February 1892

February 1 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
William's saved Brogan penalty
These league teams, having failed to secure a place in the second round ties of the English Cup Competition played an ordinary club game at bolton on Saturday. The weather was unfavourable and the attendance suffered in consequiencies. The teams were as follows:- Everon; Williams (R), goals, Earp (F), and Howarth (R), backs, Kelso (R), Holt (J) (captain), and Robinson (H), half-backs, Latta (A), Geary (F), Maxwell (A), Wyllie (T), and Milward (A), forwards. Bolton Wanderers, Sutclifee, goals; Sommerville, and Jones, backs, Russell, Gardiner, and Turner, half-backs, Davenport, Brogan, McFettridge, McNee, and Bentley forwards. McFetteridge kick-off and soon Sutcliffe next fisted out, Davenport and Brogan raced down, when Howarth interposed. A smart piece of tackling by Holt aided the visitors right wing to bear down, but Jones cleared a long shot by Latta. The Bolton backs were kept busy for a minute or two, and a long kick gave the forwards a chance but Everton kept out of danger a number of shots being repelled. Williams put in a huge punt, which was followed by cool play by Russell, which gave the Wanderers an advantage for a moment Gardiner sending in a shot which just went out. Everton rusted down again, and gained a corner when Latta took. Milward went for the ball, but missed Geary failing at goal, the home defence was kept busy, and a pass by Wyllie, the first point was scored by Maxwell. Restarting McFetteridge fumbled twice or thrice with the leather, annd Brogan was robbed by Howarth. Bently was twice dangerous, but Earp got the better of him on each occasion and McFetteridge missed a grand chance of scoring just before half-time, with the score Everton 1; Bolton Wanderers nil. In a minute after re-start Bently got down from a pass, and shot hard on three occasions, but Williams kept them out. Milward and Turner had a tussle, but Jones cleared. Everton tackled neatly and Latta screwed right in from the corner flag, Sutcliffe stopping two shots. Still perserering Milward got the better of Jones and sent right in the custodian clearing with a kick from which the home front rank rushed away. Earp stopped McNee with the ball which Bentley obtained and sent well in, Williams clearing McFetteridge missed a chance but the Wanderers gained a penalty kick against Earp, who handled from a shot by Brogan, but Jones made a poor attempt at scoring, Bentley made amends for the directly after by gaining the equalising point. Directly after the re-start the Wanderers formed a scrimmagenear their opponents goal, but nothing could be obtained of any value. Brogan and Davenport, after somerville had cleared from a rush by the Everton left. Ran down, and Davenport shot in from nearer the corner, McNee and McFetteridge also had chances, Gardiner next had a shy, but the ball went out off one of the home team and from the goal-kick Latta and Geary passed to each other till close on Somerville, who effected a clever save. Again the Wanderers became dangerous, but failed to break down the Everton defence, and the game finally terminated in a draw-one goal each.

Athletic News - Monday 01 February 1892
The Everton Club appears to be going from bad to worse.  Last Monday they had a general meeting, and decided pretty unanimously to offer Mr. Houlding four per cent on his outlay, so far as the actual playing ground was concerned, but refused to pay him for the frontage which the club did not require.  In other words, the club was willing to pay Mr. Houlding a rental of £180 instead of £250, which was demanded and, in the event of Mr. Houlding mot accepting these terms, it was decided to have a new ground at the other side of Stanley Park at a rent of £50, per annum, and to form a limited company with a capital of £500.  Now, Mr. Houlding has had our sympathy all along, and he would have bene quite justified in refusing the £180 if he thought proper, but the subsequent action of his supporters does not commend itself to us, and we cannot understand why they would be guilty of what must be termed sharp practice in registering a new company styled the “The Everton Football and Athletic Company,” and the vendors are Messers, Houlding, Berry, Nisbet, Ramsay, Dermott, Evans, and McKenna.  These gentlemen are all in fvaour of Mr. Houlding’s terms, and although we do not expect the most honorable method of proceedings from the average football partisan, we did think Mr. Houlding was a little above this sort of thing. 

Athletic News - Monday 01 February 1892
By The Loiterer
The special general meeting of the members of the Everton Football Club only came off last Monday evening and the business was expeditiously done. There was only one passage of arms between Mr. McKennan and Mr. Clayton, but Mr. Barclay, who was in the chair, soon stopped it. The meeting decided to offer Mr. Houlding £180 a year rental, instead of £250, and on his own terms, except as to his right to nominate a member of the committee. It seemed to be understood by the chairman and a few members that Mr. Houlding would not accept any reduction of rent, so it was agreed to give him seven days to consider the matter. It must be borne in mind that in addition to the £180 rental to Mr. Houlding a farther rental £100 has to be paid to Mr. Orrell for his portion: which, so far as the club’s requirements for football purposes goes, only measures from the touch line to the enclosure on the reserved side. With taxes, the rental would be about £340, which is high enough for anything. After some discussion, in which it seemed desirable to remain on the present ground, it possible, a proposal by Mr. Clayton, that the club should remove to the Goodison-road site (if Mr. Houlding refused the terms offered), was carried; and it was ultimately decided to form the club into a limited liability company with a capital of £500, in £1 shares. That is not a large amount, and practically the will be in the same position as they are at present and the object in registering the club as a company was only for the pecuniary safely of the members, or shareholders, and the greater security the club will have in dealing with such players as Doyle and Brady.
Like anything else, there is a sequel to the affair, and it turns out that the name of the club was registered on Tuesday last, the articles of association being signed by R.C. Berry, William Houlding, A. Nisbet, J.J. Ramsay, J. Dermott, W.F. Evans, and J. McKenna.  The capital is £15,000 and the name of the club is the “Everton Football club and Athletic Ground Company (Limited).” This mode of procedure does not fall in with my idea of fair play of sportsmanship; but I only intend to deal with the latter.  The scheme of floating the club with a capital of £7,000 or £8,000 has been before the members several years, and on three occasions they have rejected it by overwhelming majorities (as has been done in this case), then I say that there is not a club in the country that is safe.  What is to prevent anyone registering the name of the Preston North End, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland, or any other club if they like?  But will this receive the sanction of the English Association, or the League or Combination?  I think not.  In the interest of the sport it is not reasonable that it should.  I will not go into the merits of this new scheme at all, as the raising of the £15,000 capital is absurd on the face of it, and certainly “crowns the edifice.” 

February 1, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton had an off day on Saturday, and visited the old opponents the Bolton Wanderers. The game being a friendly one, excited small interest, and was played under ungenial atmospheric conditions. Everton had a full representation, but the Wanderers were not at their greatest strength. The game resulted in a draw of a goal each and calls for no comment. The Caledonians paid their first visit to the Anfield enclosure on Saturday afternoon, and have no reason to complain of the welcome which they received from the Everton supporters. The game, however, went badly against them, as they had to retire with a 5 to 1 defeat. All round Everton were the stronger team, and in the first half scored three times to the opponents once. During the second portion the “Caleya” tried hard to reach their local rivals, but the fine defence of Collins and Chadwick rarely allowed them to trouble Jardine, while at the other end Whitehead had a lot to do owing to his back division being of the weak order. The home halves did excellent work, especially Wharmby, who worked hard to fed his forwards well. Of the forwards, Pinnel was as clever as usual, Murray perhaps being the best of the others. For the Caldonians Whitehead kept a grand goal, he at times saving shots which men of repute have many a time failed to catch. Wilson was the best of the two backs. All the halves played exceeding well. Of the forwards the brothers Deighton were full of dash, while Seggie and Hastings made a good left wing. The Everton Club, or rather the majority of the members present at the special general meeting held on Monday last, decided on a course of action of momentous import. They signified by resolution that unless Mr. Houlding within seven days reduced his rent charge from £250 to £180 the ground in Goodison-Road would be taken, and this apparently will be the future headquarters of the Everton Club. There is nothing to be said against the new site, except that it is situated further north than the present one, whereas a step southward would have been more suitable. There is plenty of room, and if a necessary supply of capital is available a magnificent football athletic, Bowling Green &c., ground is possible; and when people become familiar with the new enclosure it will be as popular, no doubt, as the old establishment. But as soon as Everton leave the Anfield-road habitation, a rival club will be run, and herein danger. The best financed concern will have the most skilful players, and under what ever title they play, the public will go to see the cleverer men. The rupture is regrettable. It is too late for a compromise? Cannot the matter of rental be referred to an arbitrator? It is evident that the minority members of the present club mean to remain at the old headquarters, and have already floated a company under the title of the Everton Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company, Limited, which was registered in Somerset House on Tuesday last, and to the articles of association the signatures appended are Robert Edward Berry, William Houlding, Alexandra Nibet, John James Ramsey, John Dermott, William Francis Evans, and John McKenna, capital £15,000 in £1 shares, and the company are to use grounds for football &c., as its name indicates, at Anfield-road. It is pointed out “that if the new company succeed in being accepted into membership with the Association and the League the dividends must, under the rules, be limited to 5 per cent, that being the utmost allowed, in order to preserve the purely sporting and athletic character of the football. Any profits made admitting dividend above that mount are to go to a reserve fund or to be spent in the interest of the game. it is necessary to understand also that the Association is a law unto itself, and so is the League; and there can be no such thing as compelling either the one or the other to recognise any club or organisation of which it does not approve. Of course, it is impossible to predict the course which may be taken by the two great authorities named, but it is quite certain that the Everton Football Club, through its committee, will leave nothing undone to maintain its own, and will deuy to the new company any right to lay claim to a portion of the title which they have assumed.”

Liverpool Mercury - Monday 01 February 1892
This company was registered on the 26th ult., with a capital of 15,000, in #1 shares to acquire the lands known as the Everton Football Ground, and land adjoining, both of which are situate in Anfield Road, Liverpool, and to carry on the business of an athletic company in all branches.  The subscribes are; R.E. Berry, 62, Dale-Street, Liverpool, clerk, 1 share; J. Houlding, Stanley House, Stanley Park, Liverpool 1; A. Nisbet, 13a Erakine-Street, Liverpool 1; J.J. Ramsey, 7, Hawksworth-Street, Anfield, 1; J. Dermott, 55 Norwood-grove, Liverpool 1. W.F Evans 158 Adelaide road, Liverpool 1; J. McKenzie, 28 Nuttall-Street, Liverpool 1; Registered without special articles by Messrs Jordan and sons, 120 Chancery-lane, W.C.

February 1 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
The caledonians paid their first visits to the Anfield enclosure on Saturday, and received a hearty welcome from the 3,000 spectators present. Since the formation of the Liverpool-scor=tch club they have made vast progess and so far have been most successful in their performances. The last occasion when these teams met was at Woodcroft Park when Everton retired victors after a grand game by a goal to nil. On Saturday the following teams; Everon, Jardine (J), gola, Chadwick (A), and Collins (J), backs, Wharmby, Jones (R), and Lochheah (A) half-backs Gordon (P), Murray (J), PINNELL (A), McMillan (j), and Elliott (J) forwards. Calendonians; Whitehead goal, Griffiths and Wilson backs; Graham, Muir and McLlwraith half-backs, Deighton (J) Deighton (T), A.N. other, Seggle, and Hasting (W), forwards. Everton started against the wind and early on Griffiths was busy in beating them off, Pinnell, However got his men, into line, and Whitehead had to save three shots from Murray, Elliott, and McMillan. The Caledonians worked hard to make headway, but Collins proved to strong and Elliott making a speedie run on the line crossed over to Gordon, who broke through for the first point. Hands against Wharmby give the visitors a likely chance,, which they failed to take up, after an offside goal to the Anfielders. They pressed their opponents in their goal, Lochhead scoring with a long shot. From a corner against Wilson the Caledonians went down with the iad of Hasting, but Jardine was in readiness and Gordon wound up a good run by scoring the third goal for the homesters. Ten minutes from the interval the Scotch left wing combined very correctly, and Seggle, from a pass by Hasting scored with a low shot, which gave Jardine no chance whatever. Pinnel than manipulated the leather but missed his mark by a few inches, after which Lochead caused Whitehead to throw away a spendid shot. Half-time score Everton three goals, Calondians 1. On resuming the home men soon broke up the attack and hands spoiled Elliott from scoring, Wharmby and Lochhead were doing most useful work at the half-back, and Whitehead was often called upon, a couple of shots by Lochhead deserving better success. The vistors at times showed clever football, but the defence of Collins and Chadwick was hard to break through. A smart bit of work by Pinnel enabled McMillan to score the fouth goal for Everton which soon after was backed up by another from Everon's tell centre-forward, the finish the play was very even but no further scoring was done a pleasing game resulting in a win for Everton by 5 goals to 1.

February 2, 1892. Birmingham Daily Post
A friendly match between these teams was played at Stoke yesterday, for the benefit of the home club. There were about 1,200 spectators present. Everton kicked off, and aided by a rather strong wind, at once made matters lively for the home defence, but were unable to break through. Twelve minutes from the start Turner got away in the centre, and rushed up to the Everton goal. Williams ran out, and attempted to pick up, but the Stoke centre-forward was too quick for him, and kicking between the legs of the Everton custodian, scored the first point for Stoke amid loud cheers. Everton then again took up the pressure, and Brookes was called upon gain and again. He defended with conspicuous judgement until just before half-time, when Latta beat him with a quick return, and the teams crossed over with the score one all. In the second half Stoke had the benefit of the wind, and gave the Everton back division plenty to do. After several plucky, but unsuccessful, attempts the home forwards notched a second point, Tunnicliffe beating Williams with a lofty shot. Immediately from the centre-kick the homsters raced away again, and the same player registered a third for Stoke. The home team continued to press, and nearly scored several times. Everton looked up a bit towards the close, but could not get through the home defence, and the game ended –Stoke 3, Everton 1.

Stoke; Brookes, goal; Clare and Underwood, backs; Christie, Proctor and Brodie, half-backs; Naughton, Evans, Turner, Tunnicliffe, and Dunn, forwards. Everton; Williams, goal; Collins and Howarth, backs; Robertson, Holt and Kelso, half-backs; Millward, Chadwick, Maxwell, Geary and Latta forwards. Referee, Mr. Armitt, Leek.

February 2 1892
Daily Post
This match played for the benefit of stoke city at stoke yesterday before a moderate attendance. A strong wind blowing down the field but the ground was in excellent condition. The opening movement were of no advantage to either side both goalkeepers in turn being called upon. Everton got in front of the stoke goal, and forced a corner, but this proved abortive, underwood effecting an easy clearances. Soon afterwards the home forwards breaking away, and Williams left his goal to save, but his clearance was charged by Dunn, and the goal being unprotected turner had no difficulty in scoring. Plat of an even share followed prigcipally confirmed about the centre-line,, and then Naughton moved up the home right being pulled in the nick of time by collins. Turner and Dunn were next, but after a grand run down the field the latter mulled the leather when close upon the vistors goal. Geary obtained possession and rushed down on the home citadel where he passed to Maxwell, who had a shot for goal, brook pick up and effected a weak clearance. A couple of barren corners follwed to Everton. From a goal kick Evans dribbled the leather down the centre, and cleverly passed across to the right. Dunn shot late, Williams's handed. The latter fisted out, but Evans met the ball, but failed to turn the opportunity to advantage. Everton now had great determination. Brooks saved several times,, but the leather was an promptly returned but the shooting of the vistors was very weak, and eventually the invaders were to apelted to retreat without succeding in the attempt to capture the stoke fortress. Turner made away and gave Naughton but the latter after getting close to Williams shot weakly. The vistors were quick countering to the other end, and Chadwick was given an opportunity to equalier, put was deniel, from now to the interval, Everton were onslaughter on the Stoke goal, but it was not met. Just on half-time that the desired result was delivery, Latta making the success with a smart shot. After the interval the vistors were first to show to advantage, Geary getting away in fine style, but Procter cleverly dispossessed the Evertonian, and made off to William's end passing to Dunn, and the latter shot which taxed the Everton goalkeeper to the utmost, but he saved off defeat. Dunn, however,, came down the field and centred grandly and turner put the ball between the upright, ut the point was ruled offside,. Play of an even character ensumed, the game beening played in midfield. Thus Stoke made a determined attack on the Everton goal, though frequently replused they returned to the attack renewed vigour, scoring on two occasions, and ultimately gained a favourable verdict by 3 goals to 1.

