AS YOU SEE IT
January 1, 1958. The Liverpool Daily Post
Sir – As a member of the Everton shareholders’ Association, I would like to cover the point raised by your correspondent, Mr. L. Bramwell of Wallasey. In the first place the general members have no say in the policy of the Association. This is controlled by an Executive committee who outnumber the members. Thus they elect themselves back on to the committed at each annual meeting. In the main the policy of the Association, if it can by any stretch of imagination be called a policy, seems to be, to pay lip service to the directors, the hope that their supply privilege, and complimentary ticket will not be interfered with. Your correspondent should realize that the majority of the Everton shareholders pay as many shillings for their tickets, as he pays pounds, so no doubt they feel they are getting value for money. The apathy of the shareholders is only exceeded by the apathy of the directors, who know, that as long as the cheap privilege tickets are available to the shareholders, little criticism will be forthcoming from that quarter. If the shareholders paid the same price as the general public for their tickets no doubt they would feel the same dissatisfaction and express their views about the team in the way that Mr. Bramwell does. –N. Campbell 124 Breck Road, Liverpool 5.
Sir – I was surprised by your correspondent’s letter “Down to their level” insinuating that Everton are serving up a wretched standard of football. If this be so then their 5-1 defeat of Bolton needs some explaining, a flash in the pan? Perhaps so, but any team in the first twelve of Division 1 cannot be playing badly and retain their position and Everton are maintaining their position now. If anything is responsible for the recent decline, it is injuries which can throw any team out of gear. I am sure you remember the beautiful football served up at the beginning of the season. Whenever possible I go along to Goodison Park and I believe that no one will desert Everton in a crisis except those people who are dissatisfied with anything but the best top-speed, master-mind football, which is all very well but far beyond those supporters who only want to see a good game and if possible a win for their team, but who still go home cheerfully after a defeat and what’s more come back next time. Keep it up Everton, you’re doing fine! I believe that if Everton ended up in the Third Division they would retain most of the support they now have – people who do not write long moaning letters the minute the team loses a few games. S. Sykes, Ashhurst, Duke Street, Formby, Lancashire.
Sir –May I hasten to assure your correspondent Mr. Williams; that I intended no disparagement of two great amateur clubs in my remarks. I merely contended that Mr. Buchan’s experience of professional First Division football was so meager that he would more –usefully employ his talents in the amateur sphere. Surely Mr. Williams does not suggest that Aigburth Peoples Hall and Marine are on a par with First Division team. His remarks regarding touch-line critics were most untimely. How can he measure his experience of watching amateur football each week, with critics who attend Liverpool and Everton each week and for the most part suffer in silence. Many good things have come from these criticisms, notably the return of Dave Hickson to Goodison Park. Eric J. Pugh, 12 Durston Road, Childwall.
EVERTON’S FOUR CUP DEBUTANTS
January 1, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Everton are among the first to announce their team for Saturday’s third round F.A. Cup-tie. The Goodison Park club will take the field at Sunderland with the players who have been on duty in the last two League matches. While Fielding and Donovan did some light training yesterday, they are not regarded as likely to be up to full match fitness in time, and Mr. Ian Buchan is wisely taking no chances in a game of such importance at this. When a player is poised rather narrowly between possible fitness and a slight doubt about his ability to come through a tough game without breaking down. It is a ticklish decision to make. In such cases it is best to err on the side of safely. Although Temple could possibly have been nursed of the stage where he would have been fit by Saturday in his case also it is felt better to give him a little longer, particularly as there has been little or nothing to choose between Temple and Thomas on their recent displays. No fewer than four of the younger players in the team will be taking part in their first F.A Cup-tie. For Sanders, Meagan, Thomas, and Keeley it will be a new experience and one which I hope they will come through with flying colours. The atmosphere among the crowd is always more tense in a cup-tie than a League match with the suppressed air of excitement and coloured favours and rattles much in evidence, but more players have told me that once the game has started they find little difference in the early stages of the tournament compared with a tough League match. Although Fielding is Everton’s Cup “Veteran” having played in 25 such games, the top “marksman” of the eleven on duty at Roker Park is Tommy Jones who has figured in 16 Cup ties in past seasons. Next comes Dave Hickson who played for the Blues in 12 prior to his departure to Aston Villa and Huddersfield. He figured in six while with the Yorkshire Club. This will be Hickson’s 13th such game in Everton’s colours and despite the rather ominous nature of that connection it could be a lucky day for both the players and Everton if he could rise to the heights that he did in some of his previous Cup outings, notably those against Aston Villa, Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Rea, Jones, Meagan; Harris (J), Thomas, Hickson, Keeley, Harris (B).
The injuries to Llewellyn and Kirby have opened the way for one of Everton’s young amateurs to show what he can do as leader of the Central league attack in the game with Blackpool reserves at Blackpool. Seventeen-years-old Jimmy Blain, who has been on the club’s amateur books since leaving school, is at centre forward. Blain who is serving his trade apprenticeship and trains two nights a week has played in Everton’s four games in the National Youth Cup tournament this season. Everton Reserves; O’Neill; Birch (K.), Leeder; King, Labone, Clayton; Todd, Haughey, J. Blain, Ashworth, Williams.
WHAT EVERTON NEED MOST
January 3, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have a much stonger task ahead of them than their Anfield neighbours, and are not likely to be misled either by Sunderland’s lowly position in the table or the reported pessimism of the Roker club’s supporters regarding their team’s chances. They know enough that the longest lane eventually has its turning, as they themselves were glad to record at Bolton on Boxing Day and with a team in the state of experimental reorganiastion which has marked Sunderland’s progress this season, nobody knows when they may just hit the right blend and start pulling themselves out of the mire. Everton’s biggest failure of late has been their wastefulness with reasonable chances. Once the forwards can overcome that and regain their former belief in themselves which was almost oozing from them in the early part of the season, they might possibly developed into a fairly punchy and hard-hitting attack. There is quite a measure of ability there if only it can be harnessed into the right channels and the line will play together as a combined and balanced unit. Another necessity is a greater measure of accuracy in passing as well as shooting. Sunderland’s return of eleven points from their last twelve League matches is greater than Everton have taken from the last fourteen. While the latter have been sliding the Roker Park team without doing anything startling has been enjoying a little more success than in the early part of the campaign. they are still very much in the transitional stage, however, and such frequent changes have been made, and so many young and rather immature players tried, that the understanding and combination which used to so stand out in their performances a few weeks ago has been conspicuous only by its absence.
A Tough Tussle
Manager Alan Brown’s greatest task is to re-establish this. Without it Sunderland may continue to struggle. A home Cup-tie can sometimes inspire a team which has not been doing so well to rise above its normal standard, however, and I have a feeling that Everton will know they have been in a tough game long before the final whistle goes. They like Sunderland have had nothing about which to boast over the past couple of months apart from the Boxing Day win at Bolton which I hope is not going to prove merely a flash in the ban. The rearguard does not give cause for much anxiety and the intermediate line, on its been form, can rise to the occasion also. The answer to whether Everton go on, go out, or have to fight a replay next Wednesday is likely to rest manly with the forward line. Dave Hickson, hero of so many club battles in his earlier Goodison days, could help to give us the answer we went, if he gets the right supporter and surely the rest of the line cannot keep on missing chances as they have in the last few games. When they all simultaneously start putting their shots in the right place Everton can look to the future with more confidence, I think they will manager a draw tomorrow. Sunderland; Fraser; Hedley or McDonald, Elliott; Anderson, Hurley, Reed, Bingham, Revie, Fleming, Foggart, Godbold. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Rea,. Jones, Meagan; Harris (J), Thomas, Hickson, Keeley, Harris (B).
DUNLOP V. FLEMING
January 4, 1958. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
Everton many fault in their con-productive months since October has not been that they have not made chances, so much as that they have not used them “They corrected this fault at Bolton, where nearly every shot was a winner. They will need to repeat that form today at Sunderland if they are to win or to get the draw which would open the way for another 6-4 special replay the sort which thrilled everyone who saw in the mid-War seasons. One thing which detracts from Everton’s chances is the inexperience in full scale cup-ties of four of their young players. Sunderland not a good side by Division 1 standard at least have experience and better still a potential match winner in the long legged Fleming. His hard-hit shots will keep Dunlop busy and if Everton survive it may –be because their little goalkeeper saves their day. However, dim Everton chances seem we must never forget that they open a new chapter today and that league form, however, good or bad means precisely –nothing in the knock-out competition. Whatever the fate of our two sides, and of Tranmere Rovers you may depend on Monday’s Daily Post to bring in your breakfast table the fullest reports and the best pictures of the game. Let us hope that there will be happy news of all three. Sunderland; Fraser; Hedley or McDonald, Elliott; Anderson, Hurley, Reed, Bingham, Revie, Fleming, Foggart, Godbold. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Rea,. Jones, Meagan; Harris (J), Thomas, Hickson, Keeley, Harris (B).
HICKSON’S DOUBLE KEPT EVERTON IN WITH A CHANCE
January 4, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Sunderland 2, Everton 2
Sunderland; Fraser, goal; McDonald and Elliott, backs; Anderson, Hurley and Reed, half-backs; Bingham, Fleming, Revie, Fogarty and Godbold, forwards. Everton; Dunlop, goal; Sanders and Tansey, backs; Rea, Jones and Meagan, half-backs; Harris (J), Thomas, Hickson, Keeley and Thomas (B), forwards. Referee; Mr. A.E. Ellis (Halifax). Jack Hedley the former Everton full back failed to pass a fitness test this morning, so that McDonald took his place. The ground was very firm and had been liberally sanded in both goal mouths but there was no frost in it. The attendance at the start was rather disappointing considering the absence of any counter-attraction nearby, and did not seem to be more than 35,000 though they were still coming in when the players lined up. Everton started off well and made four good shooting chances for themselves in the first eight minutes. Unfortunately both Jimmy Harris and Hickson were well off target. Keeley and later Hickson went much closer, their efforts being barely a yard off the woodwork.
Revie Was Offside
In between Sunderland had their moments, without however, calling on Dunlop. At the eight minute a pass by Frogarty saw Revie but the ball into the net, but from an offside position. The linesman’s flag had gone up two or three seconds before Revie took his shot. There was an awkward moment for Sunderland when Hickson tried to burst through and after he and Elliott had fallen heavily to the ground. Hickson had to received attention but seemed no worst on resuming.
Jimmy Harris was next spoken to for a foul on Revie and thus early “looked as though referee Ellis would have to take stern steps to keep feeling within bounds. At the 12th minute Everton took the lead through a splendid opportunist goal by Hickson after Thomas had done all the work. Thomas beat three men, and although nearly brought to earth in one tackle, he managed to keep control despite stumbling and from the ball for Hickson to beat Fraser from close range. At the 19th minute Sunderland were on level terms after getting a free kick against Sanders who had elbowed Godbold out of the way not far off the half-way line. Elliott took the free kick and curled it beautifully into the goalmouth where Bingham rose high above everybody else to head in to put the home side level. It was an arguable point whether Dunlop should have got to the ball but Bingham took his chance well. Everton went near with a free kick by Keeley and a splendid shot by Brian Harris which Fraser tipped over the bar for a corner. The Everton goal was undergoing heavy pressure, but Sunderland’s shooting was anything but accurate. On the occasion the siege was raised when Forgarty was penalized for a Rugby tackle on Dunlop. Rea was spoken to by Referee Ellis following an incident in which Forgarty was also concerned. As far as one could judge it was six of one and half a dozen of the other.
Revie Misses Chance
Sunderland continued to exert strong pressure and for some minutes play had been confined to Everton’s half with the visiting rearguard having all its work cut out to keep the home forwards –who were getting good backing from their wing halves –at bay. Everton’s best scoring effort for some time had been by Rea whose shot was saved by Fraser near the post. Revie had a great chance to put Sunderland in front when he was clear of all opposition and Everton’s defenders stopped playing in the belief that he was offside. After looking round Revie went on and then with only Dunlop to beat fired well wide. Five minutes before the interval the Everton goal had an amazing escape when in the matter of a few seconds shots by Revie, Forgerty and Bingham were headed or cleared off the goalline with Dunlop helpiest. Tansey cleared the first, Meagan the next two and in between a hook by someone from the ruck of players which seemed to be Revie came back into play off the upright.
Everton were having to defend desperately and none was doing better than Tommy Jones who was in the thick of the fight all the time and with foot and head was doing his stuff nobly. Thomas twice tried to break away without much success and then Bingham outstripping Tansey, crossed a few centre which Godbold instead of hitting first time tried to get to his liking and Sanders slipped in with a hefty clearance. Dunlop caught a couple of high cross balls and saved near effort again without much power behind it from Fleming. Another free kick dropped nicely into the goalmouth by Elliott was headed behind by Jones, they safe thing to do under the circumstances. Despite their pressure Sunderland could not get the goal which would have given them a half time lead but they were certainly doing enough pressing to warrant one.
Half-time; Sunderland 1, Everton 1.
The second half started as the first had finished with the Everton goal having two more amazing escapes. The first was when a terrific shot by Revie hit Dunlop on the head and the other when a shot was blocked away by a ruck of players. Then Revie shot behind when he should have done better and Dunlop saved again from Fogarty.
At the 50th minute Everton went into the lead for the second time and again the scorer was Hickson. Sunderland were unfortunate for when McDonald instead of clearing the ball made a short pass to Bingham just outside the penalty area. Bingham slipped at the critical moment. Tansy whipped in quickly, dribble round Bingham and then crossed the ball to Hickson whose left foot shot curled well out of Fraser’s reach and went into the net by the far post. Keeley did some nice work and was very strong to the tackle, and Everton were now more in the game than they had been for some time. The Sunderland crowd were very critical on some of the home players but the luck had certainly not been with them. Dunlop made a miraculous save from frogarty after throwing himself yards across the goal.
At the 62nd minute Sunderland got on level terms again this time through Forgarty and there was a touch of fortune with their goal just as there had been with Everton. Revie had put Fleming in occasion but the inside man’s shot rebounded off a defender to Fogerty who beat Dunlop in a race to the ball and fired into the roof of the net. Everton fought back grimly and Keeley put in two splendid shots from 20 yards. Jimmy Harris also had a go, and Everton were calling the tune.
Hickson and Fogarty in turn had to receive the trainer’s attention. All the Everton defenders stood up to the task manfully and Sanders was now showing up better against Godhold. Hickson and Elliott were called together for a word of admonition from the Referee and then after Jones had saved the situation twice. Dunlop saved splendid from Fleming. It was still anybody’s game but Everton this half had been just as good as the opposition. Final; Sunderland 2, Everton 2. Official attendance; 34,602.
January 4, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Whither bound, Everton? That question, propounded here on many previous occasions, and hammered home, years ago, long before the threat of relegation became an accomplished fact, again begin to force itself upon our attention. Fortunately there seems no likelihood bar an even much greater collapse than there has been so far –or an equally tremendous recovery by most of the clubs below them in the table – of Everton, having to wage an anti-relegation fight this season. Their splendid start in the first two months of the campaign almost certainly puts that beyond the bounds of a practical issue this season. But what of the future? That is the theme upon which many of the club’s supporters are harping now, and there is a growing feeling that something should be done quickly.
