September 1891

August 10, 1891.
The Glasgow Herald
The Death is announced at Denny Loanhead of John Augus, the well known goalkeeper of the Everton Football Club. Mr. Angus came North on his customary holiday, and while at his father’s at Dennyloanhead he took ill of typhoid fever, dying about 10 o’clock on Saturday night. angus began his football career in King’s Park F.C. at Stirling, where his abilities as a custodian asserted themselves, and resulted in his going over to the Sunderland Albion club as a professional some three or four years ago. Last season he transferred his services to the Everton. Mr. Augus, who continued to follow his calling as a plumber, was 24 years of age and unmarried.

Death of John Angus. The Everton Goalkeeper
Aug 10 1891 (Monday) Liverpool Mercury
john Angus the Everton custodian, died at his father's residence, Denny Loauhead, Denny, scotland on Saturday (17 Aug) angus, who was spending the close season at home, was struck by typhoid fever and gradually growing worse expired at ten o'clock on Saturday night. the deceased began his career in King's Park F.C. but his great frame reaching England he was engaged by Sunderland Albion, were he remained for 3 seasons, when he signed for Everton, in whose team he was last year. He was 24 years of age, unmarried, and was a plumber by trade


August 11, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post

Something like a sensation will be caused in English professional circles, and especially in Liverpool, by the fact that Doyle and Brady, two of the most prominent Scotch players in England, have committed themselves to the Celtic last night by playing for that club in a match against Cowlairs. The Everton officials were cognisant that endeavours had been made in Scotland to induce these players to remain at home; but a recent visit of one of their committee seemed to put matters right in playing for Celtic, both Doyle and Brady are debarred from assisting Everton in English Cup Ties.


August 14, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post

That latest experiences in regard to English professional football and Scottish amateurism is distinctly favourable to the former, and the arguments that have been advanced for the past two years in these columns are receiving stronger confirmation everyday. Already the most unmistakeable charges are being made concerning the payment of players in Scotland, and there is no doubt that most of the big clubs are honeycombed with hypocrisy, and association humbugged by false accounts and prepared balance-sheets. The migration of men from mediocre to strong clubs is commoner even than in England, and it is a matter of ordinary gossip that players are being paid for their services. The case of Doyle and Brady is an example of the kind of thing that goes on, and though one cannot blame the Celtic club for engaging two such capable men, it is idle to talk of amateurism where footballers of that stamp are concerned. Both men have been in the habit of drifting.


August 15 1891. The Preston Guardian

The goalkeeper of the Everton, John Augus, died at home in Scotland last week from an attack of Typhoid fever. He was 24-years of age, and after leaving Scotland joined the Sunderland Albion Club. The Everton club have two goalkeepers, R. Smalley of Preston, and Jardine.

August 24 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
In face of the continued rainy season, tickets for the Everton Football Club’s annual picnic and sports were not in request, as usual, until the last day. On Thursday, at noon, the committee had completed all the arrangements, but only five tickets had been sold! Then the hesitancy broke down, and caterer received orders for at least eighty, and on Saturday afternoon a party of about a hundred, animated by the spirit of Mark Tapley, left Liverpool, under a lowering sky, in waggonnetts for Formby. The start was late, as the programme could not be curtailed; the sports had to be cut in two, one section of events being run off before tea and the other after. Happily no rain fell, and the sky cleared, so that the evening was very pleasant. All arrived in merry moon on Mr. Henry Howarth’s field in Paradise-lane, and pending the making up of the entries, which took place on the ground, two footballs were par in play, and the kicking, combinations, and tactics witnessed promised treats in store for Everton’s patron when next they gather round the goalposts. The members of the team were present save, Latta, Jardine, Smalley, and Williams (the new goalkeeper), some of the absentees filling cricket engagements. The club’s president (Mr. John Houlding) was at Llandudno, and sent an apology. Among those on the ground were Dr. Flinn (Medical offer to the club), Councillor E. Walker, Mr. W. Jackson (assistant treasurer), Mr. R.E. Lythgoe (secretary Liverpool Distrist Football Association), Mr. J.J. Ramsay, Mr. T. Howarthm Mr. F. Currier, Mr. A. Nisbet, Mr. R. Stockton, and Mr. R. Molyneux (secretary). The men who entered for the competition mainly did so for the fun of the thing, and it by no means followed, because a player or a veteran put his name down to compete, that he did not afterwards prefer to figure as a spectator. Equally, if a man felt inclined to run or leap he was welcomed, and it would be a libel to say that the Evertonians took their pleasure sadly. The photographing of a large group was proceed by the punning announcement –“Now, gentlemen, your four toes will be taken,” but the camera proved obdurate, and the crescent of faces echoed with laughter during a wait of ten minutes. The free and easy conduct of the sports, however, did not prevent the conscientious starter(Mr. Blackmere) from being severe and even penalising with the restive, and there were some galliant finishes. In the dribbling competition the professional spirit evoked scientific display which was much enjoyed. On the other hand the tug of war was downright amusement, and the team which had the aid of three extra men went “into the air” amid general rejoicing. Tea was served at the Grapes Hotel, under the presidency of Mr. Jackson, the senior member of the club, who also distributed the prizes a capital collection provided by the club according to the following list:-
120 yards Handicap; 1, Geary, 2, W. Campbell, 3 R. Jones, vetreran’s Race; 1, W. Jackson, 2 J. Crosthwaite. 440 yards handicap; 1 Hope Robertson, 2, R. Jones, 3 Lochhead. Long Jump; 1, Milward, 2 Campbell; Half-mile handicap; 1, Currier; 2, McMillan; 3, Campbell; Throwing Cricket ball; 1 Geary,; 2, Campball, Tug of war (ten a side); MaClean’s team. Dribbling; 1, Edgar Chadwick, 2 Milward. Mile Handicap; 1 Lochhead; Pewtriell; 3, Currier.


August 31 1891. Birmingham Daily Post

It is stated that the Everton have not done with Doyle, their late full back, who after drawing maintenance money during the summer months threw the over got there Glasgow Celtic Club. The Everton people have given proof more than once that they are not trifled with, and Doyle may have cause for repentance.

August 31, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Tomorrow the armistice expires, and after a four months’ cessation of hostilities the battle will be renew with its wonted vigour and enthusiasm. Metaphorically the cry is heard, “Arm, arm! It is –it is –the cannon’s opening roar!” To arms, not as Lord Byrom declaimed, for a Napoleonic overthrow, but to maintain the honourable position of Liverpool in the football world against the attack impending of fair opponents and insidious foes. In the earlier period of the recess all was calm, plain sailing –everything in an administrative sense, to again borrow the words of Byrom, “went merry as a marriage bell.” Everton were confident that their forces were capable of sustaining or even advancing the status of the club, and Bootle were effecting an almost entire transformation in their team, only too well aware that nothing but a radical; change would enable the club to recover the prestige lost during the last ill-fated season. The outlook locally, then until August was ushered in appeared reassuring, and may yet suffer nothing more depressing than that of being temporally overcast. It is no use disguising the fact that the defection of Doyle and Brady came as a calamity on the Everton camp. Both players, in their respective departments, had fulfilled an important part n building up the high standard attained by Everton in the League during the past two seasons; and for the service they rendered to their club on the field they will be remembered with pleasurable feelings. Their secession is regrettable, a regret exciting a natural feeling of resentment at the unsportsmanlike manner in which the severance was affected. Being a voluntary party to a contract, they respect their bond so long as it is convenient, and then, when they are expected to return service for pay, they at the eleventh hour indicate a determination not to observe their agreement, and place their employers on the horns of a dilemma. The head and front of Doyle and Brady’s offending is not that they have elected to return home to their native land, but that they have chosen the wrong mode and time of doing so –that they did not return their portfolics until it was probably too late to secure as capable, or, it may be, more skilful successors. But after all there is little ground for surprise at the tickleness of these professionals. They had each proved “little” importations, restless and unsettled. Brady had been associated with Sunderland and Burnley, and Doyle with Grimsby and Bolton Wanderers, before they found such liberal employers as the Everton club, and so instability was always a characteristic to the borne in mind. Since conscience has not held them to the bargain, a civil action should lay for losses actually and prospectively sustained or else of what value are these signed agreements? Speaking from a spectator’s point of view, Brady never seemed to appreciate the difference between a playing amateur membership of a club and an employee, and he did not take kindly to the restraint of professionalism. He, moreover, was absent so frequently last season that his position is readily to be found on the left defence, ever impressing one by his energy, pluck, and enthusiasm, that he had the interest of Everton at heart as much as any player, and though he was not an ideal back –he was muscular rather than scientific –for safety he will be hard to surpass or even equal. There has been a breach of contract, however, and he has placed himself outside the pale of possibilities as a useful Evertonian by playing for Celtic in the close season. The liabilities of Doyle’s intrepid action have been referred to Mr. A.C. Steel and whilst the case, is subjudice we turn to a more profitable and genial subject –the prospects of the season now opening. Holt has been appointed captain and Latte sub-captain. To retain the League championship will, of course, be Everton’s chief object. It is a herculean task. Preston North End achieved this feat as the result of the two first seasons of the League, but they were pioneers of ready-made teams, and for a brief time were ahead of their rivals. The marvellous superiority of North End’s play quickly excited a spirit of emulation, and quickly excited a spirit of emulation, and not it is easy to name a dozen clubs which have bevelled up until reaching a uniformly high-water mark. To attain the premiership of the League now is a much more difficult performance than in the halcyon days of Preston North End; and although Everton may fail to repeat the precedent set by Mr. Sudell’s team –it is not a certainty that they will succumb –they will yet do well if their finish within a reasonable distance of winners. The team is somewhat of an unknown quantity, inasmuch as neither of those two sterling backs Hannah and Doyle will assist in defence. It may be that either McLean, Marsden, Collins, A. Chadwick or others with whom negotiations are pending, will rise to the occasion, and make this department as sound as ever it was. If so all will be well, for the resources of the half-back and forward departments are greater than ever, the attack being reinforced by S. Thomson, and the middle line by Kelso. The sad death of Angus from typhoid fever has removed a popular and skilful custodian; but R. Williams, of Bromborough Pool, who has been secured to assist Jardine and Smalley, has shown great promise whilst at practice. Murray also has again offered his services and despite the more exacting duties of goalkeeper consequent on the amended rules, no uneasiness need to entertained as to the reliability of those in charge of goal. Altogether there are the elements that make up a powerful team, one which, if a fair immunity from accident or illness is enjoyed, will make a star as great as anything that has gone before in the life of the Everton Club.
Everton’s new colours are ruby jerseys trimmed with blue and dark blue breeches. The team chosen for the opening game as follows; D. Jardine, goal; J Marsden and D. McLean, backs; R. Kelso, J. Holt, and C. Parry, half-backs; A. Latta, P Gordon, S. Thomson, E. Chadwick, and A. Milward. Reserves; R. Williams, and J. Collins.
It will be noticed Jardine and Marsden, about whom disqueitng rumours have found circulation, are announced to play. These rumours contrary to general custom were not altogether void of foundation. Jardine’s return from Scotland is certainly dilatory, but it seems that he injured one of his hands when competing at athletic sports, ad was advised to keep quite for a few day’s. A doctor certificate being forwared to the Everton executive in proof of the necessity of desisting in practise until the not very serious damage was repaired. Marsden has had an injured leg, but it is not clear that he will suffer inconvenience from the cause. His opinion is that he is sound and fit, but medical testimony is not so reassuring, and so the question of Marsden’s reliability is to be put to a practical test against Bootle. Parry is in much the same predicament as Marsden. He also will be put through the crucible, and if both present sterling metal their positions in one or other of the two teams is assured.


AUGUST 31, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post

It is stated that the Everton have not done with Doyle, the late full-back, who after drawing maintenance money during the summer months, them signed for the Glasgow Celtic club. The Everton people have gave proof more than once that they are not be fritted with and Doyle may have cause for repentance.


September 1, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post

It is announced that the members of the Everton Football Club will shortly be called together in order to consider a scheme for forming the club into a Limited liability company, with a capital of £12,000.


September 2, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post

Played at Liverpool yesterday, Everton were short of Holt and Geary. Bootle only made two flying visits, while Everton scored three goals with the wind in their favour. In the second half Bootle had but little more of the play, and four more goals were added to Everton by Chadwick, Latta, Thomson, and Latta, Everton thus winning by seven goals to nil.

Football Notes

The Everton club reported to the Council the circumstances under which Doyle and Brady, registered professionals of the Everton Club, had been induced by the promise of higher remuneration to remain in Glasgow and play for the Celtic club as amateurs. The Council agreed to report the facts to the Scottish association. The council announced their opinion that Law 12 meant that, when the special Penalty kick is taker, all players except the kicker and the opposing goalkeeper, must be at least six yards behind the twelve yard line.





Everton league v. Bootle:- unfortunately the elements were unpropitious for the opening match of the season in Liverpool, which was played last evening on the anfield ground between these local rivals. Both sides had nearly their full strength out though everton were without geary and holt the latter place at half-back being taken by lockhead. The verdict genorally expressed by the spectators after the match was one of satisfaction with regard to the expectations of the everton league team. The weather was very storm, the wind (which was blowing half a gale), being accompanied by heavy squalls of rain. The attendance (which included the mayor and mayoress of bootle) was, however, very large, between 6,000 and 7,000 being present when moonie kick off for the visitors against a strong wind. Thomson at once raced down the field past the oppondents, and latta brushed the bootle goal. Thomson afterwards missed a chance, which let the bootle men up to the centre of the field. Mclean and lochhead were each checked, but after a while the everton left wing took the ball down the field, and the wind again spoiled latta's screw in. the play hovered about the vistors' goal and latta eventually put the ball past dunning,, but the point was disallowed. The everton forwards again got off, but were smartly tackled by dickson and mallock, who robbed latta of a splendid chance, and the bootle forwards came smartly away. The ball, however, was as promptly returned by marsden, but milward and thomson each made bad shies at dunning's charges. The bootle custodian a few seconds later came off with flying coulours from an attack by the home left wing, dunning saving his goal in spendid style. The bootle forwards showed better combination than did the everton quintet, and but for the strong wind would at this jucture of the game have given a finer account of themselves. After a regular fusilade on dunning, chadwick, after twenty minutes' play, notched the first goal the feat being received with great enthussiasm. From the kick off the vistors made straight for jardine's goal, moonie sending in a fine shot which the evertonian just managed to tip over the crossbar. Rain was now decending heavily, and driving straight into the face of the bootle players, but not withstanding, this inconvenience they played with much pluck; while their shooting was much better than the everton men, which was very erractic.

Another scrimmage round the bootle goal ended in a second point for everton, milward, who charged dunning, causing the latter to drop the ball under the bar. Dickson amd mallock showed a very clever bit of play up the left wing, completely outwitting kelso, until lockhead came to the rescue, and everton were again swarming round the bootle posts, thomson after dunning and the visting back had been subjected to much pressure, putting on the third point. The rain made the foothold very treacherous for the men in kicking, some of the ‘'misses'' creating much fun amongst the spectators. The home side up to the interval had all the best of the play the bootle man, with a few exceptional cases, being continually kept on the defensive, score at half-time; everton 3 bootle nil. Thomas restarted, and almost immediately jardine had to save a fine shot from the bootle left wing, the ball however, was rushed away, and chadwick scored the fourth goal almost within a minute from the recommengament. Some fine play was now shown by the everton left wing men, their combination being as remarkable as their judgement in playing the ball between their opponents' legs. Moonie and graham also desevedly applauded for their grand play, parry, lockhead, and gordon each being outwitted. Thomson however, got between them and effected a clearance. With a kick close from the centre line J davies dropped the ball nearly into goal, the leather scraping the upright of jardine's. charges-very hard lines. Dunning afterwards effected a remarkable good save from a spendid screw in by chadwick,, the bootle man just managing to scrape the ball away as he was brought down. Milward made another fine run, and although tackled by half dozen opponents managed to keep the ball until chadwick came to his assistance, the latter however had to make a long pass to his right, and gordon gave to latta, who rattled the ball in-a spelendid goal. In this half the everton men showed immense improvement in their play, the reason being that bootle were outplayed the ball rarely passing out of the vistor's half. A sixth goal was rushed through by thomson. Just a few minutes from call of time chadwick and latta scored a seventh. Final result:- everton seven. Bootle nil

Teams:- everton, jardine,(d), marsden, mclean (d) kelso (r), lockhead, parry (c), latta (a) gordon (p), thomson (j), chadwick (e) milward (a)

Bootle, dunning, lambert, arridges (s), grierson hughes, davies (jw), davies (g), graham, moonie, dickinson, mullock




The everton club reported to the council , for the circumstances under which the signature of brady were registered professional forms by the everton club. They had been indured the promise of highest recomunration to glasgow celtic and play for the celtic club as ameteurs. The council agreed to report the facts to an scottish association. Meanwhile the council announced their oponion that law 13 meant that when the special penalty kick is takes all players except the kicker and the opposing goalkeeper, must be at least six yards behind the twelve yards' line.


