January 1896

Falkirk Herald -Wednesday 1 January 1896

At the close of Everton v. Aston Villa match on Saturday, at Liverpool, man named David Roberts was knocked down and trampled death.


January 2 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

This return League engagement between the above clubs was played yesterday afternoon at Blackburn before the largest crowd so far this season the spectators numbering quite 20,000. Owing to the indisposition of Holt, and Stewart the Everton halfback's line was re-arranged, the services of Goldie and Elliott being requisitioned. It will remembered that the Rovers gave a magnificent expectation of the game, when at Goodison Park in September, and won by two goals to nil, but recent performances rather favoured Everton, although some doubts as to yesterday contest was entrained owing to the disturbance of the middle line. During the period of waiting a four mile race between members of the Blackburn Harriers seved to while away the time. Briscoe coming in an easy first, and at 2-30 the sides lined up as follows: - Rovers: - Ogilvie, goal, Brandon, and Murray, backs, Dewar, Anderson, and Clehorn, halfbacks, Haydock, Whitehead, Turnbull, Wilkie, and Chippendale, forwards. Everton: - Hillman, goals, Adams, and Arridge, backs, Goldie, Boyle (captain), and Elliott, halfbacks, Bell, McInnes, Cameron Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Turnbull started against the wind, and the opening stage favoured Everton, and within the first minute Cameron looked like scoring, as he dribbled the ball well into the Rovers goalmouth, when Brandon fortunately saved at the expense of a fruitless corner. Getting to work again some very fine combination was shown by both teams, and when in good position Anderson had a shot at goal, without success. A fine movement by Chadwick resulted in Boyle shooting over, but a foul against the latter player was almost converted by Wilkes from Brandon, who placed the ball well up in goal. Haydock and Whitehead, ably attended to by Cleghorn, treated the spectators to some fine bits of passing against which Elliott coped with a fair amount of success. A capital cross shot to Wilkes resulted in Hillman being called upon and then Boyle was twice penalised, the second occasion being very close in, but both were got away, and, after Goldie had successfully attended to Chippendale, Chadwick and Milward worked the ball down in nice fashion, only to find Brandon ready for all emergencies. At length Chippendale broke away, and for the next five minutes the Rovers fairly held the position. Their forwards got frequently within close range, and the goal escaped in marvellous fashion. Three corners in quick succession followed, and the finish of a severe pressure was brought about Clegborn shooting badly. As the other end Milward got in a clinking shot, which Brandon luckily diverted and, following this, Bell was unfortunate in losing his footing when within nice shooting range. The Rovers forwards were on the whole, more exacts in their movements than their opponents and time after time, and Adams and Arridge had an arduous task in keeping the opposing forwards at bay. A rather curions decision of the referee in penalising Milward spoiled a fine chance for Everton; but not to be denied, the whole of the visiting forwards put on extra pressure, and Ogilvie was lucky in clearing a couple of dropping shots from Chadwick. Meanwhile Goldie, Boyle, and Elliott were playing a fine game, and Bell had plenty of chances on the right, but owing to the fine defence of Dewar, and Brandon he was unable to make much headway. Eventually Boyle placed the ball well ahead, and after Milward had supplemented, Cameron had a shot, which rebound of Dewar on to Ogilvie, as Bell was up in a trice, he promptly put the ball into the net. The play had no sooner started again then Bell missed a fine opening, and shortly following the interval was announced. Everton leading by one goal to nil.

The opening stages of the second half were characterised by the movements between Milward and Chadwick, and within the first half minute, Cameron shot into Ogilvie hands. At the other end Chippendale had a clear opening, but shot wide, and after the visiting forwards had held the mastery for some few minutes, Dewar, Whitehead and Chippendale had shots at the Everton goal, which called for Hillman's best efforts. A complete change now came over the game, as the Everton forwards by excellent combination, thoroughly defeated the home halves, and following a fine movement by Cameron, Chadwick and Milward, the ball was sent over to Bell, who put in a fine oblique shot, which glided off Murray leg into the net. The home team made most determined efforts, but Adams Arridge, and Boyle save no quarters, their defence being nothing less than brilliant. Following a long pressure on the Everton defence, their forwards went away in most finished style, and it was a pity, that Chadwick was faulty in the final effort. Immediately afterwards Ogilvie was called upon to negotiate a couple of difficult shots, and was generally accounted lucky in getting them away. From this point the home van changed their tactics and instead of attempting to catch close ranges they shot whenever they were within reasonable distance. At length Chippendale fairly baffled Adams and getting in a magnificent centre, Haydock rushed up and put the ball into the net. This success roused the crowd to a high pitch of enthusiasm, and the home players warmed to their work with each test that for some time they had matters much their own way. After a severe pressure, Haydock fairly defeat Elliott, and Boyle and parting to Turnbull, who had a clear course the last named player sent in a stringing shot altogether out of Hillman's reach. The excitement now reached a tremendous pitch, and the pace became faster than ever. After Hillman had executed a couple of smart saves, Bell got away in possession and after Cameron had missed fire, Chadwick had a clear opening, and gave his side the lead again. At this juncture the barriers on the portion of the ground gave way, and a few of the spectators were severely tampled upon. The Crowd did not, however, encroached upon the playing pitch, and the game was resumed under the wildest excitement. Both defenders gave no quarter and up to the finish the play ruled fairly even. As nothing further was scored, Everton won a well-deserved victory by 3 goals to 2.


January 2, 1896. The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser

During the progress of the match between Blackburn Rovers and Everton at Blackburn, yesterday, one of the stands collapsed. Much excitement was caused, as the structure at the time was crowded with spectators. Many of the occupants were badly shaken, but only two were seriously injured. A correspondent says; the accident to the stand might easily have been a serious one. The switchback erection situated at the Blackburn end of the ground was packed with spectators, and part of the woodwork collapsed without the slightest warning. There was at once a rush to get clear of the structure. There was at once a rush to get clear of the structure and had it not been for the prompt action of the police, under Acting-superintendent, Dobson, who pacified the spectators by assuring them that it was all right, as only planking had given way, many might have been injured. Two or three persons fell a distance of between 20ft and 30ft, but only one –James Brown, Weaver, 61, Emily-street appeared to be seriously injured. He complained of pains in the side, and his legs was badly cut. He, however, refused to be taken to the Infirmary and was subsequently conveyed home in a cab.


