EVERTON V. MIDDLESBROUGH
London Daily News - Monday 05 October 1903
About 15,000 people were present at Goodison Park when these teams met, delightful weather being experienced. Henerson apepared for Everton, Balmer being away owing to illness, while Middlesbrough were at full strength. The visitors looked to have most of the play in the first half, but the form shown on either side was very poor. Nothing was scored before half-time, but Everton came away in vigorous style after change of ends and Sharp scored from a penalty. with a fast, low shot Wolstenholmes put on a second point for Everton who thus won by two goals to none.
Athletic News - Monday 05 October 1903
There is no escaping from the conclusion that the Everton eleven are playing good football this season. Their directors seem quite satisfied with the team, and it is really pleasant to hear them declare with an air of confidence that the side have proved their ability even when misfortune has overtaken them. Such a sporting spirit in the management begets a happy feeling in the ranks, and there is no more potent influence on the field than a spirit of comradeship. The defence of Everton seems quite as powerful as last season, and the forward line is speedier and much more effective, because the five are better balanced, the men themselves are fit for the fray, and there is a strain of new blood which seems to have blended with the old. The team is apparently strong throughout each division. Even so, they had but a small margin of superiority over Middlesbrough at Goodison Park on Saturday, although the visitors from the banks of the Tees were vanquished by two goals to none. The Northerners gave a display on which they can complimented, but try as they would they could not overcome George Kitchen, and as he is the guardian of the breach there was never a point for Cassidy and his partners to congratulate themselves upon.
KITCHEN, THE KING OF THE KEEP.
The first ten minutes were all in favour of Everton, who kept their opponents strictly on the defensive. But the home team got “no forrader,” as the farmer said at the rent audit after ample potations of claret. The shooting was at fault, McDermott being erratic, both in elevation and direction. Owing to the initiation of Brown the support of Cassidy, Atherton at length made tracks to the other end of the enclosure, and the final effort by way of centre was so fine, although he put the ball in at a right angle, that Kitchen was glad to bar the progress of the centre with the shin of one leg. The attacks of Everton were marked by fine combination, Sharp and Hardman both distinguishing themselves by their aggressiveness and their dangerous middles on the run, while Sharp, taking a centre from the Blackpool youth on the half volley only just crashed it outside the netted haven. But Settle was injured in the thing and retired. He came on again but had to return to the dressing-room. With four forwards Everton did their best, but they were clearly handicapped. Naturally Middlesbrough made the most of this opportunity. They brushed the defence and Kitchen saved his charge four times in quick succession. One of these shots was a rare stinging drive from Cassidy, while White, with a long-range ball just under the bar, caused anxiety. Kitchen repelled, but Brown was the gentleman in waiting. He is ever on the alert for goals, but his awkward, low effort was turned on one side by Kitchen with one hand. Sharp was again and again conspicuous but Middlesbrough retaliated in rare style, and Kitchen picked
Up a Swift grounder from Brown, and another shot from the foot of White. So when half-time arrived the teams were in the same position as when they began.
THE GEWTTING OF THE GOALS
But on reversing Settle returned, and Everton within four minutes placed themselves in such a sound position that their antagonists required three goals to win. It is passing strange that all the scoring should be accomplished in an eventful four minutes. Such was the case. Directly after Everton had got under weigh Hardman had his chance, and dribbling right up to goal, shot the ball past Williamson. But the referee did not allow a goal. He ordered a penalty kick, which seemed passing strange, remembering that he is invested with powers to overlook any breaches of the law which may assist the defending team. Tom Booth strolled up, seemed very unwilling to act. He disputed Sharp, who with neatness, efficiency and dispatch banged the ball back into the place from whence it came. Thus was justice done. But what would have been the feelings of Everton had Williamson parried the flying ball? Still, all’s well that ends well, I suppose. Barely had the strife been renewed than Smith fouled Hardman. From the free kick, operations were transferred to the right wing, and then Wolstenholme, pouncing on the ball, whizzed it into the net with an oblique ground shot which would have nonplussed any goalkeeper. But there was no respite for Williamson, as Everton exercised severe pressure. After Hardman had troubled him, Young, with a grand effort, gave the youthful Northern custodian the opportunity of showing superb skill. After McDermott had passed to Sharp the latter, with rare precision, brought Williamson to his knees, when Young ought to have easily found the net from the inadequate clearance. Instead of which he shot for the moon, or the sun. However, in the later stages, Middlesbrough took a fresh lease of life, and Atherton was oft prominent for his dashing dexterous dribbles. A really exhilarating left wing movement between Cassidy and Atherton enabled the former to test Kitchen with a “teaser” at short range. But Kitchen conquered and so did Everton.
CONCERNING THE EVERTONIANS
AND NO ONE HAD A GREATER HAND IN THE VICTORY THAN GEORGE Kitchen, who showed himself vigilant, alert, resourceful and above all, most skillful with shots of all descriptions. More finished custodianship could not be desired. The Liverpool youth, Crelley is developing fast as a back, and I am not so sure that he is much behind Balmer, if at all. By the way, Balmer was unable to play, as he is suffering from dysentery. The intermediate line of the home team showed sound and effective manceurving and none more so than Wolstenholme, who, in the absence of Balmer, evidently felt his responsibility, and rose manfully to the occasion. With Atherton and Cassidy he had a most dangerous wing to try and keep in check. A half-back with less ability and perseverance than Wiolstenholme might have cost his side the match. Moreover, he played well up to Sharp, who was both speedy and clever on the wing. The Lancashire Cricketer was in fine form, and his display reminded me of one of his exhibitions against Dunlop, of Liverpool, last season, on the same ground. On the other extreme Hardman showed any amount of pluck and skill. With a little more weight he would be an ideal outside left, and Saturday was not a day on which to see him at his best, as Settle was away for the greater part of the first half, and Hardman was rendered lame by the attentions of Smith after the interval. But after all the main feature of the Everton game was their really splendid combination. There was method in their passing, accuracy in their transferences, and a perfect understanding between the half-backs and the forwards. If Everton had a fault, it was that their passing rather too elaborate, especially near goal. Their work was very pretty, but football does not consist in the tracing of beautiful patterns. The art of the game is doing the right thing at the right moment, and rightest thing of all, speak, so to speak is to drive the ball into the net. Therefore, take every opportunity of shooting practice.
THE MIDDLESBROUGH MEN.
The Middleborough club have a better balanced eleven than last season, because their forwards, who have played without a change, are more skillful. At the same time, the right wing was not nearly so effective as I had anticipated, for Gettins accomplished little, and White worked hard, but without much judgment. The real forwards were Brown, Cassidy, and Atherton. They are an excellent trio, and Atherton was the man who filled the eye most. His runs were fast, and always boded danger, as his centres were so telling. With such a partner as Cassidy he is given every chance. No one worked harder than the Middlesbrough captain. Brown always lay well up, for he is ever on the prowl for goals—but save for Atherton the Middlesbrough attack gave me the impression of being deficient in pace. The remaining divisions are as solid and as powerful as ever. It is a difficult defence to break through, and I should be inclined to give the palm to Jones at centre half, and to Blackett, the left back. In goal Williamson confirmed the good impression I formed of him the first time I saw him. All things considered it was not a great game, and according to report, will not compare with the exhibition Everton gave against Newcastle United. Everton.—Kitchen; Henderson and Crelly; Wolstenholme. Booth, and Abbott; Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman. Middiesbrough. Williamson; Hogg and Blackett: Smith, Jones, and Davidson; Gettins, White, Brown, Cassidy, and Atherton. Referee; H. Ward. Nottingham.
