Everton Independent Research Data


Liverpool Echo - Tuesday 02 June 1914
It is with regret that we we hear of the death of Mr. R.H. Richards, the one time Everton footballer. Richards was one of the old brigade and was very popular with local football supporters. He had been ill for some time, and passed away on Saturday afternoon. The funeral take place at wallasey cemetery tomorrow afternoon.

June 4, 1914. The Evening Express
By the Critic
The Everton report and balance-sheet published today makes an interesting study. It reveals that the club is as was to be expected in a very solid, healthy conditions. The gate receipts, you will observe are practically the same as last year, and as the club did not have such a nice dip into the profits of the cup competition as in the previous season, we must conclude that the general support accorded to the Goodison team during that League campaign is steadily improving. This is eminently satisfactory, and our regret is that last season mishaps to players should have prevented the club from attaining to the high position in the League in which are accustomed to find them. There are a number of interesting points missed by the published statement and no doubt several items in the balance-sheet will arouse your curiously, but for today it will have to remain unsatisfied. I may however revert to the matter in a day or two. Meantime I would draw your attention to the following circular which I have received in connection with the nominations for election to the directorate; -
A deputation representing a large number of shareholders waited upon Mr. Herbert Halsall to request him to stand for the vacancy on the board of the Everton Football Club, and he has consented. We think it right to acquaint the shareholders of Mr. Halsall’s qualification for the position, as the deputation invited him to stand knowing him to be eminently fitted to serve the club. For quite 20 years Mr. Halsall has been an enthusiastic supporter of football, and has placed his time and experience at the disposal of several organizations connected with the game and they have found his assistance to be of the utmost value. For very many years he has been on the committee of the Tranmere Rovers Football Club. Vice president and ultimately president of the Wirrall Football Association. Chairman for many years of the Pyke Cup Competition. A member of the committee and vice president of the Liverpool Football Association. Vice president of the West Cheshire Football League. During all this time he has been brought into contact with our club, and has always been a keen supporter of our team. It will be seen that Mr. Halsall’s connection with the game as a club manager and legislator is very extensive, and his experience should be of great value to the Everton Football Echo. Mr. Halsall is in business on his own account, and can give whatever time is necessarily to every end and duties of director of our club. Mr. Halsall was elected seven years ago to a seat on the Birkenhead Town Council and also elect him chairman of the Tranways Committee. H. Banks, John G. Davies.

June 5, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
“Vin” in a heart to heart talk with Everton shareholders remarks; - I hold no brief for any of our four contestants for the three vacancies on the Everton board. Mine is merely a “watching brief” like that of any other rabid supporter of our Merseyside teams with the desire for fair play for all and preferential treatment for none. The talk in town is that a powerful weekly penny journal is booming. Mr. Halsall, Mr. Clayton’s friend oblivious to the claims of the other three candidates. The circular published today, which lends fonder colour to the “impetus” states that a large deputation waited on Mr. Halsall &c. But was it not Mr. Halsall who waited on “a side” meeting of shareholders to be addressed by the four aspirants for directorship prior to the A.G.M. Clandestine gathering of supporters –however well intentioned they motives breed a deal of back-stairs” criticism in the camp, naturally open confession is good for the soul and life of the club. It is more justice –and I can say it without sacrificing my strict neutrality to Mr. Nicholl’s in his scheming obscurity to state that he can boast an unbroken twenty five years association with the Goodison club, and for the pass few years has been a shareholder of the club, and therefore claims an equal right to the suffrages of the people who count. Yet somehow or other he is completely over scadored in the Press by the admittedly excellent qualifications of Mr. Halsall’s who –folk in the city say has been an Everton shareholder for a few moments only.

June 8, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
The wedding took place very quietly at Sandown, Isle of Wright, on Saturday of Frank Jefferis, the well-known International footballer, and clever inside right of Everton. The Bride is Miss Beatrice Baker, a handsome young lady, the only daughter of Mr. Frank Baker, late of Sergeant of the Southampton County Borough Police force.

June 8, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes
The Everton Club announce this morning that they have signed on a right half back from Cambuslang Rangers named William Brown. He is only eighteen years of age, is 5ft 8in in height and weighs 11st.

