TEAMS FOR THE DERBY MATCH
October 2, 1918. The Evening Express
The Liverpool and Everton teams for Saturday’s great encounter are now available, and make interesting reading. In Everton’s front line Harrison again plays, and with Miller again at outside right, Donnachie stand downs. These are the only changes and after a careful survey of the respective sides, I have come to the conclusion that Liverpool will win by three goals to one. The chosen teams are;- Liverpool; Connell; Longsworth, Jenkinson; Bamber, Wadworth, McKinley; H. Wadworth, Metcalfe, Bennett, Lewis, Scholfield. Everton; Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Harrison.
Everton Reserves are at home to Garswood Hall, kick-off 3.30. The team will be;- Lawson; Riley, and Winders; Cotter, Nelson, and Parle; Cosgrove, Legder, Curtis, Christie, and Shepherd.
HARRISON AND MILLER AS EVERTON WINGS
October 2, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sports Notes
For the big Derby game at Anfield on Saturday, Everton have made a rather important alteration. Miller comes in for Donnachie for the name being in view of George Harrison’s continued stay in the city. Otherwise there is no change, but it will be seen that Everton have gone out for speedy wings of flight and fancy. Miller is the smart and fleet outside forward from the north-east who made a shack of his rivals when he made his bow at Everton a fortnight ago. Everton; Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Harrison. There is no change in the Liverpool side. Reserve team at Goodison v. Garwood; Lawson; Riley, and Winders; Cotter, Nelson, and Parle; Cosgrove, Legder, Curtis, Christie, and Shepherd.
Ex-Everton Player for Southport?
From the Vulcan news come one gathers that George H. Barlow may come out of his retirement and help Vulcan against Oldham.
THE FIRST DERBY GAME
October 4, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Ex-Liverpool Director Died
Fist information is here given of the death of Mr. James Ramsey, ex-director of Liverpool F.C. He had been connected with Liverpool ever since the club was born, right away to the Houlding days. In later days he spent most of his time alongside Tom Watson in first, he served as a secretarial office, and later, in the palatial office. The Sandon and Anfield were his “home” and his all.
We are in great mood. The news is sufficient to make one elated and in the sports ranks tomorrow the first of the season’s succession of Derby games promises to live up to the Liverton reputation of cleanliness and keenness. That is all we require. Merseyside for many many years had been a pattern of clean sport, and the players of the day will I am sure see that there is no blot on the copybook. With unbeaten side it is natural that partisanship should run high but spectators and players should bear in mind the essence of sport, and remember that footballically all eyes will be on the city.
When Greek Meets Greek
It promises to be a very fast and very fine game. Liverpool have improved their side this season by the adoption of young Wadsworth at outside right. Much as we like to see Waine chasing in and out the motley, the fact remained that as a footballer he was wont to baffle himself and make his own difficulties. Wadsworth has more system in his scheme and he can lift a ball more accurately. On the other hand Everton, if inclined to excessive pattern-weaving in attack have undoubtedly a very sound side, built up on brilliant half backs, while their forward line, of older than Liverpool’s has capacity for doing the right thing in a manner bewildering to opponents. As a set-off to that fact one has but to remember that they face Longsworth and Jenkinson and later still Connell. Thus one finds a needle match with every rank of the side very evenly matched. Miller’s play will be scrutinized keenly, for it may have been that his long standing paces will be cut short by the long-legged Liverpool defenders. Maybe – the game will show. At any rate he is served by the master mind, Jefferis to play alongside whom must be a veritable treat.
A Call to Spectators
The match in addition to giving good sport and recreation to a hugh crowd, will yield a handsome sum, I hope for the Red Cross campaign which has been organized in our city. The clubs are giving handsome donations, and the collection that will be taken should be a big one if the game starts to time and if the spectators can throw accurately. For the rest there is nothing to ask save. Fair play, which is a jewel. The “Football Echo” as usual will deliver the goods,” not only in the match but in all the other important games in and around the city. It is the paper that caters for all parties.
Plan of Field
Liverpool; Connell; Longsworth, Jenkinson; Bamber, Wadworth, McKinley; H. Wadworth, Metcalfe, Bennett, Lewis, Scholfield. Everton; Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Harrison.
The gate will be opened at two o’clock. The band of the Albert Industrial Schools, Birkenhead will be present and there will be a collection made for the British Red Cross campaign. The directors have voted a sum of £50 towards the object.
Tranmere Rovers Player Wounded
Ralph Holden the Tranmere Rovers half back and the old Liverpool player, is badly wounded in the face, arm and leg.
NEWS OF SOLDIER FOOTBALLERS AT HOME
October 5, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sports Notes
I had a call from Sergeant James B. Meunier, the Ex-Everton and Coventry back. He is “on the staff” and has been in France two years or more. Unfortunately Meunier could not stay over the week-end to see the local Derby. He asks that his kind regards shall be given to numerous friends.
Sunderland Forward Wounded
Sergeant Harry Martin, the Sunderland forward is in hospital in the South of England suffering from a wound in the shoulder.
THE FIRST DERBY GAME OF THE SEASON
October 5, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Absence of Harrison
The first of the season’s “Derby” game was played at Anfield today. Harrison at the last moment could not play owing to injury and Donanchie of course, came back to the side. For a Liver standpoint the game bore some sad memories through the death as announced exclusively in yesterday’s “Echo” of Mr. James J. Ramsey, the old Liverpool director. Liverpool; Connell, goal; Longsworth and Jenkinson, backs; Bamber, Wadworth, and McKinley, half-backs; H. Wadsworth, Metcalfe, Bennett, Lewis, and Scholfield, forwards. Everton; Mitchell, goal; Thompson and Robinson, backs; Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards.
Winning the toss meant a lot today, because there was a sharp wind blowing from the Spion Kop and right down the field. Longsworth had the good fortune to name the coin and when the game started there was hesitancy on the part of Grenyer that permitted a fatal result until the North Shields bay, by cute dribbling recovered possession of the ball, and made good use of it by feeding the forwards. There were tidbits in footwork and the best thus far was a tricky run by Gault who has developed the back heel method. He allowed with a bonny solo in spite of a trip and when Everton had a corner it was Gault who looked like scoring. Miller took a corner and Gault’s shot hit Connell and Donanchie and Clennell also essayed to score, but found that Longsworth had dropped back into goal and was able to kick clear.
Tit for Tat
After Thompson had put full step to Scholfield’s career and Wadsworth had put the ball sky high we had a minute’s crowded excitement and two goals each remarkable. The first, after ten minutes play, was credit to Miller and it was certainly a remarkable point, as the newcomer to football was wide out on the right hand side, and drew in a spankling ball. He doubtless intended it as a centre but it hooked in its flight and entered the corner of the net. One half minute and Liverpool had equalized through Metcalfe. Metcalfe went straight ahead and when he kick from close range Mitchell only half saved, and Metcalfe was left to head the ball into the right-hand side of the goal. Grenyer scored for Everton after 23 minutes.
BATTLE OF THE COLOURS
October 7, 1918. The Liverpool Courier
Contests between Liverpool and Everton in variably stir the pulse of local followers of the game,. As no matter how the sides have fared in other engagements spectators cam always rely upon the players giving of their best when these meetings come round. There would be close upon 30,000 present at Anfield and though the conditions left much to be desired the big crowd were provided with a capital afternoon’s sport. The teams kept themselves fully extended and by their clever footwork in the first half especially, brought out the nicer points with a frequency that simply delighted the onlookers. A faster and withal cleaner first half in which keenness was not allowed to rob he contest of its attractiveness, an scarcely be imagined and when the interval was reached it was the general opinion that nothing better could have been wished for. The second portion, however stood out in marked contrast as a result of change of tactics. In place of the almost similar methods hitherto adopted by the sides the game was opened out, more so by the Everton players. The three inside game, with frequent flashes to the wings, paid in Saturday’s high wind. For it undoubtedly enabled the Goodison Park men to keep a strong grip upon the lead they he’d as the result of the first “45” and clinch the issue more securely in their favour.
Scoring of the Goals.
