April 1892

April 1 1892
The Liverpool courier
The second meeting of these teams took place last evening at the Anfield enclosure in fine weather and as the Central,, excepting Stoke Swifts were the only team to defeat Everton this season,, the fixture aroused a large amount of interst fully 3,000 pearsons withnessing the game. It was 5-40 when Pinnell kicked-off on behalf of the home side. An attack was at once made on the Central goal, but the backs cause to the rescue and the ball was removed to centre field. Here Wharmby was prominent for the Evertonians and checked a rush of the Southport forwards just as they were becoming dangerous. The home left now took up the initiative and Elliott sent a fast shot across goal, Pinnell sending outside. Play became very even, both ends being visited, and each custodian was forced to use his hands. From a return by McLean, Everton again took up an adavantageous position in front of goal, and McMillan scored the first point. Not be be outdone the Central went away with great dash, and McLean getting too far up the field, the visitors left were dangerous until Collins, rushed across and averted disater. A few minutes later, however, Southport returned and from a sudden rush the score was equlised one goal each being the result at half-time. Upon resuming the home side were again the first to take up the aggressive, Warmby eventually shooting over the bar from a long range. This was followed by a run down the centre by Murray,but the Central backs were kicking and showed an extremely steady defence. Neat passing by the Central forwards, Williams saving a long shot from the left in capital style. Warmby sent well down the field, and Pinnell scored a second goal. The home side were now having much the best of the game, and made several efforts to increase their score, but were unable to do so owing to the stout defence. On two or three occassions the visitors made good attempts to equalise but were rupulsed by McLean and Collins. Darkness now came on rapidly, and the game ended in a win for Everton by two goals to one.

April 1, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
These teams engaged in a return match last evening at Anfield road. The first game, played at Southport, resulted in a win for the Central by a goal to nil, but last night Everton just managed to turn the tables on their opponents, and won by 2 goals to 1.

April 2, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The one event in a general sense in the association camp that will overshadowed all others is the annual contest for supremacy between the chosen champions of England and Scotland, for the honour o assisting in which is the highest state to which an exponent of the dribbling code can rise. Everton, including Howarth, had five representatives in the English team last year, and thus played a very important part in scoring the victor of 2 goals to 1; but this year only Holt and Chadwick have been considered worthy or renewed selection, and they will now be in active opposition by their old club mate Doyle, who since his return to Glasgow has so ingratiated himself by his sterling back play as to be entrusted with the position filled during the eight preceding years with W. Arnott. This is the 21 st anniversary of the battle of Rose v. Thistle, and in the aggregate the Scots have a strong lead, having won eleven games against only four by England, five remaining drawn.
Everton will play the Glasgow Rangers who should have been here on December 26 last, but were prevented through having a replay a cup-tie. They reached the semi-final stage this season in the Scottish Cup competition, and were joint-champions with Dumbarton in last year's Scotch league. This is a return match. Everton having beaten the Rangers on October 1 by 4 goals to 1.
Everton League v. Glasgow Rangers, Anfield, Kick-Off at four pm. The following will play for Everton; D. Jardine, goal; D. McLean and R.H. Howarth, backs; R Kelso, R. Jones and H. Robertson, half-backs; A. Latta, F. Geary, Maxwell, T. Wyllie, and A. Milward, forwards.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 April 1892
By “Mickey Free”
We have to thank the Combination for introducing a number of strange clubs to Everton, some of which were well worth seeing, some otherwise.  Gorton have themselves to thank for it being rather of the otherwise stamp on Saturday, as they turned up one man short.  Everton were a bit upset, which was a good job for Gorton, as they were let down slightly in consequence.  Wyllie was put outside left in place of Elliott, who must be in high favour to get trotted out on the Southern tour as waiting man, although as an all-round player he is not a patch on Wyllie.  Well, the Combination of the left did not come off, whether it was that McMillian couldn’t or wouldn’t work with his wing man is best known to himself, but of one thing I can assure him that another such exhibition would just about settle his hash at Everton.  Ultimately Wyllie got outside right where his display was highly appreciated.  Jenkinson, the Gorton goalkeeper, soon impressed us with his ability.  Corners came rapidly against Gorton from one of which Wyllie sent in a grand shot which took effect.  Griffiths who was figuring at full-back for Everton, almost upset his own side by a miskick.  This very erratic player received repeated cheers whenever he managed not to miss his kick, and yet he sometimes plays fairly well.  McCarthy made many praiseworthy efforts to get between them as he was kindly advised to do by his captain, but found it not quite so easily done.  In fact Everton had only four kicks from goal, during the whole match.  Yet the defence was stubborn, in which the left half, Cater, played no mean part.  The right full-back, Nussey, performed well, although he is a very old hand if my memory is not at fault.  Wyllie did the trick a second time after a hard tussle, and once again only did the Evertonians succeed in putting the ball through, which was mainly due to the visitors’ goalkeeper.  If that was a usual specimen of his he is a long way above the average.
THE League team have performed very well indeed on tour.  All wins, baring one and that a draw, is a fair record.  I hope they will keep up their form at Preston next Saturday, when they meet Bury, and the Villagers will find that it was hardly a case of being afraid of meeting them on their own ground which induced the Committee to require the game to be played on neutral territory. 
The new Liverpool Club is, I am assured, going on flourishingly.  They have as many members as they want enrolled, with a large string of applicants for both membership and as subscribers.  There will be two classes of the latter, vis 7s, 6d, per annual for the open stands and 15s for the enclosed.  Twenty-one-first-class players have already submitted to the new club offers of their services.  This looks healthy for good football at Anfield-rd.  The question of affixation of the Association.  Then the question are, where are the fixtures to come from?  Well, all I can say on this point is wait and see.  I am not at all uneasy about the result. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 April 1892

  • The scurrilous attacks of a certain writer will not aid the Goodison-rd cause.
  • Geary said himself he did not expect to play against Scotland this year.
  • Everton’s League team had a splendid outing and gave good exhibitions. Still the question is, will Goodison-rd affect Bootle? I think not.
  • Has the Goodison-rd contract been signed?
  • Will Evertonians cheer Doyle on April 11th?
  • Milward has improved.  What a pity he did not do it before.

Athletic News - Monday 04 April 1892
By the Loiterer
The Rangers from Glasgow paid a visit to the Anfield Road Ground to play Everton, a gate of about 7,000 assembling.  On glancing at the correct card, one is inclined to ask, “Where are the Rangers?”  But that does not much matter, as the Scotch club  always find capable players willing to come down South.  Everton were also without Holt, Chadwick, and Kelso, all three assisting in one way or another at the International match at Glasgow.  The game was well contested and about as agreeably conducted as any I have had the pleasure of witnessing.  At the commencement the Rangers were aggressive, Burke and McPherson attacking strongly for a few minutes.  The home backs, however, were all right and the play veered round to the other end, where the home forwards, although going strongly, were seldom allowed to get in a shot at goal, so persistent were the Rangers halves.  Hope-Robertson, though, once only just topped the bar.  The lengthy McKenzie had some employment after this, but with such clever men in front of him, he had not much difficulty in clearing.  The play continued enjoyable and the Rangers again took up the running and Jardine was frequently called upon.  This was the way the play in the first half was conducted, each side attacking alternately, but of the two Everton pressed most and the interval arrived with a clean sheet.  On crossing over, both goalkeepers were cheered for their share in the entertainment.  The second half was very evenly contested, and the goals Burke and McPherson obtained decided the result.  So far as the play went there was scarcely anything in the teams, the there was scarcely anything in the teams, the defence on both sides being of a high order, but the Rangers’ forwards travelled faster than the homesters’ and their passing had more go in it.  Yet it must be admired that the home forwards had real genuine “hard lines” with shots several times and at one period had nearly all the play.  This only brought out more the splendid play.  This only brought out more the splendid defence of the visitors, Muir especially being very effective against Latta; whist Drummond, the right back, was always prominent in clearing.  The goal obtained by McPherson was a beauty, and was a brilliant individual effort in which he proved much to fast for Mclean.  The Combination contingent did very well for Everton, though McMillan was not very effective.  Jones and Kirkwood played splendidly, and filled Holt and Kelso’s shoes admirably.  At times the home forwards worked very cleverly, and Maxwell often put in tasty bits, but somehow when the pinch came they were at fault, and had not that dash which pulled the Rangers’ through.  I was very well pleased with the game, as we had it played as it should be, and, without being particularly exciting, the play shown was of a high standard. 

April 4, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton were bust during the past week. On Monday they met Chatham, winning by 5 goals to nil; on Tuesday they were only just on the winning side, as Millwall Athletic were defeated by 2 goals to 1; whilst at Kettering, on the following day, they found equally tough opponents, this the final match of the tour, being won by a goal to nil. The visit to the Metropolis, if not a conspicuous success, is at least satisfactory, inasmuch as defeat was staved off, and in reflecting on the closeness of three of the games, consideration must be allowed for the staleness arising from having to play three or four days in succession. On Saturday, Everton league engaged with the Glasgow Rangers in a return match, the one decided at Ibrox on October 1 having ended in an easy win for Everton by 4 goals to 1. It so happened on Saturday that neither club could place their full team in the field. Everton were without Holt, Chadwick and Kelso; the Rangers lacked the services of Haddow. The game, however, proved an excellent one – fast, determined, and skilful. Everton did most of the attacking, but were yet less dangerous. The forwards occasionally experienced hard luck with their shots, but the factor that told most against Everton's success in front of goal was the activity of the Ranger's backs, especially that of Dunbar, and the vigilance of McKenzie in goal. Chadwick was sorely missed, as McMillan seems thoroughly out of form at present, and the difference between the display and that of Chadwick was frequently being demonstrated. Kirkwood, Jones, and Robertson made a clever half-back line, and it was just as well they did, for neither Holmes nor Mclean appeared at their best. Jardine has some teasing shots to attend to, but he had no chance with the two that obtained for the Rangers a victory of 2 goals to nil. The winners were quick and decisive in their movements, and deserved to win.
• England beat Scotland 4-1 at Ibrox Park, in the 21 st annual contest on Saturday, Holt and Chadwick playing for England, in front of 20000 spectators. Chadwick scored for England in less than a minute of the pass kicking off.

April 4, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
These teams played a return match at Anfield-road on Saturday. Everton won the first game by 4 goal to 1. Each side was without several of their regular players, the teams being as follow:- Everton; Jardine, goal; McLean and Howarth, backs; Kirkwood, Jones and Robertson, half-backs; Latta (captain), Wyllie, Maxwell, McMillian and Milward, forwards. Rangers;- McKenzie, goal; Dunbar and Drummond, backs; Hodgson, Scott, and Muir, half-backs; Kerr, McBain, Law, McPherson, and Burke, forwards. When Maxwell kicked off about 7000 persons were present. Everton opened the attack, but Maxwell found himself promptly checked by Scott. The home team got well down without becoming very threatening. The Rangers soon gave evidence of quick crisp play that would require much vigilance to neutralise. McPherson and Burke bothered Mclean, who was beaten, and Kerr receiving the pass, was not far off in his shot. Wyllie, on players fitting to the other end, was enabled to direct a shot goalward, but it was stopped, and again the Rangers' left wing darted away, Burke trying Jardine with a lengthy, well-aimed shie. Latta headed a raid, some pretty work by Everton being finished off by Maxwell driving in hard and straight without the desired effect. Once more Latta and Wyllie put their side on the attack, when Maxwell shot, to be baffled by McKenzie, who negotiated a short-range shot very smartly. A corner was forced on the left, a rising from which Robertson placed narrowly over the bar. A fast run by Law caused an anxious diversion, as he passed neatly to Burke, who drove into goal promptly, but Jardine threw clear. The Rangers returned, and shot, Jardine this time smartly putting the ball over the crossbar. Again were Everton in trouble, the visitors' right wing contributing fast and pretty work, and shot well. Jardine, however, fisted out twice in his best style, and danger passed away. Everton then settled down to the attack with some persistence. Wyllie sent hard against the end net, and as the outcome of energetic all round play Robertson essayed a long straight shot, but McKenzie used his hands with effect. The Rangers then had a turn, and though McBain was temporarily absent, they yet got near enough in to try a shot. Kirkwood continued to assist the forwards judiciously, and the severity of the assault made by Everton seemed certain of reducing the visitors' goal, but it was not to be, though Milward headed well, Wyllie shot close, and Kirkwood struck the bar. Jones also caused the custodian to use his fist. Nearing half-time the Rangers ran down neatly once or twice, but the backs were safe, and after Milward had been knocked off the ball by Dunbar, the interval arrived with nothing scored. The second half opened somewhat tamely, but soon Everton brought much pressure to bear on the Rangers' goal, Maxwell was prominent in the scrimmages and on Wyllie making a running shot, Muir accidentally diverted the ball with his head. The left wing of the visitors became a thorn in the side of Kirkwood and Mclean, but the latter two, it must be stated, came out of the ordeal very creditably. Maxwell led a movement to the other end, but Latta, having taken a difficult pass, lifted over the bar. Everton tried hard to assume the lead, but shot none too well, and just when most people were expecting the home team to score, a fast run on the Rangers' right and good shooting put the boot on the other leg, McBain shie being turned to effect by Burke near the post. Everton grew more determined, but in vain, and a fast run and a slanting shot by McPherson beating Jardine, the issue was clear, and when the whistle sounded a quarter of an hour later the Rangers had won by 2 goals to nil.

April 4, 1892
The Liverpool Courier
This match was played at Anfield in the presence of 7,000 spectators. The weather was beautiful but almost too sultry. The Rangers were beaten by Everton, at Ibrox in october last by the substantial number of 4 to 1. The scotchmen should have paid a return visit on Boxing Day, but owing to their cup-tie engagements were unable to fulfil their engagement. The teams follows:- Jardine, goal, McLean, and Howarth backs, Kirkwood, Jones, and Robertson, half-backs Latta,, Wyllie Maxwell McMillan, and Milward, forwards. Glasgow Rangers, MacKenzie, goal; Dunbar, and Drummond, backs, Hodge, Scott and Muir, half-backs, Kerr, McBain, Law, McPherson and Burke forwards . Maxwell kicked off for Everton, and the opening stages of the game,, though fast and exciting, were chiefly confined to midfield. The first real danger threatened from the Rangers whose forwards by some remarkably quick and accurate passing carried the ball towards Jardine, Kerr finally striking the upright and sending the ball outside. Jardine had shortly afterwards to clear a smart shot from Burke, and then the operations were transferred to the other end, Maxwell in particular testing the cauabilities of the visitors' custodian with a grand shot at short range. The Rangers' defence was severely tested for some time, Everton gaining a couple of corners in rapid succession, and bombarding MacKenzie with shots, all of which were however, rather fortunately kept out. The scotchmen then became aggressive, and just as vigorously assailed the Everton goal. Jardine was cheered for a number of Briliant saves, and McTear also nicely checked one or two of the rushes of the visiting forwards. Despite strennous efforts Everton were unable to open the scoring account before the interval, half-time being nil. On changing ends both goalkeepers who had distinguished themselves by some brilliant saves in the first half, were loudly applauded. Milward was penlised for handling at a critical time when the ballwas hovering around MacKenzie, and immediately afterwards operations were transferred to the other end, McBain scoring the first point with a magnificent shot. After a lot of vain shots as the raners goal, must inaccrate, McPherson got possession, and finished up a grand run by sending the ball a second time past Jardine. The Rangers pressed up to the finish'; final result Everton nil; Glasgow Rangers two goals.

April 7, 1892
The Liverpool Courier
This match was played on the Anfield-road ground last evening in beautiful weather. Considering the attractiveness of the fixture there was a very poor gate, only aboy 5,000 people being present. The winners of the cup brought a good team, the only men absent who had a share in the final tie being Nicholson Reynolds and McLean. Play was somewhat slow at the start, but the Albion soon made matters lively, and from nice passing shots were sent in by Geddas Pearson, and Nicholls all being saved by Jardine with, remarkable alertness. Everton pulled up, and corners were obtained, and a beautiful shot was put in by Latta, but no break was efforted. tHe visitors took up a strong position, and Jardine fisted out from Groves, whilst Kirkwood and Robertson repelled the impetuous throng. The game became fairly fast, and Latta and Wyllie ran up. The former sending wide, whilst Bassett returned in his immitable style, but committed a mistake similar to that of his opponents. Some very tricky dribbling by Latta and Wyllie gave Maxwell an opening, and Reader put the ball over the ball over the bar from an awkward shot. Everton had a slight advantage in position, and after Maxwell had tried on a couple off occasions, the ball was put through by Milward whilst his oppenents were vainly appealing for offside. A minute or two later the home right wing were again on the rush and second goal was scored by Maxwell, he and Chadwick in a very peculiar manner scrambling it though. Everton swarmed round the goal, and Maxwell with a neat shot caused Reader to give a corner. After the Thostles had gone down and a good shot by Geddas removed by Kirkwood, the ball was grandly taken along by Chadwick and Milward and a pass being made to Wyllie, he scored a third goal with a lovely shot. Bassett ran though and finished with a shot which Jardine just succeded in dealing with by scraping out. The home team held a considerable lead in the play as well as score, and Maxwell and Latta from good points shot over. From a run down on the left a pass was made, and Dyer, missing his kick, let Latta in. Reader ran out to take the ball. But Latta got his kick in first, and the leather was just going through wmen McCullach dashed up and prevented it going into the net. Robertson made Reader stop a hard one, and then Latta and Kelso missed. The Albion were improving their footing, when half-time was called with the score standing- Everton three goals; West Bromwich Albion nil.
Everton were soon on the alert, and the ball being taken down the right was transferred to the left, when Chadwick and Milward each had a try, but were unsuccessful. Maxwell then had a nine shy, from which a fruitless corner was gained, and McCullen made a like comession, which did act bring anything in its wake. Some fine passing was shown by Chadwick, Maxwell, and Milward, and so hard pressed were the defences that Dyer kicked into his own goal. Powell kicked out before the ball touched the ground, but a claim was at once entered that it had been through, and this was upheld by the referee. Even with four goals aginst them the Thostles did not make much show of geeting on better terms,, and the only move in their favour was a run and a shot by Bassett, which was neutralised by Jardine. A free-kick for a foul by Bassett was given to Everton, and from that Chadwick received and passed into the goal mouth, a fifth point being notched by Wyllie. West Bromwich bestirred themselves, and from a centre by Bassett the ball was sent along sharply by Geddos a clever rescue being effected by Jardine. A couple of corners caused and Jardine fisted out from a header. Latta and Wyllie slipped away prettily, and Milward had a beautiful opening, but dallied just a moment too long, McCulloch being thus able to charge the shot down. There was a clever bit of combination amongst the visiting forwards, and a good foothold was obtained, but spoiled by offside play. Everton contined to play a spanking game, and Kelso had a throw in close to goal. The ball dropped in the goal-mouth, and Maxwell, gave Reader a handful and then Chadwick scored the sixth. Bassett and Groves, the latter having changed from the half back to the forward division, carried the sphere up, and Nicholl, who was standing right up the upright, found his mark, but was instantly declared offside. The everton left penetrated the Albion rear, and Reader saved a scorcher from Chadwick, the ball then being put out by Wyllie. The change in the albion fronk rank and Robertson's retirement gave the visitors a better chance, but they did not seen able to avail themselevs of it to the fullest extent. They certainly were more in Everton's quarters but found the defence very stubborn. This did not last more than a few minutes. Everton returned, and Reader had a couple of narrow aqueak. The visitors were in front of goal on two occasions, and Jardine held cleverly from Woodhall, whilst Nicholls from a fine opening shot wide. A minute from the finish, Chadwick and Milward ran along, and Maxwell scored again. Everton thus winning by seven goals to nil. Teams as follows:-
Everton, Jardine, goal, Howarth and Collins, backs Kelso, Kirkwood, and Robertson, half-backs, Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward. Forwards. West Bromwich Albion; Reader, goal, McCulloch and Powell, backs Groves, Perry and Dyer, half-backs, Bassett, Woodhall, Nicholls, Pearson, and Geddos, forwards.