June 8, 1914, The Evening Express
By the Critic
Some capital players are picked up in Scotland junior football at times, and our English clubs are ever on the look-out for talent in these quarters. We have had one or two good ones down here, and we must remember that Kenny Campbell was secured as a junior. Everton, I learn have been scouting across the border recently, and they have secured a promising young player in Brown, the right half-back of Cambuslang Rangers. This youth is regarded as a coming player, and good judges believe that Everton have done well to secure his services. The following paragraph from my Glasgow correspondent suggests that the Goodison club have made a quite a good capture;-
A Speedy Half-Back
Representatives of the Everton club succeeded on Saturday evening in obtaining the signature of Willie Brown the right half-back of Cambuslang Rangers, after the final of the News Charity Cup at Atlas Park. All through the season Brown has been a conspicuous figure in the Rangers team, and many clubs on both sides of the Border have held out hopes of obtaining his signature. I have seen him in the company of about six club managers during the last month, and it did not surprise me when I heard last evening that he had gone South, although I did not expect Everton would be the lucky club. The season just closed with Brown’s first in junior football, for he is not yet 18 of age, although over 11 stone in weight, and standing 5 feet 8 inches, with a grand turn of speed having won many races as a youth. Brown is an apprentice engineer, and I am given to understand arrangements have been made for him to finish his time in a Liverpool firm. Everyone connected with junior football in Glasgow will regret the early departure of the most unassuming and excellent player.

June 9, 1914. Dundee Courier
Many home clubs will be disappointed at the departure across the border of Brown the clever right half of Cambuslang Rangers. Along with others in this prominent junior club he has received several tempting offers from Scottish as well as English clubs, but, as had been the case in many instance with our notable juniors, he has, it is understood, decided to go south to Everton. Of junior half-backs, Brown is without doubt one of the most promising. Well built, speedy, and a judicious player, he is just the type of player to make a name for himself in English football. Everton have made a good capture.

June 9, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton have signed on a most promising man in the person of William Brown, the left half-back of Cambuslang Rangers. Last season, Brown, who is very speedy, was regard as one of the most promising of the juniors, and he is expected to make a great mark at Goodison Park. He is not yet 18 years of age, but is well built, standing 5ft 8in, and weights 11 stone and evidence of speed is forthcoming in the fact that he won many races as a youth.

