BARNSLEY 3 EVERTON 0
April 1, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Fa Cup Semi-Final Replay.
VIGOROUS GAME AT MANCHESTER.
TAYLOR AND SCOTT INJURED.
TWO PENALTYS MISSED
In the replayed English Cup semi-final tie at Manchester yesterday Barnsley defeated Everton by three goals to nothing. On the face of it this was a very serious reverse, but there were circumstances connected with the encounter, which detract from the merit of Barnsley's victory. Two of their goals came in the last couple of minutes of play, after Everton had been battling for 80 out of 90 minutes with ten men, and also for some portion of the 80 minutes minus the goalkeeper, William Scott. The accident to the veteran Jack Taylor was particularly unfortunate. It came at a time when Everton were settling down to their real game. Few of those on the grand stand really saw what happened. The fact is that Taylor received a kick in the throat. At first the impression was that he had swallowed something, for the doctor and the trainer seemed to be directing their attention to his throat. He was obviously suffering, and after Dr. Baxter and DR Whitford had examined him in the dressing room it was seen that he would be unable to take any further part of the match. His larynx had been injured, and it was with difficulty that he could speak. With Barnsley's first goal came the disablement of Scott, the goalkeeper. Scott was on the ground when the ball was put through, and some means or other the first two fingers of his right hand were injured. The bleeding was prefuse, and when the injury had been attended to Scott was little good in goal. A couple of goals were put past him in the closing stages, and the wounds, were reopened to such an extent that he had to leave, the field just before the whistle blew. Altogether it was a most unlucky semi-final for Everton. They not only suffered the pains of unexpected defeat, but had two of their stalwarts damaged.
GOALLESS FIRST HALF.
The new ground of the Manchester United Club at the Trafford proved an excellent location for a semi-final. Although not yet completed their appointments are excellent, and the grand stand capable of seating some 12,000 people is a wonderful structure. That it was filled in every part yesterday is not astonishing for enthusiastic journeyed to Manchester from all parts of the country, especially from Lancashire and Yorkshire. It was noticeable when the teams turned out that judging to the cheers of the multitude, Barnsley were the favourites. This may be due to the fact that a second division side was pitted against one of the oldest and big known organisations in the country, or the Yorkshire people had turned up in greater force than the Lancashians. The playing pitch was perfection itself. Boyle won the toss for Barnsley, who thus had the advantage of a slight breeze. At the outset the Everton right wing was prominent, and from a throw in well up the field Young headed wide. Everton still pressed, Barnsley scarcely getting beyond the centre of the field in the first five minutes. A foul on Glendenning them transferred the ball and Clifford kicked away at close range from Tufnell, Scott had next to handle from Bartcrop, but being charged as he went for the ball a free kick relieved pressure on Everton's line. Just afterwards Sharp was rather badly hurt in being knocked over by Ness. Two fouls were given in quick succession against Barnsley, and a corner to Everton followed, but the Barnsley goal was in no serious danger. Still the advantage lay with Everton until Clifford being at fault, Barnsley forced a corner. This was well placed, Utley however, headed wide. Less than 15 minutes from the start Taylor sustained a kick in the throat, being compelled to retire in circumstance from the field. The game proceeded with Makepeace centre half and White left half. Everton got up two strong attacks on the left were in one of which Barnsley had a narrow escape. At length Barnsley, who had been mainly on the defensive broke away, Clifford again blundering while with a free kick against Everton, Scott had to handle, but was not really hard pressed. Another time, however Everton found themselves in serious danger, Makepeace tackling strongly and relieved danger. Twice when Barlow got away Glendinning took the ball from him and fed the Barnsley front rank neatly. Everton considering they were reduced to ten men performed very creditably. Half an hour from the start Bartcrop nearly scored, but Scott throwing himself prone, just managed to save at the expanse of a corner. A penalty kick was given against Harris, but Boyle failed to score, sending yards outside. Directly after Barnsley had thus missed a chance of scoring, Young dribbled again skillfully, and was badly charged by Glendinning. An other penalty kick to Everton resulted, Sharp taking the kick, but shooting straight through very hard at Mearns who saved smartly. Up to this time Mearns though Everton had often been very close, had not once handled, the Barnsley backs being very strong. Sharp and Freeman went down, but the latter when fairly placed kicked high and wide. The interval arrived with the score sheet blank.
Taylor was still an absentee when the game was restarted. Everton at once attacked, but Ness charged down a shot from Sharp. Again Sharp dribbled down, and the attack ended with Barlow being given offside. Within a few minutes of the resumption Forman went away almost on to the goal line and slipped by Clifford close to the post, who went for the ball, but did not get it and Gadsby dashing up scored for Barnsley. A further ill-fortune befel Everton, for in the struggle Scott had his right hand so badly injured that he had also to leave the field. Everton thus being reduced to nine men, Macconnachie went in goal. Despite the handicap under which they had Everton played up pluckily. Mearns having to handle from Freeman, Macconnachie brought made a great save from Lillycrop just after. Scott returned with his wrist bound up, Everton had a great chance of equalising Freeman dribbed right through the backs, Maerns came out, but missed his man, and Freeman although closely pressed, had really an open goal, but finished with a shot outside the post. Barnsley latterly played defensive tactics and repeatedly kicking out. Mearns saved an awkward shot from White and Young went very close, and Freeman lifted over the bar. At length Forman broke away and shot, Scott easily clearing. Makepeace then dribbled cleverly, but finished badly, and Freeman went through, Mearns mainly taking the ball off his toe. Just at the end the Everton defence was at fault and Forman scored, while Tufnell added a third goal. Scott retired again, but had had not reached the dressing room when the game ended, the score Barnsley 3 goals, Everton nil.
There is little arguing now about what might have happened had not Taylor been injured. Everton had at that period got into their stride and gave one the impression that they were beginning to find the measure of their opponents. Taylor absence rendered necessary rearrangement of the Everton forces and brought about by placing Makepeace to the centre half position with White at the left half. A word or two at the penalty's. In the first place the referee penalised Harris for handling. The defence was only given after a linesman had been consulted and to an impartial observer, it appeared rather hard lines, however, Boyle badly utilised the kick. Then came the penalty in respect of a foul upon young. About this there was no possible doubt, Sharp had a great opportunity, but his shot strong though it was straight at Mearns. If only he had scored. But here again it is less to speculate on what might have been. Them again, there was something decidedly unfortunate in the matter of Scott's injury. From the press box it was difficult to follow closely what really happened in the melee, but there was quite a ruck of players on the ground when the goal counted. When Scott had to be led off, things were worse than ever from an Everton point of view, Macconnachie held the beach nobly, and after Scott had returned to his posts there was a period during which Everton appeared almost certain to equalise. However, they could do anything but score. Luck was against them, and after the hard work to which they had been subjected, perhaps it was no surprise that the Tykes put on a couple of more goals in the last few minutes. The hero of the Everton side was “Sandy “ Young. He has played many fine games for Everton, but rarely has he been seen to better advantage. Freeman was good and bad by turns, while neither Sharp nor Barlow could be written down a success. One would like to have to have seen the Everton captain in more aggressive mood. A lot of work fell upon Harris, Makepeace and White, and if they failed at times, who will blame them. Macconnachie was a tower of strength, but Clifford while safe enough in the open, lacked resource when hard pressed. Scott's injury rendered him almost useless in the latter stages of the proceedings. Barnsley played a robust confident game throughout. They go all the way for victory. Teams: - Everton: - William Scott, goal, Clifford, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, Taylor, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp (Captain), White, Freeman, Young, and G.H.Barlow. Barnsley: - Mearns, goal, Downs, and Ness, backs, Glendinning, Boyle (Captain), and Utley, half-backs, Bartcrop, Gadsby, Lillycrop, Tuffnell, and Forman, forwards.
The gate receipts totalled £2,526, the attendance numbering just over 40,000
BARNSLEY WEKE LUCKY WINNERS
Dundee Evening Telegraph -Friday 1 April 1910
Of the English Cup Tie.
Once more the English Cup final will fought out between First League and Second League club, for at the new ground of Manchester United Old Trafford Barnsley defeated Everton in the semi-final replay by 3 goals 0, and thus for the first time in the history of the club reached the final stage. It was typical cup struggle Old —fast, full of thrills, not very scientific, it is true, yet always interesting apart from the number of fouls, were the chief offenders this respect the first quarter of hour, but afterwards Barnsley were the chief sinners, and were lucky not to have more than one penalty given against them in the " fatal" area. The result was certainly a surprise- Barnsley did not deserve to win indeed, they were somewhat fortunate to win at Not a point had been registered when for fifteen minutes unfortunate incident occurred, Taylor, the Everton centre half, being kicked under the jaw and fracturing his larynx. He took no further part the game, and it is probable that his absence cost the Liverpool side the match, as up then they had more held their own. Indeed, Barnsley had not been really dangerous up to then, and the veteran centre was displaying his best form. Again, in endeavouring to save the first goal Scott, the Everton keeper, was badly kicked on the hands and arms. He had to retire, but came back again, but obviously was not himself, and after the third point left the field. It will be seen, therefore, that the luck was not with Everton, who, under the circumstances, played in the pluckiest possible manner imaginable, particularly the earlier portion the half, when time aiter time they advanced right to the Barns ley goal only fail at the critical moment. The weather was delightful, and this, the promise of sport, attracted 40,000 people. The receipts the gate were £2400, to must added £125 for the reserve seat tickets, making in all £2525.
Sheffield Daily Telegraph -Saturday 2 April 1910
It was rumoured in Sheffield yesterday that the injuries sutained by Jack Taylor, the Everton centre-half, in the Cup-tie at Manchester on Thursday, had proved fatal, In the afternoon our Liverpool correspondent dissipated the idea, for he called at Taylor's residence and found Taylor in bed and very much damaged. It feared his thorax seriously injured, and yesterday he had the greatest difficulty- in breathing, is not likely to play again this season. The injury sustained by William Scott, the goalkeeper, in the same match, is also serious matter. The webbing between the first and second fingers of his right hand had split, and the International captain himself recognises it as very doubtful indeed, that he will able keep goal for Ireland against Wales, at Wrexham.
EVERTON'S LEFT FULL BACK.
Nottingham Evening Post-Monday 4 April 1910
J. C. Bardsley, who played left full-back for the Everton League team against Nottingham Forest Saturday, is a tall, well-built amateur, who resides at Soufhport. formerly played for Rossendale and Southport Y.M.C.A., and assists the latter club occasionally their Lancashire Amateur League matches. Although has received several tempting offers to become a professional, these have been flatly refused.
Famous Irish Internationalist Dead
April 4, 1910. Dundee Evening Telegraph
The death has occurred in Belfast Royal Hospital of Mr. Hugh Gordon, the famous Irish International and former Everton full back, one of two brothers who, through their connection with Linfield Club did remarkable pioneer work on behalf of Irish Football. The deceased had played in all three internationals. He was a brother of Johnny Gordon who attended Saturday's secretarial conference e in Glasgow. Death resulted from pneumonia following a chill.
FAMOUS IRISH INTERNATIONALIST DEAD
April 4, 1910 Evening telegraph
The death has occurred in Belfast Royal Hospital of Mr., Hugh Gordon, the famous Irish Internationalist and former Everton full back, one of two brothers who, through their connection with Linfield Club did remarkable pioneer work on behalf of Irish football. The deceased had played in all three internationals. He was a brother of Johnny Gordon, secretary of the Irish Football League, who attended Saturday's secretarial conference in Glasgow. Death resulted from pneumonia following a chill.
EVERTON 0 NOTTS FOREST 4
April 4, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S INGLORIOUS DISPLAY.
Everton put up an exceedingly poor fight against Notts Forest at Goodison. It is no exaggeration to say that a more tame exhibition of football has not been witnessed on that ground this season, a remark which applies in greater degree to the Blues than to the Forest, and if they football was not brilliant, had at any rate the merit of trying. Of course, the main constitution of the home eleven must not be overlooked, only two of the Cup-tie team which operated at Manchester on Thursday being available, viz, Clifford and Harris. The inclusion of William Scott and Taylor, in view of their serious injuries, was out of the question, whilst the absence of Macconnachie, Makepeace at Glasgow, and Barlow's appearance elsewhere in the final tie of the Lancashire Amateur Cup competition, served further to deplete the ordinary League side. Jones had the opportunity of renewing his acquaintance with First League football, appearing at centre forward. Here was an occasion for the Reserves players to show their qualities in first class football, and it might have reasonable been respected that they would have striven heroically to keep the Everton colours flying at a time of unforeseen emergency, they failed lamentably, however, allowing the Forest to register four goals against them, whilst they were unable to notch a single goal.
WHERE THE BLUES FAILED.
