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November 2, 1914. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Evertonians are entitled to congratulate themselves upon bring back a point from Burden Park. In the course of a somewhat uneven yet interesting encounter no goals were scored, and this Fern is primarily to be thanked. It was undoubtedly due to his brilliant custodianship that the Bolton forwards failed to get through on at least two particular occasions. The first period of the game showed the visitors to considerable advantage, except that Parker and his wings were unable to put the finishing touches to the openings created by the half backs. Time after time the leather was worked along by tactics that were superior to those of the Wanderers, but they invariably fizzled out at the critical moment. Apart from this Everton ought certainly to have held the lead when the players crossed over. In the second half a totally different picture presented itself. Beginning with a certain amount of dash, Galt and his colleagues opened promisingly, but they suddenly fell to pieces before the more vigorous onslaught of their opponents, and in the closing stages- except for one or two spasmodic attack –they were completely out of the hunt. Fortunately, as we have already indicated, Fern was at the top of the form, and so the game concluded without either side having found the net. Everton relied upon the same eleven that has been playing so consistently, and if there were at times rather obvious weaknesses there can be no doubt as to be usefulness and balance of the side. In the opening stages the half backs showed pleasing adaptability in feeding the forwards, but the latter failed to follow up the opportunities offered, though Chedgzoy and Clennell both got in dividual shots that might well have beaten a less agile custodian than Edmondson. On the other hand, the Wanderers were intermittently busy on the left, where “Vizard frequent” fascinated the crowd with the brilliance of his work. All these efforts, however, were at no purpose, and in the second “forty five” proved equally barren. Macconnachie was scarcely seen to the fullest advantage though he undoubtedly helped materially to show Boltonians out. Simpson continues to play a “coming on” disposition and his helped finely vigorous game. Galt gave a clever exhibition and Fleetwood showed wised. Makepeace time after time showed his artistry. Clennell and Parker were very prominent. The latter experience hard lines on more than one occasion. Teams: - Bolton Wanderers: - Edmondson, goal, Baverstock, and Wilson, backs, Wilson, Glendinning, and Rowley, half-backs, Fay, Stokes, Roberts, Buchan, Smith, and Vizard, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Simpson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Makepeace half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker Clennell, and Palmer forwards. Referee L.N. Fletcher.

November 2, 1914. The Liverpool Evening Express
By the Critic
For the third season in succession the Everton team (says “Rovers”) have shared the spoils at Burden Park in games that have been unproductive of scoring. Whatever chances came their way of claiming the maximum points on Saturday were frittered away during the first half, when they dominated the bulk of the play. After the change of ends and especially during the closing stages the experimental Bolton team roused themselves to a great efforts, and it would not have been surprising had they carried off the full honours of victory. While many of their efforts lacked precision and accuracy there were certainty a few finishing touches that soared above the ordinary, and Fern by his daring saves alone stood between them and success. As a general rule the game was heatedly and earnestly contested with the result that the keenness infused into the proceedings prevented the nicer points of play from coming into prominence. The Evertonians were the more finished exponents so far as footwork was concerned, but they failed to drive home the advantage they had striven for during the first half by indulging in finesse when withing range.

November 2, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes
The Evertonians are entitled to congratulate themselves upon bringing back a point from Burnden Park. In the course of a somewhat uneven yet interesting encounter no goals were scored, and for this Fern is primarily to be thanked. It was undoubtedly due to the brilliant custodianship that the Bolton forwards failed to get through on at least two particularly occasions. The first period of the game showed the visitors to considerable advantage, except that Parker and his wings were unable to put the finishing touches to the openings created by the half-backs. In the second half a different picture presented itself. Beginning with a certain amount of dash. Galt and his colleagues opened promisingly, but they suddenly fell to pieces before the more vigorous onslaughts of their opponents, and in the closing stages – except for one or two spasmodic attacks – they were completely out of the hunt. Fortunately Fern was at the top of his form. Chedgzoy and Clennell got in individual shots that might will have beaten a less agile custodian then Edmondson. On the other hand the Wanderers were intermittently busy on the left where Vizard frequently fascinated the crowd with the brilliance of his work. Macconnachie was scarcely seen to the fullest advantage though he undoubtedly helped materially to keep the Boltonians out. Simpson continues to show a coming on disposition and he played a finely vigorous game. Galt using his height, gave a very clever exhibition of headwork and Fleetwood showed what a glutton for work he is. Makepeace used all his old artistry but he appeared to tire as indeed did several of the others before the close. Parker who was injured is now reported O.K.

