January 1902


Nottingham Evening Post - Wednesday 01 January 1902

The visit of the Cup-holders to Goodison Park today attracted 14.000 spectators, despite the rain. Neither team was at full strength. Play was pretty even in the first half, but Sharp scored for Everton with a fast low shot. In the second half Hotspur attacked unsuccessfully, and Bowman scored a second for Everton. The same player added a third, while Smith scored for the visitors. Result:—Everton, three: Hotspur, one.


January 2 1902. The Liverpool Mercury

The visit of the English Cup holders to Goodison Park proved a big attraction yesterday, especially so as this was their first visit to the Liverpool district; but with an early start being made, the attendance was not quite as large as would otherwise have been the case. The “Spurs” who were in the city overnight, had the following teams: - Tottenham Hotspur: - Clawley, Brentz, and Tait, backs, Hughes McNaught, and Jones, half-backs, Kirwan Cameron, Brown Copeland, and Smith, forward. Everton: - Kitchen goal, Balmer, and Eccles backs Wolstenholmes, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Rankin, Bowman, Settle and Bell forwards. Everton early on made play, but off Hughes checking Copeland and Smith rushed away only to be checked by Booth, who sent across to the right, an onslaught at once being made on the visitors goal. When a score seemed almost imminent, McNaught nipped in and caused an incursion to the “Blues” territory, but with out any tangible result. A smart movement by Jones ended in Cameron shooting past the posts, and later on Kitchen was called upon to save from Brown, Sharp then opening Everton's account. With a goal in hand the “Blues” attacked strongly and Clawley saved cleverly, the Tottenham left going down, with the result that Kirwan shot and Kitchen had to run out to clear. A safe movement was effected and in a trice the ball was at the other end, where Bell went wide of the post. End to end play followed, and there was little too choice between the sides, although Tottenham had somewhat hard line from a corner kick. Almost immediately afterwards Rankin sent across in fine style in front of the post, but Tait intercepted, and there was no score. Eccles checked some pretty passing, by the Tottenham forwards but returning again, a shot by Brown was stopped by Kitchen, who ran out from his goal. Severe pressure followed on the “Spurs” goal, Bowman being conspicuous in the attack, but both citadels were kept intact until the interval when Everton were leading by a goal to nil. Upon resuming Brown was early on conspicuous for the cupholders, but Balmer saved finely, and a bully in front of the Everton goal was cleared, closely afterwards by Booth. Play after this was continued in a heavy rain making matters uncomfortable for players and spectators alike, but still the play went on with unflagging interest, both trying utmost's to score. Again the Everton forwards came down and after a neat sequence, Bowman broke through and defeated Clawley for the second time, thus registering another point for the northerners, who continued to have the best of the game a shot by Bell being charged down by Errentz, when in a dangerous position. The game was now contested in a misty light, but a run down by the home right ended in Bowman scoring a third goal for the “Blues” Following, the Cup holders playing hard to reduce the lead were eventually successful, Smith planting the ball into the net, with a shot that Kitchen was utterly unable to stop. Shortly afterwards Bell just sent over the bar, and a couple of corners following to Everton, who had the best of matters at this period, the game eventually ending in their favour by 3 goals to 1. Throughout the game play was a most interesting character, and was thoroughly enjoyed by an attendance of 12,000.



January 2 1902.

Lancashire Combination (Game 17)

Everton: - Muir goalsharp,, Watson, backs, Boyle (captain), Clark, and Fairweather, half-backs, Rankin, Proudfoot,, Bowman, Bone, and Chadwick forwards.



January 3 1902. The Liverpool Courier

Lancashire Combination (Game 18)

Played at Newton Heath, yesterday, before a few hundred spectators. Against the wind, Everton set the pace. Bone scored from the start. The Heathens made a vigorous response, but Muir defended finely, one conceding a corner to avert disaster. Play was fast, both goals being frequently in jeopardy. Everton forwards display clever combination, but found Griffiths and Norton very solid. Heathens pushed warmly for a few minutes. Halt time Everton 1 goal, Newtonj Heath nil. Result Everton 2 goals, Newton Heath nil. Everton: - Muir goalsharp,, Watson, backs, Boyle (captain), Clark, and Fairweather, half-backs, Rankin, Paterson,, Bowman, Bone, and Singleton forwards.



January 13 1902. The Liverpool Courier

No more wretched weather could have prevailed for the great encounter at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon. Following a dull morning rain commenced to fall before noon and continued without intermission until the time of the kick off at half past two o'clock. The teams were: -

Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Balmer and Sharp (b), backs, Wolstenholmes Booth (captain) and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp (j), Taylor, Young, Settle, and Bell, forwards. Liverpool: - Marshall, goal, Glover, and Dunlop, backs, Fleming, Raisebeck (captain), and Goldie half-backs, Robertson, McGuigan, Raybould, Walker, and Cox forwards. Referere John Lewis.

