December 1893


Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 December 1893
Having decided to interview a few of the leading exponents of the winter code, our Mr. “Path-finder” was not long in getting on the trail, but found that the hare wanted a lot more catching than was at first anticipated.  However, Alf Milward was ultimately cornered in the cigar stores of one Allday, hard by the Sandon Hotel, and seeing that escape was hopeless, he bore up wonderfully well during the ten minutes he was under examination.  Those who have seen Milward in the field know that he is a sturdy limbed fellow, with any amount of life and vagour in his play, a very speedy and sure outside left, a grand shot at goal, with any amount of force behind the ball, and a man who has a loving fondness for harassing the goalkeeper, a trait which has made many a worthy goalkeeper remember him with anything but feelings of affection.  Those who know him more intimately will be aware that he is in breeding and manners much above the average football pro., and has always been particularly well linked by the Everton following.
“You came from the South, I believe?”
“Yes, I was born at Great Marlow, and played with the school team there.”
“I came to Everton and played with the second team for some time, and afterwards with the first team regularly.”
“You have won some honours in the International line, and a few odd medals beside, eh?”
“Yes, I have played for England against Scotland, and also against Wales.  I have also played for Lancashire twice and have won a few medals in a five a-side contests.”
“A very far record.  By the way, you, as a Southron, should be able to give some idea of the respective merits of their Northern and Southern players, as a general thing, of course.”
“There is no comparison; the Northerners are far and away the best.”
“Your men have not got very high up in the League championship so far; how do you think the competition is likely to end?”
“It would be very hard to say, and is by no means decided yet.  It is still a very open race.”
“Can you give us any inkling, Alf, as to the bad form which the Everton team has shown this season up to the present time; it wants some little explanation.”
“Well, perhaps there has been a little too much changing places amongst the players, and this may have something to do with it.”
“As at present constituted, Everton is a good team, and will not be long before getting into first class form again.  The present team is a good.”
“The Liverpool team have been doing very well this season, what do you think of them?”
“I think they are a very good lot all round, and want a lot of beating.”
“You have been pretty nearly half a dozen years with Everton now, have you not?”
“Yes, I have played in Everton colours for six years, and will take a benefit next season.”
“Very glad to hear it, and hope that it will be a bumper; which team would you prefer to help in doing the graceful?”
“Well, a match between Everton and Liverpool would suit me better than any other, I think; it would be purely local and would be sure to attract a fair number of spectators.”
This answer brought our chat to a close, and after eliciting from Alf the fact that he is an enthusiastic cyclist and follows the flag of the Everton B.C., we bade him good day.
Might we suggest that the public of Liverpool and district would do well to remember that when Alf’s benefit does come round, he deserves something of the extra special code, and certainly no other player in the district –or out of it, for that matter-has stronger claims on the club and its supporters.?”

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 December 1893
The Liverpudiana
By Richard Samuel
Somehow Burnley have always proved a hard nut to crack for Everton, and last Saturday’s game was no exception to the rule, only that Everton managed to win.  The victory was well deserved, for the winners had the best of the argument all through.  The game too, was splendidly contested and a fast one as well, and this is spite of the unfavourable weather.  Both sides played for all they were able, the spectators being kept in suspense right up to the finish.  The score at the interval did not give the majority of the spectators much consolation, for with the scores one each, and Everton to face the wind was not encouraging.  It looked as if Burnley would again beat them, for they took the lead soon after the restart and then the Everton men were seen at their best.  No one seemed to shine above his fellows, but some sterling work was done by the whole lot.  The combination was good whilst every man “got down” to his work and seemed bent on doing his level best.  The play certainly was not perfect, for the Burnley defenders were a grand lot, but the home lot did not give in, and this to a great extent is the secret of their success.  There were no passengers and though fault could be found at times with their play, a good movement would quickly put right what slackness crept in.  Chadwick draw level, and then the game was waged furiously and it is worthy of remark that, despite the mad weather, there was always something exciting going on, and there was any amount of enthusiasm shown when Bell scored a third goal, which was cooled somewhat when Hill equalized with a penalty kick, but redoubled when Bell once more placed his side in front.  These were exciting incidents for the three goals were scored in as many minutes.  It was a great victory.
I notice a change in the composition of the team that will do the duty today at Newton Heath and Wolverhampton on Monday, Howarth taking the place of Kelso.  Many people prefer to let well alone, and this is a good principle, but Kelso has gone through a lot of work this season.  The change, however, must not be looked upon as only temporary for if Howarth and Lindsay come off I think they will be fixtures and Kelso removed to the first line of defence-his original position- which has not been satisfactorily filled this season, but which has shown considerable improvement in recent matches.  Who will have to go is only a matter of conjecture at present.
I have nearly forgotten to mention an interesting match which took place at Goodison Park on Monday evening by the aid of Wells lights.  About 8,000 patronised the affair and ought to be well satisfied for the game which, by the way, was between Everton League (all turned up), and a team composed of Bolton Wanderers, Newton Heath, and Ardwick, representing Manchester and district, was well contested.  Friendlies are a bit off with the public nowadays, but this match was an exception.  I can tell you, for the players infused real earnestness in their play and as an exposition of football was above the average, while the run of the game suggested something akin to a League match so intent were the men to gain any advantage that cropped up.  About 150 pounds was taken at the gate, so that football after all does some good. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 December 1893
By “Busy Bee”
Everton have ever found Burnley tough customers to deal with, whether at Turf Moor or Everton, and Saturday’s match formed no exception to the rule.  At last the home team have defeated the Turfites, but the margin is so small that the winning club’s supporters have not a great deal to crow about, though I have no doubt the victory was a source of very great satisfaction.  The Burnley team consider they had very hard luck in being beaten; they think a draw would have been the best result.  Those who put up with the discomfort caused by the weather were well repaid, for the game was, according to all accounts a very good one, and was full of taking incidents, and particularly so during the closing half.  On the whole the defeated team behaved admirably and though Place cannot be described as a Hillman, yet he is deserving of a word of praise for his galliant endeavor to fill the vacancy.  The opinion is held by supporters of the visiting team that with Hillman, who always shines luminously against Everton, in charge of the fortress its capture would not have been brought four times.  I hear that Hillman may once more don the jersey against Sunderland and seeing that the whole of the men did well, showing that the experiments tried were by no means failures.  I should keep the eleven for this week the same as last save the goalkeeper, putting Hillman if he is fit. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 December 1893
This was the first meeting of these clubs this season in the League games, and was played on the former's ground at Bank-lane, Clayton, this afternoon. In spite of the fact that the visitors have invariably had the best of their games with Newton Heath, the latter’s supporters were in hopes that they would at last have to succumb. Neither team has been settled, many changes taking place each week, but both clubs were represented by their best available team. At Bootle in October, Everton only just managed to win by 3 goals to 2. The following were the teams:— New ton Heath : Fall goal; Mitchell and Clements, backs; Perrin, Stewart and Davidson, half-backs; Rothwell, Campbell, Donaldson, McNaught, and Peden, forwards. Everton; Williams, goal; Howarth and Lindsay, backs; Boyle, Holt and Stewart, half-backs; Latta, Bell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.   The game was started punctually by Geary, and the play was in the centre for some time. Then the visitors began to show up, and Mitchell and Clements both had to kick away. A corner next to be given the visitors, but Davidson cleared. Campbell had a run but was stopped by the backs. A big kick by Davidson gave Peden  a chance, who centred. Then Donaldson shot, and Williams had to clear. Newton Heath came again, and Rothwell after beating the half-back shot out. Williams had several shots to stop from an attack which came from a corner. The visitors were lucky to keep their goal intact from a severe attack. McNaught was prominent with good work, and then Chadwick shot over at the other end. Newton Heath were next dangerous after a run up by Donaldson. Then Everton worked up, but shot out. Latta got a good pass from the centre, but again shot out, Clemente and Bell met in a collision, and play was stopped, Clements being of little use. Everton attacked afterwards, Latta shooting out. Then Chadwick made Fall clear. The Heathens were next unlucky in not scoring from a foul. Nothing was scored at half-time.
The second half was started by Donaldson, and the home left got away, but Howarth cleared.  After one or two incursions the Everton right made a fine run, Latta passing to Geary, who shot quite out of Fall’s reach. The home forwards next worked the ball down, but Donaldson shot out. A funny foul was given against Peden which nobody could understand. Everton were now playing faster, and were trying the Newton defence severely. The home left were going very strongly, putting in some grand work, and kept their opponents busy, but they could not score. Everton were next pressing. A penalty kick was given against Clements, and after two kicks Geary scored a goal. Newton Heath next got away, but the ball was put out. The game was now a farce. Little could be seen of the players for the last twenty minutes.
Final; Newton Heath 0, Everton 3

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 December 1893

  • There was a great jubilation in the Everton camp at breaking the spell, when Burnley have been visitors.
  • One of the Everton stewards was “bestman” at a wedding recently.
  • Geary shot a goal with only he could score, and nobody appeared more surprised than the goalkeeper.
  • Stewart, of Everton, has now many admirers and his consistency on the field is a feather in his own cap and in that of his trainer.
  • Mr. Lewis, the referee again roused the ire of some Evertonians, but his decisions appeared to be very much better than in the North End match.
  • There was an open air magic lantern show last Monday outside a neighboring hostelry contiguous to Goodison Park-a clever advertising ruse.
  • Williams is developing unmistakable symptoms of “rockiness” lately, and not a few people are apprehensive of direful results if he does not bestir himself.
  • Whitehead received a fine ovation-a round of applause on turning round, and many of the directors were astonished at his cleverness with both high and low shots.
  • Nemesis again appeared to be on Everton’s track, when Hill scored from the penalty, but Dame Fortune came to the rescue and averted the almost inevitable draw.
  • A hint to the enterprising Everton and Liverpool committee-arrange all your County Palatine mid-week matches to be played by Well’s light, and good “gates” will result.
  • We are satisfied with Lindsay who without brilliance is sure and safe and a nasty customer to get pass.  Under such an experienced eye as Kelso’s he should further improve.
  • “Jack” Holt, of Everton, thinks that Messrs Clegg, Bentley, Lewis, and a Southerner are the four best referee’s in England.  He has played long enough, and with class enough to express a good opinion.
  • “Nuggets” obtain many situations for players out of office, and it is hoped that Southport Central will not regret their new man-McLaren, who did great things for a little ‘un, and for Everton Combination.
  • Geary fed his right wing to advantage and Chadwick left nothing to be desired in attending to the wants of Milward, who on one occasion, really deserved a goal for a magnificent centre from the extreme left.
  • Bootle’s old secretary, Mr. W. Roche, has a junior team called the Casuals under his away.  He thinks so much of them that he has invited a few gentlemen of Everton to pay them a visit in a week or two.
  • The reason why Latta sticks too much to the ball in corner is that he has not had many fast centre-forwards to take possession if he offered it, but now, as Geary is restored, we hope and will look for earlier passes.
  • If Latta would only shoot at goal when the ball is passed to him instead of trying to run around the opposing half and full-backs more goals would be obtained and victories won.  Take a tip from Milward’s style, Alec.
  • How is it that many of the Everton team win a bigger name when they leave the Toffee Club-not thought good enough for them.  Look at Hammond and Cain (Sheffield United) Gordon, of Liverpool &c-did they get a fair trial?
  • Now, Everton since you have begun to burst forth, despise us not by a repetition of those previous bad doses; if you do, prepare for the worst, for I will kindly suffocate you with the odours from my flowers of language.
  • Southworth should not be played again until his knee is thoroughly well, and then only to take week and week about with Geary.  It would be interesting to see who scores the most goals and who is on the winning side most times.
  • Holt’s burst of speed against Burnley was indeed wonderful for a little man.  He doesn’t run, but “scoots” and a splendid point he has is that if beaten he reassails his conqueror to recapture or to give his friends an additional chance.
  • The generosity of Everton smacks too much of the Pharisee in the Temple.
  • The Bovril Company was determined that the Everton players should get some medals.
  • Everton are trotting out a new hobby-horse this time, viz., Religion” before “Politics” What’ll the next be?
  • How many Everton spectators thought a penalty kick could only be given for a trip, &tc., right in front of goal.
  • Chadwick had two corners for balls which he himself kicked out- he never claimed, but when given smiled audibly.
  • Bravo, Everton! Always to the fore in the cause of charity.  Monday night’s match for the Lifeboat Fund was an immense success, 12,000 to 15,000 turning up.  The ground was brilliantly illuminated by 18 Well’s lights, and the spectators followed the exciting play with ease.
  • Whitehead’s goalkeeping was the feature of the match.  His splendid resource was well brought out in that exciting melee in front of the Spelton goal, and completely brought down the house.  Where was the much talked of “nous” of the Liverpool committee in letting such a clever custodian go over to the enemy?

