September 1894


Dundee Evening Telegraph -Wednesday 8 August 1894

Nicholas John Ross, the famous full back of the Preston North End Football Club, died suddenly at his residence, Berry Street, Preston, yesterday morning. Ross was only 31 years of age, has been connected with the North End since 1883, and was considered the finest full back the world. Ross was Edinburgh man, and learned his football on the East Meadows, being a prominent player in the ranks of the Hanover and Heart of Midlothian, being latterly Captain the Tynecastle team. He represented the East of Scotland Association in some ot the matches of the season 1882-83, and next season went to Preston, joining the famous North End Club along with Drummond, Robertson, and James Ross, a younger brother, all famous Edinburgh players. Along with such men Thomson, Russell, and Graham, Ross gave the North End the foremost place in English football. Three or four years Ross left the North End Tor Everton, but he returned to Preston after season's absence. Last season he suffered from ill-health, and went to the Canary Islands, and while there he rescued the son English Mayor from drowning. Besides being an excellent football player, Ross was fair cricketer, aud played several games in the Edinburgh district three or four seasons ago. Ross leave a wife and young family to mourn his loss, and much sympathy will felt for them their bereavement.



Sunderland Echo-August 8 1894


We regret to aunouuce the death of N. J. Ross, who for mauy years has played full back for Preston North End and to last season, when ill-health compelled him to take holiday abroad. Ha had been ailing for some time, his lengthy indisposition terminating fatally at noon yesterday. The news will received with deep regret. Nicholas J. Ross Was for several years the mainstay the Preston North End Club, mid probably did more than any other player to raise the Preston Club to the high position it occupied to year ogo. He was a fine back player, and five ago considered tho critics to the finest back in,the world. was also well known for his prowess cricket field. Sunderland people will not forget Ross's exhibitions on the castle-road Ground. late captain of the North Club had but receutly returned to England from tho Canary Islands, where he had been spending some months recruiting his health. It will remembered that while t here he gallantly the iron of prominent Liverpool citizen from drowning.



Burnley Express-August 8 1894

The football world was surprised by the announcement that N. J, Ross, the famous North End full back, died at Preston yesterday morning. Ross, who was only' 31 years of age, had deservedlv won the reputation of being the finest full back in tho world, and cleverer exponent of the Association code ever lived. Ross joined North End in 1883, prior to which was considered to one of the smartest players ever the Border, where lie was associated with the Heart of Midlothian. Last season Ross played in about 16 matches, the last occasion on which he donned the colours of Ins old club being at Darwen. Soon afterwirds his health failed him, and the spring this year he journeyed to Madeira, and returned after a month's sojourn there confident of thorough restoration to health. Unfortunately, he did not make the progress anticipated. Ross took ill to bed about week ago, but was not considered seriously ill. He was apparently in his usual state about eleven o'clock yesterday morning, but suddenly worsened and died almost immediately. He leaves widow and five children, for whom much sympathy is felt.



Blackburn Standard-Saturday 11 August 1894

We regret to have to record the fact— which will be received with sorrow thronghout England and Scotland, and indeed in every country, where the Association football game is followed— of the death ef Nicholas John Ross, the famous full back, and until last season captain of Preston North End. Some nine months ago Ross had an attack of influenza, which brought about his temporary retirement from the football feid. He visited Southport, Buxton, and the Canary Isles in the hope of regaining his lost strength, and twice afterwards tried to fill his accustomed place, but he found himself unequal to the work. During tho present summer he had seemed to improve so steadily that it was thought by many he would got over the aftereffects of the disease, but these hopes have been falsified, and he died on Tuesday at the comparatively early age of thirty- one. at his residence in Berry- street, Preston. His death, which occurred rather suddenly and unexpectedly, created a great sensation in Preston, where he had been a prominent figure in the life ef the town since 1883, he having played for North End in eleven successive seasons with the exception of the single season— l888-9— in which he tried Everton. With his brother, ' Jimmy " Ross, the deceased player was in partnership as an athletic outfitter. He leaves a widow and five children. Nicholas John Ross was a few months ago described by a leading football authority as being among the best players who ever lived, and "certainly the most skilled exponent of latter- day professionalism" in his place on the field. He was a native of Edinburgh, and the date ef his birth was December 6th, 1862. While young Ross was still at school, the Queen's Park club played an exhibition game at the Scottish capital. This was in 1873, and the lad, who was a spectator, was fired with all the enthusiasm of match to become a footballer. In 1874. Ross was the prime mover in establishing the Edinburgh Rovers, for whom he played on the left wing. He passed thence to Edinburgh Hanover, which he captained, and then on to the Hearts of Midlothian, whom he also commanded. He greatly


Footballers are born, not made, and Ross possessed this natural aptitude. During these nine years, from 1874 to 1883. he also learned the business Of a flagger and slater, and in pursuance of his calling, so 'tis said, removed to Proud Preston in the middle of July, 1883. The North End club was then in its infancy. Originally a small cricket club, football was an after- thought. The Rugby code was abandoned fer the Association, and Preston North End developed into a powerful organisation. Ross once deserted the club for Everton, but soon returned to it, and up to tho hour of his death he was a refutation of the calumny that a mercenary, a hireling, a paid man, can possess no real affection for the team he assists. He had filled every position of the field except that of goalkeeper and although his fame rests upon his achievements as a full-back, he fancied himself as a centre-forward. In this place he had worked side by side with Dr. John Smith, and had been known to play first half at back and second half at centre, and as a centre that day he converted an impending defeat into a draw. It was quite by an accident that he was


with the result that he was always retained there, When in his prime he was like a man made of wire and fitted with springs. He ran like a deer, tackled like a tiger, and possessed the lisssmeness and agility of an acrobat. His judgment was rarely at fault, and a mors difficult man to pass was seldom seen. He was so thoroughly in earnest that he did not like to lose. He was an excellent all-round athlete, and had a fair idea of cricket, playing often with the Preston CC. As a full-back, however, eo has never been surpassed. It should be noted that his last appearance on the football field was against Darwen, at Barley Bank, when his illness had already committed great ravages upon him.

EVERTON REVIEW August 27 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

On Saturday next the reign of the footballer begin once more for the space of eight months but already there have been evidence that the campaign has commenced in the neccssary work of preparation. In speaking of Everton at the close of the season. mention was made that longer time at practice would be of advantage so as to be in the best of conditions even at the initial engagement. We understand that this policy has been adopted and entrusted to A Gilbert of (Nottingham), the new trainer, and if so it may be confidently anticipated that Everton will make a much more brilliant start in the League journey. Than they did twelvemonth ago. Then they were staggered at the very outset, for they were unexpectedly beaten in the first match, and on their own ground by Sheffield United, who thus made an suspicious debut in the senior division of the League. It so happened that Sheffield team will open this season at hand next Saturday, at Goodiosn Park but Everton's opponents will then be Sheffield Wednesday against whom by the way Everton scored eight goals when here in connection with the League last winter. No one expects nor desires such a runaway game to be repeated, but on the plea ‘'of the land we live in'' all true Liverpoolians will wish for the success of Everton after a good contest which shall find the sides sufficently well balanced to render the play earnest skilful, and exciting. There is very little that is now to record of Everton. The fixtures, are much the same as usual-that is they are made up chiefly of League engagements, cup ties, and a few''friendlies''of the bestclass, among the latter being those with Celtic Glasgow Rangers, Heartsof Midlothians East Shirling, Sunderland Burnley, (Milward's befits on Monday week) and last but not least Liverpool. That Everton and Liverpool should have ‘'buried the hatchet'' is one of the most pleasant episode in the histoty of local football, and the public will endorse the change of relationship in no uncertain manner both when Liverpool appear at Goodison Parkon Boxing day,, and also when Everton return to the scene of so many of their old triumphs at Anfield-road on Easter Monday. These two friendly meetings and those of the League contest will probably furnish a record in the matter of local ‘'gates'' especially if the clubs are keeping close company in the League campaign. They will now encounter, however, not as bitter foes, but as friendly rivals each endeavouring to assert superiority by the aid of greater skill and endurance than by resort to rough and unsportmanlike tactics. It can be safely urged that we are on the eye of the most intersting. Association season in the annals of the ‘'good old town'' so far as can be learned, Everton have made few changes in their staff of professionals. The number has been reduced those who have left being Howarth, Jardine, Jones, Coyle, and Lindsay, whilst the new hands are Cain (late of Stoke). Adams (Heart of Midlothan), and McInnes ( late of Notts County) and (Third lanark). A few local men have been secured, cheify W.Willimas and Rogers (of Tranmere), but evidently more hands will be needed, especially when any of the players became incapaciated, the League representative of the club being annocuned as follows :- Williams and Cain goal, Asdams, Parry and Kelso, backs, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart half-backs, Latta Bell, Southworth, Geary,, Chadwick, McInnes, Milward, and Hartley forwards Reserves, Arridgem Rogers, Storrier, Walker, Elliott, McMillan,, Williams Reay, and Murray . The forwards department is hughly satisfactory, and so are the other departments as far as the ability of the men goes, but they seem too few in numbers. On Saturday a large crowd withness a practice game, and another opportunity will be given of seeing the players to-morrow evening. The second teams of Everton have joined the Lancashire combination, the contest supplied by which should prove even more attractive than those of the combination of last year. The clubs forming the county combination are Rawtentall Oswaldwaitle Rovers, Darwen reserves, Bolton Wanderers Reserves, Padiham, Bell's Temperance, Turton, Blackburn Rovers Reserves, Brierfield, Preston North End Reserves, Manchester City Reserves, Newton Heath Reserves, Burnley Reserves, and Everton Reserves.