EVERTON 2 MIDDLESBROUGH 0
October 5, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Everton were favoured with beautiful weather for their League match with Middlesbrough, and there was a large attendance at Goodison-park. Both sides were practically at full strength, though Balmer was an absentee owing to indisposition. Consequently Henderson figured at right back. Teams: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Henderson, and Crelly backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Middlesbrough: - Williamson. goals, Hogg, and Blackett, backs, Smith, Jones, and Davidson, half-backs, Gettins, White, Brown, Cassidy, and Astherton, forwards. Referee Mr. Ward. Everton losing the toss, Young kicked off against the sun in the presence of some 15,000 spectators. Clever play by the home left wing quickly brought forth applause, but Young spoiled the movements by getting offside. Everton soon got to work in real earnest and clever tactics between Sharp and Wolstenholme resulted in the latter centring a little wide. A moment later McDermott made a fine attempt to capture the Middlesbrough citadel, but the ball went just over the crossbar. Still the visiting defenders were kept busily engaged, the play very rarely being transferred to Everton's half. Hardman was prominent, and a shot from Settle was luckily intercepted from Hogg. The visiting right wing made desperate efforts to make headway, but the Everton halves proved a rare stumbling block. A short stoppage was occasioned by an injury to one of the Middlesbrough players, and then a capital centre from Sharp brought out Williamson, who was impeded in his efforts to get the ball away. Suddenly the visiting forwards dashed off, and Kitchen fisted away splendidly from Atherton. It was rather a lucky escape for Everton. A moment later Kitchen was again called upon. Meanwhile Settle had left the field, and Middlesbrough were having more of the play, though Kitchen was not greatly inconvenienced, Sharp initiated a smart attack by Everton, but, in dribbling for position to send in a shot, he was robbed of the ball. Another effort by Hardman was equally futile, and immediately afterwards that player was pulled up for being off-side, a decision which was not appreciated by the crowd. A swinging centre from Sharp was nicely negotiated by Williamson, but with Settle returned to the fray there was more trouble for the Middlesbrough defenders, a splendid attempt by Sharp just missing the mark, much to the satisfaction of the visiting defence. A free kick to Middlesbrough gave the Northerners a chance, but it was not ultised, and again Sharp was conspicuous, a foul retarding a promising movement. Atherton beat both Wolstenholme and Crelly, and was becoming dangerous when Crelly effectively pulled him up. Next Henderson came in with a timely kick, and then there was a fine race between Sharp and Blackett, the latter having to concede a corner. From the Everton had a great chance, but Booth placed the ball freely over the bar. At the other end Kitchen saved cleverly from Cassidy, and then really beautiful work between McDermott, Booth, and Sharp was spoiled by the referee pulling up the winger for off-side-a decision for which there seemed no justification, Settle again left the field, and Cassidy centred but Gettins was unable to reach the ball, Hardman had a chance, but failed to gather the ball when he had only Hogg to face. Henderson was penalised for fouling. Atherton, and from the free kick, which was well placed, Atherton finished by sending the ball outside. Half-time Everton nil, Middlesbrough nil. When the players reappeared Settle's presence evoked a hearty round of applause. After a smart attack by Middlesbrough, Everton retaliated, and Hardman placed the ball in the net. There had evidently been an infringement of the rules, for the surprise of a good number of the spectators awarded Everton a penalty kick , Sharp was entrusted with the kick, and he safely negotiated the ball into the net amid terrific applause. This success seemed to infuse new life into the Everton attack. For a time they were irresistible, and after being temporarily checked by Wolstenholme banged the ball at great speed into the corner of the net giving Williamson no chance of saving his charge. Two goals in almost as many minutes placed the crowd on good terms with themselves. Middlesbrough tried hard to change the aspect of the game, but they could make little impression upon Kitchen and his backs. A disappointing finishing efforts, which sent the ball high over the crossbar, spoiled a brilliant sprint by Sharp. A magnificent shot from Young from a difficult angle was deservedly applauded, and Wolstenholme a moment later with lighting shot almost repeated his previous success. The game was exciting to the finish, but nothing more was scored, and Everton won by two goals too nil.
WREXHAM 1 EVERTON RESERVES 2
October 5, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
At Wrexham. No other details.
October 5, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton registered their fourth home success by defeating Middlesbrough at Goodison Park; but they failed to reproduce the excellent form, which characterised their efforts in their three previous matches. It may be that the absence of Settle during the greater portion of the first half, owing to his receiving a kick on the hip, affected the combination in the front rank; and some colour is lent to this supposition by actual events. Prior to the interval, the Teesiders were more dangerous forward than the home front rank; but a different state of affairs was witnessed in the early stages of the second moiety. For ten minutes Everton displayed some of their most dashing form, and quickly put on two goals, the first from a penalty, for some occult reason or other; while Wolstenholme followed Sharp's example and found the net a moment later. But the excellent work of Kitchen in goal had alone prevented the visitors from being the first to score, and one ball from Atherton was only just scraped away in time. An even better clearance was made at the opposite goal in the second half where Cassisdy seemed certain scorer, but from very close range the Everton custodian knocked down the shot, and eventually got the leather clear away. Williamson's position was, however, by no means a sinecure though he was not so severely tested as one could have wished to see, but one beautiful save from Young, who shot in from a very awkward angle, was achieved in most effective fashion. All the scoring was crowded into one brisk period following immediately upon the change of ends and though Everton won by a margin of two goals, they scarcely deserved to be returned victors by so decisive a score. They had no more of the play than their opponents, but unfortunately for the latter they found Kitchen in his most aggressive mood. As will have been already surmised the game was not a particularly interesting one. It was one of those ordinary League encounters in which the players exhibited average form, and with one or two exceptions was totally bereft of brilliant incidents of sustained excitement. For one thing, there was not the same keenest in the Everton attack, which had been witnessed in their earlier fixture the combination was seriously disturbed, and the shooting was at times extremely faulty. The right wing was the most dangerous portion of the front line, and Sharp gave a capital display; in fact the extreme winger has since the season opened being in his happiest vein. Whenever he was in possession the Middlesbrough backs knew that business was meant, and as the game progressed laid themselves out accordingly to checkmate these advances in a particularly ostentatious manner. Under these circumstances it is gratifying to find Sharp's services being recognised by the authorities, and his selection for the Inter-League match against Ireland, at Bradford on Saturday next, may be but the prelude to further honours. He had a capable partner in McDermott, who continue to demonstrate his knowledge of the game in no uncertain fashion, and the pair get along famous together. The remaining members of the front rank, accomplished nothing very starting, though at the same time they were rarely guilty of noticeable weakness, but Hardman undoubtedly missed Settle, and in addition got a rather nasty kick in the leg, which handicapped him further. At half back, Wolstenholme led the way and considering that he had the best forward in the Middlesbrough side opposed to him his performance was all the more gratifying. He seldom allowed Atherton to get clear, and in a delightfully effective manner checked many ingenious raids on the visitor's left wing. No fault could be found with either Booth or Abbott, and the former had the ex-Portsmouth centre Brown pretty well weighed up. Crelly was the better of the backs though Henderson did not play a bad game, but Kitchen bore off the honours in the rare division. He was invincible, and this in spite of the fact that he had far more difficult shots to contend against than his vis-à-vis Williamson. Middlesbrough gave a better display in this match than they ever before shown on their visits to Liverpool, and had they managed to score it would have been no more than they deserved. On the extreme left Atherton was very smart, and was well supplied by Cassidy, who maneurved cleverely for openings, which were promptly seized by his comrades. The opposition of Wolstenholme and Kitchen, however, proved too strong even for the best efforts, some of which deserved a more successful fate. Brown was fairly effective in the centre, but the right wings was only moderate. White the old Liverpool player, and Gettins constitution an erratic wing, which rarely boded danger. At half-back Smith's superior height often stood him in good stead, whilst Jones, as usual played a hard untiring game throughout. The backs kicked sturdily and Blackett seems to be recovered from the series injury sustained last season.
Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 09 October 1903
A Match to which preculiar interest atatches takes place at Anfield, where Liverpool, with only a couple of points to comfort them, entertain their local rivals, who have been so much more successful. It would be very strange if the Liverpool eleven were to spring a surprise, and equally unlikely things have happened in the "Derby" encounters. The home team will not be sorry that John Sharp is called to Bradford for the veteran Taylor, who takes his palce, has not the speed of the younger player, though it is evident that the Everton directors prefer the old Dumbarton man to some of the young bloods on their list; and perhaps they are wise in doing so for a match of this character, wherein cool heads and stamina count for so much. Balmer is expected to reappear at back, but Settle is uncertain. Candidly, I should have grave doubts about Everton if it were not for that half back line of Wolstenholme, Booth and Abbott. Liverpool's eleven is not yet announced, but one would expect little alteration from the side at Small Heath.
THE LIVERPOOL DERBY.
Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 12 October 1903
A close struggle and a stirring finale were seen at Anfield, where the local rivals, Everton and Liverpool, were in opposition. Past form clearly pointed to the defeat of the latter, though home, but there are other things than form to consider in meetings of this character. Everton were certainly at a disadvantage through the absence of Sharp. Settle, and Balmer, more so than Liverpool, who had Dunlop away; so that the chances were somewhat equalised. Starting strongly, Liverpool had the better of matters, and with some steadiness in front at several critical points might easily have taken a substantial lead early on; but. no, and the interval found the score sheet unmarked. In the second half, Everton took the lead by two goals, and the game looked almost over, when Liverpool, asserting their pluck come strongly, reduced the lead, equalised, and nearly won. Pity they didn't. In actual play the advantage lay with the Liverpudlians, whoso only weak spots were left back and inside right, the players at fault being McLean and Buck, the latter of whom is certainly very clever but is off colour present. The man at the moment was the stiffly-built Morris, who scored both the goals. With Raybould centre the points would easily have been Liverpool's. Everton were not at their best, and though the substitutes performed fairly they were not. stars, as the absent men frequently are. There was no more disappointing player than the usually reliable half-back. Abbott.
PADIHAM'S WILD DEFENCE.
Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 12 October 1903
In the Everton Reserve -Padiham match, the home forwards simply ran away with their opponents, and crowded three goals into the first nine minutes, while two others came in the last five minutes. The defence of the Padiham backs, Hartley and Frost, was rather wild, and left their goal too much exposed. Tattersall did well, and saved a good many more shots than beat him. The weakness of the visitors forwards was very comspicious; except Broughton, none of them showed up well, and one man against eleven was too great odds. Altogether, Padiham were outclassed but by no means disgraced for the team they had to face was almost up to First Division form, and included several of the Everton first team players.
LIVERPOOL 2 EVERTON 2
October 12, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
The meetings of the two great local rivals always provide the tit-bits of the League season in Liverpool. However, the clubs may he progressing in the tournament is of comparatively little consequence to enthusiasts; all recognise that a ding-dong struggle for supremacy is bound to be witnessed, and the feeling of friendly rivalry lend added interest to the excitement of an ordinary League match. As soon as the gates were opened people flocked into the enclosure and a quarter of an hour before the time for the start there must have been fully 25,000 people present, while later on the ground was packed to its almost capacity. The teams underwent alterations. Everton had Taylor for Sharp, whose service were required in the Inter-League match, while Balmer was unable to resume at right back. Henderson filling his place. Settle too had not recovered from his injuries, and Sheridan figured in his stead. Liverpool sustained a great loss in the absence of Dunlop, who is suffering blood poisoning. The teams faced as follows : - Liverpool: - Platt, goal, Raisebeck, and McLean, backs, Parry Fleming, and Hughes, half-backs, Goddard, Buck, Parkinson, Morris, and Cox forwards. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Henderson and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott half-backs, Taylor, McDermott, Young, Sheridan, and Hardman, forwards. Referee Fred Kirkham. Both teams were heartily applauded, Liverpool being the first to appear. Preliminaries were soon arranged, and Everton having won the toss Parkinson started for Liverpool. This gave Everton no advantage, as there was no wind or sun to effect the players. Liverpool were the first to show up, but Parkinson passed too far, and in a twinkling play was at the other end. Parry was applauded for a good clearance, and then from a throw-in near the centre line, the ball shot against Parry after the whistle had gone for off-side. In spite of the ball was sent into the net, but of course the point did not count. Platt had been winded, and the game was stopped for a few moments. Liverpool got away, but were seen driven back, and a vigorous was made on the home goal. However, the ball was got away, but Everton quickly returned, and Sheridan put in a difficult low shot, which Platt nicely negotiated. At the other end Goddard was prominent. Kitchen running out and clearing in nice style. There was no doubt that Everton were the more aggressive. Under the circumstances, however, the Liverpool defenders gave a good account of themselves. Taylor missed a fair opening, and then some smart headwork enabled Liverpool to invade their opponents half. Kitchen was not troubled, and the next item of interest was pretty passing between Taylor and McDermott, McLean being compelled to kick into touch. Cox, who ran the ball out of play, did not take an effective pass by Morris and a free kick against Hughes gave Everton a chance. Nothing came of it and a moment later Liverpool were again making headway. Morris was recognised for a beautiful pass to Cox, who again failed, and next Morris was at fault, hesitancy between passing the ball and shooting leading to his sending the ball wide of the upright. Booth came under the notice of the referee, but so far the game had been singularly free from foul tactics. For a time the game was in favour of Everton, whose forwards however did not shoot with their accustomed power. A long kick from Raisebeck changed the venue after a corner had not been turned to account, and Liverpool responded with a dashing attack, during which Parkinson with Kitchen drawn out of his goal, made feeble use of a great opportunity of opening the score. McLean was penalised for unfair tackling, and the game continued to be full exciting incidents. Clever work by the home halves looked promising, and it was unfortunate for them that Cox, who was well supported by Morris, found himself in an offside position when about to shoot. Wolstenholme tried his luck with a high dropping shot which Raisebeck headed away, but Everton were then holding their own though Platt was scarcely called upon. Liverpool soon took up, the attack on the right, and aroused the enthusiasm of the crowd. Indeed for some time Everton were penned in their own half, Morris ineffectually trying to defeat Kitchen. A sudden break away to the other end found Raisebeck kicking back to Platt, who with a hugh kick sent the ball to the half-way line. The Everton left wing made a desperate effort to make progress, but Liverpool playing up in great style, were not to be denied. There was not only method about the movements but plenty of dash. Once Cox worked for position beautifully and centred grandly, the outcome being a stinging shot from Hughes, which Kitchen fisted away in his best style. Gradually Liverpool were forced back, and there was some splendid work by the left wing, Sheridan finally shooting high over the bar. A moment later, after smart passing by Goddard, Parkinson was applauded for a brilliant effort the ball just passing the upright. As the other end Hardman shot into Platt's hands, and following this Raisebeck ingenuity when hard pressed was of great use to his side. A fast shot from Abbott just missed the mark, and then Raisebeck kicking the ball hard, winded Hardman, who soon afterwards resumed. Play was rapidly transferred from end to end, and when the whistle sounded for the interval neither side had scored. Liverpool had more than pleased their supporters with their display, which was in advance of anything they had shown at Anfield this season. On resuming Everton went down on the right, and quickly forced a corner, from which after Hardman had shot in, Parry judiciously cleared. In a twinkling Cox raced along from the half-way line and his effort did not materialise his shot placing the ball against the side of the net. Everton were soon back again, and a bad mistake by Buck left the home goal almost unprotected. Hardman hanged the ball at great speed, but Raisbeck got his foot to it, and the danger was averted. Fleming was temporarily hurt in an encounter with Young, and soon both sets of players were at it again in great style, both goals having narrow escape. Kitchen in particularly saved grandly from Cox while Platt was equally safe at the other end. The play was even more interesting than in the earlier portion, and there could be no question about the deadly earnestness of the contending forces. Kitchen ably dealt with a high dropping centre from Goddard, and then Everton exerted pressure, during which Taylor suffered in a contact with Raisebeck and had to be attended to the side of the playing pitch. Henderson and Crelly both kicked with rare judgement and until Hardman returned the Blues had rather the better of the argument, though a man short Abbott was penalised for fouling Parkinson, and following the free kick, Kitchen had to kick away. Goddard and Buck were prominent, and the former's centre went to Cox, who was adjudged offside. Retaliation by Everton led to Abbott shooting in strongly, the ball going the wring side of the upright. A free kick by Fleming kept Liverpool on the defensive, and it was owing to a mistake a few moments later by that player which, after Taylor had taken the ball down, resulted in Sheridan defeating Platt with a fine shot, and thus scoring for Everton. This success naturally was greeted with tremendous cheering by the Everton section of the crowd. Liverpool made desperate efforts to draw level, but the opposing defence was too sound, and then suddenly Everton bore down, and from a pass by Taylor a second goal was credited to Sheridan. Everton thus encouraged, imparted more dash to the attack, while for the time being the Liverpool defences seemed nonplussed. They next recovered and from a splendid spurt, in which Goddard, Parkinson and Cox, were conspicuous, Morris defeated Kitchen with a lighting shot. This “bulked them” up considerably, and Goddard racing down centred with the result that Morris headed a second goal. With this rapid scoring the excitement was maintained at fever heat. This testing stage of the game intensely exciting, and both goals had narrow escapes. Everton were pressing to the finish. Final result Liverpool 2, Everton 2.
