September 1892

September 2, 1892.
The Birmingham Daily Post
AT Liverpool, before 10,000 spectators. The Wanderers had the best of the early play, Cassidy scoring twice in twenty minutes. Everton then played up, and Geary having beaten Sutcliff, Latta equalised. Later on Chadwick scored, and Everton led by 3 goals to 2 at half-time. Restarting, Boyle gave Everton another goal, but, although the Wanderers tried hard to get on better terms, they failed, and were beaten by 4 goals to 2.

September 2, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The inaugural match at the Everton new ground at Goodison Park was played last evening, when the opposing teams were Everton and Bolton Wanderers League teams, who met in a friendly match. The weather was threatening but inspire of that unfavourable condition there was a capital attendance, numbering when at the greatest 10,000. The visitors were first to make an appearance, to be quickly followed by Everton, a most cordial reception being accorded each eleven. The teams were ;- Everton; Jardine, goal; Howarth and Dewar (late Sunderland Albion), backs; Boyle (late Dumbarton), Holt (captain) and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Bolton Wanderers;- Sutcliffe, goal; Somerville and Jones, backs; Paton, Gardiner, and McFetteridge, half-backs; Munro, Willock, Cassidy, Wilson, and Dickinson, forwards. Mr. Mahon, chairman of the club, kick-off the ceremony eliciting cheers. The play as once became of an earnest character, the ball being impelled quickly from end to end. Excitement was thus aroused at the outset, and in a few minutes Cassidy made a successful shot. Everton were not slow to realise the situation, and made strenuous efforts to draw up level. They all combined well in the first line, but found the defence of the Wanderers too clever. There was no opening to be found, however, and soon another reverse was in store for the home team, as, though Dewar checked a raid on the right, the centre and left wing followed up grandly, and Dickenson penetrated Jardine's charge. The play was most interesting, and quite as keen as it would have been in a League match. Jardine, as had Sutcliffe previously, was again called upon and then Everton at length met with success, Geary, as the outcome of pressure on the right beating the Wanderers' custodian with a low shot. Cassidy, being more accurate than had been some of his opponents, again put the ball through goal, but this time the shot was appealed against, and disallowed. The next item of interest was a fine effort by Chadwick, who made a good running shot which deserved success, but which missed narrowly. Everton returned to the attack, and by means of good combination and close support drew even with their opponents. Latta scoring a grand goal from a pass. Jardine next made a splendid save with his fists from a central shot, but Everton soon caused the Wanderers to beat a retreat, and literally stormed the goal, the siege culminating in Chadwick making his initial goal of the season for his club. Sutcliffe, in his endeavour to neutralise the shot, got hurt, but quickly recovered, and the interval soon arrived with Everton leading by 3 goals to 2. The second half opened by the home team going straight for the goal, and on Milward shooting in, Boyle took the ball from the rebound, and scored. The home left wing came up nicely, as did the right, but it was in vain, and Everton were for a short time on the defence, during which Cassidy made a good running attempt to score. Everton had much the best of the play. They worked admirably together, the backs having little to do, and the half-backs giving their forwards plenty of opportunities to shine which they did. The ball was passed with readiness and tact, and at times all five forwards touched the sphere in its progress towards goal. The defence of the visitors, however, was excellent, and thus the attack was cleverly repelled. By way of a diversion, Bolton made an advance on the left, when Dickenson shot into the hands of Jardine, who cleared comfortably. The visitors returned to the siege, but again Dickinson was baulked. Rom this period the light grew faint, though play continued to be followed with zest. Dickinson once more tried a flying shot, which Jardine negotiated, and generally the run of play was even, but Everton sustained their advantage, and a contest well fought out resulted auspiciously to Everton in a win of 4 goals to 2.

• Liverpool beat Rotherham 7-1 at Anfield-Road, Miller (2), Kelvin, Wyllie (3),

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 03 September 1892
At Everton.  Everton and Forest met three times last season, the former winning two and drawing one.  This was the latter’s initial display in the first division.  Earp played v. Ritchie, and H. Pike v. Shaw.  The referee was Mr. S. Ormerod.  At 3.55 Everton led the way, and were immediately followed by the Reds.  There must have been close on 10,000 present.  The home team was the same as played on Thursday.  Everton kicked off and pressed, Scott saving, Holt robbed Higgins smartly.  Pretty combination by the visitors followed, and the game became fast and exciting.  Everton won a corner.  Rain now descended.  Chadwick shot splendidly just above the bar.  Geary was selfish in his play.  Notts ran down, Jardine saving.  Geary now shot wide.  Hope checked on the right wing.  Milward having floored Earp, Jardine now saved from Dick Smith.  Soon after Pike beat Jardine.  Dewar saved clumsily, and Latta was pulled up for offside when he had a grand chance.  The Notts halves worked splendidly, giving their forwards many chances.  Milward met a centre from Latta and had the hardest lines.  Cries of goal ensued.  A foul against Scott gave the homesters a chance, but it was unavailing.  Geary threaded his way magnificently through his opponents, and made the game one all amidst great cheering.  Milward and Hamilton were now seen lying together.  “Played Boyle,” re-echoed all over the ground.  Now Howarth played the sphere in front of goal, but it was headed out.  Earp was playing grand, and his kicking was admired.  Scott now robbed Maxwell when close in, McInnes ran nearly the whole length of the field, but the ball passed out.  Robertson compelled Brown to give a corner, Everton still pressing.  A foul was given against Holt, but the ball passed out.  Everton was now doing everything but scoring.  At this point there would be 12,000 spectators.  Hamilton and Chadwick had unpleasant tussles.
Everton 1, Notts Forest 1
At once Jardine cleared from Pike.  Scott robbed Everton’s right wing, earning the eulogies of the spectators.  The Blues’ passing was ill directed. , but two corners fell in succession to them, and from the latter they almost scored.  A spanking attempt from Latta fell to Notts near goal, but went outside.  Dewar kicked out twice, Midfield play followed, Notts being very dangerous when near goal.  A run by Chadwick, who sent to Latta in front, but he missed.  Everton continued pressing.  Earp got the ball in front and Brown was floored whilst out of his goal.  Another centre by Latta followed, Chadwick heading over.  There was more rough play by Hamilton and cries of “Send him off” The referee took note of it.  Brown saved yet another shot, Everton doing everything but scoring.  Boyle hit the post and another attempt by Milward was cleared by Brown.  Notts now pressed, but Jardine saved for the second time in this half.  A trip by Robertson ended in Higgins sending the ball flying over.  Final; Everton 2, Notts Forest 2.

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Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 03 September 1892

  • Why is not Kelso left out of the team for Notts Forest?
  • Arridge is Smart enough to be Bootle’s captain, and he is.  Howarth is Everton’s.
  • Everton’s new address is at home-Goodison Park, not 4, Bixteth-street, Liverpool.
  • “Prodigious,” as Dominie Sampson would say.  Only 2,700 pounds for the Goodison-rd, ground.
  • Confidence is reposed in the Everton Committee, seeing that they have all been re-elected en bloc.
  • Everton will require their best reserves, for the work before them-30 matches-is of the hardest description.
  • Season tickets are going well at Everton, and Mr. Mahon believes that 100 more will be sold before long.
  • Race.  Everton v. Liverpool.  The numbers on the field and the order of going in –last.  The latter will have it-perhaps.
  • A gent brought a report on Thursday to Goodison-rd, that there were the incomprehensible number of 300 on Liverpool’s ground.
  • If none of the Everton directors can lay claim to the aristocracy of wealth they certainly have proved that they belong to the aristocracy of intellect.
  • Next Thursday, at the Football Park, Everton’s eleven meet a picked team from the L and D. Combination.  Traynor (er, Please), of Oakfield Rovers, keeps goal, and should shine.
  • Geary has recovered his old fire.
  • Latta still knows how to play football
  • Johnny Holt played well against the Wanderers.
  • The Everton new colours –blue shirts and white knickers.
  • Cassidy had the honour of scoring the first goal on the new ground of the Everton F.C.
  • 10,000 is not bad for an evening match, even for Everton.
  • The exit for the players on the Everton ground might be improved considerably.
  • Mr. Houlding kicked off for Liverpool, and Mr. Mahon for Everton.  Both clubs won.
  • How did Alf Milward like the “gay young puss” at the Theatre Royal on Wednesday night.

September 3, 1892. The Liverpool mercury
Everton receive a visit from Notts Forest, who have been admitted to the First Division of the League, and a most interesting fight is expected, as the Foresters have in recent years cut a leading figure in the football world, and have a very strong team, though McMahon is not included, as was once hoped.
Everton v. Notts Forest, Goodison Park, Kick-off at four pm. The following will play for Everton; D. Jardine, goal; R.H. Howarth, and J. Dewar, backs; R. Boyle, J. Holt and H. Robertson, half-backs; A. Latta, A. Maxwell, F. Geary, E. Chadwick, and A. Milward, forwards.
Everton v. Nantwick, Nantwick, Kick-off at three pm. The following will play for Everton; A. Pinnell, goal; A. Chadwick and B. Coyle, backs; W. Campbell, R. Jones and J. Jamieson, half-backs; P. Gordon, J. Murray, G. Smith, J.A. McMillian, and J. Ellis, forwards. Reserves, J. Collins, D. McLaren.
Everton v. Sheffield United, at Goodison Park

September 3, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
Election of Directors
On Monday, a meeting of the shareholders of this company, was held in the Presbyterian Schools, Royal-street, for the purpose of electing directors and to elect a nominee to act on behalf of the shareholders to free shares. Mr. G. Mahon, occupied the chair, there was a large attendance. The Chairman in opening the proceedings gave a resume o the progress of the company. The club had now arrived at such a stage that they were determined that no secrets should be held from the general body of the shareholders. There were now 431 shareholders, which was very satisfactory, when they remembered that the total membership of the club was 490. 1,730 shares were held by the shareholders. He wished to explain that he thought it was desirable not to allot the shares in blocks, by which means they would have had the whole of the capital subscribed, but rather to have a number of individual applications, so that there would be more supporters of the club. The number of old members belonging to the club was 304, while there were forty old members who had become season ticket holders. Of the 431 shareholders, there were 338 holding season tickets, and applications were coming in daily. He anticipated there would be another hundred. As demonstrating the confidence of the public, he pointed out that there were forty season-ticket holders up to the present time in excess of the total number append for on the old ground (applause). They had a profit from their first athletic festival of £150, and he thought there would be a profit of £100 on the second (hear-hear). The total expenditure was £2,700, which was £700 in excess of the estimate, but as they had obtained double the accommodation which was arranged for on the old ground, there was no occasion to grumble (hear, hear). It was then proposed that the following to be re-elected directors:- Messrs. G. Mahon (chairman), Dr. Baxter, J. Athinson, J. Griffths, A.T. Coates, A.E. Leyland, J. Davies, W.R. Clayton, F. Currier, and W. Jackson. Mr. Swan moved the following amendment:- “That the board of directors shall consist of six directors, two of whom shall retire by rotation at the close of each financial year, and that all vacancies on the directorate shall be filled by shareholders at the annual meeting, at which retiring directors shall be eligible for re-election. “ One or two, he was afraid, had shown a disposition to be too masterful, and he therefore though six would be enough. When the amendment was put only three shareholders voted for it, and the original proposition was therefore carried by an overwhelming majority. The proceedings close with a vote of thanks to the directors for their successful labours during the summer.

September 3, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
After witnessing the enthusiasm display on Thursday evening in the match at Goodison Park, few will be bold enough to predict anything else than success for the Everton club. It was a bold undertaking for the club to sever it, as it were from past traditions by cutting adrift old connections and associations, but circumstances just field the action, and there is little doubt what the result will be after what was seen at Goodson road on Thursday. There could not have been less than ten or twelve thousand spectators present when Mr. Mahon the chairman of the club, set the ball rolling for the season, and such a display of enthusiasm has really excited that which was shown when the champion of the club” stepped into the field of play to give the initial kick. The ground, too, presented a splendid appearance and nothing but delight was heard expressed at the fine accommodation provided, which gives every person who gains admission an uninterrupted view of the game no matter what part of the field play is going on. both teams appeared in good fettle and exhibited a healthy eagerness to get to work, though the Wanderers were the first to show to much advantage, and when they had scored a couple of goals before Everton had opened their account the appearance were anticipating “something awful” for the club. The effect of those two goals, however, was wonderful, and from that stage onwards the game was Everton's. The old left wing has lost none of its trickiness, and when Chadwick and MIlward worked together it was generally with some effect, and throughout the combination of the whole line of forwards was pretty to watch. Geary in centre showed some of the old form which some seasons back won for him his popularity and if he continues to play as he did on the opening day his work will be as effective as ever. Matrimony does not appear to have caused any deterioration in Latta's play; but Maxwell, if he is to continue Alec's partner, must watch the Old Clydesdale a little closer. On Thursday he was inclined to “scatter” himself a little too much. However, there is little fault to find with the front line; but they must bear in mind that concession and unselfness will win them more matches than all the individual work they can put in. Never mind which man shoots the goal, the mind to be desired is to win the match. There should be no premium set on individual goal kicking, whatever there is on winning a match, and this the committee should instil into the minds of the players. Amongst their half-backs, Holt appeared to be wanting practice. Robertson was more effective and kicked well. In Boyle, of Dumbarton, the club appear to have a genuine player, although on the “light side”. He displayed wonderful judgement in the first match for Everton, and should be an acquisition to the team. Dewar, late of Sunderland Albion, has every appearance of being a decided improvement to the back division, and will make an excellent partner for either Howarth or any o the other backs the club have at their disposal. Jardine was a little “off” at the start, through he could scarcely be held responsible for the early mishaps to his charge, as he had little or no support from his colleagues at the time whom either of the goals was scored. Davie, however must remember that no little depends upon him whether or not Everton are beaten, and he should shape his course accordingly; and his efforts will be watched with no small amount of jealous by the thousands of people who frequent Goodison Park during the next few months. Now they have started their campaign we wish the Everton players every success and hope they will be rewarded with eh same good fortune as they were two seasons back, when they brought the League championship to Liverpool. They have an executive of good and fair-minded men to watch over them, who will be mindful of the interest of the players, and who will do them justice and see that others do so also. From what we saw of the Bolton Wanderers they will require as much beating as they did last season, and a better compliment we cannot pay them. They appear ripe for the amount of hard work, and their cleverness at passing and tackling must got undisputed. They have as fine of forwards as any –club could wish to possess, and the wing which opposed Milward and Chadwick is equal to almost anything, as the Everton left frequently found out on Thursday evening. Dickenson, outside right, is a splendid acquisition, but is a little too fast for his partner, which is the latter's fault –not Dickinson's. The teams as a whole will be seen to much better advantage than they were at Goodison Park on the opening day, especially the half-back's, but Sutcliffe can scarcely be expected to show better form than he displayed there, as his work was very heavy and well done.

September 3, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
Played at Nantwick today, in stormy weather. The Everton team was the same constitution except McLaren who took right half. Smith started for Everton, and Nantwich passing the ball kept well in the visitors goal. For Everton halves played a quick game, and returned to attack. Shenton receiving he passed to and Hatton obtaining, passed to Bull, who passed on to Hope. Coyle intercepted and forwarded to Jameson who was well robbed by Hatton. Even play ruled for the next five minutes. The wind greatly assisted Nantwich who present and a corner resulted. Pinnell saved splendidly. The visitors right then broke away, but Hatton robbed and forwarded to Carrol. The visitors defence proved exceptionally strong, and Nantwich could not score. Half-time Everton 1 goal, Nantwich nil. Final Result Everton 9 goals Nantwich nil. Everton; Pinnell, goal; A. Chadwick and B Coyle, backs; W. Campbell, R. Jones and J. Jamieson, half-backs; P. Gordon, J. Murray, G. Smith, J.A. McMillian, and J. Ellis, forward. Reserves. J. Collins and D McLaren (Mercury 1 September 1892)

September 3, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
Goodison Park presented a picture of lively animated this afternoon, where Notts Forest, one of the latest recruits to the senior division of the League, were the visitors. Everton have already won their initial match beating their old opponents Bolton Wanderers on Thursday, by 4 goals to 2 but as the game was only a “friendly” its importance was not so great as today's encounter, which inaugurates the serious business of the season. The whole of the clubs of both divisions of the League commenced their campaign this afternoon, but none will be watched with more interest than the one at Goodison Park. The Foresters have made great preparations in the shape of securing the best players possible, and start the season with great hopes of reaching the highest honours possible, but as all the other clubs have similar good intentions in view, it will be found the “fittest” only will survive the big ordeal. Everton played the same combination as on Thursday, and were accorded as immense ovation as also were the visitors, when they stepped on the field. Below will be found the result of the match. The first of the Everton League engagements was played on the new ground at Goodison-road this afternoon, there being about 14,000 spectators present to witness the match. The weather, which had been threatening and showery, turned out very boisterous, the rain coming down heavily before the commencement and the wind blowing half a gale. Notwithstanding the ground was in good condition. The home team showed first on the ground in blue and white, and were accorded a most enthusiastic reception, the Notts boys also coming in for a good welcome. Little time was cut to waste, and Everton lost the toss, Geary kicked off with a rush but was well collared, Holt coming in and enabling his partners to again move up. Scott for a dangerous move by the homsters, after which Holt was again to the front, and frequently checked his opponents. Pike and M. Jones engaged in a pretty passing move until Howarth in and put an end to a grand bit of play by the visitors. The homsters once more went away, Chadwick shooting over the bar, and directly afterwards Jardine was called upon to save his goal. After another warm spell of play in close proximity to-the Forest goal, the visitors moved up by easy stage, and then after a quick burst Jardine was constricted to concede a corner, from which Pike scored the first goal for the visitors. The Foresters' goal was for some time afterwards in jeopardy, but at length relief was given by Earp, and then there was a grand rush to the other end, where Jardine again gave a corner, which proved of no avail. Then Latta and Maxwell got well in, and after a splendid centre from the right, Milward just failed to make matters even. Still keeping up the attack, the Everton boys kept their opponents very busy in front of their own goal but met with a temporary repulse, after which Geary scored a beautiful goal for the homsters. A couple of futile attacks were then made by the Notts men, the ball in each case travelling harmlessly over the line. A free kick for hands then fell to the homsters near the centre line, and this enabled them to make a further spirited attack on the Notts fortress. After being repulsed, another free kick was taken by Robertson, who sent in a lovely dropping shot right in to Brown's hands, the crowd, evidently thinking it was a goal, giving a tremendous cheer. Nothing daunted the Notts men played up with great dash and frequently caused their opponents great anxiety by their clever tactics and determined rushes. Jardine was called upon several times, but did everything that was required of him, and just before half-time the Evertonians were nearly capturing their opponents' stronghold, the homesters' attacks being frequently and well-timed. Half-time result;
Everton 1 goal, Notts Forest 1 goal.
After the interval, play for a time proceeded quietly, but after the players had warmed to their work, Chadwick and Milward made some pretty runs, and these were supplemented by very fine work on the right wing and centre. The homesters were quickly in front of the Notts goal, but the ball on two occasions went easily over the goal line. Then the visitors tried to turn the tables on their opponents, but the half-backs worked with such energy and were so well backed up by Dewar and Howarth that the visitors found it impossible to get through their opponents lines. Then Latta distinguished himself by a grand shot at the Notts fortress, but unfortunately, the ball went a trifle high. More passing by the Everton men followed, and a nice chance of scoring was missed by Latta, who appeared to have the goal at his mercy, but allowed the leather to gently roll over the goal line. After this the homesters were very busy in front of their opponents' stronghold but all their efforts to score were unattended with success. After Geary had a shie at Brown's charge, the referee had occasion to caution one of the Forest players. The bombardment of the Foresters' goal still continued, but without tangible result to the homesters. Final Result; Everton 2 goals, Notts Forest 2.
• Liverpool Beat Higher Walton at Anfield by 8 goals to 1. Smith, McBride, McVeal, Cameron and McQue (2) were some of the scores, in the Lancashire League.