June 16, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
The Sin of Exorbitant Fees
Third Team
Bee’s Notes
“It is a sin,” said the Everton chairman last night, when the annual meeting of the club was held, “that these exorbitous sums should be paid for transfer fees.” Everyone agreed and throughout the night there was little discord. True once there was a passage between Mr. E.C. Ashworth and the chairman, the root of which, I should think, was traceable to the fact that there are two Mr. Ashworths. Words were shouted, and finally the chairman refused to answer the question asked by Mr. E.C. Ashworth unless an apology were given. It is extraordinary but true that at some football meetings there is no allowance made for certain speakers. There seems to be a desire to scoff immediately a man stands up to ask a question. Therefore it was good to hear the rebukes passed on the meeting when a Mr. Russell rose to speak. He had something to say and something to ask, and his running commentary, if out of order because he was not asking a question, was sound and fair criticism. When he rose, he was greeted with a sculling laugh. He replied that how was the time to ask questions, and any shareholders was entitled to use the privilege. Mr. Russell’s best point was his showing that while it was true the club had been hard hit through injuries to players the money expended upon players wages and transfers should have caused those injuries to the barely felt so far as playing strength was concerned, salable reserve being booked. A year ago much capital was made out of the fact that shares had been split up, and according to the register quite families lived in certain houses. There was no question on that point last night. Perhaps the big “house parties” are not in the fashion now, although I am told they are. Here and there the news papers were quoted for instance where Mr. Herbert Halsall was said to have been a shareholder six months instead of three months. Then a personal note was touched when reference was made to the selection of Everton F.C as probable winners of the League. Their form in the practice matches was so strong that one was warranted in offering a fancy, and one is tempted to ask if mention would have been made at the A.G.M had the selection been successful. Further, I cannot win the championship for the club, I believed last August that Everton had talent at their command that would carry them high. That the club was beaten in the first round of the Cup and finished near the foot of the table is not my fault. The promotion of a third team is sensible business, but one that will be hard to control and get the best value out of it. John D. Taylor would have been a good man for a position in connection with the third team. I should imagine that Mr. E. Green would be an ideal man to supervise the workings of the third eleven, because he has in his scholastic work been in touch with the youth of the nation, and has been in touch with the schoolboy sport. The election resulted as generally expected, Mr. Herbert Halsall being the new comer to the board. Mr. Halsall has for many years been working for football on this and the other side of the water, and in municipal matters he has gained high honours. The club in which he took the leading hand in previous years with Tranmere Rovers. M. Nicholls, without doing more than some canvassing and the issuing of smart, handbills, made a good fight. Regret for absence from the meeting was made on behalf of Mr. Andrew Coffey, who I am sorry to hear, is kept by the bedside of his brother, who has had a serious illness. The Chairman in moving the adoption of the report and accounts said the meeting had been fixed for the night in order that all the directors might be present to meet the shareholders, and not for the reasons suggested in newspapers correspondence. The position they held of the League table was not a good one –not worthy of the Everton club and the name it had held throughout the years that were past. Previously there had not been a year in which they had so many accidents. They had three of the first team players in hospital.
Unlucky Players
That gentlemanly player, Makepeace, a tower of strength in himself, had broken down, and also had an illness immediately he had recovered from the injury and had been absence many weeks. Then Wareing fell off his form and when the player was examined by a doctor it was found that he had been playing when he ought to have been resting. They had never had a more loyal set of players and when they had lost their games the players felt it more than the shareholders, directors, and spectators, did. With this succession of ill-luck and illness they had attained their present position. When they found their weaknesses they immediately tried to remedy them. Their found they wanted a goalkeeper, and they signed Fern who was one of the best in the county. Then they had a difficulty with the forwards, and Parker was signed. Parker was one of the best centres in the League. The club has won the Liverpool Cup and the Central League, and he felt sure they had good young players coming on. The balance-sheet would compare very favourably with any they had ever had. Nearly all the items of expenditure were “down” and the only item which had considerably increased was players wages. They included in that item amounts paid as transfer fees. He held very strong opinions on the question of high transfer fees. It was a sin to pay £3,000 for a man. It suggested dealing in horse flesh. No man in the world was worth anything like £2,000 or £3,000. They might bring a man down and he might be crocked in his first match, and the whole of their money and their liability to him would be lost. He believed in a proper cultivation of men playing in local football. This would bring out talent such as they had before in the two Balmers and Makepeace and such a result would prevent them having to pay these hug transfer fees. Mr. Ben Kelly seconded. Mr. Storey (Shareholder) asked what was the reason for the first team’s play falling away in the second half of their matches. The Chairman said he did not notice that the first team’s play had fallen away in second halves of matches, but the directors had on more than one occasion considered the question of training, and they would have to give it very serious consideration this year. The report and balance-sheet were unammously adopted. Mr. Horace Wright moved that a dividened of 5 per cent be paid. This was agreed to. The voting for directors resulted as follows; Mr. H. Wright 427; Mr. J. Davies 418; Mr. H. Halsall 399; and Mr. G. Nicholls 185. The chairman declared the first two reelected and Mr. Halsall elected. Mr. Charles Wright a shareholder, moved a vote of thanks to the directors. He expressed his appreciation of the arrangements made on the occasion of the King’s visit to the ground. In the reply to the vote, which was heartily accorded the Chairman alluded to the surprise which the Lord Mayor had expressed to him some weeks ago that the directors of football clubs acted in an honorary capacity. His lordship remarked that it was a good thing for sport and footall in particular, that this should be so. During the evening the Chairman mentioned the resignation of Mr. H. Allman and his latter to the “Echo.” He said that it was not true that there were bickering and petty jealousies on the board, nor was it true that the business of the club was controlled by outside sources or that the directors were emendable to external pressure. Mr. W.C. Cuff read a list of players engaged for next season;
Goalkeepers; (3) Fern, Mitchell, Bromilow
Full-backs; (5) Macconnachie, Stevenson, Thompson, Weller, Simpson, McFadyen
Half-backs (9); Fleetwood, Grenyer, Makepeace, Wareing, Challinor, Roy, Galt, Brown, Johnson
Forwards (13); Houston, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, Nuttall, Johnston, Wright, Harrison, Palmer, Roberts, Coffey.