The first half especially was dull and uninteresting. There was scarcely anything to evoke the enthusiasm of the crowd of 10,000 spectators. True Turner and Allan gave promise of good things in the opening stages, while Coleman on one occasion almost got through, but there was a weakness in front of goal, and the Forest defence with a sturdy leader like the international Maltby, prevailed. It was bad management on the part of the home defence, which allowed Hooper to score for the visitors after eight minutes play. Even in the forward line the Foresters were displaying better form than their opponents, and they seemed to tread their way towards the home goal without much difficulty, with the result that Scott had rather a bust time. Clifford and Harris had all their work cut out to stem the progress of the wing opposed to them, and with the whole of the Forest front line maintaining a good balance they were frequently in the home half. Whenever Everton did retaliate their efforts had no sting, nor were they altogether free from mistakes. With the exception of Arthur Berry none of the forwards seemed to be a home, the passing being generally weak, while they were as a rule easily dispossessed. Forest increased their lead just before the interval, this again being due to the play of the home side. From the free kick given against Harris, Scott made a very feeble clearance, and Derrick, a young player who was making his debut in League football, seized the golden opportunity and sent into the net. There was perhaps a shade of improvement all round in the second half, but the visitors displayed the better football, two more goals being registered, one from Derrick, and the other from Hooper. Once it looked as if Jones was a certain scorer, but his hesitancy was fatal. Maltby losing no time in getting at the ball before the Everton centre could part with it.
FOREST'S NIPPY FORWARDS.
It would not have been surprising on the play if the score against the Blues had been heavier than it was, for at one period in the first half Scott was somewhat lucky in his clearances. His form was not so effective as usual, and his work was not free from anxiety. His position was no sinecure from the fact that his backs were often beaten, and found at difficult to recover themselves. Bardsley however, played a useful game, but Clifford did not kick with the same sense of sharpness. Allen early on shaped well in the half-back line, but did not maintain it, whilst Harris like Clifford, frequently knew to his cost the superior qualities of the Forest left pair. Morris and Horrick, both of which passed cleverly, whilst the former went about his work in a business like fashion. Commbination was at a discount amongst the Everton front line, and the work of Arthur Berry, who cleverly directed several corner kicks, and also centred well, lost much of its usefulness through the failure of his colleagues to make the best of his efforts. Coleman was arractic, and Gourlay was at fault with his passing. The Forest won by their superior combination and defence, Morris, Horrocks, and Maltby being very conspicuous. Hasell in goal was clever and alert. Teams: - Everton: - Walter Scott, goal, Clifford, and Bardsley, backs, Harris (Captain), Borthwick, and Allan, half-backs, Berry, Coleman, Jones, Gourlay, and Turner, forwards. Notts Forest: - Hasell, goal, Dudley, and Malthe, backs, Hughes, Wolfe, and Armstrong, half-backs, Hooper Marrison, Derrick, Morris, and Horrocks, forwards. Referee J.W. Bailey.
ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
April 4, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 33)
Everton's run of success received a check at Accrington, where the East Lancashire men won by 2 goals to 1. There was very little between the teams, for one of the goals the Accrington men scored was the direct outcome of a miskick by one of the Everton backs. Everton were value for a draw, but had none the best of luck.
CAPS FOR MAKEPEACE.
April 4, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
The 30 th annual match between the Association football representatives of Scotland and England played at Hampden Park, Glasgow, on Saturday, resulting in a decisive victory for the Scots. Makepeace for Everton playing left half back.
THE FORCE OF THE FOREST
Athletic News - Monday 04 April 1910
Everton 0, Nottingham Forest 4
Everton were compelled to make changes to meet Nottingham Forest at Goodison Park, with both Scott and Taylor on the injured list. That explains the result, which favoured the Forest to the extent of four clear goals. The latter deserved to win, for there was no mistaking their superiority, which was marked in almost every department of their team. Their forwards played a capital combined game, and they were smartly led by the local recruit –Derrick- who was well served by Morris. But their goals were the outcome of feeble defence on the part of their opponents Walter Scott and Clifford showing very moderate form. From a centre by Horrocks the ball came to Hooper, who drove goalwards, and though Scott handled he could not stop the shot.
Derrick’s Double Success.
Just before the interval Morris placed inwards from a free kick, and the custodian again blundered, the consequence being that Derrick was invited to accept an open goal, which he promptly did. The much-needed improvement in the Everton ranks was not forthcoming after the interval, and further goals came to the Foresters. Hooper centred, and Scott patted the ball to Derrick, who kindly obliged again. Marrison was nearly through, and Hooper missed an easy opening; but close on time Horrocks raced away, and Hooper had no difficulty in adding a fourth point. The Everton attacks continued to be of a spasmodic nature, and the wing men received little help from Jones, who figured in the centre.
There were weaknesses clearly patent in every branch of the Everton team. I was surprised to find Walter Scott so frequently at fault in dealing with fairly easy centres. Clifford shaped as if he was satiated with football for one week, and in the first half he was very unreliable in his returns. The Southport amateur, J.C. Bardsley, shaped creditably, his kicking being powerful and clean. In the half-back line Allan and Harris worked zealously, but Borthwick was disappointing in the centre. The Everton forwards started in good style, Coleman being responsible for clever footwork and passing judiciously to his comrades. As the play progressed, however, the attack deteriorated, and in the closing stages was simply moderate. Jones showed no disposition to keep his wings moving, and his onward rushes were easily checked by the cool Forster, Wolfe. Gourlay did not display anything like the skill he showed against Bury, and kept the ball too long. With the few chances they did secure, the extreme wingers, Arthur Berry and Turner, fared with a certain degree of success, but taking the attack all round, there was a lack of combination and effectiveness finishing touches.
Every chance was afforded the Foresters of displaying their abilities. The forwards were exceedingly clever and their tricky footwork was certainly delightful to watch, and the extreme wing men –Hooper and Horrocks-were kept fully employed. Morris was the leading spirit of the line, but he received able assistance from each of his comrades. Wolfe was a warrior, and he fairly had the measure of “Prescott” Jones. He quite dominated the intermediate line, and his headwork was always in evidence. Armstrong also was a potent factor in attack, and further behind, the defence of Dudley and Maltby was thoroughly sound. The pair kicked with any amount of vigour, and yet were judicious. Hassell kept a good goal, and these two clearances of his form Coleman were grand. Everton; Scott (Walter); Clifford, J.C. Bardsley; Harris, Borthwick, Allan; A. Berry, Coleman, Jones, Gourlay, and Turner. Nottingham Forest; Hasell; Dudley, Maltby; Hughes, Wolfe, Armstrong; Hooper, Marrison, Derrick, Morris, and Horrocks. Referee; Mr. J.W. Bailey, Leicester.
• The Everton trainer-Elliott- has a son who is evidently following in his father’s footsteps. He has played for the Liverpool Schoolboy’s team this season, and helped them to reach the semi-final of the Shield Competition. Now he has been chosen as outside-left in the English Boys’ team to oppose Wales at Wrexham-Glenaings
• J.C. Bardsley who played at left full back for the Everton League team against Nottingham Forest on Saturday is a tall well-built amateur, who resides at Southport. He formerly played for Rossedale and Southport Y.M.C.A and assists the latter club occasionally in their Lancashire Amateur League matches. Although he has received several tempting offers to become a professional, these have been flatly refused. –Gleanings
EVERTON FINED £50.
April 5, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
A meeting of the Management Committee of the English League was held at Manchester, yesterday.
In connection with the Notts County, and Everton match, were fined £50 for failing to keep their appointment. The match should have been played on Easter Tuesday, and it was alleged that the Everton officials notified Notts County too late to prevent outsiders coming to the town in expectation of seeing the match played. The club also failed to make application to the League for permission to postpone the match.
OLD EVERTON PLAYER'S DEATH.
April 5, 1910. The Liverpool Echo.
Hugh Gordon, the famous Irish international, and a former Everton full-back, has died in Belfast Royal hospital from pneumonia, which followed a chill. Mr. Gordon was one of a trio of brothers who did splendid work in the early days of Irish football when connected with Belfast Lindfield. He played against England, in 1895-96, against Wales in 1895, and against England in 1896.
EVERTON FINED £50
Dundee Courier -Wednesday 6 April 1910
FOR FAILING TO KEEP LEAGUE ENGAGEMENT WITH NOTTS COUNTY.
In connection with the Notts County v. Everton match, Everton have been fined £50 for failing to keep their appointment.
Nottingham Evening Post -Wednesday 6 April 1910
It is doubtful whether William Scott, the Everton goalkeeper, will be able play for Ireland against Wales on Monday, owing to the injury to bis hand sustained the Cup-tie with Barnsiey. Scott is anxious, however, assist his country to carry off the International Championship, and hopes to bo able to captain the side to victory. Taylor, who was also injured against Barnsiey, is not iikely play again this season. He has signed again for Everton, despite the statement that he would retire, but it is stated that two International forwards have not resigned, in addition Sharp, who retiring.
MANCHESTER UNITED 3 EVERTON 2
April 7, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON AGAIN BEATEN.
Everton paid another visit to Manchester United's new ground yesterday, the occasion being the first league match of the season between the United and the Goodison Park club. The fixture was original down for decision on December 11 th , but heavy weather caused a postponement. The match was brought off last evening before a very small attendance. There could not have been more than 5,000 spectators present. Everton had to ackowledge defeat by 3 goals to 2, but had the United forwards finished better they might have won by a larger margin. It was a truly good game, there being many fine bits of play, but on the whole, there was plenty of evidence of end of season football.
The Manchester United men won the toss, and thereby gained the assistance of a rather strong breeze. In the first few minutes, Everton attacked, and it was not long before Turner passed to Freeman, and Hayes missing his kick the Everton centre looked a scorer all over. He ran between the backs and fired in a terrific shot, which unfortunately for Everton struck the upright and rebounded into play. After this however the United did the bulk of the pressing, and after Walter Scott had saved from Wall and Turnbull the keeper failed to clear a centre from the international outside left, and Turnbull rushing up scored the first goal. Turnbull ought to have increased the score, but when right under the bar he headed over. The United were greatly favoured by the wind, and following further bad shooting Turnbull beat Scott a second time after the Everton keeper had saved a shot from Halse. At the interval the United led by two goals to nil. With the wind in their favour on turning round, Everton started in promising style, but first Freeman and then Sharp and Young failed at the critical moment. However, Sharp made another run down, but this time Moger caught and cleared his centre. At the other end Turnball badly mulled, but the United were soon at the Everton end again, and Meredith who had been very tricky ran down and scored a third goal with a great cross shot. Everton improved and after 20 minutes Turner forced a corner, and although Morger punched out, Sharp met the ball and scored Everton first goal. Immediately afterwards Moger saved from Freeman after fine combined movement. The centre and Turner then mulled a great chance of reducing the United's lead. A quarter of an hour before the finish Sharp left the field, he having sprinted the muscles of his thign. At this point Everton were playing better than at any other part of the game, and it was unfortunate that the captain should have had to leave the field. However, White obtained a second goal is the result of a cross from Turner, and although they tried hard they could not get level.
Teams : - Manchester United:- Moger, goal, Stacey, and Davies, backs, Halse, Picken, Duckworth, and Roberts, half-back, J. Turnbull, Meredith, Halse, Pickles, Wall, forwards. Everton: - Walter Scott, goal, Clifford, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, Pratt, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp (Captain), White, Freeman, Young, and Turner, forwards.
SUNDERLAND v. EYERTON.
Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Saturday 09 April 1910
These teams met at Park. Usually the match with Everton is a great attraction to Roker enthusiasts, and the fixture has invariably drawn a big gate. This afternoon, however, the match from a financial point view was completely ruined the wretched weather that prevailed, for in addition to the rain there was a cold wind blowing. These had a marked effect upon the attendance, and when Sunderland turned out there would hardly 2,000 spectators the ground. Thomson was cordially greeted leading his men on, and the visitors were also warmly received. The ground was the soft side, and likely to be a bit holding.
Thomson lost the toes, but it mattered little, the breeze the ground was not sufficient to straighten out the flags. couple of minutes before the advertised time Low kicked off, and Coleman collaring the ball made off towards the horne goal. Milton, however, tackled him, and the ball went over the line. From the goal kick Bridgett got away, and placed forward, and Low in dashing for the ball waa given offside. The visitors again came down, and Thomson cleared a centre Pinkney, while minute later Milton returned the ball just over the half-way line. Here it went into touch, and from the throw-in Sunderland invaded, Bridgett getting in shot which Maconnachie returned over to the right. Mordue got possession, and placed to Tait, who
SHOT FOR GOAL.
Scott caught the ball in his hands, and threw away. A nice passing movement between the three inside Everton men brought play down the field, and then Tail dispossessed Mountford and drove well up the field. Clark and Mordue transferred to the top end, and Low getting possession tired in hard, but Scott met his shot and got the ball away. Sunderland continued to keep play in the Everton quarters, and Hall with a lofty shot brought Scott out of his goal to clear. A nice bit of play by Pinkney transferred play to the bottom end and he passing to Freeman, the latter transferred to Young, but Tait came to the relief of his side, and then the ball coming to Borthwick that player sent
WIDE OF THE MARK.
