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February 5, 1906. The Liverpool Courier
In visiting Goodison-park, Chesterfield got all that they anticipated. They were defeated it is true, but they knew this would happen before they consented to change the venue of the cup-tie. But they have the supreme satisfaction of showing that their coffers have been curioned to an extent, which probably had never been their experience since the club was formed. The sum of £500 is a very handsome addition to the funds of a struggling football organisation. Chesterfield, no doubt are eminently pleased with their share. In this season's cup ties, but whether Everton can congratulate themselves upon their deal is another matter. Although they loss money over the transaction they certainly can claim that besides giving their supporters an opportunity of witnessing the team playing at home they have done the Derbyshire club a really good turn.
Whatever, chance there might have been of anything approaching a satisfactory game was spoiled by the high wind, which prevailed. At the same time the Second Leaguers offered a more stubborn resistance than had been anticipated. Indeed when the interval arrived and the Everton vanguard had failed to make any tangible impression on the Chesterfield defence, certain of the less sanguine supporters of the “Blues” were somewhat downcast. these gloomy foreboding however, were quickly dispelled after the teams had crossed over. The Everton players, who throughout had naturally been decidedly superior simply over whelmed the plucky Chesterfield defenders side with in the space of ten minutes Settle, Young, and Taylor placed the issue absolutely beyond doubt. As far as pressure was concerned Everton might easily have secured a much more decisive victory, out whether it was owing to the vagaries of the wind or to any other cause the fact remains that some of their attempts to drive the ball into the net, were ludicrous in the extreme. The play calls for no detailed criticism, as the home players were never really extended.
Although Chesterfield failed to register a goal, it must be admitted that in at least two instances a little luck might have brought about the downfall of the Everton goal. In Gilberthorpe they possess a promising centre forward, and on the left wing the veteran Monday and Handley showed some capital work. Unfortunately for Chesterfield their halves were no match for the Everton attack, but their backs defended gallantly, and as for Cope- the goalkeeper- he simply excelled himself. Evidently the Chesterfield management possess a happy knack of unearthing capable custodian. On the Everton side Cooke made a creditable debut, as partner to Sharp, who, despite one particularly bad miss was by far the most conspicuous forwards on the field. Makepeace, Taylor and Abbott, formed a trio of half-backs quite beyond the capabilities of the Chesterfield front line, and the backs accomplished all that came their way on satisfactory fashion. Teams. Everton: - Scott goal Hill, and W.Balmer backs Meakepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs Sharp Cooke, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Chesterfield: - Cope, goal, Marples, and Baker, backs, Haigh, Milnes and Thacker half-backs, Dyall, Taylor, Gilberthorpe, Monday and Handley, forwards. Referee J.Adams.

February 5, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One. (Game 25)
Everton's chances of securing championship honours have been practually settled as the result of their successive defeats at Southport and St Helens, and Accrington Stanley now hold a clear lead in the table. The match between the Leaguers reserves and St.Helens Recreation at Glassopolis on Saturday provided a keen struggle all though, and although play was somewhat interfered with by the strong wind prevailing, there were many exciting incidents. The match was set apart for the benefit of “Wick” Hunter, the St. Helens half-back, and there was a capital attendance. As the Recs triumphed by 2 goals to 1, their supporters were naturally elated, and on the run of the play the victory was well deserved. Everton had the advantage of the wind in the first half, but failed to profit by it. True, they got the only goal scored during this portion, but the home side had a fair share of the play, and on more than one occasion came near scoring. The Recs were well served by their defence, Roughley on one occasion making a fine save from Rankin. When the teams changed ends the Recs set to work in determined fashion, and Roberts equalised. The Everton backs performed will under pressure, Crelly in particular doing his side capital service, but Roberts got through again, and put on the winning goal. As Everton won the first match by 3 goals to 1, honours are now even. All round the Recs gave a good account of themselves, and their successive victories over Accrington and Everton show them to be a capable side. Everton were rather disappointing and Kelly, who kept goal in the absence of Collins, was none too safe several times fumbling the ball. Everton: - Kelly, Wildman and Crelly backs, Chadwick, Wright, and Donaldson, half-backs, Rankin McLoughlin, McCratney, Warbes and Butler forwards.

Athletic News -Monday 05 February 1906
A promising back is Percy Hill, who seems to have gained a permanent place in the Everton eleven. Injuries and illnesses have been responsible for his introduction into the League eleven, but he has certainly made the most of his opportunities. Hill was born at Salisbury in 1885, and was educated at King Edward’s Grammar School, Southampton. At 11 he gained his place in the school team, and even in those early days played right back. After a season in the second eleven he was promoted to the first team, and during the last three years of his stay at the college was selected as captain. After leaving school, Hill became connected with Southampton Cambridge, and was chosen skipper of the minor team, a position he held for three successive years. Several honours in local competitions were secured by his club, and Hill found time during this same period to assist the Civil Service eleven, who gained first place in the Southampton and District Wednesday League. A year later he was promoted to the Southampton Cambridge junior team, where further honours were gained. He was frequently selected to represent his League against the chosen of other district Leagues, and was often appointed as captain of the side he assisted. On the recommendation of Alf. Milward, he came to Everton, and relinquished amateurism for the life of a professional. He first appeared for Everton against Wolverhampton on December 2, and again on New Year’s Day played at Hyde-road against Manchester City. He came into the eleven once more in the League fixture with Preston North End at Goodison Park, and has kept his place. Hill, who is a capable cricketer, enjoys physical advantages, for he stands 5ft. 10in, and weighs 11st. We shall see more of this young man.

