December 1890


December 1 1890. The Liverpool Courier

The League match between Everton and Blackburn Rovers was played at Anfield on Saturday in the presence of 10,000 spectators. The ground was hard with frost, and there was a mist hanging over the ground. Jradine made his first appearance for Everton in goal. The teams were as follows : - Everton: - Jardine, goal, Hannah (captain), and Doyle, backs, Kirkwood, Holt and Campbell half-backs, Gordon, Brady, Geary, Chadwick and Milward forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Gow, goal, Forbes and Brandon backs Forrest, Dewar, and Barton, half-backs Townley, Walton, Sothworth, Campbell, and Lofthouse forwards. The Rovers kicked off down hill, and there were some midfield exchanges in which, the home team came off somewhat the best. Pretty play between Milward, Chadwick, and Geary took place at the Rovers end and from this Brady narrowly missed breaking through the posts. A little more play at that end, and then the Rovers went off, Southworth getting away in a grand run, and scoring the first goal. The Evertonians took the ball from the kick off in the visitors quarters but the backs succeeded in keeping them at bay. Milward propelled a fine dropping shot, with Gow saved, and although a claim was made that the goalkeeper took the ball, when it was over the line the referee did not support it. Owing to the fog it was somewhat difficulty to distinguish the players, Everton continued to hold the advantage without any benefit and some exceedingly clever passing between Brady and Gordon resulted in the latter shooting very wide of the mark. Although the Rovers were a goal to the good they were by no means obtaining a fair share of the game- the ball continually passing and repassing in front of their citadel. From a relief by Doyle the ball went to Milward, who headed finely into the goalmouth although a good distance from it, and Geary put the finishing touch upon the effort, the equalising being enthusiastically cheered. The homesters were going at it with great form and when their opponents made an effort to get away they met stern opposition from the defence which, was in grand form. At length the visitors by means of long passing forced a corner, but this was of no benefit to them. Jardine after this ran out and kicked away an attempts by Lofthouse, and Doyle next affected a smart relief. The play was now of a more even nature and fir a few minutes, the ball was sneaking about in centre field until Townley passed to Southworth, who was about to give the forwards the chance of a dangerous rush had not Hannah smartly kicked into touch. The home men dashed away, and Gordon put a clinker right into Gow's hands and before the goalkeeper could rid himself, he had to contend with three forwards, who promptly knocked him though and the second goal was thus scored, Chadwick after the kick-off was not far short of scoring, and a shot from Brady nearly took effect, Gow sending the leather away just before he was floored again. A minute or two before half-time after some meacing by the left wing, Geary received the ball, and got the third goal. Halt time result :- Everton 3 goals,, Blackburn Rovers 1 goal.

Upon the recommencement of the game it seemed as though Everton would score again, the bell being carried down towards the Rovers goal, and it was only by the exertion of the backs and goalkeeper that it was kept out. The visiting left attacked with great vigour, and two fouls were given them in alarming proximity to the goal, but fortunately the kicks were inaccurate, and there was no adverse point gained. Milward and Chadwick worked at a good pace, and Geary from the ensing pass was preparing for a shot when Forbes uncarenouicuely removed him. An appeal was made for a foul, but not sustained. There were more unexciting manonves in neutral territory, and a but slightly sustained attack by Everton, and then the Rovers pulled up a lot of ground with no better success. The whole front rank of the home team, put themselves in a good position with spirited play and Brady had a near shaye when a goal seemed very likely to occur. Lofthouse pastured along very nicely in company with his partner until close upon the goalline, when a foul on ‘'heads'' was given. The Rovers took the kick and shot through as far as could be seen in the mist without anybody touching. A most unseemly bit of tripping and hacking between Lofthouse and Doyle occurred in front of the centre of the grand stand, and the referee Mr. Jope, admonished both players to observe more care in their play. He then inspected the boots of several of the players, and ordered Brandon and Doyle off the field in order to have some iron protuberances on the soles of their boots filed down. The home team took up the running, and was spoiled of a splendid opening owing to offside play. The Rovers then had a turn at the other end, and a free kick, and corner made it appear likely that a goal would ensue, but to the relief of the spectators this was averted. A few minutes before the conclusion of the game Brandon knee was hurt and he had to be assisted off the field. After this Everton had one or two good chances, Geary being prominent in smart flashes, but they were not taken advantage of. Final result Everton 3 goals, Blackburn Rovers 1 goal.


December 1, 1890. The Birmingham Daily Post

The meeting between the two teams who faced for second place amongst the League club attracted 12,000 people to the Everton club ground at Liverpool. For the first few minutes Everton pressed rather severely, but the Rovers relieved the pressure, and Southworth with a splendid shot scored for the visitors. Very soon afterwards a fine piece of play between Milward and Geary resulted in a score for Everton and before half-time the home side had put on two more points. In the second portion of the game Everton fully maintained their lead, and so gained a victory by three goals to one. During the last few minutes there was a sharp dispute, and both Doyle and Brandon were ordered off the field to file down the irons on their shoes.


December 1 1890.

No match details , Everton team: - Smalley, goal, McLean, and Cresswell, backs, Martin (captain), Jones (r), and Parry backs, Hammond, Murray, McGreger, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.


DECEMBER 6, 1890. The Belfast News Letters.

The defeat of Blackburn Rovers by Everton was the most important item in Saturday's matches. The Liverpool club on this occasion showed a return to its old form before the unfortunate accident to Latta. A young player of the name of Gordon filled the place of the injured right-wing man better than an substitute that has been tried, and it is partly due to the more combined efforts of the forwards that Everton achieved so great a victory. The Rovers did not consider the ground fit for a league match, and played under protest. This may account for the poor display they gave, but if so they were ill advised, as the match in all probability will rank as a League fixture. Tom Brandon of the Rovers, slipped on the hard ground at Everton, and hurt his knee so badly that nit will be some considerable time before he will be able to play again. This is practically hard lines for the Blackburn men, who have no efficient substitute for their fine half-back. I hear that the Everton club has engage Wylle, of Glasgow Rangers, to play outside right forward, in place of Andrew Latta, who seems to be permanently indisposed. The terms on which Wylle comes re pretty stiff, being £100 down and £3 a week. This is very good pay for a few hour's a weekly, but it must be remembered that the right of a professional footballer are great, and also that a player seldom maintains first class form more than a few years.


December 6 th 1890. The Liverpool Courier.

Last Saturday was an eventful day, for all eyes –locally at least –were turned in the direction of Anfield, where in the return match with the famous Blackburn Rovers, who twice had lowered the colours of North End, the Evertonians were, so to speak, to “do or die.” To lose meant perhaps the irreparable deprivation of an exalted position in the annuals of the League, but to win was to regain prestige and to inspire renewed hopes of future victories with partial recovery of the ground lost in recent encounters. Liverpool expected every man to do his duty, and knowing it, right gallantly Everton responded to the call, with a result that surpassed the most sanguine expectation. The turf was as hard as adamant, and to make matters worse a fog developed the ground just prior to the start, but which fortunately cleared off as the play proceeded. The atmospherical and other adverse conditions, however, sufficed to induce the Rovers to formally protest, notwithstanding which the game was regarded as a League engagement by home captain and his responsible adverse, who confidently left the question for future adjudication. Jardine, who appeared in the Everton colours for the first time, enjoyed a most cordial reception, which he justified by his display in goal; for although not heavily taxed, the old Bootle custodian discharged his duties to the evident satisfaction of the thousands present on the occasion. He certainly was beaten by a shot from Southworth, but it was such a scorcher that it is doubtful whether the smartest custodian in the land could have checked the flight of the ball through goal. But this success was the only real chance the Rovers ever had. It simply served to nerve the Everton men who forthwith gave an exhibition of the dash and skill which the habitues of the ground were accustom to witness during the early days of the season, when Latta was in his place and the evolutions of the team were as perfect as the most fastidious supporters of the club could desire. So irresistible indeed, was the attack that the score was speedily equalised; but when the third goal was registered just prior to half-time the feat evoked a storm of applause which the Rovers will long remember. This completed the scoring, for afterwards the play (which occasionally bordered on roughness) was of a desultory character, and as the English cupholders failed to improve their position they were thoroughly beaten by three goals to one. Rarely have the Rovers shown such indifferent form, and it is truthful to say that they were completely beaten at all points of the game. On the other hand, Everton were seen to district advantage, the left wing being particularly effective, while Gordon and Brady on the right worked more cohesively together than they have hitherto done; but as all did well it would be manifestly unfair to particulars the merits of individual members of the team.

