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Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 03 November 1923
This match was played to-day before about a thousand spectators, a large number regular supporters having accompanied the first team to Stoke. The visitors had three Internationals on view in Harrison, Forbes, and Parry, whilst Derby also fielded a good side, Keetley, who is on the injured list, being replaced by Bromage. The team were— Derby : Lawrence; Findlay, Ritchie; McLaverty, Wightman, Edgar; Jamieson, Bromage, Paterson. Moore, and Rowe. Everten: Harland; Raith, Helsby; Peacock, Weir, Grenyer; Parry, Miller, Forbes, Williams and Harrison.  Derby opented well, considering the condition of the ground, and Harland saved with difficulty from a free kick taken by Wightman from just outside the penalty area. Harland dropped the ball, which was travelling at a great pace, but Raith fortunately kicked clear. A shot by Bromage hit the post in another attack. Lawrence was laid out and needed attention after stopping a rush by the Everton right wing. All the players slipped at time,  the greasy surface, -which at times tended to spoil the game. At the end of seventeen minutes, the Derby forwards rushed down the line, Harland coming out to meet them, when Moore shot through an untenanted goal. The, visitors retaliated, and Miller, when well placed, looked like equalising, but the ball was deflected by Wightman, who had dropped back. Then Moore beat the defence and left Paterson in from short range, the latter slipped, and his effort failed. The game was fairly even in character, Lawrence being as much called upon the man the other end of the field. The home custodian saved a good shot by Forbes, and another near the upright from Parry, while in a further attack Harrison hit the side net. The County resumed the offensive, and Moore was only inches wide with a ground shot from a pass Paterson. Half-time arrived with the County leading 1 —0. Early in tho second half Harland fell full length saving from Rowe during a promising left wing.  Shooting on the run Jamieson, on the other wing, sent across the goalmouth after he had got the backs and had only Harland to beat. Derby were proving themselves the more dangerous combination. The Everton backs were frequently beaten, and on one occasion Paterson drove hard from short range, Harland luckily getting his leg the way when least expected. Play continued the County's favour, and they never relaxed their efforts. Midway through the second Everton backs were once more under pressure and Paterson, getting clean through, placed the County further ahead with a good drive from fifteen yards out. Lawrence was now having a comparatively easy time of it, his forwards keeping ball in the other part of the field Harland was again beaten by just before close following another good run by' the home forwards. Final—Derby County Res three, Everton Res. 0.

Sheffield Independent - Saturday 03 November 1923
The Everton team, who are due at Bramell Lane today, are perhaps the most formidable foe, whom Sheffield United have entertained this season.  The United have not yet been beaten on their own ground, and it will be interesting to see whether the Evertonians can succeed where other visitors have failed.  The Everton Club had a humble origin in Liverpool, known as the St. Domingo Cricket Club, run by the young men attending the Congregational Chapel in St. Domingo Vale.  The Members were so keen on cricket that they decided to play football on Saturday afternoon in order to keep themselves fit, and this they began to do in 1878 in a public recreation ground called Stanley Park.   The following year they adopted the name of St. Domingo Football Club and began to play matches against purely local elevens; but the members were full of ambition, and at a general meeting in 1879 they changed the name to Everton. 
The Old Time Gate
Four years later they got an enclosed ground at Anfield and their first gate realised the sum of 14s.  In the season 1883-84 they won their first trophy, the Cup offered by the newly-formed Liverpool Association, defeating Earlestown in the final, a victory which gave the club a great stimulus.  In season 1884-85 they moved to the Anfield road enclosure, where the Liverpool Club, whose existence is due to a split in the Evertonian management, at present hold away.  There they played until Goodison Park was opened by the late Lord Kinnard in 1892.  Everton are one of the original twelve clubs who formed the Football league in 1888-9.  They won the championship in the Third season of the existence of the competition, but had to wait 24 years, namely, until 1914-15 before they again gained that honour.  They have been great League fighters, and have never figured in the Second Division.  Besides twice winning the Championship they have finished second half a dozen times, and third on four occasions. 
As Cup-Fighters
Four times have Everton appeared in the final of the English Cup, once to won the Cup by beating Newcastle United in 1906, and three times to be beaten, namely by Wolverhampton in 1893, the Villa in 1897, and by The Wednesday in 1907.  Many famous footballers have played for Everton and in season 1893-94 they had no fewer than twelve internationals in their ranks.  Such players as Nick Ross, Johnny Holt, Edgar Chadwick, Fred Geary, A. Hannah, Dan Doyle, Alexander Latta, Alfred Milward, Bob Kelso, Bob Howarth, Jack Bell, and John Southworth, have at one time or another worn the Everton colours.  In this season's League competition Everton at present stand fifth on the list, one point behind the eladers, Huddersfield Town, but they have played two more matches.  They have two points more than Sheffield United, their opponents of today and have played two more games.  