August 28 1894. The Liverpool Courier

Sir-doubtless most of the followers of Association football in Liverpool are by this time awal that Nicholas John Ross, who prior to his becoming association with Preston North End, was for some time a member of the Everton Football Club, for whom he did excellent service and who has a brilliant career as a full back for Preston North End, has left a widow and five children totally unprovided for. I suggest that a benefit match be played between teams selected from Liverpool and district (Everton and Liverpool exempted) and Birkenhead and district players. The match to be played some Thursday afternoon on an early date, and that captain in Notts Bowar the hard coustable to asked for attendance of the Liverpool Police band which woukld prove a great attraction. Yours Wj Meakin, 4 Stuart road Tranmere august 27 1894.



August 29 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

The players engaged by the above clubs took part in a very useful practice match last evening, at Goodison Park before a crowded company, estimated at 15,000. The sides were choosen from the follwLeague and Reserves, and were as followed. Whites:- Cain, goal, Kelso, and Arridge backs, Walker, Storrier and Eklliott, half-backs, Southworth, McInnes, Hartley, Chadwick, and Bell forwards. Blues:- Williams, goal, Adam and Parry, backs, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs, Reay, Murray, Geary, McMillan and Milward, forwards. The game was pivitedly and pleasntly contested. But the superior forwards play of the Whites continued the game often in the opponent half. Ultimately the blues were defeat by 4 goals to 2. Parry and Kelso were very prominent in their respective positions, the halves on either side working very hard but the forwards of the Whites showed so much distinct advantage that they need but little alteration to compose the regular attack.




September 2 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

This fixture served as the opening ceremony of the season at Goodison Park on Saturday. The weather was very fine- summer like in fact-but howver genial it might have been for the spectators it was of course, too hot for the comfort of the players. Some teo hours before the time of commencing operations the varoius roads leading from town to the secne of action netokened that football was again in season and by four o'clock when kick-off was to be taken, the company would number about 20,000. The Deputy Lord Major (Mr. Alderman, F Smith), Mrs Smith and Mr, and Mrs R.D Holt accepting the inviatation of the Everton executives, were present. Everton introduced their two new players into the teams- Adams and McInnes-whilst the fresh faces in the Wednesday eleven were Ferrier, Brash Crawshaw, and Petrie, the sides being as follows :- Everton:- Williams goal, Adams (debut), and Parry backs, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart. Half-backs Latta, McInnes (debut) , Southworth (capatin), Chadwick, and Bell, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday:- Allan, goal, Earp, and Langley, backs,, Petrie (debut), Crawshaw (debut) and Jamieson half-backs, Brash (debut), Ferrier (debut), Davies, Brady, and Spikesley, forwards. A bad examyle was set by the referee (H Shilton) who delayed play a quarter of an hour by his diatory appearance. The turf was looking spendidly. Southworth ushered in his new Captaincy by winning the toss, but elected to face the sun. Wednesday got down well from the kick off and forced abortive corner; and quickly Latta received the ball and centred when McInnes hit the bar with the first shot at goal. Brady and Spikesley replied but Everton were soon back again forcing Langley to kick out. A run by Brash was neutralised by Parry, who by a long kick caused the goal-line to be crossed. Danger them threatened Everton. Holt gave a free kick, which was so well taken by Earp that Williams used his fists without clearing Parry assisting in removing the trouble. A free kick was next taken by Boyle, from which Bell placed over the bar. Jamieson put the ball towards goal very neatly, which caused some uneaseness to the home supporters, but Adams came to the rescue. The Everton forwards now tried some long passing, but they were now well taken, and the attack was not very keen. The visitors showed smart tactics all round, and, from a pass by Sopikesley Brash went to high with a good shot. Bell ran back, and put Everton hard on the attack. Southworth took the man whilst McInnes tried top score, but fell, Allan saving. Success was not long deferred, as on Latta crossing to the left, Chadwick took the ball beautifully, and scored with a sharp low shotpenetrating goal near the post, 20 minutes from the start. Chadwick was soon again in evidence by trickling two opponents and then shooting over. After more pressure Sheffield, by long kicking forced their way past the half-backs, but only got a futile corner. A free kick fell to Everton near in without being turned to account, the ball passing over the line. McInnes who had all through been very quick in his movements once shot well, but found Langley's head in the way. The visitors then drew up level. Davies put to Spikesley, who beat Boyle and sent to Petrie , and the right half-back took efgfective aim, the ball bouncing off the far post and beating Williams. Everton at once clustered in front of goal, and had two likely aims, one by Chadwick along the ground being exceedingly clever, but this Allan stopped. A delay now occurred though Davies receiving accidental injurt Adams, but he rescued with play. Everton recommenced pressing, Bell taking two indifferent aims. Bell again had a try, but was time put on to the top of the net, Crawford at the same time tackling Southworth in a doubtful manner. Bell was once more to the fore, a fine movement by him being finished off by Chadwick shooting too shyward afeat he repeated a minute later. Just before half-time Holt slipped and let in the Sheffield right wing, but Parry gave a corner. From this the visitors pressed to no purpose, and the interval arrived with the teams on quality of a goal each. On resuming Everton lost no time in making a raid on goal, and were within an ace of scoring twice in a couple of minutes. From a centre by Latta the ball rolled between the legs of a cluster of players, and was finally shot just off the post. It was seldon that Wednesday got well off now, and a spell of quiet play intervened culminating in a double success of Everton. The first goal came through Petrie missing his kick at a critical moment. Bell was at hand, and promptly sent across to the right, where McInnes was ready, and scored easily. Before the excitement had subsided the Everton left wing moved down the field and Bell took a long ainm with effect, the ball curling in the air and landing in the net Allan making a vain attmpt to use his keft fist. More good work by Everton was rendered abortive, and the Wednesday at length became dangerous, but Holt cleared neatly, and, play swayed to the other end, where a centre by Boyle a shot by Southworth and a charge by Bell seemed likely to sucure a further goal, but the custodian managed to steer the ball round the post. Kept firmly on the attack by Stewart Holt, and Boyle with an occasional judicious kick by the backs, the Everton's forwards were often harassing the Sheffield defence. On one occasion McInnes dribbled the ball clear in a style suggestive of Chadwick, and crossed to Bell, who in turn centred when Southworth put on one of his characteristic touches for goal, but Allan was ready and cleared. The match was now practically all over, but Sheffield Wedneday were yet full of spirit and hope, and ten minutes before the finish were within shooting distance more than once. Then it was that the resources of Parry and Adams, was particularly demonestrated. Each back responed to the call cooly, cleanly and crushingly. Williams was little employed and it became a question whether the home team could add to their lead. In this desire they were baullied, and when the whistle sound Everton had deserved their victory by 3 goals to 1.



September 2 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

Lancashire combination

At Rawtenstall. Everton scored in three minutes from the start quickly followed by a second point from Geary. McMillan added a third after 15 minutes play. But as the result of spendid play by the home half-backs Warburton scored. In the second stage Everton so completey outstayed Rawtenstall, as to increase their lead by six goals, finally winning by a large margin of 10 goals to 1 . Everton team:- Cain goal, Milward, and Arridge, backs, Walker, Storrier, and Elliott, half-backs, Reay, Murray, Hartley, McMillan and Geary, forwards



