EVERTON V. LIVERPOOL
April 1, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Fourth Meeting This Season of the City's Big Clubs
Capital Day And Game
“Bees” Comment and chat –Upon Matters Of Important
Great Goalkeeping Stroke By Taylor
It is with deep regret, I announce the death of Mrs William Balmer, the former Everton and England full back has our sympathies.
Locally the teams were stronger than for a moth past. Liverpool had Pagnam and Pinkney back, and Everton had Wareing, Brown, and they strongest forward line. It was the fourth meeting of the teams and as Liverpool had three times been successful, Everton were naturally keen to wipe off the slate one of the black marks.
The day was gloriously fine and a great game –clean and keen as is the rule when Everton and Liverpool meet –was looked for by a crowd of probably 20,000 strong. Everton:- Fern, goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and Wareing, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson, Clennell and Roberts, forwards. Liverpool: - Taylor, goal; Longsworth and Middlehurst, backs; Bamber, Goddard and McKinlay, half-backs; Pinkney, Watson, Pagnam, Metcalfe, and Cunliffe, forwards.
Glad There Was a Strike
A party of 130 wounded Canadians soldiers were among the stand spectators. They were to have sailed home today, but the docking strike prevented this, and while the U.P.R not about entertaining these brave fellows. Everton helped them considerably by inviting the party to the match. What a game is football. Imagine it –football while there is a war on. you've heard those phrases frequently. The spirit knowns not one bit of the leisure of Tommy and Jack. They want football to go on. Harrison had been unwell during the week and Roberts the sandy haired Welshman made his first appearance of the season. Liverpool by winning the toss made Everton face a griming sun. Immediately Middlehurst made a brilliant intervention and McKinlay and Cunliffe forced the ball over to Pinkney who, though quick to sent behind his shot. This opened the way for Chedgzoy a dribble. In a trice Roberts centred a fine square centre, too far out from the goalkeeper and over the heads of the full back, and so great were the exchanges and Everton showed much enterprise and no hesitation in front of goal. For instance Clennell shot instance, and with a free kick, Chedgzoy made a shot such as Evertonians used to see from Jack Sharp's foot, so swift and true was the shot, and Taylor was fully alive to the nature of the charge which Chedgzoy made. For a long spell Everton had the better of matters and it was well that the Liverpool defence held up strong. At this point Williamson was damaged in collision when running to take up one of Chedgzoy's sweet centres. So far Referee Heath had found the game easy to control and this was in keeping with the experience of Harldy Taylor and other referee who have had the pleasure of officiating in these. The crowd must have numbered fully 25,000 and they give applause to Wareing, Goddard, Simpson and Clennell for especially tasty brim of football. The last named player wrenched his left knee rather badly when he was pitched forward in the penalty area. He seemed to be certain to score when he was closed in upon backs and half backs, and his pace was so pronounced that the slightest touch of the leg meant Clennell would reach the turf.
Clean Derby Ties
Liverpool came to their own a bit after this but McKinlay was not playing a confident game against Chedgzoy and Kirsopp, and with Fleetwood seeing that Pagnam did nothing more than put the ball out to the wing, the Liverpool right wing was not the picture. Everton continued to play superior football and make the major portion of the attacks. Everton enjoyed nine-tenth of the attack, the number of shots was strangely poor in number and quality. Chedgzoy was quit the most prominent forward on the field, and once when he swept past McKinlay and Middlehurst the ball was put towards goal and Taylor made an unusual error failing to pick up at the first chance. It was a dangerous situation and the ball was smuggled away. Bamber was too inclined to dribble today and with Middlehurst taking a risk a corner was Everton's luck. This was insidiously taken by Roberts and muddied away by Liverpool whose right wing showed glimpse of true form. Pinkney winding up a shade wide. Pagnam headed to goal and a minute from half time Wareing after two thrills, but the ball out to Chedgzoy who although outside was allowed to proceed nearly half the length of the field. Taylor stood between him and the goal. The Balmorals men advanced some yards of his goal adjusted his jersey and when Chedgzoy rammed in a most powerful shot, Taylor shot out both hands and the ball cannoned high into the air and over the goal. It was a marvellous piece of goalkeeping and friend and foe generously applauded the only Liverpool player on the Anfield side.
Half-time; Everton 0. Liverpool 0.
In brief the first half had been a triumph for Liverpool's defence, and the best player had been Taylor, Chedgzoy, Wareing Longsworth, Fleetwood, and Goddard. There was a lot of discriminate pasting when the game was resumed. Pinkney opened cleverly but finished poor and Cunliffe, who had been out of the picture for some time, joined –Metcalfe in a nice bout of passing. Again the finish was without tangible result. Watson was wild, and out of place, but after Kirsopp had a nice long cross-shot Watson touched a high mark by shooting in brilliantly after he had been grounded. His chance came after Pinkney centre that was put far too close to the goalkeeper's reach. Cunliffe went near and Chedgzoy nearer, Chedgzoy by following it up, collared a Middlehurst punt. Away he went but Longsworth came to his comrade's aid and proved himself impassable. Liverpool had started with a rash but it was not long before Everton resumed their attacking ways and Taylor's big punches were necessary to prevented a goal. The pace slowed somewhat, but their was plenty of Fire in the proceedings, especially when Middlehurst impede Chedgzoy twice. Pagnam continued to be held up just as Williamson was but the time came when the Liverpool centre took a free kick and found his way blocked as usual. However, Pagnam was encouraged a little, and he sent the left wing away smartly. Clennell was wide with a free kick, and a hot shot from the same foot-sailed high over. His right wing, however, became curiously mix.
EVERTON V LIVERPOOL
April 1, 1916. The Evening Express.
Fourth Meeting This Season.
“Blues” In Form.
Ideal Conditions At Goodison Park
By the Judge.
For the fourth time this season, and with still two further meetings awaiting them, Everton and Liverpool meet at Goodison Park this afternoon under Ideal conditions, a perfect spring day gracing the event. The three games hitherto played between the pair have all resulted in favour of the Anfield team, whose trio of successive were as follows:-
November 27, 1915, 4-1
December 27, (war friendly) 5-2
February, 16 1-0
The two latter games were played at Goodison Park, where the concluding meeting of the season between the teams will take place on behalf of the Lord Mayor’s Roll of Honour Fund and for the Lord Major’s medals.
State Of The Chart.
The position of affairs in the Southern Group of this supplementary series saw both since undefeated up to day’s meeting. As regards the teams there was little to say about them, except that they were to be regarded as at full strength. Mr. W.J. Heath was in command and the following players turned out:- Everton:- Fern, goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and Wareing, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson, Clennell and Roberts, forwards. Liverpool: - Taylor, goal; Longsworth and Middlehurst, backs; Bamber, Goddard and McKinlay, half-backs; Pinkney, Watson, Pagnam, Metcalfe, and Cunliffe, forwards. There was every indication of a season’s record so far as the gate was concerned, and the teams were taxed to their utmost capacity in conveying including spectators to the ground. The Khaki element was in evidence. Everton had to take the field without the services of Harrison, who was quite unfit to appear, and whose place was taken by Roberts, who has been playing previously for Tranmere Rovers. The Liverpool team was as announced, and the sides took the field under perfect conditions.
Blues Loss The Toss.
Everton, who were first out, lost the toss, but Liverpool played with the sun in their favour. The game opened briskly, Everton attacking on the right and Middlehurst kicking away well, enabling the Anfielders to set up a beautiful attack on the right wing. This was, however, speedily cleared and Chedgzoy rushing to the other end got in a sparkling shot from which Taylor brought off a perfect save. Play remained full of life, the Everton forwards showing the speedier, and the more dangerous footwork. A free kick to the Blues well over the centre line caused some anxiety, Chedgzoy getting in one of his best centres and enabling Williamson to shoot. But Longworth intercepted the effort. The Liverpool back was immediately afterwards penalised not far from the penalty line, but Taylor saved a direct drive in splendid style. Through the sun was strongly against them the Everton attack set the disadvantage quite at nought, and the home team were practically monopolising the play, Chedgzoy always being a particularly dangerous force.
The passing of the home front rank was very rapid and accurate, and the Anfield defenders had to be very vigilant in looking after their goal. Taylor was called upon to stop a long header by Williamson. He had no difficulty in doing so, and on the left, trying to change the scene, Watson was pulled up for offside. A stoppage was caused by an injury to Williamson, received as he was dashing to take a centre from Chedgzoy, but he soon resumed, and although Liverpool were soon afterwards awarded a free kick they were unable to make any material headway, the home side still monopolising the play, an dip to now having their opponents completely held. A beautiful passing movement by the Everton forward with Chedgzoy as its initiator saw the Liverpool goal in dire jeopardy. Clennell rushed in at terrific speed, and was tripped when he almost had the goal at his mercy. The referee allowed him to go on and the ball was carried outside, whilst Clennell as the result of his fall, was clean knocked out for a few moments. Liverpool experienced the narrowest escapes, in the world from a penalty, and they were distinctly fortunate.
Game Opened Out.
A lovely long pass by Pagnam to Cunliffe opened out the game but the Everton goal was not unduly threatened and after the visiting centre had again tried to give his side a footing in his opponents half, Everton again took up the argument and Chedgzoy brought Taylor into action with a shot at close quarters. Following a corner conceded by Middlehurst, Longsworth palpably handled in dangerous proximity to the penalty line, but nothing resulted, Williamson eventually shooting wide. A splendid kick by Simpson easily drove the Reds back when they attempted to get away and play for a period remained in midfield though Everton, who were the most forceful of the two sides, soon again took up the attack. Chedgzoy being just too high with a fine shot from long range. Towards the interval the Everton attack put in some wonderful work, although they were never able to achieve the desired climax. The Liverpool halves and backs experienced a gruelling time, but they struck gallantly to their work against a vanguard which never allowed them a moment’s rest. The most dangerous forward on the Anfielders’ side was Pinkney from whom Pagnam made several promising openings, but otherwise the Reds centre forward was not allowed to have his usual individual opportunities.
Clean Sheet at Interval.
Liverpool established themselves in the home half just before the interval was sounded, but they were easily held off, and the teams crossed over with a clean sheet, although Everton had been altogether the more active and better combined force. Right on the interval Taylor brought off a wonderful save. Chedgzoy with only the goalkeeper to beat, driving in with terrific force, Taylor shot up his hands with wonderfully judged precision, and the ball went over for a fruitless corner. The Liverpool goalkeeper was deservedly cheered for an altogether remarkable save. The spectators were calling for half-time all round the ground, but the referee played on, and the changeover was affected with allowing for stoppages at the right moment with a blank sheet.
Half-Time; Everton Nil, Liverpool Nil.
The Second Half.
Liverpool were the first to attack on resuming, their left wing forcing the pace, but the effort proved harmless, and Roberts was soon away on the opposite wing, Longsworth leaving no difficulty in dealing with him. Williamson tried to get through, but was charged off the ball, and the Reds came again with each wing in operation in turn. The home defenders were, however, very vigilant though once Wareing found himself penalised. The hurriedness, however, with which Pagnam took the free kick to the extent, nullified the advantage to his side. Kirsopp tried a flying shot, which passed just wide of the objective, with Taylor anxiously following the flight of the ball. A free kick to Everton was easily cleared by Middlehurst, and Fern was called upon to deal with a perfectly aimed shot from Pinkney.
Liverpool Snow Up Better.
Liverpool were showing up much better, and Watson with a drive of terrific force skimmed the bar the merest fraction.
An ideal day for football, with the attendance quite in keeping with the meeting of our two great local rivals. What’s to happen? Can the Reds keep up their sequence of victories and do it on their near neighbours for the fourth time in succession? Wait and see! Here they come. Twenty-two strapping young fellows, bent on playing the game as it should be played, and moreover, quite for the sake of the sport. Well, the opening must have satisfied all. The spectators loves to see fast end to end play, with the men showing some ideal of a finish. And the latter essential quality was there. Simpson was just a shade lucky in intercepting a ground pass from Everton’s left. It looked odds on Pinkney getting there. But what of Chedgzoy? Has ever a ball been taken neater and yards saved thereby than when he scooped with his left and tore ahead, finally to put in a brilliant centre. The movements was stamped with the hall-mark of class and Taylor can surely bear this out, for his best interceptive effort was required to save the situation.
