March 1895

March 2 1895.
The Sheffield Independent.

Every preparation has been made for the reception of a big crowd at Olive Grove this afternoon, and as the gates will be open two hours before the time fixed for the kick-off, those spectators who are able to go early will avoid uncomfortable crowding. A large umber of visitors is expected from Liverpool, and the absence of any counter attraction in this city is bound to swell the throng. Yesterday the ground which had received every attention possible, was very soft from the effects of the recent thaw, and, in the absence of any frost overnight or this morning is sure to prove stricky –a-state of affairs which is by no means favourable to Wednesday's style of play. The Wednesday men have been carefully training for the contest, and will have their full strength. The Manchester Evening News say: - “Are one time it was though Everton would have the pull against Sheffield Wednesday, even at Oliver Grove, but the accident to Williams, and the fact that one or two others are lame on the Everton side, combined with the loss of confidence, following on the failure against Sheffield United on Tuesday, has discounted the seasiders changes and notably could be surprised if the Wednesday men won. Everton have been preparing at Hoylake, and are said to be hopeful, for Cain, who will take Williams place is a very fine custodian. The teams will be: - Sheffield Wednesday: - Allan, goal; Earp and Langley, backs; Brandon, Crawshaw, and Petrice (or Jamiesson), half-backs; Brash, Ferrier, Davis, Brady, and Stewart, forwards. Everton: - Cain, goal; Kelso and Parry, backs; Boyle, Holt and Stewart, half-backs; Bell, McInnes Hartley, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.


March 4 189. The Liverpool Mercury

This tie was drawn to be played at Oliver Grove, Sheffield and attracted an immense crow of something like 25,000 included among whom were several trainloads of execurisions from Liverpool and other places; Everton were again destined to depend upon a moderate team, Holt and Stewart being unfit, owing to the former still suffering from an injured knee, and the latter from a cold. The home club had, on the other hand, their best eleven, and appealed to be in the pink of condition. Teams Everton: - Cain, goal, Kelso, and Parry, backs, Boyle (captain), Storrier and Elliott, halfbacks, Bell, McInnes, Hartley, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Allan, goal, Earp (captain), and Langley backs, Brandon, Crawshaw, and Petrie, halfbacks, Brash, Ferrier, Davis, Brady, and Spikesley, forwards. Referee Mr. Scragg. The ground was in a very muddy conditions, and these was a brisk wind, which blew in a somewhat neutral direction, Earp beats Boyle in the toss, and Hartley kicked off. The home team were first well away, but Storrier checked, and Kelso robbed Brady from a Kick by Parry. Bell tried to get away, but in vain, and the Wednesday attacked severely, when Davis shot in to Cain who caught the ball, and cleared very coolly. Bell receiving from McInnes dodged his way past Petrie and centred, but the ball was driven into touch. Some pressure ensued, and Hartley was getting dangerous until fouled. Kelso next had to use his feet twice Storrier being too slow to defeat Davies; but the Wednesday were in trouble through some fine play by the whole of the Everton forwards, during which, period Hartley took the ball from Chadwick, and shot into the net, but was ruled offside. Everton claimed that an opposing back in its passage from Chadwick to Hartley had touched the ball. If so, the point was legitimate, but the referee gave the Wednesday the benefit of the doubt. Storrier interposed with his head, and free kick was given against Bell, from which Crawshaw nullified a chance by lifting too high. Everton were then the aggressive, Hartley heading almost into the net from a fine centre by Bell, whilst Milward made a wretched aim. A pretty bit of play by the home forwards looked ominous had not offside come to the rescue of Everton. A foul was given followed by two others, but they were of no help to the Sheffielders, though a little later a run by Spikesley led up to a sustained attack, which was rewarded by only a corner. Chadwick was penalised for tipping Crawshaw but Storrier checked, and Bell contributed one of his magnificent runs, when Langley broke up the pressure. Danger arose at the other end, and Boyle foiled Davis just outside the twelve-yard line. Earp took the free kick, but Cain knocked the ball aside. Kelso was next beaten, and Brady from a cluster of players sent in an oblique shot, and scored before Cain, who had been decoyed to the other end at the goal, could rush across and save. The Wednesday accordingly took the lead at the expiration of 25 minutes. Davis on resuming had to be led off the ground. Proceeding with four forwards, the home team went quickly away, and Brady shot. Cain fumbled the ball, but fortunately for his side. Had plenty of time to cover his defect. Brash was conspicuous for a fine individual effort, but lacking support he lost possession, and Bell on Elliott kicking up, ran and shot. Allan played the ball and Everton claimed that he saved behind the line, but a corner only was conceded. The visitors returned to the attack in earnest helped considerably by some nice placing by Kelso in particular, but the Wednesday defended most stubbornly whilst the Everton men seemed to stick in the mud, their shooting thus needing the requisite sting, but Hartley shot outside, and then Chadwick headed in grandly. This was followed by another hot shot, but Allan saved splendidly. Kelso brought down Spikesley when running as he only can, but no clearance came, and both Petrie and Brash shot beautifully at long range just wide of the mark whilst, during much cheering, Cain had to use his prerogative powers on three successive occasions. Bell forced a free kick near in, but the defence proved too solid sees Spikesley ran down, challenged by Storrier and Parry, the first named Evertonians preventing a final shot. A tussle ensued and Ferrier sent the ball into the net at close quarters, the whistle then sounding for halftime, with the Sheffield Wednesday leading by 2 goals to nil.

During the interval it transpired that Davis were seriously hurt through a kick in the stomach. The second half was ushered in with midfield play slightly in favour of Everton. Kelso returned the ball once or twice the outcome being in Storrier calling upon Allan in reply to which, Spikesley ran and shot too short. Parry passed up to Chadwick and Milward, and Hartley shot into the net, but the referee had interposed for hands against a Sheffield player. A scrimmage was carried on by Everton, who seemed to have the goal, at their mercy, but failed in a most remarkable manner. Chadwick also created a chance, but he shot high over the bar. Somehow Everton could not do the right thing. Spikesley was played up to, and though he was often well tackled by Kelso and Boyle, he was now and again dangerous, and once shot narrowly over the bar. McInnes then played a strong game for Everton, and forced his way through on the wing, but centre, all went to the backs, who received great assistance when the pinch came from Brandon. A fine centre by Boyle raised hopes of Everton at length scoring, but it was not to be, as Bell headed over the crossbar. Earp in tackling Milward next got hurt, but did not leave the field, Everton were now almost continuously on the attack, though the forwards did not finish well. Bell had been deputed to the centre position, but their only plum was an offside goal by Chadwick. A dangerous movement on the left next caused the ball to be kicked out. The play was not at all impressive the Everton forwards being beaten time after time, and they were not so threatening as were Spikesley, and Brady, both of whom in a breakaway shot very near to goal. Returning from Storrier, Milward was offered an opportunity, but shot erratically, Chadwick supplementing with a tame low aim, which Allen easily negotiated. Everton passed beautifully, but shoot decently, they could not, and the game never very exciting, considering it was a cup-tie, became positively flat long before the finish. As a rule it continued to be weak, ornamental forward play by Everton and daring and concerted defence by Sheffield Wednesday, who though having practically only nine men Ferrier being lame in the second half played the better game, and earned their victory thoroughly of 2 goals to nil.


March 4, 1895. The Sheffield Independent

Sheffield Wednesday v. Everton.

