NO LEAGUE WIN SINCE LIGHTS WENT ON….
December 2, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton’s Complaint Is Pylonitis
By Leslie Edwards
Everton 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1
Everton are suffering from pylonitis –they have not won a Football League match home or away since they installed floodlighting system on October 9 when they beat Liverpool in a friendly. The Everton pylonitis paralysis which set in from that moment is doubly vexing because until they switched on for the first time Everton had done practically everything right and were being spoken of as possible champions. Admitting the club have suffered a few injuries and that it takes time to adjust training schedules from one or two matches per week their failure to win any match, meantime, is unaccountable. Some of their rabid fans are thinking of going to work on the pylons with oxy-acetylene cutters; others, one of whom I met on Saturday evening, suggested that they would have to burn down the stands before they won again… Questions which arise about the current Everton are; should Fielding and/or Donovan be in the team? Are the winging Harries not overdoing their propensity for trying to lay on goals for others where, in fact, they should be scoring? Why is Meagan playing so poorly by comparison with his wonderful matches at the start of the season? Are the wing half-backs putting as much bite into their game as they are constructive ability? No club possesses two better prompters of men ahead, but by the nature of their build they are not, perhaps as commanding as they might be in defence. Can Everton afford to, play both Thomas and Temple? Of this I am certain; These men have qualities which may well take both of them to English caps. I can’t recall seeing two youngsters so well equipped in skill, in striking power and in the sense of proportion, on and off-field, which is so necessary to anyone who wants to make good (and stay good) in big time football.
Never A Bad One
Everton might have won except that Wednesday brought in at the last moment goalkeeper, McIntosh. He never has a bad game against Everton. His main contribution this time was a brave save at the feet of Hickson, and another in the final ten minutes, but he had earlier been equal to a Brian Harris shot which Staniforth so deflected it was amazing any goalkeeper could keep pace with the new direction. Admitting that Brian Harris failed to produce shots when shots were required, he was luckless on other occasions, I do not forget that his header hit a Wednesday post and rebounded back to play. Everton’s piece of good fortune cane when young Sanders cleared from the line a centre from the right and when Tom Jones made an off-the-line clearance close on the interval. This was a game notable for other reasons. First it was the first wholly-lighted Saturday League game at Goodison Park; second, it included a Finney goal direct from a corner (Dunlop’s fists came to the inswinger, as it crossed the line and could do no more than turn the ball still further into goal); third, it included a corner kick conceded by Dunlop, direct from a goal kick in attempting to tap the ball beyond the penalty box to one of his backs, so that it might be kicked from hand, he slipped and sent the ball direct forma corner. But Dunlop more than made amends. That save of his, against Froggatt who was clean through when he tried to beat the goalkeeper with a lobbed shot, was brilliant. From the corner he gave Dunlop, brought off another magnificent save –from a header by Ellis.
On The Collar
Though Everton scored in two minutes (as they did at Portsmouth, the previous week) they went on the collar for almost the whole of the remainder of the first-half. temple’s goal came from a good cross shot immediately after Brian Harris had hit the post; Wednesday came up with equalizer at thirty-one minutes when Finney now a left winger, exploited swerve and the wind to Dunlop’s downfall. The odd thing was that Everton after being heavily outplayed throughout the first-half gained and held the initiative all through the second half. Brian Harris was guilty of passing ball (and buck) when he might have smashed the ball home; the Wednesday whose play had been lively and of good class settled down to long periods of defence with Quixall hardly ever in the picture. And throughout this half and the earlier one Referee Mann, of Worcester, went his unpartisan way with a series of unpopular, if correct decisions which caused the crowd to dislike his Worcester sauce. In the end it almost seemed as though he had stifled and stunned all his critics. A brave bit of refereeing. A draw was as good a result as any, First Shefifeld looked the better side, then Everton. Assuming that the Everton attack had done better with their second half chances they would have won and their following would have departed full of praise…but they did not and until they do Everton must be fated to do no better than draw. I liked Sander’s play and Jones was outstanding among the half-backs. Hickson has rarely played more effectively, more cleanly, but his great moment –the slamming of a lovely volley into the back of the net –went for nothing. He was palpably offside –and knew it.
TWO REASONS WHY EVERTON RESERVES LOST
December 2, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
Burnley Res 2, Everton Res 1
There were two reasons why Everton Res lost, this match, one was their own bad finishing, the other was Pointer, the Burnley centre-forward. Only for a period in the second half, when McNamara scored they only goal, did the Everton attack look anything like dangerous. Hard working Williams and McNamara on the wings, did not set the support they deserved. Llewellyn was not happy against Applyby, but Labone was kept busy by the roving Pointer who scored both Burnley’s goals.
EVERTON UP AGAINST ONE OF THE MOST PERPLEXING OF PROBLEMS
December 2, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
One of the biggest problems any football club manager has to face is that which confronts him when, for no apparent reason, his team suffers a steady and progressive loss of form. Though Mr. Ian Buchan does not carry the managerial label at Goodison Park, the tasks which go with it are his, and he is the one who has to wrestle with the job of trying to put Everton back on their early-season pedestal. I don’t envy him his task, but he has my warmest hopes that he will achieve his aim. Loss of form can sometimes be easily traced. Occasionally it springs from a spate of injuries, from the loss of certain key-men from an overplus of games in a hectic two-match-per-week period, from the absence of fighting spirit, or various other causes which are readily discernible. In Everton’s case none of these can be isolated as the main contributory factor, which makes their decline as the more puzzling. They have not been badly hit by injuries; they still have plenty of spirit and determination, yet they have been slowly but surely losing the threads of their game, to a rather alarming extent. What has already happened cannot be altered. Our chief concerns is what is to happen in the future. One danger of a gradually extending sequence of non-success is the possibility of an inferiority complex developing. Just as winning sides can develop a superiority complex which tends to make them a bit cocky and under estimate the opposition, so can a losing team subconsciously feel shaken about its own ability and when team confidence and faith in one another becomes undermined it is sometimes difficult to restore. The team then tends to become, instead of a nicely balanced and smooth running machine just a set of disjointed individuals. They may work hard enough and try desperately, but the lubricant is missing and the machine does not function with its former ease and assurance. Mr. Buchan has done good work in the past. He has made the team as fit as any in the country. But even the highest peak of physical perfection cannot make up for certain short-comings in skill and football ability and while not forgetting the wonderful shows which Everton turned in not so long ago, if seems increasingly evident that the skill of some individuals may not be quite equal to the strain and tension of a long and arduous season. It may be that their recent displays are just a temporary falling-away. They may get back to form in the near future. That remains to be seen. But if they do not, then obviously some further action will be necessary.
They started off against Sheffield Wednesday as though they were going to sweep the opposition aside with ease. It seemed for 15 minutes that the week at Blackpool had done the trick. Unfortunately they did not maintain their superiority against a hard and quick tackling team whose need for points led them to fight doggedly for possession and often to outdo the home side in speed to the ball. Even the psychological tonic of a goal by Temple in two minutes did not enable Everton to recapture their form glory. They certainly had much the better of the argument in the second half, yet could not turn it into a winning goal against the harassed and anxious Sheffield defence. For that failure the blame must be shouldered by the forward line. Their finishing was puerile. Brain Harris could have won the game off his own boots, but failed miserably with three easy chances. Instead of a first time shot which, if on the mark, would have left McIntosh helpless, he fiddled to get the ball to his right foot and lost the opportunity. For many years Tommy Eglington was criticized for his one-footedness. Yet even Eglington could use his right on occasion and I once saw him score as fine a goal as one could wish to see with his “swinger” Brian Harris seems afraid to risk his left foot. Until he masters this failing he must, on such occasions, be a liability. Jimmy Harris will at least shoot, but often his direction, is poor, and on Saturday he had not the beating of the opposing back. Thomas is not Fielding as a schemer and needs sharpening, up in his movements. He was far too ponderous and slow to have any real hope against such quick-tackling as we saw from the Sheffield men. Temple and Hickson were the best forwards. Hickson worked desperately hard from start to finish, and husted the Wednesday defenders more than the rest of the line put together. But he is still minus adequate support, and particularly the passes which give him a reasonable scoring chance. With the ball in the air the odds are against him. There was also a weakness at wing-half. Rea, on this showing, is not up to average First Division standard, and Meagan –has –only temporarily I hope –lost the stamp of class and artistry which he showed in his early season games. The backs and centre half did well enough especially when Jones and Sanders had settled down. Sanders displayed a commendable desire to show the forwards the way to goal. Though he may not always have chosen the right time for his up-field sallies, he never got the side into trouble with them, and if the ball had run more kindly for him he might have caused McIntosh some anxiety.
Dunlop was unlucky with Finney’s equalizing goal from a corner kick at the half-hour. It was a hard in-swinger which in most cases the goalkeeper, would have turned over the bar with reasonable assurance. All Dunlop did was to help it in. This goal was almost a carbon copy of the one Hogg scored for Leicester from the corner flag early in October. Sheffield Wednesday were a better team than their League position indicates. They defended stubbornly, if sometimes with luck on their side and their covering left little to be desired. That was one reason why Everton apart from their own failings were unable to get to close grips with McIntosh more often. Quixall looked every inch an international in the first half but faded out afterwards and Froggatt was the most consistent visiting, forward, with Ellis always a genuine trier, though lacking polish. As I have said so many times before, territorial superiority without goals is no help to any team. Everton had the former, but until the forward line strikes its earlier poise and precision, and the men in it learn to accept first time, offerings goals will not come as often as they could or should. It is no fault of their coaching or training. They have plenty of shooting practice. What they seem to lack now is confidence to take a chance. There is too much hesitation and cross-passing an old fault which once looked to have been eradicated but has again reared its head in handicapping manner.
WHERE EVERTON LACK BITE…
December 4, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
Sir- it was pleasant to agree with most of your remarks about Saturday’s Everton game –I so frequently don’t! But if you touched the right spots, did you not do so superficially? Everton’s weaknesses are what they have been all season, but now the brilliance of the remainder has dimmed and the burden of the weaknesses became too heavy. In the midfield positions Everton lack bite and tackle and generally enjoy less of the play than any Everton side I have seen. Thomas, Temple, Fielding, Meagan, and Rea are all easily brushed off the ball Meagan’s defensive weakness has long since tempered my praise of his constructive ability. These players cannot change their styles and add a strong tackle they do not possess. Temple’s other remarkable assets compensate for his weaknesses, but at wing half strength is essential and extra strength to compensate for the physical fragility at inside-forward. In the short term Donovan must come in at right half –his original position. In the long term (and never before have I known it necessary) Everton must buy wing-halves. What about Casey? And then the wingers! Move among the fans on the terraces and; you will be surprised at the unanimity. Neither is good enough. Brian Harris is out of position and cannot use his left foot. Neither sends over three good centres a game and Hickson –a revelation this new Hickson from Huddersfield Town –forages and roams for the balls good winners would provide. I would play Williams and the much-maligned McNamara but I would also watch out for such chances as Hooper provided. And finally need Everton be in this mess? Farrell, Eglington, Parker and Gauld –who would deny that some of these players would hold their place in Everton’s side today and comfortably? And I said so when they were so rashly discarded. Does this reveal a deeper weakness –in management?
NOT EASY FOR BLUES
December 6, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Just as West Ham have gone nine games without losing, so Everton have gone nine games without winning, and their chances of success tomorrow, when they visit Manchester City cannot be looked upon in too rosy a light. City have lost their last two matches, but have a record almost identical to Everton’s having taken 21 points from nineteen games, only to be two places lower down the table because of their inferior goal average. They have a remarkably consistent marksman in McAdams, who scored once in each of his last nine games for the club prior to taking part in Wednesday’s turbulent international, while little Hayes whose goal put Liverpool out of the Cup two seasons ago, has twelve goals to his credit. City’s ,main strength is at half back where only one change has been made all season. Warhurst, signed from Birmingham City during the summer, has succeeded Paul, and with Barnes and Ewing forms one of the best intermediate lines in the First Division.
Sear and Sanders
At left back is a young man from Oswestry. Sear who is said by Manchester folk to be an outstanding discovery. Everton have a full back find of their own, however, in Alan Sanders who has created such a good impression in his five senior matches so far. Sanders will be all the more keen to earn a winning bonus for the first time tomorrow for City had him on their books and let him go on a free transfer before Everton snapped him up. Donovan returns to his old position at right back, and Meagan takes a rest after losing the edge off his earlier play. In addition, Graham Williams appears at outside left for Brian Harris, who is wanted for an Army match and will be keen to emulate his goal for the reserves on the Maine Road ground a few weeks ago. Williams also scored there in last season’s senior game and for the reserves, so Maine Road must be one of his favouritie grounds. If Hickson and others can take some of the weight of the shooting off young temple Everton might well pick up a point tomorrow but anything more will be quite a turn-up for the book. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Donovan, Jones, Rea; Harris (J), Temple, Hickson, Thomas, Williams.
December 7, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
Everton –nine League games without victory –might have had better chances of breaking the spell if their match today were not at Maine Road, Manchester. This is one of the grounds where they don’t often win a League match and never win a Cup semi-final. In an effort to give the half-back the more bite Everton have brought in Donovan at right half-back, with Rea switched to the other flank. Young Graham Williams will and pep to the left wing attack but his play so far, has been a little mercurial. It would be no less than impudence for such a little fellow to score against a goalkeeper of Trauntmann’s quality. Fagan come back to the City side on the left wing in place of Welsh International Clarke. Everton seem to have lost a good deal of their confidence. Were Temple and Thomas among others, to recapture their storming style and shooting anything would be impossible. Instead I fear, the side will do well today to escape defeat. Manchester City; Trauntmann; Leivers, Sears; Barnes, Ewing, Warhurst; Barlow, Hayes, Johnstone, McAdams, Fagan. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Donovan, Jones, Rea; Harris (J), Temple, Hickson, Thomas, Williams.
TRIPLE PENALTY PUT EVERTON ON THE SPOT
December 7, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Hickson Ordered Off
Manchester City 6, Everton 2
Manchester City; Trauntmann, goal; Leivers and Sear, backs; Barnes, Ewing and Warhust, half-backs; Barlow, Hayes, Johnstone, McAdams, and Fagan, forwards. Everton; Dunlop, goal; Sanders and Tansey, backs; Donovan (captain), Jones and Rea, half-backs; Harris (J), Temple, Hickson, Thomas, and Williams, forwards. Referee; Mr. R. J. Leafe (Nottingham). Everton were the first to make an attacking move and it was quite a promising one on the left wing. Unfortunately that promise was not fulfilled for the final to Williams, was much too fast for him to collect. Then the City exploited their left wing, and in a tackle with Hayes, Sanders who was at one time a City player was injured and had to leave the field was his hand up to his left eye. During his absence the City tried to take advantage and the Everton goal had one or two narrow escapes. A powerful shot by Hayes passed outside, but when the inside right came with a second shot Dunlop had to be on his toes to prevent a score. He later put a foot to a ball by Johnstone to save a certain goal. Sanders was not off very long and during his absence Donovan had fallen back into the right back position.
Hickson, way over the far side of the field was injured when he was trying to burst through, but then came a few hectic moments which produced two goals to the City, both from the penalty spot. Barnes being the scorer in each case. McAdams seemed to be going through when he was brought down by Sanders and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty to City, Barnes took the kick, and gave Dunlop no chance at the 15th minute. This naturally put the City on good terms with themselves, for although Everton had introduced one or two nice movements they had so far not been a threat to Trauntmann. The City, however, always appeared the more thrustful side. They moved the ball at a quicker pace and when Hayes was treading his way towards the Everton goal Tansey brought him down from behind and Mr. Leafe instantly pointed to the penalty spot. Barnes again took the kick, but this time he did not try to burst the net but simply piloted the ball away from out of the reach of the Everton goalkeeper.
