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J Borthwick
Yorkshire Evening Post - Saturday 02 January 1915
All five Millwall players who have joined the Footballers' Battalion are married men. They include Borthwick, ex-Everton half back.

January 2 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Tottenham Hotspur visited Everton yesterday with a record that did not inspite the belief that they could draw. Their League record was one mainly composed of defeats, and some big scores had been registered against them, Liverpool taking toll with 7-2. So far from being a poor side, they played Everton an expert side, in expert fashion, and thoroughly deserved to beat the locals. Everton's half backs could not cope with the forwards opposed to them, and in the first half one of the best exhibitions of left wing attack was seen, Middlemiss centring well and shooting when well placed –he had no fortune with his shots; while his partner, Bliss, dribbled in the Walden manner, and shot with a force and direction that should have gained him more than one goal. He was inches out of mark time after time, and therein lay his ill-luck. Walden is usually the Spurs live wire, but yesterday the whole line showed a capacity for combining, dribbling, feinting, shooting, and rushing that suggested they should be League leaders instead of being of lowly state. Walden played exceedingly well but he was not the best forward on view, this honour going to Bliss, whose footwork crafty and withal practical was always clinched with a sound shot. Had Fern clipped at any time a goal would have been certain. As it was Bliss equalised after he had dribbled two or three men, his shot giving Fern no chance. The Everton keeper must have stopped a full dozen rasping drives, and he witnessed the passing over of a number of fast shots that must have perplexed aim had they been inches lower. Everton, who were without Jefferis (injured), got away through the game by spasmody runs. They were hemmed in most of the time, and most of the other time were dangerous, for Chedgzoy took the ball well on to the goal-area before crossing it, and Harrison made an occasional centre or drive of goal-producing effect. However, Parker and Clennell were not in shooting form, and it was left to Kirsopp to make his senior League debut good for a goal. After thirty-six minutes he took the ball that Jaques had pushed out, Parker having driven in fast, and low. Kirsopp should have scored before this, when he had a chance to breast the ball beyond the keeper. However, there was no denying the fact that Everton were outplayed and were fortunate to be leading at half-time. Bliss soon equalised matters when the game was resumed, and thereafter there was a grim struggle, the Spurs being the better side right upto the last moment, when by hurrying, they should have got a corner taken. With Galt and Parker off their usual game, it was not surprising that Everton were not the main attackers. However, credit must be given the visitors for their great game, classy and full of interest and unusual in that all its able intricate movements were clinched with a strong shot immediately a goal looked possible. Sparrow was a trifle weak at centre forward, his heading being ill-timed; otherwise there was no weakness on the side, the backs and half backs being most reliable. Everton had good defenders and needed them. The wing half backs were not in their usual prime order, and forward Clennell and Parker were held tight. Chedgzoy and Harrison being the dangerous forwards. Despite the gale and the rain a crowd of some 17,000 spectators saw the following teams well refereed by Mr. A. Denton . Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Tottenham Hotspur: - Jaques, goal, Clay, and Pearson, backs, Weir, Steel, and Lightfoot, half-backs, Walden, Banks, Sparrows, Bliss, and Middlemiss, forwards.

