6 goals to 2. Teams; Everton: - Cox, Hannah (Captain), and Doyle backs, Kirkwood, Holt, Parry, half-backs, Latta, Brady, Hammond, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Glasgow Rangers: - Reid, goal Hays, and Hendrie, backs, McCreadie (A), McInyre, and Mitchell, Marshall, McCreadie (H), Fraser, McPherson, and Allen, forwards .

April 21, 1890. Glasgow Herald.
The Rangers played their return match with Everton, the crack Liverpool combination at Ibrox Park, Govan, before a fair turn out of Spectators. The teams were; Rangers: - Reid, goal; Hay and Hendry, backs; A. McCreadie, McIntyre, and Mitchell half-backs; Marshall, R. McReadie, Frasher (St. Mirren), Allan, and McPherson (Cowairs), forwards. Umpire, Mr. Wiltion. Everton: - Cox goal; Hannon (captain), and Doyle backs; Kirkwood, Holt and Parry, half-backs; Latta, Brady, Hammond, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Umpire Mr. Lawson. Referee Mr. Robertson, Patrick Thistle F.C. Losing the toss, the Everton started against the breeze. Hammond set the ball in motion. Mitchell caught it up and passed to the right wing McCreadie ran it over the touchline. From the thrown in, Milward got possession, and after a good run he centred, but Latta sent the ball behind. . A clever ran by Allen on the left looked dangerous but he was outpaced by Hannah, who returned the ball. The forwards now came away, and after a short combined run, Milward sent in a slow shot which Hendry missed and Reid being taken unawares, the ball went sailing through the goal. Shortly afterwards McPherson finished up an exciting scrimmage by equalising amidst great enthusiasm. For some time play was continued to midfield McIntyre being very lively at tackling and returning. From a miss-kick by Hay, Milward again looked like scoring but the back rectified his mistake by soaking up on the Everton left and blocking the ball. The return was taken up by Marshall, who passed to Fraser he in turn passing to Allen who sent in one, but Cox equal to the occasion. The Everton were making strenuous efforts to get the upper hand ultimately their left wing got away, and Milward again but Reid, who might have saved, thus making the second goal for Everton. Again the Rangers were hovering round Cox, but the ball was easily got away. Another corner for the Rangers was sent behind. Half-time sounded immediately after, with the score Rangers 1, Everton 2.

On resuming Allen initiated a good passing run, which was checked by Doyle. The Everton retained, but a foul against then allowed the Rangers to get well into their territory. They were again repulsed, however, and Everton, with the wind in their favour were not long in changing the scene of operations when Hammond the centre forward gained the third goal for his side with an easy shot. The Everton were now showing up better in regard to combination, and the ball was again sent pass Reid, but the point was disallowed on account of one of them hitting the ball with his hands. However, the Everton still kept pressing, and from a free kick Hammond scored the fourth. The Rangers forwards tried hard to get on a point, and McReadie with a long shot sent the ball over the bar. Reid was not his casual in the Rangers' goal. After a time “light blues” began to show better form, and had one or two good passing runs, but Hannah and Doyle were on the alert, and repelled their opponents' attacks. Everton were cheered for some good accurate passing, but the porting shot was wide of the mark. A capital run by Allen and McPherson forced their opponents to concede a corner. The ball was well placed, and a smart shot was sent in by one of the half-backs, but it was saved brilliantly by Cox. The Rangers were now settling down to a more concerned style of play, but the Everton back division were showing strong defence and it was really difficult to make much headway against them. Towards the close McCreadie scored the second goal for the Rangers. Everton added two more goals in succession making six in all. Reid, the Rangers goalkeeper, who is usually very safe, was out of form on almost ever occasion the Everton rushed down they scored. Final Rangers 2 Everton 6.

