April 1896

April 4, 1896. Chester Observer.

Enable “by bit of curious chances,” Chester figured on Saturday in the final tie of the Liverpool Senior Cup against Everton. To do the Cestrians justice it should be stated that they have often found their way into the semi-final, but on this occasion Liverpool scratched to them, on account of some hitch with the Liverpool Association, and o allowed Chester to face Everton, in the final tie. The attendance at Goodison Park was estimated at not more than 500, and the following were the teams: - Chester: - Coventry, goal; Astbury and Wilson, backs; Barker, Farrell and Turner, half-backs; Lipsham, W. Lewis, H. Jones, and Spencer, forwards. Everton: - Briggs, goal; Kelso and Storrier, backs; Goldie, Micklejohn and Elliott, half-backs; Williams, Latta, Chadwick, Murray and Schofield, forwards. Everton were soon on the aggressive, and Scholfield scored in the first four minutes. An end to end game ensured, and Chester showed up for a short while, but to no purpose. Williams subsequently added a second for the homesters. A mistake by Storrier left in Worgan and Spencer, but nothing resulted. Then Lipsham threw away a good chance by shooting wide, and to make matters work, Farrell could have easily scored, but sent the ball in the wrong direction. Half-time now arrived, and changing ends, the play for a time became more even. Williams notched a third and then Chester forced a corner, which Storrier cleared in splendid fashion. Scholfield scored a fourth, and the Cestrians retired beaten by 4 goals to nil.


April 4 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

The first of the season's league matches between these clubs was played on the Goodison road enclosure yesterday afternoon, before close upon 30,000 spectators. The County team was somewhat handicapped by the absence of Goodall and Bloomer and as Everton was fully representative, it was confidently anticipated that the local team would have no difficulty in notching a couple of points. After a dull morning the weather cleared up beautifully, and at 2-35 the teams faced as follows : - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams, and Arridge, backs, Boyle (captain), Holt, and Stewart, halfbacks, Bell, McInnes, Cameron, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Derby County: - Robinson, goal, Methvan, and Leiper, backs, Cox Goodall, and Kinsley, halfbacks, Paul, Miller, NcMillan, Stevenson and McQueen forwards. Everton won the toss, and following the initial exchanges looked all over a winning team. Cameron McInnes, and Bell took the ball nicely down, but Leiper was not to be beaten, and following some capital tackling by Cox on the other wing both Paul and Miller put in good work only to be foiled by Arridge in the fine attempt. A moment later brought off a fine save when the ball was close in, and after Chadwick had supplemented Cameron tricked both Kinsley and Leiper, and scored a capital goal within five minutes from the start. Directly following it appeared almost certain that Everton would increase their lead as a heavy pressure was sustained for a considerable period on the County goal. Milward passed nicely across to Bell, who, however, headed over, and directly following the outside left and had a fair chance but put very wide. McQueen and Stevenson then took up the running and had the better of Adams, and a shot from the centre was ably dealt with by Hillman, when Milward and Chadwick raced nicely down, and a fine centre all but resulted in a second point for Everton. directly afterwards Milward was adjudged to be offside when in a good position, but this assistaned little, as Bell had the better of Kinsley and parting nicely to McInnes the last named found an opening for Cameron,, who took full advantage and scored place Derby County two goals in arrear. A long shot from Kinsley almost reduced the margin when Bell, by a fine individual effort, raced down the right, and after receiving assistance from McInnes, had exceptionally hard lines in increasing the score. From the goal kick, the ball was quickly at the other end, and McMillan sent forward to Hillman, who left his charge and Adams in accidentally working to save the goal, put the ball into his own goal. The play had scarely been resumed when Hillman was again called upon, but not having thorough control of the ball Goodall seized the opportunity, and deftly put it through, then bring the teams on a even footing. Nothing further was done up to the interval when the score stood 2 goals each. On resuming the Everton attack set to work desperately, and failt cut out the pace. Milward, Chadwick and Bell having teasing shots without success for Robinson was well desired, as he dealt with repeated class shots in such an able manner, as to call for the sustained attack of the large crowd. Bell almost caught him unawares with an excellent header, and failing from close range. Cameron assayed from the long field but without better success. There was no mistaking the severely pressure maintained by the Evertonians, for it was rarely indeed that the ball was in the home half. Try as they would Robinson was not to be beaten, and a drawn game of 2 goals each resulted. That the County were lucky in obtaining a point could not be denied and they own they success in their custodian in a great degree, and to rather poor judgement on the part of Adams and Hillman, who performance was disappointing.



April 4 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

This combination match was played at Buxton yesterday, before 3,000 spectators. The visitors were both powerful and too clever for the amateurs and after 20 minutes Murray scored. Williams added a couple and Elliott made it 4 goals to nil at the interval. Buxton had a couple of good chances but could not credit themselves. Goldie added a fifth for Everton, and the half dozen was made soon afterwards. Final result of 6 goal to in favour of the Evertonians. Everton: - Briggs goal, Balmer and Molyneux backs, Kelly, Meiklejohn and Elliott (captain), halfbacks, Latta McDonald Chadwick (j), Murray, and Storrier forwards.



April 6 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

These teams met in a friendly contest on Saturday afternoon at Goodison Park, but the fixture failed to attract more than a gathering of 6,000 spectators which is a new record in an ordinary meeting between these teams. Owing to Scottish internationals demands neither team was its best, and they faced at four o'clock p.m. in the following positions: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams, and Storrier backs, Boyle (captain), Holt, and Stewart halfbacks, Hartley, McInnes, Cameron, Milward, and Schofield, forwards. Sunderland: - Anderson goal McNeill, and Gow, backs, Dunlop, Gibson and Johnston, halfbacks, Gillespie, Cowan, Campbell, Millar, and Hannah (d) forwards.