Following the goal-kick Tait and Forster each worked the ball Evertonwards, but the backs prevented the forwards turning the to advantage. The play was brisk, both sets of forwards putting in some capital passin? movebente, and after a few exchanges in midfield Bridgett got in a grounder, and Macconachie relieved also along the ground, but one was there to take advantage of the ball. A strong kick Tail near the centre-line was promptly met Balmer, but the ball went to Clark, and the latter through hesitation lost a fine opportunity of having a pop at goal. A minute later Bridgett forced his way through, and when near the touchline he placed the ball goalwards, but Scott was on. the alert and checked. Just atterwards and with the gamc thirteen minutes old brought off
HIS FIRST SAVE.
Mountford had worked the ball down, and centring to Freeman, the latter beaded in, and Rosee jumping caught the ball in liis hands and cleared. Sunderland looked like getting through from the clearance, and some dissatisfaction was expressed when Clark was pulled for offside. Coleman had a tussle with Thomson nl the home end, hut the local man came off Iast and the forward lost the ball over the line. For while the visitor., had the advantage, and Milton sent into touch prevent Coleman working the ball in. Then the Wearoider.s had a look in, and Makepeace cleared from Mordue. The ball went to Clark, and that player drove hard for goal, but the custodian again did the needful. Throwsiin on both sides were frequent, and from one of those
LOW GOT AWAY,
and transferred over Bridgett, but Allen sent into touch. This woo followed by a sharp attack on the visitors' goal, both, backs bringing off smart clearances. The Everton wards rushed down the bottom end, and Milton was applauded for j successfully tackling Coleman when the latter was within shooting distance the homo goal. A minute later the visiting left wing got down, but Freeman headed past. Clark was tripped just outside the penalty area when going through, and Thomson taking the free kick a sharp attack on the Everton goal followed. Bridgett headed in, and Low also put in a shot, but the defence could not broken. Sunderland again took up the attack, and Mordue made
A PERSISTENT EFFORT
to get within shooting distance, but Maconnachie held to him and the ball went over the goal-line, Sunderland's claim for a corner being ignored. The game for some time was of a quiet order, both sides appearing to playing well within themselves. The attendance, had now increased to about three thousand. Clark placed Mordue in possession, and the latter travelling near the corner flag with the ball put in a centre. Scott came out and met the ball and threw away. Next Forster placed to Low, and the latter tested Scott. Bridgett, receiving from Hall, was the next to shoot, but his aim was not an accurate one, and the ball went wide. A smart run Mountford centre along the ground that player was splendidly
MET BY THOMSON
just as Freeman rushed for the ball with the intention of scoring. It was interesting to note that to this point not a corner had been forced at either end. Froepian next presented Young with an opportunity, and the latter, beating Troughear, made a shot which enabled Roose to bring off his second clearance in half-an-hour. For some time the game was of an even character, neither team shaping in any way likely to score. Bridgett caused some excitement by working with Hall, and the latter seemed likely to through when Maconnachie rushed across and tackled him, and got the ball away. Hall's partner, Bridget!, followed with a shot from near the touchline, and again Scott proved himself master of the situation. Borthwick checked a further attempt on the part of the home forwards open the scoring account sending into touch. From the throw-in Low was dispossessed, and then the visitors had a look in the other end, Troughear easily relieved. Four minutes from the interval
THE FIRST CORNER
of the match was forced by Sunderland. It came from fine shot on the part of Mordue, which Scott saved. This was followed second corner, and Clark, coming into possession of the ball, shot over. In the scrimmage Borthwick was injured, and the game was stopped until was able to resume. Sunderland held the advantage up to the interval, with the exception of one bieak-away by the visitors, but nothing resulted. Half-time:
SUNDERLAND nil EYERTONnil
Immediately resuming Sunderland rushed down the field, and there was an exciting struggle in the Everton goalmouth. The ball went through Balmer's legs, and that player sat upon the ball, and for a few seconds could not be moved from it, while the players excitedly struggled to get it. Indeed, Sunderland claimed have scored before the bail was cleared, and great was the indication of the people at that end of the field when the referee refused to allow a goal, hooting being repeated several times. Sunderland again attacked, and Mordue whizzed the ball,just past the past, and Low repeated the operation almost immediately afterwards. Bridget was next conspicuous with a couple of nice runs, and these enabled the \Vearsiders to keep the aggressive, the attack ending in Mordue placing outside. A break away was made Coleman from the goalkick, but Pinkney, on receiving the pass, lost over the line. From the throw-in Sunderland again advanced, Balmer
TWICE HEADING AWAY
from the goalmouth in brilliant style, and Forster neatly tricked several opponents and gave to Bridgett, who in turn passed to Hall, The latter put across to Clark, who compelled Scott effect a masterly clearance. A minute later Balmer was compelled to concede a corner, and this was got away. Coleman came away his own in brilliant style, tricking both Forster and Thomson, but the backs closed in on. him and relieved. Again the Wearsiders very severely pressed their opponents, and from nice pass the right Bridgett Mordue drove hard for goal with a rLsing shot. The custodian, however, was not to b© beaten. Just afterwards Hall shot weakly, and the danger was easily cleared. Then Mordue planted the ball into the centre, but Maconnachie got it away.
EVERTON’S SUCCESS AT SUNDERLAND
Athletic News - Monday 11 April 1910
Outside Lancashire Everton have not won a League match since November 6 until Saturday, when they vanquished Sunderland for the third time during this season. The match also stands out in bold relief among Saturday’s encounters, because the Wearsiders were the only home team who suffered a reverse. Everton had the worse of the argument on the whole, but shortly before the finish Mountford obtained a goal which decided the destination of the points. It is a curiosity that Mountford’s two goals during the campaign have been shot on the North-Eastern circuit –at Newcastle and Sunderland. Evidently the bracing air agrees with him. Harry Mountford was born at Hanley some 23 years ago, and as a boy played with the Eastwood Vale School team on the left wing, sometimes on the outside position, and occasionally inside. After three years stay he joined Eastwood Villa, and for a couple of seasons assisted them in almost every post in the front rank, including that of centre-forward. From this club Mountford migrated to Newcastle Swifts, and for three months he was a regular performer in their ranks. His next team was Hanley Town, and here he remained two years, his usual place in the forward line being inside-left. Afterwards he became a professional at the age of seventeen for Burslem Port Vale, and for two seasons figured in the Second Division club’s reserve team. First as a centre forward and then as inside-left did Mountford play in the premier eleven when he secured promotion, and then the club formed it impossible to continue as a League organization. This led to him and Chetwood going to Goodison Park. In the preliminary trial games of August, 1908, he shaped so well on the extreme left that he was considered a certainty for the post vacant by Harold Hardman’s removal. However, he was superseded by the amateur, George Barlow, and had little chance of gaining more experience. Mountford is plucky and resourceful, speedy, and capable of centring accurately on the run. He stands 5ft 7in, and weighs 11st 4lbs. With a sympathetic partner he would prove a clever outside left.
Athletic News - Monday 11 April 1910
Everton I Sunderland 0
By tom Tiddler
EVERTON had the unique distinction of registering their third consecutive victory over Sunderland in one season. How they came to do it on Saturday was somewhat surprising, for practically throughout the second half they had to act on the defensive. Yet it was during this period that, following one of those breakaway which invariably spell danger, the only goal was scored. There were changes in both teams, and Bridgett had a fresh partner in Thomas Hall, of the reserves, who made his debut in League football. Rain fell heavily throughout the match, and a cold wind added to the unpleasantness of the situation.
BALMER ON THE BALL.
Sunderland showed plenty of dash, and all their forwards tested Scott without, however, being able break down his guard. On the other hand, Roose had only a couple of serious shots to stop, a header from Freeman and one from the fool of Young. Within a minute of the resumption Sunderland were swarming round the Everton goal, and there was a most exciting struggle. Balmer was seen to be sitting on the ball, and for several seconds he could not be made move. Some colleagues came to the rescue, and as Balmer appeared to be hurt the referee stopped the game to prevent further mishap. It was claimed by Sunderland that the ball had been over the goal line during the struggle, and the crowd became indignant when the referee refused to allow goal.
A MISSED PENALTY.
Twenty minutes after the restart Bridgett, being well placed, was about to shoot when Allen brought him down. The referee awarded a penalty kick, but Low drove the ball straight at Scott, and though rebounded off the custodian he got it again and cleared. Several incursions were made by Everton, and it was during one of these, eleven minutes from the close, that they scored. The left wing had worked the ball up, and it went into touch off a Sunderland defender. Makepeace threw in, and Mountford securing the hall, shot between Roose and the post. Roose appealed for off-side directly he saw Mountford in possession, and then dived for the ball, but was too late.
WHERE EVERTON EXCELLED.
Everton must be counted very lucky to have won, for apart from the actual scoring they were much the inferior side. Their defence was very good, Scott excelling himself in goal. Balmer and Maconnachie were cool and clever, and Makepeace in the middle line was brilliant, with Borthwick a good second. Coleman and Young easily bore off the honours in the attack, the former being as good a man in the position as any I have seen this season. The extreme wingers were fairly good, but Freeman was only moderate. The home team were well up to form except in the all-important business of crowning good work. Roose did his work well, and Milton was the most effective back. The half-backs were a good line, and Bridgett and Mordue the best forwards. Hall's debut was highly promising. Sunderland; Roose; Trougher, Milton; Tait, Thomson, Jarvie; Mordue, Clark, Low, Hall, and Bridgett, Everton; Scott (Walter); Balmer, Macconnachie, Allen, Borthwick, Makepeace (captain); Pinkney, Coleman, Freeman, Young, and Mountford. Referee; Mr. C.C. Fallowfield, London.
SUNDERLAND 0 EVERTON 1
April 11, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S LUCKY TRIUMPH.
WALETR SCOTT PENALTY SAVE
The Everton team were in the fortunate position of being able to claim full points on the banks of the wear, although their opponents had monopolised the greater share of the play. Indeed, had the marksmanship of the Sunderland forwards been at all in keeping with the all-round cleverness shown in their movements towards the danger zone there could have been but one issue, and that in the home team's favour. In addition to numerous openings that came their way, they failed to take advantage of the occasion of a penalty kick. It was astonishing how often the keeper is made the target. It was so on Saturday, and Scott was enabled to bring off a save that eventually provided a stimulant for the Everton forwards, and with beneficial result. The feature of the afternoon's proceedings was provided by the Everton defenders, who would allow no quarter although on two or three occasions Dame Fortune bestowed her favours. A striking instance was when Scott scooped the ball out after it had passed between the legs of Balmer, while the latter towards the close of the game was in the way of a terrific drive that must otherwise have materialised. On the whole the game was strenuously contested throughout, and the pity was that the conditions were such as the greatly affect the attendance, which scarcely reached 4,000.
There were several changes in the Everton team, and Mountford's inclusion at the last moment in place of Turner, whose ankle had been troublesome, was thoroughly justified. The line as a whole indulged in some clever footwork at times, but it was overdone when close quarters were reached, where the Sunderland backs stopped at nothing to keep them out. Most effective work came from the wings, and the adoption of similar methods by the Wearsiders resulted in quick end-to-end play, which kept the spectators fully interested. The Everton keeper had many ticklish shots to deal with during the whole course of the game, and responded well while for the greater portion of the second period Roose was practically a spectators. It was not Sunderland's day, however, for nothing went right for them. Ten minutes from time Everton obtained the point that decided the match, and to a great extent it was the outcome of a clever individual effort by Mountford. He pounced upon the ball from a throw-in by Makepeace, and threaded his way to a few yards from Roose, who reached the low drive. but could not prevent the ball from finding a resting place in the net. Top pressure followed on the Everton goal, but it remained intact, and the “Blues” recorded a somewhat unexpected victory.
Walter Scott gave a capital exhibition of custodianship. He had plenty to do, and whatever came his way was dealt with very effectively. None could however, over-estimate the work of both Macconnachie and Balmer. There was plenty of bustle and actively where these players were concerned, and their clever resource undoubtedly provided one of the features of the game. When the keeper was in difficulties one of the others came to the rescue, and it was in branch that the Everton club were best served. Makpeace stood out prominently; indeed he had no compeer in half-back play, and it was mainly due to his attention that Mountford was able to gave a sample of his real ability. He was a hard and successful worker throughout, while at the other end of the line Pinkney, the West Hartlepool recruit, put much dash into his work, and with experience will develop into a useful player. Freeman was well shadowed. Still he did fairly well, but several masterly touches by Coleman to those on either side of him warranted better results. As already indicated the Sunderland forwards finished badly; the halves played a typical harassing game, while Troughear and Milton were a safe pair of backs. Roose was ever alert to the few calls made upon him, and had practically no chance of saving the point that decided the game. Teams : - Sunderland: - Roose, goal, Throhear, and Milton, backs, Tait, Thomson, and Forester, half-backs, Mordue, Clarke, Low, Lilly, and Bridgett, forwards. Everton: - Walter Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and Macconnachie, backs, Allen, Borthwick, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Pinkney, Coleman, Freeman, Young, and Mountford, forwards. Referee C.C. Fallowfield .
