February 1896

February 3 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

The Everton team on Friday last made the journey to Bingham which lies some little distance outside Nottingham, and completing the journey on Saturday morning, wended their way to the Town ground, where as assemble of some 20,000 spectators testified to the popularity of the Everton team. Both sides were strongly represented, and when they stepped on the field looked thoroughly fit for the arduous task they had before them. At 2-30 the sides turn out as follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams, and Arridges backs, Boyle (captain), Holt, and Stewart, halfbacks Bell, Cameron, Hartley, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Notts Forest: - Allsopp, goal, Ritchie, and Scott, backs, Stewart, Forman, and McCreadie, halfbacks, Pike Carnelly, Smellie, Shaw, and McInnes, forwards. After Hartley had set the ball in motion, the Forest got away on the right only to be checkmated by Arridge, and then the Evertonians led on an attack. Bell raced away after a free kick had been given against Holt, and in conjunction with Cameron almost the whole length of the field was covered. Scott temporarily checked the movement, but Cameron was immediately on the ball again and passing to Chadwick the last named opened the scoring account for Everton within five minutes from the start. On resuming the Forest went went off with irresistible dashes, but in every instance the ball was eventually put outside. From the goal kick Hillman put in some tremendous lunges which gave the Evertonians fine positions on several occasions, but Ritchie proved a stumbling block when close in, and frequently kept the opposing forwards at a safe distance from Allsopp. A further return to Hillman's charged resulted in Carnelly missing an easy chance, and later, when both Smellie and Carnelly looked certain scorers, Holt and Stewart chipped in beautifully and put their van once again in possession. The combination of the Everton forward was brilliant and sustained, but a few moments later Cameron was heavily charged, and appeared to lag in the further stages of play. Meanwhile Bell had contributing excellent work, and at the other end of the line. After Milward had run the ball down Chadwick was slightly wide of the finish. Three corners kicks fell in quick succession, but nothing came of them, and towards the interval Bell drove in a magnificent shot which appeared to be going into the net, when Allsopp got it away at the expense of a corner kick. The score at the interval stood Everton 1 goal, Forest nil. The second half opened with a sprinted attack on the Everton goal, Hillman saving twice in rapid succession. At the other end Milward was unlucky in having a terrific shot charged down, and directly afterwards, Chadwick got in a header, which unfortunately struck the cross bar and rebounded to Hartley who should certainly have scored. McInnes took up the running, and Pike supplemented the movement and made an opening for Carnelly, who drove in hard from close quarters. Hillman bringing off a magnificent save by throwing himself full length on the ground. The ball was no sooner brought into play again then the Everton custodian was subjected to a most severe pressure, and how he got the ball away time after time under most unlooked for conditions was marvellous. The monotony was at length broken by Chadwick and Milward, the latter player most cleverly tricking Stewart and Ritchie and sending in a swift low shot, which defeated Allsopp. The remainder of the game was fairly even and Everton won by 2 goals to nil.



Liverpool Senior cup

February 3 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

This game played at Goodison park, was well supported, and a strong side represented the clubs. The match was well contested in the first half, at the end of which the Evertonians were ahead by one goal to nil. The pace during the first 45 minutes was altogether too warm for the Central to keep up in the second half, and the Combination team consequently much the better of the play, and putting in four other goals won easily by 5 goals to 1. Everton: - Briggs, goal, Kelso, and Storrier, backs, Latta, Meiklejohn, and Mainman, halfbacks, Reay, Williams, Flewitt, Murray, and Schofield forwards.



February 3 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

The Everton team are to be complimented upon their performance of Saturday last, not only by reason of having obtained a lead of two goals, but ailso by treating the immense crowd of spectators to an exhibition of exceptionally high class football both in attack and defence-a standed that was admittedly never before reached on the Town ground-and the first 30 minutes play during which time Everton were complete masters of the situration will long be remembered. During the period there was not at any time the slighest approach to the usual run of cup tie, which so often receive themselves into wrangles, and despite the repeated attempts by the Reds to adopt forcing measures, the Evertonians always cool and collected by their cleverness cut out the play to their own particular liking. Unfortunately for the visitors, the game, and spectators alike, Cameron was the recipient of a rude shaking, and from the time that this happened there was a partial pull on the proceeding, in as much as the attractive combination by the Everton front line was seriously discounted. After this misfortunate the home team had a little more of their own way, and had they taken advantage of openings in the first half, which were consequent upon occasional strong rushes, the result at the interval might early have been different. In the second portion of the game the home team spurred on by their numerous supporters strained every effort to save the match, and with the assistance of a little luck they might easily have accomplished their object. Long kicking, rushing, and swinging passes from wing to wing, and a final raid on Hillman were by no means infrequent features during the last twenty minutes of play, and though they held the upper hand so far as possession was concerned, there was really little class in any of their movements. It is well that the Everton club have command of such a set of cool defenders, for under such high pressure as that which obtained for a lengthy period in the second half, they might reasonably have been patronised had some of them been beaten more frequently than they were. The second down fall of the Foresters came rather unexpectedly, six minutes from the close, but this reverse did not damp their ardour in the least, and they deserve the highest praise for the plucky manner in which, they fought an until game. Comparing the different positions Everton had a big pull forward, and while the Forest often hot within range they were generally lacking in accurate finishes. The home halves were a long time in setting down to really effective work, and their general display savored of too much inequality to maintain the required steady balance of those immediately in front. A defect that stood out in marked contrast to the work of the Everton trio, who in conjuction with those behind them, also had a powerful lead in the movements of play. Coming to the players, and dealing first with the Everton forwards , too much praise cannot be accorded to Bell, who when Cameron was fit was simply peerless as outside right. All his movements had that finish about then which, never failed to find bursts of approbation even from opposing positions. He was tricky and resourceful under difficulties beyond measure, and his centres left nothing to be desired. McCracken the Forest left half, and Scott the full back were often beaten with the greatest of ease, and but for the assistance rendered by Ritchie, who frequently covered this wing, as well as his own the disaster would undoubtedly have been more series. Cameron's accurate passed tended in great measure to Bell's success, and it goes without saying that the work of this pair during the first half hour could not have been improved upon. It would perhaps have served the team more profitably had Cameron and Bell changed positions, after the former had been rendered partially unfit, in order as far as possible to keep the balance of the line intact. Hartley was not a big success in the centre. He at times put in some good work, but he seemed to forget that there were men on either side of him to whom he might judiciously place the ball, instead of dribbling too close to an opponent in the hope of getting round. Chadwick and Milward were at their best, especially so in the second half, when they gave Stewart and Ritchie a great deal more work than they cared for, and it was very fitting that both players should have scored. Boyle Holt and Stewart were a powerful trio, and coped with the Notts attack with unqualified success. The home centre was rarely allowed quarter by the little international, who played one of his finest games, both in placing his forwards on attack and in chipping in unexpectedly when an opposing forward was about to shoot at goal. Stewart also excelled in the last particular and with Boyle was most successful in attending to the opposing wings. Adams and Arridge played an excellent game, although the ground was not at all suited to their style of play. The turf at the outset appeared to be in lovely condition, but the game was not long in progess before its treacherous nature showed itself, and towards the close, it was about as heavy going as can be imagined. The pair were however, sufficiently speedy to recover, and got through their work excellently under heavy pressure. Hillman's display in goal was nothing less than brilliant, and their could be no doubt that the club own their victory in great measure to the marvellous performance. Whether the shots were high, Low, or from close range at lighting speed, mattered little to him, for he fisted clear, flung himself on the ground to save, or scooped the ball out, with the most complacent confidence. A more magnificent exposition of goalkeeping cannot reasonable be imagined and the international selection committee could not do better then call upon Everton to supply another representative to the select circle. The Forest forwards were not in a harmonious mood. though probably the absence of this quality was accounted for by the close attentention of the opposing halves. They however, had several chances to score, but their shooting except in the closing stages, was extremely erratic. There was a preponderance of individual play, and the most prominent in this respect was Carnelly, who showed remarkable attitude for budging off an opponent and taking the ball on. His partner Pike could make little headway against Stewart, but Shaw at times put in useful work, while Smellie and McInnes were rarely dangerous. None of the halves soared above the average, and Forman, who though weak in the initial stages, put in many fine touches, perhaps, best represented the line on the general work later on. Scott was easily beaten, But Ritchie got through his heavy duties very creditably, and no fault could be found with Allsopp's performance in goal. Taking the play all though the more skilful team won, though near the close of play it was quite on the carpet, and generally expected, that the Foresters, by sheer determination would at least get on level terms. The gate receipts were £506, and with tickets the total amount is expected to reach about £560, so that the club's exchequer will be handsomely augmented.