Just what is another matter. The majority of the young players tried in the first team show good signs of eventually turning out class player. What they lack at the moment is what comes only with time namely, ripe experience and the “old head” that cannot be put on to young shoulders, except in very rare cases. For years, I have advocated that the time to blood young players is when a side is doing well. To bring too many of them in when things start going wrong is a risky policy. Not only does it cause the more experienced men to carry an undue burden but it can do harm also to the youngster himself, whose confidence can be undermined. If he fails to live up to the standard expected of him, and also what he himself feels he could achieve under more favourable conditions. While some consolation can be extracted from the fact that games have been lost recently which on chances, should have been won and some of them handsomely, that makes no difference to the club’s gradually declining position in the League table. Not that I am unduly perturbed about that so long as there seems solid signs of the improvement in the offing. Whether there is any concrete evidence of that is not only a matter of opinion but something upon which too hasty judgment might be unwise.
On the basis of that shocking first hour against the Villa last week it would seem as though improvement is a long way off. It also appears to point to the Boxing Day victory against Bolton as a mere flash in the pan. Yet nothing can take away the fact that Everton played football of the highest class in the early part of the season and looked to have considerable potentialities. What has led to their decline? It has been due to a combination of circumstances including enforced team changes, plus possibly the fact that some of the players, full of beans at the start of the campaign were simultaneously playing well above their average form. As I have stressed so often the side which does best over the long and testing season is the one which can reproduce top-class football when playing at only about 90 per cent of the skill and stamina. It has something in hand as a counter-blast when things start to go wrong. Latterly Everton have been playing all-out in honest endeavour and still have not lived up to our hopes. That good start lulled the latent fears of those who felt as I did in August that their strength might not prove equal to the task over nearly nine months of hectic endeavour. Now it looks as though we might be reaping the harvest of over-confidence.
RUN OF THE BALL IS AGAINST US, BUT WE’LL BE BACK
January 4, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
What Is Wrong With Everton?
By Don Donovan
After the return match with Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day I was a guest of the Ormskirk branch of the Everton Supporters Federation. The occasion was the presentation to Peter Farrell and Tommy Eglington, of a travelling clock and silver tea set for their long service to the Everton Club. What a generous gesture from the supporters I think it is the first time that Everton players have been honoured in such a way, and who better to start with than Peter and Tommy? That, however, is one of the main reasons why I thought I would like to give you my view on the supporters clubs around the country, and why they can play such an important part in the success of any team.
Their Policy however, they must abide strictly to their policy to help and not hinder. Some clubs react in different ways to the presence of such organizations, and there are a few that will not have them at any price, but you also get other clubs, who go out of their way to help their followers. For instance Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal &tc. They have their own premises on the grounds. I must say not very impressed I have been with the loyalty of the Everton supporters especially at the away fixtures because it is there you discover the really true fans. I think that supporters clubs, properly run, can be a great inspiration to their teams. But I am sorry to see so many coming footballers in such a body. There is nothing better in my opinion, for schoolboys instead of watching and when their playing days are over they will be the keener to be on the terraces encouraging their team. I have always been fascinated by those young fans who follow us no matter where Everton play, whether it is Newcastle, Wolverhampton or in London. These young autograph hunters meet their favourities on the stations or at the hotel. When we are in London and go to a show the night before a match. It is a common thing for schoolboys to join us on our way, and again as we returns to the hotel. What surprises me most of all is the number of pictures they have of different players. Even coming back to Liverpool by train each stop is another signal for the young fans to get on the station to collect some more autographs. How they find out that various teams will be travelling baffles me, but the Everton team always welcomes them. Yes, the autograph hunters of today might be the stars of tomorrow which is why I say that whenever possible they should get in some active football between these two stages.
You know it is getting so I cannot put my face outside the door. Everybody is asking me the same question. What is wrong with Everton? That is a difficult question for we are not playing really badly, and I think that now we have broken our bad run by winning at Bolton it will not be long before we are gathering points again. Admittedly some of our games have not been too encouraging, but if we had that extra bit of luck in a number of our home games we would have had two points instead of one. The match against Bolton Wanderers on Christmas Day was I feel at typical example. We played hard enough but again that little bit of luck was not with us. For instance Dave Hickson hit the post and Brian Harris headed against the upright and there to top it all I received a pulled muscle.
Run of the Ball
I put our poor spell down very largely to the run of the ball. However, I think we shall be back to par best before the end of the season. Incidentally I have been asked on behalf of the team to thank all those supporters who sent us Christmas and New Years cards. It was a very nice thought and much appreciated.
BLACKPOOL RES V EVERTON RES
January 4, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Blackpool Res;- Caine, goal; Frith and Martin, backs; Hauser, Scott and Fenton, half-backs; Field, Lythgoe, Crawford, Starkley, and Buchanan, forwards. Everton Res;- O’Neill, goal; Bentham and Leeder, backs; Birch, Labone, and King, half-backs; Steele, Haughey, Blain, Ashworth, and Williams, forwards. Referee; Mr. L.J. Lund (Preston). The pitch was in a greasy conditions and Blackpool’s forwards adapted themselves better to the conditions. Leeder conceded a corner with Crawford in close attention after Lythgoe had broken through the centre. After six minutes Buchanan burst down the left wing, cut in and made the first effort of the match when he hit the side netting. At this stage Blackpool were doing all the pressing and in the Everton defence centre half Labone and Birch were outstanding. Everton’s attack broke away Ashworth went down the right wing, made a low cross and Blain coming in fast crashed the ball past keeper Caine. Blackpool attacked hard and a delighted Hauser-Field move gave Crawford a chance but Labone well cleared. Everton conceded two corners in as many minutes Labone conceded the first from a Frith lob but from the resultant king King beat Crawford to the ball to clear. The second was earned by Buchanan, but Bentham cleared his lines.
Half-time; Blackpool Res nil, Everton res 1.
EVERTON SURVIVE AT SUNDERLAND
January 6, 1958. The Liverpool Daily Post
Bouquets For The Defence –And Hickson
Sunderland 2, Everton 2
As they prepare for a second tussle with Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday I should imagine the uppermost feeling in the minds of Sunderland will be one of bewilderment as to how they failed to make sure of victory in this thrill-packed game at Roker. In between must also be one of thankfulness that they live to fight another day, for there were moments in the closing stages when Everton looked as though they might get a snap goal to settle the issue. Sunderland’s failure to make sure at the first meeting was due to a combination of circumstances, not the least of which was the splendid fighting spirit of the Everton defence and an inspired display by Jones, Dunlop, and Tansey. There was also the fact that their goal bore a charmed life when it seemed that it must fall to the pressure exerted on it. For long periods Sunderland forwards, wing halves, and occasionally even the backs were hovering around the Everton goalmouth like files around a jam-pot. Yet rarely could anybody see a clear avenue for a first-time shot so well did Everton pack the six-yard area.
Even this, however, would have been inadequate to stern the tide had not Everton also had good luck going hand in hand with their determination. Five minutes before the interval, after Sunderland had been hammering away for some time Everton enjoyed the smiles of Dame Fortune when in swift succession no fewer than three Sunderland shots were cleared off the line and another hit the bar with Dunlop powerless. No wonder Revie made a mock gesture of tearing his hair in despair. He had ample cause but as so often happens luck goes with pluck, and Everton lacked nothing on both these counts. One could imagine Sunderland figuratively spitting on their hands during the interval and coming out for the second half determined that they would break down this fortunate and obstinate defence. But once more fortune smiled on the stalwarts of the Everton rearguard for within five minutes of the resumption they had another succession of amazing escapes. On one occasion Dunlop saved a terrific shot point-blank by Revie with his face another Sunderland effort struck a defender when a goal seemed certain and with Jones, Tansey, and Dunlop sticking to their task with undiminished courage, aided by their defensive and often forward colleagues they weathered this, and subsequent threats from the opposition.
Towards the finish some of the vigour went out of Sunderland and there were occasions when it appeared that Everton might snatch the winning goal. on balance of the second half play there was not a great deal to choose between the teams but Sunderland certainly had cause to feel aggrieved at not having at least a couple of goals by the interval. Jones was the main bulwark of the defence, being in the thick of the fight from start to finish but never flurried; Tansey played a splendid game in his rather unobtrusive fashion, and Sanders once he had realized there was only one way to deal with Godbold was another tower of strength. The wing halves had a tough job for Sunderland used their weight to full advantage but both Meagan and Rea stuck it well.
Splendidly Taken Hurley, a talented and skilful centre half, who reminded one of T.G. Jones by the manner in which he so often dribbled out of troubles, was a big obstacle to Hickson in more senses than one. Yet Hickson go two goals each splendidly taken from his limited opportunities and contributed his full share to the satisfactory result. The first goal at the twelfth minute was a canny side-footed effort after Thomas had done the donkey-work. Thomas beat three men brilliantly and a partial trip which caused him to stumble and then squared the ball for Hickson to do the rest. The equalizer was the result of a fine header by Bingham off a neatly placed free kick by Elliott and though some folk thought Dunlop should have got to this it was not as easy as it appeared. He made an effort, but seemed to hesitate for a split second as to whether to come out or not, and was on the wrong foot when the ball reached Bingham. Error or not, however, Dunlop could not be faulted in the slightest degree afterwards. Hickson’s second goal provided another instance of good fortune smiling on a struggling side, as Everton were at that time. McDonald with ample opportunity to boot the ball well upfield from the edge of his penalty area, decided instead to put a short pass to Bingham only a few yards away. In trying to collect it Bingham partially lost his shooting, and Tansey right on his heels. Dispossessed him, slipped a low centre into the middle and Hickson swiveling round on his right foot hit a left foot curling drive inside the far post. Seven minutes later Everton’s luck temporally deserted them when, after two shots had been blocked away another rebound saw Forgerty nip in to fire into the roof of the net from a few yards’ range. There was never a dull moment throughout the ninety minutes and if the standard of football at times was more rugged and determined than stylish that was only in keeping with the occasion. Early in the game there had been one or two instances which seemed to indicate the possibility of frayed tempers later, but Referee Ellis soon took steps to nip his possibility in the bud and both sides quickly realized that this was not the time to take liberties. Everton are not likely to make any changes for the replay.
LEEDER SCORES FROM 40 YARDS
January 6, 1958. The Liverpool Daily Post
Blackpool Res 0, Everton Res 2
Blackpool defenders allowed Everton to capture both points at Bloomfield road, Blackpool. Everton’s first goal came in the twenty third minute when inside left Ashworth raced down the right wing and crossed, for centre forward Blain to smash the ball into the net from eight yards. The second came seven minutes from time when goalkeeper Caine was beaten by a forth-yards lob from left back Leeder, which entered the net over his head for Blackpool, centre half Scott deputizing for the injured Snowch, and Hauser took the honours. For Everton, Leeder at left back, Labone at centre half and Ashworth at inside left, were in splendid form goalkeeper, O’Neill was seldom troubled due to the inadequate finishing of the Blackpool forwards.
EVERTON INCHANGED FOR CUP-TIE REPLAY
January 6, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will field an unchanged team for their Cup replay with Sunderland at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, when a crowd of 50,000 or more depending on the weather, is likely to attend to see what promises to be another exciting game. Everton have not won a match at Goodison Park since they defeated Sunderland there almost four months ago. This could prove a very acceptable “double” and it looks to be more than the likely outcome if they show the same fighting spirit that characterized them at Roker Park. Although many people consider that the Blues are lucky to have a second chance of appearing in round four they deserve top marks for the galliant and dogged way in which they fought when the tide was running against them it seemed almost a certainly the defence would eventually be forced to cave in, in face of sheer weight of numbers and the physical advantage of the opposition, but I never did. With the roar of the home crowd to spur them on they should do at least as well in the replay and possibly considerably better on an all round assessment, whereas Sunderland, whom their supporters tell me gave one of their best displays for a long time may not be quite up to the same standard under the changed conditions. It is one of the oldest of football sayings that even the best of teams, need a spot of luck now and again to make progress in the Cup. Everton certainly had their lucky moments at Roker, but they also did much on their own accord to make the good fortune run their way. Not for years have I seen any side enjoy such a succession of goal-line scoops in so short a time as rescued Everton from an interval deficit. Three times in as many seconds the ball was booted or headed off the line –twice by Meagan –with Dunlop helpless and in between another Sunderland effort came back into play off the crossbar.
There was an Arsenal-like ability –though not the Arsenal that suffered such a shock at Northampton –about the Everton defence under periods of heavy pressure. They hared back into the goal area at top speed when beaten they covered one another splendidly and Tommy Jones and Albert Dunlop bearing the brunt of things during the most criticism period stood out for their courage and their unconquerable determination. To single these two out takes none of the credit from the rest. Tansy indeed was close on their heels in the medal department and Sanders, Meagan and Rea, despite periods when one wondered whether they would be able to stick it out, did well. Sanders gave Godbold a little too much scope in the early stages, and it was fortunate for Everton that the young winger was unable to take advantage of it. Later Sanders altered his tactics and from that point onwards played his opponent out of the game. Meagan and Rea although up against men with more physical advantages; never shirked their task, and once they had settled down played their part adequately in the general defensive scheme. That hectic period of solid Sunderland pressure just before the interval was not the only occasion the visiting goal had narrow escapes. There were a couple soon after the resumption.
Blocked The Way
On numbers of chances it would not have flattered Sunderland had they gone in for the interval break leading 3-1. That they did not will long be a talking point around Roker. It was not so much that Sunderland failed to take their chances, as that Everton’s defence was so close-knit and so grimly determined to block the goal area that it was almost impossible for anybody to see the way clear for a shot which had a reasonable chance of reaching the target without hitting someone. On the rare occasions these did arise, Dunlop was there to defy the Sunderland marksmen with the same surely that his colleagues were doing their part. If the game did not produce a great deal of sustained and combined approach work, which was difficult for either team to produce against keen and incisive tackling it certainly lacked nothing in the way of thrills and excitement. While it would be idle to deny that territorially Sunderland enjoyed the better of the argument. Everton had their moments and never at any time could the home defence afford to take things easily. Hurley has come in for a lot of criticism among Sunderland’s followers but I thought he had an excellent game. He may not please those who like to see a centre half boot the ball heftily but he has definite sights of class and artistry.
Two Good Goals
He was unfortunate in that on two of the few occasions Hickson slipped his close attention goals came for the visitors. Thomas did the major portion of the work that led to the first, beating three men before offering Hickson his chance. Hickson took it calmly and confidently giving Fraser no chance with a side-footed shot. Hickson’s other goal came when Tansey dispossessed Bingham well inside the Sunderland half. This time Hickson had to swivel round smartly to hit the ball with his left foot again leaving Fraser helpless. Bingham was unlucky in that the practically slipped while full back McDonald was blamed for trying to feed Bingham rather than clear. Onlookers find it easy to be wise after the event. Had Bingham not stumbled the goal would never have arouse. Neither would it have come but for Tansey who played an stead and reliable game he being so far up the field at particular moment. Sunderland’s first equalizer from a Bingham header might possibly have been saved had Dunlop not hesitate but he had no chance with the second equalizer scored by Forgerty. In any case Dunlop made enough saves in this game, including one of which he knew little when it hit him on the head by Revie. He was one of Everton’s bulwark.
Keeley a great little fighter for the ball, in the tackle had a couple of excellent shots and the wingers and Thomas were occasionally on the target. But taken by and larger Everton’s shooting chances were considerably less, than those enjoyed by Sunderland. One of their best was a first timer by Rea from 20 yards which was going in when Fraser saved at the foot of the post.
