Everton Independent Research Data


Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 03 February 1923
At special meeting of the general committee of the Lancashire County Cricket Club, yesterday, Mr. Jack Sharp, the All-Englacd cricketer and international footballer, was unanimously invited to captain the county eleven during the next season. Mr. Sharp, who acted as captain on several occasionS last season, was born in February, 1878. He early developed great skill as a cricketer, and when only fourteen scored 208 not out for Herefordshire Club and Ground. He first went to Lancashire as professional footballer for Everton, for whom he did splendid service, and from which club got his international cap, playing against Ireland 1903 and against Scotland 1905. First introduced into the Lancashire team bowler, he developed unusual powers with the bat. He was accorded a benefit 1910, which realised £1.679. His best year was 1909, when he scored four centuries and thrice played for England against Australia. In that year headed the English batting averages, and scored the only century for England in the five Tests. Afterwards he was reinstated an amateur the Football Association, and later became amateur member of the Lancashire cricket team.

February 5 1923. The Liverpool Courier.
For this match at Edgeley Park, Everton played their full League team, except that Spicer took the place of Downs. Although beaten they were much the better team, and at times fairly outwitted the home club. The County tried Kemp, a local junior, at outside right, and he justified the confidence placed in him.

The game was well contested, and some pretty football was shown by both teams Wilson scored the only goal of the match and did so in rather a peculiar fashion. Kemp had worked down the wing, and after tricking Spicer he dropped the ball in the goalmouth. Harland fisted the ball out, but slipped and fell, and before he could regain his feet Wilson netted. McBain acquitted himself well in his new team, distributing the ball well. Along with Jeffs he was the pick of the half-backs. Raitt was the better of the backs, and Cock and Troup, the other new members of the team, were often to the forewith good work, the latter being a veritable box of tricks. Chedgzoy also put across some capital centres. The County defence were often hard pressed in keeping their lines clear, and Hardy was never at fault in dealing with the attack, which at times was very persistent . Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt and Spicer, backs, Jeffs, McBain, and Hart (captain) half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Peacock, and Troup, forwards.

February 5, 1923. The Liverpool Courier.
A big crowd assembled at Goodison Park to witness a fine match in which Everton beat Aston Villa by the odd goal in three. It was soon evident that the Blues were the cleverer side and they shot for goal at every opportunity, although many efforts were lacking in direction. Even so the Villa were often dangerous and Fern was called upon to save some capital efforts. After 30 minutes' Chadwick scored a beautiful goal. Harrison ran down and centred, Chadwick hooking the ball into the net. Not many minutes had elapsed when the visitors equalised. Fern made a fine save, but Howgate, who was following up, tapped the ball into the net. The second half saw Everton making many desperate attacks, and they were at length successful in regaining the lead. Forbes putting in a shot which Jones could not hold. The Everton left wing was in grand form, Chadwick and Harrison blending well together. Forbes at centre also did well while Parry exhibited speed and resource. The halves were very good, with Weller perhaps the most prominent. The defence in which Livingstone was the dominant figure was also safe. The outstanding player on the visitors side was Stephenson, who played a sterling game at outside left. P. Jones, the keeper and Ball at centre half. Everton: - Fern, goal, Caddick, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, Reid, and Weller half-backs, Parry Miller, Forbes, Chadwick, and Harrison, forwards.

February 7, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Hunter Hart, the Everton captain has been suspended for seven days as the result of the incident in the cup-tie at Bradford, where he was order off the field, he will not be available for the match against Chelsea on Saturday

February 10, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Joe Peacock right half has sustained a sad bereavement in the death of his mother and Fleetwood will fill his place.

