January 1900


January 1 1900. The Liverpool Courier

Exceptional interest caused in the meeting between Everton and Sheffield United in the Cutlery town on Saturday. The Everton team accompanied by Messrs Bainbridge and Taylor, and R.Molyneux the secretary, travelled from central Station by a train at 10-45, and on arrival at Sheffield drove directly to the ground. The sun was shinning brilliantly and the sides, which won the toss, would have the advantage of both wind and sun. Perhaps owing to the early kick off, the spectators did not turn up in such large numbers as had been anticipated, but still at the kick off, there would be quite eight thousand spectators. Beers was the only absentee from the United eleven, and at 2-15 the teams faced as follows: - Everton: - Muir goal, Eccles and Balmer, backs, Wolstenholmes, Boyle and Abbott, halfbacks Sharp (j), Taylor (captain), Proudfoot, Settle and Gray, forwards. Sheffield United: - Foulkes, goal, Thickett, and Boyle backs, Johnson Morren, and Needham, halfbacks, Bennett, Barnes, Hedley, Almond, and Preist, forwards. Referee Mr.A.J.Barker. Everton won the toss and following a few exchanges the Everton left wing put in some nice play, which compelled Boyle to kick back to Foulkes. The custodian missed the ball, but had time tto recover himself and prevent it rolling over the line to the net. Some pretty combination among the United forwards ended in Balmer fouling Hedley close to the twelve yards line, but the free kick came to nothing, and the Everton forwards again made headway, Settle causing Foukles to save on the line. The visitors continued to maintain play in their opponents half, and Foulkes only scooped a magnificent shot from Proudfoot out at the expense of a corner. Eventually the United paid a temporary visit to the visitors half, but they gave the Everton defenders little trouble, the game so far having been altogether in favour of the visitors. Two corners in rapid succession fell to them, but they could not force the ball past Foulkes, who was tested with a fine shot from long range by Balmer. The visiting forwards and halfbacks worked together to perfection, and quite outplayed the Blades, but in front of goal their effectiveness seemed to die away, one or two chances of opening the scoring being lost. Taylor with a lighting shot sent the ball over the crossbar, and then Priest spurted along the wing and centred, but Balmer with a hugh kick transferred operations to the other end where after some nice work by the right wing Proudfoot was ruled off side. Immediately afterwards Needham fouled Proudfoot, as he was getting nicety away, but the free kick brought them no advantage, and then the game was stopped for a few moments owing to an injury to Boyle's knee. He continued playing, but limped painfully. After Muir had cleared a weak shot from Hedley, even play followed, Abbott on one occasion smartly robbing Bennett and Barnes. Some of the Everton players, though a misunderstanding stopped playing for a moment and at once the United forwards went off, and Hedley, beating Boyle who was limping, rushed clear through and scored with a shot which give Muir no chance. Right from the kick off the Blades dashed off with great determination, and from Hedley's centre Bennett headed into the net, but the point was rightly disallowed for offside. Encouraged by the cheers of the crowd, there was now no stopping the Blades and a terrific shot by Hedley only just missed the mark. At the other end Settle got through nicely, but had to pass back to Taylor, who put in a shot along the ground which, was altogether too slow to trouble Foulkes. Without wasting time Sheffield were again on the aggressive and after Muir had saved a stringing shot from Needham they obtained a corner. Following this there were several exchanges in the Everton goalmouth, Barnes eventually getting possession and scoring United's second goal, with a swift shot, the ball passing Muir and lodging in the corner of the net. Owing to Boyle's injury Taylor went to centre half, Boyle doing what he could at outside right. Though Everton occasionally attacked, United had the best of the matters up to the interval. Half time Sheffield United 2 goals Everton nil. There would be 10,000 spectators present on the resumption. Boyle turned out again as outside right but his injured leg was evidently paining him. The United were the first to make headway, but Everton retaliated and Settle had a pop at goal, which went over the bar. A moment later Boyle appeared to have shot the ball pass Foulkes, when one of the Blades rushed up and kicked it away. Then Everton players strongly appeared for the goal, but the referee after consulting one of the linesman, disallowed the point. Barnes headed a third for the United from a corner taken by Johnson. Priest placed the fourth from a penalty kick , and Hedley put on a fifth. Final result United 5 goals, Everton nil.



January 1 1900. The Liverpool Courier

At Goodison Park. The home team started against the sun, and following a run by Gee on the home left the Ramblers returned smartly, and Brown almost scored in the first minute. Hague also having hard times shortly afterwards. The Ramblers had much the best of matters at the outset and eventually scored from a free kick. Hagues meeting the ball. Everton made capital attack, but without any tangible result. After 35 minutes Dawson drew level from a corner, and just before the interval, Oldham scored again. Half time Everton 2 goals Hurst 1. Everton showed considerably improved from the resumption, and in less than five minutes Roche scored a third goal after the Hurst custodian had made two smart clearances. Kitchen afterwards scored a penalty kick. The game was entirely in favour of Everton, and won by 4 goals to 1. Everton: - Kitchen goal, Crelly, and Molyneux, backs, Murphy, Gordon and Blythe, halfbacks Roche, Dawson, Oldham, Toman, and Schofield, forwards.



January 1 1900. The Sheffield Independent.

