TOMMY, JACK, & WORKERS TOTALLED 28,000
October 1, 1917, The Liverpool Echo
The “Derby” game was attended by 25,000 spectators, and the receipts fell just short of £1,000. The collection for the Sportsman’s Ambulance Fund realized £48. Merseyside is still without defeat, and September has passed. We must put it down to Everton’s faulty idea of what was wanted against Liverpool’s half-backs and backs that Merseyside is without defeat. the slight difference in class, favouring Everton, was plain to see in the first half of the severe game played by the local rivals on Saturday. Everton were capable up to the shooting area, whereas Lovell must have smiled. Many times have I vowed that Half-backs is the key to the success or otherwise of a side. For a long spell Everton’s half-backs kept Liverpool from damage. No sooner had Wareing left the field, however, than Liverpool scored two goals –which only shows how the trinity had been playing.
The Memorable Goal
It was passing strange that Everton knowing a new goalkeeper was pitted against them did not shoot frequently. It was exactly half an hour before Lovell was tested, and admitted that Liverpool were as good as they rivals up to that point, the fact remained that Everton should have made more opportunities for shooting. Had they done so, I fear the temptation to think “another little dribble won’t do us any harm “would have been too strong for them. Any forward line included to the belief that they can walk in, out, and around the Liverpool half and full backs will be caught a severe lesson. Everton will learn from Saturday’s experience. Has Clennell ever had such a mean day in regard to shooting. Has Gault ever been out of the picture quite so long. I doubt it. Gault and Clennell make good by scoring, and to the centre’s credit be it said that his goal was a gem of gems, and the one goal that the 28,000 spectators will memories. He tried a shot – and neither Lovell nor any other goalkeeper could have stayed its course. The ball only just squeezed though the angle of the top of the goal posts, but it would have been a pity had the ball cannoned out, so good a shot was it. Rising all the time it travelled, Gault’s shot sped onward at a rare bat, and gained its mark.
Right Though The Ranks
The game was a trifle rough at times, an element being introduced into it that savored of the “we don’t want to be first to lose this season” salad. But it was quite natural that with an old-time crowd and the ciphers staring them in the face both side should be a little nesh, and at the return game Referee Howcroft will probably have no came for curtain lectures such as he gave to two of our most liked players, men of experience, who ought to put their tongues in their cheeks when they are dealing with the high priest of the field. Taken quickly right through the ranks I should say that Everton were all right save in forward line and in the rear. Mitchell did some remarkably good things, but he should held tight to Bennett’s shot once he and divined which way the shot was going, and later when Metcalfe a busy and energetic player, scored from easy range a half punch proved Mitchell’s undoing. I liked Wadsworth all through and McKinlay’s second half display, but thought Bamber tired a little. Lewis did not give Cunliffe much scope, being like Waine outweighed. The Livers backs were as a pair to be preferred to Everton’s though Thompson put in a capital day’s work. Fleetwood infused the fire into Everton, and made them go for the outside chance, and the line till Wareing’s unfortunate mishap was doing great work. Kirsopp and Jefferis were the better wing and I blame the phone for making me say that Jefferis was the “bane” of the forwards –I said “brain.”
HONOURS EVEN AFTER HARD GAME
October 1, 1917. The Evening Express
Short of a man and two goals down after the second half had been in progress only a few minutes, Everton did wonderfully well to drew level on Saturday in a game which was fought out at hurricane speed all through and excitement that spread to the players, but which happily did not lead to serious trouble. In the early stages Everton were frequently in their opponents territory, but the forwards were decidedly lacking in finish, while the Anfielders, in their occasional bursts, were always dangerous.
The inability of Wareing to turn out after the interval resulted in quite a different complexion being placed on the general run of play. The game had scarcely been resumed when Bennett who had hitherto been well shadowed by Everton’s pivot, dashed through and scored, and shortly afterwards Metcalfe increased the lead. Having secured so pronounced an advantage, it appeared odds on Liverpool emerging successfully from the fray, but after some capital work on the Everton left, Gault got in a beauty, which reduced the margin, and by attempting to hold their balance the Liverpool defenders paid the penalty by crowding upon their keeper, who with more room might easily have prevented Clennell from notching the equalizing point. Lovell filled Campbell’s position in very successful fashion. Longsworth and Lucas played a skilful game, throughout, there being a perfect understanding between them.
The Liverpool halves were more concerned in defence than attack, and Bamber had his attentions fully occupied in coping with the tricky moves of Clennell and Donnachie. Wadsworth was kept busily employed, and McKinley kept a watchful eye on Everton’s right wing pair. The Liverpool forwards were somewhat fitful; at times brilliant, at other moderate. Still, with few exceptions they were capable marksmen. The foot-work of the Everton forwards was pretty, and generally effective, but neither Longsworth nor Lucas allowed any latitude when close quarters were reached. The left wing pair were the most aggressive, but all were capably seized by Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer. Thompson and Robinson were occasionally in difficulties and the outstanding performer on the side was Mitchell, who got through a strenuous afternoon’s work with remarkable success. The official returns showed an attendance of 30,000.
Mr. Clayton’s Thanks
I have received the following letter from the chairman of the Everton F.C.:-
Dear sir –My colleagues are desirous that I should on their behalf thank, through you, the ladies and gentlemen who very kindly came to our ground on Saturday and assisted in collecting for our Sportsman’s Motor Ambulance Fund. The amount of £48 11s which was collected as an excellent result and extremely creditable. Since I last wrote you I have received from an anonymous correspondent £2 2s. Mr. Cumpsty £1 1s, and Mr. Hart £1, which makes a total of £31 9s donation. The donations and collection therefore amount to exactly £80. It would be a splendid thing if this could be made up to £100. May I venture to appeal, through your columns to our shareholders and supporters to send further donations to Mr. Cuff in order that the £100 may be made up. After this is done, of course, the clubs will donate a sum from its funds to further swell the total –Yours faithfully W.R. Clayton.
October 3, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
After making a draw of 2-2, although a half-back short all the second half, Everton have given their supporters cause to expect a decisive win in the return but, on the other hand the “Reds” are at home, and with the backs now having confidence in Corporal Lovell –should he be the chosen custodian –and, therefore likely to give him more room to operate and also received of the necessary of chasing Kirsopp who has returned to duty, it is thought they can hold the Everton shareshooters and give their own van sufficient support to ensure their frequently troubling Mitchell. However, prospects can be summed up later when we know the teams.
The Everton directors have been under the necessity of making two changes in the team that did duty last week for the return game with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday. Kirsopp has returned to his regiment and his place will be taken by Murray, whilst Wareing’s strained thigh will keep him out of the eleven for the match, and possibly the following week as well. As a result the half-back line has had to be rearranged, Fleetwood going centre half and Williams coming in at right half. The team has been chosen as follows;- Everton; Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Williams, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie.
LIVERTON MEETING AGAIN TOMORROW
October 5, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
The baker used to be concerned with seconds. Nowadays through a fixture arrangement, football clubs have joined him, and their “second” consist of the returns played the week after the first engagement. Thus Everton visit Liverpool tomorrow. The Veterans Military Band will be in attendance and with forty nurses collecting for the Sportsmen’s Ambulance Fund there should be a shower of coppers for the deserving charity. Do your bit, spectators and raise the fund to a good height. How will the match go? I am not afraid of the terrors that come my way through stating my opinion. Last week I voted solidity for Everton to win; and if you review the match you’ll recall that deadly five minutes after the interval was Everton’s undoing – plus, of course, their own failure to shoot hard and often. Since that time team changes have occurred but I still think that Everton should just manage to win, albeit the bringing in of the soldier Williams, good lad through he is, must be felt. Fleetwood as you will have seen by the “Echo” during the week has been moved to his old spot, as pivot and Murray returns vice Kirsopp who was rather disappointing last week. Thus in the half back and forward line Everton lose something of their build and experience. Liverpool; Campbell; Longsworth, Lucas; Bamber, Wadsworth, McKinlay; Waine, Metcalfe, Bennett, Lewis, Cunliffe. Everton; Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Williams, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie.
WILL THERE BE ANOTHER DRAW?
October 5, 1917. The Evening Express
It is the easier thing in life to answer my own question from one point of view. Of course, it will be another draw, as far as the attendance at Anfield tomorrow is concerned, for after the excitement of last week’s game every “Soccer” supporter in the district want to see Liverpool and Everton renew their struggle for supremacy. And I sincerely hope they will all be there, because a collection will be taken on behalf of the Sportsmen Ambulance Fund, and the bigger the gate the bigger the take for the cause. Of course spectators will have to play, the increased tax for the first time, but that must not interfere with their generosity in regard to the ambulance. An ambulance will be on the ground, and forty nurses in uniform, together with a large body to other collectors, will be there to relieve spectators of all their spare cash. These ladies and gentlemen will do their utmost. Do yours. But to get back to the original question, Personally, the answer is in the negative and seeing that Everton held their redoubtable antagonists gave them a two start and them drew level last week, I am expecting them to just scrape home tomorrow by the odd goal. The teams will be as follows;- Liverpool; Campbell; Longsworth, Lucas; Bamber, Wadsworth, McKinlay; Waine, Metcalfe, Bennett, Lewis, Cunliffe. Everton; Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Williams, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie. Referee; Mr. Howcroft. The Veteran Military Band will be in attendance so that early arrivals will be kept interested prior to the commencement of the game.