September 3 1892. The Liverpool Courier.
The new Everton Football Ground. Goodison Park, Anfield was opened for practical use last evening, when the Bolton Wanderers came down to play a friendly match. There was a spendid crowd of spectators fully ten thousand people being present. The teams were as follow:- Everton: Jardine, goal, Howarth (captain), backs, Boyle, Holt , and Robinson half-backs, Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Bolton Wanderers: Sutcliffe, goal, Somerville, and Jones, backs, Paton, Gardiner and McFettridge, half-backs, Munro, Wilock, Cassidy, Wilson and Dickenson forwards. Punctual to time the teams entred the ground from the covered stands the Wanderers first both having a most cordial reception by the hugh crowd already present. Mr. Mahon the president of the club, kicked off for Everton and Somerville effected a return. Dewar followed suit, and Milward and Chadwick found an opening, but the latter ended weakly. Gardiner played a beautifully and held unil he had a goal chance of passing to Cassidy, who sprinted, and then planted tha ball in the net sharp and low. Everton now came out much more strongly, but Milward and Latta were both off colour at the finish. The Wanderers action was neat and quick, and again Cassidy tried a good one, which found a barrier in the upright. Munro lay well on the ball, and shot, but Howarth impeded its progess and this time Cassidy was the recipient. He, however, being hampered was not able to take full advantage of a good position. Everton made it hot, and Geary sent in a couple of smart ones, which were well repelled. In consequence of Howarth failing to receive properely Cassidy had a clear stretch but Jardine cleverly stopped his final touch. He followed up rapidly, and again tried Dewar this time dashing in and acting the stumling blocks. The rush however, was too keen to allow of a clean removal to be brought about and Dickenson notched the second goal with a well calculated shot. Everton were taking a pretty fair portion of the play, and Sutcliffe just succeeded in stoppinga lovely attempt by Latta which had been afforted him by a pass from Chadwick. Boyle checked and placed prettily, and from some of his play, Geary had an unsuccessful shy. A minute later Latta centred, and Geary slipping up, but the leather through slick, thus making the score two-one. The Wanderers had hard lines after this, Dickenson beating Howarth, Wilcock shotting and Jardine rescuing cleverly, and Cassidy then crashing through, onlt to be declared offside. Everton gained ground, and the Bolton defence had a warm couple of minutes experience. Geary,Chadwick, and Milward found Sutcliffe too keen, but at last Latta was one too many for him. The Wanderers had one smack at the goal Wilcock rattling in a fast one, which was grandly held by Jardine, and then Everton made themselves very obnoxious to Sutcliffe, who, However performed wonders, and seemed impregnable. At last he had no chance with a shot from Chadwick his resoning powers being limited by the attentions of several men, at half-time the score was- Everton 3 goals; Wanderers 2 goals. Everton, after the interavl, continued the attack, and Sutcliffe was troubled by Milward. The efforts was unfruitful, but not so was one from Boyle, who got the leather through of the back. Geary was rather too anxious to put another goal to his credit, and took a couple of shots from a too length range. Dickenson and Wilson ran along, and Cassidy forwarded, but was a few yards wide. Everton soon returned, and Sutcliffe saved a salsher from Milward, while Latta found similar opposition too much for him. The vistors were by no means so effective as in the first half and their opponents helf them well in hand for a long time though there was much in the shape of shots to make them fell afraid. Milward evenfully despatched a hot one from long quarters, and Sutcliffe caught it. Latta next gave to Maxwell, who came out in a fine individual effort, and nearly brought about another disater to the Boltonians. The general run of the play was in favour of Everton, but as the movements had tamed down some what, the interst was not well sustained. Dickenson went to the front on three occasion in fine speedy style, and each time tried to get through with shots which were well on the mark, but he met with no encouragement beyond a corner, which was of no avail. The Wanderers were now seen more frequently in the Everton half, but were not very troublesome. Of the remainder of the game it is scarely necessary to give details. Both teams seemed to accept the score as it stood as final, and as darkness was creeping over the ground the spectators were not deeply engrossed in the play. The final result was:- Everton 4 goals Wanderers, 2 goals.

September 5, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
There was much cause for jubilation in the Everton camp on Saturday, the only subject for vexation being that Everton did not win, but had to be content with a draw. There was a magnificent battle, however, at Goodison Park, and it is the real, skilful, ad well-balanced games that prove a magnet rather than runaway victories. If every one of the League matches that follow in their turn promised to be as excellent as that with Notts Forest on Saturday did the capacity of the hugh ground, as the season went on, would be tested to the last corner almost; for it is as certain as light succeeds darkness that Goodison Park has “caught on,” and is as popular as ever the old battle ground at Anfield-road was in its haleyon days. The weather on Saturday must have kept many hundreds away, but still the enclosure was well filled, and the assembly would number something like 16,000 probably, though, in the absence of the official figures, it is not easy to estimate the extent of a crowd on a new ground. Whatever its actual size, the company present must have proved gratifying to the Everton management and at the same time demonstrated that when they broke from the old connection to face great difficulties, they had the support and sympathy of the Liverpool, football public which after all hails from all parts of the town, a proportional section only being contributed by the district known as Everton. All roads lead to Goodison Park, just as they are said to lead to Rome, and turn which way you would you saw a continuous line of people eagerly making for the scene of action, or returning home afterwards satisfied with the quality of sport catered and the competences of the accommodation for viewing it. Yes, Everton is now more than ever the town's club, despite all attempts at its dethronement. But what of the game. It outlined something like this. It was even and fast at the opening, during which time Notts Forest scored. Then Everton did the most attacking, and equalised a quarter of an hour later. The play tended more favourably to the home team, especially on proceeding with the second half, but it was not till the last ten minutes were reached that a leading point was obtained by Everton. Victory seemed now assured, but Notts Forest had not given up hope, and by smart forward work equalised. Time was very brief when this development occurred, but short though it was the visitors were near scoring again, had not Jardine made a remarkably clever save. Everton played the same eleven that had done well on Thursday evening in defeating the Bolton Wanderers by 4 goals to 2. It is early yet to criticise severely. They displayed very good cohesion on the whole, but the backs are not quite up to the mark. They had less employment than those of Notts Forest, or probably the issue would have been more disastrous. Dewar worked hard and fearlessly, and improved on his display of Thursday. Howarth was strong and weak by turns, and at times was too slow for the speedy Foresters. The half-backs are all pleasing. Boyle by his skilful tactics making a host of friends. Holt shone brilliantly, and Robertson sustained his reputation. The forwards worked smoothly. There was not much selfishness observable, which should become eventless. For it is of more merit to score from concerted action than from chance individual effort. They had many chances of lowering goal not availed of, and though the shooting was often good it was likewise as frequently erratic. There seemed too much eagerness to score with the result that steadiness at close quarters was lacking. Of the Forest team, they presented no weak spot, and are sure, with immunity from accidents, to make good progress up the League ladder. Brown in goal was difficult to beat, and vied with Jardine in splendid goalkeeping. Scots fared the Everton right wing with confidence, and as Latta, supported by Boyle, was in a spirited mood, his defence was a grand one. Earp played much better than he had often done when with Everton last year. The half-backs made few mistakes though many times beaten by Everton's passing, and of the forwards they were quick in running, true, in their passing, and better than Everton in shooting.

September 5, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
For the initial match in the League campaign Everton had as visitors to Goodison Park the Notts Forest team, who are now in the charmed circle for the first time. The weather unfortunately was wet and breezy, but the attendance of the public was very large, and is variously estimated at from 12,000 to 15,000. Prompt to time the following teams took up their stations. Notts Forest; Brown, goal; Earp and Scott, backs; Hamilton, A. Smith and McCracken, half-backs; McCallum, T. Smith, Higgins, Pike and McInnes, forwards. Everton; Jardine, goal; Dewar and Howarth, backs; Boyle, Holt (captain), and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Mr. S. Ormerod officiated as referee. Everton started with the wind, if anything, in their favour but play of a spirited and even character marked the opening. Notts right menaced stoutly after a few minutes, but were repelled, and then a fine movement on the Everton left, in which Geary joined, elicited cheers, as Chadwick shot hard but too high. Latta returned without effect, and quickly Jardine was called upon, and cleared from the centre's shot. Even ran the play until Pike forced a corner from Jardine, and then scored. Latta came out strongly in the play of the next few minutes, and returned towards goal several times, backed up well by his colleagues, but only corners resulted, whilst a shot by Holt was headed away. The visitors cleared on the left, but Howarth, though unable to beat them off, yet spoilt an accurate hot, and Jardine smartly ran out to clear on McCallum taking up the ball. Everton were some little time before they could become aggressive, and when they did Milward shot so hard and narrowly that most people through he had put into the net instead of outside. Everton kept to the front, however, and soon Geary, worming his way past first one player, then another, took the sphere with easy range, where he baffled Brown by making a feint to shoot one way, but placing in the opposite direction, getting through goal near the post. The play was now allowed to settle in one spot, and each side were thrown on the defensive, and held out. Everton gained strength as the game progressed. Robertson tried a dropping shot on one occasion, which stayed at the expense of a corner, and then followed wide shots from either side. As half time neared Everton were very threatening, during which excitement Hamilton lost his temper, and was spoken to by the referee. Ends were changed with the record a goal each, and on resuming the first important incident was a grand running shot by Higgins, but Jardine caught the ball and cleared his lines. Then Everton played with great determination, pressure being initiated on the right, as Hamilton and Earp were pretty successful in their attentions to Chadwick and Milward. Latta forced his way within reach of goal several times in succession and was once very near giving his club the lead, the ball just gliding over the crossbar. The attack was well sustained, and some good pressing was witnessed, but the defence of the Forest was high class, and all straight shots were successfully dealt with. Hamilton again came in for a reprimand for the way he made a charge whilst Notts were in troubled waters, and on resuming the bombardment was carried on with increased vigour. The ball was driven in all directions but there was no vulnerable spot. Higgins led one-or two foriern hopes in the other direction, but got only a corner. Latta ran down in s splendid turn of speed, and passed across to Milward, who shot outside, as did Geary soon afterwards. Latta again, by sheer strength, worked his way up. Maxwell took the pass, and centring, the ball was put through by Geary. There were ten minutes to run yet. Notts tried to improve their position, and Pike succeeded in beating Jardine, who could not quite reach the ball. There was no time to redeem the situation, and a capital game resulted in a draw -2 goals each.

• Liverpool beat Higher Walton 7-0 at Anfield. Smith, McBride, McVean, Cameron (2), McQue (2)

September 5, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The Everton second team commenced their Combination campaign on Saturday, in a promising manner by visiting and defeating Nantwich 9 goals to nil. Everton only scored one goal in the first half, but wore their opponents out afterwards, and scored goals with ease.
Everton league v Sheffield United –This match will be played this evening, at Goodison Park. Kick-off at 5.45. The following players have been selected to represent Everton;- Jardine, goal; Howarth and Coyle, backs; Kelso, Holt and Jamieson, half-backs; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 05 September 1892
The opening match of the Everton F.C, found a large number of their supporters eager to have a look at the very commodious ground.  The attendance was not far shortof 10,000 which must bevoted a big muster for an evening fixture.  The Bolton Wanderers are always popular in Liverpool and only a very short time back they could give Everton a big start.  But times are altered, and the Boltonians now do well if they hold their own.  They had now do well if they hold their own.  They had none the best of luck on Thursday, and scored one goal, which they ought to have hand, but had to go without. 

Athletic News - Monday 05 September 1892
By The Loiterer
A magnificent crowd congregated at Goodison Park, the new home of the Everton Club, to see the initial League match.  It is difficult to gauge the number of spectators in such a large space as Goodison Park, but if, as is said, there were 10,000 present at the opening match with Bolton Wanderers, there would be 13,000 or 14,000 present on this occasion, so it looks as if the club will have as large a following as heretofore.  The utmost interest was taken in the event, and it is a great pity that the wind was so strong, as, without aiding either side much, it interfered with the play.  But, despite this drawback, the game was splendidly contested, each side showing good points, and the interest was sustained right up to the finish.  From the following list of players, it will be seen that only two changes have taken place in the home ranks, Dewar, of Sunderland Albion, taking the place of Earp, at back, and Boyle, playing vice Bob Kelso, who has had a little tiff with the executive.  The teams were;- Everton; Jardine, goal; Howarth and Dewar, backs; Boyle, Holt, and Hope-Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.  Notts Forest; Brown, goal; Earp and Scott, backs; Hamilton, Smith, and McCracken, half-backs; McCallum, Smith, Higgins, Pike and McInnes, forwards.    Both sides went at it merrily from the start and there was lots of exciting incidents, Chadwick sending in a shot which went over the bar.  Immediately afterwards Jardine had to negotiate a shot from Higgins, and then Milward beat Earp, but his shot was wide.  The visitors showed good play, being very quick on the ball, and Jardine was in trouble, Pike making a galliant attempt to lower his colours.  Only a corner, however, resulted, but from this Pike had his revenge for he deftly placed a goal.  It was anybody’s game yet, for Latta caused a lot of trouble to the visitors’ backs, Earp ultimately giving a corner.  The home supporters had now more anxiety, as Pike and McInnes attacked so persistently that Howarth was fairly hampered, and made such a faulty kick in clearing that Jardine had to run out, McCallum and Smith forcing a corner.  Although this was barren, the visitors more than held their own, but after a spurt by the home left, Geary came out of his shell and smartly evading the half-bacs, took aim, and scored with a beautiful shot.  Everton now had a turn, but the Forest defence was equal to all calls, and at half-time the score was one goal each.  On the whole the play had been very even, and always exciting, the half-backs on both sides playing well, though Robertson was much behind the others.  The opening of the second half found the homsters more in evidence, and for fully twenty minutes play was in the Forest half.  Do what they would the Forest forwards could not gain a foothold in Everton quarters, but Earp, Scott, and the halves worked very hard, and aided by some erratic shooting, the scoring was kept down.  At length, Hamilton gave his right wing possession, and the Forest forwards were seen going away in a business-like manner, but Jardine cleared, and Latta worked the ball to the other end, where Geary took advantage of his centre and again scored.  This reverse apparently stimulated the visitors to further action, and some determined play was shown all round.  It was grand to see their forwards work, and now they were very aggressive.  A bold front was offered by the home backs, but both were harassed, and a dropping shot was too much for Jardine.  The Everton custodian had also a long shot which proved very difficult, and he had to be very smart to clear.  His quickness saved a goal, and a splendidly contested game resulted in a draw of two goals each.  The result did not please the Everton supporters, but although their team could claim to have had most of the play, looking at the narrow squeak in the first few minutes, I think they ought to be content with a draw.  There was hardly a weak spot in the Forest team, and the whole lot played for all they were worth.  Some good individual efforts were made by the home forwards, but the Notts front rank, if not so prominent individually, made up for the defect (if it is a defect) by some telling passing and clever work in front of goal.  They were well supported and all three halves played a determined game, whilst Earp and Scott kicked and tackled well and during a lengthy siege never once got flurried.  Brown also did his share in defence, and neither goals could have been saved.  The home team were not so well balanced, the forwards at times passing indifferently, and there was not that “go” about them which was so characteristic of the Forest.  Except that Robertson was a little weak the halves were all right, Boyle again playing a good game, and in the open the clearing by the backs was good, but in close quarters a want of resource was apparent.  Jardine kept goal in his best style, and the shot he had just before the close would have beaten most goalkeepers. 

Athletic News - Monday 05 September 1892
By The Loiterer
The new ground of the Everton club at Goodison Park represent a lively scene on Thursday evening when the Bolton Wanderers practically opened the ground.  From a semi-official source I understand that there was something like 10,000 persons present, which is a record for a mid-week match, and the chairman of directors, Mr. Mahon, had a flattering reception on stepping on the ground to start the football in its new home.  Four months is not a great while to look back upon, and anyone not acquainted with the district would come to the conclusion that the contractors had only just to put up the stands and put a few boards round a splendid field, instead of having to cart thousands of loads of cinders for levelling purposes, to say nothing of laying the turf.  So far as foresight could suggest the arrangements were complete, but experience shows that some trifling alterations are needed.  For instance, the players on Thursday evening had great difficulty in getting to their dressing room after the match; and the occupants of the reserve portion of the stand, who, I take it, pay their half-crown to be comfortable in every way, had to put up with a great squeezing after the match as a result of the occupants of the other stand finding it more easy of exit through the door allotted to these persons.  I am not on the growl, as I think the executive have shown every consideration to all concerned, and I have no doubt that they will continue to make any improvements which are required.  Should the club continue to receive the support of the public, I believe it is their intention to cover the stands behind each goal, so that such minor things as I have drawn attention to are mere matters of detail.  The match was a well-contested one, especially in the first half, when the pace was terrific.  The first game of the season generally produces play of the lethargic order, but in this case both teams seemed eager for the fray, and the play was brimful of exciting incidents.  Cassidy had the honour of scoring the first goal on Goodison Park, after two minutes’ play, and Dickinson placed another point for the Wanderers before Everton opened the scoring.  However, the home team soon got warm, and before the interval were level in points.  In the second half the home team were seen to better advantage, and from what I could see, they are quite as good as last year.  In Boyle they have a splendid half-back, the lad being quite as resourceful as Holt, and showing great judgement in feeding his forwards.  The forwards are up to last season’s standard, but they don’t work with that swing of the “champion” year.  Latta, Chadwick, and Geary gave evidence of being in good form, and I think Maxwell will make a good partner for the former.  Milward is much the same as last year, and if his shooting was as accurate as that of two seasons ago, he would be a far more dangerous customer.  Two more goals were scored by Everton, and although the Wanderers made several good attempts to score in the last quarter of an hour, they had to put up with defeat by four goals to two.
At the meeting of the Everton Football Club Company, limited, on Monday evening, the chairman gave some interesting particulars of the progress of the club.  It appears there are something like 431 shareholders, holding 1,730 shares, and in addition 338 season tickets are held by them.  Mr. Mahon anticipating that 100 more tickets will be taken up.  Up to the present the number of season ticket holders are greatly in excess of the number applied for on the old ground.  It was stated that the club made 150 pounds out of the first athletic meeting, and 100 is expected from the second.  The total expenditure on the new ground is 2,700 pounds, being 700 in excess of the estimate, but no one was inclined to grumble at such an insignificant trifle.  That is the worst of these flourishing concerns.  This information was all gratis, as the real business of the meeting was the election of directors, and to elect a nominee to act on behalf of the shareholders entitled to free shares.  It did not take very long to dispose of the business, but as usual there were a few out of the 431 who had some grievance against the executive, and as Mr. Swan, considered that one or two of the directors had shown a desire to be a little too masterful (particulars were not given), he moved that the directors be reduced to six, but only three voted with him.  Of course, a meeting of the Everton Football Club would not be complete without some remarks from Mr. Nelson (it is really wonderful how some people like to hear themselves talk), but somehow Mr. N, was in a fog, at least the persons present were, but Mr. Mahon came to the rescue and elected the fact that it was the speaker’s intention to move that the ten provisional directors to be re-elected, and this was done almost unanimously, the noble three being the only dissentious.  Mr. Molyneux was elected nominee for the shareholders entitled to a free share, and everyone went home in good time. 

September 5, 1892. The Liverpool Courier.
The weather was rather showery and there were a couple of falls of rain A few minutes before the start. There was a magnificent crowd, more than 12,000 people being present. Everton kicked off,, and the game was at once fiery, visits to each end being made, and Holt and Earp showing good-defending tactics. A spendid trial was made by McCallum, the ball being treaded out by Howard, and then some pretty work by Geary, Milward and Chadwick ended in the latter putting in a rasping shot which went over the bar. Latta run the ball over, and afterwards McCullum and Smith rattled down, Jardine kicking away a shot by Higgins. Earp was beaten by Milward, and a shot sent in by him, but it was off the mark. Clever and fast play was the order on the part of the vistors, and a pretty attempt was made by Pike this being unllitied by Jardine in grand style. A corner however, resulted and from this Pike scored neatly. lAtta dashed away but he was suturailly pulled up for offside play. The work was somewhat tame for a few minutes and then the inbterst wa awakened by Latta slippered down and centring nicely, Earp having to give a corner. The same back headed out a shot from Holt, and immediately the ball was transffred to the other end. Howarth was pontered by the sturdyleft wing and kicked right across the goal mouth, and consequently Jardine had to run out to arrest McCallum and Smith and give a corner. This was unerential. Still the play was considerable in favour of the ‘'Forresters,'' and it was not for a little time that Everton got across the half-way line by the skill of Latta. There were loud cries of''goal'' when Milward received a shot hard and great was the disappotment when it was seen that the sphere lay outside the net. The home team continued to maintain the siege, and Geary came out in a lovely dribble in which he slipped round the half-backs and before reaching the backs took a well-judged shot the ball going a few inches inside the post entirely out of the reach of Brown. It was a remarkably smart individual effort, and was warmly appreciated by the spectators, the appaluse being deafening. Half-time- Everton ; 1 goal, Notts Forest 1 goal. The attendance had greatly increased and there were nearly two Thousand to be added to the satement previously given. There was nothing to pick out in the play for a minute or two. Higgins screwed through his antagomists, and forwarded a rather louy shot, which Jardine negiotiated. Everton were not long in getting down, and the Notts men were presented, a couple of corners being conceded. McCracken played exceedingly smartly and was the chief instrument in shaving off disaster. Latta was unortunate in a fine effort, the ball going an inch or two over the bar at a tremendous rate. The Forest managed to get to near quarters at last, but a wide shot spoiled all. Howarth coolly relieved when he had a couple of men pressing him, and from this a grand run made by Chadwick and Milward took place, a pass across to Latta unfortunately not being used to its full extent although the position was good. Again it seemed as though the visitors would have great difficulty in keeping their goal intact as grand long passing across across the goal mouth gave Chadwick and Latta the chance of shots close in but again their efforts were misdirected. The play tended strongly in the favour, and it was a case of hard lines every half minute. Notts improved their position greatly, and Higgins despatched a good one which was just a few inches too high. Everton would not long suffer this game of things and returning to offensive tactics Milward took a randon shy from a pass by Latta, and sent the leather in the wrong side of the bar. Geary next sent outside, and then Latta put in a spendid run, topping round McCracken and Earp and then passing to Maxwell. The latter who was near the goal cooly passed to Geary, Chadwick and Milward, who were all of a heap, and the first-named scored easily. The tide was strongly in favour of the home team, but no profit could be made out of the work. Just before time, Pike scored the equalising goal with a shot which Jardine touched, but could not hold. Final Result- Everton 2 goals; Notts Forest 2.

