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Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 04 June 1910

Dundee Evening Telegraph-Monday 6 June 1910
Panic Narrowly Averted at Liverpool. Rain spoiled what would have been a magnificent spectacle provided the elementary school children of Liverpool. Their annual Empire Day festival is now among the recognised institutions of the city. Just as the display was getting into its swing a thunderstorm swept the Everton football enclosure, the stands of which -were packed with thousands of spectators. Everyone in the open, the lightly-clad children, the pipees of the Liverpool Scottish, the buglers and trumpeters from Seaforth Barracks, the boys from the Akbar Nautical School, and others were sent hurrying to shelter, thus spoiling an imposing memorial group—" Edward the Peacemaker," made of children. The rest of the programme had to be abandoned, but the thunder and lightning had an alarming effect on the children, and one time a panic was imminent. A body of police was drafted among the thousands of youngsters, and succcoded in calming their fears, which were further allayed by sending a boys' band among them.

Dundee Evening Telegraph -Monday 6 June 1910
Panic Narrowly Averted at Liverpool.
Rain spoiled what would have been a magnificent spectacle provided the elementary school children of Liverpool. Their annual Empire Day festival is now among the recognized institutions of the city. Just as the display was getting into its swing a thunderstorm swept the Everton football enclosure, the stands of which -were packed with thousands of spectators. Everyone in the open, the lightly-clad children, the pipes of the Liverpool Scottish, the buglers and trumpeters from Seaforth Barracks, the boys from the Akbar Nautical School, and others were sent hurrying to shelter, thus spoiling an imposing memorial group—" Edward the Peacemaker," made of children. The rest of the programme had to be abandoned, but the thunder and lightning had an alarming effect on the children, and one time a panic was imminent. A body of police was drafted among the thousands of youngsters, and succeeded in calming their fears, which were further allayed by sending a boys' band among them.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph –Tuesday 7 June 1910
At the annual meeting of the Everton F.C yesterday, Secretary Cuff announced that two new players had been signed, in Robert Young, the Middleborough centre-half, and David Thompson, full back, of Glasgow. The latter is 23, and stands at 5ft 9ins

June 7, 1910 Sheffield Daily Telegraph
At the annual meeting of the Everton F.C. yesterday, Secretary Cuff announced the two new players had been signed in Robert Young, the Middlesbrough centre-half and David Thompson full back of Glasgow, he is 23 years old and stands 5ft ins.

June 7, 1910. The Liverpool Echo.
The despair of the football and cricket pressmen is a frequent similarity of nomenclature. In Lancashire cricket we have no fewer than four Tydesley, who have to be carefully distinguished. Now the Everton Football Club are providing us with two of everything. Looking over the list of players one finds no fewer than four names duplicated. There are Llew Davies, the Welsh international, and W. Davies, William Scott, and Walter Scott, Athur Berry, and C.H. Berry, “Sandy” Young, and Robert Young, Frank Thompson, and David Thomson. After the secretary, M. W. C. Cuff, had been harangued at some length by several shareholders at last evening annual meeting, in more or less probably less lurid fashion, the official inamation was made that Robert Young of Middlesbrough, and David Thomson of Port Glasgow Athletic had been signed. There was no demonstration; rather more potent perhaps was the impressive silence with which the announcement was greeted. It showed palpably that whatever, their grievances in regard to the current years accurate were, they had perhaps confidence in the directors, and accepted the new players with not a little inward gratification. In these hard times of securing class players Everton's success is pleasing to directors, shareholders, and supporters of the club in general. By the way the “Echo” scored last night by exclusively announcing in a special edition at none o'clock the captures made by the club. It was manifest that the directors are eager to please the Liverpool public of whom some very nice things were said. The public were thanked for their whole-hearted support, and were assured that so far as it lies in the power of the directors the Everton club will ever hold a high place among the football clubs of the British Isles. In the matter of accommodation they continue to give people who visit their ground comfort and consideration, which, it must be acknowledged, has ever been the policy of the club. Now the offices were no more satisfied with the club's League position than the ordinary supporter, and they anxiety to improve it is reflected in the laters signatures. They had an eye on the Middlesbrough centre half for some time, but negotiations were postponed. Young is a robust hard working type of half-back; a player who goes the full ninety-minutes. Strongly built, he, of the ruddy complexion, should do his new masters a vast amount of good. Though a diligent purveyor of neat forward passes, the Tees-siders excels, in breaking up the best-intentioned attacks. Thomson, of Port Glasgows Athletic, who was signed on Saturday, is a full back of distinct promise. Scottish critics have prognosticated after him a successful future. Thomson stands about 5ft 9ins, and is a versatile player being at home at centre forward, inside right, or either half back position.

