February 1898


February 3, 1898. The Liverpool Echo

Played at Goodison Park this afternoon in boisterous weather before a small attendance. In the first half play was fairly even, the home side having the wind. The Police played 1 good back game and at half-time there was no score. On resuming the visitors took up the attack and scored on two occasions, Everton failing. Final result;- Liverpool Police 2, Everton Combination Nil.



February 5, 1898. The Liverpool Football Echo

It cannot be said that Lancashire clubs did badly last Saturday, for six of them qualified for the second round as will be seen above, but unfortunately four of them come together in the next ties. By their victory over Blackburn Rovers Everton have one more restored confidence in their supporters. It was some satisfaction to see them in winning form last Saturday, but it must not be forgotten that a victory like that they accrued over the Rovers does not carry with it all that is desired and expected from them. However, it is something to be going on with. In the next round they will have to go to Stoke, where they have no more than one occasion had their calculations in the competition upset. Some effective changes were made in the Everton team for last Saturday's match, and they worked all right. Balmer appears to have settled himself satisfactorily in his partnership with Storrier at back, and what goes in his favour is that he is a good trier and never shirks any of his responsibilities. Taylor, who had frequently distinguished himself as a right half-back before he joined Everton was drafted into the position last Saturday and it was not at all a bad move. We all know the voracious appetite he has for work when on the field, and in his new department he will find plenty of scope for satisfying it as he did last week. Thus change and the absence of Diver created an opportunity for trying a new right wing in the forward division, which was supplied by Williams and Cameron. Both of these men affected a wonderful revolution in the play of the team. Cameron came out in his best style, and he and Williams and Taylor (in his new position behind them) made a wonderful difference in the work of the team on their wing, which collapsed the left. The great weakness in the Everton front line is centre. Laurence Bell tries hard but physically he is not strong enough for the position. The directors have secured a young fellow named White lately belonging to Sheffield United, as centre forward; but whether he will prove any acquisition remains to found out. However, it must be admitted that the team which represented Everton last week cannot be improved upon from the club's present resources, and as there are still one or two big plums waiting to be plucky it behoves the directors to manage the team with judiciousness, if they desire to participate in the prizes. The men have been sent to their old quarters at Lytham to train, and as they have there everything in their favour they should respond cheerfully to future calls. It was only an odd goal which landed them into the second round last Saturday and even that was a long time in coming. The Everton men created many opportunities to themselves to score from but somehow they bangled them at the finish. The Rovers especially the forward line gave a very poor account of themselves, Everton doing nearly all the good work.



February 5, 1898. The Liverpool Football Echo

(League Division One)

In view of their heavy engagement the Everton team spent the week training at Latham and they journeyed thence direct to Sheffield this morning then to engage Sheffield club. The weather was gloriously fine, and the Cutlery capital was scarcely recognizable in the brilliant sunshine that prevailed. Needless to say, the encounter between the clubs excited the liveliest interest and there was a crowd of fully 10,000 present when the teams turned out. Everton were represented by the same eleven that did so well against Blackburn Rovers last week and every man was reported fit and will. In the home team there was only one change, Mallinson going between the sticks in place of Massey. Everton; Muir, goal; Balmer and Storrier, backs; Taylor, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Williams, Cameron, L. Bell, Chadwick and J. Bell, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday; Mallinson, goal; Earp and Landley, backs; Ferrier, Crawshaw, and Jamieson, half-backs; Dryborgh, Davies, Kaye, Brady and Spikesley, forwards. L. Bell kicked off, and for the first few minutes end to end play was even, the advances of the respective forwards being very well met. A foul against the home team inside the twelve yards line looked ominous, but the danger was removed. The next item was a very good run by Spikesley, at the finish of which Muir ran out to meet a shot by Kaye. The last named came through again and passed to Spikesley without clean away, but finished with a weak shot. Several runs by the Evertonians were broken up by Earp and Langley, and a free kick taken by Taylor was well accounted for by Earp. Mallinson then saved from L. Bell but as the ball was being taken up the field Robertson put in a lively shot which only just missed. Chadwick was next in evidence but the leather was sent out of play, and by easy stages Dryburgh and Davies worked their way up, and the latter passed over to the extreme left Spikesley at the finish being well beaten by Balmer. A pass by Brady was intercepted by Chadwick but Kaye managed to tip the ball forward, and Balmer watched it safely over the line. Storrier affected a fine clearance on the opposite wing, and after Holt had been beaten, Balmer relieved his side in fine style. Robertson kicked out, and then L. Bell made headway, beating Earp and getting in his centre very prettily but the move was finished by Taylor sending the ball over the line. Jamieson then gave the ball to Brady, who along with Spikesley passed nicely forward. The last named beat Balmer somewhat easily, but Taylor was up in an instant and filled the breach and then a lively more was made by Brady and Spikesley who appeared to have the Everton defence in a knot, but the ball was passed to the centre, and Crawshaw, who rushed up to shoot was easily beaten by Holt. This brought a rather long attack to a close and going to the other end the Evertonians gained a corner on the left. Taylor met the centre and shot finely, Mallinson only just affecting a clearance. Davies was then beaten by Storrier, Chadwick took the ball back but the move came to nothing. L. Bell shortly afterwards came into possession but instead of shooting when faith in front he passed over to Williams, who could make no headway at all. A pretty bit of combination on the part of Wednesday was broken up by Taylor, and on the home right wing taking up the attack, Holt easily got the better of Davies, and a hard shot from J. Bell travelled by the side of the Wednesday goal. Robertson had something to do the next moment in stopping Davies, and his partner Chadwick taking Robertson a pass and shooting so duly that Mallinson had only just time to block the ball with his foot. As the ball rebounded, Crawshaw fastened on and gave to Spikesley, who was again well beaten by Taylor. The next moment the leather was sent across to the home right, where Drybough, Davies, and Kaye put in a beautiful bit of passing, but Holt at last broke up the combination. Spikesley returned on the opposite wing, and Brady forced a corner, which was only cleared after a prolonged struggle in front of goal. A foul against L. Bell let the homesters in again, and after Balmer had cleared, J. Bell made a dashing run, getting clean through and endeavouring to score by a terrifically hard shot which Mallinson in a most brilliant manner threw away. Ferrier then checked L. Bell, but the Everton men continued to press until at length Dryburgh broke through and after the ball had been out of play on several occasions Balmer kicked away a good centre from Davies. After this, Crawshaw sent in a long shot, which went over the bar. A free kick taken by Taylor was headed back by Ferrier and Robertson rushed forward and shot strongly but wide.

Half-time score; Sheffield Wednesday nil, Everton nil.

Final Result; Sheffield Wednesday 2, Everton 1.


February 7 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

William Muir saves Spiksley penalty kick

The Everton team left their training quarters at lytham on Saturday, and arrived at Sheffield about two o'clock to engage with the Wednesday club in the return League fixture. The Everton executive relied upon the same eleven that defeat the Rovers in the first round of the English Cup at Goodison Park, while the ‘'Blades'' was compelled to substitutable Mallinson for Massey in goal. The teams lined out as follows: - Everton: - Muir, goal, Balmer, and Storrier, backs, Taylor, Holt, and Robertson, halfbacks, Williams, Cameron, Bell (l), Chadwick (captain), and Bell (j), forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Mallinson, goal, Earp, and Langley backs, Ferrier, Crawshaw, and Jamieson, halfbacks, Dryburgh, Davies, Kays, Brady, and Spikesley, forwards.