Everton started the game, but had the worst of the opening play for the Sunderland forwards continued nicely, and gave the home halves plenty of work. Eventually Cameron raced off and shot wide, but on a further return, a corner was forced and well placed by Schofield, and Hartley shot in. this success was followed by a strong attack on the Sunderland goal, but there was no getting past McNeil and Gow. Finally Campbell led on a strong movement to the other end and Passing out top Gillespie the latter was very faulty when in a fairly easy position. For some little time the Wearsiders held their position, but Holt's attentions were too close for their liking and after Stewart had accounted for Cowan, Milward and Schofiled got off, only tom find Dunlop quite as capable in attending to then. A corner against Storrier resulted in Hillman being called upon and following a slight relief Gibson shot in strongly at the keeper, who was too previously charged, and from the free kick the running was once again made in the direction of Anderson. Cameron was mainly responsible for most of the attacks, and had the wings at this juncture made use of the opening afforded them at least a couple of goals must have been put on. However, nothing further was record up to the interval, when the score stood Everton 1 goal, Sunderland nil. Without delay the second half was proceeded with, and at once the Sunderland forwards made headway, Cowan testing Hillman with a capital shot which, was ably dealt with. Another from the same player was also got away in good style, but returning again, a lengthy pressure followed in the home half, both Adams and Storrier getting through their work in sound fashion, the latter eventually sending well on to Schofield who raced down and finished a severe attack on Anderson's charge. Three corners followed in quick succession, and as they were all well placed the Sunderland keeper had an anxious time. McNeil afforded relief but directly afterwards Hartley missed a couple of ridiculous easy chances, when Hannah got away and forcing a corner, placed it beautifully to Campbell, who stood close in, and putting his foot to it, took Hillman by surprise. Nothing further was scored, and a drawn game of 1 goal each resulted.



April 6 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

At Leek. Leek played with the wind, Everton made a run, but the defence made a return. The Leek forwards got away but shot over, but still pressed, but could not score. The Merriman shot thirty yards away, and Gyme the Leek custodian kicked the over the ball, thus giving Everton a very simple goal. Half time arrived Everton winning by a goal to nil. Chadwick scored a second in the second half . final result was Everton 2 goals leek 1. Everton: - Briggs, goal Balmer, and Molyneux, backs, Kelso Meiklejohn, and Elliott (captain), Latta, Mainman, Chadwick (j) Murray and Schofiled, forwards .

Played 14, won 11, lost 1, drawn 2, for 57, against 13 points 24



April 6 1896.

Robert Bell scored a second goal for Scotland against England at Celtic Park in front of 50,000 spectators.



April 6 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

The Liverpool Football public have been well catered for turning the Easter holiday by our premier club Derby County and Bolton Wanderers furnishing League fixtures, whilst on Saturday afternoon Sunderland appeared in a ‘'Friendly'' The first of these encounters, on Good Friday afternoon, was productive of a great game, and the only matter for regrets from an Evertonians point of view, was the fact that the home team had to rest content with one point, although two were so thoroughly deserved. Early on in the game the Everton forwards took up the running, and gave their opponents little of no attitude. Rarely indeed were they seen in such trim this season, and the result of their fine efforts during the first half hour was a substantial lead of two goals to nil. In the last ten minutes of the first half however the County men rallied, and fairly penned the home team in their own half, and assisted by bad judgement on the part of Hillman and great weakness of the home right back the Peakiites were able to leave the field at half time equal terms. After the interval the home forwards were quickly attacking again but although their kept up a almost incessant onslaught on the Derby goal for the whole of the last 45 minutes they were, owing to fine defence and absolutely marvellously goalkeeping, unable to notch a winning point. The whole of the home quintet was a capital form, Bell and Cameron especially shinning. The former player was always conspicuous with his fine runs and centres, and his playfully justifies his selection by his countrymen to represent Scotland on the outside right. Cameron gave the best exhibition he has favoured up with at Goodison Park. He passed out to his wings with the greatest precision, and it was quite in keeping with his performance that both goals were credited to him. The half backs were also in fine form, and backed up their forwards consistently whilst in defence they also shone. Johnny Holt seemed delight in demonstrating to the hugh crowd, that in spite of his being overlooked by the international selection committee, he is by no means done yet, and his smart and tricky tactics evoked great applause. Arridge was good at back, but his partner Adams, was very much off colour, and rarely seemed at easy for his kicking was feeble and he did not last at all well. Hillman in goal was at times brilliant, but on two occasions lamentably the reverse. The first goal he forfeited by bad judgement in running out, although Adams seemed to bother him somewhat, whilst the second was due to him letting the ball screw through his hands and fall within easy reach of A.Goodall, who had no difficulty in putting it into the net. The Derby team was no doubt handicapped by the absence of J.Goodall and Blommer, but they appear to have good material in the way of reverse to fall luck upon. The forward when they got an opportunity, displayed good speed and commands on the ball, and on the whole worked well together. The half backs although not brilliants, and good workers, and in this line Cox was especially prominent. The backs Leiper and Methven played a sound game, but the custodian Robinson, is the man to whose the credit of saving the game is due. His goalkeeper was nothing short of marvellous for he had to cope with the affords of the Everton forwards in their most brilliant mood. In fact it is very doubtful whether another custodian could he found to stave off defeat in the way Robinson did. Derby County may consider themselves extremely fortunate to have gained a point in their first encounter with their rivals for second place in the League table.

