Everton Independent Research Data


Feburary 2, 1914, The Liverpool Courier.
Despite the Cup tie attractions in London, a crowd of quite 10,000 assembled to witness Everton's friendly match at Highbury, which resulted in a win for the Blues by 2 goals to 1. In point of clever and interesting football it is doubtful if the Cup matches provided better than was served up at this game. Heavy charges and exciting scenes were, of course, absent, but both side were earnest in their endeavours to score by dint of clean, clever football that was very much apparent. The Arsenal made several changes, but Everton fielded a full strength side with the exception of Page for Parker, and Challinor was tried at right half. Everton were undoubtedly the superior side as regards cleverness and control of the ball, and they deserved to win, although Woolwich seemed the more dangerous in front of goal, Fern having far more to do than Leivesley. It is a curious fact that all three goals were scored against the pretty strong wind that prevailed, both sets of players being able to control the ball better when facing the elements, so although Everton in the first half did most of the pressing, Woolwich obtained the only goal, Hardinge scoring with a shot that was too hot for Fern to hold. In the second moiety Woolwich did the attacking while Everton found the net twice, Jefferis and Page being, the scorers. The spectators' interest was held throughout, the cleverness of the players being recognised by quite an ovation as they left the field. Fern in goal made quite an impression by his exhibition, saving one or two difficult shots in fine style. Macconnachie and Thompson although seeming to take things easy, were very safe, and the same remark applies to the halves. Harrison and Clennell were the clever wing pair, Clennell delighting the crowd with his trickiness . Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Challinor, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Houston Jefferis, T. Page, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards.

February 2, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
If Everton intend to retain their position at the head of the League table they will have to improve considerably on the form shown against Huddersfield Town. The game resulted in a draw of one goal each, and the visitors did not conceal their delight in carrying off a point from their more fancied opponents. The first half was contested at a terrific rate, and although both sets of forwards had many golden opportunities, half time arrived with a clean sheet. On resuming the Blues started in great style, but their shooting as a rule was weak and lacked accuracy, while the shots that did happened to be on the target were easily nullified by the visiting custodian. After about half an hour's play Huddersfield strongly assailed the Everton goal, and from a corner Smith scored. When a goal in arrears Everton played better than at any other period of the game, their work in front of goal being more accurate, and there was a sprint of determination prevalent which hitherto had been lacking. In the concluding stages of the game Brannick equalised for the Blues, but all their subsequent efforts to capture the maximum number of points were unsuccessful. Teams: - Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Stevenson, and Weller backs, Simpson, Wareing, and Roy, half-backs, Brown, Brannick, Wright, Bradshaw, and Beare, forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Davies, goal, Holmes, and Rogerson, backs, Spencer, Fayer, and Watson, half-backs, W.H. Smith, Borogh, Christie, B. Smith, and Taylor, forwards .

Hull Daily Mail-Wednesday 4 February 1914
Clapton orient have apparently secured a valuable recruit in H.S. Buck, who hails from Liverpool, and has played for Everton. Buck played at outside right for the Orient Reserves last, and he showed a splendid control of the ball, and centred beautifully. As Buck is employed in London, he will assist the Orient as an amateur.

February 4, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton visit Middlesbrough on Saturday, and with the exception that Houston will partner Jefferis on the right wing to the exclusion of Palmer, the side will be the same as was beaten by Aston Villa on Saturday.

February 4, 1914 Liverpool Daily Post
One change is made by Everton, who have a stiff engagement at Middlesbrough, Houston coming in for Palmer at outside right. The team chosen is;- Fern; Thompson, and Macconachie; Wareing, Fleetwood, and Makepeace; Houston, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison. Palmer's failure against the Villa was very apparent, and Jefferis is likely to do better with Houston. Makepeace in that match was not, altogether well, and his unfit condition was reflected in his play. It must be said, however, that the defence, apart from Fern, has not been too convincing, and there is room for improvement. If this can be effected apparent and Jefferis is likely to do better line looks promising enough, and should have the ability to give a good account of itself. Everton Reserves;- meet Rochdale on Saturday, at Goodison Park, and will play the following team;- Mitchell; Stevenson, and Weller; Keeling, Grenyer, and Roy; Beare, Brannick, Page, Wright, and Palmer.

