April 1898


April 2 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

At Northwich in the first 20 minutes, Everton made the pace a cracker, Kirwan scoring two clever goals. Northwich played a grand game until the interval but Jorett and the backs kept their charge intact. Halt time Everton 2 goals, Northwich nil. With the wind Everton tried long shooting, Darlington saved from Schofield, but Kirwan dashed in and scored, Schofield registered brilliantly. Kirwan nothened the fifth, and Corrett sixth and Kirwan the seventh, Cross and Leacher scored for Northwich. Everton: - Jorett, goal, Barker, and Struthers, backs, Wolstemholmes, Stringfellow, and Hughes, halfbacks Schofield, Cornett, Bell (l), and Turner (a), forwards. (placed 1 st , played 22 won 14 lost 3, draw 5, for 61 against 20, points 33)


April 4 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

The return League engagement between these clubs was brought on Saturday last at Goodison Park before 10,000 spectators. Owing to international demands neither J.Bell nor Robertson was included in the home team and while engaged in filling up vacancies, the directors of the club took the opportunity of introducing Gee, and Barlow to first League football. The Forest were without Allsopp, Ritchie, and Forman, and at four o'clock the sides faced as follows: - Everton: - Muir, goal, Balmer, and Storrier, backs, Boyle (captain), Holt, and Taylor, halfbacks, Williams, Drivers, Bell (l), Barlow, and Gee forwards. Notts Forest: - Martin, goals, Iremonger, and Scott, backs, McCracken, McPherson, an Wragg, halfbacks McInnes, Richards, Benbow, Capes, and Spouncer, forwards. Everton commenced play, and had the better of the opening exchanges, the left wing pair putting in capital work that kept the Forest defenders well employed. McPherson eventually eased the pressure, and for some time following the play was only of a moderate character. The respective rearguards were always equal to the demands made upon them, and the efforts of the forwards were held well in check. Meanwhile Boyle had contributed some clever touches one of which ended in Drivers almost defeating Martin, and a little later L.Bell from the same source made a capital attempt to score, the opposing custodian bringing off a save under the most unlooked for conditions. A visit to the other end was short lived and returning again the forest custodian was exceedingly lucky in keeping out shots, from Bell and Gee. Everton continued to have the better of matters, and following a further raid Taylor shot in. martin was slow in dealing with the shot, for in a trice L.Bell was upon him, and both the keeper and the ball were bundled into the net, play having been in progess 25 minutes. Getting to work again, Spouncer tested Muir to no purpose and at the other end both Gee and Drivers gave Martin considerable trouble. The same pair were again in evidence, and a smart pass from gee to Drivers resulted in a second goal, Everton thus having the lead at the interval of 2 goals to nil. On resuming, Everton had all the better of the play, and the Forest defenders were for some time kept fully employed. McPherson put in some capital work at halfback, but his forwards were slow to utilise chances, and the Everton backs had no difficulty in ably covering Muir. Most of the Everton attack came from the right wing. but little advantage was deprived as the efforts lacked finish, and it was not until Gee had worked the ball well down that there was any semblance of further scoring. Three corners were well placed, but nothing came of them, and for a considerable period the home team had complete possession of the field. A splendid shot by Gee was luckily kept out of the net, and up to the end, the Forest were generally kept defending. Nothing further having been scored. Everton won a fairly good game by 2 goals to nil.


APRIL 4, 1898. Glasgow Herald.

The visit of the Notts's team to Liverpool drew together an attendance of 6,000 about people. Everton were without four of their usual eleven the opening play was very tame but at length the Everton forward settled down and pressed strongly. Subsequently after Martin had saved several shots, he was beaten by Diver and the same player adding another point shortly afterwards. Everton crossed over with a lead of two goals to none. The play was fairly even for some time after the change of ends, Holt cleared well from Spouncer and Capes while at the other end three corners kicks in succession fill to Everton. Nothing came of them, however, after this the game slowed down considerably. Nothing further was scored and Everton won by two goals to none.


April 4 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

The visit of Nottingham Forest-the cup tie finalists-to Everton did not arouse much enthusiasm, for there were not at any period of the game more than 10,000 spectators present. There was little satisfaction to be derived as to the result of the meeting of the teams, for although the Evertonians won with a clear lead of two goals the quality of play rarely approximated the average standard of League football. Certainly the form of the Forest was not calculated to inspire much confidence in their ability to administer the quietus to Derby County, and on the other hand, Everton have on more than one occasion lost points, after having given an infinitely account of themselves. The occasion demanded a reorganisation of the attacking line, and had the work been distributed in a thoroughly sportsmanlike manner there could be no question that the local club would have registered a record League victory for the season. Most of the play for some inexplicable reason, devolved upon the right wing, and it must be confessed to no purpose, for very little indeed that savored of danger emanated from this quarter, and there was much labour lost. In the earlier portion of the proceedings, Gee and Barlow bounded into popular favour by reason of the dash and determination that they infused into their play, but after the first moiety they were rarely given a chance, for they undoubtedly had to make their own play and this was much to be regretted. As a left wing pair, with practically a first experience in class football, sufficient could be gleaned that the club managers need not wander outside their own circle for future representation in this department of the team. Gee as outside left was especially successful for, on almost every occasion that the ball came his way, and it must be admitted that it was not too often. He showed sterling aptitude, and never hesitate, lost no opportunity of turning the least chance, to the best advantage. L.Bell played with plenty of dash, but as may be gathered from the proceeding remarks and this was never inclined to benefit the side much has but a minimum of headway was play, it was most uneven, and had there been conscientious working in the direction of general distribution. There could be no question that the game would have been infinitely experienced their must crushing defeat of the season, with regard to the halves and fullbacks, but little fault could be found, the only exception, that could be taken to their display, being that they like several in front had a partiality for the ball being kept in the right wing. Muir had perceptually little to do, though what came his way required handling, and in successfully keeping his charge intact, he is much to be complimented.


April 9, 1898. Glasgow Herald.

League match at Liverpool, before 30,000. Derby started five minutes late, and in thirty seconds L. Bell scored. Everton favoured by the wind and sun, pressed, and the Derby goal had a narrow escape. Diver scored again after 7 minutes, and determined attacks followed on the County citadel. Fryer defended finely, however, and nothing further was scored up to the interval. Half-time Everton 2 goals, Derby County none. On resuming Derby pressed, and Muir was tested by Paterson, but saved finely. Everton took up the running and L. Bell headed through from a pass by J. Bell in nine minutes. Play followed on level terms, and was of an interesting charter, both custodian being tested. L. Bell had hard lines when close, and Everton pressed to the finish without scoring again. Result Everton 3 goal, Derby County none.