June 16 1914. The Liverpool Echo
Comments of Annual Meeting Incidents
By the Critic
With the memory of last year’s lively meeting still in the minds of enthusiasts, there was a good deal of curiosity as to how the annual meeting of the Everton Football Club would be conducted this year, I was present at the Central Hall, Renshaw street, last evening and I was pleased to note the improved tone. It was a much more pleasant gathering than on the occasion of the previous meeting, and I am sure the supporters of the club will be pleased to know that everything passed off with comparative quiet. True, there was one rather likely incident between a shareholder and the chairman, but generally speaking there was nothing very sensational in the course of the evening’s business. A full report of the meeting will be found on page 6 and I am sure the supporters of the club will be glad to note the chairman’s announcement concerning the fostering of local talent. There must be many good players in the district who have youth on their side, and who only require the necessary coaching and encouragement which it is. I understand the directors intention to give, in order to bring them to the front. True, Everton have previously tried third teams, but sufficient interest was not formerly centered in the doings of the recruits. I confidently look forward to a better state of affairs next season. As the chairman pointed out, the young players will be watched more closely and opportunities will be afforded to youths who show the necessary promise to work themselves to the front. The fact that several players who appeared in Everton’s third team some time ago were picked up by Southern League clubs and others shows that there is talent in the making in Liverpool and district, and I wish Everton success in their new scheme.
Big Transfer Fees
Many lovers of the game will support Mr. Clayton’s opinion with regard to the abnormal transfer fees which are being paid today, but it is difficult to see, in the absence of League rulings on the point, how these are to be curtailed as long as there is the keen competition for first-class players. The only way apparently to avoid paying big fees is to train on the junior talents. It must be remembered that all our big stars were junior players at one time.
Everton’s straight Dealing
Everton will I am sure, find the budding stars if it is at all possible. The Goodison club have of course always had a high reputation for straight dealings, and Mr. Clayton, in responding to a vote of thanks, mentioned that the good management of the Everton Club was a matter of favourable comment among the whole of the clubs of the country. Mr. Clayton alluded to the fact that Everton had never paid illegal bonuses, even when at one time almost every club in the country were doing so, and he further mentioned that at a meeting when players who had not received bonuses were asked to stand up only three responded. Two were disqualified, as it were, and only the Everton man remained. Mr. Clayton appealed to the shareholders not to be believe little-tattle they heard outside. The directors were all doing their best, and had one interest of the Everton Club at heart. I certainly agree that gentlemen who spend so much time without fees as directors in the interest of the club should be given credit for doing their best in the interests of the team. They must be enthusiastic to take such a big slice out of their lives for the propose of attending meetings and transacting the goodness of the organization.
Helping Charities
Mr. Clayton point out with regard to one item, however under the heading of League, etc., subscriptions and donations (£418) that is included substantial donations to hospitals in Liverpool and Bolton etc. as is generally know Everton have given donations to the hospital in which Chedgzoy and Johnson were attended to when they were injured, and a further donation was given to the King’s Liverpool Regiment and, which by the way, created such a fine impression that there was quite a clamor for another visit, and Mr. Clayton said that if possible they would secure this another such band again. I was pleased to hear the applause with which the chairman’s marks were received, for it seemed to demonstrate that a better feeling prevails all round and I look forward to a better time for the Blues. One shareholder pointed to the falling off of the players in the second half. Training nowadays is ever an important point, and this together with other matters is to have the full attention of the directors.