February 7, 1914. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton face a side difficult to beat on their own enclosure ľa side that have wonderful strides within the last few weeks. Middlesbrough have had a successful time against all the leading clubs, and have been doing things quite novel to them, winning successive matches and playing with an unchanged eleven. On the other hand, Everton have been experiencing a lean-period. From the Everton team originally selected for the game one change has had to be mad, as Makepeace is ill. Grenyer will play a left back in consequence. The visitors will do well if they come away without a defeat to record.

February 9, 1914. The Liverpool Daily Post
The Everton directors have decided to set apart the match with Sheffield United, next Saturday, for the benefit of Makepeace and Harris, their international half-backs, each player being guaranteed £500. Harris, who was injured when playing for Ireland against Wales, at Wrexham, is making good progress; is his first benefit and Makepeace's second.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Monday 09 February 1914
The Everton directors have decided to set apart the match with Sheffield United next Saturday for the benefit of Makepeace and Harris, their international half-backs, each player being guaranteed £500.

February 9, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
As a general rule the Everton team in the past have enjoyed a fair measure of success when operating on Teeside. On Saturday, however, they failed by two clear goals, and to a great extent were responsible for their own undoing. As in the Villa match, the forwards were unable to drive home whatever advantage came their way in the later stages of the first half, and again in the second period, when Clennell missed the chance of a lifetime from a square pass by Houston. Had the latter opening been accepted the score would have been levelled up, with an additional incentive for the Blues to go out for a winning point. However, the forwards hadn't it in them, and by a superb effort from Elliott the Boro' team was secure from defeat. For attractive footwork and general proficiency in and about midfield the display of the Everton forwards could scarcely have been excelled, and had they a forward of the Elliott type among them they must carried off the honours in no uncertain fashion. A spirited dash, a first time shot, or a drive when in full stride were features that were lacking in Everton's advancing movements, and it was in this matter that they were so hopelessly left behind. Several times in the first portion, especially the inside men had chances that dashing forwards, would have pounced upon with avidity, but finnicking finesse, coupled with hesitancy at the critical moment, enabled the home defenders to nip in and turn the tide in favour of their side.

Despite a blustering wind and heavy rainfall, the varying stages of the game were rarely lacking in interest. The Middlesbrough front line throughout adopted the open style of play, with their final efforts concentrated in the direction of Elliott, who supplied the Everton inside forwards with an object lesson on the value of the direct route to goal. The scoring of the second point was worth going far to see, as to taking the ball there was no hesitancy and flashing between the backs, he simply rendered Fern, who made a galliant effort to arrest the lighting shot, practically helpless. The home forwards from right to left worked on profitable lines, but possibly, had the Everton wing halves been up to the standard usually identified with the club the home van would probably have had to pursue other tactics. Neither were the Everton trio good provides when play came their way; still, as has been indicated the forwards had chances enough to have placed their side in a position of at least sharing the honours of the game. Little exception could be taken to the full back display on both sides; yet one could not but come to the conclusion that the Teesiders' defenders were made to appear more powerful than they really were owing to the cramped methods of the Everton forwards when they approached the shooting zone.

