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JANUARY 1 1909 Sheffield Independent
Hugh Bolton, who came Everton from Newcastle United, was yesterday transferred for a good to Bradford (Park Avenue). He is a small inside forward, and has helped Everton for three years. Played the teem which won the for Everton beating Newcastle United. in following season, however, it is interesting to recall that he was very lucky get his place the eleven, which at Crystal Palace was beaten Sheffield Wednesday, George Wilson, who had assisted Everton throughout the competition, being popped the last moment on account his refusal to sign-on for the following season.

Evening Telegraph-Friday 1 January 1909
The transfer has just been arranged of Hugh Bolton from Everton to Bradford Park Avenue. Bolton was formerly with Newcastle United from whose ranks he went to Everton late in the season, when the latter beat the Tynesiders in the English Cup Final, in which he took part. Since Coleman's advent at Goodison Park, Bolton has had few opportunities in the League team.

January 2, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton had a great opportunity yesterday of establishing a pronounced lead in the First Division of the League. They were playing at Goodison Park before a crowd of at least 40,000 people, who were anxious to see them defeat Newcastle United. Yet the result was –Newcastle United one goal, Everton nil. It was a disappointing New Year's grit, which the Evertonians presented to their followers. But, however, bitter the pill, it must be swallowed. It would be unreasonable to begrudge Newcastle United the credit of a somewhat unexpected victory. At the same time on the general run of the play. Everton were value for a point. The equalising goal never came, and Everton had to accept defeat by the narrowest possible margin. The outcome is that, though Everton still hold the lead, they are only one point ahead of Newcastle United, while Manchester United, with a game in hand, have a chance of reaching their record of 30 points for 21 matches. How long will Everton retain the lead.

In view of the blizzard, the drifting snow, and the intermittent frost, the playing pitch at Goodison Park was in remarkably satisfactory conditions. It was on the heavy side, it is true, and herein was one of the main causes of Everton's downfall for they are a side who do not as a rule shine when the going is of the ploughy description. For all that they fought throughout the whole ninety minutes with whole-hearted determination. As events turned out the issue was settled in the first five minutes of play. Newcastle went off with a great bang, and before the spectators, had really settled down to enjoy the game the all-important goal accrued. A beautiful centre from Anderson –a really smart outside left –led to Makepeace conceding a corner. The ball was wonderfully well placed by Rutherford, and Howie's head brought about Scott's discomfiture. It was one of those headers, which come off once in a way. Scott was in no way to blame, and probably Howie was surprised. Still it was a rare good goal. After a while Everton settled down to serious work, and once Sharp only just missed. Newcastle, however, let no chances slip, and it was well on in the opening half before Everton secured their first corner. Both goals had narrow escapes, but generally the defence was superior to the attack on the part of both teams. Crossing over with a goal lead it was obvious that Newcastle United did not mean to forego their chance of an important victory. Their defence was in particularly good form, and whenever the backs were beaten, Lawrence was a most reliable custodian. About the only occasion when he was really beaten was when a terrific shot from Barlow struck the crossbar. Sharp, too, manipulated the ball cleverly, only to fail with finishing efforts, and Freeman had a rare chance of equalising when the referee stopped play for a foul on Barlow. The wielder of the whistles may have been quite right in his judgement, but it was hard lines on the home side. When the end came Everton had to acknowledge their fourth defeat at home –three times by a goal to nil.

Although beaten, no great exception could be taken to any of the players on the losing side. True the forwards play did not realise expectations. As already indicated, the heavy going was not in their favoour, but as a line they failed to combine in the manner to which we are accustomed. Freeman seems to have fallen on off-days, or is it that opposing sides watch him too closely? Young especially in the earlier stages, was clever in robbing opponents, but what have become of his old time shooting powers? Barlow rendered yeoman service to his side even though Young did not look after him too well, Coleman was not himself, and Sharp indulged in brilliant flashes along the wing which unfortunately came to nothing. Harris and Makepeace were the pick of the half-backs, Clifford showing to better advantage in the second half, which both Stevenson and MaConnachie rendered valuable assistance. Indeed Robert Balmer's absentee was in no way missed. Scott did all that was possible, the goal which brought Newcastle a couple of points being one that would have beaten any goalkeeper. This victors, with their international, backs again, played after the style of champions. Their halves were the strong feature, and one could not help admiring the ready manner in which the men went for the ball. Teams: - Everton: - Scott goal, Stevenson, and MaCoonachie, backs, Harris, Clifford, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp (Captain), Coleman, Freeman, Young, and Barlow, forwards. Newcastle United: - Lawrence, goal, McCombie, and Whitson, backs, Gardiner, Veitch, and McWilliams half-backs, Rutherford Howie, Shepherd, Wilson, and Anderson, forwards.