Everton, Jardine, goal, Howarth (captain), and Dewar (debut) backs Boyle (debut) holt and Robertson half-backs, Latta Maxwell Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards.

September 6, 1892. The Sheffield Independent.
For this match each side had a good team, the players facing each other at Goodison-road the site of the Everton ground, as follows: - Everton: - Jardine, goal; Howarth, and Boyle, backs; Kelso Holt and Jaimieson, half-backs; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, Milward, forwards, forwards. Sheffield United: - Lilley, goal; Whittam and Cain, backs; Howell, Hendry and Needham, half-backs; Wallace, Dobson, Hammond, Watson and Drummond, forwards. The visitors losing the toss, Hammond kicked off before some 6,000 spectators. Five minutes from the start the home right wing pair got down a pass to Geary, enabling the Everton centre to score. Hammond made several good shots at Jardine and Watson and Drummond put in some pretty work on the left, this culminating in a score a quarter of an hour from the start. Hammond getting home a quick shot. The home forwards now went very strongly, good work all round making another opening for Geary, when again defeat Lilley. This was followed by some fast and exciting play, Dobson dribbling and shooting, and playing in good style up to the interval, when the score read Everton two, Sheffield United one.
But little time was lost, an immediate restart being called for, Geary sending to the left, when Milward ran the leather out. The Sheffielders were making ground when Holt intervened and gave Latta a chance. But The Everton right winger shot too high. Everton at this point had the best of the game. Cain being beaten by Latta and his partner Maxwell, the last named scoring a third goal against the visitors. The United now had a good look in, Hammond and Dobson being prominent, but finding sturdy resistance from the Everton defending line. Geary raced half the length of the field, but spoiled good work by shooting from too long a range. The United players were seldom dangerous, having evidently shot their bolt in the first half, while Everton front rank improved as play proceeded. Latta sending in several grand shots, making a find spurt the visitors once more got to close quarters, and Harry Hammond sent the leather into the net, reducing the lead of the home side to one goal. An accident to Holt stopped play for a few minutes, but the end soon came, with the score Everton three goals, Sheffield United two goals. The visitors from start to finish showed grand football, and give the home side as stiff a game as they have had this season.

September 6, 1892 The Liverpool Courier.
This friendly match was played at Goodison park last evening in fine weather 6,000 spectators being present. The teams were:- Everton: Jardine goals, Howarth (captain) and Coyle backs, Kelso, Holt, and Jamison half-backs Latta, Maxwell,, Geary,, Chadwick amd Milward forwards, Sheefield United:- Lilley goals, Whitham,, and Cain backs,, Howell, Hendry, and Needham half-backs, Wallace Donson Hammond Watson and Drummond, forwards. Hammond kicked off and after a little Series of exchanges in midfield Latta got away and passed to Geary, who scored two monutes from the start. The United made determined efforts to equalise. And their beautifully neat quick passing which almost completely nonplussed the Everton backs, was greatly admired. Chadwick took a relif, and dashed away heavily, but the shot made by Geary at the finish went wrong. A grand combined movement by the Sheffield forwards neatly ended in Drummond scoring, Jardine merely scraping the ball out, while Howarth was claiming for off-side. Latta had a shot, but failed to get through and the Sheffeilders contined to have the best of this play, their forwards work being brilliant. Hammond brought the score level by a grand shot afforded him by the right wing. After further movements in favour of the vistors Geary Chadwick and Milward changed the scene, and a shot by the centre was saved and then Chadwick punted over. There was a period of play nowin Everton' s favour, and Latta sent along a couple of rasping shots, which were, unfortunatley, slightly inaccurate. Three corners had to be given, and then Geary with a grandly-judged shot scored the second goal, the ball passing an inch or two below the bar quite out of the reach of the goalkeeper. The game was fought in exceptionally vigorous fashion, and both teams nearly brought about an addition to their score Jardine throwing away from Hendry, and Lilley getting the fingers on a spendid low shot by Latta. Hammond shot to high, and then Holt by some tricky dribbling, gave to his forwards,, and Latta compelled the concession of an obortive corner. Half-time was called with the score:- Everton 2, United 1. Everton claimed the best of the opening stages of the second half, and after Latta had screwed across too far, Geary rattled one just outside the upright. A new check was made by Coyle, and he planted the ball to the centre. Geary forwarded hard, and as Lilley fumbled with the ball and dropped it Maxwel rushed up and put it through, thus making the third goal for Everton. After the kick-off Coyle again did the needful, and Latta tearing away heavily passed across to Milward who made a bad miss. Hammond was to the front with a smart dribble, but his finishing effort was inefective. Latta, after a gallant bit of play, just escaped the honour of increasing the score, and then the visitors cautered down in a body and put tremendous pressure upon their opponents goal. Jardine having to save several difficult attempts. Hammond was at last let in on account of Kelsomissing his kick, and a neat goal was the result, the ball being quite out of Jardine's way. Immediately after this it was found that Holt was horse combat having sprained his leg in the fierce battle that had just concluded,, and he had to be assisted off the field. From now until the referee blew the whistle for the termination of play the United had the best of the flight, and made tremendous struggles to make a draw. Their play as in the earlier portions of the match, was spendid, but they failed to obtain the desired point. hammond did dash the ball through but he was promptly ruled off-side. The game therefore ended in a win foe Everton by three goals to two.

September 6, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
There was a good attendance of spectators numbering 6,000, last night at Goodison road to witness this match. Both teams placed strong elevens on the field, the United having their full strength, while Everton tried two new players Coyle and Jamieson, the teams being composed as follows;- Everton –Jardrine, goal; Coyle and Howarth, backs; Jamieson, Holt (captain), and Kelso, half-backs; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Sheffield United; Lilley, goal; Witham and Cain, backs; Howell, Henry, and Needham, half-backs; Wallace, Dobson, Hammond, Watson and Drummond, forwards. Losing the toss Hammond commenced hostilities for Sheffield, and after the leather had lingered a little time in midfield, Latta got hold and rattled away on the right, and crossing over to Chadwick, the latter nearly enabled Geary to bang the first goal through, two minutes from the start –a clever performance, and thoroughly merited. From the midfield kick off play became fast and full of interest, as each end in turn was visited. Sterling play by the Everton halves repeatedly gave the home van opportunities to have shies at goal, but Lilley was found safe. The United now asserted themselves, and their passing was a treat to witness, Jardine having ultimately to throw himself upon the ground to get rid of a low attempt from Drummond. Milward had a clear course, but failed to spot the mark, as also did Latta. Beautiful combination by the “Blades” taxed the Everton defence its utmost. Howarth cleared, but only temporarily, as coming down in full force Hammond was given a clear road, and smartly availing himself drew matters level with a clinking shot. Everton did not at all relish this, and went at their work with determination. Latta, Chadwick, and Milward each making futile attempts to get through. The game continued fast and furious, the spectators manifesting great interest as both custodian had in turn to stem off warm attacks upon their charge. A fine lob by Coyle enabled Geary to make tracks along in the centre, and “Fred” making a clear course for himself gave Lilley no chance with a strong high shot thus scoring Everton's second goal. Two corners fell to the Sheffield men without result, after which Latta had a very near thing at the other end. Sound defence by Cain and Witham eased pressure upon the visitors' goal, and the United men dashing along on the right Hammond sent a beauty over the crossbar, which brought about the interval, the score being –Everton, 2 goals; United 1. On resuming Geary led a brief attack upon the United goal, but Howell upset calculations as he neatly drove well up the field. Hands against Hammond wound up a well-meant effort by the Sheffield van. Fine half-back play by Jamieson and Holt placed Everton in Lilley's vicinity, and Geary filling Jamieson's hands Maxwell met the throw out, and notched a third goal for his amidst great applause. There was little to choose between the two teams, as both showed excellent form; best of the argument. Twenty minutes from the finish the Goodison Park men played for all they worth, the Sheffield defence having all its work cut out to prevent defeat, as shot after shot was sent in. Lilley, however, was ably assisted by Witham and Cain, and further disaster was averted. Howarth was now seen to advantage as he broke up a determined attack by the Sheffield van. Nothing daunted, they returned, and this time with success, as Hammond beat Jardine with a high, swift shot, thus scoring the visitors' second point. After a lot of midfield play, in which both teams did beautiful work. Holt's accidentally collided with Hammond, and had to retire. Having only ten men Everton were compelled to fall back on goal, and were, indeed, lucky to escape another downfall, as the ball was put past Jardine, the point, however, being given offside. Nearing the finish Everton troubled Lilley, but no further scoring took place, a grand game thus ending in Everton's favour by 3 goals to 2.
• Liverpool lost 5-0 to Middlesbrough Ironopolis. Coupar (4), and McCairns for Middlesbrough.

September 7, 1892. The Liverpool Echo
The above club, by way of encouraging local players, have arranged a match to take place tomorrow (Thursday) evening at Goodison Park, between the Everton team and a representative team of the Liverpool and District Combination. As the latter is a very strong organisation, including Oakfield, St. Cuthbert's and Earlestwon, a good team has been got together, and no doubt a fine game will be witnessed. Everton are trying a new goalkeeper named Broley, who has a good reputation and is likely to turn out to be the man they want. We are informed that Mr. George Mahon, chairman of the Everton Football Club, has accepted the office of the president of the Liverpool and District Combination, to which he was elected last week, and that Messrs, Lythgoe and Clayton have been elected vice-presidents.

Everton football club
September 7, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The directors of this company have resolved to give free admission to their ground in Goodison Park to all soldiers, policeman and postmen in uniform.
Everton (Combination) v. Liverpool and District Football Combination
This match will be played tomorrow (Thursday) at Goodison Park commencing at 5.30 p.m, when the following will be the Everton team; Bromley, goal; Robertson and Collins, backs; Margerison, Jones, Jamison, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McLaren, Elliott and G. Smith, forwards.

September 7, 1892. Cheshire Observer.
Played at the Goodison park ground on Saturday, Carter kicked off against the sun and wind, Taylor at once stopping a rush by Murray, and Thompson came to the rescue and promptly robbed Gordon. Hands against the visitors looked very ominous. A pretty piece of pulling between the Chester inside van was quickly neutralise, and Everton returned to the attack. A couple of goal kicks brought no relief. Their defending splendidly. After being repelled Chester came again, and Pinnel has great difficult in repelling a grand shot by Lee. Even ply followed and Lewis by being off-side, frustrated a good opportunity. Taylor and Thompson repeatedly robbed the homesters, a final shot, however by Murray, going wide. A brilliant bit of play was shown by the visitors, Lewis and |lee being conspicuous, Pinnell saving a warm shot by Fleming. Pay was cheered for a save which McLaren followed by a lofty shot. A couple of free kicks to Everton, and Gordon responded by a grand goal. McMillan secured and ran up, Gordon augmenting the home score after some brilliant work. Again were the Cestrians forced back, and Murray shot over the bar when well in. Elliott scored with a brilliant shot. Twice immediately after pay just succeeded in keeping shot cut, but he failed to stop one by Gordon. The Cestrians than indulged in some long passing, and managed to reach Pinnel. Being repulsed McMillian ran up and after a good dribble scored. Half-time Everton 5, Chester nil.

Immediately on restarting Elliott and Murray scored, a corner was awarded to the homesters, Pay tripping the ball over the bar. Running up Chester forced an abortive corner, but were soon repulsed, and Pay saved again at the expense of a corner. The referee them disallowed a claim for a goal on account of off-side play. Pay was fairly besieged by shots. Continuing to attack, Murray secured, and added the eight goal. Gordon, after a spell of attack, easily kicked the ninth, few spurts were made by the Cestrians, but their efforts futile, and McMillian added the tenth. Occasionally the visitors came with a rush, and long passing took place between Morris, who ran up, and Lewis, the latter scoring with a beauty. Final result Everton Combination 10, Chester 1

• Wharmby, an old Everton player, playing for Liverpool Printers Association.

September 8, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
These teams met at Burton last night before a large attendance of spectators. For nearly half an hour the game was well contested, Jardine stopping several dangerous rushes by the Swifts' forwards in magnificent style. The Everton right wing then broke away and scored, two more goals being added half time gave the visitors a lead of 3 goals to nil. On restarting the home team played with considerable dash, and were rewarded with a goal. May adding a second a few minutes before time. Result-Everton 3, goals; Burton Swifts 2.

September 9 1892, The Liverpool Courier
With a view of encouraging the junior talent of the distract between the above combination, and duty came off at Goodison-Park last evening, about 1,000 spectators being present. The game, however, was of a-one-sided character, as will be seen from the following details. Pinnell licked off for Everton and scored soon after the start. The opening play was all in favour of Everton, and a corner resulted to them, from which Trainor saved finely. Elliott them scored, but as he was off-side the point was rightly disallowed. Shortly afterwards, however, the ball was scrimmaged through the junior goal from a corner. The vistors then got down into Everton quarters, and as Robinson misjudged the ball, a goal was nearly accuring. The danger however was averted, and two further goals resulted from murray and Gordon. The juniors very rarely got down the field and when they did they were easily repulsed. Several warm attacks were made on Trainor who was defeated in turn by Gordon and Murray, half-time arriving with Everton leading by six goals to nil. Hill having restarted, murray immediately secured possession and after threading his way through several opponents shot the ball past Broley (who had changed places with Trainor who now filled the postion in the Everton goal). Upon resuming the home side again got well down Elliott however, shooting high over the bar. The junior next had a capital chance of opening their record but Finch spoiled the opportunity by senting wide. ‘'hands'' in front of the vistors goal, looked dangerous, but the ball went through without touching any of the players, and no score resulted. Gordon sent wide and then Robertson almost scored with a shot from full back. Shortly afterwards Elliott sent in, and as Broley failed to get the ball away, Pinnell popped it though. Jones next scored, and after a good run by Murray and Gordon,, Pinnell made the Everton score into double figures. Elliott sent in a fine shot, which just passed outside, whilst a corner afterwards proved abortive. Murray got a further point, Broley seemingly making no effort to arrest the course of the ball. O'Brien and Finch next made headway, and the ball was worked in front of the Everton goal. Askin,, however, hesitated with the final shot, and was robbert. Murray and Gordon were again prominent for the homesisters Jones sending the ball over the bar. Play was all in the district quarters, and Elliott narrowly missed scoring again, shortly before time the ball was again sent through the visitors goal, Gordon supplementing this with another. No further points were scored, and Everton won an easy victory by 13 goals, to nil. Teams, Liverpool and District combination: Trainor (j) (oakley)(Boley 45),goal, Spencer (t) (oakfield), and Wainwright (Earlestown), backs, Keighley (Garston), Abercromble (Suburban), and Guesr (Morton's), half-backs, Burke (Earlestown) Hill (Westminster) Askia (Hudson's) Finch (Garston) and O'Brien (Morton's), forwards. Everton :- Broley (Trainor 45) (oakley) goal, Robertson, and Coolins, backs, Jones, magerison, and Jamieson, half-backs, Elliott McLaren, Pinnell, Murray, and Gordon forwards.

September 9, 1982. The Liverpool Mercury
The Everton club, with a view of unearthing local talent, gave the youngsters of the neighbourhood a chance of showing their capabilities to a crowd of about 100 spectators last evening. Those who witnessed the match must be of opinion that our local players are not yet up to the standard of even second raters. Trainor in goal shaped fairly well, and also did the two full backs, but was van was woefully weak, and this of course threw the brunt of the work upon the defence. Pinnell kicked off promptly to time, and immediately the Everton forwards made tracks for Trainor, but strong kicking by Spencer relieved until Jones secured and gave to Elliott, who ran down and passed to Pinnel, who by a capital shot drew first blood after ten minutes play. Immediately Pinnel secured a corner, but the sphere passed harmlessly outside. Again the attack was fiercely pressed, and Elliott got an offside goal. From a scrimmage, which was the outcome of a nicely placed corner, the leather was put through for a second time. Murray supplementing this immediately with a third. Upton this point the locals had hardly crossed midfield, but by strong play of the half-backs and centre forward they managed to test both Robertson and Collins. Bad judgement on the part of the former gave the visitors a chance, but it was allowed to pass. McLaren, who played a hard game throughout, now distinguished himself, and from a pass of his Gordon put on a fourth goal. McLaren then secured the fifth and Murray the sixth, which brought about half-time. The remainder of the game is hardly worth comment as although the goalkeeper changed sides with a view of testing Browley, the game was carried on continuously in the visitors half. Murray very easily scored the seventh, Pinnell obtained ninth and tenth. Murray scored the eleventh and twelfth, while Gordon completed “baker's dozen” Teams; Liverpool and District; J. Trainor (Oakfield), goal; T. Spencer (Oakfield) and J. Wainwright (Earlestown), backs; Keighhey (Garston), Abercrombie (Suburban), and Guest (Morton's), half-backs; Burke (Earlestown), Hill (Westminster), W. Atkins (Hudson's), Finch (Garston), and O'Brien (Morton's), forwards. Everton; Browley, goal; Robertson and Collins, backs; Margerison, Jones, and Jamieson, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McLaren, and Elliott, forwards.
• Liverpool beat Barrow 2-0, Wyllie, McVean for Liverpool.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 10 September 1892
Everton Draw With Notts Forest
By Richard Samuel
Last Saturday, whilst on my way to the future classic Goodison-road, and having some time and hair to spare, I called on a cute professor of the razor with my hirsute appendage.  “Are you going to the funeral?” he asked me.  “Which?” said !.  “Why, the Forest’s he replied.  “But it doesn’t make much difference,” he added; “everybody about here has the fever (football), and you’re sure to be served.”  And it is true.  Never in the history of the game in Liverpool has such enthusiasm been exhibited.  Within doors and without from morning to evening, the constant argumentative topic is football.  And now for a little more, for as Master William wrote, and must have often said-
You can’t have too much of a good thing.
On the 24th of last March I beheld the Foresters opposing the then Anfielders. I observed Russell and his strong decade running the home eleven a close race.  Though they lost by a goal, the superiority of the winners was a question.  But last Saturday it must be admitted and allowed that they were very fortunate to draw.  Certainly in the first forty-five they were equal in every particular to the Parkites, but for the remainder of the game they were kept well under weigh, and their occasional bursts to Jardine were few and far between.  But when they did, I closed my eyelids lest their rifle-like repeaters should pierce the target.  Their play merits their inclusion in the First Sixteen.  Earp shone brighter than he ever did for Everton, Scott repaired for his mistakes during the first portion, whilst brown performed his quota to satisfaction.  Hamilton and McCracken have plenty of resource, but the former came in for some manifestations of disapproval for his unkind attentions to Chadwick and Milward.  The referee put down his unnecessary foul play, and he may hear more about it.  Turn we now to Everton, whose stamina and cleverness of taking advantages are positively proved by the wearing down of the Wanderers and the Forest.  (With apologies to James Hardis.)
From goal to goal. 
With whizzling speed the forward rush, and still
Add to the pressure great the well-poised shots.
The half-backs follow, and with vision keen
And forward body sail across the field
To stay the flight of those, their enemies.
Such conveys the idea of the latter half.  It was not bad shooting that our team did not win, rather the stubborn defence that saved Notts. You will observe that the backs are not mentioned in the above.  It is an indisputable fact that they are the weakest part of an otherwise magnificent team.  Both Dewar and Howarth can kick well in the open; both have good heads on strong shoulders; but neither can clear with that precision so absolutely necessary when unruly and unduly hampered.  There must be some improvement; otherwise I am fearful of Everton’s reputation.  The result, two all, did not please their supporters.  The gate realized 329, which represented 14,000, inclusive of tickets holders.
Visit of the Sheffielders
Sheffield United were the visitors on Monday, and 6,000 assembled and accorded them a warm reception.  People here wished to see them, and thus form an estimate of the strength of the Park eleven as a comparison to last season.  (For form is the only criterion, though a poor one.)  Did they not defeat the old Anfielders at home on Feb 27th by 2-0, and aggravated the injury by 5-0 two days later at Sheffield?  It was a really enjoyable game, save for the accidental injury to little Holt, who received Hammond’s heel on his instep while the little ‘un was tackling him.  There is not a weak spot in the Blades’ group.  Their quintets pass closer and pettier than the Reds from Nottingham, reminding one of North End’s styles in the latter quintessence.  Their halves are quick, tricky, and trustful; and the real defence at crucial times beat back Geary and Co, with harassing accuracy.  Truly, the Sheffielders are united – an unmistakable characteristic –never flagging never beaten, but to recapture and assail the narrow space with undallying fervor.  Envious eyes were centred on Cain-proof positive he’s up to par; and the other old Evertonian (“Harry” Hammond) displayed his dogged determination conspicuously.
Everton’s Players
Boyle and Dewar were given a rest, which let in the new recruits –Jamieson, of Cambuslang, and Coyle.  The former knows the game, and how to play it.  He made many friends by his smart tactics, and his low, well-judged=, and quick feeding of his forwards.  Everton is truly rich in halves.  Coyle’s preliminary efforts were very poor, but as the game advanced he improved.  Still this improvement did not reach League form.  The forward string was admirable.  On Monday’s form, I doubt if there is a better line in England.  Maxwell gave Latta a tremendous amount of work, and “Alec” was in his best vain, and did it to perfection.  Geary looked after himself and his men well, and obeyed the pressing injunctions of a Prescot countryman to “Gie it t’hundert peawnd mon.”  There was not too much wing play, but just wing play enough.  Kelso was a little off and this player’s light would soon fade if he were not engaged regularly.  “Johnny” and Jardine were equal to the others; but “Bob” meandered too much and lost his side a goal.  Today they meet the Villa at Birmingham , and I make bold enough to say that Everton will not retire beaten if the backs perform up to the standard of the others. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 10 September 1892
At Perry Barr today, before 10,000 spectators.  The Villa won the toss, and Athersmith dashed off with lightning speed, passing to Hodgetts, who scored.  Latta and Geary both had shies at the top goal, but Ramsay stoutly repelled, and on the other side Athersmith gained a fruitless corner.  The Villa next attacked hotly, but could not get though, Howarth and Collins defending well.  Chadwick made some excellent runs, and then Hodgetts with the goal at his mercy shot high over.  Everton now put on a spurt, playing grandly together but Ramsey and Stokes both kicked strongly and with rare judgement.  Cowan essayed a long shot that went a trifle high, and Latta replied, his shot also going astray.  Again Chadwick was loudly applauded for some clever dribbling.  Geary now badly muffed an easy chance with the goal literally at his mercury.  The whistle blew for the interval with the score unaltered.
Half-time; Aston Villa 1, Everton 0
After a few minutes’ rest the teams changed ends, and the Villa playing up, Meadow dashed away, Hodgetts sprinting up the left and passing across goal.  Fleming banged through the second point for the home team.  After some ten minutes play.  Stung by this reverse, the visitors played furiously and getting down Geary banged through, flooring the goalkeeper at the same time, and registering first point amid sympathetic cheers.  It was a splendid game and splendid goal, and splendidly got.  Geary dribbling grandly all along. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 10 September 1892