Coming to the players, Fern could not in any way be respective for the defeat of his side. He kept a masterly goal, and his ready anticipation of shots sent in quick succession brought forth-warm appreciation from the crowd. He had parried a couple of drives under difficult conditions when he was beaten by an oblique shot from Tinsley after fifteen minutes' play, and altogether he was more fully extended than Williamson, in whose direction little of a virile nature came. Macconnachie played one of his best games inspite of the fact that Grenyer was frequently in difficulties. Thompson too gave a sound display against a smart wing in Tinsley and Cook, who often got the better of Wareing, but when near goal only a slight margin stood between the wing halves and success on two occasions, following upon corner kicks. Fleetwood worked strenuously, and with good success, but the half-back line as a whole did not come up to expectations. Of the forwards Clennell and Harrison formed a capital leftwing with the inside men the most dashing of the line. He was unlucky in not taking advantage of a superb centre by Houston, still he was always where danger threatened, and will turn out a most useful member of the club. Parker was somewhat subdued by Jackson the Borough centre-half, and while Houston rarely wasted a ball, the intricate footwork of Jefferis carried with is no useful purpose. At a distributor and an opportunist, Elliott had no compeer, and the honours that have come his way have undoubtedly been well merited. These on either side of him had a good conception of his requirements, and the extreme players Sterling and Cook displayed to a nicety the most profitable time to whip the ball across. The half-backs with Jackson a capable pivot, attained a higher standard than the Everton trio, both in attack and defence, with the result that the rearguard were rarely seriously hampered. Teams: - Middlesbrough: - Williamson, goal, Haworth, and Walker, backs, Malcolm, Jackson, and Davidson half-backs, Stirling, Carr, Elliott, Tinsley, and Cook, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Wareing, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Houston, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Referee L. Fletcher.

February 9, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
In a rather interesting game Everton defeated Rochdale by 4 goals to 2. From the commencement it was apparent that the Blues were much cleverer side and the Rochdale defence had many anxious moments. Just prior to the interval Palmer scored from one of Beare's numerous centres. On resuming there was no stopping Everton's advances, and in a very short space of time Page (2) and Wright added three more goals. The Blues were inclined then to take matters easy, with the result that Rochdale came more into the picture and in the concluding stages Everton's custodian was twice beaten by Spink and Milnes. The features of the game was the brilliant work of Beare's, who is now showing his very best form. He was altogether too nippy for the Rochdale defenders, and his display was one of the best seen on the ground for some considerable time . Teams: - Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Stevenson, and Weller, backs, Keeling, Challinor, and Roy, half-backs, Beare, Brannick, Page, Wright, and Palmer, forwards. Rochdale: - Biggar, goal, Barton, and Chamberlain, backs, Tully, Milnes, and Kay, half-backs, Spinks, Marshall, Grierson, Hawksworth, and Smith, forwards.

February 10, 1914. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton directors have decided to set apart the match against Sheff united next Saturday for the benefit of Makepeace and Harris, their international backs, each player being guaranteed £500, Harris who was injured when playing for Ireland against Wales at Wrexham, is making good progress, it is his first benefit and Makepeace second.