The Sheffield United play against Everton at Bramell lane yesterday and during the week it seemed likely that a large call would have to be made upon the Reserve. But as it happily turned out things were not so had as they seemed, and a few days at Matlock had such a marvelously beneficial effect that with the solitary exception of Beers every man of the first team was able to participate in the game. Instead of the half feared the league leaders succeeded in gaining a brilliant victory by five goals to nil in a style which proved that there was nothing very radically wrong with the team, although several players were certainly somewhat “off colour” Beers place on the inside left was creditably filled by Barnes of the reserves, who played so well as to prove his presence in the team no source of weakness whatever, indeed the second team man, who has usually played on the left wing accommodated himself to his company excellently, and distinguished himself by scoring two of the fine goals. Needham, who had been out of the team for two matches, was loudly cheered when he was seen emerging from the pavilion at the head of his men, and it was somewhat of a surprise to see Boyle turn out after what one had heard of his condition. As for Everton they thought a strong right half-back, who had been injured, resuming his place for the first twenty minutes of the game assisted by wind and sun, the visitors played excellently, displaying pretty and scientific football without, however, succeeding in piercing the strong United defence. But gradually the Sheffielders began to assert a supericrity, and after Hedley had opened, the scoring by a good run and smart shot, there was really only one team in it. A truly wonderful change came over the game, and the wearers of the red and white enjoyed a lead of two goals to none at the interval, for a time in the second half Everton played up pluckily, and it, is questionable whether they ought not to have been allowed a goal which they claimed for the ball going over the line soon after change of ends, but generally speaking the play of the visitors was of an indifferent character, and during the last quarter of an hour they were so completely outplayed the United added three more goals, and won decisively and easily as already stated. The game was watched by 10,000 or 11,000 spectators. Winning the toss was a decided advantage to the Evertonians, who, defending the goal, at the Bramell lane end of the ground, had a fresh breeze and a brought sun assisting them. Under these circumstance it is not suprising that they had the better of the exchanges in the early part of the game. The visitors at once advanced, and Boyle, the United back, passing, back to Foulkes, the home goalkeeper only just managed to prevent the ball rolling through. Foulkes just managed to stop a dangerous long shot from Taylor, and Everton continued to press he was also called upon to save a shot from Proudfoot. The United at length began to play up, and several vigorous rushes were made to the other end, the visitors' back play, however, being too good to allow Muir being called upon, once Morren sent a long flying shot near the mark, but the Sheffielders attempts at goal, were rare. After a brief stoppage owing to Boyle of Everton, being hurt. Hedley got through for the United, and called upon Muir with a low shot, which, not being very fast, the visitors' custodian easily saved. Play was now even, the Sheffielders quite holding their own in spite of wind and sun. Gradually the league leaders began to force the play into their opponents' territory, and met with success, for Hedley, making a smart run, beat Muir with a sharp oblique shot, and scored amidst loud applause, after 30 minutes play. Returning to the attack the United got the ball again past Muir, Bennett heading through, but an appeal for offside against Priest, who centred the ball, was allowed, and the goal did not count. Nevertheless the Sheffielders continued to attach with Great Spirit, and Hedley skimmed the bar with a lovely shot. A beautifully effort by Needham caused Muir to bestir himself to save, and the home front rank, continuing to press, Barnes succeeded in adding a second goal with a very good shot just inside the post, which quite beat Muir. These successes of the home team, gained against the wind and sun, were loudly and deservedly cheered. The second goal was scored seven minutes before half-time. Everton made an occasional rush to the other end, but the Sheffielders, who had wonderfully improved since the opening stages of the game, still had the better of the argument with the interval drawing near. At half-time led by two goals to nil –a very smart achievement, considering the conditions under which such a lead was obtained. Shortly before the change of ends Everton made an alteration in the arrangement of their team. Boyle going from centre half to outside right, Sharp coming inside right and Taylor centre-half when play was resumed, Everton, were the first to advance in anything like dangerous fashion but Settle, shot just over the bar, indeed the visitors had the better of the opening play in the second half, just as they had in the first. Foulkes fumbling with the ball from a low shot by Boyle, let it slip, and Everton appealed that it had been through, but the referee, after consulting one linesman, disallowed the claim for a goal. Everton attacking again were granted a free kick for Proudfoot being tripped just outside the penalty limit, but the home goal was successful defended. Then the Sheffielders had a turn of attacking, and Barnes tested Muir with a long shot, Muir saving just under the bar, and just afterwards Needham shot just over. The visitors then made another dash, and Settle sent in a capital shot, which, however, Foulke, saved well. Play was fast, exciting, and now fairly even. At length United began to press with determination, but Muir saved his goal. Several times in clever style, stopping Sharp low shots from Barnett and Priest, and tripping a splendid high one from Bennett over the bar, giving a fruitless corner. Assisted by the wind the United were having the best of the play. After being kept on the defensive for some time, Everton made several spurts, without, however, getting dangerous and although they got a corner they failed to improve upon it, trying again, however, a good centre by into the home goal mouth looked ominous, Morren, however, coming to the rescue in time. Johnson gave a corner but the visitors could not get through, and the game degenerated in interest, with a quarter of an hour left for play the Sheffielders attacked hotly, and from a corner well taken by Johnson, Barnes headed a third goal. Later Bennett was busy on the home right but Muir saved a good shot from him, and Balmer cleared from a centre. Boyle of Everton was injured in a collision with his name-sake, but soon resumed, whereupon the Blades quickly carried the war into the enemy's camp once more, and one of the Everton men handling the ball intentionally in the 12 yards limit, a penalty kick was granted, and Priest taking it, scored a fourth goal, Muir making a galliant effort to save, just touching the ball, but failing to stop it. The success of the home team, continued, and two minutes before time Hedley, with a splendid long shot, added a fifth goal. United thus gaining a brilliant and well-earned victory as under.

Sheffield United 5 goals, Everton 0 goals.

Teams: - Sheffield United: - Foulke, goal; Thickett and Boyle, backs; Johnson, Morrent, and Needham, half-backs; Bennett, Barnes, Hedley, Almond, and Priest, forwards. Everton: - Muir, goal; Eccles and Balmer, backs; Wolstenholmes, Boyle, and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Proudfoot, Settle, and Gray, forwards. Referee Mr. Barker, Huntey.



January 2, 1900. The Sheffield Independent.

The League fixture was played at Liverpool today in dull weather before about 10,000 spectators. Both teams were in full strength. Everton kicked off and attacked vicariously, two corners being forced without result. North End relieved the pressure, but could not score, and Everton returning to the attack, Proudfoot scored. Hal-Time Everton 1, Preston 0. On resuming the spectators had increased to quite 15,000. Everton again assumed the aggressive, and Proudfoot, when in a nice position, shot over the bar. The visitors then attacked smartly, and Muir was called upon once, but the defence was very sound. Both goals were assailed in rapid succession but nothing further was added to the score. Result Everton 1 Preston North End 0.



January 2, 1900. The Sheffield Independent.

