LIVERPOOL 1 EVERTON 2
October 1, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
EXCITING CONTEST AT ANFIELD.
WALTER ABBOTT PENALTY MISS
An 40,000 people at Anfield enjoyed one of the tit-bits of the local football season on Saturday. The meeting of Everton and Liverpool has a place on its own in local circles. Not only to the regular supporters of both clubs who turn out in strength, but many people not usually to be seen at a football match make a point of attending the tussle between the rivals. The Anfield ground held more spectators than ever before, and yet crowds of people were unable to gain admission the gate being shut a quarter of an hour before the start. The Enthusiastic supporters of the pastime were well rewarded by witnessing one of the best and most exciting matches ever played in the lengthy inter-club record. From start to finish the game was full of incident, and there was hardly a dull movement. The general level of play was excellent. It may not have been quite up to the class to be expected from Cupholders, and League champions, but it was very far indeed from discrediting the unique occasion. Both teams had pulled themselves together for the event. Neither has done well of late, but a genuine effort was made on Saturday to play to the last ounce, and the result was a splendid fought contest, brimful of excitement, and displaying in no slight degree the highly cultivated skill of modern League football.
There were changes in the personnel of both elevens, and these served to add a spice to the already interesting occasion, for none could be certain how the experiments would work. On the home side Parry was dropped and Robinson, took his place, the vacancy on the right wing being filled by Parkinson. West was still on the injured list, and Saul therefore kept his position. For Everton, George Wilson partnered Hardman on the leftwing, this being the first time the newcomer had appeared as an inside player. Under almost perfect weather conditions the players toed the mark, Raisebeck's men having to face the sun and a slight breeze. Everton were the first to find their feet, and amid a continual roar from the excited crowd they attacked on the left, and in few moments Jack Taylor sent in the first shot of the day, Hardy saving. The Blues came again and Bolton narrowly missed with a close shot, which the Anfield custodian cleverly diverted round the post. Goddard changed the scene of operations with a fine run and centre, but he was poorly supported, and Taylor falling back, cleared, his lines while later Scott was in difficulties with carlin, but the custodian was equal to the emergency.
INCIDENT OF THE PLAY.
And so the game proceeded at a fast pace, with exciting incident at either end. A continuous report would be a record of shots saved or missed at both goals, so rapidly did the play changes ends, and so numerous the incidents in the closing stages of the attack. A wonderful clearance by saul when Hardman seemed certain to score must be mentioned, and just afterwards Young missed a good chance when Hardy had only half cleared a fast drive from Sharp. The Everton centre often found himself with openings, but his shooting was poor, and although the chances had been with the Blues it was the Reds who first scored. Parkinson receiving from Carlin got through, and despite the attentions of the backs he stuck to the ball and at close quarter beat Scott with a fast, low shot. The same fast end to end play continued. Occasionally the Everton front line put in some really brilliant forward work, the accuracy of the passing, and the perfect understanding between the men making a pretty spectacle, but the finish was lacking. Just before the interval Wilson was getting dangerous when Robinson dispossessed him, but in doing so the ball struck the Liverpool's man hand, and the referee awarded a penalty kick . Amid intense excitement Abbott took the kick, but hardy's outstretched hand caught the fast driven ball, which flew over the crossbar, while a might roar went up from the crowd. The corner kick was about to be taken when the whistle sounded half time, Liverpool leading by a goal to nil.
AFTER THE INTERVAL.
The second half opened in much the same fashion as the first, and the fast and punishing pace was kept up. Both ends were visited, Young being prominent in the Everton attack, while Carlin nearly put his side further ahead. There was more method about the visitors' forward work than in that of their opponents and it had its reward when Makepeace initiated an attack on the right wing. Sharp and Bolton passed Dunlop and Bradley, and the latter tipped the ball to Young. The centre fastened on it, and with a quick drive sent the ball well out of Hardy's reach. The teams were thus level, and the Everton supporters cheered themselves hoarse. The game now became faster than ever. Both sets of contestants strained every nerve to secure the leading point, and with the forwards, shooting at every opportunity both goalkeepers were tested. At length Hardy was beaten. Following good work by the untiring left wing Young again got possession, and with a long oblique shot into the far corner of the net, the centre scored Everton's winning goal. A desperate effort by the Reds failed. At one time the bulk of the players of the two teams were crammed in the Everton goal-mouth. Twice the ball emerged from the melee, and was sent back, but at length it was got away, and punted down the field.
A FRUITLESS PENALTY CLAIM.
The reds claimed for a penalty, the allegation being that Makepeace had handled, but the referee disregarded a very strong claim. The game was continued with the same desperate earnestness for a short time, but it soon became evident that Liverpool had shot their bolt. Playing a winning game with confidence, the Blues had now the whip-hand of the Anfield defence. The home backs tired, and the faultless passing of the Everton quintette quite baffled them. Hardy was still to be reckoned with, and one long fast oblique shot he dealt with in masterly fashion. The Reds afterwards broke away, and they were attacking at the finish, but no more scoring was done, and Everton ran out winners of a memorable game by 2 goals to 1. There can be no doubt that the Blues well deserved their victory. They were the superior team, and only the defective shooting of Young prevented that superiority being shown on the score sheet at the interval. Young made ample amends in the second half by shooting two goals, both of them good points, with no element of flukness about either of them. The strength of Everton lay forward. George Wilson coalesced well with Hardman, and with Bolton showing vastly improved form the whole line was very effective. Hardman, speedy and clever, was in a delightful vein. It was the left wing that did the work in the first half, Sharp doing little against Dunlop in this moiety.
THE FORWARDS CONTRASTED.
The Liverpool forwards in comparison were uneven. Well watched by Taylor, Hewitt was unable to distribute the work in his best style, and combined play was lacking, the forwards generally making their own opportunities. Parkinson's goal for instance, was an individual effort, while both Everton's goals were the result of methodical combined work. The home forwards were very faulty in passing, a big percentage of the passes going wrong through inaccuracy rather than the alertness of the Everton halves. Goddard was the leader of the home vanguard; many of his centres were perfect but they were not turned to account. Cox failed conspicuously with one of them, and the left winger generally did not do himself justice. In the half-way line both sides were excellently served, and neither here nor at back was there much between the two sets. Raisebeck was infinitely better than at Birmingham last week. He broke up many a dangerous attack, but much too frequently his clearances carried the ball straight at an Everton player. Taylor was less showy, but he fed his forwards with greater accuracy. Makepeace and Abbott did much good work, and for Liverpool no complaint need be made against Robinson or Bradley. The former, in fact, showed that he is more valuable as a half than a forward, and the Reds would less rule if he maintained that position. Both sets of backs did well, although Dunlop apparently tired in the latter stages. He was a formidable barrier to Sharp and Bolton for the best part of the game, but in the latter stages the visiting forwards held the upper hand, and deserved their victory.
Teams: - Liverpool: - Hardy, goal, Saul, and Dunlop, backs, Robinson, Raisebeck (Captain), and Bradley, half-backs, Goddard, Parkinson, Hewitt, Carlin, and Cox forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, G. Wilson, and Hardman, forwards. Referee A. green.
