June 1902

Athletic News - Monday 02 June 1902
By Junius
Football items must this week hold a marked advantage over the summer sport, for cricket is having no chance whatever with the wretched weather that continues to prevail. I see that the League Management Committee’s meeting on Friday, Muir. The Everton goal-keeper, appealed against the amount £260—at which he was placed on the transfer list, and it was reduced to £100. Considering that he bad been with the club five seasons, was not offered another engagement, this decision cannot be caviled at by any even-minded individual. Everton were indeed fortunate in one sense possess two such custodians as Kitchen and Muir, and still this was a misfortune—if I may be allowed the paradox—for each was good enough for the League eleven, Kitchen waited some years for his chance, and when it came, as it did after Muir's failure at Nottingham on the Forest ground, he made good use of it, and better work than Kitchen has accomplished in the Everton goal need not be wished for any club. Muir has any amount of good football in him yet, and the club that gets him will receive satisfaction.

Dundee Evening Post-Thursday 5 June 1902
Dundee this forenoon signed a new goalkeeper in William Muir, of Everton. He has been a member ot this English team for five years, and previous to that played Kilmarnock. Muir was understudy to Kitchen last season. Muir about 26 years of age, and stands over six feet height. He belongs to near Kilmarnock, and has a Scottish International cap against England. It is expected that several others players will be signed in a few days.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 05 June 1902
Dundee Football Club have made good capture. They have just procured the services of a prominent goalkeeper for next season. Howes having returned to Leicester, the Executive had to look out for new custodian. In this they have been eminently successful. A special meeting of the Directors of the Club was held last night, when it was decided to open up negotiations, with Everton for the League transfer of Muir, their goalkeeper. These terminated most satisfactorily to-day, Muir, who was in Dundee, was signed for next season the course of the forenoon. Muir, who is tall and well-built, is about 27 years of age, and has seen a lot of service with Scotch and English Clubs. Hailing from Glenbuck, a district that has raised quite a host of prominent players, Muir whilst a junior had international honours conferred on him. Subsequently was with 3d Lanark, for whom played when only 18 years old. He afterwards went to Kilmarnock, but much to the regret of the frequenters of Rugby Park his stay was short, Everton stepping and taking him across the Border. For five years has been with which in itself testimony to his ability. He was then recognised first goalkeeper indeed, he did not miss more than half a dozen League matches all last season. Dundee have always been well served by goalkeepers, and Muir should worthily uphold the honour of the Club this respect.

Cuff and Elliott
Hull Daily Mail - Friday 06 June 1902
A commission, consisting of Messrs J. C. Clegg, C. Crump, and J. J. Bentley, sat at Manchester yesterday, and for approaching a Crewe Alexandra player, named Robertson, suspended Mr Cuff, the secretary, and Elliott, the trainer, of Everton from Monday next until October. During that time neither official may receive remuneration from the club.

Dundee Evening Post - Friday 06 June 1902
The Sporting Chronicle says:—Muir, the Everton goalkeeper, appeared in person at the League meeting in London last Friday and obtained a reduction of the transfer fee placed on him from £250 to £lOO. Dundee have now paid this amount, so that he will re-cross the Border after a few years' service at Everton. Previous to this he was at Kilmarnock for few months, his football abilities having been previously confined his native village of Glenbuick.
An English Football Association Commission met in Manchester on Wednesday, when a complaint was lodged by Crewe Alexandra against Everton, who were accused approaching a Crewe player named Robertson. As a consequesce, Mr Cuff, the Everton secretary, and J. Elliot, the trainer, were suspended from Monday next until October I.