November 4, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes
Happy in the success last Saturday –Everton’s was a success though victory was not their – the local sides for Saturday next are unchanged. Everton have to face Blackburn Rovers, and in view of the fact that recently Rovers won a Lancashire Cup-tie at Goodison Park after being a goal down he game a creating much interest. Everton; Fern; Simpson and Macconnachie; Fleetwood, Galt, and Makepeace; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer.
Everton Reserves ( v Blackburn Rovers Reserves at Blackburn kick-off 2.45); Bromilow; Page and Stewart; Brown, Wareing, and Grenyer; Houston, Kirsopp, Wright, Roberts, and Harrison.

November 6, 1914. The Evening Express
By the Critic
Always popular the Rovers, of Blackburn will provide stern opposition to Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow, and this meeting of the famous rivals ought to attract a goodly crowd. Everton have their good position to maintain, and they may be depended on to do their utmost to win. The “Blues” have already tasted defeat at the hands of the Rovers in a Lancashire Cup-tie so that they are anxious to turn the tables in the more serious competition. Many fine games have been played by the teams under notice and it is anticipated that tomorrow’s encounter will compare favourable with previous explode. Everton are relying on the same team as last week; Fern; Simpson and Macconnachie; Fleetwood, Galt, and Makepeace; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer.
The Rovers are able to place the same team in the field as that which beat West Bromwich viz; Robinson; Crompton and Cowell; Walmsley, Smith and Aitkenhead; Simpson, Shea, Dawson, Latheron, and Hodkinson. The Everton directors have given ten guineas to the Princess Mary Fund.

November 6, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
At Blackburn. Play opened fast, and Harrison made headway. He was repulsed by Walmsley, whose clearance put Rovers on the attack. When dangerous McGhie was robbed by Grenyer, the Rovers left becoming aggressive. Wadsworth centred accurately, but Chapman, when endeavcouring to convert was charged off by Page. The latter played also checked advances by Wadsworth and Bell and Orr the Everton player making progress, Harrison was given offside. From the resultant free kick Chapman passed to McGhie who however, lost the ball near the corner flag. Chapman twice sent wide and them Houston sent the ball across the goalmouth to Roberts whose shot was too high. Stewart, whose clearing kick travelled to Roberts, who pressed the home goal, which later had a narrow escape from a shot, stopped a raid by McGhie by Challinor. Final –Blackburn 3 (Chapman, Byron) Everton reserves 2 (Wright) Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Page and Stewart, backs, Brown, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Houston, Kirsopp, Wright, Roberts, and Harrison, forwards.

Dundee, Perth, Forfar, and Fife's People's Journal - Saturday 07 November 1914
HAD a pleasant surprise the other day.  Jamie Gait dropped in for a few minutes ere returning to Liverpool; and, of course, I asked him the question. How do I like England?” repeated the ex-Ranger. First-rate. The change has done all the good in the world; the surroundings are congenial, and the southern game suits my particular style to a T.
Then the Everton Directors—like the players—are all sports.’ If the team goes down they make a chap feel that they know he has done his best to bring off a win—instead of looking at him with blame largely writ discontented faces. What has surprised me most since going to Goodison Park? do you ask. Emphatically Parker’s form! Bobby is the most improved player ever I’ve seen for such a short time out of my sight.  At Ibrox he was too often standing facing his own goal; but now he gets off his mark right side round. But what made me wonder most were the
he has acquired. With practically the one movement he traps and distributes or shoots, and not even Davie M‘Lean would I put before him. If Parker has fault it would be termed over-eagerness; but I call that virtue. Just you remember what I’ve told you of Bobby; you’ll be surprised when you see him even after what I’ve said. Yes, they could be doing with him at Ibrox yet! I told you the Rangers’ forwards would stale that night you and I and Manager Cuff  met before I signed the Everton form.  Frankly, the forward line is over weighted. There is too much slow craft and too little enthusiastic dash. The Directors know this, of course, but here where they blunder. They signed Dickson, of Shettleton, for example, after  convincing themselves
Then Bowie, the regular man, is injured—what happens? Bennett is taken from the left wing and Dickson forgotten! Now, is there any logic in such a move? Both wings are crippled; lad itching for an opportunity to earn his spurs is back-Seated; and the alteration is a failure! It’s all right talking about versatility, but what are reserves signed for?   At Goodison Park if an inside left is forced to lie off—well, inside left gets the place.

