Everton Independent Research Data


May 1 st 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Liverpool Senior Cup Final.
The football season came to a close yesterday and the “swan song” so far as the game is concerned locally took place last evening at Goodison Park, when Everton and Liverpool met to fight for the Liverpool Cup. In spite of wet and stormy weather a crowd of fully 18,000 spectators assembled to witness the grand final of the great winter pastime. The Lord Mayor was present, and at the close of the game, a game which terminated in a handsome win for Liverpool –the chief Magistrate presented the Cup to Raisebeck and handed over to the players medals of the occasion. The Lord Mayor paid a warm tribute to the skill of the players, and a great gathering of sport loving spectators loudly cheered his observations. The game was contested by the following teams: - Everton: - Scott goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Chadwick, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs, Donnachie, Bolton, Young, Settle and Butler, forwards. Livverpool: - Hardy, goal, West, and Dunlop, backs, Parry, Raisebeck (Captain), and Bradley. Half-backs, Goddard, Parkinson, Hewitt, Gorman, and Carlin, forwards. Referee John Lewis. Raisebeck won the toss, and Everton started against the wind. They at once ran across and Bolton put in a hot shot, which caused Hardy to handle. Good half-back play put the Anfielders in possession, and it was more by good luck than good management that Balmer cleared his lines. The Everton forwards showed some magnificent footwork, and a movement in which the whole five were concerned termination in Donnachie shooting wide. For some time the home side monopolised the attack, but the siege was raised when Chadwick from long range, put the leather outside. Liverpool took up the attack, and the Evertonians were forced back upon their defence. Carlin put in a grand centre and Goddard, at the second attempt tested Scott with a very warm handful. The Irish man threw clear, but the Liverpool forwards returned again, and a corner was forced off Balmer, but it was eventually cleared. End to end play followed without either side gaining any material advantage. The game indeed was rather an exhibition of high class football than a been struggle, and though on, one occasion Raisebeck was desperately series in trying to score with a low raking shot, the ball was intercepted by Crelly. At this particular period the visitors were decidedly having the best of the argument, and shots from Gorman and Parkinson, both gave Scott an anxious moment. For quite a long time after the Evertonians were kept strictly on the defensive, but their shooting of the Reds was woefully lacking in accuracy. At length Everton got down on the left, but Butler shot yards wide of the mark, and for a second after Bolton allowed West to dispossess him, just as he was about to shoot. The Everton forwards were now making their presence know and Settle had a clear field in front of him, but shot straight at the Hardy. A another break away on the part of Young came to nothing, and it was not long before the visitors were again pressing. This time their movement were crowned with success for, the leather being taken along the left wing, the ball was centred well, and Gorman, after Hewitt had just missed the pass, dashed up and netted it out of Scott's reach. This goal came after the half an hour's play, and it naturally had the effect of renewed life into the game. Everton at once made advances towards Hardy, but Dunlop checked, and Carlin racing down shot just outside. Returning to the attack the Anfielders gave the home defence a lot of trouble, and Parkinson work tireless shot strongly. The ball rebounding of Scott, but before it could be cleared Hewitt nipped in and scored a second goal for Liverpool. The ground at this period was envopled in mist and the light was anything but good. Still the game was continued at a fast and exciting pace, and towards the interval the home team made desperate efforts to pull up the leeway. In that, however, they were unsuccessful while Liverpool, on the other hand nearly added a third through the instrumentality of Goddard. Half-time Everton nil, Liverpool 2. On crossing over the contest was renewed with instrumented ardour, and both sides attacked strongly in turn. Raisebeck once tried a long pt shot, which sent over the bar, and at the other end Young nipping cleverly between the backs had a shot sent wide. A magnificent centre by Goddard caused Scott to fist out and immediately followed the Irish international was absolutely bombarded by the Liverpool forwards. Two corners were forced in succession and relief only came with Dunlop, with a hugh punt, put the ball outside. Subsequently Everton asserted themselves, and first Taylor and then Young put in hot shots but both were cleared. On another occasion West and Young had an interesting passage at arms, in which the Evertonian rather more than held his own and he was prevented from scoring thanks to the converging tactics of Dunlop. The concluding stages of the game were fought out in darkness and it was extremely difficult to follow the play. Final Everton nil, Liverpool 2.