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 December 1893
(By “Black Rock.")
Eh I what's that you say—" Everton wins at last?”
Well, weren’t they the same last season ?
And don't you know they gave us a go,
To try and explain the reason?
One hits the Directors on the head,
A hard, hard blow, I warrant ye!
Oh, how these men have suffered and bled,
And each for his own guarantee!
Thera were others so riled, said the players should be-
But, no matter what it was, last Saturday's performance was so apparently gratifying to the 10,000 present, that one could not help admiring a better kindred spirit with honest intentions, increased zeal in their departments, and more earnestness in their efforts to win a victory. It's a long lane that has no turning, and now we hope, since they have turned lethargy into activity, expectation into realization, they will pursue the even tenour of their way where the goal of ambition lies, end not to be bolding back as depicted in one of the local weeklies. They should account for Newton Heath to-day, and go a long way to settle those nasty, spiteful Fallowfield on Wolves on Monday.
Proved of a go-ahead, always passing, ding dong character. The afternoon was against good football, but the heart and soul concentration overcame the elements, when art appeared to mock nature. Not a soft spot could be discovered when rubbed against, the twenty- two giving the best exhibition of the dribbling game that we have seen at the Park this season. Further, the meeting was of an enjoyable character, free from those shady practices which give our enemies matter to complain. Burnley are not the bad Burnley we have heard of this season, if we take last week's match as a criterion. Only Boyle was absent from the home ranks (Lindsay, I take it, is now a League player), that stalwart “fisherman “Walker falling in. For Burnley, some alterations were conspicuous, Place filling Hillman's shoes, Crabtree going centre half, and Buchanan being left out. The win of the toss gave the wind—a fresh one-to Everton, and one will gainsay that it did not assist them to lie banging at that Place for most of the first forty-five. Not that Burnley did not get within range of the professional cricketer (who had to be on the alert, and on his best behaviour), but the major shot- ranged more round the home target of the Moorites, which, thanks to the deficient half-dozen, was only pierced once. And this fell from Geary’s foot- one of his old once, a surprise packet, after some plodding pleasure (to us) by Bell. But, in exactly the same time Turnbull and Espie between them got the better of Williams, and the score, a unit each, remained unaltered up to half-time. The wind then veered somewhat, and was not of that assistance to Burnley as they expected. Still they were not long in taking the lead, Turnbull doing the trick again. Thoughts of defeat now littered many minds, but the homesters’ determination could not be questioned, nor could Chadwick’s shot be stopped. Again level, the fight grew fast and furious, Hill and Bowes who were always well supplied by the stubborn Espie, giving Walker some stiff work, and running about. Both sets of backs were ever busy, for the home forwards seemed as if they had got their second wind, and the Burnley five made no mistake in flying and letting fly, at the first opening and opportunity. With twenty minutes or so remaining, Bell, from one—we had plenty of them-of those exciting bits of almost every minute expected downfalls, scored the third goal after some tricky play by Geary, and then we thought, or were just about thinking, victory, when Hill had his revenge on Walker for tripping him within the twelve yards limit, just shooting under the bar from a penalty kick. Three all, great excitement, and the players as hard at it as ever, and some itinerant bugler ditto, with his spasmodic harmonies, that nearly killed all excitement, and extinguished all enthusiasm. I am not quite sure whether Burnley blame him, but, after the last but one harsh, spring blast, they could not but help and allow Bell to put on the fourth goal, which spelt victory. Within five minutes Milward was obedient to Chadwick, and fell behind, where he was ever to the fore in resisting the men of Turf Moor rout, and depriving them of that which they so coveted.
Everton gained a great victory after a most keen, stubbornly contested battle, and, it would be invidious on my part in choosing any of the actors for special mention, where all made then exits after hard labour, for Burnley behaved splendidly under fire, and in firing, while Everton pleased the most ardent.  Geary, on his reappearance, acted like a centre, and the front rank was better in concert through his ability, if any deserve extra special mention, I should choose Hill and McLintock, of Burnley, and Bell and Holt, of Everton. But these, there may only be jealously and enough is sufficient The victory should do them good.
A team representing Manchester and District sported themselves here on Monday evening against exactly the same eleven that vanquished Burnley, for the charitable, and desirable object of helping the Committee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution “to maintain their 304 lifeboats now on coast and their crews, in the most perfect state of efficiency.” As the game played under the powerful lights of our chief magistrate, and Mr. Wells, and that Bovril Company had generously offered special gold medals (the second time, Liverpool claimed the first last season) for the winners, which increased the interest in the meeting one would be pardoned for prophesying a “bumping” gate to aid the above Institution, which is supported solely by voluntary contributions.” The scene as presented from the reserved stand made up a pretty picture. The grass was never greener- the light shade fringing the borders where some score of whizzing, whirring lights gushed out above under a blue sky, the shade dying into a darker emerald to the centre, the hamouous contrast of the combatants, who were in attending here, and there, after a whited ball, and withal, to crown all, animated sea of lit up faces of some ten or eleven thousand, who were following closely the fortunes of the football field. The match itself did not lessen the charm of the evening, as it was conducted in a true, proper spirit, both as regards an exhibition of skill, and an illustration of honesty action. The visitors were an equally-balanced team, four of them representing Newton Heath, three each hailing from Bolton and Ardwick, and the eleventh and last, though not the least in point of capability, was Whitehead, of Everton (who, by the way, has had a turn with all our leading dubs), who stood inside the net in place of Sutcliffe. The first portion may be summed up in that both attacks and defences were on the same footing, although Everton gave Robson and Errents more than was served to Kelso and Lindsay. The consequence was Whitehead had far more opportunities to shine than his fellow-clubman, and right nobly did be perform. I am inclined to think that on his performance through the match, some of our directors would not have thought twice to secure him. Yates and Morris (Ardwick's representatives) sped down on Lindsay in manner a worthy of themselves and their club, and had golden opportunity of observing the qualities our new present League back. He came out the ordeal well, and although having a stiff wind, as well as players, to overcome, his kicking was more exact, stronger, lower, and better than on Saturday. The white sphere was unusually supple, and the combatants uncommonly active for a night match. None of the players could grumble at the cool evening, for the object they chased was sent or taken from end to end with a rapidity which sustained the interest of the match. Just before half-time, an exciting bit of play was seen round Whitehead’s goal, wherein four of our five forwards each sent it, accurate shots, only to be saved by Robson (Ardwick), or Errents (Newton Heath), who lost no haste in siding the home reserve man to present a clean sheet when half the battle was over. It was now generally thought with the help of the breezy air motion that Everton would just about win the medals comfortably, but, to our great surprise, after four minutes' play, Donaldson (who took Willocks' place at centre) drew Williams' out, and placed the ball safely in. We had not long to wait before matters were placed right by Kelso, from a penalty kick given against Errents (I fancy), for placing matters wrong with Geary, who was on the point of shooting, a yard or two off Whitehead. After Williams was all but hustled through by a  kind of goalkeepers selfishness, and the Evertonian in the other net came out strongly again from a severe attack. Bell put on the leading goal by a beautiful long, high shot, entirely out of the reach of the youth who had been doing so much before. Latte, from a quick pass by Chadwick, neatly added the third, and Harry Gardiner as a final salute sent in a couple of long ones to Williams ere Mr. Lythgoe ceased hostilities. 
It was on the whole a good game, and the visitors as a body rendered a good account of themselves.  But it was noticeable after the penalty was awarded to Everton they somewhat lost heart and “go” That they were not satisfied with the above verdict is evident, but that the back intentionally tripped or hacked Geary, I have not the slightest doubt.  Paton and McNaught were strong in midfield, their backs kicked clean and strong and, of the men in front, none were better than Yates and Morris.  All the Evertonians did well, and the crowd desperate after pronouncing the meeting a big success. 

December 4 1893.
The Liverpool Mercury
The first match of the League season between these clubs was played at Clayton on Saturday in bitterly cold weather, and on a ground rendered hard by the keen frost which prevailed. A fog was present, but not sufficently dense to prevent play. Newton Heath tried a new amateur in Rothwell, Kelso was given a rest Howarth re-appeared on the right of Lindsay, whilst Boyle had recovered from his recent indisposition sufficently to return to his place as right half-back. Both teams were thus as strong as the clubs could make them, the names being as follows:- Everton-Williams goal, Howarth (captain), and Lindsay backs, Boyle, Holt and Stewart, half-backs, Latta, Bell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Newton Heath:- Fall, goal, Mitchell, and Clements backs, Perrins, Stewart, and Davidson half-backs, McNaught, Pedon, Donaldson, Rothwell (debut), and Campbell forwards, Referee Mr Kingscott (Derby) Geary kicked off, but there was little or no advantage in the choice of ends, there being scarely any wind. Everton at once opened the attack a free kick being conceded them. This was taken by Stewart, but Mitchell cleared. The visitors returned on the right, where Latta took a corner kick, but this also was smartly neutralised. It accordingly became clear that the home men were great in defence, and would be beaten with difficulty. Newton Heath at length caused a diversion on the right but were effectually tackled by Stewart and Latta. Peden next ran down on the other wing in company of Davidson who placed to Donaldson. The latter shot straight and hard but it was in vain as Williams got the ball away neatly. Shortly afterwards, on Everton being beaten off, Newton Heath ran the ball out on the right. A corner followed to the home side, and from the ensung scrimmage Williams was called upon more than once, but proved safe. A run by Latta severly tested the Newton defence, as a free kick was given to Everton near in, but it was grandly, repelled. Geary was next to raise the hopes of the visitors, but succumbled to an appeal for hands. Still Everton sustained pressure, and Chadwick missed by a few inches with a long shot which took the ball over the bar. Newton Heath in reply, became more threatening than hitherto as Donaldson slipped through between Holt and Stewart, and twice Williams had to fist away danger. No clearance could be yet effected, and the outlook took a more ominous turn to Everton on a free kick being given but Milward this time came to the rescue in extricating the ball,, and Geary soon received a nice pass, but shot wide. Everton now settled down to a warm attack, during which Holt was floored, his appeal for a foul meeting with no response from the referee. Some long exchanged were the order for some minutes, neither side being allowed to approach near goal. Everton were thee first to become aggressive again and from a corner the ball was put out on the left. A slight delay then occurred owing to Bell and Clements coliding and both falling though neither was badly hurt. On resuming, Newton Heath took a free kick, but more desultory play was carried on by Everton within range of goal. Newton Heath elicted applause a little later on in going away in a bound and on driving in two very likely shot. Both these Williams cleverly stopped once when seeming to be somewhat hampered through Lindsay being charged into goal. Everton woke up after his little crisis, and went for goal with more zest dash, and cohension, and were very near being rewarded, Chadwick and Geary essaying rattling shots. The defence of the home team, however, was not yet to yield. Lindsay, at a critical period a few minutes later was penalised, but though the pressure arising from the free kick was great. It was not more than Everton could cope with. Nearing and leading up to half-time Everton were busy in an abortive attempt to open the scoring account. The best shot was one by Chadwick but it went a tride too high, and the interval was annouced with nothing scored by either side. The second stage ushered in promisingly for Everton, as Chadwick promptly had a good shot but which went again too skyward. Newton Heath tried several time to get a look in on the left but they could never pass Howarth whose tackling and kicking were grand. In the meantime Geary took a running pass from Latta, and scored a long deferred goal. The home team tried yet another run on the left, and sending across to Donaldson the attack was pretty strong, Williams having a long shot to attend to from McNaught. With the danger removed Latta, Bell, and Geary joined in a pretty run, finished off by the latter shooting into Fall's hands a corner ensuing. Whilst hard on the defence Perrins fisted the ball inside the twelve yard mark and a penalty kick was given to Everton. This was entrusted by Geary,, but as he shot the whistle sounded owing to some off the home men not being in a proper line. Geary made a miscalculation and put over the bar in the confusion but on being ordered to take the shot again in the orthodox style, he scored spendidly. The action of the referee in giving a second chance to Everton with the penalty kick aroused the fire of the home team, and their partisans and the game continued amidst much hubbub, and became somewhat rough, but Everton were ever and anon having the best of the play and never gave any cause for anxiety among their Liverpool friends present and when Milward scored a third goal, a few minutes from time, Newton Heath lost all hope but they prevented further damage, and Everton thus won their first away League match with the score of 3 goals to nil.

December 4 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
Play at Goodison Park before 2,000 onlookers, Lewis scored first for the visitors, but ather this the home team had the game practicially to themselves,, and leading at the interval by 3 goals to 1. They ran out, the second portion Everton ran out winners by 7 goals to 2 . Everton team, Whitehead (j), goal, Parry, and Arridge backs, Walker, Jones, and Coyle, half-backs, Reay,, Murray, Hratley, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards. Placed 1 st play 9, won 8, lost 1, drew 0 for 35, against 11, points 16

December 4 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton can look back upon the past week with pleasurable pride, for they added within the six days two good wins to their season's record, which has accordingly greatly in proved. On Monday they defeat a team representative of Manchester and District and would undoubtly have done so more decisively had not one of their own club mates-Whithead-shone so brilliant in goal for the Mancunians. In all directions praise give Whitehead, the ex-caldonian, and Everton will apparently find their new recruit a valuable one. The match though played in the rays of artificial lights, was very enjoyable and furnished some really good football for the 10,000 or so who were present. The object of the intersting event was to renderaid to the National Liftboat Inititution, primarily with the view of securing a steam liftboat for this port, so well did the public respond to the appeal that the ‘'gate'' realised over £160 independently of tickets sold. Having thus shown so much practical sympathy in the humane cause, footballers might justly claim to have the boat to be obtained identified with the name of Everton. Clubs in other centres, encouraged by the success enjoyed by Everton, will probably organise similar ventures, especially should Manchester which now plumes itself a seaport. Everton thoroughly deserved their victory of three goals to nil over Newton Heath, for they were the stronger all though more especially in the second half. It makes a new daparture of the current season in two respects- it was a first League win away from home, and Everton thus won on two occasions which they had not done hitherto. The game was spirited considering the dangerous conditions of the ground, which was frost bound, but the play proved far less intersting than that of the Burnley match, whilst a thin fotg hung over the field and rendered vision somewhat obscure to the more distant spectators. The home team were not permitted to display match combination, but they were dashing, and whenever, they made an infrequent raid invariably finished up with a keen shot. William thus had some employment but contributed beautiful saves. The back play of Howarth and Lindsay was also of good qualitythe latter was severely tried now and again, but his weight speed and pluck stood him in good stead, and his kicking was invariably well-judged. Howarth quite justified his reapperance as right back, and gave a spendid account of himself, his long, clear kicking in the second half assiting very materially in bring about the down fall of Newton Heath. Boyle, Holt and Stewart were all seen to great advantage, Holt giving further proof that he has regained his old power in tackling and ‘'dishing'' his opponents, he compelety spoiling the aggressive tendencies of Donaldson. Geary joined Latta, Bell, Chadwick and Milward in some grand field work, but there was decisive action lacking when nearing goal, as though they feared the risk of a tumble on the hard ground. Caution on this account was certainly essential. The weakness in the final touches was not so apparent in the second half, with the result that three goals were scored, in addition to many excellent abortive shots. Altogether the team gave great satisfaction, and should attack the ‘'wolves'' today without any fear as to the result, notwithstanding that the wanderers on Saturday defeated Sheffield Wednesday on the latter's own ground.

December 4, 1893. The Birmingham Daily Post
The match between Everton and Manchester and district, played on Wednesday night by the aid of the electric light, was a great success. £160 was taken for the Lifeboat Fund. –Milward, of Everton, takes a benefit next season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v. Everton
December 5, 1893. The Yorkshire Herald
This re-played match came off at Wolverhampton yesterday, in dull weather and before a good gate. Both teams were strongly represented, and the first half was contested at a fast pace. Everton putting in some strong work. The Wolves probably had never played better, and after twenty minutes the referee allowed them a goal, the ball being caught by the goalkeeper just inside the net. Wood notched a second point. The visitors pressed up to half-time, when the score was –Wanderers two goals to Everton none. In the seconds half Geary made a fine individual run, but was stopped by Rose, who had a lot of work to do, the visitors pressing frequently. The Wolvers had the best of the play at the finish, but neither side scored. Final score;- Wanderers two goals to Everton nil.