When the teams faced there would be fully 20,000 spectators the stands being well filled. Raisebeck having won the toss, Young started and at once there was some interesting exchanges in Liverpool half. A free kick fell to the Evertonians, but this was not improved upon, and a pass by Raisebeck enabled Cox to plant the leather forward. Raybould fastened on to it, but unfortunately passed out too far, with the result that the advance was lost. Bell ran down nicely, but was penalised for offside. Then the Liverpool forwards raced away, and Bert Sharp missing his kick, the visitors had a great opening. All that resulted, however, was a fruitless corner. Young dashed off in great style, and parting to Bell that player forced a corner. This Marshall tipped out at the expense of another corner. Young had a rare opening, but his shot went wide. Still another corner, conceded by Glover fell to the Evertonians, but nothing came of it. Balmer from long range having a pop, but sending the ball high over the bar. Some capital work on the part of Fleming and Raiseback was applauded and the ball was taken down to the vicinity of the Everton goal, where Cox and Balmer had an interesting bit of manoeuring in which honours were about equally divided. A long shot from Raisebeck was of no use to his side. Then the Evertonians put on a decided spurt, and in a twinkling Sharp had centred to Young, who passed to Bell, the latter from short range scoring Everton's first goal amid terrific cheering after ten minutes play. Right from the restart Everton again exerted pressure and Marshall safely negotiated a nasty low shot from Young. Liverpool retaliated by a clever forward movement, but they could make no impression upon the Everton defenders, who gave no quarter. A few minutes later Everton were practically presented with the second goal. The ball was passed forward, and with the Liverpool halves looking at each other, Young dashed away, and easily beat Marshall, who had run out to meet the ball. The Liverpoolians responded gamely and after Robertson had been floored by Bert Sharp, a shot from Walker was charged down. Robertson forced a corner of Bert Sharp, and for a few moments it looked as if their efforts would be awarded with a goal. Balmer, however, stepped in, and a long shot from Dunlop sent the ball over the crossbar. Cox was fouled and from the free kick, McGuigan had hard lines in heading inches wide of the upright. At this period Liverpool were showing up better, and kept the Evertonians strictly on the defensive. There was however, a want of incisiveness in their plan of campaign as a result of which Kitchen was rarely troubled. Unfortunately Raybould received a kick, and had to be assisted to the side of the field. Immediately the game was resumed Liverpool obtained a corner, and with a little luck, the Everton goal might have been captured through Walker on one occasion was quite at fault with a pass from Cox. Glover was penalised for fouling Young just outside the penalty line and from the free kick Abbott banged the ball the wrong side of the upright. Walket took the ball down nicely, and Kitchen trusting to a kick almost gave a corner. After give and take play, McGuigan compelled Wolstenholme to concede a corner, which again proved abortive. Then with a flying shot Raisebeck sent into Kitchen's hands and immediately the whistle blew for the interval. Half-time Everton 2 goals, Liverpool nil.

By the time the game was resumed the attendance was estimated at 25,000. There was a nasty sleet falling, which was not at all comfortable for the spectators in the open. The referee for offside brought up cox when he appeared to be in a legitimate position. The game proceeded with first one side and than the other gaining the advantage. Everton, however, were clever enough to turn an opening which was well worked for to good account. The ball was landed into the goalmouth by Bert Sharp, and after passing from one defender to another, Settle fastened on it, and had no difficulty in registering Everton third goal. Again the visitors ran down without reducing the adverse balance. With the depressing weather, and Everton having such a commanding lead, a good deal of the enthusiasms had evaporated. The home team did not over exert themselves, and their halves frequently broke up Liverpool's combination. Settle scored a fourth goal just before the finish, and Everton ran out easy victors, by four goals to nil.

R. Hargreaves

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 11 January 1902

The one topic of the week in Accrington football circles has, of course, been the resignation of Mr. R. Hargreaves, the chairman of the Accrington Stanley Committee. The committee had a meeting on Thursday night, and decided to accept the resignation. From what can be gathered, the trouble arisen through Mr. Hargreaves writing to the Everton Football Club with the object of obtaining work for Edmundson, the Stanley goalkeeper, the letter being sent the at the latter's request. The reply the Everton club came to the Stanley secretary, and on the matter being brought before the committee they expressed the opinion that enough difficulty was experienced under ordinary circumstances in securing and retaining good players, no such step as the one in question ought to have been taken without the whole them being consulted. What made them more sore about the matter was the recent attempt -and, indeed, expressed determination on the part of one Everton representative—to secure Jack Finney, the Stanley full back. It is rumored that the terms offered Everton were £4 a week to Finney, a cheque to Stanley, and £50 to cover Bury's transfer fee. Howbeit Finney is staying at Accrington. That is one side of the matter. On the other side Mr. Hargreaves stoutly denies that he had the slightest intention of doing anything which might embarrass the club or result in the losing of any of its players. His sole idea, he says, was to do a friendly term for Edmundson when the latter was in search of shop ”-to use a colloquial term—just as he might have done for any other acquaintance who had sought his assistance. Mr. Hargreaves has been connected with the Stanley club ever since it was started and one will deny that he has worked hard in its interest, both in and out ‘of season. It should also be stated that a week or two ago declared his intention of terminating his active connection with the club at the end of this season, in order that might devote more time to his own business, announced the Football Post at the time.


January 11 1902.

Lancashire Combination (Game 19)

At Deepdale, before 2,000 spectators. The Visitors were first to threatened, but the home side retaliated and in ten minutes Savage scored for Preston. The Everton goal had some narrow escapes afterwards. Halt time Preston 1 goal; Everton nil.

Gara scored for Preston after resuming, Bone scored then for Everton, and Preston defence was further tested. Everton equalised from a free kick. North end scored a third goal from a penalty kick, and Everton equalised, the game ending in a draw of 3 goals each. Everton: - Muir, goal, Watson, and Blythe, backs, Boyle (captain (captain), Clarke, and Brown, half-backs, Roche, Paterson, Proudfoot, Bone and Singleton, forwards.



