November 1894

SMALL HEATH 4 EVERTON 4 (game 163)
November 5 1894.
The Liverpool Mercury

This return match was played upon the ground of a latter on Saturday, the occasion being Everton's first visit to Smallheath. There had been a lot of rain during the forenoon, but the ground was in fairly good condition though of course, on the heavy and slippery side. The teams were, Mobley being too ill to take his usual place at centre ; Everton; - Cain, goal, Adams (captain), and Parry, backs, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs, Latta, McInnes Hartley, Chadwick, and Bell, forwards. Smallheath: - Partridge, goal, Purvce, and Oliver, backs, Ollis, Jenkyus (captain), and Devey, half-backs, Hallam, Walton Izon Wheldon, and Hands, forwards. Jenkus won the toss, and took advantage of the wind, which was not of much importance, Everton, However, were at once seen attacking strongly, Chadwick running down and shooting without effect and then just as Hartley was about to shoot at an easy distance the whistle sounded for some informality. Adams pulled up Wheldon and Hands, and Oliver in turn found he had no alliterative but to give a corner, in repulsing the Everton's left wing. This was placed by Chadwick, but came to nothing, whilst on Hartley putting into the net the point was negative for offside. He next shot too high. The home team could not clear their lines, and a fine movement between Stewart Chadwick, McInnes and Bell, was finished off with a likely low shot by the latter. By way of a change, the Smallheath left wing dashed off, and had a throw-in, from which Walton had a chance, but was a second too slow in his run for the ball. Returning quickly to the attack, Everton got a goal on McInnnes shooting. Ollis accidentally putting into the net. The visitors thus assumed the lead eight minutes from the start somewhat luckily, though it would probably still have been a goal had the half-back not touched the ball, and to make matters doubly sure. Bell followed up by scoring a second goal by means of by means of a long shot. Everton were simply irresistible at this juncture, the combination all round being almost perfect; but before the score could be alliterated the home team assumed aggressive attitude. It was only momentarily, however, as Holt administrated a smart check, and once more Chadwick and Bell caused anxiety to Ollis and Oliver , but no further damaged ensued then to Smell Heath . The game by degree took a equitable turn, and the home team made their first good attempt at scoring, but Cain ran out, and met a fine shot by Hands. Wheldon followed the suit of his partner with a straight shot of much power, but Parry took the ball from the front of goal with his feet. The next item was a pretty run on the Everton left, from when Latta took possession, but shot narrowly outside. In a few moments later Hands drove over to Walton, who shot into the net but the whistle had been blown before he took the kick. The Everton left defencers were called upon, and, being a bit of a fix. Adams went to the rescue, and kicked into touch. From the throw in, however, Everton made a\ progess, and Bell screwing across the face of the goal, Latta took the pass and scored. The game was 23 minutes old. When Everton scored the third point, and had well earned their success. They had a further run on attacking, but were well grappled with, and then a chance came over the aspect of play. The Everton were less in evidence, and those of the home side certainly improving. They harassed with long passes, and danger was great on Adams slipping at a critical moment, but Cain safety attended to a rasping shot by Walton. The play was of a most spirited kind, and the home team were still gaining in strength, but it was getting near half-time before they met with reward. This came from a splendid long shot by Wheldon, and Hallam soon enabled Izon to added a second goal, ends being exchanged with Everton leading by the reduced margin of a single goal. On resuming Latta centred to McInnes, but the shot failed, and then Purvue kicked risky, but safely over his own goal. The ball was shot in several times immediately following, and finally the movement ended in Bell making a faulty shot. Adams was called upon a little later and prevented a shot. Everton again went to the front, when in a tussle, Oliver received a kick on the knee, but he did leave the field, though it caused him to limp. After a slight delay. Smallheath broke away, and Hallam from a short pass equalised, amidst a scene of the wildest enthusiasm. The excitement became intense and when the referee warded a goal on the ball seeming to go outside the hooting was general. Ironical shouts of ‘'Goal'' were the reception of any shots by Everton, of good of bad quality that followed. Ten minutes from time a free kick was erroneously given Smallheath for ‘'Hands'' against Stewart, out of which Jenkus scored a goal, and so the game stood on an equally once more, and the crowd upon better terms with the referee. Both sides were showing signals of distress now, but they pegged away for a deciding point in vain, and a rousing game terminated in a draw of 4 goals each.



