MISFORTUNE FOR EVERTON
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 04 February 1911
A Berry Unable To Play Today
Arthur Berry, Everton's outside right, will be unable to play against Liverpool today. This young amateur had been with the rest of the team at Blackpool and collided with Beare on hard ground during practice, he fell and sprained his ankle. This accident has come as a severe blow to the player, as well as the club officials and other members of the team. Probably Lacey and Gourlay will now complete the right wing.
EVERTON 2 LIVERPOOL 1
February 4, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Fa Cup Round Two.
FAST AND CLEAN GAME.
INFRINGEMENT LEADS TO GOAL TO PARKINSON.
SANDY YOUNG EQAULISES.
ALEC YOUNG BEST PLAYER ON FIELD, GAINS LEAD.
Who shall win this, the new football Association Cup. We in Liverpool had high hopes of Everton and Liverpool going far in the competition. But fate decreed that one or other should stop at the second fence. This was bad fortune for the City, yet it gave the local supporters a prospect of one more exciting game between the Blues and Reds. Three times previously had the teams met in Cup warfare. Many duty concerns the details of play and the introduction of the teams to you, reader. The men stayed at Blackpool this week, and returned this morning. Everton met at 1:30 at the Exchange Hotel and settled their teams, which had not the services of Arthur Berry through the later spraining his ankle. Liverpool met on the ground. The outcome was that the teams lined up in the following order: - Everton: - William Scott, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris R. Young, and Makepeace, (Captain), half-backs, Lacey, Gourlay, Magner, A. Young, and Beare, forwards. Liverpool: - Hardy, goal, Longworth, and Crawford, backs, Robinson, Harrop, and McConnell, half-backs, Goddard (Captain), Stewart, Parkinson, Orr, and Uren, forwards. Referee J. Mason.
The coin decreed that Magner should start the fray, and the game at once opened out sensationally, for “Sandy” Young craftily wormed through several opponents and passed ahead to Beare, who looked like being stopped by Robinson. The Turf must have been greasy, for the half backs slipped and Beare, dashing ahead, got in a lovely centre, which Crawford smartly replied to. From this the Reds visited Everton territory, and Parkinson forging ahead crossed the leather accurately to Uren, who shot in straight and true to Scott. The custodian was to alert to be caught napping and guarded the breach in business like fashion. Both teams steadied down a bit for the ground was obviously treacherous, Macconnachie once slipping adjacent to the goalmouth. Longsworth's services were on several occasions acquistioned, and the doughy back recovered soundly after his bad accident. Macconnachie too, was cool under fire. Lacey and Gourlay played a forcing game on the right wing, and drew Crawford well afield, so that Hardy had several times to come out of his lair, it was significant that the first time Longworth headed the ball he made a “Bloomer” and nearly beat Hardy, who, however, dealt with an awkward situation very adroit and Mr. Mason further assisted him out of his difficulty. Robinson took a free kick for hands and shot straight at Scott, who handed the ball down. There was a sequence of interesting bouts between Macconnachie and the Anfied skipper and the Blues was at times none too comfortable. After ten, minutes work honours were fairly easy. Alex Young was the most dangerous forward on the field, but Robinson glanced himself to Beare and “Sandy” passes very cleverly neutralised. From one of McConnell's returns Orr put the ball over the bar. Harrop in tackling Young came to earth, and the most of the players were moving gingerly, so that the game was not very fast. Stevenson dashed across to neutralise a forward pass from Orr, and following this McConnell shot into the “under decker.” Goddard did likewise after receiving from Stewart. Accurate placing and shooting were difficult on the tricky turf. Fifteen minutes had gone by and the game was wonderfully even. Once Lacey returned from the goal-line to his partner, who was well placed but, Gourlay shot yards over the bar. With the game eighteen minutes old, the first really deadly shot came from Alex Young, who, with a first timer nearly beat hardy, who got the ball from just under the crossbar. A couple of minutes later the Reds were awarded a free kick, just on the penalty line. At the first time of asking Mr. Mason disallowed the kick. The Anfield skipper took it over again, and this time it puzzled the home defenders, who went at once in difficulties. The ball was kicked upto Makepeace and Parkinson, obtaining from Stewart, hooked it in easy going fashion into the net, Scott standing on his left, being unable to extend his understanding in time. This reverse in fused plenty of vim into the Toffees; they set to work in the keenest fashion to get on level terms. They attacked vigorously from left to right, and followed up centres with fierce frontal onslaughts. For five minutes it looked as if Hardy must be beaten, so heavy was the Everton bombardment. During these charges Hardy and Crawford were magnificent in defence. One straight drive from Gourlay appeared to have done the trick beyond a doubt, but Mr. Mason saw with other eyes, and probably he was right. The ball kept sailing into Hardy from all kinds of angles, put luck refused to a tend the luckless Blues, who did everything but score. Occasionally the Reds brokeaway, but not in dangerous formation. Ten minutes from the interval Everton well deserved to be on level terms. Harrops provided his captain in midfield, but Makepeace intervened, and robbed. As the interval approached the game quierened down, but the Blues continued to be dangerous. Bob Young worked generously, but did not like the state of the going at all. Makepeace at all times played a grand game for his side and pleased the 50,000 spectators immensely. Half-time Everton nil, Liverpool 1.
When the players returned to the field, Uren beat Stevenson cleverly, but was promptly brought to book by Macconnachie. Crawford was twice called upon, and at the third time of asking he let in Lacey, who promptly centred to Beare, and Young, who were splendidly placed, almost in the goalmouth, but both players failed to turn to account this glorious opportunity. A corner was taken from which Magner tested Hardy. Young soon gained another by intricate footwork and Hardy dashed into the fray to fist the ball away. A third corner came to the Blues, and a mighty roar went up from 50,000 throats, when Beare placed beautifully for Alec Young to head past Hardy and equalise. It was a well-deserved success, for since Parkinson simple kind of goal, the Toffees had made strenuous efforts to redeem themselves. After the equaliser the feeling of the partisans became heated and intensified, and the slightest liberty taken by any player was heartily booed. Longsworth was not so dashing as of old and up to this point he had only twice headed the ball. Harrop however, was always a great strategist, and dovetailed himself when occasions required between his two backs. A dangerous centre of Gourlay was neutralised by Robinson and Crawford. Young was once dashing and dangerous when thwarted by McConnell at the expenses of a corner. Hardy fisting out gallantly at the finish. The tactics presented on both sides were vimish and breezy. The Blues were bright in attack and the Reds resolute in defence. From an free kick taken by Makepeace the Reds' defence got all at sea, but Hardy rushed out and saved a dangerous situation. Once when Crawford made a bad mistake in the goalmouth, Magner and Gourlay had a fine chance of getting the lead, but over anxiety completely spoiled the job. Still the Blues were always dangerous, even though not successful. From a smart throw-in by Uren, the Reds should have gained the lead, for McConnell served up to Parkinson, Who transferred to Stewart. The little man was unmarked, but soiled a good chance by shooting wide. At the end, of half an hour Scott saved magnificent from Orr, as the result of a clever movement in which Stewart, Uren, and Parkinson were concerned. After the McConnell and Crawford were well beaten, but once again the Everton forwards failed to profit by their opportunity. The Toffees, however, held their ground and were finessing midway in Liverpool territory, when suddenly “Sandy” Young sent in a wonderfully decept shot, which proved too speedy for Hardy. This was ten minutes from the finish, and the game seemed well won for the Blues. A minute after Gourlay struck the crossbar. Final Result Everton 2 Liverpool 1.