CUPHOLDERS CONQUER CHAMPIONS
Athletic News - Monday 01 October 1906
Last spring Everton and Liverpool were like cornflowers and poppies in full bloom. They were then admired by all concerned. Since then the petals have compelled to fall. Animate nature seldom, if retains its beauty for a long time. Men are not as fragile as flowers, but until someone invents a mechanical footballer warranted to play the year round without any variation we shall never see teams retain that mercurial property which we the abstract call form. Thus we went to the new Anfield ground on Saturday for the first meeting this season of Liverpool and Everton who represented the most admired teams of last season. Everton won the toss and Liverpool The League Champions kick off. Every schoolboy knows that, but those schoolboys would have laughed at their united exhibition last weekend if he had been told that he was watching the two best teams in England, and that they were giving an object lesson to prove how the noble game of winter should be played. The game, which was probably witnessed by 40,000 people, was fast, earnest, and determined. Occasionally there were sparkling skills met by determined defence, but on the whole the rivals suggested mediocrity rather than brilliance, and the impulsive rather than the methodical and the systematic. Both sides lacked the easy grace, the polish, and the finesse of champions. When we see Everton and Liverpool we expect to see the fine art of football. Now, speaking generally, the match was not calculated to send any man into raptures for subtle touches, and for scientific points. Thus I came away with a sense of disappointment. Everton prevailed by 2-1 and there is no denying that they deserved their goals, but if Liverpool had been awarded the penalty kick they so strongly claimed in the second half, the honours might have been shared. Ass the play went Everton were entitled to victory, for in the second half they simply overplayed the "Reds,” and completely outstayed them in the last twenty minutes, with the result that the Anfelders were decidedly lucky to escape merely a goal down.
Everton with the sun at their backs forced the game at the outset, and when Bolton shot swift and true, Hardy did well to turn the ball round the post, and, of course, corner kicks resulted, but Saul and Bradley barred the way to goal. Indeed, Hardman and Young were the leaders in many a raid, but gradually the Evertonians were beaten back, and a tricky pass by Hewitt placed Parkinson in such position that a goal seemed imminent. He endeavoured to shoot between Scott’s head the crossbar, but he was the depth of a ball too high. Robinson, who played right half back in place of Parry, was fond of a drive into goal, but Scott was beware of him. Everton took advantage of hesitation in the back play, but Wilson was far over the bar, and a fine oblique by Hardman might have penetrated had not Saul and Raisbeck intervened. The first time that Sharp hooked the ball away from Dunlop, Everton were perilously near a goal, for the famous outside right dribbled into a coign of vantage, and then let a broadside into the Liverpool goal. By throwing himself in front of the express Hardy stopped the cannon ball, and Saul hooked it away, but Hardman, Wilson, and Young taking the ball on the move returned in gallant style only to see Young foozle his shot at the finish. In spite of all this Liverpool scored first, for Raisbeck set Parkinson on his way, and he worked for the goal which he scored. He threaded his way through the maze until he was between the eighteen yards line and the goal area when he drove in a fast ball which gave Scott no chance. It was in the net before he could stoop. Everton struggled desperately to get on terms, but twice Raisbeck intervened, and upset the plans of Hardman and sharp, while Taylor’s foot turned aside another fine effort by Parkinson, who was endeavouring to crown the work of Hewitt and Goddard. Immediately prior to the interval Young gave to Wilson, who was dribbling inside the dreaded area when Robinson handled, and a penalty kick was given. Abbott aimed high, and amid great cheers Hardy turned the ball over the crossbar, halftime being sounded before the corner kick could be taken.
Everton were thus a goal behind at the interval, but I should not like to say that they deserved to be. Although Parkinson, Goddard, and Carlin were aggressive, when they reversed it was soon clear that the Evertonians were in no wise fainthearted. Bolton made an excellent pass to Sharp, who dashed ahead, and centred so nicely that Young had no difficulty in taking the ball, and scoring with crosswise drive, which went on the ground, and away from Hardy’s left hand. Thus in a quarter of an hour equality was established. Goddard led operations in the contrary direction, but Scott was not to be beaten either by Goddard’s drive or from corner which he cut out. Dunlop was not safe. When a back allows himself to be passed, and then stands still appealing he is courting trouble. So it was in this match. Twice he adopted these tactics with impurity, but then by finnicking he allowed Hardman to arrive, and he dribbled so cleverly that he gave to Young the result that the centre netted with a screw at the end of twenty-eight minutes. No sooner had Everton taken the lead than the "Reds” attacked in a body, and Balmer conceded a corner kick, which was splendidly placed that a most exciting scrimmage ensued. Scott played a great part by the legitimate use of his hands, but I fear that an Evertonian made an illegitimate use of his hands, as he appeared to seize the ball in the air and punt it from his grip. The Liverpool players simply mobbed the referee for a penalty kick, Bradley and Carlin being particularly clamorous, but as Mr. Green could not see through a phalanx of players from his side, he was not aware of the incident, and was deaf to all entreaties. This scrimmage and appeal were the last expiring efforts of the "Reds." They were never dangerous again, but Everton then showed their very finest form. Both Hardman and Sharp were aggressive on the wing, and twice Hardy saved most gallantly from Bolton and Wilson—the former firing in a bombshell from short range. Scott was a grand Tyler. He admitted no visitors, and he must have heaved a sigh of relief when Hardman twice, if not thrice, simply worked away certain goals. They were golden moments wasted. Yet Everton won by the odd goal in three, and "orl wus peas" at Goodison Park.
HARDMAN, THE HERO
Everton were unquestionably the better balanced team. Scott had not such opportunities to prove his worth as Hardy, but the Irishman showed excellent judgment and anticipation, and from what I have seen from him from time to time, I should say that there are very few safer men in the breach than Scott. Possibly William Balmer’s style a kind of flying kick- is open to criticism, but he hardly made a mistake. His length was good, and he appealed to be as the most reliable back on the field, -Crelley was worker even after receiving a hard driven ball full in the face. At half-back, Everton did not suffer by comparison, for Taylor was as serviceable as Raisbeck, while Abbott played a hard and reliable game against a pair of forwards which require a lot of attention. Abbott, was severely strong in defence, but incisive in attack, and he took a shot at goal whenever the opportunity presented itself . As its been apt to think that Abbott it was gratifying to see him so agile in the attack. Makepeace has not yet reached that standard. Has Hardman had not played since September 8, and during the week he had “Bellows to mend”, but bless him as he seemed sound enough in wind and hard work in his old position on the wing, he was the feature of the game. He give us the impression of to that of controlling the ball , he was a fine forward, who never forgets to centre some 18 or 20 yards from the corner flag. One never sees Hardman run into corners and wait for the defence to form up. He puts the ball into goal-not beyond it – or crosses to the other wing, just at the right time without any fuss. A go-ahead young man who never flinches because Dame Nature has not been lavish to him. Hardman is a willing worker. It is true that he might have scored goals which he did not, but we must take the whole of his play. If we do so and strike a balance we shall find that the Blackpool boy is a very business-like player-and an example to another youth from the same watering place on the other side. George Wilson at inside left was exceedingly clever with the ball, and I can pay him no higher compliment than to say he was efficient substitute for Settle. Young was much more like himself than the week previously, but he should keep onside. Bolton is improving. Sharp was not always in the thick of the fray, but there was the touch of master whenever he let himself go—and no prettier bit of play was seen during the day than his dribble which led to the first goal.
LIVERPOOL TALENT LATENT
I cannot say much for Liverpool. I would that I could. I like champions to behave as such. Now Hardy did acquit himself nobly. His goal-keeping was hall-marked first class, and no one rendered such service to the side. Neither of the home backs was beyond reproach. Dunlop’s strange attitudes I have already mentioned. This is a new departure and has nothing to recommend it. Saul was very fine at times and yet weak on occasion. He was not always clean and sure in his kicking, and he seemed to me more like a half-back than a back. When I say that Robinson was the hardest worker and the most successful of the half-backs it will be inferred that the middle line was not to be compared with that seen last season, for even Raisbeck, judged by his own performances in the past, was below himself. Nor can I say much in praise of the front rank, for Cox did everything that he ought not to have done. He did not even make the most of his speed, and I do not like forwards who double back and turn round three times to unscrew themselves before they think of their duty to their comrades. Goddard was passable, but not the man I saw twelve months ago. Parkinson made so many aimless passes that one can only say that a goal covers a multitude of sins. At times Hewitt betrayed a cunning foot by his accurate transfers, but he did not either go for goal or shoot as I have seen him, while Carlin is merely mediocre. I suppose that Liverpool will come to the front again, but they want bracing up, and they need a sense of harmonious action. There must be ability in their ranks. This cannot have vanished; it is latent. But so long as a chrysalis develops into a butterfly mere is hope for Liverpool. Liverpool; Hardy; Saul, Dunlop; Robinson, Raisebeck, Bradley; Goddard, Parkinson, Hewitt, Carlin, and Cox. Everton; Scott; Balmer (W.), Crelley; Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), Abbott; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Wilson, and H.P. Hardman. Referee; A. Green, West Bromwich.
