February 1900

BURNLEY 3 EVERTON 1 (Game 330)

February 5 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

The return engagement between these clubs took place at Turf Moor on Saturday. Owing to injury Muir, was not able to fill his accustomed post, and Eccles and J.Sharp being also on the sick list, positions were found for Kitchen, Molyneux and Towan. Burnley had a representative team, and at three o'clock the sides faced as follows: - Everton: - Kitchen goal, Balmer and Molyneux, backs, Wolstenholmes Blythe and Abbott halfbacks Taylor (captain), Toman, Proudfoot, Settle, and Gray forwards. Burnley: - Hillman (j), goal, Woolfall, and McLintock backs, Barron, Bannister, and Taylor halfbacks, Hannigan Morrison, Hartley, Chadwick, and Millar, forwards. In the presence of some 5,000 spectators Everton commenced operations, and though forced back in threatening fashion, they retaliated and Settle was only a trifle wide with his shot. The Burnley forwards then took up the running and Settle was only a trifle wide with his shot. The Burnley forwards then took up the running, and gave Kitchen an anxious time, the ex-Evertonians Chadwick being conspicuous in a couple of clever attempts to pierce the Everton defence. Kitchen saved cleverely, but on a further return was compelled to grant a corner from a shot by Hannigan. Proudfoot met the ball, and made tracks for the home end, only to be eventually pulled up by Barron, and returning again Bannister tried a long shot without success. Burnley were the more dangerous in their movements, and a really fine effort culminated in Morrison sending in a capital shot at Kitchen. who saved with good judgement. In close following Abbott, and Settle tried to lower the Burnley colours without success, and at the other end McLintock placed his men well ahead, the ball finally going into the net, but owing to impeding the goalkeeper, the point was not allowed. Towards the interval McLintock put the ball well forward and on Kitchen making a poor attempt to get it away it was returned to the goalmouth, where Balmer unfortunately out through. Nothing further was scored upto halftime, when the score stood, Burnley 1 goal Everton nil. On resuming the home side bore down in irresistible fashion on the visitors goal and Kitchen had many an anxious moment. The stage was raised but a quarter of an hour play Hannigan sent in a centre, which Hartley converted. In repelling a further attack, Kitchen was hurt, but the game was quickly resumed, and Burnley kept up a steady pressure. A movement, in which Hartley played a prominent part, resulted in the ball coming to Chadwick, who with a swift shot gave Kitchen no chance of saving. The game toned down considerably, but towards the close Evertpn forged ahead and Proudfoot converted a smart centre by settle, and Burnley winning by 3 goals to 1.



February 5 1900.

At Goodison Park, Oldham scoring from an Oldham Penalty kick, and Boyle scoring the second, and Everton eventually winning by 2 goals to one. Everton: - Kitchen, Goal, Auld, and Crelly, backs, Boyle, Green and Sharp (b), halfbacks, Roche, Dawson, Oldham, Gee, and Schofield, forwards