ACCRINGTON STANLEY V EVERTON RESERVES
February 4, 1911.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 24)
EVERTON v LIVERPOOL
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 06 February 1911
At Goodison Park, before about 50,000 spectators. The ground was in rather good condition, but the players slipped about a bit. Everton played Lacey outside right vice Berry (injured), whilst Liverpool played Goddard, Stewart, Longsworth and Uren diflerent from last week's side. Both goals escaped narrowly. Parkinson scored for Liverpool. Interval. —Liveipool 1 goal, Everton none. Play on resuming was again very fast, and Everton early on missed a great chance of equalising, but from a corner taken by Beare, Sandy Young scored the equalising point. After this Everton had the best of matters, Liverpool being kept on the defensive. Liverpool missed two beautiful chances, Orr and Stewart failing badly. Near the finish Sandy Young won the match for Everton with a second goal. Result; Everton 2 goals, Liverpool 1 goal.
THE MASTERS OF MERSEY
Athletic News - Monday 06 February 1911
Everton 2 Liverpool 1
After a brave fight, during which they held their more-fancied rivals at bay for eighty minutes, Liverpool succumbed to the superior prowess of Everton by the narrowest margin possible of one goal. It will, I think, be generally admitted that the result was a correct one, for, though Liverpool gained the lead in the first half and managed to retain it to the interval, the balance of play was certainly not in their favour. Judging from the manner in which the men floundered about in the early stages, it was patent that the turf was treacherous, and this led to some most unexpected blunders. Not until noon on Saturday was a final decision made as to the personnel of the respective sides, but Liverpool satisfied their supporters by selecting the local player, Uren, for the outside-left position. I daresay that there were more conflicting opinions after the match anent this choice, but the directors of the club could not be held responsible fopr what eventually transpired. Everton’s right wing was not altogether a novelty, for Lacey and Gourlay had previously partnered each other in a Combination fixture, and the unfortunate injury sustained by Arthur Berry on the eve of the great game tempted the club to try the pair in this Cup-tie.
Though contested at a great pace, and fought out in a clean and sporting fashion, the game could not compare in point of stylish football with many of the tussles that have taken place between these keen rivals. The opening items were indicative of the stern determination which dominated the twenty-two combatants, and either goal might easily have been captured within a minute. Everton went clean away from the start; Beare centred to Magner, who tapped the ball sideways towards goal, and Hardy only just reached it in time to avert disaster. Immediately Parkinson burst through the defence, and presented Uren with a clear opening; the latter took deliberate aim, and sent in a thrilling drive, which Scott saved splendidly. These preliminaries whetted the appetite. Longsworth’s headwork was faulty on two occasions, but Hardy galliantly came to the rescue, and then Liverpool settled down to real business. They took charge of the attack, and bore away menacingly on Scott’s faulty. McConnell and Goddard located the upper-deck goal stand very accurately, and other wild attempts to find the net mollified much clever midfield exchanges. On the Everton side, “Sandy” Young had been gradually forcing himself into promince, an ambition which he subsequently attained, as the finest forward on the field – and after a characteristic dribble by devious routes, he flashed a glorious ball towards Hardy, who cleared in equally grand style. We were having the Real Football at this period, and Liverpool clinched their good work with a great goal. Their inside forwards were working through when a foul occurred just outside the penalty line. A useless wild kick was ordered to be retaken for an infringement. Goddard drove the ball a second time against a defender; it cannoned to Uren, who did likewise; but the third attempt was left to Parkinson who, with commendable calmness, lofted the ball completely out of Scott’s reach. There were those who considered this a simple goal; no me, it seemed to be the result of intelligence, producing what mere physical force might not have gained. If Everton had needed any stimulus to spur them to greater endeavor this reverse assuredly created the desired effect. From this point onwards they took the bit between their teeth, and never ceased their straining until they had not only equalized, but also secured the winning goal. The Liverpool defence strove manfully against the most daring onslaughts of their opponents, and Hardy performed marels in goal. A centre from the irrepressible “Sandy” Young, and another from Beare were repelled, but the most startling of all was one save from Gourlay. He was close in and drove the ball with terrific force; the crowd cheered frantically, thinking that an equalizing goal had come, but England’s keeper was not beaten. How he managed to clear I cannot say; the ball was away in neutral quarters ‘ere we had discovered that Everton were still needing that much coveted goal. No finer incident happened in the match than this.
Thus it came about that at the interval Liverpool were still ahead, thanks to their dour defence, for their forwards had by no means proved a convincing line. Everton resumed in the same dangerous mood, and within five minutes had placed themselves on level terms. Beare had just missed an open goal from lacey’s centre when Young, by delightful footwork, enabled his partner to force a corner which proved futile. Still persisting, he gave Beare a second chance; result, another corner, the kick being so accurately placed that the compliment was successfully returned, and “Sandy” Young headed a goal. This, I may say, is a weakness the Scot has in Cup-ties. Now came Liverpool’s turn again, but with what a different result? Parkinson received after beautiful work by Uren along the touch line, and crossed to Goddard, who failed with a very promising opening. Hereabouts were many easy chances missed by both teams, but none more ludicrous than that which came to Stewart. Apass from Parkinson gave him, possession only a few yards from the posts, but the finest opportunity in the match was spoiled by a miserable shot. Yet another opening was provided for the ardent Anfielders, and Orr found himself with a yawning goal in front, but this time Scott succeeded in stopping a creditable attempt. These failures cost Liverpool the game, and having refused to accept the favours of the gods, they suffered the penalty. Some fantastic traceries were being developed on the Everton left wing when “Sandy” Young once more obtruded. With the toe of his boot he directed a swerving shot at hardy; the custodian prepared to receive it, but the ball, reaching the ground a couple of yards in front of him, suddenly went off at an unexpected tangent, and though Hardy made a despairing effort to check its progress, he could only touch it unavailingly. This settled the issue ten minutes from time, and Magner came near adding another goal with a rare drive which hardy tipped over the bar.
Everton won by reason of the greater efficiency of their forwards, or, perhaps, it would be more accurate to say, a section of their front rank. It will be gathered from what I have already stated, that “Sandy” Young played the most prominent part in their deserved triumph; whenever he obtained the ball there was trouble ahead for the opposition. In his control of the ball and the clever manner in which he provided openings for his partner, he was without an equal; it was indeed a fitting reward that both goals should come from him, for his artistry was indisputable. Beare showed a fine appreciation of the chances thus afforded him, and a feature of his play was the accuracy with which he placed the ball from the corner flag. Each time Hardy had to bring his real abilities into operation to ward off danger. The remaining portion of the front line proved a passable quantity; the right wing, after a subdued first half, shaped better subsequently, and in the centre Magner plodded along in persevering fashion. The half-backs were not so conspicuous as usual, Robert Young being the most prominent by reason of his sterling work in defence. Harris was the most aggressive of the trio, but the line as a whole was more often concerned in resistance than in spirited initiation. Further behind, whereas some exception might be taken to the power of his returns no fault could be found with the intelligent touches of Macconnachie, his work being always marked by judicious motive, Stevenson played a capital game, kicking cleanly, and utilizing his speed to great advantage. In goal Scott had nothing like the work of Hardy to face, but he played his part well.
Hardy saved Liverpool from a more decisive beating; he fairly reveled in his work, and some of his clearances were astounding. He showed the previous week that he was himself again, but he emphasized this fact against Everton. That surprising alacrity in anticipation and admirable agility in driving down to low shots were witnessed, and pronounced flawless; and Hardy’s explanation to me after the match concerning Everton’s second goal would quickly dispel any doubts that might have been engendered as to the keeper being in any way to blame for it. Longsworth entered into the fray with his well-known zest and efficiency; there is a breeziness about his play which is entrancing, and a determination that must bring success. He was not over-confident at first in heading the ball, as was only natural after his recent injury, but later, he cast aside all fears, and there was no better back than he. Crawford also performed most creditably, and without sign of rashness. He intervened very cleverly, and his returns were accurately timed. In their rear ranks Liverpool could certainly boast of a capable combination, with the half-back line equal to the best. Harrop was untiring in his efforts, watching the centre, assisting his wings in defence, and heading to his own forwards, with the same degree of success. Robinson has rarely given a more sterling exhibition, and though he had the cleverest part of the Everton attack to face he held his own. McConnell, also, was sound in defence, though inclined to be rather wild in serving the front rankers. The forwards were the disappointing portion of the team, and not one of the five did himself full justice. The inside men were erratic both in passing and shooting, and Parkinson was repeatedly off-side. Orr accomplished some useful work, but the Liverpool attack was decidedly moderate, and the extreme wingers did little with what chances they secured. They badly needed a leader, and their ability to direct a decent shot goalwards is rapidly nearing vanishing point. I should like to state that the game was excellently controlled by Mr. Mason, whose work was rendered easy by the honesty of the two contending elevens. Everton; Scott (W); Stevenson, Macconnachie; Harris, Young (R.), Makepeace; Lacey, Gourlay, Magner, Young (A.), and beare. Liverpool; Hardy; Longsworth, Crawford; Robinson, Harrop, McOnnell; Goddard, Stewart, Parkinson, Orr and Uren. Referee; J. Mason, Burslem.
