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Lancashire Evening Post - Thursday 03 December 1903

With a determination to improve the Blackpool team, the officials have signed on McEwan, from Everton, the transfer fee being a considerable one. He has been playing a sound game with Everton reserve, and it was with some difficulty that Blackpool secured him. He will partner Anderton in the match at Bristol on Saturday.


Dundee Evening Post - Friday 04 December 1903

Duncan McEwan

The Everton club have transfered Duncan McEwan, outside left, to the Blackpool club and he will play against Bristol City tomorrow. He has been with Everton two seasons, but has not had many opportunities of playing with the League team. He is fast and clever, but rather light. He is a Scottish junior international, and a very promising player.


Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 07 December 1903

Played at Molyneux Grounds, in a fog, before 3,000 spectators. Within seven minutes of the start Miller put in a fast shot, which gave Kitchen no chance whatever. A few minutes later Wooldridge placed the Wanderers two goals ahead. Wolverhampton led by two to none at the interval. Immediately on resuming Everton scored. There was a combined run by the home forwards, but the final effort failed. Haywood was temporarily injured, and an atatck on the Wolves goal resulted in McDermott equalising the score. Result; a draw of 2 all.



London Daily News - Monday 07 December 1903

At Molyneux ground, in foggy weather, these teams played a drawn game of two goals each. Both clubs were well represented, but it was almost impossible for the 3,000 spectators to distinguish the various players. About seven minutes from the start Smith passed out to Miller, who beat the Everton goalkeeper with a splendid shot. Wooldridge increased the Wanderers' lead, and sometime after this the players left the field. A mistake however, had been made by the referee of nine minutes, and the teams returned to finish the half. Ends were changed with Wolverhampton still leading by a couple of points. The second half took place under great difficulties, the fog becoming worse than ever. McDermott twice scored for Everton, who were somewhat lucky in saving the match.


December 7, 1903. The Liverpool Courier

The weather in the Black Country on Saturday was by no means favourable, as on arrival a heavy fog prevailed, and at one time it almost seemed if it would be impossible to start the game. Everton made one change in the team, which did duty at Goodison-park last Saturday. In the absence of Young, Settle was tried in the unusual position for him at centre forward, while McDermott partnered Corrin on the left wing. This time fixed for the kick off was half-past two o'clock, but a quarter of an hour earlier the teams appeared on the field, and started upon a burlesque of the game. Indeed so difficult was it to follow the play that the crowd went through the barriers and took up positions as near as possible to the touch-line. The Teams were: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain) and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Settle, McDermott, and Corrin, forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Baddeley goal, Jones and Betteley, backs, Whitehouse, G.Walker, and Annis, half-backs, Baynham, Heywood, Woolridge, J.Smith, and Miller, forwards. Referee Smith. Everton opened the game, but it was quite impossible to follow the course of the ball, as from the touch-line one could not see beyond midfield. The movements of the players indicated an attack on the Wolves goal, and in this movement Settle was greatly in evidence. From the appearance at the far goal, Kitchen had brought off a save, and when the players had come within a view from the press box, it was seen that Heywood was in possession and gave trouble to the Everton defenders. A further attack was levelled at the visitors goal after Settle had failed to get a shot at Baddeley, and as the result of some smart passing Miller succeeded in defeating Kitchen some eight minutes from the opening of the game. Following this the Wolves backs were kept busy. For some few minutes, Everton held their ground, but another hugh roar revealed the fact that the Wolves had scored a second goal, which was generally attributed to Woolridge. The crowd, had been dubious about giving the game their support, now came into the ground in fair numbers, but it was manifest that the game was reduced to nothing short of a farce. What play that could be seen was fortunately confined to the select side of the ground. More than once Sharp and Taylor were noted in several movements towards the home goal, and still there was no indication of earnest effort shown, probably owing to the hope that the game would come to an untimely end. Again were Sharp and Taylor prominent, but little quarter could be exacted from the Wolves defenders, who covered Baddley repeatedly. Probably never was a First League match contested under such unfavourable conditions, and as the game progressed it seemed absurd to continue a contest in which valuable points were at stake. Some smart work between Wolstenholme, Taylor, and Sharp looked promising for Everton, when at this juncture the whistle was blown, apparently for half-time, three quarters of an hour had not expired since the game had started. Whether it was owing to the fog or to a mistake on the part of the referee in regard to time was not apparent but after a brief. Interval the players returned to the field, evidently with the object of completing the first half. The fog became worse than ever, and from the stand it was absolutely impossible to follow the progress of the ball. Half-time Wanderers 2, Everton nil.

