Everton Independent Research Data


Sheffield Independent - Monday 19 July 1920
During the week-end the Wednesday have secured a new left back in John Dunn, of Luton Town.  He captained Eccles Brough during the year they won the first division of the Lancashire Combination.  He stands 5ft 10 and half in, and draws the beam at 12st 10lb.  In the season 1913-14 he was with leeds City, after which he played war-time football with Blackpool and Everton and finally joining Luton Town. 

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 21 July 1920
Swindon Town are still searching for a full back, and rumours has it that they would like the Everton player, J.S Macconnachie, who is coaching a football team in Swindon.

August 14, 1920. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
Swindon Town have strengthened their defence for next season by signing on Macconnachie, of Everton. As a left back, Macconnachie rendered his late club admirable service for a number of years, and was frequently considered as of international class, although he did not secure that distinction. In coming south he will join a half-back from his old club, for Wareing was signed on a short while back.

August 17, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
The first of the Everton trial games was played at Goodison Park last night, when about 8,000 spectators watched the players go through the preliminary contest as it were, to the competition proper. The play was interesting enough, and although it was noticed that several of the players had not yet got the “hang” of the game, the form generally was good. Of the new players, Reid of Belfast Distillery, and Crossley of Sunderland were prominent as a left wing pair, and these two players are likely to make their mark when the real competition starts. McDonald, the full back from Scotland, also pleased, his placing and kicking being such, as to give rise to the hope that he will make a most able partner for Downs. Garrett of Halesowen, showed a good knowledge of half-back duties. Of last season’s players, Downs kicked with his usual characteristic style, while Brewster was very useful at centre half, with Fleetwood and Grenyer in their accustomed skilful mood. Of the forwards, Kirsopp displayed refreshing dash, while Chedgzoy and Clennell also proved that they had lost none of their capabilities. Of the reserves players, Wall and Jones combined very effectively.
The Game
What is regarded as the League defence with the reserve forward line, composed the Blues’ team, and the Stripes were made up of last season’s first forward line and the second string defence. As the match turned out, the respective defences, for the most part, were masters of the situation, and scoring was not heavy. The Blues, backed by an excellent rear division, had most of the play; but the forwards were none too accurate in their marksmanship. Reid’s runs and centres, and Crossley’s dribbling, were pleasing factors, especially in the second half, and another item which gave the onlookers pleasure was the fine keeping of Fern and Mitchell, both saving some very fine shots. It seemed as though a goal would not be recorded at all, but when the second half was well advanced Crossley wormed his way through the Stripes and finished a clever dribble with a magnificent shot, which found the net. The point was greeted with loud cheers by the spectators, who had long waited a tangible point. This proved to be the only goal of the game, and it sufficed to give the Blues the victory. The fact that only one goal was scored was largely due to lofty drives, and in no small measure to the able defences. Teams: - Blues: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Jones, Wall, Peacock, Crossley, and Reid, forwards. Stripes: - Mitchell, goal, Thompson, and Robinson, backs, Weller, Lievesley, and Garrett, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 18 August 1920
J. Maconnachie the ex-Everton full back who since the end of last season has been coaching in Sweden, has joined Swindon Town

Merthyr Quits Merry.
Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 28 August 1920
Merthyr Town are quite merry about their prospects, thank you. They had some little trouble signing some their old players, but they weathered the trouble and have built up quite a good side. Just keep your eye W. Evans, the Everton defender, who played for Wales against England at Stoke last season He is the goods.

Sunday Post - Sunday 29 August 1920
The appearance of Jock M'Donald, the ex-Airdrie back, for Everton against Bradford was a feature of the match. He showed himself a sound player and tactician. The right man in the right place, he gave a capital display. Alert and clever in tackling, he allowed Turnbull very little opportunity of penetrating the defence. His quiet confidence will tell in the long run, and, though somewhat stylist, he cohesive in play, and showed a thorough understanding with his partner, Dicky Downs, the old Barnsley full back.

August 29, 1920 Sunday Post
In fine weather, before a big crowd. After Downs had missed a penalty, Parker opened the scoring for Everton. Burkenshaw equalized, Bradshaw going ahead, through McLean after twenty-two minutes' play. Everton established the lead again through Kirsopp and Parker scoring in rapid succession. It was a fast, exhilarating game, but the Bradford defence was not up to the highest standard. Mclean equalized for Bradford. Play in the second half was somewhat tame compared to the first portion, but the heat told upon the players. Everton defence was in fine form, McDonald being prominent, while the height of all the team was an important factor. Chedgzoy was brilliant, while Crossley and Reid combined well. Turnbull and Mclean were Bradford's best.

