EVERTON 2 SUNDERLAND 2
March 4, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
BLUES WITHOUT WILLIAM SCOTT DRAW
SOME VIGOROUS PLAY.
This morning William Scott was laid up with a cold. Walter Scott took his place, and Gourlay and Balmer returned to the Everton. team. Sunderland hadn't Roose in goal. Teams : - Everton: - Walter Scott, goal Stevenson, and R. Balmer, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-back, A. Berry, Gourlay, Magner, A. Young, and Beare, forwards. Sunderland: - Worrall, goal, Troughear, and Milton, backs, Tait, Thomson, and Jarvie, half-backs, Mordue, J. Coleman, Low, Holley, and Bridgett, forwards. Referee A. Shallcross. Fate favoured the Sunderland skipper. The Blues dashed through in the first minute, and Sandy Young shot wide. Stevenson failed to neutralised from Tait, with the result that the ball was middled dangerously, and sent skimming over the bar by Bridgett. The Blues responded, and got to close quarters with Troughear, who first headed off, and then kicked clear. Thomson, this early was every where the fight was thickest, but once was well tricked by Young and Beare. In a rather fierce raid by the Wearsiders, Balmer showed up weakly, and it was lucky that Bob Young's ankle blocked a deadly shot from Low. The was the first severe test the home defence had been subjected to, and it gave some cause for anxiety, soon after Low was penalised for tripping Scott in the goalmouth. During the first ten minutes there was not much dash on either side, but the spectators were stirred when Beare sailed ahead through all opposition after being artfully provided by Sandy Young. The Blackpool recruit got in a lovely centre from the goal-line. Magner got his head to the ball all right, and a goal seemed assure, but somehow the ball went outside the net, instead of in it. A minute or two afterwards Beare repeated his performance, and this time Magner kicked wide of the target. Next a corner fell to the Blues, and Harris had a narrow escape of ball marking, it with a goal. From a raid by the Everton right wing Magner had a third chance when Troughear fell, but Worrell was on the ball before the centre could recognise his opportunity. At this point the Blues were playing with more confidence and Berry got in a long centre which Worrall fielded neatly. Stevenson was obviously uneasy as he signalled to Walter Scott when hard pressed, instead of trusting to Balmer. From a free kick, a nice attack developed on the Sunderland line. At the end of fifteen minutes Bob Young obtained in midfield. His namesake “Sandy” fully expected the pass, but Robert shot the ball over the right wing, where Berry receiving closed in a bit before centring with great accuracy. This time Magner met the ball fair and square, and piloted it powerfully into the net. Not the least nonplussed by this reverse the Wearsiders from the restart came away with rare vim. Bob Young Young and Stevenson were beaten in turn, but Wally Scott just managed to come out and charge down Low's shot. It was a false escape, however, for before the ex-Grimsby man could regain his enclosure Bridgett dashed in and equalised, a feat, which was generously applauded by the 15,000 spectators. During the next five minutes Holley made a couple of powerful drives at long range which luckily for Scott, came straight to hand. Sandy Young was applauded for dexterously outwitted Jarvie. A sequence of Sunderland raids followed, and on several occasions Stevenson was rather badly “left” in fact neither the home backs were really safe. The passing of the visitors was neat and classy, but they were hardly as vimish in their finishes as the Blues. There was a pretty duel near the corner flag between Harris and Bridgett, who was trying to manceurve a corner out of the half-back, and the crowd laughted when the Everton man won the game. Following a corner against Walter Scott, Sandy Young started charging all comers, and a couple of opponents went down like ninepins. The crafty Scotsman gained much ground by his boldness, but the move fizzled out when Beare got offside. A minute after Beare got another opening, and Sandy Young looked long and reproachfully at his partner when he shot very wide of the mark. It was by no means a fast and exciting game, but much of the work was stylish rather than forceful. Eight minutes from the interval the Blues established themselves firmly to the left of Worrall at the angle of the penalty area. Gradually they forged in towards Worrall, and after several shots had been charged down at close quarters, Milton got his hands to a hot one from “Sandy” Young. Every spectator on the ground must have been seen such an obvious foul, yet Mr. Shallcross had to consult both linesmen before he decided on the penalty kick . Milton lent some colour to the referee's indecision by loudly protesting his innocence. Bob Young faced Worrall with such good effect that the ball was safely ensconced in the net. Half-time Everton 2 Sunderland 1.
In the first minute after the interval Bridgett extracted a corner from Stevenson. A second one followed from which Low put over. The visitors now seemed all out for equalising, and Thomson worked grandly in supporting his attack. Berry and Gourlay at last changed the venue and the ball was crossed to Beare, from whom Magner received only to find himself offside. Beare made another effort, but his forward pass took the ball over the line. Troughear got too far up on the field and allowed Beare to beat him. The winger wound up with a lovely centre, out there was no blue to receive, and Jarvie relieved the tension. Berry took a free kick from the goal line, and Harris came very near beating Worrall. Just previously the half-back had been applauded for another piece of sharpshooting. From a thrown-in by Jarvie, Bridgett middled to Coleman, who was dangerously placed, but Harris distinguished himself by smartly robbing his colleague. Stevenson was all the time uneasy in his tackling, and if Bridgett and Holley finished with a little more dash they might easily have got on terms. Coleman was not as much in evidence as usually and this was due in a large measure to the fact that Sandy Young operated largely in his vicinity. Troughear got weary of waiting for the equaliser, and once succeeded in skimming the bar, after a fine solo effort. There was a mild duel, between the tricky Tim and the skilful Sandy. Coleman defeated himself by losing his balance. There were many neat essays from Berry and Gourlay, who seemed to have a nice understanding, and to be always judiciously supported by Harris. Magner often found himself with a clear course, but came to grief against Troughear at the finish and after shooting weakly fell in a heap, and required repairing by Trainer Elliott. “Sandy” Young once tackled Thomson with great cleverness, but the dashing centre half came in for some hooting when he upset little Beare too vigorously. Coleman was the prime initiator of the raid, which brought the equalising. “Tim” went through all opposition like an end, until ultimately held up by Stevenson. At the same moment Mordue dashed in and beat Scott with a wonderful shot. It seemed now as if the Wearsiders were staying better than their hosts, but a brilliant manceurve between Berry and Gourlay culminated in the latter almost regaining the lead and from which Jarvie gave a corner. Beare secured another corner, which was hotly contested. For some time after this the Everton halves were kept very busy, and Stevenson was hard pressed in some of his clearances. Thomson continued to play with superb judgement, and was quite the best half on the field. Beare was enterprising without winding up too happily for Troughear was very wide awake. Scott saved wonderfully three times in succession from a corner kick. final result Everton 2, Sunderland 2.