April 7, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Last evening the English Cup holders paid a visit to the Anfield enclosure to bring off a friendly contest with Everton. Owing to the grand form which the Albion team have of late shown, much interest was centred in last night's match, and there would be fully 5000 spectators present when a start was made. The visitors were without Reynolds and McLoad, while Everton were minus Holt and McLean, the teams being composed as follows;- Everton, Jardine, goal, Howarth and Collins, backs Kelso, Kirkwood, and Robertson, half-backs, Latta (captain), Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward. Forwards. West Bromwich Albion; Reader, goal, McCulloch and Powell, backs Groves, Perry and Dyer, half-backs, Bassett, Woodall, Nicholls, Pearson, and Geddos, forwards. Losing the toss Maxwell started hostilities for Everton, and Powell was quickly called on to stop the progress of Wyllie and Latta. After a bad pass by Milward, the Albion got cleverly down on the left, and Geddes centring beautifully to Nicholls, Jardine fairly brought down the house as he fisted away on three separate occasions – a feat which thoroughly deserved the applause it gained. With this led off the homesters immediately made tracks towards Reader, where a corner resulted. Everton kept up the pressure, and two splendid chances were thrown away by Wyllie. The West Bromwich were soon away, pretty passing on the rightwing being witnessed. Surrounding the Everton goal, the visitors banged in shot after shot to Jardine, and it was astonishing how the home side escaped defeat. Howarth saved in the nick of time from Bassett, and the Anfield van taking up the pass progress was made to the vicinity of Reader. A cross by Latta gave Maxwell a splendid opportunity, and Reader to escape defeat had to lift over the bar. Nothing accrued from the corner kick, and a fine lobby McCullock converted play to the other end. A sterling bit of combination by the Everton front diversion placed them on the fore, and Maxwell tipping to Milward the latter banged through the first point of the match with a rather slow shot. Coming again from midfield kick, the Anfielders fairly besieged Reader's charge and after a warm scrimmage Maxwell got through a second goal. Another minute had barely elapsed when Wyllie, following a really pretty piece of work by Chadwick and Milward, scored with a grand shot, which left no chance whatever to reader to clear away. Not at all relishing these sudden reverses, the cup-holders went at it in a most determined manner. Bassett being especially prominent as he caused Jardine to pick up a roller. Rushing along from a smart clearance by Collins, the home left worked their way through the Albion defence, and Reader was exceedingly lucky to escape another downfall. Nearing the interval, both sides put in some useful work, and the defences were taxed to their utmost, but no further scoring took place, Everton thus crossing over with the score 3 goals to nil in their favour. On changing ends Jardine was warmly applauded for his fine performance in goal. Nicholls restarted, but Everton at once attacked. Maxwell sending in a beauty to Reader, which the latter landed over the bar. Three corners fell to the Anfielders, but none of them were taken advantage of. Everton were certainly having much the best of matters; in fact, the Albion were rarely allowed to become dangerous, Jardine being seldom troubled. Keeping up the attack the Evertonians sprinted along and Dyer, in endeavouring to head away a shot from Wyllie, sent the ball into his own goal. Powell rushed in to save, but in doing so got over the line. Chadwick, however, set all doubt at rest, and again banged the leather between the posts. Grand combination by the Everton attack ended in another point being attained from the foot of Wyllie, thus making the score-Everton, 5 goals to nil. The Bromwich men tried hard to amend matters, Bassett and Geddes heading the van in a most determined manner, but again jardine baulked their efforts by throwing himself on the ground and gilding the ball around the post. Returning, the cup holders again assailed, but experienced hard lines owing to the decision of the referee, who gave the little international offside when a clear opening was gained. The visitors were, without doubt playing a loose game, and hardly if ever, showed up form, Reader especially being most unreliable, as he kept goal wretchedly. Everton continued to hold the upper hand, and fairly waltzed round their opponents, with the result that Chadwick added a sixth point, the same player having a very near shave with a high shot a few second Slater. The home defence was all that could be desired, Howarth and Collins playing a sterling game at back. Robertson at this stage left the field. Latta going half-back. Even with ten men the Everton players more than held their own, and Reader had a most anxious experience, as numerous straight shots were sent in. Towards the finish the Albion showed up a little better, and Jardine was requisitioned to fist away from Pearson and Nicholls. A minute from the close of the match Chadwick gave Wyllie the opportunity to further added to the home score, Everton thus retiring with an excellent win if 7 goals to nil.

Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 08 April 1892
It is stated that Mr. John Houlding, ex-president of the Everton Football Club, has issued a writ against Messrs. George Mahon, John Atkinson, and WR. Clayton, and Dr. Baxter, for themselves and the members of the club, under which he seeks for an injunction to restrain them from removing the stands and other errections from the football ground in Anfield-road, of which Mr. Houlding is the landlord, and the lease of which expires at the end of the present month.  The motion for an interim injunction will be heard at the Chancery Court on Monday.  Eminent counsel has been retained on behalf of the Everton Football Club, and it is the intention of the committee to fight the matter. 

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 09 April 1892
Everton Football Club. —We understand that Councilor John Houlding has commenced an action the Chancery Court for the County Palatine against Messrs. George Mahon, John Atkinson, William Robert Clayton, and James C. Baxter, M.D., on behalf of themselves and all other members the committee of the Everton Football Club, claiming an injunction to restrain the club from removing, disturbing, or injuing the stands, turnstiles, hoarding, fencing, or any other fixtures in the Everton Football Ground. Application was made on Thursday to the Vice-chancellors,  who granted to the complainant special leave to serve notice of motion for the injunction at the sitting of the Chancery Court, to be held at St. George's Hall on Monday next, when the case will come on.  Mr. Arthur S. Mather is acting as the solicitor in the Chancery action, and it is understood that the club has retained Messrs., North, Kirk, and Cornett to represent them in the matter. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 April 1892
Brilliant sunshine and a strong east wind were the prominent meteorological conditions at Deepdale today, where Bury and Everton met to play their semi-Final in the Lancashire Cup competition. It will be remembered that Everton were in the semi Final in the year 1889, but had to succumb to Higher Walton. This is the first year of Bury’s appearance in the senior cup competition, although they won the junior cup in 1890. They have this year defeated in the senior competition Newton Heath and Accrington, while Everton have vanquished South Shore and Bootle. Both sides had been specially prepared for this tie and had immense followings at Deepdale, 2,850 coming from Bury alone. A large number came from Liverpool and other towns. The teams were ;- Everton;- Jardine, goal; Howarth and Collins, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.  Bury;- Lowe, goal; Warburton and Cooper, backs; Pembarton, Johnson, and Ross, half-backs; Wilkinson, Spence, Conway, Bourne, and Plant, forwards. There were 10,000 spectators. Both teams received enthusiastic receptions. Bury had the sun in their eyes and played up hill, but though Everton kicked off, the Bury lads at once played over the Liverpool lines. The next minute Wilkinson got up the right and Jardine had to concede a corner, as the ball was landed right in the goal month. Twice the Evertonians landed the ball over the Bury goalpost, but the game was soon in the Everton quarters, where Pemberton and Johnson tackled very cleverly the Everton left couple. Chadwick and Taylor put in some fine work on the left, but somehow the Buryites appeared to be always on the ball, and soon Plant and Bourn were racing up the left. Mr. Hughes was hooted for giving a free kick for hands against Bury, and after Latta had been conspicuous Everton wont down again, Maxwell giving Milward a chance. Warburton however, spoiled the opportunity. How enthusiastic those Bury spectators were! They cheered every movement of their men to the echo. Plant ran round Kelso and then cleverly out-dodged Howarth, with the result that Conway with a grand shot just grazed the upright. This was just after Bury had a corner. Chadwick and Milward were again pulled up by the Bury backs, and Holt spoiled, a rush by Spence and Conway. The ball was once more landed near Jardine from a free kick—in fact, the "Shakers" were now undeniably having the best of matters. Cooper had just spoiled another attempt of the Everton left, when Wilkinson was cheered for a smart run. Collins cleared a shot from Spence just in the nick of time, and when the ball was landed in the Bury goal by Howarth, Warburton and Lowe cleared. The upshot of this scrimmage was a free kick against Wylie. Latta had a race with Cooper, and Chadwick mulled a chance. A free kick to Bury in front of the Everton goal mouth came to nothing, but Plant came up the left and Howarth cleared at the expense of a comer. Another followed. The wind was east, but more in favour of Bury than their opponents, the game had now been progressing for half an hour, and there was nothing to choose between the teams. Spence was hurt by a kick from Maxwell and that player was penalized, as was also Cooper on the other side. Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward showed good combination but were always repulsed by the Bury defence. Wylie had a low shot at Lowe, who threw away just as Milward was upon him. Latta also had a good try for goal.  Holt with a long shot nearly scored, a comer being conceded. This attack was concluded, and then the Bury left couple racing past Kelso and Howarth made Jardine save. A most exciting scrimmage resulted, and Bury were near scoring, all their forwards working like Trojans.  At the other end Everton won a corner and then half-time arrived without any score. On the teams coming on again after the interval it was noticeable that Cooper was lame. From the start the Bury forwards at once advanced and Jardine had to score a shot from Spence. Chadwick and Milward retaliated, and Wylie shot over. Conway appeared to have a rare chance and at the other end Spence with a clear course shot over the bar amid groans. Even play followed for a few minutes, and then the Everton left was conspicuous, Warburton being evaded and Lowe was lucky to save. A capital run followed by Latta, but nothing resulted. Kelso from a free kick made no score, the Liverpool men just now having the best matters, but the defence of Bury was of the finest description. Moss and Jobson at length gave the ball to their forwards, and Plant passing across to Wilkinson, that player, with a low slanting shot, recorded the first goal after 23 minutes play, amid great enthusiasm. Spence was winded for a minute, and then play progressed fast and furiously. Bury again had the ball through the Everton goal, but the whistle had gone for offside. Five minutes Iater Wilkinson made another grand run down the right, charged Collins down, and crossing the ball to Plant, the left winger easily shot a second goal.  A scene of the wildest enthusiasm followed. From now to the finish Bury had the best of the game. They played for all they were worth and were nearly scoring a third goal when the ball hit the crossbar. The spectators began to come off before the finish of the game. Bury were victorious by two nothing. Final; Bury 2, Everton 0
Deepdale was the scene of great enthusiasm this afternoon, the rival teams from Bury and Liverpool having most enthusiastic followers.  From the very opening of the game it was apparent that Bury was quicker on the ball than their opponents. Everton perhaps showed better combination at times, but their efforts were nullified by the determination of the Bury defence. The game taken altogether in the first half was of an even description. For some time in the second half Everton had slightly the best of matters, but the speed of the Bury men served then in good stead, time after time they ran past such veterans Kelso and Howarth. There is no doubt that on to-day's play the best team won, the Everton club appearing to hold their plucky opponent too lightly. Better defence than that of Bury could not be displayed by any first-class team. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 April 1892

  • Liverpool A.F.C, will fight Everton tooth and nail.
  • “I should like to be about when Everton intend to remove the stands”
  • £500 has been placed to the account of Mr. John Houlding’s club by the president.
  • Mr. Ramsey said; “All I can tell you is that affairs are going on swimmingly”


April 9, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The events of this afternoon that will prove most interesting to local Associationists are the semi-final ties in the Lancashire Cup competition, which are between Blackburn Rovers and Darwen and Everton and Bury. The clubs concerned had the option of tossing for the ground, but Everton preferred the alternative of meeting Bury at some neutral enclosure. And the tie will accordingly be played on the ground of the Preston North End club, to which rendezvous many of the respective club's supporters will doubtless betake them, the railway facilities being convenient. Everton apparently have an excellent chance of winning the county cup, but it will not do to estimate their present opponents too lightly. They are certainty neither of the League nor Alliance; but they have a splendid record in connection with the Lancashire League, having won 17 out of 18 games played, scoring 68 goals to 15. They have also beaten Newton Heath and Accrington in the previous round of the County cup competition, and having been especially trained for this afternoon's encounter, will give stubborn fight.
Everton league v. Bury, Preston, Kick-off at 3.30 pm. The following will play for Everton; D. Jardine, goal; R. Howarth and J. Collins, backs; R. Kelso, J. Holt and H. Robertson, half-backs; A. Latta, S. Wyllie, Maxwell, E. Chadwick and A. Milward, forwards.
Everton V. Stoke Swifts, Anfield, Kick-off at four pm. The following will play for Everton; Williams, goal; Chadwick and Mclean, backs; Kirkwood, Margerison, and Wharmby, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Lochhead, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.
Everton league v. Blackburn Rovers, Anfield (Smalley's Benefit)
Everton v. Bootle, Anfield, (Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final tie)
Good Friday
Everton v. Derby County, Anfield
Everton v. Flint, Flint

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 April 1892
By “Mickey Free”
“We are in for a licking today, were the first words addressed to me as I made my exit from the boulevard at the back of the press stand on Saturday.  I did not agree with my informant for the very simple reason that although we were minus Chadwick, Holt, Geary, and Kelso, the Glasgow Rangers were worse of still, as a glance at the card showed.  Five notable names were absent, whereas the only real weak spot with Everton was McMillan.  On the first blush I regretted the absence of Kelso more than any of the others, but latter on I found I was wrong, as Kirkwood filled his shone grandly.  In fact “Danny” was as good a man as there was on the field.  Law, the Rangers’ centre, was the first who tried to obtain the range of the home goal.  His elevation, like that of the Everton men, was too high, but not much.  The passing of the visitors was tolerably sound.  Considerable pressure was now brought to bear on the Rangers goal, but it was not to be captured.  Latta and Wyllie were prominent, and the latter shot hard, the ball appearing to me to be played out by the hand of one of the backs.  A claim was made, and shouts of a penalty kick were wafted on the breeze from behind the goal, but Mr. Lythgoe did not agree with the claimers and the game went on without interruption, half-time being reached without a score.  On restarting Latta burst off and enabled Wyllie to touch up Mckenzie, a corner only resulting.  A number of shots came in, but all were dealt with easily-that is all that reached the Rangers’ custodian.  Then McBain got away and shot across hard.  Jardine could not reach the ball, and to make matters doubly sure McPherson gave the ball an extra tip on its way through.   This was a surprise as Everton were having decidedly the best of the play.  Milward made a brave attempt to get through and looked like doing it when I suddenly saw him go in for a gymnastic performance instead.  Jardine had a few warm shots to deal with, and then McPherson got the ball, but at that moment McLean was tackling the man who passed to McPherson, so that Howarth was really the only man in front.  Consequently he was clearly off-side, but I don’t think there was a claim, as the nimble “Mac” dashed off and beat Jardine for a second time.  It was very humiliating to see our men beaten by such a mixed lot, who had not one half the chances they had during the game.  Jardine was on fine form, and not responsible for the goals scored.  The backs were all right, so were the halves.  The fault was in the front rank, when McMillan spoiled Milward, and the others spoiled themselves by bad shooting.  Maxwell, as usual, passed very well, but once only did he shoot, and that was a real good one.  If he would only do it oftener his reputation would go up, and the club would be equally benefited.  
Before closing I should like to appeal to all true lovers of sport to attend in force the match which is being arranged to take place between the teams made up of Everton and Bootle v. East Lancashire on the 27th inst., on the Bootle ground, for the benefit of the late Mr. J. Egan (“Richard Samuel”).  All will remember his careful criticisms which appealed in many of the athletic journals besides our own, and since to his restless energy as a writer, and his arduous duties as a schoolmaster, his ultimately death was mostly due, it behoves all enthusiasts for good football and honest criticism on the game to do everything they can to promote the welfare of the wife and family who unfortunately have been left unprovided for.
The difference which accurate shooting makes was further exemplified on Wednesday, who West Bromwich Albion took on Everton for a friendly.  The Cup-holders were short of a couple of the cup team, but the substitutes were good men, and the absentees could not by any means make a difference of seven goals! It was a terrible take down.  The way the Everton boys settled down to their work reminded one of the style in which other teams laid themselves out to take down Everton when they were the recognized champions of the League.  The first ten minutes play was not at all in their favour, and had Jardine not been in his best form and well shielded by Howarth and Collins, it is not improbable that the steam would have been taken out of Everton before they had a chance of showing their paces. Once they got into their stride it was soon clear, that West Bromwich were in for a dressing, the forwards passed in faultless fashion.  Latta and Wyllie excelled themselves and Maxwell at last came out of his shell, scoring two of the goals.  Chadwick and Wyllie were also accountable for two each.  Milward getting the first.  All the players were more or less responsible for aiding in the others scoring, and after all that is the real thing.  All the players were more or less responsible for aiding in the others scoring, and after all that is the real thing.  Howarth did better on the right than he ever has done on the left, and Collins was quite safe in the latter position.  Bassett’s centres were very fine, but of no use as the halves were always about.  It was a splendid win and I congratulate them.  It only proves what I have always contended, that in form I know of no forwards to equal them. 

April 10, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
Lancashire cup-semi-final tie. On Saturday Everton journeyed to Deepdale to decide with Bury as to who should become the finalist for the Lancashire cup. A goodly number of the Anfield supporters accompanied the team, while Bury no less than five excurison trains arrived at Preston, which brought quite 4,000 through enthusiasts who, without doubt soon made their presence known. Much speculation was indulged in as to what would be the result, the Bury crowd placing implicit confidence in their pets, while on the other hand the contingent from Liverpool, were sure that the Everton men would not only win, but do so with three of four goals in hand. The North End enclosure was in excellent condition and presented a very animated appearance when the teams stepped upon the ground. The attendance would be quite 10,000 when . tomlinson (Sheffield) got the two elevens into line the following being the teams. Everton; Jardine goal, Howarth, and Collins, backs, Kelso, Holt (captain), and Robertson, half-backs Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Bury; Lowe goal, Warburton, and Cooper, backs, Pemberton, Jobson, and Ross, half-backs, Wilkinson, Spencer, Conway Bourne and Plant, forwards . Losing the spin Maxwell started the game for Everton against a strong wind. The Bury right wing fastening on the ball immediately made towards Jardine. Whose charge had a narrow escape from a shot by Conway. This was followed by a fruitless corner to Bury which was well cleared by Howard. Chadwick and Milward worked along on the left and threanted danger, when a smart clearance by Warbarton sent the Burytes into Everton'squarters. Grand defence was however, shown by the Anfield men. Collins neatly dispossessed Plant as he was about to shoot, and then Holt was to the fore baclking the effects of Bourne and Conway. Play become most exciting. Latta and Wyllie took up a pass from Kelso and getting riund the Bury defence, the former pass over to Chadwick who in gave Lowe a cause to throe away. An infingement by Wyllie gave ther Bury team a corner but nothing came from it as Holt in a most tricky fashion went of with the ball at his toe, and passed forward to the left wing but Warburton repelled and some clever passing by the Bury men again played the Everton goal in jeopardy, Jardine easing pressure in capital style. Latta had a clear course but unfortunately handled the ball as he was about to let fly at goal. The game was decidely intersting and was fought with great vigour by both teams, but nevertheless lacked comunation, it being more of the kick and rush order. After two attempts had been tried by Latta and Maxwell Kelso fouled Plant. From the free-kick, Bury warmly attacked the Anfielders' goal and Robertson in the nick of time saved a downfall by heading away swify shot by Bourne. The Everton forwards were not combining at all well. The Bury halves and backs repeatedy driving then back in the eastest manner. Two corners fell to the Lancashire Leaguers and though the ball was well placed. Jardine easily dealt with the shots which came his way. Cheered on by their numerous followers who from the start of the game had hardly eased from utilising their lung poer. The Bury lads again became aggressive and had it not been for the sterling defence of Howarth and Collins,, a downfall to Everton would of resuled. Maxwell fouled Spence, a free-kick thus falling to Bury, but no advantage was gained and for a time hostilies ruled in midfield. Bury was next penalise for an offence to Wyllie, and Collins taking the kick placed the leather right into the goalmouth. A lively scrimmage here took place and although on occasion , Lowe to all appreance went over his line to save, yet the colours of Bury failed to be lowered. Holt who by the way was working very hard made a grand attempt, and Chadwick meeting Lowe's throw out sent in a grand shot which missed by half a foot. A corner next fell to the Liverpool men, and Lowe had another escape from the foot of Wyllie. Nearing the interval the Bury lads held the advantage, and the Everton goal was subjected to a severe attack. Jardine, however, kept them at bay by saving in a most finished style and at half-time being called no goals had been scored to neither side. On the teams change ends it was generally to people that the Anfield men aided by the strong breeze would soon asert themselves and give the onlookers a taste of their scoring powers. Conway restarted and right away the Bury men took up the running, Jardine having immediately to save a low shot from Wilkinson. The Everton men now assumed the command and rushing along on the right Wyllie had a couple of shies at the Bury goal with out the desired effects. Play become very fast and it was distinctly visable that the training which the Bury team had undergone at Morecambe would have a telling effect upon their opponents. Everton seemed to fag, while the Bury men were full of energy and went at their work with greater determination than ever. Bury quickly took up their position in the vicinty of Jardine, but as yet no entrance could be found. The Liverpool defence proving more than equal to the task imposed upon them. Everton now experienced hardlines, as both Latta and Maxwell were pulled up for offside when two spendid chances occurred. Jardine was agin requistioned after which Chadwick, and Milward put in a bit of pretty combination, but do as they would the Everton van were seldom allowed to become dangerous, owing to the attentions of Ross, Pemberton, and Waburton. Bury returning ti ther liverrpool end, Collins and Howarth were severely taxed, and although both backs gamely resisted defeat they had at last to go under to a low shot from Wilkinson from close range, Jardine having no chance whatever to stop the progess of the ball through the goal. After this reverse, and knowing it now required two goals to win, Everton pulled themselves together, and for a considerable time held the upper hand, a fine centre from Wyllie enable Chadwick to cause Lowe an anxious moment. From a hugh lob by Cowper play was converted to the other end,, and Howarth only by many tane clearances-Plant scored another point for Bury with a beautiful shot. At this stage Everton men seemed to collspe, and Bury wishing strengthing their defence, the game was all but won. With ten minutes to play the Everton men made strenuous efforts to score, but all seemed in vain, and on the call of time the score stood unaltered Bury thus after a well earned victory entering the final for the cup by winning 2 goals to nil.