In comparison the game on Saturday against Sunderland was a tame affair, and the attendance showed a striking decidence from that of previous meetings between the clubs on the same ground. There could be scarily 6,000 present at any time during the game, plainly showing that the Wearsiders have lost their great drawing powers. The Sunderland club would, however, be repaid for the venture, as they had only to make the journey from Bury but there could be no question that had they been the power they were last season, when the championship was in view the fixture would have been though a friendly almost as appewtising as that of the previous day. The teams were somewhat mixed in character, and the same might be written of the play. At the outset the home side had a little the better of matters in the first half, and a goal to nil at the change of ends about represented the difference in merit. The second half was in the main of an even character, and scoring from a corner, none could begrudge an even finish. The Sunderland forwards were a better balanced line than were the home quintet, and but for some very effective half back play by Stewart in particular and Holt they must have scored oftener. The latter was generally successful against Campbell but, with Cowan and Miller closing in, it took the little man all his time to keep them in check. Cameron played a fine dashing game and give his wings endless chances, but as the outside men, the right especially so were painfully weak, much of his work was thrown to the winds. Dunlop, the Sunderland left half, was far too clever for young Schofield, but in the matter of placing corners kicks the new recruits was simply faultless. Both Adams and Storrier did their work well, and there was but little wanting in the work of Gow and McNeill on the other side. While both Hillman and Anderson got through a good afternoon's work with credit. This afternoon Everton conclude their home holiday fixtures, with Bolton Wanderers as visitors in a League match and the Trotters are warm favorites with Liverpool crowds the Goodison road enclosure will likely be comfortably filled. For the match Tom Robertson of Queen's Park will play centre half in place of Holt. The start is announced for 2-30. The return League match at derby will be played to-morrow, and on Saturday next the League engagements will be brought to a close at Stoke, following which the club enter upon a fortnight's tour, visiting Woolwich, Luton, Reading, Southampton, thence proceeding to Scotland and Ireland.



APRIL 7 1896. THE Liverpool Mercury

The last of Everton home league fixtures was played yesterday afternoon, before about 15,000 spectators. Robertson (late of Queens Park) filled Holt's position, and there were a couple of changes in the Wanderers in the Wanderers team, Alexander, of the Montrose club, taking Sutcliffe's place whilst Brown played centre half vice McGeachan. Cameron started the play, and following a movement by Chadwick and Milward Brown put Jack in possession, and as Adams was outwitted, Wright sent in a clinking shot at Hillman, who fisted clear. The brilliant sun handicapped the home defenders in no small degree and it was due to this disadvantage that they were for a lengthy period kept on tender hooks. Tannihill and Cassidy put in some telling work on the Bolton right, but Arridge eventually effected a clearance and Milward appeared to have an open goal, when he unfortunately miskicked. Pressure followed upon the Bolton defence, and Cameron levelled a shot, which went sailing over the bar, and the siege ended on both McInnes and Robertson handling the ball with the result that Hillman was once again called upon. A long pass out from Cameron to Milward brought relief and, as Paton fouled the latter player, it looked odds on Everton taking the lead. Bell, McInnes, and Boyle had good command of the ball, and nothing but the fine defence of Somerville and Jones could have kept them out. After Nicol had led a movement of the other end, Boyle McInnes and Bell, by clever passing, and repassing worked their way down, and as the outside men was steadying for a shot, Jones timely nipped in and saved luckily. A moment later, a fine bit of judgement on the part of Robertson left another open course for Bell, without in an exceptionally fine oblique shot, which Alexander failed to meet, as also did Milward the slightest touch from whom must diverted it into the net. For the next few minutes the Wanderers defenders had a warm time, and in the matter of goalkeeping the visitors apparently suffered little by the absence of Sutcliffe. A breakaway by Nicol and Wright looked dangerous, especially as the latter reached close range, but Robinson, who stuck gamely to his man, finally pulled him up nicely. Bell was the recipient of a round of applause as he threaded through the opposing defence and forced a corner, which, however, he badly placed, and directly following the visitors by their long swinging passes got to the Everton end, but owing to the fine tackling of Adams and Arridges, they had perforce to shoot from long range, and as Hillman was thoroughly safe, no damage was done. Wright brought down the house with some brilliant dribbling through the halves, but not much headway was made. The ball was again bobbing round Sommerville and Jones, and a really brilliant effort wad made by Chadwick, who with a lightning shot, drove over the bar. The interval was announced directly afterwards, nothing having been scored. Restarting the Wanderers got off with an irresible dash, and Nicol placed the ball out finely to Jack, who drove in hard and low, Hillman bringing off a magnificent save. Immediately following, Bell slung the ball well in, and now Milward lifted it over the bar when only a few feet in front was a marvel. After Chadwick had twice failed, McInnes got in a clinking shot under difficulties, Alexander cleverly saving with a flying kick. Bell and McInnes were often conspicuous in spirited runs along the right, but they like their comrades, got little quarters from Somerville and Jones. It was only at odd intervals that the Wanderers broke away, but when they did they were always extremely dangerous, and one of their sudden spurts resulted in Tannahill making tracks and passing to Nicol. It was immediately returned, and Hillman was beaten, though Robinson appeared to be in a good position for preventing the shot. A chance was afforted Cameron directly afterwards, but he shot feebly. Then the Wanderers forwards led Boyle and his men amerry dance, and several times looked like further increasing their lead. The spell was however, broken mainly through smart play on the part of Bell and McInnes and following a recentre with Fairbairn and Jones McInnes placed to Chadwick, who with an excellent shot drew level. There was no mistaking the earnest work of the home forwards after the point had been notched, and for quite ten minutes the Bolton Wanderers were kept fully extended. Milward had hard luck with a well-directed shot, which Alexander just reached and a moment later a perfect howl went up as Bell failed badly from close quarters. Chadwick all but took the lead from a free kick, and then Bell followed with a fine shot, which Alexander luckily kicked out. Chadwick then put the ball into the net, but was ruled offside, and a heavy pressure followed from a free kick, against brown close in. directly afterwards time was called with the result a draw of one goal each. The gate receipts amounted to £352 10s. Teams Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams, and Arridge, backs, Boyle (captain), Robinson and Stewart, halfbacks, Bell McInnes Cameron, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Alexander, goal, Somerville, and Jones (captain), backs Paton Brown, and Fairbairn halfbacks, Tannahill, Cassidy, Nicol, Wright and Jack forwards.