November 5, 1894. Birmingham Daily Post

The leaders in the League competition may deem themselves fortunate in being credited with a draw in their encounter with Small Heath, for in the opinion of nearly all who witnessed the game they really suffered defeat by four goals to three. A mistake on the part of the referee, however, gave Everton a fourth goal and a point in the competition. The score was three goals each when Latta, the extreme right-wing player of Everton, tried a shot from a distance of fifteen or twenty yards to the right of the goal. The ball sped at a terrific pace, and a great sigh of relief went up from the spectators when it was seen that it had passed wide of its aim. It was picked up at the back of the goal-net by a boy sitting there, and was handed to Partridge, the Small-Heath goalkeeper, who had placed it in position for a goal-kick to be taken, when suddenly it was seen that the referee was signalling for the ball to be brought to the centre, thereby signifying that he had given a goal. Now, as the ball had been picked up outside the net, and no one had the slightest doubt that the show was wide of the post, the astonishment and consternation that prevailed may be imagined. A moment of silence was followed by a tremendous hubbub, and one great unanimous shout of “No goal” went up from the crowd. The Small heath players protested strongly and in response to their appeal the referee (Mr. Ashmole) walked to the back of the net and examined it in a manner which clearly indicated that he was labouring under the impression that the ball had passed into the net and escaped underneath. After his examination he held to the opinion he had first formed and allowed a goal. Our observation was directly opposed to the referee's conclusion. The ball never went into the net and had it done so it would have been a sheer impossibility for it to have passed out at the spot indicated without, indeed, it had first broken through the side of the netting at the back of the post, in which case, of course, it would have been no goal. The shot was an oblique one from the right to left, and if the ball had gone into the net it could only have passed underneath some yards away from the spot indicated by Mr. Ashmole's examination. Plenty of evidence can be brought to show that the ball was shot outside the net to the spot where it was found. Mr. W. McGregor, the ex-president of the Football League, who was watching the game, was as much surprised at the decision as anyone, and have his authority for repeating a statement made by him that it was the worst decision he had ever seen since the establishment of the goal-nets. After the game he made it his duty to question Latta, the player who made the shot, and he at once admitted that the ball passed wide of the posts –a statement which is borne out by a constable who on duty near. We must credit Mr. Ashmole with the sincere belief that the ball went into the net and passed out underneath; but, at the same time, we hold the opinion that he was guilty of a regrettable mistake. We hope that the matter will be brought before the League and thoroughly sifted, for not only does the decision affect Small heath, but it is prejudicial to the other clubs who are striving to win the championship of the competition. The contest was one of the most exciting we have ever witnessed, the fortunes of the game changing in a remarkable manner, and the result being in doubt right up to the finish. At the commencement Everton outplayed the home team, and better forward play than that shown by the visiting five we have not seen this season. Their short, sharp passing and clever dodging completely nonplussed the Small Heath half backs, and, indeed, during the first half hour Oliver was the only man on the home side who did himself justice. And in that half-hour Everton scored three goals, Ollis putting the ball through his own goal ten minutes after the start, and Bell hooting through on two subsequently occasions. After such a commencement Everton seemed to have a very ease task before them, but a quarter of an hour before the interval a surprising change came over the game. The Small Heath forwards brightened up and commenced a series of dashing attacks upon the Everton goal. For a time they were successfully kept at bay by the backs, but five minutes before the interval Wheldon, after a grand run, scored with an oblique shot, which Cain had no chance of saving. Cheered by the crowd the Small Heath forwards swept down upon the Everton goal again, and two minutes after their first success Izon headed through from a centre by Hallam, and Everton changed over with only a goal to the good. Those familiar with the Small Heath style of play predicated an exciting finish to the match, and so it proved. Simulated by the success, the home team played with great pluck, and very shortly after half time Hallam shot an equalising goal, and the excitement became intense. The Everton men played very hard, but their combination had been somewhat disorganised by the forcing tactics to their opponents, and they were nothing like as dangerous as they were at the commencement. When both sides were struggling gallantly for the victory Mr. Ashmole gave his questionable decision, and so placed Everton in front. Many teams would have been disheartened, but Small Heath played with even greater vigour than before, and ten minutes from time Jenkins headed the ball through from a free kick, amidst a perfect roar of delight from the crowd. They continued to play strongly until the finish, but could not get through again, and a memorable contest ended in a draw. As far as scientific football was concerned, Everton were immensely the superiors of Small Heath, and a finer wing than Chadwick and Bell have not been seen on the ground. Hartley, too, in the Everton centre played well, whilst Latta and McInnes did a lot of fine work on the right. The half-backs also distinguished themselves greatly, but Adams and Parry after the first half-hour did not perform up to their great reputation. They were bewildered, as many other backs have been this season, by the dashing attacks of their opponents. The best back on the field on Saturday was Oliver, who from first to last played brilliantly. His judgement was perfect, and the way in which he repeatedly broke up the combination of the clever forwards opposed to him stamped him as a player of the first class. Purvis was not so good as his companion, but in the second half he did a lot of useful work. After the first half-hour all the Small Heath half-backs played well, Jenkins working like a Trojan and his heading and weight were especially useful both in attack and defence. Wheldon was the best of the Small Heath forwards, but his four comparisons deserve every praise for their display. It is no mean performance to score four goals against the Everton defence. Izon, who took Mobley's position as centre forward, made his first appearance s a first league player, and it may be said that he gave considerable satisfaction. Partridge (in goal) made no mistake. He had no chance of saving any of the shots that took effect.



November 5 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

At Everton. The home side had the best of the play throughout, and won by 14 goals to nil.

Everton team; Sutton, goal, Kellor, and Arridge, backs,. Taylor, Storrier, and Elliott, half-backs, Reay, Williams, Geary, McMillan, and Milward, forward.