NELSON V EVERTON RESERVES
February 4, 1911.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 28)
Athletic News - Monday 06 March 1911
EVERTON 2, sUNDERLAND 2
SOME strenuous football was provided by these rivals on the Everton enclosure, and division of the spoils at the finish was a just verdict. Everton took the lead early on in this wise, Robert Young flashed the ball wide to Berry, who raced ahead and centred to Magner, the latter with a judicious side tap diverting the leather cleverly past Worrall. Scarcely had the game been resumed, when dash on the Sunderland left wing enabled Low to gain possession, and taking advantage of some hesitancy in the defence, provided Bridgett with a chance which was accepted. Sunderland were the more dangerous combination, and their forwards were with difficulty kept in check, while Thomson was continually urging them onwards with frontal aggressive moves that always boded trouble. Scott, however, was in rare trim, and thus it came about that the teams remained level until just before the interval. At this point, a series of exchanges occurred in the visitors’ quarters, and afterWorrall had once saved Robert Young gave his side the lead from penalty-kick for Milton handling.
THE DANGEROUS MORDITE.
After the interval Everton seemed like increasing their advantage, but eventually Coleman broke away, and opened out a position for Mordue to register a lovely goal. Sunderland held a great advantage forward, and their defence was quite equal to that of Everton. Low did not lie low, but was a relentless attacker, insistent and determined, while on either side of him were two artists in Coleman and Holley. The latter was about the best forward on the field, controlling the ball skillfully and passing always onward to the best advantage. Mordue’s centres were primed with possibilities, and the whole line worked together with keenness and forcefulness that merited respect. By comparison Everton were dull and unconvincing. The right wing was especially feeble. Magner gave a promising exhibition in the centre, but he does not show’ much depth of motive, he is earnest and a genuine trier, but lacks resource to baffle an opponent. Beare was the most stylish of the front rank, though his centres and corner kicks often went outside the limit. Young plied him well with chances, but as a body forward left much to be desired.
THE REAL HOLLEY.
There was nothing to choose between the respective half-back divisions. Harris gave one of his finest exhibitions, and this was necessary, for he had a stiff proposition to solve in Holley. Robert Young and Makepeace were little inferior in ability, but the delicacy of touch between them and their forwards was, owing to the culpability of the latter, seldom in evidence. Thomson was a prominent personality in the Wearside defence, and is evidently no believer in football as a parlour game. He gave hard knocks and received them in return: the awarding of the penalty did not appear to please him, but three officials could scarcely make one and the same mistake. Tait was a rare performer, and combined well with the men in front, while Jarvie completed a really capable line of half-backs. The Everton full-backs were not entirely satisfactory, for, though they cleared well as a rule, their returns often went away, and there was a tendency to fall back in dealing with the opposing advances. Both Balmer and Stevenson have shown better form than they displayed in this game. Walter Scott kept a fine goal, and brought off several excellent saves. In the Sunderland rear ranks Milton was the outstanding figure, and he simply pocketed the Everton right wing. His kicking was accurate and decisive, and his interventions most judicious. Troughear paled by comparison, but left little for Worrall to deal with. What the custodian can really accomplish could not be judged from what we saw of him in this match. Everton.—Scott (Walter); Stevenson. Balmer (R.); Harris, Young (R.), Makepeace; A. Berry, Gourlay, Magner, Young (A.), and Beare. Sunderland; Worrall; Troughear, Milton; Tait, Thomson, Jarvie; Mordue, Coleman, Low, Holley, and Bridgett. Referee; A. Shallcross, Leek.
WOOLWICH ARSENAL 1 EVERTON 0
March 11, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
EVERTON VISIT THE LOWLY GUNNERS.
Everton visited, Woolwich today. They have had some nasty experiences' on this ground, but hoped to gain two points, despite the Arsenal fight against relegation. Everton introduced Freeman, for the first time for many weeks while Macconnachie also returned to the side. Steveneson dropping out. The Evertonians accompanied by two of the directors, felt for London last evening, reaching the metropolis before ten o'clock. Woolwich are so badly in need of points that they were certain to go all the way, but Everton were confident of their ability to hold them in check. Freeman re-entrance into the team, after three months absence was particularly interesting. There were two alterations in the home tem also Burdett going into goal and Reart taking the place of Gray, who was not quite fit. The teams: - Everton: - William Scott goal R. Balmer, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, A. Berry, Gourlay, Freeman, A. Young, and Beare, forwards. Woolwich Arsenal: - Burdett, goal, Shaw, and Peart, backs Ducat, Sands, and McEachrane, half-backs, Greenaway, Logan, Chalmer, Hoare, and Lewis, forwards. Referee F. Heath .
The two English Cup-tie at Chelsea and West Ham naturally had an adverse effect on the Gunners gate, and there were not more than 6,000 people present when play commenced. Everton won the toss; put there was no advantage in this, as the weather was foggy and calm. Woolwich raced down on the left right from the kick-off, and Chalmer put in a long shot, which Scott came out and cleared. Everton then returned the compliment by making ground on the right, and after Shaw had partially punted the ball back Burdett was called upon to save an oblique shot from Gourlay. The last named player was then in collision, and the game was delayed for a few minutes. Restarting, Woolwich made fine play on the left, and Balmer was completely beaten by Lewis who raced round him and centred beautifully, Chalmer took the pass and fired at Scott with full force, but the Everton custodian cleared his charge with brilliancy. The Gunners came down again in sweeping fashion, and the Everton backs were both beaten when Chalmers tested Scott from short range. The latter was equal to the occasion, and for some time play ruled in midfield. It was not long, however, before the home forwards were again busy, the left wing players' being particularly aggressive, and Hoare came within an ace of scoring with a sharp shot. Robert Young in breaking up an attack was violently charged by Common and there was another momentary delay. Then Arthur Berry and Gourlay sailed away in splendid style, but Peart proved a stumbling block, and once again the Gunners directed their artillery on the Everton goal. Fortunately their shooting was not quite accurate and Ducat shot just outside. There was a further spell of midfield play, and then Woolwich moved off again. This time their efforts were crowned with success. Peart punted the ball forward to Common, who in turn passed to Chalmers, and the latter steadying himself scored with a fast-rising shot that gave Scott no chance. The game was being fought at a tremendously fast pace, and the footwork, considering the greasy condition of the ground, was exceptionally smart. Lewis, going round Harris shot almost from the corner flag. Macconnachie kicking the ball away in clever of rather risky fashion. So far the Evertonians had been rather out of the hunt, but they now took up the running strongly on the right, where a corner was forced. This was admirably placed by Berry, and after Freeman had attempted to net the leather without success. Beare, put the ball over the lines. The Arsenal forwards made