Though both sides were serving up capital footwork, the Blues were just now just a shade the better side. Still they were unable to make tangible use of their superiority. Chedgzoy again, alert and aggressive. But Middlehurst was on his trial this time and saved the situation. Pagnam going at last. But like most aggressive centre forwards, he had been kept under the wing of Tommy Fleetwood. Play still delightfully interesting and fast and the big gathering of spectators were hugely delighted with the open run of the game. Likely finishing, however seemed to come Everton’s way, and as a general rule Chedgzoy was mostly concerned. On one occasion he had McKinlay and Middlehurst in turn, and centre perfectly on the run, but Williamson was forcibly knocked off, and play was suspended for a minute or so.
A moment later, the Blues appeared certain scorers, but the inside men overdid the finesse business, what time Arthur Goddard stepped in and changed the venue. However, they came again, and did better this time. Still, Taylor was not called upon. But what concerning Clennell’s run through? McKinlay was in the way, and most folk were under the impression that a penalty should have been the result thereof. However, nothing came of it and a delightful pass from Metcalf to Pinkney was worthy of better results. Watson and his partner were just now in the limelight, and Simpson had an exciting time, but he came through all right. However, there was always an undercurrent of superiority on the part of the Everton players, and it was the nearest thing in the world that a move from Chedgzoy, after charging down Middlehurst’s kick, did not materialise. Middlehurst paid the compliment to Clennell from a free kick just outside the penalty line and me thinks the particular part of his person must have tingled.
The “Blues” still the more fancied, but Goddard’s artistic touches were invaluable, and moreover his clearance was to the best advantage. The Liverpool forwards had seldom been seen in a winging stride. Their efforts were spasmodic and individual, despite the fact that they were well provided by their halves. Half-time closing in and Fern has not yet been called on. From a direct shot Pinkney, however, came near the mark, and then Fleetwood, as is his wont, tried to demonstrate how forwards should get goals. It was not a success, however, but a smart centre would have exacted toll when Taylor dropped the ball in attempting to clear. What a cheer went up when Chedgzoy crowned some brilliant work by Wareing, and the popular outside right deserved it. Half-time arrived with nothing tangible to show for it, though the Blues had been immeasurably superior in attack. The position redounds greatly to the Stirling ability of the defensive forces arrayed against them.
After The Breather.
Off again! But what a contrast to the opening stages. There was scarcely a gallop, but ‘twill warm up no doubt. Very clever Williamson, but why lose possession at the finish? Play just is resoling itself into a tussle between the respective halves, and none showed better command of the ball than did Wareing. Livening up considerably, and the crowd did their share. Near thing, Kirsopp. It was a beauty. The Reds were now more incisive than at any other period of the game, and there was no finer effort than one from Watson, who skimmed the bar with a shot taken under difficulties. No slackening of effort just now and the Anfield forwards generally have advanced by leaps and bounds as regards concerted movements. Chedgzoy’s solo effort raised Everton’s hopes but wholehearted Longsworth actually outpaced him and placed safely aside.
WILLIAM BALMER DEATH
April 1,1916. The Liverpool Football Echo.
It is with deep regret I announce the death of Mr. William Balmer. The former Everton and England full back.
THE EVERTON DUEL.
April 3, 1916. Evening Express.
Blues Conquer At Last.
By the Judge.
The tremendous crowd-tremendous, that is, for the times in which we at present live and move –which saw Everton and Liverpool indulge in there fourth meeting of the current season at Goodison Park on Saturday were treated to as fine a display of football as the two sides have ever given against each other. As regards the detailed variations of the great game, these have already received ample attention, but much more could indeed, be written of the individual achievement of the men in the course of these strenuous ninety minutes of play. There was the artistry of Chedgzoy, who has never controlled the ball with greater skill or speed; the dour defensiveness of Thompson, the bustling enterprise of Williamson on the one side, with the polished, hefty work of Longsworth, the cat-like agility of Taylor, and the ingenuity of Goddard on the other, to say nothing of the relentless way in which Fleetwood shadowed Pagnam to the extent of reducing him to inertness –all elements which combined to serve the best that football can give. And above all there was the general cleanness of the game, which lived in this respect up to every prior reputation.
Chedgzoy’s general form, stamped as it was with all the artistry of which he is capable entitles him to regarded as the best man of the twenty-two. His work notably in the first half, was of the electrifying order, and his centres went in with unerring accuracy from all angles. Second of the Everton forwards in point of general energy and effectiveness came Williamson who went with the impetus of a bayonet charge for the Liverpool goal Clennell, who had the satisfaction of scoring his side’s single goal, worked well, but more unobtrusively than the other two, and Roberts and he made a good wing, the Tranmere man fully justifying his inclusion. Fleetwood fairly put the search got on Pagnam, who was in no way to blame that he was not the Pagnam of usual kept. Thompson, as usual shone conspicuously, his clearances being effected from all sorts of physical positions. Simpson was an able seconded of his efforts, while Fern was –well, Fern.
The Liverpool defence distinguished itself in the first part sufficient for the entire game, although there was never any slackening in the whole period. Taylor’s ubiquity, as already conveyed, repeatedly stood between the Blues and success, and no chance whatever was offered to him by the shot which brought about Liverpool’s beated undoing. Longsworth worked like a Trojan, while Goddard was always thoroughly in the picture, both in dealing with his opponents’ attacks and in serving out the goods to his forwards. Pinkney and Cunliffe were the most effective of the front rank, and Watson improved as the game developed, one shot of his quite deserving a success which more inches prevented. Pagnam devoted himself more to opening out matters for his wings than towards individual rushes, which were quite out of possibility on Saturday so well was he shepherded. As observed at the outset it was a sparkling struggle, and with the position what it is, we are sure to see two sturdy duels at the outstanding meetings which give the Blues the opportunity of getting “all square”. But they have a big task before them.
EVERTON WIN ON THE POST
April 3, 1916. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton 1, Liverpool 0
Liverpool Beaten in the 87th Minute.
After securing three successive victories over their Everton neighbours this season, in the course of which they had scored 10 goals to their rivals 3, Liverpool had in the 87th minute of a brilliant contest on Saturday to bow the knee by the only goal scored. Excellent and interesting as have the previous encounters been, they were quite placed in the shade by Saturday’s proceedings, which were fought out on the brightest, liveliest, and most sportsmanlike lines. The game reflected the highest credit on everyone concerned, and it was well worthy of the record patronage it commanded, well over 20,000 enthusiasts assembling.
Everton’s Initial Superiority
The first half of the contest saw Everton altogether the superior force. Their forwards were always moving with lightning rapidity, and they were also supported by some useful works by their half-back line. The most conspicuous figure in the very powerful ranks of the Blues was Chedgzoy, who time after time eluded his opponents and got across some remarkable centres, a number of which found their way with deadly accuracy direct to Taylor. The latter repeatedly gave additional evidence of his capabilities as a custodian, and he was also well on hand whenever his services were called into requisition. The fact that they were directly facing the rays of a powerful sun did not cause the slightest uneasiness to the home team who went about all their work with the utmost determination and vigour. Liverpool tried all they knew to stave off the pressure to which they were subjected, but Pagnam, who was always a noticeable figure in the particular direction indicated, was unceasingly watched, though he did occasionally open out matters with long passes to Cunliffe. The chief attempts at attack on the part of the Anfielders came from the two players named, but the Reds were no match so far as the proceedings of the first half went for their neighbours and it was to the emphatic credit of their defence that the Liverpool goal was kept intact. One save, right on the interval accomplished by Taylor must be mentioned, for with Chedgzoy clearly established right in front of him and with a clear shot at goal suffered to and unhesitatingly accepted by the dangerous outside right, the custodian threw up his fist with extraordinary judgement, and placed the ball over the bar for an unproductive corner, the teams changing ends in a state of goalless equality.
It was not at all surprising that after the strenuousness of the first half the pace of the second should show a sign of slackening. But the comparative quietness was not long maintained and the Reds soon showed that whatever ineffectiveness they had shown in the first portion was not their true form. They established themselves in the home half, and Fern found himself a very much desired quantity though he dealt with complete confidence with such demands as were made upon him. The game remained full of variety, and speedy exchanges, but the defence on either side were splendidly resolute, Longsworth being quite a tower of strength on the Liverpool side. Watson once skimmed the Everton bar by barely an inch with a fine drive. On the other hand, Kirsopp got in an almost equally fine effort, but the Liverpool attack was much more incisive than it had been at any previous and the home defence was kept at full stretch, with Thompson and Simpson, notably the former, always displaying an unbroken front. The exchanges went on with unrelaxed variation to the end, and not a dull moment intruded upon the game. There were isolated occasions when the players infused a slight tendency to undue vigour, but there was never any approach to the illegitimate, more enthusiasm creeping in. There was every indication that the teams would finish up their duel on even terms, when along came Clennell with the solitary goal of the game. Everton had set up a particularly virile attack and Williamson had flashed in a shot which evoked an instantaneous and wonderful save and return by Taylor. The ball went across to the other wing where Clennell had advanced to seize on the ball at shooting range. And he shot unnervingly and unhesitatingly with the result that with exactly and only three minutes left of play, Everton had registered the only goal of a splendid game. Result Everton 1, Liverpool 0.
Twenty-two enthusiasts they were that waged such a splendidly attractive battle, and on every hand the game was voted the best of the current series. Of the two goalkeepers, Taylor had the most anxious moments, and he accomplished some quite remarkable clearances. It was desperately hard lines to be beaten, as it were on the post with a shot which certainly he had no earthly opportunity of stopping, after previously accomplishing one of his choicest stoppages. Longsworth gave a splendid exhibition at full back, and never tired in a game of arduous tasks. Goddard was the most prominent of the Liverpool half-backs line, and the honours of the forward rank may be accorded to Pinkney, whose centres, notably in the first half, were the outstanding features of such onslaughts as his side produced. Pagnam was an willing worker, but he was never permitted a moment’s grace, and the dashing, rushing Pagnam’s of familiarity was through no fault of the player himself, a chastened element. On the side of the victors every man played excellently. Thompson was an impassable defender, and he replied his opponents from all angles and positions. Simpson was an able lieutenant, and they had in front of them a formidable trio of half-backs. The home forwards were in great form. Chedgzoy, who was Chedgzoy at his best, and Williamson were the most potent pair, but all did well, and it is only fair to add that Roberts, who was called upon to deputise for Harrison, acquitted himself with emphatic credit.
April 8, 1916. The Football Express.
Blues Enter The Last Lap.
Visit From Manchester U.
A Blank Score Sheet At The Interval.
By The Judge.
With the visit of Manchester United this afternoon Everton may be said to have entered upon the last lap, for the game formed the first of the last three to be played at Goodison Park, the others being Oldham Athletic, and Liverpool –the latter, of course, in connection with the Lord Mayor’s Fund.
There just one item of direct interest, the secretary reporting that the Emergency Committee of the F.A, had decided that the resolution of the Council of July 19, 1915, should be extended until further orders. The resolution refereed to are briefly:-
1. That no international or cup matches be played during the next season.
2. That association, leagues and clubs be allowed to arrange matches without cups, medals, or other rewards, to suit local conditions, provided they do not interfere with the work of those engaged on war work. Clubs may join any combination convenient to them.
3. Matches to be played only on Saturday afternoon or on early closing and other recognised holidays.
4. No remuneration shall be paid to players, nor any registration of players.
5. Agreements with players for services after April 30, 1915, suspended until further order.
Rigsby As Centre.