Without leaving the field, the second half proceeded with, and immediately the Everton forwards moved along and opened the scoring in the first minute. This was only apparently by the fact that the players took up their positions at the half-way line again, (McDermott Scored) and the players getting way a movement was made to the other end, when Kitchen came out and saved from Heywood. Crelly checked another attack by the Wolves right, and the game went on amidst impenetrable fog. About six minutes had gone when the Everton forwards rushed down, and Baddeley was beaten by McDermott. Baddeley caught a long shot, and the Wolves going away Kitchen was beaten, but the referee disallowed the point for offside. Everton were now playing well, Baddeley saving. Heywood was injured, and McDermott again beat Baddeley, who fell. Another exciting scrimmage in the Everton goal followed Kitchen saving well, and a draw off two goals each resulted.



December 7, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton on Saturday accomplished what no other club has done this season, on the Molineux Ground. They shared the points with Wolverhampton Wanderers. The game was played in a dense fog, and at no time was it possible for the spectators to follow the progress of the play. Really under many conditions First Division League football was reduced to the level of an absolute farce. The referee of course, is the sole judge as to weather the match should be played, and there can be little doubt that Mr.Smith, of Doncastle, the official who controlled the proceedings, must have strained a point in coming to the conclusion that a serious game of football was possible. From no position was it practicable for a spectator to obtain a view of both goal posts. Indeed from the touch line it was barely possible to see half-way across the playing pitch. Under such circumstances it will at once be apparent that no really accurate idea could be formed of the general tenour of the game. As a matter of fact, the only indication that a goal had been scored was either by the applause, which one heard from those in the vicinity of the goal posts, or the ball being brought to the centre of the field. Serious criticism therefore of a League fixture under such abnormal conditions is absolutely out of the question. The main feature was the Everton extracted a point from the Wolves, and possibly this was about the best thing that could have happened, for it was scarcely fair that either team should have been called upon to participate in such a perfect farce. A part from the fog, the alleged game was notable for the fact that the referee blew his whistle for the interval at least five minutes before the proper time. He discovered his mistake when the players retired, and the result was that they came on the field again, and completed the full three-quarters of an hour. With out returning to the dressing room rooms, the teams entered upon the second half of what must be described as a pure burlesque.


Burnley Express - Wednesday 09 December 1903

Colne and Everton Reserve had an idle day through the postponment of their Combination fixture owing to fog enveloping the Everton ground and making play impossible.


London Daily News - Monday 14 December 1903

A good game at Stoke, played before 7,000 perople, ended in the victory of Everton by three goals to two. Davis and Sturgess played for Stoke instead of Higginson and Bradley. The home side atatcked strongly in the first half, and Watkins, aided by a miskick on the part of Balmer, scored for them. Everton then pressed hard, but could not get through, Stoke thus crossing over with the lead of a goal. Corrin equalised for Everton in the first minute of the second half, this being followed immediately by Coxon scoreing for Stoke. Taylor afterwards scored twice for Everton.



Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 14 December 1903

Played at Stoke, before 7.000 spectators, Everton were unaltered, while Stoke were without Bradley, and played LLoyd Davies in place of Higginson. Interval -Stoke 1 goal, Everton none. Everton at once ran the ball up to close quarters, where Corrin acored, while a minute later Coxon again put Stoke ahead. The visitors exerted great pressure for a long time subsequently and when the half was twenty minutes old Taylor equalised. The same player added a third point. Result; Everton 3 goals; Stoke 2.