August 30, 1920 The Yorkshire Post
The Bradford team made a splendid start for this at Park Avenue. Some 18,000 spectators were present, and in the first half fine sport was provided for their entertainment. The game had not been in progress more than three or four minutes when Dickenson was judged to have fouled Weller, and a penalty kick was awarded. Downs made the shot, but Scattergood breasted the ball, which rebound into play, and was cleared by the backs. Five minutes later disaster befell the home side. Chedgzoy began to play an important part in the visitors' attack, and it was from a centre by him that Parker scored the first goal of the season. The Everton half backs had largely dominated the run of the game thus far, but the Avenue middle division, began to assert itself, and with frequent opportunities the home attack showed good form, and after 20 minutes Burkinshaw, with a smart drive, equalized. Three minutes later Bauchop again charged into the mouth of the goal, and McDonald in trying to clear butted the player and missed the ball. The ball dropped at Mclean's feet, and he promptly shot into the net. Thus the home side took a lead in the scoring. But not for more than eight or nine minutes did they hold it. Scott was not able to check Chedgzoy on the visitors' right, and at the end of half an hour he put a fine opening in the way of Kirsopp, who made the goal. Seven minutes later Chedgzoy repeated this performance, and this time Parker scored the goal. Thus at half-time the score was Everton 3, goals, Bradford 2 goals. It was a warm day, and this affected both teams, with the result that play in the second half was very tame and uninteresting as compared with the first. The home side were as often on the attack as their opponents, but there was a lack of vigour and combination part of the inside forwards, whilst the wings were kept well in check. Chedgzoy was not as often in evidence, but he created openings which, had he been adequately supported, must have put his side in a comfortable position as regards goal. Such was their advantage, however, that most people had come to the conclusion that they would win. But two or three minutes from time the unexpected happened. The home side attacked and the defence being less keen than previously, Mclean with a clever left leg shot, beat the backs and the goalkeeper, making the scoring equal at three goals each. Teams; Bradford PA;- Scattergood, goal; Curtis and Dickenson, backs; Crozier, Howie, and Scott, half-backs; Turnbull, Burkinshaw, McLean, Beauchop, and McCandless, forwards. Everton; Fern, goal; Downs and McDonald, backs; Weller, Brewster and Grenyer, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Crossley, and Reid, forwards. Referee; Mr. W.F. Bunnell, of Preston.

August 20, 1920. The Evening Express.
By C.R.I
Locally all followers of the game will travel Goodison Park way to see the Blues go through their paces once again. The form shown in the initial game was promising, and I expect the men to show to greater advantage tomorrow, afternoon. Those who have not see the new left wing pair, Crossley and Reid, will I am sure, be pleased with them. Both men are intelligent footballers, and if I mistake not they will make their mark. I note they have been “promised” and this time they are to form part of the “:League” attack against the league defence, Downs is not to participate, but Thompson’s associated with McDonald behind a fine trio, of halves in Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, so that Reid and Crossley, along with Chedgzoy, Parker, and Kirsopp, ought to be thoroughly extended. Both teams appear very sound on paper, and an attractive contest is assured. Let it be at once understood that players are extremely keen this year to make headway, and competition for places is likely to be very warm indeed. The kick-off is timed for 3.30, and the teams are to line up as follows:- Blues; Fern; Thompson, and McDonald; Fleetwood, Brewster and Grenyer; G.W. Jones, Wall, Peacock, Howarth, and Harrison. Stripes; Mitchell; Stroud and Robinson; Weller, Farrar and Williams; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Crossley and Reid.