No Everton Shots
Warhurst had a long shot blocked and so far all that Trauntmann had to do was stop a long drive which was, of course, no great trouble to him. The game was stopped for a minute or two, while Temple received attention and then Everton started to show a bit of their real form. They moved the ball well, were accurate in their passing, but when it came to the final action, there was not the necessary punch behind the shots to cause Trauntmann any trouble. He had two handling cases, neither of which would have troubled a less capable keeper than he. The 35th minute, however, proved fatal to Everton, for McAdams picked up a ball just inside his own half, beat two men on route before moving the ball from his right to his left foot and then crashing home an unstoppable shot from 25 yards which is a personal record in that he has now scored a goal in the last 10 matches. There was much more thrust about the City side than Everton who were rather inclined to keep the play a shade too close. Some of their movements were quite good, but they rarely got beyond the City defence. After Johnson had headed over from his left wing, Sanders cleverly brought the ball up field before he pushed it up for Harris, who from 30 yards out, beat Trauntmann with his cross-shot. This is not the first time that Harris has scored this type of goal. Within a few minutes, he had repeated his success to put Everton back in the game. This time Trauntmann seemed to be badly at faulty, for the shot almost from the same position as the first allowed the ball to pass through his hands and finish up in the net at the 44th minute.
Half-time; Manchester City 3, Everton 2.
The second half was only four minutes old when Manchester City were awarded another penalty kick. It came about when Tansey brought down Hayes. Naturally Barnes was allocated the task of taking this penalty and he once again piloted the ball into the Everton net. This by the way was Barnes eighth successive penalty shot out of nine, his only failure being against West Bromwich. To take this a little further Charlie Mitten, once scored three penaltys goals against Aston Villa in a cup-tie at Old Trafford. This naturally was a blow to Everton who had bounded back into the game, with two late goals in the first half and Hickson was a little unfortunate when he found his hook shot deflected away from the target. The game was stopped while Temple received attention and a long Tommy Jones free kick caused the City defence some anxiety until Sear threw himself to make a header and a clearance.
Hickson In Trouble
Temple put a shot outside and then Ewing was given the benefit of a doubt in a tackle with Hickson, but a moment later he was spoken to by the referee for a rather harsh tackle on the same player, who was injured. Jones put the free kick right into the hands of Trauntmann. At the 70th minute the City were awarded a free kick. This was taken by Barnes and McAdam stooped low to get his feet to the ball to turn it into the Everton goal for the fifth time. As the players were walking back to the centre spot Hickson seemed to be disputing the goal and was ordered off the field by the referee. The game had hardly been resumed when Hayes made it 6-2 at the 73rd minute. Donovan went up in an effort to reduce the lead and he nearly succeeded in doing it while Barlow netted once more for City only to have an offside decision spoil him. Then Tansey tried a shot which Trauntmann saved at the second attempt. Attendance 20,200.
NO TIME FOR CLOWNING WITH POINTS AT STAKE
December 7, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
By Don Donovan
One of the main reasons put forward by supporters for Everton’s bad patch in the last few weeks is the lack of personalities in the side. Some also complain that there are fewer personalities in the game as a whole than there used to be, and so football today is not like the game of old. If this generalization includes players who are clever enough in their own way, yet seem to do more trying to please the crowd with their antics, then I am glad there are fewer personalities. To me football is a very serious business and there is no room for closing when there are two points to be gained, and your pounds bonus. You will find that some players can have an upsetting effect on the rest of the team. I can quote the case of one centre forward who delighted his supporters by shaking hands with a policeman who was on duty. He even shook hands with the corner flag, and on one occasion a photographer offered him five pounds to do some more tricks. The player got his five pounds, but his team lost 5-1. I still think this is all against the principles of good football and if people want to be amused they should go to the music ball, not a football match. Not that I have anything against a lark on the field, when there is a break but during the 90 minutes playing time, I reckon there should be no fooling, only concentration on the part of the whole team.
The Top Names
When I first came into professional football back in 1949, the top names were Stan Matthews, Tom Finney, Ralch Carter, Wilf Mannion, Johnny Carey, Billy Liddlell, and our own Tommy Eglington and Peter Farrell. They were all wonderful players, who left an impression on the game, yet I doubt whether they ever indulged in any of the comic antics which a certain section of the crowd seem to want. To me they represented personally, for there skill and endeavour. Whether we shall see their like again is open to question, although I suppose players like Duncan Edwards of Manchester United, Johnny Haynes of Fulham, and Jimmy Greaves of Chelsea may one day quality for a permanent place among the immortals. If the day of the really great star is over, I will be sorry, for they bring to the game excitement and glamour. Football is a far faster game than it used to be. For that reason I feel there is less time for development of the individual and so success depends exclusively on team work. Matthews, Finney, and one or two more may be responsible for drawing the spectators, but I shall always be of the opinion that the genuine supporters would rather see a game between two well-matched sides in which the spotlight is evenly distributed rather than resting mostly on one or two men.
EVERTON RES V PRESTON RES
December 7, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Everton res; O’Neill, goal; Birch and Leeder, backs; King, Billington and Gannon, half-backs; McNamara, Fielding, Llewellyn, Haughey, and Steele, forwards. Preston N.E. Res; Knowles, goal; Brown, and Wilson, backs; Milne, Mattinson, and Downey, half-backs; Dagger, Waterhouse, Algston, Farrell, and Campbell, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.G. Hampson (Southport). Everton were the first to attack and McNamara forced a corner from which Haughey headed in; but Brown hooked off the goal line. North End first attack ended tamely, with Farrell, the former Everton player, running the ball over the bye-line, while Milne placed a free kick behind. Preston averted danger by passing back to their goalkeeper, but Mattinson almost put through his own goal in attempting to ward off McNamara. In the 19th minute Preston went ahead when Gannon put through his own goal at left wing centre. Encouraged by their fortunate lead the visitors improved considerably and after Fielding had gone close for Everton, O’Neill kicked a power drive from Waterhouse over the bar. When Dagger made a dazzling ran and centre Alston was only inches wide with a spectacular diving header.
Half-time; Everton Res nil, Preston N.E Res 1.
Everton Youth v Bolton Youth
At Goodison Park, Everton were soon on the attack and from Todd’s centre, Blain fired in a shot which Barnard (Bolton goalkeeper) did well to save. Owens made progress on the right and presented Rimmer with a chance to score for Bolton but Griffiths (Everton keeper) saved brilliantly. After 15 minutes Ashworth scored a brilliant goal for Everton after good work by Todd. Just on the interval Phyhnian equalized. Afterwards Bolton extended the Everton defence. Griffiths saving many shots brilliantly. Ashworth tried hard to break through again but was prevented from scoring at the crucial moment by Bolton’s defenders. Final; Everton Youth 1, Bolton Youth 1.
Everton “A” v. Preston “A”
After 10 minutes Spencer made a good run on the right and finished up with a shot that gave Everton the lead. Keeley added a second after 30 minutes when he scored from a long pass by spencer. Half-time; Everton “A” 2, Preston “A” nil.
A GAME EVERTON WILL WANT TO FORGET
December 9, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
Manchester City 6, Everton 2
By Ian Hargreaves
This was one match that the Everton team in general and centre forward Dave Hickson in particular will want to forget as soon as possible. Six goals against, three from penalties and a fourth following a free kick, innumerable midfield clashes leading to the more or less serious injury of Sanders, Temple, and Hickson, and finally the sending off of the latter player, were enough to fill their cup of woe to overflowing. For Hickson the proceedings must have had the horrid unreality of a nightmare. His dual with the craggy Ewing got rougher and tougher as the minutes ticked by, and invariably he was on the receiving end. He developed a limp within the opening quarter of an hour, and soon after had his lip so badly gashed it needed a doctor’s attention. Then in the sixty eighth minute came the final blow, Manchester City scored a fifth goal through McAdams, when several Everton players cleanly through Hayes was offside, and as the players trooped back to the centre Hickson said something to referee Leafe. Before one had realized anything was amiss the referee was pointing to the dressing room, and there was Hickson striding off the field. Only the two concerned know what words passed between them.
Seemingly blessed with prevision City officials had included two articles in the club programme that later assumed considerable significance. The first was a pen portrait of Mr. Leafe, a school-master and World Cup referee, the second a tribute to former Everton captain Peter Farrell. Appropriately Mr. Leafe was the man of the match, and indeed but for his firm control there might well have been a Maine Road massacre to follow Wednesday’s battle of Belfast so fiery did the exchanges become at one stage. If less obvious, the reference to Peter Farrell was equally pointed, for it there was one position where Everton showed fatal weakness it was at half back. Neither Rea nor Donovan ever achieved the degree of command asserted by Barnes and Warhurst, with the result that the visitors were always struggling always running in pursuit rather than being pursued. Sanders and Tansey though conceding three penalties between them, did not play at all badly, but the weakness in midfield meant they were often faced with an impossible situation, and but for three astonishing saves by Dunlop the score might have been even greater. Forward, the one gleam of hope came from Jimmy Harris who in a devastating spell of ten minutes before the interval threatened to turn form topsy turvy. Twice in rapid succession he bored in from the right to leave Trauntmann helpless and only the desperate intervention of an out-thrust boot robbed him of a sensational hat-trick when he rammed a free kick goalwards.
In fairness to Manchester City, whom I have so far neglected, it must be said at once that they played very, very well. Their defence is dangerously robust –both Warhurst and Ewing were rebuked by Mr. Leafe –and inclined to make costly errors, but the brand of attacking football the whole side continually produced was a joy to watch. The inside trio Hayes, Johnstone and McAdams interchanged positions with bewildering facility, their cultured sophistication frequently making Everton’s counters look crude and obvious in comparison. It was McAdams who made the first goal and Hayes the second, both being brought down in full flight and McAdams who added a third after a glorious forty yard dribble before Harris double restored some measure of equality. Immediately after the interval another foul on Hayes enabled Barnes to complete a unique penalty treble, fifteen minutes after McAdams flicked in Barnes free kick and finally Hayes made it six from close range. Truly a sorry day for Everton who must be fervently hoping fate will not deal them another knavish trick by matching them with Tranmere Rovers, (Farrell, Eglington and all) in the third round of the Cup.
YOUTH MATCH DRAW
December 9, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Youth X1 and Bolton Youth X1 drew their game 1-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday, Ashworth opened Everton’s account with a brilliant goal after 25 minutes but Bolton strove desperately to level the score with Phythian did just on the interval. In the second half Bolton did most of the attacking and the Everton defence was fully extended. Griffiths making many fine saves in the Everton goal.
EVERTON RES RALLY TO WIN
December 9, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton res 3, Preston Res 1
Everton Reserves made a splendid recovery after being a goal down in the first twenty minutes of the Central League game, and scored all their goals in a brilliant thirteen-minutes spell in the second half. Gannon trying to clear a centre from Campbell, had the misfortune to put the ball into his own goal and from that point onwards Preston held the upper hand to the interval. McNamara put Everton on terms at the fifty-third minute and full back Birch, with a low thirty-five drive put them ahead. Haughey scored the third after sixty-six minutes. Everton adapted themselves better to the treacherous conditions of a slippery pitch and a tricky wind, and were much the better team in the second half.
BUCHAN ON HICKSON
December 9, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Mr. Ian Buchan, Everton’s coach, is upset over the Hickson sending-off case in more ways than one. One cause of his disappointment is that ever since Mr. Buchan took over at Goodison it has been a standing instruction, frequently repeated that nobody shall protest to the referee about a decision other than the captain. Everton’s chief coach rightly considers that indiscriminate badgering of the referee does no credit either to Everton or the game in general. In the heat of the moment Hickson forgot his instructions, and now will have to pay the penalty. His story is that he only protested against the offside nature of a Manchester goal, but obviously he did so in a manner which the referee felt could not be tolerated. Hickson should have known better, whatever the provocation. He has been suspended twice previously for a similar offence.
Tony McNamara has asked to go on the transfer list, for the second time in twelve months, his request will be considered tomorrow.
Statements have been made recently of attempts by other clubs to sign Everton’s reserve centre forward George Kirby. The truth is that Everton have received no definite offer, though the player has been watched on several occasions.
BARNES ON THE MARK –HICKSON OFF FIELD
December 9, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s game against City at Manchester was just about the most fantastic match I have seen in a long coverage of football. Just look of what it contained. Eight goals, a player sent off, three penalty kicks, converted by the same player, a name taken, several warnings issued and a post-war record by another player. What more could you wish? There was enough to fill a book though it was not all good. There is nothing I dislike more than seeing a player given his matching orders. That was the experience of Dave Hickson the Everton centre forward and it was all because he had some thing to say which the referee Mr. Leafe, of Nottingham resented. What it was he said has not been revealed, but my own reading of the matter was that Hickson had said something after McAdam’s second goal. The players were actually walking back to the centre spot at the time, when suddenly the referee turned to Hickson and pointed towards the dressing room. Hickson was once known as the boisterous boy of football but this season he has curbed his impetuosity and I saw nothing on the field to warrant the sending off, but it was obvious that he had said something to the ruling official. Hickson’s going undoubtedly ruined any chance Everton had for they were reduced to ten men for the major portion of the second half and it was too much of a handicap.
Was it a dirty game? I would not say so, despite three penalties, it was a tough battle, but I have seen harder games. I was in entire agreement with the first two penalty awards for McAdams was definitely fouled by Sanders and Hayes was tripped by Tansey –two goals in three minutes but the spot kick when Hayes was brought down hardly looked a penalty to me. That goal had taken City to a 4-2 lead, and was the vital one, so far as Everton was concerned. All three of Barne’s goals came from the spot, with one sandwiched in between the third and fourth by McAdams, who created a post-war record of scoring in ten consecutive matches. A few minutes before half time one would not have given Everton any chance. They had played some nice football at times without, however, giving Trauntmann any worries. I am told that the City are apt to get slipshod when they are in the lead. Well Everton had been pushing their defence back for some time when suddenly Sanders slipped a long ball up the sidelines. Harris collected it and swing the ball beyond Trauntmann from fully 30 yards out. That was at the 42nd minute and before City had realized their danger Harris had struck again, this time with a hard cross-shot which passed out of Trauntmann’s grip. Everton were back in the game and it was a grand recovery.
Well On Top
City had been so much in command in the early part that they had not anticipated an Everton treat. The Mancunians had shown good fast football and they had punch in attack, something which Everton lacked. I don’t think Trauntmann, until Harris called upon him, had a shot worthy of the name to handle. Where I think City held the whip hand was at half-back where Barnes and Warhurst were relentless tacklers, it was Warhurst who had his name taken for a rather harsh tackle on temple. They were much more dominating than Donovan and Rea. The power of the City attack was far too heavy to allow either of the Everton wing halves to indulge in much prompting so the service to the forwards was far from what is required. Hickson got little scope yet he had one hook shot luckily deflected. His battles with the big bustling Ewing generally ended in favour of the strong man. Both were too severe on each other. In one collision Hickson had his lip cut and had to receive medical attention. Ewing used his physical superiority to advantage. Up to the fourth City goal Everton had a chance that was providing they could muster some strong and accurate shooting but the only man of the forwards who seemed possessed of a shot was Harris. The City were yards faster except for that “silly” period when they underestimated the opposition, but on the whole they were capable of handling the Everton attack without any great difficulty. If Ewing faltered which was rarely, there were Leivers and Sear (a good back this) to cover up.
