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Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 July 1922
THe Cobblers have made an important capture, the signature Louis outside-left, of .Stoke, having been obtained. Page has had three seasons with Stoke and was in the first team a few weeks after the Cobblers met Stoke in the English Cup last January. Stoke were anxious to retain his services, but he declined to sign, and he was placed on the transfer list at a big figure. Page appealed to the League, who have given him a free transfer. He only 21 years of age and is a well-built player, standing 5ft. 8in. and weighing list. His home is at Liverpool, and in 1918 he played for Everton in the Lancashire Section of the League. Page went to Stoke outside-right, but showed great skill on the opposite wing, and it is believed the Cobblers have made a big capture  

Hull Daily Mail - Friday 14 July 1922
The match between Lancashire and Surrey, which commences on trhe Old Trafford ground, Manchester on Saturday, is for the benefit of H. Makepeace.  Though a Yorkshireman by birth -he was born at Middlesbrough on August 22nd, 1882 -Makepeace has resided in Liverpool since he was ten years of age, and therefore learnt his cricket in Lancashire.  He joinwed the Lancashire ground staff in Manchester in 1906, and being immediately drafted into Lancashire's Second Evelen, he obtained 95 not out against Surrey Second at Ashton-Under-Lyne with the sequal that he made his first appearance for the country team against Essex, at leyton, on July 26 1906.  From season 1907 he has been a regular member of the Lancashire Eleven.  In the tweleve seasons (war period excepted) he played for the country prior to the current year.  Makepeace had 4238 innings, was 35 times not out, compiled 12,888 runs, and had an average of 32,79 runs per innings.  He made three figures in 19 innings with 171 not out as his higtes score.  He was a member of the last England team to visit Australia.  For 14 years Makepewace played football with the Everton Club, and he played for England in international football on four occasions, three against Scotland and once against Wales. 

Tamworth Herald - Saturday 29 July 1922
Tamworth Castle F.C. Committee have made arrangements with Abbott, son of the old Birmingham and Everton player, to take the centre-half position in the team in the forthcoming season. He has played with and Chesterfield.

August 15, 1922. The Liverpool Courier.

Everton appear to possess a very capital set of players, and it is probable that the Goodison club will enjoy a more successful season than was the portion in 1921, and 1922. The first of the club's trial matches was held last evening when 14,000 spectators thoroughly enjoyed an interesting game in which a good standard of football was shown. Fern, the premier side's keeper, had hurt his thumb while at practice last week, and though the hurt is not serious, it was deemed advisable that he should not turn out in this trial. In his place was a local youth named McIlroy who showed great promise in stopping a number of forceful drives. Williams, the new inside left, created a favorable impression, as also did Forbes and Raitt. The better known players demonstrated that they are in the pink of condition, and their play was refreshingly virile and skilful. The forward play of the Blues' side, which was constituted mainly by last season's League exponents, took the eye, Fazackerley, however, did not turn out, and his place was taken by Spencer. The Blues won by 4 goals to 3, the points for the winners being recorded by Williams, who obtained two capital goals; Peacock and from a centre by Jones, McIlroy put through his own goal. Forbes (1), and Jackson (2) were the marksmen for the Whites.

On the winners' side Salt kept a capital goal, while Downs was as usual a conspicuous figure, and Livingstone also displayed judgement and skill. Peacock and Hart were capital halves Jones and Spencer made a splendid wing, and Williams, Irvine, and Harrison were very earnest in their endeavours. Prominent players on the “Whites” side were Alford, Reid, and Jackson. Fleetwood also was forceful and seemed untiring in his efforts. Teams: - Blues: - Salt, goal, Downs, and Livingstone, backs, Peacock, Brewster (captain), and Hart, half-backs, Jones, Irvine, Williams, and Harrison, forwards. Whites: - McIlroy, goal, Raitt, and Weller, backs, Brown, Fleetwood (captain), and Reid, half-backs, Parry, Miller, Forbes, Jackson, and Alford, forwards. Referee. Mr. Cahill.