And now to the actual business of the day, Everton brought the South Liverpool player, Rigsby, to centre forward, Harrison resuming at outside left, whilst the visitors played Wright in goal. Apropos of Rigsby’s appearance at centre forward it is of interest to note that this is not his first occupancy of the post. He played at centre forward for the Marine club in the I Zingari League before the war, thence passing to the ranks of South Liverpool. And he has played many good games as centre. The teams were accordingly as follows: - Everton; - Fern, goal; Thompson and MaConnachie, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and Wareing, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Rigsby, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Manchester United: - Wright, goal; Barlow and Hudson, backs; Forster, Knowles and Gipps, half-backs; Helme, Woodcock, Halligan, Brooks and Winterburn, forwards. Referee Mr. W.J. Heath, Bursley. The attendance was good, with a striking contrast to that of last week. The ground was in splendid occasion, and so far as the conditions went everything favoured a fast game. Manchester United were the first out Everton won the toss, and the visitors soon advanced down the centre the centre, Thompson easily relieving.
The Visitors Attack.
Rigsby tried to make progress, but he was easily repelled, and a long pass out to the left wing by Halligan set the Mancunnians well on the attack, Knowles sending in a well judged shot at considerable speed, which Fern skilfully got to and saved. Clever work by Clennell and Rigsby in turn carried the ball well towards Wright, but it went behind before the goalkeeper was troubled. The home forwards were steadily setting down to their game, and the left wing required well watching. Rigsby always being on the alert to keep them moving. An attack by the Manchester left carried with it some danger, a corner being forced. This was developed with such success that after MaConnachie had saved under considerable pressure, Fern tipped away a difficult shot at close range for Knowles who was standing well forward, to send behind from almost underneath the bar. A long shot by Harrison passed narrowly over, and a clever centre by Chedgzoy was nullified by the close work of the Manchester backs. Everton being driven back nu a series of well, executed upon movements. Helme ultimately finished the enterprise by shooting behind.
The most promising effort so far came at the end of a quarter of an hour, when Halligan dashed away on his own but with Thompson threatening at the finish he was compelled to shoot behind. Everton again took up the running, and Rigsby tried a shot at short range, which Wright was able to deal with without any difficulty. Play was of a very quiet order, and the crowd, which had considerably increased since the start, had nothing to enthuse over until Woodcock, after a long period of harmless give-and-take play drove in a shot which was only a little wide, this being followed by an accurately aimed shot by Helme, which caused Fern to handled. A stinging shot at the opposite end by Harrison, after Chedgzoy had worked his way down before transferring to the opposite wing, went at a great rate past the upright and the Manchester defence then had a spell of work which kept them well employed, though not unduly worried. Everton showed marked improvement by two excellent efforts by Fleetwood and Clennell respectively, each meriting the success which was not forthcoming. The former brought Wright full length on the ground in saving, whilst the latter was barely a foot wide. The Manchester goalkeeper was responsible for one or two remarkable saves in which the element of luck played an obvious part, and their work towards the change of ends entitled the home team to more success than was its ultimate fate, but Wright was invariably fortunately situated. Three minutes before the interval the referee, awarded Manchester a corner, which evoked loud protests both from the Everton players and the spectators. Fortunately the error of judgement was not fatal and was easily cleared. Play was of a very scrambling character and altogether uninteresting up to the interval, which saw the teams on a goalless quality.
Half-Time; Everton 0, Manchester United 0.
The Second Half.
Everton were soon away on resuming, and a close attacking movement by Rigsby and his two inside men saw Wright save without much difficulty, all three of the home forwards being well watched before they could get an opportunity for a dangerous shot. A free kick to the home team just outside the penalty line looked promising, but Wright save a direct shot from Brown on his knees. He again saved from a free kick as practically similar distance this time taken by Chedgzoy. Midfield play again became the order until Harrison, well fed by Clennell drove in a lofty centre from which Kirsopp kicked behind. Halligan once broke clean away, and when going at full speed for goal he kicked too far ahead with the result that Fern dashed out and cleared. A long centre by Chedgzoy passed behind, and a bit of determined work by Clennell gave the home outside right another opening, but it was unfortunate in seeing the ball just pass behind. Clennell it was noticed had taken the centre position and he was bringing.
Any Amount of Enterprise.
To bear, with a result that the Manchester defence was experiencing a more trying time than at any previous period of the game. They still, however, kept the home team will in hand.
A Quiet Opening Develops Interestingly.
The game, after a quite opening, quickly developed on interesting lines, the Manchester forwards showing plenty of skill. Thompson and MaConnachie, however, soon demonstrated that they were well prepared with a vigorous defence, and some lusty kicking was witnessed from both men. Everton were playing with the wind –what there was of it –against them, though the sun was in their favour, and the game progressed on interesting lines. Although for the most part comparatively unexciting, there were still numerous engaging features and the home forwards got fairly into their stride, the Manchester defence on several occasions experiencing periods of considerable anxiety.
Missed by inches.
One terrific drive from point-blank range from Chedgzoy saw Wright effect a splendid save at the expense of a fruitless corner, whilst on the other hand Hulme missed by inches with Fern prostrate and to all appearances had the aim been a little more accurate, beaten. Everton made strenuous efforts to score as the interval approached, but they found Wright blessed with any amount of luck, and many promising efforts went astray.
April 8, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Bee’s Comments On game With Manchester United.
I understand that when Everton and Liverpool meet on May 6, for the Lord Mayors Fund the game will be played at Anfield. Everton and Oldham will not play on Tuesday, as was suggested would be the case Munition work will not allow it. Teams at Goodison on the brilliantly fine day and before another admirable gate. Everton; - Fern, goal; Thompson and MaConnachie, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and Wareing, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Rigsby, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Manchester United: - Wright, goal; Barlow and Hudson, backs; Forster, Knowles and Gipps, half-backs; Helme, Woodcock, Halligan, Brooks and Winterburn, forwards. Referee Mr. W.J. Heath, Bursley. Everton won the toss and Brown and Thompson at once proved capable tacklers and Everton were kept on the defensive for a few moments, and MaConnachie failed in an offside –an dangerous business against so good a forward as Woodcock, who fortunately for the home side, failed to stop the ball. Manchester were nippy and Knowles from a great length, surprise everybody, but Fern, who caught a low teaser. Knowles was quite the outstanding player of the opening phase of the game. The referee by the way, was Mr. Heath, who controlled last week’s Derby match. There was a spirit of fourth aboard in the Everton camp for some time, and when the visitors left took a corner they came near scoring, Fern punching away when he was harassed, but the ball came out to Halligan, who, although four yards from goal, screwed very wide. This woke up the Everton side, and Harrison with a centre of rare judgement got the Goalkeeper in a knot, the ball passing off the crossbar into security. Woodcock cut in with a cross shot, and a moment later the same player received from Knowles and with a somewhat clear hold he sent nearly half the length of the playing area and shot strongly, but there was some spin in the ball which swerved outside. Helme was as weak in finishing as some of the Evertonians were in passing and once again Woodwock was frightfully out of gear in the shooting department. He was persistent, however, and was unlucky to be inches wide with a really brilliant drive. Another sample of the swerving shot was witnessed, Harrison being the shooter. Chedgzoy’s back-heel from Kirsopp’s Sandy youngster and a typically fiery Clennell effort led to the game gathering what it had needed in interest. Everton were a new team now, and when Harrison centred, Chedgzoy took steady aim and Wright handled the ball for a corner, an excellent saved. Woodcock engineered another chance, and having drawn Fern out of his lair he placed the ball to the left of the goal, and again he was inches out of his reckoning. Everton spirited again, and Brown and Kirsopp made good shots, which Wright prevented from going to the goal. For a full ten minutes now United had been a man short, through Halligan left knee giving way, and to be quite candid United form was easy going style was bit of a surprise. This encouraged Fleetwood to try his hand, Wright falling to save. Some idea of the lack of forward play on the par of Everton will be gathered from the fact that Fleetwood shot was the first that Wright handled in the half of hour play. Fleetwood work like a Trojan, but Wareing did an reproduce last week high standard.
Half-time Everton 0, Manchester United 0
The crowd was between 15,000 and 16,000. The ball was lively and a shade awkward to time in consequence of the hard ground. While the interval passes by it had better settle a lot of discussion raised through the publication of The word “Gunner” in regard to Harrison in yesterday’s Echo. Harrison is only a gunner on the field and the Army title had shipped from the Manchester United team –Hopkins to be precise still a man short. Halligan was still absent when the game was resumed and a free kick for hands was the opening phrases. Clennell took them, and on one occasion his low shot brought Wright down. Woodcock like Knowles, resumed with brilliant football, and it was a pity the inside right had not a more confident supporter than Helme. He did many smart things, as at Anfield early in the season, and at this point he beat MaConnachie and Thompson in turn but finished by pushing the ball too far forward. Everton were still searching for a goal and with that view in sight Clennell and Rigsby changed places. The game was nothing to enthuse about and was very streaky. Chedgzoy centring and shooting wide, usual for him, and MaConnachie nearly turning the ball into his own goal. Clennell in his new position made a dashing run and in spite of being badly crowded he forced a corner. Fleetwood drifting over the right wing made a perfect pass to Chedgzoy, who turned the ball inside and Kirsopp with a fiering prown beat both backs and opened the goalway. The position was too easy, and Kirsopp put in a stinging shot, against the goalkeeper, however, the attack had a good result and it was immediately following that Harrison centred and Clennell the glutton for goals, from close range, scored –time one hour. Manchester should have equalised right away, for whom Fern was on the ground, he had fallen to a shot from Helme and Brooks virtually had an open goal, and made a woeful attempt to score. Foster went forward for the rest of the game, and Gipps and Knowles bore the half back work. Woodcock and Clennell had benny efforts and Harrison with a free kick had his shot blocked otherwise there would have been a lot of trouble for the United goalkeeper. Rigsby headed into goal, and Knowles helped the ball beyond his own goal time 80 minute. Harrison forced his way through and Clennell scored from his centre –time seventy seven minutes.
Clennell scored for Everton sixty minute
Clennell scored for Everton in 77 minutes.
Rigbsy scored for Everton in 80 minutes.
EVERTON WELL AHEAD.
April 10, 1916. Evening Express.
By the Judge.
Their victory after a peculiar game against Manchester United –a victory which was certainty well won –place Everton well and substantially ahead of all their rivals in the Southern group, and with the two sections road in combination they are still top, leading Blackpool of the other section by a point. Everton did not appear to infuse their usual all round vigour into their work, but this success was thoroughly justified, and with the exception of a brief opening spell they were throughout superior to the ill-fated United of Manchester, who have only a point to their credit.
To Fleetwood and Clennell may be awarded the distinction of being the outstanding figures of the winners at Goodison Park. The former quite held the mastery over the United forwards once he had fairly gained the upper hand, whilst Clennell, particularly when he took up the centre-forward role, played with fiery energy scoring two of the goals obtained by his side. Rigsby whose appearance at centre in the first half was watched with interest, gave evidence of skill in playing to his wings, but his work in the shooting direction was not so officious. Thompson and MaConnachie were a dour pair of defenders, but they were some time before they adequately settled down to their game. Of the other players it may he said that they did satisfactorily without shinning to the extent of brilliance. Fern had not a good deal of an exacting nature to worry him, but he effected one to two saves which showed him in all his wonted reliability. Everton quite merited their victory, and it is quite evident that, judging from the all-round form being generally shown, they will take some removing from the top position of the combined Lancashire section.
April 10, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Everton held Manchester United too cheap. The United with all their scrapings, suspensions, and almost systeristic financial stress have done fairly well in recent weeks, and in Brooks they have found a useful forward, while the full backs, Barlow especially is a gem. In spite of their cumbersome-looking style, both Knowles and goalkeeper Wright are coming all one way, and the confidence of the goalkeeper and the way Knowles fed his forwards made Manchester many chances of a snap-victory. Helme, one of the old-time referee to but a mere lad, and he could not be expected to cope with Woodcock ‘s ideas of combination as their fine pairing. Shyness was applent in the winger but Woodcock could make many shy men play well, and Helme has chances of making a big name if United encourage the lad. There was no more deadly forward then Woodcock, who shot well but unluckily. If he had cultivated the Freeman style he would have scored more than twice on Saturday. He should have gone boldly up to the goalkeeper, and then tapped the ball to the right or left. Place-shots are always narrow misses or narrow gains, and the very desire to cut the ball into the far corner of the goal leads to many chances being missed.