January 2, 1909, The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 19)
The Everton second eleven credited themselves with a couple of points, as the result of their journey to Atherton, the margin in their favour being 5 goals to 2. Atherton were very smart at the commencement, but their shooting was at fault. After twenty minutes play Couper scored for Everton, Sagar equalised but Mountford put Everton ahead again. Interval Atherton 1, Everton 2. Atherton had only ten men in the second half. Everton applied pressure, and Dawson. Couper and Borthwick scored, Martincroft netted for Atherton. Everton: - Berry, goal, W. Balmer, and Strettell, backs, Rafferty, Borthwick, and Adamson, half-backs, Jones, Lacey, Couper, Mountford and Dawson, forwards.

January 4, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton were themselves again at Goodison Park last Saturday. They to some extent rendered themselves for their New Year's Day failure again Newcastle United. In other words they trounced Bristol City by five goals to two. The Victory was particularly welcome, inasmuch as it enabled the Evertonians to figure for another week at any rate at the head of the League table. It was a distinct improvement, too, upon the corresponding fixture last season, when Bristol City were permitted to share the honours of a goalless draw. Moreover, these five goals placed Everton to the position of being the only club in either division of the League to boast of having passed the half-century in the matter of “goals for.” Another pleasing feature was that after having failed to score a solitary goal in three League matches, they found the net on no fewer than five occasions, and this with a side in which four reserves players appeared. Bristol City, it may be granted, do not furnish the same class of opposition as Newcastle United; at the same time it was a feather in the cap of the Everton representatives to take five goals from a side which in 20 games, had only given away 23 goals. It is marvellous what reserves can accomplish sometimes on being introduced into the premier eleven.


For finish and class the game could not be compared with that of the preceding day with Newcastle United. Yet it was much livelier, and from the point of view of the average spectators more interesting to watch. There is always a glamour about a game which produces a harvest of goals, even though the football may not attain the highest standard, and surely seven goals were enough to satisfy the most exacting onlooker especially when five of them fell to the home side. Bristol City started in workmanlike fashion, which was not suggestive of a big victory for their opponents. They worried the Everton defenders without, however, being allowed to get in any very troublesome shots. Suddenly's change came over the scene. Jones who was deputising for Sharp found his sprinting boots with a vengeance, and he fairly harassed the opposing half, and back. Singularly enough it was on that portion of the ground where Sharp generally excels. The first goal came from a grand centre of the ex-Prescot player, for although Freeman missed the leather rather badly, Young pounced upon it and defeated Clay with a shot, which he could only partially stop. White soon followed with another fine goal, and Jones continued to distinguish himself, one of, his efforts, a magnificent oblique shot, grazing the crossbar. Bristol responded in gallant style, and clever movements resulted in Rippon easily defeating Scott. This, however, was only a flash in the pan. From another centre by Jones the third goal was obtained by Young, and the interval arrived Freeman had added a fourth. For the most part the Evertonians were inclined to take matters more easily in the subsequent proceedings the enjoyment of which so far as many of the spectators were concerned was spoiled by the bad light. Bristol City naturally had more of the play, and on one occasion Marr deserved to be rewarded with a terrific shot, which brought out all Scott's resource. Freeman was responsible for a fifth point obtained in his old characteristic style, and although Staniforth reduced the adverse margin. Bristol retired a well beaten team.


Each of the reserves called upon by Everton acquitted himself with distinct credit, although Jones was the star performer. He did not figure among the scorers, but three of the goals were the outcome of his brilliant exhibition. White, too proved a rare good substitute for Coleman, and Dawson played quite a serviceable game at outside left. Strettell was a decided success at right back, though for cool and judicious tactics MaConnachie outshadowed him. Freeman improved upon recent displays, and his two successive of Saturday bring his record of goals to a quarter of a century. Young also had a couple. He made mistakes at time, but still he showed himself a great artist, being unquestionably the cleverest forward on the field. Both Harris and Makepeace were in fine trim, but somehow Clifford does not appear to realise expectations. Jack Taylor's successor apparently has not yet been found. Scott has twice to submit to defeat at the same time, it was through on fault of his that the goals were secured. Though meeting on the days play is superior team. Bristol City are to be commended upon the plucky fight, which they maintained right to the finish. Wedlock looked after Freeman like a brother, but was scarcely as successful as usual in attacking to his forwards among whom Hilton and Gilligan were the most competitive. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal, Strettell, and MaConnachie, backs, Harris, Clifford, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Jones White, Freeman, Young, and Dawson, forwards. Bristol City: - Clay, goal, Annan, and Cottle, backs, Marr, Wedlock, and Spear, half-backs, Brown, Staniforth, Rippon, Gilligan, and Hilton, forwards. Referee C.C. Fallowfield.

January 4 1909, The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 20)
Nelson beaten Everton by three goals to nil, and have now took three points against Everton this season. At Goodison Park recently they drew 3-3. For claim will be able to secure six goals and three points out of Everton, so the East Lancashire men are to be congratulated upon a good performance. It must be remembered that the first team call had this effect a handicapping the Blues second string somewhat, but the eleven sent to Nelson seemed good enough to hold their own. This was the case up to the first half, but after the changes of ends Nelson and all the game deserved their victory.

January 5, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.
Charles Edward Harley, who for several years was well known as an Athletic and football player, having played for Aston Villa and Everton (Resevres), was fined drowned in the several, at Gloucester, on Saturday. He had been missing from his home at Cheltenham since November 28 Th .