NOTES AND NOTIONS
October 6, 1917. The Liverpool Football Echo
A little brochure entitled “Chronicles of the West” or the history of the Tophetites and the Holdemitas from the writings of the scribs Ahs was published locally by a Mr. Weddell about a month previous to the first meeting of Everton and Liverpool, on October 13, 1894. Fancy twenty-three years bate seven days. It also contained an account “on that Great Battle which turned out to be prophetical. To “retrospect” for a minute, Everton tenanted Anfield until 1892. Them a “split” occurred as to the rental of the ground, which was the property as all Merseysiders know, of Mr. John Houlding, the brewer. Everton decided to move, and at a meeting of gentlemen (Mr. John McKenna is one of the few survivors of that historic gathering who were on Mr. Houlding’s side held at that worthy’s residence in the spring of 1892, it was decided to form am opposition. And the name of “Liverpool” was conferred on it after a vain effort to secure the title of the outgoing tenant, “Everton.” Hence the term “Holdemites” (Houldingites) and “Tophetites” after the “original” Everton toffee purveyed by an old lady, who was in later years pictured as “Mother Noblett.” And now for the first one or two chapters of the famous chronicles;-
Now it came to pass, in the latter reign of the great Queen, whose palaces are in the islands of the North Sea, that many warlike young men combined together into small tribes to play at the great kik-basl. And they set apart no sacred to this new god the seventh day of the week. For, behold the people had become as mad for this game, which had been brought from the great Northern tribes, yes, even from the hard-featured warriors who inhabit the land of the unleavened cake, and who wear many-coloured garments. Now, in the great city of ships, which is by the Mer-sea and which is called the pool of the Liver, there were two tribes which had their habitation. The one tribe was called the Tophetite, and the other win called the Holdenites. In the days when the great Chief held away these tribes were of one flesh, and the people came far and near to see them valiant men of war do battle with other strange tribes. And the people cast their gifts of gold and silver into the treasury, and the tribe waxed strong and mighty in the land. Now, their stronghold was in the field called An. But lo and behold, dissensions arose in their midst and one section cried “We will not have this king to reign over us; neither will we bow the knee to him” so they rebelled and turned their backs on the field called An and went forth in search of new pastures. Now it came to pass that there as a great field not far off called Sunnygood, and they took it and digged about it, and built large galleries round about it and made many gates. And when it was finished they shouted with a great about, and cried “Behold there is not a place like unto it in all the land. And the people said, “Yes of a verity there is none like unto it.” But the Holdenites saw it and were wroth, and cried with a loud voice to be led against them, so that they might smite them hip and thigh. But the Tophetites sat in the upper seats of the Kik-baal synagogue. And waged strong and mighty, and their fame went out into all lands. But the Holdemites fell behind, for the people flocked to the field called Sunnygood and forsook the field called An. And the Holdemites cursed them by their gods. But the great Chief was cunning and full of wisdom. So he communed with himself for a little space, and said in his heart “I will yet humble three sons of Belial, yes, even unto the very dust.” And he cast his eyes abroad, even unto the shaggy land of the North, and sent messengers thereunto and his messengers gave shekels of gold unto the great tribes of the Macs. And his messengers returned bringing with them the best and hardiest amongst these tribes. And the Macs ruled in the field called An.
Now it came to pass that these Macs worked strongly and mightily so that the hearts of the tribes who fought against them became as water and their knees mote one against the other. And lo, it came to pass in the year Ninety and Three, even far in the year Ninety and Four, that none of those who sat on the lower seats could be found to withstand them. And there was great joy in the field called An. Moreover, the rulers and those in authority in the great Kik-baal decreed that the Holdemites should be raised to the upper seats because of their great valour. And, as a test they put them into the field against the Heathen s; and, lo and behold the Heathens were so sorely emitton that they bowed their heads and said, “It is enough.” And the Holdemites reigned in their stead. But the Tophetities spoke one to another and said; “We shall see what we shall see.” For they were astonished. Now those in authority cast lots and the lots decreed that in a little test the Tophetities and Holdemites should do battle with each other. And the time was fixed for the tenth month, and the thirteenth day of the month. And all the city was strangely moved when they heard these tidings, and the people divided themselves into two sects and each sect vacated over the other. Now, the great day came even the seventh day of the week and behold a praise of chariots and of horses even the noise of a great host, was heard in the north part of the city and vast multitudes poured into the gates of the field Sunny good so that there was no more room. Howbeit some of the people clambered up, even into the galleries. And many valiant men; clad in blue garment and having emblems of authority stood upon the roofs and gazed upon the multitude with stony eyes. And men skilled in the sounds, stood in the midst of the field and placed on the harp, the sackbut the dulcimer the tumbrel, the cornet and the psaltery. And all the people waited. And on one side as a small house built of wood, having windows in the front thereof, and many scribes sat therein! And lo one had an hour-glass by his left hand. And it came to pass when all was ready the musicians lifted their instruments and departed; and lo a door in the east opened and straightway the warriors came running out, and after the other. And mighty about rent the sir. The Tophetites came forth with blue upper garments and their legs were clad in white lines. The Holdenites also came forth clad in parti-colored atonal. And both had greaves covering their shin-bones, tied with leather thongs. And all of them were pleasant to behold. And each tribe had a ball of fine leather. Now, these balls were full of nothing and they did diver curious acts with them. On their toes they lifted them up, and butted them with their heads. And the one that stood between the posts which were covered behind with network caught the balls and swiftly threw them out again. And all the people shouted for joy. But, lo and behold that manner of things passed, as a man having authority came in their midst, having a clear-sounding instrument in his hand. And he raised this to his mouth and blew, and straightway the warriors gathered round. And the captains came forward and did obedience to each other. And one threw a coin into the air, having the imagine and superscription of victory on it, and when it fell it decreed the place where each should stand. And he who had won chose the best and of the field for his men. And the light shone behind them. And a new ball was placed to the middle of the field and all lined up in order of battle. And silence fell upon the great multitude.
Notes and Notions
My Leicester friend writes that Lieutenant Clayton (Cheshire Regiment) the Everton chairman’s son is in the Base Hospital, Leicester, suffering from a crushed chest through a fall in a dugout. He is progressing very satisfactorily and it may not be long before he is able to be moved. He is a –bed in the morning, but post-meridian he is able to get up and out into the grounds. His father visited him the other day –probably first trip to Leicester since he negotiated with the Fosse over the price that would purchase Thompson and Harrison after a then c0-director had discovered them. Surely one of the best bargains Everton ever made.
ANOTHER BIG CROWD FOR “DERBY” GAME
October 6, 1917. The Liverpool Football Echo
Some Alterations in Teams
For todays “Derby” return there were alterations of consequence. First, the taxation of the game was in crossed, eight pence being the lowest figure, except to boys. Then Campbell returned to the Anfielders goal while Everton lamented the break-up of their lamed half-back line. Wareing being injured last week and being unable to play, Williams the soldier, came into the side, and Fleetwood moved to centre half, and at outside right, Murray took the place he has filled so successfully, Kirsopp being due South. The referee (Mr. J.T. Howcroft) lined the men up before a crowd of fully 25,000 spectators. Teams;- Liverpool; Campbell, goal; Longsworth and Lucas, backs; Bamber, Wadsworth, and McKinlay, half-backs; Waine, Metcalfe, Bennett, Lewis and Cunliffe, forwards. Everton; Mitchell, goal; Thompson and Robinson, backs; Williams, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell and Donnachie, forwards.
Mr. Cuff desires to acknowledge the receipts of three donations for the Sportsmans Ambulance Fund –Mr. A. Jones one guineas, and 10s and 5s per Mr. J.G. Davies. The fund will not be kept open much longer, so please hurry on with your subscription.
Lieutenant James H. Galt
Lieutenant James Galt, of Everton and Rangers fame – Is home on leave. He has just returned from the firing line, and had straightaway set himself the task of organizing a big war charity in Glasgow in which Harry Landef is expected to help.