EVERTON'S IRISH INTERNATIONALS
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Thursday 09 February 1911
William Scott, Harris and Lacey, the Everton players, will be assiting Ireland against England at Derby on Saturday, and their places in the League match at Bury will be filled by Walter Scott, Allen, and Berry respectively. The Everton team will be; Walter Scott; Stevenson, and Macconachie; Allan, R. Young, and Makepeace; A Berry, Gourlay, Magner, A Young, and Beare
BURY 0 EVERTON 0
February 11, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Everton played the return match at Bury to-day, and were anxious to win, because they still have aspirations for the League championship. Consequent on international claims the Blues were with Scott, Harris, and Lacey, Walter Scott, Allen, and Berry returning. The teams was identical with that which drew at Manchester United's ground. Quite a large crowd of spectators travelled to Bury, with the Everton team in order to witness the encounter at Gigg-lane. The weather was perfect a strong sun, and a dappled sky showing the fine turf of the mall but compact' enclosure to the best advantage. In view of the strenuous nature of the game, important to both sides, there was a good attendance when the teams lined out. Everton were as selected, but there were two changes in the home ranks, Jarvis appearing in place of Humphreys and R. S. Walker for Duffy. Teams ; - Everton: - Walter Scott goal Stevenson, and Macconnachie, backs, Allan, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, A. Berry, Gourlay, Magner, A. Young, and Beare, forwards. Bury: - Raeside goal Fenner, and Millington, backs, Jarvis, Dewhurst, and Bullen, half-backs, Lee, Kay, Hibbert, Currie, and Walker, forwards. Referee J.T. Rowbottom. Bury lost the toss, and they were set the task of facing the sun. This was something of a handicapped for they could scarcely see the fine touches of the Everton forwards, and in the first few minutes they should have been beaten. Magner his way through and pass to Gourlay, who put in a magnificent shot which, struck the cross-bar and glanced over. Following upon this the home forwards took up the running, and Currie was distinctly dangerous. Macconnachie was forced to concede a corner, but this was well cleared, and for some considerable time war was waged in the vicinity of midfield. Everton than made clever play on the left and Berry was just about to shoot when he was ruled off-side. Bury also made ground on the left, Stevenson proved a variable stumbling block, and it was not long before the visitors were again paying attention to Raeside's charge. They made excellent play on the right and Berry put in a dangerous lobbing shot, which was rather luckily cleared by Millington. The brilliant sunshine was rather trying to the players, and though the pace was fast enough, the finishing touches were spoilt by the dazzling light. Bury were particularly handicapped in this respect, but yet, they kept pegging away with stern determination, and Hibbert, from a pass by Lee missed the goal by a matter of inches. A little later the home forwards again advanced in dangerous fashion, and Lee raced through the backs and put in a low ground shot, which Scott saved at the cost of a corner. Everton in turn were very busy on the right, and from a pass from Berry, Gourlay might have scored, but the home custodian was on the alert and cleared well. More midfield work was followed by a sustained attack on the Everton goal, and the danger was only removed when Walker shot the leather wide of the mark. The game continued to be fast and exciting, and the play was fairly evenly distributed. The Everton right wing was especially vigorous, and Raeside easily cleared Magner, taking a pass put in a ground shot, which lacking sting. The home right wing took up the running, and Lee started Scott with a dropping shot. Shortly, afterwards Walker and Currie showed up promisingly, but they were overmatched by Stevenson who as usual was playing a wonderfully even defensive game and the match progressed the home side progress to exert further pressure, and Makepeace was penalised in attempting to tem an ugly rush. This was safely negotiated but the Bury men still kept up their assault on the Everton goal, and from a pass by Walker Hibbert, gave Scott a warm handful. The home-side at this period were playing really fine football, and after Lee had allowed Macconnachie to rob him of an open goal Hibbert worked his way through and sent in a high shot, which Scott saved with really wonderful dexterity. Evertonians for a time made play on the right, but without success, and when the home left got going Allan was forced to give a corner. This was safely dealt with and Beare tried hard to give his side a lead, but sandy Young seemed quite unable to get into his stride, and a rare chance was lost. A little later the clever Evertonians tried to make amends by wrigging through, but Fenner saved the situation by kicking into touch. Shortly before half-time the visitors exerted double pressure and a combined movement, on the part of the forwards culminated in Gourlay netting the leather, but the referee, after consulting with the of the linesmen, decided that the Evertonian was lying offside, and the points was therefore disallowed greatly to the delight of the crowd. The game continued to be fought with increased strenuousness, and from a pass by Beare, Magner shot at terrific pace, but the ball glanced off Fenner and went outside. Bury then made a tremendous onslaught on the Everton goal, and Walker goal, and Walker, with a long, curling shot caused Scott to leave his charge in order to clear. The Everton left wing then broke away, and Raeside in clearing sent the ball with terrific force to Fenner who was badly winded. Bury made further progress on the left, but Stevenson was not to be caught napping and half-time arrived with out anything having been scored. Everton nil Bury nil.
All things considered, the first half had been an interesting and even one. Bury had had rather more of the play than their opponents, and their footwork was not nearly so clever as that of the visitors front line. Still, in view of the fact that they had to face the sun they did remarkably well, and Scott is to be congratulated upon having kept a wonderful good goal. There were 10,000 spectators present then play was resumed. The home side speedily began to pay attention to the Everton goal, and Allan was at fault in having to concede a corner. This however, was easily cleared, and Everton gave the home defence something to think about. Gourlay was about to shoot when he was pulled up, and it became more and more evident that the baffling sunshine was affecting the eyes of the players and the referee alike. A determined dash on the part of the home forward line boded ill for Everton, and Macconnachie was in trouble when Stevenson came to the rescue. The home quintet, however, returned to the attack, and Hibbert was within an ace of the goal when grassed by Robert Young. There were claims for a penalty, but the referee ignored this. A little later Everton had to stave off another attack, and considerable feeling was aroused when Allan tripped Currie just outside the penalty area. The free kick was cleared and for some time after this Bury penned Everton in their own half. They continued to bombard Scott, and after Kay had caused him trouble with a hot shot. Currie put in a terrific drive, which the Everton custodian saved at the cost of a corner. This led to further excitement, and for quite a long time Everton were kept strictly on the defensive until Dewhurst put the leather over the bar. A few minutes later Bury made another determined onslaught on the Everton goal, and Hibbert shot just wide. Towards the close of the game the Evertonians rallied considerably, and except for some misunderstanding amongst the forwards they might easily have gained the lead. Sandy Young was twice in a good position when he failed and Magner had very hard lines in not scoring.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 BURY RESERVES 0
February 11, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 25)
At Goodison Park. Teams: - Everton: - Berry goal Thompson and Meunier backs, Weller, Borthwick, and Llew Davies half-backs Chedgzoy, Pinkney, Freeman, Gault, and Turner forwards. Bury: - Holt, goal, Greaves and Parkin backs Curion, and Chorlton half-backs, Vinson, Birnie, Anderson, Pearson, Smith, and Duff forwards. Bury won the toss and set Everton the task of facing the sun. Anderson had hard lines with a header, which went inches wide. A free kick for Everton led to a dangerous movement on the right. Chedgzoy out-distancing his field, but finished with a weak shot. Llew, Davies hit the crossbar with a beauty and from the rebound Gault notched the first point for the Blues. Half-time Everton 1, Bury nil. Full time Everton 4 Bury nil.