April 6 1896.

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April 8 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

The Everton team much weakened owing to injuries and heavy demands on the players during the holiday season, made the journey, to Derby yesterday to conclude the fixture with the County team. Cameron and Bell were unable to take their accustomed places and Goldie was brought in at half back whilst at the last moment Storrier was sent for to partner Arridge, as Adams though making the journey, was unfit. The County team also suffered from absenteeism, as Goodall and Bloomer stood down in the forwards, and Staley displaced Methven who was suffering from a sprained knee, at full back. The day was beautifully fine, and at the start of the game there would be close upon 8,000 spectators present. The sides were as follows : - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Storrier, and Arridges backs Goldie Boyle (captain), and Stewart, halfbacks, Williams McInnes, Hartley, Chadwick and Milward forwards. Derby County: - Robinson goal, Staley and Leiper, backs, Cox Goodall (a), and Kinsley. Halfbacks, Paul, Miller McMillan, Stevenson, and McQueen (h), forwards. Referee Mr. Armitt Leek. There was a delay of some five minutes owing to the referee not putting in a prompt appearance, and at 3-35 McMillan started the game facing a brilliant sun, but having the assistance of a fair breeze. Play was at once taken down the County right, and in the first couple of minutes Paul put in a fine centre, which Hillman got away though at the expense of a corner. The Everton left pair then took up the running, and after a slight relief from Staley. Boyle drove nicely in but Leiper met it cleverly though a moment later Milward was in possession, and put in one of his bests shots which Robinson very luckily got rid of. Immediately following, Stevenson with a single-handed effort ran clean through Goldie, Boyle, and Adams, and went across beautifully to Paul, who though close up, failed to take advantage and the ball went harmlessly over the line. During the next few minutes the Everton defenders were in sore strait as the County forwards had the better of several tussles, and had their centre taken the passes from Paul, and McQueen the scoring account must have been opened. Milward was next offside, and then followed a hot pressure on the home goal, a free kick well placed ending in McInnes heading in to Robinson, who conceded a fruitless corner. Play was now unmistakably in Everrton, s favour, and the County custodian had plenty of work on hand. Chadwick and Milward both testing him with clever shots. Meanwhile Kinsley was getting through a fair amount of work against McInnes and Williams and Goodall was also very attentive to Hartley. Following a fine bit of passing and repassing by the Derby halves, McMillan had full command but failed badly in the final attempt Chadwick was unfortunately offside when Hartley had provided himself with an opening, and a moment later had Mcinnes put more dash into a chance from Milward, the lead might easily have been taken. A change was brought about shortly afterwards and as neither Arridge nor Storrier was at this juncture too reliable, it looked odds on the home team opening up their account. However, Hillman ably attended to a high dropping shot from McMillan, and then followed some fine maneuvering of the Everton, forwards round the County goal. Success seemed certain, but that vanished as McInnes was eventually adjudged offside a similar ruling a moment later also spoiling a well-meant effort by Milward. There could be no mistaking the superiority of the visitors during the past quarters of an hour and by their play they certainly deserved to score, but quite a different and unexpected complexion came over the game, for from a sudden breakaway Miller lobbed the ball on the direction of Arridge, who failed to get round, and Paul being in close attendance raced on and had no difficulty in placing the ball out of Hillman's reach, half an hour from the start of play. Almost immediately afterwards Hillman with a flying kick saved a certainty from Miller, and thus the Everton van again took up the running, only to find Leiper and Goodall clever in preventing final efforts. Hands against the latter however, gave them a chance, but Milward made wretched attempts to put though. Still the Blues played up pluckily, and up to half time maintained a steady pressure, but could not defeat Robinson, and on the change of ends the County held a lead of a goal to nil. Immediately on resuming Robinson was tested by Chadwick, and then the home forwards got away in one of their characteristic dashes, and McQueen swung the ball to Paul, who lost an easy chance by heading across the goal mouth. The County men were now much keener on the ball, and for some time gave the Everton backs considerable trouble, but at length Boyle put in some telling work, and Milward was given a hard chance, but failed to reach it. Taking the Everton van as a whole, they were too chary about shooting at goal, and they had to pay the penalty for the slighest hertancy, as the home backs were ever ready to nip in at every possible opportunity. Boyle continued with sterling work, and another chance was afford the visitors of drawing level as hands was given against Kinsey close to the twelve yards line, but as on the previous occasion, it was badly worked. Directly following Chadwick put in good work and sent across the goal mouth, when McInnes was in readiness and had nothing to do but head it into the net. He missed badly and then Chadwick and Stewart had the hardest of hard luck with excellent shots, that from the latter rebounding from the crossbar. This heavily pressure was the signal for the County men to renew their efforts, and after some fine work by Goodall, Arridge headed in the wrong direction, which led up to McMillan putting in a second goal. Still the Everton forwards worked uncensihgly and nothing but the fine efforts of Leiper, Kinsey and Goodall could have kept them out. The ball was repeatedly charged down when in the act of shooting, but shortly afterwards they were rewarded for their persistent endeavor by scoring from a foul against Leiper close in, the bell being put through from a scrimmage by Williams. Later McInnes put in a fine centre, and Robinson ran out to clear, but putting it to Chadwick the latter had a nice chance to take advantage of the custodian's wandering, but unfortunately put it high over the bar. During the last few minutes the Evertonians had all the play, but could not equalised and were beaten by 2 goals to nil. On the play Everton was the better team, but the same ill luck that attended them on Good Friday in the first game between the clubs, dogged their footsteps yesterday. Milward and Chadwick played a capital game, as also did Boyle, Stewart, and Hillman.