April 9 1898. The Liverpool mercury

The brilliant weather that prevailed yesterday greatly benefited the exchequer of the Everton club yesterday afternoon, for there would be a gathering of quite 30,000 spectators on the Goodison Park enclosure when the teams made their appearance. The occasion was the return League meeting of the clubs, the first contest having resulted in a five goal to one defeat of the local club at derby, and it will be remembered that the Peakites some few weeks back were victorious in the semi final stages of the English cup competition at Wolerhampton. The Everton team included Gee, who played outside left, vice Bell, who appeared on the right wing, and as Holt was let out, Taylor and Robertson constituted, the half way line. The Derby team, with two exceptions was at its full strength, and at 2-35 the sides faced as follows: - Everton: - Muir, goal, Balmer, and Storrier, backs, Taylor, Boyle (captain), and Robertson halfbacks, Bell (j), Drivers, Bell (l), Chadwick, and Gee, forwards. Derby County: - Fryer, goal, Methven, and Leiper, backs, Paterson, Goodall (a), and Turner halfback, Handley, Bloomer (s) Bang, Stevenson, and McQueen, forwards. Everton won the choice of ends, and had the advantage of playing with a glaring sun at their backs. Play had only been started when L.Bell met Chadwick shot in sharp and low, and the ball rebounding from the upright, who had no difficulty in beating Fryer. Getting to work again, the Everton forwards were seen to great advantage the left wing pair being particularly prominent, but a well directed pressure was brought to a close by Driver shooting to high. A flying visit to the other end resulted in Bloomer missing the mark, though only by the merest shave, and returning again, Robertson gave Fryer a difficult shot to deal with. Taylor followed with a capital effort, which the custodian cleared at the expense of a corner, and the game continuing, the Everton forwards kept play fully extended to the visitors half. The game, so far, had been brimful of interesting incidents, in which the Evertonians played an important part, and following a smart centre from Gee, under most unlooked for conditions Driver succeeded in defeating Fryer, who had previously left his charge in order to have from L.Bell. This success was registered within twelve minutes, and though at McQueen made a gallant attempt to reduce the lead, he quarter whatever was to be exacted from the Everton back. Gee gain delighted the crowd with a grand centre, which, however, was well, meet by Methven and for some few minutes the Everton right pair showed to advantage. J.Bell on two occasions being very near the mark with a capital shots, After several attempts McQueen and Stevenson broke through the Everton defence, and the former tested Muir with a swift low shot, which he most ably attended to. The stay of the visitors was short lived, as a minute later the home van was quickly in evidence again, and Fryer was luckily in meeting a header from Driver when the latter was close in the goalmouth. The Everton halves were playing a fine game, and finding many openings for these in front of them, but at this juncture nothing could have been finer than the defence of Methven and Leiper, who covered Fryer repeatedly in clever fashion. A free kick against Storrier looked ominous for the home side, but the ball was driven harmlessly over the line. For some minutes the play had been directly towards the Everton right wing, and though the players kept well forward there could be no question that their attacks lacked the finishing touches which came from left during the earlier portion of the game. This was fully emphasized during one attack on the Derby goal, as Gee centred three times in quick success into the goalmouth twice when the ball was almost over the line. During the next few minutes the County were seen in a better light, but getting round Storrier was a difficult task, as the Evertonians was in really brilliant form. The next item of interest was a brilliant shot, from Gee, which grazed the bar, Following which some smart work contributed by Drivers was considerably discounted by moderate shooting from the same player. The game continued to run altogether in favour of Everton, but they rarely got in a parting shot that required much effort to clear. At the interval Everton were leading by two goals to nil. On resuming a throw in gave the Derby left a run down, but Storrier got the ball away, and Gee cantered away and sent across, the ball however being run over the line. At the other end Bloomer was pulled up when offside, and following a visit to the Derby goal, McQueen and Stevenson were busy, Taylor however, intervening. Gee was again prominent for Everton. and a moment later McQueen tested Muir who, however had no difficulty in saving. Not to be denied, the County forwards returned to the attack, and the home custodian saved cleverly when hard beset from Paterson. In close following McQueen centred beautifully, but there was no one as hand to take his pass and a grand chance was lost. Now Everton assumed the aggressive, and from a cross over by J. Bell his brother pasted through, and record the third point for the ‘'Blues'' This further success, coming nine minutes after the resumption, spurred on the home side, and several attacks were made up the Derby goal. Boyle however, easing the pressure with a lofty shot. Bloomer and Hendley worked well along the visitor's right, and Boag had a shot without, however, troubling Muir. Gee following with some good single handed work on the Everton left, but was unable to manage Methven and Paterson. Robertson relied, and J.Bell centred across, but without any result. With play in the centre a foul was given against Goodall for kicking Robertson, ands a corner followed, which was cleared. A free kick to the County, taken by Leiper, was sent harmlessly over the line, and then Robertson landed the ball into Fryer's hands, the Derby custodians effecting an easy clearance. J.Bell next sent outside, and end to end play followed without any advantage to either side. Once Muir tested by Turner, and then L.Bell found Fryer safe, although the latter was somewhat lucky in clearing. Hadley was now at faulty, and a mistake by Leiper let in the opposing forwards, Chadwick shooting low for Fryer to clear. A corner followed to Everton, but Boyle headed over the line. A similar concession followed shortly afterwards to no purpose. All it was until Leiper had stonty cleared that the Derby forwards were able to get footing in the Everton half. Owing however, to the vigilance of the home backs. Muir was never tested, and in a trice it looked long odds on the Evertonians further increasing their lead as the result of a smart pass from gee to L.Bell. Methven however, hampered the latter, and with a view to forcing the game Bloomer went centre forward, an exchange of positions on the right wing having previously taken place. The change brought little result, for the home van were again quickly swarming round the County goal, and a brilliant effort from Gee through a host opponents thoroughly merited the unstrincted applause of the spectators. Driver then a forced a corner off Methven, but Boyle headed wide, and from the goal kick the visitors had a chance from a free kick within the twelve yards line. This was badly taken, and following further pressure by Everton the game was brought to a close with the score-Everton 3 goals Derby County nil.


