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FIRST-CLASS LEAGUE. RESULTS TO DATE GOALS PL W L n F A PTS Sheffield United 10 7 0 3 25 13 17 Aston Villa 10 6 2 2 26 20 14 Everton 8 5 2 1 15 12 11 Sunderland. 8 4 2 2 8 8 10 Liverpool. 8 3 2 3 17 13 9 W'hampton W 9 3 3 3 17 13 9 Bolton Wanderers.. 8 4 3 1 10 9 9 Sheffield W'dnesd'y 10 4 5 1 16 15 9 West B'wich A. 8 3 3 2 16 13 8 Derby County 9 3 4 2 19 18 8 Notts Forest. 8 2 2 4 9 9 8 Stoke. 9 3 5 1 11 20 7 Bury 8 2 4 2 12 17 6 Blackburn Rovers. 9 2 5 2 13 21 6 Preston North End.. 10 1 5 4 6 12 6 Notts County 10 1 6 3 13 19 6
CAMBRIAN LEAGUE FIXTURES, 1897 98. Oct. 30 Dolgelley v Barmouth Nov. 6 Penygroes v Blaenau Festiniog 6 Barmouth v Towyn „ 13 Towyn v Barmouth „ 20 Blaenau Festiniog v Barmouth 27 Portmadoc v Penygroes Dec. 4 Penygroes v Portmadoc „ 4 Blaenau Festiniog v Dolgelley „ 18 Portmadoc v DolgeIley „ 27 NORTH OF LEAGUE V. SOUTH OF LEAGUE Jan. 1 Dolgelley v Blaenau Festiniog „ 1 Portmadoc v Barmouth „ 15 Towvn v Dolgelley „ 22 Dolgelley v Portmadoc „ 29 Barmouth y Blaenau Festiniog Feb. 12 Blaenau Festiniog v Portmadoc „ 12 Dolgelley v Penygroes „ 19 Towyn v Portmadoc „ 19 Penygroes v Barmouth „ 26 Blaenau Festiniog v Towyn Mar. 5 Towyn v Penygroes 5 Barmouth v Dolgelley 12 Blaenau Festiniog v Penygroes 12 Portmadoc v Towyn 19 Barmouth v Penygroes „ 26 Towyn v Blaenau Festinicg Apl. 2 Penygroes v Towyn „ 9 Champions v Rest of League
FORECAST COMPETITION. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT. The conditions are as follows :—Every week the sum of One Pound is offered to the person who sends to the Editor the actual forecast of the results of the matches given for competition the preceding week, and in the event of no one giving the actual scores the sum of Ten Shillings will be given to the person who predicts nearest the actual scores. Each person competing must use the coupon to be found on this page. No old coupons will be allowed, neither will any recognition be. given to forecasts other than on the proper coupon. Each competitor must cut out the coupon, and fill in the names of the competing teams, with their scores, thus: Bolton W. 4, Sunderland 2;" in the case of a draw insert Portmadoc 1, Penygroes 1;" as the case may be, and forward in a sealed envelope to the Editor, COUNTY TIMES Office, Welshpool," by whom it must be received not later than first post on Saturday morning in each week, the envelope to be endorsed Competition." Two points will be allowed for an actual result, and one where the winning team or a draw is rightly predicted without the actual number of goals. One or more forecasts may be sent in by the same person but in each case the correct coupon must be used. The Editor's award is in all cases final. The following are the matches for competition on November 6th coupons must reach the head office, not later than first post on November 6th, otherwise they will be disqualified. 1 Penygroes v Blaenau Festiniog 2 Barmouth v Towyn 3 Chester v Chirk 4 St. George's v Newtown. No competitor succeeded in giving the actual scores, and the consolation prize thus goes to D. Johnson, 280, Oxford Street, London, whose prognostication was the nearest being correct.