April 21, 1890. The Liverpool Courier.
There was only a moderate attendance on the Everton ground on Saturday to witness the above match. The visitors, who made their appearance for the first time in Liverpool, were fully represented, and Nidd took Farmer place in the home team, who, with this exception was the same as advertised. Newton kicked off, fifteen minutes late, and were the first to attack, Nidd relieved, and play was for some tame of a give and take nature, until Taylor, after neat passing, beat Murray with a good shot. Goodwin was cheered for tricky play, but Everton were unable to break through the visitors defence. Newton attacked, but Nidd cleared, and the home right took play into the visitors' quarters. Abbott tried two shots, but Townsend proved equal to the occasion, and Weir was called upon to stop the raid by the visitors' right wing. Everton playing up better, a warm scrimmage took place in front of the visitors' goal, and Orr had hard lines, a good shot cannoning off Briscoe and just missing its mark. Jones followed suit, and had equally bad luck, Townsend clearing at the expense of a corner. Pretty passing by the homesters resulted in Goodwin trying a shot, but he was yards off the mark. Everton were playing in a most determined manner, and the visitors citadel was nearly captured several times. At length their efforts were rewarded, a foul being given against Newton. The leather was well placed and scrimmaged through, making the score one all. Again was the Newton luck in the ascendant, a grand shot striking the upright and bounding into play, the crowd being intensely excited as several of the home team tried to rush it through without effect. The visitors could not remove the danger, and gave a foul, which was again turned to good effect by the homesters, who placed themselves in front, amidst the cheers of the spectators. Everton were evidently not satisfield with their success, and gave the Newton defence lots to do, and it was more by good luck than management' the visitors prevented a further disaster. At length the pressure was removed, and Everton had to defend; not for long, however, and Abbott was seen making his way to the visitors' goal. He tried a long shot, which just missed, and play once more settled down on the Newton quarters. Murray, although small, played a grand game, and repeatedly tricked his stalwart opponents, ensuing laughter amongst the spectators, who were very much pleased with his display. The visitors now shared the luck experienced by Everton, a good shot striking the crossbar and bounding into play. Half-time score – Everton Reserves, 2 goals; Newton, 1 goal. After the interval Everton kicked off, and the visitors refreshed by the rest, played in better form. Pryce-Jones and Davis made a grand run up the right, and Pryce-Jones tried a long shot, which struck the crossbar. Their spurt did not last long, and Everton were again sitting down the field in grand style, and Orr from a pass by Abbott shot right into Townsend's hands. The game was much more even than the first half, Orr for Everton, and Ptitchard for Newton put in good work, for which they were cheered. Briscoe was the next to become prominent, making a neat dribble down the right and cantering nicely to Orr. The latter player had a grand opportunity, but missed his kick, to the evident disappointing of the home supporters. Both sides tried hard to score, but the defence on both sides was good and nothing was scored. Pryce Jones made a grand single-handed run up the centre, but shot wide. The visitors made a determined effort, but Martin came to the rescue and robbed three of his opponents of the leather in a remarkably smart manner. Again were the visitors to the fore, and both Nidd and Weir given them every opportunity to score, but a grand chance of drawing level was lost, and Martin cleared. Abbott took up the attack, his final touch being wide. Everton again had bad luck, an appeal for hands being given as the ball was shot through the goal. Final Result: - Everton Reserves, goals; Newton 1 goal. Teams : - Everton: - Murray goal, Weir, and Nidd, backs, Martin, Jones, and Edwards, half-backs Abbott, Briscoe, Orr, Murray, and Godwin, forwards. Newtown: - Townsend, goal, Lloyd, and Owen, backs, Worthington, Gentle, and Reese, half-backs Pritchard, Evans, Taylor, Pryce-Jones, and Davies, forwards.