 How can Rangers really expect success in such circumstances? As I said, the line is TOO experienced, and the team selectors too panicky. Reid doesn’t get a fair show, placed as he is between different inside men so often, and with the exception of Gordon the team lacks ginger 1’ Then when Smith is off what sane purpose is served by taking Paterson from the right to fill the veteran’s shoes? If ‘Pat’ is an extreme left-winger he should always play there! Scott Duncan can’t be unduly flattered such changes, and there you have the real truth of the matter! Players are shuffled and re-shuffled until they are fed up’; and the Directors should study the point. But,” concluded Jamie whimsically, what’s the use of having Directorate unless they can get doing what they like with the team?”

November 9 1914. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Although Everton put up a gallant fight with Blackburn Rovers they were ultimately forced to acknowledge defeat by a superior side. The second period of the game, however, was well advanced before Blackburn scored their first point from a penalty, and from this stage the superiority of the Rovers became obvious. Still, Everton displayed much good work, and, but for the unevenness of their forward line, the left wing being more or less a negligible force the honours might have been easy. The fact that the first half was goalless was no reflection on the cleverness of the respective forwards, for they did much that was brilliant until they reached the goal area, where their attackers were skillfully checkmated by the defenders. One particular fine run and centre by Hodkinson when the ball struck the top of the upright was a marvellous piece of work, and received its due reward from the spectators. At the same time the Everton forwards lacked nothing in enterprise for ability, and Robinson handled several clever attempts by Parker. Shea scored the first goal of the game from a penalty kick given for a foul on Sin Simpson, and although Fern touched the ball, he could not prevent it entering the net. Then a beautifully accurate centre by Simpson shapped up by Latheron, who scored from easy range, and a few minutes later Shea got his fifteen League goal since joining the Rovers. A minute later Parker got some compensation for his persistent efforts by scoring Everton's orphan point with a really brilliant drive. Much was expected from the Rovers famous forward line, and while they gave unmistakable evidence of their skill, the clever tactics of Makepeace and Macconnachie, who have rarely dovetailed so effectively, successfully thwarted the right wing. Hodkinson was the star performer on the Rovers side, and he received valuable support from Latheron, but Dawson was well held by Galt. The Everton forwards were an uneven lot. Clennell and Jefferis worked well in unison, the former's dash and accurate centring blinding with the deft footwork of his partner. Parker controlled the ball cleverly and his shooting was accurate; but Palmer quite spoiled the effectiveness of the left wing. Both sets of half backs were giants for work and further behind, Crompton and Macconnachie took the honours. Robinson and Fern were capable custodians, although Fern risked much when he left his goal and carried the ball to the penalty line, where he lost it, and was fortunate in having a free kick given in his favour. Teams: - Everton: - fern goal, Simpson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt, and Makepeace, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker Clennell, and Palmer, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Robinson, goal, Crompton, and Cowell, backs, Walmsley, Smith, and Aitkenhead, half-backs, Simpson, Shea, Dawson, Latheron, and Hodkinson, forwards.

Liverpool Echo - Tuesday 10 November 1914
There are two important matters rising out the Everton-Blackburn match Saturday at Goodisun Park Up to the time of the penalty-kick awarded against Simpson for an alleged offence upon their Simpson there was little between the teams. The penalty-kick turned the game immediately. From the press-box it was hard to see what had happened in the scrimmage, but from those on the spot I gather that Everton's back threw his arms because he caught a player's elbow in his throat, and his "Adam's apple" had been moved'out of place to such an extent that he seemed as though he would be unable to get his breath.  Everton's players allege that a free kick should have been awarded to their side, as Simpson of Blackburn pushed a defender in the back.  At any rate, Everton are complaining the League, and are pointing out it is hardly fair to appoint man from Darwen (practically a suburb of Blackburn) to control match in which the Blackburn team are engaged. The Attendance, as, I suggested on Saturday, was very large one, no fewer than 28,024 spectators being present, including 1,500 soldiers.
The Belgian officers enjoyed the fare immensely, and one of their number has written to Mr. W. C. Cuff following letter:

In the name of the Belgian wounded officers I thank you for your great amiability when admitting us last Saturday to Everton F.C.'s ground. We never had the opportunity to see such a splendid match, and we were awfully pleased to see two of your great English teams playing in England. Surely you cannot imagine how great pleasure you made us. We are all very fond of football in Belgium, and especially fond of seeing our great masters, the English football players,  at play.  I thank you for your kind reception, and am glad to have the opportunity say to you how grateful are to the English people for all they do for us and for our beloved Belgium.  Be sure we shall never forget all the kindness and devotedness we meet in England.  Hoping you will be so kind as to excuse my bad English, I thank you again, and remain, your devoted, . G. de la Rinvierce, Lieutennant, Fazakereley, Belgian Army. 