FOOTBALL NOTES. [BY DRIBBLER."] It is simply wonderful what fascination there is about football when the representatives of such clubs as Everton and Liverpool meet. I mentioned the fact briefly last week. It collects together a crowd of people it would be impossible to find any- where else than on a football ground. The social ladder is represented in all its grades, faces of well- known men about town are seen illuminated with the same glow of eagerness and expectation as is visible on those of Tom, Dick, and Harry," and you often find yourself surprised by coming across individuals whum you never expected harboured the slightest fondness for what has been poetically described recently by a clergyman as The Devil's Game." In Liverpool, I am glad to hear, on the best of authorities, which I do not for one moment discredit, that they have quite a number of clergy- men who thoroughly and openly appreciate foot- ball, and are not ashamed of giving their support and countenance to it. The Everton and Liverpool match was witnessed by quite a little crowd of parsons, who distributed themselves in different parts of the ground, and my readers can rest assured none of them came away any the worse for their visit; in fact, on the con- trary, for I very much question whether they were not in better condition after witnessing the robust game, to discharge their milder form of business next day. I just mention these little facts because I am getting thoroughly sick of the continual street praying day after day of God save the footballer and those who witness it." It is quite possible for a man to go about sometimes with his eyes shut, but you cannot shut your ears. The first round of the Welsh Cup has come off with a surprise or two. There were 16 clubs actually engaged and the actual number of goals scored for and against was 35, of which 34 were for the winning teams. Surely this has been a clean sweep. Here are the results:- Aberystwyth 7 Llanidloes 0 Carnarvon. 8 Portmadoc 0 Cliir 3 Brymbo. 0 Bangor 1 Llandudno 0 Flinty 4 Rhyl 0 Newport 5 Welshpool 0 Wellington 3 Iron-Bridge 1 Druids 3 Buckley 0 Rhyl Amateurs scratched to Holywell Poor Portmadoc, Llanidloes, and Welshpool have certainly fared badly, no less than 20 goals recorded against them collectively. I was certainly dis- appointed to hear of the result from Cardiganshire, and though I never exactly expected Llanidloes to win, never for one moment did I anticipate such a decisive victory for Aberystwyth. Heresay tells me it was a most uninteresting game. Portmadoc a fortnight ago drew with Carnarvon at Carnarvon, and I certainly expected a big fight last Saturday, but who would have dreamt of 8-0 ? Newport- Shropshire not Monmouthshire—gave Welshpool to understand they were to go no further." The draw for the next round will be eagerly looked for. Against whom will Towyn's luck be cast ? At home or away ? Now ye prophets come forward. I can just fancy two little tussles- Towyn v. Aberystwyth or Towyn v. Carnarvon either would be interesting indeed. I happen to be in possession of certain facts rela- tive to the Towyn v. Barmouth match last Satur- day-I beg pardon, I should have said proposed Towyn v. Barmouth match—that perhaps just at present it is not advisable to commit to print, but at the same time I do not think that the events of last Saturday are likely to be forgotten. At abso- lutely the last moment Barmouth wired they could not turn up and the result wss a disappointed crowd. If this is the way these in charge of the Cambrian League prospects are going to be helped with their labours I have grave doubts as to the results. I must candidly sympathise with the Bar- mouth chairman in his endeavours (which since Saturday last I have heard were everything a man could do) to float a team and his resignation would be no surprise to me, but who the person is to blame I fancy it will be a difficult thing to find out. Whispers reached me about noon on Saturday of a quintet of gentlemen surmounted on the King William's Monument, London, shouting, Play up Towyn." Of course I cannot answer for the strict accuracy of this but there is something very much of the flavour of Barmouth, excursion, London, &c., about it. A horse, a horse my kingdom for a horse cried Richard on Bosworth battlefield, and likewise does the author of these lines feel when discoursing time after time for unity amongst players, com- mittee, clubs, &c., to push on football with that energy we see in all other districts besides the