December 5, 1893. The Birmingham Daily Post
When these teams met a fortnight ago at Wolverhampton the game had to be stopped at half-time owing to a severe snowstorm which prevailed, and they faced each other again yesterday, both teams being strongly organised. The weather up to the time of play had been of a miserably uncomfortable character, a drizzling rain falling, but during the game there was no downfall, though the heavy clouds somewhat obscured the light. Considering the disagreeable atmospheric conditions, there was a good attendance. The visitors went off with a dash, and for a time the play was very fast, Rose having to save twice and Williams once in less than three minutes. Fouls were given against Stewart and Chadwick, but the Wolves made nothing from them, and then the visitors got down once more, Baugh clearing. Both sides showed fine individual play, but there was a tendency on the part of the visitors to resort to questionable tactics. Holt did some grand work at half-back, and Geary strove hard to break through; but he was too closely watched by Owen and the backs. After some determined midfield play the Wolves got down, and in trying to stop a shot from Butcher the Everton goalkeeper had to swing himself into goal before he could clear, and the referee allowed the point, much to the chargin of the Liverpoolians, who showed their irritation by their style of play. The visitors pressed hard, but the Wanderers' defence was very sound, and Rose saved two smart shots. Getting down again the Wolves took a turn at pressing, and Wood, gaining possession of the ball, elude the backs and registered the second point. The visitors made desperate attempts to draw level, and had not Rose been in grand form several points would have been registered against the Wolves, as their was severely taxed. At time-time the score was; Wanderers 2 Everton 0. On resuming the visitors had the better of the exchanges, and Geary affected an excellent individual run, but was met by rose, who took the ball from his toe. Several times afterwards the Wolves got dangerous, and the visitors had to kick out to save, while Williams saved from Butcher. Some pretty passing by the visitors brought out rose, the pressure being relieved by a foul against Bell. A couple of corners fell to Everton, and for a time the Wolves were hard pressed. Two fouls were given against them, the Wolves clearing their lines in a spirited manner. Towards the close of the game the Wolves rallied and attacked strongly, but neither side was able to score; and a fast and interesting game ended –Wanderers 2, Everton 0. Teams; Wanderers: - Rose, Baugh, Swift; Griffiths, Owen, Kinsey, Wykes, Butcher, Griffin, Wood, Edge. Everton; Williams, Howarth, Lindsay, Boyle, Holt, Stewart; Latta, Bell, Geary, Chadwick, Milward. Referee, Mr. Shutt.

December 5 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
The league match was replayed at Wolverhampton yesterday. An attempt, it will be remembered, was made to fufil the fixture last Saturday fortnight, but at the end of the first half, when Everton had scored two goals to nil, the referee put a stop to the game owing to the snowstorm which prevailed. The weather was again unifavourable, small rain falling and the attentence was accoringly only moderate numbering about 3,000. The teams were- Everton Williams, goal, Howarth (captain), and Lindsay backs, Boyle, Holt and Stewart, half-backs, Latta Bell, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Wol;verhampton Wanderers:- Rose goal, Baugh, and Swift, backs Griffiths, Owen and Kinsey, half-backs, Wykes, Butcher, Griffin, Wood and Edge, forwards. The home team kicked off at 25 minutes past two but Everton were the first to try for goal, Geary and Latta shooting. Griffin relieved when Wood was robbed. The Wanderers continued to press the ball going once just outside following which Everton had to defend, cheifly through the actively of the right wing. The vistors made one or two good attempts to shift the venue, and this was accomplished on Geary dribbling through the opposing half-backs. The ball went to Latta who screwed in grandly to Milward but no shot was possible. Everton tried once more in strong formation, without desired effect and then the Wanderers became busy, Edge being prominent. No clearance could be effected, and Butcher shot in. williams played the ball but was adjudged to have been over the goal line at the moment, and the point counted. Several Evertonians protested in vain against its legality alleging that Williams was at least a yard in from at the time he caught the ball from the restart Eevrton were at once on the aggressive. Holt tested Rose, who was safe and then Latta was forced by Swify to let the ball roll harmessly over the line. A corner came to Everton a little later, on the left which was of no avail, nor was a long low shot by Bell, which Rose saved at the expense of a corner. Wood next ran down, and getting the best of bith Howarth and Lindsay, scored a fine goal. More danger absued to Everton, but this time the defence proved sound, and on the visitors getting down on the right, Swift kicked out. Another burst by Everton came to nothing, and Howarth defended in turn brilliantly, once dribbling the ball clear. Latta from Bell, next shot well, but was doomed to see his effort abortsive whilst more smart forward work was finished off by Chadwick hitting the bar with a rasping shot. It soon because evident that Everton were not in luck's way. They certainly improved getting a corner, the sequal of which was in Chadwick driving behind. Geary soon found himself in possession through grand play by holt in particular and the centre man shot low and straight. Rose went on his knee to save, and was only just in time to scoop the ball over the goal line as Latta was close upon him. The Corner was of no use though Everton continued to press Wykes nest shot in hard,, the ball hitting the far post and rebouinding into play in the same direction, whence it was banged in. in response Geary, from Latta took spendid aim, but Rose parried the spendid shot magnificently, and the interval arrived with the ‘'Wolves'' leading by two goals to nil. On resuming Everton had the ball under control, the passing being very good, but a throw into the Wanderers relieved the tension. Returning, Rose ran out and beat Geary, which led to Everton finding themselves on the defensive and compelled to Kick out. Williams however soon found it necessary to run in order to clear and the tendency of play was favourable to the home team, who returned ti the attack repeatedly, but were not very threatening until Lindsay neutralised a strong centre shot by determinedly kicking behind when scenting the probabilities of a further reverse. Lindsay again stemmed the tide by sheer physical force, and then Howarth in a running movement made a marvellous clearance. There was little respite for the Everton defenders just now, the forwards rarely getting away, and when at length they did so it was only to see Rose coolly spoil a good shot from the right with fist. They supplemented by forcing tow corners and these were followed by some throwing in on the Everton left. Try how they would the visitors could not capture goal, though they were near it once from a free kick, which was repelled at the expense of a futile corner. Everton did by far the most pressing at this juncture, but they alsways encountered active defenders, Rose especially being an effective barrier. The Everton half backs with Howarth, played a sterling game, and for something like a quarter of an hour Williams was not called upon, Lindsay proved unsteady but he worked hard. Nearing the finish the ‘'Wolves'' became very threatening, but Howarth broke up one strong rush, whilst Williams neutralised a free kick near in, the ball going over the bar out of an ugly scrimmage. Lindsay next placed nicely to the face of the Wanderers' goal, but the solid defence was insurmountable and in the remaining few minutes play the attack was taken up alternately the final item being in Williams saving from Buther the ‘'Wolves'' securing victory by 2 goals to nil.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 December 1893
By Richard Samuel
Only about forty persons all told went with the Everton team to Newton Heath.  This is surprising considering the splendid performance of the team the Saturday previous, for it was generally expected the men would gain their first victory away from home this season.  Howarth resumed after a fortnight absence, and some speculation as to the cause of Kelso’s absence was indulged in.  Some thought it was a good opportunity of giving him a rest, and at the same time enabling Lindsay to give proof of his qualification to fill the full back position with Howarth, and thus allow the executive to place Kelso in his right position- half-back.  I know some of the executive view this project with favour, and as a matter of fact have put it into operation for today’s match at Sheffield, but the same I heard was quite different, and not at all complimentary to the player.  However, the fact of Kelso being included in the team as practically a vote of confidence in him, and will remove the biggest slur that can be put on the character of a football player.  The result of the game was very pleasing to the supporters of the club, as a three goals to nil victory is substantial, as League matches go now-a-days.  The referee’s action in allowing Geary to have another attempt with the penalty kick is severely criticized in some quarters, but the Everton men assert the players invaded the six yards’ limit and the referee blew his whistle the instant the ball was kicked.  To anyone not  knowing the facts to allow a player to have another “go” after he has kicked the ball over the bar, is certainly a bit “off” I am afraid Geary is not an adept hand at taking penalty kicks!  As it happened two other goals followed, so that the issue did not rest on whether the referee was eight or wrong. 
The said team went down to Wolverhampton on Monday, but did not fulfil the expectations formed of their ability to win.  All the same, they gave a good account of themselves, but there is little consolation in this, seeing points are sadly needed, yet it must be conceded, the men played a good game, but as is often the case, the cause lay more in the exceptionally brilliant way Rose kept goal for the Wolves than any laxity on the part of the Everton men.  The referee had a turn in this game also, and how he came to allow the first goal yet puzzles Messrs, Molyneux, Clayton and Co., who were present.  Giving this reverse at Wolverhampton in, there is a feeling of greater confidence in the team, for the men seem to work with more spirit and go and it is essential to secure success for them to work harmoniously together.  That the team is capable of doing much better than has been done this season is certain, and it has only been this want of sympathy between the players that has kept them back, and thus jeopardized the prospects of the club. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 December 1893
AT Bramall Lane ground, Sheffield.  Both teams played their full strength, with the exception that Yates came into the Sheffield team, Gallocher being left out.  Everton won the toss, but there was little to choose, though the United had a rather baffling sun in their eyes.  There was a well lined ring when the United started play, and hardly had the ball been started than Williams had to handle from a shot by Needham, only just succeeding in clearing in a fumbling manner.  Kelso and Howarth having both missed.  Lilley at the other end was then called upon, Bell giving him a grand shot.  Play then opened out a little.  The United gradually forced their way up to Everton’s fortress, Hill nearly beating Williams with a grounder.  Lindsay nearly shot through from a free-kick, and then both sets of forwards showed fine passing play, the United having slightly the best of matters, and Williams cleared from under the bar from Hammond, the Everton right then running down to the other end, where Southworth scored after 14 minutes.  After this play was of an even description, though the United got in most shots at goal.  Williams had far more time to handle than Lilley, but Everton were decidedly more fortunate when in front.  Milward added the second.  Half-time; Everton 2, Sheffield United nil.  Everton pressed after changing ends, and Southworth scored a third.  Subsequently play was fast and even, and Everton won by their superior shooting.  Final; Sheffield United 0, Everton 3. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 December 1893
Everton Combination were visited this afternoon by their only conquerors in the League fixture, before nearly 4,000 spectators.  The home team had nearly all their own way the first half, and Elliott, Murray, and Reay scored.  F. Potter said to hail from Chester, made his first appearance for Everton.  The defence of the visitors was their chief characteristic, Gould in goal doing well.  Half-time; Combination 3, Stockport County 0. Final; Everton Combination 9, Stockport County 0

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 December 1893

  • Johnny Holt is very nearly as dirty and he is clever.
  • Geary to score penalty goals, especially if he has two tries each time.
  • Imputing motives of treachery to Kelso fairly took people by surprise.
  • His cry almost repeated itself at Wolverhampton, Everton being beaten pointless as at Fallowfield
  • Have Everton forgotten that goal of Harry Woods?  He literally danced round the Everton defence.
  • That Liverpool sheet made a most despicable attack on Mr. Lewis.  Pity Everton people cannot find a referee to suit them.
  • The Kelso incident has been the topic of the week, and various are the conjectures put forward to account for the conduct of the directors.
  • Walker will yet play his way into the League team.  He only lacks experience.  Weight, height, and energy are there already, and these are all important factors
  • Lindsay has proved himself to be a stern player and one who always can be relied upon to do his best.  This is saying a great deal, as thing go Everton way now-a-days.
  • That was a good bit at Goodison-road when Hartley had apparently evaded all opposition, and was on the point of parting with the ball, but Hayes was able enough to catch him on the hop, and send him to earth.
  • In Everton, football forms the chief topic for break-fast, dinner, and supper; and one individual –a grand judge of the pastime-thinks that the Everton league players are not what one might call “trained” as in understood now-a-days.
  • Reay has deserved in his centres one of the best marks that man can mention-improvement.
  • What! Another new player for Everton! They certainly cannot be so poor as some Liverpudians think they are.
  • Parry played a poor game for the Combination team.  If he had a trifle more agility he would require some beating.
  • Southworth expressed himself clearly and cleverly in a certain monthly journal.  Oh, how football stirs men, times and money. 
  • What was the matter with Arridge last Saturday.  He did not appear to over exert himself with the men from his own country.  Surely he can play how own game. 
  • Storrier, of Everton Combination was a very big success against the men from “Welsh Wales” and judging from a few samples of shooting, he might easily develop into a first rate forward. 

December 11 1893. The Sheffield Independent.
The visit of the Everton team to Bramell-lane on Saturday, to play their return league match with Sheffield United, excited a great amount of interest, and a large crowd of some 10,000 spectators witnessed the game, which was played in fine weather and under conditions favourable on everyway to a display of good football. When the United team went to Everton for the first game of the season they created a sensation in their initial encounter as a first division League club by beating the Evertonians at Goodison Park by three goals to two. On Saturday however, the visitors played a dashing brilliant game, and took ample revenge for their previous defeat, beating the Sheffielders by the decisive majority of three goals too none, after an interesting match. The Liverpool men had their full strength and United also had a representative team Hendry the captain, resuming his place at centre-half for the first time since his injury sustained against Preston North End. The home club, however, made an alteration in the arrangement of their front rank, giving Yates, late of Ardwick, a trial on the outside right, and sending Drummond over to the other wing. Before commencing play the referee examined the boots of the home team, and the examination was satisfactory. Everton, winning the loss, took the goal at the Bramell lane end of the ground, having thereby just a breath of wind behind them, and, at the time of commencement, the sun seizing in the faces of the home team. The Sheffielders on kicking off quickly grew dangerous, and were awarded a free kick in the visitors is territory, but Williams saved a likely looking shot. Then away went the Evertonians to the other end, and Bell out in a long screw which caused Lilley some trouble to get rid of, the same player just afterwards narrowly missing the mark. Play was fast, even and exciting, both sides showing good centres for the United, and Hill and Hammond each gave Williams a hot shot to stop, the latter one being on especially fine effort just under the bar. Then Everton by some neat forward play pressed, and Southworth with a splendid shot, scored for the visitors after 15 minutes' play the Everton centre just afterwards put the ball over the home crossbar, Fleming, from a dashing attack of the United left, doing likewise at the other end. Play continued fast and vigorous, and Milward, with a curly long shot, caused Lilley some trouble to save. After this the United played up in fine style, and from some excited play near the visitors' goal forced a corner, from which Drummond headed in sharply, but Williams saved. Shortly afterwards Fleming had a good opening, but shot very wide of the Everton goal. Still an other opportunity of equalising did the United miss for Hammond, getting a clear opening from some good play by the forwards, headed the ball over the bar. Then the Evertonians dashed away, and some nice passing by the visitors front ended in Milward shooting a second goal for Everton, after 34 minute's play. The Sheffielders, nevertheless played up with spirit, and made some good attackers, which, however, failed owing to wretched shooting Hill missing an especially good chance by putting the ball high over the bar. Bell also made a similar mistake at the other end when halt-time arrived Everton still lead by two goals to none. On changing ends Everton began to attack with great dash, but the United defence was Sound, and Lilley stopped a long shot from bell. From a free kick to the visitors for hands against Cain the home goal was in great danger, but Cain pushed in and cleared. Play continued in favour of the Evertonians and for some minutes the United defence was hard put to it. At length, after nine minutes' play, Southworth by a piece of clever play got the better of several opportunity's, in succession and shot in third goal for Everton in fine style. The Sheffielders made several breaks away, but their forward attacks were repeatedly broken up by the clever and sturdy play of the visitors' halves. The referee examined Holt's boots about this time, but declared them all right, Hill, the United centre, was off the field for a minute or two, but soon returned. Cain went centre half-back for United, Hendry playing at full-back. Lilley stopped a sharp shot at his goal, and then the United played up with determination, but Hill shot wide. From a shot by Hammond the ball went over the line from an Evertonians giving a corner to the Sheffielders, who, however, failed to break down the evidently impregnable Everton defence. The referee a few minutes later gained the disapprobation of the crowd by giving a corner against Sheffielder's –the hooting being loud and long. A rush into the Everton quarters saw Hill shoot wide, and in another Hammond forced a corner without result. Play was now fairly even, but as the end drew near United attacked hotly, and Williams only just saved a good shot from Fleming at the expense of a corner. The repeated attacks of the Sheffielders failing to penetrate the superb, Everton defence, the visitors played up again in the last few minutes, and though much slower the play was even in the last five minutes, and the result was a victory for the visitors-score Sheffield United 0, Everton 3. Teams: - Sheffield United: - J.W. Lilley, goal; Thickett and Cain, backs; Howell, Hendry (captain), and Needham, half-backs; Yates, Hammond, R. Hill, Drummond and Fleming, forwards. Everton: - Williams, goal; Howarth and Lindsay, backs; Kelso, Holt and Stewart, half-backs; Latta, Bell, Southworth, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Referee Mr. H. Shelton, Nottingham. Comments.
The game was a good one, and the better team won. As far as pressing was concerned there was not much to chosen between the teams but Everton were stronger in defence, and more combined and accurate in their attack then were the Sheffielders indeed, the visitors play splendid football, all round, and rarely made a mistake. Southworth shrone conspicuously amongst a brilliant set of forwards and the defence was almost perfect. The United did much good work in midfield, but failed when near goal, and but for wretched shooting when scoring seemed certain, might have had at fewest as may goals, as the visitors. Yates the new United forward, deserved a word of praise for his display on the outside right, his centring being particularly good, but the change of Drummond to the other wing was not a success as for as he was concerned.