August 18,1922, The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
There were some interesting incidents in the match between Everton and Liverpool footballers at the Wavertree club ground, where Everton players had in the previous year beaten the Liverpool player. Much amusement was caused when Wadsworth appeared at the wicket in a silk hat, which he finds very inconvent for rungetting. Lacey give a capital display with the bat and his 51 included five four's, put for vigorous batting parry was an easy winner for he also got five four's in his 24. Liverpool whose total reached 103, looked to have a capital chance of reversing last season result, for Everton lost seven wickets for 67, then McCrea joined fern and a separation was not effected till the total had reached 94. Everton success was undoubtedly due to the patient and steady play of fern, whose partnership with McCrea added 27, of which the latter contributed 3. Fern with the assistance of Brewster went on to win the game, with a splendid cut to the boundary for 4. Fern stated his effort with the total at 34 for four and was not out, with 49 when the end came.

Liverpool, Lacey b Weller 51, Longsworth run-out 2, Bromilow b Caddick 2, Camberth b Caddick 0, Shones Lbw b Caddick 1, Lewis b Caddick 0, Mitchell b Fern 7, Parry run out 24, Pearson b Young 0, Rogers not out 13,Wadsworth b Weller 1 Extras 2, total 103
Everton, Caddick b Bromilow 7, Jeff's c Lewis b Shone 11, Jones ibw b Bromilow 4, Mellor b Shone 1, Spencer Bromilow 20, Fern not out 49, Weller b Bromilow 0, Williams b Bromilow 0, McCrea b Wadsworth 3, Brewster not out 0, Jones didn't bat extras 9 total 106 for 8 wickets

August 22 1922. Athletic News
Last season was the most disappointing over experienced by the Everton club, but although there are few changes to record in personnel, the outlook for the coming campaign is regarded more hoperfully. Notable recruits in Raitt, Forbes, and Williams have been signed on during the close season, while a sensational announcement may shortly be made of further additions. David Raitt is a fine stamp of full back from Dundee; Fred Forbes is a typical Scottish centre from the “Hearts” with a good shot in either boot; and W.D. Williams, an inside-left, who comes via Blackburn and Darwen scored 81 goals for the latter club during the past two seasons. The players who have not been retained are Crossley, who has gone to West ham; Yarwood, to Oldham; Fare to Wigan Borough; Garrett and Leddy to Chesterfield; and Leary, to Tranmere Rovers. With a view to encouraging local talent, the directors have taken over a ten-acre field in the neighbourhood and divided it off into playing pitches for junior clubs. The whole is enclosed, and will accommediate 12,000 spectators. This will be the headquarters of the “A” team, who are entered in the Liverpool County Combination. The return of S. Chedgzoy has given great satisfaction to the supporters of the club. He only arrived back from Canada during the week, and appended his signature to the necessary forms on Saturday, when he returned out in a practice game. He had the misfortune to meet with an injury to his ankle in a heavy collision with Macdonald and had to be assisted from the field. A. Grenyer is still unsigned. Mr. W.C. Cuff, the former secretary of the club, has been elected chairman of directors and Harry Makepeace has been re-enagaged as coach. The roll-call is as follows; Players; Birthplace; Position, height and Weight

T.E. FERN, Worksop (G.) 5-10ins, 13st
E.Salt, Walsall (G) 5-11ins, 12st
R. Downs, Middridge (R.B) 5-56 ½ 12st
D. Livingstone, Dumbarton (R.B) 5-8, 11st
D, Raitt, Buckhaven (R or L.B) 5-8 ½ -11st 4
R. Caddick, Bootle, (R.B) 5-9 ½ 10st 12
J. McDonald, Dykehead (L.B) 5-10- 11st 10
L.C Weller, Stoke-On-Trent (L.B) 6-0. 12st 2
J. Peacock, Wigan, (R.H.B) 6-0, 12st 2
T Fleetwood, Kirkby (R.H.B) 5-10 -11st 12
T. Brown, Cambuslang (R.H.B) 5-8, 11st 6
G. Brewster, Aberdeen (C.H.B) 6-0, 12st 9
D. Reid, Glasgow (C.H.B) 5-9, 11st 6
H. Hart, Glasgow, (L.H.B) 5-9 ½ -11st 7
J. McGrea, Bootle (L.H.B) 5-9, 11st 7
A. Jeffs, Liverpool (L.H.B) 5-8, 11st 4
S. Chedgzoy, Ellesmere Port (O.R) 5-7 ½ -11st 2
G.W Jones, Crook (O.R) 5-7 ½ -11-7
F. Parry, Seaforth (O.R) 5-9, 11st
S. Fazackerley, Preston (L.R) 6-0, 11st 9
H.G. Spencer, Ash (Kent) (L.R) 5-8, 10-7
R. Irvine, Lisburn (C.F) 5-9, 11st
F.J. Forbes, Edinburgh (C.F) 5-7 ½ 10st 10
A. Moffatt, Lochgelly (C.F) 5-8, 11st 6
J. McGivney, Liverpool (C.F) 5-10,- 11st
A. Virr, Liverpool (C.F) 5-10, 11st
W. Chadwick, Bury (C.F) 5-10, 11st 7
W.K. Jackson, Jamestown (C-IB) 5-8, 10st 9
A. Wall, Liverpool (I.L) 5-9, 11st 7
W.D. Williams, Blackburn (I.L) 5-7 ½ 10st 10
H. Young, Liverpool (L.L) 5-7, 10st
H.J. Miller, Preston (LL) 5-8, 11st
G. Harrison, Church Gresley (O.L) 5-8, 11st 10
F. Alford, Swindon (O.L) 5-6, 10st 7
* Thanks to Kjell for this article