January 11 1902. The Liverpool Mercury

Unfortunately for the complete success of the great match at Goodison Park, the weather broke down about an hour before the time appointed for the kick off, and though there was a satisfactory gate, the attendance would have been considerably augmented had the conditions been more enticing. Those who did attend witnessed almost one-sided game, in which one team displayed form worthy of the championship, whilst the other never got above the dull level of mediocrity. Before entering upon a more detailed criticism of the rout of the Anfield eleven, it is only fair to the latter to extend some sympathy towards them in being deprived of the services of Perkins for this trying encounter. Just at present the authorities at Anfield can only boast one reliable custodian, and though Marshall, who hails from a junior club at Garston, has done good services with the reserves team since he joined their ranks a few weeks ago, still, he was altogether unfit to face such an ordeal, and to enter First League Football from a comparatively unknown region, vis an Everton-Liverpool game, was to tax his-or any other player's for that matter-abilities to the highest degree of tension. It was another instance of the wretched luck that has dogged the steps of the Livverpool eleven this season, and there can be no doubt that the absence of the clever keeper from the accustomed post exerted a detrimental effect upon the rest of the side. The backs knew they had an untried man behind them, and one who was out of touch with their methods of defence-what wonder therefore, that, with this extra responsibility thrown upon them, they should have become over anxious for their side's welfare, with a consequent diminution in their customary efficiency. This matter should not be forgotten in considering the nonsuccess, which attended the efforts of the Liverpool players throughout the game. Placing the doings of the respective teams in juxtaposition, some odious comparisons are bound to be noticed, and whereas one can apportion nothing but praise to the victors, it is impossible to concede to the vanquished any meed of reward. Liverpool were not simply beaten; they were routed, completely over-played, and over whelmed by the superior methods of their rivals. On one side was noticed a well marked plan of campaign, evidently thoroughly understood by each Everton player; the method of attack was carried out on excellently designed principles with the half back line as the base of every movement. Lying well on to the opposing backs, Young was the pivot on which most incursions devolved, and the ball was deftly lodged with him from right and left halves and backs. Thence the whole attacking machinery was set in motion and with wide sweeping movements the Everton forward line bore down with merciless persistency on the Liverpool defence, like wolves on a fold. The Everton centre fairly surpassed himself for not only was his footwork tricky, thus enabling him to baffle Raisebeck with repeated frequency, but he placed to the wings most judiciously, and fulfilled his part in the game with consummate skill. His display was far ahead of anything seen from him since he came into the team, and must have opened the eyes of many. Indeed the Everton front rank altogether performed splendidly, their go-head methods, their dash and combination, and their deadliness near goal combining to make them a terror any set of defenders. But what of the Liverpool forwards. Is it any use continuing to play the sort of game that they appear to be despite in-finessing with the ball, pottering about as if they were in a maze, knowing not which road to take, and at the finish, when they do perchance arrive near goal, shooting as if they were afraid of damaging the goal posts? The short passing game was absolutely useless on Saturday, with the ground in such a state; but there was evidently no recognised method of a advance among the forwards; the ball was touched hither and thither in a haphazard fashion, and a great deal seemed to be left to providence. It may be that Raybould, who received a nasty injury to his knee, and Walker whose leg again gave way affected the play of the remainder, owing to their misfortunes; but apart from this; the fact remains that the Everton forwards always looked like scoring when they got possession; but the Anfield front rank never conveyed the impression that they would ever trouble Kitchen. At half back, Everton were seen at their best; for not a single weakness was noticeable in this line during the whole course of the game. The trio were most aggressive in their tactics, not only breaking up with ease the Liverpool forward movements, but being beautiful in touch with their own quintette, whom say they most assiduously and judiciously kept ever on the advance. This was a granite wall of defence to the visitors and whereas Abbott completely swamped Robertson and McGuigan. Booth attended to right and left with equal efficiency, and Wolstenholmes to the delight of the home section of the crowd, shadowed Cox most persistency, and what is more, kept going to the final blowing of the whistle. Everton fairly excelled themselves in this department, and better half-back work could not be desired. Further behind, Balmer played a capital game, and Sharp, after a most inauspicious quarter of an hour at the start steadied down and shaped remarkably well. His timing of the ball, and well-judged returns were alike worthy of praise, and he appeared to be under some hypnotic influence with Abbott, for the pair worked together with almost mechanical accuracy. Returning now to the Anfield defence, one has yet to continue the deprecatory tone, which has been adopted in speaking of the forward division. Raisebeck who was once the life of this line, was altogether off colour; his recent indisposition, no doubt, was the cause to a large extent, and it was a painful surprise to many to see him out manoenvred first Settle and then by Young with such ease. Even the fine headwork was wanting, and Anfielders will rejoice when the popular skipper is himself again, both in health and ability on the field. Fleming worked like a Trojan, but he has a bad habit of completing his otherwise dashing work by passing straight to the opponent. The full backs kicked very well, and under the depressing conditions, which prevailed, came out of the ordeal creditably. In one sense, Marshall could not be blamed for the big debit account against him, but there is this difference between the class custodian and the novice the former anticipates a shot and is in the position for receiving when the ball does come goalwards, thereby saving many a well meant effort from the invaders; the less experienced player only makes a start for the ball when it is too late to prevent it reaching the net. The absence of Perkins, therefore was a tremendous blow to the Liverpool possibilities of success and it is to be hoped this player will be ready for the Cup-tie a fortnight hence. On Saturday's form, Everton appear to posses a rare chance of securing final honours in the League journey for the team are keen on the accomplishment of this desirable object, and Sunderland have to come to Goodison Park yet.


Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 20 January 1902

At Newcastle this game attracted about 16,000 people. A splendidly contested first half ended without any score. On resuming Newcastle attacked, but Everton were the first to score, Young beating Kingsley from nice pass by Sharp. The United kept pegging away, and frequently came near scoring, but had no luck. The United looked like being beaten, but in the last moment Roberts, after scrummage, equalized, and the result was draw.



Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Monday 20 January 1902

Thi's return League fixture was played at St. James's Park, Newcastle, ou Saturday. Teams: Newcastle United : Goal, Kingsley ; backs, D. Gardner and Davison ; half-backs, Caie, Birnie, and Carr: forwards, Stewart, Orr, Gardner, Veitch, and Roberts. : Everton; Goal, Kitchen: backs, Balmer and Eccles; half-backs, Wolstenholme, Booth, and Blyth; forwards, Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Bell.


The weather was fine, and a light wind blew across the field, while the turf was splendid condition. crowd of about 16,000 watched the encounter, a good number being from Sunderland. There was no scoriug during the first portion of the game. When the game reopened Everton had the slope in their favour, and they at once began to attack, but drove harmlessly by. Everton worked their way down, and when about 20 yards from goal Young slipped between the two backs, and shooting the ball passed just inside one of the posts, Kingsley being unable to reach it. Tbe visitors thus opeued the scoring ten minutes after tbe change over. As the end approached United made combined attempt, and were soon front of Kitchen. Veitch shot in, but tbe custodian returned the ball, and Roberts fired wide. But Roberts bad better luck a minute later, when, dashing in, he shot into the vet and equalised. The applause was terrific. Final result Newcastle United 1 goal 1 Everton 1 goal.