Cardigan Bay coast. When I see this I shall indeed think I have done something for local foot- ball. Patience is a virtue," and it appears from a football point of view if it ever required cultivat- ing now is the time to do it. Glancing through the advertisement columns of a well-known football paper I notice certain clubs asking for invitations for certain dates, or, in other words, informing the public they have certain dates open." I mention one or two-Rhyl Amateurs, Druids, Chirk, &c. Now isn't it within the bounds of possibility for some of our local clubs to try and come to terms for a visit from one of these teams ? They seem to have an idea that the guarantee is such an enormous item and might financially ruin them and that the public are quite satisfied with local talent. I discredit it and firmly believe that the first club that ventures it will have no cause to regret. If football committees expect to receive the support of the public they must cater for the public. The matches of interest next Saturday are:— Towyn v. U.C.W., Dolgelley v. Barmouth, and Portmadoc v. Festiniog, and in each case a good game should be witnessed. The home teams I should think will be winners, but sometimes the unexpected turns up, at least it is recorded a certain burgler said that when Mr Huttons" made an appearance. In consequence of Barmouth's non-appearance— in this case the unexpected stopped away-a very nice little match was arranged between the Towyn team and St. Cadvan's United." The result of 4.0 is certainly not a true criterion of the United's play. Mr who made his first appearance on the field (and indeed in this district) on Saturday, certainly astonished his friends, and all things considered I must congratulate him on his display. Talk about electricity-I mean electric shocks-humph, I mean shots, well, he excelled, and a little practice might do wonders. The young- sters," if I might be allowed to so term them, have nothing to be ashamed of. Daniel was undoubtedly the pick, whilst Owen in goal rather astonished the company present. Whether his form is going to last I don't know, but with care, less excitement, and not quite so much fisting he should make a very reliable man. It is reliably recorded that the non-appearance of Barmouth considerably upset the spirits of one or two Towyn enthusiasts. I am pleased to say that up to now? there is no foundation for the fact that Festiniog are not joining the League. It is true coming events cast their shadows before (in fact when the dog dropped the bone he saw the shadow first), but I am glad to say that these shadows are not so dark as not to hope that the negotiations now pending will but end successfully. I hope so as I am heartily indignant at hearing of first one team going to drop out and then another. I hear there was a regular referee hunt again last week. It is a great pity things go like this but I verily believe that certain events that occurred at different matches in the League last season have frightened gentlemen that would otherwise act. I hope their fears will be dispelled. I should just like to know one thing-which is the winning team next Saturday, Everton or Sheffield United ? Positively I do not feel afraid in prophesying a drawn game. The Blades do not intend going to Goodison Park with up to now an unbroken record and to lose there if they can help it. No fear, readers, and I would sooner pre- dict a drawn game than a win for Everton. Talk about football enthusiasm, why we know nothing about it in these quarters yet. It will sur- prise my readers to know-and thinking it would interest them is my reason for giving it-that Aston Villa's gate receipts last year amounted to R10,001 8s 7d, and that of Everton to £10,402 16s 7d A rough average of C200 per week. A nice little salary for some poor belaboured League secretary. The following little reminders to referees and players might be refreshing :-(1) It is left entirely with the referee to decide whether the ball is handled intentionally or not; (2) a goalkeeper must actually have possession of the ball before he can be charged. I have seen these two new rules so very carelessly carried out during the last month that the above may be of use. At the last moment of going to press I think I should just mention that there is no foundation in the fact that the League is not likely to jog on. Certainly there is a deal of unnecessary worry, &c., concerned through it, but it will at least have a fair trial.