April 10 1892
The Liverpool Courier
The league team having journeyed to Preston to try their fortune with Bury, the combination team, in their occupied the Anfield enclosure. The team underwent some altration to that advertised, the well-known figure of Geary being seen at centre in place of Pinnell Wharmby playing back instead of Mcleod, while Lochhead filled the position at half. Despite the numbers who undoubtly had travelled to Preston, there would be about 4,000 spectators present. When Geary started the ball for Everton. Half-time result Everton 1 goal; Stoke Swifts nil. Final result Everton 3 goals; Stoke Swifts nil.

Athletic News - Monday 11 April 1892
By The Free Critic
The Bury club is an excellently managed organization, and after winning the Junior Cup, they thought it would be as well to enter the senior, with the result that up to now they have reached the final tie which, for what is generally termed a junior club, is by no means a bad performance. And it has not been achieved by a series flukes, they beat Newton Heath at Newton Heath and then paid their respects to Accrington, while as a finale they defeated Everton on neutral ground by two none. Both clubs were fully represented, and the Bury team had been away at Lancaster for a week.  The names of the players were; Everton; Jardine, goal; Howarth, and Collins; backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wylie, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.  Bury; Lowe, goal; Warburton, and Cooper, backs; Pemberton, Jobson, and Ross, half-backs; Wilkinson, Spence, Conway, Boura, and Plant, forwards.   Right from the very start there was no mistaking the earnestness with which Bury went about their work, and there is no doubt that all through the game they had the best of matters. This is a strong statement to make, when we consider that the Everton team is made up of costly, and chiefly foreign, professionals, while with one exception—a cast-off belonging to Accrington—the Bury eleven claims English parentage. They commenced as if they meant winning, and they carried it on right to the finish. My statistical friend made a record of the corners kicks, and from his return it appears that in the first half Bury had four corners and took seven goal kicks, and in the second half they had three corners and 13 goal-kicks.  Everton do not appear to have had a corner in the initial portion, but they had 13 goal kicks, and in the second half.  My careful companion calculate that you reckon up the game from these details, but whether you can or not it is safe to say that Bury deserved their win of two goals to none.  Their players were never off the ball, and although neither side scored in the first half, Bury had the best of matters and ought to have chalked up one, if not two.  All round they were quicker on the ball, and were far smarter when they got it.  I may be mistaken but my idea is that the Everton people were under the impression that they had a soft thing on, and that they took matters coolly in consequence.  If they had any such notion, the proceedings up to half-time ought to have dispelled it, for during this period Berry played not only hard, but well, and were quite as good as their opponents in any department.  At the interval when no goals had been scored, Everton were quite of opinion that their superior knowledge of the game would carry them through, but the determination with which Bury set about their work on resuming showed that they, at any rate, did not mean to miss any chance of entering the final.  Wilkinson scored the first goal from a centre of Plant’s and Plant scored the second goal from a centre of Wilkinson’s so that matters were pretty well divided in the second half, and once-before.  Bury had scored- Milward had hard lines in hitting the post, but the Bury defence was really splendid, notwithstanding the fact that Cooper was dead lame, but this only seemed to bring out the sterling qualities of his comparison, who proved himself a back of the highest order.  When the first goal was scored Everton had a chance, and they fought for it, but immediately the second was put on they were a beaten team and, truth to tell, they shaped like one.  There is no denying the fact that on the day’s play Bury fully deserved to win, they played better football all round, and it is no little credit to those gentlemen who have backed them up through thick and thin to find that their team is capable of taking a place in the final for the Lancashire Senior Cup, and that by no fluke.  The winners are a very evenly-balanced team, and are all good.  In many cases a cup tie is won through dash and determinations, and one side may have all the play, but the other score the goals.  In this particular instance, however, Bury were superior all through and not only combined better, followed up better, and shot better, but their individual efforts were quite equal to those of Everton and this is saying a great deal when we consider the men comprising the League team. There is no doubt Bury are a remarkably smart lot, and are entitled to a place amongst superior organizations to some of those which form the Lancashire League.  In goal, Lowe saved very well indeed, but a little clamsily; and at back, Warburton played a magnificent game.  He is one of the least backs I know but he gets his kick in no matter how big his opponent is, and he tackles unflinchingly.  Cooper played very well in the first half and also in the second, considering an injured knee.  The three halves worked all the time, and it is this department that was largely responsible for the victory for they never stopped and if an Everton forward got past them, off they went, and as a rule the ball was returned.  Ross is clever player and went for Latta in a very game fashion, while the fact of his nether garments being team did not appear to cause him much concern at any rate, he didn’t leave the field.  Pemberton on the other wing, was almost as good, and bothered Milward and Chadwick above a bit and it takes a decent sort of player to do this.  Jobson is not a finished centre half, but he is a useful one, and was continually on the go.  The forwards are very smart and active, and they don’t waste much time in getting the ball down the field, but their style of play is not altogether the kick and rush business passing of a very high order being occasionally indulged in.  The two outside men centre accurately indulged in.  The two outside men centre accurately and Spence and Borne feed them well, while Conway, though not so young as he was, is still a hard customer to shake off, and plods away all the time, and he can also rough it a bit.  The Everton men played a very disappointing game, and did not seem as comfortable in dealing with the wind as did their opponents.  With the exception of Holt, not one of the defenders came up to expectation and the quick movements of the Bury forwards quite upset them.  Holt played a rattling game, and Jardine could not be blamed for his share, but the backs allowed their opponents to get close in and when the “juniors” had the chance they didn’t forget to shoot.  Milward and Chadwick showed good passing, but they rather overdid it; and Warbuton and Pemberton are just as energetic sort of gentlemen to put a sudden stop to this sort of thing.  Maxwell was not a success in the centre, and Latta was not all allowed to get in many runs.  In the second half he went inside but this did not make a great deal of difference, and Everton were clearly beaten on their merits by a team that on the day’s play was better all round. 

Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 11 April 1892
To-day, at the Chancery Court at Liverpool, before Mr. Taylor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Mr. John Houlding, brewer, applied for an interim injunction against George Mahon, John Atkinson, William Robt. Clayton, and Dr. Baxter, on behalf of themselves and all other members of the committee of the Everton Football Club, to restrain them from removing of disturbing any of the fixtures, turn-stiles. &c., on the Everton football ground at Anfield pending the hearing of an action to determine the club's position in the matter. An affidavit had been sworn on behalf of the plaintiff that he was the owner of the land of which the Everton Football Club became yearly tenants at the rent of £l00 a year, which had since been increased to £250 a year. It was part of the arrangement come to that so long as the club remained tenants of the said land Mr. Houlding should have the right to have a nominee on the committee of the club.—Mr. Malberley said the object of the application was to obtain an injunction to restrain the defendants from removing certain fixtures which were upon the grounds belonging to the defendants as a club, and which fixtures formed part of the soil in the plaintiff's view and constituted part of the landlord's property -After discussion a temporary settlement pending the full hearing of the action was agreed upon.

April 11, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton had a friendly visit from the English cup-holders on Wednesday, and after a splendid game, in which the Anfielders showed superb form, West Bromwich Albion were sent home defeated by the hugh score of 7 goals to nil. The game throughout was in a way to witness the shooting powers of the home forwards. The Albion seemed fairly beaten at every turn, and were perfectly astounded at the accurate passing of the home forwards, Jardine in goal quite excelled himself, while Collins and Howarth played one of their best games at back. Following on their remarkable performance against the English cupholders, Everton on Saturday journeyed to Preston to play in the semi-final of the Lancashire Cup competition with Bury, but instead of returning home victors, as was naturally expected, they had to submit to a humiliating defeat of 2 goals to nil. The blow is laded a severe one, and the Anfield supporters have good reasons to feel annoyed. Nevertheless the players themselves received the hardest knock, and without doubt to a man they felt their reverse most keenly. That the Everton team of Wednesday was one and the same as that of Saturday it is hardly possible to comprehend. At Preston they never during the game did themselves credit, more especially the front division, who rarely showed any combination whatever. Kelso and Holt worked hard all through, and although the same must be said about Robertson, he was yet far short of his usual tackling powers. No blame can be attached to Jardine, for he performed well, and the two shots which passed him were never within the reach. Howarth and Collins both did most effective work at back, although the former might have stemmed off the first goal scored. Bury have every reason to be proud of their victory, as it was a thoroughly deserved one. It was really a treat to witness their determined efforts. Their front division played to win, and never allowed any chance to pass. Their game was of the kick-and-rush order, and, much to Everton's disgust, it succeeded. Rose was much the better of the half-backs, while Warburton and Cowper at back were effective. Lowe in goal, dealt with a few fine shots, but yet he was never pushed. The victory for Bury, it only remains to be added, was a most popular one at Deepdale. Today the first real fight begins between the Everton Club and Mr. Houlding for possession of the stands on the Anfield-road enclosure, as an injunction action by Mr. Houlding restraining Merrsrs, Mahon, Atkinson, Clayton, and Baxter, on behalf of the club, from removing, disturbing, or injuring the stands, turnstiles, boarding, fencing, or any other fixtures, will be heard at St. George's Hall. Another discussion on the League extension scheme which will be debated at Bolton. Patrons of the Association game are reminded, though it is perhaps scarcely necessary to do so, that the match arranged between Everton League and the Blackburn Rovers for the benefit of R. Smalley takes place this evening at the Anfield road enclosure. Smalley is deserving popular with Evertonians. He has not been seen between the posts much during the present season, owing in a great measure to business studies; but he has done a full share in the years preceding to being Everton up to the high status which it enjoys, and for the many clever exploits achieved in goal by Smalley the followers of the club will be eager to acknowledge in the most practical manner this evening. Having done honour to Smalley, the followers of dribbling game are invited to witness on Tuesday evening the renewed tussle between Everton and Bootle for possession of the Liverpool Association cup the occasion being a semi-final tie. This is Everton's last hope of winning a cup as a souvenir of this season, the league, the national, and the county trophies all having been placed out of their reach, and it would not be very surprising denouncement if they should fail to retain possession of the local one. Bootle, though handicapped at present through having several men on the injured list, will assuredly strive hard to repeat the performance of Bury.

April 11, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
These opponents met at Anfield-road on Saturday, in the presence of a large company of spectators. This was the fourth encounter between the teams this season, Everton having won two and Stoke one of the three previous games. Play proceeded in favour of the Anfielders. Both sides had chances of scoring, however, but were weak in front, and it was not till close upon half-time that Geary with a low shot, opened the scoring account. Everton continued to play stronger game, and won decisively by 3 goals to nil.

APRIL 12, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Houlding v. Mahon and Others
This was a motion for an injunction to restrain the committee of the Everton Football Club from removing certain fixtures from the ground. –Mr. Maberly, and Mr. Lawrence were for the plaintiff and Mr. Hughes for the defendants. –Mr. Maberly said that the object of the application was to obtain an injunction to restrain the defendants from removing certain fixtures which, as he contended, formed part of the soil and part of the landlord's property. Mr. Hughes submitted to an injunction until the trial of the action, with the usual undertaking as to damages. Beyond that, in order to provide for the preservation of the status quo they proposed to take an order somewhat in these terms, that in case the court should hold that the fixtures in question, of any of them, be removable by the tenants, the latter to be at liberty to enter and remove the name, subject to the rights of the plaintiff as landlord. That preserved to Mr. Hughes the right to go and remove in case the court held with him. –Mr. Hughes said that his friend had omitted to mention that the tenancy expired on the last day of this month. Consequently their rights would be very much prejudiced if they were dealt with except on these special terms –Mr. Maberly said that as to the particular, the notice of motion and the writ also mentioned certain turnstiles and sheds. As the club claimed these, on behalf of the landlord, was not disposed to press what was conceived to be his extreme rights. The landlord was willing and desired to deal as liberally as he could with the defendants, so long as his rights in the main were protected and preserved. He therefore withdrew the claim as far as these turnstiles and sheds, which the defendants were at liberty to remove. As to the rest, he stood upon his rights as landlord. –some further conversation ensued. Subsequently Mr. Maberly said that they proposed to take the order in the terms as stated –His Honour said that he thought that counsel had better sign the minutes. –Mr. Hughes said that his friend Mr. Maberly and his client had given an assurance which satisfied him that they would get the matter disposed of promptly. The terms agreed upon were as follows;- “Plaintiff, on his undertaking to be responsible for damages, to submit to an injunction in terms of the notice of motion excluding turnstiles and sheds; and in case the court –including the Courts of Appeal –shall hold to be particulars in question (other than the excluded items) to be removable by the defendants as tenants within the terms of their tenancy, the defendants to be at liberty within such time as the court on the trial shall direct to remove the same; but the right of removal (if any) be subject to all the rights (if any) of the plaintiff landlord to diacrain –the said particulars so seceded to be removed. Costs to be costs in the action. Plaintiff approves the defendants to defend on behalf of the Everton Football Club and the members thereof.

April 12, 1892. The Burnley Express
Burnley on Saturday finished up a grand week's work – a week that will be remembered as without precedent in their history, and one which take a lot of beating by other clubs. The Turtites have as a matter of fact created two or three records during the past few days, the latest being the dual victory over Everton for the first time since the tournament was established, which also gives them a better position in the League table than ever occupied by Burnley; they have captured more League points away from home than ever fell to their lot; while Lang's men have a better goal average than previously. The ten matches in the League between Burnley and Everton leave the team exactly level as regards wins and draws (four wins each and two draws), but Saturday's visitors have an advantage of two goal's having registered 19 goals against 17. Thus for the second time Burnley are assured of 50 per cent of successes in the League provided Sunderland next Saturday should once more get in the way of the smiles of Dame Fortune. Although the weather was fine there was not as large an attendance at Turf Moor as was thought would be the case, the receipts only amounting to £158. Thus there would be about 7,000 people present. Lang once more won the toss and this gave Burnley an immense advantage at the outset, as they were enabled to play with a strong breeze at their backs. The homsters have achieved the greater part of their best performances when playing towards the cricket field goal, and the Turfites evinced their liking for that end by doing all the damage against Everton
The homesters again donned the white jersey and this contrasted well with the bright blue of the visitors. The teams were composed of the following players;- Burnley;- Hillman; Nicol, Lang; Mullineaus, Espie, Livingstone; Brady, Buchanan, Turnbull, Bowes and Hill. Everton; Williams; Kelso, Parry; Boyle, Holt, Stewart; Latta, Bell, Maxwell, Chdwick, and Elliott; Mr. Fox, who received a cordial greeting, was the referee. The visitors on the kick off got into Burnley territory but they were quickly repulsed, Espie and Livingstone eliciting cheers, and once again the game was destined to have a sensational beginning. Williams having saved smartly twice in succession Turnbull gave Buchanan a neat pass and the latter player notched a splendid goal with a fast cross shot, the game having only been in progress about three minutes. Again Burnley were on the job and Williams put out a good one from Brady, after which followed a long time, Turnbull and Hill playing a very prominent part in the attack, in which the ball was put through, but the point was disallowed. Everton got down a few times and Livingstone and Mullineaus shone. Being awarded a free kick, which was taken by Nicol, and the ball being headed from the left Brady headed in, thus registerering the second legitimate point for Burnley about a quarter of an hour from the start. Burnley kept up the pressure for the greater part of the time, wresting several corners, most of which were splendidly placed by Hill, narrow shaves, but Williams continued his splendid behavior in goal. Hillman had not more than three shots to save in this portion of the game but one was an especially brilliant effort. The Burnley custodian made a mistake in leaving his charge to assist in clearing on the left side of the goal, but it give him the opportunity of achieving one of the finest feats ever accomplished on any field. One of the Everton forwards got the ball and shot in along the ground and from the stand it looked all out a goal, but Hillman raced back in surprising fashion and falling all his length got the ball away at the finger ends. The feat was cheered to the Echo as it deserved to be, for it was undoubtedly the best performance of the match. Occasionally Everton broke away but the Burnley half backs played a fine game while the backs did all that was required of them. Burnley pressed hard. So well, however, did the visitors' defenders behave, and especially Williams and Kelso, that the spectators Williams and Kelso, that the spectators were becoming reconciled to Burnley crossing over without any addition to their score, but just before the interval Bowes beat Williams for the third time after a sharp tussle in front of the goal. Just prior to this Bell was hurt and was absent a few minutes. Immediately on resuming Hillman had to clear, but it was soon evident that even now that Everton had the wind at their backs they had found their match once more in Burnley. Of course the visitors had a lot more of the play during this half than was the case in the opening stage, but though they were exceedingly dangerous at times, and for a long time held a slight advantage you the play, yet taken altogether the elevens were well balanced, the game being very even indeed in this portion, and not only that, as the employment found for the goalkeepers was as equally divided as it well could be. Neither side could score, and so the game ended in the fifth successive league victory for Burnley by the substantial majority of three goals to nil. Thus Burnley have notched sixteen goals against three, and won ten League points since their defeat at Bolton on February 25 th . That Burnley were the better team on Saturday nobody will deny. Hillman on the whole game, had not a heavy task, but he acquitted himself well, and that one save of his mentioned above will rank as one of the smartest feats ever brought off on the fooball field. Lang and Nicol also did all that was expected of them, while, concerning the middle trio, it is no exaggeration to say they fairly excelled themselves, and to them in a great measure. Burnley's signal success is due, though of course the forwards are entitled to every praise. The half-backs were a good lot indeed, and Espie was perhaps the most conspicuous, taken all the game through, but both Livingstone and Mullineaus put in some very smart work. The left wing were the better pair. Hill carrying off the chief honours his placing of corners being an especially noteworthy feature of his exhibition, and while Bowes was not quite so conspicuous as in some recent matches, yet he did well. Turnbull also came in for his share of notice, but the most improved player in the team conspicuous as in some recent matches, yet he did well. Turnbull also came in for his share of notice, but the most improved player in the team on Saturday was Buchanan, his shooting being much better. The whole of the men, however, came out of the ordeal with flying colours. Williams gave a grand exhibition in goal, and but for him Everton's defeat would have been a crushing one. Kelso was the better back; the half-back line was an even one, though for some time Stewart did not strike us as being quite at his best. In the closing half, however, he certainly held his own; while of the front rank Latta, Chadwick, and Maxwell were the pick.