January 20 1902. The Liverpool Courier

On Saturday, Everton had a series task on hand, seeing that they were called upon to visit Newcastle search of League points. Bert Sharp had not recovered from injury to his big toe, which he sustained the previous week. Eccles, however was fit, but Abbott was an absentee, and Blythe back took his place at left half. In very favourable weather the teams faced as follows: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Balmer, and Eccles, backs, Wolstenholmes, Booth, and Blythe, half-backs, Sharp (j), Taylor, Young, Settle, and Bell, forwards. Newcastle United: - Kingsley goal, Gardner (d), and Davidson, backs, Caine, Birnie, and Carr, half-backs Stewart, Orr, Gardner (a), Veitch, and Roberts, forwards.

Newcastle won the toss, and elected to play with the wind. After Young had started the game in the presence of some 10 spectators, the visitors were called upon to defend their goal vigorously. The United men showed dash, and in the first few moments looked very like scoring. Several shots, however, were just too high, and the excitement ended in nothing. From a foul in Newcastle United's favour the ball was sent well in, but Balmer dashing in got the ball away. Some smart work by Blythe so hampered Stewart and Orr as they were making their way down the right wing that the former ran the ball over the touchline. From the throw in the visitors got close up, and Settle shot, but banged the ball against the side of the net. Soon after, however, Roberts was ruled offside when he was in a favourable position for a shot. A moment later, Orr shot into Kitchen's hands, and the custodian easily cleared. A beautiful bit of work between Sharp and Taylor was neutralised by Davidson, and at the other end, Balmer spoiled what promised to be a fine effort by Roberts. Again the visitors attacked, and D.Gardner, which matters appeared dangerous touched the leather to Kingsley, who cleared. Spasmodic work in midfield followed, and after a series of throws in, Blythe sent in a fine shot, which dropped into Kingsley's hands. With a long kick he placed his side on the offensive, and Stewart raced into the corner. Eccles, however, intercepted his centre, and the visitors left wing took up the running until checked by D.Gardner. Play for a time was of a trifling order, but the United at length got going, and Balmer kicked wildly behind the goal. By means of short passing Everton made progress and Stewart again centring Balmer kicked well up the field. Where Veitch, was penalised for offside. Again the visitors pressed. Sharp was prominent this time and put in a grand shot, which Davidson headed over the bar. From a corner Kingsley saved from a ruck of players, after narrowly escaping being rushed over the line. There was plenty of emergy about the Everton forwards and play continued in the home half. Roberts dribbled down the left, and planting the ball across Kitchen had to be smart to save. Wolstenholmes was applauded for pulling up Roberts and Veitch, and then a judicious pass by Young set the visiting right wing in motion. Sharp centred, but Settle aimed too high. When the interval arrived nothing had been scored.

After changing ends the teams soon got to work again, and play was as fast as it was in the first half. The visitors raced down, and Sharp forced Kingsley to handle. At the other end A.Gardner missed a chance by putting outside the post. The Evertonians now got going in line, and worked the ball down. A determined attack ended in Young netting the ball, and thereby opening the scoring for Evertion. There was no doubt the visitors were now playing better game, and by quick passing they were continually getting into close quarters. Bell was giving a capital display, and put in a splendid centre, but Taylor could not reach the ball in time, a capital opening thus being missed. The home defence was very good, and at length from a strong kick by D.Gardner, Stewart got away and forced a corner. This availed them nothing, and a spell of midfield play followed. It was not for long, however, and responding to the encouraging shouts of the spectators, the home right wing came dashing along, and Stewart was working his way through when Eccles challenged him successfully. At the last moment the Newcastle men urged on by the shouts of the crowd made a vigorous dash to the other end, and the ball went out to toe of Roberts, who sent in a lightning shot, which Kitchen had no chance of intercepting. He thus equalised the score, and directly afterwards the whistle blew, the game being left drawn. Final score Newcastle 1 goal, Everton 1.



January 20 1902. The Liverpool Courier

Lancashire Combination (Game 20)

Owing to the Everton League team playing at Newcastle, and the Anfielders resting at Lytham, the chief association attraction in Liverpool on Saturday was the meeting of the reserves teams at Goodison Park, in the first of their Combination fixtures. The teams faced as follows : - Everton: - Muir, goal, Boyle (captain), and Watson, backs, Brown, Clark, and Rankin, half-backs, Roche, Bowman, Proudfoot, Bone, and Singleton, forwards. Liverpool: - Marshall, goal, McGallum, and Glover, backs, Parr, Wilson, and Davies half-backs, Stanton, Hunter (s), Green, White, and Satterthwaite, forwards .

Boyle won the toss, and Liverpool had to face the sun. Green kicked off, and the Liverpool right got down. Stanton sending over the goal line. Clever work by the Everton right wing was applauded, Davies, however, effecting a clearance, Liverpool relied on the left, but could not get the better of Boyle, and on Bowman and Proudfoot getting away Glover was equally effective. Proudfoot later passed beautifully to Singleton, who centred accurately, and Bowman shot a yard too high. It was a capital piece of work and deserved a goal. After a long spell of pressure on Marshall's charge, a good run by Hunter and Stanton enabled Liverpool to attack. A free kick against the former for fouling Rankin again enabled the Blues to press, and with a splendid shot from about twenty five yards Clarke scored the first goal for Everton, the ball going into the corner of the net out of Marshall's reach. A moment later the Reds nearly equalised, Muir saving grandly from Green. Hunter got away, but was tipped inside the inside the 12 yards line. A penalty kick was awarded to Liverpool, Wilson shooting into the net. However, one of his own side had crossed the line too soon, and on the kick being retaken, Wilson sent the ball wide. Everton were pressing, when the whistle sounded for the interval. Half time Everton 1 goal, Liverpool nil.

Bowman restarted before an increased attendance, the crowd numbering about 15,000. Everton at once pressed, and Rankin sent in a capital shot, which travelled over the bar. Green made a good effort to get through, but could not beat Boyle at the finish, and White was penalised for fouling Roche. From the free kick Glover headed out from under the bar, but the Reds for some time could not properly clear their lines Bone eventually shooting wide. Everton were awarded a penalty kick presumably for Wilson handling. Boyle took the kick, but shot outside. However, White had crossed the line before the kick was taken, and on Boyle again trying his luck he beat Marshall and put his side two goals ahead, Everton pressed towards the finish, but they could not score again, and they won by two goals to nil.