The visited of the Everton Reserves team, which figures prominently in the Lancashire Combination, occupying the fourth position in the table of results came to Bramell lane, to play the Reserve of the champions of the First League proved a capital attraction, a very good crowd lining the ropes when the teams stepped on the green. The visitors were strongly represented, while the red and whites also played a powerful side in the field. The weather turned out most miserable, a dense fog hanging over the ground during the whole of the time play was in progress. The ground was on the heavy side, owing to the wet weather we have experienced during the last weeks, and coupled with the fog defracted greatly from the interest in the game. Owing chiefly to these two causes the captains mutually agreed to play only 35 minutes each way unluckily. For Everton Ellis Gee, their clever outside left, had the misfortune to strain his leg badly, and had to retire early in the game, the visitors thus being reduced to ten men. A similar accident befell the United in the early stages of the second half, Kent being accidententally injured, and also having to leave the field, taking no further part in the game, though how the accident occurred could not be seen from the press box owing to the defenseness of the mist. Thus for the greater part of the second half both teams were on an equality as regard numbers, play also being pretty even. United won the toss and defended the Bramell lane goal, Oldham kicked off prompt to time, the United immediately taking up the aggressive. A nice run by the whole of the home forwards, brought about the down fall of the visitor's citadel in the first minute, Field beating Kitchen with a lovely shot. The red and whites were clearly the better team thus far, and though Everton occasionally threatened danger to the home goal, they were unable to get near enough to trouble Kettle. Twenty minutes after the commencement Rogers again placed past Kitchean, the custodian having no chance of saving. Everton nettled by the double reverse, tried desperately to open their account, and shortly after the second success of the home team, the visitors got near Kettle, and Dawson shot through and registered the visitors first point. Even play ruled to the interval, when the score was United Reserves 2 goals, Everton Combination 1 goal. On changing ends play was very difficult to follow to the fog which had been growing dense for a good while, the game to a great extent being spoiled there by. Kitchen was the first to be called upon, punting away a long shot from the centre Everton now woke up and carried play to the shoreham street goal, and after about seven minutes they were rewarded with further success, but who the happy individual was who was credited with the goal it was impossible to see from the Press box. An attack by the Sheffielders on Kitchean's change was ended by Bennett shooting wide of the mark, the Blue trying fruitless to lower the United colours. Twenty minutes after the recommencement the Bramell lane team swarmed round the Everton citadel, and after a hot assault Barnes shot into the net for a third time, the home team once more gaining the ascendancy. A corner to the red and whites was safely negotiated, the home team causing the Everton defence no end of trouble to avert disaster, but the home defence prevailed, time eventually arriving with the United Reserves deservedly victorious as follows: - Sheffield United Reserves 3 Everton Reserves 2. Teams: - Sheffield United Reserves: - Kettle, goal; Kent and Simpson, backs; Parker, Brooks, and B. Wilkinson, half-backs; Barnes, Bennett, Rogers, Field, and Hall, forwards. Everton Reserves: - Kitchean, goal; Crelly and Molyneux, backs; Murphy, Gordon, and Dixon, half-backs; Roche, Dawson, Oldham, Storey, and Gee, forwards. Referee C.H. Green, Sheffield.



January 2 1900. The Liverpool Courier

The New year from a football point of view was ushered in at Goodison road by a visit from Preston North End. The weather was not by any means inviting, and it was probably not surprising that the usual big crowd, which attended holiday fixture in the old days, was conspicuous by its absence. Still there would be about 10,000 spectators present at half past two o'clock when the game commenced. Everton severe reverse on Saturday at Sheffield no doubt had something to do with the comparatively meagre attendance. The injuries which Boyle sustained in the match with Sheffield prevented his playing and Blythe was called upon to fill his position of centre half. North End was represented by the same players who have done so well during the last two or three weeks. The teams were: - Everton: - Muir, goal, Eccles, and Balmer, backs Wolstenholmes Blythe, and Abbott halfbacks, Sharp (j), Taylor (captain) Proudfoot Settle, and Gray forwards. Preston North End: - McBridge goal, Orrell, and Dunn, backs, Eccleston, McIntyre, and Elliott, halfbacks Atherton, Gars, Stevenson, Peirce, and Henderson, forwards.

Everton commenced operations and following the usual exchanges, the home side took up the attack, the left wing in particular being prominent. There was however, no defeating the visitors defence though on one occasion Settle had a fairly easy chance but shot wide. A rush to the other end found Stevenson at fault and following a further attack, by the North End left wing, the home side were seen to advantage, Gray, however, shooting wide when a capital chance presented itself. Pierce missed a splendid chance of scoring, and then Everton attacked with great determination. A couple of corners fell to them, and several shots were put in which were cleared after which Proudfoot, when only a few yards from goal, sent the ball over the bar. North End them forced their opponents back, and a rattling shot from Stevenson just went over the crossbar. Everton again put on pressure and both Proudfoot and Sharp tested McBridge who saved very smartly. Still the Evertonians were not to be denied, and after fine work on the part of the forwards and halves in which Settle and Proudfoot were conspicuous, the latter defeated McBridge with a grand shot which gave the visiting custodian no chance. Encourged by this success, the home team kept up the pressure, but the visitor's defenders were not to be beaten. Eventually the North End representative got well down without however, troubling Muir, and the game was contested for the most part in midfield. Sharp was running along the wing beautifully when he was brought down by Elliott, and from the free kick Orrell cleared in the nick of time. At the other end, Muir had no difficulty in keeping out a shot from Henderson but for some time the visitors asserted themselves strongly, though they were not very formidable in front of goal. Atherton shot outside, and another period of pressure by Everton was not turned to account. Evan at this period the light was failing and in the biting cold the lot of the spectators was by no means pleasant, Sharp forced a corner off Orrell when nearly brought about the downfall of the Preston goal, and after a temporary incursion into Everton half, another execiting passage of arms occurred between Sharp and Dunn, which ended in a free kick being awarded to Everton. This led to further interesting play in the Preston goalmouth, and finally relief came when Proudfoot shot wide. Then the visitors had a turn, and Atherton shot in only to find Muir quite to the occasion. The game at this period was not very interesting, but with Everton more than holding their own the crowd were quite satisfied. Only occasionally did the visitors cross the half way line and even than their efforts were somewhat feeble. Everton were still attacking when the whistle blow for the interval. Half time Everton 1 goal Preston nil. On resuming in the presence of fully 15,000 spectators. Everton at once assumed the aggressive and Proudfoot when nicely situated shot high over the crossbar. A smart attack by the visitors followed, but the Everton backs were not to be beaten, and Muir was only once called upon to handle. Smart work on the home left wing threatened danger to the Preston goal. Gray however, was not allowed to get in his shot, and the play for some time was devoid of excitement, neither team showing to advantage. Responding to cries of ‘'play up Everton'' the home forwards put on pressure and Taylor had a pop at goal, but his shot was faulty. Muir intercepted an attempt by Henderson and give and take play was the order of the day, Everton however, being the more prominent. After this they kept the North Enders on the defensive for fully ten minutes. Settle was at fault when in a fairly good position, and generally the final efforts of the forwards, were weak. The pace improved and considerable more interest was imparted to the game. North End made desperate efforts to draw level, but there was no getting past the Everton defenders. Then from a free kick the Preston goal had a narrow escape McBride saving well from Proudfoot. Another vigorous onslaught by the visitors kept the home defence busly employed, and Pierce only just missed the mark with a fine attempt. As the end approached both teams put more life into their play, and the excitement was intense. However, nothing more was scored, and the game ended in a victory for Everton by 1 goal to nil.