September 2, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton v. Bootle

Last evening the season 1891-92 was opened, when the old local battle between Everton and Bootle was fought out once more. The ground looked neat and trim, and the thick coating of grass was very refreshing to the vision. Despite the gusty and showery weather, there was a capital attendance, which gradually swelled in number until there were 6000 0r 7000. The only change in the announced teams was in Holt; standing out, his place being filled by Lochhead, the sides being composed of the following;- Everton; -Jardine, goal; Marsden and McLean, backs; Kelso, Lochhead, and Parry, half-backs; Latta (captain), Gordon, Thomson, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Bootle; Dunning, goal; Lambert and Arridge, backs; Grierson, Hughes, and J.W. Davies, half-backs; C. Davies, Granham, Moonie, Dickson, and Mullock, forwards. With great promptness, Latta having won the toss, Moonie started the ball, and Everton moved down to the face of Dunning's charge, Lochhead leading off, but Arridge interposed with a well-directed lunge. Lochhead, however, soon got in command of the ball again and passed to Latta, who shot outside the post. Keeping at close range Everton tested the quality of the Bootle defence. Dunning the time knocking out well from Gordon, whilst a minute later Latta had an offside goal as the result of a short aim. Bootle, having defended most creditably, now had a spell of attack. Dickson making ground on the inside left, and Moonie taking a pass, and calling upon Jardine to run out and clear. Play settled for a considerable time in Bootle quarters, the left wing being very persistent, and many a narrow shave had the visitors' goal, but the defenders of Bootle behave splendidly, Grierson particularly showing good points in arresting Chadwick and Milward. Rain had now been falling heavily for some time, but play went on as determinedly as ever, and at length Chadwick receiving from Thomson, out of a throw in, beat Dunning after 20 minutes' play, and gained the distinction of scoring the first goal of the season for Everton. Bootle were not disconcerted at this turn of events, and going smartly down forced Jardine to concede a corner in defending Moonie's shot. The home defence were now on the mettle, and shaped to advantage, first clearing with judgement and then feeding their forwards accurately. Arridge at a severe juncture made a smart clearance out of the goal mouth with his foot, but the Everton right wing were unreeling, and the ball being centred Milward rushed in and caused Dunning to concede a goal. Bootle improved the outlook a little as Dickson and Mullock got the mastery briefly of Kelso, but Marsden cut up the raid, and Everton were seen attacking hard. Arridge and J. Davies removed play before further damage had been done, but Kelso got the ball, and worming his way back he enabled Thomson to drive into goal effectively, the ball striking a post and bouncing through. The game continued to be interesting, though tending in favour of Everton. Bootle as the result of plucky play, got down once or twice, but McLean defended grandly. Lochhead was also often in the way, breaking up the combination with much effect. No further goals, however, were scored up to the interval, at which time Everton had a substantial lead of 3 goals to nil. On resuming, Bootle were the first to attack, C. Davies making Jardine exert himself in order to stem a well-directed shot. Everton then asserted themselves and after Gordon had bothered Dunning, Chadwick beat the custodian with a rather easy shot. Milward joined Chadwick in rattling play, the former sending in a keen shot, which just went behind. The home forwards generally now fairly hemmed in the visitors' defence, but Dunning cleared once r twice coolly. From a block and kick by Lambert, C. Davies sprinted along the Bootle left, but neutralised, the otherwise clever movement by shooting wretchedly. Another quick run by Davies was safely attended to by Mclean, and play became lively on the Everton left. Hore Chadwick essayed a grand shot from the corner, Dunning jumping up and saving most brilliantly, despite being charged by latta. Milward next shot tamely, and on trying again the outside left man was unceremoniously floored by Arridge. The right wing, who had been to some extent spectators for a time, now had an opportunity of distinguishing themselves, and Gordon going down with Latta in attendance, the latter scored the fifth goal with a low, flying shot. The light gradually deteriorated from the scoring of this fifth goal. Everton had much the upper hand during the subsequent play, and finally won by 7 goals to nil, the last two goals being scored by Thomson and Chadwick.



September 3, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

A most interesting match between these teams was witnessed by several hundred spectators yesterday afternoon, as Exton Park, Chester. Everton during the first half played an exceedingly smart game, and succeeded in scoring a goal. During the second half, however, although they pressed their opponents severely for a time, they were unable to break through the splendid defence of the home team, the St. Oswald custodian being responsible for a number of remarkable saves. During the last 20 minutes the Saints presented a bold front, and Williams, for Everton had frequently to handle the ball. Nothing further was scored, and the final result was –Everton 1 goal; Chester St. Oswald's nil.




Chester st. oswalds inaugurated their season at the exton park grounds, chester. Last night, when they played their opening match with everton, before a good gate. Hope robinson for the vistors kicked off down the hill, with the sun in his team's face. The evertonians were speedily aggressive, and a after good run had been chooked by jones, they returned to the homester's goal quarters, when robertson receiving the ball from the left wing, registered the first point,afetr ten minutes' play, with a high slanting shot, which was out of pay's reach. Playing well together, the saints gained ground up the hill, and succeded in securing a corner, but the everton backs, especially collins, defended stubbornly, and the leather was returned to midfield, here the vistors were prominent with a pretty movement, and elliott shot at goal, a second point being claimed but disallowed. Pay afterwards quite excelled himself between the uprights, fisting out some good shots. The everton forwards were exceedingly erratic in their shooting, and missed numerous spendid chances. Pay in another attack by the vistors saved at the expenses of a corner and jones and muirhead getting possession of the leather quickly transffered play into the vistors' quarter when half time arrived with everton 1 goal st oswald nil. Restarting, the vistors went off with a great dash, and the saints realised with combined defence, and repulsed several attacks, while pay was conspicuous for some grand saves. The saints forwards then took up the passing and carter gave williams a handful which he disposed of in the nick of time. Vigorous play resulted, and not with standing the determination of the homesters, they were unable to score, and an excellently contested match result in the victory of everton by 1 goal to nil. Teams:-

St. oswald's:- pay goal; jones and muirhead, backs; jm o'neill thompson, and hayman, half-backs; r brown,, lightfoot, carter, lunt, and wm o'neill forwards.

Everton:- williams, goal:- a chadwick, and collins, backs; kirkwood, jones and campbell, half-backs,; wyllies, murray, hope-robinson mcmillan, and elliott forwards.


September 5, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton v. West Bromwich, at West Bromwich. –The following players have been selected for the above match;- Jardine, goal; Marsden, and McLean, backs; Kelso, Holt, and Parry, half-backs; Latta, Geary, Thompson, Chadwick and Milward, forwards.

Everton v. Chirk (Combination); at Anfield, Kick-off at four;- Williams, goal; Chadwick (A), and Collins, backs; Kirkwood, Jones, and Lochhead, half-backs; Wyllie, Gordon, Robertson, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards.


Everton v. Darwen


Everton v. Tranmere Rovers, Tranmere


Everton League v. King's Park, Stirling



Everton leave lime-street station at 9-45am to-day travelling to west bromwich albion where they counter the albion in their first league match of the season. everton reserves play chirk their combination game at anfield to-moorow kick off at four o'clock

Williams, chadwick a collins, backs, kirkwood, jones and lockhead, half-backs wyllies, gordon, robertosn mcmillan, elliott, forwards.

September 5, 1891. The Cheshire Observer
St Oswald’s started the season on Wednesday evening with an encounter with Everton, before a capital attendance. The teams were as follows;- St. Oswald’s; Pay, goal; J. Muirhead, and R. Jones, backs; J. McNeil, J. Thompson, and P. Hayman, half-backs; A. Lghtfoot, R. Browne, Carter, R. Lunt, and W. McNeil, forwards. Everton; R. Williams, goal; A. Chadwick and J. Collins, backs; D. Kirkwood, R. Jones and W. Campbell, half-backs; J. Wylie, J. Murray, H. Robertson, J. McMillan, and J. Elliott, forwards. Everton kicked off downhill, but the play for a time was erratic, and was mainly confined to the home quarters. A beautiful piece of play on the part of the Everton forwards resulted in a goal being scored by Robertson. Immediately afterwards the Everton men had another chance, but the right wing shot wide. The Saints gained hands close to goal, but the ball was safely got away. The visitors played a pretty game, and the home citadel was frequently in danger, but Pay was not to be beaten. Robertson made a grand run down the field, his final effort going wide. The visitors had numerous opportunities to score, but their shooting was very indifferent. The Saints made a raid upon their opponents’ goal, but the backs came to the rescue and saved at the expense of a corner. Nothing, however, accrued, and the Liverpool men put in a clever bit of work, a splendid shot from Elliott going through the goal, but the referee disallowed it. Pay was frequently called upon, and he affected some marvellous saves. The Saints now warmed to their work, and the forwards passed trickily, R. Browne making a grand effort to pierce the opposing defence, but the leather just went over the bar. Everton had most of the play but could not score. Half-time;- Everton 1 goal, St. Oswald’s nil. On charging ends the Saints for some time were sorely pressed, but eventually they broke away, and the forwards rattling down well in line assailed the visitors’ upright. Two capital shots were sent in quick succession, but Williams cleared very cleverly. Hostilities were soon transferred to the Saints’ end, and the Everton forwards, had the goal at their mercy several times, but shot erratically. Once Pay got a hot handful, which he negotiated successfully. The Saints once more pressed the Everton defence, and Cater sent in a well-judged shot which Williams promptly put out of danger. Later on a free kick was allowed Everton close in goal, and a capital attempt to score was again foiled by Pay. The visitors strove hard to improve their position, but were unsuccessful. Towards the finish the homesters made determined attempts to equalise, and the Evertonians had all their work cut out to avert danger.
Final score; Everton 1 goal, St. Oswald’s nil.
Note of the Game
The match was a capitally contested one, and St. Oswald’s may be congratulated upon emerging from the conflict with so much credit. The best men on the home side were undoubtedly Pay and Jones. The former was in grand form and negotiated some difficult shots with perfect ease, earning for himself well-merited applause. The back play of Jones was very tricky, and he proved a stiff thorn to the opposing front rank. The half-backs were fair, while the forwards played up strong to the finish, but lacked combination. No doubt this will be remedied as the men get into work order. The superbly passing of the Everton front rank was splendid, but they finished up badly, their shooting being anything but accurate. The defence was very strong, and they kept their adversaries in check. Williams displayed good form in goal. The team altogether I a strong one, and their play was greatly admired by the spectators.
• McGregor of Everton, now plays for Northwich Victoria

September 7, 1891. The Birmingham Post
Holt was selected to play as centre half-back for Everton against West Bromwich Albion; but he “missed the train.” It appears that Holt has applied for his transfer to Sunderland, owing to the refusal of the Everton committee to pay him £75, as a “refresher” in addition to his ordinary pay of £3, a week all the year round. Holt had been promised a benefit during the season, which would have brought him in $£400 –Sam Thomson, who played as centre-forward for the Wolverhampton Wanderers last season, looks like being a very dear bargain for Everton. He asked for £3 5s, a week, and was eventually engaged at £3, a long price for such an ancient player. –The result of the match with the Albion will probably cause the Everton committee to come to terms with a certain 3rd Lanark player. The reserved portion of the West Bromwich Albion ground has been considerably improved, the stands having been placed further back, while the accommodation for the press has been extended. It would be a distinct improvement, however if the committee would have the side of the press stand glazed, as on a rainy day the occupants of the end seats will be almost washed out, and the “copy” reduced to a pulp.




In pleasurable comparison with recent atmospherical conditions, Saturday was favoured with spendid weather at west bromwich, and there were fully 6,000 spectators present on the stonylane ground to withness the first encounter this season between the above clubs. Holt was an absentee, and the centre-half position was filled by campbell. The albion club put forward a strong team, and evertything pointed to a well-contested game. The everton players led the way on the ground at five minutes to four o'clock and were received with a hearty cheer. The home team followed closely afterwards being also well received, and preliminaries were quickly arranged, groves kicking off for west bromwich at five minutes past four. The home team moved up a few yards, but campbell interposed and the everton centre and left got well into the home territory, thompson especially being well to the fore. A clearance was at length affected by nicholson, and groves got away, but soon lost possession of the ball. After a scrimmage, the albion went clean through, and forced the ball over the line. Again the home team came up at the double, and a great shot was sent into jardine, who just managed to direct the ball outside. Them everton dashed away to the home quarters, a from a corner kick latta skimmed the bar. Directly afterwards the evertonians were swarming around the albion posts and robert's charge had a narrow escape. In a short space of time pearson and mcleod went down the albion left, and on marsden stepping in the ball passed across the field, play for a short while was them confined to the neighbourhood of the centre line, but at length mclean had a free kick, with enabled the evertonians to make headway. A mistake by parry then let in the albion right; but mclean was again on the warpath, and once more the homesters fell back. Shortly afterwards however the albion players made a strong attack, the everton goal having a hair-breadth escape. Campbell at length cleared, and let in milward; but pearson soon afterwards made a grand run and the passed over to the opposite wing, bassett eventually shooting over the bar. aFter a period of play in midfield, there was a prolonged struggle in front of the home posts geary nearly scoring. Then groves, by smart play took the ball down the centre, and passed to nicholls who made a great shot for goal, but jardine managed to tip the ball over the cross-bar. From the consequent corner, after a bit of a scrimmage, nicholls, headed the first goal for the albion. Another attempt having been made to capture the everton stronghold, geary made a smart run down the right; but his efforts did not meet the success they deserved, for although the vistors soon swarmed round the home posts the albion players covered their goal so effectually that it was impossible for everton to score. Then groves gained possession, and dashed down the centre at a great pace, but was evebtually dispossemed. In answer to another attack, mclean conceded a corner, and subsquenatly the everton goal had a narrow escape, in another minute a combined onslaught was made by milward, chadwick thomson, and geary but grand defence by parry and nichollson nulified this effort, them the home team moved up in attacking order, and after kelso had shown good form in repulsing his opponents, the home left again got well away, mcleod making a capital shot for goal but missing his mark. The vistors afterwards made desperate efforts to lower the albion colours, but roberts was equal to anything that was sent in to him. The further play before half time was fairly even, each team pretty well holding their own. Half-time score; west bromwich 1 goal; everton nil; after the naual interval, thomson restarted, and everton had to play against the wind. The home team soon showed that they meant business and with the evertonians playing somewhat loosely, the albionites moved up and forced a couple of corners, each proving abortive. Latta then got away down the right, and had a tussle with powall, in which he did not come off altogether best. Notwithstanding this, the vistors made headway, and were quickly in front of the home posts, chadwick sending in an express shot, which unfortunately went a trifle wide. Afterwards the home players went down to the everton goal, and groves scored a second point, with a daisy cutter, which jardine vainly endeavoured to put outside, the everton goalkeeper coming to earth in the attempt. Jardine was again called upon and he effected a grand save, being deservadly applauded for a fine performance, mclead, from a pass by bassett added a third goal soon after. Everton now had several tries, but roberts defened magnificently stopping shots which seemed certain goals. Albion than began to press their opponents and score again, throw mclead. The final result being, west bromwich albion 4 goals, everton nil. Teams:-

West bromwich albion- roberts goal: nicholson and powell backs: bayliss perry and dyer, half-backs: bassett, nicholls, groves, mcleod, and pearson, forwards.

Everton, jardine goal; marsden, and mcleon, backs; r kelso, campbell, and parry, half-backs, latta, geary, thomson, chadwick, and milward, forwards.






About 5,000 spectators assembled on the everton ground on Saturday afternoon to witness the encounter between the above organistions in the combination competition. There were several altrations from the advertised teams. Gordon started on behalf of everton, and the home forwards at once rushed down the left and powell was immediately called upon, responding in the first rate style. Both teams played their utmost, and visits, were paid to each goal in turn, but try as they would neither side could score. Mcmillan centred to gordon, but the latter failed to reach the ball. Everton were now having decidedly the best of matters, and for fully ten minutes the game was badly contested in close proximity to the chirk goal. Eventually, after a smart display of passing, mcmillan scored the first point, which was almost immedintely afterwards followed by a scond goal from the foot of gordon. This success infused new vigour into the homesters, who returned to the attack with great determination, kirkwood, collins and lockhead especially distinguishing themselves. Lockhead took the ball from a throw-in, and gordon securing possission at the centre, raced away and scored a third goal. Everton succeded in getting the ball between their opponents' post on two occassions, both of which were disallowed. bUtler and owens raced up the right, but found lochhead, who played a fine game, too much for them. Half-time score everton 3 goals, chirk nil. Egan restarted the game on behalf of chirk, and before hostilities had been in operations three minutes murray shot good and true, thus registering number 4 for everton. A ‘'throw up'' place on the chirk goal line was well got away, and thus shot in spendidly powell only just being able to clear, egan and owens rushed down the field, but caused no uneasiness to the home supporters, as williams drove the invaders back. Gordon than sent across to wyllie, who had no difficulty in scoring a fifth point, murray soon after no behing a sixth, chirk by this time were fairly outplayed and the evertonians, having matters all their own way, kept pappering away at the visitors' goal, elliott and lockhead being the next contributors, wyllie raced up the right in grand fashion, but davies acut outside just as he was preparing to shoot. A one sided game resulted: everton 11 goals, chirk nil.

meanwhile everton athletic lost 4-1 to edge hill at rathbone-road goal by kaiser.


September 7, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post

On the Stoney Lane ground, in the presence of about 4,000 spectators. The home team were well represented, Reynolds being the only absentee. On the Everton side Campbell took the place of Holt, and Parry played instead of Lochhead. The Everton team were the first to enter the enclosure, being quickly followed by the home eleven, both being heartily cheered. Groves started the ball up the hill shortly after four o'clock, and at once the Albion commenced an assault upon the Everton goal, McLeod with a beautiful shot shaving the upright. The visitors transferred the game to the lower territory, and obtained a corner, but it proved fruitless. Returning with the ball the Everton narrowly missed scoring with a swift shot from the left wing. Some pretty passing down the right wing enabled the Everton team to get well in front of the Albion goal, and then Chadwick sent in a low, swift shot, which Roberts, however, saved just on the goal line, and on his hands and knees. The battle continued in the Albion quarters for a time, but their backs and Roberts defended well. Two or three attempts on the part of the home team forwards to break away were interrupted and cut short by McLean and Marden. Some exciting play in midfield ensued, and then Everton were awarded a foul. Once more the ball travelled to the lower portion of the ground, but it was taken in tow by Bassett, who was making a splendid run up the right wing, when Mclean dispossessed him. The forces of the Albion now rallied, and surging forward up the field Bassett got hold of the ball on the right wing, and finished a capital run with a well aimed shot, which Jardine saved at the expense of a corner. Pearson ran away up the left wing, and crossing with the ball into midfield, threatening his way through the opposing ranks, passed it to Bassett, who after dodging Mclean, shot for goal, but the ball fell just over the bar. A clever exhibition of heading in midfield followed by both teams, and then the visitors ran down the right, Roberts having handle the ball out, which he did with his wonted coolness. A smart scrimmage took place a few minutes later within a few yards of the Albion goal, and for a time the ball was bobbing about in dangerous proximity to it, but was ultimately cleared. Nicholas shot for goal, and a corner was given. Pearson centred well, and Nicholls out of a scrimmage, sent the ball through the goal, registering the first point for the Albion, amidst the utmost enthusiasm. A foul to the Albion on the right wing, and Bayliss placed well, but Bassett kicked outside. Everton carried the ball down the field, and Chadwick shied at the goal, but it skimmed the upright. The visitors fiercely assaulted the Albion fortress a few minutes later, several shots being sent in which Nicholson headed out with remarkable precision. Running away to the upper portion of the ground the Albion men worked their way close to the goal, when Pearson and McLeod gave a pretty exposition of short passing, the last named player finishing with a good shot, which Marsden headed out. A desperate struggle took place close to Jardine's position, both Pearson and McLeod sending in stinging shots, but they were repulsed with equal vigor by Marsden and Mclean. A foul was awarded to the home team, and from this McLoed compelled Jardine to concede a corner, but this yielded the local eleven no advantage. A good run by Pearson was spoilt because there was no one to meet it. Everton now assumed the aggressive, and then the forwards dashed against Robert's position, the latter displaying great coolness in defending his charge. Twice he saved shots from passing just under the bar, and several times he ran in amongst the opposing ranks as they rushed for goal. The feats of Roberts were particularly smart, and were frequently applauded. Albion at length raised the siege and conveyed the ball up the slope, and some exciting incidents followed their attack upon the Everton citadel. A corner kick caused the ball to be placed immediately in front of goal. Perry steadied himself for a moment, and then sent in a swift shot which struck the crossbar. Shortly afterwards the whistle blew for half-time, the score standing –Albion 1, Everton 0. For ten minutes in the second half Albion held the upper hand, and then Groves scored the second goal for the home team. Jardine saved them several close shots by Nicholls. Fine passing by the Albion forwards ensued, but Perry shot wide. Again the Albion attacked, and Groves and Bassett were conspicuous by their smart play, and they enabled McLeod to register the third goal. Geary made a fine run, but his concluding shot lacked accuracy. A scrimmage in the Albion goal caused Roberts to save, and this was quickly followed by another exciting scuffle in the Everton goal, Jardine, however, cleared excellently. As the result of neat passing by Groves, McLead was able to add a fourth goal, and the Albion retired the victors by 4 goals to 0. Everton: Jardine, goal; Marsden and McLean, backs; Kelso, Campbell and Parry, half-backs; Geary, Latta, Thomson, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Albion; Roberts, goal; Powell, and Nicholson, backs; Dyer, Perry and Bayliss, half-backs; Pearson, McLead, Groves, Bassett, and Nicholls, forwards. Mr. Stancy, of Sheffield, was referee.