Since the Oliver Grove ground was opened in September 1887, at the beginning of the 21 st season of the existence of the Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, many famous English Cup-tie battles have been fought thereon and football enthusiasts of the Cutlery City who are happy in the possession of faithful triumph with pleasing recollections of the glories of the past. Questionable, indeed, it is whether on any other ground in England have been witnessed so many exciting and sensational contests for the possession of that diminutive but much coveted trophy which carries with it the Blues ribbon of English Football. Saturday last saw till another thrillingly exciting struggle, which will long live in the remembrance of many who saw it. The Wednesday team, the ever popular Blue and White brigade, who had for the eighth successive season worked their way into the last eight clubs left in the competition, had to face the famous Evertonians, the team of all the talents, the representatives of the wealthiest club in the world, in order to make a desperate effort to repeat their last season's triumph over Aston Villa and again figure in the Semi-Final round. Really there was only one place to go in Sheffield on Saturday, and that was Oliver grove. Two hours before the time for kicking off intending spectators began to pour into the ground, and until the game commenced at half-past three a continuous stream of humanity flowed towards one all-attractive centres. Never before have so many people gathered together in the Wednesday enclosure. How many people were present? To guess to few thousands in a crowd so hugh and densely packed is no easy matter. Everybody was agreed the attendance reached 20,000, many good judges though there would be 25,000 spectators on the ground, but these estimates are exceeded by the official figures, which place the number at no fewer than 28,000, and the receipts at the sum of £889 6s 9d. What an expectant, anxious crowd it was! How the dense mass of humanity swayed hither in watching the exciting episodes of a flickely fought game, upon the result of which hung issues so important to the footballists of Sheffield and Everton! How eagerly were the prospects of either team debuted! Wednesdayities confidently based their hopes of victory upon the fact that at Oliver grove, on January 1 st , their hero's had soundly thrashed the Evertonians in a large match by 3 goals to 0. Followers of the “Toffee men” may have had some misgivings, from the fact that their favourite team were forced to take the field without Williams and Holt, who were injured, and Stewart, who was ill, but they took heart in grace, from the knowledge that the rich Goodison Park committee have quite a wealth of talent at command, and grew joyously hopeful when they remembered that their men had in the previous round accomplished the wonderfully rare feat of beating the famous Cup-fighters Blackburn Rovers on the bold Blackburnians own territory. Everything pointed to a keen and even struggle when mist enthusiastic cheers of welcome, Earp led the full strength of Wednesday into the arena. The appearances of the dark blue and white stripes was quickly followed by the advent of the other blue and white brigade, the Everton men being received by a cheer quite as hearty at that which had greeted the home team. The ground during the week had been very muddy by reason of the recent thaw, but was greatly improved by a frost on Friday night, and rolling and careful preparation on Saturday morning. Decadently in a sold condition, the expanse of what had once been grass-green turf was under the circumstances, in very fair state, and quite suitable for so important a game. A breeze, not strong, but still of assistance to the side who should have it at their backs, was blowing in a somewhat diagonal direction from the City and of the ground, and a mightily shout of applause went up when Earp beat Boyle in a spin of the coin, and took this advantage for the Sheffielders. Amidst almost breathless silence the rival teams lined up to the sound of Mr. Scragg's whistle, and punctually at half-past three.

The Game Commenced.

By Hartley kicking off towards Sheffield. There was a brief preliminary tussle in midfield, and then, amidst the delighted shouts of a noble army of Wednesdayities, the home front rank made tracks for Cain's citadel. Davis got a chance to hoot at long range, and straight for the mark with a dropping shot he sent the ball. The Everton custodian was ready, however, and coolly caught it and threw away. This kind of thing for a start pleased the home supporters, but they soon saw something very different. Bell, on the Everton right, raced away in fine style, and centred grandly. Brandon was there and cleared for nonce, but for some time after this the visitors maintained a fierce and almost continuous pressure in spite of good tackling by the home halves and some clear and powerful kicking by Earp

Everton Hotly Assailed.

The Wednesday goal, and once Hartley shot through, but was so clearly off-side that a goal was not even claimed. Bell and McInnes were the main instruments in these attacks on the home stronghold, and once, from a fine centre by the famous Dumbarton man, Hartley headed so near the mark that the hearts of Wednesdayites were almost in their mouth's. Matters seemed to be going rather badly for the “Blades” whose front rank at this time rarely got pass the Everton halves, once they got very dangerous. Certainly, but Crawshaw shot wildly high over the bar, midst groans of disappointment. Another time tricky play by Brash and Ferrier forced a corner, but the Everton defence easily cleared. The Sheffielders during the first 20 minutes were mainly kept on the defensive but the Evertonians shooting was not accurate and the home defence kept steady and cool, especially the half-backs. At length

Wednesday Played Up With Spirited

The crowd grew eager and excited as Davis cut his way deftly through the visitors' mid-rank, and was seen making straight for Cain, it was n anxious moment. Just as the Wednesday centre was nearing the 12 yard line, up dashed Boyle, and floored him a palpable trip. Another two yards and it would have been a penalty. As the foul, however, was just outside the limit, a free kick was all that could be given. Crawshaw tounched the ball to Earp, who shot hard in, but Cain got his hands in the way, and making a capital save, the Everton citadel escaped. From a very dangerous assault. The other home forwards then took example by Davis's dash, and before long Brady and Spikesley were soon making, one of their characteristic sprints along the left. Up came Davis to take a pass back he sent the ball to Spikesley, who touched it nearly to Brady, and the ex-Celtic man, by a pretty, somewhat show, but puzzling sailing serenely through the top corner of the goal. Thus Brady scored first goal for Wednesday after 25 minutes' play. At this a tremendous cheer fairly made the Welkin ring; hats were warred in sectary, Wednesdayites were countenances wreathed in smiles, and the excursionists from Liverpool looked blank with dismay. The occasion was one which deserved the display of enthusiasm –a fair goal, and well worked for. There was however one drop of sorrow in the Sheffielder's cup of joy. Harry Davis had been badly hurt in a collection –with whom was not easy to discern –and although after a stoppage of play for some minutes he made an effort to continue another serve shock soon disabled him, and he had to leave the field evidently in great pain from an injury to the stomach. With

Davis Injured.

Wednesday had now to face the famous Evertonians attack with only 10 men upon the field. They were only one goal in front, and with such noted goal getters as the “Toffee men,” there seemed little safety in this. The “Blades,” defence however, attacked again and again with great determination, Earp and his comrades remained cool and steady. To make matters worse for the home side, Ferrier had gone lame and went outside, Brash playing centre after Davis's departure with these circumstances in their favour the Everton men made a series of attacks, though not before Brady had run down the centre and sorely troubled Cain with a long, swift grounder. Afterwards the

Wednesday Goal, Hotly Attacked.

Was well protected by its defenders, Bell, the Evertonian outside right, got in a splendid screw from near the line –a wonderfully clever shot –and Allan, almost at full length, just succeeded in putting the ball past, Everton claimed a goal, maintaining that the ball had been through, but the referee shook his head, and gave a corner kick. Now were the Sheffielders hard put to it, but Allen distinguished himself by some smart goalkeeping, once the ball from one of his own backs nearly beating him, and another time Chadwick giving him a stringer to stop. At length came another change. The Evertonians were all swarming round the Wednesday goal, when Spikesley, getting the ball, broke clear away, and ran the whole length of the field. He looked like scoring, but Storrier managed to foil him at the expense of a corner. This was well placed, and a hot assault on the visitors citadel ensued, in which Brash had a prominent part, with the result that close on half-time Ferrier dashed the ball past Cain amidst a great display of enthusiasm, and gave Wednesday a second point.

Half-Time Sheffield Wednesday 2 goals, Everton 0 goals.

There was possibility of Davis returning to the field, so with the breeze no against them, and counting but ten men, one of these lame, the lead held by the Sheffielders was none too strong. This was a state of affairs evidently realised the Evertonians, for on resuming play they began to lay siege to the Wednesday goal. Although Earp, Langely, and the halves, particularly Petrie tackled superbly, it was not long before

Chadwick Had A God Opening.

But with no one to beat but the goalkeeper the intention shot high over the bar. Everton did much neat work in midfield, but when near the goal they were robbed of the ball or else shot badly. The question of interest amongst the spectators was whether Wednesday, with their weakened forces, would be able to tick to the advantage they held. It was a great task, and required skill, endurance, and pluck. Ever and anon Brash, Brady, and Spikesley would dash away straight for the Everton goal, and once Spikesley narrowly missed by long screw, which sent the ball over the bar. Ply, however, was mainly round the home goal, here Earp and Langley worked wonders, in defence. Once from a free kick given against the latter for charging McInnes, Bell headed over the Wednesday crossbar. Later on Hartley, Chadwick, and Milward made a daring dash for gaol, Earp launched himself at Milward and hurt himself necessitating a short cessation of play, it was with great anxiety that the friends of the “Blades” waited to see whether he would be able to resume, for a loss of their captain and brilliant back as this time would have been serious indeed. However, amidst applause, it was seen that he was able to continue playing. Everton were soon again on the warpath. Their forwards tried hard, but the support they received from their half-back was only moderate. Chadwick had another opening but shot too high. Subsequently the same player shot through, but was o palpably, off-side, that nobody had a shadow of doubt about it. Milward, however, tested Allan with a stringer shot, but the lengthy custodian was unbeatable.