January 3 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

Madden sent Penalty kick wide

The Everton team, after their fine victory over the Rovers in the return League engagement at Blackburn arrived in Glasgow on Wednesday night, and played the first of their tour match at Parkhead yesterday afternoon before a crowd of 20,000 spectators. Adams who has earned a well-won rest, gave way to McDonald, and Cameron was unable owing to business engagements to journey north. Flewitt took up his position. Some doubt was enternated to the composition of the Celtic team, for Battles had been ordered off, the field on the day previous, but he was included in the team, while Doyle and McMahon both stood out. The teams was as follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, McDonald, and Arridge, backs, Goldie, Boyle (captain), and Elliott, halfbacks, Bell, McInnes, Flewiit, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Celtic: - Cullen, goal, Meehan, and Orr backs, Maley, Kelly, and Battles, halfbacks Madden, Blessington, Martin, Henderson, and Morrison, forwards.

Flewitt stated the game for Everton and the opening stages were in their favour. The game was not a minute old, when Chadwick tested Cullen, who filled Mcarthur's position in goal, and after a Brilliant clearance Bell and Mcinnes initiated a further attack which Flewitt attempted to convert with a long low shot, all to no purpose. The Celts not swarmed round Hillman's charge, and after a long pressure forced a corner, which Boyle attended to break fully and placing the ball nicely to Flewitt the last named player raced on and created a fine opening for Bell who rushed past Meechan, and with a magnificent oblique shot completely defeat Cullen. Upon this juncture the whole of the Everton team were playing most accurate football, and after Arridge and McDonald had been subjected to the severe pressure Flewitt again made the running, and looked like ending another opening, when Orr rushed across, but resorted to foul tactics, and was penalised. From the free kick, which was temporally checked by Meechan in the goalmouth, Milward got well up and converted in his own immutable fashion. The Celtic forwards following this second reverse, indulged in several fine bursts of passing and Maddon Blessington, and Martin gave considerable trouble to the Everton defenders. A fine centre by Madden and a weak save by Hillman were the next items, when the play again ran all in favour of the Everton forwards, who were frequently applauded by the crowd for they very fine efforts. A return to the other end, and Henderson and Morrison was well met by McDonald on two occasions, but on the third time of asking he fouled a shot from Martin, and a penalty kick was ordered. The kick was taken by Madden who made a very poor attempt to score, and a severe pressure sustained the Celtic defence. The Evertonians too managed to deluge the majority of the nicer points of play, and the spectators showed their appreciation on no half-hearted manner. Orr who, with all the dexterity of an accomplished forward converted a fine centre caused much ammement shortly afterwards by Milward. Following that Kelly made a grand opening for the Celtic left, and McDonald was in trouble when Arridge nipped across and saved grandly. The interval was now announced, when Everton led by 3 goals to nil. The opening play of the second half was marked by a fierce onslaught on Hillman's charge. The custodian saved a fine shot from Morrison and a minute later an ugly rush in the goalmouth but unfortunately succumbed to a fine centre by Henderson, which was headed through by Martin. After Bell had failed on several occasions to effectively measure Battle and Orr the home right pair away, and after several shots had been rained in from this quarter the home van settled down most and doubly to their work, and Hillman was frequently tested. A couple of diverting incident furnished by the Everton custodian served to amuse the crowd greatly, and a third fairly brought down the house as Hillman, who considerable hampered coolly threw the ball over his head and the line. Everton now had a turn at attack and Milward, Bell and Goldie each tested the ability of Cullen with really clever shots. The game, which through out had been altogether foreign to the usual class of friendly matches continued to be most earnest contested and the enthusiasm of the spectators who lavished their appreciation in, no unstinted manner, served to encourage the players to good work. A couple of grand centres by Blessington and Henderson called Hillman's best efforts and a third from the outside man was only missed by the merest shave, Boyle who all through the game had been playing magnificently both by attempting to the combination of the Celts and initiating attacks for his forwards, was the rock on which the Celts stumbled and many really clever movements were nipped in the bud before they were many seconds old. Meanwhile Bell and McInnes had changed position owing to the too close attention bestowed on the latter player by Battles, and towards the close Milward was roughly charged by Meechan, and left the field. The game ran on fairly even lines, up to the finish, when Everton led by 3 goals to 1. Today (Friday) Everton are trying a centre half named Smith of Lochgally, Fifshire against St. Mirren.



January 4 1896 The Liverpool Mercury

After the Celtic match on Thursday the Evertonians party spent a very enjoyable evening at the Throttle Royal Pantodine, Glasgow, and yesterday at noon continued their tour of Paisley, to oppose S. Mirren. The constitution of the Everton team differed from that which appeared at Parkhead; for McInnes gave way to Williams and Boyle partnered McDonald, while a trial was given to Smith of Lochgelly United who filled the centre half position. A dense fog being over Glasgow about midday and on arrival at the headquarters of the Santa the light was none too good, and it was with difficulty that the closing stages off the play could be followed. St Mirren turned out a strong team, and at 2-30, before some 3,000 spectators, the sides appeared as follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Boyle (captain), and McDonald backs, Elliott, Smith, and Goldie, halfbacks Bell Williams, Flewitt Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. St. Mirren: - Patrick, goal, McGathan, and Haig, backs McKim, Ghee, and McBain, halfbacks Hunter, Stevenson, Brown (d), Millikin, and Wylie, forwards.

