Everton Independent Research Data


May 4, 1915. The Evening Express
Mr. Tom Watson's Illness
By the Critic
Football players are free agents now until the winner pastime is resumed, and a small number of them have joined the army, while there are many others who are working at their old trade or in some new field of labour. Houston the Everton forward has, I understand, joined the Royal Irish Rifles and is stationed in Belfast. Houston, it will be remembered was previously in the army, and now that his contract with Everton has expired he has lost no time in getting back to the colours. It is stated that 22 of the 35 Hotspur men have decided to join the army or to work on ammunitions. Of the Woolwich Arsenal players Ratcliffe, Spittle, Ford, Butler, and Houston are members of the Football Battalion. Hardling has joined the Naval Air Service and Greenaway, Benson, Grant, Winship, McKinnon, and Kimpton have returned to their employment at Woolwich or on the Tyne.

Football enthusiasts will regret to learn that Mr. Tom Watson, the secretary of the Liverpool Club, has been rather seriously ill during the last few days. He had rather a bad night last night, but I am pleased to learn that he is much better today, and it is hoped that he will soon be able to get about again.

Footballers Are Doing.
Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 05 May 1915
I came across Ernest Pinkney yesterday. The former Everton player had a good season with Sam Gilligan's team, and is now looking for work. He's clerk, and I can recommend him. you know of a crib that vacant, word sent to me shall be put Pinkney's box. Talking of footballers going work reminds me that a number of players have taken up summer work, in fact majority of them have found billets. Some are the docks; others are engaged on Government work. number of the laddies turned to see the purple heather, but Nuttall, Thompson, Metcalfe, Bratley, Terris, Fleetwood, and Elisha Scott are among those I know to have gained good places. Cammell, Laird's has been a favourite place for our local footballers. 

May 5, 1915. The Liverpool Echo
Bee's Sports Notes
I came across Ernest Pinkney yesterday. The former Everton player had a good season with Sam Gillgan's team and is now looking for work, he's a clerk and I can recommend him. If you know of a crib that is vacant, word sent on to me shall be put to Pinkney's box. Talking of footballers going to work reminds me that a number of players have taken up summer work, in fact the majority of them have found billets. Some are on the docks, others are engaged on Government work. A number of the laddies have turned came to me the purple heather but Nuttall, Thompson, Metcalfs, Bratley, Terris, Fleetwood, and Elisha Scott are among those I know to have gained good places. Camel Lairds has been a favourite place for our local footballers.

Serious Illness of Mr. Tom Watson
I deeply regret to learn that Mr. Tom Watson has been suddenly taken ill and his condition is somewhat serious. No football “head” is so popular as Mr. Tom Watson “Owd Tom” is the call everywhere he gone, and the news of his illness will surprise and shook his numberless friends. Last week he was at a match and it is feared he caught a chill. At any rate pleurisy led to his temperature jumping up. Later an improvement was seen, but last night's report of Doctor Ferguson was not as encouraging as we should have liked. However we trust that Mr. Watson will speedily pick up and be out and about again at his favourite summer game –Bowls.

May 6, 1915. The Evening Express
Famous Football Official Dies Today
We regret to announce the death of Mr. Tom Watson, secretary of the Liverpool Football Club, which occurred at his residence, Priory-road, Liverpool, early this afternoon. Mr. Watson was present at the match between South Liverpool and Liverpool last Thursday, and was in town on Friday, but later he was taken ill, suffering from pharisy. He was at once attended to Dr. Ferguson but his condition became very serious and despite all attention he was some come as stated. Mr. Watson was one of the best known football secretaries in the country and was a most popular figure in England and Scotland, a favourite with everybody, player and official alike who were greatly attached to him. His geniality has been known to secure players for his club where others have failed simply because the players could not refuse him. He made host of friends and in happy smile will be sadly missing from many sporting circles. Mr. Watson had spent his lifetime in the interest of football and it may be said that he was one of the pioneer of the professional game. A native of the Tyne district he was appointed secretary of the Newcastle West End Club in 1886 when there were no league, and no £1,000 transfer fees, but he succeeded in bringing severe internationals from Scotland. From West End he went to the East End but later the two were amalgamed and became Newcastle United. Mr. Watson migrated to Sunderland as a paid secretary and all enthusiasts knows how he raised the club to the best pinnacle of fame. Though they had but three pros when he joined he later obtained what was known as “the team of all the talents.”