The Everton players prevailed by four goals to two. One of the crispest movements witnessed during the game led to Miller, on taking a magnificent pass from Gault, defeating Connell with a rasping shot into the corner of the net. Cheering had scarcely subsided when Metcalfe equalized matters and these kaleidoscopic changes were repeated a little later by Grenyer from a free kick and Wadsworth after a capital work on the Liverpool left, while Everton took the lead for the third time as the result of a surprised shot from the foot of Gault. In the second half Everton having now the wind at their backs, adjusted their play accordingly and generally dominated the proceedings. Still they had several anxious moments and only the woodwork on one occasion prevented the sides from being on level terms again. There could, however, be the , mistaking the undercurrent of superiority in Everton’s movements and in the closing minutes of play one of Grenyer’s powerful drives found its billet. In such a game where all did well, it would be quite superfluous to superfluous to individualize. Suffice it to state that in the main issues the Everton half-backs held the key of the position, as they not only effectually broke up the opposition, but displayed a ready conception of the requirement of their forwards.
EVERTON DEFEATED THEIR ANFIELD RIVALS
October 7, 1918. The Evening Express, Liverpool
Over 28,000 spectators, a capital game, some strain on the temper department and the better team won. This I think about summaries Saturday’s match, which was exciting enough in all conscience in the first half, lead being followed by equalizer in thrilling fashion, but once Liverpool lost the wind they never shaped like winners. Football players are no more angelic than sporting writers, but long association with the game should have taught them that giving vent to irritation is a source of weakness, and one which affects the whole team. Concentration on an opponent means neglect of the all import ball, which may have to be left alone altogether, if flagrant breaches of the rules end with marching orders. Granted there was nothing very much out of the way, there were one or two incidents which should not have occurred. For instance, talking at the referee only annoys him and does no good. He is the sole arbiter, and though some decisions on Saturday bordered on the hasty the official had a difficult job in such a fluctuating game and it is the duty of the players to assist him and not to try to “get his goal.”
In respect of “man before ball” play, it is to be hoped there will be an improvement in the return but for intensity Saturday’s exhibition will be hard to beat. The “Reds” were the weaker in front where Bennett was hardly fit, but turned out because of the importance of the occasion. Only to be very subdued. The ball was kept too much on the right wing. True, Wadsworth and Melcalf scored, but it was wise to so neglect Scholfield and Lewis in the second half, especially as the latter was shooting well. McKinley was the pick of the halves, but Longsworth was the star of the Anfield eleven. He battled gamely, but far too much fell to his share. Personally I had a feeling that Connel and the occasion might not blend too well, but he started off as though quite confident. It was good to see a young keeper facing such a test so calmly, but one error shook him and he was palpably nervous in the later stages. However, experience will stiffen his self-control.
I don’t think anyone who was so fortunate as to see the match will fail to agree that the Everton halves were the best players on the field, with Fleetwood the best of the best, so to speak. He had made his plans beforehand and by voice and example kept his men up to their work, while he himself was tireless, whether when breaking up or thrusting home attacks. Grenyer’s top piece was a great asset, and his two goals fine ones, while Wareing defended resolutely. Mitchell made one save which astounded everybody. Thompson was run very close by his partner; while the wing forwards were the best. Miller’s speed being remarkable, and Donnachie, who played instead of Harrison, as exclusively forecasted in the “Express,” served up delightful centres.
DEATH OF EVERTON DIRECTOR
October 7, 1918. Evening Express, Liverpool
Mr. Benjamin Kelly
I regret to announce that Mr. Benjamin Kelly, for many years a director of the Everton F.C, passed away on Saturday at a nursing home following an operation. Mr. Kelly, who resided at Derwent Lodge, Orrell-lane, Aintree, was a brother of the late Alderman Kelly, and well known in the building world, his knowledge in this respect being of great value to the club in the errection of their new stands.
DEATH OF MR. KELLY, THE EVERTON F.C. DIRECTOR
October 7, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Football in the last few weeks has seen a number death’s of its staunchest members. It was only a few days ago that mention was made of Mr. James Ramsay’s death –he was buried today, by the way –and now comes news that Mr. Ben Kelly, for a long time a director of Everton F.C passed away on Saturday night . Ben Kelly, a tall sturdy figure had in last month been troubled with a growth. He was in his young days a powerful athletic and football player, and many were the yarns he told when we met in the days when football teams were sent away to Blackpool for Cup training. Mr. Kelly was invariably sent on those divisions. He will also be remembered for his work in connection with the transformation scheme of the Everton ground. The interment takes place at Bootle New Cemetery on Wednesday at two O’Clock. (October 9, 1918).
October 7, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
There was some strong kicking in the Anfield game, which, although showing much of the “needs” order, certainly could not be dubbed a dirty game. It was just as hard game, and the first half was crowded with interest and good football. The reason the second half palled was due to Everton having the wind and the upper hand. Liverpool could not make headway against Everton’s defence and the forces of the wind, and the only went to prove how well Everton had played against he elements. Let me point you one comparison. When Liverpool had corner kicks in the first half their takers could not play the ball into the wind. When Everton took corners kicks against the wind they made them all dangerous. Donnachie by facing his own goal, ensuring that “pull in the ball that led to the corner kick turning inward to the Liverpool goal. To say must the match will be remembered for two things –varied goalkeeping and the brilliance of Longsworth and Thompson.
Point to Be Remembered
There was not a penalty although one paper names one such and the score was not 3-1 for Liverpool as one critic had the temerity to suggest would be the case. Three of the first four goals were headed –an unusual occurrence in present-day football. The crack corner went home without nothing a goal and while Campbell played well, it got in his usual manner. Bennett was tightly held, and rarely got the ball, this being due to the magnificent way in which Fleetwood and Grenyer the wings opposed to them, and Wareing kept doing good things in middle. As a fact only little Lewis showed anything like the form we know the Liver attack is capable of. Everton’s left flank was subdued, but Jefferis in that unassuming manner that is his went saw to it that Gault and Miller got the right type of passes and the result was that these two men were always near the mark. Miller had thus early pronounced his debut exhibition quite out of the ordinary. He is a speed merchant with something more than speed as his qualification. Gault’s lending to the back heel, which for so long I have advocated as a lost art and a sample measure with results immeasurable was pronounced and only once was he caught napping, out against that orphan catch by the doughy Walter Wadworth could be placed a number of successful moves by the back touch. Other players please note. The goalkeeping was curiously mixed. Connell quite young and it was a severe test to put him in the Derby game. He was without confident, and his clearances were not sharp or clean. He should have saved some of the goals, and in similar manner, Mitchell was at fault with Metcalfe first shot and Wadsworth’s goal. Nevertheless each goalkeeper made saves of much merit, and Mitchell’s handling of a shot that was going away from him and his catch and swirl round in the second half were memorable moves that impressed every one of the 28,000 people who helped to make nearly £1,000. Nothing remains now save a remark that the linesman on the Kemlyn-road side made grievous mistakes concerning throw-ins and the referee was at fault when he declared W. Wadworth had handled. Gault scored from the free kick and when he failed to notice Gault offside the visitors centre scored.
October 8, 1918. The Evening Express, Liverpool
Cy, Segt Major J. Houston, R.I.R who had been awarded a bar to the military medal is the Linfield footballer who formerly played for Everton. Jimmy was a fearless forward who bravery is now self-evident.
TEAMS FOR TOMORROW’S RETURN MATCH
October 11, 1918. The Evening Express, Liverpool
The return tomorrow sees only one change in the two teams, Green for Metcalf, who was kicked last week, so when we foregather at Goodison tomorrow it will be to see a return which may settle the question of the season superiority of leave us in a fog. All preparation are being made to house a big crowd. The gates will be thrown open early, and the Liverpool ex-Service Band will play selections. On form the home side should win when the teams face each other at 3.30 as follows; Everton; Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie. Liverpool; Connell; Longsworth, Jenkinson; Bamber, Wadsworth, McKinlay; H. Wadsworth, Green, Bennett, Lewis, Scholfield.
Football Captain Killed
Mr. A. Jackson, of Gordon-street, Paisley himself a famous footballer, informs the “Sporting Chronics” that he has lost his son Andy Jackson, late captain of the Middlesbrough team. Andrew Jackson who was born at Cambuslang was the son of a Scottish international and the nephew of James Jackson, who was a full back for Newcastle United, and afterwards captained Woolwich Arsenal when they rose from the Second to the First Division. After Middleborough had transferred R. Young to Everton, the manager of the Tees-side club, Mr. A.D. Walker, secured Andrew Jackson, who was then only about 18 but he stood 5ft 3in and scaled 11 stone. He became the centre half back and skipper of the Middlesbrough League team.