Everton lost the toss, and had to face a fairly strong breeze though this advantage was somewhat compensated for by the fact that the Blades were face to face with a glaring sum. At the outset the play ruled in favour of Everton whose right wing were quickly in evidence, and had the centre forward been at all clever a goal must have scored in the first few minutes of the game. Chadwick tested Mallinson, who was on the alert, and it was not until 13 minutes had elsaped that the home club got within dangerous quarters. Spikelsey brought about the change of venue, but at the finish Blamer accounted for him in clever style and shortly afterwards Taylor was early of a few yards wide of the mark of the home goal. There was no questioning the superiority of the visitors who held a strong position in the home half of the field, and had they been at all accurate in shooting a substantial foundation of scoring must have been laid. There was however, too much finessing, and the Blades defenders were thus given every opportunity's to clear. At Length J.Bell got away in one of his characteristic runs, but had the disappointment of seeing his final efforts directed straight to Mallinson, who made the circumstances brought off a marvelous save. The Evertonians confined to have the better of matters up to the interval, but nothing was scored, and the teams resumed upon level terms. The Evertonians again showed superiority, and a movement was made towards the home goal. J.Bell centred, and after Cameron had failed at the first attempt, he put the ball through and opened the account in Everton's favour. The advantage was however, short-lived as Holt, having fouled was the means of Sheffield equalisling matters, Jamieson meeting the save from Muir and heading into the net. Enthusiasm was now at its height. Everton committed to hold their own, but disaster befel them from a corner, which however, should have been entertained. Langley was the medium of scoring, but at the same time Muir was palpably impeded by Brady, but a unanimous appeal of the Evertonians came to nothing. Having obtained the leading point, the Blades played up in vigorous, and subsequently a penalty kick given by Balmer was taken by Spikesley, but splendidly save by Muir, and for the remainder of the game they certainly had the better of the argument. Nothing further was scored and Wednesday winning by 2 goals to 1.



Februart 7 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

At Goodison Park, before a large assembly. The first half was even; both teams pressing in turn white opened the scoring but Latta qualised from a corner. At half time the score was 1 goal each. In the second half Ferry pressed continuously, but could not get the lead. Everton trial two new forwards White and Storey and for the visitors Latta played well. Final scored remained 1 goal each. Everton: - Mcfarlane, goal, Strther, and Meechan, backs, Barkers, Wolstenholmes, Hughes, halfbacks, Stewart, Schofield, White, Barlow, and Storey, forwards.



February 7 189. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton club generally unfortunately there was ruling that happily one does not frequently come across in league football. In the first place the corner kick awarded to the home club which decided the match in Wednesday's favour was a most staring instance of officials, incompetence on the part of the referee, for the Everton custodian was distinctly held, to use a Rugby phrase, while the ball was put into the net. The referee was on the spot at the time and why he consulted the linesman on the matter was beyond the comprehension of almost everyone on the field. However, it was a reposition of Everton's ill luck, and it must be confessed that they have had a big share of it so far this season. The Everton halfbacks played a splendid game, and none did better work then Taylor, who was always about when danger threatened, and in conjunction with Balmer the speedily Spikesley has perhaps never had to complete a shadowing. Holt also did well, but it was singularly unfortunate after his fine performance that he should have been the indirect medium of Sheffield equalising goal. Robertson improved upon his latest display, And with a little luck might have scored in more than one occasion, while of the forwards some deserved success more than J.Bell, who on one occasion was prevented from scoring by a very lucky save on the part of the Sheffield custodian. Chadwick also played well, but L.Bell lost numerous chances by dallying with the ball, and though Cameron appeared to labour under the heavy pace, a different aspect might have been put upon, the game had Williams been moiré assiduously attended to. With regards to Wednesday team, they were accounted on all hands lucky in gaining the full complement of points, for it was only during the last ten minutes of the game that they were seen to any advantage. After they luckily obtained the leading point, sheer desperation urged them on to retain it. During this period especially, many rude knocks were given, and these could not exactly be put down as the outcome of the high pace under which the game was contests. Of the forwards Spikesley and Brady put in the non-effective work, though Dryburgh, the outside right was often prominent, and of the halfbacks. Ferrier and Jamieson put in the most effective work Earp and Langley were always safe, and Mallison proved a very capable understudy to Massey. Although the Evertonians failed to notch a point, their prospect against Stoke in the second round of the Cup on Saturday next are most promising for the surely cannot have a repetition of the ill lucky they experience at Sheffield. The team are in splendid condition, as the result of their training at Lytham, and the result of next Saturday's engagement will be awaited with keen interest.


February 11, 1898. The Liverpool Football Echo

Tomorrow's Cup-Tie

In the engagement with Stoke, Everton will be short of Williams services as this popular player has injured his foot to such an extent as to prevent his turning out. The directors have moved Taylor to the outside right position, and Stewart will take the vacant position at right half back. This should still make the team a very strong one. The players will leave Lytham early tomorrow morning for Crewe, where they will have lunch and then proceed to Stoke. The reports from Lytham are to the effect that the men are in the best of health and spirits and very sanguine of victory. They will have plenty of support's, a large number of the club's supporters intend travelling to Stoke on the excursion train which leaves Lime-street Station at 12.45 tomorrow.

Everton v Northwich Victoria

The Combination team play Northwich Victoria at Goodison Park in a Combination game, and Boyle will play for the first time since his accident, and Jowett will be in goal. The directors have arranged for the dispatch of six telegrams from Stoke and Newton heath, giving the state of the game at these places.

Everton “A” v Everton Albion

The Amateur Combination match will be played at Walton Stiles tomorrow.



February 12, 1898. The Liverpool Football Echo

(English Cup Second Round)

One of the most interesting of the English Cup games set for decision this afternoon was that between Everton and Stoke, which was played on the Potters' ground. When the draw was made known it must of confessed that Everton having received their cup tie in the National Competition twice previously at Stoke in 1890's by four goals to two, and them by a goal to nil. However both players and directors to have no stone unturned with the object of appearing the best possible advantage and the team were dispatched to Lytham to undergo a week's special training in view of the event. Reports from the training camp have been eagerly scanned throughout the week, and it is satisfaction to state that when the eleven left Lytham this morning their was announced to be in the best condition and leaved for Stoke was reached shortly after noon, the team had lunch at the station refreshment room, and arriving at Stoke just after two o'clock. Stokes's visit to Goodison Park, some few weeks ago, when the home contingent revived rare fight, and still be fresh in the memory of Liverpoolians and it was felt by all concerned that Everton would resume to display vastly different form in today's game than they did in that occasion to be returned the victors. A large party of followers of the Everton club left at 9.45 this morning for this morning for the scene of action, being followed shortly after midday by several crowded excursion trains. The Stoke directors did not leave anything to chance, so far as they were concerned the Potters eleven being dispatched to Marlock to undergo their preparations returning to London and taking lunch at the Crown and Anchor Hotel coming out to Stoke by Waggonette. Trains from all parts of Staffordshire poured into Stoke, and in an hour from the start the gate had assumed respectable proportions. The composition of the Everton team was doubtful up to the last moment but Williams was not able to take his place at outside right. It was therefore decided to again place Taylor at outside right, Stewart going to the right half position with J. Bell and Chadwick on the left and Cameron as partner to Taylor. There was only one alteration in the Stokes ranks, Shaffrey appearing vice Johnson at outside right. The full elevens therefore faced as follows;- Everton; Muir, goal; Balmer and Storrier, backs; Stewart (captain), Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Taylor, Cameron, L. Bell, Chadwick, and J. Bell, forwards. Stoke; Johnstone, goal; Robertson and Eccles, backs; Murphy, McGeachan, and Wood, half-backs; Shaffery, Mellor, Maxwell, Hill, and Scholfield, forwards. Referee; Mr. A. Kingscott (Derby). The weather was dull, though no rain fell, and the ground except in the vicinity of both goals where it was very heavy in fair condition. Stoke appeared first, and received a hearty reception, Everton also coming in for a good ovation. When they stepped to the arena a moment later there was a very powerful wind blowing and Everton winning the toss took advantage of this. There would be quite 15,000 present when Maxwell stated on behalf of Stoke. The opening play was confined to the centre, and then Everton got away on the left, Robertson putting his forwards in possession. Cameron and Holt shot in and then from a free kick close in Storrier shot right into the goal mouth, Johnstone clearing finely. Everton were having much of the best of hostilities but they were assisted by a very powerful wind. At length Scholfield received the ball and darted away at top speed a couple of good shots being sent in by Shaffrey and Hill, from which Muir saved grandidly on each occasion. At this stage the Everton forwards were going particularly strong, Taylor centering beautifully, and after Johnstone had once cleared Holt put in a beauty, Chadwick just failing to turn the ball into the net. Maxwell was the next to make progress, but he was well attended to by Holt, who again caused the game to be furiously waged close to the Stoke goal. A free kick close in looked ominous for Stoke, but Eccles kept the ball out to the accompaniment of hugh cheers. S till keeping up the hit fusillade Everton forced an abortive corner following which Maxwell again made a dashing sprint well seconded by a fine run on the part of Shaffrey; but Storrier raced across the ground and pulled him up at the other end. L. Bell made a magnicent run, and sent Eccles preventing the ball from taking effect, whilst a little later Cameron made an effort to get through as the latter was becoming dangerous. A shot by Chadwick at the other end just topped the bar Scholfield was getting nicely under way when he ran the ball out, and from the throw in Cameron compelled Johnstone to bring forth his best endeavour to save his charge. The game was almost entirely in the Stoke half but try as they would Everton could not find an opening. Thrice the home forwards made attempts to break away, but on each occasion they were foiled by Balmer, who just afterwards kept out a grand shot by Scholfield. Half-time Score;