EVERTON RESERVES 6 STYLEBRIDGE ROVERS 0
October 1, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination (Game 5)
It is becoming quite the usual thing for our local reserves to win easily at home. A week ago Liverpool put on six goals at Anfield and on Saturday it was Everton's turn. Stalybridge Rovers provided the opposition –but a weak opposition it proved, for Everton gained an easy triumph by six clear goals. The first half was fairly even, with Swann having more to do than Sloan, Jones, scored for Everton in the first minute, and Graham afterwards added a scored goal. In the second portion Everton outplayed their opponents Thomas, Donnachie, and Jones (2) beating Swann, and they won as stated. Sloan had not much to do, but the few shots that reached him required some handling. One save from McCartney bordering on the miraculous Hill, was far and away the better back, and just on the interval by a splendid bit of work he beat four or five opponents near goal, and relieved a dangerous position. His clever headwork was also noticeable. Among the halves Donaldson appeared most prominent, breaking up the opposing wing and giving Swann some fine long shots to negotiate. All the forwards performed capitally, though Donnachie shined mos. His centres were quite a feature of the match, not one missing its mark, and his successful shot at goal- a left footed drive –beat Swann all the way. Jones also was prominent, his three goals being the award of rare dash and good shooting. For the losers, Swann could not be blamed for the severe defeat, as he had had innumerable attempts to deal with. Grindrod was the better of the backs, and Patterson most prominent of the halves. Among the forwards, McCartney, Monks, and Roberts were the pick, and if such openings as came along had been accepted they would not have gone away without the solatium of a goal. Everton: - Sloan, goal, Hill, and Stevenson, backs, Black, Chadwick, and Donaldson half-backs, Donnachie, Graham, Jones, Thomas, and Butler, forwards.
EVERTON 2 BRISTOL CITY 0
October 8, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
MORE POINTS FOR EVERTON.
A MODERATE GAME.
Bristol City failed at Goodison-park to maintain their reputation as an unconquerable team away from home. Indeed, at no period of the engagement, which was witnessed by some 20,000 people, did the representatives of the southwestern port ever suggest the likelihood or victory being snatched from the Blues. By the way it is singular, though none the less correct, that for three Saturday's running have Everton been extended against teams which appeared in Red jerseys. On the first occasion Aston Villa inflicted upon them the indignity of a defeat at home, but since then they have triumphed over Liverpool, and Bristol City. The latter by no means proved to be the sturdy representatives which report had suggest. The wonder is that Everton's success was not more pronounced, than the verdict –two goals to nothing –Indicates. Anyhow a couple of points accrued, and Everton have reached double figures in the matter of points.
Bristol City received a damper in the first minute of the game. Hardly had the ball been kicked off from the centre than it was in the net, quite out of the reach of Clay. Hardman and Wilson carried it down, and a long swinging pass gave it to Sharp, who quickly transferred to Bolton, with the result that the latter was credited with his first goal for a month. This early reverse seemed to take a lot of sting out of the visiting side, or rather it placed Everton in such a position that, barring accidents they were likely to remain at the top. A strong wind, too, of which the Blues had the advantage, was all against the Bristol representatives, who by no means came up to expectations. Their forward play was ragged to a degree, and it was fortunate for them that their defenders rose to the occasion. Everton's right and left wings were both in great form, and if Young had been able to reproduce the style of which he is capable the home side must have acquired a rear harvest of goals. As events turned out it was left to Sharp to register Everton's second goal. This he managed in characteristic fashion. The ball was sent out to the wing to Sharp, who, while on the run, narrowed into goal until he found an opening from which to shoot, and beat Clay all the way. There was no question about Everton's superiority, and at the interval the state of the game 2-0 in favour of the home team was no more than the run of the play merited. It was after the change of ends that, Bristol City were seen to any advantage. Even then the front line sadly mulled what opportunities their halfbacks created for them. Indeed, it was from the intermediates line that Scott had to look for danger, unfortunately the Everton custodian was on the alert and the game ended in a win for Everton by two goals to nil.
CONCERNING THE PLAYERS.
Although success rightly rested with Everton, the spectators were not treated to any exhilarating display of football. As a matter of fact, Bristol City were outclassed. They are a sturdy lot, but their styles fall considerably below that of Everton. they are undoubtedly a stronger in defence than in attack. Clay, of course, is a goalkeeper of neutral ability, while in Cottle, Bristol City posses a young left back of exceeding promise. Certainly his display on Saturday against Sharp and Bolton, Pretty well at the top of their form, was one of the features of the visiting side's exhibition. Wedlock, the centre half-back, was another outstanding player. Not only is he tricky, but he knows how to shoot, and one of his drives in the latter part of the game troubled Scott not a little. On the Everton side Young was unquestionably the weakest of the forwards, and late on in the second half it was aggravating to note how badly he mulled an opening worked for him in really great style by Bolton. Taylor was not as happy as usual, but Makepeace was quite himself again, with Abbott also alert and resourceful. Crelly was all-right, but Balmer, who was without doubt the most effective back on the field, overshadowed him. Scott in goal was not greatly troubled, but he never flinched when the time of trial did come. Altogether Everton had not to work very hard to obtain the maximum points.
Teams : - Everton: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, G. Wilson, and Hardman, forwards. Bristol City: - Clay, goal, goal, Annan, and, Cottle, backs, Spear, Wedlock, and Hanlin, half-backs, Steinforth, Maxwell, Gilligan, Bruton, and Hilton forwards. Referee N.Whittaker.
Athletic News - Monday 08 October 1906
We trust that there is no impending decline on the part of Bristol City, who have now failed to take goal in their last two matches. This is very contrary to the manners and customs of these Westerners, who failed at Everton 2—0. It seemed reasonable to anticipate success for Everton, but not without Bristol scoring. And yet in attack the "Citizens" were woefully weak. Everton, on the other hand, were probably stronger than in any game this season, despite the inefficiency of Young in taking centres. George Wilson, the ex- Heart Midlothian international, was again a splendid success in his new sphere of inside left, and he nursed and humoured the English amateur, Harold Hardman, until the pair were the cynosures of the great throng. The best man on the Bristol side was Wedlock, the great little centre half-back, but Clay and Cottle were fine in defence.
The explanations of the Liverpool club as to taking their players to Paris and of the Everton F.C, in taking their players to Epsom and Brighton in the close season have been received and accepted by the Football Association as perfectly satisfactory.
EVERTON’S DOMINANT COLOURS.
Athletic News - Monday 08 October 1906
Men in red, I may inform “Tityrus,” have now no terrors for the Cupholders. Three weeks ago the chosen of Aston Villa, arrayed in scarlet attire, set them a-thinking, and the result has been entirely satisfactory to those who pin their faith to the blue-jerseyed brigade at Goodison. Liverpool, the champions of the First Division, were the first red shirts to feel this dominating influence, and week later Bristol, last year’s leaders of the Second League, experienced the effects of the deliberations of the Everton men, when Blue asserted itself over Red in no uncertain fashion. Bristol came with a fascinating reputation for gaining points away from home, but they shaped feebly against the Cupholders, who won readily by two clear goals. There was quite this dissimilarity between the efficiency of the teams, and Bristol never created the impression that they would avert defeat. It was unfortunate for them when Clay lost the toss, which meant that the visitors had face a stiff breeze in the first half, and they never recovered from the effects.
NOT A CRUMB OF COMPORT FOR BRISTOL.