November 5 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton broke fresh ground on Saturday, visiting Smallheath, for the first time in the club's history, and will not be very well satisfied with the result of their initial expedition to that Birmingham suburb. There was nothing much to complain of about the ground, the players, or the spectators, the latter now and again giving the Everton men a good hearty cheer for installments of brilliant play. Still, the result is not pleasing. At the start Everton were seen to great advantage, and in less than half an hour were leading more deservedly by three goals. The combination up to this period was so perfect that Smallheath were quite impotent, and lokked like being very heavily routed. But anxidenly the ‘'Hearhens'' got into a dashing swing, at the lead of Wheldon in particular and scoring two goals in rapid succession just before the interval. They had this gained the sympathy of the crowd, and improving under the inspiriting cheers of their supporters also scored a third goal. The game was accordingly ‘'three all in 30 minutes from the finish, and the fair promise of a great trump for Everton had vanished-becoming, in fact a situation of anxiety. A slice of luck fell to them a little later, however, in the referee awarding a goal from a shot that passed outside. The decision of Mr Ashmore was so manifestly an error that the spectators were strong in their denunciation, and ironically shouted ‘'Goal'' when Everton shot, if ever so wide of the mark; but the referee, recovered some of the lost respect when, ten minutes before the end, he gave ‘'hands'' against Stewart, wheras it was the opposing player who had fouled the ball. From the free kick Smallheath equalised, and for the remaining time the fluctuation of the play was of the most exciting kind to the onlookers, and very exhausting to the players. It was not possible to find any further weak spots in the defence, and when the whistle sounded it was a positive relief, so highly strung had been the feelings. Everton were perhaps lucky tom finally escape defeat, but they had been the more aggressive team, if not so effective in defence. The forwards of Everton indeed were always in firm cohesion, and Hartley held his wing together with excellent tact, but the shooting was not so accurate as it should have been. Chadwick was especially faulty in his long shots, whilst it was really surprising how often all shot to one or other of the opposing backs. There were however, numerous capital aims, and Partridge had plenty of opportunities for showing that he is a goalkeeper of the first rank. The halfback's line proved to be very powerful. Stewart never did better. Holt was very effective in the centre, and Boyle tackled Hands and Wheldon in a most heroic matter, but this wing was exceptionally strong and speedy, and could not be held back so easily as the right pair. At the half-backs and forwards had given a good account of themselves, it follows that Everton's failure to win was due to weakness in defence, and it cannot be said that Adams and Parry were seen to the advantage that they have been in some other great games, but Adams was the most unfortunate of the two, and had to strike his flag to either Hands or Wheldon with too recurring fequency. Cain had no chance with the shots that took effect but did much good work at times, for as a rule, when SmallHeath got away they were rarely beaten off till they had at least one well directed shot. However Everton are still on top of the list.


November 9, 1894. The Evening Express

(Special Telegram).

Today, Roberts MacFarlane, the Blackburn Rovers' full back, who has been sought after by Sunderland and Everton, elected to sign for the latter club. There is a good deal of dissatisfaction in Blackburn over his departure, for MacFarlane is considered good judges to be one of the most promising backs in England. The Rovers have charged nothing for his transfer.



November 9, 1894. The Evening Express

After the match tomorrow (Saturday) evening the Everton and Hearts of Midlothian football teams will, at the invitation of Mr. Dennis Granneil and Mr. Basil Dawson, he present at the last performance of the enormously popular comedy opera “Dorothy,” which has been played during the week at the Rotunds by Mr. Dawson's admirable company.


