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January 2 1925. The Daily Courier
By S.H.H.
Everton improved their position in the table yesterday at the expense of their companions in misfortune, though it took them quite a long time to get on top; in fact, when the Blues opened the second half with Chedgzoy it looked any odds on their being beaten. Chedgzoy did resume after five minutes, but he was nothing more than a passager, his right leg having given way. However, as invariably happens when play is going all one way the defending side got a goal. This came from a corner which Smelt had conceded and which Weaver placed neatly for Irvine to level the scorers, Burnley having got a goal though Roberts in the opening half. Everton needed the tonic of a goal, and having got it a different complexion came over the game. Instead of the dispirited side of the first half we saw a line full of vim and go-aheadness, even Chedgzoy forgetting his pain to force the ball into the middle. Here Broad used judgement and tact for the conditions down the centre of the field were bad, and by swinging the ball out to the left he enabled Weaver to make ground repeatedly. The left wing played a big part in the victory, as it was from this quarter all three goals came. Weaver and Williams by deft touches left Broad in front of Dawson, and the Everton centre gave his side the lead to he followed two minutes later by a third goal from Weaver, the outside left beating Basnett and Smelt in turn before placing it past Dawson. Burnley reduced the lead five minutes off time, Roberts putting the finishing touches to a drive from Tonner that had struck on the goal line with the winger and Harland knocked out, and with the whistle blowing shortly afterwards Everton secured two welcome points. On the run of the play Everton can consider themselves somewhat fortunate in getting away with the spoils, for up to a point Burnley were the better side. The visitors showed the better judgement in opening out of the play, but, like the home forwards, failed when it came to the finishing touch. Pit-pat moves on a ground that was thick with mud was playing into the hands of the defence, and this was generally where Everton lost many openings. However, as the Blues gained both points, their shortcomings can be overlooked. Broad led the line well, and was ably supported by Williams and Weaver. The right wing pair were not so prominent, largerly as a result of Chedgzoy straining his thigh. At half back Reid and Hill, the respective pivots, took the eye while further behind McDonald and Livingstone, though none too sure in their kicking, were a better pair than Waterfield and Smelt. Both Harland and Dawson kept clever goals. Teams: - Everton: - Harland, goal, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Peacock, Reid, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Broad, Williams, and Weaver, forwards. Burnley: - Dawson, goal, Smelt, and Waterfield, backs, Basnett, Hill, and Tresadern, half-backs, Tonner Cross, Roberts, Beel, and Lancaster, forwards.

January 3 1925. The Daily Courier.
Everton have a stiff hurdle to negotiate at the Hawthorns this afternoon, where they meet the leaders West Bromwich Albion. When the pair met earlier in the season Everton gained a somewhat lucky win. Since then there has been a marked change in the fortunes of the two clubs. The Albion have seen their youthful team serve up surprisingly good football, which has had the effect of sending them to the head of the table. On the other hand, Everton, while playing well, have met with a series of exasperating defeats, which landed them among the bottom clubs. Since Boxing Day however, there has been a marked improvement in the fortunes of the Blues, and they have gathered in five out of the last six points. Against Burnley on New years Day Chedgzoy sprained his leg, and it is unfortunate that the only club will have to take the field without him. Still Parry is a capable substitute. Livingstone is another who is standing down, and his place is to be filled by Kerr, who in his previous essay with the first team did well. He is up against this afternoon, but I think he will come out with flying colours and help his side to bring back a point. The teams are: - Everton; Harland, McDonald, and Kerr; Peacock, Reid, and Hart; Parry, Irvine, Broad, Williams, and Weaver. West Bromwich Albion: - Ashmore; Smith, and Perry; Richardson, Rooke, McNeal; Gidden, Davies, James, Wilson, Byers.

January 3, 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Bill Stewart, will always be in Everton history by reason of his wonderful grit in throwing in the ball from the touchline. It was often said that a throw-in by Stewart was equal to a free kick, and contemporary players of those days claimed that he could drop the ball into the goalmouth from a touchline throw-in. Certainly he had a wonderful are power, and the muscular development of chest and arm, with him give every credit to the Army training with which his football career commenced. Stewart was one of those born footballers that Scotland supplied so plenteously in the later years of the last century, and although early taking to the Army for a soldier's career, his native football speedily marked him for distinctions, and in the Army team he was early discovered as a coming and developed accordingly. Playing for the regimental team of the "Black Watch" he attracted the attention of senior officers of the Army selection Team and thenceforward his career was made. Every honour came his way as a football player in Army teams, and great regrets were expressed at their lost when his discharge was obtained in order to follow a career as a professional player.