Sheffield United v. Everton
December 11, 1893. The Yorkshire Herald
At Bramall-lane, before 10,000 people, and in a brilliant weather United began against a strong sun, and the game was from the start very fast. Southworth scored a grand goal after fifteen miutes. Then United took up the pressure, Williams repeatedly having to do good work in goal, but Everton's defence was very sound, and Milward scored again for them. Half-time score-Everton 2 goals to United nil. In the second half United never seemed able to hold their own, and Southworth scored a grand goal after a splendid run. Afterwards United improved and pressed for a while. Result –Everton 3 goals, United nil.

December 11 1893. The Liverpol Mercury
This return League match was played at Bramell lane on Saturday, in very fine weather although the ground was on heavy ride. Owing to the influence of the sun following the frost of the early morning. The last match had been won by the United with the score of three goals to two which fact added to the interst of the renewed tussle. Boyle and Geary were both absent through cold, and their places were filled by Kelso and Southworth. . the teams were Everton:- Williams, goal, Howarth (captain), and Lindsay, backs, Kelso, Holt, and Stewart half-backs, Latta Bell, Southworth, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Sheffield United:- Lilley, goal, Trickett, and Cain backs, Howell, Hendry, and Needham, half-backs, Yates, Hammond, R Hill, Fleming, and Drummond, forwards About 9,000 were present. The United wore black bands round the left arm out of respect to the memory of wright, for many years groundman at Bramell line, recently deceived. The home team kicked off against the wind, but at once attacked. Hands were given against Everton nearv in, and though Williams dropped the ball, the danger great as it was, passed away owing to the vigilance of Kelso and Howarth. Everton then pressed hard. Milward shot in from the corner, and Latta put in a dropping shot, both of which Lilley negotiated. Yates replied on the United right wing, but Williams easily cleared, and from a neat pass Bell, though charged down, had a shot which grazed the outside of a post. An equally fine effort followed by Hill which Williams got down to with difficulty. The Everton defence was somewhat severly tested on the left, but Stewart and Lindsay held out. The United on the righ, when Yates wound up with a long futile shot. From a free kick by Everton the ball went over the line, and then Chadwick Milward, and Southworth joined in a pretty movement, but the latter could only get in a tame shot. Drummond tried a high shot, which Williams reached with his fists. Southworth was next conspiciuous in another raid by Everton, and finished off by scoring an oblique goal a quarter of an hour from the start. Smart all-round play offered a further chance to Southworth but this time he get too far under the ball. Fleming grew threatening on the home left; but he was gamely challenged and in the keen play which immediately followed both set of defenders had to be very active to repel the raider. Some good passing terminated in Milward screwing grandly. Lilley met the shot but Milward fired away again going wide. Drummond was next vigorous with a running shot which Lindsay headed clear smartly. The United were very powerful just now, menacing on the right wing, and after such trouble a corner was conceded. This Yates took, and Drummond shot in beautfully, but Williams caught the ball very cleanly. The home team returned quickly once or twice, and were always dangerous in their rushes, a shot from the right being marvellously cleared near the post. Fleming was compelled to mull two chances in front of goal. A long low shot by Drummond was shopped by Williams and the Everton changed the venue, but Latta drove behind. A fine centre byYates a minute later went to Hill who had hard lines in heading just over the bar. With this let off Everton sailed away, on Latta passing to Chadwick the latter tipped to Milward who had time to steady himself and made such an accurate shot as to quite complass Lilley. The visitors at the end of 30 minutes were thus leading by a couple of goals. Bell soon had a golden chance from the left wing pass, but erred in judgment from an easy position and lifted high into the air. The United next got into Everton territory but were so well held in check by the defending backs, and half-backs that nothing more than long, indecive shots were possible. Hill nearing half-time went narrowly in, but just outside. Then the Everton forwards were on the ball, but could not penetrate and the interval arrived with Everton in command by two goals to nil. On resuming the visitors promptly became masters of the situration but were prevented getting to very close quarters for some time. In the meantime Bell drove the ball along the ground and narrowly outside the far post. Chadwick also tried a low shot, which was stopped at the expense of a free kick close in. a long ashot from Milward and a characteristic throw by Stewart caused considerable anxiety ti the United, but they defended completely and in term made an invasion though only as far as Lindsay. Going on from the Latters kick, Bell shot hard against an opponent. The Sheffielders, then woke up, but in their dash were wild and Howarth and Kelso had no trouble in causing them to beat a retreat more than once. The ball next went from Kelso to Southworth, who dribbled around and though his opponents to the face of goal, where he finished off one of the tit-bits of the day by scoring a spendid goal ten minutes after the interval. An Evertonian's boots were than examined and found correct. Latta, Bell and Southworth joined in a passing action which deserved reward from the latter's shot but Hill was smart enough to neutralised the fine effort. Sheffield at this period could not get fairly under weigh, and when they did attempt to Holt, or Kelso or Stewart were so effectively in the road that the backs were not to be very much tried. Once Drummond had a race with Kelso, and though the latter could not keep the forward off the ball he yet so baulked progess as to neceastate the outside end of the net being the target hit. Hammond shot to narrow from the other wing and then Lindsay brought down the jeers of the spectators by using his privilege of kicking into touch. It was evident that the United had not abandoned hope, and by a combination of energy and science were troublesome to the Everton defence. Their shooting was not good however, Hammond had the best opportunity put he used it moderately. A corner gibe to Everton was disapproved of by the crowd, but nothing came from this nor from a throw in by Stewart. The people were now getting very noisy, and they fairly yelled when Hill headed a fine run, and shot just outside. They though Williams had given a corner but the referee had a different opinion and he again cause in for denuciation. The United returned to the attack, and Howell made a splendid shot which was grandly repulsed. Everton had most defence to attend in the resulting play, but as a closing incident were near scoring again, and when the referee gave the signal to cease the combat, Everton were hailed winners of a grand game by 3 goals to nil.

December 11 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
This return match took place at Goodison Park, before 4,000 spectators. The home team were in spendid form, their passing being brillant. Elliott open the scoring, and goals were added by Murray and Reay. At half-time Everton lead by 3 goals to nil. The second half was equally one sided. The home team soon scored, and goals were quickly piled up. Result everton 9 Stockport County nil.
Everton Team Whitehead, goal, Parry and Arridge, backs, Walker, an other, and Coyle, half-backs, Reay, Murray, Hartley, McMillan and Elliott, forwards.
Placed 1 st . played 10, won 9, lost 1, drew 0 for 44 against 11 points 18.

December 11 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton, bouyed up, and reasonably so, by their intervening success over Burnley Manchester and District and Newton Heath,, returnred to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday in a confident mood. Sixteen days previous they had scored two goals to nil up to the interval against the ‘'Wolves'' in a snowstorm, with the wind in their favour, as which interesting juncture the referee put a stop to the match. It there fore became necessary to meet a second time and begin the contest knew. This accordlingly was done on Minday last, when Everton were represented by the same team which had beaten Newton heath, and the Wanderers also had the idenical men who had vanquished Sheffield Wednedsay, both their victories being obtained on the preceding Saturday, and away from home, too. This incident of the League campaign rendered the renewed tussle between the English Cup finalists of last season all the more intersting. The weather was again repellant, rain falling, and the attendance was accordling not so numerous as it otherwise would have been, but thus 3,000 or so persons were rewarded by seeing a spendidly contested games in which the Wolverhampton Wanderers emorged victorious by 2 goals to nil. This score does not reflect the run of play. One of the goals-the-first-should never have been conceded. It was no goal-in fact so say all who were in even better position for giving an opinion than the referee who was 30 yards away from the goal line at the moment. It appears that Williams in meeting a shot by Butcher, ran out caught the ball when several feet in front of goal, and threw clear promptly. He threw his arm back over his shoulder, and in doing si, he is alleged to have swung the ball under the bar. It was directly in front of one of the goal posts and had he not been at least a yard forward he must have struck the upright had the ball goes as the referee ruled, over the goalline within the posts. No one claimed a goal. The referee simply pointed to the centre of the field for the restart. Everton with one accord protesting in vain. They were literally dumb founded, and were too excited and disturbed to play skillfully for sometime during which the second goal (a beauty) was obtained by woods. Everton afterwards rallied, had very hard luck, and but for Rose marvellous saves,, must have scored two or three times. Whist were triers special mention must be made of the brilliant play of Howarth and Holt. On Saturday at Sheffield, the defence of Howarth Lindsay, Kelso Holt and Stewart were certainly superior to the vis-à-vis quintet. There was plenty of opportunity of seeing how the Everton defenders would shape indivually and collectively and every one proved worthy of his postio. It will be only necessary, without any intention to be invidione to single out Kelso . he was in his old place as right half-back and considering he had been strange to that trying position for about twelve months, it is pleasing to record that he was a grand success, and equal to any of his cooleagues, clever and spirited as they all were. Williams yet had some ticklish shots to repel, and although feeling rather''seedy'' from a newly contracted cold, he contributed one of his most perfect display in goal, not making a single miscalculation. Southworth returned to centre forward and in conjuction with the two well balanced wings, gave much satisfaction. He joined in some capital passing,, as a rule but would be more effective, it he could or would enter into ‘'fielding'' with greater determimation. Suppoted as he is by good men behind and his flanks, it should be comparatively easy work with a player of Southworth's experience and skill; but now that he has taken up residence in Liverpool he will have better opportunities of developing conditions and a right understanding of those colleagues whom he joins in being trusted with the presage of Everton. Southworth's shooting however, was capital he scoring the first and third goals, the latter one after a magnifient run. Nothing but praise can be agid of Latta, Bell Chadwick and Milward. The defence of the United lacked the solidity of Everton; the home half-backs were slightly inferior ; but the forwards, except in the essential matter of precise shooting, were a shade more compact in the field work. Next Saturday Everton will be again on their mettle as they visit the Blackburn Rovers to defeat whom would quicken the returning confidence of the well-wishers. The Everton Combination were also in an aggressive mood, and defeated Stockport County by nine to nil. Thus avenging with interst, the reverse they suffered when at Stockport a few week's back.

December 15, 1893. The Manchester Courier
To the Editor of the “Manchester Courier.”
Sir, - I am an admirer of both codes of football, bet as a matter of convenience oftener witness the Rugby game. On Saturday 1st I went to see the Everton team at Newton Heath. I should be sorry to think the scene I witnessed there was that which obtains at all league matches; indeed, I know it is not, as I have seen nearly all the League clubs play, and can follow the points of the game almost as closely as Rugby. Until well into the second half, the match was played –taking into consideration the hardness of the ground –in an excellent manner, and with the utmost good feeling. The referee's decisions were mostly in favour of the home team, and he was voted a popular man, “best we have had here,” etc, &c. then a change came over the game, and when Mr. Kingscot ordered a penalty kick to Everton to be taken a second time, which resulted in a goal being scored, a perfect storm of hisses and hooting was heard. Storming the referee is always a reprehensible practice, and a few of the spectators realized this to their credit. As far as I could see, and I was within half-a-dozen yards of the goal, the referee's decision in giving a second kick was right, as a Newton Heath player had clearly infringed the rule by being over the line, the whistle not being in time to prevent the first kick. The spectators became excited, and shouted to the players and at the referee, fouls were numerous, both sides being to blame in this respect. Then an incident took place at one corner of the ground by which a spectator received a tremendous blow in the face –completely closing one eye – from one of the visiting team. Whether the onlookers in question was trying to prevent the player from too violent was trying to prevent the player from too violent contact with the rails, or whether he struck at him I am not quite sure, and perhaps it will never be known, but whatever the cause, incidents of this kind, and questionable tactics on the field of play all tend to the degeneration of our favourite winter sport. Such cries as “Go for him” Lay three or four out,” and others highly embellished were very frequent. The game has enemies enough now, who are always ready to cry it down, without making our football enclosures into bear gardens. I don't say the Newton Heath spectators are any better or any worse than those of other places, but certainly on Saturday last the conduct of a very large section was not above reproach. I left the ground several minutes before the finish, so cannot say whether or not any demonstration took place when the players left the field. Evidently the committee expected something of the kind, as a number of policemen were at hand ostensibly to protect the players and referee –Yours, &c., Divertissement.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 16 December 1893
By Richard Samuel
The Everton team appear to have struck on the right path, and are now in a very favourable position in the League table.  Victories over Newton heath and Burnley were somewhat farasihed at Wolverhampton on the Monday previous, but the team were in excellent spirits on the way to Sheffield, and every confidence was placed in them to win.  Kelso once more took the position of right half-back, whilst Southworth took forward, and the same team will play today at Blackburn.  The Everton executive are well satisfied with the victory of three goals to nil.  One feature which is especially gratifying is the accurate shooting of the forwards on this occasion.  More than one match this season has been lost by nothing else only than bad shooting by the Everton forwards and now that they have once more got into a scoring mood, the most of what opportunities come their way.  The game was well contested and the Everton executive give the United credit for thoroughly testing the abilities of their team, and really the only difference in the teams was that the United failed where their own were successful, and that meant three goals against them, and there was no men better qualified to appreciate the difference than the Everton executive, for in several matches their team have done the major part of pressing, and been beaten by the superior shooting of their opponents.  Kelso seems to have taken to his (now) new position kindly, and the few mistakes he made in the first half were overshadowed by his brilliant play in the second.  Howarth alone was a bit “dickey” his kicking not being as powerful as it might have been. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 16 December 1893
This return League fixture—the first meeting having resulted in a 2—2 draw—was played this afternoon at Ewood Park, in fine football weather, on a capable ground, and before 8,000 spectators. Teams; - Blackburn Rovers : Ogilvie, goal; Murray and Forrest, backs; Dewar, Anderson, and Marshall, half-backs; Chippendale, Whitehead, Sorley, Hall, and Townley, forwards. Everton: Williams, goal; Howarth and Lindsay, backs; Kelso, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs; Latta, Bell, Southworth, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Referee, Mr. H. Dale. The weather is dull, but fine, and a pretty stiff wind blows obliquely across the ground, veering a little towards the Blackburn goal. Operations commence before 7,700 spectators, including a large contingent of the Toffee supporters, who have travelled by two special trains. Murray wins the toss, and Jack Southworth starts towards the Darwen goal, only to see the Rovers go off with irresistible dash. Lindsay fouls Whitehead, and the free kick results in Williams having to throw away, Anderson finally shooting over. Forrest is cheered for finely pulling up Latta.  The Rovers come again in splendid combination, and Townley beating Howarth the Everton goal has a marvelous escape, Howarth just clearing from Whitehead’s shot amid wild excitement. Another centre of Townley’s is put miles over by “Chip,” a feat which is received with a loud outcry. The game kept going at a rattling pace, and enthusiasm reaches a high pitch when Townley scrapes through a centre of Whitehead’s after eight minutes’ play. The Rovers’ forwards are by far the smarter set to now, but eventually Everton get a look in, and Milward equalized from a throw in. Two minutes later, however, the Rovers’ right gets going again, and although Lindsay temporarily  relieved, Hall gives Townley a pass, and he scored the second with a beauty. The Rovers still keep up the pressure, and Townley strikes the post. A pretty bit by Southworth and Bell results in the former striking the corner of the crossbar. The ball passes through the net, and Everton claim for a goal, but Mr. Dale takes no notice of the appeal. The Everton left are conspicuous, but the danger is averted, and transferred to the other end, where Townley tries a wide long shot. Sharp shooting on the home goal follows, but the ball is soon down at the other end, where Whitehead staves the bar. Anderson is penalized for fouling Southworth, and from the kick Ogilvie fists away. Chadwick beat three Rovers in succession and then gives to Southworth, who puts his side on a level with perfect ease. Everton are now playing much letter, and Ogilvie has to throw away from Milward. After a spell of even play Kelso is penalized and Forest, taking the kick, S. Sorely heads past Williams for the third time. Half-time : Rovers 3; Everton 2. On resuming, Everton pressed slightly, but Chippendale relieved with a fine run. As he approached the goal, however, Lindsey tripped him, and Mr. Dale awarded a penalty kick. Murray took the kick, end banged against Williams, amid loud groans of disappointment. .Southworth had hard lines with shot at close range, which Ogilvie just got at. The game continued to be fought in a most desperate fashion, fouls being frequent, and the shooting on both sides being extremely good, aided by a strong wind which arose on half way through the second half. Bell got the ball from a long throw in by Stewart, and put the teams on an equal footing. The pace was beginning to tell on both sides, the pace not being so fast as at the beginning. Everton pressed for some time, but their shooting was bad. Ten minutes from time the game veered round in the Rovers' favour, and Sorley finished up a splendid run by the Rovers’ right by rushing the fourth goal past Williams. Everton continued with the fiercest of determination, and for ten minutes the Rovers goal was in a constant state of siege. Towards the finish the Rovers came again and attacked vigorously, but no further scoring took place. Final; Blackburn Rovers 4, Everton 3