November 16, 1914.
At Goodison Park. In the opening stages there was not much to choose between the teams, for although Kirsopp made a threatening move the Crewe defence prevailed. Subsequently Nuttall crashed the ball in very close, and at the other end Brown tried hard after which Fife shot into Bromilow's hands. Nuttall tried his luck again for Everton, and later on the Blues pushing methods resulted in a scrimmage in the Crewe goalmouth. Scott got hold of the ball, but failed to retain possession and Wright emerged triumphant from the press with the credit of the first goal. Crewe worked hard, and had several chances presented to them, but none of the visitors rose to the occasion. On the other hand, Houston and Roberts swung in some fine centres and once Kirsopp swung in some fine centre and once Kirsopp roused up the Crewe keeper with a short sharp shot. Hereabouts the referee had occasion to speak to Holmes, the Crewe centre-forward and evidently “words” passed for the player was ordered off. Wareing then took a free kick, and after the goalkeeper had saved Wright obtained possession and scored a second for Everton. Brown was ordered off for striking Houston and Mr. Witter called the player together and delivered an admonition. Wright scored again for Everton. half-time Everton Reserves 3, Crewe nil. With the depleted forces Crewe were unable to make a decent show, and except for an occasional breakaway Everton completely dominated the game, although it must be admitted that they did not unduly exert themselves. Houston was unceremoniously tumbled over when he was making his way goalwards, but Wright was soon prominent and gave the ball to Nuttall who put Everton further ahead with a neat goal. Roy nearly scored and Kirsopp added a fifth and Wright a sixth. Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Page and Stewart, backs, Brown, Wareing, and Roy, half-back Roy, Houston Nuttall, Kirsopp, Wright, and Roberts, forward .

November 16, 1914. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
After the lapse of a season, Everton made acquaintance with Notts County on Saturday, but it cannot be said that the meeting was fruitful of good football. On the contrary, the game almost throughout was of a most mediocre description. It is true that in the open both sets of forwards frequently played attractively, but their work in front of goal fluctuated between the feeble and the reckless. Had half the opportunities been taken by Everton in the first half they would certainly have led to some tangible point, and the same remark applies with equal force to the play of the County in the second period of a generally disappointing exhibition. A goalless draw is perhaps their best relex game, for certainly neither side deserved the point, which they automatically take. Although the atmosphere was crisp and cold it was soon seen that the playing patch was both treacherous and slippery, and this may have had something to do with the haphazard methods in front of goal. After beginning somewhat shakily, the Evertonians settled, down into methodical football, and twice Clennell got through on his own account, only to be thwarted at the critical moment by the gigantic Morley. On a third occasion Iremonger stopped his shot. Later on Parker also tried an individual run, and he was very unlucky in striking the upright with a tremendous drive. In and between these movements the Notts forwards made various incursions towards Fern, and Flint following upon a struggle in front of goal, did actually net the ball. The whistle, however, had gone for a foul on Thompson, and the point was of course disallowed.

The second half was a district improvement upon the first in point of vigour of attack, but there was still the same weakness in finishing. The Country forwards were most persistent for a time, and more than once Thompson was in difficulties when Macconnachie came to the rescue. Everton in the concluding stages showed a much stronger grip of the game, and Iremonger saved one drive, which would certainly have turned the scale, more by good luck than good management. Fern was only in difficulties three times and those he cleared with characteristic cleverness. Macconnachie was seen at his best, and Galt once more showed what a resourceful centre half he is. Poor Tommy Fleetwood was twice in the wars, but he played with dogged pertinacity, and generally managed to check that dangerous forward Richards. Of the forwards it is only necessary to say that they were clever but ineffective. Harrison put in severer of his wonderful centres only to see them worsted, and on the other wing Chedgzoy was scarcely himself. Teams: - Notts County: - Iremonger, goal, Morley, and Sisson, backs, Emberton, Clamp, and Allsebrook, half-backs, Waterail, Flint, Peart, Richards, and Henshall, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Makepeace, half-backs Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Referee D. H. Heath.