Athletic News - Monday 05 February 1906
By Junius IL
Having persuaded Chesterfield to come to Goodison Park, Everton were naturally expected to easily account for the Second Leaguers, and this they accomplished in fairly easy fashion by three clear goals. At the last moment the home team had to be altered, for Black, who should have played right half, broke down whilst training, and this let in Abbott, thereby enabling Makepeace to resume in his original position on the right wing. The visitors had to face a dazzling sun in the first half, and, thanks to their sterling defence, they managed to keep Everton from scoring. What appeared like a certain penalty for handling was disallowed the home players, the referee after consulting the linesman, throwing the ball up. The wind greatly interfered with the game, but Sharp put in several fine runs, which, however, were neutralized by the Chesterfield backs, who did not hesitate to kick out at every possible opportunity. Occasionally the Second Leaguers broke away, causing Scott to handle, but they seldom seemed like scoring.
In the second half Everton pressed almost continuously, and Settle opened the scoring after Cope bad once cleared. Having gained the lead, the home forwards were quickly busy again around the Chesterfield goal, and Young, slipping between the backs, added a second goal in good style. From this point onwards Everton were easily the superior side, and Taylor ended a long period of pressure by registering the third point with the finest shot of the afternoon. Near the finish Milnes collided with Abbott, and had to be carried off the field, but he resumed shortly afterwards.
Chesterfield may be complimented upon a plucky performance, and they shaped more effectively than had been generally anticipated. Defence was the most prominent part of their play, and thelr mission was evidently to prevent scoring rather than to initiate attacks themselves. Without being unduly extended, Everton gradually wore their opponents down, and the strenuous exertions of the first half created a marked effect on the visitors after the change of ends, for Everton obtained in ten minutes three goals, whereas not one could they secure during the first forty-five minutes’ struggling. In considering this tie as a battle between the Chesterfield defencers and the home forwards.  It must be admitted that the former deserve some considerable amount of credit for their performance. Cope, in goal, was especially fine, saving all manner of shots in wonderfully clever fashion, and he not only maintained but enhanced his reputation at Goodison. The full-backs kicked very sturdily: they meant clearing out the invaders, and did not affect to wait upon ceremony. They rarely made a mistake, and their vigorous tactics created a most favourable impression. Monday was in a class by himself in the forward line, for the extreme wing men were slow in getting away. In the half back division the Chesterfield trio were content to break up the advances of the Everton vanguard, and this they effectively accomplished.
On the Everton side Sharp and Hardman were the pick of the forwards, the right winger being especially in evidence, and giving further proof of that consistently fine form displayed throughout the present season. Cooke, who partnered him for the first time in the premier team, commenced rather slowly, but improved as the game progressed, and gave many glimpses of real ability. Taylor and Makepeace were the pick of the home half-back division, while the backs kicked well, and Scott had little to do, especially in the later stages of the game. The result was in accordance with general opinion, but the Chesterfield defence exceeded expectations Everton. —Scott: Hill, Balmer (W): Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp. Cooke, Young, Settle, and Hardmam. Chesterfield-Cope; Marples, Baker; Haig, Milnes, Thacker; Dyal. Taylor, Gllberthorpe, Munday, Handley Referee; J. Adams, Birmingham.

February 8, 1906. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will be sorry to part company with Bruce Rankin. He has been transferred to West Bromwich Albion and will play against Bristol City at the Hawthorns on Saturday. Rankin will find no difficulty in falling into the Albion style, and I prophesy for him a capital time with his new masters. Rankin has many talents, and he is sure to become popular with the Albion. An understudy to Sharp or any other consistently brilliant player is to be sympathized with; he is always a stern struggle to oust someone from the senior ranks who is morally certain to be recalled to the team, even if deposed through lost of form. Born in Everton twenty-three years ago, he helped such clubs as City Villa, St Luke's Bible Class, White Star Wanderers and Kirkdale in youthful days. He helped Jack Elliott in training, and later forced his relection for the Reserves. In 1902-03 played with the first team and in all fourteen times helped the seniors. Last season he scored against Newcastle with a goal that will long be remembered. He has represented Lancashire, has numerous medals and assisted the North versus the South at Tottenham in 1902-03.

Feburary 9, 1906. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
West Bromwich Albion have signed Bruce Rankin, the Everton Player. Born in Everton twenty-three years ago, he helped such clubs as City Villa, St Luke's Bible Christ, White Star Wanderers, and Kirkdale in Youthful days. In 1902-03 he played with the first team and in all appeared fourteen times amongst the seniors. (37 apps?) Last season he scored against Newcastle with a goal that will be remembered. He has represented Lancashire has numerous times. and assisted the North versus the South at Tottenham in 1902-03.

