Everton Independent Research Data


March 1, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
The team that represented Everton at Boundary Park on Saturday gave an inglorious account of themselves, and as a consequence were trounced to the extent of four goals to one. In one division only and that at half-back, could the Evertonians claim equality with their rivals, and the wonder was that the issue against them was not of a more pronounced nature. In vain, however, did the trio endeavour to get their forwards working with any semblance to cohesive movements, and when, as was only natural, the halves had perforce to grant quarter by reason of repeated onslaughts of the virile Athletic forwards, there was little support of a tangible nature forthcoming from the rearguard. With the exception noted, the team was completely outclassed and outplayed, especially in the first portion, by a side, which in recent games has pointedly demonstrated that their position in the results chart is at the present time an anomaly. The Athletic were a wonderfully well-balanced combination, ably led, and displaying at the same time a finish excelled by few teams in the country.

The Everton directors were again in the unfortunate position of being unable to field their full strength and were compelled turn out an experimental forward line, that could scarcely be expected to exact quarter from the experts in the Athletic half-back line. The 18-year-old Kearslake was up against Pilkington in his best form. Still there were times during midfield work when he displayed a good conception of a centre forward work, though avoirdupois and inches were always against him. The wingmen, Jones and Harrison were mainly concerned in the incisive advances to the home goal, only to find Taylor at the top of his form in dealing with their efforts to score. Fleetwood was occupied at one time or another in every department as when Fern retired just before the interval he went into goal after having previously formed a sixth forward and dropped back to cover the keeper when occasion arose. He was the strong man of the side on Saturday, and was mainly responsible in warding off an overwhelming defeat, Brown, and Grenyer did all that was possible, but further behind there were faulty interventions and miskicking that led to disastrous results.

Oldham were excellently served by Halligan who led his forwards and distributed the work with a dexterity that kept Everton's able trio fully extended. Waiters and Gee were always ready to pounce upon cross drives that upset the equilibrium of Everton's rearguard and behind this virile line of forwards was Pilkington every ready to provide Stewart and Goodwin were able defenders and Taylor dealt in resourceful fashion with the few incisive shots levelled at his charge.

Halliagn opened the scoring after play had been but a couple of minutes in progress. Pilkington flashing the ball out to the right made this early success possible. A smart return and a brilliant shot left Fern helpless. Later Brown drove against the woodwork and following a smart sprint and shot by Jones, the keeper knocked the ball out, only to find it returned along the ground by Kearslake, who this recorded his first League goal for his club. Following this the home forward became irresistible, and after Waites had taken the lead by means of a fine swift oblique shot. Fern came out to another from Gee. He only partially arrested its fight, and the ball travelled to the corner of the net, when Fleetwood had just failed to check its progress. Then Fern who could not hold it met a cross shot from waites, and Gee being well up, piloted the leather into the net. Following upon this Harrison and Jones put in a capital efforts to reduce the lead, but had no luck, while Rigsby was unfortunate to have a shot charged down just in front of goal. Shortly following Fern retired, but turned out on the resumption. Play in the second period was still favourable to the home side, though there was no further scoring. Teams: - Oldham Athletic: - Taylor, goal, Goodwin, and Stewart, backs, Bradbury, Pilkington, and Wilson, half-backs, Tattum, Waites, Halligan, Gee, and Wall, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Evans, backs, Brown, Fleetwood (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Jones Wall, Kearslake, Rigsby, and Harrison, forwards .

March 1 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton on Saturday trounced Oldham Reserves by six goals to one, being the superior side throughout. The visitors scored after five minutes play, Burrows putting the ball past Mitchell. The equaliser, however was not long coming, Owen Williams driving the ball through a ruck of players. Robinson just on the interval notched a second goal, while Gault missed a penalty. In the second half Everton had matters their own way, and Lievseley (2), Robinson and Kirsopp netted. Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Hough, and Macconnachie, backs, Peacock, Leivesley, and Williams, half-backs, Jones, Gault, Robinson, Kirsopp, and Donnachie, forwards.

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Wednesday 03 March 1920
DIcky Downs, the well-known Barnsley back has been transferred to Everton.  Downs, who had been with the Oakwell club for about 12 years, desired to be transfeered owing to family reasons.  There hve been frequent runoursw as to his future destination, but the deal was only completed last evening, and the transfer fee is understood to be a substantial one.  Downs had been guaranteed a benefit of $500, and will share in the transfer fee in leiu of the benefit. 