STOKE 1 EVERTON 2 (Game 212)

April 13 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

These teams completed their League engagements for the season at Stoke on Saturday just, before a crowd of some 3,000 spectators. Neither side was up to full strength, for Arridge gave place to Storrier. And Schofield partnered Chadwick, owing to Milward sericers being required in the inter league match and Hartley played inside right while on the Stoke side Dickson filled Eccles position and Johnson played outside right. The Everton forwards were the first to show up, but the pressure was short lived, and the Everton defenders had some heavy work in attending to the Stoke forwards. Briggs had several shots to negotiate and eventually the visitors broke away and sustained some pressure on the Stoke defender. Quite a change came over the play as the Evertonians were apparently in a winning stride. Boyle sent in a warm shot, which was charged down, and for some little time Clare and Dickson had all their work cut out. Eventually a movement was made to the other end, where Hyslop all but scored, but on returning again Boyle drove in, and as Dickson only partly cleared, Harley was well up and put the ball into the net fifteen minutes from the start of play. Following this the Stoke left put in telling work, but failed to get the better of Adams, and then Cameron made off and gave Clawley an awkward shot to deal with as so did Bell directly afterwards, and the custodian was lucky in escaping defeat in both instances. Attacking again, Cameron drove into the net, but owing to Dickson having handled the ball the point was not allowed. Still keeping up a steady pressure the Stoke defence had an anxious time, and had Hartley taken advantage of an easy opening a second goal must have been registered. An incursion by the home forwards was short lived and on a further return, Chadwick shot into the net, but Schofield, who made the opening was ruled off side. A little later Bell also found the net, but was also adjudged offside, and the interval arrived with Everton leading by 1 goal to nil. On changing ends, Hyslop went back vice Dickson who partnered Johnson while W. Maxwell changed over to the left. The Evertonians opened well, but after the usual exchanges they were driven to their lines, and profited by loose finishing of the Stoke left. However Johnson almost drew level with a clinking shot which, Briggs justed reached, and during the next few minutes Adams and Storrier were kept busy. Boyle was prominent in an attempt to lower the Stoke goal, which resulted in a fruitless corner. Keeping up a steady pressure Cameron put the ball out top Hartley who sent across goal, and Schofield put it through, this point being registered ten minutes from the restart. Even play followed for some time, but the home forwards never looked like scoring. Five minutes before time Schofield scored for Stoke the game ending in favour of Everton by 2 goals to 1. Teams : - Everton: - Briggs, goals, Adams, and Storrier, backs, Boyle (captain), Holt, and Stewart halfbacks, Bell, Hartley, Cameron, Chadwick, and Schofield, forwards. Stoke: - Clawley goal, Clare, and Dickson backs, Turner, Grier, and Brodie, halfbacks, Johnson, Maxwell (w) Maxwell (a), Hyslop, and Schofield forwards



April 13 1896.

Afred Milward capped at Goodison Park against Scotland in front of 16,0000 spectators, in three goals to nil in favour of England.



April 13 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton's holiday fixtures can scarely be looked upon as a great success. The loss of a couple of points at home, to say the least, most unexpected, but they had average luck they must now have been runners up for the championship. Bolton Wanderers ran them a stiff game on Easter Monday. but on the following day at Derby County had a game of two halfs and on the play deserved a couple of points. Cameron and Bell stood down of the forward line, and Holt and Adams from the defence, but still in the matter of absentees the teams were on an even footing as Goodall, Bloomer and Methven were unable to take the field for derby. Chadwuck and Milward played one of their finest games, and whenever they were in possession danger always threatened. The backs were all right, and Storrier proved a capable substitution for Adams. Paul and McQueen the County wingmen, were always dangerous, and took the long swinging passes with remarkable accuracy. As on Good Friday Robinson was a tower of strength to the Peakites, for the innumerable shots were kept out in marvellous fashion. The Everton League programme was completed at Stoke on Saturday, and though altogether not unexpected, they came out strongly, and numbered one of the few that have taken down the Potters on their own ground. After the first quarter of an hour there was only one team in it, and that was not Stoke. The Everton van despite the enforced changes worked splendidly together, and as both Bell and Schofield had plenty of attention from Cameron, it can readily understood how the line as a whole came out so strongly. Three goals were disallowed, but the ruling did not seen to have any other affect upon the players then to spurt there on to further efforts. The wingmen were always dangerous and were endless in resource and there was little to find fault with in the work of the remainder of the quintet. The halves were distinctly good, and, Boyle again got through his work with credit, and with the assistance of a little luck mighty easily have added to the score. The defence was sound, and Storrier showed evidence of an improving player, while Briggs did all he had to the in good style. The stoke team were never allowed to get into a winning stride and although a rearrangement of the team was made after the first half there was no improvement. The Everton halves accounted for the forwards at times with the greatest of case, and taking play all round, the backs were luckily in having so avail a margin of defeat against them.