Everton signed Bill Stewart early in his playing career, and practically for his best playing days, he wore the Everton colours. During his most successful days at Goodison Park the half-back line consisted of Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, and on their day, and in their usual form, this line was as good as any combination playing in England. It comprised in a wonderful degree strategy, skill, and movement. Holt and Boyle we have paid tribute to; in former articles. The superb destructive genius of Holt in breaking up enemy attack, and the matter strategy and worrying tactics of Boyle. To these were added the untiring skill and ceaseless vigilance of "big Bill" Stewart, not only in tactical defence, but inventing and developing constant attack, which it, of course the most perfect form of defence. Stewart had developed his football under Army conditions, and speed, strength, and stamina were the prime essentials. He had learned in the hard school of experience to stand up to grueling players, to take hard knocks, and to give them in return. There is or was, no school so serve for testing perfect physical fitness as the Army gyms, and playing fields, and Stewart had come through the ordeals with honours. Therefore, professional football had nothing to teach him in a strength, stamina, or physique, and the skill and intuition of the finer points of the game were born in him. It was often noted when Everton and Sunderland met, how Gibson of Sunderland and Stewart of Everton, vied with each other in their respective throws. Gibson had the reputation of having the longest "throw" of any player in Scotland before he joined Sunderland, but Stewart often exceeded his rival by ten yards, and with less apparent effort. As a stylish Bill Stewart had few points of character play to distinguish him from the average first class half-back of today. It was in his results for the team that he can best be judged. One point may be taken as a standard. Practically for the whole of his playing career for Everton. Stewart had never to be left out of the League team for a single match due to lack of form or ability. To realise this at its value, is to visualize the player going though the whole of a season and playing first class League football every Saturday, and repeating the sequence season after season for the whole of his playing career. Barring, of course, an odd injury, or an exhibition game, when it paid to "rest" an important or overstrained player. Abe Hartley, the old Dumbarton player, and Stewart were great chums at Everton, and both felt the parting when, in the course of time Hartley went south and severed his playing career at Goodison Park. Stewart was exceedingly popular in the North-end of Liverpool, where he resided, and where he still has many happy associations with Everton and Liverpool players. A story used to be old of one of the practical jokes of Milward and Chadwick, who were great cronies of Stewart's. The Everton team were in Belfast to play a match with either Linfield or Glentoran, and Stewart had been inquiring where he could find a barber's as he wanted a "hair cut" before the match. Milward and Chadwick, who were just going out, offered to do scouting work. Having found the barber they discovered he had installed a photograph in the shop and was demonstrating the making of records. They obligingly experimented with the instrument and then invoked his assistance with their scheme and hastened back to the hotel for Stewart, with the glad tidings that they had found a barber just ready to do the needful. Stewart hurried back with them, and was dutifully installed into the chair, only to hear confused murmurs of "Good old Stewart!" "Play up Stewart" "Get your hair cut Bill," repeated at regular intervals to the delight of the assistants and waiting customers. The barber did good trade that day, as most of the Everton party visited the shop to bear Stewart's invisible admirers, and, indeed, for many a day afterwards the Belfast people who heard of the yoke had to have an "audition." Stewart was in the famous line at Fallowfield, when Everton went down to Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0. For the interest of enthusiasts so may recall the team. Williams, goal, Kelso, and Howarth, backs, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs, Latta, Gordon, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward.

Gordon was familiarly knows as "Paddy" Gordon to the club supporters and figured in many First Division matches for Everton, while Alan Maxwell in the centre was a brilliant individualist who, in other surroundings, would have taken high place. The story is often told about the band engaged for the triumphal march home that day after the cup had been "won." The story has lost nothing in the telling, and London newspapers are still fond of reviving the incident. There is really very little to tell about it. Everton certainly did expect to win, what team that enters the final does not? On every record they seems value for a few goals more than the Wolves in any match; and although all Liverpool seemed to have made the journey that day to Manchester to bring "home the bacon," there were still a good few thousand at the Combination match at Goodison Park earger to hear the good news come through. Telegrams were to be dispatched every quarter hour from Fallowfield. Telephones direct from the ground were a novelty these days. Well, the wires came at irregular intervals, and the early Wolves score of one goal was just a staggered, but was soon expected to be wiped off. But the result never changed and when all hope was lost a heartbroken official rang up the local bandmaster: - Don't meet the train –we've lost. But Everton lived to fight and win another day.

"Evertonian" (writing from Memory) says: - I was interested in the description of Everton's famous right-wing trio – Latta, Brady, and Kirkwood in the article headed "Famous Old Timers." They were, I believe, the originators and the most perfect exponents of triangle wing play the game has ever seen. But your confrere is wrong in giving the impression that Latta, simply centred the ball for others to score. If one out of every fifty of present-day centre forwards could score goals as often and as consistently they would be worth a Jew's eye. I wish to correct a mistake in the article re the match in which Latta received concussion of the brain, the result of a contemptible foul on the part of Allen, the centre half of Wolverhampton Wanderers, who prodded Latta in the back of the head with his elbow. The match was Lancashire v. Birmingham and district, and the Lancashire forwards were Latta, Brady, Jamieson, (of Bootle), Chadwick, and Milward. Geary, the Everton centre forward had been injured else he would have been selected. The result was a draw of one goal each. "Nomad" writes of the match Lancashire v Dumbarton: The result was Dumbarton 4, Lancashire 1. The preceding year the Lancashire Assoication committee selected ten Lancashire lads one from Oswestry, viz. George Farmer, of Everton. They beat Dumbarton four goals to three and George Farmer was described as the best forward on the field. Again in the match to which "Nomad" refers, he had no superior on the field.

January 5, 1925. The Daily Courier.
By S.H.H.
Everton's visit to the Hawthorns was a fruitless one. At the same time, the score rather flattered the League leaders, for there was no three goals margin between the sides on the day's play. A truer reflex of the run of the game would have been 3-2 in the Throstles' favour. In the first half play, rather favoured Everton, and they were much more dangerous than the home side, but luck was against them on at least two occasions, when Referee Turnbull happened to be in the way of drives that looked like troubling Ashmore. In addition, Broad topped the bar with a great drive following an excellent centre by Parry. After the turn round Irvine, when almost under the bar, tipped the ball over, and Broad struck the post. Had these chances been availed of it is possible that a different result would have had to be recorded.