STOKE 2 EVERTON 0 (Game 271)

April 11 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

The League contest was decided on Saturday on the Victoria Grounds, Stoke before about 10,000 spectators. The Everton team included Keeley as centre forward and Gee as outside left. Taylor being drafted into the halfway line. Stoke was without Robertson, and at 2-30 the teams faced as follows: - Everton: - Muir, goal, Balmer, and Storrier, backs, Taylor, Holt, and Robertson, halfbacks, Bell (j), Drivers, Keeley, Chadwick (captain) and Gee forwards. Stoke: - Wilkes, goal, Rowley, and Eccles (a), backs Murphy, Raiseback, and Wood, halfbacks, Johnson, Mellor, Molyneux, Maxwell, and Schofield, forwards.

Everton opened the play, and were early busy in the Stoke quarters. Chadwick tested Wilkes to no purpose, and Gee followed with a capital centre, which was however, placed behind. The stoke left pair then raced away, but they could do little against Balmer and Storrier, though on one occasion the Potters were almost successful as the result of a free kick for fouling Maxwell. Raisebeck at this juncture was particularly smart in breaking up attempts of combination by the Everton forwards, and by judiciously feeding his van the home side were frequently seen to advantage. Several free kick to Everton afforded little assistance, for the home defenders were particularly keen on the ball, and during one attack Murphy and Robinson came into collision, the former accidentally kicking the Evertonians in the right side, and necessitating his retirement. Although numerically handicapped, the Evertonians kept play in the home half, but arrives as they would a parting shot, was not forthcoming. Robertson returned after a few minutes absence and following an unsuccessful corner kick to Everton. Maxwell got away and shot in the ball curling off Muir's hands into the net, play having been in progess half an hour. Subsequently the Everton forwards on several occasions were within shooting range, but the final effort were most erratic, and at the interval the score was unchanged. Half time Stoke 1 goal, Everton nil. On resuming J.Bell went centre forward vice Keeley. The Stoke forwards dashed off, in spirited fashion and some clever passing on the left wing ended in Molyneux having a clear opening, of which he promptly availed himself, the second success coming within minutes of the resumption of play. Getting to work again, the Stoke forwards were inevidence, and for some time the Everton backs had all their work cut out to prevent further disaster. A fine oblique shot from Schofield brought out Muir's best effort to clear and eventually Gee broke his monotony with a clever run down, his centre however being ably met by Raisebeck, who with Wood and Murphy had formed a brilliant halfback line throughout the whole of the game. After 20 minutes play Gee, having sprained his leg, left the field but shortly after returning the ex-Chesterfield player caused Wiikes to handle. Meanwhile Bell had several smart runs down the centre, only to be persistently check by Eccles, who was playing a most successful back game and then followed a heavy pressure on the visitors goal. The defence however, was sound and though the Potters had much the better of the concluding stages they were not able to increase their lead, and at the finish the score stood Stoke 2 goals, Everton nil.



April 11 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

The return fixture was decided at Anfield on Saturday before 6ooo spectators. Everton Combination: - Bayliss, goal, Barker, and Meechan backs, Hughes, Turner (e), and Wolstenholmes, halfbacks, Schofield, Leach, Williams, Kirwan, and Turner (a), forwards. Liverpool. Liverpool won the toss, and early on Bradshaw nearly scored but after 25 minutes Cunliffe defeated Bayliss. Shortly afterwards Geary put the ball into the net the second time and at half time Kirwan just missed a low fast shot and then Bradshaw was injured. At half time Liverpool were leading by 2 goals to nil. Kirwan the second half the game was stubbornly contested, both sides making capital attempts, however nothing was score and the game ended in favour of Liverpool by two goals to nil.


April 11, 1898. Glasgow Herald.

The Stoke team entered upon this their last league match t Stoke –in the presence of about 15,000 people. The Everton men pressed immediately after the start, but some clever work by Raisebaech was the means of transferring the play to the other end, where a corner was forced. Nothing came of this, however. A little later Robertson, of Everton, was injured, and left the field. He returned soon afterwards, and was just in time to see Maxwell kick a fine goal for Stoke, who crossed over at the interval leading by one goal to none. Stoke began the second half with splendid resolution, and excellent work by Wood and Maxwell led up to Molyneux increasing their lead. Mellor was also conspicuous for the home side, who kept their opponents well in hand. Everton failed to improve their position and Stoke won on their merit by two goals to none.



April 11 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton's Easter programme was a particular exacting one, as no fewer then three stern League encounters were down or decion within four day's these completing the local season in so far as League football is concerned. The first of the trio was brought to an issue on the afternoon of Good Friday, and as the weather was everything that could be desired coupled with the fact that the team have long been thirsting for revenge over Derby County, it was small wonder that the attendance exceeding 30,000. The inclusion of Gee gave additional interest to the proceedings and taking everything into consideration, there was every prospect of a capital exposition of the code. As matters turned out, the game was of a most one sided character, so well directed and sustained was the play of the home team, and it was questionable indeed if any team in the county could have exacted points from the Evertonians on the day's play. Certainly the reputation of the club has never been stoutly upheld, though at the same time their lead of three goals to nil might easily have been improved upon. All who followed the game closely could not fall to discern that the club was represented by a very able left wing, and at one period of the game, had this quarter been well attended to, the discomfiture of the Peakies would have been much pronounced. The failure to evenly distribute the work in the forwards department was the only blemish to an otherwise faultless game, and for this the visitors had much to be thankful for, as they never appeared likely to make their presence felt to any appreciable extent. The absence of J.Goodall and Cox may have accounted for many of the shortcomings of the County men, but at the same time nothing short of a complete upheaval, of fortune could have prevented Everton from obtaining maximum points. The two outside men, J.Bell and Gee played an exceptionally clever game, the command that the former had over the ball, and the go ahead persistency of the latter, when play came his way being a feature that kept the crowd on exceptionally good terms with themselves. L.Bell in the centre also played one of the best games, in fact beyond an inclination to comfine play to the right wing, there was little to find fault with. The halfbacks were very resourceful, and Boyle has probably never played a more effective game, while Taylor's services in this department were fully recognised by the crowd, who were most lavish in their enclosure. The full backs were always reliable; as was also the goalkeeper and the display of the team must certainly be chronicled as one of the finest of the season.