April 14 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

Played at Plumsted yesterday, Everton being beaten by two goals to nil. The visitors were not at their full strength, but none of the side showed anything like there League form. The score was even at half time, afterwards the Arsenal scored from a corner, the ball going through off Storrier, while five minutes from the close Hare put on the second goal. Hartley the Everton centre left the field with a twisted his knee in the second half, but McDonald came on in his place at half time.



April 15 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

At Leyton yesterday the Liverpool club, with a strengthen team, had a bigger share of the game than the Casuals, but were not so fortunate in front of goal, and could only make a draw, each side scoring 3 times. Play ruled fast throughout the Conditions being very favorable, Fernie scored in six minutes, Williams immediately equalising. Fifteen minutes later Perkins gave the Casuals the lead, but Williams soon equalised again. Alexanders next scored, and the Causuals led at the interval. Milward obtained the only goal in the second half.



April 16 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

Played at reading before 2,000 people. Both clubs were well represented, and some good play was witnessed. In the opening half Williams head a fine goal for Everton, and Milward kick a second. In the latter, in the second half, both teams were brilliant, but nothing scored, and a grand game terminated Everton 2 goals Reading nil.



April 17 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton continue their Southern tour by visiting Luton, yesterday where they played the Town Club, for the Benefit of Williams, the Luton custodian. Gallacher was absent from the home team. Everton won the toss, and played with the wind, a couple of goals falling to them before the interval through Stewart and Williams. The second half was in favour of Luton, but they failed to score. Everton winning by 2 goals to nil.



April 18 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

Continuing their Southern tour Everton played Marlow last evening before a good crowd. Marlow started downhill, and commanded with great dash, Jones scoring after ten minutes play, Chadwick equalising with a grand shot and the interval arrived with the score a goal each. In the second half Everton did most of the attack, but failed a beat the excellent defender of Marlow and a good game ended in a draw of 1 goal each.



April 20 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

Continuing the Southern tour, Everton on Saturday encounted Freemantle at Southampton though minus Holt, Hartley, McInnes and Adams their opponents being strong during the initial half. Everton did most of the pressing and were first to score, through Edward Chadwick. Needham equalising for Freenmantles immediately after the interval J.Chadwick and Goldie added further goals for the visitors. In quick succession and Everton won three goals to one. The match was witnessed by 2,000 spectators



April 20 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

This combination match, the result of which bound to have an important bearing on the Championship of the competition was decided on Saturday at Goodison Park. Sometime ago Jack Elliott popular captain of Everton's second string selected this match for his benefit and was particular unfortunate for the benifieiare that if classed with the first of the best matches at Anfield road. The consequence being that there was only a meagre attendance, which the game commenced. Everton kick off, with the sun in their faces, and at once carried play to their opponents half, where Reay distinguished himself with a couple of beautiful shots which frail negotiated in the coolest manner, Meiklejohn alsop had a try from long range, but the visitors retaiting a corner was forced off Balmer. This led to a most exciting scrimmage round Cook. Twice the ball was banged against the crossbar and it was a relief to the Evertonians defenders when Elliott head away. The Everton right wing then became prominent, and after some near passing between Reay and Mcinnes the ball was sent across to Schofield, who made no mistake. The point was strongly protested against on the ground off offside, but the referee decided in favour of Everton. by clever passing the visitors once again threatened danger, and although Cook had saved a stringing shot from Farmer, the ball was quickly returned, and this timer the shot was intercepted by one of the Everton defences. Everton continued to have the best of the game, but were unable to add to the score. At half time the score was one goal to nil in favour of Everton.On resuming the visitors attacked strongly, and Cook was repeatedly called upon to save his charge. Weakness in front of goal alone prevented the Glossop men from equalising for the forwards had several good chances. Try as they would the Everton men were unable to make headway. At length the visitors were rewarded for after Molyneux had charged down a shot, Frew obtained possession during the ensuing scrimmage, and notched the equalising point. as the end approached Everton tried hard to score the winning goal but they were unsuccessful, and the game ended in a draw of one goal each.



April 21 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

This holiday match was played at Edinburgh, yesterday . Everton were without several of their best men, but notwithstanding, proved more than equal for their opponents. In the first half Baird scored for St Bernard and Milward for Everton. The second half found Everton in better turn, two more goals were added from Chadwick



April 21 1896. The Sheffield Independent.

Played at Edinburgh in fine weather with Everton considerably under their full strength. St Bernard's scored immediately after restarting Briggs being through the goal before fisting out a header from Baird. Everton playing an easy game equalised by E. Chadwick before half-time. Everton pressed in the second half E. J. Chadwick scoring addition goals. Result St Bernard 1 Everton 3.


April 21, 1896. The Dundee Courier & Argus

At Logie Green yesterday. The attendance was limited. Everton brought a rather poor team, wanting Hillman, Adams, Holt, Hartley, and Cameron. The play lacked spirit, the work of Everton being much below their average. After a few minutes' play Baird headed through for the Saints. The Liverpool men had rather the pull in the play, but 30 minutes elapsed before they equalised through E. Chadwick. Half-time -1 goal each. In the second half play was very uninteresting, neither the Everton wings doing anything like so well as expected. Everton put on the pressure, and after the Saints backs had averted danger on several occasions E. Chadwick scored a second goal for the Liverpool team. J. Chadwick scored again; Result- Everton, 3; St. Bernards, 1.