  • Boyle and Jamieson have proved good nuggests for the Park Co.
  • It was all up with Holt when he came down on Hammond’s knee.
  • Geary is in demon form at present, and shoots like an 81-ton gun.
  • Why did Jardine leave his post and allow the Forest to equalize.
  • Are Everton sorry that Hammond and Cain are gone? I think so. 
  • Browley, the new Everton goalkeeper (save the word) was cheered when he saved –one. 
  • 33,000 persons in the first three matches at Goodison-rd.  And only one League match.
  • Everton 4, Wanderers 2, Everton 2, Forest 2; Everton 3, Sheffield United 2; Ply up, Everton.
  • Milward dallies too long with the ball, instead of making headway, and allows himself to be robbed.
  • Hammond is the United idol of the Sheffield team.  He was good enough for Holt, and Holt for him.
  • Sheffield United could not legally play at Goodison-rd last Monday, but like the man in the stocks, they were there. 
  • True Bootleites say that it was unworthy of the sportsmanlike spirit of Everton to charge only 3d, and thus injure Bootle’s prospects.
  • A radical change must be made in the Everton back division, and that speedily, as both backs lack resource very much when pressed.
  • “Tis no small wonder that Hamilton lost his temper with Chadwick and Milward, for they are really aggravating in their dodging.
  • Everton’s combination bids fair to equal the doughty deeds of last season.  How soon and sudden fell No. 1, viz, Nantwich.  Who’ll be No. 2?
  • Now, Maxwell, show that you are something more than an automaton.  Perhaps you are afraid of giving your washerwoman too much work.
  • What has become of Campbell as a left full-back?  He proved himself better than any of the players who have figured in that position this year for Everton.
  • Smart Arridge said himself that Mr. Fitzret Norris asked Jim his opinion of the second goal, after he gave it to the claimers –Stoke-admitting he did not see it.
  • Everton just beat Burton Swifts on Wednesday, Jardine did very well.
  • Everton v. Sheffield United; admission 3d, Bootle v. Stoke; admission 6d.  What price suicidal policy?

September 10, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton League team pay their annual visit to Perry Bar, and, in the light of two victories already obtained by Aston Villa in connection with the League –over West Bromwich Albion and Burnley the Liverpool senior club has a severe task before them if they are to return home, as they did last year with flying colours.
Everton v. Aston Villa, Birmingham, The following will play for Everton. Jardine, goal; Howarth and Collins, backs; Kelso, Holt and Boyle, half-backs; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.
Everton v. Chester, Goodison Park, Kick-off at four pm. The following will play for Everton; Pinnell, goal; Chadwick and Robertson, backs; McLaren, Jones and Jamieson, half-backs; Smith, Murray, Gordon, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards.
Everton v. Wolverhampton Wanderers, Goodison Park
Tranmere Rovers v. Everton (Combination), Tranmere
Bootle Wanderers v Everton (Combination), Marsh-Lane.

September 10, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
The League team being away at Birmingham the enclosure at Goodison-road was occupied this afternoon by the above combatant. There were fully 3,000 spectators present when the game was started, which number was considerably augmented as the game progressed. The Everton men were on the field when their opponents made their appearance the latter receiving a cordial reception. Carter asset the ball in motion for the Cestrians and the home forwards at once became prominent. Hands against Thompson looked dangerous but Taylor cleared and a visit was paid to the Everton quarters. Good passing on the part of Gordon, Smith and Murray led to a stiff scrimmage in front of the visitors' goal, but relief came by Jones shooting wide. A corner next fell to Everton, but nothing tangible resulted. The game continued in the visitors half and tricky play on the part of R. Jones, and a miskick by Taylor led to McMillian having a shie, which went yards wide. From the goal kick the Cestians centre made a grand run passing to Lewis. The latter was smartly tackled by Chadwick, and spoiled when in good position. The visitors were soon again to the attack and Pinnell had to save his charge from a shot by Lee. Everton and McMillan then were prominent, passing neatly down the left, the latter player sending to Gordon, who, however, lost a grand opportunity by dallying. R. Jones next brought down the house by smartly checking Carter and Fleming, the visitors goal having a miraculous escape immediately after. The Chester boys now pulled themselves together, and made tracks for Pinnel, he negotiating grandly a warm shot from Fleming. A neat dribble by Murray led to a serve assault on the Cestrian citadel, but wild shooting nullified all the Everton-men's efforts. McLaren next tried a long shot at Pay, but the ball went wide. After a few even exchanges “hands” twice gave the homesters an advantage. Gordon at last drawing first blood with a swift low shot. Shortly after the same player notched a second point, the result of splendid passing on the part of him and McMillan. Still keeping up the pressure Jones compelled Pay one more to try to save his charge, the latter falling in his effort to do so, McMillan and Murray shooting over immediately after. A couple of free kicks to the Cestrians gave them no relief, and the “Toffees” were once more raiding Pay's charge. Smith just grazing the upright, Elliott a few minutes later scoring a splendid goal. From the centre the homesters once more attacked, and after the visitors goalkeeper had safely negotiated shots from Jones, Elliott and McMillan, Gordon banged one past him from a pass by the last-named player. The Chester men made one or two meritorious efforts, but they were of no avail, and McMillian scored a fifth point just on half-time, when the score stood;- Everton 5 goals, Chester nil.

Gordon resumed, and Elliott went right away, and scored the sixth point for his side. Shortly after the same player player sent the ball past Pay, but was ruled offside. The Everton men now held their opponents to their half, good work being put in by the whole of the front rank. Murray notching number 7. From the centre a brief visit was paid to the home goal. Though fairly beaten the Chester men played up pluckily, but they were no match were for their opponents, and after some minutes play Gordon placed another point to the credit of Everton. McMillian put on the tenth and shortly after only the grand play of Pay in goal prevented further disaster. For the next quarter of an hour the game was principally confined to the visitors' half, but a miskick in the centre let in Morris. The latter raced nicely down, and making a timely pass to Lewis, the latter scored the first point for the Cestians. The game had not long been restarted, however, when the Everton men swarmed into their opponents half. Pay saving a long shot from Murray at the expense of a corner, which was safely cleared after a stiff scrimmage. Everton had the best of the game to the finish. Final; Everton 10 goals, Chester 1.

September 10, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
(League Division 1).
On both occasions that Everton met Aston Villa in league matches last season, the Midland club was defeated, and was no less than 5 goals to the bad on the two matches. This was a splendid performance on the part of the Liverpool organisation, but after the promising start made by the Villans last week, when they defeated West Bromwich Albion on their own field, it is not expected that Everton will be allowed the same “walk over” this time. Aston Villa are playing five fresh hands this season, and the marvellously good form shown by the team at Stoney-lane last week took everybody by surprise. Whether or not this was a mere flash-in-the-pan will be proved by today's result; but there is no denying the fact the Perry Bar contingent are an improvement this season on last. Dunning showed himself a goalkeeper of no ordinary merit, and appears especially built for the position, and lacks neither judgement nor pluck. The Birmingham club has also been further strengthened by the acquisition of Dowds, late of the Celtic, who is looked upon as being a perfect champion. The Everton club was well represented, little Collins displacing Dewar at back, and Kelso taking Robertson's position at half. With these two exceptions the team was the same as met Notts Forest at Goodison Park last week. In the presence of about 10,000 spectators at Perry Bar in splendid weather, a start was made at 3.30. Geary kicked off, but Stokes made a heavy return, and after play in midfield the Everton right wing made away, with the result that Dunning had to handle within the first minute of play. Then Athersmith broke through with a grand run and after affecting a splendid centre, Hodggetts met the ball and scored the first goal for Aston Villa. Again the homesters attacked, and Jardine was slightly hurt, but after this the Everton boys assumed the aggressive, but were finely repulsed by Stokes. Then the Everton right wing forced the pace, but the ball was tamely placed over the Aston Villa line. Fine work between the Everton forwards had the result of moving play up towards the Villa goal, but after a series of smart play in midfield the Evertonians were constrained to retreated than there was a grand rush towards the Everton goal, a grand shot from Hodgetts causing Jardine to throw clear. Another visit was paid to the Villa quarters but to no purpose, a splendid return being made by Ramsey. A sprint by Athersmith and J. Devey had the effect of troubling the Everton defence, but after this the Everton boy's rushed away and claimed a corner kick, which was cleverly cleared away. Play for some time continue in home quarters, but after a series of fair exchanges the Villa right wing broke through all the opposition, and Hodgetts shot over the Everton crossbar. A further attack by the homesters being rendered fruitless by the intervention of Howarth, a prolonged spell of play in midfield, following the visitors having rather the best of the argumented. A long kick and a rush by the Birmingham players was the signal for an outburst of cheering by the spectators, and a couple of futile attempts were made to try and lower the Everton colours. A player failed to avail himself of a chance which was offered to him. Following this there was a great rush by the Aston Villa men, the Everton backs failing to adjust themselves in anything but decent fashion, with the result that the Villa forwards were enabled to get in time after time, and but for the interventions of Holt, they would certainly have scored again. A grand shot was sent in from the Villa right wing, the ball just topping the crossbar, and a further scrimmage in front of goal was accounted for by Jardine, and then finally cleared by Howarth. Then a very pretty piece of passing by the Villa forwards resulted in a long spot, being sent in by Cowan, the leather being clear over the crossbar by Jardine. After this the Everton men made most determined efforts to retrieve what appeared to be their falling fortune, and Milward shot a foot wide, but this was the signal for a retaliatory movement by the homesters, who dashed away and twice forced the ball over the Everton goal line. Then there was more play in midfield, skirmishing being frequent and heavy, but a grand opportunity was at length afforded to Geary after a series of pretty exchanges by Everton. Half-time score;- Aston Villa 1 goal, Everton nil.
Final Result; Aston Villa 4 goal, Everton 1 goal.
• Liverpool beat Stockton at Anfield 2-1, McVean (2) for Liverpool and McClung for Shockton

September 10, 1892. The Nottinghamshire Guardian
The Forest opened their career in the first division of the league very auspiciously, for it was an exceedingly creditable performance on their part to make a draw in their game with Everton Club, especially as the match was played away from home, at Liverpool. If they can maintain Saturday's form throughout the season they will have a brilliant record at the finish, for they played splendidly. It must, however, be admitted that Everton had slightly the best of matters. A far heavier team than the Forest, they were not affected by the deluging showers of rain and the consequent slipperiness of the turf to the same extent as the Reds, and they did a considerable amount of pressing. They had, however, to combat a capital defence, and they found it anything but an easy matter to break through it. They were too, lucky to score the first goal. Geary shot from a long distance, the ball travelling at a moderate pace, but when Brown was in the act of sprinting to the ball his foot slipped away, and a comparatively easy goal was scored. There was nothing of a fluky character about the second, however, whilst the homesters had hard lines with one shot which struck the crossbar, and with others which went dangerously close. The two goals scored by Higgins were capital ones. At one time in the second half the Reds looked over a beaten team, but they plucky up wonderfully towards the finish, and after equalising it looked very much as if they were going to snatch a victory. Jardine, however, stopped one of the best shots in the match, and this also came from the foot of Notts centre.
The new ground of the Everton Club is a fine one. It is almost surrounded by commanding stands, so that all who pay for admission, no matter how many are present, are almost certain to get a view of the game. The fresh turf looks very well at present, but it is rather questionable whether it will stand the heavy wear and tear of the season. Of the new men the Forest have obtained only words of praise can be written. McCallum has lost none of his trickiness and dash, and on the left wing McInnes will prove a wonder, On Saturday he had to face the recent acquisition, Boyle, about whom Evertonians in ecstasies, and Howarth, and he came out of the trial with great credit. McCracken is not very fast, but he tackles well, and he can do excellent work in front of goal. In the Old Forest players there is little change. Brown is still the goalkeeper of old. Scott, too, maintains his sterling form, and Earp kicks well, but is a little rash at times. Albert Smith he worked tremendously hard from start to finish, whilst Hamilton played very successfully against such a clever wing as Chadwick and Milward. Higgins seem stronger and in better form than last season, and Pike has also improved. “Tich” Smith hardly seems fit yet, but there is no doubt that he will come again before the season is very old.

September 12, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton had a formidable task before them on Saturday in combating Aston Villa at Perry Barr, and, as a good many people thought they would, they were not equal to the occasion, having to accept a defeat of 4 goals to 1. This was the fifth League match since the establishment of the organisation that had been fought out between Everton and Aston Villa at Birmingham, and the honours are now equally divided, as each club has won two games, with that of 1891 left undeceive. The Villa depended upon the same team that had done up well against West Bromwich Albion and Burnley, both of which clubs they had defeated, whilst Everton effected two changes in the eleven that had made a draw with Notts Forest –Collins superseding Dewar as left full-back, and Kelso being included in the half-back line, to the displacement of Robertson. In order that Kelso should take up his usual position on the right, Boyle crossed over to the left. The defence lines were thus considerably altered, and, it was believed, strengthened compared with those of the previous week. How it worked is shown in the result of the contest, but it would be fair to lay the sole cause of the reverse to the charge of the defensive department, for the forwards were not seen at their best, the good combination in which they excel being fitful rather than dominant. The game was a most spirited one, and was followed with much enthusiasm by a large crowd. Yet it was singularly free from roughness for such a keen encounter, and, speaking broadly, was a splendidly fought-out battle, which up to the last quarter of an hour seemed likely to terminate in a draw, as with the score standing at 2 goals to 1 at that juncture Everton were slightly the more aggressive. However, when time was running short, Devey scored a grandly-worked out goal, and as this was quickly supplemented with a fourth, the position was irretrievably lost to Everton. It was one of their unlucky days, which should not be allowed to give discouragement. Jardine strained one of his knees within three minutes of the start in going out to meet a shot by Athersmith, and limped about afterwards. He held out pluckily, and though severely handicapped he still prevented some hard straight shots taking effect. When the aim came that gave Aston Villa their fourth goal he wretched the leg more seriously, and had to be carried off the field. Had Jardine been all right the issue have been very different. It will be awkward if the popular custodian is incapacitated, for Everton are already weakened in this department owing to Williams having met with an injury to a foot while following his employment. There was no improvement in the Everton backs' play on Saturday, and the slowness and weak kicking of Howarth and Collins was in striking contrast to that of Stoke (late Walsall) and Ramsey, the first-named making friends all round for his sound tackling and sure, clean kicking. Dowds is a sturdy half-back, but was not especially conspicuous; and in the middle line Everton certainly had the advantage. The Aston Villa forwards combined readily, Athersmith being prominent for the fast running and good centring.

Athletic News - Monday 12 September 1892
By Brum
The twelve thousand folks who wended their jocund way to Perry Barr on Saturday had plenty of fun for their money, and I think everyone of them went away highly delighted, for taking the game all through It was most exciting and full of incident, and it was not till the last quarter of an hour that the partisans of Aston Villa breathed freely, and knew that their men would win. The day was warm and bright; “spectating'” was a delight in such balmy weather; and the hearts of the Villa Committee throbbed gladly as the folks came rolling in in multitudes from all the high-ways and bye-ways till there seemed no end of them. When they had all settled down and the teams came on to the field this was the order of the entertainment card; Villa;- Dunning, goal; Stokoes, and Ramsay, backs; Dowds, Cowan, and Brown, half-backs; Athersmith, Devey, Fleming, Hodgetts, and Campbell, forwards.  Everton; Jardine, goal; Howarth, and Collins, backs; Kelso, Holt and Boyle, half-backs; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.  There is no space to enter into details, so I will give you a few brief facts, and bow to the wishes of the great panjandrum of this journal. Everton showed up prominently fora start, and it seemed as if there was trouble in store for the Villa, but Athersmith was seen careering off like a greyhound, and fairly racing past Howarth had only the goalkeeper to beat. Jardine came out to meet him, but in kicking the ball sadly strained his injured leg, and the right-winger scouted it across to Hodgetts, who put through. Jardine was some minutes before he recovered sufficiently to resume, and thereafter limped lamentably, but immediately did a lot of clever work, for the Villa’s attentions became warm and frequent, and the “toffee” defence was severely taxed. Then, we had a spell of even play, followed by some smart Everton attacks, and slight suspicious of heat from several of the players; but not' withstanding some strenuous tries by both parties there was no change at half-time, when the Villa were leading by one goal to none. The second half opened almost as sensationally as the first, for Fleming, by a gallant effort, scored the second goal, and not long after Geary got in a lightning flash, which was too curly for Dunning to save, though he tried hard; and then, for the next quarter of an hour, there was some fun going forward, for this success warmed Everton up to such a degree that the Villa goal was often in jeopardy, and hot-headed partisans gasped and sighed as the pressure grew hard and success seemed likely to supervene; but after one or two conspicuous Everton blunders and some remarkably fine work by Stokes and Ramsay, the home team were off on the hammer again, and a fine centre of Arrowsmith's was footed into the net by John Devey in the twinkling of an eye—a brilliant bit of work all round. This daunted Everton considerably, and for some time there was a good deal of scrambling, with the Villa nearly always holding the upper hand, and when Fleming added another by a bit of superb work the hopes of the visitors, which had fast been sinking, disappeared altogether. Unfortunately in the struggle for this last point Jardine was hurt again, and Kelso had thereafter to keep goal. A very fine chance given to Geary was muffed by Maxwell, but there was no more scoring executed, and so the Villa won their first match at home by four goals to one. This third successive victory has given the Villa a great lead in the Midlands, and there is no question that as at present constituted they will take a lot of thrashing by the best of the brigade, for the team seems to be now nicely fitted together, and it is undoubtedly strong at all points. Stokes, Cowan. Athersmith, Dunning, and Dowds stand out as the most prominent of sterling eleven, and if they always do as well their friends will have no cause to grumble. The forward rank has hardly yet developed the swing and cohesion which characterized them last year; but the men are rapidly getting into form, and Fleming improves every time he plays. The Everton forwards are certainly not the fine scoring vanguard they used to be; showiness and smartness are still theirs, but the ability to part with the ball at the right instant has not seized them yet, and there is too much fancy work. Holt played well but shabbily, Howarth is quite as good as ever, and Boyle’s performance may be classed with Holt’s. Latta, Chadwick, Milward, and Geary were all clever; but the salt has somewhat lost its savour, and Maxwell’s determination was not sufficient to get points. The victory was thoroughly and heartily deserved, and the Birmingham folk are growing proud of their team. It is to be hoped they won’t spoil them. Sunderland are here next Saturday, which means another golden harvest for the Villa exchequer and a first-class encounter. Midland people are saying that the Perry Barr team will be in the forefront of the battle throughout the season; but the game is very young, and there may be a falling off yet, as witness last year’s finish. 

Athletic News - Monday 12 September 1892
By The Loiterer
The visit of the Everton team to Birmingham has been nearly as disastrous as was the case last year, when West Bromwich Albion beat them by four to none.  The odd goal scored need not be taken into account at all, for the amount of satisfaction it will give their supporters, and the result, naturally, does not go down well.  The defence does not please the Liverpool public, but the team has invariably been successful against the Villa, and it was hoped that they would about hold their own this time.  The backs are not nearly so strong as Hannah and Doyle, and two such men will be hard to find at present.  The club’s supporters may rest assured that an attempt will be made to strengthened this important position, and I should not be surprised to hear of additions to the already numerous stock of backs the club has on hand.  Let us hope there will be no more white elephants. 
The Sheffield United gave Everton a rare putting up on Monday evening.  Geary scored in the first few minutes, but Hammond equalized in about ten minutes.  There was scarcely anything in the teams, for the United were very quick on the ball, and they always made progress in their passing.  The two backs also played a grand game, and the Everton forwards found the halves hard to pass.  In the end, Everton won by the narrow margin of one goal.  Included in the Sheffield team were two players who formerly belonged to Everton.  After the splendid work done by them I should think the Everton executive would feel kinder riled that they were allowed to go.   Cain may not be an ideal player, but Everton could do with two such backs just now.        
The Everton team had a grand record in last season’s Combination matches, and are evidently intent on even improving it this year, as at Nantwich last week they scored nine goals to one, and now they sit on Chester to the extent of ten goals to one.  The visitors now and again showed a disposition to question the right of the Everton lads to make mincemeat of them, but their efforts did not command that success which perhaps it ought.  There is no question, however, that they were not in it, the home forwards being seen to great advantage, and they will doubtless achieve quite as good results as last season. 

