January 1892

January 1, 1892.
The Liverpool Mercury
In this match to be played today at Anfield, commencing at 2-30 p.m, the following will represent Everton; Williams; Earp, Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick, Milward, forwards. Everton combination v. Gorton Villa; the following team will play for Everton in the combination match at Gorton today (Friday)-Jardine, goal; A. Chadwick, and Collins, backs; Kirkwood, Jones and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards.
January 2 nd v. Stoke Swifts; Jardine; Chadwick, Collins; Kirkwood, Jones, Lochhead; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillan, Ellliott.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 January 1892
By Richard Samuel
Holiday Matches
These matches are now of a far more serious character than they were two or three years ago.  Then it was the fashion to have a friendly bout with some Scotch club which usually resulted all right for the home side; but now the Everton and Bootle clubs take on some important work in tackling clubs under the auspices of those two powerful agencies, the League and Alliance.  Sunderland came down on Christmas Day and conquered.  This wasn’t much satisfaction to the Everton supporters, although they did give the visitors a grand reception at the close, and it was genuine too. 
Boxing Day
We had not the amount of excitement over the matches on Boxing Day as we have had these last four years.  Twice Bootle and Everton have met on this lay, but Bootle could not keep pace with Everton, and a League match last year was substituted.  Mr. Molyneux was this year in a bit of a fix for a match, as a cup tie prevented Glasgow Rangers from keeping their engagement.  The Thistle, however, obliged, and the Scottish Alliance Club made our Everton fellows trot to secure the verdict of four goals to three. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 January 1892
Dear Mr. Editor,—At last Everton have had to submit to a beating upon their own ground. We don’t think their supporters much enjoyed their Christmas do you!  We had our first view of the “team of all the talents” and we heartily agree with the opinion of the small and noisy contingent of Sunderland excursionists—“There’s no team like them." Them Sunderland fellows were very exuberant and quite confident of the result; they distributed “Play up, Sunderland” cards to all their well-wishers, Tae mak’ a guid show for Sunderlan.’” We received and wore—not in our hats—one each. The ground had been well dressed with sand, but we are afraid it was very hard and slippery —you ought to have seen Milward slide. When Sunderland followed Everton into the field each player was accested by his friends on the stand, so we were able to recognize them. Holt lost the toss, and a shout of delight arose from the “talented ones.” Maxwell kicked off towards the Anfield-rd. goal, Porteous and Gow checking a move of the homesters. Millar and Scott raced away and Howarth gave a corner, from which an Evertonian fouled the ball, and a penalty kick was awarded to Sunderland. Wonder of wonders, Williams saved, and you should have heard the applause, but Campbell shot straight at him and hit him it would have been queer if the ball had gone through. Gow calmly outplayed Latta and Sunderland attacked, Miller scoring, Campbell soon adding another. After exciting play in the home goal, McLean, going at Scott, floored both Scott and himself, with the result that Mac had to leave the field, his arm being severely hurt. Kelso went full-back, Everton playing four forwards. Some big kicking took place between the two sets of backs, and upon the Sunderland forwards getting away Williams was “flummoxed “by a long shot from Johnny Auld. Not to be held off, the Wearsiders pressed again, and as soon as Everton reached the centre line they had a foul given against them and Howarth narrowly saved. Williams had to run out and fist, and a moment later his goal was all but taken, Hope-Robertson saving by giving a corner, which was being token at half-time. Of course the score of 3-0 was balm to the Sunderland supporters, and they did not forget to let people know which was the “”best team in England.” Upon restarting, some good play by Scott ended in J. Hannah scoring an easy goal, and the Sunderland fellows on the stand went cranky with delight, Everton were getting down when Latta had to run a spectator off the field, to our great amusement.  Everton’s chances were again interrupted by the advent of another spectator who was about twice as big as Bob Roberts and nobody liked to tackle him, until he was induced to leave the players and accompany a policeman off.  The game proceeded amidst a great uproar, and as you well know finally ended in a victory of four goals none for Sunderland and the Evertonians walked away with “various variations” on “ifs”   There is no doubt that Sunderland were the better team.  Everton were completely out-classed, even had they not been short of Mclean.  Perhaps they had eaten too much pudding.  “Mickey Free’s” face was a study –we were sorry for him- and we don’t expect that he, like the “Idler,” will leave the account of this match to Yours sincerely, Lothian Lasses.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 January 1892
By Mickey Free Well sir, at the risk of being thought a bit of a sad bug, I say at starting I don’t agree with any of.  It is all fudge.  Our team is as good, bar accidents to any in the kingdom.  Just look at the performance of the boys against a very team which was so loudly cheered on Christmas afternoon.  Last season we met them three times, twice on their ground, where we were beaten by one goal only on each occasion, and we beat them by one goal at Everton.  This season we met them on their own ground, and again were beaten by one goal only.  This would have been nothing in itself. But unfortunately Geary got his ankle injured to such an extent that he has never played since- a matter of eleven weeks.  This unfortunate accident has been most ruinous in its results on our play.  The forwards were completely disorganized and are only now settling into their places, and had the match been played on any other day then the 25th I am quite satisfied that the display would have been of a very different order.  It was madness to play such an important fixture on Christmas Day.  If the only object was the drawing of a big gate-well, it was a success; but any other club would have drawn equally well on that day.  Another thing, the ground was not suitable for such an event.  In spite of the sand and the surface was a mass of ridges.  The visitors took more kindly to it than our men; in fact, one of our best men was overheard saying he wasn’t going to run the risk of getting maimed.  The difference in the style of Mclean’s defence and that of Earp was early manifest, and Had I anything to do with the disposition of the players I should most certainly have put the burly “Mac” at half, and brought Kelso back when Earp was not available.  Sunderland are, as everyone knows, a big, well-balanced team, with a thorough knowledge of the value of their weight.  The forwards never kept the ball longer than was necessary, and their shooting was very effective.  The better team won, but was the play of our men even up to their average?  Not a bit of it.  Latta was never seen to worse advantage, Wyllie was not much better, Chadwick and Milward were simply nowhere, compared to their ordinary form; and even when Milward did burst away with a characteristic rush and gave the ball to Chadwick who had one of the most ridiculously easy chances of scoring ever presented, he failed iguminiously.  Mclean’s mishap was a most unfortunate affair for himself and his club.  His fall on an ordinary ground would have been a mere nothing.  It was his elbow coming with such force on the icebound surface that caused the damage.  The arm is not actually broken, but the injury is such that it will take quite as long to put right as a clean break.
Boxing Day saw us facing a comparatively junior organization, Glasgow Thistle.  There was a complete change in the state of the ground, which was soft and slouchy.  Our men had not shaken off the effects of the licking administered the previous day, and the youngsters were in sparkling form.  They ran and passed with rare dash, and before the veterans could realize it the Thistle had rattled up a score of 3 to 1.  This seemed to rouse them.  Probably thoughts of the chaffing they would get across the Border helped to string them up, and off our forwards dashed, giving us the first taste of their real worth.  In one instance the passing was so perfect that a Thistle man never got a touch at the ball from midfield until it was banged into the net by Milward.  The game was relished by the spectators, as the football was a long way above the average.  Fairbrother was the worst man on our side.  He has a deal to pull up before he can be dubbed equal to league form. 
The match at Perry Barr, on Monday, was looked forward to with glum faces and fearful forebodings of “another crusher” What a change! I had not the pleasure of being there, but am assured that the display of our forwards was one of the finest seen at the Villa ground this season.  The result (four goals to three in Everton’s favour) was therefore a most grateful surprise. 
The Unbeaten Combination team were delighting their many admirers at home where they administered a sound drubbing to Heanor Town, who came here with a big reputation.  I wish some of our crack clubs could find an open date to stretch our second string.  They would have their work cut out. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 January 1892
The above teams met at the Anfield enclosure to-day, when they faced one another as follows; Everton; Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward, forwards.  Burnley; J. Hillman, goal; J. Walker and A. Lang, backs; W. McFetteridge, J. Matthews, and J. Keenam, half-backs; T. Nichol, W. Bowes, Hill, A. McLardle, and W. Graham, forwards. The ground, although the weather has been wet, appeared to be in fairly good condition at the start.  The spectators number about 4,000. Burnley won the toss and played with the wind at their backs. The game began very fast, Everton being the first to become dangerous, when Chadwick and Latta both had shies. Earp was neat to the fore in defeating the Burnley left, clearing twice with splendid kicks. Everton now began to press, and Chadwick was saved by Hillman at the expense of a corner Everton still continued to force the game.  Latta and Wyllie beat Lang, and a shot from the latter was only just scooped out by Hillman. Wyllie was tripped and a foul was given which looked shaky for Burnley. Chadwick was, however, not in time to improve on the pass from Kelso. Burnley now broke away, and had it not been for the determined efforts of Holt their attack might have ended in something definite, as it was the ball was got away, and Maxwell got very near the Burnley goal. Lang tackled in time and the ball went behind the posts. The Burnley five appeared to pull together a little better, and the game was for some time confined to the Everton half. From a pass by NIcol, Graham sent a hot shot but it passed out. Halt-time; Everton 0, Burnley 0
Burnley restarted, but nothing definite occurred till Nicol got possession and dashed down the wing.  He passed both Robertson and Howarth, but probably with over-eagerness the ball was carried out.  The Burnley left next became dangerous, but Earp relieved in fine style.  Everton now crowded the Burnley goal, and a hard shot from Chadwick was prevented from going through by striking Matthews, whom it winded.  Holt was hurt just after, Keenan charging him heavily.  Play was now confined to midfield, and was of a give and take character until Maxwell secured and passed to Milward.  The latter dashed up and after some dodging in front of the Burnley goal he scored from a pass by Wyllie.  Everton did all they could to keep the upper hand, but the play was of a much tamer character than at the start.  Burnley equalized three minutes off time.  Final- Everton 1, Burnley 1. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 January 1892

  • The Everton supporters think it is nearly time the secretary lived a little nearer than Southport.
  • Two were mashers on the Everton stand.  “Do you object to our smoking?”  She replied, “Not to the kind of tobacco.  It’s too weak to hurt anybody, even small boys like you! 

January 2 1892
The Liverpool mercury
Latta missed penalty kick
The friendly game was played on the Anfield ground yesterday afternoon in the presence of over 5,000 spectators. Kilnarnock are on tour, their fixtures being Everon yesterday, Rotherham town to-day and Bolton Wanderers on Monday. They hold the honours of being champions of the Scottish Alliance and the Glasgow Charity Cup they have played two drawn games with the Glasgow Rangers whm they again meet next Saturday to decide who shall enter the next round. Everton yesterday played the same eleven that beat Aston Villa, with one exception that being Lochhead who took Holt's place in the centre half while Kilnarnock had their full strength. The teams were as follows:- Everton; Williams (R), goal, Earp (E), and Howarth (R) (captain), backs; Kelso (R), Lochhead (A), and Robertson (H), half-backs, Latta (A), Wyllie (T), Maxwell (A), Milward (A), and Chadwick (E), forwards. Kilnarnock;- Henderson, goal; Scott and Orr, backs, Patterson, Campbell, and Broadhurst half-backs, Tannahill, McPherson, Brown, McEvey, and Kelvin, forwards. Everon commenced hostilties with a strong wind in their favour and aided by a free kick, the visitors goal was soon in danger, which was however, ultimately averted as the ball rolled harmleesly out behind the posts. A movement on the Scotch left was next prominent, but Earp proved equal to the occasion by lobbing well forward. Rushing along in full force the homesters became very troublesome to the Kilnarnock defenders. A corner fell to Everton, and chadwick caused Henderson to deal with a warm shot, which Latta repeated with no result. The Scotch centre now got his forwards under way, and coming through in fine style, Williams was called upon to sheer two attempts from the foot of Brown. From a powerful kick Earp the Evertonians again surrounded the visitors' goal but Scott and Orr proved worthy of the Occasion, as they repeatedly held them at bay. Getting a pass from Campbell, the Alliance champions lost no time in becoming troublesome to Williams the home custodian proving equal to the occasion. The play continued well contested and of an intersting nature as both sides in turn showed accurate combination which caused the defences to be severely taxed. Williams was conspacouous by two grand saves, and then Henderson experienced an anxious time of it as he was tested by shots from Latta Wyllie, and Chadwick. The Scotchmen were cheered for their fine passing which repeateldy taxed the abilities of the Everton defence, McPherson and Tannshill being especially prominent. Before the interavl a hot scrimmage took place in front of the Scotch goal, Everton pouring in shot after shot to Henderson, who, being ably assisted by Scott, and Orr, held his charge manfully. On the half-time call neither side had scored. On restarting Howarth grandly repelled and sending well forward, Chadwick and Milward quickly made progess along on the line, and after the Scotch custodian had thrown away twice Orr handled within the twelve yard range. Latta took the Penalty kick , but fail to bring about the desired result. The play continued of the first quality, neither teams having the advantage. Earp showed spendid form at back, and repeatedly broke up the concerted attack of his rivals. The Anfielders returned to their opponents quarters, and though several shots were tried at goal, the ball was never allowed to find a clear way. Not to be denied the Leaguers come again, and after a brilliant bit of passing by their front rank Milward crossed to Chadwick, who in turn gave to Latta who neatly headed through, amid great cheering. It was very visable that the sctchmen did not at all like defeat for off they went, and before a minute had elasped the score was one all, Campbell during the needful with a shot which struck the crossbar on its way through. Both elevens now worked vigurously, and tried hard to gain a leading point. But on the call of time a really good and fast game resulted in a draw of 1 goal each.

January 2, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton v Burnley, Anfield, Kick-off at 2.30 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.
Everton v Stoke Swifts, Stoke. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Kirkwood, Jones and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards.

January 4, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton's performance at Perry Barr on Monday exceeded anything done by the Liverpool club this season. The game from start to finish was voted by the Birmingham supporters as the finest exposition witnessed this year. Play opened fast, and Everton had the best of the opening exchanges. Their forwards worked like clockwork, while Holt, at half-back, fairly excelled himself –in fact, the whole eleven played a most correct game. Williams kept a fine goal, and was only beaten from scrimmages, while Earp and Howarth put in grand work at back. Chadwick and Milward were greatly appreciated for their short passing game, and Maxwell, in the centre, fed his wings with great accuracy. Latta worked hard, but he was most unlucky to be put off side so often by the home backs. For Aston Villa, Hinckley, between the posts, did not please the Villa supporters, though it must be said on his behalf that he only failed at shots of the best quality. Evans rather outshone his colleagues (Baird) in defence, and he had more work to attend to, since the Everton left wing were a such a spirited mood. The Aston half-backs worked very hard, and of five clever forwards Hodgetts and Devey were the most to be feared.
Everton, followed upon their good deeds at Birmingham, disappointed their friends on Saturday in only making a draw with Burnley. It was a most aggravating ending, almost as galling as some of the wretched aims that were occasionally made at goal. The game was not one calculated to increase the popularity of the dribbling code, for there was an unnecessary amount of ill feeling evident all throughout, and Mr. Hughes had the unpleasant duty forced upon him of cautioning man on each side. Everton had by far the most of the play, and it does not speak volumes for the resources when at close quarters that they could be so frequently in range of goal as they were on Saturday and yet only score a single goal. It is true that Hillman is a tall and brilliant custodian, and that Walker and Lang were fearless backs; but for all that Everton often had the goal at their mercy, and left it intact except on one occasion. Early in the game Milward, in particular, mulled two fine opportunities, and the crestfallen expression on his features betokened that he was himself dumbfounded at his false-kicking. He, however, during the subsequently play made amends for these mistakes. He got in some sprinkling long shots, and was in the right position to take Wyllie's pass and score the solitary goal. Excepting in the matter of shooting the Everton forwards gave a splendid exhibition of play, their passing generally being well directed and always unselfish. Holt and his wing men were ever successful in destroying the formation of their opponents, and Howarth and Earp, with Williams, were a trio that left nothing to be desired in the last lines of Everton's defence, except in the closing minutes of the game, when Howarth was at fault in tackling Nicol, who quickly closed in upon the scrimmaged through, giving Williams no chance, as he was literally surrounded by attackers. Burnley went in for rushing with Hill as a dashing centre, but were inferior to Everton who were right to enter upon the impending cup tie without any qualms as to the result. It is singular that with Everton and Burnley history on Saturday somewhat repeated itself. On March 14 last Everton at Turf Moor had most of the play, but were beaten in the last ten minutes. Now, after having three-parts of the game, and leading up to the moment when most people were expecting the whistle to sound, Burnley took them by surprise and make a draw. On Friday Everton had the well-known Scotch team Kilmarnock at Anfield-road. The game was of a high-class nature, the dribbling and tackling of both sides being much admired. The Scotchmen, considering they had travelled overnight, did surprisingly well to hold their own against the Leaguers, and make a draw of one goal each. Henderson, for the visitors, gave a fine exhibition of goal-keeping, while Campbell at centre half was often a disturber of Everton's combination. Their forwards though young, were fast and clever. For Everton all played a good game, Earp being very conspicuous with some powerful kicking at back. Everton Combination team were busy during the past week. On Monday they had Heanor Town as their visitors, who came with an unbeaten record, but Everton scored so rapidly before their opponents could settled down that the issue soon became certain of being a decisive one in favour of the home team. Everton successfully tackled Gorton Villa on New Year's Day; but on Saturday, in playing their return visit to Stoke Swifts they had at length to strike their flag and accept a narrow defeat after a splendid contest of a goal to nil. This was Everton's first reverse. They had previously taken part in matches, winning 23 and drawing in two instances.