Everton Nil, Stoke Nil

Final Result

Everton Nil, Stoke Nil.



February 12, 1898. The Liverpool Football Echo


Northwich Victoria were the visitors at Goodison Park this afternoon and with both the premier League elevens away, the attendance was much larger than usual, about 4,000 witnessing the start. Boyle reappeared after his lengthily absence from the field, Cross started for Northwich who lost the toss and from the start the visitors had to defend their lines. Scholfield shot finely and forced Darlington to concede a corner, which went for nothing after which the Northwich goalkeeper was busy with shots from all quarters. Barlow was hurt through colliding with Darlington, but was able to resume. A terrific raid on the Victoria goal followed, and a grand movement by the Everton forwards resulted in White having a grand shot charged down by Turton. Douglas meeting the rebound and hitting the cross-bar –a narrow shave. After the escape the Vics got over the centre for the first time, Capper an Bailey making a sprinted effort, but Struthers had little difficulty in coming with them, and after about a quarter of an hour's play Boyle tried a long low drive, which found the net and opened the Everton account. From the centre-Everton again forced the pace, and the Northwich halves had again to face the music. Hands against Barker relieved the pressure, but Boyle played prettily and soon put his men on the attack again, but nothing was done with a couple of corners. Twenty five minutes had elapsed when Everton were awarded a penalty kick, from which Boyle added a second goal –Half-time; Everton 2 goals, Northwich Victoria nil.

STOKE 0 EVERTON 0 (Fac game 31)

February 14 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

The Everton club had one of the sternest tasks on hand in having to visit the Victoria Ground, Stoke to contest their right of play in the third round of the National cup competition. Owing to Williams having an injury two chances were necessary in the Everton ranks, but this occasioned little. For Taylor resumed his old position and Stewart had been under careful training with the rest of his colleagues. The left Laytham in the early forenoon, and stooped at Crewe where they partook of lunch, and untraining arrived at Stoke shortly after two o'clock. The Potters, too had paying particular attention to their physical attentions as Matlock, and like their opponents defined their visit to the town until close upon the hour for commencing operations. From upon until three o'clock the advertised time for operations, the teams faces as follows, in front of about 10,000 spectators: - Everton: - Muir, goal, Balmer, and Stoorier, backs Stewart (captain), Holt, and Robertson, halfbacks, Taylor, Cameron Bell (l), Chadwick, and Bell (j) forwards, Stoke: - Johnston, goal, Robertson, and Eccles, backs, Murphy, McGeanchan, and Wood, halfbacks, Shaffney, Mellor, Maxwell, Hill and Schofield, forwards. Everton won the choice of ends, and naturally elected to play to the assistance of a strong breeze, which blow from end to end. This advantage was soon apparent for at once the Everton forwards swooped down on the Stoke defence, and A.Eccles was penalised for foul tactics, just outside the twelve yards line. Matters early looked ominous for the home side. However, Johnston was enabled to clear, and Murphy found an opening for Schofield, who failed to get round Balmer, and the ball was quickly planted again among the home defenders. Cameron put in a weak shot, following which Hill tested Muir, and the result of a long kick by Storrier. Followed by smart tackling on the part of Holt, drove the Stoke defenders to their goal. The ball was quickly returned, when Taylor and Cameron got nicely down the right, the former eventually forcing a corner, which enabled Chadwick to put in a shot, which unluckily for Everton, was slightly faulty in elevation. Several other corners followed to no purpose, until then L.Bell took a pass from Taylor, and put the ball into Johnson's hands, and following further pressure Wood opened out the play for Maxwell, who missed the mark by a close margin. Robertson, Holt and Stewart were now seen to great advantage in breaking up the combination of the Stoke forwards, and a judicious pass from the centre half to Camereon, would undoubtedly have been put to good account had the latter put more sting into his shot. Then Maxwell looked like getting through, after Schofield had made the running, but fouling Balmer the advantage was lost, and play again settled down in the vicinity of the home goal. Robertson, the Stoke full back, came into collision with J.Bell and had to retire, and up to the interval the visitors continued to have the major share of play, but could not adapt themselves to the business conditions that prevailed. Nothing was scored up to the change of ends, and on the teams reappearing Robertson was still an absentee. On restarting the Stoke forwards, having now the assistance of the wind, raced away to the Everton quarters where Balmer missed his kick, with the result that Mellor was enabled to send in a hot shot from a pass by Maxwell. However, Muir was on the alert, and saved splendidly. The Everton forwards now took up the running and forced a corner kick, which all but brought about a tangible reach, and following a further raid. Robertson returned but owing to his ankle again failing he did not remain long, Murphy filled his position very ably, but on one occasion L.Bell only missed scoring by the narrowest limit, and for some time the visiors despite playing against the wind had considerably the better of matters. J.bell was ruled offside when in good position and later Cameron put the ball into the net, the referee returning the point on the ground of offside. A break away by the Stoke left was checked by Balmer, and another at the other end of the line by Storrier following which Taylor shot across, and J.Bell was just a trifle late in getting his toe to the half. Eccles then missed his kick, and L.Bell find the goal at his mercy, but he dribbled too far on and Johnston cleared easily. Everton had by this time completely the measure of their opponents and pressed up to the finest, but they could do anything but put the ball into the net, and when the end came nothing had been scored.



February 14 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

At Goodison Park, before 3,000 spectators. Everton won the toss, and immediately put on pressure, Boyle scored with a low shot. A penalty was granted, from which Boyle placed his side further ahead. Half time Everton 2, Victoria nil. On resuming Everton had all the play, Barlow scoring a third goal. Darlington played a grand game in goal for Northwich, and Everton winning by 3 goals nil. Everton: - Jowett, goal, Struthers, and Barkers, backs, Wolstenholmes, and Boyle, and, McKinley, halfbacks, Hughes, Schofield, Cornett, Cooper, and Barlow, forwards.


February 17, 1898. The Liverpool Echo

Replayed English Cup Tie

This tie was replayed at Goodison Park this afternoon. The weather was gloriously fine, and for an off day there was a splendid attendance fully 10,000 being present at the start, while the turnstiles continued to play a merry tune. The Everton team left Lytham this morning, and it was decided to rely upon the identical eleven which did duty last week. On the other hand, Stoke were compelled to make several alterations, the forward line being entirely re-arranged. The principal absentee were Robertson, McGeachan, and Scholfield. The full teams faced punctually as follows; Everton; Muir, goal; Balmer and Storrier, backs; Stewart (captain), Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Taylor, Cameron, L. Bell, Chadwick, and J. Bell, forwards. Stoke; Johnstone, goal; Rowley and Eccles, backs; Durber, Wood and Murphy, half-backs; Hill, Mellor, Hinhery, Maxwell, and Pugh, forwards. Referee; Mr. A.J. Kingscott, Derby.