Athletic News - Monday 07 May 1906
League appearances
Abbott 27; W. Balmer, 18; R.Balmer 20; Birnie, 3; W. Black, 13; Hugh Bolton 13; Tom Booth 17; Thomas Chadwick, 4; Harry E. Cook 7; H. Collins, 3; Crelley, 23; T. Dilly 2; Donaldson, 2; Joseph Donnachie 8; H. Grundy 2, Hannan 1; H.P. Hardman, 31; Percy Hill 13; Thomas Jones, 2; McDermott, 6; McLoughlin 8; Makepeace, 27; Oliver 4; Bruce Rankin 4; William Scott 35; Settle, 28; John Sharp 29; John D. Taylor, 36; Wildman, 1; Wright, 1; Alex Young 30.
League Goals;
Young 13, Settle 12, Sharp 8, Hardman 6, Taylor and Abbott 6 each, Oliver and Bolton, each 4, Makepeace 3, Rankin, McLoughlin, Dilly, and Cook 2 each; McDermott, and Jones each 1.  Total 70.

May 8, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
The Everton directors have made two most important captures for next season. The Hearts of Midlothan Club have had a pair of brothers forming their left wing during the past season, who have made a bug name for themselves, and these players did much towards their club's success in winning the Scottish Cup. These twain are George and David Wilson, the former being 27 years of age weights 12 stone and standing 5ft 8in, while David is 24 years of age, 5ft 9in in height, and weights 12st. George is an international outside left and is reputed to be one of the finest players in the kingdom, while his brother, the inside man is but little inferior whilst he is also recognised as a general utility player. The men form a splendid wing, and the Everton directors are to be congratulated on securing two such fine exponents of the dribbling code. It will be remembered that George who played a magnificent game against England at Crystal Palace last year, and was much sought after by many of the leading English clubs, including Everton.

May 9, 1906. The Liverpool Courier
The Everton Club have obtained the signature of Graham, inside right right of third Lanark. He is considered to be one of the finest inside right in Scotland, and ranks second only to Walker of the Hearts of Midlothian. Graham is 24 years of age, Stands 5ft 8in, and weights 11 st 6lb.

May 10, 1906. The Dundee Courier
Bobby Graham, Third Lanark's popular forward, has signed for Everton, this being the third Scotsman the English Cup holders have secured this week. He went to the Volunteers from Queen's Park.

May 10 1906. The Liverpool Echo
Willie McLoughlin and his lady had a very enthusiastic sent off from a host of friends on his departure to his home in Scotland, from Tithebarn street station at 12-50. To-day. Great regret was expressed that McLoughlin had not been re-signed by the Everton directors, and thanks were most heartily tendered to him, for the way he had served the local football. Enthusiastic in reply, he wished Everton and Liverpool every success, and dear friends he had made in Liverpool. As the train left the station a crowd of Everton supporters heard cheers.

Athletic News - Monday 14 May 1906
The air is quivering with rumour, and what is more, sensation follows sensation. The week opened with the announcement that the brothers Wilson, of Hearts, had gone to Everton. The English club only wanted George Wilson, who is the better player of the two, but he would not go without his brother this brotherly love, however, touching, has given the Hearts a considerable amount of worry, and possibly Everton will find themselves in similar box ere long, the transfer fee was £900. By the way. Graham, 3rd L.R.V., will also make Everton his home next season. He is a bird of passage, and may not remain any longer in Liverpool than has done in Glasgow.

Athletic News - Monday 21 May 1906
Mr. W.C. Cuff, the secretary of Everton write us;- “I notice in the Athletic News’ a paragraph which dealing with the transfer of D. and G. Wilson to Everton, states that George would not sign for us unless we engaged his brother David.  Will you allow me to state that George Wilson made no stipulation whatever as to his brother coming to us, and, as a matter of fact, each one acted absolutely independently of the other?  Would you do George and David Wilson (not to mention my own club) bare justice by giving this contradiction similar publicity to that accorded the paragraph in question?”  We are perfectly willing to meet the wishes of the Everton club, and hope that other newspapers will please copy the disclaimer, although we fail to see that the rumour, which came from Edinburgh, is any reflection on either the Wilsons or Everton. 
Opulent Everton
At the annual meeting of the Everton club, to be held in Liverpool next Monday, the balance-sheet will disclose that there has been a profit on the last year’s working of no less a sum than £3,718 15s. 7d. Gate receipts and the proceeds of matches played away from Goodison Park amount to £15,476 Is. 10d., a really extraordinary amount, which, with £424 10s. 6d. from season-ticket holders and other items, brings the entire income up to £16,126 12s. 11d. On the expenditure side we notice that £5,270 3s. 6d. have been paid for players’ wages and transfer fees, £801 18s. 2d. for benefit matches, £1,844 18s. 2d. to visitors their share of the gate, £1,187 12s. Od. For travelling expenses, and £644 1s 8d. For training. After writing off depreciation the Everton club are worth over £20,000, and, of course, they are paying the usual dividend. Messrs. W. R. Clayton, D. Kirkwood, and Horace Wright are the retiring directors, but they offer themselves for re-election. We do not see how the club could be wealthier or happier, and cannot conceive that the shareholders will dream of any new men on the board.