December 14, 1903. The Liverpool Courier

For the second Saturday in succession Everton were away from home. Their destination was the Pottery district, where they met Stoke for the first time this season in the League encounters. The Weather was very raw and cold, but there was a fair attendance of spectators. Everton relied upon the team, which effected the draw against the Wolves, while on the home side Sturgess and Davies displaced Bradley and Higginson. Teams: - Stoke: - Roose, goal, Burgess, and Benson, backs, Badeley, Holford, and Sturgess, half-backs, Whitehouse, Davies, Watkins, Holdcroft, and Coxon, forwards. W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Settle, McDermott, and Corrin, forwards. Referee J.Morton. There, would be about five thousands spectators when, Everton having lost the toss, Watlins kicked off, against the wind. The game started at a lively pace, the Everton men being the first to become prominent. They were quickly beaten back, and Whitley, and Davies by pretty passing worked the ball down towards the Everton goal, Booth dispossessed Watkins, and the visiting forwards raced away, only to find the Stoke backs on the alert. In a moment the home left were in evidence, and the Everton goal was endangered until Crelly kicked clear. Everton took up the attack on the left, Corrin putting in some smart work. The Stoke halves, however, were difficult to shake off, and when Everton looked like getting through Corrin unfortunately found himself in an offside position. From a well sustained attack Sharp shot in hard at Roose, and the experienced custodian was only able to partially clear, Settle was presented with a nice chance, but to the delight of the crowd his shot was hopelessly feeble. Everton continued to press vigorously and Settle this time brought out all Roose's resource with a line shot. Suddenly Stoke dashed away, and Kitchen cleverly negotiated a dangerous shot from Watkins. Then Everton again had a good look in, though without troubling Roose. The Stoke left wing next took up the running, but Coxon was obviously offside when he sent in an oblique shot, which Kitchen kicked away just after the whistle had gone. Stoke were now having more of the play, and the Everton defence was severely taxed. Watkins again shot in hard, only to find Kitchen safe. Immediately afterwards Kitchen cleared again from Coxon, and this led to a neat movement by the Everton right. It was unproductive. Stoke were quickly making matters warm for the Everton defence, and owing to a miskick by Balmer, Watkins easily opened the score for Stoke. Taylor was conspicuous and Roose brought off a magnificent save. Stoke forced a fruitless corner, and at the other end Roose negotiated a difficulty shot from Corrin. On the heavy ground the footwork was by no means from fault, but considering the conditions it was astonishing that such a fast pace should have maintained. Watkins sent over when well placed. Everton had another good try to equalise, but Corrin's final effort went just the wrong end of the upright. As the interval approached the pace seemed to tell somewhat upon the players. Once more Corrin gained distinction by a very clever cross, which gave Roose no little trouble, and for some the Stoke defenders were hard pressed. Just before the whistle blew for the interval Crelly was injured but limped off the field with his colleagues. Half-time Stoke 1, Everton nil. On resumption Crelly reappeared, and after the Stoke forwards had rushed down Everton returned on the right, Sharp finishing with fine centre from which Corrin defeated Roose. Hardly had the game been restarted when the Stoke forwards faced off in irresistible style and Davies shot in hard, Kitchen was enable to clear effectively with the result that Coxon scored a second goal for the homesters. Everton returned to the attack, and the Stoke goal had a narrow escape. Subsequently Everton had the best of matters and Taylor scored two goals. Result Stoke 2, Everton 3.



December 14, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury

Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 11)

At Goodison Park. Dent mulled over s hot from Marshall, Simpson after scored the equalise, and Sheridan added a third and O'Hagan scored a fourth. Everton: - Dent, goal, Gordon, and Murray, backs, Wildman Russell, and Henderson half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan Dilly, O'Hagan, and Simpson forwards.



December 14, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury

At Stoke on Saturday Everton even improved upon their meritorious draw in the fog in the previous week. They defeat the “Potters” by three goals to two, and in every respect the victory was earned last season Everton were unable to extract a single point from home, and their latest encounter therefore, was all the more gratifying. The game was contested on very heavy ground, and this seemed to favour the Evertonians. Somehow or another the Stoke forwards in particular found is a matter of great difficulty to keep their feet, but when this could not be regarded as a responsible excuse for their defeat. Unquestionably a better side beat they a fact which was acknowledged even by the local supporters. It was unfortunate that the kick off should have been fixed for such a late hour as 2-30. The day was raw and bitterly cold, and with the mist, which prevailed, it was obvious when the game started that it would have to be concluded in semi-darkness. This turned out to be the case, and in consequence the spectators were robbed of the pleasure of witnessing, with anything like accuracy, the proceedings of the play during the last half-hour of the match. One can understand to some extent the desire of club managers to delay the kick off to as late a time as possible, but after all in First Division football it is somewhat farcical that a contest should be concluded when it is difficult, indeed to fellow the varying fortune of an important game. In the first half Stoke credited themselves with the only goal, which was obtained in this period. At the same time they did not show any superiority bye the general tactics displayed by the Everton side. It might even be stated that the visitors were slightly superior to their opponents, whose success was the result, not so much of finished movements, as of vigorous and determined dashed for goal. When the teams resumed there was some rather sensational scoring. Sharp raced away, and finished with a superb centre, which Corrin, who had previously been distinguishing himself easily converted into a goal. No sooner had the ball been kicked off from midfield than the Stoke forwards swooped down upon Kitchen who, after a partial clearance, was beaten for the second time by Coxon. At this stage Stoke seemed to have a fair chance of winning, but the Evertonians quickly placed a different complexion upon the game and, despite the smart goalkeeping of Roose, that custodian was twice beaten by Taylor. There is no doubt whatever that during the second half Everton were immeasurably superior to the “Potters” They simply ran than off their feet, and once more gave evidence of what a splendidly trained team they are. Everton are to be congratulated upon their really creditable victory. Throughout they displayed an amount of determination, which nearly always suggested danger to the Stoke defenders. The half-backs were again a great stumbling block in the way of the home attack, and it was well they were in such capital form because both backs were at times not so reliable as customary. Both Sharp and Corrin did extremely well, and the right wings especially during the second half and despite the heavy ground, not only tricked opponents, but also got in many brilliant centre. Settle, though not by any means an ideal centre forward, distributed the work with good judgement, and he was ably, supported by his inside men. No one worked harder than Taylor, and none congratulated the veteran on his success in scoring a couple of goals more heartily than did his colleagues in the front line. Kitchen at times was severely tested, but he once more proved his capabilities at a resourceful custodian. Stoke's greatest weakness was in their half-back line, where the absence of Bradley was somewhat severely felt. The backs came though a trying ordeal with some success, but their forwards rarely exhibited any powers of combination likely to lead to a successful issue.


Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 21 December 1903

This match was played at Goodison Park, before eleven thousand spectators. Owing to the illness of Abbott and Hodgkinson, Sheridan appeared for Everton and Lecky for Derby. In the early stages of the game Everton gained several corners, and after thirty minuets' play Richards scored for the County. Everton failed to equalise, and Mercer missed two splendid openings. Interval; Derby 1 Everton none. Nothing more was scored in the second half.


December 21, 1903. The Liverpool Courier

Derby County visited Goodison-park, on Saturday to oppose Everton in the first of the season's engagements. Everton were without the services for the first time since the season opened of Abbott who was suffering from quinsey, and his place was taken by Taylor, Sheridan partnering Corrin on the left, while McDermott took up his old position at inside right. Derby were without Hodkinson, the teams being as follows: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Taylor, half-backs, Sharp McDermott, Settle, Sheridan, and Corrin, forwards. Derby County: - Maskery goal, Methven, and Morris backs, Leckie, Hall, and May, half-backs, Mercer, Bloomer, Warren, Richards, and Davis, forwards. Referee J.Adams. The weather, though dull, was fine, but owing to the early kick off the attendance at the start was not very large. The Hon Arthur Stanley, M.P., with his brother and Lord Elcho, drove from Knowsley in a motor car, and were provided with seats in the director's box. Derby having won the toss, Settle kicked off in the presence of about 10,000 spectators. A rattling good movement was a once made towards the Derby goal. Sharp and McDermott indulged in pretty passing, with the result that the latter put in a beautiful centre, which McDermott just lifted over the bar. The play remained in Derby's half, and Booth set Everton on the attack again, and smart work by the left wing ended in Corrin shooting at lighting speed the wrong side of the upright. More clever bits of play followed, and Sheridan dallied too long when he had a good chance of taking a shot at goal. Sharp, with the aid of McDermott secured a corner. The ball was beautifully placed in the goalmouth, but the Derby defenders were alert. Everton were outplaying their opponents at this time, though in front of goal their efforts were not very dangerous. Davis was responsible for some pretty touches, but as a rule the combination of the visiting forwards was at fault. On the other hand, the Everton halves were very hard to beat. Again Corrin initiated a dashing onslaught, and it was only with difficulty that his centre was disposed of, Everton claimed much the better of the play, their finishing touches however, not being of a high order. Derby had now the assistance of Hall, on whose appearance the County forwards swooped down on Kitchen's charge. Though hampered Bloomer got his toe to the ball, but there was no force behind it, and Kitchen cleared very easily. In the course of another attack, Crelly failed to effectually intercept a centre from Hall. Still Booth stepped in to the rescue, and led to another attack by the Everton right. Yet another abortive corner fell to Everton, and play for the most part was of a scrambling nature. The County exerted pressure, and were rewarded with a corner. This was nicely taken, and the ball after going from Hall to Richards was headed into the net by the latter player. This resevse seemed to rouse the Evertonians who swarmed round Maskery, who had to grant a corner, which was badly utilised. Richards again netted the ball, only to be ruled offside. Then Sharp went down and centred to Wolstenholme, who had a nice chance but shot wide. After scrambling play in the Everton goalmouth, during which Kitchen came out, the ball went to Mercer, who, with an open goal, shot into the stand. Next Booth sent in a terrific shot, which missed by inches. Crelly, who had been limping, left the field, and during his absence Mercer finished a brilliant run by a ridiculous attempt to score a second goal. Half time Everton nil, Derby County 1. When the players returned Crelly was still an absentee, and Everton adopted the one back game from which Mercer early on suffered. Settle dashed through, but in the race for possession, Maskery just got to the ball in time. Then Sharp forced yet another fruitless corner, and in a twinkling the County forwards were at the other end, where Kitchen saved from Warren and Bloomer. For a time Everton were kept on the defensive, and there was a hearty round of applause when Crelly came out to the assistance of his colleagues. McDermott and Sheridan had changed places with the view of bringing about an improvement in the home attack. At length McDermott and Booth tested Maskery, and maintaining the pressure Taylor also had a really good try, Everton at this period attacking a most determined fashion. During a rush down to the Everton end, Mercer was at fault, and then Maskery's charge had a remarkable escape following a brilliant effort by Sharp. In the latter part of the game Everton attacked with great persistency, but failed to penetrate the County defence. The Derby goal escaped in marvellous fashion on several occasions. Everton pressed to the finish, but could not get the ball into the net. Final result Everton nil Derby County 1.



