Everton Independent Research Data


August 10, 1906. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton footballers started training yesterday. They set out for a long walk into the country, and today they will renew acquaintance with the ball, and will indulge in ball practice and sprinting. By the 18 th of this month when the first practice match is to be played, they will have worked into good condition. They will practice a second time before the public on the 27 th , owing to the Liverpool Club holding a preliminary trial on the 25 th at New Brighton Tower grounds. On Wednesday the players went to Llandudno, there being a reunion of old and new players. George Wilson with his brother, David will make Goodison their headquarters was married about a fortnight ago.

Athletic News - Monday 20 August 1906
The Directors are prepared to receive applications for trials.  Applicants must post full particulars as to age, height, weight, position and last club, to W.C. Cuff, Goodison Park.

Athletic News - Monday 20 August 1906
By Junius
Everton have every reason to be satisfied with their first practice game.  They were favoured with fine weather, they had a big crowd, and the play was of a promising character.  Over 20,000 people were present, and the charities selected, the Hospital Saturday Fund and Stanley Hospital, will benefit to the extent of 126 pounds.  The antagonists were the Blues and Stripes, the former representing the League defence, and the latter the League attack.  Two prominent figures absent were jack Sharp and Harry Makepeace, whose services have been placed at the disposal of the County cricket club by the Everton directors until the end of the month.  At the interval each side had a goal and the league attack won by three goals to two.  The chief interest was naturally in the new men, and of these George Wilson the Scots International and Donald Sloan, the new goalkeeper secured from the Distillery, caught the eye, the former for some splendid centres, and the latter for a series of brilliant saves.  The old hands showed no falling off, and Scott was equally safe as his countryman in goal.  It was pleasing to note that Tom Booth, who was kept idea last season through injury and illness, displayed his old time virility. 

20 August, 1906 - The Athletic News
By Junius
Everton-or, as they must be now termed by their less familiar title, the cupholders –have quickly, but none the less effectively, attempted to strengthen their forces during the close season. As in previous years, the players with whom they have dispensed were connected with their reserve eleven, and include Collins, Wildman, Oliver, Quinn, Birnie, Grundy, Hannan, and McLaughlin. Of this number, Wildman was by far the most promising player, and had Everton not been blessed with such a surfeit of useful full-backs, it is hardly likely that they would have allowed this local lad to leave.
Mr. W. Cuff, the courteous and obliging secretary, commence his fifth year of office under most favourable auspices, for his club is the absolute owner of the spacious and well-equipped Goodison enclosure, over which the English cup now sheds its lustrous glamour. The turf, as usual, is in perfect condition –indeed it is scarcely ever otherwise – and few alterations have been necessary on the ground, or staff connected therewith. Season tickets have been considerably reduced, and an innovation has been introduced by issuing them to boys, at an appreciable rate. The old players retained are Abbott, the brothers Balmers, Booth, Butler, Bolton, Black, Chadwick, Crelley, Cook, Donaldson, Donnachie, Depledge, Hill, Jones, Makepeace, Settle, Sharp, Scott, Sloan, Taylor, Wright, and Young, while Harold Hardman will also be again available. It will be noted that this list, given in alphabetical order, includes all last season's first team players and the most promising reserves. The new comers are D. Dorward, 5ft 8 ¼ ins, 10st10lb, age 20, who hails from Montrose; R. Graham, 5ft 7ins, 10st 4lbs, age 24, previous club Third Lanark; W. Stevenson, 5ft 8 ¾ in, 11st, age 21 from Accrington Stanley; S. Strettle, 5ft 11 ¾in, 11st 6lbs, age 20, from a local club; and the brothers D. Wilson, 5ft 8ins, 12st 4lb, age 24, and G. Wilson 5ft 6 ¼ ins, 12st 7lbs, age 22, who were obtained from the Hearts of Midlothian. At the meeting of shareholders a change in the directorate was made, Mr. R. Wilson, being elected, but the chairmanship will once more be in the highly capable hands of Mr. George Mahon, than whom no man has rendered greater service to the Everton club. Thus the cup-holders –I will accustom myself to this designation –will enter upon their new campaign with confidence and with such a strong coterie of sound and experienced players, who may be leavened with lever reserves when occasion demands, they should retain their position as one of the foremost and wealthiest clubs in the country.