January 20 1902. The Liverpool Mercury

That the managers of the Everton club fully realise the importantance of keeping the players in tip-top conditions has been demonstrated in no uncertain fashion latterly, and to judge from results obtained, their temporary training quarters at Southport appear to suit the men admirably. They left the Lancashire watering resort on Friday, more hopeful than on any previous occasions of a visit northward, for it must be remembered that St.Jame's Park has not been a happy hunting ground for points, and, following upon the great game against Liverpool, many were to be found confident that the spell of nonsuccess was now to be broken. The opinion was fairly general among Tynesiders, for they had regard to Everton's record and the recently poor performances of the United, and defeat for them was regarded as highly probable. However, the Novceastrians had been undergoing a course of special training during the week preparatory to their cup tie contest, so that spectators had some reason to anticipate a keen struggle. This was amply justified in the earlier stages. When the Everton backs and custodian were given every opportunity of displaying merit, and right gallantly did they perform their task. Gradually the visitors settled down to attack, and so keen were the exchanges and high the tension that it was but neutral that mistakes due to over anxiety were not infrequent. Probably the most striking instance was furnished by Sharp, who, having placed himself with none to defeat but the home custodian, shot hurriedly, and lost a grand chance of opening the scoring. Generally speaking it was during the first portion of the game, a trial of strength between the respective backs, and well did they respond to the smart attacks of the forwards. That the game during this period was splendidly contested was readily admitted on all hands. The home forwards combined in a manner that fairly delighted their numerous well wishes, and they rarely lost an opportunity of taking quarter. They were the more aggressive and never relaxed their efforts, but unfortunately for them, they found the Everton defenders equally persistent in saving their lines. After the great pace during the initial half one was prepared for a slackening of speed after the resumption, but this was not the case, for the players, skipped about in a fashion indicative of the start of a game. As before the United were the main aggressors, but one visit to the home end resulted in Sharp putting the ball to Young, who defeated Gardner and popped it into the net. The lead was maintained until the closing stages, when Roberts equalised from a scrimmage close in. although the Tynesiders held more than a slight lead in the matter of pressing they had not the finish about them that characterterise the Evertonians. The movements of the Everton forwards were greatly admired, and when in possession, their passing, placing, and general resource stamped them as a quintet a long way removed from the average. Nothing but the dogged persistency of the United halves and backs could have kept them out, for there were several occasions at the bottom end, when their efforts merited a second goal. The Everton half-backs had a difficult task on hand, but all three did well, while the backs and Kitchen- the last named especially-played a great part in the afternoon's proceedings. The United have evidently recovered from their recent displays, and on Saturday's form abound make an upward move. McColl's absence has been felt, but the same spirit that prevailed on Saturday should carry them through for the defence, like that of their opponents was sound, throughout, and Kingsley in goal suffered nothing by comparison.


Nottingham Evening Post - Saturday 25 January 1902

McClure the Blackburn Rovers centre half, is not a Scotsman, as some would think by his name. He originally hailed from Workington, and had a trial with Everton some years ago, but they did not ever, developed his talent, and he is now one of their men.


John Hillman

Nottingham Evening Post - Saturday 25 January 1902

it is officially annouced that John Hillman, the Burnley goalkeeper has transferred his services to Manchester City, and that he will play his last game for his old club today, at Walsall. Hillman first made a name with Burnley, for whom he began to play play in 1892-3. Standing six feet high and turning the scale at 14 stone, he is a striking figure on a football field. after two seasons with the East Lancashire club he joined Everton but weas next transfered to Dundee. In the seasin 1898-9 he returned from Scotland and rejoined Burnley, who at the time were in a critical condition. He should be a rear acquisition to the team. City supporters are pleased with the news, for the securing of Hillman is regarded as a sure sign that the directors are making real efforts to build up a competent team. It is rumoured that the transfer priceis $350. hillman should be available for the City's match against Notts, next week.


January 27 1902. The Liverpool Courier

Robertson scores from rebound after Kitchen saved his Penalty kick.