Winning the toss meant something today, the wind being gusty and the side losing had to face the glare of the sun. Everton was the side. Play was swift from the opening and Longsworth and Clennell were early to the toss. Longsworth with a useful punt, and Clennell with a really fine, sweeping pass to the outside right. Fleetwood must have been jealous because he instantly indulged in a bit of old fashioned dribbling. There followed a round of heading which if not football, was certainly pleasing to the big crowd. For a moment Thompson was at faulty by running under a high bouncing ball, but this danger was as naught when compared to a free kick taken by McKinlay. Metcalfe was not four yards out of goal when he was placed in possession and Mitchell well covering the shooting area forced away quite a good shot. The two Toms down the middle –Fleetwood and Bennett -had some rare tussles and after Wadsworth had slipped up Longsworth nipped in and prevented Jefferis shooting. Play so far was very clean and hard, and when Cunliffe pitched heavily on his shoulder the cause with accidents. Waine, ever a worrier was in especially hearty mood, and his header and uncommon dashes down the wing paused his popularity to increase. The Liverpool forwards did not hesitate to shoot, and Metcalfe who earned the referee’s vigilance when he drove in a powerful shot at fifteen yards range, Mitchell judging it splendidly, and when he was beaten at nineteen minutes he had no opportunity of judging McKinlay’s shot. Robinson had deliberately fouled Bennett when the player was a yard from the penalty line, and although Mitchell had an assistance in goal when the free kick was taken McKinley shot low and true, beat everybody. McKinlay’s examples enticed to try a first time shot. Metcalfe followed with a long one, which was a yard out of the reckoning.
McKinley scored for Liverpool after nineteen minutes
Lewis scored for Liverpool after 27 minutes
Lewis scored for Liverpool after 29 minutes
LIVERPOOL’S ‘COLLECTIVE’ VICTORY
August 8, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
Someone in the crowd is friends that I delight in told me on Saturday I ought to forecast the war continuing another eight years, and then we should have peace before Christmas. I admit the soft impeachment that prophesying has brought on my head. I fancied Everton on successive Saturday’s against Liverpool, and was not afraid to say so. Hence the cry has gone up that I am an Evertonian. For every one that cries out. “He’s an Evertonian” I can find another one that will view I am a Liverpoolian. So I’ve pass on, still happy in trying to be absolutely impartial.
Six-Nil on two Other Occasions
Everton, ever noted for its defence, as rarely been put through the mill as it was on Saturday. Six goals without reply! We have to go back to the visit to Blackburn in November 1913, to find the last occasion when 6 goals were scored against the side – and than Everton failed to notch one point against the Rovers. Another coincidence Thompson was injured in that Blackburn match; on Saturday he left the field (near the finish) through injury. Going still further back, readers may remember Newcastle United, in their palmy days, visiting Everton, winning 6-0 and bringing with them one of the worst wet days we have ever experienced.
Cutting –In Tactics
So much for the pass. It will gave a lot of questioning by correspondents. Now to the work of destruction. Admitted that Everton had lost their strength when Wareing could not play, they were expected to do better in attack than on the previous Saturday. Yet they fared worse. Why? Simply because they hugged the ball and courted inquiry from Liverpool bustling half-backs plus the ever present Longsworth, who delights to link up with the half-backs and “out in” at the moment his half backs has been beaten. Here is one of Longsworth;’s finest attributes. Lucas as a fact played a little better than his clever partner but Longsworth’s method of lying near Clennell and Gault was all-fatal to the inside forward named. The full back who combines with his half-backs is as valuable as the half-back who “coincides” with his forwards. Everton were frankly astounding disappointing Murray being uncertain and Donnachie being alone in playing a “heavy” game. He was sound, judicious and never wasted the ball. But what is one among so many?
Four For Lewis
There was a lot of good half-back work. All the Liverpool men did solid substantial work, and no taint could be laid against Wadsworth this time; in fact the game was much cleaner than the previous week’s had been. Some say McKinlay was the best half back on the field. Well, it was a near thing between him and Grenyer, but I think Grenyer took the palm, and Fleetwood was well to the fore in addition. Of the forwards, Lewis must be first in the “personals” because he scored four times. McKinley and Bennett getting the other points. Lewis ever a boy who looked like coming us, took every opportunity offered and he found Cunliffe in sparkling form as also little Waine, Metcalfe, too, was always “on the spot” and was using his experience effectively. Perhaps the best goal of all was Bennett’s by which he kept up his goal per match record. It was a proof that dogged done it, for it was quite a solo goal. There was a wide gulf between the backs, albeit Thompson got through heavy work, spread over a long period, with much good result. Mitchell made clean saves throughout and Kenny Campbell who was not tested till near half time, showed the skill we have always credited him with.
Ah, well readers, it was a good game to watch, the balanced side won handsomely and Liverpool in these inter-Mersey games are not winning out of their turn. Time was –but we won’t go into the matter just now. Here’s to the winners who made a collective victory –each was for the other and goals their objective –and here’s hoping Everton will soon recover and challenge the leaders, Stoke and Liverpool.
EVERTON OVERWHELMED IN FAST GAME
October 8, 1917. The Evening Express
What a fall was there, my masters! A good heading would by Cri confounded,” for along with the majority of critics I thought that, matters being even as regards the number of players, Everton would just scrape home. And they were beaten by six clear goals! Liverpool deserved their win because on the day’s play they were superior in every department. In Campbell, Longsworth, and Lucas Liverpool have the soundest rearguard in the country. On Saturday they were unbeatable. Wadsworth distributed his favours with an impartial hand, or foot, to be exact, while McKinley had Murray fairly bottled up, and gave Jefferis little quarter. He also had the satisfaction of putting on the first goal with a free kick just outside the penalty area, a fast, low drive leaving Mitchell helpless. Bamber however, received no change from his wing, and was beaten by Donnachie a number of times.
Lewis’s Four Goals
Forward, the attack has seldom played with greater or showed a finer conception of what was required of them. Lewis was the hero of the day for he scored four goals –the second, third, fourth, and sixth –and all them beauties. Although he did not score Metcalfe was as clever as any forward on the field, and was on the target with almost every shot. Bennett found the target once, the usual dash between the backs and a swift shot from close range, while Waine was tricky and passed smartly. Regarding the losers, Mitchell could not be blamed for the total against him, but both backs made mistakes, though Thompson did a lot of sound work. Williams was dead off, and made Liverpool a present of one goal when he badly miskicked. Fleetwood worked hard, and Grenyer was better helping the van than the defence. The famous forward line, with the exception of Donnachie gave a very moderate display.
The collection on behalf of the Sportsmen’s Ambulance Fund realized the fine total of £53.13s, 6d.
October 9, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
It is good to learn that Lieutenant W.R. Clayton, son of the Everton chairman is progressing favorably at the Leicester Hospital. It appears that one of our reports of his injuries did not secretly stain the case. He was wounded in the chest at point blank range and but for a body shield would have been killed. The bullet entered the body an inch below the heart.
EVERTON RELY ON “THE OLD FIRM.”
October 10, 1917. The Evening Express
It is a wise policy –especially at the present time – to keep playing the same men together as much as possible. Chopping and changing natural leads to moderate football, for the man who does not known what his partner is going to do next is the man who cannot do much himself because he is lacking –confidence in spite of the “record” licking they suffered at Anfield, Everton have decided to make no change in the team to do duty against Manchester United at Goodison Park on Saturday, and consequently the eleven will take the field as follows;- Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Williams, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie.
ANOTHER “DOUBLE” SEEMS PROBABLE
October 12, 1950. The Evening Express
Despite the score last Saturday, Everton are undoubtedly as good as any team in the kingdom, better them most, for in normal times every man would get his place, and they should be a cert got two points, when they entertain Manchester United tomorrow. The Mancunians have a fair record, but nothing to write home about, so the winning combination will in all likelihood be the one which comes first in the following plan of action - viz. Everton; Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Williams, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie. Manchester United; Mew; Leah, Silcox; Hunting, Robinson, Silcock; Conner, Meehan, Woodcock, Anderson, Ellis.
ANDERSON, WOODCOCK AND CO
October 12, 1917, The Liverpool Echo
In spite of their fall at Rochdale –in a match that created much comment in regard to players tactics and knock tricks –Manchester United have a well-welded side, and with Anderson and Woodcock in fine fettle we are certain to see a hot game at Goodison Park tomorrow, when United bring into our season’s business the inter-city rivarely. Often Manchester United and Everton meetings have resulted in big scores and I shall not be surprised if that occurs tomorrow. In any case there is promise of fine weather, a good gate, and a capital game. Manchester will try for the first time this season –he played one game last season –Leah a Warrington lad of promises Chris Buckley cannot get off nowadays in consequence of his promotion, and United of course miss his personality. Teams;- Everton; Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Williams, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie. Manchester United; Mew; Leah, Silcox; Hunting, Robinson, Silcock; Conner, Meehan, Woodcock, Anderson, Ellis.
GEORGE BARLOW S FRIENDS.