ground, and twice Roberts Young stemmed the tide, but still they came on and Chalmers was afforded a nice opening when he shot high over the bar. At the other end Gourlay got in a neat shot, which was well dealt with, and then Greenaway racing down the wing, lobbed the ball right into the goalmouth with a curl on it that carried it just outside. Everton once again tried to get going, and after some excellent half-back play. Gourlay go possession and missed the target by a mere matter of inches. Following upon this the Arsenal forwards were especially dangerous. They came away in combined order, and Scott effected a miraculous save from Common. The ball however, was sent in a second time, and Macconnachie, by a stroke of good fortune, intercepted it. The pace after half an hour's going was not quite so fast, but it was sufficiently exciting, Young broke up the attack of the home forward time after time and, Makepeace serving up well Sandy Young and Freeman were a given a chance, but both missed. A case of hands against R. Young let Woolwich in, and following a free kick Chalmers got the ball over the bar. Then followed another sustained onslaught on the Everton goal, and Scott diverted danger by throwing himself full length at the ball. Everton made play on the right, but the home defence was both sound and confident, and they simply could not get through. The two Young's and Beare were prominent in a clever movement but Ducat and Shaw proved more than a match for them. A breakaway by Greenaway was very smartly checked by Macconnachie, and at the other end Sandy Young put in a good shot, which only lacked him. Just before the interval Woolwich had a free kick for hands and this led to a corner, but the latter was badly played. Half-time Woolwich Arsenal 1, Everton nil. On the general run of the play Woolwich certainly deserved their lead. They had enjoyed the bulk of the attack, and they had kept the Everton defence constantly on tenterhooks. The Everton forwards on the other hand, were ragged and without combination. Freeman quite failing to keep his wings together. There were about 20,000 spectators present when the second stage of the game was emerged upon. Arsenal were early aggressive, and Scott was called upon to save a shot from Hoare. The Everton made ground by gradual stages and Freeman tried to get through but he was shocked off the ball at the critical movement. The Gunners returned to the attack on the right, but the ball was put over the line, and when Sandy Young attempted to get off he was promptly held up by Ducat, who was playing a great game, never the less Sandy Young preserved and, taking a pass from Beare who missed the net by inches only. There was no diminution in the pace and end to end play was the order. The Arsenal once got away, but Hoare was obvious offside, when he netted the ball, and the referee had no hesitation in ruling so. The Arsenal forwards had hard lines when Scott saved a shot from Chalmer, and for some time after this Everton more than held their own. They did not, however, find the net although Sandy Young twice wriggled round the backs, and shot hard at Burdett, who intercepted both shots. In the later stages of the game the Arsenal monopolished the play, and Hoare bustled the ball into the net, with his hand, but of course the point was disallowed. Final, Woolwich Arsenal 1 Everton nil.
EVERTON RESERVES 6 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 1
March 11, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 29)
AT Goodison Park. Teams: - Everton Res: - H. Berry, goal, Thomson, and Meunier, backs, Allan, Weller, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Pinkney, Gault, Mountford (Captain), and Lacey, forwards. Accrington Stanley: - Rollinson, goal, Bradshaw, and Carter, backs, Rigby, Hargreaves, and Brindle, half-backs, Valentine, Whittaker, Owens, Rttey, and Jones, forwards.
For the first ten minutes Accrington played with nine men, but the Everton forwards only troubled Rollinson with two or three lofty shots which required little skill to divert. Then Pinkney put in a shot which the Accrington custodian just touched round the post for a corner. From the corner kick Rollinson moved from his charge to punch away, and Lacey-gaining possession, drove the leather into the net before the custodian could recover. Then the visitors were well served on the right, and Owen just missed from a finely placed centre. A nicely judged centre from Lacey was almost converted by Pinkney. There was more method in the attack of the Everton forwards, but the visitors by no means idea and Thomson and Meunier were several tested. Pinkney was a good forward, and he made some excellent openings. Thomson displayed some good defensive qualities. Berry handled from Rigby, and then Chedgzoy got nicely away, only to finish with a wild attempt at goal. Mountford almost got through, following poor work by the Accrington defenders. Everton were the smarter and more effective side, but their work within the shooting area was only moderate. Lacey put in a fine forceful effort, and finished by hitting the side netting. Everton pressed strongly near the interval, and Mountford, Pinkney, and Gaultt made splendid efforts to get through. Half-time Everton 1, Accrington Stanley nil. Jones equalised for Accrington, Allan scored a second for Everton Reserves, and Mountford a third for Everton Reserves, Full Time Everton 6 Accrington Stanley 1.
ARSENAL DEFEAT EVERTON.
Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Monday 13 March 1911
Woolwich Arsenal improved their position in the League when, at Plumstead, they defeated Everton by 1-0. It was not a very good game. The Everton forwards were seen to little advanatge against the Arsenal halves and abcks, and their atatcks were restricted to spasmodic individual efforts. Everton's backs were also in good form, and although Lewis and Greenaway managed to get in some excellent centres, not one of them was turned to account. The only goal of the match was scored about fifteen minutes from the start. lewis had forced a corner, and after the ball had remained in the vicinity of Scott for some time, Chalmers sent it into the left-hand corner of the net. He nearly repeated the performance a moment later but Scott brought off a splendid save. Both sides had chances in the second half but failed.
Nottingham Evening Post - Monday 13 March 1911
TEAM TO MEET GERMANY AND HOLLAND.
The following team was to-day chosen to play against Germany at Berlin on April and Holland at Amsterdam April 17th: England.—R. 0. Brehner (Darlinvton): W. Onthhert (Chesterfield), A. Knight (Portsmouth); H. C. Littlewcrt (Gloasop), F. Monk (Soulliampton). J. Dines (Tltord); A. Berry (Everton), V. J. Woodward (Chelsea), G. W. Webb (West. Ham). G. R. Hoard (Arsenal), and E. G. D. Wright (Hull Oitv). Reserves C. F. Tyson (Dulwich Hamlet), and W. Steel (Queen's Psrk Rangers).
WOOLWICH FINISHING WELL
Athletic News - Monday 13 March 1911
Woolwich Arsenal 1, Everton 0
It is a happy augury for the prospects of Woolwich Arsenal that the side is playing at present probably more strongly than at any time during the season. In their return game with Everton, at Plumstead, they should have won by a larger margin than the goal scored by Chalmers, and yet for their success they had much to thank the splendid form of Burdett and Peart, who filled the places of Bateup and Gray. Burdett in goal was not so cleverly tested, but when called upon he was always in position. A little too prone, perhaps to fist the ball away when a throw-in would be safer and more effective. Burdett will yet do good service for his club. Even more successful was Peart, another promoted reservist. What he lacks in inches he makes up for in industry. He also kicks cleverly and safely, and one need pay no greater compliment to him than to say that he completely falsified the fears that the injury to Gray would be a serious blow to the club.