June 7 1902. The Liverpool Mercury
The annual meeting of the shareholders of the Everton football Club Company, Limited, was held last evening in the Lecture-hall. Presbyterian schools Royal Street. Mr. B.Kelly, chairman of directors presided over a large attendance the other directors present being Dr,Baxter, Dr. Whitfort, Messrs, E.A.Bainbridge, W.R. Clayton, A.T.Coates, J.Davies, D.Kirkwood, and H.Wright, and W.Cuff (Secretary).
The Chairman in moving the adoption of the balance sheet, said he need not say much with regard to the financial position of the club, as he believed they were all satisfied with the statement off accounts, which was a very fair one. The balance sheet was one of the lest they had before them during the eight years he had been a member of directorate. He was perfectly satisfied himself with the way it was drawn out (A.Voice;"Well drawn out" and laughter). Looking over former balance-sheets, their average taking had kept up the mark. When they saw they had taken over £9,000 last year, it compared well, considering the bad weather they had. It would be information for them to know that they took £600 less in the Liverpool match than in the previous year. They also took £400 less in the Sheffield United match. In last year's balance sheet it was £800 and this year only £400. Then in the Aston Villa match on Christmas Day they lost about £150 as compared with the same match in the previous year, and on the two Saturdays they had their gates closed altogether in consequence of the weather. Although they had lost £1,150 in that way, they had very fortunate to come there with a balance sheet showing takings of about £400 more than the previous year. (Hear hear). Their profit and loss account showed their profit had been a little less, but they had been looking after the welfare of the club in this way- their structures had to be attended to. It was necessary not to allow structures like theirs to get out of order, because they did not want such a disaster as happened at Glasgow. The building surveyor had examined the structures, and he was surprised to see the way in which they were got up. They would, he thought, stamd almost any amount of pressure. With regard to their cash balance, they had something like £300 or £400 in the bank, more than at the date last year. He believed the shareholders and directors were built up when the season commenced that they had got a fairly good team together, but in the second match they lost their centre. The directors did their level best to replace him, and he though they had succeeded in finding one of the best centre forwards, who ever played in that position (Applause). Although not scoring goals up to the eleventh match they were satisfield there was football in the lad; he was only 20 years of age, but he was making men of those who played alongside him. They were much disappointing they had not got first position in the League, at which they had aimed. To lose such matches, as Grimsby and Notts County on their own ground was a fatal fault. In the away matches they placed better football than on their own ground. They had been unfortunate perhaps with referee (Laughter). As to the English Cup the less he said about it the better (Laughter). Such an exhibition of football a they and both on the Liverpool ground and on their own would he though have proved fatal to anything. They were all disappointed and disgusted because they did all they could to get the team fir, but they absolutely failed. They would notice that £1,000 had been written off the mortgage, which was now £6,500.
Mr. Rawhson seconded the adoption of the balance sheet. Questions were then invited.
Mr. Tomlinson inquired how the training expense and trainer's wages had amounted to £551, seeing that for the four proceeding years, the average expenditure was only £327 making a difference of £225.
The Chairman replied that in the previous season, they had no special training whatever. Last season they were training away.
Mr. Tomlinson said he asked with regard to the average of four years. There had been special training during the last four years.
The Chairman- I am only prepared to answer for this year. Last year but one we had no special training, but in the past year we had increased work at Grimsby and Wolverhampton. The amount of special training is £243, and £19 10s. For Castleton.
Mr. Tomlinson then asked how the ground expenses were £350 against £213 the previous year.
The Chairman explained that this was caused by improvements to Stands, painting, and other extensions, making a total of £113 10s. 9d.
Mr. Tomlinson also drew attention to the travelling expenses, which were this year £833, as compared with an average of £537 for the previous years.
The Chairman stated that the Scottish and Irish tours cost £180, contracts and fares £28, and several small items which brought the amount upto £253.
Mr. Saunders asked what was the amount of the secretary's salary.
The Chairmans-£208 a year (Voice, "too much,"and not enough.") I am not discussing that matter-I am simply telling you what it is.
Mr.Evans asked how it was that £713 less had been received in matches played away this year then last.
The Chairman said that two away matches last year were the Cup-ties as against one this year, and this made up the differences. The Chairman also replied to a question with regards to a strip of land which had been transferred to Corporation and for which they got 25s a yard. This was required for the purposes of street improvements. As to the transfer fees and players wages, he though it was now wise to make everyone as well informed as the board themselves.
Mr.Saunders-Mr. Chairman, I don't think your secretary is worth a guinea a week. ("Oh, oh, and Laughter.)
Replying to another question, as to the office expenses etc, the Chairman said that while the directors dispensed with the services of Mr.Molyneux, or when he retired, they took into consideration the services he had rendered to the club, and knowing it was the commencement of a season, and that he could not enter into another place at once, they took upon themselves to pay him half a year's salary. (Loud applause.)
The account was then passed.
The Chairman moved that a dividend of 5 per cent to declared. This was improved.
Mr. Wade asked by whose direction Bell was played in a cup-tie, knowing he was not fit to play. At the end of last Season they had not an outside left signed on good enough to take his place. Bell was told to go off the field, as he was not fit to play, but he replied that he dared not do so, as he was ordered by the directors to take his place. With such management they would never win a league or any other cup. He wanted to know it was not possible to put some one in his place.
The chairman said that when Bell was at Southport in training a couple of medical men were sent to examine him, and they decided that he should play. (A Voice "Who were the medical men?")
Dr, Whitford stated that he and Dr.Baxter went to Southport to see Bell, and saw Bell, and they were both personally responsible for his appearance. Bell considered himself able to play, and as (the Speaker) had no regret at the steps they took. In spite of what had been said.
The retiring directors: - Mr.J.Davies, and Mr.E.A. Bainbridge-were proposed for re-election. A third vancany was caused through the appointment of Mr.W.Cuff a director to the Secrataryship, and Dr.Whitford moved that Mr.George Mahon be elected. Dr. Whitford said that except to the very junior shareholders it would be unnecessary to say anything with regard to the services, which Mr.Mahon had rendered to the club. It was largely through his financial genius that the club occupied Goodison Park, and the election of Mr.Mahon would greatly strengthen the directorate (Applause.)
Mr.W.R.Clayton seconded the proposition, and the three gentlemen Messrs. Davies, Bainbridge, and Mahon were elected an bloc.
Mr. Maver a shareholder said there was a feeling that Boyle had been dropped because he went in for the secretaryship. It looked very much like it. (Hear hear.) The man had served the club nine years, and a more gentlemanly player never kicked a ball. He suggested that the board should come to terms with Boyle. (Loud applause.)
The Secretary (Mr.W.Cuff.) read the names of the players who had signed on for the next season as follows: - Goalkeepers, Kitchen, Whitley, and C.E.Wilson (Old Carthusians), Full backs, W.Balmer. R.Balmer, W.Henderson, and J.Crelly, Half-backs, Booth, Abbott, Wolstenholmes, Clark, Clayton, Makepeace, and T.Chadwick; Forwards, J.Sharp, Taylor, Brearley, Young, Settle, Bell, Sherdian, Dilly, Bowman, Rankin, Monks, and Toman. Answering a question, the secretary said Toman was progressing favorably, and it was hoped he would be able to play at the beginning of the season. At a later stage the Secretary stated that two new players had been signed on from Tranmere, but they had not yet gone through the League. Some discussion followed with regard to the position of Boyle, several shareholders complaining that he has been well treated by the directorate. The Chairman stated that Boyle had been treated well; he had a good benefit ("No no".)- and he had been given a free transfer. An irregular dissension followed in which the allegation was made that the board had parted with Boyle, because he had applied for the secretaryship. This the Chairman denied. The Chairman and the board endorsed the opinion of Boyle qualities, but they though it desirable to have a change (One of "Why' why?") A shareholder deuced to move a resolution that arrangements be made with Boyle for next season but the Chairman declined to accept such a motion. Mr.WE.R.Clayton said that as one who did not vote for the election of the present secretary in the initiatory stages, he could not be regarded as a nonpartisan, and he assured the meeting that the fact that Boyle was not re-engaged had nothing to do with the fact that he applied for the Secretaryship. A shareholder-Is Elliott engaged? The Chairman-Yes, but he will be disengaged on Monday (Laughter). A Shareholder suggested that Boyle should be retained as secretary during the suspension of the present secretary, (Laughter.) The Chairman- When the time comes the directors will deal with that in a proper manner. A vote of thanks was passed to the Chairman for presiding, and closed the meeting.