The Albion had also chances, but the shooting of the inside forwards was painfully weak, and it was not until just on the interval that they scored. This was the result of a well conceived move by the two inside wingers, for they gave the defence the dummy, as they say in Rugby, and, having got them unbalanced, James made amends for his previous mistakes. Thus Everton crossed over a goal in arrears, which the play had not warranted. In the second half Weaver who had been starved by his partner in the first portion, got more of the play, and it was indeed hard lines to find Irvine make the mistake referred to. Williams also had a great chance of scoring, but hesitated when in front of goal, and Ashmore coming out, smothered his effort. The Albion got their second goal from a corner conceded by Harland, James who had been the shooter in the first instance, heading through Glidden's place kick, while the third came on time from a free kick given against Peacock. The referee in this instance made a mistake, as from the stands it appeared as though the Everton man had been fouled.

However, having been granted, Harland was somewhat to blame for allowing the goal that followed, as he had full view of Wilson's drive, but fell too late, the ball going under his body. Still Harland was not altogether to blame for the defeat. Kerr, of whom much was expected, started well, and then petered out. The result was McDonald had a most grueling time of it, and it was not surprising to find him cracking under the strain. The halves, moreover, were none too safe in their tackling. Peacock being the best of the trio, while forward Broad and Irvine were the pick though the last named spoiled his work by too much dribbling. Parry was more trustful than Williams, and in the opening half the first named got the ball across in excellent manner. The Albion were a youthful side, and work well together but if Saturday display was their best, then they will be lucky if they find themselves on top of the League when May comes round. The forwards, of whom Glidden and Byers were the pick, are over inclined to elaboration, and while such movements undoubtedly take the eye of the onlookers, I doubt much whether they pay. Certain they would not against a hursting defence like Huddersfield's. Magee did not impress me as being the player he once was, and of the halves I liked Reed most. Smith and Perry kicked and tackled well, while further behind Ashmore showed sound tactics in leaving his goal when danger threatened. By so doing he saved two certain goals. Teams : - West Bromwich Albion: - Ashmore, goal, Perry, and Smith, backs, Richardson, Reed, and Magee, half-backs, Byers, Wilson, James Carter, and Glidden, forwards. Everton: - Harland goal, McDonald, and Kerr, backs, Peacock, Reid, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Parry, Irvine, Broad, Williams, and Weaver, forwards. Referee Mr. WF Turnbull.

January 5, 1925. The Daily Courier.
Everton's forwards were too good for the Throstles' halves on Saturday, and this resulted in the backs being overworked. The result was they were uncertain in their tackles and cicarances. On the other had the Everton backs both played well, as did all the halves. The first goal was scored by Cock, who steered the ball past Pearson from a pass by Forbes. Shortly afterwards Chadwick scored a second. Almost immediately after the interval, Chadwick netted again, but the referee, after previously allowing the goal, reversed his decision. Beyond occasional raids, West Bromwich were seldom in the picture, and Virr scored again with a great drive. Near the end Wall gained the fifth goal.

January 10 1925. The Daily Courier.
Everton and Burnley met as recently as New Year's day, when the first named won 3-2. The game on that occasion was a somewhat surprising one, for Everton, after appearing well out of the running, finished with a burst that gained the day. It would be a wise man that would say they will do the same to day, though we all hope they will come out on top. For one thing, the Blues' side is something in the nature of an experimental one. The changes made, and they are numerous –for only the goal position is left unchanged –may turn out trumps, in which case Everton will win. On the other hand, they may not, and Burnley will win, while Everton will not only be out of the Cup, but the problem of escaping relegation will be no nearer solution. However, I have faith in the Blues coming out on top this afternoon, even though they will be without their leader, Hunter Hart. Neil McBain nevertheless will make a capable understudy. Burnley. Like Everton are making changes, their biggest one being the introduction of Williams, the former Rossendale forward. Owing to injuries the visitors may also be without Kelly and Tresadern, in which case Everton's chance will be all the brighter. The teams are: - Everton; Harland; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, McBain and Virr; Chedgzoy, Peacock, Broad, Chadwick, Weaver. Burnley; Dawson; Smelt, Waterfield; Basnett, Hill, Tresadern; Kelly, Williams, Roberts, Beel, and Cross.

EVERTON 2 BURNLEY 1 (Fa Cup Game 112)
January 12, 1925. The Daily Courier.
By F. McN.
It is a difficult thing for ten men to beat eleven at any time, but in an England Cup-tie the task is rendered more strenuous, for the reason that the knockout competition is fought with greater desperation than League games and therefore requires the existence of stamina. Everton's feat, therefore, is all the more praiseworthy, for they defeated Burnley with ten men. There are few more pulse stirring events than a plucky set of footballers striving against odds, and the 28,000 spectators at Goodison Park were certainly stirred by the galliant and happily successful, efforts made by Everton to retain the lead they had secured in the first half. Jack Peacock had the misfortune to break a small bone in the leg after ten minutes' play, and he was taken to the Stanley Hospital and thence to the Northern Hospital for further X-ray examination and treatment. The injury was sustained following a dash down the middle Peacock colliding with an opponent. For 70 minutes therefore Everton laboured against a great handicap, and in the circumstances they deserve the highest praise for keeping their colours flying. The ten players realised that an extra effort would be necessary to hold their opponents, and every man put the last ounce of energy into the fray.