CONFIDENT OF EVERTON VICTORY
January 8, 1958. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
With the knowledge that they have held Sunderland to a 2-2 draw in the first game at Sunderland and that they have already defeated the Roker Park side 3-1 in a League game at Goodison Park this season. Everton players, officials and supporters are confident that Sunderland will be beaten in the Cup replay at Goodison Park tonight. And I must admit I share their confidence in spite of the fact that Everton have not won at home since they beat Sunderland on September 14 last. With all the Everton players who took part in Saturday’s game fit the team to do duty tonight will be the same.
Fourteen Sunderland players left for Liverpool yesterday but manager Brown is not likely to announce his team, for the game until this afternoon. In addition to the eleven players who took part in Saturday’s game, Hedley, Aitken, and Grainger are making the journey and are almost certain to displace McDonald, Reid, and Godbold. Fourth from the foot of the First Division table Sunderland have only gained 19 of the possible 50 points that have been at stake in League games so far this season. Their away record is decidedly poor for of the dozen out games they have fulfilled only one has been won. Twice they have shared the points and nine times they have lost. It would appear that their defence is suspect especially when playing away from Roker Park for in their away games they have conceded no fewer than 42 goals while registering eleven themselves. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Rea, Jones, Meagan; Harris (J), Thomas, Hickson, Keeley, Harris (B). Sunderland (probable); Fraser; Hedley, Elliott; Anderson, Hurley, Aitken; Bingham, Fleming, Revie, Fogarty, Grainger.
CUP REPLAY SHOULD BE ANOTHER HARD BATTLE
January 8, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Forwards Can Lay The Goodison Bogey
Although it is generally considered that any team which draws an away Cup-tie must be favourites for the replay, there are plenty of examples to prove that things do not always work out so simply, and it may well take Everton all their time to defeat Sunderland at Goodison Park this evening. We can ignore Sunderland’s poor away record in League games as a guide, just as we can similarly forget that Everton have not won at Goodison Park since they defeated these same lads from Roker Park on September 14. Tonight’s game must be regarded as something entirely on it’s own. The only way to consider it is as a struggle between two sets of eleven determined players imbued with the same ambition and approximately the same degree of skill and craft. League results and records mean little or nothing. The only reasonably reliable guide to the prospects this evening is what took place at Roker Park on Saturday. Even that might prove a snare, and delusions for there have been occasions in the past when Everton having drawn away have failed to clinch the matter in the replay at Goodison Park. This happens ten years ago against Fulham, when the Londoners then a Second Division club came to Goodison and won by the only goal after a draw at Craven Cottage. An even more surprising reversal occurred four years later when Leyton Orient, then a very lowly side in the Southern Section of the Third Division held the Blues to a goalless draw at Leyton and won the replay at Goodison Park 3-1.
They Can Do It
Bearing in mind the possibility of such a turn-around tonight and making the forecast with considerable diffidence in view of some of Everton’s rather disappointing displays of late, I still consider that they can get over this hurdle providing they turn in one of their better displays and shot the admirable fighting spirit that they did at Roker Park. Another proviso is that Sunderland do not suddenly hit the form which manager Allan Brown has been waiting for over the past few weeks. The Sunderland manager who has not been without severe criticism amongst his club’s supporters is steadfastly nursling his own ideas and methods in an endeavour to put this famous old club back on the footing it once used to enjoy. There were some rather significant remarks in the Roker programme on Saturday when Mr. Brown had a quite dig at those folk who, with little or no knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes, consider that they could produce greater improvement in the side than the man whose job it is to run the show and whose reputation is at stake. “There is no quick cure for such troubles as ours “wrote Mr. Brown,” and nothing but a slow uphill battle faces us, in which everybody’s guts are needed. The best contribution we can make is to give the maximum of encouragement to our youngsters, who have by force of circumstances been called upon to undertake a man’s job in the apprentice’s stage. This is not their fault, nor is it mine. These words might, with almost equal force be applied to Everton. After their splendid start the Blues have found things running against them lately and as a consequence there has in some games been a lack of confidence and of the fighting spirit that we saw from them a few months ago.
No faults At Roker
They could not be faulted on either of these counts at Roker, however. The thing which impressed me most was the tremendous determination which every player showed and particularly when things were not going well. Could it be that after some of the barracking they have had at home that they enter an away game with easier minds than they do in front of their own supporters? This has been known to happen to other clubs under similar circumstances. Everton can hardly expect to again have the same good fortune and narrow escapes that they had at Roker. If they had been beaten in the first encounter they could not have been blamed. They did all that was possible under difficult circumstances and against a side whose tackling was fierce and fast but never apart from one or two incidents early on of the calibre to which exception could be taken. If the turf at Goodison Park tonight is a little more holding we might get a better exhibition of football a though so far as thrills and excitement were concerned nobody could have wished for anything better then the Roker match.
Crux of the Matter
Much will depend upon the ability of Everton’s forwards, and particularly whether Hickson can again do his stuff as an opportunists. Hurley despite some adverse criticism from Sunderland people I regard as an excellent centre half. He is a ball player first, but also a fine “Stopper,” and a man who reads play as well as anybody I have seen for some time. Brian Harris could be a big help to his side, if he would put more faith in his left foot and not want to always get the ball to his right. Jimmy Harris is known for his shooting, and Keeley is not behind in this respect. For a newcomer to the side the latter shows considerable confidence in his own ability. Once or twice he had been tempted to try to do more individually than he should. When others are better placed for a shot they should get the pass for which they have positioned themselves. Defensively Everton need have little fear if Meagan and Rea can get into the game decisively a little earlier than they did at Sunderland. Once they had settled down, they did their part well, while Jones, Dunlop, Tansey and in the later stages Sanders had the measures of the Sunderland attack, even though often hard pressed and sorely harassed. If the Everton rear guard is in the same form tonight Sunderland are going to find it no easy talk to get goals. Bingham and Fleming were the best wing at Roker although the latter did not live up to his name of “Cannon-ball.” Several times he failed to get hold of his shots properly when well placed, and Fogarty struck me as the most dangerous Sunderland attacker. This Irish lad has a sound sense of positioning and a quite an opportunist. Whatever the outcome of tonights encounter, it would seem, so far as one can judge that the game will produce another tense and exciting battle, with very little to choose between the sides when the final whistle goes.
Sunderland will not decide the exact composition of their team until later. They have brought 14 players with them and these did some little training at Anfield this morning. In addition to those who represented the Roker team in the first engagement, Hedley, Aitkens and Grainer are in the partly, and it is anticipated that they will take their places tonight though this will not be known for certain until Mr. Alan Brown discloses his intentions. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Tansey; Rea, Jones, Meagan; Harris (J), Thomas, Hickson, Keeley, Harris (B). Sunderland (probable); Fraser; Hedley, Elliott; Anderson, Hurley, Aitken; Bingham, Fleming, Revie, Fogarty, Grainger.
KEELEY EVERTON CUP-HERO
January 9, 1958. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 3, Sunderland 1, After Extra Time
By Ian Hargreaves
Everton advanced into the fourth round of the F.A. Cup last night by beating Sunderland in one of the most pulsating and exciting ties even they have ever taken part in. in appalling conditions they managed not only to produce the best football I have seen from them all season, but also to show fighting spirit and determination that could carry them a long way in this competition. Typical was the attitude of left winger Brian Harris. Injured in a heading duel in the 68th minute he staggered back after attention from the trainer. After the match it was found he had fractured his jaw. But despite Harris courage the Everton hero was young Jimmy Keeley, an inside left who was only recently appeared in the first team. Previous performances had not led one to expect that he would dazzle us with clever distribution although he has given ample evidence of his shooting powers. Yet last night, in a company that included such great players as Sunderland’s Revie he stood out as the finest forward on the field. Cleaving his way through a rather hesitant Sunderland defence, he shot out passes to both wings with equal facility and still managed to hammer in the two goals which virtually decided the match. The first came in only the fourth minute, following a sinuous right-wing move begin by J. Harris and carried in by Hickson and Thomas, the second, in the third minute of extra time following a neatly rolled pass by Hickson. Though Hickson added a third goal in the sixteenth minute of extra time, the issue had then been decided to all intents and purposes. In the final thirty minutes Sunderland were grievously handicapped since Fogarty, far and away their cleverest forward, could only watch from the touch-line, having been sent off by Referee Arthur Ellis, of Halifax, for a full-length Rugby tackle on Sanders in the last minute of ordinary time.
Among the 56,956 spectators was one who must have felt the past had come to life again. Mr. Bill Murray, who played in the immortal match against Everton twenty-three years ago and who was, until recently, Sunderland manager, came all the way down from County Durham on a sentimental journey. He must have been sorry to see his old team again on the receiving end, but could have had few doubts about the justice of the final score. Sunderland with soft-voiced crooner Grainger in place of Godbold, played some attractive football but they were never able to match the incisive thrusts of the Everton inside trio which always threatened to produce goals. Revie was clearly bogged down by the heavy going and after Forgarty, right winger Bingham was their most effective forward. Fortunately Tansey, like Tom Jones was in great form for Everton and although forced to leave the field with a leg injury for some three or four minutes (altogether six minutes were lost through stoppages of one kind or another), he succeeded in keeping the little Irish box of tricks fairly well under control. But Sunderland’s savior was without doubt goalkeeper Fraser. He made at least five magnificent saves most of them from Keeley, and one from J. Harris in the second half had even the Everton supporters applauding vociferously.
Meagan and Rea particularly the former, tackled like demons and it was in no small part due to their efforts that their own forwards were able to enjoy so much of the play. Coach Ian Buchan must have been greatly encouraged by his side’s performance, for it is nearly four months since Everton last won at Goodison Park. If last night’s display is anything to go by, however, the club seem to have turned their corner. Everton dominated the first twenty minutes but only had Keeley’s first goal to show for all their work and this was soon cancelled when Fleming equalized in the twenty-fourth minute. Having previously miskicked from close in, he was lucky enough to get a second chance and this time made no mistake.. The remainder of ordinary time brought plenty of excitement but no more goals. Rea kicked a Fleming header off the line and both Fleming and Fogarty shot within inches at one end, while at the other Fraser alone stood between Everton and a cricket score. In the last five minutes alone there could have been two goals at each end and it was in this period of frenzied excitement that Fogarty got his matching orders. To Extra-time –and Keeley match-winning goal. Though Sunderland fought desperately they could never overcome their handicap but once Dunlop had to make an amazing double-barreled clearance with his fists from a Grainger corner. Time was clearly on Everton’s side and Hickson’s goal, reward for a hard night’s work, came as no surprise. Well done Everton. More of this when you meet Blackburn and you will be another step nearer Wembley.
EVERTON PLAYER ON TRANSFER LIST
January 9, 1958. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton have agreed to the transfer request of Graham Williams their reserve outside left, and are now ready to consider offers. Williams, who made his request a week ago, gave his reason; the fact he see little hope of advancement at Goodison and would like to go where there is a chance of regular first team outings. He was signed by Everton from Bradford City in March 1956, and has made 13 senior appearances since. After playing in the first two matches at the start of the current campaign he was dropped in favour of Brian Harris, and has since been unable to regain his place.
B. HARRIS COURAGE
January 9, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
A special tribute was earned by Brian Harris, who courageously played on after suffering what later turned out to be a depressed fracture on the cheekbone. He will be out of the game for about a fortnight, but may be fit for the next round. Tansy has a badly swollen ankle, but may be fit in about 10 days. Apart from minor knocks these are the only Everton casualties.
The kick-off of the Under-23 international match between England and Scotland at Goodison Park next Wednesday has now been put back from 7 to 7.15 p.m.
EVERTON VICTORIOUS IN THRILL-PCKED REPLAY
January 9, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Following the good example set them by Liverpool earlier in the day, Everton last night fought their way through to round four of the Cup in a thrill-packed and exciting game which had never a dull moment, not even after brawn began to take ascendancy over brain. “Fought” is the operative word, for the longer this game went the more tough and desperate did it become, with both sides striving might and main and Sunderland puffing up a brave show in spite of having to play half an hour’s extra time with only ten men. That they suffered this handicap, was due to the over-exuberance of Irishman Ambrose Fogarty, signed by the Roker club only a couple of months ago from Glentoran. Fogarty was unlucky in one sense. But for a succession of stoppages in the second half, mainly for injuries to Brian Harris and Tansey, this tragic blow to Sunderland might not have happened for it was at the 92nd minute that the Irishman received his marching orders. Actually Referee Ellis played 4 ½ minutes additional time in the second half. Earlier Fogarty and Sanders had been spoken to by Mr. Ellis, who brought out his little book and shook his finger reprovingly. When Fogarty soon afterwards lunged at Sanders in a tackle more akin to Rugby than Soccer and brought him down from behind, the referee pointed to the dressing room without hesitation.
Keeley’s Night Out
That was the evening’s most tragic incident. The most joyful one was the success of 21-years-old Jackie Keeley, the chunky little lad with the shoulders and legs of a heavy-weight, who was playing only his fourth senior game for Everton. The former Liverpool-schoolboy and England Youth international was the man who saved Everton the trouble of having a third tilt with the Rokerites. He gave them the wonderful tonic of a goal in three minutes, and what a tonic it was. For the next twenty-minutes there was almost only one side in it. This was the real stuff, the sort of thing the Blues supporters have been waiting for a long time. Everton swung the ball about with accuracy considering the shockingly muddy state of the pitch the surface water, to say nothing of the sheer impossibly of predicating whether the ball would skid or stick in the “glue” when it hit the ground. We saw some splendid shots from Jimmy Harris one from Hickson which had such power behind it that it winded goalkeeper Fraser, and two narrow escapes for Sunderland when back-passes by Hurley almost let in Thomas and Hickson in succeeding minutes. Them from practically their first concerted attack Sunderland got on level terms after three shots had been blocked by defenders. From the third rebound Grainger teed up the ball for Fleming to score with a left-foot shot from eight yards. This was at the 24th minute, and that was how the score still stood at the end of normal time.
In between the crowd had been kept on the tip-toe of excitement throughout each succeeding minute. Some chances were missed by both sides, which was not surprising considering the treacherous surface but there was much good shooting as well, and some splendid saves by Fraser and Dunlop. The best of these was a really miraculous one by Fraser from an equally brilliant shot taken on the turn by Keeley which was going for the net like a rocket until the Sunderland custodian leaped across his goal; and partially stopped it. Even then it would have crossed the line but for McDonald kicking away. A few minutes later Fraser came to his side’s rescue again with another save against Keeley after Everton had taken the ball from one end of the field to the other with three brilliantly executed passes. Although the standard of play fell away somewhat in the second half, it was still a tremendously hard and hectic struggle. Everton had one spell of about 15 minutes when it seemed as though they were feeling the strain. They flagged a trifle and allowed Sunderland to come into the game very strongly, and when first Brian Harris and later Tansey had to be taken to the touchline for attention one began to wonder whether Everton’s lighter players would be able to stick it out. They did so magnificently and it was still anybody’s game in the closing stages of normal time. Sanders never lacking in confidence put everybody on tenterhooks when he fiddled instead of clearing and the free kick which he finally conceded almost led to Sunderland scoring.
The ball struck practically on the goal line alongside a post and Revie dashing in, only failed by inches to turn it into the net. Then Bingham headed inches over. Dunlop saved a shorter from Revie and with everybody holding their breath Sanders dashed away in the long touchline run which led to the dismissal of Fogarty. Thus the game went into extra time and within three minutes young Keeley had shown his two footedness by putting Everton in front with a great left-foot curling shot which left Fraser helpless. For this chance Keeley had to thank Brian Harris for the opening move and Hickson for a beautifully teed up chance. Hickson got Everton’s third after the second portion of extra time had been in progress only 45 seconds and that to all intents and purposes ended the game. Sunderland kept pegging away gallantly but the tide was now on the ebb for them, and the rest was not much more than the mere formability of completing the all ofted time.
