1896–97 Everton F.C. season

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Everton
1896–97 season
Manager Dick Molyneux
The Football League Seventh
Top goalscorer John Bell 15
Highest home attendance 45,000 vs Liverpool 21 November 1896
Lowest home attendance 6,000 vs Wolves 31 October 1896, vs Burnley 28 November 1896 and vs Bury 24 April 1897
Average home league attendance 15,913
Home colours

The 1896/97 Football League season was the ninth in Football League history with Everton having been an ever present in the top division. The club played thirty-five games in England's two major competitions, winning eighteen, drawing three and losing fourteen.[1] The club finished the season in seventh place, eight points clear of the test match relegation place,[2] and reached their second F A Cup final but again lost, this time 2-3 against Aston Villa.[3]

Season review[edit]

In each of the previous two seasons Everton had started the calendar year on top of the League, only to falter in the second half of the season. In their bid to strengthen the forward line they brought in Jack Taylor from his hometown club St Mirren,[citation needed] slotting into the role vacated by Tom McInnes who had departed during the summer for Luton Town [4] to join the forward line of Bell, Chadwick, Milward and Hartley.

Elsewhere the familiar half back line of Boyle, Holt & Stewart would line up in front of full back, Smart Arridge, who would be partnered in defence this year by David Storrier after James Adams had returned to his former club Hearts

On paper this side looked as good as any in the First Division but there was uncertainty over the ability of the inexperienced goalkeeper, Harry Briggs, who had stepped in to make just one appearance the previous season after the departure of Jack Hillman.

With the exception of the inclusion of John Cameron in place of Hartley, this was the team that won their opening game against The Wednesday, while Barker made his debut at the back, in place of Arridge in their second game, another victory over Wolves that took the Toffeemen joint top of the table with Bolton, albeit already having a game in hand on the Trotters.[5] The Merseysiders went on to win four of their opening five games before embarking on a dreadful slump that provided just a solitary victory in their next nine games.[6]

The change initially looked to have been a wise one as, shortly after Menham's arrival, Everton embarked on a run of seven consecutive League and Cup victories to put themselves right back into the title race, four points behind leaders, Aston Villa with ten games remaining.[7]

The last of those victories was Everton's first round cup tie with Burton Wanderers and it seemed that the cup run once again affected their League form as they now went on a run of six consecutive League defeats which killed any lingering title ambitions.[6]

First team squad and appearances[edit]

[citation needed]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Harry Briggs 10 0 0 0 10 0
GK England Bob Menham 18 0 5 0 23 0
GK Scotland John Patrick 1 0 0 0 1 0
GK England John Palmer 1 0 0 0 1 0
FB Scotland David Storrier 25 0 3 0 28 0
FB Wales Smart Arridge 23 0 3 0 26 0
FB England George Barker 4 0 0 0 4 0
FB England George Molyneux 1 0 0 0 1 0
FB Scotland Peter Meechan 7 0 4 0 11 0
HB Scotland Dickie Boyle 29 0 5 1 34 1
HB England Johnny Holt 25 1 5 1 30 2
HB Scotland Billy Stewart {Capt} 29 3 4 0 33 3
HB Scotland Hugh Goldie 3 0 0 0 3 0
HB Scotland John Robertson 3 0 1 0 4 0
HB Scotland George Meiklejohn 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland John Bell 27 15 5 2 32 17
FW Scotland Jack Taylor 30 13 5 2 35 15
FW Scotland John Cameron 15 5 0 0 15 5
FW England Edgar Chadwick 28 7 5 2 33 9
FW England Alf Milward 27 9 5 3 32 12
FW Scotland Abe Hartley 14 6 5 3 19 9
FW England William Campbell 3 1 0 0 3 1
FW England Alf Schofield 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland William Maley 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England William Williams 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Bert Banks 2 0 0 0 2 0
Own goals 1 1 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Everton Stats / Match / evertonfc.com - The Official Website of Everton Football Club". Evertonfc.com. Archived from the original on 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2013-11-09.
  2. ^ "Everton 1896-1897". statto.com.
  3. ^ "English F A Cup Finals 1890 to 1899". Historical Kits. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  4. ^ "Double trouble: unravelling the careers of two footballers called Thomas McInnes". Scottish Sport History - devoted to our sporting heritage. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  5. ^ "English Division One 1896-1897". statto.com.
  6. ^ a b "Everton results 1896/97". Footballsite.co.uk. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  7. ^ "English Division One 1896-1897 Table". statto.com.