If one man stood out above his colleagues that man was McDonald, the Everton left back. The Scot tackled and kicked like a Trojan, and exhibited the greatest dash in his first time clearances. He has never played a better game since he crossed the border. It was rather against the run of the play when Everton scored half an hour, but it gave the home side the necessary encouragement. Parry had beaten two men and found it necessary to double back. In doing so, he was fouled and temporarily knocked out. When he retired to the touchline for attention Brown placed the free kick under the bar. Hill, Dawson, Broad, and Chadwick all went for the ball together, and if it was not over the line in the first instance, Chadwick and Broad between them, gave the necessary touch to make it so. Chadwick was adjudged to be the scorer. Just before the interval Harland failed to effectively parry a shot from Cross, and Williams lobbed the ball over the keeper's head only to see it strike the crossbar, but Roberts, coming up, drove into the net. What proved to be the winning goal was scored just before the interval. It was a 40 yards' range shot from Chadwick, which completely deceived Dawson, the ball travelling into the net at a surprising pace. Chadwick has scored many fine goals in his day, but he has never obtained a finer or a more valuable point than this one. It was one of the best scoring shots seen on the ground.

The second half was a grim struggle between the Burnley forwards on the one side and the Everton halves and backs on the other; but so tight a grip did McDonald and his colleagues retain, the visitors, never gained the mastery. Indeed, Everton's four forwards raided the visitors' territory in daring fashion, Parry and Weaver, by their swift runs down the wings, not only endangering the Burnley citadel, but giving their own backs much needed relief. Although the visitors enjoyed more of the attack, it was only rarely that Harland's charge was seriously menaced. Everton wisely retained their rear formation, declining to adopt the one back game, and the tactics paid admirably. Raitt rendered McDonald able assistance in subduing the Burnley vanguard. Harland, too, did well except that he misjudged the shot from Cross after which Burnley scored. The halves were a great trio. Brown returned to the team, to play one of his most resolute games, while McBain too, was in good form, giving assistance to his backs. Virr, the local boy, showed great promise, his defensive tactics, under trying conditions, being extremely good. In the depleted line, Parry who deputised for Chedgzoy, exhibited the dash and confidence of a seasoned cup fighter. His plucky swift advances on the wing were of the utmost value to the side. On the opposite extreme Weaver was an equally live force. He ran and centred in spirited fashion. Broad was ever on the look out for openings, and pushed the ball out to the wings. Chadwick's great work is represented by the two goals and general utility in the vanguard. Burnley lacked cohesive methods, and failed to find the necessary ability to ram home the advantage, which the fortune of war gave them. Roberts was a dashing leader, but he missed a great chance when he shot over the bar in the first half. Attendance's was 28,287, Receipts £1,727. Teams: - Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt and McDonald backs, Brown, McBain (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Parry, Peacock, Broad, Chadwick, and Weaver, forwards. Burnley: - Dawson, goal, Smelt, and Wheelhouse, backs, Bassnet, Hill, and Tresadern, half-backs, Kelly, Williams, Roberts, Bell, and Cross forwards. Referee Mr. WF. Bunnell.

January 13, 1925. The Daily Courier.
Jack Peacock, the Everton player, is making satisfactory progress in the Northern Hospital. A small bone has been broken just above the ankle, but is not expected to affect his playing ability when the limb is sound again. This will tale a few weeks and Peacock may not be fit to play again till near the end of the season. Peacock has received a number of messages of sympathy from his colleagues and also from the Burnley club, which have cheered him up in his enforced absence from the game.

January 17, 1925. The Daily Courier.
Everton are at home to a London club in the 'Spurs. The 'Spurs have one of the trickiest forward lines on the League, but suffer like a good many other clubs from a lack of penetrative power. Two of their best men are Seed and Elkes, and it is from these inside men Everton will experience most danger. The extreme wingers, Osborne and Thompson are clever ball controllers when on the run and Raitt and McDonald will have all their work cut out this afternoon. Lindsay, who made his reputation as a forward, has appeared at half-back, full back and today will lead the attack. However, I still think that Everton will gain the day. It was an excellent performance on their part to beat Burnley in the Cup-tie with ten men, and the confidence they gained on that occasion will stand them in good stead now. Peacock's unfortunate accident has necessitated a change in the forwards, but he directors have shown wisdom in giving young Wall a chance. With Chedgzoy still unfit, the right wing will be composed of reserve players, but this will not weaken the side in any way. The game starts at 2.45, and a big crowd should be present to witness what will probably prove a home victory.

January 19, 1925. The Daily Courier.
By F. McN.
Everton's seventh victory in the League campaign gives the club a valuable lift in the table. The margin over the 'Spurs was the smallest possible, but the Goodison Park side deserved to triumph by a greater score, so pronounced was their superiority for two-thirds of the game. Hinton saved many fine shots, and the 'Sours owe much to their goalkeeper, who displayed excellent judgement, anticipation and tact. His saves from Chadwick and Weaver were masterly, while his interception of centres from the wings were neat and clever.