All Deserve Praise
Every one of the 22 players not excluding the unlucky and chastered Fogarty deserves praise for a wonderful exhibition of stamina, courage and considering the conditions, good football. The ground churned up almost like a ploughed field except in the triangular patches near the corner flags, and it must have taken all the strength of which the players were capable to propel the ball any distance. Keeley and Jimmy Harris were Everton’s best in attack Jones was again a great defensive bulwark. Sanders and Tansey did well, and the wing halves, whose ability to last a grueling game under heavy conditions has been questioned by some people played their part nobly even if occasionally their passes were inclined to go adrift a little oftener than usual which was not too surprising on such an evening. Sunderland’s hero was Fraser, who like Dunlop made many splendid saves while Hurley and Elliott did great work and Bingham was the best of the forward line. Why he received so few passes in the later stages of the game only Sunderland know. They might have fared much better had he been brought more into the game.
HARRIS’ INJURY POSES LEFT WING PROBLEM
January 10, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
By Ian Hargreaves
The announcement yesterday of the Everton team for tomorrow’s match emphasizes only too clearly the problems at present for the club. The trouble is the shortage of adequate reserves for certain positions. When Brian Harris retired temporarily after a collision during Wednesday’s cup-tie with Sunderland, it was at first thought he was suffering from mild concussion. After the match, however, a hospital check-up revealed he had suffered a depressed fracture of a cheekbone, which means he is not likely to be available for another fortnight at least. In consequence Everton recall Graham Williams at outside left for their game at Chelsea, a move which points to at least one of their predicaments since Williams is on the transfer list at his own request. The only other recognised left winger at Everton is Steele, who plays for the Reserves against Liverpool and he is still very inexperienced. Should Williams depart –or even should he not –Everton may be in dire distress. Perhaps in this case they may be tempted to depart from their normal policy and enter the transfer market –I notice Preston’s clever young winger, Sammy Taylor is wanting a move. Another position causing some anxiety is centre forward, Hickson is available for tomorrow’s match, but he will miss the nest three –including the Blackburn Cup-tie –due to suspension. His services would be sadly missed in any case, but circumstances have conspired to make his absence even more unfortunate. Both the recognised reserves, Kirby and Llewellyn have recently undergone operations and are at present out of action, while Temple, who plays for the second team tomorrow, has just joined the Army. Fortunately the club are better placed in regard to full backs, Jimmy Tansey injured an ankle in the Sunderland tie and misses his first game of the season, but Fred Leeder, who replaces him is a highly competent deputy. This is Leeder’s first team debut, and I have every confidence he will rise to the occasion as capably as his old Central League colleague, Sanders has done. Tansey should not be out of action for more than a week or so, and even if his injury proves more troublesome than anticipated, there is Donovan to call upon. The Everton captain himself an absentee from injury these past few weeks, is back in action at last, and has a run out with the Reserves tomorrow. The Everton team to meet Chelsea is; Dunlop; Sanders, Leeder; Rea, Jones, Meagan; Harris (J), Thomas, Hickson, Keeley, Williams.
HICKSON TO MISS CUP-TIE
January 10, 1958. The Liverpool Daily Post
The Football Association Disciplinary Committee announced yesterday that D. Hickson, the Everton centre forward, has been suspended for twenty-one days from next Monday, January 13. He was sent off during the Division 1 match with Manchester City at Maine Road on December 7. The committee stated that in deciding the punishment they had taken into account the player’s record of previous misconduct on the field of play. Hickson’s dismissal followed Manchester City’s fifth goal against Everton. The centre forward was seen to say something to the referee Mr. Reg Leafe of Nottingham, who promptly sent him off. He had twice previously been suspended following incidents in which he has addressed remarks to the referee. In addition to the League games with Sunderland and Luton, Hickson will not now be available for Everton’s home F.A Cup fourth round tie with Blackburn Rovers on January 25.
LEEDER GETS HIS BIG CHANCE AT CHELSEA
January 10, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Everton, away to Chelsea are also up against a side which has been showing improvement lately after a shaky start, but in the Pensioners case they have been conceding goals more frequently then Fulham. Everton will have a debutant in their side in the persons of 21 years-old Fred Leeder, signed from Seaton Delaval just under two years ago who comes in for the injured Tansey. Leeder has been a regular choice, except when injured for the Central League side this season. Graham Williams also gets the opening for which he has been hankering, only a few days after the club and agreed to his transfer request. Now he has an opportunity to prove whether he is up to first team standard. In the earlier game between the pair at Goodison Park the Blues won a rather grim struggle 3-0. Since then Everton have gone back somewhat in League affairs whereas Chelsea have been showing slightly more consistency. They have 56 goals on the credit side compared with Everton’s 39 so the Pensioners seem to have the advantage when it comes to attack. The disparity is not quite so marked defensively, for Everton have had 42 goals against compared with Chelsea’s 52. Like Everton, Chelsea have been putting their faith very largely in their younger players this season.
The forward line is one of the youngest they have fielded for many years. In Greaves, Block Tindall and Brabrook they have youngsters of outstanding skill and ability who are likely to make a big name for themselves in the years to come. After the splendid start to the season. Greaves was rested for a while, but celebrated his return on Christmas Day by scoring four of his side’s seven goals against Portsmouth. That put him on the same mark as Tindall the pair being joint leading marksmen with twelve goals each. Manager Ted Drake one of the finest centre forwards the game has ever produced, has done excellent work for Chelsea since assuming the management a few years ago. He has taken them to the First Division championship and although similar success has never been in the offing during the following years, Chelsea have done better than they used to. The board faith in Drake was demonstrated in a rather unusual manner a couple of months ago, when he was given a contract for ten years. If Everton produce the same spirit, determination and good football at Stamford Bridge as in the two cup-ties with Sunderland they stand a chance of at least a point and possibly two. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Leeder; Rea, Jones, Meagan; Harris (J.), Thomas, Hickson, Keeley, Williams. Chelsea; Matthews; Sillett, Bellett, Casey; Mortimore, Saunders, Brabrook, McNichol, Tindall, Greaves (J), Lewis.
EVERTON’S YOUNG MEN IN TROUBLE AT CHELSEA
January 11, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Chelsea 3, Everton 1
Chelsea; Matthews, goal; Sillett and Bellett, backs; Casey, Mortimer, and Saunders, half-backs; Brabrook, McNichol, Tindall, Greaves and Lewis, forwards. Everton; Dunlop, goal; Sanders and Leeder, backs; Rea, Jones (captain), and Meagan, half-backs; Harris (J.), Thomas, Hickson, Keeley and Williams, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.A. Barradell. Everton fighting win must have been there youngest team ever against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge today . Their average age was round about 23. They introduced an another junior to senior football, Leeders of Seaton Delavel in North product. He took the place of the injured Tansey while Graham Williams came in for Brian Harris on the Everton casualty list. Chelsea made two changes from their cup-tie team, Bettett coming in for McFarland and Tindall for Allen at centre forward. Harry Wright the Everton assistant coach will be trainer for the England Under 23 team at Goodison Park next Wednesday. Leeders first move with the ball was an exceedingly good one for it sent Williams off on a left wing raid which ended with a good centre, but the Chelsea defence stood firm. Then Sillett came up amongst his forwards to try his luck and had a shot blocked. But the first real thrill and it might easily have earned a goal came when Thomas pulled a ball back to Jimmy Harris who unleashed a terrific drive which brought out a magnificent save by Matthews. Hickson, although against Mortimer who had many inches advantage was able to make one header which would have been of immense value had there been another Everton man up to take it. Williams went back to help his defence and he dispossessed Casey and then run on to make a good centre which, however, Chelsea were able to look after.
Top Class Football
The pensioners returned the compliment but without however, causing the Everton defence any great anxiety. Some of the football was of top class quality but Everton seemed the more direct and Matthews was again brought to the forefront with a magnificent save from Meagan. However, Everton, playing with the utmost confidence and quite a lot of skill took the lead at 16 minutes and it was Jimmy Harris who scored the all-important first goal. He collected a cross-field centre by Williams and although he was at the act of falling he managed to pilot the ball beyond Matthews. There were one or two hot melees in front of Dunlop and from a corner kick, Tindall just failed to connect with his head. There were other occasions however, when the Chelsea forwards kept the ball a little too close.
Only Just Beaten
The Everton defence had to be on its toes and at times Williams went back to fend his aid and occasionally came out with the ball. He tried to “find” Hickson and from one of his lobs the Everton centre forward was only just beaten. Then Matthews had to make another save this time from Williams but it was hardly the type of shot likely to beat such a capable custodian. Nevertheless it showed that given the opportunity, Everton were prepared to have a crack at goal. Chelsea won another corner and there was a hot scuffle in front of Dunlop before the danger was finally disposed of. Amateur Jimmy Lewis took the corner kick and Dunlop went up for the ball, but misjudged its flight and it was fortunate that he had a colleague close at hand to cover up; otherwise McNichol might have level the scores. The game fluctuated from end to end and when Tindall headed the ball forward Ken Rea was there to help it on its way for a corner. But it was not long after this, however before Chelsea got the equalizer they had been seeking for some time and it was Greaves the 17-years-old who applied the touch close in to make it a goal after Lewis had pushed the ball though for him. A minute late Tindall went through to relieve the situation Sanders cut out a fast ball back to Dunlop who took it well. The half ended with Chelsea attacking powerfully.
Half-time; Chelsea 1, Everton 1.
Everton started off the second half with a solid attack which Keeley was slightly hurt. Then Keeley and Hickson between then forced a corner but a more dangerous Everton attack was when Meagan swung over a lovely ball to the racing Thomas whose centre was edged away by Matthews. The ball however, went to Williams who unfortunately was off balance when he made his shot which passed outside.
The referee had a word to say to Harris and it was shortly after this that Chelsea who were now attacking strongly, took the lead. Saunders came up amongst his forwards, but his shot was blocked the ball going to McNichol who shot it well out of the reach of Dunlop at the 52nd minute. Everton were now strictly on the defensive and Dunlop had to make a top-class save when he turned over the bar a shot by Lewis. The Chelsea pressure was maintained although Everton did break it down momentarily but the Pensioners were soon back testing the Everton defensive lines. Keeley Keeley had not had a particularly great game and when he did get an opportunity he shot the ball half hit ball which passed outside. The Everton goal had another escape when Greaves shot against the advancing Dunlop the ball cannoned off Dunlop and away to safely but it was a tense moment too all.
Everton where mostly on the defensive, did occasionally have a tilt at the nets; Williams considering the ball did not come to him any too well did well to force a save. Then there was another corner to Chelsea when Dunlop turned another shot outside. The Everton goalkeeper had been an exceptionally busy man, and it was well that he was up to form for the Chelsea forward quite frequently called upon him to make good saves. Thomas after working out a nice shot able position for himself put the ball wide and at the other end Casey slashed one over the bar. Leeder had certainly had a hectic baptism to League football yet this youngster did not let the side down by any means. When Rea failed to check Greaves the Chelsea inside left went on and stepping over Sanders on rout to goal shot past the helpless Dunlop at the 86th minute. Final; Chelsea 3, Everton 1. Official attendance 29,490.
January 11, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
The suspension of Dave Hickson has been the biggest Merseyside talking point of the past couple of days, and there are many who think, not without some justification, that the Everton centre forward has been punished as much for his past misdeeds as for the offence of which he was guilty at Maine Road last month. On the basis of the latter alone, they consider the penalty very severe. Three weeks ago I made the suggestion here that steps should be taken to acquaint the F.A. Disciplinary Committee not only of the very genuine effort the player has made all this season to conquer his old impetuosity, but also of the exceedingly harsh treatment he has received on many occasions from opponents without in any way retaliating. I was hoping Everton would have asked for a personal hearing so that evidence could have been given on Hickson’s behalf. Had such a thing been possible I would have been willing to do so myself. Having criticized him severely in past years, I would have been happy to pay tribute to his changed demeanor and his efforts to live down the past. I read that a suggestion has been made that Everton may discuss the matter at their next board meeting, with the possible idea of questioning the authority of a non-statutory body to deprived a man of his means of livelihood, I should imagine this move was mooted in the heat of the moment and that on calmer reflection, nothing is likely to be done in such a direction if it is the club is only asking for a rebuff similar to that Liverpool suffered in their protest about last week’s referee, for which they had considerably more justification, as was proved in the replay at Southend. There must be a governing body for every sport and if that body has no power to punish offenders what use is it. The ground would be cut right from under the feet not only of the Football Association, but of the Football League. Players would have carte blanche to do as they liked. So would clubs. We should soon see things which would bring the game into far worse disrepute than ever. It has experienced in the past. The authority of both the League and the F.A has been challenged in the courts in years gone by and in each case the verdict has gone in their favour, as it undoubtedly would in this case if such a challenge was made again.
As for the suggestion that Hickson’s previous conduct has counted against him, there is nothing new in that. It has been the basis of hundreds of disciplinary decisions in the past. There is sound legal backing for it in the laws of the country. The past record of offenders is taken into account in the law courts every day of the week all over the country, and nobody grouses about that, I have taken Hickson’s part on many occasions in the past and will continue to do so when I consider that common fairness demands it, but there has been a lot of false sentiment and slush since his latest punishment was made public, and we should get things in the right perspective. His good conduct of late, bar the one slip, might have been advanced in mitigation but the power-that-be have every right to consider any man’s previous record and take that into account as well.
Once he has put the suspension behind him Hickson can start off again with a clean sheet, and if he comports himself as he has done hitherto in the main this season he need have no worry about the future. He has taken more buffeting and battering than any player should expected to stand, I hope that will now cease. The lad should be given a fair chance. As for the monetary side, most clubs have a system whereby the other players help the unlucky one. While Dave might well fill in his leisure time in the next three weeks by serving a little further apprenticeship to the licensing trade. He worked for some time last summer under Norman Greenhalgh the former Everton full back in his house at Bromborough and I don’t doubt Norman would be glad to have him again, for he spoke highly to me of the good work Dave had been doing.
Here are two items of a more pleasant nature. First a word of appreciation to Ian Buchan for a nice gesture. He had the ball used in Wednesday’s replay cleaned and autographed by all the home players and then presented it to Jackie Keeley. I should imagine that whenever honours Keeley may win in the game in the years ahead this will always be one of his most treasured possession. The other pleasant task is to wish many happy returns and a few more seasons of service with Liverpool to Billy Liddell who celebrated his birthday yesterday.
I feel many people have overlooked the fact that Everton’s loss of form dates from the time Fielding was injured against Liverpool. He has never regained his form and Everton have missed his prompting, for he was playing well. It might also be true to say Everton would have been better off if they had not played their floodlit friendlies and I would rather they concentrated on the important League and Cup games in future seasons. In spite of recent disappointments they have a young side with as much promising material as any other side in the League. Experience will come and Everton may easily produce a season or two the best Merseyside team for some years –W.J. Heslop, 18 Ennismore Road, Great Crosby, Liverpool 23.
SOCCER IS GETTING TOUGHER
January 11, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
By Don Donovan
Lately many football followers have been contending that soccer has degenerated into nothing more than a rough and tumble, and there have been allegations that referees are inclined to be too tolerant in their attitude. What really started the fans talking was the “friendly” between Ireland and Italy at Windsor Park, Belfast, which developed into a minor “war” Many people who read about the match have still got it on their minds. I am not saying that dirty play is unknown in our game but one must draw a line in deciding what is fair or otherwise. I maintain that when a player goes over the ball with a deliberate intention of connecting with an opponent he should be sent off the field at once without even being cautioned.