February 12, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton not only had the satisfaction of drawing the biggest League “gates” of the day but of securing a welcome victory. At the same time the two points were not forthcoming without an anxious five minutes in the closing stages of a hard fought struggle. At one period. Everton seemed to have the game well in hand, put a surprising exhibition of pluck on the part of Sheffield United considerably altered the outlook, and in the end the Evertonians were struggling hard to prevent an equalising goal. Still all's well that ends well. Victory undoubtedly rested with the better side, but the encounter only served to show the truth of the old adage that the game is never lost until it is won. Sheffield United, though represented by a team, which contained several new faces, evidently determined to make amends, if possible, for the previous week's disaster at Bramell-lane, where Blackpool unexpectedly threw them out of the English Cup competition.
The fact that in the first half United were favoured by the sun and the high wind was no means advantage to them and they made not a few clever efforts to open the score. Fortunately the Everton defence did not falter, and all the well-meant attacks of the Blades came to nought. Meanwhile Everton van-guard were by no means idle, and there was an agreeable exhibition of dash about their movements which augured well for them when ends were changed. Bolton on one occasion missed by inches only with a capital shot, and then when the opening half promised to be fruitless in the matter of goals a nice sequenced of passes led to Sharp banging in the ball at express speed for the leather to glide into the net off one of the United defenders. The Sheffielders might have been granted penalty for a foul on Brown, but the infringement, if such it was allowed to pass by the referee. When they had the wind behind them Everton soon settled down, and in less than a quarter of an hour Sharp had earned the distinction of accomplishing the “Hat-trick” on the football field. In each instance grand work by Hardman led to the points toward which first Young and then Bolton materially assisted. With a three goals' lead Everton's position appeared to be perfectly secure, but the reorganised Sheffield Brigade were in no way disheartened. Instead they rose to the occasion in a manner which compelled admiration, though Everton were somewhat handicapped by Sharp's leg giving way. Their first goal was headed through from a corner by Bluff, and during a period of temporary slackness on the part of the Everton defence, Brown was responsible for a really clever second goal. After this Everton had to fight had to retain their lead, and it was a relief to not a few of their followers when the whistle blew with Everton victorious by the narrow margin of three goals to two.
Of course the feature of the game was Sharp's success in the scoring line. It is given to few outside forwards in first League football to credit himself with three goals, but each one was thoroughly deserved. Apart from this the speedy winger was always in evidence until he was injured. He had too, in Bolton a partner after his own heart. Indeed, the Newcastle recruits has already become quite a favourites with the Goodison-park crowd. A hard worker he plays with fine judgement, and has adapted himself beautifully to Sharp's style. Young was more like his old self, and the left wing Settle and Hardman were for the most part clever and effective in their methods. Makepeace and Taylor were as usual full of resource, while Donaldson though scarcely up to the League standard of the half-backs, made a creditable first appearance. Hill and W.Balmer put in many neat touches and Scott kept a good goal, though he has given better displays between the upright. As to the Sheffield team Wilkinson at centre half was perhaps the most conspicuous member, Brown had few opportunities of distinguishing himself, Bromage and Lang, the outside forwards worked hard, but Johnson a reserve back, was no match for Sharp, and Bolton. Teams. Everton: - Scott goal, Hill, and W.Balmer, backs, Makepeace Taylor (Captain), and Donaldson half-backs, Sharp Bolton, Young, Settle and Hardman forwards. Sheffield United: - Leivesley goals, Benson, and Johnson backs, McCormick, Wilson, and Parker half-backs Lang, Patterson Brown Bluff and Bromage, forwards, Referee I.Green.

January 12, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 26)
For the third week in succession Everton, had two goals scored against them, and for the third time were defeated. These reverses have had the effect of completely altering their position in the table and instead of being at the top of the Combination they are now behind Accrington Stanley, St.Helens Rec, and Manchester United. Against the latter club on Saturday they failed to rise to the occasion and were beaten by two clear goals. The ground was in a wretched condition, and as the home players adapted themselves to the prevailing state of things more than did their visitors, they could claim a decided advantage nearly all through. Indeed, but for splendid defensive work on the part of Collins in goal, and Crelly and Wildman at back, the victory of the Manchester players could have been much more pronounced. Collins a difficult task all through his work in clever fashion. United put on a goal in each half, and in addition failed to score from a penalty kick. The forward work of the visitors was but moderate, and the Manchester defenders had a fairly easy time. As stated, Everton were finely served by the defence. The halves were uneven, Wright being the pick, while Birnie and McLaughlin were the best of a moderate forward line. Everton: - Collins, Wildman, and Crelly backs, Chadwick, Wright, and Payne half-backs, Birnie McLoughlin, Bannister, Cooke, and Dilly, forwards .

Athletic News - Monday 12 February 1906
By Junius
Everton are showing improved form in their recent games, and I fancy they will make creditable display in the Cup-ties.  As regards their League prospects, they can only hope to gain a medium position, but much of their future success depends upon the way they shape in this ensuning rounds of the F.A. tourney.  This, in my opinion accounts for their offering such a big inducement to Chesterfield in the second series of ties; and, looking at the matter from the club's point of view, there seems more than passing support for their action.  Their forward line, as constituted at present, is the best the club possess, and the introduction of Bolton as partner to Sharp has effected a great improvement.  I fancy Everton will come on now, for they have been below form during the greater part of the season, and they are too clever a team not to assert themselves sometime.  Booth and Abbott are far from fit, and young Balmer will not be available for a week or two.   