January 2 1900. The Liverpool Courier

Heavy fog settled on Bramell lane yesterday, and only 1,000 spectators witnessed the start. United opened well. field scoring with a beauty in the first minute. Immediately afterwards Gee outside left, was injured and retired. United continued to have the best of the play. United scored a second gaol after twenty minutes play. The Everton forwards showed pretty combination, and Dawson scored. Half time was called at 35 minutes. Half time United 2 goal Everton 1. Final Result United 3 goals Everton 2.


January 4, 1900. Glasgow Herald.

Friendly match played at Ibrox yesterday, before about 7,000 spectators. Teams;-Rangers: - Howden, goal; Mckinlay and Dummond, backs; Dunlop, Neil and Mitchell, half-backs; Campbell, Wilkin, Robertson (Benbuch), Hyslop, and McPherson, forwards, Everton: - Muir, goal; Auld (Carluke Milton) and Mortonm backs; Blyth, Gordon and Abbott, half-backs; Taylor, Toman, Reid (Carluke), McDonald and Gray (Carluke), forwards. Referee Mr. W.M. McLodd. In the first half play was fairly interesting, the visitors scoring twice early in the game, and Hyslop equalising with a couple of well taken goals, before the half-time. Result two goals each. The second half was very stubbornly contested for the first half-hour, when the Rangers seemed to fag considerably, and making advantage of this, Everton forward forced the pace, and McDonald scored after a good run with a very soft ball. Taylor next broke away, and after eluding the Rangers halves and backs, he crossed to Toman, who had no difficulty in beating Howeden close in. Result Everton 4, Rangers 2.


January 4, 1900. The Courier & Argus

Friendly match. Played yesterday at Ibrox. The teams were practically reserves, and there was little interest in the play. Each side scored a couple of goals in the first half, but in the second half, although the Rangers had the best of the play. Taylor and McDowell each scored for Everton, who won a poor game by 4 goals to 2.



January 4 1900. The Liverpool Courier

This friendly match was played at Ibrox yesterday in the presence of 8,000 spectators. The Rangers had a scratch team, while Everton played four Lanarkshire juniors in Morton. Auld, McDowell, and Reid, all of the Carluke Milton Rovers. The teams were - Everton: - Muir, goal, Auld, and Morton backs, Blythe, Gordon, and Abbott halfbacks, Taylor (captain), Toman, Rid, McDowell, and Gray, forwards. Rangers: - Holden, goal, McKinlay, and Drummond, backs, Dunlop, Neil, and Mitchell, halfbacks, Campbell, Wilkes, Robertson Hyslop, and McPherson forwards. Referee W.McLeon, Cowlairs.

At the outset the Everton forwards placed a strong pressure on the Rangers goal, Reid, who is a junior internationalist, leading the forwards on in fine style. After five minutes of purely aggressive work, Abbott scored a lovely goal. Everton continued to press hard, the defence of the Rangers being none too good. Good work by Campbell, Neill, and Wilkes raised the siege, but the visitors returned, and Taylor from outside right scored a pretty goal. As a rule, the play was all in favour of Everton, whose careful work was in marked contrast to that of the home eleven. Reid and Taylor nearly brought about the downfall of the Rangers goal. A chance came over the scene when Morton tripped McPherson and from the succeeding foul Hyslop scored a pretty goal. The Rangers marvelously improved and were within an ace of scoring on several occasions. Auld emulated his partner by fouling, and from the foul the English goal had another life. Gray was responsible for the next visit to the Rangers quarters. Here some very clever passing was witnessed between the left and centre. Individually the Rangers were smart enough, but collectively were not on a par with Everton. A soft goal fell to the Rangers, Hyslop shooting slowly and the ball rebounding of Muir's hand into the net. The Rangers looked like scoring again owing to the erract defence of the Liverpool men. Half time Everton 2 goal Rangers 2. In the second half the Rangers had the wind in their favour, and at once placed pressure on the Everton goal. The backs and goalkeeper, however were in fine form, and saved repeatedly. As the game progressed the visitors opened out, and had one or two tries at Holden. The Rangers returned, and Muir saved a couple of fast shots from the left. Everton were now seldom dangerous, but the Rangers could make little use of their advantage, the game being of rough and tumble nature, with little to interest the spectators. McDowell got away on the Everton left, and scored a third goal, thus placing the visitors again in the lead. Play thereafter was hard and exciting, both teams working determinedly for victory, Taylor scored a fourth, and Rangers scored twice, and Everton winning by 4 goals to 3.



