Saturday, September 24 – 1910
When it was definitely decided that Jack Sharp had finished with football it was generally felt by all connected with the Everton club that it would be a difficult matter to fill the vacancy thus created, in a satisfactory fashion.
That this would be brought about in the course of time was certain, but the position was whether the proper man for the place was at hand straight away. No matter what individual was selected to fill the outside right berth, he would certainly be judged from the high standard set up by Sharp, hence there was a severe task awaiting some-one, whether a new-comer or a better known performer.
On the occasion of Sharp’s absence last year there were two players available for the extreme right – the amateur Arthur Berry, and the subject of our present sketch, Ernest Pinkney, Each had one or two trials, but as the former was away in South Africa when the present campaign opened, Pinkney secured the first chance of taking part in League football with the premier team.
Born in Glasgow, Pinkney did not start playing football until he was seventeen years of age, so that his acquaintance with the game only extends over some four seasons. It is to this experience he must obtain before he can be considered a really capable and first class player, but with youth on his side this should not lessen his ambition in the slightest degree.
His first club was a West Hartlepool junior organisation known as the Baptist’s United, connected with the local Lormor League, and for one season played centre forward for them, scoring about 39 goals during the year. His fine turn of speed attracted attention, with the result that the following winter he was drafted to outside right, where he remained for another term. The League championship was won by the United both years, and Pinkney had much to do with these dual triumphs.
He then joined the Christ Church Club, which took part in the Hartlepool and District League, and played outside right for them during the winter. First place in the League was secured and this team were the runners up in the Hartlepool Charity Cup tournament.
A year later, and at the age of twenty, Pinkney made another move, and joined the West Hartlepool Expansion club. Here he participated in Wearside League fixtures as an outside right, and in his first season with them obtained fifteen goals. It will thus be gathered that in his early days, Pinkney had an accurate idea of the location of the goal posts, and we trust the knowledge is not yet departed from him.
He started last season with the same team, and had gone through half the campaign during which time he had registered a dozen goals, when Everton approached him, and persuaded him to sign a professional form for them.
He turned out with the Reserve team at Nelson on February 19th, and the following Saturday made his first appearance at Goodison Park against Burnley.
On March 28th he came into the League eleven, and played outside right against Bury at Goodison. His next game with the premier team was at Sunderland on April 9th and on the 11th of that month he figured in the ranks at Ewood Park. He also turned out against Middlesbrough on April 16th, so that he had a fair experience of what would be required from him at Everton’s recognised outside right.
His display this season are, doubtless, fresh in the memories of our readers, hence there is no reason to detail them here.
Pinkney took a great interest in sprinting two years ago, and won several prizes at amateur athletic festivals. At Grangetown he obtained first place in the 100 yards and received a handsome gold watch as a reward. He came in third at Wingate, from the 7½ yards mark, and other minor prizes were appropriated by him.
Since becoming a professional he has not done anything on the racing track, but spends most of his time in improving his football ability.
Standing 5ft. 8ins, he only weighs 10st. 4½lbs, so that from the point of physique he needs development. It was expecting a great deal of this inexperienced player to place him in the first team, and anticipate his being a pronounced success off the reel.
Pinkney possesses plenty of ability, but some time must elapse before he becomes the right winger that Everton need. In his displays with the Reserves he has shown cleverness and dash, and another twelve months in Combination football will certainly be advantageous to him.
Alongside William Lacey, who has a thorough knowledge of his play, he shapes far more promising than when partnered by anyone else, and the pair should constitute a strong wing in the near future. His prospects of advancement so that eventually it will be impossible to keep him out of the League eleven.
(Joint Everton and Liverpool Match Programme, 24-09-1910)