THE COMBINATION. RESULTS TO DATE. GOALS PL W L D F A PTS Crewe Alexandra. 8 6 1 1 23 9 13 Chirk 6 5 1 016 7 10 Stoke Swifts 6 4 2 0 13 12 8 White Star Wand. 7 2 1 4 10 8 8 Everton. 6 3 1 2 11 7 8 Wrexham 5 2 1 2 13 10 6 Rock Ferry 7 2 3 2 11 11 6 Chester 7 1 3 3 10 11 5 Tranmere Rovers. 5 2 3 0 9 9 4 Garston Cop. Wks.. 6 1 3 2 7 11 4 Buxton 3 1 0 2 5 5 4 Druids 5 1 3 1 10 13 3 Northwich. 6 0 4 2 7 21 2 Dresden United 7 0 5 2 3 15 2
SHROPSHIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. RESULTS TO DATE. GOALS PL W L D F A PTS Wellington Town. 4 4 0 0 21 2 8 Wel't'n St George's 5 3 1 I 16 7 7 Newport Town 4 3 1 0 10 19 6 Iron Bridge 3 2 0 1 10 3 5 Newtown 2 1 1 0 6 4 2 tvrock'dine Wood 3 1 2 0 5 8 2 Market Drayton 3 1 2 0 4 10 2 S'bury Combinat'n 5 1 4 0 5 20 2 Oswestry United 2 0 2 0 1 8 0 Wem 3 0 3 0 4 11 0
FOOTBALL FIXTURES. (The matches to be played on the ground of the first-named club.) OCTOBER. 23 Aberystwyth v Llandloes w c 23 Newport v Welshpool United w c 23 Carnarvon v Portmadoc w c 23 Wrockwardine Wood v Oswestry United s L 23 Chirk v Rock Ferry c 23 Wrexham v Dresden United c 30 Welshpool Press v. Welshpool Casuals. NOVEMBER. 6 Chester v Chirk c 6 St George's v Newtown s L 13 Oswestry United v Wem s L 13 Wrockwardine Wood v Newtown s L 13 White Star v Chirk c 20 Chirk v Stoke Swifts c 20 Newport v Newtown s L 20 Market Drayton v Oswestry United s L 27 Newtown v Oswestry United 8 L DECEMBER. 4 Wrexham v Chirk c 11 Chirk v White Stars C 25 Druids v Chirk c 27 Chirk v Tranmere c
-+- THE ENGLISH CUP. DRAW FOR THIRD ROUND. The Divisional Committee of the Football Associa- tion met at Wolverhampton on Wednesday night, when the following draws in Divisions 6 and 7 were made:-Division 6: Port Vale v. Small Heath, Kidderminster v. Wellington Town, Burton Swifts v. Stourbridge, Wrockwardine Wood v. Burton Wanderers. Division 7: Crewe Alexandra v. Wrexham, Aberystwyth v. Glossop North End, New Brighton Tower v. Fairfield, B'.ockport County v. Rock Ferry. Ties to be played on October 30th kick-off not later than 3 o'clock. It was decided to recommend Shrewsbury Town for admission into the Association. Littlehales, of Wrockwardine Wood, was suspended for seven days for kicking an opponent duiing a Cup tie on September 25th.
FOOTBALL MATCHES. DOLGELLEY COUNTY SCHOOL v. GRAMMAR SCHOOL. Played on Dolgelley Green last Wednesday. After an exciting and exceedingly well-played game the County School proved victorious by three goals to two. Mr Kinman acted as referee, lines- men, Messrs D. Rees, and J. S. Fitchard. Shortly after the commencement of play D. H. Meredith, one of the County School team, met a nastv accident resulting in a broken limb. He was immediately attended to, being conveyed home, and is progress. ing as favourable as can be expected. c NEWTOWN V. NEW BRIGHTON TOWER. Played on the Cunnings on Saturday, before a grand gate. The teams wer-t as follows NEWTOWN. Goal, R Goodwin; backs, C Parry a d E Rees half-backs, H Tucker, H E Moore, and E Davies; forwards, A Swettenham, E Morgan, J P Swetten- ham, W Parry, and W Nock. NEW BRIGHTON TOWER. Goal, J W Robinson (Derby County, Inter- national) backs, D R Gow (Sunderland, Inter- national) and S Arridge (Everton, International); half-backs, C M'Eleny (Burnley), G Anderson (Blackburn Rovers), and T Allison (Strathclyde, International) forwards, T Teirney (Blackburn Rovers), J Hargreaves (Blackburn Rovers, Inter- national), W H Hammond (Sheffield), C Henderson (Sheffield), and A Milward (Everton, International). Referee, Mr F C Hanks. Robinson won the toss and elected to play down the incline. His men at once commenced a spell of pressure only relieved by occasional breaks a way on the part of the home val, During this pan of the game, Rees, C. Parry, and Goodwin were in fins- form, but the halves did not give much assistance as the tricky play and accurate passing of the visitors quite baffled them. Nock, however, beat several opponents (who seemed quite surprised^ and got up and centred well, but Swettenham gave to Morgan who put behind. Anderson sent in a grand shot which C. Parry headed out, and the same gave a corner in defence from which Arridge landed the ball over the bar. Moore uave the ball to Nock, who, after an impetuous run, centred and nearly scored. The visiting forwards showed some very pretty and effective combination, hut now the home trio had become more accustomed to their play and were able to cope more successfully wivh "their attacks. E. Davies and Tucker worked hard, as also did Moore, but the la:. ter seemed to miss MF kick very frequently and "ns let in the visitor Tieruey sent in a lieh.