Stoke started, the wind of which there was not much being neutral. Everton worked up on the left and across by J. Bell was repelled by the Stoke right. Everton took up the play again, and twice in succession John Bell tried good shots, both of which nearly beat Johnson, the Stoke goalkeeper. Without making much exertion, the home side maintained a good advantage in their play, and the Everton left tried. A break away followed on the part of the visitors, which Storrier accounted for, and then Holt did good work, leading up to a movement which scored. The ball was transferred from L. Bell to Cameron, onto Taylor, back to L. Bell, who within a few minutes dropped in a nice goal, and within a couple of minutes the same player scored his second goal for Everton. This was the outcome of a grand bit of work on the part of Stewart, first, who passed on to Cameron, the latter transferring to L. Bell. These two points were scored practically within ten minutes and meanwhile the Stoke players performed likes so many Dutch dolls. From this the play settled down chiefly in neutral territory. The game continued even for a while and then Everton came with a rush and after some finessing on the right wing Taylor crossed to the left wing, where J. Bell centred and Taylor then headed a third goal. After this Stoke were in front of the Everton goal when a slight mishap occurred to Pugh who came in contact with Holts, but he was soon all right again. Keeping up the attack for a few moments Stoke gave the home defence some little trouble Jingerty striking the crossbar with a shot. They persistently tried to reduce the home goal and though Bell transferred to his right and J. Bell relieved the pressure they were soon back again in front of Muir. Balmer administered a temporary check, but the visitors persisted, and it was some minutes before play was transferred to midfield. The home forwards advanced on the right, and Johnstone was forced to clear a strong shot – this wing playing exceptionally well. Coming again on the left Chadwick let fly from long range, but the ball went wide. Jack Bell then had an opening, but Rowley saved it at the expense of a corner, which came to nothing. Hingerty after some pressure on the Stoke defence, burst away up the centre and just as he was racing strongly for the home goal Stewart rushed in and grassed the Stoker, this resulting in play being transferred to the visitors half again. The Everton men continued their lusty aggressiveness, and if they had shot with more accuracy the score would have been materially increased. The home attack seemed to fall away somewhat at this point, and the visitors rushed away on the left. Maxwell sending in a magnificent shot which Muir half cleared by running out, and before the Everton goalkeeper could recover his position Hill nipped in and got the ball in the net without giving the home custodian the slightest chance. From the kick off Maxwell came through his men again, but this time the Everton defence was alert and the ball was soon transferred to neutral ground. From this the Stoke men, bearing down on their right, pressed Everton for a couple of corners which unfortunately for them came to nothing. The visitors however, attacked with rare persistency and a free kick close in looked ominous for Everton. But this danger also was cleared, and relief finally came by the ball going over the line. Then Chadwick and J. Bell worked the ball along finely, the latter centering with capital judgment but Taylor failed to meet the ball, and the chance of scoring was lost. Just as half-time approached a bully took place round the visitors goals when a grand display of heading took place with no other result than amazing the crowd. Stoke got down on the right but to mo purpose and a moment later half-time was sounded the score being –Everton 3 goals, Stoke 1 goal.

The attendance had further increased when the teams reappeared and there was quite 12,000 present when Bell set the ball going. The home lot did not allow their opponents much rest, but dashed down on the Stoke goal, and kept up an aggression from which the vicinity could not relieve themselves for some time and a tame shot from long range by L. Bell went over the bar. Then Stoke relieved but immediately Robertson sent back and Stewart experienced hard times with one of his shots. So far it was evidently Everton's premier day out more especially as they had old and matured opponents in cup-hunting to contend with. From a free kick Everton were again put in possession and after a sharp scrimmage J. Bell got the ball into the net, but the point was not allowed by the referee. From the kick out the visitors forwards made ground, but nothing could withstand the Everton defence, Storrier first and then Balmer sending the stoke attack to the right about. So far as play had progressed from the commencement of the game Everton had matters practically all their own way, and this was emphasized when Chadwick scored the fourth goal. Despite this further reverse the Stoke men played up gamely, and Storrier headed out a clever shot by Maxwell, it was not long, however, before the Everton forwards were once more swarming round Johnson, and the visitors defence was constantly subjected to the severest attack. The ball was finally cleared by Eccles, and the moved along the right wing by easy stages the game at this point however was very tame, and in strong contrast to the earlier stages Storrier cleared out the invaders and then Taylor ventured a run on his own account, but it came to nothing. Final Result. Everton 5 goals, Stoke 1 goal.

EVERTON 5 STOKE 1 (Fac game 32)

February 18 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

This replay tie in the national competition took place at Goodison Park yesterday afternoon. The weather was dull and threatening but the rain fortunately kept off, and the game attracted 12,000 spectators. It will be remembered that the team's played a draw, no goals been scored-at Stoke on Saturday last, and although the Evertonians now had choice of ground there were not wanting a few who fancied the chance of the visitors. Unfortunately Robertson, McGeachan, and Schofield were absent from Stoke. Everton on the other hand being able to place their best selection in the field. The teams faced as follows: - Everton: - Muir goal, Balmer, and Storrier, backs, Stewart (captain), Holt, and Robertson, halfbacks, Taylor, Cameron, Bell (l), Chadwick, and Bell (j), forwards. Stoke: - Johnston, goal, Eccles (a), and Rowley backs, Durber, Wood, and Murphy, halfbacks, Hill, Mellor Hingerty, Maxwell, and Pugh, forward. Referee Mr. A.J, Kingscott. (Derby). Punctually to time Hingerty kicked off on behalf of the visitors who at once ran the ball over the line. Everton them made play on the left J.Bell centring, only to find the chance goes begging. A free kick to Everton was the next item, and after a close forwards rush, Chadwick had a shot, the ball, however going wide. A much better attempt came from Laurence Bell a moment later, Johnstone having some difficulty in keeping his charge intact. Pugh and Maxwell made play to the other end, where Balmer repulsed whilst a long centre from J.Bell sailed over the Stoke bar. Holt and Robertson were strumental in checking, and almost immediately following L.Bell shot a fine goal for Everton, Johnston having no chance of saving. This success coming as it did after six minutes play, caused any amount of jubilation amongst the Everton spectators. The cheers had hardly died away and a second point was forthcoming, this again from the foot of L.Bell who placed the ball completely out of Johnston's reach. The home forwards were now playing with great earnestness, consequently the Stoke backs were kept busy on the defence J.Bell once being pulled up for offside when near goal. Rowley then placed his forwards in possession, and the right wing pair troubled Storrier, who however, emerged triumphantly from the struggle, and served to J.Bell whose, centre was intercepted by Eccles. A dash down by Maxwell and Pugh was unproductive, Holt putting in the way of the former's centre, and transferring to Cameron, who passed to Chadwick. The latter sent across, and from the rebound Taylor headed a third goal, for the home side, after 18 minutes play. In close following Pugh was hurt in a collision, hostilities being suspended in consequence for a few minutes. On the ball being thrown up, Taylor and Cameron were provided for, but Eccles intervened and Hingery hit the bar from long range. The ball rebounding and it seemed almost any odds on Durber scoring, when Storrier chipped in and effected a really clever clearance. Play for a short time favoured Stoke, but Balmer and Storrier covered Muir in fine style, and the home custodian was never seriously troubled. The ‘'Blues'' raised the siege and Chadwick sent over whilst J.Bell forced a corner, which was unproductive. Murphy clearing and sending to Hill. Storrier got the ball away, and took free kick moments later, this being followed by another corner, the leather being diverted in its course by Pugh. After the game had been in progess a little over 30 minutes, some loose play, on the home right let in Stoke. Maxwell obtained the ball, and sent in a ticklish shot, which Muir only partially saved, and the ball coming out to Hill, the latter had not much difficulty in scoring the first point for the visitors, whose success was well received. A couple off corners kicks were next conceded Stoke, and as both were exceedingly well placed, the home defence had some difficulty in keeping the goal intact. From a free kick Hill headed just wide of the post, the Pottery team at this period being most aggressive. Relief came after a faulty shot by Dunber, and at the other end the Everton forwards missed a glorious change when a tangible point seemed certain. The game was rapidly nearing the close of the first half, and Everton were ranged in the opposing quarters, but with out success attending their efforts the interval arriving with the home side leading by 3 goals to 1. On resuming L.Bell and Taylor forced their waydown but Durber checked, and Hill and Mellor the Everton back having the best of matters troubled Balmer. The ball travelled to Taylor, who centred right across the goalmouth, none of the other players, however, being in a position to take advantage of the opportunity thus afforted. Murphy served up from the goal kick with a long dropping shot, which Storrier cleared. Balmer then taking a free kick without result. In close following J.Bell seemed to place the ball in the net, and the crowd clamoured for a goal but the referee ruled otherwise, and then a diversion was caused on the Stoke left by Hill and Mellor, who closely attended by Stewart were not permitted to be some dangerous. The visitors returned, and Muir had to run out to save this being followed by a run down on the part of J,Bell and Chadwick , which ended in the latter shooting over the net. Free kicks at this period were plentiful, both sides infusing any amount of vigour into their play. After the game had been in progess eleven minutes in the second half, scramingly play in front of the Stoke goal culminated in Chadwick placing his side further ahead. Hill and Mellor went away in dashing style from the centre kick, a splendid centre by the former being headed away by Robertson. A couple of throwns in to Everton enabled them to make headway to the opposing goal, which was ably defened however, by Rowley and Eccles. At the other end Maxwell was to hampered that he shot over the line, near the corner flag, but a foul by Stewarts enabled Stoke to rescue their aggressive tactics Pugh however bring no better than his partner had previously done. J. Bell was next prominent with a run down the Everton left a hit of close play ending in Rowley repeatedly clearing to fine style. Storrier also came out of trouble with flying honours at the other end, and L.Bell had a shot at Johnston, the Stoke custodian having no difficulty in saving. There was very little to choose between the team and play was of a give and take character. Chadwick sent in one fine shot, which missed by inches, but a moment later a further raid on the visitors goal was attended with success. Taylor centering for Cameron to head through. With only few minutes left for play the result was a foregone conclusion, but the Everton forwards in no way relaxed their efforts, and as a consequence the Stoke backs had plenty to do. Chadwick shaving the bar with a fast shot. Hill and Mellor made an effort on behalf of the visitors, but Balmer checked them after which L.Bell went off, but finished up with a long shot that went nowhere near the mark. Again Balmer was to the fore with fine defensive tactics and displaying excellent judgement was repeatedly a thorn in the side of the Stoke forwards, who could not get close enough for an effective stroke. Play still continued to favour the Evertonians and several shots were aimed at the opposing citadel, but without effect. Murphy sent in to Muir from the half way line, the latter having no difficulty unhampered as he was, in saving. Bell shot magnificently at Johnston who cleared at the expense of a corner which was safely got rid off, and Maxwell in company with Pugh moved to the other end, Muir's charge having a narrow escape. There was no further scoring, and Everton were left with a decisive victory by 5 goals to 1.