EVERTON 3 SMALL HEATH 0 (game 205)

February 4 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

The postponed League fixture between there clubs was brought of yesterday afternoon at Goodison Park, before an attendance of about 7,000 spectators, considering the early start, and by no means attractive nature of the contest, must be considered very satisfactory. With the exception of Cameron who is at present somewhat instung, the team that defeated Notts Forest in the English Cup tie on Saturday last took field, Goldie, who has lately been figuring as a sort of hardy man partnering Bell in the right. The Hearhens had a few changes in their team, and when the players stepped on the field, Hillman was singled out for a special to ception by reason of his magnificent performance at Nottingham on Saturday last. The sides was as follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams, and Ariidge, backs, Boyle (captain), Holt, and Stewart, halfbacks, Bell Goldie, Hartley, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Small Heath: - Meates, goal, Lester, and Oliver, backs, Farrell, Leech, and Fraser, halfbacks, Mobley, Bruce, Izon, Wheldon, and Hands, forwards. The visitors had the choice of ends, and were assited by the breeze, but could make but little headway against the home halves, who were veritable stickers at their work. After the ball had been nicely worked down Chadwick tested Meates with a high shot, which was well attended to, and the same player a few minutes later missed the mark by the merest shave. Aided by the wind, and resorting to long swinging passes, the visitors reached the other end, and Hillman was twice called upon in quick succession; and after the final clearance his vis-à-vis was tested by Hartley, and a rather lucky save was brought about, however there was little to arouse enthusiasm, but eventually the whole visiting line broke away strongly, and from a fine cross shot from the left, Mobley was just wide of the mark. For some little time the Midlanders kept up a strong siege, and this resource of a lame Arridge and Hillman were often called into requisition a change of venue not bring effected until Hillman, with one of his characteristic lunges, from goal. Put Milward and Chadwick in possession, and, on the other end of the line supplementing the movement, Bell got a timely pass to Goldie, who lay close in, and scored after the game had been 25 minutes in progess. A few minutes later Hartley had a fine opening from Bell, but made a wild attempt, and during the next five minutes a hot pressure was brought to bear on the victors defenders, who were extremely lucky in averting defeat. A minute before the interval Bell headed through, but was ruled offside, and at the change of ends the score stood Everon 1 goal, Small Heath nil. On resuming the Evertonians made all the running, but final efforts were generally weak. Eventually Milward ran down grandly, and passing judiciously to Hartley, who lay in good position, a second gaol was put on five minutes after the restart. Play continued to favour the home side, and the visiting forwards attempted the attendance of Holt, Boyle, and Stewart were always effective. A smart run down the home right and a fine centre by Bell found Oliver as fault, Hartley having no difficulty in again beating Meates, this second goal having been scored twelve minutes after the restart. From this point to the close of the game play for the most part favoured the Evertonians, whose forwards were extremely unfortunate in having several well-directed shots charged down when least expected. Nothing further was scored, and the home players won by 3 goals to nil. It was a great game as far as an exposition of the nicer points was concerned, but the better team nocessationablty won, and were best represented by Bell, Chadwick, Milward, Holt and Boyle, while the custodian and backs Arridge especially maintained their excellent reputation, for Small Heath Wheldon played well forward, and Farrnell at right half, left a good impression behind him.


February 10, 1896. The Sheffield Independent.

Everton are said to be at present offering bonuses of £2, 10s to their men for wins and 30s for draws.

A valued correspondent writes as follows: -“Considering the form shown by the United front rank during their recent performance the chance of the Sheffield United appear anything, but rosy at Goodison park next Saturday. This is distinctly hard lines on the defence, who have invariably given a capital display. There appears to be an almost total lack of interest and combination amongst the forwards, and until the United Committee can find men to remedy this defect their chances of a high place in football circles appears very remote. The remedy of course, lies with the players themselves and it is to be hoped that the players will rise to the occasion, not only for their own sauces, but as well for the sake of the club of which they are members. Sheffield United has beaten Everton at Goodison park, and surely if Burnley can beat Everton in a Lancashire Cup-tie at Liverpool, Sheffield United should have a chance of repeating the performances in an English Cup tie.


Lancashire Senior cup round two

Alf Milward penalty kick save with ease

February 10 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

The visit of the Burnley team to Liverpool is always looked upon with more than ordinary interest, for they hold the distinction of invariably running the Evertonians a close race, regardless of what ever failure they may have experience at the hands of less pretentious club. The attendance was 17,000 spectators. Were strong, though the visitors were not a little perplexed with regard to the inability of Tatham to resume his position as custodian, but as matters turned out his substitution left nothing to be desired. At three o'clock the teams turned out as follows: - Everton: - Hillman goal, Adams, and Arridges, backs, Boyle (captain) Holt, and Stewart, halfbacks, Bell, Cameron, Hartley, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Burnley: - Haddew, Reynold, and McLintock, backs, Place (sen), McEleny, and Taylor, halfbacks, Nicol, Hill, Robertson, Bowes, and Place (jun), forwards. Referee Mr. Strawson, Lincoln. The visitors opened the play, but were at once forced back, and were indeed lucky in averting defeat in the first minutes, as a fine centre from the left was intercepted. A little later on all eyes were fixed on Cameron, who were in good shooting position, but his shot lacked sting. Then the whole Burnley line broke off, but was kept well in check by Holt and Adams, after which Bell and Cameron cut out the pace only to find Taylor. Burnley's left half, in close attention to all their movements. Hartley Milward and Chadwick threaded their way nicely through and the last named shot in hard, when Reynolds luckily met the ball, which rebounded to McEleny, and putting his forwards in possession, a heavy pressure was brought to bear on the home defenders. Holt eventually eased the pressure, and Bell put in a magnificent shot, which Haddow diverted by putting out his leg. Not to be denied, the home right again attacked, and following a movement by the inside men, Cameron made an opening for Chadwick, who scored after the game had been in progess 17 minutes. For the next few minutes Everton had all the best of play, and were distinctly unlucky to having some fine shots, charging down when least expected. Nicol and Hill then put in some fine work, and as Arridge was not as collected as usual, they were often in dangerous quarters. A fine shot from the outside man was toed out of the goalmouth by Hillman, who gave a corner from which resulted a series of passing movements, and Milward in attempting to clear, placed the tell to Reynold who drove well forward, and Hill tipping into the net after 27 minutes play. On resuming, the Evertonians held the play, but when the Burnley forwards fastened on the ball their long passing tactics bothered the home defenders, and Hillman on one occasion brought off a fine save from Nichol. A splendid shot from Milward and an equally clever save by Haddow were the next items and then Chadwick, Hartley and Cameron missed the mark by the merest shaves, the interval arring with the teams on level footing Everton 1 goal Burnley 1 goal. The second half opened briskly, and generally in favour of the Evertonians, the pressure on the Burnley defence being eventually relieved on Chadwick shooting of the mark. The Burnley left now took up the running, and, after Place had tipped the ball to Bowes, the latter swung it across the ground, and as Arridge slipped Nicol had a clear course, and dribbling close up had no difficulty in defeating Hillman, five minutes from the resumption of play. Getting to work again, the Everton forwards looked like equalising, but they were exemely unlucky, as well directed shots from Cameron Bell Chadwick and Holt were either luckily saved, by the custodian or charged down by the backs, Boyle Holt, and Stewart were at this juncture putting in fine work, and from a capital pass by the first named Bell and Cameron were enabled to get off in a movement that force danger as Cameron threaded his way towards Haddow. He was fouled within the twelve yards line, and Milward was called upon to take the penalty but made miserable attempts and Haddow had little difficulty in reaching the ball. Again Bell made a stemendous efforts, but was closely followed by Taylor, who gave McLintock great assistance by repeatedly falling back. The home left was also putting in all they knew, but so well did Place sen, and McEleny do their work that they were rarely allowed to reach close range. Towards the close the Evertonians made a determined raid on the Burnley goal but ill luck clung persistently to them to the finish, when they retired beaten by 2 goals to 1.