Stoke City, Brooks, Underwood, Clare, Proctor, Naughton Evans Matthews, Turner, Christrie, Dunn, Tunnicliffe
Everton, Williams, McLead, Collins, Howarth, Holt (captain), Roberson Wyllie, Geary,, Maxwell Milward
Goals, turner (0-1), latta (44) Tunnicliffe (1-2) (1-3)

February 4, 1892. The Birmingham Daily Post
In connection with the Everton Football Club dispute the following resolution was passed;, “This Council in accordance with its present decisions, will not recognise or accept the membership of any club bearing a name similar to the one already affiliated to this Association, and in the case of the Everton Club will only recognise the action of the majority of its members at a duly constituted meeting.” The following instruction, signed by Lord Kinnaird (president), C.W. Alcock )(Secretary), and J.C. Clegg (chairman of the Committee), is to be sent to all members of the association; “Spectatators and players are requested to assist in keeping order at all matches on the ground, and to prevent any demonstration of feeling against the referee, visiting team, of players. The consequence of breach of any of the above may cause the ground to be closed for football purposes for a period, thus causing great disappointment to all well wishes of the game, and bringing disgrace and great monetary loss upon the club.” W. Cresswell and W. Cooper, professionals, were reinstated as amateurs, J. Stothert, registered professional with Blackburn Rovers, was suspended for fourteen days from Monday last for playing with Darwen.

February 4, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
In connection with the Everton Football Club dispute the following resolution was passed;, “This Council in accordance with its present decisions, will not recognise or accept the membership of any club bearing a name similar to the one already affiliated to this Association, and in the case of the Everton Club will only recognise the action of the majority of its members at a duly constitute meeting.”

Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 05 February 1892
At meeting of the committee of the Everton Football Club, which Mr. Jackson presided, the question of the resignation Mr. Barclay and Mr. Joseph William was considered, and resolution were passed to the effect that both resignations be accepted.—Mr. Nisbet then made application on behalf Mr. Houlding that the book containing the list of the members be lent to that gentleman.—The request was supported Mr. Ramsey.  Several members commented upon the adverse attitude which Mr. Houlding had assumed towards the club, and it was resolved to refuse the loan of book - Mr. Clayton then proposed that the action of Mr. Nisbet and Mr. Ramsey in signing the memorandum of the association of the new company while also members the committee of the club be severely censured, and the resolution was carried nen. con. Several members of the committee stated that at the next meeting they expected to have notice of the resignation of the president, and of those who had attached themselves to his interests.  

February 5 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
Everton Football Club-at a meeting of the Committee of the Club held on Tuesday, a which mr. Jackson president, there were present Dr Baxter messrs Athlinson Griffiths, Nisbet, Ramsey Howarth, Stockton, Clayton Currier Coates and Molyneux (secretary). The resignation of Mr. Barclays and Mr. Joseph Williams were accepted. Mr Nisbet made application on behalf of Mr Houlding that the book containing the list of the members be lent to the gentleman the request was supported by Mr. Ramsey several memebers commented uoon adverse attitude which Mr Houlding had assumed towards the club, and it was resolved to refuse the loan of the book. Mr Clayton proposed that the action of Mr Nisbet and Mr Ramsey in signing the memaorandum of the association of the new company which also members of the committee of the clb be severly consured and the resolution was carried.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 06 February 1892
By “Mickey Free.”
 Go where one might on Saturday the subject was the “dishing" of the Clayton clique as it is termed in contradistinction to the Hounding ditto. Well, I have heard and read some remarkable things about the proceeding. During the late twelve months or more the president has been attacked by a clique.  He took it in wonderfully good part; he defended himself quietly but firmly, until the small majority which styles itself the whole club suddenly resolved, on the suggestion of one man, to bring about a species of dissolution of the club.  Then the tension became too strained, and Mr. Houlding becomes the assailant in turn, and like the practical man which he is, his action was of an eminently practical turn.  The club was registered.  Even then he did not act on his own responsibility.  It was with the concurrence of a large number of the old members.  In fact, a similar course as urged upon him two weeks ago, but he told me that he would much rather that the idea of a company should be taken up by the club.  He was averse to anything savoring of coercion, if I may use the phrase, but when it comes to a question of being dictated to by a few “nobodies” who have done nothing since they joined the club but create difference and air their hobbies, it was quite time to show that he was not to be browbeaten, and that he would maintain not only his own interests but the interest of the large number of members who wish to remain where they are.  When Mr. Houlding was persuaded to save the club from being blotted out by purchasing Mr. Orrell’s ground, he had no alternative; he had to buy the Walton Breck-Road lot as well as the portion used for football.  He did this against his better judgement, and entirely in opposition to the advice of his legal adviser.  The man who is causing all the trouble was a mere boy when the men whom he now tries to trample on were working hard, devoting not only their time but their money to keep old Everton afloat. 
Some time ago I recommended moderate counsels in dealing with the difficulties surrounding us at Everton.  I felt satisfied that if the President had been approached in the proper spirit he would have granted almost any concession.  That policy has not been followed, but instead there flourished one of “Stand and Deliver” as one of the members put it.  Is it fair to browbeat and bully a man who has in years of adversity been the very life-blood of the whole concern?  When they could barely afford one hundred a year did he insist on having his four per cent?  We know he did not.  His words were “I have no wish to cripple the club, and if you cannot afford to pay more I am satisfied.”  There was an innate loyalty to principle in this sentence, which proves that he had only been given credit for what he had done, the present sad state of affairs would never have come to pass.  Here we have a committee divided in opinion, a host of members also divided in opinion, with the inevitable result that the players are in the same miserable state, hence the loss of matches-beaten by inferior teams.  It is an injustice to the public, who are after all the real supporters of the club, as one good gate realizes more money than a year’s subscriptions by the whole body of members.  Here we have the President cornered, as it were, by a small majority of the whole club, i.e., there were only 80 out of 498 members present at the general meeting when the first resolution was passed, and at no time during the evening did the number reach one-half of the club.  It was then, I think, only a reasonable demand that was made, viz, that a poll of the members should be taken on the question.  This was refused.  Why, in many places where a vote of importance is taken a two-thirds majority is necessary, and seeing the vast interests at stake here I think a similar course ought to commend itself to the prime movers. 
The last phase is the most extraordinary of all.  Here we have a couple of representatives of one section of the Committee representing their case to the English Association, the other side being unrepresented and in this un-English style the Courts sits and gives judgement.  It seems to me that they might have waited until they had both sides of the question before them, or until they were applied to recognize the new Company.  What the outcome will be, unless wiser counsels prevails and a compromise is arrived at, I cannot pretend to predict.  Will no person of sufficient influence, from outside the parties concerned step in and act as mediator?  Should each party persist in going its own way it simply spells ruin to the club which has taken so many years to build up.
We had the Caledonians at the Anfield ground on Saturday.  There are a good many old faces amongst the South End club and they played a very fair game, but there will have to be a considerable amount of new blood infused into it before they can hope for a large following.  The ground was a bit heavy but the energy displayed was refreshing.  The Caledonains kept steam up well and played better in the second half than in the first, the left wing frequently beating Wharmby, but that is not saying much for them.  Whitehead kept goal exceptionally well, and the form of their right half-back was above the average.  Everton ought to have scored more than five goals from the chances they had. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 06 February 1892
At Everton.  In good time the teams were faced up before 5,000 spectators.  A tremendous onslaught was made by Everton, but the defence was equally good.  Elliott was cheered for a pretty run, and Hunt cleared a grand shot by Kirkwood.  Again the game ranged round the visitors’ goal, its escape being marvelous.  After 30 minutes’ play Gordon shot splendidly, Elliott attending to Hunt, and a loud cheer proclaimed the first goal.  The Shoreites now made a desperate effort to break through, Atherton helping his forwards very smartly indeed, but Collins, Chadwick, and Co. presented a formable front.  Elliott was given offside when racing away, and the free kick came to nought.  Gordon got off, and after a few sharp passes McMillan registered No. 2.  A free kick against Everton close in looked dangerous, but half-time came with Everton 2, South Shore nil.  On restarting the Shorites put on a good spurt.  Elliott relieved by a spirited run, but Purnell missed an easy chance.  South Shore got a free kick for hands, but McMillan scored for Everton off it, Gordon adding a fourth very cleverly.  Elston tried hard, but Wharmby just pulled him up in time, Murray came in for an ovation for clever dodging.  Final; Everton 4, South Shore 0.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 06 February 1892

  • The Everton v. Stoke match on Monday was voted the best football seen on the ground this season.
  • Would South Shore have taken Everton’s offer, if they had known they had to play Everton Reserves?  The Shorties could do with Everton’s guarantees and so could a few more Lancashire League teams.
  • Everton played Stoke a friendly match on Monday for the benefit of the latter, and did not charge a penny for expenses.  Stoke are much obliged. 
  • “Still water run deep,” Everton.
  • There will be one Everton club next season.
  • Everton to Burnley; How do you feel now?
  • What is wanted in Everton’s ranks-a little esprit de corps.
  • Bootle would like to meet Everton next Saturday.  But it is now off.
  • Everton combination at Pike-lane was good, but goals did not come.
  • Oh! Everton! Everton! How Everton you do it? I’m sure you soon will rue it.
  • Heard in the Sandon.  “They are Epsom’ fables, I bought them at the chemists.”
  • And Mr. Griffiths also has gone over to the majority, “A quiet and inoffensive man.”
  • “Well I am surprised!” Everton could only make a draw with Bolton’s weak team.
  • What might have been if Everton had only beaten Burnley? Thereby hangs a tale.
  • Great election at Everton.  Result of poll;- Clayton and Mahon elected, Houlding-nowhere.

Was that someone knocking? “No! ‘twas but the wind or the car rattling o’ver the stoney street.: Jack Houlding’s sect with back erect, And talk as stiff as starch, And all serene and boldest mien, Now tried to steal a march.

  • The sooner Everton trot out Bob Smalley again the better.
  • What about the Everton “special” train for Bolton?
  • Everton F.C –the home for disabled players.
  • That Howarth youth last Saturday had the Everton club weighted up
  • The Everton players are doing pretty much as they like during the disturbance.
  • Mr. John Houlding interviewed the Acting Secretary of the Association last Monday.
  • Mr. Clayton stated the case for the Everton club before the Council and was quite satisfied at the resolution.
  • There will probably be another general meeting at Everton on the ground question and registration of the club.
  • The “malcontents” of the Everton club did not waste much time in getting the opinion of the Football Association.
  • Mr. Molyneux, the Everton secretary, is in a somewhat peculiar position.  He will have hard work to steer clear of the two sections.
  • It is said that the new ground of the Everton Club was taken before the last general Meeting and that a year’s rent has been paid.
  • Fancy the League teams like Bolton Wanderers and Everton playing before a 12 pound gate.  The Everton share amounted to 6 pounds 7s 6d. 

February 6, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
Decision of the Association
Defeat of Mr. J. Houlding.
At a meeting of the Football Council held at Chancery-Lane, London, on Wednesday night, (February 3) Mr. Clegg in the chair, the attendance including Lord Kinnaird and Messrs McGregor, Gregson, Lythgoe, Cunning, Watson, &c, Messrs Clayton, Currie, and Molyneux (secretary) attended on behalf of the Everton Football Club to advise the Council as to the resolution arrived at by the members of the club, and to ask the protection of the council against a club which had been formed under the named of “The Everton Football and Athletic Grounds Company, Limited.” After hearing Messrs Clayton and Molyneux, the council adopted the resolution. “This council in accordance with its past decisions will not accept any members of any club bewaring a name similar to one already affiliated with this Association in the name of the Everton club, and will only recognise the action of a majority of its members at a duly constituted meeting.” The resolution effectively dispose of the new company and its difficult to see how it can exist seeing that the association will not recognise it. It was stated that Mr. Houlding visited the offices of the Association on Monday last, and was informed by a prominent member of the council that his club would not be affiliated. The resolution adopted by the council will no doubt set at rest the minds of the members of the Everton club.
Important Proceedings
A meeting of the committee of the Everton Football Club was held this week, at which Mr. Jackson presided, and there were present Dr. Baxter, Messrs Athkinson, Griffiths, Nisbet, Ramsey, Howarth, Stockton, Clayton, Currier, Coates, and Molyneux (secretary).
After some formal business had been transacted the question of the resignation of Mr. Barclay and Mr. Joseph Williams was considered, and resolutions were passed to the effect that both resignations be accepted. Mr. Nesbit then made application on behalf of Mr. Houlding that the book containing the list of the members be lent to the gentleman. The request was supported by Mr. Ramsey. Several members commented upon the adverse attitude which Mr. Houlding had assumed towards the club, and it was resolved to refuse the loan of the book. Mr. Clayton then prepared that the action of Mr. Nisbet and Mr. Ramsey in signing the memorandum of the association of the now company while also members of the committee of the club be severely consured, and the resolution was carried . Several members of the committee stated that at the next meeting they expected to have notion of the resignation of the president, and of those who had attached themselves to his interest.

February 6, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton League visit the ground of the Wolverhampton Wanderers today, ostensibly with desire of avenging a sore defeat in connection with the League of 5 goals to 1. Everton are bracketed with South Shore, and should have met at Blackpool but the clubs have mutually arranged to join issue at Anfield, where the clever Everton Combination team will be entrusted with the honour of fighting the cause of Everton with, it is hoped and believed better success than did their League comrades in national competition.
Everton (Combination) v. South Shore, Anfield, Kick-off at 2.45. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Kirkwood, Jones and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.
Everton League v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wolverhampton. Kick-off at 2.45 p.m. The following will play for Everton; Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.

February 8, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The confidence of the Everton executive in the ability of the successful second team to satisfactorily tackle South Shore in the Lancashire Cup tie on Saturday was not misplaced. In fact they won with the greatest of ease, and might have scored more than 4 goals to nil had it been at all desirable. The South Shore goalkeeper must be accredited with having been mainly instrumental in curtailing the score, as he made many excellent clearances. He, too, had two good backs in front of him, who did sterling work in the first half, but who seemed to tire as the game advanced, as well they might , seeing they were not permitted to enjoy much time in the essential matter of regaining full breath. The half-backs tried unflinchingly to disturb the excellent combination of the Everton forwards, but it was generally in vain, and the methods of the home attack was well-conceived, though the left wing men were the more energetic and powerful. Kirkwood entered into the fray with zest, and was nearly always doing the right thing at the right moment. Wharmby by worked hard and with much success, but Jones was not at his best. The back play of Collins and Chadwick was so sound that Jardine had to assume the charater of a spectator almost continuously, but was ready for any stray shot that came within his reach. Everton league paid a visit to the Wolverhampton Wanderers ground on Saturday, where they had experienced one of their heaviest League defeat this season. The Wanderers were not fully represented, Baugh, Wykes, Kinsey, and Booth being absent. Everton had their best team, except that Mclean filled Earp's place. The visitors had a good opportunity to avenge their prior reverse, but just failed, the Wolves winning what must be described as a capital game –each side delighting the spectators with fine combination –by 2 goals to 1. The spilt amongst the members of the Everton Club is more certain than ever, the breach being widened rather than yielded by the action of the rival sections during the past week. The time for reconciliation has apparently gone by, and yet the subject of disagreement seemed easy of adjustment by recourse to a third party. Liverpoolians must be prepared, then, for two clubs, for notwithstanding the ruling of the English Association that they would, of course, only recognise the voice of the majority as that of the Everton Club, there is to be a club at the Anfield-road enclosure, which will be converted into one of the finest football grounds in the kingdom. Everton with their League status will remove to Goodison-road and will have the assistance of those players who have entered into engagements for next season, whilst those who are free will take their services to the most generous employers. Can Liverpool support two high-class clubs? It ought to. But the League is the thing to conjure with, and the future promises to supply a keen competition for the privileges of Leaguers. The minority might drop the title of Everton without any more ado. They have the legal claim to it, having registered it at Somerset House, but since the Association Council will not affiliate them on the “Everton Club” the legal title is of no service. The more comprehensive name of “Liverpool” is much preferable, and, as they will have to make a name for themselves, step by step it will be more likely to be a far-reaching than a mere suburban appellation.

Athletic News - Monday 08 February 1892
Some of the Liverpool papers seem to have got slightly inaccurate reports of what the Football Association did in the matter of the Everton F.C. dispute, and in two papers and also in a handbill which was distributed at the Everton ground the F.A.’s resolution has been so altered as to give it a totally different meaning.  What the Association did was to pass the following;-
This Council, in accordance with its past decisions, will not recognize or accept the membership of any club bearing a name similar to one already affiliated with this Association and in the case of the Everton Club will only recognize the action of the majority of its members at a duly constituted meeting.
The papers alluded to make resolution to read “bearing a name similar to the one already affiliated with this Association in the name of the Everton Club, and will only,” &c.  This puts an entirely different construction on the ruling, which is only what the Association has arrived at in previous cases of a somewhat similar character.  It simply means that the Council will not affiliate any club as Everton unless it has the authority of a duly constituted meeting of the members.
In another part of the Athletic News will be found a letter from one of the supporters of Mr. Houlding’s scheme, and, speaking generally, we entirely agree with the writer up to the time of forming the company, and for which they had not the authority of the club.  There have been faults on both sides, and all the trouble might have been saved with a little tact at the commencement of the negotiations, but it seems to us that the matter has now to be fought to the bitter end.  In the meantime the name and reputation of one of the leading clubs in England is being dragged through the mire. 