February 5 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

There was but little satisfaction to be derived from a visit to Burnley on Saturday, for apart from the unfavorable elemental conditions that prevailed the quality of play provided was of such a moderate class that it would have profitted better even those wild enthusiastic that visited the ground had they remarked by the hearths of their fathers. There was absolutely no intere4 in the proceedings beyond the fact that the home contingent were certain to annex the full quota of points, and the presumably was the opinion of the Everton selection committee who cheerfully remained at home awaited results. Enforced changes in the team due to the prevailing epidemic, left openings for Kitchen, Toman, and Molyneux, and not in one instance did the newly included maintain their position with any degree of success. With but few exceptions the Burnley team were completely masters of the situation, and that they deserved to win could not but be admitted by even the wildest enthusiast of the Everton club. It is something of a coincidence that what might be termed the cast off of Everton should have been the means of so complete a downfall of their old club, and as at Southampton, where Milward and Meechan fairly put their of friends through their facings, so at Burnley Chadwick Hartley and Hillman were a trio that were ever prominent, and had much to do with the success of their side. This surely points to official's incompetence in the matter of judging the merits of a player for it has been painfully brought home during the past fortnight. There was no better forwards on the field than Edgar Chadwick, whose general play and exceptionally fine finishing touches were features that saved the game from falling much below the average standard of League Football. His display following so quickly upon that by his old comrades Milward called up bright reminisoenoes that clearly emphasised the loss the Everton club has sustained in parting with a couple of players who at the present time are capable of upholding the best traditions of the game in their respective positions and who probably would be delighted to resume their old associations at Goodison Park, where they have so many well wishes. Chadwick was in his old position as inside left, and being ably backed up by the quondam Evertonian Hartley, he was a constant source of anxiety to the visiting defenders. Both Hartley and Chadwick scored, which of course added greatly to the discomfiture of their old clubmates, so closely following upon their similar experience at Southampton. Beyond Balmer there was not a member on the Everton side that played up to his reputation, and there could be no doubt that but for his fine judgement in anticipating danger combined with cool tackling and powerful kicking, the issue of the game could not have been any other but that of complete rout. After playing in the position of left full back since the middle of September, he filled the position on the right with consummate skill, and it is a question if there is a more resourceful full back in League football at the present time. Kitchen should certainly have saved the first goal, and the second was one that could scarcely come within the category of the difficult order. At halfback Blythe alone did good work, so that the non-success of the visitors can thus readily be imagined. There was no method whatever in the attack and the infection being general it would be altogether invidious to individualise. The Burnley forwards were quite alive to the seriousness of their positions in the League table, and they left nothing undone to turn the tide in their favour. Hartley kept the wings well employed, and as might be gathered from the above, his confreres would have established their prowess more pronouncedly but for the able attentions of Balmer. The Halfback line was reliable and behind the trio Mclintock and Hillman were over really for every emergency. Taking the game all through the home side thoroughly deserved their victory of three goals to one.



February 9 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

The directors have succeeded in securing Alex McDonald the centre forward of Jarrows, with whom he has played for two season's. He is 21 years of age, 5ft 9 and half inches, in height, 11 stone in weight, and is considered one of the best shots in the north of England, he will play at Goodison Park on Saturday, on which day a trial will be given to A.Chadwick, a brother of the famous Egar Chadwick.


February 12 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

The Cup-tie career of the Everton Club having been cut short at Southampton a fortnight ago, left an open date on Saturday last, and a friendly fixture was arranged with the Distillery Club at Belfast. The weather was fine, though frosty and some 6,000 spectators turned out to witness the contest. A powerful side represented the visitors, and the Distillery also put their full strength in the field. Welford, of the Glasgow Celtic making his first appearance at left full back. The sides were as follows: - Everton: - Muir, goal, Eccles, and Molyneux, backs, Woklstenholmes, Blythe, and Abbott halfbacks, Taylor (captain), Toman, Proudfoot, Settle and Gray forwards. Distillery: - Lewis, goal, Cochrane, and welford, backs, Murphy, Burnison, and Leman halfbacks, Black, Smith, Worrall, Karns, and Magill, forwards Everton commenced play and had much the better of the opening stages, though they found it a difficult matter to penetrate the home defence Gray looked liking opening the account when Lewis kicked clear, and following some clever play by the Distillery backs, the visitors quarters narrowly escaped capture from a corner kick, Muir bringing off a clever save from Kerns at inside left. Smart play by the Everton left wing was the next item, and on the Distillery returning again Magill put through, but was promptly ruled offside. The Everton forwards now combined in excellent fashion, and the movement was completed by Settle shooting a fine goal after play had been in progress for 20 minutes. Play was fairly well distributed following upon Everton's success, but eventually an equalising goal came from Magill, and at half time the score-stood Everton 1 goal, Distillery 1. During the second half the visitors showed much the better tactics and were continually within the Distillery half. The home defenders were, however, equal to all demands, and time after time Lewis saved his charge when beset, with difficulties. The Distillery then broke away, and some five minutes from the close Kerns defeated Muir, thus giving his side the lead, but just on time Settle scored, and the game ended in a draw of two goals each.


