Everton Independent Research Data


February 2, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
This friendly fixture, arranged to take place at Hull had to be abandoned. Everton, owing to a railway mishap, were unable to get through from Rotherham. There were some three thousand spectators, and they were offered either a ticket for another game, or the return of their money.

February 2, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton strengthened their position in the table on Saturday by defeating Stalybridge Celtic by three clear goals. Gault was the shinning light on the Everton side, and had the satisfaction of putting on two goals in the first half, in which period the visitors played fine football, and were a trifle unlucky in not scoring. Tetlow and Stafford missed many opportunities. In the second half the visitors were all over the Blues for the first 15 minutes, but Etchells saved his charge time after time. Later on Mayson got through and notched a third goal. Everton: - Etchell, goal, Hough, and Brown, backs, Lievesley, J. Robinson, and G. Robinson, half-backs, Jones, Kirsopp, Gault, Kearslake, and Rigbys, forwards.

Hull Daily Mail - Wednesday 04 February 1920
Worksop Town has lost their brilliant goalkeeper, Walter Scott who yesterday returned to Grimsby Town, his first League Club. It was on the first day of the close season of 1907 that grimsby signed Scott then a most promising custodian, from Worksop, under the noses of several other big clubs.  Their capture did not cost the Mariners a single penny, but in less than two seasons they received $750 for his transfer from Everton who subsequently passed him on at the same figure to Sunderland.  An unfortunate disagreement with the Wearside club cut short his brilliant career, and Scott nexyt found a domicile in ireland, where he soon came to be regarded as the best goalkeeper in nthe country, and several times represented the Irish league in representative games.  A broken leg ended his career in Ireland, and during the war Scott played several games with Brentford and Millwall, returning to Worsopp at the beginning of this season.  Although Scott was incapaciated several weeks through injury, he has lately returned to his very best form, and his last two matches with Worksop have been won practically by his efforts alone.  The Worsopp club have, of course, benefitted considerably by the transaction, the fee received being the largest ever paid for a Worksop player, whilst Sunderland, who held Scots' League transfer, would also require a substantial amount.  

February 5 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
Reserves against Aston Villa, Mitchell, Bissett, Evans, Peacock, Leivesley, Robinson, Jones, A. Robinson, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie. Everton “A” against Prescot, Bromilow, Rimmer, Russell, M. Jones, Stewart, Williams, Howarth, McGrea, Jackson, Fairclough, Freeland.

February 9, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
Ever since the season 1908-09 –excepting of course during the years of war –Everton have been endeavouring to inflict a defeat on Aston Villa at Goodison Park and have failed. The clubs have always been the keenest of rivals, in the best sense of the term, and the fact that they were to renew hostilities again on Saturday drew a hugh crowd. Once more the Blues were thwarted, but though they were compelled to forfeit a point, they certainly had most of the honours that were going, and only the still incomparable Sam Hardy saved the Villa from losing their record. The play was exceptionally fast and kept the spectators at a pitch of intense excitement, the way the ball travelled from end to end being somewhat bewildering, but there was one period in the second half when the game resolved itself almost literally to Hardy versus Everton, and the cool way Sam scooped up the low shots and threw clear or handled high balls over the bar was the theme of general admiration. The skill of England's custodian would have availed the Villa not at all, however, with a little more steadiness and ball control by the home front rank. Several splendid openings were wasted through hasty and ill-considered shooting. There are times when a sudden pot-shot is the proper thing to try, but when deliberate aim can be taken, wild slamming over the bar resembles letting off the opposing defence with a caution.

Very early on Hardy should have been fully extended by Parker when Thompson mulled a clearance, but the centre forward mis-kicked, as clumsily as the back. Both goals were raided very earnestly, and the simmering enthusiasm rose to oiling point when two goals were scored and a penalty saved in the space of three minutes. It was the thrilling period of the ninety minutes' encounter, and in itself was worth the admission charge. Again Thompson blundered, but this time Parker had profited by his own earlier error, as a thinking professional should, and instead of a snap shot he dribbled the leather right up to Hardy before tapping its one side of the keeper and opening the score. The cheering was just dying away, when he flew the “Clarets,” and in a twinkling Walker had driven the ball past Fern. A minute later the counter demonstration was hushed, for a melee in the Villa penalty area was stopped by the whistle, and the referee pointed to the spot. Owing to the group of struggling players it was difficult to see the precise nature of the offence, but Chedgzoy took the penalty kick , and though he placed to Hardy's right by brilliant anticipation, the custodian the edged the ball away at arm's length, an efficient piece of work, which met with due recognition. The second half was fought at hurricane speed, and it was here that the “Blues” were seen at their best. The least slip by Hardy would have turned the tide, but he revelled in dealing with the furious attacks of the home side. He beat away corner kicks, made a remarkable save from Parker and turned over one storming shot from Harrison which almost knocked him into the net, but he was beaten by one Parker effort, which, however, travelled clean across the goalmouth; and also in the last minute when Chedgzoy's drive hit the post. At the same time it must be understood that the Villa initiated many raids, and Fern was far from idea; but he was also perfectly safe, even though he had less to do than Hardy, and he also would have had to acknowledge defeat if Stephenson's header had not rebounded from the crossbar. Considering the tightness of the tussle the match was singularly clean, and carried on in the best sporting spirit. Tempers were well control, and the spectators had the satisfaction of seeing football, as it should be played.