After their fine display against the County, one was not prepared for defeat at Stoke on Saturday, even when taking into consideration the fact that the Potters had to struggle might and main in order to avoid the dreaded test matches. All round there was a looseness in the play, of the Everton team that contrasted in most marked fashion to thew avidity with which they set about their work on the previous day, and taking the movements of play into consideration, none could deny that the Potters fully earned their points, though there was a semblance of luck attained to both goals that were scored. The directors of the Everton club tried a new player, Keeley (of Newport, Salop), in the centre but the recruit had few changes of displaying any ability in this position and under such conditions it would be kinder toreserve criticism. The ball was fairly put to his feet, so that there was little opportunity of gauging the ability when in command, but in heading he showed some cleverness, and with support and careful training he might turn out a very serviceable player. It was certainly a big test for a first acquaintance with league football, for very few centre forwards in the country could have maintained their reputation against the Stoke centre half, whose clever display was observed. None, no doubt could testify more forcibly to this man, J.Bell, who took up the centre position after the change of ends, and the success of Stoke in the greatest measure was undoubtedly due to Raisebeck whose performance at centre half was nothing short of brilliant. While the movements of the Everton van were generally lacking in concerted action, there of their opponents were exactly the reverse, and the speedy wingmen, were always of anxiety to the Everton defenders. Schofield and Maxwell were a clever left wing, while Molyneux in the centre kept both ends of the line well under command the vigilance of the halves resulting in placing the Potters, attacking party in a most favorable light. For Everton Gee contributed many fine bits of play, and centred well, as also did J.Bell, but the latter found in Eccles a very clever opportant on the whole, was not allowed many opportunities of shinning. The other forwards did not approximate the standard they maintained on the previous day, and the same remark aptly applies to the halfbacks and backs, while Muir was unlucky in being twice beaten, for many better shots were dealt with in able fashion. Taking the play all round, Stoke deserved to win, for they played with method, while the performance of their opponents were of a most disjointed character. This afternoon Everton's league season will be brought to a close, and the team will undergo a change from that originally effected, Keeley will not be included, and as Gee received a sprain, the old line of attack will probably take to the field. The Sunderland eleven ate the visiting side, and as they warm favorites at the district there is every probability of another big attendance at Goodison Park. The kick off is announced for 2-30. On Wednesday Everton visit Gainsborough to play an exhibition game, and on Saturday next they are due at Aston to oppose the Lancashire Leaguers.


April 12, 1898. The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser

At Goodison Park, before 18,000 spectators, Sunderland commenced in spirited fashion, and the home goal was hotly besieged. In quick succession Muir had to fist away splendid shots from Galbriath and Morgan, the second resulting in a corner, from which Muir again fisted away –apparently from over the line, but the visitors' claim for a goal was disallowed. Then Everton sped along grandly, and L. Bell sending across the goal mouth, Chadwick rushed up and scored at the second attempt. Before the interval a second goal was credited to Everton. Half-time score; Everton 2 goals; Sunderland, none. On resuming, Sunderland attacked a shot by Morgan just missing the goal. Everton attacked hotly in a heavy downpour of rain, and the Sunderland backs had plenty to do. The visitors made repeated efforts to score, but failed. Everton 2, Sunderland 0.


April 12, 1898 Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser

Buxton v Everton

At Buxton, on a swampy ground, and in a continual downpour, Everton scored after five minutes and J. Finney equalized 25 minutes later. Everton pressed severely afterwards, and Lomas twice saved. Buxton got well in, but the Everton custodian fisted away. Kirwan got another for Everton, and Hartley for Buxton. Everton 3, Buxton 2.


April 12, 1898. The Courier & Argus

At Liverpool, before 15,000 spectators. There were several changes in the teams, Sunderland pressed from the start, shot being badly directed. Finally Everton got away, and Chadwick beat Doig. Play favoured Everton, but the opposing defence was sound. After half-an-hour Chadwick scored the second. Everton continued to press, and Sunderland's goal had narrow escapes, Doig saving finely from Taylor. Half-time;- Everton, 2 goals; Sunderland, 0. On resuming Sunderland attacked a shot by Morgan just missing goal. Everton next pressed, and the Sunderland backs had plenty to do. The visitors made repeated efforts to score, but failed and the game ended ;- Everton, 2 goals; Sunderland, 0.