Dundee Courier - Monday 12 February 1923
An English critic, writing on the Everton- Chelsea game, says: —Troup, the little outside left from Dundee, who made fame on the soddened pitch at Hillsborough the memorable international match of 1920, pranced along the touch-line in style that promises much good sport for the patrons of Goodison Park. All his work was polished and precise, and Priestley and Smith (G.) could never hold him. He varied his method of attack, centred accurately, shot strongly, and rarely placed the ball behind. In the opening minutes he sent in two great shots, each of which sent Hampton, the Chelsea goalkeeper, full length in the mud.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Monday 12 February 1923
Outstanding Forward Against Chelsea.;
Alick Troup, the ex-Dundee forward, made his debut before the Everton crowd on Saturday, when Chelsea were the visitors. He splendid account of himself, and, in addition to being the best forward the field, had share in two of the three goals scored by his side. The Sporting Chronicle says:— Troup "was a sheer delight, and the 40,000 people became positively vexed when was kept out of work for a few minutes. Troup 'did most things bright and effervescing way, but in all things he was practical. For instance, he made three drives at goal as in many minutes, which is uncommon for extreme winger, but Troup was justified all he did. He back-heeled the ball, used his ankle to move it, diddled, dallied for a while, and dribbled to effect.  He was an excellent exhibition of football, full of personality and skill and wisdom in the winning side, Troup was the star."

February 12, 1923. The Liverpool Courier.
By F. M. N.
Even allowing for the fact that Chelsea appeared somewhat cup tired in the second half, Everton's victory at Goodison park gave their supporters sufficient indication of their improvement compared with the form of the side in their previous League game at Stoke, and I fully expect that when the new men thoroughly settle down to the style of their colleagues the Everton club will make headway. Certainly the performance on Saturday was mightily encouraging, and better times are, I believe, in store. There could be no two opinions with regard to the ability of Troup, who at once stalled himself a warm favourite by reason of his virile shooting, accurate passing, and dainty dribbles. Troup is undoubtedly an acquisition to the team, and with more support he is bound to make a big impression.

The little Scot did not receive the attention from his partner he merited, but at the same time he thrilled the onlookers with his dainty work, and they clamoured for the ball to be out to the left. With the proverbial power and accuracy behind his shots, one foresees that Troup will soon figure among the club's goal scorers. McBain, too, created a goal impression on his first appearance at Goodison Park. The ex-Manchester United man has played better, but one must allow for the fact that he was in strange company. That he, is fully acquitted with the requirement of the position was made plain, his constructive game being strong, and he showed defensive power which promises to develop on further acquaintance with his colleagues. In viewing McBain display, it should be remembered that he has been absent from competition football for several weeks, and was naturally somewhat out of touch. But McBain will prove his worth in the future. Cock had the great satisfaction of scoring a goal and paving the way for another against his old club, and on the whole the centre forward had a good share of the victory. He kept his partners well supplied with passes, and he swung the ball out to the wings with precision, but one would like to see more of his shooting power.

So much for a new en. But the team as a whole played well. Harland was at his best in goal, the Irishman saving several fine shots when Chelsea were at their best in the first half, and his safe catching and prompt clearances inspired confidence. Downs and Raitt gave a rather mixed display, flashes of brilliance being followed by faulty work, and when it came to a race, the ex-Barnsley man's lack of pace was apparent. Grenyer and Fleetwood ploughed through the heavy going very effectively, and Williams, Irvine, and Chedgzoy played their parts in a welcome victory.

Chelsea contested every inch of the way in the first half, but they tried perceptibly in the second portion, and had quite enough of it at the finish. Prominent players on the side were Ford, Bell, Meehan, McNeil, and Hampson, the latter making some smart saves. It need only be added that Sharp and Cock scored in the first half, and Williams and Chedgzoy in the second portion. Sharp, in opening the score for Chelsea, tripped over the net peg, and fell headlong, but fortunately was not seriously injured. Teams: - Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt, and Downs, backs, Fleetwood (captain), McBain, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Williams, and Troup, forwards. Chelsea: - Hampson, goal, G. Smith, and Harrow, backs, Priestley, Cameron, and Meehan half-backs, Bell, Ford, Wilding, Sharp, and McNeil, forwards.