May 28, 1906. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have got the signature of a new player, a centre forward named William Dorward. He learnt his football with Monrose, and latterly he played with Dundee. He has is twenty years old, weights 11 st and stands 5ft 8in in high.

May 29, 1906. The Evening Telegraph
Montrose's Big Deal
Handsome Sum For His Transfer
It is understood that Dorwood, who played centre forward for Lochee United, is going to Everton next season. This player has figured prominently in recent weeks. Up to the middle of April he was little heard of outside of Lochoe. While all recognized that he was a young lad with much dash and possessed plenty of pluck, he was never regarded as “first-class.” Dundee were desirous of giving him a trial, and while they were arranging for his transfer Montrose stepped in and signed him as from 15 th May. In the interval of his signing for Montrose and the end of the season he played several games for Dundee with so much success that they opened up communications with Montrose for his transfer. The gable-endies, however, were desirous of striking a good bargain by putting the price at the extraordinary figure of fully £100 –extraordinary in respect that he had never played for them. They hoped to make much out of him if he was wanted by any other club. News spread quickly. It came to the ears of Everton that there was a centre forward in Forfarshire who was causing competition, and the outcome is that it is understood Montrose have received £100 from Everton. It is said they asked £200. Dorward interviewed the Everton officials at Stirling at the end of the week, and as a result he signed League forms for them. The terms are good –so much for Combination team and the full limit when in the first team, with a sum down.

May 29, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
The annual general meeting of the directors and shareholders of the Everton Football Club, Limited, was held at the Exchange Station Hotel, last evening. Mr. George Mahon, presided over a large attendance, and the other directors present were Dr.Baxter J.P. Dr. Whitford, J.P. Messrs, John Davies, B. Kelly, E. Bainbridge, W.R.Clayton, H.Wright, A.R. Wright, D.Kirkwood, and W.C. Cuff (Secretary). The chairman in moving the adoption of the report, said they were met together under the happiest auspices. During the past season they had been dogged by the most persistent ill luck in the shape of injuries &c, to the members of the team. Thirty-one players had taken part in League games during the season. They might with reason claim to be one of the most consistent teams in the League since its formation in 1888, for they stood alone out of the original twelve in having a clear membership –that was to say, they had never been in danger of relegation to the Second Division. During the eighteen years' existence of the League they had been amongst the first seven in the table on no fewer than sixteen occasions and in fact, only Aston Villa had scored a greater aggregate of points. In the season prior to the one just concluded there were robbed of the League championship by the fog fiend, and it would be still in their recollections what a gallant fight they made with Aston Villa in the semi-final of the English Cup. Their gate receipts established a record in the history of the club, and they had after many attempts succeeded in annexing that apparently insignificant but greasy coveted trophy the English Cup. With regard to the players who brought that honour, to them; the duties of the captaincy fell upon the old and well tried comrade Jack D. Taylor (applause). Never had a club had a more loyal and hard-working servent on one who was ever doing the utmost for his team and club (applause). The other members of the team had likewise rendered splendid service, and the club were indeed fortunate in possessing such a whole hearted worker as they have in Mr. H.P. Hardman, who had never spared himself in this efforts to bring honours to the club (applause). Mr. John Davies seconded the resolution, and said that, once having got their fingers on the English Cup, they ought to strive hard to retain it (hear hear). The resolution was adopted.

On the motion of Mr. Clayton seconded by Mr. Wright, it was unanimously decided to pay a dividend of 5 per cent. The three directors retiring from office were Messrs. Clayton, Wright, and Kirkwood. These gentlemen sought -re-election, and the following shareholders were also nominated. Mr., Robert Wilson, Mr., J. G. Taggart and Mr. George Mitchell. The latter asked that his name might be withdrawn. The voting resulted in the selection of the following: - Mr. Kirkwood, Mr. Clayton, 162; and M. Wilson, 155. While the votes were being counted a cordial vote of thanks to the directors players, and officials was carried. The Secretary announced that the following players had been secured for next season: - Goalkeepers Scott, Sloan and Depledge, full backs, W. and R. Balmer Crelly Hill, Wm Stevenson (Accrington Stanley), and Strettall, half-backs, Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott Booth, Chadwick Black, Wright, and Donaldson half-backs, forwards, H.P. Hardman Sharp, Bolton Young, Settle, Donnachie, George Wilson, David Wilson (Hearts of Midlethains), Cooke, Graham (third Lanark) Butler, T. Jones, Bowser, and Wm Dorward (Dundee).

Dundee Courier - Wednesday 30 May 1906
It is Understood that Dorward, who played centre forward for Lochee United, is going to Everton next season. It is understood Montrose have received £100 from Everton

May 1906