I do not like to see dirty play. It should be slammed out firmly. At Goodison Park we are taught to go in hard for the ball. The player who does not shirk a tackle commands respect from the man he is marking. There was a time when I flatly refused to believe any player would deliberately attempt to injure another, but after some of the things I have seen in recent months I am reluctantly inclined to think otherwise. Why this should be, I do not know. Maybe the extra bonus has made the players keener than they were. You would not believe what some of them would descend to for that extra £4.
If English players were paid the bonuses they get on the Continent I dread to think what would happen to that. It has always mystified me why great players and by that I mean men who stand at the top of the profession, should resort to bad tackles. I have at one time or another played against men of high international standard, and have found some not above having a sly dig at an opponent when on the blind side of the referee. Fortunately these incidents are few and far between.
Our own Dave Hickson is often accused of being dirty, in my opinion his only fault is over keenness in getting to the ball.
Dave is a big lad and he throws his weight about like many other centre forwards. But deliberately dirty – never. He is a great hearted player, whose robust tactics are often misinterpreted by the crowd and sometimes by referees. On the other hand there are some footballers who fancy themselves as tough boys on the field. However you can take it from me, they will always find rougher players than themselves. If the rules governing hard play were more strict I know a lot of us would come in for punishment and that goes for me, too. I play hard at all times, but I should be sorry to be thought a dirty player. If I were ever guilty of a bad foul I would deserve all I got.
The Cup Replay
Everton’s victory in the replay against Sunderland last Wednesday night was a splendid encouragement for the lads at Goodison. The last time the Blues won at home was also against Sunderland on September 14, and by the same score. Watching from the stands with were many ex-Everton players including T.G Jones now manager of Bangor, Eddie Wainwright, Tommy Eglington and Peter Farrell and they were all unanimous in their praise of Everton’s young inside left Jackie Keeley. I am sure the lads of the Everton team wont mind if I pick out Jackie for special mention. Since he made his debut on Boxing Day he has created a big impression on all who have seen him play. The two goals he scored were taken like a veteran. Keep banging them in Jack.
EVERTON, ON TOP, LOST INITIATIVE
January 13, 1958. The Liverpool Daily Post
Chelsea 3, Everton 1
Two of the youngest teams in the country met at Stamford Bridge and for a while I had visions that Everton (average age 23) might bring off an away victory. For 25 minutes they held the mastery, playing top-class football. But by some means they lost the initiative and never again were they able to recover the rhythm which made Chelsea (also a young side) look anything but impressive. I have faulted Everton on this time and time again. They will go back when they have seen that open play is their best means of progress. I cannot understand why a side which is completely in command should change their style and become defensive. When Everton scored through J. Harris at the 16th minute they got their reward but then came the change. They handed over the reins to Chelsea and Chelsea took full advantage of them.
In the first half hour Matthews had to make superlative saves from Harris and Meagan before the former finally beat him. Such football was worthy of many other goals, but one had to pay tribute to the alertness of Matthews. Afterwards the boot was on the other foot. It was Dunlop who had to do or die and he made some magnificent saves. Chelsea got right on top and just before the interval Greaves leved the scores. Some thought the ball was over the line before Greaves touched it in. I am not prepared to argue for Lewis’s shot certainly looked as though it would go in but it is better to be sure than sorry. Leeder, making his debut in senior football, had a particularly hot baptism. He was up against one of the best forwards in the game in Brabrook who has speed and ball control. But the North Eastern youngster never gave up trying. There were times when the Chelsea attack tore the Everton defence to ribbons. Even the Chelsea wing halves were coming through as an additional menace and Casey more than once had shots. One soon realized that it would take some super-human effort by Everton to quall this rampant Chelsea attack and the hard-working and hard-pressed Everton defence was often fortunate to escape heavier defeat. McNichol did hit the woodwork, but that was negative by Harris doing same for Everton late in the game. But it was obvious that Chelsea were not going to let their opponents get the whip hand again. I saw Keeley score his first goal for Everton and was hoping that he would deliver one or two similar shots here. But he had an ordinary game. Perhaps it was that the Chelsea pressure demanded his presence in defence. It was McNichol who put Chelsea in front and later Greaves scored his second goal after Rea had failed to check him. Dunlop must have saved a score or more of shots and headers. He was amply supported by Jones, who gave a tireless display at centre half. Everton must remember that the best form of defence attack. Chelsea proved that to the hilt and were well worthy of their win.
THREE GOALS FOR HAUGLEY
January 13, 1958. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Reserves 4, Liverpool Reserves 2
Everton completed a Central League double over their Anfield neighbours with a convincing victory in a hard-fought game which produced much entertaining football mainly from the home team. Everton’s superiority was most pronounced in attack, where nobody on the Liverpool side could match the skill, ball-control and effectiveness of Haughey, Temple and Fielding, the home club’s inside trio. Haughey was the outstanding player, and in addition to scoring three goals, he showed a welcome speeding up which made him more dangerous than he used to be. Temple got the other Everton goal, hit the woodwork twice and gave a very encouraging display against the experienced Hughes. Hughes and Byrne were the pick of the Liverpool defence. The remainder were rather erratic on the treacherous surface. Dickson and Murdoch scored for Liverpool, but Jackson was the best of a front line which for long periods was ragged and disjointed.
EVERTON HANDED OVER THE REINS AFTER LEADING
January 18, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Everton started off against Chelsea on Saturday like they did at Burnden Park recently when they crashed Bolton Wanderers to score their first away win for months. I thought I was in for a repeat performance especially when Harris put them ahead but like on so many occasions this season their impressive start was not maintained and in the end they were lucky to have only three goals debited against them. Times without number Everton have looked the complete footballing outfit, but then for some unknown reason –I cannot put my finger on it –have handled over the initiative to the opposition who were only too glad of the opportunity to hit back when all they had been promised in the first half hour was a sound defeat. It is an old fault, and an annoying one, yet it is there and until it is eradicated their future path is strewn with uncertainly. I am told they fought every inch of the way in their replay with Sunderland. Had they done that at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea would not have gained the confidence to hit back the way they did. Everton handed over the reins to Chelsea after making them look just a useful side. Chelsea seemed a little lackadaisical and slipshod, yet I gained the impression that given any rope they could be a menace and this they proved after Everton had their fling during which they had forced Matthews to two magnificent saves from Harris and Meagan.
Furthermore, Everton had scored through Harris at the 16th minute and were playing in such a manner that other goals appeared likely to follow. Then a threat by Chelsea changed the whole picture. Everton started to go back play defensive football, when they must have seen that an attack was their best policy. It had paid in full measure in that first half hour so why change? It has become a habit a bad habit too for it enables the opposition to gain a belief in themselves which was not previously there. I have faulted Everton on this score a number of times so surely it is time they saw the folly. I really thought that they were going to provide their supporters with an away victory and this they could have done had they gone on with the attacking ideas for they were cutting through with a knife like precision which had the Chelsea defence working hard to prevent the obvious danger. Everton were well worth their goal lead which could have been augmented if they had only gone on playing the same type of football –smooth and progressive –but once they allowed Chelsea to take part over, the Pensioners were only too glad to change the scene. Once Chelsea got their teeth into the game they never let go their hold, and eventually Everton were reduced to just an ordinary side striving might and main to starve off a defeat which had looked to be the portion of the other side previously.
Envy of Many
Everton’s average age was around 23 and I don’t suppose Chelsea’s was much higher, if at all. The accent was on youth to a marked degree, so one expects a sustained effort from such youngsters. Everton’s fitness has been the envy of many clubs. Whether that was their hard and testing cup game with Sunderland had its toll. I cannot say, but from being a lighted torch leading the way they became a damp squib and petered out on a dismal note. Once Chelsea got on level terms there was never any danger of them losing this match. In fact it became a question as to how low Everton could keep the Chelsea score. The Everton defence was at times torn to ribbons with large gaping holes in it, so was well that Dunlop was at his magnificent best. It had been Matthews turn to hit the headlines in the early stages but Dunlop took his thunder. Chelsea’s wing half backs now found that they could go, forward, without paying any penalty. Previously they had been battened down to defence hut with their weight added to the forward line it any wonder that Chelsea at times romped their way through to Dunlop. Jones and company tired all they knew to turn back the waves but they had to work so hurriedly that it was desperate rather than studied of football. Chelsea gained in strength every minute and when Greaves scored for them just before the interval the issue was never in doubt. Some claim that the shot by Lewis – an amateur was over the line when Greaves tucked it in. Not to my view, McNichol had previously hit the crossbar but Harris wiped that out with a shot against the upright, them McNichol got the goal No 2 and Greaves the third after he had failed to bar his progress. Greaves went on, jumped over Sanders’s legs and then shot wide of Dunlop. That goal came a few minutes from the end.
Deal of Chasing
Everton came off the field looking as weary lot. True they had done a deal of chasing. Leeder in particular for Brabrook gave him a heavy baptism to senior football. This 20-years-old North Eastern did not throw in his towel but it was obvious that the Chelsea winger was too fast for him too clever in control and more experienced. Leeder started off well with some choice passes but he later got little chance to do anything than chase for Brabrook was the best forward on the field. He led raid after raid and Tindall was often on the spot to nod in those dangerous centres. Dunlop caught more than one as I was squeezing in under the bar. Hickson found Mortimer’s physical advantage too much for him, yet he made some fine glancing headers earlier on which would have provided excellent opening had there been a colleague up to take them, but neither Keeley nor Thomas had what you could call a good match. Williams opened well, but like the others tailed off. What would have happened had Dunlop and one or two others been involved in the fade –out I fear to think. The conditions were such easier that last Wednesday night, but you would not have thought so, for Everton did not produce that extra bit of stamina which ultimately knocked Sunderland out of the cup.
January 14, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Derek Temple who joined the Army last week, is expected to be available to lead Everton’s attack at Sunderland on Saturday and also for the cup-tie the following week. Brian Harris left hospital yesterday following his jaw injury. Though still an out-patient, he will be fit for the Cup-tie. Tansey is making good progress and should play at Sunderland.
AS YOU SEE IT
January 15, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Judicious –Not Vicious
Mr. White, of Aldemey, The Serpentine North, Blundellsands, says he would like to address the following letter to the Football League –
Sir –Don’t you think you are a bit hard in your suspension of Hickson of Everton. What are the facts? At Goodison Park, 60,000 odd people see that the ball has gone for a corner, the only one who does not is the referee and because Hickson tells the referee that he needs a pair of glasses (and in a moderate way) he is sent off the field. At Manchester the referee has awarded three penalties and another goal where the linesman has flagged for off-side, and Hickson says to the referee, you’re having a..Good match, three penalties and an offside goal. Off he is sent again. There is nothing really dreadful about this. How many times have Test match umpires been told the same thing. They do not take umbrage, but treat it as a joke and part of the game. Why should referees in another sport take such drastic action? There is neither rhyme, no reason in it. Surely referees earn their respect from players by their ability to control a game and it never was necessary to send players off the field to be able to keep control of any game. Now, gentlemen, try and be sportsmen yourself and show the way this is grossly unfair. Everyone knows that Hickson is a wholehearted and courageous player and if he happens to be too vigorous on occasions, he can be reprimanded, but no one with any spirit, whatever is going to take what is given to him on the football field without some attempt to retaliate. Look at the instance on Wednesday night. Here were 22 players giving an exhibition of football under the doulest conditions. Why the game was not postponed heaven alone knows. Is it not human, for players to be highly strung in a cup-tie at any time? To me it was fantastic that injuries of much more serious nature did not take place. I think it was one of the greatest efforts on the part of 22 players and the referee has to go and spoil everything by sending a Sunderland player off the field for about as trivial an affair as ever could have been witnessed. Surely this was most unnecessary? Everyone knows the players name had been taken, but that did not mean that the nature of that incident warranted sending the player off the field. I could take the view that the referee had enough of the conditions and wanted to get the game finished. Now, gentleman, I think you want to start at the beginning and improve your standard of referees. The spirit of the game is more important than the rules. Let us get some referees who by their personalities and abilities can earn the respect of the players and thus control the game properly. Congratulations Everton and Sunderland for a wonderful effort and the sympathies of everyone must be with Sunderland.
TONIGHT’S FLOODLIT REPRESENTATIVE GAME
January 15, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
England’s Young Stars At Goodison Park
Everton stage their first representative match under floodlighting at Goodison Park tonight, when the Under-23 international side of England and Scotland will be in opposition, starting at 7.15. In addition to the extensive accommodation on the terraces and in the paddock, there will be plenty of seats available for all comes upon payment at the turnstiles. Only a section of the stands were reserved for advance booking. Admission by payment at the gate can be obtained to the shareholders stand and the south-end of Bullens-road, the old goal stand and to one end of the Goodison Road stand, while any balance of unsold seats for other sections will also be available for payment at the turnstiles which will open at 5.45. This is the fourteen game in the series of Under-23 internationals arranged by England of which nine have been won, two drawn and two lost. The first took place in Italy four years ago, when the home team won 3-0. The other defeat sustained by England was by the odd goal of three in Bulgaria last close season. Obviously Under-23 teams must vary considerably from year to year due to players becoming ineligible as they grow older though changes have frequently been made for other reasons. Murray for instance will be the tenth centre forward utilized in these matches, seven of whom have made only one appearance. The most regular choice for any position has been that of Smith at centre-half. He has played in all the games except the first one in Italy. Johnny Haynes has played in eight, in which he has averaged exactly a goal a match but unfortunately is unfair to play to-night due to flu and laryngitis. Joe Haynes of Manchester City takes his place. These games give an inkling of the form of some of the up-and-coming stars who are on the fringe of full international selection and with the World Cup in the offing tonight’s match is of more than usual importance. It is a big chance for some of those taking part to stake a claim to inclusion in their country’s probables for Sweden. The eyes of most Merseyside enthusiasts and particularly those whose allegiance is given to Liverpool will be focused on Alan Acourt who has already one full England cap to his credit when he played against Ireland last November. Greaves of Chelsea who has been written up so much this season is another whom the local fans will be keen to see again. He did not live up to expectation in the League match when Chelsea were at Goodison earlier this season. Scotland have yet to defeat England in these games. We have won twice and drawn once in the three previous encounters, the draw being last season’s game at Ibrox. All the Scottish youngsters have had experience of League football, some of them quite considerable experience, and Parker and Scott are full Scottish internationals. All the rest like their English counterparts who have not yet played in a full international game are on the fringe of this distinction, and again, like the opposition players, have the added possibility of inclusion in Scotland World Cup team to spur them on to the biggest endeavour. England; Hopkinson (Bolton); Howe (West Brom), Harris (Wolves); Setters (West Brom), Smith (Birmingham), Crowther (Aston Villa); Brabrook (Chelsea), Greaves (Tottenham), Murray (Wolves), Hayes (Man City), A’Court (Liverpool). Scotland; Beattle (Celtic); Parker (Falkirk), McIntosh (Falkirk); McKay Hearts), Plenderleith (Hibernian), Thomson (Hearts); Scott (Rangers), Currie (Clyde), Young (Hearts), Brand (Rangers), O’Hara (Falkirk).