December 21,1903. The Liverpool Mercury

Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 12)

On the Rhoden around. Everton broke away, and Dilly scored as beautiful goal. Immediately afterwards Everton missed another chance. Half-time Everton 1, Rovers nil Jones scored from a penalty and equalised for the Rovers, but Rankin put his side ahead, and Everton won by two goals to nil. Everton: - Whitley, goal, Wildman and R.Balmer backs, Chadwick, Russell, and Murray, half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan, Dilly, O'Hagan, and Simpson, forwards.



December 21, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury

For the third time this season Everton were defeated at Goodison Park, and the reverse came from a quarter which was generally unexpected. Derby County have had a chequered experience during the present campaign, and previous to their visit to Everton had only gained one point away from home this coming as a result of their fixture at West Bromwich on Monday last. As Everton had drawn at Wolverhampton and won at Stoke in successive away games, there was thus some substantial foundation for anticipating a victory at home over such opponents as the Peakites, and that this did not occur was due more to weakness in the Everton ranks than to any marked superiority on the part of the visitors. With Abbott absent through illness. Taylor had to be drafted to the half back line, and Sheridan introduced to the forward rank, a charge which did not produce satisfactory results. Derby were deprived of the services of their centre forwards, Hodgkinson and Warren filled the position, so that the teams faced each other on an even basis, as far as representation is concerned. Everton did not display their real form until the last quarter of an hour, and then they failed to redeem themselves for they were unable to equalise. Derby were the first to score from a corner kick forced by Mercer after half-an-hour's play, and Kitchen in fisting out, skied the ball behind the line. The flag kick landed the leather wide-of goal, and Hall headed in, but as it was dropping Richards applied his head, and after hitting the under part of the crossbar, the ball entered the net. This was the only point registered during the game, for though Richards again netted shortly afterwards he was palpably offside. But Mercer should easily have scored two further goals, for he received a centre from Davis and had only Kitchen to beat, whilst just before the second half was reached he ran clean through the backs and again failed to net the ball. So erratic were the home forwards when it came to a question of shooting that they never once managed to find the net, and it was this weakness which eventually brought about their downfall. After the interval Sheridan and McDermott changed places, and Crelly, who had retired five minutes before breathing time, again came on after ten minutes play, during which, period Everton adopted the one back game with almost disastrous consequences, but little improvement effected. They rallied in the last quarter and fairly penned in their opponents by they were exceedingly lenient with Maskery the Derby keeper, and the shots, which did reach him, occasioned but little anxiety. The visitors defence offered a cool and determined resistance and the goal was effectually and successfully packed. As will be gathered from what has already been stated, the Everton forwards were completely off colour, and to their inefficiency is the defeat attributable. They did not shape badly is midfield, but they finished their movements most erratically, and McDermott's failure to convert Sharp's centre in the first minutes was first a prelude of what was forthcoming. Particularly was the lack of scoring power noticeable in the first half, and many of the efforts were crude in the extreme. Corrin was the most effective forward on the home side, for he infused plenty of dash into his work that was missing in that of the inside players, but even he failed to head a centre from Sheridan into the net when he was but a couple of yards from goal. The latter was very weak, and his roaming tendencies did not conduce towards the harmonious working of the front line. Settle was also a failure in the centre. McDermott did many clever things, but was utterly useless when shooting; whilst Sharp appeared to be tainted with the same infection, and twice in succession placed corner kicks behind the netting. Booth and Wolstenholme were in good trim and Taylor fared very well against the Derby right wing pair, whilst further behind Balmer defended splendidly. Crelly received a nasty kick in the first half, which seriously affected his play, but he struck pluckily to his task, and under the circumstances was fairly reliable. Kitchen saved some excellent shots, notably two in the first minute of the second half, from Warren and Bloomer respectively. But it was a mis-hit, which gave the corner that led to Richards scoring, and this was the only fault in an otherwise capital performance. Derby were not a particularly brilliant side, but after scoring they managed to maintained the integrity of their defence, and thus they prevailed capturing two points thereby which are of incalculable value to them at the present juncture. Their forwards displayed some neat footwork, especially on the left wing, and Richards was the most conspicuous member of the line. Bloomer put in many neat touches, but was not as noticeable as usual in shooting whilst Mercer was about equal to the Everton forwards in this respect, and blundered badly in two cases. The halves were a fairly level trio, Hall rendering the most effective service in this department but further behind Morris and Methven kicked and tackled unflinchingly, and they had a warm time of it in the closing stages of the game. Maskery seems a very capable keeper, and in his methods, reminds one forcibly of Baddeley especially in his manner of anticipating a shot. The result was disappointing to the bulk of the crowd, though the fine work displayed in the closing stages somewhat compensated for the earlier failings. Interested spectators of the game were the Hon. Arthur Stanley and Lord Elcho, and the former has announced by willingness to present the Liverpool cup to the winning team on New Year's Day.


Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 23 January 1904

At Darwen. before 3,000 spectators. Everton won the toss and early in the game Sheridan missed scoring with an open goal. Darwen. however, were very aggressive, and Whitley made splendid save out of a scrimmage. Crook next shaved the upright with a capital shot, and five minutes later from a free kick the same player had very hard lines with a shot at six yards' range. The game was very fast, both teams showing excellent form. Whitley saved a shot from Crook throwing himself full length. The balance of play was with Darwen. but the forwards missed several chances. Some good work by the Everton left wing ended in O'Hagan beating Lill with a good shot. Darwen were awarded a free kick close the penalty area. but the visitors packed their goal, and the shot was cleared. Darwen tried hard to draw: level, but Henderson and Balmer played good defensive game. Hincks made a poor attempt from a good pass from the right wine. Even play followed to the interval. Half-time—Everton Reserve 1. Darwen 0. Everton were the first to attack, but Rankin ran the ball out. Darwen were soon on the move, and a free kick against Chadwick led considerable pressure on the visitors' goal. Whitley had to concede a corner, and though it was well placed the Everton defence could not beaten. The Everton forwards showed pretty passing movements, and the Darwen backs were hard pressed. Corrin put a good centre in, and Duckworth, in meeting the ball, put it through his own goal. Darwen were awarded a penalty, but Whitley made great save. The fast pace began to tell on Darwen. and Everton weri continually pressing. Dilly scored a third goal with a fast shot, and in the last minute the same player again beat Lill. The home team had much the worse of the play, and were well beaten. Result-EVERTON RES. 4. DARWEN 0.


December 26, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury

Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 13)

The above Lancashire Combination match was decided yesterday at Goodison Park before a crowd numbering fully 15,000 spectators. The teams were: - Everton: - Whitley goal, Gordon and R.Balmer, backs, Wildman, Russell, and Murray, half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan, Dilly, O'Hagan, and Simpson, forwards. Liverpool: - Cotton, goal, McLean, and Hoare, backs, Morgan, Latham, and Craik, half-backs, Chadburn, Buck, Hendren, Carlin, and Raisebeck, forwards. Everton were the more aggressive at the start, but met with a stubborn defence. Hoaro accomplishing some capital work in this respect. For 30 minutes play was carried on without score, but from a sudden rush on Liverpool's left the ball was sent across, and Buck tipped the leather to Chadburn, who beat Whitley with a fast ground shot. Carlin ran clean through, but Whitley saved and at the interval Liverpool led by a goal to nil. On resuming Everton shaped more effectively, and from a free kick Dilly equalised, the ball hitting the upright and glancing into the net. Several dangerous centres were put in by Simpson from one of which Sheridan neatly placed his side ahead, but Liverpool returned to attack in determined fashion, and Carlin once more placed his side on level terms. Both goals had narrow escape, but eventually Rankin received from Russell, when apparently offside, and running on centred to Dilly, who gained the third goal close on time. Result Everton 3 goals Liverpool 2.


London Daily News - Monday 28 December 1903

Manchester City on their own ground were beaten by Everton after an interesting game by three goals to one. The weather was fine, and about 25.000 people were present. McDermott headed through fur Everton about ten minutes from the start as the result of a free kick by Wolstenholme. Gillespie equalised, and for the rest of the first half Manchester pressed strongly. At the interval however, the scores were still level. In the second half Everlon had most of the play, and obtained goals through Settle and Taylor. Frost, the home centre half, was injured, and had retire. Manchester subsequently playing one-back game.