Diss Express - Friday 08 January 1909
Charles Edward Harley, who played football for Aston Villa and Everton was found drowned in the Severn at Gloucester on Saturday.  He had been missing since November 25.

January 11, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.
Admittedly Everton had a formidable task in meeting Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday. They did not win, but they accomplished the next best thing –that of effecting a draw of three goals each. Thus the Goodison-road club can boast of having fulfilled eleven League fixtures away from home without sustaining a reverse. Certain football enthusiasts in Preston were inclined to assert that Everton were luck to share the honours of the game. If it be luck in equalising in the last ten minutes perhaps they were right, but no impartial observer could come to the conclusion that the leaders were not full value for at least a point. Indeed they were the cleverer side. Twice they held the lead, only to lose, it rather less than a quarter of an hour from the finish. Then it was that the supporters of North End fancied their favouritie had broken Everton's unique record on opponents grounds. Was it that equaliser from Sharp's toe, which suggested ideas of Everton's luck? It was not luck, but real grit. Besides what about that foul on Barlow in the penalty area, and also what about luck when Coleman banged the ball hard against the crossbar?


Leaving luck out of the question, the game was one of the finest and keenest that season. North End, having obtained ten out of twelve points, particularly desired to be the club to spoil Everton's away record; on the other hand, Everton had at least to draw to be secure of retaining the League leadership. Hence there were all the incentives for both sides to give of their best, and that they rose to the occasion admits of no doubt. The playing pitch was naturally heavy, and slippery, and under these conditions the pace was marvellous. At times the passing of the Everton forwards was simply superb –better than anything they have shown of late on such a muddy ground. The first goal fell to Everton. The ball seemed to be going over the line, when Sharp's speed enabled him to place it across the goalmouth, with the result that Barlow got his right foot to it and had McBride beaten to the world. Then came the incidents when a penalty might easily have been awarded for a foul on Barlow, and when Coleman had the misfortune to send the ball against the crossbar. Following a goal kick Bond raced away in his old international form he flashed the ball across and Danson meeting it, equalised. It was just as the interval was in sight that White gave Everton the lead, with a shot that McBride could only partially stop. The Evertonians were not seem to such great advantage in the second half. Wilson placed the teams on level terms, and when after a melee in front of goal, Bonds made the game 3-2 in North End's favour, it seemed all over with the Blues. To their credit be it said the visitors never relaxed their efforts. Preston were inclined to kick out when danger threatened, and it was one of these useless kicks which proved their undoing. From the throw in Sharp, the general that be is, worked his way into a spot where he was unmarked and had the ball past McBride in a twinkling. Right to the final blowing of the whistle Everton pressed hard, and doubtless the North End were quite satisfied when hostilities ceased.


That the short stay at Blackpool had done the League leaders good was evident from the sprightliness of their movements. The heavy going had no terrors for them, and the forwards work, especially in the opening half, was as fine as anyone could desire to witness. Young's absence, though sudden indisposition, was not missed. White playing a sterling game, at inside left. The ex-Boltonian is used to muddy grounds, and on this occasion he excelled himself in what is really his real position. His passes were always well timed, and although some of his shots at goal were not too accurate this did not contract from the excellence of his exhibition. Barlow was full of pluck and determination, and through Freeman did not score his usual goal it must be borne in mind that Percy Smith, who is developing into a great centre-half, very closely watched him. Sharp and Coleman as a rule were too smart for Lyon and Bodway. Probably this was the cause of Lyon spoiling himself by unnecessary attentions to the Everton captain. The halves –Harris, Clifford and Makepeace –were a capable trio. McConnachie and Balmer stood above the opposing backs, Winchester and Rodway although Balmer's tackling was not too effective. Both Scott and Mcbride kept goal after the manner of internationals. North End possesses a powerful, though not over scientific, team, and appear to have hit upon a good move in playing Percy Smith at centre-half. Teams : - Preston North End: - McBride (Captain) goal, Winchester, and Rodway backs, Holdsworth, Smith, and Lyon, half-backs, Bond, Wilson, Danson, and Sanderson, forwards. Everton: - Scott. goal, Balmer, and MaConnachie backs, Harris, Clifford, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp (Captain) Coleman, Freeman, White and Barlow, forwards. Referee R. Horrocks.

Athletic News - Monday 11 January 1909
Against the North End second team the Reserves of Everton played a capital game, and won in ready fashion by 3 goals to 1. Adamson and Jones scored in the first half and Carlin replied for Preston.  Afterwards Lacey added a third, and the subsequent play was all in favour of the home team.  Kirby showed good form at centre forward; he is a local lad who has come into prominence with the “A” team.  For Preston, Taylor was a capable custodian, and Main was the best.