August 31, 1922. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Another curious game was the result of the Everton trial meeting on Saturday. The Blues won 6-5 after being four goals down a minute from the interval, after which a remarkable change came over the game. The juniors failed to last the pace they had set, with the result that the seniors had the better of the subsequent exchanges. Irvine scored a beautiful goal just before half-time, and then Williams helped himself to four goals. Irvine got a further point from a solo effort, and Miller got the Whites fifth point late on. The match was noteworthy for the unexpected appearance of Chedgzoy, the International winger, who has been to Canada and had written to explain that he did not want to sign for Everton or to play for them. He, however, re-signed on Friday night and was drafted into the team. It was unfortunate that right on time he should receive a severe ankle injury that may keep him out of the game for a time. That his popularity with the crowd of 20,000 spectators is not diminished was shown by the applause, which greeted his appearance and play. In the first half the Whites were on their mettle. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and Forbes revealed his best shooting. He was aided by admirable half-backs and wingers who centred at a reasonable pace. Moreover Jackson played particularly well, and his brains brought some of the points for others, and also one goal to his own record. A tall, tireless Scot, he is the sort of forward who must forge his way to the front. At full back McDonald, and especially Raitt, performed ably, and behind them a new Irish boy, Gough, who was on trial, used his height and his anticipatory powers to the full. He was unlucky late on to find the agony piled on by forwards who drove in quickly and with strength. Gough looks like developing into a class goalkeeper, and one who will lend some enjoyment to the game, with his mannerisms. All the half-backs work was good, even if Brewster did not pass well at times. Reid, Caddick, and Brown make a strong and splendid trio, and Hart and Peacock revelled in neat footwork, and found time to make well-judged passes. The extreme wing work was below form, and the Blues right wing will do better when the serious business is at hand. Fazackerley was constantly flinking the ball and back-tapping it. If not overdone his artistry counts for much. The game was refereed by Mr. McAtear. Teams: - Blues: - Salt, goal, Downs and Livingstone, backs, Peacock, Brewster (captain), and Hart, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Irvine, Williams, and Harrison, forwards. Whites: - Gough, goal, Raitt, and McDonald (captain), backs, Brown, Caddick, and Reid, half-backs, Jones Miller, Forbes, Jackson, and Alford, forwards.

August 23, 1922. The Liverpool Echo
Surely there is nothing in football history locally more quaint than the Everton board. Of course, it is natural that a big spilt should in the course of time bring curiosities, but this morning I am able to announced that Jack Sharp has been co-opted a member of the Everton board, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. CE Dickenson. Does this not read extraordinary in view of the fact that the old board declared at their meetings. Last summer the name of Sharp among the prospective candidates for their side. You may remember that Sharp wrote to me and said definitely that he did not give permission for his name to be used, and, more over that he would join no party. We know Jack well enough to be assured that, whatever board he sits upon, he will be an independent man, for thanks goodness he knows the game from A to Z, knows what he wants and what he believes in, and no party will ever pull him down from his verdicts.

He should be a decided acquisition to the board, and it is pleasant to notice that, as with other clubs, Ever ton are inclined to take the practical mind. It will be recalled that Mr. Matthews McQueen joined the Liverpool board, and this was years after the Villa and the Albion had the benefit of ex-players on their board. Now Everton have ex-footballers in Messrs. Sharp, and Green, and it is worth mentioning that they also have ex-players as coaches in Makepeace and Danny Kirkwood, while an ex-director with a very keen eye is their “scoutmaster.” I refer to Mr. Jack Fair. Add to this collection good spirit in boardroom and dressing room, and capable secretarial work by Mr. Tom McIntosh, and you will see how much the Everton season should be as compared with the last two or three seasons.

