Everton F.C.: The annual meeting of 1910


June 6, 1910
The despair of the football and cricket pressmen is a frequent similarity of nomenclature. In Lancashire cricket we have no fewer than four Tydesley, who have to be carefully distinguished. Now the Everton Football Club are providing us with two of everything. Looking over the list of players one finds no fewer than four names duplicated.

There are Llew Davies, the Welsh international, and W. Davies, William Scott, and Walter Scott, Arthur Berry, and C.H. Berry, “Sandy” Young, and Robert Young, Frank Thompson, and David Thomson.

After the secretary, M. W. C. Cuff, had been harangued at some length by several shareholders at last evening annual meeting, in more or less probably less lurid fashion, the official information was made that Robert Young of Middlesbrough, and David Thomson of Port Glasgow Athletic had been signed.

There was no demonstration; rather more potent perhaps was the impressive silence with which the announcement was greeted. It showed palpably that whatever, their grievances in regard to the current years accurate were, they had perhaps confidence in the directors, and accepted the new players with not a little inward gratification.

In these hard times of securing class players Everton’s success is pleasing to directors, shareholders, and supporters of the club in general. By the way the “Echo” scored last night by exclusively announcing in a special edition at nine o’clock the captures made by the club. It was manifest that the directors are eager to please the Liverpool public of whom some very nice things were said.

The public were thanked for their whole-hearted support, and were assured that so far as it lies in the power of the directors the Everton club will ever hold a high place among the football clubs of the British Isles.

In the matter of accommodation they continue to give people who visit their ground comfort and consideration, which, it must be acknowledged, has ever been the policy of the club.

Now the offices were no more satisfied with the club’s League position than the ordinary supporter, and they anxiety to improve it is reflected in the latest signatures. They had an eye on the Middlesbrough centre half for some time, but negotiations were postponed. Young is a robust hard working type of half-back; a player who goes the full ninety-minutes. Strongly built, he, of the ruddy complexion, should do his new masters a vast amount of good. Though a diligent purveyor of neat forward passes, the Tees-siders excels, in breaking up the best-intentioned attacks.

Thomson, of Port Glasgow Athletic, who was signed on Saturday, is a full back of distinct promise. Scottish critics have prognosticated after him a successful future. Thomson stands about 5ft 9ins, and is a versatile player being at home at centre forward, inside right, or either half back position.

Mr. Cuff in presenting his report said they had a most successful financial result of the season’s working. Handsome as that result was they were convinced that it would have been better had it not been for two regrettable incidents, the action of the players Union in August last, and the unfortunate accidents to Taylor and Scott in the replayed semi-final at Manchester.

The action of the players, in common with those of other clubs in going out on strike on the eve of the commencement of the season created considerable aggravation in the minds of supports and the attendances were most disappointing. Yet notwithstanding these rarely rebuffs and the moderate portion held by the first team in the League table throughout the season, the gate receipts had aggregated no less a sum than £15,620 –some £600 in excess of that of last season.

The increase, together with the amount received in away matches, was of course due to their success in the English Cup competition, their financial share of which they had been unable to determine. They would remember that during the season 1908-09 several of their then players were advantageously disposed of, and thereby they were enabled to place a sum of £600 to the credit of the wages account.

There was expenditure to £4,500 on the terracing on the north, south and west sides of the ground, and they were fortunate in being able to pay such a large item out of revenue. No less a sum than £8,461 had been written off the value of the stands, and erections, and not withstanding this deduction they had the very substantial balance of assets over liabilities amounting to nearly £20,000 – a position unapproached by any other clubs in the British Isles (applause).

They had succeeded in the Lancashire Cup, while the Combination team jointly held with Liverpool the Liverpool Senior Cup. They had also established a record by winning the Lancashire Combination Cup three years in succession, and six times in all (applause).

A number of questions were answered satisfactorily. Mr. Cuff estimating in reply to the shareholders that approximately £19,000 had been spent on the Goodison road side of the ground in the last five years.

There were one or two amusing interrogations but nothing richer than the suggested that in ending the balance sheet, retiring directors should be starred and those offering themselves for re-election should have a dagger put beside. (Loud laughter).

Mr. Cuff announced the players signed on for next season. The following is the full list. Goalkeepers, William Scott, Walter Scott, Clarence Berry, and Roger Jones, backs, Bob Clifford, Jock Maconnachie, Bob Balmer, William Stevenson, James Meunier, John Bardsley, and David Thomson. Half-backs, Val Harris, Jack Taylor, Harry Makepeace, Jack Allan, Robert Young, John Borthwick, Louis Weller, W. Davies, and Llew Davies, Forwards, Ernest Pinkney, Wattie White, Bert Freeman, Alex Young, Bob Turner, William Michaels, William Lacey, Tom Jones, Ernie Gault, James Gourlay, Harry Mountford, J. Carlisle, Ted Magner, Arthur Berry, George Barlow, and Frank Thompson.
(Liverpool Echo:June 7, 1910)

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