EVERTON MAKE THREE CHANGES
January 16, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Donovan, Birch, Temple Return
Everton make three changes compared with last week for the visit to Sunderland on Saturday. Donovan resumes at left back after missing the last five League and Cup games. Birch comes in at right half for Rea who is not fit and Temple replaces the suspended Hickson at centre forward. Tansey had a fitness test this morning but failed to pass it, Brian Harris is also unfit following his facial injury in the Cup replay. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Donovan; Birch, Jones, Meagan; Harris (J), Thomas, Temple, Keeley, Williams.
EVERTON’S THIRD MEETING WITH SUNDERLAND
January 17, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Everton play their third game in a fortnight against Sunderland, and if they produce determination and spirit equal to that in the two cup-ties, they stand a good chance of getting a point at Roker. At the same time it must be remembered that when they drew there a fortnight ago they had a lot of good fortune. Sunderland had chances enough to win but some amusing hair-breadth escapes allied to great saves by Dunlop and the splendid co-ordinate defence of the whole Everton rearguard aided sometimes by the forwards enabled them to force a replay. Even at Goodison Park fortune smiles were mainly reserved for the Blues. Fogarty was sent off before extra time for offence which many considered hardly warranted so severe a penalty. Not unnaturally, Sunderland will be more than anxious to get their “revenge” for their dismissal from the Cup, particularly as they have dropped next to bottom of the League table, which puts them tenure of the First Division in great peril in this period.
Not Much Luck
As so often happens with struggling sides they have not been having the run of the ball very often. This makes a tremendous difference and if it does Sunderland’s way for a change they might yet save their bacon. Manager Alan Brown has several problems still. Not only is there need for much more punch in the attack, but the defence has been conceding too many goals, although there was improvement in this respect recently, until last week when Aston Villa got five against them. Including that game, 27 of the 61 goals scored against Sunderland have been registered in five games, which reduces the total for the remainder to more reasonable proportions. Everton bring back Donovan now fit but Tansey and Rea failed to pass tests yesterday, Birch comes in at right half with temple taking over from Hickson, now under suspension a centre forward. Sunderland; Fraser; Hedley, Elliott; Anderson, Hurley, Aitken; Bingham, Fleming, Revie, Fogarty, Grainger. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Donovan; Birch, Jones, Meagan; Harris (J), Thomas, Temple, Keeley, Williams.
EVERTON FIGHT AGAINST GALE AND INJURY TO EARN POINT
January 18, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Sunderland 1, Everton 1
Sunderland; Fraser, goal; Hedley and Elliott, backs; Anderson, Hurley, and Aitkens, half-backs; Bingham, Fleming, Revie, Fogarty, and Grainger, forwards. Everton; Dunlop, goal; Sanders and Donovan (captain), backs; Birch, Jones and Meagan, half-backs; Harris (J.), Thomas, Temple, Keeley and Williams, forwards. Referee; Mr. A. Murdoch (Sheffield). This was Everton’s fourth meeting with Sunderland, and they were hopeful that they would bring off a League double against the Roker men. Everton had Birch for Rea and Donovan for the injured Tansey, while Temple was at centre forward in the absence of Hickson. Hedley the ex-Everton player was right back for Sunderland. It was a blustery day and the ground was on the soft side. The first move of note was made by Everton when Keeley tried to find Temple and would have done so had not the wind got hold of the pass. Sunderland’s replay was a move on their right wing and “Cannon-ball” Fleming tried his luck with a shot that passed outside. Temple also put one wide of the target.
Harris Jersey Ripped
After Hurley had passed back to his goalkeeper to check Thomas the referee, Mr. Murdock showed us he was not going to stand any nonsense when he called both Harris and Elliott together and administered a caution to both. They had been involved in a collision out of which Harris came with the front of his jersey torn almost to the waste line. The free kick, however went to Sunderland. When Birch swept a ball out to right wing it did not seem possible for Temple to stop going out of play, but he did and offered a pass to Keeley. Unfortunately he was a little slow and the Sunderland defence was able to get out of difficulty. At times the Sunderland defenders were much too strong in their clearance, the ball going out of play quite frequently. Bingham forced a corner down from Donovan and just after this Sunderland took the lead. Dunlop caught a long clearance by Elliott but was challenged and lost possession. Revie side footing the ball into the net at the 14th minute. Everton, facing the wind, played some nice football and Thomas went close with a shot that passed not more than two feet wide. Harris was again spoken to by the referee.
Sunderland were pressing hard and from a corner by Grainger, Hurley came up to use his height. Dunlop did not catch a high ball from him securely, but he caught it at the second attempt. It must have been tough going against the wind, but at times Everton did cause the Rokers defenders some anxiety. There was no denying, however, that Sunderland’s pressure was the greater, and a free kick to the North Easterners ended in yet another corner. The wind was so strong that Dunlop’s goalkicks sometimes came back almost to the penalty area. Everton did succeed in netting the ball but Thomas was given offside from Temple’s cross. It was a very fine point, but one I could not argue with from where I was. When Dunlop punched one out it seemed there might be trouble for Everton, but Donovan and Meagan between them saved the situation. Temple put in one great shot which Fraser only pushed away but it was sufficient to save the day. Hereabout Keeley was hurt ad was limping badly for the rest of the half. A foul by Meagan on Fleming produced a hot melee in front of the Everton goal and Dunlop had to come out to blocked Revie shot. Just before the interval Temple was going through when he was stopped by Hurley and there seemed to be some justification for a penalty but the referee said no. Temple, however, was so badly hurt that he had to be taken off.
Half-time; Sunderland 1, Everton nil.
Everton resumed the second half with nine players, Temple had a damaged ankle and Keeley a thigh injury. Temple, however, came out a couple of minutes later and Keeley followed almost immediately.
It was obvious that Keeley who was limping very badly would only be of nuisance value and he went centre forward. He made two choice passes which could easily have produced something and for the first 10 minutes of this half Everton were right on top. Harris put one right across the face of the Sunderland goal and Meagan made a header but the best thing of all was a 30 yard drive by Birch which Fraser edged over his crossbar. Sunderland only attack this half was when Tommy Jones lost his foothold and this let in Revie and Bingham. The latter’s shot was a tame affair and Dunlop had no difficulty in saving. Keeley appeared to be losing some of his limp, but Temple could not find more than half speed. Nevertheless Everton were continually on the attack and Birch tried another one, but this time he was off the mark. Everton were certainly fighting today. On the first 20 minutes play this half they were worth a goal and at the 64th minute they got one. Thomas took over Temple’s pass, quickly got the ball under control and with his left foot completely beat the goalkeeper. The linesman was keen to see Revie in an offside position and the referee once again found it necessary to speak to Harris.
At this stage Sunderland were purely defensive. They only raided in spasms and the Everton defence, particularly Sanders was playing exceptionally well. Harris was mainly in the centre forward position. In fact the whole Everton forward line was moving about and constantly upsetting Sunderland’s defence. Birch so far had been Everton’s chief marksman and he pulled out another one which produced a corner. Jones, another bulwark in the Everton defence stopped Revie as he looked dangerous. Revie had his revenge a little later when he unleashed great shot but Dunlop saved it. The Everton goalkeeper caught the corner. Fleming, who has been rather wild in his passing, made one to Grainger which saw Dunlop save from Bingham. Sunderland had come back into the game now. Hereabout the lights came on, and we saw Meagan put a centre behind. When Thomas tried a shot he saw Harris get in the way and after Dunlop had come out and punched away. Aitken tried a long effort hoping to catch him out of goal. He did but this shot was much too high. Sunderland 1, Everton 1. Attendance 26,500
• Gordon Dugdale, ex-Everton full back, correspondent the Blackburn against Bristol and Ted Savage ex-Liverpool half-back for the Northampton game for the Liverpool Echo. Both Blackburn and Northampton are playing against the Merseyside teams in next week FA Cup-ties.
INTERNATIONALS SHOULD BE PLAYED IN THE NORTH NOW!
January 18, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
By Don Donovan
What a football feast fans had this week with two matches on television and the under 23 game at Goodison Park. It is very convenied of course, to watch from your fireside but it is only a poor substitute from a player’s point of view for we are taught to look at the overall picture of the game and not just to follow the ball. In that way we learn more about the game. On TV you have to follow the ball all the time. Of course, for those people, who are never able to get to see a match, TV is a wonderful thing. At Goodison Park we used to get a fair number of International games at one time, but lately we have had very few. Wembley has always had the biggest games. That is understandable, and in these days of high finance it pays to have the matches where the biggest crowds can be accommodated. Latterly, however, the Wales, Ireland, and Eire games are played there too which is all very well for the football followers in London, but what about the fans in the north?
In my opinion London gets too many of the good things of football and the provinces are neglected in major representative soccer. The game belongs to the whole country, and not just one part of it. In the last international match there were seven players from Lancashire clubs in the team, which strengthens the argument that some of these games should be played in the north. In the past year the attendances at the Eire –France and Ireland matches were very low. This is evidence that the football public in the capital are spoiled. If one of these games had been played at Goodison Park, Anfield, Manchester or Sunderland, I’m pretty sure they would have been better patronized.
The novelty of them would guarantee a full house. In 1949-50 just after I had become a professional with Everton the first international match I saw was England versus Eire at Goodison Park. I shall always remember that game as it was the first time I had seen so many football fans in one place.
While I am discussing international football I would like to congratulate Ireland on qualifying for the World Cup finals. It look as if Wales will be there too. I cannot help but feel that if a country was chosen as the best loser, Eire would get the vote and go forward with the rest. My first game since being injured on Christmas Day was against Liverpool last Saturday in a junior “derby” at Goodison Park. The young Everton team played good football and won 4-2 against a much more experienced Liverpool side.
Willie Haughey, the young Scottish inside-left, got three of the goals and Derek Temple playing at centre forward got the other but the player that took my eye was a youngster from Newcastle way. Bennett Steele at outside left. This lad looks as if he has the makings of a very good player and unlike most wingers, he can tackle very hard. With a little more coaching he will be knocking at the door of the first team.
SO EVERTON HAVE 2 CUP DOUBTFULS
January 20, 1958. The Liverpool Daily Post
Sunderland 1, Everton 1
A week ago I took Everton to task for their lack of fighting spirit. I have to withdraw that complaint after seeing them get a valuable point under trying circumstances against Sunderland at Roker Park. It was a difficult day for football. There was a high wind which played “havoc with some passes. Sunderland used it to some degree. It was a grand effort that enabled Everton to bring back a point. They had two casualties during the game and after the interval only nine players came out. But it was only for a few minutes that they were so depleted. Temple, who had suffered an ankle knock, and Keeley, who had injured a thigh, returned later.
Might Have Won
Where Everton had been mostly on the defensive and struggling against a wind in the first half they became an attacking force on resuming. They fought every inch of the way. With the slightest luck they might have won. In the first half there looked a case for a penalty when Temple was brought down from behind and it was in this action that he received his injury. Although he continued, it was obvious that he had lost some of his speed. Keeley was mainly of a nuisance value for he could only hobble. Yet at the same time he contributed in part to some forward movements by cute passes and made a shot or two. Everton made full use of the wind when it was at their backs and it was only occasionally that Sunderland fought to within striking distance of Dunlop, who had done good work along with his defensive colleagues when Sunderland were calling the tune. It was Revie who started the day’s scoring at the fourteenth minute and there was an occasion when Thomas netted for Everton, but was ruled off-side. This to my mind, was a very narrow verdict but from my point of vantage I would not be adamant.
Everton did not get their equalizer until the sixty-fourth minute, but when I came it was a beautiful goal. Temple supplied the centre and Thomas pulled the ball down, got it to his left foot and then shot well wide of the goalkeeper. There were times when Sunderland’s raiding had a goal look about it, but the Everton defence would not give a inch and Dunlop did his work confidently and defiantly. The Sunderland defence, by comparison was easily rattled. Never at any point was the football of a really high standard. One could hardly expect that in the circumstances for the ball played tricks and many well-interflowed passes went astray. If anything I should say that Everton produced the better football and were worthy of their drew. Whether Temple or Keeley will be fit for Saturday’s Cup-tie is anyone’s guess.
EVERTON RES 0 BARNSLEY RES 2
January 20, 1958. The Liverpool Daily Post
Except for a brief spell during the goalless first half, Barnsley always looked more dangerous and won on merit. The visitors’ more open football was better suited to the heavy going and Everton’s lack of speed, in thought and action, became more evident as the game progressed. As Everton’s wing halves allowed the Barnsley inside men too much latitude, the home full backs, Griffiths and Leeder, emerged from a difficult task with credit. Fielding and Haughey strove manfully to get the home forwards moving, but both had to concentrate on defence too much. Left half Houghton and centre forward Edgar scored the goals.
EVERTON REVEAL GREAT FIGHTING SPIRIT AT ROKER PARK
January 20, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Everton nearly brought off the first double of the season and but for one or two things they would most certainly have done so. With only nine fit men throughout the whole of the second half Everton fought like Tigers and why they cannot do that with a completely fit team is beyond me. Only a week ago I faulted them for not going through with their effort at Stamford Bridge. They threw back the challenge at Roker Park and gave me no alternation but to praise them for their magnificent effort in spite of adversity. Sunderland should have had more than one goal from their pressure in the first half yet at the same time could not rate their football as anything put mediocre, and fear they are in for troublesome times before the season ends. They have a record of never being relegated. It is in greater danger right now than ever before for the side is playing badly. I have never before seen a side so bereft of ideas. There was hardly a decent movement by them throughout. It was crash-bag football with no running into the open space, nor trying to beat the opposition by football art. It was enthusiasm and determination, helped by the wind which had Everton pinned in their own half most of the first 45, but even than Everton’s football was of much better quality. The goal Sunderland got was due to a slip by Dunlop. He lost possession, dropped the ball at Revie feet and it was in the net before anyone could do anything about it.
One could almost feel the tension of the Sunderland side. It was frenzied football. Being little or no subtlety about their play it was easy to read and counter but that is not to say Everton did not have their anxious moments. There was always danger in Fleming’s big shots and Bingham’s cut and thrust ball having gone through their grueling with only one wound I had hopes of that double. Let us take a look at what was on Everton’s credit side. First there was that Thomas shot which was disallowed for offside, the linesman’s flag was up but how could Thomas be offside when Temple had to pull the ball back to him? When Temple was pulled down from behind by Hurley and was also sandwiched by another Sunderland man I felt sure that it would be a penalty but once again “no.” It was in this action that Temple received his ankle injury which necessitated his leaving the field and it seemed doubtful whether he would return. About ten minutes before this Keeley received a knock and was hobbling about on one leg. Surely Everton could not rise above this disadvantage? When I saw only nine players returned for the restart I naturally could not even visualize a draw. True, Temple and Keeley came back a few minutes later, but it was obvious that both were at a disadvantage, Keeley had a bad limp and when he went to centre forward I thought it was for nuisance value only for he could hardly put his foot down. Temple could move at only half speed but the others decided that they must pull out a wee bit more and they did to a man, so much so that they had Sunderland on the collar. Playing the best football of the match Everton looked quite capable of winning for even the thrust that Sunderland possessed had gone.
Such Everton pressure was worth a goal. It came at the 64th minute and what a bonny goal it was. Temple made the pass and Thomas without flurry or hurry, pulled the ball down, moved it to his left foot and sent it hurling out of the reach of Fraser. A perfect goal in every sense of the word. Now the battle was on good and proper and another Thomas shot had the misfortune to hit a colleague and probably prevented Fraser from going to the back of his net a second time, I had no fear of Sunderland after that yet they made a strong effort late on and Dunlop had to save a hot Fleming drive which was deflected by Revie. I am not going to individualize the Everton team for they put up a gallant show in extremely difficult times and I am confident that with a fully fit team throughout they would have won.