November 12 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

The return match between the above teams, who are at present leaders in the English and Scottish League respectively, formed the bill of fares at Goodison Park on Saturday. The first match had been won after a capital display, by four goals to two. The attendance was not so large as the quality of the competing teams would have warranted, and would not number more than 10,000, but the shower of rain which, fell between two and three o'clock no doubt caused many to stay away that would otherwise have been present. The sides were the same as previously announced as follows: - Everton: - Cain, goal, Adams (captain), and Parry, backs, Kelso, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs, Reay, McInnes Hartley Chadwick, and Bell forwards. Hearts of Midlothian: - Cox, goal, Battles and Mirk backs, Hall Russell, and hogg, half-backs, McLaren, Chambers, Michael, Walker, and Scott, forwards. Mr Lythgoe acted as referee. Everton went off strongly from the kicked off, and Hartley ran well, but was forced to shoot out. Then McInnes passed to him at short range, when a good aim proved abortive; but coming up again, Hartley sent in a sharp low shot, which beat Cox, though he checked the flight of the ball. The Hearts were thus behind three minutes from the start, but got well away on resuming. They could not sustain any attack, however, and the half-backs promptly out the Everton forwards on the ball again, good play forcing a corner, to be followed by Bell lifting over the bar. Michael on behalf of the Hearts, replied with a sprint, finish off by too long and too high a shot. The next striking incident was in Kelso nicely placing to the mouth of the goal, when Bell put into the net, but Chadwick charged the goalkeeper too eagerly, and the point was vetoed. The visitors next brought a little pressure to best on the left the outcome of which was in Scott shooting creditably. The tendency of play continued in favour of Everton. The best shot for some time was one by Reay, who put over the bar. There was certainly an improvement observable as the game went on in the play of the Scotchmen, and, notwithstanding that the Everton half-backs were in great form, there was yet work for the backs, which was done effectively, though not easily. After McInnes had sent just outside the far post the Hearts renewed the attack, but found Parry's head in the way, he checking two shots in rapid succession very neatly; Bell became threatening on Chadwick also heading, but was tackled by Russell, when about to shoot, Russell, who played centre forward for Preston North End last season, again put in a useful bit of defence, he going to the assistance of Battles in order to fell Bell. The latter was soon menacing once more, the upshot of which was in Reay placing behind from a corner. McLaren in turn, shot well from good work by Scott, and Michael, and the movement was so skillfully carried out that the spectators gave a hearty cheer. Everton did not allow operations to stay in their half and were near scoring on more than one occasion, especially when Reay, fed by McInnes shot in hard, the goalkeeper narrowly putting the ball into his own goal in neutralizing the attack, a minute later Bell drove across on the left, McInnes sent against the post, Hartley rushing in and scoring. Holt was hurt, but did not leave the field. ‘'Hands'' stopped Bell and the interval came with Everton leading by two goals to nil. Upon proceeding with the second half it was notice that Holt was an absentee. Everton were thus a man short, Chadwick going centre half-back in the emergency. Before anything of moment happened, however, Holt returned and was welcomed with a cheer. Immediately following Bell made a good bid for goal without the desired effect. A rush on the ‘'Hearts'' left wing caused a diversion, and it proved successful raid, as on Scott sending across McLaren had a fine opening and utilised it, Cain running out in vain to clear. Everton were not slow in again taking up the lead of couple of goals, as pretty and clean work by Hartley Chadwick and Bell terminated in the latter shooting and striking the far post, whence the ball bounced into the net. The Hearts, Reay being conspicuous, experienced other dangerous moments. Chadwick went too high at long range, and then caused a corner for the visitors of Holt, but this was of no avail. Everton then forged further ahead on Reay centring and McInnes shooting in straight from the pass. Everton were in one of their irreasisable moods now, and soon McInnes struck the bar with a shot that deserved better success. Again Bell let fly at a terrific speed, and must have scored by mere force had not the shot gone to high. A splendid piece of quick short passing followed in the vicinity of goal Reay McInnes and Hartley supporting each other, and the latter shooting in finely though not penetrating the net. The Hearts made a splendid attempt to reduce the margin of defeat a few minutes later, but got nothing more substantial than a corner, from which Cain repulsed a most ticklish shot. Holt during pressure tried long aim, as he did Chadwick, both of which Cox checked with his fist. In the subsequently play Micheal and Chadwick scored for their respective sides, and Everton thus win easily by 6 goals to 2.



November 12 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

At Accrington. The visitors had much the best of the first half, and scored two goals to nil. In the second half great pressure was brought to bear on Bell's defenders the Evertonians breaking though on several occasions to Bell'' twice. result Everton 9 goals Bell's Temperance 2 goals.

Everton team; williams, goal, killop), and Arridge back, taylor, Storrier, and Elliott, half-backs Williams, Murray, Geary, McMillan, Milward forward . Position 1 st , played 10 won 9, lost 0, drawn 1, for 63 against 12, points 19.



November 12 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton and the Hearts of Midlothians were in evidence at Goodison Park, but considering that the clubs held the lead in the English and Scottish Leagues respectively the attendance of the public was not so large as it ought to have been. It was. However, a ‘‘friendly,'' and that being so, a company of something like 10,000 must, perhaps be described as satisfactory. Everton having won the first match, which was played at Edinburgh on September 17 by four goals two, were generally considered to have an easy task on hand in even improving upon the previous result, and form came out correctly, for Everton won at this second attempt by the increased margin of six goals to two. The winners were always masters of the situation. They started well, they went on well, and finished well, but the Hearts did not. The game was thus a little disappointing. Now and again the men from ‘'Auld Reckia'' did brighten up and give a good specimen of their skill, but three privileges to the spectators were too rare. In a word the Hearts made a very light impression and freely made was the comments that, if they were the best club team in Scotland then the trans-border football arriving have for the present failed to cope with the drain that has been imposed by English people. Everton embraced the opportunity of giving their supporters a chance of seeing how one or two changes from the orthodox team would work, and the new departures, or rather revivals are to be described as an unqualified as an unqualified success. Kelso returned to his old place at right half-back. His tackling and kicking were carried out in the old clean and decisive manner, and it was just as well he did prove so uniformly safe, for Adams did not shape too reassuring, he being now smart and again weak. The other great change was in Reay playing outside right, and here, again, praise is bestowed. He played a most important part in the game, and was undemonstrative too; but got on splendidly with his colleagues, his centres being excellently timed. Hartley went centre again, and proved to be the right man in the right place. So well did he control the wings that the forwards were all seen to advantage. Bell with his electric runs, grand centres and deadly shots, standing out conspicuously in a clever quintet. The half-backs and backs play was not so good as that of the forwards; but as the defenders never had much cause for anxiety about the issue they had no need to put forth their best efforts. Of the Hearts team Russell (late of Preston North End, centre forward) made most friends for his effectiveness at centre half particularly in the second stage of the game; but Battles, who did so well in the first match scored few successes over the Everton left wing.