Lancashire Evening Post-Saturday 13 October 1917
I am In receipt of an interesting letter from Prestonian who claims to supporter of North End, and who is now in hospital Halifax, after having been wounded—one of those thousands whom sport, and especially football, is an intensely intimate thing, even in their war life. He says: reader for many of your notes, and an admirer of them, should like to point out to you a little error you made in last Saturday's notes, which I have just read, under the title "an ideal servant,' a description you give Percy Smith. Now, I have not word to say against Percy, but where I think you have erred and strayed a little that I—and hundreds more of the old club's supporters tin ink the same, yes, those out in Flanders, where I have just come from believe that the little amateur outside left. George Barlow, is the most loyal player the club has had since the days of the old Invincibles. And along with other supporters now in the Army for the last two year I would welcome an article on this worthy player's history with the North End club. Hoping that you will see your way in the near future to grant our request, which will bo appreciated bv our boys ' the line, where get the Daily Post ' sent to us each week, I remain, yours truly. An Admirer of George, and well-wisher and 20- years supporter of the old club.” It is always a pleasure to get letters such this, for they to show that even if for other reason than providing the gallant fellows at the front with a fruitful tonic of interest, conversation, and thought, the effort of keeping football alive is well worth the while. Only those who have been out in Flanders and the other battle-strewn areas can appreciate any sense what a never failing tonic to the troop as both the practice and literature of the game.
THE REAL, AND RARE, SPORTSMAN.
Therefore I glady devote some portion of my space this week to the subject near to the heart of my correspondent. First, however, I would like to say that he has not quite appreciated the particular application the term to which he alludes. When I wrote what I did about Smith I did so his capacity as a professional player. I had no intention of comparing him with Barlow, who an amateur does not really come within the use of the description as generally understood. It is true that Smith is to-day an amateur, but I was reviewing his record in a whole, and what I wrote referred him oil through his career. Having said which, let remark that 1 have never yielded anyone in admiration of George Barlow, and readers of ray comments on North End football will not be unappreciative of the fact that I always held him up one of the finest sportsmen have met in ttie game. And have known a few. I class him with players the type of Vivian Woodward, Grenville Morris, and Harold Fleming, men who would scorn to stoop to a mean trick or an act petty revenge, men who are footballers first and all the time, and who are standing reproach to all who proceed upon that most contemptible of doctrines. the end justifies the means. It is players this high quality of ton© that are the salt of the game, and I have often wondered whore the self-respect and honour have been of opponents who have frequently offended them in th© most flagrant manner without raising anything but perhaps a verbal protest, a request play the game. If the victims had retaliated in kind one could not have blamed them, but if they had done they would not be the shining examples they are to all of us.
AMATEURS NOT WANTED.
Of the little amateur's history, as such, I think it is necessary to set out much detail. Everybody connected with or interested in the Deepdale club knows how joined it in season 1906-7 when there was difficulty in the outside position against Liverpool and that two years later he left to give his services to Everton- It may not generally known that the reason for this step was that was practically frozen out of the team by some of the professionals, who had no sympathy with amateur players, on the ground that they were keeping men out of the side who were dependent upon tho game for a living. After playing several seasons with Everton and rendering service he was gradually dropping out of League football when, October. 1912, with North End so short of an outside left that they actually played Morley in the berth. Isuggested to the directorate that they would well advised to once more enlist the old Wigan Grammar School boy's sympathies and help. This they promptly did. with the result that the team walked away with tho championship of the Second Division, losing only three more matches all season, and the club regained its lost status. It lost again tho next season, but again got back into the First Division 1914-15, when the directorate turned Barlow down persevering attempt to transform Dawson into wing forward. Most players would not have cherished feelings of the liveliest sympathy for dub under such treatment, but George not built that way, and when last season it once more turned him for help be gladly consented to plav, he has done ever since, with a cheeriness and self-forgetfulnoes which are all too rare in football. Barlow has his weaknesses, like most other footballers. His left foot is not always to bo trusted in finishing. Ho wastes too many centre*. Had it been for that he would probably have been playing for Everton still. But he is pocket embodiment of pluck, bubbling good nature, test for the game pace, and skill—in short a thoroughly good fellow and sportsman; and it has been one of my many privileges in football to know him for what he and represents.
NOTES AND NOTIONS
October 13, 1917. The Liverpool Football Echo
Today is the twenty-third anniversary of the first meeting of Everton and Liverpool –the memorable fight taking great place on October 13th 1894, at Goodison Park. Older readers well remember –the writer doesn’t being at the time a Lilliputian ! –how Liverpool at the time of their formation were admitted to the Lancashire League which they topped straight-away. Then to the Second Division and in “no-time” their third season –found themselves in the classic and exclusive circle as Division 1. Hence from April 1894, the prospective initial “fusion” of the clubs was discussed, and as the time drew nigh, interest became so feverish that the Mayors of Liverpool and Bootle, and the elite of both parishes caught the contagion and signified their particular intention of being present. Everton were fairly able to push their digite deeply into the Clough” as George Graves would say, for the “gate” that day (over 40,000) realized £1,025 12s 10d. The following were the participant players; Everton; Cain; Adams, and Parry; Boyle, Holt, Stewart; Latta, McInnes, Southworth, Hartley, (vice Chadwick), and Jack Bell; Liverpool; McCann; Hannah, and McLean; McCartney, McQue, and McBride; Kerr, J. Ross, McVean, McQueen, and Bradshaw. Mr. John Lewis –the greatest referee of his day and generation –who could tame lions if need be, was the presiding official. The goals were credited to McInnes ten minutes from the start from a free kick, Latta and Jack Bell. How many Merseysiders knew Bell’s early position and of the absence of Chadwick and Milward in the great “Derby”? In Liverpool’s team I am told that Jimmy Ross was the first magnitude star of the forwards, his “foot technique” being simply wonderful. And now picking up the thread from yester week, the scribe Aba will describe the Greeks’ tug-of-war.
Now the names of the foremost warriors of the tribes were these. Of the Tophetites Alec of the latter days (sounds Mormonism), Ruddy Mac idle son of Inez, Wad chick the twister, Trubell the might, Safe heart the swift, Dickbybo the supple, John of the cunning feet, whose name is Olt Bilsten the solid-pusher, Jim the son of Alam, Chollipart of the great Cymrt tribe, Gec-rec of olden fame, Bohkel the screne, Ablecain and Dickyoybil of the Styr and the captain whose name is Worthysouth. From these the eleven were chosen. Of the Holdemites –the two Royal Macs, Mac of the Cart and Mac of the Wedding, Big Mac the eager surnamed Rufus, Mac of the Vine, the Ku-Mac Kik-ker, Cum-run, Shewbread, War-a-gain Mac of the Canskin, Jimiros Jim of the Drum and the captain, whose name is Ha-na. From these the eleven were chosen. Now, the one having authority, who was clad in plain vestments, saw that all was ready, and he blew his pipe once more, and one kicked the ball a little space. And those who were in the front ranks rushed at it, and some kicked lightly and others kicked with all their might. And all beheld that the Tophetites kicked straight way, each into his fellows, until they had the ball near to whom the posts stood. And one kicked with a mighty kick, and behold, the ball shot right into the hands of the guardian of the net, and the force thereof was so great that he could hardly hold it. Howbeit by a mighty effort, he threw it out again, and one of the Holdemites fastened on it with his feet and ran swiftly for a little space with it. But one rushed with a swift foot, shot behold the other player rolled over on the ground. But he who had got the ball looked not behind him, but gave a mighty kick so that the ball flew far up the field, like unto the flight of an eagle. But one lifted up his head and caught it thereon and lo, it rebounded back again. And the Holdemites waxed fierce and fought strongly like unto caged lions. But the Tophetites were cool, and they ran round their opponents and took the ball from their toes in a cunning manner. But after many efforts the ball was worked up near to the mouth of the net, and one of the Tophetites shot even like unto the lightning’s flash, so that the guardian of the sticks could not see it, and, behold, when he looked round it was in the net behind him. And immediately there rose a great sound from the multitude which no man could describe. They roared like unto lions and screamed like unto birds of the air, and they took the coverings from their heads and three them up. And they thundered on the floors with sticks of thorns and the oak of divers, other woods, shed with brass and iron. And the clapping of hands sounded even like unto the waves of the sea. And even the women waved pieces of white lincs to and fro. Likewise there was heard the sound of the corncrake and of the trumpet. And the air was confused with noise so that no one in the country round about paused from their labour, wondering what manner of thing this might be. But the ball was brought forth and place again in the midst, and in a twinkling of an eye it was all over the field, ever the length and breadth thereof. And the Holdemites toiled and fought valiantly and made great rushes and overturned many of their adversaries. And great about across from the multitude, foras much as sections called fiercely to the favourites warriors to do great things. And behold when one did some cunning work, with his toe and head, the multitude shouted for joy. Albeit many others also shouted in concern. And great excitement spead over all. Any many times the one in authority stop the fight and many specialties were given. After these the fight waxed fiercy and fiercer and the faces of the tribes were is on unto the rising moon when it is full and great drops of sweat stood upon their brows. And many times the guardians of the posts were in danger. But many perceived that they kept cool and their hearts comforted. Then certain of the front ranks of the Tophetites who had been lying in wait got on the ball, and with swift and tortuous movement worked up the field, and one of them screwed the ball so that it spun round the corner of the posts and he against the centre of the hot work. And again that great and confused sound came across from the multitude.