Everton utilized their chances to the full, and in the first minute Wilson, after clever footwork, espied Sharp unattended and promptly whipped the leather to this wing. Sharp diverted it inwards to Bolton, who flung himself at the chance, and Clay was left helpless. This evidently upset the calculations of the “Citizen", for they never gave signs of complete recovery until they had assimilated the benefits of the ten minutes' interval. They did make a sudden rush immediately after this reverse, and having drawn Scott out with a fine centre from Staniforth, gained what seemed an open goal. Gilligan shot hard and true, but Balmer and Crelley dropped upon the scene and somehow managed to divert the course of the ball. Just before the interval arrived Abbott the ball out to the right in almost similar fashion to that previously adopted by Wilson. Bolton allowed it to pass unheeded to Sharp, who lefty tricked the backs, and coming close in gave Clay no chance with his final effort. Thus ended the first half. The second period was more evenly contested, for Bristol felt the benefits of the breeze, but they made moderate use of their chances. Repeatedly did they work the ball down in promising fashion, but the forwards were averse to shooting, and the half backs had to show them the way, Hanlin and Wedlock being always prominent in this respect. Towards the finish Burton sent in three good drives, but Scott was ever in readiness, and really speaking was never in serious difficulty with any shot. Bolton went clean through and centred to Hardman, whose shot was finely stopped by Clay, but the custodian could only place it at the foot of Young, who stood unmarked in front of the goal. Young did not score, and, of course, everybody groaned.
The two Everton wings were seen to great advantage, but Young had little to do with either, and was certainly the weakest of the forwards. Wilson and Hardman were opposed to a half-back named Spear, whom they initiated into a few details which may prove useful to him in the future. There is no mistaking the cleverness of Wilson who is, by reputation, an outside-left, but he has adapted himself to the inside position most creditably, and he tricked his opponents with the most supreme disregard. Hardman, of course, combined deftly, and the work of the pair was delightful. No less effective was the maneuvering of Sharp and Bolton, the latter playing to his partner. Makepeace was the best of the half backs, and his return to form was extremely gratifying. He has not been in the best of health recently, but he gave us many glimpses of his fine speed and skillful collaboration. Abbott was a capable and zealous worker, but Taylor was not so prominent. Both Balmer and Crelley defended ably, the former again showing an accuracy in his kicking entitling him to the greatest praise. Scott experienced a fairly easy time.
The new comers to the upper circle did not justify their reputation, and they must have been experiencing an off day. There was little method about their advances, while the passing was often ill-timed and slowly taken up. Especially was this the case in the first portion of the game, and only once did Bristol appear likely to score. They certainly improved as the game progressed, but then they over indulged in short passing, and attempted to carry the ball almost into the net. Instead of shooting at goal from longer range, when they were not so closely marked. Gilligan and Maxwell were the pick of the line, but the left wing was very disappointing, and Staniforth the extreme right only moderate. Wedlock proved a determined centre-half, and he had much to do with Young's inefficiency, while Hanlin, who formerly played for Everton, has a capital conception of the game, and placed neatly to his erratic forwards. Cottle was the better of the full backs; he is a rare plodder and untiring worker. Clay kept a good goal, and taken all round the defence of the Westerners was much ahead of their attack. Everton.—Scott; Balmer (W), Crelley; Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), Abbott; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Wilson (G.), and H. P. Hardman. Bristol City.; Clay; Annan, Cottle; Spear, Wedlock, Hanlin: Staniforth, Maxwell, Gilllgan, Burton, and Hilton. Referee: N. Whittaker. London.
BLACKPOOL 3 EVERTON 0
October 9, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Senior Cup First Round.
W Balmer penalty miss
Only 1,000 spectators witnessed the Lancashire Senior Cup-tie at Blackpool yesterday afternoon, in threatening weather, and the following teams, which were mixed elevens turned out: - Everton: - Scott, goal, Hill, and W.Balmer, backs, Booth, Taylor (Captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Donnachie, Graham, G. Wilson, Jones, and Hardman, forwards. Blackpool: - Wilcox, goal, Lowe, and Scott, backs, Crewdson, Parkinson, and Clarke, half-backs, Gow, Connor, Swan, Dunkeley, and Copstake, forwards. Winning the toss, Everton chose to play with the wind behind them. Swan started, and Connor passed back to Parkinson, who gave to Crewdson, but Everton attacked, the move initiated by Balmer. Donnachie raced away and shot hard, but Lowe headed out. Copestake got away, and ended with a terrific shot against the outside of the net. Jones got away, and things looked promising, but he finished very badly. A moment later Taylor was robbed in the nick of time by Scott (Blackpool). Graham came within an ace of scoring for Everton with a low shot. The Blackpool goal had a further narrow escape, Hardman receiving from Jones, but Scott (Blackpool) charged him off the ball in the nick of time. Low gave a corner when he had plenty of time to clear, but Everton put the ball behind. The home team had the best of matters, and they scored (Connor). Just prior to the interval, Everton were awarded a penalty kick . This was entrusted to Balmer, but Wilcox effected a grand save. Half-time Blackpool one, Everton nil. In the second half the home team continued to show superiority, and having got the lead, Blackpool were evidently unanimous in their resolve to keep it. The game was restarted before nearly 3,000 spectators. Blackpool at once swarmed round the Everton goal, and increased their lead in less than five minutes through Swann, from a beautiful centre by Copstake. Everton paid a visit to the Blackpool quarters, but it was only temporarily, and after cantering back Connor slipped between Hill and Balmer and beat Scott for the third time. The Everton defence was altogether too loose. Their forwards certainly did try hard afterwards, but the wind against them, and after Taylor had steadied himself and shot a yard over the bar the locals returned to the attack. The closing stages were very uninteresting. Final; Blackpool three, Everton nil.
NOTTS COUNTY 0 EVERTON 1
October 15, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
MORE POINTS FOR EVERTON.
DISSAPPOINTING GAME AT NOTTINGHAM.
Everton, defeated Notts County at Trent Bridge by a goal to nil. A victory on an opponent's ground is always welcome. As a rule it helps the average of points considerably, for a team that can win its home matches need never fear for its position in the League. The fact, however, remains that Everton have played many a better game than they did on Saturday, and yet have lost a couple of points. The victory was lucky, and paradoxical though it may appear it was no more than the team merited as far as playing superiority went. At the same time, seeing that the deciding goal only came in the last few minutes of the game, one cannot help having a feeling of sympathy with Notts County that they should have been beaten after having withstood so much pressure. But this is all in the fortune of the game. From an Everton point of view, it made amends in very agreeable fashion for the point, which they lost on the 17 th September when the County appeared at Goodison-park.
INCIDENTS PF PLAY.
Unlike Liverpool, the weather in Nottingham was delightfully fine, although at one period of the match a downpour, which did not materialise, seemed imminent. Rain, however, had fallen heavily during the week, and this had the effect of rendering the ground rather slippery. Each team had one of its stars away at the Inter-League match, but the County evidently suffered more from the loss of Craythorne, than did Everton from the absence of Sharp. But really absentees or no absentees, the game taken as a whole, was not one about which the most easily pleased individual could become enthusiastic. The first half was particularly uninteresting, and it was no more than the players on both sides deserved when a section of the crowd openly jeered at their efforts. For practically the whole of the forty-five minutes Everton monopolised the play. They were continually in the Notts half, but as far as any concerned plan of campaign was concerned –that it in regard to goalscoring –it was to use a hackneyed expression, conspicuous by its absence. Opportunities galore were presented to the Everton forwards, how some of the chances were missed, it is impossible to imagine Schoolboys could have done no worse. There was moreover, a regrettable tendency to roughness, in which Young and Mainman were the principal figures, and probably it was a wise step on the part of the referee to call all the players together to administer caution. His lecture had some effect though it by no means rendered the after stages of the match immune from shady tactics on both sides. Notts were distinctly fortunate in evading the capture if their goal during the opening half, when Everton ought easily to have made victory assured. Doubtless it was this feeling which buoyed them up in the second half, which in point of interest was far in advance of what had gone before. Each goalkeeper had some dangerous shots to negotiate G. Wilson on the one side and Dean on the other being the outstanding figures in the attack. Fortunately for Everton the referee failed to see a case of handling in the penalty area, and then, with only four minutes to go, George Wilson banged in a terrific shot which Iremonger only just managed to stop. The result was that Young had simply to touch the ball into the net. This settled the issue. It was a goal the credit of which belonged entirely to George Wilson.