November 19, 18894. The Yorkshire Herald

Played at Anfield-road, Liverpool, before 25,000 people. Both teams were strongly represented, and a fast game resulted. Liverpool had all the best of the play, and were unlucky not to score, Cain bringing off a number of magnificent saves. Kelso scored from a penalty kick, but Liverpool had hard lines in not equalising. Half-time; Everton 1 goal to Liverpool nil. The game was splendidly contested in the second half. Liverpool attacked with great spirit, and Hannah equalised in ten minutes. Afterwards Everton penned their opponents in their own goal, literally bombarding then with shots, but the defence was impenetrable. Five minutes before the finish the latter scored a grand goal, but immediately afterwards Ross equalised from a penalty kick, amidst great excitement. The match ended in a draw -2 goals each.

LIVERPOOL 2 EVERTON 2 (game 164)

Novemebr 19 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

On Saturday Everton played their first game upon their old enclosure since the ‘'spilt'' the occasion being the return League fixture between the two great local rivals. Long before the time fixed for the kick off the ground was well filled, while upon all the roads converging Anfieldward's the people with all descriptions of vehicles streamed past in one continuos flow. When the game commenced, the ground although extra accommodation had been provided, was packed to the utmost, the crowd being estimated at over 25,000. Owing to injuries and illness the Liverpool committee were in a dilemma as to the selection of their players to take part in such an important engagement, and it was not till the very last moment that the choice was made of the team. The reinstated McVean, with Ross took Kerr's place at outside right, as a partner. Bradshaw took the onomous centre position, while D Hannah and Drummond formed the left wing combination. In the Everton team Southworth and Adams were notable absentees, but their places were taken by such capable upon as Hartley and Kelso respectively. Promptly to time Mr. Lewis formed the teams up in the following order: - Liverpool: - McQueen, goal, Hannah (a) (captain), and McLeod (d) backs, McCartney, McQue, and McLean (j), half-backs, McVean, Ross, Bradshaw, Hannah (d), and Drummond forwards, forwards. Everton: - Cain goal, Kelso and Parry, backs, Boyle Holt, and Stewart half-backs, Latta, McInnes, Hartley Chadwick (captain), and Bell forwards. Hannah defeated Chadwick in naming the coin, and elected to play with the sun and slight wind at his back. The first item of importance's, after Hartley had given the initial kick was a foul awarded to Holt for questionable play on the part of Ross from which Bell nearly got through, Bradshaw and Ross next sprinted up the field, and the latter got the best of Kelso, who however, brought him down, and Latta shot in only to find the Liverpool captain ever ready for all emergencies. Two fouls in succession were given against Hannah, and then McLean looked bad for the home team, but Hannah was in a very determined mood and cleared splendidly. Well fed by McCartney, Ross Bradshaw and Hannah opened out, and a moment the ball was in the vicinity of Cain, Drummond compelling the Everton custodian to grant a futile corner. For some time Liverpool were in command, three successive throws-in being badly managed by their forwards. Parry when in difficulties then fouled Ross, but the recipient of the award did not manipulate the opportunity to the best advantage. Still keeping up their surprising good form the Liverpool men made matters very warm for the Everton defence, as from a pass from the leftwing McVean struck the crossbar, when at short range, and upon the ball falling at Cain's feet, that individual cleared magnificently with Ross and Bradshaw almost on top of him. Two good attempts by Hannah was next noticed, while Boyle initiated a dangerous ‘'bully'' which McInnes finished by putting over the goalline. Sticking to their men, and also to their work. In splendid fashion, the Anfield team gave their mighty opponents no rest, McQue especially being always in the thick of the fight. Boyle again dropped into the goalmouth, and McQueen fisted out nicely, but while doing so was badly kicked in the back by Bell, keeping up the pace finely, both teams gave a grand exposition of the game, Liverpool again suffering hard lines by McVean heading against the post, Bradshaw missing the rebound by a few inches. McLean then attempted to stop the Everton forwards when in full swing, but by a terrible blunder miskicked, and gave Hartley a golden opportunity at which he lamentably failed. This loss, however, was of small account as a little later on a penalty kick was awarded against Hannah,who grassed Bell and Kelso scored easily. Even this disaster did not in the least damp the efforts of the Liverpoolians, and ere long Cain had to handle twice in succession. While the ever varying nature of the game, which was a most pleasing feature showed itself by the ball being in a trice back again in the Liverpool quarters Chadwick missing a fine chance. Ross made a grand opening for Bradshaw, who shot a terrific speed, but Cain was on his metal and was not to be beaten. The ubiquitous McQue was then cheered for some grand defensive work when the Liverpool goal was undergoing a heavy siege Hartley being pulled up for off-side when an easy chance presented itself. Half-time arrived with the score one goal to nothing in favour of Everton. Upon restarting, Liverpool were the first to assume the aggressive, several shots being levelled at the Everton citadel. Parry, Kelso, and Holt did splendid work, and Chadwick being nicely fed by the latter tricked McCartney and gave to bell, who slipped past Hannah, and centred, and again a most exciting scrimmage followed, McQue eventually giving relief by sending forward with a hugh punt. Following up well, being nobly set the example by D.Hannah, The Liverpool forward availed themselves of every possible chance, and by hustling the Everton backs Hannah got clean through and equalised with a grand shot. This success sent the crowd frantic, even, the Evertonians applauding the home team for their gallant play. The play then became faster than ever, the Everton men forcing the game in splendid fashion, and by as brilliant a piece of combination as will ever be seen Hartley scored for Everton, but was promptly penalised by the referee for off-side. Everton now were maters of the situration, Bell, Chadwick, and McInnes being especially clever, on their working of the leather, but no good was M.McQueen in goal that no further score was added. McQue then got the best of the encounter with Chadwick, and sent out to McVean, who with Ross charged the venue in a trice, and Parry was forced to concede a corner, a second one falling to the Liverpoolians a moment later. Everton replied in a similar fashion, Latta and McInnes being responsible for the operations, but McLean foiled the Evertonians at the finish. A pretty piece of passing by Bradshaw, Hannah and Drummond carried the ball down the field, Hannah sending across the Everton goalmouth in fast style, but McVean was a second too late to utilise the opportunity. Everton came again with all their characteristic determination, and, from a strong run by McInnes and Hartley, Latta put hi steam ahead once more by scoring with a fast low shot near the posts. The Liverpool halves seemed for a time to tire and Everton peppered the home goal increasing, D.Hannah however, shinning on several occasions for the grand assistance he gave his backs, Bradshaw by sticking too long to the ball, ruined a nice run of his forwards, and just when everyone was giving the game up as lost to Liverpool, Kelso fouled their left winger within the dreaded twelve-yards limited, leaving Mr. Lewis no alternative but to grant a penalty kick , Which he did. Ross took the kick and scored within a few minutes of the finish, and when the whistle blew the final result was a draw for two goals each, a most creditable performance on the part of the younger organisation.