Temple made one brilliant run to beat three men on route parted with the ball nicely and then ran himself into an offside position. I don’t think for one moment that City would have run up six goals had Everton been at full strength but ten men cannot be expected to hold eleven and two further goals came from McAdams and Hayes. It was that man again, Barnes, who gave Hayes his chance with a well placed free kick. It was certainly Barnes’s day. Some are inclined to blame the referee for allowing some of the things which went on but what more could he do than what he did, warnings, three penalties names taken, surely that should have been enough warning for any player. After watching a really entertaining first half the second session became one to forget.
EVERTON DROP DAVE HICKSON
December 11, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
After the harsh treatment that he has suffered from so many opponents this season I should imagine that the news that he is omitted from Everton’s team to meet Notts Forest at Goodison Park on Saturday will be partly a relief to Dave Hickson. A brief break from the hurly-burly will not come amiss. When signing for Everton just prior to the start of the season Hickson told the directors present at the time that he was a reformed character. He meant it, and what is more, he has done his best to prove it. Apart from his passage-at-arms with Referee Leafe at Maine Road –when, unfortunately, he picked the wrong man to argue with –and two comparatively minor incidents in other games in the matches I have seen him play, he has done nothing to which the slightest objection could be taken. On the contrary, he has turned the other cheek far oftener than seemed possible even to a less impetuous player. He has taken some tremendous buffetings without attempting to retaliate. He has certainly used his weight but always legitimately and has played with terrific determination, which cannot always be said for some of his colleagues. Now he is given a rest, and Llewellyn takes his place against Nottingham Forest. Whatever the outcome of the inquiry which will follow the report of Referee Leafe, Hickson has nothing with which to reproach himself, except that in the heat of the moment and under extreme provocation he disregarded the instructions of Mr. Ian Buchan that only the Everton captain should protest to the referee over doubtful decisions. Llewellyn’s last appearance for Everton was in October of last year. He made ten senior appearances last season, and scored two goals. Other changes in the team are the recall of Fielding in place of Thomas and the return of Brian Harris following his absence last week on Army duty. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Donovan, Jones, Rea; Harris (J), Temple, Llewellyn, Fielding, Harris (B).
Everton directors considered Tony McNamara’s request for a transfer at their meeting last night, and decided to fall in with his wishes if an acceptable offer is forthcoming.
EVERTON OMIT HICKSON
December 12, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Everton centre forward Dave Hickson, who was sent off by the referee in the game against Manchester City at Maine Road last Saturday is left out of the team to receive Nottingham Forest at Goodison on Saturday. Hickson’s place will be filled by Bert Llewellyn, an eighteen year-old pit worker, who will be leading the Goodison Park attack for the first time. This will not be Llewellyn’s first appearance with the senior side, however, for last season he played eight times at inside forward. Other changes in the side beaten 6-2 at Manchester see return of Fielding and Harris (B) on the left wing to the exclusion of Thomas and Williams. The team will be; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Donovan, Jones, Rea; Harris (J), Temple, Llewellyn, Fielding, Harris (B).
SURPRISE TRANSFER OF TONY McNAMARA FROM EVERTON TO LIVERPOOL
December 13, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Plays For Reserves Tomorrow
A Move At own Request
Liverpool F.C today signed Tony McNamara, Everton’s outside right who was put on the transfer list by the Goodison Park club at his own request on Tuesday evening. I understand the fee is around £4,000. Whether McNamara is likely to provide the answer to Liverpool’s outside right problem is a matter upon which there will be considerable cleavage of opinion among the club’s supporters and though the majority are most likely to be unduly impressed, in fairness to the player judgment must obviously be deferred. McNamara has had spells when he has been regular choice for Everton, but in-between have been periods when he has frequently been in and out of the side, and this season he has again been unable to command a first team position. His only senior outing was at Newcastle two month ago, when Jimmy Harris was down with influenza. He has however often been harshly treated by a section of the Goodison supporters, some of whom refused to see any good in him, and this did not help him to produce his best. If his finds Liverpool’s style of play more suitable he may reach the heights which Everton had once hoped.
Liverpool made their first approach to Everton on Tuesday evening as soon as they learned the request had been granted. The figure they were asked was more than they were inclined to pay, but agreement was reached today after Everton had reduced their original estimate. Manager Phil Taylor and chief coach Bob paisley interviewed the player at Goodison Park this morning, and after McNamara had indicated his willingness to join Liverpool the three went over to Anfield to complete the deal. McNamara who is about 25 and a native of Liverpool joined Everton as an amateur in 1947 and became a full time professional three years later. He made his senior debut in August 1951 and altogether has played in 111 Football League games scoring 22 goals. All but 19 of his appearances were in three seasons 1951-52, 1954-55, and 1956-57. During the other seasons he was rarely in the senior side.
This signing recalls the last deal between the clubs two years ago which also involved an outside right Jimmy Payne at a slightly less figure. Payne did not prove a good investment for Everton, due to injuries and others causes and played only six first team games for them.
EVERTON CHASE AN ELUSIVE VICTORY AGAINST AN IMPROVING NOTTS FOREST TEAM
December 13, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Had it been left to Everton to make their own choice of a team likely to provide them with the victory which has so long eluded them, they could certainly have selected one easier than Nottingham Forest, who are tomorrow’s visitors to Goodison Park. Despite the fact that Forest, like Everton, have been having rather a lean period lately, they are inherently a sound and well-knit side, with a remarkably solid defence and a forward line which when it strikes top form, can be really devastating. Everton’s recent decline has been all the more disappointing because of the high standard of football which they had regularly provided in the early weeks of the season. Their good start, surprising even to their most ardent supporters has been matched only by the equally surprising and gradual decline which has overtaken them since they last won, at Newcastle on October 12. Over two months have passed without the flag of victory being raised again. Ten games have been played in the interim, five points have been gained –all from home draws – and the goal average has been 11 for and 22 against. Tomorrow the Blues take the stage without Dave Hickson dropped in favour of Llewellyn because of the need for someone to be groomed to fill the berth if Hickson, as unfortunately seems likely to be the case, has to take an enformed rest to reflect in leisure over the folly, whatever the provocation of seeking to tell referees what they should or should not do. Llewellyn an 18-years-old and only a part-time player, was not even first choice for the Central League side until Kirby was injured three weeks ago. It is a big test for a lad of his years and inexperience, but he is a player of considerable promise, as he proved when given a short run at the start of last season. Whether he is ready for regular senior duty is another matter. There is a big difference between showing promise in occasional outings and satisfactorily filling the most difficult berth in the attack.
The return of Fielding may have a helpful and steadying influence on the line as a whole, providing he can reproduce the form which marked his play in the early weeks of the season, but which was lacking later when he returned for five games after a short absence. Defensively the team does not give the same cause for doubt as appertains to the attack though even that section of the side has not latterly been up to the standard displayed in that bright but all too brief spasm of success before the first flush of the new season had evaporated. Forest, likewise started the season in a burst of glory which almost blinded their supporters by its brilliance. Then they, too, struck a patch when nothing went right. But they seem to have regained some semblance of their earlier form at home, and when that happens there is a good chance that away successes will eventually follow. Obviously Manager Billy Walker has faith in his team. He has called on only fifteen players so far, of whom six are ever-present while the five others have missed a total of only 15 games between them, all though injury or illness. Forst have not risked destroying the understanding and combination of the side through much chopping and changing. When a man of Billy Walker’s acumen and long experience sticks to the same side, making changes only when circumstances leave him no option, one can only draw the conclusion that there cannot be much wrong. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Donovan, Jones, Rea; Harris (J), Temple, Llewellyn, Fielding, Harris (B). Notts Forest; Thomson; Whare, Thomas; Morley, McKinlay, Burkitt; Gray, Quigley, Wilson, Baily, Imlach,.
Everton reserves (v. Newcastle Reserves); O’Neill; Birch, Leeder; King, Labone, Clayton; McNamara, Thomas, Kirby, Keeley, Steele.
EVERTON TO BREAK SPELL HANDSOMELY
December 14, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
By Leslie Edwards
Liverpool’s followers reaction to their club’s splendid Tony McNamara signing yesterday will be “Coye! Core,” if Liverpool can find a few others like McNamara at £4,000 they will earn the reputation for being the cutest buyers in the game. Twenty-four hours ago when I discussed with a man of Tranmere the possibility of McNamara going to Prenton Park the notion was that Everton would ask £6,000. The possibility was that if McNamara did not go to a senior club he would have joined his old teammates Farrell, Eglington and Moore, over the water. Everton were neighborly indeed to let McNamara go at such a figure. True, he may be getting close to his twenty ninth birthday and be may have cost his club nothing when he joined them from St. Matthews but he is big, two footed and capable of playing not only on the right wing, but in almost any other forward position, John Willie Parker, once of Everton and now of Bury, considers that McNamara may do great things given the opportunity of a fresh start. Well, he’ll have that at Anfield. And before he kicks a ball for his new club may I appeal to the crowd to give him opportunity, without barracking, to play his own game the propensity of certain Everton spectators for trying to make McNamara’s life on field miserable may have weighed with Everton in their decision to let him go across the Park.
How odd that McNamara should be the subject of a domestic transfer in the very week in which Dave Hickson finds himself out of the Everton first team. Hickson and McNamara have other links in August 1951, they both made their debut for the Everton first team –at Leeds. I gather Hickson’s mouth injury of a week ago-the physical one, not the one which damaged Referee Leafe’s suscapabilities –has progressed well but the club plainly feel that this was the opportunity to see how Llewellyn might fit into the forward scheme in view of the forthcoming holiday matches and Cup-ties. Temple and Llewellyn playing for Everton’s Youth team, struck up a fruitful partnership and it is just possible that with Fielding back –he remains an Everton indispensable –we shall see the first team League victory since they won at Newcastle in October. The appearance in the Everton attack of veteran Fielding suggests that he will father his young family. Not long ago he said to a Everton forward young enough to have been the son; “No, try to do it this way, soon.” At which came the prompt replay; “All right, Dad.” The fact is that Fielding’s ago more than covers the combined ages of Temple and Llewellyn who are both 18. McNamara will not play today, but will have an outing in the Liverpool Reserve side which includes a player about whom I have heard excellent reports – Murdock at centre forward. If the Liverpool crowd will allow McNamara to dwell with the ball –none dares to tell Matthews not to do his standstill act! –he will prove his ability.
Gray is Back
One way and another the Everton match today will produce a good number of players of vast experience. Whare the back, Quigley, ex-Blackburn, Baily ex-spurs and Port Vale and Gray, the former Chelsea and Burnley winger are all men who have been in the top flight for many seasons. Little Gray’s best right winging effort was at Anfield for Chelsea over the Christmas holidays about seven years ago. Any side managed by the former Villa forward, Billy Walker, is almost guaranteed to play class football. It was Notts Forest’s class play which possibly kept them in Division. If seasons longer than should have been the case. Nevertheless with Fielding back I bank on Everton to break their spell –and break it handsomely! Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Donovan, Jones, Rea; Harris (J), Temple, Llewellyn, Fielding, Harris (B). Notts Forest; Thomson; Whare, Thomas; Morley, McKinlay, Burkitt, Gray, Quigley, Wilson, Baily, Imlach.
GRAY GOAL CLOUDS THE GOODISON HORIZON
December 14, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Jimmy Harris Helps Dispel The Gloom
Everton; Dunlop, goal; Sanders and Tansey, backs; Donovan (captain), Jones and Rea, half-backs; Harris (J), Temple, Llewellyn, Fielding, and Harris (B), forwards. Nottingham Forest; Thomson, goal; Whare and Thomas, backs; Morley, McKinlay and Burkitt, half-backs; Gray, Quigley, Wilson, Baily, and Imlach, forwards. Referee; Mr. E.S. Oxley (Pantefract). In the first minute Brian Harris had a great chance to put Everton in front after, a smart pass from Fielding, but from 18 yards he slammed the ball high over the bar. The Forest goal had a much narrower escape two minutes later when a bright duet between Temple and Llewellyn looked certain to produce a goal until the first named, when about to shoot, had the ball kicked off his toe by Whare, who strained himself in making the effort, and required attention before the game could be resumed. Everton came again and this time Thomson stretched out a hand to make a splendid save. Forest’s first attack at the 8th minute produced a beautiful shot by Baily which had Dunlop beaten all the way. Luckily for Everton the ball swerved inches beyond the angle. Thomas followed up to support Forest’s next raid, but might have stayed where he was for when he tried a shot it was nearer the corner flag than the goal. A good move between the two Harris’s came to nothing when Jimmy fluffed his shot badly. Sanders did well to head a shot by Quigley behind when it looked odds on that he might put it in his own goal then. Brian Harris had another shooting chance following an awkward pass by Jones, but again, from almost the same spot as before he lofted the ball high over the bar.
The visitors had another escape when Donovan tried a shot which was bound for the net when it struck Thomas and was deflected on to the foot of the post and then behind. Everton had certainly had their chances in the first 15 minutes and Forest could regard themselves fortunate in not already being in arrears. For the third time the referee blew his whistle and ordered the ball to be placed a few inches further back for the taking of a goal kick. In three moves Forest took the ball from one end of the field to the other until Dunlop dashed out and saved an awkward situation by scooping it off the boot of Quigley. Fielding was not having the best of luck with his passes. Three times in quick succession these were headed away by Forest defenders before they could reach an Everton man. Llewellyn had little chance to prove himself, but he was moving about freely, and positioning himself well. Jimmy Harris and Donovan showed the right ideas in trying first time shots, even though their direction was faulty Everton continued to do the major portion of the pressing but their finishing left much to be desired. Temple was again an offender when, after a slip by McKinlay he shot wide from 12 yards with nobody on him and only Thomson to beat. This one should have been in the back of the net. Donovan was playing well. Some of his passes were excellent Rea was also shaping nicely and Everton’s forwards could not complain of lack of support from the wing halves. The referee spoke of Quigley for a foul on Rea and from the free kick Everton carved out another opening which was woefully wasted when Jimmy Harris shot over from the six yards line. The tale of Everton’s weak finishing was not ended. Good work by Temple and Fielding produced a chance for Brian Harris to remedy his earlier shortcoming but again he was yards off target.
A centre which needed only a glance was headed high in the air by Harris (J) and Everton went on struggling for their first goal when they might have been three or four to the good. Wilson beat two men and then slipped the ball out to Imlach, who won a corner off Sanders which led to Forest taking the lead at the 40th minute. When Imlach put his flag kick over the heads of the lined up defenders, Gray showed Everton how a first time shot should be taken by volleying the ball home in a manner which gave Dunlop no chance. Forest were certainly fortunate to be in the lead, but that one shot, alone was worth all Everton’s foozled efforts. One of Everton’s best moves came right on the interval and for once was finished off with a good shot – from Brian Harris, Thomson, however, had it covered all the way. Half-time; Everton nil, Notts Forest 1.