June 7 1902. The Liverpool Courier.
Secretary and Trainer Suspended.
Messrs. J.C.Clegg, C.Crump and J.J. Bentley, sat as a commission of the Football Association at the Grand Hotel, Manchester. The first case taken was a complaint by Crewe Alexandra against the Everton Club, who were accused of "approaching" a Crewe player, named Robertson. It appears that Mr.Cuff, the Everton secretary. Dr, Whitford a director, and Elliott the trainer went to Crewe with the idea of watching Robertson, and made no secret of it, intimating it to one of the Crewe committee. After the match Robertson was produced and interviewed by Mr.Cuff, and Elliott. The player, in his evidence, stated that he had been asked not to engage himself until May, and corroborative testimony was produced. In the en the commission found that neither the club nor Dr.Whitford went cognisant of the action of Mr.Cuff and Elliott, and all the club was called upon to do was to pay the expanses of the commission and of the Crewe "witnesses, but both Mr.Cuff and Elliott were suspended from Monday next until October 1. This is a severe sentence, for no remuneration can be paid to either official. The case occupied the attention of the commission for a couple of hours, a large number of witnessed being called.
In view of the interest in football circles attaching to the decision of the commission a representative of the "Courier" yesterday had an interview with Mr.Cuff, and obtained his view on the case and the exact facts relating thereto. "What is your opinion respecting the decision, Mr.Cuff?" our representative asked. "On the evidence brought forward," he replied," I consider the decision a fair one, and that the gentleman comprising the commission viewed the matter in the fairest resistible light, and I give them credit for absolute impartiality of judgement; but what I have to say is that the evidence adduced on the other side was not in accordance with the facts." "You deny the statement then, that you 'approached' the player in question in an illegal way?""I do emphatically," replied Mr.Cuff. "The club did not approach him in any illegal sense. The trainer and myself saw him play, and also saw him in the hotel afterwards, but we never asked him to hold himself over, as we had no authority for so doing. The conversation in the hotel did not appertain in the least to an engagement or otherwise. Of course the evidence on our side was outweighed, for whilst for Everton there were only to witnesses, there were on behalf of Crewe Alexandra not only the player referred to, but eight others to support him, and their statement that we " approached" him in an illegal manner is absolutely untrue. Moreover, if we had gone to approach a player without our club's permission that should naturally not have ourselves known to the Crewe directors as we did. Our intentions all through were straight and above board. Hence our action in going to the committee, before the match and discussing the player.""Do you consider the 'sentence' severe?" On the evidence adduced I do. When we appeared before the commission we had no idea that they would view our actions in the light they have done." Questioned as to what he though had led the commission to pass so severe a sentence." Mr. Cuff ventured the opinion that for some time reports had been circulated as to Southern clubs "approaching"players of other clubs, but so far they have been reports only, not having gone so far as the formulating of charges against a particular club. It was, he added, a well-known fact, that the Association viewed the offence of "approaching" in a very serious light, and now that there was a district charge the Association, he though, had "put it on" " It is a sort of deterrent, and we have to suffer for the sins of other clubs. However, I supposed we shall have to 'grin and bear.

