April 30, 1902
Last evening the Everton directors signed on for next season John Brearley, who has been playing forward for Middlesbrough during this season. He has scored more goals than any other forward in either division of the League, and has materially helped his side to reach First Division honours.
Brearley is a Liverpool lad, and is undoubtedly an acquisition to the Everton team. Liverpool, Aston Villa, Tottenham and other clubs were very keen to engage him.
(Sheffield Evening Telegraph: May 1, 1902)