-ning shot just over the bar. J. Swetteninui got nJ i,ut. VUi, robbed by a clever t ,i <ie on the part of Arridge, and from a nice i, il, Hammond succeeded in sending the ball into the corner of the net, with which Goodwin had not the leasi, chance. From nice cross shot from Tivney the visit ors spoilt good chance by fouling G;>od\-viu J. Swertenham beat Arridge, who however eventually cleared in the nick of time. Several splendid shots were sent in by the visitors, and in this respect they jirave a grand object lesson to the homesters, but C. Parry's cranium or Goodwin's fists or the tricky Rees dealt successfully with them, and half time arrived with the score standing one to none in fa vour of the visitors. From the restart Newtown came down, and from a corner C. Parry put over. Rees was penalised and from the free kick Anderson secured and scored. Morgan was penalised in the same manner soon after and Henderson potted the third goal for the visitors. Anderson was next brought to book, and from the free kick Ncck nearly got one in. The homesters attack was now very feeble, but eventually the forwards seemed to puil themselves together, and W. Parry executed a very fine run, beating McEleny and Gow, but in finally passing to Nock the kick was a feeble one and Arridge cleared. After some give and take play Nock sent in a centre which J. Swettenham converted into a nice goal. This infused spirit into the homesters and they made desperate efforts to add to their sco.e. the halves feeding well. W. Parry again gave Nock a chance and Robinson had to concede a corner, after which the visitors experienced some anxious moments. Tucker and Moore stopped the visitors' forwards cleverly, but they still pressed and the backs and halves were kept very busy and managed to avert danger. W. Parry, at the other end, made a poor try when a goal seemed certain. Eventually from a scrimmage the homesters added No. 2, and thus the game ended three to two in favour of the visitors. The play was however not represented bv this sore as the visitors' splendid combination con- trasted most conspicuously with the straggling attacks made by the home players, but one must remember that they had worthy halves in McEleny Anderson and Allison.
TOWYN COUNTY SCHOOL v. ABEHDOVEY TOWN. This match was pla»-e; on Sa-tn <-dav on ti", ground of the latter. From the firsc it was evidon. the visitors would find a .Ltficulty in beating their opponents, seeing that latter were veritable giants to them. However, t.hey trusted to combina- tion and organisation. In the first half no goals were scored though the homesters, who had a stiff breeze in their favour were repeatedly on tii e poi 11 tof 6cori n, In the second half the visitors renewed their assaults w,th vigour, and with so much success that they managed to score two goals m a short tiw7 But almost immedialeW u swan's the h-me t-m equalized scoring one h, t —0 r■■■, corner. It wanted l>u f.V <ninu'to«f i'™? when the visitors made another determine.! rush' and succeeded once more in scoring, shortly after' wards time was called the I-esu! t of th, in favour of the schoo.boys by 3 to 2. The gam throughout was striet;17 ffe:ith.,Mr)1<i- i'1 play being witnessed. Great cioubtedly attaches itself to the school team for beating the ieean0dVeLitehatm' 7"° at ,easfc s ze and weight. Arrangements are beino- mado tor a return match to be played at T w „
CAMBRIAN LhAiiU THE BARMOUTH v. loWYN M Vl'm Although posters were out last ,*eek announcing the Barmouth F.C. as the opponents of n.e ho-u eleven the firs.-named t; faded to turn no niio a match between the Rovers He- v.s WIJ; quickly arranged, but no charge r„. H.I.O; Ion to the field was made. This ■u.-e..i „. ,?,, gate to Towyn as the d. oeauuiui'x lit, "c the gam^ had been lookl- forward T- r,.n of the Barmouth Club ii' v, .Cn iy e in (i ti, but we understand that -,r Cowyii C"ff)llii.. p, I,a ( decided to again play B;u-ni.mtn on I Le com iiim- that the expenses incur)- iu conneciion wii I. match be defrayed hy BH -nofth. The snatch with the Reserves was no. at • A poor one, nt till time the game should b., topped the scoring at two goals to ml in favour of the first eleven However, extra time WHS ph->t?ri aDd in minutes the Rovers notched two z.)t)re point, For the Reserves, Ned Owen iu goal did well, and saved a penalty kick from the foot of Gladstone. H. Hughes, D.Lewis, and Idwal Daniel were also seen