CAPS FOR IRISH EVERTONIANS.
February 11 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Played at derby to-day an international match between England and Ireland. A crowd 15,000 spectators witnessed England winning by 2 goals to nil, William Scott captain Ireland, and Harris and Lacey also played.
BURY v, EVERTON.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 13 February 1911
Played at Bury, before 7,000 people. The opening stages were evenly contested. Lee put in a grand shot for Bury, but a minute later the sdame player missed an easy chance. Scott saved cleverly from Hibbert. Everton played clever football, but the point was disallowed for of-side. Interval -No score. Bury had the best of the play in the second half, but they missed numerous chances. Everton were rarely dangereous but they excelled in defensive tactics. Currie missed a fine opeing, shooting wide when only a few yards from the custodian. The concluding play was vigourously contested, but the end came with a goalless draw.
BURY’S BIG BATTLE
Athletic News - Monday 13 February 1911
Bury 0, Everton 0
(By the Shaker.)
Bury’s position is one of the gravest danger, and the inability of the side to win their match with Everton at Gigg-lane did not improve the outlook. It was a grim struggle from Bury’s point of view, but they were lucky to secure even a point, for Everton scored a goal which was declared offside, whereas the “Shakers” frittered away their opportunities by wretched marksmanship. Then occurred the disallowed goal incident. The Everton left moved away, deft interlacing by Beare and “Sandy” Young carrying the ball across to berry, whose clever screw shot was curling goalwards when Gourlay, who was near the goalpost, hastened its passage into the net. The ball certainly came forward, and there appeared to me only one of the Bury backs and Raeside between him and the goal. Both the Bury players and the spectators thought the referee had given Everton a goal, and a storm of indignant protests followed; but as a matter of fact, Mr. Rowbotham had given a free kick for off-side. Another brilliant save by Scott from Walker was the only other feature of the play up to the interval. The second half saw Bury very persistent and it was entirely due to the superb form shown by Scott that the Bury marksmen failed to penetrate the defence. The great opportunity of the match fell to Currie, from a beautiful pass by Lee, but he shot heavenwards, and later Wagner mulled a possible opening by bad shooting.
What Bury Want
Bury were the better, or, at all events, the more forceful side. Indeed, the home team gave their most encouraging exhibition since this year. The defence was sound, and not nearly so often in difficulties as that from Goodison Park. Raeside had not a fourth of the work which fell to the lot of Walter Scott, who was undoubtedly the savior of his side. Fenner both kicked and tackled well, and displayed a high degree of intelligence in his work; but he would be wise to clear at the first time when tackled. Millington kicked surely and tackled fearlessly, and the pair presented a solid front, which nonplussed the Everton vanguard. Of the middlemen I think Jarvis was the most serviceable. His judgement and placing were fine, and the tricky Beare found in him a foeman worthy of his steel. Dewhurst and Bullen were also good without being brilliant. Walker is a promising aspirant; he has a great deal to learn, but that he has in him the making of a good outside left cannot be denied. Lee was plodding and dashing, too, at times; a little steadiness in shooting might have secured him his third League goal. The three inside men were all hard workers, but Currrie and Kay would do with some shooting practice. Scott was a tower of strength for Everton, as also was Stevenson. Macconnachie did not shine against lee. Robert Young is a great centre half-back; he seems to divine the course of the ball, and was always ready to meet it. Though suffering from an injury to his ankle, received early in the game, he covered Hibbert very effectually. Allan and Makepeace made up a good line of half-backs, but the forwards were very disappointing. They lacked an effective leader, and did too much short passing. There was neither method, precision, nor shooting power in the line. Bury; Raeside; Fenner, Millington; Jarvis, Dewhurst, Bullens; Lee, Kay, Hibbert, Currie, and Walker (R.S.). Everton; Scott (Walter); Stevenson, Macconnachie; Allan, Young (R.), Makepeace; Berry, Gourlay, Magner, Young (A.), and Beare. Referee; T.J. Rowbotham, Nottingham.
TEAM SELECTION AND SPECIAL TRAINING.
February 15, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton have selected their team to meet Sheffield United at home on Saturday by drawing at Bury, the Blues lost some of the hold they had on future League leadership, as both Aston Villa and Manchester United won their matches. However, it is quite possible that one of the two leaders may fail to garner in the full points. Manchester United have a very stiff opposition on at Newcastle. Things happen in football, and it behoves Everton to put their best foot forward. Indeed I should like to see them win well, as to sort of inspiration for the Cup due at Derby County the following week. In October the Blues came away from Bramell line winners by the odd goal. There have been instances this season where they deserved to win, and lost. At Sheffield the reverse was the case. For this return match the eleven is virtually at full strength, the internationals William Scott whom I notice Mr. W. Pickford quotes as the finest goalkeeper in the world –Harris and Lacey resuming in the places of Walter Scott Allan and A. berry respectively. The amateur is quite well, but for private reasons he is unable to play. Under these circumstances the appearance of Lacey at outside right was expected. He justified the experiment made by the Irish International Selection Committee, and when he played in this position for Everton in the Cup tie against Liverpool his performance was creditable and therefore the team identical with that which won its way into the second round of the Cup, is not materially weakened by Berry's absence.
At the meeting last evening the directors decided for continue the special training arrangements of the preceding rounds of the Cup, and Blackpool will be made the headquarters of the team for next week, commencing on Monday. The famous seaside resort has had beneficial effect, and I think there is no question of the men being turned out fit and well for the match at Derby.
ST JOHNSTONE SECURE CLEVER FORWARD.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Friday 17 February 1911
St Johnstone have secured a very clever forward in the person of Graham, of Third Lanark and Everton Graham, who is speedy, and like Vallanoe and Bennett, the most recently signed players, is of powerful build. It is expected that least supporters will accompany the Saints to Arbroath special train which leaves Perth at 1.40 p.m.
EVERTON 1 SHEFFIELD UNITED 0 (Game 727)
February 18, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
GOOD FOOTWORK, BUT BAD FINISHING.
YOUNGER'S CLEVER GOAL.
Everton had a late change to announce, Borthwick coming in for Robert Young, who was not quite fit. Sheffield won last season 2-1, and with Evans back in the team they hoped for a repeat order. The home side however, had Lacey at outside right, and was expected to continue its excellent form of the last two months. Teams: - Everton: - William Scott, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, Borthwick, and Makpeace (Captain), half-backs, Lacey, Gourlay, Magner A. Young, and Beare, forwards. Sheffield United: - Leivesley, goal, Benson, and Smith, Brelsford, Willkinson, and McGuire, half-backs, Walton, Peake, Kitchen, Hardinge, and Evans, forwards. Referee F. Horrock.