Mr. Cuff in presenting his report said they had a most successful financial result of the season's working. Handsome as that result was they were convinced that it would have been better had it not been for two regrettable incidents, the action of the players Union in August last, and the unfortunate accidents to Taylor and Scott in the replayed semi-final at Manchester. The action of the players, in common with those of other clubs in going out on strike on the eve of the commencement of the season created considerable agriation in the minds of supports and the attendance's were most disappointing. Yet notwithstanding these rearly rebuffs and the moderate poution held by the first team in the League table throughout the season, the gate receipts had aggregated no less a sum than £15,620 –some £600 in excess of that of last season. The increase, together with the amount received in away matches, was of course due to their success in the English Cup competition, their financial share of which they had been unable to determine. They would remember that during the season 1908-09 several of their then players were advantageously disposed of, and thereby they were enabled to place a sum of £600 to the credit of the wages account. There was expenditure to £4,500 on the terracing on the north, south and west sides of the ground, and they were fortunate in being able to pay such a large item out of revenue. No less a sum than £8,461 had been written off the value of the stands, and erections, and not withstanding this deduction they had the very substantial balance of assets over liabilities amounting to nearly £20,000- a position unapproached by any other clubs in the British Isles (applause). They had succeeded in the Lancashire Cup, while the Combination team jointly held with Liverpool the Liverpool Senior Cup. They had also established a record by winning the Lancashire Combination Cup three years in succession, and six times in all (applause). A number of questions were answered satisfactorily. Mr. Cuff estimating in reply to the shareholders that approximately £19,000 had been spent on the Goodison road side of the ground in the last five years. There were one or two amusing interrogations but nothing richer than the suggested that in ending the balance sheet, retiring directors should be starred and those offering themselves for re-election should have a dagger put beside. (Loud laughter). Mr. Cuff announced the players signed on for next season. The following is the full list. Goalkeepers, William Scott, Walter Scott, H. Berry, and Rogers Jones, backs, R. Clifford, J. Macconnachie, R. Balmer, W. Stevenson, J.B. Meunier, J.C. Bardsley, and David Thomson. Half-backs, V. Harris, J.D. Taylor, H. Makepeace, J. Allan, R. Young, J. Borthwick, L.C. Weller, W. Davies, and Llew Davies, Forwards, E. Pinkney, W. White, B. Freeman, A. Young, R. Turner, W. Michaels, W. Lacey, T. Jones, W. Gault, J. Gourlay, H. Mountford, J. Carlisle, E. Magner, A. Berry, G. H. Barlow, and Frank Thompson.