February 12, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton's success at Villa Park was mainly due to the visitors adapting themselves better to the heavy conditions and displaying superior combination in their forward work. In the opening half they were far ahead of their opponents, Forbes's goal resulting from a capital dribble. The Everton forwards often got the Villa defence in a tangle, it being remarkable how the home goal survived. The second half opened with a revival on the part of the villa, but after Stephenson had equalised from a penalty, the result of a foul by Livingstone, the Everton defence got the measure of the home forwards, and had no difficulty in beating off the attacks. Everton's winning goal was a gift affair, Jackson, the villa goalkeeper failing to accomplished an easy save. Nevertheless the Villa goal frame was struck on several occasions in the latter half. Forbes, Parry, and Virr were dangerous, Everton raiders, while Fern and Livingstone were the outstanding players in the defence. The visitors excelled in all departments, while the Villa who were best represented by the half-backs, were never allowed to become assertive.

Hull Daily Mail - Tuesday 13 February 1923
Wall, the Everton half-back who sustained a broken leg recently, is making excellent progress towards recovery, and hopes to be able to play again next season. 

February 14, 1923. The Liverpool Courier.
After the Chelsea match today, the Everton players will travel direct from London to Redcar, where they will stay until Saturday, when Middlesbrough will be next. No decision has yet been made, in regard to the return match at Goodison Park, which clashes with the Anfield cup-tie. Birmingham have lost ever game they have play this year, Everton if one is to be judge by their scouting operations across the border, have not exhausted their banks balance on new players (writes out Scottish correspondent). McDougall, the Airdrionian centre-half, is now in their eye, but Burnley have also joined in the quest for this capable player.

February 15, 1923, The Liverpool Courier.
By F.M.N.
It was a distinctly unlucky day for Everton at Stamford Bridage yesterday when the Goodison Club were beaten by 3 goals to 1 after giving a skilful display on a muddy ground. Misfortune dogged their footsteps from the start, and in the end they finished with nine men. Harland, being assisted off the field in the second half with a dislocated thumb and Williams retiring with damaged ribs. But for these mishaps, Everton would not have finished on the wrong side. Williams sustained his injuries a few minutes after the interval and was of little use afterwards, though he tried his best at outside left with Troup on the inside. However, ten minutes from the end, he retired altogether. It was some time before this that Harland in going down full length to a ball with three Chelsea forwards close at hand, sustained his hurt, which proved to be rather serious. The goalkeeper was in great pain as he was led from the field, and when I saw him in the dressing room after the match, it was plain to see that he had a severe shaking. Downs kept goal during the last 20 minutes, when the Pensioners forced the victory.

London, and the country generally, was enveloped in mist, and though it cleared somewhat half an hour before the game, there was some doubt about a start being made as the ground was very heavy indeed. The ruling official, when he arrived, at once went on to the playing pitch and decided that the match should go on. At one time in the second half the fog became much more dense, and it seemed possible that the game would not be finished, even though the players did not leave the field as the interval, but the referee was able to follow the ball if many of the spectators could not, and a full 90 minutes was played. Everton sustained a shock in the first minute as McNeil and his colleagues combined finely, and from the outside left's centre Ford headed into the net. Harland failing to get to the ball with his left hand. This set back might have been calculated to upset many teams, but Everton played fine football afterwards, the halves and forwards working together very smoothly indeed. It was no more then they deserved when Williams taking the ball from a free kick, and cleverly beating Harrow, drove the leather into the net to score a capital equalising goal.

Turning round immediately at the interval, Everton, as I have said, were badly handicapped by Williams being hurt. Still the Blues had the better of the argument, but enjoyed little luck near goal. Then, when the accident to the custodian further weakened the side, Downs beaten by Armstrong from a corner, and just before the finish Sharp scored a third goal. It was certainly not Everton's day, and Chelsea must consider themselves extremely fortunate to gain the points. Teams:- Chelsea: - Hampton goal, Smith, and Harrow, backs,. Priestley, Rew, and Meehan, half-backs, Meehan, Ford, Armstrong, Sharp, and McNeil, forwards. Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt and Downs, backs, Peacock, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Williams, and Troup, forwards.