November 19 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

At Goodison Park. The home team, who played two new men in Kirk, and MacFarlane, proved altogether too good for the visitors and won by 4 goals to nil . Everton: - Sutton, gaol, McFarlane, and Arridge backs, Boylan, Storrier, and Elliott, halt-backs, Reay, Williams, Geary, McMillan, and Kirk,



November 19 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

Liverpoolians embracing those who belong to the Everton camp those of the Liverpool camp, and those associated with no camp, were roused to a pitch of unusual excitement on Saturday, over the return League match between Liverpool and Everton. In spite of the fact the rival teams had achieved very opposite distinction in the journey with Everton leading the way and Liverpool floundering and struggling in the rear, the expectation was very general that the match would prove to be a severe and close one, in which the champions would require to put forth their greatest effort to successfully defend their high position. They were on the defence, in effect, and Liverpool attackers. Everton would thus be the more anxious team of the two. It they won, it would be accepted as a matter of course, as only to be expected of a club which had won so many other games; and it they were beaten, the defeat would be correspondingly the greater from the fact that it would be imposed by a club that had scored but one win out of 13 games played. The points actually scored by teams however, do not always reflect the true run of the play, and whilst Everton have enjoyed a fair share of luck, it cannot be said that Liverpool have been as fortunate. On several occasions, but for the hardest of hard lines, they would have carried the day, or at least have shaved off defeat, and it was the recollection of these incidents of their play by all those who have either seen or read of them that led to the belief that the game on Saturday, would be of a fluctuating and intensely exciting kind, with the issue ever swaying in the balance. Those who though Everton would, figuratively speaking ride rough through Liverpool would be few, and are now the disappointed ones; those who had faith in the ability of Liverpool to win were numerous, and these too are numbered among the dissatisfied. The game had not a dull period. The teams were too earnest, and two well matched for dilatory play and if one side or the other had shown a tendency to ‘'ease up'' the game would have been lost to them. It ‘' no quarteers'' from the beginning to the end but though the rivalry was keen and the number of free kicks as ‘'thick as the leaves in Vallambrose'' it must not be described as a rough game-rather one of dash, determination, speed, and skill in which essential qualifications ‘'Jack was as good as his master.'' Everton here demonstrated over and over again that they are in the front rank of football exports, and Liverpool are heartily congratulated upon their performance in showing that they were not inferior in skill or endurance to their undoubtedly clever rivals. Everton scored the only goal during the first period, and but for at least three miraculous saves on the part of Cain, would doubtless have led at the interval. The second half was very even though in the last 20 minutes Everton were the most aggressive as a rule. There was no particular weakness in the play of Everton, individually or collectively, and every man did much that was in keeping with his reputation. Cain had not the slightest chance with the two shots that scored. -One from a penalty kick and the other from a shot made in glear field- and what a wonderful shots he did divert, especially in the first half. Kelso and Parry both got through a vast amount of work in the most fearless and effective manner, particularly the former, but they must be chiefly blamed for the two goals scored-the only mistakes they made, but there were expensive if rare. However, they are praised for a preponderance of excellent play, with the reservation that no justification can be or is urged, for Kelso so far forgetting himself as to foul badly an opponent, especially inside the twelve yards mark. This indiscretion cost his side a point presumably. The Everton half-backs were not so effective as they have been on many occasions. Holt being the most successful nor did the play of the forwards come up to their standard either in combination of shooting; but that this was the case is due more to the activity of the Liverpool half-backs then to lack of determination of the quintet.



November 20 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

These teams met at Preston yesterday in a match for the benefit of Trainor. There was a poor gate. North End started, and Orr scored with an overhead shot after five minutes. Drummond put on the second a minute later, and then the next few minutes Reay put one on for Everton. Play was more even afterwards. Nothing further however, was scored in the first half, North End 2 goal to 1 in favour. North End went of best at the start, and Drummond scored a rather good goal. After this Sutton had a lot of work, and hided by luck he got rid of half a dozen shots. Blyth scored after Sutton had saved marvelously. Everton had to defend and Sutton defend stoutly, Southworth receiving a series accident to his knee when he collided with a player and didn't return during the full second half.