The Dangerous Chalmers
But where Woolwich had the greatest advantage over the men from the Mersey was forward, and that despite an unaccountably weak display by the right wing. But Chalmers, Lewis, and Hoare were superb. The centre a dangerous opportunist and clever withal, and there was nothing finer in the game than the way he once took a long forward pass from under Maconnachie’e nose, eluded the back, and nearly scored with a shot which Balmer deflected a trifle. That better results did not accrue from the fine work of the left wing is a fault that must lie largely with the men on the right. Whereas Woolwich had three most efficient forwards, Everton had but two, and they were" Sandy " Young and Gourlay. Berry was curiously uneven, while on many occasions Beare looked to be working up to something brilliant only to fail miserably at the finish. Freeman, on a pitch that must have been very familiar to him was seldom seen. Harris was the least successful of the Everton half-backs, and had much trouble with the Woolwich left, while further behind Maconnachie kicked well, but could scarcely drawn from the neighbourhood of Scott, though the fact did not seem to interfere very much with the work of that custodian. Ducat and M'Eachrane were the Arsenal's best half-backs, and they had done some fine feeding before CHALMERS got his goal ten minutes after the start.
A fine run by Gourlay and Chambers’ effort above referred to, when he outwitted Macconnachie and nearly beat Scott with a ball that touched Balmer, were the only other striking incidents before the interval. In the second half the Arsenal had the ball twice past Scott, once by a swirving drive by Chalmers, and again when Haore rushed the goalkeeper as he was fielding a high ball from the right. On each occasion, however, the point was cancelled by the referee. Everton showed their best work near the end, but it would have been cruel luck for Woolwich had the visitors equalized. Considering the counter attraction at West Ham and Chelsea an attendance of over 9,000 and takings of 220 pounds was fairly satisfactory. Woolwich Arsenal; Burdett; Shaw, Peart; Ducat, Sands, McEachrane; Greenaway, Common, Chalmers, Gordon, Hoare, and Lewis. Everton; Scott (William); Balmer (R.), Macconnachie; Harris, Young (R.), Makepeace; A. Berry, Gourlay, Freeman, Young (A.), and Beare. Referee; F. Heath, Birmingham.
EVERTON'S NEW PLAYER; THOMAS FLEETWOOD.
March 15, 1911. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have covered a few thousand miles this season in search of players. One day I noted a director accomplished by one of Everton's most faithful players –a man I had hoped to see gaining a benefit match by now –and they stopped short at Chinley. This was one of many hundred journeys. The latest was to Rochdale, where one Thomas Fleetwood was picked up. This young fellow was sought by a number of clubs. (Information not supplied) by the Everton, but another competing clubs. He is an inside forward, standing 5ft 9ins, and weights 11 and half stone. He is twenty-three years old.
ROCHDALE FORWARD FOR EVERTON
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Wednesday 15 March 1911
T.Fleetwood, the inside-right of the Rochdale Football Club for the last two seasons, was yesterday transferred to Everton for a substantial fee. He has been a prolific scorer for his club, who are at the head of the Lancashire Combination. Fleetwood will make his debut with the Goodison Park team against Bradford City on Saturday.
SOUTHAMPTON FORWARD FOR EVERTON
Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Friday 17 March 1911
The directors of the Southampton club last evening transferred Frank Jefferis. the Sotons’ well known inside right, to the Everton dub. The transfer fee has not been disclosed, but it is substantial one. Jefferis is a native of Hampshire, and has assisted the Southampton club (by whom he was discovered) for six seasons. He is one of the cleverest players in the South, and the Southampton club have very reluctantly parted with him owing to financial considerations.
JEFFERIS OF SOUTHAMPTON SIGNED ON.
March 17, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton have been making very energetic raids on certain club preserves with the intention of building up their team in its weakest department –namely forward. Everton have a number of forwards who touch a certain standard, and do not get beyond that standard. The club's officials, I have reason to believe, have adopted this attitude. We give every man a splendid chance to show his worth, and for those failing to come up to the proper mark we must find better exponents of the game. Following on Fleetwoods signing this week, I told readers they could look for more transfers, and today a big one is announced in the following telegram which was received last night: -
The directors of Southampton Football Club last evening transferred Frank Jefferis (inside right) to the Everton Football Club. The transfer fee has not been disclosed, but it is a very substantial one. Jefferis is a native of Hampshire, and has assisted the Southampton Club, by whom he was discovered for six seasons. He is one of the cleverest players in the South, and his old club very reluctantly has to part with him owning to financial considerations. Jefferis has cost a pretty sum that is certain. A week or so ago, he was “on offer” to all clubs, and the prices put on his head was £1,500. This is not a “they say” or a “I hear” statement. Jefferis was priced at £1500. Of course Everton have not paid that amount for their man, but it is a sure thing that they have encountered opposition in trying to get his signature. Lately the “Saints” has not been able to assist his club, owing to an attack of influenza, and on this account he is not placed in the Everton team to meet Bradford City at Goodison Park tomorrow. Three years back I had the opportunity to seeing Jefferis and then propelled that he would come to First Division work. Pity is he didn't come sooner, for I take it he must be twenty-five years old now, if not more. Some papers say that he is twenty-four years old, and one writer declares he is twenty-six –which is nearer the mark. Jefferis has been the idol of Southampton for some years and he would never have been released but for his clubs financial difficulties. Jefferis is a very steady fellow, well behaved and abstemious, and may be he is stronger at twenty-six than some footballers ate at twenty-three. It was on Saturday March 7, 1908 that Everton played Southampton, and on this day the followers of the Walton club will recollect with some sadness that the shooting of the home side was exceedingly poor. The Everton team was –Scott, the two Balmers, Makepeace Taylor, and Abbott, Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman. It was in the fourth round Cup-tie, and a draw of no goals was an unexpected result. In my comments on March 9 appear these words, “Forward, Southampton had a bright line. Bainbridge was weak, and did not show us the good things we were told he would show as; but Smith and Jefferis are men who would do most First Division clubs fine services. Jefferis is an inside forward of nice height and weight, and he can be tricky with the ball, even though he is running on space. He struck me as being a man Liverpool would do well to seek after. This quotation is three years old and Jefferis comes to Everton after a long wait. Everton came a cropper at the “Dell” in the replay tie although “Sandy” Young scored a remarkable goal in the early stages of the game. I recollect vividly that the visit to Southampton led to certain Evertonians finding “time pass quickly” I recollect also the Lock now in Scotland, kept a marvellous goal against the Blues. The latest transfer is not the last of its kind. Others are due to make their bow to the Everton public. The Blues team for tomorrow's match includes the new boy Fleetwood, and makes important alterations in more than one department. Three of the teams –William Scott, Harris, and Lacey –are engaged in an international match. Everton are trying Beare at outside right, Turner taking the left berth. Gourlay goes to centre, and Fleetwood appears at inside right. Allan takes a place in the half-back line, and of course, Walter Scott keeps goal. There will be a very large crowd when the following team line up: - Everton: - Walter Scott goal Balmer, and Macconachie, backs, Allen R. Young, and Makepeace, Captain), half-backs, Beare, Freeman, Gourlay, Young, and Turner, forwards.