Brown opened the play for St, Mirren, and the game was contested for the first couple of minutes within the Everton half. Elliott eventually pulled up Hunter, and Chadwick and Milward, in conjunction with Flewitt, took the play to the other end, but the inside man unfortunately ran the ball over the line, when in a good opening presented itself. Bell put in a couple of good centres, when were well cleared by Haig, following which Hunter, the home right winger, got round both Elliott and Boyle, but the final centre was badly missed by Brown. Bell then raced away, and with Williams and Flewitt gave the St.Mirren's defenders, no little trouble Hillman was twice tested from the right wing, and ably cleared, and for a lengthily period the home forwards backed up by their halves who were veritable glutton for work fairly held the position, but both McDonald and Boyle were equal to all demands made upon them. Shortly afterwards Bell put in a couple of line centres, which Flewitt should have put to good account, and on a third attack the Everton centre was rather unlucky in running the ball over the line, when there was practically no opposition. Following the Saints for a considerable time forced the game and kept the Everton backs extended, and from a capital pass by Stevenson to Brown the latter only missed by a close margin. McBain was penalised for fouling Flewitt, and this opened out the play for Everton, whose forwards raced away in fine style, Bell supplementing a movement by Chadwick and Milward, and giving Flewitt another easy opening, which was again lost. McGathan and Haig, the two backs played a steady game, and met most of the Everton attacks very coolly, and Patrick in goal attended well to a couple of shots in quick succession from Chadwick. On the home right again taking up the running they looked like scoring, when Boyle tackled nicely, and cleared effectively. With the play in the Everton quarters, half time was announced without any scoring having taken place. Quickly resuming the Evertonians forced the game, only to find the opposing backs able to cope with their efforts. Eventually Hunter and Stevenson, by nice combination, got well down, but Milliken made a poor attempt to score. A moment later the whole line got off again, and after Hillman had attended well to a shot from Brown, Stevenson kicked across and Wylie headed through. The play had scarely been resumed when Smith placed the ball well forward, and Chadwick made the most of an opening and equalised matters. Getting to work again the home right ran strongly down and give Hillman some trouble and then Hunter drove into the net, put was ruled offside. A long attack on the Paisley goal followed, and several fine chances of scoring were not taken advantage of the heavy nature of the ground probably accounting for weak final efforts. From a sudden breakaway Brown tested Hillman, but the shot gave him no trouble, and after another return to the home and Hunter, Stevenson, Brown and Millikin raced off, Smith should have checked the movement, which eventually resulted in Hunter giving his side the lead by a shot of the soft order. Just before this Haig, one of the home backs, collided and retired, and on resuming play the game was again, stopped owing to McDonald twisting his knee, he also retired. This happened five minutes before time, but on further play took place, St.Mirren won by 2 goals to 1. It was not by any means a good game for the clayey nature of the ground militated against accurate passing, and the Everton men wisely ran no risks Smith, who played centre half, was not a success. The home players were much more at home on their heavy and narrow ground, and were not too particular in their method, and we should imagine that they are a team that will take a lot of beating on their own ground.




January 6 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton were for the first Saturday since the commencement of the season without a League match, and were engaged in the final game of their tour with the hearts, at whose headquarters some 8,000 spectators lined up to see the play. For Everton, Cameron McInnes (who was injured in the Celtic match), and Stewart were the only absentee from the full League team, and as the home lot were at their best, a good game was anticipated. The sides were as follows : - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams, and Arridges, backs, Goldie, Boyle (captain), and Elliott, halfbacks, Bell, Williams, Flewitt, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Hearts: - Fairbairn, goal, McCartney, and Mirk, backs, Begbie, Russell, and Hogg, halfbacks, McLaren, Baird, Walls, King, and Walker, forwards.

From the start the home forwards got into a nice stride, and within the first few minutes Walls directed finely at Hillman, who ably attended to his work, and then Bell raced down, and made an opening for Flewitt, who made but a feeble attempt to reach the ball. A heavy pressure, due to weakness on the part of Adams, was put on the Everton defence and after both Walls and Baird had levelled shots, and custodian fisted out strongly, and Milward with Chadwick made the running, the former a moment afterwards driving into the net, but he was ruled offside. Flewitt was on several occasions at fault, and when in possession Russell accounted for him in most easy fashion, and it was quite clear that the brunt of the attack would have to be bourne by the wings. Boyle was unfortunately penalised close in, and Russell taking the kick met the return from the referee's leg and put the ball into the net, quite out of Hillman's reach. Up to the interval the Hearts by clever all round work, held a powerful lead in the play, but could not get the better of Hillman. Shortly after restarting, Chadwick sent across, and following a feeble return Williams scored though there was considerable doubt as to weather the ball was really over the line. Following this, shot after shot was levelled at Hillman, who was in one of his finest moods, but at length he succumbed to a fine drive by Baird. From a sudden breakaway Boyle all but scored. The ball striking the bar, which was repeated shortly afterwards. Then followed a long pressure on the Everton defence, and after Hillman had saved with three men on him, the ball was rushed into the net. The remainder of the game was generally contested in the Everton half, and scoring again the Hearts, who played a pretty and effective game won by 4 goals to 1.



January 6 1896. The Liverpool mercury

At Goodison Park, before 6,000 spectators. Schofield scored first for Everton, and just on the interval Hill scored a second goal for the home side. The second half was exciting, the visitors having hard lines in not scoring. Eventually Murray obtained a third goal for Everton, the final resulted being Everton 3 goals Macclesfield nil. Everton: - Cook, goal, McDonald, and Storrier, backs, Kelso, Meiklejohn, and not known, half backs Reay, Hill, Hartley, Murray, and Scholfield, forwards.

Played 11 won 10 lost 0, draw 1, for 47 against 9 points 21.



January 6 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

About three of four thousand enthusiastic Everton supporters journeyed to Blackburn on New Year's Day, intent on seeing their favouries wipe out that defeat at Goodison Park in the first month of the season. And their hopes were fully realised for by brilliant play Everton won a richly deserved victory by three goals to two. Although no club has been playing in finer form lately in league engagements, it was not without some trepidation that this match was entered on, for the Rovers are certainly one of the strongest teams on their own enclosure, and it will be remembered that the last season it was at Blackburn after a run of Brilliant victories, that Everton were first overthrown . The game was a very fast and interesting one all through and during the last half hour it was intensely exciting. At this period Everton were leading by two goals to nil, and it looked all through that Hillman's charge was going to escape altogether, when a brilliant run down the left wing and precise centre enabled Haydock to head the ball quite out of Hillman's reach. Encouraged by this success and spurred on by the shouts of their supporters, the Rovers were quickly back at the Everton goal, and did not relax their efforts until they had placed themselves on equal terms with their opponents. This put the followers of the home team fairly beside themselves will joy, for at this juncture it looked odds on the Rovers running out ultimate winners. The Everton men, however, kept very cool, and had satisfaction of again drawing ahead seven minutes from the finish, a point which scarely could have been obtained had Brandon watched the ball with the same eagerness as he did Chadwick who at the finish was too clever for him. The third success seemed to take all the heart out of the Rovers, and they never afterwards became dangerous. The Everton forwards played a fine game, Cameron and Bell especially being prominent. The halfbacks were also very good. And the back who had a pretty hard time of it, were generally equal to all demands made upon them, but they displayed a little hesitation in not tackling Turnbull when he shot the second goal. Hillman was as safe as usual and had no chance at all with the two shots that scored. For the Rovers, Haydock put in the most finished work in the front line, and at half back Anderson played a most telling game, whilst Brandon, Murray, and Ogilvie on the whole got through their work as well as could be expected.