The one surprise in the selection sheet is that McDonald gets the position at full back, as opposed to Livingstone. Both are Scotsmen, and both have in practice match, and in public proved dour. I though at the last practical match I saw that McDonald looked fresher and more reserved in his rushes than usual; therefore the selection does not surprise me. Williams was an automatic selection, likewise Jones. Teams Sheets; Everton v Newcastle, Leave Friday Lime Street (2-10) –Fern, Downs, McDonald, Peacock, Brewster, Hart, Jones, Fazackerley, Irvine, Williams, and Harrison. Everton Reserves (at home to Leeds Central League (3-15) –salt, Raitt, Livingstone, Brown, Caddick, Reid, Parry, Miller, Forbes, Jackson, and Alford. Everton “A” open season at Marine's ground.

August 25, 1922. The Liverpool Courier.
What are the prospects of Everton, Mr. W. C. Cuff, the popular chairman of the club, a Courier representative found him optimistic. “We face the season with confidence” he said. We recognise that our early engagements are of an exciting character, but we hope that with good play, coupled with a modicum of reasonably good fortune, we shall show a big improvement on the last two seasons. We recognise that we, in common with all other organisations, have to pass through lean times. We think we have hope, and are now looking forward hopefully to basking in the sunshine of success. “We have not gone in this season extensively for new players. We have set our faces against the payment of big transfer fees. Although last season was unsuccessful from a playing point of view we regard that as very largely attributable to misfortune in the shape of injuries. It was due to this that the team found itself in its lowly position, and later in the season that low position made the players over anxious, and in consequence unable to do themselves justice. The cause was certainly not due to lack of ability, and our confidence is shown by the fact that we have re-engaged the great majority of the players.” The new players are; David Raitt, a right full back from Dundee; WD Williams; inside left, from Darwen; Fredick J. Forbes, centre forward, from Heart of Midlothian; W.K. Jackson, inside left from Vale of Leven; Wilfred Chadwick, centre-forward, from Rossendale United; Henry J. Miller, inside right, from Leyland, and Albert F. Virr, centre or inside from Chester.

Mentioning the splendid support which the public have accorded the club in the recent practice games, and which he said was greatly appreciated, Mr. Cuff, said it was unfortunate that Chedgzoy's debut, for everyone though he had ceased his connections with Everton; should have been associated with an accident so near to the opening of the season. He was, however, progressing very satisfactorily, and they do not think he will be out of the game very long.


A point of special interest mentioned by Mr. Cuff was the close attention, which the Everton Club are paying to promising talent in the district. “We have,” he said gathered together what we consider an excellent “A” team, from whom, under the supervision of Mr. D. Kirkwood, good results are expected. We have taken a lease of a ground in Towns End Lane, and have enclosed the pitch for the 18 matches in the Local league. We have also acquired three other pitches, which have been sub-let to local teams. It will thus be seen that we are not underrating the needs of local football. Though we did not succeed in winning the Central League championship, last season, we are hoping to make amends this season.

The services of Harry Makepeace have again been retained at the capacity of supervisor of the training and general tutor, and his knowledge and tact will be of great service. The players have all returned fit, and well, and the utmost harmony prevails in the dressing room, and amongst the staff and the directors, who are a united body, and whose one aim is the advancement of the club, and the provision of the first-class sport for their very numerous supporters.

The death of Mr. C. E. Dickinson is greatly regretted by the directors, to whom it has meant a keen loss. Mr. Jack Sharp, as already announced, has been invited to fill the vacancy on the board, and has accepted, and his election is certain to receive the cordial approval of the shareholders and the public generally.

August 28, 1922. The Liverpool Courier.
The average spectator would not look on the game at St. Jame's Park as a great exposition of the code, but there was much to admire in the play. Newcastle are recognised as experts at the close passing game, but they discard these methods against Everton, and went in for long swinging passes, which the forwards and halves executed with deadly precision and accuracy. It was this phase of their general plan of campaign, which resulted in the overthrow of Everton. The Tynesiders deservedly gained the points, as the Blues were second best all the time. Yet Everton did not play badly, and after all it is no disgrace for any team to be beaten on the famous Tyneside enclosure by two clear goals. The Blues certainly deserved to score, and only the woodwork prevented one shot from taking effect, for Mutch was completely beaten by Irvine's shot in the second half.