February 16, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton have signed on as an amateur Robert Fairfoul, a son of the former Liverpool half-back, who gained a schoolboy international ''cap'' two season ago. Fairfoul who captained the Liverpool schoolboys team during one of their must successful seasons. Is only 16 years of age, but he stands 5ft 10ins and weights over 10 stone

Middlesbrough have seceded to Everton request to postpone their league engagement at Goodison Park from Saturday the 24, to the following, Wednesday, on account of the counter attraction at Anfield on the former date in the cup-tie between Liverpool against Sheffield united the arrangement is subject to the sanction of the league management committee.

Northern Whig - Friday 16 February 1923
Alfie Harland, the Irish internationalist and ex-Linfield goalkeeper, was seriously injured while playing for Everton against Chelsea on Wednesday at London.  He dived at the ball and collied with a couple of opponents, sustaining concussion of the brian ad a disclosed thumb.  He was rendered unconscious and was conveyed to hospital, where he is detained.  Chelsea scored two goals after the Everton goalkeeper was carried off, and thus won by 3 goals to 1. 

Dundee Courier - Saturday 17 February 1923
Harland, the Everton goalkeeper, who was removed to St George's Hospital after the game at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, was so seriously hurt that he was unconscious for a day. He is now rapidly improving.

February 17, 1923. The Liverpool Courier
Everton have a severe task on hand in luck that just as a winning team as there are to tackle Middlesbrough, and it is the cruelest-got-together that Harland should be placed hors de combat through injuries. The Irish keeper will be of duty for some time, and are fortunate to have such a reserve for the position as Tom fern, Williams who was also knocked about in the mid-week match at Chelsea, is expected to be able to turn out. With the forward formation intacted, the Blues may snatch a point, for the Arysome Park, organisation will have George Carr absent, and others are doubtful starters.

February 19, 1923. The Liverpool Courier.
By F.M.N.
A welcome victory at Ayresome Park rewarded the strenuous efforts of Everton, and when it is remembered that the Goodison Club at one time had to make up a deficiency of two goals, it will be readily conceded that the success was one of district merit. True, the Middlesbrough side were not at full strength with such players as Marshall, Wilson, and jack Carr absent, but with the exception of the latter, the team was the same as that which satisfied the directors the previous week at Sunderland.

At any rate the two points accruing to Everton were highly encouraging, and even it is not an occasion for hysteria or extravagant expectations. Everton accomplished sufficient to prove that the team continues to glide upwards. So well did the blues play, that it was a distinct surprise to find Middlesbrough 2 up in half an hour. Donaghy scoring a remarkable fine goal in the opening minutes, and George Carr piloting a centre from Botterill past Fern at close quarters.

Everton certainly did not deserved to be two down, and when Cock dribbled down the centre, and gave to Chadwick, that player scored a remarkably good goal. Within a couple of minutes Everton equalised as the result of a smart bit of play by Chedgzoy and a rapid shot from Irvine. Three goals were scored in five minutes, and the teams turned round on level terms. Everton took command in the second half, and two goals from Chadwick settled the issue. The first of these was the result of smart play be Cock, who made the opening for the inside left, and Hart, following a sinuous dribble, being brought down in the penalty area, ( Penalty kick ) Chadwick completed the scoring thus obtaining three of the four goals. Fore and aft the Goodison brigade were on top. In pace, tact, and skill the standard of efficiency was higher than in previous displays, the men in conceiving and executing their plans imparting the utmost enthusiasm to their task, and I have the greatest confidence that, with ordinary luck, the club will finish the campaign well. Fern deputised for the injured Harland with infinite resource, and the backs though uncertain at first played soundly.