EVERTON RESERVES 7 PADIHAM 1
October 12, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 4)
This match at Goodison Park, resulted in an easy victory for the home side. They scored three goals in the first tem minutes. Rankin (2), and Corrin beating Tattersall, and after Padiham scored from a corner, and Whitley had saved a penalty kick; given against Murray. Dilly and Russell added further goals. Everton led at the interval by 5 goals to 1. In the second half Corrin and Rankin (who throughout played splendidly together on the right wing) each scored and Everton won by 7 goals 1. Everton: - Whitley goal, Murray and Gordon, backs, Chadwick, Russell, and Meakepeace, half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan, Dilly, Corrin, and Simpson, forwards.
INTER-LEAGUE HONOUR FOR SHARP
October 12 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
The experiment playing the annual match between the chosen teams of the English and Irish Leagues on the ground of the newly formed Bradford City Club was a brilliant success. A crowd of over 20,000 spectators watches the English team winning the match by two goals to one.
October 12 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
Another local Derby has been added to the list of those which have been relegated into past history, and once more has the great struggle between our two rivals League eleven's ended in a draw at Anfield- this, by the way being the fifth occasion that the teams have shared the points on that enclosure. Judging from the previous form of the contending sides this season, there seemed, prior to the match, every probability of Everton securing a decisive victory, but once more was the old adage exemplified that one never knows what will happen who two keen rivals face each other. In apportioning credit to the players who participated in the game, the greater share must be awarded to Liverpool, for they entered the field to fight a foriorn hope, according to the ideas of many, and, in addition, had to dispense with the services of their best back owing to an attack of blood poisoning in his arm. This was a case of further weakening the most inefficient part of the Anfielders armour and, unlike their rivals at Goodison, the Reds have not the same wealth of resource to draw upon in an emergency as Everton possess. It is true that the latter had to deplore the absence of three stalwarts in Blamer Settle, and Sharp, but Henderson who filled the former's place, is no stranger to League football; neither can Taylor nor Sheridan be so designated, although, at the same time, it is nor for one moment suggested that the inclusion of these players had not a weakening tendency. One defection from a feeble eleven was only counterbalanced by the three from the admittedly stronger side, and on this basis it may be argued that the sides faced on an equal footing. Coming to the game, it may be stated at the start that it was one of the best contested that has been witnessed in the series of meetings between the clubs, and the second half was exciting enough for the most phlegmatic temperament. Liverpool have only their own faulty shooting to blame for not being two goals ahead before the interval at least two of their forwards may lay that mournful unction to their souls. When a custodian is out of goal, and an opponent has the ball at his toe, inside the penalty line and fails to score, this can only be put down to sheer inability; and as both Parkinson and Buck thus distinguished themselves, there is more than ordinary substantiation for the statement that the Anfielders should have gained a formidable lead in the first half Everton had no such glorious chance of scoring, the nearest approach being when Hardman sent in from close range, but Platt was there and stopped the shot, which was a really capital one. Liverpool had delighted their supporters by their hold display in this early period, and they resumed after breathing time in equally creditable fashion. McDermott and Cox were prominent with rousing drives, but 20 minutes had elsaped and the fun commenced. Taylor received on the extreme right, and Fleming, who had given a fine exhibition in the centre, unaccountably missed his kick. The right wing sent across easily, and Sheridan getting to the leather flashed it against the crossbar into the net. Within five minutes the process was re-enacted and Everton were two goals in front a result which, by the way was more than, their play deserved. Naturally, everyone considered the doom of the Anfielders were sealed, but Cox had always been difficult to restrain, and eluding both Wolstenholme and Henderson, he whipped across a beautiful centre to Parkinson, who headed back to Morris, and the latter banged the ball into the net with tremendous force. As if to continue the sequence of coincidences Goddard emulated Cox's feat, another centre came to Morris and this time after heading into the net, the inside left delivered a parting kicks to the sphere which had already baffled Kitchen. This was indeed a thrilling period- four goals in 15 minutes- and even after this both sides missed easy chance of winning. Taylor got past Mclean easily, and with only Platt to face shot at long range outside the upright. Then in almost the last minute Parkinson got hold of a centre from Cox close in, but missed a certain goal by feebly shooting at the custodian. Liverpool certainly surprised the bulk of the crowd by their capital display, which was vastly superior to anything they have shown before this season. Whilst lacking in the finer points of the game, the men infused any amount of energy into their play, and even when matters looked blackest for them they rose to the occasion, and averted the apparently inevitable defeat by drawing level. There is district hope for the Anfielders after the performance and the result should give them confidence for the future matches. With one exception the play of the forwards was exceedingly satisfactory, and the two extreme wingers were the pick of the line. Cox was the recipient of some excellent passes from Morris, and rarely failed to turn them to account, whilst the latter, in addition scored the two goals, simply through sheer determination, and there was no more genuine trier on the field than the inside left. Goddard indulged in some delightful sprints and centres, and bore off the honours in the attacking division, despite the fact that his partner gave him very few opportunities. Buck completely spoiled his play of his selfishness, and by preferring to dribble and dally with the ball insteady of combining with Goddard, lessened the efficiency of the attack in a part that had it been properly attended to would have given the Everton defence far more anxiety than it actually did occasion. Parkinson worked unceasingly at centre forward displaying any amount of dash, and is certainly the most likely pivot the Anfielders have tried thus far. Fleming played a rare good game at centre half, as did Parry on the right and Hughes has evidently the making of a half-back even though rather crude in some of his efforts at present. He appears to be a player worth persevering with, and should improve. Further behind Raisebeck rendered good service at full back, and Platt kept a capital goal, but Mclean was erratic, and interapensed much that was creditable with some very serious blunders. Everton rather disappointing and the forwards were not seen at their best by any means but the chief weakness was at half-back, and no doubt this was to some extent one of the causes of the front line being below their usual standard. Abbott and Wolstenholme failed to keep in check the speedy Liverpool extreme wingers, and Booth was the most successful of the trio. Abbott too, was remiss in his shooting, and it was a surprise to find the left half so wide of the mark with two easy chances for it is seldom he allows opportunities of this nature to pass unheeded. In the forward division Sheridan executed some capital footwork, but he did not play to Hardman as Settle does and this lessened the efficiency of the wing through in other respects the Irish International shaped creditably and crowned his efforts by two very clever goals. Hardman put in some tricky work, as did McDermott though the latter demonstrated the same fault as the Liverpool inside right, and was too fond of individual dribbling. Young was only moderate, and Taylor also, but the latter, as is his went made the most of two chances which came his way in the second half, though he blundered with a third. Crelly was the better of the backs, his work being accomplished in a neat and effective fashion, whilst Kitchen in goal, had no possible chance of stopping the shots that beat him. Altogether it was a most enjoyable game, and if Everton were slightly off colour, one could not but admire the excellent manner in which Liverpool buckled to their task. Needless to state the game was most satisfactorily conducted by Mr. Kirkham, and the players themselves was content to confine their attention to the play, which for such an encounter was free from foul tactics.
EVERTON v. BURY.
London Daily News - Monday 19 October 1903
The home team were at full strength in this match at Goodison Park before 18,000 spectators; but Bury lacked the services of Plant, Ronaldson appearing at centre forward. In the first half Everton were seen to advantage, their forwards showing very prominetly. Monteith however, was very sound in the Bury goal, and stopped many difficult shots. Kitchen meanwhile having at the other end very little to do. The interval arrived with no score, and on resuming Bury improved. Kitchen being tested several times. Everton, however, still had most of the play, but Monteith continued to keep goal very finely. At length he was beaten by Wolstenholme with a brilliant shot. McDermott followed with a second, and Ross scored for Bury just before the finish. Everton thus winning by two goals to one.