Harris was spoken to several times, the first occasion being when he and Elliott challenged and Elliott almost tore Harris’s shirt off his back. It was ripped almost down to the waist and kept slipping down from his shoulder until the opportunity came for him to put on a new one. Elliott was also warned at the same time. A week ago Everton showed no spirit against Chelsea. There was spirit in plenty at Roker Park and I have nothing but praise for the way they tackled their job. It was one for all and all for one. Dunlop made full amends for his one slip, by pulling off some grand saves, while Sanders got better and better. But I said I was not going to individualize so I will leave it at that.
Following his injury at Sunderland, Keeley must be regarded as doubtful for Saturday’s cup-tie against Blackburn, but Temple is almost certain to be fit unless there is a later reaction. Both have ankle injuries. Every effort will naturally be made to get Keeley fit in time, and he will be having special treatment daily.
BLACKBURN HAVE NO SELECTION WORRIES
January 21, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Blackburn Rovers visitor to Goodison in the fourth round of the Cup on Saturday, have any players so severely injured as to complicate selection of their teams. The minor knocks and bruises they have are expected to clear up well before the week-end so that both will be able to choose from their full strength. Few, if any, changes are anticipated compared with recent games. The only likely alteration in the constitution of the Blackburn Rovers team may be the return of Bill Eckersley, their Southport-born defender in place of Bill Smith at left back. Eckersley received a knee injury in the game against Charlton on December 14, and has been out of action, until Saturday last, when he had a trial run in the Central League side. He came through this satisfactorily, and if his knee stands up to the week’s training and a final test on Thursday he will probably be included. Welsh international Royston Vernon, the youngest member of the team was demobilized from the Forces last month and is now in full-time training. Blackburn are not having any special Cup preparation apart from a visit to the brine baths at nearby Darwen Golf has been cut out of their curriculum since the weather deteriorated. The average age of the Rovers team has been reduced considerably during the past year or so, and is now roughly about the same as Everton. The forward line is the youngest department, with Dobing the baby at 19 and Stephenson and McLeod the “veteran” at 25.
EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS
January 23, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Mr. Ernest Crawford of Doncaster, who has charge of the Everton-Blackburn cup-tie will inspect the Goodison Park pitch tomorrow evening. According to present arrangements he will arrive about nine o’clock but if possible will get there sooner. At mid-day today both Anfield and Goodison Park had a covering of four inches of snow, but while Liverpool’s pitch was then playable there was still the same doubt about Everton’s as yesterday. The snag at Goodison is that the pitch was in such a “puddenish” state on Sunday that it was impossible to work on it, so that during the night the pivots and ridges were frozen hard. It is these which could be dangerous. Everything now depends on what happens in the next 36 hours or so. At the moment it would be possible. Everton usually tackle the compression operation by dragging corrugated iron sheets also weighted across the pitch. The purpose is the same in each case, of course, but the biggest problem at Goodison is to get rid of the divots and ridges which is not easy when the ground below is frozen hard. Nothing will be done until it is known exactly what the conditions are a little later on when the best method of tackling the problem will be ultilsed. Both clubs have head grounds men, in Ted Storey at Goodison and Arthur Riley at Anfield who have had long experience of battling with similar conditions and who will get the grounds it in time if it is humanly possible. Everything depends on how much extra snow fails in the next 36 hours or whether –and this could be a far bigger problem –here is a sudden thaw. Of the latter, however, there is at present no indication.
EVERTON COULD HAVE 7-30 TIE NEXT WEEK
January 24, 1958. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
Although they are only half a mile distant there is quite a difference in the state of the pitches at Goodison Park and Anfield. Prospects of the Liverpool v. Northampton Cup-tie being played are hopeful. The pitch is in good condition under the snow. Prospects of the Everton v. Blackburn Rovers match being played are said to be only fifty-fifty because the pitch is covered by about four inches of snow, under which are frozen divots or turf. No doubt Everton are very concerned about prospects of their game. They have asked Referee E. Crawford of Doncaster, to inspect the ground this afternoon. If the Everton match is off it will be played next Wednesday (7-30) under floodlights, despite Blackburn’s original objection to floodlights. Everton’s two outstanding team doubts were finally resolved yesterday, when Keeley and Temple, both of whom received ankle injuries in last Saturday’s game with Sunderland passed a stiff fitness test. So the only change from the side that drew at Roker Park is on the left wing where Brian Harris who fractured a cheekbone in the Cup replay at Goodison, returns in the place of Williams. The sides shows two alterations from the one that knocked out Sunderland in the last round. Donovan is now at left back instead of Tansey and Temple at centre forward instead of Hickson.
BLUES SHOULD SUCCEED
January 24, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have not very happy memories of their game with Blackburn Rovers last year, apart from the result. They were decidedly fortunate to get through with a doubtful penalty award. On that occasion the Blackburn side, still almost unchanged, played football well up to the standard of the home team, and had the advantage territorially and in other respects for long periods. What will happen tomorrow is anybody’s guess. The biggest problem of all my relate to the pitch, upon which the decision of the referee will be given later. Assuming that the match will be on I think Blackburn, win or lose, will give Everton an extremely tough fight, and that there will be no more than a goal between them at the finish. There is a strength and solidity about the Rovers defence which makes it clear that the home forwards have as hard a job on their plate as that propounded by any First Division club they have tackled this season. No fewer than five of the six names on the Rovers team sheet have been unchanged one game excepted from the start of the campaign. The moral of this is obvious. Not only does it indicate that Manager Johnny Carey is well satisfied with this part of the team but also that those who comprise it must have perfected good understanding with one another, which is one of the main foundation of satisfactory rearguard displays. On nine occasions their opponents have failed to score at all and in another twelve matches the best they have been able to achieve is one goal. When it comes to attack however, the Rovers have not been effective to the same degree. Peter Dobing the young inside forward who has taken over from Tommy Briggs as leader of the attack, has been shaping very well, however, while at inside forward and on the extreme wings the Rovers if not prolific scorers have players of ability and kill who may well test Everton to the full. This game could be a thrilling and exciting encounter even allowing for the handicap of the conditions. I tip Everton to get through, but only by a narrow margin and not without a very hard and desperate fight. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Donovan; Birch, Jones, Meagan; Harris (J), Thomas, Temple, Keeley, Harris (B). Blackburn; Leyland; Taylor, Smith; Clayton (R.), Woods, McGrath; Douglas, Stephenson, Dobing, Vernon, McLeod.
WHY ALL THE FUSS ABOUT THAT ARSENAL DEFEAT?
January 25, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
By Don Donovan
Although the F.A Fourth round Cup-ties are upon us; some people are still making a fuss over Arsenal defeat in the third round. One would think that football was coming to a standstill, because the famous London club has been knocked out by a Third Division side. Actually there is nothing unusual in a First Division team being knocked out by one from the Third Division. It happen’s every year. Bournemouth won at Wolverhampton last year, and then went to beat Tottenham in the next round. A few years ago Everton were knocked out by Leyton Orient and now Arsenal. Birmingham City and Luton Town have suffered the same fate. You can probably remember many similar instances yourselves. But now, just because the Arsenal have come a cropper at the hands of a Third Division team there is a big hullabaloo.
I know Arsenal is a famous club but so is Birmingham City, Wolverhampton and many others who have suffered the same fate. It is results like the Arsenal which makes the F.A Cup such a tournament. In the League Arsenal are fairly well placed with 27 points and don’t think that there is arty danger of their being relegated. The advice given by the national Press has been for Arsenal to get their cheque book out and to build a team worthy of their great name. In my opinion to build a team in such a play would not be of any great advantage. You have only to look at Sunderland with all their stars. I am not saying that a club should not go into the transfer market to get the right man, but one cannot buy team spirit and club loyalty with temperamental stars with big prices on heads.
You will find that players who have cost big transfer fees play more as individuals than they do as a team, and so the club suffers in the long run. In this game some team is bound to be at the top and a less unfortunate team at the bottom. If it Arsenal’s turn to have as had many then they must put up with it just as other clubs have do. Very soon, however, I’ll bet this storm blows itself out and we will again see Arsenal back at the top.
Last Saturday’s match at Roker Park was the fourth time this season that Everton and Sunderland had met. It was a very keen tussle, and the lads put up a great fight in the second half to gain a point after being behind at the interval. Good football was out of the question as there was a very strong end-to-end wind. I lost the toss and Don Revie chose to play with the wind in the first half. Even so I thought with a bit of luck we might have got a goal or two before Sunderland went ahead through Revie. This came about through a misunderstanding between Albert Dunlop and myself. Sunderland’s left back Billy Elliott put a long ball into our penalty area and outside right Billy Bingham and I went to meet it. I heard Albert shout something from behind, but not clearly, as the wind was so strong, and the net thing was all three of us collided in midair. The ball dropped loose to Don Revie and Sunderland were one up.
To cap it all Jack Keeley and Derek Temple were injured before half time. In the second half we had the wind behind us and we fought back and deservedly drew level with a good goal by Eddie Thomas.
EVERTON DENY DAVE HICKSON RUMOURS
January 27, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Even though he is temporarily out of football under conditions which led many people to express considerable sympathy with him –Dave Hickson still remains the centre of unfounded rumours which can do nothing but harm to both player and club. Statements have been circulating recently to the effect that Everton are prepared to part with him. There is not the slightest truth in them. Such a thing has never been contemplated, officially or unofficially. These sort of rumours grow quicker than snowballs rolling downhill, it is time this one which first go an airing eight days ago, was scotched for good before the story gets around further with the customary imaginary embellishments which are added in pub and club by those who cannot resist such temptation. First let me tell you what Mr. Dick Searle the Everton chairman told me. “There is not the slightest foundation for these statements he said. “Such a thing has never been suggested by any director or official of the club much less been discussed as Board level I would be glad if you would deny the rumours as strongly as you can.” Mr. Searle then added. “Contrary to any desire to part with Hickson, we are actually short of players, and our aim is to strengthen our staff if possible.” Mr. Ian Buchan was equally emphatic in his denial. “Such statements not only cause the player involved anxiety and unsettlement” he added “but can also have a bad effect on the rest of them, who may begin to wonder what their own position may be. Unfounded reports of this nature are most harmful.”
Another official of the club to whom I spoke was just as forceful but a little briefer. After a snort of indignation he commented “Sheer and arrant nonsense, without one lota of truth.” That should put a stop to the further spread of these rumours. Whatever individual opinions may be about Hickson and his play this season –and I am the first to admit that in some respects he has not quite come up to my anticipations though not in relation to his conduct on the field –at the £6,500 Everton paid Huddersfield he has been a good buy and the club has already got their outlay back via the turnstiles. They will show a profit on it, later especially when, as I am sure he will, Hickson hits his best form.
Everton’s team for Wednesday night’s postponed fourth round Cup-tie with Blackburn Rovers will be the same as that announced on Thursday last. Incidentally the club would like all gateman and stewards to report for duty at 5.45 on Wednesday. Blackburn Rovers will also field the eleven which was originally chosen on the assumption the match was taking place last Saturday.
ANOTHER FLOODLIT GAME AT GOODISON
January 28, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Blackburn Will Be Hard To Beat
The possession of floodlights at Goodison Park is not only proving a big-money spinner for Everton, who have already got back a useful proportion of their outlay in the first few months but it enables supporters to see Cup matches which otherwise they might have had to miss. It also avoids absenteeism from work, which is not a bad thing. Had there been no lights at Everton’s head-quarters the Sunderland third-round replay, as well as tomorrow’s game with Blackburn Rovers, would have taken place in the afternoon which would have meant a lot of keen football enthusiasts could not have attended. There were 56,952 people at the Sunderland game which was approximately double what an afternoon game might have drawn. If the weather is good tomorrow even that high figure may be surpassed, for Cup-tie enthusiasm is mounting steady, as the early victims continue to fall by the wayside. A few readers have written asking why Anfield should have been playable on Saturday and Goodison Park not. The reason is that Goodison pitch was in such a terribly soft and churned up state after the previous Saturday’s game that the ground staff were unable to do the usual rolling and divot replacing immediately. At Anfield the pitch did not cut up to anything like the same extent and was much firmer with the result that the ground staff were able to roll it, level before the frost came. It was the latter which froze in the divots and ridges at Goodison which made the surface dangerous. One reader suggests that there was a “conspiracy” to put the game off in view if the rival attraction at Anfield. That is ridiculous. The ground staff did all that was possible in any case the decision whether to play or not has nothing to do with the club. Only the referee can say “yea” or “nay” under such circumstances, and when there is any possibility of injury to players he has no option.
No Great Advantage
When Blackpool were at Goodison in the Cup just over a year ago they were unfortunate loses through a penalty which many people considered a particularly harsh decision. The Rovers on that occasion proved themselves as good as Everton in all respect and had the better of matters territorially. What has gone before however, has no connection with what may happen tomorrow evening and we can forget the pair’s last meeting. This game has all the signs of a hard and dour struggle and the fact that Blackburn are a Second Division side is nothing to go by. We have already seen the season, as seen so often in past years, that the lower League status of the club does not automatically confer advantage upon the opposition. It may make them favourities before a ball has been kicked especially when they are at home, but there it ends. Blackburn will have a strong following tomorrow evening and on the basis of what we saw of them at Anfield last November they are not going to be an easy to dismiss. Everton will have to be right at the top of their form to make sure of getting through to the last 16 and taking a bit at Cardiff next round. Particularly will it be necessary to their forward to shoot oftener and more accurately and not to fritter away possible chances through the irritating elaboration which has some times characterized them in recent matches. Judging from their display against Liverpool even though they lost I reckon the strength of Blackburn rests namely in the solidity of the defence. This is borne out also by their record in League matches. They have had fewer goals scored against them than any team in the two premier division bar Wolves. In 27 League matches they have conceded only 34 goals.
Two Old Friends
Two splendid bulwarks of the Rovers rearguard are the former Evertonians, goalkeeper Harry Leyland and centre half Matt Woods who have been ever present since they joined the Ewood Park club at the start of last season. Considering the moderate fees their cost they have been real bargains. Add to Woods and Leyland the splendid work of Taylor – another ever present –the skill and experience of the skipper Ronnie Clayton an automatic choice for England for some time now and that of another ever present in left half McGrath, and it becomes obvious that not only has Manager Johnny Carey every confidence in the rear part of his team but that the players themselves must by now have achieved a high degree of understanding and defensive covering. The Rovers have not been anything like so outstanding in attack. They have only scored 44 goals which moderate though it is, is still three more than Everton have been able to achieve although Blackburn have not been up against the same calibre of opposition. With the career of veteran Tommy Briggs drawing to an end Rovers have for a long time been hoping to sign an experienced centre forward to take over the leadership. So far manager Johnny Carey has had no success in this direction and young Dobing although normally and more naturally suited to an inside berth, has been filling the breach and not without a certain amount of success, during the last three months. Rovers have international players at outside right and inside left in Douglas and Vernon, two young lads, who are earning high praise for their consistent play. Like Everton however the Rovers finishing is not always up to the standard of their approach work. This similarly between the two sides is so balanced that tomorrow’s game may well resolve itself into a low scoring match, with the respective defence in command most of the time. Everton of course, will have by far the greater vocal encouragement which is a great help in a Cup-tie. Everything points to a very close and exciting struggle between two sides which seem despite their difference in league status to be very evenly matched. The run of the ball and an odd spot of good luck may be a deciding factor. There is a slight doubt about Smith, the Blackburn left back, who hurt an ankle in a practice game yesterday. If he is not fit Bill Eckersley will deputise. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Donovan; Birch, Jones, Meagan; Harris (J.), Thomas, Temple, Keeley, Harris (B.). Blackburn; Leyland; Taylor, Smith, Layton, Woods, McGrath; Douglas, Stephenson, Dobing, Vernon, McLeod.