Athletic News - Monday 12 February 1906
By Junius
Despite the wintry weather the ground at Goodison on the occasion of the visit of Sheffield United was in capital condition, though naturally soft, but I Question if any other enclosure in the kingdom could have withstood the changes so effectually as the Everton ground. After half-an hour's play it was not quite so verdant as it appeared prior to the commencement, but there could be little cause tor grumbling. At no period did the game reach an interesting level, and for the greater part of the time there was never any question to the ultimate issue. In the closing stages some degree of excitement was gendered by the dual success of the United, who hitherto had been three goals in arrears. With the possibility of a draw the concluding portion of the struggle was viewed with a keener feeling.
Though Everton led by a goal at the interval they were rather fortunate in so doing, for just before the whistle blew for half-time it appeared as If Brown was deliberately brought down in the penalty area. This incident passed unnoticed by the referee, and the goal obtained by Sharp, after smart work on the left wing, was the only legitimate point recorded at breathing time, and even then a Sheffield back helped the ball along.
During this early period, Everton had been faced by a stiff breeze, but on turning round they quickly demonstrated their appreciation of the change. As a result of neat passing between Hardman and Settle, the latter tipped the ball over to Young, who promptly sent across to Sharp, and the right - winger, who appeared to be off side, sent the leather into the net. By this success, Everton were practically saved from defeat, and when a moment later, Sharp again beat Leivesley, from Hardman's centre, after the amateur had deftly beaten Benson, the issue appeared beyond all doubt. These reverses did not deter the United, and from a corner kick, Bluff headed past Scott. While a centre from McCormick was converted by Brown shortly afterwards. Then came the most inspiriting part of the day’s proceedings, for there was more than a chance of the visitors drawing level. They failed, and were finally beaten by the odd goal in five.
Considering the adverse conditions under which the game was played, the men deserve credit That Everton were the superior can scarcely be gainsaid, and it is probable that the fact of being three goals ahead caused them to relax their efforts, after which the visitors adroitly took matters into their own hands. Of the Everton forwards, Settle was the most effective. Their light vanguard felt the effects of the sodden turf in second half, and taking everything into account, they may be said to have fared as effectively as could have been expected. No one stood out very prominently, but Sharp, who obtained goals, was always in evidence, and made the most of the chances he secured. Bolton put in several clever touches, and Young played better than in recent games. Hardman likewise displayed smart work at times, and there was a general evenness which kept the Sheffield defence well employed.  In the half back line Donaldson, a debutant, did himself Justice, and certainly shaped like a more experienced Leaguer.  He is not averse to forcing matters, and keeps well in touch with his forwards, while at the same time preserving a reliable defence. His exhibition was promising. The performances of Taylor and Makepeace left little to be desired, the former being very prominent in baffling the Sheffield advances. Brown could rarely elude his attentions. Balmer was the more effective of the backs, his kicking being powerful and splendidly timed.  Scott was rarely requisitioned, and the shots which beat him were completely out of his reach. For three-fourths of the game his position was a sinecure, and the fact that two were put pest him in the closing stages is no reflection on his ability.  Similarly on the Sheffield side there was no outstanding figure, and their best work was witnessed when the result of the contest was virtually settled.  Brown worked hard at centre, and gave his wings some pretty passes, but he was eclipsed by the excellence of Taylor.  Lang was often dangerous, and centred very smartly from difficult positions, while Bluff and Bromage constituted a capital left wing.  The latter in the early stages of the play created a favourable impression, for he showed a capital idea of the location of the goal.  Behind the front line, Parker performed capably, and Wilkinson was a rear worker.  The latter was an adept in realizing the situation at a glance, and the second goal was largely due to the clever manner in which he placed the ball to Lang.  At full back Benson kicked cleanly, and Johnson showed signs of more than ordinary ability against the strongest, part of the Everton attack.  Leivesley completed a satisfactory defence.  Everton; Scott; Hill, Balmer (W.); Makepeace, Taylor, Donaldson; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and H.P. Hardman.  Sheffield United; Leivesley; Benson, Johnson; McCormick, Wilkinson (B.), Parker; Lang, Pattinson, Brown, Bluff, and Bromage.  Referee; A. Green, West Bromwich. 

February 15, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
What was described as “ the match of the season” was played at Goodison-park yesterday, when the Everton League team was opposed by a very powerful eleven got together and captained by Mr.George Robey, the well-known pantomist, who is appearing at the Royal Court Theatre. Mr. Robey is an all-round athletic, but takes an especial interest in football. He not only indulges in his hobby, but at the same time benefit charities. The proceeds of yesterday's game are to be given to various charities, and with splendid weather favouring the game, there would be about 12,000 spectators present. During the progress of the game pictures postcards of Mr. Robey as a “half-back” were sold for the benefit of the Sandon tug disaster fund. The teams got together by Mr. Robey were a powerful one. All the players were internationals except the organiser while Mr. Robey himself has several times assisted Millwall. The cup presented for the winning team was won by Robey's eleven last year, when Manchester City were beaten by three clear goals. Apart from the cup gold medals are also presented to the players taking part in the game. The teams were as follows : - Everton: - Scott, goals, Hill, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Donaldson, half-backs, Birnie, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Grundy, forwards. Robey's team: - McBride (Preston) goal, Burgess (Manchester City), and Morris (Derby County), backs, Parry and Raisebeck (Liverpool), and Robinson (Chelsea), half-backs, Bond (Preston), Bloomer (Derby), Lot Jones (Manchester City), Robey (Captain) (Millwall), and Booth (Manchester City), forwards. Robey lost the toss, and Taylor set his opponent to face the wind, and sun. Jones started, and after Donaldson had robbed Bloomer, Everton pressed, Birnie sending behind the goal. Makepeace and Taylor each robbed Robey in quick succession to the amusement of the crowd. It was evident however, that the “Queen” was no novise at the game, and on one occasion he made a plucky though ineffectual attempt to get past Hill on his own. Later, Hill turned a good shot over the line, the corner being worked away. Raisebeck did his side excellent services during pressure by Everton, but once Young drove the ball against the crossbar just as the whistle sounded for offside. A few minutes later McBride saved from Birnie at the expense of a corner, which was cleared by Raisebeck. Everton however, were holding a big advantage but had very hard lines. Taylor hit the crossbar, with a fine screw shot, and then Young almost got through, McBride just scraping the ball out. The succeeding corner was again fruitless, and the visitors had a turn, Makepeace getting the ball away after Hill had miskicked. At the other end Young had a great chance through a bad clearance on the part of Burgess, but shot yards over the bar. Robey was keen enough but the spectators did not take him seriously, and derived much amusement from the manner in which Makepeace robbed him. However. However, when he opened the scoring there was great cheering. The goal followed a fine centre by Bond, and with Scott only partially clearing, Robey rushed the ball into the net. Everton again took up the attack, but twice Young shot wide when well placed. The game was well contested, and the spectators had plenty of value for their money. End to end play, was the order, some capital football being shown. Everton could claim a slight advantage on the play, but the defence of the visitors was very sound. On one occasion Raisbeck gave Robey a fine opening, but the captain sent the ball in the direction of his own goal. Settle equalised in clever fashion, taking a neat pass from Grundy and running straight up to McBride before placing the ball just inside the post. The visitors retaliated strongly, and Burgess hit the crossbar with a fine shot. Taylor clearing. At the other end McBride saved good shots from Bolton and Birnie. The visiting forwards were very clever, and kept the home halves ever at work. Bond forced a corner, from which Raisebeck dropped the ball under the crossbar, Scott having great difficulty in clearing. Everton responding well Young sending across the goalmouth and outside from an awkward angle. Another corner fell to Robey's tears and from this Scott had to punch away a shot from Burgess. Towards the interval McBride stopped a capital shot from Birnie. Considering the slippery state of the ground, the first half had been productive of some capital football. Half-time – Everton 1, Robey's X1 1.