GEORGE WILSON TO THE FRONT.
Coming to the players, there is little of a complimentary nature to be recorded. That Everton were the superior side is undoubted, and when they failed to produce anything like their form, what can be said of their opponents? Iremonger could not be blamed for the defeat and considering the wild kicking of the backs, the wonder is that he had not more to do. Chalmers was by no means an efficient substitute for Craythorpe, and Mainman spoiled himself by exhibitions of temper, for some of which it must be admitted he was not altogether to blame. Pope's debut in the centre forward position with Notts could not be called a success, and Dean was the most effective forward. Ellis Gee being too well looked after by Makepeace to be able to shine. Scott was well covered by Balmer and Crelly, and the middle line for the most part held the opposing quintete without great difficulty. Young was not in happy mood, indeed the forwards exhibited little combination. Donnachie improved upon his feeble exhibition in the first half, and really the only forward who did himself justice was George Wilson. His centres and shots at goal, especially in the later stages, were a marvel of accuracy, and it was only fitting that his should have been the effort which, gave the Evertonians their narrow but none the less welcome victory,
Teams: - Notts County: - Iremonger, goal, Jones and Montgomery, backs, Emberton, Mainman, and Chalmers, half-backs, Dear, Humphreys, Pope, Tarplin, and Gee, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Donnachie, Bolton, Young, D. Wilson, and G. Wilson, forwards. Referee J. Mason.
SHARP PLAYS IN INTER-LEAGUE MATCH
October 15, 1906. The Liverpool
England beat the Irish League by six goals to nil. Sharp scoring from a penalty kick.
SOUTHPORT CENTRAL 2 EVERTON RESERVES 5
October 15, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination (Game 6)
After having taken part in six matches without suffering a reverse, Southport Central on Saturday sustained their first defeat. The Sandgrounders have, however, no cause for despondency for their conjuerors were a strong Everton Combination team, and the match took place at Goodison-park, where, by the way, the Blues had not previously this season lost a goal. The game during the first half was well contested. Graham opened the scoring in the first few minutes with a fine attempt, play being then suspended owing to a downpour of hail. Immediately on the game being resumed Hinks got possession, and ended a grand run half the length of the field by shooting past Sloan with a fine oblque. To the interval the game was very open, though Everton should have gained the lead, their finishing efforts being weak. On charging over Graham put Everton ahead and from this period the Centralities were a beaten team. Hinks and Taylor being the only ones to make an impression on the home defence. Jones put on two goals for Everton, and Butler one, while just no time Taylor beat Sloan. Everton thus winning by five goals to two. For the winners Sloan had not much to do, but was safe. Hill was the better back. Chadwick the pick of the three good halves. The forwards were uneven. Cooke and Graham being most prominent. Butler and Dorward though doing well in midfield, finished very poorly and Jones was not so noticeable as usual, although he scored twice. Spink and McWhan best represented Southport in defence, though Sullivant had little chances with the goals. Forward, Tinks was in a class by himself. His runs and centres were a treat, and Taylor and Agron ably supported him. It was a good match considering the conditions that prevailed . Everton: - Sloan, goal, Hill, and Stevenson, backs, Black, Chadwick, and Donaldson, half-backs, Graham, Cook, Jones, Dorwood, and Butler forwards. Southport Central:- Bullivant goal, Spink, and Sinclair, backs Edwards, McWhan, and Tasker half-backs, Gate, Aaron, Taylor, Gara, and Hinks forwards.
NOTTS THE DOWN GRADE.
Athletic News - Monday 15 October 1906
A wretched exhibition was given by Notts in their home match with Everton, and they were beaten by one goal to none. The success of the visitors ought have been much more pronounced. They had practically the whole of the game in first half and a very fair share of it in the second, but throughout, their efforts were characterized by the most indifferent marksmanship. Their football was clever, and they carried out many dashing movements, but to finish these with anything like success seemed altogether beyond their powers. With their comparatively few opportunities, Notts came quite as near scoring, although a long time elapsed before they threatened any danger. Playing against the wind in the first half they could make little or no headway, and subsequently they were very disappointing. Their advances were carried out with nothing like the Fame understanding as those of Everton, their combination being of the crudest description and for the most part they had to rely upon individual effort to get them to the front. More than one of their desperate rushes nearly proved successful, and had they done so victory would in all probability have been theirs. The Everton defence, however, remained steady, and there was no question that the visitors were all round much the superior team. Still the weakness of their attack was remarkable. Donnachie, Bolton, and Young had many fair openings, but all three made most lamentable efforts. So helpless were they that Abbott asked them for an opportunity to show them how to direct properly. His request was granted, and it ended in his discomfiture, whilst in the second half Taylor too tried a shot, which went far wrong as it well could do. WRETCHED SHOOTING.
Once, with Iremonger out of his goal, Bolton entirely failed, sending over, and the only man on the side who appeared capable of making creditable attempt was G. Wilson. Irernonger had three shots to stop in the first half, and all came from Wilson’s foot, and it was fitting that in the end, four minutes from the close, he should have a great deal to do with the goal which was obtained. He frequently made light of the opposition of Emberton and Jones, and in this instance completely left both. He finished by putting in splendid oblique shot. Iremonger saved, but fell, and being unable to get the ball away, Young had an easy task to put through. Notts were handicapped somewhat by an injury to Mainman, who ricked himself and had to retire, and although he returned, he was not the force he usually is. There was some unpleasantness between the Notts captain and Young, and this began to spread, the referee called all the players round him to give them some words of advice, a course which met with hearty approval. Scott was only twice troubled before the interval, but it was not until later when he had a shot which bothered him. Humphreys then put in a splendid one, and the Everton keeper did well to hold it. Several fine runs were made by Dean, and in themselves they deserved better fate than they met with. His colleagues could make no use of his centres, but they claimed vigorously for penalty kick upon Balmer handling. The referee, however, was not in position to see the incident, and the linesman he consulted voted against the appeal. The form of the home eleven was very discouraging. Iremonger was none too smart, and Jones was not always successful in his tackling, Montgomery playing the better back game. The half-back line was also weak. Chalmers did very fair work, but the absence of Craythorne was severely felt. Emberton was rash and unreliable in much that he attempted, and notwithstanding his injury, Mainman was the most useful man in this department. Pope was tried amongst the forwards for the first time, and gave a very uneven display. He made many fine passes, but often lost the hall. Dean and Humphreys played well, but the left-wing pair did little. The Everton defence was sound, and a fine exhibition was given by the half-backs, Taylor and Abbott being conspicuous. G. Wilson easily took the palm in the forward rank, his runs being admirable and his shooting of the finest order. Notts. Ircemonger ; Jones, Montgomery; Emberton, Mainman, Chalmers; Dean, Humphreys, Pope, Tarplin. and Gee. Everton.-Scott; Balmer, Crelly: Makepeace, Taylor, Abbot; Donnachie, Bolton, Young, Wilson (D.) and Wilson (G.). Referee: J. Mason. Burslem.
ASTON VILLA RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 1
October 20, 1906. The Liverpool Echo
At Aston Villa, before 3000 spectators. The Villa won the toss,, but Jones passing out to Butler, enabled the speedy left winger to make a good opening. Johnson however, saved and at the other end Cantrell caused Sloan some anxiety. Millington opened the Villa's account and near half-time Cantrell and Chapman added further goals. Half-time Aston Villa, 3 goals Everton nil. (No details of second half)Team: - Everton: - Sloan goal, Hill, and Stevenson backs, Black, Chadwick, and Donaldson half-backs, Donnachie, Graham, Jones, Cook, and Butler forwards .