Athletic News - Monday 04 January 1892
A Draw Game
By The Loiterer
Everton and Burnley will have enough of one another before the month is out, for the two clubs meet no less than three times, Saturday opened the campaign and on the 16th Burnley will be down here again playing off the English Cup tie, whilst on the 23rd the return League match will be settled at Burnley, so that there is just Burnley and Everton enough.  The match under notice is the first between the clubs this season, and I dare say was utilized as a kind of preliminary canter for the event of the 16th.  You can talk about your Leagues and Alliances, but the English Cup is still at the head of all, especially when a club has lost all chance of figuring as champions of these –rivals shall I say.  And thus it came to pass that a goodly number of people assembled on the Everton ground to see how these teams performed, and no doubt the result will puzzle most people as to how the Cup tie will end.  Everton had certainly most of the game on this occasion, but the Burnley team showed that the actual result does not depend on the actual state of the game.  Everton had fully three-fourths of the game, so far as pressing went, but in the scoring of goals the teams are equal.  And as to the merit of the goals scored, the one obtained by Burnley excelled the one secured by Everton, and yet Everton had the most of the play.  I don’t know why it is so, but this sort of thing is very prevalent in Cup ties, and in all the rounds a surprise generally crops up.  But as we are not discussing Cup ties, I will get on to the game played on Saturday.  Both sides put their best men on the field, and, but for the methods employed by the teams, I should say we had a good game of football.  There would be 8,000 spectators when the game started.  As regards the play it was fast and even, and both sides had possible chances in the first ten minutes.  Coming to the state of the ground, it could not be put down as bad; in fact, taking everything into consideration, the going was good.  But both sides started slipping about, you know, in such a way that the action could be put down to the state of the ground as well as to what it really was, time after time-a trip.  Well, the thing went on, and despite the close attention paid to these malpractices by the referee, Mr. Hughes, they were such that he could not interfere.  There were lots of real fouls occurred which were penalized, but the first real hit came from Milward.  The Everton man had received a “kindly” nudge a bit previously, and he received the ball a little below the Press Box and worked well and effectively (a little extra on the effectiveness) until he came to McFetteridge, and then he was a little too playful, and breathing time was allowed for the Burnley man to get round.  The referee interview Milward, but the game went on much as before.  However, Mac soon had a chance, but got at the wrong man, and Chadwick had to bear his partner’s sin.  This sort of thing is very elevating.  I once characterized a League match between these teams as a “a game of fouls,” and if the same tactics had been shown in the second half as took place in the initial portion of the game I should have had no hesitation in deciding this game as such.  Before going into the second half I should say Everton had certainly the most of the game, but several things stood in the way of the team attaining success.  The fore-most, I should say, was the splendid play of Walker and Lang, and the rest to the poor shooting of the home forwards.  You cannot blame Burnley for either of these, whilst the former is a district compliment to them.  In the latter, perhaps Hillman would have been equal to the occasion, but twice the Burnley goal had lucky escapes.  Of course, luck is thrown in, but at the same time there was some of it at the other end.  Burnley worked the ball up several times very well indeed, yet they did not enjoy anything like the pressure the homesters did, and had most of the luck in addition, so that taking everything into consideration –fouls, play, and chances- no score was good enough for the first half.  During the interval an animated discussion took place between Mr. White, the Burnley secretary, and one or two Evertonians on the question of the play, fouls naturally taking precedence of the other, but without anything satisfactorily being arrived at between them.  But I will say that the play of the two teams in the second half was more satisfactory to all concerned.  The players seemed to have cooled down, or they had exhausted their stock, for there were few things done to which exception could be taken.  The play had also undergone a change, and was not near so fast as previously.  Of what there was Everton could claim the major portion.  But what shooting! The men tried both short and long shots.  The former were very erratic, whilst the latter were easily dealt with.  The Burnley backs evidently knew where the goal lay, and apparently had every confidence in the man who was there, but a little slip let in Milward, and a goal was scored, to their great surprise.  I cannot say much for the Burnley forwards for they are neither fast nor clever, but they are plucky.  Nil desperados is evidently their motto, and a very good motto it is – it licks cleverness any day, and they had their reward.  Twice the right wing, by sheer determination, beat Robertson and Howarth, but Earp came to the rescue.  At the third attempt all three were done and likewise Williams, and a tie of one goal each was the result of the game.  What will be the result a fortnight hence I should not like to predict.  Everton had undoubtedly a lot the best of the game, but there were one or two features in my opinion they are a couple that will be a weak spot when the pinch comes.  Burnley ought never to have had a goal, but while I am on this lay I will include Hope Robertson.  Coolness is a great point with these men, and it is this nonchalance that will bring disaster.  Against persevering forwards it won’t do.

January 4 1892
The Liverpool mercury
Burnley made the first appearance on the anfield enclosure this season on Saturday, to play off their League engagement. Much interst was centred in the game as the teams are drawn together in the first round of the English Cup competition which will be played at Liverpool on January 16 TH . The weather being wet and windly the attendance was under the average. Both teams placed their full strength on the field and were composed as follows:- Everton; Williams (R), goal, Earp (E), and Howarth (R), backs; Kelso (R), Holt (J) (captain), and Robinson (H), half-backs, Latta (A), Wyllie (T), Maxwell (A), Chadwick (E), and Milward (A), forwards. Burnley; Hillman (J) goal; Walker, and Lang, backs; McFettridge, Matthews, and Keenan half-backs, Nicol, Bowes, Hill, McLardie, and Graham forwards. Winning the toss, Burnley elected to play with a strong wind behind them. Maxwell sterted for Everton, and crossing over to his left, Lng had to rush to the rescue as Milward was about to shoot. Everton returned but Walker eased pressure on his custodian, as he landed well up the field. Taking up the pass the Burnley Forwards cleverly worked their way in on the right and Hill becoming exceedingly dangerous Earp shielded Williams in gallant style. The visitors' front were smart on the ball and Hill from a pass by Nicol had another try. Everton now combined grandly and sailing along Latta got well in and parted to Chadwick who in turn banged in with a great force. Hillman, however caught hold and threw at the expenses of a corner. Milward had a clear opening but his aim proved wide, much to his own disgust. Play became very fast and after Howarth and Earp had driven back the moorites, Maxwell was sandwiched by Lang and Walker when on the point of taking a shy at goal. Everton were going strong, their half-backs backs working with grand effect. Latta and Wyllie went flying along on the right and a corner resulting Lang rose to the occasion by a clever lob. A ree kick against Robertson aided Burnley to get within range, but Earp received then in fine fashion and sent his forwards again on the attack. Wyllie and Maxwell both testing Hillman without result. Holt was cheered for his sterling work, he fairly excelling himself as he repeadly broke up the well-meant movements of the Burnley forwards. The game at this stage became vigorous and forcible both sides being penalised for infringements the referee using his preogative in stopping the roughness.. assited by the heavy wind, Burnley for a time compelled the homesters to act on the defensive. Milward and Chadwick in preety styles, made tracks towards the visitors' goal, when McFettridge was penisled for fouling Chadwick. The kick was well placed by Howarth, and when the interval came the Anfielders were awarming round Hillman's charge. The teams however, crossed over with the score none all. On restarting with the breeze in the favour, Everton at once raided the Burnley territory, where Matthews interceped, and Hill dodging along the centre, was fouled by Earp when close in. milward settled on the ball from the free kick, and after short and quick passing the Everton men lost no time before they became most troublesome to Lang and Walker, Latta had a couple of shots at Hillman, and then Chadwick winded Matthews with the ball as it wa winding its way into goal. Keeping up the attack, the Everton forwards caused the Burnley defenders to have a lively time of it. Lang and Walker, however proved a sturdy couple. And though Maxwell and Wyllie had near things yet an entrance could not be found. Having all the play, the home lot kept up the attack, and at last success rewarded their efforts as Wyllie crossed beautifully over to Milward, who by a low shot close in beat Hillman for the first time. With the point in their favour the Everton men made the pace very hot, and when Latta had a free course he was pulled up for offside. Hill now manged to get his men underway and dribbling smartly through the home halves William's charge was in jeopardy until Earp in fine style sent well up the field. The ball was fouled by McFettridge and Robertson taking the free kick sent it through the goal without touching any one. Holt and Kelso did some effective tackling and fed their forwards with good judgment, but though shot after shot was rained in nothing came of them. Nearing time Burnley put on a spurt and attacked strongly and after Howarth had failed to catch Nicol the Burnley van cloed in and scrimmaged the leather past Williams, even play now followed, both sides trying hard to get the lead but on time being called a very fast game which throughout was much in favour of Evertton, ended in a draw of 1 goal each.

January 4 1891
The Liverpool mercury
Stoke Swifts against Everton at Stoke before 3,000 specataors. Everton pressed at the start but Stoke gradually work down, and forrester scored. Fast and even play followed intervented between now and half-time. With out any scoring. On restarting, the game continued of an even character, both custodians having to defend and finally Stoke won a grand game by 1 goal to nil.
Everton team:- Jardine (J), goal, Chadwick (A), nad Collins (J), backs, Kirkwood (D), Lochhead (A), and Jones ® half-backs Gordon (P), Murray (J), Pinnel (A), McMillan (J) and Elliott (J) forwards .

January 9, 1892. The Wrexham Advertiser
Played on Friday at Gorton, before 2,000 spectators. Everton pressed during the first half, and scored three points to their opponents nil. The second half was more stubbornly contested, each team scoring twice. Result; Everton 5; Gorton Villa 0
Stoke Swifts v. Everton
At Stoke, On Saturday, before 3,000 spectators. At the start Everton [pressed, and obtained several corners. End to end played followed add eventually Draycott passed to Forrester, who scored. The home team had much the best of the game. Result;- Stoke Swifts 1 goal, Everton none.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 January 1892
By Richard Samuel
New Year’s Greetings
The New year’s greeting of the Everton and Burnley teams were of a unique character.  Whatever the inward feeling was the outward and visible sign was not in keeping with the generally expressed wishes common on the opening of the New Year.  The first half can be summed up in a very few words, for the Everton forwards played grandly in the open, and kept play much in the Burnley half, but when it came to scoring goals they were not in it.  Add to this, that there was much undue roughness displayed, and you have got all that is worth recounting.  The second half did not produce so many fouls, neither was the play so exciting, but I am not going to say that the latter in a sequence dependent upon the other.  But the fact is they are all the same.  The exhibition of temper shown in the first half was a disgrace to both teams, and ought to have been stopped much earlier.  To say that Everton were the aggressors is hardly the thing, though Milward was the first to receive the admonition of the referee.  The thing had been going on all the time, but his act happened to be the first that was done so openly.  However, McFetteridge soon drew level in this respect, and the play went on as merrily as before.  I blame the spectators a lot for the “scene” that occurred as they exasperated the Burnley players by their remarks, and for the good of the game I hope a better feeling will prevail when the teams meet on the 16th.  Although Everton had considerably the best of the play, I must compliment the Burnley forwards on the plucky way they secured their goal. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 January 1892
By “Mickey Free.”
I almost passes comprehension when one reads that so and so had all the best of the game, and yet only just manage in the end to save the ignominy of a thrashing.  One solution of such peculiarities might be found in the fact that such a state of affairs produce over-confidence on the side which is pressing, an underestimation of the ability of their opponents, and a consequence feeling of security which is not justifiable.  It is an old saying that a game is never lost till it is won, and Burnley gave us a splendid exemplification of this.  The bare result at Everton would lead anyone to suppose that the game was a very close affair indeed, whilst the actual state of affairs was quite the opposite.  Burnley had the call in starting with a strong breeze, yet the advantage was not at all apparent in the play, as Everton minimized the benefits of the wind by clever short passing, and were more frequently in the vicinity of the Burnley goal than the Turf Moorites were at the Everton end.  On one of these visit Milward made a blunder over an easy chance-as matters turned out it really meant the loss of the game.  However, he was conscious of his misfortune to such an extent that I am afraid he lost his temper, as he showed a much more bellicose disposition afterwards than I have ever before noticed.  Wyllie and Maxwell made smart attempts, and had not Hillman been a good level man in the position, the Evertonians would have scored several times.  The play at the start gave promise of being really high-class but it soon deteriorated solely and wholly in consequence of the attention paid to the man instead of the ball.  Tripping ad charging became the order of the day.  I was pleased to notice how promptly Mr. Hughes dealt with all infringements in this department, and it is to be hoped that when the teams next week we shall see the ball played under the circumstances.  One of the features of the match was the display of Earp.  His tackling was better than I dreamt him capable of, whilst his safe kicking was the means of sending the Burnley left-wing back into their own diggings—time after time. Fortunately for Everton most of the attacks were made on that side, end should Holt and Kelso be passed was to the fore. Robertson was not to his late standard of excellence, and Howarth was too slow for Nicol.
Half-time was reached and no score. Everton’s chance looked so rosy that it only became (in most people’s minds) a question of goals. The wind, however, spoiled the passing, and so the attack was more disjointed. Once it looked a certainty when Chadwick got the ball and Iet fly with all the force he is possessed of, which force poor Matthews can give testimony of, as unfortunately for himself and Everton he managed  to get his body in the way, and he want down like a shot. The maneuvering which led up to Everton's goal was very neat, and Milward was better pleased with himself after he sent the ball flying oat of Hillman’s reach. From the kick-off Burnley made a fresh effort, but it was spoiled by Halt, who was playing fine football. Watches were now consulted, and I was almost on the point of jotting down the score on spec when I observed Nichol dashing along the wing with Howarth in chase.  Earp started over to assist, but Nicol got the ball over to Hill, the other forwards closed up, and before we had time to make a note, Williams and the ball were through the posts, and the Burnley men shaking hands over it.  It was a surprise and no mistake, and they were not so far off repeating the doze once more, but Everton again asserted themselves, and had the best of the exchanges up to the call of time.  The Cup tie should be a great draw if the day is fine, but Everton ought to win if they only keep on the alert.
The more I think of last Saturday's turn-up at Everton, the more I am convinced that Burnley made a good show. Impartial observers, and even those who pin their faith in the Everton colours, if they will only sum up what took place in its proper light, can come to no other conclusion. I’m quite sure of one thing, that Burnley made a respectable bid for first hononrs. On the afternoon’s form, a draw was perhaps the best thing. Everton people may not think with me in saying this, but they can’t deny that Burnley played hard, contested every inch, and were thoroughly deserving of the goal which equalized. That goal was a grand stroke of business for Burnley. I don’t know how it is that whenever I approach the Everton ground, which is only once, or maybe twice at the most, during the season, I can never obtain admission without an unnecessary supply of uncalled-for gas from the Everton checkers. Twelve months ago extra measures had to be adopted, and it was almost amounting to the same on Saturday. Why this should be I can’t say. It is not the same in North East Lancashire, nor even yet in the Midlands, The Press docs at least expect to receive courtesy, and granting that they may have been imposed upon occasionally, I would remind the officials that there are two ways of doing things. The one is rough, and the other smooth, and it is just as easy and as cheap to adopt the latter as it is the former, besides gaining respect. And the spectators. Previous to Saturday, I had a high opinion of their impartiality, but now I think differently. But it was ever thus. Everton have not been blessed with the same fortune as they had last season.  “League champions” is now a thing of the past, and it is perhaps this, more than anything else, that nay have accounted for their display. If so, I beg to apologies for intruding. When you feel that a win is within your grasp, a sort of certainty in fact, and when your prog-noslioations are upset by an equalizer, three minutes only from time, I am willing to admit that it is aggravating, very; but even allowing for this the remarks which were being continually shouted from the stand—and, mind you, from a portion of the crowd which ought to have known better—to say the least of it, were distinctly bad form. And then they twitted Burnley with being rough. The same old cry. Everton had to go on the field, take the ball down to the goal, and score, with Burnley acting the part of onlookers. Dear me. But that was what they wanted. They wanted to see the whole of the Everton team and simply because the Burnley defence stepped in and would not allow such proceedings, they were “dirty " and “rough." That, I am forced again to admit, Mr. Olympian comes from being continually disappointed. There were moments, certainly, when both sets of players forgot themselves, but to say that the game was a rough one all through would be doing an injustice to both teams. It was not so. Holt got rather knocked about at the start, but this player is not altogether free from shady tactics, and I shall not forget Milward's deliberate kick into McFettridge's stomach, nor the severe reprimand he got from the referee, in a hurry. Whatever came over Milward to do such a trick I don't know, but it was a dangerous game, and might have ended seriously for McFetteridge. Curiously enough the latter, on surviving, made for Milward and Chadwick, with the result that it was now the turn of the Burnley man to be cautioned. I think these are the only two incidents worth mentioning, as far as roughness is concerned. Burnley’s good performance makes the cup tie next week more interesting. The spectators are dissatisfied that Everton haven't won, and there you are; there should be a grand gate on the 16tb, and I hope the players will keep their tempers, and show good football. That is all I wish to see. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 January 1892
Played at Nottingham, today.  Teams; Notts County;- G. Toone, goal; J. Hendry and T. McLean, backs;  A. Shelton, D. Calderhead, and C. Bramley, half-backs; Williamson, McInnes, Oswald, Walkerdine, and Daft, forwards.  Everton;- Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. 
Notts won the toss, and kicked off from the Garston-rd. goal with a strong wind in their favour. The Everton forwards got down, and Toons was compelled to throw away. Notts then pressed strongly, Daft and Walker making a fine run. Mclnnes shot over the crossbar twice. Wyllie and Latta ran down, but Hendry pulled them up splendidly. Latta shot wide, and then Williams stopped a good shot from Williamson. Latte again showed up conspicuously and Shelton gave a corner which proved futile. Daft, Walker, Walkerdine dribbled down and Williamson shot into the net. The visitors responded grandly and from a shot by Chadwick, Toone had to handle. The ground eras very slippery and Notts pressed. A grand shot by Walker was brilliantly disposed of by Williams. Hendry gave Everton a second corner which proved fruitless. Notts got the corner off Earp, and Shelton shot wide. Both teams played strongly. Walkerdine made a grand run, and Earp gave a  corner which came to nothing. Everton became dangerous, but Shelton relieved. Williams saved from Daft, and Everton nearly scored, Chadwick hitting the crossbar, Cranby gave Everton corner and the latter kicked behind.
Half-time Notts County 0, Everton 0.
The game was fiercely contested on resuming, both sides in turn attacking.  Notts showed good combination against the wind, and the Everton backs were kept busily engaged, and Daft and Walkerdine made a grand run, and after five minutes play in the second half Walkerdine scored a fine goal for Notts.  Everton pressed, Latta and Wyllie getting down, and the former crossed to Milward, who shot into Williams hands.  Everton pressed and after pretty combined play Milward put in a magnificent shot, which beat Toone.  Five minutes after Notts had scored bringing them level.  Maclean gave a corner to the visitors, but this availed them nothing, and Notts went away.  Earp pulled them up.  Milward played grandly and when they looked to have the goal at his mercy kicked over.  Howarth returned well when Notts looked dangerous.  Play then ruled even to the close.  Latta got down, and Shelton was penalized for a foul.  After 25 minutes play Milward centred beautifully, and Maxwell being well up, put the ball through the posts, giving them the lead.  Everton showed the best form, Calderhead coming to the rescue.  Notts obtained a corner, Williams fisting out of the mouth of the goal.  Another corner to Notts proved fruitless, although the home side attacked brilliantly, Maxwell scored a third goal.  Final; Notts County 1, Everton 3. 

Everton v. Northwich Victoria
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 January 1892
At Everton, under circumstances rather strange when it is considered that there was a thick covering of snow on the ground, but as this had bene rolled the going was fairly good.  In the first half Everton scored three goals and held the whip hand throughout, ultimately winning by five goals to one.  One of the visitors was hurt in the second half and they consequently played only ten men.  Final; Everton 5, Northwich Victoria 1. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 January 1892
SIR- We are all familiar with the saying about “giving a dog a bad name,” and know full well that the adage also applies to football teams as some of them, Burnley, for instance, are too well aware of.  As an old footballer, a thorough “Dicky Sam.” Anxious to see his own clubs on the winning side, but one who dislikes to see blame placed on the wrong shoulders, perhaps you will allow me space for a few lines re the Everton v. Burnley League match at Anfield last Saturday.  As soon as the Everton goal was seriously menaced the home side began to cut up very roughly.  The referee penalized them thrice for nasty fouls, the crowd being meanwhile apparently quite content with the players conduct; at least we had no disapproval.  Burnley, as is but natural, soon tired of this kind of work and commenced to give tit-for-tat.  The game for a time was very warmly fought out, but ultimately things cooled down wonderfully, and towards the finish there was little to which one could take exception.  Of course during the middle period we had the usual noisy demonstrations from the spectators, but as many of them know nothing whatever of football, and a fair larger member have but a very limited experience, one can hardly take them seriously.  A sensible man is only amused at their ignorance and their achievement and unreasonable partisanship.  But when I read my Field on Saturday night I felt that your correspondent from whom we expect better things, had, perhaps unwittingly, done the visiting club but scant justice.  He only notice rough play in two instances where Everton’s players came off second best, and he forgot to tell us that they started the shady work, and were thus the cause of all the heat.  He might have told his readers that Everton scored their goal on four occasions by tripping up the Burnley forward when sight in front of goal.  Why he did not, of course, he known best, but it cannot be because he failed to observe the incidents, for the referee awarded a free kick in each case.  How to put down rough play is a frequent question, and I venture to predict it will be impossible to do it so long as the real offenders are shielded and the blame placed on the victims, as has been done in this match- Sincerely yours, “Liverpoudlian.” 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 January 1892

  • Who lost the rug and coat going down to Everton?
  • Burnley are sure to make it hot for Everton next week.
  • Don’t do it again, Milward.  Couldn’t have thought it of you.
  • Hope to see Burnley with a good following at Everton next week.
  • When Everton lose “we are not taking any interest in football; we’re sick of it” A victory and the lions roar as loudly as ever.
  • Some spectators said to Pennell, “Now long ‘un show us some tricks” “Don’t talk soft,” said a styled wag; “Isn’t he always!”
  • Everton spectators last year, and Everton spectators this.  What a difference!
  • The Everton v. Stoke Swifts match was worth going a long way to see, and would have done credit to some League clubs.
  • Howarth uses his right foot too often for a left back, and where are the jeers when he kicks out?