January 4, 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Time was when the Newcastle United team could be relied upon to furnish an exhibition of football embellished with many of the finer artistic points of the game that stood out in bold contrast to the more robust and vigorous methods of other exponents, but Saturday's contest at Goodison Park demonstrated the fact that the Newcastle side has fallen from its high estate and is now but a shadow of its former self. The Newcastle side, included several of the once-famous team, but their efforts were crude, listless, and unmethodical, so that the game never rose above mediocrity. Everton won easily enough, and their superiority was never seriously challenged. True, the Newcastle forwards created several openings that looked certain to bring about the desired result, but failure at close quarters enabled the Everton defence to come through the ordeal without conceding a point. In the first five minutes of the game the Newcastle defenders made a bad mistake that cost them a goal. Harrison sent across a swift centre, and Hudspeth had a chance to clear, but he neglected it, and Parker, after trapping the ball, scored from easy distance. There was no further scoring in the initial half, although Parker missed one of the easiest chances of the afternoon. Again Harrison centred the ball accurately, and Parker, with the object of making doubly sure, carried the ball within two yards of the Newcastle goal, and then did the apparently impossible by shooting over the bar. Newcastle had their chance to equalise, but King could do no better than crash the ball against the crossbar. This was undoubtedly a lucky escape for Everton, although Parker's subsequent failure balanced the account. Early in the second half the Newcastle forwards again emphasized their inability to clinch their good preliminary work. Hall and Hibbert by good footwork got clean through the Everton defence, and the former had a clear course to the goal when he kicked the ball a yard too far forward, so that fern, who showed excellent judgement in leaving his goal to meet the opposition, was able to get to the ball first and throw clear. Low was injured and went to outside left, but before the close of the game he resumed at his original position. Kirsopp scored Everton's second goal after dribbling to a favourable position, thus figuring among the goal scorers on each of the two occasions he has played with the senior eleven. Hibbert got the ball into the net for Newcastle, but the whistle had previously sounded for offside. Towards the close Newcastle played better than at any other period of the game, and even at this late stage they might have drawn level had they been capable of finishing their work accurately. Hall put the ball forward for Wilson to run in, but the ex-Evertonian replied by shooting wide from a glorious position; and then Hall failed to convert a beautiful ball from King. Harrison completed Newcastle's discomfiture by scoring the "softest" goal of the day, the ball passing slowly over Mellor's outstretched foot into the net. The whole of the Everton side did well, Fern showed admirable judgement with the few shots that did reach him, but he had little to do of an intricate nature. Thompson was a prominent defender, and Brown, who again deputised for Fleetwood, justified the good opinion formed in his earlier appearance. Houston particularly in the first half, led many excellent raids on the Newcastle goal, and Kirsopp as he gains in experience should develop into a serviceable player. Parker's shots brought out Mellor's best work, and Harrison and Clennell made a capital wing. Mellor was the only player on the Newcastle side who did himself justice. He saved some wonderful shots, and his work through out was praiseworthy. The backs were incapable of dealing successfully with the swift and well-organised attacks of the Everton forwards. The half-backs were slow and the forwards neutralised what good work they did in the open by inaccurate shooting. Teams: - Everton: - Fern goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie backs, Brown, Galt (Captain), and Makepeace half-backs, Houston Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Newcastle United: - Mellor, goal, Hamilton, and Hudspeth, backs, Hewison, Low, and Hay, half-backs, Douglas, Hibbert, Hall, King, and Wilson, forwards. Referee Mr. J. H. Palmer.

Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 06 January 1915
Horace Howarth Everton new inside left is doing well in his new "School"
He played for St. Ives and St. Andrew's in Zingari League, and has played for Everton third string for the past two years, only getting his chance with the Reserves this season.  At Manchester, against the City, he was extra I am informed. 