Proceedings in Chancery
April 12, 1892
The Liverpool Courier
Yesterday, at the Chancery Court St George's hall, the vice-chancellor (Mr F.W.Taylor) had before him a motion-Houlding v Mahon and others-for an injucction to restrain the committee of the Everton Football Club from removing certain fixtures from the ground at Everton. Mr. Maberly and Mr. Lawrence were for the plaintiff, Mr.Houlding and Mr Hughes represented the defendants. Mr. Maberly said the object of the application was to obtain an injuction to rstrain the defendants from removing certain fixtures which were upon ground belonging to the defendants club, and which fixtures as he contended formed part of the soil and parts of the landlord's property. The defendants, who were the representatives of the club were now about to pull down and remove the fixtures. Under these cirumstances the action was launched and the application for an injuction was made. Mr.Hughes appeared for the defentants, and submitted to an injuction until the trial of the action, and with the usual undertaking as to damages. Beyond that, in order to provide for the preservation of the status quo, they purposed to take an order somewhat in thses terms, that in case the court should hold that the fixtures in question, or any of them to removeable by the tenants the latter to be at liberty to enter and remove the same subject to the right of the plaintiff as landlord. That preserved to his froend (Mr Hughes) the right to go and remove in case the court held with him. Mr Hughes said his friend had forgotten to mention that the tenancy expired on the last day of the month; consequently of course their rights would be very much prejudced if they were dealt with except on these specials forms. Mr. Maberly said that as regarded the particulars the notice of motion and the writ also mentioned some particulars, amongst others certain turnstiles and sheds. On behalf of the landlord, the club put forward a claim to then they were not disposed to press what they conceived to be their extreme right in regard to them. They were willing and desired to deal as liberally as they could with the defendants in this matter so long as their rights in the main were protected and preserved. Therefore he withdrew the clain as regard the turnstiles and the sheds. His friends might remove them if he though fit, but as regarded all the rest they stood upon their rights as landlords. Mr. Hughes-There is one point which, on behalf of the committee of the club I think ought to be maintioned, and to which I think my friend will ascent. I ask that after the expiration of the tenacy, as he is keeping possession, which may prejudice us, he will undertake that no damage shall be done to the property in question.
Mr. Maberly . My friend has got an undertaking as to damages, and it covers all that.
Mr.Hughes said the undertaking would not cover such damages as might be caused to him by the granting of the injuction, and all he wanted his friend to undertake was the seft custody of the property after the expiration of the tenacy. Mr.Maberly said he could not do that. If the court acting on the represntation, prevented the taking away of these things, and they were delivered up in a worse condition than they were at present. Then the undertaking as to damages covered that.
His Honour .- are you for the landlord, Mr. Maberly.
Mr.Maberly .-Yes; and I decline to be put on any special terms as to safe custody after the tenants'right have expired.
His Honour said the undertaking as to damages covered that.
Mr Hughes said he was content, he wished to say further that they were anxious to have the point disposed of as soon as possible,, and desired that it should be tried at the next sitting of the court. He had suggested certain dates which he though Mr Lawrence, who was the junior counsel on the other side would assent to.
Mr Maberly said he could not pledge his side as to particular dates.
Mr Hughes said if he would assure him that he would bring it on at the next sitting he would be satisfied.
Mr Maberly -I cannot do that.
Mr. Hughes - I shall have to oppose that motion, if you don't assent.
Mr maberly -we are anxious to have the question disposed of , but I decline to be put on any special terms as to the date.
Mr hughes -it is very important that the matter should be dispoved of promptly, and I shall have to oppose the motion if my friend will not give me an undertaking.
His Honour - Then I am afraid the proceedings must come on as opposed.
Mr. Maberly - submitted that the order should provide that the defendants defended the action on behalf of the committee of the club.
Mr hughes said he did not take any technical objection to that.
Mr. Maberly said he should like to have it expressed on the face of the order.
Mr Hughes -it my friend won't oblige me in a reasonable way I am not quite sure that I shall oblige him.
Mr. Maberly - Very well, we will take it as opposed.
Susequently mr Maberly said his friend Mr Hughes was now quite satisfied with regard to his point. They, therefore proposed to take the order in the term he had stated.
The vice Chairman - I think you and Mr Lawrence and Mr Hughes had better sigh the minutes.
Mr.Maberly , - Very well; that would be the best course.
Mr. Hughes - My friend and his client have given me an assurance, which satisfies me that we shall get the matter disposed of promptly.
The order agreed upon was in the following terms:- Plantiff. On undertaking to be responsible for damages, an inju8ction in terms of notice of motion excluding turnstiles and sheds, and in case the court (including court of Appeal) shall hold the particulars in question (other than that excluded items) to be removeable by the defendants as tenants within terms of their tenancy- the defendants to be at liberty within such time as the court on the trial shall direct to remove the same, but the right to removal (if any) to be subject to all rights (if any) of the Plantiff, landlord to distrain, the said particulars so seceded to be removed costs to be costs in the action. Plaintiff approves of the defenants defending on behalf of the Everton Football Club and the Members thereof.

April 12, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
Robert Smalley Benifit
The Blackburn Rovers paid a visted to Anfield enclosure last evening the occasion being a Benefit to R.Smalley,, the well-known Everton custodian. The attenadance, unfortunately, was much under genral expectation the International League game at Bolton no doubt taking away many of those who would otherwise have attended, and there would only-be about 3,000 present, but we believe a goodly number of tickets have been sold. Both teams were short of their usual League players. Losing the toss, Everton started and the Rovers smartly intercepting, the ball was carried along on the right, a shot from Southworth landing outside the post. From the goal kick the home forwards were soon away, both McMillan and Geary having fruitless shies at goal. Latta again returned, and Pennington had to fist away two beauties from Wyllie and Gordon. A pretty bit of passing brought the Rovers down upon Smalley's charge, which was only relieved by Watson handling the ball. Robertson was next conspicuous by some clever tackling, which gave his side an opportunity to besiege the Rovers' goal, Geary finishing up by banging in a grand shot which brough Pennington to his knees to effect a clearance. Townley headed a fine concerted run by the rovers'front division and the left winger centring accurately, Walton missed an easy chance by shooting wide. Of the mark. Holt cleverly pulled up Walton, and sending forward to Wyllie, the latter crossed to McMillan, who in turn tested the Rovers custodian with a low shot. The Blackburn men followed this by a determined attack upon Smalley which ultimately ended in McLean conceding a corner to Hall. Nothing accrued from the side kick, and Everton taking up a lob from Howarth,, Latta sent a flyer over the bar. So far the play though slow, was very intersting,, and some good combination was shown by both teams. Just on the interval Everton had the best of matters Geary sending a couple of straight shots at goal but nothing was scored up to half-time. On resuming, play for a time centred in midfield. Wyllie and McMillan then got away on the left, and the former crossing over to Geary, the home centre sent in a beauty in his old well known style which gave Pennington a deal of trouble to clear. Returning to the Rovers' end in capital style the home van surround the Blackburn goal; and after McMillan had given Pennington a teaser Latta scored with a header. The visitors from the midfield kick off soon asserted themselves, and smalley had an anxious moment as he dealt with a warm attempt from Townley. McLean was very useful at back, his kicking being strong, and at times well judged. The Evertonians were certainly having the best of matters. A grand attempt by McMillan was guided round the upright by Pennington, after which Geary sent in a near thing on the wrong side of the post. Keeping up the attack kelso, from a throw in, placed the leather in front of the visitors' mouth and Latta rushing up scored the second point for Everton. A couple of corners fell to the Rovers without any result, after which Townley tried Smalley with a grounder, which Bob cleared in a cool manner. Everton just on the finish pressed the Rovers back into goal, but no further scoring resulted, a rather slow but pretty game thus ending in favour of Everton by 2 goals to nil. Everton-Smalley, goal, Howarth and McLean, backs, Kelso, Holt (captain), and Robertson half-backs, Latta, Gordon, Geary, McMillan and Wyllie, forwards. Blacckburn Rovers, Pennington, goal, Douglas, and Forbes, backs, Almond, Dewar, and Springfellow, half-backs, Hall, Campbell, Walton Chippendale, and Townnley forwards.

April 13, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
Liverpool Senior Cup- Semi-Final .
This cup tie was played on the Anfield ground last evening, in the presents of 6,000 spectators. Both teams lacked their full strength Kilner and Davies the absetees for booth, while the Everton side was Cheifly composed of the combination players. The following were the teams;- Everton-Jardine goal; Chadwick, and Collins, backs, Kelso, Jones, and Robertson, half-backs, Gordon, Murray, Maxwell, McMillan, and Geary, forwards. Bootle'; Dunning goal; Jamieson, and Arridge, backs; McClellan, Hughes, and McEwan, half-backs, Clarkin, Finlayson, Grierson, Dickson, and Montgomery, forwards. maxwell started the game for Everton, and Hughes smartly intercepting, Bootle at onece made tracks for the Everton goal. Hands against McMillan gave Jamieson the opportunity of lobbing right into the goal mouth. Clarkin, however, sent wide of the mark. Everton now put in a splendid bit of combination, which placed them in front od dunning, relief only coming as Geary sent over the crossbar. Bootle returned, and a good chance was thrown away by Montgomery. So far the game had been evenly contested, both ends in turn being visited. Clarkin and Finlayson were next prominent by a clever sprint along on the right, which ultimately resulted in Jardine-having to conceded a corner to Grierson. Nothing accrued, but Bootle again assailed, and after great pressure upon Jardine, Finlayson at last suceeded in opening the scoring for Bootle with a slow slot which the Everton custodian touch it as it went through at the corner. Everton now went to work in a most determined fashion, which caused Dunning much anxiety. Jamieson, However, cleared all danger by placing well to his front division. A fine race between Clarkin and Collins was witnessed and had it not been for a timely rescue by Chadwick the Everton goal would have been Severly tested, Pretty combination by the Everton van, in which Geary was the most conspicuous, enabled them to surtound Dunnings charge, and after a warm scrimmage had taken place Geary drew matters level with a beautiful shot. The homesters followed this success by hotly attacking the Bootle goal, and but for the capital defensive tactics of Jamieson and Arridge another point no doubt would have been gained. Everton continued to have the best of the game, but at the interval no further goals had been scored by either side, each having registered a goal. On resuming Everton were the first to assume the command and after McMillan had missed an easy opening Geary sent in a flyer, which Jamieson converted into a corner. Bootle did not seen to play their usual game; in fact, the Everton forwards fairly walked round their defence. Dunning successfully dealt with three beauties from Geary,, Maxwell, and Gordon. A frre kick against Bootle close in upon their goal was well taken by Robinson, and another point for Everton was scrimmaged through. Still pressing the Anfielders had an offside goal, after which a rattling sprint was negotiated by the Hawthorne-road front division, Finlayson being most unlucky, as he failed to catch a cross by Clarin when an opening accurred. The Bootle men, by clever combination returned to the home quarters, but both Chadwick and Collins were in fine fettle and Jardine was never reached. From a pass by Jones, Gordon made progess along the right, and a lively siege was raised upon Dunning's charge. The Latter, however, was in an excellent humour, and safely nullified the efforts of Murray Geary, and Maxwell. The Bootle custodian throughly deserved the applause he received as he got hold of a most difficult shot from Geary. Semi-darkness coming on, the players could hardly be distingusished from the stand. On the call of time no further scoring had been done. Everton thus winning by 2 goals to 1. After the match Bootle lodged a protest on account of the later part of the game having been placed in semi-darkness. It may also be mentioned that two forties was the time played.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 16 April 1892
By Richard Samuel
The Cup-Tie
The matches between Everton and Bootle do not raise that enthusiasm now which characterized the meeting a few years back, but the fight for the local cup always attracts a good gate.  The two teams have usually met in the final, but this year the shield competition gives one of the other clubs an opportunity of figuring in the final, and either the Caledonians or Southport Central will have a shay at the local pot in the first bout.  The Everton Executive announced the fact at the beginning that they would run the Combination team for this competition, but this was modified somewhat at the last moment and Kelso, Robertson, Geary and Maxwell were included.  The Bootle team was also weak, owing to Kilner and Davies having to cry off on account of injuries, and I say that the Everton team really represented the club better than the one that did duty.  The play of Kelso (Bob said he played for all he was worth) in assisting their side to win and also in preventing them losing.  The feature of the match from a Booth point of view was the magnificent form shown by Dunning in goal, Arridge and Jamieson at back, and McEwan at half-back, and the utter lack of rush of the forwards.  It is rumored that Dunning will be seen in the Villa ranks at Birmingham next season, and if this is so I should think that Mr. Ramsey, of the Villa, who was present at the match, must have been well satisfied with Dunning’s performance.  Arridge delighted friend and foe alike by his fearless play, and Jamieson came out of a trying ordeal very well.  McEwan has not the style of Hughes, but in this match he played a more effect game, and the lad in the last few matches, against some clever exponents of the game, has done remarkably well.  There is plenty of “grit” in him which is more to the purpose than showry play.  The forwards were very disappointing, for although they occasionally passed well it was all thrown away when it went a little dark.  Time after time in the second half the backs gave them chances to make play, but the lot of them, when it became a question of whether the opposing halves or they should secure possession the ground was not seriously disputed.  Their play never partook of the recognized cup-tie form in this respect. 
I am glad this matter is being taken up with spirit by everybody concerned; nearly 3,000 tickets are out and about 70 donation books, and I hope the holders will bring the matter prominently before their friends.  The Everton and Bootle team will be –Jardine, goal; Mclean and Arridge, backs; Kelso, Holt and Hughes, half-backs; Latta, Clarkin, Grierson, Montgomery, and Milward, forwards.  I take the opportunity of thanking the players for the readiness they evinced to take part in the affair.  One and all seemed anxious to do their part in making the benefit a substantial one.  The other team has not been chosen, but it will be a strong one, and our Bury friends will assist us.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 16 April 1892
By “Mickey Free”
Who would have thought it?  Who would have the temerity to hint at such a contingency after the previous match against the English Cup-holders?  Well any man who had suggested the possibility of defeat by Bury would have been looked on as a fit subject for Rainhill.  And little wonder.  Where are we now?  It is humiliating in the last degree to see a team which has no less than six or seven internationals in its ranks beaten by a club composed of no persons in particular-I believe they are all Lancashire lads bar one.  Well, if they are, all I can say is all honour to them, and I congratulate them on their plucky win.  They don’t play scientific football, I grant, but they make up for science by their thorough earnestness, therefore, whether it be Darwen or the Rovers who meet them in the final they will have to put in all they know.  It was announced here that in other semi-final-I mean the Liverpool and District Cup-that the Combination team would do duty for Everton versus Bootle.  It was rather an old-fashioned lot that turned out, however-Jardine in goal, Kelso right half-back, and Hope Robertson left ditto, Maxwell in the centre, and Geary outside left.  I was assured afterwards by one of the committee that these men, bar Geary were only included in the team for the purpose of giving then a chance of a Liverpool and District medal, as they have not previously had one!  Geary was only put in at the last moment, Elliott being ill.  It was well for Everton that these men were included in the team, as otherwise I am afraid that their only hope for a cup of any sort would have vanished as completely as the League team’s form against West Bromwich did at Deepdale.  One other effect that the unfortunate drubbing had was the spoiling of Bob Smalley’s benefit.  Had the Rovers and Everton won it would have been as good as a hundred pounds to Bob. 
Was very interesting in the first half.  The Bootle men threw themselves into the contest with great vigour, the kicking of the backs being clean and effective, Arridge being exceptionally good.  McEwan put in a lot of hard work at half-back.  He has the makings of a good player.  I have seen Hughes play better, so that Bootle were considerably handicapped by the absence of Kilner.  Of the forwards Clarkin pleased me most, and his shot which brought about their only score was a real good thing.  A second goal ought most certainly to have been scored in the second half by Grierson from a pass by Clarkin.  On the other side they looked somewhat blue when Bootle got the first chalk.  Steam was put on but a considerable time elapsed before Everton drew level.  Something of the ancient excitement was manifested as the teams now went at it ding dong, but half-time saw no charge.  The Bootle forwards became disorganized whilst Everton pressed, and from a severe tussle following a free kick the winning point was scored.  McMillan got the ball through afterwards but was ruled offside, and the game ended in a 2-1 victory.  I hear that Bootle have protested on account of the light.  It was very hard towards the close, although only two “forties” were played with only-two minutes’ interval. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 16 April 1892
At Anfield, Liverpool, this afternoon, before 10,000 spectators, in beautiful weather.  Oswald kicked off, and the game at once ruled fast and exciting.  Five minutes only had elapsed when Latta passed beautifully to the left, and Milward dashed in and shot a beautiful goal amidst great cheering.  Again Latta raced up. Hendry just saving by kicking out,  Everton now began to press, and Latta was just prevented any mishap.  Everton were again to the fore, Kelso robbing Calderhead smartly.  A shot from Maxwell was kicked clear by Toone.  Hands off Notts let in the Everton left and Chadwick forced a corner was better taken and Geary sent in a good shot which, however, struck on the players and rebounded.  The combination of the Notts forwards now began to improve.  From a kick by Shelton, Daft and Walkerdine broke away, and for some moments the Everton goal was in danger, but the ball was got away.  The Everton forwards next put in a beautiful bit of passing, and several corners were forced in quick succession, Notts having some extremely narrow escapes.  Latta then came in for a share of the applause, for after making a grand run and beating Hendry, he scored with a beautiful shot, which struck the underside of the crossbar and bounded through.  This was almost repeated by Milward two or three minutes later.  Toone saved, and a scrimmage ensued, but Hendry brought it through and prevented mishap.  From a throw in Latta and Geary got away.  The n Geary tried a flying shot, which passed out.  Half-time; Everton 2, Notts 0.
The second half disclosed fine opening movements by the Everton forwards, and within five minutes Latta placed the ball through out of Toone’s reach, Notts repulsed a sustained attack, but a movement later the ball was back, and Toone fisted out.  Everton still had the best of it, Chadwick dribbling well, and the goalkeeping was superb.  In the last moment Geary scored a final point in a fine game.  Final;- Everton 4, Notts County 0.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 16 April 1892

  • What do Everton think of Bury now?
  • Bury fairly ran round the Everton crew.
  • Mr. Houlding’s reception clearly proved that the spectators are with him, no matter what his traducers may say.
  • Edgar Chadwick says he likes coming to play at Bolton, because he can always rely on a good tea at the Saddle.
  • Johnny Forbes don’t like to be chaffed about Everton.
  • Bob Smalley said Everton’s defeat at Preston lost him £100
  • Everton 2 Bootle 1.  Surely they’ll retain one prise.  But “one never knows.”
  • Why didn’t Hannah and Doyle address the crowd from the Sandon windows?
  • Evertonians eavied Bootle of Arridge and Clarkin.  Dunning came in for a good share of praise.
  • Can Jardine gave Arridge two yards in a sprint?  Davies thinks not.  Who was to match “Davie?”
  • Doyle was at the Sandon on Tuesday.  Nothing like cheek?
  • Evertonians couldn’t refrain from cheering Hannah and Doyle although they have had a lot of bother over them.
  • Edgar Chadwick was handicapped with the Motts man as co-winger.  He got on very well though all things considered.

April 16, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
This return match, Everton having won the previous game at Derby by 3 goals to 0, was the Good Friday attraction at Anfield-road, where a holiday attendance, numbering about 12,000, assembled. The following were the teams:- Everton; Jardine, goals; McLean, and Howarth, backs, Kelso, Holt (captain), and Robertson, half-backs, Latta Geary, Maxwell, Wyllie, and Maxwell, forwards.
Derby County- Robinson, goals; Methven, and Staley, backs; Cox, Goodall (A) and Rowlston half-backs, Mills, McLachian, Goodall (J), Ekins, and McMillan forwards. Maxwell started, and Derby forced a goal kick on the left. Everton quickly replied, a good piece of play by Wyllie, assisted by Milward, causing some anxiety to the visitors, but a smart clearance was made. Play ruled fast. Derby were strong on the right, and Jardine had to pick up. The home left wingmen worked well Latta driving in hard. Exciting play followed in front of the visitors goal, Geary made bad are of a chance. The game continued in favour of Everton, but they found the defence impassable. A fast run by J Goodall changed the venue through nothing more serious accured than a futile corner. A likely scrimmage followed at the Derby end, but after Geary had tested Robinson with a header shot, Wyllie put out. Whilst Maxwell also failed to grasp an opportunity that came his way. Milward and Maxwell each sent in spendid shots, both of which Robinson punched away in grand style, but he was immediately to be beaten as on the ball being well placed from the right, Wyllie and Milward jointly rushed it through, after a quarter of an hour's play. Derby made a diversion on the left, but were at once thrown on the defence. Wyllie, when nearing goal, ran round his opponents, and shot nicely, but Robinson easily cleared. The Everton half-backs were in an effective mood, and rarely permitted the visitors to make raids. Kelso was nearly instrumental in leading up a second goal, as dispossessing Ekins and McMillan, he kicked the centre, when Robinson narrowly cleared by running out. A bit of surprise, however, was in store for Everon, as having cleared from pressure on the right, they were in trouble on the left, whem McMillan forced a corner from which an equalising goal was realised. Derby were certainly having quite as much of the game as Everton at this junction. Jardine had to attend to good shots by J Goodall and Mills. Robinson and his backs were also kept busy. The play travelled pretty uniformly from end to end. Another corner fell to Derby but this lat a neutralised. Howarth, hqving sprained his knee about this time left the field, Kelso going full back and Latta half-back. Derby, if anything, was oftener on the attack now, but McLean especially defended well, and once at the other end Maxwell esayed a rare good shot at long range, which Robinson only negotiated with difficulty. McLachian and Geary each shot spendidly for their respective sides, but it was to no purpose, and the interval arrived with the score one goal each. The second half opened in favour of Derby, but the defence held out, and soon very spirited play and fair shooting was seen at the visitors end. The defence of Derby was also equal to the emergency, and then Everton were hard pressed, during which much ecitement prevailed, and some displeasure at the referee ruling. Kelso. McLean and Jardine defended well until the Everton left wing could get in a footing, when Maxwell took a pass and shot, the ball passing narrowly over the bar. Beening short handed,, the pressure could not be sustained, and Derby contributed two wing runs, on each occasion the ball being ran out. A corner on the Derby right was followed by a throw in on the same right, and Jardine was hard tested, but he guild the ball round the post, nothing resultong from the corner. Maxwell was next becoming so threnthening that Methven risked a corner from which Latta shot wide. Everton returning several times on the left, harrassed the visitors' defence who generally proved active enough to destory good shooting. Offside came to the assistance of Everton on Derby essaying a raid and smart forward work took play within range, when Latta made a fair bid for a point with a screw shot. During pressure by Everton Staley was hurt by a accidental kick by Geary the mishap causing some delay. On resuming Latta screwing juast off the post. Milward made a rush to get at the ball, but was a shade too late to divers the shot into goal. Derby were not long in taking play to the other end, and Jardine was called upon to use his hands with effect. Derby were very aggressive for some time, and shot beautiful, but fortunatly Jardine was particularly safe. A smart run was started by J Goodall and this being taken up with rest by others, Jardine ran out and missed, but happily the ball rolled out. Geary led run and after the ball had been prettily worked he got it again and shot, Robinson going on his knees to save. Milward in the meantime had gone centre. Maxwell joining Geary, on the right, but the change was in vain. As shortly following a great corner from McLardlan was taken by J Goodall who headed a fine goal and after some further determined play a good game treminated in a win for Derby County by 2 goals to 1.