February 12, 1900. The Courier & Argus

The Everton Club have obtained the signature of Alexander McDonald, the centre forward of the Jarrow Club. McDonald, who is twenty-one years old, originally played for Patrick Thistle.



February 19 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

The return League fixture between these clubs was brought off on the Forest ground, before a gathering of 7,000 spectators. On the Everton side Boyle appeared in his old position at centre half, and Muir was again at his accustomed post. With the exception of Fred Forman, the Forest team was at full strength, and at three o'clock the sides faced as follows : - Everton: - Muir, goal, Balmer, and Molyneux, backs, Wolstenholmes, Boyle, and Abbott, halfbacks, Taylor (captain), Toman, Proudfoot, Settle, and Gray, forwards. Notts Forest: - Alloopp, goal, Peers, and Iremonger, backs, Frank Forman, McPherson, and Norris, halfbacks, Capes, Calvey, Beveridge, Morris, and Spouncer forwards. Everton started but the Forest immediately took up the running, and with the first minute Capes put in a capital shot at Muir, who saved, only to be again called upon by Morris. The Everton right then made play, and Allsopp had to deal with a shot from Toman, which brought about a fruitless corner. The Forest van then attacked in spirited fashion, and following a clever attempt by Morris Calvey pounded upon the ball, and drove it hard pass Muir into the net, play having been in progress some ten minutes. Everton then returned to the attack, and several fine attempts were made to score. They could however, rarely make an impression on the home defence, though when they did escape the vigilance of Peers and Iremonger, the wary Allsopp was ever ready. At the other end Forman made a clever bid for goal, and following several attempts to penetrate the Forest defence, Peers tipped Proudfoot up within the penalty line. The referee consulted the linesman, though there was apparently no necessity for such resource, as the infringement was most glaring, and awarded a penalty kick , from which Balmer equalised. For some time there was no stopping the Evertonians who repeatedly attacked, only to find the home rear guard in grand form. Settle came near the mark with a shot that struck the crossbar and then the Forest van gave trouble, Muir having to keep out shots from Spouncer and Calvey. Eventually Morris put in a swinging centre, which Calvey headed into the net, but the first named player was undoubtedly offside, though the referee failed to recognise such. Nothing further was scored upto the interval, when the score stood Forest 2 goals Everton 1. On resuming Everton looked like immediately pulling up level again, several efforts from settle only justed missing the mark. In heading out the ball, Peers was stunned and taken off the field. Forman going full back. Everton still kept up the pressure, but following a breakaway Calvey again raced through, and put on a third goal. The cheering had scarely subsided when Proudfoot reduced the lead by a dashing run and shot, and a few minutes later Peer came on the field again. After half an hour's play Spouncer sent the ball over to Calvey and the movement ended in Morris putting on a fourth goal, a strong appeal for offside not being entertained. Nothing further was scored, and the game ended in a win for notts Forest by 4 goals to 2.



February 19 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

At Goodison Park. After twelve minutes Glossop got a free kick from which Laniston crossed to Walnsley, who scored. Two minutes afterwards Dawson drew level. The Glossop forwards however, were full of life, and in less than five minutes two further goals were added by Carlin and walnesley. Everton attacked fiercely, and Oldham beat Armstrong while afterwards Dawson drew level with clever headway. Half time 3 goals each. Immediately on resuming, Glossop were awarded a penalty, which Scarett converted, but straight from the restart Oldham again equalised. Glossop gained the lead, but Oldham drew level. Result Everton 5 goals Glossop 5. (Game 23) Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Auld and Molyneux, backs Gordon, Green and Blythe, halfbacks, Roche, Dawson, McDonald, Oldham, and Chadwick (a) forwards.