Had the 'Spurs' forwards been as finished in their work in the first half hour, when they had the better of the play, there would have been a different story to tell. As it was all the craft and elusive dribbling of Seed, Elkes, and Osborne went for nought in the absence of accurate shooting. After the first 30 minutes' Everton were aggressive and once the halves had mastered the London attack, the remainder of the play was in the home side favour. Chadwick struck the bar with a 40 yards' range drive, and Broad was unfortunate when a good shot cannoned off a defender. In the second half Everton gained complete mastery. Lindsay netted from Seed's pass, and the "goal" appeared to be a legitimate one, but the referee ruled that Seed was offside when he made the pass. The official was up with the play, and he was in a much better position than people in the stands, where the view is deceptive. If the 'Spurs considered themselves a trifle unfortunate on that occasion, the scales were levelled when Everton were awarded a penalty and the decision altered following a consultation with a linesman for which Hinton, the 'Spurs keeper strongly appealed. Broad had been brought down, and it appeared a clear case of a spot kick, but all Everton got was a free kick just outside the penalty area. The goal came in the last ten minutes, when Parry cleverly beat the backs and centred for Weaver to score. The 'Spurs did not stay the course in a hard game. They set a pace, which they were unable to maintain. Elkes and Seed were the best forwards, while the halves played well. especially Skitt, and Forester and Payton were sound for three-parts of the game, and then faltered. Hinton, however, was the man of the match. Everton took some time to settle down, but afterwards played with skill and judgement.

Parry again displayed speed and resource, and Wall on occasions, gave his partner good passes, but the inside man was inclined to delay his transfers at times. Weaver, on the opposite wing, was a fast and springtly raider. The Burnley man has recovered his best form, Chadwick's shot deserved a better billet. Broad hustled the backs, and was unlucky on one occasion when a strong shot cannoned off an opponent. McBain and Brown did well. The acting captain drove in one of the best shots of the day, which Hinton saved; Virr again pleased and he looks like making a good substitute for Hart, who owing to an operation for the removal of a knee cartilage, will not be able to play again this season. McDonald again showed dashing form, Raitt ably seconding his efforts. Harland did not have a great deal to do, but parried successfully the few shots which came his way. Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt and McDonald backs, Brown, McBain (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Parry, Wall, Broad, Chadwick, and Weaver, forwards. Tottenham Hotspurs: - Hinton, goal, Forester, and Poynton, backs, Smith, Skitt, and Skinner, half-backs, Osborne, Seed, Lindsay, Elkes, and Thomson, forwards.

January 19, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton have lost the services of Hart, for several months through cartilage trouble. Hart has decided to go into hospital and even should his cure be as rapid as it is hoped, his absence from the team will be a long one.

January 19 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Although the only goal of the match did not arrive until fifteen minutes' after the interval, the result was never in doubt, as Everton, who fielded a strong side, were quicker on the ball and displayed more clever football. Troup always had the measurement of Jones, and beat him for speed; while on the other wing Forbes, fed by Irvine, always had the defence gruessing. David Bain showed smart ball control and it was from one of his clever forward passes that the goal came. Irvine took the ball in his stride, and when everybody expected he would pass he went forward, with the defence in hot pursuit, and beat Mew with a low cross drive. Cock and Frank Hargreaves should have given Mew more work. Often they left two unreliable backs standing but dallied and lost the ball or allowed Mew to clear. Everton: - Kendall, goal, Caddick, and Livingstone, backs, Rooney, Reid (captain) and Bain, half-backs, Hargreaves, Irvine, Cocks, Williams, and Troup, forwards.

January 21, 1925. The Daily Courier.
Everton visit Burnden Park on Saturday with what is probably their strongest side, and shows three changes from that which beat the 'Spurs. In the halves Reid takes the place of Virr, while forward Chedgzoy and Irvine return as the right wing pair. The side is: - Everton; Harland; Raitt, and McDonald; Brown, McBain Reid; Chedgzoy Irvine, Irvine, Broad, Chadwick, and Weaver. Everton Reserves team (v. Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park); Kendall, Caddick, and Livingstone; Rooney, Bain, and Virr; Parry, Wall, Cock, Williams, and Troup.

January 24, 1925. The Daily Courier.
Everton twice since the war have beaten Bolton at Burnden Park, and if they can accomplished a similar feat this afternoon they will not only do much to establish their position in the League, but accomplish a fine performance. They meet the Wanderers with what is undoubtedly their best available side, but it is a stiff task that awaits them for Bolton are one of the teams of the moment and have eye on the Championship, an houour they have yet to win. Still, it must be overlooked that they won the Lancashire Cup in mid-week, and as it was at Burnden Park where Everton made their exit the chances again point to Bolton winning, though in justice to Everton it must be said they had a weak side on that occasion. Only one side has beaten Bolton on their own ground this season, and that Sunderland, who won as far back as Sept 27. Since then they have carried all before them, and although it should dearly love to see the Everton men spoil that record this afternoon, I fear they wind find the obstacle too big to overcome. The sides are - Bolton Pym; Greenhaigh, Finney; Nuttall, Seddon, N. Howarth or Jennings; Butler, Jack, Cassidy, Joe Smith, Vizard. Everton; Harland; Raitt McDonald; Brown, McBain, Reid; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Broad, Chadwick, and Weaver.