Yorkshire Post -Friday 10 June 1910
Picturesque spectacle.
(From our Special Correspondent.)
It was at first feared there was small likelihood of presenting on later day those important features of the children's Empire display which had to be abandoned at Liverpool last Saturday on account of the heavy thunderstorm. But elementary teachers are optimists. They will tell you they have to be, to succeed in their profession, to make life tolerable. In addition, they possess as rule very kind hearts and genius for prompt organization. That explains why, after it had been formally decided not to tempt fate again this year making second effort exhibit a pageant of Empire, they held an inner chamber conference, and quietly decided otherwise. Contrary to expectations they found that, the directors of the Everton Football Club were able as well willing to grant them more the use of the Goodison Park ground, and the various schools in the city were once notified that the postponed display would take place yesterday. Whereat there was much rejoicing among many thousands of children. But it was a near thing after all. The Committee barely managed to cheat the weather. Splutterings of rain alternated with bursts of warm sunshine during the afternoon, and then, ten minutes before the culminating point of the spectacle, lowering clouds and a sudden chill in the atmosphere immediately presaged the steady downpour of rain in which the proceedings came to end. Postponed events of this kind have a way of missing fire. Usually the imagination is but feebly stirred on the second time of asking. But there was such sign yesterday. Least 30,000 people visited Goodison Park, and they manifestly enjoyed the full the very delightful spectacle provided for them by 3,000 children. First of all, there entered the arena, to the slow music played a brass band of solemn-faced little boys from an industrial school, what was described on the programme as the Empire pageant. This was a picturesque procession of nearly thousand boys and girls, in successive groups representing in costume familiar personages and incidents the national history, illustrating with charming naiveté those fairy tales that never grow old, and with radiant colours recalling the best-loved English flowers. Many of the costumes were beautifully made, with such astonishing attention detail that one admired the resourceful ingenuity of the teacher in making use of the limited means disposal. bather Neptune and a number of light-footed sea nymphs led the way to suggest, of course, dominating idea, what owe to the sea, and then followed in gorgeous apparel Britannia symbolizing the spirit of the nation—and long line of historical personages, with mid-Victorian and starchy John Bull who reminded us of that, person of whom it was said that had the air his own statue erected by public subscription—in the centre. A low murmur of appreciation arose upon the entry of a group of tall, white-robed girls who, in memory of the late King, offered an allegorical picture each. The human flowers, too, were very popular. There was a glorious display of blushing roses. warming the green coolness”— not to mention rich profusion of violets, sweet peas, harebells, tulips, sunowersy fuchsias, and apple-blossom, and smiling flower queen nearly smothered roses and lilies. But most, deeply we fell over I of idea daffodil,' a. platen of dainty little girls whose green dresses supplied the stalks, and who carried aloft the yellow drooping cups magnified many times (in paper). Then there were tableaux of Robin Hood and' his merry men in Lincoln green ; of Rip Van Winkle and his friends in Sleepy Hollow ; of 80-Peep, followed two sheep, full possession of their tails normally situated ; of Sleeping Beauty—still as marble, and her fair hair lying negligently across her pillow—tenderly rne rich litter by respectful but perspiring pages ; of little Snow White and the seven dwarfs; of the Magic Swan which, you will remember, all were ok fast who touched it; The Merchant of Venice'' court scene, showing a Shylock of most horrific aspect: Red Riding Hood, Aladdin, Old King Cole, and nearly all the pleasant tribe that inhabits Nursery land, even to the spider which sat down beside Miss Muffet, a, '' and ' Girls, happily burdened with cherry blossom, paid a pretty compliment to “Sunrise Land,” and an e ectne tableau was that depicting the incident at the capture of Calais when Queen Philippa pleads for the six rich burgesses. There the gallant six were the life—halters, ehirte, and bare feet—and hey as if they enjoyed the degradation. The eau of the Pied Piper of Hamelin was an ambitious one, and screams of laughter were excited by the misicvous rats; “brown rats, black rats, grey rats, tawny rata”—no, not “grave old plodders.” They wore all gay young friskers,” and it. Was their “cock, mg tails poking whiskers,” they made before Britannia that caused the fun. For t second time within a week Britannia was escorted by the throne in front of the pavilion by the Lord Liverpool (Alderman W, H. Williams), but occasion she had not make undignified on account of the weather. The proosson passed slowly round the arena and before the throne, then the different groups took stationary positions different parts of the ground, harmonious colour scheme, the beauty of it , was heightened by the bright sunshine. I was originally intended that these tableaux iou remain setting to the scene that was °when the formation of living Union Jack, but the space available was not large enough make this easy, and accordingly the daffodils, the dwarfs, the rats and the were marched off yield place to the army, two thousand strong, sturdy boys and girls, in costumes of red, white, and blue, who stepped briskly on to the ground at the bugle-call. Marching with clock-work precision until the centre of the arena was reached, they then spread out in formation a huge Octangular figure, and the word command from daring young man standing the roof of one of the pavilions, they treated the spectators to an exhibition of physical drill which, performed on large scale and in that extended disposition, gave a most delightful effect of rhythmic motion. Bodies red, white, and blue swept with the regularity of pendulums this way and that, arms of red, white, and blue shot out and in as if moved single impulse, and little feet twinkled “at the double” in perfect unison. Scarcely a hand or foot made mistimed movement. Was a striking demonstration in youthful discipline? All once, the young battalions came “attention,” y saw quick flickering movement in the ranks, and before you had realized how the transformation had been accomplished there was living Union Jack before you, a monster of fellow, with all the colours and their exact direction accurately delineated, and alone side him a gigantic G and on the other an equally gigantic R.” At the same instant, amid general cheering, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool unfurled the Union Jack on the flag-staff before the pavilion. The units of the living flag, bending as on© with gradual descant so low as to suggest that the great flag was fluttering gently earth, bowed in salute before the unfurled Union Jack, and then sang with inspiriting fervour verse the National Anthem. This patriotic climax to the well-planned and pleasing display was reached just in time, for rain was now falling fast, and the children had be hurried off at high speed.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 11 June 1910