November 19, 1914. The Evening Express
Lance Johnson, the Everton forward who had the misfortune to break his leg last season, will turn out for the first time since his injury with the “A” team on Saturday against Harrowby at New Brighton Tower Grounds. It will be remembered that Johnson and Chedgzoy were hurt within a short time of each other last year, and Chedgzoy after a remarkable recovery is playing capital football. It is hoped that Johnson will make an equally successful re-reappearance. Kick-off 2.45. The Everton “A” team to face Harrowby is as follows; Mitchell; Page, and Calley; Johnson, Harding and Fare; Derbyshire, Baine, Johnson and Barber.

Bulloch Brief.
Dundee, Perth, Forfar, and Fife's People Journal-Saturday 21 November 1914
Every man can't rush away at moment's notice,” opined Partick Thistle's Willie Bulloch, “but I admit many could who are still home. lam not going to cite the agreement—if that were the only obstacle between me and a soldier's uniform I would have been away months ago. There are dependants to considered,, and other private matters concerning my family affairs I am not at liberty discuss.” Terse and the point was Harry Mountford, Third Lanark's bustling forward. “Would like to join, but can't. A widowed mother, also a widowed sister with a little nephew, plus own household, depend solely efforts to keep things moving.

Every man can't rush away at moment's notice,” opined Partick Thistle's Willie Bulloch, “but I admit many could who are still home. lam not going to cite the agreement—if that were the only obstacle between me and a soldier's uniform I would have been away months ago. There are dependants to considered,, and other private matters concerning my family affairs I am not at liberty discuss.” Terse and the point was Harry Mountford, Third Lanark's bustling forward. “Would like to join, but can't. A widowed mother, also a widowed sister with a little nephew, plus own household, depend solely efforts to keep things moving.

Liverpool Echo - Friday 20 November 1914
 The biggest goalkeeper in the country is Iremongor. Notts., and the next in order of height makes his bow to League footballers to-morrow at Everton. He bears the name of Boe, and last season played for Gateshead.  His form with the reserves has been so good that gets his first chance to-morrow. The rest of the visitors' team is unchanged, and therefore Evert-on should have a big gate, the Sunderland team always plays good football, and in fact has conquered Everton in their last five meetings heavy margins. Sunderland won against Wednesday at Hillsborough, and Wednesday beat Manchester City last week, so that form points to the visitors giving Everton a tight game. The home side is unaltered, and mayhap will make their home victories number three. In Everton "A" team (v. one finds the name of Lance Johnstone, wno playing for the first time since he broke his leg at Manchester. These are the leading teams which concern us:— Everton . Sunlerland, Walton :—Fern; Thompson and Maconnochie; Fleetwood. Gait, and Makepeace; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison.  Sunderland.—Boe; Gladwin and Hobson; Thomson and Crimen; .Mordue, Bnchan. Philip, Moore, and Martin.
Harrow A.F.C have arranged with the Everton F.C, to play their “A” team, tomorrow, at New Brighton Tower ground, kick-off at 2.45 p.m. Football in amateur circles is not proving of much interest to the public at the present moment, but this match should cause Harrowby to have a good sixed crowd.  Everton “A” team; Mutchell; Page and Kelly; Johnson, Harding, and Fare; Derbyshire, Howarth, Baines, Johnston, and Palmer. 