February 10 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

At the very outset, and right through the proceedings, the Everton team experienced the hardest of ill-luck. Burnley players, who by downright hard work, with the aforementioned luck thrown in managed to accomplished whilst for more pretentious clubs had failed to bring about. Did the Everton forwards get into good positions and sent in high class shots, which would often defeat the best of custodians the ball was invariably charged down, to the astonishment alike of the chance defender and would be sooner, not to mention the spectators and when in the later charge of the game the visitors now beating the lead, it appeared from the movements of play that the Evertonians must score, there was a forest of Burnley legs to the rescue of Haddow. The visitors played a typical cup tie game, and their tactics passed out exactly to their liking. The forwards swing the ball about frequently from wing to wing, and when it dropped there was usual-a Burnley man there first, and often it was not until they reached the last line of defence that they were checkmated. The Everton forwards kept the ball close, and their low, sharp, and accurate passes were worthy of better results. Towards the close the old practice of kicking out and otherwise wasting the time was frequently resorted to by the visiting defenders, and by the adopted of each methods the Evertonians were again severely handicapped. However, the Blues had a chance of at any rate drawing up level from a penalty kick, but the attempt to make the most of the opportunity was of a very elementary character indeed. Milward was entrusted with the kick and appeared to work himself up to a high state of nerveness, consequently upon indecision and when he was expected to drive hard into the net, he placed the ball in almost the only position that Haddow could clear. Bell and Cameron worked grandly together, and the maneuvers of the latter when taking the ball down the field repeatedly bothered the opposing halves and backs who at the finish were compelled to resort to forcible measure to prevent downfall. Bell showed what a speedy and resourceful winger he is, and but for the close attentions of Taylor, who rarely left his side, he must certainly have scored on more than one occasion. Milward and Chadwick got through their work well, although the leech like company of Place senior considerably hampered them. Both sent in stringing shots, which by the play that led up to them merited better deserts. Hartley opened very well, but was given too much to individuals. There was only a moderate attempt to work in harmony with the wings, and consequently when the ball did get the outside men, they, with their immediate partners, invariably struck to it to the last. The Burnley centre kept the wings fairly well employed, and when there was a chance of being defeated by the home halves, they did not fail to swing the ball across the field, and as stated above, with a fair amount of success Nicol and Hill the right pair best represented the quitet. At times they fully had the measure of Stewart and Arridge by some occasional smart running and tricky passing, and it required the additional assistance of Adams on more than one occasion, to avert a defeat Robertson was fairly good as centre, while the left in charge of Place junior, and Bowes though they often put in good work, were rarely allowed much quarter from Boyle, who throughout the game played with capital judgement both in breaking up attempts at combination and in finding openings for Cameron and Bell, his work in this Latter respect reaching a high attended . Holt was equal to demands from Robertson, and on the whole played a sound game. He put in a clinking shot at goal during the last few minutes and it would perhaps be much to the club's advantage if he in coming with the other halves would test a custodian more frequently, especially when opposed to a team that hangs on the forward line so persistently as Burnley did on Saturday. Stewart though not brilliant, was very serviceable, and generally coped with the attack of Nicol and hill with marked success. The Burnley halve thoroughly understood their mission, and did well did they accomplish it. Both Place, senior, and Taylor little less than hugged the opposing wings. While McElney was a stumbling block to most of the movements down the centre of the field. The early play of the trio was characteristic by long lunges to their forwards who lay generally well up the field and thus had opportunity of harassing Adams and Arridges, but after obtaining the leading goal, they were a capable rear guard, when danger threatened. Unfortunately for the home side the full back division was not evenly balanced. Arridge for the first time this season was off colour. He was beaten with ease on several occasions, and that unfortunate slip, which gave Burnley their second goal, was a hard hit to a player who has for such a long period been excelled by more in his position. Adams was again a tower of strength, his tackling and kicking being well timed and effective, and considering that he had extra duty on hand he came out of a heavy afternoon's work with great credit. McLintock and Reynolds were resolute defenders, although it goes without saying that they were as lucky a pair of backs as have appeared at Goodison Park this season. Repeated shots were charged down under most unlooked for conditions, and while allowing that capital judgement was shown in some instance in reaching the ball, there were others that savoured of accident patent to all. If the Burnley executive viewed the indisposition of Tatham with any degree of anxiety it was dispelled before the game was many minutes old, as Haddow ex Derby County Glasgow Rangers, and Burnley reserve goalkeeper, went about his work in most finished style, and it was very creditable to him that he should come off so successfully the first time he has been called upon to take part in as important contest. He was frequently tested in the first half, and towards the close, and no doubt he will be heard of before long in the League football. Hillman had not nearly the amount of work to get through that his vis-à-vis had feat first shows at once how the play ran. He had no chance of dealing with the shots that found the net, for both were put through at very close range, while those that came anywhere within reach were dealt with in his usually safe fashion. Summing the game up, it was a case of vain efforts against fortune.


February 15, 1896. Chester Observer.

The case of Howard against the Everton Football Club, was called at Liverpool County Court on Tuesday, being a test case to decide whether spectators who had paid for admission to a football match which had to be discontinued owing to bad weather and the state of the ground were entitled to the return of their money. Mr. A. G. Steel, who appeared for defendants, stated that plaintiff had on the previous evening notified that he withdraw from the action. The case being of importance, both to football clubs and the public, he asked for costs on the higher scale, which the Court granted.


February 15 1896. The Sheffield Independent.

At Goodison park with Everton (who by the way, have twice beaten them in League matches this season), the Bramell lane men have a fight before them which will tax their energies and skill to the utmost but the United have a grand defence and a champion goalkeeper, and if only their forwards for once in a way will play with their old dash and accuracy a surprise may be in store for the confident Evertonians, in the early days of their rank as a first-class club usually held the “Toffee” men a tight argument, and opened their experience as a first division league club by a three to two victory at Goodison Park, on September 2 nd 1893. What man has done man can do “should be their motto” today. Burnley beat Everton at Everton last Saturday in a Lancashire Cup tie by 2-1, and here is a good example for United to follow.

Everton v Sheffield United.

The United team will leave Sheffield this morning at 10.48 by the M.S. and L Railway for Liverpool in order to take part in the above English Cup-tie at Everton. They will. Doubtless, be accompanied by a good number of follows, as both the M. L. and L. and Midland railways are running a special train. The players have been training at home, and the team will be exactly the same as that which did duty in there played for with Bolton Wanderers at Bramell lane, viz; Foulkes; Whittam, Cain; Jones, Howell, Howard; Yates, Needham, Egan, Hammond, Watson. The Everton team will be selected from: - Hillman; Adams, Arridge; Boyle, Goldie, Holt Stewart; Bell, McInnes, Hartley, Cameron, Chadwick, Milward.

