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Athletic News - Monday 09 August 1909
Everton Enterprise
As befits one of the wealthiest and most enterprising clubs in the country, Everton are making extensive alterations on their already commodious enclosure for the forthcoming season. About a couple of years ago, writes “Junius,” they completed the first part an extensive programme to make their ground the best-equipped in England by constructing upper deck stand at the Stanley Park end of the Goodison arena, and so popular has this point of vantage become with the average attender at their matches, where for a shilling a magnificent view of the game can be enjoyed in comfort, that the directors felt little compunction in proceeding with the second portion of their scheme. Naturally enough with a balance £27,833 5s. standing to their credit at the bank the club could well afford to spend money for the benefit of their supporters, and it must be admitted that Everton have catered, and are again following out this policy towards making every provision for the comfort of the people who patronise their matches- To the casual observer the condition of affairs at Goodison Park may seem to be one of chaos, but there is no doubt that, ere the first of September arrives everything will be in readiness for the opening of the campaign. The alterations that are being pushed rapidly towards completion are very extensive. Chief attention has been directed to the Goodison-road side of the ground, where the immense cinder bank has been operated upon. Along the whole length of this stretch, a huge double-decker stand is in course of erection. The directors’ room, Secretary’s office, and Press box have been almost demolished, and on each side the new stands have been conjoined in the form of three sides of an octagon. The two wing portions will consist of standing accommodation below, along the whole length, while there will be seating room In the upper storey for the shilling spectator, ten thousand whom will have an uninterrupted view of the whole of the field. The central portion will consist of three tiers, standing below, directors, etc., and other officials in the middle part, and spectators in the upper storey. Huge steel supports and girders will bear the weight of this construction, and the terracing, both for those who stand below and those who are seated above, is composed of cement steps, which are being made by the contractors the back of the old big stand. Owing to the difficulties encountered in joining the present brick erection these new additions, considerable delay has been occasioned in bringing the operations towards completion, but all obstacles have been overcome, and it is certain that by the opening day of the season the lower portions will quite ready for use. The dressing-rooms, baths, billiard-room, gymnasium, etc., will all be arranged under this new stand, and underground passage constructed there  from to enable the players come out to the field, which they will enter from the opposite side to that which they have been previously accustomed to. Members of the Press will have a new box. Exactly in the centre, level with the directors ‘enclosure, but more forward, and nearer the field of play than that sanctum. Below them will be standing accommodation, and above the seated shilling spectators. In addition to these improvements, the whole of the cinder track on the Goodison road side, and also in front of the two goal stands, has been terraced. Cement steps have been fixed, between which numerous downward passages have been interspersed to enable spectators to reach any part of the bank without difficulty. Hence there will no undue crowding in any particular part. Every portion will be easily accessible, and the crowd will evenly dispersed over all the space available. So skillfully has the slope been arranged, both on the ground floor and on the upper decker, that every individual will able see the whole of the playing patch without difficulty. The dominating idea has been to secure every advantage for the would-be spectator at a minimum of trouble. When complete, the enclosure present wonderful appearance, will without superior anywhere. Everton have determined to the best-equipped ground in the country, and if they fail, the fault cannot lay the directors’ account. The alterations in vogue are expected cost about £12.000; but. Immense though this sum is, the officials feel that they are justified in their outlay. Their one aim is to meet the desires of their supporters, no matter what the expense may be, and they must credited with having done all in their power . With one exception, and even this may have been obliterated ere another week elapses, all the players have signified their allegiance to the Football Association, and delivered their resignation to the Players’ Union. And no wonder, for every footballer who qualifies for a benefit at Goodison can look forward to receiving £5OO, which, coupled with his £4 a week wage, does not savor white not openly expressing any opinion as to the unrest which is agitating the minds of the football authorities, are perfectly satisfied with their position, and there is not likely to be any trouble in the Goodison camp.  Everton possess a loyal band of players, who recognize the considerate motives of their employers. 

Exeter City Player's Loss .
Western Times - Wednesday 11 August 1909
Jack Crelley, the Exeter City professional footballer, hasreturned to Liverpool for a week in consequence of a family bereavement. On Monday he was advised by telegrapgh of the death of his father after a prolonged illness, and at once returned to his home.

Western Times - Saturday 20 August 1910
The Whereabouts of Exeter's Old Players
Jack Crelley has finally fixed up with St. Helen's Recreation for next season.

