Everton’s first fixture with Arsenal – although never completed – was arguably its most significant. Played in the Gunners’ former south London home, Everton had gone into a seemingly unassailable 3-1 lead when the referee, influenced by the Arsenal captain Jimmy Jackson, decided that the thick swirling fog was too much and abandoned the game with 20 minutes remaining. Although irritating at the time, few could have guessed the full consequences of his actions. When the game was replayed the following April, a fixture build-up caused by Everton’s FA Cup run left them needing to play three away games in four days. It proved a challenge too much: Woolwich Arsenal won the replayed game 2-1 and Everton missed out on the title by a single point.
Just as Everton effectively lost the title in 1905 after their notorious abandoned game v Woolwich Arsenal, so the weather favoured them a decade later. They were 3-0 down when a snowstorm whipped in over the Pennines, forcing the referee finally to call a halt to proceedings. In the replayed game in mid-April Everton won 2-1 and twelve days later lifted the title by a single point.