EVERTON 3 SHEFFIELD UNITED 0 (fa cup game 23)

February 17 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

There was no lull in cup tie enthusiasm on Saturday last at Goodison Park, for the attendance reached quite 20,000. Though the League contests this season between the clubs were both carried off with a good margin by the Evertonians, there were many who expected a repetition of last Saturday‘s performance, as on more than one occasion the sheffielders have visited the neighborhood and succeeded in accomplishing what more pretentious of clubs have failed to bring about. Both sides having recognized the importance of the event, spent the past week in careful training, and took the field as follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams and Arridge backs, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, halfbacks Bell, McInnes Cameron, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Sheffield United: - Foulkes goal, Whitham, and Cain, halfbacks, Jones, Howell, and Howards, halfbacks Yates, Needham Egan, Hammond, and Watson, forward. Referee Lieutenant Simpson. The Evertonians opened in a very promising manner for Cameron Milward, and Bell gave evidence of good sprinting conditions, and Cain and Whitham had plenty of work to get through. After the latter had cleared strongly, Bell and Mcinnes put in good work, which resulted in Cameron getting possession and shooting into the net, but he was promptly ruled off side. The goal kick brought relief and Howell gave Egan a chance to make headway, a movement, which subsequently ended in Hammond making a poor attempt at goal. At the other end Chadwick sent in a fine shot which was charged down, and then the resourceful Needham had the better of Stewart, and tested Hillman, who was in readiness, though for the next few minutes he was obliged to be on the alert from repeated dangerous rushes of the opposing forwards, who were kept well in front, by strong lunges from both Whitham and Cain. Adams, Holt, and Arridge kept the position, the first named especially being very resourceful, when apparently under difficulties and at length the spell was broken on the little international putting the ball out to the left, and when going strongly, Milward was pulled up for a break of the off side rule. After the free kick had been taken the whole line broke off with irresistible dash, and but for questionable tactics by Whitham, which for the moment partially incapacitated one or two of the home forwards, Foulkes would have had very little chance of saving his goal. A fine centre from Milward was almost converted by Cameron, and then Chadwick nearly defeated the custodian, who only partially saved, and Mcinnes rushing up lost a good chance by lifting the ball over the bar. At this juncture the United defence was somewhat rocky, and after Cain had failed to clear, it looked odds on Milward scoring, but he was unsteady, and badly missed the mark. Egan, Needham, and Yates assisted finely by Howell as centre half, brought about a change of venon, but there was no getting round Holt, Boyle, and Adams who met all demands very coolly. However, Egan at last got within range, but finished up badly, and than Yates sent in a low shot which struck the post. Hammond a moment later missed a fine chance of taking the lead. After a lengthily spell of defending the Everton van were again well in front, but strive as they would they could rarely elude the vigilance of the opposing backs, who were always about when there was a likely shot at goal. At half time nothing had been scored, and on running there was no mistaking the seal with which the Everton team went about their work. The forwards at once swooped down on the united defence, only to find the last line cool and collected. Then Watson and egain brought about a change which resulted in Needham twice sending in fine shots, the first being luckily charged down, while the second-a dropping shot-bounced over the bar. At the other end Stewart placed the ball nicely from a free kick, and Boyle, meeting the clearance from Foulkes headed over the bar. A further attack found Whitham at fault and before he could recover himself Mcinnes was on the way for goal, but when a few yards from Foulkes Whither, who had rushed up behind badly fouled the little inside right, and a penalty kick was promptly ordered. Milward driving hard and low into the net ten minutes from the interval. Bell next attempted to lower the visitors colours, and then Egan and Watson had a turn at attack, but both were compelled to part early with the ball, Cameron who all through had kept his wings together beautifully, gave Chadwick a fine opening and Foulkes was distinctly lucky in scooping out the ball from the line. Still keeping up a pressure, Chadwick forced a corner off Whitham, and the ball being nicely placed, Holt headed towards goal, and Bell being in a kneeling position, sent in a curling over a host of heads into the net. Shortly after the second reverse Whitham was pulled up by the referee and duly cautioned. The free kick was nicely placed by Stewart, and on Cameron receiving the ball he tipped it clear, with capital judgement, and then drove hard into the net. For the next few minutes Hillman was kept on the move, but a couple of corners were safely got away and the remaining play was monoplished by Everton, who won a hard game by 3 goals to nil.


February 17, 1896. The Sheffield Independent.

• Both the attendance and the receipts at Oliver Grove on Saturday exceeded these at Goodisson Park. The Sheffielders number were 22,000 and receipts, £729 19s 9d, while at Everton the attendance was about 18,000 and the money taken £510.

• Lieutenant Simpson has refereed against Wednesday and United on successive Saturdays. Some people think he made a mistake on both occasions, the first for allowing the penalty kick to be taken twice at Oliver Grove, and another for giving a penalty at Goodison Park.

• The Everton forwards did not exactly cover themselves with glory on Saturday. Certainly they scored three goals –one from a penalty that ought not have been given, one from a corner, and one from a free kick that ought not to have been given –but they always missed the mark when they brought the ball up. They will have to improve upon this if they are to win the Cup.

• Johnny Holt has lost none of his old tricks, and at Goodison Park on Saturday, he twice fairly hoodwinked the referee by the astuteness, and gained a free kick, which should have been given the other way. Holt uses his head when all his old dexterity and on Saturday he got a blow in the face which would have caused many a man to retire.

• Everton have denied the statement made recently to the effect that they intended “loaning” some of their players to West Bromwich for the test matches.

• The honour of scoring the most decisive victory of the round so far as goals are concerned belongs to Everton, who at Goodison Park outplayed Sheffield United in spite of a galliant fight by the Bramell lane men, and won by three goals to none. Tomorrow we are to have a visit from the Evertonians, oh, that we were to have two! For a re-played English Cup tie ion Wednesday at Bramell lane would have been good business after the league match at Oliver Grove on Shrowd Tuesday when the “Toffee men” come to play Wednesday their return. But alas and a lack-a-day, such dreams are vain. At Goodison park Wednesday made a tie in the first league match of the season. What will they do tomorrow.

• Everton defeated Sheffield United by three goals to none, and although it most be admitted they were the smarter team they did not deserve to win by three clear goals, it was distinctly hard lines on the United backs and half-backs, who played a capital game all through and were equally as clever as the opposing defence. Where the Evertonians shone, most by comparison was in the front rank, and had the United forwards shown anything like the form of the Toffee men, victory instead of defeat would most probably have been theirs. As it is, they are knocked out again in the second round through sheer inability –to put it mildly to rise to the occasion. The Everton men, however, were very weak in front of goal, and had it not been for the penalty kick their chances of success would have been remote indeed. Still the forwards did a good deal towards winning the match for Everton, as they kept the opposing defence alive while on the other hand, the Everton backs were only occasionally hard pressed.



February 17 1896. The Sheffield Independent.

Victory of Everton

A Peculiar and Disappointing Game

(By our own Reporter).

The recent performance of Sheffield United have not exactly filled their partisans with unbounded confidence in their ability to make much headway in the English Cup competition and when it was found that Everton had to be antagonized at Goodison Park in the second round, many of the supporters of the red and white brigade presaged that this would be their last appearance in the Cup ties this season, others, however, built their hopes on that fact that United have defeated Everton at Goodison Park,, added to which Burnley did the trick in a Lancashire Cup-tie on the same enclosure last week. The Everton committee had spared no pains to get their men in conditions, and during the past week they have been training at their old quarters, Hoylake, arriving in Liverpool on Saturday morning. The United players have been training quietly at home and both teams appeared in first class conditions when they made their appearance. Half an hour before the time advertised for the commencement of the match there scarcely appeared to be 1,000 spectators present, but from this time the various turnstiles were kept going briskly, and in the end the total number of spectators would be about 20,000. The weather was fine but dull, and the ground being in excellent condition, everything pointed to a good and interesting game. Both teams were well received, and at 3.15 the men lined up as follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal; Adams and Arridge, backs; Boyle, Holt and Stewart, half-backs; Bell, McInnes, Cameron, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Sheffield United: - Foulkes, goal; Whittam and Cain, backs; Jones, Howell, and Howard, half-backs; Yates, Needham, Egan, Hammond, and Watson, forwards. Referee Mr. Lieutennant Simpson.

