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BURNLEY 2 EVERTON 0 (Game 1015)
May 1, 1922. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Evertonians were again caught napping on Saturday, when they were defeated by Burnley in a strenuous, but not uninteresting encounter. The match, it is true, rather suggested the end of the season, and the attendance was below the usual Turf Moor standard. A puzzling wind prevailed, and there was much wildness in the shooting even at close range. The first stages of the game showed that the visitors were much behind their opponents in the matter of combination, and it was certainly their own fault that the Burnley men did not take a lead in the first twenty minutes. They subsequently made amends, however, for within a few minutes of the interval the home side put on a couple of goals in the twinkling of an eye. Taking the game as a whole the ex-champions thoroughly deserved their victory, and Everton may account themselves fortunate in the fact that their goal average stands them in such good stead. At the same time, full credit must be given for the sterling work of the half-backs and the two other lines of defence.

Burnley had the benefit of the breeze and made the pace extremely hot for the visitors. They were especially dangerous on the right wing, and Richardson more than once tested the capabilities of Fern. He was always on the look out for an opening, and a header from Mosscrop passed just over the bar. Kelly, too, was rather a thorn in the side of the Everton defence, but fortunately Downs and Weller, were both at the top of their form. the home forwards maintained the pressure and eventually Kelly scored with a fast shot that gave Fern little chance. Straight from the centre the home vanguard raced down again, and Fisher taking a short pass added the second goal. The second half ran much more favourably for Everton, but their finishing touches were lacking, and though they struggled gamely to the end and they failed to find the target.

The work of Chedgzoy was as polished as usual and the right wing, thanks to the help of Peacock, frequently did brilliant things. Irvine is the centre once again demonstrated that he can do excellent work, and as an instance of this he once hit the woodwork with a beautiful shot. The half-backs showed a nice and proper understanding. Hart, Brewster, and Fleetwood doing much to keep back the onslaughts of the Burnley forwards, while Downs and Weller, as already indicated were always well in the picture. Teams : - Burnley: - Dawson, goal, Smelt, and Taylor, backs, Emerson Basnett, and Watson, half-backs, Fisher, Kelly, Richardson, Lindsay, and Mosscrop, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs, and Weller backs, Fleetwood, Brewster (captain), and Hart, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Peacock, Irvine, Reid, and Alford, forwards.

May 1, 1922. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
This game, which was quite in keeping with end of season football, was played at Goodison Park, on Saturday. It was only on rare occasions that any life was infused into the play. Everton had to find substitutes for three of their best players in Jones, Weller, and Alford, the wingmen in particular being badly missed. The game during the first half was mostly confined to the Villa quarters, and many chances came to the Blues, who failed lamentably when it came to final touches. Only one good shot, and that by Wall, which struck the upright, and a header from Chadwick, caused any anxiety to the Villa keeper. After forty minutes' play the Villa scored a surprise goal. Watson racing through all opposition finishing by tricking Caddick and placing past Salt with ease. Everton were unlucky to be one down at the interval. The opening of the second half was dull and well advanced before Everton put on pressure, during which time McCrae had the hardest of luck with two fine shots. Chadwick and Wall also came near scoring. Teams. Everton Reserves: - Salt, goal, Caddick, and Yarwood, backs, Brown, Jeffs, and McGrae, half-backs, Parry Spencer, Chadwick, Wall, and Young, forwards. Aston Villa Reserves: - Manning, goal, Maystead, and Blackburn, backs, Johnston, Bell, and Turner half-backs, Armfield, Jakeman, Watson, Arder, and Gillibrand, forwards. Referee T. Leworth (Bolton).

May 2 1922. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton fielded a strong side at Anfield last evening in the final of the Liverpool Senior Cup competition, and won the trophy for the second year in succession, from Tranmere Rovers, (who were their opponents in the final last year) by the only goal of the match. The game did not reach a high level and was spoiled chiefly through the wretched shooting of both sets of forwards. The Everton inside forwards who had innumerable chances, particularly in the second half, were the greater offenders in this respect. As it was it was left to a full back to score the only goal after about half an hour's play. Jones took a corner kick and Downs who had come up behind the half-backs, gained possession about 25 yards out and drove in a first time shot that cleared the hands of the players in the goalmouth and beat the goalkeeper. Everton undoubtedly deserved their victory on the run of the play for Tranmere though good in midfield, were easily held by the Everton half-back line, and Downs, Caddick and Salt were not often called upon. Their defence was subjected to long spells of pressure, but stood the strain in most praiseworthy fashion. Downs, Brown, McGrae, and Alford were best for Everton and prominent for the Rovers were Stewart, Niven, Bradshaw, Milne, and Rainford.