Holt- was selected to play as centre half-back for Everton against West Bromwich Albion; but he “missed the train,” It appears that Holt has applied for his transfer to Sunderland, owing to the refusal of the Everton committee to pay him £75, as a “refresher” in addition to his ordinary pay of £3, a week all the year round. Holt had been promised a benefit during the season, which would have brought him in £400 –Sam Thompson, who played as centre-forward for the Wolverhampton last season, looks like being a very dear bargain for Everton. He asked for £3. 5s a week, and was eventually engaged at £3, a long price for such an ancient player. –the result of the match with the Albion will probably cause the Everton Committee to come to terms with a certain 3 rd Lanark player.

Football Notes.

During the first half some splendid football was witnessed, the fine forward play of Everton being neutralised by the safe and steady defence of the Albion; but, after ends were changed, the visitors gradually deteriorated, the forwards especially becoming disorganised and losing all traces of combination. Instead of the whole line working together, either wing kept the ball to itself, and the Albion half-backs had a very easy task. Geary worked exceedingly hard, and made several brilliant runs, which the spectators were not slow in appreciating; but all his efforts to defeat Roberts were failures, and the Albion gained a very handsome and well-deserved victory by four goals to none. It scarcely required the judgement of an expert to detect the two weak spots in the Everton team. Thompson, in the centre, was practically useless, Charles Perry simply doing what he liked with the once brilliant North End player; while Marsden's back play left much to be desired. He is altogether too slow for a League team, and a very unworthy successor to Doyle. Mclean did well and he should have no difficulty in retaining his position. We have already spoken of Robert's superb defence, and next to him perhaps Powell should be mentioned. The Welshman signalised his first appearance as a professional for the Albion by giving a splendid display of defensive tactics, while Nicholson, although he missed his first kick, gives promise of being a very useful back. McLeod, who was supposed to be the weakest man in the team, quite removed this idea, as he worked hard, and made an excellent partner for Pearson, the combination of the pair being at times exceedingly effective. Groves's scientific touches were a treat to witness, and although Bassett and Nicholls were a little wild at times, they did some capital work. The victory should be worth a good deal to the Albion, as its completeness will be sure to find favour in the eyes of the West Bromwich people, who take but a languid interest in football if the Albion are not doing well.


September 7, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

The season opened in an attractive form at Anfield-road on Tuesday, but the one essential condition to great financial and skilful success was wanting –favourable weather. A gale blew ominously all the forenoon and well into the afternoon, but moderated towards evening, with the inevitable result that heavy showers succeeded. The meteorological aspects were thus repelling, but it made little appreciatable difference to the attendance at the Everton ground, where Everton and Bootle were to perform the initial function of a season of high possibilities, and the stands looked comfortably filled. Most of the hardly supporters of the wintry game went fortified with wraps in case of the heavens opening the flood-gates, and it was as well, for their protection that foresight had been exercised, as Latta, the captain pro tem, in the absence of coy Holt, had scarcely won the toss, and Moonie, the new Bootle centre, had started the ball, than the rain came down fast and persistently for the greater part of the first half. Despite the slipperiness the wet gave to the grass and the “newness” of the players after their holidays, the game never flagged in interest, and this would hardly appear to be the case on paper, as Everton carried on the bulk of the attack and monopolised the whole of the scoring, winning by 7 goals to nil. It is not necessary to analyse the play. Bootle showed the effects of careful training, for though they were strangers, in a sense, one to another, there was much understanding evinced and good combination displayed. They were, however, too light physically for the sturdy, well-trained, and matured Everton forces, and the half-back play of Kelso, Lochhead, and Parry was particularly disturbing to the Bootle well-conceived means of warfare. With the middle-line so effective, the back play of Marsden and McLean was not heavy, and though neither impressed one with overweening confidence, yet neither made any gasping mistakes beyond a few ill-directed kicks. The Everton van had a merry time, and each wing, with Thomson to hold them together, were continually seen in their old captivating vein, playing havoc with the defence of their opponents. Bootle have met with a dispiriting defeat on the threshold of their reorganisation, but their deportment gave promise of good results with more practice and experience.

Everton, for a couple of consecutive years, have opened their League list by playing West Bromwich at Shony-Lane, and on Saturday they wended their way thither full of expectation that they would again repeat the performance of last year, when it will be remembered by those who were fortunate enough to witness the contest, after the finest game Everton as a club ever played, they let off victors by 4 goals to 1. Their hopes however, were doomed to disappointment as they arrived back home pointless and with 4 goals against them. The defeat of the champions can be easily explained away. Hannah is not now playing for them, and his absence was sorely felt. Thomson in centre, was not a Geary in that position, and it is to be hoped that in future games the ex-North End forward will partner Latta, and Geary will be told off to his place in the middle of the attack. Holt was not missed as Campbell, now that he has got over his illness, played a grand half-back game, Kelso and Parry likewise maintained their reputation, but the forwards, owing to the change, fell far below par. The “Throstles” all round could do nothing wrong, two of their four goals being somewhat fluky ones. West Bromwich are famous for surprises, and Everton must take their defeat philosophically, and get their house in order, “to inflict a thrashing on the Albiontes in their return visit to Anfield-road. In reference to the absence of Holt, the Everton committee feel bound to act as they have done in the matter, and, in all probability, Holt may have to undergo suspension.



September 7, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton, as last year, journeyed to West Bromwich on Saturday to open their League programme with the Throstles at Stoney-Lane. Leaving Lime-street by the 9.45 train, the League champions arrived at Birmingham in due time, and after dinner at the Colonnade Mr. Molyneux, their respected secretary, took the players an hour's drive, which was very much enjoyed by those who had journeyed thence with the Liverpudians. Holt, as against Bootle, again disappointed the Everton executive, and his place was filled by Campbell. Long before the kick-off –four o'clock –large crowds rolled up to the ground, which contained close on 6000 when the following teams faced;- West Bromwich Albion; Reader, goal; Nicholson and Powell, backs; Bayliss, Perry, and Dyer, half-backs; Basett, Nicholis, Groves, McLeod, and Pearson, forwards. Everton; Jardine, goal; Marden and McLean, backs; Kelso, Campbell, and Parry, half-backs; Latta (captain), Geary, Thompson, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Referee, Mr. Stacey, Sheffield. When Latta led his men on the field, a big cheer was given, a similar compliment, although louder being meted out to the Throstles by the hoe supporters. All eyes were now intent on the spin of the coin, which Latta won, and Groves kicked off against the sun and a slight wind. An opening was soon found for a run down by Thomson, but Nicholson pushed him off, and West Bromwich were immediately awarded two goal kicks. A fine run down by Geary and Latta now took place, which caused Powell to concede a barren corner. Everton again went at the ball in earnest, and three splendid shots were sent in to Roberts, one of which was claimed to have gone through, but was negative by the referee. The homesters, not relishing being hemmed in their own wend, tried to get over the half-way line, but were nicely baulked by McLean, and Roberts had again to save his charge. From a free kick taken by McLean, Everton had a likely chance, but Chadwick shot over. Groves and Campbell had a tussle in midfield, and the next minute saw Bassett in a sprint and kicking the leather over Jardine's head. Kelso was seen to advantage in three throw-ins to the goal, but Nicholson negotiated the danger. From a mistake by Mclean and Marsden, Nicholas got in for West Bromwich, and Jardine conceding a corner, the Throstles inside right headed a goal for the homesters 20 minutes from the start. After this unexpected reverse Everton went at it, steadily, and Chadwick and Geary experienced hard lines in not equalising, a shot from the former-narrowly going over the crossbar. For about ten minutes play set in of a give-and-take nature, both sides striving hard to make headway, but both halves kept the attackers at bay, and it was left to the Bromwich players to force a corner, which, however, was easily worked by McLean. By the exertions of Kelso, the visitors fairly bombarded the Throstles goal, but Roberts was in fine form, and frustrated Chadwick, Millward, latta and Geary in their well-directed aims, which brought out the loud plaudits of the spectators. Just before half-time both goals ran narrow shaves, but the whistle sounded with the score –West Bromwich 1 goal, Everton nil. Thomson restarting, Groves tried to get near jardine, but Kelso released. Latta made a lot of headway along the right, and Chadwick all but equalled with a flying shot. When Everton were having the best of matters at this stage another misfortune befell them, Jardine slipping and allowing an unexpected shot by Groves to beat him. with the two goals to the good the Throstles could afford to fall back on their goal, and it was mainly through the instrumentality of Powell, Perry, and Bayliss that the “ruby and blue” were unable to find an opening, a fine long punt by Kelso going behind. Sam Thomson had a nice opening, and got within fair shooting distance for goal when he was floored by Powell. As the Everton front were now showing the form as they had been accustomed to, Parry forged ahead, and Chadwick shot over. From the kick out Pearson and McLeod got away, and before they had finished up their run McLeod had added a third goal to the credit of his team. Everton again assumed pressure, and called upon Roberts to keep out no fewer than five splendid shots, which he did gallantly, and it says well for the Bromwich people that they have managed to get their custodian back again from Sunderland. As time was drawing to a close, and the visiting forwards were all at sea through having no centre to guide them, they evidently threw up the sponge, and retired beaten by 4 goals to nil.




September 7, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

About 5000 spectators lined the Everton enclosure on Saturday last, to witness the opening fixture in the Combination competition. The teams were as follows: Everton; Williams, goal; Robertson and Collins, backs; Kirkwood, Jones, and Locchead, half-backs; Wyllie, Murray, Gordon, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards. Chirk; Powell, goal; Postle and Davies, backs; Evans, Mates and Griffiths, half-backs; Butler, W. Owens, Williams, G. Owens, and Egan, forwards. Murray started the leather, and the home left raced strongly down, a well directed effort by McMillan striking the upright. A spell of even play followed, and then the visitors forwards worked well together, and when within range tested the home custodian with a couple of clinking shots. The goal kick brought about central play, when Lochhead sent neatly to Wyllie, who, with Murray and Gordon, caused to visitors' backs great anxiety, Powell luckily staving off disaster. Hands against Chirk gave the home lot a capital chance of beating Powell, but their shots were ill-judged, and after Postle cleared with a long drive, the home five executed a pretty movement nearly the length of the field, when Murray had a chance, but sent the ball over the bar. From the goal kick Everton pressed determinedly, and following a return from Postle, McMillan registered the first goal for the home side. The game had scarcely restarted when Kirkwood and Collins placed the home van in close quarters to the visitors line. MCMillan and Elliott worked well together on the left, the latter player sending in a warm one, which Powell cleared, only to find Gordon in readiness, and a second goal resulted. The visitors fagged painfully at this juncture, and were powerless against the Everton attack. Lochhead put in some capital work, and on transferring the leather, Gordon registered No 3. These were the only points scored up to the interval when Everton led by 3 goals to nil. After the restart the Chirk forwards flashed down, but encountered Collins, who cleared safely, and then the play settled down in the Chirk quarters. Murray sent in a capital shot, which glided through after striking the upright. Egan and Owen got off from the centre, but they were never dangerous, and a long spell of monotonous play resulted in the visitors' half. A pass from Murray to Wyllie brought about the fifth disaster, and in close succession Murray, Elliott, and Lochhead each scored. Chirk were now exerting themselves to keep down the score, but they were unable to stay, and three further goals were registered against them, Everton winning their first combination fixture by 11 goals to nil. The Everton engagement with Chirk in the combination competition was one of those that rather disgust than delight football enthusiasts. Eleven goals to nil truly reflect the run of the game. The Evertonian were better trained man to man than their opponents, who were, towards the close of the game, fairly run off their legs. The opening stages were of an interesting charter, and there were many spicy bits of play by the visitors, but to an ordinary observer it was only a matter of time, for after the first 15 minutes they fagged to a painful extent. The home team played well together, and will no doubt be a hard lot to beat. The passing of the forwards was well timed and shooting at goal, with the exception of the first minute of the game, was sure.



September 8, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

On the 4 th inst, there died at Park-gate, Cheshire, James Bushell, a grandson of Molly Bushell, the original manufacturer and vendor of the toffee with which the name of Everton in inseparably connected. He was born in 1811 in Everton-crescent, and had thus attained the age of 80 at the time of his death. His grandmother first made the Everton toffee in 1753 at a small shop in Village-street, and subsequently built for herself a new house and shop a little lower down the village, which at the time was the fashionable suburb of Liverpool. In this shop, which still remains, Molly continued to carry on the toffee and confectionery business, together with that of a small farmer. Mr. Bushell was connected with the river ferries long before steamers were placed on the river for ferry traffic, and formed one of the crew of a four-cared boat which piled from the steps opposite the George's Baths and New Ferry. He leaves two sons and a daughter to mourn his loss.



League Match

September 8, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

The above match, which was the first of the Everton League fixtures at home, was played on the Anfield-road ground last evening, in the presence of 7000 spectators. The weather was all that could be desired, the sun-shinning brightly, at the commencement of hostilities. A couple of changes took place in the home ranks from that which took place in the home ranks from which played against West Bromwich on Saturday, Lochhead taking the place of Parry at left half-back, and Collins that of Marsden at right back. The teams were composed of the following;- Everton; Jardine, goal; McLean and Collins, backs; Kelso, Campbell and Lochhead, half-backs; Latta (captain), Thomson, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Darwen;- McOwen, goal; Siddens and Leach, backs; Thornber, Owen and Haddow, half-backs; Nightingale, Marsden, Alexander, Carty, and Entwishle, forwards. Lossing the toss, Alexander started for Darwen. Geary at once fastening on the leather, and after some fine passing among the home ranks, that player sent a flyer over the bar, Latta doing similarly a minute after from a hugh kick by Collins. Unable to get over the half-way line, Darwen had to lay well back on their goal to stem off the warm attacks of the Anfielders. A corner fell to Everton without result, and then Carty and Entwistle were driven back by Collins. After the visitors' goal had some narrow escapes, the Daweners got away on the right, and Entwistle centring over to Nighingale, the latter scored from an off-side position. Geary now had three near tries without effect. Racing along on the right wing, Entwistle sent in a beauty to Jardine, which unlucky for his side, just skimmed the bar. Playing up better, Darwen gained a corner from Mclean, but Milward got hold and raced with fine speed along the left, Siddons relieved only temporally, however, as Geary, from the midfield, rushed through all opposition, and by a splendid effort scored the first point for his side amidst great cheering. The game was full of interest, it being kept up with great vigour by both sides. Nightingale put in a clever run for Darwen, causing Jardine to rush out to clear. Everton were playing in great form. Chadwwick beat Thornber, and tipping to Milward, the Great Marlow man crossed accurately over to Latta, who headed the second point for Everton. This was followed by a combined attack upon the home goal, and from a scrimmage Marsden notched the first goal for Darwen. With this reverse the Anfielders hotly assailed the visitors' citadel, causing McOwen any amount of anxiety as shot after shot was sent skimming over the bar. From the goal kick Geary fairly excelled himself as he sprinted along the centre, and eluding Leach, banged the third point through, giving McOwen no chance whatever to stop it. This downfall, however, did not discourage Darwen, as getting into line, their front rank, ably assisted by Haddow and Thornber, were quickly seen swarming around Jardine, and Alexander from a touch by Carty beat Jardine for the second time. From now to the interval both ends were attacked, the homsters doing more of this than their opponents, the score being at half-time; Everton 3 goals; Darwen, 2. Resuming, Alexander was the first to make headway, but his final was wide of the mark. Leach and Siddons had now to put in all they knew to repel the determined onslaught of the Anfielders, and in this they were most successful until a serious mishap befell McOwen, the Darwen custodian, who, in endeavouring to effect a clearance from Milward, left his charge, and reaching the touchline, was heavily grounded by Lochhead; so much in fact, that he had to retire from the field. Resuming, Marsden went in goal, and Geary was smartly robbed by Owen, who, lobbing forward, enabled Carty and Entwistle to test Jardine with a couple of lofty shots. Handicapped by the loss of their goalkeeper, the visitors stuck to their guns in a brave fashion, having two narrow shaves by surmount from Latta and Thomson. Geary, however, affected another entrance from an accurate pass by Kelso. Campbell gave Thomson an opportunity to put another goal, but he failed badly. Continuing to have the upper hand, the Evertonians were seldom away from the Darwen goal, and by some really fine work by Chadwick and Milward the latter beat Marsden with goal number 5, semi-darkness coming on, Darwen were seen playing the uphill game, and, nearing time, Alexander managed to get round McLead and Collins, and driving in, notched the third point for his team. No further scoring taking place on the call of time a well contested and most interesting game ended in a win for Everton by 5 goals to 3.