The second string of Everton gave a good account of themselves at Blackpool, where in an encounter with South shore they were the victors by three goals to nil, the Shoreites, however, having very hard lines.


December 8, 1890. The Birmingham Daily Post

These two football combinations, who up to Saturday were respectively first and second in the aggregate of the League contests, met at Molineux Gounds practically to decide which team should claim the championship of the matches for the present season. The particularly good form of the Wanderers and the equally successful play of the Everton so far this year were sufficient guarantee that a stubborn contest would be the result of their meeting. Stubborn the play doubtless was, but at times during the progress of the game the partisanship exhibited by the players almost approached to reprehensible roughness, and at the conclusion a somewhat large section of the spectators gave way to a most hostile and disgraceful demonstration against the visiting team, probably because they had the luck, or misfortune to win. In the case of Geary the protection of a constable with a drawn staff which was brought into justifiable use was required to save him from being badly treated –perhaps, judging from the fierceness and coarseness of the threats hurled against him. Lynched. The importance of the match may be judged from the fact that nearly 12,000 spectators assembled to witnessed it. An alteration was made in the personal of the team, for the Wanderers A Worrall partnering Wykes on the right-wing, while Booth took the place of Bowdler; and for Everton McLean played vice Doyle, and Parry vice Campbell. Not excepting these alterations the opposing elevens were strong and fully representative. The match it was generally expected would be a close and exciting one for a few minutes' play sufficed to prove the latter expectation. Geary started the ball, but Brodie quickly obtained possession of it, and away the home forwards raced towards the Everton goal. The pace gave every indication of a fast game. Ball to Milward and Chadwick, who made a clever passing run on the wing and shot for goal. Rose removed the danger by kicking into midfield, but immediately after Wyllie and Brady beat the Wanderers backs, and Brady centreing, Geary put the ball through. There seemed some doubt as to whether the Everton man was not offside, and on beating appealed to Mr. Ormerod, the referee, decided against Everton. The most striking feature of the game now was the frequency with which the ball was fouled, both sides being blameable in this respect. About this time Geary came into violent contact with one of the Wanderers, with the result that for a few minutes the game was suspended. He, however, very courageously resumed, but upon examination the injury he had sustained proved to be a very severe bruise near the knee-cap. This untoward circumstance had the appearance of handicapping the visitors. When the ball was restarted Worrall and Wykes did some clever dodging against Parry and McLean, but were unable to crown their efforts with success. Again the left wing of the Everton made an attempt, but Baugh was too good for Milward. The ball was Baugh was too good for Milward. The ball was Baugh was too good for Milward. The ball was Baugh was too good for Milward. The ball was taken to the other end, and for an infraction of the rules Wolverhampton were awarded a free kick near goal. Fletcher took the shot, but the ball struck McLean, who was standing in goal, and with difficulty it was got away to the Everton right wing. Wyllie had possession of it, and on being tackled centred. The ball fell close to Mason, who unfortunately missed the kick, and Geary who was at hand, took advantage of this, and dribbled for a yard or so, before putting the ball through with a shot which would probably have defied any goalkeeper. The Wanderers took the lead when the game was resumed and Thomson had a chance which he practically threw away. This followed by a bit of smart play on the part of Wykes and Worrall, who at several points in the game showed to great advantage, and gave Jardine some trouble. As stated above, foul followed foul with unnecessary monotony, but no addition was made to the score. Milward, Chadwick and Geary, notwithstanding the latter's misfortune, played with surprising smartness and secured the ball under exciting circumstances from their opponents; and for the Wanderers, Worrall and Wykes showed the most attractive energy. The Wanderers tried several times to force the play, but the Everton played a strong defence. Towards the end of the first half the visitors several times kicked out to prevent further danger to their goal. The time arrived with the score standing 1 goal to o in favour of Everton. On recommencing, the game was marked by some spirited play on the Wanderers' right wing, which compelled the visitors to give a corner. The ball was not at all well placed, and the result was that it was easily got away by the Everton forwards, and a sharp attack ensued by the Everton forwards, and a sharp attack ensued on the Wanderers' defence. The backs and Rose were kept busily engaged. Rose returned in grand style a formidable shot sent in by Wyllie. In the course of a charging run Wykes, who had been displaying exceptionally good form and energy for the side, received a nasty kick on the leg, which had to be bandaged before he could proceed. Perhaps with more courage than prudence he continued to play, but it was apparent that his injury had greatly robbed the Wanderers of the value of his services. Thomson and the left wing troubled Jardine considerably, but aided by Hannah and Mclean, he was able to preserve his charge. For a time the pace of the game decreased somewhat, but the determination with which it was contested was not a whit less resolute. Both sides made desperate but unsuccessful efforts to score. Roughness, however, was too apparent. Towards the end of the game corners fell rather quickly, but in no instance did any appreciate result follow. The game concluded in favour of Everton, by 1 goal to o. On the play the winners deserved the victory. As already mentioned a most hostile attitude was assumed towards Everton by many of the spectators. They were howled, at, and but for the intervention of the police some of the players would have regretted their visit to Wolverhampton. Wolverhampton Wanderers; Rose, goal; Mason and Baugh, backs; Brodie, Allen, and Fletcher, half-backs; Booth, Wood, Thomson, Worrall, and Wykes, forwards. Everton: - Jardine, goal; Hannah and Mclean, backs; Kirkwood, Holt, and Parry, half-backs; Brady, Wyllie, Geary, Milward and Chadwick, forwards.


December 8 1890. THE Liverpool Courier

Everton jersey, blue and gold stripes

Played at Wolverhampton on Saturday in the presence of 12,000 spectators. For Everton McLean played in place of Doyle, who is laid up with an infected throat. Wylie played ta outside right and Parry took the place of Campbell. Teams are as Follows: - Wanderers: - Rose goal, Mason, and Baugh, backs, Brodie, Allen, and Fletcher, half-backs, Worrall, Wood, Thompson, Wykes, and Booth, Everton: - Jardine goal, Hannah (captain) and McLean, backs, Kirkwood, Holt, and Parry, half-backs, Wylie, Brady, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Everton appeared on the ground new jerseys, with Blue and Gold strips. The visitors kicked off against the wind and after a bit of moving on the left wing, Booth and Wood of the opposing team, got away, and were just pulled up by McLean in time. From a foul by Thompson Hannah placed the ball well in goal, but it was not sent any further. Midfield play was next seen, and then Kirkwood placed the ball to his forwards, and they passed to the left wing, from whence Milward shot through. It seemed to be a clear goal, but the referee ruled otherwise. The Everton men, were having somewhat the best of the play and Rose was called upon to save one from Geary. The home left cleared a way through, and Booth propelled a splendid shot, which McLean removed, from the goalmouth. Allen then kicked Geary on the leg, and the game was stopped for a couple of minutes when the centre forward resumed play. A foul on hands was awarded the Wolves close in goal, and safely pulled away, upon which, the Everton forwards by means of very neat passing along the line reached well up, and from a pass by Wylie the ball was shot outside by a few inches, from the foot of Milward. A foul was given against Everton when the Wanderers had recovered a lot of ground, and although the homesters were right in front, and sent in a hard shot, it rebounded off Burley McLean to the great relief of the Evertonians. From this the forwards of the Visiting team worked splendidly up, and a pass from Brady afforted Geary a grand opening, which he promptly availed himself of, by passing both the backs and scoring an easy goal twelve minutes from the start. When the kick off was made the Wanderers initiated an ugly rush, which foreboded Evil to Everton, but Jardine very coolly cleared puzzling one from Wykes. Another one was put in, and received the same treatment from Jardine, who acted as cool as a cucumber, notwithstanding the pressure round him. Everton were to the fore in a couple of attacks notable for the centres from Wylie, but both shots were wide. There was not much to choose between the teams for a few minutes. Mason deliberately tripped Geary when he was moving away but the ensuing free kick was of no avail. The home team travelled beautifully down, and Thompson had the acceptance of two fine changes, but in both cases. McLean, who took the ball from his toes in smart style, smartly beat him. Everton rushed off and Brady cracked in a beauty, which Rose managed to fist out cleverly, and Mason then kicked away a pretty attempt by Geary. The play for a little while settled downs into smart drops between the half and full backs. Hannah then checked a rush on the left, and McLean and Parry did ditto on the opposing wing. At this period the Wolves were having rather the best of the play, the ball being mainly in the Everton half, but Hannah and McLean worked perfectly together. Half-time Result Wanderers nil, Everton 1 goal.