The home side fully deserved their win, for Stoke were only dangerous on rare occasions-this really after they had notched their first and only goal. The result was somewhat unexpected but Everton worked hard for their success, which should give then every confidence for their remaining engagements.


February 19, 1898. The Liverpool Echo

Friendly Encounter at Anfield

Liverpool should have encounter Bury, today, in a League fixture, but the latter being engaged in a Lancashire Cup-tie, left Liverpool with an open day, and as Everton had also a game on their card a friendly was arranged between our local rivals. Anfield road being the seem of hostilities. The elevens were fairly representive, though on the Liverpool side Wilson superseded McCartney, whilst Everton gave a trail to a new player in Benson at outside right. Balmer, Wolstenholme, Boyle and Barlow also being introduced. The teams therefore faced as follows;- Liverpool; Storer, goal; Walsh and Dunlop, backs; Wilson, McQue (captain), and Clenhorn, half-backs; Cunliffe, Finnerhan, Hartley, Becton, and Geary, forwards. Everton; McFarlane, goal; Balmer, and Barker, backs; Wolstenholme, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Benson, Divers, L. Bell, Barlow, and J. Bell, forwards.

McQue who captained the Liverpool team won, the toss, and defended the Oakfield road end. L. Bell kick-off before 5,000 spectators and J. Bell was the first to make a shot, Barlow following up and continuing the move but was pronounced offside. After the free kick Benson became very busy, and forced a corner but he sent the leather behind the net and thus brought to an abrupt termination a most spirited move. The next item of interest was a grand movement on the part of J. Bell who raced along the touch line in fine style, jumping over Wilson and getting in a grand shot, which Storer saved in capital style. Wolstenholmes was the next to test Storer but the effort came to ought and then Geary flashed of a lightning speed, testing McFarlane with a real beauty, the Everton goalkeeper just diverting the ball outside. The subsequent corner proved abortived and by easy stages the Everton forwards going close proximity to Storer where play was confined for some time. Good play was shown by the another Bell, Divers and Benson but though several good shots were sent in all failed to take effect. A free kick against the home team let the visitors in again some very clever play being participated in by Robertson, J Bell, and Benson. Eventually the last named gave an easy short pass to the front of goal where L. Bell was standing by but he unsuccessfully missed the chance. A long shot from Barker was the next item and Liverpool rushed to the other end with a fruitless corner. A few moments later Barlow shot well for Storer and a chance being administered and then Geary rushed away at top speed and faced another corner which was placed behind. Next McFarlance saved from Cunliffe a moment later, this attempt being followed by other on the part of Finnerhan and McQue. The home contingent kept up the attack for a short time, but the play became of a very even character, but there were occasional glimpses of really clever work. In one of these genuine bursts the visiting goal had a very narrow escape and ultimately Hartley got the ball into the net but he was distinctly offside, and the referee promptly disallowed the point. Everton took a couple of abortive corners from one of which Diver shot yards wide, and then Liverpool made a determined onslaught, Becton putting in one fine attempt, which took McFarlane all his time to clear. The play was still of uneven character and hostilities for some time were in neutral ground. A very clean of passing between Boyle, L. Bell and Barlow the latter gave the leather to J. Bell, who raced down the wing and shot hard but the wind carried the ball wide of the desired mark. Wilkie then put the ball into the net from a free kick without the sphere touching a second player and this was followed by a brilliant shot from Geary which forced a corner. A little advantage was gained by the Evertonian, after which Cunliffe made a good run, but was unceremoniously bowled over by Balmer before he could get in a proper shot. A further corner to Liverpool was headed away by Boyle, and then McFarlane saved from Finnerban, after which Divers endeavoured to reduce the Liverpool fortress and subsequently the homesters had rather the best of play, McFarlane's charge giving several narrow escapes. Cunliffe missed grand chance after the Everton goalkeeper had saved from Finnerhan. Just before half-time Storer saved a shot by Benson, and the interval arrived with no scorer. The teams crossed over without leaving the field, Hartley restarting the game. Play was at an even character and then Liverpool forced a corner, but it came to nothing. After a while Everton worked down, Benson a local lad putting in a fine centre, but he was badly supported and his effort failed to produce anything tangible. It was quite evident that neither side intended distressing itself though the game continued of a fairly interesting nature. For a while the respective half-backs monopolized the play. The game at this stage consisted of a series of heading exchanges. A grand run and centre was brought off by Geary which Robertson accounted for in a masterly manner, and then Benson gave some likely touches to the ball, but these generally went a begging through lack of assistance. A lovely centre from the same “dark horse” was negotiated by Dunlop, who afterwards kept a keen eye on the Everton outside right. For a while play settled down in the Liverpool half, but generally there was not sufficient vigor in used into the game to create great excitement. A spicy hit came when Hartley shot very hard to McFarlane, where save was immediately fastened on by Balmer and cleared finely. End-to-end play followed during which Benson had a fine chance, but sent his shot yards wide of the mark. Fine passing between Benson, Divers and L. Bell gave the latter a glorious opening, but he failed in a most unaccountable fashion, and a moment later Everton had a throw in at close quarters from which Benson shot behind. The game centered of a give-and-take nature. After a spell of midfield work, Everton got down on the left, J. Bell crossing to the centre and L. Bell had no difficulty in scoring the first goal for Everton. Final; Everton 2, goals; Liverpool nil.