November 5, 1923. The Liverpool Courier.
By Adams.
It would be unreasonable to suppose that extenuating circumstances did not exist to account for Everton's big defeat at Sheffield. As a matter of fact, Hunter Hart lost the match for his side when he lost the toss, for, facing half a gale, blinded one minute by sunshine and the next by showers, the Blues were buffeted, worried unbalanced, and blown (in two senses) when half-time arrived. So much so, that they were physically unable to take advantage of the elements when they had the chance. In the fatal first 45 minutes, Johnson, the United centre, had scored three goals from gilt-edged chances up by his wings, and there was also a disallowed point. From the lofty press box, which rocked and swayed in the gale like a crow's nest, it appeared that the first goal was illegitimate because the marksman was offside when, unmarked, he converted a lovely centre from Tunstall. There was an ineffectual protests, which was renewed over the second. The unpermitted goal was curious, Johnson's shot beat Fern and the ball hit the bottom of the post. Mercer, who had centred, ran out of play over the goal-line, came back, got behind Fern and touched the ball round the upright. It was an unique case of offside.

The third was all Johnson. He raced through and fired in a fast shot, which the goalkeeper saved at full length. The ball came out again to the centre, who lobbed in a slow one over the out-stretched keeper. Livingstone jumped up and pulled down the ball from under the bar, but it was a goal anyway. Everton were occasionally aggressive, and just on half-time Chedgzoy who had ploughed his way up single handed, was fouled by Milton just outside the penalty area. His shot, a great effort, was pulled by the wind a trifle wide of Gough helpless. Chadwick, too, had hard lines, but McBain's example of keeping the ball on the ground was not followed by his colleagues and every time the leather was ballooned a Sheffield man got it.

Everton began the second half in style, and fired in all sorts of shots without any luck. Irvine, Cock, Chedgzoy, and Hart were just wide. Then came the crowning misfortune. Pantling took a free kick sent across to Johnson who was inexplicably unchallenged, and he got his fourth point. “The rest is silence, “ except for a wonderful dribble by Troup, who received a tremendous and sustained cheer. Supporters of the Blues need not be depressed at the result. Everything came off for the Blades, and nothing for the Blues, and there will be a great transformation next Saturday if there are no “gentle zephyrs.” The best man on the field was Tunstall, Johnson's goals were grifts and practically every time he kicked the ball he scored. Teams: - Sheffield United: - Gough, goal, Cook, and Milton, backs, Pantling, Waugh, and Green, half-backs, Mercer, Sampy, Johnson, Gillespie, and Tunstall, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, McBain, Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards, Referee Mr. JE Telford.

November 5, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post Mercury
Heavy going tended to spoil play in the match at Derby, where the home side, adapting themselves more readily to the conditions, won conformably. Moore scored the only goal in the first half, and during this period both sets of forwards showed considerable enterprise. Subsequently Derby's superiority was cleverly defined, their goalkeeper enjoying a comparatively easy time. Paterson scored their second goal midway through the concluding half, and Moore added the third just on time.