On the restart the Wanderers brushed their way past all opponents, and again a corner, which was of no use to them. Geary and the left wing dash away, and finally Baugh kicked away an effort by Milward. Only a slight menace by the home team, when the visitors were at it again by the aid of the left wing, and a pass to Geary resulted in a shot from the centre which, Rose had the utmost difficulty in saving. He had to give a corner and although this was unproductive of danger at the moment Wylie had a shy immediately afterwards which, gave Rose an anxious moment, but he came out safely. The game was again stopped for a few minutes owing to Wykes being hors do combat. The Everton men just made a few fugitive attempts, there being nothing very dangerous in them, and then the home left pattered away, Booth sending in a high shot, which Jardine neatly put away. Everton were only able to rush forward to a certain distance, as the defence invariably proved too good; and the Wanderers suffered in a similar manner, their attacks being quickly repelled. For some time the ball was continually on the move, and never reaching further than the backs of both teams. Chadwick and Milward sprinted for some distance, and then passed over to the right wing, where after very clever play between Kirkwood and Brady, the ball was kicked wide by Wykie. The home team were doing all in their power to put themselves on terms of equality and their was a distinct improvement in their combination. They were unable, despite the most gallant efforts, to get the point so much desired. Hannah repelling them in wonderfully fashion three times in succession. Again they returned to the attack, and again Hannah repulsed them, but cheered on by their supporters, they went at it as hard as they could. Final result Wanders nil, Everton 1 goal.


An exciting and disgraceful scene followed the match. As the Everton players were leaving the ground their were surrounded by a infuriated crowd and literally mobbed. Geary, who had already been severely kicked on the knee, was stoned, and was also badly mauled by several of the spectators. A number of Everton gentlemen who were trying to protect the players were maltreated, one Evertonian narrowly escaping series injuries at the hands of a police inspector who was striking wildly at the crowd in order to keep them away.


Great excitement prevailed at Everton on Saturday upon the reception of the intelligence of the attack upon the members of the League team. The sporting Express-the only paper in Lancashire, which contained the news-was eagerly, brought up and local football enthusiasts upon ascertaining therefrom the particulars of the occurrence manifested great indignation. Is was recalled that a similarly disgraceful espide occurred two years ago, when the Everton players were victorious at Wolverhampton, and many people urged that the attention of the football League should be drawn to the matter. Special irritation was expressed at the determined characters of the onslaught upon Geary who had evidently been singled out for the attention of the mob in consequence of his fine play during the match. A large party of Evertonians met the team upon their return to Lime-street Station and were delighted to find that they had so luckily escaped from the clutches of the crowd.



December 8 1890. The Liverpool Courier

There was only a moderate attendance on the Everton ground on Saturday to witness the match between the above teams. The weather was fine but dull. The Rangers put in a late appearance and it was about twenty minutes after time when Colley kicked off. Gordon was the first to show prominently Robinson removing the danger, and the play was in centre. A free kick did no good, Jones and Martin mulling a good chance Play was even until McGregor, Murray, and Gordon ran and passed prettily McGregor in a good shot at the finish, which was nicely saved by Porter. Murray had to save shortly after. McGregor and Gordon again were prominent, but found the defence equal to the emergency, and Hammond had to put all in to defend his citadel. Fleetwood attacked strongly Murray having two difficult shots to negotiate. He cleared, and play was quickly in the visitors half. Porter was a capital custodian, and cleared every shot he had to deal with until McGregor from a pass by Elliott shot through out of his reach. The point however, was disallowed for offside. Everton quickly had their revenge, McGregor and Elliott scoring a very soft goal with Porter out of his place. A foul in a dangerous position fell to the visitors and after the ball had hovered in front of the home citadel Hacking shot over the bar. A pretty run by the Rangers right wing was cheered but meeting Cresswell, the attack was frustrated. Elliott and McMillan followed suit but had no better luck than their opponents, and Murray had to fist out a capital shot by Hewitson. Pratt made a good run up the right for Rangers, but shot wide of the mark. Gordon also ran strongly, and Robinson had to concede a corner, which was futile. Hammond was cheered for his good play at Half, proving a stumbling block to the strong right wing of the Rangers. Everton nearly scored from a corner well placed by Gordon. Robinson just cleaning in time-a near thing. Everton were having all the game, but the defence of Robinson and Porter, was excellent and nothing further was scored. Half-time result Everton Reserves 1 goal, Fleetwood Rangers nil.

After the usual interval McGregor kicked off Everton having the best of the opening exchanges, and Gordon from a pass by McGregor promptly shot past Porter, the point again beening disallowed for offside. A good run by the Rangers front rank deserved a better fate than the corner which, assured to them. Everton, too should have scored more than once, but were weak in front. Elliott and McMillan ran strongly and centering nicely Gordon shot past Porter to the delight of the crowd, and later Elliott sent in a magnificent shot, one, which would have taken a fair better goalkeeper than Porter to stop. Final result was in favour of Everton Reserves by 3 goals to nil . Everton team: - Murray, goal, McLean, and Cresswell, backs, Martin (captain), Jones (r), and Hammond, half-backs, Gordon, Murray, McGregor, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.



December 9 1890. The Liverpool Courier

The Birmingham Post says:- The records of Saturday's match are not altogether satisfactory reading. In more the once instance bad temped usurped the place of good feeling and rowdyism characterised the close of the big match at Wolverhampton. It is not the first time that Molyneux ground has been the scene of disgraceful conduct of that kind, and it was pointed out in the column 12 months ago that the better manners were sadly needed by some of the spectators who patrousie the enclosure. Disappointing was undoubtedly very keen at the defeat of the Wanderers, but nothing can excuse the treatment the Everton team received after they had won the match. Throughout the game was unworthy of the reputation of either eleven, and there was a great deal too much personal element. Everton started in the most promising style and had much the best of the game in the first half, during which Geary scored a brilliant goal for the visitors. Some strong and able work by the home defence gave their forwards many opportunities of retrieving their position, and even winning the game, but they failed at critical moments and Everton were declared the winners of a very hard but by no means scientific encounter. Geary had been hurt at the beginning of the game, and just before the finish he collided with Allen, one of the home half-backs and this was made an excuse by the ruthiantly portion of the crowd for a cowardly attack on the slim young Evertonians, as he left the field. Geary has the reputation of being an honourable opportneat, and is celebrated for playing an honest and straightforward game. It would be an undeserved compliment to say as much of the Wanderers, and for the slightly Built Geary to deliberately charge such a powerful man as Allen would be intensely foolish. The Wanderers executive will be only doing their duty in repressing in the sternest manner, the cowardly and disgraceful conduct which, a section of the crowd exhibited on Saturday. Only drastic measures will have any effect on these fellows, but if one or two of them were haled before the insgistrates it would probably soon put a stop to proceeding which, if allowed to continue will sooner or later prevent all respectable people from patronizing the pastime.