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 16 December 1893

  • Howarth has recovered his old form, and Southworth’s sojourn in Liverpool has done him no harm.
  • Kelso proved an immense success as right half and the throws of both him, and Stewart, were tremendous. 
  • Everton’s antagonism to Liverpool has led to an arrangement of the clubs in the Palatine League whereby Liverpool gain materially.
  • Will Everton experience the same good fortune next Wednesday evening as they had last year in the cup tie draws?  We trow not. 
  • High sounding praises to the tintinnabulation of Everton struck on our ears when the scattering of the United was known in Liverpool.
  • Everton folks should not forget that the foemen of the Combination team today drew with the Harts in a great shield tie last week.
  • Arridge did better than usual because he had more room, and more trust reposed in him, while Hartley did everything well except score.
  • Porter is from the Chester police, and reminds one of Andy Gibson, of both Bootle and Everton, in the style and desire of scoring from corners.
  • Reay scored great distinction for once in the scoring of five goals out of nine, and thus that single loss by a single club is significantly settled.
  • Southworth’s superb and superior dodging before scoring the third goal was worth going miles to see, and resembled Harry wood’s corkscrew run of the previous Monday.
  • Speculation is rife as to the result of today’s encounter at Edwood Park, but Everton’s inconsistency might again assert itself, and a victory for the Rovers ensue. 
  • We assume and presume, that Stewart of the Forest played today against his old pals of the Sandon, but did not over exert himself?  You know how he loves Everton.
  • No less than a baker’s dozen of corners came and fell to Everton Combination last week-end, for Stockport did anything to save their goal from such well maneuvered onslaughts of Hartley and Co.
  • A match was mooted and arranged between the Liverpool Press v. Everton Directors, but what would have proved an undoubted success is now “off” and the players (?) have consequently given up training.
  • “We’ll tumble across them (Everton) yet!” was an ejaculation of a prominent Sandonite the other evening.  “Likely in the English Cup at Goodison Park,” said another; and a fancied chorus of “We’re not frightened!” reverberated e’en to the bowling green.
  • Mr. McGill of Everton, knows how to keep players in hand.

Blackburn Rovers v Everton
December 18, 1893. The Yorkshire Herald
At Blackburn, before 10,000 spectators. The Rovers pressed hard at the commencement, and Townley scored. Everton then pressed, and Southworth scored. The Rovers then burst away, and Townsley scored a second goal. Everton then played much better, and Southworth scored with a splendid shot. The Rovers then had the best of the game, and Sorely headed through a third. Half-time score Rovers three goals to two. The Rovers continued to press, and Murray missed a penalty kick. Everton then equalised from Bell. The Rovers rushed away and Sorely scored a splendid goal. Result –Rovers four goals to Everton three.

December 18 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
Williams saved penalty
This return League match was played at Ewood Park, Blackburn on Saturday in fine but dull weather, and in the presense of 10,000 spectators. The previous game had resulted in a draw of 2 goals each. Both clubs with the exception that Forrest reappeared had the same representation as on the previous Saturday, as follows:- Everton:- Williams, goal, Howarth (captain) and Lindsay, backs, Kelso, Holt and Stewart half-backs, Latta, Bell, Southworth Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Blackburn Rovers:- Oglivie goal, Murray and Forrest backs, Dewar, Anderson, and Marshall, half-backs, Chippendale, Whitehead, Sorley, Hall and Townley, forwards. Everton kicked off, but were soon thrown on the defensive shots coming quickly from Anderson Whitehead, and Chippendale. Only one went to goal, which Howarth smartly cleared. A free kick was also of no avail to the Rovers, whilst a further shot was respuled. No c;earance being effected by Everton, they succumbed ten minutes from the start. Whitehead and Sorley drove in, but, on Williams playing the ball Townley rushed up, and put into the net. After withstanding a renewed raid,, Everton got well away, Chadwick leading. Murray looked out, and from Stewart's throw in the ball went to the right where also a throw in was taken. This was intrusted to Kelso and from it Chadwick shot along the ground and Equalised. In the quickest of time the Rovers were mencing on the left, and again Townley eluded the vigilance of Williams and placed his side once more ahead. Three goals having been recorded within the space of five minutes. The visitors were once more placed on the defensive,, but not for long, and in turn were seen handling the Rovers defence two corners being their portion on the left. In the meantime a shot from Southworth broke through one of the nets from the outside and this led to some delay whilst the netting was properly adjusted. Milward and Kelso followed by long low shots, which were of no use though very well directed. The Rovers then cleared out the attackers, and during soon keen pressure were concluded a free kick of no value. Oglivie next stopped a hard shot, and though Everton this time were denied a point, they had not to wait long, for an qeualising goal, as on Chadwick beating two or three opponents he passed to his partner, who centred, when Southworth flourished off a smart movement by scoring a neat goal. Chadwick tried a long shot immediately afterwards, which the goalkeeper played, and then Milward shot against the outside of the end net. The Rovers were never slow to make ground when an opportunity occurred and in one of these attacks a free kick fell to them. This was taken by Forrest from which Sorley headed a goal thus placing Blackburn ahead for the third time in a remarkably fluctuating game. Bell during some very heavy pressure by the Rovers, got the ball at his toe from the face of goal. He worked it some 20 yards, but was then beaten by Marshall. Hall was promptly in possession and centred. When Whitehead headed into the net but off side invalidated the point. the Rovers were very dangerous in the play, which immediately ensuded, returning in close order several times, but a wild shot or two, coupled with good goalkeeping and back play, enabled Everton to bold out gamely though it was only by the hardest work that the smart Rovers were successfully combated. Close on behalf-time some long passing gave relief to the visitors but it only gained a futile corner on the left, and the Whistle sounded with the Rovers leading by 3 goals to 2. On resuming, Everton gad the advantage of what wind was blowing, but were the first to defend, when Howarth met a troublesome shot. The Rovers then had to fall back, and a fine centre was put in by Milward but Southworth could not see his way to take aim. Chadwick however, tested Oglivie with a curling shot and from a return Stewart essayed a low one. Howarth was in requistions's moments later, and was again safe; but a greater danger befell Everton as Lindsay caught hold of Chippendale inside the twelve yards mark, and a penalty kick was, of course conceded the Rovers which Murray took Williams stopped the shot easily though not permitted to clear, and Chippendale banged in a hot return. This also Williams negotiated the ball going inside. Everton were busy for the next five minutes in close proximity to the Rovers' goal. But encountered along defence, though their clever crossing and recrossing seemed likely to bear fruit on more than one occasion. Sorley and the right wing at length caused a diversion and were growing dangerous owing to Lindsay sending the ball to an opponent until Stewart went to too rescue and cause the right wing to kick over the goal line. Williams had to use his fists however, and on Stewart clearing the visitors made a few good bids for goal,, Latta's and Milward shot bring especially neat. In some open play which intervened Howarth Holt and Kelso on the one side and Murray on the other, were very effective. Bell was next disappointed with a warm shot,, and in reply, the Rovers were not far off scoring from a free kick. Everton than attacked in firm formation, and after one or two denails, Stewart took a throw in, from which Bell directed the ball into the net add for the third time in the match the score because equal. This goal came 20 minutes from the finish so there was plenty of time for effecting a decision issue. The Rovers were the most aggressive on re-starting egged on as they were by the wild shouts of the crowd, but their nearest attempt to score for some minutes was when Howarth deemed it safest to kick out. They soon returned on the right and Sorley scored from Chippdale cente, the executioner literally taking the ball out of Williams hands. With three minutes to yet run Everton swarmed round the face of goal, but could not get through. A Rovers was penalised for fouling Holt but though the ball was headed goal wards it was of no avail. Another free kick by Everton closer in resulted a corner and so the home team had an anxious moment or two just now. Yet a third free kick fell to Everton which produced a second corner. When the Rovers energed truimpternily from a warm scrimmage and retired winners of a spendid game by the narrow match by 4 goals to 3.

December 18 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
The Everton Combination team had opponents in Edinburgh Hibernians of some standing at Goodison Park on Saturday as the following facts furnished by the ‘'Hibs'' secreatary show:- the Hibernians since their reorganistaion nine months ago, have had a wonderful period of success. They have defeated such cracks at Leifh Athletic by 4-1 St Mirren 4-1, Clyde 3-0, Renton 2-1 Dumbarton 3-2, and Cowlairs 4-1 and performed brilliantly against several other first division clubs, their latest victory being over Hearts of Midlothian in a cup tie. This season from the start the ‘'Hibs'' have consistenly kept first place in the second Division of the League. They are the biggest goal scorers in the League, and their most noteworth victories have been secured over the best clubs vis Clyde 4-0, Greennock Morton 9-2, Paisey Abercorn 7-2, Glasgow Thistle 4-0, and Motherwell 8-2. They have played two matches in the competition and only lost one, Cowlaire beating them by 4 goals to 3. In the League they have scored 43 goals and lost 16, this giving them an average of nearly 4 goals to 1. The team is a powerful well balanced one and threw it scarvely a weak spot in the eleven ‘'if however, the Hibernians though themselves capable of improving a reverse on the Everton second string they were ruthlessly disappointing for the combination eleven, so the delight of about 6,000 of their supporters present early took a lead which increased in strength until the interval it was one of 4 goals to nil Reay opened the scoring Hartley added to more, and Elliott one. In the second half hartley and Smith added one each, thus Everton winning by 5 goals to 1. Everton teams,, Whitehead (j), goal, Parry and Arridge backs, Walter, Pouter (f), and Coyle, half-backs, Reay, Murray, Hartley, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.

December 18 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton fell at Ewood Park on Saturday. It was not a heavy tumble and they were not unprepared for the spill but fall they did, and there is as a consequence a sing soorow in the Goodison camp. A victory by the Blackburn Rovers by four goals to three, on their own ground. Following as it did upon the back of their success at Sunderland is not one over which to be extravagantly extiberant. If the Rovers are also inclined to highly appraise their latest win then they are paying a great compliment to the merits of the Everton team. It was a magnificent contest, and very open all through. The Rovers scored the first goal and Everton the second the Rovers the third and Everton the fourth the Rovers the fifth, and Everton the sixth the Rovers the seventh,, and last whilst Everton were near but not quite near enough obtaining an eight goal. Such was the run of the scoring and in a game of ‘'diamond cut diamond'' there were ever present all the elemonts that make for excitement and command the best efforts of the players. The issue was of course in doubt up to the last minute and towards the finish Everton were playing the stronger so markely that they were creating a confident feeling that they would carry the day. The Rovers at this particular crisis defended grandly picking to a man most methodically, thus repelling a succession of the warmest of scrimmages; whilst the home forwards, who were always crisp and accurate in their kicking, when in the neighbourhood of the Everton goal, in one of their short sharp attacks scored a cliching goal nine minutes from the close, Sorley kicking the ball apparently out of Willimas hands whilst the latter was picking it up from Chippendale. Whether Everton played as good a game on Saturday as they did the previuos week is not easy to say. They again scored three goals which indicates that the forwards were quite as effective but the Rovers obtained four. Whereas Sheffield United entirely failed. The difference in the results is to be attributed to the fact that either the Everton defence was not so sound as at Sheffield, or that the Rovers vanguard was clever than that of the United. Perhaps the cause of Everton's breakdown in defence isattributable to a combination of the two circumstance that the Rovers forwards were smarter and that the Everton back line was less solid. Taking all the facts into account the Everton team however justified the confidence reposed in it, and should not be disturted, though Lindsay, if he is to retain his position must rid himself of rush tactics at critical periods. The half-backs of Everton were better than those of the Rovers, great as in the reputation of Dewar, Anderson and Marshall; and of the forwards it needs only be said that the left wing seemed more conspicuous than the right, and this had all five combined so well, at the start as they did afterwards they might have secured a draw-this would have truly reflected the run of play as it was.