April 18, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton commenced a heavy and exacting programme on Good Friday, when they played the first of three League matches arranged for holiday season. It was important that Everton should come out strongly in these final League engagements in order to regain some lost prestige in the Lancashire Cup disaster. Full confidence was felt in Everton's ability of satisfactorily accounting for Derby County on Friday but the fates were against them, and they had to accept a narrow defeat of 2 goals to 1. But it was not a discouraging reverse, as Everton for fully three parts of the game had to depend upon ten men only, Howarth having sprained the muscles of a knee –mishap that quickly told in favour of Derby. Except in the result looked at from a Liverpool point of view, the event was highly successful, a crowd of 12,000 spectators witnessing a fast and always interesting contest. The home team started so full of promise that an easy win looked probable, but, of course with a reduced number of players the fair prospect changed, though even when handicapped the Anfielders had quite as much of the play as Derby save in the essetitial matter of scoring. The winners were stronger in front of goal; J. Goodall making splendid use of the opportunities afforded him by his colleagues. A. Goodall also played well at half-back, without indulging in roughness, and generally the defence of Derby was of high order. Jardine was smart in goal, beaten by two clever assaults on his charge. McLean and Kelso were seen to advantage, but the half-backs and forwards, being upset, were uneven, though all played up determinedly to save if possible the match.
Everton's victory over Notts County by 4 goals to nil on Saturday was indeed gladly welcomed by the Anfielders. Their latest performance was a brilliant one, and the win thoroughly deserved. The combination of the home forwards was throughout of the first water, their shooting also being well directed and most forcible. Latta was in grand form, while Geary should he still possesses his old running powers. Maxwell made a fairly good centre, and kept his wings well in hand. Both Chadwick and Milward played a grand game. all the halves were full of work. Holt especially so; while Collins was the best of the backs. Jardine had not much to do. The Notts men did not seem to play their usual game, the only one who deserves special mention being Toone, who kept a marvellous goal. The Semi-final tie in the Liverpool Cup competition between Everton and Bootle furnished a close result in favour of Everton by 2 goals to 1. The winners were composed largely of the Combination players, but as Bootle were short of Kilner and Davies, neither side could be described as representative. The best play was seen in the first half, after which the Bootle forwards fell off sadly, though well-supported by the half-backs, McLean especially justifying his selection. Arridge and Dunning were each seen at their best, whilst Jamieson was not far inferior to his colleague. The half-back work of Kelso and Robertson helped very materially in Bootle's overthrow, and through their effectiveness the Everton forwards were kept well on the ball.
The arrangement for the Egan benefit match, to be played on the Bootle Ground on Wednesday, April 27, are in a forward state, and the tickets are being taken up very well. The following will form the Everton and Bootle side; Jardine, goal; McLean and Arridge, backs; Kelso, Holt and Hughes, half-backs; Latta, Clarkin, Greierson, Montogomery, and Milward, forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 18 April 1892
Mr. J. Houlding has obtained an injunction to restrain the Everton Club from taking the stands. &c., off the ground, and the matter will now heard in the Chancery Court. The club has had counsel's opinion to the effect that they can claim the stands, and Mr. Houlding has had counsel's opinion to the effect that they cannot, and the result is Chancery proceedings. This is pity, for law and football ought never to seen in the same company. We understand Mr. J. J. Ramsey offered the club £125 for the stands, but the committee first of all asked £1.600, and then came down to £4OO. Mr. Ramsey considers that the value to the club about £350, and that it will take £225 to remove them, consequently it would pay the club to sell them for the latter figure. It seems a low price to us, but if Mr. Houlding has a right to them as landlord, then the club would be well advised to let him have them. There are rumours abroad that the new Liverpool club ar5e endeavouring to obtain the services of several League players, but Mr. Barclay denies this, and he ought to know. 

Athletic News - Monday 18 April 1892
By the Loiterer
It has been the rule for Everton and Bootle to meet in the final for the Liverpool Cup, but this year, owing to a sensible arrangement, in which the other clubs are given a chance, they met in the semi-final.  The game was played on Tuesday evening, and the Everton executive decided that the Combination team should play, but Kelso, Robertson, Geary, and Maxwell were included, and that takes a lot of the gilt off the Combination.  Bootle could only put a poor team in the field, and where Everton were strongest Bootle were weak, and this was in the most trying point, the half-backs.  The game was well contested, and won by Everton by two goals to one. 
It was a good move on the part of the League authorities to prolong the matches well into April, for the interest in the games is kept up to the end, and although there is no doubt as to who will head the list, yet there are several clubs a little anxious about their position.  Besides, we wanted stirring up a little, for there is no mistake about it, the football fever in Liverpool has abated somewhat lately, and the Easter League matches will tend to keep the enthusiasm up.  There will be football all year round here, for what with the preparation of the Goodison-road ground and the formation of the Liverpool Association Club, the close season promises to be quite a busy one.  To get on to the Derby County match.  The game was very interesting, but after Jardine had cleared a shot from McLachian the home forwards settled down to strong aggressive work, but do what they would, Robinson kept his charge intact for a long time.  After several splendid saves, however, the ball was put through out of a scrummage.  The visitors were now playing a splendid game, the dribbling and passing of J. Goodall,. Ekins, and McLachlan being much in advance of the home lot, whilst the half-backs played a most effective game all through.  The play was poor even, and the home backs were in difficulties several times.  Mclean gave a corner, and J. Goodall equalized.  Howarth damaged a sinew of his thigh in dealing with the attack, and retired from the game, which at intervals was a goal each.  The county men played a yet better game in the second half, for after some uninteresting play at the start they forced matter, and kept pegging away.  J. Goodall was a great favourite, and I never saw him to better advantage.  McLachlan and Ekins continued to render him great assistance, and although Jardine was not overworked, yet the visitors put in some good shots.  The Everton men suffered in comparison, and Geary was often erratic in his passing, and what with Howarth being away and the composition of the team upset, there were any number of mistakes made.  For all that, Robinson was often troubled, and twice saved splendidly when on the ground.  The second and winning goal was obtained by J. Goodall, after brilliant work by the right wing; and soon after “Time” was called.  Derby winning by two goals to one.  On the play shown, the visitors were the better team, for although they had rather the worst of it so far as pressing went; they treated us to some grand football; but Howarth’s absence meant a lot to Everton. 

April 18, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
On Saturday afternoon Everton had Notts County as their visitors to play a reture League match. When at Nottingham Everton gained a victory of 3 goals to 1. Both teams placed their strongest eleven on the field, Geary playing along with Latta on the Everton right wing. Noots who play Ardwick to-day (Monday) at manchester, are always welcome visitors at Anfield, and never fail to bring about a good attendance of soectators, which on Saturday numbered quite 10,000. The ground was in spendid condition, and the sun shore brightly, when the following teams stepped on the field:-
Everton- Jardine goal; McLean, and Collins backs, Kelso Holt (captain) and Robertson, half-backs, Latta Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick Milward, forwards. Notts County-Toone, goal, Whitelaw, and Henry, backs, Bramley, Calderwood, and Shelton, half-backs, Widdleston, McInnes, Oswald, Walkerdine, and Dalt forwards. Losing the toss, Maxwell commenced hostilies for Everton against a rather stiff breeze, and after a fine bit of midfield play. Dafy made progess along on the Notts left, and McLean had to stem off at the expense of a corner, which was ultimately landed outside ny McInne. Beautiful combination by the Everton front division was now witnessed, Geary and Latta being especially prominent as they made rings around the Notts defence, and the latter player centring most accurately to Maxwell the home centre tried Toone with a well aimed shot. The County custodian threw well forward,, and McInne and Oswald from a pss by Calderwood were a source of, trouble to McLean, the burley back, however, cleared, and again the home forwards settled on the leather. Latta had the best of a hot tussel with Henry, and getting well away made a capital cross to Milward who was driving well up, and who left no doubt whatever, as he sent through a clinking goal. From the midfield kick-off Oswald put in some useful work, and the Notts front division came dangerous near the home goal, hands against Shelton stooped their progess, and then Chadwick and Milward were to the fore as they made their way along the left, Chadwick finishing up by giving Toone a warm handful. Everton returned, and for a considerable time Toone was kept busy dealing with straight attempts from the whole line of the Everton forwards. At this stage of the game snow began to fall, but it did not in any way affect the play as Everton continued the pressure and Latta and Henry were again conspicuous, as they raced side by side along on the line to get possession of the leather, and the home right getting the best of the exchanges caused Toone an annous moment with a screw shot. The Notts custodian was really in grand form, and it was marvellous how he dealt with the repeated onslaughts which were made upon his charge. Encougaged by the soundness of their goalkeeper, the Nottingham men worked hard and well. a clever bit of combination by McInnes and Widdowson brought the visitors within range of Jardine, and Oswald was given a capital chance, when Collins rushed up and cleared. Coming back to the home goal, the Notts men experienced hard lines as Widdowson struck the post. From this let of the Everton men were smartly placed on the attack by Holt, and after Whitelaw had twice repelled the movements of Chadwick and Milward, Latta got round Henry, and sprinting down with the ball at his toe, finished up by beating Toone for a second time. Owing to the strong defence of the Anfielders the visitors now seldom became troublesome, to Jardine, where on the other hand. Toone was kept hard at work. Just on the interval, Chadwick sent in a couple of well aimed low shots, but no futher scoring had been done when half-time came. On resuming the homesters were the first to assume command, and a free kick close in falling to them, a prolonged scrimmage ensued in the Notts goalmouth which Milward brought to an end by shotting over the bar. The play of Everton men was brilliant in the extreme, it being quite a treat to witness their combination. Coming down in full force upon the Notts defence Latta from a pass by Kelso scored a third goal. Notts showed up a little better after this third reverse, and Oswald forced a fruitless corner from Jardine. Collins stemmed of a rush by Walkerdine and Daft, and passing over to Chadwick the latter easily tricked Whitelaw and gave Toone another warm handful to get away. A dashing run by Geary was brought to a termination, as Henty tripped him upmost unmerciful. Nothing rsulted from the free-kick as Toone was agin the shining light, and kept his charge gallantly. A weak shot at the other end by Walkerdine threw away a clear chance and then by good play Robertson and Kelso upset the efforts of McInnes and Walkerdine Latta immediately after sending over the crossbar. The Notts men were bent in making suffends, and Jardine was requistioned to deal with a croos shot by Daft. The Anfielders retailated and Chadwick and Maxwell had both near charges. Nearing the finish the Everton men held the upper hand, and Geary added another point with a headed shot, a brilliant and pleasant game, thus ending in a favour of Everton by 4 goals to nil.

April 18 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
At Chester. In the first half, Carter and Fleming scored for Chester and Pinnell and Murray for the Visitors. Before the interval however,, Everton were deprived of the services of Campbell and Pinnell both injured. The second half chester rushed a third and Lewis shot the fourth. The fifth had soon followed ans Ashton scored a sixth. Result Chester 6 goals, Everton 2.
Played 21, won 17, lost 2, draw 2, for 99, against 18, points 36

April 19, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
This fixture was played on the Anfield roadground yesterday afternoon in the presence of a large gathering of spectators. Though a heavy fall of snow had taken place during the afternoon, the ground was in nine condition, and the sun was shining brightly when the following players put in an appearance:- Everton, Jardine, goal; McLean, and Collins backs, Kelso, Holt (captain), and Robertson, half-backs, Latta. Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick,, and mIlward, forwards. Boton Wanderers:- Sutcliffe, goal; Sommerville and Jones, backs, Paton, Gardener, and McFettridge, half-backs, Barbour, Turner, Cassidy, McNee, and Bentley, forwards. Losing the toss, Cassidy commenced hostilities for the Wanderers, and Holt gaining possession sent over to his right wing. Latta and Geary were soon away on the line, but Jones stepped in and cleared beautifully. Jardine was immediately afterwards called upon to deal with a slow attempt from Barbour. Midfield play ensued, both trios of halves being conspicuous with their fine tackling. Grand passing by the home left wing brought the Everton van in front of Sutcliffe, who ultimately had to fist away a stringing shot from Chadwick. A free kick fell to the Anfielders close in, and a warm scrimmage in the Bolton goal mouth was rather luckily brought to an end, as Jones got a powerful lob. The Wanderers worked hard and well, and for a couple of minutes kept Collins and McLean hard at it defending their charge. A well-judged pass by Robertson placed his side on the attack, and after some pretty combination by the Everton men, Milward opened the scoring with a goal beauty, which give Sutcliffe no chance whatever, with this first success the homesters lost no time again testing Sutcliffe but the Bolton custodian was not to be caught napping and twice threw away in a cool manner from Chadwick and Geary. The Wanderers now assumed the command, and a dashing sprint by their right wing pair brought them into the home quarters. From a capital centre by Barbour, Cassidy fastened on the leather and with a long lofty shot beat Jardine. Everton tried to get ahead,, but the Bolton defence was in fine form. Accurate combination by the Wanderers van made it exceedingly warm for the Everton defence. A well-concerned run by the visitors resulted in Gardener notching the second point for his side. Give and take play followed, and at the interval the score stood Wanderers 2 goals, Everton 1. On resuming, Everton were the first to make headway, Gardener repelled and Bolton forwards taking up his lob, another downfall came to Jardine, by a clever screw shot by Cassidy. The play of the Everton men at this stage seemed to fall to pieces while the Wanderers were full of dash. The home defence was therefore severily taxed, and Cassidy found another entrance. The Wanderers from the midfield kick off again rushed away, and after a lively scimmage in the home goalmouth another goal-the fourth-was put past Jardine. tHe Anfielders seemed quite outclassed, and before many more minutes had elsapsed Cassidy scored the fifth goal. Holt received a nasty kick, and had to exchange places with McLean. This change seemed to improve matters, as the Everton men were quickly on the attack, and , after two long attemps had been tried by McLean. Geary scored with a grounder amidst great cheering. Both sides now put in all they knew, and the game waved warm. Everton had many chances, but their shooting was miseable in the extremes. Geary sent twice high over the bar. Maxwell doing similarly. Try as they would the Everton men could not put the ball past Sutcliffe. Good defence by Jones and Sommerville eased pressure upon Sutcliffe, and the Wanderers left wing, fastening on the Leather, Collins had to concide a corner to avert further disaster. The Wanderers were in great form, Gradener at centre half especially doing most useful work, while on the home sode Collins at back was conspicuous as he got in timely kicks. Nearing the finish Everton tried hard to amend matters, but it was too late, and on the call of time, Bolton Wanderers, after an excellent performance retired by 5 goals to 2. Throughout the whole of the game Everton lacked their usual dash., and did not at all come up to the form which they showed against Notts on Saturday.

APRIL 20, 1892
THE Liverpool Mercy.
At woodcroft park. The teams were as follows:- Caledonians-Whitead, goal, Wilson and Parry, backs, Graham Farmer, and McLlwraith, half-backs, Hastings Dickson, Orr, Deighton (j), and Deighton (t) forwards. Everton; Williams goals, Collins, and Chadwick, backs, Griffiths, Jones, Margarieson, half-backs, Gordon, Wyllie, Lochhead, MaGeahey, and Wharmby, forwards. The Caledonians at once attacked and, after ten minutes play, Graham beat Williams with a spendid shot. The Evertonians then woke up a bit but Parry played in spendid form and it was not until close on half-time that Everton scored from a faulty save on the part of Wilson-Wyllie heading through from a corner. The second half opened with both teams equal, and play ruled even. The Caledonian had several excellent chances of scoring, but the forward play was slow, and towards the finish Everton pressed and scored, Wharmby beating Whitehead with a low shot in the semi-darkness, and winning by 2 goals to 1. For the winners Collins, Jones, and Lochhead showed grand form-the latter's rushing in the second half greatly helping Everton to win. For the Caledonians, who at one time had the game in hand, none played better than Parry, who gave a first class exhibition of back play. The forward play was, however, very faulty, and a good many chances were missed.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 23 April 1892
By Richard Samuel
I put down to points to each of the three matches played at Everton, and here the club have to be content with a solitary win.  Against Derby County on Friday the team only solitary win. County played a poor forward game, both wings being ragged and erratic, which just suited the Derby halves. The visitors were in good form all round, and I never saw Johnnie Goodall play better. Against Notts County the team played more in their old style, and had Toone not been in exceptionally good form a big score would have been put on. The forward play was altogether different in style and dash to that of the previous day, whilst the shooting was true, Latta was the shilling light, but Maxwell often did meritorious work in the centre. The final bout in the League tournament was not exhilarating from Everton point of view, for the Bolton Wanderers beat them by five goals two.  So far as the general play went it was much more even than the score suggests, but in attack and defence the Bolton men were more effective. The shooting of the Evertonians was not a patch on that shown on Saturday. The matches have been very well attended, but the takings at the gate are rather less than last year. I should think that Mr. Jackson was about the only man in Liverpool that saw anything beautiful in the heavy fall of snow on Monday morning, but he got into rapture over the picture, for he knew it meant a better gate for him in the afternoon if, as it did, the weather cleared up.
Reverting to football, the benefit match for the widow and orphans of my late friend, Mr. J.J. Egan (“Richard Samuel”) will take place on the Bootle ground on Wednesday next, April 27, kick-off 5-45 p.m., and don’t you forget it.  Anyone conversant with football matters in its early stages in Liverpool will acknowledge that Mr. Egan, by his lucid and able writings, did as much to raise the tone and attract interest in the game as anyone, and I appeal to all followers of the pastime in the Liverpool district to turn up at Hawthorne-road, on Wednesday next.  The week is a busy one; there are matches nearly every night, but in assisting at this match they are aiding in a good cause, and I venture to say the football will be equal to any shown at the other matches.  The Everton and Bootle side were published last week, and are thoroughly representative and strong.  The East Lancashire team is expected to be as follows;- Hillman (Burnley), goal; Walker (Burnley) and Cooper (Bury), backs; Pemberton (Bury), Haddow (Darwen), and Stringfellow (Rovers), half-backs; Lofthouse, Campbell (Rovers), Hill, (Burnley), Weir (Ardwick), and Plant (Bury), forwards. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 23 April 1892
By “Mickey Free”
I need hardly tell you, Mr. Olympian, what an unprofitable, unsatisfactory, and altogether impossible task it is to reckon up football form. Of a surety Everton this season must be awarded first place in the category of teams whose form is utterly unrecognizable. It is hardly worth while now to discuss the wisdom of having three important League fixtures in the short space of four days. No doubt the idea which prompted the dates was a good one, and so far as gate money it concerned the speculation was a good one. Still, two defeats out of three matches must have a strong tendency to kill “ye goose of ye golden eggs” by filling the spectators with disgust. The defeat by Derby County was, I grant, an unfortunate affair, and was almost forgotten by the form displayed against Notts County. In this match not one of the Everton men could do wrong from start to finish. In fact it was a repetition of the football we were treated to against West Bromwich Albion. The pace from start was exceedingly fast, in less than two minutes it was quite clear that Notts were in for a scorcher. Maxwell opened the shooting account, Toone saving smartly, but he could not clear the next one, which came from Milward after a pass by Latta. At this time the sun was shining brilliantly, although there was an ominous looking cloud coming up with the breeze, and a minute later—instead of warm sunshine—we were treated to a heavy snowstorm. The flakes curled in on the press seats in a most aggravating way, making pulp of our paper, Oswald and Mclnnes initiated movement which very nearly culminated in an equalizer from the toe of the sandy-haired one, the ball striking the post. Ten minutes from close of the first half the ball was shot in. Toone fell on it, with three Evertonians on him, but he again proved equal to the occasion, and emerged from rack with the ball in his hands. The second half was also well contested, the Evertonians shooting in marvelous fashion. Latta shot a third goal almost from the touch-line. The last goal was obtained by a lightning shot from Geary, and Everton won four to nil.
The Wanderers from Bolton made it very clear that they were not in the humour to stand any nonsense, and unfortunately for Everton the team were in their nonsensical form.  In the previous match there was no stopping Maxwell, but in this one he was as helpless as ever with Gardiner on his track.  In the Notts match every pass was perfect.  In this almost every pass, especially those by Geary, sent the ball to the wrong man.  In the early part of the game Everton did the most of the pressing, but seldom got past Jones and Somerville.  After a wild shot by Turner, Chadwick had an opening, but went wide of the mark.  Kelso put in one of his sensational throws.  Latta touched the ball to Maxwell, he in turn sent to the left, when Milward met the ball and dashed it through.  We vainly hoped that having gained the first goal the Evertonians would be stimulated to repeat the Notts County trick, but it was not to be, as five minutes later Cassidy equalized by a long high shot which, I think Jardine ought to have stopped.  He retrieved his reputation somewhat later on, when he saved one from young Bentley, but was beaten again by a long shot from Gardiner almost from the same spot as that where Cassidy obtained his.  Next Bentley, lying so far off-side that he was almost on the touch line, screwed back to Cassidy, who put on No.3. This was a bad case of off-side, which was ignored.  Gardiner fairly waltzed round his opponents, and gave Turner an easy chance, which he failed to utilize, but from a short and sharp scrimmage the Trotter was added number four, and a very few minutes later a fifth point was allowed, in spite of a previous claim for off-side, which was very palpable.  Chadwick now had a splendid chance of putting the ball through, but in a most accommodating spirit obliged Sutcliffe by putting it straight into his hands.  Holt had gone full back, being hurt, and Mclean took his place, so that the bulk of the full back work fell on Collins, and to his credit be it said he performed splendidly.  Everton looked up just a wee bit, and Geary put on number two.  The Wanderers played a superior game all round, and deserved their victory.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 23 April 1892
At Burnley. This friendly match came off at Turf Moor to day, and was only poorly patronised. Both clubs put good teams in the field. A late start was made. Burnley kicking off, play was pretty even for a time, and then the visitors compelled Hillman to run out to clear, and, mulling his kick, the ball was put through before he could get back into position. A corner for Everton shortly was also fruitful, and a goal put on. After this play veered from end to end, and then a couple of corners accrued to Everton, which was abortive. The visitors were much smarter on the ball than the home team, and took advantage of every opportunity, while on the other hand Burnley seemed always out of position when the ball was passed to them. Play continued in Burnley quarters, and Hillman had to punt out.  Both teams had fruitless corners, and then play became more of an even character. The Moorites missed an easy chance when the visitors' goalkeeper was floored, their kicking at goal being wretchedly weak, and the combination of the forwards below par. In the first half Everton would be said to have had the best of the play, and at half time led by two to nothing. Half-time; Burnley 0, Everton 2. 
On turning round Burnley had the advantage of the wind and hill, and at once commenced to press, but corners were not utilized. Everton soon, however, made a determined fusillade on the Moorites' stronghold, and were rewarded with a third goal cleverly got. There could be no question but that the home forwards missed golden opportunities by dallying with the ball too long and weak shooting. Though Burnley after a time had a share of the play they could not get the ball through, the sphere skimming the crossbar twice in succession. After this they made a long and persistent attack. They were most unlucky and had several bard lines. Corner after corner fell to them but all to no purpose. The game was a most uninteresting one. Final; Burnley 0, Everton 3

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 23 April 1892
At Everton, before 3,000 spectators.  Everton opened their account very early, scoring two goals in less than five minutes, McMillan and Gordon being the executants.  A few minutes after Murray added a third.  Then Burnley, taking advantage of an opening, put on one.  Everton again pressed, Gordon adding a fourth from a pass by Elliott.  Play then became more even.  Half-time; Everton 4, Burnley 1.  Final; Everton Combination 5, Burnley Swifts 1.