February 21 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

The above teams met in a specially arranged fixture, on the Anfield ground, before 5,000 spectators. The teams were as follows: - Liverpool: - Storer, goal, Wilkie, and Dunlop, backs, Wilson, McQue, and Cleghorn halfbacks, Cunliffe, Finnerhan, Hartley, Becton, and Geary, forwards. Everton: - MaCfarlane, goal Balmer and Barker backs, Wolstenholmes, Boyle (captain), and Robertson, halfbacks, Benson, Drivers, Bell (l), Barlow (j), and Bell (j) forwards. Referee Mr. T.Helmes. Liverpool won the toss, and Everton commenced against the wind. There was little of interest for some time, until Robertson tested Storey with a dropping shot, whist at the other end Becton and Geary each put in good attempts, which MaCfarlane cleverly saved. Barlow was prominent by initiating a smart attack on the home goal, but his final shot went wide, and play reverting to the opposite and Cunliffe headed past McFarlane from Geary's centre, but was yards offside. With the assistance of the wind Liverpool did most of the passing, and Cunliffe again narrowly missed scoring. After Drivers had transferred the play to Midfield. L. Bell forced a corner of Wilson, but Liverpool retoated and Finneshan sent in a fine shot, which was well cleared by McFarlane. End to end play followed, and J.Bell finally shot past, but from the kick out Geary raced past Wolstenholmes and shot in with great force, McFarlane saving finely. A moment later Cunliffe had a clear course but failed to utilise the chance, and Barker went to midfield. From a breakaway, Drivers give Storer a warm handful, and McFarlane had to save a stringing shot from Hartley and Finnerham, but the interval arrived with no score. On resuming, Everton at once commenced to attack, but a run by Geary changed the venue, and Becton sent in a splendid shot, which MacFarlane grandly threw away. Then J.Bell raced clear, but his centre was badly missed by Drivers and Benson with an almost open goal, sent the ball on to the stand behind. Everton attacked strenuously, J.Bell being prominent with occasional sprints, from one of which, Wilkie narrowly averted a score, and then storer saved a fine shot from Barlow, whilst a moment later Dunlop from under the bar, kicked away from J.Bell. Liverpool then attacked, but the ball coming out to the left wing, J.Bell got clear, and Storer came out of his goal to save, but missed the ball, and L.Bell scored easily. The play continued of the most uninteresting description, and the ball being taken along by Finnerhan, and Cunliffe an equaliser should have resulte but the final touch was wretchedly effected. Storer than repelled a clever shot from Barlow, and Geary raced away, the centre being kick down the field, and J.Bell pouncing on the leather, raced clean through, and when only a few yards from Storer sent the ball into the net. There was no further scoring and the play continuing to be a feeble nature, the final whistle blew with the result – Everton 2 goals Liverpool nil.


February 22, 1898. The Liverpool Echo

League Match at Sheffield

Injury to Robertson

The Everton team journeyed to Sheffield this morning from their training quarters at Lytham which place they left shortly after nine o'clock. Throughout the journey was very wintery, while in the Manchester distinct the fog was so heavy as to cause the train from Lytham to miss its connection at Cottonopolis, and special had to be run as far as Narples to pick up the Liverpool train. In Yorkshire, however, the weather was more favourable, the atmosphere being clear and bright. It will be remembered that the first match between these teams resulted in favour of the United by 4 goals to 1, but a lot has happened since then, especially as regards the Sheffield team, which was beaten last Saturday by Notts County. The weather was delightfully fine on reaching Bramell lane, and though Rotherham Races was a bit of a counter attraction against a good gate, the crowd when the teams faced was a good one, about 10,000 being present. Teams; Sheffield United; Foulkes, goal; Thickett and Cain, backs; Howell, Morren, and Needham, half-backs; Gaudie, McKay, Logan, Cunningham, and Priest, forwards. Everton; Muir, goal; Storrier, and Balmer, backs; Robertson, Holt and Stewart (captain), half-backs; J. Bell, Chadwick, Cameron, Divers, and Taylor, forwards. It will thus be seen that Laurie Bell, who is suffering from a bad knee, stands down. Everton started play, and the visitors bearing up on the right at once compelled Foukles to negotiate a fine shot from Taylor, and immediately after Cain made good use of his head. After a few minutes pressure on the home goal, the United right burst away, and some good passing between Howell, Gandie and McKay ended in the last-named testing Muir. It was evident the ground was ill adapted for a good display of football, the ground being very slippery, and it was difficult for the men to get in any accurate shots. Everton appeared worse off in this respect, and Holt slipped yards in trying to pull the ball round from the touchline, and Storrier also came to grief in like manner. The game, however, was being well-contested and for the first quarter of an hour nothing of any great moment transpired to endanger either goal. Notwithstanding their pedal troubles however, Everton appeared to have most of the play, the homesters getting away in spasmodic bursts in one of which Balmer gave a corner kick. From this John Bell came away right from the top of the field to the other end and out-raced the whole of the field, and ultimately finished with a grand screw shot, which Foulkes happily for his side caught and cleared with his knee. Bell again distinguished himself, and then Needham who was playing a great game sent though his field and the ball was scrimmaged in front of the Everton goal several of the men being on the ground at the time. Storrier who was amongst those hors de combat, managed somehow to disengage the leather which was cleared by Taylor out of danger. The United however gave the visiting defence a severe putting up for some minutes during which Muir kept out a several fine shots. Everton secured a short respite by the left wing but the United were soon on the aggressive again and the Everton defence during this played a grand game. The ground was terribly heavy, the men's boots and clothes being heavily clogged with the famous Brammell-Lane mud. Most of the good play took place on the Everton left wing. Gaudie made a fine move for Muir's charge and was tackled by Robertson, who kicked over to his right wing. Here several of the visitors appeared to be in difficulties until Stewart sandwiched the players and kicked upfield. Needham returned and Holt turned the leather over to Robertson who kicked to Bell, the latter racing and passing to Cameron, who passed over to Taylor. The latter made a very bad bid for goal. The Everton forwards for a good spell save a nice shot of football and compelled the United to fall back on their defence. Taylor shot in, but in consequence of Cameron impeding the goalkeeper a free kick was given. Everton, however, up to the interval kept up their pressure, but half-time arrived without any score. Robertson going off the ground limping and with a bad bash on the forehead just over the eye. When the players reappeared Robertson pluckily came out, his injuries which constituted a kick on the top of the foot and another on the eye, having been patched up by Trainer Lewis. For the first few minutes the United had the best of the opening bout. Then Storrier kicked well down to Bell on the left, the outsider making one of his speedy shifts for goal. He parried with the ball rather early, however, and it dropped in front of Foulkes who cleared the leather and then like a huge mountain towering over the rest of the players he lashed amongst them and cleared well up the field. Some fine passing by the visiting forwards brought the play back, but the homesters were awarded a free kick when the play was directly opposite Foulkes. The United bore up on Everton's goal and Needham screwed in at short range and struck the foot of the post, but beforehand an appeal went up by Everton, who were awarded a free kick in the goalmouth. So far as the game had gone the play had been fairly even. Final Result; Everton nil, Sheffield United nil.



February 22, 1899. The Liverpool Echo

(Special Telegram)

The Everton v. Burnley Cup tie is rousing extraordinary interest in Burnley, where an enormous crowd is expected next Saturday. The directors are spending well on to £200 in providing new terraces and uncovered stands to make room for 25,000 spectators. New entrances will also be provided. The Burnley players have done so well this season with the ordinary training that the usual routine is being followed this week.