May 2, 1922. The Liverpool Echo
Mr. W. R. Clayton former Everton chairman has sent me the following letter: -
Sir, - I though the Everton Club were going to get through without a newspaper controversy, but the directors think otherwise and have written you on the club's affairs. I am not going to be drawn into any general discussion, but I must answer the letter from the directors in your Friday's issue. At a meeting of shareholders held on Friday week. I made a statement to transfer fees to a number of the shareholders. My statement was questioned by a friend of the directors, and I then gave the names of the players, I refereed to and the amounted paid for their transfers. My figures could not be disputed. I would give them to you now in detail, that it is as unwritten law not to make these figures public. Let us examine the director's figures. They say in the last year of my chairmanship £12,100 was spent in transfers. Just so! But whom was the amount spent on and what sum was paid. Part of this £12,100 was paid for McDonald, Crossley, and Reid, and the told amount paid £6,500. They did not play for the club during my chairmanship, they came to the club the season afterwards, in the year which the syndicate took possession. My colleagues never had any service from them; the debits rightly belong to the present board.

Put it in another way the present board admit having spent on transfers during the two years control £19,060, add the £6,500 for McDonald, Reid, and Crossley and you have on the directors own showing £25,550 of transfer players to help them, and yet during the season we have always been floundering at the bottom of the League table. What does this show? Either lack of ability to buy the right men or bad management. When they have digested the above figures, if they will let me know, I will debt their account with a larger sum making over £30,000 and tell them why. Having got thus far, what was the position at the end of 1919-20, the year the syndicate took control? We left them such players as Fern, Downs, Fleetwood, Peacock, Brown, Chedgzoy, Clennell, Harrison, and Grenyer. Eliminate Clennell and Grenyer if you will, because they were not fully recovered from accidents, and you will have seven men fit to take their place in any team. If you again eliminate Brown you have six men who have all through this season held their positions and would have done so in any club. One shudders to think what the position of the club would have been without Fern and Downs in the last line of defence, they have been consistently brilliant. Fleetwood and Peacock at half, Chedgzoy and Harrison forward, these six men automatically selected themselves. There was never any question about them. So the present directors started with an asset of six players out of the eleven about whom they had no need to think. This is a big frame work. They therefore had only to provide five men to blend in order to make up the team. They have had £25,500 worth of new men and they have been unable to find five men to blend with the six best men in the country, whom we left to them in order to make up a winning team. Yet these directors told the shareholders in their now famous circular that they had the conceit to believe that they could lift the Everton Club to a higher pedestal than it had ever reached.

The directors in their letter not only give the amount paid for players, but the amount received for players whom their have sold to other clubs. I did not refer to this matter, but now they have done so it opens up another channel of criticism. What do these receipts mean? Take one case. Against the strenuous opposition of Mr. Francis, Mr. Davis, and myself the syndicate majority engaged a man and paid £4,000 for his transfer. They played him frequently, and when they found, after we had lost numerous matches, that his services were not helpful to the club, they transferred him at a lost to another club. This is nothing to be proud of. Take another case. They paid £2,000 for a man whom by the way; they could have got for £850 if they had known their business. This man never got an opportunity of showing his ability in the team, although there were many occasions when there was an opening. If it was worth while paying £2,000 he should surely have been suitable for first team services. He never got a chance, and he was eventually transferred at a loss. The only other man, I will mention is Clennell, a man who served the club well, who is a genial little fellow very easy to manage, and who would render good service to the club. They played him with one first team game, and then transferred him, and the directors are taking credit for the amount they received. When the directors dropped him, Cardiff City who were then at the bottom of the League rushed in for his transfer, and by his consistent play and brainwork he has helped to lift Cardiff City from the bottom of the League to near the top of the table. Although the directors have taken credit for the amount they received they do not deserve credit for their acumen or business ability in getting rid of such a valuable player, who would have been a godsend to our club this season, and so I could go on, but these examples are quite sufficient. As I am writing I would like to point out that these directors, who claim to be able to do so much, have had the assistance of two professional advisers in Makepeace and Kirkwood –assistance which we never had. Further than this, they have been able to pay the players £3 each for every win, and £2 for every drawn game, and yet, with all these advantages in their favour, with all their “conceit” they have been clever enough to make a miraculous escape from relegation. The question is. What is the reason? In the first and most important place it is a lack of general ability, a want of knowledge of how to handle men; the players have lost their confidence. How can a club be successful if the directors have not got the confidence of the players?