EVERTON 4 SHEFFIELD UNITED 2
October 22, 1906. The Liverpool Courier
ANOTHER VICTORY FOR EVERTON.
CAPITAL GAME AT GOODISON.
One of the best expositions of football at Goodison park this season was witnessed on Saturday, when Sheffield United went under to Everton to the score of four goals to two. It was worth going a long way to watch and the spectators came away in that happy favor of mind which suggest that they had got their moneys worth. A bigger "gate" might have been expected –a circumstance which the quality of their play fully warranted. With one exception Everton were enabled to place a strong team in the field, despite the absentee of Crelly and Abbott, and in view of the tough exposition which it was found they had to meet it was well that the team was so well felled. Crelly was on the injured list, and Abbott had a severe cold. Robert Balmer made his first appearance of the season at back, while Booth appeared at right back. Makepeace securing the left half position. In their old places too, were Sharp and Hardman. The United were at full strength, being able to avail themselves of the same team which had displayed such a welcome improvement in the last three matches.
HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED.
There were indications from the start that some fast and interesting play was going to be witnessed and the way goals were put on provided a spice of excitement for the spectators. The first came in about five minutes. Although Young had the credit of it, a hugh share was due to Sharp, who centre the ball so effectively, but he provided Young was a splendid centre. That player headed the ball quite out of Livesley's reach. The game began to open out very prettily, both sets of forwards displaying very creditable work, Lipsham who is still resourceful as ever, required a great deal watching, as Booth no doubt will be able to testify to. The famous winger, as a result of a fine run, placed Payton in possible, and that player equalised. Again it was a case of full steam ahead, and five minutes later saw George Wilson put his side in front with a shot from long range. This success is worthy of special note, as it was Wilson's first goal in English football. Still more excitement. Only a few minutes had elesped before Brown, the United centre, had a second goal through from a Penalty kick , which had been awarded the Blades in consequence of Booth's questionable tactics with Lipsham. From now until half-time both side's were giving of their best, although the work of the forwards in either case appeared in a greater degree that that of the backs. Some very dangerous onslaughts were made on the Everton goal, and a splendid shot from Donnelly fairly tested the capabilities of Scott. The Evertonians once again gave evidences of their scoring mood, for Young, receiving the ball from Booth's throw in, tried a cross shot from long range which beat Livesley. Thus at half-time Everton had the advantage by a goal. The rapidly with which the goals were scored will be gathered from the fact that the four points were obtained within a period of 20 minutes. Play in the second half was not as consistency good as in the first portion, and signs of disorganisation were at length unmistakable. Still there were many movements which evoked admiration, resulting. In brave attempts at scoring on both sides. The persistency of Wilson and Hardman seemed to ruffle the feelings of that clever back, Benson, whose attentions now and then were such that he came under the notice of the referee. The play brightened up in the later stages, and eventually a fourth goal came Everton way through a nice piece of play in which Wilson and Hardman were conspicuous. Wilson passed to Hardman, who placed a beautiful centre to Bolton, and the latter had no difficult in scoring.
YOUNG'S IMPROVED FORM.
Everton well deserved their win; it was secured by dint of hard work and sterling play. The forwards were on the top of their form and if this can be maintain it is bound to lead the club well in the directions of the championship, for which they appear to have designs. It was Young's day out. The fact that he had in front of him the half-back line, Wilkinson, the international, had no terrors for him, and all though his dribbling, passing, and shooting were something to admire. He never spared himself in fact. The rest of the forward line coupled his example. Sharp and Hardman played a fine game, the first named using his speed to some purpose, and in a manner, which often nonplussed Johnson, the left full back. Wilson got along very smoothly with Hardman, constituting a very effective wing. The quintette altogether proved an excellent foll to the style adopted by the United forwards, who swung the ball about with surprising freedom. The ubiquitous Lipsham, despite the harassing attentions of Booth, was of great service to his side, and indeed all the five performed well. The Everton defence, though not perfect, was safer than that of the United. R.Balmer and Booth showing up better in the second half than in the first. Needham, in particular, gave a masterly display at half-back, although of course he is rather slower than of yore, and Benson was more successful than Johnson, who was occasionally in difficulties. As already indicated, it was an interesting game to watch there being less tendency to offside play than is often the case. Teams: - Everton: - Scott goal, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs Booth, Taylor (Captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, G. Wilson, and Hardman, forwards. Sheffield United: - Lievesley, goal, Benson, and Johnson, back, McClure, B. Wilkinson, and Needham, half-backs, Donnelly, Payton Brown, Drake, and Lipsham, forwards.
George Wilson, Everton.
Athletic News - Monday 22 October 1906
When the brothers Wilson were secured from the Heart of Midlothian, George, the younger, was considered an outside left pure and simple. As such he assisted the Cupholders in their early games, but the injury to James Settle deprived him of the most capable partner the club possesses. His subsequent displays suffered by comparison, so that when Harold Hardman was again available, the experiment of trying Wilson in the inside position was adopted. Against Liverpool the hazard proved very successful, and it is evident that he can play either inside or outside. Wilson is only 22 years old, but he has received international honours and Cup final distinctions with the “Hearts, who last year won the Scottish trophy. Previous to joining the Edinburgh club he played with junior team in his native town, Loch Gelly, in the county Fife, then on to Buckhaven, and Cowdenbeath. He went to the “Hearts” in 1903, and the following season gained his cap against Wales and Ireland, while last year he played in the greatest of all internationals from a Scottish point of view, against England. He only stands 5ft. 6in., but weighs 12st. 71b. and possesses such command of the ball that may yet aid his country as an inside winger.
Sharp's Relation to Everton.
Athletic News - Monday 22 October 1906
Not only Liverpool but the Everton eleven gratified their friends on Saturday. The Cup holders won their fourth match in succession beating Sheffield United so decisively as by 4—2. The "Blues" showed some excellent form, and Alexander Young, despite occasional lapse, is proving an adept in netting, for he has now eleven goals to his credit He certainly obtains splendid chances from the centres whipped across so accurately by Sharp and Hardman, but on the other hand, he scored some brilliant goals from difficult angles, as, for example, in the match against Liverpool. Harold Hardman, we hear, will not be available again this year, and the left wing next Saturday will probably be Settle and George Wilson. The inside winger has recovered from his fractured finger, though the damaged joint is still very at stiff. Crelley and Abbott were absent on Saturday, suffering from colds, and this enabled Robert Balmer to make a welcome reappearance. He is a dashing young player, but indifferent health has militated against his being more frequently seen in active service. Everton are indeed, fortunately situated in the matter of capable understudies, though the possible retirement of John Sharp at the end of the season would necessitate the acquisition of an another first-class winger. Of course, much may happen between now and spring, but Sharp’s present idea is to abandon professionalism at the end of the season. But if the famous international does retire as a paid player, we know that he has such an affection for Everton that he would never see his club left in difficulties. We really believe that if Sharp was reinstated as an amateur he would offer his services to the directors, again.
GRAND GAME AT GOODISON
Athletic News - Monday 22 October 1906
For the second week in succession a Sheffield team appeared in Liverpool, but the United did not fare well against Everton as their rivals, the Wednesday, had done seven days previously at Anfleld. As regards the quality of the football exhibited, however, there was no comparison, and the first -half especially produced faster and more interesting play than I have before witnessed this season. Everton were without Abbott and Crelley, and Robert Balmer partnered his brother, this being his first League match of the present campaign. Right away from the start the forwards on both sides seemed to jump into their stride, and an exhilarating pace was made which continued to the interval. There was nothing to choose between the two lines of attack, for both were speedy, full of vigour and keenness, and the combination all along was as near accuracy as could possibly be desired. Naturally the cleverness of the front rankers kept the respective defences fully extended, but the former’s ability was such that goals were bound to come, and within twenty minutes each side had secured couple. EVERTON TAKE THE LEAD.