September 8, 1891. The Yorkshire Herald

This League match played at Liverpool yesterday afternoon in beautiful weather before six thousand spectators. Lockhead played in place of Parry, and Collins took Marsden's place, otherwise the Everton team was the same as was defeated by West Bromwich. In the first half Geary and Latta scored for Everton, and Marsden and Owen for Darwen. Soon after the restart, the Darwen goalkeeper got badly winded and had to retire. The visitors in this half were outplayed, Geary and Milward scoring for Everton. Result; Everton 5 goals, Darwen, 3 goals.



September 8, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post

Played at Liverpool, before 4,000 spectators. Collins and Lochhead took the places of Marsden and Parry in the Everton team. Darwen started, but Everton for fifteen minutes warmly assailed. Darwen then got away, and Nightingale scored from an offside position. Geary scored the first goal for Everton and Latta followed with a second. Darwen next scored twice. The game continued full of interest, and at half time the game stood Everton 3, Darwen 2. On resuming, Darwen were the first to make headway, but without effect. McOwen was now heavily charged, and had to leave the field playing with ten men. Darwin kept off their opponents for a time, but after some pretty passing by the Everton forwards. Geary again scored. Darwen were now hammed in their own quarters, and could hardly get over the middle line. Milward added a fifth for the homesters. Result Everton 5, Darwen 3.





Delightful- weather and a crowd of spectators numbering about 7,000 favoured the first of the league matches played on the everton ground, but a lot of the interst in the game was spoiled on account of the start not taking place until nearly six o'clock, the consequence being that play finished in almost total darkness, and no time was allowed for the stoppage occesioned on account of the accident to the darwen goalkeeper in the second half of play, collins fill marsden place at full back, and lochhead displaced parry at half; otherwise, with the exception that geary took thomson's place, centre-forward, the home team was the same which the albion defeated at west bromwich on Saturday. Alexander kicked off fpr darwen at five minutes to six, and after a few seconds play in midfield, geary made a short run and kicked for goal, howeverv passing over the bar. The everton forwards maintanined a pressure on the vistors defence for long interval, the ball time after time going either over the bar or outside the posts. Collins gave to geary, who ran through his opponents and sent over to latta, who shot in nicely, siddons however, rushed up and kicked clear, and the ball was rapidly taken up the field. Collins kicked back, and the ball was again in front of mcowen. A shot by geary was sent behind by leach, and from the resulting corner, latta shot was also cleared. The game so far was not of a fast character, both sides appearing to take matters slightly easy. Milward and geary next put in unsuccessful shies at mcowen's charge. The darwen forwards then went away with a rush, and almost their first shot at the home goal was sent pass jardine, but fortunately for the Liverpool club it was an ‘'offside'' afair. Darwen now warned up to their work, and everton had to retreat and defend their charge. Carty, alexander, and marsden put in some good work in the home half. Collins played a very steady game, his kicking being strong and useful. Geary put in two more shots, but without success,and then the vistors had another chance. Alexander made a very fine run from midfield, and jardine had to run out to clear. Maradus next sent in his shot meeting with hard luck, as the ball rolled along the crossbar and fell over into the net. Some excitement was now shown in the game, kelso, latta, geary and collins on the one hand, and carty alexander, eatwistle and marsden on the other, doing capital work, and the ball travelled rapidly about the field. The vistors again met with hard luck, owen sending in a spendid shot, which jardine just managed to tip behind. The corner kick was rushed, and from the centre of the field geary made a grand run, and when in safe shooting distances sent in a low fast shot which mcowen found inpossible to stop; in fact it is questionable if he saw the ball until it rebounded back again. Geary thus scored the first goal in a league match for everton for the season 1891-92. From the restart the everton centre gave the darwen goalkeeper another handful. After some exciting give-and-take play, chadwick centred the ball, and geary who was tackled passed on to latta who scored the second goal mcown who rushed out to clear, missing his kick. A monute later the vistors made their first point from a free-kick given against lochhead marsden just managing to get the ball round the corner of the post, before jardine could get to it, and after some scrambling play in everton half owen, from a corner kick equalised the score. Almost as quick as though geary placed everton in front again as from the restart, he rushed down and kicked the third goal. The homesters after this unexpected success swarmed round mcown's charge, but up to the interval no further point was scored, everton at half-time leading by 3 goals to 2. Thomson restarted, and the first important item of play was a grand run by nightingale down the touch line, the darwenians only just being pulled up in time by coolins, who was in hot pursuit, and the ball was rapidly returned to the other end. Mcowen in endeavouring to get rid of the ball, was out of his goal some twenty-five yards, and lochhead rushed heavily at him and bought him down. Fortunatly nothing further than being severely winded was the consequences but he had to retire, and the vistors played four forwards. When the ball was again restarted everton maintaned the upper hand for some time, and while pressing the vistors goal thomson passed to geary who had no difficulty in shooting a fourth goal for the home club, the attempt to stop theball being a very'' delicate'' one. The home forwards now showed better form, and the vistors defence was well tested latta and chadwick each being unfortunate. After several attempts, in which nearly half the everton men tried for a post, a fifth was scored by milward, handicapped by being a man short the vistors were pressed for a long parts,, but the attempts at goal by the everton men were gradually weak. The darwens forwards at last made a grand rush for jardines goal and after going though all their opponents alexander scond a third point. The light at this stage was very bad,, and the players could steadly follow the ball. When the referee blew his whistle the game was being contested in almost total darkness the rsult being a favour of everton by 5 goals to 3. Teams:-

Everton, jardine, goal; mclean, and collins backs; r kelso, campbell, and lochhead half-backs, latta, thomson, geary, chadwick, and milward forwards.

Darwen, mcowen, goal, seddon, leach, thornber, owen, haddow, nighingale, marsden, alexander, carty, entwistle



September 9, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post

The death is reported at the age of eighty years, of James Bushell, only grandson of the famous Molly Bushell, who, in the year 1753, commenced at Everton, then a delightful village, near Liverpool, but now as integral part of the City itself, the man factions of that toothsome delicacy known to the youth of the whole country as Everton Toffees.


September 9, 1891. The Derby Mercury

Football players and officials would do well to make themselves thoroughly acquainted with the two new rules before beginning to play. The abolition of the umpire is a tolerably simple matter. The sole duty of the linesmen will be decide, subjected to the decision of the referee, “when the ball is out of play, and which side is entitled to the corner flag kick, goal kick, or throw in.” on all other matters appeal is to be made to the referee, and he is to decide on his own responsibility

Penalty Kicks

The other rule is more complex, but bearing in view the opinion given by the Football Association last night. It ought to work out all right. the rule was framed for the special purpose of preventing deliberate cheating, and it was originally directed against “fisting” or the stopping of the ball, when going through with the hand by a player other than the goalkeeper, deliberant taking the chance of the foul, which used to be the penalty for such an offence. Our legislators, however, extended the scope of the new rule to deliberate tripping and holding when the player's object is to thwart an opponent from scoring. If any of these things be done within twelve yards of the goal line, it will be a special foul for which there is a special penalty, but if they be done beyond the 12 yards limit then the penalty remains as previously. The very essence of the special foul is that it must be intentional, and that it must occur within the 12 yards limit; any unintentional foul within that limited will be treated in the old way. The special penalty for the intentional fisting, tripping, or handling (with the intention to prevent the player scoring) within the twelve yards limit is this that from any point on the twelve yard line one of the attacking side may take a free kick at goal with only the goalkeeper in front of him. Every other player on the field must stand at least six yards behind him until the kick has been taken, and the goalkeeper may not advance more than six yards towards him. The man chiefly to be pitted is the referee, who has to decide whether a foul is deliberate or accidental. A goal may be scored from this full kick.




Everton played their first scottish match this season engaging king's park at stirling. For ten minutes the play was equal. Everton then scored, and the king's park retaliated. Two of the king's park men retired with spraned legs, and everton soon added other four to their score. In the second period the play was more equal, and neither side succeding in scoring again. The final result was everton 5 goals, king's park 1.



September 1891. Birmingham Daily Post

It is announced that the members of the club will shortly be called together in order to consider a scheme for turning the club into a Limited Liability Company, with a capital of £12,000



September 11, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post

Everton played their first scotch match this season by engaging the King's Park men at Stirling. For ten minutes the play was equal. Everton then scored, and the King's Park retaliated. Two King's Park men retired with sprained legs, and Everton soon added four goals to their score. In the second period the play was more equal, and neither side succeeded in scoring again. The games thus ended in a victory for Everton by 5 goals to 1.


September 11, 1891. The Glasgow Herald

The Everton played their first Scotch match this season by engaging the King's Park at Stirling. For ten minutes the play was qual. Everton then scored, and the King's Park retaliated. Two King's Park men retired with sprained legs, and Everton soon added four goals to their score. In the second period the play was more equal, and neither side succeeded in scoring again.


September 11, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

This, the first of Everton's Scotch matches was played at Starling last evening, in splendid weather, and before about 1000 spectators. In the first half Everton although not showing exceptional form, put on five goals to King's Park one, Geary and the left wing monopolising the scoring. In the second stage of the game King's Park showed more confidence, but no alteration in the score was effected. The light becoming bad the game was stopped, a quarter of an hour from time, Everton thus winning by 5 goals to 1.



September 12, 1891, The Liverpool Mercury

Everton League v. Queen's Park, Glasgow

Everton v Hallwell, Anfield


Everton League v Canadians



September 12, 1891. Wrexham Advistiser

Played at Everton, on Saturday, before about 5,000 spectators. Gordon started on behalf of Everton, and the home forwards at once rushed on the left, and Powell was immediately called upon, responding in first-rate style. Chirk then played up, and the right wing pair got well off several shots being sent in to Williams, who defended his charge in capital style. After a spell of even and exciting play, Murray shot in to Powell, who only just effected a clearance. G. Owens and Egan evaded the vigilance of Kirkwood, but Jones interceded and drove the Chirk men beyond the half-way line. Davies returned. A nice sequence b Lockhead, Elliott, and McMillan followed, which resulted in a corner to the home team, which, however, yielded nothing tangible. After a brief visit to Williams, Everton were back again in Chirk quarters, Postle finally clearing. Lockhead shot over with a good attempt. Both teams played their utmost, and visits were paid to each goal in turn, but try as they would neither side could score. Eventually, after a smart display of passing, McMillian scored the first point, which was almost immediately followed by a second goal from the foot of Gordon. This success infused new vigor into the homesters, who returned to the attack with great determination. Lockhead took the ball from a throw-in, and Gordon, securing possession at the centre, raced away and scored a third goal. Butler and Owens raced up the right, but found Lockhead, who played a fine game, too much for them. Half-time; Everton three goals, Chirk nil.

In the second half, the visitors went up with a dash, but found in Collins a stumbling block, and play was quickly in the Chirk quarters, where Wylie and Elliott quickly became prominent, and Murray, from a pass by Wylie, shot a grand goal, making the score four to nil. Chirk could not keep the leather away from their quarters for the Everton half-backs were far too good for their forwards. Everton, chiefly by the aid of Lockhead, were again swarming around Powell, who was beaten for the fith time by Wylie. Murray was the next to score, a long shot taking effect, one which Powell ought certainly to have stopped. Elliott shot a seventh, Lockhead an eight. Gordon scored the ninth goal out of a scrimmage. Griffths neatly robbing Wylie and Murray, Elliott brought the score into double figures with a fast shot. McMillan shot the eleventh point, a one-sided game ending; Everton eleven goals, Chirk none. The following were the teams;- Everton;- Williams, goal; Robertson and Collins, backs; Kirkwood, Jones and Lockhead, half-backs; Wylie, Murray, Gordon, McMillan and Elliott, forwards. Chirk; -Powell, goal; Postle and Davies, back; Evans, Mates and Griffiths, half-backs; Butler, W. Owens, Williams, G. Owens, and Egan, forwards.



September 12, 1891 The Liverpool Mercury

To The Editor of The Liverpool Mercury

Gentleman –would you allow me to date that my resignation from the Executive of the above club is not due to any disagreement with my late colleagues with regard to the proposed company; but is simply owing to the demand which may business required from me. I therefore take this opportunity of thanking the members and public generally for their unvarying kindness to me on all occasions. The meeting of members I understand is to be held on Tuesday next. Robert Wilson, 5 St. Domingo-vale, Liverpool, September 11, 1891.



The success of the west bromwich albion over everton on Saturday was a great blow to the friends of the Liverpool club. It had been antionpated that that champions although it was known that the back division of the team was not as perfect as could be desired would success in pulling through with their intrial match as they dod on the same ground last year. These hopes, however, were never realisled; for before the finish of the first half of the game, the everton men were practically a beaten body and they never afterwards raised the slightest hopes of improvement. Their defeat however, when it was generally known,, by 4 goals to none. Caused considerable surprise. Against a strong wind in the initial half, the'' throstles'' displayed great superiority over their vistors, and if they can but keep up Saturday's form, it will take the best of the league party tp put them down. Bayliss played a charpion game at half-back and made the efforts of the Liverpool men appear very small indeed. Roberts filled the role of custodian with all his former brillancy, and but for his great determination not to be beaten the victory of the albion would not have been so one sided as it has been written. On one occasion however the everton men claim that they scored a goal roberts being clearly behind the bar when he got rid of the ball. Unlike jardine, the home goalkeeper was splendidly supported by his backs. Powell and nicholson,, who never seemed to hestitate but went straight for the ball, and got rid of it. When opposing bootle. Marsden was noticed to limp frequently and probably this might account for his weak display, but the old darwenians is capable of showing better work than he has yet done his service for the league team will not be of much consequsous. Mclean was the best of the pair, and the further improved on Monday evening when playing against darwen. Practice might bring perfection, and as mclean is powerfully enorgatic though inclined to be excitable, in his work there is none hope that the everton defence will yet reach the standed of last season, particularly as collins give much promise of doing good work. Though rather short for his position, he is very steady, and played a good honest game against darwin, his kicking at times being equal to his preducesser, doyle. In the absence of holt last week, it would have been better perhaps if the everton committee had selected lochhead for the west bromwich engagement; at any rate, the ultligate issue of the game could not have been worse. However, it is satisfactory to write that there is no doubt now about who will be the centre-half for everton, as the difficulty with holt had been settled arnicably. Though the little man has not got everything he wanted, the ‘'strike'' has been settled agreable to both parties, and it is to be hoped we have heard the last of the ‘'everton troubles with their players.'' The work done by kelso since his inclusion in the team is of the highest order, and if there was as reliable a man on the opposite wing, the half backs would be complete, parry placed well on Saturday, but some how he does not appear to get along satisfactorily either with the spectators or his masters. How is it ? at present the everton attcking division are all at sea. There is a great lack of the powerful combination amongst then which last season rendered them almost irresisable to their opponents. Some critics are inclined to blame thomson, who, theysay, is too slow to keep his wings in touch, we are not of that opionion, but if he would regard rights and lefts alike,, and embrace his opportunities. The old combination would again in visable, individually the forwards are as brillant as over, but at present it is each for himself. Geary is full of dash, and some of the shots are really marvellous; a ‘' stonewall'' if it came in contact with the ball on these occassions, would scarely be powerful enough to resist the shock. Latta as we have before said, is his old self, and a more complete pair of left wingers than chadwick and milward it is hard to set eyes on. Yet the combined effect of all this brillancy so far this season has practically been nil. The victory over darwen on the ground at anfield was nothing much to boast over, as the home goal was pierced four times, though only three points was allowed, and to say the least, two out of the five scored by everton was very lucky ones indeed. There is a screw loose somewhere in the entire machinery, and the sooner it gets tightened up the better it will be for the reputation of the club.





The league champions concluded their presnt scotch tour by playing queen's park, at hampdem park, glasgow. Considering the way in which everton dispossed of the pretensions of king's park, at stirling on Thursday it is not to be wondered at that such an amount of intersted should have been centred in Saturday's match. Which certainly proved the great draw in the city on the clyde although two other important matches were also played in the district. Long before the time set down for the commencement there was a great crowd, and when the match started there were about 10,000 spectators present. The following players turned out about four o'clock:- everton ; jardine goal; mclean, and collins, backs; kelso, campbell and lochhead, half backs, latta (captain), gordon, geary, chadwick, and milward. Forwards, queen's park;- gillespie goal; arnott, and smellie (captain), backs; sillars, jones and robertson, half backs, watt, berry, hamilton, waddell, and gulliland forwards . The visting team showed the way to the field, and it is needless to say that they met with a hearty reception. The queen's park boys, on entering into the arena were led by smellis, and were greeted with a perfect torrent of appalause. Latta won the toos, and punctually at four o'clock hamilton started the ball on its travels. Geary was at once in evidence, and the everton right wing soon made headway, but after the ball been once forced into touch, geary shot yards wide, the home team then gradually worked their way up to the mouth of the everton goal, and campbell drew forth the plaamdites of the large concourse by effecting a very clever clearance. sHortly afterwards sillars stopped a dangerous rush on the part of the vistors and then away dashed the queen's park men, only to be smartly stopped by mclean. Not to be defeated, the everton boys went clean through their opponents and forced a corner, which proved abortive. Then the vistors bad to defend. When the front rank were getting positively dangerous mclean dashed into the fray, and gave his opponents the order to retreat, however, the queen's park soon worked their way back again, and forced a corner, which was beautifully placed, and as cleverly cleared by jardine, who was well applauded for his pains. Again the home team attacked their opponents' stronghold, and another grand shot went into jardine from jones, but the everton goalkeeper jumped up and cleared the ball under the bar. Following this everton went over the half-line, and chadwick tried a long shot, which did not come off. Then the home left wing put in some exceedingly pretty work, but again misfortune attended their efforts, and although they once more attacked, mclean effected a clever clearance, after which gordon , latta, geary and chadwick made a spendid advance, but with no tangiable result. Queen's park attacked, but at length latta got possission and raced away, but after piloting the ball nearly the whole length of the field, alec shot wide. Gulliland then went merrily down the field, but the home team shortly had occasion toretire, the everton men putting in some good work all round. The advantage was continued and at length geary made a judicious pass to milward, who scored the first goal for everton, amid a hurricnae of applause. After a spell of play in midfield the home right got well in, but just put the ball outside the post. Still another abortive attack was made by everton, after where a gland bit of work was put in to the home forwards, but after a trisky display waddell again made a bad shot. Shortly aterwards geary looked like having a clear course, but on being opposed the ball was sent over to latta, and at length went spinning over the goal line. The everton left then took play up to the front of the home goal, but arnott cleared, and let in the queen's park left, campbell was at length beaten, but mclean rushed in, and after another spell of unintersting play in midfield each goal was visted in turn but neither team could claim a distrinct advantage. At length the home team dashed away, but the ball was several. Time forced into touch, and after everton had made slight headway the ball was taken back, and the vistors goal had a couple of narrow escapes. Waddell on one occasion making a very bad attempt. Those polite as tention were soon returned with intested by the everton men, but bad luck attended their efforts gillispie saving a shot from latta, and campbell sending the ball over. The home contingent again came up at the double and had the benefit of a free kick alone in, but the leather was sent flying over the bar, a similar result attending an effort by chadwick at the queen's park goal. Milward then scored, but the goal was disallowed on the plea of off-side. Half-time:- everton 1 goal, queen's park nil. After changing ends geary restarted the sphere, and some smart skirmishing on either wing occurred before any thing decisive tool place. The ball was at length taken down to jardine but was cleared and almost immediately returned by arnott, and at length the everton goalkeeper had to put forth his best efforts to stare off defeat. After a run down the home quarter, jardine was again troubled, but on this succession had no difficulty to sending his opponents to the right about. Shortly afterwards milward, chadwick and geary each had shots at gillespie but without effect. Everton had a chance when close in, but following this watt and berry dashed away into their opponents territory but they were, quickly repulesed, and then everton made a hot attack on the queen's park goal, the homesters having an almost miracelous escape. Geary then skipped away and made a pretty run, but after a while the ball was taken down the everton goal and jardine was charged over the goal-line, but escaped with the concession of a corner which availed the queen's park men nothing. Play became very fast notwithstanding the state of the atmosphere, and at length the home team had the benefit of a free-kick, which sent the leather sailing towards jardine; but mclean once more proved the salvation of his side by rushing in and clearing the ball well out of danger. The everton men quickly invested their opponents stronghold and a good straight shot went like a flash towards the home goal, but arnott again cleared after which further futile attempt was made on the queen's park sitadel. Everton were now having decidedly the best of the play the home team only occuisionally successing in breaking away, eventually a couple of free kicks were awarded, the homesters, from one of which owing to a foul by mclead, waddell headed a goal for queen's park amidst a regular torrent of cheering. Geary then made a sensational run, but was at length robbed by swellies after which the vistors made a further attack but without tangrible results. For the last ten minutes everton attacked persisently but without success, and a grand game resulted in a draw of 1 goal each.