EVERTON v. BRADFORD CITY
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 20 March 1911
At Goodison Park in fine, though very cold weather, before 10.000 spectators. The City had a number of their Cup team away, whilst Everton also made changes. Fleetwood, a new player from Rochdale, appeared at inside right. Play was even for the most part, the respective backs generally having the best of matters. Sandy Young put in a couple of good shots, but Mellors was very safe. The play was moderate. Interval;- Everton none, Bradford City none. The high wind which prevailed spoiled the play to some extent, and on resuming the movements on both sides were scrappy, neither goalkeeper being troubled. Scott had a couple of long shots to stop, but there was little to interest the crowd, the game generally being very moderate. Result; Everton none, Bradford City none.
EVERTON’S TWO NEW FORWARDS
Athletic News - Monday 20 March 1911
From Rochdale, Everton have obtained Thomas Fleetwood, a youth of twenty-three years, whose experience has been confined to Lancashire Combination football. Another League club in the County Palatine sought his services, but considered the transfer fee of 500 which Rochdale asked four, out of the question. Before joining Rochdale, Fleetwood played for Atherton and Hindley Central. He is considered a most promising inside forward.
On Thursday last Everton secured Frank Jeferis, Southampton’s inside right. He was unable to play against Bradford City, for he had not recovered from an attack of influenza. Folur figures was asked for his transfer.
INEFFECTIVENESS AT EVERTON
Athletic News - Monday 20 March 1911
Everton 0 Bradford City 0
I cannot conceive any more appropriate verdict for the game between Everton and Bradford City at Goodison Park than the two symmetrical cyphers which were placed to the credit of the contending sides in this encounter. There were no goals scored, and none were deserved; the play throughout was devoid of intelligence, determination, and cleverness; therefore it was only fitting that the efforts of the twenty-two players should be scheduled at the finish by worthless symbols. The fact that neither custodian was beaten must not be attributed to any particular excellence of defence, for the simple reason that the attempts of the two forward lines to locate the netting were so harmless and so elementary in their development that only an exceedingly feeble set of individuals in the rear ranks could ever have been baffied by them. There was not a solitary redeeming feature about the play of the two front lines; not a stirring shot, not a praiseworthy sequence of passing. Whatever were the aims and ambitions of these ten forwards they were hidden beneath a dense haze of obscurity that could not be pierced. To the ordinary observer, and myself included, they seemed incapable of being fathomed. In algebraic solutions these are results which are reckoned by negative quantities; the productions of these forwards must be calculated on a similar basis. To individualize under such conditions would be useless.
Everton give a trial to their Rochdale Town recruit-Thomas Fleetwood –at inside right, and when I say that he was equal to the other members of the front rank this must be taken as a non-committal statement. When the second half started he operated at centre forward for a time, but nothing short of a volcanic eruption could have infused incisive movement into the Everton attack, and similarily into that of Bradford. Some more effective work was forthcoming from the backs, whose brightness was rendered the more conspicuous by the dreary dullness of the frontal line. Robert Young was a zealous performer in the Everton intermediate ranks, and his whole heartedness was a most commendable characteristic. Neither Allan nor Makepeace displayed his customary ability, and the former has not shown that advance in skill which last season seemed likely of attainment. Nor were the full-backs more capable, for Macconnachie did not inspire confidence by his tackling and often his returns, like those of his partner, were lacking both in direction and length. In spite of this Walter Scott was only occasionally tested, and whatever weaknesses were evident in defence proved more than equal to dealing with the best efforts of the attacks of the opposition.
For the City Lintott made a welcome reappearance, and showed glimpses of his old-timer skill. He was the best of the half-back line, but received practically no encouragement from the men in front of him. Campbell kicked sturdily and ponderously at full-back, but Taylor was the cleverer defender, for he timed his interventions judiciously, and he showed great ability in warding off the advances of his opponents. He was not so prominent possibly as the right full back by reason of his more sedate methods, but he achieved his object by strategy and coolness rather than forciblew intrusion. Mellors was occasionally called upon, but he had not a difficult task to fulfil, and never seemed like being beaten. Thus Everton have yet to defeat Bradford City a League match at Goodison Park, and the latter have every reason to feel satisfied with their visits. With their experimental eleven they could never have hope to gain more than one point in this match, and whatever gratification was generated by the proceedings must be wholly adsorbed by them. Everton; Scott (Walter); Balmer (R.), Macconnachie; Allan, Young (R.), Makepeace; Beare, Fleetwood, Gourlay, Young (A.), and Turner. Bradford City; Mellors; Campbell, Taylor; Lintott, Peart, McDonald; Graham, McIIvenny, O’Rourke, Devine, and Handley. Referee; H.H. Taylor, Altricham.
EVERTON 0 BRADFORD CITY 0 (Game 730)
March 20, 1911. The Liverpool Football Club.
DULNESS AT GOODISON.
More than ordinary interest was attached to the meeting of Everton and Bradford City in view of the latter's presence in the Cup semi-final. Unfortunately, the visitors were not by any means strongly represented. Everton had to find substitutes for William Scott, Harris, and Lacey, and re-arranged the forward line. Beare crossed, to outside right with Fleetwood, the Rochdale acquisition, as partner, and Turner coming in on the other extreme with Gourlay operating in the centre. Teams:-
Everton: - Walter Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and Macconnachie, backs, Allan, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Beare, Fleetwood, Gourlay, A. Young, and Turner, forwards. Bradford City: - Mellors, goal, Campbell, and Taylor backs, Lintott, Peart, and McDonald, half-backs, Graham, Millvennny, and Graham, forwards. Referee Mr. H. H. Taylor. It transpires that at the close of the season Bradford City are booked for an extended tour on the Continent. Also Mr. Cuff is still away, probably searching out-talent. A visitor to Everton was Mr. P. Kelso, Fulham F. C. Was he also after some Blues.