The Birmingham Gazette says: - the Wolverhampton match was a very disappointing one from a spectator's point view. Football being infinitely below what one had a right to expect from teams of such caliber. Truth to tell, there was as great deal too much feeling manifested, and the fact that one side was as bad as the other does not in the least excuse the rough and tumble game which was played. Spectators go to a match to see football, not an exhibition in which'' brute force'' is allowed to triumph over science. I don't think I ever saw a game in which there were so many fouls, whilst the display of feeling between Geary and Allen towards the finish was disgraceful. Geary had been badly hurt in the early part of the game, but that was no excuse for the petulant attack he made on ‘'the Wolf'' afterwards, and the crack centre had only himself to blame for the demonstration against him at the close by the spectators. But for the Intervention of the police and the assistance of the other members of the team Geary would have been roughly handled. Of course one can only condemn this action on the part of the spectators in the strongest terms, but it is nevertheless a regrettable fact that on several grounds I could mention the spectators are Wong to show a most unsportmanlike spirit, which in the event of the defeat of their favorites finds expression in hooting and telling at opponents, and the referee alike, and frequently ends in abrutal attack on the objects of their ill temper. Such proceedings can not but bring the game into ill-rapute, but can be easily combated by the Football Association on the matter being reported to them. The Association has but to follow in the wake of the Yorkshire Rugby Committee. Who in similar emergencies have vetoed the ground on which such hostile demonstrations have been made. If the clubs who are patronized by such unsportmanlike spectators are debarred from playing matches on their own ground for a month or six weeks, both spectators and executive will be speedily brought to a sense of their responsibilities, and will take the necessary steps to avoid such disgraceful demonstrations.


December 13, 1890. The Belfast News Letters.

The match between Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers last Saturday was surrounded with unusual interest owing to the two clubs engaged being first and second respectively. The Wolves were one point better than their opponents before the match began, but after it was concluded the Liverpool club had the advantage by the same score. Now that Everton has resumed the lead of the league, I would not be surprised to find it keep on the top to the end and win the championship. I have sung the praise of the Everton men frequently, and now that I see them on the mend, I can leave them to fight their own battles, when they are perfectly capable of doing. Wylle, late of Glasgow Rangers make his debut in the ranks of Everton on Saturday as right wing forward, and played a capital game, although he is not so good as Latta, who, I am glad to hear is likely to be playing again as well as ever in the beginning of the year.



December 13 th 1890. The Liverpool Courier.

Now that the “fight for the standard” is over, and Everton again reigns supreme over the aspirants to championship honours we can breathe freely –for a while at least. To beat Wolverhampton Wanderers by only a goal may not be regarded as a particularly great achievement, but it must be acknowledged that to accomplish this in the den of the “Wolves” speaks volumes for the plucky ability, and endurance of the visiting team. The game was not of that scientific character, naturally expected on the meeting of two such high-class teams, but such as it was Everton had decidedly the best of it, and retired triumphantly from the fray only, however, to realise the fulfillment of threats previously made by the followers of the “Wolves” who took the reverse morosely, and wantonly savaged at least one member of the victorious team. Unfortunately for Geary, he has constantly been a “marked” man –for no fault of his own, but simply because of the brilliancy of his play, and to “knock him out” therefore, because the policy of more than one rival team. No player –and he is but a slender youth –has suffered more in this respect, and his maltreatment at the close of Saturday's match refexs everything shame upon his cowardly assailants. The only fault that can be laid to his charge is that when viciously prostrated by an opposing player, and whilst still on the ground, he for once adopted a retaliatory course of action, which, although objectionable, was nevertheless pardonable under the circumstances of the case. This is by no means the only occasion on which a Wolverhampton crowd has behaved outrageously, and it is therefore to be hoped that the League authorities will adopstringent measures to prevent a recurrence of such conduct for a length of time to come. This can easily be done by a suspension of fixtures on the Molyneux ground, and only drastic action will have the desired effects.

Everton placed a strong team against Fleetwood Rangers, and a capitally contested game resulted in favour of the Anfield-roadsters by three goals to nil.


December 15, 1890. The Birmingham Daily Post

Except for the absence of Doyle, Everton had their full strength against Derby County, where the about four thousand people gathered to witness the match. Wyllie scored twice for the visitors soon after the start, and though the County then attacked well the home eleven were driven back, and Geary obtained a third point with a long shot. Holmes then scored a goal for Derby, but Brady once more defeated the County goalkeeper. Everton leading at half-time by four goals to one. Soon after resuming a second goal was obtained by Derby, but during the concluding portion of the game, which was seriously interfered with by fog, Everton scored twice more, and so won by six goals to two.

Suppose we finish the mournful part of the business first. And yet it was not altogether mournful or unpleasant. The gathering of which took place at the residence of the popular and genial president of the Everton Football Club (Councillor John Houlding) last Monday night to bid farewell to one of the pillars of the club – Mr. John Brooks – had many agreeable phases about it.
Certainly Mr. Brooks will remember it with kindly and grateful feelings for many years to come. As soon as Mr. Brook’s departure from Liverpool to assume a more important Customs appointment at Grimsby was announced in Everton a spontaneous movement arose in favour of presenting him with some appropriate testimonial of his invaluable services to the club in the past.
The movement soon took definite shape, and culminated in the presentation to Mr. Brooks last Monday of one of the finest albums I have ever seen, in which was inscribed the following address: -
To John C. Brooke, Esq.
Dear Sir, - We, the committee of the Everton Football Club, cannot allow you to sever your long connection with us and it without expressing to you our esteem for your high character, regret at losing you from among us, and gratitude for the invaluable service you have rendered to the club from its infancy.
We sincerely hope that your promotion to a higher sphere may be conducive to your personal welfare, and a prelude to further and speedy advancement. In bidding you farewell, we trust that you may be long spared to enjoy the respect of all with whom you come in contact, to present the constant example of a manly and straightforward character, and to know of the continued success of the club, whose triumphs you have done so much to secure. -
Signed on behalf of the committee,
John Houlding, President.
W.E. Barclay, Vice-President.
Robert Wilson, Treasurer.
R. Molyneux, Secretary.
The presentation was made in a very neat and suitable speech by the president, whose remarks were supplemented by further observations from Mr. Barclay and Mr Molyneux. Mr. Brooks’s acknowledgement of the compliment was a model of its kind, and the sad occasion which brought the meeting together was afterwards quite forgotten amid the hospitalities of the president.
(Field Sports, 15-12-1890)