Immediately after the conclusion of the match with the reverse the Everton party- including players, directors, and pressmen, the arrangements for whom were under the immediate charge of J.Prescott-left Blackbun for their annual tour in Scotland, and after a capital tea at Preston entrained the Northern mail at the''Proud Town'' concluding a pleasant journey considerably enhanced by the reception of the news of the downfall of derby County; the party arrived at Glasgow about eleven p.m., the Alexander Hotel being made the headquarters for the sojourn. After the Celtic match the directors among whom were Messrs., Kelly, Bainbridge, and Cuff, arranged a visit to the Theatre Royal to witness the pantomimed of ‘'Sinbad the sailor,'' three boxes being placed at the disposal of the party. On the following evening the company held an impromptu smoker at their headquarters, and in the morning continued the tour to Edinburgh. Throughout the tour the gentlemen, who were responsible for its proper conduct outvied each other as to who should make the outing as comfortable and enjoyable to all concerned as is possible to conceive, and that they fully attended their object is proved by the high enomiume awarded when on all hands. The most serious of the touring game was that with the Celtic club at parkhead, where close upon 20,000 spectators served to demonstrate what a capital drawing team the Evertonians are away from home. This game proved a thoroughly enjoyable one for all the incidents of the play partook of the nature of an English League match, and the big crowd assembled did not fail to show their appreciation of the efforts of both sets of players to make the game thoroughly attractive. The Everton team were admittedly the better exponents, and were the recipients of most of the encomiums, bestowed by the crow. The Celtic players, the backs especially were lacking in speed, and it was undoubtedly the possession of the quality that placed out local men ahead at the finish. Fine forward play assisted by some excellent work by the halves was one of the leading features of the Evertonians performance for Bell and Milward together with the inside men, were too formidable a phalanx for the home first line of defence to contend against. Towards the close Battles resorted to unnecessary methods, and injured McInnes knee, but a few day's rest will probably serve to put that right so that the full line will take the field at Bury on Saturday next. Adams and Arrdge left on room for fault, and Hillman was thoroughly reliable in goal. There was nothing of a striking character display by the Celts, front line, but Kelly and Maley were a capital pair of halves. Whatever, good work was accomplished by Meechan at full back, it was greatly discounted by his lying in wait for Milward. Cullen was a capable substitute in goal for McArthur. For he had no chance against the shots that found the mark, and frequently kept others out that would brother the best of Custodians. The following day Paisley was reached, and a rather uninteresting game took place against the St. Mirren club. The belabored condition of the team necessitated changes for the match, and a trial was given to a young centrehalf of the Dochgelly United club, Fifeshire, but he was far removed from being a success, and will doubtless not be heard of much at Everton. An inspection of the ground prior to the match showed its heavy clayey nature, and this very likely had much to do with Everton's defeat. To run risks with the team would have been most unadvisable, and though there was no apparent laxity of efforts on the part of the visiting players to make the match an honest and enjoyable one yet the deadly vim of a league match was wanting. The home players spurred on by their enthusiastic followers kept themselves extended to full concert pitch, all through and though there was nothing brilliant about their line of attack, they had a quintet of backs and a custodian that were thoroughly steady and reliable. A very singular coincidence occurred in the last five minutes of play. When each side lost the services of a full back-Haig, of St Mirren and McDonald of Everton team-the latter having severely twisted his knee. The heavy strain that the players had been subjected to by matches on successive days told most materially in the game on Saturday against the Hearts of Midlothians at Edinburgh. There was no gainsaying the fact that the team was under difficulties during the greater portion of the game, and the verdict of four goals to one was greatly minimised by the able work of Hillman, who was the hero of the game. It was somewhat signiicine that Adams after playing so brilliantly lately should cup up badly against his old club, for times out of number he was easily beaten. At the same time, it cannot be denied that the Hearts played a truly finished game, and if they display on Saturday last is a sample of their usual ability a meeting with Everton under more favourable conditions would result in a very close race.



January 8 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

We are informed that last evening Everton secured the transfer of frank Briggs, the famous goalkeeper of the Darwen club. Briggs who has long been accounted one of the finest goalkeeper in the league, is a Nottinghamshire man. It is said that a big price has been paid for his transfer (£50)


BURY 1 EVERTON 1 (game 203)