Kitchen and Peake got to work first, but after Benson's services had been requisitioned the United came away on the left and soon there was trouble in the Everton camp where Borthwick, making a week clearance, let in Hardinge, who wormed cleverly between the backs and had a great chance of lowering Scott's colours, instead of which, however, he put the ball somewhat feebly towards the Everton keeper and thus a grand opportunity fizzed out ignominiously. After this the Blues made several ventures into the Sheffield territory, but found Smith and Benson disinclined to allow liberties and thus Leivesley remained unscathed for some time, Walton headed a raid but when tackled by Macconnachie surrendered easily. Both sides indulged in bouts in midfield, where Benson, taking a free kick, sent the ball in to Scott. There was just sufficient breeze to make play a bit tricky. The ground was evidently slippery, as Joe Smith found out when Lacey came with a rush. The back beat himself and Lacey put the ball across to Brelsford, who miskicking badly gave possession to Beare, but the Blackpool youth shot high over the rigging. Soon after this there were a couple of really sensational incidents. Benson conceded a corner and when Lacey took the shot the wind curled the ball into the net. Of course everyone though it was a goal. It wasn't. It was only a disappointment but something far worse happened. The Blues were manceurving round the Sheffield goalmouth and had the defenders tied up in an awkward knot. Harris put the ball forward very temptingly to Magner who had only to walk the ball into the net. If he had tried to miss the yawning gulf before him he could not have done it. Nevertheless to the consternation of everyone the ball went off his toe at an angle outside the post. For some time the United were confined to their own quarters till a free kick broke the goal. Wilkinson gave possession to Walton, who returned the ball towards the centre, and Stevenson narrowly missed heading into his own goal. This led up to a corner, which Scott neutralised. From this point the Blues forced ahead again, ultimasterly occupying the Sheffied camp. Gradually Everton established themselves until Magner, veering off to the left, returned the ball to Sandy Young, who was standing opposite the United's citadel, Young replied to the opening with a grand shot, for the leather flashed past Leivesley like a cannon ball. During the previous ten minutes the Blues had always been good value for a goal. The goal followed by a couple of very hot corners. Next Lacey led the van, and after Gourlay had a shot, charged down. Alexander Young nearly beat Leivesley again with a hard straight drive. At the other end Sheffield gained a corner of Borthwick. All this time Kitchen had been performing very prettily for the Cutlers but the slim burly youth was surrounded with a crafty quartette in Makepeace. Borthwick, Stevenson, and Macconnachie. Many times did Evans sail down his wing with artistic paces and drop the ball temptingly for the Fen youth, but a Blue invariably snapped it up. At the end of thirty minutes Evans sent in a puzzler, and for once the Everton defenders found themselves in real quandary, Kitchen, Peake, and Walton all broke through, but failed in turn even to make a decent effort to pilot the ball into the net. Still the Cutlers had by this time got a much better grip of the game, and some of their raids were swiftly executed in capital formation. If the inside men on several occasions had succeeded in trapping the leather when passing in they would surely have found themselves dangerously placed for shooting. Sandy Young's eye was fairly in, but Magner missed another golden opportunity. Beare pleased the 12000 spectators on many occasions, and once they waxed quite enthusiastic when he contested possession with four opponents and beaten them all by sheer footcraft. As the interval approached the Sheffielders gained confidence, and in a tussle the home halves were all out to hold the enterprising Cutlers, who were more than clever at times. Half-time Everton 1 Sheffield United nil.
The first forty-five had proved pretty evenly although the home team was not a full concest pitch. Magner missed several good opportunities, but worked well for his colleagues, and in this particular Lacey was a prime worker. The home left wing was in high favour, for Beare was in sparkling form, while Young was on the bull's eye all the time. Borthwick was not altogether happy when the Cutlers warmed up, for they got a move on very quickly and often ploughed the home fences. One of the home backs was equalily nonplussed at times by the sweeping tactics of the Sheffielders who understood all the arts of war, but deadly shooting. The Cutlers were so dangerous in their moods that ultimate victory for the Blues was only nominous, a sured through their narrow victory at the interval.
Soon after the restart Kitchen was temporarily disabled during a spirited attack on Everton stronghold. Gourlay and Lacey replied for the Blues, and Magner artfully hooked the ball off the goal line back to Lacey, who promptly middled, but that remained of the Everton vanguard when hardly prepared, and Leivesley emerging got away with the leather. Soon after Beare got in a grand drooping shot from the touchline, which nearly did for Leivesley. The Blues stuck to their work grinly, but without the necessary cohesion to make a decided impression. Much of the Sheffield footwork was far too drafty for Borthwick, and the nippy way to which they pushed the ball forward frequently disconcerted the home defenders. Magner secured a corner with the result that Gourlay troubled the custodian with a header. Stevenson showed fine speed against Evans, and it was well indeed that such a cool and reliable defender opposed the dual international. It must be admitted that there were times when the home defence was anything but sound under pressure. Borthwick showed a nasty habit of kicking the ball rearwards, and this was not the lengthy half-back's only fault. Benson was loudly applauded when he kicked the ball on the roof. Here about the crowd barracked the Sheffielder defenders rather unfairly. Gourlay, Beares, and Young were prominent in the next move; McGuire was penalised for fouling Gourlay, whose legs went from under bud just like skittles. The game was pretty fast, and there were often skilful points to adorer, but for all that the incidents were not of spicy quality. During the half, the Toffees defence was somewhat troubled by a tricky wind. Makepeace made a big solo dash, when he overrun the ball, much to his own astonishment. By this time the ground was very difficult. The breeze gave Evans a corner after Macconnachie had attempted to headroff one of his middles. Chiefly owing to weakness in the centre of the line the home halves were unable to give the forwards support. The Blues' front rank was enterprising enough, but wanted backing up against such stubborn defenders at the Sheffielders. The Cutlers did not maintain the early sprightliness and were not so forceful or effective in attack.
BURNLEY RESERVES V EVERTON RESERVES
February 18, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 26)
There were 6,000 at Turf Moor. Play opened in a fast and spirited fashion, both goalkeepers being quickly called upon, but in minutes Chedgzoy scored for Everton, after which Burnley failed at a good opening. Following free kicks Scott and Tilotson both requisitioned and Lomas equalised. Play continued fast, both defences being found plenty to do. Burnley were the most dangerous, Scott giving a corner saving from Bannister. Half-time Burnley 1, Everton 1. Everton: - Walter Scott goal, Thomson, and Meunier, backs Allan, Not Known, and Weller, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Pinkney, Freeman, Grenyer, and Mountford (Captain), forwards.
EVERTON SHEFFIELD UNITED.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 20 February 1911
Fine weather prevailed at Goodison Park for this match, 12.000 spectators being present- Everton tried Borthwick and Lacey vice R. Young and Berry, Everton were cleverer side at the outset, and Magner and Lacey narrowly missed. Lacey once netted direct froma corner, but of course, the point did not count. Later Sheffield atatcked, and Scott saved finely. From a corner Sandy Young scored for Everton. Interval; Everton 1 goal, Sheffield United none. Resuming, before an increased attendance, play was of an exciting character, both sides putting in some good work. The Sheffielders were the more dangerous side for a considerable period, Kitchen going close. Both sets of backs, were strong, and the forwards found it extremely difficult to get away. Try as they would, the Sheffielders could not score, and Everton ran out victorious by a goal to none.
EVERTON RESERVES BEATEN
Athletic News - Monday 20 February 1911
Everton were decisively beaten by 4-1 at Burnley before 5,000 spectators. Lomas scored the first three goals of the match and Wood the other one for Burnley, Chedgzoy responding for Everton. Scott and Tillotson the two goalkeepers distinguishing themselves.
Athletic News - Monday 20 February 1911
Everton 1, Sheffield United 0
For the second time this season the Everton eleven defeated the Bramall-lane brigade, the final score in the return fixture at Goodison Park being identical with that of the first engagement. It cannot be said that the football in the later encounter ever reached a high standard of ability, for the forward work left much to be desired, and the honours of the game fell to the rear divisions of the respective sides. The boisterous breeze which prevailed no doubt affected the players who experienced some difficulty in maintaining an accurate control over the hill. The only goal of the match came from Sandy young, who, with one of his characteristic left foot drives from long range, left Lievesley utterly helpless, and furnished further evidence of his undoubted utility to the Everton team. Before the interval the Goodison forwards were decidedly more aggressive than their opponents, and they were unfortunate in not gaining a more pronounced lead than that of one goal.
Magner Out of Luck
On two occasions Magner experienced wretched luck with shots – or rather diverting taps –from close range; there was but a matter of a few inches in each case, the ball, however, travelling outside the post. On the Everton right wing Lacey proved himself the most prominent individual in attack, and his breezy bustling tactics more than compensated for his lack of polished finishing touches. When in possession he seems to have lost his deadliness when near goal. Magner was in similar mood, and like the inside left failed to drive home the chance which came his way. Each was often concerned with moves that were smoothly engineered up to a certain point, but when the master-stroke was required at the close, to surround the whole with an undimmed lustre, the United backs stepped in and took possession. The left wing was comparatively subdued, for Young was somewhat moody, and yet the most deadly of the forwards, for in addition to the shot that scored, he flashed another at Lievesley which that worthily did well to hold.