Athletic News - Monday 11 January 1909
By Harricus.
Everton had reason to fear that their unbeaten away record would receive a check at Deepdale on Saturday, for North End won the first game at Goodison Park, but they managed to draw a most remarkable game, in which no fewer than six goals were scored.  Thus North end share with Notts County the honour –and it is a great honour –of having taken three points out of Everton this season.  And let me say at once that if the Preston team can play to the end of the season as they did against Everton they will finish in such a position as to merit the hearty congratulations of their supporters.  The ground was all against an exhibition of pure football, and the fog was always threatening to put an end to the proceedings, but these drawbacks notwithstanding, I witnessed the best game I have seen this season, and if any of the 15,000 spectators were not satisfied, then all I can say is that their disappointment was of fanatical partisanship because their particular side had not won.  For my own part if either side had lost, I should have said that they would have been entitled to sympathy.  The first half was contested at a terrific pace, and the knowing ones expected that the team’s would not keep it up, but the second half never lost interest, and in the closing stages there were thrilling periods.  Everton undoubtedly displayed the superior tactics, and are a very polished side, but the Prestonians, if not quite possessing their skill, were more dangerous and made the ball travel more.
Unfortunate Slips.
Again, the Preston goals were gems, but every one of the three obtained by Everton was aided by the home defence.  Rodway made a bad miss when the first point came, McBride put the second through, and Winchester missed when the last goal accrued, so that if Everton were just a shade smarter in tactics, they at any rate had all the luck that was going.  The crowd had their enthusiasm damped when within fifteen minutes of the start Rodway miskicked, for Sharp secured possession, rushed past the astonished back, and just keeping the ball in play, centred.  The ball came across the goal mouth to Barlow, who was waiting in the near vicinity of the goalpost, and though he was tackled by Winchester, both men falling, the ex-Preston player just managed to push the ball into the net.  I have no room to note the many brilliant efforts by both sides; indeed, they were, to use a colloquialism, too numerous to mention.  However, a beautiful run by Bond culminated in an ideal centre, and Danson, who received the ball direct, fired it into the net –the best goal of the match; and just after another fine cross by Bond was met by Wilson’s head but the ball this time passed wide.  Sharp was a very dangerous man always, and as with the first goal, he was instrumental in Everton securing the lead for the second time.
What Did McBride Say.
He sped along the wing as though the turf was not even damp, and crossing to Freeman the latter, for once in a way, did not rush off, but asked White to have a shot.  He did so, and though McBride patted the ball down, it rolled over the line with McBride flying after it, but alas the ball had crossed the line.  Everton retained their lead to half-time, but only about five minutes of the second half had passed when Sanderson indulged in trickness which bore the standard of effect, and he coolly lifted the ball on to Wilson’s head for the latter to place the scores once more equal.  Next it was North End’s turn to establish a lead by the aid of Bond, but here the finish a miskick by Winchester enabled Sharp to make the result 3-3.  It was a game in which the forwards shone more than the defence, as can be imagined from the score, though, with the one exception when McBride put through, neither custodian could be blamed for the heavy goal crop.  I did not think a very great deal of the two right full-backs, for Winchester lacks tactics that go to make a first class defender, while Robert Balmer has done much better with his brother as partner.  The two left backs were capital and both play a cool game, through Macconnachie is about the only sandy haired footballer who does not introduce fire into his play.  He is undoubtedly a first-class back, after the style of James Sharp, particularly in the dainty taps into touch when he does not want to be ruffled by a forward passing him and having to exercise his legs.  He should make a powerful back, though it would do no harm if he remembered the colour of his hair.  Tom Rodway was the embodiment of steadiness, and a man to whom honours have unjustly been denied, though I must say that when I saw him in his trial match he did not create a very favourable impression.  Bur a member of the International Selection Committee saw him on Saturday.
Smith’s Best Position.
The feature of the half-backs was the display of Percy Smith, who had not a superior on the field.  He had evidently found his true position after many years, and it was well that he displayed such form, or Freeman would have done much damaged.  His vi-a-vis, Clifford, did not impress me.  Lyon also found the Everton right wing rather more than he could manage, but the other half-backs were good, and I rather liked the quiet, effective work of Holdsworth, the ex-Southport Central player.  Everton’s forward line was more polished than that of the home club.  They were all men of ability.  The dashing runs of John Sharp were always a source of danger, for Everton’s captain does not believe in running the ball into touch.  Then White practically forced Barlow to produce good results, and Freeman, though well shadowed, was always dangerous.  I have some respect for Everton’s front line, and with such men as Jones, Dawson, and Young, and possibly others to fall back on, they should not miss a few injured men. 
The Preston forwards were always on the way for goal, and Richard Bond endeavoured to show to the members of the International Selection Committee that there was an outside right playing besides Sharp.  It was a case of Richard himself again, and I might point out that half the goals were scored by outside men.  I like Sanderson, the ex-Barrow player, on the other wing.  He is a stumpy youth who, if apparently not making much headway, gets there, and Danson was a good partner for him.  Dawson did nothing brilliant in the centre, but he was always endeavouring to assist his colleagues.  But really there was not a weak man on the field, and I should like to see another such match here the season closes.  Preston North End; McBride; Winchester, Rodway; Holdsworth, Smith (P.J.), Lyon; Bond, Wilson, Dawson, Danson, and Sanderson.  Everton; Scott; Balmer (R.), Macconnachie; Harris, Clifford, Makepeace; Sharp (captain), Coleman, Freeman, White and G.H. Barlow.  Referee; Mr. R. Horrocks, Bolton.