Cameron kicked off for Erverton, and play at once became fast, Watson looked like getting an opening but fumbled with the ball until he was dispossessed. Directly after Cameron got the ball into the net after a big kick by Stewart, but as he was palpably off-side, and the whistle went before he shot, there was no harm done. Still there could be no doubt as to which team were the better in the attack, and the United defence, who started in anything but brilliant form, had several anxious moments. Howell once head in cleverly away from a well placed corner kick. From this Needham got possession, and dribbling cleverly past Chadwick and Stewart, troubled Hillman with a good shot, which that custodian did well to clear. United after this more than held their own, and Hillman had again to bestir himself with a low shot from Egan. Still the Sheffielders pressed heavily, and worked hard for an opening, but Adams relieved with a tremendous kick up the field. Play for the next few minutes was fairly even, the half-backs on both sides displaying great skill, and judgement, Howell and Holt being the shinning lights. Milward was pulled up for offside just as he prepared to shoot, and at this time the Everton wingers displayed great anxiety to get as near the United touch lines as possible, with the result that Lieutenant Simpson had no more than one occasion to pull them up for infringing the rule, decisions which did not greatly please the crowd, but which were perfectly correct. There was very little chance of pulling the United forwards up for offside, their attacks being spasmodic, and mostly from long range. The United defence had now settled down to their work in real earnest, and although the opposing forward pull up in good style they invariably found more than their match in Whittant and Cain. Twice, however, Foulkes had to kick away, while on another occasion Howard cleared finely, right in front of goal. Then a clever bit of passing by the whole of the United front rank placed Hillman's charge in imminent danger, but the custodian was not called upon, as Watson shot over the top at close range, with a glorious immediately after, at the other end, an exciting scrimmage took place Milward sent in a terrific shot which Foulkes did well to stop, although he could not get it away. Two or three Everton forwards were well up, but after a severe struggle danger was averted. The home team appeared very cager to score, but their shooting at goal was very erratic, and the visitors defence had not much trouble in repelling them. For a minute or two the United front rank brightened up perceptibly, but twice Watson stuck on the ball too long after making really get opening, but shot wide when placed. Another pretty, bit of play by the Staveley men saw that player shoot only just the wrong side of the post –a slice of luck for Everton. A stoppage was then caused owing to some idiot on the stand blowing a whistle, but after the referee had been up to the spot from which the sound proceeded with a couple of policemen, the game was continued without any further annoyance from this source. After the United goal had undergone another narrow escape from a scrimmage, fast and even play was the order of the day for a time. This, however, was mainly owing to the fine kicking of the backs, and the excellent form shown by Howell and Howard for United, and Holt and Stewart for Everton. Jones also put in some rare good work when on the ball, but had a difficult task in meeting Chadwick and Milward. The visiting half-backs's repeatedly let in their forwards, while the Everton front ranks often got the ball in the vicinity of Foulkes fortress by good passing, but both sides showed the same inability to shoot straight, Cameron and McInnes on one side, and Hammond and Yates on the other, although the last named on one occasion had hard luck with a good shot which struck the post and rebounded out of danger. As half-time drew near both sides made desperate efforts to gain the lead, the visitors having one or two good openings which they failed to utilise, and the cessation arrived with the play taking place in the United half, neither side having been able to score. Everton 0, Sheffield United 0.

On resuming play opened rather tames, but after a minute or two the United front rank got away, and Needham had hard lines with a grand shot which Egan was in the way of, this player stopping the ball when none of the Everton defenders could have got to it. A clean bit of work by Howard gave the ball to Egan, but he pulled weakly to Milward, Jones, however, dashed in and returned the ball, Watson sending in a good centre, but the ball was quickly returned. Howell, however got possession, and sent in a long shot, which dropped in front of Hillman, and just bounced over the bar. From the goal kick. Play was transferred to midfield, but after good work by Holt and Stewart, McInnes dashed past the United backs, who were playing well out, and made tracks for Foulkes. Whittam quickly recovered, and going at top speed, Caught the Evertonians about six yards from goal, and succeeded in kicking the ball outside the post right off McInnes toe. The last player, however, adroitly went down, and the referee gave a penalty kick, from which Milward scored the first goal of the match. This appeared to take the steam out of some of the United, players, and the Evertonians were very aggressive. Milward had been paying great attention to Whittam, and the referee had to caution him. A new ball was then necessary, and Hillman had to handle. Then another stoppage was caused owing to Holt getting a severe blow on the face with the ball from a hard return by one of his own side. The little international, however, soon resumed, and another misfortune befell the visitors from a corner kick will placed Hammond tried to head away, but Bell got his head to it, and scored a second goal. The Everton left wing and the United defence again came under the notice of the referee, and after calling these players together he awarded Everton a free kick. This was well placed, and after a sharp struggle Cameron scored a third goal, Foulkes having no chance. For a few minutes the United players appeared dishearted but led on by their captain, and being well backed up by the half-backs, they made several incursions into their opponents, territory. Needham was conspicuous with a pretty play, but Yates centres were easily got rid of it. Once, however, Egan had an incomparable chance right in front of Hillman, but skied the ball right over the bar, to the intense disgust at the Sheffielder present. About this time the United appeared to be able to do nothing right. Once Egan got away well with the ball and pasted to Hammond, who shot the ball into the net at tremendous speed. However, one of the Everton defenders had deliberately foul Egan as he passed, and the referee blew his whistle for a free kick just as the ball was entering the net. The free kick was put to no good use. A corner to the visitors directly after was just cleared by Hillman given another corner when hard pressed, but this was got away easily. The United front rank now appear to fall to piece almost altogether, and but for the good defence, the home team must have added to their score. Much of the interest in the game had disappeared, but the home team, emboldened by their success were generally in the vicinity of the United goal. Often was an Everton player stood between the United backs and goalkeeper and although they managed to get the better of Foulkes by this means, they failed to get the better of the referee, who promptly blew the whistle directly they touched the ball, and thus relieved any anxiety on the part of Foulkes. On one occasion the ball was forced a yard over the line but a home player kicked it in front of goal, while another deliberately knocked it through, with his fist. During this time the United forwards had made one or two straggling attacks on the Everton goal, but there was very little sting, about them. Towards the close of the game the home team did all the attacking, but weak shooting, combined with the tendency showed by the forward to get off side. Spoilt all their chances. The United backs and half backs managed to keep their opponents, out till the call of time, which arrived with the score as follows; Everton 3 goals, Sheffield United 0.



February 17 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

Played at Deepdale before 3,000 spectators. Neither team was fully represented, and up to the interval the play was fairly neither side having scored. On resuming the North Ends had the Better of the play, and won a good game by 2 goals to 1.