November 23, 1914. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Many years ago, when Sunderland were just losing their right to the title of the “team of all the talents.” Doig being among those then connected with the Sunderland team, they visited Everton's ground and were beaten 7-1. On Saturday, at Everton, the same score was registered against the visitors, and therefore Everton got something like their revenge for the 5-1 defeat that Sunderland gave them in the corresponding match a year ago. It cannot be levelled at a point against Everton that Buchan (injured in the neck) and Phillp (injured through a fall on the icy turf) being off the field for a while contributed to the downfall. As a matter of fact, Everton scored five of their goals in the first half-hour, and the players mentioned were off the field for but a few minutes. Then why this drubbing of Sunderland? Two reasons –first and the greater, Hobson presented Jefferis with a goal early in the game; second, Everton forwards shot where Boe was not. Boe was making his first appearance with the Sunderland team in senior football, and his baptism was of a nerve-racking order. Yet the 6 ft high goalkeeper showed –that he could keep out long and short range shots, and the reason he was beaten so often was that Everton's shooting was beautifully accurate and placed well out of his reach. Only once was Boa to blame, and that was when Harrison with a long cross-drive deceived him. However, the state of the weather –fog was so thick that the referee started the game earlier than the advertised time and refused permission for an interval –must be taken into consideration. Boa had a thankless task, and was to be pitied in that the full back before him rarely played worse in their career. They were slow moving on the treacherous “going” and in attempting big punt miskicked so badly as to place a forward on the Everton side right in front of goal. Only once did an Everton back blunder in that manner, and that was immediately after Jefferis had opened the score. Macconnachie initiated Hobson, and Phillip was left in front of goal. He fell through his leg locking that of Macconnachie's and then Moore made a difficulty about a simple opening, being eventually robbed. While Mordue did not play up to Buchan's neat passes, it must be said for Moore that he rarely did anything right, and good rounds of passing were as naught through Moore's inability to carry the good work on. At times Sunderland worked harmoniously and well, but they were but a shadow of their former selves.

Jefferis scored in ten minutes, Parker got the second in seventeen. Harrison the third in eighteen, Clennell the fourth in thirty, and Parker in thirty-two minutes. After the interval Buchan and Phillip were absent for a few moments, and Sunderland played so well that Everton easing up in the belief that their margin was quite sufficient were wakened out of their sudden dream. Martin by a superlatively clever effort was able to get in a centre that left Buchan with an easy chance that was taken sensibly. Fern twice had to fist out shots, and then Everton gained the upper hand again, and after Parker had run right through and shot at Boa he scored his third goal from a perfect centre by Chedgzoy, Clennell in the last few minutes making the seventh goal by a first time shot. Sunderland had only themselves to blame for the crushing defeat; their backs were not reliable in interception or kicking, and the wing half-backs could not act against Everton's lively little wing players. Mayhaps the small-sized Everton forwards skipped along the ice-topped turf with more ease than Sunderland's weighty battalion –the fact remains that Everton's attack has not been so deadly on the target for many months. Harrison's introduction made all the difference to the line, and there was not a fault to find with the remaining lines. Victory went to the solid team, the members of which combined true, shot true, and worked in absolute harmony. The best members of the visiting side were Boe, Thomson, Buchan, Phillip, and Martin, with Cringan playing a useful game. Teams (Refereed by Mr. A. J. Heath): - Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Sunderland: - Boe, goal, Gladwin, and Hobson, backs, Cuggy, Thomson, and Cringan, half-backs, Mordue, Buchan, Philip, Moore, and Martin, forwards.

November 25, 1914. The Evening Express
Everton oppose Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, and in view of the good form of the teams a rare struggle should be witnessed. The Everton team chosen is the same as last week. The Reserves and “A” team are also appended;- Everton v. Sheffield Wednesday, at Sheffield on Saturday; Fern; Thompson, and Macconanchie; Fleetwood, Galt, and Makepeace; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrsion. Everton Reserves v Stockport County at Goodison Park;- Bromilow; Simpson, and Stewart; Brown, Wareing, and Roy; Houston, Nuttall, Kirsopp, Wright, and Roberts. Everton “A” v. Ellesmere Port at Ellesmere Port; Mitchell; Page and Kelly; Johnson, Harding and Fare; Forest, Howarth, Baines, Shepherd, and Palmer.

Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 25 November 1914
Famous Footballers who had taken up appointments as trainers of Berlin teams have been watched for by all and sundry, and news has filtered through that the majority of them are safe and fairly well.  Steve Bloomer 's experience was particularly aggravating.  He council senior football last season - though many reckoned that he was worth much as a coach when he was on the field of player -and after much strving he received an appointment in Germany.  Hardly had he arrived there than war broke out.  Recently Bloomer was able to wretch his legs, as a match was arranged between jockeys and others.  The little racing fellows lost easily, now would you wonder when you learn that Bloomer was on the opposition side.  This morning brings news of an Ex-Everton player, who is a prisoner of war.   Fancy demure and unoffending Sam Wolstenholme being interned.  Through the kindness of a Seaforth friend and reader I gather the information regarding Wolstenholme, who will be remembered as a fine, solid and fair half-back of Everton in the years 1903-4-5-6.  After leaving Everton he spent a long time with Norwich City.  Mr. W.J. Rogans, who has sent the news of Wolstenholme tells in his letter that his own brother, george Rogans, is imprisoned on the Spandan Racecourse, near, Berlin.  George played with Garston Gasworks last season, and is not out of employment, footballically, as he says; "We have plenty of football -in fact we play seven days a week.  We are fairly comfortable.  Steve Bloomer and Sam Wolstenholme are among our 'Company."   