Athletic News - Monday 11 January 1909
By Junius
I learn that the Everton club have appealed to the F.A. against the decision of the Lancashire Association in confirming the fine of 100 pounds on them and the confiscation of their share of the gate money.  When Everton selected their side to do duty in their Lancashire cup-tie, which created the trouble, there were seven of their usual league players included and the minutes of the directors meeting show this.  Everton are aggrieved at the procedure of the county association in this matter, and consider that they have not been treated with ordinary justice, in having been condemned in the first place without a hearing. 

January 11, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire combination Division One (Game 21)
Everton Reserves vanquished Preston Reserves at Goodison Park on Saturday by 3 goals to 1. Although the ground was of a very treaserous nature, and all against an accurate display, the game was stubbornly contested, with the Blues the superior team. In the early stages of the game, the Preston defence was subjected to severe pressure, and Adamson scored with a magnificent long drive. Jones scored the second point after clever work by Mountford, and Carlin got through for Preston. The only goal of the second half was scored by Lacey, who outwitted several opponents, and placed the ball out of the keepers's reach. Jones was again the most conspicuous forward on the field, his runs and centres being a feature of the match. Lacey and Mountford were also clever and hard working attackers, while in the defence Balmer served up one of his old time displays. On the visitors side Taylor gave a capital exhibition in goal and was well supported by a strong and fearless backs. The forwards proved a very moderated lot . Everton: - Berry, goal, W. Balmer, and Meunier, backs, Rafferty, Borthwick, and Adamson, half-backs, Jones Lacey, Kirby, Mountford, and Woods, forwards .

Nottingham Evening Post - Tuesday 12 January 1909
Archie Goodall at Derby
A halt was called to the fun of the pantomine "Aladdin" at the Grand Theatre, Derby, last night, and for several minutes at a stretch there was a silence that could almost be felt while Archie Goodall, the famous ex-footballer, presented his novel and sensational turn, "Walking the Hoop."  The hoop employed is 50ft in circumference, five inches wide, three inches thick, and weighs under 200lb.  No fewer than 1,050 pieces of steel and 3,000 rivets are used in it, but the secrets of its construction, as of the composition of the soles of the boots which Goodall wears, together with other details are, of course, jealously guarded.  The preformer started his walk at the left of the inner circle, with his arms folded, and at different stages paused to pose.  he made his longest stop at the top, and with head downward he raised -one with each hand -two assitants, whose combined weights are over 18st.  As a test of skill, strength and endurance, as well as of nerve, the feat is probably unsurpassed, and the audience followed its accomplishment with breathless interest.  This found its vent at intervals in rounds of applause, and when Goodall stepped back on the boards he was subject of an enthusiastic demonstration. 

Athletic News - Monday 18 January 1909
Everton 3 Barnsley 1
By Junius Junior
EVERTON have entered the second round of the English Cup, but the feat of defeating Barnsley was not accomplished with ease anticipated.  In fact, it was not until the closing minutes of the game that they made their position secure, and ten minutes from the finish it was odds-on chance that they would have to make the journey to Barnsley and undergo the ordeal of a second match.  With all the cleverness at their command, the Everton attack could not get the better of the Barnsley defence. Only twice in the first half was Thorp, the Barnsley goalkeeper, really troubled. His backs and half-backs saw to it that the home forwards did not get into the firing line. Still, the attempts he repelled showed that he would have to be reckoned with, for Freeman, who was his antagonist, tested him with first a high shot and then a low one. He was not beaten by either, and it only five minutes from the interval that the net was found. White was unfairly brought down when just about to shoot. Sharp took the kick, and placed the ball into the corner of the net. From the manner which Everton dashed off in the second half there seemed a possibility of a big score. Sharp was off in the first minute, and a drive was repelled by Thorpe, only for Sharp to pounce on the ball again and shoot with his left foot. This just grazed the far Post. But the dash soon disappeared, and the Everton men were apparently satisfied with their lead. Barnsley, however, were by no means done with, and they took the ball Into Everton territory, and twice had exceedingly hard lines in not equalising. It was more good by luck than good Play that the ball was kept out from Lillycrop and Hellewell. Their reward, however, came about twelve minutes from the finish. Lillycrop pounced upon a long forward pass and ran close in to beat Scott from about short range.
Everton  Aroused
This roused the Evertonians to a full sense of their responsibilities, and although Barnsley kicked out at every opportunity, a corner was gained by Barlow, and from this after the ball had passed from head to head in front of goal, Coleman again gave Everton the lead. Hardly had the cheers died away when White, with a great shot, again beat Thorp, the Everton team gaining a more substantial victory than had seemed possible, and it may be greater than they deserved. It was only after Barnsley had equalised that there were evidences of the real Everton. They then went ahead. Scott, had little to do in goal and had no chance of saving the shot that scored. Macconnachie played coolly, but Balmer was responsible for more than one dangerous situation through mis-kicking.  However, he showed his ability by his quick recovery.  At half-back Makepeace was the best, although towards the finish Harris was responsible for some excellent passes.  Clifford has yet to show his best form, and he rarely swings out to the wings- a thing to be desired on such a day as Saturday.  Forward the work was scrappy until the close.  White was distinctly the best of the five, and he was unlucky in having shots charged down, Sharp worked hard but it was rather a mistake to give him so much of the ball, as he was well watched.  Coleman and Freeman kept the ball too close.
The Barnsley men are to be congratulated upon their plucky fight.  Doubtless they were disappointed, but there was no disgrace in giving Everton so close a run.  The goalkeeper was excellent, and while both backs kicked sturdily, Downs on the left, was above the average.  Silto was away from the half-back line, but I doubt if he would have improved it, for Boyle played a capital game in the centre, and Oxspring stuck closer than a brother to Sharp.  Amongst the forwards Brooks, Lillycrop, Hellewell, and Brooks.  Everton; Scott; Balmer (R.), Macconnachie; Harris, Clifford, Makepeace; Sharp, Coleman, Freeman, White, and G.H. Barlow.  Barnsley; Thorp; Little, Downs; Glendinning, Boyle, Oxspring; Coulthard, Griffth, Lillycrop, Hellewell, and Brooks.  Referee; Mr. Lieutenant Clover, Leicester.