I have studiously avoided coming into contact with any of the players during this season, but a leading player of the League team, one of the most gentlemanly players the club has ever had approached me a few weeks ago and said, Mr. Clayton, the boys and myself sincerely wish that you are back again on the board as things are in a terrible way. Our games are not being lost on the field, but upstairs, in the boardroom. Another player of the first team spoke to a gentleman whom I know and said there is not a practical man on the board. A third first team player told another gentleman practically the same thing. This indicates that the players have lost confidence in the board. In the case how can we as shareholders expect them to win matches? I mention this to prove the incapacity of the board, not as a hint that I wish to return to the board; in fact, I told the shareholders who were present at the meetings, told that after the twelve months' liberty that I had from the strain of club management, I had no desire to take on such responsibility, especially under present circumstances, but I am desirous as one who sacrificed much for the upbuilding of the club to see it again successful, and I cannot see this success brought about by the present board of directors –yours faithfully. W.R. CLAYTON.
May 3, 1922. The Liverpool Courier.
Burscough Rangers at home yesterday easily defeated Everton “A” in the semi-final of the Hall Walker Cup, and will meet Frodsham in the final tomorrow even at New Brighton. At half-time Burscough enjoyed a rather luck lead of a goal, for the visitors, who had the wind and sun behind them were the better side, but the Rangers defence was excellent. Bithel of Southport scored the goal, a long range shot, curling out of the reach of Fletcher. In the second half Burscough monoplised the game further goals being scored by Taylor, and Flannagan (2). The home forwards, were particularly offensive, and gave the Everton defence a gruely time. Chadwick, who led the Everton forwards, was subdued by Horton, the home centre half, Young being the visitors best forward.

May 8, 1922. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton finished their League programme with a capital victory over Burnley, at Goodison Park, Although there was little “bite” in the game, it contained much that was interesting. Play in the first half showed the sides to be very evenly matched, and it was in this period that the Burnley forwards produced their best work. Everton, however, came with a flourish in the second half and deserved their two clear goals victory. They played with confidence, and with more steadiness on the part of Irvine, who repeatedly failed to use fine openings, they must have won by a greater margin. One of the best features of the game was the brilliant display of Dawson in the Burnley goal. His safe punching and masterly judgement helped him to keep the Everton forwards in check till the last ten minutes of the game. Fern had much less to do than Dawson, but he was very sound; while Downs showed commendable keenness, and Livingstone was prominent with many fine clearances. The Everton half-backs made a powerful line, and they had little difficulty in reducing the Burnley attack. Brewster worked with great earnestness, and his forward movements were exceedingly useful. Harrison was one of the most deadly shooters, and Fazackerley's dainty and effective footwork were features of Everton's good work. Irvine appeared slow in making up his mind, and he certainly missed a glorious opening when he allowed Watson to kick the ball clear from his pass to Fazackerley. Burnley had a fine half-back in Emerson, and Kelly, although he got little support, occasionally revealed skilful footwork, while the backs (Smelt and Halley) made few mistakes.

There was pace in the opening movements, and Brewster, with his head almost beat Dawson in the first few minutes. The Everton forwards shot well, and Fazackerley did many smart things, but the first and best real shot was a splendid drive by Emerson, which Fern saved at the foot of the upright. A little later the Burnley half back got a much-deserved round of applause for his clever defensive play, and Kelly drove in a glorious shot that was a shade too high. Irvine hesitated too long in making his scoring positions, but he had two splendid chances early in the second half, when he got past the Burnley backs. Dawson replied with clever saves. Everton did most of the attacking, and Dawson made brilliant clearances from Fazackerley and Harrison. Wall scored Everton's first goal after eighty minutes' play, and the manner of scoring was somewhat unusual. Dawson left his goal to deal with an attack on the Everton right, and Wall was quick to note the empty goal. With a deft touch Wall sent the ball goalwards and it rolled into the net before the Burnley back could reach it. Five minutes later Fazackerley got a second point, netting the ball after Dawson had cleared Harrison's shot. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs, and Livingstone, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster (captain), and Hart, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Irvine, Wall, and Harrison, forwards. Burnley: - Dawson, goal, Smelt, and Halley, backs, Emerson, Barnett, and Watson, half-backs, Fisher, Kelly, Richardson, Lindsay, and Mosscrop, forwards.