March 3, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton Football Club, last evening secured the transfer from Barnsley of Richard Downs, the famous full back. The amount of the transfer fee has not transpired, but though it is substantial, we understand it does not create a record. Downs recently asked Barnsley to place him on the transfer list, and though the club did not desire to part with him, the officials felt to recede to his request. Downs who is a native of Midridge near Durham, joined Barnsley from the Shildon Club in the North-Eastern League in the middle of 1908, and made his first appearance for the Yorkshire team against Blackpool on September 2 nd 1908. Since then he has been one of the soundest backs in the League and has never been out of the Barnsley team except through illness or injury. He was a member of the Barnsley team of 1910 that reached the Cup final against Newcastle United, only to be beaten at Goodison Park, and was in the team that won the Cup in the 1911-12 season. Although Downs has always been looked upon as one of the best right backs in the country, he has never played in an international match for England. He played for the North against the England in 1913, and appeared in the recent trial match at West Bromwich. He is a sturdy player, with ideals of his own, and in recent games with Barnsley, when his side were doing badly, went from full back to centre forward –once in the cup-tie at Plymouth –and scored goals. Several clubs were after his signature.

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Wednesday 03 March 1920
DIcky Downs, the well-known Barnsley back has been transferred to Everton.  Downs, who had been with the Oakwell club for about 12 years, desired to be transfeered owing to family reasons.  There hve been frequent runoursw as to his future destination, but the deal was only completed last evening, and the transfer fee is understood to be a substantial one.  Downs had been guaranteed a benefit of $500, and will share in the transfer fee in leiu of the benefit. 

March 8, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
The Everton club experienced another setback on Saturday, being defeat at Old Trafford of the game. It had been hoped that by strengthening the defensive portion of the side the team would be able to make an upward move in the results chart, but on this occasion the forwards broke out in a new spot, and to their puerile efforts must be attributed a failure to even share the honours of the game. Many a long day his elapsed since the inside men have given such a disappointing display, and but for occasional raiding by the wing men, Moore was little forthcoming to suggest a bid for victory, and this, despite the whole hearted support accorded by the half backs, who plied them with innumerable opportunities to make headway. There was a complete absence of grit and persistency with the exceptions noted, and their failure stood out in marked contrasted to the dashing methods of the United front line. The goal that decided the issue was recorded by Bissett, who after heading up a ball from Meredith, pounced on it as it fell and crashed it against the under portion of the crossbar to find a safe billet in the corner of the net.

The occasion served to introduce Downs, Everton's latest recruit from Barnsley, and with Macconnachie back again, there was no serious cause for anxiety with regard to the last line of defence. The two paired well, and the ex-Barnsley player, particularly, gave a masterly exhibition in which dash and daring played a prominent part. His anticipation of opponents movements was invariably correct, the ball merited better results from the Everton van. Brown, Fleetwood, and Grenyer were a capable trio, who worked unceasingly to get those in front to obtain a grip of the game. A thigh injury to Grenyer twenty minutes after the resumption reduced the efficiency of the half-back line, and six minutes from the close Grenyer retired to take no further part in the game. Harrison was Everton's most effective front-liner, and had one of his efforts, when he drove against the upright in the early stages, materialsed a different complexion might have been placed upon the game. Though the United forwards were not great marksmanship for many simple openings were provided, they nevertheless made amends by the dash they infused into their movements. Meredith was quite a star turn, and was the main provider. With but one exception all his centres were stamped with the hall-mark of class, and he had with him a most useful player in Bissett. The half-backs, Meehan especially were great both in attack and defence with Moore and Silcock a capable pair in front of Mew, who dealt successfully with the few shots that came his way. Teams: - Manchester United: - Mew, goal, Moore, and Silcock, backs, Greenwood, Hilitch, and Meehan, half-backs, Meredith, Bissett, Harris, Woodcock, and Hopkins, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs, and Macconnachie, backs, Brown, Fleetwood (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Wall, Parker, Kirsopp, and Harrison, forward.

March 8, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
Before a large crowd, Everton vanquished Manchester United by two clear goals. The first half was mostly in favour of Everton, but the forwards missed many chances. Spencer, however, got through five minutes after the interval and this success put new life into the homesters. Just on time Peacock scored a lovely goal.