Newcastle Journal - Wednesday 06 January 1915
Lord Derby was not amongst those who deprecated the" attendance at Association football matches as a retarding influence in regard to recruiting. He has done splendid "work Liverpool, Manchester, and the Lancashire and Cheshire areas generally behalf of the new armies. It was to induce a response from the football-going public that instituted a census with the view discovering the feelings of the people regard recruiting.  The result has proved, on his own admission, disappointing.  For the test the Christmas holiday matches at the Liverpool and Everton grounds were chosen, and cards were issued to all attending the matches, which they were asked sign and return, saying whether they would enlist.  In all 16,450 cards were issued, of which 10,375 , who took from the Everton ground, and the rest the Liverpool ground.  Of the former 1,034 were returned to Lord Derby, the poor return being direct proof of the lack of appreciation of the Empire's position, this being point that has been contended all along in regard to football in war-time, for it is shown in the vast centre of population Merseyside to afford an interest beside which, the country's crisis looked upon with large, if not complete, indifference.  Of the 1,034 Everton spectators who did Lord Derby the courtesy of signing and returning his card.  206 were  willing to enlist, 31 had already enlisted, and the others adduced a variety of reasons and excuses for not answering the call 'of King and country. Some were unfit, others—they numbered but 35—were too young, and 139 were too old . Business obligetions, financial conditions, and so on accounted for the remainder. The great fact, however, was that of the 10,375 who took Lord Derby's cards, 9,341 failed to make any response at all. These thousands evidently have no sense of the citizen's duty, having that sense, are content to leave its fulfilment to others. More creditable is the answer'of the footballers themselves, for about half of the members each team have agreed to serve. It is a capital response, yet constituting, with the indifference of the spectators at Goodison Park, a full justification all that has been urged against the continuance of professional football, for the game not only holds back the players who are manifestly willing to join thecolours, but it provides diversion for multitudes who do not give the war and its demands our manhood a serious thought. Lord Derby prefers to offer comment on the census, but to leave the public generally to make its own deductions from the result. Lord Derby finally thanks the directors of the clubs for their assistance. To them, is sure, the return is disappointing as it is to himself. Disappointing is a mild term to apply under such circumstances. It will not express the feeling those who deplored the sight of hundreds thousands capable young men passing their S&iurday afternoons in watching the gyrations of trained athletes disporting themselves in commercial football when the country is entering upon the crisis of a desperate struggle for existence.

EVERTON 3 BARNSLEY 0 (Fa Cup Game 96)
January 11, 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Fa Cup Round One
Everton safely negotiated the first obstacle in the Association Cup competition by easily and decisively defeating Barnsley. The game could in no sense be called a good one, for Barnsley were much inferior to Everton, while the reprehensible tactics of certain players on both sides ruined the contest. When it is stated that Everton finished the game with seven men and Barnsley with ten it will be readily understood that it was not quite of the drawing-room order. Barnsley are noted cup-fighters, and it was well-known that the Yorkshire team forsake the scientific for the more robust and vigorous methods. From the outset it was obvious that Barnsley intended to adopt their usual rush tactics, and Mr. T. S. Sephton, the referee, was keenly alive to any infringement. The first incident to come under the ban of the referee was a foul committed by Barson on Harrison, and the Barnsley player was duly cautioned. Shortly after Everton had scored their first goal –Galt having headed the ball into the net from a corner admirably placed by Harrison –Harrison, it was alleged kicked Barson in his attempt at retaliation for the previous foul. Mr. Sephton immediately ordered both players to leave the field . This drastic action by the referee, which happened after thirty-two minutes' play, had a good effect upon the players, and soon keen, if at times robust, play followed. Six minutes later Parker, with a long drive, scored a second goal for Everton, who thus held a comfortable lead at the interval, and on the play Everton were full value for their advantage. Fern had been practically idle, while the Everton forwards although they were operating against a defence that was vigorous and resourceful, often broke through and it was only Cooper's skill in goal that prevented a much larger score. He saved shots from Parker, Clennell, and Makepeace, in masterly fashion, and the manner in which Cooper turned the ball round the post for a corner from a close range effort from Clennell won a deserved round of applause from their supporters of both sides. It was from the taking of this corner kick, however, that led to Everton's first goal, for Galt, rushing into a crowd of players, placed the ball well out of Cooper's reach. The second half was only a few minutes old when Lee missed one of the best scoring chances of the day. Donkin raced past the Everton defence and centred admirably, but Lees, who was right in front of Fern, kicked too soon and missed the ball altogether. Then Fern made an excellent save while on the ground from Donkin, and this proved to be the last serious attempt with which Fern had to deal. Although Macconnachie kicked out a shot from Tufnell that was just entering the corner of the goal. After the second half had been in progress thirteen another sensation was caused by Parker being ordered off the field , and again kicking was allowed against the Everton man, Cooper being the victim. The Everton side was thus reduced to nine players, but a minute after Parker had left the field Galt with a long foot drive, scored a third goal for Everton, and Barnsley's exit from the competition was assured. The proceedings now bordered on the farcical, for it was obvious that Clennell, who was unwell at the start, was fast breaking down. He subsequently fainted, and left the field in charge of the Everton trainer. Everton thus finished with two forwards, and in the last few minutes Fleetwood was forced to retire through an injury, so that Everton's forces were reduced to seven at the end of one of the most sensational games seen at Goodison park. Many of the spectators though that the action of the referee in sending three players off the field was much too severe, but Mr. Sephton controlled the game well. He was strict and exceedingly keen, and it was just as well he was so, otherwise many more objectionable incidents might have happened. As already indicated Everton were all round superior to their opponents. Fern had little to do, as Thompson and Macconnachie, who both tackled fearlessly and placed with excellent judgement, admirably covered him. The half-back line was the strongest part of the team, and easily held the Barnsley forwards. Chedgzoy's speed and daft footwork enabled him so frequently get the better of Wigmore and Bethune. Parker's distribution was judicious and his shooting powerful and accurate. Harrison, during his brief participation in the game, was responsible for several telling centres and Clennell, despite his unfitness, played an excellent game. Kirsopp's chief fault appears to be a tendency to hold the ball too long, but this notwithstanding he supplied Chedgzoy with some nice opportunities. The Barnsley team has deteriorated considerably from what it was a couple of seasons ago; but Downs and Cooper are still formidable opponents, and were the outstanding figures of a poor side. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Barnsley: - Cooper goal, Downs, and Bethune, backs, Barson, Rooney, and Wigmore half-backs, Donkin, Fletcher, Tufnell, Lees, and Griffin, forwards. Referee Mr. T.S.Sephton.