The second half opened with a goal to Everton in the first minute and after all the shocking misses which had gone before this was a real champagne effort. It arose following a free kick for a foul on Donovan taken by Sanders just inside the Forest half. Temple flicked the ball on to Jimmy Harris who was them in the inside right position, and Harris, deftly changing step flashed it into the net like a rocket from twenty yards range. This was a real example of quick thinking and first time shooting and the same player had the hardest of luck a few minutes later when after a long run down the wing he hit another angled “screamer” which almost scraped the cross bar. In between these two Harris efforts Temple had put one behind when he should at least have given Thomson some work. Llewellyn was injured following a severe tackle by Burkitt and after the game had been held up for a minute the Everton centre forward was taken to the sideline for attention by the transfer and St. John Ambulance men. He returned after a couple of minutes seemingly none the worse. Everton lost a chance of going ahead when Brian Harris delayed his shot so long that Thomson ran out and blocked it away and Temple fastening on the rebound did what so many others had been doing – put it yards behind.
Llewellyn collapsed as he was trying to force his way through and this time was helped round the touch line into the trainer’s cubby hole. Llewellyn returned with his right knee heavily bandaged and though continuing at centre-forward was handicapped. Fouls in quick succession by Sanders and Temple brought no advantage to Forest. Everton’s lack of finish and tendency to cross field passing had let the visitors get away without paying the penalty for some slack rearguard work. Official attendance 28,999.
NON-LEAGUE SIDES ARE WELCOME IN F.A.CUP
December 14, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Some People Think That The Cup Competition be Run For Football League Clubs Only. In My Opinion-
…But I Would Prefer To Be, Drawn Against a First Division Team
For many years, there has been agitation from time to time, for a change in the method of running the F.A Cup competition, with the idea of making it a sort of super tournament, limited to the clubs of the Football League, and cutting out the small non-League teams who take part in the present preliminary rounds. I hope this will never come about. If it did it would be a tremendous blow to the little clubs, who surely have a right to their chance in the competition. In the fight to get into the big money rounds success can mean much-needed cash and not a little welcome glory, for the non-league teams. Perhaps these minnows don’t often get very far, but their presence adds to the delight of the competition and I would not like to see it otherwise. After all, the competition was originally designed for all who wished to take part. That was in the days before there even was a Football League.
Those small clubs deserve this encouragement to make a name for themselves. Every year is an exciting period for some obscure team when they suddenly find themselves in the limelight, and the lives of the player’s are invaded by the Press and photographers. When they bring off a 100-one win the whole football world rejoices, except the followers of the unfortunate team they have beaten. It is the unexpected that provides the spice of football. Who can forget the successes of New Brighton and Rhyl last year and what a remarkable name they made for themselves? You may remember a few years back when Yeovil were the conquering heroes; and were in the headlines week after week. Most people eagerly await these clashes between the higher and the lower sphere hoping for a shock result. But not the First Division club which may be drawn to meet outsiders.
Division I Preferred
There is everything to lose and nothing to gain. Speaking as a player I would rather be drawn against First Division opposition any time. Perhaps it is not without some significance that when Manchester won the Cup in 1948 they played top class opponents in every round. For some non-League clubs, progress in the Cup provides strong support for their claims to entry into the Third Division. Every year clubs like Wigan Athletic, Peterborough and others make their bid for such a reason. Not so long ago Colchester United’s brave exploits in the Cup won them many votes when they were up for election. They have never looked back since, and last season very nearly, won promotion to the Second Division.
At this stage of the proceedings I would not like to stick my neck out in naming the likely Cup winners. The field can be narrowed down to the present top 15 clubs in the First Division and the first six in the Second Division. It sometimes happens that the team to lose the previous year at Wembley makes a return trip and lifts the Cup. Manchester City were beaten by Newcastle United in the final of 1955 but on returning the following year they were victorious over Birmingham City. Manchester United were there last time, and many believe it is their turn to win this season. The Everton players broke training for a short while last Monday at Bellefield and listened to the draw for the third round over the wireless. We were disappointed not to get a home tie, but otherwise the lads were in high spirits and are looking forward eagerly to the clash with Sunderland at Roker Park on January 4.
NEWCASTLE RES V EVERTON RES
December 14, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Newcastle Res;- Mitchell, goal; McKinnie and Ferguson, backs; Redhead, Paterson, and Bell, half-backs; Malcolm, Hale, White, Wimshurst, and Thompson, forwards. Everton Res; O’Neill, goal; Birch and Leeder, backs; King, Labone, and Clayton, half-backs; Ashworth, Thomas, Kirby, Keeley, and Steele, forwards. Referee; Mr. H.E. Boak (Penruth). Play opened at St. James’s Park in a storm of hail in front of a small crowd. Everton opened the scoring after six minutes, when Kirby received a pass from his outside left, Steele, and his shot to the top corner of the net left, Mitchell with no chance. A free kick to Newcastle resulted in a shot by Wimshurst, but the ball was deflected by a defender. Two corners in quick succession by Thompson brought no score, but Newcastle continued to press, and Hale nearly leveled the scoring with a strong drive which O’Neill could only turn away for a corner. Newcastle’s chances faded when, after 30 minutes, Thomas made it two up for Everton and then two minutes later sent in a low 20 yard drive though a crowd of players to give his team a 3-0 lead. Final; Newcastle Res nil, Everton Res 3.
Liverpool “A” v. Everton “A”
Mackey scored for Everton after five minutes. Liverpool took up the attack and Lockie scored two quick goals. Gregory leveled the score for Everton. Half-time; Liverpool “A” 2. Everton “A” 2.
EVERTON 1 NOTTS FOREST 1
December 16, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
What of Everton’s problem? The More victory eludes you, the harder it is to get the ball into the net. Everton are suffering from the lack of confidence; where earlier Temple and others were smashing the ball into goal as though it were the easiest thing on earth they are now indecisive and not always able to hit the ball truly –or before the tackle!
Following the 1-1 draw with Notts Forest at Goodison Park it is clear there is one priority for the match at Wolverhampton next Saturday –the return of Hickson. Not only because his experience and power were missing from the line on Saturday but because the battle between this Everton player and England captain, Billy Wright, almost invariably goes Hickson’s way! It would not surprise me, if Everton recalled the excellent play at inside-right-forward last year at Wolverhampton of George Kirby. He was a member of the very youthful Everton Reserves team which won 3-0 at Newcastle on Saturday. Everton’s inability to win a match since October 12 is disturbing but the possibility of the team not having one home match during the whole of January is even more alarming. The odd thing is that the team have been playing well in patches. Indeed in this latest frustrating match they might well have been three of four goals ahead within the first half-hour. One cannot say that any attack or team has played badly all through when they have engineered so quickly so many good chances. The trouble was that shots sailed high over or wide –and wide by such fractions that one cannot but account Everton to be out of luck. Donovan’s deflected shot struck the foot of the post; others inches outside posts with the goalkeeper hopelessly placed. But if these Everton misses were wrapped in mystery what of the mystery of the dog which having been removed by a policeman and presumably deposited outside the ground, was found inside the ground again and on the playing pitch within the space of a couple of minutes? I would rather see a dog on the pitch than any spectator and Everton’s broadcast warning that anyone encroaching would be instantly put into the street –a long overdue warning –has come not a moment too soon. Forest, who scored first from a glorious volley from that old favouritie of mine, Gray, on the right wing, looked a good side and got their point with something in hand. Yet on reflection their defence was suspect. How otherwise would Everton have made hopes in it so often in the first half-hour? Forest played the better football. Gray was an outstanding personally for his goal –a first time volley of Imlach’s corner kick down a narrow angle –and for his neat, but powerful winging from end to end, Jimmy Harris goal, when it came, was almost as brilliant as Gray’s. Donovan, with a low free kick which Temple flicked inwards, produced the chance from which Harris, with a left foot shot, added to his bag of two, at Maine Road the week before. It is someone is hitting target shots. Harris (B.) with more than one first-class chance, missed the boat, mostly, I imagine, because when you want to be so sure of your shot you are often most likely to delay until the goalkeeper can reach an ideal position.
Fielding’s re-appearance had the effect one imagined it would in the early part of the game, but when Llewellyn fell awkwardly in a tackle and twisted a knee, he was virtually a passenger from that moment half an hour before the end. He went off field twice before being carried off on a stretcher –a melancholy end to a match which was, for Everton, full of melancholy. Donovan, at wing half back, started well. It was when he had done well constructively and had come far upfield that one sensed he found it a little irksome to get back to position. Sanders was as good a back as there was and with Forest possessing two very useful men in this position is great praise. Ironically, Everton’s blaze of glory started to dim immediately they started to play under their new lights. One bulb has gone already; there must be those who wished all would fuse if that meant that Everton regained their early season hustre. This is no time for panic, but it is time for a long, strong pull by the players and for better finishing than they showed against Forest. I would make few changes I believe Everton can still prove wrong everyone whose view, before a ball was kicked this season was that they would be in for a tough time. Leyland, Mayer, Woods, Eglington, Gauld, Peter Farrell, Moore, JW Parker, Farrell, McNamara…have too many great Everton players been allowed to depart before their useful days were near the end? It’s an arguable question.
NEWCASTLE RES 0, EVERTON RES 3
December 16, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
This was just too easy for the Goodison second team. It started in a hail storm but that did not prevent them taking an lead after six minutes through Kirby, and serving up a brand of football in attack, defence and general team work which Newcastle could never match. By the interval Thomas added two more goals after Ashworth and Keeley had torn the Newcastle defence to shreds and the visitors kept the lead in the second half. The very thin crowd voted Everton the best Central league side seen on Tyneside this season.
EVERTON HAVE THAT SINKING FEELING
That looks a very dismal line, and dismal it is to Everton supporters, whose hopes of hailing that long-awaited victory for the Blues have now gone back into storage for at least another week –and possibly a good bit longer than that unless there s a speedy improvement on the shocking display put up against Notts Forest. Six points from the last eleven games –seven of which have been at home –is the sum total of Everton’s struggling over the last two months, and Saturday’s exhibition was about the poorest of the lot. They had only themselves to blame, however. They had enough chances; the first half to have sewn up the points more securely than ever Houdini was shackled. They frittered them away by the most inept and puerile finishing it has been my lot to see for a long time. Chances galore were missed from anything between six yards and sixteen, chances which, in the words of a famous Lancashire comedian, could have been wafted in with a cap. Notts Forest’s defence, which came with the reputation of being one of the closest-knit and most formidable in the First Division, but which they belted, made slip after slip, yet Everton could not avail themselves of the countless opportunities offered them. When they were not shirking the responsibility of having a go they had no more idea of where the goal lay than a blind man would have of the where abouts of a gate in a fifty-acre field. This sort of thing must be heart-breaking to Ian Buchan the club’s chief coach, whom I know has been concentrating on shooting practice not only throughout this season, but the major portion of last winter. Brian Harris was the worst offender. Temple was not much better, and only Jimmy Harris who got a really brilliant goal at the 46th minute to neutralize the volleyed effort scored by Gray just before the interval ever looked like giving Thomson any trouble.
All To No Purpose
Fielding was not tarred with the same brush for the simple reason that he did not have a real shot throughout. He devoted his effort to trying to weld the over-anxious and over-eager young forwards into something like a reasonably combined unit. He sprayed some good passes around the parish in the first hour, but later, when the standard of play – never of any impressiveness at the best of times- fell away into a disjointed scramble even Fielding faded from the scene. This latest and most disappointing exhibition though having a chastering effect upon even the most loyal supporter did not stop them giving vent to the Goodison roar when Everton crowded on some fairly strong pressure in the closing stages. But it was all to no purpose. Forest’s defence, without ever looking what had been expected held out for the point which had clearly been their objective once Everton had got on level terms. Though they could thank their lucky stars that the home side scorned so many takeable chances on the whole the visitors earned their draw. Where do we go from here? I wish I knew! Not only have their been no signs in recent matches of any likely improvement, but if anything the contrary has been the case, and Everton seem to be sinking further into a rut of mediocrity and declining confidence.
Now they not only have no confidence individually, but apparently not in each other, if the numerous occasions in which they tried to help one another –but only got in the way – is any criterion. Llewellyn was unfortunate to some extent, for a knee injury received when he was heavily tackled by Burkitt was a big handicap. He collapsed twice afterwards from the same cause and finally was taken off on a stretcher ten minutes before the end. Prior to that, however, he had not given any indication that he had any more to command him than whole-hearted and honest endeavour. He certainly did not harass the opposition defence to the extent that Hickson, watching from the stands might have done. Rea had quite a good game, but is rather too dainty and too easily bustled off the ball. Donovan did much to support the attack in the first half, and might with luck have had a goal but for a deflection which caused his shot to strike the foot of the post. Sanders was the more outstanding back, though tansy got through his work without ever being in anything like trouble. I was taken to task for saying before the season started that Everton seemed to me to face the possibility of an anti-relegation struggle. Their excellent beginning made that look a ridiculous suggestion. It doesn’t appear quite so ridiculous now, more the pity. Fortunately there are some lowlier clubs still a long way behind the Blues. But how far behind will they be in another couple of months, unless there is a decided improvement in Everton’s performances?
December 16, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
The full extent of Llewellyn’s injury has not yet been diagnosed. If necessary he will have a specialist’s examination later. When he was being carried off for the third time an onlooker, who should be heartily ashamed of himself, called out; “It serves you right. Hickson should have been playing instead.” Whatever views anybody may hold about team selection, Llewellyn was not to blame. He did not choose himself and he tried hard enough. Such a remark is a disgrace to the man who made it.
STIFF FOR EVERTON
December 17, 1957. Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Over at Goodison Park the boys in blue face a rather stiff holiday fixture list for they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wolverhampton on Saturday, Bolton Wanderers at Goodison on Christmas Day with the return game at Bolton on Boxing Day and finally a visit from Aston Villa on the following Saturday. As Everton have already beaten Wolverhampton and the Villa this season, they can go into these return games with more confidence than might have been the case had they lost in the first meetings and it is certain the Everton players will be all out to try to complete doubles.
Everton suffered a blow yesterday when they learned that the injury received by their young centre forward, Llewellyn, in the game against Nottingham Forest at Goodison Park on Saturday, was diagnosed as a damaged cartilage. The player is now in hospital and is to have the cartilage removed later in the week. He is likely to be out of the game for some months.
EVERTON’S ONE CHANGE
December 18, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Everton make only one change for their visit to Wolverhampton, Kirby taking the place of the injured Llewellyn at centre forward. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Donovan, Jones, Rea; Harris (J), Temple, Kirby, Fielding, Harris (B).
Contrast. Tranmere have lost only one game out of eleven since they signed Peter Farrell. Everton have won only one of thirteen matches since they let him go.
Gauld’s Progress – Jimmy Gauld, who has scored four goals in seven games since leaving Everton for Plymouth, has also been the recipient of three penalty awards when fouled during his lightning dashes.
Anniversary –it is 20 years this month since Ted Sagar dislocated his shoulder in a game at Goodison, had it put back in hospital and resumed playing half-way through the second half.