Enough has been written to indicate the great part hardy had in earning a draw for his side and it was as well for the visitors that he was so good as both Thompson and Hampson made mistakes. Ducat was the most serviceable of a useful half-back line, and Wallace the pick of the forwards. His centres were of nice strength, while Walker was also dangerous til he was injured. Fern came creditably through several anxious periods while as a pair of backs Fleetwood and Weller have never been seen to greater advantage. With better understanding has come the necessary confidence, and there was none of that failing back on each other which gives wings so much scope. They were helped in great measure by the halves, and Grenyer in particular should have pleasant recollections of a game in which his headwork was conspicuous. Brewster piled the wings or pushed the ball up the centre with judgement, and Brown was clever in defensive tactics. Forward Parker scored, and kept the game open with fine passes to either side, but his shooting was none too deadly, a remark which also applies to the inside men, who had frequent chances, thanks to the neat runs and centres of Harrison and Chedgzoy who were frequently able to overpowers the Villa defence either by speed or smart dribbling. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Fleetwood (Captain), and Weller, backs, Brown, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Rigsby, and Harrison, forwards. Aston Villa: - Hardy, goal, Thompson, and Hampson, backs, Ducat, Barson, and Harrop, half-backs, Wallace, Kirtou, Walker, Stephenson, and Dorrell, forwards.

February 9, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Bissett, and Evans, backs, Peacock, Lievesley, and J. Robinson, half-backs, Jones, W. Robinson, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards.
No details in local papers.

February 12, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
Reserves against Aston Villa at Goodison Park. Everton: - Mitchell, Bissett, and Evans, backs, Peacock, Liveseley, and W. Robinson, half-backs, Jones, Kirsopp, McGrea, Mayson, and Donnachie, forwards. Everton “A” against Chester, at Chester, Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Stroud, and Russell, backs, Jones, Stewart, and Williams, half-backs, Howarth, Fairclough, Jackson, Wall, and Evans, forwards.

February 20, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury

Newcastle United secured their first League win since New Year's Day at St James's Park yesterday afternoon, when they defeated Everton 3-0. The improvement in the form of the Tynesiders was a revelation. Much of this was due to the introduction of King, an old Newcastle forward, who had just been re-signed and Hawison, a former United half-back, who broke his leg twice during the war while playing for Leeds City. Instead of slow, hesitating play, Newcastle indulged in quick passes, and when playing in the first half with the assistance of a powerful wind they shot whenever a chance presented itself. When it is stated that only once did Everton cross the half-way line in the first half it will be realised how severely they were pressed. Even Hudspeth took shots at goal, and it was from one of his long drives that the first goal came about. Fern dived at the ball, and gave a corner, from which Smailes headed past Fern after six minutes play. The work of the Everton defence was really superb. Fern making some wonderful saves, and his backs were splendid in their tackling and kicking. Newcastle. However, never faltered, even if Wilson and Robertson did bungle good openings. Hewison was a source of trouble to Fern, who was beaten for a second time by Smailies after twenty-five minutes, a long drive getting there all the way. Then Fern's only blemish was seen, for he helped a wind driven ball from Robertson into his net. In the second half Everton appeared to be tired after their first-half experiences, and seldom made a really notable shot. One from Fleetwood, a free kick, gave Bradley a lot of trouble, but the visiting forwards were erratic and frequently fell into the offside trap. Newcastle were infinitely superior, and Fern's goal bore a charmed existence from both Ramsey and Robinson. It was by nomeans a good game but the Tyrnesiders adapted themselves better, and keeping the ball close were difficult to hold. Everton's halves were not too reliable, for the speed of the wingers proved too much for Grenyer and Brown. Newcastle won on their merits, and the points after so bad a spell, were very welcome. Everton: - Fern, goal, Fleetwood (Captain), and Weller, backs, Brown, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Rigsby, and Harrison, forwards.