EX-EVERTON DIRECTORS SAD LOSS
October 11, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
It is with deep regret I record the news of Mr. Dan Kirkwood’s loss. His boy Lieutenant Willie has been killed. It was only five weeks ago that he returned to France. The Ex-Everton director, his wife and family will have all our sympathy in their great blow.
Everyone has agreed this week that Everton were the better side on Saturday at Anfield. It is good that partisanship does not prevent a logical result such as that named. However the discussion surrounding the second chapter are very keen and deep. Many expect that Liverpool will come back to their normal game with the wind and other things out of the road. Now the point, to my mind; is that McKinlay has to keep all his energy for the winged Miller. If McKinlay could keep his eye as in other days, upon his fellow half back with a view of assisting them then Liverpool would improve. But Miller wants a lot of watching and catching. Moreover the Liver weakness towards and in one half-back position cannot be overlooked. The attack is small –Bennett (5ft 6in) is the tallest and the rest are all about 5ft 4in mark. Thus Everton’s half backs have some part of their success already made for them. Green may make some “spice” in shooting and in that way the Liver attack many improve. In addition the game is a Derby and no one can frame form to suit their issue. Anything may happen and football’s form become topsy-turvy. However I go nap on Everton. There was some inclination to unclean habits last week, but the game on the whole was clean, and I hope it will be another clean game tomorrow with as little talking as possible and with as few free kicks as possible. These are the teams the Liver side was first announced through the Echo yesterday and the Football Echo” will provide you with the complete report of proceedings;- Everton; Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie. Liverpool; Connell; Longsworth, Jenkinson; Bamber, Wadsworth, McKinlay; H. Wadsworth, Green, Bennett, Lewis, Scholfield.
Enter Joe Smith
Late on I learn that Thompson, who picked himself on Saturday, is a very doubtful started and if he is unable to play Joe Smith of West Bromwich Albion will take his place. The band of the ex-service men will be in attendance under the good charge of Mr. J. Leadbeater. A collection will be taken for The Red Cross Fund movement.
BLUES LEAD AT HALF-TIME
October 12, 1918. The Liverpool Evening Express
Match by CRI
The return of Everton and Liverpool proved a great draw at Goodison Park today, for in spite of the Blues win last Saturday, anything may happen –has a habit of happening –in these games in which local rivalry is so keen. Then no matter what difference there may appear to be in the respective merits of the sides, each club has a great and loyal following so that with decent conditions thrown in –for which all were mighty thankful –a capital game was bound to be the outcome. Everton found it impossible to play Thompson owing to injury sustained last week, and his place was taken by Joe Smith of West Bromwich, while from the cause Reds had to drop Melcalfe through injury, so they introduced Green, a good sharp-shooting substitute. The teams were;- Everton; Mitchell, goal; Smith and Robinson, backs; Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards. Liverpool; Connell, goal; Longsworh, and Jenkinson, back’s Bamber, Wadsworth, and McKinlay, half-backs; H. Wadsworth, Green, Bennett, Lewis and Scholfield, forwards. There would be well over 20,000 spectators present when the game began and they were still pouring in. Longsworth winning the toss set Everton to face the suit, but the Blues opened in prominent fashion. Jefferis and Gault being the chief sources to anxiety to Longsworth. The home exerted considerable pressure in the early stages. Jefferis being particularly effective. When the Reds changed the venue, H. Wadsworth reached Mitchell with a slow ball, which was obviously intended for a centre. At the other end Wareing from long range from a Connell easily fielding a dropping shot, and the custodian did much better when he went down full-length to a Gault teaser after the centre had cleverly eluded the defence.
Off side against Green spotted a promising movement and when Everton came back a capital Miller centre was all but disastrous to the Anfielders. Longsworth covering the keeper too much got his hand to the ball but without being able to get sufficient behind it, with the result that he diverted it in the wrong direction and it fell perilously near the open goal. Just afterwards there was an unpleasant incident. W. Wadsworth was pulled up for a foul on Clennell. After the kick had been taken he followed up the referee. Mr. Alderson and commenced to argue with him, and eventually the official called up Clennell and talked to both of them. Then came a fine raky by Liverpool, Green started it with a clever run and a shot right across the goalmouth. This chance was not accepted. Then Scholfield put over a lovely centre and the soldier hit the upright, with Mitchell hopelessly beaten, but the ball was scrambled away. However, this was only a foretaste of what was to come as a the end of 17 minutes a corner well placed by Scholfield went out to Green who shot through the crowd Mitchell getting down touched the ball, but was not able to hold it. Naturally there was great enthusiasm from those who favoured the Reds.
The crowd was now of tremendous dimensions. The play at this period was not of a very high quality. The equalizer came at the end of 25 minutes, and Everton have to thank Connell for letting them get on level terms. Waring had a pop from fairly long range the ball travelling at a good speed. Though the keeper had plenty of time to pick it up he failed to hold as it rebounded into play Donanchie ran up and netted. This was only the beginning of a sensational period as within two minutes the Blues had taken the lead. This time Clennell did the trick. Gradually working his way round and in, he beat Connell all the way with a beauty. Liverpool made furious attempts to get on terms, and were near achieving their desire when Bennett hooked in at an awkward angle Mitchell on the ground did the only thing possible, driving the leather across the goalmouth, where Mitchell cut in and saved the situation. Mitchell brought off another fine save from Wadworth and then the referee achowledged a mistaken offside-decision by a thrown down. The game continued to the strenuously contested and both Fleetwood and Gault were rubbing their heads. Green was apparently taken by surprise when Scolfield crowned clever work with a perfect entre which gave the inside right a lovely opening. However, he made no attempt to take advantage of it.
Fleetwood Again Injured
Miller middled with judgment, but the centre forward could only head wide of the upright, and when the Reds dashed down again Smith and Fleetwood failed to hold Lewis, who delivered a hot one. Mitchell barred the way. There was another stoppage when Fleetwood was again injured, but he rebound. On resuming Green changed places with Bennett. Green missed an open goal.
Half-time; Everton 2, Liverpool 1.
GARSWOOD HALL COLLIERS V EVERTON RES
October 12, 1915. The Evening Express, Liverpool
At Garswood The homesters won the toss, but the visitors were the first to attack. Wright of Garswood clearing. Christie of Everton, handled the ball and from the kick Cunliffe scored for Garswood. Best soon afterwards added a second. Even play followed. Half-time; Garswood 2, Everton nil.
October 12, 1915 The Evening Express, Liverpool
Gunner James Smith, centre forward of the Bradford club has been killed in action. Aged 27 he was 5ft 7 ½ ins and weighed 11st. Originally was Hanley Swifts, he joined Brighton & Hove Albion. He was transferred to Bradford in November 1912, and was a prolific scorer being at home in any of the inside positions.
NOTES AND NOTIONS
October 12, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
Liverpool F.C has sustained a loss in the demise of Mr. James Ramsey and Everton through the passing of Mr. Ben Kelly. The former was one of the original directors of the Liverpool Football Company Limited and held that position until about three years ago. He was the personal friend and confidant of the late John Houlding, the founder of the club. Lord Mayor of Liverpool 1897-98 and manager of Houlding’s brewery, Tynemouth-street for a good number of years. He held the license of the Sandon Hotel-Everton headquarters in their Anfield days –for a considerable time, though never as working manager. He was one of the oldest members of the Anfield Lodge of the Masonic Order. He resided on the Anfield district with his sisters and usually spent his summer holiday in or near Kingstown (Ireland) with relatives. Mr. Ben Kelly held office uninterruptedly on Everton’s board for twenty-three years and in April 1916 to celebrate his majority as director of the club, feted him and made a suitable presentation.
Everton Board Vacancy
In certain quarters it is stated that Mr. Cuff is not “red hot” as our American confreres says on rejoining the board after detachment therefore extending over 17 years.
Not “Bursting” for the Job
Mr. Cuff set up such a remarkably high standard as Everton’s charge d Affairess that it is no wonder that very few people seem anxious to pick up the reins. Applications for the vacant post may be received up to the 19th inst. State age, salary, qualification and optionally, of course whether you belong to “Vin’s” lodge or not!
LISCARD OFFICE KILLED
October 12, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
Second Lietutentant Charles Edward Faulker (K.L.R) 5, Devonshire road, Liscard has died of wounds. He had previously been wounded. He was well known in local football circles.
• Bluecorrespondents;- Brother of Harry Faulkner, who had trials with Everton 1914, Harry moved to Canada and died in the year 1977.