The glorious weather on Saturday affected a large crowd to the everton enclosure to withness the occasion between the above organistaions, some 4,000 spectators lining the enclosure. A new back W.R. jones (rusbon) was given a trial in the home team. Lawson started hostiltises at 4-5pm behal of halliwell, and after a spell of even and fast play, the evertonians went right away to the other end where the ball was sent across to wylies who dribbled well up and when within easy shooting range he had a shot and scored a grand goal. A brief vitit to the home territory and then the salmons by the id of chadwick were again attacking a nice movement by elliotts and mcmillan resulting in the last named defeating shuttleworth for the second time. The game was not a very fast one, the seorching run evidently causing the players consideerable unsealness. Everton continued however, to have the best of the argument. Half time;- everton 2 goals halliwell nil. Thomson restarted after a rather lengthy interval. R jones sent well amongest the forwards and elliott was very near lowering ‘'blues'' attack shutterworth only just securing the ball away. The opening stages afther the interval were very quiet. Each side paid fyying visits to the respected customary , but neither side could penetrade their opponents defence. At last mcmillan succeding in getting one past shutterworth from a pass by thomson, but was declared offide. Williams was twice called upon and responed in the most effective manner, his long kicks and good clearances being special feature in his play. The reserves game was delayed several minutes on account of parry being severely winded, which necceslated his retirement. After the restart everton severeley tested the visting defence, and shuttleworth showed the capability as a gaolkeeper twice effecting a part clearnce. Parry now again entered the field, a mist applause, and the home team scored twice, and won by 4 goals to nil.

Meanwhile, everton athletic, lost 5-0 at strawberry gardens west derby in the Liverpool senior league.

September 14, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton rallied on Monday, when playing their first home League match, but taking all things into consideration –the fact especially that Darwen were shorthanded in the second half –the result of the play was not reassuring of emerging with flying colours from the ordeal that has to be faced. There were lessons leant during the two initial League games that will not be lost sight of, and in quick time the damage done by the defection of players will doubtless be repaired. Collins, vice Marsden, though on the small side, was an improvement, and there was that knowledge of the play shown by him that promised more usefulness when familiar from association with the men in front of him, but even with experience it is doubtful if he will rise to the height necessary to maintain the high estate of Everton. McLean did very well, and every satisfaction was felt with the half-backs, Kelso especially being seen to advantage in checking the speedy Darreners. Everton’s forwards, however, were most disappointing, their shooting being faulty and combination rarely visible. Geary and Chadwick were far ahead of the others. Thomson was as weak at inside right as he had proved in the centre at West Bromwich. Darwen are famous for their quickness on the ball, and they sustained their character to fullness. Alexander in the centre, and Carty on the inside left, two importations from Scotland are good captures, the former excelling in shooting. The game was well contested all through, Everton having most of the attack.
Everton’s invasion of Scotland has been again marked with gratifying results. On Thursday they had a very easy win over King’s Park of 5 goals to 1, which served as admirable practice for the high festival at Hampden Park on Saturday. The meeting of Everton and Queen’s Park, despite the many other football attractions in Glasgow, excited much attention. An enjoyable afternoon’s football was provided, from a spectator’s point of view, whatever the actors may have thought of their severe task of playing in a sweltering sunshine. The game was followed with the keenest interest from start to finish, and never lacked stirring periods. The play of Everton in the first half showed a decided improvement on anything they have done so far this season. The forwards displayed excellent judgement in their passing and shooting, while praise is due to their respective positions. McLean and Collins made occasional mistakes, but on the whole acquitted themselves creditably; while Jardine had plenty to do, and was very safe, succumbing only to Waddell, who headed the equalising goal from a free kick in front of goal. Queen’s Park gave a taste of high qualities of football in which they are so justly celebrated, Watt and Berry being particularly smart on the right wing.

September 14, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
To continuation of their tour the famous Liverpool club visited Glasgow, and played their second match against the Queen’s Park at Hampden Park. The prospect of such a game attracted fully 10,000 spectators. The weather was tropical, with scarcely any wind. Everton won the toss, and Hamilton started the game, which became almost in its opening periods most exciting, both teams putting in some splendid play. Queen’s Park with the sun right in their faces were somewhat handicapped and Everton getting a good opportunity Milward scored a neat goal for them, after ten minutes’ play. Each goal was threatened repeatedly, but the defence was really good on both sides, though the custodians had to clear once or twice. The greatest excitement prevailed, and the football, considering the extreme heat, was really first class. Queen’s Park, though they strove hard, could not get the ball through, and ends were changed with Everton in a majority of a goal to nil. Everton in the second half, with the sun in their faces, had for a few minutes to act on the defensive. However, a corner kick fell to the visitors, and then each had corners alternately but nothing came of them. The game continued very fast for 20 minutes, when a foul given against Lochhead enabled Sellars to raise the ball into goal, and Waddell lying handy headed it through the Everton fortress, thus scoring the equalising point. This success was greeted with enthusiastic cheering. Each side strained every nerve to improve their position. The extreme heat, however had its effect and towards the close the steam was out of the players, and their exertions fell off. When the whistle blew the ball was in Everton territory, and a fast and splendidly contested game thus ended a draw -1 each. The best men on the Queen’s Park side were Arnott, Smellie and Sellars behind, while Gulliand, Waddeell, and Watt were the most effective forwards. The Everton rear rank, especially McLean, Lochhead, and Kelso, were in great form, and Geary, Milward, and Gordon were the best of the forwards. Teams;- Queen’s Park;- Gillespie, goal; Arnott and Smellie, backs; Sellars, Jones and Robertson, half-backs; Berry, Watt, Hamilton, Waddell, and Gulliland, forwards. Everton; Jardine, goal; McLean and Collins, backs; Kelso, Campbell and Lochhead, half-backs; Latta (captain), Gordon, Geary, Milward and Chadwick, forwards. Referee, Mr. G. Sneddon, president S.F.A.

September 14, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
This crack reserve team had Halliwell as their opponents at Anfield-road on Saturday, and fully 4000 spectators were present. Both clubs were strengthened, the Liverpool team having Sam Thomson and Parry in their ranks, also a new player from Ruabon named Jones; whilst amongst Mr. Golding’s lot a promising player, Holt, donned the Halliwell colours. When the interval arrived the homesters, by right down solid play, were 2 goals to nil ahead, and before the finish put two more on, thus running out easy winners by 4 goals to nil.

September 15, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Continuing their tour the Canadians paid a visit to the Anfield enclosure last evening, and received a hearty welcome from the 7000 spectators who had assembled around the ropes. Everton placed their full team, including Captain Holt, who made his first appearance this season, while the Colonials had the assistance of J. Forbes (Blackburn Rovers) at left back, the following composing the teams;- Everton; Jardine, goal; McLean and Collins, backs; Kelso, Holt (captain) and Campbell, half-backs; Latta, Gordon, Geary, Milward and Chadwick, forwards. Canadians;- Garrett, goal; Gregory and Forbes (Blackburn Rovers), backs; Warbeck, Waring and Thibondo, half-backs; Whittaker, Jeffrey, Buckley, Senkie, and Munro, forwards. The weather was all that could be desired, although at the time of starting a strong wind blew across the field, and owing to the heavy rain which had fallen in the morning the ground was in a slippery condition. Winning the toss, Holt took the breeze in his favour, and Buckley, commencing hostilities, was cleverly robbed by Chadwick, who parted to Geary, and the Everton centre getting along all but did the needful, as he only missed scoring by a few inches. Milward was now smartly dispossessed by Senkie, but Collins returned and Gordon sending forward to Latta, the latter in turn crossed to his left wing, and Milward being in the right moment beat Garrett with a lofty shot. Another attempt to get through was tried by Latta, but Forbes came to the rescue, and lobbing among his forwards the Canadians were not slow in making headway towards the home goal, where a couple of corners were awarded without success. Campbell and Kelso clearing all danger. With this let off Everton went back to the attack in full force, causing great anxiety to Garrett and his backs. A grand shot by Campbell landed right into the hands of Garrett, and then Chadwick had a try. Racing away on the right Whittaker and Jeffrey showed some good combination, as they dribbled round Collins, and the former centring accurately, Jardine’s charge had a narrow escape, he having to rush out to clear. Milward now amused the crowd as he bumped the New Country goalkeeper. The latter, however, by novel tactics had the best of the argument as he wish the ball in his hands deliberately touched the former’s arm, and then claimed a foul, which of course had to be granted by Mr. Lythgoe. From the free kick some tricky play took place in midfield by Chadwick and Milward, and Geary, receiving the pass, forced his way through all opposition, and, with no one in front but the custodian, banged the second goal through rather easily. Everton were having decidedly the bets of matters; and Geary was soon able to add a third point. The Canadian forwards were playing the fast-and-loose game, and were kept at bay by the Everton halves. Senkie and Munro, however, managed to beat Mclean, and once away hard to catch, their sprint resulting in the former sending in a real beauty out of Jardine’s reach. Even play took place until the interval, when the score was –Everton 3 goals, Canadians, 1. Resuming the visitors with the wind behind them were quickly on the attack. Collins, stemming them off, gave to Geary, who when in a good position unfortunately overran the ball. Coming back to the home end, Jardine was called upon to fist out a trio of straight shots from Buckley and Jeffrey. The Anfielders were next seen to advantage as the whole line of forwards combined beautifully, but were brought to a standstill by hands off Gregory. Shot after shot was tried at Garrett, but all to no effect. Gordon in this respect being the most deadly. Easing down, the game was much of a give-and-take nature, and was fast becoming monotonous, until Whittaker from a tip by Buckley, fairly ran away from the Everton backs, and sending a low shot right at Jardine was unlucky not to score. Nearing the finish, Collins twisted his ankle and had to retire. No further scoring taking place, a very pleasing and fast game resulted in a win for Everton by 3 goals to 1.
• Hammond now plays for Sheffield United



September 15, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post

The Canadians played Everton, and Liverpool in fine weather. About four thousands persons witnessed the play. The Canadians kick-off, Everton having both wind and sun in their favour. The visitors made a good impression by their smart play, but they were unable to get near Jardine. Gordon scored for Everton after eight minutes' play. The visitors then pressed, and secured a couple of corners, neither of which was turned to advantage. Everton then had hard line in not scoring, Chadwick hitting the cross-bar with a fast shot. Shortly afterwards Geary scored again from a pass by Gordon. Play was well contested, but ruled slightly in favour of the home side. Geary got a third point, whilst Sencler scored for the Canadians amidst loud applause. Half-Time Everton 3, Canadians 1. The visitors played well with the wind, and were several times near scoring. Their shooting, however, was faulty, and they were kept at bay, Everton also had hard lines, but the defence of the visitors was good. No further goals were scored and Everton won a good game. Final Everton 3 goals, Canadians 1





The colonials who on Saturday were defeated by ireland by 5 goals to 2, crossed the channel yesterday and engaged everton on the anfield ground. Probably on account of the threadoning state of the weather spectators did not master strongly, note more than 5,000 being present. Holt put in a first appearance this season for the club, and his played showed him to be much want of prectice; however, the back division worked the better for his inclusion. Forbes of blackburnm rovers, assited the canadians, who although they played a good ‘'staying'' game, were completely over matched, the professionals being much too trickly for them.. buckley started for the canadians who played with the sun in their eyes. After some exchanges geary kicked well to the right, and latta sttemped a gaol. The vistors however surrounded their changes and cleared the danger away. For sometime the play was very even and fast. Latta again brushed the canadians of aside. The following a short attack on garrett gordon at length scrimmaged the ball though. A minutes only elaspsed from the restart when gordon rusted away and gave possession to latta, where shot struck the upright. The canadians forwards then became aggumive mr mclean fumbled his kick, and senkle headed a raid on jardine. A couple of unprodnotive corners ensued, and then the leather was once more in front of the visiting goal. Geary narrowly missing heading a goal from a corner kick. The home team maintained their advagates and chadwick shot the leather into garretts hands from the touch line. A goal kick gave the necessary relief, and then the visting right wing made a good run up to jardine, who three clea. A fine passing movement between geary and his right wing was nearly resulting in a second point. Gregory however, stopped in, and sent the ball over the half line. But munroe before he could get in his shot was brought down, and kelso and mclean kick back. This enabled geary, gordon, and latta to put in a fine show of football, geary ultimately scoring a second point. Garrett making little or no effort to stop the ball. Coming again after the restart from the centre the homester were again back. Geary shot into the goalkeeper's bands, and on being charged. Garrett fell on the ball. Several of the evertonians tried to kick it out of his hands, and ultmately garrett placed it on top of the net, out of danger, after a protest from the home captain. The play was not of a very enthusistic or lively character, and practuallt the everton forwards did much as they liked. Geary was soon in evidence again, and after the canadians had been well'' trickled'' all round geary scored a third goal- a spendid shot. The risibility of the crowd was here moved by mclean, who had his kick charged down by one of the canadians paying collins, his own collegue at back, a similar compliment. That play now revisted more in the exhibition work. The everton forwards at midfield kept dodging round and round the canadians until geary spelled the fun by taking a shot at garrett, which just went over. A minute or so-later however matter became pecious for everton. Senkle got past holt ended kelso, and skipped over mclean's leg and prectically had the goal at his mercy but skipped. The same move was attempted by the vistors a few minutes later, and though collins brought one of his opponents down rights to the home goal mouth, senkie as last beat jardine, which gave immense satisfaction to the crowds. The game was one-sided now, the canadians left wing putting in some good work, and once or twice had very hard luck indeed is not increasing their score, which at the interval read:- everton 3 goals, candians 1. Directly after the restated the canadians left very nearly defeated jardines with a long shot, the home custodian, who ran out to thrus away, nearly ‘'fingering'' the lastime through his own post. A frre-kick against everton proved of no avail to the canadians and'' hands'' against the visitors (both kicks being taked alone in the spective goals). Was equally ineffective, the wind now was blowing very strong against everton, but theirwork appeared almost child play though their efforts to kick goals were not of a satisfactory obstreacher. When ever the ball was worked up to within shooting distance the canadians never tested and spoiled the chance. The bolstereous wind however, interfered wih the play on both sides the ball continually going over the adjoining house top. Some animatiom were just now imparted into a very lead game by backley competley outpacing collins and mclean, but a tame shot was put into jardine's hand toward the finish, the vistors had quite as much of the play as the home team, though probably this was on account of the latter being two men short, as milward and collins both retired. Nothing was scored in the second half and everton won a dull game by 3 goals to 1:-

Everton, jardine, mclean, collins, kelso, holt, campbell, latta, gordon, geary, chadwick, milward

Canadains, garrett, gregory, forbes, warbeck, waring, thibonde, whittaker, jeffery, buckley, senkie, munroe


September 16, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

A meeting of the members of the Everton club was held last evening, at the Lecture Hall, Everton-road to consider the proposal to convert the Everton Club into a company, in order to raise capital to purchase the present land occupied by the club and ground adjacent. Mr. Barclay, vice-chairman of the club presided, -Mr. Clayton, in a long speech, opposed the scheme, and it was evident from the reception he received at the end of his remarks that he had the sympathy of the meeting –Mr. Houlding explained in detail his outlay in the purchase of the land now occupied by Everton, and the interest he had received from year to year. Mt. Montgomery proposed that the scheme be rejected. Mr. Mahon moved as a amendment that the scheme be not entertained, but that the committee have authority to negotiate with Mr. Houlding as to the renting of sufficient land to enlarge the ground. Mr. Montgomery withdrew his motion in favour of the amendment, which was ultimately agreed to by an overwhelming majority. Mr. Houlding declined to negotiate, and as a means of extricating the meeting out of a difficulty, Mr. Mahon proposed “That in the event of the committee finding the instructions of the meeting too formidable, a further meeting of the members be called within a month.” This was agreed to, and the meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to the chairman.



September 19, 1891. The Blackburn Standard.