It became more apparent than ever in the game that the tactics usually adopted by McCracken and Hudspeth are irritating to their opponents, and measures adopted spread, with the result that at one time the whistle was continually blowing for offside, both sets of backs indulging in the “spoil sport.” Undoubtedly such tactics reduce the game at times to a farce. On Saturday the wing halves of the Blues had little or no room in which to work, and so frequently were good passes negatived that it must have been very discouraging. But so long as the rule stands as it does such tactics will be employed. Newcastle's goals were obtained by McDonald –a rare forward –one just prior to the interval and the second immediately afterwards. The forward line generally was full of vim, and the vanguard moved along with easy grace and speed. The Georgies were also strong in the middle line, while McCracken and Hudspeth wear well, and kicked as strongly as ever. Mutch had little to do.

Everton were seen to best advantage in defence. They still require a couple of good trustful forwards. The halves, it must be acknowledged, however, was too busily employed to give the men in front the support they needed. But when the team settles down it may do better, as there is no doubt that the players were over anxious on Saturday. Fern had no chance with the shots that scored, and Downs and McDonald tackled and kicked strongly. Hart and Peacock were splendid halves, but Brewster was not at his best. Williams was the most enterprising forward, and with support this player is likely to make his name. On this occasion the Everton attack and the middle line did not link up quickly enough, but I have the idea that the men will achieve success when they thoroughly settle down and become more acquainted with each other's play. Teams : - Newcastle United: - Mutch, goal, McCracken, and Huspeth, backs, McIntosh, W. Low, and Curry, half-backs, J. Low, Smallies, Harris, McDonald, and Seymour, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs, McDonald, backs, Peacock, Brewster (captain), and Hart, half-backs, Jones Fazackerley, Irvine, Williams, and Harrison, forwards. Referee Mr. A. ScHoby.

August 28, 1922. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton entertained Leeds United at Goodison Park, before about 5,000 spectators. In view of the form displayed in the trial games, and with the assistance of their two Scottish captures, Raitt and Forbes, it was expected that Everton would have a comfortable win, but their play proved disappointing and they were rather lucky to escape defeat. For the first ten minutes Leeds were much the superior side, and the Everton goal had several narrow escapes. Armitage and Powell being very prominent for the visitors. The first goal, however, came to Everton after good work by Reid, who transferred to Miller. The latter, after tricking Potts, placed the ball to the foot of Forbes, who netted. Caddick received a kick in the face and had to receive attention. During his absence the visitors scored two goals, though Powell, in quick succession, and Leeds led at the interval by 2 goals to 1. Restarting, Everton were not long before they equalised, Parry scoring from a free kick. Both goals afterwards had some narrow escapes, but in the last second Everton were saved by defeat by the referee blowing his whistle prior to the ball entering the net from a shot by Robson. The Leeds players appealed strongly for a goal, but Referee J. H. Horne ruled otherwise. Everton: - Salt, goal, Raitt, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, Caddick, and Reid, half-backs, Parry, Miller, Forbes, Jackson, and Alford, forwards.

August 31, 1922. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
A shower of rain at the start of the Everton “A”, and Chester Reserves County Combination match, at Goodison Park, last night, made the turf slippery, and the lighter Everton team found the opposition so weak that the final score was 7-1 in their favour. The Blues introduced several newcomers to the side that did so well last season, and the forwards, led by Chadwick, were too good for the Chester defence. The three inside players were all centre forwards, but Virr and McGivney adapted themselves successfully to their new positions, and Chadwick was given so many opportunities that he helped himself to six goals –one from a penalty. McCrae was the most prominent of three good halves and Spicer the better of the two backs. Kemp, with coaching and experience should do well. Chester were completely outplayed by more experienced players, Shepherd scored their only goal while Pughes, despite the number of times he was beaten, made several good saves. Teams: - Everton “A”: - Kemp, goal, Roche, and Spicer, backs, Helsby, Jeffs, and McGrae, half-backs, Lloyd, McGivney, Chadwick, Virr, and Young, forwards. Chester Reserves: - Pugh, goal, Roberts, and Johnstone, backs, Hyde, Kelly, and Timmis, half-backs, Shepherd, (late of Harrowby), Robinson, Dodds, Rothwell, and Connor, forwards.



August 1922