ENORMOUS CROWD FOR SECOND DERBY
October 12, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton v. Liverpool
Bee’s Comments last week Everton won at Anfield 4-2. Today , in spite of “form” pointing to another victory to the Blues an enormous crowd attended Goodison Park. Thompson was a doubtful and Joe Smith was said to be certain to play if the big back could not turn out –an announcement that was made solely by the “Echo” yesterday. The teams were;- Everton; Mitchell, goal; Smith and Robinson, backs; Fleetwood (captain), Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards. Liverpool; Connell, goal; Longsworh (captain), and Jenkinson, back’s Bamber, Wadsworth, and McKinlay, half-backs; H. Wadsworth, Green, Bennett, Lewis and Scholfield, forwards. Fleetwood was captain of the day in view of Thompson’s absence. Everton players wore black bands as a signal of respect for their late director Mr. Ben Kelly. Longsworth for the second week won the toss. Everton faced the sum and wind, but made the early work, and Longsworth was prominent by his usual process of putting in as cover to Jenkinson. Clennell tried a shot at a venture and later Jefferis did some maneuvering that promised much but old not develop.
The Referee’s Caution
Then came the touch of bite which partially spoiled the game last week. Clennell was deliberately pushed in the back, and the referee failed to see the incident but when Clennell retiatated and was penalized the referee added a word of caution. Last week young Connell did not impress in the Liverpool goal, but he began well today, and that is half the battle. He was safe in handling along drive from Joe Smith and the next time he was tested he made a fine save from Gault’s well timed and clean. W.Wadworth was now cautioned y the referee for an offence on Clennell and further words from the leading official were necessary when Clennell and Wadworth continued their bitterness. Liverpool had not been in the picture till now, but they set about their work in earnest.
Green handed against the upright when Scholfield centred at nice height and strength. This was a mistake for Everton, but their goal did not hold up much longer, Green scoring as a direct result of the referee changing a verdict from a goal kick to corner kick. A linesman appealed for a corner, and therefore it is surprising that the referee made any chance. Perhaps it was Jefferis remedying an error of last week when Everton got a free kick and a goal. Donnachie and Clennell scored for Everton.
EVERTON BRING OFF DOUBLE EVENT
October 14, 1918. The Liverpool Courier
The outstanding match on Saturday was the one between Everton and Liverpool. A week ago Everton scored 4-2 at Liverpool, and yesterday they repeated the dose at Goodison Park.
There were many points of similarity in the return between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park, on Saturday on Saturday, one being that Everton won by four goals to two, as in the previous week, and once again the result being in the balance till the last minute. The match will long be remembered for it was very exciting, and in the second half the hugh crowd of 35,000 saw one of the keenest tussles ever witnessed between the rival clubs. It was a half crammed with incident and one regrets to record, there were several displays of downright bad temper. On one occasion Gault appeared to jump on Longworth, and when the referee intervened, he was surrounded by layers who were almost out of hand. There was also several cases of players waiting for each other, but better counsels prevailed, and the men pulled themselves together.
Then two of the goals were quite out of the ordinary. The first goal of the second half was registered against the Reds, by Longworth their captain who did not trust Connell to deal with a shot from Miller, which the custodian was waiting for, and hitting it on the wrong side the back diverted it into the net. Two minutes later, Wareing the Everton pivot in a melee in the Blues goalmouth did precisely the same thing. When two such reliable footballers err to such an extent in a vital match, who can blame a comparative novice like Connell for being at fault, as he was undoubtedly, when he failed to hold Wareing’s shot and allowed Donnachie to equalize as a short time before Green had opened Liverpool’s account. Two minutes after equalizing Clennell put the home side in front. The “grit” after the interval have been referred to, and as regards the goals it only remains to be added that just on time Miller unmarked scored from a throw-in.
Regarding the players it cannot be said that the standard set was a very high one, too much feeling being allowed to enter into the proceedings. Everton were the more scientific side and their halves were once more a source of tremendous strength. All three in their respective styles overshadowed the Liverpool forwards. Robinson and Joe Smith also gave a very sound display, and Mitchell was brilliant. Jefferis was the artistic of the forward line. Connell did quite as well as could be expected, and Longsworth did too much. The Liverpool halves were not of the same standard as the Liverpool intermediate line, while forward Green and Scholfield were the greatest opportunists. Everton, as a result of this win, are now firmly established at the head of the table, and will be a difficult combination to displace.
EVERTON CONFIRM THEIR SUPERIORITY
October 14, 1918. The Evening Express, Liverpool
Two goals in two minutes, and each recorded against the clubs by one of their own players, is a sufficiently unusual to make a match noteworthy but add to that the fact that the final score was precisely the same as the previous week, and that the feeling shown by the players was worse, and it becomes a ease conclusion that the 1918 return between Everton and Liverpool will not be forgotten in a hurry by the 35,000 that saw it. There were other points of similarity with the Anfield encounter, chief of which was that Everton won again because of the superiority of their halves of much more vital force than the Liverpool intermediate line, of whom McKinley was for once in a way very subdued, so that Scholfield and Lewis did not get the chances usually provided for them. Connell again made a costly mistake, but was safer than formerly and Longsworth discounted much fine work when he scored against his own side, Wareing being similarly guilty. Donnachie was the best forward on view, and Fleetwood and Grenyer the most successful half backs. Everton did not feel he loss of Thompson because Smith, of West Bromwich, was in capital form and he broke up many attacks with great skill, collaborating with Robinson in a way which gave little scope in the Liverpool forwards who were handicapped by an injury to Bennett which made him change places with Green for the whole of the second half.
EVERTON BEAT NEIGHBOURS BY 4 GOALS TO 2
October 14, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
How far weak refereeing can spoil a game and allow players license was shown by the “control” or lack of it, in the Derby games between Everton and Liverpool. On Saturday week the game was not clean; on Saturday it contained many pieces of temper and many rash acts and kicking that passed official notice. When a player three times in two seconds backs another player without having any idea of going for the ball, and the injured player calls upon the referee to “please take note” without getting response from that official –well it is time to take counsel as to whether the referee should be placed in charge of a match. Mr. Alderman to my mind was always upside the players but never took charge of them. He advised many what would be the penalty, but the players had come, to look upon his threate as having no fulfillment. The result was that the game became a discreditable affair, and the marvel was that no bones were broken.
Change of Decision
I admire referees who have the courage to admit errors. But Mr. Alderson went further. He very wisely threw down the ball when he saw an offside verdict, stood no test of inquiry but when he awarded a goal kick and a linesman flagged a corner kick he straightaway altered his decision without consultation. Mind you, the referee was well placed and had given his own verdict and in like manner the referee was in perfect “view” of the incident aforementioned when W.Wadsworth “rattled” Jefferis without penalty, Wadworth was no more a sinner than others. I do not like the duty that falls to me today but I must in duty, name facts and in so doing must ask why the referee failed to take action when Gault kicked Longsworth, when Donnachie (an old head, you know) made threats when someone crocked Fleetwood, when Jefferis lost self control and let his leg go about in dangerous fashion. There were others but these were patent cases, and the referee did nothing but promise something terrible. Had a Bamlett been in charge of the game none of these things would have been attempted. The fact was the referee did not take charge of the matches. What a nifty that two good matches should have been “bloated” in the manner named.
Play and Players
Everton won for the second time by 4-2 led by a goal at the interval. Also for the second week and Liverpool by winning the toss for the second week gained advantage that should have been a big help to their chances. But Liverpool did not play their best stuff. They rallied magnificently and got Everton guessing but could not deliver the goal at the right moment. It was quaint that Longsworth should turn the ball beyond his own goalkeeper, and he followed instantly by Wareing; but in both cases one must weight the full work of the men named, and then the verdict is favourable to the players. At half back Everton held the mastery for comparing the lines it cannot be said that Bamber succeeded his missed passes, after taking possession being all too frequent; while McKinlay again had to keep to his shop and not attempt liberties hence the quietude of the Liver left wing, where Scholfield has faded away very acceptably. Connell made telling saves, but his great fault is in picking up a ball that is knee high. He persists in getting on the knee to it and more often than not the ball hits his body. If he stood at attention to such shots he would get them sort of half-volley, and would cutch the ball. Miller was not as prominent as formerly, but Jefferis and Donnachie were a study in ball control and wise use of chances. I don’t think I have seen Robinson rise to the heights he attained at full back ably assisted by Joe Smith, the indefatigable Albion man, and Gaults and Micthell also come in the limelight when praise is being handed out. Green got a goal but it cannot be said the right wing showed signs of combination, nippy as was H. Wadsworth. The crowd was probably 32,000 strong, and many of them found their way to the Press box owing to there being no one in charge of the seats. I hope the officials will remedy this fault.