January 9, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Today, Everton visit the well-known quarters on the banks of the Trent of Notts County. This has always since the League was first organised proved a fatal trysting-place for Everton. In the season 1888-89 they were beaten by 3 goals to 1; in 1889-90 by 4 to 3; and 1890-91 by 3 to 1. On the other hand, when Notts have been at Anfield the tables have been completely turned. Everton have there had amply revenge, and the results is that the aggregate Notts and Everton stand on an equality, having won three games each. Neither are shaping so well this season, as last, and as Notts will be deprived of Oswald, who has just been suspended for several weeks as the outcome of the francas with Drummond at Preston a long deferred victory by Everton on Nottingham soil seems more certain than usual.
Everton v. Notts County, Nottingham, Kick-off at 2.15 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.
Everton v. Northwich Victoria, Anfield, Kick-off at 2.30 p.m. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Wharmby, Jones, and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards. Reserve Fairbrother.

Athletic News - Monday 11 January 1892
The “Lambs” Without Their Shepherd
By Robin Hood
Whatever Notts may do away, Mr. Editor, it is but seldom they come to grief at Trent Bridge.  On Saturday, however, for once in a way they had to knuckle down.  The reason was not far to seek- there was no Oswald with the team.  The decision of the Emergency Committee has placed James on the shelf for a bit, and, badly as Notts can do without him, there is no help for it.  Walkerdine was promoted to the position of centre-forward, and Williamson partnered McInnes on the right, the teams facing each other as under- Notts;- G.Toone, goal; T. McLean, and J. Hendry, backs; C. bramley, D. Calderhead, and A. Shelton, half-backs; A. Williamson, and T. McInnes, right-wing; H. Walkledine, centre; Walker and H.B. Daft, left.  Everton; R. Williams, goal; MJ Earp, and RH Howarth, backs; R. Kelso, J. Holt and H. Robertson, half-backs; A. Latta, and T. Wyllie, right-wing; A. Maxwell, centre; E. Chadwick, and A. Milward, left.  Referee; Mr. M.P. Betts. 
We had our fair share of snow in Nottingham on Friday, but the ground had been covered with straw all the week, and when it was cleared on Saturday morning a very nice playing surface was presented.  Everton attracted a big “gate” last year and the year before, but on this occasion there were not more than 6,000 people present.  Notts won the toss, and as the wind was blowing up the field-an unusual direction-they decided to defend the Gamston-lane goal in the first half.  I might say at the onset that the game was one of the poorest we have witnessed at Trent Bridge this season.  The remark particularly applies to the first half, when no scoring was done.  The forwards of neither side could get together, and the shooting was remarkably weak and poor.  Notts started the second period very smartly, and Walkerdine scored with a “soft” shot in the first four minutes, but they did nothing very brilliant afterwards, and Everton took a decided lead.  Chadwick opened their account with a fine goal, and Maxwell placed a second from a centre by Chadwick.  A third was registered, principally through the agency of the right wing.  Latta sent in a very fast shot from close to touch-line.  Toone met it and stopped the ball, but could not get it away before Maxwell rushed in and put on the finishing touch.  Notts worked up to the other goal two or three times after this, but the forward play was of a very scrambling kind, and was generally easily neutralized by the backs.  Thus Everton won by three goals to one.  On the play they certainly deserved their victory.  Without Oswald the Notts forwards are something like a ship without a rudder.  Besides, there were other difficulties against them on Saturday.  McInnes was kicked early in the first half.  After a short retirement he returned and played out the game, but was much too lame to be any use.  Accordingly, in the second half, he was played inside left with Daft, Calderhead evidently thinking that he would thus be able to get his wings better balanced.  But the change did not work.  Walker was too slow in front of goal to ever score, and Williamson did not show up so well as he does with an experienced partner.  To put it shortly, in the second half Daft and Walkerdine were the only two forwards playing, and they were carefully watched by the half-backs.  To the Notts half-backs is due in a great measure what show the team made.  In the first portion of the game they were particularly effective, and although they did not always repel the onslaughts of the “Toffee Boys,” in the last 45 minutes they continually harassed them. Young Bramley had a tough wing to meet in Milward and Chadwick, and if he keeps on improving the Notts directorate will find it difficult to once more relegate him to the reserve team when Osborne comes on the scene again.  Still, he was behind Shelton and Calderbank, both of whom played a finished game.  The backs were very safe in the first half, but not so good in the second.  Toone, in goal, had very little to do.  Many people thought that Williams might have stopped the goal that Notts scored, but he evidently thought it was going out.  Earp and Howarth were both clever at back, but, as on the Notts side, the half-back play was the feature of the team’s work and Holt as usual, played hard and affectedly.  Robertson and Kelso did their best to copy this good example.  They kept the ball well on the Notts side of the line in the second half, and made short, sharp, rushes of the wings very dangerous.  The whole of the five forwards did well, but Milward and Latta deserve most praise, and Maxwell come nest for his skillful manipulation of their centres.  This is the first league season.  It showed what Oswald is to the team, because I feel convinced that his presence would have turned defeat into victory. 

Athletic News - Monday 11 January 1892
By the Loiterer
Everton deemed it wise to let the snow remain in possession and Northwich Victoria protested against it being a Combination match.  Gordon soon opened the scoring, and Everton had the best of the play and seemed more at home in the snow than the visitors, and before the interval Murray and Elliott each added a goal.  The visitors were short handed for a portion of the second half and had the worst of the argument, Everton ultimately winning by five goals to one. 

January 11, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton are to be congratulated upon at length making a successful visit to Trent Bridge that is in connection with the League. They defeated Notts County the previous time they were in Nottingham, but that was an immaterial friendly match, won by a goal to nil on April 23. Of the six League contests hitherto decided between Everton and Notts County three had been won by each, the home team being winners in every instance. There was thus evidence of equality. This was confirmed by a glance at the goal aggregate, which gave a total of 16 to both clubs. Confidence was pretty generally felt by Everton that they would return from Nottingham on Saturday buoyant with victory, a sanguine view engendered from the knowledge that Everton had latterly developed a high state of efficiency in the matter of combination, and that Notts on the other hand would lack the great services of Oswald, their captain and centre forward, who, for retaliating an assault more forcibly than was discreet, has been suspended for a few weeks. Much uneasiness was experienced by Everton, however, ere they had reached Nottingham as Chadwick and Howarth, who should have joined the party at Marple, failed to do so, having missed the connection, but, to the relief of everyone concerned they turned up at the appointed time. The ground had been protected with straw, and was in a fairly good condition, though hard. Very little snow was allowed to remain on the field of play, and under the Arctic influences, the ground was as good going as it could possibly have been made. At the outset players slipped about considerably, but were steadier as the game advanced. Notts had the advantage of the wind, but taken on the whole, the first half was about as evenly contested as the inability of either side to score would indicate. Soon after turning round Notts obtained what appeared to be an easy goal. Williams for some reason making no attempt to play the ball. This pleased the noisy company immensely, but gave more annoyance than uneasiness to Everton, for it had been some time evident that they were playing the prettier and stronger game. Their passing improved until it could have hardly been more perfect. Latta, who had found in Hendry an invariably insurmountable obstacle during the first half, was now continually scoring over his adversary, forcing his way to near the corner, then to either shoot or centre. The left wing, too, was equally effective when their turn came, and soon the score was equalised by Milward, from Latta's pass, whilst Maxwell turned two other passes to good account, and Everton won by 3 goals to 1. The opinion was freely expressed that Everton had given the spectators a grand exhibition of football, taking into account the slippery footing. Williams had plenty of shots to save, and, with the exception of the instance when Notts scored, he cleared with great effect, always placing the ball at a pretty safe distance so to obviate a quick return shot. Earp had most work of the Everton backs, and performed it unflinchingly, while Howarth was at his best, and very conspicuous for covering his colleagues when called upon. Holt, too, though he had been ill during the week, did, if anything, more than his share in securing victory, and completely spoils Walkerdine in his promotion to centre forward. Robertson and Kelso maintained their reputation, and the forwards went in unison, and shot better than usual. Notts were best represented by Hendry and the half-backs the forwards' great failing being hesitancy at the moment of aiming at goal.

January 11, 1892. The Yorkshire Herald
These clubs met for the first time this season at Trent Bridge before 4000 spectators. Notts played Williamson, a local amateur and Walkerdine took Oswalds place. The home team kicked off with the wind in their favour, and during the first half hour both goals had narrow escapes. Then Notts missed an easy chance. Neither had scored at half-time. Five minutes after resuming Walkerdine scored for Notts with a soft shot. Everton then commenced to play a brilliant passing game, and Milward quickly equalised with a grand shot. Everton continued to play finely, and Maxwell scored twice. The game finally ended –Everton 3 goals, Notts 1.

January 11 1892
The Liverpool mercury
Everton visited Trent Bridge on Saturday in order to play off their League match with Notts County. The ground had been protected and cleared as far as possible of snow, the only inconvenience being from the hardness and slippary surface. About 4,000 spectators were present and as customary at Nottingham, these during the tedium of waiting for hostilities to commence were entertained with music from an efficient band. The teams were as follows:- Notts County; Toone, goal, McLean, and Hendry, backs, BRAMLEY, Calderhead and Shelton,, half-backs, Williamson, McInnes, Walkerdine, Walker, and Daft forwards. Everton : Williams (R), goals, Earp (E), and Howarth (R), and backs, Kelso (R) Holt (J) (captain), and Robertson (H), half-backs, Latta (A), Wyllie (W), Maxwell (aa), Chadwick (E), and Milward (A) forwards . Everton kicked off against a strong wind, but bore down on the left, when Toone was called upon, and found ready. Walker, and Daft replied on the Notts left McInnes, from a pass lifting over the bar, notts came up again, but Earp stemmed them, the ball was forced over the line. Everton had further defensive dutes to attend to, and though finding footing insecure, held on boldly. Holt eventually cleared, and Latta and Hendry were seen contending for the mastery, the latter gaining a slight advantage, but Everton remained in front of goal for some minutes, without becoming very manacing. At the other end, McInnes had a shot, but went wide and after Latta had been driven into touch Williams got in a spendid shot, which gave Williams an opportunity of showing he was in a busness like mood, he putting well away. Notts were difficult to beat off and during the pressure Williamson on the outside right, was the more prominent of the attackers. The scene of action was transferred by the Everton left wing, which suffered a check from McLean, but who did not clear. A corner was conceded, Everton, the shot from which was stopped by Hendry and Daft beating Holt in a race for possession. Walker got the ball, and had a fine chance but chose to pass to the right, when Williamson drove hard against the end net. Chadwick and Milward moved quickly down and Wyllie shot in strongly. Toone catching the ball. Notts next advinced much determination and seemed likely to score, but Williams stopped a keen shy by Willaimson, and Earp move up a return raid. The visitors left wing, in a breakaway forced another futile corner, and play reverted to the other end, where Walker, when steadying for a handy shot, had the ball taken smartly from his foot by Earp. Play now took an open turn, and rather spirited, though the direction of the kicking was not particularly good. Walkerdaine was the next to be treadening. He had outwited Earp and the half-back, but just as he was about to aim for goal. Howarth rush in and intercepted him brilliantly by kicking over the line. Nothing came of the corner, and the tussle that ensuned McInnes got accidentally kicked, enforcing his tempprary retirement. Dagt screwed in at a long range but Williams parried the shot. Everton had a turn of attacking. Holt trying a good aim, the ball being sent over the bar a moment later. Everton closed in persistenly at this period. Latta found his progess arrested once or twice by Hendry, and so the brunt of the outslaught fell upon the left and centre, but the defence was too stout to be broken. Walkerdine seemed likely, on Notts at length getting down to make his mark but Howarth saw the danger and averted it. McInnes returned and was welcomed with a cheer, and on a frr kick against Wyllie for hands being cleared, McInnes signalled his reapperances by driving hard across the frost of goal the ball narrowing missing its intented target. Shortly following came the interval, much having been attempted but nothing done. That is in the essential matter of scoring. The Notts left went away on the restart, bur Robinson pulled them up when narrowing for goal. McInnes it appeared had exchanged wings with Walker, but the first named was handicapped through the injury he had received. Latta greater success against Hendry in the second half. He easily got in a midfield left, although he met with half's whilt Everton were busy experimenting as to how goalwas to penetrated a foul was conceded to Notts, who moved down and scored with a low medium pace shot which Williams was not prepared for, and made no attempt to reach. Everton at once rallied, Latta sent across swifty to Milward, whose shot was stopped by Toone, just inside the near post. A rush on the Notts right was wound up with a shot which Willaims negotiated and then Latta again sent over to Milward, just as he had done a few minutes proviously, but this time with satisfactory result, as Milward got the ball through. Everton had been steadly and suely improving their formation. The all round passing and following up were really brilliantly and such good work soon began to tell to their advantage, whilst Notts were tamed down considerably, Maxwell during the subsquent play, scored twice-once from a pass by Chadwick, and again from a centre by Latta. All three goals bring the result of excellent paly. Notts sputed up towards the close, Daft especially shooting well, but they had shot their bolt in a single successful effort of Walerdine early in the second half. As a closing incident Latta and Chadwick had good shots . toone fell on the ball and clearned from the latter, and Everton won a deservedly by 3 goals to 1. The game having keep free from roughness.
The opion was freely expressed that Everton, had given the spectators a grand exhibition of football, taking into account the slippery footing. Williams had plenty of shots to save and, with the eception of the instance when Notts scored, he cleared with great effort, always placing the ball at a pretty safe distannce so as to obviate a quick return shot. Earp had most work for Everton backs, and performed it unstinebingly whilst Howarth was at his best, and very conspicuous for covering his collegue when called upon. Holt too though he had been ill during the week, did if anything, more than his share in securing victory, and completely spoilt Walerdine in his promation to centre forward. Robertson and Kelso maintain their reputation and the forwards went in and shot better than usual. Notts were best represted by Hendry and the half-back the forwards great failing being hestinacy at the moment of aiming at goal.

January 11 1892
The Liverpool mercury
PLAYED AT Anfield, enclosure on Saturday. The visitors owing to the ground being covered several inches with snow. Protest against the game being considered a combination one. Both teams failed to place their full strength in the field. In the first half, Everton had much the best of the argument, Gordon opening the score for the Anfielders. Almost immediately after the restart after Jardine had been called upon, the homesters returned to the Northwich end and from a free kick, Murray put through the second point for Everton. Just on the interval, Elliott added a third, which made the score at half-time:- Everton 3 goals Victoria nil. In the second portion of the game the homesters kept their opponents well in hand. After some pretty play by Everton forwards Gordon headed though the fourth point. The visitors tried hard to recover, their position and Jardine had to clear a good attempt from the northwich centre forward. Coming again into the Everton quarters the victoria met with better success as they scored very easily after which Elliott added another point for the Anfielders. No further scoring took place,, the homesters thus retiring victors by 5 goals to 1.
Played 17, won 14, lost 1, draw 2, for 75, against 11, points 30
On print in Field Sports on 25 January, 1892.
Monday, January 25 – 1892
Mr. John Houlding is still determined to stand by his demand for £250 as rental. Possibly he has not been approached in a conciliatory spirit; at all events his final answer to the club is as follows: -
With regard to the rent I am willing to accept.
“I believe that the land in Walton Breck-road will always be wanted, for when we consider that 10,000 people leave the ground at that end in about ten minutes you must have room for them to spread out. I therefore think I ought to have 4 per cent on my outlay, viz., £250 per annum. But if I should sell the land outside the boundary, or any portion thereof, at any time during your tenancy, the rent will be lowered proportionately. I also reserve myself the right to nominate one member on the committee.
“I am also willing to grant a lease, with the usual landlord's conditions insisted, on the portion required for enclosure, for the period of ten years. Rent to be paid quarterly in advance. The tenants to have the option of purchase of the land that is used at present and enclosed, at seven shilling and sixpence per yard, such purchase to be arranged between now and the 30th April, 1894. The purchase to include all fast and loose fixtures, boundaries, &c., that may be on the ground sold at the time. “I am also willing that a company be formed, on the conditions as per enclosed prospectus; of course the notice to quit holds good.
John Houlding.”
The prospectus herein referred to is the one explained in these columns some time ago. It will be scarcely be necessary to impress upon the members the urgency of prompt action in this matter. The season is now far advanced, and as the club is still under notice to quit the present ground it behoves the members to fix themselves in a sure tenancy as early as possible.

January 15, 1892. The Birmingham Post
Mr. Edward Whitley, M.P. for the Everton Division of Liverpool, died yesterday at his residence, The Grange, Halewood, near Liverpool, after a few days illness, from bronchitis. The deceased was born in 1825, and has served in the army. He has been in Parliament since 1880.

January 16, 1892. The Wrexham Advertiser
Played on the Anfield enclosure on Saturday. The visitors, owing to the ground being covered several inches with snow, protested against the game being considered a Combination one. Both teams failed to place their full strength in the field. In the first half, Everton had much the best of the argument, Gordon opening the score for the Anfielders almost immediately after the start. After Jardine had been called upon, the homesters returned to the Northwich end, and from a free kick Murray put through the second point for Everton. Just on the interval Elliott added a third, which made the score at half-time –Everton, three goals; Victoria, nil. In the second portion of the game the homesters kept their opponents well in hand. After some pretty play by the Everton forwards Gordon headed through the fourth point. The visitors tried hard to recover their position, and Jardine had to clear a good attempt from the Northwich centre forward. Coming again into the Everton quarters the Victoria met with better successes, as they scored very easily, after which Elliott added another point for the Anfielders. No further scoring took place, the homesters thus retiring victors by five goals to one.

January 16 1892
The Liverpool mercury
At glasgow sheriff ordinary court on Thursday sheriff Guthrie the record and fixed next Thursday as a diet for debating the relevancy of the action at the instance of Richard Molyneux. Secretary for and on behalf of the Everton Football Club against Daniel Doyle formerly one of the Everton players claiming £111. Pursuer states that the Everton Club was formed for the purpose of engaging in the game of Football upon what is known as professional principles, and for promoting and profitting by football and the defender was one of the professional football players in the service of the club and as such in remuneration down to the date of his breach of contract founded on. On or about 14 th January last year an agreement was entred into between the pursuer as secretary for and on behalf of the Everton Club, on the one hand, and the defender on the other, whereby the defender agreed that from and after 1 st may 1891. Until 30 th april 1893, both inclusive he should serve the club as a professional football player, that he would obey the lawful commands of the committee of the club and that for his services the pursuer should pay him £3 weekly during his employment, and that the defender should devote his whole time and service exclusively for the benefit of the club and would not at any time during his employment play for any other club or with other team than Everton Football team all comform to the agreement produced. At the request of the defender the terms of the agreement were modified to the extent that the defender should receive £91 on the 1s t. may,, 1891, on account of anticipated earnings, and a weekly payment of £1 5s during the rest of the period contacted for. In conformity with the modified contract and on the faith of the due implement of the defender's part thereof, the pursuer, on behalf of the club on or about 30 th . May 1891, advanced and paid to the defender the sum of £96 together with a sum of £15 being twelve weeks' additional salary in advance, making altogether the sum of £111 sued for. Notwithstanding the agreement the defender's obligation under it, and the payment to him of £111 defender, in violation of the contract deserted the club, and refused to remain one of its combination and not only deserted the pursuers club, but was induced to join Celtic Football Club, where it is believed and averred he is employed on terms and conditions implying pecuniary remuneration for services rendered in excess of those provided for in his contract with the pursuer's club. It is stated that the failure of the defendant to implement his contract with the pursuer's club led to serious loss injury and damage to the club and its reputation action for damages in respect of which is reserved. Doyle, in his defence denies the alleged breach of contract, but admits he terminated his engagement with the Everton on 8 th August 1891, having served it for a period of 14 weeks. He refers to the agreement and states that the modification of it is thus expressed in a note on the margin of the egreement :- ‘'the said D Doyle to receive £91 on May 1, 1891 out of his season's wages and 25s per week during the rest of season 1891-92.'' He admits that in terms of the agreement as modified the club on 30 th May 1891 paid him £96 and he admits that he also received £15. On the 8 TH august 1891, he terminated his connection with the Everton Club and explain that his reason for accepting the offer of the Glasgow Club was that it was close to his home in Airdrie. The Everton Club he says, had no difficulty in finding a successor. He stated that he served the Everton Club 14 weeks his wages for which in all amounted to £42 and has always been and is still willing to return the balance of £69 to the club on their discharing their claim against him. Doyle give a general denail to the other statemnts of the pursuer denies the counter statements of the defender, and explains that according to the laws of football in England playing is suspended during the months of May , June, july and august and that the defender was engaged with special referance to his playing during the football or open season. an additional plea was added to the effect that the defences were irrelevant.