December 15 1890, The Liverpool Football Echo

A Great amount of interest was evinced in the visit of the Attercliffe Club to the Anfield-road enclosure this afternoon to oppose the Everton team. The visitors are famous as winners of the Sheffield Minor Cup on four successive occasions, and have this season succeeded in reaching the third stage of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Cup, for which trophy they will be next opposed by Sheffield United. In consequence of the severe frost the ground was very hard. A fair attendance of spectators had assembled in anticipation of a good game. The visitors were late in arriving and consequently it was twenty-five minutes after the advertised time when Crawshaw kicked off. Everton at once made for Machon, but a shot from the left went wide. Some amusement was caused by the team both playing in white jerseys, and it became necessary for the game to be stopped a few moments while the Evertonians donned their “salmon” colours. After the restart Crawshaw made off down the centre, Martin rushing up and effectually stopping his progress. Elliott and McMillan got away splendidly on the left, and then Martin centred, but the ball travelled a little too far. Webster and Beech were next to show up, getting well down the field; but Jones secured and transferred to Murray, and this player with Gordon made tracks for Machon, Cutler, however, saving splendidly. The Attercliffe forwards put in a nice sequence, the left working down the field in great fashion, but timely intervention on the part of Dobson and Martin sent them back. Elliott and McMillan careered up the left, the latter centreing beautifully, but Gordon, who was close up, failed to put the globe through. Everton pressed severely for a few minutes, several shots being sent in to Machon, all of which he dealt with in a masterly manner. Still the homesters held the upper hand, and after the visitors had cleared a corner Elliott again had a shot, which however, just missed its mark. Attercliffe got away from the goal kick, and just when they seemed to get in full swing Parry intercepted and sent them to the right about. Murray and Gordon took up the running, but Booth was one too many for them. Dobson had a kick charged, which made matters look rather serious for the “Salmons.” The danger, however, was averted, and Everton raced away to the other end. Exchange between the home forwards then occurred and the ball was sent down to the centre. McGregor defeated Machon with a good shot. A brief visit was paid to Angus's charge chiefly through the instrumentality of Webster, but the homesters were soon again at the other end attacking vigorously. Time after time grand shots were sent in from left, right and centre, but Machon, who, played a really magnificent game. Treated them all alike, and saved in a marvelous manner. Just before half-time Attercliffe raced down the field T. Beech's shot just going over the bar. Half-time result: Everton 1 goal, Attercliffe nil. After crossing over McGregor started operations and Everton were quickly attacking Machon's charge. The Attercliffe custodian fisted out a rattling shot by McMillan, and then a stinging one from the same wing was propelled over the bar. Parry centred well, but all to no purpose, as the ball could not be piloted past Machon. Jones then robbed Crawshaw finely, and sent in among his forwards. McGregor got possession, and passed over to Elliott who was successful with his shot, but the referee ruled him off-side. Everton were having all the best of the game, attacking severely for quite a quarter of an hour, and but for the excellent tactics of Machon must have scored on several occasions. Eventually Beech and Webster had an opening, and sailed away on the right, crossing over to the centre, but in a moment the homesters were again pressing, shots from nearly all the Everton forwards failing to take effect. Parry went away from the half-way line and evaded all the opponents, but his final effort went over. Attercliffe then got away to halfway, where Jones took the leather from the toes of Beech, and sent well up the field, when hostilities were again carried on for a time. A brief spurt by the visiting left, and then Everton were back again. Parry kicked Elliott, and McMillan shot across the goalmouth, but Murray failed in his attempt to get the ball though. Still Everton had the best of it, and sorely tried, the capabilities of the visiting custodian, who, however continued to respond manfully to every call made upon him. Eventually, however, success met the continued attacks of Evertonians. Parry sent amongst his forwards, and a swift shot from the feet of Elliott escaped the vigilance of Machon. The referee shortly afterwards blew the final whistle, though evidently under some misapprehension, as the game had only been in progress half an hour in the second stage. Everton: - Angus, goal, Dobson (captain) and Cresswell backs, Martin, Jones (r), and Parry backs, Gordon, Murray, McGergor, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.



December 15 1890. The Liverpool Courier

The ground at Derby was in good condition, having been but slightly affected by the frost. The kick off was made soon after a quarter past two in the presence of 3,000 spectators. The visitors moved well down on the right, but the ball was rushed over the line. It was retained in the home territory and a pass from Geary permitted. Chadwick to make an attempt his calculation from a difficult spot being only a few inches out. Just after the goal kick Geary sent to Wylie, who shot through very neatly, the game only being three minutes Bakewell and McLachlan went away in neat style, and the concluding touch was easily removed by Jardine. Geary and Milward made good progess. Only to be baffled by Baker, and then a foul for hands against McLean gave Derby a good position in the vicinity of the goal, but this was of no profile, the ball being sent flying over the line. Wylie put in a grand sprinted run and finally shot somewhat high over the bar. John Goodall carried the leather out of danger by season of a good sprint, Hannah proving the stumbling block. The home men were now pulling themselves together, and Bakewell had a fair opening, which he spoiled by ever running the ball. Pretty play between Geary. Chadwick and Milward took the leather well away, and Wylie again scored with a fast low shot, which Chadwick's pass effected him. Only a minute elapsed when Chadwick sent in a hot one which, Haddow cleared, and then Geary cleverely shot the third, play only having been in progess for a quarter of an hour. Wylie rushed off at a fine rate and shot through a grand one, from a long distance, but he had just previously been declared offside. Bakewell was to the front in another fine run, and passing to J.Goodall a tough shot was sent in Jardine neatly repelling and another immediately afterwards flew over the bar. McLachlan following this up with a stinging shot, which Jardine very smartly took away from the feet of those who rushed at him. The Evertonians now took up the running and Wylie shot over the bar. Holt sent into the hands of the goalkeeper and Geary planted a scorcher well in the goalmouth, Haddow having to concede a corner. Nothing came of this, and again the County men attacked in a vigorous manner, and a hard one from Holmes was wonderfully well arrested by Jardine, after which Goodall kicked over the bar. Smart combination on the home left-wing resulted in Holmes scoring with a fast grounder. A thick mist now came down, and it was impossible to observe the movements of the players more than a third of the time. Chadwick quickly ran the ball down and transferred to the right wing from whence as far as could be seen Wylie scored the fourth. Half-time result; Derby County 1 goal Everton 4 goals. On restarting the mist was thicker, and the task of distinguishing the player was rendered almost impossible. The County man travelled towards their opponent's goal at a tremendous speed. Everton repulsed them twice, but down they went again and John Goodall scored a second goal apparently. The visitors carried along, and Geary lost a fairly good opening by handling the ball. A minute later that player was kicked on the foot by Chamber, and he limped about for a little while, but resumed play. There were more ugly rushes by the County team, but weather the goal was in imminent danger could not be seen. Eventually Wylie repelled the besiegers and the partner slipped off and crossed the ball to the left Chadwick sending over the bar. Geary received the ball afterwards, and slipped off at high speed, but with only Baker in his steps, and the goalkeeper running far away from his charge, he propelled the ball high over the bar. A few minutes later the fifth goal was scored by Geary from Wylie's pass. The game was here delayed for a few minutes on account of the spectators encroaching upon the field of play. The onlookers from the different sides of the field went on to the pitch, and assisted in that manner to hamper the efforts of the officials and the police who were endeavoring to restore order. When the people were removed the county men attacked strongly, and it was only by the repeated fine rescue by Hannah, McLean, and Jardine that a further score was prevented. For some time Everton only had one rush, and on that occasion it could not be seen by whose effects this was brought about. Until the exclusion Derby continued to have the best of the game. Final result Derby County 2 goals Everton 6 goals. Teams as follows; Derby County: - Haddow, goal, Baker, and Ferguson backs Gondola (a) Roulstone, and Bakewell backs McLachan, Goodall (j), Holmes, and McMillan forwards. Everton: - Jardine, goals, Hannah (captain), and McLean backs, Kirkwood, Holt, and Campbell backs, Wylie (t), Brady, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.



December 20 th 1890. The Liverpool Courier.

Now that Everton has recovered the prestige lost during the calamitous days of the season, there is joy in the region of Anfield, and hopes are revived of a successful issue of the campaign. For a length of time the loss of Latta appeared irreparable, but after much anxious research a worthy substitute was found in Wylie, whose debut Wolverhampton Wanderers will long remember, and whose later exploits against derby County have stamped him –if such evidence were needed –as a player of the highest rank. Of course, no one ventured to doubt the ability of the dual victors in the journey with Wolverhampton Wanderers to vanquish Derby County, and the problem to be solved was rather as to the number of winning goals, and even in this respect the most sanguine were wide of the mark. The prevailing fog rendered the game uninteresting from a spectator's point of view, and only in occasional instance could be scorers of goals to noted from midfield. Wyllie, however, was the hero of the day, for the game had not long been in progress before a couple of points stood to his credit –one being the result of what is described as a long diagonal shot, the other being scored from a splendid pass from the left by Chadwick. Barely twenty minutes had elapsed when Geary put on a third, and Holmes having replied on behalf of the County, the Evertonians rushed through a fourth, so that at half-time the Peakites found themselves in a minority of four to one. Following the change of ends, however, the “County” temporarily rallied and added a second point, and now the Evertonians again stormed with irresistible force, and adding two more points, won by a large majority of six to two. This is a record at Derby so far as League matches are concerned, although in 1897 North End beat the County by five goals to one, but with this exception many years have elapsed since so large a number of goals have been registered against the ill-fated team, which now ranks eleventh in order of merit of the competing clubs. On the other hand, Everton now stand conspicuously at the head of the list, being a point ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers, and three points ahead of Blackburn Rovers, who, however, are still a match in arrears. Needless to say, the result of the match against Sunderland today is anxiously looked forward to as sounding the keynote of final success for then the Evertonians will have met the bulk of their engagement on distant fields of play. Having made the journey overnight, Everton will rise refreshed for the fray, and with a full and thoroughly reliable team to do battle for the good old town, not even the semblances of a doubt should exists “play up Everton!” and the sterling old “whisper” will greet you on your return.