August 20, 1909. The Liverpool Football Echo
The Goodison ground is a perfect hive of industry. The Everton officials are not only bent on building up a first class team, but intend making their ground one of the fines in the county. It bears comparison with any league's round, and when completed will challenge the best in the land. Just now Mr. W.C.Cuff the general secretary is a very busy man, but he found time to chat on various topics concerning the club and players. The officials behave they have a good team, and with a bit of luck –they were not too well treated or fortune last season –hope to win honours. Personally I am convinced that the Evertonians will take beating. You may think that the Argentine tour has lane the players a lot of harm. I recollect Nottingham Forest visiting Argentina. The very next season they went in the Second Division. Mr. impression is that the tour was done the Everton players a lot of good, and it has promoted good feeling among players, and directors. The players who went on tour look remarkably well, and although all the players are not yet up, there is a clean bill of health. Sharp and Makepeace are, of course still playing cricket, and may not particularly of the practice match. I have seen both players frequently during the cricket season. They are both very fit. The directors intend a keep a sharp lookout for local players. Several promising juniors are already on the books, and applications for trials have been numerous. There is practically nothing to record in the way of transfers of old players and signing of now. The only now man of note is Gourlay; a centre forward from Port Glasgow Athletic. Chetwood and Strettell have been transferred to Crewe and Chesterfield respectively. For my own part, I think the directors can rely confidently on last season's players. I expect it will be a dangerous combination for the signing of R.F Turner strengthened the weak point of the team. The difference was obvious towards the close of the season. The following players are on the books: -

Goal: - W Scott, and CH Berry
Backs: - R. Balmer, JS McConnachie, W Stevenson, LC Wells.

Half-backs: - V Harris, J Taylor, H Makepeace, R Clifford, H Adamson, and J Borthwich.

Forwards: - J. Sharp, J Coleman, BC Freeman, RF Turner, J Gourley, GH Barlow, A Young, LG Woods, T Jones W Lacey, D Rafferty, JB Meunier, R Adamson, HS Buck, S Carlisle, W Michael, HT Osborne, C Pratt, W Webb, and JC Bardsley.

Visitors to Goodison for the practice match next Saturday will find many changes. The work on the new double-deck stand which extends the length of the Goodison road side of the ground is being pushed forward, but it has proved such a big undertaking that it will not be fully completed when the season commences. I can assure patrons however that their comfort will not in any way be interfered with. The structure at present is a mass of hugh steel girder. The skeleton will practically be completed early next week, and once this is done progress will be rapid. When completed it will be a majestic structure. Attention is being concentrated on the lower portion, and this it is expected will be ready for use by the glorious first. On three sides of the enclosure the terracing is of solid concrete, while the clinder banking has been terracing, in concrete lengths. Spectators will obtain a similar view as at Anfield, in the sense that the ground all round the playing space has been lowered and onlookers on the lower terraces will be nearly on a level with the players.

August 20, 1909. The Liverpool Football Echo
Carlise Everton's new forward hails from Valkyries FC, and not from Harrow as previously announced.
The mysterious McCormick whom Everton signed from Newcastle United has never played in their League team, is announced as one of Millwall's capture for the coming season.
Mr. Halliday, a former day Everton full back has secured some very able forward recruits this summer for Brentford. Also Sloan who was originally with Everton them signed for Liverpool, has gone to Belfast Distillery as players manager.

August 20, 1909. The Liverpool Football Echo
The football players of Everton and Liverpool and the first team of the Stanley CC are playing a return cricket match at Lower Arkles-lane on Monday and Tuesday next the 23 rd and 24 th inst., commencing each evening at 5-50.

August 23, 1909 The Athletic News
By Junius
Twelve months ago Everton were concerned with the reorganization of their forces, and speculation was rife as to the manner in which their new talent would blend with what was left of the old brigade. This problem was solved during the first half of the season, for Everton did not lose a match away from home until January 30 th , and they eventually gained second position in the final League chart. The least satisfactory part of the team last year was the left wing in the forward line, but this was remedied during the closing weeks by the acquisition of “Watty” White, from Bolton Wanderers, and Turner, from Leicester Fosse. Thus at the end of April Everton were ready with a capable team to fullfil their obligations in the succeeding year. It may, therefore, be taken for granted that the club will resume on the 1 st of September with practically the same eleven that won the last League match decided at Goodison Park. At the time of writing, I am aware of but one deflection from the ranks. Coleman has not severed his connection with the Players Union, and of course, he has started training with his old comrades. The club, however, possesses a most promising youngster in Lacey, who was secured from Dublin Shelbourne fifteen months ago, and who gained international honours last season. He played inside right during the recent tour of Argentina, and was the most consistent forward on the side. At a private practice match, held a few days ago, he showed sufficient ability to merit his prompt inclusion in the League eleven. He stands 5ft 8 1/2ins and weighs 11st 12lbs. Amongst the players retained are the eider Balmer, who will probably retire from football; Strettle, who has gone to Chesterfield; Coupar, who is at present at home in Scotland; and Crews, who came with Coleman from Woolwich. In the reserve ranks are several clever players, who have already had experience of League warfare, Stevenson full-back, Borthwick centre half-back, Adamson and Clifford half-backs, and “Prescott” Jones inside forward. The latter has greatly benefited by his trip to South America, and the veteran John D. Taylor, has also returned rejuvenated, and ready for a few ,more years of football. Practically only two new players have been engaged, James Gourlay, who comes of a famous football family, and who can operate at centre-forward, or in either of the inside positions, stands 5ft, 7ins, and weighs 11st 3lbs. He was secured from Port Glasgow Athletic. Louis Weller, is a tall Staffordshire recruit standing 5ft 7ins, and weighs 11st, while he is only 21 years of age. He played left half towards the end of April, and shaped in good style. J Canon Bardsley is an amateur, who has seen service with Rossendale and Southport Y.M.C.A. He stands 6ft, and is proportionately built. He has assisted Lancashire in Inter-County football, and is recognized in the amateur circles of the Palatinate. Great alternations have been made on the ground during the close season, full details of which appeared in our issue of the 9 th inst, therefore any further reference here is unnecessary. Visitors to Goodison Park will be astonished at the immensity of the new double-decker stand, and the clean, compact appearance of the enclosure, surrounded as it is on all sides by cement terracing. The directors are hoping that the whole of the lower portion, at least, will be in readiness for “the first.”