December 28, 1903. The Liverpool Courier

Everton's holiday fixture was with Manchester City at Hyde road. Some 30,000 people turned up in fine weather to witness the encounter, the greatest enthusiasm being shown by the holiday crowd. Everton had a strong eleven in the field, but the City were without Burgess and McMahon. The players lined up as follows: - Manchester City: - Hillman, goal, Davidson, and Slater, backs, Frost, Hinds, and Ashworth, half-backs, Mereidith, Livingston, Grilespie, Turnbull, and Trelfall forwards. Everton: - Kitchen, goal W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Settle, McDermott, and Corrin forwards. Referee Fred Kirkman

The game opened at a hot pace, both sides at once putting their full energies into the struggle. Each end was visited in the first few moments, but the defence prevailed on either side. A free kick was given against Everton, but this was put behind. Everton then made tracks for the other end, but Davidson cleared. Again the Blues got down, and Settle missed a possible chance by passing out to Sharp instead of shooting. Everton were now working hard, especially on the right-wing, where Sharp and Taylor gave the City defence plenty to do. At Length the home centre having got the ball away a grand run was made by Meredith, which aroused the enthusiasm of the crowd. He centred magnificently but Crelly cleared. Everton then attacked on the right and a foul was given against Manchester City close in. Wolstenholme took the kick, and placed the ball grandly in front of goal. McDermott got at it, and headed the ball easily past Hillman into the net. The Citizens were not the least dismayed by this reverse, and they played up with determination. The left wing made progess, but Wolstenholme was in the way, and passing the ball across the boys in blue again attacked, and Settle banged in a shot which Hillman cleared. Still attacking, the visiting right made play. Sharp, taking his time, sent in a fine shot, which unluckily for Everton travelled inches over the crossbar. The City defence could not cope with the Everton right wing, who were giving a dashing exhibition. A foul against Settle close up relieved the pressure, and another carried play to Kitchen's end, but the ball travelled harmlessly outside. A nice passing movement by the visitors threatened danger, but the rush was checked by a foul against the City centre-half, which proved useless. The City right then made an attack, and the ball was centred, Balmer cleared very cleverly. The game was maintained at a hot pace, both teams putting plenty of vigour into their work. The game was stopped for a moment when Turnbull was hurt, but he soon resumed. Everton renewed the attack, and Settle beating Davidson, who was a trifle slow in clearing. Looked like having an open goal, when Hillman rushed out and cleared at the expense of a fruitless corner. An attack by the homester ended in Livingstone putting in a grand shot, which Kitchen cleared just under the bar while at the other end Settle called on Hillman with a hot one at close quarters which the custodian saved cleverly. Even play followed, excellent tactics being shown by Ashworth, who checked the visiting right wing in clever fashion. Free kicks were given against either side, but no harm was done, Sharp got down and centred well, McDermott, who was unmarked, receiving the ball in an excellent position. He lost no time in shooting, but Hillman brought off a clever clearance. For a few minutes the ball bobbed about the goalmouth, but the defence prevailed. At length the City worked away on the right, and a long shot was sent in by Livingstone, which Kitchen had no difficulty in clearing. Everton worked down by a series of throw-ins, and the ball coming across, Settle shot at close quarters, but the leather travelled over the bar, Meredith was penalised for a foul, and from this Settle with some smart dribbling nearly worked through. Ashworth just stopping him in the nick of time. The City player was hurt in effecting the rescue. Threlfall was prominent with some good dribbling, ending in a soft shot, which Kitchen cleared. The City forward, struck to their work, and Livingstone sent in another shot, which went wide. Still the home team were not to be denied, and a combined attack was made. Crelly failed to check the rush, and the ball travelled to Gillespie. Amid a ruck of players in the goalmouth, he coolly tipped the leather out of Kitchen reach into the net. The City supporters were enraptured at this equalising point, which came at a few minutes only from the interval. Everton tried desperately for the lead, but although the corner was forced they could get no further. Hillman caught a long shot, and Settle and Taylor vainly tried to charge the big man into the net. Then the whistle sounded the interval. Half-time Manchester City 1 Everton 1.

In the second half Everton did most of the attacking, and but for the fine defence of Hillman would have added to their score. The home team lost Frost, owing to an injury, and while Manchester were playing with ten men, Settle put Everton ahead. Frost returned, but Everton continued to press, and five minutes from the finish Taylor added another. Everton continued to hold the upper hand, and finally gained a decisive victory. Result Manchester City 1, Everton 3.