Athletic News - Monday 08 February 1892
The Everton executive entrusted the Lancashire Cup tie with South Shore to the Combination team, and that the confidence reposed in them was not misplaced was evidenced by the result, which was four goals to none in favour of Everton.  The play at the outset was of a very scrambling order.  Everton had considerably the best of the game, although Jardine had the first shot to deal with.  More spirit was infused into the game, and Gordon put one at Hunt, which the latter popped up, and on its descent both ball and custodian were unceremoniously rushed through.  It was not long ere Gordon was mainly responsible for a second point, McMillan getting hold when splendidly placed, and Hunt had no chance with his shot.  Just prior to the interval Jardine saved a clinking shot from the Shoreites left, and the teams crossed over with Everton in front by two goals to none.  In the second half Everton had almost all the play.  Very rarely was the ball out of the Shoreites territory.  McMillan was the first to augment the score with a long fast shot, and then Gordon was again prominent with a good run half the length of the field, and after a final tussle with Wilson he shot past Hunt, and made the score four nothing.  There is not much to say regarding the play.  Everton were superior at all points.  Their forwards, however, especially Murray, Pennell, and Gordon, waste a lot of energy with too much right-angle passing.  It may look very well, and when it comes off pleases the audience; but sound passing forward is, I think the game that pays.  The Shoreites were altogether out-classed, but the goalkeeper effected some smart saves, and Bibby, Atherton and Elston were the pick of their side.
The ground question at Everton has had a few turns this last fortnight.  Both sides have had their innings, but I think Clayton and Co. have scored the most.  I regret that it has assumed such proportions and I cannot see where it will end.  Neither side appears to be ready to give in, and if the question is settled at all it will have to be at the instance of someone offering their services as peacemaker.  Much can be said on both sides. 

Athletic News - Monday 08 February 1892
To The Editor of The Athletic News
Sir- The dispute in this club has been so trammeled by personalities and politics that I appeal to your readers (whose interest is purely one of sport) to consider the questions in dispute, from my point of view as an old member.  The E.F.C. were renting a field from Mr. Joseph Orrell, when he, in 1885, gave them notice to quit as he wished to sell his land.   The members being unable to find a suitable field in the neighbourhood, called a meeting to consider their position, and it was mooted that a company be formed to buy the field.  Only £17 was promised at the meeting, so this solution of the difficulty was deemed unfeasible.  The meeting then decided to consult Mr. J. Houlding, who was known to be a staunch patron of outdoor sports, and the matter was left in the hands of the then committee.  After several interviews with Mr. Houlding, and in response to considerable pressure put upon him, he brought the land from Joseph Orrell, and rented it to the club on the understanding that he was to have £100 for the first year’s rent, and that the club should pay more when they were in a position to do so; that the maximum rent was to be four per cent on the outlay; and that he would never enforce the full rent if they were unable to pay, but would accept less or even no rent if their financial position rendered such a course necessary.  Messrs Barclay and Jackson guaranteed the first year’s rent, and, although it was not paid until six months overdue, they were never called upon to fulfill their guarantee.  Those conditions, with the further one that Mr. Houlding have the right to a nominee in committee, were honorably carried out year after year until, with the increasing success of the club, came as influx of new members who, first through their committee, and then at a general meeting of the club, fixed the maximum rent of 4 per cent, at £250.    So far Mr. Houlding’s contract was adhered to, but there came a disturbing element in the course of action adopted by Mr. John Orrell, who, under a contract existing between himself and Mr. Joseph Orrell (whose place as owner Mr. Houlding has filled, and whose responsibities Mr. Houlding is bound to carry out), called upon Mr. Houlding to make a street on his land, to complete a street on the division of the land.  This being communicated to the committee of the E.F.C., and they finding that this street would come one yard into the field of play, and that Mr. Orrell would see a portion of his land, passed the following resolution. 
That this committee consider it desirable to form a limited liability company to purchase Mr. Houlding’s interest in the present football ground and Mr. Orrell’s interest in a portion of the adjoining land.
At the committee’s request Mr. Houlding drew up a scheme which they approved of, and he, at their wish submitted it to a special general meeting of the members, who, led by a committeeman who had been an approver of the scheme, rejected it. 
Then followed all the Press warfare of charge and counter-charge, innuendo and counter-innuendo, of which, I as a member of the club, an heartily tired.  Meeting followed meeting, resolution followed resolution, each stultifying the previous one, and still no settlement.  The last special meeting represented the lack of interest taken by the member, as only 220 out of the 500 attended and of these 180 resolved the club into a limited liability company, with a capital of £500 and to move to another ground in Goodison-road.  In response to this a section of the old members say, “if you move from the old ground you shan’t take the old name, which we have worked so hard to make famous,” and they register the title of the Everton Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company (Limited). 
When I tell you sir, that it is confidently stated here that £50 was paid to secure the Goodison-road Ground before the meeting of members agreed to it, you may see that the seven signatories to the company may feel themselves justified in their action. Now sir, I as an old member, feel bound to adhere to our agreement with Mr. Houlding as long as he keeps to his part of the contract, and so far as I can assure Mr. Houlding that all the old members are with him, and I can safely say that so long as he needs our support he shall have it.  The old members of this club have always boasted of their fidelity to their engagements, and it is not their intentions to allow any new member or members to destroy the club’s record for honorable dealing.  I trust I have not encroached too much upon your valuable space, and remain, sir, your obedient servant,  A SUPPORTER OF “THE QUEEN AND EVERTON,” Liverpool, February 6, 1892.

February 8 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
A friendly match was played at wolverhampton, the names of the players being as follow:- Wanderers, Rose, Dunn, Mason, Davies, Malpass, Lowder, Hogarth, Devey, Topham, Heath, and woods. Everton, Williams, Howarth McLead, Kelso, Holt (capatin), Robinson, Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward. Everton were first to get away, Rose just saving, Devey Topham, and Wood then made effort to get to the Everton citadel, Holt however, being too good. Devey just shot outside. The viasitos had a look in., a centre from Chadwick being finely fisted out by Rose. Heath next just skimmed the posts. A miskick by Kelso let Wood in, who missed. After a bit of beautiful play a centre of Hogarth was put through by Heath. The game kept pretty even- the wanderers, if anything having the best of it, though the Evertonians put in some good passing. Crossing over both teams went at it hard the Wanderers causing Williams to save twice in succession. Having the goal-kick, the visitors' forwards got into line, and caused Dunn and Mason some trouble in keeping their charge intact. At last Hogarth went with a rush, the final shot just going wide. After a moments's respite Everton again tried for the home goal, Rose saving marvellously. Holt. For Everton, and Topham, of the Wanderers, played finely, and Wyllie equalised. Encourgaed by their success Everton forced a corner, the ball going across the goal, nobody touching it. Each team strained every nerve to notch the winning point, and Wood scored just on time. Result Woverhampton Wasnders 2 Everton 1.

February 8, 1892. The Birmingham Daily Post
A friendly encounter took place between these teams at Molineux Grounds, Wolverhampton, in fine weather, and before a good attendance of spectators. The visitors team was a representative one, but in view of the important engagement next Saturday with the Aston Villa, the Wanderers' committee gave Baugh, Allen, Kinsey, Wykes, Baker, and Booth a rest. R.G. Hogarth, a former member of the Corinthians and Crusaders, who is now residing in Wolverhampton, was given a trial as an outside forward right winger, and he proved himself to be a very capable player, and he will be a valuable acquisition to the club. The Wanderers kicked off, and Everton soon began to press, the home backs for a time having a lot of heavy work to do. Breaking away the Wolves' right wing got possession, and Devey kicked outside, Everton, however, were soon busily engaged at the other end o the field, but them shooting was not at this period of the game as accurate as their friends could wish, and the shots that were straight were cleverly stopped by Rose. Topham made one or two good runs, but Holt stuck to him very closely, and often prevented him getting down. The clever passing of the visitors enabled them to get down frequently, but they were always repulsed. A bit of clever play by Hogarth enabled him to drop the ball in front of goal, and a most exciting rally ensued, Topham, Devey, and Wood endeavouring to put the ball through. Williams cleared smartly, but a few minutes later Hogarth centred the ball again, and Heath registered the first point for the Wolves.

At half-time the score stood –Wanderers 1, Everton 0.
At the commencement of the second half the Wanderers attacked in fine style, and several hot shots were put in, Topham, with one of his “daisy-cutters,” nearly lowering the Everton colours. The Wanderers' half was then invaded, and Rose gave a magnificent display of goalkeeping, some of his saves being of a remarkable character. From a foul Wyllie put the side on level terms. From this point both sides worked hard to win. Everton putting in some clever work; but they had to encounter the most stubborn resistance, both Mason and Dunn being in fine form. A few minutes before the close of play the Wanderers got down again, and Devey put in a shot which Williams was not able to get away before Wood pushed him and the ball into goal. Williams appeared to have received an injury to his head, but he continued to play, and the game ended –Wolverhampton 2, Everton 1. Wanderers; Rose; Dunn, Mason; Davis, Malpus, Lowder. Hogarth, Devey, Topham, Heath and Wood. Everton; Williams; Howarth, Mclean; Kelso, Holt, Robertson; Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward. Referee, Mr. C. Crump.

February 8 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
This important Cup-tie was played on the Anfield enclosure on Saturday. The weather was all that could be desired thus causing the attendance to be a large one, the Everton executive having entrusted their combination team to bring off the match. The League eleven went to Wolverhampton to battle with the Wolves, so that much satisfaction was felt with the victory which will be seem as under both teams had their full strength, Kirkwood being again able to take up his position in the home ranks at right half, teams:- Everton- Jardine, goal, Chadwick and Collins, backs Kirkwood jones, and Wharmby, half-backs Gordon, Murray, Pinnell McMillan and Elliott forwards. South Shore-Hunt goal, Bibby and Wilson backs, Atherton, Robinson and Walsh, half-backs, Birchall, Smith Halliwell, Parkinson, and Elston, forwards. Everton started against the wind, and smartly made tricks towards the South Shores goal thus causing Hunt to have a lively experience as numerous shots were poured in at him. Easing the pressure the homesters allowed the Shorcites to get within range, but Collinbs and Chadwick were hard to beat. Sterling play by the Everton halves placed their forwards on the attack, but, however, their efforts proved futile owing to the fine defence of Bibby and Wilson. For a few minutes the vistors were dangerous, yet Jardine could not not be reached. Racing away in good style the home van surrounded, Hunt, and Gordon was able to rush through the forst point for his side 30 minutesfrom the start. With the first reverse South Shore livened up and called unon Jardine to get rid of two beauties from Smith and Halliwell. The game so far had been very intersting and full of good points. Approaching the interval Gordon dispossessed Wilson, and passed neatly to Pinnel, who in tiurn enabled McMillan to score a second point with a grand goal. Coming down in full swing the vistors caused Jardine to distinguish himself by a brilliant save,, for which he was loudly cheered. The interval arriving the score sttod- Everton 2 goals, South Shore nil. Hunt on charging ends was loudly applauded for his spendid goalkeeping. On resuming play for a time was of an even character. South Shore if anything having the best of matters. Both defences were astrong and did clever work. Elliott put in a speedy run on the left, and crossing to Pinnell the home centre was about to shoot when the whistle sounded for an infringement. The combination champions however, were not to be denied, and coming again within range McMillan beat Hunt for the third time with a long shot. Gordon from the midfield start immediately notched the fourth. This was followed by Elliott and Murray having each a try, but Hunt came out of the ordeal most creditably. Three corners were award Everton without result. The visitors' defence was next seen to advantage as the home van stormed their goal. Nearing the finsuh the South Shore men were evident overplayed, with the exeception of Hunt, who did yeoman service between the sticks. Pinnell, Murray and Gordon, all had shies at goal, but on the call of time no further scoring had been done, Everton after a very pleant game retiring victors bt 4 goal to nil.

February 13, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
THIS deferred League match was played off at Burnley on Saturday. The weather was delighttfully fine, the ground in excellent condition, and the attendance about 8,000. Both clubs were well represented, the teams being as follows:- Everton, Jardine,goal, Howarth, and Mclean backs; Kelso, Holt (captain) and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward. Burnley, Hillman, goal, Jeffreys, and Lang, backs, Mcfettridge, Mattews, and Stewart, half-backs; Nicol, Hill, Espie McLardie, and Graham. Everton started at the signal from mr. Heath against a strong wind and up the hill. Burnley were the first to make a move upon a goal, McLrdie and Graham being particularly spirited in their attack on the left, but Howarth administered a double check. No clearance came, however, until a corner had been conceded and survived. Everton went away in good formation, and Maxwell was robbed just in time at a dangerous position. Burnley soon cleared their lines, and were very threatening from a smart rush and scrimmage, relief coming to the visitors when Hill lifted narrowly over the bar from a return, Holt came off successfully in a tussle with Matthews, and sent to the left. Milward and Chadwick stated in Telling style, but could not get past Jeffreys, and the Burnley right wing dodging out of the reach of McLean caused some anxiety to Everton, but McLardie was unlucky enough to stumble when about to drive into goal. Everton invaded the home quarters vigorously following this escape, but found the defence so sound that Hillman could not be called upon. Robertson cleverly took the ball from Hill at midfield, but Nicol got possession and running down sent in a beauful shot which Jardine fished behind. Danger was great from the corner, McLean clearing. Burnley, however, quickly returned, and though they attacked very powerfully all coss the line they found the defence of Everton quite equal to the emergency. Wyllie and Latta, in particular. mAde a gallant attempt to assume the aggressive, but Lang was not to be beaten and the ball went with the wind again, when Jardine scooped it away from his charge in a masterly style from Mclardie. Everton were now enabled to attack with mucj persistency, and all round their play was plesdingly methodical; the only shot of merit, however came from Chadwick, and this was coolly negotiated by Hillman. Burnley scrimmaged fieecely a little later, when Nicol had hard lines, play continued to be brisk, and slightly in favour of the home team, but Everton half-backs and backs were in spendid trim, and shielded Jardine. Latta got down once, and put over the bar; in response to which Burnley came down the slope with a bound, and Hill beat Jardine from a good shot taken from close quarters. The game had now been in existence 20 minutes, and the point came somewhat as a surprise; but Burnley have often scored against Everton from similar flashes. The visitors at once laid strong siege on the Burnley goal. Wyllie caused Hillman to use his hands. Latta followed this by an even dangerous shot, and Burnley stoof the fire of a relentless assult. Everton kept play for a long time in the home half, during which several fee-kicks were awarded them, a concession on the part of the referee which did not please the spectators, who jeered as only a Burnley crowd can do. Holt competely foiled Espie, who could not shine at all. Kelso and Robertson were almost as effective against the wingermen, and the outcome was that the Everton forwards had almost a monopoly of the play between now and the interval, but owing firstly to poor shooting, and secondly to skilful defence, thet were forced to proceed, on turning round, with the record of a goal to nil in favour of Burnley. On the resumption,, the home team quickly scaled the hill, and Jardine saved spendidly from a keen low shot by Espie. Everton then went to the front, but Maxwell shot before the right moment had arrived, and placed badly from a long range. Chadwick had the next turn and tested Hillman with a likely low aim but it was parried by the custodian. Nicol next moved away, ut the whistle sounded before he was dangerous. A hot assault however, arose, and from McLardie's shot a corner was risked. Everton had the advantage in open play that followed. They were continually driving Burnley on the defence but the forwards seemed to spread themselves out too wide, and depended chiefly upon long shots most of which were badly directed, whilst Burnley when they made their less frequent raids were always dangerous, following up closely and shooting better. Jardine had much more to do than Hillman, and yet Everton were oftener on the attack. Latta when time was getting short, made a running shot just off the post, and again from his pass the left wing worked the ball close in when Milward defeated Hillman from a terrific aim. Burnley claimed eagerly for offside against Milward, and with success through Everton protested that he had received the ball from a burnley back. It looked possible that the visitors would at least equalise afterwards. They had many chances, all of which were obtained by dint of hard work, but the shooting was of very poorest quality; and the result of a hard, game was a win for Burnley by a goal to nil.