EVERTON 3 BARNSLEY 1 (Fa Cup Game 73)
January 18, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.
On paper Everton were one of the lucky clubs in the first round proper of the English Cup ties. The League leaders were pitted at home against lowly club in the Second Division. Hence they ought to have gained a victory with the greatest ease and been certain of participation in the next round on the journey which culminates at the Crystal Palace. Yet what happened? Barnsley, with their insignificant Second League record, were out in the right cup fighting spirit. Their appearance at Goodison Park in no way affrighted them or affected their play except perhaps in the direction of inspiring them with just that all important extra ounce of enterprise which tells so greatly in cup struggles. To the Yorkshire lads –they are quite a youthful team –let all credit be given for as plucky an exhibition as one could wish to see. When they equalised the score rather less than quarter of an hour before the many of Everton's supporters had visions of a replay at Barnsley where not a few fancied teams have gone under in cup ties. Happily, the League leaders realised the seriousness of the situation, and at the end the Yorkshire team had to acknowledge defeat by three goals to one.

It was not a day on which one would expect the finer points of the game to be exhibited. The ground was naturally on the heavy side, though not as bad as might have been expected, and the wind was both strong and erractic. Whatever advantage there was fell to Everton, seeing that Sharp won the toss. Those among the 15,000 spectators –the gate receipts amounted to £445 –who anticipated a runaway victory for the Evertonians were to sat the least, considerably surprised, Barnsley right away from the start showed that they meant to contest every inch of ground. Nor was the game entirely of the rush and kick description. They displayed at times some really clever footwork, which aided by splendid determination gave the Evertonians little or no rest. Not until the approach of the interval was the visiting defence penetrated, and then it was the result of a free kick from just outside the penalty area. Sharp took the kick, and although the goal was well packed the Everton captain, just as he did some weeks ago at Leicester, espied an opening, the outcome being that a swift low shot left the visiting custodian in a hopeless position. In the second half the Barnsley players never relaxed their efforts, and gained no more than their deserts when from a long punt by Boyle' Lillycrop raced between the backs, and had Scott easily beaten. This was just the incentive, which Everton needed. Following a corner Coleman scored a somewhat lucky goal, and ere the whistle blew White with a magnificent shot placed Everton's victory beyond question.

Though defeated Barnsley need in, no way he ashamed of their display against one of the crack teams in the country. They are quite a young team and possess more than one player of distinct promise. They were excellently served by their full-backs. Little and Downs, the halves were a spirited trio, and the inside forwards were good, the great fault of the attack being their inability to seize openings when approaching goal. Everton's right wing was better than the left, although White was perhaps the smartest forward on the field. The grand goal, which he scored, was a fitting reward to really admirable work. Clifford was more at home with the bustling tactics of the Barnsley front line either Makepeace of Harris, and further back MaConnachie easily outshone Robert Balmer. It was only in the last ten minutes that Everton as a whole played up in a manner worthy of their reputation. Teams: - Everton: - Scott goal, R. Balmer, and McConnachie, backs, Harris, Clifford, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp (Captain), Coleman, Freeman, White, and Barlow, forwards. Barnsley: - Thorn, goal, Little, and Downs, backs. Glenening, Boyle and Oxspring, half-backs Couthard, Griffiths, Lillicrop, Holliwell, and Brooks, forwards. Referee L.T.Clover.