January 13 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

A large party of Evertonians travelled to Bury on Saturday, and at the time for commencing the game there would be quite 10,000 spectators on the ground. Unfortunately for Everton, the halfbacks line had to undergo a change as Stewart was unable to play, and Holt again cried off thus leaving an opening for Kelso. The Bury team was strongly represented, and at 2-30 the sides appeared as follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams, and Arridge, backs, Kelso, Boyle (captain), and Goldie, halfbacks, Bell, McInnes, Cameron, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards: - Bury: - Montgomery, goal, Barbour and Davidson, backs, Pray, Clegg, and Ross, halfbacks, Wyllie, Barr, Miller, Henderson and Plant forwards. Cameron opened the play, and after Bell had forced an opening on the right the Bury left got away, and for a lengthy period had a little the better of matters. Arridge was busy at this juncture in checking Barr, and Wyllie and eventually Milward raced off, and shot hard in at Montogomery, who cleared and within a minute Hillman was called upon from a fine centre by Wyllie. Then Clegg levelled a shot from long range, which clearly found the mark. The work of the Everton forwards was somewhat ragged, and when occasionally they did get one of their passing strides they were not allowed to revel in it long. Barbour kept his man well forwards by resorting to hugh Image, and after Arridge had obtained the measure of Wylle, Cameron raced off, but was tipped, and from the free kick, Boyle tipped the ball to Milward who drove hard into the net. After this reverse the Bury forwards swarmed round the Everton goal, and Hillman was responsible for a couple of grand saves. After first fisting out from Henderson he took the ball almost from Miller's toe, and getting it away, relieved the backs of much anxiety. An offside goal by Milward was the next item, and at the other end Plant had a smilar ruling. Nothing further was done upto halftime when Everton led by a goal to nil. On resuming the Buryities swooped down on the Everton quarters, and almost without exception in the first ten minutes besieged their goal. Several shots were sent in, all of which Hillman, attended to in clever fashion. One in particular from Miller being saved by throwing himself full length at the ball. Relief ultimately came from Arridge, but strive as they would the visiting forwards could not take in the situration. The Bury halves most assiduously attended to their forwards, the right wing pair especially, and during the remainder of the game most of the attacks were levelled from this quarter. At last miller, after several attempts, got away and looked like scoring when Adams was penalised for tripping, and a penalty kick being ordered, Barbour had no difficulty in defeating Hillman. The remainder of the game was in Everton's favour, but they could not penetrate the Bury defence, and the game resulted in a draw of 1 goal each.



January 13 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

This friendly match was played on the Everton ground, before a limited attendance. The opening play was all in favour of the Evertonians, but eventually Briggs (late of Darwin) was twice called upon and cleared well. Schofield and Latta in turn bore down, and after several unsuccessful attempts to score, the veteran found his way to the net. Briggs was shortly afterwards beaten by Clarke, and showed plenty of resource and for some time the home defender had plenty of work. Towards the interval a heavy raid was made on the goal and the ball was rushed through, the team thus reaching level terms. On resuming the Rovers looked like taking the lead, as they frequently visited Briggs charge but later on Everton obtained a lucky goal from a scrimmage, and following this, Latta put the game out of doubt by scoring a smart goal, after a fine run down. Nothing further was scored, and Everton won by 3 goals to 1. Everton: - Briggs, goal, Cook, and Storrier backs, Kelso, Hill, and Meiklejohn, halfbacks, Latta, Williams, Hartley, Flewitt, and Mainman, forwards.



January 13 1896. The Liverpool mercury

The failure of Everton to obtain full points at Bury on Saturday was not at all considered with popular opinion before the commencement of play, for on all hands could be heard expression to the effort that Bury had a very poor chance of holding their own, but as events transpired a victory to the latest inclusion to the League could not have been honesty begrudged. At the very outset the Bury team went about their work in most earnest fashion, and gave unmistakable evidence that if sheer determination would assist then against their more notable opponents in obtaining point they were of the right quality to carry their tactics through. With regards to the nearer points of the game there was very little to chose between the team. In the first fifteen minutes the home forwards had several attack, and but for a little loose judgement on the part of the right wing pair, who were rather slow and thus gave Arridge every opportunity to clear, Hillman must have been severaly tested. Right through the first half there was little combination that reached a high standard, and when Everton obtained their goal from a free kick close in and kept the lead up to the interval, they were lucky. Immediately on resuming Everton defenders had about as warm a time as they have experienced this season, for the bury forwards, now prominent by clever passing movements tested the visitors to the full extent, and certainly, by their very fine efforts deserved to get on equal terms. Every Bury man was scoring for all that was worth determination being depicted in every movement. Eventually a change came over the scene, and them for the greater part the Evertonians made most of the running, without tangible results. Sudden break away by the home left were always of a dangerous character, and after the teams had drawn level the pace, which all though had been very fast, increased, and if anything the game up to the finish was favourably to Everton, who however, found themselves opposed to a fine pair of backs and a custodian equal to all demands made upon him. The Everton team as a whole failed to approximate to that high standard of excellent work that has during the last three months led them on to fame, and the cause for their disappointing display is not a difficult matter to active. The forwards were not in their usually effective mood, and the heavy work in Scotch tour matches undoubtedly had a deterrent effect upon the men. It will be remembered that McInnes received a bad injury to his knee in the Celtic match, and against the Heart, Chadwick was in a somewhat belabored condition, and as they were not thoroughly recovered, the failure of the Everton inside play to come out strongly can very readily be understood. It was only on rare occasions that the Everton van indulged in those brilliant passages that one has been accustomed to see of late, and when they did find themselves in comfortable quarters they were generally dispossessed with ease. One has lately been accessioned to expect something out of the common from the Everton wingers, but they called for once in a way, and as stated above through no fault of their own. At half back also the average standard was not reached. While the defence and goalkeeping made up considerably for the front line. If the Bury forward play was not of an over attractive character, it was nevertheless effective, and to a man the quiet were not slow in playing on to the weak spots in the opposing team. Almost invariably when Bury back secured the ball, did it find its way to the left wing. As a rule the Everton right defence had many an anxious moment. Comparing the work of the two sets of forwards there was little to chose between then, so far as cleverness was concerned, though when on the ball the home van were the more determined in their movements. Halfback play favoured the home side and the remaining positions were filled with little if any, inequality. Coming to the players, Cameron did fairly well, and had those on either side of him been their accessioned moo, there is no doubt that it would have taken the home halves all their time to keep down scoring. With McInnes in difficulties, Bell had very few openings, and generally most of the play located at the other end of the line, where Chadwick and Milward were the recipients of most of the attention of the opposing trio. At half back Goldie and Boyle played very well, and kept down must of the attacks from the centre and right wing, but Kelso though he kept pace with the rest in the first portion, when he put in some fine bits of play, lagged somewhat in the second; but this was only to be expected after a long absence from high pressure football. Both Adams and Arridges played magnificent, and it is indeed questionable whether the pair were ever more successful. Time after time did Adams block the ball as an opposing forward was about to propel at goal, and the amount of work that he got through can he gauged when it a remembered that almost every attack in the second half came from his wing. It was distinctly unfortunate however that a brilliant performance should be marred by the loss of a goal from a penalty kick, and doubtless the speed rather than intentional tripping had much to do with disaster. Arridges consistency was demonstrated throughout the game and the Bury right wing were allowed for libertie from his quarter. There can be no doubt that had Everton an ordinary custodian they wound have experience no light defeat. Class shots were tainted in from Plant Henderson and Miller, and it was marvellous how on two occasions Hillman managed to get them away. Summing up the Everton players, Hillman Adams, Arridge and Goldie best represented the side. For Bury Miller was a capable centre, and after finding that Goldie and Asrridge were far too clever for Wylie and Barr he combined most of his attention to the left wing pair, Plant and Henderson and with fairly good success. Both these players had a hand in most of the attacks, being generally left to finish the movements, and with the assistance of a little lucky might have scored on more than one occasion. The halfbacks were on the whole more resourceful than the Everton trio and gave those in front of then plenty of chances to shot. Pray put in excellent work, and Clegg nearly always had the better of Cameron while Ross played steady game. The oblige Barbour was undoubtedly the hero of the fray and the committee by removing his suppuration did themselves a service they little expected. He cleared his goal in fine fashion and partnered by Davidson, also at his best, a good idea can be formed of the strength of the Bury last line. Montgomery kept his charge well, and cleared with good judgement, his being also an important part in the afternoon'' proceedings.