June 16 1914, The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Protest was made at the annual meeting of the shareholders of the Everton football club last night, at what was described as the unreasonable sums now paid for the transfer of players, Mr. W.R. Clayton remaking that it was more like dealing in horse-flesh than men, the meeting which was held in the central hall, Renshaw street passed off more smoothly than a year ago, but there was one hugely scene between Mr. Clayton and Mr. Joseph Ashworth or quite a personal matter, the shareholders present numbered 300. Mr. W.R. Clayton (chairman) presided and the other directors present included Dr Baxter messieurs b Kelly j Davies, h Wright d Kirkwood and e green, with Mr. W.C. cuff secretary. The chairman in moving the aboption of the financials statement which showed the balance to profit and loss account of £18,918 11s 3d, referred briefly to the visit of the king and queen to Goodison park on the occasion of the elementary of school children display and the club was entitled to be justly proud on that account turning to the quality of the football last season. Mr. Clayton said there could be no question that the position hell in the table of the league team was not good (a voice ‘'rotten'') it was not worthy of the high position held by the Everton football club in the football world. For a number of year's pass probably most of them would agree that in the practice games things looked promising expectations had not been realised and quite early in the season they found weak spots in the team. It must be remember that never in the previous history of the club had they had so many accidents to the players, at one time they had as many as three players in hospital these injuries had an important bearing on the performances of the team was upset. The absence of these players naturally weakling the team as a whole. It had been the endeavour of the directors to get together a team which would understand each other's play, but misfortunes had not come singly, and in other five matches had been able to play the same team, during that period the only lost one goal and the team was performing remarkably well. Than came a chapter off accidents, two players were injured and the men introduced into the defence did not come up to expectations. Other players were injured including Makepeace, who had come to be regarded as a tower of strength and whose prolonged absence had meant a good deal to the club the team strengthened, referring to wareing Mr. Clayton said this player in his loyalty to the club, had gone on playing when really he was in a week state or health. This led Mr. Clayton to pay a high tribute to the great loyalty of the players as a whole and remarked, ‘'never have we had a more loyal set of players, than at the present time'' (applause) passing on to the efforts made to strengthen the team, Mr. Clayton through they would all agree that in fern, they now had got one of the best goalkeepers in the league, while Parker their new centre-forward, had already proud himself of the right stamp required by the club, but which the league team had done badly the fact that the second team had won the centre league championship and the Liverpool senior cup showed that they had some very good players coming on. Referring to the balance sheet, Mr. Clayton said the on item which showed an increase was in respect of the players wages which, of course included the cost of the transfer. (Transfer fees unreasonable) the personally held very strongs view on the question of the enormous and unreasonable fees now paid for the transfer of the players. It almost amounted to sin for any club to pay £3,000 for the transfer of a player. It was more like dealing in horse-flesh instead of men, still no matter what personnel opions he might hall the club had to join in the competition, but he hell strongly to the view that no player was really worth anything like two or three thousand pounds, he through that there were still players in the local juniors clubs who with proper encouragement and training would develop into such outstanding talents as Makepeace and Balmer brothers had proved in the past. The result of such a policy would tend to minimise the necessity for paying huge transfer fees. With this object in view, and of the motion of Mr. Green, the club management had decided to run a third team next year. Years ago when the club ran a third team it produced at least six players who had won positions either in the first division our southern league football. The keenest interest be taken in the third team players, they would receive suit able training and every encouragement would be given to them to win promotion to the second team or league teams (applause). (Ground extension) turning to the question of ground extension, Mr. Clayton said that interest in football had increased to the extent that the most optimistic had never anticipated for one moment, and unless such corruption's as coupon gambling were allowed to spoil the game, there was every reason to expect that interest in the game would continue to grow. In looking to the future, it was now found that the ground could only be extended at the northend and the directors had made arrangements for purchasing the 24 house which were situate at the ends of the ground. It might not necessary to extend the stand for a year or two, but when the time came for such development they would than a houses at a reasonable price and in the meantime they would have a good return for their money from the rents of the property by realizing the value of what was known as the practice ground for which there was at present no return (applause). All things considered be through the club position was quite satisfactory in every respect (applause). Mr. Kelly seconded, than the balance sheets was adopted, after various items had been explained in detail. The directors recommendations to pay the usual dividend at the rate of five per cent annual on called up capital was adopted, and the audits d) t Theo Rogers bowler and were re-elected.