December 28, 1903. The Liverpool Courier

Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 14)

At Goodison-park, before 10,000 spectators. The Everton forwards line, which included Hardman and Young gave a brilliant display, and O'hagan, Sheridan (2), and Young scored in the first half. On resuming the City scored from a free kick but Makepeace (from a penalty) O'Hagan being tripped, and Young scored for Everton. The City obtained a second goal through Dennison, and Everton won in fine style by six goals to two. Everton: - Whitley, goal, Henderson, and R.Balmer backs, Wildman Russell, and Murray, half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan, Makepeace, Young, and Hardman, forwards.



December 28, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury

Inconsistent in their inconsistency, Everton after sustaining an unexpected defeat at home, accomplished on Saturday what has only been done by one other team this season. This was to overcome Manchester City, who, when the match started, occupied the honourable position of League leaders. When the City, who, after a season in the Second Division, had exhibited surprising form, which previously beaten on their own ground by Sheffield United, a considerable elements of luck attended the game. On Saturday, however, there was absolutely nothing of a fluky nature about Everton's brilliant victory. In every respect they fully deserved their three goals to one success, for, while recognizing that the League leaders were unfortunate in being deprived of the services of their usual backs, there is no doubt that the winning side gave an exhibition which reached a standard quite sufficient to bring them on such form the highest honours of the Association world. Where Everton particularly shone was in the half-back line. Abbott return, after a week a rest owing to illness, seemed to have an electrifying effect upon the generally excellent work rendered by the exceptionally strong trio of halves whom. Everton are fortunate in possessing. Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbott were unquestionably thorns in the side of Manchester City, and contributed in no small degree to the undoing of that hitherto surprisingly successful team. Moreover, the presence in the forward line of that enthusiastic veteran, Taylor imparted an element of dash, which was lacking the previous week, when the forwards were incapable of anything like effective work in front of goal. Right from the start, the Evertonians gave one the impression that nothing would be left undone whereby they might stem the successful career of their opponents, and after six minutes play they succeeded in securing a tangible point from a free kick, converted by McDermott. They continued to keep well in front so far as general footwork was concerned, though there were occasions when the City forwards got off in dangerous stride, and would easily have defeated a less resourceful set of defenders than those representing Everton. Kitchen was rarely called upon, and it was not until five minutes from the interval that the home side managed to break through and score the point being notched by Gillespie. The opening stages of the second half were heatedly and earnestly contested, and though the visitors were concerned in most attacks there was not much luck attached to their efforts, and again Hillman was in great form. The ubiquitous Frost was responsible in some measure for preventing final shots at goal. He risked a great deal, and on one occasion came into collision with Settle, and had to retire for some minutes. It was during this period that a really clever movement along the Everton right wing ended in Settle giving his side the lead, and from this point on the back of the City was sealed. Still they played up in forcible fashion, but they never really got a grip of the Everton defence, and just before time Taylor, ever on the lookout for possible openings, rushed in and prevented Hillman from negotiating a corner kick, and promptly put on a third goal. In view of the fact that the whole of the Everton team may be said to have appeared to greater advantage than on any previous occasions this season, it is almost unnecessary to single out any particular player for special commendation. Each in his particular position did his utmost to command success, and each had the satisfaction that he contributed to a general exposition of a game better than which cannot have been seen at Hyde road this season. It is questionable whether Settle ever considered himself a centre-forward, but while he may not be an altogether orthodox pivot, he certainly in Saturdays match had a great deal to do in the securing of a splendid victory for his side. He entered into his work with conspicuous energy, and it was only fitting that he should have been credited with the goal, which gave Everton the lead after the City had drawn level. The City forwards were held well in check by the Everton halves, and probably, Meredith and Livingstone have not before this season been as helpless as they were against Abbott. The half-backs of the City were fairly good; the rear division suffered from enforced chances, but Hillman gave a good exhibition of goalkeeping. Of course Boxing Day, apart from an attraction such as is afforded by the visit of Everton, would have packed the City ground. Certainly in view of the support the club receives, it is hightime either that they acquired a new home of greatly extended accommodation. In any case, one might reasonably expect the management of the City club would make even decent arrangement for press representatives visiting Manchester on the occasion of their matches. It is to be hoped that the difficulties experienced on Saturday in reporting the match will be coviated when another visit is paid to the ground.


Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 30 December 1903

Mr. Richard Molyneux, the ex-Everton F.C Secretary, now connected with Brentford Club, has signed on Watson, the Glasgow Bellshill Athletic goalkeeper.







December 1903