Friendly society charity cup

January 14 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

He annual charity match which for the third time was player for the above society at Stoney lane yesterday, lost somewhat of its interest by the fact that the visitors team, who are deservedly great favorites with the West Bromwich spectators were at their poorest strength, the whole of the League team, with one exception, being prominent, only by their absentee. The full names were Everton: - Briggs, goal, Kelso, and Storrier, backs, Cook Meiklejohn, and Goldie halfbacks, Latta, Williams, Hill, Flewitt, and Schofield forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Reader, goal, Horton, and Williams, backs, Perry, Higgins, and Hadley halfbacks, Bassett (captain), Green, Richards (j), Richards (w), and Heywood, forwards. The spin of the coin resulted in favour of the home team, who of course selected to play with the wind and skips and the opening exchanges was entirely to their liking. After Richards had sent over the bar, Storrier intervened with effect, but again the homesters bore down upon the Liverpool gaol, and Bassett missed what appeared to be a fair chance. Well fed by Meiklejohn, Williams and Latta made progess, the latter especially showing individuality, but Williams interposed and again the Evertonians were placed upon the defensive. At length the left wing were placed in possession, and sending over to Latta the right wing returned so well that Flewitt kneed the ball past Reader, this bring Everton first visit to the home quarters. In a trice Briggs charge was again in danger but Kelso was excellent in defence, and as the result of his sterling work the visiting left, Flewitt and Schofield made headway, and from a feeble return a shot by the latter of the goalkeepers, Flewitt scored the second point. Bassett in response to the calls of the spectators, put in a lot of dashing work, but so good was the exhibition of Goldie and Storrier that he was never allowed to become dangerous, and what little he sent in towards Briggs, the latter attended to in a compliance manner. Half time arrived with Everton leading by two goals to nil, and having the elements at their backs it looked great odds on their winning early. On returning to work the Stoney lane brigade rushed the ball right into the mouth of goal, but Storrier relieved, and then the Everton right slipped past Williams in fine style but failed to obtain any tangible result. Another characteristic rush by the Throstle brought about a menacing period for the visitors, but Kelso and meiklejohn between then eased the pressure, and although Higgins levelled some grand shots, Briggs respond also in gallant fashion. Reader was next in evidence for a fine clearance, and Williams giving to Bassett and Green, a smart cross from them was neatly taken by Heywood and converted. The Everton players made a strong appeal for offside, but the referee decided against them. From this point to the end the Liverpool men were rather the best, and Bell command in a more renounced manner than hitherto, but Williams Horton, Higgins, and Reader defended well, and kept them out. A well-deserved victory for the Everton Reserves then ended with the result Everton 2 goals West Bromwich Albion 1 goal. / The magnificent cup was on view afterwards as Mr.Louse Ford's but was not brought home by the victorious team.



Lancashire senior cup round one.

January 20 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

Owing to the indisosition of several of the Everton Leaguers, the majority of the reserves were called upon to represent the club against Fleetwood Rangers. The class of fixture was not favourable to a large gathering and an attendance of some 7,000 spectators must be considered a highly satisfactory one. The Rangers brought their strongest team, and at 2-30 the sides turned out as follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams, and Arridge, backs, Kelso, Boyle (captain), and Storrier, halfbacks, Latta, Williams, Hill, Flewitt, and Schofield forwards. Fleetwood Rangers: - Haslam, goal, Brown, and Sellars, backs, Nuttrall, Dunn, and Fisher, halfbacks, Holmes, Cartmal, Birket, Scott and Ashcroft, forwards. Everton had all the best of the opening play, and following some good defence by Brown, Arridge placed the ball well up the field, and Hill scored two minutes from the start. Following this Storrier conceded a corner, and Hillman was twice called upon, and cleared in his usual effect style. A little later Adams placed the ball well up from a free kick, and it glided off a Rangers into the net, thus bring about their second downfall early on in the game. The play continued to ran all in favour of the Evertonians, and after Kelso had levelled some fine dropping shots into the goalmouth Schofield fastened on the ball and drove hard past haslam. After this third reverse, the play took a desultory turn and it was only at odd times, when the Rangers bestirred themselves, that the game was at all interesting. A fine shot by Birks claimed Hillman's best attention, and then for the major part up to the interval the Everton men held the play, but could not score again. On resuming Williams quickly put on a fourth goal, after Storrier had made the opening, and following this Latta missed scoring when there was practically no opposition. Then followed another tame period, until Birkes with a fine individual effort worked his way across to the left, and sent in a beautiful shot, which glided from the upright into the net. Hillman in the meantime being attended to by the Rangers right. Great cheering followed this success and the visitors were about their work in more determined fashion, up to the close when the score remained unaltered, Everton passing into the second stage by 4 goals to 1.