Frankly Knowles towered over Rigsby, who on Saturday's showing is not a centre forward. Clennell and he changed places, and fill that point there was little between the sides. Clennell inspired the attacks and his dash –and determination plus his tricky swerve and “come back,” got the United wondering where next he would twist. I don't think that Rigsby's header-goal would have counted if Knowles had been clear in his kick. He was standing by the upright and in trying to kick clear he put the ball well over the line. Chedgzoy was unusually uncertain in centre and shot, but Kirsopp who's many pretty patterns and Harrison were generally popping the ball over at a nice height and strength. Quite half Fleetwood towered over the rest and Brown played a useful game. MaConnachie after his long absence plainly failed to time the ball, and Thompson and Fern were the defenders of steadiness. That Everton should not score for an hour although Halligan was off the field twenty minutes after the start through a damaged knee showed how sturdily the United played throughout less announced that Halligan was playing in the second half. That is not the case; he did not return after leaving.
EVERTON STILL SUPREME
April 10, 1916. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton 3, Manchester United 1
A Decisive Second Half Victory.
Everton, who now hold a clear and artistic lead in their section of the supplement competition thoroughly, consolidated their position on Saturday by a decisive success over Manchester United, whom they completely defeated in the second half of the game. The United stand in the position of net yet having registered a victory in the competition in which only one point has yet fallen to their credit.
A Goodless First Half.
Everton, who played the South Liverpool youth, Risgby, at centre forward owing to Williamson’s inability to take part commenced in anything but promising fashion and the visitors in the early stages got in several attacks which might with a little more luck attending them have proved the downfall of Fern’s charge. Knowles was a very forceful quantity, and the custodian had to deal with a long accurate shot from him before the game had been long in progress. Again a misunderstanding between Thompson and MaConnachie bore an ominous aspect, but the danger was gradually stayed off, and Rigsby was noticeable for some judicious feeding which enabled his forwards to gain a foothold in the Manchester half. The game continued nothing like the sprightliness of the Liverpool encounter of the previous week. And matters were at times very much on the dull side. Clever individualisms by Harrison, Kirsopp, and Clennell in turned served to infuse a welcome brightness into affairs, but it was left to Fleetwood to raise the enthusiasm of the crowd to anything like a high pitch when he brought Wright to his knees with a sparkling drive. Clennell also had the custodian well on his toes and the home team showed visible improvement as the interval approached, Fleetwood always being able in masterly manner to prevent the Reds from resuming a dangerous demeanour. The bulk of the play favoured the home side until the change of ends, when the teams crossed over without any score having been registered.
A Productive Second Half.
The second half was much more spectacular than its predecessor through the game still offered by comparison with that of the previous week. Everton took up the running with much more determination, and their attacks acquired considerably more incisiveness then Clennell changed places with Rigsby the inside left player, whilst indulging in nothing in the nature of finessing, adapted himself to a lively tune in his new role, and the quickly made it clear that he was out on the mission of scoring. His object was achieved when play in this half had been of that over a quarter of an hour’s duration, and he clean beat Wright with a shot from close quarters. His appetite was not sufficiently satisfied by this success, as 14 minutes after he took a well-judged centre from Harrison at top speed, and banged the ball in the net with an impetus which carried him after it. The home attack was unrelaxed and three minutes after this success Rigsby had the satisfaction of registering a third, Knowles touching the ball in its flight, but only diverting it into the net. Manchester were by no means a spent force, and they played up gallantly under their hopeless handicap, with the result that almost on the call of time, Forster had a favourable opportunity which he took full advantage and completely beat Fern. Final; Everton 3, Manchester United 1.
EVERTON PLAYERS’S BEREAVEMENT
April 14, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
Sympathy will be felt with the Everton centred forward in the news he has received of the death in action on Sunday (April 9) last of his brother Davy Parker. The popular player has conveyed the intelligence in a letter to Mr. W.C. Cuff this morning.
Liverpool Echo - Friday 14 April 1916
Just as we go to press I learn that Davie Parker has been killed at the front. He was a shade older than the Everton centre-forward his brother, and though not the limelight of football he used to play a good game in Scottish quarters. His injuries were so serious that it was impossible to remove him to the base. Great sympathy will be extended Mr. and Mrs. Parker and Bobbie in their great loss.
DAVID PARKER KILLED.
Daily Record - Friday 14 April 1916
Juniors throughout Scotland will learn with sincere regret of the death from wounds received action of Sergeant David Parker, of the H.L.1., the popular Ashfield right wing forward of few years ago. Davie,” who latterly assisted one of the Denny clubs, was a Boys' Brigade product, as also was his brother Robert, the Rangers and Everton centre.
April 15, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Stockport Out For Revenge
Report By F.E.H
After losing to Everton at Goodison Park a few weeks back, Stockport County made up their minds that the next meeting with their keen rivals, Everton would be a tough proposition, and as their side is now at full strength they had belief in their ability to win. Hence the match today was usually keen. Everton had Clennell at centre and Risgby at inside left, this formation arising through the failure of Rigsby at centre in the opening part of last week’s game, and their success of Clennell in the closing stages of that game, when he proved to centre forward and started scoring. The Everton team made a rapid journey to Stockport through a sunny and smiling landscape and the Cheshire town looked its brightest. There was, however, a cold wind which no doubt kept many spectators away from Edgeley park enclosure. Nevertheless there was a capital attendance when play began. The home side were practically at full strength and Everton made only one change, Jefferies coming in for Kirsopp who has a bad leg. It was just on time when the combatants lined out as follows: - Stockport County: - Molyneux, goal; Goodwin and Robson, backs; Mitton, Fayers, and J. Waterall, half-backs; Crossthwaite, Gault, Pte Mitton, Barnett and Pte Evans, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal; MaConnachie and Thompson, backs; Wareing, Fleetwood and Brown, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Clennell, Rigsby and Harrison, forwards. Everton won the toss and the home forwards started against the breeze. After the opening exchanges Stockport advanced smartly on the right and MaConnachie was in trouble when the leather fortunately went into touch. The County, however, came through in the centre and there was an exciting tussle in front of Fern’s charge before Thompson eventually cleared his lines. A vigorous punt had an awakening effect on Everton. Clennell getting possession close to the centre then ran clean through the field and steadying himself at the critic moment he dodged between the home backs, and netted the ball. It was a remarkable sole effort, and even the Stockport spectators cheered. It was no doubt this applause that stirred the County forwards, for they came through on the right where first Crossthwaite and then Gault sent in hot shots. The pace was now very fast, and both goals were visited in turn, but only to see the target fired at with more vigour than accuracy. Everton, after making ground on the right were forced back and the County centre-forward Mitton sent in a long shot which was booted away by MaConnachie. For quite a considerable period Everton were kept strictly on the defensive and a dangerous shot from Gault was well fielded by Fern. The visitors gradually assumed the aggressive and Chedgzoy moving along with characteristic speed, centred well, but Clennell was ruled offside. Brown was instrument in putting his forwards in possession, and Chedgzoy followed up the movement but again the referee whistle was for off-side when Clennell attempted to head the ball into the net. The visitors were now enjoying rather more of the argument than their opponents, and good work by the left wing was only spoiled through Harrison losing possession at a critical juncture. After a temporary lull Stockport moved off slowly on the left, where a corner was forced, but this was weakly taken by Waterall, with no satisfaction. Setting the Everton forward line in motion, Rigsby, however, was robbed by Goodwin and there was further work in midfield. Everton were the first to advance again and this time Rigsby sent in a swift ground shot, which gave Molyneux considerable trouble. The County custodian only just recovered himself when Harrison dashed in and missed the mark by a narrow margin. A brilliant little bit of fancy footwork on the part of Jefferis, Clennell and Risgby was were pretty to watch. When Stockport made ground on the right, their methods if last polished were much more dangerous. Their poured in a regular frust upon Fern, and the latter proved his worth by fisting out pulsating shots from Crossthwaite and Mitton and relief came when Fayers from long range put the ball over. Another combined movement on the part of the County forwards was broken up by Fleetwood and afterwards both Rigsby and Harrison got in shots which were intercepted. Wareing then tried to increase Everton’s lead with long drive, but it sailed high over the bar. The next item of interest was an individual effort on the part of Jefferis, who was only stalled off at the cost of a corner from which Rigsby nearly conceded in scoring. Shortly before the interval Everton pressed strongly and the home defenders were frequently in trouble the recklessness of the visitors rather than their own source militating against second goal. Stockport rallied strongly, and following upon a beautiful pass by Crossthwaite, Mitton headed strongly into Ferns arms. Everton replied with another relied with another brisk attack but without success, and at half-time the score stood Everton 1, Stockport County 0.
After beginning just a little shakily, the Evertonians gradually settled down into their customary stride and Clennell’s goal naturally give them added confidence. In spite of this early reverse, Stockport showed a doggness and pregnedity that might well have thrown a better defence than that of the visitors off their balance.
The Second Half.
There was about 7,000 people present when operations were resumed. Everton were the first to make play through Clennell and Harrison, and the latter was well placed when he was wrongly pulled up for offside. Stockport took up the running on the left and Barnett was unlucky in having a tremendous shot intercepted at close range. Mitton tried to mend matters with another swift shot, put this was well cleared and play was transferred to the other end by Wareing. Clennell festered on the ball but he was closely hampered by Fayers that he found an opening. A slight injury to Robson stopped the game for a moment but the tussle was soon raging as fiercely as before and the onlookers were treated to a constant change of venue. The County were most persistent and it looked as though they had at last equalised when Pte Mitton headed it over the bar. The disappointment was amply compensated for a few seconds later, and following upon.
An Exciting Fully.
In front of Fern, Barnett needed amidst frantic cheering. After this the game was contested with greater spirit than ever, and excitement ruled to the close. Following upon a free kick taken by Clennell, Rigsby scored for Everton.
Clennell scored for Everton after five minutes.
Barnett scored for Stockport County
Rigbsy scored for Everton.
April 15, 1916. Football Express.
Unbeaten Home Side Tackled.
Contest at Stockport
Clennell Scores For Blues In First half.
Special interest attached to the visit of Everton to Stockport today, as prior to this meeting Stockport had not been beaten at home. It will be recollected that in the previous tournament Stockport were successful at both meetings, and Everton were naturally keen on today’s struggle. The successful experiment of playing Clennell at centre forward, which was adopted with happy results the second half of last week’s match was again adopted, with Rigsby at inside right, and the teams turned out as follows:- Stockport County: - Molyneux, goal; Goodwin and Robson, backs; Mitton, Fayers, and J. Waterall, half-backs; Crossthwaite, Gault, Pte Mitton, Barnett and Pte Evans, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal; MaConnachie and Thompson, backs; Wareing, Fleetwood and Brown, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Clennell, Rigsby and Harrison, forwards. It will be noted Jefferis appeared for Kirsopp, who was suffering from leg trouble; otherwise there was no change from the original selection. The conditions were perfect, and there was every prospect of a keen tussle for supremacy. Private Mitton set the ball rolling for the County before about 5,000 spectators.
Blues Set The Pace.
Everton were the first to get really going, and in the early stages Chedgzoy and Jefferis kept Robson well employed. From a breakaway a nice pass to Crosthwaite threatened danger, when the winner unluckily ran the ball out of play. At the game progressed play, became interesting and both sets of forwards delighted the crowd with samples of good footwork. Quick end-t0-end was the order of the game, which had been going barely five minutes when Clennell opened the scoring. This came after several flashes along the wing, and Clennell fastening on to a well placed centre, through hampered by Fayers and Goodwin forged ahead on his own, and with a sharp grand shot which Molyneux partly resisted, scored a brilliant goal. In a trice play was at the other end where Gault, in conjunction with Crossthwaite made a big effort to wipe of the arrears and a moment later Rogers tested Fern, but also to no purpose. Play just now was exceptionally keen, and the Blues’ defenders were afforded plenty of opportunities for displaying their abilities.