This match has been abandoned owing to the inclement state of the weather. The team was, Smalley, McLean, Cresswell, Hammond, R. Jones, Parry; Gordon, McGregor, Robertson, McMillan, and Elliott.


December 22, 1890. The Birmingham Daily Post

These two clubs, the first and last on the league list, met at Sunderland, in frosty weather, the ground being very hard. Nevertheless, the play on each side reached a high standard of excellence, but through the ball was in turn several times in dangerous proximity to each goal, neither side could score, and the elevens crossed over without a goal having been obtained. Everton pressed early in the second half, but failed to obtained a point, and then, amidst great cheering, Hannah scored for Sunderland. The home team played very finely afterwards and maintaining their advantage to the end, the game ended in favour of Sunderland by one goal to none.


December 22 1890. The Liverpool Courier

Everton played their sixteen League match on Saturday at Sunderland in the presence of about 7,000 spectators. They arrived in the north on Friday night, and stayed at the Roker Hotel. The weather was beautiful and the temperature was fairly warm for this time of the year. The ground was very hard, and only a slight firm of snow was falling. Everton played the same team as that which defeated Derby County the only alteration taking place in the defence, Doyle resuming his place and causing McLean to retire. The teams were as follows :- Sunderland :- Doig, goal, Porteous, and Oliver backs, Wilson, Auld and Murray, half-backs, Harvey, Smith, Campbell, Hannah (d), and Scott, forwards. Everton: - Jardine goal, Hannah (captain), and Doyle backs. Kirkwood, Holt, and Campbell, half-backs, Wylie, Brady, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards . Mr.M.P.Betts was chosen by the club as referee, but as he was unable to attend his duties was fulfilled by Mr. Arnott of Leek. Sunderland kicked off, at a minute past two, and the Evertonians were at one conspicuous in some slow but accurate and puzzling passing, which took the ball down, when Chadwick sent in a soft one, which Doig easily removed. Campbell and Scott replied with interest, the ultimate effect being a neat attempt by Scott, the ball merely missing by a few inches. The ensuing play was not of an exciting nature, the northerners by fairly good passing obtaining a slight advantage, which was nullified by Hannah taking a kick in the vicinity of the goal when he was off-side. Milward Chadwick and Geary were getting on well past the defence when Oliver kicked behind, but the corner was of no benefit. The play was now mainly in midfield, the halfbacks on both side tackling and kicking brilliantly, and shaving off all advances by the forwards. Holt gave Milward a good chance the shot however, bring very lofty although it was taken from ten yards in front of goal. For a few minutes Everton were greatly in evidence and Geary kicked outside, and Oliver gave a second corner. Owing to a mistake this was unpredictable. Doyle splendidly drove the opposing forwards back on three occasions, and from the last kick Kirkwood passed to Milward, who at lighting speed sent the ball an inch over the bar. The visitors were now taking up the play earnestly and Geary put in a beautiful short dropping shot, which unfortunately was a shade too high. Milward in a dashing endeavour to make things sure went at the goalkeeper, but it was a case of the biter bit, as Doig quickly brought him down. Harvey and Smith ran down further pressure by Everton, and then the ball. Doyle relieved and Auld returned finely into the goalmouth, a good thing here being missed by Campbell. Chadwick and Milward carried the leather along, and the latter again kicked a yard too high. The home team took a turn at the attack, but they were scarely at any moment really dangerous, the brunt of the work falling upon Doyle, and being discharged with great honour to himself. Brady had a short sprint, and concluded with a wide one, and Wylie also slipped away in similar fashion, and finished up with a beauty, which shaved the crossbar. Sunderland went up again and this time it was possible for them to have the first to break the ice, had not their shooting been indeed miserable. Wylie just before half time was to the front with a grand and smart dribble, Oliver having to concede a corner. As this was useless, the interval arrived without either side scoring. The game had so far not been remarkable for any sustained brilliant execution, but no doubt the ground accounted for this, the players preferring to adopt the slower, and aurora method in order to avoid injury. Sunderland started after the interval at a clever pace, and Doyle headed out a stiff trial by Scott after this Wilson replied with an inaccurate smack. The ‘'Salmons'' boys continued to play at the increased pace, and Wylies when in advantageous positions, was twice ruled offside. The home men then were nearly bringing about the desired result. Jardine saving two attempts, the last one being a hard thing from Scott. He was charged in saving it, and was doubled up for a couple of minutes. After a brief lapse, Hannah received the ball from Smith, and as he was standing only a couple of yards off the upright he scored easily a claim for offside not being regarded favorably. The movements following upon this were more vigorous –not to say rough-and Doyle was hard pressed severe times, but succeeded in emerging safely from the tussles. Geary rattled off in clinking style, and when in passed to Chadwick, who shot wretchedly. The home men were going with far more determination, and Scott was responsible for a splendid attempt, the ball hitting the bar, and bouncing behind. The Evertonians were battling as hard as they could in order to avert the impeding defeat, but the halfbacks of the home team always seemed to drop on the ball as an opportune juncture, and their interceptions were very smart. They was still having the advantage in point of quarters, the ball being very nicely carried over the half-way line by their opponents, and on such occasions not in a manner to cause the spectators to feel uneasy. Holt used his chad to some purpose, and Doyle relieved from nearly under the bar. Jardine also saved his charge grandly when a couple of his antagonable were battering away at him. At this time tripping, whether designedly in accidentally done, was frequent, and both sides obtained fouls, Sunderland had the best of the game at the finish. Final result Sunderland 1 Everton nil



December 26 1890. The Liverpool Courier.

The latter, their first visit to Liverpool yesterday afternoon, when Everton were opposed at Anfield before 6,000 spectators. The visitors kicked off, but Everton were the first to attack, the ball going harmlessly over the line. The Motherwell left raced away, McLean however, driving them back. Everton were having the best of the play, and after Sneddon had knocked out a shot from McMillan, Gordon headed through goal. From the centre kick McFarlane essayed to break through the Everton backs but was easily checked. Lappin drove back the Everton forwards, and then Geary and Oliver ran along the visitors left. An abortive corner kick was taken and then Robertson McMillan, and Elliott, indulged a grand bit of passing the length of the field. Sneddon mulled the latter's shot, and Robertson rushing up made the score two to nil in favour of Everton. This second reverse put the Scotsmen on their mettle, and the Everton goal was next the scale of hostilities. McLean relieved, and a neat passing run by the home forwards was next noticeable. Nothing however, resulted. Oliver made a capital dribble on behalf of the visitors, and the home goal was attacked, a shot by McFarlane passing the wrong side of the upright. Everton forced a corner kick, but on Gray affording relief the visitors, forwards went rapidly down the field, and Angus had a rather stiff shot to negotiate from Spairs. The danger was cleared, and Elliott by a good run, paced the visitors goal in jeopardy. Cresswell shot in well, the goalkeeper throwing out a ‘'header'' from Gordon. Everton returned, and Elliott took a corner kick, which was, kicked away by Gray. Gordon sent in a fine shot from the extreme right, and the ball was bustled through goal. As a claim for hands had been previously made however, the point was disallowed. McGregor then had a good chance of adding to the score, but shot wide. A free kick in midfield to the visitors enabled them to attack, but McLean came to the rescue in capital style. A rather hot attack was now made on the visitors goal, and the ball was bubbling about dangerously for a few minutes. Sneddon however, breated out of goal, and ran the ball to the half-way line, the interval arriving with Everton leading by two goals to nil.