EVERTON 2 BURY 1
October 19 1903. The Liverpool Courier
The English Cup-holders appeared at Goodison-park on Saturday to try conclusions with Everton in a League fixture. With Balmer recovered from his indisposition and Settle fit. Everton were again at full strength, but Bury, owing to an injury to Plant played Ronaldson, late of Grimsby at centre forward while Sagar, who had also been on the injured list appeared at outside left. Teams: - Everton: - Kitchen goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain) and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, McDermott Young Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Bury: - Monteith, goal, Lindsay, and McEwan, backs, Johnson, Thorpe, and Ross (captain), half-backs, Richards, Wood, Ronaldson. Fleming, and Sagar forwards. Referee J.Adam. There was not much wind to trouble the players, but the side losing the toss had to face the brilliant sun. In the respect Everton had the advantage, Ronaldson starting for Bury before 18,000 spectators. The home side moved away on the right, and Sharp quickly got in a fine centre, from which Young had great chances. Unfortunately he stepped over the ball, and the opening was gone. Still the leather was kept in the Bury half, and the defenders were kept busily engaged. After smart manceurving by the forwards Young obtained possession and sent in a stinging shot, which fortunately for the custodian was directed straight at him. Moneith cleared effectively, and the shakers ran the ball down to the other end. Then followed a brilliant attack by the Everton front line, as a result of which Sharp centred and Hardman banged in a swift shot, which Montieth smartly negotiated. Another vigorous onslaught on the Bury goal ensued, and several shots were charged down, both Lindsay and McEwan kicking well. The Bury left wing had a turn, but Leeming and Ronaldson between them mulled a nice opening. Soon Everton were again in their opponents' half, and Settle was pulled off for offside just as he had made a wretched attempt to find the net. The home forwards were putting in some remarkably clever work in leading up to goal, but their shooting left much to be desired. McDermott on one occasion dealing very feeble with a centre from Sharp. The Bury players tried desperately hard to improve their prospects, but could make little impression on the sterling Everton defence. Young was applauded for a fine sprints from the half way line, and his efforts led to Settle directing a terrific shot a goal, the ball missing the net by inches. Bury were improving, and once Kitchen had to fist away a dangerous shot. A mist-kick by McEwan almost spelled disaster, and then Lindsay tripping Young just outside the penalty line, Sharp took the free kick a little too previous. At any rate he sent the ball over the crossbar. Bury worked down steadily, and despite capital kicking by Crelly forced a corner, the first of the game. This way of no advantage to the shakes, and immediately the Everton right dashed away, Sharp ran round McEwan and centred across the goalmouth. Unfortunately Young fell just as the ball rolled outside the upright, and a deserving effort came to nothing. After this Bury tried ineffectively to open the score, and the next item of interest was supplied by Settle. That player ran clean though, and Monteith saved cleverly right under the bar. Thorpe averting disaster at the expense of an abortive corner. It was a lucky escape for the Shakers. A moment later Booth shot wide. From a free kick Lindsay shot in hard and low at Kitchen who was quite prepared, and this was followed up by a vigorous attack on the part of Everton. Monteith defended his goal in grand style, keeping out shots from Settle, Young, and Hardman, when the downfall of his goal seemed certain. At this stage Everton were having all the play, and the manner in which the Bury goal escaped capture was marvellous. Shots were rained in upon Monteith, but into the net, the ball could not be propelled. Removing the venue Wood tried his luck from short range, but Kitchen was on the alert and kicked away. Play was in midfield when the whistle blew for the interval. Half-time Everton nil, Bury nil. The second half opened with an aggressive movement by Everton, and Settle forced a corner of Thorpe. The ball was beautifully placed, and after some exciting headwork was placed in the net, but the point was not allowed to count, presumably on account of the goalkeeper having been impeded. Everton kept up the pressure without success, and gradually the Shakens forced them back largely by means of a series of throws in. Sagar accidentally kicked Wolstenholme, but after a brief rest, he was able to resume. Kitchen cleverly negotiated a long shot from Thorpe, and afterwards from Ronaldson's centre Sagar failed to turn a capital opportunity to advantage. Sharp brilliantly trickled McEwan, only to see his centre go abegging, and then Monteith was called upon by a fast low shot from Booth. The game was being contested under much more even conditions, each set of defenders bring troubled in turn. It was lucky for Monteith that a terrific shot from McDermott was a trifle wide. For some time this was the only shot with which either goalkeeper had to deal. Wolstenholme scored a brilliant goal after Monteith had saved from Young. The Bury goal was bombarded and McDermott obtained a second goal. Everton's display was brilliant in the extreme. Just before the finish Ross scored from a corner. Final result Everton 2, Bury 1.
BURY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 5
October 19, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 5)
At Bury, before 2,000 spectators. Everton started, facing a glaring sun. Mills retired hurt in the first minute. Dilly broke through, and scored for Everton splendidly after 25 minutes. Makepeace converted a penalty kick against Gregory. Whitley saved superbly, and then White scored. Interval Everton 2, Bury 1. On resuming Bury attacked furiously, but Whitley continued his brilliant feats in goal, and kept his charge intact, Simpson broke away, and looked dangerous when Gregory infringed the penalty rule. Makepeace again converting. Coming again, Rankin raced along the wing, and scored the best goal of the afternoon with a fast oblique shot. Mosley was carried off with an injured ankle and Dilly scored from Rankin's centre. Result Bury 1 Everton 5. Everton: - Whitley goal Wildman, and Murray backs, Chadwick, Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs Rankin, Sheridan Dilly, Corrin, and Simpson forwards.
October 19, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton continue to defeat all comers to Goodison park in a manner which is exceedingly gratifying to their numerous supporters, for not only are they winning their matches, but they are exhibiting form which is pativating enough to satisfy the most exacting. It was pretty generally anticipated that the Cup-holders would extend Everton more than any other team that has visited their enclosure this season, but such expectation proved all awry, for the home players did pretty much as they liked with their opponents, bar one noted individual, Monteith, who guarded the Bury keep. But of him, more anon; suffice state that had it not been for his masterly custodianship Everton would have won by treble the margin, by which they actually did account for the visitors, and a pluckily exhibition has seldom been witnessed on the ground. Everton were again at full strength, and what a difference this made in their movements. There was no comparison between the efficiency of the side that draw at Anfield a week ago, and that which overwhelmed Bury. In fact, the cup-holders were not simply beaten, they were absolutely overplayed, with the exception of a period of about twenty minutes in the early part of the second half when Everton seemed to be wavering slightly. In their now customary fashion the home players came with a tremendous rush at the finish, and even Monteith had to acknowledge defeat at last, though it was getting uncomfortably near time when Wolstenholme flashed in a tremendous drive which would have beaten any keeper. The first half was a duel between the Everton attackers and the Bury defenders for the visiting forwards were not disappointing, and the experiment of playing Sagar at outsider left an utter failure. Kitchen had not more than a couple of awkward shots to deal with, but at the opposite goal Monteith was busy with all varieties, though truth to tell, he was aided by his opponents, who did not make the most of the chances which came their way in the first half. Nevertheless he experienced a fairly sultry time of it later on, and one clearance of his from settle who was almost under the bar when he shot, was very fine, but so narrow was the escape that Thorpe had to put the finishing touches to Monteith's work by conceding a corner. Sharp was continually whipping across delightful centres, and it was here that the Everton inside forwards failed prior to the interval, for not one was utilised, and many were completely bungled. After half-time Sagar and Leeming on the left wing exchanged places, and a distinct improvement was witnessed in the Bury manceouvres the former getting to a centre from Ronaldson and placing it only inches outside the upright when Kitchen was helpless indeed at this junction it would have caused no surprise had the visitors scored, but gradually Everton pulled themselves together again, and gave the Cup-holders' defence a roasting times. After a lovely shot from Young had been parried by Monteith. Wolstenholme netted amidst great cheering, for the Bury keeper had been playing the whole Everton team practically for some time. McDermott quickly added a second, and just before time Ross scored for Bury from a corner. Although Everton only won by a goal, there was a much wider margin between the play of the respective side and in this instance the final figures do not convey an idea of the immense superiority of the home team. There was not a weak spot noticeable either in the front of year divisions, and it would be invidious to single out any player for special mention. The forwards were full of dash, combined excellently, and the passing at times was simply grand, and the only fault was a tendency in the first half to indulge in too much finessing instead of banging the ball into goal. However, even this failing was rectified in the concluding stages of the game as Monteith would doubtless be able to testify, and better football need not be wished for than that which Everton gave in the in the last 20 minutes of this match. It was never ordinary at any time, but during the period to which illusion has been made it was brilliant. The halves worked in prefect unison with the men in front of them, and in addition, fairly nonplussed the Bury forwards, who could make little headway. The full backs were sound, and Kitchen had few difficulties to contend with Everton's display was beyond reproach, and a continuance of such form will land the club not far from the premier position in the League. There were two individuals on the Bury side who stood head and shoulders above the others- mainly, Monteith and Thorpe. The exhibition of the former in goal could not have been surpassed and all manners of shots came alike to him. So alert was he with fast low drive, frequently, throwing himself full length to clear, and so vigorously did he punch away the high deliveries, that when more than half of the second half had elapsed, and he was still boldly defying every advance, it seemed as if a goalless draw would be the result. An extra efforts by the Evertonians was met with the same imperturbable defence and the crowd had viewed the rest of the Bury rearguard vanquished so often only to find Montieth ready for every emergency that they were unable to restrain themselves when Wolstenholme did succeed in scoring. But for Monteith's masterly display, Bury would have been as badly left in the matter of scoring as they were on the actual play. Thorpe worked with untiring energy in the centre-half portion, but could not get his forwards going, and after Monteith, he was the most effective player on the Bury side, Lindsay was the better of the full backs for Sharp roved too speedy for McEwan who however, gave occasional glimpse of creditable form. The forwards were exceedingly disappointing, and those sweeping rushes and swinging passes, which have characterised the Bury attack in previous years, were entirely wanting. Even the mercurial Richards was seldom in evidence, though one of his shots gave Kitchen some anxiety in the first half, and the clean limbed Sagar was cumbersome on the extreme left position. Leeming was the pick of the front line, which taken as a body did not maintain the traditions of the Bury Club for incisiveness of attack.