January 24, 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo.
By Victor Hall.
Few who ever saw Settle play will forget the characteristic style of his footwork. There was always a grim whimsicality about his play, a tenacity of purpose, and, withal a suggestion that he saw fun and humour in getting of goals that escaped many of his fellow-players. Reared in that Lancashire atmosphere (one might almost call it a "forcing bed") that has produced, and will probably continue to produce good players, win or lose, Settle came to Everton with a reputation fast made and secure as a player of skill and mette and one who had nothing to learn from even the highest professors of the art. Also he was understood to be a trier –and he was! Not many who saw Jimmy Settle in his prime would ever suggest that he was easy going. From the commencement to the finish of every game he was an electric needle of energy. The recollection will come back to thousands of memories of those sinuous twists and feints of his, those side taps and sudden turnings by which he missed the opposing players and worked himself into position. What a really enjoyable player, too, to watch in action. His build did not suggest speed or even pace, yet the keen judge would note that the robust well knit figure was of sturdy build and rippling over with muscular energy and enduring stamina. Settle too, had a temperament that naturally saw the humorous side of must things. Football, even to the players, has its lighter side, if they have the grit to see it. Settle in his day was probably the best shot in Lancashire, although his audiences would claim for him that his best work was done in midfield rather than in front of goal. Be that as it may he was certainly one of Everton's greatest forwards, and must always rank high in the list of famous players who have ever worn the Everton colours. He had another valuable quality in football the ability to make good friendship among his fellow players and even keenest rivals. In match between Everton and Liverpool which were at one time held to be rather "keen affairs" there was probably no individual on the field more popular with both sets of players than smiling Jimmy Settle. His chubby, happy expression, and his good humored grin, were an asset to the team that had a real value. In a losing match, there is nothing to be gained by looking sourly at referee and opponents alike, and it is no use glaring at your own side as if everyone were to blame but your self. Jimmy Settle was well aware of this psychological fact, and it entered into his view of things so thoroughly that he always beamed. He beamed in defeat, but he glows in victory. Who can ever forget that easy jog-trot of his back from the goalmouth after a winning shot with his broad grin for all the team and the world to see, as he hitched up his knickers for the ensuing kick-off? And who that revels in ball command can forget Settle's mastery over the ball? In many individual aspects of the play, it was very suggestive of that of the brilliant Edgar Chadwick; there was the same build of figure, the same short jerky run, with the ball on the toe, and the same sudden twist or turn at an imexpected angle, that brought frequent remainders of the earlier player. But where Chadwick had been a wing stylish more than a solo performer. Settle was distinctly an individual star. And by that it is not meant that he was a player who ignored his forwards. Far from that being so, he was prove by one of the most unselfish forwards, in his day. He knew and expressed to the full the value of combined effort and impartial distribution. No player was ever stared of passes or openings by Settle, and yet he was a real individual player in that he could both make his openings and take them when the fortune of the game demanded that he should. Settle too, was a rare philosopher as regards the science of the game. If he did not express himself in the cultured accents of the learned, his broad Lancashire dialect had all the wisdom of the sage. Once, for example, among the players themselves, one afternoon during a training spell at Norbreck Hydro, the talking about goalkeepers. Every player had his own views, and expressed them naturally, and to who was the best or "safest" custodian of the day. Some favoured one great player, other took other views, but one great international of that day had found most supporters in the discussion. Settle for once had been silent in the arguments. That fact alone was incliar. Someone wanted to "draw" Jimmy's opinion as he had played against each of the goalkeepers then under review. But still he had not ventured an opinion in the argument. "What do you say, "Jimmy" at last asked one of the critics "isn't – a rear good goalie." "He meet enough" was the non-committal reply. "Well" replied the questioner nettled "do you know a better?" "A" knows one shot, well always beat him every time "replied Settle, with a grin. "Well, if you do, why don't you try it when you play against him." Went on the player now interested. "A" do, replied Jimmy," and whenever I try it I score. "What's this shot Jimmy?" said half a dozen players together gathering round. Evidently they were going to get one of Settle's secrets. "Whenever a want to score against him, said Jimmy, taking his pipe from his mouth, 'a' watch just where he's standing –and then 'a; puts the ball where he is not. There was a roar, and even the curious one was satisfied. There was a good deal in Settle's philosophy and present day scorers would do well not to forget it when next the vital moment comes. As a stylist there have not been many second editions of Jimmy Settle in Lancashire football. Turton, the wonderful Lancashire nursery for talent, produced many a good player from its neighborhood, but there seems to be a drop in the production of talent just lately, and that is all to the loss of Lancashire football. J.C. Bentley, the famous president of the League, originally played football for the Turton club, as did his brother "Willie" Bentley –who recently retired with honours from the passager control at Exchange Station, Liverpool. Both brothers could reel of a list of Turton players who would supply a couple of international teams if need be. But the Settle tyre of brains and brilliancy in football is not by any means extinct, and Jimmy Settle (now in private life) was a worthy and creditable type of good Lancaster play.

Victor Hall writes to thank his correspondents as to Gibson's name being given as the Sunderland player who rivalled Bill Stewart in "throwing in." The mane should of course have been Hugh Wilson. The famous "Boyle, Holt, and Stewart" half back line of Everton, however, was the "Soldier Bill" Stewart, although another Stewart, possibly from Burnley had previously played for Everton. Bill Stewart was with Preston before coming to Everton.

