Everton Independent Research Data


The Wilson Brothers.
Athletic News - Monday 03 June 1907
The statement communicated to us, apparently on the highest authority, last week in reference to the Wilson Brothers, who had been signed by Portsmouth, was not accurate in essential details. Everton reported that, notwithstanding their offer of the maximum wage, they had not succeeded in obtaining the signature of George Wilson, and that April 30, so that the letter would be received by the Football Association on May Day. Therefore he could not be registered for Portsmouth. Everton had not given notice as to D. Wilson when the Portsmouth form arrived at official quarters on May 11, and therefore he was registered on that day. The two cases are on quite a different basis, and Portsmouth were told that George Wilson could not be registered, and that David Wilson had been duly registered.  No other letter was ever sent to Portsmouth, so that, consequently, the Football Association never wrote and explained that they had made any “clerical error,” for everything has been perfectly regular. George Wilson was notified on May 14 that the Everton Club had given notice, in accordance with Rule 31, that they desired to retain his services, and that they were prepared to pay the maximum wage, but George Wilson has not taken any steps to satisfy the Council that there are special grounds for allowing him to change his club. Moreover, as George Wilson has not applied for his case to be considered, there is not anything before the Council. In the event, however, of his bringing his case before the Council it is doubtful if permission could be given for Portsmouth to be represented, as the matter appears to be one between the player and Everton.

June 3, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
The Wilson Case-Verdict First and foremost is the announcement that the Football Association having considered the report of the Everton Football Club that George Wilson refused the maximum verdicts. The verdict decides in favour of the club. This means that Wilson will play for Everton again next season unless of course he decides to takes on a position with an unaffiliated club –a most unlikely thing for him to do. All Everton supporters will welcome Wilson back and it is to be hoped that the unfortunate incident will now be buried forever.

The Everton secretary killed two birds with one stone last week. Mr. W.C. Cuff was in London for the arranging off fixtures. He took the liberty of calling on West Ham and on Winterhalder, with the result that Winterhalder becomes an Everton player. Everton and West Ham have had more than one business transaction, so the Mersey club transferred George Kitchen and McCartney to the Southern League club some three seasons ago and later parted with Wildman to the Hammers. Winterhalder in a veritable double of Harold Hardman and plays in the same position as the popular little amateur. Winterhalder has been a costly purchase but I prophecy he will be value for money. He is only twenty-two years old and stands 5 feet 7 inches in height, his weight being 10st 12lbs. He had a rare good season with the Hammers scoring 31 goals which is a fine record for a forward who operates on the extreme wing. He took Blackburn's place when the latter was injured and never once allowed the injured man the opportunity of claiming his place. He is am opportunists; speedy and tricky as gained most success by the former, his tricks being few and quite of the ordinary character. Early in February Everton beat West Ham 2-1 in the second round of the F.A Cup and of all the home forwards Whitehalder was the best, he stood out in a class by himself. He has an excellent conception of what to do when he has a clear run in view, preferring to race goalwards not, as must wingman do, towards the corner flag. Although Shepley was the actual scorer of the goal in this match mentioned it was certainly Winterhalder work which made the final touch in master of ease. Makepeace will bear harmony to the value of the new player. My cup comments of February 4 appeared the following;
“Winterhalmer is an outside left worth a big transfer fee to any club.

July 9, 1907. The Liverpool Courier
The directors of the Everton Football Club have decided to grant in the coming season, a benefit match to Jack Elliott, who as played and in his present capacity as trainer, has been associated with the club for 18 or 19 years, and to Alex Young and John Crelly, who have also rendered the club most valuable services. The football association have agreed to the arrangement, and allowed the club to guaranteed the raising of £600. The benefit will it is understood, take place when the Villa meet Everton early next year.

June 15, 1907. The Liverpool Football Echo
Shareholder's Suggested Means of Spending Money
At the recent annual meeting of the Everton Football Club (writes “Shareholders”) many and varied suggestions were made as to the purposes to which its immense funds could be beneficially employed. Some were of the humorous order, whilst others were of a more prosaic and business like character. Mr. Gardner propounded a scheme built upon reasonable lines, which he supported by sound arguments, but unfortunately its certain non-acceptance by the Football Association due to an infringement of the articles governing the existence of the club, placed it beyond consideration. other more or less fantastic suggestions were made, but one of the most practical emanated from a shareholder, who undertook to exercise his admitted right to call a shareholders meeting for the purpose of discussing the question and at the same time proposing that the shareholders should be able to obtain their season tickets at a nominal figure. This, of course, is a matter of degree, but it certainly appears to me to be a more reasonable way of reducing the income than the lavish expenditure such as a trip to Epsom, involved. If the gentlemen refereed to will take immediate action, he will have the support of many shareholders who are spoiling for the fight.

Athletic News - Monday 17 June 1907
For some considerable time the want of a good District Senior League has been felt in the Liverpool district, and a conference of secretaries of likely clubs, held recently, has resulted in the formation of the Liverpool and District Senior Football League.  Mr. Horace Wright (an ex-director of the Everton club) has been elected president, Mr. R.E. Lythgoe, hon treasurer, and the secretarial work will be conducted by Mr. J.F. Langford, It was decided that the following clubs constitute the senior division.  Sutton Commercial, Prescott Athletic, Warrington Albion, Halton Villa (Widnes), Castner Kellner (Runcorn), Helsby Athletic, Birkdale, Liverpool Rovers, Liverpool Stanley, Morton's Recreation (Garston), and Kirkdale.  It was decided to limit the clubs to 14, the three remaining clubs to be elected at the next meeting.

June 22, 1907. The Liverpool Football Echo
George Wilson and his brother David's services have been sought for by both Glasgow Celtic and Edinburgh Hibernians we are told.