Liverpool Echo - Friday 27 November 1914
Mr W. c. Cuff, the Everton secretary, has written the "Times" follows:
 (1) every home match this season we  have granted every facility for the enlistment of recruits, have supplied military music, and have welcomed with free admission the attendance of all Territorials troops. Recruiting literature has also been lavishly distributed, and in fact no effort has been left undone on our part to induce eligible persons to join the colours.
(2) One of my directors, the sons of several other directors, eight of our players, and a large number of our members have already enlisted. (3) Since the middle of August to date the directors of club have given out the funds to the club £500 to the Prince of Wales Fund and ten guineas Princess Mary's Soldiers' and sailors Christmas Fund. . . The staff and players have made weekly contributions and these, with collections taken upon the ground, have amounted £75. all of which has been paid over to the various relief funds.
These collections, subscriptions, and donations have not been permitted' interfere with our usual collections for the local hospitals, and we have paid over so far this season to these charities the sum of £174 13s Id.

November 28, 1914. The Evening Football Express
At Goodison Park. Teams; Everton Res; Bromilow, goal; Simpson and Stewart, backs; Brown, Waring and Roy, half-backs; Houston, Nuttall, Kirsopp, Wright and Roberts, forwards. Stockport Res; Johnson, goal; Robson and Houghton, backs; Davies, Mitton, and Wild, half-backs; Proctor, Kenyon, Coughlan, Birtenshaw, and Lloyd, forwards. The opening exchanges were for the most part confined to midfield, the only dangerous move being a centre by Houston which Wright headed over the bar. On one occasion the Stockport forwards almost penetrated the home defence, but Stewart came to the rescue and saved the situation in masterly style. Houston and Roberts then tried the effects of a long shot, but on each occasion the Stockport keeper cleverly defended his charge. A miscalculation on the part of Simpson let in the visiting centre-forward, but he made poor use of the opening for he shot miserably wide with only the keeper to beat. At length Everton managed to outplay their opponents and several dangerous moves were made against the County citadel, but without any tangible result,, although on one occasion Waring struck the upright with a terrific drive. The visitors then had a spell of attacking and Bromilow was several times called upon to save his charge although it must be said that the shots were not of a very dangerous character. Nearing the interval both sides tried desperately to score, but without avail, both goals having very narrow escapes. Half-time; Everton 0, Stockport 0.

November 28, 1914. The Evening Express
Sir – I notice in your paper last night a statement by Mr. W.C. Cuff, secretary of the Everton F.C., in which he states that a director and eight players to the club have joined the Army. As I understand it, the present crusade is against football as a professional and money-making intuitions. I also am given to understand that the eight Everton players who have joined the colours are all amateurs. Can any of your readers say whether this is so or not?

November 28, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo.
At Goodison Park. The game commenced at a rare pace, and was excellently contested, the defence on each side being a feature Everton put in some smart work on the wings, but Stockport replied effectively, and Cognlam got in a drive which failed to find the mark. Roberts and Wright again allowed their paces and the ball was crossed to Houston, who forced a corner, and afterwards Kirsopp headed over. Roberts once more was prominent, and tricked his opponents cleverly, but his centre was headed outside by Nuttall. Birtenshaw rushed through Everton's defence, but shot weakly. At the other end Houston put the ball across the goalmouth a corner following, being badly placed by Roberts, and after play in front of the Stockport goal Nuttall put over the bar, and Wareing hit the upright when the goalkeeper was out of his den. A free kick gave relief to Stockport and Lloyd and Proctor each got in shots but neither troubled Bromilow. Coghan and Proctor between them bungled a chance of scoring and Bromilow saved from Birchenshaw while Wright shot wide for Everton. half-time no goals, Full time Everton nil, Stockport County 2 . Everton: - Bromilow goal, Simpson, and Stewart, backs, Brown, Wareing and Roy, half-backs, Houston, Nuttall, Kirsopp, Wright, and Roberts, forwards.