The acquisition of Robert Young from Middlesbrough has given immense satisfaction to Everton devotees, as, despite the promising work of John Borthwick last season. Taylor was a much missed man on the whole when absent from duty.  Young is strong and aggressive –a daring intervener and tackler after Taylor’s own heart.  Added to that he is at home anywhere in the half-back line.  Young was injured last season in the Bristol City match just a fortnight before the campaign closed, but he is now fit and well again we understand.
Of the men who assisted Everton last season and whose names was absent for the coming campaign the chief is, of course Jack Sharp.  Amongst the others may be cited C. Pratt, and Dan Rafferty, two useful half-backs.  The former showed some capital form last spring in several League matches, whilst Rafferty is a strong player on whom by the way, Bolton Wanderers were casting an eye of inspection last autumn.  Coleman has gone to Sunderland, whilst the names of Harry Buck, a very speed outside right of local extraction, is also missing along with Len Woods, a local outside left.  At one time it was hoped that these two would prove able successors to Sharp and Hardman respectively. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 11 June 1910
Once again cricket was most irritatingly washed out locally on Saturday, soon after the majority of matches had got nicely started, and a thunderstorm further added to the discomforts of players and spectators.  Fortunately for the reputation of this column, the annual gatherings of both the Everton and Liverpool football clubs were due for last Monday evening, so that there is no shortage of gossip.  The Everton annual was held at the Exchange Hotel, Mr. D. Kirkwood presiding.  The Goodison management had two particularly toothsome bits of information to make public in the shape of the capture of two players of ability; indeed, of proved ability in one instance.  But of that more anon.  The Chairman at the outset referred to the doings of the past year and in referring to the difficulties with the Players’ Union said his club was at one period face to face with the prospect of having to open the 1909-10 season with a purely amateur team.  However, they were spared that by the amnesty of August 31st.  The players’ tactics had displeased the public, who were forced to the conclusion that the players were chiefly out for what they could make and not for true sport; and it had the effect of reducing the clubs’ attendances at the opening matches.  But having been brought face to face with the possibilities of a further deadlock, the League and Association took the certain steps, and the result was that the players were now the servants and the clubs the masters.  This would clear the atmosphere, and the players appeared to have now settled down to the new order of things, under which they would be really better off than before.
The Secretary, Mr. W.C Cuff, then read the club’s annual report. In this the shareholders were congratulated upon a successful season’s work.  It was pointed out that this would have been still better but for the trouble referred to and the injuries to Scott and Taylor.  The club had been adversely affected early on, but despite the moderate position held throughout the season by the League team, the gate receipts were £15,620, this being £600 in excess of the receipts of the preceding season.  Of course, that, together with the sum received from away matches, was due to the club’s success in the F.A. Cup competition.  On the expenditure side, £4,500 had been spent on the terracing and ground surroundings and it was a matter for congratulation that they were able to pay for this out of income.  A proper the balance-sheet although £8,461 had been written off the value of the stands and erections, there was the substantial  balance of assets over liabilities of nearly £20,000 , a position absolutely unapproached by any other football club in the British Islands. The directors thanked the football-loving public of the district for making this possible, and they, on their part, would continue to study the comfort of their patrons and the exposition football on the field of play. The directors were determined to do everything possible to improve the team’s position in the coming season. The report then referred to the sheer ill-luck which prevented the team appearing in last season’s Cup final.  Still, it would be agreed that their success in that competition for the past eight or nine years had been phenomenal. That their efforts at ground equipment was appreciated was shown by the fact that they had the honour of having the |Cup final tie re-played at Goodison Park, whilst next season they were to have the tit-bit of football tournament—the Scottish international v England. During the past year William Scott had been accorded a benefit, and a second benefit was given to John Sharp, each receiving £5OO. Sharp had now retired from the game, after spending 11 seasons with them: and the directors joined in wishing him good fortune, good health, and another bumper benefit in the summer at cricket.
The report and statement of accounts were adopted on the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. J. Davies.  The Secretary was subsequently queried on several matters, and in reply to one question as to how much had been spent on the Goodison-rd side of the ground in the last five years, Mr. Cuff said it might be put down roughly at about £19,000.  The retiring directors, Messrs B. Kelly, A.R. Wade and Dr. J.C. Baxter, were re-elected without opposition the auditors, Messrs T. Theodore Bowler and Co, also being re-appointed.  The five per cent, dividend proposed was agreed to, and after the directors had been thanked for their services the Secretary announced the following list of players engaged for 1910-11;- Goalkeepers, Wm Scott, Wr Scott, H. Berry and R, Jones.
Backs; R. Clifford, J. Macconnachie, (Sub capt), R. Balmer, J.B. Meunier, W. Stevenson, J.C. Bardsley, and D. Thomson.
Half-backs; V. Harris, J.D. Taylor, H. Makepeace (capt), J. Allan, J. Borthwick, C. Weller, Wm. Davies, L. Davies, and R. Young.
Forwards; E. Pinkney, W. White, B. Freeman, A. Young. R. Turner, W. Micheals, W. Lacey, T. Jones, W. Gault, J. Gourlay, H. Mountford, S. Carlisle, F. Magner, Arthur Berry, George Barlow, and Frank Thompson. 
It will be conceded that the above list is a pretty strong one, especially so far as the defenders and half-backs divisions are concerned.  There is a big forward selection, but on additional “star” artist or two would be welcomed.  The capture of Robert Young from Middlesbrough, is one of the most important the club has effected for some time.  Young is a most determined player, and in this respect greatly resembles Taylor- he has a great dislike to being beaten.  He is a Scotsman, and three seasons ago left Paisley St.Mirren to join West Ham.  Before the end of 1908-09 Middlesbrough secured him to fill the place of “Andy” Aitken, presumably at half-back.  This he succeeded in doing most admirably, and them must be consternation as well as surprise at tees-side at his departure.  Young is 24 years of age, stands 5ft 10iuns, and weighs 12st; Of David Thomson, the Port Glasgow Athletic right back, rather less is known, but it can be said that a number of clubs have been seeking his services.  He stands 5ft 9in, and weighs 12st. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 11 June 1910