At Anfield
After a most successful career with Sunderland Mr. Watson was induced to join the Liverpool club as its secretary and he took up his duties under Alderman John Houlding in 18896. Since that time he had held the reins off the Anfield club, and though it has passed through troubled waters he never stopped trying and along with the directors worked hard to enable the club to secure its present magnificent ground, and prior to the war the club was in a sounder position than it had ever been before. This was undoubtedly largely due to the fine work of Mr. Watson, who gave the directors the fullest benefit of his long experience. During the course of his career with the Anfielders Mr. Watson has seen the club champions of the First League on two occasions and they created a record by finishing on top of the Second Division one season and at the top of the first the following year. The club experienced many ups and downs but Mr. Watson used to say that Liverpool was the most attractive club in the League simply because you never knew what they were going to do next. Mr. Watson was very proud of the team's in reaching the final of the cup last year, and though naturally disappointed at the defeat in the final –it was his first final –he was nevertheless pleased with the previous successes. He was very fond of bowls and on local greens was a familiar figure. A member of the Anfield club, he was also expresident of the Liverpool and District Boxing Association and chairman of the Liverpool Parks and Garden League.

Parker’s Sudden Change.
Dundee, Perth, Forfar, and Fife's People's Journal - Saturday 08  1915
May How many are aware that Bobby Parker was almost a Third Lanark player before Rangers signed the present Everton centre forward? He was on the point of being fixed up for Cathkin when he changed his mind in the very last moment.  What a star we missed, ?  Tarbat had heard of the Possil boy’s prowess, and soon had him at Cathkin for a trial.  After the game Bobby was called the stair. Everything seemed be going smoothly; the cash, forms, and terms were all right; but our Directors were when Parker laid down the pen dry. “I don’t want to sign,” he kept repeating, then bolted down the stairs. Bobby afterwards told that he was with a sort of panic. His whole thoughts had been centred in the game had just finished, and I often think he would have been a Warrior ” had had time for a little longer reflection such weighty subject for a young player.

May 10, 1915. The Evening Express
Following the example set by Houston the Everton forward who rejoined the Army, James Galt the captain of the Goodison club, has placed his services at the country's disposal. He has joined the motor machine gun service and he expects to begin training shortly. Football players are justly falling into line, and they are choosing the branches of the service which especially goals to them. Galt is just the sort of men to prove his mettle in the daring machine gun work. Whatever objection their might e to senior sports no one can object to the boys and youths of the country preparing for the future and training themselves to take the places of their big brothers who are fighting or preparing to fight for their naïve land.

Liverpool Echo - Thursday 13 May 1915
First, my notebook must remedy an extraordinary-error which crept in (or crept out, perhaps that would be the better term) the report Mr. Watson's funeral. mention was made of the Evertori representatives. The club was represented, is needless to say, and sent a beautiful wreath. Messrs. W. R. Clayton, Kirkwood, and W C. Cuff, together with Dr. Baxter, were present at Anfield on Monday. I am sorry the accident occurred by which the club was not notified in the list given in Tuesday's notebook. In 1891 Everton won the League championship, and 1915 they repeated this performance. If only view of this fact the statement that Mr. Kirkwood is to be opposed would surprise me. But there are other reasons why "leave well alone" should be the policy this year. First and foremost the club had good season, paid its way in a ticklish time, had a good run in the Cup, and, general, has not had so capital reason for a long time. The very nature of the stare of the war has led to most organisations discarding elections. Apparently Everton be an exception. Mr. Kirkwood be opposed then looks if the shareholders are showing their dissatisfaction with League victory and a run to the semi-final of the Cup. I confess I cannot understand the opposition player-director who has worked for the club during his term of office. Mr. Kirkwood has topped the poll three or four times in his re-elections, and it must not be forgotten that played the side that won championship in 1891. It is a strange irony that brings opposition to Mr. Kirkwood this season, for did not help them by his playing to win the League in 1891, and did lie not by his work the board help them to win the League in 1915? Some claim it would well to have younger blood the board. What age Mr. Kirkwood, do you think? In any case has always done his work thoroughly, and I am grieved that there should bo set against a man popular reason his personality and his worth.  

May 18, 1915. The Evening Express
By the Critic
The annual meeting of the Everton Football Club will be held on Monday, June 7 th . There are four candidates for three seats, these being the retiring directors, Messrs Clayton, Coffey, and Kirkwood, and Mr. John Davies, jun. The contest is sure to be an interesting one and the result of the voting will be anxiety's awaited. It has come as somewhat of a surprise to many that there should have been a contest this season in view of the fact that the club did so well in winning the championship but this fact will add to the attractiveness of the A.G.M. All three retiring directors have done excellent work for the club, and Mr. Kirkwood it will be remembered has not only served Everton as a player when they first won the championship, but as a member of the Board, has done well in the matter of finding players and in other ways helped the club.