February 13, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
These successful second teams were inpossission at Anfield Road the Vistors coming with the inique repuatation of having won every match they had taken part in this season. about 1,000 spectators were present when Everton kick-off and opened the attack. They shot very neat, but seemed destined to disappontment. The visitors displayed good combination but was only on add occasions that they could get within shooting distanc. C Wood utilised a chance to the full and enable the ‘'Wolves'' to lead at half-time by a goal to nil. On changing ends Locheead equalised and Gordon Elliott and Pinnell supplemently the wanderers experienced their first reverser by 4 goals to 1. Everton team, Smalley goal, Chadwick Collins backs, Kirkwood Jones, and Wharmby, half-backs,, Gordon Murray Pinnell McMillan and Elliott forwards.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 13 February 1892
By “Mickey Free”
When the posters were first issued for the contest the charge was fixed at the popular rate of 3d., &c.  Later on the executive were reminded of Rule 27, and forced thereby to increase the minimum charge for admission to the nimble sixpence, as it is called.  Well, the owners or the aforesaid “tanners” did not roll up in such numbers, so that the gate was but a very poor one for Everton.  Is it to be wondered at?  First, the League put their hoofs down and say nothing less than 6d.  English Association ditto for their cup ties, and, of course, the Lancashire Association must not be odd.  It is all very well when they can get a couple of the best clubs together, but where there are such mediocrities left in occasionally it is not justifiable and the gates suffer.  Three-pence would have been ample for a match like Saturday’, and I have no hesitation in saying that the financial result would have been bigger.  I am told that South Shore were disappointed when they found it was the Combination team they had to face.  I hope they altered their opinion before the game was over.  Why, our second string has only been beaten once this season, and that was due to the absence of three of the usual team, including their captain, Kirkwood, who was unable to accompany his men to Stoke the day they met with their only reversal.  On the play of Saturday South Shore were not within eight or ten goals of being equal to their opponents, although they were practically playing but four forwards, as Pinnell was the very opposite to his usual form.  The display by the rest of the team was quite refreshing.  The zeal with which Elliott and his wingman McMillan worked deserved the applause which it occasioned, whilst the trickiness of little Murray was in itself a treat.  Gordon was much better than usual., the occasion where he beat Wilson by bobbing the ball over that individual’s head, and then racing off, scoring a grand goal, being a meritorious performance.  Lockhead had to stand out on account of a bad foot.  His place was taken by Wharmby, whose peculiar style just suited against South Shore.  Still it is not the style which proves effective against smart men.  Play the ball under almost all circumstances where there is a chance of doing so is my idea of the game, and it pays in the end.  Collins and Chadwick were very safe and Jardine looked in fine trim, as the small amount of work which he had to do was done in good style.  Kirkwood was as judicious and canny as ever.  Elston changed his position at half-time.  It did not bring any grist to the mill.  I am afraid that player has seen his best days.  J. Atherton, the right half-back, was the only one who showed any exceptional ability.  He has weight and judgement, and is a good kick.  Taking into consideration the pair he had to deal with, he came out well.  Hunt performed well in goal.
The Ructions In The Camp
Continue in the intervals as brisk as you please.  Mr. A. Nisbet has had what I might call a broad hint.  In other words he has been deposed from his position on the Financial Committee by order of the majority.  Mr. G. Mahon has been elected vice-Chairman in place of Mr. Barclays (resigned).  A resolution has been passed to go on with the Goodison-rd, site, which spot I went to see on Monday.  I took a careful survey of the place and its surroundings, and came to the conclusion that any man who would contract to make it into a football ground with similar accommodation to what we enjoy at Anfield-rd, for less than 3,000 pounds must be mad.  There is one public house right opposite the ground,- say eight or ten yards off at the most, -which is the only place where the team would be put up, but, of course, that would never do, seeing that the loss of matches is attributed to the misfortune of the present headquarters being an hotel!  We would practically have no less than four football clubs playing within hailing distance of each other on this “lovely spot.”  It is even worse than I thought it was.  At the last committee meeting I understand the question of eliciting an opinion from every individual member was again suggested, but it received no more consideration than the previous attempt.  The fact is that the majority of the committee will not perform this –to my mind- very reasonable operation, but appear inclined to throw all the obstacles they can in the way of the opposition party obtaining the information as the list of members and their address was refused. 
The Theatrical Charity match takes place on Thursday, the 25th inst., and I hope if all differences cannot be sunk on other questions, they will on this, and so make the affair as great a success as it has hitherto been.  We will miss the kindly face of the late manager of this show (Mr. Albert Smith), but the management is this year in the hands of two gentlemen who are well known for business capacity., so that we have the assurance that there will be nothing left undone to help towards success. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 13 February 1892
This League game was played at Turf Moor, before 7,000 spectators.  Burnley were without the services of Walker at back and Bowes forward, Jeffreys and Hill occupying the respective positions.  From the kick-off Burnley took up the running, and the pace at once became hot, though as time wore on each team did a share of good work, and corners accrued to both sides, but proved unproductive.  The defence on both sides was excellent, and could not be broken down, though the forwards of each side put in some tricky work at times.  At length from good combined play Burnley scored a clever goal.  After this play wared fast and furious and Hillman had a hot shot or two to negotiate.  Play became rough and the referee had to call the players together.  Everton played hard and pressed heavily for a while.  Immediately on the restart Burnley were within an ace of scoring and then both teams pressed in turn, but the goalkeeping and back was superb.  Corners were not utilized, and as the game progressed each side tried their level best to score.  The excitement was intense, and when Everton kicked a goal which was ruled off-side the cheers from the home supporters was deafening.  Play again ruled rough, and each side was penalized.  From time to time the Everton forwards played a dashing game but failed to put on finishing touches.  As the end approached each team put in all they knew, and though the visitors tried hard to equalize they failed in the attempt, though they were not disgraced. 
Final; Burnley 1, Everton 0.
At Everton, before 1,000 spectators.  Everton started the game and from the very first began to press, but they had very bad luck with their shooting.  The Wolverhampton forwards also played a very pretty game, but they only got near the Everton goal on three of four occasions, and on one of these Wood scored.  Everton tried hard to draw level, but were not successful.  Half-time; Everton 0, Wolverhampton 1.Final; Everton 4 Wolverhampton 1

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 13 February 1892
The Theatrical Football match is advertised to come off on the Everton ground on the 25th inst.  All the theatrical ladies and gentlemen in Liverpool at the time have promised to attend.  For “putting their hand down” when they have anything in their hand, the members of the profession are a noble crowd.  If I might venture an opinion from my prominent position of obscurity, I should say that if the management of this affair held a grand carnival fancy dress ball they could easily take St. George’s Hall, and fill it.  My work finishes with throwing out the idea.  I should have “Olympian” there by all means, got up as the “Bogie Man” and harassing “Rosencrats” for copy.- Ta-ra-ra –boom-der-0, Rosen Junior.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 13 February 1892

  • The Everton dispute is getting a bit tiresome.
  • South Shore did not like thee walloping by Everton Reserve.
  • Everton might do worse than thrust their chance of the Lancashire Cup to the Reserve.
  • Everton are not in debt yet, but-
  • The old Everton club sticks to its usuttons tenaciously. 
  • The hope of Everton got thrown to the ground last Saturday.
  • Messrs Nesbit and Ramsey do not intend to yield without a struggle.
  • Mr. Houlding might as well attempt to square the circle as square Clayton and Co.

February 13, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton and Burnley at Turf Moor, bring off their postponed League match this afternoon; but the Everton Combination team are in possession at Afield-road, and will be on their mettle, too, as they are to try a fall with the Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserves. The latter, like Everton's second string, arte a remarkable clever organisation, and, in fact have won every match they have taken part in this season, among those vanquished being Stoke Swifts. The Wanderers are leaders of the Shropshire League, and so it will be a meeting of Combination and Salopian Champions.
Everton v. Burnley, Burnley, Kick-off at 3.15 p.m. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Howarth and McLean, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward, forwards.
Everton (Combination) v. Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserve, at Anfield. Kick-off at 3.15 p.m. The following will play for Everton; Smalley, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Kirkwood, Jones and Wharmby, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards. Reserve Lochhead.

Athletic News - Monday 15 February 1892
By The Loiterer
Everton got beaten again.  There is little consolation that the defeats recently received are very trifling in extent, but they are, all the same, very depressing.  Burnley are entitled to crow over us this season, as they have beaten Everton three times and drawn with them once.  The ground question is, settled, but not to be liking of most people.  Whatever can be said of the advantages of the Goodison-road site, I fancy everyone will part with regret from Anfield-road.  This is merely sentiment and will wear off, but nevertheless the future prospects of the club are not over bright.  I have every confidence in the men running the show being pure sportsmen, and if they can retain the services of Mr. Molyneux they will get on all right in the football world.  Mr. Mahon takes Mr. Barclay’s place as vice-chairman, and he is admirably fitted for the post. 

Athletic News - Monday 15 February 1892
By Turf Moor
The encounters between Burnley and Everton are nothing if they are not hard fought, and there are few fixtures which are calculated to prove more attractive.  Saturday’s postponed League match was by no means an exception to the rule.  The weather was all that could be desired, for a better football day it would be almost impossible to conceive, and this, no doubt, had something to do with the “gate.”  Confidence in the ability of Burnley to come out of the ordeal with flying colours by no means reigned supreme, particularly when it became known that both Walker and Bowes would be absentees, and that Everton would be represented in full force; but these facts tend to make Burnley’s performance all the more creditable.  The teams were made up of the following players;-
Burnley; Hillman, goal; Jefferey, and Lang, backs; McFetteridge, Matthews, and Stewart, half-backs; Nicol, Hill, Espie, McLardle and Graham, forwards.  Everton; Jardine, goal; Howarth and Mclean, backs; Kelso, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward, forwards.  Referee; Mr. Heath (of Hanley).  The ground was in beautiful condition, and there was sufficient advantage in having the benefit of the wind to make the winning of the toss of some importance, though the wind blew rather across the ground than otherwise.  Though both sides quickly wrested corners, Burnley held an advantage in the opening phases, Jardine executing two or three smart saves, one at the expense of a corner from Nicol being particularly of notice.  The visitors showed some capital football, but the best chances fell to the home side, Nicol having a couple of openings with a short space of time.  There was not such a great deal in the game, but Burnley got the upper hand at the expiration of a little over twenty minutes, when Hill finely defeated Jardine, after some good play by McLardie, Nicol, and Espie.  Immediately after, Hillman, in stopping a shot from Chadwick, very nearly gave a goal, but he recovered.  The Burnley goal, however, had another narrow escape directly afterwards, while, after a short interval it was only the strong defence of Lang and his comrades which prevented Everton scoring, as the latter had a couple of free kicks in very dangerous quarters, but the defenders were equal to every emergency, and at the interval Burnley led by a goal.  On changing ends Burnley had decidedly the advantage of the argument for some time, and the best chance of the match fell to Espie almost in the first minute and the inability to profit by that very nearly proved a costly affair.  Subsequently Everton got the best of the bargain, but their forwards showed too great a disposition to shoot at longish ranges.  They certainly had lots of shots at goal, but it would require a pretty good stretch of imagination to call the majority of them good attempts. About half an hour from the resumption Chadwick shot through, but Burnley appealed with confidence, and they were justified, as Mr. Heath quickly disallowed the point.  Do what they would Everton could not break through the strong Burnley defence, and the game, which was as hard a tussle as anyone need wish to see, terminated in favour of Burnley by one goal to none.  The Everton forwards exhibited the best combination, their passing at times being very fine, and had their shooting been of the same excellence there is no telling how the game would have gone. 

Athletic News - Monday 15 February 1892
To The Editor of The Athletic News
Sir-The letter of your correspondent, who signs himself “A Supporter of the Queen and Everton”, contains two or three misstatements which mar what in otherwise a very fair history of the dispute from a Houldingite standpoint.  As your paper is our only official means of placing the matter correctly before the whole country, and especially before the hands of the Association itself, I beg for space to answer him.  Politics having nothing whatever to do with the dispute.  The fact that fully three-fourths of the members, as well as a majority of the Committee itself, belong to the same party as Mr. Houlding, is sufficient refutation of your correspondent’s assertion that the dispute is trammeled with politics.  The real cause of the deadlock is the determination of a vast majority of the members to carry on the club in the interests of sport merely, and not as a money-making concern, either to fill the pockets of Mr. Houlding or any other financier.  Your correspondent assures Mr. Houlding that all the old members are with him.  That is not so, I need only mention the names of Messrs, Wilson, Jackson, and Henderson, as loyal supporters of the decisions of the club, to show how misleading his assurance is. 
The statement that £50 was paid to secure the Goodison-road ground before the meeting of members agreed to it is equally untrue.  At the said meeting, Mr. Clayton proposed that Mr. Houlding be offered a rent of £180 thus showing that he was most anxious to meet that gentleman fairly.  He could not have made such a proposal had the Goodison-road site been already secured, and thus the assertion bears its own refutation on the face of it.  One of the rules of the Everton Club reads;-
“That the decision of the majority of the members at a general meeting shall be binding upon the club,” 
Now, sir, an overwhelming majority of the members decided to reject Mr. Houlding’s company scheme; yet, in less than twenty-four hours afterwards, Mr. Houlding and his minions, in open defiance of that decision, proceed to London and register the company.  And your readers will remember that Mr. Houlding is still president of the club, contemptuously ignoring the general wish that he should retire from the post.  If Mr. Houlding, as City Councilor, does not know what the decision of a majority mean, thank goodness there is still the committee of the Association, with Lord Kinnaird at its head, able and willing not only to teach him but to depose him from the lofty pedestal on which he has placed himself.  From the first Mr. Houlding’s treatment of the club has been most despotic, and since the members would have none of his company scheme he has shown not the less spirit of compromise.  True, he gave way, in the matter of the stands and on the question of the lease, but it was only at the last moment and under compulsion.  On the other hand, the committee, supported by the vast majority of the members, have shown every disposition to meet their landlord-president, by asking him to meet and talk matters over (which he doggedly refuse to do), and by offering him the handsome return of 4 per cent, on his own valuation of the land, and not on the present value, which is admitted to be nearly one half what it formerly was.  Yet Mr. Houlding has not had the courtesy even to acknowledge the committee’s communication.  Your correspondent talks about the old members supporting Mr. Houlding.  Then why did not even one or two of them sign his articles of registration?  Surely there was one man of substance amongst them!  When your readers are told that of the seven who did sign, one is his son, another his servant, two others are men who are supposed to owe their situations to him, and the remaining three practically unknown men, they will know what value to put on Mr. Houlding’s support, and on your correspondent’s assurance. 
Was it Mr. Houlding’s love of sport or gain which prompted him to buy the ground for the club?  The continual improvements and enlargements at the Sandon Hotel answers the question-not to mention the long and determined opposition of Mr. Houlding to the opening of gates in Anfield Road for the convenience of the public, simply because they were to be placed on the side furthest away from the Sandon.  When permission is given to certain parties in the transaction is given to certain parties in the transaction, still further light will be thrown on the question.  But what was the purchase money?  At first it was stated to be £6,000; then it was reduced to £5,400, but it is not known whether even this amount is correct.  When this unfortunate dispute is settled either by the club remaining where it is at present or by removing elsewhere, one improvement is guaranteed, and that is the building of dressing-rooms on the ground for the players.  It has long been a source of great regret to the members that visiting teams have had to walk –often through hostile crowds-the long distance from the ground to the Sandon.  The danger and indignity at least will be spared them next season.  In fighting against despotism, overbearing autocracy, and love of personal gain, the members of the Everton Club feel that they have the support of all true sportsmen-Your &c.  Loyal Evertonian. 