Rochdale Observer - Wednesday 11 February 1914
We went to Goodison Park, Everton, on Saturday, with a certain degree of hope. Last both Liverpool and Everton mastered Rochdale the grounds of the seaside city; but January 3rd, 1914, the tables were turned Liverpool, and the question was would the tale be completed and accounts balanced, so to speak, by a victory at the expense ? There seemed a chance. The Goodison Park men had eased up the previous Saturday to the extent drawn game against Hudderfield Town, and that at home, while Rochdale bad not lost outright since New Year’s Day in that memorable game with Stalybridge Celtic at their performances from that date being wins at the expense of Liverpool, Manchester City, and Bury, and a division points with Crewe and Bradford City. But they were signally checked Saturday; the visitors Goodison Park were hardly ever in. the hunt in the struggle for the acquisition points. At almost every position the home contingent were the superior force. Though Rochdale, by securing a couple erf goals in the closing stages of the game, but better complexion on matters, they were thoroughly beaten. Really the score four goals to two flattered them.
It is difficult explain the ineptitude of the visitors. In a sentence Everton were the faster and more virile side; but this does not account for the wholesale manner in which Rochdale cracked up. There was lack of steadiness in defence; the halves also did not check attack as we have been accustomed to seeing them do, while they had apparently almost lost the art of placing the ball to good advantage: and the forwards cannot complimented their style of play. This is perhaps sweeping criticism; but there is misrepresentation fact The side were out joint. It was an off day When everything went wrong. Everybody experiences them —individuals and organisations alike. Maybe shall have the disagreeable flavour sweetened by a succession of victories; but that lies with the future. One thing is certain: Rochdale can give a better account of themselves than they did Saturday, even against such opposition as Everton. Play in the first half was rather interfered with a strong cross wind, and sunshine and rain alternated. There was, however, more rain than sun, and the surface of the well marked out ground quickly became very greasy. Everton had the bulk of the play, the first serious attempt on the jrart of Rochdale occurring when Grierson shot hard and fast, but straight at Mitchell. The half was then 23 minutes old. On the other hand Everton had raided in style most business-like, especially the right wing, where Beare shone with very effective footwork. 'Phis young man’s centres were also models, and from one of them was scored, Palmer, the only goal of the half.
Within seven minutes of the resumption the Goodison Park men were three goals up. Wright placed the second—the result of clean, quick movements, and a thrusting shot following a free kick —and Page, the ex-Rochdalian, headed the third, point coming after a characteristic piece of play Beare. After 25 minutes’ play Page. He put number four, the direct result of Milne’s inadvertent transfer of the ball the foot of Beare. The game proceeded in favour Everton, the inside men missing some rare chances from the crosses the wing players. Beare in particular sending the boll the middle with an. accuracy that became almost monotonous. There was 14 minutes to go when Spink took up a pass from Grierson and ran clean through, finishing with a high oblique shot that had Mitchell well beaten. It was an unexpected breakaway, and the fruit of its was received with stony indifference by the 2,500 spectators, who considered, of course, that their side had the game well under control. However, the proceedings were not yet concluded. Everton were pulled up for hands just outside the penal;ty area, and though Grierson had a shot charged down Milnes secured the ball from the rebound and lashed it into the net. This concluded the scoring, and shortly afterwards play ceased.
Rochdale Weaknesses
Considering the mediocrity of the side as a whole, it would be invidious to single out any particular Rochdale player as having given a worse exhibition than his colleagues. Neither Spink nor Smith did much. True, the former scored a goal, but not often did get going. Smith had more chances of doing something with the ball and failed to materialise hie opportunities; his centreing was weak, and once or twice attempted too much his own. The inside men also suffered by comparison with their Evertcm. confreres; too much there was indecision, and the "finnicking” style of play which is the reverse the ahead, get there football that inspires confidence. The criticism of the halves is supplied by the comment the effectiveness of the home forwards and remembrance of the fact that a score four goals by no means represented the Everton vanguard's near goal opportunities. Beare quickly got the measure his opposition, and throughout the game he was a potent factor in the castigation of Eochdale. Chamberlain tried hard to check his dangerous raids, but the Everton man was very clever. Barton has played much better. It must have been a disappointing afternoon to Biggar; he was certainly unable to stem the tide of defeat. For Everfecm Weller was the stronger two good backs; the halves were a lusty, confident trio; and, described, the right wing was the most incisive part a keen attack.
Milnes having won the toss, Ererton started, the wind being slightly in Rochdale’s favour. The visitors did not commence very convincingly. Kay was shaky and Barton miskicked, though he recovered time. Biggar was the first to be tested, by Wright. Rochdale made progress , when Grierson trapped the ball from Biggar’s exceptionally strong kick, and swung it out to Spink, who forced a corner as was tackled Weller. Chamberlain parried attack by the Blues, but later Beare worked in and crested the ball for Challinor to drop where picked up and cleared. again asserted himself in dangerous fashion. swung the ball out the other wing, and Wright headed in very peculiarly, Biggar jumped up save. Barton crossed over and sent into touch from Beare, and further Everton rush resulted in Wright shooting into the side netting. After bad dealt with a bouncing shot from Roy, Smith won corner on the Rochdale left. He failed to lift the ball, however, and it went behind. The visitors’ best move so far developed hereabouts: Hawksworth cleverly heeled the ball out Grierson, touched back to Milnes, Grierson received again, and got in smart shot which was, however, straight into Mitchell’s hands. Rain was falling heavily when slip by Milnes let through the Everton inside forwards, but Biggar ran cut and managed to kick away. Brannick worked close up; touched it to Page, who was whistled offside just as he sent in a fast high shot. Biggar turned the ball over the bar. Rochdale replied unconvincingly, Stevenson checking the advance Smith.
Wright was then prominent, and Palmer taking up the ball that player kicked it against the bar and the upright. A Chamberlain clearance fed the Rochdale left. This time Smith dallied too long. Page appeared good for a score, as popped up with the hall from Roy’s pass. Just he was the act of shooting, Biggar ran out, and the ball went wide. Then Hawksworth developed an opening. Smith lifted the ball to the other wing, and Spink was just w ide with a cross shot. Weller attended to Marshall in workmanlike manner, and though Everton attacked strongly, the half seemed likely to goalless. However, four minutes remained for play wben Palmer scored after smart work by Beare. Biggar saved once, but had chance with the scoring shot. The resumption was exciting, for soon after the ball had been set in motion Tully handled, and from the free kick Wright took up the ball from Brannick and placed a second goal. Page headed another within seven minutes, and Everton exerted great pressure for some time. They comfortably held the game, and one was surprised when Page scored a fourth. He took full advantage of a misfcick Milnes. Rochdale improved, and Spink crowned a fine run by goaling. Biggar saved sensationally during an in goal scramble; chances were missed from Beare’s fine centres; and the final incident of note was the scoring of Rochdale’s second goal by Milnes. Teams:Everton Reserve: Mitchell; Stevenson and Weller; Keeling, Challinor, and Roy; Beare, Brannick, Page, Wright, and Palmer. Rochdale: Biggar; Barton and Chamberlain; Tully, Milnes, ami Kay; Spink, Marshall, Grierson, E. Hawksworth, and Smith. Referee, Mr. H. Oxley of Stockport.