County’s Steady Pressure.
The County kept up a steady pressure, and once again Gault gave Fern a warm handiful which was safely negotiated. Capital footwork by Jefferis resulted in play being transferred to the other end, where a fruitless corner ensued a few minutes later Clennell when about to deal with a centre from Chedgzoy, was adjusted offside. Molyneux came to the rescue by leaving his charge as the result of a further raid, and for some little time the general trend of the game ran Everton’s way. The forwards however, were up against strong resistance from Fayers and his fellow halves, while the Blues kept pegging away and harassed the home of defence to some purpose. Eventually the home right got going, but by the clever anticipation and footwork of Wareing they were unable to get in a parting shot. Next came s big onslaught on the County goal, and after Clennell had been bundled off the ball when taking his shot, Harrison got possession and sent in a terrific drive, which, however, missed its mark. Coming again as the result of delightful touches by Jefferis which suited Clennell down to the ground, County defenders had an anxious time. They came through all right, and during the stubborn pressure on the Everton defence, it looked odds on the home forwards getting on level terms. However, Thompson and MaConnachie covered each other with capital judgement and when things did not come round to their liking. Fern did the rest. At the other end Goodwin was lucky in charging down a beauty from Harrison at the expense of a corner, and from the kick Wareing was not far out of his reckoning with a hard drive. Channel was only a foot wide with a great shot placed from the wing by Chedgzoy. Corner kicks were fashionable just now, and three came in quick succession, the home goal being saved as the result of each by one or other of the defenders charging down the final effort. towards the interval the County made a big effort to get on terms but could not break through.
Half-Time; Everton 1, Stockport C 0.
Barnes secured for Stockport in the second half.
CLENNELL'S GOAL FROM CENTRE
April 17, 1916, The Liverpool Echo
Joe Clennell continues his “once-weekly” performance and on Saturday he had the goal-getting, being followed by Rigsby and Barnett. Thus Everton won 2-1, and doubtless Clennell is in for a long spell of centre-forward work. He can play anywhere, and the day will come when he will prove his capacity at half-back –f that I feel more “F.E.H” writes of the Stockport visit thus;- The Evertonian accomplished quite a good performance at Edgerley-Park on Saturday when they took full points from Stockport County. The result was perhaps just a “wee” bit more than the victors actually deserved, but they certainty could not be blamed for Stockport's long list of lost opportunities. Had the County forwards taken a bit of their openings they must at least have shared the points. The contest was a thoroughly enjoyable one –fast, episodic, and punctuated here and there by patches of pretty footwork. The visitors as times showed wonderful cleverness in weaving close patterns but such displays however, attractive were completely subdued by their ineffectiveness. Everton took the lead early in the game, the opening goal coming from the foot of Clennell, who wriggled through his field, and finished with a shot that wholly deceived the home keeper. The advantage was retained to the interval, though the County men displayed “dogged performance in attack which might well have met with better reward. In the second period the home side, with the wind and sun in their favour, repeatedly harassed their opponents and a sustained fusillade terminated in Barnett getting through Fern's defence. For some time it looked as though the County team would clinch matters but chance after chance went abegging. Everton, on the other hand, made the best of one opportunity. This was a free kick taken by Clennell and neatly converted by Rigsby. The first-named player but a conspicuous figure in the centre-forward position and gave Fayers just a little more than he bargained for. Jefferis was definiteness itself, and Rigsby was seen to best advantage in the latter half. Neither of the outside men appeared to be quite up to concern pitch. The halves all did convincible work, and Thompson showed rare defensive resource.
April 17, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge.
Our travelling correspondent, “Rovers” writes of Everton’s victory at Stockport.
Everton’s success was mainly attributed to the dashing display of Clennell, who was responsible for the first goal scored early on, and engineered the second point, which was sealed by Rigsby. In both instances the clever little player snowed wonderful command of the ball, even though he was frequently challenged. He covered a third of the field in securing his first success and it was also by sheer persistency that he held on and fired a shot which rebounded from the keeper to Rigsby, who had no difficultly in scoring. Fern played his part well, and was ably supported by both Thompson and MaConnachie. In the half way line none could fail to notice the capital placing by Wareing; indeed, his anticipation and all-round footwork were capital. Fleetwood was the stumbling block to most of the aspirations of the County inside forwards, and in addition he looked after the interest of his forwards to useful advantage. Brown played an improved game, so that the Everton trio kept up the prestige or the club in this respect Jefferis without being aggressive, put in several nice touches to his conferes, especially in the first portion, and with Chedgzoy formed the more powerful wing. Rigsby and Harrison did not in well; still the whole line levelled up to a good standard.
EVERTON’S TRIUMPHANT PROGRESS
April 17, 1916. The Liverpool Courier.
Keen Game At Stockport
The Everton team added another to their list of triumphant in the subsidiary competition as the result of their visit to Edgely Park, and are now practically assured of leadership of the Southern Section. Visitors to Stockport are always compelled to keep themselves fully extended by reason of the dashing methods adopted by the County players, who, though they may be in arrears at the interval, are noted for their staying powers and generally dominate the play in the closing half of the game. It was the case on Saturday, and through Everton prevailed by the odd goal in three, keen followers would doubtless be ready to concede that a division of honours would have been more in keeping with what transpired during the whole course of the contest. It was a downright hard tussle for supremacy, and, unlike many such struggles in which keenness plays a prominent part, the proceedings were interlarded with sparkling incidents which brought out the nicer points of the code. The big gathering had good value for their support, as there was not at any period the slightest suggestion of end of season play, and if the scoring was not of a more prolific nature this was due, making allowance for several close shaves, to the dour defence of the respective combatants.
Everton’s success was mainly attributed to the dashing display of Clennell, who was responsible for the first goal scored early on, and engineered the second point, which was sealed by Rigsby. In both instances, the clever little player showed wonderful command of the ball even through he was frequently challenged. He covered a third of the field in securing his first success, and it was also by sheer persistency that he held on and fired a shot which rebounded from the keeper to Rigsby, who had no difficulty in scoring. Early in the second half Barnett had scored the County’s only goal, and but for a daring save by Fern must have got on level terms again. The keeper played his part well, and was ably supported by both Thompson and MaConnachie. In the half way line none could fail to motion the capital placing by Wareing; indeed, his anticipation and all-round footwork were capital. Fleetwood was the stumbling block to most of the aspirations of the County inside forwards, and in addition he looked after the interests of his forwards to useful advantage. Brown played an improved game, so that the Everton trio kept up the prestige of the club in this respect. Jefferis without being aggressive, put in several nice touches to his confreres, especially in the first portion, and with Chedgzoy formed the more powerful wing. Rigsby and Harrison did not fit it well; still the whole line levelled up a good standard. Of the County forwards Crossthwaite was the most prominent and several of his fine swinging centres brought about the downfall of the Everton goal. Gault too, was frequently in the picture, and Private Evans, of international fame, with Barnett, had many sterling bouts with Brown and Thompson. As on the Everton side half-back play, with Fayers as the pivot, was the strong department of the team, while Goodwin, Robson, and Molyneux formed a capable rearguard.
SANDY YOUNG'S TRIAL.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 20 April 1916
Serious Illness of Ex-Everton Player.
Mailed advices from Melbourne state that the trial of Alexander Young the international footballer, who alleged have murdered his brother John at Tongola, has been indefinitely postponed. The case was have been heard at Beendigo, but the accused was too ill appear, and was stated not able to stand his trial for some time.
April 20, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
The “Football Echo” on Saturday will reproduce a photograph from Germany. It shows the football team of Baracke 9, Ruhleben, and one can readily recognize Sam Wolstenholmes, former Everton footballer; Rogans, of Gartson; and Mr. Cameron, former Everton player and London manager.
April 22, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
A Further Visit To Hyde-Road
Heavy Scoring Game Favours The City
This was a meeting of champions and prospective champions, for, although Everton were beaten at Anfield yesterday, they should easily win the subsidiary competition. A few weeks ago, Manchester City drew at Everton and they hoped to go a stage better this day, when the game at Hyde-road brought out a big attendance. Grenyer took Wareing’s place in the half back line. Favoured by typical Eastertide weather Manchester City had a great attendance at Hyde road this afternoon, where Everton were their guests. The true holiday spirit was in the air and in spirit of the eleventh hour team changes, there was every promise of a great struggle when the players appeared. The visitors had to reshuttle their respontatives at rather drastic fashion. Fleetwood, owing to a nasty knock received yesterday was unable to turn out, and MaConnachie for once in a way graced the centre half position. The forwards line also presented an usual appearances at a glance at the subjoining teams will show. In the City ranks the most notable absentee was Gunner Reid, whose appearance had been most expectantly anticipation, but as a counter attraction Walter Smith made his first appearance this season for his old-side. Teams: - Everton: - Bromilow, goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Brown, MaConnachie and Grenyer, half-backs; Jefferis, Kirsopp, Williamson, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Manchester City: - Smith, goal; Fletcher and Gartland, backs; Brennan, Henderson and Hughes, half-backs; Meredith, Jones, Taylor, Barnes, and Cartwright, forwards. Referee Mr. J. H. Alderson. There were fully 20,000 people present when Everton started against the sun. The City at once moved along on the right, but Simpson pulled them up, and Everton made rapid ground through Jefferis and Kirsopp the latter finishing with a shot that passed outside. The contesting side, it was soon apparent were each trying their opponent s rock, and who had the spectacle of some very smart and hefty work in midfield. MaConnachie was soon kept busy in checking the raids of the home right wing and Merediths, after beating him once sent in an old time shot that passed behind. On the other wing the City were also busy and Brennan tried a long shot, which was intercepted. Both sides were in deadly moods and Everton making ground nicely by easy stages, Clennell tried his luck with a long ground shot, which Smith smartly gathered. After the. This reveries the City forwards passed with renewed strength, and MaConnachie fouling Jones, a free kick was allowed. This was well placed to Cartwright, who shot strongly, Bromilow pushed the ball out, but it went to the foot of Jones, who hooked it into the net from an awkward angle. This reverse had the effect of putting the Evertonians on their mettle, and the forwards moved along in workmanship fashion. The whole line was concerned in a tactical manoeuvre and after Clennell had a pop at Smith, Kirsopp tried his luck. The Ball was lobbed into the home goalmouth, and from the rack Williamson seized the opportunity to net it with a rather fortunate effort. It was a good goal nevertheless for it marvel the competing sides to put even more “ginger” than before into their work. There were numerous anxious in midfield and the City were gaining the upper hand on the left when Barnes deliberately pushed Thomson. Everton in turn were actively aggressive at the other end, where Clennell was only stopped in the nick of time, and where Kirsopp directed the ball a yard wide of the target. The pace was thoroughly well maintained as the minutes passed, and Taylor looked very like getting through when his calculations were completely upset by Simpson. A breakaway by Harrison and Clennell but the first named somewhat lacing in speed with the result that Gartland was able to clear. Good half back put the City once again in possession and Cartwright was well placed when he finished feebly. Manchester however, still continued to enjoy rather the better of the argument and the fact that they were kept out afforded conclusive evidence of Everton sound defence. The quality stood Everton in good stead and gradually they made further forward play on the right where the City ‘s good fortune deserved then, for Hughes accidentally presented the visitors with a leading goal. It all happened in the twinkling of our eye, Kirsopp from close in shot at a deceptive pace and Hughes in attempting to kick clear, directed the flying leather into his won goal. This was certainly hard line for the City but, by the same token, it was the fortunes of war. It really seemed as through the star of Everton was now fully in the ascendant for they came along right from the centre line in good order and again threatened danger. Henderson and Brennan stayed their progress for a moment but the Blues jersey quintets still swept onwards and Clennell taking the ball on the run scored with a fast rising shot which appeared to completely deceive the home keeper. From this point up to the interval the contest fought in hurricane fashion and the spectators were electrified by a rapid successive of goals. The City advanced in combined battle array when Taylor, steadying himself, scored a wonderfully good goal. This reduced the Manchester margin to a single goal, and the great crowd shocked with enthusiasm when Meredith flashed through, as he used to do in the days of old, and scored an equaliser.
