December 1893

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.


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.


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.

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.



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.