EVERTON MAKE NO CHANGE AGAINST UNITED
October 16, 1918. The Evening Express, Liverpool
Nothing succeeds like success and Everton will endeavour to maintain their unbeaten record against Manchester United on Saturday with the excellent prospects. After last week’s display it was only to be expected that no change would be made unless absolutely necessary. The same team has been chosen and the United will be faced by Mitchell, Smith, and Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie.
October 18, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Everton away at Manchester United’s ground will find a nippy side, but I cannot see the Walton men failing to kept their clean record –in fact a draw does not strike me as possible. Mitchell, Smith, and Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie. Manchester United; Mew; Dunn, Silcock; Meehan, Huditch, Hayward; Hodge, Weddcock, Myels, Ellis, Coombs.
• William Scott, the ex-Everton goal-keeper is to guest for Liverpool tomorrow at Anfield against Bolton
October 19, 1918. The Evening Express, Liverpool
Manchester United Draw First Blood
The Everton team have always been an attractive side at Old Trafford, and there was no exception to what has become the rule today, for a big crowd had gathered evidently beat on witnessing a rare inside for supremacy. On the visiting side owing to the inability of Smith to turn out, Wareing filled the right back position, with Cotter acting as the pivot of the teams, while the United appeared as advertised. The conditions were all that could be desired. There was practically no wind, and the playing pitch looked inviting so the big crowd had every reason to hope for a good sporting exhibition. The teams were as follows;- Everton; Mitchell, goal; Wareing and Robinson, backs; Fleetwood (captain), Cotter and Grenyer, half-backs; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards. Manchester United; Mew Captain), goal; Dunn and Silcock, backs; Meehan, Hilditch, and Heywood, half-backs; Hodge, Woodcock, Myers, Ellis, and Coome, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.T. Howcroft.
It was 20 minutes after advertised time that play opened. The early stages were somewhat tame, but United had the better of exchanges and Myers with a fairly easy opening placed wide. The teams gradually warmed to their task and capital work by the Everton half backs led to the home defenders experiencing an anxious time. However, nothing came of several dangerous rushes and on the venue being changed, Woodcock came near the mark with a drive that skirted the upright.
Finishing Efforts Lacking
As play progressed, it was clearly evident that the Blues were the more skilful in footwork, but still there was no finishing effort to crown their advantage towards the United goal. The home backs presented a stubborn front and it was left to Grenyer to attempt the first serious effort to reduce the home goal. This drive, a terrific one, went wide as did another from Fleetwood a couple of minutes later. Then Myers led on a movement which was ably supplemented by Woodcock, but when a fairly good opening presented itself Wareing stepped into the breach, and cleared in wonderfully clever fashion. The United forwards however, returned again and after the ball had been passed right along the line.
Coombe got the better of Robinson and dropped in a perfect centre which Woodcock put to advantage by heading into the net quite out of reach of Mitchell. Play had scarcely been resumed when Miller misfortune to have a well directed shot charged down after some fine pray on the part of Clennel and Donnachie and on a further return the United goal was only saved by inches. Fleetwood had now gone centre with Cotter operating on the right and the change was distinctly for the better Donnachie and Clennell by an interesting of position troubled the home defenders and the score should have been leveled when the outside left who had cut in was presented with a good opening. Keeping up a strong pressure Grenyer tried his luck again, but without success and following capital work by Fleetwood. Miller was adjudged offside at close quarters. Breaking away, Hodge forced a corner, which turned to nothing and the Everton forwards repeated their efforts to get on terms again. They still found the United defenders in strong vein and Mew was not unduly harassed. The Everton left wing kept pegging away but their centres were always anticipated. Rarely indeed were the telling shots allowed t be sent in. A couple of corners from the United followed in quick succession without result and following a breakaway by Donnachie. Clennell caused Mew to leave his charge to prevent disaster. The Blues played up strongly towards the interval for an equalizing point but failed.
Half-time; Manchester United 1, Everton 0
NOTES & NOTIONS
October 19, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
The Late Lieutentant “Willie” Kirkwood
Though modest on his unembarrassed brow, nature had written “gentleman.”
The news of his death in action of Lieutenant Willie Kirkwood the 21-year-old elder son of “Danny” Kirkwood came with a sense of great shock even in these days. Only a few weeks ago, after receiving his commission in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers –an “attachment” he desired and surely a proud one for his father –he visited his friends hereabouts before returning to France. Quite enamored of his work he then expressed the wish that, if spared he would like to remain in the Army after the war. Willie kerned distinction in football, he is clever inside right and recently was a member of the successful Cadets Cup team at Kinmal Park. The hearts core sympathy of a wide circle of friends will go out to his parents and home circle. The knowledge of his good life and his heroic death, will be a perpetual consolation to them in their great grief.
The war has indeed been severe in the calls upon professional footballers, and it is hard to realize that we shall see no more of men like Smith, Jackson, Torrance, Ford, Turnbull, Beufield, Sporrs, Lintott, Bullock, McFadden, Bullten, Lightfoot, Ware, Revill, Herron, Shelton, Goodwill, McLead, Cook, Wilson, Cummings, McGuire, and Latheron, and there are many others.
AT OLD TRAFFORD
October 19, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
F.E.H Describes Everton United Tussle
A Hard Fight
Everton; Mitchell, goal; Wareing and Robinson, backs; Fleetwood (captain), Cotter and Grenyer, half-backs; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards. Manchester United; Mew (captain), goal; Dunn and Silcock, backs; Meehan, Hilditch, and Heywood, half-backs; Hodge, Woodcock, Myers, Ellis, and Coome, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.T. Howcroft. Everton were on their mettle today again the in-and-out” team Manchester United –Everton made no change from their successful side of last week, but United complained that their were below their strength. Favoured by a perfect weather and afternoon and the promise of an exceptionally keen game, there was a record attendance for the present season at Old Trafford. Latheron had to make two changes at the last minute. Smith was unable to reach the ground in time and Wareing therefore fell back to partner Robinson while Cotter came in at centre half. The home team were as selected though the staged was nearly twenty minutes late without Selcock. United started on fare on the mellow sunlight and there were at once bristly on the right. The leather was going smartly in, and Myers had anxious opening when he resulted the chance. The Everton halves were rather slower than united in tackling down and Fleetwood was unable to stop a breakaway by the left wing. The ball was transferred to Woodcock and the tricky United forward with a swift shot which was well death with. The visitors now began to take a hand in the game and gave the home defence’s something to do. First Jefferis and Miller got smartly off the turf, and when Fleetwood kept the outside man lost possession, Clennell and Donnachie took in the running on the better wing.
The Evertonians, however, had now found their feet and they begin to bombard the United goal. Miller put in a light dropping shot almost from the corner flag, which went a begging and their Grenyer fired at long range high over the bar. Further pressure on the left led to a free kick. Everton’s favour and first was put just wide of the target by Clennel. The United forwards replied with a rally on the left that brought success.
A Head Thrust
Coombe racing round Fleetwood put in a perfect centre, and Woodcock getting his head to the ball netted it just out of Mitchell’s reach. It was a capital goal and was greeted with tremendous cheers. The visitors replied to the reverse with some clever passing in which both wings participated but the movement was nullified when Gault raise kicked. United in turn harassed their opponents and Coombs was again dangerous with a centre, which Myres tried hard to convert. A regular bull in the goalmouth ensued and the Everton lines were only cleared when Fleetwood and Wareing in turn headed away. For some time after this play ruled rather scrappy and Donnachie lost a fine chance through one anxiety after he had Dunn well beaten. Miller next tried his luck with a solo effort, which was intercepted and then Grenyer essayed another tremendous drive which sent the leather scrimmage just over the crossbar. Robinson put his forwards is possession with a lofty punt, and after Myler had failed to turn it to account Jefferis shot very tamely outside. At the other end Hodge forced a couple of corners and from the second of these Myers dropped the ball high over the woodwork.