May 8, 1922. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Though this match ended in a goalless draw, Everton were distinctly unlucky not to bring about a definite issue in their favour. In, the opening half the visitors gave the Villa defenders an exceptionally bustly time, Jones and Reid on the wing providing the inside forwards with numerous openings, but the opportune shortly of Miller and Spencer was made ineffective by the superb work of the Villa goalkeeper. Although the Villa had slightly the better of play in the second half, the Everton defence mainly due to the assiduous work of Brewster, Weller, and McGrae, easily repulsed the few energetic attackers of the Villa forwards, the movements of which were chiefly engineered by Stephenson and Archer. Everton were responsible for the better combination, Jones on the right wing in addition to infusing Chedgzoy with dash, providing many accurate centres. The Villa custodian had to contend with more effective shots then Salt, but one mistake by the latter, through fumbling the ball when Mellow, a new Villa player, and beaten the opposition, nearly cost his side defeat.

May 8, 1922. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
At Springfield Park, Wigan, before a fair attendance. The home team had the advantage of a slight breeze, but Everton were noticeable for a good run on the right, which, however, Leary cleard. Ashcroft received a nicely timed pass from Heaty, but placed behind. A free kick award to Everton was put behind, while a minute later Yarwood was sorely troubled by Campbell, the first named conceding a corner, which was cleared. A shot taken by Latham struck the upright, while Ashcroft taking the rebound, shot high. Young was was held close in, and Yarwood taking the spot kick placed the ball just under the bar. The second half opened in spirited fashion, both ends being raided, while shots by Barson and Hodges went wide. The home team were awarded a penalty for a foul on Latham, but Fletcher cleared the shot taken by Ashcroft. However, the home team equalised though Lathine a few minutes later from a corner. Wigan were pressing keenly, but Kelso and Yarwood were sturdy defenders. Close on time Ashcroft miss an open goal for Wigan.

May 8, 1922. The Liverpool Echo
Allan Fare the Evertoin defender, was signed by Wigan Borough today, Wigan have Harrington and Collins among other ex-Liverpool men.

May 9, 1922. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The first round of the Liverpool County Medal competition took place at Goodison Park last evening. Everton defeating Orrell, champions of the Lingari League, in the first game by a goal to nil, and Tranmere Rovers gaining the verdict over Skelmersdale United by a margin of two clear goals. The game between Everton and Orrell was tame, and the football never rose to great heights. Apart from Kelso at full back, Everton fielded a purely local side. In the first half they were the superior side, McGivney netting towards the interval. Orrell, improved, following the resumption, but rarely looked like scoring poor finishing providing their undoing. For Everton, Kelso, Spicer, Caddick, and McGivney did well while Best, Watson, Steele, and Hughes, did best for Orrell.

May 9, 1922 The Liverpool Echo
In reply for the letter signed “Jack Crosby” lately appearing in your column, I (another outside “Observer” with no axe to Grind) would like to say a few words (says “Critique”). Your correspondent draws our attentions to Everton's perilous and sorrowful position in the League table and then has the temperity to ask us not merely to look at superficial facts. Ye gods! Superficial facts, indeed. It is absurd to say that many of the matches have been lost by sheer bad luck, and to continually repeat that Everton scored so many goals and only had so few debited against them. Where does all this lead to, and what does it really indicate? Simply this –that the team as a whole lack the vim or “devilment” which today is so essential for success. Oh, for the days of Settle, Hardman, and Jack Taylor. They used to roll up their sleeves.

“Shareholder” says; I don't know any of the present board or their predecessors, but I see and weigh up things as well as most. Up to 3 year or two ago the club was in the very front of the football world, respected throughout the land; now it is in the dust. Why? Through the Dickinson party. Let the shareholders hand together and eject the syndicate. With Mr. Clayton's help we can bring the club back to its best.