GREAT TASK AT EWOOD.
Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 23 October 1903
It would be idle to under-estimate the Rovers' great task at Ewood Park tomorrow. They are due to entertain Everton, who in the first match of the season defeated them by 3-1. Moreover, an individual comparison of the two teams can only result in favour of the visitors, who intend to being to Blackburn their strongest eleven. Everton's defence has been effective in nearly every match this season. On present form they will be too good for the Rovers forwards, unlss the latter improve vastly, as I hope they may. The Toffees are in splendid trim aklk round, and rank third in the League table, with 18 goals to their credit. On October 2nd, 1882 Everton viisted the Leamington-road ground, and were defeated by eight goals to none in an English Cup-tie, which still remains a record between the two clubs. Sharp, Settle, and Co are dangerous exponents, clever in their combination and excellent sharpshooters. The three half-backs back up their forwards well, and in turn thoroughly understand the capable pair, Balmer anbd Crelly. Booth the old Rover, will figure at centre half. The only change from last week in the Rovers' team is Watson in place of Monks. Though wishing them success I can only emphasise the fact that better combination, more long passes, and infinitely more shooting will be required if they desire to win the day.
BLACKBURN ROVERS V. EVERTON
Dundee Evening Post - Saturday 24 October 1903
At Blackburn, before 10,000 spectators, Everton were fairly represented, but Rovers were without Birchall and McClure. Winning the otss, Everton soon asserted their superiority, and five minutes after the start Wolstenholmes scored their first goal. Three minutwes later Booth followed with a second goal. Everton were much the better team, and atatcked often, Whittaker missed a penalty kick for Rovers. There was no further scoring. Interval -Everton 2, Rovers 0. Final Result; Everton 2, Rovers 0.
THE ROVERS DESERVEDLY BEATEN
Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 26 October 1903
That Everton won is putting the Ewood Park game on Saturday in as mild as light as possible. From the commencement to the end the visitors, display better combination, and their atatcks were more unform. Then their forward line was much superior to that of the Rovers. The intermiaiate men also outclassed the same division of the home team, while the remaining departments were fairly equal. Again we are face to face with that old difficulty of poor marksmanship, now quite a trait of the Blue and White. For once, Whittaker failed to convert a penalty, but he scored from this I beleive the honours of the contest would have been divided. As it was, the Rovers in first half made few decent asttempts to reach the net, anmd even when in the vincinity of goal were not what one would call dangerous. Late in the second portion they pulled themselves together, and their tactics were entirely different from those earlier in the game. Had they shown the same dash at the start Everton would not have scored two goals in three minutes. One does not like dub it laziness on the part of the forwards, but it is that unexplainable something which should never get hold of the men. The manner also in which they shot was unlike that of the Evertonian, whose sharp-shooting was much in evidence. The Rovers were beaten honestly and squarely; defeated on their own award and before their own spectators. The position is certainly becoming critical when there is no certainty in the result of home matches. Nine games have been played and only two won. It must be heartrending for the Rovers' defence to see the futile eforts of the equintette.
Having said that Everton as a whole were cleverer than their opponents, I will now pass to individual criticism. Evans saved several magnificent shots, and it was no disgrace to him that he was beaten twice, Crompton was oft times left as a derelict through bad judgement by some of the other exponents. In his many tusselwa he often asserted his prowess, though Hardman and Settle were no ordinary foremen. The game had not been long in progress before Eastham in heading the ball, was practically stunned. This seemed to affect him for a consoderable period. In Sharp he had a brilliant ,amn to face, a sprinter who wound his sinuous way round the left full-back in a most exasperating fashion. The two backs, however, played well against great odds for Everton, in the first moiety, were ever to the atatck. Blackburn is not so successful in the intermediate line as a forward. The halves are not that strong trio of old. What is wanted is the return of McClure and Birchall, whose strength will mean much. The forwards were as weak as ever. Whittaker in the early part of the game was neglected. He cannot be criticised, because he acts as a tool to other players, and unless they attend to his requirements, what can the outside right do? Smith faded away into insignificance and surely from amongst the Rovers -though they are classed as a poor lot-a substitute for him can be found. Whatever the directors think about Bowman, I can only speak adversely concerning his play. Once or twice he experienced hard luck, but for the rest he mulled opportunities, fed the opposite backs instead of the outside men, and in a rush for the ball was hardly ever successful. Of the three inside men, Watson was the best. In dealing with Dunkley it must not be forgotten that he is not yet accustomed to First Divison football, this being his second match with the Rovers. In centring he would do well to lift the ball higher from the ground. Everton are a really splendid combination, whose position in the League in relative nto their play. Their great mainstay is trhe intermediate division, where, in Wolstenholme, Booth anbd Abbott they have a valiant trio.
ROVERS' RESERVE BEATEN AT EVERTON
Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 26 October 1903
The powerful team which represented Everton reserve on Saturday proved a much superior force to Blackburn Rovers' Reserve, who were decisively beaten by four goals to nil. In the first portion of the game the Rovers made an excellent impression, and although they were a goal behind at the interval, there was scarcely that difference between the teams, for the Evertonians, if a little more nippy, had to meet a tough obstacle in the Rovers' defence. Unfortunately it did not hold out in the last moiety, for Taylor and Co put on three goals in quick succession, and won easily enough at the finish.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 EVERTON 2 (Game 451)
October 26, 1903. The Liverpool Courier.
Kitchen Saves, Whittaker PenaltyKick
For the second time this season Everton and Blackburn Rovers were again in opposition in a League match. This time the scene of hostilities was Ewood-Park, where the teams have met in many famous fights. On the opening day of the season Everton gained a couple of points at the expense of the Rovers. Everton had available the players who gave such a brilliant display against Bury. Balmer turned out although he does not yet feel in the best physical conditions. The weather cleared up about mid-day, but rain was always threatening. Teams: - Everton: -Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Evans, goal Crompton (captain), and Eastham, backs, Blackburn, Dewhurst, and Bradshaw, half-back, Whittaker, Smith, Bowman, Watson, and Dunkley, forwards. Referee J.T.Howcroft. The visiting side, had the advantage of the wind, and at once made themselves prominent. The forwards noticed some pretty passing, but at the critical moment Crompton stepped in, and a movement was made towards the Everton goal. Crelly was in difficulty, and Bowman passed out to Dunkley, but the latter's shot cannoned off Balmer to Kitchen, and the keeper easily cleared. By steady stages play was directed towards the Rovers' goal, and after several fruitless attempts the ball went to Wolstenholme, who with a swift shot drove the ball into the corner of the net, quite out of reach of Evans. This success came after five minutes play, and its accomplishment was quite in keeping with the superiority of Everton. Getting to work again the Rovers made a movement to the Everton end but when it came to the pinch the forwards were not equal to defeating the visitors halfbacks. Again the Everton forwards moved along in fine fashion, and pressed severely, when Settle seeing that there was little likelihood of getting through, advisedly passed behind to Booth, who initiating the feat of his confrere half-back, beat Evans with a capital shot. There could be no mistaking the superiority of the Everton team, whose forwards particularly the right wingers were always prominent in attacks that invariably looked like bringing about successful results. Evans next saved from a free kick taken by Booth, and then Settle had a clever shot charged down by Crompton. The footwork of the visitors was greatly admired, and a long spell of pressure ended in Abbott coming under the notice of the referee for close attention to Whattaker. Hardman recovered the ground, and after Easham had missed his kick, Sharp raced down and passed to Young, whose effort, however, rebounded from the crossbar. This was a marvellous escape, as the Everton centre had no opposition, but local enthusiasm was stirring immediately afterwards, as the whole of the Rovers front line broke away in fine combination, and the finishing touch from Watson was only just wide of the upright. The strong wind of course greatly handicapped the efforts of the home side, and the play was mainly contested in the Rovers half of the field. After several runs down by Dunkley and Watson the latter Wolstenholme tripped whom about to test Kitchen, up in the penalty area. Whittaker took the penalty kick , and at the second attempt, Kitchen managed to place the ball to Young, who put it in safe quarters. This was a narrow escape, but the Rovers, not dispirited, pegged away, and for some minutes kept Balmer and Crelly well employed. They did not however, look like scorers, and eventually the Everton left moved off in capital fashion, and an attempt by Settle, after some smart play by Hardman, deserved a tangible result. Play became keener, than ever, and matters looked promising for the Rovers whose left wing had the better of Balmer, and put in a shot that passed across the goalmouth. The Rovers were now seen too much better advantage, but at no time did they appear likely to get through the last line of defence. Twice Sharp raced along the wing in fine fashion, and centred, but Crompton was always on the spot in readiness to relieve. A smart run on the other end finished with a clever long shot from Watson, who was only a few inches out of his reckoning. With the Rovers again attacking half time was announced. Half-time Blackburn Rovers nil, Everton 2.