Still United were most persistent and it was only their unsteadiness in front of goal that prevented then increasing their lead. Ten minutes from the interval Everton made a galliant effort to drew level. Gault initiated the advance and passed out prettily the ball, towards the target. A moment later Clennell wriggled through and looked all over a winner, when New took the ball literally from his toe. Then a corner was forced on the right and well placed by Miller the home defence was sound and the threatened danger cleared. Donnachie next tried to improve matters but he was held by Meechan and when he returned to the attack subsequently Dunn stepped in and volleyed the ball towards the centre line. One or two Howcrofts decisions were ridiculed be a section of the crowd, but it was reasonable to notice that the officials kept a keen grip of the game and permitted no liberties. Just on half-time Gault sailed in smartly and had a chance of equaling when he skied the leather over.
Half-time; Manchester United 1, Everton 0
The Second Half
On the play in the first “45” United deserved their lead, for they had made more of their opportunities than their polished antagonists. There were fully 15,000 people present when hostilities were resumed. Everton were the first to show signs of aggression, shots coming from the three inside men, yet when Clennell was given a free kick he sent woefully wide. Still the visitors were now putting more “ginger” into their work, and the roundness of the home defence was severely taxed. Once Hodge broke clean through on his own and racing to within three yards of the goal, he hit the upright. The subsequent stages of the contest were fast and full of incident.
EVERTON RES V. PLANK-LANE
October 19, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton Res; Wild, goal; Jackson and Riley, backs; Davies, Johnson and Rimmer, half-backs; Cosgrove, Stott, Lyner, Curtis and Shepherd, forwards. Plank-Lane; Gough, goal; Pollard and Doorson, backs; Worsley, A. Robinson, and J. Robinson, half-backs; Marsh, Green, Edwards, Sheldon and Birkenhead. At Goodison in the first two minutes pretty play between Sheldon and Birkenhead ended in the latter placing in a beautiful centre, but Edwards final shot was wide. Everton advanced and nice play between Curtis and Shepherd ended with Lymes placing the ball over the bar a miss by inches only. Keeping up the pressure, Cosgrove and Stott again carried play to the visitors post, and this time Curtis scored with a low drive close in. The visitors right wing was very energetic and the chief decider to Everton came from the quarter. Plank Lane gained two fruitless corners and for a time pressed, Riley and Jackson were quite safe in defence. Cosgrove for Everton was prominent with his centres, and from one of these Rimmer scored the second for Everton. Three minutes later Green scored for the visitors. Half-time; Everton Res 2, Plank-Lane 1
Play was very even in the second half but the game was well contested. V.A Robinson equalized the score from a penalty.
A CHECK TO EVERTON
October 21, 1918. The Liverpool Courier
Keen Game at Old Trafford
The Everton club’s triumphant course received a partial check at Old Trafford on Saturday, when they were compelled to concede a point to the United in a stremously contested game. However, on the chances that came their way they should have secured the maximum points, but unfortunately the forward line was not as a whole the force they proved themselves when opposed to their neighbours during the past two weeks. The conditions for a capital exposition of the game were all that could be desired, and the big crowd that assembled had quite a good afternoon’s sport. The inability of Smith to turn out led to Wareing occupying the right back position, while Cotter was drafted in the half-back line and probably the change had something to do with upsetting the usual plan of campaign. Still the fare provided was above the average; there were few dull moments, and the United side on its showing on Saturday will win many more matches than they will lose.
Play and Players
The Everton players made a strong bid for an early point, but found themselves opposed to stout resistance from Dunn and Silcock while Mew attended to whatever came his way with customary skill. The scoring was opened by Woodcock, and this was the only point recorded in the first portion of play, which on the whole was evenly contested. Everton were the more aggressive in the second period, and it came Gault’s way to level up matters. The Everton wingers put in much good work which merited better results; but their centres were frequently allowed to go astray for the lack of dash so essential when in the goal area. Fleetwood and Grenyer had a stiff task on hand, and accomplished it well, and the rear guard also gave a good account of themselves. For United Mew kept a good goal, and was ably supported by his backs, while Meehan was the shimming lights at half and was mainly concerned in rendering the home right in Hodge and Woodcock the most incisive part of the attack.
EVERTON’S LOST POINT
October 21, 1918. The Evening Express, Liverpool
My colleague “Rovers” points out that the inability of Smith to turn out led to Wareing occupying the right back position, while Cotter was drafted in the half-back line, and he thinks that probably the change had something to do with upsetting the usual plan of campaign. Still the fare provided was above the average; there were few dull moments, and the United side on its showing on Saturday will win many more matches than they will lose. The Everton wingers put in much good work which merited better results, but their centres were frequently allowed to go astray for the lack of dash so essential when in the goal area. Fleetwood and Grenyer had a stiff task on hand, and accomplished it well.
EVERTON’S ONE POINT
October 21, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
By F.E.H. Charles Leeds
While Bolton, were losing their first game, Everton were dropping one point for the first time this season. Everton still remain their unbeaten certificate though they received a comparative check at Old Trafford where they were unable to do more than share the points with Manchester United. It was a fast and y no means uninteresting game. The visitors were much the cleverer and more polished side but they displayed a curious lethargy in front of goal –chance after chances being thrown away. The United forwards on the other hand were untiring in their affords and a smartly-headed goal by Woodcock gave them a well-deserved lead at the turn. In the second period Gault equalized but this provided to be the extent of their effective shooting. Clennell was unfortunate in not getting through more than once, but generally speaking the Everton front line was scarcely up to concert pitch. The main strength of the team lay in the halves, especially Fleetwood and Grenyer.
THOMPSON RETURNS TO EVERTON TEAM
October 24, 1918. The Evening Express, Liverpool
The Everton team given in last night’s “Express” includes Thompson once again. This will strengthened the “Blues.” The kick-off is timed for 3.15 and the team will be Mitchell; Thompson, and Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donanchie.
Manchester United will have a rearranged forward line, and the selected side a Mew; Dunn, Silcock; Meehan, Hildith, Haywood; Connor, Woodcock, Hall, Lance-Corporal Haworth, and Davies or Coombs.
Everton Res (v Plank Lane); Widle; Riley, Jackson; Rimmer, Johnson, Davies; Cosgrove, Holden, Wilson, Curtis, Shepherd. Train leaves Exchange 1.10.
October 26, 1918. Evening Express, Liverpool
Bad Start But Brilliant Recovery
There was a big crowd present at Goodison Park today to see the team when somewhat unexpectedly had Everton to a draw last week. The “Blues” were strengthened by the return of Thompson while the United had rearranged their forward line. The teams lined up as follows;- Everton; Mitchell, goal; Thompson (captain) and Robinson, backs; Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards. Manchester United; Mew (captain), goal; Dunn and Silcock, backs; Meehan, Hildith and Williams, half-backs; Connor, Woodcock, Hall, Haworth and Davies, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.T. Howcroft (Bolton).
There would be about 16,000 spectators present when Hall kicked off a quarter of an hour after the advertised time, Thompson having beaten Mew in naming the coin. In the first minute a sweeping drive into midfield by Donnachie led to some tricky work by Jefferis but the movement ended when Gault passed to far and last for Miller. Thompson sent the United left to the right about and then the Blues set up a sustained attack during which Gault well placed, shot a yard wide, but was more successful when from a very difficult angle, he caused Mew to handle. Immediately afterwards the Manchester keeper was again called upon by Jefferis, who fired from point blank range but the keeper safely held the ball. Eventually Wareing was penalized for a back charge and Robinson had to cross in cover his partner before the danger was removed. A free kick for a foul on Fleetwood came to nothing although Gault lying offside but the centre forward nearly made amends when he missed the up-right by inches.
United’s Remarkable Goal
There was a surprising development at the end of ten minutes play. Up to then the visitors had never been near Mitchell but scored on their very first breakaway. The ball was thrown in front their right wing and Greaves attempting a clearance cannoned off a United player into the centre of the goalmouth. Fleetwood tried to punt it down the field, but again the leather cannoned off a visitor and twisted out to Howarth, who was unmarked. His shot was just reached by Mitchel, who flung himself along the ground but it crawled over his outstretched hand into the net. The Blues were stung to tremendous activity by this unlooked for reverse and twice. Gault came within an ace of scoring once, shooting just over the bar with Mew beaten whilst the second effort was pulled down from just under the crossbar by the custodian, who was being kept very much on the alert. Both Thompson and Robinson were lucky, first of all the skipper hit the leather side on instead of full pace but it went to Robinson, who did exactly the same thing and in each case, Hall only missed it by a fraction of an inch. Had he speared the ball, he would had an absolutely clear course.