SUNDERLAND v. EVERTON
Yorkshire Post -Monday 11 April 1910
Played at Roker Park, before about 3.000 spectators. The game was an even character, but Sunderland did most of the shooting, Walter Scott saving from Bridgett. Clarke, and Lowe, and Rouse from Freeman and Makepeace. At the interval there was no score. Sunderland had much the best the seoond half. For twenty minutes Roose was a spectator, and then ran out and kicked away from Freeman, the home forwards tested Scott in turn, and he kept the bali out, putting away also penalty kick taken by Low. and given against Allan for tripping Bridgett. Ten minutes from the c!ose Mountford beat Roose. Result; —Everton 1 goal, Sunderland none.
BLACKBURN ROVERS v. EVERTON.
Derby Daily Telegraph -Monday 11 April 1910
This postponed match was played in brilliant weather at Ewood Park this afternoon before 5,000 spectators. The Rovers were at fall strength, but had no fewer than seven changes from Saturday. Everton scored in the first five minutes through Weller, who got in a splendid shot. The game was well contested. Walter Scott, the Everton custodian, saved brilliantly from Cameron, Anthony, and Aitksnhead. Interval —Everton one, Rovers nil. Anxious to maintain their splendid home record of not having suffered defeat this season, the Rovers restarted the second half in determined manner. Anthony sent in magnificent low shot, and best Scott could do with it was to turn it round the post. A tussle in the goal mouth ended in Orr putting tho Rovers on level terms, and same player gave them tho lead just before time. Result Blackburn Rovers 2 Everton 1
BLACKBURN ROVERS 2 EVERTON 1
April 12, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton journeyed to Blackburn yesterday to meet the Rovers in their postponed League match. The weather was all that could be desired, but despite this, the attendance was not more than five thousand. Everton had not their best team out. Harris, Makepeace, Sharp, and Young being absent. Blackburn Rovers on the other hand were at full strength. Crompton beat Macconnachie in the toss, and Blackburn at once pressed, Everton quickly retaliated and after Mountford had failed in front of goal, Weller opened their score. He had indulged in a passing bout with Gourlay, and after Ashcroft had saved the latter's effort, Weller pounced upon the ball, and netted with a fast rising shot, which struck the under part of the bar, leaving the custodian helpless. This early success stimulated the visitors to further efforts, and for some time they kept the Rovers in their own half. Gradually, however, the home team wore down the visitors, and should easily have got on level terms. Their halves worked many fine openings, but their shooting of the forwards with the exception of Aitkenhead's execrable. Cameron once had the open goal before him, but sent yards wide. In the second half the Rovers had the better of the game. They forced matters from the commencement, and but for the excellent defence of Scott. Macconnachie, and Balmer would soon have scored. As it was they got on level terms after about fifteen minutes play. Orr scoring when Scott was unsighted. Afterwards play was of a more even character, with Blackburn always slightly the more dangerous. It was not, however, until the last two minutes of the match that they scored their winning goal. Anthony sent across and Orr put into the net. Scott was hampered by Aitkenhead and prevented from getting at the ball. The goal should not have counted as Scott was undoubtedly impeded, but the goal enabled the Blackburn men to take both points. It was decidedly hard lines on Everton, after putting up such a game fight, to lose right on time. Turning to the players, Scott gave a splendid display in goal, while Balmer and Macconnachie were always safe. All the halves were good with Weller perhaps the most prominent. Mountford, Pinkney, and Gourlay were the best forwards. Freeman and White finishing poorly. Of the Blackburn side, Orr, Aitkenhead, and Chapman were the most prominent. The teams were as follows: - Blackburn Rovers: - Ashcroft, goal, Crompton (Captain), and Cowell, backs, Walmsley, Chapman, and Bradshaw, half-backs, Garbutt, Orr, Cameron, Aitkenhead, and Anthony, forwards. Everton: - Walter Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and Macconachie (Captain), backs, Rafferty, Pratt, and Weller half-bacxks, Pinkney, White, Freeman, Gourlay, and Mountford, forwards.
CAPS FOR EVERTONIANS
April 12, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Wales beat Ireland, by four goals to one, in front of 7,000 spectators. Lacey and Harris playing for the Irish.
EVERTON FINE RECONSIDERED.
April 12, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
WEAK TEAM PENALTIES.
A meeting of the Management Committee of the Football League was held in London yesterday. Everton who had been final £50 for the non fulfillment of their fixture with Notts County were represented, and produced correspondence which showed that the date was not definitely, but only provisionally fixed, and taking this view, the committee now rescrined the resolution on the imposing of £50, but fined Everton £5 5s for having failed to notify the League that the fixture was only a provisional one. They were further fined two sums of £25 each for playing weak teams.
NOTTS. COUNTY v. EVERTON.
Derby Daily Telegraph -Wednesday 13 April 1910
This twice postponed match was played at Nottingham to-day in boisterous weather, before about '3.000 spectators. Notts, eleven included Moslev in place of Morlev (injured). Compared with Monday's team, the Everton ranks had undergone a complete change, Macconnachie. Allen, Borthwick, Makepeace, Berry, Lacey, and Coleman coming in vice Balmer, Rafferty, Pratt, Waller, Pinkney. White, and Freeman. With the advantage of the wind. Matthews, from Dodd's centre, scored Notts first goal five minutes after the start. Makepeace equalising from a penalty. Interval—Notts, one, Everton one.
Everton were not long in asserting their superiority upon resuming, Lacey from a pass by Turner registering their second goal seven minutes from the interval, and Coleman soon afterwards adding third from foul. Against the wind, which was blowing half a gale. Notts, made occasional spirited incursions into their opponents' territory, C'antrell obtaining a second goal for the County. Mountford missed excellent chance of securing a fourth for the visitors, who won easily. Final— Everton 3 Notts. County 2
NOTTS COUNTY 2 EVERTON 3
April 14, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON WIN AT NOTTINGHAM.
Lauguid local interest was taken in this match at Nottingham yesterday, the holiday disappointment being evidently resented. Mosley took the place of Morley, who was injured at Liverpool, the Notts team otherwise being the same as on Saturday. The visitors were without several of their best known men, but their team was decidedly stronger than that which lost to Blackburn Rovers on Monday. Teams: - Notts County: - Iremonger, goal, Mosley, and Montgomery, Emberton, Clamp, and Griffiths, half-backs, Waterall, Matthews, Cantrell, Jones, and Dodds, forwards. Everton: - Walter Scott, goal, Clifford, and Macconnachie, backs, Allen, Borthwick, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Berry, Coleman, Mountford, Lacey, and Turner, forwards. Referee Mr. J. T. Howcroft.
The mowing machine had been put across the playing piece, and it was favourable for fast football, but the gusty wind hampered the movements of the players somewhat and upset their calculations. The first half began much in Notts' favour, for helped just sufficiently by the wind, the home side pressed without intermission for six minutes, and Matthews scored from Dodd's centre. In anticipating danger Scott had left his charge, and the ball was banged into the net before he could recover his position. Everton played prettily after this, and should have had better luck with two corner kicks. Scott had trouble twice from Cantrell, and Macconnachie helped his short clearances into touch. Everton equalised before the change of ends. Mathews just previously made a praiseworthy attempt to again lower the Everton colours, but when play had been in progress half an hour the visitors scored from a penalty kick against Mosley, who tripped Coleman as he was going through down the centre. Makepeace was the successful “converter.” Some of the spectators standing behind the goal evidently said something of an offensive nature to Iremonger, who remonstrated with them.
THE SECOND HALF.
Matters were lively on resuming, and after Scott had turned away a grand shot from Matthews for an abortive corner, Everton retaliated with a strong line attack, and Turner transferring to his partner from near the line, Lacey netted with a clean shot eight minutes after the cross over. The “Magpies” then paid a fruitless visit to their opponents' end, and when the “Blues” came again a free kick was given against Mosley for hands, and Coleman eluding a challenge by Mongomery, put on a third goal with a splendid shot. The introduction of Mosley into the back line had thus been disastrous to Notts. All Notts could manage after this was a goal by Cantrell, and they were beaten by 3 goals to 2. Mountford was not a reliable centre, and he missed once badly when quite uncovered. The wind was undoubtedly bothering, but Maconnachie judged the swinging ball admirably. The game was by no means a stirring one, but Everton were full value for their victory.
EVERTON RESERVES V LIVERPOOL COUNTRY COMBINATION.
April 15, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Played at Goodison Park, last evening an even but interesting game resulting in a goalless draw. Everton: - Berry, goal, Osborne, and Meunier, backs, Davies, Pratt, and McKennie, half-backs, Buck, Gault, Carlisle, and Anderson, forwards.
EVERTON AND THIRD TEAM.
April 15, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
The experiment tried, this season by Everton and Liverpool running “A” teams, has not borne good fruit, and the third teams have not been too successful. As a result we understand that Everton have decided to withdraw from the Liverpool County Combination, and this means of course that the “A” team will not be carried on next season.
Monday –April 18 1910 Athletic News
Four times this season have the Everton and Middlesbrough teams opposed each other –twice in the Cup-ties, and twice in Leaue warfare, and on three of these occasions a draw of one goal has been the result. Middlesbrough were highly satisfied with their performance at Goodison Park on Saturday, and the point they secured must be of inestimable value to them at the present juncture. To some extent they deserved their partial success, and though they were over played in the first half, and they came again strongly towards the finish, and nearly annexed both points. A clever overhead kick from Cail five minutes from time grazed the upper surface of the crossbar; another inch or two lower would have meant victory for his side. On the other hand, Everton were unfortunate in not scoring on several occasions, and before the interval their forwards experienced wretched luck with many well-meant efforts.
The visitors gained the elad early on as the direct result of a corner kick which Elliott compelled Macconnachie to concede. Pentland placed the ball to the left wing, and Thackeray drove it against Clifford, off whom it was deflected pass Scott into the net. There was no mistaking Everton’s superioty after this. Their forward play was most creditable, Pinkney being particularly prominent with telling runs and centres. Well supported by Coleman, he ultilised his chances judiciously, but the inside players were not on the target. Freeman and Makepeace were very unlucky, but slowly after resumption a clever bit of work by Turner gave the former another opening, and this time Freeman made no mistake with a glorious drive.
Everton were fully extended by their zealous opponents, but inaccuracy near goal alone prevented them from winning. Their forwards were ably led by Freeman, Pinkney was the most prominent player in the line, and before the interval he was especially noticeable. Turner also showed us some of his best form after the change of ends, and Coleman played judiciously, but White was not so happy in his foot work. Harris bore off the honours in the half-back division, and rarely has he placed to his forwards with such unerring judgement. Makepeace and Borthwick were responsible for many capable movements, while further behind Macconnachie played a delightful game. Scott had one or two difficult shots to save, and one from Elliott near the finish was distinctly good. No fault could be found with the defence of the Tee-siders, for both Watson and McLeod covered their custodian skillfully so that Williamson was rarely in difficulties. Young was the outstanding personality in the intermediate line, his headwork being quite the feature of his play. Verill and Aitken worked hard, while in the front rank Pentland and Elliott provided the dangerous part of the attack. Common also entered into the fray with zest, and led his forwards in good style. Everton; Scott (Walter); Clifford, Macconnachie; Harris, Borthwick, Makepeace; Pinkney, Coleman, Freeman, White and Turner. Middlesbrough; Williamson; Mclean, Watson; Aitken, Young, Verrill; Pentland, Elliott, Common, Cail, and Thackeray. Referee; Mr. J.W. Bailey, Leicester.
EVERTON 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 1
April 18, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
MIDDLESBROUGH DRAW WITH EVERTON.
A RECORD RETAINED.
Goodison Park has been an unlucky enclosure for Middlesbrough ever since their entrance into League football. It was not until last season, after six successive defeats, that they secured their first league point on Everton's ground, the results being a goal each. Singularly enough this was the verdict in Saturday's game. No doubt the Teassiders would have been delighted to have registered their first victory at Goodison Park, especially as it would have gone for to relieve them of any anxiety as to their position in the competition. Certainly in the last few minutes Middlesbrough, with a little luck, might have gained their object, though viewing the game as a whole a draw about reflected the merits of the respective sides. For an end of the season fixture it produced football of a really bright and strenuous description and the varying changes in the fortunes of the teams rendered it interesting throughout. Indeed the closing stages, when it appeared that almost at any moment Middlesbrough might snatch a victory, were positively exciting.