April 12 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

The return League encounter between the above teams was decided at Goodison Park yesterday. Unfortunately, for the complete success of the match, rain fell heavily prior to the commencement, and had an undoubted effect upon their attendance which numbered about 15,000. There were several changes in both teams, the following representing their respective side . Everton: - Muir, goal, Balmer, and Storrier, backs, Boyle (captain) Holt, and Robertson halfbacks, Taylor, Drivers, Bell (l), Chadwick, and Bell (j), forwards. Sunderland: - Doig, goal, Ferguson, and Bach, backs, Dunlop, McAlister, and Lee, halfbacks, Morgan, Leslie, Brown Chalmers, and Saxton, forwards. Sunderland started and immediately bore down on the home goal, but hands against the visitors gained relief and Balmer, cleverly robbing Chalmers played his side in possession, and L.Bell shot in, but Doig easily cleared. The Wanderers showed nice passing, and their right wing beating Storrier, Saxton shot in with great force, Muir saving in grand style. A moment later the visitors left wing work down, and Saxton sent in a beautiful shot from the touchline, which Muir cleverly put on to the top of the net. Sunderland attacked in most spirited style, and from a corner, the ball appeared to go into the net, but the referee ogorned the strenuous claims of the Wearsiders, and Boyle kicked down the field. J.Bell made further headway, Holt putting in a high dropping shot, which Doig ably attended to, and a few minutes later Taylor made play on the right, and centred finely to Chadwick whose kick was charged down by Ferguson. At the other end, Brown was very wide of the mark, and following an able clearance by Balmer Lawrence Bell raced away, and centred, Chadwick this time making no mistake with the parting shot, this siccess coming after twenty minutes play. There was now no mistaking the earnestness of the Everton forwards, whose spirited movements caused much uneasiness to the Sunderland defenders, and the latter were on m ore than one occasion fortunate in breaking up the dangerous combination of the Everton inside men. Morgan eventually got away on the Sunderland right, but could do little against Robinson, though returning again, Storrier had considerable difficulty to preventing Brown from testing Muir. The play continued to be exceptionally keen, and a further attack by Everton resulted in Doig fisting out a header from Holt. Fore sometime following the play was mainly confined to the Wearsiders half, but nothing could have been finer than the defence of Ferguson and Bach. A free kick was given to Everton just outside the penalty line, but the chance was badly utilised. This however, mattered little, as a moment later Driver ran the ball down, and sent across to Chadwick, who defeating the backs dribbled in and scored a fine goal altogether out of the reach of Doig, this second success being gained after 30 minutes play. Everton continued to have all the better of the game, and it was at odd intervals that the visitors were able to get across the half way line. One splendid effort from Saxton being spoiled by offside play. Chadwick then forced a corner, which however, came to nothing, and a protracted tussle between the Storrier and the Sunderland right wing finished up with a splendid clearance by the Evertonians. Taylor then tested Doig with a splendid shot, which was well kept out, and though Everton continued to have all the better of the play, their final efforts was generally lacking in string. Close upon the interval J.Bell had a clear opening, but shot against the side of the net, and immediately following the Wearsiders goal was in danger, as Doig had left his charge to save from the Everton centre. Bach ably covered his clubmate, and luckily saved, following which Storrier foiled Saxton by throwing himself at the ball when the goal was practically at the mercy of the visitors. Half time arrived, with the score Everton 2 goals, Sunderland nil. On resuming the visitors were the first to attack, and a capital shot was put in from the outside left. Another followed immediately afterwards from Leslie. The pace slackened down considerably, but the more incisive efforts came from the visitors. A corner kick to Everton was spoiled on Holt lifting the ball over the bar; eventually the Evertonians got into a capital stride and several attempts were made to pierce the Sunderland custodian's charge. Efforts from J.Bell and Holt were capital judged and ably saved. A heavy downpour spoiled the lay, for the ball became very greasy and accurate shooting was altogether out of the question. The Evertonians maintained the upper hand, and after several attempts Chadwick finished up with a beautifully judged shot, which Doig again ably negotiated. Sunderland were now a man short, Saxton having retired hurt, and were severely pressed. Holt who had been playing a brilliant game all through, being mainly respenable for the effectiveness of the visitors combination. Doig marvelously saved a capital overhead shot by Chadwick in close quarters, and all the remaining play was in favour of Everton. The forwards were however slow to ulitise many opening that came their way, the only really clever attempts coming from Chadwick, who was playing one of his finest games. Nothing further was scored, and Everton won their last League game of the season by 2 goals to 1.


April 12, 1898. Glasgow Herald.

Everton played their last league match at Goodison Park yesterday, before 20,000 people. There was several attractions on the Sunderland team. Everton had the best of the opening play, and Doig was several times called upon. From a centre L. Bell, Chadwick scored for Everton. The same player afterwards added another. At the interval the score was Everton 2 goals Sunderland none. Resuming Sunderland attacked, a shot by Morgan just missing the goal. Everton attacked hotly in a heavy downpour of rain, and Sunderland backs had plenty to do. The visitors made repeated efforts to score but failed, and the game ended in a victory for Everton by two goals to none.



April 12 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

At Buxton, on a swampy ground, and in a continual downpour. Everton scored after five minutes and J.Finney equalised 25 minutes later. At the interval the score stood 1 goal each. Everton pressed severely, and Lomas twice saved. Buxton got well in, but the Everton custodian fisted clear. Turner scored from a pass by Schofield. Buxton had a goal diallowed for impeding the referee. Kerwan got another one for Everton and Hartley for Buxton. The game was splendidly contested throughout, despite the mud and rain . Everton: - MacFarlane, goal, Struther, and Barker backs, Wolstenholmes, Stringfellow, and Hughes, halfbacks, Schofield, Leach, not Known, Kirwan, and Turner (a) forwards.


April 14, 1898. Glasgow Herald.

The celebrated Lancashire team made their first appearance at Gainsborough yesterday evening. There was a large attendance. Everton were two short of their full league strength. The first half was very even, Wigmore scoring for Trinity and Taylor for Everton. On resuming Bell shot glanced from the post into the net, and then the Everton goal underwent tremendous pressure, the result was Gainsbough 1 goal Everton 2 goals.



April 14 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

Yesterday was fair day at the Lincolnshire town of Gainsvbrough and with the view of interests the local football public, the Trinity club arranged with Everton to play at friendly game. The Everton team accompanied by Mr. R.Molyneux travelled by the 11.55a.m. Train from central station and partaking of lunch en route, reached Gainsbrough shortly after three o'clock. Everton were short of Holt, (who is giving up football in order to emigratial to Canada) and J.Bell, but otherwise the side was representative. At five o'clock the teams faced, before a moderate attendance. In the following order: - Everton: - Muir, goal Balmer, and Storrier, backs, Wolstenholmes, Boyle (captain), and Robertson, halfbacks, Taylor, Drivers, Bell (l), Chadwick, and Turner (a), forwards. Gainsbrough Trunity: - Bradshaw, goal, Helley, and Pumfrey, backs, Foulston, Morris and Munro halfbacks, Webster, Wigmore, Stansfield, Scott, and McRoberts, forwards. Losing the toss, L.Bell kicked off for Everton, and in the opening stages Chadwick was prominent with smart work, which gave the home defence some trouble. The Trinity however, soon forced the game and Stansfield shot over the crossbar. Balmer nipped in the bud in good attempts on the part of Scott. and McPoberts and then Pumfrey distinguished himself by his alertness in dealing with an attack by the Everton right wing. McRoberts skied the ball when he had a fair chance, and for a time the game was contested in the Everton half. At last Bell was fouled as he was getting nicely away, and from the free kick, nicely placed by Storrier, Bradsahw fisted out in workmanlike fashion, a header from the Everton centre. For a time play was contested mainly in midfield, but eventually Chadwick worked down and gave to Turner, whose centre however, was misjudged. Afterwards Taylor aimed to high. The second Leagues were exhibiting excellent form, and so far quite their own with the members of the First Division. As the result of a corner Wigmore sent the ball past Muir, and this reverse seemed to impart new life into the visitors, who at once attacked strongly. Turner smartly beat. Bailey, and from a lovely centre Taylor had no difficulty in equalising the score. After this neither side could claim much advantage, but just before the interval, the interval the homesters attacked in force, and gained a couple of corners, but were however, unable to penetrate the Everton defence. Half time score Everton 1 goal, Gainsbrough Trinity 1 goal. On the resumption play was interesting and fairly even. The first corner fell to Gainsbrough who derived no advantage from it, and after Wolstenholmes had brought himself into prominence McRoberts centred the ball being header wide. Pretty passing by the Everton forwards give the ball to L.Bell, who scored Everton's second goal, the ball hitting the upright and glancing into the net. Gainsbrough played up with great determination, and kept the Everton defenders busily employed. Several corners fell to them and their persistence deserved a reward in the Sharpe of an equalising goal. Muir however, was in rare form, and kept out many dangerous shots. Everton at last changed the venue, and gave the home defenders a turn of their quality, but nothing more was scored. Result Everton 2 goals, Gainsbrough Trinity 1.