April 21, 1890. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton followed up their victory over Halliwell on Monday, in which Cox played no inconsiderable part, started on their northern tour on Friday, in order to play the Glasgow Rangers on Saturday, and Sunderland to-day. A large crowd assembled at the station to look at the departure of the team, and a degree of anxiety was felt by the Everton officials at the absence of Holt, Hammond and Milward, without whom the bulk of the team, in charge of Messrs Ramsey, and Currier journeyed. It appeared that the trio had mistaken the time, but they followed by the next train and so Everton were enabled to put their full team in the field, with the exception of Geary. After doing the “Lions” of Glasgow the party repaired to their headquarters the George Hotel, where the evening was quickly spent, and on Saturday morning several of the team indulged in a three hour sail on the Clyde. The visit of Everton to Glasgow made not a little stir, and impressed with the capabilities of the Anfielders, the Rangers whipped up a strong team for the occasion in order to revenge the disaster which, befell them at Liverpool; but they had reckoned without their host, and again Everton were in the ascendant with the score of 6 goals to 2. The ground was in excellent condition, and Everton all round played finely, their display fairly delighted the 4,000 spectators present. The Rangers were strongest in the half-backs department Mitchell and McIntyre causing the visitors an unlimited amount of trouble. Allen and Jon McPherson (Cowlairs) were always conspicuous for grand forward work, outshining their forwards, but there was only one really weak spot in the team, and that was at goal. Reid being very feeble, in striking contrast to Cox, who behaved splendidly again in goal, and gave Everton more faith in him, his best two displays doing much to retrieve his recent failures. When Everton had taken a firm lead they eased down, wisely receiving themselves for the arduous task at Sunderland. After a drive yesterday to Dumbarton, the party left for Carlisle, where they stayed for the night, going on to Sunderland in the forenoon.

April 22, 1890. The Liverpool Courier
Played at Sunderland yesterday the weather being fine, there was a large attendance. In the first half Everton did splendid passing, and scored two goals, to Sunderland one. The second half was very exciting, both teams showed excellent form, but Sunderland getting the best of the game Campbell Hannah (D), and Smith scored for Sunderland, and Brady and Chadwick for the visitors. Final result Sunderland 3 Everton 2. Teams Sunderland: - Kirtley, goal, Porteous, and Oliver, backs, Oliver Stevenson, and Auld, half-backs, Gibson, Gillespie, Smith, Campbell, Hannah (D), and Scott forwards. Everton: - Cox, goal, Hannah (Captain), and Doyle, backs, Kirkwood, Holt, and Parry, half-backs, Latta, Brady, Hammond, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.

April 22, 1890. The Liverpool Courier
This match was decided at the Anfield enclosure last evening and the Bootle v Burnley fixture having lapsed, there was a better attendance than would otherwise have been the case. The Rovers were seen to much better advantage then in their Cup tie on Saturday last and there was little room for choice, between the teams. The issue being in the balance up to the call of “no side” eventually the Reserves was declared the winners by 1 goal to nil.

April 25, 1890. The Liverpool Courier
These teams encountered each other at Bolton last evening, the match being for the benefit of J.Brogan the Wanderers forward, but unfortunately the weather was unfavorable, and greatly interfered with the attendance. The visitors kick off, and were at once placed on the defensive, first McNee and then Brogan sending in terrific shots, which Cox saved in grand style. Chadwick next forced the home custodian to handle, and this was followed by another incursion into the Everton territory. Weir almost scoring, a corner to Everton proved abortive, and for a long time the Wanderers held the upper hand. All the forwards tried to score, and some magnificent shots were sent in, but in all for nothing. The custodian and backs displaying in rare style. Towards the interval Everton played up better and gained futile corner. Half-time arrived without either side having scored. In the second half play was a similar description, neither team appeared at there best, and finally the game resulted in a draw, no goals being scored . Everton team; Cox, goal, Hannah (Captain), and Parry, backs, Kirkwood, Holt, and Weir half-backs, Latta, Brady, Hammond, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.

April 25, 1890. The Liverpool Courier
Evertonian “writes” allow me to state a grievance, which I hope, will be taken cognizance of by the committee of the Everton club. As one of the clubs most radial supports, I must protest against the manner in which the Reserves matches are advertised, and so duping the public to believe that they are going to witness the Reserves play. I decidedly object to being led astray such advertisement, and fined a team on the ground which represents the Reserves. Players of Everton Football Club. It is not fair to treat their supporters like this, and I trust that in future if such matches are to take place, that they will be advertised as scratch teams, it is all very well to give local players a trial but let one player be tried at a time with the proper Resevres, and not fill up the team with everyone who can wear football boots. There were many spectators at the match on Wednesday night of the same opinion, as myself, who are not members, but nevertheless have as perfect “right” to complain as anyone connected with the club.