After the experience on Friday of rain, hail, sleet, and snow, there was a welcome change in the weather on Saturday, and there was every prospect before hostilities commenced that the great game would be conducted under something like favourable conditions, so far, at least, as the spectators were concerned. Seeing that it was the first time that our two leading organisations had ever met in an English Cup-tie one could quite understand the extraordinary interest, which was felt in the encounter at Anfield. The spectators began to turn up before one o'clock and from that time onwards there was a continual click of the turnstiles. The five-shilling reserve seats were well filled, and some time before the kick-off, there appeared to be few vacant places. The home team were the first to appear, closely followed by the Evertonians, both being enthusiastically received. At 2-30 the teams faced as follows: - Liverpool: - Perkins, goal, Robertson and Dunlop, backs, Wilson, Raisbeck (captain), and Goldie, half-backs, Robertson, Hunter, McGuigan, Fleming, and Cox, forwards. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Balmer and Eccles, backs, Wolstenholmes, Booth (captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Young, Bowman, and Bell, forwards. Referee Mr.John Lewis. Booth beat Raisbeck in the spin of the coin, and Liverpool had to face the sun and wind, Cox ran down nicely, with the result that McGuigan was fouled by Eccles, when he seemed to be making good headway for goal. A couple of free kicks followed to the Reds, who simply sent their supporters wild with joy, by the brave show they were making. From a good kick by Dunlop, the Liverpool outside left was again prominent, but was ruled off side. Still keeping up its pressure in great style, Cox centred grandly, Kitchen fisting out, but a moment later the Everton goalkeeper had great difficulty in negotiating a fine attempt by Fleming. There was no doubt about the fine play of the Liverpoolians at this period. Everton were continually on the defensive. In the course of a further attack by the home team Cox was badly kicked by Wolstenholmes and the game was stopped for a few minutes, Cox having to have his leg attended by at the side of the field. During his absence Jack Sharp raced the ball down, but he could make no impression on the Liverpool defence, and again the home right was prominent. Cox was loudly applauded on resuming play, and after some interesting exchanges between the respective half backs he was again conspicuous, but ran the ball over the line. Fine placing by Raisbeck once more caused the Liverpool left to the prominent, and this time Cox centred grandly, and Fleming met the ball, but Kitchen brought off a fine though somewhat lucky save. Everton now began to wake up, and, after Wilson had brought down Bowman, the visiting left led gallantly by Bell endangered the Liverpool goal. From a pass by Bowman, Bell sent in a stinging shot, which Perkins negotiated, in splendid style. Following this, the play was kept for some minutes in the vicinity of the Everton goal, but although desperate efforts were made to capture Kitchen's charge, they were unsuccessful. Taylor was penalised for stopping the ball with his arm, and for some time neither side could claim and advantage. The pace had slackened considerably. Everton latterly began to show up better than at any other period of the game. They maintained for a few minutes this persistent pressure on the home goal. Bell forced a corner, which was rather luckily saved by Dunlop. Perkins threw away from Bell, but the ball went to Sharp, who, however, sent it rather wide. The Liverpool defence could not force back their opponents, and the next to have a try at Perkins was Bowman, who was also wide of the mark. At last Liverpool changed the venue, but rather wide kicking marred good work. Dunlop and Goldie both seemed to be at fault in this respect. Raisbeck was penalised for fouling Young, and Dunlop cleared the free kick. From Raisbeck the ball went from Fleming to Cox, who ran down grandly, finishing with a beautiful centre, Hunter threw himself at the ball, and unfortunately for his side sent it to the wrong side of the upright. Liverpool were again having the best of the argument, and some very clever touches were seen, the Evertonians being penned in their own goal. With all this severe pressure it was marvellous how Liverpool failed to score. Just before the interval, a penalty kick was given against Young while within the penalty line for pushing Raisbeck in the back. Robertson took the kick, and Kitchen saved, but Robertson following up the ball into the net, amidst terrific cheering. Before the ball could be taken to the centre of the field, the whistle blew for half-time-Liverpool 1 goal Everton nil. By the time the game was resumed every inch of space was occupied and the attendance was estimated at 30,000 people. The fine form of the Liverpool men had pleased their supporters immensely. It was quite a reversal of the experience of the Goodison park match. Everton were the first to make headway, but they were not allowed to trouble Perkins. Wilson brought upon himself the attentions of the referee. Continuing the attack, the Evertonians became more aggressive. There was more method in their attack than in the opening half, and before five minutes had passed, Booth gave an opening to Taylor, who made no mistake, banging the ball into the net, quite out of the reach of Perkins, who threw himself at it full length. This reverse roused the Liverpoolians, whose left wing did the bulk of the work. If anything the game was more exciting than ever, the players shared an exciting which. Both ends were visited in turn. Everton being the more dangerous. Bell put in some grand work, and from his centre Taylor, had another pop at Perkins, which was saved with difficulty. In a twinkling, the home side passed away to the other end, and Cox fastened on to the ball, and put in a fine centre. Hunter was in his place, and with a beautiful shot, which found its way into the net, just under the bar. Liverpool were again leading. It was indeed a brilliant effort on Hunter's part. After this the Evertonians again exerted pressure, Raisbeck and Robertson in particular being ever on the alert. The game again opened out, and there was a long kicking on both sides. The first dangerous attempts to score came from Young, who sent the ball at tremendous speed right into his hands of Perkins, who was as safe as a rock. A burst along the wing by Cox, resulted in a corner, from which, Raisbeck shot on, only to find Balmer in the way. There was more splendid play by the Liverpool halves and forwards, and following a centre by Cox, it looked as if the goal would again be capture. The referee in impeding Bell, and then a brief stoppage accured at this part of the game though Fleming hurting himself detected Raisbeck. On resuming Liverpool aided by a free kick, attacked vigorous, but this time they could not get within shooting range of Kitchen. Still, the ball was kept in the Everton half by the flighty Liverpool men, who were very smart. Everton at this period seemed quite enabled to make headway, and the game to some extent was spoiled by the frequency with which the ball was over the line. Wilson was badly fouled by Bell, and Abbott, and from the free kick, Robertson placed the ball into the net without touching, this being the third time this had happened. A moment later, Raisbeck was penalised, and Eccles placed the ball well in. Eventually it was crossed to Sharp, who was standing in a favorable position, and had no difficulty in equalising the score, amidst terrific cheering. But sides were at it now, harder than ever, each goal being vigorous assailed. Both sides resorted occasionally to kicking out when danger threatened. Another brief stoppages here occurred, owing to an injury to Taylor, and following a free kick, Raisbeck cleared in the nick of time. The ball was in midfield, when the whistle blew, and the game ended in a draw of two goals each. The directors of both sides met after the match, and agreed to have the game replayed at Goodison-park on Thursday next. Kick off at 2-45. We are informed that the gate receipts at Anfield on Saturday just exceeded £800.



January 27 1902. The Liverpool Courier

This friendly match was played at Goodison Park on Saturday, in cold weather, before a meagre attendance. The visitors started, and in the first few minutes Bone got right in front, only to shoot wildly outside. Balmer and Crosbie early distinguished themselves, the custodian saving finely from Simpson in the top corner of the goal. Attercliffe attacked, and Simpson scored. Crombie having left his goal. In quick succession, each goal, narrow escaped, the visitors backs playing very well, while Hayward was prominent at centre half. half-time Attercliffe 1 goal, Everton Nil. Full tine Everton 2 goals, Attercliffe 2.

Everton: - Crosbie goal, balmer (r) and Watson backs, Brown, Clark, and Boyle (captain), half-backs, Roche, Rankin, Proudfoot, Bone, and Chadwick (j), forwards.