East Stirlingshire v. Everton.—

Falkirk Herald -Wednesday 22 April 1896

East Stirlingshire were favoured last night with visit from Everton, the renowned English combination. , There would be about 1500 spectators present. The teams were -.—East Stirlingshire- Watson ; Baker and Stewart; Reid, M'Call, and Steele; McQueen, Fish, Fisher, Fraser, and Johnston, Everton—Briggs; Waugh and Kelso; Boyle, Littlejohn, and Goudie ; Williams, Murray, Chadwick, M'Donald, and Elliot. Mr. Ashmole, Edinburgh, was referee. The visitors, winning the - toss, played with the sun in their favour. East Stirlingshire were the first to attack, but when the was within shooting range was promptly returned. Play for some time was even. Everton defence proved a successful barrier to the inroads, the East Stirlingshire forwards, Kelso, former "Renton half-back, being conspicuous alike for his. Excellent tackling and judicious kicking. Everton had conceded two corners succession East Stirlingshire, but of these nothing came. Fish -had a good try at Briggs' goal, but Briggs proved equal to the call made upon him. Elliot then endeavoured to repulse Watson, but failed, and immediately thereafter M'Queen, after a speedy run, sent a shot to the Everton goal, Briggs smartly stopped. Elliot then had swift shot at the East Stirlingshire goal, but the ball passed over the bar. The home players were having, anything, the best of the play, the display «f the Everton eleven being somewhat disappointing. Stirlingshire played well in the open, but their attacks on goal were poor. Better shooting and a little better understanding amongst the forwards while in front goal should have brought them a few points. Fisher atoned for the loss of several good chances in front of goal by the smart manner in which he carried the leather to the opposing goal. Everton were more dangerous their efforts at goal. But for Baker on one occasion heading out the ball had sure goal, and then Watson «as loudly applauded for fisting out what seemed an exceedingly difficult shot. Fisher, fey another good run, carried the ball to the other end, but it was sent past. M'Queen, Fraser, and Wisher, then distinguished themselves a splendid run right the field nearly to the mouth -of the Everton goal. From spectator's point of view there seemed nothing to prevent the East Stirlingshire now securing a goal. Briggs, however, was on the alert, and abstracting the leather the foot of Fisher sent it field. Half-time was called without either team having scored. The second half was only five minutes in operation, when the East Stirlingshire forwards carried -the ball into Everton territory. Haugh mussed his kick, and giving Fisher opening, that player easily beat Briggs. This success had an encouraging effect on the home players, and the result was a show of fresh vigour. The play during the next few minutes was nothing but a succession attacks on the Everton goal. On one occasion had to throw out the ball, and Haugh sad Kelso had to exert themselves to the utmost to prevent further reverse. Williams nod Murray carried the leather down to the goal, but Stewart intervened, and tackled splendidly. The home forwards again got possession of the ball, and Fisher scored a beautiful goaL Everton now played as if they were detrained not to be so beaten, and the improvement in their play had its reward in a well-taken goad. Williams ran up in magnificent style, and crossed to Chad wick, who beat Watson with a high shot. The home team were fortunate not having another goal scored against them tea minutes afterwards. The ball seemed to about in front of the East Stirlingshire goal, sad Johnston and Baker saved the nick of time. Everton were now showing excellent play, and -line high shot by Littlejohn passed beyond the reach of Watson through the home goal. Both teams were now on a footing of equality. The lame forwards broke away, and Johnston terminated a speedy run by sending in shot which sai returned. A minute afterwards Williams, the beat forward on the field, took the ball with him the home goal. His parting shot was a beauty, although unsuccessful. Afterwards became fast and exciting, sod neither eleven could be said to -guilty of anything in the shape of the slightest slackness. The home forwards, who proved themselves somewhat awkward at goal in the first half, were now seen their best in that position. "While the East Stirlingshire front rank was bombarding the Everton goal, first one Everton player and then another missed his kick. Fish not hold of the ball and passed to Johnston, who sent it spinning through amidst cheers. A minute or two later Fisher registered the fourth for East Stirlingshire. Johnston, who was .playing exceedingly well, shot the leather into the of Briggs, and a minute from time he (Johnston) registered the fifth goal for East Stirlingshire, who won by five goals to two. It may be mentioned that the Everton team contained three international players—Kelso, Boyle, and Chadwick.


April 22 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

Played at Falkirk last evening, before 1,500 spectators. The game from the start was evenly contested, and at half time nether team had scored. In the second half was much faster and Stirlingshire scored twice of Fisher with ten minutes gone. Everton scored twice through Chadwick and Meikjejohn But Sterlingshire scored three more goals and won by 5 goals to 2.



April 23 1896. The Liverpool Courier

Played at Glasgow yesterday, before a moderate attendance. Play was even for a time Briggs being brilliant in goal. Martin for Celtic at last scored, and shortly afterwards Martin headed a second. Everton at length got down, and from a corner Chadwick placed into goal, and Milward headed through. The game throughout was poor, towards the close Everton worked hard to draw level, but failed and were beaten by 2 goals to 1.



April 24 1895. The Liverpool Courier

Everton visited last night, and played the local club. The visitors were not fully represented, Wishaw in the first half had the best of the play, and scored twice from Binnie and Pennan, and Everton once through Bell. The first thirty minutes of the second half, Everton pressed, but could not score and wishaw getting away towards the finished put on another couple of goals, putting themselves in the majority by four goals to one.



April 24 1896. Glasgow Herald.