April 26, 1890. The Liverpool Mercury
The Everton club (Mr. R. Molyneux) had very kindly arranged to give the net proceeds of a match which they intended to play with Notts County team on Thursday next.

April 28, 1890. The Liverpool Mercury
The followers of the Anfield club were again entertained by a club from the other side of the border, and a big crowd put in a appearance on the Oakfield road, enclosure on Saturday to welcome a long looked return visit of the well-known West of Glasgow club, the Patrick Thistle. The visitors when full teamed play a fine game, and although they were short handed through the absence of Paul (centre forward), Everton had to play hard to prevent themselves from beening outwitted. Hendry the Glasgow Rangers, was heartily welcomed by the home supporters. Geary made his first appearance for Everton after his injury to his head in the trial match at Nottingham. Clark kick off against the wind and hill, and after a big kick had taken the visitors to the home quarters, Weir sent neatly to Latta, but the latter overran the ball, and a screw shot by Chadwick was allowed to go over the lines. The Thistle sprinted along the right, but Parry pulled them up finely and giving to Milward, a corner was forced from McCulloch, which, being well placed by Chadwick, enabled Latta to open the scoring by heading the first point for Everton ten minutes from the start. Although Everton seemed to be taking things easy, the visiting custodian had plenty to do, and it was not long until Geary from a pass by Brady, who with Chadwick, was playing a grand game, with a low swift shot, notched the second goal for his side. Hendry now showed some of his well-known defending tackles and was the means of nullifying some well directed shots. At last “Lewis” did a fine sprint along the visitors right, but failed at the crucial point. However, coming again, he centred accurately to Stewart who scored for Patrick, a performance which, was duly recognized by the 9,000 spectators. Geary returned immediately, and beat the Thistle custodian with an off-side goal. Continuing to have all the play, Everton found themselves at the interval leading by 5 goals to 1. (Other scores Geary, 3-1, Latta 4-1, and Milward 5-1). Restarting, Everton again got prominent, and McCorkindale had to keep his wits about him in negotiating the determined attacks of the home van. Everton were now caught napping, and the visiting trundling neatly down McLead added a second point for his side. With a splendid shot, which gave Cox no chance. Not satisfied with the fluke, the homesters went to work with a greater vigour, and McCorkindale saved excellently. Latta now waded through, and giving Hendry the slip screwed across the goalmouth, but as no one was up the chance was broke away. The visitors retaliated, and had a fruitless corner. The play was became more even, the “Scotties” if anything having the best of it. Parry tackled his opponents rather cleverly, and Milward sent outside. Coming again, however, the homesters showed up to perfection, but Hendry eased and Cox had to make another good save from the Thistle centre forward. Latta again baulked Hendry, but McCorkindale went to the rescue, and Cox had to strike out from Stewart, when Latta getting possession and Wading through, caused the Scotch custodian to handle. The home right winger met it, and soon gave his side a further lead with the sixth goal. The game continued to be anything but a good exposition, and before the conclusion Geary was badly pulled up, by Freebairn just as he was racing along and before the free kick was disposed of Brady, who by the way was throughout the same very unlucky with his finished-headed slightly wide over the bar. A good pass by Geary being also missed, which brought a firm game to a conclusion with the following result; Everton 6 goals Patrick Thistle 2 goals. Teams ; Everton: - Cox, goal, Hannah (Captain), and Parry backs, Kirkwood, Holt, and Weir half-backs, Latta, Brady Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Patrick Thistle: - McCorkindale, goal, McCulloch, and Hendry, backs, Gorham, Freebairn, and Flannely, half-backs, Lewis, McLeod, Clark, Barker, and Stewart, forwards.