Half-Time; Manchester City 3, Everton 3.
The first half had afforded an excellent example of the glorious uncertainties of the game. Everton after beginning somewhat tamely, bucked up to such a fashion that they looked like holding a handsome lead until a few minutes before the turn. Then the City rose to the occasion with starting brilliancy, and almost before the great crowd could understand what had happened they had put themselves on level terms. The Everton team in its rearranged form had given a capital account of itself, though the goalkeeping might, perhaps have been sounder. MaConnachie’s work at centre-half was exceptionally interesting and the forward business full of surprises.
There were 25,000 spectators present when operations were resumed, and the pace was faster and more exciting than even. The City men went off at a tremendous pace and for some time Everton were kept strictly on the defensive. Meredith and Jones were specially prominent and a fast cross-shot from the latter was only a matter of inches wide of the mark. What a time however, Everton steadied themselves again, and good work on the part of Jefferis and Kirsopp was worthy of a better fate. Clennell then inaugurated a further attack on smith’s charge and Fletcher was rather fortunate in intercepting the ball. So the tide of battle rolled from end to end almost without cessation and many promiscuous chances were missed by both contending factions. Everton pressed for a long time without success, and then the City coming along in good style. Barnes put his side ahead with a simple shot.
Final Manchester City 5, Everton 4
Jones scored for Manchester City
Williamson equalised for Everton
Hughes putting through his own goal, scored for Everton
Clennell scored a third for Everton
Taylor and Meredith scored for Manchester City
Barnes scored for Manchester City
Barnes scored a fifth goal for Manchester City just on time.
Clennell scored a fourth for Everton just on time.
EASTER FRIDAY DERBY GAME
April 22, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Liverpool 5, Everton 2
Testimonial To Everton Director
Liverpool and Everton met yesterday and made a superior of interesting points in a game that was thrilling, if only by reason of its seven goals for sixpence. First the crowd was a record for the season at Anfield. Second Pagnam by scoring four goals, two from undoubted penalties against the club’s keenness rivals exceeded Clennell score for the season -30 and 29. Third it was Everton’s first defeat in the subsidiary competition.
Ten Against Everton.
Nine-tenths of the spectators at Anfield yesterday, must have given the credit of the first goal to Banks, but the official verdict is that Pagnam scored the goal and that view is backed by the statement of Banks, who says that Pagnam had not made an effort to divert the ball, the goal would never have been scored. This point will doubtless make interesting discussion locally. At any rate Pagnam is now credited with the goal against Everton this season including two hat-tricks. A brief seminary of the benefit of the boys at the game –as given here. Kirsopp scored both goals for the visitors –lovely efforts they were. But Everton’ forwards line was very scrappy, and only Clennell and Harrison played anything like good football. Everton shuffled their forward line after the interval, Clennell moving from centre to the left and Williamson, Chedgzoy’s deputy went centre. Rigsby moving to outside right. Fleetwood towered over all the half backs and Longsworth was quite the best back on view, although there was any amount of good defence on both sides. Strange as it may seen with seven goals scored –the goalkeepers had nothing to do all the shots of direction scored. Bromilow was rather viewed that Pagnam took the first penalty kick before he was ready to try to stop the shot. But Bromilow should have been ready.
Mr. Ben Kelly “Of Age.”
On Wednesday next the Everton directors are meeting together at the Exchange to celebrate Mr. Ben Kelly’s coming of age –he has been a director of Everton for twenty one years.
Everton have Southport Central at Goodison on Monday. It is certain Robinson of Blackburn Rovers will be in goal, where the three regular halves –Abram, Fay and Holdsworth –are expected to play, who H. Lowe of Spurs’ not of Liverpool, Semple their smart outside left, is a non starter, having met with an accident. Central have a fair number of players in uniform who are hopeful of being released for the Bank Holiday friendly.
Everton’s Secretary Loss.
I am deeply grieved to have to announce that Margaret, the daughter of Mr. W.C. Cuff, the Everton secretary pass away this morning after a short illness. The young lady, who was a brilliant pianist, underwent a serious operation some weeks ago.
April 22, 1916. Football Express.
Today’s Game at Hyde-Road
City Player Kicks Into His Own Net
Meeting between Manchester City and Everton have always produced sound display of football, and in spice of their five goals defeat yesterday the Blues constituted a powerful attraction at Hyde-Road today. Changes were the necessity made in the visitors side. Wareing was noticed to be badly injured right at the conclusion of yesterday encounter, and he had to be assisted off by Longsworth and Bamber. The teams turned out as follows: - Everton: - Bromilow, goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Brown, MaConnachie and Grenyer, half-backs; Jefferis, Kirsopp, Williamson, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Manchester City: - Smith, goal; Fletcher and Gartland, backs; Brennan, Henderson and Hughes, half-backs; Meredith, Jones, Taylor, Barnes, and Cartwright, forwards. Referee Mr. J. H. Alderson. The changes in the Everton side were the subject of comment, and the decision of MaConnachie as the pivot of the team vice Fleetwood, who was injured, was not the least interesting item. The weather was all that could be desired, but the playing pitch was on the heavy side and the goals inevitably difficult. There would be fully 20,000 spectators present when play opened in favour of the City.
Blues get Busy.
Matters quickly levelled themselves up, and the Blues forged ahead. Jefferis was furnished with a chance of shooting, but his effort went wide. The expectative teams were just now putting in their full efforts and play was fast and generally interesting. MaConnachie on a couple of occasions showed good judgement in checking the City inside men and also in providing his forwards with neat ground passes that served a useful purpose. The defence of Gartland and Fletcher, however, was sound, and there was no getting a parting shot at Smith. At the other and Barnes and Jones tried shots but neither caused Bromilow anxiety.
Everton Again Advance.
After a period of even play, the Blues advanced again, and following a couple of neat touches by Kirsopp, Clennell pounced upon the ball and gave Smith a warm handful with a ball that was finding its way into the corner of the not. The situation was saved on the second attack, and the City swept down in strong fashion. After Cartwright had fired in from close quarters from a free kick against MaConnachie, Jones rushed in as the ball was about to pass over the line and deflected it into the net. This success came after play had been in progress barely ten minutes and shortly afterwards the Blues managed to drew level again. This came about as the result of some capable work on the right. Jefferis getting in and parting to Clennell, the leather was transferred to Williamson, who men a return from Harrison and headed into the corner of the net.
City Press Heavily.
Following on this, Meredith forced a corner, and after some little time the Everton defence was under heavy pressure. Relief came as the result of some capital play by Brown, and Kirsopp favourably placed a pop at goals and was only a trifle wide of his shot. The Everton forwards especially the left wing were always a force to be reckoned with when the ball came their way. Harrison, on one occasion was unfortunate enough to tap the ball too strongly before making his final effort and the leather travelled harmlessly out of play. During the next few minutes Taylor was prominent in several rushes, but his movements were well anticipated by Thompson, who staged neither opponent nor himself in his endeavour to keep his charge intact. Then came another raid. This time on the Everton right.
Kicked Into His Own Goal.
After Jefferis had been thwarted and a throw-in conceded, Kirsopp centred squarely across the City goal. Here Hughes was in readiness to meet the ball, but in endeavouring to kick clear the leather passed swifty from his left foot into the goal quite beyond the saving of Smith. After this unexpected reverse big efforts were made by the City to get on level terms again, and after a couple of offside decisions against them, Simpson came through and passed to Clennell who, despite the fact that he was challenged by Henderson and Fletcher plodded along, and with a fast rising shot.
Beat Smith All To Pieces.
Everton were now two goals ahead. It was a great effort on the part of Clennell and the crowd were not unstinting in their appreciation of the players’s persistency and clever finishing touch. The Everton forwards, full of enthusiasm, simply dominated the play for some time, and Clennell came near to adding a further success for his side. In a trice Bromilow had to leave his charge to prevent Taylor from outing through from a pass by Cartwright. Attacking again the Everton backs were in each other’s way, and this led to Taylor having the goal at his mercy, and he promptly reduced the lead. The cheers had no sooner died down than MaConnachie was seen to be in difficulties, with Taylor who passed out to Meredith, who running in scored with an exceptional clever rising shot, which brought the scores level.
Half-Time; Manchester City 3, Everton 3.
The opening stages were marked by a sharp attacks on the Everton right but this was quickly repelled and from an advance by Meredith and Jones, Thompson in attempting to clear narrowly missed putting through. The corner caused Bromilow some anxiety, but he eventually fisted clear a shot Barnes. After this relief Clennell and Harrison were prominent in a sharp advance on the left Gartland, however, gave no quarter. Still the bles kept pegging away, and on relief forthcoming MaConnachie was none too successful in his efforts to hold up the City inside man, but the ball going to Jones, the Everton goal were missed by the narrowest margin. The City were just now exceptionally keen in all their movements, but Thompson continued to show a bold front to their advances and repeatedly kept them out. Bustling work by Wilkinson changed the venue, and when things were going well for his side Clennell was unfortunately, ruled offside. Play proceeded as keenly as ever, and Everton were very prominent in advance towards goal.
After a somewhat tame opening, the players on both sides laid themselves out to give of their best, and there followed many fine attempts to penetrate the respective defences. If the Blues were not so well served early on by their halves as were their opponents. The difficulty was quickly remedied, and the two first lines of the Everton team gave quite a good account of themselves. The forwards, especially, were an incisive line in every sense of the word, and the dash by Clennell and Williamson, coupled with the supported accorded by the others, raised the line in a good standard of efficiency. The defence, despite the free scoring, was sound and on the whole by a remarkable rally of the City in the closing minutes of the half when they obtained two goals in almost as many minutes, reflected well on the general run of the play. There would be about 24,000 spectators present when the teams reappeared.
EVERTON ECRETARY'S LOSS.
Sheffield Independent -Monday 24 April 1916
General regret will felt at the announcement that Mr. Will Cuff, the Everton football club's secretary, has lost by death his only daughter, who was only 17 years of age. The death took place Saturday morning.
EVERTON LOSE BY THE ODD GOAL.
April 24, 1916. The Liverpool Courier.
Manchester City 5, Everton 4
There was a record holiday crowd at Hyde-Road on Saturday and the onlookers were provided with a veritable feast of goals. Always the keenest of rivals Everton and Manchester City had added cause for their antagonism by reason of events decided earlier in the season. The result was a ding-dong encounter, full of thrills, of changed fortunes and final overthrow for the wearers of the blue jersey. This was doubly disappointing for the men from Merseyside as at one period of the encounter the Evertonians held a lead of two goals. The principal cause of their ultimate downfall was the hesitancy of Bromilow, who seemed to quite lose his nerve when it was most needed. At the same time, his vis-a-vis was not altogether blameless in his wardenship of the City citadel. Altogether it was a finely vigorous holiday game, and the great attendance dispersed with the knowledge that they had full value for their money. Manchester opened the scoring in the first ten minutes of the game through the instrumentally of Lot Jones, who turned a centre from Cartwright neatly into the net. Everton replied almost immediately, for coming down in capital order, Williamson took a pass from Harrison and completely deceived Smith. For some time subsequently the visitors held the upper hand, and Hughes put through his own goal. This gave the Goodison brigade the much-desired lead, and there were many blank faces when Clennell ran through on his own account and put on a third. It now looked odds on Everton leading at the turn, but in the last four minutes Taylor beat Bromilow, and Meredith following suit with a masterly effort put matters all square. The second half was not nearly so exciting as the first thought much capital footwork was displayed by both sides and it looked as though honours would be divided when in the closing stages Barnes scored twice in succession and Clennell added a fourth for Everton just as the referee was preparing to blow the whistle. Of the players it is only necessary to say that the reshuffled team, generally speaking, gave an excellent account of themselves. Simpson was especially good at back, and MaConnachie filled the centre-half position as to the manner born. Clennell was easily the most prominent and persistent of the forwards.
EVERTON AND SOUTHPORT PLAY FRIENDLY.