January 20 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

The extraordinary performance of the Everton Reserves on Monday last in winning the West Bromwich Chartity Cupp from almost the full team of the ‘'Throstle'' is worth more than ordinary notice. Owing to the excitement of the time- through injuries and indisposition of the first league team the whole of the second string had to be called upon with one exception-that of Goldie, but so well did they dispute themselves that they honesty deserved to win the trophy. As can well be imagined the Evertonians were overweight, and during the first half altogether outplayed, although then they scored twice, but the splendid defence of Kelso, Storrier and Briggs, kept the home forwards at bay. The latter stages were marked for the confidents, determined and skilful manonuverd of the second stringers, and the best praise thus can be given then was the remark heard more than once. It this is Everton's second team they are almost as good as the first and equally as good as several first division clubs.

On Saturday last the first round of the Lancashire Cup competition came on for settlement, the Everton club having Fleetwood Rangers as opponents. It will be remembered that, according to the draw, this match should have been played at Fleetwood, but the officials of the Rangers club, in response to negotiation from the Everton committee very sensibly agreed to take their almost certain beating at Liverpool, where a much bigger gate could be looked forward to. This proved to be the case, for although a match of the class had little attraction for the majority of football followers a crowd of about 7,000 turned up at Goodison park, a number that must have come quite up to the expectations of the most sanguine of the Everton directors. The game was of a very half hearted and tame description, the Everton men appearing to and stand that they had a very comfortable task on hand, and rarely indeed did they exert themselves much, whilst their opponents, after three goals had been registered against them seemed to lose heart, and played a very dull game until late on in the second half whom Birket, their centre forwards, scored after a fine individual efforts. This success, which was greeted in a well deserved manner, by the spectators gave the Rangers much better opinion of themselves, and for some time they fully held their own, but they were undoubtedly outclassed and, when the end came, Everton were easy winners by four goals to one. There was nothing specially brilliant about the play of the Everton men, who went about their work in a sort of jig jog fashion, but it was pleasing to notice the undoubted return to form of Kelso. He was much quicker on the ball and his kicking was infinitey better on Saturday that it has been of late. Schofield was the pick of this forwards, and is a great acquisition to the clubs reserve. With a little moré weight which to doubt will come with time, for he is very young yet, he should develop into a first class forwards, for he centres beautifully and shots straight and hard. Flewitt, was not up to the mark, and wasted too much time in putting in fancy touches which, needless to state served very little purpose. Hill in the centre for the first few minutes played a good game but as it progressed he fall off considerably and on the whole was not a great success. Latta and Williams were useful, but very slow. The backs and halfbacks played a quiet and safe game, and the same can be said with regard to Hillman. An amusing incident at the game was when the last named player was charged and upset when in the act o9f stepping the shot that scored against Everton by one of the light Rangers forwards. The visitors were clearly outplayed from start to finish, but one or two of their men are worthy of special mention. Fisher and Dunn, the left and centre halves, played a hard and plucky game, and the former came off very well indeed against the Everton right wing pair. The backs Brown and Sellars also were very fair, whilst the goalkeeper Haslam did exceptionally well, and saved several shots splendidly, he having very little chance against the clubs that found their way to the net.



January 27 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

The first of the season's League engagements between these clubs was played at Deepdale on Saturday last, and the fixture always a popular one brought together the largest crowd so far this season on the North End ground. Quite a couple of thousand availed themselves of the excursion arrangements from Liverpool, and when the teams appeared on the field there would be quite 12,000 spectators present. Both sides were full represented, and were as follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal Adams and Arrdiges, backs, Boyle (captain), Holt and Stewart, halfbacks, Bell, McInnes, Cameron Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Preston North End: - Joy, goal, Holmes, and Tait, backs, Sharp, Sanders, and Orr, halfbacks, Smith (t), Blyth, Stevenson, Cunningham and Henderson, forwards. North End had the better of the opening exchanges, and before the game was many minutes old a fine opening was made for Stevenson, when Holt chipped in the put his left wing in possession. Some fine passing between three players was eventually checked by Sharp but returning again Holmes defended magnificently has tackling and clean kicking being particularly fine. Sanders at tended well to Cameron, and after placing the ball to Stevenson that player made off and parted to Cunningham who sent in a shot that appeared to be out of Hillman's reach, but the custodian spring out and saved when at full length. Bell, who ran brilliantly down the wing and finished up with a fine centre that Holmes was lucky to meet, contributed the next item. At the other end a miskick by Arridge looked ominous, but fortunately for Everton, Stevenson was ruled off side. During the next few minutes the Everton goalkeeper was several times called upon, and got through his work splendidly one save-a header by Blyth-being exceptionally clever. The Everton forwards were not in their usually combined mood, and rearely got away, in a dangerous stride, so effective was the halfbacks play of the north Enders. T.Smith got away in his characteristic sprinting fashion and Stewart was penalised for pulling him up unfairly while Hillman was immediately called upon. A good clearance was effected, and then Cameron and Chadwick made the running, the former finishing up, with a fine shot at Joy, who had not previously handled the ball. A heavy pressure followed this on the home goal, and shots were sent in from McInnes, Chadwick, and Bell, but none found the mark. Following a lengthy period, during which Holmes and Tait showed excellent defence a spell in midfield play ensuded, when Henderson got round Adams, and screwing across gave Smith a fine chance to score, but Arridge kicked over the line. Nothing came of the corner kick, though a moment later, the visiting defenders were again in straits, and Hillman who tested by Smith and Orr, both being fine shots which, were cleverly kept out. At the interval nothing had been scored, and on resuming some dashing play by Holt put the Everton van well ahead. A corner was forced off Sharp, but immediately Everton centre half handled the ball, when a clear course appeared open, and from the free kick Henderson and Cunningham raced clean away, the latter player finished up with a clever shot, which Adams was lucky in charging down, Cameron got away after a series of free kicks, and in conjunction with bell and Mcinnes looked like forcing an opening, when the Queen's Park man passed out to the left pair, who were offside. A few minutes later Sanders misjudged his kick, and in a trice Bell drove low to Chadwick, who had no difficulty in scoring, play having been in progess 15 minutes from the resumption. Getting to work again, Bell looked like increasing the lead, as he sent in a clinking shot, which was only a trifle wide of the mark. Holt was penalised about 20 yards from goal, and after Hillman had partially cleared, the ball was rushed through thus equalising matters. The pace, which, despite the heavy ground, had all through been fast increased considerably, and spurred on by the crowd, neither side gave quarter. Adams was playing a fine game, but eventually Stevenson forged ahead and sent in a hot shot, which Hillman again kept out by throwing himself full length in the mud. At the other end, Bell drove hard in, and joy melted the ball, but regained it at the second attempt, when it was on the line, and threw clear, an appeal by the Evertonians for a goal not being entertained by the referee. Up to the finish the play was carried on in sprinted fashion, but further scoring was not forthcoming, and a grand game ended in a draw of one goal each.



