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Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 02 December 1920
Jack Hillman Celebrates His Birthday.
 Jack Hillman, the old international goalkeeper, has just celebrated his 50th birthday. He has played for Burnley, Everton, Dundee, Manchester City (when they won the English Cup), and Millwall. To commemorate the occasion the Burnley directors entertained the Burnley players to dinner, and during the proceedings the players presented Hillman with a case of cutlery and smoking outfit, and the directors presented £10 10s. Hillman ig trainer to the reserve team at Burnley.

December 4, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton have been staying at Whitley Bay during the week preparation for their match at Middlesbrough.

December 6 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
THE Evertonians had rather rough time of it –in a double sense –at Middlesbrough on Saturday. After a week training at WhitleyBay they met the Arysome Park club and were beaten by three goals to one. The conditions were all against football, wind and rain being in the ascendant, yet those who braved the elements, saw a fast and quite exciting exhibition. At times the players were over ankle deep in water, but they kept up a merry pace, and lasted the full ninety minutes without faltering. The home side, adopting themselves to the occasion, played the proper game, and it was mainly due to this, and the comparative weakness of the visiting forwards that they gained the day by the ample margin of 3 goals to 1. Led by Elliott, the Middlesbrough vanguard slung the ball about in approved fashion and, well supported by the half-backs they enjoyed the bulk of the pressure in both periods. The Everton defence, in one notable instance, was weak, and this, together with the too quickly methods of the front line, allowed the home side to gain a valuable couple of points. There were numerous occasions when the visitors showed all their skill and command of the ball –but it was inevitably unavailing on a playing patch partly submerged. The game opened in the most thrilling fashion, for less than five minutes from the start, the visitors were awarded a Penalty kick . The kick was taken by Harrison, who shot with force, but Williamson managed to stop the shot with his foot (Pen- Fazackerley grassed by Ellerington-Echo). The visitors, after this disappointment, played up with spirit, both wings pressing but without effectiveness and the Middlesbrough attack gradually asserting itself, the score was opened by Poulton, who netted the ball after Ellerington had struck the bar with a rapping shot. From this point the home side were mainly in the picture, and a second success was gained when Elliott headed the leather through from a pass by Urwin. Again the visitors made efforts to get on terms, and opened out the play somewhat. The home side, however, were too strong in defence, and shortly before the interval Elliott registered a third goal from a pass given to him by Mordue. In the second half Everton appeared to tire for a time, the forwards making little impression on W. Carr and his colleagues. They gradually picked up, however, and coming away in clever fashion, Crossley was though and scored a fine goal. After this the visitors had more of the argument, but none of the luck, for Parker once hit the upright and Crossley slipped into the surface water when exceptionally well placed.

As has been indicated Everton's display was scarcely up to concert pitch, Downs was frankly off colour, the result that McDonald had to work tremendously hard to cope with the home attack. The halves were untiring in stalling the invaders off, and cannot be blamed. The forward line though clever, proved itself inadaptable to existing conditions, and so failed in its purpose. Harrison and Crossley were the better wing, though there were occasional flashes on the right. Middlesbrough are a good side, and Elliott particularly gave a great display. Teams: - Middlesbrough: - Williamson, goal, Marshall, and Holmes backs, Davidson, W. Carr, and Ellerington, half-backs, Mordue, J. Carr, Elliott, Poulton, and Urwin, Forwards. Everton: - fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards.

December 6 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
At Goodison Park. Winning the toss, Everton had the assistance of a strong wind, with the result that most of the play was in the Bury half. At this stage the defence of the visitors was excellent, and it was near the interval before Spencer scored from close range. Howard Baker, who had a quiet time in the first half was fully extended in the second period, when Bury had the wind, and he made many clever saves. Everton got two more goals in quick time, both scored by Goodacre. Towards the end Bury began to tire and further goals were added by Smith and Howarth. Close on time Baker brought off a fine save . Everton: - Howard Baker, goal, Fare, Miller, backs, Brown, Farrer, and Garrett, half-backs, Jones, Spencer, Goodacre, Howarth, and Smith, forwards.

December 7, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
At a meeting of the management committee of the Football League in London yesterday, it was decided that the players of clubs who had not taken part in any recognised competition during the war, but attended under the Derby scheme and not called to the colours, could not have the period from which they were affected to count either as a period of service for benefit or increase of wages.