January 27 1902. The Liverpool Mercury

Saturday was a notable day in the history of Liverpool football, for the Everton and Liverpool clubs met, for the first time in their existence, in the initial round of that most exciting of competitions-the English Cup tournament. Following as it did the return League match between the pair, and the Combination game twist their reserves eleven's, it formed the third of a remarkable series of contests which will remain green in the memory of the ardent enthusiasm for many a day. But the rival clubs have not yet terminated their trials for a draw at Anfield was the result of 90 minutes' stirring warfare, abounding in exciting and interesting incidents, and the two elevens will oppose each other on Thursday next at 2-45, when another attempt will be made to decide the issue. The 25,000 people who gathered round the treacherously surfaced enclosure at Anfield were rewarded by witnessing a ding-dong struggle-a hard fought rather than a brilliant encounter- for the heavy going made a high class display of football almost impossible. There were no dull moments, however, but unbound surprise was expressed at the galliant show made by the Anfield men. They who had been toyed and trifled with at Goodison Park, and made to appear a third rate sort of team were now the aggressors, and in the first half particularly gave Everton more than they had anticipated. With a little more decision, and a grim determined resolve when near goal, the Liverpool forwards might have won the game in this moiety. The advent of Fleming to inside left shook up this wing, revived it, and infused some spirit into what should be a most dangerous part of the Liverpool attack. A beautiful tap taken at full speed from one of Cox's centres, nearly beat Kitchen, when ten minutes elapsed, but the Everton customary cleverly scooped the ball out when a goal seemed certain. Then McGuigan failed at two nice openings, one when Kitchen failed to gather the ball, with the Liverpool centre bearing down with all sails set, and again-when another fine cross from the left placed him in position with only the custodian again to overcome. A dashing, weighty centre would in both cases have startled Kitchen, if not actually scored, and thus it came about that it was close on half-time before Liverpool opened their account. A minute prior to the interval, one of the Everton forwards presumably Young, was penalised for pushing Raisbeck when inside the twelve yards line, and the referee deemed it necessary to inflict the full penalty of the law. Robertson the right back, took the kick, but Kitchen nobly saved his shot, only to drop it like a hot cinder, whereupon, the Liverpool man pounced on it again, and netted. The excitement was intensified when the game was renewed, but Everton appeared to have benefited by the rest, and, as their opponents were inclined to take matters rather easily. Taylor succeeded in equalising from a free kick, with a very clever shot. Then the battle began once more, and again did the “Reds” secure the lead. It was the result of splendid football from inception to termination. Sharp was going clean away with the ball, when Dunlop took the leather from his toes in masterly style, and swinging it over to Cox, the latter raced down the touch line, with the rest of his forwards tailing along in expectation of the pass. It came accurately enough, and Sailor Hunter pouncing on it, drove it into the top corner of the net, with a shot that was simply invincible. After Hunter had recovered from the exuberant embracing of his comrades, Everton seemed beaten, but their rivals slowed down again, in the rear, and from another free kick, Eccles placed nicely, and Sharp obtaining when close in, had no difficulty in equalising a second time. This, in brief, is the story of the struggle. Liverpool were slightly the superior side, for their defence was really excellent, whilst the attack had more life in it than has been seen for many a week. Everton fell the absence of Settle in the forward line, and their movements were nothing like so incisive as was the case a fortnight ago. The value of Perkins in goal was simply demonstrated by the character of the Liverpool defence. There was no hesitation on the part of the backs, no indecision's as to weather to fall back into goal or go forth and tackle the invader; everything worked smoothly-with excellent efficiently and completes understanding. Perkins was always on the alert, and made some clever saves, whilst Robertson played a beautiful game, and Dunlop never made a mistake; in fact, the defence was above reproach. At half-back Raisbeck approached somewhat to old-time form, and what a difference being in sound health, and fit makes in the play of a man who clearly shown in his cases. A fortnight ago he was suffering from the effects of an influenza cold, and was really unfit to take the field, with a result that every one now knowns full well. At Anfield there was no weakness displayed, and he had no either side of him, comrades who dealt with the Everton wings with equal efficiency. Goldie tackled and placed most judiciously and, it Wilson he rather tempestuous in his methods, there is no getting beyond the fact that he is an indefatigable trier. Coming now to the Everton defence, one must compliments Kitchen upon his work in goal, which was extremely well done. Eccles also played a capital game, and was more reliable in his kicking than Balmer, who opened very unsteadily, but afterwards returned more to his customary form. The half-backs were in fine trim, and it would be difficult to single out one as being superior to his partner. The only quarter in which they failed to reach the high standard given in the League match a couple of weeks ago was in scarcely being so aggressive in their tactics as on that memorable occasions, when they were at the top of their form. Forward, Liverpool held an unmistaking advantage, and if they had only shot a bit ofter they might very easily have landed the tie. McGuigan cannot be considered a centre forward, and it is unfortunate that his services were not utlised on the wing, for he is a practically lost in the middle of the line. Fleming was particularly prominent, and Cox could not complain of inattention in this match for the old Wolverhampton player, attended to him most assiduously. A regrettable injury sustained in the early part of the game caused the extreme left winger to lose some of his speed, and this would doubtless account for Wolstenholmes being able to keep pace with him. On the right wing Sailor Hunter shaped in good style, and the goal he obtained was a superb effort. Robertson was not very conspicuous and lack the go-ahead qualities which at one time were so prominent a feature of all his work. The Everton front rank was disjointed in its attack, although Young was never at fault, and gave his wings every assistance. He played a very effective game, but on this occasion received only moderate support. The extreme wingmen, Sharp and Bell, were not at their best, but the latter could not tumble to Bowman altogether, and had Settle been with him there would doubtless have been a different tale to tell. It will thus be readily seem that Everton were more than a trifle fortunate in being able to claim an quality as regards scoring, although they were prompt in making the most of their opponents weakness when the latter appeared to have the issue safe. More interest than ever will be centred in the meeting on Thursday, and seeing that Liverpool have shown themselves capable of extending their rivals to the utmost, there should be a great struggle when the two meet again. Liverpool returned to Lytham on Saturday evening, but Everton will journey to Southport this afternoon. Whichever team loses now, will certainly have a handsome pecuniary consolation to soothe their wounded feelings.


Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 27 January 1902

Played at Anfield, before probably 25,000 spectators, Liverpool lost the toss, and faced the sun and wind. They had much the best of the opening stages, and scored with as penalty just on half-time. The Second half was sensational, for Everton scored through Young in the first few minutes. Ten minutes later Liverpool again got ahead, Hunter scoring with a high fast shot. Everton got level again, Sharp scoring at close quarters, and a keen game ended in a draw of 2 goals each.