Liverpool Echo - Thursday 12 February 1914
We learn that Mr. Cuff was in Glasgow last night, and received permission from the Rangers' Club to approach James Galt the left half of the Rangers team, who last week appplied to be placed on the transfer list. This was acceded to by the Glasgow Club, and last night Mr. Cuff had a long interview with the player, but the Everton official could not see his way to give the terms asled for. So far nothing has been done.

Thursday 12 February 1914 ,  Dundee Evening Telegraph
And He May be Off This Week.
Although Gait has been chosen to play centre half-back for Rangers againet Airdrieonians at Broomfield in the Scottish League on Saturday, it is quite probable that he will have gone from Ibrox ere then. will be off either at the end of this week or the beginning of next, and, mentioned in last night's " Telegraph and Post." is highly probable that he will join Bobbie Parker at Goodison Park. The Everton Directors were in contact with the Rangers' officials last night, and they also saw Gait. Provided terms can bo arranged he will undoubtedly to Everton.

February 12, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
Chedgzoy, who was injured at Bolton some time ago, has made rapid progress, and the popular player will turn out for the Reserves at Crewe on Saturday. The injury did not turn out as services as was anticipated, and his many friends will be pleased to know that he is quite fit once more.

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Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Friday 13 February 1914
Hurst are at home to South Liverpoolt tomorrow, and for the match only one change has been made in the side that has done so ' well of late. Francis coming at half-back in place of J. Holt. The visitors' side will include Hewitt (the ex-Liverpool player) it right back. Balmer;' (late of Everton) at left back, and "Sandy Young.

Dundee, Perth, Forfar, and Fife's People's Journal - Saturday 14 February 1914
Everton seem to have a penchant for Rangers men. Bobby Parker has pleased the toffee-mon immensely, and doubt that is why the Club have opened up negotiations for the transfer of Galt. James has a notion of going South, and if finally resolves to leave Scotland, Everton will probably his next Club. Nothing definite has been so far,' but there is every probability of the transfer taking place, and Galt will in all likelihood line for Everton against Derby County next Saturday.