January 8 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

The weather on Saturday was altogether against the pursuit of outdoor pastime and an attendance of about 6,000 spectators at Goodison Park must under the conditions that prevailed, be considered satisfactory. The injury to Boyle at Sheffield on the previous Saturday made an opening for Blythe, but otherwise the teams was unaltered and at 2-30 the sides faced as follows: - Everton: - Muir goal, Eccles, and Balmer, backs, Wolstenholmes, Blythe, and Abbott, halfbacks, Sharp, Taylor (captain), Proudfoot, Settle, and Gray forwards. Newcastle United: - Kingsley, goal, Birnie, and Gardner backs Aiktens, Higgins, and Carr halfbacks, Rogers Stevenson, Peddie, McFarlane, and Fraser, forwards. The United commenced operations, but were ill at ease on the heavy ground which apparently suited the Everton forwards Taylor sent in a splendid shot which just skimmed the bar, and following a corner taken by Gray the United goal had a narrow escape. A free kick against the visitors was splendidly placed by Balmer, and the final touch was given to the ball by Settle, who thus opened the scoring five minuets after the start. On getting to work again the United left gave trouble and eventually a smart centre from Fraser was excellent judged by Peddie who headed past Muir, thus equalising. Play in spite of the heavy ground, was of the fast order and a dashing run by Proudfoot between the United backs resulted in the centre defeating Kingsley with a fast rising shot within a few minutes Fraser was afforded an opportunity of again equalising put shot feebly over the bar, and for some little time the home forwards were seen to great advantage, Sharp on one occasion sending in a terrific shot which unfortunately went a trifle wind. At the other end of the line Gray and Settle were putting in plenty of good work, but could not get in a parting shot, and following after opening this time for Peddie. Proudfoot was again conspicuous, the last named player sending in an excellent shot, which completely defeated Kingsley. Balmer placed A few minutes later the visiting custodian was almost defeated from a free kick. Towards the interval Fraser was brought down by Eccles within the twelve yards line and on appeal the referee granted a penalty kick , from which Fraser scored. Nothing further was scored upto the interval. When the score stood, Everton 3 goals Newcastle United 2. On play being resumed Everton attacked with vigour but found the opposing defenders in a stubborn mood. The referee then stopped the game in order to remonstrate with a section of the crowd, and on play proceeding Proudfoot finishing up a capital movement with a shot that brought about a corner kick. This was cleared and following up the ball Peddie had none other than Muir to defeat, but shot outside-a feat he repeated shortly afterwards with another goal. The Novocastriads were now having the great share of the play, but the final efforts of the forwards were invariably weak pulling themselves together again, the Everton vanguard put in several fine touches of play, Settle on two occasions causing Kingsley to handle difficult shots which Sharp missed a rather easy opening. Gray who just missed scoring, and up to the close the home side maintained the advantage but could not increase their lead. Everton winning by 3 goals to 2.



January 8 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

The conditions under which Everton decided their return fixture with Newcastle United were absolutely the wore experienced since the opening of the season, and those spectators who braved the elements fully deserved composition for their temority in wading through the down pour of sleet which descended throughout the day without cessation. It was an unfortunate occurrence for the Everton club, for under ordinary circumstances there would no doubt have been a large crowd present, and the tose in gate money must have been considerable. Never was the splendid accommodation at Goodison Park more appreciated, and it was a tremendous strain on the players to battle for ninety minutes in a ding dong struggle for supremacy on such a day. That the Everton team not only won-and that deservedly-but that they went strongly to the finish is a fitting tribute to the men, and to those who have had the task of bringing them to such a creditable condition of training. But the most refreshing feature of the afternoon's display was the successful manner in which the Everton players adapted themselves to the prevailing state of affairs, and instead of indulging abundant finessing with a feeble shot when in close quarters, which has been their customary procedure they adapted long swinging passes from wing to wing, interspersed with rousing rushes, and a rare good shot to wind up with. Indeed, the determination shooting of the home forwards was one of the most prominent features of a hard fought game the ball being banged in from all sides without ceremony. Useless dallying was entirely dispeused with, and all along the line the idea prevalent was to test Kingsley at every possible opportunity. The result was highly gratifying, not only to the handful of spectators, but also in its results, as far as the collection of League points is concerned, and nothing but downright sterling custodianship by the Novocatrism goalkeeper prevented a more decisive verdict being gained. The question naturally arises, Why can't tactic of the native be more often attempted instead on isolated occasions only. Everton's weakness throughout the season has been a woeful distclimation to tax an opposing custodian, their play in front of goal being utterly incompetent in comparison with their midfield work. The performance against Newcastle came therefore as a delightful revelation and like Oliver Twist the cry is for more. More of the same shooting more of the same headlong tracks for goal, and more success, which the position of the club distinctly demands are certain to accrue. Proudfoot was in a happy mood and the amount of work he got through was astonishing being even ready to furnish an opening to his extreme men and always on the alert to pounce on the centre and dash into goal. His display was a capital one, and another great success was Sharp, who simply trotted round Garner with consummates. His shooting was more determined that usual, and with the exception of one easy chance, after Kingsley had saved full length from Settle which he drove outside the upright when a judicious tap would have placed the ball in the net there was fault to be found with his exhibition. The remainder of the line only suffered in comparison, and whereas all did well the players particularized went slightly beyond their confreres in efficiency. The halfbacks division was also in fine trim, and rendered able assistance to the front line. Abbott fairly revailed in the heavy going, and the ex-Small Heath player required some dispossessing when on the ball. He is certainly demonstrating his right to a permanent position in the team. Blythe filled the centre position with credit, and further behind Balmer kicked splendidly despite the heavy greasy conditions of the ball. Eccles however was not a success, and found in Fraser so opponents not only too speedy, but too skilful likewise, and the quandam Notts County winger made tracks round the old Wolf. The visitors proved a capable side, and possess a strong forward line. Peddie showed a splendid game at centre, but on two occasions raced through t6he home defence, and with only Muir to beat, sent wide on each occasion, thus discountenancing somewhat his otherwise clever exhibition. The best of the five was Fraser, who centred and dribbled with accuracy and he had a capable partner in McFarlane. The halves were a smart trio, but Gariner at full back was easily beaten by the home right wing. Kingsley however kept a splendid goal, and though he was severely tested he came out of the ordeal with credit, two of his saves in the last ten minutes being particularly good. The two points which then follow as a result of this victory, place Everton to a healthy position in the table, and with their tenure in the League practically secure it would be a compensation for many disappointments did the club determine to make amends in the English Cup Competition.