When O'Rourke started there was a tricky wind blowing. Beare made an abortive attempt to enter Bradford territory, but was smartly thwarted by McDonald and this led to a throw-in from which Beare darted off and wound up with a pretty centre, which Campbell got the side of his feet to cleverly. A City raid followed, and Bob Balmer made a dash across at a critical moment to stop McIlvenny. Next came the two Everton incursions, and Fleetwood gave a taste of his quality with an artful cross, which Mellors was all out to save. On the second occasion the Blues came sailing along in line, and “Sandy” Young sent the ball over the cross bars' swift as an arrow. The City took's turn at pressing and Allen was seen to great advantage with cool resolute work. At last Handley and Devine slipped Allan and Balmer in pretty style, and the winger made a gallant effort to locate Walter Scott, but the wind carried the ball yards out of line, and it was obvious that accurate shooting would prove a difficult problem. Fleetwood was very alert and keen for passes but once when “Sandy” Young put the ball forward to the new men temptingly Peart nipped in and got there first. Campbell played a very cool game for the City, and fairly took the ball from the toes of Turner, and Young thrice over, but at last Sandy got his own back with a rasping shot, when fairly swung the custodian round the post. The Blues continued to do most of the pressing, but their combination was far from convincing. Fleetwood at last got a fine solo effort, for which he was generously applauded. The Rochdale recruit was tackled grimly by McDonald and Peart, but managed to get his pass into Peart who nicely evaded Taylor but found no one to take up his centre. Gourlay was offside after receiving a big pass from Balmer. Then followed the chance of the game for Fleetwood, Gourlay, and Young out-maneuvering the City defence completely opened a fine position for Beare, who was unmarked, but the clever youth quite spoiled his manners with a very feeble effort after carefully feeling his way towards Mellors, who was thus easily able to excape what looked like certain defeat. So far the new Everton combination had not covered itself in glory, or hardly ever held out much hope for better things. Everton was watching Gourlay very closely, but he did not seem all comfortable in his new position, and his wings looked often in vain for a lend. It was of course against Gourlay that the wind made accurate placing difficult. Beare wound up a pretty sprint with a rare good centre with which however, Mellors dealt with comfortably “Said.” Young was in a lively mood and was more or less a danger to Mellor with powerful straight runs, but the weakest marksmanship was Beare. Fleetwood it may be mentioned, is a strapping loose limbed fellow with a crop of yellow hair, and is easily seen in the ruck. Bradford's raid were usually of a mild order, and their method of attack was by no means intricate, so that they did not end much interest to a listless kind of game which failed to bring out the best qualities of either side, in fact, for half an hour there was little for the 12,000 spectators to enthuse about. Twice over Gourlay through opposition at the expense of the equilibrium, and in consequence his final efforts were wide of the mark. Ten minutes' from the interval Graham had a shot at the home citadel, Walter Scott emerged only to miss the leather just as the whistle went. Strange to say, the wind scored an illegitimate goal for it carried the ball over the line, just inside the vacant goal. Sandy Young was keen on doing the trick and the crowd cheered his random pots at Mellors. Do what they would the Blues could not combine advantageously and get some how of solidity into their attack. The wind was bitter cold, and affected unpleasantly players and spectators alike. Half-time Everton nil, Bradford City nil.
When the teams resumed it was seen that Fleetwood was sent to the centre forward position, and the change acted well for the Blues went straight off the mark and forced a couple of corners in the first three minutes, one of which took Bradford some trouble to negotiate owing to Campbell missing his kick. After this City paid a temporary visit to Everton quarters, during which Walter Scott came out to deal with an awkward shot from Graham. Turner, who had not seen to much advantage earlier on, now headed a smart raid, and wound up with'a lovely centre, which Mellors fielded gallantly. Still both teams hung fire badly on the whole and there seemed little sign of the longed for goal, as the backs on both side seemed easily masters of the situation. At the end of fifteen minutes' play the blues livened up considerably combining much better and indulging in some capital sputs! At the end of one such spurt Beare was well placed for centring, but he dallied too long, and was ultimately, robbed by Taylor. O'Rourke initiated a smart move, and passed out accurately to Handley, who, however, passed wildly to the rear and so the advantage was lost. Injury to McLlvenny caused a stoppage, and on resuming Devine drew a head on Scott. There was still an absence of real life in the operations, and neither attack seemed endowed with sufficient energy to make a serious onslaught. At last the monotony Gourlay challenged long, Walter and O'Rourke not to be outdone did likewise to Mellors. There were the only incidents worthy noting for fully ten minutes. Such unpalatable fare way not likely to satisfy the all too patent football supporter. One personality was always interesting when the leather came his way, and that was the inevitable “Sandy.” Half was throughly Gourlay resumed at centre. In excusing the players it must be admitted that the choppy wind was a prime factor, in spoiling the play. Final, Everton nil, Bradford City nil.
NORTHEN NOMADS V EVERTON RESERVES 0
March 18 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
At Prenton Park. Nomads won the toss, and Murray started for Everton against the wind. Holt badly terminated a fine effort by the homesters. Brebner was called upon to clear, while later Gault missed by inches. Chedgzoy worked a passage through four opponents and then centred, for Gault to test Brebner with a splendid drive. Freeman placed well over the right, and Duncan conceded a corner. Brebner clearing very cleverly from the flag kick. The Nomads then took up the running, and Barlow, after cleverly beating Clifford, forced Berry to tip over the bar, the corner proving abortive. Half-time No score. Teams: - Nomads: - R.J.Brebner, goal, C Armstrong, and J.C. Bardsley, backs, J. Healy, G.V.Hall, and G. Roche, half-backs, G.H. Barlow, H. Wallace, E.Mansfield, H. Lathum, and G.O.Salt, forwards. Everton: - Berry, goals, Stevenson, and Clifford, backs Wm Davies, Weller, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Pinkney, Murray, Gault, and Freeman, forwards.
CAPS FOR EVERTONIANS.
March 18, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Scotland played Ireland at Glasgow today Scotland winning by two goals to nil, William Scott captain the Irish side, and fellow Evertonians Harris and Lacey also played under his leadership.
GATHERING OF INTERNATIONALS AT ANFIELD.
March 20 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
GEORGE ROBEYS X1 V REDS AND BLUES.
There was a rare gathering of international footballers at Anfield today in Support of charity, Mr. George Robey brought a team of international players to meet an eleven chosen from Everton and Liverpool, and one expected that these attractive players would draw a big crowd to aid the theatrical gals funds. Notable among the home players was the reappearance in football of Jack Sharp; while on the opposition side were old favourites in Alex Raisbeck and J. Cox. Roose was unable to play, but Hardy came in. The teams were :- Everton and Liverpool: - William Scott (Everton), goal, Longsworth (Liverpool), and Macconnachie (Everton), backs, Harris (Everton), Harrop (Liverpool), and Makepeace (Everton), half-backs, J. Sharp (Everton Retired), A. Goddard (Liverpool), Parkinson (Liverpool) A. Young (Everton), and J. McDonald (Liverpool), forwards. Robey's Internationals: - Hardy (Liverpool), goal, Carr (Newcastle), and J. Sharp (Fulham), backs, Ducat (Woolwich Arsenal), A. Raisebeck (Patrick), and Sturgess (Sheffield United), half-backs, Meredith (Manchester United), George Robey, A. Wilson (Sheffield Wednesday), Bache (Aston Villa), and Cox (Blackpool), forwards. Referee Mr. A. Williamson. There was a nice sized crowd to help to swell the funds of the Theatrical Gala exchequer. The teams received a hearty ovation, as did also Mr. Bonar Law, who was introduced to the spectators by Mr. Watson, Rutherford, and M.P. The process of photographing having been gone through, the teams set out on their errand –namely, to give us a class exhibition of football. The elements were ideal.