AS YOU SEE IT
December 19, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
The Everton Vacancy; and Club Lore
Sir –The recent statement in your columns that Alderman John Braddock, Socialist leader for the Liverpool City Council, might be a candidate for the vacancy on the Everton board caused by the lamented death of Mr. Ernest green –forty three years a director –created interest and talk among sections of the club’s six hundred or so shareholders. As is natural whenever a vacancy is mentioned several names cropped up, among them being Mr. R. Joynson and Mr. W.H. Sawyer. There may be other aspirants holding the requisite qualification –three shares. Let it be said here about that the writer has no pretensions to office on the Everton or Liverpool boards –and never has had during forty years of scrip holding! Everton’s annual meeting last June was the first attended by Alderman Braddock, who at the invitation of the chairman Mr. Richard Searle, addressed the shareholders. The Everton board –eight members at present –are said to be against co-opting a ninth even though the vacancy occurred so early in the season (September). The fact that the board could continue to function on eight cylinders was questioned by one shareholder who asks –“What if the voting on a vital matter is 4-4, has the chairman a casting vote? Another shareholder, one of the militant type, asserted that, as the owners of the club, it only needed a small number of them to exercise their great potential and sign a legal requisition calling upon the directors to convence an extraordinary general meeting for the specific purpose of electing a ninth director! As many men. So many opinions! Many readers will recall that an extraordinary general meeting took place a few years ago when Everton, then in the Second Division, had suffered several ignominious defeats and were deemed to be in danger of further declension. But this sack-the-lot (directors and manager) meeting had the diametrically opposite effect to the proposed resolution. Mr. Ernest Green (the then chairman) and Mr. Cliff Britton (manager) dilated for more than an hour on the much-vaunted five year plan and to some purpose! In the end many of those who came to jeer remained to cheer and a vote of confidence in the directors and manager was passed. One or two seasons later, Everton returned to their proper sphere in Division 1 and to signalize the great event the directors with the consent of the Football League voted a gratuity of £3,000, in which every member of the playing and office staffs participated. No details of the share-out were given, but it was alleged at the time that the manager’s portion would probably be in the region of £1,000!
The Everton and Liverpool companies, both now of pensionable age having been registered in 1892, were built on directorates of nine members. The number varies in other football companies. For instance Manchester United negotiate very smoothly their vast business with only four, our old friend Mr. Harold Hardman being the much respected chairman. Apropos, in the early years of the century, Everton’s solicitor-secretary and football giant, Mr. Will Cuff, signed with much pleasure a young law student from Blackpool as amateur outside left named Harold Hardman. He was a member of the famous Everton X1 which won imperishable glory in bringing the F.A Cup to Merseyside in 1906, for the first time. Twelve months later he won a losing final medal and in December of the same year, 1907 was admitted a solicitor. Congratulations, Harold on your Golden Jubilee in the law. Incidentally the writer witnessed these two F.A Cup Finals at Crystal Palace. I recall Harold Hardman then and since stating how much he admired Mr. Cuff. Mr. Hardman left Everton to set up business in brown Street, Manchester, where I believe he still practices. He is an ornament to the law and to sport. Several alderman have been associated with the Everton and Liverpool directorates. Alderman John Houlding (of Houlding’s Brewery) was the landlord of Anfield and had Everton for a sitting tenant from 1884 to 1892. He founded Liverpool F.C in 1892 but was a very disappointed men, when he could not perpetuate the name Everton for the new club. The F.A gave that privilege to the better half of the directors who had purchased Goodison Park (then a brick-field) for £8,000 –one of the finest acquisitions ever recorded in the long and eventful annuals of football. Alderman Houlding (Conservative) was Lord Mayor of Liverpool from November 9, 1897 to November 8, 1898 and chairman of Liverpool F.C from 1892 to his death in 1902. Many years ago Mr. Will Cuff, then Everton’s chairman, created a mild sensation in bringing forward the late Alderman Alfred Gates an ex-Lord Major of Liverpool as a candidate for office. He was elected. In more recent times the late Alderman Will Harrop rendered valuable service to Liverpool F.C. By a master-stroke he re-organised the club’s finaces, changing bankers in the process. Where angels had feared to tread, he eminently succeeded! The late Alderman R.K. Milne was a valued member of the Liverpool Board. He was head of the legal firm of Edwin Berry and Co, solicitors to the club since its foundation. The late director, Edwin Berry, had a son Arthur, amateur international outside right who played for Liverpool for a time which I think synchronized with amateur Harold Hardman’s playing for Everton. Vin Enright, Rosebery Avenue, Waterloo, Liverpool.
Sir –I think Tony McNamara is the best outside right Everton F.C have had for years and easily the most intelligent footballer –in any position – who has been in the side since the war. What is there that he does not possess? He can shoot goals, with both feet, head the ball with the best, dribble and beat an opponent on the ground by footwork alone and he reads the game with the eye of a master. Watch him closely when he plays is elsewhere. Above all his demeanor is a credit to the game and his club. It has been his misfortune to be an Everton player when the only qualification required seem to be brute force and wild kicking when football artistry no longer seems to count and the qualities he possesses are alien to the club. I pay my tribute to a very great FOOBALLER. –J.T. Christian, 4 Livingstone Drive N, Liverpool 17.
EVERTON FACE A TOUGH TASK
December 20, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
One could hardly think up a more difficult task than asking a team which has not won in eleven outings to put an end to the gallop of one which has been unbeaten in its last seventeen matches, which is the position in which Everton stand in relation to Wolves when they clash at Molineux. When Wolves were at Goodison in the opening match of the season, which Everton won 1-0 through a goal by Jimmy Harris, the Midlanders gave little or no indication that they were likely to be not only leading the First Division at the half-way stage but leading by the substantial margin of six points over their nearest rivals as is the case today. following that Goodison reverse, however, they have been defeated only once since in 21 further games, when they lost 1-3 against Luton Town at Luton, and their record today marks them out as a side worthy of the utmost respect. If Everton get a point it will be an excellent performance. If they win it will be one of the greatest form upsets since the Blues went to Old Trafford 15 months ago and demolished Manchester United’s preconceived ideas of a comfortable victory.
The Danger Men
Wolverhampton’s total of 56 goals is the highest in all four divisions of the League. The scoring has been divided fairly evenly between three of their main strikes, centre forward Murray has scored 16, outside right Deelay 13, and inside right Broadbent is next with nine. Right half Clamp has also made the useful contribution of six goals. Five have come from penalties, at the taking of which he is something of a Dick Deadeve. Apart from Billy Wright and Jimmy Mullen, who are aged 33 and 35 respectively, this almost all-conquering Wolverhampton side is one of the youngest fielded by Manager Stan Cullis for some years, the average age, those two excepted being around 23. A notable thing about the attack is that when if one or more of the regular scorers is kept off the goal-standard somebody else usually pops up to put the matter right. The game last August at Goodison is the only one in which Wolves have failed to score.
Some Narrow Wins
At the same time, while keeping the goals against to 27, there have been no fewer than eight occasions –four at home and four away –when they have won by a single goal margin only. Against a determined side which fights to the last ditch the Wolves are not entirely proof against being shaken a bit. Therein may rest Everton’s hopes, slender though the possibility seems on current form of saving a point from what is undoubtedly their toughest task for a long time. Kirby, making his first appearance of the season at the same ground as he made his initial senior appearance last season, will have his work cut out to get the better of Wright, but I wish him and the others well, and would like nothing more than to read tomorrow night of a victory which might herald the start of Everton’s long-delayed revival. Wolves make one change from the team which defeated Sheffield Wednesday last week, Slater coming in for the injured Broadbent at inside-right. Wolves; Finlayson; Stuart, Harris; Clamp, Wright, Flowers; Deeley, Slater, Murray, Mason, Mullen. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Donovan, Jones, Rea; Harris (J), Temple, Kirby, Fielding, Harris (B).
Hickson and Meagan
In addition to having Hickson at centre forward in the Central League team against Aston Villa at Goodison Park, Meagan also returns, following his recent lay-off following a back injury, the side reading;- Everton reserves; O’Neill; Birch, Leeder; King, Labone, Meagan; Ashworth, Thomas, Hickson, Keeley, Steele. Intending spectators should note that the kick off is 2.15.
Two from Goodison – Of the six players to captain England since the war, two were former Evertonians Tommy Lawton and Joe Mercer.
LEADERS FIND EVERTON REARGUARD A SOLID FORCE
December 21, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Wolves 2, Everton 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers;- Finlayson, goal; Stuart and Harris (G), backs; Clamp, Wright (captain), and Flowers, half-backs; Deeley, Slater, Murray, Mason, and Mullen, forwards. Everton; Dunlop, goal; Sanders and Tansey, backs; Donovan (captain), Jones and Rea, half-backs; Harris (J), Temple, Kirby, Fielding and Harris (B), forwards. Referee; Mr. B.A.E Buckle (Peterborough).
Everton’s task at Molineux today was a terrific one for Wolves have gone undefeated in 17 games. As against that Everton have not won a game in their last 11. I understand that Llewellyn has come through his cartilage operation successfully. Slater made his first appearance for Wolves as did Kirby for Everton. There might easily have been five goals in the first 12 minute. There were that many chances, but all were missed. Wolves started the sequence when Deeley, perfectly placed to receive Mullen’s pass, shot over. Mason next shot wide, then it was Everton’s turn, Temple was given a grand opportunity to draw first blood, but he shot off target.
Dunlop In Action
Wolves were the more engaging side up this point and when Slater got through there was every reason to think a goal would be the outcome. Dunlop, however, pushed out his foot and turned the ball off his goalline. It was Dunlop again who by his daring was able to capture the ball that was bobbing about in front of his goal and save the situation. Then came perhaps the easiest chance of all when Mason ran round Donovan and from about eight yards range shot on to the legs of Dunlop, who had cut down the shooting angle. Harris tried a similar shot to that which beat Trauntmann at Maine Road a few weeks ago, but the ball travelled outside the far upright. Dunlop had to stop a slow shot by Murray and then Everton started to come into the game as an attacking unit. Some of their movements were classical but there was still that lack of finality. A Fielding-Jimmy Harris link up almost brought them success for Harris’s centre went straight to Kirby who was about to fire the ball home when an opponent appeared on the scene and cleared. Wolves did not look like a top-of-the-league side at this moment. Finlayson, when about to take a free kick called the attention of the referee to Kirby whom he considered was standing too close to the ball, but the referee was on Kirby’s side. The Wolves were much stronger finishers and Flowers brought out a terrific full-length save from Dunlop. The Wanderers stayed on the offensive and when a loose ball ran to Clamp he let loose a fiery drive which passed through a rush of players and into the Everton not at the 31st minute. Wolves made several determined efforts to increase their lead and Slater got in a header got in a header which passed wide. Almost on the whistle Mason also made a header which went near. It did produce a corner but this was soon cleared.
Half-time; Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton nil.
Wolves opened the second half attacking strongly, and Jimmy Harris had to come back to check Mullen. It was at the expense of a corner and from this Mason had a hard drive deflected. When Brian Harris took a corner. Finlayson patted the ball out and had lost control of it when Jimmy Harris kicked the ball away. The defence gave a foul against Harris which to my view was not justified. Everton nearly equalized when Donovan lofted the ball into the goalmouth and Kirby made a fine header which he glided just outside the post.
Considering the Wanderers record this was anything but an impressive display by the prospective champions. Jones was standing solid when the Wolves took play down the middle and Sanders apart from his stern defensive measures had a liking for coming into the attack. Brian Harris tried for the equalizer but only succeeded in getting a corner. Wolves then gained a similar award and when Mullen put his flag kick short there seemed to be no apparent danger. The ball eventually went out to Flowers who hit a ferocious drive which might have beaten a less alert goalkeeper than Dunlop. Everton were still fighting hard, but it was mainly defensively. Yet they might have got a goal when the referee allowed Jimmy Harris to go on when he was obviously offside and shoot against Finlayson’s legs. It was hereabouts that Temple was hurt and was moving with a limp. Donovan in an effort to help his forward came well up but Finlayson was able to clear without any difficulty. At this point Everton were striving hard for an equalizer and the way Wolves were playing it was not out of the bounds of possibility. Wolves had missed some chances this half, but Mullen after shooting behind from a bad angle got another chance when Deeley robbed Fielding. He beat three men and then slipped the ball to Mullen who with a great shot beat Dunlop at the 81st minute. A little later Dunlop made an excellent save from Mason and from the clearance Slater headed over. The referee awarded a corner. Just on time Brian Harris almost reduced the lead, but Finlayson managed to grab the ball and check its progress to goal. Final; Wolverhampton 2, Everton nil.
WHEN WATSON SAYS; I DON’T WANT YOU IN MY TEAM AGAIN
December 21, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
-and He’s Said It to Many of the Present First team
By Don Donovan
About this time of the year, when the severe weather begins to set in, managers and trainers start thinking about the best way to ease the task of playing on bad grounds. Many suggestions have been put forward regarding the players’ footwear, such as using leather studs and bars, plastic studs, rubber bars along the sole of the boots, or cut away continental boots. Any one of these may prove suitable to a professional player. I prefer to use the studded boots for muddy weather, and when snow is on the ground I find I can move more easily in rubber boots. This does not apply to all players, however. Everyone has hit own liking for football boots and some wouldn’t change their old ones for anything. Some professionals have used the same boots throughout their career. For instance my friend and Irish International colleague Sean Fallon of Glasgow Celtic has had the same boots since 1950. He treats them like a treasured possession. Other players have a new pair every six months.
Red Letter Day
Today is a red letter day for a popular servant of the Everton club –Thomas Gordon Watson, familiarly known to all and sundry at Goodison as “Whatty” This grand Evertonian completes twenty-five years of loyal service as player and coach to the Everton club today. I’m sure that on looking back over his quarter of a century at Goodison Park “Watty” will recall some exciting days both as a player and in his present capacity as a coach. “Watty’s” proudest moment was when he received a League championship medal in 1939. More famous names were associated with the Toffees during Watson’s playing days but the club never had a finer club-man. His gentlemanly behavour on and off the field was an example to the younger players. Since he retired and became one of the backroom boys he has gone about his job as thoroughly and conscientiously as he did in his playing days.
A Happy Knack
He is also endowed with that happy knack of imparting his great knowledge of the game to the younger generation. Most of the younger lads currently in the Blues league side have been influenced by his wide coaching at some time or other. Gordon has been in charge of the Everton reserve team for a number of years and his side is generally challenging for the Central League title. When one of Gordon’s reserves goes into the league side for the first time a typical remark from him is; “Good luck, son, I hope I won’t see you in my side again.” Yes, they don’t come much better as player coach, or man than Gordon Watson. On behalf of all at Goodison, and all Evertonians I would like to say “Thank You” for the wonderful service you have given.
Today is another momentous day for ex-Evertonian Tony McNamara who made his debut for the Reds at Anfield. Tony has been at Goodison Park since he was a lad and was very popular with the boys in the dressing room. Unfortunately a small minority on the terraces did not give him much encouragement and perhaps a change of surroundings will do him the world of good. I’m sure all Evertonians particularly his friends across the park at Goodison will join me in wishing Mac all the best on all occasions with Liverpool except of course, when the Blues meet the Reds. Before I close I would like to wish all soccer supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on behalf of all the lads at Goodison with a special mention for our friendly rivals at Anfield for whom I sincerely hope 1958 sees the fulfillment of their ambitions in gaining promotion.
DUNLOP KEEPS THE MARGIN CLOSE
December 23, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
Wolverhampton W. 2, Everton 0
At the moment things seem to be running Wolves’ way. There got rather a fluky goal against Everton to take the lead and it was scored by half-back Clamp. The forwards had previously missed quite a number of opportunities and prospective champions cannot afford to do that. Temple might have given his side the lead, but as against that there were awful misses by Mason, Deeley and Slater. Now what can we say about Everton? Defensively there was nothing wrong with them, but to win matches goals have to be scored and to be quite frank I had little hope that they would bring about the downfall of Wolves defence. For one thing they fell too readily into offside traps. Time and again movements came to an end because of this fault. Jimmy Harris once or twice tried shots similar to that which beat Trauntmann a couple of weeks ago and Kirby header, taken in a Dean-like style was worthy of a goal. But near misses are of no account. Kirby needs the ball in the air. He is such a good header that a centre lobbed up to him is of double value, especially against a player of Wright’s calibre. The England captain looked after Kirby well when the ball was on the ground.