September 2 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton are happy-very much more so than they were on the night of the first battle twelve months ago. For had they not then lost the day felled as it were unexopectedly by Sheffield United ? Now they open with two points as the foundation of the League record of the seventh campaign of the popualr institution. They gained these converted points on the merits, and without much perturbation, over Sheffield Wednesday. The success of the first match did not alone remain with the important fact of winning merely, but was encourageging to the executive in the unquivocal demonstratation they received that football as played at Goodison Park is as popular as ever, if not a little more so, and it was proof positive that the appetite of the multitude has been even sharpened by the knowledge that the league, by the inclusion of both Everton and Liverpool, has developed a doube interst locally as to which club shall get highest up the ladder, and nationally as to which of the 15 teams may win the championship. Enlarged enthusiasm means greater ‘'gates'' and increased recepts will impet the possession of the most scentic exponents of the Association code. Turning to the game of Saturday, perhaps there is scarcely a call for a critical diagnosis of the play. For a first real test of their prowess and endurance, both teams gave staisfaction-a promise of greater display later on. There was not a vast difference in the capabilities of Everton and Sheffield Wednesday, but the score very accurately represents the pull, of the winning side over that of the losing. Again, Everton had the advantage of playing upon their familiar ground and before a sympathetic crowd, who never allowed any good point to pass away without enthisiastic acknownledgement. The Wednesday too, were not without support for hundreds of excursionists had come to cheer, and applaud they did often especially when the equalising goal was made from a clever bit of passing. Now, Everton were oftener on the attack than their opponents but the home forwards were not so solis as they must need to be if a great record is to be attained. They all tried their utmost, and stayed the distance. They at times furnished fine combination but it was too frequently allowed to die away when the moment of increased cohension was essential. Not that there could be traced selfishness. It came about, perhaps through three of the forwards being faster than the other two. The shooting also might have been improved. McInnes made a good impression as inside right, and Latta helped him all he could. Southworth had a difficult task to jeep in touch with his wingers both being speedy, and he had, more over, a powerful man to outmanouvre in Crawford, who is of good statues fearless and fas. Bell and Chadwick came in for most employment, and seemed to get on very well, so that the left wing will nearly always be entrusted it is expected to their safe keeping. With more familarity in each other's company, the quintct of Saturday will gain in combination-then where will superior forwards be found ? in addition there are Hartley and Geary to fal back upon. Whilst Milward a developing into a full back. The half-backs play of Boyle,, Holt, and Stewart was the feature of the game, and though Holt was not so quick in putting an opponents of the ball as he usually is, and Boyle had to acknowledge defeat now and again by Brady and Spikesley, Everton are indebted in a very great measue to the untiring and clever work of the famous trio. Parry, too, was a brilliant back. The amont of sustained energy he displayed spoke eloqently of the attention he has given to training. Adams was on his mettle, in facing Soikesley in particular,, and came out of the ordeal with promise, but he was a little shaky during the first half-hour. Williams had small work to do, but he was sprightly and had no chance with the shots which beat him, the ball going through off the post. Allan in the other gaol did some fine things whilst Langley was sturdy in the charge and Earp effective in his ponderous kicking power. The half-backs play of Jamieson Crawshaw, and Petrie were quite up to the average, whilst the forwards were all speedy, but over hit the passing. The Everton Reserves won the Lancashire Combination match with Rawtenstall by ten goals to one. In the latter match Geary was very active. With regard to the latter. A misconception to the disarrangement of the Everton directors, is likely to be occassioned by some comments which have found publication. It has been said that Everton compeeled Geary to give up his situration as public house manager to Mr Houlding. This is not artictly correct. When the question of re-engagement cropped up at the close of last season, it was pointed out to Geary that he held an invidious position-the difficult one of being employed as a manger under the president of one club and playing football for the other. The directors had every confidence in the honesty of Geary, but some of the specatators had not. His best play was the discounted and often rudely commented upon by the suspiclous minded. This being the case, Geary admitted the reasonableness of the contention. He was then asked if he had not better relinquish his situration with Mr Houldin- it he did so, he would be no loser finanially, and he then signed for Everton upon the inderstanding that he would resign the managership of the public house by a certain date.



September 4, 1894. The Birmingham Daily Post

At Liverpool. Both teams were the same as played on Saturday. About 8,000 persons were present. Small Heath attacked first, but only momentarily, as Everton cleared and scored in two minutes. Everton continued to press greatly, but encountered grand defence. Small Heath improved without becoming very dangerous. Everton again attacked persistently, Southworth scoring, and led by 2 to 0 at the interval. The Small Heath forwards were weaker afterwards, and Everton did most of the pressing, Southworth scoring, as did also Bell. Result; Everton 5, Small Heath 0.


EVERTON 5 SMALL HEATH 0 (game 154)

September 6 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

This, the second League match was played at Goodison Park last evening before 8000 spectators. Both clubs had the same representation as on Saturday, as follows:- Everton:- Williams, goal, Adams and Parry, backs, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs, Latta, McInne, Southwoth (captain) Chadwick, and Bell, forwards. Small Heath:- Partridge, goal, Oliver, and Purves backs, Ollis, Jenkyis, and Devey, half-backs,, Hallen, Walton, Mobley, Wheldon, and Hands, forwards. Southworth set the ball in motion,. And within minutes from the start Wheldon sent in a beauty to Williams who, however, was on the alert, and on the ball becoming clear, a nine movement on the home right led up to Latta taking the ball well down and putting in a parting touch to Bell, Partridge was completely beaten a couple of minutes from the opening of play. Restarting Walton and Hallam got a well down but Adams applied the closure, and his forwards took up the running to the other end, Where Purves cleared well, though the relief was but temporary for the quintet of Evertonians fairly tricked theur opposing van with some sahrp nippy passing movemens which delighted the crowd. ‘'Heading'' was a prominent factor to gaining a good position, but just when a favourable opening presented itself Chadwick shot high over the the bar. A moment later Oliver broke up some smart combination among the Everton forwards. For the next few minutes play was somwewhat loose. Again getting into a steady vein, McInnes had a chance but shot wildly a sudden burst resulted in Watson shooting wide, and in a trice the ball was again at the other end, where Chadwick covered a bad pass from Latta, and shot grandly. Partridge cleared twice in succession when surrounded by opponents, and on a further attack Bell save Latta a very easy chance to increase the lead, but faulty shooting was again in evidence. From the goal kick Wheldon got away from midfield, and by individual effort reached shooting range but skimmed over the bar. A little diversion by Holt was the next item, and immediately following Partridge failed, and was somewhat heavily covered by Purves. A grand shot by Southworth was got out of the way, and a couple of fruitless corners fell to Everton. Mobley, Wheldon and Walton put in some good work, and when matters looked promising Adams stepped into the breech through from a penalty Latta gave his opponents much ground. Williams was called upon to save, which was accomplished without difficulty. For the next few minutes a heavy present was levelled on the Heathens defenders among whom Oliver was conspinous for grand defence and the climax was reached on McInnes just tipping the bar. From the goal kick Hallam raced well down, and forced a corner from Parry, but Stewart got in a timely kick when scoring looked likely, and once again play settled down in the visitors half of the field. Chadwick spoiled a good opening by being penalised cloase to goal and aftersome even play, Latta aided by Mcinnes, took the ball down, and putting to Southworth the last named player sent the ball past Partridge. Getting off again McInnes levelled a scorcher, which rebound from the upright. Nothing further was done upto the interval, when Everton held a lead of two goals to none. The second half opened tamely and the light became imperfect. Everton pressed for a considerable period but the visitors defence was all that could be desired. Chadwick just missed his mark, and from the goal kick Mobley, Wheldon, and Walton got dangerous away and took, all parry's and Adams efforts to save their charge. A flying visit was paid to the other end, when once again the Heathens forwards by downright smart play reached William's charge, when Holt was in evidence, and cleared well Southworth put the ball past Partridge but the point, owing to previous infringement was not allowed. Getting to work again, the ball was taken down by the home left, and Southworth getting possession notched goal no 3. For the next quarter of an hour the play with but few exceptions was in the visitors half of the field. Latta got in a clever sprint and centred grandly to Southworth, but being tackled on both sides was foiled. Holt came in for repeated applause by reason of his smart tackling. A long spell of pressure followed, and the monotony was broken on Bell adding a fourth goal. A minute from the call of time Southworth shot past Partridge, leaving Everton victors by 5 goals to none.


STOKE CITY 1 EVERTON 3 (game 155)

September 10 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

This league match was played at the Victoria Grounds, Stoke on Saturday in dull weather. The field was hard, but slippery owing to slowly failling rain whilst a breeze prevailed blowing from goal to goal. Southworth stood down, on account of a slight wrench, and Hartley played centre in his stead. The teams being- Everton:- Williams, goal, Adams (captain), and Parry, backs, Boyle, Holt and Stewart, half-backs, Latta, McInnes Hartley, Chadwick, and Bell, forwards. Stoke City:- Rowley goal, Clare, and Eccles, backs, Dale, Robertson, and Brodie half-backs, Scholfield, Naughton Dickosn, McReddie, and Heames forwards. Just previous to commencing rain began but it did not effect the attenance, which would number about 8000 when the kick off was taken at four o'clock by Hartley, Adams who was captain for the day, having been beaten by Rowley in the toss. The home team had the advantage of the wind. They at once pressed but Parry checked, whilst Williams stopped a shot from the left. Parry missed his kick, a moment later, but Everton got away on the right at far as the backs and then returned Latta beating Eccles but, the ball went harmleesly over the goal line from a useful kick by Stewart. Stoke replied and, despite good heading by Boyle Stewart, and Parry, danger threatened, Adams relieving by means of a fine kick. Stoke forced a corner to no avail. Following up with pressure during which Holt and Adams were conspicoius. Eccles robbed McInnes and Latta without gaining much ground, as cLare was in requisistic so was Eccles who stopped a deadly looking shot from the Everton left wing. The visitors returned Bell, forcing a corner badly placed. Stoke gained strength notwithstanding good play by Holt but Parry challenged and prevented Schofield shooting. Keeping within range, Dickson shot just outside the left post. Everton helped by Stewart than escaped on the left where Chadwick and Bell compelled Clare to give a corner in placing which Chadwick hit the post. The home team were soon in front of goal, when from a place by Clare, the ball was headed striaght for goal, but bounced narrowly over the bar. A reverse then befel Stoke, as taking play quickly to the other end, Latta took aim at long range and scored obliquely 20 minutes from the start. The opposing side were soon shaping well for an equallising goal, but had Adams to content with, the latter clearing with a neat kick, while Parry broke up a renewed raid. Latta became busy once more, to be foiled this time by Eccles though no clearance came until Clare ran across. Playing with the wind Stoke were enabled to carry on a full share of the attack, but they met with the most stubborn defence the half-backs, being slow in going to the help of Parry and Adams when they themselves were passed. Once Dickson had a good shy but the ball went a little outside the mark. Dickson again got a mastery, and put out to Scholfield who got hampered in the corner, and could not shoot. A better attempt followed from Naughton, but he too, discovered a barrier in the defence. Still Stoke attacked with a swing, and seemed dangerous, but the Everton backs were more than equal to the occasion, and once clear, McInnes joined Latta in a movement oot of which the outside right forward centred to Bell who scored the second goal at the result of 35 minutes play. A free kick was next the portion of Stoke taken by Clare, which Williams rendered by using his fist. He then cleared a good shot by Schofiel and a scrimmage in front of goal looked ominous to Everton, but though the rush was well conceived, it was of no use, and the Liverpoolians breated more freely when the ball round the post. Adams heeled back a minute but Dickson let fly with a great force, and had hard lines in just. Only just surmounting the bar. The interval arrived with Stoke attacking keenly, but without success, Everton thus leading at half-time by 2 goals to nil. The second stage opened in a most promising way for the visitors, the forward fairly romping on to goal in a fast combined formation which boded ill for Stoke. A corner was exacted capitially placed, and how a goal was warded off was almost miraculous. Anyway to hold out so cleverly was to the high credit of the home backs. During the pressure McInnes was also near with a long shot. At length Stoke broke away, when Schofield shot against the end of the netting. Adams kept the ball being sent on to goal a second time name very adroitly by shadowing his opponents. Bell, at the next striking incident shot in beautifully. This effort was repulsed, but McInnes being handy, whipped in a smart return and gave his side a third goal. More pressure by Everton, and then Stoke raised onbounded enthusiasm, well derserved, by a raid in force. They were within an ace of scoring or rather they seemed so, but Williams stood in the ‘'narrow way'' and stopped two spendid shots in his best style. What that means Evertonians know well. Stoke, thus discouraged for a time seemed demoralised, the backs kicking erratically; but the forwards were not yet done, and Heames was rewarded with a corner kick for his persistency in tackling the right wing Everton defence. This, however, came to nothing, and play opened out somewhat, both ends being reached in turn frequently. Certainly Everton were the more aggressive. From a corner by Chadwick, Rowley, was called upon and proved safe. Stoke now tried a new formation of their forwards, one of the changes being schofield going centre. They preesed momentarily without reward, losing their chances by passing too radily at unsuitable moments. Returning, however, the ball was shot in and Williams being charged at the same time, was beaten by another forward ten minutes from time. Williams then ran out to clear, and in a minute Hartley retaliated with a shot near a post, but on the outside. When the end came a spirited game had resulted in favour of Everton by 3 goals to 1.