Weakened Wednesday Defended Well.

And as time went on apace, their many friends in the crowd grew easier in their minds. Try as they would the “Toffee men,” could not beat the sturdy phalanx of defenders, who kicked and tackled and worked like heroes to stick to the lead they had got. The might of Everton could not score against ten men one a cripple. Brandon was now also hurt, but still the home defence could not be penetrated, and under the circumstance Earp felt justified in often kicking out when pressed. At length

Everton Were Driven Back,

And Brash and Brady made rings round Storrier, and Spikesley getting the ball sent in a terrificically fast screw shot, which caused Cain great trouble to save –a feat he repeated directly afterwards from Brady. Brash, who had played a brilliant and tricky game throughout, was injured near the end of the game, but was able to continue playing. The visitors made a last desperate effort, but, Allen saved cleverly and coolly from Milward, and thus the Wednesday defender remained unbeaten to the end Result Sheffield Wednesday 2, Everton 0. Teams: - Sheffield Wednesday: - Allan, goal; Earp (captain) and Langley, backs; Brandon, Crawshaw, and Patrie, half-backs; Brash, Ferrier, Davis, Brady and Spikesly, forwards. Everton: - Cain, goal; Kelso and Parry, backs; Boyle (captain), Storrier, and Elliott, half-backs; Bell, McInnes, Hartley, Chadwick, and Milward.

Critical Comments.

The game was not a great one as an exhibition of pretty scientific football or clever combination, but was of the genuine Cup-tie order, full of life, vigour and exciting incidents. Wednesday won by sheer pluck, and accomplished a splendid performance considering that for two-thirds of the time they had only ten men on the field. Everton were handicapped considerably by the absence of Holt and Stewart from the half-back division, which was weak, but Cain, in goal, proved an admirable understudy for Williams. On the day's play Sheffielders were decidedly the better team, and fully deserved to win. Their defence was superb throughout, and though often pressed in the second half, backs and half-back all kept cool, and kicked and tackled with kill and determination. Earp was in brilliant form, and Langley, after the change of ends was wonderfully safe. The half-back were all good, Petrie playing a particularly clever game. Allan had several difficult shots to stop and acquitted himself well in goal. Among the forwards Brash, who played centre after Davis was hurt, was remarkably clever and tricky. Brady played good football throughout. Spikesley did not show his best form, for he had the most powerful Everton back to face, in Kelso, but nevertheless he got in several of his speedy runs and centres, aiding materially in each goal scored. The Evertonians failed to play up to their reputation. Their forwards missed several chances very badly in spite of poor assistance from their half-backs they did a great amount of attacking during the game, but failed at critical moments, mainly because the opposing halves dashed in and robbed them, Bell played capitally during the first 20 minutes, but then fell off and perhaps, on the whole Chadwick was the pick of the division. Kelso and Parry at back played a fair game, Kelso being the best man of the two. Wednesday won by really fine defensive, and by making good uses of what chances they had. They fully earned their place in the Semi-Final, and on Saturday's form will take a great deal of beating for the cup.

Davis Injury

Upon Davis leaving the field after his injury he received immediate medical attention. At first it was thought that he was very seriously hurt indeed, from the blow he had received in the stomach, he had received a serve shock, and was in great agony. Being conveyed home, however, he was attended by Dr. H. Lockwood, who informed our representative later in the evening that he was progressing favourably. He had sustained contusion of the liver, but with a fortnight's rest and attention would probably be all right again.

The Gate.

The total receipts mounted to £889 6s 9d, and the official estimate of the attendance is that about 28,000 people were present.



March 4 1895. The Liverpool mercury

Everton were believe to have the best chance of the four visiting teams, but when it was discovered that the team was of a makeshift character through Holt Stewart, and Williams being on the sick list, there were few who could feel sanguine that they would qualify for the semi-finals stage. Everton, indeed, will have painful recollections of their expeditions to Sheffield this season, for there, playing with ten men on each occasion, they lost their League matches, with both Sheffield clubs, and now they have to mourn the loss of further English Cup honours, though their failure against Sheffield Wednesday. On Tuesday they had decidedly hard luck. They were literally carrying all before them until that ugly, fierce charge which caused Williams to be carried off the ground, which a sprained ankle, but there are no palliation's that can be urged for utter break down on Saturday, except it be that the substitutes were not class enough. This point of view may be held as an excuss. But does it not carry censure upon management for not being better prepared for such an emergency as that which had occurred ? The one great object of a reserve team is to keep the surplus hands in practice, who should be men of skill of the first order, each one in his particular position an understudy or the double of the player, who holds the corresponding place in the first team. This is not what Everton at present possess, except partially. Especially is the flaw apparent in connection with the halfbacks, and there is not one who is likely to step into the shots of either Holt, Boyle, or Stewart with credit to himself or with safety to the club. Now the situration must be considered seriously and action taken promptly. The majority of the present first team players are getting on in years. They may last a season or so more, but there is danger that they will crack up earlier. Whether they keep up their state of effectiveness for a long time or not, it is necessary to be prepared. To be forewarned is to be forewarned. The most optimistic Evertonians will be forced to the conclusion that Oilver grove has furished a warming. Then again, Everton have not the local field to themselves now! There are two Richmonds. They have their partisans, it is true, but the best friends of football are those who will go where the greatest skill is displayed, and if this is furnished more consistently at Anfield than at Goodison Park then Anfield will be the Mecca of the pilgrims of the true in football. But it will be said that this indictment would not be made if Everton had won. It may be true, and it may not. It would all depend in what manner of way the victory had been gained. Had the battle been lost through hard luck rather than bad play, there would have been some consolation for the team's followers. But there was no substantial slice of ill luck, except that Everton claim to have scored on two occasions, but these were at least doubtful points and the referee gave the defenders the benefit of his open judgement. If any one can urge that the fates were not propitious, it was Sheffield Wednesday, and they are congratulated upon their pluck and smartness, in not only holding their own with ten men, but in increasing their lead from one goal to two. To do so when short-handed if a meritorious performance all the more appreciated falling upon the eve, as it does, of Everton's inability to do likewise when similarly handicapped at Bramell Lane. Kelso alone of the Everton men played up to his reputation, and yet he had a remarkable clever wing to face in Spikesley and Brady. Parry worked hard, but was slow, and eventually still suffering from a cold. Boyle was also energetic, but more excited than he has ever been seen. He had poor colleagues, however, and was anxious to redeem the halfbacks from its falling prestige. Storrier was useless, being too slow, and erratic, whist Elliott was fearless, but also erratic. The forwards went in for too much short passing, which was pretty to look at, but only ornamental, and on a very heavy ground is a mistake, with the result that they have seldom shot less nor shot worse. Cain did not shine as it was though he would. He misjudged the direction of the ball which, gave Wednesday their first goal, but could not be blamed much for the second. Still he seemed nervous and fumbled on several occasions. Sheffield Wednesday displayed the right kind of tactics. Long hard kicking, keen well directed shooting, and a close following up, with Spikesley and Brash the pacemakers. Petrie Crawshaw and Brandon were all clever halfbacks, and one does not know which to admire most, their feeding of the forwards or their support of the backs. Earp kicked splendidly and Langley was safe, so much so that Allen had not much to do.