February 23 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

The Everton team left their training quarters at Lytham yesterday morning, and made the journey to Sheffield to play the United in the return League game of the season. It was decided to give L.Bell a rest, in view of the English Cup-tie on Saturday, Drivers making reappearance in the ranks, displacing Cameron, who played centre forward. With this exception the full cup team took to the field, as Notts County beat the Blades on Saturday last, the visitors had every confidence in reversing that defeat of 4 goals to 1, at Goodison Park on October 30. The United team also differed in one respect from that which proposed Notts County on Saturday. Bennett being displayed in favour of Gaudie. Shrove Tuesday is recognised as a holiday in Sheffield, and at three o'clock, when the teams took up position, there were close upon 10,000 spectators present A brilliant sun had taken its effect upon the frost bound ground of the early morning, and it was soon apparent that the teams would experience some difficulty in obtaining a foothold. The sides were as follows: - Everton: - Muir goal, Balmer, and Storrier, backs, Stewart (captain), Holt, and Robertson, halfbacks, Taylor, Drivers, Cameron, Chadwick, and Bell (j), forwards. Sheffield United: - Foulkes, goal, Thicketts, and Cain backs, Howell, Morren, and Needham, halfbacks, Gaudie, McKay, Hogan, Cunningham and Priest, forwards. Everton started, and at once the right wing made tracks for the united goal. Foulkes was promptly called upon to negotiate a capital shot from Taylor, and immediately afterwards Cain luckily headed out of goal. After a few minutes play in the home half the United left got away and centred some pretty triangular passing between Howell, Gaudie, and Mckay, resulting in the second named player testing Muir with a capital shot. It was with the greatest difficulty that the players could keep their feet on the heavy ground, and in this matter the Evertonians were more ill at ease that their opponents. Cameron contrived to reach the ball when in closing quarters, but rashly passed to Bell without advantage, and on the United centre fastening on to the ball, a strong rush was made to the Everton and Storrier was easily beaten, but Balmer made amends in clever fashion, though it was not for some little time that danger was averaged, this being effected by Storrier, who timed an ugly dropping shot with capital judgement. So far the play had been fairly well divided the respective backs being quite to all demands upon them. Then followed some pretty touches on the part of the Everton forwards, and those continued sparkedly to the long rushing tactics adopted by the opposing line. Eventually a weak kick by Balmer resulted in a corner, which was placed to Storrier, who headed to Bell. This player sped away at top speed and trickling Howell, and Thickett shot in when but a few yards of goal Foulkes luckily meeting it, and averting disaster. Bell's effort was a truly magnificent one, and the crowd did not fault recognise its merit. The Everton left wing pair were busy again, but some capital play on the park of Needham ended in a scramble within a few yards of Muir. Scoring seemed certainty, but the inside men getting in each other's way lost the chance. The Blades now attacked in vigorous fashion, and nearly scored. From a corner obtained by Gaudie. Robertson was luckily in the way and further relief from Cameron and J.Bell. In close following Muir was compelled to save from Cunningham and after a little diversion on the Everton right Priest gave Stewart and Balmer considerable trouble. Eventually Taylor had the better of Cain, but nothing accrued beyond a couple of abortive corners kicks. McKay then gave Muir a warm handful, and following further pressure Goaudle also tested the keeper with a difficult6 shot. At the other end Cameron shot into foulkes hands, after Chadwick had made considerable running, and then a capital movement on the part of Cameron, and Bell was finished with brilliant attempt to score by Taylor, a fast rising shot from him just skimming the bar. A minute later Chadwick shot in, and had Cameron been well up a goal must have resulted, as Foulkes had to make a couple of efforts to save. The pace, which all along had been well sustained, did not relax in the least, and for some few minutes the Everton forwards peppered at the United goal to no purpose, and on half time arriving nothing had been scored by either side. On the teams reappearing it was noticed that Robertson had been hardly used in the first half, having twice come into collision with an opponents, kick about the eye and ankle causing him to move about in a rather labored manner. The United were the first to attack, but J.Bell got away with one of his characteristic runs, and centred. Foulkes saved weakly, but followed it up by racing after the ball, much to the amusement of the spectators. It was a risky act on his part, and might easily have proved disastrous. An opening was than badly utilsed by Stewart who put over the line from a free kick. Play slackened down considerably until Flewitt livened matters with a smart run down the United left and following a repulse by Balmer. Needham all but brought about the downfall of the Everton goal. At this juncture Logan the United centre forward who had so far in the game been a complete failure, went outside right much to the satisfactory of the crowd, but as play progressed the change proved of no benefit whatever to the Blades. Play again took a keen turn, and Driver found an opening for Cameron, who was just a trife late in getting his toe to the ball. Bell looked like getting through, but was unfortunately ruled offside, and following this, Taylor missed badly from close range. On the chances thus far Everton should have held a comfortable lead. A foolish pass back by Stewart to Balmer amost brought about disaster, for the backs and Custodian had a most anxious time for a couple of minutes, and scoring might have easily been the outcome. Driver and Taylor were next prominent, but owing to the able defence of Thickett and Cain, Foulkes was not troubled. Another brilliant run came from Bell, who eluded the backs, and had only the custodian to defeat, but that lengthy individual happened to be in direct line with a terrific shot, and a minute later Thickett was equally lucky in charging down from Taylor, who looked all over a certain scorer. Mckay next tested Muir with a capital shot from long range and in a trice play was once again at the United end, where Foulkes was very luckily in getting to the way of a parting shot from Taylor. Once again the visitors closely penned their opponents, but there was a wait of understanding among the forwards, and finishing touches were rarely forthcoming. A sudden breakaway found Balmer at fault but Storrier and Stewart ably covered him though a few moments later Priest was only a little wide of the mark from a smart pass by Gaudie. The same player caused Muir to run out, and save with a flying kick, and shortly afterwards time was announcement, the result being a draw, no goals having been scored.

Considering the heavy stated of the ground it was capital game, and had the Everton team been well represented at centre forward they must at least scored a couple of goals. Bell played a splendid game all though and in the second portion Taylor and Driver formed a powerful right wing. At halfback Holt was perfect and a district improvement in speed and all round effectiveness was observed. In the play of Stewart, Robertson until he was unjured, also played well, but his mishaps is likely to be remedied ere Saturday's contest at Burnley. The backs covered Muir in able fashion, and all round, with the exception of the weakness in finishing touches, the team gave great promise of victory on Saturday next. There was nothing-particular brilliant shown by the Sheffield team, excepting the sterling defence of Thickett, and Cain, and clever work on the part of Needham. Like Everton, the centre forward position was not well maintained, and concerted action was rarely shown to any appreciable extent.