Now there came a time when it was decreed that the combatance should rest awhile and refresh themselves. So the one in authority blew and the fighting ceased and all took their several ways into their tents. And the people shouted as they went in. And the great multitude shook themselves together and brought forth pipes of clay and of wood, and of a substance made from the foam of the sea. And they filled them with pungent leaves and others brought forth the leaves wrapped in the paper, having a strange symbol stamped thereon being like unto two horses hoots, the smell through being like unto asset and all applied into the leaves. And many brought forth cunningly brought bottles filled with the juices of the grape and of barley and their shouted and drank to their champions. And the smoke hung all over the field. But after a certain time the warriors again drew up in order of battle. And many behold that their garments were called because of the fierceness of the fight and some limped. But all garded up their loins. Now the struggle was renewed and behold is waxed fiercer than before, and many great deeds were done. And the cries became more urgent, calling on their champions to gather in the spoils, even the goals. And the fighting was forced. But after a space come began to breathe, heartily. Yet the pace slackened not, and betimes the battle went sore against the Holdemites. But they would not give in. nevertheless it became apparent to all that the Tophetities were making great headway, and their efforts did not go unrewarded, so their countenances became padiant and the multitude applauded with all their might. And as the battle raged many spoke in a strange tongue and said; “Its shl ovare bar t shouten. Nevertheless the people waited for the end. Any many doves were scone in the air carrying pieces of paper on which were written wrotes of the great fight. And the doves flew to all ends of the land.
And, behold, the pipe blew with a shrill sound, and the fighting came to an end. And they counted up the spoil and to the Tophetites produced a basket full. But the Holdemites were almost empty handed and victory nested with the Tophetites. And might shouts rent the air again and again. And the people who were outside the gates heard the glad tidings and immediately became drunk as with new wine. And the multitudes poured out of the gates and filled the carnvalneries round about. And they shouted for wine and strong drink. And behold the drawers of drink who stout behind the barriers tolled like giants and stood upon their brows , yes the thirst of the people was not quenched. And the chariots of those departing to their places of abode filled all the streets and highways so that there was no room. And confusion prevailed in the city. Likewise sounds of rivalry and mirth were heard far on into the night. But silence reigned in the field called, An. There many sat apart and drank in silence; you drank copiously. Yet the liquor did not seen to gladden their hearts. Now there were the followers of the Holdemites. And, behold are not all these things written by the scribes; and are they not also written in the Chronicle of the tribes? So much for the “epic.” The return game was played five weeks later November 17) at Anfield, the result being a draw 2-2. But we can animadvert on that game some other time.
ON EVERTON-MANCHESTER UNITED GAME
October 13, 1917. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton’s Home Game
Manchester United had not a very strong side out today at Walton. Chris Buckley being a notable absentee. Everton were without Wareing again, and selected the side that was soundly beaten by Liverpool last Saturday. Teams;- Everton; Mitchell, goal; Stewart and Robinson, backs; Fleetwood, Cordall, and Grenyer, half-backs; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell and Donnachie, forwards. Manchester United;- Mee, goal; Leah, and Silcock, backs; Hunting, Robinson and Hildith, half-backs; Connor, Mahan, Woodcock, Anderson and Ellis, forwards.
Everton and the Lancashire Combination
Of the League clubs circularized by the Lancashire Football Combination, with the idea of stimulating junior football in Lancashire, Everton alone have expressed a favourable decision to join the competition. Having South Liverpool, Tranmere and St. Helens in their district, it is hoped to fix up several interesting junior games for the Goodison boys. Bolton Wanderers had expressed a desire to play Horwich and Atherton but have not yet given their decision on the subject.
When little Mr. Leigh of Hanley, lined up the teams it was found that Thompson was not playing and a new name to us, Cordall, was marked as a debutant. There was plenty of life in the opening work, although there was little result. Perhaps the best things of the moment were a corner perfectly taken by Donnachie and a shot by Gault who was very badly placed, but contrived to get his shot in. The United backs were inclined to over kick their forwards and Murray inclined to selfishness when he had good opportunity of putting the ball to unmarked men. Woodcock and Mehan combined prettily, and were unfortunate in having an offside decision given against them. The Everton pivot liked James Gault in appearance and in style was a perfect double of Wareing, though he was slower in action than either of the name mentioned. Donnachie played his usual level-headed game, and at times he seemed to have the ball tied to his boots so close was his dragging dribbling. A quarter of an hour passed before Everton scored. Clennell baulked for an opening to shoot, he feinted to goal first this way and then that, and finally took the other way, passing to Gault who had Mew well beaten with a low shot which passed wide of Mew’s left hand. The goalkeeper was slow to get down to the ball but he may have stuck in the turf, the rainfall last night being abnormal, and the turf being soft. There was a mist hanging over the ground which reminded us that we are in October, and that Mersey teams kick-off a quarter of an hour later than all other clubs. Stewart was in a lusty frame of mind, and from one of his big punts Jefferis tried to manceurve past four players and finally found one too many for him. Gault was a trifle out of his reckoning when Donnachie centred. Mew coming out and handling out, leaving his goal untenanted and the centre forward followed up a delightful piece of combination on the hone left by shooting across the goalmouth. Manchester’s right half back was having a sorry time and the crowd relished. An amazing pretence by Donnachie whose tactics baffled Hunting into defeat. The pity of it was that Murray should have shot weakly when Donnachie gave him a glorious opening. Everton’s form was streets in front of last week’s exhibition as will be recognized by the number of shots. Murray and Gault were inches too high after solo runs and at this point the second goal was scored by Clennell. A throw-in brought Clennell to inside right and his shot scraped through beyond Mew’s outstretched right hand. There was an avalanche of shooting about now. Gault topping the crossbar, Grenyer was inches out with a bonny drive, and Silcock being half stunned with a 4.7 from Cammell Laird’s representative. Manchester’s forwards were swift on the move, but were not altogether reliable when near goal, and a special measure of praise is due to Robinson for his capital defence.
Half-time; Everton 2, Manchester United 0.
Everton were on the attack the moment the game resumed. Gault being swift to accept a half chance. He was well on target today. One of the most striking incidents of the match was a determined effort of Anderson, who made a long run, and was unfortunate to be forced over the line. It was well that Fleetwood was on the right wing today, otherwise Anderson might have been very dangerous. As it was he eluded Fleetwood a second time and finished up with a strong shot, which yulled wide. There was a lot of paltry footwork now, and relief came when Ellis surprised us with a lively shot that Mitchell caught securely. Gault got a nasty tap on his ankle, but cleared out of the way of action, when Clennell was seen to be placed for a shot. The popular ex-Rover ran the ball in to the side net, where it stuck. Though Woodcock came into the picture he was not playing within a long way of the form we know he is capable of, and some credit for this fact must be given to Cordall, who played quite good football, and introduced sound ideas.
Gault scored for Everton after fifteen minutes
Clennell scored for Everton after 31 minutes
October 15, 1917. The Liverpool Evening Express
After the excitement of the previous week the game at Goodison Park was comparatively tame, for although the United were a team of workers they did not show the co-ordination of the Everton eleven, and could plead. “Not guilty” to a charge of aimless kicking. The first fifteen minutes produced very desultory exchange, for though each set of forwards had chances they tried “walking through” tactics and the custodians were never trouble. The Gault manceuvred his way to close quarters and let go with full force. Mew was “set” for the shot, but a fellow-defender put out his foot, and the leather glanced off into opposite corner of the net, with the custodian helpless to get across in time. This livened matters up, but it was nearly all Everton, the visitors being at sixes and sevens. The second goal came from Clennell at the end of half an hour’s play. Whilst a throw-in was being taken, he transferred to inside right scooped the ball round, and drove past the keeper’s outstretched hand. This was all the scoring in the first half, but Everton were good value for it, because they had held the United throughout and had given Mew a great deal to do while Mitchell had not handled more than half a dozen times. The second half was much better from a Manchester point of view, and during one period they gave the Everton backs a warm time, Mitchell having pull out all he knew to keep his charge intact but afterwards play petered out again, and when twelve minutes from time Gault again found the net the visitors’ fate was sealed. Everton had been under the necessity of making a couple of last minute changes, Stewart being introduced at right full back in place of Thompson, whose foot was still giving him trouble, while Williams, the solider, did not turn out, and a new man named Cordall, a player from St. Helens district acted as pivot. Both of them gave satisfactory displays Cordall’s height standing him in good stead. Mitchell was very safe under pressure, and Robinson kicked a good length. Fleetwood was in fine fettle, and Grenyer looked well after the needs of the men in front Murray was very poor in the first half, his centres being wretched but he was more accurate in the second half. Jefferis did not shoot too well, Kept Gault well supplied, and the latter’s first time shot gave the defence many anxious moments. The prettiest football however came from the left wing, Donnachie and Clennell showing excellent combination. Of the Visitors the pick were New, Silcock, Hithditch, Meehan, and Anderson.