“ Entre Doux Feux” writes: - As an independent supporter of the Everton team, I would like to make a few comments on Mr. W. R. Clayton's letter in your notes. In the first place does Mr. Clayton overlook the fact that had he and his colleagues not been displaced from the Everton board they would have had the services of McDonald, Reid and Crossley, also, that for the greater part of the last two seasons Crossley has been unable to play through injuries, while McDonald has only played in about a dozen matches in the past year. Again, as he asserts, one of Everton first class men passed the remark that more matches were lost in the boardroom than on the field why did Chedgzoy ask for a trial at centre forward when the team was handicapped for players, and why did Jones refuse a tempting offer to play for a First Division club? These are only two instances of the loyalty of the Blues' players. When Mr. Clayton resigned, the Blues were in as low a position as they are now; but injuries had not so much to do with it as the constant chopping and changing of players. In my opinion the reserve team would have won the championship of the Central League but for the abnormal calls for the first team, duty, and have therefore justified the professional appointment of Harry Makepeace. Personally I would like to see Mr. Clayton on the board again, but whilst he continues in his self appointed role of dictator, I think he had better stay where he is. I congratulate the Everton players on their clean play, and hope that with fair luck we may see the old team in the exalted position they held for so many years.

“T.W.B,” writes: - The lowly position is attributable to accidents and misfortune, and not to ill-feeling, I had occasion to visit Burnley, and had an opportunity of meeting the players, and the directors who accompanied them, and from my observations, I can say that a more happy and harmonious set of men one could not wish to mingle with. “Evertonian” writes: - I hope the spectators will give the players fair trial, and remember they are only human. How is it men who have played for Everton can shine in other clubs, namely Page and Clennell, of Cardiff and Davies of West Bromwich Albion. Let's all play the game.

May 13, 1922. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton played the second match of their tour in Denmark yesterday, when they met a Copenhagen selected side at Copenhagen. The king of Denmark was present, the match resulted in a goalless draw. Everton meanwhile have signed W. Williams, inside left from Darwin during the past two season, last season he scored thirty-seven goals. Williams formerly played with Blackburn Rovers, the transfer fee is not divulged but it is understood to be larger than any previous payment for a Lancashire Combination player.

May 12 1922. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Football Club have signed Williams Darwen's inside marksman for two years. During the season just ended, Williams scored 37 goals. He formerly played with Blackburn Rovers Reserves.

May 13, 1922. The Liverpool Echo.
No forward has made greater progress in Combination Football during the past two seasons than Billy Williams, Darwen's star inside left, and in securing his transfer from the Anchor Club, Everton have succeeded where Manchester United, Chelsea, Cardiff and Burnley failed. Many clubs have been watching his play during the season just closed, but, as a matter of fact, Williams had no desire to take up a position in higher-class football, which was waiting. He holds a position of responsibility in a fenisionces paper mill, and but for this Darwen might have benefited by a four-figure transfer fee at the close of last season. Billy is a player who trills, the crowd, and who gets goals, he has been Darwen's top goal scorer in each of the last two season's and his total crop for last season and the season preceding, it is in the region of the Century mark. He is all bone and muscle, and there is nearly 12 stone, of him, and he is about 5ft 9ins, in height square-jawed, and square-shouldered, he is a player of the hard-working, bustling type, who worries opposition defenders out of their shoes and makes their hearts ache. A brainy schemer, he is as easily held as an eel, and an opponent never knowns which way he is likely to turn, or the man on either side of him, to whom a quick pass is likely to be given. Everton have been closely following the play of Williams for several months, and they have secured the man they wanted at a figure which though it is not disclosed, is, I am able to say a bargan price. Williams is only 24 years of age, and is one who has his heart and soul in the game. He is not a talker, and prefers doing things to discussing them.

May 13, 1922. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton played the second match of their tour in Denmark yesterday, when they met a Copenhagan selected side at Copenhagen. The King of Denmark was present. The match resulted in a goalless draw.

May 15, 1922. The Liverpool Echo.
I have a note from Mr. Tom McIntosh, the Everton Secretary, stated that Everton won their first match by 5-2. (Peacock 2, Irvine 2, and Harrison), and gave a delightful exhibition. Everywhere the boys find the Danish people pleased and anxious to assist them, all are having a good time.

May 16 1922. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton are back again after their Danish tour. Copenhagen (one of their centre spot), has many peculiar features, as a city, say an Everton tourist. To begin with, its Station, on the platforms below the street level, is a dingy affair, wooden flooring, narrow, and congested with fruit, sweets, and news kiosks, old of course, the inevitable barrows. Upstairs, the entrance hall is one of the finest in Europe –broad, light, clean, and airy, with every convenience one could hope for. You emerge to the street, and before you is the Tivoli Gardens, a wonderful pleasure ground similar to the Crystal Palace, but where, for a small sum, you can spend a whole day with monotony. Probably the most stiking feature of Copenhagen –or to use the Danish, Knobenhavn –to an Englishman, after he has become accustomed to dodging vehicles, in consequence of the road rule being reversed from the English, is the tremendous use made of cycles. Copenhagen is a flat city, with asphalt pavements, thus offering tremendous inducement to the cyclist. It is possible to stand in one spot, about 5-30 p.m., after the business houses empty, and be passed by no fewer than 250 cycles in less than five minutes. It is really an amazing experience one cannot cross the road without considerable danger, as the cyclist's range almost across the street, and form, one constant procession. Almost every resident seems to ride, and no doubt the city is a veritable gold mine for cycle dealers.