November 24, 1894. The Evening Express.

Tom Brandon's Injuries

Tom Brandon, the Rovers' right full back, has developed serious injury to ribs, the result of collision with Hill, the Burnley captain, last week, which renders it impossible for him to play in the important League match against Everton today. McFarlance having left, the only substitutes available is Walton, the ex-Fleetwood Ranger, unless Forrest is played.



November 24, 1894. The Yorkshire Herald

While playing on Monday at Preston in the match North End v. Everton, for the benefit of Trainer, the famous Preston goalkeeper, Jack Southworth, the famous centre forward and captain of the Everton team, collider with a North End player, and met with a serious accident to his knee, having to be carried from the field.


November 26, 1894. The Yorkshire Herald

Played at Liverpool before 20,000 spectators. The game was fast and exciting, and the Rovers early drew first blood. Everton then put on a spurt, and after a long-sustained attack Milward equalised. The pace afterwards increased, and both goalkeepers were repeatedly called upon. Each side scored an off-side goal. Hall and Gordon missed splendid chances. Half-time; -one goal each. The second half opened in lively fashion, both goals being rapidly attacked in turn. Everton were awarded a penalty kick, but Kelso failed to score. Everton continued to have the best of matters, but the Rovers defence was superb, Ogilvie saving grandly. Eventually he was beaten rather softly by Bell. The closing stages of the game were hotly contested. Result-Everton 2 goals to 1.



November 26 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

Robert Kelso misses a penalty kick

These teams met at Goodison Park on Saturday to fulfill their return match, the first game having been won by the Rovers with the score 4 goals to 3. Since them the Blackburnians had not lost a match and had gained third position in the competition whilst Everton, though they had not done brilliantly in their matches, still retained the lead. The match thus promised to be a keen one of great importance to the respective clubs, but the spectators were not so numerous as the quality of the fixture would have warranted, numbering about 18,000. The early starts at this time of the year no doubt detract from larger attendances. Neither club was fully represtened, through injuries Adams and Southworth in particular, being missing from the Everton ranks and Milward was given a trial in his original place at centre forward. The Rovers were without Brandon, Dewar, and Stewart, whose positions were occupied by Killean Forrest, and Gordon (Late of Liverpool). The weather was favorable for good play, and prompt to time the following took up their stations in readiness for the kick off. Teams; Everton: - Cain, goal, Kelso, and Parry, backs, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs, Latta, McInnes, Milward, Chadwick (captain),, and Bell, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Ogilvie, goal, Killean, and Murray,, backs, Forrest, Anderson, and Celghorn, half-backs, Haydock, Whitehead, Gordon (p), Hall, and Chippendale, forwards. Referee Mr.Dale, Manchester. Everton opened well direct from the kick off, the left wing being very active. Killean however, though charged by Milward, kick clear. The home team returned, and Bell centred beautifully but Murray met the shot by Milward, and then the Rovers got away, for the first time without becoming dangerous, but were quickly back again with better success, as Holt giving hands, the free kick was taken by Forrest, who placed so well that in the tussle the ball was put loftily over his heads of the scrimmages, and Whitehead scored a capital goal five minutes from the start. Everton replied on the left in a likely manner, but Murray checked Bell, and after some good play by both teams Boyle drove just off the goal with a rasping long shot. Keeping up the pressure, the ball was put to Bell, who headed into the net, but the whistle sounded for offside, Milward followed up with a grand straight shot, but which Ogilvie stopped well. then Chadwick went too wide. Some keen play on the Everton right between the wing men and Cleghorn occupied attention. The latter had the advantage for a short while, but then McInnes outpaced the half-backs, and Everton attacked powerfully. It was a few minutes, however, before the defence could be effectively beaten. This occurred from a tussle out of a corner kick, when Milward drove in hard low shot, which gave Ogilvie no chance, and Everton thus equalised at the end of 23 minutes. The play ran greatly in favour of the home team, and, though Anderson was very active, Milward, in addition to placing well, shot with splendid judgement along the ground, but met with no further success in goal getting just yet, as some opponents or another managed to be in the way of the ball. Then the Rovers had a turn, when Gordon made a soft attempt, but Cain cleared only in fumbling kind of way. Hall shortly afterwards had a fine chance, but shot outside. Milward once more tried a long abortive aim, and then had to assist the defence. During some pressure Chippendale rounded Kelso, and centred, but Haydock kicked the ball on the wrong side, and mulled a grand opportunity. The next item was a free kick taken by Parry, from which Latta headed outside. Leading up to the interval the Rovers ran down on either wing. Once Chippendale got clear, and gave to Gordon, who had a beautiful opening, but shot just over the bar, and the score stood at half-time one goal each. On resuming Everton were the first to attack in earnest, but it was in a desultory spirit, and the defence readily held their own. Returning Latta centre, and three fouls were given in front of goal in succession. From one of these, McInnes put into the net, but a fresh kick was concerned, in taking which Milward was so badly tripped that a full penalty kick was awarded Everton. This was entrusted to Kelso, who, to the charge of himself, and others, landed outside the post. Everton quickly returned, and Ogilvie had to use his fist, which was the prelude to further hot scrimmaging in the vicinity of the Rovers goal. Some fine efforts were made all of which, were well repulsed. A sequence of heading ensued, and culminated in the ball being passed from the left to Milward, who shot splendidly, but Ogrilvie diverted with his left hand somewhat accidentally. The Rovers replied on the right, and were getting dangerous when the whistle was blown for some informality. Going back again. Whitehead created an opening, but Holt was just in time to foil Gordon in shooting. Whitehead ran down again, but Kelso this time stood in the way. Everton now roused enthusiasm by their smart combination. A movement by Latta Boyle, Milward, and Bell created hopes that Everton were about assume the lead, but a bad final shot was essayed by Bell high over the bar. The Latter made a amends moments later in a fine run from Boyle's pass. When Killean held him just outside the twelve yards line, but nothing came of the free kick. The play, which had not been particularly exciting as a rule, now linened up each side making strenuous efforts to obtained a clinching goal. First, Everton tried hard to get through. Milward especially shot well, but the backs were too good to be yet beaten. Then the Rovers attacked quite keenly, Kelso bringing off a couple of fine clearance, when danger was greatest. At the other end Milward shot from an offside position, but he was not to be held back, and soon drew Ogilvie out with a long hard shot. The goalkeeper had ample time to gather the ball, but he hesitated, and had to pay the penalty, as Bell and Milward both went on with the goal at their mercy, the former putting into the net. Everton were at length in command some eight minutes from the finish. At this interesting period news was posted that Liverpool were leading by two goals at half-time against Liverpool, and the intimation was received with enthusiasm. The subsequently play was keen, both sides threatening, but the defences held out, and Everton thus won narrowly by 2 goals to 1.