October 15, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
To the majority of Liverpool folk, the selection of Anderson at inside-left, with Woodcock, the frail looking forward, as pivot of attack, came as a surprise. Anderson can certainly forage for his neighboring forwards; but Woodcock is not a Gault in strength and “down the middle” one hopes for a man of stamina and power. United forwards were held well by two young backs to whom a word of praise and in front of them came one Cordall, a player with elbow –you understand the influence – Fleetwood and Grenyer flanking him, Cordall did quite well. What is his pedigree, I wonder. If for the purposes of studying Everton reserves, the game was worthwhile; but it had other points the outstanding being that Donnachie, Clennell, Jefferis, and Gault went through of feinting moves, which are always a delight of the game. Donnachie bamboozled his opposing half backs not so much by what he did as by what he threatened to do. Jumping off at a tangent Donnachie dribbled finely and at times closely this showing his command. Gault and Clennell made strides towards their former form, and Murray had a bad day. To mention that Gault scored two and Clennell one, is to complete the critique. Shooting was a good fault with Everton though so many shots were wide of the mark.
October 17, 1917. The Evening Express
There will be two changes in the Everton eleven to visit Manchester United on Saturday, so Wareing is expected to be able to return out, and Smith will figure at right back in place of Stewart. The team chosen is as follows;- Mitchell; Smith, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell and Donnachie. The kick-off is at 3.15 p.m. The “A” team, which goes to St. Helens to play the Alexandra club, had been selected, as follows; Kelly; Stewart, Cuttridge; Bailey, Cordall, Kiddle; Redford, Lovelady, Day, Twiss, and Taylor, Kick-off 3.15.
RETURN OF WAREING
October 17, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
With Wareing building up afresh the Evertonians, and Joe Smith making his first appearance with the Blues at Old Trafford up against a strong foe, and I think honours will go Everton’s way. The team sheet shows United as having changes at half and full back –they were needed. Teams; Everton; Mitchell; Joe Smith, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie. Manchester United; Mew; Leah, Silcock; Hilditch, Robinson, Sgt Bainford; Conner, Mehan, Woodcock, Anderson, Hills.
Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 20 October 1917
A week or two ago I mentioned in this column that Harry Mountfortd the former Burnley and Everton forward, had been killed in action but that comfirmation of the rumour was lacking. Whilst at Hanley (Mountford's natives) last Saturday, Mr. J. Haworth, the Burnley secretary, made inquires into the matter, and he tells me that from what he heard he is afraid the news is correct. He came across Biddulph, the Port Vale and Stoke player, who was a personal friend of Mountford, and who stated that the latter met his death at the front some time ago.
October 20, 1917. The Liverpool Football Echo
Their Play at Old Trafford
The appearance of the Evertonians at Old Trafford occasioned considerable interest in Manchester football circles, and though the weather was not too bright there was quite a good gathering on the fine enclosure of the united club. Everton were rather uncertain as to the composition of their eleven until the last minute. Smith telegraphed to say he was unable to play, and Wareing was drafted into the left full back position, otherwise the team was as selected. In the home ranks there were two newcomers in the persons of Bainford and Cookson. Everton; Mitchell, goal; Wareing and Robinson, backs; Fleetwood, Cordall, Grenyer, half-backs; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards. Manchester United; Mew, goal; Silcock and Cookson, backs; Sgt Bainford, Robinson and Hinditch, half-backs; Ellis, Woodcock, Anderson, Mehan and Connor, forwards. Referee; Mr. Mr. Leigh Hanley. The opening exchanges were bright and brisk, for right from the start United got down on the left and Mitchell had to leave his goal in order to save a hot shot from Woodcock. Everton were very quick to respond and after god work by Grenyer they forced a corner on the left. This was well taken, and Grenyer lobbed the ball at a long range into the goal mouth where it was well gathered and thrown clear. Midfield work found the Evertonians slightly the clever side, and they made further ground on the left, where Cookson was given rather an anxious time. He managed to circumvent Clennell, however, and United again pressed through the agency of Ellis and Woodcock.
A Narrow Shave
Robinson checked well, and the visiting halves, moving along in workmanlike fashion, Cordall tried a low drive which was intercepted more by good luck than good management. From the point the Evertonians proceeded to take a stronger hand in the game, and after Jefferis had tried a long raking shot which passed harmlessly over, Murray got past Rainford, and forced a corner. This led to some exciting work in front of Mew, but the home lines were eventually cleared, and the strongly was continued in midfield. Donnachie was the first to make an aggressive move, and after the keeper and ran out and saved Clennell got possession, but stumbled as he shot thus losing a fine chance. The work of the Everton halves commanded attention and after Fleetwood had paved the way for Jefferis to get through the last named parted with the ball to Gault, who was promptly pulled up the offside. Hitherto the game had been agreeably fast; and it became additionally so when the United left wing pair, got down at lightning speed, and Ellis presented Mitchell with a daisy-cutter. This danger had only been circumvented when Connor got away on the opposite wing, but he was not permitted to finish his shot. It was not long before the visitors again took on the attack, and Murray was well placed when he came a cropper and had to be attended to by the trainer. Donnachie was then prominent with a clever solo effort, but he was well watched by Cookson and the succeeding pressure came from the right where Murray overran the ball. United replied with another spirited break, away on the right, and after Connor had put in a raking shot Meechan tried to improve upon it, and was hurt n the process. This was the most dangerous effort made so far by the United and it had a steadying effect on the Evertonians for the time. the home right, however, were the first to “show willing” again, for Connor came through twice top speed and on the second occasion Anderson drove the ball with crashing force into Mitchell’s arms. Play was now more even in character, but Everton were not content with this. They made clever play right along the line, and Gault was unfortunate in not finding the target when he had a magnificent opening. As half-time approached the United put forth double pressure, and a little better understanding between Anderson and his wings might well have brought trouble to the wearers of the blue jerseys. As it was good chances were spoilt not only by the centre forward himself, but by both Meehan and Woodcock. Nevertheless they kept pegging away with dogged persistence and it was some time before Everton removed the scene of action. This was brought about by Clennell who wriggled through all opposition and gave the leather to Gault but the latter was adjudged off-side when he banged the ball into the net. A second desperate attempt to draw first blood led to Everton forcing a corner on the left, but the place-kick came to nothing. Then Clennell and Jefferis put-in-hot shots only to find Mew as vigilant as ever.
Half-time; Manchester United 0, Everton 0.
The first half had revealed some quiet unexpectedly good football. The Macunnians as I have already intimated see the pace in very galliant style, and they were undoubtedly unlucky in not ramming home a shot before the Evertonians felt their feet so to speak. Having once settled down, however, the visitors showed that they were distinctly the superior side. Their footwork was frequently delightful to witness but, also their finishing was woefully weak. Clennell and Jefferis ought certainty to have scored, while others and wilder shots ought to have been directed. The half-backs all showed sound football and if the backs were more than once caught napping, Mitchell proved a very valiable custodian. United’s work was much more scrappy than that of their opponents yet the work of the forwards had frequently been sparkling and dangerous.
The Second Half
There were about 10,000 spectators present when the game was resumed in a mallow light. The first movement was on the part of the United right, but the leather was put out of touch, and from the throw in Everton carried war by easy stages into the United lines. Pressure was being exerted on the left, and there was a loud appeal for “Hands” against one of the home defenders in the penalty area, but the referee declined to allow it. This was an obvious disappointment to the Evertonians, and they showed their sense of the decision by attacking with renewed vigour. Fleetwood led his forwards like a fireman stoking on board an armed crusier, and Murray, taking one of these forward passes should have done more than shot tamely into the United goalkeeper’s hands. Further assaults came from the Everton right, and Gault once experienced hard lines in not being permitted to put on the final touch. At the other end the Mancunians were busy for a time but it was the old story of weak finishing. Connor, getting tight round Wareing centred finely and Anderson was given a glorious opening when he headed the ball over the bar. Everton replied to the challenge by forcing a corner on the left, and Mew was very hard pushed before the danger was cleared. The next effort came from Clennell who was a likely candidate for first honours when he was knocked off the ball.
Gault tried to mend matters with a fine pass to Murray but the letter absolutely mulled the chance. The subsequent stages of the contest were fought at an exciting pace and were full of incident.
ST. HELENS ALEX V. EVERTON “A”
October 20, 1917. The Liverpool Football Echo
Played at Thatto Heath, before a good attendance. The opening stages were in favour of Everton. Taylor scored. Alexendra then attacked, and Ashcroft and Murphy had good openings but shot high over. The Everton forwards combined prettily and taking the ball down, Taylor added another goal. The home forwards were in a determined mood. Birchall missed an open goal. A good piece of combination by the visitors ended it, Lovelady scoring again for Everton. Half-time; Everton “A” 3, St. Helens Alex nil.