August 23, 1920. The Evening Express
Both Merseyside clubs have put their players through their final paces, and so far as one can judge from trial encounters there appears to be a fair combination of talented exponents in the ranks. Everton, however, have a lot of leeway to make up, and while the men at the disposal of the directors have shown good form there are many who believe that the playing staff is hardly adequate for what promises to be a most strenuous season. Time alone will show. There was no mistaking the earnestness of the players on Saturday at Goodison, and in the two trials I have noticed a praiseworthy desire to get it and to impart that determination and skill so essential in first class soccer. In the game under notice what is regarded as the league attack was pitted against the first team defence and the scheme brought out a lot of the best points in the respective lines. To my mind the first defence is likely to be very sound. The Blues forwards were afforded many opportunities by Brewster, Fleetwood and Grenyer, and Peacock and his colleagues rose to the occasion and won by 5 goals to 4. The fact that nine goals were recorded is plain evidence that the shooting showed a vast improvement on the previous game, when only one point was chalked up.
Brewsters Smart Play
A feature of the display was the promising form of Brewster at centre-half. The big Scot was in his element and I am sure he will make his mark this time. His passes down the middle were perfect and Peacock, the Blues’ centre, appreciated these transfers so much that he scored three goals for his side. Brewster’s height and weight enable him to get the ball frequently and it was noticed that he took in the position quickly and fed the men in front in a way that the attacking forces appreciated. At heading too, Brewster has a big advantage, and once he ran in to head a ball downwards into the net in quite brilliant fashion. Fleetwood and Grenyer showed that they will be up to standard when the time comes, though I must admit that Fleetwood seems more at home at centre half. McDonald again came out of the trail well, though he is inclined to balloon the ball. Thompson played a useful game, and I believe he has returned to that form which made him such a source of strength when he first came to the Park.
Fern’s Skill.
We all know Fern to be a keeper of undoubted ability, who is not afraid to take a risk when things look black. His keeping on Saturday was marked by all his old judgement and resource, one save in particular thrilling the onlookers. It was a ball going away from him and it seemed that his effort was belated, but turning quickly. (Fern was in the act of going away from the line of flight) he threw himself at the ball and pushed it out of play. The save brought down the house. Crossley again pleased with his general tactics, his dribbling and shooting bearing the hall mark of excellence. Small and stature and stout of build his figure is bound to be prominent. He scored a good goals, one being the result of a neat centre by Reid. The latter player again pleased, and with Harrison also showing to advantage the directors have two able exponents from which to choose for the outside left berth.

August 23, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
The players on the Everton Club staff completed their public preparation for the football campaign on Saturday, when the final trial game was played. There was a splendid attendance, and it is quite obvious that when the campaign proper begins on Saturday gates will rule large. The public appetite for football has been increased by these practice games and there is every indication of a big boom in the game. The players on view at Everton entertained 12,000 spectators to a spirited game, the plan being adopted of putting the league forwards (Stripes) against the first team defence (Blues). On the occasion of the first trial the marksmanship was of poor quality, and only one goal was registered. In the game under notice, however, nine goals were recorded, the Blues winning by 5 to 4. The play generally was interesting, and players who caught the eye by reason of their skill were Brewster, Fern, Crossley, Reid, Harrison, Thompson, McDonald, Chedgzoy, and Kirsopp. The first named player was always in the picture with excellent placing and heading, and he scored a capital goal. He gave Peacock several excellent openings, of which the young centre took full advantage. Fern kept a capital goal, and the other players mentioned were always to the fore. Generally sufficient was shown to give the impression that Everton have the nucleus of a serviceable side, though it would appear that further additions to the staff are necessary for what promises to be a strenuous months. The goals were scored by Chedgzoy, Crossley (2), and Parker for the Stripes, and for the Blues Peacock (3), Brewster, and Harrison. The teams were as follows: - Blue, Fern, goal, Thompson, and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood (Captain), Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Jones (G.W), Wall, Peacock, Howarth, and Harrison, forwards. Stripes: - Mitchell, goal, Stroud, and Robinson, backs, Weller, Farrer, and Williams, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Crossley, and Reid, forwards.