On resuming Everton were conceded a corner but Booth made a fine run, and play settled down in the Everton half. Neat play by Birnie and Bolton enabled Everton to press again, but Young missed a couple off glorious chances in rapid success. After these escapes the visitors again attacked, and Robey once failed to accept a pass when finely placed. He, however, forced a corner off Hill, but Booth sent the ball behind. For some minutes Everton were kept on the defensive although the close attentions of the halves prevented Scott being called upon. Bolton relieved the pressure by means of a capital run and Mcbride had to save from Burgess, who sent the ball in the direction of his own goal. Then Bond made a fine run and gave his side the lead with a shot from close range. Neat dribbling by Bolton enable the Blues to assume the aggressive, and Bolton was unfortunate in a good shot being turned out of goal through striking an opponent. The subsequent corner was worked away, but the relief was only temporary, for McBride had to clear from Grundy and Bolton, the latter of whom was playing splendidly. Nicely served by his partner, Booth got away and centred finely, but Robey missed his kick when the ball was centred. The crowd were highly amused at one or two mistakes on the part of the visitors captain. During a lot of end to end play, Everton had an advantage, and at length Bolton equalised, after Makepeace had taken the ball into the goalmouth. With the sides level once more, play became keenly contested and on one occasion the home goal had a narrow escape from a fine centre by Bond. From another good run, and centre by the Preston player, Scott only partally saved and Jones netted, but for some reason the referee disallowed the goal. The visitors protested strongly, but without avail. Assisted by the wind the Internationals attack with vigour, and the Everton goal had some very narrow escapes before Bond scored from Booth's centre. Soon afterwards Bloomer added a fourth goal with a grand shot, while yet Jones put on another point. Final Robey's X1 5 goals, Everton 2 goals.

February 16, 1906. The Liverpool Echo
Everton go to Nottingham to face the County, and there is a coincidence about the match. It was on October 14 that the County were beaten by 6-2 at Goodison and Oliver gained three of the goals. Simultaneously with the return fixture Oliver reappears after a long absence with the reserve team, which does duly at home to Accrington, who are making a stern struggle to win the Combination Cup this year. Stanley have a lead over Everton reserves in the matter of points, and have matches in hand as well. It is a weekly occurance which has become all too regular for the Everton directors to have to rearrange their team through injured members. After the charity match on Wednesday, Hill found both his ankles were weak, and though chosen, it is not by any means certain he will play at Nottingham. W. Balmer is sufficiently recovered and so is Abbott, and each reappears. The most serious is the inability of Sharp to assist but Birnie has but to show that vim and power of centring as on Wednesday to prove quite satisfactory. I fancy Everton will win.

February 17, 1906. The Liverpool Football Echo.
The Everton team were due to fulfil their return engagement with Notts County, at Trent Bridge to-day. The difficulty of reaching the lace capital from Liverpool may be best emphasised by the bald statement that the Goodison-park brigade left the Central Station at 9-40 under the charge of Trainer Elliott, and did not reach Nottingham until 1-35. The team was met on arrival by Mr. Cuff, the secretary, who made the interesting announcement that a new forward had been secured in the person of Donnachie, whom he signed on last evening, and whose transfer was duly registered in London, so that he might figure in the team to-day in place of Sharp, who is on the injured list. Donnachie played for Newcastle United, and is reported to be equally good at either outside right or left. In view of this capture Birnie, who travelled with the team was relieved from playing, and the Evertonians lined out as follows: - Everton: - Scott goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs, Donnachie, Bolton, Young Settle, and Hardman forwards, forwards. Notts County: - Iremonger, goals, Montgomery, and Jones, backs, Emberton, Mainman, and Craythorpe, half-backs, Dean, Humphreys, Green, Tarpin, and Gee, forwards. Referee Mr.N.Whittaker.
Everton won the toss, and Notts started against a cross breeze. They immediately ran down, and Scott had to fist out a rather warm shot in the first minutes. The visitors however, speedily found their feet, and a nice combined movement promised well, but Hardman finally shot rather woefully wide of the mark. End to end play followed neither side gaining any material advantage Gee and Tarplin at length got going in good style, and the ex-Evertonian finished with a strong shot, but it went wide of the mark. More midfield work ensued and the County forwards moved in the direction of Scott, but Green was distinctly off side when he netted the ball. The whistle having already sounded, a break away by the Everton right looked bad for Notts, but Montgomery cleared his lines very cleverly, and the home side made ground on the left. On two occasions Gee ran through his field, and looked within an ace of scoring when Makepeace pulled him up. In the second instances the Evertonians did not mince matters in saving the situation, and his tactics were fully justified by the result. There was another spell of work near the centre line, and then Donnachie got going splendidly on the right. The latest acquisition looked like running through when Montogomery deliberately tripped him within the prescribed area, and the referee at once gained a penalty kick . The kick was taken by Makepeace, but to the chagrin of the Everton supporters present the popular back shot tamely into Iremonger's hands, and the Notts custodian had no difficulty in clearing. This failure to score had of course a damping effect on the visitors, and for a long time the home side had rather the best of the argument. Green brought a promising forward movement to an abrupt conclusion, in heading the ball being kicked on the head by Crelly. He received a nasty injury, and had to leave the field in order to have the curt dressed. At the same time Settle owing to something being wrong with a stocking, also retired, but the Evertonians was soon back in his place again. The game proceeded at an uneventful pace until the County left wing worked down, and Gee put in a capital shot, which was well interrupted by Abbott. After this the Everton left wing moved forward, and Bolton was in a fine position for scoring, when he shot yards wide of the mark. At the other end the County men were subsequently very busy, but their shooting was very wild and erratic, and Crelly finely cleared one dangerous rush after Balmer had failed. For some time after this play was of a distinctly desultory character, and nothing of importance accursed. The home forwards were much more aggressive, and working then their opponents, but they finished so badly that the Everton goal was rarely jeopardised, and the crowd gave vent to its disappointment when Gee, and Humphreys both missed fine opportunities of scoring. A cordial cheer greeted Green's reappearance, and with the centre forwards again in his place, the Notts attack was much better organised. The defence of the visitors, however, was thoroughly sound, and after a time Hardman and Settle made a ground but Jones dispossessed the amateur at the last moment. The home front line again took up the attack but the their shooting was arractic. The lacemen speedily returned an aggressive attitude and Gee showing a clean pair of heels to Balmer, shot right across the goalmouth but there was nobody up to take the pass, and thus a glorious change went begging. The next item of interest was a meeting between Montgomery and Donnachie, the Notts back fouling the new Evertonian and delaying the game for a few moments. Following upon the free kick Bolton worked his way nearly through, but his final shot lacked accuracy of direction, and two seconds later Hardman also missed a grand opportunity of distinguishing himself. The pace during all this time was by no means exhilarating but Notts tried to take a load through Dean, who raced down, and tested Scott with a very hot shot which the Everton custodian throw clear. The visiting were next conspicuous with a nice combined effort but it only terminated in Young heading the ball outside. Play continued to be of a scrambling character, and though Everton displayed clever footwork, the forwards always failed at the crucial moment. A collision between Settle and Jones ended in the Evertonian bowling his adversary over, and this led to some rough play for a time. Mainman being penalised for fouling the old Bury player. The County forwards gradually made ground, and Taylor was in a fine position when he shot wide of the mark. A few seconds afterwards Humphreys, from close range, put in a swift ground shot, but it passed just outside. As the end drew near Notts made renewed efforts again to lead, and Green working through, sent in a swift ground shot, but Scott was equal to the occasion, and cleared. At the other end Everton put on pressure, and after Iremonger had saved from Hardman. Taylor with a very hard drive sent the ball over the crossbar, and the game resulted in a goalless draw.