SPORTSMAN’S AMBULANCE FUND
October 20, 1917. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton like Liverpool have made their Sportsman’s Ambulance Fund into £100 –this does not include about £40 subscribed by Everton directors, and friends. Everton “A” play the Remounts at Ormskirk next Saturday.
October 22, 1917. The Evening Express
The contest between Everton and the United at Old Trafford was robbed of much of its attractiveness by an extra infusion of keeniness, which dwarfed the nicer points of play into comparative insignificance, writes my colleague. “Rover.” Sound defences provided the dominant features of the game, and in this department there was little to chosen in point of superiority on either side. In the case of Everton there was little in the forward display to arouse enthusiasm. The players were almost to a man found wanting when it came to driving home an advantage that had been strenuously fought for, and probably marksmanship has never been at a lower ebb than was the case on Saturday. This is something new to record in the annals of the club, but the fact remains that there was scarcely a finishing effort during the whole course of the game that soared above the average. The leaders as apparently playing under difficulties and could not give of his best; the wings were quite off their usual game, and the whole line was one of disjointed units, whose methods rarely suggested scoring. The United forwards too, were somewhat crude in the attempts to find the net, and in this matter the teams could claim to advantage. Half-backs play provided the outstanding feature of the game, though their work was more in the direction of defence than in attack, and in the last lines of defence the United put up a more vigorous assistance than was the care at Goodison Park a week previously. The United keeper had more work on hand than the Everton custodian which of course, suggests that the visitors had more of the aggressive movements of play, but as indicated, the quality of their finishing touches was rarely convincing.
ANOTHER DRAW GAME
October 22 1917. The Liverpool Echo
Everton drew at Old Trafford, “F.E.H.” commenting of the match thus;-
As the result of a rather curiously fluctuating contest Everton succeeded in spitting the points with Manchester United at Old Trafford. This was perhaps quite as much as they deserved, for the game was never absolutely convincing and there were obvious blemishes on both teams. Nevertheless there were occasional “people patches” which delighted the 10,000 spectators present, and throughout these he rarely nay lack of vim and go among the opposing forms. For the greater part of the first period Everton were definitely the better side. Their half-back work was better and incisive and the forwards were constantly fad. The front line, however “could do anything but score,” and so it proved right up to the finish. In the second half United showed a surprising improvement in form, and it looked at one critical juncture as though they would snatch an eleventh hour victory, but Mitchell kept both his head and his spot. The Everton forwards were without that combination which is essential for success. Bee.
Liverpool Echo - Tuesday 23 October 1917
Everton (v. Stockport County, at Stockport} : Mitchell; Smith and Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer; Bellamy, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie.
EVERTON TRY LOCAL FORWARD WITH FIRST TEAM
October 24, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
Everton F.C announce that Bellamy, of Dundee had to return to Scotland, hence a deputy has to be found for him. Murray is injured and therefore a local –Redford –who had “promised well” in a previous match, will make his debut. The “A” team at Ormskirk against the Remmounts will be;- Pritchard, Guttridge, Riley, Keddie, Cordall, McDonald, Parton, Lovelady, Day, Twiss, and Taylor.
Everton offered their ground for November 21 for a charity game, and a team of Belgians will play against a local Military side, the proceeds being devoted to the British fund for gifts for Belgian soldiers.
DEATH OF LATHERON, OF THE ROVERS
October 24, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
A fine fellow and a fine player has gone West. Eddie Latheron, of Blackburn Rovers has been killed in action, and all Lancashire –aye, and the football world – will mourn the loss of a grand little player who has sported the popular colours of Blackburn. As a dribbler he was a star, his close working on the inside left berth being a study in those days of hurried passes. Latheron was more than a dribbling, however, for, unlike many dribblers he could shoot with the power of a gun. “Pinkie” as he was known to his associates as a consequence of his floried complexion.
Mr. Bob Middleton (Played some war games for Anfield team); to this effect. A small burst near their dugout and the splinters passing through the opening, killed Lathron and another gunner. Latheron was happy and strong, and a tremendous worker and if anybody has done his bit in the war it is he. We were going out of action tomorrow, and intended to have a good time. Eddie, who leaves a wife and son, was about twenty-eight years of age and held a license in the town where his football so often charmed the multitude. Latheton who played for England v. Wales at Bristol and in a trail at Sunderland in 1914 was in the English team beaten by Ireland at Middlesbrough in 1914.
NEW OUTSIDE RIGHT FOR EVERTON
October 24, 1917. The Evening Express
Everton travel to Stockport on Saturday and there will be several changes; in fact, it is hoped to have the eleven as usual, with the exception of outside right. Here a local youth named Redford will be given a trial, and if he can reproduce the form he has shown in the reserves he should be well. Bellamy was originally chosen for wing, but he has had to return north. The chosen team is as follows;- Everton; Mitchell; Smith, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Redford, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie.
October 26 1917. The Evening Express
Everton have a hard row to hoe when they meet the Cestrians at Stockport and the best they can hope for is a draw. While nobody would be particularly astonished if they did not have even this satisfaction from their visit as they did not shine at Manchester. Stockport have made one change compared with last week. Francis resuming at left back in place of Sito. Many colleague, “Rover” will tell the many readers of the “Football Express” how the eleven fared, and in addition there will be the feature which have made the “Football Express” the paper that sportsmen buy. Everton; Mitchell; Smith, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Redford, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie. Stockport; Causer; Garratt, Goodwin; Francis, Fayers, A. Waterall; T. Waterall, Crawshaw, Rodgers, Kenyon, Crosswaite
EVERTON AT STOCKPORT
October 26, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
Last season Stockport were strong. This season the County have felt a bit of a draught. However, they are always out to show off their skill against Everton, and tomorrow’s game is without doubt a big test of Everton, so that it is good to learn that Thompson and Wareing will play. “F.E.H” will tell you all about the game in tomorrow’s Football Echo,” the paper that always gives complete reports of the leading matches. Everton; Mitchell; Smith, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Redford, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie.
Middlesex Chronicle - Saturday 27 October 1917
A Sunday contemporary has referred to the interesting record Mr. J. F. Halliday, the secretary-manager of the Brentford Club. Born at Chester, he commenced to play right full back with local junior club, and subsequently spent two seasons each with Everton and Bolton Wanderers, and five with Bradford City (being for two years captain). On becoming manager of the Brentford Club gave up his profession as a solicitor’s clerk. He is now serving his ninth season with the Bees, and it said of him that as a hard worker and a keen judge of merit in a footballer, he has earned the sincere appreciation of his directorate. At cricket he bats and bowls left-hand, and has two centuries booked his credit at Boston Park.
October 27, 1917. The Liverpool Football Echo
The early-week announcement that Everton hoped to have the assistance of one Bellemy at outside right for this afternoon’s fixture with Stockport County proved especially interesting to the writer, and sent him peering through his lightning record book. And curiously enough, it was to find that Bellamy made his debut in First League football against none other than Everton way back in 1904-05. That particularly match and its results still rankles locally for long-service readers will recall how Everton went to Plumstead in November of that season and were winning well by 3 goals to 1 when fog caused a doubtful abandonment 15 minutes from the finish. But in the replay on April 23, Everton’s fine team, which included nine internationals, were beaten 2-1 and thereby deprived of the League championship. It was in this latter match that Bellamy made his League debut. The Arsenal side of that day had two or three notables, including Joe Ashcroft in goal, Peter Sands (centre-half), Ducat (centre-forward), Scattethwaite, ex-Liverpool (inside left), and the great Templeton at outside left. Bellemy was a fairly regular member of the Arsenal side in the following season as Tim Coleman’s partner being eventually outed, however by Garbutt. In 1906-07 Bellamy figured in but a dozen League matches for the Gunners and here again one’s record book shows how curiously the hand of coincidence works. For it is the fact that Bellamy’s ringing down of the curtain as an Arsenal player also took place against Everton –at Goodison Park on April 10 in a mid-week match also –but on the occasion Everton won 2-1. Everton were Cup finalists at the time, and turned out a somewhat curious team. The decreased Sloane was in goal, Chadwick and Black were at half-back, and a rotund Couper at outside right. Bellamy has helped Burnley, in addition to seeing very useful service against the Tweed where he underwent the polishing-up process. He was secured by Burnley in the early part of the notable season wherein the East Lancashire busied themselves to regain Division 1, prior to bringing off that still greater coup at the Palace. Later in the season Bellamy did quite good work at right half –a point now worth remembering when necessary.
Players continue to fall freely in the world’s Great War and among the latest to pay the full price is W. Kirby who a few seasons ago was at Preston North End’s leader. Kirby was a Prestonian by birth, and some ten years ago came to the fore with Portsmouth. He returned to his native town for 1911-12 season, and played so well that he figured in every possible match, chiefly at centre forward.
How wonderfully does Andy Wilson retain his prowess for Sheffield Wednesday, with whom he began in 1900-1! As nearly as possible Wilson had now figured in 600 League and F.A Cup tie fixtures for the Blades. His brother David Wilson, has been seen in the public eye in a favourable light this week by reason of his courageous grapping of the safety match would-be buyer.