April 18 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

This friendly match was played at Ashton, before a good muster of spectators. The Everton directors took the opportunity at including Oldham, a centre forward from the Accrington Stanley club and Wolstenholmes and Turner were again in the team. The sides were as follows: - Everton: - Muir, goal, Balmer, and Storrier, backs, Wolstenholmes, Boyle (captain), and Robertson halfbacks, Bell (j), Driver, Oldham, Chadwick, and Turner (a) forwards. Ashton North End: - Wharton, goal, Greenhalghn, and Smith, backs, McEwan, Heapy, and Hargreaves, halfbacks, Bradbury, Perkins, Tates, Monks and Arrandale, forwards .

Everton started, and play for some little time was located in the home half of the field. A breakaway by the Ashton forwards resulted in Perkins putting the ball into the Everton net, but the point was disallowed, owing to an infringement of the offside rule. Oldham next made capital use of a pass from the Everton right wing and Wharton was lucky in keeping the ball out. Shortly afterwards Bradbury raced down the home right, but finished up slightly wide, and for some little time following the North Enders put on pressure, without, however, troubling Muir. Towards the interval Monks beat the Everton custodian who had foolishly run out, and when ends were changed the score stood Ashton 1 goal, Everton nil. After resuming the game had not been long in progess when Oldham placed his side on level terms. The game became more interesting at this juncture, as the North Enders lost on opportunity of forcing the play. They found the opposing backs in great form, and from this period to the close Muir was rarely troubled. Eventually Chadwick gave Everton the lead, the same player adding another later on, while Yates scored for Ashton, the game being brought to a close with the score-Erverton 3 goals, Aston North End 2.



April 18 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton brought their League programme to a close on Easter Monday, when they opposed Sunderland. Closely following upon the grueling, the team received at Stoke it came somewhat of a surprise that the Evertonians should but on easily accounted for theWearsiders . From the start to finish they kept the game well in hand, and to a man the players demonstrated capially that they have yet much football in them. This in and out procedure him during the season greatly disquisted the public mind, and when one takes a retrospect of the season's work it is bewildering to imagine how points could have been lost to certain centres. Though a high position has been attained in the League table. the generally results have had an inequality about those that have tended an show that the club executive have not had full value for their money. On Good Friday, and Easter Monday no team in the country could have defeated the ‘'Blues'' so perfect and well directed were almost their every movement, and why they should fall such easy victories at a time when points are generally anticipated is a matter that requires explanation. The Sunderland match was brimful of interest from an Evertonians point of view, for there was a complete understanding among the players that sustained interest up to the close. Chadwick played his finest game of the season, and Holt was also at his best, in fact, there was little exception that would be taken to the performance of the whole team. Sunderland were unfortunate is not being fully represented, and were lucky in escaping with but a two goal to nil defeat.

On Wednesday, the Everton club visited Gainsbrough, and as the railway journey was most exciting, the team did well to secure victory. The home side throughout forced the game which was more of the cup tie order than a friendly, and not at all to the likeing of the Evertonians, who had to keep fully extended in order to emerge successfully. The first goal for Everton was the outcome of a brilliant run and centre from turner who made a promising reappearance with the team, after his injury in the ‘'Friendly'' with Leicester Fosse some weeks ago. Wolstenholmes also showed that the attentions of Lewis, the trainer, had improved him considerably in regard to speed. Though Everton won by two goals to one, Trinity for a quarter of an hour in the second half pressed so vigorously that they deserved to draw. However the spectators were quite satisfield with the game, it must be stated, was much above the usual standard of ‘'Friendly'' contests. The game with Ashton North End was well patronised by the local followers of the club. The Everton players took matters easily all through and although they were in arrear at the interval they won comfortably enough. Oldham a new centre forward late of Accrington Stanley was included in the team, and on the whole created as very favorable impression. Wolstenholmes also played a capital game, but Turner was not quite as effective as on the previous Wednesday at Gainsbrough. The play calls for little comment, for all through it savored of the usual run of friendlys, and it was only when during Everton's slack moments, the North Enders put on pressure that the best efforts of the visitors were fully brought out. After the change of ends, Oldham, equalised, and Chadwick followed with two other goals, Everton at the finsih being victors by three goals to two.


April 19, 1898. Glasgow Herald.

At Liverpool. Result Everton 4 goals, Albion none. Replayed tie for West Bromwich Charity Cup. Albion started at 6-30. Play opened in favour of Everton, Divers scored in eleven minute, Chadwick following with a second, half-time Everton 2, goals, West Bromwich Albion nil. L. Bell scored immediately on resumption, John Bell added a fourth with a magnificent shot. Play favoured Everton, who won easily, Albion being outclassed. 2,000 present.



April 19 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

These teams met last evening to complete for the West Bromwich Charity Cup. The first game, at Stoney Lane, ended in a draw of one goal each, and as the proceeds then benefited the West Bromwich Albion charities the receipts last evening was devoted to the augmentation of the Liverpool Hospital Saturday's fund. There were about 3,000 spectators present when, at 6-30, the teams faced as follows: - Everton: - Muir goal, Balmer and Storrier, backs, Wolstenholes, Boyle (captain), and Robertson, halfbacks, Taylor, Diver, Bell (l), Chadwick and Bell (j), forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Reader goal, Cave, and Williams (w), backs, Williams (a), Jones, and Banks, halfbacks, Bassett, Flewitt (a), Richards, Smith and Watson, forwards.