Everton led the way with one of the prettiest points imaginable. The ball was passed out to Sharp by Bolton after deft dodging by the latter, and the extreme winger got the better of a tussle with Needham, rounded Johnson. And centred perfectly for Young to head into the net. This was a goal that would have delighted the heart of the theorist, from the time Bolton got possess on the Sheffield defence was simply helpless to stem the invasion, and Young’s finishing touch was ideally executed, for he placed the ball just where the goalkeeper was not. To Lipsnam really belonged the honour of equalizing, for after racing away with a wide pass he cantered to the goal line and put the leather at the feet of Paton, who had no difficulty in scoring. Away went the men at full speed again and Wilson, after baffling a couple of opponent, sent in a long shot which Leivesley touched but failed to stop, and Everton were once more in front. But only for a few minutes, for Lipsham was threading his way almost into the goal-month, when Booth pushed him over from behind, and a penalty was awarded, from which Brown easily placed his team on an equality for the second time. Both goalkeepers were tested to the utmost during the subsequent proceedings, but just before the interval Sharp gained possession from a throw-in, and centred to Young, who with a fine oblique drive completely beat Leivesley. The second half was by no means so attractive, but Sheffield made a capital fight of it until half way through this later stage, when Wilson fairly ploughed his way through all resistance, bundled Benson over most unceremoniously, and gave Hardman glorious opportunity. The amateur took full advantage of it, and crossed at the right moment to Bolton, who was left with an open goal owing to the United custodian falling, and he scored easily. Had the referee noticed a glaring foul in the Everton penalty area, the United must have been afforded another chance of reducing the lead, but the incident passed unnoticed. Near the finish Drake got clean through, but shot straight at Scott, and Everton eventually ran out winners by four goals to two.
Undoubtedly, the chief feature of the match was the excellent form displayed by the forwards, and there was not a weak spot on either side. Neither set could claim an advantage, and the men deserve the utmost credit for their splendid exposition. They were nippy in every movement, passing swiftly and surely, and displaying consummate skill in the majority of their advances. We were bewildered at times by the rapidity of the exchanges, and often were the onward rushes almost perfect in the wonderful accuracy of their execution. The two pivots upon whom the smooth working of this machinery devolved— Young and Brown—were equally clever in keeping their respective wings in motion, and though the young Sheffielder perhaps swung the ball outwards with greater exactitude, the Everton centre was to the front with a couple of characteristic goals. Of the others, similar praise might be forthcoming, for the delightful yet dashing footwork of Lipsham, the delicate intricacy of the maneuvers of Paton and Drake, were but on a par with the rousing raids of Sharp and Bolton, and the thrilling trustfulness of Wilson and Hardman. I have not witnessed such forward play for many moons, so clean, crisp, and capable in every respect.
TEK TWO DEFENCES
So daring and determined were these fleet forwards that they gave the defence opposed to them rare grueling. During the early stages. Booth was altogether unable to hold the Sheffield left wing, and this weakness exerted a considerable influence on the fortunes of the play. Lipsham profited by this laxity, and his dangerous centres were with difficulty negotiated. Neither did the younger Balmer please during the same trying ordeal, for he made several blunders, due to mistiming of the ball, but as the game progressed these men improved, and in the second half were equal to the demands upon them. Makepeace and Taylor were in rare form, and it was fortunate they were, for both had stiff propositions to face. Scott did well, and had no chance with the points placed against him, while Balmer, the elder, was as usual, to the fore with many daring clearances. On the whole, the Everton defence acted capably, and whatever blunders were made were compensated for by an infusion of greater determination in the subsequent play. For Sheffield, M'Guire gave promising display at right half-back, and compared very favourably with the older artists, Bernard Wilkinson and Needham. Each of the trio showed an appreciative sympathy with the men in front, and attended to their wants accordingly. Benson was a vigorous full-back, powerful in his lunges, though at times inclined to rashness, and Leivesley kept out several stinging shots, though he should have saved the one from Wilson, for he had ample time to see the ball and clear. Everton.—Scott; Balmer (W.), Balmer (R.) ; Booth, Taylor (captain), Makepeace: Sharp, Bolton, Young, Wilson (G.), and H.P. Hardman. Sheffield United.—Leivesley; Benson, Johnson; M'Guire, Wilkinson (B.), Needham; Donnelly, Paton, Brown, Drake, Lipsham Referee, H. Ward (Nottingham).
BOLTON WANDERERS 1 EVERTON 3
October 29, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON TOO GOOD FOR BOLTON.
FINE WIN AT BURDEN PARK.
After the good form displayed by Bolton Wanderers in recent matches by which up to Saturday week they had not suffered a reverse, it came as a complete surprise that they should gave such a weak display at Burnden park against Everton. It was indeed a most disappointment exhibition, and naturally their own supporters were in the dumps. Of course, they were meeting the best team on present form, in the League, a circumstance, which demanded that their own house should be in perfect order. But, alas grievous mistakes, and at times incompetency that was almost pitiable, prevented them rising to the occasion, and they suffered disaster to the extent of three goals to one. They made one chance in the team that lost at Birmingham. Dempsey a recruit from Accrington Stanley, taking the place of Cameron at inside right. On the Everton side Harold Hardman was not available, Settle being back again in the team at inside left, whilst George Wilson operated on the extreme left. The presence of over 25,000 people at once testified to the popularity of the cup-holders in Trotterdom.
YOUNG'S DOUBLE EVENT.
The game was interesting, but mainly so on account of the brilliant work of the Evertonians, which was, maintained nearly the whole course. In the early stages Sharp's clever work was generally admired especially the way he repeatedly left Struther. For the first ten minutes or so the Wanderers could not get into their stride, and it was at the expiration of that time that Everton's first goal was registered. Bolton heading through from a well-placed corner by Wilson. It was though that this would spur the Wanderers to better work, but it did nothing of the kick, and their passing lacked judgement. Stokes, however, was a notable exception, and he put in some very useful work at this juncture. A splendid centre from him looked very dangerous, especially when W. Balmer had not counted upon, the rapid approach of Shepherd, and it was as much as the Everton back could do to kick into touch in time. The Bolton men were now playing with more dash, although they lacked the perfect cohesion that was necessary whereas the visitors were combining to very good purpose. Then the surprise of the day came, and the dismay of the Bolton crowd was unmistakable. Two more goals fell to the Goodison brigade in the short space of four minutes. Both were credited to Young, the first bring a fine screw shot from the centre by Sharp, and the other the rest of a mistake between the Bolton goalkeeper and Struthers. Young having nothing to do than just to touch the ball through. The Blues had all their own way up to the interval. The Wanderers, it is only fair to state, were handicapped in the early stages of the second half, by losing Struthers, who had been injured, but he reappeared later, not as full back, however, but as a forward. The lameness troubled him up to the finish. In the second half there was an improvement in the Bolton defence, but although the visitors did not increase their score, they easily managed to hold their own. Shepherd was responsible for Bolton's solitary goal, he taking advantage of White's pass.
EVERTON'S GOOD POINTS.
Everton gave one of these stimulating exhibitions, which have been associationed with their play in recent matches, there being another taste of the form, which conquered Sheffield United. There was not a weak spot in the team. There was perhaps, a little falling off in dash for some minutes in the second half, but there was never any thing seriously to fear from the Bolton men. There was fine combination spirited attacks, and sound judgement, while their quickness of the ball exciled admiration, Sharp and Bolton were perhaps the most aggressive wing. The cricketer brought off some of his old-time runs, his encounters with Struthers always ensuing in the discomfiture of the players, who altogether had a worrying time of it. He was no match for Sharp. Bolton played a great game –he was in his element. He passed and repassed with marvellous accuracy, forming with Sharp an ideal wing. Settle and Wilson on the left never tired, the first-named being as fresh as a daisy after his period of enforced idleness due to a broken finger. Young though not quite as illuminating as the previous week, nevertheless did very valuable work, the only thing that marred his play being his treatment of Clifford once when the latter was on the ground. The defence was so uniformly sound that it is needless to particularise.