February 19 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

The return League match between Everton and the Forest, at Nottingham was productive of excellent sport, and on all hands it was freely admitted that no better exposition of the code had been given on the City ground this season. Unfortunately, the score did not correctly reflect upon the general run of the play, for a draw would have better befitted the occasion. The referee's part in the proceedings was decidedly unsatisfactory, for several decisions were unworthy the merest novice at the game. The second and fourth goals warded the Forest were the result of the most palpable infringements of the offside rule, and the decisions against Everton were subsequently rendered all the more ludicrous by the whistle holder pulling up the Forest towards the close when there was not the slightest approach to offside. It was remarked ironically that probably the Forest had received sufficient favours, but it is unfortunate that a game so well contested and so keenly appreciated should be divested of its instimsio merit by such a sample of ineffecticient ruling as that witnessed on Saturday. The lot of a referee at the best of times is certainly not a happy one, and that much abused officials during a hearted contest is worthy of some latitude; but when sheer ignorance is displayed in the most ordinary of points, and that ignorance is calculated to rob a contest of much of its attractiveness, it is high time for reform. Reverting to the game, the interest was sustained from start to finish, and the 7,000 spectators that visited the ground was amply rewarded for their trouble. The Everton forwards gave a good account of themselves, and a pleasing item to chronicle was a district improvement in the play of Toman, who partnered Taylor on the right wing. The latter play put in plenty of work, but at times was wanting in judgement. Proudfoot in the centre kept his wings well employed, and was always a source of anxiety to the home back. On two occasions he was despoiled of certain goals after making clever openings, offside in both instances being given against him, and with Settle on the left there was plenty of work cut out for the home defenders. The halfbacks played a capital game, notably Boyle, who made his reappearance after several weeks absence. His fearless tackling and clever placing of the ball were prominent features throughout, and served to bring him out prominently as the most resourceful half on the field. Abbot also did well; but at times Wolstenholmes was inclined to take matters rather lightly. At full back Balmer again gave a very clever display, or no doubt Spouncer and Morris, the Forest left wing pair, will testify. His clean kicking and ready tackling were greatly admired and had his confreres been as ready with the latter quality possibly a different complexion might have been put upon the game. Capes was allowed too much latitude by Molyneux though at the same time, it could not but be admitted that the Evertonians played a satisfactory game all through. More dash in tackling an opponent would improve the effectiveness of his work considerably and probably after Saturday he will quite recognise this fact. Muir was labouring under difficulties, for two of the goals recombined against him should never have been allowed. He death with everything that came within his reach in his most masterly fashion, and a similar remark aptly applies to the work of Allsopp, the Forest custodian. He had several narrow escapes, notably from Settle, one of whose shots struck the crossbar, and Toman who had not shown such fine shooting form so far this season. / Peers and Iremonger defended well, and were ably covered by Frank Forman, McPherson, and Morris, the first named player especially contributing work of a high class character. The forwards were keen on the ball, and always dangerous when in possession. The right wing pair were prominent throughout, and there was not a more effective forward than Calvey. He quality of whose play may be gathered from the fact that he adminished the finishing touches to three goals and had a shine in the fourth. Capes had a tenancy to be offside, and often escaped the notice of the referee, at the other end of the line. Spouncer scarely came up to the class form. As stated above, a draw would have been a more correct conclusion to a game in which the interest was freely and evenly sustained throughout.