Makepeace Himself Again
Some neat footwork was shown by Beare, but we missed those accurate centres of his, and the ball was frequently placed outside the limit. Owing to a slightly sprained ankle Robert young could not occupy the centre half-back post, and Borthwick who deputized for him, did not do himself justice. His play showed a want of confidence, and he never got a thorough grip of the proceedings. Harris and Makepeace were excellent; the Irishman simply reduced the United left wing to shreds and nearly confiscated the remains in addition. The skipper showed all his old-time pace and keenness, and his passing was bewitching. Makepeace was, indeed, quite himself agin. Futher behind Stevenson defended in fine style, as did Macconnachie and the pair showed both power and judgment in their returns. So effectively did they perform that Scott was never in difficulties, and beyond a couple of saves before the interval his services were seldom needed.
The Men Fra’ Sheffield.
The United excelled in defence, for Lievesley kept goal in his usual safe fashion, and his clearances from Young early on and Gourlay near the finish were exceedingly fine. His full backs, Benson and Smith, kicked prodigiously; there was no doubt about their intentions, nor half-heartedness in the manner in which they booted the ball. They were there to kick and they did kick, even as that famous mythological back who is said to have been able to kick the ball over Snowdon. In the intermediate line McGuire gave a capital display, his tackling and effective interceptions being ever in the picture. He was however, not so successful in the second half when he frequently failed to gauge the force of the wind. Wilkinson was as zealous and intrusive as ever, a leader in every attack, but Brelsford was not so noticeable. The forwards were only a moderate line, and Kitchen, though he tried hard to get his men moving harmoniously, failed to achieve his object. Peake and Hardinge were rarely able to make headway, and Evans was very disappointing on the extreme left wing which failed to utilize the best chance of equalizing that occurred in the game. Everton; Scott (William); Stevenson, Macconnachie; Harris, Borthwick, Makepeace (captain); Lacey, Gourlay, Magner, Young (A.), and Beare. Sheffield United; Lievesley; Benson, Smith (Joe); Brelsford, Wilkinson, McGuire; Walton, Peake, Kitchen, Hardinge, and Evans. Referee; R. Horricks, Farnsworth.
DERBY COUNTY 5 EVERTON 0
February 25, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo
Fa Cup Round Third.
DERBY'S SENSATIONAL VICTORY.
COUNTY THREE GOALS UP AT THE INTERVAL.
When Everton were drawn in the third round of the English Cup we on Merseryside realised that the task before us was by no means a certainly. Previous victories of Everton over the rivals to day formed no criterion but still we were sanguine of being strong the last eight via Peakland. The players were quietly confident, and if determination of desire was any criterion, the hopes of Liverpool football followers were to be realised. The players all happily recovered and arrived in Derby last night. The final selection of the team was made shortly before the match, and the directors decided to play Berry, and Lacey on the right wing. Gourlay, therefore, dropping out. Our rivals have been several times in the final without handling the “pot” while the clubs have thrice previously met in the competition. Everton have won twice. The home directors also have had trouble through injuries. Quite an array of supporters, travelled to Derby to witness the match, and the journey through the Peak showed the landscape in all the beauty of springtime. The players arrival in good time, burst was not until three o'clock that the Everton directors made their final selection. Their ultimate judgement was to play Arthur Berry at outside right, and Lacey inside. The baseball ground was taxed to its utmost capacity, when the teams lined out in the following order: - Everton: - William Scott goal, Stevenson, and Mcconnachie, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs A. Berry, Lacey, Magner, A. Young, and Beare, forwards. Derby County: - Scattergood, goal, Atkin, and Flanders backs, Garry, Barbour, and Bagshaw, half-backs, Grimes, Bloomer, Bentley, Bauchop, and Barnes forwards. Referee Mr. J. G. A. Sharpe (Lichfield). Just before the commencement of the game a heavy shower passed over the ground, but the enthusiastic spectators were not one whit discouraged by the watery visitation. Rattles and bells created a tremendous din, and the little costar boy in buttons who is supposed to be Everton's mascot, created quite a sensation among the Midlanders. The home side appeared first, and was of course, cordially received but there was quite a large volume of cheering when Everton appeared. The usual crowd of photographers were present, and the preliminaries were delayed while they took snapshoots. Derby won the toss, and Everton were set the ‘ask of facing across breeze and a fugitive sun. Bloomer at once showed his earnest endeavour by running through and beating three men, but he was well checked by Stevenson, who punted clear with great confidence. Thanks to Makepeace the visitors made ground on the left, and Young forced a corner, but this was well cleared. A few moments later Makepeace was hurt in collision with Garry, and when play was resumed berry raced down, and put in a magnificent centre, which was only disposed of with difficulty. The home left wing them got going, and Barnes showing a clean pair of heels, to Harris, put the ball straight to Bentley, who sent ridiculously wide of the mark. Play was fast and furious in spite of the soft and slippery turf, and Everton moving down in smart fashion, Robert Young shot from long range, but without success. The sun was now shinning strongly, and with the light to their eyes the Evertonians were strongly handicapped. Nevertheless, the visitors proceeded to attack with great determination, and Aitken was rather lucky in checking a combined forward rush, Arthur Berry, showing tremendous speed, raced along the wing and centred with perfect judgement, but Aitken once again proved a stumbling block. The Derby left wing were dangerous for a time, and after Stevenson had checked them once they returned again, Bauchop ran right between the Everton backs and put in a low shot, which Scott fielded well, and when the leather was driven at him a second later, Stevenson intercepted it. Play once again ruled in favour of the visitors, and Robert Young put in a hard drive, which Scattergood caught cleverly and punted away. There was no doubt as to which side was playing the better football, but although their footwork was so good, the Evertonians could not find their shooting boots. Flanders was kept exceedingly busy in looking after Berry and Lacey, but he was unable to prevent the amateur putting in a lovely centre, which was charged down. The County forwards then took up the running, and Barnes gave Scott a fast rising shot to deal with. This the Irishman fisted away at the cost of a corner, and there was an exciting tussle in the goalmouth before the danger was averted. The visitors once again took up the running in deadly earnest and Sandy Young gave Scattergood his first real baptism of fire with a magnificent shot, which was very cleverly dealt with by the home custodian. Following this there was a long spell of midfield play, but eventually Derby made clever play, and Bloomer, completely beating Mcconnachie, worked his way through and scored a typical Bloomer goal, Scott being quite unable to check it. This success came after twenty-five minutes' play, and it sent the home supporters well nigh delirious with delight. The Derby forwards came along again in workmanlike fashion, and Bloomer tried to repeat his first success, but this time the greasy ball passed outside. Makepeace gave his forwards possession, and “Sandy” Young tried desperately hard to wriggle through, but he was stopped at the last moment by Aitkens. Berry was then prominent with a sprint along the wing, and he sent the leather straight across the goalmouth, but Beare missed his kick, and so a golden opportunity of equalising was lost. After further negotiations in midfield, Derby made ground on the left, and Barnes centreing with care the leather came to the foot of Bentley, who scored an easy goal from close range. This second success was something of a staggerer, but the Evertonians played up gamely, and Beare put in a perfect shot, which was saved by the home custodian. Towards the interval the home team exerted further pressure, and both Stevenson and Macconnachie had all their work cut out to avoid further disaster. Bauchop and Bemtley were especially dangerous, but they were kept at bay, and an agreeable change came when Beare and Young got going. The home backs, however, were now playing with great coolness, and confidence, and when Lacey tried to get through he was bustled off the ball by Bagshaw. Once more the County forwards got moving, and the precision of their work seemed to take the Everton backs completely by surprise. The three inside man came swooping down, and Stevenson, falling in the mud, allowed Bentley to put the ball to Barnes, who scored a third goal with a swift ground shot. The homesters were now apparently masters of the situation for they came down again in battle array, and Scott just managed to scrape away a ground shot from Bauchop. Half-time Derby County 3, Everton nil. The game had undergone quite a startling change in the last portion of the first half. Everton had began by playing much superior football than their opponents, but after the first goal was scored they appeared to become completely demoralised, and ridiculous as it may seem, Derby County might even have increased the score, Scott's save just before half-time sounded being wonderfully lucky. Play had barely been resumed before Derby added to our casualties. Bauchop had worked a good position for himself and Macconnachie arm seemed to get locked with the County player's. The referee instanley pointed to the penalty area, and Bloomer put the ball beyond Scott's left hand from the penalty kick . This fourth was enough to broke the hearts of any team, but Everton still kept up their courage, and Beare, and Young both tried to get through on their own account, but all to no purpose. Lacey also tried his luck, and it looked as though he was going to stem the tide when Fanders punted clear. The home defence improved as the game advanced, and although Everton resisted in their efforts all their shots went wrong. Young, and Magner both failing to profit by nice openings. Some delay was occasioned by an injury to Barbour, and on resuming the County forwards were more aggressive than ever on the left. Stevenson sent them to the rightabout with more force than politness, but they returned almost immediately on the right, where a corner was forced. The ball was admirably placed, and from the ruck Bauchop headed the ball into the net thereby making Everton five goals in arrears.