Mew’s Fine Save
The next incident of note was a wonderful save by Mew, who fell full length in diverting a cross-shot from Jefferis, the ball going behind for an abortive corner. The custodian was like a cat for dexterity as he fairly, flew across the goalmouth when Fleetwood tried a surprise shot, but the half-back’s effort was just wide. Davies got away while the crowd were appealing for offside, and this lead to a terrific struggle in front of the Everton citadel, the movement a very dangerous one, being eventually cleared by Wareing. Miller was failing to take most of the passes sent his way, and was therefore rendering much to Jefferis foraging work, useless. The United improved later, and the “Blues” banks were somewhat shaky under pressure.
Coming of Everton
Everton came in for one of fortune’s smiles when they equalized after half-an-hour’s play. Miller cut across and rent in a angle shot. Mew’s down waiting for it when Dunn intercepted but his clearance only travelled a few yards to Jefferis. Not only did he thus take the ball out of Mew’s hands, but he also obstructed his view and the keeper did not know what was happening until he found that Jefferis had volleyed into the practically empty net. Shortly afterwards Donnachie went down the line by superb footwork, and transferred to Gault, but Mew saved cleverly on his knees. This, however, was quite overshadowed when he turned away a drive from the same player from half a dozen yards in front of goal. Just now the “Blues” were fairly plastering the United defence but the custodian gave a remarkable exhibition, taking shots from all angles.
Clennell Gets In Front
Miller’s goal at the end of thirty-five minutes was followed by another from Clennell two minutes later, the former beating Mew with a shot from a very sauté angle while Clennell headed in pass from Donnachie. Everton made a brilliant recovery in the closing stages of the first half, and when Clennell headed from Miller he was just barely wide of the upright, but at the other end Everton had a narrow escape where Hall finished very badly with only Mitchell to beat.
Half-time; Everton 3, Manchester United 1.
EVERTON RES V PLACK LANE
October 26, 1918. The Evening Express, Liverpool
At Leigh, before 700 spectators. Everton won the toss, and playing down hill, attacked strongly. The home team repulsed them, and Meale, the Leigh Northern Union there quarter who was playing right wing for the home team for the first time made a fine run and forced a corner, which was so well placed that Sheldon was able to score an easy goal three minutes from the start. Scarcely had the ball been restarted than the forwards by superb combination, completely broke down the home defence, and Wilton equalized by a grand shot. After this play was even for some time, each side pressing in turn but without success. More fine play by the Everton forwards was checked by the home defence, and after a hard struggle the ball was got away, and in turn the Everton goal was attacked. Edwards made a good shot, but Wilde saved. Splendid football was shown by each side, with the visitors the cleverer side. For a long time Everton tried to find an opening but were held at bay. A good run by the home forwards looked dangerous, but Wilde was equal to all, and after half an hour’s play Curtis scored for Everton. Half-time; Plank Lane 1, Everton Res 2.
FOOTBALL CHALLENGE CUP MAY BE RUN AFTER CHRISTMAS
October 26, 1918 Evening Express, Liverpool
It is recognised in legislative circles of the Football Association that there must be some changes in methods and policy after the war. A conference presided over by Mr. J.C. Clegg, chairman of the Football Association Council, will be held at the headquarters in London on Tuesday November 12, at which representatives will be present from the council of the governing body, the Football League and other leagues. Problems of post-war football will be exhaustively considered, and especially what actions shall be taken by the association to assist in the construction that will be necessary and the development on proper lines a junior football, so that the depleted ranks of the seniors may be filled without unnecessary delay. Another subject likely to be discussed is the possibility of running the F.A. Challenge Cup this season in a modified form after Christmas.
EVERTON’S RETURN MEETING AT WALTON
October 26, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Manchester United Form
Everton; Mitchell, goal; Thompson (captain) and Robinson, backs; Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards. Manchester United; Mew (captain), goal; Dunn and Silcock, backs; Meehan, Hildith and Williams, half-backs; Connor, Woodcock, Hall, Haworth and Coombe, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.T. Howcroft (Bolton).
Admittedly, Manchester United surprised Everton last week, when they forced the Walton men to concede their first point of the season. However, the visitors were without Smith, and had to bring Wareing to full back. Today they were reinforced by Thompson and United had not quite such good representation as last week. The start was delayed for a considerable time, and a foggy atmosphere made it imperative that there should be no interval when Mr. Howcroth lined up the teams it was fully 3.30 instead of 3.15. The toss went to Everton, who set 18,000 spectators in good humour by a brisk opening, included in which was grand combination and a wide shot by Grenyer. It was a happy augury of good things to come and when Gault turned to inside right drove in a good pace Mew caught clean and sure, and in a trice he had to repeat the performance as a result of a bonny shot by Jefferis. Everton’s stood for enterprise and the workmanlike way in which they dribbled and centred promised goals. Thompson was heavily bandaged, and did not see too secure so that it was fortunate the Everton half-backs were the customary trio, for they were putting a grip on the Manchester forwards.
A United Sally
Gault was in merry mood, and was only just wide with a long cross drive. As often happens, the team that had monopolized the play for ten minutes did not sustain the first semblance of attack made by Manchester United. A throw-in was the deadly germ that began the undoing of Everton defence. The home forwards did not assist the defence in marking their men, with the result that the throw-in was no cleared by Fleetwood who attempted a big kick. Howarth shot, and in spite of Mitchell flinging himself at the ball, he was only able to edge it into the corner of the net. Here was a curiosity; Everton attacking for ten minutes without breath and then finding a former Everton boy opening the score book against them. Everton went swiftly for an equalizer and found Mew in excellent form. Gault was near from a pass by Miller and Jefferis tried two stringing shots the first being saved by a catch as clean as anything ever seen on a cricket pitch. The second was even more brilliant as a save from a spectator or a social point of view, because the ball travelled fast and was always going away from the goalkeeper. Wareing and Donnachie joined in testing the powers of Mew, and against this had to be chronicled a narrow escape at the Everton goal, Woodcock being perilously near scoring.
United gained all their advantage by their nippiness and against Everton’s over-elaborate and close passing, United showed a stout pair of backs and keen half-backs. Everton did not readily overcome the shock of the first goal, and Fleetwood had an excellent opportunity to draw level but put the ball out of the ground. Then followed another surprise goal, Miller centering the Manchester back stooping the ball to the goalmouth and allowing Jefferis the easiest of chances. It was wrong on the part of Silcock to take the ball, Mew lying in wait for the centre which would have been easy of clearance. The goal set Everton in brighter mood, and Clennell and Gault went very close, and could offer testimony, if any were wasted to Mew’s ability.
The Jolly Miller
But when Homer nodded, and when Miller turned the ball from near the touchline Mew was deceived. It was a goal greatly like the point scored by Miller at Anfield three weeks ago. A moment more, and Clennell had netted a Donnachie centre into the empty goal, Mew having erred and strayed like a lost sheep. There was plenty if incident and there would have been more had Hall netted from yards range.
Half-time; Everton 3, Manchester United 1.
Gault To The Fore
The resumption after an interval by the way, was essentional, Jefferis put the ball forward so that Miller’s speed might be used sensibly, Miller responded with a good centre, Gault shot into the right-hand corner of the goal, and thereby kept up his average of a goal a match. Having obtained a nice lead, Everton showed up much pretty footwork, and against it the steadiness of Silcock was notable.
It was amusing to see he rutty-haired Williams try to bump and bore Miller who sprang out of the way of the soldier and centred perfectly for Gault’s to head a 5ft at the fiftieth minute. The home centre found the crossbar spell his endeavour to make a hat-trick performance of it, and at a further attempt Gault got the ball full on the back of the neck and was stunned. He was able to resume after trainer’s attention, Gault completed the hat-trick, Gault scored for Everton after sixty minutes.
October 28, 1918. The Liverpool Courier
Free Scoring at Goodison Park
Everton were amply revenged on Manchester United, the first team to take a point out of them the season as they won the return at Goodison Park by six goals to two, half the result being the interval score. For the first half-hour it seemed as though the visitors might again share in a division of the spoils as although the Blues were the better in midfield. Howarth rattled on a goal at their first breakaway, and it took the opposition another twenty minutes before Jefferis equalized. Within another ten minutes however, Miller and Clennell had given the home side a substantial half-time lead. The feature of the second half was the hat-trick performed by Gault. The three goals were all the result of pretty passes from Miller, who had been poor at gathering passes in the early stages, but more than made up later by the accuracy with which he parted with the leather. In between the fifth and sixth goals Gault was badly kicked on the head, but contributed to this through stooping to a ball only knee high. The last goal of the game came from Woodcock.