In the second half the Rovers having the wind in their favour, had much more of the play, and a capital shot was put in by Watson. Everton, however, proved themselves to be as good defence as they had been in attack in the first half, the half-backs especially defending well. The Rovers could not get dangerous near Kitchen. Everton went away several times, Sharp sending in a good shot on each occasion. The forwards play of the Rovers was by no means as clever as that shown by their opponents though on one occasion Kitchen, had to put in some especially smart work to get rid of three hot shots, two from Watson, and one from Dewhurst. There were no more goals scored, and Everton won cleverly by two goals to nil.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 0
October 26, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 6)
At Goodison-park. Play was fairly even in the first half, Everton scoring one, Half-time Everton 1, Rovers nil. On resuming Everton had much the best of matters, and added three goals, the Rovers failing to respond. and Everton won by four goals too nil. Everton: - Whitley, goal, Gordon and Murray backs, Taylor, Chadwick, and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, Dilly, Corrin, Sheridan, and Simpson, forwards.
October 26, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton on Saturday accomplished a performance, which they had not equalled this season. They had exhibited brilliant form at home, and had gained the maximum points in all their engagements at Goodison-road, but until their meeting with the Rovers at Ewood-park they could not pride themselves a victory upon the enclosure of an opposing side. Singularly enough, it was in the first return match in which they have appeared that these welcome points accured. It will be remembered that on the opening day of the season, after a startling display in the second half, they defeated Blackburn Rovers by 3 goals to 1. In the match under notice, the scoring was entirely dissimilar, though the result was even more emphatic. During the first 20 minutes of the game Everton made their position almost certain. Two goals were obtained in this period, both of which came from the half-back line. This under any circumstances as an unusual feature in First League Football, and it was the more pronounced on Saturday seeing that the forwards had so many opportunities of defeating the Rovers defence.
Everton was fortunate in winning the toss, as this meant no little advantage to the side, for they had a strong wind behind them. The same quintet, which so admirably represents the Goodison Park club availed themselves of their opportunities in marked degree-at least so far as footwork was concerned. Nothing more delightful could be wished for than the exceeding cleverness with which the forwards, and the half-backs time after time tantalised and almost pulverised the heroic defence of Crompton, and his associate. At the same time, it must be admitted that glorious openings were simply thrown away through what appeared to be a lack of resource at this crucial moment. In this particular Sharp, on at least two occasions, was to blame. The speedy outside right commanded the ball with infinite dexterity, but he lacked that judgement and whole heartedness which ought to characterise a forward of his admittedly high pretentions. It was in this manner that Everton, even after the striking success of Wolstenholme and Booth failed to turn to advantage their undoubted superiority in the field. Although the Rovers were naturally disheartened by the early success of the opposing side, they displayed in amount of vigour and dash in the concluding portion of the first half which almost entitled them to at least one goal. In the second half, the tactics they adopted were always such as to demand the respect and the closest attention on the part of the Everton defence. Evidently they recognised that in the matter of footwork they were no match for their antagonists, and they assorted-and under the circumstances, it was the right game-to what may be described as the kick and rush method. With Balmer, and Crelly both in their best form, and having behind them a custodian so alert as Kitchen, these whiz wind attacks were, however, altogether ineffective. Where Everton triumphed so signally was in the strength of their half-backs line, which may be pronounced as one of the best, if not the best, in the county. It has been noted already that the goals, which, gave Everton the victory, came from this section of the team. True it is, that Wolsteholme presented the Rovers with a penalty kick, but as this was not turned to account, it may truthfully be asserted that the Everton halves had a great deal to do in securing another couple of points at the expense of the Rovers. When the home side played with the wind behind them they pressed with a severity which deserved to be rewarded. Once or twice Balmer was not himself, but Kitchen was ever full of resource, and always ready to deal with the somewhat erratic attempts of the Rovers attack. While unsuccessful, one cannot but admire the keenness with which, the Rovers tumbled to the situation. They were two goals behind, they had a strong wind with them; they appreciated the fact that in the science of the game they had to take a back seat, and they adopted the only tactics available-a long kick, the rush, and the endeavour to capture the goal at any cost. A match that has now apparently become an annual fixture is set for decision this (Monday) afternoon at Goodison park, when the Everton Combination team meet the Northern Nomads. Good class play is assured, and the game should furnish an interesting comparison of the relative merits of the better class amateurs and their professional brethre. The kick off is at 3-15.
EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB
October 27, 1903. The Sunderland Echo
Everton Village –where the toffee comes from –is very much of a rus in urban now; for Liverpool City long ago swallowed it up. But Everton's name is famous in football annuals as belonging to a team who have played well for years in the forefront of the “Soccer” game. For resolute and scientific combination the club has established a very high reputation both in League fixtures and cup ties. The Evertonian team had a humble beginning. It sprang from a little local chapel club that played in St. Domingo Vale, and the name of Everton was assumed in 1879. In 1880 the club joined the Lancashire County Association, and its members showed an abundance of pluck. At this period Great Lever was a power in County Palatine football, and when Everton was drawn against them in the Lancashire Cup Competition it was admitted that they had an arduous task to perform. Still, the Evertonians played up with such spirit and pluck that they contrived to make a draw, but in the re-play they were badly beaten. In the next season, Everton met Bolton Wanderers, only to be smashed up to the extent of 13 goals to 1 –rather a different result from those which eventuate at the meetings of the two clubs nowadays. It was in 1883 that the club got its first enclosed ground, their first gate amounting to only 14s. It was in this same year that J. Trainer, one of the finest, if not the finest, goalkeeper ever seen, became a member of Everton club, playing with the second team, but he did not stay long with the Liverpudians, as he went off to Bolton, Everton thus losing an embryo international. In the year 1884 the club captured the Liverpool Association Cup, overthrowing Earlestown in the final. At a meeting between Bootle and Everton clubs in a cup tie on January 31 st , 1885, £40 was taken at the gate, which was reckoned very satisfactory at the time –there were no £1,000 gates then. But step by step the club rose in reputation, and with its football successes came increased support, and of course a swelling of the exchequer. This enabled the management to improve the club all round, and when the League started in 1888 Everton could boast of such a powerful team that they were runners up to the then invincible Preston North Ender; their points were 30 out of a possible 44, Aston Villa coming next with 29. In the year following Everton ran Preston North End very close for the championship again, the “Invincible” scoring 33 points while Everton obtained 31. Blackburn Rovers were third with 27. Then came the crowning glory of the team in 1890, when Preston in their turn had to play second fiddle to the Evertonians, who occupied the proud position of League Champions. They scored 29 points against the North Enders' 27, Notts County and Wolverhampton Wanderers each obtaining 26. The members of the Everton club in 1892 formed themselves into a Limited liability company, a speculation which turned out a most gratifying success. Everton became one of the richest clubs in the League, so wealthy, indeed, that they could afford to pay away thousands of pounds per annum in players' wages alone. In 1894 Everton could not compare with Sunderland which was a grand League form; but the Villagers had been engaged hotly in another tussle, for they had run into the final of the English Cup, in which the Wolverhampton Wanderers only beat them by a single goal in an ever-to-be-remembered game, the one played at Fallowfield. Only moderate success attended their efforts in the League in the next season, in spite of the amount of money that the directors disbursed with no niggardly hand, but in 1894-95 Everton occupied second place to Sunderland with 42 points out of a possible 60, Aston Villa being third with 39. It was about this period that the club entered into negotiations with Colonel Naylor Leyland for the acquisition of the freehold