January 16, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
At Anfield Everton will meet Burnley, with whom they made a draw of a goal each a fortnight ago, after doing the bulk o the pressing. Everton ought improve on their previous performance, especially in the shooting department. They will have Geary to assist them instead of Maxwell, who it is said, is not eligible, owing to playing in Scotland during the close season; but if Geary is all right and well trained, his speed and shooting should be a distinct advantage to Everton, though it must be acknowledged that Maxwell and his wingmen have got into a good understanding with each other.
Everton League v. Burnley, Anfield, Kick-off at 2.15 p.m. The following will play for Everton; Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Referee, T. Armit. Ladies season-tickets holders may pay for admission to this match, members only being free.
Everton v. Southport Central, Southport, Kick-off at three p.m. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Wharmby, Jones and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 16 January 1892
By “Mickey Free.”
We are now all pretty well used to seeing matches played on grass and mud, but on Saturday we had the unusual spectacle of a football match on rolled snow.  It was not bad, but could hardly be voted an unqualified success.  The going must have been heavy, but after all I think it was preferable to mud.  The ground committee, with a view to keep the frost out, decided to let the snow stand, thus preserving the field as far as possible for the struggle’s today, which of course was of first importance.  It was only natural that Northwich should lodge a protest although it is not at all clear what was to be gained by it.  The difference in style of the teams was very marked, and all in favour of the home lot.  The left wing and centre of the visitors put in some dangerous rushes at times, and a few comparatively easy chances were missed.  On the other side the forwards did very well, Pinnell creating, as usual, considerable merriment.  Just a word of advice to this young and promising player.  Some of his tactics, although amusing, are just a little bit doubtful, and as a bad habit is more easily acquired than got rid of, he should be more careful.  It was rather a stagger to Northwich when Everton scored in the first minute, yet they hung on well to the finish, although they lost the services of one of their men in the second half.  As time flew on and there was no telegram from Notts, the anxiety became general, and an adverse result was predicted.  For once the croakers were smothered and general satisfaction prevailed when the final at last came.  It is decidedly a feather in Everton’s cap to be the first to take down Notts on their own ground.  I am assured that the play in the second half was very good.  Howarth gets credit for having played the best game he has done yet, and Maxwell and Wyllie put in some very effective work.  However, “Laceman” will tell us all about it.
Well, Mr. Editor, just a few words on another subject.  Failure, inevitable failure awaits the man who tries to please everyone, hence I am not going to try my hand in it.  Neither do I purpose making any apology for my telegraphic summary of the Burnley League match.  Indeed I should have a high old time of it were I to make a note of every instance where a player was tripped, and what is more, I think I should receive a gentle reminder from you, Sir- and very properly so.  Should there be anything requiring special mention it is reserved for my notes.  I wonder if “Liverpudian” ever heard the story of an old Scotch Deacon who never lost an opportunity of deprecating the poor pastor’s ability, leaving his hearers to infer that if he only had a chance he would shot them how things ought to be done!  The opportunity came sooner than he expected in consequence of the parson’s illness.  He was requested to conduct the service.  He did so up to the point when he mounted the pulpit.  The text was given, a pause ensued, during which his face and bald head were noticed to become very red and moist.  Again he bawled out the text, but he got no further, and at last solemnly ejaculated, “Brethren, if any of you went the conceit taken out of you, just come up here.” 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 16 January 1892
Football Under Protest
The severe turn in the weather practically spoiled this Cup tie this afternoon.  When I arrive at Liverpool, at noon, I found it piercingly cold and I was not astonished to learn that the Anfield ground was knitted together like a hugh block of granite.  Mr. Ramsey had done everything in his power to get the field into a fit condition, and his labours met with a poor reward.  The man who contracted to remove the snow was not able do it because horses could not be worked owing to the dangerous roads, and the only feasible plan was to spread a layer of sand all over the enclosure.  Twenty loads were brought all the way from Seaforth at much expense, still the surface was in places frozen from lumps of snow.  An early inspection by the three officials and the “big-wigs” of the club ended in a pretty unanimous agreement that football would be extremely dangerous.  However, an attempt was made, both clubs lodging a protest, so that it is almost certain that the teams will have to meet again.  The attendance was affected by the adverse surroundings, and I should say that the spectators would not number more than 6,000 or 7,000.  Geary had been announced to play, but stood down in favour of Gordon, and the players took their positions as follows;- Everton; Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Gordon, Wyllie, Latta, Chadwick and Milward, forwards.  Burnley;- Hillman, goal; Lang and Walker, backs; McFetteridge, Matthews, and Keenan, half-backs; Nichol, Bowes, Espie, McLardle, and Hill, forwards.  Referee; Mr. T. Armitt (Leek), Linesmen; J.G. Hall and E. Johnson. 
It was behind the advertised time when a start took place, and it was soon seen that whatever Everton meant to do with the knowledge that it was not a Cup tie, their opponents were determined to show that they could do.  Nichol should have scored in the very first minute, but sent the ball flying outside.  Walker put in a nice kick, and then Mclardie had the best of Earp, but Howarth disposed of the shot.  A long effort by Matthews only cleared the bar.  Following this Milward got away in his own neat style, winding up with a grand attempt, which forced a corner from Hillman, who did what little he had to do marvelously well.  Johnny Holt had hit pants torn by Bowes and whilst he was away making repairs McLardie scored for the visitors, who were certainly the most aggressive.  Earp rambled a good deal, and gave Hill several chances down the far side, but luckily for the home side they did not bear fruit.  When the ball did travel Burnley way it was usually owing to the labours of the left pair, as Gordon was of little use.  Latta got in now and then with a taking dribble, but he met with little support from the right pair, and combination was almost nil.  A lovely shot by Chadwick carried the ball over the top at lightning speed.  After 35 minuets’ play Nichol clapped on a second goal, the ball striking the bottom side of the bar and glancing out of Williams’ reach.  A foul against Burnley jeopardized their goal but the danger passed away, and a corner for the home team was of no use. 
Half-Time Everton 0 Burnley 2
During the interval it became pretty well known that the game was being played under protest, and interest in the proceedings went down correspondingly.  The play continued to be largely all on one side, despite brilliant work by Latta.  The old Dumbarton player had gone to his favourite position on the outside right, Gordon trying his skill in the centre, and Alec treated the crowd to some fine bits.  He fairly left Lang in one race and had the goal at his mercy, but Walker suddenly slipped across and saved the shot in very clever style.  Just before this an ugly looking jump by Matthews against Lang was very properly penalized the half-back being spoken to by the referee, who was warmly cheered for his prompt action.  Earp was twice conspicuous for his sturdy defence, and then the game took a temporary turn, Everton obtaining a goal.  This sprang out of a splendid maneuver by Latta, who passed to Wyllie and the ball being sent on to Chadwick, the International beat the massive Hillman with one of his patent express shots.  This smart performances, however, was immediately wiped off by a similar piece of work at the other end, the final shot being administered by McLardie.  Another misfortunes was shortly in store for the home side, Hill putting on a simple goal.  Both Earp and his colleague missed the ball somehow and the left winger ran on within close range, when he let and the ball was through again.  This placed Burnley three goals ahead and their supporters were naturally well pleased with the state of affairs, Latta from a p[ass by Gordon looked like scoring, but Lang stuck to him and rolled him over in the goalmouth.  The Burnley left again got off, and Gordon replied with a fine run, but weas well collared right in the goal by Lang.  Hillman ought the ball and cleared.  Earp was soon again on the defence and cleared grandly.  A free kick fell to Everton, and Hope scored a beauty.  Then Burnley sprinted up, but nothing further was done, Everton being easily beaten.  Final; Everton 2, Burnley 4.
It was a thousand pities that circumstances were not favourable to a settlement of this Cup tie.  It had been spotted as about the hottest in the whole series.  The fact that the League records of the two clubs are wonderfully alike, and that the teams played a draw only a fortnight ago pointed to a match quite out of the common order.  Geary, too, was expected to reappear after a very prolonged absence, and I anticipated a rich football treat.  But all calculations were simply up-ended by King Frost, following on the recent downfall of snow.  I can hear testimony to the dangerous state of the ground and sympathies with the Everton authorities in their ill-luck.  The loss financially will be severe unless a particularly fine afternoon is pitched upon when the game is replayed.  That it will be replayed may be taken as certainly, and Anfield will, of course, be the trysting place on the next occasion,  some of the players, Everton especially, did not care to risk their limbs on such a ground and today’s result must not be taken as a criterion of what the teams are capable.  All things allowed for, however, Burnley will take some knocking out.  I don’t know a more determined set of men anywhere and what is more, they know how the game should be played. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 16 January 1892
On the former’s ground, which was covered with several inches of snow, and before a wretched gate.  Iddon started, and MacPherson missed scoring.  Jardine conceded a corner, but nothing came of it.  The visitors exhibited good shooting, Fielding got down and Jardine saved, after which Murray scored for Everton.  The Central wakened up and Harry Lee, with the assistances of Iddon equalized.  Final; Southport Central 2, Everton 1

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 16 January 1892

  • When are the Everton cripples-Marsden and Campbell to say nothing of McLean –going to start. 
  • It is hoped that the Harry Wood fund will realize 200 pounds.  The Everton committee with its usual generosity has subscribed 2 pounds 2s.
  • Members were free to the Cup-tie at Everton at a cost to the club of 15 pounds.  What has the Bogie man on the committee to say to this?  He has his say in every little matter; perhaps this proposal took his breath away.  But how is the 15 pound arrived at?
  • What has been “Olympian’s experience at Everton today?  Has he still a high idea of their “impartially?”

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 16 January 1892
Nottingham Chit-Chat 
By Laceman
The clever victory Notts gained over Aston Villa led the Lambs to expect that even though without their captain they would be able to retain their unbeaten League certificate this season on Trent Bridge against Everton, and I must confess that it is a somewhat difficult and disagreeable task for me to explain away their defeat.  No doubt in many quarters, their reverse will strengthen the belief that Notts are a one-man team, and can do no good when Oswald is a way, but I by no means hold this view.  Whilst fully admitting that the captain exercises a powerful influence for good when playing in the forward rank, and no one deny that he is a resourceful and skillful general, I think the front division on Saturday demonstrated that they could play a dashing game without him, and with a little luck they would have sent Everton back defeated.  They hardly worked in so combined a manner as one is accustomed to see, however, and during the game they chopped and changed about a good deal, but in many instances their attacks were really strong and brilliant and it was only their superb defence of Everton that stopped them.  Had the back division been as strong as it usually is, well of couse, the result would have been different.  After having spent the New Year’s holiday in Scotland and only having returned to town on Saturday morning bringing Locker with him- who has since gone away with Notts to train, though it is hardly probable that he will play in the Cup-tie-so one would have expected that Hendry would play well.  But he did, and the real weak spot in the team proved to be that usually safe back, Tommy McLean.  He missed his kicks surprisingly, and that clever pair, Chadwick and Milward had not much difficulty in getting round him. 
At the commencement Walkerdine was in the centre, Williamson-Notts did not allow him to stay with the Forest long, and have, I think settled all difference with him-being on the right wing with McInnes and Walker again partnering Daft.  In the second half Walker was tried in the centre, but he did not fit and then Mcinnes went there.  McInnes had shot rather badly during the afternoon, and had in addition had to retire owing to a slight injury, but when he got between the wings the change proved effective, for in less than a minute Walkerdine scored a goal.  Then Everton were credited with a point which ought not to have been allowed.  Holt appeared to trip Walker, and Notts people are strongly of opinion that he did so, but the referee took no notice of the appeal which was made, and Everton playing on equalized.  Toone was a usual smart in goal, but he might have saved the third goal.  Another Notts man who keeps in wonderful form is Alf Shelton, his play at present being really brilliant, and if he keeps it up I think he is sure to again secure international honours.  Daft is also playing consistently well, and I have no doubt that if Walkerdine were not messed about in his positions so much he would chow up as favourably as he did at the commencement of the season.  McInnes, Williamson, and Walker did not shine very much.  Calderhead played his usual steady and effective game, but Bramley was not so successful as usual.  Everton played a good strong game.  Williams proved himself a smart goalkeeper, Bob Howarth won great admiration for his cool but splendid back play.  Holt and Kelso were grand at half-back, and the left wing pair were the best of the forwards. 

January 18, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Despite the exertions of the Everton executive to place their enclosure in a fit condition for the proper fulfilment of their Cup tie with Burnley, their wishes could not be fully carried out. The parties who contracted to clear the snow could not complete their undertaking in time owing to the slippery state of the roads and recourse was had to a liberal distribution of sand, which was being laid on at the time of the spectators were assembling. The frost, however, had got a firm grip of the surface, and though the sand had a neutralising effect, the ground was still dangerous. It was not suited for a fierce Cup-tie combat, as hard knocks and falls would have had series consequences on the recipients, and so it was wisely decided by both clubs to declare the match not a Cup-tie, a course of action approved of by the referee, Mr. Armitt. It was a stern game, all the same, and Burnley in particular went about their work in a manner the thoroughness of which was greatly appreciated. They commenced strongly, maintained the pace all through, and after a grand display on a difficult ground pulled up winners by 4 goals to 2, as “fresh as paint.” They are a capital combination of splendid physique, that were evidently much better trained than Everton, who, if they are to go forward in the Cup competition will have to pay more regard to strict training and practice. With the exception o the forwards the Burnley formation was the same as when in Liverpool a fortnight ago. Espie now took centre forward and Hill resumed his customer place on outside-left. Graham was thus an absentee, and the change was greatly to the advantage of Burnley. Espie is a man of weight, speedy, and has an excellent command of his wings, which are equally powerful. The half-backs were more successful than when previously opposed to Everton and Lang, Walker, and Hillman sustained the high standard o defence they gave in the League match. It was unfortunate for Everton that Maxwell'a ineligibility prevented his assisting his club, for he has now got into the proper groove with his wingmen. Geary should have returned, after three months' enforced absence, to his old place, but the ground being slippery, it was not thought advisable to run any risk of throwing him on the injured list again. Gordon made a poor substitute, but the greatest mistake of all was in playing him on the wing and in bringing Latta to the centre. Two departments were thus disturbed instead of one, and this becoming apparent, Latta resumed his proper place in the second half, and at once became a source of tribulation to Lang and Keenan. The forwards certainly played up pluckily, and improved greatly in the later stages of the game, but they compared unfavourably with the Burnley vanguard and that they did so was not the fault of Holt, Kelso, and Robertson, for the half-back play of Everton was all that was desirable. Earp got through a lot of work well but Howarth was weak at times and too phlegmatic. Williams also was often as fault.

January 18 1892
The Liverpool mercury
Much speculation was indulged in as to what the result of this important contest would be seeing that on the last meeting of the clubs at Anfield a fortnight ago a hard and stubbornly contested game ended in a draw of one goal each. On Saturday, Everton had to do without the services of Maxwell, whose absence sadly weakened the home attack. Geary was put down to fill the centre position, but owing to the hard stae of the ground the home executive deemed it advisable to substitue Gordon for the ex-Notts player, whose ankle is yet weak. Everton took the precaution of making the enclosure as fit as possible, and men were engaged up to the kick off in spreading sand over the snow. Previous to the game, a consultation took place between the respective captains who agreed to sign that it would be no cup tie, the referee coinciding after he had made his official inspection. Graham was dispalced on the left wing by Hill and Espie took the latter's place in the centre, otherwise the Burnley team was the same as met the Anfielders previously. The following were the players:- Everton, Williams (R), goal, Earp (E), and Howarth (R), backs; Kelso (R), Holt (J), (capatin), and Robinson (H), half-backs, Gordon (P), Wyille (T), Latta (A), Chadwick (E), and Milward (A), forwards. Burnley, Hillman (J), goal; Walker, and Lang, backs, McFettridge, Matthews, and Keenan, half-backs, Nicol, Bowes, Espie, McLardle, and Hill, forwards. Shortly after the advertised time Mr. Armitt got the teams in hand and Everton losing the toss Latta started against the light breeze. The visitors soon showed they meant business as Nicol dashed on the wing and screwing across the goalmouth, McLardie missed a fine chance. Everton from this early let off got busy on the right and Hillman had to exert himself in getting rid of a spendid attempt by Latta. After Chadwick had sent over the bar, Howarth shaped well in stemming a rush by Hill and McLardie and then Williams prevented Espie from scoring after the ball had been placed by McFettridge. A corner kick to the visitors having been landed outside Chadwick and Milward made a spirited advance, and Hillman had to deal with a strong shot from the foot of the latter, but before danger was averted a barren corner to the homesters accrued. Holt was now injured by Matthews, and during his temporary absence Keenan, through the blundering of Gordon managed to score for Burnley 20 minutes from the start. Everton went away from the reverse and were often troublesome but could not penetrate the Burnley defence and Earp soon afterwards had to stop a dangerous rush by the visitors' left pair. Enthusiasm was now aroused among the home supporters as Latta got possession from midfield and ran down. His final, however was nicely met and cleared by Hillman. Who had to ru8n out twelve yards to save his charge. Everton had now a very slight advantage and twice the Burnley goal was all but captured. Give and take play ensued after which Burnley again became aggressive and Nicol, through Howarth missing his kick, beat Williams for the second time with a seemingly soft shot. For eight minutes before the interval Everton swared the Burnley goal, found no entrance between the posts, and when half-time arrived the visitors were leading by 2 goals to nil. On changing ends Hillman was loudly cheered for his abilities in goal. Resuming Gordon was placed in the centre and Latta took up his usual position on, the right. The second stage opened fast on the part of Everton and play was returned in front of Hillman for a few minutes. Matthews, who during the game had shown doubtful tactics throughout which were quite uncalled for, was now cautioned by the referee, and hooted by the crowd for fouling Latta. McLardie then had a weak shy at goal, after which the Everton right winger forced Hillman to concede another barren corner, with a hard shot. Burnley again had the pull and twice the ball was sent into the net, after Earp had repelled the attackers half a dozen times. Nothing, however, was gained by the visitors, and Latta fastening on the ball lost no time in transfering play to the other end where Chadwick got his toe to the leather, and opened the scoring for the homesters with a shot which srewed itself beyond the reach of the Burnley custodian. From the midfield kick Burnley ran down, and McLardie gave his side a still further lead by putting the third point on. Disater agin fell to Everton as Holt in passing back to Earp, allowed Hill to get in through a miskick by the Everton right back, and a fourth goalm was registered for the visitors Williams shaping anything but well in dealing with the shot. MClardie now had a lively tussle with Latta and was successful in stemming the right winger. Keenan removed danger in the Burnley goal, he being conspicuious by sterling left-back play, as he gave Espie a fine chance which was not accepted, the ball gontly gliding outside. Lang having kicked out to clear the home attackers a free kick was award Everton for hands against Bowes, and Holt judiciously tipping the ball to Robinson,'' hop'' successed in scoring the second goal for the Anfielders. Play continued exciting to the close and an intersting game ended in favour of Burnley by 4 goals to 2.