An extraordinary general meeting of the members of the Everton was held last evening at the lecture hall, Everton-road to consider a proposal to form the club into a Limited Liability Company. Mr. Barclay president and nearly 300 members were present. Mr. Houlding proposed that the club be formed into a Limited Liability Company with a capital of £1,000, leaving on addition £6,000 on Mortgage he explained the difficulties which have arisen with the Landlord of the adjoining land, and to meet this he the proposed the foregoing scheme. Mr. Clayton in a lengthy speech, opposed it, and the discussion grew irregular speech opposed it, To get to business Mr. Mahon proposed an amendment “that the scheme be not accepted” and this was carried by a large majority. This put the committee into a fix, and it was ultimately decided that they endeavour to arrange with Mr. Houlding to acquire the land and report to the members a month hence.



SETEMBER 19 1891


For more than an hour before the advertised time for srtarting the game the accesses to the everton gound presented a very animated appearance, vehicles of everty description being atillsed to convey spectators to the scene of action, and thousands presented themselves as early as three o'clock in the hope of securing advadvatageous postions. Punctually at four o'clock when geary kicked off for the home club between 12,000, and 14,000 people were present. The everton left tried to get away, and passing between geary,, chadwick and milward was nullified by a fine kick by forbes, who landed the ball well into home territory. Here everton were kept busily defending, and after mclean had repulsed an attack from the left, watson sent in a shot to jardine, who saved grandly. A corner to the rovers followed, but the ball was sent over. So far blackburn had shown up most preminently, but but everton, by the aid of milward and geary, had shots which missed. A corner to everton was well got rid of by horne, and then the home left wing pair passed and repassed beautifully down, but milward's shot failed to get the desired direction. Kelso tricked townly splendidly, and then southworth with a tremendous shot, defeated jardine. Milward passed to geary, but just as the home centre was about to started mckeown stepped in, and sent the ball to midfield, walton and southworth headed in front of the everton goal and the former claimed a gaol, which however, was not allowed. The everton were given a grand chance for a score, the ball being sent well into the goal mouth, but the home forwards were not close, and thus the chance was lost. Gordon, a moment later, was near defeating horne, mckeown only just getting the ball away. Thus play was vert fast and exciting the teams putting in their utmost. The home tight rushed away in grand style, and latta centred beautiful to geary who made the score equal amidst tremindous enthusiasm. The game continue of a lively description, and both teams put in all they knew the rovers were penalised for for dewar fouling geary both nothing accrued from the advantage. Gordon doubled well down, but forrest kicked outside. Lofthouse tricked lochhead, and then the everton left went away, chadwick's shot going straight for goal, but horne was not to be beaten and sent the globe back. Mclean beautifilly checked southworth's career when the latter was becoming dangerous. A perfect fusilade was then made on horne's charge, and shot after shot was sent in, but to no purpose. A free kick to everton give then an opportunity, and milward and geary each showed up to some advantage but the defence of the rovers was grand. Just before the whistle sounded the home forwards went to the other end, geary only just failing to head through, the score at half-time being 1 gao each. The opening stages of the second half resulted in no distinct advantage to either team, and then geary, chadwick, and milward moved up the left, the former sending in a shot which compelled horne to use his hands to clear, forbes releliered, and, townley and walton talking up running, the everton end was reached, but without any tangibe result. Kelso gave to latta, and he and gordon indulged in some nice passing. Geary twice had shots without effect, and then sent in a long shot, which horne only just managed to get rid of. The everton front division was now playing a pretty game, but the visting defence was alive to every emergency and prevented any score. Townly had a shot from a long range, and, although well directed the sphere went too high, and topped the bar. A move was them made up the home left, and milward gave over to geary, who sent to latta, the latter just failing by a few inches. Geary was injured in a charge, which delayed the ganme for a few moments, but did not neccessitate his retirement. Latta had a spendid opportunit, but slipping,, forbes was enabled to rush in and reliev. The rovers then rushed away to the other end, and southworth sent in a terrific shot, which brought jardine to his knees. He managed to throw away, however-a magnificent save. Holt gave to his forwards, and latta, gordon and geary each made attempts to score, but failed, a splendid opportuniity being lost, by none of the forwards being up, for a long time the game was very swift, the ball travelling quickly between the rspective posts, but a long time nothing tangible accrued. At length the home right put in some petty work, and latta stuck the crossbar, the ball rebounding to the left. Here chadwick screwed and centred beaufully,, latta heading through amidst deafening cheers, thus putting everton in front. Everton having now got the lead played up brillantly, and after a couple of fruitless corners, kelso added a third point. The remaining play was all in favour of the home team, who retired easy winners by 3 goals to 1. Teams:-

Everton, jardine goal; mclean and collins backs; kelso, holt, and lochhead half back latta, gordon, geary, chadwick and milward, forwards

Blackburn rovers, horne goal; forbes and mckeown, backs, almond, dewar, and forrest half-backs, lofthouse, campbell, southworth, walton, and townley, forwards.



September 19, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

As the Blackburn Rovers play Everton today (Saturday), and Southworth not being eligible, the League granted the Blackburn club permission to play Southworth, as they had received no objections from Everton.

Brodie Nets

It was also resolved that Brodie's nets be used in all League matches dating on and from November 1. A Levy of five guineas from each club was made towards defraying the expenses of the League.

Everton v Blackburn Rovers, Anfield. Kick-off at four 0'clock. Everton team Jardine, goal; Mclean and Collins, backs; Kelso, Holt and Loochead, half-backs; Latta, Gordon, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.


Macclesfield v. Everton combination


Bootle Reserves v Everton, Hawthorn-road



September 21, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

One of the most noted sporting men of Liverpool –Mr. Albert Smith –died on Saturday at his residence in Hoylake, at the age of 34. In the sporting fraternity Mr. Smith was a well known and respected man, and years ago was one of the best “sprinters” in the North of England. Later he took up the “bookmaking profession,” in which he was chiefly to be found at the Clayton Club, Houghton-street. He was the originator of the “Pantomime” Football Match at Everton, and along with Mr. Alf Hemming, ran several theatrical companies so that he was hardly less known in dramatic than sporting circles. Latterly Mr. Smith took up the licensed victualler's trade, his house at one time being the “Hotspur” in Brunswick-road. He was best known in this line, however, as the license of the “Horseshoe” in Lime-street, which he had to give up owing to failing health.



September 21 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

The visit of the Canadians to Anfield on Monday was not a rousing event, either in attractiveness or play; but it was useful from a practice point of view for the Everton men, who won comfortably by 3 goals to 1. The league campaign, so far as the home Saturday matches are concerned, was opened auspiciously on Saturday. No team is more popular than the Blackburn Rovers, and certainly no victory is more appreciated by Evertonians than that obtained over the English cupholders. The weather was most suitable –neither too hot nor too cold –and there was accordingly a full attendance, which would mean something near 15,000. It was an interesting scene to look upon. The grassy field of play was refreshing in its greenness, and the thick rows of humanity which surrounded the arena inspiriting. Everything favoured a fair trial of skill, there being little or no wind, the only inconvenience felt by players being the occasional flashes of sunshine. The game was a good one, always fast, but not by any means the best exhibition of play furnished by these old opponents. The Rovers took up the running very early, and scored the initial goal twelve minutes from the start; but Everton were steadily improving, and, having as much of the game as their rivals, soon drew level. Then came a long struggle for a leading point, each side being several times within an ace of scoring. The Everton forwards, despite the clever help they received from Kelso, and Lochhead, could not keep up a solid line, and though they were oftener menacing goal than the Rovers, they were not particularly formidable. The defence appeared to be so sound that draw seemed inevitable; but suddenly Everton aroused themselves, and the severity of the attack gave assurance that a capture was imminent which Geary, after good work by others, made some 20 minutes from the finish, and Kelso followed with a splendidly obtained goal. The Rovers had plenty of time to rub off the arrears, and went down gallantly, but it was of no avail, as Jardine attended to any straight shot, whilst the backs and half-backs prevented good formation, and Everton secured a popular win by the emphatic score of 3 goals to 1. Taking the play on the whole Everton had just the pull of the Rovers, and this was due to the superior half-back work, as though Holt was slightly off colour, Kelso and Lochhead were almost perfect in their tackling and passing, Kelso especially being admirable. Collins and Mclean both shaped well. They were eased a good deal by their half-backs, but what they were required to do was satisfactory, except for one or two miskicks, Mclean being the greatest offender in this respect. The forwards were not pleasing during the first hour, Chadwick and Gordon at this period showing the better points, but towards the close the combination and shooting were of the teen ring, and the quintet qualified for permanent selection. Jardine made some remarkable saves, and altogether the team of Saturday gave evidence that if kept together in its entirely, it will have a flattering record to show at the end of the season. The Blackburn Rovers' forwards were the same familiar five –Lofthouse, Campbell, Southworth, Walton, and Townley –and they were each smart –Lofthouse the cleverest perhaps, of the five, for he frequently dribbled right down, and gave Collins great opportunities of showing his tackling abilities. Barton was missed from the half-backs, Almond seldom shining. McKeown is a sturdily-built man, and he used his weight judiciously and kicked finely; but Forbes appeared to less advantage, and was not at home on the right, though his kicking was of the same excellent quality be has often shown on the left. Horne did well in goal, and though be succumbed three times, he yet saved many spanking shots from taking effect. Everton play Notts Forest at Anfield this evening, for which occasion the same team that won on Saturday has been chosen.



September 21, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

At Macclesfield before 3000 spectators. After some good play the visitors scored, Macclesfield equalising with a good shot. Half-time Everton 3 goals, Macclesfield 2. Everton played hard in the second half, but the score remained unchanged.



September 21, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

The first Saturday League engagement at Anfield proved a great attraction, and about 15,000 spectators witnessed the renewed trial of prowess between Everton and the Blackburn Rovers. Conditions were favourable for an enjoyable game, and the function was a high one. Promptly to time the following teams faced each other;- Rovers; Horne, goal; Forbes and McKeown, backs; Almond, Dewar and Forrest, half-backs; Lofthouse, Campbell, Southworth, Walton and Townley, forwards. Everton; Jardine, goal; McLean and Collins, backs; Kelso, Holt (captain), and Lochhead, half-backs; Latta, Gordon, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. W.H. Stacey was referee. Everton, though they lost the toss, got away on the left, and would have run in close in but for Forbes, who stemmed, and the Rovers, from a couple of free kicks, brought out Jardine, who saved twice splendidly from Walton. Not liking these narrow shaves, Everton went down, and kicked a warm one outside. The Rovers worked hard, and Southworth managed to beat Jardine with a fine low shot, taken near the goalmouth. Everton soon attacked, and hemmed the visitors in, but the half-backs resources of Dewar was shown by keen tackling, and the home goal narrowly escaped being again taken. Just now Everton undoubtedly showed the best of football, and, Latta passing to Gordon, Geary shot with good judgement an equalising goal. The homesters settled down, McLean leading, and Kelso sent a free kick shot over Horne's head. Again and again did Everton attack, and after having two near touches of augmenting, Chadwick when fouled, finished with a scorcher. Geary having sent in a flying shot from a pass by Latta. Lofthouse worked himself clear, and Jardine fairly excelled in his goalkeeping by punting clear. Blackburn's outside right winger, by his active movements, temporarily aggressed and the Cupholders had the hardest of luck in not taking a lead of the game. Townley and Walton were dangerous, when McLean cleverly intercepted them, and offside only prevented Latta from giving the home team another point. Half-time was drawing near when Kelso headed clear, after Holt had missed, and at the other end Chadwick and Geary all but lowered the Rovers charge, when the whistle sounded, the two champions changing ends with the score one goal each. Turning round, Everton soon made it evident that they would inflict a thrashing on their Blackburn opponents. McKeown and Latta were the first to meet, and but for an unfortunate handling of the ball Horne's charge would have been attacked, as the whole of the homsters were lying in waiting. The visitors having managed to make headway, they were driven back by Lochhead and Kelso. Geary finishing up by narrowly sending outside of the uprights. Lofthouse charging Jardine for a corner, Collins sent across to Latta, Forest intercepting with a weak shot to Chadwick's foot and the left-winger shot outside. Gordon doing similarly a minute later. The Rovers next brushed aside all obstacles, failing, however, at Jardine. McKeown saved Horne by starving off Everton's shot, and Geary was temporarily injured. Before the game had properly restarted Southworth got away with Townley, and the Rovers made the most of the upset, their centre forward making the home custodian measure himself on the ground and at the same time throw away –a very fine performance indeed. Everton now had their revenge, as Latta, after a fine shot from Milward, beat Horne with an overheader, and Kelso before the plaudits of the crowd had subsided, made a third point, thereby increasing the excitement. If ever Horne had a peppering at his goal he had it at Anfield, as for many minutes he and his backs were never left alone; but the defence helded out soundly, and staved off further attempts. The Rovers made several plucky attempts to overtake their opponents, but they were never allowed an opening, and retired beaten by 3 goals to 1.


September 21 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

Where are Everton to permanently pitch their tent? This is the problem that is supplying subjects for controversy and giving rise to much perplexity. And yet the position is reduced to the simple one –either to buy the present site, with land adjoin or to secure a playing ground elsewhere. The meeting on Tuesday, which was attended by about three-fifths of the 500 members, was unmistakably antagonistic to the scheme propounded by the committee, however reasonably it had been conceived. A feeling seemed to prevail that the project was being forced, upon the club willy-nilly –that the particular idea must be accepted or perish. The majority of the members resented anything like coercion and, not knowing exactly where they were, being led to, elected to refer the matter back for further consideration and negotiation on the part of the committee. One thing was made clear by Mr. Houlding, that if the adjoining land is put into the builder's hands, and streets made, Everton will lose a strip six yards in width of their present circumscribed enclosure, and this would completely spoil the field of play, as well as curtail the accommodation of spectators. The opposition at the meeting having had their own way, the chairman very naturally asked the masters of the situation what should be the next move, and it was promptly agreed that the committee communicate with the landowners with a view to an improved tenacity, and call the members together within a month. In the meantime every one whom it may concern should get posted up in the actual position of the club, so as to come to some definite and practicable decision, for there is no time to be frittered away. Everton as club, are not rooted to the particularly piece of soil upon which they now cater football. The club has made a name, and has a host of enthusiastic followers, who as one speaker aid, would patronise the game whether played at Fairfield, or even the Dingle. The better plan would be for those who disagree with the committee's scheme to form a committee among themselves, to make inquirers and present alternate schemes. The members could then make their choice.



September 21, 1891 The Birmingham Daily Post

The meeting of these famous Lancashire clubs attracted great interest, and fully 16,000 spectators visited the Everton ground at Liverpool. Geary started the ball for the home team, but the Rovers soon began to press. However, the Everton defence was excellent, and the danger was averted. Amidst great excitement the Rovers set up another attack, and Southworth succeeded in scoring the first point for them. Shortly afterwards the Everton forwards ran the ball across, and Geary with a clever shot, managed to equaliser the score. Then some fine work was put in on both sides, and it was only the splendid goalkeeping of Jardine, of Everton, that prevented the Rovers scoring again. When the whistle blew at half-time a goal had been obtained by each team. At the start of the second half the play was of an even and interesting character, but the Everton men steadily wore their opponents down. Latta scored a goal with a good shot, and this was followed by another success on the part of Kelso, victory thus resting with Everton by three goals to one.






This match, one of the combination series was played at macclesfield before about 4,000 spectators. Thomson started the game for everton., and after each tean attacked and been repulsed, the visors' right made capiatl headway, wyllie shooting in from the touch line and mcmillan heading the first gaol for everton. Shortly afterwards afterwards birchenhall made the score equal. Subsquently jones sent the ball over to wyllie and everton made a most determined attack, with the result that murray scored a second goal. Just before half-time murray once more lowered the homesters colours. Half-time;- everton 3 goals,, macclesfield 2. Early in the second half the homesters were on forced to play a strictly defensive game but a corner was all that came of it. After a couple of fine attampts by everton, macclesfield moved off, and when they had forced the ball over the line made a spirted attack but a barren corner was the only result. The vistors kept up the attack but the home defence was pretty safe. Final result everton 3 goals, macclesfield two goals.


September 22, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

This friendly game was played on the Anfield enclosure; last evening, before a poor turnout of spectators, numbering only 1500. The weather was wretched, rain falling at the commencement of the game. both teams were strongly represented (Latta being the only absentee in the Everton ranks), and were composed as follows;- Everton; Jardine, goal; McLean and Collins, backs; Kelso, Holt (captain) and Lochhead, half-backs; Wyllie, Gordon, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Notts Forest; Brown, goal; Earp and Scott, backs; Hamilton, Russell, and Thompson, half-backs; Mason, Smith, Higgins, McPherson and Pike, forwards. Lossing the toss, Geary started for the homesters against a strong wind, and passing over to his left wing Milward and Chadwick lost no time in reaching the visitors' quarters, where the former centred accurately across to Wyllie, who all but scored with a header. The Forest soon realised their position, and went towards the other end, only, however, to be repelled by Collins, who by a long lob enabled Wyllie and Gordon to make tracks for goal and after a run had been put in by that pair the ball was forced outside. Coming again, the Evertonians fairly walked round the Forest defence, and Geary, from a touch by Chadwick, banged in the first goal for his side with a chinking shot. This success was immediately backed up by another point from Kelso, who scored by a grand attempt from the line. After a temporary visit had been made by the Forest to the home citadel, the Anielders by good combination went again to the attack, and Brown had quite an anxious time of it. Wyllie easing the pressure he missed by a few inches. Both teams were playing beautiful football, the passing and repassing being a treat to witness. Russell caused Jardine to steer a fast grounder, and then Geary was off in the centre, but as he neared shooting range Scott was very lucky to put him off the ball. Getting into line the “Reds” sailed cleverly through the home defence, Jardine for a moment was busy in dealing with shies from Russell, Smith, and Higgins, the latter eventually going over the line. These narrow escapes were followed by another from Higgins. From the goal kick the home forwards rattled away, and Gordon, eluding Scott, tipped back to Kelso, who again drove in to Brown. This time, however, the latter was found all there, and cleared finely. McLean smartly baulked Pike, and planting among his front rank, they again nearly effected an entrance, Earp getting very fast and pretty, the game ruled fairly even, both defences bring hard to beat, and at the interval no further goals had been scored, Everton thus crossing over with a lead of 2 to nil. Resuming, the visitors were the first to make headway, a shot from McPherson being easily got away by Jardine. Lochhead gave to Chadwick, who, along with Geary and Milward, showed some very tricky play, until Earp and Russell upset their efforts by lobbing up the field. Coming with greater determination than ever, the Anfielders gave the visiting backs a lot of work to do, which they successfully battled with at the expense of a couple of corners. Jardine next stirred two well aimed shots from Pike and Smith, after which Holt had a tussle with Higgins, and the centre half coming of best initiated a lively charge on the Forest goal. Shot after shot was sent in, but Brown, ably assisted by Earp, prevented their reaching the desired quarter. A foul in the Everton goalmouth looked dangerous, Collins, however, got in his kick, and converted play to midfield, where the half-back divisions put in some sterling work. Semi-darkness coming on, each side in turn could be seen attacking, but on call of time no additional goal had been added, a very good game resulting in a victory for Everton by 2 goals to nil.