September 12, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
These League teams met at Perry Bar on Saturday, in the presence of about 12,000 spectators, splendid weather prevailing with little or no wind. Punctually at half-past three the following sides took up their positions;- Everton; Jardine, goal; Howarth and Collins, backs; Kelso, Holt (captain) and Boyle, half-backs; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Aston Villa; Dunning, goal; Stokes and Ramsay, backs; J. Brown, Cowan and Dowds, half-backs; Athersmith, Devey, Fleming, Hodgetts, and Campbell, forwards. Geary kicked off, tipping to Chadwick, and progress was made on the right, but nothing came of Latta's pass. Collins was called upon and found reliable, and, in reply, Geary essayed a futile shot low down. Athersmith than ran down brilliantly, easily passing Collins, and Jardine, seeing danger, ran out, but in doing so twisted a knee and fell. The goal was thus left unprotected, and Hodgetts took full advantage of an easy opening, scoring within three minutes of the kick-off. Everton went well on the right to no purpose, and quickly the home team took up the attack, but ran the ball out. The visitors went down in a good passing movement, and looked likely to pull up on even terms, but Geary's finishing shot was not true enough. Everton left wing played grandly, placing Aston Villa in sore trouble. There was no beating Stokes, who cleared several times with great skill. The pretty play of Everton was much admired, but it was not allowed to become very threatening, and then the venue was changed, as Jardine still limping, had to use his hands in getting rid o a centre shot. Brown ext neutralised a fine attempt by Chadwick, and at the other end Howarth arrested the advance of Hodgetts and Campbell, the ball being taken along by Latta, who shot behind from a long range. Everton kept in front for some minutes, during, which pressure Geary made himself conspicuous, but got hurt by Cowan in trying to run close up. Athersmith contributed another dashing run close up. Athersmith contributed another dashing run on the outside right, centring accurately, only to find Hodgetts kick wildly from a favourable position. Stokes stemmed the rushes of Everton left wingmen and Aston Villa, going down on the left, harassed the Everton defence until Collins drove them back. The home team quickly returned, and again Collins foiled the attackers. A free kick fell to Everton when pressed, and then gave temporary relief, but in a minute Jardine had a nasty shot to play from Cowan, but he just managed to divert the ball over the net. Everton then had an innings, but Geary failed to turn what appeared an easy chance to account. Aston Villa, with this escape, attacked grandly and persistently for some time, during which Kelso assisted Howarth out of a difficulty twice in succession, but Jardine yet had to defend. Everton left once more tried to get round Stokes without success, and this check led up to a severe assault on the Everton goal, the scrimmage in front being grappled with successfully, though a clearance was not effected until Devey made a dropping shot on to the net. The Villa returned without much ceremony, and during the pressure three corners were conceded, and when half-time came Everton were on the defensive, with the score a goal to nil in favour of Aston Villa. On resuming, the home team went straight for Everton's charge, but Devey put over. No clearance came, and Fleming and Devey worked up grandly, the latter scoring within a few minutes of the restart. Tiding over further pressure. Everton became the aggressors, at which period Latta forced his way to the front and shot, but Dunning chucked away. The game improved in quality during the progress of the second half, and, if anything, Everton had rather the best of the play. Geary ran down himself and scored near the post, and then Everton were often shaping as though they would draw level. Towards the finish Aston Villa, however, found a further flaw in the visitors' defence, as fine work by Athersmith, who centred, was flourished off by Devey scoring. Everton's prospects were thus dimmed and when Fleming got through with a grand shot near time the issue was certain. Jardine again hurt his knee in trying to meet the shot, and was carried off the field. Kelso went in goal, and having stopped a shot the end of a spirited game came with the result –Aston Villa 4, goals; Everton, 1.

• Liverpool beat Stockton 2-1, McVean, Wyllie for Liverpool and McCluny for Stockton

THE Combination
September 12, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
This match was played at Goodison Park on Saturday. The home eleven were again seen to great advantage. They thoroughly outplayed their opponents, and at the interval led by 5 goals to nil. In the second half this score was repeated, whilst Lewis scored a goal for Chester, leaving the result in favour of Everton by 10 goals to 1.
Everton League v. Wolverhampton Wanderers
A friendly match between these clubs will be played this (Monday) evening at Goodison Park, commencing at 5.30. The following team will represent Everton; Jardine, goal; Howarth and Collins, backs; Kelso, Holt, and Boyle, half-backs; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.
Tranmere Rovers v. Everton (Combination)
For this match to be played at Borough-road, Tranmere, this (Monday) evening, at 5-45, the following team has been chosen to play for Tranmere Rovers; Griffths, goal; Price and Edwards, backs; Roberts, Morgan and McChray, half-backs; McKinley, Moore, Fish, Rogers, and A.N. Other, forwards.

September 12, 1892. The Birmingham Daily Post
Aston Villa 4, Everton 1
The successful manner in which the Villa have commenced the present season had the effect of creating a great deal of interest in Saturday's match at Perry Barr. The visiting team was Everton, who have succeeded in inflicting so many defeats upon the local players, and when they made their appearance on the field, there were about twelve thousand spectators present. Everton were fully represented, whilst the Villa played the same eleven as that which won the matches against the West Bromwich Albion, and Burnley. In the first half the Perry Barr men played towards Wellington Road, and three minutes from the start cheer announced their first success. It was mainly due to Athersmith's great speed. Receiving the ball at some distance from the goal, he at once sprinted past the back, centred, and Hodgetts, running in at the right moment, shot the ball inside the net. During the next few minutes the game was evenly and stubbornly contested, but neither side gained any material advantage and Everton forwards displayed wonderful dodging and dribbling, but indulged too freely in that kind of work, and neglected to pass. The consequence was that the Villa half-backs were enabled to stop their advances more easily, and indeed, for some time the visitors did not really become dangerous. Their play was much too showery to be deadly. On the other hand, the Villa forwards seemed imbued with one idea –namely, to get goals, and their rushed at times put one in mind of the Albion attacks. Jardine, however, proved himself a very fine custodian, whilst Howarth played brilliantly in defending the approaches to the goal. A fine shot by Hodgetts was splendidly stopped by Jardine, and then the Everton forwards worked their way up the field, and Geary made an attempt to race away. He was, however, tripped up by Cowan, and the free kick yielded no result. Soon afterwards Athersmith made another of his characteristic dashes for goal, and his centre flashed right across the mouth to Hidgetts, who seemed certain to score, but, amidst great laughter, he kicked the ball yards too high. The Villa now pressed hotly, and Dowds and Cowan made a fine shots, which were but a few inches too high. A change then came over the game. Working hard on the left Chadwick and Milward took the ball close to the Villa goal, where it was entrusted to Geary. A sudden burst of speed took him safely pass the backs, and no one-doubted but that the score would be equalised. At the critical moment, however, Dunning dashed out and met the forward, but he only partially stopped the ball. Geary made a gallant effort to reach it, but failed by a few inches, and it just rolled out. This occurred a few minutes before the interval, and until the referee's whistle was heard the Villa had matters all their own way. They made a prolonged attack on the Everton goal, but although some excellent shots were made none went through, and when they changed positions, therefore, the Villa only led by 1 goal. The game in the first half had been very fast, but later on the right wing of Everton had done little or nothing, and the attacks had, therefore, been considerably weakened. On restarting play was just as fast as before, and after a few midfield exchanges the Villa ran well up the field. Near goal Fleming spied his opportunity and, dashing in, shot swift and low. Jardine stopped the ball, but it fell at his feet, and ere he could pick it up Fleming had reached it, and the next moment it struck the back of goal net. It is needless to say that this success was the signal for loud cheering. This reverse put the Everton men on their mettle, and they made several strong attacks. Latta was cheered for a fine run and shot, which, however, was saved by Dunning, and on the left Dowds made a grand run, and centred squarely into the Everton goalmouth, but the backs cleared. A long kick by one of them gave Geary a chance, and he finished a spirited run by a good shot. The ball twisted out of Dunning's hands, and rolled over the goal-line. The game now became more open than ever, and the visitors played very strongly, Chadwick and Milward gave Stokes no end of anxiety, but he played grandly, and has the making of a first class back. On two or three occasions Everton, who were having the best of the play, looked like scoring, and the spectators began to cheer Villa to renewed efforts. They responded gamely, and, from a pass by G. Campbell, Fleming shot the ball through again; but the referee gave the former off-side. It was not long, however, ere a genuine goal was scored. Hodgetts made a long pass to Athersmith, who centred well, and Devey, being in a good position, obtained a beautiful point, and the match was as good as won. Up to the finish the Villa had the best of the play, and about three minutes from time Fleming scored again. The Villa thus won by 4 goals to 1. In trying to save the last shot Jardine twisted his knee, and was carried off the field. Aston Villa; Dunning, goal; Stokes and Ramsey, backs; Dowds, Cowan and Brown, half-backs; Hodgetts, and Campbell (Left), Fleming, (Centre), Athersmith ad Devey (right wing), forwards. Everton; Jardine, goal; Howarth and Collins, backs; Holt, Kelso and Boyle, half-backs; Latta and Maxwell (right), Geary (centre), Chadwick and Milward (left wing), forwards. Referee; Mr. Tomlinson (Derby).

September 13 1892, The Liverpool Courier
This friendly match played last evening at Goodison Oark in the presence of three thousand spectators. The teams were as follows:- Everton, Thomas, goal, Kelso and Coyle, backs, Boyle, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs, Latta (captain), Murray, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward forwards,,
Wolverhampton Wanderers, Hassell, goal, Baugh and Swift backs, Dunn, Allen and Davies half-backs,, Wykes Baxter, Griffins, Wood,, and Johnston, forwards . Play was rather scrambling for a start, but Everton soon settled down, and a nice piece of play on the left wing ended in Maxwell opening the scoring account. Everton continued to trespass, and Chadwick and Latta tried well and were very little out of their reckoning. Wykes ran prettly along and passed across wood then making a mess of a good opening. The home team still had the best of it and after some manoeuring near the goal line Latta scored the second point neatly. Kelso and Holt were applauded for some fine checking and Boyle afterwards came in for recognition. Owing to the Wolves left wing being badly guarded Griffins was enabled to score a soft goal.Latta went off twice in fine style, and from the second run Chadwick sent hard over the bar. Some good defence was shown on each side the Wolves being the most troubled. A good shot by Chadwick brough about a corner, and from this a trio of fast shots were tried. Swift and Hassell repelling cleverly. Griffins gave to the left wing and Baker struck the upright Wykes then shooting across- very hard luck for the visitors. Half-time arrived with the score Everton 2 goals; Wanderers 1 goal. Latta shortly after the interavl made a spendid dribble which was eventually spoiled by a pass on the part of Maxwell. Kelso defeated Johnston, and then Milward tripped along, good progess being made, but the whole of the play was at last fruitless owing to an infringment of the off side rule. Maxwell had a couple of good chances afforded him, but each was useless through weak shouting. Coyle was not very safe as a rule, but he went to the rescue once when the Wolves swooped down on the goal in a body and kicked out nicely. The visitors had a fair spell of the play, which ended in Baker equalising from a scramble. A spendid sprint by Milward and a smart pass to the right looked rosy for Everton but Latta did not get a fair hold, and afterwards Chadwick was upset when he become dangerous. Milward with a scrip shot forced a corner, and this having been cleared Griffin gave to Johnston who propelled a shot far too high. Everton made Strenucous attempts to get ahead but were unsucceessful, and the game ended in a draw of two goals each.

September 13, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
These teams met at Goodison Park last evening. A prompt start was effected, and after a few exchanges between the backs the ball was neatly carried down the centre. Maxwell meeting a rebound sent in a warm one out of the reach of Hassall. Restarting, the Evertonians kept well ahead, Latta and Chadwick in turn sending in capital shots, which were only a shade wide of the mark. Johnston broke the monotony somewhat, but failed at the final effort. Holt checked a further rush, and then Baugh was prominent in saving an ugly rush by the Everton left. Throwing in, the ball found its way to Latta, and having no opposition he easily placed No 2 goal for his side. Wykes, Baker, and Griffin put in some meat touches of play, and just when things looked promising for the “Wolves” Murray stepped in and saved nicely. Shortly following this, the visitors again got down, and Griffin notched their first goal. A visit to the other end resulted in Maxwell shooting over the bar, and the play had scarcely been resumed when the Evertonians again swarmed round the Wanderers’ goal. Baugh and Swift had plenty to do to keep their goal intact, but a free kick ultimately relieved, and immediately following, Wkyes had a chance, but put in a very weak effort. During the next few minutes Kelso was repeatedly called upon but was ever safe, and after Boyle had made a bit of a diversion on the right, Chadwick and Maxwell took up the running, and a couple of stinging shots were levelled at Hassell, but both were safely got away and within the next minute the “Wolves” were within measurable distance of scoring, and after the ball had crossed and reclosed the home goal, Griffin sent slightly wide of the post. Half-time now arrived, Everton leading by 2 goals to 1. The Evertonians made the first brush after the restart, but Baugh checked a well-directed movement on the part of Chadwick and Milward, and a raid on the home defence followed, Griffin being unfortunately penalised when a few yards from goal, Kelso, Boyle, and Holt were admirable defenders, and after a lengthy spell, Chadwick and Milward combined nicely on the left, but the advantage was lost by the centre getting too far up. Within a couple of minutes Maxwell failed at a very easy position. The play tamed down somewhat, until the “Wolves” front rank got into a grand stride and took the ball the length of the field, Kelso eventually pulling up Wood when a goal seemed certain. Not to be denied the visitors again pulled themselves together and Baker finding an opening being close in, pulled up level with the home team. Immediately after restarting, Milward centred beautifully; but Latta unfortunately overran the ball, Swift saving a beauty from Milward immediately afterwards. Towards the close both sides strove hard to obtain a winning point, but this was not forthcoming, and the game ended in a draw of 2 goals each. Teams; Everton; Thomas, goal; Kelso and Coyle, backs; Robertson, Holt (captain), and Boyle, half-backs; Latta, Murray, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers; Hassell, goal; Baugh and Swift, backs; Dunne, Allen, and Davies, half-backs; Wykes, Baker, Griffin, Wood and Johnston, forwards.

September 13, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
These teams opposed each other yesterday at Tranmere. Fully 2000 people lined the ropes when Roberts kicked off uphill for the Rovers. Midfield play ensued for some minutes, then Griffiths mulled a shot from Pinnal in the goalmouth. The Rovers made off up to the centre, and Roberts gave Hanlon a shot to negotiate. The Everton forwards were again prominent, and McMillan notched the second point with a grand shot. Roberts ran up between the Everton backs, but his final shot was badly judged. Fish also headed past the uprights. McLaren registered the third goal for Everton with a grandly-judged oblique shot from the right, and at half-time Everton were leading by 3 goals to nil. The Rovers in the second half played much better, but were at fault in front of goal. Elliott was slightly hurt, but resumed plat. Elliott, McMillan and Pinnell scored splendid goals for Everton, who won easily by 6 goals to nil.

September 13, 1892 The Liverpool Courier
Played yesterday at Tranmere before 2,000 spectators. Roberts kicked off for the Rovers. The opening exchanges were evenly contested, and after Griffins had saved Pinnell scored from close quarters afterten minutes play. The Rovers then invaded the visitors territory, but Everton were not to be denied, and McMillan registered a second goal. Soon afterwards Everton were again testing the Rovers' defence McLaren ending a brilliant run by scoring with a swift, oblique shot. The Rovers then attacked in a determined manner McKinley and Roberts sending a capital shots and fish just headed the past the upright. Half-time Everton 3 Tranmere Rovers nil. Pinnell restarted, and a little later on the Rovers were swarming round Hanlon and it was with great difficuly that Everton backs kept their charge intact. Mclaren, however, ran up the right with Smith, and eventually Elliott scored. And a few minutes later McMillan registered the fith goal for Everton. The Rovers forced a serious of corners which prove abortsive, and finally Pinnell scored the sixth in semi-darkness. Final result Tranmere Robers nil, Everton 6 goals.

September 15 1892, the Liverpool Courier
Everton travelled to birmingham on Saturday for the purpose of playing their second league fixture. The weather was beautifully fine and there were about 10,000 spectators present. Everton kicked off at half-past three, and after Collins had sent his opponents back, Milward and Chadwick took the ball along, and a neat run ended in Geary trying dunning with a rather slow shot. This was easily removed and Devey give nicely to Athersmith, who outraced everybody, and shot across Hodgetts catching up, putting the ball through neatly. Two minutes from the start the game was stopped for a few minutes owing to Jardine having hurt himself in a collison in rushing out to the ball. When the game was recommenced Ramsey checked a run and Athersmith and Devey carried down but were despoiled. Geary next had a shy, but he was not on the mark. And Hodgetts had a shot, but found it usually removed by Jardine. Everton played up a little better, and Latta forced a corner, and Chadwick had a shot, both of which were useless. Everton got better set, and Latta and Maxwell went down beautifully but Brown cleverly rescued when the men seemed particularly dangerous. Still the play was in the Villians half and Latta and Geary had hard lines. Athersmith, the speedy outside right cantered away and passed across to Hodgetts who shot over, and afterwards Dowds sent to high. Both teams were playing as hard game and each end was visited, but at the finish a bad shot or the intervention of a back prevented anything fatal taking place. Half-time result Aston Villa 1 goal, Everton nil. The home team pulied back a good deal, and Athersmith and Cowans were near to bring the Everton goal down but were a trifle wide. Milward from a run down with his partner had a clever shy, he, like his opponents could not get near the mark. There was not much to chosen between the teams, and for a little time they played so hard that there was no play near the goals of an exciting nature. Then Latta and Maxwell took up a fine dribble, which cocluded in Geary trespassing so far that Dunning had to run out some distance, and only by the merest chance was he able to baulk the Everton centre of a goal. Fleming made in two than Geary pull one back, Hodgett scored his second, jardine then was carried off and Kelso went in goal, the final scored was Aston Villa 4, Everton 1.
Everton jardine goal, Howarth (captain), Collins backs Boyle, Holt, and Kelso, half-back, Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick and Milward forwards.