Leeds Mercury - Tuesday 28 January 1902

At a meeting of the. Selection Committee of the English Association, it was decided that the international trial match. North v. South, should be played at the Crystal Palace, on Monday, February 24th. The following were the teams chosen; North.—George (Aston Villa), goal; Crompton (Blackburn Rovers) and Crabtree (Aston Villa), backs ; Wilkes (Aston Villa), Bannister (Bolton Wanderers), and Needham (Sheffield United), half backs ; W. Hogg (Sunderland). Bloomer (Derby County), Beats (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Settle (Everton), and Lipshaw (Sheffield United), forwards. I South.—Robinson (Southampton), goal; C. B. Fry (Southampton) and Stokes (Reading), backs; W. Jones (Bristol City), A. Chadwick (Portsmouth), and A. Lee (Southampton), half backs; M. H. Stanbrough (Corinthians), R. E. Foster (Corinthians), G. O. Smith (Corinthians), C. F. Ryder (Corinthians), and Joe Turner (Southampton), forwards.


January 31 1902. The Liverpool Mercury

This replayed tie took place at Goodison Park yesterday afternoon before 25,000 spectators. The weather was crisp, and beautifully fine, and the ground in splendid playing order the game thus being fought out under more favorable climatic conditions than the one last Saturday at Anfield, when a draw of 2 goals each was the result. Both teams have been in training since that event, the “Blues” at Southport, and Liverpool at Lytham, and the players on entering the area looked in the pink of condition. Eccles and Settle were doubtful starters on the home side and their places were talen by B.Sharp and Bowman. Davies supplanting Fleming as inside left on behalf of Liverpool. The following were the teams: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Balmer and B.Sharp, backs, Wolstenholmes, Booth (captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp (j), Taylor, Young, Bowman, and Bell forwards. Liverpool: - Perkins, goal, Robertson, and Dunlop, backs, Watson, Raisbeck (captain), and Goldie, half-backs, Robertson, Hunter, McGuigan, Davies, and Cox, forwards. Referee John Lewis.

Punctual to time McGuigan kicked off for Liverpool, and the visitors at once took up the aggressive, Balmer tripping the Liverpool centre outside the penalty line. The subsequently free kick, taken by Raisback, came to nought, however and Wilson smartly checked an incursion by the Everton left. J.Sharp and Taylor made good headway until Dunlop got in the way, but the Evertonians resumed the attack, Taylor running the ball over the line. From the ensuing goal kick, Cox and Davies took up the running on behalf of Liverpool, and on the ball going across to Robinson, the latter sent close by the far upright, to the evident relief of the home supporters. After a while Everton slackened their efforts, and taking full advantage, the Liverpool forwards opened out the game, the “Blues” defence being severely taxed. Shots by Hunter and McGuigan were not far wide of the intended mark, and then the Evertonians had another brief spell, only to be pulled up by Dunlop, who however, made anything but an effective clearance. Goldie completing its work. Kitchen saved from Robertson and next Bell shot high over from a free kick. Young shot in hard and true for Perkins to effect a clever save, but play really favoured the “Reds” Liverpool still kept play in the opposing half until the ball went over the line, thus enabling the Everton left to make a progressive movement. Robertson goal in the way, however, and gave relief, and a further attack on the “Blues” goal followed Kitchen however, from Cox, allowing the ball to go over the line. A free kick close in to Everton was the next noticeable item, Perkins saving well at a crucial moment, whilst Dunlop kicked further ahead, the ball going to Bert Sharp, who placed wildly outside. Play alternated from end to end, but the shooting was erratic. Abbott on one occasion being woefully wide of the mark, whilst Davies, Cox, and McGuigan were also faulty. A sprint by Sharp was brought to a close by an injury to Dunlop, who had the worse of the tussle, but on resuming, Everton dashed off, and Bell shot in. The Liverpool goal, was packed, and on opening could be found, although immediately afterwards the ex-New Brighton player was left with a glorious opening, which was not turned to account. Four minutes from half-time, the “Reds” had a free kick, which was taken by Raisbeck. Balmer headed in the wrong direction, and had the misfortune to put through his own goal, thus placing Liverpool ahead at the interval. On resuming, Everton worked down, but Bell was speedily dispossession, and the ball was worked to the home left, Cox sending into Kitchen hands from long range, the Everton custodian having no difficulty in clearing. In close following the home forwards moved away together, but with Bell practically useless owing to an injured arm the “Reds” goal was not seriously troubled, Perkins allowing the leather to go over the line. Robertson took a free kick for Liverpool, and after one repulse, Hunter, after initiating the former movements, fastened on the ball and driving past Kitchen, placed Liverpool two goals ahead, the second point coming after play had been in progress eight minutes from the resumption. The Evertonians than made a desperate attempt to reduce the lead, but the final efforts were lacking, and Raisback and his rear colleagues easily staved off the impending disaster. Dunlop hereabouts put in a couple of might kicks, almost into goal, but none of his forwards were in readiness to take the opportunities afforded and the home goal, for the time at least, escaped further disaster. Cox from a corner kick, placed well in front, and some warm play took place. Abbott nipping in to clear, with the result that Taylor and Sharp moved to the other end, Dunlop kicking outside. The throw in found Cox travelling towards the Everton goal, McGugan hitting the upright. The home side could make no appreciable headway, and Liverpool easily held their own, being far the better side, with more method in their movements and always threatening danger when in the Everton half. Cox was off-side when in a favourable position, and a second free kick was awarded the “Blues” from the same cause. Despite these advantage, however, Everton could make no progress, and it seemed all over, Liverpool monopolising the bulk of the play, which was off an uninteresting character, the “Blues” being now a beaten team. Towards the close Hunter ran up and sent to McGuigan, who only had Kitchen to beat, but the ball went sailing over the bar. Dunlop kicked well at the other end, and next Cox was pulled up for off-side play. Again the home goal expericened an extremely narrow escape from a free kick, but there was no further scoring and Liverpool gained a well deserved victory by 2 goals to nil. The Gate receipts amounted to £800 making the total of the two games £1600.