August 20, 1906. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Blues v. Stripes
Following their usual custom prior to the opening of the football campaign Everton gave an exhibition game at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, and as there was a small charge for admission the local medical charities to whom the proceeds are to be given, should benefit to a considerable extent. The gates were opened about three o'clock, and the crowd began to gather in their thousands. Before the start at half-past three o'clock about 15,000 spectators has assembled.
The teams faced as follow;- Blues, Scott, goal; W. Balmer and Crelly, backs; Booth (captain), Taylor and Abbott, half-backs; Jones, Graham, Dorward, D. Wilson and G. Wilson, forwards. Stripes; Sloan, goal; Hill and Stevenson, backs; Black, Chadwick and Donaldson, half-backs; Hardman, Settle, Young, Bolton, and Donnachie, forwards. It will be observed from the above that the Blues had the league defence and the Stripes the League forwards. When the Stripes kicked off all eyes were centred on the new recruits D and G. Wilson, but for the first few minutes the Stripes monopolized the game, and they had no chance. Scott was tested several times, but had no difficulty in saving his charge. Then the Blues got going, good work being done by the brothers Wilson, and Jones from the right sent in a splendid shot, which was cleverly got rid of by Sloan. After this the game in favour of the Stripes and the Blues defence was at times sorely tried. After some clever forward work Settle had the goal at his mercy from a clever pass by Hardman but sent the ball high over the bar. A rush to the other end by the Blues gave G. Wilson an opening and he sent in a terrific shot, but Sloan saved magnificently, and was deservedly cheered. Hardman next had a chance of opening the Stripes account, but after passing the backs and had nothing to beat but the goalkeeper he missed by about a couple of feet. The Blues retaliated and from a well-judged centre by G. Wilson, Graham headed the ball past Sloan amidst loud cheers and thus drew first blood for the Blues. The Stripes got away from the kick-off and from Bolton's pass Young should have scored but again missed the mark. The Stripes goal had a narrow escape from a shot by Jones the leather just shaving the post. A run up by Donnachie took him past all opposition but he finished up by shooting into Scott's hands. After Young had again failed Settle got hold and with a grand shot beat Scott completely and thus equalized the score. The crowd had increased to about 20,000 when the game was resumed. The Blues were the first to get dangerous and D. Wilson made a grand attempt to increase the score, but Sloan saved cleverly. The Stripes then dashed away Hardman putting across to Donnachie who defeated Scott with a lighting shot and thus gave his side the lead. The Blues by some really clever play swarmed round the Stripes goal and with Sloan on the floor a goal looked certain but the latter managed to tip the ball over the line. For some time after this the Blues kept pegging away at the Stripes goal, the brother Wilson having hard lines with some grand shots. A sudden break away by the Stripes ended in Settle putting on a third goal, Scott having no chance. The Blues were soon afterwards at the other end, and after some near things Dorward at length found the net. The Blues had decidedly the best of this half but were unlucky. Result Stripes 3, goals, Blues 2.
Taking the play all round it was a very interesting game both sets of forwards showing good form, and the brother Wilson have established themselves as prime favourities by the spectators, especially G. Wilson, whose fine centres and shots at goal were a treat to see. The backs and half-backs also gave a good display, and the goalkeeping of Scott and Sloan was beyond praise.