January 18 1892
The Liverpool mercury
This match was played at the scarisbrick new-road enclosure, Southport on frozen snow on the coldest day of the season, and before an attebdance only of the most inveterate patrons. The teams which vat=ried from those annnounced were:- Everton; Jardine (J), goal, Fairbrother, and Collins (J), backs, Wharmby, Jones (R), and cockayne half-backs, Maxwell (A) Murray (P), Pinnell (A), McMillan (J), and Edwards, forwards. Southport Centre; Gee (J), goal, Fairhurst and Gee (C) backs, Hought, McLeren and Dodd, half-backs, Hasell (L), Lee (H), Iddon (T), McPherson, and Fielding, forwards. The presence of Maxwell proved an unexpected gratification, and indeed the whole Everton team excited pleasure among the onlookers. On clear ground there could be little doubt that Everton would have won by at least 3 goals to 2; but under the circumstance victory rested with the team which could the better preserve their perpendicular and the game was pretty even, with the advantage to Centre towards the close. At the start Everton went off with a telling combination of forwards and in a few minutes scored a magnificent goal. Apparently they netted a second goal ten minutes later but an appeal for offside was unheld. Before half-time Southport equalised after Jardine had shown a defence which was greatly admired. At half-time the untrodder state of the snow right and left of the Everton goal testified that the Liverpool men had only been partially put on their defence Southport opened the second half by missing an opportunity and Everton, among other instance of hard luck, struck the crossbar. Even combat ruled for a while and then Southport by a spurt of good passing play, neatly made the score 2 to 1 with which register a pleasnt game even totally closed. Owing to indisposition Jones who had done good work did not appear in the second half while Fielding kept on though bhut in indifferent form. Dodd shone more for Centrel. Mr. C Blundell was referee.

Athletic News - Monday 18 January 1892
The Everton ground was in a dreadful condition for football.  The frost had set in with such terrible severity before the snow could be removed that the surface was a mass of ice.  The ugly lumps that were scattered about looked ominous and the Everton players particularly did not half relish the possibility and risks of a fall.  The failure to play the tie means a big monetary loss, as a postponed match does not often prove very attractive to the public.  Then there is the double expense, to say nothing of the worry and anxiety. 

Athletic News - Monday 18 January 1892
By The Tramp
The meeting of Everton and Burnley, Mr. Editor, was expected to produce one of the warmest ties in the competition. Indeed, on paper, they were the best matched couple in the thirty-two. Ever since the draw was made the game had been looked forward to with great eagerness, which received a fillip from the even set-to between the teams on the 2nd inst. Since then each had scored a League victory, Everton booking a fine win at Nottingham, and Burnley making mincemeat of Darwen. Everything, therefore, pointed to a mighty struggle for the hononr of figuring in Round No. 2. The teams had taken pains to make themselves fit, as each side knew that there would not be an ounce to throw away when the day of reckoning came round. Well, all these preliminaries were quite the proper thing, but, alas! They were knocked on the head by the rigour of winter. All their preparations were of no avail, and King Front was master of the situation. Saturday was a terribly cold day, following on a terribly cold night, and as I rode up from the city in the direction of Anfield, doubts multiplied in number and force as to the possibility of football at all. Arrived at the Sandon, friend Barclay hazarded the opinion that there would be no play, and the officials were summoned together to make an examination and give their judgment.  I accompanied them on to the field, and it did not require more than a glance on two to come to the conclusion that anything like serious football would be positively dangerous. Mr. Ramsay was superintending the efforts to take the sting out of the ground, but these were only partially successful. Early in the week the snow had disappeared, but another downfall was frozen into small icebergs, and these could not be removed through the bad state of the roads making it impossible for horses to be employed to do the necessary carting. The only remedy left was to cover the slippery surface with sand, and as many as twenty loads were fetched from Seaforth, at a cost £1 per load. Where this was thickly spread the going was fairly good, but there were many spots that were fall of danger, and it was clear to all that the Cup tie was out of the question. The officials were unanimous on this point, and it was soon agreed that a game should be played under protest. When the players appeared on the scene sand was still being scattered about, and it was ten minutes beyond the time announced before they appeared. Geary was expected to strip for the first time for many weeks, but under the circumstances he did not join his old comrades, Latta going centre and Gordon partnering Wyllie on the right. Of course the teams knew full well that they were practically playing to fill up the afternoon, and anything that was done must not be accepted as a sample of what they can do under favourable conditions. It was an exhibition pure and simple, and there I might stop. Burnley threw far more vigour into their movements than did their antagonists, and certainly gave a better display of football. Their victory of four goals two gives one a pretty fair idea of the fortunes of the game, as it times they had virtually the play in their own hands. The arrangement of the Everton forwards did not work at all well, Gordon being clearly outclassed and upsetting the combination, whilst the defence was not so safe as it might have been. Anyone could see that the footing was treacherous, and to this must be attributed the numerous mistakes. Earp, in the first half, and Howarth, in the second, slipped about and gave openings that Burnley were not slow to utilize. The visiting backs were somehow more at home than the Evertonians, and got about with less trouble. Hillman furnished several specimens of the very best goalkeeping, and one wonderful save by Walker, after a dazzling bit of play by Latta, deserves special mention. But items such as these were few and far between, and the knowledge that time was merely being filled in took away about 90 per cent of the interest in the proceedings. The spectators, of whom there were about 7,000, took their share of the burlesque in very good part, and, except a foul or two—Johnny Holt getting his pants ripped in one case—everything passed off peaceably. The teams will, of course, have to meet again on the same ground, and if the weather is suitable it will be great battle for victory.

January 22, 1892. Birmingham Daily Post
Claims for £111
In the Glasgow Sheriff Court, yesterday, Sheriff Guthrie heard the arguments as to relevancy in the action at the instance of Richard Molyneux, secretary of the Everton Football Club, Liverpool against Daniel Doyle, lately residing at 26, Coniston Street, Liverpool, and now at Marlborough Street, Glasgow, claiming £111. Plaintiff stated that the Everton Club was formed for the purpose of engaging in the game of football upon what are known as professional principles, and for promoting and profiting by football, and the defendant was one of the professional football players in the service of the club, and as such in receipts of remuneration down to the date of the breach of contract. On or about the 14 th January last an agreement was entered into between the pursuer, as secretary, for and on behalf of the Everton club on the one hand, and the defendant on the other, whereby the defender agreed that from and after the 1 st May, 1891 until 30 th April, 1893, both inclusive, he should serve the club as a professional football player; that he would obey the lawful commands of the committee of the club; and that for his services the plaintiff should pay him £3, weekly during his employment, and that the defender should devote his whole time and services exclusively or the benefit of the club, and would not at any time during his employment play for any other club or with any other team than the Everton football team, and conform to the agreement produced. At the request of the defendant, the terms of the agreement were modified to the extent that the defendant should receive £91, on the 1 st of May, 1891, on account of anticipated earnings, and a weekly payment of £1. 5s, during the rest of the period contracted for. In conformity with the modified contract, and on the faith of the due fulfilment of the defendant's part thereof, the plaintiff, on behalf of the club, on or about 30 th May, 1891, advanced and paid to defendant the sum of £96, together with a sum of £15, being twelve weeks' additional salary in advance, making together the sum o £111, sued for. Notwithstanding the agreement, the defendant's obligation under it, and the payment to him of the sum of £111, defendant, in violation of the contract, deserted the club, and was induced to join the Celtic Football Club, where, it is believed, and averred, he is employed on terms and conditions implying pecuniary remuneration for services rendered in excess of those provided for in his contract with Plaintiff's club. The failure of the defendant to fulfil his contract with the plaintiff's club led to serious loss to the club and injury to its reputation, action for damages in respect of which is reserved. Doyle, in his defence, denied the alleged breach of contract, but admits that he terminated his engagement with Everton on the 8 th August, 1891, having served it for a period of fourteen weeks. He refers to the agreement and states that the modification of it is thus expressed in a note on the margin o the agreement;- “The said D.Doyle to receive £91, on May 1, 1891, out of his season's wages, and 25s, per week during the rest of the season 1891-92.” He admits that in terms of the agreement as modified, the club on the 30 th May, 1891, paid him £96, and he admits that he also received £15, on the 18 th August, 1891. He terminated his connection with the Everton Club, and explains that his reason for accepting the offer of the Glasgow Club was that it was close to his home in Airdrie. The Everton Club had no difficulty in finding a successor. He states that he served the Everton club fourteen weeks, his wages for which in all amounted to £42, and has always been, and is still willing –to return the balance, £69., to the club on their discharging their claims against him. Doyle gives a general denial to the other statements of the plaintiff. Plaintiff denied the counter statements of the defendant, and explained that according to the laws of football in England playing in suspended during the months of May, June, July, and August, and that the defendant was engaged with special reference to his playing during the football or open season –After hearing arguments on both sides, the Sheriff intimated that he will probably give a decree for the admitted sum of £69, but a final; decision will not be given for another week.

January 22 1892
The Liverpool mercury
In the Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday, Sheriff Guthrie heard the debate as to relevanoy in the actions as the instance of Richard Molyneux, secretary for and on behalf of the Everton Football Club Liverpool against Daniel Doyle, laterly residing at 26, coniston street Liverpool and now at marlborough-street Glasgow, claiming £111, purser states that Everton Club was formed for the purpose of engaging in the game of football. Upon what are known as profeesional principles, and for promoting and profiting by footbal, and the defender was one of the professional football players in the service of the club, and such in remuneration down to date of his breach of contract. On or about the 14 th January last an agreement was ebtred into between the purser, as secretary for and on behalf of the Everton Football Club, on the one hand and the defender on the other. Whereby the defender agreed that from and after the 1 st MAY 1891 until 30 th August 1893, both inclusive he should serve the club as a professional football player. That he would obey the lawful commands of the committee of the club and that for his service the pursuer should pay him £3 weekly during his employment, and that he defender should devotee his whole time and service exclusively for the benefit of the club and would not at any time during his employment play for any other club or with any other team than the Everton football team, and comform to the agreement produced. At the request of the defender the terms of the agreement were modified to the extreme that the defender should recived £91 on the 1 st May 1891 on account of anticipated earning and a weekly payment of £1 5s during the rest of the period contracted for. It conformity with the modified contract and on the faith of the due implement of the defender's parts thereof, the puruer on behalf of the club on or about 30 th may 1891, advanced and paid to defender the sum of £96 together with a sum of £15 , bring twelve weeks additionalm salry to advance making together the sum of £111. For notwithstanding the agreement the defender obligation under it and payment to him of the sum of £111. The defender is vioalation of the contract. Deserted the club and refused to remain one of its combination, and not only deserted the pursuer's club but was indeed to join Celtic football club where is to believed and averted, he is employed on terms and conditions implying percasary recertaination for service rendered in excess of these provided for in his contract with pursuer's clu. The failure of the defender to implement his contract with the pursuer's club led to serious loss, injury and damage to the club and its reputation. Action for damages in repect of which is reserved. Doyle in his defwence denied the alleged breach of contract but admits that he terminated his engagement with Everton on the 8 th August 1891, having served its for a period of 14 weeks. He refers to the agreement and states that he modiification of it is expressed in a note on the margin for the agreement:- ‘'the said D Doyle to received £91 on May 1 st 1891, out of his season's wages and 25s per week during the rest of the season 1891-92''he admits that in terms of the agreement as modified, the club on the 30 th May 1891 paid the defender £96 and he admit that he also received £15, on the 18 th August 1891. He terminated his connection with the Everton football club and expalined that his reason for accepting the offer of the Glagow club was that it was close to hiss home in Airdrie. The Everton club had no difficulty in finding a success. He states that he served the Everton club for 14 weeks his wages for which is all accounted to £42, and has always been and is still willing to return the balance £69-to the club on their discharging their claims against him. Doyle gives a genaral denial to the other statements of the pursuer. Pursuer denied the counter statements of the defender and explained that according to the lasw of football in England playing is supended during the months of May, June July, and August and that the defender was engaged with special referance to his playing during the football or open season. after hearing arguments on both sides the Sheriff intimated that he will probably give a decrea for the admitted sum of £69 but a fianl decision will not be given by his lordship for another week.

January 23, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton and Burnley will this afternoon again endeavour to bring their first round English Cup tie to a definite issue, and, as the weather has taken a more favourable turn, there seems every possibility of the fate of one or other of these two tough opponents being sealed this afternoon as far as this year's cup competition is concerned. As originally arranged, Burnley and Everton should have played a League match at Turf Moor, but this has been deferred to some future date. Looked at from the display of last Saturday, Burnley are much fancied as winners, but much reliance may easily be displaced in last week's form. Everton were not then fully represented, and were on that account, together with the slippery state of the ground, overmatched by Burnley. The object to be obtained, too, was not momentous, but the incentive will not be lacking now, and altogether a very keen game is apparently in store without, it is hoped, any undue tendency to roughness.
Everton v. Burnley, at Anfield-road. Kick-off at 2.30 p.m. The following will represent Everton; Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Chadwick, Milward, and another forward.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 23 January 1892
By “Mickey Free”
One can hardly be expected to sit down quietly and indulge in serious criticism of the play in the match Everton versus Burnley on Saturday.  There was nothing but frost at every step.  The attempt by the contractor to clear the ground was a frost.  Failing this, mud was looked upon as a saving clause but here again another frost set in.  The committee bargained for twenty loads at 1 pound per load, but carts could not be got to bring up the yellow material, and so the hard lumps of frozen snow and ice were only partially covered, and play was out of the question.  Some parts of the ground which I walked over were positively dangerous to life and limbs, and I was therefore not at all surprised when the announcement was made regarding protests from both sides.  I was, however, very much surprised indeed at the close of the game to hear a remark that Everton were cowardly in protesting.  It emanated from a Bootleite, of course, but surely it was not meant as an honest expression of feeling.  Now-if it were a Roman arena instead of an English football field the sentiment might not be considered so murine enable, as it would be more in accordance with the fitness of things; but if our grand pastime is to be changed from a trial of skill to one of brutality than I for one will have none of it. 
Another disappointment was the non-appearance of Geary; yet when it leaked out that the match was not a Cup tie Fred’s friends were better pleased that he had not tempted Providence for nothing.  The absence of Maxwell and the inclusion of Gordon caused a marvelous difference in the play of the Everton forwards.  Latta was taken out of his place on the right, and it was a clear case of spoiling two positions for the sake of one.  Gordon was useless on the right, hence both centre and right wing were practically crippled.  The left wing was also seriously affected, but only in a minor degree.  Holt played well, Kelso was not quite at his ease, and Robertson was positively was positively off it; but the worst man on the field was Howarth.  He might have tried just a wee bit more and not allowed himself to be walked round with such ease.  Coolness is all very well in its way, but there is a point where one loses patience and that was reached twice over on Saturday.  Williams was also disappointing; two goals at least ought to have been stopped.  I like to see a goalkeeper move about a little more as the play alternates from wing to wing, so that he may be in the best position to receive the ball when it does come.  Look at the fix we would be in supposing the Association saw no reason for requesting the game to be re-played?  Burnley evidently made up their minds not to leave anything to chance and so made strenuous efforts to pile up a score.  This brought out some of the peculiarities for which Burnley have been noted, and brought a couple of their players under the notice of the referee.  The worst case was that of Matthews, who without the remotest excuse rushed at Latta as the latter was trotting across to place the ball for a free kick, and charged him heavily.  In the second half Latta resumed his place on the wing, and the change worked wonders, proving beyond doubt that should a centre fail it is better to keep the wings intact.  Two goals were put on, and but for the cleverness of Hillman and a beautifully judged, though lucky, kick by Walker, Everton must have equalized.  On the play, such as it was, Burnley were the better team, and (excepting the bromides referred to) played better football.  Keenan, that “old everlasting,” did astonish me.   It is many years since I first saw him perform and he is almost as good as ever.  Lang is also a consistent player.  McFetteridge played in his usual style; I might sum him up in the words of one of his own townsmen.  It was thusly; “Well, Mac was just a bit rough but he’s a good ‘un,” the latter part of the sentence with marked emphasis.  The forwards combined well under the circumstances but on good ground with our full team in the field, they are much inferior to our men in that position.  The Burnley executive must have gone home pleased with a 4 to 2 victory and a cheque for 100 pounds for doing it. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 23 January 1892
By “Olympian”
There were fully 10,000 at this Cup tie at Anfield this afternoon.  It will be remembered that the clubs met a week ago, but the adamantine conditions of the ground made the tie an impossibility, and the time was occupied by exhibition football, in which Burnley had the satisfaction of scoring four goals to two.  The weather of today was of quite a different character, and as many tons of snow had been removed and the enclosure well rolled all the danger had been taken out of it.  Now and again the sun struggled with the mist, and the day was very favourable for the game.  There were two important alterations in the teams, two fresh centre forwards operating.  Espie has been ruled ineligible by the Council of the F.A. and Geary reappeared for the first time since he was hurt at Sunderland on the 2nd of October –a long holiday.  The teams were as under;- Everton; Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.  Burnley;- Hillman, goal; Walker and Lang, backs; McFefferidge, Matthews and Keenan, half-backs; Nichol, Bowes, Hill, McLardle, and Graham, forwards.  Referee; Mr. T. Armitt (Leek), Linesmen; Messrs J.G. Hall and E. Johnson.  Mr. Armitt got the players at work in excellent time and doings soon assumed a lively hue.  Geary and the left pair were quickly swooping down the field and the ball was crossed over to Latta, but just as he was about to shoot Lang knocked him of his balance.  This was the first of many duels between the Everton flyer and the Burnley back, and it must be admitted that Lang fully held his own.  Hillman was found employment by Chadwick and no matter who called upon him the ponderous goalkeeper came out with immense credit.  Whenever the shot came from he was in readiness, and he was often warmly applauded.  Splendid passing by the home forwards let in Milward, who lost a fine opening by shooting wide.  Nichol did not relish the way in which Holt tackled him and followed the half-back to say no, and thus came in for a lecture by the referee.  Geary tried two shots, one of which was kicked out by Walker and the other fisted away by the goalkeeper.  Latta came across Lang once more, and to the delight of the crowd, upset him beautifully.  Williams had so far nothing to do, although Burnley made numerous incursions, and at length a grand screw by Graham enabled Hill to score the first goal-a simple one.  This after 16 minutes play.  Charming passing by the Everton forwards followed but Hillman was wonderfully safe, stopping everything.  Robertson was working with great energy and won many cheers.  Play was up and down the field by turn, and Hill added a second goal just as Williams knocked down a shot by Bowes.  The ball had really only reached Williams on two occasions and yet Everton were two goals in arrears.  Nichol came in for more lecturing, the referee being very strict indeed throughout.  Just before the interval the Everton custodian saved a couple of shots-one by Hill being a teaser.   Half-Time; Everton 0, Burnley 2.
The game had hardly been set going again when Milward was seen making tracks on the far side, but Walker pulled him down.  Directly afterwards the left winger gave Hillman a particularly warm shot which he cleared splendidly.  Howarth was somehow off colour and allowed the Burnley right pair to get up many times, whilst his kicking was also faulty.  Earp played much superior football.  He had the ill-luck to get winded, and just as the whistle was sounded the ball was again sent flying through, but of course it did not count.  Lang came out in great form at this stage, tackling superbly and clearing very finely.  At last Everton were rewarded with a goal which was magnificently shot by Milward after a foul against the visitors.  Hillman had no chance whatever.  The next few minutes was spent in a fierce combat in which players on both sides were guilty of shady tricks.  Indeed the atmosphere became so tainted that the referee called the two teams together and read the Riot Act.  Everton next sailed down right in front but Walker sent the ball flying among the crowd, whilst Hillman effected two saves which astonished everybody.  Corners fell to both sides but all were useless Geary and Bowes both came under the notice of the referee.  Latta raced along the wing closely followed by Lang.  The former centred but Geary shot dreadfully.  Matthews next stopped Geary when racing along, and Everton were as ailed.  Wyllie passed nicely to Latta, who rushed off, but Wyllie handled the ball on getting it back, which enabled Burnley to return to the charge, and from a sharp shot by Nichol the tie was practically assured, as Williams failed utterly in his attempt to stop it.  Final; Everton 1, Burnley 3
The football was of a vastly different type to that of last Saturday.  Then the vigour was almost wholly on the side of Burnley, but today their rivals were not a whit behind them.  Whilst the Everton game was the most scientific and the most taking to the eye, the style adopted by the visitors was the more effective.  Their sole aim and object was to make the ball travel in the direction of the goal, and they carried it out with much success.  And yet there is no gainsaying the fact that Hillman had much more to do than had Williams, and if the goalkeeper had been changed Burnley would not now have been ready for Round No 2.  In Hillman the Burnley club have a goalkeeper who has no superior and very few equals indeed.  There was resolution in the movements of the Burnley men that boded ill for their antagonists, and their “do or die” method was always a grim reality.  Geary did not strengthen the Everton team as he was easily dispossessed and went down with little more than a touch.  He was a weak spot and did not compare with Hill as to the amount of work done by the two.  I liked the defence of Burnley better than that of the home side, the backs being clearly a safe pair.  Chadwick and Milward treated the onlookers to many dashing runs, but the combination of the front rank was capable of improvement.  Latta was untiring in his efforts but he was shadowed at every turn.  Burnley ought to make short work of Stoke next Saturday and if they are anything like fortunate in subsequent draws they will come very near the finish. 
Thus writes our Burnley man.  They deserve every congratulation for their magnificent victory of this afternoon.  Hillman, Walker, Lang, Matthews, McLardle, Bowes, Nichol, and Hill were proper champions, but all of them played grandly.  Everton were terribly disappointed and didn’t at all approve of being taken down in such a decisive manner.  Keep your eye on Burnley. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 23 January 1892