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 11 June 1910
Next season Everton will have two Scots, Berrys, Davies’ Jones, Thompsons, and two Youngs.
It’s a long time, we fancy, since Everton had a Thomson from across the Border, on their books.  The new back from Port Glasgow comes South with a good recommend, and it can be said that the Everton people seldom make a mistake when booking full backs. 
In appearance there will be found few men to equal Everton’s Walter Scott next season.  But of course, in football, as elsewhere, it is largely a case of “handsome” is as handsome does.”  However, Everton’s fisherman should not be found lacking even on that score.
Next season Everton will have Arthur Berry, Michaels and Pinkney to choose from for the outside right berth, and it is not unlikely that Pinkney will be the club’s early choice.  This Northerner pleased a lot of people with his work against Bury and Middlesbrough for he showed determination, ability and speed.  As Pinkney is still but 20 years’ of age, his case reads distinctly promising.  By the way, this West Hartlepool youth is an ex-amateur sprinter of some note.

Athletic News - Monday 13 June 1910
Everton have signed on Young, the centre half-back of Middlesbrough.  They have also secured the transfer of Thomson of Port Glasgow Athletic, a full-back of promise. 

Athletic News - Monday 13 June 1910
The Liverpool Football Club has sustained two losses during the past week in the death of Alderman E. Walker, and Alex Nesbit, who were connected with the Anfield team after the breakaway from Everton.  Mr. Nesbit, was one of the most interesting individuals that one could possibly wish to meet.  He was formerly connected with Everton as the secretary in the old days, but subsequently transferred his affections to the newly-organised Liverpool Club.  For some months he had been ailing and his decease came as no surprise.  Alderman Walker expired suddenly at Harrogate.  He was born in the Pottery district, and always followed the Liverpool team when they journey into Staffordshire. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 18 June 1910
It was also cause of gratification to find Dr. J.C. Baxter, of the Everton directorate, coming out at the top of the tree in the voting for seats on the League management Committee.  A busy man of medicine, Dr. Baxter’s great tonic is football and its management.
Harold Uren, Liverpool’s gentlemanly outside left is taking a fresh “contract” (vide Mr. Plowden), for he is about to join the ranks of Liverpool’s Benedict players.  Congratulation!
Everton news is quiet this week.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 18 June 1910
Alexander Nesbit, whose death is announced, will be remembered as the ex-secretary of the Everton Club.  He was one of those who met at Birmingham to form the Football league, his name being engrave on the League Cup as one of the founders of the League.  He was well-known in bowling circles.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 18 June 1910

Athletic News - Monday 20 June 1910
The other day we heard of the death of Mr. Alex Nisbit, who was one of the men who met on march 15, 1892 to form the Liverpool club.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 25 June 1910

Athletic News - Monday 27 June 1910
Harry Makepeace has been chosen captain of the Everton League team for next season, with John Macconnachie second in command.  These changes have been occasioned by the retirement of Jack Sharp. 


June 1910