September 10 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

The Lancashire Combination

Played at Goodison Park. Everton held the upper hand all through and leading by 3 goals at the interval, finished with another decsive win by 8 goals to nil. Everton team:- Cain goal, Milward, and Arridges, backs, Walker, Storrier, and Elliott half-backs, Reay, Murray, Hartley, McMillan, and Handford, forwards.



September 10 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

The game at Goodison Park Monday evening between Everton and Smallheath was not the stern one expected. Smallheath had made an impressionable debut in scoring a goal against two goals by Aston Villa on the first instant but whether they were suffering from the strain of the severe contest or weather they were even at the best. Inferior to the class of players who don the Everton jersey, certain it is that Small Heath cut a very sorry figure. In opposition to the team which had lowered the colours two days previously of Sheffield Wednesday. Everton won ‘'hands down'' by five goals to nil. They pressed almost to a stage of monotony. But for the untiring work of Oliver and Purves (the backs) the score would have been a record perhaps. Jenkyns the centre half-back, too worked hard but was spiteful and cannot be complimented upon his general display. The Small Heath forwards lacked combination, and seemed too anxious to play to Weldon who individually is clever but it takes at least five smart forwards to baffle the resourceful half-backs play of Boyle Holt and Stewart. There were seen to continued advantage and the Everton vanguard was almost incessatity in command of the ball, the forwards combination being an improvement on the first game but them they had weaker half-backs to challenge their action. Adams and Parry had not a great deal to do, though it was accomplished in a finished manner that would no doubt please the most exacting of their patrons. Williams made no mistakes if seldom in requisition. A distinctly different game was anticipated and realised between Everton and Stoke on Saturday. In the whole history of Everton the teams visting Stoke have not often distinguished themselves. It is true they won they League match there the season before last but were beaten by Stoke on January 27 in the English Cup competition and again on March 3 in the League. The previous went of success in Staffordshire naturally caused a tinge of anxiety as to the issue of Saturday but there was a general feeling of confidence, alike with players officials, and supporters. That Everton would average the failure of last year and sustain the good form that had marked their play against Sheffeield Wednesday and Small Heath. Everton were compelled to make one charge in their team Southworth having met with a slight wrench. Hartley was substitued the side was not appeciably weakened. Adams the sub captain, accordingly took command and opened inauspiciously in lossing the toss, which was of some importance, as the wind blew rather strongly from goal to goal. The cheers which greeted the success of Rowley in securing choice of ends demonstrated what adavantage was gained by the home team in having the wind in their backs. Stoke thus helped did apply the more pressure than Everton during the first half, but encountered some of the best defence they have ever been met with on their own ground. They certainly shot well at times and had a full measure of hard luck, the almost grazing either post or the bar on several occasion. They Stoke attacked and severly put Adams and Parry to the test, and both aquitted themselves brilliantly scarcely a shadow of injudgement being detected. It is difficult to say who was the most reliable, but whilst Parry repeated his effectiveness of the preceding week. Adams excelled himself, his coolness and skill being delighful to witness. Of course they were outmanuvred at intervals then Williams had a chance of showing his state of proficiently, and he was smart and sure, repelling all the hard shots with precision. He was beaten once but was not to blame, as he was charged heavily, and wildly. Regarding his balance had the ball put through by another opponent. Holt gave a good account of himself, but with Dickson to check it was as David to Goliath. The little man may not have been so uniformly successful, as he has been seen times without number but that Dickson did not come out strongly is proved by ther fact that he gave way at centre to Schofield in the last quarter of an hour. Stewart and Boyle always seen to good purpose, and to this fact it may be due that Everton were particularly aggressive on the twom wings. Latta played a strong game,, his running being sulprisly quick-evidently the Hoylake air agree with him- and his centre well timed and directed. He scored the first goal, and shot to Bell, who easily out on the second point. Bell on the outside left, was equally powerful; but the three inside men, though never giving much cause for complain, did not keep complete touch with Latta and Bell. They felt a little strange to each other perhaps. Stoke were inferior to Everton in every department. They had the conditions of choice of ends. Encouraging cheers and the ground in their favour, but they were scratchy and conspicuous for determination rather than combination. This evening Everton play Burnlet At Goodison Park for the benefit of Milward, whose service deserve a hearty recognition by Evertonians.




September 10, 1894. Birmingham Daily Post

Stoke played their first home fixture in the League competition with Everton. The visitors are very popular in the Potteries, and consequently there was an attendance of nearly 10,000. Meston was absent from the home team, his place being taken by Heames, of the reserves. Everton were without Southworth, for whom Hartley, of the reserves, acted as substitute. Stoke were the first to attack, Scholfield and Dickson several times proving dangerous. After twenty minutes ‘play during which Everton had twice invaded and gained unproductive corners, latta sent in an oblique shot which gained the first point for the visitors. Nothing daunted by the reverse, the Stoke forwards returned to the attack, but were unable to carry their opponents' goal, though Dickson twice shoot just outside, and Naughton compelled Williams to handled. On the other hand, a run by Latta enabled him to centre well, and Chadwick, being well up, sent the ball through the pests and put Everton two points ahead. A determined game was played by the home team, who kept Everton on the defensive, but though they sent the ball repeatedly against the posts and crossbar, they failed to get it into the net, and at the interval Everton led by two goals to none. In the second half Stoke fell away considerably in their play, and Everton secured a third point by the aid of McInnes, an appeal for offside not being allowed. Stoke were very unlucky, failing to score narrowly on several occasions, but about five minutes from time they made a fierce attack upon the Everton goal, which Robertson succeeded in capturing and the game ended in favour of Everton by three goals to one.



September 11, 1894. The Birmingham Daily Post

Played at Liverpool for Milward's benefit. Everton kicked off at 5.50, and had the best of the play in the first half, Chadwick, McInnes, and Reay scoring, whilst Bowes notched a point for Burnley. Half-time Everton 3, Burnley 1. Afterwards the game progressed evenly got a time, Burnley, however, if anything having slightly the best of matters. Before the close of the game Reay scored again for Everton. Result Everton 4, Burnley 1.



September 11 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

Milward benefit match, Duke and Duchess of york were observed.