Sheffield United stating the facts with reference to S. Fazackerley (Transfer to Everton for £4,000), and asking in view of such facts, the committee would sanction any payment to the player out of the increased transfer fee. The committee decision was “No.” It was decided that the percentage of “gate” paided by the clubs of the first and second division should be discontinued after Janauary 1 st next.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 07 December 1920
Sheffield United have approached Everton for the transfer of Jones, Chedgzoy's understudy, but the player, when the matter was put to him, refused to leave Everton, although he would probably be promoted to Sheffield United's League team immediately.

December 9, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Teams representing Everton, and the North Wales Coast League met at Colwyn Bay yesterday, in a trial match for the Welsh Amateur international. Great interest showed in the game, a record crowd being present. Everton included Brewster, Weller, and Thompson, and were easily the better team. For the Coast Jones (Goal), Lewis and Parry (backs) played well. Jones scored the only goal in the match for Everton. The Coast goalkeeper caught the ball, but allowed it to slip over the line. Brewster and Jones were prominent for Everton. The teams were entertained to lunch by the chairman of the District Council before the match.

December 11, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton, who were beaten three goals to one, at Middlesbrough a week ago, are hopeful of returning the “compliment” this afternoon, when the Borough visited Goodison park. But they will have to show their best form to accomplish this, for the visitors have won their last five matches, and in twelve successive games have earned 20 points. Middlesbrough have seldom fared well at Goodison Park, where in their fourteen League games, they have gained only one victory, and suffered defeat on eleven occasions. But they are a vastly improved side this season, and Brewster, who returns to the centre-half position after five weeks absence, will have to keep a close watch upon Elliottt. The visitors centre, who is one of the leading scorers of the campaign.

December 13, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton's victory over Middlesbrough in the return engagement at Goodison Park was their first home success for exactly two months. It was a welcome and well-deserved win, for Everton played more convincingly than in any of their previous games. Middlesbrough, too, gave a fine display. Everton's margin would have been larger, but for the excellent work of Williamson in goal. The first half saw Everton at their best, and the shots that found their way to the Middlesbrough goal emphasized the deadliness of the forwards. Their sprightliness was in marked contrast to the impotent displays of some recent games. Play sagged somewhat in the second half after the visitors had equalised, but the last fifteen minutes witnessed the most exciting incidents of the game. Everton took the lead through Parker, and then both sides played desperately. Fern's save from Elliott was one of the best features of the match. A lofty shot from a crowd of players carried the ball into the extreme corner of the goal, yet Fern, with fine judgement, got to the ball and turned it past the upright. It was a fine shot and a masterly save. Williamson's work commenced early in the game, for Crossley sent in a sledgehammer drive in the first minute, which Williamson tipped over the bar. Parker followed with a tricky low shot, and Williamson got the ball away cleverly with his left hand. Everton's forward work was irresistible, and spite of Middlesbrough sound defence'Parker scored after 17 minutes play. Harrison placed the ball dead in the centre of the goal, and Parker, dashing between the backs, scored. The Everton forwards continued to hammer the Middlesbrough defence, and it was only the alertness of Williamson that prevented a further score. A smart centre by Chedgzoy was headed to goal by Parker, and the Middlesbrough custodian punched the ball away, while Parker, in his anxiety to score, returned the ball to goal with his hand. On another occasion Parker drove hard against the crossbar, and Fazackerley had a fine opening from the rebound, but he sent wide. Although the Middlesbrough forwards played capital football, Fern's main efforts were in dealing with long shots. Poulton being particularly active in this direction. It was Poulton who equalised at the end of 48 minutes as the result of some capital manoruvring and a timely back-heel touch by Ellerington. Middlesbrough were very aggressive in the early stages of the second half, but the pace toned down, afterwards, Parker gave. Everton the lead for the second time at 79 minutes, and then there was a rousing finish. Fern's brilliant save of Elliott's surprise shot, and Brewster's stoppage of a hard drive by the Middlesbrough centre were outstanding incidents. Williamson played a great game, and was certainly due to his excellent work that Middlesbrough got through with such a small loss so far as goals were concerned. Two district types of defenders in Marshall and Downs were on view, and both did masterly work. Marshall has the artistic touch well developed, rarely wasting a ball, and always cool and reliable, while Downs, with his more robust style, was just as capable. The Middlesbrough half-backs were more methodical, and gave their forwards far more assistance in framing attacks than did the Everton trio. The Everton forwards have rarely played better than in the first half. Parker wanted a lot of stopping, and his return to form made the line a very live one. Elliott got the maximum results from his efforts, and Poulton was a deadly shooter. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Middlesbrough: - Williamson, goal, Marshall, and Holmes, backs, Davidson, W. Carr, and Ellerington, half-backs, Mordue, J. Carr, Elliott, Poulton, and Urwin, forwards.