But the dominating feature was the high quality of the wing halves, and in a lessor degree the schemes engineered by McBain, Peacock, was in brilliant form, his constructive plans being supported by excellent anticipation, keen placing and sound tackling.

The forwards as a line worked smoothly, there being plenty of sparkle about their movements. They imparied that finish which has not been a very noticeable part of the Blues attack. Chadwick was a revelation at inside left, and his three goals proved that he is still Everton's most effective sharpshooter. Further he showed improvement in ball control. Cock played much better than at Chelsea and two of the goals were due largely to his openings. Irvine also showed vast improvement and Chedgzoy was like a two year old. Troup's boundless energy amazed the onlookers. The Dundee man was not content to play outside left. He was down amongst the halves and backs when the situation merited his presence and he saved his side more than once. He is not only a player he is an enthusiast. Webster was the outstanding figure on the Middlesbrough side and Murray, George Carr and Donaghy were able forwards. Teams: - Middlesbrough: - Williamson, goal, Fox, and Ellertington, backs, Slade, Webster, and Pender, half-backs, Botterill, Birrell, Donaghy, G. Carr, and Murray, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Raitt, and Downs, backs, Peacock, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr. HV. Scott

February 19, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The first meeting between these teams this season produced good football, although Everton were victorious by two clear goals, the Prestonians had quite as much of the play. Several times they penetrated the home defence, but usually finished with wild shooting. Marquiss in the centre, on three occasions got through with only Salt to beat, but his shots lacked sting and direction, on the other hand, each time Everton got to close quarters their forwards chiefly Parry and Harrison shot accurately and had Elliott not been in great form the score would have been heavier. During the first half there was no score. The players turned around without the usual interval, and for a time Preston held the advantage. The first goal, however, came to Everton through Parry, who finished good wing work by sending in a shot, which Elliott misjudged. Five minutes later Everton were awarded a penalty, and Elliott made a grand save from Harrison. Preston tried hard to get on level turns and Salt made a fine one handed save from Jefferis. Close on time Parry got the second with a good individual effort.

Dundee Courier - Wednesday 21 February 1923
Alex Troup, the ex-Dundee left winger, now with Everton holidaying at Forfar this week as his club has no match on Saturday. Our representative had a talk with Troup yesterday, and found him delighted with his short experience of English football. " We have a grand team," said Troup, " and you can look out for few more victories before the season closes. All our new men are doing well, and Davie Raitt is playing even better than he did at Dundee. Of course, the game is much faster than it is in Scotland. They believe in , the quickest road to the goal, and it is useless to try pattern-weaving. There are no soft marks in the English First Division," continued Troup. '' It is case of fighting hard every week. It was different with Dundee, when it was frequently a case of going to Dens Park knowing that you were almost certain of victory. Even at ' home ' Everton have to play hard, because the opposition is always first-class." Troup returns to Liverpool to-morrow.

February 26, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton visit to Deepdale on Saturday was productive of two points, the visitors being much the better side. The only goal of the match was obtained by Virr in the first half, and only bad shooting after the interval prevented Everton adding to their score.

February 26, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
At Goodison Park, before 2,000 spectators. The early stages went mostly in favour of Everton, but owing to the heavy state of the ground and the greasy ball their shooting was indifferent. Rimmer and Alford were prominent on the left, and the shots, which went true, were ably dealt with by the St. Helens goalkeeper. Young was the best forward on the field, and after 35 minutes play he opened the score with a shot from a rebound, when Alford struck the crossbar. The second half play for some time was fairly even, and St. Helens looked like getting the equaliser once being fortunate to save their charge.

February 27, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
The council of the football association yesterday considered the practice of players lining up on the penalty line to impede a player when taking a penalty kick, and it was decided that such a practice was not in accordance with the intention of the penalty law, and it must be discontinued. This decision will be forward to the international board for its consideration at the next annual meeting of the board in June.


February 1923