January 16, 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
There was a curious and almost inexplicable falling away from grace on the part of the Evertonians on Saturday. Their form recently had been so consistently good that the optimists had begun to talk confidently about the team's chance of carrying off the English Cup. And, of course this opportunity still remains. But not on Saturday's display. After making all allowances the work of the Everton players can only be described as vastly disappointing. It is perfectly true that everything went in favour of Middlesbrough. By one of those bewildering freaks of fortune the Teesiders could do nothing wrong. Wind and sun were on their side, and the heavy, holding ground suited them; but when the fullest allowance is made for all these things, no adequate excuse can be offered for the feeble tight put up by the visitors. Their main weakness was in attack, and it is just as well that there was no weak link in their defensive armour. In such a case one might well have had to exclaim, "Chaso as come again." Without showing any particularly clever combination, the home forwards displayed certain cohesion and dashes which apparently took their antagonists completely by surprise. Having forced Everton to fare an almost blundering sun glare –quite a meteorological novelty nowadays –they carried out a series of rapid assaults, and aided by a strong breeze, continued to hold the weather gauge upto the interval. By that time the sun had disappeared, the wind had fallen, and Middlesbrough were four goals to the good. Everton made strenuous efforts in the second half to remove this blot from their escuteleon, and they certainly gave their opponents grounds for much uneasiness. The margin against them, however, was too wide to be successfully bridged over, and when at long length they did score. Middlesbrough replied with a fifth goal which more than effectively clinched the argument.