April 23, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The Association programme is not a very engrossing one in Liverpool. Everton League go to Turf Moor in order to play Burnley. This will make the fourth contest this season between these teams, and as one resulted in a draw and the other two in wins for Burnley, the opportunity occurs to Everton for sweet revenge. At Anfield road, Everton combination and Burnley Swifts encounter in a return. The latter defeated Everton by a goal to nil on April 4, and the game is sure to be spirited one, a powerful team having been selected by the Everton executive, with a view to retaliation.
Everton League v. Burnley, Burnley, Kick-off at 3.30 pm. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; McLean and Collins, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.
Everton (Combination) v. Burnley Swifts, Anfield, Kick-off at four pm. The following will play for Everton; Williams, goal; Chadwick and Wharmby, backs; Kirkwood, Jones and Lochhead, half-backs; Wylie, Murray, Gordon, McMillen, and Elliott, forwards.
Everton League v. Sunderland, Anfield, Kick-off at six pm. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; McLean and Collins, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.
Everton and Bootle v East Lancashire, Hawthorn-road (Egan Benefit).

April 24, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
These teams met in a friendly game at Burnley, but notwithstanding the fact that each of the several games played between these clubs during the season had been keen affairs, the event did not arouse much interst. Teams:- Everton, Jardine goal, McLean, and Collins, backs, Kelso, Latta, and Robertson, half-backs, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Burnley, Hillman, goal, Walker, and Lang, backs, McFettridege, Tattersall, and Stewart, half-backs, Galbraith, Bowes, Hill, McLardie, and Graham forwards. It will be seen that Everton had to depend upon only ten men, Holt failing to put in an appearance. At the outset play ran an even lines., but the visitors despite their shorthandedness, grew threatening, and Hillman after attending to a shot by Geary, running out to clear, gave Chadwick a chance he used to the full. Burnley were not permitted to become aggressive, and Everton pressed hard. Latta shot and so did Geary, and these were followed by corners, from one of which Milward beat Hillman. Even play intervened and again Everton, who were very nimble and determined forced corners, but which this time were no avail. Continuing to be harassed, Hillman used his fist with effort. Burnley as half time drew near had chances, but shot none to well, and having had the best of play during the first half, Everton changed ends on good terms with themselves with a lead of two goals to nil. On resuming Everton were thrown on defence, giving a corner. Lang next drove play to the visitors end, where another useless corner was taken. Everton shortly following also forced a corner, from which Hillman manged to throw clear. Geary was in a spiritedmood, and calling upon Hillman, Chadwick took a return and scored. Everton were more intent in defending afterwards and in this desire being successful, they won with ten men, by three goals to nil.

April 24, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
This return match was played at Anfield road, on Saturday, before several thousand spectators. The previous game was won by Burnley by a goal to nil. But Everton avenged this reverse with interst. During the first half, goals were scored by McMillan Gordon (twice), and Muuray for Everton: Burnley got through but once. Gordon scored the only goal of the second half, Everton winning emphatically by 5 goals to 1.

April 25, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The season about to close, though far from a failure has been in many respects a disappointing and regrettable one form a Liverpool point of view. Upleasant surprises were sprung upon all concerned ere the season opened in the defection of Doyle and Brady. This contretemps had scarcely been bridged over when the unfortunate ground dispute at Everton developed into an unbealing breach, which has done unknown damage to Liverpool prestige, and must have affected the temperament of the players, damping their enthusiasm in some measure; and bearing all the distractions in mind, it will be admitted that Everton have come out of the League ordeal as well as could be desired. They have failed most conspicuously, just as they did last year, in the matter of cup competitions –defeated in the first round of the English Cup contest by Burnley by 3 goals to 1, and on their own ground, too; and more grievously disappointing still, beaten in the semi-final of the Lancashire competition by Bury, who are not considered of first-class status, but whose victories over Everton and Blackburn Rovers, obtained on neutral ground, one of the cleverest teams in the county, especially taken in conjunction with their strong lead of the Lancashire League. Outside the League competition, two results of which are tabulated below, Everton best's performances were in making a drawn game with Queen's Park in Glasgow, and their double victory and draw with Notts Forest. The Combination team has furbished the most pleasing feature associated with Everton's season, and having established their right to the Combination championship, they have solid proof that with them at least the season 1891-92 was anything but a failure. They are, we believe, to be entrusted with the responsibility of championing the case of Everton against Southport Central in the final tie at Bootle tomorrow of the Liverpool Cup competition, and will almost assuredly qualify for the local medals.
For the closing week the programme is very heavy. Tonight Sunderland play Everton at Anfield road; tomorrow Everton and Southport Central meet at hawthorn road in the Liverpool Cup final tie, and on Thursday the unique contest of Everton League v Everton Combination will improve highly interesting, whilst on Wednesday the match promoted for the benefit of Mrs. Egan and her children with claim the sympathetic attention of footballers and others. The teams for the last named contest are as follow; Everton and Bootle; Jardine, goal; McLean and Arridge, backs; Kelso, Holt, asnd Hughes, half-backs; Lattas, Clarkin, Grierson, Montgomery, and Milward, forwards. East Lancashire; Hillman (Burnley), goal; Walker (Burnley) and Cooper (Bury), backs; Pembertson (Bury), Haddow (Darwen), and Stringfellow (Blackburn Rovers), half-backs; Lofthouse, and Campbell (Blackburn Rovers), Hill (Burnley), Weir (Ardwick), and Plant (Bury), forwards. Kick-off at 5.45 pm. Tickets may be obtained in advance from the honory treasurer, Mr. J.D. McMurray, 109, Bedford-road, Bootle.

April 25, 1892 ,The Liverpool Mercury
There was large gathering of spectators numbering nearly 7,000 on the Anfield enclosure last evening to withness this match. It will be remembered that when the Wearsiders paid their last visited to Everton they pulled off a magnicficent victory by 4 goals to nil. Hopes were therefore entertened that the Anfielders would turn the tables upon the season's League champions. The weather was bright and fine, while the ground in spendid condition, the only obstacle to a correct expostion of football being the stiff breeze which blew across the field. Both sides placed their full strength on the field with two exceptions-Lochhead taking the place of Holt for Everton, and Murray that of Gow for Sunderland. The following composed the teams:- Everton:- Jardine goal, McLean, and Collins, backs, Kelso, Lochhead, and Robertson Half-backs; Latta, Geary (captain) Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward. Forwards. Sunderland :- Doig, goal, Portesous, and Murray, backs, Wilson, Auld and Gibson, half-backs, Hannan (j), Hannan (d), Campbell Miller, and Scott forwards . lossing the toss, Maxwell stated for Everton against the sun and wind and Campbell nicely intercepting Chadwick, Lochhead was called on to stop a fine run by the visitors. Everton were smartly away on the left and Geary had a neat thing from a pass by Milward from the goal kick Everton returned to the sunderland end, and after some pretty passing Latta centred rapitaily to Geary, who in turn beat Doig with a beautiful low shot three minutes from the start. With this reverse the Wearsiders a warmed around Jardine and for a minute the home custodian experienced an anxious time of it, in which he made two miraculous saves. Grand combination by the Everton van- which was really a treat to witness-resulted in Chadwick scoring another point for everton. Aided by the strong breeze, the Sunderland men hotly attacked the home goal, and had three pointless corners. Acurate passing by J and H Hannan put Jardine on his mettle and he was very lucky to escape a downfall, as Campbell sent a flyer over the crossbar. Coming back to the attack sunderland looked all over getting a point, but their shooting was again wide of the mark. After Jardine had twice saved, a clever concerned movement by the Everton forwards ended in Milward causing Porteous to concede a corner, which was corrctly placed by Chadwick into the sunderland goalmouth, and Murray during the scrimmage wilfully handled. The penalty free kick being brought into effect, geary beat Doig with a low shot thus scoring goal No.3. for Everton amidst tremendous cheering. The game was now full of interst, and both ends in turn were warmly assailed. Scott and Miller were conspicuous as they moved speedily along on the left, McLean ultimately having to ease at eh expense of a corner. Scott took the side kick, and landed over to Wilson, who beat Jardine rather easily. Porteous and Murray were next seen to advantage as they repelled a determined onslaught by the Everton van. Racing down from a lob by Auld the League champions again got to the front and after a deal of pressure Scott scored another point for Sunderland. Kelso and Lochhead were prominent by their fine half-back play, the former on one occasion a neatly robbing Auld, and forcing Doig to handle a long shot. Nearling the interval the Anfielders held the upper hand,, and just on the call of the whistle Chadwick had a near shy at goal, the score at half-time thus standing:- Everton 3 goals; Sunderland 2 goals. On restarting, play for a considerable time ruled in midfield. A long lob by Wilson caused McLean to handle, but Milward cleverly got the ball out of danger. A similar occurance a minute after wan, however, turned to acount by Wilson, who from a lob by Hannan made the score 3 goals all. Sunderland encouraged by this third success had the best of the argument, and by really good play taxed the Everton defence to its utmost, Chadwick and Milward from a smart clearance by Collins soon converted play to the other end, and Doig had to deal with a couple of beauties from Chadwick and Latta. Another determined rush by the Anfielders finished up by Latta shooting wide of the mark from a pass by Maxwell Milward put in a rattling sprint along the line and tested Doig, with a clinking shot, Lochhead next sent in a low shot which Sunderland custodian had great difficulty to get rid of. Splendid play by the visitors half-backs division placed the Sunderland van on the attack, and Jardine rushing out from his goal to save, missed his kick. D Hannah lost no time in placing his side ahead with a straight shot. The Everton men made strenroius efforts to make matters level, and on one occasion Doig certainly looked behind the line as he saved a shot from Latta. A free kick was put past Jardine without touching a player and then the home forwards went down upon Doig's charge in a body, and was marvellous how the Sunderland custodian escaped defeat. Towards the finish the Anfielders again experienced hard luck, Doig saving his charge repeatedly. A most intersting and well contested game ended in a victory for Sunderland by 4 goals to 3.

Athletic News - Monday 25 April 1892
A friendly was played between Everton and Burnley at turf Moor, and it was a friendly game without the slightest qualification, though some people who associate roughness with Burnley may take the statement with a certain degree of suspicion.  “Kid-gloved” football was the order of the day, however, and not the slightest rough play was introduced.  This serves to show that although Everton have nothing to thank their opponents for this season the old feeling of rivalry is allowed to die when the excitement has cooled down somewhat.  Not more than 2,000 spectators turned out to witness the encounter.  Both teams were fairly well represented as regards regular players, but as Holt was absent Everton had to play shorthanded for the whole game.  The visitors had the benefit of a strong win din the opening half, and Chadwick and Milward each scored before ten minutes had elapsed.  These were the only points registered during the opening stage, but Burnley threw away some fine chances.  Chadwick notched the third goal soon after the resumption, but though Burnley had a long way the best of the play they could not break through the visitors’ defence, which was very good- albeit some of the saves were not a little tinged with luck- and in the end Everton were deservedly returned the winners by three to none.  The game does not call for any further criticism, and the victory won’t afford Everton much consolation.  Burnley will be able, it is expected, to place their best eleven in the field next Saturday, and a hard struggle may confidently be looked forward to. 

Athletic News - Monday 25 April 1892
By The Loiterer
After the splendid form shown by the Everton team the Saturday previously against Notts County, the club’s supporters were confident that the League record would be further increased by two points, and thus put them in a fairly good position.  But it was not to be, and if Burnley win on Saturday next they will go down a step lower.  There was a capital gate to see the Bolton Wanderers, and although the result was not popular, still the spectators had an enjoyable afternoon’s football.  The home forwards played a quite a different game to what they played on Saturday, their passing being very wild and Gardiner and Co soon had the measure of them.  There was no mistake about the intention of the Wanderers defenders to allow as few goals as it was impossible for six men to prevent being scored, but when Milward, in his old style, dashed up and scored it was thought the team would mend in their play.  But a damper occurred at the other end, for with two long shots the Wanderers forged ahead.  Then the Boltonians commenced to play a very fine game all round, the attack being marked with a dash and effectiveness quite refreshing.  On the other hand, the home forwards could not get into their stride at all, and towards the close some ridiculous attempts were made to score, Sutcliffe enjoying himself immensely.  To end found the Wanderers winners by five goals to two. 

Athletic News - Monday 25 April 1892
TO THE Editor of the Athletic News
Sir- Anent the paragraph in your last issue stating that our committee first of all asked £1,600 for the stands, from which it might naturally be inferred that we were acting unreasonably, I beg to state that there is no truth in the statement.  Only one suggestion was made by us, namely, £400.  At the time of Mr. Ramsey making the offer of £125 on behalf of Mr. Houlding, for property which cost the club upwards of £1,500, writs had been issued by Mr. Houlding claiming the whole of the property, and the only reply which the committee received to their suggestion of £400 was the service of the aforesaid writs upon representatives of our body –Yours, &c, Geo Mahon, 2 St. Ambrose Grove, Walton, April 21, 1892. 

April 25, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
This match played yesterday at Tranmere. Griffiths started operations for the Rovers, but the Everton forwards up the attack and after exciting play Gordon scored with a fast shot. The Rovers made some brillant runs up the field making the game even when Moore equalised. Wyllie soon scored the second goal for Everton. In the secnd half rovers had quite as much of the game as their opponents, but Everton twice scored , Gordon scored the third a few minutes later Murray and Wylie ran nicely up the right, Wyllie sending in another shot, which took effect, and Everton winning by 4 goals to 1.

April 26, 1892. The Yorkshire Herald
A friendly game between these clubs was played yesterday at Liverpool. Campbell started at six o'clock, and Geary scored for Everton five minutes from the start. Chadwick scored just afterwards, Geary following with a third from a penalty kick. Wilson scored for Sunderland, Scott notching a second. The interval saw Everton leading by three to two. I the second half Campbell and D. Hannah scored for Sunderland. Final; Sunderland, 4 goals; Everton, 3.

April 27, 1892, The Liverpool Mercury
The Liverpool and district cup final tie.
Last evening the bootle enclosure was occupied by the above teams to bring off the final tie for the local cup. Through the weather was fine the attenance was about 3,000. The teams were composed as follow:- Everton, Jardine, goal, Chadwick, and Collins, backs, Kelso, Jones and Robertson, half-backs Gordon, Murray Maxwell, McMillan, and Geary, forwards. Southport Centre:- Gee, goal, Sugg and Fairhurst, backs, Gee (g), McLaren,, and Lee, half-backs, Platt, Iddon, Lee (h) Halsall and Cadwell forwards. Losing the toss. Maxwell started against a strong sun, and sending over to his right wing Gordon quickkly got away, and giving to Murray Sugg had to repel a swift attempt from the latter. The Southport men now made an advance on the left and look getting near Jardine when Chadwick nicely intercepted and converted play to the other end. Everton attacked stronly, and both Sugg and Fairhurst were put on their mettle in stemming them off. A corner fell to the Anfielders, but nothing was gained. Clever passing by the Southport men looked like ending in a downfall to Jardine as Platt from a pass by H Lee had a clear course, but his finish was badly judged. With this let off the Everton men warmly attacked at the Southport goal and Gee had to fist away twice from Geary and Maxwell. At this stage Collins was jumped upon by Platt, and had to leave the field. Everton, however, continued to have the best of matters, but somehow they could not find an opening, owing to lofty shooting. Collins returned and soon made his presence felt, as he repeatedly broke up the combination of the Centre forwards. Pretty passing by Geary and McMillan eventually ended in a trio of corners falling to the Anfielders. Sugg was here prominent in ably assisting his custodian in baffling the effect of the Everton men. A capital bit of work by McLaren was the means of the Central paying a visit to Jardine, who saved a grand aim from Iddon. Coming back to Southport goal the Anfield men again troubled Gee, who ultimately had to go under to a slow swift shot from McMillan. Everton up to the interval held the advantage, but the score at half-time remained unaltered. Everton thus crossing over with one goal in hand. Re-starting, Gordon and Murray were the first to show up,, and became exceedingly dangerous. Fairhurst, however, stepped in, and cleared in a finshed style. Battling away, the Southport men were soon in the Everton quarters and after Halsall had tested Jardine, Caldwell experienced hard luck, as he skimmed the crossbar with a beautiful sho. Grand passing by the Central men again ended in Jardine throwing out a straight attempt from Platt. Taking up a lob fromChadwick, Murray and Maxwell put in a fine sprint and the latter crossing to Geary, he in turn sent to McMillan who beat Gee with a slow shot. From the midfield kick off the Central men showed up splendidly and aftersome excellent combination Iddon beat Jardine with the best shot of the match. The game for a short ruled in favour of the Central, and both Chadwick and Collins had to work to stem them off. Kelso was in great form at half-back, and he was mainly instrumental in Everton raising a siege upon the Central which was kept up for fully 15 minutes, Geary being also prominent as he banged in some very forcible shots. No further scoring was done. Everton thus after a well contested game retiring the victors by 2 goals to 1.

April 27 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
At the meeting of the Football Association on Monday the Liverpool club affirated, the application been strongly objected to by the present Everton Football Club which was represented by the chairman Mr Mahon, while the proposed Liverpool club was represented by Mr Houlding. Mr.Mahon stated that his club did not object to the new club, except on the ground that Mr Houlding the late president and present landlord had refused to allow them peaceful possession of the stands etc, and had applied for and obtained an injuction. After a long discussion, the two representatives retired, and the committee arrived at the following decision:- the new club to release the name of Everton and abandon the present action at law, each side to pay its own costs and the new club to pay Everton the sum of £250 for the whole of the fixture at present on the ground.'' The club was then affiliated as the Liverpool club, and the dsipute is now settled.

April 28, 1892. Yorkshire Herald
At Bootle last evening, for the benefit of Egan, late journalist. Both sides were pretty strong. East started, but Montgomery scored for Everton after eight minutes. Grierson scored a second. Play raged mostly in East Lancashire territory, Everton led by two to nil at the interval. Everton had most of the play throughout, but Dunning saved grandly. Final result; Everton and Bootle 2; East Lancashire, nil.