True sportsman are ever eager to give honour where honour is due, and accordingly all lovers of the Association game of football will appreciate the approaching opportunity to demonstrate their approval in a most practical and unequivocal way of one of its greatest exponents, no other, in short than R.Kelso. He takes a well earned benefit on Monday !st April-to choose the day dedicated to all Fools may provoke a smile, but Kelso is no fool though he may be a good jester-and the game will be Everton v Preston North End. At one time a Scotch team was though of, and had it been possible to gather together the old Renton team ‘'the World Champions'' as they were popularly styled of which Kelso was a distinguished member in company with A.Hannah, J.Kelly, J.Lindsay, J.McColl and other famous men. It would have been a novel and great attraction, but this was not practicable. So Preston North End readily recommended itself and no more welcome team ever visited Goodison Park, whilst it must not be forgotten that Kelso was himself a North End player for more than two years. A fine evening only will be necessary tom guarantee a bumping gate, especially if Everton should have beaten Sunderland in the League journey on the previous Saturday: but that there should be no suspicion of want of appreciativeness, tickets should be secured beforehand. Kelso is well known on and off the football field and is a general favourite with colleagues and opponents as well as being highly companionable and courteous to those who have the advantage of his acquaintance. This by the way. It is for the pleasure he has given thousands as a footballer that he is accorded as benefit and if we mistake not the public will behave handsomely. The beneficiaries first made himself famous as a right halfback in which, position he played twice for Scotland against England; but latterly he has done yeoman service for Everton as a right fullback, and when in charge of the department, has invariably inspired confidence in the ability of Everton to win. Kelso's bright history as a football player ere he crossed the border is briefly as follows: - He joined Renton Club in 1883,k and played for them til 1887. During this period the team was successful in winning the Scottish Cup twice, the Glasgow Charity Cup four times, and the Dumbartonshire cup once. Kelso played in six internationals matches for Scotland, and was selected by the Dumbartonshire Association five times to play for his County. He played for the Newcastle West End in 1888, and after one season with them joined Preston North End. With whom he stayed until he threw in his lot with Everton, where may he continue for some considerable time yet to come. Everton and Burnley are taking part in a friendly game at Goodison Park this afternoon kick off four o'clock for the benefit, in consideration of Hillman's transfer of the Burnley club, for which event Everton have chosen the following side: - Hillman, goal, Adams, and Arridge, backs, Walker, Storrier, and Elliott, halfbacks, Latta, Clark, Geary, McMillan, and Handford, forwards.


March 4, 1895. Yorkshire Herald.

At Oliver Grove, before 25,000 people, many trips having been run from Liverpool, and all being crowded. The weather was very fine overhead, though the ground was rather heavy, a total change in conditions from what was the case on New Years's Day, when Everton were here beaten by b3 goals to nil in a league match. Both teams were powerful, though Everton had Holt and Stewart away, Storrier and Elliott appearing. Sheffield Wednesday won the toss and kicked with the wind, and the home team at once went away. Davis had hard lines in front of goal by slipping but Brady scored for Wednesday after 23 minutes. Wednesday after 25 minutes Wednesday now attacked magnificently having exceedingly hard lines. At Length Prasch scored a second from a scrimmage. Half time –Sheffield 2 goals to Everton nothing. On resuming the home team were weakened through Davis, who was hurt. On going play followed, both backs having plenty to do. One shot struck the home cross bar, whilst Chadwick came very near scoring. At the other end Spikesley made a meritorious attempts with a capital screw shot, but nothing further was alone Everton had the best of the play, but the Sheffield defence was admirable, and time arrived with the result; Sheffield Wednesday, two; Everton nil.


March 5 1895. The Liverpool Courier

A friendly match between these teams was played at Goodison Park yesterday, in the presence of 2,tpp spectators. The procceeds were for the Burnley Club, in consideration for their having transferred Hillman, their goalkeeper, for several seasons to Everton. The announcement that Hillman would keep goal in this match interested a great many of the supporters of the club, and when he made his appearance he was beauty cheered. Early on in the game he was severely tested by Turnbull and when he brought off a fine save he was loudly applauded. McDonald, who first appeared for Everton as inside left, had to go off owing so an injury, and his place was taken by Murray. The Burnley players attacked fiercely, and from a scrimmage Adams headed into his own goal, Hillman not having any chance of saving, as he had gone out to meet the ball. The home team took the ball to their opponents goal as Handford cause Johnstone to handle, a near rescue being the result. The Evertonians had much the better of the game after this and after a couple of corners had been conceded, them Clarke made a good attempt but header over. Burnley were not able to make much progess, and shortly before halftime Geary equalised with a neat shot after Clark has run down splendidly. Halftime Everton 1 goal Burnley 1 goal. Everton were the most prominent on resuming, and from some pretty work between Geary and Clarke a corner was forced, but this was spoiled by a bad shot by the last by the last mentioned players. The pressure on the Burnley goal was sustained, and from a pass by Williams the second goal was shot, by Geary, the custodian having no chance of saving. Not many minutes later Geary again received the ball after it had cannoned off Mlintock, and with a giant long shot he registered the third goal. The visitors exerted themselves, and Hillman saved a long shot, from Turnbull, while a couple of minutes later he effected a magnificent rescue from Bowes for which he was deservedly cheered. The game now tended very much in favour of the Burnley team, and Adams and Hillman put in some fine defensive work. The Everton players at last made an advance to the other half, and Johnson saved a good one from Handford. The ball went to Williams who passed finely across, and Handford, on meeting the ball cleverly scored the fourth goal. Clarke slipped the ball into the net for the fifth time, but the point was not allowed owing to a foul. After a short of give and take play, Bowis flew down, and passed clean across to the other wing, Taylor sending in a rasping shot, which was wonderfully well saved by Hillman. Final score Everton 4 goals, Burnley 1. Teams- Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams (captain), and Boylam, backs, Walker, Storrier, and Elliott, halfbacks, Williams, Clarke, Geary, Murray and Handford, forwards. Burnley: - Johnson, goal, McLintock, and Nicol, backs, Livingstone, Espie, and Place (sen) halfbacks, Hill Bowes, McKnight, Turnbull, and Taylor, forwards.



Match 11, 1895. Yorkshire Herald.

Played at Goodison Park, Liverpool, before 25,000 spectators. The opening stages were in favour of Everton, who played with the wind, but afterwards Liverpool assumed the aggressive, and severely tested the Everton defence, Ross and Bradshaw having hard lines. Several times both teams attacked desperately before the interval, but either could score, although Liverpool had the most cheers. At the interval there was no score. On resuming, Everton attacked, and from a shot by Chadwick, Curran brought down Milward. The wind was now in favour of Everton, and after several fruitless attempts the ball was put into the net. There was no further score. The gate realised £725.



March 11 1895. The Liverpool mercury

Lancashire senior Cup semi-final

The meeting of these local rivals at Goodison Park on Saturday proved a popular event but did not attract nearly so many people at the club's League match in October last. Still the crowd was a large one, and numbers about 28,000 the ‘'gate'' money realising £722. Previous to the cup tie the Schoolboys of the city and the schoolboys of the District replayed their match for the possession of medals Presented by Mr. Wilcom, MP. Everton and Liverpool were strongly represented for the cup tie and Stewart reappearing at haltback whilst Latta and Geary played forward in place of McInnes and Hartley. Teams- Everton: - Cain, goal, Kelso, and Parry backs, Boyle (captain), Holt and Stewart halfbacks, Latta Bell Geary, Chadwick and Milward forwards. Liverpool: - McQueen (m), goal, Curran and McLean (d), backs, McCartney, McQue, and McLean (j), halfbacks, McVean, Ross, Bradshaw, Hannah (d) and Kerr forwards Referee John Lewis. Boyle won the toss, with the slight wind in there favour. Bradshaw promptly started the ball in motion and McQue was at once prominent for plucky play. Chadwick was penalised for kicking McCartney and Bradshaw again nearly having a chance. At length both goals underwent a narrow escape, Ross first missing by a fast shot, and Milward failing to take a beautiful pass off Latta right under the bar. Everton now went more compactly and had rather the best of matters, but offside spoiled their best attempt. As had time drew near, Liverpool forwards put in clever midfield work, but nerves when nearing goal. After several corners had fallen to Liverpool's share they wound up attacking strongly, nothing having been scored up the interval. On resuming Everton went off a great pace in the Liverpool half, a foul by J.McLean being badly worked by Boyle. Later on Chadwick went in a dropping shot which McQueen judged beautifully, and Milward was called to order by the referee for jumping at Curran. Still maintaining the pressure in excellent style, the Evertonians fairly peppered McQueen, where display was magnificent he repelling shot after shot in the most daring yet, collected fashion. once save in particularly from Bell, being the most brilliant piece of work. Ross, Bradshaw, and Hannah created a diversion, but offside by Hannah ruined the attempt. Following fine individual play by McVean Bradshaw, looked forward and forced Cain to handle. A dash by the Liverpool forwards was then dangerous for Everton, McCartney sending in a fast shot just a trifle wide, while immediately afterwards McQue sent in a trimmer, which took Cain all his time to attend to. The Everton Custodian was again called upon Hannah and kerr was only a second too late in meeting his throw out, Kelso intervening with his hand. Liverpool were now playing in improved style, and Ross put in one of his characteristic run, which carried the ball right into the Everton goalmouth, but his pass was not take advantage of by his comrades. Everton again became aggressive, and McQueen was severely tested by a teaser from Chadwick, but although charged by Bell, managed to clear in splendid style. Two fouls them fell to Everton's share, and from both free kicks the ball was sent into the net untouched. McLean made a great error in not kicking at once Latta took this opening obtained a clear field, and though he ran up to close quarters McQueen again proved what a sterling player he is bringing off a beautiful save, repeating the performance a moment later. As time went on a drew seemed inevitable, but Everton were going well, and about five minutes from the finish Milward from Stewart taking the ball before it reached the ground, swung it into the net at long range and effected a win for Everton by a goal to nil.