Some of Everton’s football was good to watch, but unless there is punch to it, it is valueless. Finlayson was not worried by what was forthcoming from the Everton forwards. Donovan and Sanders both went up to lend their aid as striking forces but I cannot recall the Wolves goalkeeper ever in difficulty. Most of the honours so far as Everton are concerned, went to the defence. Dunlop brought off some marvelous saves. He kept the score down to reasonable dimensions. Two saves in particular stand out. They were both at the foot of the post –perhaps the most difficult of shots to save. Jones was another stalwart in the defensive set-up. He had a pretty stiff task but he struck manfully to it and came out with honour.
Jimmy Harris was the most likely Everton man to score but there was one occasion when he might have gone on and tried his luck instead of pulling back the ball for a colleague. Early in the second half Temple was injured and he was limping for the remainder of the game. This affected the rhythm of the attack. There were times when Everton were on top but their aggressive policy was not maintain. Up to the penalty line they were capable of giving the Wolves some running about but when it came to the delivery of the shot, finality was missing. Clamp was fortunate to get his scoring opportunity. After Everton had failed to clear a corner kick the ball came out to him and he simply hit it. The second goal was also due to a slip, this time by Fielding. He allowed himself to be dispossessed by Deeley who then wriggled his way past three Everton men before he finally sent the ball out to Mullen. The ball left Mullen’s foot like a rocket and not even Dunlop could do anything about it.
THREE GOALS FOR HICKSON
December 23, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton reserves 5, Aston Villa Reserves 3.
Despite being a goal down before any of their players had touched the ball, Everton emerged worthy winners of a fast and entertaining Central League game at Goodison Park. Defensive blunders brought goalmouth thrills and two goals to each side should have been prevented, while handing Villa needlessly conceded a penalty to give Everton an undeserved 3-2 interval lead. Besides scoring three goals Hickson led the home forwards with dash and skill. His two first half goals scored in as many minutes probably proved the turning point in the game. Thomas (penalty) and Ashworth got Everton’s other goals. In an Everton defence which became more organized in the second half, O’Neill and Birch were faultless while Meagan also played well after he went off through injury. Mandley, Myerscougal and Morris scored for the visitors.
CLOUDS DARKEN OVER GOODISON
December 23, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Wolverhampton Wanderers go on their way rejoicing, but if I were a follower of the League leaders I would not be so complacent as they undoubtedly are. True, it is a very happy position to be in to hold an eight point lead at Christmas time, but when I spoke to manager Stan Cullis after the match he said; “I wish it were 10,” I am sure he does, for the heavy part of the season is upon the clubs with Cup and League commitments. When I went to the Molyneux ground I naturally expected a top of the table performance by Billy Wright’s boys who have gone through 18 matches without defeat. But what did I see? A strong aggressive side full of punch, but not the sort of football one expects from a prospective championship side. But how can you argue with a side which keeps on winning even though their football may not be of a vintage character? I heard that they have won several games which they could easily have lost, but they didn’t and that is their answer to the critics. Goals are all that matters in the battle for the title and if you can get more in the net than your adversaries then your job is completed satisfactorily. What if the other fellows provide the niceties of the games? It just does not mean a thing in the final reckoning I really was disappointed in the Wolves’ performance against Everton, who have now gone 12 matches without a solitary win. I have never known that to happen to any team from Goodison Park. Mr. Ian Buchan’s problems are many and je know it, but how he is going to tackle them I would not know.
His big concern is for the forward line. It has no “bite”; it has not had any since those early days of the season when some were predicting that the “Blues” may be the successors to Manchester United as champions. I was never that confident but had to admit that they were playing a brand of football which made them a menace to the opposition defence. They were never that against Wolves, whose defence was well able to handle the feeble efforts the Everton attack made upon it. What would have happened had Temple scored from an early position before the Wolves struck their first blow through half back Clamp? No one will ever know, but personally I don’t think it would have carried the day for the Wanderers were more or less calling the tune, I may also ask what if the Wolves had taken all their chances? Even the hard working Everton defence particularly Jones and Dunlop could hardly have coped with them. No, Everton must find some “fire power” before they can hope to be a threat to any opposition. There was only one sparkling point in the Everton front line and that was Jimmy Harris. What were the other doing? Very little, I can assure you, when it came to testing Finlayson, the Wolves goalkeeper. Dunlop must have envied him his pleasant Saturday afternoon for it was rare when he was called to perform any acts of brilliance. Jimmy Harris missed a chance from what looked to be an offside position –the referee did not think so but the linesman did and that may have caused Harris to be haphazard with his shot, which rattled against the goalkeeper’s legs. Harris should have played the whistle and ignored the linesman’s flag.
Not The Answer
A good header by Kirby struck the upright, and there you have the full score of Everton’s endeavour to beat the Wanderers defence. Kirby’s reintroduction at centre forward was not the answer. Only once did he beat Wright in the air and he had the advantage there with his extra inches but the England captain had something better than physical advantages –experience. What is more he had two wing half-backs alongside him who were much more dominant than the Everton pair. Clamp scored one goal and Flowers put in two of the finest shots of the game which made Dunlop pull of two of the finest saves. Neither Donovan nor Rea dominated their areas. True, they had a stiffish task on hand, for the Wolves believe in forward movement. They are always probing and their strength on the ball was too much for Everton. When they went for the ball they did so with the determination to get it and invariably did. Everton played some good midfield soccer in the first half but it did not get them anywhere, for their usually fell down to the Wolves defensive challenge. Sanders the “Blues” full back, has got all the confidence in the world. The times he went up into the attack to try and add some sting to his forward colleagues implied only one thing, that he realized that some strength was required in that section of his side. Perhaps a win for Everton would turn the tide, for the longer they go without a win the lower their confidence becomes. They are dropping in the League table and will continue to do so until they can find a sharpshooter.
Fielding played well until he faded a little towards the end, yet it was from him that Wolves scored their second goal and wiped out any chance Everton had of pulling in at least a point. He allowed himself to be robbed by Deeley, who has taken over Hooper’s position satisfactorily, and this impish little outside right jigged his way past three Everton men before he slipped the ball over to Mullen, who cracked in a great drive – a real old time Mullen effort. Everton say that Fielding was fouled unfortunately the referee was not in accord nor was I. Temple was injured in the second half when he got a knock on the thing and it is doubtful whether he will be fit for Wednesday. He has gone right off the goal standard in recent weeks. Where he used to be so deadly with his burst through he is not now so penetrative but he is not alone in this respect. I would have liked to tell you a different story but Wolves would not let me. Everton’s big man was undoubtedly Dunlop he made many brilliant saves. The two from Flowers were out of the top drawer. It was well that he was at his best, otherwise the Wolves would have cantered home. Goalkeeper Finlayson created a diversion when he considered Kirby was standing too near to him when he was about to take a free kick. He actually left his goal and measured out the distance and must have felt silly when he found that the Everton centre forward was the required distance from the ball. Referee Mr. Buckle ran up and told him so and ordered him to take the kick with Kirby remaining where he was.
December 24, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Everton face what appears to be two hard games –Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park on Christmas Day (3-30) and a visit to Bolton on Boxing Day. If the Goodison side can win the first meeting it could mean the turning point of their non victory run. Hickson is recalled to lead the Everton attack on Christmas Day. Kirby moves to inside left for Fielding, Temple who has not missed a match this season, has a thing injury and Thomas takes over at inside right. Meagan who has been out for three games because of a back injury returns at left half for Rea. Team; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Donovan, Jones, Meagan; Harris (J), Thomas, Hickson, Kirby, Harris (B).
PROBLEMS OF CHRISTMAS GAMES
December 24, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Everton cannot be very happy about their position after twelve games without a victory. It could be that for once thirteen will prove lucky however, and that Blues may not only put an end to their recent unproductive period, but do so in a manner sufficiently convincing to encourage hopes of more victories to follow. We could do with them. The return of Hickson at centre-forward will please many people and so will that of Meagan, whom I hope to see recapture his early season from after his injury and rest. Thomas gets another chance this time at inside right in place of Temple and Kirby switches to inside left, a rather speculative move. Bolton Wanderers are a team which in some respects has not quite lived up to expectations this season, but has, nevertheless managed to maintain a position in the top half of the table and might well improve it if the ball ran a little more kindly for them. Five of their eight defeats have been by a single goal margin only, three of these narrow reverses being in away games. Bolton’s biggest handicap this season has been their rather indifferent form when minus the encouragement of their own supporters. It is their home, record which is the main has lifted them into the top half of the chart. They have so far sustained only two defeats on their own ground compared with six when playing away. Bolton have the distinction of fielding a side which has cost them nothing in the way of transfer fees, which even Everton who have concentrated so strongly on home produced players are unable to equal. The Wanderers still depend considerably upon Nat Lofthouse now approaching the twilight of his career as the main striking force of their attack. Latterly, however, there has been an improvement in the goal-scoring ratio shown by the two inside men, Parry and Stevenson and if this is maintained Manager Bill Ridding who has been in charge at Bolton for some years after his previous association with Tranmere, will have an easier mind.
There has also been a slight improvement in this respect from the two wingers, Birch and Holden, and although Bolton’s scoring record is by no means outstanding, it bears reasonably favourable comparison with all except the leading clubs. Bolton are a hard working side of genuine triers, rather than one of outstandingly brilliant individualists. Even Lofthouse despite his excellent record and long services in the game, has always been a team man first and foremost. While he readily admits how much he owes to the men alongside him for the many occasions he has been Bolton’s leading scorer, he has helped the others as much as they have assisted him. He is one of the most unselfish players in the game, one of the finest headers of a ball and although now only a part-time player is still a very vital cog in the Bolton machinery. Last season he had a temporary difference of opinion with the club regarding his desire to go into the licensing business. Bolton for many years had had a ban on players entering this trade, but eventually they agreed to the player’s request which seemed a very reasonable one considering his long and loyal service. Bolton have four ever-presents in their sides, although not all of these have figured in the same position throughout the season. Bryan Edwards for instance has alternated between left half and left full back and Douglas Holden another regular started at outside right but later switched to outside left. John Higgins has remained unmoved at centre half, as has Ray Parry at inside left. Bolton’s scoring has been evenly divided between their three inside men, with Lofthouse and Parry sharing the lead with ten each and Stevens only one behind. Note that the kick off is 3.30. Team; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Donovan, Jones, Meagan; Harris (J), Thomas, Hickson, Kirby, Harris (B).
HOW THEY SALVAGED A POINT
December 27, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 1, Bolton Wanderers 1
Everton’s experiment, of starting their Christmas Day match at 3-30 was not very successful. There were only about 29,000 spectators though the weather was fine, if dull. Once again the story was of Everton out of luck in that apart from having the injured Donovan a passenger on the right wing for the last three quarters of the game, their attack twice stuck the goal-frame –the same upright in each case! All things considered Everton did well indeed to save a point after being a got down within ten minutes to a Bolton team which was characteristically fast and tough. Referee F.H. Gerrard of Preston, had occasions to speak to the Bolton centre half Higgins after a severe foul on Hickson. The time table of a game which was always exciting, if not always top class was Ten minutes Birch scored for Bolton with a deflected shot, Holden on the other wing having crossed the ball to provide the opening. Fifteen minutes Harris B. struck a Bolton upright with a fine header. Twenty minutes Dave Hickson struck the same upright with a glorious shot. Thirty-two minutes Everton equalized through Kirby close-in shot from a centre by Jimmy Harris after good play by Sanders, left Hopkinson in goal with no hope. Donovan’s was an injury to the thigh and from quarter-time when Thomas took his place at right half-back. Everton were rather disorganized. The redeployment of Thomas was particularly unfortunate since he had started in splendid style. As a makeshift half back he did well but Bolton gradually assumed command and it took some good saves by Dunlop (in red for once) to help Everton to hang on to their point. Lofthouse though a little slower than when he was an England player was always dangerous – especially in the air –but Tom Jones kept tight hold of him. The reappearance of a fit Meagan in the Everton half-back line also had good result. He played well as ever.
EVERTON BREAK THE ICE WITH FIVE-HIT!
December 27, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
Bolton W. 1, Everton 5
Everton have broken the ice. Not since October had they had victory and this was victory as clean-cut as one could wish. Five goals away from home is something uncommon for Everton these days; in fact five goals anywhere is uncommon! In their meeting at Goodison Park on Christmas Day, the result was a draw; yesterday Everton played a style of football which made them a really good side in the early days of the season. They showed more spirit than has been the case for weeks but it was team work which brought the magnificent win. The side showed two changes from that of Christmas Day, Donovan had to be omitted with a pulled muscle behind the knee and Kirby was out with a damaged ankle. Rea and Keeley took the respective positions. Keeley thus making his debut in the senior side. He had the honour of opening the day’s play with a goal in three minutes. This young Liverpool boy who does not carry any great height but is well built, played a great part in the victory. it was undoubtedly the most enterprising Everton and once having taken the lead they never looked like losing it, although it had to be admitted that some of Bolton’s football was worthy of a goal. But apart from Lofthouse who made several great headers, Dunlop had very little to fear. By contrast when chances were made (and they were made very cleverely) by Everton they were taken. At eighteen minutes Brian Harris scored a scored goal and before half time Jimmy Harris had made it three. They went out to score two further goals through Hickson and Brian Harris and it was only in the dying minutes that Lofthouse got consolation for Bolton.
Went To It
What was the secret of this Everton success? I say it was the fact that they decided to go for the ball and not rely upon it coming for them. The Everton half backs tackled with speed and determination too, and when the Wanderers were testing Jones and his backs along with Dunlop were there, steadfast. Jimmy Harris in particularly had a fine game and Brian Harris, although in a quieter strain, was responsible for two goals but by and large, it was a united effort which produced this win. And now the ice has been broken perhaps we will see more of Everton in this light. It is acknowledged that they had lost some of their confidence as a result of their long journeys without a victory. Now it has come there are better things in store for us. If they produce this form they must surely take an upward rise in the table and relieve the anxieties their followers have been suffering since mid-October.
EVERTON RES 2 LEEDS UNITED RES 2
December 27, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton were rather fortunate to save a point in a scrappy game yesterday. Both the Everton goals came from defensive errors though the scorers Haughey and Gregory took their chances well. Apart from Fielding, their best forward, Everton finished feebly. Brook scored both goals for Leeds who were more methodical in attack. The Everton defence played soundly, particularly full back Birch and Hilldson both of whom used the ball well.
GAULD ORDERED OFF
December 27, 1957 The Liverpool Daily Post
Jimmy Gauld, Plymouth’s former Charlton and Everton inside forward, was ordered off by the referee, Mr. Alf Bond, seven minutes from the end of the home game against Newport yesterday. This followed a clash with Alf Sherwood the Newport player.
FARRELL’S TRIBUTE TO EVERTON
December 27, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
“During my eleven years with Everton F.C I enjoyed every moment of my association with such a really great club.” This tribute was paid by Peter Farrell a Tranmere Rovers and former Everton captain at a festival dance, organized by the Ormskirk branch of the Everton F.C Supporters Federation last night. Farrell and Tommy Eglington and other members of the Everton team were welcomed by Mr. J. Mercer (president of the Ormskirk branch) and Farrell and Eglington were each presented with a gold travelling clock and tea service by Mrs. Mercer in appreciation of the services to the Ormskirk branch. Farrell described the Ormskirk branch as one of the best branches of the federation he had come across.