April 24, 1916 Liverpool Echo
Strong teams representing Everton and Southport made a capital game at Goodison Park, today before 3,000 spectators, Southport showed much good passing when they got beyond the strong half-back line opposed to them. Interesting features were the appearance of MaConnachie at centre half. Stewart (usually a reserve back for Liverpool among the forwards), Mitchell in goal and Simpson and Holbem the full back. The referee was Mr. Rylands. The Everton players wore a mourning band in view of the death of Mr. Cuff’s daughter. Tom Fleetwood was one of the linesmen and the teams were as follows: - Everton: - Mitchell, goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Brown, MaConnachie, and Grenyer, half-backs; Jefferis, Kirsopp, Williamson, Stewart and Harrison,forwards. Southport: - Drabble, goal; Darward and Holbem, backs; Holdsworth, Fay and Abrams, half-backs; Merritt, Lowe, Stringfellow, Watson and a Liverpool Scottish member named Smith.
For Southport after thirty-eight minutes, Mitchell had done well to get a shot away from the left but Merritt was well up and got the leather through what time Mitchell was getting to his feet. Merritt collided with MaConnachie the former hurting his head. This was the only accident during the half.
Half-Time; Everton 0, Southport Central 1.
The second half started with some rousing defence by Holbem, and a wide shot by Harrison. Jefferis made a brilliant shot after taking up a new position –inside left. The goalkeeper Drabble, the shooting and passing of Abrams and a fight among the spectators were incidents of the second half of a game that was under all the circumstances of surprisingly good quality. Final; Everton 0, Southport Centre 1.
CLENNELL THE STAR.
April 24, 1916. The Evening Express.
Our travelling correspondent with the Everton team writes: - Everton were unfortunate in not having at their disposal the services of Fern, and had to make in addition enforced changes in the half-back and forward lines, as Fleetwood, Wareing and Chedgzoy were not available. Still the side put up a capital fight for supremacy, and though the work of the front line was somewhat unevenly balanced there was a dash persistency about their methods that were very refreshing. The bright particular star was Clennell, who, with Harrison –unfortunately injured just before the close –formed the strongly wing, but Williamson, too gave an exhilarating display, and by his dash frequently upset the calculations of the City halves, of whom the much improved Henderson was frequently in difficulties. Jefferis and Kirsopp kept up the even tenor of the line by attractive footwork, which, however, lacked the element of incisiveness. MaConnachie in his unaccustomed post as pivot of the team, performed remarkable well, for he provided his forwards with neat ground passes, and was a big obstacle to the progress of the City inside men. Still none contributed better work than Brown, who has improved wonderfully of late, and, with Grenyer also in good trim, the Everton half back line, kept the flag of the old club flying in this respect.
Thompson was safe as ever with his clearances and rarely was he at fault in his anticipation of opposing moves. Simpson, too, played a sound game, and it must have been a big disappointment to this pair that unavoidable circumstances so far as they were concerned, should have brought a heavy toll against their side. The City front line were the more evenly balanced and, though a greater measure of success attended their efforts, they were not so convincing as on previous occasions when arrayed against their opponent of Saturday. The old heads, Meredith and Jones, were responsible for many clever touches Taylor was dashing at periods, and Cartwright with Barnes made the most of what came their way. Hughes, Henderson, and Brennan formed a capital half-back line, and Fletcher carried off the honours in the last line of defence.
FRIENDLY MATCH AT GOODISON PARK
APRIL 24, 1916. The Evening Express.
Everton Beaten by Southport
Friendly football is apparently a comparatively negligible quantity, but despite this a fair gate turned up at Goodison Park today, to witness Everton in rivalry with an arranged Easter Monday fixture against Southport Central. The following teams took the field. Everton: - Mitchell, goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Brown, MaConnachie, and Grenyer, half-backs; Jefferis, Kirsopp, Williamson, Stewart and Harrison, forwards. Southport: - Drabble, goal; Darward and Holbem, backs; Holdsworth, Fay and Abrams, half-backs; Merritt, Lowe, Stringfellow, Watson and Smith, forwards. The game was contested under perfect conditions so far as the weather was concerned but at no time was any particular enthusiasm aroused. The game had been in progress for 38 minutes before the first goal came, and this accured to Central, Merritt beating Mitchell and opening the score.
Half-time Everton 0, Southport Central 1.
Everton, who, it was important to note were mourning bands in respect courtesy to their secretary Mr. W.C. Cuff and as the sympathy of the club in his and bereavement started the second half in a more resolute fashion. They forced a series of corners but none of them were improved upon and Southport quickly relieved the pressure. Thompson had to leave the field through wrenching himself in a high clearing. Final; Everton 0, Southort Central 1.
EVERTON'S STRANGER TEAM
April 24, 1916, The Liverpool Echo
MaConnachie centre half, Jefferis outside right. Everton's team for the highly-important game at Hyde-road wasn't exactly at full strength, although on paper the names read all right. Everton ran City to a goal and therefore acquitted themselves well. Clennell got a couple of goals, and his total now stands at 31, as compared to Pagnam's 33. F.E.H. comments thusly, on the game;
There was a record holiday crowd at Hyde road on Saturday, and the onlookers were provided with a veritable feast of goals always the keenest of rivals. Everton and Manchester City had added cause for their antagonism by reason of events decided earlier by the season. The result was a ding-dong encounter full of thrills, of changed fortunes and final overthrow for the wearers of the blue jerseys. This was doubly disappointing for the men from Merseyside, as at one period of the encounter the Evertonians head a lead of two goals. The principle cause of their ultimate downfall was the hesitancy of Blomilow, who seemed to quite lose his nerve when it was most needed. At the same time his viz-a-vis was not altogether blameless in his wardenship of the City citadel. Altogether it was a finely vigorous holiday game and the great attendance dispersed with the knowledge that they had full value for their money. Manchester opened the scoring in the first ten minutes of the game through the instrumentality of Lot Jones, who turned a centre from Cartwright neatly into the net. Everton replied almost immediately, for coming down in capital order Williamson took a pass from Harrison and completely deceived Smith. For some time subsequently the visitors held the upper hand and Hughes put through his own goal. This gave the Goodison brigade the much-desired lead, and there were many blank faces when Clennell ran through on his own account and put on a third. It now looked odds on Everton leading at the turn but in the last four minutes Taylor beat Bromilow and Meredith following suit with a master effort put matters “all square.” The second half was not nearly so exciting as the first though much capital footwork was displayed by both sides and it looked as though honours would be divided when in the closing stages Barnes scored twice in succession and Clennell added a fourth for Everton just as the referee was preparing to blow the whistle. Of the players it is only necessary to say that the reshuffled team, generally speaking gave as excellent account of themselves. Simpson was especially good at back and MaConnachie filled by centre-half position as to the manner born. Clennell was easily the most prominent and persistent of the forwards.
FRIENDLY AT GOODISON
April 25, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Defeated By Southport Central
There was not a great amount of interest displayed in the Easter Monday friendly encounter between and Southport Central, at Goodison Park. The crowd included a fair number of men in Khaki, but at no period of the game were they roused to anything approaching a high pitch of enthusiasm. Notable chances were effected in the home side. Mitchell appearing in goal, Simpson partnering Thompson, and Jefferis and Stewart coming into the forward line, the former at outside right. Play was of the free and easy order from the start, and though both goals were alternately assailed in the opening stages neither side scored. Thirty-eight minutes had elapsed when the first and, as it proved, the only point came. Merritt beating Mitchell Everton tired with a fair amount of energy to get on an equality, but Central maintained their lead to the interval. Heavy pressure by the home forwards on resuming produced nothing more tangible than a succession of abortive corners and for a material portion of the second half Everton had to play with ten men, Thompson, in effecting what was a clever clearance, wrenching his thigh. The ball was once almost netted by the home forwards, but Drabble, who made several capable saves, collard it and threw it away, and the referee decided in favour of the defenders. No futher score was forthcoming and the game ended in a single goal victory for the Central. Result Southport central 1, Everton 0.
Cuff-April 22, at 5, Albert-drive, Walton in her 18th year, Hilda Margaret, the dearly beloved and only daughter of Wm C and Jessie Cuff, at Anfield Cemetery tomorrow (Wednesday at 2.15 p.m)
LETTER DRAWN THROUGH LOCAL DERBY GAME
April 26, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
John Sheldon the well-known Lancashire footballer, was drawn into the letter-writing; as a consequence of the playing of the Everton-Liverpool match. He is at O ward Military Hospital Old Mill, near Aberdeen, and his letter to me say “It is not 3.30, and Liverpool and Everton will be going at it. I hope it is a good game. All may best wishes to the boys. I am going on as well as can be expected. I went under operation last Monday morning. I shall be glad when I can get back to the lads of the Footballers Battalion again. It is no game of mine, lying in bed. I have never had more than a say in bed in my life prior to this. We have a lot to thank the Red Cross for; they look after us splendidly.
Tonight Everton Football Club celebrate the twenty-one tears service of Mr. Ben Kelly, as a director. I publish a photograph of Mr. Kelly.
EVERTON DIRECTOR’S MAJORITY
April 27, 1916. The Evening Express.
Mr. B. Kelly’s Services To The Club.
Football and War.
To mark the completion of twenty-one years’ continuous services as a director of the Everton Football Club, a pleasant function with Mr. B. Kelly as the central and honoured figures was held at the Exchange Station Hotel last night, when Mr. Kelly’s co-directors on behalf of themselves and the shareholders made a fitting acknowledgement of genuine services rendered in the shape of the presentation of a handsome solid silver rose bowl, together with a silver tea service to Mrs Kelly, Mr. W. R. Clayton presided at the gathering which it must naturally be mentioned had the solitary overshadowing feature of the absence of the secretary, Mr. W. C. Cuff, owing to the sad and generally regretted bereavement which has overtaken him, an absence which was sympathetically alluded to in the few speeches which followed the dinner. Those present, in addition to the chairman, were Mr. John McKenna, president of the Football League and f the Liverpool Club, Mr. J. Astbury, also of the Liverpool Club; Mr. J. Grant and the following directors of the Everton Club: - Dr. J.C. Baxter, Messrs H. Banks, A. Coffey, J. Davies, J&G Davies, H. Halsall, Messrs J. Read and J. Atkinson; ex-directors B’J. Kelly and F. Berry. After the loyal toasts, the Chairman proposed the health of the guest of the evening in felicitous terms, and spoke in detail of the valuable and whole-hearted services rendered to the Everton Club by Mr. Kelly, Mr. Clayton mentioned how, when the club was in a difficulty in regard to urgent requirement in the way of contracting Mr. Kelly, loyally resigned his seat on the board to assist them, his action thus saving them from a difficult situation in regard to the requirements of an international match to be played on the ground. Mr. Clayton paid a strong tribute to Mr. Kelly’s personal and business like attributes as a director, and expressed the hope that he would be spared for many years to give the club the benefit of his enthusiasm and advice. Mr. Kelly suitably acknowledges the recognition of his service; and subsequently Mr. McKenna relying to the toast of the Football Association and the Football League, expressed his personal satisfaction with the conduct of the game as it had been carried on under the prevailing conditions. Replying to the toast of his neath, Mr. Clayton remarked that as the result of the continuance of the game the Liverpool clubs had raised a sum of £2,000 for charitable purposes and had not only sent out over 500 footballs for which the troops were positively begging for their hours of relaxation, but had supplied outfits. In addition the Everton Club had carried into effects what had been the dream of his career as a director –the endowment of a hospital bed. Mr. Clayton further mentioned that in connection with the Roll of Honours match at Anfield on May 6th, the Everton directors had voted a sum of £50, and the subscription were being received from the members of the board individually, as well as from the shareholders. Subsequently the party adjourned to the Empire Theatre, where seats had been reserved for a second performance.