March 11 189. The Liverpool Mercury

Liverpool Senior cup

At Southport. Everton sent their combination teams with Hillman in goal, and the Central were fully represented. Everton made a commencement against a stiffish breeze, notwithstanding which, the home goal was immediately threatened, but Gee's splendidly play averted disaster. Near half time Halsall defeated Hollman after a scrimmage in goal. In the second half Everton showed better form. Murray equalising the result was a draw of 1 goal each.



March 11 1895. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton were well manned for their combat with Liverpool and it is just as well they were so. They certainly had the best of the game particularly in the second half, but encountered such good defence, especially that of M.McQueen, that only one goal could be recored, and that a somewhat lucky one. In saying this goal had a spice of luck about it, no desire is intended to discount the effort of Milward, who deserves every praise for, on just a chance coming his way, making a splendid use of it, in taking the ball in the descent from a kick by Stewart, and driving it into the net by a stroke that took McQueen and almost everyone else by surprise. Milward shoot hard, but not always with precision, and in scoring this solitary goal at a moment when there could scarely be any hope of Liverpool equalising, he amply atoned for one or two erratic attempts in the first half of the game. The forwards generally worked well together. The wings were about equally strong, and Latta and Bell played as fast and harmonious as did Chadwick and Milward. Geary had a hard task before him if he was to shine at centre forward in the face of such a resourceful halfback as McQue, but he came out of the ordeal with much credit. He displayed unusual dash, and held his wings well together, helping either impartially, and would have done even better, beyond doubt had not some inconsiderable spectators irritated him, by insulting and unmerited exclamations. When a man is trying his best he may make an occasional mistake, but these should be allowed to pass unheeled if the play has been as a rule of merit. Latta was welcomed back in the fold, and delighted his friends by the turn of speed he commanded, and the fearless efforts to put forth. The halfbacks were the familiar three, and their play was more worthy of the reputation of Everton than that given at Olive Grove. In spite of the friction with the committee and in spite of his sore knee, about which, there is no showed of doubt. Holt made his presence greatly felt, and though lame, but stick to his opponents in a manner essentially his own. It was in the first degree to him more than any other individual that Everton are indebted for their victory. Boyle also contributed much to the winning cause, but is there so much need in his capacity as captain, to shout at his men ? Stewart played under difficulty he still suffering from a cold, and was not so effective as he has been on many other occasions. Kelso was very clean in his kicking and safe in emergency whilst Parry faced Ross and Mcvean fearlessly and successfully Cain kept his goal intact, and was as a rule cool, but now and again he got the ball away in a manby pamby once lobbing the sphere to Kelso in a very amateurish fashion, though fortunately the right back took in the situation promptly and cleared.


March 13, 1895, Birmingham Daily Mail

The directors of the Everton Football Club have entered into a contract for the purchase of their football ground, Goodison Park. The Shareholders will be consulted upon the matter shortly, will be called for the purpose of hearing their views on the question. The proposed purchase includes not only the playing ground but the practice ground, which fronts into Mere Lane.



March 13, 1895 The Leeds Mercury

The directors of the Everton Football club yesterday arranged with the owner of the ground at Goodison Park, to acquire it from him. The terms will be submitted to the shareholders, who, in view of the increased security which the purchase will give them, will probably confirm the arrangement.



March 13, 1895. The Liverpool Mercy

Football players, and the greater host who love to watch the famous game, must regard as of exceeding importance the conclusion of a provisional contract for the acquisition of Goodison Park by the Everton Football Club. It is understood that the negotiations in this direction have been mainly carried on by Mr. George Mahon. Of course the seal of the shareholders of the company must be set to the arrangement.



March 18, 1895. The Yorkshire Herald.

With Everton and Sunderland running neck and neck for the League Championship, the match aroused great interest, and 9,000 spectators were present at Burnley. Hillman, the ex-Burnley custodian, kept goal for Everton, and the first half was splendidly contested, Milward scoring for the visitors just on the interval. On resuming, the visitors added another from a free kick, and Chadwick scored a third. Burnley, however, were not to be denied, and Hillman was twice beaten before the finish. However, Everton scored again, and time arrived with the score: Everton, four goals; Burnley, two.

BURNLEY 2 EVERTON 4 (game 177)

March 18 1895. The Liverpool Mercury

The first meeting of these clubs in the League competition this season took place at Burnley on Saturday before some 9,000 spectators. Hillman made his debut in the Everton League team, and his reception by the crowd was of a somewhat mixed character. The ground was in good order, and at four o'clock the teams lined up as follows: - Burnley: - Johnson, goal, Crabtree, and McLintock, backs, Place (sen), Espie, and Livingstone halfbacks, Hill Taylor, McKnight, Bowes, and Place (junr) forwards, Everton: - Hillman goal, Kelso, and Parry, backs, Boyle (captain), Holt, and Stweart, halfbacks, Latta, Bell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards . Everton won the toss, and played with the sun behind them. McKnight set the ball rolling, and getting clean away it was driven over the Everton line. From the goal kick the visitors got well under weigh, and Bell travelled nicely down but overran the ball, and a moment later Milward tried a long shot, which went slightly wide of the mark. A free kick against Crabtree placed the Everton forwards in good position, but Bowes checked at a critical moment, and Livingstone further cleared only to find Parry in readiness. A minute later Chadwick got in a capital screw, which missed only by inches. Bell shot over after Geary had placed neatly, and then play settled down in the Everton end, Kelso eventually kicking out. Place junior sent in a grand shot to Hillman, who cleared well, and from a free kick near goal the Everton backs had an anxious time until Espie shot behind. Again Hillman was called upon and kicked well done. Geary showed good play, and though checked by Crabtree put in a smart shot, which Johnson stopped indifferently, but unfortunately there was nobody up, and the home backs easily cleared. After a brief visit to Hillman's charge, the Everton forwards again got off and Bell passed all opposition, but shot into Johnson's hands. The pace was kept up to a great pitch, and the ball travelled from end to end in quick succession. Hill put in good work, but was well attended to by Stewart. Crabtree placed the ball well in front when Latta cleared but in returning Taylor tested Hillman with a weak shot. Espie was penalised for fouling Holt, and this gave the Evertonians a strong position, when Geary unfortunately handled the ball, and from the free kicks the whole of the Burnley line got away in good combination, and Hillman was fortunate in meeting a dangerous shot by Place jun. Latta and Bell raced down, the outsider centring beautifully but Crabtree rushed across and stemmed the danger. Within a minute the ball was down at the Everton end, and Bowes sent in a sharp, low shot which Hillman cleverly manipulated. McKnight was going strongly when the whistle sounded for offside, and then followed a strong siege in front of the Burnley goal. Bell in attempting to send the ball across, to Milward, shot outside. From the goalkick Place made the running for Hill and Taylor, but after Parry had checked a strong movement Hill replied with a high shot over the bar, offside play again spoiled a chance of Burnley and after a capital bit of work between Stewart and the Everton left the ball was sent across the goalmouth Latta being a trifle late in getting up Espie had a good chance to open the scoring account at the other end, but shot over the bar. From the goalkick Chadwick got possession and passed to Milward, who just topped the bar from a long range. Kelso got in a weak kick, and hill fastened on the ball, and having beaten Parry sent in a hard shot at Hillman, who made a good save, and on Chadwick getting hold Crabtree was rounded only to find the goalkeeper in readiness. Boyle took a free kick, which resulted in McLintock conceding a corner, and a scrimmage ensued. Stewart sent in a low shot, which was checked, and Milward meeting the rebound drove into the net three minutes from the interval. Getting to work again Bell ran the ball down but was somewhat astray, with his shot, this accident bring up halftime. Everton leading by a goal to nil.