The Town hall also possesses an amazing device in the shape, of an endless belt lift, which is constantly moving, and those who use it need to be stick in getting in and out. When I was there my adventurous spirit decided to try it for one floor, but the question of plucking up courage at the next landing was a doubtful, and it was only a fear of what might happen “at the turn” that compelled one hugh jump out to fall into a heap on the floor, as an official passed a Danish warming –quite unnecessary, I may add, for a should never risk my skin again. Copenhagen is a city to delight the feminine eye, its shops are really grand, with a preponderance of perfume shores, and in this connection are Englisnmen deplores the lack of intuition by our proprietary article manufacturers in not printing their labels in the language. Not all people know English and this cannot read English inscriptions.

May 17, 1922. The Liverpool Echo.
The Everton Football Club party which went to Denmark to play games in that country reached Liverpool yesterday after a very successful tour lasting five days. The nineteen people who went –Mr. Coffee, the chairman, Mr. Banks, a director, Mr. McIntosh and a friend, Jack Elliott, the trainer, and fourteen players –were given a royal reception wherever they went, and the tour was enjoyed by all. Half a day was spent in Cologne, a night in Hamburg, and four days in Copenhagen, and the games being played in the latter town. The party found Cologne a curious sort of town and did not altogether enjoy their stay there, but in Copenhagen every effort was made to give them a thoroughly good time; and it was agreed by everyone that these efforts were eminently successful. Two matches were played, both on the state ground in Copenhagen, and each time the opponents were picked players from the district. The first was won by the visitors 5-2, and the second was a goalless draw. In a short conversation with an “Echo” representative, Mr. McIntosh the Secretary of the club said he was agreeably surprised to find that football in Denmark had reached such a high standard and confidently affirmed that either of the two teams that Everton met would hold their own in the Second Division of the English League. In proof of this he added that Raith Rovers, the Scottish First Division team, who are now touring that country, were beaten comfortably only the other day by one of these Danish teams. Asked whether the style of football there was much different from the English style. Mr. McIntosh answered in the negative. He said that the defensive work was particularly good, and attributed the semi-failure of the Danish forwards to their lack of confidence. The goalkeeping was well up to standard, and altogether the players showed a very intimate knowledge of the finer points of the game.

When asked if he had any introduction to the Danish method of training footballers, Mr. McIntosh replied; “They don't train. There have been no coaches in the country for a considerable time, and it is left to the players themselves to keep fit. That they were all in perfect conditions, however, was obvious, and they stayed the game quite easily.” The ground on which they played was fitted out in the best modern way, and was capable of helding 25,000 people. The accommodation for the players and officials was the same as that of the better-class English clubs, and the whole ground compared favourably with those we have in this country. “The crowd,” said Mr. McIntosh, “was a sporting one. The team was given a wonderful reception when it came on to the field, and throughout the game the greatest enthusiasm was shown. At the first match the attendance was 8,000, and at the second 13,000.

As to the ability of the officials in charge of the game, Mr. McIntosh said that if the referee who officiated at their games are representative of Danish referees in general, then we could do with some of then here. There decisions were always accurate, and their handling of the men admirable. The directors of football in Copenhagen showed their graduated for what they declared was the best exhibition of football they had ever seen by taking the part out for motor drives every day in the surrounding districts, and looking after them in the best possible fashion. Mr. McIntosh added that even the King of Denmark took an interest in the visitors, and was introduced to them at half-time at one of the matches. All the players looked as fit as the proverbial fiddle, and the memory of the splendid time they had in the company of “the men from the board room” will help a great deal in preserving that spirit of harmony between player and official, which plays such an important part in the success of a club.