The Scotsman - Monday 26 January 1925
John Thomas Atkinson, of 29 Anfield Road, Liverpool, principal of Messrs Joseph Atkinson, vehicle builders, of Liverpool and Leeds, one of the first directors of the Everton Football Club and the oldest member of the Lyceum Club. Net personalty, $27,331..$46.533

January 26, 1925. The Daily Courier.
By S.H.H.
Everton lost the game at Burnden Park in the first five minutes, when Jack, who had worked over to the left wing netted, for although they were on top from a playing point for fully three-parts of the subsequent play they could not get the better of Pym and his backs. To some extent Everton were unlucky, for Broad was brought down on the edge of the penalty line, and later was whistled offside with an open goal in front of him, while a cross drive in the first half from Chedgzoy was knocked down by one of the Bolton halves, the referee missing the incident. The pulling up of Broad was unfortunate in this way as although Mr. J. Josephs admitted his error, and threw the ball down, the Bolton defence had been given time to take up their positions, and the Blues' chance of equalising was made practically impossible.

However, allowing for all these incidents, I do not think had they gone on playing for another hour and half the Everton men would have scored. Like the Wanderers, they possessed one wing, the right, but even this was none too successful, and failed to get the ball across in a manner that made for goals. Much of the ineffectiveness of the Everton side was due to the methods of play; they persisted in keeping the ball close, whereas had they swung it about more the possibilities were that on the sticky surface goalscoring chances would have been more numerous. Defensive work on both sides reached a high standard, especially among the halves, with the Everton line a shade the superior. McBain "bottled up" the amateur, Idwal Davies, who led the Bolton attack, while Reid and Brown allowed the opposing wingers few chances of becoming dangerous. In this respect Brown was the more successful, and I should think it a long time since Joe Smith, and Vizard rendered so impotent.

McDonald and Raitt were sure in their tackling, and always got the ball away first time, and in this respect did better than Greenhalgh and Finney, the latter spoiling good work by too frequently kicking into touch. Harland and Pym both kept good goals, and the first named could in nowise be blamed for the shot that beat him, which was a left-footed drive from an inside right who was out of position. The Everton man effected one really fine save in the second half when he came out to Idwal Davies and succeeded in turning his drive over the bar. Taking the game on the whole, it was not a great one to watch, and if this is the Wanderers' best I cannot see them winning the championship. There was a lack of cohesion between the front and middle lines that seemed impossible for a side that has done so well of late. People who have seen the Wanderers in most of their games said it was the worst display of the season. With this I feel inclined to agree. Teams: - Bolton Wanderers: - Pym, goal, Greenhalgh and Finney, backs, Nuttall, Seddon, and Howarth, half-backs, Butler, Jack, I. Davies, J. Smith, and Vizard, forwards. Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt, and McDonald backs Brown, McBain (captain), and Reid, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Broad, Chadwick, and Weaver, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Josephs.

January 26, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
By their victory over Bollton Wanderers at Goodison Park; Everton are only one point behind the leaders with a match in hand, Everton dominated the play throughout, and it was hard lines that they were a goal in arrears at the interval, the point being obtained by Jones through Rooney miskicking Everton fully merited couple of goals, and had Williams accepted the chance that came his way, the home side would have had a comfortable lead. Twice he missed open goals, and Wall also shot wide with only the keeper to beat. Everton started the second half in determined fashion and were soon on level terms. Cock sent in a strong drive which the keeper failed to hold properly and, following up, he regained possession to net easily. Cock gave Everton the lead in similar fashion for after heading in, he followed up when he dropped the ball. Troup was tricky in both dribbling and centring, and was Everton's most polished forward. Everton: - Kendall, goal, Caddick, and Livingstone backs Rooney, Bain and Virr half-backs, Parry Wall, Cock, Williams and Troup, forwards.

January 26, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Despite their defeat by Newton Common Recs, Everton "A" played a sound game. Green, the centre forward gave a sparkling exhibition scoring one of his side's goals after a brilliant solo effort. In the second half a penalty was awarded Everton, but McGrae failed to score from it. Jones was an excellent custodian and Matthews Woods and Brown played well for the Recs. The scorers were Matthews, Woods and Brown, for the Recs, and Green and Barton for Everton.

January 28 1925. The Daily Courier.
Everton believing in leave well alone will, at Sunderland, play the side that ran Bolton Wanderers to a goal. This is a wise move, as apart from the debutable question of whether the club would field a better side, it will give the players the encouragement needed for tackling the Wearsiders at Roker Park. The players leave on Thursday for a point on the coast within hailing distance of Sunderland, the following being the side: - Harland; Raitt, and McDonald; Brown, McBain, and Reid; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Broad, Chadwick, and Weaver. Everton Reserves to meet Stoke at Stoke, will be: - Kendall; Caddick, Livingstone; McGrae, Bain, and Rooney; Parry, Wall Cock, Williams, and Troup.