This match was played at Goodiosn Park last evening the proceeds being for the benefit Alf Milward, the popular, Everton and International forward. The weather was beautifully fine and there was an attendance of fully 10,000 people. The teams were as followed Everton:- Cain, goal, Adams (captain), and Parry, backs, Walker, Storrier, and Elliott, half-backs, Reay, McInnes, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Burnley:- Johnson goal Crabtree and McLintock baks, Espie, Livingstone and Mullineux half-backs, Hill, Bowes, Turnbull, James, and Nicol, forwards . Everton kick off, and, at once commenced pressing Chadwick being instrumental in scoring the opening point whilst McInees followed with a second, and Reay added a third whilst Bowes succeeding in notching a point for Burnley. A determined onslaught was next made on the visitors goal and Milward had hard lines with a cross shot which just went wide of the posts. A subequent attack by Burnley was spoiled and then McInnes headed over the Burnley crossbar. James and Nicol were now conspicuous for the visitors but were spoilted by Adams and half time arrival Everton leading by 3 goals to 1. Burnley restarting play towards the Everton goal, a shot by Nicol however, missing the mark. rEay and McInnes were prominent with a dribble down the Everton right and the former centred across only to find the ball crossing harmlessly over the goal line. The Burnley at this period were perhaps more aggressive than previously and several hot attacks were made on the home goal, but laxity in shooting coupled with good defence by the Everton backs lost them points. A free kick to Burnley in the home half looked ominous , but the danger was averted and the Evertonians once more moved into the visitors quarters. A penalty aided then in their efforts to score but Livinstone kicked backand again Burnley made inroads into the opponents territory, Storrier, repelled the attack, and Everton claimed hands near in the Burnley goal this passing off without mishap to the visitors citadel. Still keeping up the pressure the ‘'blues'' pressed persisently but try as they would, they were unable to break though the sturdy defence of the opposing side. Hill and Bowes made an effort on behalf of Burnley but Parry came to the rescue, and on danger being overturned McInnes and Reay ran down the other end of the field, the former heading over the bar. Midfield play followed and then the Burnley goal had an extremely narrow escape of being capturned from Stoorier. A few minutes later, however, the Evertonians were rewarded forr the persistency as Reay rushed the ball past Johnstone and give his side a powerful lead. Nothing further was done, the result being Everton 4 goals, Burnley 1.


September 12, 1894. The Evening Express

(Special Telegram).

R.H. Howarth, five times international, who during the past two seasons played for Everton, was secured his release from his old club and signed for North End. As a right full back he plays a safe game, is always cool, is a good tackler, and a safe kick. Before he joined Everton he was for some years with Preston North End. The transfer has given much satisfaction.


September 13, 1894. Evening Telegraph

R.H. Howarth, five times international, who during the past two seasons played with Everton, has secured release from the old club, and is signed for North End. As a right full back he has hardly any equal. He plays a safe game, is always cool, is a good tackler, and safe kick.



September 13, 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

To the Editors of the Liverpool Mercury

Gentlemen, -as many thousands in and around our city are interested in everything appertaining to local football, and as they can only be reached through the medium of the press, I take the liberty of enclosing copy of letters from Mr. Alderman F. Smith, together with my reply thereto. Your insertion of same will oblige. Liverpool, Sept, 12, 1894. Geo Mahon, 9 Harrington-street-Liverpool.

September 12, 1894

Dr. Mr. Mahon –the very kind invitations you have given me to witness the Everton Football matches prompt me to convey to you the pleasure I should feel (under suitable conditions, which you can, no doubt, easily arrange) in presenting a silver challenge cup to be played for in aid of the Liverpool charities. As a pastime football has assumed such a national character that I may confidently hope, if my suggestion meets with approval, that such a cup would materially and permanently aid the financial resources of the institutions intended to be benefited –I am, dear Mr. Mahon, yours faithfully, Fredrick Smith, To the President of the Everton Football Club, 26, North John-Street, Liverpool, 12 Sept., 1894.

Dr. Mr. Alderman Smith –Yours of today's date to hand. Personally, I feel that your generous and spontaneous offer is an exceedingly opportune one, and I shall take early steps to place the matter decision will be communicated to you –I am, yours faithfully, Geo Mahon.


September 17 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

These opponents in the League tourney met at Goodison Park on Saturday, and as the day was fine, and favoured good football, the game was well patronised. Long before the adertised time the crowds lined the enclosure and at the start of the game there would be quite 18,000 spectators present. The teams were strong, and took the field as follows:- Everton:- Williams, goal Adams and Parry, backs, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart half-backs, Latta, McInnes, Southworth (captain), Chadwick, and Bell forwards. Notts Forest:- Allsopp, goal, Ritchie, and Scott (captain) , backs, Stewart, McPherson and McCracken, half-backs, McInnes, Carnelly Rose, Collins, and Jeacock, forwards. Holt set the ball rolling for Everton, and for the first few minutes the play was of a very cautious character, ‘'hands'' off Ritchie gave the Evertonians a chance forge ahead and when in good position with Chadwick in command Ritchie smartly nipped in with a flying kick which called up the home defenders. A sudden break awat led to Southworth shooting in but his attempt was met by Scott, and Chadwick followed up with a well directed shot,, which Allsopp got away with his knee. From a throw in near the line Southworth met the ball in front of goal and cleverly put it past Allsopp this point being registered about six minutes from the commencement of play. Restarting the Everton forwards got into a good stride, and Southworth tested Allsopp with near success. Some tricky play by Chadwick again made matters promising, for his side, and for a long period a hot siege was made on the Forest goal. From a long shot by Boyle allsopp acored, at the expense of a corner,and immediately afterwards the Forest were penalised in front of goal. This was also gotaway, and further attempting to clear the visitors were again penalised and from the free kick, Southworth scored a second goal,, on the ball being well placed. The Everton forwards at this jucture were well nigh faultless in attack, and but for some smart saving by Allsopp the lead must have been further. Jeacock ebdeavoured to get away, but was pulled up by Parry, though the play settled down more evenly. A free kick against Holt was taken well in the Everton quarters, but the advantage was turned in favour of the home team as Chadwick outmanocuvred McPherson and sent across to Bell whp received the ball, and after an exceptionally sharp run and kick Allsopp was beaten a third time. Restarting, Latta gave the custodian a teasing shot which he just managed to stop without clearing. A severe tussle in the mouth of goal was the outcome, when the ball was rushed through, and Everton accordingly was leading by four goals at the end of 25 minutes play. Chadwick and Bell made tracks to their opponents end, and Latta headed to Allsop with a resulting corner which Scott managed to clear. Play settled down subsequwently in the homwe-end but the Notts men were never really dangerous. Southworth McInnes and Latta outwitted their vis-à-vis and a capital shot was sent in by the last named play. Holt and Stewart were also busy in breaking up any attempt at combination and in this branch they were most successful. Bell and Chadwick executed some pretty work, and only missed scoring by the nearest shave. Rose was at fault in not making head way after some smart play on the part of Mcpherson and Jeacock but almost immediately Afterwards Carnelly put the ball past Williams woth a long staright keen shot. Resuming Williams was again called upon from Collins, and only just reached the ball in time. This change in the proceedings put fresh life into the Forest's play. Jeacock sent a strong shot to Williams who cleared as the whistle blow for half-time, Everton having a lead of four goals to one. There was only a very brief interval owing to the Everton team having to reach an early train for Edinburgh. Immediately on resuming the ball was put across from the left, and went to Latta who tested Allsop close to the near post. Play veered to the other end, where Parry and Adams were always safe. Hands against McInnes left Jeacockin possession at close range put his shot went high over the mark. McInnes Southworth, and Holt took the play to the Forest end, where Chadwick took a corner kick, which Ritchie cleared. Stewart executed some dodging work amidst a host of opponents, and sent over to Latta, who shot in obliquely, only missing the mark by inches. At the other end, Collins had a fair chance of scoring but missed his kick. The whole Everton line came away grandly, and Latta sent in a beauty, which Ritchie luckily headed clear. A corner kick off Scott was fruitless, and Chadwick had a shie without success. For a lengthy period the Everton forwards continued to monopolise the attack but the visiting defenders grasping the situration with better success with the better success than in the early stages. At length Holt dodged a couple of opponents and parted to Bell, who drove across to Latta, and a clinking shot was sent in. allsopp ran out to clear but mulled and Mcinnes being in readness piloted the ball between the posts. A couple of corners fell to Evertonians in quick succession, but nothing came of them. Up to the close of the game Forest were heavily pressed. Nearing time Holt sent in a long low shot, which Bell finished off and beat Allsopp, but offside was successfully claimed . keeping up the pressure the ball bebbed about the visitors goal after a throw in by Stewart and Latta neatly nudged the ball through. Bell was knock off the ball when the goal was at his mercy, and the remaining play was not procture of further scoring. Everton having a strong lead of 6 goals to 1.



September 17 1894. The Liverpool Mercury.

At Darwen on Saturday, attentance before 1500 spectataors. The teams were Everton:- Bleasdale goal, Milward, and Arridge, backs, Owens, Wharmby, and Rowland, half-backs,, Williams (w), Murray, Storrier, Handford and Elliott forwards. Darwen:- Kershaw, goal, Catterall, and Leach, backs, Ratcliffe, haddon, and Harhy, half-backs, Wade, Dori, Fish Townsend, and Wilson forwards .

Everton lost the toss and started. The home mleft secured the ball, and after shooting wide next gibe Bleasdale a handful. Further attacks were made, and then Everton put in a nice run, but Leach and Catterall kept the forwards at bay. Everton worked hard and showed fine combination, but they could not beat the defence. To the interval they had much the best of the play, but neither side scored. In the second half play was scarely so fast as in the first, and Everton seemed to fall away. Darwen attacked, and Arridge and Milward put in a lot of useful work. The play was rather rough and the game was stopped owing to the injuries to players. Ten minutes from the finish Townsend dashed up and scored for the home side, whose score was equalised by Storrier soon after the result of clever bit or work. Final result Everton 1 goal; Darwen 1.