February 17, 1906. The Liverpool Football Echo
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 27)
The visit of the present Combination champions to Goodison Park promised to provide a keen and interesting struggle. After as absence of several weeks, Oliver appeared as pivot to the home attack. The visitors brought no less than 1,200 supporters with them, so that there was a good crowd present to witness the proceedings. Brunton commenced for the visitors, and the initial exchanges were of an even character and confined to midfield. The Accrington forwards were early prominent and some clever footwork caused no small amount of anxiety to the home defence. Wright and Wildman using their best efforts to avert defeat. The visitors vanguard was admirably placed when Brunton was brought low within the area, and Morris had no difficulty in registering the first point for the visitors front the resulting penalty. This success came after two minutes play and the Accrington supporters made themselves heard in no unmistakable manner. From the restart the Blues took up, he attack and Turner cleverly saved at the expense of an abortive corner. Some scrambling play, from which neither side gained any advantage, followed, and then the homester moved along in promising fashion. Cooke finishing a fine run with a clever centre, which McLaughlin was just a second too late to convert. There was no mistaking the earnestness of the Accrington players, who persistently troubled the Blues defence. Dempsey put in a good attempt, which Collins gave, and then Dilly got in a good run, and centre, from which Cooke compelled Turner to grant a corner, which proved unproductive. Towards the interval the Everton forwards seriously troubled Turner, Donaldson on one occasion causing the Stanley custodian to use his best efforts to uphold his colours. Morris put in a hard drive, which missed the mark by inches only. Accrington were pressing when the interval arrived. Half-time Accrington 1 Everton nil. Cooke equalised in the second portion. Final result Accrington 1, Everton 1. Everton: - Collins, goal, Wildman, and Hannon backs, Chadwick Wright, and Donaldson, half-backs, Dilly McLoughlin, Oliver, Cooke, and Grundy forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 19 February 1906
Everton secured the transfer of Donanchie from Newcastle United on Friday last.  Though, perhaps, too lightly built for severe football, Donnachie, who went from Greennock Morton at the beginning of the current season, is a smart forward.  He is remarkably clever with the ball on the run down the touch-line on the right wing, and his centres are invariably marked by sound judgement and directness.  It may be added that Bolton, who came to Newcastle United in September last, only preceded Donnachie to Goodison Park a few weeks ago. 