The members for West Derby kicked off with a tremendous lunge, and this forecasted what we were to see from the Mersey team, who attacked very persistently, Goddard, Harris, and Makepeace shooting in turn, and Parkisnon making the braves effort with a wonderful shot close in, Hardy saving by hurling himself full length at the ball. George Robey was very serious about his new business and he kicked a half-back and set the ball in motion in his best style for a goal from Cox. The initiation of the goal was Robey's all Robey's and it bore the stamp of Robey's best days of football with the Handswoth Rugby Football Club. Cox headed the ball beyond Scott, and the success of the old Liverpool man, as was the play of Alex Raisebeck, was very appetising to the local crowd. Jack Sharp, as of yore, sped along the wing and crossed some pretty centres, and next we saw George Robey giving a thoroughly honest shoulder charge to Makepeace. This was Robey the energetic. The Everton captain smiled, so did the crowd. In a match of this description Harrop excels, and today his delighted in finessing and feinting. Not the least humorous of the incidents of laughter was that of Mr. Tom Watson doing his level best to keep up with the play. Genial Tom was linesman, and right well did he fill the position –take it which way you care. “Sandy” Young was in a niche by himself with as many quairt tricks. His appearance against Jack Carr reminded us of that day when the pair were antagonists, when Everton won the cup by “Sandy's” goal in the final against Newcastle. Bache and Cox did some clever back heeling work, and a rare titbit was the appearance of Parkinson against his old captain, Raisebeck. The pair had many tussles, Hardy saved a stinging shot from Parkinson, the while Robey graped with astonishment. From a corner Arthur Goddard beat Hardy, the ball being shot from very close range. Robey strove manfully, but somewhat the ball did not come his way in the first half, and well served though he was in the second half, he could not get the goal he so much desired. Robey came in the picture as the end of the first half drew nigh, and three times in as many minutes attempted to force the pace. He even went so far as to head the ball. How the crowd roared. This was football fun of the best. Once the comedian was pulled up for offside, and a wag shouted, “Play the game George.” Robey's reply was a practical demonstration that he had lost all his wind power. “Sandy” test Hardy with a fast and rising shot, the goalkeeper making a great save. Just before half-time McDonald score, Hardy making no attempt to get to the ball, which he imagined was passing outside. Half-time Everton and Liverpool 2, International Eleven 1. The Police Band played a selection before the game commenced, during the interval, and after the final. Mr. Bonne Law kicked off the second half, and although Jack Sharp missed an easy chance in the first minutes. He afterwards showed his physical fitness by sprinting past Sturgess and James Sharp. It was from one of his centres that Goddard scored a third goal for the City. A little later the old Everton man had a good shot at goal, the ball hitting the side of the netting. It is not true; by the way the George Robey is on the transfer list. Many First Division clubs and prominent Scottish clubs sent down their officials in the home that they might tempt Robey to change his colours of his tune –they didn't case which Robey was adamant. Robeys had the chance of a lifetime but put the ball wide of the post. It is to be feared he did not do the full course of training this morning viz four miles, 850 yards over hurdles. Macconnachie gave Robey a hearty shoulder charge. Then Hardy and Carr were injured slightly. Parkinson added a fourth for the City team, and then Robey delighted with a wonderful exhibition of how to miss an open goal.
EVERTON RESERVES V BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES
March 25 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 30)
At Goiodison Park. Teams: - Everton Reserves: - H. Berry, goal, R. Balmer and Meunier, backs Allan. Weller, and Grenyer half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Murray, Gault, and Freeman, forwards. Blackburn Rovers Reserves: - Murray, goal, Johnston, and, Cowell backs McGrevy, Stevenson, and Ferguson half-backs Proctor, Porteous, Jones, McChie, and Dennison, forwards.
Everton pressed for the first five minutes, Jefferis being prominent with a good dribbling, and passing to Chedgzoy, the latter shot outside. Once Freeman ran up the wing and shot outside instead of passing. After a bully in the Blackburn goal, Jefferis' neatly trickled Cowell, and shooting with force across the goal Johnston hooked it through his own goal. Blackburn for the next five minutes had a good share of the play. Following this Grenyer received and placed well up the field for Freeman to beat Johnston and centre. The Blackburn custodian fisted the ball against Murray, who breasted it into the net. Weller once had a long shot, which went yards over the bar. Freeman was prominent with a clever centre, which the Blackburn defenders were lucky to remove. Then a fine individual effort by Jefferis, who was making his debut in the Everton colours enabled him to cleverly outwit the defenders, but he shot just too high. At this stage Everton were being persistent, and Grenyer headed against the upright. Before the ball was finally removed Balmer had a long shot at goal and he also struck the upright. The stiff breeze certainly aided the Blues, who quite monopolised the attack. By way of a change Dennison and Jones made headway for the Rovers, and the latter almost brought about the downfall of Berry from a centre from Dennison, Grenyer cleverly saving an awkward looking position. Jefferis good points soon won the appreciation of the crowd. He is fast and tricky accurate in passing, and always on the alert for a possible opening. Cowell found him a very lively and formidable antagonist. Balmer tried to force matters by temporarily joining the forwards, but was brought down when about to shoot. Half-time Everton Reserves 2, Blackburn Rovers Reserves nil.
THE UTILITY OF FOOTBALL
Athletic News - Monday 27 March 1911
On Sunday next, the Editor of the Athletic News, Mr. J.A. H, Catton, will deliever an address on “The Utility of Football,” at the Crescent Chapel, Everton. Mr. W.R. Clayton, one of the Everton directors, will act as chairman. It was hoped to secure the services of Lord Kinnaird, but in his absence, owing to the doctor’s orders, in relation to public speaking, “Tityrus” has acceded to the request made of him. He proposes to refer to the Rev, John Wakeford’s attack on football spectatorism.
Everton are making great efforts to strengthen their forward line, and following on their recent capture of Fleetwood and Jefferis have been on the track of another centre-forward, operating at present near the banks of the Clyde. The Everton secretary has accomplished a vast amount of travelling during the last month, and yet has found time to make perfect arrnagements for next Saturday’s International. Three Everton directors were also watching the match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hull City on Saturday, “Stanley “ Smith and Tom Browell were playing.