September 15, 1892 the Liverpool Courier
The Goodison-park ground was on Saturday given up to a combination fixture. Chester being the vistors. This match was played Goodison Road before a fair number of Spectators. It was five minutes after four before Everton won the toss, and Carter licked off against the sun and wind. Taylor at once stooping a rush by Murray. Thompson again came to the rescue and prompty robbed Gordon hands against the visitors looking very ominous. An ugly-looking rush was responed to be Taylor, but Gordon secured and shot well in, Pay only managing to keep it out. Hands on the goal line against Chester caused the latter to be pressed. A pretty piece of passing between the Chester inside van was quickly neutralised, and Everton treturned to the attack. A couple of goal kicks brought no relife, Taylor defending spendidly. A fair opportunity was afforted to McMillan who failed to make any use of it. A fine effort by the visitors van forced Chadwick to concede a fruitless corner. After being repelled Chester came again, and Pinnell had great difficulty in repelling a grand shot by lee. Even play followed, and Lewis, by being off-side, frutrated a good opportunity. Taylor and thompsonrepeatedly robbed the homesters, a final shot, however, by Murray going wide. A tough struggle then took place between Morris and Jamieson, the latter proving the victor. Gordon then hesisted from a pass by McMillan taylor promptly coming to the rescue. Exciting play followed in the Chester goal mouth, Pay just keeping the ball out. A brilliant bit of play was shown by the visitors Lwis and Lee being conspicuous Pinnell saving a warm shoot by Fleming. A good run by Murray and a poor shot by Smith proved of little advantage and Taylor nipped in the bud a grand effort by Gordon. Pay was then cheered for a save, which McLaren followed by a lofty shot. A couple of free kicks to Everton, and Gordon responded by a grand goal. Chester then put in good work, but the ball rolled over the line., and play in midfield followed. McMillan secured and ran up, Gordon augmenting the home score after some brilliant work. Again were the Cestriaus forced back, and Murray shot over the bar when well in. clever play by Smith and Murray was cheered the former shooting pass the posts after a couple of free kicks had been given against the homesters. Brilliant passing by Smith, Gordon, and Elliott, afforded the latter an opportunity, which Elliott availed himself of, and scored by a brilliant shot. Twice immediately after Pay just succeeded in keeping shots out, but he failed to stop one by Gordon, after a pass by McMillian. The Cestrians then indulged in some long passing, and managed to reach Pinnell . being repulsed, McMillan ran up and after a good dribble scored brilliantly, half-time Everton Combination 5 goals; Chester nil. During the second half gordon and McMillan scored for Everton and Lewis for Chester. Final Scored Everton 10, Chester 1.
Everton team, Pinnell goal, Chadwick and Robertson backs, McLaren, Jones, and Jamieson half-backs, Smith, Murray Gordon, McMillan, and Elliott forwards,

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 17 September 1892
By “Black Rock
There! That’s my name.  So it’s done with –to use again.
Bootle and Everton
Unlawful and unworthy to mingle the present odoriferous Hawthorn with my sweet Everton, I am but fain to be triumphantly jubilant at the appearance of Bootle’s blossoms, for its fruit will be tasted and relished in the private sanctum of the Park enclosure.  Yes! Bootle’s successes mean Everton’s advancements.  When one was strong and the other likewise, great gates resulted.  If so before, how much more so now as distance (less) gives a greater enchantment to the game – the spirit is daily intermingled, proximity improvement, honourable competitions support it, and emulation increases it.  The esoteric know it, (ask Mr.Molyneux!), and the public afford it.  So near so good.  Then let not (Oh, mighty Everton) you ancient brightness lose its modern lustre!
Birmingham, Wiolverhampton, and Other Things
Victories are difficult to obtained, excuses easy to make.  To detract from the Villa’s achievement would be unsportsmanlike.  I can but reconcile the defeat with the injured, and, therefore, more weakened defence.  Can I shield our noted five from all responsibility?  I cannot.  Neither are blameless, but the greater from behind.  The immediate past is not brilliant the present but mediocre and the future-Ah! Who can say?  Still, I’m hopeful.  Kelso will fill one position, and that well, judging from the encouragement he received for his performance last Monday against the @Wolves@ Dewar or Collins should be his partner, and of the two I prefer the little ‘un.  But what about the custodian?  Ay! Very true, Jardine’s mishap at Birmingham has plunged the committee into a deeper hole from which light scarce emits for them to see their way out.
Thomas, of Kirkdale, was tried last Monday, but it only bore the name of a trial.  He has a fair reputation in his class- L.L., but this class is not Division 1.  Hope-Robertson is credited as a goalkeeper, Pinnell also been on the job, yet neither can be expected to suit the ardent populace.  Ere you read this the Rovers will tell us where we are.  But whatever the result the weakness will be strengthened, and this almost immediately.  Against the Wolverhampton men the 5,000 displayed but little enthusiasm, and the game consequence never reached fever beat.  The points only caused a cool warmth.  The visitors brought their full team, save Rose and Kinsey, and truly they are a fine, strong, and athletic-looking lot.  Coyle joined Kelso, and, as I prognosticated, he is not what we desire.  Geary was not too well to play, Maxwell took centre, and Murray fed Latta from the inside right.  The result (two each) is a fair reflex of the game.  The ball travelled merrily from back to back, and the most interesting items were observed in midfield.  Holt and Allen were always prominent, and Boyle’s scientific tackling and kicking asserted itself. Maxwell scored the first goal, and twenty-five minutes later from a taking bit of passing from Milward to Maxwell, thence to Latta, enabled this hard worker to beat Hassell.  Soon after Griffin beat the man from the Valley.  The blame lies with Coyle and his weak return. The teams crossed over, Everton leading by a goal.  Murray was not now seen to great advantage.  He did really well up to this, but the amount of work at half and forward wore him down.  I should like to see him again.  Maxwell was jeered at for his poor shooting.  But he wasn’t the only sinner, and the onus should be equally distributed.  What about Milward?  He was either too lazy or indifferent to try, and therefore Chadwick’s sowing did not fall on good ground.  But Maxwell works and passes accurately, and, besides these taunts do not improve his attempts.  Baker put on No 2 for the visitors, Coyle again failing to distinguish himself.  Time was near now, and yet both Chadwick and Latta had two splendid chances to win.  It might not be, and thus another two on the escutcheon of Goodisonia. 
A Few Notes
I don’t know what Thomas can do.  Kelso was a grand success, and this will satisfy.  Holt and Boyle deserve their name and fame.  Wykes, Wood, and Johnstone never spared themselves, whilst the halves, particularly Allen, pass judiciously.  Hassell and his backs were safe and sure, and cleared promptly.  In conclusion, I must say that their noted claiming for off-side was-to use a stereotyped expression –conspicuous by its absence. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 17 September 1892
Played at Balckburn, today, before 9,000 spectators.  The Rovers first attacked but Collins returned the ball and Geary shot wide.  Southworth was fouled at a critical moment and Walton forced Pennell to handle.  Everton had then the best of some fine play, Geary, Milward and Latta shooting at the Rovers’ goal.  Latta ultimately scored from a pass by Chadwick, Maxwell scored again for Everton.
Half-time; Everton 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.
The Rovers became dangerous early in the second half, and after Holt had relieved Hall shot over.  A corner followed to Everton and a warm attack was frustrated by Arthur.  Then the Rovers pressed severely, and forcing a corner some fine work was spoiled when Almond fouled the ball.  Everton obtained a strong footing from the free kick, and Arthur had to stop a low shot.  Bursting quickly to the other end Southworth sent in a low shot which the custodian cleared.  Chippendale returned the leader, which, after an exciting scrimmage, was sent between the posts by Almond, thus scoring the Rovers first goal.  The excitement was intense after the restart, and Southworth was hooted for fouling.  Geary was pulled up for off-side, and Sawers dashed away on the left, but Doyle kicked out.  Everton pressed severely but the home defence was sound and nothing accrued.  A kick for hands for the Rovers was placed wide.  The pace slackened somewhat until the visitors forced a corner which was splendidly placed, but Geary headed over just on the call of time.  A hot scrimmage took place under the visitors’ bar, and Southworth equalized amid tremendous cheering.  Final; Blackburn Rovers 2, Everton 2. 

Everton v. Nantwich
At Everton, before 3,000 spectators.  Smith started, and Everton played strongly.  Smith kicked the first goal –an easy one.  Elliott then passed to Smith, who scored a second goal.  Play was slow now, and several shots were tried by all the Everton forwards.  Nathwich only got over the centre line twice, their goal got over the centre line twice, their goal being bombarded, the forwards and halfs being weak.  McLaren after nice passing put on a third point, and Everton played well all round, sending in shot after shot.  Gordon sent in a daisy-cutter.  Half-time; Everton 5, Nantwich 0
Full time; Everton 10, Nantwich 0

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 17 September 1892

  • Who is the Everton supporters who had been fishing in Sandyland, and caught nothing?
  • Should policeman and postmen pay to see Everton play? The deputation thought not
  • I have travelled a little and I regret to hear that the Everton captain is only such in name.
  • Oh! Poor Everton!  Bad backs, no goalkeeper; for I am a bit of a Didymusd in Thomas.
  • That Everton were taken down by 4 to 1 was no surprise to those who had watched the play of the Everton backs.
  • Still the shekels come in to Goodison-rd, coffers, and the smallest crowd has been 5,000 so far.  If Everton wish to keep this up, the defenders of their fortress on the field must be improved upon.

September 17, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton go to Blackburn to try conclusions with the Rovers, and for the convenience of those enthusiasts who wish for the convenience of those enthusiasts who wish to see the interesting contest cheap trains are announced. At Goodison Park those gluttons in the matter of goal getting –the Everton combination –meet Nantwich in a return match, the first game having been won by the Everton second string by 9 goals to nil.
Everton v. Blackburn Rovers, Blackburn, Kick-off at 3.30 pm. The following will play for Everton; Thomas, goal; Kelso and Collins, backs; Boyle, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.
Everton v. Nantwich, Goodison Park. Kick-off at four pm. The following will play for Everton; Hanlon, goal; Chadwick, and Dewar, backs; McLaren, Jones and Jamieson, half-backs; Gordon, Smith, Pinnell, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards.
Everton v. Hearts of Midlothian, Edinburgh
Everton Combination v. Liverpool Caledonian, Goodison Park.

September 17, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
Something is going wrong with the works of the premier team of the Everton club, and unless a rapid change is effected they will find themselves in a very unenviable position. True, the season is young, and optimist may say there is yet plenty of time to recover the lost ground. This, however, is not sort of excuse for the poor displays made, and we repeat that an alteration of tactics is required somewhere and the sooner they are brought about the better. The team has the advantage of being an old combination, and should know each other's play to the last kick; yet they work together in about as dispirited a fashion as it is impossible to conceive, and appear to be almost incapable of an effort when it is wanted. This is disappointing, we must admit, especially after the promise given in the opening match at Goodison Park against Bolton Wanderers, the result of which led supporters of Everton to hope that the Old Brigade had still sufficient fight left in them to uphold their reputations. But what an early collapse!
That Notts Forest should have been defeated at Goodison Park on the 3 rd is sufficiently proved by the fact that Stoke was able to do it at Nottingham the week following, while it has also taken the Everton league team –or what is reputed as such –all their time to hold their own against Burton Swifts and Sheffield United. It is not a pleasant duty to “shunt” players. Still the committee have their duty to perform –they are these for that purpose and if they consider a man is shirking his work or not playing up to form, than they must take inquiries into the matter, and, if possible remedy the evil by a little pressure, means to effect which a club has always at hand. The Everton executive should not be tied to any special set of players, and if they don't speedily let this be known we shall be surprised. New men are being negotiated with and the back division is to have at least one fresh recruit though Kelso will probably occupy permanently the position he filled with much credit on Monday evening against the Wolverhampton Wanderers, while Bell, of Dumbarton, will also soon be available for his place amongst the forwards. Some such alterations are needed to make the Everton league team itself again.
Of course accidents such as happened at Perry Bar on Saturday cannot be foreseen –they can only be regretted had Davie Jardine and Fred Geary been able to keep on their legs all right the result of the game could scarcely have been different from what it was. The Aston Villa front line proved a deal too clever for the Everton quintet; in fact it will be hard to pick five other men to beat them on Saturday's form, when their work was as regular as though they were moved by machinery. At back there was no comparison between the two sides, but than, this is Everton's proverbial weak spot, and it was rendered more so by Jardine's misfortune in getting crippled. Stokes, who is a splendid acquisition to the defence of the Birmingham club, was we believe at one time negotiating with the Everton officials for an engagement. If this is correct the fact that he was not engaged is their loss. It will interest Liverpool footballers to learn that Dunning, late of Bootle, keeps goal for the Villans with all his old verve and fine judgement, thought it cannot be said that last Saturday he was very much pressed. Jardine's temporary inability to keep goal for Everton has placed the club in a fix rather, and on Monday their necessity induced them to go hunting up “local talent.” Whether the “find” will turn out a diamond in the rough has yet to be proved. On Monday the post of custodian against the Wolverhampton Wanderers was filled by a young fellow named Thomas, who keeps goal for the Kirkdale club, but on that occasion his work was of such a character as to convey no idea what his abilities for the position in first-class company are worth. He may be tried again today against the Blackburn Rovers, when he will no doubt be better tested.
We repeat a rumour which has been circulated during the week for what it is worth, though we must confess to being unbelievers ourselves, and that is that Danny Doyle will be amongst the Evertonian again shortly.

September 17, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
Scientists have been busy of late with speculations as to the feasibility of signalling to the inhabitants of the plant Mars. The Everton Football Club, it is said, were quite ready to forward a challenge to play the Martians on their own ground as soon as a balloon could be got ready. Meanwhile the team has been much exercised as to the kind of men they would have had to meet, and whether the goalkeeper may not turn out to be something in this way; If he did Everton would find themselves very seriously handicapped.

September 19, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Not yet. No, Everton cannot yet boast of a League victory, but they were very near it on Saturday, just as they were in their match with Notts Forest –success snatched from their grasp within five minutes of the close of the battle. It would seem as though Everton could not stay the full period of 90 minutes, for they have crumbled in the last quarter of an hour in each of their three League contests. If they are not in good condition it will be necessary that more attention is given to training and practice. They are now in the ignominious position of forming one of the “last four,” with only a couple of points to their credit out of a possible six, and at their present rate of progress there they will remain. There is something radically wrong which calls for a drastic remedy. Perhaps the interlarding of so many friendly games, necessitating so much travelling and the spending of so much force, with League contests has a damaging tendency. If so, they should be avoided another season, at least until the new year is entered. But Everton used to win League matches and indulge in friendly ones at the same time. They cannot do it now chiefly because the forwards have lost the art of scoring goal readily, and having thus to keep pegging away find the process too exhausting. Other teams stand the wear and tear of a hot game right up to the finish, and Everton will have to prepare themselves to the accomplishment of a like herculean task. The League teams are all powerfully manned, and to not one can they point as being weak or inferior opponents. The opposing teams may not be so scientific, but they have more dash, and a display of British pluck and determination will tell more effectively in nine cases out of ten than pretty and mild evolutions. Science and courage combined is best of all, it is true, but if the two qualifications cannot be blend let us have more courage and less skill, and then progress will assuredly be made up the League ladder. Everton were seen in the best form they have shown this season during the first hour, after which all was chaos. Pinnell kept goal surprisingly well, clearing many ugly shots, and on each occasion he was beaten he had played the ball first only to see it scrimmaged through. He did not chuck nor punch the sphere with sufficient power when the fatal attacks were made. He merely returned the ball to the scrimmages, a fault he would overcome by experience, in either putting it over the bar or throwing is aside. Pinnell made a good impression as an emergency custodian, and should improve with coaching from experienced colleagues. The defence of Kelso and Collins left nothing to be desired, the former playing one of his best games, his tackling, kicking, and running calling forth universal encomiums. The half-back line was equally strong. Robertson being the weaker of the three, but still he was pretty safe, and came out satisfactorily even in company of two such clever and wily exponents as Holt and Boyle, who each scored time after time over the opposing vanguard. The Everton's forwards, supported as they were by a resourceful back division, had many opportunities for shinning, and they did shine brightly in making for goal, but when within range they were disappointing. They don't close in sufficiently as a rule when the time for shooting comes, and there were too often long shots essayed, the majority of which were wide; Geary, certainly, scored with one of those, but he had considerable practice during the preceding play. The other goals was more meritorious – from a screwing centre by Milward from the corner across the mouth of goal, where Latta was lying handy to guide the ball through the posts. More dash is required in the scrimmaging order, and greater precision in aiming. The Rovers were rather straggling. They showed little combination, and went in for rushing and close following up. And though reward was long denied them their pluck told in the end, and the goals scored in the 20 minutes were thoroughly deserved. When the Rovers had scored a goal, and the score was standing 2 to 1 in favour of Everton, the captain (Latta) reinforced the defence by himself joining the half-backs, but this manoeuvre did not seem to work and led to a lot of confusion besides weakening the attack.

Athletic News - Monday 19 September 1892
By Quiz
It is a weary time since such a noble “gate” gladdened the hearts of the Rovers’ committee as that which assembled at Ewood Park in the hope of seeing a step forward made in the League table by the ex-Cup-holders.  There were fully 10,000 spectators, but it is to be feared their hopes of the League championship were not perceptibly raised by the display they witnessed.  The Rovers’ front rank was still incomplete; Campbell’s knee not yet being reliable, while Bowdler disappointed his new club at the last moment, wiring that his doctor forbade him to play.  On the other side Everton had to play a reserve man instead of Jardine, who has not fully recovered from the injuries, received in the previous match, the teams being as follow;- Rovers; Arthur, goal; Murray and Forbes, backs; Almond, Dewar, and Forest, half-backs; Chippendale, Sawyers, Southworth, Walton, and Hall, forwards.  Everton;- Pinnell, goal; Kelso, and Collins, backs; Boyle, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.  The Rovers started off in good style, and almost immediately tested the Everton very severely, some four or five shots being sent in, all of which Pinnell negotiated very smartly.  Southworth concluded the attack by heading wide, and then he tables were turned with a vengeance, the Everton right charging time after time, and keeping Murray and Forbes busily engaged.  The shooting, however, was feeble in the extreme, and Forbes clearing at last, the play went into the middle of the field, where it remained for ten minutes.  The “Dark Blues” however, showed a lot more smartness in following up the ball, and at length they were rewarded by a grand goal sent in from the extreme left by Milward, the finishing touch being put on by Latta.  Arthur being powerless to act.  Before the play had time to settle down again, Geary dashed in a grand shot at long range, which went through at the top corner out of Arthur’s reach.  Crossing over with two goals in hand the game seemed a gift for Everton, their opponents having played in a listless and disorganized fashion throughout the greater portion of the departed half.  As often happens, however, with the Rovers, they woke up and set to work in earnest to retrieve the threatened defeat.  After pressing continuously for several minutes Murray placed a free kick well into the goal mouth, and Chippendale helping it on with a pretty overhead kick, Forest completed the job by placing it into the net right through the scrummage.  From this time forward the Rovers played in something like form, but Kelso and Collins defended grandly, and it was not until two minutes before the whistle blew that the equalizing goal was rushed through from a well-judged dropping kick by Dewar.  From a Blackburn point of view the game was far from satisfactory, the attacks on the Everton fortress being almost invariably of a feeble character.  Southworth was practically a cypher in the game, being so well looked after by Holt, that he only got in three shots at goal during the whole of the game as far as I could see.  Chippendale was certainly the smartest of the front rank, and his wing would have been much more effective had he had the advantage of a partner who understood his style of play.  Sawers was extremely tricky and clever with his feet, notwithstanding an injury to his knee which prevented him from doing himself justice, but one could not help think that had Campbell been in his usual place, the result might have been different.  The left wing was very weak, Hall being heavily handicapped by his want of speed and having to face clever half-back like Boyle. Dewar pleased me most of the half-backs, and Forties was head and shoulders above his colleague, Murray, who displayed a nervousness with which I should not have credited him. Arthur in goal was a great success, the two shots which passed him being negotiable.  The strong point in the Everton team was the half-back line. Holt was as tricky and as smart as ever, and both Boyle and Robertson tackled in fine style. The two backs played a strong game, and Pinnell defended his charge in a cool and entirely creditable manner. Where their failure came in was the shooting, which, especially in the first half, was simply wretched, Latta and Millward both being guilty of this fault. Geary, however, put in some stingers, the goal which he scored being a perfect beauty.  On the whole, the result is a pretty fair criterion of the play, but all the same I am inclined to the opinion that the proverbial Rovers’ luck was mainly responsible for the draw.

Athletic News - Monday 19 September 1892
By The Loiterer
The “Wolves” appeared at Goodison Park in a “friendly” on Monday evening, and made a draw of two goals each with Everton.  The home team were a little mixed, Kelso playing back and Maxwell centre.  Owing to Jardine being unable to play a trial was given to a local lad, Thomas, by name, who hails from Kirkdale, but he was very nervous, although he could not be blamed for the goals scored against him.  Kelso played a splendid game, and on the whole perhaps two to two will about do.  Evidence is not wanting to show that the men are not in the form they should be, especially in shooting.  There is a lot of huhhub raised about the poor form of the backs, but the forwards went sharpening up as well. 
Truly, the Everton Combination team are a good lot, and are, indeed, as pointed out on the Bootle Wanderers’ poster, “The greatest reserve team on earth.”  Last year they made most of the clubs in the Combination look small, and are evidently in the same humour this, for on successive Saturdays they have scored ten goals against one for their opponents, and both against Cheshire clubs.  The latest victims were Nantwich, the score reading five goals in each half.  There is not much to say about such a game, for the visitors were beaten at all points. The Everton regular backs, Howarth and Dewar are not giving satisfaction, and were not played against the Rovers on Saturday.  There is nearly a panic in Everton circles, and the executive, I dare say, are inflicted with all kinds of suggestions.  It is quite simple to find fault and to suggest a remedy, but it is not so easy to put the last-named in force.  Tip-top backs are pretty well secured by this, and of medium men the Everton club have quite enough.  I am told that Kelso and Collins played a fine game at Blackburn, and that they contracted favourably with the Rovers’ backs.  Yet the team could not win!