A display of wonderfully clever keeping was given by Mew in the first half, and he was well covered by Silcock, with a plaster on his head; but the Blues’ forwards were too big a handiful in the later stages. Williams bustled Miller, but could not hold him for speed and Meehan was the pick of the halves, while Howarth was the United’s best forward. Thompson returned to the side, and it was a good job the visitors did not press a great deal in the second half as his injured leg again troubled him, but Robinson, after some elapsed work, was very sound. The usual tale, Everton’s halves the mainstay of the team, has again to be told, all three shining. Forward Donanchie and Jefferis were the clever dribblers of the line. Gault’s the marksman, Clennell and snap-shooter, and Miller the forager. All did good work, and should stick to the open game, which paid so well.
RIVALTRY BETWEEN EVERTON AND STOKE
October 28, 1918. The Evening Express, Liverpool
Last season the feature of the play in the Lancashire Section was the rivalry between Liverpool and Stoke, which culminated in the success of the Potteries Club, whose visit to Anfield attracted the biggest gate of the year locally. This season it is Everton and Stoke who are racing along at the head of affairs. At the moment the Blues are the van, with fifteen points from eight matches while Stoke have fourteen from a similar number of games. Both were among the heaviest scoring sides on Saturday. Stoke netting six times against Blackburn –not 16 this time – while Everton were credited also with six goals against the two of Manchester United. The Everton forwards had a fine object lesson on Saturday. Whilst they hugged the ball and kept to close formation advances they could not penetrate the United citadel, but when they opened out and swung the ball about they beat the defence time after time. Gault doing the hat-trick in the second half. The home lot were slow to make a start, simply because of the old habit of dribbling up to the custodian before endeavouring to beat him. Silcock and Dunn thus had chances of recovery which did not come their way, when the leather was crossed, met and converted all in one-movement. Thompson turned out but his knee was unequal to the strain and he could only hop about after the interval returning altogether some minutes before the final whistle. It is to be hoped his too early testing of the limb will not mean a retirement of some weeks. The halves were great, and the forwards too, convinced the United that the draw of the previous week, could not be repeated. Nothing could have been better evidence before the court to the effect that Miller’s centre and Gault’s marksmanship in the second half.
October 28, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Everton having drawn at Old Trafford were expected to win handsomely, yet were a goal down in ten minutes after hammering the Manchester United defence, in which Mew stood out best, though Silcock and a minor key, the ex-Everton defender, Dunn helped manfully. Dunn was not the only former Evertonian, Howarth a more than usually promising forward, was on view with United and got the first point. Up to this stage Everton were confident but a goal and soon a weak kick by our defender served to knock Everton off their game for the time being. Thompson’s injury was plainly troubling him and no retired before the game ended. Robinson caught the full effects and there was one time when Everton looked likely to fail. However, they came to. Their fast-striding Miller and his centres, together with the work of Donnachie and the foraging of the inter forwards, began to tell their tale. Gault performed the hat-trick that is scored three successive goals for his side and Jefferis took his toll of a blunder in defence, being followed by Miller, who compiled his Anfield goal example. In the long run, Everton were easy winners but one cannot underestimate the “shock” period through which they toiled. Therefore it is more than surprising to find Manchester bemoaning Everton’s win of six goals. On Saturday it would have been folly to have stopped short of six. There is a gulf between Stoke’s cricket score and Everton’s six-shooters and if Manchester cannot see it, then there must be a moss in their eye and they must be jealous. All along have I asked that the players shall not make fools of the opponents but if a man finds himself in front of goal he is asking condemnation if he deliberately dribbles back. After all Everton’s score on Saturday simply becomes a margin of four goals. Manchester surely cannot call that “grabbling for goals.”
EVERTON & STOKE NECK-AND-NECK RACE
October 29, 1918. The Evening Express
As I pointed out in these notes yesterday, Everton and Stoke are running a neck and neck race, and their meeting at Goodison Park next Saturday and the return the following week should decide whether the Potteries club will again head the table, as they did last year to the exclusion of Liverpool or if on this occasion a Merseyside’s eleven shall secure the honour.
LANCASHIRE PLAYER TELLS A TALE OF GERMANY
October 29, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Llew Lloyd the ex-Everton, Blackpool, Garston and Ormskirk footballer, was among the men taken from Germany to Holland, Lloyd has had a lot of trouble with his wound but it is good to know he is free from the enemy, and that he now has the opportunity of good treatment and comfort. His letter is most interesting and is given fully as a conseches;-
“I arrived here late on October 2 and we all received a great reception from the Holland people. I was in a bog German railway station when the news of the reply to President Wilson’s Note became known. The German people are nearly going made for peace, and the soldiers of Germany are all refusing to fight. “Dicky” Bond is coming to see me. McCormick (Plymouth Argyle) came across from Germany with me. I am hoping to get better seen and have another go at the old ball, by my legs is very bad, and I am very doubtful about it. You might like to know that I have met several Liverpool boys in Germany and they all keeping their hearts up, and their one wish is “Don’t stop; give it them while you have the chance. They are all cheered by the good news from the front, and especially now as they are getting a bit of truth in the Germany papers. “The most dreaded man in Germany is Mr. Lloyd George, but he is loved by all Englishmen and we could always say. The grand little man from Wales will be the means of destroying grub-eating worms of the German Government. The treatment of prisoners in Germany is terrible; the poor man who have to work for them are the most to be pitied. One case;- An Englishman was sick and was unable to turn out to work on the farm. He was fetched by the farmer and two men, and was forced to work, but he could not do it. Then he was stripped and held and was lashed with a leather belt till be fainted. I know this to be the truth as I saw the man’s back.”
NO CHANGES IN EVERTON’S TEAM
October 30, 1918. The Evening Express
Apparently the Everton directors hope that Thompson’s knee will be able to stand the strain as the same side as that which played last week has been chosen against Stoke at Goodison. Readers should note that the kick-off is fixed for three o’clock. A collection will be taken for footballers for the troops and Mr. Cuff will be oblique if ladies willing to help will present themselves at the office at two o’clock. The Reserves to meet Ryland’s Recreation at Warrington in the Lancashire Junior cup, will be; Wilde; Riley, and Winders; Rimmer, Johnson, and Davies; Cosgrove, Holden, Wilson, Curtis, and Shepherd.
SOUTHPORT FOOTBALLER’S DEATH
October 30, 1918. The Evening Express, Liverpool
Football enthusiasts will regret to hear of the death of Sergeant William Rigby, which took place in hospital at Sunderland on Sunday from pneumious. Rigby was wounded a short time ago, and was recovering speedily when pneumonia supervened. The genial Billy was extremely popular. Nearly the whole of last season he appeared in the Southport Central side and was a tower of strength in the intermediate line. He crossed to France at Easter. Two of his brothers have been killed and another is on service.
EVERTON’S TEAM V STOKE
October 30, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Stoke fancy their chance for the championship. Everton, who are having much to say this season on he same topic, receive the Potters on Saturday, starting at three o’clock. It will be a rare game, and although the same team as last week has been chosen to put on the blue jersey, Thompson is of course, as improbable starter, and there is a capable reserve back ready for services in his place. The club is proceeding with its adjustment of the on-coming vacancies. The directors last night met certain visitors in connection with the appointment of the successor to Mr. Cuff secretary. A well known local official, who has been a rare worker for the game, was interviewed as also a referee who has been had cricket experience. From Nottingham there was a candidate. The appointment will not be made for some days.
Reserves team (v. Rylands Recs, Lancashire Junior Cup) is- Wilde; Riley, and Winders; Rimmer, Johnson, and Davies; Cosgrove, Holden, Wilson, Curtis, and Shepherd.
Mr. Cuff reports that there will b a collection on Saturday for footballers and he will be glad if lady collectors will communicate with him.
Well Know Southport Player Killed
The death has taken place from wounds in hospital at Sunderland of Sergeant William Rigby who, for the past eight years has been a member of Southport Central football team. One of his brothers has been killed and another is missing.