February 16, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
One again the prophets have been confounded. Even the most ardent followers of Everton had their doubts as to the ability of their favourites to overcome Sheffield United, and probably not one of them dreamt for one moment of their winning by the big margin of five clear goals. But, without wishing to detract from Everton's undoubtedly clever performance, it must be borne in mind that the team they beat was not the same that triumphed over Sunderland a week ago. There were two important alterations, Gillispie being away doing duty with the English team, and Fazackerley not being available owing to the injury he received last week. The absence of these two players completely disorganised the United attack, neither Pearson nor Davies proving worthy substitutes. But had Sheffield been at full strength the chances are that they would not have avoided defeat. For once in a while Everton rose to great heights, and set about their work in a most business-like manner. The forwards, showed a great improvement on the last week's display at Middlesbrough. Their linicking methods in front of goal on that occasion gave place to a lively determination, which was bound to carry success. The personnel of the front line was the same, and the outstanding feature was the clever work of Jefferis, and Houston on the right wing. This pair did not get on at all well together last week, but on Saturday they showed a much better understanding, their passing and footwork being at times really brilliant. Their effectiveness was made all the more complete by the excellent support they received from Weller in the matter of well-timed passes. This player was tried at right half-back, and besides having the distinction of securing the first goal.

The crowd had certainly no cause for grumbling at the fare provided, for, all through there was an abundance of keen and interesting football. Everton gained the mastery right from the start, and although Sheffield livened up after they were a goal in arrears, they were always a beaten side. In the early stages Everton put in a lot of good work which did not bear fruit. At one period Sheffield were completely outplayed, and many clever movements in which Houston, Jefferis, and Parker took part completely battled the Sheffield backs. The shooting was rather disappointing at this period; Parker twice sent wide, and Fleetwood had three good chances, and although his shots were not lacking in force, all three of them were yards wide while of the target. There was no fluke about Weller's goal. He let fly with great force from 20 yards' range, and although Gough got his hands to the ball he had little or no chance of saving. Clennell scored the second from close range shortly before the interval, and the ex-Blackburn Rovers player credited himself with the third goal midway in the second half. It was a really brilliant shot, and the keeper was powerless to save. Prior to this Gough had saved from Parker and Jefferis, and Houston had the misfortune to strike the crossbar. Parker added two more in the closing stages, and he rather amused the crowd by the deliberate manner in which he scored his first goal. After the keeper had saved from Clennell, Parker was given possession almost on the goal line, and he might easily have topped the ball over the line or run it through, but instead he stepped back, and with calm deliberation, shot with full force into the net. This occasional breakaways of the Sheffield forwards rarely looked like being rewarded with a goal. Fern had less than half-a dozen shots to stop throughout the game and most of these came from Kitchen, whose individual rushes were not as effective as usual.

The Everton forwards were certainly on their best behaviour, and there was no holding Houston and Jefferis. All the forwards did well, and Parker was not alone in banging the ball at goal who never he got a chance, Clennell may not be as tricky as Jefferis, but a big point in his favour is his precision in shooting, while his partner, Harrison, distinguishing himself once again for many dangerous centres. All three of the home halves combined splendidly, and while Fleetwood was a tower of strength at centre-half, Grenyer and Weller fully justified their inclusion in the League team. Thompson was the best of the backs, Macconnachie not being at all successful in his tackling. Sheffield were certainly outclassed in all departments. Gough made many line saves, and although English was no match for the Everton right wing, he was quick in recovery, and had a happy knack of nipping in at critical junctures. The Sheffield halves, worked hard, but were always overplayed. Utley, at centre-half, was never effective and he seemed to be affected by the stunning blow he received in the face with the ball right at the commencement. The failure of the Sheffield attack was largely accounted for by the absence of Gillespie and Fazackerley, for their substitutes, Pearson and Davies, were distinctly moderate Simons was the best of the wingmen, and Kitchen was never lacking in enterprise. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Weller, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Houston, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Sheffield United: - Gough, goal, Cook, and English, backs, Sturgess, Brelsford, and Utley, half-backs, Simmons, Davies, Kitchen, Pearson, and Revill, forwards. Referee H. Hall.