November 5, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
At Pirrie Park. Pay in the early stages was slow, but evenly balanced. Although Harlandic faced a strong wind they took up the attack and obtained a shot, which proved fruitless. Everton made several attacks on goal but shot too high, shortly after the interval Caddick netted for Everton. Harlandic made many attempts to qualiser when favoured by the wind, but failed to break through the strong defence put up by the backs Chaddick and Hetherington played well for Everton “A” while Roberts Sharp, and saving were prominent for the losing side.

November 10, 1923. The Liverpool Courier.
In their return gone with Sheffield United at Goodison Park, Everton will have the desire to show their supporters that the result at Bramell Lane, a week ago was a wrong result that will be rendered. The visitors it was admitted by them the most biased support, and looks with the utmost consideration to but themselves to reveres the result. The Blues are contending to reply on the same team as did duty then, and the United naturally also satisfied with the same eleven. The Blades are a nippy side, but for clever football the blues can get points, and it will surprise if they lose their unbeaten home certificate to-day. It can be taken for gained that Johnson will be well watched. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, McDonald, Livingstone, Brown, McBain, Hart, Cjhedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, Troup, Sheffield United: - Gough, Cook, Milton, Pantling, Waugh, Green, Mercer, Sampy, Johnson, Gillespie, Tunstall.

November 12 1923. The Liverpool Courier.
By Adams.
Everton exacted a sweet revenge for their disastrous defeat at Sheffield by beating the United well and truly at Goodison Park. Few of us who saw the Bramell-lane match anticipated anything else. for it was obvious that the Blues were beaten by the elements rather than by the superior skill of their opponents. The margin in favour of Everton on Saturday was two clever goals, which was amply sufficient to clinch the issue, but there might have been a couple more given better finishing. This failing was particularly noticeable in the first tem minutes, when Irvine, Cock, and Chadwick fired yards wide. Again later, a certain score was nullified by Gough, who brought off one of the most daring and sensational saves seen at Goodison Park this season, by picking the ball from Cock's toe.
The two goals-both by Chadwick, by the way –were a remarkable study in contrasts. The first was one of those freak affairs in which the Blues appear to be specialising nowadays, but Chadwick must be given due credit for his opportunism. He sent in a first time slow moving ball which Gough went down to smoother. Right in front of the goalkeeper the ball appeared to gather momentum and “side,” and bounced up over a pair of outstretched hands into the net. A soft goal, but welcome. The second was much more elaborate and orthodox. Hunter Hart checked Sampy, and put forward a long pass to Cock. The centre steadied himself, and transmitted the ball cleverly to Chadwick, who shot hard into the corner of the net from long range. The force which Chadwick gets into his shots is astonishing, and it is more than possible that there is no harder hitter of a moving ball playing League football today.
The United were up against a better and cleverer team, but they were triers all through, and had the Everton defence been the least bit shaky. Tunstall and Mercer would have had a profitable time. As it was Brown, McBain and Hart –Brown especially –held a vice like grip on the attack, and McDonald and Livingstone kicked shiftily and accurately. The forwards played daintily and effectively upto the “box” but their culminating efforts were mostly misdirected. Chedgzoy well held in the opening stages, improved as the game went on, and on several occasions might have scored, with luck. Irvine was a trifle erratic, and Cock rather slow in starting towards goal, Chadwick was the outstanding forward, but Troup was not far behind him. He is almost as good a half-back as he is a forward. For Sheffield, the two wingers, Milton, Pantling, and Gough were the pick, Johnson was more or less obliterated. The game was conducted in good spirit, and although McBain was hurt in the latter stages and went off, the affair was a pure accident. Team : - Everton: - Fern. goal, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Sheffield United: - Gough, goal, Cook, and Milton, backs, Pantling, Waugh, and Green, half-backs, Mercer, Sampy, Johnson, Gillespie, and Tunstall, forwards.