February 17 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

Burnley having disposed of Everton's chance for the County trophy, the latter team are now to devote their attention exclusively to premier honours-the English Cup, and the League Championship-their latter at yet being considered completely out of their grasp. During the past week the team were at their old training quarters, at Hoylake undergoing special preparation, and when they turned out to oppose Sheffield United on Saturday, they seemed in the fittest condition. The game like the majority of cup tie fixtures, was not of the highest scientic order, but this was made amends for by the keenness with which, it was contested all through. That the better team won no one will gain say, for the Evertonians had fully two thirds of the game, and their methods of attack were infinitely superior to those of their opponents. At this same time the defence of Sheffield United was very fine, and whenever the Everton forwards were in dangerous proximity to goal they always found plenty of defenders to meet them. The first half of the game was very similar to that in the Burnley match, with the exception that the Everton defence was as steady as a rock. Try as they would Everton could not score, though impeccable fine shots were put in only to be luckily saved the full backs. It looked as though the Everton forwards had lost the art of scoring until Lieutenant Simple very justly allowed a penalty kick owing to McInnes being deliberately tripped by Whitham when only about half a dozen yards from goal. An unforeseen difficulty arose for, owing no doubt too excessive modesty none of the Evertonians appeared at all willing to take the penalty kick. Hillman and Adams were both successively called upon by the skipper, but each declined to honour, and in despair, Boyle was about to try his fortune when it occurred to him to make a last appeal to Milward, and that obliging individual braced up his nerves, and put the ball past Foulkes with one of his characteristic low fist shots, thus storing for his unlucky attempt on the previous Saturday. This success put fresh life into the Everton team, and for some time there was no holding them. Only occasionally could the United break away, and then they found a perfectly sound defence awaiting them. Before the finish Everton put on a couple more goals, and in the end were comfortable winners by 3 goals to nil. The home front rank were in a good mood although they did not treat the spectators to so much of that clean crisp passing that has been their characteristic in League games. Owing to the indifferent displays that Hartley has given since he turned out again it was though prudent to drop him and again include McInnes, who had quite recovered from the ill effects of the Scotch four and two subsequently matches at Bury and Preston. This charge worked well, and there is no doubt that Saturday's front line is the most effective that the club can turn out. Bell was evidently a marked man, for Howard rarely left him, and was a great thorn in his side. Still on the whole, he had the better of the tussles, and got in some very fine centres. Early in the second half, when trying a cross shot, from a difficult angle he appeared to wrench his knee, and this interfered in a great measure with his effectiveness for the rest of the game. McInnes was smart and hard working as ever, and had as much to do as anyone with Everton's success. Cameron played a fine game and scored a very pretty goal placed quite out of Foulkes reach. There is no doubt that he shines most in the centre position, for he displays splendid judgement in attending to the wings. Chadwick and Milward were in much improved form, and led the ball back and look opposed to them a petty dance so much so that the latter was not particular in his methods of dealing with the left wingers, and had to be cautioned by the referee. The half backs were capital. Holt played out of his best games, and certainly dispelled the idea that he has fallen off in any way from the form of previous seasons. Boyle and Stewart were also quite equal to anything that came their way, and the work of the latter in placing the ball from free kicks was an item of no small bearing on the ultimate result. Adams was brilliant, and is most undoubtedly one of the best backs in the League; while Arridge had quite recovered form, and was equal to all emergencies. With the defence in such splendid trim, it was only likely that Hillman would be rarely troubled but what little he had to do was done well. His hugh kicks were at times of great assistance to his side, and it would have from interesting to have seen him take the Penalty kick. In the event of his scoring would the net have stood it? The efforts of United forwards were spasmodic and there was a total absence of anything like good combination. Needham was the pick of the five and the two oneside men Watson and Yates, were also fairly good but were not fast enough for the backs opposing them. It was unfortunate for Egan that Holt was in one of his best humours, for he simply pulverised him. Hammond also was well looked after by Boyle, and did not shine particular. The halfbacks were good, and remained one of the Burnley halves by their plucky, vigorous tackling. Howell, the centre and Howard on the left, were always prominent whilst Jones who was a few seasons back connected with the defunct Bootle club, also played a very fair game. Cain and Whitham were a capable pair of backs, but the latter completely spoiled his display and lost all sympathy of the spectators by the unfair tactics he employed. Right from the commencement of the game he was hacking and tripping and Lieutenant Simpson very rightly was constrained to administer a caution. One instinctively dislikes to see penalty kicks inflicted, but never was one more richly deserved than on Saturday for McInnes was robbed of an almost certain goal by a most deliberate trip, and no referee would have failed to adopt the same course Foulkes had plenty to do in goal, and succeeded fairly well. Taking the game all round it was stubbornly and rather heatedly contested, and Everton's victory was decidedly a popular one. The team have a busy week before them, as the visit Sheffield on Tuesday, and on Saturday journey north to play Sunderland, and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company are making arrangements for excursionists by fast trains on Saturday morning,


February 19, 1896. The Sheffield Independent.


To the editor –in view of the important of this, the third round, and following ties, it is most urgent and necessary that the Wednesday team should have at least one week's training in the country, I have beat this expressed by not a few this week without wishing to dictate in the slightest to the Wednesday Committee, who are perfectly aware of the important of turning out their team in the pink of conditions, I venture to affirm that a change of air would be most beneficial to one and all. Hoping that the committee will see their way to fill in with this suggestion, I remain a consistent follower and admirer of the old club.P.S. I believe the members of the Wednesday team themselves would appreciate this boon.



February 19, 1896. The Sheffield Independent.

A Preliminary Canter For The Cup Tie

Wednesday Win

Shrove Tuesday was a day on which football was played in the olden time, when the game in its primitive state consisted of kicking a ball long the country round from village to village, in these modern days it is holiday, in the afternoon of which the devotees of the highly developed and more scientific game now played take advantage. Yesterday several league matches were played, and amongst them one at Oliver grove, which by reason of the fact that the opponents have to met again in an English Cup tie on Saturday week, was rendered exceptionally interesting, it is not, therefore, surprising that there was a capital attendance of about 8,000 to see Wednesday and Everton play each other. The game went very much in favour of the Sheffielders, which should be a good anguy for their success on the 29 th , for although they were short of Brandon and Brady, and in addition had to play with but ten men during a considerable time in the second half, they won a well deserved victory by 3 goals to one. By good forward play in which Bell at centre forward shone particularly, the Wednesday, men led by 2 goals to 0 at half-time, Bell and Davis having been the executants, and Spikesley, five minutes after crossing over, added another from one of his characteristic runs and shots. After this with weakened forces Bell being so severely shaken by a charge onto the rails that he had to leave the field, and Crawshaw and Davis also damaged, the “Blades” were obliged to play an almost strictly defensive game, and so well did they succeed in their tackles that though often hard pressed they only allowed the Evertonians to score one, Cameron doing the trick for the visitors with a capital shot. Certainly Everton were without Chadwick, but they were never the less more fully represented then were the Wednesday, who owing to Petrie's indisposition, had to play Ferrier as a half-back, in place which the right wing forward filled very creditably. Earp and Langley at back were in good form, and Jamieson worked untiringly from start to finish at half-back. Previous to being hurt both Bell and Crawshaw played excellently, and Spikesley also was in excellent form. Indeed, taking everything into consideration the team played well as a while, and richly deserved their well won victory. Wednesday won the toss, and selected the goal at the Heeley end of the ground, with the sun behind them, but there was little advantage. Play at first was in favour of Wednesday. Davis and Spikesley opened with run down the left. Spikesley shot the ball through, but it had previously been fouled by an Evertonian close in. From the free kick the Sheffielders failed to get the ball through the crowd of defenders. Everton tried to get away, but failed. Holt was hurt accidentally by Davis, and the referee threw the ball up. The Sheffielders had all the play, and pressed vigour sly. Richards had a good chance, but missed. After ten minutes, however, splendid directed oblique shot by Bell quite beaten Hillman, and scored the first goal for Wednesday. The “Blades” still attacked, but Richards was given off side. Then Everton for the first time grew dangerous, and had a corner, but the home backs were safe, and Earp cleared. Davis, who in the collision with Holt had been hurt, left the field for a few minutes, and still appeared lame when he returned. Play was greatly in favour of Wednesday, and Spikesley, forcing a corner, took the kick, and directing it well, Hillman had to save. Everton t length began to press, but Langley stopped several of their rushes. At length the visitors were driven back, and Wednesday attacking again, Brash gave Hillman a stringer to stop. Good defence by Everton kept the Sheffielders at bay. After midfield ply Milward and Cameron essayed to advance, but Crawshaw drove them back. Then Ferrier passed to Richards, who centred well, and Davis, cleverly beating Adams, shot a second goal for Wednesday 35 minutes from the start. Everton responded with spirit, and Earp made a miskick, but Massey rushed out and threw away. From a grand centre by Milward, Langley cleared from the goalmouth. The Sheffielders then pressed again and Hillman had to gave a scorcher from Bell. From a corner Bell, when in a dangerous position, was floored by a couple of Evertonians. The visitors, then dashed away, and McInnes sent in a long shot which, however, Massey had no difficulty in saving. Wednesday were, however, still the smarter team in attacking, and a long shot by Bell taxed all Hillman's skill to save. The “Blades” had the better of the argument upto half-time, and when the interval arrived the score was Sheffield Wednesday 2 goal, Everton 0 goals. Everton quickly were awarded a free kick on resuming and made a dash for goal, but Earp cleared in a skilful manner. The Evertonians Bell sent in a grand centre, but Earp again cleared. The “Toffee Men,” were now pressing with vigour. Crawshaw was hurt by falling over an opponent, but was able to resume. After Wednesday had been kept on the defensive for five minutes' Davis passed to Spikesley, who raced away and, avoiding Adams, who tried, to catch him, shot through the low corner of the goal and amidst applause scored a third goal. Even play followed, Bell of Wednesday, having charged on to the rails was hurt on his arm, and took no part in the game for some minutes. Spikesley made a smart run and centre, but, no other Wednesday forward being up, Adams had no difficult in clearing. Everton attacked vigorously after this, and a smart bit of play by Milward enabled Cameron to beat Massey with a splendid shot and score for the “Toffee Men,” fifteen minutes after the change of ends. Play grew exciting and somewhat vigorous there being several fierce tussles in midfield. Bell, of Wednesday, left the field, his hurt necessitating his retirement. The Sheffielders with but ten men had the worst of the argument and were kept busy defending. Hartley with a terrific shot just missed the Wednesday goal. Later Massey saved a scorcher from Cameron, the Evertonians now playing up with great dash in their endeavours to reduce the Sheffielder's lead. The “Blades” defended stubbornly, however, and Spikesley at length raced away, only to be pulled up for off-side. Wednesday chiefly on the defensive, and were busily employed in checking the rushes of the visitors. Jamieson and Ferrier did good work for the home team in this respect, and Earp and Langeley were safe at back. Crawshaw also worked hard but was evidently handicapped by his injury. Five minutes before the finish Spikesley was hurt by Adams and limped bout. The home goal underwent several dangerous assaults, but all the Wednesday players played mostly on the defensive, and succeeded, with their weakened forces in preventing any other score being made against them thus winning a vet meritorious victory. Result Sheffield Wednesday 3 goal, Everton goal. Teams: - Sheffield Wednesday: - Massey goal; Earp and Langley, backs; Ferrier, Crawshaw, and Jamieson, half-backs; Richards, Brash, Bell, Davis, and Spikesley, forwards. Everton: - Hillman, goal; Arridge and Adams, backs; Stewart, Holt and Boyle, half-backs; Milward, Cameron, Hartley, McInne, and Bell, forward. Referee Mr. T. Armitt (Leek).