March 15, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton had to thank their excellent defence for extracting a point from the return meeting with Manchester United at Goodison Park. The game was earnestly fought, and in the second half there were many, interesting and clever incidents. The United forwards were smart, and the cleverness of the inside men harmoniased well with forcefulness of the extreme wingers, so that the Everton defenders were kept on the attack for the major portion of the contest. Fern saved his lines on several occasions by the merest touch, the result of judicious anticipation. Everton's best work came from their extreme wingers, the inside men failing to co-operate with any degree of success. Meredith and Hopkins led some excellent attacks on the Everton goal, and a terrific drive from the latter was luckily charged down, while Fern put the ball behind from a brilliant shot by Bissett. Near the interval the United forwards had a great chance of opening the score, but Spencer who was splendidly placed, could not turn quickly enough, and missed an easy chance. Everton's nearest approach to a score in the first half was a great drive by Harrison to which Mew replied with a capital save. Subsequently Everton appealed for a penalty, and so sure was Parker that the event would materialise that he picked up the ball in readiness for a spot kick. The referee ruled against Everton, and Parker was penalised for handling. In the second half the United played more practical football, but the forwards could not get the better of Fern. Twice the visiting forwards were through the defence, but on each occasion Fern cleared in fine style. Downs too had a hand in the Everton attack, and struck the upright with a brilliant drive. The ex-Barnsley player made a wonderful difference to the Everton defence, which was certainly the best part of the side. Fern was unbeatable, and both Macconnachie and Downs offered a stubborn resistance. The half-backs were weak, and the inside forwards failed to make the most of the good work of Harrison and Chedgzoy. The United were a well-balanced side, both back and halfs, and held a decided advantage over their opponents in attack. Teams : - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs, and Macconnachie, backs, Peacock, Fleetwood (Captain), and Williams, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Gault, Parker, Kirsopp, and Harrison, forwards. Manchester United: - Mew, goal, Moore, and Silcock, backs, Grimwood, and Hilditch, Meechan, and half-backs Meredith, Bissett, Spence, Woodcock, and Hopkins, forwards.

March 15 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Owing to heavy rain a poor crowd attainted Old Trafford, where Everton beat Manchester United by three goals to nil. The Everton forwards missed several openings through the heavy state of the ground. Just before half time Jones opened the score for them. Howarth hit the post with a fast shot in the second half, but Robinson made no mistake when his opportunity came, while Howarth put on the third goal.

March 16, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
England played Wales at Highbury, in front of 21, 180, Wales winning by two goals to one, Chedgzoy represented England.

March 17, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Much satisfaction was expressed in Preston Football circles last night when it was announced that W.T. Roberts, the goal scoring centre forward, who transfer had been sought by several clubs, had decided to stay at Deepdale. During the proceedings of the League conference in Manchester yesterday. Everton approached Preston with regard to the transfer of Roberts, but the player stated he was no longer desirous of leaving Preston.

The Everton club has been in communication with Sheffield United in an effort to secure the signature of Stanley Fazackerly, the United inside right on injury yesterday the Sheffield Club admitted that Everton had been in communication with them, but they state that nothing definite has been done, about it, ands it very unlikely that the player will be transferred. It has been remouned that Fazackerley was anxious to change his quarters but, in view of what took place yesterday at Manchester, it is extremely unlikely he will now leave.

March 19, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton team to meet Sheffield United at Sheffield to-morrow has been selected as follows: - Fern, Downs, Macconnachie, Weller, Fleetwood, Grenyer, Jones, Kirsopp, Peacock, Howarth, and Harrison. Brewster who has been ill and was sent to his home at Aberdeen to recuperate, is having a run with the reserves against Crewe Alexandra at Goodison Park tomorrow, when a trial is being given to Henderson, a forward from Exeter City. The Reserves team will be: - Mitchell, Bissett, and Thompson. Lawson, Brewster, Williams, Gault, Wall, Robinson, Henderson, Donnachie.

March 22, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The rearranged Everton team put up a very creditable display against Sheffield United at Bramell-lane, and a division of the spoils was a fairly accurate reflex of the general trend of the play. In the first half the visitors were much more dangerous in front of goal than the Sheffielders, but they was a falling off in the second period and this became worse when towards the close, Fleetwood, who had been "crocked" early on, had to go to the outside right position as a passenger. The play of Peacock as centre forward was frequently promising though he occasionally appeared lost at the critical moment, and the same observation my be applied to Howarth, who was frequently overshadowed by Brelsford. Still the whole line was in the main alert and forceful, and against less capable backs they might easily have scored more than once. By the same token the home vanguard caught the Everton backs at the top of their form, particular in the later stages of the game. Sheffield started in delightful weather and before 30,000 spectators. The visitors were the first to attack, Peacock and Kirsopp being dangerous, the latter getting in a number of swift adventous shots. United replied with a sudden breakaway on the left, and from Gillespie shot Fazackerley scored a good goal. Everton in turn, forced the pace and from a corner Kirsopp netted cleverly from close range. Play subsequently ruled fast and even in character, bit it was all to no purpose and in the second half nothing was added to the score. Kirsopp and Jones were conspicuous with some extremely neat and virile passing, but Harrison was scarcely up to form. Weller, at right half dropped naturally into his position, and played a thoroughly sound game. Downs and Macconnachie excelled themselves in defence, the former once more demonstrating what a rare artist he is. A good word is also due to Fern for his brilliant goalkeeping. United is a strong well-balanced side, with strong rear divisions. Teams: - Sheffield United: - Gought, goal, Sturgess, and Milton, backs, Pantling, Brelsford, and Plant, half-backs, Bolam, Fazackerley, Kitchen, Gillespie, and Thomson, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs, and Macconnachie, backs, Weller, Fleetwood (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Jones Kirsopp, Peacock, Howarth, and Harrison, forwards. Referee Mr. Shutt, Burnley.