Robertson restarted on behalf of the home team, who again was the first to assume an aggressive attitude. The visitors backs, however, defended atonally and the invaders were repelled Motherwell were playing a much better game than in the previous half, and several times worked the ball in close proximity to the Everton goal. Angus, however, was not tested the backs making his work easy. Everton attacked from a run down by Elliott, and a corner kick resuled, Gray relieving with a out to the centre. Play for some time was contested in the Motherwell quarters, but the home team were unable to increase their score. Gray and Oliver made an incursion into Everton territory, McLean pulling them up in grand style; Elliott and McMillan retaliated for the homesters, and the former shot across the goalmouth, Jones striking the crossbar. Leppin kicked away, and a temporary visit was made to the Everton quarters. McLean gave relief, and McGregor made a fine sprint along the touchline. This was followed by a fast shot, which Sneddon kicked away. The Vistors were playing very well, but were unable to get within shooting distance. Gray sent in a high overhead shot, which Angus cleverely kicked out of goal, and now the visitors attacked frequently, and for a time Everton were penned within their own quarters. Angus was troubled several times, by skilful play managed to keep his charge intact. T.Seddon put in a grand bit of play for the visitors. McLean, however, starving off the attack. Robertson scored again for Everton. Result Everton Reserves 3 Motherwell nil.

Teams; Everton: - Angus, goal, McLean, and Cresswell, backs, Hammond, Jones (r), and Martin (captain), half-back, Gordon, McGregor, Robinson, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards. Motherwell: - Sneddon (w), goal, Lappin, and James Gray, backs, White, Sneddon (j), and Sharpe, half-backs, Wathie, Spiers, McFralane, Gray, and Oliver, forwards.


December 26, 1890. Birmingham Daily Post

At Liverpool, 7,000 being present, Everton, who played a weak team, had the best of the game at the start, and in fifteen minutes Gordon and Robertson scored. Everton continued to hold the upper hand to half-time, although nothing further was scored. In the second half play was more even until Robertson again scored what proved the last point of the game, the home team thus winning by three goals to none.


December 27, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post

Played at Liverpool, before 14,000 spectators. Barely five minutes had elapsed when Chadwick scored a magnificent goal, whilst a moment later Geary had one disallowed. Milward, however, put on a second point, the play all round being of the finest description. Then Barbour and Whitehead each scored for Accrington. Play was afterwards fairly even, and nothing further was scored up to half-time. Geary restarted, and the play was remarkably accurate. Considering the state of the ground, Milward shot outside, and then Accrington gained an abortive corner. The play become ever exciting, the Everton had hard lines. Ultimately Milward gained a grand goal, midst tremendous cheerings, and despite injures to Geary and Milward, the home team played up splendidly, and won by three goals to two.


December 27 1890. The Liverpool Courier

This League fixture was played at Anfield yesterday in the presence of thirteen of fourteen thousand spectators. The ground was hard and slippery, but this did not interfere with the play to any extent. The teams were – Accrington: - Hay, goal, McDermid, and McLeannan, backs, Sanders, Howard, and Tattersall, half-backs, Gallacher, Whitehead, Pendergast, Stevenson, and Barbour, forwards. Everton: - Jardine, goal, Hannah (captain), and Doyle, backs, Kirkwood, Holt, and Parry, backs, Wylie, Brady, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Accrington kicked off, but Everton attacked, and for a few minutes the ball was hovering round the Accrington posts, Geary shooting over the crossbar. From the goal kick Parry put in a capital bit of play, and Milward sent well across in front of goal McLennan kicked clear, but Chadwick, with a beautiful shot, defeated the ‘'Reds'' custodian amidst enthusiastic and prolonged cheering. Geary dashed down smartly, and got adrift of McLennan whom he floored, and then shot through, but the point was not valid, as the shooter had fouled. Play was of a midfield nature for a few minutes. Hannah making some very neat returns. Chadwick tried a low shot, and Wylie rushed in for the purpose of making the point certain, but tipped the ball just outside. After some clever defence, in which Holt shone conspicuously, Chadwick passed to Milward, who scored with a grand fast grounder, with which Hay and not the sigthest chance. The visitors were playing a remarkable stubborn and fast game and Jardine was forced to give a corner, from which, Barbour scored. Wylie slipped rapidly along, but the ball was removed from a pass to the centre and then the line of Accrington forwards going, well up reached close quarters, and some faulty resulted in Whitehead being allowed to equalised by a smart dash in. Everton now had the best of the play, and from a fine centre by Chadwick. Wylie banged the ball into the hands of Hay, who cleaned. The Accrington forwards initiated a strong attack, and a couple of puzzling long dropping shots where sent from the left, Jardine removing both beautifully. Geary sprinted away, and carried the leather to the other end, where he propelled an electric one, which Milward tried to put into the right direction, but was a few seconds late in the rush. Pendergast was placed hors de combat, owing to a collision with Doyle. Chadwick and Milward combined well, and a centre afforded a good opening to Wylie, which was lost, and half time was then called with the score standing at two goals each.

The movements immediately after the restart were somewhat tame, Pendergast missing the ball when well on his way down, and Milward rushing in while McDermid was dallying with the ball, and shooting outside. A slight rush by Accrington, and Everton then returned. From a throw in Brady passed to Geary, who, though only a few yards from the front, caused the ball to fly over the bar. Whitehead travelled along in double quick time, and had a clear route owing to erratic defending tactics, but bit lost all by running too far down. A corner was obtained by Everton, but found to be of no profit to them. There was a decided diminution in the pace, and the game was scarily so productive or neat play as in the first period. Some excitement was raised by an attempt by Geary from Wylie's pass Hay lifting the ball over the bar. The ensuing corner did not increase the score, nor one which, Hay was compelled to gave immediately after Geary was cripped, and had to take outside left position, Milward going to centre. The centre did not prove disastrous, as a minute after it occurred, Milward took up a grand dodgy run, defeated the backs and then the goalkeeper, the leading point being greeted with rapturous and vociferous applause. A minute later Milward, who also hurt, but resumed his place as quickly as he was able. The ‘'Reds'' were trying hard to equalise, but they were easily driven away by the backs. From this point until the finish the battle was fought on even terms, and the whistle sounded with the score; Everton 3 goals, Accrington 2 goals.



December 27 th 1890. The Liverpool Courier.

The Wearsiders are no more boasters, as the result of last Saturday's match at Sunderland proves. Everton, it is true, gained the hat at Anfield under circumstances which inspired abundant hopes that a more decisive victory would be gained in the second trial of strength, but unfortunately they were not destined to be realied, and again, to the unbounded joy of the revenging “Wolves” Everton contest temporarily let us hope –to hold the pride of place in the recovery of the League. But then no one knows what few days may being forth, despite Saturday's reverse a hopeful impression prevails that before Christmas finished Everton will have substantially regained the position so long coveted and tenaciously disputed by the Wolverhampton team. All through the chapter home teams, as shown by tabulated results have possessed an undoubted advantage, while in away from home matches Everton has gained more victories than any other League club; and I having completed the bulk of these engagements it stands to reason that the Anfield-road team will test to the fullest the calibre of all comers at the home enclosures regarding the event from a physical point of view, it may be that the fittest team won, but that there is little to choose between them in certain. With one exception Everton played the same team that gained such a brilliant victory over Derby County, McLean retiring in favour of Doyle, whom it was found necessary to indulge with a rest. At times the play was of the vigorous type, structure with a shadow of roughens, but happily no casualties occurred. Perhaps no one will begrudge the plucky Wearsiders their victory except the losing side, who stoutly maintain that the goal which gave Sunderland the game was shot from an offside position. The referee alleged that Doyle touched the ball, but this the Evertonians confidently denies, and it may be that by a serious error of judgement, which cannot now be rectified, Everton were doomed to a defeat which for the moment materially reduced the chances of final success. Where Sunderland principally excelled was at half-back, and of the trio Wilson and Auld displayed champion form, the former being a conspicuous figure throughout the game. With perhaps the exception of Wyllie, the shooting of the Evertonians was weak and defective, lacking that sting which led to success in many a well-fought game. Hannah and Doyle maintained a good defence, and Jardine could not reasonably be blamed for the point by which he was beaten. The teams, however, will meet in the first round of the English cup-ties, probably on the 17 th and as Sunderland will again have choice of ground, the event will excite widespread interest, not only in the North but the country at large.