January 15 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

The return engagement between these clubs took placed at Villa Park on Saturday, where there was a crowd of some 16,000 spectators. The Everton team was under the sole charge of Mr.Molyneux, and was represented by exactly the same eleven that defeated Newcastle United on the previous Saturday. Devey and Evans were absentees on the side of the Villa, and at 2-45 the sides turned out as follows: - Everton: - Muir, goal Eccles, and Balmer, backs, Wolstenholmes, Blyth, and Abbott, halfbacks, Sharp, Taylor (captain), Proudfoot, Settle, and Gray forwards. Aston Villa: - George, goal, Spencer, and Crabtree, backs, Noon Cowan, and Wilkes, halfbacks Athersmith, Johnson, Garrity, Wheldon and Smith forwards. The ground had been liberally sprinkled with sand, but was still on the heavy side, and the Villa having won the toss, had the assistance's of a slight breeze. The Villa opened well, and a swinging shot from Athersmith looked like taking effect when Wolstenholmes had the better of a tussle with Garrity and cleared. Settle and gray were then conspicuous by smart play but falling back, Johnson dispossessed the former player, and racing on finishing up with but a poor shot. At the other end, Everton forwards were putting in several fine touches of play, but their efforts only brought about a couple of fruitless corner kicks. A splendid sprint by Smith-the Villa left winger- was the next item, and it looked odds on Garrity converting his centre, when Eccles met the shot, luckily tipping it over the bar. So far play was evenly contested, both sets of backs being kept fully employed. Eventually Proudfoot led on a movement which Settle and Gray improved upon, and repassing the ball was placed accuralty to Taylor who gave George no chance of saving the shot. This success was loudly cheered, and on play being resumed the pace became very hot. Several determined raids were made by the Villa front rank, but they held in check by Balmer and Eccles. Wheldon however missed a fine chance in scoring by wide shooting, and at the other end of the line Athersmith was also at fault with a poor centre. Meanwhile the Everton forwards had quite as much of the play, which so far as their tactics were concerted was greatly admired. Nothing further however was scored, upto the interval, when Everton led by a goal to nil. On resuming, Sharp sent in a beautiful shot, which first missed entering the corner of the net and for some few minutes the Everton van were hovering round the home goal. Settle on one occasion threated his way through the backs only to place the ball too far forward than taking his shot. Several spirited attacks by the Villa were ably dealt with, and general play ruled in favour of the visitors. The forwards at times toyed with the home halves, only to meet with resistance from Spencer and had they not fallen back to play a defensive game 15 minutes from the finish they might have finally secured better results. A determined raid and a pass from the Villa left wing enabled Athersmith to head through. Result Everton 1 goal, Aston Villa nil.



January 15 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

At Goodison park. Everton tried for Scotch recruits McWilliam Chambers Thompson, and Conway. Skerton were late and started with seven men. Play at the outset, Everton forwards doing much as they liked, though offside constantly upset them. With two more players Skerton played a capital defensive game and beat of attack after attack. Comway scored an offside goal just as the tenth men arrived. Skerton played a smart defensive game and though Everton had all the play, 25 minutes before Storey opened the score, Bond having no chance of giving. Skerton made a sortie, but were easily repulsed, and taking up the attack against Oldham shot a second goal. Half time Everton 2 goals Skerton nil. Oldham restarted and Everton again assumed the upper hand. Dawson scored a third point, which was quickly followed by one from Thompson. Skerton played pluckily but Dawson added three other goals. injured himself so badly in scoring the last that he had to be carried off the field. Result Everton 8 goals, Skerton nil. Everton: - Kitchen goal, Crelly and McWilliams, backs. Thompson Chambers, and Gordon halfbacks, Murray, Conway, Oldham, Dawson and Burke forwards.



January 18 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

Since the Villa removed to their new quarters at Aston, visits of the Everton team to the headquarters of the midland club have not borne gratifying results. Last season and the one before saw Everton defeated on each occasion by three goals to nil, but on Saturday there was every indication of the ‘'Blues'' making amends for these failures, and by no mean limited margin. They gave a far more skillful exposition at all. Points of the game, and particularly was this manifest arriving the forwards whose display was generally admitted to be faultless with but one exception, and that in occasional faulty finishing up touches. At the end of nine minutes play Everton had opened their accout after magnificent passing between the centre and left wing, and though facing a brisk breeze, they more than held their own up to the interval. On resuming they were seen to even greater advantage, and with a little luck must have piled on goals, but so watched were Spence, and George, combined with none more faulty shooting, that they failed to increase their lead. A quarter of an hour off time Athersmith headed into the net, and the game finish one goal each. Both sides adopted almost identical tactics, and the Villa spectators were ready to admit that their favourities were fairly beaten at their own game. Supporters of the home club, judging by their warm appreciation of good play are certainly exceptions to the general run. They do not, as in many centres of general run. They do not as many centre of general the football world. Simply pay their nimble sixpence to see their side win. They go to see good play, and are not slow to appreciate excellent, no matter from what side it emanates. The frequent applause meted out to the Everton team when they brought out prominently the nicer points of the game almost led one to image that the contest was at Goodison Park, especially when the splendid bout of passing reterest so above culminated in Taylor opening the scoring. The contest was thus rendered all the more enjoyable by the impartial conduct of the spectators, and are would like to see this spirit extended to visitors on numberous other enclosures. As stated above, the Everton forwards play a surpassingly good game and though it would appear somewhat unfair to single out players for special mention, criticism on this branch of play would be incomplete without a passing notice of the work by Proudfoot who played an ideal centre for game. The half backs too, were very resourceful, and there was scarcely an occasion where a wild pass or loose tackling was noticeable. At full back both Balmer and Eccles got through their work creditably, and the capital turn of speed possessed by the latter player served him in good stead against Smith and Wheldon the speedy Villa left wing, Muir in goal was always reliable, and it was a pity after successfully keeping out his opponents during determined rushes, that his charge fell as the result of the ball rebounding from the upright. Owing to the vigilance of the Everton trio the Villa forwards were only on odd occasions seen in those dangerous movements which have been witnessed on other enclosure than their own. Like their opponents, they had fairly easy chances of scoring and he greatly delinquent in this respect were Wheldon. Blythe struck most tenaciously to Garrirty, the Villa centre, and this enhinged the concerted movements that have been too prominent in late matches and taking the line as a whole they were much below the opposing quintet. Cowan at centre half gave a disappointing performance, but the work of Spencer at right full back was the brightest feature in the display of his side. For clean kicking, accurate tackling, combined with sound judgement and gentlemanly play, he had no superior on the field, and but for his efforts Everton must have secured a prounced victory with the advent of the Cup tie fever one naturally anticipates much progress in the compeition by the Everton Club, and with a view to keeping the players in the best of conditions, they leave for Lytham today for a course of special training.