Geary restarting, and the opening stages were characteristic by some capital combination among the Everton van. Chadwick sent in a long slow shot to Johnson, who cleared and at halfway ‘'hands'' against Stewart resulted in Crabtree sending well down, only to find McKnight putting the ball behind. Stewart placed the ball nicely to Milward, who put in a clinking shot, which just cleared the bar, and further pressure Crabtree cleared strongly. McKnight got off, but was somewhat slow, and Kelso checked easily. Stewart, who had been placing the ball nicely for his forwards, put in some good tackling in addition, and Bell headed a sound second goal ten minutes from the resumption of play. Burnley appealing unsuccessfully for offside. Twice in succession Burnley backs headed out of goal and on travelling to the other end McKnight had a fair chance to score, but sent in a weak shot, which gave Hillman little difficulty in clearing. A couple of free kicks against Everton gave considerable trouble to Kelso and Parry, but Holt came to the rescue, and Chadwick and Geary got away strongly, and sending across to Bell the last named player sent in a clever shot, which Johnson cleverly saved. Once again Milward got away and parted to Chadwick who scored, the goalkeeper ineffectually fisting the ball. Bell and Stewart sent in two raid shots, but them Johnson neutralised very ably. Geary was penalised, and for the moment it seemed that Burnley would open their account, but Stewart nipped in and sent to half way, where Bell and Latta took up the running Crabtree continued to play an effective game, and often kept out Chadwick and Milward. In the meantime Espie had left the field, whilst Pace senior had changed positions with Taylor. Holt was hurt in a charge by Bowes, which led to a slight delay and following the restart the play slowed down somewhat. At length Bell rounded McLintock, and sent in a long, low shot with great force, Johnson having no chance to clear. Latta next tried a shot, which, struck the bar, and on Milward meeting it, Johnson was called upon and saved well. By way of a change the Everton end was reached, and the Burnley forwards had full possession, but dallied with the ball, and Holt got it clear. At length Place Jun tricked Parry and sent in a smart centre, and Place Sen shot hard into the net from close range. The enthusiasm had just subsided when the Burnley right got off again and going through the same performance. Place Jun, met the ball and sent it to Hillman who before he could clear, was bundled with it into the net. This second success fairly roused the Burnleyites, and the pace in the closing stage of play became faster than ever-but nothing further was scored, and Everton were returned winners by 4 goals to 2.



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Everton team: - Cain goal, Adams, and Boylan, backs, Walker, Storrier, and Elliott, halfback, Latta, Clarke, Hughes, McMillan, and Handford, forwards.



March 18 1895. The Liverpool mercury

Everton, for their first League match of the season with Burnley, which took place on Saturday at Turf Moor were fortunate in commanding a strong team, with the men, generally speaking in better health than they have been during the past month. A few are still slightly indisposed, particularly Chadwick and Parry. Burnley too had their best available team, and the weather being favorable and the ground in fairly good condition, fast play was assured. The game was of a ding dong character during the early stages and the Evertonians, if anything, had a pull over their opponents. The halfback line was the strongest department of the team, and the superior methods of the trio weremost apparent after the change of ends when for a long period they gave those in front of them many chances to obtain a powerful lead. The home forces were were reduced by the retirement of Espie after Everton had a lead of three goals to nil, and, singularly enough from this point on to the finish of the game the Burnleyities had a better share of the play. As the closing stage were reached the leaders had all their work fashioned out for them, and the pace during the last five minutes was an item to be remembered. Hillman was undoubtedly in his best form, and the two shots that defeated him were will nigh impossible to avert. The first was sent in from a few yards in front of goal at lighting speed, and the second, though he met the ball, resulted in a charge into the net. Parry was not up to play, and towards the closing stages his weak attempts in checking Place, senior led up to Burnley's two goals. Still, taking into account the fact that he is not quite convalescent some allowance must be made, Kelso started rather indifferently, but redeemed himself as play were on, and in the closing stages proved very resourceful. As stated above, the halfbacks were a strong lot. Holt was especially successful in checking Mcknight and everyone else that came in his way. Boyle was also fairly successful in deafening Bowes and Place Junior and on the other wing Stewart executed some capital work. Both in tackling and placing the ball for his forwards. All the front line worked well together, but if any fault could be found it was that there was too much short passing, at times especially in the first half, and had the front rank varied. It by swinging the ball more from wing to wing their lead would no doubt have been greater at the interval. Geary made a good centre, and most unselfishly fed his wings. Bell was not at his best, but his strong shooting in the second portion was one of the leading items of play. Latta played a good game as also did Chadwick and Milward was at his best, as Crabtree would undoubtedly testify. Coming to the Burnley players, Johnson in goal had plenty of work to do. He appeared somewhat nervous in dealing with the earlier shots, but afterward he showed goalkeepering well up to the league average. Crabtree, as became an international, was speedy and resourceful as a back, and in addition, to doing his own work rendered McLoctock much assistance. Ii was in back play that Burnley was but represented, for the effort of the other players were tained with too great a degree of inequailty. Livingston was the best of the three halves. Whose department was the weak spot of the team, especially as Espie had to retire during the second half.



March 16 1895 Smart Arridge played for Wales against Ireland at Belfast on Saturday game resulting in a 2-2 draw. March 18 1895, Charlie Parry played for Wales against England at the Queen's Club Ground West Kensington, London, on Monday in front of 3,000 spectators resulting in a 1-1 draw.


EVERTON 3 BURNLEY 2 (game 178)

March 22 1895. The Liverpool Mercury

This return League fixture, was played last evening at Goodison Park, before a gathering of about 7,000 spectators. The Burnley team was identical with that which was defeated on Saturday, and McInnes reappeared in the home rank. At 4-30 the teams lined up as follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Kelso, and Parry, halfbacks, Boyle (captain) Holt and Stewart, halfbacks, Latta, McInnes, Bell, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Burnley: - Johnson goal, Crabtree and McLintock backs, Taylor, Espie, and Livingstone, halfbacks, Place (sen), Hill, McKnight, Oplace (jun), and Bowes, forwards.

Milward kicked off on behalf of Everton, who faced a powerful sun. A couple of thrown's in to Burnley were the means of taking play towards the home goal, but a free kick gave relief, and McLintock, and Crabtree were hard pressed, the latter saving finely. Everton returned and a prolonged attack was made on the Burnley goal, which experienced a number of wonderful escapes, Johnson saving numerous shots in smart fashion. Bell and Chadwick both shot finely, and had hard luck, the ball eventually finding its way over the line. From the goal kick the Burnley forwards dashed off, but found Holt a stumbling block, whilst Stewart checked Place senior. A free kick to the visitors was headed away by Boyle, But Burnley returned and Bowes only just sent wide of the posts. Weak play by Parry let in Place senior and Hill the former shooting in low to Hillman who kicked away to neutral ground. Chadwick was next seen to advantage in some tricky play, and Latta forced a corner off McLintock, which however, pervade futile. Bowes, Place junior and McKnight retaliated on behalf of Burnley Hillman again saving. Bell next sprinted grandly down the Everton left, but was fouled and from the subsequent free kick McLintock cleared the danger. At the other end the Burnley forwards worked their way well into goal, and Place junior shot. The ball seemed to be swerving out of the reach of Hillman but the Ex-Burnley custodian reached it by a supreme effort, and brought off a magnificent save admist a hearty round of cheers. The Burnley men at this period were certainly putting more ‘'go'' into their play than the Evertonians, who were taking matters too easy. Consequently the ball was often at the Everton end, the efforts of the Burnley forwards to score proving futile for a time. About 25 minutes after the start a neat bit of passing between McKnight, Bowes and Place junior ended in the former scoring first goal for the visitors. Hillman having no chance of saving the shot, which was sent in from short range. This reverse livened up the Evertonians, and a strong attack was made on the Burnley goal, a futile corner, however, being the only result. Offside play and then Milward receiving ran down the centre spoiled a further raid by Burnley, but he was unable to get in a clear shot. Latta however, had a good sending the ball outside, to the chagrin of the home supporters. Chadwick had a couple of shies, both of which, proved ineffectual, and McLintock and Espie cleared a couple of corners to Everton. A few moments later Burnley again dashed off, and Parry missing his kick. Hill shot, the ball going of Hillman's hands into the net, thus scoring the second goal for Burnley. Attacks followed on each goal; the visitor's forwards on one occasion when in easy position being pulled up for offside. Up to the interval, nothing further was scored, Burnley holding the lead by two goals to nil.