Owing to the late start two 35's were decided upon, Everton had all the best of the opening play, and a couple of brilliant shots were put in by J.Bell, the goalkeeper, and backs accounting for them in clever fashion. Flewitt and Bassett eventually got well into the Everton half, but like the visiting defenders, the home pair prevailed and for some few minutes the Everton forwards were again busy, Taylor however, finishing badly. L.Bell followed with a useful dribble, but unfortunately overran the ball, and returning again Chadwick sent in a terrific pace, having the misfortune of seeing his effort charged down. A few minutes later Reader fisted out from J.Bell, but the ball was quickly back again, and Driver scored a capital goal, after plat had been in progess eleven minutes. Getting to work again, Watson and Smith made play on the Albion left, and this was supplemented by a corner off Balmer but through faulty placing the advantage was not sustained. The Albion halfbacks were not very successful in coping with the Everton attack, and during the next few minutes several well directed shots were sent in at reader, the custodian eventually falling victim to Chadwick, who took advantage of a miskick by Williams and promptly scored. Then followed a severe pressure on Muir's charge, but the backs covered him ably, and Chadwick and Bell made the running on the home right. The latter forced a corner off Cave, which was beautifully placed into the net, without, however being touched in transit. A centre from Bassett caused some uneasiness to Muir, but on a clearance being effected the Everton van again cut out the pace to their own particular liking the left wing pair being especially clever in their movements. The Albion backs were very unsteady, and with a little luck at this juncture the Everton forwards might have substantially increased their lead. Half time was announced shortly afterwards with the score Everton 2 goals West Bromwuch Albion nil. There was not the usual interval, and on Everton resuming the play was immediately taken to the Albion goal and Reader misjudging the ball left L.Bell with an open goal. The Albion forwards played up vigorously after this third reverse, but getting through the Everton backs was a difficult task indeed. A clever shot from J.Bell glided off the upright, and a further attack ended in Chadwick shooting wide from an apparently clear opening. A fourth disaster to the Albion came from a brilliant shot at long range by J.Bell. Most of the remaining play consisted of a parade to and from the Albion goal, and out of a number of shots one from Taylor rebounded from the bottom of the upright and gliden across the goalmouth. In the effort to bring the Evertonians down Jones, the Albion centre half, accidententally tripped up W.Williams who had to be assisted off the field, it being afterwards ascertained that the international was suffering from a slight concussion of the brain. No further point was scored, and one-sided game ended in favour of Everton by 4 goals to nil.


April 23, 1898. The Liverpool Football Echo

Liverpool Cup Final

Gee Opens Everton Score

The important engagement of these teams today at Goodison Park drew together a very fair audience and the Cheshire men were very confident of adding to their laurels gained during the season during which they have carried off the Lancashire League cup and last Saturday accounted for Nantwich after an interesting game in the final of the Cheshire Cup. The Leaguers only turned out a mixed team as follows;- Everton; Jowett, goal; Balmer and Barker, backs; Wolstenholme, Boyle, and Hughes, half-backs; Scholfield, Barlow, Cameron, Kirwan, and Gee, forwards. New Brighton Tower; Robinson, goal; Arridge and Gow, backs; Allison, Dewar and McElevy, half-backs; Hamilton, Henderson, Hammond, Tierney, and Milward, forwards. The Cheshire men received a very cordial reception as they turn out, but there was little advantage to be gained in the toss, which Everton won. Hammond making a move for the Tower, but they failed to get past Wolstenholme, and the home right made a dangerous move, which however Georgie Dewar cleverly checked and an effort was undertaken by Henderson and Hamilton but the latter was unable to cope with the attentions of Barker. The Evertonians soon broke away, and matters looked very serious indeed for the Tower and Gee centred dangerously and Cameron receiving well nigh defeated Robinson but the elected of the international saved grandly and Gow removed the danger but again the Evertonian right was not to be kept back and only Robinson's alertness saved the downfall of the Towerities. A foul then accrued to the homesters but it did not avail them, though soon after McElevy and Gow were called upon. Next Hamilton received, but he sent in a very weak shot, and Hammond immediately after was equally ineffectual. Gow stopped an Everton raid with ease, though they soon attacked. Arridge on the other wing. Then followed a very exciting bit of play, as the New Brighton fairly held the Evertonians in front of goal and it was really marvelous how at the final moment Hammond failed to score, Kirwan and Gee now troubled the home defence and had not Robinson given a double handed proof of his great powers, defeat must have been the Towers portion. Kirwan again sent in a beauty, which just lacked the right direction also the Tower goaler would have been hard pressed to save. The Tower benefited little by a free kick and Hammond shot for the clouds soon afterwards instead of for goal. Still the game was maintained in the home half until Everton broke away on the right and Boyle took a dropping shot at Robinson which just expended itself outside the posts. The home team were favoured with a free kick, and Gee sent in from a good position. McEleavy and Gow both tried to deal with the attack but from a very awkward movement. Gee managed to defeat Robinson. This defeat had a decidedly chilling effect on the Towerities and they fell off considerably. The home right were very pressing in their attentions and getting well in front of goal, Barlow passed back to Boyle who sent in a lightning shot past Robinson against which the latter had no possible chance. The Tower responded with a clever attack, but in the scramble the leather flew skywards. Balmer punted up-field, and from a throw in Scholfield and Barlow tripped merrily away, but the ball went behind. With their formidable lead the Blues did not exert themselves and so let Hammond and Alf Milward in, the latter forcing a corner and Jowett had a very jeopardized post for a few minutes but Boyle cleared neatly. The Tower declined to be turned out. Dewar, Milward, Tierney and McElnvy keeping the leather in by plucky individual play, but the forward line failed to make anything of their opportunities. Just half time the Tower had a rare chance. Milward passed on to Hamilton and the old Sunderland man banged it through with lightning speed, but unfortunately for the visitors he was distinctly offside. The Tower men continued to give the home defence the taste of their power for some time, but just as half time was sounded they had repelled the advantage of an Evertonian attack, though truth to tell the leather kept travelling from end to end in such a perplexing manner that both goalkeepers looked exceedingly anxious. Half-time; Everton 2, goals; New Brighton Tower nil. Final Result Everton 3, New Brighton Towers nil.