Everton league v. notts forest:- considering the bad weather the number of spectators (aboy 1,500) at the everton ground last evening was very good, and compared favourably with the numbers estimated to have attended other matches yesterday. Geary kick off,, and an immediate attack on the forest goal was repulsed. A second visit was paid to the vistors' charge, but the latter soon returned the compliment, the shot from higgins going wide. Holt cleverly rushed mcpherson, but thompson averted danger.again the homsters came, and from a beauful pass by chadwick, geary shot the first point for everton ten minutes from the start. Then two minutes later kelso scored a second. The forest made a short in sursion into everton territory but collins and mclean played a safe game, and brown's charge was again invaded. Mason and russell made a nice movement, but were pulled up by mclean before they became dangerous. The reds, however got back and a grand shot from russell brought the everton custodise to his knees, an attention that was paid to brown shortly afterwards. Mason and smith worked finely down to jatdine, and a shot from smith just scraped the top of the crossbar. Twice was jardine's goal assuled without success. Geary, some time later, had an easy opening, but shot yards wide. Pike and mcpherson initiated a movement which caused the everton supporters some ansiety, but smith shot went the wrong side. At half-time everton had the best of matters by 2 goals to none. Higgins restarted, and the opening exchances were even, milward and chadwick being must promineut. On the other hand, higgins and mcpherson showed up well, but the threadened danger was easily averted by collins and another attempt to lower the everton coulours was just hoisted over the bar by jardine. A feat which he repeated shortly afterwards after a visit to midfield the vistors custodians was kept busy, milward chadwick, and geary giving him plenty of work. Mcpherson and pike broke through and jardine had an axxious moments danger was however averted. Play contained last, and both sides tired hard to score, but semi-darkness prevented accurate play, which was not of a give-and-take. The game which had been limited to two thirty-five half's resulting in favour of everton by 2 goals to nil. Teams:-

Everton league, jardine goal; mclean, and collins backs; kelso, holt (captain), and lochhead, half-backs, wyllies, gordon, geary, chadwick, and milward forwards.

Notts forest, brown goals, earp, and scoot, backs; hamilton russell, and thompson half-backs, mason, smith higgins mcpherson and pike forwards .


September 24, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

These local second teams met last evening for the first time this season, on the Hawthorn-road enclosure, in the presence of over 2000 spectators. Everton in the opening stages of the game had matters much to their own liking, McMillan getting past Griffiths twice. Then Thomson beat him again, and another point for the visitors was got through from a corner. After these reverses Bootle seemed to play with greater combination, and rushing through their opponents' defence, Montgomery scored with a lofty shot. Nearing the interval Everton further increased their lead, the score at half-time being; Everton 5 goals, Bootle 1. On resuming, Bootle got away on the right, and Ryan sent a near thing over the bar. Everton gradually wearing down their rivals, showed much superior football, and for a long time kept Griffiths busy defending his charge. Racing along the centre, the home forwards got within shooting range, and Kelly scored the second goal for Bootle. Then McMillan put through a couple of more for Everton, the score at the finish being; Everton 7 goals, Bootle 2. Ryan, just on the close of the game, was ordered off the field for using his fists against Robertson. Teams; Bootle; Griffiths, goal; Cranny and McEwan, backs; Wilkinson, McLelland, and Dodd, half-backs; Ryan, Griffths, Kelly, Montgomery, and Watson, forwards. Everton; Williams, goal; W. Jones and Campbell, backs; Kirkwood, R. Jones, and Robertson, half-backs; Elliott, McMillan, Thomson, Murray and Wyllie, forwards.





It is announced that an emicable arrangement will shortly be arrived at on the matter in dispute between the everton club and the propristor of part of the ground mr. Orrell. Mr orrell it is stated, has intimated that he is ready to accept £120 a year rental for his portion of the land. He also stripulates for a guarantee for the payment of the rent, and that their tenents shall be for ten years and that on the termination of the period the club shall be called to remove any erections that they may have upon it. The proposal will come before the committee of the club and there is little doubt that it will receive their sanction.


September 24, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

It is stated that an amicable arrangement will shortly be arrived at on the matter in dispute between the Everton Football Club and the proprietor of part of the ground (Mr. Orrell). Mr. Orrell, it is said, has intimated that he is ready to accept £120 a year rental, for his portion of the land. He also stipulates for a guarantee for the payment of the rent, and that their tenure shall be for ten years, and that on the termination of that period the club shall be called on to remove any erections they may have upon it. This proposal will come before the committee of the club, and there is little doubt that it will receive their sanction.



September 24, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

Yesterday, the funeral of Mr. Albert Smith, who was well-known in local athletic, sporting, and Masonic circles (being a member of the Dramstic Lodge, No. 1609) took place at Anfield Cemetery. There was a very large concourse of mourners. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. I. Holmes, the cemetery chaplain. The principal mourners were Messrs W. Smith (son), H. Smith (brother), J. Ardam (uncle), J. Munro (brother-in-law), W. Partington, P.S. Hooton, A. Magnus, J. Entwistlle, R. Welsh, and J. Bleasdale; and there were also present Captain Holbyn, Messrs, Lewis Peake, James Ramsay, S. Lloyd, Henry Marshall, John Marshall, Thomas Peake, T. Hood, Gaffney, R.G. Greeves, W. Coates, J. W. Binks, R. Walsh, W. Richards, Alfred Powell, W. Raper, Bowman, Noah Lees, James Kieran, H. And J. Lingard, C.J. O'Conner, Gibson Marshall, H. Court, T. Beckenham, Simon Butler, W. Vines, R. Anderson, W. Fane, T. Garbut, J. Barker, H. Marshall, J. Snow, W. Gunson, S. Llyod, H. Astley, T. Savage, J. Busfield, H. Court, W. Greig. J. Aarson, E. Ford, J. Waters, J. Simpson, S. Carr, J. Armstrong, L. Finger, S. Eawiege, C. O'Conner, C. Chuck, W. Allerton, W. Brookfield, W. Affeck, W. Clare, R. Watson, D. Hawes, J. Cranney, Barker, G. Baker, C. Baker, C. Bunchanan, W. Savage, J. Finsberg, H. Fineberg, S. Lloyd, H. Heard, F.B. Harris, J. Harris, J. Bell, S.S. Fisher, C.W. Higson, J. Humphreys, J. Taylor, W. Davies, G.P. Carr, T. Roberts,jun., and T. Bush. The funeral arrangements were carried out by W. And D. Busby, Limited.


September 26, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton must expect a hard fight for, in addition, in their only League match at home this season Accrington defeated Burnley by a goal to nil. The Everton combination team will receive a return visit of a “friendly” character from Chester St. Oswald's and the Liverpool League will furnish five matches, at the grounds of the Bootle Athletic, Bromborough Pool, Everton Athletic, Kirkdale, and Whiston respectively. The feature of the Liverpool Caldonians on Monday evening when Everton will join issue with the newly organised team at the new ground off Wavertree-road known as Woodcroft Park.

Everton v Accrington; at Accrington, kick-off at four o'clock. Everton team; Jardine, goal; McLean and Collins, backs; Kelso, Holt and Loochead, half-backs; Latta, Gordon, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.

Everton v. Chester St. Owalds, Anfield, Kick-off at four o'clock. Everton team; Smalley, goal; Chadwick and Campbell, backs; Kirkwood, Jones and Robertson, half-backs; Wyllie, Murray, Thomson, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.


Liverpool Caldonian v Everton, Woodcroft Park


Everton league v Glasgow Rangers, Glasgow.


September 26, 1891. The Blackburn Standard.

The dispute respecting the Everton ground, which has led to so much ill-feeling is in a fair way of settlement. Mr. Orrell, owner of the piece of land in dispute has decide not to insist on purchase, but offer to give the club a ten year's lease at £120 per annual, and allow them to remove stands and other erections of the end of that. This will be submitted to the committee, and will no doubt be accepted.

Blacburn Rovers v Everton

There has been as great deal of talk about the Everton match. In the old days it used to be said that if the Rovers were in an equal footing with their opponents at the interval they were sure to pull it off before the end of the game came. But things have changed since then. In the first portion of the game with Everton the Rovers had slightly the best of it not withstanding that their half backs were playing like a lot of schoollads. In the second portion, however, Everton struck to their work with dogged determination and in the last twenty minutes had the upper hand easily, and favoured with a largely slice of luck succeeded in winning by three goals to one. There could be no doubt that in a great measure the defeat was sustained owing to the wretched half-back play of the Rovers. Barton was sadly missed, for Almond is not class enough for such men as Chadwick and Milward. I have never seen Dewar play a worse game, even taking into account his display in the first few matches when he joined the club, which is saying a great deal. His tackling was ill-timed and his kicking was shockingly weak. Forest was the best of the trio, but even he did nothing particularly smart. And now as to the forwards in the first half they played a very fair game through the extreme wingmen showed a very foolish disposition to stick to the leather. In this respect the veteran Joe was the biggest defaulter. Southworth in consequence of this style of play, was often kept idle. But when the second portion of the game fell to pieces, and towards the end indeed for any set of forwards to play anything like a strong game with a weak half-back trio, and therefore some allowance must be made for the Cupholders front division. For the received hardly any assistance from Dewar and company.


September 26, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury

The dispute respecting the Everton ground, which has led to so much ill-feeling, is in a fair way of settlement, Mr.Orrell, owner of the piece in dispute, has decided not to insist on purchase, but offer to give the club a ten year lease at £120 per annual, and allow them to remove stands and other erections at the end of that time. This will be submitted to the committee, and will no doubt be accepted.



By far the largest party of sighsears put in an appearance at anfield to watch the game between blackburn rovers and everton, and impartial reasons could not have gone away disappointed, while the home treasury was enriched by something like £380. It was a battle royal in every detail until about the last twenty minutes. When rovers melted away like a dewdrop under the effort of the sun and then the everton attacking forces had matters very easy. At such a pace was the game started that it plainly been me acticable to the onlookers that victory would rest with the side which could display the best stamins. The association cup holders went off at a tremoudous ‘'bat'' and during the first twenty minutes or so had all the best of some tricky work; and as this stage the partians of the home club, who had reckleasly launched out slight odds on everton winning, began to feel cold water trickling down the channels of their backs, and were preparing to part with the ‘'shiners'' form however prevailed, and the odds were landed by the substantial victory of 3 goals to 1. The game itself was one of the sort that spectators delights to watch- fast and exciting, and varied by goods passing and plucky tackling without anything approaching to brutality. The everton eleven were cetainly seen at their best, and though it took them some considerable time to rise to the occasion, when theydid they showed their superiority, jardine is goal, made some spendid saves, and it was only his extrardinary skill in meeting the ball that secured his charge from repeated downfalls and though some people might think otherwise, ‘'davie,'' when he is all right has not many superloss in his professions. Both mclean and collins improve, but they have still a great deal so make up before they bring the everton defence up to its proper balance. The kicking of both some how lacks force, and is this detail they were sadlydefialent when compared with forbes and mckeown, who propelled the ball to the opposite end of the field with the toss of giants; but they are both grand tacklers and hard workers, and never shirk anything. Kelso on the half line again more frinads every match he is seen in, and on Saturday he was certainly one of the best men on the field. He kept townley in check, the game though, and the old rovers rarely found any opportunity to dash off along the touch line; if he did, he was soon pulled up. Lochhead's display on Saturday give him a perfect right to a premantent position in the league team. Holt, however through lack of practice, did not get on very well against southworth; but as it was the first match of any importannce''johnny'' had played in this season, he could hardly be expected to show his usual excellance. The front line, all played well, though without any excessive display of combisation. Too much wing play is disdoubful, besidon prejuding the prospects of victory, and when will the everton forwards learn this? At times last Saturday they combined in the most skilful manner; and when they did so, the rovers were generally beaten. The rovers' defence was stronger than their attack; and W. horne, who is yet only a lad, standing 6 feet high in his stockings, should develop into a brillant goalkeeper. To-day everton travel to accrington by the 1-40 train from ex-change station, the league contest with accrington commencing at 4 o'clock.

Meanwhile everton reserves play chester st. oswald at anfield, kick-off at 4 o'clock the teams is smalley goal; chadwick a and campbell backs, kirkwood, r jones and robertson half-backs, wyllies, murray, robertson mcmillan, and elliott forwards.and everton athletic playing bootle rovers kick off at 4 o'clock.



SETEMBER 28 1891


The first league match between these clubs was played at accrington about 6,000 specatators being present. Everton loss the toss geary kicked off at five minutes past four, the home team having the benefit of a strong wind, but starting with only ten men. An immediate move up was made by the everton right wing, but a return by the home left wing was immediately apperent. Collins cleared. The everton boys once more set to work, gordon severely troubling the home defence but at length mclennon sent his opponents to the right about. Holt enabled his forwards to return to the attack, and after geary had a shot at goal, wyllie got away, with the result that hay had to threw away. Then the home left dashed down the field and kirkham easily bounced past mclean, and shot shot across the goal' mouth, but jardine cleared the threshold and collins send the ball flying to the half lines. Then the vistors by pretty passing went down to ofter quarters and hay gave a corner which proved fruitless. After this the accrington men attacked twice, but such a sturdy defence was exhibted that the homsters were at length contrained to turn on their heels and retreat beyond half-way afer a race down the field by the whole of the everton ran the accurington left wing and centre took the leather back, and very shortly afterwards haworth had a shot, jardine saving at the expense of a corner. Until another fusile attemp was made at jardine's charge. Everton went down with a rare bat and a prolonged struggle took place in front of the home goal. First one wing and than the other kept making desperate attempts to score but at length the visors were cleared out and kirkham broke through and made a dashing run down the home left, home threw of four attemps were made at the everton goal, and theses continued efforts were at leght rewarded with success and elliott scored a pretty goal. Again the homesters returned to the attack and aided by the wind, made matters pretty warm for the everton defence, a lofty shot going over jardine's head and another being sent to the everton goalkeeper's hand. Then wyllies made a good run and after going up to shooting distances sent the ball in front but his efforts were not crowned with success, although a minute later holt gave the front rank another chance which was not succeed. A a futher raid was then made by the home team but mclean clearned the move after which the everton left wing became ungaged, and a couple of attemps was made by milward to lower the accrington colours. After holt and kelso had some trouble in accounting for a dangerous rush by the accrington front ranks. Gordon and wyllies gave a rare display promise and made an excellent attack on the home goal, being repulsed, milward and chadwick took up the running and a prolonged onslaught was made on the eccington goal, but without success, subequently whitehead initfated another attack by the home team and jardine was the reciplent of a warm consignment of leather but a foul close in enabled everton men to clear out their opponents and after a futher spell of play in the home quarters lochhead drew forth the plaudits of the spectators by a great display of defence. Milward shortly afterwards sent in a red-hot shot on hay, and thus furtherb play before half-time was mostly confined to the home half. Half-time:- accrington 1 gaol everton nil. After the usual interval, pandergast restarted, and with the wind in their favour the everton boys soun got into their stride. Geary was the first to get away by means of a ecellent run but when the everton man was almost at the quarter line, mclellan dashed in and robbed the chance. Then milward slipped down the left and shot across, but the ball went outside. Hay having another shot straight at him. The home left got well down, but sounded the order to retreat. Shorthly after this chadwick put in a spendid work, the everton man having possession of the ball total surround by three of the opponent. Them everton had to submit to a turn of pressure, collins for a time being severely troubled; but at length relief was given by geary, and then by lochhead, after which the everton than went sailing down to the accrington goal, but could not score. After a time a custourial move by the home front ranks took the leather down to jardine, who just managed to save. Hay a minute later, doing a similar thing at the other end and,in a very quick space of time afterwards gordon scored for everton. The match eventually ended in draw off at 1 gaol each. Teams:-

Accrington, hay goal; mcvickers, mclellan, backs, berr, haworth, and tattersall half-backs, foulds, whitehead, pandergast, elliott and kirkam forwards

Everton, jardine goal; mclean, and collins backs kelso holt (captain), lochhean half-backs wylies, gordon, geary, chadwick and milward, forwards



September 28, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post

The match between these teams took place at Accrington, and was witnessed by a good number of spectators. The game was commenced shortly before four o'clock, and both teams at once settled down to a hard game. In the first few minutes the forwards on both sides did excellent work, and several quick exchanges too place, both goals in turn being attacked. Accrington gained several corners, but were unable to make any use of their opportunities. The Accrington right wing broke away, and the ball was passed a crossed to Elliott, who shot the first goal for the home side. After an off-side goal, Everton pressed, but were unable to break through the Accrington defence. T length the home men cleared their lines and attacked, but with no better result than their opponents. At half time Accrington led by one goal to none. As Everton now had the benefit of the wind it was expected that the game would go in their favour, but the visitors for a time did not play strongly. The Accrington forward's played a good game, but were repulsed, and than Everton attacked and scored, a claim for offside being disallowed. Both sides strove hard to gain a lead, but without success, though Prendergast an Accrington player, missed an excellent chance. As neither side succeeded in scoring again, the game ended in a draw, the score being one goal each.