Dundee Courier - Friday 19 May 1922
A Clever Defender David Raitt, Dundee's brilliant right back, was yesterday transferred to Everton F.C. For some time recently rumours have been our rent throughout the city regarding the possible departure of several well-known players in the Dundee ranks. Raitt's name was freely mentioned, and although was hoped that he would re-sign for the Dens Park club, his departure, which was announced yesterday, came as no real surprise.  At the same time, however, the suddenness of the announcement caused a big flutter football circles in the city. Immediately the first intimation was made that Raitt was going to a Liverpool club many rumours gained currency regarding the transfer of other players and also an exchange for the Dundee back. The Courier was officially informed last night, however, that no other signings had taken place and that no player had been exchanged for Raitt. The present situation seems to indicate, however, that interesting announcements may made shortly.
Dashing and Fearless.
—Raitt, although he has never caught the favour of the selectors, is undoubtedly one of the finest League backs in Scotland. He came to Dens Park three years ago from Buckhaven F.C., and very soon after; his arrival jumped into the right back position in the " Dark Blues' " team. Ever since he has served faithfully and consistently, and has made an admirable partner for " Napper" Thomson. Perhaps the sustained brilliance of Thomson has to some extent overshadowed the work of Raitt during these seasons, but nevertheless there can be no doubt that the dashing and fearless displays Everton's new back have contributed greatly to the record which Dundee held, particularly during last season, of having one of the finest defences in Scotland. Possible Successor.—No information is yet available as to who Raitt's successor will be, hut it is hoped that a suitable partner for Thomson trill be found. A player of Raitt's calibre will do. the present time there is no player, with the possible exception Aimer, on the Dens Park books who can be regarded as candidate for the post. Even that Aimer left back, although he kicks with either foot, and the several fine displays which he pave for the first eleven last season when Thomson was suffering from his eye injury may assist in solving the nroblem of who to act as " Napper " Thomson's partner next season.

May 19, 1922. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton Football Club yesterday secured the signature of David Raitt, right back from Dundee, who has been three season with the club, during which time he has played regularly in the Scottish league team. Raitt is a brilliant player and a clever tackler and strong kicker. He is really a product of the war a miner by trade he never played other than juvenile football, but so rapid was his progress on the return from the war that he attracted the attention of many clubs. Dundee being adjacent to fife, manager McFarlane and he proved a sound investment, he was mentioned for international honours during the past season picked him up. But Marshall of Middlesbrough proved to strong a rival. Twenty-two-years-of-age, he stands 5ft 8ins and weights 12 stone, he is one of the speediest backs in Scotland and Thomson and Fortherington (goalkeeper) has constituted the best defence in Scotland. He is a player who should shine in English football Meanwhile…. The Everton football club company limited have issued the following; - take notice that an extraordinary general meeting will be held at the law association room on Friday week, in pursuance of a requisition deposited at the registered office of the company on may 10 TH , signed by the holders of one-tenth of the issued capital of the company and that at such meeting the following business will, in accordance with the said reposition, be taken into consideration: - namely to consider and, if approved, to carry the following resolution:- that it isn't the best interests of this company that there should be a complete change in the directors, and that the whole of the present directors of the company be removed from office and cease to be directors accordingly,'' Thomas H. McIntosh secretary.”

May 19, 1922. The Liverpool Echo.
As stated in our last edition last night, Everton have signed on a big, fast and capable full-back –David Raitt, right back of Dundee, who has been three seasons with the club, during which time he has played regularly in the Scottish League Team. Raitt is a brilliant player, a clever tackler, and strong kicker. He is really a product of the war. A miner by trade, he never played other than juvenile football, but so rapid was his progress on his return from the war that he attracted the attention of many clubs. Dundee being adjacent to Fife he was picked up by manager Mcfarlane and has proved a sound investment. He was mentioned for International honours during the past season, but Marshall of Middlesbrough, proved too strong a rival. Twenty-two years of age, he stands 5ft 8ins, and weighs 12 stone. He is one of the speediest backs in Scotland, and with Thomson and Fotheringham (goalkeeper) has constituted the best defence in Scotland. He is a player who should shine in English football.

Sunday Post - Sunday 21 May 1922
 In Glasgow on Tuesday Dundee Director denied that his club had been interviewed by Everton about David Raitt, or that there was any intention of transferring him. Yet Raitt was transferred to Everton Thursday And it is current that Alec Troup may follow Raitt across the Border. There is no doubt that Dundee would let him go if the proper price was offered.