April 25 189. The Liverpool Mercury

In view of the friendly fixture between these clubs, the Everton team in charge of Meesrs Davies, Cuff, Keates, and Molyneux, visited London on Friday and on Saturday afternoon took part in the opening match of the Rangers new ground at Kendsal Reise, where there was a capital attendance. At four o'clock the teams took the field in the following order: - Everton: - Muir, goal, Meechan, and Storrier, backs, Taylor, Turner (e), and Robertson, halfbacks, Bell (j), Driver, Bell (l), Chadwick (captain), and Turner (a) forwards. Queen's Park Rangers: - Hunt goal, Teagle, and Hughes, backs, Walborn, Musslewhite, and Brockes, halfbacks, Hadwick, Evans, Hughes, McDavid, and Wallington, forwards. The visitors had all the better of the opening play, but owing to the plucky defence of the Rangers, halfbacks they were some time in getting within shooting range were wanting in accuracy by the merest margin Mcdavid and Wallington get off with a capital sprint, only to find themselves overhauled by Robertson, and on a further attack, by Storrier. Play again settled down in the favour of Everton, whose forwards were playing a prettily combined game, though it was not until the first half was well advanced that Turner succeeded in putting the ball into the net, a success which was followed up shortly afterwards by Chadwick, so that at halftime the score stood Everton 2 goals, Rangers nil. On resuming, the Everton forwards were again busy in their opponents half, and after several attempts had been made to increase their lead. Driver found the net with a capital shot. The pace was now telling considerably upon the movements of the home players, and for the greater portion of the remaining play, they were mainly engaged in attempting to break up the Everton combination. In this they were fairly successful, but late on the Evertonians were simply irresistible, and L.Bell added goals. J.Bell and Robertson, the Rangers also scoring the final result being Everton 6 Queen's Park Rangers 1.

The contest was not looked upon as likely to be an exciting one to the Everton players whose mission was simply to make the game as attractive as possible by bringing out the nicer points of play, and as far as this was concerned, the exhibition was an unqualified success. Though a six goal to one defeat savours greatly of a one sided aspect of affairs, not be supposed that the game deteriorated at any time in attractiveness, and this fully exemplified by the reception accorded the Evertonians at the conclusion of the game. The Rangers played a hard plodding game, but as was only to be expected, they could make but little impression upon the sterling defence of their opponents, who all round created a most favourable impression by reason of their smart tackling and ponderous kicking. The Everton forwards resorted to purely concerted action, and being invariably accurate in their movements, it can readily be imagined why the spectators should have so thoroughly enjoyed the goal. E.Turner, late of Lancaster made a very promising debut as centre half, and with careful coaching, should render good service to the club. Next Saturday the Everton's team are due at Manchester, where they will oppose the second Leaguers at Hyde road.



April 25 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

Liverpool Senior Cup Final

At Goodison Park, before 2,000 spectators. The Everton League team being away, the fight for this cup was left to the second eleven, and as the Tower club recently defeat Everton in a friendly, and have won the Cheshire Cup and the championship of the Lancashire League, a tight game was anticipated. When the game was started it was immediately apparent that each team was bent on winning. However, for the first ten minutes Everton attacked vigorously, and the Tower goalkeeper, Robinson was severely tested repeatedly, Boyle, Cameron, and Kirwan sending in shots which were luckily cleared. The Tower momentarily threatened Everton's goal, but the latter subsequently had most the play. Cameron attempted to score, but Gow failed, only to see Gee beat Robinson from the left, and the next minute Boyle scored Everton's second goal. Good play on the Tower left enabled Hamilton to score, but the goal was offside. Halftime- Everton 2 goals, Tower nil. Despite the two goals against them the Towers restarted with unflagged energy and for five minutes gave Jowett in Everton's goal and the backs hard one. A clever run by Cameron turned the game, and the play was afterwards very even and fast. Kirwan Everton's inside left, had to withdraw injured, but was not off long. Everton wore down the Tower defence, and Kirwan receiving from Schofield, and Barlow in the right scored. The Tower now showed to better advantage, and swarmed round Everton's goal, sending in shot after shot, but with no success. The Tower forwards were rather work. Final- Everton 3 Tower nil. Everton: - Jowett, goal, Bamer, and Barker, backs, Wolstenholmes, Boyle, and Hughes, halfbacks, Schofield, Barlow, Cameron, Kirwan, and Gee, forwards.


April 25, 1898. Glasgow Herald.

Everton v New Brighton Towers.

New Brighton Towers, although quite a newly formed organisation, had the honours of contesting the final tie in the above competition against no less formidable opponents then Everton, who last season also took part in the concluding stage of the struggle, but on that occasion failed before Rock Ferry, on Saturday at Liverpool better fixture attended the efforts it the Everton team, who displayed considerably more skill than that shown by New Brighton, and at the end were left a well-earned victory of three goals to none. Very soon after the start a mistake by Gow led to a first goal for Everton, and New Brighton being subsequently hard pressed a second goal came from the efforts of Boyle, who scored with a splendid shot. This was all that was done during the opening half. Afterwards the Cheshire organisation tried in vain to reduce Everton's lead and Kirwan gaining another point, New Brighton had to admit defeat by three goals to none.



April 25 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

Played at Wrexham, Racecourse. The only goal scored in the first half fell to the home team in less than a minute. After the interval Jardine the Wrexham custodian let the ball slip through his hands into the net. As the result of some good play Wrexham got ahead and Kelly banged a third through. (Final Placing 1 st , Played 24, Won 14 Lost 4, Draw 5, For 65, Against 25, Points 35).



April 28 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

This match in aid of Northwich infirmary was played at Northwich. Mr. Verdin, ex high sheriff of Cheshire kicked off for Everton, who were well represented. Laws and Thomkinson put in good shots for Northwich. The Leagers displayed pretty passing, but did not exert themselves. Drivers scored with an obligue shot, and after a neat run Northwich left, Bailey registered a first and than second point, Northwich leading at half time by 2 goals to one. Northwich played better on the resumption, goals were scored for Everton by Boyle, and Driver, and later on Everton scored again and won by 4 goals to 2. The Everton team paid a visit to a salt mine, and was entertained to team afterwards.



April 30, 1898. The Blackburn weekly Standard

Yesterday, the Everton Football Club arranged with the Blackburn Rovers for the transfer of Proudfoot, who was placed on the League transfer list the previous day.