December 13 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton Reserves were beaten by Rochdale by 3 goals to 1. It was a good game, in which apart from some fine defensive work by Fare and Thompson, the good work was done by Rochdale. There was no scoring in the first half, but in the second Dennison (2), and Lowe scored for Rochdale, and Spencer for Everton. The visitors forwards with the exception of Jones, were poor. The halves work hard, but failed to hold a fast and tricky forward line. Thompson and Fare were a pair of stout defenders.

Hull Daily Mail - Friday 17 December 1920
Stockport County are welcoming back an old player in W.E. gault, a centre forward who has had two periods of service with Everton.  At the close of last season he went to Cardiff City, from whom his transfer has been secured. 

Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 18 December 1920
One of the most consistent half-backs on the books of the. Everton club is Alan Grenyer, a North Shields man, who graduated in local football, and signed for the Goodison Park brigade 1910. Formerly in inside left he has scored quite a number of goals at half-back with long range shots.
Joe Donnachie
Joe Donnachie, who helped Blackpool to win at Leicester, is a native of Kilwinning in Ayrshire, and has travelled some, as the Yankees say, since he left Rutherglen Glencairn Club for Grteenock Morton.  Later he was with Newcastle United, Everton, Oldham Athletic, Liverpool, Glasgow Rangers and -but that's enough. 

Sunday Post - Sunday 19 December 1920
On my arrival at Cowdenbeath I met George Wilson, looking spruce and full of enthusiasm.  George went to Newcastle after I left, but I played against him when he was partnering Harold Hardman at Everton, and with him against England at Newcatsle in 1907.  Talk about the secret of per[etual youth! He had a great share in his side's success yesterday.  What a unique record he has, too! He now possesses an English Cup medal, a Scottish Cup medal, and a Scottish Qualifying Cup medal, apart from his numerous National honours. 

December 20, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
The Everton club has frequently figured among the records, and on Saturday last added another to their list by being the only visiting club to win away from home in addition to claiming the honours of hauling down the Albion's colours at the Hawthorns for the first this season. It was a remarkable game in many ways. To begin with the playing pitch did not lend itself to good footwork, for the surface was treacherous with here and there frozen patches of snow, and not as matters turned out, the players not only countered the attendant difficulties, but upset calculations by giving a capital exposition of the nicer point of play. At the outset the Evertonians were more successful in adapting themselves to the prevailing conditions, and made better use of the chances that came their way with the result at the interval they enjoyed a comfortable lead of two goals. The margin was somewhat flattering. Still no one could deny that they deserved the honours at the turn. The second portion provided football of the hurricane order; in which the Albion, with the exception of the opening and closing period, continually bombarded the Everton goal, only to meet with a resistance, the quality of which is only rarely witnessed, even in these days of strenuous encounters. One player stood between them and quite a crop of goals, and that was the Everton keeper, whose anticipations, fielding and daring will long remain green in the memory of the twenty-five thousand spectators who were present. For twenty minutes without a break the Albion forwards were hammering away at the Everton defence, during which time clever, shots running into double figures were rained in, and but one found a billet. Had the persistency of the home forwards materalised none who witnessed the game could have begunted them, at any rate a division of the honours. Still the Everton custodian had to be reckoned with, and fortunately for his side he was right on the top of his form.

The players were not long in settling down to ground, difficulties, and both sets of forwards rarely wasted an opportunity of testing the respective keepers. Everton had a slight breeze behind them and were generally the more dangerous in early movements. Still Smith was the first to get in a really testing shot that Fern ably attended to, and after Crossley had fully tested Pearson, Morris was only inches wide with the Everton keeper out of position. Then followed a couple of smart sprints by Harrison, followed in the second instance by an accurate centre, which Pearson only partially gauged, and Fazackerley forestalling Pennington, who dropped back, had no difficulty in opening the scoring. This success came after play had been twenty-five minutes in progress, and ten minutes later Parker added a second, also the result of fine forcing play on the left wing. Just prior to this Fazackerley had retired limping, and had no sooner returned when McDonald had to be carried off, and it was during the absence of the latter that Everton's second point was recorded. On resuming, the Albion embarked upon a plan of campaign that promised ultimate success. There was a perfect understanding between the half-backs and forwards, the latter being plied with swift ground passes from which much headway was made. After ten minutes play Crisp converted a pass from Morris, and following upon the success renewed and persistent pressure was brought to bear upon Fern's charge, with a result that has been already indicated. Fazackerley and Chedgzoy had changed position midway in the second half, and notwithstanding the comparatively few advances to the home goal in this period, the Blues might easily have forged further ahead, for Fazackerley was out of luck with a ball that struck the foot of the upright, and late on Parker had what appeared to be an easy opening, though probably the soft turf had much to do with his failure to steady himself.