April 28, 1916 The Liverpool Echo
Talking of soldiers brings me to a letter from a Tommy who is in hospital at Lincoln. He asked a question and begged me to say he was right, “otherwise,” he said, “you will put me in the cart!” Fortunately my answer suited him. Now he writes;-
I saw a peculiar incident whilst in Belgium. We were working one night in a communication trench about 50 yards from the German front line, and two lads presumably of Lancashire regiments) were busy laying sandbags on top of a parapet. All of a sudden the work ceased and I heard one say; “What are you trying to give us? Everton could always beat Liverpool.” The other at once replied; “I don't think,” and then the argument proper started. I can't quote the language or give you any idea how long the argument would have lasted, for it was suddenly brought to a conclusion by some clap telling them that a sniper had already had two shots at them, and that the third might prove successful.
April 29, 1916. The Football Express.
Blues Final Match At Goodison Park
Visit Of Oldham Athletic.
Home Goalkeeper Be Twice in First Twenty Minutes.
By the Judge.
Today saw the termination of the remarkable official season of 1915-16, and Everton finished up with a match at home in the supplementary competition against Oldham Athletic. In passing, one may pay a genuine tribute of congratulation to all concerned for the successful manner in which matters have been carried through, and particularly to the players for the sustained loyalty they have shown in the very remarkable conditions prevailing.
Position To Date
The close has seen a good finish for supremacy after Everton had once seemed likely to run away the supplementary honours without defeat, but the two reverse sustained at Easter rather blotted their record, through considering that a draw today would ensure their success the championship seemed practically assured.
For today’s game Everton were able to wind up at full strength, and the sides taking part were as follows: - Everton: - Fern, goal; Simpson and MaConnachie, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and Wareing, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Oldham Athletic: - Matthews, goal; Moffatt and Wilson, backs; Cavanagh, Pilkington, and Wolstenhomes, half-backs; McDermott, Cashmore, Gee, Walters and Donnachie, forwards. Referee. Mr. S. Lord. When the Oldham team arrived it was found that Hudson was quite unable to appear owing to a serious attack of neuralgia. This brought Wilson to the position of right full back, and necessitated a complete reorganisation of the visitors’s forces. On the home side Thompson was unable to appear owing to injuries, and Simpson accordingly partnered MaConnachie.
Everton’s Ten Men
Everton losing the toss, started with the sun against them. They had also at the commencement only 10 men on the field, MaConnachie not having turned out. After a brief incursion by the home forwards the visitors called upon Fern, who dealt with a high shot from the left. The danger was removed and MaConnachie came on the scene. Everton proceeded to attack, and Matthews was called to deal with a splendid shot from Chedgzoy. He got the ball well away, and Oldham rushing to the other end Gee got his head to the ball in the course of a brief mix up and quite beat Fern at the end of 11 minutes play.
Williamson Gets Through.
A minute later Matthews had to be particularly energetic to save from Williamson who again got through on his own and forced a fruitless corner. In the course of the succeeding play, which was of the varied order, the Everton having most of the attack, Matthews made a splendid save from a perfect centre by Chedgzoy. Oldham rushed down and with twenty minutes of the game gone, Gee got through for the second time, Fern, having no chance, Matthews effected a further clever save and shooting his foot out most adroitly to divert a shot by Clennell, when the latter looked all over a scorer. A corner resulted and Everton kept up the pressure, only to be met by an impenetrable defence. MaConnachie did well to get in the way of a hard drive by Cashmore and the same defender immediately after repulsed the Oldham right wing when they were assuming a dangerous aspect. The Athletic maintained their aggressiveness and the Everton backs experienced a heavy time until McDermott was pulled up for offside.
A stoppage ensued owing to a nasty injury to Chedgzoy, who was some time before he was able to resume. Oldham took up the running, and Cashmere shot behind. Everton had the bulk of the attack, but they found Moffatt in irresistible form, and he repeatedly pulled up the home forwards, of whom he always seemed to have the full measure. Matthews was very reliable in goal, his chief source of trouble being Chedgzoy, who was always accurate in his direction, but who always found the Oldham goalkeeper vigilant and safe. Play became more and more interesting as the interval approached, but the home team were unable to make any visible impression on the visiting defence, whose work was always skilfully and confidently accomplished. There was no further scoring up to the interval the visitors crossing over with a very useful two goal lead.
Half-Time; Everton 0, Oldham Athletic 2.
The Second Half.
Everton started the second half in most businesses fashion and Matthews treated the spectators to some brilliant goalkeeping. He saved a “trimmer” from Harrison, and he next baffled the whole of the Everton front rank in running out and disposing of the ball which he collared from a splendid centre by Chedgzoy. Danger to the Oldham goal, which for several minutes was very pronounced, was eventually removed, and the visitors left made headway, only to be driven back. Kirsopp made a determined effort to get through, but he found a stumbling block in Moffatt, whilst on the other wing a well-intended drive by Clennell passed behind. Everton, as the result of a series of well worked efforts on the left wing, got the ball into the Oldham not 13 minutes after resumption, but unfortunately, the referees signalled determinedly for offside, and the achievement was of no avail.
EVERTON, LEADERS OF THE LEAGUE CLOSE SESSON
April 30, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
The season proper close today, It has been in the words of the League president this week, a remarkable season, in which players have shown earnestness and loyally, and in which the game has gone through a purifying process. So far as this city is concerned the season will not close for a fortnight thanks to the Everton-Liverpool match, at Anfield next week, and the Military International England v. Scotland at Goodison Park, on Saturday week. Everton champions last season and champions of this season’s subsidiary competition have had a good time, and although they did not managed to keep their unbeaten record in the last two weeks, they looked for a good victory against Oldham Athletic to wind up their tournament today. The day was fine, the teams strong, and the crowd of good dimension. Everton: - Fern, goal; Simpson and MaConnachie, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and Wareing, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Oldham Athletic: - Matthews, goal; Moffatt and Wilson, backs; Cavanagh, Pilkington, and Wolstenhomes, half-backs; McDermott, Cashmore, Gee, Walters and Donnachie, forwards. Referee. Mr. S. Lord. The day was good for cycling, bowls, tennis, and boating, but was no use for football. Despite a gentle breeze, the air was altogether sultry. Everton losing the toss, started with ten men, MaConnachie coming on to the field late. The first twenty minutes play was crowded with incident. Gee scored after thirteen minutes and Cashmore at the twentieth minute. Both were starting goals, the first being made possible by the visitors left and the second by a mistake on the part of Fern, the scorer’s determination winding to beyond MaConnachie reach. The ball, it should be mentioned, rebounded from the upright to goal. Right at the outset Fleetwood dribbled cleverly and Walters put in a teaser, which Fern did well to edge over for a corner. Next Pilkington handled in the penalty area without getting an award from the referee.
Everton Were Spasmodic
And erratic, whereas Oldham kept the ball down and passed effectively. Everton although enjoying the major portion, the attacking finished without sting. For instance Fleetwood was a yard wide and too high and Williamson did not finish off Chedgzoy’s constantly good work. Chedgzoy by the way was in the wars through pitching heavily on to his face. Gee, too, had to receive attention through a stud mark on his face. Matthews confidently sent away a rasping shot from Chedgzoy and later heeled out a Clennell shot. The surprise goals caused Everton to liven up considerably and inspite of the weather conditions the game in the first half was fast. For a long spell Oldham were kept on the defensive and Moffart and Wilson put in a lot of spade work. In a breakaway however, Donnachie made a centre shot, and as Fern did not gather the ball at the first time of asking, gee rushed in and nearly scored. The referee played at least two minutes short in the first half, and his offside decisions on many occasions were all against the position of the player and the ball.
Half-Time; Everton 0, Oldham 2
Everton started off the second half in rousing fashion, and for ten minutes they carried the attacks upon Oldham without any fortune attending them. In the main, Chedgzoy was the leader but all round there was an improvement on the first half display. Harrison while on the run, fired in a beauty Williamson nearly converted a corner. The persistent Clennell had hard lines from a Chedgzoy centre. Clennell netted with an surprising screw shot, only to find offside the verdict. Chedgzoy was just a shade too high with a shot, Williamson headed to shared Brown went close with a shot, Matthews gave a corner and Chedzoy rammed the ball against the crossbar. Yet Everton were without goal. Matthews made an astonishing save from Clennell and Moffatt headed out from the goal line.
EVERTON LEADERS OF THE LEAGUE, CLOSE SESSION
April 30, 1916, The Liverpool Football Echo
The season proper closed today. It has been in the words of the League president this week, a remarkable season in which players have shown intense earnestness and loyalty, and in which the game has gone through a purifying process. So far as this city is concerned the section will not close for a fortnight, thanks to the Everton-Liverpool match at Anfield next week, and the Military International England v. Scotland at Goodison Park on Saturday week.
Everton champions last season and champions of this season subsidiary competition have had a good time, and although they did not manage to keep their unbeaten record in the last two weeks, they looked for a good victory against Oldham Athletic to wind up their tournament today. The day was fine the teams strong, and the crowd of good dimensions. Teams refereed by Mr. S. Lord. Everton; Fern (captain), goal; Simpson and MaConnachie, backs; Wareing, Fleetwood and Simpson, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson, Clennell and Harrson, forwards. Oldham; Matthews, goal; Wilson and Moffatt, backs; Wolstenholmes, Pilkington and Cavanagh, half-backs; McDermott, Cashmore, Gee, Walters, and Donnachie, forwards. The day was good for cycling, bowls, Tennis, and boating, but was no use for football. Despite a gentle breeze, the air was altogether sultry. Everton, losing the toss, started with ten men, MaConnachie coming on to the field late. The first twenty minutes play was crowded with incident. Gee scored after thirteen minutes and Cashmore at the twentieth minute. Both were starting goals, the first being made possible by the visitors left and the second by a mistake on the part of Fern, the scorer's determination sending in beyond MaConnachie's reach. The ball, it should be mentioned rebound from the upright to goal. Right at the outset Fleetwood dribbled cleverly, and Walters put in a teaser, which Fern did well to edge over for a corner. Next Pilkington handled in the penalty are without getting an award from the referee.
Everton Were Spasmodic
And erratic, whereas Oldham kept the ball down and passed effectively. Everton, although enjoying the major portion of the attacking finished without sting. For instance, Fleetwood was yard offside and too high, and Williamson did not finish off Chedgzoy's consistency good work. Chedgzoy by the way was in the wars through pitching heavily on to his face. Gee, too had to receive attention through a stud mark on his face. Mathews confidently punched away a rasping shot from Chedgzoy and later headed out a Clennell shot. The surprise goals caused Everton to liven up considerably, and despite of the weather conditions the game in the first half was fast. For a long spell Oldham were kept on the defensive and Moffatt and Wilson put in a lot of spade work. Everton, although enjoying the major portion of the attacking, finished without lasting. For instance, Fleetwood was yards wide and too high, and Williamson did not finish off Chedgzoy's consistently good work. Chedgzoy by the way, was in the wars through pitching heavily on his face. Gee, too, had to receive attention though a stud mark on his face. Matthews confidently punched away a rasping shot from Chedgzoy and later heel out a Clennell shot. In a breakaway however Donnachie made a centre shot and as Fern did not gather the ball at the first time of asking, gee rushed in and neatly scored.
The referee played at least two minutes short in the first half and his offside decisions of many occasions were all against the position of the players and the ball.
Half-time; Everton 0, Oldham 2.
A Rousing Resumption
Everton started off the second half in rousing fashion, and for ten minutes they rained attacks upon Oldham without any fortune attending them. In the main, Chedgzoy was the leader but all round there was an improvement on the first half display. Harrison while on the run, fired a beauty, Williamson nearly converted a corner. The persistent Clennell had hard lines from a Chedgzoy centre. Clennell netted with an a screw shot, only to find offside the verdict. Chedgzoy was just a shade too high with a shot. Willilamson headed to hand. Brown went close with a shot, Matthews gave a corner rather than a goal when Kirsopp tried a shot and Chedgzoy rammed the ball against the crossbar. Yet Everton were without goal. Matthews made an astounding save from Clennell and Moffatt headed out from the goal line thus preventing Fleetwood getting the goal of goals.
Gee scored in thirteen minutes
Cashmore scored in twenty minutes.