Everton were the guests of Wishaw Thistle last night, and the famous Liverpool Combination brought out a large concourse of spectators to Old Public Park . Teams: - Wisham: - Borland, goal; Neal, and Leach, backs; Gavin, Foyer, and Thomson half-backs; Burnie, Smith, Borland, Pennan, and Ferguson, forwards. Everton: - Briggs goal; Ariidge and Storrie, backs; Kelso, Meilklejohn, and Elliott half-backs; Bell, Murray, J. Chadwick, Milward and E. Chadwick, forwards. Referee Mr. Trait Port, Glasgow. The visitors had the benefit of the incline in the first half, but in the opening stages were kept almost entirely on the defensive Wishaw opened scoring ten minutes from the start and the Everton forwards had seldom crossed the boundary line before the Thistle added a second point. The visitors great improved in their play after this, and kept the Jags defence busy, while Bell ultimately scored with a rocket shot although he was supicually near offside. Half-time was called with the Englishmen in the minority by 2-1. The second half was stubbornly contested, the visitors being slightly the best of matters but were reckless in front of goal. The Thistle came away unexpectedly neat the close and on other two occasions Briggs was beaten before the whistle sounded. Final; Wisham Thistle 4 Everton 1. The English club's display was on the whole disappointing, and the players seemed to take their opponents too cheaply.


April 27 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

The first of a trio of matches arranged between Everton Sunderland, and some local teams was played at the oval at Belfast between Everton and Glentoran on Saturday. The ground was in good condition, but sloppy. Towards the close of the game there were over 2,000 spectator's present. Everton won the toss, and played with the wind towards the pavilion goal. Murray scored the first goal for Everton. A free kick almost immediately afterwards left the visitors two goals to nil at half time. The game started again without leaving the field and a fine exhibition of play was witnessed of which, Everton's combination was the chief feature. The final result was a win for Everton by two goals to nil.



April 29 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

An exhibition match between Sunderland and Everton was played at the Oval Glentoran last night. The weather was good, and there were 3,000 spectators present. Sunderland won the toss and opened with a dash towards the Everton goal, Campbell was in front, but Milward got Possession and made off with the ball and after a sharp tussle at the goal, Doig had to give way, and Milward shot the first goal. Sunderland had a chance on the restart, and Hannah shot the ball skimming the posts. Sunderland pressed hard during the rest of the half but nothing further was done. On the restart, several corner having been claimed on both sides, Milward shot the second gaol for Everton. Sunderland now had a show, and Miller after a fine run, the whole length of the field passed to Campbell who returned the ball, and miller shot the first goal for Sunderland. When time was called nothing further was scored, the resulted being 2 goals to 1 in favour to Everton.



May 9 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

The sportsmen learns upon the highest authority the private Menham (Goalkeeper) and Seargeant Barker (full back) of the third Grenadar guards have signed on for the Everton club for the season 1896-97.


May 9, 1896. The Yorkshire Herald

We learn upon the highest authority that private Menham (the goalkeeper) and Sergeant Barker (the full back) of the 3 rd Grenadier Guards have signed on for Everton Football Club for the season 1896-97



MAY 11, 1896. The Dundee Courier & Argus

We understand that Adams, the old Hearts of Midlothian back, who has been playing for Everton during the past three seasons, has signed on for the Hearts for Next Season.



May 11, 1896. Liverpool Mercury

It is stated that Cameron and Robertson, Greennock Morton, have signed on for Everton football club. They should be a decided acquisition to the Liverpool club, being two young and promising players. It is reported also that Adams, late of Everton has signed on for his old club, Hearts of Midlothian's.


May 11 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

It is stated that Cameron and Robertson from Greennock Morton have signed on for Everton, they should be a decided acquisition to the Liverpool club, being two young and promising players. Adams late of Everton has signed on for his old club Hearts of Midlothians.


May 11, 1896. The Dundee Courier & Argue

The present football season ends on Friday first. We understand that Adams, the old Heart of Midlothian back, who has been playing for Everton during the last three seasons, has signed on for Hearts for next season.


May 13, 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

We have been informed on very good authority that the following players have signed for next season for Everton;- Goals; Briggs, Menham; Backs; Barker, Storrier, McDonald (W.), Arridge, Balmer (W.), and Molyneux, half-backs; Boyle, Holt, Stewart, Nash, Goldie, Hughes, Meilkejohn, Robertson, forwards; Bell, Taylor, Cameron, Hartley, Chadwick (E.), Milward, Williams, Balmer (J.), Campbell, Chadwick (J.), Elliott, and Schofield, forwards.


May 30, 1896. Chester Observer

I see that according to the annual balance-sheet of the Everton Football Club, players' wages, and bounties amounted to £4,257. That sum, divided among 11 players would represent £387 piece. Even if the number of players retained by the club is reckoned at 20, which would allow for nine reserves, their annual remuneration would exceed £200, or fully twice the income of an average curate. In these circumstances, it is not to be wondered at that many clubs are unable to make both ends meet. A “gate” of 40,000, sixpence does not represent a quarter of the amount paid in salaries alone by a first rate club.


June 5, 1896. The Dundee Courier & Argue

In connection with the coming season of the Dundee Football Club the committee have just engaged the much-covered services of Mr. J. Hillman, who has acted as goalkeeper for Everton. As a custodian Hillman has a world-wide reputation, and the Dundee committee are to be congratulated in securing his services, as nearly the whole of the leading clubs both of England and Scotland have been negotiating for this class player. Hillman is the first English-man who has come to Scotland to play as a professional, so that Dundee has the honours of being the first to turn the tables upon England as regards professionalism. Mr. R. Kelso, another Everton player, who is to captain the Dundee team next season, has been largely instrumental in getting Hillman to come to Dundee. The news of the capture will doubtless afford great satisfaction to the supporters of football in Dundee and Scotland generally.