Athletic News - Monday 09 June 1902
By Junius
The dull monotony of the “dog day" has been broken by use announcement-in some quarters expected—of the suspension of the Everton secretary. Mr. W. Cuff, and trainer. J. Elliott. The circumstances attending the affair have already been fully reported in the papers, and I do not propose to relate the incidents which led to the decision the Football Association Commission. The rules of this body with regard to the tampering with players are sufficiently explicit, and the penalties clearly understood, and I consider the club were fortunate in getting off as well as they did. The curious point about the whole affair is the statement that the club were not cognizant of the extent to which the two persons named had gone in the matter, but as these latter were. I presume, representatives of the club sent there for a specific purpose. I cannot see how it could escape censure, and for that reason, consider that Everton were leniently dealt with. Then, again, why was Elliott's presence necessary at all?  Surely the directors of the club are able to conduct business of this nature, without having recourse to the assistance of their trainer, who must be a highly fancied individual in official quarters when powers, such as this incident seems to demonstrate, are placed in his hands. Without secretary and trainer, the club will have a task on hand to ready for the opening of the next season.
Some caustic remarks were made at the annual meeting of the club, held on Friday evening, but altogether the affair passed off in fairly harmonious fashion. With a balance well on the right side, there could be no grumbling at the financial position of the club, and the chairman received but little heckling on this account. I was pleased see Mr. Mahon elected to the directorate, and consider he will be a source of strength to this body, to such an extent that the services of trainer will not have to be requisitioned. With regard to the players signed on, I have already in this column given the bulk, but of the new names I may mention C E Wilson, goal (Carthusians) and Sheridan, forward. It was, indeed, cheering to hear that Toman would very probably be able to resume active service by the opening of the season, though, of course. Young is a fixture as long as he is sound. There was, however, some considerable feeling shown with regard to the treatment of Boyle, and I for one am on the side of the grumbler.  He has certainly been given free transfer, but his past services to the club deserved it, for he has served faithfully and well. I think the directors have made a mistake in not engaging him, for he has plenty of good football in him yet, and he is one those intelligent players that would exercise a wholesome influence on the reserve team. There is such a scarcity of this type of player that to part with one is, I consider, a matter be deplored.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 10 June 1902
Patrick Thistle have signed on Gray, of Everton, a forward who was once assoicated with Lenzie and Meadowside.