February 16, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
The long spell of success, which Everton Reserve team has experienced for almost three months was broken at Crewe, when the Blues' nearest rivals for League honours, triumphed by 4 goals to 1. One has to turn back Everton's fixture card to Nov. 22 nd to find their last defeat, when they were beaten on their own ground by Port Vale, by the odd goal in five. Since then the Blues have played twelve League matches, of which, ten have been won outright, and the remaining two drawn. While it would be unsportsmanlike to begrudge the Alexandra a victory which they fully deserved, it must in justice to Everton be pointed out that the latter's playing strength was seriously diminished through injuries and the calls of the League team. Still it is all the better for the game that the victories should go round, and there looks like being a great struggle for the championship between, Everton, Crewe, and Port Vale. Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Stevenson, and Mellor, backs, Challinor, Kirby, and Roy, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Brannick, Page, Wright, and Palmer, forwards.

February 18, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
On their visit to the Baseball Ground on Saturday, Everton will find Derby County particularly hungry for points in view of their lowly position in the result chart. The Blues gave a glimpses of old time brilliance against Sheffield United at Goodison Park last weekend, and it is not surprising that the directors at their meeting last night decided to stand by the same team to do duty at the Peake centre.

Liverpool Evening Express - Friday 20 February 1914
The Band of the 1st Battalion will play at Goodison Park, Everton before and during the interval, of the Football match. Everton versus Manchester City, on 28th February, 1914

February 23, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton came back from Derby beaten and sore. It was a close thing –only one goal scored and Derby were entitled to their victory. Had they lost, their chances of avoiding relegation at the end of the season would have been greatly reduced. That they fully realised this was shown by the businesslike manner in which they set about their opponents. After losing sixteen points at home they for once gave their supporters cause for jubilation, and unhappily, Everton chanced to by their victims. Although Everton fell far short of then high standard of play shown the previous week, they were the cleverer team of the two. What with the slippery state of the ground, and the robust tactics of the Derby backs, the Everton forwards never really got into their proper stride. It was by no means a rough game, and yet there seemed to be no end of stoppages for minor injuries to players. Houston was put out of action right at the start, and never, and never played with confidence after this, while Parker met with a more serious injury in the later stages. He received the full force of Scattergood's double fists in the shoulder, and although he continued to play, he had to take the outside left berth, and he was of little use afterwards. Had he remained in his proper place the changes and that Everton would have at least equalised, for they exerted severe pressure in the closing stages and while the Derby keeper made several timely saves, Clennell, who took Parker's place at centre, clean missed an open goal. The Derby forwards were never really well balanced, but what they lacked in the finer points of the game they made up for by sheer dash and bustle. Their display was certainly one of the best this season, and no one could begrudge them the sweets of victory.

Everton did not play at all badly, but they were opposed to an eleven who meant winning at all costs. The halves, and backs did not stand on ceremony, but made the most of their weight, the Everton forwards thus coming in for a good deal of hard charging. The Derby forwards were also particularly keen, and there were many periods in the first half when the Everton backs were completely overwhelmed. They were certainly more dangerous in front of goal than the Everton forwards, and Fern made many fine saves from Fordham and Barnes, while on one occasion Fern was tackled by Barnes, and a goal seemed certain, when Macconnachie got the ball away almost on the goal line. Everton's best efforts in the first came from Clennell and Jefferis, both of whose shots caused Scattergood some anxiety. Derby obtained their winning goal half way through the second half under rather peculiar circumstances. One of the Derby players was injured, and several of the Everton players had gone to his assistance. Expecting the whistle to blow, the Everton backs were fairly caught napping, Fordham dashing clean through and scoring before the referee had become aware of the previous incident. In the closing stages Everton repeatedly looked like scoring, but luck was against them. Both goalkeepers came out of a trying ordeal with flying colours, and the fact that the only one goal was scored was largely due to the many fine saves of Scattergood and Fern. Thompson was the best of the Everton backs, for Macconnachie was inclined to be lazy in the second half. No fault could be found with the Everton halves, and Jefferis was the pick of the forwards. Parker was quite off colour, and took quite an insignificant part of the game even before his injury. The changes make in the Derby team had the desired effect, for Waugh was a district improvement on Betts at left full back, and their latest recruit in Fellows, a Dudley youth, made a most promising debut in League football at outside left. Fordham, who came to Derby from a junior kept league a few weeks ago, looks like developing into a most serviceable centre-forward, and on Saturday, he was again the most prominent of the Derby front line. Teams: - Derby County: - Scattergood, goal, Atkin, and Waugh, backs, Barbour, Buckley, and Walker, half-backs, Grimes, Morre, Fordham, Barnes, and Fellow,s forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Weller, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Houston, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Referee P. Sant.