December 22 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
A Shelton's benefit. Played at trent bridge Nottingham yesterday in spendid weather before 2,000 spectators. Everton had some reserves in their team and Notts had Daft and Harper away. The game was slow, though the turf was in capital order. On the whole play was even and smart in midfield occasionally, but the shooting was wretched. No goals were scored by either team.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 23 December 1893
By Richard Samuel
Seeing that the Rovers drew with Everton when they were down here on Oct 14, it looked any odds on them winning on Saturday last, but the Everton men have shown improved form lately, and their supporters had faith in the men giving the Rovers at least a hard game.  And in this they were not disappointed for when the Rovers scored Everton followed suit, and this interesting process was carried on up to the third goal.  True, we were beaten at the finish by four goals to three, but no one who was present will deny that Everton were pressing strongly at the finish, and with a little luck might easily have equalized.  At this At this point the long shies of Stewart and Kelso came in handy, for the Rovers kicked out repeatedly, only to find the ball landed straight into the goal by one or the ether of the Everton half-backs. It was a good game—as well contested as anyone would wish to see—but Lindsay was a little off colour, and I should not be surprised to find Arridge included in the team for the holiday matches with a view to see how he stands the strain.  The others did well, especially the half-backs, and the three inside forwards, Bell, Southworth, and Chadwick. Williams made one fatal mistake, similar to that in the Derby County match, and of course it turned a draw into a defeat, worse luck.
I must not forget the splendid achievement of the Everton team against the Edinburgh Hibernians.  To beat such a team by five goals to one is a grand performance, and put the Everton Reserve in front of any in the Country.  The defence, however, played an important part in securing this result, as the splendid goalkeeping of Whitehead in the first twenty minutes seemed to take the sting out of the Hibernians’ attack.  Later on in the game, Porter, a new centre half from Chester, further demoralized the Scotsmen, and with Parry and Arridge in tip-top form goals were bad to get.  At the same time the Everton forwards obtained five goals, and this is a feature of the game that cannot be overlooked, and the fact suggests that they too were superior.  They were, especially in the scoring, and that is all that counts.  On the whole the game was evenly contested, but what with the brilliant goalkeeping of Whitehead and the hard go-a-head style of the Everton forwards the result needs no explanation.  To say the least of it, the Hibernians were simply amazed that the Everton Club had such a strong Reserve team, and they were not prepared for such a rude awakening to the fact. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 23 December 1893
Nine thousand persons welcomed Everton at home, after a month's absence, to see them pitted against Sheffield Wednesday. Everton played their full strength, save Howarth,  who received a sprain at Blackburn, Parry taking his Place. This was his first appearance in a League match this season. Sheffield were also strongly represented, Sauth playing in the centre. The referee was some ten minutes later. On starting Allan handled immediately from Southworth, and before the game was two minutes old Spikesley beat Williams--a poor goal. After Allan had saved Southworth made matters equal a few minutes after from a centre by Chadwick—two goals in fire minutes. The game was very exciting as both sets of forwards were showing splendid and fast combination. Spikesley was pulled up for off side when Wednesday had a likely opening. Lindsay and Parry both saved at critical moments, and Allan had yet another. Everton doing most pressing. Southworth and Bell added two more goals in as many minutes, both being headed through, the latter from a corner. The referee was weak in allowing many fouls to pass without the usual penalties. Nearing half-time the pare considerably slackened and Southworth headed the fourth goal. Everton 4, Wednesday 1. The second half opened very even, the ball being taken down with much regularity. Sheffield, however, got two corners in quick succession, neither of which was any use. Then Everton overplayed their opponents who were nearly always on the defence, and had lost the hope of saving the game. Their chances indeed, became less when Southworth Chadwick and Latte also scored. Final; Everton 8, Sheffield Wednesday 1. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 23 December 1893

  • Now, Everton do not be like our bun loaf- sad- to make us sorry also, but rise beautifully and nicely, too, and for the occasion.
  • On Last Saturday’s form it would take some of our first raters to beat Everton Combination.  How many would like to see them pitted against Liverpool.
  • What this-Everton have now consented to release Law (I fancy Bootleites remember him very well indeed, for a small sum.  He is said to be a clever and experienced player.
  • It is rubbish and ridiculous and might prove rumous, for an Everton Director to tell his men, after their galliant show with the victorious Rovers, that they were too slow for a funeral.
  • Coyle and Kennedy cut a curious figure with their bandages on, but Elliott’s shirt rent in twain, and his back bare, was even more laugliable.  But the dasher and crasher (no master) cared not.
  • Fred Geary’s brother, George, went a long way to win the Kettering Cup for the Forest reserve, and some of his centres from the outside left, left at the right moment, and let in the right spot. 
  • A lightning shot of Hartley’s struck the bar, then Donnelly partly saved; again it rebounded at his feet, but was ultimately cleared for no one was up,” How could they, as all was enacted in a couple of seconds?”
  • Latta from all accounts (including a player or two) was in the team against Blackburn, but not in the game at all at all.  Oh, you-once good, clever football player!
  • Everton took a mixed team to Nottingham last Thursday to meet the County for the benefit of Alf Shelton, and “after an hour and a half trying to score the result remained unaltered.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 23 December 1893
By The Croaker
The Blackburn Rovers won another match on Saturday, Mr. Olympian, but they won it after one of the hardest and fastest games they have had to play this season. It was ding-dong from start to finish, first one scored and then the other—and right up to the whistle blowing we were never quite certain of the result. In the first half Rovers had a bit the best of things; in second they held their own until Chippendale and Hall had had a very pretty goal disallowed, and Southworth had scored an equalizer. Then, with the score at three each, there was an awful five minutes. The Rovers seemed to be disheartened, Andersen was lame, and things looked shaky. But the new recruit came to the rescue, and with one of the most timely runs possible, bustled Williams who was in the act of picking up to throw away, so effectually that the latter dropped the ball and the game was won. Sorley can therefore claim to have won two games on running by his individual exertions, and he is to be praised tor it. He was in very good form all through, and although he is far from a second Southworth, he is quite useful to the Rovers so Jack often was. Speaking of Southworth, it was pleasant to note that there was not the slightest ill-feeling shown against him on his first appearance at Ewood in the blue shirt. Indeed he was cordially cheered, and this heartened him up a bit, for he played a very nice game indeed, scoring a couple of good goals, and showing himself able to score others had his wings only returned the very pretty passes he gave them. I feel convinced that had the visitors only given Jack more to do the Rovers would not have won. He was in grand shooting trim, and everybody knows what that means; but instead of utilizing him to the full the wings referred to play a game of see-saw over his head.  No wonder Southworth has appeared at a disadvantage with his new colleagues!  If they could get a man like Harry Campbell into their front rank, who would feed Jack as he used to be fed, Everton would score more often, although I admit they are not a bad scoring team by any means. Just a word about the penalty kick given against Lindsay.  It came to nothing, Murray kicking straight against Williams: and who I want to say is, that I think the Rovers' captain committed a mistake in taking the kick himself. Full backs are seldom good shots at goal—their training does not fit them for the task—but if a full back must take it, Forest was the man, especially as Jimmy has made the kick a study, and can be guaranteed to score nine times out of ten.  But in my opinion Hall would have been the man to operate, for he can shoot with tremendous strength, and keep the ball on the ground at the same time. 

December 25 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
These teams met at Goodison Park on Saturday to decided their League match, the first gme being a draw of a goal each. Howarth was absent through lameness, parry taking his place, the latter thus appearing in a League match for the first this season. The teams were Everton:- Williams, goal, Parry, and Lindsay,, backs, Kelso, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs, Latta Bell, Southworth (captain), Chadwick and Milward forwards: Sheffield Wednesday:- Allan, goal, Earp, and Langley backs,, Brown, Chalmer, and Jamieson half-backs, Webster, Davies, Smith, Brady, and Spikesley, forwards.

Holt having kicked off on behalf of Everton, the visitors goal at once became the scene of operations, and after Milward had sent over the bar. Bell put in a hot shot that Allan negotiated in capital style. Now the Sheffield Wednesday fronk rank became busy, and here the game had been in progess five minutes. Spikesley went down in one of his speedy runs and eluding Parry and also beating Williams, scored easily. This reverse in no way disheatened the Evertonians, for playing a most effective and combined game they severely tested the Sheffield defence. Southworth equalising the score amidst rapurous applause. With both teams on an equality play became of a high order, the ball travelling rapidly from end to end. Everton forced a couple of corner kicks, but these passed of without any danger following which Spikesley sent in hard at Williams, who was almost at fault, but managed to clear. After Latta had missed Southworth scored only however, for the referee to negative the point. Lindsay next proved himself of service to his side in beating off a dangerous rush of the Sheffielders, and then the Evertonians took up the attack with success, Southworth from Latta pass, giving them the leading point. load cheering, of course greeting this perforance, but more was to follow for Bell, almost immediately afterwards scored again for Everton, who this early held a substantial command. End to end play followed, Allen having to stop a rattling shot from Chadwick, whilst Southworth and Smith were also in evidence for their respective sides. Taken as a whole, however, the play veered in favour of the home side. Once the Sheffield right wing made a progressive movement which ended in Webster sending in hard at Williams who saved cleverly. Just as the interval approached a warm attack by Everton was rewarded as Southworth got though from a corner and put his side three goals front. Smith resumed before an increased assemblage, some 10,000 and attacking reclutely Wednesday forced a corner, nothing, however, being the result. Just at this point Southworth was the object of attention for playing one of the clever games with which he name is associated he literally made rings round his opponents his accurate passing and complete mastery over the ball being marvellious. It was clear that his state of things could not last long with the Wednesday defence and when the international centre dribbled through a ruck of opponents, and again succeeded in eluding the vigilance of Allen the enthusism of the large gathering of Evertonians knew no bounds. Following the further success the home side made a perfect target of the visiting goal, shot following shot quickly. After the siege had been raised for some time Latta sent smartly across, and Langley, who was not otherwise at fault unfortunately put the ball through his own net. It was evident nnow that the Sheffield had ‘'thrown up the sponge'' for their play was feeble in comparison with that of their opponents, who simply did as they pleased. oNce, however, Davies and Smith made an effort, onlt to be repulsed. This was their last for Chadwick put on an eight goal for Everton, who contined to attack hotly up to the finish without further rewarding their efforts. Wednesday fell compeletly off and therefore retired thoroughly discomfited by the large total of 8 goals to 1.

December 25 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
At Chester. The home team had more than they could manage in the Everton team, the vistors scoring three times. Chester failing to score. Everton team, Whitehead goal, an other, and Arridge, backs Walker, Porter Storrier and Coyle half-backs,, Reay, Murray, Hartley, McMillan and Elliott forwards.

December 25 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
Those who foregethered at Goodison Park on Saturday were indulged with a magnificent exhibition of forwards play at Everton. Their cohension was as perfect as it is possible to expect and being in such a harmonics win, they would probably have beaten any team though not to the extent of eight goals to one, as they did Sheffield Wednesday. This was the second occasion on which Everton had contributed the high score of eight to one,, the prevoius fest being achieved against Darwen, and they also scored heavily against Sunderland (7-1). These prolife performances show Everton tip strongly in the matter of goal aggregate, and they now boast of 57, or eight more than Aston Villa the present leaders; but of course, the goals have been so effectively appointed as those of the Birmingham clash. It may be-urged by those not presnt that such a runaway game could not be worthy seeing; but if the play was overwhelmingly in favour of Everton it was never allowed to become flat. Occassionally, Wednesday would break away. When they did so they required some careful attention to prevent their making further captures, and there was thus presented an opportunity of seeing-what the Everton defence was capable of, and the mode of attack of the Sheffield forward. The visiting vanguard were speedy on the wings, Soikesley as usual, being fastest of all, but Smith late of Liverpool, was not a great success at centre and so the attack was not that solid methodical, and sustained quality OF Everton. The half-backs line was very impotent, and of the three moderate exhibitions that of Jamieson (late Eevrtonian) was about the most serviceable. Earp another old Evertonian hand joined Langley in some very good defence, but they could not withstand the ever recuuring raids of the relentless opponents and were beaten throughnover work. Allan stopped some shots, but was quite unequal to the heavy calls made upon him, and he was manifestly disguisted with his inability to combat the precise and hot shots poured in upon him. Williams on the other hand, had scarcely anything to do; but the opening incident was not very assuring of the safety of the Everton defence as Spikesley seemed to get into the net very easily five minutes from the start. Afterwards Parry and Lindsay made no costly mistakes, and covered each other with much success. The half-backs did not play as telling a game as usual at the start, but as play progessed they did spendid work, Stewart and Holt particularly so. Kelso had the most difficult wing to cope with, and it was scarcely to be expected that he should hold such a clever pair as Spikesley and Brady in check. He kept them from becoming too aggressive and thus did a full share in building up the great success of Everton. The forwards as before stated postively expelled themselves. They seemed capable of taking advantage of every chance created for them by their colleagues in their rear, and the understanding was complete between them. Their passing was brilliant, likewise their shooting; and it was in a degree marvellous that the scoring was not higher. Every man contributed his quota of a shots, but Southworth were the more deadly, and put into the net at least five times one of his goals being vetoed on the ground off-side against a confrere. Southworth gave a spendid display in every respect the manner in which he commanded his wings and worked the ball being of an ideal character.