January 18, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 22)
Everton fairly surprised the Bolton crowd by inflicting a 5-0 defeat on the Wanderer's reserves. Showing surprising cleverness and dash in the mud the visitors all through had the measure of the opposition, and had they cared to exert themselves in the second half would have made their victory even more pronounced than it was. Everton actually led at the interval by four goals to nil. In the second half, though playing against the wind, Everton were again the better side. Mountford at centre played in clever style, while once again Jones was a success on the right wing and Chetwood also did well. The defence was soundness itself, and the halves all preformed capably, Adamson showing much cleverness. Goals, Chetwood (two), Dawson, Mountford, and Jones one each. Everton: - Berry, goal, Strettell, and Meunier, backs, Rafferty, Borthwick, and Adamson, half-backs, Jones, Lacey, Mountford, Chetwood, and Dawson, forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 25 January 1909
Everton 1, Middlesbrough 1
By Junius
The perseverance of Middlesbrough was rewarded at Goodison Park on Saturday, for the Tee-siders, after vainly endeavouring, since their advent to the premier division of the League, to avert defeat on the Everton ground, managed to annex a point there.  That they fully deserved their portion of the honours is indubitable, and had they displayed more accuracy when within shooting range they might easily have appropriated both points.  In their recent essays the Everton players have not exhibited that solidity of purpose and dangerous intention which marked the majority of their appearances prior to the turn of the season, and their position at the head of the League chart has been not only seriously challenged, but actually, though I thrust temporarily, subverted.  The decision to afford a further trail on the right wing to Jones and White was justified by the fine display which this pair had furnished three weeks previously against Bristol, and kore than ordinary interest was vested in their second trial.  I may as well state straightaway that it was far from being a success, and with the exception of a short period in the concluding portion of the game, this wing was seldom in evidence.  But they were not one whit worse than the wing disported itself on the left branch of the forward line. 
Watson’s Wonderful Work
Probably the chief cause of the comparative ineffectiveness of the Everton right wing was the excellent character of the opposition furnished by Watson, and Jones could make no headway against the stalwart defender.  Furthermore, the full back played a scrupulously clean game, tackling accurately without unduly using his weight and kicking most judiciously under every possibly conditions.  Not only in his own position, but in assisting McLeod when sorely pressed, did the left full back shot to advantage.  As a body, however, the Middlesbrough defenders were sound, and reliable, and so zealously did the full backs and intermediate line perform that Williamson was seldom called upon to exert himself.  It was only at rare intervals that the Everton forwards gained a footing anywhere near the custodian, and the strictest watch was maintained over Freeman.  Just before the finish the centre managed to elude his guardians, and a splendid shot from close range failed by inches to give Everton the victory. 
Five Frail Forwards.
The inability of Everton to win this match must be attributed solely to their feeble attack.  Between the left wing and the right there was little to choose, though White often made openings for his partner, but Jones failed to make a sympathetic response.  White and Freeman were the best of the line, but the centre has apparently abandoned his scoring proclivities for the time being.
Young has seldom given such an invertebrate exhibition as he afforded in this game, for his play was devoid of cleverness and zeal.  Nor did Barlow utilize the chances which came his way to any appreciable extent, and few centres boding danger came from him.  Taking the attack as a whole, I must confess that it was exceedingly disappointing. 
Masterful Macconanchie
The stalwart in the Everton defence was Macconnachie, for his work was marked by a coolness and intelligence that forced itself to the notice of all present.  Some of his touches in robbing an opponent were distinctly clever, and he did not spoil the effect thereof by wild kicking when left with the ball.  Balmer was inclined to rashness, and was not so accurate in his returns as usual, and this uncertainly, though only occurring at intervals, allowed Thackeray scope to raid Scott’s charge.  Clifford gave the best display I have seen from him since he came to Goodison, and his interceptions were especially well timed.  He placed the ball well to his forwards, but he was seen to more advantage in resistance than in initiation.  Makepeace was again responsible for a clever exhibition, and the left winger continues to enhance his reputation for consistency and efficiency.  Harris was subdued somewhat, but further behind Scott kept goal creditably, and one clearance in the second half from Hall was a splendid effort. 
Middlesbrough’s Marked Men.
I have already drawn attention to the excellent work accomplished by Watson, one result thereof being that Williamson was seldom called upon, and the custodian’s most serious period was during the last ten minutes of the first half.  Even then he was never really in difficulties and he was afforded ample time to cogitate upon the laxity of his opponents.  McLeod proved a sturdy full-back, and though not so finished in his play as his partner yet he produced the desired effect.  The half-backs were an even trio, with Young the most noticeable and Wilcox filled the centre position as creditably as could be expected.  In the forward line the left wing was the source of danger to Everton, and Common plied the men on either side of him with wonderful smart passes; at times to his outside partner.  Thackeray, who responded readily, and at others to the centre, Hall, but near goal there was not much deadliness displayed.  Cail was a bustling performer, but little was seen of Pentland.
Two Details
The result –a draw of one goal –was a fair reflex of the general character of the play.  Young scored early in the first half from a centre by Freeman, but subsequently Everton were seldom dangerous.  After the change of ends Middlesbrough attacked more splendidly, and from a sudden rush on their right wing Cail centred, and Common managed to place the ball into the net.  The defence was at fault here, both in regard to the centre and the subsequent equalizer.  These two goals stood out prominently from amongst a mass of mediocre play.  Everton; Scott; Balmer (R.), Macconnachie; Harris, Clifford, Makepeace (Captain) ; Jones, White, Freeman, Young, and G.H. Barlow.  Middlesbrough; Williamson; McLeod, Watson; Young (R.), Wilcox, Verrill; Pentland, Cail, Hall, Common, and Thackerley.  Referee; Mr. T. Armitt, Leek. 