January 22 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

The return League fixture between the two rival teams of the city was decided at Goodison Park on Saturday. The weather was gloriously fine, and the conditions being perfect a crowd numbering fully 30,000 persons was present. The teams were exactly the same that did so well the previous week, and having been undergoing special training, Everton at Lythan and Liverpool at Fairheaven, the players were in the best possible composition. Under the guidance of Mr.J.Lewis, the men took up their respective positions: - Everton: - Muir, goal, Eccles and Balmer backs, Wolstenholmes, Blythe, and Abbott halfbacks, Sharp, Taylor (captain), Proudfoot, Settle, and Gray forwards. Liverpool: - Perkins goal, Goldie (a) and Dunlop, backs, Howells, Raisebeck and Goldie (w) halfbacks Robertson Walker, Raybould, Morgan, and Scattethwaite, forwards.

Liverpool commenced with the sun facing them and the left wing working nicely down Morgan sent across Raisebeck who tried a long shot Muir turnisfied with the ball, and Raybould and Morgan dashing up a struggle ensued, during which the former appeared to send the ball over the coveted one. This success so easy in the game bodied well for the ultimate chances of Liverpool, but Everton retaliated and gather two corners, from the second of which Proudfoot drove over the bar with great force. The Everton left wing showed nice passing, but Raisebeck cleared and a splendid movement on the Liverpool right ensued, Walker eventually shooting wide. A couple of clver centres from Gray, who was showing great form, caused danger to the visitors defence and proudfoot headed over, when a few minutes afterwards Sharp drove in a low shot, which appeared as if it would take effect, but the Everton centre inadvertently stopped the ball in front of goal and Goldie sent to safer quarters. From a free kick Balmer sent into the net, without however touching a second player, and a very smart piece of work by Robertson was neutralised by a similar effort on the home right, but Taylor shot wide. Liverpool led at the interval by 1 goal to nil, and on resuming two clever efforts by Gray, the second of which led to a corner were with difficulty cleared. The Liverpool forwards combined nicely, particularly on the right wing, but there was a lack of efficiency in front of goal. On the Everton side Gray and Settle were always prominent but the Liverpool defence prevailed W.Goldie grandly beat Eccles, and Sharp, and his centre was met by Walker who made a good attempt to convert it. Everton forced the play at this juncture and from a pretty pass by proudfoot, Settle went wide when in a favorable position. Coming again Gray by a determined effort forced a corner, and after the ball had been sent in and returned several times. Blythe obtained and with a very fast low shot equalised after 25 minutes play amidst a perfect torrent of applause. Scarcely had the cheers died away than Gray was again cantering along the left and another corner enabled Settle to scored a second goal. This was not to be the last of the scoring, for in the next minute a foul against Liverpool was given and the ball bring well placed in front of goal. Perkins had to fist out, but Settle again obtained, and scored the third goal. All three points had been obtained in the space of five minutes. Liverpool tried desperately to decrease their adverse margin, and Muir saved at full length from Scatterwait, while he was slightly hurt in saving Raybould shot. Two other corners fell to Liverpool but they could not score, and the final result was in favour to Everton by 3 goals to 1.



January 22 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

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January 22 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

For the second time this season Liverpool have had to strike their colours to their rivals, Everton; their latest reverse being even more decisive than the first defeat. They have thus had to experience the same pain of misfortune that last year were borne by Everton, and the latter have fully made amends for the dual disaster of the previous season. Local enthusiasm were afford the opportunity of bring satisfied with pleasure, for the day was gloriously fine redolent indeed of springtime, and absolutely perfect for the all important struggle. What more could be desired- a glorious afternoon and a league tussle between two local eleven surely forming a combination suffciently enter taining to arouse the dullies spirit of the most lethargic mortal. To one club indeed the issue was fraught with the utmost importance, for to Liverpool a defeat meant another link forged in the chain, which seems to be dragging them towards the second division. No outside circumstance of the nature is needed to arouse the keenest of rivalry in these matches, and the fast of this feature being present simply tended to raise the interest of the highest patch. The fixture coming as it did on the eve of the first round of the English Cup Competition, found the men in splendid conditions, the result of the bracing breeze of ozone, inhaled on the Lancashire coast, and the men who were to face each other on the Goodison Park enclosure in a stern struggle for victory had been practically within a stone's throw of each other at Lytham and Fairheaven respectively, each endeavoring to obtain from the elements the highest conditions of efficiency. No wonder the people rolled up in thousands-the day itself was sufficient to tempt then forth- and the Everton treasure must have blandly smiled as his eye wandered over the surging set of faces that surrounded the enclosure, which with its splendid bit of turf and ample accommodation can nowhere be excelled. Everton in fact, appropriated all the smiles, and Liverpool had again to rest satisfied with the frown of fortune. They deserves some little commiseration in this instance for the Anfield eleven had quite as much of the game as their opponents, but Everton appropriated the majority of the goals and all the points. There was precious little to choose between the teams, and a draw would have been a more accurate record of a moderate combat. Liverpool from a long shot by Raisebeck were a goal ahead after less than a minute ‘s play and had they taken the lesson to heart might not now have been bemoaning the loss of two points. It was a long shot, easy to tackle, which caused Muir's first downfall, but the Reds instead of testing the Everton custodian with other similar efforts adopted the possibly more pleasing and attractive short passing tactics, and an usual overdid the whole business, the result being that Muir had little to trouble him for the rest of the afternoon. The Everton forwards were in a like humour, and rarely looked like scoring, particularly in the first half. Victory for Liverpool was becoming more than probable when Gray who was a long way the best man in the Everton front rank, forced a corner, and an equalise came. In less than five minutes Gray had made two more openings, from which his partner Settle, had put on two goals, the transformation was a reality and Everton had reached the summit of felicity. To the majority of the crowd, the day, which had been steadily growing blacker, had in a few minutes become a vision of transit. The great weakness on the Liverpool side was the feeble work of their forwards in front of goal. The old fault was present of anything, in an intensified state, of passing with out any effective shooting. The right wing composed of Robertson and walker constituted the most dangerous part of their attack but even here a good rousing shot was looked for in vain. Morgan did not work well, but neither Raybould, nor Scattlewait did himself or herself justice. For the greater part of the game the Everton front rank was quite as inefficient as that of their rivals. On the right wing Taylor and Sharp gave a very moderate display. Proudfoot was not any better, but the fine work of Gray and Settle compensated somewhat for the many shortcomings of their comrades. All the goals obtained by the home side were the ultimate result of smart openings cleverly worked for by the left wing. Upon the respective half backs division the bad of the play devolved, and right well did the men respond. Blythe and Wolstenholmes led the way in the home ranks, but no player on the field excelled Howell, who gave a remarkably clever exhibition. Raisebeck was not so successful, his kicking being very faulty, and his placing not accurate, this being in mark to goldie who was little behind Howell in efficiency. Further in the rear Everton held a decided advantage, both full backs cleverly clearing and covering Muir most judiciously. Goldie was the better of the Liverpool pair, for Dunlop appears of late to have developed too much rashness in his returns and at all times to lunge at the ball to the limits of his capacity. Neither custodian was heavily tested at any period of the game, though Muir made one good clearance from scatteerwaite in the last five minutes, and saved by falling full length. Perkins could scarcely be blamed for any of the shots, that scored, all of which were the result more of laxity of the whole Liverpool defence when near their own goal, them of any individual. Everton may thus fairly lay claim to local supremacy this season and have scored five goals whilst Liverpool have obtained but one in each game.