  • Everton and Burnley once thought of playing their English Cup tie with their reserve teams.  Rather infra dig, for the Football Association.
  • So Everton did not try then?
  • Kelso excelled himself.  Good old Kelso!
  • Everton seem to be losing heart- and gates
  • Earp was the favourite, and made the running against Burnley.
  • Everton say they played for safety.  All the same they performed like a beaten team.
  • I hear that Holt’s knee is in a bad condition; also Jamieson and Finlayson are unwell!
  • Everton resolved to do or die since they had to replay Burnley for the English Cup.
  • The “bird of evil plumage” is causing great dissatisfaction in Liverpool football circles.
  • Some dissatisfied members of a certain Liverpool club will be receiving their papers without asking for them.
  • Heard in the Sandon; “How could it be anything but a bad game when they lost on their own ground?”
  • Poor “Olympian.”  Hard work for you and the blue pencil.  “Pelican” and the “L L” attended Saturday’s match at Everton.
  • At the Sandon;- The lady said as she stood alone, I’ve also kissed the “Blarney” stone.
  • Who took your part and traced the sandal back to its source (Anent Bootle v. Everton, March 9th 1880), when it was said that you sold the match?
  • Mr. Houlding wishes to run the Everton Club as a Limited Liability company.  The other members do not seem to see it.  A meeting will be held on Monday night in Shaw-st Colleague to consider matters.
  • Burnley to Everton; “How do you like us?”
  • The Everton backs are not equal to Burnley
  • Burnley are having plenty of toffee just now
  • Burnley think they can beat Everton any day.
  • Burnley was well represented at “Toffee-land”
  • Burnley were quite two goals better than Everton.
  • The Burnley pressmen grew indignant, and well they might.  It is always the case at Everton.
  • Mr. Thomas looked quite gay after the match at Everton, Tom White was Jovial, Lowis amiable, but the evening’s fun, well, just about too-too for publication.

January 23, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
Important Proposals
Although there has been a temporary lull in the agitations caused by the “spilt” which took place a few months back between the members and committee of the Everton Football Club, and their landlord-president (Mr. John Houlding) over the question of rent and purchasing of ground, the matter itself has not been allowed to drop by those chiefly connected with the affair. It will be recollected that a sub-committee was appointed to interview Mr. Orrell, the owner of the adjoining land to the now rented by the club from Mr. Houlding, also to “see and report on other grounds,” &c” It will also be remembered that Mr. Houlding promised to draw up and submit to the members a proposal to work the club on the “Limited liability” principle. For the purpose of considering the sub-committee's report, and also the advisability of forming the club into a company on the basic set forth in Mr. Houlding's prospectus, a meeting of members has been called for Monday next, at Colleague Hall, Shaw-Street, at half-past seven p.m. It will be remembered that at the last meeting held Mr. Hounding gave the club notices that their tenancy of the ground now rented by them would expire at the end of the present season. The sub-committee's report is as follows:-
We saw Mr. Orrell, and he is willing to sell the portion of land referred to at 7s 6d per yard, and he further stated that he is prepared to take any lower price that Mr. Houlding will be willing to accept for his land. He is also prepared to accept £100 per annum as rental, and to give up a lease to run concurrently with any lease which Mr. Houlding may give for his ground. Mr. Orrell is willing to give the club ownership in any errections put on the ground.
As to other Grounds –
The ground in Goodison-road, at the top of Spellow-lane, may be acquired on lease for any period from seven to twelve years at £50 annum. The owners are willing to give the club the option of purchase, but the price is not fixed yet. All errections put on the ground would be the property of the club. The ground is about 300 yards by 200 yards, and the club take any portion required. There are two sewers at either end of the ground, 12 feet deep at one end and 13 feet deep at the other end, so that there would be no difficulty as to drainage. The ground in Lower Breck-road, about 100 yards from Breckfield-road at present used by Walton Breck and other football clubs is offered on lease for twelve years at £100 per annum, the club having the option of purchase at 5s 6d per yard, all errections to be club's property. In addition to the land, we are offered a large house adjoining the ground, tenant of which is about to leave. This house would be suitable for dressing-rooms, offices, and club house for members. The ground offered is 180 yards by 120 yards. We have received an estimate of the cost of removing and rebuilding the errections from the present ground to either of the above grounds, including drainage of new ground, the cost being £330. The estimated cost of new boardings, two large covered stands, two large uncovered stands, turnstiles boxes, draining and levelling the ground would be £1,800. Signed –W. R. Clayton, Wm, Henderson, Robt Wilson, J. Griffths, Geo-Mahon, James C. Baxter. The sub-committee, at the request of the special committee, had an interview with Mr. Houlding, who after consideration, has replied as follows;- With regard to the rent I am willing to accept, I believe that the land in Walton Breck-road will always be wanted for when we consider that 10,000 people leave the ground at that end in about ten minutes, you must have room for them to spread out. I therefore think I ought to have 4 per cent, my outlay –viz £250 per annum. But if I should sell the land outside the boundary, of any portion thereof, at any time during tenancy, the rent will be lowered proportionately. I also reserve the right to nominate one member on the committee. I am also willing a lease, with the usual landlord's condition's inserted, so the portion required for enclosure for that period of ten years. Rent to be paid quarterly in advance. The tenants to have the option of purchase of the land that is used at present and enclosed at 7s 6d yard, such purchase to be arranged between now and the 30 th of April, 1894. The purchase to include all fast and loose fixtures, boundaries &c, that may be on the ground sold at that time. I am also willing that a company be formed (on conditions as per enclosure prospectus). Of course the notice to quit holds good. –John Houlding.

January 25 1892
The Liverpool mercury
The above clubs eought to have met at Burnley to bring off the League fixture, but owing to the English Association odering the cup tie to be replayed the Anfield enclosure was again occupied on Saturday. On the previous week Everton had to go under to Burnley with a defeat of 4 goals to 2. Even with this, however, the Anfield supporter did not for one moment imagine that the same dose would be repeated but rather that their favourities would come out of the ordeal with flying colours. Owing to the absence of frosh the ground was in excellent condition for a correct game. The weather also being most favourable. There were two import changes in the teams, Espie Burnley centre-forward being replaced by Hill whose position on the wing was filled by Graham while for Everton Geary was welcome lack to the centre. There was a tremendous gathering of spectators numbering fully 12,000. Which included a good sprinkling from Turf Moor. The following composed the teams:- Everton:- Williams (R), goals; Earp (E), and Howarth (R), backs, Kelson (R), Holt (J) (captain), and Robertson (H), half-backs, Latta (A), Wyille (T), Geary (F), Chadwick (E), and Milward (A), forwards. Burnley:- Hillman (J) goal; Walker, and Lang, backs, McFettridge, Matthews, and Keenan half-backs, Nicol, Bowes, Hill, McLardie, and Graham, forwards. Referee MR T Armitt (Leek). Losing the toss Geary commenced hostillities by crossing over to Latta, and Everton immediately became dangerous, Hillman having to deal with a couple from Milward and Wyllie. The Burnley custodian proved a hard nut to crack, as be again upset a grand combined attack by clearing his charge in marvellous style. The Everton defence was tried by the visitors front rank, and after a severe onslaught upon Williams, Howarth successfully got in his lob. A fine passing movement was next withness on the home left,. Chadwick and Milward becoming exceedingly troublesome to Walker. The leather was crossed over to Latta, who, after a severe tussle with Lang, sent in spendidly to Hillman; but all to no purpose, as the latter calmly threw away. Chadwick next repeated the dose, but with a like result. Everton were having much the best of the argument, and yet owing to the clever defence of the moorites, failed to find an opening. Enthusiausm ran high as Latta grounded Lang but however, Walker ran across, and in the nick of time sent forward to graham, who ultimately shot wide of the mark. Geary was conspicuous by a dashing sprint up the centre, but again Hillman was found safe. From the fist-out McFettridge got hold and giving to his van, the Burnley men came down in a body, Hill avaling himself of a clear opening and thus scoring the first point for his side. Not disheartened with this early reverse, the Evertonians completely hemmed in their opponents Hope Robertson being most prominent with his sterling half-back play.,. Nicol was again spoken to by Mr. Armitt for his dirty play which, so far, had been quite uncalled for, from the free kick Everton again attacked; but the visitors quickly retaliated, with the result that the Everton goal was again in danger Willams being called upon to steer upon to sheer some real stingers. Burnley returned, and this time Hill from a pass by McFettridge, scored the second point for his side. So far the visitors had all the luck, for though Everton had done most of the pressing, yet Burnley were more dangerous in goal when a chance was given them. The home van worked hard to amend matters, and showed most accurate comnination. Waker smartly sent back Milward, then Holt was seen to great advantage as he time after time got the better of Hill. Try as they would the Anfielders could make no impression on the stout defence of Lng, Walker, and Hillman, and though some beautiful shots were delivered to the latter an entrance was not found. Nearing the interval Burnley pressed, Willams dealing with a stiff one from Hill, but on half-time being called the scored stood –Burnley 2 goals, Everton none. Re-starting, the visitors were first to show up, Earp clearing capitally. The home left next made tracks along on the line, and as Milward was about to shoot, Walker pulled him down. Directly afterwards the left wing gave Hillman a particularly warm shot, which he manipulated in a capital style. Howarth was beaten by Nicol and Bowes and had not Earp rushed to the rescue Willams would have again been called on. From''hands'' against the Everton right back the visitors had a free kick, and Holt intercepting Latta went to the front by a speedy run, but Lang this time got the better of him, and with a superb kick returned the ball to the vicinity of Williams, where McLardie landed outside. From the goal kick Everton put in all they knew, with the result that Milward was deservedly awarded by scoring the first point for Everton. The game now became vigerously contested, the players on both sides being guilty of shady tricks with the result that mr. Armitt had to call the teams together and warm them. Everton with a gao behind made tracks and just as Geary was about to let fly, Walker knocked him off and drove among the specatators. Hillman followed this by effecting two saves which ashonished everyone. Corners fell to both sides,, but to no purpose. Bowes, and Geary came to loggerheads the referee again being requisitioned with the result that both players were repriemanded for their conduct continuing the game was of a go ahead nature both side in turn having an equal share of attcking. Wyllie and Latta got away on the wing, but were watched by Lang and Keenan. Geary was given a chance by the home right winger, but he shot wretchedly. Matthews was conspicuous by his powerful tackling, the same player stopping Geary when the latter had a likely chance. Burnley for a while pressed the home defence, and then Wyllie got under way on the right, but hands were given against him which enabled Burnley to return to the charge and Nicol, with a sharp straight shot again beat Williams, who badly failed in his attempt to save his goal. The tie was now practicially won by the visitors, and play until the finished centred in midfield, and two games thus ending in a win for Burnley by 3 goals to 1.

Athletic News - Monday 25 January 1892
By The Loiterer
Well, we are done with!  At any rate, so far as the English Cup is concerned for this season.  I shall not deal with the match at length, but in passing, I may just mention that Everton have never shown anything startling in the competition.  I remember them once beating Derby County something like eleven goals to a unit, but against this is an unexpected defeat by stoke, and a well-deserved licking by Sunderland.  These are ancient items, but well worth recording.  To get on to real business I may say that the Everton supporters looked upon this match as something like a gift.  If you asked them how they arrived at this conclusion, they appeared a little confounded, but reconciled in their own minds the previous draw and defeat satisfactorily.  Last week’s game I did not value much, but the League match, I consider, was a little guide.  And, taking the two real matches played between the teams, I am going to flatter myself as a prophet.  I believe I said then that the play of our backs and goalkeeper was of that cool and collected style (popular phrase) that it would probably land us on the wrong side.  This was after Everton had had quite three-fourths of the game, and finished up with a draw.  I don’t intend to deal with the Cup-tie in detail, as “The Tramp” has the matter in hand, but at the same time a little latitude will be allowed me to comment on the play.  I shall not occupy much space, as we were beaten on our merits.  Our players at the outset had the game in hand, for there is no telling what an influence a goal in hand accepted a chance such as only comes once in a lifetime.  Everton might have been in the competition now.  There were lots of other mistakes made, but this one stands out prominently by reason of its simplicity; but to be fair, I must draw attention to a third, or to be more correct, additional goal obtained by Burnley.  This will put Milward’s mistake on something like a level, though it must be borne in mind that the Burnley point was legitimately obtained, and it was only through the temporary disablement of Coop that the goal was not allowed so that strictly speaking Burnley had the worst of the “hard-lines” that were floating about.  If it comes to a question of which of the goalkeepers had the most work, I say Hillman, and at the same time I have no hesitation in saying he acquitted himself far better than Williams.  And so with the backs.  Our men could not be classed with Lang and Walker.  The four of them kicked well, but our backs and, indeed, the forwards too, lacked the dash of the Burnley men.  The halves on both sides played well to a man. 
The ground question at Everton has now got into something like ship-shape.  The sub-committee appointed to interview the owners of the land at present occupied by the club, and also to view other sites, have issued their report.  As far as I can make out, the club can have a lease on the present ground for ten years at an annual rent of 350 pounds.  As to other grounds, the sub-committee report that the club can have a ground 300 by 200 yards, in Goodison-road, for any period from seven to twelve years, at 50 pounds per annum.  Another ground in Lower Breck-road, 180 by 120 yards, can be had on lease for twelve years at 100 pound per annum, with a large house, suitable for dressing-rooms, offices, and clubhouse, for members thrown-in.  The sub-committee estimates the cost of removing and re-building the erections from the present ground to either of the above grounds, including drainage of new ground, at 330 pounds.  To have everything brand new is put down at 1,800 pounds.  I consider the report is a business-like document, and the members will have an opportunity of discussing it at a special general meeting, to be held in the College Hall, Shaw-street, tonight, at 7-30 p.m. In addition to the above, the members will be invited to consider the advisability of forming the club into a Limited liability company, to purchase Mr. Houlding’s and Mr. Orrell’s grounds on the basis of their prospectus, or into a limited liability company on a smaller capital, to lease the present or any other ground.  I think that will be quite enough business for one night. 
Apart from the question of rent, I think the Goodison-road site an admirable one.  It is only just across the park from the present ground and is nearer civilization, if tram routes and railway facilities are considered as such.  It is close to the Stanley Football Club ground, and is accessible by train or tram from all parts of the city and suburbs.  Whilst followers of the other Lancashire League clubs will be on the ground directly from Kirkdale station. 
The hatters from Denton had a warm time of it at Woodcroft Park, the Caldonians having lent the Everton Club the use of their ground for this match.  They had never a look in and were well beaten by fourteen goals to none.  How’s that for a record in the Combination?  There are no novices in the Everton ranks, but two artistes in the persons of Maxwell and Jardine. 