FEBRUARY 19 1896. THE Liverpool Mercury

The visit of the Everton team to Sheffield yesterday afternoon was perhaps never looked forward to by Liverpool Football supporters generally with a greater degree of interest, for on the result rested in a great measure the chances of our local club for League championship, in addition to gauging their competency in dealing with the Blades in the third round of the English Cup competition on Saturday week. Unfortunately the Everton front rank had perforce to be rearranged, owing to Chadwick suffering from a twisted knee, sustained in Saturday's game against the United, this necessarily bringing about the inclusion of Hartley in the centre with Cameron on the wing with Milward. The home side were also not at their best for Brandon and Brady stood out, and Ferrier was drafted in the front line. The teams were as follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams and Arridge, backs, Boyle (captain), Holt, and Stewart, halfbacks, Bell, McInnes, Hartley, Cameron and Milward forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Massie goal, Earp, and Langley backs, Ferrier, Crawshaw, and Jamieson, halfbacks, Richard, Brash, Bell, Davies, and Spikesley forwards. The Shrove Tuesday holiday result to a capital attendance, for there were about 8,000 spectators present when Everton opened the play. The home forwards at once took up the running and immediately danger threatened, for a well placed corner off Adams caused anxiety to Hillman and a free kick close in did not tend to mend matters. But the ball was eventually got away, only to find it again returned, with Richards at fault in the final effort. For some minutes a steady pressure was kept up on the Everton defence, and Crawshaw sent in a fine shot, which Hillman met nicely. Following a period of central play Spikesley centred smartly to Bell, who with a strong shot from long range drove the ball into the corner of the net, thus registering the first goal 15 minutes from the start. Earp and Langley next had plenty of work to do in keeping out the Everton attack, and they succeeded well. Play toned down evenly, when an opening was afforded Milward, who sent in strongly, only to find Langley in the way. Davies who had been off the field for some minutes, now reappeared, and again the Blades van showed up exceptionally well. Capital play on the left ended in Brash driving hard at Hillman without effect, and at the other end Cameron appeared to have an opening, but passed the ball, and the chance was gone. A few minutes later his forwards were in good position, though they were unable to get the measure of Earp, and Langley who thoroughly kept up a fine defence. Eventually the Blades again made the running, and on Richards sending the ball across Davies seized an opportunity for shooting and put it into the corner of the net, thus scoring Wednesday's second goal. The home team playing a thoroughly winning game, the efforts of the Evertonians was feeble in comparison and though at times the latter got well down they were unable to sustain an attack. Milward was unlucky with one shot that rebounded from Earp, and a few minutes later it looked as though Everton must score, as Masses was called upon by Bell, Hartley McInnes and Cameron, but the goal was kept intact and the interval arrived with Wednesday leading by two goals to nil. In the latter portion of the first half a change had been made in the Everton attack, in consequence of Bell's right let giving way, and on resuming it was noticed that Cameron had gone centre, with bell inside left, and Hartley on the right win. The change had a good effect for Everton, with the aid of free kicks kept play in their opponents quarters, without, however troubling Massie, though on one occasion Earp cleverly cleared an almost goal from a shot by Hartley, suddenly Spikesley getting possession of the ball when perilously near offside, raced away, and in spite of the attention of Adams and Boyle succeeded in sending in a slow shot, the ball curling into the corner of the net, and Hillman apparently being under the impression that it was going outside. This was disappointing to the visitors, but if anything it had the effect of improving their play, and an exciting scrimmage in the Sheffield goalmouth ended fortunately for the Blades, by the referee penalising Everton for impeding the goalkeeper. Bell, the Wednesday centre forward was charged against the railings, and had to retire, and thus weakened the Blades, were compelled to act continuslously on the defensive. Holt was always a preminents figure on the Everton side, and from one of his passes Milward by really splendid work presented a good opening to Cameron, who with a well judged shot scored a capital goal. For a few minutes the Blades transferred play to the other end, but the visitors defence was not to be beaten again and the remainder of the game resolved itself into a series of attacks by the Everton forwards. Hartley got in some beautiful centres, but considering the pressure they maintained the shooting of Everton men left much to be desired. At the same time, when they did shoot their efforts was not attended with the best of luck. Try as they would they were unable to reduce the margin against them, and the game which, was very disappointing from an Everton point of view, ended in a victory for Sheffield Wednesday by 3 goals to 1.