April 28, 1890. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton, after disposing of the Rangers in such an easy fashion in Glasgow, left that City on Sunday afternoon for Carlisle where they remained over the night, and travelled on to Sunderland on Monday, arriving there About one o'clock. After dinner, they were taken for a sound of the sea and sail on the river. Getting back at four o'clock, the players were somewhat tired, but after being attended to by their trainer they were got into a good state, and entered the enclosure full of hope that they would be able to hold their own, if not beat the aspirants for League Honours. On Kirtley making his way to the goal posts, a crowd numbering quite 8,000 sent up a cheer which might have been heard miles a away. Mr. McKay late of the Glasgow Northern, but now located in Newcastle, was referee and the sooner independent officials are requisitioned the better it will be for visiting clubs, and the interest of the Association. Campbell kicked off for Sunderland five minutes late, and against the wind. The homesters carried the ball up on their right, and ran it over the corner line. Parry claimed, but the referee headed not the umpire, and while Everton were standing still Sunderland scored. Rather hard lines, but no remedy from the referee. Everton, However, showed up finely, to the dislike of the crowd, and Brady equalised. With this latter point the fire of the spectators was aroused, and when Chadwick gave his side the lead one would have though they were inside a menagerie, the crowd howling like madmen. To prevent the visitors from further getting ahead, questionable tactics were resorted to, which evidently suited the gentleman with the whistle. The second half opened fast, but Everton suffered somewhat through Chadwick and Doyle receiving nasty knocks on the ankle, and knee respectively. Sunderland them pulled level, but not before a foul was wrongly given in the goalmouth, and fetched up their total score ten minutes later. From this stage to the close Everton completely hemmed Sunderland in their own quarters, and scored a third goal. The referee disallowed the point because he said he did not see it although it was acknowledged after the match that Campbell, in trying to ease the pressure, put through three yards before Kirtley drove, it into play. So the game ended, and Sunderland are credited with beating Everton by 3 goals to 2. Space will not permit entering into details of the game, suffice to say that, Everton, with fairplay, are quite 4 goals better than Mr. Tom Watson's combination It is believed that the Anfielders are not anxious to make another incursion into the Wearside town. Last Thursday Everton helped Brogan in his benefit at Bolton and came out of it with honours divided, no score being made although Everton had an offside goal. To make a good wind up of their tour, Mr.Molyneux, who by the bye, is still confined to bed. Invited Patrick Thistle to Anfield-road, where a warm reception was given the strangers by the 9,000 assembled. Neither club was fully pressed, nevertheless, a very good game was witnessed, nor Everton were victors by 6 goals to 2. The main feature of the game were the good goalkeeping of McOorkindale, and the back play of Hendry at left for Patrick, while Cox, in goal, kept up his lately acquired reputation, and showed that he can still be reckoned as a custodian of League class. Perhaps Latta and Brady were the safest Forwards although Chadwick deserves credit, for his ableness, despite the fact that his leg is still very bad. The homehalves were always on the job, and Hannah, and Parry did their share in gaining another victory for the Liverpool Cupholders. Geary, who was welcomed back to his well-known place in the centre, showed his accident has taken none of his dash, as at times he was very brilliant.