February 23 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton Reserves displayed anything but championship form in the match against Southport Central, and their failure to defeat the Shrimpers was a big disappointment to the ten or twelve thousand spectators present. The game ended in a draw of one goal each, and a division of the point was a fair reflex of the run of the play. From the kick-off it was apparent that the Seasiders were determined to give their more fancied opponents a tough game, and in the first few minutes, Mitchell was very lucky in saving, his charge after the backs had been hopelessly beaten. The visiting intermediate line was in fine form, and never let the Blues' vanguard get into their stride. Even Beare, who has been playing so well of late, was never allowed much rope. After about 40 minutes' play Palmer rushed a goal for the homesters, a lead they maintained until the interval. After changing ends, Southport played the long passing game with success and when Caulfield equalised it was no more than they deserved. In the closing stages of the game the Everton players rallied and tried their utmost to secure a winning goal, but all their best efforts were neutralised by the visitors' fine defence. Everton:- Mitchell. J. Page, and Stevenson, backs, Challinor, Wareing, and Roy, half-backs, Beare, Brannick, T. Page, Wright, and Palmer, forwards. Southport Central: - O'Dell, goal, Dorward, and Hurst, backs, Dickson, Walder, and Rigby, half-backs, Delany, Caulfield, Fletcher, Strengfellow, and Semple, forwards .

February 25 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
The League visitors to Goodison Park on Saturday are Manchester City, who should prove an attraction after their fine Cup victory over the Rovers at Ewood Park. The City, indeed are one of the most improved teams of the period, and they will try their utmost to further strengthen their position. Everton, too, are poorly placed in the chart, and with points so valuable to them there should be a keen tussle for the honours. Everton have decided to reply on the side so unluckily beaten at Derby last week.

Liverpool Echo- Wednesday 25 February 1914
Manchester City's visit to Goodison Park on Saturday should prove special attraction to local followers in view of Browell's presence in the visitors' ranks and the fact that the City are one of the teams the running for the Cup. Everton will field the same side as last week, this, of course, being the eleven that overwhelmed Sheffield United 5 goals to nil. The team thus : Fern; Thompson and Maconnachie; Weller, Fleetwood, and Grenyer; Houston, Jelferis, Parker, Clennel, and Harrison. Everton Reserves travel to Manchester _to oppose the City's second string, and will line out as follows: —Mitchell; Page and Stalker; Harris, Challinor, and Roy; Beare, Brannick, Page, Bradshaw, and Palmer. Lacey's Medal. A sum of 3s 6d has been sent to my Lacey Medal Fund from A Few Irish Admirers," who hope he will likewise against Scotland. From Salford have received the following letter signed Evertonian : —Please pardon first infliction upon you, but I am constant, redder the "Echo" (which has equal), and I admire your interesting notes. " Bee " always to the fore enclosing you stamps value Is for the Lacey medal, That popular player deserves all lie gets. He was "bolt" from the "Blues." What: Everton have missed! is a sterling player player, and a thorough sport. Good luck to him!

February 25 1914, The Liverpool Courier.
Local enthusiasts, will be pleased to learn that Val Harris, the Everton right half-back, has recovered to such an extent from the injury received in the International game with Wales at Wrexham, some time ago, that he has been chosen to have a run with Everton Reserves against the second string of Manchester City at Hyde-road on Saturday.


February 1914