December 26 1893. The Liverpoll Mercury
The return fixture between these clubs was played at Goodison Park Liverpool, yesterday before 15,000 spectators, the Rangers having won the previous game by 2 goals to 1. Everton played seven of the combination team. Geary kicked off against the wind, the opening play at once taking place in the visitors quarters. Drummond satved off the attack and then Steel and H.McCreadie made play on the Rangers left a smart attack on the Everton goal being frustated by Parry and then Lindsay. The latter gave his forwards possession, and the ‘'Blues'' citedel was in jeopardy until Stewart when close in, lunged over the bar. The Rangers for a short spell inaugurated a series of attack on the home goal without however. Anything accuring. After the visitors had been pulled up for off-side Everton dashed away, Hartley sending in a magnificent shot that Haddow cleared. At the other end A.McCreadie had a long shie, which went wide of the post; and a capital chance that Everton possessed was spoiled by ‘'hands'' Whenever the Rangers got over the half-way line they invariably shot, but their efforts, although well meant, were either too high, or went wide of the intended mark. A well sustained attack by the home side ended in Walker sending in strong. Haddow making a brilliant save in defence on his charge. Then Drummond although sadly hampered by Elliott and McMillan got the ball out of danger but the zealous Everton left wing were quickly back to the charge. H.M.McCreadie and Steele secured possession and forced a corner kick. The having been cleared a beautiful bit of passing was withness by the whole of the Everton forwards, the Glasgow goal having a narrow escape of being capturned. After half-an-hour play a sudden dash by Rangers was rewarded, for Boyd scored the first goal of the match, amidst hearty cheering from the spectators. Everton made strenuous efforts to equalise, and ten minutes later were very successful, Geary heading past Haddow, in splendid style. Nothing further was done up to the interval, the score then being one goal each. Upon resuming, Everton were again the first to assume the aggressive Latta screwing outside, from the extreme right. A corner followed, the wind however, carrying the ball over the bar. H McCreadie and Macpherson made good headway from the goal kick only to find Walker a stumbling block. Latta was the next to secure possession Smith just stepped in time to clear the impending danger. Everton returned Geary sending wofully wide of the upright. A McCreadie who had been most prominent throughout at centre half for the Scotts, here put in a clever bit of play, enabling H.McCreadie and McPerson to make an onslaught on the home goal. The latter was steadying for a shot when he was unceremoniously upset by Parry who landed the ball well down the field only, however , to find Geary against at fault with his parting shot. End to end play followed, Drummond and Smith doing endless work at full back for the Rangers Parry and Lindsay were at fault on one occasion, and the Rangers were almost taking the lead Boyd slipping when a favourable opportunity presented itself. Then Hartley simply had the goal at his mercy, but sent softy over the line. Although Everton now had the wind in their fasvour, they could not lay claim to having the best of the play, as the Rangers were playing in sturdy fashion, their shooting being the one weak spot. The Everton fronk rank were equally as bad in this respect and unless some improvement was made in this department it was difficult to imagine how goals were going to accrue. Hartley made a good attempt however, which was repelled by Haddow at the expense of a corner, the home side having hard lines from the succeeding kick. Three minutes from ‘'time'' the Rangers scored again by the aid of Steele, and repeated their previous performance by winning by 2 goals to 1.teams: Everon:- Whitehead (j), goal, Parry and Lindsay, backs, Walker, Jones, and Stewart, half-backs, Latta (captain), Geary, Hartley, Elliott, and McMillan, forwards, Glasgoe Rangers:- Haddow, goal; Drummond, and Smith, backs, McCreadie (a), Muir and Cameron half-backs Grey, McPherson Boyd, McCreadie (h) and Steel, forwards.

December 26, 1893. The Birmingham Daily Post
At Everton. Geary kicked-off on behalf of Everton, and the play opened even, both goals having narrow escapes. Haddow on one occasion saved grandly for the Rangers, who scored after half an hour's play by Boyd. Geary equalised ten minutes later, and half-time found the teams level. The second half was even, the Rangers scoring again three minutes from time winning by 2 goals to 1.

Everton v. Glasgow Rangers
December 26, 1893. The Yorkshire Herald
At Liverpool yesterday, before 15,000 spectators. Geary started for Everton, who had the best of the opening play, without, however, scoring. Then play progressed even, half-an-hour passing before Boyd notched the first goal for the Rangers. Ten minutes after Geary sent through for Everton, and a half-time the scores were equal. The second half of the game was splendidly contested, and just before the finish Steele scored for Rangers. Final:- Glasgow Rangers, 2 goals, Everton 1.

Everton v. Sheffield Wednesday
December 26, 1893. The Yorkshire Herald
At Liverpool, before 12,000 spectators. The game opened fast, and Spikesley scored three minutes. Everton then attacked strongly, and Southworth drew level after five minutes. Play alternated between the respective goals, the game being grandly contested. Then Everton pressed for a good while, Southworth and Bell each scoring goals. Southworth again scored. Half-time score; Everton, 4 goals to 1. The opening passages of the second half were well contested, but Everton grew even stronger, and were almost continuously making grand bids for goal, which they capturned four additional times, Chadwick, Southworth, Langley (in trying to divert a shot from Latta), and Bell scoring. Result:- Everton, 8 goals; Sheffield Wednesday, 1 goal.

Everton v Sunderland
December 27, 1893. The Yorkshire Herald
This friendly match took place at Liverpool yesterday, before 20,000 spectators. Play opened very fast, both teams displaying grand form. Auld put on the first goal for Sunderland. The game was splendidly contested to the interval, when Sunderland were leading one to nil. Early in the second half a scramble in goal resulted in Everton equalising. Bell, Chadwick and Southworth also scored. Final, Everton four, Sunderland one.

December 27, 1893. Birmingham Daily Post
At Liverpool. There were fully 25,000 spectators present at this match, fine weather prevailing. After twenty- minutes' play. Auld opened the scoring for Sunderland, this being the only point notched in the first half. After the change of ends the home side had the best of the play, Bell, Chadwick (two), and Southworth scoring for them. Everton thus won by 4 goals to 1.

December 27 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
A friendly match betweenn these clubs was played at Goodison Park yesterday afternoon them being an attebdance of fully 25,000 . sunderland were without the two Hannahs, and Everton lacked Howarth Lindsay,, and Latta. Sunderland kicked off, and play opened even, the home goal, however, being first the scene of hostilities. Arridge gave relief and a speedy visit was made to the other end,, without anything being being the result. Chadwick made a neat movement on the home left and a corner kick resulted to the home side. Geary placed in well, but without result. Play was them in favour of Sunderland and after twenty minutes Auld opened the scoring on their behalf. Following this Everton became busy, and the Sunderland citadel was the scene of operation. Bell sending wide of the posts. From the kick off Scott and Miller made things lively for the Evertonians, Parry kicking over the line to relieve the pressure. A corner followed, which Campbell spoiled. Then a fine piece of passing by Chadwick Bell Geary and Milward. Took the sphere to the other end of the ground, Doig being tested with a shot, from the former, which he cleverly saved from underneath the crossbar. For some time things were pretty lively, each goal being subjected to a severe ordeal without, however, either capitulating. Harvey and Gillespie,, with a dash along the visitors left, presaged danger to the home goal, but Arridge was instrumental in saving off disater. The kick from goal found the Evertonians attacking. Chadwick sending in a hot shot, which Doig only just saved. Milward was also prominent with a good effort, and Bell only missed by inches. Nothing further was done up to the interval, Sunderland then leading by a goal to nil. Upon a resumption being made Everton attacked Gow and Meehan defending resolutely and with success. After rushes by the home forwards had been repelled, Bell made the secore equal amidst tremeudus cheering. The the game waxed fast and furious, each goal being visited. Southworth was promment for Everton, and from a centre Chadwick gave his side the lead. Encouaged by this further success the home team played up in splendid style,, the Sunderland goal being besieged for some time. The defences came out triumhant butb their joy was short lived, for Chadwick put on a third goal for Everton the enthusiam of the home supporters at this juncture being very great , Sunderland made several efforts to retrieve their position, Campbell, Miller, ansd Scott making praiseworthy efforts, but without avail. Everton were by no means idle, and at the other end Doig had to fist out a warm shot from Bell. A corner followed but although this passed off all right for the Wearsiders, further disater was in store for them, Southworthd giving his side a powerful lead. Auld was hurt and left the field, and then Geary and Bell made play towards the visiting goal. The latter sending wide of the intented mark. The subsequent play was in favour of the home side, and several praiseworthy effort were made to reduce the Sunderland citadel Gow Meehan, Wilson and Doig defended well, but although no further scoring was done Everton were left victorious by 4 goals to 1. Teams Everton, Williams. Goal, Parry and Aariidges, backs Holt, Kelso and Stwaert half-backs, Chadwick, Milward Geary,, Bell, and Southworth (captain) forwards, Sunderland:- Doig, goal, Gow, and Meehan, backs, Wilson Auld, and Denlop, half-backs, Scott, Miller, Campbell, Harvey, and Gillespie forwards.