The general run of the play, considering the conditions of the ground, was fast and furious. The Evertonians seemed quite unable to get along the sticky surfaces, but the home side apparently found little difficulty in overcoming this drawback. They were at times wonderfully nippy on the ball, and moreover, they swung it across from wing to wing in the most approved fashion. In the meantime the Everton forwards were not to put too fine a point on it-merely floundering in the mud. A curious feature of the match, and one that might give research work for the football statistician lies in the fact that the first three goals came from three consecutive corners. When did this happen last, These points were gained before Fern, through a slight injury to the hip, had to leave the field, and although Makepeace when in goal let another through, it cannot be urged that the temporary absence of the regular custodian had any material bearing upon the ultimate issue of the game. The story of the goals must be told briefly. The first came within a few minutes of the start, Malcolm forced Fern to give a corner, and from this A. Wilson, using his head, netted neatly. Partially blinded by the sun, the Evertonians simply could not make progress, and from a second corner Wilson notched a second goal. Further pressure was followed by a third corner, and the result of this was a goal from Carr. Subsequently the same player was hurt in the groin and had to retire, but he was able to reappear in the second period. It was during these onslaughts on the Everton goal that Fern was damaged, and he, had to retire. Makepeace, in his absence strove manfully to hold the breach, but he was beaten by a strong shot from Andy Wilson. In the second "Forty-five" as we have stated, Everton shaped much better and enjoyed their full share of attack. They seemed, however, unable to rise to the occasion. Haworth and Walker kept them almost constantly in check, and it was quite a diversion when Parker managed to elude their vigilance and score. The gilt of this was tarnished when just before the close, Andy Wilson set the seal upon Middlesbrough's success with a fifth. Upon the work of the Everton forwards, we need to expatiate. The right wing were often clever and tricky, but Chedgzoy kept a safe distance from walker, whose methods of clearance were distinctly vigorous. Some of Harrison's centres were especially good, and Parker never shirked the issue, but he was dead out of luck. Galt and his two played with rare determination against overwhelming odds, and neither the backs nor the keeper can be too hardly blamed for the debacle. Att was about 8,000. Teams: - Middlesbrough: - Williamson, goal, Haworth, and Walker backs, H. Cook, Jackson, and Malcoln, half-backs, N. Wilson, Carr, A. Wilson, Tinsley, J. Cook, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt, and Makepeace half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Referee H. Swift

January 18 1915.

Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 20 January 1915
Last night was team-selection time, and locally there little report, the only change in the sides being the substitution Nuttall for Kirsopp in the Everton attack to battle against Sheffield United at GoodisonPark on Saturday; kick-off three o'clock. Nuttall has been out of the first team season and has not been in the limelight this and has not been in the limelight this season.  He can shoot hard and true, and should make a happy combination with Chedgzoy.  Kirsopp quite young, and can afford to wait. Certainly the home games he has done himself credit, even though has not set the Mersey on fire. It is worthy of remembrance that has been in our scoring list, too.  In Everton's reserve team M'Fadyen enters upon his first match public with his new club.  M'Fadyen broke his leg while playing with Preston, and the end of the season North End would not take the risk that Everton took. Up to the time his accident he was fearless and reliable back combination that not always found— and I wish him all good luck now has got over his injury. He is one of the few men who have recognised that journalists are human beings who have their duty to attend if they are worth their salt. M'Fadyen showed a sense of gratitude to pressman who helped his cause when he had his benefit. Teams chosen : Everton (v. Sheffield United) Fern; Thompson, Macconnachie; Fleetwood, Galt, Makepeace; Chedgzoy, Nuttall, Parker, Clennell, Reserve (at Stalybridge Celtic), at  Stalybridge; Browilow;  Simpson, McFadyen; Brown, Wareing, Grenyer; Houston, Kirsopp, Wright, Johnston, Palmer.

Liverpool Echo - Thursday 21 January 1915
Lord Derby thinks it will be of interest to the public to know the names of the players from the Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs who set such a good example promising to join the Army when called upon to do so. The names are follow: Everton. —H. Makepeace, Lancelot Johnston, Robert Parker, James Roy, Samuel Chedgzoy, Frank Mitchell. Thomas Fern, T. A. Nuttall, Tom Houston, James H. Gait, Lewis P. Weller. Liverpool.—F F. Grayer , J Dawson, W. Wadswarth,. M'Dougail, A. Metcalf, G. Patterson, W. Lacey, and Elisha Scott.
Am Energency Committee of the Football Association met at the offices of the Association yesterday evening and considered the reports of referee concerning players sent off the field during matches of the first round of the Cup, played on January 9. The punishment inficked were:-
Everton v. Barnsley -Harrison of Everton and Barson, of Barnsley suspended for a month, Parker of Everton for seven days. 