Quite early on Middlesbrough rather luckily secured the lead. Elliott their inside right, forced a corner of Macconnachie, and the ball being well placed. Thackeray drove in with the result that Clifford deflected the ball into the net. During the remainder of the half, however, Everton were far and away the more dangerous side, and not a few excellent attempts to equalise missed by the narrowest margin. Freeman shot against the upright, and on two other occasions experienced hard luck; while the recruit, Pinkney, who gave a capital exhibition as deputy for Sharp, which only missed by inches. After the resumption the Blues maintained their aggressive tactics and ere many minutes had elapsed Turner's clever resourceful ended in a delightful cross, which Freeman converted with a shot that rendered Williamson helpless. Under the severe pressure to which they were subjected, the Middlesbrough defenders did exceedingly well, and when once there was a sign of slackening effort on the part of the Everton attack, the visiting forwards, judiciously led by Common, came again in surprising fashion. Well it was that Walter Scott was in his best trim. He saved splendidly from Elliott and Pentland, but he was lucky after fisting out from the latter, that an overhead kick by Cail saw the ball touch the top of the crossbar, and go over. It was a narrow escape, and meant a point to Everton.
There was an earnestness about the players which was gratifying, for too often evident lack of endeavour characterises end of the season football. Pinkney, especially in the opening half gave unmistakable evidence that Everton have secured a most promising outside right. His heart is in his play, and besides being tricky, he possesses the knack of being able to centre accurately, and of imparting force to his shots at goal. He had not much opportunity in the second half when Turner, however, gave one of his best performances of the season. It was his smartness, which led to Everton's equalising goal. Freeman's shooting was the feature of his work and while White was tricky as usual, Coleman obviously tired in the concluding stages. Makepeace and Harris were the pick of the halves, though Borthwick was responsible for much good defensive work. Macconnachie played one of his customary effective games, and quite outshone Clifford. Walter Scott was not often called upon, but what he did was after the style of a clever custodian. Middlesbrough put up a stout defence. Young was a capital pivot in the half-way line, and Williamson had in front of him sturdy backs in McLeod and Watson. Teams: - Everton: - Walter Scott, goal, Clifford, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, Borthwick, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Pinkney, Coleman, Freeman, White, and Turner, forwards. Middlesbrough: - Williamson, goal, McLeod, and Watson, backs, Cail, R. Young, and Verill, half-back, Bentland, Elliott, Hall, Common, and Thackeray, forwards. Referee J.T. Tossbottom.
CARLISLE UNITED 0 EVERTON RESERVES 0
April 18, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 34)
It is a good fight between Everton and Chorley, but the former should be able to do the trick when Chorley visit Goodison Park next week, Chorley drew 2-2 at home with Manchester United on Saturday, while Everton picked up a point a Carlisle, neither team getting a goal.
LIVERPOOL RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
April 19, 1910. The Liverpool Courier,
Liverpool Senior Cup Final Replay.
ANOTHER DRAWN GAME.
The Liverpool and Everton Reserves met again last evening at Anfield, before about 7,000 spectators to try to decided who should hold the Liverpool Cup. The teams have already met, 1-1 being the result, and after a further 110 minutes the game had to be left drawn, the previous score of 1-1 being repeated. The game was very strenuously fought, both sides being very keen to secure the trophy. Had Jones and Mountford availed themselves of a perfect chance Lacey offered them in the closing stages, the result would have been settled, but they mulled the chance badly.
The game opened very fast and Jones headed over from a perfect centre by Mountford. Liverpool were quickly at the Blues' end, and Peake sent in a terrific shot, which crashed back from the crossbar. Uren immediately after sent in a shot, and Scott was forced to concede a corner, from which Goode forced the custodian to save. Jones was next prominent, but he put the ball go far forward and spoiled his chance. The homesters were playing capital football just now, and Scott had to fling himself across the goal to prevent a shot from Hewitt taking effect. The Everton line took the attack to the other end and Beeby made a very weak clearance, and Gourlay fastening on the ball, scored with a fast ground drive before Beeby could recover himself. This goal added even more zest to the play, and the players became very vigorious, fouls being in great evidence. Everton now had a good spell of attacking, and Lacey was weak from a capital centre from Mountford, and Jones was just out with his final effort after working his way through the defence. Liverpool got away on the left, and Hewitt thrist his way though the defence and parting to Speakmen, the latter equalised easily. Play was now even, and the interval arrived with the score 1-1.
The second half did not produced as good football as in the initial portion, yet the defences were hard pressed. Scott was soon called upon to repel shots from Bowyer and Uren. Borthwick was injured, but soon recovered. The Reds were having the better of the game, and Scott's charge was continually threatened. Beeby was not called upon to handle until thirty minutes of the second half had gone, a ground shot from Mountford causing the custodian little difficulty to clear, Lacey got away, and being pulled up by Dunlop passed to Jones, who quite missed the ball, and Mountford also allowed the leather to pass him, and a glorious chance was lost. After ninety minutes the score was 1-1, and the referee decided to play ten minutes longer each way. Crawford handled the ball in the penalty area, but the referee ignored the cries of “Penalty.” Dillon sent in a dropping shot, which Scott cleared cleverly. On turning round again Liverpool pressed continuously, and Scott saved respectably in splendid style. The excitement was intense while the extra time was being played, and the match finished in semi-darkness. Final after extra time 1-1.
Both teams played strenuously, and although the finer points of the game were not brought out, it was always brimful of incident. Scott played a splendid game, and saved his side repeatedly. The backs and halves played well, but ballooned the ball too much. Weller being the pick of the defence. The Blues' forwards had plenty of dash, but the combination between them was not as good as we know them to be capable of. The Liverpool team rose to the occasion. The defence was good. Peake being especially conspicuous. Uren was in a class by himself, his dainty footwork being much admired and he was the best man on the field. Joe Hewitt was disappointing, at centre, and the others were thrushful rather than clever. Teams: - Everton Reserves: - Walter Scott, goal, Stevenson and Bardsley, backs, Allan, Borthwick, and Weller, half-backs, Pinkney, Lacey, Jones, Gourlay, and Mountford, forwards. Liverpool Reserves: - Beeby, goal, Crawford, and W. Dunlop, backs, McConnell, Peake, and Dillon, half-backs, Speakman, Goode, Hewitt, Bowyer, and Uren, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 CARLISLE UNITED 0
April 22, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 35)
Everton went one step nearer the championship last evening, when at Goodison Park they defeated Carlisle by 2-0. The Everton team quite deserved their victory, and but for indifferent shooting their lead would have been more pronounced. The first half was entirely Everton's who monopolised the attack, Carlisle never being in the picture as regards attack. Mountford in the first few minutes caused the Carlisle custodian to field two hard shots. The visitors got away on the left and Law put in a good centre, but Mather's shot was charged down, and Everton resumed the attack. Everton went down in nice style but Carlisle's backs were very strong. The Blues forced four corners in succession, but no goals accrued. The homesters were all over Carlisle, and Lacey showed extremely clever football. Mountford sent in a pretty shot, which Wilcox saved, in good style, but Turner gained possession and put in a delightful centre, which the goalkeeper fisted out, only for Pratt to score with a fast shot. Gault and Lacey both went near. Half time came with Everton leading 1-0. On the resumption Everton again attacked and Turner rounded the defence nicely, but Gault shot wide. Gault than went down cleverly, and when tackled parted to Mountford, who scored with a terrific shot. Wilcox making a fine but futile effort to save. Carlisle improved in their attack after this reverse, and Law hit the side of the net with a good effort. Fine right wing play from the visitors seriously threatened the home citadel, but Berry cleared well from a dangerous centre by Law. The Everton halves and forwards took possession of the game, and the Carlisle defence was sore put to it to prevent further downfall. Gault shot wide after a fine solo effort. Final Result Everton 2, Carlisle nil. Berry had nothing to do in goal, and what little Stevenson and Meunier had they did in masterly style. The halves and forwards were very good, Lacey being very conspicuous. For Carlisle. Wilcox made some fine saves, and Carter at left full proved a rare stumbling block for Everton forwards to pass. Martin played well in defence but the forwards were weak. The teams were as follows: - Everton Reserves: - Berry, goal Stevenson and Meunier, backs, Allan, Pratt, and Rafferty, half-backs, Pinkney, Lacey, Gault, Mountford, and Turner, forwards. Carlisle United: - Wilcox, goal, Kirkham, and Carter, backs, Blythe, Martin, and Fell, half-backs, Noble, Maher, McDonald, Stevenson, and Law, forwards.
STRANGE HAPPENINGS AT EVERTON
Monday April 25, 1910 The Athletic News
Everton 3, Manchester United 3
Six goals were scored in the first half of the game at Goodison Park, and one was forthcoming after the change of ends. Briefly stated this result faithfully reflects the general character of the last League match of the season on the Everton enclosure, and the interest engendered by the rapid scoring of goals before the interval was generally allowed to simmer away before the final whistle blew. Twice Everton gained a lead of two goals during the match, and visions of a big score loomed forth when, after ten minutes play, the old Oxonian, Arthur Berry, had placed his side a couple of points ahead. In each case the Manchester defence was readily outwitted, first by Turner and then by Freeman, centres from these forwards being promptly accepted by the amateur. But Everton’s defence proved, equally vulnerable, and Wall sent across to Picken, who placed to Homer, for the latter to head past Scott. Turner, who was showing capable form on the Everton left wing, again distinguished himself with an accurate centre, and though Freeman headed against the crossbar. White met the rebound and experienced better luck than his comrade.
The Penalty King Penalised
Then arose a curious incident, and Scott, who has been dubbed the penalty king, by reason of the number of shots from such a source that he has saved, was siniquetly concerned with it. Wall flashed in a ball from the wing, and the custodian only partially cleared. In endeavouring to complete his task the goalkeeper was tackled by Turnbull. Both players fell, and while on the ground Scott committed an illegality which led the referee to mulct him in a penalty kick. From this Wall easily reduced Everton’s advantage. Scarcely had the play been restarted when Connor got clean away and centred for A. Turnbull to equalize. Wall narrowly missed adding another goal, for he gave Scott a rare handiful just before half-time. There were no goals in the second stage and precious little interesting football; nothing was added to the score, and nothing to the enjoyment of the spectators. Turner forced a couple of unproductive corners in the last few minutes, but these were only the final flickering flames of a gradually dwingling fire.
To enter into detailed criticism of the twenty-two individuals concerned in the game would serve no useful purpose. Turner was in one of his best moods and the outside left centred beautifully in the opening half, two goals being the direct outcome of his efforts. Berry’s cleverest work also came during this period, and the successes were neatly accomplished. The three inside forwards indulged in some weird and fantastic footwork, which was as difficult to understand as it was for themselves to preform. There must have been some purpose in their play, but there is a limit even to one’s imagination. Makepeace was easily the pick of the half-backs, for Borthwick was evidently feeling the effects of an injury sustained at Sunderland, and Harris was not consistent, Balmer played poorly at full back, and I was not particularly impressed by the quality of the Everton defence all round. The most prominent forward on the United side was Picken. His control of the ball was excellent and he fed both Connor and Homer most judiciously. The former however, made but little use of his chances and was inclined to part with the ball too quickly, and without deliberate intent, Homer proved a useful centre, but we did not see a great deal of the left wing. Roberts was effective at centre half-back, and he found no difficulty in checking Young, who was invariably beaten by his calculating opponent. Bell rendered meritorious assistances, and the full abcks were not overburdened with difficulties. At times they were beaten with ease, but occasionally rthey showed vigorious resistence. Morger anticipated several such capably, but the respective forwards were not inimically inclined towards the two custodioans. Everton; Scott (Walter); Balmer (R.), Macconnachie; Harris, Borthwick, Makepeace; A. Berry, White, Freeman, Young and Turner. Manchester United; Moger; Holden, Donnelly; Duckworth, Roberts, Bell; Connor, Picken, Homer, Turnbull (A.), and Wall. Referee; Mr. A. Hargreaves, Blackpool.
EVERTON 3 MANCHESTER UNITED 3
April 25, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S LAST HOME MATCH.
DRAW WITH MANCHESTER UNITED.
Everton opened the League campaign at Goodison Park on the 1 st September with a drawn game against Sheffield Wednesday. The programme was brought to a close on Saturday with another division of honours; Everton and Manchester United each scoring three goals. For the most part the football was of a bright and interesting description, but singularly enough all the goals came in the first half. It can hardly be said that Everton home record for 1909-10, is a creditable as could have been desired. It reads as follows: - Played 19, won 8, lost 5, Drawn 6: goals for 30, and against 28. However, while there have been failures, there have also been many purple patches, and the season financially has proved one of the best in the history of a club which has been the most consistent in the annals of the League competition.
Saturday's match had nothing of importance attaching to it, and under the circumstances the attendance's be regarded as satisfactory. The opening half produced some really delightful footwork, and, what is more, half a dozen goals. Everton started as if they were in for a record score. Within five minutes the international. Arthur Berry, had credited himself with a couple of good goals –the first, by the way, that he has scored in the League tournament for Everton. The home forwards dashed off right away from the start, and as the result of a beautiful centre from turner the amateur placed the ball past Moger. Cleverness on the part of “Sandy” Young led to the second, for Freeman, veering on to the left wing, sent across for Berry to complete the movement. The Manchester forwards settled down to some really fine combination, and it was from a pass by the industrious Picken that Homer headed into the net. The goals did not end here, for Turner's splendid centreing enabled Freeman to head in. The ball rebounded from the crossbar, but White got his head to it and Moger had his charge lowered for the third time. Then came a decision of the referee which roused the indignation of the crowd, Scott and Turnbull were on the ground near the goal, when the referee blew the whistle and awarded a penalty kick against Scott. Amid the hooting of the spectators Wall converted, and ere the excitement had subsided Turnbull equalised from Conrad's pass. This ended the scoring, the remainder of the game, except for bright interval being disappointing.