September 19 1892, the Liverpool Mercury.
This league match was played at Ewood Park on Saturday, in fine weather and before 10,000 spectators . teams :- Blackburn Rovers, Arthur, Murray Forbes backs Almond, Dewar,and Forrest, half-backs, Chippendale, Sawers, Southworth, Walton, and Hall, Forwards, everton Pinnell (debut) goal, Kelso and Coolins, backs Robertson, Holt, and Boyles, half-backs, Latta (captain), Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Mr. F Morris referee for whom the players were kept waiting some ten minutes. Collins was at once called upon to clear and did so. A free kick fell to Everton, but the ball went out, and from a throw in on the right Everton left were in possessions. Robertson kicked well, and Milward setting in a fine centre Geary rushed in, but shot just outside the left posts. The Rovers then lierally stormed the goal, but the visitors defended staoudly until Chippindale put a little wide. From the goal kick Everton got a close quarters but exacted nothing more taugible than a corner. Pinnell was quickly called upon twice, and saved particularly well from a hard low shot by Southworth. The Rovers had slighly the best of the play for some minutes, during which Watson mulled an opening. Both sets of backs kept tha attackers in check for a while, and gradually the visiting forwards being well fed, got into a good stride. Geary essayed an abortive run and then joining in clever passing the Everton forwards gave anxiety but Chadwick's final effort left much room for improvement. The Rovers broke away with this let-of and Southworth found himself within ranges, and shot hard, but Pinnell was sound. Forbes held the Everton right wing in check, and play again went to the othert end, where though Kelso intercepted Southworth had an opportunity of trying a further shot this time a wide one. A severe tussle ensued between Latta and Forbes for mastery and the latter came off with flying colours, but the lines were not cleared and Geary venturned a long running shot onlt to see the ball sail high over the crossbar. From Boyle and Holt the Everton centre forward supplemented his previous effort in a like fashion, and in lightening like speed the venue was changed when Southworth put in a high straight shots which Pinnell diverted with his right fist. Play was very fast, and warm work was made for the defenders amongst whom, though smartall round, Kelso Forbes managed to become prominent. Everton grew persistance in their attack,, and after some poor shooting and much otherwise splendid work, they had their achievement rewarded, as Milward screwed in from the corner to the face of goal, when Latta was in readiness to put the final touches on. The game was now half an hour old, and immediately on resuming Everton's position was still more improved as Geary was placed in possession at midfield and after a short run, banged in a manner at a longer range, which competely baffed Arthur. The run of play was all in favour of Everton up to the interval, the Rovers seldom crossing the half line, and when they did so, Kelso if his colleagues had failed to do so, drove them back with a grand kicking. No other opening could be found, however, through they were near it once or twice and ends wer changed with Everton leading by 2 goals to nil. On resuming, the ball was straightway run out on the Everton left, and operations were taken to the other end, where a free kick was conceded the Rovers but Maxwell met the shot with his head. Forbes however, screwed in from near touch, the ball ourling in the air and dropping over the bar. A corner was the portion of each side in quick succession. Everton again demonstrated their superiority, and the Rovers defence was put to rather severe test, but held out, through Murray was very shaky, and once nearly sent the ball through his own goal. Forbes was safe in his attention to Latta and Maxwell and also cleverly foiled Geary when running in and looking dangerous. A free kick was given the Rovers at midfield which Murray beautifully placed into the goalmouth. A hot scrimmage resulted and twice Pinnell picked up the ball with a cluster of men around, but the Rovers were not to be dislodged, and a third thrust at close quarters beat Pinnell Almond finishing off the movement with success. This gave the crowd an opportunity of indulging in an enthusisatic outburst, and thus encouraged the Rovers put more spirits in their play. Everton now deemed it prudent to strengthen their defence Latta going half-back bring this department up to the anusual complement of four. It was a necessary piece of strategy, for the Rovers were terribly is earnest, and returned to the attack in a manner that was at once frequent and dangerous. Maxwell ran a long way, but was brought back for off-side, and following a save by Arthur and a useful dribble by Latta the home again menaced goal. This was tided over, bot on Holt being penalised danger became again great, but Forrest drove against the end of the net. The Rovers vainly tried to get down once more But Collins and Robertson beat them back and Forbes missing his kick. Arthur had to hit out a futile corner following to Everton. The Rovers passed on the left, and afetr Boyle had kick on twice, the home team came with a rush on the right. Dewar shot hard and Pinnell fisted the ball but it was pounced upon directly and sent though by Southworth, this piece of smart play bring the Rovers on an equality with Everton with A couple of Minutes remaining, and the hard game terminated with the score Blackburn Rovers 2 goals; Everton 2 goals.

Blackburn Rovers 1892

September 19, 1892, The Liverpool Mercury
The return combination match was played at Goodison Park in the presence of about 3,000 sopectators. The home team meted on almost the identical punishment they gave Chester the week previuos 10 goals to nil, scoring five in each half, Smith obtained 3 goals, Gordon 3, McMillan 3, and Elliott 1goal. The Everton second team have taken part in five matches since the season commenced and have scored no less than 48 goals to 1. This evening they are to visted by the Caledonians.
Everton team, Thomas. Goal, Chadwick, and Robertson, backs, McLaren, Jones, and Jamieson half-backs Smith, Murray, Gordon, McMillan, and Elliott
Placed 1, played 3, won 3, lost 0 drew 0, for 29, against 1, points 6

September 19 the Liverpool Merecury
No Everton cannot yet boast of a League victory, but they were very near it on Saturday, just as they were their match with Notts Forest-success snatcher from their gasp within five minutes of the close of the battle. It would seen as though Everton could not stay the full period of 90 minutes., for they have crumbled in the last quarter of an hour in each of their three league contest. If they are not in good condition it will be necessary that more attention is given to training and practice. They are now in the ignominious position of forming one of the ‘'last four'' with only a couple of points to their credit out of a possible six and at their present rate of progess there they will remain. There is something radically wrong which call for a drastic remedy. Perhaps the interlnding of so many friendly games, necessitating tomuch travelling and the spending of so much force with league contests has a damaging tendency. It so, they should be avoided another season at least until the new year in enterned. But Everton used to win League matches and indulged in friendly ones at the sametime. They cannot do it now chiefly because the forwards have lost the art of scoring goals readily and having thus to keep pegging away find the process too exhausting. Other teams stard the wear and tear of a hot game right up to the finish and Everton will have to prepare themselves at the accomplishment of a like herculean task. The League teams are all poerfully manned, and top not one can they points as being weak or inferior opponents. The opposing teams may not be so scientic but they have more dash, and a display of Brotish pluck and determination well tell more effectively in nine cases out of ten than pretty and mild evolution. Science and courage combined is best of all it is true, but if the two qualifications cannot be blended let us have more courage and less skill and then progess will assuredly be made up the league ladder. Everton were seen in the best form, they have shown this season during the first hour, after which all was chaos. Pinnell kept goal surprsingly well, dearing many ugly shots, and on each occasion he was beaten he had played the ball first, only to see it scrimmaged through. He did not chuck nor punch the sphere with sufficient power, when the fatal attacks were made. He merely returned the ball to the scrimmagers a fault he would overcome by experience in either putting it over the bar or throwing it aside. Pinnell made a good impression as a emergency custodian, and should improve with coaching from the experienced colleagues. The defence of Kelso and Collins left nothing to be desired the former playing one of his best game, his trackling, kicking and running calling forth iniversal encominus. The half-backs lone was equally strong Robertson being the weaker of the three, but still he was pretty safe, and came out satisfactorily evenly company of two such clever and wily exponents as Holt and Boyle, who each scored time after time over the opposing vanguard. The Everton forwards, supported as they were by a resourcful back division , had many opportunities for shining amd they did shine brighly in making the goals but when within range they were disapponting. They don't close in sufficently as a rule when the time for shooting comes, and there were too often long shots essayed, the majority of which were wide; Geary certainly, scored with one of these, but he had considerable practice during the preceeding play. The other goa lwas more meritorious from a screwing centre by Milward from the corner across the mouth of goal, where Latta was lying handy to guide the ball through the posts. More dash is required in the scrimmaging order, and greater precision in aiming. The Rovers were rather straggling. They showed little combination, and wenr=t in for rushing, and close following up, and though reward was long denied them, their pluck told in the end, and the goals scored in the last 20 minutes were throughly deserved. When the Rovers had scored a goal, and the score was standing 2 to 1 in favour of Everton, the captain (Latta) reinforced the defence by himself, forming the half-back, but this manourve did not seem to work well and led to a lot of confusion besides weakening the attack.

September 20 1892. Birmingham Daily Post
This friendly match was decided at Tynecastle. Everton had the best of the play in the first half and scored twice, the Hearts failing to score. Resuming the game was very evenly contested till near the close, when Everton obtained their third goal. Result Everton 3 Hearts nil.

September 20, 1892. The Glasgow Herald
Yesterday at Tynecastle, Edinburgh, before a holiday crowd numbering nearly 10,000, the Hearts of Mid-Lothian sustained their first defeat this season, and the first on their own ground, for 18 months, at the hands of the famous Liverpool club. Everton kicked-off. The early stages were fast, and somewhat in favour of the Englishmen. Half an hour from the start Maxwell scored a goal for Everton, the direct outcome of some exceedingly clever work by Milward and a pretty pace from Murray. Till about this time the play had been about the finest sustained work seen in an Edinburgh match this season, Everton certainly playing far above paper form. Just on the call of half-time Maxwell again scored a lovely goal after a brilliant run from about midfield. Half-time score;- Everton 2, Hearts, 0 goals. Early in the second period Hearts experienced “hard-lines” in not scoring more than once. Though the play was scarcely so fast as earlier in the day, the pace was admirably sustained. A few minutes from the finish of the match Everton scored a third goal. Boyle placed the ball, which Milward pass through, and the match ended;- Everton 3, goals; Hearts nil. The teams were;- Everton; Rowley, goal; Kelso and Howarth, backs; Boyle, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Murray, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards,. Hearts;- Fairbairn, goal; Adams and Hogg, backs; Begbis, Macpherson, and Marshall, half-backs; Taylor, Chambers, Russell, Scott, and Elis, forwards. Referee –Mr. McLaughlin, Celtic. Rowley the famous Stoke custodian, appeared between the posts for Everton's usual custodian. Geary being unfit by an injury for playing, acted as Everton's linesman.

September 20, 1892, The Liverpool Mercury
This match was played at Edinburgh yesterday, before 10,000 spectators. Everton were strongly represtented Rowley of Stoke keepering goal for them. Geary was absent. The pace in the early part of the game was fast and well sustained. Everton playing remarkably-fine Football, and from a dashing run By Milward, Maxwell scored. Maxwell scored again, Everton out playing the home team, and towards the end Milward scored. Everton winning a handsomely by 3 goals to nil.
Everton team, Rowley (Stoke), goal, Kelso, and Collins backs, Boyle, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs, Latta, Maxwell, Murray, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.

September 20, 1892. The Dundee Courier and Argus
At Edinburgh yesterday before ten thousand, Everton were strongly represented. Rowley (Stoke) keeping goal for them, though Geary was absent. The pace in the early part of the game was fast and well sustained, Everton playing remarkably fine football, and from a fast run by Milward, Maxwell scored. Maxwell scored again, Everton out playing Hearts. Towards the close Milward scored, Everton winning handsomely three to none.

September 20 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
This match took place at Goodison Park last evening, before 2,500 spectators. Everton recognising the importants of the game, strengthened their team, and the result showed that their policy was a wise one. McCabe kicked off, and at once the game was in favour of Everton, and within a couple of minutes Gordon obtained the first point for the home club. Hasting who seemed the only visiting forward able to make a show against the spendid defence replied with a swift spirirt up the left but his confidence made but little rise to his effort. Evcellent play by Smith and McLaren caused the Caledonians to look out but the vigorous defence of Parry resorved the ominous prospect. Everton could not be held in check,, however, and the Callies defence was surly prested repeatedly. A glimpes of decent form by the visitors gave Jones a chance, add he presented Pinnell with a warm handful but that cool individual,, in his unique styles cleared easily, from one of the numerous corners Coyle added a second point for Everton, which brough about half-time. With a slight wind in their favour the Collies showed better form, and till the finish the game was more open and exciting that it had previously been. Had the visiting forwards put the same amount of go as their opponents, the result would would certainly have been different. After McLaren and Elliott had had a couple of very wide shots, the former made amends by sending through with an oblique shot which the goalkeeper had no possible chance of saving. As ‘'time'' drew near,, Elliott and McMillan made strenous efforts to increase the score, and from a pass from the left, Smith scored the fourth point, the game ending in favour of the home team by 4 goals to nil. Teams . Everton:- Pinnell, goal, Chadwick and Collins backs, Jamieson, Coyle, and Dewar, half-backs, Elliott McMillan, Gordon Smith and McLaren, forwards, Liverpool Caledonians:- Whitehead, goal, Wilson and Lyon backs, Kirkwood, Farmer, and Parry, half-backs, J Deighton, T Deighton McCabe, Jones, and Hasting, forwards .

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 24 September 1892
By Richard Samuel
The Everton players came very near beating the Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday.  Indeed they ought to have won, seeing that they led at the interval by two goals to nil.  In the second half, as your Blackburn correspondent will no doubt tell you, the Rovers pulled up and managed to make the game a draw.  From Blackburn the Everton team hurried off to Scotland and Monday saw them battling against the Hearts of Midlothian at Edinburgh.  There were 10,000 spectators, and a rare treat they had.  Bob Smalley accompanied the Evertonians for the purpose of keeping goal, but as Rowley, of Stoke happened to be about, he was pressed into service.  Smalley is short of practice, and was wise in giving way for the Stoke amateur.  Everton played magnificently and won by three goals to nil.  This was a brilliant performance, the form displayed by some of the visitors being of the very highest class.  Kelso and Howarth at back, Holt, at half-back, and Latta, Chadwick, and Milward among the forwards, were greatly admired.  To beat the Hearts pointless on their own territory was a splendid feat, as the Scotch critics very tardily admit. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 24 September 1892
At Everton.  A brilliant sun was shining gloriously, and fully 9,000 spectators were present.  Neither club had hitherto won a League match, and it was generally thought that the Goodisonians would win today.  Bury’s visit to Anfield detracted from the “gate.”  Geary kicked off, and immediately Latta scored from Geary with the game one minute old.  Geary was cheered for a brilliant run, Brown saving.  Chadwick shot, but Warner saved twice.  Pinnell mulled from Couper, but it struck the upright.  Mathieson now missed a pass from the right wing.  Collins was cheered for bringing Donaldson down.  The Heathens were working hard, but Howarth saved well.  “Played, Robertson,” was now heard from the stand.  Milward rushed to Warmer, but Brown just cleared the first corner for Everton, which was fruitless.  Warner later on saved again.  The game was fast, both defences being sound.  Boyle was beaten and then a foul was given against the Heathens, from which Geary scored with a fast low shot.  Donaldson showed grand football.  Everton’s defence was sorely taxed, Collins clearing time after time.  Geary shot over the bar.  The crowd now numbered 10,000 and they applauded every good point.  Donaldson showed too much individual form, the wings being neglected.  Erreuts robbed Latta, and down went the visitors to Pinnell, but nothing tanible resulted.  Everton, midfield play followed, both sets of backs defending well.  Another corner fell to Everton.  The Heathens’ forwards delayed too much or they must have scored.  Holt did not do well, but Boyle was troublesome to the left wing.  The Everton shooting was deadly, and Maxwell and Latta did good work.
Half-time; Everton 3, Newton heath 0
Two goals gave Everton a chance, and soon after Chadwick shot a fast oblique one, beating Warner, and making the score three.  Perrins brought Milward down when he was close in.  The whole five Goodisonian forwards passed from one to another, for which they were cheered.  Stewart defended grandly.  Coupar tried a shady trick with Chadwick, and Donaldson almost got through a high shot by Mathieson.  Pinnell fisted poorly, but it was cleared.  Farmer had a nasty toss from Collin’s shoulders, the game being stopped for two minutes.  Danson sent in a beauty just over the bar.  The sun handicapped.  Final; Everton 6, Newton Heath 0.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 24 September 1892

  • Everton’s form against “the Hearts” was good enough to win the League championship.  Geary’s opinion of Holt is that he is the finest centre half in the three kingdoms.
  • Fancy Everton 3, Hearts 0, and at Edinburgh, too.  The spell was broken at last and Everton kept their goal intact for once. 
  • The Caledonians have a few good men, but Everton’s combination completely “paralyzed” them.
  • Everton and Liverpool at Walton Breck end last Thursday.  Arguments increased the fevour. 
  • Fred Geary is proud of his varied, numerous, and splendid trophies and justly so.
  • Everton won the League championship when their headquarters were at a public house.
  • Did Doyle play for Everton against the Midlothians? If so, what will the Association say?
  • Everton do not seem to be doing so well under the total abstinence wing as they did under the bung’s.
  • All the fault thrown on the backs.  Who will be the next to come up to be knocked down at Goodison Park?
  • Everton need no longer go short of a goalkeeper as there resides near Fazackerley Station one who has done good service for a certain railway club, and his abilities are also well known by the Aintree Church executive.  One trial will be sufficient for a permanency. 
  • Everton’s right wing has not played well Latta-ly.
  • Everton team had some rare fun in the Saloon with those 17 luncheon baskets last Saturday on route for Edinburgh.

September 24, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
Though a victory for Everton at Blackburn last Saturday would have been more comforting to the vast number of their supporters, a drawn game must be infinitely more consoling than if a whole defeat had been chronicled; and to the club itself the division of points was no doubt as acceptable as the poverable half loaf to the hungry man. Still there is something in the air that makes one feel that the Everton team (who-at present hold a worse position by two points than they did for the same number of games played last season) ought to have done better than merely divide honours. The bulk of the play went against the Rovers, and if the attack of the visiting forwards had been gifted with anything like ordinary luck their scoring should have been doubled. Surely the Everton forwards are not losing nerve. What used to be notable features on the part of the two extreme outsiders are now characterised as dismal failures. Up to a certain point the forward play was first class. The Rovers goal was assailed in the easiest fashion times out of number, but when it came to shooting the ball went “miles” wide of the mark nine times out of ten –the tenth a straight one generally being from the foot of Geary. Could not this fault be remedied by earnest practice? We would seriously like to see the Everton forwards regain their old smartness, hence our structures. On the face of what is occasionally said, it may be paradoxical to affirm that the strongest point in the Everton play last week, was shown by the back division. Nevertheless this was the talk reiterated again and again at Ewood. The half-backs were practically smart. Holt and his man held throughout the game, and consequently Southworth had scarcely half a dozen shies at Pinnell's charge, while Boyle was equally as effective with the Rovers' left wing and Robertson tackled in the safest manner. We are still of opinion that Kelso's place is full back, his work again last week doing him much credit. Pinnell seems likely to turn into a “find” after all. His goal keeping against the Rovers gave general satisfaction, and with experience he shapes to make a good one. It will be a comfort to the Everton committee to know that they possess so good a substitute for Jardine, whenever the latter is incapable of appearing. Our advice is, keep Pinnell well in practice.
The flying visit paid by the Everton league team to Auld Reekie, on the occasion of the “Autumn holiday” last Monday, to engage the Heart of Midlothian, turned out something more than a pleasant excursion trip, for, much to the disappointment of the 10,000 Scotties who watched the game, the famous Hearts were beaten by 3 goals to none. This, we think, is their first defeat this season; at any rate, they have not lost one of their Scottish League matches, as, out of five played, the Hearts of Midlothian have won four (which includes the overthrow of the Celtic) and drawn one. The victory should give some heart to the supporters of Everton (for whom Rowley, of Stoke, kept goal), as it is admitted by some of the Scotch newspapers that the Liverpool team played the superior game.

September 24, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton are back at Goodison Park after two weeks absence today and for their League opponents have Newton Heath. Everton v Newton Heath, Goodison Park, Kick-off at four pm. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Kelso and Howarth, backs; Boyle, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Everton v Stockport County, Stockport, kick-off at 3.30 pm. The following will play for Everton; Thomas, goal; A. Chadwick and Collins, backs; McLaren, Jones and Jamieson, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards. Reserve Smith.
Everton v Newton Heath, Newton Heath (League)
Stanley v. Everton (Combination), Goodison Park

September 24, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
At Stockport, in glorious weather, before a large attendance, Smith and Coyle played for Everton vice Collins and Pinnell. Stockport won the toss and Everton started. Everton showed up well. A free kick for hands brought Stockport relief. One of the Everton players were now cautioned for foul play. Stockport now attacked and by some pretty passing carried play into the Everton 25. Grewcock's final shot going out. Murray opened the score for the visitors with a nice shot. Stockport were now prominent, the ball just grazing the post. The ball now travelled to the other end, the visitors forwards keeping the home defence well employed. Whilst the Stockport captain was claiming for a foul, McMillian added a second point. Murray replying a minute later with goal No. 3. Half-time arrived with Everton leading by 3 goals to nil.
Final Result; Stockport County nil, Everton 4.
• Liverpool beat Bury at Anfield in a Lancashire League match 4-0, Miller (2), Cameron and McVean scored for the Reds.