The friends and the enemies
Monday, February 15 – 1892 The Field Sports
How many of the present supporters and followers, or even members, of the Everton Football Club are fully acquainted with its origin, rise and fall? Very few. In the old days when ”gates” were not forthcoming, when the workingmen knew nothing of the game, when the number of spectators could be counted on fingers, it was a struggle for existence, and it was only by the generosity of some of the members that enough money could be raised weekly to pay the traveling expenses for matches away from home.
At that period of the club it had no enclosed ground, but played and practised in Stanley Park. As the game became more popular the number of spectators increased until (the ground not being enclosed or fenced) the matches were seriously interfered with owing to the encroachment of the onlookers. It became necessary, if good fixtures were to be obtained, that the club should possess an enclosed ground, and after considerable trouble a field on a farm in Priory-road, Anfield, was rented, and for the first time the Everton Club could boast of “gates”.
But such gates! The total proceeds at the opening match were 14s 7d, and 30s was considered fair; the largest amount taken for admission on the old ground only reached a few pounds.
Some of the players at that time were working lads unable to contribute to travelling expenses, rent materials &c., and the club was in debt – among other items, part of the rent being due. The outlook was not bright, but it became more gloomy when the landlord gave notice to quit, as he found he could turn his land to better use.
Fortunately at this period influential friends of the game and the club came to the rescue, and the permission was given the members to play on a piece of waste land lying between Anfield and Walton Breck-roads, on condition that a benefit match should be played annually in aid of the Stanley Hospital.
It became necessary to enclose the ground from entrances and exits, and remove a large quantity of rubbish in order to make the ground fit for play. This cost a large sum of money, which was entirely subscribed by the old members and their friends while some of the more skilful gave their valuable aid with shovel and saw and hammer. Not a single penny spent in the erection of the first stands, boarding, fencing &c, came out of the funds of the club. With a suitable and convenient enclosed ground the gates began to increase, but even at that time £20 to £25 was considered very good, and £40 was wonderful. By pursuing a strong policy, enrolling new members, engaging clubs of renown, such as the Rovers, Burnley, Bolton Wanderers &c, to give exhibition matches, securing good players, the executive were soon able to welcome an increase of public interest, and at the close of that season the club was in a satisfactory financial position.
About this time the executive had to face another difficulty; the ground so kindly lent them was in the market to be sold for building, and it was felt that unless something could be done to secure the ground for the use of the club a collapse would be inevitable. Many anxious consultations took place, inquiries were made as to other grounds, meeting after meeting was held, and, amongst other things, a company was suggested. The capital raised, however, did not give much encouragement, the amount being somewhere about £11.
At this juncture Messrs Barclay and Jackson, who for some time had cordially worked together for the welfare of the club, arranged to approach Mr John Houlding and ask for his aid in the matter. The bold suggestion that these gentlemen made to Mr Houlding – that he should purchase the land, and rent it to the club – was carefully considered by him. He was naturally taken aback by their proposal and his inquiries as to security&c, only elected guarded replies. Mr Houlding asked what rent the club would pay? The answer was that the club might see its way to £100 a year.
- Do you know the cost of the land?
- Yes.
- And you advise me to purchase it at the cost of nearly £6,000 with the prospect of having only a return of £100 per annum, and no security that even that amount will be paid to me. Is the club, or any responsible member of it, prepared to lease the ground if I buy it?
Messrs. Barclay and Jackson could give no assurance. They simply threw themselves on the generosity of Mr Houlding, who, whilst giving them no hope, promised to think carefully over the matter and give a reply at an early date. And now let it be known to those who knew it not before, how the ground was secured, and who saved the club from complete collapse. Not withstanding that there was no security, that the land at that time was a bad investment, seeing that the same land is now valued by his detractors at 3s per yard less than he paid for it, that the club had not a penny in the bank, that it involved a large expenditure of capital which could have been spent to infinitely better account; that he was placing himself at the mercy of the members, who might if they chose leave him at any moment, Mr Houlding bought the land, and placed it at the disposal of the executive. The odd members, the backbone of the club in its dark days, who knows him as a man of integrity, honour and generous disposition, are with him to a man and are also determined to stand by him in the present crisis. But unfortunately the general body of the members appear to have been led or misled by the vapouring and plausibility of a few irresponsible individuals who joined the club long after Mr Houlding purchased the ground, and when financial success was assured – men who have never contributed a penny to the funds beyond their entrance fee and annual subscription, for which they receive more than full value because members’ tickets entitle them to admission to ground and covered stand to all except a few charity matches. Mr Houlding has a large amount of money at stake, and has advanced large sums to the committee from time to time at the rate of 5 per cent, without any security whatever beyond the treasurer’s receipt. This is the man who has been called a shylock, who has been and is attacked in a most unscrupulous manner from a quarter and by men whence and by whom he had the least reason to expect such cowardly tactics and such base ingratitude. Last year Mr Orrell, the owner of the land adjoining the present football ground, gave Mr Houlding notice that it was his intention to build, and, calling upon him to give up part of the ground for the purpose of making a street. It may be explained that when the land was divided by the late Mr. Orrell between his two sons there was a covenant made to the effect that in the event of either party building the dividing line would be the centre of a street, and both parties should join at the making of such street. When Mr Houlding bought the land he had to buy it with this covenant inserted in the deeds. This was known to the old executive, but not much attention was paid to it for several reasons
1) because the committee were only too glad that Mr Houlding had secured the ground
2) the ground necessary for playing purpose at that time was not so wide, so that even had a street been required there would have been ample room for football
3) because it was felt that Mr Orrell was not likely to begin building operations Of course the present would be rulers of the club knew nothing of the motives which actuated the old committee. Mr Houlding was called upon to fullfil his part of the covenant. He interviewed Mr Orrell, who expressed his determination to build, but as an alternative suggested that Mr Houlding should purchase his land. Mr Houlding could not see his way to undertake any further financial responsibility, and finally seeing no other way out of the difficulty, recommended the committee to consider the question of purchasing both grounds, and advised them to adopt a scheme of limited liability, to be laid before the members. After some delay and much deliberation the committee passed the following resolution:
“That the committee consider to form a limited liability company to purchase Mr Houlding’s interest in a portion of the adjoining land.”
Mr. Houlding drew up a scheme which the committee approved of, and he at their wish presented it to a special general meeting, at which about one half of the members attended. This meeting led by a member of the committee who had previously signified his assent to the scheme, rejected it. Mr Barclay presided at this (as at subsequent meetings), but in spite of his earnest appeals to the members to avoid personalities most disgraceful epithets were hurled at Mr Houlding, and any chance which might have been to afterwards approach the question in a calm and thoughtful spirit was ruined by the unnecessary heat thrown into to debate by Messrs. Mahon and Clayton, and by the indiscreet and uncalled for remarks of some of their adherents. And now a paper-warfare was inaugurated, in which the leaders to the opposition to Mr Houlding, took a leading part. All sorts of wild schemes were suggested as to the removal to other grounds &c. It was ascertained, however, that Mr Orrell would be willing to suspend building operations until the close of the season on condition that he be paid £100. This course was strongly advocated by Mr Barclay, who moved a resolution to the effect that the club pay Mr Orrell the £100, and in doing so he pointed out that it would give the members’ time to think over the matter and secure possession of the ground till the end of the season. But no, the majority on the committee would not have this. Mr Houlding must pay £100. Mr Houlding peremptorily refused, but offered to pay £20 onwards the amount if the club could not afford it, provided the committee would raise the rest among them. It was one thing to ask Mr Houlding to put his hand in his pocket: a different matter altogether for these gentlemen to “fork out”. No, they “did not see why they should be taxed”.
Another meeting was called. All sorts of promises were made to the members as to some mysterious ground which could be had for the proverbial old song, and which would prove a veritable El Dorado. There was a hitch somewhere, however, and in spite of questions frequently repeated, Messrs Mahon and Clayton would not disclose the situation, rental, or any other particulars regarding the “coat tail pocket scheme”. Something had to be done, however, and it is significant that the members decided to do what the majority of the committee refused viz., adopt Mr Barclay’s suggestion, and pay Mr Orrell’s demand out of the funds of the club. A special committee was appointed to make full inquires as to rental, purchase, leasing &c, of new and old grounds and to report to a future meeting.
Mr Houlding, who had grown thoroughly tired of the whole business, and disgusted with the tactics of his opponents, had previously given the club notice to quit, not that he wished the members to go elsewhere, but he felt that an end must be put to the difficulty somehow, and as one of the charges laid against him was that he only supported the club because of the custom it brought to his licensed hotel the Sandon – it would be advisable to prove to his detractors, as his friends already know, that no such base motive actuated him. This public house-question will be referred to further on.
Well, the special ground committee got to work, and after a long interval, during which they endeavoured unsuccessfully to induce Mr Houlding to reduce his rent, which the members themselves fixed at £250, they, or rather a sub committee appointed by them, drew up a report which left things worse than before, owing to the uncertain information given, and the absence of any recommendation or even suggestion for the guidance of the members. Two new grounds were mentioned, one most inconveniently situated at Goodison-road, and the other, equally inconvenient at Breck-road. The rental of the Goodison-road ground was stated to be £50 per annum, but mark this well; the price had not been fixed. It was not stated whether the ground was freehold or leasehold. No proper and authenticated estimate, as to the cost of enclosing, fencing, draining, leveling and turfing the ground, and erecting stands &c, was laid before the meeting.
And, so far as those best capable of judging could see, the numbers in adopting Mr Clayton’s proposal that the club remove to Goodison-road were committing themselves to a scheme which, instead of involving them in an expenditure of £1,800, according to an approximate estimate would mean the expenditure of at least £4,000, including the players` wages during the summer months, and this too, in the face of Mr Clayton’s strongly expressed opinion that there would be no balance at the end of the current season. Of course something was said about the cost of removing and rebuilding the old stands &c, and the report stated that the cost, including the drainage of the new ground, would be £330. The members could not have given this statement the slightest consideration, or they would have at once seen its uttest absurdity. Why, to drain, level, and turf the Goodison-road ground alone will cost nearly £600 if it is to be rendered fit for play. This is not a mere approximation, but is based on careful calculations. Assuming, then, that Mr Houlding is willing to permit the removal of the stands, this will be an additional charge. But are the stands worth removing? And, if so, by the time they are pulled down and removed, what will be their value? The timber might sell for chips, the iron for scrap, and the bricks, such as are whole, might be used for building; but as to putting the stands up in anything like the condition they are at present, it cannot be done without a very large expenditure, because the greater part will require renewal.
The readiness with which the majority of those present at the last meeting swallowed Messrs Clayton and Mr Mahon`s scheme, supported not by argument but only by declamatory clap – trap,would be ludicrous were it not for the fact, since patent for every unbiased supporter of the club, that an organisation which has been the means of bringing first class football to Liverpool, and providing healthy outdoor sport for the workingmen, is threatened with absolute ruin by a set of irresponsible nobodies, who have never been a penny out of pocket through their connection with the club, and who risk nothing in their foolishness except their own reputations. And think of it. Mr Houlding has nearly £6000 at stake – money sunk in land which he personally did not want, and which he was persuaded to buy on the strength of promises which are now ruthlessly broken. Of course Mr Houlding is wealthy enough to let the club have the ground for nothing, or he might let it for a mere normal rent; but Mr Houlding and those who support him are fighting for principle and fair dealing, and are not to be browbeaten or intimidated into adopting proposals contrary to their conscience. One part of the report says: –
Mr Orrell is willing to accept seven shillings and sixpence per yard for his land, and he is prepared to take any lower price that Mr Houlding will be willing to accept for his land.”
The writer has seen a letter in Mr Orrell’s own hand denying the accuracy of this. Notwithstanding all the talk about Mr Houlding’s procrastination, his opponents at the same meeting (and subsequently) evinced a string desire to procrastinate, as, in spite of repeated refusals to reduce his rent, they were good enough to move and carry a resolution, offering him (their final ultimatum) £180 per annum and giving him three days to consider it. This was immediate afterwards increased to seven days, and at a subsequent committee meeting another seven days were given him. Finding, however, that their game of procrastination did not succeed, the mechanical majority of the committee instructed their solicitor to arrange for leasing the Goodison-road ground. Meantime Mr Barclay and Mr Joseph Williams had resigned their seats on the committee, finding themselves so completely at variance with the majority that they felt there was no other course open to them. And to the disgrace of the mechanical majority let it be known that, notwithstanding long services, neither gentleman was asked to reconsider his decision.
The Goodison-road party sought to institute a comparison of the rentals of the Anfield-road and the grounds of other leading clubs. For all practical purposes this was useless. Everyone knows that for accessibility, convenience, accommodation, and power to attract the “crowd” the Anfield-road ground is unique. Besides, no sensible person would argue that because other clubs paid only from £25 to £60 a year, Mr Houlding should perforce bow to the mandate of his opponents and accept whatever rentals paid by other clubs, ignoring altogether what would be a fair return on the money sunk on the ground, and the fact that the members themselves fixed the rent at £250 per annum.
As to the limited liability scheme, with a capital of £500, of which £250 was to be called up, it should never have been purposed by Mr Clayton, as Mr Houlding distinctly told him, “that he would not consent to such a company being formed to carry on football on his ground. “If we are to have a company, said Mr Houlding, “let it be a real, bona fide one.”
What do sensible men think of a capital of £500 to work an organisation such as the Everton Football Club – at Goodison-road, too – with an initial expenditure, as before stated, of some thousands before the ground is fit to accommodate the public in sufficient numbers to even defray the players` wages? The absolute failure in the very near future will be the lot of the Goodison-road club cannot be doubted. As to the old ground, the scene of some many triumphs, Mr Houlding, supported by the great majority of the spectators, by all the old members, and a considerable section of the new members, is determined that good football shall be played on it, not for the benefit it is to confer on his hotel – for the Sandon Hotel is only one of many licensed houses in the close proximity to the ground, and all of which benefit (if there is any benefits at all) quite as much as the Sandon but because the workingmen, who have a large share in building up the club by patronising the matches, want to see football there, and because the ground was bought for the purpose of football.
Signed X
Thanks to Kjell Hanssen for this

February 15, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton have again to strike their flag to Burnley, who have thus achieved something to be proud of in defeating Everton three times, and drawing once all within the space of a few weeks. Burnley's reward is that they for the present step up in front of Everton in the League tabulated record. They were a bit lucky to win, however –a draw would have been a more accurate result, the goal that Milward scored being considered a legitimate one by most spectators. Everton did far more attacking than Burnley, but it was a different quality –that of the winners was always smart, compact, and dangerous; whilst that of Everton was loose, straggling, and generally inaccurate in the matter of shooting. Everton did not combine tightly in front of goal, and elected to shoot frequently at lengthy range, with the result that Hillman had plenty of time to steady himself for the negotiation of the straight aims –which were a small proportion of the number essayed, some being wild in the extreme. Milward's was short distance shot, and more of this kind of warfare would have brought about a different issue. The only fault of the Everton forwards was in not putting on the requisite flourish to otherwise good play, and this weakness robs them of unqualified praise. Holt never gave Espie a chance to shine; and, as Robertson and Kelso were also in an effective mood, the half-backs play of Everton was one of the cleverest features of a good contest. Howarth came off most creditably, compared with his displays in the other matches with Burnley; but Mclean was the more useful man of the two, his great weight strength, and pluck proving invaluable in checking the moves of Nicol and Hill and breaking up combined raids. Jardine reappeared in goal, and was seen at his best. He was beaten once by Hill, but the latter is a player of great resources at the critical moment. Jardine made innumerable most brilliant saves, and nearly everyone meted out praise so thoroughly deserved. Hillman had not so much to do as Jardine, and was only too clever from an Everton standpoint. Walker was absent, but Lang had a smart colleague in Jeffreys. Matthews was the best of the half-backs, who were inferior to Everton's and Hill came out strongest of the forwards. The game was characterised by better feeling than usual.

Everton Reserves did another clever performance on Saturday in beating Wolverhampton Wanderers by 4 goals to 1, especially bearing in mind the fact that the latter had hitherto not known the feeling associated with defeat this season. The Wanderers scored the only one goal of the first half, and so it was uphill work on resuming with Everton, but they made ample amends for prior ill-luck on turning around. The return take place next Saturday at Wolverhampton. Will Everton Combination suffer the same kind of misfortune as their League colleagues at Molineux.

The draw for the second round of the Lancashire Senior Cup took place on Friday, and from a local point of view is very satisfactory, as Everton and Bootle are drawn to meet next Saturday at Anfield-road. This arrangement is pleasing to both clubs –to Everton that it improves their chances of becoming county cupholders, and to Bootle that they will be participators in a good “gate.” If Bootle fall, the executive will thus receive a useful solatium. But it does not follow that they will be defeated. They have won their last four matches, and are playing well together. On the other hand, Everton league have not scored a win since they were at Nottingham on January 9. The game promises to revive the olden fervour, and should be as attractive as ever in the past.

The Everton Club's headquarters next and following seasons will be at Goodison-road, Mr. Houlding not having deigned to reply to the ultimatum of the majority. The exodus will be taken regretfully, but there appears to be no alternative. The majority have selected Mr. Mahon to succeed Mr. Barclay as vice-chairman, and it is rumoured that a gentleman well known in the fields of sport associated with steeple chasing and coursing will be the future president. Everything is being done quietly and surely in readiness for next season, under the new order of things, most of the present players being secured, and the requisite drainage and levelling will be hurried on. It is a big task set before the executive, but there is no doubt it will be compassed most completely by leaders who have already displayed so much courage and business tact. Patrons will soon grow accustomed to the new situation, which is certainty readily approached from the centre of the town either by bus, tram, or railway (Lime-street or Exchange stations).

Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 16 February 1892
Last night, a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Everton Football Club was held in the Sandon Hotel, Mr. Mahon presiding.  A sub-committee was chosen to select and engage more players for next season.  The name of Mr. Nisbet was removed from the Finance Committee.  Although nothing was specially mentioned with reference to the new ground in Goodison-road, Spellow Lane, it was understood that four or five members of the club were prepared to advance £l,000 and more if required, towards the laying out and fitting up of the new ground.  

Liverpool Mercury - Wednesday 17 February 1892
At meeting of the executive committee of the Everton Football Club, held on Monday, Mr. Mahon presiding, Mr. J. Davies was elected a member of the committee, in place of Mr. Joseph Williams.  A subcommittee consisting of Messrs. Jackson, Clayton, Griffiths, and Currier, was chosen to engage more players for next season.  The name of Mr. Nisbet was removed from the finance committee.  It was decided to hold a grand athletic festival on Whit Monday, and a sub-committee was appointed to make the necessary arrangements. 

February 18, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
A Maxwell (Everton) was suspended for a week for playing during the close season, by the Football Association.