Election of directors, the retiring directors were messers H. Allman, J. Davies, and H. Wright, Mr. Allman didn't seek re-election and messer Herbert Halsall (Birkenhead) and gift Nicholls (Liverpool) were nominated the voting resulted as fellow: - messers h Wright 427, j Davies 418, Herbert Halsall 399, G. Nicholas 185, the first three gentleman were duly declared.

Players engaged, Mr. W.C. cuff announced the following players had been engaged for next season: - goalkeepers fern, Mitchell, Bromilow, full backs Macconachie, Stevenson, Thompson, Weller, Simpson, Mcfayden, half backs, Fleetwood, Grenyer, Makepeace, Wareing, Challinor, Roy, Galt, Brown, Johnson, forwards, Houston, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, Nuttall, Johnston, Wright, Harrison, Palmer, Roberts, and Coffey

A vote of thanks to the directors were carried with euthuiaisum

June 16, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
Another face will be missing at Goodison Park when the next football campaign is commenced for Everton have transferred George Beare, the diminutive, but withal outside forward to Cardiff City. Beare, who was formerly with Blackpool Club impressed the Everton officials when the seasiders opposed the Blues in a Lancashire Cup-tie, and about three and a half season ago, the player decided to come to Goodison Park. He has played many fine games at Everton on both extreme wings, and has prove to decided acquisition to the South Welsh Club. Beare will be no stranger to Cardiff, for two ex-Livers had already move to the City.

June 19, 1914, The Liverpool Evening Express
By the Critic
It is always pleasant to record success on the part of local man in the Lancashire County team, and the fine century compiled by Harry Makepeace against Sussex yesterday afforded his friends much satisfaction. The quality of the battling is rendered all the more remarkable by the fact that when he arrived at the ground yesterday morning he announced that he had a bad cold, and did not feel at all fit to play. There was no one available, however, to take his place and Makepeace pluckily turned out with gratifying results. He played capital cricket, and at the close of the day's play he was still undefeated with 115 runs to his credit. It is his first century of the season, and in fact he has never previously this season passed the half century. At the outset he confused his attention to strokes on the leg side, but later on he went in for driving, and cutting with much success, crisp throughout he reached his 100 out of 187 in two hours and three quarters, and he never looked like getting out. His display on the whole was very sound.

Coventry City F.C.
Coventry Evening Telegraph - Saturday 20 June 1914
Mr. Scott Walford, the manager of the Coventry City Football Chib, has this week been able secure the services of an outside left from a northern club. The new player is R. Turner, who will be remembered as having been transferred a few years ago from Leicester Fosse to Everton at large sum. Turner remained with for two seasons, and then went to Preston, while last season he played with Darlington. He spoken of a player of much ability, 25 years of age, stands 5ft. 9in., and turns the scale at 12st.

June 24, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
At a meeting of directors of the Everton football Club last evening Mr. W.R. Clayton was unanimously re-elected chairman. James Galt, the ex-Glasgow Rangers half-back who was secured at the close of last campaign, was selected to captain the first team and Tom Fleetwood was chosen as sub-captain. Galt, was reckoned the most successful leader of Glasgow Rangers ever possessed, and in choosing him to captain the League team, Everton have followed the lead of Burnley who engaged Tom Boyle and immediately appointed him captain, who did likewise in the case of the Barnsley acquisition of Utley.

June 24, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
McFayden Shows Much Improvement
Bee’s Notes
Everton F.C have decided to rearrange their forces. They have selected their captain and deputy captain for next season, and the choice has fallen upon Galt, of Glasgow Rangers, as the first team leader, and Tom Fleetwood is to act in Galt’s stead, when the Ranger is away. The Central League have agreed to award 14 medals to Everton Reserves in commemoration of their winning the Central League, and one is for the trainer Harry Cooke, a worthy sport. I have news from outside Lancashire to the effect that McFadyen, the Preston North End player, signed by Everton is making admirable progress, his broken leg bothering him but slightly now. There every appearance of his being able to take part in the first game in August. He is daily taking swims in the sea at Blackpool and Dr. Broad is messaging him.

Hull Daily Mail - Tuesday 30 June 1914
E. Magner, the ex-Everton and Paisley St Mirren centre forward, has been signed by South Liverpool.



June 1914