As may be well imagined, Everton cup of bitterness was now full to overflowing, and the players seemed quite unable to pull themselves together. They quite failed to adapt themselves to the conditions, whereas the County men quite reveiled in the mud. Barnes working down on his own account put in a glorious oblique shot, which passed just outside, and when the Evertonians came away on the right Barbour fell back and prevented from getting through. Full time Derby County 5, Everton nil.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 LIVERPOOL RESERVES 3
February 25, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 27)
In the absence of the premier teams football was well represented in Liverpool this afternoon by the meeting of the Reds and Blue reserves at Goodison park in a fixture likely to have a definite bearing on the combination championship. So far, the Blues occupy a strong position and have not this season suffered reverse on their own pitch and were today supported by a crowd of 10,000 spectators.
Teams : - Everton: - Walter Scott goal, Thomson, and Meunier backs, Allan, Borthwick, and Weller half-backs, Chedgzoy, Pinkney, Freeman, Grenyer, and Mountford (Captain) forwards. Liverpool: - Beeby, goal, Chorlton, and Rogers, backs, Holdon, Peake, and Bradley half-backs, Speakman, Brough, Bowyer, Stuart, and Uren, forwards. When Bowyer toed the leather the ground looked likely to cut up rough before long. The first real move came from the Reds left wing, which was repulsed by Meunier. The Anfielders resumed the attack on the right, and this time were not held, as, after two minutes' play, Scott was beaten with a great frontal drive from Bowyer. Stimulated by this reverse, the Blues replied energetically, and for some minutes the Anfield defence was subjected to stem the pressure. When the Reds got going again, Walter Scott came out twice to shots from Uren and Brough. Chorlton headed towards his own goal, this letting in Freeman, who transferred to the right, were Bradley and Rogers cut in and neutralised. Immediately after the Everton goal had a narrow escape from a spirited attack, in which Brough and Bowyer were prominent, the former missing by inches at the finish. The game waxed fast and furious as the Blues attacked strenuously from left to right, Freeman serving up well, to both his wings; and though hard pressed, Chorlton and Rogers staved off disaster. Chedgzoy got in several good centres, but they were not nipped up smartly enough to become dangerous. Bradley dribbled cleverly, and set Bowyer going; but when Brough received he did not improve the position, and Speakman was robbed. Holden gave the first corner, but Chedgzoy placed it behind. Up to this point the Blues were more enterprising in attack, but their combination in the goal area was ineffective. Next Speakman shot over the bar. Allan looked after Uren closely, and Peake shadowed Freeman. After seventeen minutes' Speakman scored a scored goal, the Everton defenders being at fault, for the scorer after, being held up by Meunier and Weller, was allowed to came again and beat Scott rather easily. From Freeman's pass Pinkney struck the angle of the post. Grenyer missed with an open goal. For ten minutes after this play was less exciting, and was confined to midfield operations. Then a splendid centre from Uren requized Scott's attention. Chorlton accidentally knocked out Chedgzoy on the goal line. Just after Chedgzoy recovered the Blues established themselves just outside the penalty area, where Freeman received, and, running in between the backs, beat Beeby ten minutes from the interval. After this the Blues played up with great spirit, but Grenyer, with a good opening, shot over. Bowyer was very enterprising at times, and made many openings for Uren who did not receive strong support from his partner, and was kept pretty quiet by Allan. The Reds had made a gallant fight, for their defence was alert and reliable, though the attack fell off somewhat in the later stages, but they looked good enough to hold their own. Half-time Everton 1 Liverpool 2. There was a tremendous ripple of excitement at the interval when the crowd learnt that Everton were 3 goals down at the interval at Derby.
Soon after restarting Speakman ran right through and got in a rare good centre, which was not followed up, consequently Thomson cleared comfortably. Rogers was not judicious in his returns, but Peake was always a great assistance to his forwards with accurate placing. Speakman was again going strong when he came a cracker. By this time the crowd had increased to 15,000. Freeman was smartly robbed by Chorlton when dangerously placed. The Reds were not showing the same vim and enterprise, which brought them their early success. Speakman, Brough, and Uren obtained a most favourable position, which they lost through faulty finessing, and shortly after Brough miskicked, with an open goal. This was a rare chance lost at winning the game outright. The Blues were the steadier lot all round, but there were some bright flashes from the Reds in midfield, and once Scott was only in the nick of time in heading out a beauty from Bowyer. Chedgzoy just missed equalising as the result of clever preliminaries from Mountford, and Grenyer. The struggle was gamely contested, the sides being very evenly balanced. Fine, forcible work by Uren and Brough, strongly supported by Bowyer led to an opening for the latter, who netted from a difficult position. Final results, Liverpool Res 3 Everton Res 1.
London Daily News - Monday 27 February 1911
COMPLETELY DEMORALISED BY DERBY OOUNTY.
Everton failed to benefit by their stay at Blackpool; they were completely routed at Derby, where the County, excitement had not carried them away, ought to have reaped on oven fuller harvest of goals than they did. Their five goals victory was the surprise the round, for whilst allowing for Derby's great goal record the Second Division, it was surslv not expected of Cham that they would defeat a elub Everton’s standing. The visitors were, however, shockingly weak in defence, and far from blaming Scott, he was to be pitted. As on the same ground fortnight previously, when playing for Ireland, his was beyond reproach, but on this occasion his backs accorded him poor support. The Everton direotors preferred Stevenson to Balmer, and he and Macconachie were repeatedly at fault. The home forwards got away unison time after time, and long pass, inside or outside, put the Everton defence in some straits. On the other hand, the few attacks which Everton made were so ineffective that had quite an easy time, Atkin and Flanders, the two Derby backs, being equal to every emergency. After twenty-five minutes, Bloomer opened the scoring, and ten minutes later Bentley was responsible for another goal. It was a mistake to leave Bentley alone, and when he took Barnes's centre he had a clear run, dribbling up to within two or three yards line, and sending the ball past Scott in the simplest fashion. Three minutes from the interval the third goal was registered. Bentley again getting away alone, but, being challenged by Stevenson, he put out to Barnes, who found the net with a crisp shot. The eecond half had been about three minutes in progress when Bauchop was fouled by Maconnachie quite close to goal. A penalty kick was the result, which means Bloomer obtained the fourth goal. The fifth came twenty minutes afterwards, Baachop heading throngh from a corner. There was no more scoring, though the County maintained the upper hand to the close. Everton were scarcely ever dangerous, and their rearest approach to goal was when Magner struck the cross-bar.