EVERTON BREAK THE SPELL IN GREAT STYLE
December 27, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have done it at last. I knew the turn of the tide had to come sooner or later, but never anticipated it would happen at Burnden Park, where few teams return with anything in their satchel. For one thing the Wanderers twenty-four earlier had held Everton to a draw at Goodison Park and a side naturally believes that what it did away from home they can improve upon on their own ground. I now really know what the “run of the ball” means to a side. Many times this season Everton have just missed success by the interprence of fate –a slight deflection a missed pass or some little thing which has turned against them. Against the Wanderers at Goodison Park they twice hit the woodwork, but at Burnden Park no such things cropped up to shake their confidence and how low that was becoming only the Everton players know. They began to wonder if they would ever get the breaks. But luck alone would not have given them such a magnificent victory as was their portion at Bolton. The Wanderers played some first rate football but it was not good enough to beat an Everton side which reproduced some of the football that entranced us in the early days of the season when some could see championship written all over them. It was Everton’s best for some considerable time and each and every one of the five goals was wonderfully well taken.
Many times this season I have criticized the forward line for their lack of fire-power after making the opening. No such complaint could be leveled at them at Burnden Park. They started on the right foot by scoring a goal in three minutes and that was the tonic the players required. Bolton were shaken and before they had fully recovered their poise. Everton had hit them a second body blow. Both sides had played highgrade football up to then, with Everton the faster and quicker to the ball. No Bolton man got a “free kick” he was challenged immediately and very often successfully. Then there was the urge to go forward all the time instead of the cross field play which has so often become irksome. Don’t think for one moment that Bolton were always on the receiving end. There was one patch just before the interval when the Wanderers became a serious menace with their good football and the Everton defence had to stand up to some big punches but took them and hit back with renewed vigour. Those who had followed the fortunes of the “Blues” in recent weeks could hardly believe the evidence of their eyes. Here was the Everton they wanted too see-trustful aggressive and confident. It was an amazing turn-about and it was the best morale –booster Everton have had since their last win on October 12. This victory may well be the forerunner to many more for the confidence is back the belief in themselves and while one swallow does not make a summer I really think Everton have turned the corner.
Two changes had to be made in the side owing to the injury to Donovan – a pulled muscle behind the knee and Kirby a damaged ankle. Mr. Ian Buchan decided to introduce another newcomer to senior football in Jack Keeley, the former England schoolboy international and this 20-years-old got off with a goal in three minutes. Keeley is not tall, but is well built and is not afraid to have a go. He took his chance like a veteran keeping the ball low and England’s goalkeeper had to hold it from the back of the ne. Keeley made a successful debut, but the attack right along the line was more sprightly than it has been for weeks. Jimmy Harris had a great day –ask full back Banks – and when he defeated this dour defender he slipped over a centre by Brian Harris took perfectly with his head. Brian got another such goal later on and its benefit will I am sure show itself in his future games. He had entirely lost confidence in himself. The speed of Jimmy Harris was staggering. When he got his goal, he left all opposition languishing in his rear so that Hopkinson stood alone in his goal. Harris beat him with ease. What had the Wanderers to offer? Mostly headers from Lofthouse always a danger. They could hardly be expected to pull back a 3-0 deficit but that is not to say they did not try and Dunlop had to be right on his toes. If there is a better goalkeeper in English soccer at the moment I have yet to see him.
One could have forgiven Bolton had they given up the ghost, but they are not built that way for even after Hickson and Brian Harris had taken Everton’s score to five they were still battling along and Lofthouse got the goal he so richly deserved. It was one of the best games I have watched for a long time for the football all round was of top class but Everton had that little extra pace and were on the day much better marksmen. Meagan was back at his best in fact the whole half-back line where I thought a lot of Everton’s trouble lay, was excellent while Sanders gave a powerful display, aided and aberited by Tansey who once headed out of goal with Dunlop at the other end. It was just a case of one for all and all for one and such spirit if maintained should carry Everton up the table. They certainly shook the Bolton people by their enterprising football. For the record here is the scorecard Keeley three minutes, Brian Harris 18 minutes, Jimmy Harris 40 minutes, Hickson 68 minutes, Brian Harris 70 minutes and Lofthouse 85 minutes.
EVERTON UNCHAMGED TOMORROW
December 27, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Everton home to Aston Villa will tackle the Cupholders with increased confidence as the outcome of their substantial victory yesterday at Bolton. For once the Blues took their chances well, and those five goals gladdened the hearts of those who made the journey to Burnden Park. Had Everton snapped up the many opportunities which came their way in the Christmas Day game at Goodison they would have taken maximum points from that match also. But nothing went right for them that day. Twice the woodwork “robbed” them when the Bolton custodian was hopelessly beaten, and they had to suffer the handicap of having Donovan’s limping passenger at outside right for five minutes in the first half and all through the second portion. Kirby’s goal which equalized one scored for Bolton by Birch in ten minutes came at the 34th minute and was the result of a clearance by Sanders to Donovan a centre by the later and a splendid first time shot by Kirby which gave Hopkinson no chance. Apart from the two woodwork efforts and just two others Everton’s finishing on Christmas Day gave no hint of the good things in store at Bolton yesterday. It is a long and dismal lane that has no turning. Now that the turning has come at long last, and in such encouraging fashion, Everton should have renewed faith in themselves. Aston Villa have done nothing much in their away games to cause Everton undue anxiety. Twenty away matches have produced only one victory – when they defeated Sheffield United 5-2 three weeks ago – and a couple of draws at Blackpool and Sunderland in September. Everton will be unchanged from yesterday, which means that Keeley will be making his home debut. Aston Villa hope to field the side which defeated Arsenal 3-0 at Villa Park yesterday, but there is a slight doubt about Hazelden the 16-years-old Wigan-born inside left, who was under treatment today for a slight injury. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Rea, Jones, Meagan; Harris (J), Thomas, Hickson, Kelley, Harris (B). Aston Villa; Sims; Lynn, Aidis; Crowther, Dugdale, Swards, Smith, Sewell, Hitchens, Hazelden, McParland.
The Ormskirk Branch of Everton Supporters Federation last night presented a travelling clock and tea service each to Peter Farrell recognition of their past services to Everton and their help to the Federation in returning thanks to Peter Farrell said he had enjoyed every minute of his eleven years with Everton whom he described as a very great club.”
DON’T MISS THE FIRST FIFTY MINUTES …
December 28, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
So that you may avoid the frustration of missing the first fifty minutes of today’s game at Goodison Park between Everton and Aston Villa let me remind you that the kick-off is timed for 2.15 and not 3.15 as has been customary since Everton introduced their floodlights, I know one man who will relish the chance to see the whole game in natural light –others with pecuniary gain are in favour of the later timing – believing that football is best for player and spectator in daylight. And no amount of lamp illumination will convince me to the contrary! Happily there is one club, Aston Villa who share my dislike of floodlights. They are the only First Division club in the land without it and until they posses their own (one feels that some clubs may envy them in the isolation) they are not prepared to play any League or Cup match after hours as it were. When one recalls that Villa have spent a good deal or money on players in recent times times –notably on Hitchens formerly of Cardiff City –one appreciates that the club have their priorities in sound order. Two of Villa’s most illustrious forwards, Hitchens and Sewell have already played here this season –Sewell for Villa Reserves at Goodison Park a week ago; Hitchens in the Cardiff City team which played so badly at Anfield.
The first visit to the city of the Cup holders would be an attraction of itself; linked with Everton’s astonishing 5-1 Bolton win and the first home appearance in the first team of young Keeley, it is quite an occasion with Everton fans able to hold their own, verbally, with Anfield neighbours. Add the extra fillip of Hickson playing against the club he joined on leaving Everton and the match is compelling Everton have skill and artistry at wing half-back; the question is whether these players can stand buffeting and whether the defence can stop such gallivanters as McParland, my idea of the best outside left Ireland have had for many years. Talking of buffetings, I am told Hickson has been having more than his share…his club believe in connection with the possible Commission which will deal with the Hickson sending off at Manchester, that no news is good news. In other respects the club are not so lucky. They have eleven players injured in all and have cancelled their Lancashire League game against Blackburn because so many juniors have been promoted to the Central League eleven.
Were Everton to beat this good Villa team things would be nicely stacked for the Cup game a week hence at Sunderland. Everton will travel there on Thursday and will do their final spells of training on the sands near Roker. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Rea, Jones, Meagan; Harris (J), Thomas, Hickson, Kelley, Harris (B). Aston Villa; Sims; Lynn, Aidis; Crowther, Dugdale, Swards, Smith, Sewell, Hitchens, Hazelden, McParland.
AS YOU SEE IT
December 28, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
Down To Their Right Level?
Sir –what is wrong with Everton? Let’s face it, they started the season with the ball running decidedly in their favour. Their high position in the League was unjustified. They are now getting down to their right level. The backbone of a team is the half-back line. Tommy Jones, a great and admirable stopper has few constructive talents. The wing halves are poor by First Division standards, and not physically strong enough to make up for lack of skill. I omit Donovan from the criticism as he is not a half-back. The half-back line as how composed is a purely defensive unit. Its attempts to feed the forwards are inept, lacking in vision, usually directed in the air –to the delight of the opposition. Few passes are sprayed ahead of the wingers to run onto. Running into open position to receive passes not appear on Everton’s curriculum yet we see every visiting team to Goodison Park doing just this, however, lowly their position in the League and being made to look a lot better than they really are, by the curious practice adopted by Everton of backing away to their own goal leaving the opposition a clear space to operate and work out subsequent moves. Surely this policy needs immediate redress to one of quick tackling and retackling if beaten? There is a too causal outlook which could only be justified by skilful ball play. Why do Everton hold this strong bias to the right wing? Fielding is usually to be found in the centre of veering to the right to the exclusion of service to his left winger. This position is a weak link. It is a mystery to many of us why Williams is omitted. He rarely receives a pass along the ground and frequently has to move out, of position to get a kick at the ball. Everton’s positional play is poor, there is little understanding between any of the players which cannot be blamed upon team changes. Preconceived moves and the selling of dummies seems to have deserted Everton and it is time the directors went into the market for a few class players to redress the position before it is too late. The club followers deserve better than the present wretched standard of football served up at Goodison Park.
W. Gregory, 7 Chestnut Avenue, Great Crosby.
Leslie Edwards comment. And in view of this, how did Everton win 5-1 at Bolton?
Sir –Have the shareholders of Everton no say in the affairs of the Shareholders Association so satisfied with the team’s performance that he considers that no action is necessary on his part? When the present regime took control of the club’s affairs, I, like many more, felt that they should be given sufficient time to prove themselves. Unfortunately the time has come that unless something is done very quickly it will be too late to save the team or the club. Even if Everton win against Aston Villa the problems will still remain. For example when the club last had a Manager and the game was going against the team, one felt that at half-time some shrewd move was going to be discussed in order to try to improve things. That doesn’t seen to happen these days. I remember a member of Everton’s Board stating in a television interviews. This club has no liking for Managers “(I believe they were the exact words. He most certainly did not speak for the majority of Everton’s supporters because business acumen cannot make up for a football wise brain. If I might be allowed to make one further point it is in connection with the prices of the additional floodlit matches. I think it is disgraceful that I should be asked to pay 10s 6d for a seat that occupy for 4s 2d. The same thing applies to other price increase. I must apologies for the length of this letter but writing to a paper is the only way that the average person can express his views and I feel I am expressing the feelings of a great many people who went to see the once-great name of Everton back where it belongs. Even as an Arsenal of the North.
L. Branwell, Balmoral Road, Wallasey.
EVERTON MATCH TO BE TELEVISED
December 28, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Date of Manchester United’s European Cup game with Red Star, Belgrade at Old Trafford has been brought forward to Tuesday; January 14 from Wednesday January 15. The kick off will be 7.45 p.m. and part of the game will be televised. The original date clashed with the England –Scotland under-23 international at Goodison Park which is also being televised.
HITCHENS DOUBLE ONE TOO MANY FOR JIMMY HARRIS
December 28, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Everton 1, Aston Villa 2
Everton; Dunlop, goal; Sanders and Tansey, backs; Rea, Jones (captain), and Meagan half-backs; Harris (J), Thomas, Hickson, Keeley and Harris (B), forwards. Everton; Sims, goal; Lynn and Aldis, backs; Crowther, Dugdale, and Sward, half-backs; Smith, Sewell, Hitchens, Dixon (captain) and McParland, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.S. Pickles (Stockport).
Mr. Caris Buckley, the Villa chairman, denied today that Walsall had made an offer for the transfer of inside forward Dixon, captain of the Cup winning side in May. Walsall had made a tentative inquiry, but there had been no contact. Jones came into the picture smartly to hold up two Villa raids, and Keeley, making his home debut, showed wise anticipation on a couple of occasions calling for the ball without getting it. Brian Harris fluffed an attempted shot badly from eight yards and immediately Villa dashed away to take the lead. The start to the goal was a long crossfield pass by Crowther to McParland which Sanders would probably have reached had he not slipped at the critical moment. McParland thus found himself with a clear run in and after taking the ball almost to the bye line he pulled it back for Hitchens to tap home at the 11th minute. Hitchens was unmarked when he scored for Jones had to go out in an effort to check the winger. A Good run and pass by Brian Harris provided a shooting opportunity for Hickson from the outside left position. He brought Sims to his knees near the foot of the post. Keeley got a chance to dart through, thanks to a pass by Thomas but after taking the ball forward he shot well outside from the edge of the penalty area.
Hardly A Thrill
The game continued on very desultory lines. There was hardly a thrill, and at times play seemed almost amateurish. Twice intended passes were pulled behind the forwards to ruin otherwise good moves, and then after Keeley had shot strongly from 18 yards the Everton defence got itself in such a tangle that the home side was fortunate not to be two down. A near move in which four players took part produced another good shot by Jimmy Harris which Sims punched away. Brian Harris continued to be unlucky with his finishing. After dribbling past three men he kicked the ground as well as the ball while Meagan was yards wide when he should have at least given Sims some work. If Everton’s finishing was poor we had seen none at all from Villa apart from their goal. Dunlop’s only work had been to collect back passes from his colleagues. Neither side had shown any sign of class so far. Play continued to be punctuated by a succession of mistakes, misplaced passes weak finishing efforts, and anything but football of the character which used to be associated in former days with these two famous clubs. Jimmy Harris had another long shot, this time the mark and tipped over by Sims. At last Everton produced something to rouse the crowd. Keeley hitting a splendid shot which Sims palmed behind when the corner was cleared McParland picked up a pass and dribbled round Dunlop. He was so badly angled that he could not shoot there was nobody up to pass to and when he tried to work himself into a better position, Dunlop turned round and dived on the ball.
Half-time; Everton nil, Aston Villa 1.
After more aimless play at the start of the second half, Villa at last broke through and only a quick dash by Dunlop enabled him to scoop the ball off Dixon’s toe when the Villa man seemed a certain scorer.