Coming to the players, Fern was a hero among heides, for all played well in the respective sphere. He was injured twice in diving at the feet of opposing forwards at a time when all seemed lost, and facial scars were the outcome of his daring. High and low shots from long or close range came alike to him, and he specialised in turning a ball round the foot of the post for a corner when the feat seemed well nigh impossible. There was no doubt that his display was stamped with the hallmark of class and his brilliant performance was duly recognised by the spectators at the conclusion of the proceedings. In front of the keeper were two stalwarts in Downs and McDonald, whose heady interventions and clearances of the first half were followed by dogged defence during the harassing period of the second, when the Everton half-backs had been frequently overrun. The halves were generally more concerned in breaking up tactics in which they met with a good measure of success, but in placing they did not compare so favourably as the opposing trio, whose touches to their forwards, especially those by Richardson in the second portion were models of accuracy. Smith and Pennington had a fine understanding with the wing halves and in addition provided a capable cover for Pearson, who could not be blamed for this points recorded against him. Forward play was distinctly good on both sides, with marksmanship, considering the difficulties of foothold up to a good standard. Parker led his line well, and while Fazackerley's leg injury discounted efficiency on the right, Harrison and Crossley levelled up matters and were mainly concerned in Everton's incisive advances. The Albion forwards gave a display reminiscent of their best games of last season. Bentley and Smith were capable marksman in the inside positions with Crisp and Gregory speedy in movement and dangerous with their cross drives. Teams: - West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goal, J. Smith, and Pennington, backs, Richardson, Bowser and McNeal, half-backs, Crisp, AW Smith, Bentley, Morris, and Gregory, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Referee F. Slater, (Blackburn).

December 20 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
At Goodison Park. Everton placed a strong team in the field, including Thompson, Reid, Kirsopp, and Wall gave the best exhibition. This game in the first half, Crewe only occasionally troubled the home defence. The Blue's forward line combined beautifully, and did not hesitate to shoot with the result that five goals were scored though Spencer (2), Wall (2), and Kirsopp. In the second half Crewe showed much improvement, and had an equal share of the game. After ten minutes play Dunn scored with a long shot, and later Baker made good saves from Caulfield and Rowlands. Kirsopp headed Everton's goal from a free kick. Everton: - Baker, goal, Fare, and Thompson, backs, Brown, Weller, and Williams, half-backs, Jones, Spencer, Kirsopp, Wall, and Reid, forwards.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 22 December 1920
A unique record has been established BY George Wilson, the ex-internationalist, now playing for East Fife. The one-time Hearts, Newcastle United, Everton, Belfast Celtic, and Raith Rovers player is already in the possessor of no fewer than seven international caps and English and Scottish Cup badges, and, now that he has won a Qualifying Cup badge, will have a collection of football honours second to none.

December 23, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton team for Saturday as no changes from the side that won last week against West Bromwich Albion. Everton against Arsenal at Goodison Park, Fern, Downs, McDonald, Fleetwood, Brewster, Grenyer, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker Crossley, Harrison

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 22 December 1920
A unique record has been established BY George Wilson, the ex-internationalist, now playing for East Fife. The one-time Hearts, Newcastle United, Everton, Belfast Celtic, and Raith Rovers player is already in the possessor of no fewer than seven international caps and English and Scottish Cup badges, and, now that he has won a Qualifying Cup badge, will have a collection of football honours second to none.