McKnight restarted, but the home forwards fastened on the ball, and after Bell had fouled Place senior, Holt in attempting to put the ball in the goal mouth, kicked strongly over the line Taylor was conspicuous in checking many attacks on the line and Place senior defeated Parry, but who weak in the final effort. The home players now got off strongly, and Chadwick and McInnes sent in shots, but the Burnley defence was all that could be desired. McKnight and Bowes tricked Boyle, and Hillman was called upon, and on clearing the whole Everton line broke away, Chadwick sending in a splendid cross shot which, McInnes just missed meeting. At this juncture Stewart received a kick on the ankle and retired, but this had no apparent effect on the home players who severely passed the Burnley defenders. McInnes sent in a hot shot which; Johnson was lucky in meeting, and a moment later McInnes headed the ball onto the top of the bar. The same ill luck characteristic the play for the next few minutes, during which time Latta, Chadwick and Milward sent in capital shots Crabtree defended well, but on calling again Chadwick failed at one of his inimitable screws close in goal. At last their efforts were rewarded. From a return by Boyle, Bell out the ball to Latta who shot in strongly, and scored Everton's first goal. Within a minute from the resumption the front line was again in the fore, and McInnes had a grand chance of equalising, but put the ball wide, though a moment later Chadwick nearly scored after hands had been given against Hill. Espie at length broke the monotony, and his forwards raced strongly down, only to find Stewart checking their progess and placing his men in good position again. After a fruitless corner had been taken Bell from a long range defeated Johnston and equalised. A rearrangement of the forwards had much to do with this success, and for a long period the Burnleyites were powerless against the opposing line. Chadwick just skimmed the bar, and a hot shot from McInnes rebound from the upright McKnight got away, and seemed to have a clear course when Parry pulled him up. and on Mcinnes centring to bell, the latter shot hard, and Johnson was fortunate in meeting the ball. Following this the Everton forwards worked the ball down nicely, but their final effects were weak. Crabtree gave a corner, from a scrimmage in goal, and the ball was well placed to Bell, who, however, headed high over the bar. Immediately afterwards Crabtree tripped Chadwick and Stewart placed the ball nicely into the goalmouth, and Bell headed through, giving his side the lead about a minute from the close of play. Everton thoroughly deserve their victory. They allowed the greater staying power and an abundance of grit. For a variety the home team opened in the most lactase fashion and as a result was in a minority of two goals at halftime, which predicament they richly deserved. When they got to work in the second half matters mended gradually but surely, and a happy change of position of Milward and Bell eventually brought about the desideration. Everton are now on an equality with Sunderland and the position and prospects become intensely exciting.



March 22, 1895. Birmingham Daily Post

At Liverpool, before 7,000 spectators. Milward kicked off for Everton at 4.30. At spectators. Milward kicked off for Everton at 4.30. At the outset Burnley played the stronger game, Everton taking matters too easily. After twenty-five minutes McKnight scored for the visitors, after Hillman had saved on several occasions. Just before the interval Hills passed Parry and Holt, and scored a second goal for Burnley. Half-time Burnley 2, Everton 0

The game proved on resuming none too interesting, the Everton team playing still very listlessly; but owing to the defensive tactics of the visitors Hillman was not troubled to a great extent. As time progressed Everton awakened to the situation, and Latta scored, bell equalising a little later. The pace now improve, and the game became exciting. Result: A draw – 2 each.


March 23, 1895. The Liverpool Mercy

A meeting of the shareholders of the Everton Football Club took place last evening, and unanimously adopted the recommendation of the directors to purchase the football ground now used by the club.



March 25, 1895. Yorkshire Herald

At Goodison Park. The opening play was all in favour of Everton, and after fifteen minutes play Geary scored. The visiting halves played only a moderate game, and consequently the home men had matters pretty much their own way. Milward added a couple of goals in quick succession, and close upon the interval Geary put on a fourth. Resuming the Albion played up strongly, and Richards scored, and after Latta had notched in a easy one for Everton, Richards added a second point. Everton van, well backed up by Kelso and Holt, fairly monopolised the play, and Chadwick, Geary, and Latta added to the already substantial score. Chadwick scored a ninth and the result was: - Everton, 9 goals; West Bromwich Albion, 2 goals.


March 25 1895. The Liverpool Mercury

A friendly match was arranged between these clubs, but owing to the wretched conditions that prevailed the attendance was of a very limited character. The composition of the Everton team was changed from that which did duty through the week, but both sides turned out strongly, as will be seen from the following list of players: - Everton: - Hillman, goals, McDonald, and Arridge, backs, Kelso, Holt, and Elliott, Halfbacks, Latta (captain), McInnes, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards, Albion: - Reader, goal, Horton, and Williams, backs, Perrt (t), Higgins, and Taggarts, halfbacks, Bassett, McLeod, Richards, Hutchinson, and Banks, forwards . Richards opened the play, and following a little diversion by Milward and Chadwick, Perry checked the former when a good opening presented itself, and Bassett fastened on the ball, but his centre was not put to good advantage, and Holt quickly placed his side in good position again. Taggart neatly foiled a smart bit of combination between Latta and McInnes and Richards headed a strong movement to the Everton end, where Higgins shot hard, but was wide of the mark. Chadwick had a near squeak at goal, and after Williams had defended nicely, Hillman was called upon and met the attack in most able fashion. Geary got away, and sending across to Chadwick, the latter player put in a fine screw shot, which received the finishing touch from Geary 15 minutes from the commencement of play. Restarting Everton were penalised, but Arridge cleared strongly, and Milward and Chadwick again took up the running. A beauty from the former just skimmed the bar and a few minutes later McInnes got away and passed to Geary, and when a goal looked certain Higgins tripped him up, and from the free kick Richards, and Hutchinson worked nicely down, when McDonald stopped further progess, and punting strongly, McInnes and Latta put in some fine touches of play, and on the last named sending across to Milward a second goal was registered. Getting to work again Perry gave Bassett and McLeod several chances, but Holt was very successful in spoiling their combination, and in addition placed the ball well to his forwards Geary shot in and Milward in a race for the ball reached it before the visiting custodian, and scored an easy goal. The next item of play was a smart run down by McLeod, following which Geary put in a good individual effort his final shot, however, being wide of the mark. The West Bromwich halves were powerless in their attempts to check the Everton forwards. Taggart alone doing anything like creditable work. Geary had the goal at his mercy, but failed, though a moment later he made amends on getting the ball from Holt, and breaking away, sent in a long shot which, defeated Readers. Keeping up a pressure the visiting custodian had an anxious time, and just before the whistle sounded for half time Chadwick got in a grand shot, which reader saved. Half time score Everton 4 goals: West Bromwich Ablion nil. On resuming Hillman was early called upon and saved well, and for some little time the Albion had a fair share of the play. After Richards had made a poor attempt to defeat Hillman, McDonald got in a good kick and Holt supplemented by placing the ball nicely to Geary, who sent across to the right, and from some misunderstanding among the Albion, who stopped play and appealed for offside. Latta trotted merily along and scored easily. Following this point the visitors swarmed round Hillman's charge, and after exchanges Banks passed to Richards, who scored from close quarters. McDonald got in a couple of nice kicks into the goalmouth, but Reader's defence was capital and Banks and Hutchinson fastening on the ball the other end was quickly resorted. Bassett shot in hand, and quickly following Hillman had another warm shot to negotiate, and Richards eventually shortly afterwards scored a second point for his side. The game had no sooner been resumed then Chadwick tricked Horton and scored. A few minutes later Geary headed through from a well placed corner. Still keeping up a strong pressure on the Albion defence Chadwick sent in a stinger which, Reader failed to clear effectively, and on Latta meeting the return an eight point was registered. Chadwick tried a long shot, which came off, and the game was brought to a close with Everton leading by 9 goals to 2.