November 12 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton achieved a fine performance at Lance-lane when they easily defeated Liverpool “A” by 4-1. The visitors were undoubtedly the better side and fully deserved the two points. Play opened at a fast pace. The Blues' right wing was first to come into promince. Swindles made an excellent run down the slope, and beating Ostle and Davies sent in a fine centre, which, however, was badly dealt with by the inside forwards. After ten minutes, Torley opened the score, for Everton and within the next minute Davies (centre-half) made a good attempt to equalise, his shoot striking the crossbar, with Lawson well beaten. From a penalty, Virr put Everton further ahead. After the resumption, both goals were frequently visited. Davies, from twenty-five yards beat Lawson and Virr, near the end, scored two more goals, for Everton. Garner, Davies, Keedwell, and Spencer, were prominent for the Reds, Lawson, Helsby, Swindells, and Virr being the pick of the visitors.

November 13, 1923. The Liverpool Courier.
Thomas Ball Aston Villa centre-half back, was shot dead outside his house at Perry Bar, Birmingham last night.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 15 November 1923
Doddy Wilson, the ex-Hearts-Everton- Newcastle, and Lochgelly player, has been appointed player-manager to St Andrews City F.C., Vancouver.

Dundee Courier - Thursday 15 November 1923
 George Wilson, the well-known international football player, has been chosen from a large number of applicants to be coach and playing manager to the Andrew's City F.C., Vancouver, British Columbia. George, who is a native of Lochgelly, emigrated to Canada last year. He finished his football career at home with the Raith Rovers.  He first earned fame while with the Hearts of 'Midlothian. Latterly he went to Everton, and following a dispute with them crossed over to Belfast and had a season there. For what was then a record transfer fee was secured by Newcastle United. He holds the Cup badges of the Scottish and English Associations, and had the unique experience, in addition his Scottish Association caps, having played in League internationals for both Scotland and Ireland.

November 15, 1923. The Liverpool Courier.
It has been stated that Norman Bullock, Centre forward of the Bury Football Club, is on the transfer list, and that several first League clubs have been inquiring about him. The assertion that Everton had actually secured his transfer was published local by yesterday, but with the Goodison and Bury clubs deny the statement. As a matter of fact, it is probable that Bullock, who has been out of the “Shakers” team for some time, may appear against Leicester City on Saturday.

November 17, 1923. The Liverpool Football Echo
Every football enthusiast likes a clean ever cleanly living in footballers more important than most players will allow and such living is much more likely and judged by the lookers-on than the player will ever know. The hero of the field sometimes blotches his copybook and his fame is at once as naught –a if he had ever obtained plaices. Now is the case of many Everton player the public say; “He's such a decent fellow on or off the field. Such a one is Billy Brown, the ruddy complexioned young fellow who has gained his club cap in the Everton colours. When did Brown join? That is a favourite query from Everton folk, who can hardly believe their own ears when they are told he was with Everton in 1914-15. But (says “Bee's) Brown came here an mere boy of 16 years. He was rather heftily built, ad for a long spell after the war he had to play second fiddle. In fact, there was a time when he came to me and said that he feared it was no use staying at Everton. I counseled him to have patience. Then he got his place in the senior side and when the whole side played badly and Brown played a poor game, but the best of the half-back's game he was dropped to the second side. There is often a youngster who has to go to the stiffs' side as it is called, when defeat has surprised the club. Brown went down knowing that he had played badly, but believing that he had layed better than any other half-back on his side. However, like a sensible fellow he waited, and played on hard and true and the result is that he is now a fixture in the first side , and is a link in a line that has become known as one of the best trinities in the world. A leading authority has said that Brown is the best right half in the game at the moment and Billy Meredith told me that he had not seen a better half-back line for some seasons than the Everton line of Brown, McBain and Hart, Brown has come to stay. He shuns the foul, and he has shunned the motor-bike by which he once damaged his wrist and had to cease from football. He is still a young man, full of vitality keen of thought and sure in his passes to his wing, while his tackles has some “body” in it, yet is quite per rule. Long may he resign –“He's such a decent fellow on and off the field.”