Athletic News - Monday 25 January 1892
By The Tramp  
We had the real article at Anfield on Saturday, Mr. Editor. The atmospherical conditions were in striking contrast to those which reigned supreme a week ago. A good deal of labour and expense had worked wonders with the ground, which was no longer dangerous, but was rather soft and holding. Spectators rolled up in great numbers, the crowd being estimated at 11,000 or 12,000. What a cheer they gave Geary when he skipped into the arena, the applause being redoubled when he promptly kicked a fine goal. Fred has been out of harness since October 3, when his ankle was badly damaged at Sunderland. The centre forward on the other side was also changed. Hill displacing Espie, and Graham coming in on the left wing. Espie's case had been before the Council of the F.A. during the week, who ruled him ineligible for Cup ties owing to his having previously signed a professional form for West Bromwich.  Espie has been shaping so well during his brief tenure with the Burnley team that his disqualification was expected to tell disastrous tale on the attack, but as it turned out he was hardly missed. The full teams and officials were as under: Everton. Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs: Kelso, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards.  Burnley; Hillman, goal; Walker and Lang, backs; McFettridge, Matthews and Keenan, half-backs; Nichol, Bowes, Hill, McLarie, and Graham, forwards.  Referee; Mr. T Armtti (Leek). Linesmen; Messrs JG Hall, and Johnson.  By the way in which the Everton men swept down the hill on the kick off their followers were fired with hope, several of the forwards showing brilliant form. But they speedily discovered that they were opposed to a resolute and an effective defence. This was at once made apparent by the unceremonious way in which Lang knocked the ball just as he was about to take a shot. Hillman got into collar immediately, stopping a splendid effort Chadwick as Latta rushed at the burly goalkeeper. The operations were carried to the other end, where Earp earned a round of applause for splendid save. A dashing sprint, in which Everton put in some excellent passing, gave Milward a nice opening, but he kicked outside. This was one of the best chances of the afternoon. Nichol showed temper after Holt had brought him down, and Mr. Armitt gave the Burnley man a lecture. Then a great about of delight went up Latta upset Ling in splendid style and got in hit shot. Hillman was called upon by Geary and Milward, but was wonderfully safe, whilst an attempt by Bub Kelso was well met by Walker. And so the game went on until a sudden change gave the ball to Graham down at the corner flag. He screwed in with admirable judgment to Hill, and the little man beat Williams easily. Twelve minutes later a second point fell to Burnley, Hill again doing the needful after Williams had stopped a shot by Bowes. These were really the only two occasions on which the ball had actually reached Williams, whilst the other goalkeeper had kept out many shots. Between now and the interval the game was fairly even, Williams twice saving before the teams crossed over. Not long after resuming Milward gave Hillman two teasers, but nothing came amiss to the massive young man, and then the ball was again kicked through the home posts. But the whistle had gone owing to Earp being badly winded, and Burnley grumbled at what they termed their hard luck. A foul was given against the visitors, following which Milward lessened the gap with a magnificent shot, which flew past Hillman like lightning. The effect of this was magical. Urged on by their hot-blooded partisans, many of the Players seemed to loose their heads, and the referee deemed it necessary to summon the teams together, and caution them as to what might happen if the rough play continued. Everton went off again with fierce determination, but they were checked by Walker kicking right among the crowd. Another terrific onslaught was watched in painful silence, but this time it was Hillman who saved colours. Not long before this, slack play by the home backs let in Nichol, who beat Williams once more. Burnley finishing up easy winners by three goals one. The discomfiture of the Evertonians was therefore complete. Despite the undoubted advantage of being at home they were knocked out, and fairly and squarely beaten by a superior team. The real difference lay in the defence, that of the victors being much the safer of the two. There was no comparison between the goalkeepers. Williams had really nothing to do. Hillman, on the other hand, had plenty of exercise, especially in the opening half. Despite his bulk, he is as active as a cat, and never assumes that passive attitude adopted by some artists, which apparently implies contempt for all and sundry. Hillman is constantly on the qui rive, and the more employment he gets the more he likes it.  He is a tower of strength.  Lang and Walker also gave a-first-class exhibition, the way in which they covered each other and help the goalkeeper when pressure demanded it being excellent.  Lang wears like an oak, and shows no falling off whatever.  The half-backs are not a flashy trio, but they repeatedly broke up the Everton combination.  Matthews being often prominent.  There was not a weak man among the forwards.  They have been well tutored, and do not fool away their time by fiddling about in midfield.  Every pass they make is in the direction of the goal, and once under weigh they require a lot of stopping.  Hill sank his selfishness in Bowes and McLardie; whilst Nichol and Graham on the extreme wings, were very troublesome.  I think it may safely be said that Burnley never had such a strong array of players, and whilst their mode of produce is not always of the gentle order they are not as black as they are painted.  Nichol has a temper that needs curbing, but many appeals were made against him that appeared to be groundless. Everton disappointed me. At times the passing of the forwards was of a very high order and very pretty to look upon, but as a rule their doings were of a most uneven character. In Latta, Chadwick, and Milward they have three of the smartest forwards in the kingdom, but here I must stop. Wyllie is not a tip-topper, and Geary wants more rest. He was not within miles of his proper form, and it seemed a pity that he was obliged to appear in the team. His weakness naturally upset the combination, and he was frequently seen hanging back when he ought to have been up in front of goal.  I felt sorry for him, as he could not do himself justice. With a capable centre forward the Everton attack would have been far more formidable, but as it was, Burnley had really only three dangerous forwards to look after, and shaped their tactics accordingly. Kelso and Robertson were both in terrible earnest at half-back, but Holt did not shine effuigently. The back play was clearly capable of improvement.  Howarth made no end of mistakes, and was altogether unreliable. He not only often failed to checkmate Nichol, but his kicking was of a poor quality. Earp put in some flashy bits, but he is scarcely the sort of a back that I should select. He is like a meteor, and apt to flurry and unnerve his own goalkeeper. He is a grand worker, and his rushes were at times irresistible, but he can hardly be deemed safe.

January 25 1892
The Liverpool mercury
Owning to the English Cup tie having to be replayed at Anfield-road, this match was brought off on the ground of the Liverpool caledonians, woodcroft park. A late start was made in the first half, Everton scored 6 goals to Denton nil and adding 8 more in the latter portion. Won by 14 goals to nil. In the first match between these teams Everton won by 7 goals to nil, so that Denton have proved themselves 21 goals to nil inferior to Everton .
Played 18, won 15, lost 1, draw 2, for 89, against 11 points 32.

January 25 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton’s time for English Cup honours has not yet come. Hope is thus again deferred, but there is no reason why the heart should grow sick. So long as the English and Lancashire cups remain to be yet won. Everton cannot lament like Alexander the Great that “there are no more worlds to conquer.” Until ambition to be styled cup holders –is crowned with success the incentive continues for renewed vigour and determination to win the great prize. Everton have the grim satisfaction that they were not beaten accidentally but by a clever team, and Burnley are ungrudgingly congratulated on a thoroughly deserved success. They are at present a most evenly-balanced team, and are consistent, to boot, for what club could visit Everton on three occasions in one month, and first make a drawn, and then score two substantial victories? The teams on Saturday met under very even conditions. Espie it seems, is ineligible, having played in Scotland in contravention of the English rules, and this was looked upon as weakening the chances of Burnley, though subsequently events did not support this calculation. Geary’s reappearance after his long team of compulsory cessation fro active play gave greater confidence among the Evertonians, but it was known he was far from fit for such a severe ordeal as a battle with Burnley assured. Everton started in a manner that showed they were in a business-like frame of mind, and during the first quarter of an hour were so strong in attack that Burnley’s goal was in most imminent danger of being captured, but this only served to confirm the high opinion created of the Burnley defence when seen on the two previous occasions. Few, then, were prepared to see Burnley get the first goal –an advantage they soon strengthened, Hill, who played centre, being accredited with both points. Everton still attacked the more frequently, often experiencing hard luck, and when Milward scored a brilliant goal in the second half the enthusiasm was general, as Everton had worked unceasingly without encouragement for this crumb of comfort. There was plenty of time remaining to win, and this at intervals looked probable, but the attack was not keen enough to again break down the powerful defence, whilst Burnley, a minute from the finish, made matters more aggravating by dashing away and scoring a third goal,, thus winning by 3 goals to 1. Everton played a more skilful forward game, but were a long way ferior to Burnley in the matter of defence, and the weakness of the home backs, and goalkeeper was not compensated for by the superiority of their forwards. Williams had not near so many shots to attend to as Hillman, and yet was beaten three times to the latter’s once. Hillman is certainly one of the best custodians in the country, but Williams is after all a moderate man –is too fitful, being one day marvellously safe and another surprisingly weak. But on Saturday he was badly shielded, and his breakdown is due greatly to the slowness and errors of Howarth. Earp worked like a Trojan, but still all three compared unfavourably with Hillman, Lang and Walker. There was nothing much the matter with the half-backs –they were at least as good as those Burnley, and Robertson the most brilliant of all. Geary was not very effective, and the two inside men were not up to the highest mark, but Latta and Milward were in a most pleasing and dashing mood, and had their example been followed by the other three, the result might have been very different. Burnley’s forwards go straight for goal in rushing style without much regard for neat passing, and their mode of warfare if not pretty, certainty proved very serviceable, all playing fearlessly whether in close of open quarters. The game was marred by roughness, and Mr. Armitt had to reprimand several times.
Everton Meeting Tonight
The members of the Everton Club are summoned to a meeting this evening at Colleague Hall, Shaw-Street, for the purpose of considering the report of the sub-committee appointed some weeks ago to inquire into the whole question of the present or alternative sites. The advisability of forming the club into a Limited liability company will be again submitted to the consideration of the members. The sub-committee, in conformity with their instructions, have interviewed Mr. Houlding, with the object of ascertaining the most liberal terms he is willing to offer the club for the use of the present ground, and he has replied to the effect that he is willing to offer the club for the use of the present ground, ad he had replied to the effect that he is willing to accept £250, or less if the land required. Mr. Houlding will also grant a ten-years’ lease. The suggested sites are not numerous –only three, including the present one on an enlarged scale. Members have been supplied with the terms and dimensions of the alternative enclosures, but they will be inclined presumably, to remain where they are. The two new sites seem each to have a fatal flaw. The one in Goodison-road is capacious enough, but badly situated; whilst the locality of Breck-road, is suitable, but the ground too small -130 yards by 120 –for, since the minimum of the playing ground for a cup tie is 110 yards by 70, there will not be sufficient room for the comfortable accommodation of spectators. With the land now in the ownership of Mr. Houlding and Orrell, merged into one enclosure, possibilities present themselves of Everton possessing perhaps the finest football and athletic ground in the country.

January 26 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Extraordinary Action of The Members
A special general meeting of the Everton Football Club was held last evening in the Colleague Shaw-Street. Mr. W.E. Barclay occupied the chair, and there were also present on the platform Messrs, Griffiths, Atkinson, Jackson, Clayton, Coates, Currier, Nisbett, and Molyneux. The object of the meeting was to submit the report of the committee as to grounds, rentals, tenancies, &c, and to obtain the directions of the members thereon; and also to consider the advisability o forming the club into a limited liability company, to purchase Mr. Houlding’s and Mr. Orrell’s grounds on the basis of their prospectus, or into a limited liability company, on a smaller capital, to lease the present or any other ground.
Mr. Clayton thought that the best course was to propose a resolution and clear one matter out of the way. If they carried it they would know in what position they stood. His proposition was that the club should not accept the third clause in the report of the committee in connection with Mr. Houlding, which expressed that gentleman’s willingness that a company should be formed on the conditions as per prospectus. He proposed that because he did not think they would be business men if they were to give 30s, for 20s, worth of goods. He had consulted a land agent, and his advice was that the land in question was only worth 4s, 6d, per yard. Therefore it would be ridiculous to buy such land at 7s, 6d, per yard. They would in that case have to call up a large capital, for if they called up a small capital they would have a big mortgage, and they would also have responsibilities for the amount of the capital and mortgage. For this course they would require £10,000 or £12,000. When he told them that at the end of the season they would have little or no balance in hand, and then if they adopted Mr. Houlding’s suggestion they would have to pay 4 per cent, on mortgage and 5 per cent, in shareholders, they would see what a disastrous matter it would be.
Mr. GillIes seconded the proposition
Mr. McKenna thought that Mr. Clayton should make a proposal to rent or lease the ground. Mr. Clayton had burked the question. They had waited for three months for that report, and he thought that the delay was not business like.
Mr. Clayton said that the scheme had been before them repeatedly, and that they ought to settle it at once.
The resolution on being put to the meeting, was carried by a large majority.
Mr. Clayton then said that it was not his intention to take any active part in leading the members of the club, but having taken up the subject that night he desired to follow it out. (Applause). They as members of the sub-committee, had presented to them certain schemes, and they asked them to settle the question. If the members there decided to give Mr. Houlding £250 or £100 they (sub-committee) were perfectly willing to fall in with their wishes; or even if they decided to follow some other course. If they decided to move to another ground they were willing to abide by the decision. He had been challenged by Mr. McKenna, and he took up that challenge. He moved “That we offer Mr. Houlding £180 per annum for the ground used by the Everton Football Club on lease for ten years; rent to be paid quarterly in advance; the tenants to have the option of purchase of the land at 7s 6d, per yard; such purchase to be arranged between now and April 30, 1894; all fixtures to be the property of the club; Mr. Houlding not to have the right of a nominee on the committee; this offer to remain open for seven days. Failing Mr. Houlding’s acceptance, that the committee do lease one of the other grounds in terms of committee’s report.” He had heard it stated that the gentleman who had a large financial amount at stake therefore considered himself entitled to have a representative on the board of directors. If Mr. Houlding had any such fears they could foreclose on their fixtures. Mr. McKenna at any time have brought the matter to a close.
Mr. McKenna. –I have said any such thing.
Mr. Clayton, continuing, said that if he did not say it in so many words he implied. At any rate the delay was not due to the sub-committee. Mr. Houlding had admitted that he sunk £6,000, but, as a matter of fact, he paid £5400, and he said he was entitled to 4 per cent. Grant him that the total was £216. They had been paying him £250 during the last three of four years. They were in very different circumstances now. They were compelled to take extra expense by renting the ground from Mr. Orrell. £5400 paid was paid for the whole of the ground, including the frontage, not for the ground, they used only, (Applause). It was not fair to ask them to pay 4 per cent, interest on the land they used, it would amount to £180, and he thought that was a very fair proposition. (Applause). Of course, it would be advantageous to stay on their present ground, but there was a ground in Goodison-road open for them if Mr. Houlding would not accept their reasonable offer.
Mr. McKenna said that there was no necessity for an amendment. He would take Mr. Clayton’s words to show the absurdity of his proposition. They had heard time after time that Mr. Houlding that he would not take £180. As a matter of fact, personal animus was at the bottom of the proposition. (Cries of “No, no,” and “Withdraw.”).
Mr.McKenna then said that if Mr. Clayton would deny that such was the case he would withdraw.
Mr. Clayton said he attached no weight to anything Mr. McKenna said. He looked upon him as an irresponsible official.
The Chairman –I am not going to waste my time here, and if you gentlemen will not go on with the business I shall go home.
Mr. McKenna said it was distinctly true that after all that time of deliberation Mr. Clayton wanted seven days more to obtain the resolution of Mr. Houlding. Mr. Houlding had given his standpoint time after time. Mr. Houlding would not alter his conditions one iota. He (the speaker) would now go into the figures of the question. If they decided to stop at Anfield-road it would be best for them, and cheapest. In the report on Goodison-road the amount for getting the ground into order was put down at £1800. The lease was to be twelve years, and the rent was £50 a year –that was another £500 for twelve years. He did not believe that the ground could be put in condition for £1800.
Mr. Clayton –I have an estimate from a firm to put the ground in order for £1800.
Mr. McKenna –Has that been put before the committee?
Mr. Clayton –Yes
Mr. McKenna –I have not heard of it.
Mr. Clayton –I told in my possession an estimate from one of the most responsible firms of contractors for £18000.
Mr. Barclay. –I think we had better let Mr. McKenna proceed. You have all listened to Mr. Clayton, and I think it is only right that you should gave Mr. McKenna a hearing.
Mr. McKenna took £1600 for granted. Added to that £600 for twelve years’ rent, a total of £2400 was reached. If they had £2000 in the bank at the end of the year, and invested it in Goodison-road, they had to take it all out, and would lose their 2 ½ per cent interest. If they had not £2000 they would have to borrow it, and at 5 per cent, at least, with the small security they had. That would be another £100. So in the end the Goodison-road ground would cost them £300 a year, instead of the Anfield-road £250 and the £50 a year which was put in the prospectus.
Mr. Mahon supported the resolution, and said that at the beginning his position towards Mr. Houlding had been rather one of compromise. Mr. Clayton had suggested a course, and he supported that rather than leave the ground.
Mr. Crosthwaite and Mr. Everett also supported the resolution.
Mr. Barclay. –It occurs to me that we are now wasting time, as Mr. Houlding has already refused to take less than £250.
A Member._ If Mr. Houlding does not accept the offer, will he give us the same care in the future as he has in the past.
Mr. Nisbet proposed a negative resolution. He said it was comparatively a small matter, and if they did adopt the resolution he wanted to know what the other members would do. This resolution was not seconded.
Mr. Pye moved that Mr. Dermott seconded “That we remain at the present ground on the present terms.”
Mr. Clayton said that it would be an advantage to move to another ground for more than one reason. They would not have their headquarters at a public house. They might in some degree attribute the losses of the present season to the latter fact.
The amendment was lost, and the proposition was carried by a large majority.
Mr. Mahon then moved that, in the event of Mr. Houlding refusing to comply with their terms, that they should take the Goodison-road site at £50 per annum.
Mr. Griffiths second, and the resolution was carried by a large majority.
Mr. Clayton then proposed that, in order not to thrust upon members any loss which in the future might occur, a limited liability company should be formed, the shares being £500 of £1 each, 10s, to be paid in monthly instalments of 2s 6d each –Mr. Atkinson seconded, and the resolution was carried –Consequent upon this a further resolution was passed to instruct the solicitors to the club to register the club and draw up the articles of association.
In reply to a vote of thanks, Mr. Barclay (the chairman) said that he had no doubt that all the members present had acted in a conscientious manner; but he would, in view of the nature of the resolutions which had been passed, be obliged to offer his resignation to the club.
The Proceedings then terminated.

January 30 1892. The Leeds Mercury
Sheriff Guthrie sitting the ordinary Court at Glasgow on Thursday gave judgement; for £69 against Dan Doyle, at the instance of the Everton by whom Doyle had been engaged and paid in anticipation. Mr. Mackenzie, representing Everton said there was a further claim for £42, and this will come up for proof on the 23 February.
Liverpool Football Dispute.
At the Chancery Court of Lancashire sitting at Liverpool yesterday before the deputy vice-Chancellor (Mr. F.W. Taylor) an application was made in reference to take Everton, the affairs of which have lately exciled a good deal of interest in football circles. The matter came up by Mr. John Houlding late president of the club and the landlord of the club ground, to restrain the committee of the club, from removing any of the fixtures or fittings on the ground depending the hearing of an action to determine the club's position. After a brief argument an in injunction in certain terms was agreed to by both parties, the right of each side being duly protected pending the action on the main issue.

January 30, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The Association game. Now that both Everton and Bootle are thrown out of the English Cup competition, takes a quite turn in Liverpool. Everton League are matched with the Bolton Wanderers at Pike-Lane this afternoon in a friendly game, watch team having a vacant date through their inability to survive the first round cup ties. At Anfield road, however an interesting contest has been arranged between Everton Combination and the Caledoians. This is the return match, the previous one having formed in the u=inaugural ceremony at Woodcroft Park. The Caledonians then made a promising debut by running the undoubtedly clever Evertonians to the close result of a goal to nil. And if the “Callies” can escape with no severer defeat this afternoon they will have cause for congratulation.
Everton League v. Bolton, Bolton Kick-off a three p.m. The following will play for Everton league; Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward, forwards.
Everton v. Liverpool Caledonian, Anfield, Kick-off at three o'clock. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Wharmby, Jones, and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards. Reserves Mclean and Kirkwood.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 30 January 1892
By “Mickey Free.”
To say that I was disappointed with the result of the Cup tie is almost superfluous.  Everyone who knows the interest which I take in the doings of the club will believe it without any assurance on my part.  Why is it ever thus in the English Cup?  Two years ago we made mincemeat of Derby County and then fell before Stoke.  Last year we were beaten by Sunderland, but there was no disgrace in this, although the former is still remembered with bitterness of spirit.  Our draw against Burnley was looked on as a good thing for Everton.  The League match increased the confidence, as in that game Burnley were simply not in it, spite of the score at the finish being equal.  True, Maxwell was the centre on that day, and that did make a considerable difference, but it should not have made the difference between a draw and a beating of 3 to 1.  In the first fifteen minutes the dash of the Everton forwards was simply magnificent and had Milward only had the good luck to have scored from the easy chance which he had in the first three minutes, it might have made all the difference.  He failed, and ten minutes or so afterwards Burnley scored.  What has come over Williams, I am at a loss to conceive.  He was a more figure-head, the contract between his play and that of Hillman being extraordinary.  Up to the time when Hill put the finishing touch to Graham’s centre, Williams had not had a shot to stop, whilst Hillman had eight, three of which were undoubtedly goal ones.  Still Everton kept up considerable steam, thanks to Earp, Robertson, Kelso, Latta, Chadwick, and Milward.  The remainder of the team were a disgrace to a first-class organization.  Geary I do not blame, because he was not fit to play.  It was a pity he lost his temper when Matthews fouled him.  Had he kept cool, the young man might have found himself neating a retreat by order of the referee.  Burnley were almost invariably the aggressors, but Mr. Armitt had very little option indeed when the Evertonians were indiscreet enough to retaliate.  Howarth was the essence of feebleness, his display being most unaccountable.  He was so unreliable that Earp was drawn away from his proper place and Williams was not protected and he needed to be.  Holt was somewhat better but not much.  Wyllie was a passenger pure and simple during the greater part of the game.  Is it any wonder, therefore that we have been ignominiously thrashed?  I can’t dwell any longer on this topic, as one of much greater importance demands my attention, being nothing more nor less than the very existence of the club.  There was a special general meeting held on Monday evening for the purpose of hearing the report of the Special Committee which had been appointed to make enquiries as to suitable positions for a football ground in case they failed to come to terms with the president, Mr. John Houlding.  A reduction of rent was proposed, which the proposer must have known perfectly well that Mr. Houlding would not accept.  He stated that an expert in such matters assured him that the ground was not worth more than 4s 6d per yard, and yet with strange inconsistency the same speaker was prepared to support the purchase of that ground at 7s 6d, per yard provided the rent of 250 pounds was reduced to 180 pounds.  I fail to see how that could make the difference. I will now give a few reasons for my doubting the success of the proposed flit. 