June 24, 1907. Nottingham Evening Post
Everton have signed Harry Washington Mountford, the inside-left of Burslem Port Vale. Twenty-three years of age, standing 5ft 7 1/2 in, high, and weighting 10st. 8lb., this player scored 45 goals in two seasons for the Vale.

They have also secured Chetwood (Whitechurch and Port Vale), a forward who can take any inside position. He is 20, 5ft 7in high, and weighs 11st.

Athletic News - Monday 24 June 1907
Everton continue to add to their playing strength, for last week, as the result of a visit to the Potteries, of Mr. Wade, one of the directors, and Mr. Cuff, the secretary, the services were acquired of two forwards.  The first of these is Harry Washington Mountford, the inside-left wing forward of the unfortunate Burslem Port Vale club.  Twenty-three years of age, standing 5ft 7 and half in, high, and weighing 10st 8lb, this player scored 45 goals in two seasons for the vale, and he has been the most sought after forward in north Staffordshire.  The other man, Bert Chetwood (Whitchurch and Port Vale), is a forward who can take any inside position.  He is only twenty years of age, is 5ft 7in, high, and weighs 11st.  He played from Christmas 1906 until May with Whitchurch, for whom he scored 23 goals in four months, and was then signed on by Burslem.  Much is expected from these young men. 

June 29, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
Wilson Says He Will Return To The Mines
The disagreement between the Everton Football Club directorates and George Wilson, who was, to the general surprise, dropped from the team which represented Everton in the English Cup final tie came to a climax yesterday, when a special committee of the English Association, persisting of Messrs C. in the chair, J.C. Clegg and W. Pickford with Mr. E.J. Wall (secretary), met at the Royal Victoria Hotel, Sheffield to preside the case. Technically the position was that Wilson having signed on for Portsmouth appealed against the decision of the F.A in refusing to register his transfer. The committee had to deal with two other cases besides this – The proceedings were as usual conducted, in the Wilson case being first dealt with. The committee occupied nearly an hour and a quarter considering the matter, hearing not only Wilson and Mr. W.C. Cuff, the secretary of the Everton Club, but also Dr. Whitford and Dr. Baxter, directors. When the hearing was at length over, and the parties to the dispute emerged from the committee room, it was evident that Wilson was seriously upset by what had transpired. The attitude of Mr. Cuff and his directors was satisfactatory, but Wilson rebuffed their advances, and refused the offer made by Dr. Whitford to go and have a cup of coffee with them. He was ultimately over-persuaded but he had nearly to be dragged to the coffee-room, and later when the party adjourned to the billiard room, Wilson was still a reluctant recipient of the directors' friendly advances and was in fact, carried to the billiard-room, as it were under escort. The condescension of Dr. Whitford in offering him a game seemed, however to somewhat soothe his ruffed feeling and a peep into the billiard room disclosed a state of things which suggested the harmony reigned again. Wilson was however, about half-an-hour later caught in a corridor of the hotel by a “Sheffield Telegraph” representative, who straightway put the question;

“How did you get on, Wilson.”“I'd rather not say,” replied the player, in the broadest Doric “But, come you know whether you made a favourable impression or not” “I know there was a lot of falsehood, and still more exaggeration, but I'd rather not speak about it.” “Why wouldn't you sign for Everton?” “Well, they treated me badly over the English cup. I know before the match at the Palace that if I didn't sign I perhaps mightn't play, and when they stood me down at the Palace, of course I refused to sign.” “What did they have to say about that,” “Well, you mean to have it and I may as well tell you. Their explanation was that I was guilty of insubordination and obscene language.” “What sort?” I mean of both,” “Well the charge of insubordination came to this. They sent the trainer to me to tell me I must go upon to the office to re-sign. I didn't go.” “That was the insubordination.” “I surprise to; but when they sent him a second time I did go, but I didn't sign, and then they let me know that I was risking my chance of playing for them in the English cup.” “Did they tell you so?” “No, but a nod's as good as a wink, is it not?” “What about the obscene language?” “Oh they say I used that to the trainer when he came for me.” “Did you?” “Not likely.” Why, he was a pal of mine- at least I thought he was.” “And that was their explanation was it?” “No; there was something more. They declared I told them I wasn't fit, which was downright lie.” “Were you fit?” Could you have played?” “Yes, of course, I played the Saturday before.” “Well how do you think the matter will end?” “Oh, expect the committee will say, I shall never go back to Everton. They always take the directors word before a player's.” “If Everton get the right to retain you?” “I shan't play for Everton again; that's settled.” “With the directors.”“Oh, no, they ve' got an idea I'll not get permission to leave the club, and they've already asked me to sign on for them. But I've made up my mind I'll never play for them again.” “What then?” “Oh, I'll go back to work.” “You have a trade I presume?” “Well I'm a miner, but I'll go back to that rather than let Everton do as they please with me. If a man's got to be a shave to play League football, them I'm done with football.”

“So it appears the cup of coffee you were invited to just now was thrown away?” “Yes and so was their game of billiards I tell you I'm quit of Everton whatever happens.

Subsequently at the conclusion of the meeting the Press were informed by Mr. F.J. Wall that the committee had decided that in the case of Garrett permission be him to leave the Portsmouth Club. In the case of the others two players Wilson and Cartledge of Everton and Bristol Rovers respectively, permission could not be granted. A Press representative subsequently saw Wilson, who was standing on the step of the Victoria Hotel and communicated to him the committee's decision. He replied, “Well, I'll go inside and get my coat and clear off.”

“And you'll not go back to Everton?”

“No; I'll never play for Everton again.”














June 1907