Athletic News - Monday 19 February 1906
By Trentsider
Had their shooting been of a better character Notts would have beaten Everton somewhat comfortably, but they threw their best chances to the winds, as they have so very often done in the past, and a goalless draw was recorded.  In a large measurer the Everton forwards were in the same plight, and from the standpoint of the general spectators the game was exceedingly disappointing.  There were good features in it, but they were comparatively few, and on the whole the play was of a distinctly weak order.  There was a total want of balance about the Notts side.  Frequently the forwards were altogether out of position and the consequence was that when combined movements were attempted they were almost sure to go wrong.  Their rushing advances were, however, executed in rear style, producing exceptionally openings, and it was really a marvel how it was that they were not made better use of.  In other departments there was no cause for grumbling.  The half-backs played well, and the defence was stubborn though a trifle shaky under pressure.  The Everton front rank gave a pretty display.  A thorough understanding existed, and the men were wonderfully alert in their movements.  Yet they failed entirely in their final efforts, and were a long way from being as dangerous as Notts.  They threatened as seriously as at any time at the opening when Bolton was the forward who got most favourably placed.  he made a very good attempt to head in a centre by Hardman, but a few moments later, when only a yard or two away, he dallied and Iremonger actually took the ball from his feet. 
Even a penalty kick to each side proved valueless.  That awarded to Everton was for a foul by Mainman on Donnachie, who got clear away in the centre from a miskick by Montgomery.  Makepeace was entrusted with it, but he put in a weak dribbling shot which Iremonger had not the slightest difficulty in clearing.  A claim for a penalty by Notts for the suspicious way in which Balmer brought Gee down was ignored, but subsequently one was granted for handling, and Dean was deputed to take it.  He had not missed scoring from any he had previously taken this season, but he made a mess on this occasion shooting high over. As evidence of the contrariness of matters, it will no doubt be Interesting to know that both Green and Young shot well into the net when off side.  At other times they were not near the mark, and Green had many chances. Gee mulled one of the best, and Craythorne came nearest to scoring with a fine hook shot which rebounded from one of the posts. Just before the Interval, too, the half-back all but beat Scott, who was smart to clear. Green was absent considerable period owing to an injury sustained by a kick on the head from Crelly, and he made one of his closest shots on turning out again in the second half. He had bad luck in having one or two shots charged down, and more than once he called upon Scott. But all his efforts were in vain. His colleagues could do no better, though all tried, some of the attempts being very weak. Centres by Gee and Dean passed right across without an effort being made by anybody to reach them, and dashes in the centre by Dean and Tarplin were of no avail.
One shot from Gee gave Scott some trouble, but in the second half neither Keeper had much out of the ordinary to do. Young, Donnachie, Hardman, and Taylor made fair endeavours to get the ball through, but Everton were by no means as prominent as in the first half, making little impression on the defence of the home team. Iremonger kept goal with credit and Montgomery and Jones did well. The former, however, was a little too vigorous without doing his side any good. The half-backs were very strong. Emberton doing capital work. He quite had the measure of Hardman, and in defence was of the utmost use. Craythorne also played a fine game, rendering the forwards all the assistance they could expect, and proving as dangerous In front of goal as any of them. Mainman also played a very fair game. Green was clever, except in shooting, and the same remark applies to Dean, who made many brilliant runs. Gee, too, played a capital game, and Humphreys rendered fine service, but Tarplin was somewhat off colour. Scott was smart in the Everton goal, and Crelly played excellently.  Taylor was splendid at centre half-back, and Abbott performed well along with Makepeace.  Bolton played a smart game, and he had an able partner in the recruit, Donnachie, who should be of great service.  Settle was injured early in the game, and could not afterwards do himself justice.  Up to that time he had been conspicuous by clever work.  Hardman found it difficult to beat Emberton, and Young was prone to be off-side.  Notts County; Iremonger; Montgomery, Jones; Emberton, Mainman, Craythorpe; Dean, Humphreys, Green, Tarplin, and Gee.  Everton; Scott; Balmer, Crelley; Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Donnachie, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Harman.  Referee; Mr. N. Whittaker, London. 

Sheffield Evening Telegraph- Saturday 24 February 1906
Percy Hill, who is the latest addition to the ranks of the Everton team, has proved such a capable player at full back that he appears t have assured a permanent place in the team. Hill's first appearance in the team was due to illness and injury, and he has justified his inclusion to an unexpected degree. It was on the recommendation of Alfred Milward, Hill was introduced to Everton, for whom he first appeared against the Wolves on December 2 nd , playing also on New Year's Day ay Hyde Road against Manchester City. He again came into the team against Preston at Goodison Park, and has been in the team ever since. Hill was born at Salisbury in 1885, and was educated at King Edward's Grammar School, Southampton. At 11 he gained his place in the school team, and even in those early days played right back. After a season in the second eleven he was promoted to the first team, and during the last three year of his stay at the colleague was captain. After leaving school, Hill became connected with Southampton Cambridge, and was chosen skipper of the minor team, a position he held for three successive years. Several honours in local competition were secured by the club, and Hill found time during this same period to assist the Civil Service eleven, who gained first place in the Southampton and District Wednesday League. A year later he was promoted to the Southampton Cambridge junior team, where further honours were gained. He was frequently selected to represent his League against the chosen of other district Leagues, and was often appointed as captain of the side he assisted. Hill is a capable cricketer, and stands 5ft 10in. His weight is 11st.