Athletic News - Monday 27 February 1911
Derby County 5, Everton 0
Twenty-one years ago Everton defeated Derby County by eleven goals to two in the National Cup Competition. That was a remarkable, nor ever so brilliant a verdict, as the 5-0 win secured by the Derbyshire club over the Evertonians on Saturday. Everton are one of the most polished teams of the country, whereas Derby are only in the Second Division; but if a stranger had witnessed the game between the two elevens on Saturday he would never have imagined that Everton were the more accomplished side. It is said that class tells, even in football, but class did not prevail on Saturday, and dash was an easy first. Never was a side better beaten than that of Everton’s and let me say at once that they were not overcome by mere kick and rush tactics, but by superior football. Everton were indeed completely out of it, and as Derby have in turn beaten representatives of the Southern League, Second Division, and First Division they consider that they are now fit to tackle anything, though it should be mentioned that bthey have appeared at home in all three rounds. However, that by the way, on Saturday they would have beaten any team on any ground, and I should say that the Everton directors will readily coincide with this view. Every one of the winners distinguished himself, while the losers seemed to be completely out of gear, the contrast being very marked indeed. To sum up in one way, the chief cause of Everton’s defeat was the poor defence of the backs, and the principal reason for Derby won was that their forwards were irresistible. And yet the game was always enjoyable, notwithstanding that a heavy downpour of rain about three o’clock made the turf very treacherous, and that a high wind prevailed. The home team had the wind and sun at their backs at the outset, but the Lancastrians started as though they were under no disability though singularly, the home goalkeeper was not troubled for a quarter of an hour. However, when the County did get their enthusiasm wound up they took the game completely in hand, and thence-forward it was a case of the eclipse of the First Divisioners.
The first goal came after twenty-seven minutes, and the fact that Bloomer scored it made the point the more delightful to the spectators. He got the ball following a passing run by the whole of the front line, and dashing in front, he outpaced the defence and banged the ball into the net in the best Bloomer style. A few minutes later he ought certainly to have had a second goal, for he was through again, but for some reason he shot with his left foot, with the result that the ball went past the post. Had he touched the ball with the right foot he could not have failed to score. However, six minutes after the opening goal the Derby forwards came away again together, and Bentley took advantage of hesitancy on the part of the defenders, who were expecting the referee to blow for offside, to dash onwards. With only Scott in front of him he steadied the ball and put it neatly past the goalkeeper, instead of shooting wildly, as many players would have done in the excitement. Just before the interval Grimes out-manceuvred Macconnachie, and passed over to Barnes, who came sailing in with the third goal. The general opinion at half-time was that having now to face the wind and sun, the Derby men would be fortunate to retain their three goals’ lead, and it was a pleasant surprise to the hugh crowd that not only did they prevent Everton from scoring, but they actually added two more goals, and moreover continued to have the best of the game. Play had been resumed four minutes when Macconnachie Bauchop down within the penalty area, and of course Bllomer had to score from the penalty kick. Bentley, almost scored again in the next minute, but before the end Bauchop headed through direct from a corner-kick by Grimes. Everton were completely disjointed, and only Young made any real efforts to score, and I should say that they were greatly relieved when the final whistle was sounded, for apparently they could do nothing right, and were disheartened.
Derby’s Marked Superiority
It was indeed a gallant victory, the winners being the superior side in ever department, man for man, and collectively, and their patrons are looking forward to a visit to the Crystal Palace. The County have played thrice in the final, in 1898, 1899, and 1903, and eight times in the semi-final, in 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1902, 1903, 1904, and 1909, so that if they do win the Cup it will not be out of their turn. The forward line was almost perfect, and if I must make any distinction it is to state that grimes and Bloomer were an ideal wing. They simply ignored Makepeace and while Macconnachie was endeavouring to give them a taste of his polish they were round him also. In the past Bloomer has spoiled wingmen, but on Saturday he was an ideal partner for Grimes, whose speed and accurate centring was one of the outstanding features of the match. Bloomer was the Bloomer of old. I failed to notice any great loss of speed, and from what I have seen on the last two Saturdays I am of the opinion that Simpson and Bloomer will make the best right wing for England’s next international. Bentley was as good and fearless as ever, and his dash was infectious. I like a centre-forward who is always looking to the goal he is expected to score at. Bauchop was very tricky, and Barnes, like Grimes, sent the ball in with accuracy, but really it would be impossible for a forward line to work more in unison. Of a worrying half-back line Bagshaw took my fancy for the neat manner in which he nullified the efforts of the Everton right wing. Garry and Barbour between them rendered A. Young ineffective; in fact, the half-back play was altogether too good for the Everton forwards. There was not a better back on the field than atkin, a fine, strapping fellow, who does into the fight, while he had a very serviceable partner in Fred Flanders, A Derby youth, who, though but nineteen years of age, stands 5ft. 9in, and weighs 12st.
A Back Of The Future
He is a most fearless player, and if two Everton men were studying what to do with the ball he invariably sailed in, and kicked the ball down the field. There was judgment in his dash and power in his foot, and if he is not a first-class back by the time he reaches manhood’s estate I shall be surprised. He is a little lacking in polish, but, of course, experience is a fine teacher. Scattergood is a safe goalkeeper, and a sounder man than Scott on the day. But Scott was handicapped, inasmuch that he had two uncertain backs in front of him. No one admires Macconnachie more than I do, but he ought to know that there is a vast difference between League and Cup-tie football. Certainly he will realise it after Saturday, when the dash of the Derby men proved too much for his usual cool methods. Stevenson did not impress one, and his kicking lacked judgment. Harris was the best of the half-backs and he did his best to help Lacey and Berry along, but Robert young’s chief occupation seemed to be that of trotting after Bentley, while Makepeace can console himself that he probably did as well as any half-back would have done against Bloomer and Grimes. Apparently most danger was expected from A. Young, but though he did get away at times, he was so well watched that he never really got out of bounds, and, with the elading man subdued the other forwards made very little headway indeed. Magner is a finely-built centre forward, but though dashing, his dash was not that of a skilled man. Indeed, the inside forward play of the Evertonians was singularly ineffective. A. Berry was the most aggressive forward, and whenever I saw Beare with the ball he usually displayed some smartness, but, unfortunately, he was not often in possession. I should think that Everton have never been so well beaten, and their display was really unaccountable, for by no stretch of imagination can Derby be said to be five goals a better team. But they were on Saturday. Of that there can be no two opinions. Derby County; Scattergood; Atkin, Flanders; Garry, Barbour, Bagshaw; Grimes, Bloomer, Bentley, Bauchop, and Barnes. Everton; Scott (William); Stevenson, Macconnachie; Harris, Young (R.), Makepeace; A. Berry, Lacey, Magner, Young (A.), and Beare. Referee; J.G.A. Sharpe, Lichfield.
A FEW GLASSES UPSET HIM.
Nottingham Evening Post - Monday 27 February 1911
EVERTON SUPPORTER'S OFFENCES AT DERBY.
A one-armed supporter of the Everton team got into trouble after the match at Derby on Saturday. In a drunken condition be made his way to the Midland Station about midnight, and, reeling up to Mr. A. C. Fisher, manager the Midland Hotel, who was standing on a platform, he asked him to show his ticket. Mr. Fisher advised him to go away, whereupon the stranger attempted to drag him to the spot where a railway constable named Thompson was standing, in order, as he said, to give him into custody, for failing to produce his ticket. He pushed the officer about the platform, and after being taken to an office, knocked Thompoon’s helmet off, struck him in the face, and attempted to escape from custody. The prisoner, who gave the name Andrew Howard, and an address in Liverpool, told the magistrates to-day that the excitement of the match and a few glasses of beer upset him, and that his offences were quite unintentional. For beng drunk and disorderlv be was fined 5s. and costs, and for the assaults 10s. and costs; in default 21 days’ hard labour.