January 27 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

Played at Goodison Park, before a fair attentance. Everton started the game, and after a spell of even play, Reay drove the ball into the net, but the point was disallowed. After repeated attempts to lower the Scotch goal, Schofield eventually succeeded, and after a visit to Briggs charge, Reay added a second. Following this point the Evertonians had most of the play. Meiklejohn and Hartley scoring before the change of ends. The second half was altogether in favour of the Combination team, and Hartley, Flewitt twice and Schofield registered four other goals. Everton eventually winning by 8 goals to nil. Everton: - Briggs, goal, Cook, and Storrier, backs, Kelso latta, and Meiklejohn, halfbacks, Reay, Williams, Hartley, Flewitt, and Mainman.


January 27 1896. The Liverpool Mercury

The Everton team journeyed to Preston on Saturday last with high hopes of repeating their performance of last season when, after a hard fought game, they justed emerged victorious. In view of the close race for the League champions an honour which, in spite of their failure to beat Bury a fortnight ago, the Everton club did not consider out of their grasp, the team have been putting in a little extra cxercise and are in every way striving to keep themselves up to concert pitch. Cameron whilst playing for Queen's Park last week in their Scottish cup tie, unfortunately received a kick from which he had not completely recovered on Saturday, and which, had at unmistakable effect on his speed and general effectiveness. A hugh train left the Exchange Station crammed with Everton followers, whilst excursions were run from various other quarters the result being that the Preston club obtained their biggest gate so far this season. The game was a fast and exciting one all through, and the evenness of the play is very fairly demonstrated the score of one goal each. The combination of Everton front rank, although not nearly so billiant as some of their displays of late, was superior to that of their opponents who for the most part indulged in long passing out to the wing men. Henderson, the outside left undoubtedly their smartest forward, being very assiduously attended to. The North End halfbacks played a very fine game, and death satisfactorily with most of the efforts of the Everton forwards. The Everton halfbacks line although not quite up to form in the early stages. Improved immensely as the game went on and on the second half were very effective. Their passing to the forwards was very judiciously worked out and occasionally, chiefly the initiative of Holt they adopted the half back passing game with success, tactics which, it will be remembered, helped in a great measure to the defeat of Scotland by the English team last season. The halfbacks play of both teams was very good, and the forwards were almost invariably kept outside dangerous shooting distance. The North End front line were, on the whole, able to get in more decent shots than were their opponents, but on the play all though each team fully dersered the one point obtained. Of the Everton forwards, Bell was certainly the best. Whenever he got the ball- an occurrence which unfortunately for the club, did not happened often enough-it spell danger for North End. He was in fine sprinting form, and shot with great precision and in the second half he had distinct ill luck in not scoring at least once from the splendid attempts he made. One in particular a beautiful low shot, was too hot for Joy to hold, and it scewed out of his hands, and almost found its way into the net. The Evertonians appealed strongly for a goal in this instance, but it was not sustained, as the whole ball had not passed over the line, although it was a very near thing for North End. McInnes was not up to form, and it is no doubt owing to this that his partner did not get the ball often enough. The little inside right does not yet seem to have quite recovered from the knocking about he received at the Celtic match at the New Year, but it is to be hoped that he will soon recover himself, for when up to the mark there is no more useful man on the field. Cameron as already stated, was a little lame, and was not consequently able to get in so many of those beautiful clean passes for which, he is distinguished. Chadwick was as useful usual and at times not in exceptional fine work. He scored Everton's only goal, but his partner Milward was not up to his usual standard of excellent though it should be stated that he was rather unfairly treated with regard of the offside rule. Boyle was back in his old position at right half, and although he did not shine at first, he improved and in the second half played a very fine game. The team did not then anything by the inclusion of Holt, as might have been expected, and he still appear to have the facility of coming up unexpectedly just when he is wanted. He was very unfairly treated by the North End centre forward, who appeared to have a special mission to look after him. A mission he endeavored to carry out either by fair means of foul. Had the referee diverted some of the attention he was bestowing unnecessary on imaginary infringements of the offside rule to the gentleman's tactics the game would have been a more pleasant one to witness. Stewart played a sound game all though, and it is pleaure to ace him back again, in the ranks. Arridge was not quite as successful as in late games, although he was generally equal to the call made upon him, but Adams on the other hand played one of his best games, and did not know when he was beaten. Hillman's display in goal was magnificent, and his brilliant play all through the season ougly certainly to gain him his international cap. Some of his saves were marvellous and called forth the loudest plaudits of the spectators. Of the North Enders forwards Henderson the outside left, was undoubtedly the best. He is pretty fast, and lies well up the field so that when the ball comes his way, he is usually a dangerous customer to deal with. Cunningham was a very able partner, and occasionally got in fine shots. Stevenson did not shine especially except as already mentioned, by his attention to Holt; The right wings pair, T.Smith and Blyth were not so prominent as the left wing, though they got in much useful work. The halfbacks Sharp Sanders, and Orr were undoubtedly the backbone of the team, and it would be hard on Saturday's play, to find a much better trio anywhere. Sanders especially play a very fine game. Holmes was in magnificent form, and was seldom beaten. His kicking was superb, and time seems to have no effect on the veteran international. Tait was quite equal to any efforts from McInnes, but he could never get the proper measure of Bell, and joy, in goal did all he had to do in a very satisfactory manner, but he does not always clear very well.