February 24 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

The Everton team, but indifferently represented owing to Bell, and Cameron being out of the forward line, visited Sunderland, who were well represented, for their return League engagement. There was not the usual crowd at Newcastle road ground that is to be found when Everton put in appearance for at 3-30, when the teams lined up there would scarely be 7,000 spectators present. The game was only a few minutes old when Campbell who was lying in wait in his accustomed, tripped Adams deliberately when the latter was about to effect a clearance, and as the referee refused to recognise that infringement a goal was scored within the first five minutes. This early success was followed by another a few minutes later, as ‘'hands'' was given against Holt on the twelve yard line, and on Dunlop passing to Wilson, a hard low drive, against which Hillman had no chance, was the result of the second downfall. Getting to work again there appeared to be no holding the home forwards, the right wing especially being resourceful, but eventually Stewart had their measure, and the visiting forwards had a turn at attack. Inaccurate passing and absence of dash, however, placed them out of court against their opponents, who stood out in marked contrast, and had Campbell and Miller steadied themselves after being nicely placed by Wilson they might have scored. Milward then took up the running only to find Hartley at fault in the centre, and after a further return down the left the ball was put behind. Harvey, Campbell, and Miller, by nice combination worked the ball down to the other end, and disaster threatened as Hillman was out of goal attending to a shot from Harvey when Miller clipped in, but finished up with a wide shot where there was practically no opposition, McNeill retired having strained his side, and while he was away the Evertonians had a fair share of attack, but could not finish up accurately, and when the interval arrived were two goals in arrear. Sunderland resumed with but ten men, Miller going full back. Everton opened more promisingly, and Milward almost brought about downfall by means of a clever shot at Doig. After the clearance Dunlop almost caught Hillman napping, but luckily the shot went wide. For some time the Sunderland forwards though numerically handicapped, kept up a severe pressure, during which Adams and Hillman had plenty to do, but eventually Holt and Boyle cleared, and Hartley passed out to Milward, who got in one of his lighting shots only to find Doig in direct line. Later on Chadwick owing to his left leg causing him some trouble, went outside right, Williams crossing over to the left. The change worked no better, though towards the close Hartley had a couple of district chances from centre by Chadwick. A return down the home left ended in Hannah getting in a fine swinging cross shot, which was met by both Gillespie and Arridge, and the former having the better of the tussle gave Hillman no quarter Sunderland thus winning by 3 goals to nil. Everton: - Hillman goal, Adams, and Arridge backs, Boyle (captain), Holt, and Stewart, halfbacks Williams, McInnes, Hartley, Chadwick and Milward forwards. Sunderland: - Doig goal, Mcneill, and Gow, backs Wilson, Dunlop, and Johnston halfbacks, Miller, Harvey, Campbell, Miller Hannah (d), forwards.



February 24 1896. The Liverpool mercury

At Goodison Park, before 3,000 spectators. Play ruled even for some time until, at length Meikjohn scored a point, for Everton, which was soon followed by another from Chadwick. In the second half both sides attacked in turn but the home defence was superior and Everton scoring again won a fine game by 3 goals to nil.



February 24 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

The Everton team made the journey to Durham on Friday and at noon on Saturday proceeds to Sunderland, where they were destined to a repetition of past experience on the Newcastle road ground. After the Sheffield Wednesday fiasco on Shrove Tuesday coupled with the in disposition of Bell, and the inability of Cameron to travel with the team, it was only to be expected that our local aspirants for League honours would receive a further check, and this was brought about in a far more marked degree than the score of three would appear to indicate. To account for so complete a downfall is for once in a way a simple matter. When it is mentioned that the Everton forwards as a body were as ragged and as indecisive in their methods as it is possible it imagine, it will be readily understood how the team met with so signal a defeat. Without the slighest exaggeration their play was as a whole. But little removed from junior club recognition and this is lamentable, coming as it does from a club that ought to be that hottest resourceful in the country. The situation apparently resolves itself into this that it any of the regular League Team forwards are compelled by force of circumstances to stand down there appears not to be a sufficiently capable reserve man to fill up the gap, a fact that seems to reflect upon the judgement of those that are responsible for the selection of players. In the respect many of the league clubs, Labouring under almost financial difficulties are far ahead of Everton, yet seen to have the facility of discrimination in the engagement of players. But now to the game, which was not many minutes old when Mr. Referee Armitt raised the opprobrium of the general body of the spectators through an unpardonable omission to penalise Campbell for deliberately tripping the Everton right back, and as a goal was the outcome of this irregularity it was distinctly hard lines upon the visitors for when a few minutes later a second goal was put on from a free kick close in it appeared improbable that the Wearsiders would be over hauled. Playing now a winning game the home side outmancurved the Evertonians who were quite as helpless in the second portion of the play, although they were then opposed to but ten men. As stated above the greatest delinquents were the forwards. Milward was the only one of the quintet that gave anything like a decent exhibition and, had he got that assistance from his confreres that are usually forthcoming a different tale would probably have been told at the finish. Nine tenths of the Everton attack was levelled from his quarter and some of his lighting shots were worthy of better results. Chadwick paled somewhat, but doubtless the doubtless the injury to his knee, sustained on the previous Saturday accounted in some measure for partial failure though there were times when he might have exercised more judgement in parting with the ball. Hartley's performance in the centre showed no improvement whatever on the very indifferent displays he has given in late matches. He started fairly well, but at the play progessed he failed both to execise that command over the ball necessary for a centre and to pounce upon chances that came in from the wing, which in the second half were fairly frequently and simple. Especially was this weakness noticeable after Chadwick had changed to outside right, when several easy openings were afforded. There was very little play on the Everton right wing, and perhaps it was just as well, for whenever, Williams had possession of the ball he seemed totally at a loss as to what to do with it, and almost invariably placed it to an opposing half. He looked that clash for which he was formally noted but at the same time, careful handling and combing would develop the latest good qualities that are undoubtedly in him. With a charge of partners it was only to be expected that McInnes would not be as effective as usual, but at the same time, his individual work was not up to his usual standard. The halfbacks played finely, and struggled gamely to the last. Playing behind a beaten line one can reasonably from a good idea of the work they had to get through. Often one or other of the trio was to be found tackling the opposing halves when Danger threatened, and this tended greatly to lesson the severely of the defeat. Holt was in his usual mood, and was invariable clever enough for the inside men, and when at odd times Campbell refrained from poaching, he usually found the little man more than a match for him. Boyle and Stewart looked well after the opposing wings, and there is no gainsaying the fact that they formed one of, it not the strongest lines on the field. Adams was often heavily pressed and on the whole came out of the afternoon's work with every credit. It was distinctly unlucky that his appeal for a foul, which led to Sunderland's first goal was over ruled, but this, if anything seemed to put additional sting into the play, his kicks being generally nicely timed, clean and well placed. Arridge now recovering from a several cold played a capital game and can be expected to be in his best form by Saturday next when the team visit Sheffield. Hillman had plenty to do, and kept out all possible shots, for those that found their way into the net were driven in with terrific force from very close ranges. After Sunderland had opened the scoring, they appeared winners all over and rarely indeed did they took behind them. The forwards were in great trim, and the flashes down the wings were always dangerous, while Campbell's old sprints up the centre were often a source of anxiety to Adams and Arridge. Gillespie and Harvey got through a tremendous amount of work, and were without question the most powerful pair in the van, while Miller also put in many excellent touches of forward play, and also proved himself to be a capable partner for Gow, when McNeill was forced to retire. The halfbacks like their vis a vis were well balanced. Wilson surpassing himself against Chadwick and Milward, whilst Dunlop in the centre was in the main responsible for the ineffective of Everton's inside men. Gow kicked powerfully, but had practically a clear course every time, and Doig, in goal brought off some excellent saves notably from Milward. Taking the game all though there could be no two opinions as to which was the better team, but the severity of the defeat should easily have been minimised in the closing stages, when several easy chances were opened out for the Everton forwards. In all Sunderland and Everton have met on 19 occasions, the former have won 14 and drawn 1, Everton never yet having had the measure of their opponents on the Newcastle road ground.


February 27, 1896. The Dundee & Argus

Everton, the Liverpool Echo says have secured McDonald, an exceedingly promising forward. McDonald was one of those players who declined to accept the reduced terms recently introduced by his committee, and as a consequence was struck off the pay sheet. On Monday the Dundee committee granted him his papers free, when he at once signed for Everton. McDonald has undoubted abilities as a player, and, although somewhat deficient in physique, has the rather scare qualification of an excellent head for the game. Mr. Molyneux was in Dundee last Saturday, yet very few of the club officials seen to have discovered the fact until –well, too late.