  1. Will the club be in a sufficiently sound financial position at the end of the present season to meet the heavy outlay incidental in retaining the services of the players during the summer months?
  2. Can the majority compel the minority to forego their claims on the present stands, turnstiles, and fixtures generally?
  3. Will it not be competent for the minority, which comprises the whole of the old members of the club, some of whom were the very founders, to insist on the plant being valued, and receive their share?
  4. Presuming such a claim to be justifiable and put into force, will it not upset the estimate for erection o stands &c., on that barren spot called the Goodison road ground?
  5. Will any man in his senses who has seen that lovely spot which is to be had for 50 pounds per annual, the happy hunting ground of the north end roughs on Sundays, believe that it can be converted into a football field for the modest sum named?

The fact is, I believe the estimate is only an approximate one.  “Approximate estimates” mean about one-third of the ultimate cost.  Just one other point.  A series assertion was made by one of the prime movers in the matter, it was this; Speaking of another ground which had the advantage of a large house on it, he said this was an advantage which they might better appreciate someday, as some of our late defats might be traced to the fact of the headquarters being at a public-house.  Now I am of opinion that it is desirable to have dressing rooms erected on the ground, and have urged the necessity of it, not because I thought the men were likely to be put wrong by reason of the present room being in the Sandon Hotel, but on account of the inconvenience to the players of both sides.  In justice to the players I feel it incumbent on me to say that a more sober, well-conducted lot of men I have never come across.  Many of them are total abstainers, and even if any of them felt inclined to get out of training in that way it is hardly likely they would select their own headquarters for such an event.  This letter will be styled “Mickey’s lament.” Well, let it.  I spent all my energies in years gone by in endeavouring, by writing the game up, to bring Association code before the Liverpool public, and Everton out of obscurity.  I look back with pleasure when I obtained my first knowledge of the game under the tuition of good old Jack McGill and others of his time.  Is it any wonder, then, I that I look upon the present state of affairs with suspicion?  Do what I will  I cannot dismiss the idea that before the next chance of doing better in the English Cup again comes round the old club will have ceased to exist.  For the sake of old times I hope the club will yet flourish but I do think that the removal from the present headquarters will be the death-knoll of dear old Everton.  Mr. Barclay, in responding to a vote of thanks on Monday, regretted the course which the meeting had decided on.  He stigmatized it as a leap in the dark, and added that he had help to aid the club to tide over many difficulties and hoped to have done so on this occasion.  He respected their opinions, but was not prepared to take part in that leap, consequently he purposed laying his resignation as chairman in the hands of the committee. 
In the opinion of old Evertonians, Bob Smalley is the best goalkeeper the club ever had or has now.
Now that Bob Smalley has completed his studies why do not Everton Committee get him to train for the League and Cup ties?

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 30 January 1892
These teams having been knocked out of the English Cup competition, an extra match was ranged for Pikes-Lane this afternoon, and only very few spectators took advantage of the opportunity to see a first team match.  The Anfielders had out their full strength, whilst wanderers had some of the second string on trial.  Bolton Wanderers;- Sutcliffe; Somerville, and Jones, backs; Russell, Gardiner, and Turner, half-backs; Davenport, Brogan, McFetteridge, McNee, and Bentley, forwards.  Everton; Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Geary, Maxwell, Wyllie, and Milward, forwards.  McFetteridge kicked off, and for the first few minutes there was nought startling, tilt Milward secured and by passing to his co-winger and Maxwell the home backs were given something to do.  Sutcliffe next fisted out, and from a goal-kick which he placed nicely, Davenport and Brogan raced down, but their efforts went unrewarded when Howarth got between them.  A smart piece of tackling by Holt, aided the visitors’ right wing to bear down, but Jones cleared a long shot by the outside man.  The Bolton backs were kept busy for a minute or two, and a long kick by the captain gave the forwards a chance, but Everton kept out of danger, a number of shots being repelled by the backs.  Williams put in a hugh punt, which was followed by cool and smart play by Russell, which gave the Wanderers the whip hand for a moment, Gardiner sending in a rapid shot, which just went out.  Having the wind, Everton rushed down again and gained a corner, which Latta took.  Milward went for the ball, but missed, and Geary secured, failing at goal.  Still the home defence was kept on the trot, and from a pass by Wyllie the first point was booked to the Liverpudlians by Maxwell.  Restarting McFetteridge fumbled twice or thrice with the leather, and Brogan was robbed by Howarth.  Bentley 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, which came after 30 minutes’ play. 
Half-time; Bolton Wanderers 0, Everton 1
The game up to now had been mediocre, but this was only to be expected, for the ground was very soft.  In a minute after restarting Bentley got down from a pass and shot hard rapidly on three occasions, the surprise being that Williams kept them out.  Play was transferred to the opposite end, and Milward and Turner had a tussle, but Jones interposed and cleared.  Everton tackled neatly and Latta screwed right in from the corner flag, Sutcliffe having little difficulty in clearing, but Geary gave him a stiff ‘un which was also put out.  Still persevering, 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 raised the ire of the small crowd as, with the leather at his toss when not two yards from the goal-line he might with once having equalized, but fumbled.  Next minute the Wanderers gained a penalty kick against Earp, who handled a shot from Brogan,, but Jones made a poor attempt at scoring.  Bentley made amends for the directly after by gaining the coveted point, Williams at the same moment measuring his length in the mud.  Directly after the restart the Wanderers formed a scrimmage near their opponents’ goal, but nothing could be obtaining of any value, Brogan and Davenport after Somerville had cleared from a rush by the Everton left, ran down, and “Kenny” shot in from near the corner, McNee and McFettridge had chances, but there were allowed to go their own way.  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, Howarth was passed, and a nice opportunity of putting on a winning point seemed to prevent itself, but the referee announced the Final Bolton Wanderers 1, Everton 1
The Southerners made their first appearance at Everton today, before a small attendance, which was probably due to the unseasonable weather.  In the first half Everton played up the field, and although they pressed, the score at half-time was-Everton three, Caldonians one.  The second half was well contested, the visitors playing up very well indeed, but Everton held the winning card easily.  Final; Everton 5, Caledonians 1.

January 30, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
Ultimatum to Mr. Houlding
The Club To Be a Limited Company
A special general meeting of the Everton Football Club was held on Monday night in the Colleage Hall, Shaw Street for the purpose of hearing the repute of the sub-committee as to new ground, rental, tenancy, &c, and to obtain the direction of the members thereon. The meeting was also convened to consider the desirability of forming the club into a Limited liability company, to purchase Mr. Houlding's and Mr. Orrrell's grounds on the basis of such a company on similar capital and to lease the present or any other ground. There was a good attendance of members and Mr. W.E. Barclay presided. The Secretary (Mr. R. Molyneux) read the minutes of the last general meeting. The members were provided with copies of the propose prospectus for a Limited liability company, as drawn up by Mr. Houlding, and the report of the sub-committee upon grounds at Goodison-road and Walton Breck-road. Particulars of both these documents have appeared in our columns.
Mr. Clayton proposed “That we do not entertain Mr. Houlding's offer to the purchase of his ground, and said he did so, firstly, because the ground was worth 7s 6d a yard as demanded. He was assured by probably the best land valuer in Everton or Liverpool that the full worth of the land; if put upon the market, was not more than 1s 6d a yard (hear, hear).
The chairman thought –it would be better and more expeditious for Mr. Clayton to move a resolution with something definite in it, and not to propose merely datives motions.
Mr. Clayton –“I am bringing it to an issue. Continuing, he said that it his resolution was accepted or defeated their would know better how they stood. In addition to the reason that 7s 6d a yard was too much for the land, he urged that to meet Mr. Houlding's proposition they would have to call up a large capital in order to buy the land, probably £10,000 or £12,000. Owing to circumstances with which the members were familiar, they had little or no balance in hand, and he did not know how they were going to pay 4 per cent on a mortgage and 5 per cent, to the shareholders.
Mr. Gillies seconded the resolution.
Mr. McKenna thought the legitimate outcome of the deliberations of the subcommittee would have been a resolution to lease of buy some certain ground. They must first of all decide as to which ground they were going to play football upon. The sub-committee had kept them three months since the last meeting.
Mr. Clayton said he was quite prepared to move a resolution if the members decided not to buy the ground.
The Chairman observed that it would expedite matters for him to move the resolution at once (hear, hear).
Mr. Hall supported the resolution, which was carried with a very few dissentients.
Mr. Clayton then said he had a resolution to move, which was –“That the Everton Football Club offer to Mr. Houlding £180 rental, and that they offered to Mr. Orrell £100 a year for his portion of the land, on a lease to run for ten years, on all the terms as mentioned by Mr. Houlding except as to his right to nominate a member of the committee. Mr. Houlding to be given three days to consider his reply to the offer.” Mr. Houlding, he said, would have no financial risk under the terms put forward and therefore would have no right to a nominee on the committee. They had to pay the rent quarterly in advance, and if they failed to do so, Mr. Houlding could step in and seize the fixtures. Mr. McKenna would have them believe the subcommittee had been deliberating for three months and could at any time have brought up a scheme. That was entirely false.
Mr. McKenna –I protest, Mr. Chairman, I never said anything of the kind. I said we had been kept waiting for three month's, and I repeat it.
Mr. Clayton replied that the subcommittee had been ready with their report for weeks and weeks. He had himself proposed resolution after resolution to hold a meeting of the members and settle the question. But they could get no answer from Mr. Houlding. Any delay that had been caused was not the fault of the subcommittee. Mr. Houlding had told them he did not want more than 4 per cent, on his outlay, and that was £216 not £250, they had been paying for the last three or four years. In consideration of their having to pay additional rent to Mr. Orrell he thought that £180 was a fair rent. The whole of the land was brought for £5,400 and this including the frontage of the land, which the club did not use at all, and for which, it was therefore not fair, to charge them. Deducting the cost of the land at 7s 6d per yard the interest on the remaluder was at the outside £180 a year, ‘£100 for Mr. Orrell's land, and £60 taxes bringing up to £340 –a larger rent than was paid for any football ground in England. As a business man he would prefer to get the Goodison road ground at £50 a year. However, to save time, and because it was desirable to remain on the present ground if possible, he would propose the resolution he had read, with the addition that if Mr. Houlding refused the terms the committee should be empowered to secure another ground, Goodison-road for preference.
Mr. Nelson seconded and asked that the rights of the club to the fixtures on the ground should be embodied in the resolution.
Mr. Clayton agreed to this, and observed that Mr. Houlding had said in open meeting that he did not wish to claim the fixtures and stands. Mr. McKenna spoke in direct opposition to the resolution observing that the mover was the last man he would have expected to say anything about procrastination. Mr. Houlding had told him time after time that he would not take £180 as rental, yet Mr. Clayton, made the proposition and laid the onus on Mr. Houlding. The fact was that personal animus was at the bottom of it (loud cries of “No, no,” and uproar).
Mr. McKenna –All right. Very good (cries of “Sit down,” and “Withdraw.”).
The Chairman –I am afraid there are too many chairman here tonight. I am sure Mr. McKenna will withdraw (applause).
Mr. McKenna –Certainly sir, upon the simple declaration of Mr. Clayton that it is not so. That is a fair and square offer, and I shall able by it.
Mr. Clayton –I attach no weight to anything that Mr. McKenna say. I look upon him as being an irresponsible official, whose utterances are official (a voice “Personal again” and uproar).
The Chairman –If this sort of thing goes on I shall go home, I am not going to waste my time listening to personalities by different members (applause).
Mr. McKenna –I distinctly made a charge, and as distinctly say I shall withdraw it if he says it is not so. As for his other personalities, I take them for what they are worth (laughter and applause). Continuing, he asked why there was not a straight forward proposal to go to the Goodison-road ground, when Mr. Clayton knew perfectly well the first part of his resolution would be refused. He would take Mr. Clayton's figures and compare the two grounds. The rental at Goodison road was £50 a year and suppose they took a twelve year's lease that wound be £600. To that they must add the £1,800 which it could cost –according to the sub-committee –to enclose and drain the ground and to put up stands. He did not believe however, that it could be done for that.
Mr. Clayton replied that he had an estimate from Messrs Kelly Brothers to do all that was required for £1,800 (applause).
Mr. McKenna, continuing said, that would make £2,400 or £200 a year, and if they had not money in the bank to pay for the stands, &c, they would have to borrow it a 5 per cent, which would bring the rent up to at least £300 a year. It was said they could sell the stands on the ground. But what for (a voice; “Chips” and loud laughter). It was not necessary to waste their time speaking of the Breck road ground (hear,hear, and laughter). Mr. Clayton knew that all these charges would be incurved, but he did not fairly say so.
In answer to a member, the Chairman's stated that Mr. Hounding had never definitely said he would not take £180 a year, but he had said he would not change from what he had charged before £250.
Mr. Mahon said he believed Mr. Houlding would behourably fulfil his word as to the fixtures, and therefore all they would require for the new ground would be £330 for their removal, and that such included the draining of the ground. That put an end to Mr. McKenna's bombast (applause). It was suggested that if they left the present ground an opposition club would be run there, and they must remember that Mr. Houlding was not a weak man to complete against. He had not said he must have £250 but that he thought he ought to have 4 per cent on his outlay.
Mr. Croathwaite said the subcommittee were never empowered to make any offer to Mr. Houlding and they did not make any.
Mr. Everett hoped the members would loyally support any scheme at meeting decided upon (applause). He thought the subcommittee had fairly carried out what they were appointed to do, but he would suggest that Mr. Hounding should be given seven days to consider his answer. This was agreed to by the mover and seconded of the resolution.
A member asked if, in the case of the majority deciding to leave the ground, would Mr. Houlding continue his privileges to the minority (laughter).
Mr. Kennedy moved an amendment. “That the club do move to Goodison-road.”
Mr. Nesbit, in supporting, said Mr. Clayton knew quite well Mr. Houlding would not accept the offer, and the only conclusion was Goodison road ground.
Mr. Pye moved another amendment that the club remain where it is, on the old terms. “
Mr. Dermott secondly.
Mr. Clayton, in replying to the discussion, said Mr. Houlding had really not been approached on the subject of rental, although it was mentioned in a casual way (Laughter and “Oh, on.”). Speaking of the other grounds, he said that whenever they went, it would investable to have head-quarters on the ground, for the members know they had sustained defeat on some occasions through their headquarters not being on the ground (Applause).
Upon the vote being taken, Mr. Clayton's motion was adopted almost unanimously.
Mr. Gillies said they had taken Mr. Houlding's consent as the only necessity, and had not said anything about Mr. Orrell (Laughter).
Mr. Mahon then infinitely propose that the Goodison-road ground, should be secured by the committee if Mr. Houlding refused the offer. This scheme he said, was the one he had in his pocket at the last meeting, when the members declined to put faith in him and others.
Mr. Griffiths seconded and the resolution was carried with but four dissentients.
Mr. Clayton next moved “That the club be turned into a Limited liability company, to be called “The Everton Football Club Limited,” with a capital of £500 in £500 S1 shares, one share to be allotted to each member. His to be called up, in sums of 2s 6d, at intervals, decide upon by the directors; and 10s to be left on call; any shares left over after the allotment of one per member to be allotted as the director may determine.” That would give the club a standing in the case of defaulting players (applause). It would also limit their liability, and protect the name of the club (applause).
Mr. Atkinson seconded and after other members had supported it, the resolution was carried and the committee were empowered to instruct their solicitor to take the necessary legal steps. In answer to one of the members the chairman said the directors would be elected, he presumed by the shareholders.
Mr. Clayton moved a vote of thanks to the chairman, who in replying, said that would probably be his last connection with the club. He believed every person present had acted under the most conscientious motives and he trusted they would give him similar credit (applause). He did not agree with the step they had taken, and he frankly said so (Hear, hear). Be believed they had taken a leap in the dark. He had been connected with the club for a long time, and had helped it through many difficulties (applause). He was also prepared to help then in their present difficulty, but in a different way to that upon which they had decided. The resolutions passed made the matter too serious a one for him to undertake and he was afraid he would have to send in his resignation as chairman of the committee in conclusion, he hoped the club would be successful, and that the members would have “A Happy New Year.” (Applause).

January 30, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
The New Company's Claims
Considerable surprise was expressed by the members of the Everton Football Club upon proof being obtained that a company had actually been formed with the title of the “Everton Football club and Athletic Grounds Company, Limited.” Which was registered in Someset House, on Tuesday last, and to the articles of association, of which the signatures appended are Roberts Edward Berry, William Houlding, Alexander Nisbet, John James Ramsey, John Dermott, William Francis Evans, and John McKenna. The capital is to be £15,000 in £1 shares, and the company are to be continue using Mr. Houlding's ground for football, &c, as its name indicates. Looking at the who proceeding, it was remarked that while the general meeting of the club's was being held on Monday night, the papers for registering the new company were already in London, seeing that they were registered the next day. The effect of the formation of the company was the subject of general discussion amongst almost all classes of the community. Some contended that it would alone be entitled to be known as the Everton Football Club, while the vast majority contended that this was a point which ought to be strenuously disputed by the members and their committee who are busily engaged in carrying out the resolution of Monday night to seek for a ground elsewhere. Those who are fully acqualated with the rules of the Association and of the League urged that these two bodies would have to recognised the new company as the “club” before any play could take place under auspices with any other club connected with them, and there be some doubt that the committee will take immediate steps to represent the present conditions of matters officially to both the Association and the League authorities. It was found out that if the new company should succeed in being accepted into membership with the Association and the League, the dividends must under their rules be limited to 5per cent, that being the utmost allowed in order to preserve the purely sporting and athletic character of the football. Any profits made admitting a dividend above that amount 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 into itself,” and so is the League; and there can be no such thing as compelling either the one or the other to recognised 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 circumstances, will leave nothing undone to maintain its own and will dear to the new company any right to lay claim to a portion of the title which they have assumed.

January 30, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
The action at the instance of the Everton Football Club against Dan Doyle, lately a professional with them and now playing as an amateur with the Celtic Club in Glasgow, came again before Sheriff Guthrie, in the Ordinary Courts, on Thursday. Pursners it will be remembered alleged that they engaged Doyle from 1 st May, 1891, to 30 th April 1892, and that on the 30 th May last they advanced to Doyle the sum of £96, together with the sum of £15 being twelve weeks additional salary, making in all £111, for the recovery of which they now acne as they maintain that Doyle broke the agreement and left their service in August, Doyle in his answer stated that he was entitled to fourteen weeks wages, being the period between 1 st May and 8 th August, when he left Everton, which mount to £42. This deducted from the £111 left £69, when he was willing to pay. At last court day, it will be remembered; his lordship expressed his intention to give a decree for this sum. One the case being called yesterday, Mr. Mackenzie for the pursuers said he intended to ask his lordship to give a decree for the £69. Mr. Mackenzie said the case was continued from last court day, in order that he should ascertain whether the defendant had served any time under the agreement. He found that he had not. The agreement was from May, and Doyle left in August, and these four months were months during which football was suspended in England. The only question was whether pursuers were entitled to a decise for the whole sum of £111 or whether they would require proof of the defender statement that he had served fourteen weeks for the £42 in wages. The Sheriff. Still, although football is not played in mid0summer, there may be some reasons for giving his wages monthly –Mr. Mackenzie; “We shall require proof about that –The Sheriff; I shall give decrees for £69 and send the question about the balance to the Procedure Roll-for-proof. – Mr. Mackenzie; “I am not going to give up our claim for the balance –His Lordship fixed a proof for the 23 rd February at one o'clock in regard to Everton's claim for the balance of £42.