September 18, 1894. The Birmingham Daily Post

At Edinburgh, before 12,000 people. The game started fast, and within ten minutes Hogg scored for the Hearts. Shortly afterwards Scott added a second point. Near the end of the first half McInnes scored for Everton. In the second half Everton had the best of the game. Before time was called Chadwick, Reay, and Hartley each scored. Result Everton 4 goals, Hearts 2 goals.



September 18 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

This match was played at Ediunburgh, yesterday in spendid weather, and the day being general holiday there was a good attendance of 12,000. The ground was in beautful condition. Teams as follows:- Hearts:- Cox, goal, Battles, and Mirk, backs, Nicol, Russell,and Hogg half-backs, McLaren, Chambers, Michael, Walker, and Scott, forwards. Everton:- cain, goal Kelso and Parry, backs, Boyle, Storrier and Stewart, half-backs, Reay, McInnes, Hartley, Chadwick (captain), and Bell forwards.

Chadwick captained the Everton team in the absence of Southworth and Adams, it so happened that both had secured the same number of point in their respective League. Everton kick-off, but Chambers ran well asnd passed to Michaels who shot over. Everton had a turn for a time but were not dangerous, and then Scott raced away in rare form, but found Parry in the way. Everton had a free kick near in taken by Storrier, who penetrated the net, but the ball had not been touched, and the point did not count. The Hearts were more fortunate a few minutes later, as a goal was scrimmaged through from a free kick. The home team were soon at goal, and Scott placed the Hearts further ahead. Everton rallied immediatey, and after Bell and Chadwick had put in good work McInnes whipped in with a shot the took effect. Cain saved twice in a satisfactory manner, whilst a return raid was rendered ineffective Parrt. There was no mistaking the fact that the home team were in great form, and they gave the Everton half-backs and backs more work than they have been accustomed to of late. They were safe, however, and for a time the only likely shot that could be essayed bu McLaren. The visitors then got into a better swing, and Chadwick had two very fair attempts. Parry at the other end headed out beautfully and once more Everton were in evidence Chadwick again being in the front of the attack. Kelso next came out prominenttly for a judicious kick, but Walker got in a shot though it was of no avail. As a rule Cain had very little to do, so well did Parry and Kelso should shut up. McInnes was going well for a shot, but was checked by a free kick for his own side from which Parry put outside. Everton renewed the attack, but Bell could not get in a good shot when an opening was created for him. A dangerous raid followed by the Hearts, but Parry intercepted a shot byMichaels and the interval arrived with the home team leading by two goals to one. After a nice exposition of play, in which the leaders had the pull. Everton went well away upon resuming, and looked like scoring but the final touch by Reay weas easily repulsed. Parry next prevented McLaren shooting, and in turn a nice opening for Everton was spoiled through hands within a few yards of goal. Parry and Kelso both checked timely, and then Hartley made ground. McInnes finishing off the movement with a shot which was grandily saved. Reay followed with an equally good effort, but met with a like non-success. Much pressure for a short time followed on the Hearts right wing which was satisfactorily dealt with. Michael then broke away in a sprint, and the Hearts attacked on either wing to no purpose. The game continued to be stubbornly contested. Both sides endeavouring hard to score, and at length Reay raced off and sent across the face of goal, which Chadwick capturned by taking the pass at the right moment, equalising the score. Everton resumed attack, but Bell came in for little employment, and the combination being thus weakened the onslaught was not effective but a swinging run by McInnes and Hartley caused some excitement. The defence however, proved impenetrable from the former's shot. The Hearts now attacked repeatedly, but found a check in Parry in particular whilst a shot by Walker went astray. The leather was soon afterwards put across by Bell to Reay, who shot in accurately, the ball bouncing off Cox's knees into the net. Chambers next had a golden, chance but shot badly, and a minute after Hartley placed Everton further ahead from a corner taken by Reay. The next incident of special moment was in McInnes making a flying shot. Everton improved as the game went on, and in the end won a spendid game by 4 goals to 2, their superior staying power pulling them through.


September 19, 1894. The Glasgow Herald

At Bainsford. Teams; Everton:- Cain goal, Adams (captain), Parry, backs, Kelso, Storrier, and Stewarts half-backs, Reay, McInnes, Hartley, Chadwick, and Bell, forwards. Eastingshire:- Kennedy, goal, McKinnie and Stoddart, backs, McCall Sharpe, and Steele, Brock, and Boag; Alexander, Johnstone, and McKenzie. Everton kicked off, and within seven minutes Bell scored two goals for them. Some fast play followed, and 15 minutes later Hartley for Everton scored. This was succeeded by another by Chadwick, and five minutes later the same player again scored. Half-time; Everton 5, goals; East Stirlingshire, 0 goals. On resuming Everton pressed, and kept the play a good deal in East Stirlingshire's territory. East Stirlingshire made strenuous efforts to score, but could not break through Everton's defence. Ten minutes had elapsed when Chadwick scored for Everton. About a quarter of an hour later Alexander, from a fine run down on the right, scored for East Stirlingshire. Reay scored the seventh for Everton immediately after. This was followed by McKenzie scoring East Stirlingshire's second goal. No further scoring took place, and a hard contested game ended:- Everton, 7 goals; East Stirlingshire, 2 goals.


September 20 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton, journeying from Edinburgh, visted Falkirk yesterday in order to play East Stilingshire, a club which had not been beaten this season teams Everton:- Cain goal, Adams (captain), Parry, backs, Kelso, Storrier, and Stewarts half-backs, Reay McInnes, Hartley, Chadwick, and Bell, forwards. East Sterlingshire:- Kennedy, goal, McKinnie and Stoddart, backs, McCall Sharpe, and Steele,

half-backs, Brock, Alexander, McKenzie and Johnstone, forwards. It was an evening match, the kick-off being taken at a quarter to six in bad light. Everton were the first to attack, threatening from a free kick placed well by Adams, Reay shot in, but the home team cleared, and play became open. Reay led up to goal once more, with Hartley in support the movement being finished off by an indifferent shot by Chadwick. Returning at the command of Chadwick the visitors had a double success, Bell beating the custodian on each occasion-first from a pass by Chadwick, and then from a grand centre By Reay. Cain was then in requisition, and saved well. a further onslaught by Everton was grappled with, and Stirling pressed more persistently than hitherto, though Johnstone mulled an opening made for him by putting behind Adams, and Kelso now came in for some work, which was performed satisfactorily. The next item was in Chadwick driving striaght for gaol, there to find Kennedy ready. Everton kept up a good turn of speed, and were the more aggressive, but found the defence much stronger. A nice combination run by the home forwards looked dangerous, the ball being passed quickly at close quarters and shot in near the post; but Cain completed another smart save, which gave evidence that he is a goalkeeper of spendid resource. With their lines cleared. Everton went for goal agaian and again, and from one of these raids Bell shot in and Reay completed a third goal. Some long passes by Stirling caused the Everton defenders to be active and these acquitted themselves-well Adams especially coming to the rescue timely. No fair shot was thus possible. Reay then became conspicuous for sturdy running, a scrimmage ensuning in front of goaL from which Chadwick scored. The home side replied with a spurt, but the ball bounced out of danger in a few minutes Chadwick got a gaol from a free kick, and at the end of 35 minutes the interval was signalled, Everton then leading by five goals to nil. The second half opened with Everton pressing almost without a break, but it was a quarter of an hour before they could nonplus the defence, and when this occurred it was owning to a running centre by Bell and a consequent shot by Hartley. If hopelessly in the rear now the home forwards were not discouraged, and raised a little enthusiasm among the crowd present which was more than double the average number. A flying shot by Brock went in the direction of goal, but Adams cleared near the line. Chadwick at the other end put in a srew shot woithout the desired effect,, and again Bell shot across after a magnifiecent run, in almost darkness Brock raced off and Centred, when Alexander met the ball and at length scored for Striling. In a brief time, However, Everton were on goal, and Reay put on a seventh point. Whilst McKenzie followed with a second goal for the home team. It was not possible to see much of the subsequent play, the result being a win for Everton by 7 goals to 2.


September 22, 1894. The Isle of Man Times.

The Douglas Association club are making arrangements to bring the celebrated Everton Combination, which includes several international players, to the Island within the next month or so. If they are successful, the experience which Manx footballers will gain will be of immense benefit to the game, and I hope that Douglas will be well supported, both by footballers and the general public, in their pluckily venture.


September 24, 1894. The Glasgow Herald

Considering that the Everton team have played four matches in the League this season and won them all, their presence at Nottingham scarcely proved so great an attraction as might have been expected, the attendance being estimated at not more than 6000. Notts Forest rearranged their side to some extent, playing Forman and Shrewsbury to the exclusion of McInnes and Rose. As the result of these changes, McPherson took the position of centre forward. Everton had exactly the same side as in the previous week. When the game had been in progress nearly half an hour Pile kicked a goal for Notts Forest, and nine minutes later Southworth scored for Everton. Nothing else being done before half-time, the score at the interval was one goal each. Immediately after resuming Bell made a shot at goal, and Everton claimed that the ball had gone through the posts, but the referee ruled that Bell was off-side. At the end of a quarter of an hour Chadwick scored for Everton, and five minutes later another point was obtained for them by Bell. After this Carnally kicked a goal for Notts Forest. Right up to the finish the play was full of interest, the result of the game being a victory for Everton by three goals to two.