Liverpool Echo - Tuesday 18 May 1915
There must be a huge following of " Bee " readers at the front, for hardly day passes but I get letters from the sporting Tommy, who always makes reference to his fondness for either Everton or Liverpool. To day's  letters include one from a German " home." Sam Wolstenholme is there, and he's not all happy. He badly wanting tobacco, and I have seen to this want this morning. Still, if any reader would care to send some " weed " along, I advise him to take note of this address: S. Wolstenholme, British Civil Prisoner of War, Barracks, 9, Englanderlager, Spandau Ruhleben, bei Berlin, Germany.  Duty on tobacco sent out Germany may be deducted, and there no postages to pay. The former Garston footballer. Rogan, has written some instructive letters home. I quote the following:—" Please send a 41b loaf of bread each week, and also all foodstuffs that will keep, such as corned beef, sardines, biscuits, sailor biscuits. &e. Football here is again in full swing. The racecourse is open to us for our games, different regiments being opposed to each other. There are fourteen all told, and I am captain of our team (colours yellow and blue hoops, white knickers). We have played two games and won one. lam playing centre-half, and have never played better. Steve Bloomer, Cameron (once with Everton, I think), Wolstenbolme, and Fred Pentland are all in different teams. I have been in the hospital through slipping when playing rounders—we have a rounders league, you know. The injury was not as serious as at first imagined, I am glad to say." In another letter Rowans says:—"l have received my Ruhleben International cap last week (April 15). I played for the Rest against England, the latter team including Bloomer, Wolstenholme. Pentland, and Brearley. The Rest won 4-.5. We get a bit too much football, to tell you the truth, for there is a match every other day. The League has two divisions, and the first is built up by 13 clubs, and the second division is composed of reserve elevens. Bloomer's team is our opposition to-morrow, and we are in for a hot time. Bloomer is still marvel with the ball, and how he does shoot! I was sorry to hear Everton were knocked out of the Cup. I thought they would win it this year." "The Last Thing." Though the critics would doubtless desire to stop even Tommies enjoying their sport, no one can stop the sport spirit having his game.

May 19, 1915. The Evening Express
By the Critic
It is quite evident that Everton's proposal to bring forward the methods of dealing with players who have been ordered off is likely to create some considerable discussion, at the F.A. meeting and it would appear that there is some suggestion that it would not be advisable to have contentious questions discussed. Mr. Wagstaff Simmons a member of the F.A. in the course of an article in the Sporting Life” says; - Everton are very much in earnest with regard to their proposal alteration to Rule 44 dealing with the method now usually followed by the Football Association when players are sent off the field for misconduct. Everton are within their rights in endeavoring to bring about a change of procedure but it surely would have been much better to have allowed the annual meeting this year to be a formal affair and to bring forward contentious proposals on a more suitable occasion. The point has been put forward, and there is considerable justification for it, that a large number of the amateur clubs in direct membership with the Association are not likely to be represented at the annual meeting, and that it would be a graceful act in the circumstances if Everton withdrew their proposal for the present. There is no cause for immediate hurry. Players have now and always have had, an opportunity of stating their case in writing. They are not judged on an ex-parte statement of the referee and other officials but on the facts after all the parties concerned have given their version of the incident which brought about the enforced retirement of the players. Everton contend that this is not satisfactory. They urge that the club of which the player sent off the field is a member should have the right to insist upon the appointment of a committee to inquire into the whole of the circumstances and that at that inquiry written or oral evidence, or both, may be tendered.

Manchester Evening News - Thursday 20 May 1915
Official intimation has been received in Bury of the death from wounds on May 15 of Private Fredrick Collinson of the 5th Lancashire Fusiliers.  Private Collinson was forty-one years of age, and had previously spent thirteen years in the Army.  He took part in the South African war.  Private Collinson played football with the Bury, Ashton, and Darwen clubs.  Collinson had been nineteen years in the service of the Bury Corporation gas department. 

May 20, 1915. The Evening Express
By the Critic
As indicated yesterday, Everton's proposal with regard to the method of dealing with plasing is causing a lot of discussion and the matter came up again yesterday. The Chairman of the Notts Association last night expressed himself strongly proposed of the proposal but he and the council in the event of the proposal being carried decided to support an amendment from the Lincolnshire Association. Calling upon clubs requesting a committee to deposit five guineas to be retained or returned at the will of the council.

May 1915