November 26 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

At Ewood Park. Before 2,000 onlookers. Hartley (2), and Williams scored for Everton in the first half, as did Hargreaves, for the Rovers, and the interval arrived with the Everton Reserves winning by 3 goals to 1. the Everton players had matters pretty more their own way in the second half and won by 9 goals to 2. Everton team; Williams, goal, Kelso, and Arridge, backs, Walker, Storrier, and Elliott half-backs, Williams, Murray, Geary, McMillan, and Hartley. Forwards.



November 26 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

It is refreshing to record the fact that Everton have at length got into a winning stride, so far as defeating the Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. They struck the chord they lost, when at Blackburn five weeks ago. Up to that black day-Oct. 20-Everton had carried all before them; since then three drawn games had been their only prize. However they have not done badly in even holding their own, and in beating the Rovers-the only team that has been capable of taking down their flag. Everton have had full revenge for the disaster, which held them at Ewood. The margin of success is again a goal, but the scoring is different-now two goals to one, instead of four to three in the previous contest. It was not a most reassuring win, however, and the ‘'boot might have been on the other leg''for the issue was left exasperatingly long in doubt. The Rovers wore handicapped in being compelled to take the field without Brandon Dewar, and Stewart-the first and last named especially-and in the emergency had to fall back upon Killean, a forward to taken the responsible position of tight full back, whilst P.Gordon was deputed to centre forward. Dewar was not so much missed as J.Forrest the ever green proved again a powerful right half-back. On the other hand, it will be said that Everton were hot at their strongest, but this is a debatable matter. It has not yet been made clear who constitute the best men in the respective positions. Everton have such a large reserve of experts of much equal ability that, when dangerous resorted to by way of experiment or necessity the club can still be described as strongly represented. With Southworth so serious hurt at Preston last Monday, and with Hartley after play not giving general satisfaction, first, Bell and finally Milward, was selected as centre forward. It was adoring piece of generalship for such important engagement, but it proved good judgement, as Milward gave a splendid account of himself. He was full of dash and activity, and whilst feeding his wing with taste, always shot with much accuracy, and keenness, his aims being never of the flight brand. It was the best game Milward has given, perhaps in what was his original position, and Certainly the centre forward was more to the fore on Saturday than has been the case with those who have filled the position on other occasions during the cuurent season. his supports were not so successful. Though they cannot be described as weak, there was not that solidity that has been the characteristic of their play in the other great games, but then they had three of the finest half backs any one could wish to see to combat in Cleghorn, Anderson and Forrest. The shooting, however, was an improvement upon that of last week. Boyle sustained his reputation more completely than his colleagues, though Holt and Stewart scored heavily off Gordon Whitehead and Haydock. The back play of Kelso and Parry was satisfactory, so much so that Cain had not much employment. But fancy Kelso establishing a new record for himself in falling at a penalty kick. The great weakness in the Rovers play was in the matter of shooting at goal. The Everton Reserves also won at Ewood,, beating the Rovers Reserves by no less than nine goals to two.


November 29, 1894. The Evening Express.

(Special Telegram).

After a long and painful illness Archie Hunter, late captain of Aston Villa Football Club, died this morning. Hunter practically formed the Aston Villa club about twenty years ago, and by his brilliant exhibition and ability to command, he raised the team to a standard of excellence well-known in the sporting world. Hunter took part in many International contests.