February 13 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton team to meet Aston Villa at Birmingham to-morrow shows a number of changes compared with last Saturday. Thompson returns to right back, Fleetwood goes Centre-half, while Clennell will appear at inside right and Gault will again be in the Centre. Brewster is suffering from a severe cold, and is quite unfit to play, while Parker was injured at Newcastle.

How to Beat the “Offside game”
Lancashire Evening Post-Saturday 14 February 1920
We have all heard so much from How to Boot time to time of the iniquity of “offside “ tactics of certain backs, led by M'Cracken, the Newcastle United expert, that I was naturally very much interested to be told the other day by one the gentlemen who officiated in the Everton—Newcastle match Goodison Park, how simply and easily the move was countered and beaten. Some of us have argued all along that if forwards would only use their brains the policy was not source of strength to the side resorting to it, but a distinct weakness, and so it proved in this case. Before they took the field the Everton players made up their minds that they would keep behind the ball at all costs, so that no rush forward on the part of M'Cracken could possibly succeed, and they did this so effectively that some time before the end the Irishman had to adopt the orthodox style —and was not too clever at it. Everton won that game. Now mark what happens in the return game, played on Wednesday at St. James' Park. M'Cracken did not play for some reason or other, Hampson, who made his first appearance for the Tynesiders against North End at Deepdale in October, taking his place. Everton was beaten by three goals in this instance, and, whatever precise significance may or may not be attached to the fact, all three games in which M'Cracken has not played have been won by his side. The offside game generally regarded being unfair. I have never regarded it in that light. But Ido think it is supremely dangerous, given alert opponents, and supremely unnecessary.

February 16, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton's visit to Aston Villa must in the main be regarded with satisfaction, though if all the chances that offered had been accepted they might well have left the field with both points in their possession. As it was a crowd of 45,000 spectators witnessed a contest that was fast, vigorous and episodic from start to finish. From the onlookers point of view it may indeed be described as one of the most exciting struggles of the season. There was scarcely a dull moment in the play and the game terminated in the ball being twice netted in the last seven minutes. Thus it will be seen that the fortunes of the rivals being in the balanced to the close. In the first half Aston Villa were distinctly the better side. Admirably served by the half backs the forwards swung the ball from wing to wing in a manner that might well have disconcerted any defence. The Evertonians, however, rose gamely to the situation and their half backs also took an occasional hand in forcing the home team into their own territory. The opening goal came from a centre by Edgley, the outside left who lobbed the leather in for Walker to net with his head. The Evertonians were quick to respond. They, in turn made progress on the left wing, and smart, failing at a critical moment, left in Rigsby to score a capital equaliser, and the game stood in this position at the interval. In the second period Everton took up the strong hand, enjoying much more of the pressure than their opponents. They were however, badly handicapped through Clennell having to be carried from the field owing to a breakdown with his knee. This was the more unfortunate as he was fitting in so nicely with the work of his partner Chedgzoy. Still there was no diminution in the pace and it culminated in kirton scoring at comparatively short range. Again Everton answered the challenge, and just on time Gault saved the situation with a clever shot. The return of Thompson to the Everton defence was a complete success, the full back showing all his dash and cleverness in tackling. He was ably partnered by Weller, who only made the mistake. Fleetwood's return to centre half found him a little at sea to begin with, but he speedily settled down to play a magnificent breaking up game. Brown and Grenyer both did well, though the latter was suffering from a very badly sprained wrist. The forwards as a line played creditably, though naturally upset by the absence of Clennell. The Villa defence might have been better, but Pendleton, the South Liverpool youth created a highly favourable impression at centre half. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Lee, goal, Smart, and Weston, backs, Ducat, Pendleton, and Harrop, half-backs, Wallace, Kirton, Walker, Nash, and Edgley, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Weller, backs, Brown, Fleetwood (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Clennell, Gault, Rigsby, and Harrison, forwards. Referee Mr. A. Denton (Leigh).

February 16, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Villa Reserve received a check at Goodison Park on Saturday, losing to Everton by 3 goals to nil, thus reversing the previous week's result and score. In the opening stages of the game the visitors were very prominent on the right wing, but Bromilow and his backs played a great game, and Everton gradually gained the upper hand. Kirsopp hit the crossbar on two occasions. Three minutes from the interval Lievesley headed a fine goal from a centre by Jones. In the second half McGrea and Donnachie added further goals. It was a well-deserved victory. Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Bisset, and Evans, backs, Peacock, Lievseley, and J Robinson, half-back, Jones, Kirsopp, McGrea, Mayson, and Donnachie, forwards.