A division of the points was an equitable result. Both sets of forwards indulged in some pretty passing and effective combination. Arthur Berry gave an exhilarating display at outside right. Apart from his two goals, he was always in the picture. Turner, too was in good form, his accurate middling of the ball being quite a feature of his work. The inside men –White, Freeman, and Young –were only moderate. Makepeace stood out by himself in the half-back line, and Macconnachie was the best of the backs, Balmer being uncertain in his kicking. Although beaten on three occasions, Scott kept out not a few dangerous shots. It was a pity that Meredith was an absentee from the United ranks, especially as Connor was only a passable substitute. Picken, Ducksworth, and Roberts were the most conspicuous on the Manchester side. Teams: - Everton: - Walter Scott, goal, R. Balmer and Macconnachie, backs. Harris, Borthwick, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs A. Berry, White, Freeman, Young, and Turner, forwards. Manchester United: - Moger, goals, Holden, and Donnelly, backs, Ducksworth, Roberts, and Bell, half-backs Connor, Picken, Homer (Captain), Turnbull, and Wall forwards. Referee A. Hargreaves.
MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 2
April 25, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 36)
Everton gained a capital 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, and with two home games (one against Chorley to-day) should have no difficulty now in carrying off the championship. Gault scored in the first half on Saturday, and Pinkney put on the winning goal in the closing stages.
Everton: - Berry, goal, Stevenson, and Meunier, backs, Allan, Pratt, and Rafferty, half-backs, Pinkney, Lacey, Gault, Gourlay, and Mountford, forwards.
EVERTON v. MANCHESTER UNITED.
Yorkshire Post -Monday 25 April 1910
Played at Goodison Park before 10,000 spectators.
The game opened fast, and in five minutes Everton were two goals up. Berry scoring two fine points from centres Turner and Freeman. From Wall's centre, Hamer - scored for Manchester, but Everton were placed further ahead by White, and Wall and Turnbull scored for Manchester. Interval—Evtrton 3 goals. Manchester 3 goals. Manchester's second goal in the first half came from a rather curious penalty. Scott, the Everton keeper, lost possession the ball, and he and Turnbull fell the ground, and the referee penalised Scott. The second half was well con tested, but neither keeper was seriously troubled, and the game ended in a draw of three goals each.
AT GOODISON PARK
Sheffield Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 26 April 1910
Preparing For a Record Attended
A SPLENDID GROUND.
At fairly early hour this morning, telegraphs the Sports Editor, I was standing on the famous enclosure which will provide the venue for the great replay on Thursday, and not having previously seen the headquarters of the Everton club sinee its complete refitting, was not a little impressed with the huge provision made for spectators. i happen to have been present at that extraordinary final tie played on the same ground—how many years ago I don't care to remember—when Notts County and Bolton Wanderers were the finalists. That was wonderful game, and not the least noteworthy as being watch by one of the smallest crowds which ever assembled at a cup final.
The scene on Thursday will provide a startling contrast from Liverpool, and indeed half Manchester will pour their thousands into Goodison Park. It is indeed difficult to go anywhere without hearing the name of those plucky men from Barnsley mentioned, and. what is more, praised sky high, for their surprising feats in this season's competition.
30,000 PEOPLE UNDER COVER.
I had a brief interview with Mr. W. C. Cuff, the Everton Secretary, this morning, and if he had a busy day yesterday—which certainly had then this morning can only described as absolute deluge. Liverpool has kept his staff busy for several hours this morning booking seats, and it was very difficult have even a brief conversation on the topic of the hour. However, I ascertained that it will be possible for over 30.000 to under cover, whilst it is expected that at a pinch 70,000 will able to get a good view of the game. Passing on to the enclosure it was possible to realise that if there was no more rain a particularly fast game should be witnessed. A high drying wind has been blowing in Liverpool now for 12 hours, and all traces dampness have practically disappeared.
EVERTON RESERVES 5 CHORLEY 1
April 26, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 37)
This match played last evening at Goodison Park, resulted in a win for the homesters by 5-1. Both teams were in the running for the championship, and Chorley's display was very disappointing. Everton was full value for their victory, and have now the best chance to head the Combination. The teams were: - Everton: - Berry, goal, Stevenson, and Meunier, backs, Allan, Pratt, and Rafferty, half-backs, Pinkney, Lacey, Mountford Gourlay, and Turner, forwards. Chorley: - Gaskell, goals, J. Wareing, and Slater, backs, Skingsley, W. Wareing, and Brember, Myerscough, Hodgson, McKee, Heywood, and Craven, forwards. Everton got away from the start, and Pinkney sent in a fine centre to which lacey got his head, but Gaskell caught and punted clear. Clever work by McKee gave Hodgson an opportunity, and he put in a hard ground shot, but Berry proved his worth with a splendid save. Everton were away again, and Gaskell was hard put to repell a shot from Mountford and a good corner taken by Pinkney. Turner worked through nicely and centred accurately for Pinkney to shoot, but Gaskell saved well. Everton were attacking strongly and Lacey caused the defence great anxiety with good shots, and the same player passed to Pinkney, who scored with a terrific drive, which entered the net off the far post. Play was quiet for a time, but Everton held the balance of play. Lacey worked through for Pinkney to score easily. Chorley were rarely in evidence in attack, and Stevenson easily checked their advance. Lacey continually harassed the defence, and shot on every opportunity and his reward came when he scored with a glorious drive after Pinkney had tried to go through. Half-time Everton 3, Chorley 0.
On resumption Chorley attacked, but their play did not suggest serious danger. At the other end Gourlay had a pot which Gaskell only got away at the second attempt. Clever work by the Everton front rank ended in Lacey adding a fourth with a shot which Gaskell should have saved. Everton were the superior team, and Turner centred for Lacey to miss badly. Chorley through Brember troubled Berry, but the homesters were not to be denied. Pinkney added a fifth, but afterwards Chorley had very hard lines, a fine shot from Howard hitting the cross but with Berry beaten. The Chorley goal was subjected to a bombardment, and Gourlay put in a good shot, and Pratt hit the crossbar. Mountford put over from six yards with Gaskell helpless. A clever combined movement from the Chorley front line saw Stevenson at fault and Hodgson scored easily. Berry having no chance. Final: - Everton 5, Chorley 1. The Everton team were excellent. The defence was very sound, and easily dealt with the Chorley advances. Lacey was exceedingly clever, and with Pinkney made a clever wing. Mountford was very weak at centre and Gourlay did not do too much. Turner, though quiet, put in good work. W. Wareing and Brember showed up well in the Chorley defence, and Hodgson and Heywood occasional put in good work in attacking.
EVERTON'S NEW INTERNATIONAL.
April 28, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
The Everton directors have secured the signature of Thompson, the Cliftonville and Irish International outside left. He is a clever young player, and his display against Wales attracted attention. It is understood that he has only signed an amateur form. He may turn out for Everton against Bradford City on Saturday.
MAY 1910, AND CLOSE SEASON
EVERTON’S HILIDAY MOOD
Athletic News - Monday 02 May 1910
Bradford City 2, Everton 0
There was a marked difference in the character of the operations by the respective sides at Valley Parade. There was no flavor of the end of the season about the work of the home team. To a man they were energetic and alert, and in all respects outclassed their opponents. There was no more commanding figure on the field than Speirs. Next, Comrie claims attention. He afforded Freeman little latitude, and showed judgment in distributing the ball, whilst both Hampton and Robinson gave a rare account of themselves. Within five minutes of the start the first goal was scored. Robinson had put the ball to Slemin on the left, and the Irishman promptly crossed inside to Spiers. The latter received the ball just outside the penalty area, and though Scott went down to save, the pace was so hot that he could not hold the ball, which went off his hands over his shoulder and into the net.
Sharp’s Last Match (?)
The second goal came after fifteen minutes play, Bond scoring from a penalty owing to Makepeace having handled. Everton were artistic enough in midfield, but there was a lack of unity and forcefulness in their attack at close quarters, so that they were always thwarted at the critical moment. But for the judgement displayed by Scott, the home total would have been increased. It was stated before the match that sharp had said he was playing his last game. Be that as it may, he did not seem anxious to distinguish himself. Freeman was on view most of the time, but rarely went in search of something to do. Young never ceased in his tolling, but he had little support from the others. Bradford City; Maskery; Campbell, Chaplin; Hampton, Comrie, Robinson; Bond, Rutter, O’Rourke, Speirs, and Slemin. Everton; Scott (Walter); Clifford, Balmer; Harris, Borthwick, Makepeace; Sharp (captain), White, Freeman, Young and Turner. Referee; Mr. H.P. Lewis, Rotherham.
BRADFORD CITY 2 EVERTON 0
MAY 2, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
BEATEN AT BRADFORD.
Everton brought a disappointing season to a close with a defeat of two goals to nil by Bradford City at Valley Parade. It is a big drop from the second to the tenth place in the League table, and it is a rather unique experience for Everton to complete a season's work on the wrong side in respect of goals scored for and against. Their full record is played 38, won 16, lost 14, Drawn 8, goals for 51, goals against 50 –points 40. These figures contrast by no means favourably with those of last year, when Everton came next to the champions Newcastle. Then Everton won 18, Lost 10, and drew 10 games, and had a goal average in their favour of 82 to 57. The falling off has been due in great measure to the weakness of the attack. Freeman has not been the sharpshooter he was last season, and all round the Everton front line have lost much of their old-time deadliness in front of goal. Indeed, this was a feature of their final game of the season at Bradford. Probably it was owing in some degree to the lack of incentive, in view of the fact that neither team had anything material at stake. The Bradford City players, however, had something to spur them on, for the “signing” process was not to commence until dinner had been negotiated after the match. Hence, on the part of several of the men, it was scarcely surprising that a little extra effort was imparted to their work.
The game itself calls for nothing in the nature of detailed criticism. Bradford City were value for their victory. Both goals were forthcoming in the first twenty minutes of play. The first was the outcome of smart work by Slemin, an importation from Ireland, for he it was who gave to Spiers, the latter defeating Walter Scott with a shot, which he could only partially stop. The other goal came from a penalty kick, against Makepeace, whose handling of the ball was much more accidental than intentional. However, the referee considered it was an incident deserving of punishment and Bond, who took the kick, gave the “penalty Kick” no chance of saving. The Everton forwards rarely looked like scoring. At the same time Sandy Young treated the spectators to some of his bewildering manipulation of the ball. He would beat two or three opponents in his own imimitable style, but as for troubling the opposing goalkeeper Sandy had little thought. It was all very delightful, though not effective from a scoring point of view. Still the whole game was scarcely regarded a serious. It was the last, which Jack Sharp will participate in for Everton as a professional. The famous cricketer was responsible for two or three dashing runs along the wing, but naturally he was not inclined to take any risks in his finishing efforts. Teams: - Bradford City: - Maskery, goal, Campbell, and Chaplin, backs, Hampton, Comrie, and Robinson, half-backs, Bond, Butler, O'Rourke, Spiers, and Slemin. Everton: - Walter Scott goal, Clifford, and R. Balmer, backs, Harris, Borthwick, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp (Captain), White, Freeman, Young, and Turner, forwards. Referee HP. Lewis.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 ST HELENS TOWN 0.
May 2 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 38)
EVERTON AGAIN CHAMPIONS.
By defeating St Helens Town by three goals to nil. Everton gained the championship for the third year in succession. The Blues fairly overwhelmed for Glassmen, and if their finishing work had been on a par with their midfield play, the score would have reached well on to double figures. In the initial half Lacey scored two goals, while Mountford scored in the second moiety. Lacey and Pinkney constituted a splendid wing, and were a constant menace to the visitors' goal, while further behind Weller and Stevenson stood out prominent as clever and resourceful defenders. Teams : - Everton: - Berry, goal, Stevenson, and J.C. Bardsley, backs, Allan, Gooda, and Weller half-backs, Pinkney, Lacey, Gourlay, Mountford, and Michaels, forwards. St Helens Town: - Black, goals, Yates, and Peters, backs, Morris, Appleby, and Stott, half-backs, Longford Buff, Barton, Tadur, and Hewitt, forwards.
SIGNING ON PLAYERS.