September 24, 1892. The Wrexham Advertiser

At Goodison Park, before 3,000 spectators. Goals were scored by Smith (two), Gordon (two), and McMillan for Everton in the first half. McMillan scored a sixth, Elliott shortly after notching a seventh, and McMillan an eight, Smith and Gordon also put on points, the final result being Everton ten goals, Nantwich none.



September 24 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

The return League match was played at Nottingham on Saturday where notwithstanding that the Forest had been beaten so easily the week previously a great amount of interst was taken in the contest, an attenance of 8,000 being rather above the average. From the subjoined names it will be seen that Everton made no charges of players whilst the home club brought in Shrewsbury Forman and Pike to the depostion of Jeacock Rose and McInnes,, McPherson going centre forward instead of centre-half. The weather was beautifully fine, and the turf in excellent condition. As customary at Nottingham a high class band of instrumentists detailed sweet music whilst the people were assembling. Teams Forest:- Allsopp goal, Ritchie, and Scotts (captain) backs, Shrewsbury McCracken, and Stewart (a) , half-backs, Formans, Carnelly, McPerson Collins and Pikes forwards. Everton:- Williams, goal, Adams and Parry, backs Boyle Holt and Stewart (w) , half-backs, Latta McInnes, Southworth (captain), Chadwick and Bell, forwards. Mr. Fox officiated as referee. Scott lost the toss and Everton thus had the advantage of the slight wind McInnes led up to goal promptly, when Scott prevented Latta shooting. Everton returned but were baulked and the Forest left made ground, when Adams stood in his way. The home right winger got slightly the best of Parry, though Carnelly shot wide of the mark. Everton then attacked, but only got a corner kick. A burst by the Forest on the left created great excitement, which increased when a rattling shot was sent in. Williams was called upon and stopped the ball but it remained for Parry to head away danger. Carnelly and Parry at the exciting juncture came into collison and both were hurt, Parry so much stunned that he had to retire Chadwick fell back and in the meantime Collins made a bright attempt. With Parry back again in the team, he at once placed from a free kick over the net, and from the pressure Bell shot across the face of goal, but Latta was just a shade too late in meet the ball or a goal must have been scored. A fine chance then occurred to the Forest on Adams mulling his kick, but Forman made a sad sho. Again the home team came on the left, and again Forman from a pass was worked this time by Parry taking the ball from his foot. It was some time before Everton could get clear when Holt put on an effective touch but Ritchie robbed Southworth, and the same back was soon again repeelling another raid. A rush on the Forest right looked dangerous until Stewart cleared coolly. The Everton broke away, and, Southworth tried one of the best shots of the day so far. The first goal, however, came from the other end, as on Adams only feebly touching the ball it was shot in before he could get back. Pike driving in very hard. A justable appeal was made for off side without success, though the shooter was certainly behind one of the backs when he took the ball. The pace had been all through a most desperate one, and for once in the way it must be said that Everton had to admit they had at least met their match in the matter of sppeed. It thus became a questionh as to who would saty the longest. A couple of corners fell to Everton the second one after Parry had stopped a shot whilst seemed certain to take effect. From this corner kick a scrimmage ensued which enlminated in Southworth equalising at the end of 36 minutes play. Then came a fine screw by Latta and as equally fine save by Ritchie. McInnes and Southworth were nearly successful in a joint run, and that Everton had thus gained in power was due to splendid work by the half-backs Holt scoring over his opponents repeatdly Allsopp thus had a warm experience as both Chadwick and McInnes put him scarely on his mettle. Nearing half-time the home left wing got the master of Boyle and Adams, and had not Parry backed onto a shot they would no doubt have scored. aS it was a shot went dangerous near the gaol. At half-time the score was one goal each, and it about reflected the tendency of play. The opening incident of the second half was in Forest sending in three successive shots in a buch, Parry Adams, and Boyle saving in quick rotation. Everton then went samrtly away and Latta put across the goalmouth. Bell driving in to the goalkeeper's hands. Everton claimed that Allsopp had caught the ball when over the line, but the referee (Mr Fox), who ought to have been nearer the goal. Then the referee though it was not a legitimate point. Chadwick next shot hasty and then Bell tried a movement on his own account but saw the ball go on the wrong side of the posts. Adams than had to make a double save, a fine task of combination was next seen by Everton's forwards as Chadwick put to McInnes who sent to Chadwick. The latter round several players and placed to Bell, but he could not help, shooting astray. Southworth followed with a fair aim and Everton had the best of the play now but the Forest never lost a chance of breaking away and Pike finished up a smart run with a shot which brought Williams out to clear by catching the ball. Chadwick a few minutes later landed the ball over the bar at long range, but at once Shooting hard Allsopp touched the spere, but dropped it as he would the provebial hot potato, and was beaten Everton thus assuming the lead for the first time midway in the second half. The visitors were now fairly in their normal swing, and passing well and smartly soon forged futher ahead Bell this time being the safe pilot. Resporting to the call to play-up the Forest swopped down on the Everton goal and beat all but Williams who effected a marvellous save with several men upon him. Two corners followed to the ‘'Reds'' from one of which Ritchie surmounted the crossbar. After some open play the home team got within range when Cranelly took the ball from Stewart and scored a fine goal from a slanting direction thus encouruaged Pike tired along aim, which Williams played coolly he having plenty of time, whilst Carnelly went to high a moment later. The Notts defenders was then hard put to, and returning Latta shot in, when A. Stewart prevented a shot being essayed at close quarters. Chadwick next dribbled up and again Stewart (late of Everton) intercepted. Adams was just in time to rob Pike and from his timely kick a spendid specimen of passing was shown by Everton, the ball going to no flew than six Evertonians without the sequence being broken. No likely shot, hopwever, was possible and then a pause was neccessary owing to McCracken receiving a light injury. Good work by Latta upon resuming deserved better success that he met with but he came up again, and from the flying centre Bell shot very near. The play was keen in the extreme the Forest making most meritorious effects to save the match. Several rushes was attempted, but Adams adminiatered check upon check. Once a rasping shot almost graced a post. This was the last anxious momnet for Everton, and soon the whistle sounded for the conclusion of a terribly hard though not rough game with Everton victorious by 3 goals to 2.



September 24 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

The lancashire combination.

This match was played at Goodison Park before about 3000 spectators. Everton were much the strong presented than when at Darwen a week previuosly, the team including Blesdale Wgriffiths Geary and Hartley. Everton had the command and scoring a couple of goals in each half to nil.

Everton team:- Bleasdale goal, Milward, and Kelso backs, Wharmby, Storrier, and Elliott , half-backs Williams (w), Murray, Hartley, Griffiths (w) and Geary, forwards.



SEPTEMBER 24 1894. THE Liverpool Mercury

It was but natural that the party of upwards of 20, which hurried from the scene of Everton's easy triump over Notts Forest on Saturday week in order to catch the six o'clock train for Scotland, should be in a happy frame of mind. Starting off under such genial circumstances with the promise of fine, exhilarating weather with the assurances of being well catered for, and with the confidence that good football would be interwoven with the privilege of withnessing the beautiful architectural and natural features of ‘'modern Athens'' and its surrounding intersting and charming country, it was easy to maintain a buoyancy of spirits. Yes a very happy company made their headquarters at the comfortable hotel the Price of Wales Hotel under the care of the obliging and attentive host (Mr Brown). Every one could not help enjoying himself, did so in a most rational way, whilst moments that might have bung heavily were brigthened by the witticism of the chairman in particular, and by the imprompt music in which ministure bagpipes were perhaps a little too obstructive, supplied by the players of ‘'musical'' bent. For the success of a tour of three or four day;s every thing depends upon powers of progession being well considered, and carefully timed, and Mr. Mollineux is to be complimented upon his acteness and foresight in arranging and carrying out the expedition so smootly that no hitch no shadow of dispacement, occurred to mar the harmony of the trip. The drive to the Forth Bridge though pretty country on a good road which skirts the seat of Lord Rosrvery/ was especially enk=joyed, the massive structurn being viewed with wonder and admiretion by those who had not had the opportunity of either sailing under or walking across the great bridge before. The Castle afforded equal pleasure from its historical association. It impreagable character, and on account of the magnificent panoramic sene presented from its eminence. Then Hoywood wakened up though of Queens Mary Darnley and Rizzio whilst Calton Hill, being hardy, afforded an easy ‘'constitutional with a bird-eyes view of''Edins'' from another stand point and the promende of Price's street and the entertainment at the Palace served to vary the bill and fare. But it was football that took Everton to Edinburgh and as a preliminary to the serious busness the party witnessed at even game between the Hibernians and the Glasgow Rangers on mornday morning. The day was observed as the autumn hoilday, but the match was ackowledgement to be that of Everton and Hearts of Midlothians, and this was testified by an attenance of some 12,000 spectators. The clubs had played and won four matches in the Ebglish and Scotch Leagues, respectively, so neither meant to be beate. It was a fine game in which the Hearts ha the best of the first half, but much more so the worst of the second stage, during which Everton scored three goals, and turned a minority of scoring into a majority and won by 4 goals to 2. On Tuesday East Stirlingshire, a subidedary engagement with that with the Hearts-were defeated by 7 goals to 2, but the play was more intersting than this scorer would suggest. So ended one of Everton's most sussessful Scotch trips.