James Fay, a famous Bolton half, was in at the death too.
October 27, 1917. The Liverpool Football Echo
Meet Old Friends at Stockport
Everton had a “needle” match at Stockport, where the County always put up a good fight against the Walton man. Thompson and Wareing’s presence was therefore, very welcome. After the violent storm of the past few days it was pleasant to find a fair autumnal afternoon at Edgeley Park, and though the spacious playing pitch of the Stockport club was necessarily off the soft side the ground looked in excellent condition when the teams turned out before a good crowd. The County team showed two important alterations from last week, Goodwin the full back and Silto, the half-back, both being absence. Their places however, were adequately filled and Stockport supporters were in the main confident of the result. Everton, who had made a fairly expeditious journey via Manchester, played their selected team, Redford, a very promising player, appearing as arranged in place of Murray. Everton; Mitchell, goal; Smith and Robinson, backs; Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Redford, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell and Donnachie, forwards. Stockport; Causer, goal; Garrett, and Newton, backs; Francis, Fayers and Davies, half-backs; T. Waterall, A. Watwerall, Rodgers, Kenyon and Crossthwaite, forwards. Referee; Mr. Brigg (Manchester). The home side started against a slight breeze, and after a preliminary canter Everton made strong play on the right, but Fayers nipped in and cleared. A second later, Clennell and Donnachie made ground, only to be pulled up when closing in. There was some rather rough and tumble work in midfield. Stockport advancing on the left A. Waterall was pulled up with more force than politeness. From the free kick that followed a corner was forced on the right but this was safely negotiated and it was not long before Everton were again marshaled in fighting array against the home defenders. The work of the vanguard however, was woefully lacking in cohesion and when Gault tried to come through on his own account he was quite. “Blanetted” by the tenacious Fayers. Still the visitors kept up the pressure, and after both the outside wingers had centred without success, Clennell, with a fast-rising shot, struck the crossbar. The leather rebounded into play, and Jefferis tried to administer the coup the grace; but the home keeper cleared cleverly. The wearers of the blue jersey were now showing their paces to some purpose and the Stockport backs were hard pressed when Donnachie put wide. Further midfield work led to an advance on the part of the County, and Fayers sought to set an example to his forwards by shooting high over the bar from long range. The next breakaway came from the home right, where Crossthwaite showed a clean pair of heels to Grenyer, but he finished badly. Subsequently play was rather of the kick and rush order, both opponents being obviously over-anxious and Clennell was splendidly placed when he shot rather tamely into the goalkeeper’s hands. The scrappiness continued for quite a long period, and it was emphasized when T. Waterall , after rounding Smith, shot wildly outside.
Mulling A Chance
The Evertonians were the first to import renewed vim into the contest, the left-wing pair showing some of their old cleverness and Garrett was clearly beaten when Donnachie mulled an excellent opening. Watchful work on the part of the visitors half-backs line kept Gault and his wings well served, but it was the same old story of the forwards, tailing off tamely just when they ought to have shot. Nevertheless the balance of attack lay with the Everton front line, and it was something of a change when Stockport gained ground by good work on the right. Robinson was only able to administer a temporary check for the ball was swung across to the other wing and danger distinctly threatened the Everton goal when Fleetwood rushed into the breach and transferred the some of action. Towards half time Everton settled down to something more approaching their best style and after Gault had been twice intercepted Donnachie and Clennell gave a delightful exhibition of close passing, the movement culminating in a brilliant save by Causer from the tricky Everton inside-left. This seemed to stimulate Stockport, for they came away in turn, and for once the visiting halves were absolutely brushed aside. The ball was carried clean through and T. Waterall might have scored instead of heading wide of the target. Just before the interval the County left wing made matters lively and a disputation about a corner demonstrated the fact, that the Stockport supporters whenever else their weaknesses may be when all leather-lunged. The referee wisely ignored the shouting and as play proceeds the visitors were busy on the left when Donnachie put into touch.
Half-time; Stockport 0, Everton 0
The opening forty-five minutes had provided us with some vigorous if rather rough and ready football. Everton were easily the better side in the matter of footwork and general combination but, as I have a ready indicated, their finishing completely nullified almost every movement of promise. Gault was so closely shadowed by Fayers that he never really got going, and the most persistent member of the quintette was Clennell, who was unlucky in not making his mark on at least two occasions. Redford fared well in new company. The halves were all excellent and if the backs were at times a trifle shaky they invariably managed to recover themselves. Fayers was the mainspring of the Stockport side, Crothwaite when he did get going, was the most dangerous forward.
The Second Half
There were 4,000 people present when hostilities were resumed. Stockport at one pushed off in great style on the left, and T. Waterall sent in a stinging shot at close range which was brilliantly fielded. A minute later the County men returned on the right, Kenyon making a valiant attempt to draw first blood. Mitchell however, got the ball and following upon his clearance Everton made spasmodic incursion into home territory. Gault, however, was as usual pulled up, and Stockport made promising play on the left, where A. Waterall was in undisputed possession which he shot ridiculously wide of the mark. This was a very admires and it encouraged the Evertonians to redouble their own efforts. This they came away in well-considered order, and after Gault had shot without success Fleetwood but in a wonderful drive which was brilliantly cleared by Causer. This was one of the best solo efforts witnessed so far, and it was followed by a sustained onslaught of the home goal, Jefferis, Clennell, and Gault all being concerned. The County defence, however, was not to be subdued and subsequently stages saw Rodgers and company making matters very warm for the Everton defence. The County centre-forward once but in a wonderful ground shot, which was finely fielded, and at the other end Causer was forced to come out in order to clear from Gault. As the contest went on there were exciting episodes at either end, and it was only the same lack of cohesion that prevented both sets of forwards from ramming heir advantage home. Final; Stockport nil, Everton nil.
EVERTON “A” V. REMOUNT DEPOT
October 27, 1917. The Liverpool Football Echo
The semi-final medal competition tie was played at Ormskirk. The Remount team included Lot Jones of Manchester City and Lovell, the Liverpool goalkeeper, whilst Everton, who were accompanied by D.R. Clayton the chairman of the club, had Kelly in goal and a somewhat experimental side. The Remount had the best of the opening exchanges but were weak in front of goal, Lot Jones being the sinner in this respect. Dizley and Spitley, both local members of the Remount team were conspicuous with defensive play, whilst Barton, Everton’s outside right was always a dangerous customer. McKay shot through for Remount prior to the interval, but the whistle had gone for a foul and the point did not count. Neither goalkeeper had much to do, but Lovell on one occasion was loudly applauded for a wonderful save from Twiss from close quarters. Half-time; Everton 0, Remount 0. Final; Remount 2, Everton 0
October 29, 1917. The Evening Express
Goals have been scarce lately Everton’s way and the reason is not far to seek. In recent games the players have given an attractive display of footwork up to a certain point, but there has been lacking their finish which is so essential to demonstrate superiority over opponents (writes Rovers). Opposed to Manchester United a week ago, and again at Stockport on Saturday, there could be no questioning the fact that the Evertonians were the smarter and cleverer team, and yet in both instance hey failed to profit by their superiority. In the second stage, while the general footwork bordered greatly on the artistic and was much enjoyed by the crowd, there was rarely a suggestion of goals being the result thereon. As a matter of fact, the best efforts to score in this period were made by the half-backs – Grenyer in particular, Wareing and Fleetwood –and had the forwards takes the one from those immediately behind them success must have come their way. The outstanding feature was provided by the respective defence. Still the home rearguard were made to appear more formidable then they otherwise were by reason of the Blues persisting in their confined tactics. Gault was shadowed by his old clubmate and while Jefferis put in much good work, Redford for a first appearance in a sharp encounter, quite justified his inclusion. Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer were the best line on view and the return of Smith gave added strength to the defence.
A USEFUL PERFORMANCES
October 29, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
Everton by drawing at Stockport fared quite well. F.E.H” commenting on the match says;-
Everton were clearly the superior side, ad in midfield they could always give their opponents points, yet in front of goal they were singularly weak and ineffective. The three inside men hung on to and daises with the ball to such an extent that the Stockport defenders (splendidly served by Causer, their goalkeeper) were always able to clear their lines. It was a fast and threatening contest, full of incident and more than one exciting ball, in the goalmouth but it was an inconclusive game. Everton having found their feet proceeded to show their command of the ball but this was not so much use with a player like Fayer following Gault as though he were his shadow. Twice the visitors were within an ace of getting through especially when Clennell struck the crossbar; but the interval showed a blank sheet. It was the same in the second half except that in this period the County forwards were much more dangerous then before, and so the match concluded without either side having found the net. Gault’s tendency to be offside spoiled several promising movements and Clennell was the most dangerous of the quintet. Redford who made his first appearance created a highly favourable impression at outside right. He processes both speed and judgment and knows how to centre.