April 28 1892
The Liverpool Courier.
This match was played last evening on the ground of the Bootle.F.C., Hawthorne-road, for the benefit of the widow and family of the late Mr J.J.Egan, a well-known writer for local and county athletic papers. The teams were;- Everton and Bootle:- jardine, goal, Mclean and Arridge, backs Robertson Hughes and McEwen, half-backs Clarkin, Murray, Grierson, Montgomery, and Milward forwards
East Lancashire; Dunning (Bootle),goal, Aspden (Darwen), and Cooper (Bury) backs, Pemberton (Bury), Haddow (Darwen), and Davenport (Bolton Wanderers), half-backs, Lofthouse and Campbell (Blackburn Rovers), Conway (Stoke City), Weir (Ardwick), and Plant (Bury) forwards.
The local team had somewhat the best of matters, and very shortly a goal was scored, Hughes first striking the bar with a good shot and Montgomery meeting the ball on the rebound and scoring easily. Weir and Plant ran down, and Conway had a shot, but it was rather astray. Grierson shot over from a good pass by Clarkin, and Hughes afterwards committed a similar mistake. McLean stopped Weir when he was becoming dangerous. The local players made their presence felt, and Dunning had to save from Montgomery, whilst Milward, Clarkin and Murray tried shots which went adrift. Pretty play was shown by both teams Plant being rather too weak with his shot at the one end and Dunning saving from Montogomery. The Everton and Bootle forwards worked captally together this being particularly the case with the right wing, and from some neat movements on the part of this couple Grierson was enabled to score the second. Play was now of a more even nature, but neither team was able to make any kind of an impression. Nothing more was done up to the interavl when the score stood: Everton and Bootle ,, 2 goals, East Lancashire, nil. On resuming Cooper removed his opponents, and from some scrambling play Weir had a good opening but lost it by a bad shot. Milward had a long run, but his final touch just scraped the upright and the East Lancashire team, then going down, looked threatening Jardine holding a beauty from Plant, and weir again making a poor attempt. Clarkin and Murray effected a pretty dribble, and passed to Grierson, who sent in a terriffic shot, which was well stopped by Dunning. Again the right wing ran away, and from a centre Montgomery just outside. Dunning then had to save a couple pf beautys from Milward and Murray. After Lofthouse had dribbed smartly along, and his centre had been removed by Arridge, Clarkin and Murray were again to the front, and Dunning had to give a corner from a slow and high shot by Clarkin, this concesion proving void. The East Lancashire men for some time were only able to cross the half-way line once, and upon their being repulsed Grirson made a smart run and a shot which Weir adroidy headed out. The Visitors pulled up well, and Lofthouse rattled in some fine centre none of which were taken advantage of. A foul given against McEwen in the goal mouth looked awkward, but Jardine whilst on the floor saved

April 29, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
This long-looked forward contest came of last night on the Anfield ground, in the presence of neatly 3,000 specatators, neither side was the roughly representatives, the teams being composed as follows:- League, Jardine goal, McLean, and Kent, backs, Latta, Margieson, and Robertson, half-backs, Wyllie, Geary, Wharmby, and Milward, forwards, Combination:- Williams, goal, Chadwick aqnd Pinnell backs, Lochhead, Jones, and Kirkwood, haf-backs, Gordon, Murray, McMillan, and Elliott forwards. It will thus be seen both teams played ten men only: losing the toss Geary started against the sun and wind, and after temporary visit had been paid to the Combination end, the second string quickly took up the attack, and Jardine had to fist away twice from Gordon and McMillan. The Leaguers eased, and Geary put in a speedy run along in the Centre, and becoming dangerous was about to shoot when Pinnellstepped in and made a timely clearance. The ‘'Reds'' again became aggressive, and Jardine had to stem off at the expense of a corner. Wyllie put in a dashing sprint on the right, but his finish went wide of the mark. The combination were playing the better game, and by pretty bit of combination Jardine's charge was warmly attacked, both Gordon and Murray sending in straight shots, which caused the League custodian great difficulty to clear. A grand attempt by Geary at the other end proved a very near thing, the ball just skimmering the crossbar. Nearing the intervakl the game became very unintering, and in fact, was little more than farce. At half-time neither side had scored. On resuming the combination men showed the better play, and it was only occassionally that the League could cross the midfield line. Milward sustained an accident during the first half, and did not put in an appearance when the game restarted. A spendid chance was thrown away by Gordon, after which a pass by latta gave Wharmby a clear course, and the latter lost no time in bangging in the first first point for the Leaguers with a straight shot. The combination men, though having much the best of the play failed to find an entrance until close upon the finish, when Jardine was beaten by Murray with a well aimed swift shot a very tame contest, thus ending in a draw of a goal each.

April 30, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Football is indulged today for the last time this season. There will be an Association match at Everton where Burton Swifts are to be the visitors.
Everton League v Burton Swifts, Anfield, Kick-off at four pm. The following will play for Everton League; Jardine, goal; McLean, and Collins, backs; Kelso, Jones and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward, forwards.
Everton Combination v Wrexham Combination, Wrexham, Kick-off at four pm. The following will play for Everton Combination; Williams, goal; Chadwick and Wharmby, backs; Kirkwood, Margerison, and Lochhead, half-backs; Wyllies, Murray, Bradshaw, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 30 April 1892
By Richard Samuel
Everton Secure a “Pot”
The final tie for Liverpool and District Senior Cup as the programme on Tuesday evening, the venue being Hawthorne-rd,  where somewhat sparse attendance turned up to witness the game betwixt Everton and Southport Central. The couple of hundred Centrelites' supporters took up their position on the stand, and they did not forget to let the Everton people knew they were there. For noisy enthusiasm commend me to the Sand grounders. Their exhortations to their men to “never mind the £15O down and £3 a week men," and to “not let 'em have one pot, “caused some merriment amongst the Everton supporters. The Combination team, strengthened by the inclusion of Jardine, Kelso, Robertson and Geary, were entrusted to defeat the Centralites, and this they succeeded in doing by two goals to one. It was fortunate the League men were played, as I think the Central would have just about accounted for the Combination team. In the first half Everton, although having almost the whole the play, could only score once. This was against the wind and blazing sun, and when they crossed over leading by one to none I fully anticipated the visitors were in for a drubbing. Not so, however, for the Southport boys stuck to their work in business-like fashion and Everton had not anything like so much of the play as in the first portion. The Southport half-backs were very prominent and played all the time. Each side scored once in the second half and the end found Everton winners of the trophy for the third year in succession. Kelso played a grand game for the winners. I did not notice him beaten once throughout the game and on several occasions he saved his goal at a critical moment after one or more of his colleagues got beaten. All the Southport men played hard, but as I have previously mentioned, their half-back division was their stronghold, C. Gee in particular playing vigorously and with good judgment, whilst the goalkeeper of that ilk was, unlike the proverbial policeman, always there when wanted.
It was very unfortunate that the weather took such a bad turn on Wednesday, although it must be confessed that had the elements been in their worst humour the gate would have been much less.  Yes, had the storm burst forth half an hour later the affair would have been a total failure. So we must be thankful for small mercies. The amount taken at the “gates” reached close upon £33 10s, and it is confidently expected that something like £50 will be at the disposal of the Committee. Taking into account the difficulties the Committee have had to contend with—weather and other circumstances—l think the result will be satisfactory. A fairly strong East Lancashire team hail been brought together, including as it did four the lads who played such havoc with prominent League teams in the Lancashire Cup competition, besides others of more or less renown, and had the weather been more favourable no doubt a good game would have been witnessed. As it was, the wind and rain upset the players, but those who assisted at the match, whether as players or spectators, did something towards a good cause.
The third match
It has been a heavy week this, Mr. Editor, and what was expected to be an interesting match was, for various reasons, no more nor less than a farce, I allude to the League and Combination match at Everton on Thursday evening. You can easily come across lots of people prepared to back the Combination against the League team of Everton, and matters got so far that the two teams were pitted against each other for a trial of strength. Owing, however, to men in both teams being injured on Tuesday evening, neither side had its full strength, each side starting with ten men, and Milward going lame at the interval, the League team had only nine men in the second half. Quite a good gate assembled, and some of the spectators made no secret of the fact that the “show “did not suit them, and they did not fail to express themselves accordingly.
Thank goodness the ground dispute is settled at last.  The only pity is that a settlement was not arrived at much earlier.  The two sections will in future each have its own way, but for all that when the two teams meet in the future the old Everton and Bootle feud will be nothing to the Everton and Liverpool fights.  The Liverpool club has received cheap stand accommodation, and at the same time the Everton club has not lost much over it, for they would not be worth much more to them at Goodison-rd, to say nothing of the uncertainty of the law proceedings.  Both clubs are busily engaged looking after the very best players, and with the “Callies” going strongly at Wavertree, we are promised a very busy time of it next season. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 30 April 1892
By “Mickey Free”
We beat Burnley on Saturday at home and away, although I do not think there is much to crow about in either performance. Had the match at Burnley been a cup tie the result might have been different. At home, the Burnley Swifts were completely outclassed, and from start to finish were not at any time dangerous. Monday brought Sunderland before the Everton crowd, which crowd was, strange to say, a very small one. Possibly a large number, bearing in mind the miserable failure of Christmas Day, may have come to the conclusion that It would not be worth the money to see their team get another basting. If this line of reasoning kept anyone away, theirs was the lose, as the match proved a good one in every way. Everton’s sensational opening movements fairly took one’s breath away. Imagine scoring two goals (Geary and Chadwick) against the League champions in less than ten minutes, and no fluking about it either. Sunderland now had a turn, and Everton had a warm few minutes, Campbell, Wilson, and Miller all having fair attempts. Everton got a corner, which was beautifully taken Chadwick. Danger was so imminent that one of the Sunderland hack division hit the ball clear. It proved a bad move, as the referee spotted the hand, and as it was not that of the goalkeeper, a penalty kick followed, from which Geary with a quiet lob beat Doig.
The honour of the League champions was at stake, and no men could work harder than they did. A corner kick gave them the first opening, and here Wilson’s height served him, as he intercepted the ball and Jardine was beaten. Murray stopped Latta, and sent the ball to Gibson, when the left pair bolted off, Scott notching No. 2. Kelso almost did the trick by a long shot, and then Latta missed a ridiculously easy thing right on the post, so that half-time only left Sunderland one behind. The opening scenes in the second half were chiefly noticeable for the number of fouls against Everton, caused by hands and pushing. Three times had the visitors the benefit of free kicks close in, but fortunately for Everton, the ball went through without touching. A sharp bit of play by the Sunderland right followed, and J. Campbell, receiving the ball from J. Hannah, tried a flying shot, which came off, the ball appearing to pass between Jardine's hands. The play of the Evertonians fell off very much, whilst the visitors were all the more vigorous. Latta did not appear to be able to make much headway against Murray, whilst Milward showed a disposition to wait for the ball to come his way. Maxwell worked hard, so did Chadwick, but Edgar would have done better had he kept his place and let the centre do his own work. The Sunderland forwards came with a rush, Collins missed his kick, Jardine ran out a long way, Davy Hannah easily evaded him, and although going full speed screwed the ball through with ease, thus winning the game. Sunderland came out winners by four to three. The play of the visitors all round pleased me much. They made more use of the side of their feet than any team I have seen this season, and it is in many cases the most effective way of dealing with the ball. There was the usual amount of grumbling because Everton lost, but I don't agree with the grumblers, as any lot of men who can give Sunderland such a game on their present form must not be looked down upon.
Southport Central made a very fair bid for the possession of the Liverpool and District Cup at Bootle on Tuesday.  Everton won by a narrow majority, and had their opponents had just a slice of luck, our only cup for the season 91-92 would have disappeared.
I am sincerely glad that the vexed question of the Everton stand, &c., has been amicably settled, so that the old club clear out without any further bother, and the “owld” original remain at Anfield-rd, under the new title of The Liverpool Association.  I wish them success under their new colours.  The old Liverpool Association Club was well known at one time when they played on Walton Stiles, the hon, sec, being Mr. E. Berry, solicitor, and it is rather a remarkable coincidence that the same gentleman should be the hon. Sec. of the new club.  The Everton Committee take the turnstiles and treasurer’s but, with 250.  This settlement proves all the more clearly, to my mind, that had more moderate counsels prevailed throughout there would have been no necessity for the removal to Goodison-rd. A friend of mine remarked a short time since that when the history of the present century comes to be written it will be called the “Century of the Football Craze” I think we have almost reached the turning point, hence I deplore the departure, as I doubt very much the possibility of two such clubs as Everton and Liverpool receiving the support necessary to keep them flourishing.  But time alone can tell. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 30 April 1892
Beautiful weather favoured this the last fixture of the season.  Five thousand spectators favoured the proceedings with their presence at Everton.  The Swifts had the sun and wind in their favour at the start.  The game opened quietly but very even, the ball seldom getting as far as the goalkeeper.  May at one end and Latta at the other made futile attempts at scoring.  The Swifts came up with a rush, May centred, and Jardine had all his work cut out to stop the shot which followed from a scrimmage in front.  Worrall lost a fine chance at the other end.  Geary next got clean away, but shot high.  Geary next got away, but shot high.  Kelso threw in, Maxwell having a better chance, but again the ball went over.  Kent failed to head out, and Worrall scored.
Half-time; Everton 0, Burton Swifts 1
Final; Everton 3, Burton Swifts 3

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 30 April 1892
By “Pelican”
I don’t know that ever I remember seeing football at such a low ebb as it was on Saturday at Turf Moor.  Speaking for myself, and I almost feel inclined to chip a word or two in for the players, I shall be heartily glad when the end comes, as indeed it will have done by the time these notes appear in print.  It will be safe to assume that Sunderland, the League Champions, will have been made to dance this afternoon at Turf Moor and Burnley could not have had a more fitting club to close the season.  No interest was taken in last Saturday’s match.  Everton were the visitors and out of five engagements with Burnley this season they at last took away the Consolation Stakes with a trio of goals to Burnley’s none.  Judging from the tone of the spectators and the attitude they assumed towards the finish, when the two teams were making tracks for their respective tents, it’s about time the closing scenes were enacted.  It is no pleasure to be at Turf Moor when things are not going exactly as one could wish.  In this particular game the spectators were in no mood to be trifled with.  They have never came under my notice before, but they were certainly bad losers on Saturday.  Some of them-stand patrons, mind you-actually cried out that the players were not trying, and one actually suggested to McLardie, that he come off the field.  Now as to the first, allow me to say that such an idea was nothing more than “moonshine,” and as to the latter, the man who gave such utterances, is to beneath my contempt.  Such unseemly conduct does no good to the club, neither does it conduce to a good feeling amongst the players.  They were out of the game on Saturday completely and because they were, as all teams are occasionally, they must needs be twitted with and met with insulting remarks from the crowd.  Everton, although they only played with nine men, were on the day’s play a better team all round.  They were smarter and quicker on the ball, passed better, and altogether they well earned their victory.  Hillman gave them two soft goals.  In the first case, after doing some showy play, he kicked feebly, at Chadwick, who scored before he could recover himself.  Latta got a rattling good one immediately after, whilst to the third Hillman again ran out and was beaten.  Burnley were very unlucky in the second half, for although they pressed extraordinarily hard, yet they could not score.  But in the Everton attack there was method, whilst in the Burnley attack there was none.  That made all the difference.  Everton were very pleased with their victory, and went home with lighter hearts than has usually bene the case when they have met Burnley this season.
The superiority of Liverpool football over Burnley was very marked, both at home and away, for besides the defeat at Turf Moor, at Everton, where the Swifts were on show, the Combination team beat them hollow.  This was only to be expected, considering the weak team they took, therefore, we were quite prepared to hear of the Swifts being walloped, as they say.  Out of two encounters they have each won one, so that they are equal in this respect, though the Burnley victory wasn’t half so easily accomplished as that of Everton. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 30 April 1892

  • Everton 2, Southport Central 1, at Bootle; and the winners played eight Leaguers out of eleven.
  • Had Everton played their Combination team the Liverpool Cup might have landed in Sandyland.
  • What would be “International centre” from Everton vented his “spleen” on a Central Half-back?
  • The vicar hoped the cup would remain at Everton.
  • Latta is speedy, sure, and steady; and Chadwick clever and ever ready.
  • Kelso was head and shoulders over anybody on the field.  He won it.
  • Chadwick is unaccustomed to public speaking, and Hope likes not Nuggets.
  • Everton’s form was like the weather-trustless, treacherous, and troublesome.
  • “What price Geary kicking at haystacks this summer as practice for next season?”
  • Inconsistency the name is Everton, beating Burnley at Turf Moor with ten men. 
  • To Jardine “When you’re not bright you’re good, and when not good you’re excellent.
  • Everton intend to throw-off the old man and put on the new next season at Goodison-rd.
  • Sunderland again acted the part of Nemesis against the “Toffee” men.  Funny leading by three goals and then to finally succumb by four to three
  • Everton at least, of all clubs have kept up their reputation for losing cup ties.  Why doesn’t some charitably-disposed citizens present them with a consolation pot?
  • Jardine, Robertson, McLean, Milward and Murray will please accept the thanks of the Committee To my mind of the Egan Fund.  May they never want it?
  • To my mind the Goodisonians, will increase patrons of football, as they are certain to stir up the ever luke-warm Waltonians.  Stanley never could, but they will.
  • Fancy Everton asking Burnley last week to delay the game, so as to enable a few of the Everton players to put full time in at business.  It was not always so.

May 2, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
This match,, the last of the season was played on the Everton ground on Saturday, in the presence of about 5,000 spectators. The visitors are a good al;-round team, and have made during the past season some clever preformances. They have also won the Staffordshire Cup. The following were the teams. Everton:- Jardine, goals, McLean, and Kent, backs, Kelso, Jones, and Robertson, half-backs, Latta, Geary (captain), Maxwell, Whittaker, and Chadwick, forwards, Burton Swifts-Hadley, goal, Furness, and Berry, backs, Hoose, West, and Sutherland, half-backs, Perry, Emery, Worrall, McBeth, and May, forwards. Maxwell started for Everton against the sun and wind, and early on Chadwick gained a corner From Berry. From the side kick the visitors showed up well, and put in some clever passing, which the result that Jardine was twice called on to clear from perry and Worrell. Then Everton had a turn the whole line of forwards dashing along in capital style. Latta had the goal as his mercy, but his final went yards wide. So far the game had been very even, the Swifts having quite as much of the play as their opponents. Latta again tried to get though with a shot which skimmed the croossbar. Jardine was now subjected to an exceedingly warm attack and it was really marvellous how he managed to keep his charge intact. Good back play by Kent sent the home men to the fore, and a trio of fine shots by Geary, Maxwell, and Latta all but took effect, and Maxwell had a clear opening, but Hadley picked Cleverly up and threw away. Returning to the Burton goal Everton tried many times to effect an entrance, but wide shooting prevailed. The Swifts showed sterling taxctics and Worrall receiving a pass from May, a scrimmage ensued in the Evertonians goalmouth, and Kent in endeavouring to clear accidentally put through his own goal, thus scoring the first point for Burton just on the call of the interval. On restarting Geary went in the centre, Maxwell partnering Latta on the right wing. Everton were qucikly away on the right, but hands against Maxwell pulled them up, Latta and Maxwell both sent over the crossbar,, after which the vistors rushed along in the centre and sailing through the home defence. Jardine was given no chance whatever with a shot which went in at the corner of the goal mouth from Perry. With this second reverse the Anfield men put much more determination into their play, which quickly brought the desired result Whitaker lobbing the leather close in the goal mouth and the Everton front division scrimmaging it though into goal. Play for a considerable time was played in the Burton quarters. A sterling bit of combinationby by the Swifts placed them still further ahead, as Perry beat Jardine.. within a 20 minutes to play the Everton men put in all they knew, Latta, Maxwell, Geary and Chadwick showing some grand pla. From a accurate and timely pass by Maxwell, Latta dashed along on the line, and steadying himself shot in with deadly precision which brough about the second goal for Everton. Kelso fastened on the ball, and driving well forward, Chadwick gave to Geary, who in turn beat Hadley with a beauty. Everton kept up the pressure till the finish, but no further scoring was done a capital game thus ending in a draw of 3 goals each.