January 25, 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Special interest was centred in the visit of Sheffield United to Goodison Park, having regard to the fact that Liverpool have been drawn to meet the Sheffield club in the second round of the Association Cup competition on Saturday next. The game at Goodison however, was one of the dullest and most featureless of the season, and if the display of the United can be taken as a criterion, then Liverpool's chances of success are by no means remote. Everton were forced to make three changes in their attack. This proved to be the weakest part of the side, while the Sheffield forwards, who were at full strength, were just as faulty, and the fact that no goals were scored further emphasized the weakness of the forward work. Neither side deserved to score, for throughout the contest there was scarcely a decent shot that found its way to goal. Everton started in very businesslike fashion, and after Campbell's shot had swerved past the post Chedgzoy in attempting a centre damaged his ankle to such an extent that he had to be carried off the field, and when he returned twenty-seven minutes later he limped about and was of little practical use. This early misfortune had the effect of quite unbalancing the Everton attack, and the game quickly deteriorated in quality. The same fault was obvious on both sides. The forwards apparently wanted to walk the ball into the net, seemed afraid of putting their shooting skill to the test. The best, and in fact, the only; shot worthy of the name during the first half came from Simmons. He made no mistake about the force he employed, for the almost brought down the woodwork of the goal with his mighty effort. Free-kicks were all too frequent, and a glaring misdeed by Davies incurred a lecture from Mr. Howcroft that was well merited and had a useful effect. The play of the second half was to a great extent a repetition of the initial period, with the exception that both Fern and Gough were once seriously tested. Masterman dribbled well, and after beating his field he, finished with a powerful shot, Fern stopped the ball, and after dropping it was fortunate enough to regain possession and clear. Then the Everton forwards worked up a nice position, and Nuttall passing judiciously to Wright the latter drove the ball against Gough, who was also lucky to get the ball away before a second player could approach him. It was a disappointing display, as Everton were not allowed to develop their usual game, the robust methods of the United being all against a skilful exhibition. Fern's task was of the simplest description and Thompson and Simpson rarely found the efforts of the Sheffield forwards beyond their powers. Fleetwood, Makepeace and Galt tackled with rare spirit and opened out the game well, but the forwards made poor use of their chances. Clennell worked hard but unsuccessfully, and Palmer was a most unsatisfactory partner. Wright did many good things in the centre, although he lacks the initiative and the trustfulness of Parker. The right wing suffered through Chedgzoy's accident. English gave a gamely display, and the Sheffield half back line was strong and capable. Evans and Kitchen best served the forward line, but their good work was wasted by the weakness of the inside forwards. Att, 18,000. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Simpson, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Makepeace half-backs, Chedgzoy, Nuttall, Wright, Clennell, and Palmer, forwards. Sheffield United: - Gough, goal, Cook, and English, backs, Brelsford, Hawley, and Sturgess, half-backs, Kitchen, Simmons, Davies, Masterman, and Evans, forwards. Referee J.T. Howcroft (Bolton).

January 22, 1915. The Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
As a result of Lord Derby's football census scheme at the Everton and Liverpool matches, held during the Christmas holidays, when players and spectators were invited to sign cards showing their willingness to join the army when called upon to do so, the following players have promised to join;-
Everton-Makepeace, Parker, Galt, Fern, Mitchell, Chedgzoy, Nuttall, Houston, Weller, Johnson, and Roy
Liverpool;- Pagnam, Grayer, Lacey, Dawson, Wadsworth, McDougall, and Patterson.

January, 25, 1915
Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Stewart, and McFayden, backs, Brown Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Houston, Kirsopp, Johnston, Weller, and Roberts, forwards.

January 1915