North Wales Chroncle-Saturday 20 February 1892
Smart Arridge is to be congratulated upon being selected as one of the backs or Wales to take part in the International contest between Wales and Ireland at penrbyn Park on the 27th inst. Arridage comenced his football career with the Bangor F.C, and quickly become the favourite back with his team, until he signed for Bootle with whom he new plays and gives entire satisfaction. it is pleasing to think that such good men have been brought out by the good old Bangor F.C., for such a number of years to do service for Wales.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 20 February 1892
By Richard Samuel 2
The Everton club intend holding an athletic festival on the Police Athletic grounds on whit Monday.  The amount is not yet fixed for prizes, but there will be several of 10 pounds and that should fetch talent.  Nearly all, if not all, the players are now signed for next season.  Remember the theatrical match next Thursday.  We see some queer things in junior matches, but bringing up the goalkeeper to take a penalty kick is about the latest.  This is what the Percy Rovers did. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 20 February 1892
By “Mickey Free.”
My heading in perhaps not a happy one, as we have had too many off days at Everton of late; but what I really mean is that it was neither Cup, Combination nor League.  It was merely a friendly bout with a team which up to Saturday hold an unbeaten record.  Wolverhampton Swifts had not only been unbeaten but their goal average is exceptionally good.  But then, Mr. Editor, the Everton Combination team are a much too high-class lot for even extraordinary good second strings.  The very day I expressed a hope that they would have a chance of showing their real value against some of our cracks, they got beaten, but they were minus their right full-back, Albert Chadwick, and their captain Kirkwood.  This made matters a bit easier for Stoke Swifts, yet in the face of such a drawback they were only defeated by one to nil.  On Saturday I was amused at the confidence with which Albert replied to a query of mine, before the match.  He said “I have not played in a beaten team this season, and I’m not going to break my record today!”  Now that is the kind of spirit which enables teams to win games.  Up to half-time, aye and for ten minutes after the re-start, I did not feel quite so sure about the worthy right back’s assertion, but just then he seemed to make up his mind to stand no more nonsense.  His opponents, who crowded around him, were dodged cleverly, he took the ball up the field and sent in a long shot, which nearly took effect.  It was cleared, but only to be met and returned by Lockhead-a nice shot indeed.  Elliott and McMillan were not slow to take in the position of affairs, and Hassell became to them an interesting personage.  He hardly appreciated their attentions, as before he got rid of his company Mr. Referee adjudged the ball to have been through, and the score was thus level.  Gordon was not long in adding a second after getting an off-sider, and Elliott and Pinnell put the final beyond all doubt by scoring one each.  The first half was well contested.  The pace was warm, and one incident in the Everton goal mouth was very exciting.  Six times did the ball go bounding backwards and forwards from opposing heads, but it failed to reach Smalley, and the solitary occasion upon which Bob was beaten was no disgrace.  Smalley played his first game on Saturday after a long spell of rest from football, though bot from study.  In the latter he has been successful and I congratulate him heartily on the result.  Many a time has Bob saved Everton from a severe drubbling when he had a poor set of forwards and halves, when in fact our strength lay entirely in our backs (Ross and Dick) with Smalley behind them.  Well, the Everton Executive, I am pleased to note, have not forgotten his services, although many of the present members can have but little knowledge of what they were, and he is to have a benefit on the 11th of April, upon which occasion the Blackburn Rovers will turn out to assist in the show.  May it be a bumper is my sincere wish.  I at least have not forgotten his first display for Everton at Notts, nor yet his still greater effort against Aston Villa, when the club defeated us by 2 to 1 only, although on the play they were 12 goals the better team.  It was a scene never to be forgotten, and he was cheered to the echo, although the rest of the players received but scant courtesy, thanks to the inclusion in our team for the first time of Ross, whose first appearance it was after the great North End and Aston Villa Cup-tie. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 20 February 1892
Although no attempt was made to clear the ground of the snow, it was considered to be quite fit for playing the cup-tie.  At the start the spectators numbered about 1,000.  The teams were as follow;- Everton; Jardine, goal; Mclean and Howarth, backs; Robertson, Holt and Kelso, half-backs; Milward, Chadwick, Geary, Wyllie, and Latta, forwards.  Bootle;- Dunning, goal; Arridge and Rose, backs; Davis, Hughes, and Grierson, half-backs; McEwan, Jamieson, Kilner, Finlayson, and Clarkin, forwards.  Bootle kicked off and Geary broke through but the ball was returned and Bootle had a free kick in goal which was cleared.  Milward and Chadwick getting well down the latter scored with a fine shot.  Everton began to press and Wyllie had two good tries.  Several corners now fell to Everton’s lot but nothing tangible was obtained from any of them.  Bootle began to liven up a little, Jamieson and McEwan putting in some pretty work on the left.  Hands against Everton let in Hughes, but his kick fell short and Robertson returned.  Chadwick took up the pass and passed on to the right wing.  Latta secured and dashed off finishing with a fine shot, which Dunning cleared with difficulty.  For some minutes play continued round the Bootle goal, which had several very narrow escapes.  Everton now gave a magnificent display of their passing abilities, the ball passing from man to man like clockwork.  Chadwick, however, failed on the final effort.  Finlayson now got a fine opportunity, getting away from Robertson but he passed to Kilner who was robbed in time by Mclean.  Five minutes from the interval Chadwick added a second goal, leaving the score at half-time Everton 2, Bootle 0.
Everton restarted, and the play was at once taken into the Bootle territory.  A rather exciting incident now took place, and Kilner was sent off the field for tripping Holt, but apparently through the leniency of Everton he was allowed on again, amidst hearty cheering.  Everton still continued to keep the upper hand, and after 15 minutes play Wyllie added a third to the Everton score.  Final;- Everton 3, Bootle 0
It was a good pull for Everton that this tie took place on their own ground but they would doubtless have won anyhow.  They were much stronger than their neighbours at all points.  Their passing was magnificent and the defence more like the defence of last season.  Everton should take a lot of beating in the semi-final. 

February 20, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The second round of the Lancashire Senior Cup Competition will be the most engrossing subject this afternoon with Associationists. The Liverpool clubs have been very fortunate in the draw, for nothing could have fitted in more appositely than that Everton and Bootle should be bracketed together. They will accordingly fight their “old battles o'er again” today, Everton having secured choice of ground. The game should prove an attractive one, and will doubtless give a closer finish than some people imagine. Everton of course are expected to win; but Bootle are an improved team, and may be relied upon for running the Leaguers close enough to make the play lively and interesting. Bootle will have a full team, and so will Everton for that matter, as though Maxwell, being briefly suspended, will not assist, Geary has been chosen for centre forward. Everton Combination pay a return visit to the Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserve.
Everton League v Bootle, Anfield, Kick-off at three p.m. The following are the teams; Everton; Jardine, goal; Howarth and Mclean, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Bootle; Dunning, goal; Rose and Arridge, backs; Grierson, Hughes (captain), and Davies, half-backs; Clarkin, Finlayson, Kilner, Jamieson, and Montgomery, forwards.
Everton (Combination) v. Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserves, Wolverhampton. Kick-off at three p.m. The following will play for Everton; Smalley, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Wharmby, Jones, and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillian and Elliott, forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 22 February 1892
By The Loiterer
The Lancashire Cup tie between the two Liverpool local clubs was played on the Everton ground. The home team played their full League eleven. McLean partnering Howarth at back, and Geary took the centre.  On the other hand, neither Montgomery nor Dickson could play owning to injuries, but McEwen, a full back from the reserves,  played outside left. The spectators rolled up well, and I should say there would be close upon 7,000 present when Geary started. The ground did not suit Bootle, so they laid a formal protest. There was some excitement at the beginning, for after some excitement at the beginning, for after the Bootle right hard worked up Mclean, Chadwick and Milward treated us to some smart passing, and the game was only three minutes old when Chadwick scored.  The Bootle forwards could not make much progress towards Jardine, as the home halves were generally good enough for them, but when they managed to pass Holt and Co., McLean and Howarth were safe.  No, the Bootle forwards were a bit overweighed, and the play was continually in approaching excitement, such as has been the case when these two clubs have previously met, and the players they did not overdo the thing.  Most of the Everton forwards had shies at goal, but the posts were too short, and not sufficiently wide, for their attempts.  One decent shot was sent in by Chadwick, though, and Dunning was very smart to save it.  This sort of work grew monotonous, and the spectators evidently though it was a poor six pennyworth, for there were loud cries to “Play up.”  Before the interval Chadwick scored again, and breathing time arrived with Everton leading by two goals to none.  The game was more even in the second half, but Dunning had a lot of work to do, and saved well frequently, the Bootle halves worked hard.  The forwards however, could not make much headway, but Finlayson and Clarkin were continually bothering Robertson and as the game progressed these two several times carried play up to Jardine.  Generally speaking it was a poor show, but we had an incident rather common when these teams meet, but which throughout the game was almost entirely and such vile practices.  Well, Holt and Kilner got on the job, and of the two I think Holt was to balme but Mr. Roberts let them off with a caution, and the ball was thrown up.  A little later, however, Kilner again came under notice, and Holt did not show such a good spirit by his gestures when Kilner was leaving the field.  I was glad to see that it was only under the heat of the moment, and he showed a much more chivalrous spirit in getting him back again.  In my opinion, there was too much heat about the affair, for beyond being a foul there was really not much in Kilner’s action.  The Bootle man never not much in Kilner’s action.  The Bootle man never exerted himself after, but his had more of the play than at any other period of the game.  The play never got above mediocre on either side, but an Wyllie scored again, Everton were winners by three goals to none.  The teams were;- Everton; Jardine, goal; Mclean and Howarth, backs; Robertson, Holt and Kelso, half-backs; Milward, Chadwick, Geary, Wyllie, and Latta, forwards.  Bootle; Dunning, goal; Arridge, and Ross, backs; Davis, Hughes, and Grierson, half-backs; McEwan, Jamieson, Kilner, Finlayson, and Clarkin, forwards. 

Athletic News - Monday 22 February 1892
By The Loiterer
The Everton Club have shown much vitality this last week.  On Tuesday they had a dinner at which all the players were present, and the following night a meeting was held to arrange for an athletic festival on Whit-Monday.  The sports will come off on the Stanley Athletic Ground and good prizes will be given.  All the League players have now signed for next season, and most of the Combination team, so that the players are all right.  I understand the agreement with the landlord of the Goodison-road ground was signed on Saturday, and the draining, &c., will be pushed on with.  Things are very quiet with the Limited Liability people, I asked one of the directors, or promoters for a prospectus, and was surprised to learn that there is no necessity already.  The Lancashire Cup tie between Bootle and Everton is dealt with elsewhere. 

February 22, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
That Everton should have succeeded over Bootle by 3 goals to 0 was in accordance with general expectations, but as the latter club have lodged a protest on account of the state of the ground, it may happen that the battle will be re-fought, probably next Saturday. Everton were willing to accept the conditions as favourable for a cup-tie. The county executive will of course be guided by the opinion of Mr. Roberts, the referee. The ground was certainly covered with a thin layer of snow, but as a rule the players did not slip about to any appreciable extent, and at times some excellent passing was witnessed on the part of Everton. The game, however, was a disappointment one. Bootle, who were not fully represented by the bye, McEwan, of the reserve, being called up in the place of Montgomery, played a very poor game, and demonstrated that they are a long way inferior to the Everton League experts. They were utterly beaten at half-back, and the forwards seldom got into a likely stride. They were too slow and could not combine, with the result that McLean and Howarth almost without exception kept them at bay whenever they did manage to elude the vigilant Everton half-backs. Jardine thus had almost a sinecure. The back play of Arridge and Rose was clever, especially the former. Dunning was often called upon, but he saved a great proportion of the shots that came his way, and to the success and determination o this trio is mainly due to the credit of Bootle's defeat being curtailed to the dimension it assumed. Everton's forwards, owing to the persistency with which they were supplied with work by their half-backs, were kept busy, but they again lacked directness in their aim at goal. Still each member of the team did all that was requisite, the general impression being that Everton, so long as they had the game safe were content, and wisely so, to take matters easy. Liverpool patrons of the pantomimes and football are reminded that the annual carnival between the Theatricals and Everton takes place next Thursday at the Afield-road ground. The proceeds, as usual, are in aid of the funds of the Royal Infirmary and Stanley Hospital, an object which appeals to the sympathy of all. The fun opens at twelve o'clock, and will be characterised by many new departures this season. There will be “football,” racing, acrobatic, performances, side shows, music, unrehearsed episodes, &c., and apparently all that is needed to make the fun heartily enjoyed and the venture a financial success is fine weather.

The Everton executive are evidently of an enterprising spirit. They are quickly getting their “house” in order for next season, and have assured almost without exception the whole of the present players. They have also decided upon an athletic festival, to be held at the Athletic Grounds, Fairfield, on Whit Monday, and there is no reason why this should not become as popular an annual gathering as that of the Police Athletic Society, especially if run on similar lines.

February 22, 1892. The Birmingham Daily Post
The Everton Reserves team, after beating them by 4 goals to 0 on the previous Saturday, met the Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserves on Molineux Grounds in wintry weather and before only a moderate attendance. The Wanderers succeeded in scoring in the first half and Everton equalised in the last “forty-five,” the game ending in a draw of 1 goal each.

February 22 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
Kilner of Bootle Sent Off
This important Cup-tie in the Lancashire Second Round was played on the Anfield enclosure on Saturday, and much interest being centred in the event there wound be about 9,000 spatotats presnt. Owing to the keen frost of the past few days the ground was not in the best condition and though the referee declared it ok for the Cup-tie, Bootle nevertheless, made a protest. Everton placed their strongest eleven on the field, while Bootle were minus Montomery. Whose position was taken up by Mcewan, from the reserve. The teams as follow:- Everton; Jardine, goal, Howarth, and McLean, backs, Kelso, Holt (captain), and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Geary, Chadwick and Milward forwards, Bootle; Dunning, goal, Rose, and Arridge backs, Grierson, Hughes and Davies, half-backs, Clarkin, Finlayson, Kilner, Jamieson, and McEwan, forwards.

Punctually at three o'clock Mr. Roberts got the elevens in line, and losing the toos Kilner started hostilities for Bootle, who from a free-kick at once tested Jardine. Getting away on the left wing Everton lost no time in paying Dunning a visit, who cleared finely. Kelso returned the leather to Geary and the home centre tipping to Chadwick the latter scored with a beauty, three minutes from the start. With this early success the home van gave the Bootle defenders plenty to do, Dunning and Arridge being the most conspiculous in stemming them off. Milward had a chance at goal, but shot wide. Two corners were given, Everton without result. Bootle worked cleverly down, and Clarkin centreing accurrately to Kilner, the latter was about to let drive at goal when Holt timely disposed of him, and again Everon were to the frost, when Latta after a brilliant run along the line caused Dunning to fist behind his charge. From the corner kick the ball went sailing through without being touched. From the goal kick the Northenders conbined in pretty style, and getting within range Clarkin shot in. his effort, however, was too weak, and Jardine easily cleared. Y=the home backs qwere playing a safe game, and kept their forwards well supplied. Chadwick tried Dunning twice, and Geary had a shy over the bar. Encouraged by the sterling custodianship of Dunning the hawthornites worked hard, and for a time kept the ball in the Everton quarters, but entrance could not be effected, McLean being in grand form. Midfield play now followed, until Latta and Wyllie made progess on the right the former finishing up with a straight shot at Dunning, who cleared at the expense of another corner. During the scrimmage in front of the Bootle goal Rose Got hurt, and for a couple of minutes play was suspended. On restarting Geary from a pass by Robertson was given a clear opening the ball was sent spinning off the crossbar. Chadwick was next given an opportunity, but still bad shooting prevailed. Finlayson made a good run on the left, and looked dangerous until the burly Mac''got in a tremendous kick from which Latta had hard luck by grazing the upright. Bootle made a stenuous effort to get through, but the home defence proved to strong. Milward easily passed Rosa and parting to Chadwick the latter shot straight at Dunning, who was unfortunately impeded by the right back as he was about to catch the ball. Up to the interval both ends were assailed, but no further scoring was done-the teams crossing over with the score-Everton 2 goals; Bootle, nil. Geary restarted, and the opeining exchanges were in favour of the Anfielders, who gained three successives corners. Holt had a shy at goal and than Chadwick gave the Bootle custodian a rather stiff one to deal with. Holt and Kilner at this stage got to loggerheads with the result that Mr. Roberts, the referee, interfered: but Kilner on the game restarting, repeated his stady work, and was ordered off the field. THE Everton captain, however, interceded on Kilners behalf. Untimatley the latter returned and shock hands with Holt. On the game being restarted the home forwards at once attacked and swarted round Dunning, Wyllie scoring the third point for Everton. Dunning at this point was extremely busy dealing with a shot after shot in a finished style, which evoked cheers from the crowd. Everton playing in brilliant form had many chances at goal, and had hard luck. From a strong lob by Arridge, McEwan and Jamieson got well down and troubled Howarth, But McLean came to the rescue and drove up the field. After Dunning had saved a real beauty from Milward, the Bootle van, well aided by Hughes and Grierson, forced their way into the home end and looked like scoring by a shot from Finlayson. Jardine. However, cleared magnificently. Davies put in a useful bit of work as he neatly robbed Wyllie as he was about to shoot. McLean and Arridges in turn defended in first-class style, their kicking being superb. Nearing the finish Everton had a free kick close in but nothing came of it, and Bootle playing for all they were worth, experienced hard lines in not scoring. A well contested game ended in favour of Everton by 3 goals to nil.