of the ground at Goodison Park, and eventually the spacious area of somewhere about 30,000 square yards was purchased for a little over £8,000. It was a good bargain, and the directors spent another £4,000 on the now celebrated enclosure, which was converted into one of the best football centres in the land. Everton made a good show in the League in 1895-96, but in the following season the club's efforts were not quite so good in the direction, for they were busy again going for the Cup, and reached the final only to be defeated at the Crystal Palace by a goal, Aston Villa being the victors. Since that date Everton have not reached the Cup final, though they have remained all along a team to be greatly feared in the League games. Everton obtained in the First Division competition in 1897-98 the same number of points as the Wolverhampton Wanderers, 35; the only two clubs above the pair being Sheffield United, who finished with 42, and Sunderland, who scored 37. In the spring if 1889 Everton again occupied fourth position to Aston Villa, Liverpool and Burnley, the respective points being 45, 43, 39 and 38. Then in 1899-1900 came a big drop in the matter of position in the League; and, although there was no danger of them ever finishing at the bottom, many of their performances were distinctly disappointing, and when the final table was made up they occupied –for them- the vey lowly place of eleventh on the list. It was a bad year's work, and one quite unworthy of Everton. The villagers picked up in the year following, but they were overpowered by their neighbours of Liverpool, who won the premier place in the League with 45 points, whereas Everton's total, was only 37. In 1901-02 Sunderland was on top in the championship tussle with 44 points, and Everton came in a good second with 41, while Newcastle United occupied third position with 37. In point of goals scoring, however, Everton were the best side in the League that season, for they, like Sunderland, had only 35 goals obtained against them, whereas they pierced their opponents' defence fifty-three times to the fifty of the champions. They had a tough fight in the Cup ties with Liverpool the same year, and it was only a drawn game that Liverpool proved the conquerors. In 1903-03 Everton did not do well in the League, being as many as ten points behind the champions, Sheffield Wednesday. To almost everyone's surprise, too, Everton succumbed in the third round of the English Cup to Millwall in London. Though naturally the present players attached to the club appear more vividly in the mind's eye than several ancient lights of the Evertonians, it is hardly possible to give even a belief survey of the club's history and doings without reference to such as John Southworth, Edgar Chadwick, and his great partner Milward, Latta, J. Bell, and speedy Fred Geary, the tricky Holt, the solid Kelso, and the famous “Nick” Ross. Since then Whitley has done good service in goal, and so has Kitchen, for the matter of that, on many occasions. Brearley, a fine Liverpool-born forward, played well for Everton after he had been with various other clubs; but he finally went to Tottenham Hotspur. Another admirable player of Mersey-side nativity is W. Balmer, the right full back. He is one of the coolest defenders in the League which he has represented against Scotland. Tom Booth can play centre of right half-back. He was born in Manchester in 1876, and began his football career in the Ashton North End team, subsequently joining Blackburn Rovers, of which club he was when he got his international cap in 1898. He is a splendid all-round exponent of the game and always reliable. He makes a most capable captain. Wolstenholmes, right half-back, was born at Little Lever in 1878. His clever tactics are always a feature of Everton's games. J. Sharp, the outside right, was born at Hereford in 1879. He is one of the best-known player both as cricket and football in the country. He made his name with Aston Villa with whom he was a portion of two seasons, and reached Goodison Park in 1899. Gained his international cap last season against Ireland, playing inside right. A great player is J. Settle, the inside left, who was born at Millom. From Bolton Wanderers Reserves he went to Halliwell Rovers in 1895, Bury securing his transfer two years later. It was while with the latter club that he got his first international cap, and he was secured by Everton at a big fee. Has played well in all three internationals, and has stuck to the “village” team in spite of many tempting offers to go elsewhere. Other players for Everton who may be mentioned are Crelly, a good back; Abbott, a useful left-half, who hails from Birmingham, and used to play for the Small Heath Club; McDermott., a clever Scottish inside right who came from the Celtic; A. Young, a centre forward who has done well in the that position with several North British clubs; and Hardman, a promising player in the forward line on the outside left position. For that place, Corrin, who has been with Portsmouth and formerly assisted Everton, has also returned to his old club when wanted. Mr. W.C. Cuff, the secretary of the Everton Club, is a model official, courteous and indefatigable, and in every sense a keen man of business. Under his aegis affairs at Shirted “Goodison Park go on swimmingly, and we expect to hear of a good many more successes falling to the share of the blue-Shirted “villagers.” In the opening match of the League tussle this season, as one anticipated the Everton team, strengthened by the inclusion of Hardman, from Blackpool, and McDermott, the Celt, proved as everyone expected, equal to defeating Blackburn Rovers at Goodison. It was a fine game, and for quite half the battle Crompton's brigade fully held its own. It was curious somewhat that Bowman, the Toffee's' centre forward transferred man, should open the scoring against his old love. But Sharp equalised on the stoke of half-time, and for the succeeding “45” the Everton boys went hot and strong, this being plain evidence of their fine condition. Still, time was travelling on a pace before they got their heads in front. This goal ranks as possibly the finest ever scored on the ground, and Jack Sharp was the executants. Single-handed he took the ball through all opposing for a distance three-quarters the length of the field. Then Young scored a third on the stroke of time, and Everton thus succeeded in almost reversing last season's figures. The shining lights for the winners were Balmer, Booth, Sharp, and Hardman. Since the opening match Everton have played well, and as we write hold a very good position in the League table.
Thanks to Phil Martin for this great fined.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 NORTHEN NOMADS 2
October 27, 1903. The Liverpool Daily Post
At Goodison Park yesterday, before about 500 spectators. The visitors started, and after midfield exchanges. Mckenna sprinted away, Balmer having to kick out to save his lines. Rankin made the first real attack on the visitor's goal, and Chadwick just missed the mark by inches. Each side forced a corner, neither of which however, brought any tangible result. Gourlrodger that made a determined effort to lower the Everton colours, Balmer conceding a corner. Following this, McKennie missed an easy chance, shooting wide when within a few yards of goal. An admirable centre by McKenna was not taken advantage of, and the Everton defence removed the venue towards Thomas. Thomas saved a tricky shot from Corrin. After robbing two of his opponents. Sheridan put in a beauty from long range, which completely beat Thomas. Walmsley struck the home crossbar from a free kick. During the next few minutes the Nomads goal was subjected to a severe bombardment. Russell just topped the bar, with a terrific shot. Nuttall received the leather from a goal kick, and drove it towards goal with a terrific shot, Dent bringing if a marvellous save. Half time arrived with Everton leading by a goal to nil. Restarting the homesters attack in earnest and Sheridan scored a second goal from easy distance. The persistent efforts of the Nomads forwards were at length rewarded Gourkrodgers opening the score on their behalf with a good ground shot. The Everton forwards were now putting in some clever work, and Barlow and Walmsley were kept exceedingly busy in coping with their efforts. McKenna brought Dent to his knees in saving a hot attempt. Gorkrodger equalised for the Nomads. A few minutes later, Simpson gave Everton the lead with a fine oblique shot. It was only on rare occasions that the visitors invaded Everton territory, and when they did their attempts to score lacked judgement. Everton pressed to the finish, and eventually won by three goals to two. Everton Combination: - Dent goal, Wildman, and R.Balmer, backs, Chadwick, Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin Dilly Corrin, Sheridan and Simpson, forwards. Northern Nomads: - H.A.Thomas (Leek), goal, G.Bucknall (Melling), and F.Walmsley (Etrurians), backs, E.A.Connor and E.Hulmes (Hesketh Park), and H.Vickers (Corinthains), half-backs, J.McKenna (Old Xaverians) R.Barlow (Casuals), W.H.Nuttall (Etrurians), K.W.Evans (Ramblers), and A.Elston (Leek), forwards.
COLNE'S UNBEATEN OPPONENTS.
Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 30 October 1903
To-morrow Everton Reserve are the visitors to the Alkincoates ground. Everton are still undefeated, and unless the homesters improve they are likely to remain for at least another week. Two new outside men will be tried by Colne. They are Talbot, late Crewe Alexandra, on the right, and Seddon, late of Acrrington Stanley and Chorley, on the left. Savage will again be the handy man, this time going forward.