September 28, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Notts Forest, paying a second visit to Liverpool within the present brief stage of the season, were unable to sustain the strong line presented at Bootle, and on Monday were beaten by Everton League pointless -2 goals to 0. This was the Forest’s first reverse since last spring, but it is no discredit to go down before such a team as Everton League, who are not accustomed to be beaten very often, especially when at home. It was a pretty game, however, and the Forest are complimented on the capital fight they made in a contest that was invariably fast and scientific. Unfortunately, the weather was repelling, being wet and squally, and this kept many thousands reluctantly away. With the exception that Latta took a rest, owing to a kick received on the leg, the Everton team was the same as that which overthrew the Blackburn Rovers. Wyllie thus partnered Gordon, and the two worked very well together, though the fearless charges of Latta were conspicuously absent in Wyllie, and this is a defect that should be remedied for “man play” of a legitimate kind id s dine qua non to success. The forward tactics of Chadwick and Milward were at times suggestive of selfishness, but this may have been due to the knowledge that Dave Russell was keeping a close watch on Geary, but who yet managed to score the opening goal, the other one being compassed by Kelso, who again gave a brilliant display. Jardine was safe in the extreme, and whilst the other defenders at least sustained the efficiency of the Rovers’ match, it was evident Holt had not yet into the proper vein. The Forest forwards, well controlled by Higgins, were always compact and took a lot of watching, and, with equally good en in other departments, the Foresters unite in grand football.
Everton were fully conscious that they had a difficult task set them on Saturday in successfully combating Accrington, who have a knack of shining brightly when at home. The League matches between these clubs have generally proved close in their finish, and of the seven played since the establishment of the League Everton have won three, each with a solitary goal margin, and Accrington two, with an advantage of two goals on both occasions, whilst the remaining two were left drawn. The conditions were not at all favourable for good play, as rain in the forenoon had softened the ground, and a strong wing blew from goal to goal almost. Everton had to defend against this additional force during the first half, and though they were often seen laying siege on the Accrington goal, they had to perform, most exhausting work in baffling the incursions made by the speedy Accringtonians. It was generally conceded that the visitors to Accrington had done capitally in curtailing the score up to the interval to one goal to nil, and that with the wind they would quickly overtake the arrears. The resumption was marked by terrific onslaughts by Everton, but what with sound defence and indifferent shooting it was a quarter of an hour before the teams were on an equality. Everton were very near improving their position frequently during the next 20 minutes, but found that defenders ever on the alert, and towards the finish Accrington resumed the attack so keenly that it was a real relief to the hundreds of Evertonians present when Mr. Duxbury sounded the note of cessation, with the match yet saved, and each side consoled with a goal apiece. The game was a very earnest affair but disappointing, neither team giving a good display, though the strong breeze must be held reasonable for much of the lack of skill and combination showed the best tactics. It was not that they gave much in the way of concerted runs but that they went in for short passing and quick following up. Everton contributed some pretty movements at times, but wing play was conspicuous. There was some excuse certainly for this, as Geary was suffering from a previous injury and could not keep up the speed he commenced with. Holt, it was gratifying to see, played one of his best games. Kelso and Lochhead were again reliable. The backs were slow to a tantalising degree, and were often beaten when too far up the field. McLean was hesitating in taking the man with the result that it was absolutely necessary for Kelso or someone to continually rush to his assistance. Collins, too, was dilatory in tackling, but covered this mistake by much sound kicking. Jardine only failed at a clever return shot. Hay also did excellent work in goal. McVickers and McLeilan were resourceful and quick in defence, and came out of a trying ordeal with no less of prestige. Howarth showed rare judgement at centre half, and of the forwards Whitehead was quickest of a lively quintet.
In connection with the controversy between the contending parties concerning the Everton ground question, it has been hinted that Mr. Molyneux, in whose name the whole of the professionals have been registered, has a leaning to one particular side. This is an injustice. Mr. Molyneux, as paid secretary of the club, of which he is a member is perfectly neutral, in the proceedings pending. He has his private opinions of course, but in his official capacity his solo aim is to carry out duties as faithfully and impartially as he has ever done.
The Liverpool Caledonians enter upon their career this evening, when they meet Everton on the Woodcroft Park Ground, Wavertree, the kick-off being announced for five o’clock. The Everton Executive and many well-known local football celebrities have signified their intention of patronising the opening proceedings. Mr. Kirkland, president, sets the ball rolling for what is confidently expected to prove a successful initiatory season. The Woodcroft Park ground is easy of success, being only one minute’s walk from Wavertree Station, whilst buses to and from the ground will run from Castle-street, High Park-street, and St. James Church. The following will compose the Everton team; Williams; Chadwick, Campbell, backs; Kirkwood, R. Jones, and Robertson, half-backs; Wyllie, Murray, Thomas, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.

September 28, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton, accompanied by a numerous number of supporters who availed themselves of the fast excursion train, visited Accrington to decide a League match. Latta, who received a kick in the Blackburn Rovers match, was forced to stand out, and this let in Wyllie; whist Accrington made two changes, Irvine and McKay being superseded by Pendergast and Kirkman, and the teams were thus composed of the following;- Everton-Jardine, goal; Mclean and Collins, backs; Kelso, Holt (captain) and Lochhead, half-backs; Wyllie, Gordon, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Accrington;- Hay, goal; McVictor and McLellan, backs; Barr, Haworth, and Tattersall, half-backs; Faulds, Whitehead, Pendergast, Elliott and Kirkham, forwards. Mr. Duxbury acted as referee, and had to sound his whistle once or twice before the Accrington dilatory ones turned out. A strong wind swept down from goal to goal, and as it was decided advantage to obtain choice of ends the toss was awaited with more than usual interest. Everton lost, and had to turn their faces to the wind. At five minutes past four Geary, whilst Howarth was still absent, put the ball in motion, and off went Everton on the right wing; but McLellan was a barrier, and Holt missing the ball, play went towards Jardine, where Collins made a couple of clearances. Gordon went away in good run and centred nicely, but found Geary a little too late to turn the advantage gained to account. Everton were persistent, however, and on Howarth fouling Chadwick, and from the free kick, Geary tested Hay with a splendid low shot, which was duly checked. A nice forward movement by Everton was much appreciated, and culminated in Chadwick making a fair aim. So far Everton had shaped surprisingly well; but it now came about for Accrington to take up a protracted assault, during which Kirkham’s fine centre was stemmed with difficulty. Several corners, owing to the wind influencing the course of the ball, followed but were tided over without much auxiety. A spurt gave Gordon an opening, but he shot very wide of the mark, and the Accrington defence were kept on the alert for several minutes, a claim of hands eventually giving them an opportunity of changing the scene of interest. Collins administrated a temporary check to Faulds and Whitehead, but Pendergast returned, and called upon Jardine, who fisted out, and more corners intervened. Elliott was very close in his aim, and then Chadwick and Milward got under way and passed across. The ball was returned by Kelso, and Chadwick gave Milward a chance, but the latter was baffed when darting into goal. Lochhead rescued Everton from an ugly scrimmage near the goal mouth outside giving relief, and, after having harassed the Everton defence for a considerable time, Accrington were rewarded with a goal, Elliott shooting quickly, following upon an aim by Whitehead, Jardine attempting, but failing to punch the ball aside. Fanlds almost immediately penetrated goal, but was ruled offside. Howarth also sent though from a free kick, but no one had touched the ball. Everton made several attempts to get down, but were held well in hand until Geary joined the right wing, in a neat run without avail; whilst subsequently Chadwick was in a fine position for scoring when the whistle sounded for an infringement. The game went somewhat favourably to Everton between now and half time, but the home defenders were always brilliant. With the wind Geary opened the second half, by tripping off in a spanking run, but McLellan robbed him beautifully. Holt just now was in the thick of the fray, and several times nonplussed his adversaries, and placed with great taste. Accrington thus had a warm experience in stemming the raids. Gordon shot well from a pass up by Mclean, and on the other wing Chadwick obtained the mastery of three opponents, but shot behind. Collins was next hard pressed, and he held out until assistance was rendered. Kelso then tried Hay from a Long range. Pendergast and Faulds made fair shots, Jardine knocking out, and Everton resumed aggression with success, and after several denials, managed to beat Hay, Gordon having merited this distinction with a good length shy. Everton had much the best of the play for a long time but the combination was not good, as Geary was sowing signal of distress, and could not hold his wings together. Still it seemed certain that Everton would add to their score, but all the well-directed touches found an Accrington man in readiness. Meeting with no success, Everton fell off, and experienced some uneasiness during the last ten minutes. Pendergast especially, a few yards from goal, mulling an easy chance, and soon a game of moderate quality terminated in a draw –one goal each.

September 28, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
The local reserve team played an ordinary fixture at Anfield on Saturday, and met a strong eleven of the Saints from Chester. Parry being absent from the home ranks let in Copplestone, a local lad, but his services were of little avail, as he fainted early on and had to be carried off the field. There were between 2000 and 3000 spectators present when Thomson started the ball for Everton, and it was soon apparent to the onlookers that the attack of the Anfielders was in tiptop form, seldom allowing the “Saints” to make much headway, and before the interval Thomson and McMillan had each scored twice and Elliott once, to their opponents nil. Restarting, the visitors showed good play, but the home defence prevented them from making more than one point, J. Evans doing the needful; and, McMillan adding one for the Reserves, a fairly interesting game ended in the following manner –Everton Reserves 6, goals; Chester St. Oswald’s 1.

September 29, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Last evening the new club established at the south end, to be known henceforth as the Liverpool Caledonians made their debut. It was the original desire of the new organisation that the opening ceremony should have been performed by the Corinthians and Queen’s Park, but these hopes not being realised, Everton ever ready to encourage the development of football sport, consented to take part in the inauguration. The ground is capacious, with stand accommodation for 12 spectators, and, as the enclosure is convenient of access from the centre of the town, it is believed that the venture will fill a void long felt in the south-east suburbs. But of course, everything depends upon the calibre of the players that will be pressed into service whether a high state is approached. Fortunately, the weather was fine, with a strong wind as the only impediment, and for the start the attendance was a good one, numbering about 4000. Everton’s team was a mixed one, selected from League and Combination players, whilst the Caledonians included many local men the names being as follows;- Everton; Williams, goal; Chadwick and Campbell, backs; Mclean, R. Jones and Robertson, half-backs; Wyllie, Murray, Thomson, McMillan and Elliott, forwards. Caledonians;- J. Whitehead, goal; E. Griffiths and W. Wilson, backs; Ross Muir, Rowan, and J. Williamson, half-backs; T. Deighton, J. Deighton, W. Orr, W. Seggie and W. Hastings, forwards. Mr. R. Kirkland, the president of the Caledonian Club, kicked off. The home team made ground at the outset, but Everton soon grew dangerous. A foul was given in front, but the free kick ended in the ball passing outside Whitehead’s charge. The Caledonians, from Rowan’s pass up, went smartly down on the right, where T. Deighton took good aim, Williams clearing Hastings and Seggie also ran well. Everton return to the left, and Thomson scored. Play proceeded on even terms, the ball travelling quickly up and down. The Caledonians forwards showed considerable understanding of each other, and contributed several pretty joint runs, but they were well checked by Campbell and Chadwick. Everton played a splendid passing game, but were not often menacing goal, Wilson and Williamson especially defending stoutly. The pace began to tell its tale on the home eleven, and Everton playing very coolly had much the best of the argument just now. Still Whitehead had scarcely anything to do, which speaks well for the resources of the men immediately in front of him. Wyllie once got away in a dashing run, but he was foiled in his shooting. A better effort was a long shy by McLean, the ball dropping into goal, and being safely combated by Whitehead. The Caledonians got near enough in for Williamson to try a shot which Williams tamely brushed aside, and then, having survived a severe attack, the home team found relief on the right wing. The ball, however, went out at the corner, and Everton looked as though they must score from a hot scrimmage created by a right wing. Shortly afterwards the interval arrived with the visitors leading by a goal to nil. The second stage was opened by Thomson sending in a hot aim, and in Whitehead making a clean save. Everton returned to the attack persistently without the desired result, but were very near scoring on one or two occasions. Hasting and Seggie, by way of variety, went round Mclean in a sturdy run, but found Chadwick impassable. A movement on the home right wing gave an opening, but when the crucial test came no one could use his foot effectively from Deighton’s centre. Another tussle ensued, and out of this Seggie placed behind. Then time was occupied in Everton, except for an occasional breakaway, working the ball from the half-way line to goal, to be always beaten smartly. Towards the finish, however the Caledonians went down in force, and T. Deighton tested Williams with a clinkling long shot. This encouraged, the home team closed in again, and were only held in check with difficulty. Darkness now began to set in, and ultimately a very well-contested game resulted in a win for Everton by a goal to nil.
After the match Mr. R. Kirkland (president of the Caledonian Club), along with the committee, entertained the players of both teams and the Everton league team to dinner in the Bee Hotel. Mr. Kirkland presided over this gathering, which numbered nearly 100, including several gentlemen well known in football circles. After the company had done justice to the excellent repast provident by Mr. Bush, the loyal toasts were cordially drank, after which Mr. H. Brown proposed “Success to the Everton Football Club,” to which Mr. A. Latta and Mr. R. Stockton responded. Mr. Heard submitted “Prosperity to the Caledonian Organisation,” which he trusted in the future would make a name for itself, as he had found that with such able management a club was bound to succeeded. This toast was duck amidst much enthusiasm, and Mr. Bramley in acknowledging it said that so far their efforts had been well rewarded, as they were much pleased with the manner in which their team had performed against the Everton eleven. Bootle Football Club was next toasted by Mr. S.Y. Lawson, and responded by Mr. W. Roach. Other toast followed. Messrs J. Thompson, Griffths, Elliott, Murray, Lawson, Roche, and Whitehead, added much enjoyment to the company by ably rendering songs, etc, during the evening.
Everton reported Crewe Alexandra for non-fulfilment of a fixture on September 12. It was decided to send all the facts of Doyle and Brady, re violation of agreement with Everton to the Scottish Football Association.




The ‘'ceremeny'' at opening the new ground at the Liverpool caledonians club took place last evening. The weather was most favourable.and a gathering of nearly 4,000 were present when mr. Kirkland kicked off a few minutes after five o'clock the ball going close to the everton goal, whence mclean returned, after the several passing by everton right worked up, and a miskick by williamson was nearly fatal to the caledonians,. The ball, however, was cleared bu wilson, and gratually play worked down to the everton gaol, where rowans shot fall into william's hands. A few minutes later however thomson dribbled along the centre of the ground, and with a tame shot beat whitehead, everton thus scoring first point on the new ground. The brothers J and t daigntoe the right forward wing of the caledonians played avery clever passing game, and repeatedly took the ball away from evertonians but the latter as a body generally held their own, and but for griffiths the right back, the score would have been greatly increased, up to now the play had been mostly on the scottish man's right wing. Hastings, on the exteme left, being practually neglected. The game was not of a very brillant description, being very slow, probably on account of the rough state of the ground, which prevented the men getting in any nice passing movements, and was mostly in front of the home custodians posts. Everton had several corners conceded them, but without any result, as the caledonians were very smmart in working the ball away with their heads. Mclean sent in a grand shot from near the half0line close on the touch-line, but with a tremendous swipe whitehead returned the ball to midfield and the everton goal was momentarily jeopardised. The two visting''macs'' (mclean and mccampbell),, however, soon got rid of the pressure and whitehead was again unsussessfully Attacked. The subsquent play up to the interval was of a give-and-take character and as half-time everton changed ends, one goal to the good. Thomson restarted and everton at once took up the attack wyllie, elliott and campbell such improbably trying to reduce the scotties goal. Hasting at the centre got to his first notable run, rasing clean pass the half-backers and chadwick cut campbell rushed across and within a huge punt caused the homesters to turn about and defeat again, the brothers deighton, however who had forsome time been almost idle, made a fine run up the wing, but little bungling took place in shooting for goal, and williams easily disposed of the leather a grand opportunity for equalising being lost, and a moment later wyllie shot over the home crossbar. The play now was less one-sided that it had been, and therefore more intersting but the evertonians, without excerting themselves much, decidedly showed better points, though little fault cound be found with the home defence. Hasting who rarely got a chance of troubling the ball, made another grand race up, and, on being tackled by chadwick and mclean passed over to the left, and after a short struggle in the vicinity of williamson's goal. T deighton sent in a clinking shot from close to the corner touch-line, williams meeting the ball greatly. The vistors, however, retalinated in a similar manner williamson here got in a his smart play in midfield, and kept possession of the ball in spite of several evertonians, but his effort eas of no avail, as immediately he kicked the ball away it was back in front of whitehead again, where the homesters eceled in a show of denfence lighlymeritordous, an even and well-contested game end in favour of everton by 1 goal to nil. Teams:-

Liverpool caledonians, whitehead (j) goal, griffiths (e), wilson (w) backs, ross, muir, and rowan, half-backs, williamson (j), deighton (t) dighton (j), orr (w) seggie (w), and hasting (w), forwards.

Everton, williams (r), goals; chadwick (a), and campbell (w), backs, mclean (d) jones (r), and robertson (h). half-backs, wyllie (t), murray (j), thomson, mcmillan (j) and elliott (j) forwards.

Upwards 0f £60 was taken as the gate

In the evening a perty of about ninty sat down to dinner at the boys hotel john-lane, to celsbrate the opening match of the calendions,, mr s kirkwood being in the chair. After a capital dinner had been served up by host, mr .v. brown the vice chairman, of the club, amid a more dare-devil nationally did not exist. The gratest football organisation the world had ever seen was the everton club, and he confidently lephed forward to everton being at the top rung of the ladder. When the season ended. He congratulated the members of the club on the kind and genourous manner in which they had met them in arranging their match, and spoke highly of their secretary, mr mcgewan. He hoped the time would come when the everon league team would play them and wound up propsing''the everton club.'' Coupling the toast with the name latta. In response mr. Latta said he thanked the caledonian for the manner in which the evertonians had been treated, and said the calondonians had acquitted themselves very well indeed concluding by proposing ‘'the caledonians.''



SEPT 30, 1891


At the usual weekly meeting of the executive committee of the everton football club, held last evening the promentous question of the ground and mr. Orrell's offer is regard to the same was the principal sunject for discusssion it will be to collected that mr. Orrell, who owns an adjoining place of land to that which the everton club now rent from mr. John houlding at a rental of £250 annum made an offer to a denatation of the club who waited upon his last week to rent his portion of land, which is required to make the ground complete as an athletic groung, at the fair rent of £130, this offer on the part of mr. Orrell-who it might be stated, has no ther intersts in the neighbourhood-was excepted by a portion of the committee as a possible solution of the difficulty, and an intimstion to this effort was, we believe made to mr. Houlding. The latter gentleman however up to last evening we are given to understand had made no reply, and the same deputation which prevoiusly written on mr. Orrell was autborted by the committee last evening to wait on mr. Houlding to learn how far he would assist in meeting the question. At present the solution of the difficulty appears to lie with the prsident of the club, who is also landlord, and so the matter stands. The result of the interview with mr. Houlding will probably be known to-day. The opposition are willing to pay mr houlding 4 per cent, on his outlay, as aginst mr. Orrell's 22. At last night's meeting me.j. griffiths was elected on the committee in place of mr. R. wilson (resigned).