May 2, 1892
AT Wrexham Pinnell kicked off. Wrexham in the first half pressed frequently but Williams played well, and at the interval neither side had scored. In the second half, Wrexham held the upper hand, and Lea and Prichard scored. Result Wrexham 2 goals, Everton nil.
Played 22, won 17, lost 3,, draw 2 for 99, against 20 points 36

Athletic News - Monday 02 May 1892
By The Loiterer
The new club at Everton has been affiliated as Liverpool.  Both the old and the new clubs were represented at the F.A meeting, and the argument was of a somewhat lengthy character.  Everton did not object to the affiliation of the new body if the latter would pay for the stands; but although the general feeling of the Council was that they had nothing to do with the Council was that they had nothing to do with the property of the landlord, Mr. Houlding’s son offered the sum of 250 pounds, and this was accepted.  Morally, Everton are entitled to a fair amount for the stands, but that, in my opinion, would not have affected the affiliation, although there is no doubt it was the best thing to do, and I for one am heartily glad the dispute has ended in such an amicable manner, for football and law courts ought to be quite foreign to each other. 
The last week of the football season has been exceptionally busy, important matches having been played every evening.  The programme started with a match at Everton on Monday against Sunderland, and this attracted quite a respectable crowd.  Unlike most matches at the fag end of the season, both teams were representative, and a fast and even game resulted.  At one time it looked as if the Everton men were going to redeem themselves somewhat, for before Sunderland started scoring at all, the homsters had notched three goals.  Then it was that the northerners put their best leg forward, and playing both a scientific and resolute game, they ultimately won by four goals to three.  It was a splendid finish, and only shows what can be done when men are in earnest.  The Sunderland men were scarcely ever guilty of being dilatory, but followed up and took advantage of any mistake that was made, which I admit was few, yet the last goal was obtained through an error on the part of Collins and Jardine running out, D. Hannah easily scoring. 
The final of the Liverpool Cup was the bill of fare provided on Tuesday, Everton and Southport Central fighting for possession on the Bootle ground.  The Combination team, strengthened by the inclusion of Kelso, Geary, and Robertson, had the matter in hand for Everton, and it is just as well that Kelso and Robertson were included, or I venture to think the Central would have won.  On the whole Everton had most of the play, but the Sandgrounders played a more business like game, and might easily have won.  Many are of the opinion that a draw was the correct result, but Mr. Norris’s verdict was a win for Everton by two goals to one. 

Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday 04 May 1892
It is currently reported that bell, the famous Dumbarton left-winger, has been engaged to play with the Everton club at Goodison road next season. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 07 May 1892
Beyond rumours there is nothing special to chronicle in connection with next season’s prospects.  The Everton club have signed all the men they want of last season’s team, and are in treaty with severely prominent men from outside.  It is no secret that the team has not given satisfaction this last season.  At times their form has been bad to reckon up, and I can only account for it on the ground that the committee have not been in that position to treat with them as they otherwise would have done.  There will be no passengers next season, or if there are any they will not be so expensive as several I could mention.  The Goodison-rd ground is in the rough but the contractors are pushing on with the work and in a couple of months the playing portion will be all right.   

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 07 May 1892
By “Mickey Free”
Sure enough, Mr. Editor, not only the last match of the season, but the last match, except when they meet Liverpool, on to ground where Everton have become famous. It's no use crying over spilt milk, therefore it is but waste of time indulging in vain regrets. From various causes to wind-up of the present season has not been anything like so successful as that of the preceding one either in wins or goal avenge, viz., last season, to say nothing of the League championship, our goal average read 191 for, and only 74 against; this season, 137 goals for, and 100 against.  Saturday's match was productive of a couple of surprises. The first was that we found Burton Swifts a much better team than was expected, and the second that Everton could fight an uphill game when they settled themselves to the task. Two goals to wipe off, and only ten minutes or so to play, was more than could, on post experience, be expected. Well, whether the men got riled, or what is more likely still, that they were stirred up by the taunts of the spectators, which were hot and spicy, the forwards set about the job and made it a draw, and a good job, too, as had they lost we might have had a scene, for to temper to the spectators was none of the best, and possibly there would have been a demonstration which the men would not have relished. There were a couple of old acquaintances in the visitors' team in the persons of Worrall and McBeth, The latter played an excellent game and captained the forwards like a good general, whether he holds that position or not. In any case, the other men took his advice and acted on it promptly, and to display in consequence made it clear that their victory over Aston Villa was no fluke. True, Everton had not their full strength, Kent partnering McLean, and little Whittaker sailed alongside Chadwick, vice Milward, who got hurt in that farcical, misnamed League versus Combination. Whittaker was so slow that Chadwick's efforts were nullified. Kent gave the opposing side one goal, otherwise he did very well, especially as he has been on the shelf during a great part of the season with a broken arm. Perry made one sensational run, finishing with a fine goal, and this occurred after Everton had ten minutes' bombarding at the Swifts ‘goal. The last ten minutes of the match was the only period at which Everton did themselves justice, and had Milward been in his place we would have won. Perry's back play was very good. The halves were very fair, but not so good as the forwards, who were quick on the ball, and passed and shot well. I shall now say farewell, hoping that the cricketers and wheelmen will have a better time than last year, although the outlook is anything but promising. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 07 May 1892

  • The Everton Club have kindly sent Joe Marsden his papers.  He will be a fool if he accepts them.
  • Hush! Silence!? The great Doyle will appear at Goodison-rd.  But “One never knows.”
  • We have it here that Alf Shelton will captain the Liverpool lot, and that Everton have secured Bell, of Dumbarton.
  • Everton signed Marsden for two years.  Can they force him to go now? Spend six and eight on advice, Joe. 

May 7, 1892. Wrexham Advertiser
Played on Wrexham Racecourse, on Saturday, in fine weather, before a fair number of spectators. Everton kicked off, Williams had to save twice. Bradshaw and Murray got down but the ball was sent behind. Lewis did some good work, but the leather went wide. A corner for Wrexham was well placed and cleared. Stokes stopped Bradshaw and Murray. Wrexham were getting dangerous when hands stopped them. Pritchard shot over the bar. Everton came away, Stokes saving. Play was slow for some time. Williams saved well. Kirkwood was hurt, and the game was stopped for a short time. A free kick fell to Everton, and the ball was taken towards the home goal. Lewis returned, and Lea centring, J. Turner headed outside. Hands against Wrexham was soon returned, and Wrexham had nearly all the play, but could not score. Williams saved a good shot from Lewis directlty afterwards. Lewis sent in. Williams gave a corner in defence, and this came to nothing. The Wrexham forwards passed well, Lea finally shooting over. Everton at length came away, but Ellis robbed Pinnel. Williams had to run out to save, and then he hit one out from Lewis. Wilding shot over. A corner for Wrexham was sent behind. The Everton defence was perfect, and could not be broken through. Wharmby cleared a shot from Evan Williams, but the ball was returned and Lea just shot wide. Wrexham were granted a corner, and a free kick for hands followed, Chadwick clearing. Pinnell was getting away but handled. From the free kick Turner secured and shot over. Wilding was the next to have a try, and he also shot over. At half-time nothing had been scored. On changing ends play was even for a time, both goals being visited. Free kicks for hands fell to each. Lewis and Lea came away, and the latter centred, Pritchard shooting wide. B. Lewis worked hard, and got into a good position, but shot wide. Some most exciting play followed in front of the visitors goal, and the ball finally came across to Lea, who promptly shot through the first goal for Wrexham amidst much excitement. Wrexham still had all the play. Hands for them was followed by a corner, which was cleared. Lea put in a fine centre, Wilding shooting just outside. At the other end Jones had to save a long shot from Murray. Wrexham were on again in front of the Everton goal, B. Lewis kicking over. Directly afterwards J. Turner shot through, but the whistle had previously gone for some irregularity. However, not long afterwards, B. Lewis made a fine run and centred. Pritchard at once sent through the second point for the home team. Lea and Lewis on the left were very prominent. Wharmby gave a corner, which came to nothing, and in saving a long shot from Wilding Williams was forced to give another. This was also got away. J. Turner was cheered for a fine run, From a centre by Stokes, Pritchard had a fine opening, but Williams saved splendidly. Nothing else was scored, and the final result was –Wrexham, two goals; Everton, nil.

The following were the teams; -Wrexham; Jones, goal; Roberts and Ellis, backs; Williams, E. Samuels, and Stokes, half-backs; Pritchard, Turner, Wilding, Lewis, and Lea, forwards. Everton; Williams, goal; Chadwick and Wharmby, backs; Kirkwood, Margsrison, and McGhagey, half-backs; Bradshaw, Murray, Pinnell, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards. Referee, Mr. T.E. Thomas, Chirk.

May 14, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The balance-sheet to be submitted to the members of the Everton Football Club on Tuesday next shows a balance of £875 2s, 1d, in hand. The balance carried forward from last year was £1792. During the expired season the gate receipts amounted to £5747, and receipts from matches played away £502. The expenditure amounted to £7749, of which sum £4038 went in payment of players' wages. Advertising cost £83, travelling expenses amounted to £843, clothing and materials to £127, insurance of players £67, and legal expenses £9. Appended to the balance sheet is the following;- In addition to the above the following amounts are still due to the club; Doyle £69; amount due from other clubs, £27 10s; amount due from Lancashire Association, £63 10s 8d; amount due from Mr. John Hounding, £310; proportion of wages advanced to players £200. Due to Mr. John Houlding for rent, £125.

May 18, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the members of the Everton Football Club was held last evening in the Presbvterian School-Royal-street, Everton valley. Mr. Mahon presiding. There was a large attendance of members –The minutes for the previous meetings having been read and confirmed, the Secretary (Mr. Molyneux, in addressing the meeting, and it was a matter I deep regret that the club had not been so successful during the past season as the season before that. They must bear in mind that the previous season the club was at the top of the tree and when such a position was attained the only stay there or get lower down. He though however, the team had not been so unsuccessful as would appear altogether at the first glance at the results, when they bore in mind the number of accidents they had during the season, especially with the first team. He went on to point out the details the adverse circumstances which had led to their defeats on various occasions. At all events they might congratulate themselves upon the fact that the Combination team had done excellently. (Applause) –The balance –sheets, the details of which have already appeared in the Mercury, showed a credit balance of £877 2s, which, including the sum of £545 os, 9d, make a total of £1420 2.s 9d –the Chairman, in moving the adoption of the balance sheet said that they had a most eventful season, and one which he hoped would not occur again during the life history of the Everton Football Club. (Hear, Hear). During the last six months changes of an alarming character had been made, and yet they livened through it all. He next went through the various phases of the club's history during the past season, and their action in relation to Mr. Houlding and the various negotiations which they had with him, which, he said, any reasonable men should have accepted. (Hear, hear). All the threats of liabilities which were made to members of the club had only resulted in 35 resignations out of a total membership of 480 or 490. (Applause). –The motion having been seconded, various questions were asked as to the accounts and answered by the chairman, after which it was unanimously carried. –The Chairman then moved that the committee be instructed as the express moment to proceed with he formation of this club into a Limited liability company on the reset forth in a circular distributed amongst members in which it was proposed that they members, in which it was proposed that there should be 2500 ordinary shares at £1 and 100 £10 mortgage debenture bonds. Ordinary shares payable 2s 6d, on application, 2s 6d on allotment and 2s 6d, on 1 August, September, October and November leaving 5s per share to be called as directors may determine. An amendment was proposed, and after much discussion, withdrawn and some o its salient features were amalgamated into the original proposals of the committee, which were unanaminuously adopted _the Chairman and committee were re-elected.

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Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 21 May 1892
By Richard Samuel
The general meeting of the Everton Club passed off as nice and as decorously as anyone could wish.  The only little bit of what I might call old feeling was thrown into the meeting by Mr. Crosswaite, who made an apology of criticizing or disputing the balance sheet, and this in face of the signature of one of our chartered accountants.  The game did not come off, and as Mr. Crosswaite said he had finished with the club, his action under the circumstances be excused, as it is generally understood that he is an interested and probably disappointed party in the club’s removal to Goodison-rd.  Afterwards there were several friendly questions asked and satisfactory replies given to one of two items in the balance sheet, which was ultimately approved of.  The company scheme was next on the carpet, and with a few modifications favourable to the present members, was adopted.  The scheme I consider is ell conceived and the details easily understood.  It really means that the present members will have something more substantial in the concern than a more members subscription, and in addition a share carries with it more advantage whilst the richer members have an opportunity of giving it their assistance.  The other powers in well defined, the maximum being two votes, and the signatories to the lease are effectually protected.  Just to show how the meeting went, I may mention that the officers were elected on bloc.. 

Athletic News - Monday 23 May 1892
By The Loiterer
The Everton F.C. meeting was held last Tuesday evening, when a large number of members were present.  Mr. Molyneux reported at some length on the progress of the club during the past season.  He regretted that they had not been so successful as in the previous season, and gave his reasons why the results had not been so satisfactory as anticipated.  The defection of Doyle and Brady was the first difficulty they had to contend with, and then there was the casualty list, which I gave a few weeks ago, the club in some of their matches being beaten by one goal only, so that it is reasonable to suppose that had they been able to play the full team a different result would have been arrived at.  These accidents to players certainty ought to be taken into consideration in gauging the merits of the team, but there were other causes which upset everyone connected with the club which happily are now out of the way. 
Mr. Mahon proved to be a capital chairman, and went at length into last season’s eventful history, dealing with each item in a clear and concise manner.  Coming to the items in the balance-sheet he was quite at home, and wound up by giving details of transactions which had since taken place with Mr. Houlding, and said he had received the balance due from Mr. Houlding, so that now they had quite cut themselves adrift from him.
There was only opposition from one quarter over the balance-sheet, but the gentleman soon collapsed and the meeting went on merrily afterwards, and eventually the report and balance-sheet was adopted unanimously.  The proposal to form the club into a limited liability company then came on for discussion, and with a variation in favour of the present members, the original proposition was adopted.  I have since received a provisional prospectus of the company, the capital of which is £3,500, divided into £2,500 ordinary shares at 1 pound, payable in six instalments of 2s 6d, each, this leaves 5s, per share to be called up as the directors may determine, and £100 Debenture Mortgage Bonds at £10, the latter to carry not more than 4 per cent., and to be repaid in annual installments.  The committee will act as provisional directors, and Mr. Molyneux is secretary pre tem.  The capital is not over large, but under ordinary circumstances will be sufficient to carry on the club. 
The resignation of the old members has only reached 35 and just to show the unanimity of the meeting, I may say that the election of officers, which for several years has taken an hour or two to decide, occupied about two minutes,. The whole of the present staff being elected en bloc. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 28 May 1892
By Richard Samuel
Everything seems to be going on splendidly in connection with the Everton club, the Goodison-rd, enclosure being in a forward state, whilst the sports on Whit-Monday promise to be a big affair.  The club, though, are having some difficulty with Holt and Chadwick, and the two English Association.  It is an open secret that the two players were very much dissatisfied with their benefit match, which did not reach anything like the figure they were led to hope it would.  From figure they were led to hope it would.  From what Holt told me, whatever hope of a certain amount was held out or anything like a guarantee given was the work of a certain old member, but as he was then on the committee I suppose the present executive will have to stand by his action. 

Athletic News - Monday 06 June 1892
By The Loiterer
I have not been out to Goodison-road since operations were commenced, but a friend of mine tells me quite a transformation has been affected in this “howling wilderness,” and that the enclosure looks very well.  Notts Forest are down for the first match on September 3rd, but the executive are endeavoring to get Queen’s Park to open the ground.  The announcement that Hannah, the old Everton captain, has signed for the Liverpool Club has not created much surprise and no excitement.  Seeing he was selected for one of the International matches he must wear well, but I like promising youngsters to good old “have no doubt he will render good service to the club as captain, and I should think her he should show us against the mettle he will have so face in most of the Lancashire League clubs.  The Everton “man catcher” is a novice at the game, but he has made a fair start.  Still, in the present unsettled state of the Scotch market, it is unwise to engage players for there are three months for those frisky young men to gambol in Scotland, and they might easily upset calculations by playing in the meantime.  Everton are also going in for local talent, and, if not actually settled, I believe Trainor, of the Pupil Teachers, will keep goal for them, I have heard good accounts of this player’s abilities as a goalkeeper. 

Preston Herald - Wednesday 15 June 1892
Evidently all is not well with Everton, if the following, which I take from Field Sports, is to be relied upon;- "The difficulties between the Everton club and their players still continue.  The latest trouble is with Fred Geary, who was brought before the committee the other evening, and requested to give up the management of the public-house that he now holds, on the ground that such occupation was prejudicial to his future play.  Geary point blank refused to do anything of the kind.  He stated that when he signed an understanding was come to that he should have a position in Mr. Houlding's employ.  For some time he served in a junior capacity, and when a vacancy occurred he was given the management of his present house, and on the strength of the promise made he had got married, and was very comfortable...The committee, finding Geary immovable asked him if he would take employment in another public-house.  This Geary also refused...He added that if the committee were agreeable he was quite prepared to sever his connection with the club, and take his papers back and put an end to the present trouble.  Serious complications still exist with regard to Holt and Chadwick, who openly assert their determination not to wear the Everton jersey next season.  The question whether they are bound by their original agreements will be settled by the English Association at its next meeting."  It is easily seen that these complications have their root in the rupture which has taken place at Anfield.  I should not imagine that the assistance of unwilling service would be of much benefit to Everton. 

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 18 June 1892
Yesterday, the officials of the Everton Football Club Company, Limited, received from the Register of Joint Stock Companies the certificate of incorporation, in the following terms;- "I hereby certify that the Everton Football Club Company, Limited, is this day incorporated under the Companies Acts, 1862-90, and that the company is Limited."  This certificate, which is dated June 14th, 1892, will enable the directors to go to allotment on Monday next.  

June 6, 1892 Birmingham Daily Post
Andrew Hannah, the famous Renton back, who played for Everton two years ago, has been engaged by the new Liverpool club for next season. Hannah will act as captain, and his power of developing players is so well known that the Liverpool club are fortunate in having secured the man who did so much towards improving the all-round play of the Everton team.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 11 June 1892
By Richard Samuel
I may say that the Goodison-rd site is well advanced, and stands &c., capable of holding 30,000 people will be up by the end of July.  The Stand accommodation at Goodison-rd will not be so extensive as supposed, as the committee are relying upon the quite as good methods of banking up with cinders.  The covered stand will hold 3,000 and will be erected on a similar description to the Blackburn Rovers’ stand at Ewood.  Seven thousand will be able to see the game from behind each goal, and 10,000 on the Goodison-road side of the ground.  The prices will be on the popular side, the nimble sixpenny gaining admission on three sides of the ground. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 11 June 1892
By Richard Samuel
I may say that the Goodison-rd site is well advanced, and stands etc. capable of holding 30,000 people, will be up by the end of July.  The stand accommodation at Goodison-rd will not be so extensive as supposed, as the committee are relying upon the quite as good methods of banking up with cinders.  The covered stand will hold 3,000 and will be erected on a similar description to the Blackburn Rovers stand at Ewood.  Seven thousand will be able to see the game from behind each goal, and 10,000 on the Goodison-rd side of the ground.  The prices will be on the popular side, the nimble sixpence gaining admission to three sides of the ground. 

June 13, 1892. Field Sports
When the Everton Football Club decided to remove to Goodison-road many people anticipated that the ground would never be made ready for football by the 1 st of September, but the Executive Committee have thrown such an amount of energy into their work, and have moreover been backed up so well financially that all doubt on that score may now e set at rest. So far as the condition of the ground itself is concerned everything will be perfectly ready for the opening game on the first day of the season, and what is equally important from a pecuniary standpoint ample accommodation will by that time have been provided for the spectators. A day or two ago Mr. Richard Kelly entered into a contract to erect stands capable of accommodating 40,000 spectators, and one of the stipulations of his contract is that it shall be completed by the 31 st of July. The one thing needful to ensure the success of the club in its new quarters is a few striking victories at the outset of the game.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 18 June 1892
By Richard Samuel
Everton are still in need of men, attention being directed to the capture of another back and half-back.  The progress at the new ground is great and a contract has just been entered into with Mr. Kelly for the erection of stands.  When complete, accommodation will be provided for 40,000 spectators so that the English Council should be induced without much difficulty to give an international or semi-final cup tie.  If so, the Council may rely upon enthusiastic patronage on the part of the Liverpool public.  It is announced that Alec Latta was married last week, and that the Everton Club, as a recognition of their respected outside right-winger a present of 20 pounds. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 18 June 1892
By Richard Samuel
Everton will be the same old popular Everton it ever has been, though they have been driven to pitch their tent on another, if more capacious, plain.  Speaking of Everton, general satisfaction is felt at the announcement that McKeown of the Rovers, has been secured as a full back, a department never confidently manned since the deflection of Doyle and the leave-taking of Hannah.  It is to be hoped the statement will be confirmed next September.  Everton are still in need of men, attention being directed to the capture of another back and half-back.  The progress at the new ground is great, and a contract has just been entered into with Mr. Kelly for the erection of stands.  When complete, accommodation will be provided for 40,000 spectators, so that the English Council should be induced without much difficulty to give an international or semi-final cup tie.  If so, the council may reply upon enthusiastic patronage on the part of the Liverpool public.  It is announced that Alex Latta was married last week and that the Everton Club as a recognition of their esteem and good wishes, made the popular and respected outside right winger a present of 20 pounds. 

Cricket & Football Fields

June 20 1892 Liverpool Mercury
Everton followers will note these achievements of their goalkeeper with pleasure, when he played at Sefton Park, between Sefton extra eleven and Mersey in a cricket match. Richard had 76 runs to his credit. It is reported that Bell, the famous Dumbarton left winger, has been engaged to play with the Everton club at Goodison next season.