May 3 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton have signed on a number of players for next season, but there are still some of last season's players whose signatures have not been secured. Amongst the latter are Coleman, Lacey, and Allan. It appears that there is a difference between Coleman and the club. A big offer is reported to been made by Fulham for the transfer, but it is though unlikely that he will go to that organisation. The following players have signed: - William and Walter Scott, and Berry; Clifford, Macconnachie, Balmer, Meunier, and J.C. Bardsley; Harris, Taylor, Makepeace, Borthwick, and Weller; A. Berry, Pinkney, White, Freeman, Young, Turner, Gault, Gourlay, Mountford, Barlow, and Thompson.
EVERTON PLAYER FOR SUNDERLAND
Sunderland Echo-Tuesday 3 May 1910
Yesterday afternoon Mr R. H. Kyle, the Sunderland secretary, secured the transfer of ''Tim Coleman", the Everton inside right forward. Coleman has been two seasons with the Everton Club, and has rendered them excellent service. He played with the Evertonians when they visited Roker Park few month ago, and pave a remarkablv fine display. Prior to joining Everton. Coleman was a member of the Woolwich Arsenal team, and earned a high reputation in the south as a scorer. While with Woolwich was also capped against Ireland in 1907. The amount the transfer fee is not stated.
COLEMAN LEAVES FOR SUNDERLAND
May 3, 1910. The Liverpool Echo
REVIEWING THE SEASON.
Coleman was yesterday afternoon transferred to Sunderland F.C.
Here we have a surfeit of Cup-tie fare. The Everton club has in recent years been fighting incessantly, once the Cup has been set going, for possession of “the tin pot” and one begins to inquire. Is it not high time that Everton, with all its resources and finance, won the League. The League, after all, stands for all that is best in football being the hardest means of finding the best club in the country during the season. It is an age since Everton won the League, and then their success was not of the greatest moments, because the League was they a small affair, with few clubs as members. Come, Everton, the League if you please. The club has on in whole had an admirable season, that is combining Cup with League matches, and running between the two fences the club has been perpleased as to how best to keep both going smoothly, and the selections to may way of thinking, has shown ability in the selectors' minds, and a due appreciation of the heavy work failing upon their first team men. The Blue blood was prominers in the cup series by good victories over Woolwich Arsenal, Middlesbrough, and Sunderland, and then came their end before a team that could hardly help winning at Old Trafford. Their Cup tie defeat was not a disgrace. Whereas Liverpool called from eighteen men for the first team, Everton took in thirty players, this being due in some cases to regular members being injured, but more particularly through cup ties and the consequent postponement of League fixtures' till late in April, when matches were played at the “orange” rate of three for seven (days). The goal getting carnality of the Blues has not been pronounced and without a doubt is forward that Everton have been moderately served this season. This forwards have taken forty-six out of the fifty-one goals scored, and Freeman share has been twenty-four (two). Having fixed a high figure of thirty-eight. I think Freeman has been expected to do too much. True he has at times played in like his speedy self, but remember that in the last season he has given passes across to the wings, the like of which he never gave a season before, also remember that the record score led to men and not a man. Coleman whose appearances were few were features of the five scored five, the inside forwards did not shine in, White got four (Six), Young scored twice, so did A. Berry, Mountford and Gourlay
Macconachie, Makepeace, and Val Harris appeared regularly for Everton. In goal William Scott has had one of his best seasons from a playing point of view. His injury was a most unfortunate affair. At back the “finding” of Bob Clifford and the first the sterling work of Robert Balmer and later the class form of Macconnachie made the defence reliable against all corners. The half-backs line has lived up to Everton's tradition, which was strength if you like, Jack Taylor, Makepeace, and Harris have always been “they if wanted” and they were required as often as possible. Borthwick, Pratt, Lacey, Allan, Gourley, Stevenson, Weller, and the amateur Bardsley, have shown ability when promoted to the first team and with Pinkney there is a smart outside right to follow Sharp, as well as Mr. Arthur Berry. By the way the man (he is aged twenty five years). I should imagine who played for Everton at centre half on Saturday Goode the Birmingham Trams representative, I saw him at green lane Athletic ground last year, and remarks at the time that he was the business. Inquiry however, said that he would not sign for any League club.
Llewellyn Davie signs for Everton
Hull Daily Mail -Tuesday 10 May 1910
Llewellyn Davies, Wrexham, the Welsh international left half-back, has signed a professional form for Everton. He played as an amateur until last season, when signed a professional form for Wrexham, and was elected captain the senior team of that club, was capped for all three last season's internationals,, and has also played for his country in previous years in the amateurs, as well as the usual international matches. During last j season Davies played in his best form. Prior joining the professionals Davies wai a Northern Nomad.
WELSH INTERNATIONAL FOR EVERTON.
May 10, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Llewelyn Davies, Wrexham, the Welsh International left half-back, has signed a professional form for Everton. Davies played as an amateur until last season, when he signed a professional form for Wrexham. He was capped for all three of last season's Internationals, and has also played for his country in previous years, both in the ordinary International and amateur matches.
CHARLIE IS BOOKED FOR BOLTON WANDERERS.
Dundee Evening Telegraph -Thursday 12 May 1910
Negotiations Almost Completed.
Our Aberdeen correspondent telephones today; I have it on the authority that Charlie O'Hagan 'has not only decided leave Aberdeen but that the transaction for his transfer has been practically completed. The Bolton Wanderers Executive have been in communication with the Aberdeen officials, who are now resigned to the fact that they are to lose the services of O'Hagan. Other First League olubs were after O'Hagan, who has a fixed transfer Bolton applied for his services in the middle of the season, but Aberdeen refused negotiate, and O'Hagan felt incumbent to Bolton. Fulham would have liked O'Hagan's signature, and would City. O'Hagan should do well Bolton. He has seen service in other English teams, including Everton, Tottenham, and Middlesbrough. is clever plaver, one of the best inside men that has ever represented Ireland in international exchanges.
GAINSBOROUGH FORWARD FOR EVERTON
Sheffield Daily Telegraph-Friday May 13 1910
Edward Magner, one of Gainsbrough Trinity's last season's centre forwards, has been transferred to Everton. Magner, who is 22 years of age, had not the best of health while associated with Trinity, but several times showed good form. In the previous season he scored 63 goals for West Hartlepool Expansion
EXTER SIGN PRATT
Manager Chadwick has been successful in signing on a right half-back, named Pratt, who was last season with Everton playing in their Combination side.
J. Crelly will, in all probability, return to Everton, the managership of one of their minor League teams having been offered him.
Cuff and Kirkwood in Scotland
Athletic News - Monday 16 May 1910
- Everton Designs –The Everton Secretary, Mr. W.C. Cuff, has been prospecting during the week in the east, he has secured Magner, the Gainsborough centre-forward, and (writes Junius) I understand that an international outside-left, a League centre half-back and a famous Scottish player are the objectives of Mr. Cuff’s mission.
- Penalties awarded in League season 1909-10 in all clubs was 224 penalties, with 148 scored and 76 missed, Sharp scored 2 in the League and one in cup not included, and Harry Makepeace scored two, Everton scoring 100 percent of spot kicks.
Dundee Evening Telegraph -Wednesday 18 may 1910
Representatives from Everton, Messrs Cuffe and Kirkwood—the latter at one time played for East Stirlingshire, but is now a Director at Liverpool—were given permission by Falkirk to approach Jocky Simpson, tho famous outside right, but they were unsuccessful in their objective, and had to leave without any business • being done. Almost immediately thereafter it was announced that Simpson was to remain at Falkirk, probabh because the terms given him there were better than those promised him in the South
Parker's Sudden Change.
Dundee Perth, Forfar, and Fife's People Journal-Sunday 8 May 1915
How many are aware that Bobby Parker was almost a Third Lanark player before Rangers signed the present Everton centre forward? He was on the point of being fixed up for Cathkin when he changed his mind at the very last moment. What a star we missed, eh? Mr. Tarbat had heard of the Possil boy's prowess, and soon had him at Cathkin for a trial. After the game Bobby was called up the stair. Everything seemed be going smoothly; the cash, forms, and terms were all right; but our Directors were flabbergasted when Parker laid down the pen dry. “I don't want to sign,” he kept repeating, then bolted down the stairs. Bobby afterwards told that he was seized with a sort of panic. His whole thoughts had been centred in the game had just finished, and I often think he would have been a "Warrior ” had he time for a little longer reflection such weighty subject for a young player.
FOUR HOURS' PLEADING.
Dundee Perth Journal-May 16 1914
Mr. Cuffe's Most Eventful Man-Hunt."
SIGNING BROTHERS WILSON.
I've met Mr. W. C. Cuff, the capable Everton manager, who has made such big capture Galt, quite few times of late. I thought his experiences in his search for talent might be interesting. I wasn't disappointed, most exciting man-hunt?” repeated Mr. Cuffe. Substitute eventful' for exciting,' and I fancy was when I signed the brothers George and David Wilson a few years ago. . Happened like this: Everton wanted the two 'Tynecastle footballers—and you know the saying that when the Goodison Park people want certain players they usually get them. Well, to Edinburgh Mr. Dan Kirkwood and I travelled —not once, but four times, ere got anything like a good chance to talk to our men.
Our Quarry “Warned”
“And had some talking do, I tell you; in fact, it only after an hour's eloquent persuasion that induced the players to enter hotel with us! Our chief obstacle was the fact that our mission had leaked out, and the Tynescastle supporters had got at' our quarry —actually made them promise to have nothing to do with us! However, once inside the hotel thought the battle was won. But, upon word, it had only begun! For four mortal hours we coaxed, cajoled, flattered, and the tale' as it never was told before. And all to purpose, as were beginning to think.
What Did the Trick. “
Just when -we were beginning up hope the Citadel capitulated. That subtle argument, you won't be away forever, you know, and a few hours can take you home you don't like it,' &c., did the trick—plus the bawbees,' course. Naturally, Kirkwood and I were jubilant over the result—but Phil Kelso and at least a couple of Glasgow managers weren't! I must say that had I been alone the job I would have failed; but the fact that there were two of us pleading for hours at a stretch strengthened each of us considerably. Moral support, I would term it—but shut your notebook, arid come and have a snack went.
EVERTON'S SOUND POSITION
Athletic News - Monday 30 May 1910
The Everton club issued their balance sheet ON Saturday last, and a profit of £434 16s. 1d.is thereon disclosed. This amount may seem somewhat insignificant for organization like the Goodison Park club, which usually reckons its profit in thousands of pounds, but there is an item on the expenditure side which explains the figures. For special outlay on improvement of ground amount of £45600 has been written down, this with the exception of players wages and transfer fees being the biggest item In the expenditure column. The total Income of the club amounted to the huge sum of £19,278 2s. 2d. made up principally from gate receipts, £15,620 2s, 7d; proceeds of away matches, £2,828 I8s 5d. and season tickets, £502 Is. 6d. Last year the gate receipts amounted to £15,012 7s. 5d.; away matches, £748 6s. 5d. and season tickets, £473 1s, 6d; and the total income this season exceeds that of twelve months ago by £2,712 0s. 10d. Expenses in addition to the item of nearly £5,000 already mentioned, include players' wages and transfer fees, £5,885 17s. 6d benefit matches, £1,000: gate division to visitors, £1,577 4s, 11d, travelling expenses, £1,016 4s, 1d; training expenses and trainers wages, £520 15s, 9d; the total being £18,843 6s. 1d. the club is enabled to carry forward to the credit of their profit and loss account £19,468 2s, 11d. After having written off for demolition and depreciation of stands, etc, the sum of £8,461 2s, 3d.
CHILDREN AFRAID OF THUNDER.
Dundee Evening Telegraph-Monday 6 June 1910
Panic Narrowly Averted at Liverpool. Rain spoiled what would have been a magnificent spectacle provided the elementary school children of Liverpool. Their annual Empire Day festival is now among the recognised institutions of the city. Just as the display was getting into its swing a thunderstorm swept the Everton football enclosure, the stands of which -were packed with thousands of spectators. Everyone in the open, the lightly-clad children, the pipees of the Liverpool Scottish, the buglers and trumpeters from Seaforth Barracks, the boys from the Akbar Nautical School, and others were sent hurrying to shelter, thus spoiling an imposing memorial group—" Edward the Peacemaker," made of children. The rest of the programme had to be abandoned, but the thunder and lightning had an alarming effect on the children, and one time a panic was imminent. A body of police was drafted among the thousands of youngsters, and succcoded in calming their fears, which were further allayed by sending a boys' band among them.
CHILDREN AFRAID OF THUNDER.
Dundee Evening Telegraph -Monday 6 June 1910
Panic Narrowly Averted at Liverpool.
Rain spoiled what would have been a magnificent spectacle provided the elementary school children of Liverpool. Their annual Empire Day festival is now among the recognized institutions of the city. Just as the display was getting into its swing a thunderstorm swept the Everton football enclosure, the stands of which -were packed with thousands of spectators. Everyone in the open, the lightly-clad children, the pipes of the Liverpool Scottish, the buglers and trumpeters from Seaforth Barracks, the boys from the Akbar Nautical School, and others were sent hurrying to shelter, thus spoiling an imposing memorial group—" Edward the Peacemaker," made of children. The rest of the programme had to be abandoned, but the thunder and lightning had an alarming effect on the children, and one time a panic was imminent. A body of police was drafted among the thousands of youngsters, and succeeded in calming their fears, which were further allayed by sending a boys' band among them.