EVERTON 2 ARSENAL 4 (Game 954)
December 28 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Two goals scored in the last five minutes of the match unabled the Arsenal to create a surprise by defeating Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, by 4 goals to 2. But the Arsenal deserved the success on the run of the play. Their goals were generally well worked for, but the same could not be said for those obtained by Everton, one of which was in absolute grit. Still there were faults to find with the Everton defence when the Arsenal got ahead in the concluding stages and they might not have scored their third goal but for the propenalty to wander on the part of Downs. The Arsenal were the quicker and smarter side for most of the game, and at times their forwards played exceedingly well on the heavy ground. There was also a strong cross wind that frequently upset the calculations of the players, but the visitors overcome the difficulties of the situation much better than did the home side, who were slow and uncertain. The back play on both sides was only moderate, though McDonald and Bradshaw did many good things. Still all the backs were uncertain under pressure, and Everton might with advantage have bustled the opposing defence more than they did. Grenyer was a long way Everton's best half-back, Butler being most prominent for the Arsenal, who had fine forwards in Pagnam, Toner, and White. Parker did fairly well for Everton without reaching the form he showed against Middlesbrough. Fazackerley passed neatly, and Chedgzoy and Harrison put across some good centres, but the line was not up to the Arsenal's standard. The visitors scored after twenty-five minutes' play, Pagnam netting a fine goal from Rutherford's centre. Four minutes later Parker equalised through the Arsenal defence blundering, while five minutes from the interval Hutchins from a centre by Harrison, headed the ball right to the foot of Parker, who had no difficulty in putting Everton in front. Twenty minutes after the change of ends, Blyth equalised with a fine shot. Five minutes from time Toner give the Arsenal the lead. Downs just previously having gone up into the Arsenal half and left the visitors left wing unattended; and three minutes later, after Fern had saved from Pagnam at full length, White put on another goal. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Arsenal: - Williamson, goal, Bradshaw, and Hutchins, backs, Baker, Butler, and McKinnion, half-backs, Rutherfords, White, Pagnam, Blyth, and Toner forwards.

December 28 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton Reserves, including Kirsopp and Howard Baker; had an easy task on Christmas Day at Ash-Lane, where they defeated Southport by five goals to nil. Spencer scored the first and third, and Weller the other three. The match, in which an inferior side strove unavailingly against overwhelming odds was in the second half robbed of any remaining attractiveness by Everton adopting the one back game, even after they had a lead of four clear goals. The gate money was £214-a record.

ARSENAL 1 EVERTON 1 (Game 955)
December 28, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Although Everton started off with great dash at Highbury, before 40,000 spectators, and scored a brilliant goal through Fazackerley at the end of sixteen minutes, they had to divide the honours. In making a draw, however, the Merseyside team may derive consolation from the fact that, in the opinion of good judges, they played the best and prettiest football seen on the North London ground this season. In front of goal Everton always looked more capable on the greasy surface, and yet, especially during the opening half, Fern had far more work to do than Williamson, the Everton keeper making wonderful saves from Pagnam, Blyth, and McKinnion. He was not beaten until twenty minutes had passed in the second half, when Pagnam headed through from close quarters. At full back the visitors, were visitors were superior in a game remarkable for its great pace, but Downs and McDonald, well as they played. were often beaten by the Arsenal forwards, who were just a trifle unlucky in failing to win both points. Soon after the Londoners had equalised, Harrison, who was carried off just before the interval with a damaged knee retired and with Dr. Paterson hurting his ankle at a later stages, each team finished with ten men. Crossley made a great impression and so did Chedgzoy, although he suffered a heavy charge near the end. Brewster and Fleetwood played a fine game at half, in which line Peacock, who took the place of Grenyer, represented the only change in the teams. Teams: - Arsenal: - Williamson, goal, Bradshaw and Hutchins, backs, Baker, Butler, and McKinnion, half-backs, Rutherford, White, Pagnam, Blyth, and Toner, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Peacock, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Referee G. Austin.

December 28 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
On Christmas Day Everton won at Southport by 5 goals to nil, and in the return game at Goodison Park, yesterday, were again victorious this time by 3 goals to 1. Both sides made changes especially the visitors, who had a reorganised team. During the first half Southport played good football and scored the only goal though Rigby. Everton put on a lot of pressure, but Halsall kept out all shots, one in particular a great effort by Blair. The second half play was chiefly confined to the Southport half, and Blair equalised after four minutes. Livesley scored the second from a scrimmage, during which Garner was badly hurt and carried off. Blair added the third and Thompson missed from a penalty. Great credit was due to the fine defence of Halsall, Sinclair, and Littleton, otherwise the score would have been much heavier.

December 28 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
Dick Kerr's team of Lady footballers have gained fame all over the country, and the ideas of bring the side to oppose a team of St Helens girls at Goodison Park was a happy one. The match was in aid of the Discharged Soldiers and Sailors' funds, and Liverpool sportsmen and women turned up in great force at the Park yesterday morning. Large numbers were unable to gain admission, and the stand entrances were closed long before the match started. The fund will benefit to the extent of some £3,000, as there were 40,000 spectators present. Dick Kerrs team won by four goals to nil.

December 1920