February 22, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
These powerful second team played a return match on Saturday at Wolverhampton, Everton having beaten the ‘'Wolves'' at Anfield q week ago by 4 goals to 1. The Mullineux Ground, like most other places, was covered with snow, and this fact told against the best quality of pla. Everton kicked off, and in ten minutes Hogarth scored for the Wanderers. Some even play followed, but the game was slow up to half-time, the score remaining unaltered. Crossing over Everton preesed often, and Pinnell at Length equalised with a low shot. This was the only point scored in the second half,, and the result was thus a draw of a goal each.

Everton team ; Smalley. Goal, Chadwick and Collins backs, Wharmby, Jones, and Lochhead half-backs, Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.

February 25, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The annual football carnival organised by the Everton Club and theatrical profession takes place this afternoon, at the Anfield-road ground. The proceeds are in aid of the Stanley Hospital and Royal Infirmary. The gates will be thrown open at twelve o'clock and amusements will be provided during the whole of the afternoon by artistes from the Prince of Wales Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Rotunda Theatre, Muncaster Theatre, and Star Music Hall, assisted by Everton players. Messrs H. Heard and Harris Fineberg are joint honorary secretaries.

February 27, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton League play Sheffield United at Anfield. The Sheffielders have achieved many good results this season. Everton league v. Sheffield United, Anfield, Kick-off at 3.30 p.m. The following are the teams; Everton; Jardine, goal; Howarth and Mclean, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Sheffield United;- Lilley, goal; Cain and Witham, backs; Howell, Henry, and Needham, half-backs; Wallace, Dobson, Hammond, Watson, and Drummond, forwards.

Everton league v Sheffield United, Sheffield
Everton league v Grimsby Town, Grimsby
Everton league v. Lincoln City, Lincoln.

Febuary 26, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
The theatrical football match and athletic sports in aid of the Liverpool charities which owes its initiative to the late Mr. Albert Smith, appears to have become an annual affair and yesterday, on the Everton ground, the buffoonery and burleague of football which proved so successful in previous years, being even more an attraction than before. tHis year the proceeds of the entainments are to be given to the Stanley Hospiatl and the Royal Infirmary and judging from the numbers present 14,000 in all- and also from the trade driven by the ladies, troupes of minstrels, barrel organs and in other ways, these two estimable charties should benefit in no small degee. At one o'clock the time stated in the bills for the commencement of the afternoon's frolic, there was a very large attendance, and proceedings opened with a 50 yards handicap for the children employed at the theates. This was followed by a sack race for stage hands and a further variation was introduced in a ‘'Roman chariot''races. During this period the artists from the various pantominie and variety companies had been gradually collecting and an extraordinary company they were. Policemen galore clowns every imaginable sort of nursery lore hero, from Blue Beard to the gentle members of the noble bands wizards, and a ‘'caster'' in Mr. M.R. Moralnd had not his ‘' moke and shay'' with them, but throughous the afternoon he drove a roaring trade, first collceting peunies then.''selling tips straight from the horses' mouth.'' The Vendomes also were in great force, as were a detachment of messrs Livermore Bros.' Minstrels Mr. Martia Adeaon, Mr BarryWright, who created great laughter by his quaint bicycle business; the Brothers McGrash, Mr. T. Volt, Mr ‘'Charlie'' Seel, and others. There was present also a large company of the beaufies of the threatres, who passed away the afternoon in disposing of threatrical photographs, cigarettes-in the latter case some of them sampled their wares possibly to prove that they were good-flowers and other dainty articles, to catch the pennies of their numerous following. Mr. Harry Ellison came on the scene later on, and asked for pennies''to get his hair out.'' In fact, every conceivable excuse was put forwards by the partakers in the gala to benefit the charities on whose behalf they were present. The real fun of the afternoon began with the ‘'Roman Chariot,'' race. Some of the donleys were like the one in the favourite song, they ‘'wer'n't made to go.'' The winner, Mr. Harry Wright took the precautic,, however, to get his donkey's owner to lead him round. He won in a canter, leavong his second, Mr J.P.McGrath, some distance behind. More enjoyment was derived from the ladies'race of 50 yalds. Some of the ladies fell down towards the finish, and the winner, Miss Topey Sindon showed excellent pace-making, both in the heat, and in the final winning easily, and her victory proved very popular. Miss Gertrude came second. The next race was 100 yards handicap for gentlemen of the profession, and was run in costume. Mr.Dan McGrath ran in easily from scratch, though heavily handicapped in some cases. Mr. Ernest Dottridge was second.. more laughter began with the bicycle race, M. Morland and Mr. Harry Wright working one machine between them. In this competition Mr. Charlie Seel proved so easy Victor,through he nearly lost the race by not riding the full distance, Mr. Jeff Vendome was second. The promise of football was the grat attraction however and long before the play actually commanced a football of gigantic proportions was rolled, for it was too large to be kicked with any effect, about the ground. About three o'clock, however the advent of a regulation ball was hailed with delight, and the Everton League team consisting of Jardine, Collins McLean, Kelso, Holt, Robertson, Latta, Geary, Maxwell, and Milward , were cheered on appearing on the ground in ancient and somewhat bettered silk hats. Jardine the favourite goal-keeper, indulged in a little private performance of his own. He went round the ground with two friends, and gave exhibitions of his excellent jumping powers, thereby making a no small addition to the already large collection of coppers and small silver. Before proceeding with the match itself, a word must be said about Mr. Frank Pratt's revised rules of the game, which printed in the programmes. The referee, he suggested, should be chosen entiely against his own will, and the duties were to enforce a general contemt for all rules and order. The said referee should wear a complete suit of chain aromour, and be provided with a torpedo net, fire-escape, spring gun and a man-trap other rules of a similar extradinary character were provided to govern the referee's behaviour. For instance.'' In the event of any appeal to the referee, he shall be given a clear two miles start, and if the appealing players shall be unable to catch him and obtain a favourable decision he shall not be allowed to maim, disfugure or otherwise injure more than seven members of said referee's family.'' It is needless to say that the comicility and absurdity of the rules appear to have govened the game. They began''promptly about half an hour after the time appointed''-at a quarter past three-when Mr.J.A. Wilcox, the new M.P. for Everton, kicked off the Threatricals got to work at once, and just filled the goals with their members, leaving shout about thirty others in the field of play. The ball was forth with carried down to the Everton quarters, and just when Robertson thought of relieving matters by shifting the leather to the other end, one of the comedians in female attire promptly sat on the ball. There were fouls claimed for everything, rugby rules were frequently taken advantage of and when Blue Beard and Sister Ann were nearling the goaland Holt endeavoured to clear, they quietly secured the Everton champion and let in some of their own side. It was an exttradinary thing that the Everton team knew so much about the game, and this fact was evidently a matter of surprise to the tTheaticals. At one point in the first half thay all collected together with the ball in their midst, and made a bold press onward for the goal. Kelso, who was arrayed in a fine ghlenarry, made matters a bit lively, however, and saved what might have been a goal. Jardine made up his mind about this time that he had no work to do, and went wondering round the back of the enclosure talking to his friends, ever and upon rushing to effect a little save. At last the Threatical succeeded in dropping the ball through the posts, and caught the goalkeeper napping. Great cheers mingled with loud laughter hailed the first blood. Latta soon after the restart made up his mind to see if he had any carrying powers, and he forthwith picked up the ball and went a cross-country journay, dodging in and out and finally threw the leather to Milward, who made a simlar perambulation, only dribbling the ball instead of carrying it. Charlie Seel, however, made tracks, and catching the ball nicely ran down the field with it and scored number two catching Jardine talking to a friend in a corner of the field. Another start was made and Geary Latta , McLean and others wormed the ball in and out of their ‘'millions''of opponents and finally got it through. Hat-time was called and on restarting the Everton team''pulled up their boots'' and played a little more in earnest. Latta went off with a rush and played any twenty who came near him. Jardine found that he had more leisure than ever, as he took a lofty seat on the top of the goal-post, and afterwards to get entirely out of harm's way, he moved his quarters to the centre of the crossbar, being guarded at each end by a theatical demon. On endeavouring to escape he was secured and tried to the goal post. In the meantime the play and fun were fast and furious, rather too fast for the treaticals; in fact they unlimately found it necessary to send their various policeman after the referee,, who was promptly turned out of the field. The attentions of the ‘'peelers''were next directed to the players, and first Robertson then Geary, them Jardine, then Kelso, Holt and others were taken into custody, with the question, ‘How dare you play football,'' and the warming ‘'Just you get off and don't show your face here again.'' In spite of these little inconveniences, however, the Everton team put two more goals on to their scorer, and the breaking of the following rule was strictly avoided on all side:- Any player playing acording to these or any other rules shall have a series of pantomime airs played to him for two consectutive hours on a barrell organ, or shall be shot dead, as he may prefer.'' This provision was so throughhly feared by the artists that the game broke up at Mr. Heard's whistle leaving the laurels in the hands of the Evertonians by three goals to two. For the victory, the team which have been disappointed this year in two of the most important cup competitions, were presented with a fine leaden tean urn, beaufully embussed and adorned with ribbons of all colours. For the record geary scored two. Taking the entainment as a whole, it was extermely successful, both financially and from an amusing point of view. The freqent outbursts of laughter in different portions of the field showed that the artistes were always busy, and enlivened the procreading with an extradinary amount of versatility. The main burdes of the arrangements-and it was an exceedingly heavy task to makethem- was borne by Mr. Harris Fineberg amd Mr. H.Heard, both those gentleman having worked their hardest to sistain the idea of their predecessor, Mr. Alber Smith. The prises in the various races were given by Mr. J.A.Wilcox, M.P., Mr. John Houlding, Mr. Harris Fineberg, Mr. Tom Bush, Mr.W.E.Barclays, and Mr. W.Houlding. Mr. Wilcox, M.P. J. De Hels Adam (the major of Liverpool), MR John Houlding, Dr Coastine, and Mr R.W.Leyland were present during the afternoon.

February 27, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Permission was granted to Everton to alter the date of their match with Accrington from April 30 to march 19, this being caused by the action of their landlord, who has given them notice to quit, the term expiring on April 30, and as the majority are in favour o removing the stands and other property this will have to be done prior to April 30, consequently the ground will not be in a fit condition for a League match.
Mr. Molyneux having explained the position of the Everton Club with respect to the new registered company (The Everton Football and Athletic Club Company Limited), the following resolution was passed;- “That the League only recognise the action of a majority of the members of any club at a duly –constituted meeting.”

