1888–89 Everton F.C. season

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Everton
1888–89 season
Manager William Edward Barclay
The Football League 8th
Top goalscorer England Edgar Chadwick (6)
Highest home attendance 15,000 vs Preston (19 January 1889)
Lowest home attendance 2,079 vs West Brom (23 February 1889)
Home colours

Regular First team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England Robert Smalley 18 appearances in goal
England George Dobson 18 appearances at right back
Scotland Nick Ross 19 appearances at left back
Scotland James Weir 16 appearances at centre back
England Johnny Holt 17 appearances at centre back
Wales George Farmer 21 appearances at centre half
Wales Joe Davies 8 appearances at outside right
England Robert Watson 18 appearances at inside right
England Frank Sugg 9 appearances at centre forward
England Edgar Chadwick ever present inside left
England James Costley 6 appearances at outside left

Everton fielded by far the most unsettled side of all the twelve original Football League members, using thirty-five players in their twenty-two game campaign. Indeed, the club have never fielded more players in any season since, despite having played as many as twenty league games more in over fifty subsequent seasons. So inconsistent was their team selection that at no time did the above combination actually take the field. Not surprisingly Everton's best result of the season, a 6–2 victory over Derby County on 20 October 1888 was achieved with ten of the above players on the field. Robert Watson missed that game while his deputy, Alex McKinnon scored the only hat-trick obtained by an Everton player all season. This was the only game in which ten of the first eleven featured.

Other players used[edit]

Jack Angus (5 appearances at outside left), William Briscoe (3 apps – inside left), William Brown (6 apps – outside left), Albert Chadwick (2 apps – left back), J Coyne (2 apps – inside right), George Davie (2 apps – centre forward), Alec Dick (9 apps – righ back), George Fleming (4 apps – outside right), Mike Higgins (1 app – centre half), Charles Jolliffe (4 apps – goalkeeper), Robert Jones (1 app – centre back), Bob Kelso (1 app – centre back), J Keys (1 app – centre forward), Wiliam Lewis (3 apps – centre forward), Alex McKinnon (6 apps – outside right), Alf Milward (6 apps – centre forward), R Morris (1 app – centre forward), Henry Parkinson (1 app – centre half), Hugh Pollock (1 app – centre back), Roberts (1 app – centre back), George Stephenson (1 app – centre back), Harry Warmby (1 app – centre back), David Waugh (7 apps – inside right), Walter Wilson (1 app – left back)

  • NB position listed is that filled most commonly by the player during this season and may not always have been the role played.

League[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
8 September 1888 Accrington H 2–1 George Fleming (2) 12,000
15 September 1888 Notts County H 2–1 Edgar Chadwick, Nick Ross 6,000
22 September 1888 Aston Villa A 1–2 Robert Watson 5,000
29 September 1888 Bolton A 2–6 William Lewis, Robert Watson 5,000
6 October 1888 Aston Villa H 2–0 George Farmer, Dave Waugh 10,000
13 October 1888 Notts County A 1–3 Nick Ross 4,000
20 October 1888 Derby A 4–2 James Costley (2), Edgar Chadwick, Archibald McKinnon 3,000
27 October 1888 Derby H 6–2 Archibald McKinnon (3), Nick Ross (2), Robert Watson 3,000
3 November 1888 Bolton H 2–1 William Brown, Nick Ross 8,000
10 November 1888 Blackburn A 0–3 6,000
17 November 1888 Burnley A 2–2 Edgar Chadwick, Robert Watson 3,000
24 November 1888 Burnley H 3–2 Edgar Chadwick, James Costley, Coyne 6,000
1 December 1888 West Brom A 1–4 Edgar Chadwick 5,700
15 December 1888 Stoke A 0–0 1,500
22 December 1888 Preston A 0–3 8,000
29 December 1888 Accrington A 1–3 William Brown 2,000
12 January 1889 Stoke H 2–1 Joe Davies, Alf Milward 7,000
19 January 1889 Preston H 0–2 15,000
26 January 1889 Wolves A 0–5 4,500
9 February 1889 Wolves H 1–2 Edgar Chadwick 6,000
23 February 1889 West Brom H 0–1 2,079
30 March 1889 Blackburn H 3–1 Joe Davies, Alf Milward, Dave Waugh 4,000

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