March 22 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
At Goodison Park. The visitors were early on the aggressive, and only the fine defence of Everton kept them from scoring. Near the interval Everton put on some pressure, but their shooting was woefully weak. Their best attempt came from Brewster who was only inches high with a fine drive. In the second half Everton had most chances, and should have opened their account but their forwards were very poor. For Crewe Kellett, Davies, Bentley, and Masey were the pick and Milchell, Thompson, and Owen Williams for Everton. Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Bissett, and Thompson backs, Lawson, Brewster, and Williams, half-backs, Gault, Wall, Robinson, Henderson, and Donnachie, forwards.

March 22, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
81,000 spectators watch the English League beat the Scottish League four nil at Hampton-Park. Chedgzoy represented England.

Lancashire Evening Post - Thursday 25 March 1920
In view their danger of relegation Everton yesterday sent 16 players Blackpool for special training. They will return to the seaside after the game with Sheffield United on Saturday.

March 25 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
In failing to extract two points from Tranmere Rovers at Goodison Park yesterday, Everton spoiled their chances of gaining the Championship honours. Early in the first half, the Rovers were the better team, and only from fine defending of Thompson, kept them from scoring. Still, Everton were the first to score through Parker, but one minute from the interval Bissett fouled Roberts, in the penalty zone, and Moreton converted. In the second half Tranmere gained a well-deserved lead, though Wright owing to Bissett miskicking towards his own goal. Ten minutes from time Owen scored a third for the visitors.

March 26, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton's bad luck through injuries and illness continues, for five more men are in the invalid. Brewster, Fleetwood, are off colour, Gault is down with a cold, Brown has one eye injury through inflammation, and Chedgzoy is still suffering from the effects of a bad hip in last Saturday's Inter-League game at Glasgow. The team to face Sheffield United at Goodison Park tomorrow will be: - Fern, Downs, Macconnachie, Weller, Leivesley, Grenyer, Jones, Kirsopp, Peacock, Howarth, and Harrison.

March 29, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
By their success over Sheffield United at Goodison Park, Everton made their position in the League more secure. It was an excellent performance and a triumph for Everton experimental forward line. The forwards had completely justified their selection, and the running in which they hammered the United defence and shots at the first opportunity made all the difference between success and defeat. The game was not brilliant, but it contained very keen and exhilarating football, with Everton well worth their victory. Everton had the assistance of the stiff breeze in the first half, but they did not make the best use of it and led at the interval by only 1-0. They did better when attacking against the wind and after Sheffield United had seriously threatened to draw level and take charge of the game Everton got to grit with their opponents and outplayed them. Everton's goals were the result of direct shooting, and on each occasion the first time shot gave the goalkeeper no possible chance of saving his charge. Kirsopp got the first point after nine minutes. Jones put in a centre, that was headed out but Kirsopp was nicely placed and Gough was well beaten. Harrison, whose centre was headed through by Peacock, and five minutes later Howarth drove in a beautiful shot, following a free kick engineered the second goal, at sixty minutes. The Everton side had few faults, and although Fern had an easy day he did not get of Scot free, for both Johnson and Fazackerley was dead on the mark several times. Downs and Macconnachie were very steady, and the half-backs easily held the United forwards. Peacock was badly knocked about in collision with Gough, but he played to the finish with a serious handicap, and he did extremely well. Harrison and Jones were very forceful, and the inside men cooperated effectively with the extreme wingers. United's best were Gough, Brelsford, Johnson, and Fazackerley. Teams : - Everton: - Fern goal, Down, and Macconnachie, backs, Weller, Lievseley, and Grenyer half-backs, Jones, Kirsopp, Peacock, Howarth, and Harrison, forwards. Sheffield United: - Gough, goal, Sturgess, and Milton, backs, Plant, Brelsford, and Pantling, half-backs, Bolan Fazackerley, Johnson, Gillespie, and Tummons, forwards.

March 29, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton provided a great attraction at Crewe and there was a record gate. It was a very fast game, there beening little to chosen between the teams. The first half was unproductive of goals, but the second half had been in progress only five minutes when Davies accepting a brilliant pass by Rigby scored a splendid goal. Everton made strenuous efforts, but Crewe defence was impregnable.


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