November 29, 1914. Evening Football Express
The visitors team included Palmer, Page, and Mitchell, this fact being responsible for the public interest. Everton started, and Faulkner baulen Plamer in well defined scheme. Everton showed pretty football but the home defenders were sound. Splendid work by Elwell ended in Warburton beating Mitchell after five minutes. Houghton saved brilliantly from Bains. Cowan and Farrington were sound. Spuce was fouled by Page when almost through. Half-time-Ellesmere Port 1, Everton “A” 0.

November 30, 1914. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton team are going on from triumph to triumph, and upon their present form they may be confidently reckoned a match for any of the most powerful clubs in the League. After their sensational victory over Sunderland a week ago they travelled to Sheffield on Saturday and defeated a strong Wednesday side by 4 goals to 1. Curiously enough, the Evertonians have invariably done well on the enclosure for at least the past five years, and it would almost seem to be a case of “courses for horses.” Be this as it may there was no doubt about the skill and merit of their achievement at Hillsborough on the occasion under notice. They were superior to their opponents in every department, and when they held a comfortable lead at the turn it was no more than their due. Sheffield Wednesday, however, were by no means done with, as in the second period they made several desperate efforts to at least equalise. They did in fact, succeed in beating fern once, but this was extent of their attempts at aggression. Admirably led and fed by Parker the Evertonians gave a really sparkling display, and with the half-backs and backs working in happy conjunction the 17,000 people present were treated to an agreeable exhibition of class football. It is only fair to Sheffield to say that they did gamely, for they did not abate one jot of their vigorous tactics until the whistle finally blew. The home side were without the services of Blair at full back, but it can scarcely be said that the players absence had any material influence on the result of the game, for as we have already indicated, the visitors were cleverer at all points. In the earlier stages of the contest Sheffield Wednesday attempted to make the pace, but they found that the Everton half backs too much for them, and, as a consequence, half a dozen attacking movements were successfully broken up. The Evertonians settling down to methodical play, moved along very prettily, and Parker seizing his opportunity, scored with a fast shot that gave Davison very little chance. Within a minute the Everton centre forward repeated this performance. The leather was taken right from the centre line towards the home goal, and Parker again netted it. Wednesday rallied strongly after this second reverse, and McLean led several forlorn hopes with conspicuous dash, but try as they would the Sheffielders could not get on terms with the Everton defence, and the visitors crossed over with two clear goals to their credit. The second half, if not so neat in its footwork, was much more vigorous than the first. It was, indeed, full of incident and exciting episodes. The first of these occurred when the Wednesday made a protracted onslaught on the Everton goal. The ball was swung in from the left, and Wilson and Mclean between them succeeded in beating Fern, the home centre forward putting the finishing touch to the effort. It was now that the Wednesday put on double pressure, but the Evertonians resisted, and proceeded to carry war into Sheffield territory, Parker was going along at top speed when he was brought to earth by McSkimming within the danger zone. The referee at once granted a penalty kick , and Parker had the double satisfaction of netting the ball and at the same time performing the “hat-trick.” In spite of this third reverse the home forwards played for all they were worth, and great credit is due to the coolness and confidence of the Everton defenders in keeping such sturdy foes at bay. There were only a few minutes to go when Everton filled up the cup of Wednesday's woe by scoring a fourth goal. This, like the other three, came from the twinkling feet of Parker, who taking a fine pass from Chedgzoy, netted with a swift shot. As may be gathered the display of the Everton front rank was delightful to witness. The whole of the quintet played admirably, and if Jefferis missed at least three golden opportunities, he did his share in securing the points, which counted. The left wing pair were particularly smart, and once Clennell was distinctly unfortunate in not getting through. We have nothing but praise for the halves, all of whom acquitted themselves well, Galt's headwork and Makepeace generalship being especially effective. Macconnachie was at the top of his form, and was ably supported by Thompson. There is no doubt about the vigour and activity of the Sheffield side, but Saturday's encounter served to show that these qualities are comparatively ineffective against a side which possesses the additional factor of combination and balance. Teams: - Sheffield Wednesday: - Davison, goal, Worral, and Spoor, backs, Bentley, Parkes, and McSkimming, half-backs, Kirkman, Glennon, McLean, Wilson, and Copper, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards.





November 1914