March 25 1895. The Liverpool Mercury

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March 25 1895. The Liverpool Mercury

It was with universal satisfaction that the news was received that the purchase of the magnificent ground at Goodison Park had been accomplished, by the directors. Every year, owing to the growth of the suburba, it becomes more and more difficult to retain, and also to obtain suitable spots for recreation, not only in Liverpool but in other towns, and the information that such clubs as the Rovers and Everton, have actually purchased or intend to do so in the immederiate future, is indeed gratifying to all concerned.

The Everton spectators experienced a great fright on Thursday last, as for over an hour their favourites were 2 goals to the bad. This state of affairs was due to a general all round display of indifference, by an exhibition of bad judgement by Parry, to whose mistakes primarily came about Everton downfall. The turning point however was when bell and Milward changed places, and why Milward should be moved from the outside position after his recent displays is difficult to understand. Bell was of much greater in the centre, and proved this by scoring two goals, while Milward's dashes and sharp screws were always a source of danger to the Burnleyities. Hillman might have saved the second goal, but beyond this gave a very fair display. With the exception of Parry the whole of the defence were in capital trim, Holt being ‘'prodigious'' as Domine Sampson would have said, throughout the game. Chadwick got through a tremendous amount of work, even more than usual, and his shooting of late has more power than has been the case for some time. Latta and Mcinnes worked well together, and contributed their share to the narrow victory.

There was a distinct lull in leading Association football on Saturday, and, for once in a way Goodison Park was, comparatively speaking deserted. Under favourable conditions West Bromwich Albion would undoubtedly have proved a good draw by reason of their position as finalists in the nation Cup competition, but rain set in a couple of hours before the game commenced, and this put a damper upon the whole proceedings. The Ablion brought down a strong team, but there were several changes in the personnel of the Evertonians. Parry Boyle and Bell stood down, and McDonald one of the latest recruits made his debut in the team as right full back. The game opened, in even fashion, but after the first quarter of an hour the home players had matters much their own way, and put on four goals before the charge of ends. The latter portion of the game was also disastrous to the Albion, and on five occasions Reader was beaten, while the only solatium to the Mildlanders was a couple of goals registered early in the second half of the game. Nine goals too two is a staggering indeed in first class football, and it was not a case of West Bromwich Albion taking matters easy either. The score does not represented correctly the general run of the play. The Everton forwards were to grand shooting conditions, for rarely did a shot travel far from the mark and it was due to the accuracy and quality of their shooting that such a substantial lead was obtained. As might be judged by the score all the forwards worked harmoniously together. Geary displayed unusual dash although the ground was in a heavy state and kept his wings employed to the full. Chadwick and Milward were opposed to a weaker than were Latta and McInnes, and they did not fail to make the running on every possible occasion. It was as half back that the Albion were most severely handicapped, Higgins and Perry was simply powerless against the combination of Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, and taggert alone played up to reputation, as Mcinnes and Latta would undoubtedly testify. Holt played a sterling game, and made his presence greatly felt, while both Kelso and Elliott were equal to all the calls made upon them. Arridge faced Bassett and McLeod fearlessly, and invariably came off best; and though McDonald was not severely tested, he execisted good judgement when the ball came his way, his kicking being powerfully, clean and well directed. Hillman, had a fair amount of work to do and it was done in good style. Reverting to the Albion their play was of an elementary character. At full back Horton was often at fault and Chadwick and Milward had no difficulty in defeating him. His partner Williams, played a capital game, and in addition to his own share of work, often covered the right when Horton was completely beaten. As before stated, the halves were the greatest delinquents, and the forwards had invariably to make their own play. Richards contributed some smart bits of work whenever he managed to elude Holt, which was not often, but Bassett and Mcleod was fairly put through their facing by Elliott, who played a good game throughout. The left wing was the more effective, but taking the performance of the front line throughout it reached, but a low standard. On Saturday next the Everton team is due at Blackburn where they engage with Preston North End in the final of the Lancashire Cup, and a good game is anticipated.


Charlie Parry played for Wales against Scotland at Wrexham, Racecourse ground game resulted in a draw.



March 26 1895. The Liverpool Mercury

Last evening the committee of the above gala met at the Bee Hotel for the purpose of passing the accounts. There were, however, some outstanding items, which necessitated further dalay in the issue of the balance sheets, but from what has transpired up to date the venture has been attended with great success. The gate receipts fell a little below those of last year, but this was more than counterbalanced by the sales, which took place on the ground. Altogether over £420 accured from the gate, sales of tickets donations, and collections and when the accounts are completed there will be a balance of about £300 to be appropriated by the charitable institutions



March 28 1895. The Liverpool mercury

Liverpool Senior Cup Semi Final

The re-played semi-final tie in the Liverpool Senior Cup competition took place at Goodison road last evening before a fair attendance. The Everton team with the exception of Hillman, was composed of the combination players while the Central were out strongly. It was raining heavily, when the teams turned out as follows : - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams, and Arridges, backs, Boylan, Walker and Elliott halfbacks, Williams, Clarke, Hill, McMillan, and handford, forwards, Southport Central: - Gee, goal, McLaren, and Smith backs, McLearen (c), Fryer (c), and Tattersall, halfbacks, Guest, Halsall, Parker, Bryce, and Hasting, forwards . The Central opened the play, which for some little time was of an even character, when Elliott put in some good work and capable McMillan and Handford to test6 Gee, who saved at the expense of a corner. T.Smith and D McLaren had plenty of work at full back, the former especially rendering good service to his side. Parker Hassell, and Guest travelled down the right, but Elliott gave little latted, and the whole of the home forwards got away in nice combination, only to find Handford at failing the final attempt. From the goalkick, Hasting and Bryce had the better of Boylan, and for a few minutes matters looked promising for the Central, when Arridge cleared from close quarters, on his forwards again getting possession. Hill sent in a shot, which only just missed the mark. A fruitless corner followed, and for some minutes the Evertonians maintained a strong position in the Southport Central quarters, but Fryer and C.McLaren were responsible for some good tackling. An individual effort from Hasting brought about a change of venue and Hillman was called upon. A strong punt equalising matters, but getting under way the Central forwards worked the ball nicely down, and Bryce sent in strong low shot, which went slightly wild of the mark. Pressure followed on the Everton defence. Fryers, Bryce, Parker and Halsall combined nicely, and gave Hillman swarm time. Parker sent in a long low shot which, Hillman swiftly saved by falling upon the ball and conceding a corner, which Arridge eventually cleared. The quality of the play by this time had improved despite the heavy state of the ground, and shooting was more frequent and accurate. Half time arrived nothing having been scored. The second half open in favour of the Central and during the first ten minutes, Hillman gave a good exposition of goalkeeping. Eventually Handford, McMillan, and Hill raced away, and Clarke put on the finishing touch by defeating Gee with a high shot. The next item was a smart attempts by hasting to defeat Hillman, but the burly custodian was but littled disturted by a charge in the month of, goal, and got the ball away in good style. At the other and Gee saved well, from Hill, and on a return Everton centre missed adding a second point. Smith and D.McLaren continued to play defensive game, but their colours were at last lowered on McMillan sprinting past the Mclaren and sending in a strong shot past Gee. From the restart the Evertonians swarmed round the CentraL goal and gee saved some capital shot from Handford. Clarke and McMillan. The remainder of the play was of an even character. And Everton eventually won by 2 goals to nil. The ground was very heavy, and the early play was of a desultory character. The second half, however, was better contested, and both sides put in many good passages of play. Hillman was not often, but the shots that came his way required his full resources and it was just as well that he occupied the position between the sticks. There was nothing of a very striking character divulged by the forwards. The Central left was the more effective and Parker attened well to then. The Everton line was well balanced, and hill proved a capable centre, Elliott played well at half, as did C.McLaren for the Central, and T.Smith was of great services to his side in stopping many dangerous rushes, in addition to kicking well, Gee in goal played a good game especially in the closing stages, when shots were frequent and well directed.



March 30, 1895. Birmingham Daily Post

A meeting of the Appeal Committee of the Football League was held yesterday, in Manchester; Messrs Forrest (Lancashire) and Clegg (Sheffield) sitting as the committee. Everton appealed against the decision of the management Committee, order them to play Sunderland on April 6. The committee decided that the match be played on Saturday, April 20, on conditions that the Management Committee shall afterwards order Everton to pay Sunderland any loss which they may consider they sustained in consequence of the alteration of the date from April 6 to 20, the deposit to be returned.