February 26, 1898. The Liverpool Football Echo

Everton Gain A Handsome Lead at Half-time

English Cup-Third Round

The Everton team journeyed to Burnley today face the Second Division leaders in the Third Round of the English Cup. When Burnley were in the premier division they were always a hard nut for Everton to crack, especially at Turf Moor, and it was no wonder, therefore, that when the draw was made known both players and officials regarded the result with some misgiving, especially when it was remembered that only four goals have been scored against the East Lancashire organiastion up to this afternoon on their own ground. It was felt, however, that the superior personnel of the Everton eleven would stand them in good stead in the occasion under notices, particularly after the long stay of the visiting team at Lytham from whence they departed for the scene of action at 11.30 this morning. The Everton directors, accomplished by Messrs T. Keates, and B. Kelly, and followed by three crowded excursion trains left Exchange Station at 1.20. Burnley being reached shortly before three o'clock. The executive of the home club had made every effort possible to render the ground capable of additional accommodation, new stands having been erected and they were rewarded for their enterprise by seeing them packed to their utmost capacity. The home eleven spent the week in training on their own ground, and both elevens stepped on to the enclosure to perfect conditions. It was a matter of some doubt who would occupy the centre forward position on behalf of Everton, as L. Bell was a doubtful starter on account of injuries. When the teams appeared it was seen that L. Bell was all right, and the teams therefore faced as follows;- Everton; Muir, goal; Balmer and Storrier, backs; Robertson, Holt and Stewart (captain), half-backs; Taylor, Divers, L. Bell, Chadwick and J. Bell, forwards. Burnley; Haddow, goal; Reynolds, and McClintock, backs; Beveridge, Taylor and Livingstone, half-backs; Morrison, Ross, Toman, Bowes, and Place, jun, forwards. The ground was packed long before the start, and the gates were closed some time before the teams were ready, and there could not have been less than 25,000 present. Everton won the toss, Toman starting with the wind against him. Burnley made a couple of attacks early on the right wing, some fine exchanges being shown in front of Muir. Eventually Ross shot wide. Then Everton made a spirited attack, Reyonlds being compelled to give a corner but the wind carried the ball over the line, the play was exciting in the extreme whilst the crowd yelled themselves hoarse at each kit of good work exhibited. The game was being evenly contested and both sets of defences were fully tested. Ultimately Everton dashed along the left wing, but after a lot of finessing in front of Haddon, the ball was driven over the line. Taylor, made the net aggressive move, but a free kick to Burnley, nullified the advantage. Chadwick tried to make progress but McLintock averted danger, and then Taylor put in a grand run, but the left back succeeded in compelling him force the ball over the line. For several minutes after this play was in neutral ground, the halves monoplaint the play and then L. Bell got through a five style Reyonds pulling him up. From a free kick Holt just missed a corner, following from which Robertson shot in hard, but McLintock prevented the ball entering the net, J. Bell and Chadwick then put in a very fine piece of work, but Reynolds pulled up the former just as he was about to shoot. At the other end a moment late the Everton had a severe escape. Then Everton, made a sudden and determined rush, and before anyone was aware of the fact Taylor had charged the ball past Haddon this registered

First Goal for Everton

After a quarter of an hour's play. The good fortune placed Everton on good terms with themselves and straight from the kick-off they made tracks for Haddon's end, L. Bell a minute later scoring the second goal. Following this second success the Everton forwards again dashed down but the movement was spoiled by J. Bell being hurt, and the game was stopped for a few moments. The Evertonians soon recovered, however, and again the visitors forwards ran down brilliantly, a combined attack eliminating in Taylor heading a third goal. With three goals in hand matters were particularly rosy from an Evertonians standpoint and what is more all the points were thoroughly well deserved. There was no mistaking the determination of the Everton men. The forwards were going great guns, and whenever the Burnley forwards got anywhere near Muir's charge. The half-backs and halves did all that was necessary. Thrice in quick succession Everton made onslaughts from the left wing and on as many occasions. J. Bell put in terrific shots, though in each instance a trifle wide. Toman at length imitated a sprinted attack, but Holt came to the rescue in a grand style. Divers and Taylor supplemented this with a tremendous fast run, but the latter sent over the line. Chadwick put in a lovely shot, which resulted in a free kick close in. Haddow threw away, but he was fouled and a free kick followed. This yielded no advantage and Everton at this period were monopolizing all the attacks. Taylor forcing an abortive corner with a magnificent shot. L. Bell and McLintock here collided the game being momentarily suspended but both were able to resume. Place had retired a few seconds before owing to some injury, Burnley thus having but four forwards. The game still continued in Everton's favour, the Burnley men not making any progress. Chadwick passed very judiciously to Robertson who shot well into goal, Haddow fisting away splendidly. Hands against Holt gave Burnley a chance, and from a free kick, the Everton goal had a narrow escape. The pressure however, was kept up for sometime, but ultimately Toman headed over. By easy stages Everton again got well within their opponents territory, Robertson twice leading up to the attack on the Burnley goal but J. Bell on one occasion was given offside when a fine opening occurred. Keeping up a hot attack, Everton forced a corner but this was sent behind Balmer and Stewart were next noticeable in grand defence whilst a little later L. Bell headed over from his brother's centre. At this stages Place returned amid cheers and a moment later half time was announced.

Half-time; Burnley nil, Everton 3

L. Bell restarted after a somewhat prolonged interval, Chadwick at once placing Everton in an aggressive attitude. With the wind now in their favour it was expected that Burnley would do more better, and they certainly looked like making a bold bid to retrieve themselves. Morrison and Ross were quickly to the front. Final Result; Burnley 1, Everton 3.


BURNLEY 1 EVERTON 3 (Fac game 33)

February 28 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

This English cup tie created great interest in Burnley, and the town on Saturday was, for hour before the start there was quite 16,000 spectators, and at the time when the teams put in a appearance the ground was fully to capacity. Fifteen hundred made the journey from Liverpool and during the game these authusictic did not fail to make themselves heard when the Evertonians came onto the field. Altogether there were over 20,000 present when the proceedings commenced and the teams faced as follows: at 2-30: - Everton: - Muir, goal, Balmer, and Storrier backs, Stewart (captain), Holt, and Robertson, Taylor, Driver, Bell (l), Chadwick, and Bell (j), forwards. Burnley: - Haddow goal, Reynold, and McLintock, backs Bereridge, Taylor, and Livingstone, halfbacks, Morrison Ross, Toman (w), Bowes, and Place, forwards. Everton won the toss, and had the good fortune to have both the wind and slope in their favour. Despite battling against these disadvantages, the Burnley forwards were the first to become an aggressive attitude, but faulty shooting by Ross discounted their efforts. Directly following a couple of corners kicks fall to Everton, but there were badly ultised, and for some little time play ruled slightly in favour of the visitors. At length the home right got away, and Muir had to make a couple of attempts to save from Toman, following which, Morrison run through the backs, and sending across Place was at fault with a final effort. After play had been in progess a quarter of An hour, Taylor defeated Haddow, and a couple of minutes later L.Bell, from a fairly long range shot in swiftly, and added a second. Following this second success the visitors again broke away, and from a free kick splendidly placed by Storrier Taylor got his head to the ball, and directed it into the net, altogether out of the reach of the Burnley custodian, these success being obtained in four minutes. The game did not in any way diminish in interest for the heavy pace of the early portion was well sustained, and little quarter was exacted from either side. Burnley struggled gamely against the wind, but to no avail, as both Balmer and Storrier were in capital form, and Muir was consequently not called upon. At this juncture Place retire hurt, having had the worst of a tussle with Stewart, and until the close upon the interval Burnley had to battle with but ten men. For some time Everton pressed severely, and Haddow on one occasion saved in marvelous fashion at the expense of a corner. Nothing came of the concession, and though Everton returned again Reynolds and McLintock kept them out, half time arriving with the score Everton 3 goals, Burnley nil. Resuming the home side having now the wind early put on the pressure, but found a stubborn stumbling block in Balmer, Holt, and Storrier, who kept them constantly at bay, and cleared with capital judgement. However Muir was twice called upon Morrison and Toman and shortly afterwards Taylor ran clean through the backs, but unfortunately handled the ball when about to shot. Burnley retaliated but made poor use of the free kick awarded close in and shortly afterwards the referee occasion to caution Driver for foul play. Storrier who had been limping as the result of heavy charge in the first half was severely pressed, but came through successfully, though from a free kick, well placed by McLintock scoring seemed certain, until Muir brought off a splendid save from a header about a yard the goalmouth. Free kicks for unfair play were about this time very frequent, and from one of then Morrison had the Everton goal at his mercy, but finished up very faulty. A moment later the same forward had a capital chance to reduce their opponents lead, as they had a clear goal, but through misunderstanding, Muir was enabled to get to the ball and save his charge. Returning again from a foul by Robertson, the visitor's goal was greatly besiege and J.bell came through and located play in the home half. In a further attack Livingstone broke his collar bone and left the field. A couple of minutes from time Place found the net. Nothing further was scored and Everton emerged successfully by three goals to one.



February 28 1898. The Liverpool Mercury

Liverpool Senior Cup

At Liverpool Everton won the toss, Hill starting before 6,000 spectators. Barlow opened the scoring with a splendid judgement and Turner followed with another. Schofield placed his side further ahead. Half time Everton 3 goals, Wanderers nil. On resuming McGilcrist scored for White Star but Barlow afterwards scored for Everton. White Star missed several chances at length; however, Everton won by 4 goals to 1.