November 19, 1923. The Liverpool Courier.
Considering the conditions, the football displayed at Goodison Park, where Everton improved their position in the League table at the expense of the Albion, was of a high-class order. The ground was in a bad state through the heavy rains of late, and a terrific hailstorm in the opening half did not tend to improve matters. Yet both sides overcame these difficulties in splendid style, and as a result, the game was a most interesting one to watch.
Everton got their goals in the closing minutes of the first half, and shortly after the resumption of the second period. The first was the result of an individual effort by Cock, but from the press box it appeared as though the centre was well offside. This view was strengthened by the fact that neither Bowser nor Adams made any effort to go after Cock. The referee, however, declined to heel the Albion appeal. This was five minutes from half-time. Three minutes had gone in the second half when Everton went further ahead, but this time there could be no disputing the point, for it was a beautiful worked for goal. It was engineered on the right wing by Chedgzoy, who outwitted McNeal before putting the ball across. Bowser only half cleared the centre, which went to Chadwick, and Wilfred maintained his position as one of the leading goal scorers of the country with a drive from fully 30 yards. It was not until Everton had secured this lead that they dominated the game. This was to some extent due to the tactics of the Throstle's defenders. Adams and Smith, who never failed to reply on the “back-to-the-keeper” touch; yet this move can be carried to extremes against a swift moving centre like Cock, who on two occasions all but scored. Chedgzoy was very subdued in the opening half, and most of the work fell upon the left wing, where the clashing of the diminutive Troup and Magree was most interesting to watch; the struggles of these two provided the feature of the game, and while the Albion player generally had the best of it in the first 45, Troup more than levelled matters by the close.
As regards general footwork there was little to chose between the sides. Both sets of halves looked after the forwards well, but while the Everton vanguard finished off their movements successfully, the Albion very rarely got the better of McDonald and Livingstone, consequently Fern was only really troubled on two occasions –once in each half. The first was when Carter fired in a shot that the keeper was just in time to turn behind, and the second came when Blood took up a centre from Spencer, but again Fern saved on the line. This was all that Blood did during the game, and thus he failed to maintain his record of having scored in every game he has played for the Albion. In a large way McBain was responsible for this, the centre-half's watchfulness being that of a father. Forward Everton were best served by the inside men –Cock, Irvine, and Chadwick in turn being only inches wide with splendid shots. The Albion fell away greatly before the end, and as a team were decidedly inferior to the winners, who were well served both fore and aft. Teams : - Everton: - Fern, goal, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - A. Ashmore, goal, J. Smith, and Adams, backs, Magee, Bowser, and McNeal, half-backs, Spencer, Carter, Blood, Morris, and H. Smith, forwards.

November 19 1923. The Liverpool Courier.
No details in local papers.

November 24, 1923. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton go to West Bromwich with the same team that vanquished the Throstles a week ago at Goodison Park, and now that Jack Cock has resumed scoring, with great suspects of improving Merseyside's three points of a week ago into a double event. If the centre forward would put a little more spirit –or should it be Kreuchen –into his finishing touches, we should hear fewer tales out for the leader, but many of these are like Mark Twain's comment on his obituary notice –very much exaggerated” –and hardly fair to either player or club. Certainly, if current form be anything on which to base a predication they should have no difficulty in returning with the spoils of victory. The Albion's fall from grace this season has been dramatic, and the position of the club so low in the table, and the ineffectness which has placed it there, are matters which are giving the greatest anxiety to officials and supporters alike. In today's game the Throstles make further alterations, including the reconstitution of the left wing, Morris and Gregory, the latter making his first appearance in the present campaign. Reid displaces Bowser at centre half –he was pivot in sixteen matches two seasons ago –and Perry, son of a famous player, takes Adam's position at left-back. In his debut and from all accounts he is a sturdy youth. If the Black Country fog holds, there might well be exciting times at the Hawthorns.

November 24, 1923 The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton are introducing into their reserves side against Blackburn rovers a new player of promise in J. Parry, a brother of F. Parry their outside right, in the team also is Swindles a local forward previously with Orrell Wednesday.