A minute later Dunlop made a splendid save from a fierce drive by McParland. The rebound went to Smith, who put it behind. Hickson came out limping after a melee near the six yards line. After another lifeless spell and a succession of more amateurish efforts, Lynn took exception to an action by Keeley, who received an admonishing word from the referee. Everton had three shots, none of them on the mark, and Tansey was nearest a moment later with one only a foot over the bar. After waiting patiently and hopefully the crowd again Keeley was responsible with a clever dribble and a good shot, which Sims turned round for a corner. Everton were again unlucky at the 61st minute when a defending player slipped at the critical moment and a goal resulted. A goal kick by Sims dropped just inside the Everton half and Hitchens was away like a dash. Jones partially lost his footing as he tried to hook the ball away and Hitchens had then only Dunlop to beat. His first shot was saved, but the ball went back to him and although harassed by Sanders he rammed it home. Everton had not long to wait, however, and at the 63rd minute after good work by Brian Harris and Keeley, Jimmy Harris scored with almost a carbon copy of his earlier shot. Lynn was on the spot, but was unable to kick away this time and the ball went in off the foot of the post. A minute later Dixon missed a sitter for Villa and straight from this Crowther handled the ball following a corner. Fortunately for Villa he was on the blind side of the referee, and although several Everton players appealed, no award was forthcoming. The crowd was now letting itself go and Brian Harris should have equalized instead of firing high over the bar from the six yards line. Everton also had an escape and a much narrower one, when Jones kick-off the line from Dixon with Dunlop helpless. There was another escape when Hitchens was through. His shot hit the diving Dunlop on his legs and bounced away. Five minutes from the end Dixon was helped off the field by both trainers. He looked to have a twisted knee. Final; Everton 1, Aston Villa 2. Official attendance 47, 295.
MANY RECKON THE NOVELTY OF SOCER UNDER LIGHTS IS WEARING THIN, BUT –
December 28, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
Floodlight Football Is Here To Stay, If …
By Don Donovan
One of the biggest disappointments of the season was the reaction of the powers-that-be to the proposed Anglo-Scottish Floodlight league which died before it had time to breathe. Personally I am sorry the proposed competition came to such an end. I think it would have created for bigger interest among players, as well as spectators, than the ordinary friendly.
Many people think the footballer plays hard only when there is some reward and others say professional footballers should need no incentive to give of their best. Up to a point this is true, but in this case I am not concerned so much with the financial side of it, which would be little enough. The floodlight tournament would have meant a league table with points at stake and a trophy for the winners. In my opinion it is just what is wanted to bring back the missing millions because football needs more competition. There is also the incentive from the players point of view. When you play a friendly match with a club from the same division, or possibly from another division, and there is nothing at stake save perhaps prestige I don’t think there is the same determination as there would be in a competitive floodlit game or a League match.
I would not suggest, of course that the players don’t try, but I do say they’d try a good deal more if there was something at stake. For instance, the players would put more effort into the public trial match at the start of the season if the first team were on £4 bonus and the reserves were given three goals start. I am sure the game would be much more entertaining. How many times in private practice games do the reserves beat the seniors? Many times for the simple reason that their opponents don’t go all out. The competitive elements is missing. That is why the success of floodlit matches depends to a large extent on the opposition and since the Anglo-Scottish tournament is not to function, teams from the Continent attract interest as well as curiosity. What is more, when they are on show they will go all out to win and by the same token the home team will be determined to stop them. I think Everton were one of the first to play under the lights at Exeter. We were running for promotion at the time and were naturally an attraction, so we were not surprised to have a crowd of 14,000. This I know was only a friendly but because it was a novelty the crowd turned up.
Here To Stay
There are many who argue that the novelty of floodlight football is wearing thin, a view with which I cannot agree. I think this type of football has come to stay. Long range travel being so much easier than it was, spectators must be given a wider variety of opponents. They say competition is the lifeblood of industry, and the same applies to football. Since the start of the season Wolverhampton Wanderers have been making soccer headlines. I agree with every word, I read about them in the newspapers and they are just as good as they have been cracked to be.
They are without a single weakness and each player is a tremendous worker. Centre half Billy Wright is an inspiration, always fighting to get his side on the move. Why are Wolves such a good side? Their strength lies in the half-back line, where Clamp, Wright and Flowers keep their speedy forwards supplied with the long ball down the centre. The Wolves will take some moving from the top of Division One.
DERBY RES V EVERTON RES
December 28, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Derby County Reserves; Adlington, goal; Patrick and Martin, backs; Young, Moore, and Richmond, half-backs; Bowers, Wyer, Newbery, Crowshaw and Jones, forwards. Everton Reserves; O’Neill, goal; Parkes and Bentham, backs; Birch (K.), Labone and King, half-backs; Birch (N.), Gregory, Haughey, and Williams, forwards. Referee; Mr. W. Bradbury (Burton). Everton Reserves played neat approach football, but both Haughey and Birch (N.) missed chances. A Newbery header from the spritely Bowers’ flag kick looked dangerous, but O’Neill saved well. Birch made the miss of the match to date when his left-foot effort from close in was hopelessly wide. A fighting Derby side came back for Bowers to give Newbery an opportunity, but O’Neill dived to save his well placed header. Haughey put Birch (N.) through, but the inside forward missed from close range with only the goalkeeper to beat. Derby were dangerous in breakaways and Jones and then Crowshaw sent O’Neill diving to save. Half-time; Derby Res nil, Everton Res nil.
THE PENALTY THAT WASN’T…
December 30, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 1, Aston Villa 2; Attendance 41,000
By Leslie Edwards
My notebook for the first half, contained one entry – the details of the goal young Gerry Hitchens, once of Cardiff City, scored at 13 minutes to give Aston Villa the lead. Thus, at the interval of what promised to be the slowest fought and least interesting match of the season, the atmosphere was ripe for someone to suggest the variation of an old theme –not a spot the ball competition but one to spot the footballer! One would have had difficulty in spotting the footballer of the first half since Everton, who were in their fourth game in eight days, looked dreadfully tried and ineffective and Villa (who had one game fewer in the same period) were only slightly less languid. Only in the second half, when Villa made it 2-0 and Everton promptly brought the margin back to a goal, did the game start to fire on all cylinders. Them, with massive roars from an attendance of 41,000 which must have given the floodlight experts something to ponder (this was all-day light soccer) Everton came close, more than once, to getting a draw which would have given us better hopes of their surviving the tie at Sunderland. They were never closer to a point than when the excellent Villa half-back Crowther (his style and build are similar to Mercer’s of old) handled the ball so palpably one could only gasp that Referee Pickles of Stockport did not see it. Crowther found need to propel the ball with his hand and there is no doubt in my mind that he handled intentionally. More he turned guilty to see whether the referee was pointing to the penalty spot. Seeing no warning fore-finger he wisely got on with his game and the clearance.
No Use Appealing
Football is full of such inequalities Everton have enjoyed such escapes and will again I hope. It was no use Dave Hickson appealing, but he did and was waved away. This was a match in which little for Everton went right. They found Sims like their own Dunlop in England form. They found Lynn kicking away from the goal-line on the only occasion when Sims was not on the spot to do his job. Tom Jones did similar service for Everton later, but in his case there was scarcely such danger. Villa’s goals were good ones, but each was due, initially, to a blunder. First Sanders was always being beaten by the swerving cross-field pass which Sewell lashed out to McParland. The ball beat the back and McParland (what a player) took it to the line before dragging it back in such a way that Hitchens could not miss if he applied a trusty side of the foot to the ball. Sims started his series of saves with a great one-handed one from the chunky Keeley, whose shooting was far above the level of his midfield play. Then Dunlop saved brilliantly a great shot by McParland and the Everton defence covered up against the shot from the rebound, Sims save of Keeley’s shot which looked like finding the goal angle was probably the best of them all, but I would put Dunlop or the Villa man in the England goal with confidence. There are none better.
A Great Goal
Dunlop was unlucky to be beaten a second time by Hitchens, but it was still a great goal for Hitchens. He picked up the ball after Jones had misjudged its flight overhead and when Dunlop beat out the first shot rammed the ball in on the volley with the other foot as he careered on. More and more am I convinced that Villa knew what they were doing (and maybe Cardiff didn’t) when they signed Hitchens. Jimmy Harris was the unlucky shooter when Lynn kicked from the line, but off a deflected Brian Harris centre be slammed the ball in, via the foot of the far post for the goal which set Everton and their followers alight. If Thomas had been quicker to take a chance offered by Hickson he must have leveled the scores. But Everton’s surging attacks –so good up to a point –were thrown back by a big experienced defence. Seven minutes from the end Dixon, the Villa captain left the field with a badly twisted knee and like Tony McNamara now of Liverpool, who suffered similarly at Cardiff, he is a Cup very doubtful. So Villa and Liverpool are both faced with one change or several. Everton could so with such punch as young Temple puts into attack. Thomas was not seen for long spells in the first half, and maybe for a slimly built man was feeling the effect of so many games in such a short spell of time. Keeley, I submit is not yet sufficiently experienced to read (and get into) the game in midfield. I admit his shooting ability. It may be that Everton will go for more size and power in their side at Sunderland. Certainly they went the attack to function well there must be more support for it from half-backs and inside forwards though Tom Jones his one blunder noted, could scarcely have played better. Villa might be a good Cup side again. They have fine wingers, good half-backs and, for the first time for many years a superb goalkeeper. Hitchens may well develop into one of the game’s finest centres.
O’NEILL’S GREAT SAVES IN VAIN
December 30, 1957. The Liverpool Daily Post
Derby County Res 1, Everton Res 0
A late penalty goal in the 85th minute gave Derby County Reserves victory over Everton Reserves at the Baseball Ground. The fast moving visitors attack, with left winger Williams a live wire, must take blame for some ineffective finishing, after neat approach work. O’Neill found himself far busier than his counterpart Adlington for in their breakaway raids Derby were more direct. The Eire international goalkeeper made two sensational saves from Bowers and Jones, and barried Newbury’s penalty attempt only to see the young leader bang in the rebound –the sort of bad luck that dogged Everton throughout.
GOODISON OUTLOOK IS BECOMING MORE GRIM
December 30, 1957. The Liverpool Echo
On the eve of the New Year the outlook at Goodison Park is not in keeping with the festive spirit of the times. Much remains to be done before there can be confidence in the future and the club may yet have to go into the transfer market, as I advocated before the season started. Fortunately, their splendid start in the early weeks put them reasonably safe from fears of an anti-relegation struggle. Unless the clubs below them suddenly start a brilliant revival of which so far there has been no hint in most cases. Even if Everton themselves do not improve on the recent ratio of points gathering amount seems unlikely for they can hardly continue on this distressing vein indefinitely, they appear safe for this season. But there is the future to consider to say nothing of providing their supporters with the type of football they have a right to expect. The value of that good start is now becoming a more apparent after each succeeding game. To recap, they took 16 points from their first ten games, with a goal average of 20 to 13. Since the middle of October they have played another 15 matches, nine at home and six away – and gained only nine points, with an average goal average of 19 to 29. This is one of the least productive spells in all their eleven post-war years, not excluding the relegation season though the goals against have not been so heavy now as then. But how long can the defence continue to carry the bulk of the burden with cracking? I asked this same question in relation to Liverpool a few weeks ago. We have had the answer from the Reds, who have conceded sixteen goals in their last five matches, compared with an average of barely one a game in the previous twenty-one engagements. Liverpool too, are on the slide, and their promotion prospects will fade if they also do not show improvement. It may seem a trifle unfair to single out Everton’s recent poor spell as a basis of comparison, but no good comes of blinking impalatable facts, and no team has had so poor a points return in the same period. Continuance of the same ratio over the remaining 17 League games would give Everton a total of only 35 points at the end of the season. While probably sufficient to maintain their senior status, it would be a decidedly disappointing aggregate after such a promising beginning.
A Weary Hour
The first hour of the game against Villa produced some of the poorest football from both teams that I have seen this season. It was scrappy unenterprising and slow marked by a succession of miskicks, misplaced passes and wretched finishing. This sort of stuff reflected no credit on these two once-famous sides, whose reputation for high –class Soccer stood among the highest in the land in pre-war days. The sight of Everton players passing to Villa men almost made the spectators weep. They didn’t worry much when Villa reversed the process, as they did just as frequently. The crowd was stunned into silence for long periods at the impotency of forwards and wing-halves who mixed sluggish endeavour with over indulgence in close passing, got in each other’s way, and showed an almost amateurish immaturity at times in their inability to do even simple things with anything remotely resembling the surely or confidence one expects from a First Division team. The Everton forwards line sadly lacked an experienced director-general. The wing-halves were disappointing and even Jones and Sanders usually so sound and solid made partial slips which led to Hitchens scoring two goals. I thought both were unfortunate for the greasy ground and an awkwardly bouncing ball contributed to their errors but Hitchens takes credit for the way he snapped up the openings, even though he was lucky to have a second chance with the second goal.
Blues Had No Luck
Everton certainly had no luck, Jimmy Harris had a shot kicked off the line by Lynn, the referee refused a penalty when Crowther patently handled the ball down to his feet to make a clearance, and in the last minute Sims made a miraculous save from a four-yard shot by Hickson, more by good fortune than anything else. While these escapes were balanced when Jones kicked off the line and a Hitchens shot hit Dunlop on the leg as he was falling, Everton undoubtedly did the bulk of the attacking in the last half-hour which was the only part of the game with anything about it to rouse the crowd from its depression. It is no help to dismiss this display as “just another of those days.” There have been too many of them lately for complacency. There is not much consolation in reflecting that matches lost could have been won with better finishing. Keeley shaped quite well considering the general slackness in the front line, and made two of the best shots of the day. Jimmy Harris took his goal well, and did more shooting than the rest of the attacking put together. But he also missed a couple of reasonable chances. Brian Harris had another unhappy day. His finishing and passing left a lot to be desired. Hickson was as unlike the old Davie as one could imagine. He lacked speed, fight and shot.
Wing Halves Weak
Neither Rea nor Meagan were up to standard, and only Jones and the backs – despite their costly slips –and Dunlop shaped at all well. Dunlop had little to do, however, for Villa were even more shot-shy and erratic than Everton, and their right wing was almost non-existent. The visiting defence never looked very happy when Everton were trying their best, ineffective though it was to get back on level terms in the last half hour. On chances the visitors should have gone home pointless. Instead they bagged them both, and proved that an opportunists forward who can take advantage of the lucky breaks is a useful man to have around. Unless they have a Cup game in the interm Everton will not perform before their own supporters again until they entertain Luton on February 1. I hope that by then they will have regained some of their form and confidence and definitely dropped the curtain on the present lean spell, which has been the more disappointing because of the high hopes fostered by their good displays at the start of the campaign. Possibly the fact that they had two hard games with Bolton over the holidays was partly responsible for their decline against Villa but other clubs had similarly tough fixtures and survived.
Mr. K.M. of Rainhill, writes
“By their actions after the Bolton match on Boxing Day the Goodison hooligans have confirmed their title to be the worst set of spectators in the whole of the Football League. This is a reasoned assessment over the past few years, not an outburst of spleen. “They have wrecked trains, thrown bottles, charged across pitches, booed visiting teams at the slightest provocation driven away several fine players by barracking, and even physically attacked a visiting side. “Though many innocent fans would suffer, I suggest that unless Everton F.C indemnity British Railways for the damage, no more rail excursions would be run for Everton away games. Sorry, but this hardly seems the right remedy. First it would, as the writer himself realizes punishes the innocent majority as well as the very small but guilty minority. Secondly, Everton can hardly be expected to pay the piper for misdeeds like this. It might only encourage these hooligans to be even more reckless in future. The remedy lies in all decent and fair-minded followers joining the Supporters Federation (which does its best to inculcate the right spirit and whose members conduct themselves properly, home and away. The Federation could then possibly do as Arsenal’s supporters do and have their own special excursion trains –or special carriages when on particularly long journeys –to which admission is restricted to members.