Aberdeen Journal, Saturday January 31 1925
The Amateur Championship was begun at Thurston's, London, yesterday, T.A. Booth, Manchester, the old international footballer and former captain of Everton F.C., opposing W. Dobson, Newcastle.  Both players who made their debut in the championship showed promising form.  Booth secured a lead of 157 in the afternoon session, making breaks of 29, 43, 32 and 38 (unfinished).  Dobson's best were 31 and 29.  Interval scores;-
T.A Booth (in play) 501
W. Dobson 344
Booth went further ahead at night, putting on breaks of 47 (full) 22, 41, 44, 43, 67 and 41 (unfinished). Dobson's best were 88 and 48. Closing scores
Booth (in play) 1000
Dobson 662

January 31 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo.
There was a sturdy sureness about the defence of the Brothers Balmer, Billy and Robert, that was both taking to the eye and consoling to those famous followers of the Everton club who took their pleasures each week on the goal stands. Robert, the younger brother, was of a slimmer build than his famous brother, but as he matured and developed in his play there was a finish, and a skilled diplomacy in his style that marked him as a player of resource and enterprise. Billy, on the other hand, always impressed as one of those rugged, stonewall players, who never know fear or funk, and who could be relied on, whatever, call were made on him to do justice to himself and to his team. Those who played with him were among his most sincere admires they knew the earnestness with which he did his work, and were skilled judges of the fairness with which he held his job. In the early days with Everton, he lacked the ripe judgement and experience that came to him in full measure in his later career; but almost from the first match he inspired and held the fullest confidence of the football public. Like many players of Everton and Liverpool also in later years, when Balmer came to the front locally his career as a first class player had still to be made. He had the asset of youth and sterling recommendation from the junior circles in which he had previously played, but as a first class player he was not yet in the charmed circle. This fact recalls one point in which credit must be generally given to the local directorate of both clubs. We have often been told by thoughtless critics that local talent is not encouraged, and a finger is often pointed at the career of those players from Merseyside who afterwards became famous elsewhere and never had a trial locally.

Well there may be some truth in that as a generality –but sometimes these local juniors got trial matches elsewhere on their own or their friends recommendation. They may never have offered their servious to Liverpool or Everton. Directors, after all, are human, there are only a dozen or so for each local premier club, and where probably a thousand junior matches are played each week within fifteen miles of the Town Hall, they cannot cover each match. One statement can very definitely be made –no player, whose services have been offered or to whose play the attention of the club directors has been drawn, has ever been neglected without an opportunity to play a trial, and no chance has ever been omitted of watching a recommended player by either a director personally or by a skilled representative. Both clubs, and all first-clubs, are too eager to snap up the chance of developing a local junior. For one thing there is less risk of spending a big transfer fee uselessly, and less expense in time and money in negotiating costly transfers. But the greatest inducement to the directors to foster local aspirants has been the keen desire to benefit local clubs and players and build up a spirit of emulation among the juniors who aspire some day to move in the higher flights. Club committeemen and directors have ever given ungrudgingly of their time to watch promising players –sometimes for weeks on end –before coming to a decision, especially if that decision were adverse to a trial. As proof of this let it be noted how few good players that ever played a series of trial games with either Everton or Liverpool ever became real stars on other clubs, if for any reason they were not first made a fair offer locally. The number of such "misses" in the discrimination of local directors could be counted almost on the fingers of one hand. It was this spirit of sporting local talent that brought the Brothers Balmers to Everton from Aintree, and later brought George Crelly into the Everton team and also Harry Bradshaw into Liverpool. Let so much he said in justice for our local judges of form. Billy Balmer, at the top of his form, was an inspiring player, to watch. He resolution was quick, his methods' generally fair, his tenacity superb. With a good turn of speed he later developed a sound judgement, that was of good service to his side. One always thinks of his play as clean, forceful and plucky. He belonged to the later school of players, who began to pay regard to the increasing patronage of lady spectators to the League matches. It is laughable now to recall how at one time, when the innovation began there was a disposition to chaff those players in the dressing room who affected the club mirror before taking the field. There began to be a demand for the comb and brush among some of the dandiest of the team, and handkerchiefs –nothing less –because the fashion. Whereas before! -But that's another story! However, Billy Balmer belongs to the later school, who looked neat, and played neat, and the game generally was none the worse for self, respect the later school of players brought into the game.

Robert Balmer, who later came to be a pillar of the Everton defence, was equally an attractive player to watch on the field. Both in style and tactics his methods left nothing to be desired, and during his active playing career at Goodison Park the club defence rarely gave ground. It is interesting to recall that during the playing career of those locally chosen players, they laboured under one disadvantage that modern players today do not meet. That is as regards their earning powers as professional players during the limited period of a professional's hey-day. To begin with, wages fifteen or twenty years ago were not today's average. The best paid players of those days rare got more than £3 per week, £4 was an exception. Transfer fees were on a more modest basic, and to a player coming from a local club, no fee at all was paid, but probably a friendly match was given as an added hate attraction. Therefore when a player transferred to a senior team from a junior team, beyond that he played at a fixed and regular weekly wage, he rarely received a penny as bonus for signing, and as to a share of the transfer fee –well, there was none! Suppose his playing career with care and baring serious accident lasted ten years. You can reckon up how much he would be able to save from his wages in that whole period. Especially if he were married and had a family to maintain. And then consider the modern wage standard, the bonus or bounty system, and the guaranteed benefit matches with the handsome three-figure cheques and sometimes a presentation as well. Then recall what our local Balmers Crelly, Kirwans, and others, whom we can all recall, have done for the game, and how little in comparison was their reward. Really we should be glad to honour some of those early players with some special award of merit. Say "for honorable service." The brother Balmers would figure on such a list.






January 1925