NEW PLAYERS FOR EVERTON
Sheffield Daily Telegraph –Tuesday 7 June 1910
At the annual meeting of the Everton F.C yesterday, Secretary Cuff announced that two new players had been signed, in Robert Young, the Middleborough centre-half, and David Thompson, full back, of Glasgow. The latter is 23, and stands at 5ft 9ins
NEW EVERTON PLAYER
June 7, 1910 Sheffield Daily Telegraph
At the annual meeting of the Everton F.C. yesterday, Secretary Cuff announced the two new players had been signed in Robert Young, the Middlesbrough centre-half and David Thompson full back of Glasgow, he is 23 years old and stands 5ft ins.
June 7, 1910. The Liverpool Echo.
YOUNG OF MIDDLESBROUGH AND THOMSON SIGNED.
“CLUB WASHING DAY.”
The despair of the football and cricket pressmen is a frequent similarity of nomenclature. In Lancashire cricket we have no fewer than four Tydesley, who have to be carefully distinguished. Now the Everton Football Club are providing us with two of everything. Looking over the list of players one finds no fewer than four names duplicated. There are Llew Davies, the Welsh international, and W. Davies, William Scott, and Walter Scott, Athur Berry, and C.H. Berry, “Sandy” Young, and Robert Young, Frank Thompson, and David Thomson. After the secretary, M. W. C. Cuff, had been harangued at some length by several shareholders at last evening annual meeting, in more or less probably less lurid fashion, the official inamation was made that Robert Young of Middlesbrough, and David Thomson of Port Glasgow Athletic had been signed. There was no demonstration; rather more potent perhaps was the impressive silence with which the announcement was greeted. It showed palpably that whatever, their grievances in regard to the current years accurate were, they had perhaps confidence in the directors, and accepted the new players with not a little inward gratification. In these hard times of securing class players Everton's success is pleasing to directors, shareholders, and supporters of the club in general. By the way the “Echo” scored last night by exclusively announcing in a special edition at none o'clock the captures made by the club. It was manifest that the directors are eager to please the Liverpool public of whom some very nice things were said. The public were thanked for their whole-hearted support, and were assured that so far as it lies in the power of the directors the Everton club will ever hold a high place among the football clubs of the British Isles. In the matter of accommodation they continue to give people who visit their ground comfort and consideration, which, it must be acknowledged, has ever been the policy of the club. Now the offices were no more satisfied with the club's League position than the ordinary supporter, and they anxiety to improve it is reflected in the laters signatures. They had an eye on the Middlesbrough centre half for some time, but negotiations were postponed. Young is a robust hard working type of half-back; a player who goes the full ninety-minutes. Strongly built, he, of the ruddy complexion, should do his new masters a vast amount of good. Though a diligent purveyor of neat forward passes, the Tees-siders excels, in breaking up the best-intentioned attacks. Thomson, of Port Glasgows Athletic, who was signed on Saturday, is a full back of distinct promise. Scottish critics have prognosticated after him a successful future. Thomson stands about 5ft 9ins, and is a versatile player being at home at centre forward, inside right, or either half back position.
Mr. Cuff in presenting his report said they had a most successful financial result of the season's working. Handsome as that result was they were convinced that it would have been better had it not been for two regrettable incidents, the action of the players Union in August last, and the unfortunate accidents to Taylor and Scott in the replayed semi-final at Manchester. The action of the players, in common with those of other clubs in going out on strike on the eve of the commencement of the season created considerable agriation in the minds of supports and the attendance's were most disappointing. Yet notwithstanding these rearly rebuffs and the moderate poution held by the first team in the League table throughout the season, the gate receipts had aggregated no less a sum than £15,620 –some £600 in excess of that of last season. The increase, together with the amount received in away matches, was of course due to their success in the English Cup competition, their financial share of which they had been unable to determine. They would remember that during the season 1908-09 several of their then players were advantageously disposed of, and thereby they were enabled to place a sum of £600 to the credit of the wages account. There was expenditure to £4,500 on the terracing on the north, south and west sides of the ground, and they were fortunate in being able to pay such a large item out of revenue. No less a sum than £8,461 had been written off the value of the stands, and erections, and not withstanding this deduction they had the very substantial balance of assets over liabilities amounting to nearly £20,000- a position unapproached by any other clubs in the British Isles (applause). They had succeeded in the Lancashire Cup, while the Combination team jointly held with Liverpool the Liverpool Senior Cup. They had also established a record by winning the Lancashire Combination Cup three years in succession, and six times in all (applause). A number of questions were answered satisfactorily. Mr. Cuff estimating in reply to the shareholders that approximately £19,000 had been spent on the Goodison road side of the ground in the last five years. There were one or two amusing interrogations but nothing richer than the suggested that in ending the balance sheet, retiring directors should be starred and those offering themselves for re-election should have a dagger put beside. (Loud laughter). Mr. Cuff announced the players signed on for next season. The following is the full list. Goalkeepers, William Scott, Walter Scott, H. Berry, and Rogers Jones, backs, R. Clifford, J. Macconnachie, R. Balmer, W. Stevenson, J.B. Meunier, J.C. Bardsley, and David Thomson. Half-backs, V. Harris, J.D. Taylor, H. Makepeace, J. Allan, R. Young, J. Borthwick, L.C. Weller, W. Davies, and Llew Davies, Forwards, E. Pinkney, W. White, B. Freeman, A. Young, R. Turner, W. Michaels, W. Lacey, T. Jones, W. Gault, J. Gourlay, H. Mountford, J. Carlisle, E. Magner, A. Berry, G. H. Barlow, and Frank Thompson.
THE POSTPONED LIVERPOOL PAGEANT,
Yorkshire Post -Friday 10 June 1910
(From our Special Correspondent.)
It was at first feared there was small likelihood of presenting on later day those important features of the children's Empire display which had to be abandoned at Liverpool last Saturday on account of the heavy thunderstorm. But elementary teachers are optimists. They will tell you they have to be, to succeed in their profession, to make life tolerable. In addition, they possess as rule very kind hearts and genius for prompt organization. That explains why, after it had been formally decided not to tempt fate again this year making second effort exhibit a pageant of Empire, they held an inner chamber conference, and quietly decided otherwise. Contrary to expectations they found that, the directors of the Everton Football Club were able as well willing to grant them more the use of the Goodison Park ground, and the various schools in the city were once notified that the postponed display would take place yesterday. Whereat there was much rejoicing among many thousands of children. But it was a near thing after all. The Committee barely managed to cheat the weather. Splutterings of rain alternated with bursts of warm sunshine during the afternoon, and then, ten minutes before the culminating point of the spectacle, lowering clouds and a sudden chill in the atmosphere immediately presaged the steady downpour of rain in which the proceedings came to end. Postponed events of this kind have a way of missing fire. Usually the imagination is but feebly stirred on the second time of asking. But there was such sign yesterday. Least 30,000 people visited Goodison Park, and they manifestly enjoyed the full the very delightful spectacle provided for them by 3,000 children. First of all, there entered the arena, to the slow music played a brass band of solemn-faced little boys from an industrial school, what was described on the programme as the Empire pageant. This was a picturesque procession of nearly thousand boys and girls, in successive groups representing in costume familiar personages and incidents the national history, illustrating with charming naiveté those fairy tales that never grow old, and with radiant colours recalling the best-loved English flowers. Many of the costumes were beautifully made, with such astonishing attention detail that one admired the resourceful ingenuity of the teacher in making use of the limited means disposal. bather Neptune and a number of light-footed sea nymphs led the way to suggest, of course, dominating idea, what owe to the sea, and then followed in gorgeous apparel Britannia symbolizing the spirit of the nation—and long line of historical personages, with mid-Victorian and starchy John Bull who reminded us of that, person of whom it was said that had the air his own statue erected by public subscription—in the centre. A low murmur of appreciation arose upon the entry of a group of tall, white-robed girls who, in memory of the late King, offered an allegorical picture each. The human flowers, too, were very popular. There was a glorious display of blushing roses. warming the green coolness”— not to mention rich profusion of violets, sweet peas, harebells, tulips, sunowersy fuchsias, and apple-blossom, and smiling flower queen nearly smothered roses and lilies. But most, deeply we fell over I of idea daffodil,' a. platen of dainty little girls whose green dresses supplied the stalks, and who carried aloft the yellow drooping cups magnified many times (in paper). Then there were tableaux of Robin Hood and' his merry men in Lincoln green ; of Rip Van Winkle and his friends in Sleepy Hollow ; of 80-Peep, followed two sheep, full possession of their tails normally situated ; of Sleeping Beauty—still as marble, and her fair hair lying negligently across her pillow—tenderly rne rich litter by respectful but perspiring pages ; of little Snow White and the seven dwarfs; of the Magic Swan which, you will remember, all were ok fast who touched it; The Merchant of Venice'' court scene, showing a Shylock of most horrific aspect: Red Riding Hood, Aladdin, Old King Cole, and nearly all the pleasant tribe that inhabits Nursery land, even to the spider which sat down beside Miss Muffet, a, '' and ' Girls, happily burdened with cherry blossom, paid a pretty compliment to “Sunrise Land,” and an e ectne tableau was that depicting the incident at the capture of Calais when Queen Philippa pleads for the six rich burgesses. There the gallant six were the life—halters, ehirte, and bare feet—and hey as if they enjoyed the degradation. The eau of the Pied Piper of Hamelin was an ambitious one, and screams of laughter were excited by the misicvous rats; “brown rats, black rats, grey rats, tawny rata”—no, not “grave old plodders.” They wore all gay young friskers,” and it. Was their “cock, mg tails poking whiskers,” they made before Britannia that caused the fun. For t second time within a week Britannia was escorted by the throne in front of the pavilion by the Lord Liverpool (Alderman W, H. Williams), but occasion she had not make undignified on account of the weather. The proosson passed slowly round the arena and before the throne, then the different groups took stationary positions different parts of the ground, harmonious colour scheme, the beauty of it , was heightened by the bright sunshine. I was originally intended that these tableaux iou remain setting to the scene that was °when the formation of living Union Jack, but the space available was not large enough make this easy, and accordingly the daffodils, the dwarfs, the rats and the were marched off yield place to the army, two thousand strong, sturdy boys and girls, in costumes of red, white, and blue, who stepped briskly on to the ground at the bugle-call. Marching with clock-work precision until the centre of the arena was reached, they then spread out in formation a huge Octangular figure, and the word command from daring young man standing the roof of one of the pavilions, they treated the spectators to an exhibition of physical drill which, performed on large scale and in that extended disposition, gave a most delightful effect of rhythmic motion. Bodies red, white, and blue swept with the regularity of pendulums this way and that, arms of red, white, and blue shot out and in as if moved single impulse, and little feet twinkled “at the double” in perfect unison. Scarcely a hand or foot made mistimed movement. Was a striking demonstration in youthful discipline? All once, the young battalions came “attention,” y saw quick flickering movement in the ranks, and before you had realized how the transformation had been accomplished there was living Union Jack before you, a monster of fellow, with all the colours and their exact direction accurately delineated, and alone side him a gigantic G and on the other an equally gigantic R.” At the same instant, amid general cheering, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool unfurled the Union Jack on the flag-staff before the pavilion. The units of the living flag, bending as on© with gradual descant so low as to suggest that the great flag was fluttering gently earth, bowed in salute before the unfurled Union Jack, and then sang with inspiriting fervour verse the National Anthem. This patriotic climax to the well-planned and pleasing display was reached just in time, for rain was now falling fast, and the children had be hurried off at high speed.
Athletic News - Monday 13 June 1910
Everton have signed on Young, the centre half-back of Middlesbrough. They have also secured the transfer of Thomson of Port Glasgow Athletic, a full-back of promise.
Athletic News - Monday 13 June 1910
The Liverpool Football Club has sustained two losses during the past week in the death of Alderman E. Walker, and Alex Nesbit, who were connected with the Anfield team after the breakaway from Everton. Mr. Nesbit, was one of the most interesting individuals that one could possibly wish to meet. He was formerly connected with Everton as the secretary in the old days, but subsequently transferred his affections to the newly-organised Liverpool Club. For some months he had been ailing and his decease came as no surprise. Alderman Walker expired suddenly at Harrogate. He was born in the Pottery district, and always followed the Liverpool team when they journey into Staffordshire.
Athletic News - Monday 20 June 1910
The other day we heard of the death of Mr. Alex Nisbit, who was one of the men who met on march 15, 1892 to form the Liverpool club.
EVERTON’S NEW CAPTAIN
Athletic News - Monday 27 June 1910
Harry Makepeace has been chosen captain of the Everton League team for next season, with John Macconnachie second in command. These changes have been occasioned by the retirement of Jack Sharp.