January 29 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

The Everton team visited Southampton to contest their right to entry into the second round of the English Cup. The sides were at full strength and took up their position as follows: - Everton: -Muir goal, Eccles and Balmer backs, Wolstenholmes, Blythe, and Abbott halfbacks, Sharp Taylor (captain), Proudfoot, Settle and Gray forwards. Southampton: - Robinson, goal, Meechan, and Dunber, backs, Meston, Chadwick, and Petrie, halfbacks Turner, Yates Farrelly, Wood and Milward, forwards. Southampton commenced operations, and on the heavy ground had much of the opening play. Milward eventually netted the ball, but was ruled offside. A corner kick followed to Everton, but Robertson was on the alert, and a grand run by Turner, nearly brought the downfall of the Everton goal. Play them run on fairly even lines until the home left got possession and balmer and Eccles were kept busy in clearing dangerous rushes on Muir's charge. The custodian kept out a beauty from Milward as close range, and following more determined play in which the Southampton had the advantage, the interval arrived, without any scoring. On resuming Everton were seen to better advantage and Settle getting the better of Meethan, forced a fruitless corner. Play was quickly at the other end where Meston from long range sent in the ball, which called for Muir's best efforts to save and following a further attack; Milward opened the scoring from a free kick in good position. The Everton team were now playing in beauty fashion, and at length Turner scored a clever goal for Southampton. The home side played up vigorously and Milward put on a third goal this being the last point recorded in the game and Southampton winning by 3 goals to nil.



January 29 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

The reserves of the two teams met at Goodison Park, before 6,000 spectators in an ordinary match. Liverpool soon had rather the better of the play, but shot badly, and soon time elapsed and they scored from Satterwaite's centre. In the second half play was more interesting. Liverpool still ding the more aggressive work and as a result two more goals came. Final result Everton nil, Liverpool 3. Everton: - Kitchen goal, Crelly, and Auld, back, Thompson Gordon, and Sharp (b), half-backs, Roche Dawson, Boyle, McMather, and Schofield forwards.



January 29 1900. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton, like their neighbours had a trying task on hand in visiting the much improved Southampton eleven, but judging from the recent performance of the League team there were many to be found confident on the blues clearing the first hurdle in the competition at the expense of the southern organisation. The latter club has recruited largely from the first League ranks; ands can command an eleven capable of giving the best teams in the country a good game. On their own particular enclosure they are formiable opponents, for their low lying ground, naturally on the heavy side, is a stumbling block to teams that usually disport themselves on playing pitches similar to that at Goodison Park. The ground is also in the small side and the home players this held a great advantage in this respect. They certainly adapted themselves to the existing conditions, a remark that does not all apply to the Everton contingent, who floundered about at time helplessly and appeared to have no definite plan of campaign in view. This is most annoying, coming from a team that has time after time shown aptitudes in coping with adverse conditions, and that they failed on Saturday was a better disappointment, following as it does upon their performances against Newcastle United and Liverpool. To a man the Southampton were keener on the ball, were more accurate in their movements steadier in defence and they thoroughly deserved their victory. It was not until the second half had been well in progress, however that they were able to put on a goal, and having once found the net, they soon discovered that their opponent s were not a team capable of fighting against the odds, two further goals were added and Everton were ousted from the competition by three goals to nil. It is somewhat remarkable that the ex-Evertonians now in the Southampton ranks played a most important part in the proceedings, Meechan's ability as a full back is, of course, well known in this district, and it can safely be asserted that there in no deterioration in his play, in fact he was by far the best back on the field, Milward, on the outside left was also a success. For some time he had a difficult task in opposing Wolstenholmes, but his movements were always dangerous and his centre accurate. Two out of the three goals were credited to him, and he must have been highly satisfied with his performance and his old clubmate, of the Everton players there were none that stood out at all prominently; on the other hand, there were several who failed to approximate a scored rate standard of play. The forwards were a district failure, particularly the wingmen, who were very dilatory in tackling an opposing back. Their faulty passing usually resulted in either Meechan or Dunbar placing the ball well in front of Muir, and, no this was not an infrequent feature of the game, it was not at all surprising that the Everton backs should have been overrun and Muir eventually defeated. It was unfortunate for Everton that Blythe had a serious kick above the eye in the early part of the proceedings, and it redounds greatly to the credit of the ex-Jarrow player that he should stick to his work all through the game. He was partially handicapped; however, for it was from the time he was hurt, that the Southampton centre forward began to successfully command his wings. Milward easily beat Abbott putt on many clever touches of play, but Wolstenholme in the later stages. The backs and keeper, considering the heavy work that devolved upon them, did very well, and had not Muir been in one of his best moods the scoring must have been more pronounced. On the Southampton side, Robinson was little troubled, and owing to the latitude allowed to the backs by the backs by the Everton forwards, they had every opportunity of displaying their defensive powers. The halfbacks are also a sturdy and capable lot, and there is a swing and dash among the forwards, which if sustained will carry them through, made a stern struggle. On the right wing Turner played a clever game, and most danger in the first part of the game came from his centre. Summing up, the ground was not in a suitable condition for a hugh class exposition of the game, which reached but a fair standard, and none could help but admit that the Southern League team thoroughly deserved to pass into the second round.