February 18 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
For the game with Oldham Athletic at Goodison Park today, Everton are giving a trial at inside right to Wall, a Bootle Albion player who has been much sought after. Last night he signed on as a professional, Wall who was a schoolboy international is twenty years of age and stands 5ft 7in, and weighs 11 and half stone. He played in the Everton “A” at Chester last Saturday. Team, Fern, Thompson, Weller Brown, Fleetwood, Grenyer, Chedgzoy, Wall, Gault, Rigsby, Harrison.

February 19, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Fifteen thousand people saw the lowly placed Oldham Atheltic Club beat Everton 2-0 yesterday, at Goodison Park, in a game that was not marked by good football. One of the poorest exhibitions seen this season was the general verdict, and it was equally agreed that victory went to the more determined side. Taylor, in the Oldham goal, had to scoop out one shot, when partly unsighted. However, he was not tested to any degree, and in a measure he was well covered by the backs and Wilson, who became a semi half back and semi full back. Wilson however, had too much work to cover, because Chedgzoy played one of his brightest games. In fact he was worked to so marked a degree that one wondered why, throughout the game, the Everton players had no remembrance of Harrison's presence. Gault was out-headed by the tall Pilkington, and a defiant, beaten defence helped to bring about Everton's downfall. Even Fleetwood was not playing his best, and the backs were none too safe. Fern alone being trustworthy and making handsome saves late in the game. There was a goal in each half. When Tatton centred for Gee to score. Fleetwood was charged full in the back, and later, ten minutes from the end when Tatton and Gee again dovetailed their work with happy issue. Tatton was allowed to go on and centre although he was offside. Although, it was a match to forget, but Oldham in view on their precarious position in the League will doubtless store up a pleasant memory of the game, the two points gained being valuable. Teams : - Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Weller backs, Brown, Fleetwood (Captain), and Grenyer half-backs, Chedgzoy, Wall, Gault, Rigsby, and Harrison forwards. Oldham Atheltic: - Ted Taylor, Goodwin, and Stewart, backs, Bradbury, Pilkington, and Wilson, half-backs, Tatton, Walters, Halligan, Gee, and George Wall, forwards.

February 23 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton were defeated at oldham by the odd goal in three in a poor game. All the goals were scored after the change over. Lievesley opened for the visitors, Carlisle equalising from a penalty a few minutes later. Fifteen minutes from the close Grows landed what proved to be the winning goal. On the whole Everton were the better-balanced tem. The marksmanship of the forwards was good at long range, but not when close in. Lievesley was the best of the half-backs, but Bissett was frequently at faulty in the rear division. Everton: - Mitchell, goal Hough, and Macconnachie, backs, Peacock, Lievseley, and Williams, half-backs, Jones, Gault, Robinson, Kirsopp, and Donnachie, forwards.

February 23 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Fully 10000 spectators witnessed the defeat of the Central League team against the North-Eastern league at Hyde-road Gault playing for the Central League and beening injured and had to retire after twenty minutes.

February 23 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
At Goodison park. There was about 5,000 spectators to witness this friendly fixture which ended in a 3-1 win for Everton. In the first half the Ormskirk team were very forceful and played good football. T. McLauchland scored after fifteeen minutes, but Kearslake equalised just before the interval. The second half play was mostly in favourr of Everton and Howarth who was well served by young Settle gave Everton the lead, Fairclough added a third from a penalty kick.

February 26, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton are giving a trial at centre to their new forward Kearslake on Saturday, against Oldham. He comes in place of Gault, while at left back, Weller's place is taken by Evans. Apart from these two changes, the side will be the same as that which lost 2-0 at Goodison Park to Oldham last week. Kearslake hails from Southampton, and after a month's trail at Goodison Park, has been sign on. Macconnachie, who has been out of the team for sometime through injury and recently underwent a operation, is to have an outing with the Reserves tomorrow, Teams, Fern, Thompson, Evans, Brown, Fleetwood, Grenyer, Chedgzoy, Wall, Kearslake, Rigsby, Harrison. Reserves team against Oldham, Mitchell, Hough, Macconnachie, Peacock, Leivesley, Williams, Jones, Gault, Robinson, Kirsopp, Donnachie, and the “A” team against North Engineers at clubmoor Cricket ground is Bromilow, Stroud, and Russell, M. Jones Stewart, and Dales, Howarth, Fairclough, Carrow, R Robinson, and Evans.


February 1920