EVERTON SIGN GRACIE
March 28, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Congratulations to Everton upon signing a big new centre-forward. Congratulations, too to Grace upon his selection this morning as reserve centre-forward for the Scottish team against England. Everton have realised their need, and I can promise you that Gracie's signing is simply the beginning of a big ideal while Everton have in mind. Something more than the bare statements made last night in our column about the new player will interest readers. In such cases it is better to read what others have to say. A Glasgow correspondent says: - Messers Kirkwood and Cuff carried through the transfer of Tom Gracie. The Greennock Club, as all season he has shown exceptionally fine form for them will seriously feel the lost of this promising player. As a distributor of play and a shot he was one of the best off this side of the border. Everton success insecuring his services will surprise and disappoint the management of certain others clubs, who were anxious to obtain his transfer. As a score in the League competition this season, Grace comes next to Reid of the Rangers with 22 goals for 29 matches. Before joining Morton he played for Airdrieonians last season. Morton were anxious to retain his services, and offered him for them a record wage. He had a tixed transfer fee. A Lancashire correspondent on Saturday night referred to the possibility of Grace's leave-taking, and he wrote in these terms: - Two depurations of Burnley officials paid a visit to the North on Saturday one to Newcastle and the other to Scotland, and went to Gornock Morton to see the centre forward at Dundee that they at once approached the Clydesdale Club, and agreed upon a price for the transfer of the player; Grace. Perhaps some other club will pass where Burnley failed, though they are not the first to fail to pursue the player as it is said a Lancashire club at the beginning of the season offered £1,000 for the transfer in vain.
EVERTON F.C CAPTURE ONE OF SCOTLAND'S BEST CENTRES GRACIE, OF THE MORTON.
Dundee Courier-Tuesday 28 March 1911
Tom Gracie, tho clever centre forward of Greenock Morton, has been transferred to Everton. . The loss this promising player will be seriously felt by the Greenock Club, all season has shown exceptionally fine form for them. As distributor of play and a shot he was of the best on side of the ; Border. Everton s success in securing his services will surprise and disappoint the managements certain other clubs who were : anxious to obtain his transfer. As a scorer in the League competition this reason Gracie comes next Reid, the - Rangers, with 22 goals for 29 matches. Before Morton he played for Airdrieonians, .ast season. Morton were anxious to retain , his services, and offered him, for them, a , record wage. He had a fixed transfer fee
ASTON VILLA 2 EVERTON 1
March 28,1911. The Liverpool Echo
EVERTON'S CAPITAL SHOW AT ASTON PARK.
Everton did wonderfully well at Aston Villa ground yesterday, and nothing to my mind was more delightful than to be the youth of the side playing up strongly against their stern opponents. Fleetwood had not been well, and therefore his exhibition and resolution were all the more creditable. Some one said to me this morning “Perhaps if Harris had been able to play Everton would have won.” This is an unintentional slur upon Weller, who used his weight and height and head to considerable advantage. Recollect he was not called up till the team had left Lime-street. Another outstanding feature of yesterday's game was the referenturn, which was just as weak as Saturday's Cup-tie, with Mr. Jim Mason in charge, had been strong. Mr. Clover gave the ball over for a corner, when I am sure Makepeace had kept in well within the line. The outcome of this failure was that considerable pressure was brought upon the Everton defence, which could easily have lost a goal at the moment. The crowd at Aston has the reputation for being the fairest in the Country and yesterday there was one patent confirmation of this. It was when the corner mentioned had been granted, the crowd in line with the goal-line loudly protested against the corner, and cried. “No corner, no corner.” There were other occasions when Mr. Clover, I fear was playing to appeal –a most aggravating accident if it happens, and twice or thrice players were supposed to have handled the ball, and Mr. Clover, unsighted by players and back of the offending player, signalled, immediately there was a cry of “Foul” I will pin my faith to Manchester United to win the League; for if Everton can gave them a good clean game at Aston and run them to a goal –on the play, Everton were full value for a draw –I feel sure Manchester United when visiting Aston Park, will go strongly for one or more points.
HOME, SWEET HOME.
Aston Villa have a reputation possibly unequaled for winning their home matches. They have not lost a League game in Aston since April 10, 1909. This is a long spell of success in these days of extremely even football. Yesterday's victory of 2-1 over Everton was a matter for great joy among the Aston brigade because the Villa are anxious to retain their hold of the League Championship honours. They were fortunate indeed to beat Everton, for the Blues more than deserved their goal at the interval, as their play was more methodical and forceful than the home team's. Then there was the fact that Young (A), and Lacey missed an open goal. In the latter half, the Villa snapped up two small errors on the part of the Everton backs, and made them good for goals. After these reverses Everton regained the mastery, and near the finish they were playing the better football. The visitor's side was not at full strength. Harris returning from the station owing to a bad cold, Weller's sudden call to service was a happy idea, as the young player did good work on the wing in the half back line. Gourlay played a stronger game than usual. The ball probably had a spin on it, yet the “delinquents” were blessed with ample time and space. Young kicked over the ball and Lacey placed wide. Hampton, in the manner, was placed for a goal when he ballooned a ball. The first goal came through the excellence of the Everton left, as Young feinted to turn centrewards and drifted to Lacey's side the Irishman cutting in, and a swift ball glanced off Miles. One of the best features of a good clean game, in which much artistry was shown, was the footwork of Fleetwood, the new Walton forward. Resolute discriminates, yet fearless. Fleetwood was always a source of danger, and could have got a goal had he not lost the ball when Logan charged him hard. The stormy petrol Hampton had to be watched continually and when the ball skidded over Stevenson's foot, Hampton shot, Scott half saved, and the ball turned to the centre-forward, who easily netted. Walters got the second point from a corner, the eligibility of which was stoutly contested. Worse still was the failure of an appeal for hands against a Villa back. Many were the combined efforts of Everton and it was due to the Villa's stren defence (goalkeeper not included) that Everton were staved off. As a matter of fact, neither goalkeeper was a busy man yesterday in a game where both teams played class football. Both are old favourities and have fought battles in the later stages of the Cup journey, and yesterday's exhibition was creditable to both sides. Hampton, Hunter, and the backs were the shining lights of the winners, and for Everton the backs, Makepeace, and the forwards were foremost. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Anster, goal, Lyons, and Miles, backs, Tranter, Logan, and Hunter, half-backs, Wallace Walters, Hampton, Bache, and Henshall, forwards. Everton: - William Scott, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie, backs, Weller, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Beare, Gourlay, Fleetwood, A. Young, and Lacey, forwards. Referee Mr. Clover.
GREENOCK MORTON'S GOALSCORER
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 28 March 1911
Goes to Everton.
Recently Greenock Morton have had several offers for Gracie, their clever centre forward. At the beginning of the season Gracie was conspicuous by his goal-getting; indeed, much of the success of the Canpielow club was due to his propensity of finding the net. Burnley were granted permiss on approach Gracie, and latterly Everton likewise, but the latter, presumably because of the extent of their big purse, have been suocessful in securing his transfer. He had it fixed, and there is reason to believe that he has made handsomely out of the deal. Gracie stands next to (Rangers) in the matter of Scottish goal-scoring—22 goals for 29 matches. Before going Morton he was for a time with Airdrieonians.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 29 March 1911
Jack Elliott, Everton has been appointed trainer to the English team. He is a man of Irish birth, Scottish parents and Lancashire experience. Mr. A.M. Robertson, president of the Scottish Football Association, will walk the line for Scotland at the Everton ground on Saturday.