Athletic News - Monday 25 January 1909
By Junius
The recent displays of Everton have served to shake the confidence of their supporters, Sharp and Coleman were both fit to play against Middleborough, but the directors decided to rest them, the former owing to his selection for the North v. South match today, and the inside winger to enable his unsound leg to effect a complete recovery.  In order to further their preparation for the exacting Cup-tie with Manchester United, the Everton players will proceed to Blackpool tomorrow.

January 25, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.
Truly Everton are disappointing their loyal supporters. On Saturday they had a rare chance, one would think, of maintaining their League leadership and also of improving their goal average. Their opponents at Goodison-Park were Middlesbrough, a club who in six League encounters had been secured so much as a point on Everton's enclosure, and for the matter of fact only three goals. Yet just at the very moment when much was expected of them the Evertonians signally failed to rise to the occasion, and had to be content with a draw of one goal each. It was not so much the division of the honours which was so galling, rather was it the moderate standard of play attained by the “Blues” that was so disconcerting, especially when one remembers the Cup tie next Saturday week at Manchester with the League champions. Anyhow Everton have been deposed from the Leadership, a position now worthily held by Newcastle United, who have done nothing wrong since the Sunderland debacle.

Apart from those dreadful performances early in the season against Woolwich Arsenal and Preston North End, the exhibition of the Evertonians fell far below the standard to which we have been accustomed. For the matter of the Middlesbrough were little, if at all, superior. Everton soon took the lead, Young made an opening and scored, thanks in a great measure to Williamson being unsighted. After that the Teesiders enjoyed quite as much of the play, though their forwards finished badly. Balmer let them have not a few opportunities, through weakness in tackling and faulty kicking, and it was largely through the cleverness of MaConnachie that Scott had such a comparatively easy time. After the change of ends Middlesbrough were the more dangerous side, and once Scott cleared in brilliant fashion from Hall. Still Everton had a goal in hand, and but for feeble efforts in front of goal must have added to the score. It was from an sudden breakaway that Middlesbrough obtained their equalising goal. The ball was taken down on the right, and being placed slowly across the goalmouth Balmer hesitated just a second too long, thereby enabling Common to gently propel the leather past Scott. Everton did try hard in the closing stages to gain the leading point, and Freeman had a glorious chance, which he failed to utilise, the end coming with a goal to each side.

The outstanding figure on the Everton side was the ex-Boltonian, Clifford. He has been showing gradual improvement since he joined the Everton ranks, but on Saturday he gave quite a masterly exhibition. He was strong both in defence and in assisting the forwards, and his placing of the ball was characterised by a degree of accuracy and judgement, which was altogether commendable. Makepeace and Harris ably supported him, and as far the half-back line was concerned it was in no way accountable for Everton's partial success. Further behind, MaConnachie played a masterly game, but Robert Balmer was decidedly off colour. Of the forwards White, though shifted to the inside right position, was the most conspicuous. Barlow did fairly well, but Young, it is regrettable to have to state, was a failure, though he did score. Everton's only goal. Jones failed to reproduce his form against Bristol City, and Sharp, resting for the North v South match, was sadly missed. Freeman, it is true, was well watched, but for all that he was not the Freeman of earlier in the season. For Middlesbrough Watson gave a grand exhibition at left back. The halves were sound, and Thackeray and Commons formed a capable left wing. Everton will have to improve on Saturday's display it they mean to have a fight for championship honours. Teams : - Everton: - Scott, goal, W. Balmer, and McConnachie, backs, Harris, Clifford, and Makepeace, half-backs, Jones, White, Freeman, Young, and Barlow, forwards. Middlesbrough: - Williams, goal, McLeod, and Watson, backs, R Young, Wilcox, and Varill, half-backs, Pentland, Hall, Common, Thackeray, and Jones, forwards. Referee L.T. Clover.

January 25, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 23)
Oldham Athletic have scored two goals against Everton this season, and these have sufficed to bring them three points. At Goodison the score was one goal each, while at Oldham on Saturday the Athletic won by the only goal of the match. Had the points been divided Everton would have had no more than they deserved, for there was little to choose between the teams. In the first half Everton hit the Oldham bar, while Oldham's goal was only put on in the closing stages. Everton: - Berry, goal, Strettell, and Meunier, backs, Rafferty, Borthwick, and Adamson, half-backs, Evans, Lacey, Mountford, Chetwood, and Dawson, forwards.

January 26, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.
Freeman, and Sharp, played for the North against the South yesterday at Fulham, a fine game resulting in a goalless draw. There were about 15,000 present when Freeman kicked off for the North.




January 1909