December 27 1890. The Liverpool Courier

Played at Flint, the ground had been cleared off snow, put it was very heavy. Flint kick off, and Everton at once on the attack, shots raining in on the goalkeeper from all the Everton forwards. Robinson, McGregor and Elliott registered goals in the first half for Everton, who lead by 3 goal to nil at the interval. On resuming the Everton forwards went in for shooting, and were repeatedly robbed by the home defender. However. Everton successfully defeating the home goalkeeper three more times and won by 6 goals to nil. teams Flint: - Batley (a) goal, hughes (ej), and Hall (jl), backs, Ellis (ea), Matthews (j), and Price (j), half-backs, Christopherson (eb), Crondall (cw) Jones (r), Jones (ae), and Craig (t), forwards. Everton: - Smalley, goal, McLean, and Cresswell, backs, Martin (captain), Jones (r), and Hammond, half-backs, Gordon, McGregor, Robertson, McMillan, and Elliott forwards.


December 29, 1890. The Birmingham Daily Post

This match at Liverpool between these clubs attracted a company estimated at 12,000. After a long absence the well known player, Latta, reappeared in the Everton team, his reception by the public being enthusiastic in the extreme. From the first the play was very fast, and its early stages the game proved quite exciting. Everton kicked the first goal, but within a very short time the Burnley men scored twice. Before the change of ends two other goals were obtained by Everton, who thus led at half-time by three goals to two. In the second half a very different state of things prevailed, the Burnley players being apparently exhausted, and making no further stand against their powerful opponents, Everton had nearly everything their own way, and won by at the finish by seven goals to three.



December 29, 1890. Birmingham Daily Post

A match between these junior teams was played at Cobridge, Burslem, there being only a moderate attendance of spectators. The first part of the game was carried on in the home quarters, but was of rather a tame description. After half an hour's play the Vale made a vigorous attack, and McAlpine put the ball through the posts; but he was off-side, and the referee disallowed the point. The visitors retaliated, and McGregor secured the first and only goal in the game. As a matter of fact, just before half-time McGregor put the ball through between Higginson's legs a second time, but this point was disallowed for off side. The second half of the game was evenly contested throughout, neither side having much advantage. There was no scoring, and the game ended in favour of Everton by one goal to none.



December 29 1890. THE Liverpool Courier

This League match was played at Anfield on Saturday in the presence of about 12,000 spectators. Latta having at last recovered from his recent injuries replaced Wylie on the right wing, his appearance on the ground being greeted with a tremendous outburst of cheering. The ground was covered with a thin carpet of snow, which rendered it slippery for the players. The teams faced as follows: - Everton Jardine, goal, Hannah (captain) and Doyle, backs, Kirkwood, Holt, and Parry, half-backs, Latta, Brady, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Burnley: - Kay, goal, Walker, and Lang, backs, McFetridge, Paterson, and Keenan, half-backs, Oswald, McLardie, Lambie, Stewart, and Hill, forwards. The visitors kicked off promptly at half-past two, and Latta and Brady brushed their way up on the right, several shots in, and a finely saved one from Geary being particularly good. Everton continued to retain the advantage, and Latta sent one in which, was repelled by Lang, but immediately returned by the outside right in a proper manner. Latta success on his return to play was recovered with prolonged cheering, as much given for the player himself as for the sake of the goal. Milward had a high shy a little while after, and then the Burnley team took up the attack, Lambie putting one in which Jardine dropped in having but managed to clear. Then a beautiful hugh falling shot was sent over and Jardine twice held it, but with the crush round him, he could not remove the ball, and Hill rushing in headed through easily. Not many minutes had elapsed, the Burnley men in the meamtime going in splendid machine like order, when Stewart shot across and McLardine scored. Latta who seemed to work in perfect order, kept splendid time with Brady, and by their efforts the ball was carried neatly on to the line, when from a pass, Chadwick shot and Walker repelled, and Milward shot behind. The Everton forwards were held well in check by the opposing half-backs, and for some time could not by any mean make any headway. Eventually Parry transferred to Chadwick, he in turn giving way to Milward, who passed to the right wing, from whence Latta kicked a ‘'trazer'' which Walker grandly headed out. Had it gone though, however, it would not have been of use, as Latta had previously been declared offside. Milward shot over, and down went the Burnleyites in rare trim. Parry kicking away a good attempt and Jardine, saving a tought couple, one from Paterson beening a remarkably clever shot. It was as much as the Evertonians could do to keep their charge intact as the forwards could not break away, Geary repeatedly missing chances of passing and dribbing off. At length he pulled himself together and passed to Latta, who kicked lofty in front of goal, and Walker in endeavoring to kick away, nearly gave a goal, as the ball slipped off his foot and went into the hands of Kays, who fortunately for the visitors was standing directly behind, or otherwise a goal could not possibly have been averted. The home men were now obtaining a better facting, and Chadwick screwed the ball magnificently over to Latta, who smartly equalized. Jatdine was called upon twice, the second shot being a scorcher from the right, but he kept them out safety. A free kick was given to Everton on account of offside play on the part of Hill, and from this Brady passed to the left wing, where after a pretty bit of dodging by Chadwick and Milward, the ball was returned and Brady scored the third point. good play was seen between Latta and Brady, and the latter had a try which was nearly successful Kay only putting the ball out a few yards, when it was kicked outside by Geary. Half-time result: - Everton 3 goals, Burnley 2 goals.

On crossing over Latta was again the player upon whom great applause was bestowed. Play was confined chiefly to midfield for some minutes, and then it was removed to the Burnley end, where Parry distinguished himself by his exertions in retaining the ball in the visitor's territory. There were some neat agile movements amongst the home forwards, and then Chadwick banged in a beauty along the ground, and Kay failing to reach it, the fourth goal was scored. The Evertonians were now running their antagonists very hard, and grand combination on the left wing resulted in Chadwick crashing one in. which Walker in a very alert manner, headed out. There was then a fierce scrimmage in the goalmouth and Walker magnificently prevented a couple of pretty effects from taking effect. Everton were at this juncture practically running their opponents to a standstill, and the only diversion in favour of the latter team was a shot from Lambie, which compelled Jardine to give a corner, which passed off without event. A similar point fell to Everton, but as in a previous case Latta placed the ball behind the line. Parry forced Lang to gave a corner and Brady took it, Chadwick kicked in, the ball was removed, Latta headed back, and Chadwick getting hold steered the ball neatly under the bar. This making the fifth goal. Two desperate efforts were made by the right wing of the Burnley men, to get off, but in both cases Parry, who was in rare fettle, came off victories in the tactics. The Burnleyites by means of smart combination recovered a lot of ground. Locker kick in, and as Jardine only partly held the ball gave McLeardie an opening, which he promptly took advantage off, the score than standing 5 to 3 against Burnley. Down went the ball on the home right and Lang, after finest heading a shot from Geary, granted another corner. From this a little manovourving occurred in front of the Burnley goal, and a score seemed assured and Geary made the ball career over the bar. A centre field play followed and then Latta spoiled a good afforded him from Walker kick by handling the ball. This then giving the homesters much chance, as Milward kicked to high. Hill then had a good chance and Jardine saving in brilliant style. A minute or two later, Milward scored, followed by a seventh by Chadwick.



December 29 1890. The Liverpool Courier

Everton meet the ex-holders of the staffordshire Junior Cup, the Port Vale Rovers at Burslem on Saturday, on ground covered with snow. The visitors made a late start, and the visitors obtain the first corner, and for some time passing, keeping the Rovers back and Custodian well employed. The home the scored, but the goal was disallowed for offside. Thirty minutes from the startMcGregor registered a beautiful goal for the Liverpool men. Everton continued to attack when great determination and Higginson, the home goalkeeper had to save repeatedly. A clever bit of passing by the Everton forwards enabled McGregor to send the ball between Higginson legs, put it was plain that he was offside and no goal was allowed. The whistle sounded directly afterwards for halftime. With the score one to nil in favour of Everton, final scored Everton 1 goal, Port Vale Rovers nil.