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 27 February 1892
By Richard Samuel  2
The Lancashire Cup
Bootle having disposed of Heywood Centre and Central and Everton of South Shore, our two local clubs came out of the hat together for the second round.  Fortunately the draw was right enough from a Bootle point of view, for they are badly in want of money, but on every other ground they might have been more favourably placed.  I fully expected a much bigger “gate” for Bootle have done well lately- at least the team have won matches whilst Everton have been losing-but the public did not seem to attach much importance to this mathematical problem, and there was nothing like the attendance that was expected, something like £135 being taken at the gates, and a little over £40 for the stands.  However, the Bootle executive have not seen so many £70 or £90 gates this season, and the amount is very much welcome. 
I may just say at the onset that the play on both sides was disappointing.  Whether Montgomery and Dickson would have made any great difference in the play of the Bootle forwards I don’t know, but for charity’s sake I will assume that it would, and I hereby commiserate with the other members of the team, and also the executive on the inability of these players, though injuries to take part in the game.  The team was over matched at all points, but it was in the forwards that the superiority of Everton was so striking.  I have never seen a forward rank with any pretension to first-class football work so ragged.  The only two who shaped at anything like passing were Finlayson and Clarkin, and, at times, these two worked cleverly and hard, but although Robertson was beaten occasionally, Mclean was scarcely ever severely tested.  The left wing was completely out of gear.  Jamieson had for a partner McEwan, a full back out of the reserve so not much could be expected from this quarter.  But, strange as it may appear, the Reserve lad showed up more prominently of the two.  After making every allowance for the peculiar position in which he was placed, I think Jamieson was a failure.  Some of his attempts at passing were ludicrous, while in any aggressive work he was easily beaten by Kelso.  Kilner was neither better nor worse than his follows, for the forward play in the centre was only on a par with the others, and his efforts in forming a connecting link with the wings were very poor at the best.  As he has done on several occasions, he put in two or three bits of good individual work, and in these bits of good individual work, and in these plights he found Howarth and McLean more employment than anyone else.  I am sorry I have been compelled to write in this strain, but it is correct.  At the same time I can conscientiously say they did not show their true form.  They were beaten before the game started, and were unable to even take advantage of several bits of apparently intentional loose play by the Everton halves. 
The Bootle halves played a much more methodical game than the forwards, but even they cut up badly when compared with their opponents.  Of course they had for different metal to face, and Grierson and Hughes often put in good work.  Davies was, though not so successful as usual, did fairly well against Latta and Wyllie.  Arridge was very effective, and it is strange how this lad comes off so consistently good.  Whether his opponents are internationals or not, it is all the same to him, and his play on Saturday was highly creditable.  Time after time he came up and spoiled some of Latta’s brilliant efforts, and his kicking was both strong and sure.  Rose also played well, and it may be news to most people to know that he played in what you may call a damned state after his accident in the first half, and he has no recollection of the second half’s play at all.  Dunning was another individual who came, although he ought to have saved the second goal, but taking his performance on the whole he shone out of the ordeal well, and but for his cleverness several more goals could have been scored. 
I will put Jardine on one side, for he had little or nothing to do.  With the exception perhaps of Arridge, the Everton men were man for man, infinitely superior to the Bootle men.  Collectively, too, their superiority was most marked, for the wings combined with a precision which would have told a tale on the soundest defence going at present.  At the same time there seemed to be something short –a want of sympathy as it were, between them-which Geary did not supply.  The two wings and the centre were three distinct bodies, and at no period of the game did they work harmoniously together.  This is not as it should he, and was not I vogue when the team was so successful last season.  In the first half, too, the shooting was vile, and if anyone was more conspicuous than another in these attempts it was Geary.  Chadwick sent several nice shots in, and Latta put a few across with good intentions but apart from these, with Dunning’s ability thrown in, the Everton forwards ought to have scored more goals with the chances they had.  The three half-backs played a fine game and were much too good for the Bootle forwards, and when called upon, Mclean and Howarth, especially the former, were very safe. 
Had it not been for a couple of deliberate trips by Holt and Kilner the game was contested in a conciliatory spirit verging on tameness itself.  Kilner got the worst of the deal when the referee joined in, but I hardly think the action warranted such extreme measures as ordering the player in question off.  In the first bout Holt did not come out with clean hands, and his remarks and gestures towards Kilner as he was leaving the ground does not stamp him as much a good sportsman.  Had it not been for Latta going out of his way to intercede on Kilner’s behalf, the Bootle man would probably have got “time” I do not wish to argue that in a game of football it is wholesome for one player to give as much as he receives, but I maintain Kilner was not the aggressor, I cannot quite understand that vicious charge he received from Geary, yet, prior to these two incidents alluded to, I saw no occasion for it.  Except for a formal protest laid by Bootle against the state of the ground, these with the indifferent shooting of the home forwards, and the poor show of the Bootle vanguard, were the only incidents of an uninteresting game. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 27 February 1892
By “Mickey Free”
How we used to fidget, fuss, and fluster in days gone by when Bootle happened to be drawn against us in a cup-tie, and very little wonder, as the matches on these occasions were always full of excitement, even though good football was not the prevailing feature.  Still, I remember instances when that much to be desired ingredient was well in evidence.  On one memorable occasion in a Liverpool and District Cup tussle, on the present ground, an extra half hour had to be played, and if my memory serves me truly, it was only in the last quarter of an hour that the winning point was scored, and then it was by the much respected captain, W. parry, from centre half.  For Bootle’s sake I am sorry they have not been able to keep pace with their neighbors, and so those good old days of keen rivalry have disappeared like the frost and snow of last week, about which, by-the-bye, Bootle protested.  Beyond the share of another mediocre gate I really do not know what they might expect to gain by having the tie re-played, certainly not with the expectation of turning a three to nil defeat into a victory, as Everton could, I think, improve on that score if they tried hard.  The game was a very poor affair with the usual amount of unnecessary man play thrown in.  Kilner and Holt had their duel over again, and as Kilner was ordered off the field, the assumption is that Johnny beat Jack on this occasion.  Jardine had very little to do, which proves that the attack of Bootle was not equal to the defence of our halves and backs.  The passing of the Everton forwards at times was brilliant, but their shooting was simply wretched.  Geary is not yet up to form, and the others were nothing to boast about.  Several of them had chances from good positions, but failed to utilize them.  On the other side Howarth let Jamieson and McEwan beat him, but Mclean got in the way and prevented mischief.  I think the gate numbered 6,000 but by some juggle it arrived at Bolton as “one thousand” We have not quite dropped to that figure yet, Mr. Editor, and I hope never shall.  Still, the amount was a dreadfully poor one for a Lancashire Cup tie.  The late excitement appears to be cooling down rapidly.  The Goodison-rd, ground has not yet been cleared of the various obstructions on it preparatory to laying it out for football. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 27 February 1892
This match has now become an annual fixture at Anfield-rd, and that held on Thursday of the present week proved superior to both the previous ones as regards fun, costumer, and everything else.  A tour of the principal streets was made by the artistes taking part in the sports, and their appearances and motely dresses caused a great deal of laughter.  About one o’clock the percussion arrived at the football ground, and after the theatricals had been glowered up by the throng assembled outside the spectators to the number of about 9,000, were treated to some of the funniest scenes over enacted.  The ladies race was a most exciting affair, and after about ten dead heats finished in a win for the winner of the last dead heat.  Who this was, as the last dead heat was never run off, it would be a bit difficult to decide.  The Roman Chariot race, for which event several chipped potato carts lying in wait outside the ground was chartered, proved interacting though only one of the them was able to stay the course, and he was a “roaring” before the last lap was covered.  Harry Wright’s “Neddy” proved the winner.  “Maggie Murphy’s Home,” as ground out of a cheap barred organ by a real live macaroni-fed Italian, gets monotonous, and the instrument was ordered off the field for foul play.  The Everton team came on the ground with most ludicrous top hats, which in a short space of time were either completely caved in or rendered brimless by the too close attention of the artistes.  Alec Latta walked around arm-in-arm with a young fellow about his own age, the latter being dressed in somewhat scanty female attire.  Davy Jardine clad in a pair of blue plush breeches and a red shirt, want around with a bottomless hat soliciting alms, and Johnny Holt “”raked” in a big pile of coppers.  Some of the chaffing was miraculous and the curious entice of the theatrical evoked roars of laughter.  Charlie proved himself the best cyclist, though a fine finish was prevented by the encroachment of the other artistries.  And now came the best fun of the day.  The hugh sphere which had been rolled about at intervals was turned into a quite-corner, and the Association ball substituted.  The leather was centred, the teams lined up and the spectators breathless with suspense, awaited the start.  Mr. Willox, the new M.P. for Everton, kick-off, and immediately everything was hurly-burly.  The Leagueists instantly pressed, and pursued their opponents by long passing.  Danger was averted, however, by the theatricals packing their goal, and the leather was removed by a series of passes, in which hands, feet, heads, and pockets were all called into play, to the Everton goal.  Being in danger of a repulse, one of the theatricals sat down and concealed the leather in his perfuse garments.  Frequent appeals for its return being unheaded, he was viciously dispossessed, Johnny Holt dealing him repented smacks with what was left of his erstwhile grandly topper.  After some exciting play the theatrically gained a corner, and Johnny Holt getting the ball essayed a run, but was literally mobbed.  Notwithstanding the numerical superiority of the theatricals made a great fuss about a free kick, and were getting dangerous when the sturdy McLean put in a ponderous kick which sent them back again.  The theatricals now became very determined and whenever an Everton man got the ball he was surrounded by a clamoring crowd, and literally run to earth.  After exciting work one of the theatricals carried the ball some twenty yards and “Mephistopheles” putting on the finishing touch, the first blood came to the men from the footlights, Jardine having no chance whatever.  Everton now kept up a prolonged pressure and great fun was witnessed in the theatrical goal, as the artists refused to make an opening and tripping and holding occurred every instant.  Fouls were frequent and the taking of them a matter of mystery.  The theatricals again got near the Everton goal, and “Mephistopheles” had a glorious opening.  He rushed forward, made a tremendous kick, and-missed.  Johnny Holt fastened on the leather and created amusement by dribbling around the theatricals, their efforts to rob him being of no avail, as he made the proverbial rings around them.  As they couldn’t get the ball by fair means they yelled to Johnny to “leave the ball alone,” and to one another, “knock his hat off,” and the little International was again mobbed and the leather violently removed from his possession.  Shortly after half-time arrived with the theatricals leading by one goal to nil.  The lemon scene at the interval was a treat, the fight for refreshments being extremely hot, and poor old Bluebeard got knocked about in a scandalous fashion.  Immediately on the restart Latta dribbled through a score of opponents, but he was eventually surrounded, his hat knocked off, and he was otherwise maltreated.  Geary, who got possession, lost the chance by shooting past the post.  The flyer was not to be denied, however, and after some hard work sent one over the heads of the theatricals, right through the centre-a really splendid shot, and one which would have been very acceptable against Burnley, for instance, say in a Cup tie.  The theatricals hereabouts pressed very strongly, and as Mclean and Holt proved themselves champions in defence they were, after a struggle, locked up for breaches of the rules.  Geary and Milward passed well, and the latter, who was nonchalantly smoking a cigarette, scored goal No. 2 with a long overhead shot, which went over the heads of the eleven theatrical custodians standing in the goal.  The theatricals finding things, rather hot started on the Rugby code, ad collared the ball every time they had a chance.  The dwarf “Bobby” created aa lot of amusement by essaying a dribble, but he was easily dispossessed, and his whiskers severely pulled.  A long spell of pressure on Jardine’s charge followed, but Davy repelled everything and fisted out two hot shots which had nothing theatrical about them.  For this distinct breach of the rules he was locked up and removed.  Geary was frequently tripping the theatricals, and it seemed to afford Freddy a lot of amusement, judging by the way he giggled when he dropped any of them.  The end was proclaimed by the blowing of ten or twelve whistles, Everton retiring the winners of a hard-fought game by two goals to one.  A big sum must have been collected, as numerous ladies and gentlemen went round many, many times with the boxes, the Everton players went around with hats, and the profits realized on the sale of cigars, cigarettes &c., must have been heavy.  Anyhow there was plenty of fun and amusement and the money expended went in a good cause. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 27 February 1892
At Everton.  This being the first appearance of Sheffield United at Everton a fair amount of interest was shown.  Both teams were well represented, Hammond an ex-Evertonian, being in their front rank.  The spectators numbered about 5,000.  Everton kicked off, but Hammond took possession and passed to his left, a corner ensuing.  Everton now had a turn, Geary putting the ball into Lilley’s hands.  Holt now retired hurt.  Sheffield from a goal kick got away carefully, and the Everton goal had quite a micaceous escape.  Sheffield kept up the pressure, Jardine being called on to save several times.  Hands close in the Everton goal looked very dangerous and the ball was only cleared after a great effort.  The visitors forwards continued to play a fine game their passing and shooting being most accurate.  Half-time; Everton none, Sheffield United none.  Final; Everton 0, Sheffield United 2.

February 29, 1892. The Sheffield Independent.
Everton 0 Sheffield United 2
The United team were favoured with fine weather for their visit to Liverpool on Saturday to engage last season's League Champions at Anfield, at which popular football resort fully 7,000 spectators attended. The United have this season achieved some good victory –notably the defeat of Notts County (4-1), Derby County (4-1), Bolton Wanderers (4-3), and Burnley (1-0), besides having made a draw with Sunderland, but probably their best efforts was the defeat of Everton on Saturday on the latter's own ground, as after playing a splendid game the Sheffielders returned victorious by two goals to nil, and this against the whole strength of the Everton club. The home side kick off, and without any delay Duncan and Davis at once pounced down on the ball, and racing nicely along forced Howarth to concede a corner. Danger was cleared by Mclean, and Geary sent in a hard shot, which Lilley caught and threw clear. This gave Hendry, Wallace, and Watson an opportunity to get in a fine passing move, their effort culminating in Holt kicking behind, but in doing so he received a nasty kick which caused him to retire. Lilley soon after this was nearly surprised by Kelso. The Sheffielders forwards followed up with a grand bit of passing which fairly electrified the homesters, and just as Hammond, who had a fine chance to score, was taking his shot, Jardine rushed on him and kicked the ball from his toes. Watson almost immediately afterwards, sent the ball through the Everton posts, but was declared off side. Hammond next shot into Jardine's hands, the visitor's testing the Everton defence in a most severe manner. Before the interval was reached Watson and Hendry each made capital attempts to score, but without avail, as ends were changed with a clean sheet. When the second half was started it was seen that Murray of the Combination team was assisting the home team in place of Holt, but play had not been in progress for more then a few minutes before Watson scored a beautiful goal for the visitors, and a few seconds later he was almost repeating the performance. Everton were totally unable to make any progress against the Sheffielders, who showed fine dash and judgement. Jardine just managed by throwing himself on the ball, to stop Watson for a second time, and Duncan and Hammond turned somersaults in their efforts to rush the ball through. Everton were completely outplayed in every department of the game, and almost on the call of time Watson placed his side further ahead with another grand shot. The visitors, who showed the best time well deserved their victory and the encomiums the spectators passed on them. Result Everton 0 Sheffield United 2.

Teams: - Everton: - Jardine goal; McLean and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt (Murray 45) and Robertson half-backs; Wylle, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Sheffield United: - J.W. Lilley, goal; Cain and H. Lilley, backs; Needham, Hendry, and Whittam, half-backs; Wallace, Watson, Hammond, Davis and Duncan, forwards.
Monday, February 29 – 1892
Field Sports
The following letter which would have been published last week had space permitted, will doubtless be read with interest, especially by those who have hitherto had an imperfect knowledge of the history of the club's connection with the Sandon Hotel. The writer – Mr T Evans – is well known as an enthusiastic cricketer, an old football player, one of the founders of the Everton Football Club, and a gentleman whose opinion have been valued by his colleagues in the past, and are now entitled to careful consideration. This letter should have been read at the first meeting in the College Hall, but so much of the evening was occupied by the Goodison-road party, that there was neither time nor opportunity for any business except exactly what they approved of: -
Thanks to Kjell Hanssen for this

Athletic News - Monday 29 February 1892
By the Loiterer
Sheffield United had a good reception at Everton, fully 6,000 turning out to see the team that has beaten four and drawn with one of the League teams.  Latta was absent from the home ranks, Wyllie again taking his place, whilst the United were without two good forwards in Drummond and Dobson.  The Sheffield team arrived fresh from their Monday’s victory over Burnley, and soon got to business.  The game had not been going long when Holt received a nasty kick which necessitated his retirement for the rest of the game, Geary falling back into his place, and this disorganized the home team.  Sheffield United had the best of matters, the right wing putting in a lot of work, but Jardine was equal to all that came to him.  Everton, however, improved as the game progressed, and gave Lilley some trouble.  Geary putting in some nice shots, but the two Lilley’s were in grand form, and half-time arrived with the score blank.  The United acted in a very sportsmanlike manner in allowing Murray to take the field vice Holt, he partnering Wyllie on the right.  Only a minute had elapsed when Watson banged the ball past Jardine, thus drawing first blood for his side, who now went at it in a ding-dong fashion, and made things pretty warm for the home defence.  The Everton forwards seemed to be totally disorganized, combination being at a discount, and a change was made-Milward taking the centre and Maxwell partnering Chadwick-but matters were not improved by the alteration.  Watson obtained another point close on time, the whistle blowing with the game in favour of the United by two goals to none.  The Everton executive will have to give more attention to their team, or their gates will go down.  The forwards seem to be entirely void of combination, which was a very prominent feature with the Sheffield forwards, the right wing especially showing nice passing, both goals being scored from that side.  The “Blades” will now have a good claim for inclusion in the League, if their performances against League clubs are any recommendation. 
Despite a lot of sinister rumours of £50 having been deposited and forfeited in consequence of non-fulfillment of agreement in signing the lease for the Goodison-Road Ground, I am assured that no such sum has been either required to be deposited or is forfeited.  There is no occasion for it either way.  The Everton club having received notice to quit the present ground have decided upon another enclosure, and the negotiations are quietly and smoothly following their natural course.  Personally I am not interested in any other affair than what appertains to football, but so far as the Everton club is concerned, I only recognize the majority of its members.  If Mr. Houlding runs a show, superior or otherwise, I shall give it every consideration, but in the meantime, I shall support the Everton Football club executive.  And I don’t see why I should not.  When I come to compare what is called the Clayton clique, I find quite as good sportsmen and men who know the game of football as the other side, and men who for the love of the game, are prepared to sacrifice both time and money.  To say that because certain people cannot have their own way and rule the roast that the club will sink is idle nonsense, for the club will still go on.  I am glad the League have followed the Association in its ruling, and have evinced sympathy with the club by altering the date of the Accrington match. 

February 29, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
This friendly match took place on Saturday afternoon at Anfield. The visitors have preformed well during the season, having lowered the colours of Burnley,, Notts County and Bolton Wanderers, and play a drawn game with sunderland. The attendance was fully 8,000. Neither side had its full strength. Latta being absent from the home ranks; while the United were short of three of their first eleven. The following were the teams:- Everton- Jardine, goals, McLean, and Howarth, backs, Kelso, Holt (captain), (Murray 45), and Robertson, half-backs Wyllie,, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Sheffield United, Lilley, goal, Cain, and Lilley (h) Howell, Hendry, and Needham half-backs, Wallace Watson Hammond Davies, and Duncan forward .

Maxwell started, but was cleverly robbed by Hammond, who getting his forwards into line lost no time in making tracks towards jardine. Howarth giving a corner to stem off danger. The home left wing got smartly down by some clever passing, and Lilley was called upon to save beauty from the foot of Chadwick. Geary next followed with straight shot with a like result. Wallace and Watson got to work on the visitors right wing, but failed to pass Howarth.who landed the ball among his forwards. Holt at this stage had to retie, owing to an injury to his thign. Which was brought about by colliding with Hendry. On play resuming Geary went centre-half. The United owing to Everton being thus handicapped, had for a time the best of matters. Jardine however, was in fine form, and saved repeatedly in brilliant style. The game ruled fast, and each end was visited, both line of forwards playing with determination, yet the goal could not be enter past, either Lilley or Jardine. The Everton left wing got possession, and after some sterling combination Maxwell sent flying over the crossbar. The united defence proved strong, Cain especially doing most useful work at back. After a spell of midfield play the visitors forced the homesters back into goal, Jardine saving a downfall by throwing himself on the ball. A performance which met with hearty applause from the onlookers. Kelso and Robertson broke up the Sheffield attack and fed their van most accurately. Everton attacked, but were repulsed and than a free-kick enabled them to again hover around Lilley but the ball could not be got through. Nearing half-time, both sides tred hard to score, but on the interval nothing had been done by either team. On changing ends Murray from the combination tean was allowed to fill the gap, caused by Holt retirement and took his position on the right wing Geary going centre-half. Play for the first few minutes was contined to midfield, but Hammond ultiniately got through the home defence, and parting across to Watson the latter beat Jardine with a fine shot. Everton then attacked strongly, Chadwick sending in a shot which just missed by a few inches. Still pressing the Anfilders kept Cain and Lilley busy, and though the former was rather viguous in his play, he did good work by covering his custodian. Robertson upset the calculation of Wallace and Watson by sending the ball forwards to Chadwick, who in turn strike the Sheffield crossbar. Another long spell of even play followed, in which Milward and Wyllie were most conspicuous. Everton tried hard to amend matters, but their shooting was wretched. Just on the close of the game the visitors after being penned in their goal area, made a break away on the right and getting past McLean, Wallace notched a second goal. Nothing particular was afterwards done by either side, Everton being finally beaten by 2 goals to nil.

February 29, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Sheffield United fully merited their win over Everton, at Anfield, on Saturday afternoon, as all through they played the better game. No doubt the accident to Holt ten minutes from the start enabled them to perform better than they might otherwise have done, as the Everton captain's absence caused a thorough break up in the home attack. The defeat o 2 goals to nil came rather as a surprise to the home supporters and was not at all relished. Everton never seemed to get into a proper stride, their shooting at goal also being of the poor order. Murray's inclusion in the team in the second half did not improve matters, as it was in that portion of the game that United scored two of their goals. For Everton, Jardine kept a brilliant goal, and cannot be blamed for the points against him. Howarth was the better of the two backs, as McLean seemed off colour. Kelso and Robertson did fairly well at half, while Geary, who took Holt's position worked hard all through. Of the forwards, neither was up to his usual standard. The United all played a winning game. Lilley in goal was never severely tested, owing to the fine defence of Cain and H. Lilley. The half-backs too, did well, while the front division showed good speed and accurate combination.

The League held an important meeting on Friday, and some interesting decisions were arrived at concerning Everton. The League adopted a similar resolution to that of the English Association Council, and, of course will recognise only the claims of the majority. Another step taken indicated that the present Everton committee were making every effort to get things in proper order in connection with the removal to Goodison-road. Originally Everton were to have played Accrington on April 30. This is the date on which their present tenancy expires, and to give more time for clearing away the stands, &c., the fixture with Accrington was altered to March 19.