May 22, 1922. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
A meeting of representatives of the clubs concerned in the Lancashire senior cup competition was held at Southport on Saturday, when a scheme formulated by the Lancashire football association for alteration of the arrangement for the contest were approved. The proposals were that the clubs should be divided as follows: - Div 1 Blackburn, Burnley, Preston North End, div 2, Man City, Oldham, div 3, Bolton, Everton, Liverpool, Div 4, Man United, Bury, Blackpool, Stockport, Accrington Stanley, Stalybridge Celtic, Wigan Borough, Tranmere Rovers with the content of the Cheshire Football Association added.

J. Yarwood
Hull Daily Mail-Friday 2 June 1922
Oldham Athletic announce that they have made an important capture in J. Yarwood, a left full back from Everton. Yarwood, who is 22-years-old, stands 5ft 11ins, and weighs 12st 5lb, and prior to playing as professional with Everton appeared as an amateur for Bury. He figured rather prominently in the Central League team last season for Everton Res.

June 1922. The Liverpool Echo
Everton's extraordinary meeting, last night ended as expected. The present board had the proxies, and the three-fourths' majority was not forthcoming. The requisition said – “That it is in the best interests of this company that there should be a complete change in the directors, and that the whole of the present directors of the company be removed from office, and cease to be directors accordingly.” The motion was defeated, 103 voting for the retention of the board and 17 against.

Everton are parting with Charlie Crossley, a former Sunderland forward, who got a good share of goals until he was injured in the early part of last season, and also with Jonathan Yarwood, a big hefty fullback. And thereby bangs a tale. Yarwood played in the Lancashire Combination two years ago with Atherton, along with Bobby Howarth. Bolton Wanderers want both players, and as everybody knows, Howarth has turned out a triumph card. But Yarwood declined to become a Wanderer. He had listened to some trumpery story about the Wanderers not treating their players well, and he went off to Everton as a professional, having previously played with Bury as a amateur. He did not get a chance of appearing with Everton's League team, and all the time Bolton were experimenting in the hope of finding a satisfactory left back. Yarwood might have proved the man they wanted.

Sunday Post - Sunday 11 June 1922
Frederick Forbes who played centre forward for Hearts of Midlothian last season, was transfered yesterday to Everton. 

June 14, 1922. The Liverpool Echo
Football generally will be interested in the new elections of the Everton Football Club board, whose new chairman is Mr. W. C. Cuff and his deputy is Mr. Ernest Green. Time works some wonderful changes. In football we see folk come and go, and in the Everton ranks, thanks to the splitting process we find time playing knavish tricks with all and sundry. There was a time when Mr. Cuff reigned as secretary of the Everton Club. He was a solicitor as well, but it was difficult to find time for anything save football, which I as such enormous demands upon any official. Mr. Cuff was known among League officials as the most able secretary in the League. After a while, however, the factions got across each other. Mr. Cuff eventually resigned, and got busy with his Meat Traders Association of which he was appointed secretary. Even so, he kept up his Hon secretaryship of the Central League, which league is one of the youngest in the country, yet has made itself felt to the extent of leading all the main clubs to the organisation. Mr. Cuff, like Mr. W. J. Sawyer (ex Hon secretary of Everton), eventually joined the board of directors, and when Mr. Andrew Coffey desired to resign the board elected Mr. Cuff and gave Mr. Green the deputy chair. Mr. Coffey has had two strenuous years of service as head of the club. He is a fair man, who has had the club at heart to such an extent that he has been unduly worried by the lack of success on the field. His attention to club duty has been undivided, and I am sure his business has suffered through his football connection. He has done his work thoroughly and well and retires of his own desire, because business calls have grown. He retires in the knowledge that the last annual meeting of the Everton Club was the shortest and most amicable the club has held for many a year. Mr. Green, a schoolmaster and a live wire, has always been keen upon sports, and has had the practical side of the game instilled into him –he was a good runner in his day. It is to be hoped that out of the chaos of the Everton club will come success, harmony, and some sense of sporting interest that has been curbed through the cliquism that has obtained in the last ten years.

Hull Daily Mail - Saturday 17 June 1922
The little inside-left, who who went from Sunderland to Everton, is to leave the Merseyside club. He would have been a useful man to succeed Charles Flood in tho Hull City team. He has gone to West Ham.

Hull Daily Mail - Saturday 24 June 1922
Stanley Fazakerley, the ex-Hull City inside left and one of Everton's best forwards last season, has been spending some time with his old friends in Hull.  He was very keen on the Hull City Club getting Crossley. What would the Hull City Club give for their old player to come back? Everton want €5,000 for Sam Chedzoy the outside right.

May 1922