•  Thanks To Kjell Hanssen for sending this to me.

August 27, 1909. The Liverpool Courier
There was conclusive evidence from last night's practice match there is a condition of fitness in the players which augure well for the campaign, which will shortly be entered upon at Goodison Park. Some 10,000 of Everton followers had an opportunity of judging prospectively the merits of the players as they entered into their preliminary exercise on the Liverpool Club at Anfield. It was at once a racious act on the part of the Liverpool directors to place their enclosure at the disposal of the Everton Club at a juncture when Goodison Park is still in the hands of the workmen, a circumstance which rendered a turn out there rather inconvenient. Meanwhile the improvements on the ground are being rapidly pushed forward, and when these are completed, Goodison will want a lot of beating as football location. Nearly all the old faces were noticed in the twenty-two who turned out, with the exception, of course of Sharp and Makepeace, who are still engaged with cricket. In the League team –the Blues –Clifford, and Adamson operated with Taylor in the half-back line, while on the stripes side, the Reserves team, the new man, Gourlay of Port Glawsgow, and Weller of Leek United, made their debut. The outcome of the game, although is represented the League team as winning by two goals to on, left the spectators with the conviction that Everton have a reliable and clever lot of men in their reserves team. On play they really impressed the crowd in a grated degree than the more tried players, and it is eminently satisfactory to know that the Everton authorities will have excellent material to fall back upon when the occasion arises. Possibly the Blues were not putting forth their best efforts –at least they did not as a whole seem to be doing. Of course there were exceptions. White playing a grand game at through. He is sure to be a tower of strength. He was responsible for both the goals for the Blues. Freeman was not seen to the best advantage. Borthwick giving him the closest attention, but Turner showed that he is an artiste with the ball. Buck in a dashing and plucky little player, whose speed stands him in good stead. Taylor had not too many opportunities, but he made the most of them. MaConnachie was as usual very cool, though occasionally he was neatly tricked by Michaels, a promising youth, who ought to be of some service. Bob Balmer's display was not free from mistakes in the first half, but in the second portion his defence was sounder. Scott, as usual, was safe in goal. Amongst the Stripes each man was a determined trier. Mountford was par excellence the stalwart of the front line, his passing being always well judged, and he was a danger to reckon with. Anderson made him a very effective partner, and it was he who paved the way for Gourlay to score. The latter did some promising work, and made openings very effectively. Borthwick was a keen and resourceful centre half. Rafferty and Weller also appearing to advantage. A clever back is possessed by Evertion in Meunier, who times the ball with rare judgement, and always seems to be in the right place. Berry's display in goal created a very favourable impression. Teams: - Blues: - Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and MaConnachie, (Captain), backs, Adamson, Taylor, and Clifford, half-backs Buck, White, Freeman, Young, and Turner forwards. Stripes: - Berry, goal, Stevenson, and Meunier, backs, Rafferty, Borthwick, and Weller, backs, Michaels, Lacey, Gourley, Anderson, and Mountford, forwards. Referee D.Peers.

Athletic News - Monday 30 August 1909
Owing to the alterations on the Goodison Park ground being incomplete, the Everton directors were in a quandary regarding the playing of the first practice game, for it was absolutely impossible to allow spectators on to their enclosure.  However, a way out of the difficulty was forthcoming, for the Liverpool directors generously acceded to the request of their neighbours to play the game at Anfield, and there was the unusual spectacle of the Everton League and Combination elevens opposing each other on the ground of their keenest rivals. 


August 1909