November 26, 1923. The Liverpool Courier.
By Adams.
Five-nothing! The news of Everton's defeat at West Bromwich must have chilled the bones of enthusiasts who were lucky enough to be keeping the home fires burning on Saturday evening. But if those enthusiasts had been at the Hawthorns they would have returned, as I did, with the consolatory reflection that these things are all in the game, and that the Blues suffered from the swing of Luck's pendulum. Up to the time of McDonald's regrettable accident Everton had played fine football, and there was nothing to indicate that the Albion would indulge in an orgy of goals. In fact, there was nothing in it either way, and the sporting crowd cheered some great work by Chelgzoy and Irvine, who were testing the capabilities of young Charlie Perry, the new home back to the full. But after McDonald was carried off on the trainer's back with a broken nose –sustained in a heading bout with Fred Morris –there was only one team in it.

It is unnecessary to stress the wonderful virility of the Aston Villa front rank –the score speaks for itself –but it may be said that every goal was well worked for, and that in every case save one the points came from swinging centres from Spencer and Gregory. Blood, the old Port Vale player, whose consistency with the Reserves this season has been remarkable, got three of the goals, each the reward of thrust and quick moving. A few small criticisms might be made. It seemed to me that fern might have saved, at least one of the goals, and that Morris' contribution was off side. However, as the inside right's goal was the fifth it didn't matter very much. Again, when the Albion began to overrun the weakened defence Chedgzoy dropped back to help –a mistake to my mind –for the winger's speed on many occasions beaten McNeal and Perry, and Irvine had done some excellent things in combination with him.

The fact is that Everton have slipped a cog in their intricate team work machinery, were never able to get going in earnest. A feature in their caps, however, was the sporting way their kept the ball in play, their clean football throughout, and their refusal of over-exploit the offside business. They were well-beaten, but in defeat well maintained the traditions of the club for sportsmanship. Livingstone worked heroically, and the halves sloggard, in whole-heartedly. Fern made several great saves. Chadwick and Troup were out of luck, and Cock rather more reticent than usual. On the winners' side the forwards were all enterprising. Reed played splendidly at centre-half vice Bowser, and Perry, a hefty scion of a famous family, made a most promising first appearance. On Saturday's form the Throstles will soon be in song again. Teams: - West Bromwich Albion: - Ashmore, goal, Smith and Perry, backs, Magee, Reid, and McNeal, half-backs, Spencer, Carter, Blood, Morris, and Grenyer, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, McDonald and Livingstone backs Brown, McBain and Hart, half-backs Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr. GN. Watson.

November 26, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton avenged their 6-1 defeat at Blackburn the previous Saturday by over coming the Rovers at Goodison Park by four clear goals. From the opening they took charge of the game, and J. Parry missed a glorious chance in the first three minutes. Bedford and Ratchie, on the left wing, were most prominent for the visitors, but they were up against Grenyer at his beast. The game was fifteen minutes' old when Swindles, who has been assisting the “A” team scored a fine goal. Afterwards, Haworth unfortunately handled the ball when, after beating several opponents, he had only the keeper to beat. Prior to the interval Wall scored a second. The second half opened with even play, but Campball missed the easiest of chances by firing high over the bar. Grenyer scored a third for Everton, which was soon followed by a fourth from J. Parry during a scrimmage in the goalmouth. Later Harrison, who seldom fails with penalty kicks, missed one, Smith making a great save, though being badly hurt in stopping the fierce drive.

November 26, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
This game at Rake-lane, though a hard one, was not a particularly good one. Everton opened shakily, and during the first half were overplayed. New Brighton scoring three times though Wilson (1), who also went close on two others occasions, and Bryson (2), one from a penalty for hands, while s. Houghton headed for Everton. The home team were inclined to take things for granted particularly so when, after the interval, Bryson put them further ahead, but Everton improved considerably, and playing with great determination managed to bring their account to within a goal of the home total, through points scored by Weir and S. Houghton. New Brighton tried hard to increase their lead. and attacked strongly, but Lawson made several clever saves, and up to the final whistle it was anybody's game.




November 1923