August 26, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
Followers of the game –that between the local clubs, Everton and Liverpool. In the case of the latter, everything is peaceful in the camp, and both players and directors are looking forward to having a successful a season as last. But “over the way” nothing but discord reigns between the directorate and a season of the shareholders, and which has even gone so far as a court of law. All this squabbling has been brought about by the failure of the team last year, but whether the gentlemen who are now fighting for control of the club’s affairs could have managed things better is a debatable point. Undoubtedly the side suffered badly in the way of injuries to players, and even granted that the Blues are one of the richest clubs in the League, money cannot always command success. It is all right railing a club’s directorate when things are not running smoothly, but one must not lose sight of the fact that the majority of those at present in control were the guiding hands in earlier successes.
Turning to the players we find that Everton have 31 professionals and a number of amateurs for the coming season, while something like a dozen of those who last season sported the Blue have departed for other spheres. Among the new men are McDonald, the Airdrienians back, Garrett (Halesowen), and Farrer (Prescot) half-backs, Reid (Belfast Distillery). And Crossley (Sunderland), Downs and Brewster, of course were with the team last back end, and proved their worth, while the form displayed in the trial by the other new-comers gives hope for the future. Still, the forward line appears the weakest link in the side, and the news that Clennell has become a “passager” (having been injured in practice) before the season opens does not brighten matters. Goalwards the team is well supplied, as both Fern and Mitchell are keepers above the average while the back division “Dicky” Downs, even of on the “aged” side, is still a dour defender, and along with either Thompson, Robinson, Weller, or McDonald, will require an immensity of beating. In the middle line the towering figure of Brewster not that the latter has become acclimatised shows up boldly, and he will have as partners tried and trusted players in Fleetwood and Grenyer. The latter couple are getting no younger, but are not yet spent forces. Peacock, Williams, Lieversley, Brown, Lawson, Farrer, and Garrett will net as reserves. For the attacking line there is Chedgzoy, Jones, Kirsopp, Crossley, Parker, Clennell, Harrison, Reid, Wall, Howarth, Spencer, Kearslake, and McGrea. “Bobby” Parker has yet to find the form he displayed prior to his battle wounds, which is a pity. Still, there is hope for the future. Reid, the Irish centre should do well, while Crossley should certainly strengthen the left wing. The amateurs signed are Rooney and Morris (Clock face) backs, Smith and Guttridge (Clock Face), halves, J. Blair, B. Jones, and Bowers, forwards.

August 28, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
The shareholders of the Everton Football Club have at last succeeded in electing three directors to fill the vacancies on the board of management. After several postponements the voting took place at a special meeting of shareholders held at Central Hall last evening, the result, as declared by the chairman (Mr. Clayton) being: - *H. Banks 431, W.J. Sawyer 420, W. C. Gibbons 416, *H. Hall 245, * John Davies, Sen. 230. The polling thus resulted in a victory for that selection of the shareholders who have been opposed to the policy of the management during some seasons past. “A certain liveliness,” marked the early proceedings before the votes and proxies were counted. At the outset the Chairman briefly reiterated his statement made at previous meetings of the present position of the club, for the benefit, as he stated, of those shareholders who were not present at the earlier meetings. He explained that the low position of the club last season, caused by injuries to players was not the fault of the directors, who are not able to secure new players until the end of the season. Mr. Clayton was eulogising the services of the retiring directors, when Mr. W.C. Cuff rose to a point of order. “This meeting,” he said, is called to elect directors and not to hear further speeches. We have already had a detailed report from you, which was inaccurate in many respects. I propose that you proceed at once to the business of the meeting.” “ That motion is out of order,” ruled the Chairman, who, after Mr. Cuff had asked that his objection be noted, was proceeding with his statement when he was greeted with a cry of “We don’t want to hear you.” Mr. J. T. Domville (from the body of the had), put Mr. Cuff’s motion to the meeting and amid cheers declared it carried. The Chairman. –That is distinctly out of order. I would like to have said something about untrue statements made outside in order to secure proxies –(Cries of “Oh’ –but I will withhold them. Further interruptions and cries of “Business” drew from Mr. Clayton the remark; “You can’t shout me down.” A voice- We know that.
The Chairman; I have met public house crowds before, but I have never been beaten by them, and I never will be. The result of the voting was received with loud cheers and cries to the chairman of “What about resigning? Resign! Keep to your word. Mr. Clayton – The meeting is over. That ends the business. The new board consists of Messr. Clayton, Banks, Dr. Baxter, Coffey, Davies (Junr); Francis, Gibbons, Green, and Sawyer.

August 28. No details
Everton: - fern goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Weller, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker Crossley, and Reid, forwards. Goals scored: - Parker (2), Kirsopp.

Sheffield Independent - Monday 30 August 1920
It was only after being a goal in deficit at half-time that fifteen thousand spectators at Bradford saw the home team draw level with Everton, each side scoring three times. Parker opened the scoring for Everton. Burkinshaw equalised, and then Bradford got ahead through McLean, Everton took the lead throught Kirsopp and Parker, who scored in rapid succession. Play in the second half was somewhat tame, but McLean equialised.


Dundee Courier - Tuesday 31 August 1920

Fife's directors have failed to come to terms with Andrew Burton, late Bristol City and Everton. It is understood that Lochgelly are angling for Burton, and in all probability he will appear in the team in the Qualifying tie against East Fife at Bayview, Methil, on Saturday.

August 1920