Everton at the end of the fourth Saturday of the season stand on a rock impregnable, having played eight matches, five of which were in connection with the League, and won them all brilliant! That such is the record of great concern is to the credit of the actors, not only for the skill they possessed individually and collectively but for the attention they have given to training=which also speaks praise of Gilbert their traner and to their abstemious conduct. Without these essential qualties the team could not have pulled through so successfully on all occassions. The stamina of the men has seved them in good stead on severe occasionals, but on none more so than staurdays in their return match with Notts Forest at the ground of the latter. There Everton have never been very successful in the League match before, and last year lost by three goals to two, but now they carried off the honours with the same score to three goals to two. The easy way in which Everton vanquised ther Forest the week previously at Goodison Park by six goals to one would prepare most people for another win by the Liverpoolians-and it would have been a bitter disappontment had it not been so-but, now that the battle has been fought and won it must be addimmitted that Everton has capiturned two more points in magnificent style. The Forest have every encouragement to shine when at home. No team by their supporters is treated more kindly. They are cheered on as only Notts spectators can shout. The spur is applied but not the whip-mistakes are passed by in compassater mood, forgotten in rousing class to rally to the front. The people gave the key the players replied with this tune. It was set to a gallop. Ther Foresters had trained during the week. They meant to wipe out the stain imposed at Liverpool. They knew this could not be done without condition. This they had acquired. It remained but for the application. This pace, then was to be a scorcher and the Forest intended having much to do to regulate its abb and flore. With this view the team was reorganised. McPherson went centre forward, his customary place being filled by a strong man in McCracken, Pike reappearing as outside left in lieu of McInnes and Forman replaced Jeacock on the right. Everton had the same team as at Godison Park, but it was not so strong, as Parry was suffering from a bad knee, and would have stood down, but there was no better to take his place. Kelso and Arridge also more or less incapaciated. Well, the Forest went in for spurting with less regard for passing and were effective masmuch as they by this meant during the earlier part of the game upset the combination of Everton, the half-backs being more occupied in checking raids than feeding the forwards. Unfortunately the backs were not at all steady at this trying period. Excuse is readily inade for Parry, as he also received a nasty kick on the back of his head accidentially, which stunned him for a few minutes but Adams was surprisingly at fault he being beaten several times by Pike and his suport. It was though one of these mistakes that the Forest got their first goal, which however seemed to be taken off-side. The pace was maintaned at high speed but Everton improved as the game went on and in the second half the passing was equal to their best though the shooting may not have been. Then they found how difficult it was at times to beat Scott Ritchie and Allsopp. Once Bell put into the custodian's hands who swung back his arms with the ball over the goal line but Mr Fox was nearly at midfield instead of the close attendance on the play and so was not in a position to adjusdicate soundly on the point. The defence under the circustance got the benefit of the doubt. Tom sum up Everton contend that the score should have been four to one in their favour.


September 28, 1894. The Glasgow Herald

Magnificent weather favoured this holiday engagement, which took place at Ibrox Park. Covan. Fully 6000 spectators were present. Teams; Everton:- Cain goal, Kelso and Adams, (captain), backs, Boyle, Holt, and Elliott half-backs Reay, Hartley Geary, Chadwick, and Bell, forwards. Rangers: - Haddow, goal, Crawford and Drummond, backs Gibson, Pray, and Mitchell, half-backs Cowan McCreadie Boyd McPherson, and Barker, forwards. Losing the toss Rangers kicked off. After some play in the centre the Rangers forwards got off, but Barker shot behind. Then Bell had a run, and when near goal he passed back to Chadwick, who sent in a scorcher, but it missed by inches. He Everton continued to have the best of it, and twice Haddow had to save shots. At last a pass by Bell was smartly placed in the net by Hartley. First goal for Everton. The Rangers strove hard to equalise after this, but their shooting was rash, and they missed several easy chances. Again the Everton got on the ball, and after a fruitless corner Geary notched their second goal with a swift shot. A corner for Rangers followed, but Elliott got it safely away. Half-time result; Everton, 2 goals Rangers 0. When the teams re-appeared, the sun was shining brilliantly. The Everton got a corner, but it came to nothing. Barker and McPherson got away, and were looking well when Boyle kicked into touch. The Everton got the advantage of the throw-in, and Geary made off single-handled for Haddow. The Everton man shot, and the ball rolled into the net, while Haddow and Geary collided. The Everton man had to leave the field. Three goals down the Rangers made strenuous efforts to improve their position, but they were met by a stubborn defence. Geary now came on again. Three goals to the bad made the Rangers play up. They put on a spurt, and McCreadie, with a fine shot, notched the first goal. The Rangers continued to have the best of it after this. They got a brace of corners, but neither had the desired effect. Barker and McPherson were putting in some grand work, especially the former. Everton got a free kick ten yards out, from which they scored their fourth goal. This finished the scoring. Final; Everton, 4 goals; Rangers, 1 goal.


September 28 1894. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton made a second visit to Scotland yesterday, the occasion being the Glasgow Autmon Holiday in order to play the Glasgow Rangers. There was an attendance of 6000 when the kick off was taken, at half-past one. The teams were- Everton:- Cain goal, Kelso and Adams, (captain), backs, Boyle, Holt, and Elliott half-backs Reay, Hartley Geary, Chadwick, and Bell, forwards. Rangers:- Haddow, goal, Crawford and Drummond, backs Gibson, Pray, and Mitchell, half-backs Cowan McCreadie Boyd McPherson, and Barker, forwards. The opening was rather in favour of the home team but Bell soon forged ahead and sent across the front of the goal smartly when Reay was baulked in his attempt to take a pass. Adams applied a check a minute later but Boyd had a shot wide of the mark. Everton had the best of the play immediately follwed though on Reay shooting in an infringement of the rules neutralised any advantage that Everton had gained. Returning promptly the visitors were very threatening Geary shooting well on two occasions. Then Bell drove the ball across the face of goal, when Hartley met it and scored a quarter of an hour from the start. The Everton defence was next hard put to but Kelso was very effective in tackling, Cowan in particular. With the game so far scoring went against the Rangers, they, were not all inclined to take matters easy and were for a time put to. From a good piece of play Adams the visitors broke away when Bell once more sent the ball across the face of goal, Hartley this time beening repulsed in a smart attempt to score. The Rangers were not long before they were to the front, and there they stayed for a few minutes during which pressure they lost chances by bad shooting. Geary followed with a clever run. He passed to Chadwick, who went near goal, and theball being returned to Geary at short-distance he beat Haddow with a strong shot. Following incidentof moment was in Cain being drawn out to parry a shoot from the Rangers right wing, but which though keen went far from the gaol. A corner on the home team's left was of no avail as Kelso cleared finely his long kick to the centre of the field putting the Everton forwards on the attack a shot by Chadwick being too short of the target. A well placed kick by Boyle opened up posiisbilities of Everton increasing their lead, but the movement ended in Reay landing the ball in Haddow's hands. A minute afterwards Cain steered the ball behind smartly, and the interavl with Everton leading by two goals to nil. On resuming the Rangers were the more aggressive, but could not get in a decent shot, though having two of three tries. Geary then broke clear, and Finshed up one of his well-known runs with a shot which took effect. Haddow seeing the impending danger ran out to charge Geary who got hurt in the collison but yet scored. After a slight delay Geary rejoined his comrades. Then the Rangers put on some pressure from the right wing But Adamss, after Holt had checked cleared his lines. The home team were not to be beaten off and returning McCreadie scored the first goal for his side. Abaout 15 minutes from the restart. The home eleven supplemented with a renewed attack of much persistancy, the ball being at one perid timely picked up by Cain though it might have been safe to let it go free. Boyle next had to give a corner. A free kick against Kelso caused much excitement as the Rangers went solid goal. Boyle saved twice and Kelso once at the jucture, still the pressure continued and Cain had to be active in repelling shots, one by Prey being especially troublesme. Getting away for a brief time Everton found themselves within range of a shot but Bell did not meet with the success his aim deserved. The visitors were now playing with the sun in their eyes and speaking generally, had less of the attack than the Rangers. A smart run by Barker imposed a corner kick, but it was of no avail. Whilst a futile corner flag kiick was badly utilised by the same player. Everton defended well, and in turn took up the attack with more success than the Rangers had experienced, as from a free kick near in a fourth goal was scored by them. (Hartley) the game was not allowed to grow tame, though the odds were against the Glasgow wegians for they were as much on the attack as their most successful opponents, but encountered strong defence. As the end approached an opening was created for Barker, who shot well, but only to see Cain complete a clever save. The ball was next driven over the bar. Adams checked the left wing and when the whistle sounded a minute later, Everton had maintained their unbeaten record by winning with the score of 4 goals to 1.


September 29, 1894, The Isle of Man Times.

The Douglas Association club have concluded arrangements with the Everton combination, and they will meet Douglas on Thursday, October 25 th . Douglas deserves the highest praise for their enterprise, and I hope they will be supported in a manner which will encourage other clubs to follow in their footsteps. The visitors will be accompanied by two international players Geary and Milward. The opportunity of witnessing such players is not to be missed, and all clubs should scratch fixtures for that date, and go to Belle Vue in body.