August 20, 1906. The Liverpool Courier
Upwards of 20,000 spectators witnessed Everton's first practice match at Goodison-park on Saturday, under ideal conditions. The teams –Blues v. Stripes –comprised the recognised League defence and practically last season's League attack respectively, and there was a lively speculation as to how the “trial” men would acquit themselves. The Blues were respesented by Scott, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly backs Booth, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-back, Jones, Graham, Dorward, D.Wilson, and G.Wilson, forwards. Stripes: - Sloan, goal, Hill, and Stevenson, backs, Platts, Chadwick, and Donaldson, half-backs Donnachie, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Referee Mr.J.F.Langford , Waterloo, was referee. The game opened somewhat tamely at first, but ere long the Stripes settled down to serious business and Scott had to put in some of his smartest work to save from Donaldson. This livened things up a bit, and put the Blues on their metal. It was now that some of the new blood showed their paces, G.Wilson displaying both speed and resourcefulness, while Jones on the right wing was more than once applauded for some clever footwork. After Sloan had saved in rather neat fashion from Dorward, the Stripes made a determined onslaught on the opposing citadel, and Settle twice unsuccessfully essayed a shot. The Blues retaliated briskly, and at length were rewarded, Jones centring right across to George Wilson, who returned the ball right into the goalmouth, Graham making no mistake about scoring. Each end became the scene of some fast play, and Sloan on one occasion only saved by a really splendid clearance. Just on half time, however, Settle made up for his ill-luck earlier on by notching the equalising point for the stripes. There were some spirited play on resuming, and a regular rasping shot were put in by D.Wilson, but to no purpose, as it was negotiated in a masterly way by Sloan. A minute later, however, the ball was rushed to the other end, and Donnachie put the Stripes ahead with a good shot. The Blues tried hard to even up matters, G.Wilson especially putting in some dangerous centres, but despite these efforts Settle managed to take advantage of an opening, and put on a third goal for the League attack. A few minutes before the time was called Dorward added a goal for the Blues, the final score thus standing Stripes 3 goals, Blues 2 goals. On the whole the game afforded ample opportunity for the individual players to shine. G.Wilson was constantly prominent for both judgement and skill, and will yet do yeoman service for his side. Sloan shaped splendidly in goal, and although any ugly rushes did not test him, he certainly created a most favourable impression. Graham and T. Jones were also prominent by some good all round work. The proceeds, which go to charity, realised £150.

August 28 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
The second of the practice matches arranged as a preliminary to the opening of Everton's League campaign took place last night at Goodison-park in the presence of about 10,000 spectators, the proceeds again being devoted to charitable objects. An eleven representing the League team (Blue) opposed a team composed of the reserves (Stripes), and the game started at six o'clock in very favourable weather. Teams: - Blues: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer and Crelly backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs, Donnachie, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman forwards. Stripes: - Sloan, goal, Hill, and Stevenson, backs Black, Chadwick, and Donaldson, half-backs, Jones, Graham, Dorward, D.Wilson and G.Wilson, forwards .
The game was productive of good play, and the spectators were much impressed with the way both teams acquitted themselves. No score came until half an hour from the start, when Settle scored for the Blues, after Sloan had just saved. Shortly afterwards Young sent in a good shot which took effect. Sloan seemed to be claiming for offside when the ball passed him. At the interval the Blues were leading by two goals to none. The second half found the Stripes in a more earnest mood, and they certainly proved themselves triers all over. Capital shots were rained in on Scott, whose abilities were thoroughly tested, Dorward, G.Wilson, and Jones aiming to good purpose. They certainly deserved better success. The League players were however, dangerous, and Young, in one of his dashing moves, increased the Blues' lead, and the final was 3-0 in their favour.
The quality of play displayed by the recruits was of a high order, especially that of G.Wilson and D Wilson. The former showed a fine turn of speed, and frequently evoked applause from the spectators whilst D.Wilson passed well. Jones, at outside right played a game, which had many good points. Sloan performed very cleverly in goal, and it is quite evident that in him Everton will be able to rely upon a useful acquisition in that department of the field. His style last night was cool and confident. As already indicated Scott proved his immense value, and the form of the League team as a whole was such as to inspire confidence.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Friday 31 August 1906
Rossendale have secured Berry, the late Bury forward, and Rankin, a brother of Bruce Rankin, who formerly played for Everton, but who is now a member of the West Bromwich Albion team.

August 1906