September 24, 1892, The Liverpool Football Echo
League Match –Division 1
An interesting card and a pleasant afternoon combined towards the comfort of the thousands of football supporters who weekly wend their way to the favourite resort. All the clubs forming the first section of the League were engaged in the struggle for possession of the trophy, and the result of the games (more especially these at Sunderland and Nottingham) were eagerly awaited and discussed on every hand. At Goodison Park Newton Heath, one of the newest acquisitions to the League, were the visitors and a large crowd assembled to witness the encounter. Amongst Evertonian jubilation was great at the return to form of their pets, for had they not gone to “Auld Reekie” during the week and taken 3 to nil out of the formidable” Hearts” the leaders of the Scottish League? Their display in the Northern city was indeed powerful and finished, and this being the first time the Hearts of Midlothians had been defeated on their own ground since April, 1891, made the Everton victory all the more praiseworthy. Would the toffy boys maintain their form today and add a couple of points to their League credit? Was the question agitating the Everton breasts before the commencement of today's game, and the general opinion was in favour of Everton's ascendency. Practically nothing had been done by either team in the League championship competition, but poor as Everton's show had been they nevertheless had 1 point advantage over the Heathens. The Liverpool team had drawn with Notts Forest (2-2), succumbed to Aston Villa (4-1), and drawn with Blackburn Rovers (2-2), scoring 4 goals to 8; whilst Newton Heath had lost to Blackburn Rovers (4-3), drawn with Burnley (1-1), and succumbed to Burnley (4-1), thus scoring 5 goals to 9 obtained by their opponents. A punctual start was made, both teams having a hearty welcome as they entered the field.
The Game.
Splendid weather favoured this fixture, and there were about 10,000 spectators present when Geary kick-off for Everton. The home team immediately attacked, and after a threatening move by the Everton left wing a clearance was effected, but the Evertonians quickly came up again, and Geary scored the first goal, within the first minute of the game. A slight turn was then taken by the visitors, who only got as far as Collins, and after this the Everton right wing made play down the field, and Latta sent the ball a crosses to Milward, who nearly lost it. Recovering himself, however, he quickly passed the ball to Chadwick, whose final shot was only just saved by Donaldson. A futile corner was then taken by Everton, and after this the Newton Heath forwards rushed down, the field Coupar making a capital attempt to lower the Everton colours, but without the desired effect. A further rush by the visitors right wing was well attended to by Collins, who splendidly robbed Carson when he was gallantly threading his way through his opponents. The visitors for a while kept up the pressure, but Robertson was early to the fore, and on two occasions was very heartily cheered for dashing into the fray and causing his opponents to beat a hasty retreat. Then a corner was claimed by the Everton men, but his was safely cleared away. A minute later the Everton men were back in front of goal, and Donaldson had an express shot to contend with, which he picked up and threw clear in the coolest possible manner. Again the Everton men pressed their opponents heavily, and the ball being passed from the left wing to Geary, the Everton centre scored the second goal with a rather long low shot. After this the Newton Heath boys infused more spirit into their play, and for a time gave the home backs some hard work to do. Nothing tangible resulted from their efforts and midfield skirmishing ensued. After a while the Everton players again broke through only to find the Newton defence on its metal. Holt stopped a determined rush by his opponents' front rank, and subsequently there was some hot work in front of the Newton goal, but the result was that the ball was sent harmlessly over the goal line. Howarth kicked away from his own goal mouth, and after this Geary got in a magnificent run, but on being pressed, he passed to the front of goal, where there was no one up in time to take the ball. Shortly afterwards he shot over the bar, but a minute later Chadwick scored another goal for the homesters. A great rush was then made by the visitors who were at length pulled up for infringing the off side rule. The visitors attacked again, and Pinnell fisted away a good shot from Mathieson, and a minute later Carson just scraped the crossbar, with a capital flying shot. Geary then made another good run, but at the finish made a rather wild shot, and after a further attack by the visitors, Chadwick sent in a warm shot by Warner, who saved splendidly, and the next moment gave a corner, which was safely cleared away.
Half-time score Everton 3 goals, Newton Heath nil.
After restarting, the Everton forwards quickly made their way to the front, and kept peppering their opponents' goal. The bombardment was kept up for some time, and Maxwell came very near to scoring. Latta made a capital attempt to hit the crossbar. Chadwick taking the rebound and scoring the fourth goal. After this play in midfield. It was the rule for some minutes, and it was a lucky bit of play that enabled the Everton left wing to break through. Afterwards Latta took up the running, and caused his opponents some anxiety, and a barren corner being the only result. The Evertonians pursued their course merrily, and time after time kept their opponents on tender hooks. The occasional breakaway by the visitors were well attended to y Collins, who proved a veritable thorn in the side of Farmer and Coupar. A free kick enabled the visitors to move up the field once more, but almost immediately the Everton men retaliated and nearly lowered their opponents' colours, and within a minute later Latta was within an ace of scoring.
Final Result; Everton 6 goals, Newton Heath nil.

Athletic News - Monday 26 September 1892
When the players were indulging in the customary shoot for goal in the Everton-Heart match, the vast crowd began the rather pleasant duty of spotting the players who at one time or other had done duty for their respective countries.  On the Everton side there was Holt, Chadwick, Milward, and Howarth, while “Fred” Geary gaily waved the flag as he smoked a hugh cigar and settled throws-in.  “Dicky” Kelso stood stoodily gazing at the stand, while Latta sent in some of his master pieces from the touch-line.  In the Heart team there was Begbie, McPherson, Adams, Taylor, Ellis, and Scott, while “burly” Fraser, a hero of bygone days, were acting in a similar capacity to Geary.  Surely this is a record for a friendly match. 

Athletic News - Monday 26 September 1892
Stockport County had the all-conquering Everton as visitors.  Play at first was very rough, and fouls were frequent, Gordon of Everton, being ordered off the field, but the referee withdrew his sentence and allowed him to remain.  After good passing, Murray scored a fine goal for Everton and later Gordon got two rather soft ones, the score at half-time being-Everton three goals; County, none.  On resuming, the home team pressed for a time, and them a spell of even play followed.  After some fine back play on both sides Everton got well down, and Murray scored a fourth goal.  Play remained in midfield from now till the close, and the whistle sounded with Everton winners by four goals to none. 

Athletic News - Monday 26 September 1892
By The Free Critic
The new ground of the Everton Club had a pretty appearance on Saturday when newton Heath paid their maiden visit as a League Club.  Owing to counter attractions, to say nothing of a tasty dish across the way between Liverpool and Bury, there was an attendance of about 10,000, the receipts being 220 pounds.  This is not bad all things considered, although the ground had a somewhat empty appearance in some parts, but when there is accommodation for about 40,000, a fourth of the number looks rather meagre.  All the space, with the exception of the covered stand, is available for sixpenny, and I am told that the directors intend to cover over the two immense stands behind the goals, so that spectators can go up and enjoy the game in wet as well as fine weather.  On Saturday both clubs were well represented, as the following list shows;- Everton; Pinnell, goal; Collins and Howarth, backs; Robertson, Holt, and Boyle, half-backs; Milward, Chadwick, Geary, Maxwell, and Latta, forwards.  Newton Heath; Warner, goal; Brown and Mitchell, backs; Erentz, Stewart, and Perrins, half-backs; Mathieson, Carson, Donaldson, Coupar, and Farman, forwards.  Referee; Mr. J.J. Bentley (Bolton).  Everton were not in showing that they meant business; in fact, it was exactly 53 and half sec, from the kick-off when Latta with a magnificent shot almost broke the netting.  This was a bit of a starter for the visitors, but to their credit be it said, they played up very pluckily, and had the best of the game for the first twenty minutes, being very near scoring on many occasions.  However, all the goal getting had to be done by the other side, and Geary got away, dodged a back or two, and eventually beat Warner.  Up to this period Newton Heath certainly had the advantage so far as pressing went, but lacked finish, and it was very seldom indeed that they troubled Pinnell.  Chadwick put on a third point, and even now I should say that the visitors had had quite as much of the game as Everton; but the latter meant business when they got in front, and did not forget to let fly at Warner, the old Aston Villa goalkeeper having some very hot shots indeed to contend with.  At half-time Everton led by three goals to none, and as they had both the wind and sun in their favour, it seemed very long odds on the home lot winning; and so it proved, for with the exception of a few spasmodic bursts, the Newton Heath forwards were seldom dangerous, and Chadwick soon put on a fourth point, whilst after continuously pressing, Maxwell registered a fifth with a splendid bit of work and Milward rushing in put on the sixth.  Fred Geary made two magnificent single-handed runs in his usual corkscrew fashion, which puzzled the Newton Heath backs; but Warner was not to be had, and on each occasion cleared the flying centre’s shots in capital style.  It was hard lines on Geary.  Towards the end Newton Heath played up better, and Pinnell had more to do than in any previous portion of the game, once throwing out in very amateurish fashion, but he kept his lines clear, and Everton won by six goals to none. 

There is no doubt that during the first twenty minutes Newton Heath were unlucky, and there is also no doubt that during the last forty-five they were fortunate to get off with only three goals scored against them.  They started with good passing, but attempted top do too much and they are not the class of men who can play really scientific football- they are formed in a too rough mould.  The result was that when a run required that final touch which a good class team know exactly when and how to administer, the Newton Heath men were at sea.  Their forwards are very smart, and the left wing showed some very fine passing, but over did it.  Donaldson has any amount of go in him, but he seems as if a few Turkish baths would do him good.  Perhaps it was too hot on Saturday.  Cooper passed well to Farman, who had one of the worst shakings I have ever seen, the short but bulky Collins getting him on his hip, and Farman fell on his back in a very clumsy manner.  He was badly hurt, and did nothing afterwards.  Stewart was the pick of the half-backs, and got through a tremendous amount of work in a very good-tempered manner.  Errentz and Perrins were not bad, but still not equal to Stewart.  The two backs were all right, and Mitchell is a fine fellow, while in goal Warner could not be blamed for one of the six which passed him, and saved many others in quite his old style.  On Saturday’s form Everton are the Everton of their championship year, with the exception of the backs, who are not up to the Doyle and Hannah standard, but, for all that, are as good as most league backs.  The half-backs followed up and feed their forwards judiciously, and Holt is just as tricky and clever as ever.  I have watched him often enough and at very close quarters too, and am as puzzled as ever to know how he gets in with that quick rush, and somehow lands the ball away from an astonished opponent’s toes-but he does.  The forwards played a winning game all through, and their passing was not only good but effective, and the ball was generally travelling in the direction of the goal.  The satisfactory results of their efforts evidently had as much effect one way as it had with the “Heathens” in the other direction, and all the five played confident and capital football, putting some fire behind their shots.

September 26, 1892 The Liverpool Mercury
The league attraction at Goodison Park on Saturday was the visit of Newton Heath. One of the newl;y promoted clubs. the weather, fortunately proving very enjoyable. A large crowd numbering between 10,000 and 12,000 essambled, who must have been delighted with the exhibition given by the home eleven but who would naturally antcipate a much closer contest than that which ensued. Prompt to time-four o'clock- Mr J.J.Bently gave the signal for the following teams to commence operations:- Everton, Pinnell goals, Howarth (captain), and Collins, backs Boyle Holt and Robertson half-backs, Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Newton Heath:- Warmer goal, Mitchell, and Brown, backs, Perrin, Stewart, and Erent half-backs Farman, Coupar, Donaldson Carson and Mathieson, forwards. Everton facing the sun and wind, kicked off and went at once in goal and within a minute Latta scored from passing by Chadwick and Geary. Such a propitious opening, of course, gave immense satisfaction, and loud and long was the cheer which greeted the smart piece of play. Everton returned to goal, but this time were held in check. Warmer diverting a dangerous shot from Geary by placing the ball over the bar. Newton Heath tried to get down on the right, But Collins was safe, and on the Visitors making,, round again the ball passed out on the left. The home team were then seen attacking in a most dertermined manner. Latta passed well across to Milward, who sent to his partner, when Chadwick vainly tried to beat Warner with a warm shot. Newton Heath gained energy from the good save by their custodian, and moving along the right were near scoring, as on Pinnell fumbling a little, Coupar returned sharply and hit the post. Carson was also prominent, but Robertson and Collins each interposed during some pressure, and soon Everton were assuming the aggressive, when Geary following a free kick scored with a grounder. Two goals had thus been scored when the game had been in existance but a qquater of an hour. Newton Heath were not demoralised by them, reverses, and for a time had as much of the play as theor opponents, but they were never threatening, and by degrees, Everton took up ther attack, and severely taxed the defensive qualities of Mitchell and brown, who were safe at this period. Howarth effectually arrested a raid, as had Holt just previously and then Geary came in for appaluse for a brilliant run, but he had outpaced his cooleagues, and as he could not shot himself, the sprint was of no avail. Play was lodged in front of goal, however, and he soon had a shie, but was too lofty, and then Chadwick improved the position of his club by completely baffling Warmer with an obique shot, the ball passing through near the far post. Newton Heath had a short things on restarting, and Pinnell had to use his fist, whilst a second shot went a few inches over the crossbar. From now to the interval Newton Heath were in trouble,, but the best shot came from Chadwick. This Warmer stopped and ends were changed with Everton leading by 3 goals to nil. The home team open the second half in a most business like manner and shots were sent in quick succession. Maxwell led off, but his shot was neutralised by Warmer who fisted out, and was followed by Latta scoring outside. Boyle skimmed narrowly the bar. The outslaught was complete, and Maxwell and Geary, seemed so dangerous that a corner was conceded in clearing which another corner was forced. This was also rendered nugatory, but the visitors lines were out cleared,, and Latta sent in a very hard shot, which struck the bar and the ball rebounding into the field of play, Chadwick Drove it into the net. It was some minutes before Everton could become once more mencing, and when they did get within range, latta missed his shot twice. Farman got well down on the right by way, of diversion, but he had no one ready to take advantage of his centre, and the tendency of play reverted strongly in favour of Everton. Who were almost xcontinuously bring away at goal during the remaining portion of play. Warmer stopped many a trackless shots, but he had to strike his flag to both Maxwell and Milward and when the end came Everton had won desevedly by 6 goals to nil.

September 26, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
This game attracted about 3,000 spectataors at Stockport. Everton gave a spendid display of combination with the result that despital the determined defence of the home team they scored three goals in the first half murray (2) McMillan once, half time Stockport nil Everton three goals. Stockport were near scoring once or twice and in the second half, made pucky efforts but were out-classed and retired beaten by 4 goals to nil. Everton team Thomas, goal, Chadwick and Collins,, backs, McLaren, Jones, Jamieson, half-backs, Gordon, Murray, Smith McMillan and Elliott forwards.
Place, 1 st play 4 won 4, lost 0 drew 0, for 33 against 1, points 8.

September 26, 1892, The Liverpool Mercury
The Everton League team proved a great attraction at Edinburgh on Monday last when they played and defeated the Hearts of Midlothians by 3 goals to nil. Everton fully justified the appreciation in which they were held by the Scotch public, and, more than holding their own through out the contest, emerged easy victors, a feat which was the more meritorious since the ‘'hearts'' had not tasted the bitterness of defeat when at the home at Tynecastle for two years. The home club were without Baird and Waterson, but had the services of Macpherson who was reported to have migrated to Nottingham. Geary acted as Linesman for Everton a place being thus found for Murray in the forwards whilst Rowley lent a helping hand in goal. tHe good impression made by Everton in reflected in the following extract taken from the scottish leader-‘' the Everton custodian Rowley, though never bustled unduly, played excellently. The necessity for bring his services into play was greatly discounted by the fact that both Howarth and Kelso the backs, were kicking and tackling coolly and effectiveldy before him. The half-backs trio were in fine form, and Holt in the centre performed grandidly. The left wing was the superior in the front line, the combination,, dribbling and generally the all round play of Milward and Chadwick being most enjoyable. Maxwell did spendidly in the centre, and if there was one thing more than another that detracted from the pleasure derived from the effective play of the right wing, it was the needless rough bits of play indulged in by Latta Murray the resevre, was neat and smart but he never did gain much ground for his wide. Taken as a whole the team did not present many weak points. The improvement indicated in their match with the Blackburn Rovers and the success which rewarded their clever play at Edinburgh on Monday, caused a feeling of confidence tp prevade Evertonian that the Liverpool team would emerge safisfactory out of the combat with Newton Heath on Saturday. This faith was not misplaced as Everton won with the greatest case. The Newton Heath eleven were always outplayed, and thoigh they were near adoring once or twice, and experienced hard luck when they struck the post early in the game, the score of 6 goals to nil in favour of Everton about represents the respective capabililies of the two teams. Kelso's enforced absence through indisposition was regretted, but Collins who thus joined Howarth in the defence could hardly have been improved upon, and he was very successful in pulling up Farman and Coupar. Howarth gave satisfaction, but reilly the backs were not called into requistion much, so effective was the barrier presented Boyle,, Holt, and Robertson. The half backs were the rock on which Newton Heath's hopes were wrecked. At the start Holt looked as though he had found his peer in Donalson but subequently play refuted this Assumption, and all three of the middle men were equally clever in their several styles. They tackled gamely and passed judiciously up to the forwards, who had every chance of ecelling. The van too happened to be in a spendid mood, and flourished off their fine passes with some of the keenest shooting ever contributed by them. They went into close quartering with more frequently than hitherto this season, and with what improved results is shown in the score. They never relented through the issue was never so assured and kept the pace warm right up to the finish. If the same dash, nerve determination conheasion and precision is suttained in the future. Everton will soon win the position they are worthy of and even by Saturday's single victory move up several places in the league scale, Newton Heath could not shine at all but they never gave in and occasionally had a shot at goal, but always found Pinnell quite equal to the few emergencies that arose. Donaldson is a sturdy centre forward, and was supported by about equal wings, but the quintet were not allowed to combine. The half-backs and backs had a busy time of it, and preformed a heavy task in a way that was at least creditable and many terrific onslaughts were tided over. Warmer was good and bad by turns in goal, but he yet made several brilliant clearances. To-day Everton and Newton Heath meet in the return at Manchester, and it will be intersting to note how far Saturday's form is confirmed.

Abandon after 76 minutes
September 27, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton yesterday afternoon journeyed to Manchester to fulfil their return League fixture. Everton played the same eleven as that which beat Newton Heath at Goodison Park on Saturday by 6 goals to nil. The Newton men, however had two changes, Davies taking the place of Warmer in goal, and Hood filling Farmen's postion on the right wing. Teams:- Everton, Pinnell, goal, Collins, and Howarth (capatin) backs, Robertson Holt and Boyle half-backs, Latta, Maxwell Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Newton Heath, Davies goal, Brown and Mitchell backs Erents Stewart and Perrins, half-backs, Mathieson Carson, Donaldson, Coupar and Hodd, forwards , The weather was fine, but the attendance was rather small numbering only about 5,000. Losing the toss, Geary commenced hostilities for Everton. The ‘'Heathens'' at once made progess, and after the leather had been landed outside by donaldson Everton took up the attack and Boyle landed the ball straight into goal, Davies having to give a corner to arrest its progess. Nothing resulted, but Everton for a short period continued to press. Hands against Robertson relieved the onslaught upon the home goal, and their forwards getting down caused Pinnell to fine away twice. The homesters gradually worked their way to the Everton goal, and from a straight shot by Carson Collins made a capital clearance. There was certainly little to chose between the teams so far, as both side had been turn visted. The home team now experienced hard luck as they swarned around the Everton goal, Howarth and Collins being severely taxed, the ‘'Heathens,'' However, came down again, and after a severe scrimmage the ball was put past Pinnell about 10 minutes from the start , amidst tremendous cheering from the crowd. This downfall wakened up the Evertonians, Chadwick, Geary, and Maxwell all having unsuccessful shots at goal, Everton showed beautiful combination. But the only advantage gained was a corner from Mitchell.Geary then put in a grand run, and another corner resulted, but nothing came of it. At this stage Hood received an injury to his arm and had to retire. Play now centred in Midfield, and after three minutes absence Hood reappeared. Latta missed a grand opening from a clever pass by Maxwell, and then Maxwell created considerable amusement by laying on the ground with the ball under him. Brown, however, rushed up and got the leather away. The game until the interval was slightly in favour of Everton, but at half-time the score stood-newton Heath 1 goal, Everton nil. On resuming the Manchester men were quickly on the attack and Collins had to concede a corner from a fine shot by Mathieson. Everton followed this by swarming the homesters goal, but no entrance could, be found. Hands fell twice in favour of the Liverpool team, but luck seemed dead against all their efforts. The ‘'Heathens'' seemed always on the spot when required and a speedy his work by their left wing looked as if the the Everton goal was again to meet with disaters, when Collins rushed to the rescue and drove among his forwards. Milward and Geary were now conspicous, as they combined beauitfully together, and the latter sending across the goal mouth, Latta just failed to reach the ball to drive it through, Everton, however, were not to be denied and from a free kick Geary landed the ball past Davies with a spendid low shot, then making the score 1 goal to nil. From the midfield kick off a lively scrimmage across in front of Pinnell, but danger was averted by Collins, who passed accurately among his the forwards. As this stage the referee (Mr Fitzoy Norris) brough the game to end, darkness coming , just 16 minutes from the finish, the score standing at 1 goal each. It must be said Everton never got into their proper stride, all through play was of a give and take nature, neither side showing pretty football. The Everton backs did not seen able to cope with the rough state of the ground, their kicking being very ineffective, Boyle and Holt were most useful at times,, but neither shone conspicously. The forwards never got settled, and their passing was there for very erractic. Newton Heath played a much better game than they did at Goodison road on Saturday, Stewart at centre half was in great form and repeatedly broken up the Everton attack, owing to full time not being played, the matter of course will be placed in the hands of the league. Who will no doubt order the game to be replayed.

September 27 1892, the Liverpool Mercury
This match was played at Goodison Park last night before a few hundred spectators. A few minutes after the start Dean twisted his knee and had to retire from the Stanley ranks, his place being filled by Daniels. After some exciting play McMillan kicked the ball through his own net. Thus drawing first blood for Stanley. Gordon, however, soon equalised with a low shot, and another by Elliott just before the interval gave the lead to Everton. On returning Stanley paid a brief visit to their opponents goal, but were soon repulsed, and McMillan notched the third point. the Stanley custodain was playing a very fine game at this time, but from a corner, the ball bounced through of his foot. Hands in the Everton goal gave Stanley a chance butn the ball was kicked thought without anybody touching it. Returning to the attack. Everton added the fifth and last goal from the foot of gordon and won by 5 goals no 1. Teams. Everton, Thomas goal, Dewar, and Coyle backs, Jamieson, Jones and McLaren half-backs, Elliott McMillan Gordon Murray,and Smith, forwards
Stanley, Woodside, goal, Cook, and Dean (after Daniels) backs Maxwell, Williams and Woodside, half-backs, Stafford Athkinson, Falls, Dewis, and Brown forwards.