February 26 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

Association football in the immediate district was in a quiet state on Saturday for both local clubs by reason of their career in the cup ties being cut short had open dates. A friendly was arranged between Everton and Derby County, but evidently it was not sufficiently enticing for Liverpool supporters of the game, as at the start there would be but 3,000 spectators present. The sides were as follow: - Everton: - Muir, goal Balmer and Molyneux, backs, Boyle Green and Abbott halfbacks Sharp, Toman, McDonald, Gray, and Taylor (captain) forwards. Derby County: - Fryer, goal, Melven and Staeley, backs, Cox, Leckie, and May, halfbacks, Wombwell, Bloomer, Boag, Arkedsen, and Davis, forwards. Play opened brisky, and in favour of the County several long shots being sent into Muir, who attened in them in able fashion. Sharp then brown up matters with a couple of fine sprints, but against Staley he met with stubborn resistance, McDonald, late of Jarrow also put in good work in the centre, and on two occasions he made capital openings only to find Fryer, the visiting custodian in great form. For some time Everton forced the game, but could make no impression on the County defence, which prevailed in almost every instance. Eventually McDonald worked his way through, and finished up with a splendid shot that gave Fryer no chance of saving. Nothing further was scored upto the interval, when Everton led by a goal to nil. On resuming there was some pretty forward play on both sides but the bulk of the attack came from Everton van, Fryer however was not be beaten, and his exposition in dealing with all variety of shots was well worth witnessing. With the game well advance, a chance was given to Bloomer and that player put a shot into the net quite out of the reach of Muir. Play was fairly even upto the close, and as nothing further was scored, the game ended in a draw of one goal each.



February 26 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

At Glossop, before 500 spectators. Glossop started ten minutes late. Everton were soon on the attack, Oldham shooting over Etcliffe removed after further pressure by the visitors, and Glossop got away, Walnsley finally heading wide. Paterson shot splendidly, Kitchen effecting a smart clearance in the Everton goal. Glossop forced an unproductive corner and at the opposite end Chadwick missed an easy chance. Kitchen disproved of good shots from French and Bennett. Glossop showed some smart combination, and Kitchen put over the bar. Two corners kicks to Glossop were unproductive and Burgess nicely checked a fine movement by the Everton forwards. Williams stopped a warm shot from Oldham, but Chadwick rushed in and scored. Play was fast and interesting, the respective custodians being frequently tested. Roche scored again for Everton, who led at half time by 2 goals to nil. On resuming Everton forced two corners, in quick succession, but failed to score. Glossop made determined efforts to break through but the Everton defenders was sound. Everton retaliated and Dawson scored a third goal. Williams made several fine saves, and Kitchen was equally successful in the Everton goal. Everton played with great confidence and scored again and finally won by 4 goals to nil. Everton: - Kitchen goal, Eccles, and Sharp, backs, Wolstenholmes Gordon and Murphy halfbacks, Roche, Dawson, Oldham, Chadwick (a), and Schofield, forwards .



February 26 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

As both Everton and Liverpool had no further interest in the National Cup Competition, there was little to stir the pulse of local football supporters on Saturday. The executives of the Liverpool Club desired to give their players a rest. The managers of the Everton Club engaged a ‘'friendly'' with Derby County, and to lead interest to the proceedings introduced a couple of their latest recruits. The game however, did not meet with the supports that one would naturally expect to be forthcoming, seeing that there was no counter attraction for at the start there would be but 3,000 present, and at no time during the game did the attendance muster 5,000. Evidently nothing but a stern League contest in which the outcome must furnish some tangible event or an exciting English Cup tie will induce local followers of the code to give their support, though on Saturday those that stayed away missed a game that was interesting all through. Having nothing at stake the players set about task evidently with a desire to keep prominently before notable points of the game, and to a great extent they accomplished their mission satisfactorily. The combination of the forwards who were not unduly harassed by the halfbacks was pretty to watch, and but for faulty shooting the quality of play reached a high standard. On the Everton side, McDonald late of Jarrow, filled Proudfoot position with credit, and by putting plenty of dash into his play, with a capital knowledge of where the net lies, he should be a useful servant to the club. Half and backs play was sound on both sides, and in goal while Muir was not often called upon, Fryer was kept repeatedly employed, and on two occasions repelled shots in quick succession when there did not appear to be the slightest chance of escape. The teo goal scored, one by McDonald and other by Bloomer, were splendid efforts, well worked for and worthy of success. On the play Everton had more than an equal share, and nothing but the defence of Fryer could have prevented than from piling on goals.