WHERE BOLTON FAILED.
It was undoubtedly weak defence that lost Bolton the match, coupled, of course, with an course, with an inability to serve opportunities on the part of the forwards. The latter are on the small side, which placed them at a discount on Saturday. Stokes played a determined game, and given a better partner than Dempsey he no doubt would have turned things to better account for his side. He has plenty of resource, and uses his brains. Shepherd, at centre, was the only forward to put any real sting into his play, but his efforts were not seconded. One at least of the goals against the home eleven ought never to have been scored. Davies and Struthers, blundering badly, Clifford played the best game at half-back while White who was transferred to centre in the second portion, preformed pluckily.
Teams : - Bolton Wanderers: - Davies, goal, Baverstock, and Struthers, backs Gaskell, Clifford, and Boyd half-backs, Stokes, Dempsey, Shepherd, White, and McEwan forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, W.Balmer, and R.Balmer, backs Booth, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp Bolton, Young, Settle and G. Wilson, forwards. Referee A.Green.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 BOLTON RESERVES 0
October 29, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination (Game 7).
For the third week in succession, an undefeated team visited this city on Saturday, and like its predecessors its record, suffered. Everton had administered the initial defeat sustained by Southport Central. On Saturday Bolton Wasnderers came to Goodison-park with an unsullied record, but they had this broken, as Everton proved, their superiority by two goals to nil. The opening portion of the game was in all in favour of the Blues, but Broomfield was in capital form, and would repelled many dangerous efforts. After a half hearted attack by the Wanderers, Jones, when near the half-way line, received from Graham, and' running clean though, he made no mistake, the custodian coming out but failing to stop the Prescot lads progress have for one or two bride attacks, the Blues were all over the Trotters this half, but Broomfield was unbeatable, and Everton only led 1-0 at the interval. Shortly after resuming, Stanley left the field for a few minutes, and Bolton were awarded a penalty kick, Joe took it, but Sloan affected a great save. Then Everton took the game in hand up to the finish, and after innumerable attempts to beat Broomfield had failed, Jones was at length successful. Everton were much the better team, and the wonder is that the Wanderers had previously accept defeat. For the winners Sloan in goal was very safe. Hill was the better of the two fine backs. Chadwick was conspicuous among the halves. Cook, Jones and Graham were the best of a good forward line. Broomfield, who kept goal brilliantly, best represented the Trotters. Key at back, and Freebairn at half. The forwards were but moderate. Everton: - Sloan Hill, and Stevenson backs, Black, Chadwick, and Donaldson, half-backs, Thomas Graham, Jones, Cook, and Butler forwards .
Athletic News - Monday 29 October 1906
Everton’s victory by 3-1 at Bolton, coupled with Woolwich Arsenal’s reverse, has placed the Goodison Park brigade in the first position in the League chart, and on their play in the opening half on Saturday they would certainly retain the position to the end of the season. Their footwork was a revelation to the 25 000 or more spectators, whose feelings may be imagined when half-time arrived with the Wanderers three goals in arrear. It was, indeed, a first half game, for afterwards the men in blue played with the knowledge that their position was practically secure, while the Wanderers laboured under the disadvantage of having their captain, Struthers, practically useless. He must have had a nasty kick in the first half, though he did not show it, but after the resumption he went outside left, with M’Ewan inside, while Clifford fell full-back and White filled the vacancy so created, the Wanderers certainly then playing in a desperate manner, though so much mixed up, but if was desperation only and not any preconceived initiation that created danger to Scott’s charge. The tactics of the winners in the first half were indeed a lesson, and he would be a churlish man who did not give them all credit for a splendid victory. On consecutive Saturdays I have witnessed the two Liverpool clubs win 3—l away from home, and with the same referee, and the football enthusiasts of the third city may congratulate themselves on possessing two clubs equal at any rate to the best. The match at Bolton might have been contested in a better spirit, and Mr. Green certainly did not rule with a very firm hand, there being offenders on both sides. THE RESULT OF POOR DEFENCE.
From the outset the finely-built Evertonians created an impression that they were determined to secure the first place in the chart. Sharp, in particular, made headway, and from one of his well-placed corner kicks, Davies gave another one on the other side of the goalposts. From this Hugh Bolton scored, there being an evident misunderstanding between Davies and his backs. The Welshman is not strong on corner kicks. After this the Wanderers put on some pressure, Scott’s fisting of the ball being greatly admired, and while once W. Balmier kicked the ball from right under the bar. But Everton were in a winning humour, and Sharp once more rounding Struthers with ease he passed to Young, who threaded his passage past Gaskell and Baverstock in an expert manner, and scored with a shot which went out of the reach of Davies. To complete the mortification of the Wanderers, a minute later Davies got hold of the ball and appeared to run against one of his own side. Anyhow he dropped the ball, and so Young made the score 3—0 with still ten minutes to go. When the Wanderers turned out with ten men in the second half the position was not reassuring, and when Struthers came limping on in a few minutes there was not much hope. Still the players did not give up altogether, and with the last quarter of an hour entered upon Shepherd, with a good, low shot, defeated Scott. Other attempts were made, but the result was quite safe.
It may console Boltonians somewhat if I express the opinion that no club could have stood against Everton in the first half. Every man in the team knew his work, but the success was chiefly attributable to the half back line, who insisted on their forwards keeping in the Wanderers' half of the field. It was really ideal half back play, and with forwards understanding the situation no wonder the Wanderers’ defence was harassed. Jack Sharp simply swept past Boyd and Struthers, the latter of whom, in particular, must have high regard for “Jack of both sides.” Sharp will not have to retire this season or the next for the matter of that. He had a rare help meet in Bolton, and I can only repeat what I said about the M'Pherson Carlin combination last week; a cool Scotch player, with the correct Scottish game, and a fast English outside partner is an ideal wing. Young was a bustling centre-forward, and Settle and George Wilson were as good as the pair on the opposite wing. Settle’s return before his own townspeople was attended with happy results in every respect He is as good as ever. Wilson is a sort of surprise packet. A little stumpy chap, who looks as though he could cover 100 yards in about 20sec., he is either terribly fast, or the men opposed to him terribly slow. As a matter of fact, his looks belie him, and he is really fast, with an excellent command of the ball, and an accurate centre. The half backs -three Internationals -three solid men—three champions, I will say nothing further. Behind them the brothers Balmer and Scott were safe and sound, though one cannot but notice the different methods of the two Balmers.
DAVIES OUT OF FAVOUR
When a team loses, the average partisan ascribes the defeat to the referee or the goalkeeper. Boltonians did both on Saturday. They were very sore that Shepherd did not have a penalty kick awarded to him, and they were equally severe on Davies—a shattered idol. Davies was not supported as he should have been, but do not let it be imagined that I wish to screen him, far from it. I hope he noticed how Scott cleared the ball; if so, he requires to copy him. An old Bolton keeper, Tom Hay, used to say that the ball was not meant for a goalkeeper to fondle. Sturthers and Boyd had a worrying afternoon, indeed, the only man in the defence who shone was Gaskell, who was the best in the team, and who would not have been out of place in Everton’s half-back line. I cannot give him more praise. Of the forwards, I can say that White distinguished himself at centre half-back, in which position he would shine, but M’Ewan is still behind last season’s form. Shepherd tried hard to get away, but could not find the room, and Stokes, for once in a way was not brilliant. Dempsey played fairly well in the second half, but Marsh is the man for inside right. Bolton Wanderers: Davies: Baverstock, Struthers; Gaskell, Clifford, Boyd; Stokes, Dempsey, Shepherd, White, and M'Ewan. Everton: Scott; Balmer (W.), Balmer (R ); Booth, Taylor (Captain), Abbott: Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Wilson (G.). Referee: A. Green, West Bromwich.