December 30, 1893. Chester Observer
To the Editor.
Sir-I think it only right to call special attention to the scene which I witnessed on the Chester Football field on Saturday last. As an admirer of the game I went to Faulkner-street expecting to see a well-contested, manly encounter. The Everton men have a reputation which, I think, justified me in assuming that, and I knew that the Chester men would do their best to uphold the credit of their team. But in view of what took place, I ought to say that I had heard, but entirely disregarded, a persistent rumour that a concerted attack would be made upon one of the Everton team. He had unintentionally given great offence to some of the supporters of Chester by resigning from their club and afterwards undertaking to play for Everton. There was nothing irregular in this. It was quite in accordance with the rules of the Council of the Association. Perhaps if it had not happened that he was chosen to play for Everton against Chester within a few weeks after he had severed his connection with the latter club, the soreness would have passed away in a little time. Now, what happened? On the field there was no doubt about the feeling which had been engendered. The referee was hooted; the Chester men were urged to “go for the man” in language so highly spiced that I would not ask a place for it in your columns. After the first half of the game, it will be sufficient for the present to say that it degenerated into a scene which was pronounced disgraceful. More was to follow. When the teams were leaving the field a hundred or more rowdies rushed for the man who until six or eight weeks ago, had been a popular idol with them. Members of the Chester committee saw this, and turned their backs upon it, although they are strictly enjoined by the Association rules to protect teams arriving, while they are playing, and when they are leaving the field. The man was seriously assaulted by a hundred roughs, and would have been still more ill-used had not some of his friends stood by him, one of them-a galliant non-commissioned officer from the Castle, whose name I am sorry I do not know –rushing into the breach to save his friend. As all this is to form the subject of an inquiry by the council of the Association, the citizens of Chester will hear more about it, and the lines upon which the club is run. I have witnessed many matches in my time, but Saturday's scene, for rowyism and everything which football ought not to include, wins hands down –yours, &c., 26 December, 1893. Looker-on.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 30 December 1893
By Richard Samuel
The Everton team have got through their Christmas matches with credit.  To begin with, though the match cannot be styled a holiday game by any means, Sheffield Wednesday went down to the tune of eight goals to one, and in a League match.  The Everton forwards were in splendid trim, the passing and shooting being most accurate.  Southworth was very prominent, but all worked with a will.  The start was none too promising, for Spikesley opened the scoring for the visitors, but instead of this having a detrimental effect on the their mettle, and Southworth soon equalized.  The game was always well-contested.  But the Everton men were a superior lot of players and won easily enough by the above mentioned score.  For the Christmas Day match with the Rangers the team was rather a mixed one, yet on the whole Everton had the best of the game, but lost the match by two goals to one-exactly the same result to the previous match on Sept 28th between the two teams.  The Combination lads worked very well in the open, but were weak in their final efforts, and, considering the pressure put on Haddow, for the Rangers had not a great deal to do.  To a great extent this was due to the fine back play of Smith and Drummond, the light-haired youth seldom failing to come off in his bouts with McMillan and Elliott.  The Rangers are a clever lot of players who do not believe in dallying with the ball for their passes  were always in the right direction, and, if not so often on the attack, there was more sting in them, and besides they had not the same quality of men to face in the backs.  “Black Rock” will tell you all about the game, and also of the brilliant exposition of football shown by the two respective teams and of the Everton Directors and “The Press” Boxing Day was; day of football, with only a brief respite for dinner.  Sunderland appear in the afternoon bent on avenging the seven goals to one victory on Sept 30th, and at one time they appeared likely to win, and actually led at the interval by one goal to nil.  Afterwards they went to pieces and the home lot, going stronger every minute ran away from them and won by four goals to one.  Arridge was tried in this match, but did not fulfil the expectations formed of his play, and was not a success. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 30 December 1893
By The “Black Rock”
Everton Do As With Darwen 8-1
8 to 1' go think of it in silence and alone,
And weigh up form against our pets, your muscle and you bone.
There no doubt about it our boys are just now in fine football form, and their performance with the Wednesday of Sheffield has gone a long way to restore them once more into our favour. At the outset the visitors went into their work with that zeal and dash which carried them to victory (7-3) last season, but, as goal on goal was piled, their aspirations became less assured, their movement less exact and more hampered, their confidence lees certain, and their thoughts and chances of victory more remote. This was due to most accurate shooting, in point of time and distance, in the first moiety by our forwards (simply a revelation to their usual Saturday visitors), the result of Southworth's perfect control of the ball, and his men, who appeared to hold the so-called divine right of kings. Not that Sheffield were thwarted so easily before the interval, for they caused Parry, who played vice Howarth, and Lindsay a great deal of anxiety, and they actually scored the first goal of the afternoon—rather a simple-looking goal, but well worked for by Brady and Spikesley. They might easily have augmented this single, for neither of the backs wen over steady during the first fifteen minutes, Parry particularly causing a feeling of uneasiness to permeate our natures. The major portion of the visitors’ progressive movement, went by the wings, their celebrated left pair leading Kelso here and there, back and front, and it might be said “Bob” was not as good as the couple. Smith, late of Liverpool, in the central position, was not a great success. He certainly exhibited plenty of pluck, but bad judgment and bad play left something to be desired, and in the second portion Holt robbed him at pleasure, and to his disgust. A. N. Brown was  at right half, and he was not behind the medium halves, but he would certainly have been more useful in the centes (his usual place), as he is fast and clever, and has proved before at the Park what his worth is in this position.
Four goals to one was indeed something to wipe off after the interval, and they did it not. Nay, rather, they grew more and more disorganized, more and more careless as the goals went against them, that it was patent to anyone with one eye that Allan had about just enough for one afternoon, and Langley evidently though that—well, I don't care a cent., I’ve done my bit well. Earp was a good strong back, in fact, to my thinking, the most useful of the defence of the visitors. The other old Evertonian—Jamieson was moderate, and would have shown more with weaker opponents than Latta and Bell. Chalmers went the way the whole time, but Southworth gave him little chance to rob him. Webster and Davis did as the other, before the “rot” set in, and the former, after clevering beating Lindsay, sent in a beauty, but Williams, to his credit, moved for it, found it, and then threw it away. The highest meed of praise is due to the Toffee lads, most particularly the forwards, and on last Saturdays form I should have liked to have seen eleven to withstand them. The pivot was Southworth, and his coolness, cleverness, and accuracy, with corners, and whatever came his way, has since been the topic of the town. Stewart, at half, was in grand form, and their supporters only want to see this form repeated at Stoke for the English Cup, and then only one will be in it, and we know which will be. I didn’t care much about Mr. Gilbert, the referee of Saturday as he seemed to be very indifferent about fouls and breaches of the rules, to the amusement of the players, to the chagrin of Stoke, and to the delight of Evertonians.
Three months ago the Rangers of Glasgow got the better of a strong eleven of Everton in Scotland, and, strange to say, they carried off another victory last Monday by exactly a similar score-2—1.  But the credit of this second win is much minimized when it is known that the team was practically a Combination one, consisting as it did of no less than seven of the reserve, via., Whitehead, Parry, Walker, Jones, Hartley, McMillan and Elliott. The Rangers brought down a good eleven, but H McCreadie went outside left, Gray was in the centre, and Boyd on the inside right with Steele. Muir took Marshall's place at right half, and Cameron filled the blank position on the card. The game opened fast, and the Rangers, with the blast, showed a fair turn of speed on the way to Whitehead’s house, but as Parry was often in the road they stopped short of scoring.  Then Haddow (the old Derby County custodian) had to use his hands twice, and that smartly.  And thus the game advanced speedily, from end to end the men ran, and the forward play on both sides was quite good enough to keep Whitehead and Haddow moving One beautiful save the latter brought off after twenty minutes’ play from a shot by Elliott, the keeper having to go full length—and barely tipped it out of danger. The ball was greasy, and the ground likewise, and consequently many opening-- were not put to the account of either team.  We witnessed many stiff tussles, the sandy Smith (not unlike McLean, of Liverpool, in style and appearance) going for the left wing reserve without stopping to think of the consequences, and on one occasion (the first half) McMillan got the better of him, and the majority of the 12,000 present sent up a great cheer to the discomfiture of the well-set back. Cameron was having a most merry' and suitable time (for Christmas, with Latta, the right winger, going in for individual sprinting, with an odd charge on the Rangers’ left half, when he reached his shoulder. Boyd, who had been ever prominent, tried Whitehead with a quick oblique shot, and, to our great surprise, he failed to hold the slippery sphere. The last fifteen minutes before the interval was spent chiefly in the neighbourhood of our defence, and the Rangers with a bit more luck might have added to their account. Just before half-time Parry, who had been in Christmas dinner form, placed the ball across the field, and Geary headed through, thus making matters equal, besides doing some justice to himseIf for his previous mistakes. Summarizing this half, the Rangers played the prettier game, and some specimens of combination proved as advantageous as it was relished. They could progress nicely enough, but their final and telling efforts were far inferior to their general manipulation.  Their two Macs, on the left wing, were better in harmony than the right, but Boyd’s prominence was always manifesting when the occasion came. The second portion may easily be summed up, for, be it said, to the honour of the Combination lads, aided by Stewart, who almost excelled his Saturday’s performance, they pressed for nearly three-fourths of the time. Then was brought out be especially commented on, daring pluck and individuality of Smith, and the science and judgment of Drummond. These men, with Haddow, were the mainstay of the defence, their forwards the while being more like spectators than actors. Indeed, it was wonderful how the goal escaped and when I consider again all the chances which might have been easily utilized, I wonder more, and more why Geary, who by far had the most of them, did not send at least a stray one through the undestined den.
Boxing Day being a Bank Holiday it was deemed desirable to give the public an opportunity of aiding the Newsboys.  Home and the widow and family of the late groundsman.  First stepped on the green the representatives of the “Athletic News” and “Football Fields” to oppose our “Liverpool Express” expresses.  The game was a good one and even, and the draw 1-1 represents somewhat the exciting and inciting incidents that kept the couple of thousand interested.  Mr. J. J. Bentley appeared at full back for the A.N.  The Liverpool Reporters and the Everton Directors came next on turn, and, although I flatter myself I know the ruling members fairly well, they looked so prim and smart that to distinguish them was a little difficult.  Even now I don’t remember the name of the very stout half, who kicked the ball when he got it-like any other player, or the left full back, who simply was a pigmy to the Patagonian prowess of Mr. Griffiths.  I knew the centre forward –Mr. Clayton-ever cool and steady who passed judiciously.  I might go and mention every name of the plucky challenges, but honestly their very presence was so awe-inspiring to their opponents that I cannot believe, although the referee, Mr. Roche, will have it, that they lost by 2 to 0.  As for the Reporters, I will say little or nothing about them, only this, they won, and they deserved to win (they said) and, of course, they have the means of –well, never mind.  The captain, Mr. Wilson, and his team stood before their usual stand-the Press seats –to be duly honoured for their hard labour. 
A tremendous crowd lined our thoroughfares to see the Sunderland favourites retrieve, if possible, their 7—l defeat on the last day of September in their first League engagement.  The Liverpool Directors knew what they were about, and knew the attraction of Sunderland on a Bank Holiday. The visitors brought their full complement down, and the team chosen to take revenge for past deeds was Doig; Gow, Meehan, Wilson, Auld, Dunlop, Scott, Miller, Campbell, Harvey, and Gilespie.  Everton gave Parry and Arridge their reserves a trial at back and Geary took Latta’s position on the outside right.  The other players were in their usual places.  Both elevens set their hearts to win, and the ding-dong character of the play and the business like methods of the combatants bespoke to us that it would be a hard fierce struggle for the mastery.  There was but one goal after three-quarters of an hour’s giving tackling, robbing, pushing and shooting and the coveted point went to the Northern team after the cleverness of Harvey.  The game was fearfully fast, the bursts of speed could scarcely be excelled in a sprint race, the combination of Sunderland was especially fine forward, and the defence never lacking.  Geary could have nothing with Wilson, who like a might giant towered above his confreres.  Stewart had to work like a Trojan and with Holt set himself the hard task of stopping some characteristic combination.  As far as exchanges went honours were fairly divided, for if Williams and his backs had a deal of trouble to overcome the aggressive, Doig with his dexterous left hand, Gow, with hugh kicks, and Auld, with judicious tackling, beat back Southworth, and his inside partners. The Combination boys emerged from the ordeal well, and Parry‘s weight was a very important factor in the scrimmages. Every bit of good play on both sides was well cheered, as everybody appeared in good humour, and when I say the excitement never fell, one could imagine the great constant cheers and vociferations. Every moment the “g” of goal was formed for expression, but, as I before, it only found its way out truthfully once. Gillespie had two good which he kicked away wide after running round Arridge. After five minutes rest, the teams reappeared. Now Sunderland’s forwards, who were better generally in concert than the home five, and who required far more stopping when they got going before the interval, did not exhibit such defined understanding by any means, or rather Holt, Stewart, and Kelso, the two former especially, fell into their opposers’ styles, weighed them up, intercepted their crossings, and came out, time after time, as clean and triumphant as they were proud. The fierce pace was followed slow by movements, as if the interval was not long enough for them. Ere fifteen minutes went by, Southworth placed a free kick in front of goal so nicely, that Bell was the chief party in the scrimmage that beat Doig.  Doig was as nimble as a cat, and ably covered the eight yards eight feet— taking it all in with a variety of shots fired at his charge. A very taking and noticeable run Miller on the left, and a grand centre, brought Williams to his knee, but this was individual, and not more than half a dozen times did they show in the second half that swinging like a wheel business, with the pivot Campbell, that they treated us to before they partook refreshment. Doig possesses a special aptitude and liking for putting over the bar those high shots that are so difficult to some goalkeepers to manage, and he had many occasions to prove this useful possession.  After about thirty minutes, Bell scored a rasping  goal from true a pass by Geary, the ball striking just inside the upright and glancing through, and, two minutes after. Chadwick met a return of Doig to send it into the net for the third time. Campbell nearly put one to the credit of his side, but Williams stopped the ball’s progress, and it was with difficulty sent down the field. Southworth, after repeated trials ran, and dodged his opponents, and scored the fourth and last ten minutes from the finish.  Everton won a great victory. In the second portion they excelled then former trials, and the encouragement meted out to them did them an immense amount of good. The homes halves were as conspicuous in the second half as Wilson,  Auld, and Dunlop had been in the first.  Sunderland broke down badly, not quite so had as on September 30th, but nearly so. There could do little right after the interval, and the hard manual labour fell on Doig and the backs. Williams saved a good many shots, but he was rather clumsy his methods. The best of the forwards were Southworth, Bell, and Chadwick, who worked with one another, and to the club’s advantage. The outside men were not poor, but the trio in the centre, like the halves, knew their work, and did handsomely.  I have seen Kelso better, but it is rather too much yet to expect him to fill a half-lack's position, after playing full-back for most of last season, and up to a month ago. We know it is in him, and we will be looking for better things. To-day West Bromwich are our visitors, and, of course, we will win—if we can, but there should be little doubt about it, especially as Southworth is just now in magnificent form, and the other men O.K.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 30 December 1893
These teams met at Goodison Park today, to play off the first of their League fixtures for the season.  The teams have met once before this season in a friendly match when the Evertonians won by three to nil.  Today the West Bromwich men came with the added prestige of having beaten the Cup-holders by such a big majority as eight to nil on the Wolves’ own ground.  This it was that added to the excitement of the match, and made the homesters so eager for the fray.  The teams were;- Everton; Williams, goal; Parry and Arridge, backs; Kelso, Holt and Stewart, half-backs; Latta, Bell, Southworth, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.  West Bromwich Albion;- Reader, goal; Nicholson, and Crone, backs; T. Perry, C. Perry, and Taggart, half-backs; Pearson, Williams, McLeod, Norman, and Bassett, forwards.  Referee; Mr. Kingscote, Derby. 
Southworth started the ball against what little wind there was, immediately the homesters got down some puzzling passing completely belogging Crone and Nicholson, with the result that  Chadwick passed to Bell and that artist scored with a beautiful little touch which kept the ball down and gave Reader no chance. From the way in which the Evertonians were going it looked as though they were going to pile on a record, but Reader saved several shots which looked like certainties, and Bassett and Co went cavorting away to the other end, where Williams made one dickery kind of save, whilst Norman hit the upright with a slow one.  The visitors did not long remain dangerous, for Parry, Arridge put in some good work, and Holt cleverly fed Latta.  He beat Parry, and lifted nicely in, Southworth receiving it “with thanks,” and popping it through amid loud cheers.  It was in vain that Bassett put in all he knew, and once gave Smart Arridge the slip.  The visitors could do nothing but try long shots, whilst Southworth, Chadwick, and Bell were always on the go, with Milward and Latta sending the ball in with unerring accuracy.  To do the visitors credit, however, they were playing a grand defensive game, Reader especially saving finely.  It was perhaps in the nature of things that play should slow down after this.  As a matter of fact, the homesters seemed to get content with their lead, and we had to be content with a lot of wild play, which was not very attractive from a spectator’s point.  There was however, a pinch of salt in the next few minutes for Bell took a pass from Latta and sent in a slowish shot, with Southworth in full cry after it.  Reader dashed out, but ran the ball against the Everton centre, who literally trotted it through.  Within two minutes the homesters were down again, and Southworth ran right through, and completely beat Reader for the fourth time.  This, indeed brightened things up, and one almost expected to see the visitors tumble to pieces, but though they could not get together they troubled Williams, who gave a corner, which was of no avail.  Just before the interval we had a grand bit of work from Bell, Southworth, and Latta, the latter banging the ball across, and only just missing.  However, there was no further score, leaving the record at half-time; Everton 4, West Bromwich Albion 0. 
No sooner had the second half been started than the homesters attacked and put in several warm attempts with which Reader dealt.  Presently, however, Latta, Bell, and Southworth got down, and the latter rushed the ball past reader.  There was a lot of shooting after this on the part of Everton, but Bassett got away with a grand run and got a clean lightning-like shot.  “A goal, for a thousand!” yelled an excited spectator, but Mr. Williams, did not agree, and just managed to hold the shot.  He was almost rushed through, but fisted away, and though McLeod was very near afterwards the ball came out amid loud cheers.  Play was now very exciting and Bell was twice very dangerous, though Crone once made an obvious attempt to “settle” him.  West Bromwich now did their best bit of work so far, for they dashed down in line, and Norman fairly beat Williams.  Everton was, however, not content, for almost straight away they again ran down in line and Southworth scored with a clever left foot shot which gave Reader no chance, though he made a gallant attempt.  Williams had to save directly afterwards, but Southworth showed that he could do, for he took a pass from Bell in grand style, slipped the backs, and scored his sixth goal in succession, which feat was duly recognized by the crowd.  Chadwick should have scored directly afterwards, but missed the easiest chance so far..  After this play slowed down a lot, and there was a lot of long kicking on both sides.  No further score came, however, the following being the final; score;- Everton 7, West Bromwich Albion 1. 
The play of the visitors was disappointing in the first half when they rarely got going.  Bassett was fed at any and every opportunity, but Stewart watched him, and generally prevented the little international from getting in his centres.  This seemed to bother the other forwards, and they did not do themselves justice.  On the other hand the Everton forwards were, the exception of one short interval, cleverness itself.  They passed grandly, and their trickiness completely beat the defence.  Reader, however, played well, and though he ran out twice when Southworth scored, it was really his last resort, and the centre was too clever to let the chances pass.  The goal with which the second half was opened was a beauty.  Latta commenced the run, Bell took it on magnificently and then passed to Southworth, who fairly rushed it through off the goalkeeper’s leg.  As may be imagined the spectators cheered at this.  It would be unfair to pick out individuals on the home side, for they all played grandly, and were head and shoulders above their opponents in all round work.  It may, however, be said that Parry and Arridge, who were tried as an experiment, answered very well indeed, and that a special word ought to be written as to Southworth’s shooting and bell’s magnificent skill and judgement which gave the centre the chances. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 30 December 1893

  • Never let it be said that Everton directors are not practical men, Boxing Day morning dispelled that fallacious idea.
  • Gow is a jolly good back, and a jolly hugh kick, and a jolly good fellow, except when Everton triumph over his men.
  • Alec Latta was a good Samaritan to J.J.B after his full back performance and O’Connor’s special was the welcome reviver.
  • Now, Mr. Auld, can Sunderland beat Everton two out of three games? Eleven goals to two is not very flattering for two matches?
  • Brady and Spikesley were not such adepts as usual against Everton, but two forwards can hardly play five men behind and five in front.
  • Is it true that the Everton Directors are not satisfied with their last match and thirst for the gore of the Reporters who slew them?
  • The elements of luck certainly fell to Everton on Boxing Day as three fouls, no more than ten yards from Doig, came after the Christmas Day goose.
  • Southworth with Evertonians is now the great pet, and, no wonder, for some of his latest bits have been great hits, and should be heard of in our pantos.
  • Everton’s Christmas matches;- Everton 8, Wednesday 1 (League); Glasgow Rangers 2, Everton 1 (only four first team players), Everton 4, Sunderland 1.
  • Chadwick on one side, Bell on the other, with Southworth as centre piece, ran round Sunderland’s halves and backs in a very exasperating manner. 
  • Another brilliant individual run that deserves chronicling was that by Bell, who, with Wilson at his heels ran down like a Hutchens to the goal of Doig.
  • Mr. Griffiths was the hero on the Directors v. reporters match on Boxing Day morning, and Mr. Clayton put into practice some of those principles he advocates.
  • No later than last Wednesday West Bromwich Albion were eight goals better than the Wolves.  Now, on form, what chance have Everton for the English Cup?
  • Maxwell, the old Evertonian, is doing appreciable business for Darwen, and his old mates here have not forgotten him and wish him the “Compliments of the season.”
  • The professional in the “Liverpool Express” team seemed to think himself quite a superior person.  He was the cause of the only unpleasantness in the match.
  • The morning matches on Boxing Day deserved a better gate, and, in the Directors’ match some who were present had nicknames (as Geary Pinnell &c) for each combatant.
  • That was a splendid set to race between Arridge and Harvey, and although the Welshmen reached his opponent, Parry saved his countryman’s honour and that of his club.
  • The splendid little centre-half of Everton was scarcely well enough to meet the big men from the north and indeed it must have been a sore job with such sturdy Scotchmen.
  • The rough and ready Smith of the rangers dashed successfully into every Everton charge, and was often cheered after victoriously emerging without giving a scar or receiving one.
  • The third goal of Chadwick’s was a champion one, for the way it was received from Doig, and the manner he steadied himself, was nothing to see it flying into the net.  Good lad, “Chad”