Dundee Evening Post - Wednesday 11 June 1902
Dick Boyle, member of the Everton Football Club, was signed on by Dundee this forenoon. Boyle is what may be termed veteran player, having been connected with Everton for eight seasons. Previous to that he played for the well-known Dumbarton team, and is by birth a "Son of the Rock." Boyle will succeed Longair as centre-half. We were of the opinion that Boyle had seen his best days as a player, but, of course, it must be considered that in Tom Booth he had a crack centre-half to displace in the Everton team.

Dundee Evening Post - Wednesday 11 June 1902
Dick Boyle, member of the Everton Football Club, was signed by Dundee this forenoon. Boyle is what may be termed veteran player, having been connected with Everton for eight seasons. Previous to that he played for the well-known Dumbarton team, and is by birth a "Son of the Rock." Boyle will succeed Longair as centre-half. We were of the opinion that Boyle had seen his best days as a player, but, of course, it must be considered that in Tom Booth he had a crack centre-half to displace in the Everton team. We expect to announce further "captures "by the end of the week.

Dundee Courier - Thursday 12 June 1902
Dick Boyle, a member of the Everton Football Club, was signed by Dundee this forenoon Boyle is what may be termed a veteran player, having been connected with Everton for eight seasons. Previous to that he played for the well-known Dumbarton team

Edinburgh Evening News - Thursday 12 June 1902
The Dundee club has ever shown a partially for Anglo-Scots and their latest recruit from over the Border is R.H. Boyes, wo for nine seasons had been with Everton.

Dundee Evening Post-Tuesday 17 June 1902
We are officially informed that a settlement has been arrived At in regard to the Thomas Dilly case. Everton have had -to pay over a tidy sum to the Arbroath club for their action in playing Dilly without his club's permission.

Dundee Evening Post - Wednesday 18 June 1902
Wages He Will Receive
We understand that Everton are very well pelased over he transfer of Dilly, of Arbroath. Dilly's terms are $2 10s during the playing season, and 30s in the close season.

Dundee Courier - Wednesday 18 June 1902
We are officially informed that a settlement has been arrived at in regard to the Thomas Dilly case. Everton have had to pay over a tidy sum to the Arbroath club for their action in playing Dilly without his club's permission.

Charles O'Hagan
Derry Journal - Friday 20 June 1902
Local football enthusiasts will be interested to learn that Mr. Charles O'Hagan, late of Buncrana, who was, prior to his going to England, a popular and very capable play in the Celtic football team, has been signed on as amateur for Everton club. Everton is one of the leading football organisations in England, and finished second from the top of the table in the first division of the English League. The admission to this club is, indeed,a honour, only the cream of football players is signed on by them. We are glad to see the success which this young gentleman has gained in the football arena, and thronghont his stay with Celtic Club here he showed skill and tact in his play, which was admired by everybody. We understand that will very likely have a place on the next international team far England, which alone speaks volumes of the popularity which he onae gained in English football circles on his leaving this city for Liverpool.