Athletic News - Monday 26 February 1906
By Junius
For eight-nine minutes, Everton and Bradford City struggled with varying degrees of success to gain a goal in the Cup-tie at Goodison Park, and on the balance of play I consider the visitors were entitled to the lead. In the last minute Makepeace managed to place the ball past Daw, and Everton thus qualified for the next round. That they were fortunate in so doing, I think the most biased partisans will admit, for Bradford had shown superior work in midfield, and fully deserved a share of the honours. Still neither set of forwards seemed able to send in a decent shot, and the only goal was obtained from a loose scrimmage just when everybody had convinced themselves that a draw would be the result. Everton, however, have a penchant for playing strongly to the finish, and although they had displayed feeble form throughout the greater portion of the contest, there was always a feeling that they might prevail by a sudden rush. This they accomplished, but their success cannot raise any feeling of confidence for their future welfare, though it must be stated that they were without two on their usual forwards, and the presence of Settle would, undoubtedly, have effected a great improvement.
Bradford had a greater share of the play than the home team. Had their forwards been able to shoot, a different tale might now have to be told, though, curiously enough, this was the outstanding weakness on the home side, and the respective custodians had little to do. Judging from the exhibition given by Daw, I should say it was fortunate for Bradford that he was so ably covered by his backs, for the feeble shots he had to clear were not skillfully accomplished, and he did not create confidence by the dilatory manner in which he dealt with the half-hearted attempts to beat him. In midfield Bradford were the better side, and the extreme wing forwards were a long way ahead of their confreres in point of ability. Smith was moderate in the centre, and a strong bustling player in this position would have made more of the frequent chances which often came across from Conlin and Clarke. One the features of the game was the utter inability of the inside forwards to profit by their opportunities. Rarely indeed was a shot sent in that seemed like finding the net, and both sides were equally culpable in this respect.
After having battled successfully for eighty nine-ninetieths it was hard luck for Bradford to succumb just when visions of a replay at Valley Parade were almost a certainty. A long return from Balmer followed a couple of well-placed corners kicks by Sharp; thence ensued an exciting tussle near the Bradford goal, and Makepeace managing to get to the ball tipped it over the line on the stroke of time. It was a dramatic finish, and the cheering was vociferous, for such a termination was, utterly unexpected, but I must confess to a feeling of sympathy with the plucky Bradfordians, who had the play entitled themselves to immunity from defeat. I really saw little to cheer about.
On the other hand, it must be admitted that Everton were not seen to advantage and this not solely on account of the superiority of their opponents. The enforced introduction of Oliver was an absolute failure, and his display completely upset all notions of combination. In the second half Sharp changed places with him for about fifteen minutes, but the right winger eventually returned to his proper place. The forwards never moved along in anything like concerted fashion. On the extremities Sharp and Hardman did many smart things, but good football in the attack wee impossible, for the inside players could do nothing right. Cooke dad not shape as promisingly as had been expected, and there was a lack of finer points of the game which Everton are accustomed to display.
Neither Can I compliment the Everton half-backs upon their performances, for Taylor, who is usually one of the most effective line, was far removed from his best, and Abbott was oftener beaten by Clarke than had been expected. Makepeace was the most prominent, and he earned the gratitude of his comrades by scoring the goal which carried Everton into the next round. Crelley was the better of the backs, his cool tackling being often in evidence, and Scott was seldom called upon. His most difficult shots came from the wings, and these caused him little trouble, a state of affairs which applies with equal force to his vis-a-vis.
Bradford emerged from the ordeal with credit, and I feel justified in expressing the opinion that had they been able replay at home they would have been victorious. Their extreme wing forwards, Conlin and Clarke, were speedy and clever, but I consider they made a mistake in starving their outside right to the benefit Conlin in the second half. The latter showed very creditable football, and invariably made headway when in possession, but Clarke exhibited a capital turn speed, and finished his runs better than the outside left. Smith was weak in the centre, and this exerted a marked influence on the Issue, for a strong leader would have done damage before the interval, with the chances that came forth.
Worriers and terriers were the half-backs, and none more so than Robinson, who never ceased In his efforts. Millar also played capitally, while further behind Roberts and Carter kicked most powerfully and yet accurately. They never showed signs of faltering, and by so doing displayed great judgment. The “Tyke"’ are to be complimented upon putting up a rare fight, and though beaten they have the satisfaction of knowing that their reputation has been enhanced and not diminished by their display. Everton’s only solace is that they won. Everton; Scott; Balmer (W.), Crelley; Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, Bolton, Oliver, Cooke, and H.P. Hardman.  Bradford City; Daw; Cater, Roberts; Robinson, Kirk, Miller; Clarke, McGeachan, Smith, McMillian, and Conlin.  Referee; A.E. Farrant, Bristol. 

February 26, 190. The Liverpool Courier
It was a remarkable match, which was seen at Goodison-park on Saturday. In view of the positions when the clubs hold in the football world, one would have imagined that Everton would have had no difficulty in winning the English Cup tie with Bradford City. Yet they only gained the verdict by a goal to nil- a goal too scored in the last minute of play. Admittedly Bradford City seen decidedly unfortunate in being deprived of the opportunity of playing the match on they own ground. The Second Leaguers are to be long remembered for their gallant fight when they made Everton. For practically 89 minutes succeeded in their objective, they should have been eventually beaten.
Bradford City brought with then a large number of supporters, who made their presence heard for some time before the match begin. A events turned out, they had numerous opportunities of displaying their vocal vigour, for they neglected no chance of encouraging their favourites in their commendable efforts to share the honours with the Evertonians. The game commenced under unpleasant atmospheric conditions, and at one time the fog was so intense that it appeared probable that the match would not be contested. Happily the fog cleared away as quickly as it came, and brilliant sunshine prevailed during the rest of the proceedings. Quite early on it was evident that Bradford City meant to die game. They had little hope of victory, but their one aim was to keep the Blues from finding the net. They defended with the utmost gallantry, and as a matter of fact, if they had taken advantage of opening they might have caused very considerable trouble to the home defence. The Everton attack was much below par, and some of their efforts were quite unworthy of a team of their pretensions. It was disappointing to their supporters that no score was forthcoming at the interval, but, remembering the Chesterfield experience, they fondly hoped that the second half would see the Yorkshire swamped. This however, was far from being realised, for Bradford City quite as many chances as Everton. Sharp and Oliver for a time changed places without any additional left being imparted to the Everton attack, and when a draw seemed almost certainty it fell to the lot of one of the half-backs- Makepeace- to score what was so valuable a goal for his side.
The match was throughout disappointing, certainly as far as Everton were concerned. The teams have given not a few indifferent displays this season, but it is questionable if they have been seen to such disadvantage, as was the case on Saturday. The forwards never settled down to really effective work, and Oliver's re-inclusion in the front line was by no means success. He failed lamentably to control the wings, and even when he changed places with Sharp he was no better. Still, he was not the only sinner, for the line as a whole was completely out of gear. Hardman owing to injury, was not able to do himself full justice, and Sharp was not as usual, while the inside men,Bolton and Cook, only attained moderate standard. The half-backs too, failed to reach their customary excellence, Makepeace being the best of the trio. Crelly was more resourceful than Balmer and Scott accomplished all that was required of him in finished style. Bradford City were especially strong in defence, Carter probably being the most resourceful back on the field. The halves did capital work, and while Conlin give a dashing display on the outside left, it would probably have been better for Bradford City if Clarke's fine turn of speed been more frequently requisitioned. Teams Everton: - Scott goal, W.Balmer and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Oliver, Cook, and Hardman, forwards. Bradford City: - Daw, goal Carter, and Roberts, backs, Robinson, Kirk, and Miller, half-backs, Clarke, McLean Smith, McMillian, and Conlin forwards. Referee A.E.Conlin.






February 1906