April 29, 1890. The Liverpool Mercury
Great interest was centred on this event, which took place at Anfield-road ground last night. The teams have met twice this season to fulfil their League fixtures. Preston winning here by 5 goals to 1, and Evertonians at Deepdale by 2 goals to 1. Long before the time for starting crowds were seen wending their way towards the Everton enclosure, and at the start nearly 12,000 spectators had assembled. Both teams had their full strength, with one exception, that being Heaton, who took the place of the Preston left wing. Punctually to time (6-15) Geary kicked off against the sun and wind and gave Latta who soon made tracks towards Trainor. Ross senior rushed to the rescue, and with a hugh kick sent up to Thompsoi, but Holt neatly robbed him, and again Everton's front rank got well down, Geary looking dangerous until Kelso intercepted him. And Ross racing away by the aid of Gordon, caused Doyle to perform a splendid return, which Chadwich a chance to get near in his finish, however, going over the bar. Play now became very fast and exciting, Geary treating the onlookers to one of his famous runs, Howarth bring him up by kicking over the line. Hands against Chadwick allowed Gordon to travel at a great pace towards Cox, but Doyle fairly upset his calculations, the ball being sent slowly outside. From the goal kick the homesters with some excellent passing slided along, and Geary parting to Milward, that player sent whizzing over the bar. Holt was now conspicuous, as he got the upperhand of young Ross, and Chadwick had a very near thing. Trainor saving, with Latta on top of him. The Bolton lad meeting the fist out, eased pressure by finishing wide. North End had now a look in, Gordon's effort going for nothing. After some grand play by Kirkwood Heaton forced a corner from Doyle, which he cleared in fine style by giving to his forwards, and Latta 15 minutes from the start scored the first goal for his side, amidst great cheering. By this success the homesters got lively to their work, Trainor had an anxious time of it, Latta giving him another warm handful, which this time, however he cleared very cleverly. From a foul Against Ross, Everton took up the attack and commenced a bombardment in front of the Preston custodian, shot after shot being sent in, and it was not until Ross with a heavy punt, sent well away that danger, was averted. Holt and Kirkwood now did some useful work, and the latter gave to Brady, who in turn tipped to Chadwick, and that player added another goal with a shot, which no goalkeeper could have stopped. Now was the time for the spectators to give went to their feelings and this they did to the best of their ability, the well known “rattle” doing it share of the tumult. After some midfield play Heaton cleverly forced a corner from Hannah, which was well cleared by Kirkwood, and Latta and Brady raced along but Ross sen mulled their attempt and Dewhurst catching his return missed an easy chance right in front of goal. From now to the interval Preston were completely hemmed in their own quarters and could make no headway against the superb defence of Hannah and Doyle, half-time arriving with Everton 2 goals North End nil.

Restarting Milward sprinted beautifully along, and Geary, with one of the finest shot ever witnessed beat Trainor for a third time with a flyer, which fairly nonplussed the Prestonians. From the centre kick, Ross jun showed some tricky tactics and assisted by Gordon he give Cox the only shot the latter had to save during the whole game, which the Evertonians got rid of in a masterly fashion. Everton now took up the reins and during the last 25 minutes of the game the Prestonians hardly if ever got past midfield. One of the finest contests ever seen on the Anfield enclosure thus ending in an easy win for Everton by 3 goals to nil. Teams North End: - Trainor, goal, Howarth, and Ross backs Kelso, Hendrie, and Holmes half-backs, Gordon, Ross, Thompson Dewhurst and Heaton forwards. Everton: - Cox, Hannah (Captain), and Doyle, backs, Kirkwood, Holt, and Parry, halt-backs, Latta, Brady Geary, Chadwick and Milward forwards. Referee Mr. Roberts.

Nottingham Evening Post - Wednesday 07 May 1890
There has been a rumour that the Oswalds are likely to go to Everton next season, but such is not, we believe, the fact.  Fred Geary is under a two years' engagement to play centre forward for Everton and however anxious he may be to come back to Nottingham the Liverpool club are not disposed to let him go.  Therefore, why should they even want James Oswald? 
Thomas McInnes is in the ranks of Notts County. 

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 10 May 1890
That several of the Everton team have been tardy in signing the professional form; that all of them had previously tied their hands by a binding engagement, legally and properly drawn out, and Everton do not intend to ley any of them wriggle out; that Geary would very much like to go home, and promised to get a man to fill his place equal to himself in ability; that it is therefore, not at all surprising to hear that the brothers Oswald do not like Nottingham; that they both have a burning desire to change to Liverpool; that but for the new protection rule of the League, it is pretty certain the brothers would be landed at Liverpool next season; that Everton do not want substitutes, they want their own men, and mean to hold Geary to his bond.