BLACKBURN ROVERS PAY OFF AN OLD SCORE
January 30, 1958. The Liverpool Daily Post
When 75,000 Feels Like 175,000
Everton 1, Blackburn Rovers 2
(Attendance 75,818; Receipts £10,575)
By Leslie Edwards
Johnny Carey’s Blackburn team, including two former Everton players, Leyland and Woods, avenged themselves for Cup defeats a year ago at Goodison Park last night. They won deservedly because in the first half hour they showed us, and Everton, football of such brilliance one might have supposed one was looking at a Manchester United in one of Carey’s vintage seasons. Everton could not shake off the effects of conceding two goals in the first twenty minutes. They rallied, they fought, they reduced the lead by one but they never gave this tightly packed near-record crowd confidence in their ability to turn the match victoriously. And while speaking of the attendance one must put it on record that this was some three thousand fewer than the record one which saw Everton v. Liverpool game in 1948. I do not doubt that many who suffered severe crushing at Goodison Park last night imagined some 175,000 people were present I never saw Everton enclosures so tightly packed; so prone to sway like a field of corn. The vast number of terrace spectators must have felt like sandines in some hugh tin with a football match taking place on the label. From time to time hundreds of spectators many of them boys, were allowed to ease pressure by coming over the barrier and onto the surround of the pitch. First the public shepherd them down the players subway to exit doors. Then remove authority ruled that they could come back and see the match to the finish. Not all elected to do this and I was told at the interval that thousands of people who had been in the ground when the game started were on their way home long before the interval.
Doors were shut once enclosures became full, but I heard talk –how true I cannot say – that spectators were seen climbing over the high wall at the Church corner of the ground. There looked to be 80,000 present and rarely have the police and the excellent men of St. John Ambulance been kept busier giving aid. Blackburn opened with such power, such speed, such understanding Everton predominantly young side seemed staggered by stage fright. There was only one team playing –Blackburn. Led by Stanley Matthews’ successor in the England attack, little Douglas on the right, the Blackburn attack played havoc with an Everton who could scarcely put a foot right. Blackburn at that point looked solid but events were to prove that their defence was final quarter of an hour when Blackburn cane again as they say on the turf and were denied a goal again when Jones bobbed up miraculously under the bar to head out a header by Dobing which had beaten Dunlop and was destined for the net. Everton progressed by fits and starts. There was no dominating influence such as Fielding provides on such occasions. Thomas did many things well but with respect I record that the game often swept past Keeley and seemed so fast that he could not stay its course. I don’t doubt that all the players were tired at the end of a match of non-stop effort.
The man of the match was Douglas. He is in the Matthews mould and has copied some of the maestro’s tricks –tricks, which coming in such confined space look so spectacular, Douglas only fault was that he did not score when his brilliant feet had taken him to point-blank range. Towards the end he came in for some tough treatment from Donovan and on one occasion after injury was carried from the field like a babe in arms by the Blackburn trainers. The Blackburn contingent disliked, very much, some of Everton’s methods in respect of Douglas and said so. But it was not a foul match. It was hard and rather sketchy once Blackburns gloss had worn off, Vernon for instance began to tire after his great work in the first half, but this young Rhyl boy showed what a great potential he has. The Blackburn line with McLeod threatening to do as much on the left as Douglas and with the hard working Dobing and Stephenson to commend it, was far ahead of Everton’s which never moved together despite the prompting of Meagan’ and Birch and others and the wandering into odd positions of J. Harris. Blackburn’s other great personality was Clayton at half-back. When in doubt let Clayton have it, seemed to be Blackburn’s main tactic and rarely did he fail defensively or as a constructing force. Blackburn lost their grip shortly before the interval when they seemed to tire from their great start and Everton speeded up and grew more determined in the tackle. The great surprise was the failure of Temple to evade Woods who had some inches to spare in air battles and was only once in danger of being left behind in a duel with the ball on the turf – and then he handled!
In a match which might well have been lost by four goals to one, it was difficult to put a finger on an Everton hero. I would say that Jones for doing his difficult job adequately and Sanders for not allowing McLeod to become too menacing did as well as any one and Dunlop was without fault. He was lucky that Douglas and others tried to find the eye of a needle with some of their centres rather than pull them back squarely. Everton were full of endeavour, but the attack was never moving smoothly. The team, I thought, put enormous effort into the game but not always judiciously, I fear the Everton problem persists and that this Blackburn display has served only to heighten our concern. Everton’s marking was nonexistent when Clayton flung over the centre from which Dobing scored with a header. Dobing was all alone when he made a glancing header. Donovan’s commiserating pat on the back for Meagan was a captain’s gesture when the little man rose to a fast Douglas centre and succeeded only in heading the ball past Dunlop. Once two up there seemed no stopping Blackburn but the game did not develop that-way. Temple who limped almost from the start and additionally took a severe blow to the face and Birch suffered knocks and it may be that temple’s failure was as much due to his injury as to Woods. But Cup football is cruel, demanding. None but the most partisan would refuse to agree that Blackburn are the best qualified to take on Cardiff City in the next round. And even if they are not, they not Everton are the club with the Ninian Park date. Remembering Everton’s good fortune when beating Blackburn a season ago one can only congratulate Mr. Carey, commiserate with Everton and congratulate them on renewing for a further three years the contract of their coach and team selectors, Mr. Ian Buchan. He has good young material but if their play against Blackburn is any criter they have yet to the blended into an effective force. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Donovan (captain); Birch, Jones, Meagan; Harris (J), Thomas, Temple, Keeley, Harris (B). Blackburn Rovers; Leyland; Taylor, Eckersley; Clayton (captain), Woods, McGrath; Douglas, Stephenson, Dobing, Vernon, and Mcleod. Referee; Mr. E. Crawford (Doncaster).
CLUBS MUST TAKE THIS RESPNSIBILITY
January 30, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
The feeling of serious apprehension I have experienced at Goodison Park and Anfield when unusually large crowds have been present has been mentioned have on several occasions. I had same feeling again at Goodison Park last night. The crowd was swaying ominously even before the game started, and it had not long been under way before hundreds of would be spectators had to scramble to safely on the running track. The majority of them were compelled to leave the premises and were wise to do so, disappointing thought it may have been for many were only boys and youths whose lives and limbs could easily have been in danger in the crush. It was extremely fortunate there were no serious casualties. But the moral is obvious. Something must be done, and without delay to ensure that this danger is eliminated in the future. “Penning” on the Hampden Park and Wembley system is the only completely safe protection but this is a policy of perfection which would involved considerable expense and possible much re-planning of grounds, sixpence should not be allowed to deter clubs from safely measures, however, particularly when their revenue is large as Everton’s is, and when they have had such a windfall as that provided by the abolition entertainment tax. The safely of spectators should be paramount no matter what it costs. Sailing penning system however it is clear that steps must be taken to erect more crush barriers which are the next best safely precaution. People who play pay to enter a footballs ground have a tight expect to see the game without the risk of personal injury. The responsibility to provide that immunity rests with the club. It wasn’t the directors of Everton and Liverpool will take prompts steps to fulfill that responsibility beyond any question whatever the size of future attendance on specially attractive occasions. Before the Bolton disaster during the early post-war boom I wrote on several occasions of the imminent danger in the big crowds then attending matches. Nothing was done until the tragedy at Burnden Park high-lighted the danger. Then the Home Office, Football league and everybody got concerned and got cracking and new limitations were placed on attendances at individual grounds. I hope we do not have to wait until something serious or even fatal happens in this city before every possible steps is taken avoid risks such as those which were just on the fringe of the situation at Goodison Park as night.
Everton Were Well Beaten
Well that’s that. Rosy dreams of Everton making a splash in the Cup this season have gone west. They were demolished almost without traced by an infinitely better footballing side. Blackburn who looked like the First Division side and Everton who struggling and struggling Second Division team lacking co-ordination in attack and bewitched and bewildered in defence by the speedily and talented Rovers forwards. One felt considerable sympathy for Meagan whose attempt to head behind a centre by Douglas at the 19th minute was as ill fated as that of the Northampton full back who had the same misfortune in the game on Saturday at Anfield. But whereas Northampton would have been beaten in any case, Meagans slip proved the deciding factor, for there was only one goal between the teams at the finish. This was the narrowest margin of all other respects Blackburn were well ahead individually and collectively and might have won by a bigger margin had not the Everton goal had some miraculous escapes. Blackburn were not without some trace of fortune in this respect because of Everton’s poor finishing. Brian Harris should have but the Blues ahead in the first minute, Temple missed an absolutely open goal from ten yards with Leyland lying on the ground. Keeley shot wide from no further out through he at least had the excuse of being badly angled and others were also remised thought the same glaring extent. Tommy Jones when it seemed nothing could prevent a goal a header by Vernon which touch the bar, and a foul by Donovan which appeal impartial onlookers to have warranted a penalty decision.
For the first half hour there were practically the only team in the game and started like favourites. They were here there and everywhere with Everton looking laborious and pedants and by comparison. Every man jack of the Rovers team went to meet the ball as though there very lives depended on it. The home players complacently waited for it to come to then –and invariably found that it did not. Dobing was completely unmarked when he put the visitors in front with a gliding header from Clayton’s centre at the tenth minute. He had all the time he wanted to pick his spot, unharrassed and unchallenged and he left Dunlop without a hope of saving. Nine minutes later came on Meagan’s slip, though before that happened Blackburn had looked likely scorers in almost every move. They cut through the home defence almost at will. Their speed their passing accuracy and their confidence was amazing. For a time it seemed that Everton would never be in the game with a chance. But they kept pegging away, doggedly if not brilliantly, and when Donovan disposssed Douglas and started a four-man move Jimmy Harris was there to dart through and reduce the lead at the 31st minute. From then on to the interval Everton did much better and though Temple who had been limping from very early on was able to move only at half-speed there seemed a possible chance that the home team might get back on level terms.
They had as much of the play as the visitors for 20 minutes or so in the second half, during which Brian Harris letting his enthusiasm out run his discretion darted into an offside position and trined one of Everton’s most promising moves. He netted all right, but referee Crawford who handled the game exceptionally well throughout had no hesitation in disallowing the “goal.” Everton tried hard enough and to the best of what, on the night’s showing was rather limited ability, but once more Blackburn assumed the initiative and in the last quarter of an hour were well on top again. It was during this period that Jones made the effort which saved a certain goal to Dobing. Blackburn have thus extracted sweet revenge to their unlucky defeat here in the third round a year ago. On that occasion also they were the better side but could not translate their superiority into goals. This time they did, even of only by the unwitting help of luckless Meagan, who strove desperately hard afterwards to make amends for his error. Against such a sparkling forward line as Blackburn’s nobody in the home defence, Dunlop apart could shine to any great extent I thought Sanders the best of the lot. He keeps a cool head in a tight corner and rarely wastes a ball. One could not say the same about some of his colleagues for the Everton passing at times was terribly erractic. Tommy Jones was a tower of strength despite being missing when Dobing got the opening goal.
Jimmy Harris was the best of a very indifferent forward line, Temple’s injury was a big handicap to him. Thomas was slow, Keeley was rarely in the game at all and Brian Harris had no luck. There was also some excuse for Keeley as he received an ankle injury after 23 minutes which cut down his effectiveness. On this showing it is going to take a good side to knock Blackburn out if they reproduce a similar form in subsequent ties but they could improve their chances still further with a little more frequent shooting. Douglas was a real thorn in Donovan’s side. This youngster is a great ball player as tricky as they make them, but is inclined to be a little too individualistic. Stephenson went faster than his name sake’s. Rocket – he was more like one of the jet-propelled variety –and Dobing looked a better player than in the Anfield game against Liverpool two month’s ago.
AFTERMATH OF CUP GAME
January 30, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Temple and Keeley, who both received ankle injuries last night are unlikely to be fit to play again for 10 days. This means Everton now have three centre forwards on the injured list the others being Kirby and Llewellyn, while Hickson is not available for the game against Luton on Saturday owing to his suspension.
Last night’s attendances of 75,818 was the fourth highest ever housed at Goodison Park, where the record stands at 78,299 the League match with Liverpool in 1948.
Mr. Ian Buchan, Everton’s Chief Coach whose original engagement expires at the end of this season has been re-engaged by Everton for a further three years.
EVERTON’S NEXT TASK IS TO ARREST LEAGUE DECLINE
January 31, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Now that they are out of the F.A Cup and their visions of Wembley have been so rudely shattered, Everton can devote their undivided energies to arresting their steady decline in the First Division table. They have won one League match since they were victorious at Newcastle over three months ago, and their last engagements at Goodison Park have brought them only seven points all from drawn matches. The last home League victory was against Sunderland as far back as September 14. Tomorrow they entertain Luton Town, and as the Blues won 1-nil at the Kenworth Road ground in the earlier game they have a chance to chalk up their first League double of the season. But they will have to serve up something more virile and commanding than they did on Wednesday night to achieve it. Luton who at moment stand fifth in the League table and have a good chance of finishing up in one of the talent money positions, over this satisfactory position to their good home record. In their away engagements they have not been much above average standard. Thirteen such matches have yielded then ten points, with an adverse goal average of only 13 for and 23 against. Like Everton, Luton have not been outstanding as goal-getters. A total of 28 games in League and Cup has produced only 45 goals on the credit side. Of these nine were scored in two home games which reduce the average in the remainder to very little over a goal a game. Gordon Turner in whom Everton were once keenly interested as a likely acquisition for Goodison Park, is again leading marksman as he has been to several seasons since he came into the first team. He has 21 goals to his credit which is the lion’s share of Luton’s total who would be in a much less favourable position but for Turner’s consistency. Allan Brown the former Blackpool player who for the past three months has been figuring at centre forward is the next in order of scoring merit, with nine goals to his credit. Brown does not play tomorrow, however, due to an injury received in a floodlit game on Wednesday. Gregory takes his place. The Luton defence with Baynham in goal, a couple of very reliable full backs and a very sound intermediate line, bears comparison with all but one or two outstanding teams.
Sid Owen, now in the veteran stage, is still so reliable a centre half that I was surprised to hear recently that he has ideas of giving up the game at the end of the season. Owen has given splendid service to Luton since they signed him for a very moderate free from Birmingham some years ago, and but for remarkable consistency and freedom from injury of Billy Wright the Luton man might have had far more England caps than have come his way. George Cummins, the former Everton inside forward who joined the Bedfordshire club for a fee of around £10,000 just over four years ago has been unlucky with injuries during the past 12 months. He has played only nine first team matches this season. Luton Town; Baynham; Dunns, Hawkes; Morton, Owen, Pacey; Adam, Turner, Gregory, Groves, McLeod.
FOUR FORWARD CHANGES
January 31, 1958. The Liverpool Echo
Haughey In The Everton Attack
With Temple and Keeley unfit due to ankle injuries received in the Cup game with Blackburn on Wednesday, Everton make four changes in their forward line –two of them positional-for the visit of Luton Town. Jimmy Harris moves from outside right to centre forward, Brian Harris from outside left to the other flank, and Haughey and Williams come in to form the left wing. The centre forward berth is nothing new for Jimmy Harris. He played there regularly two seasons ago after Hickson had left the club and also on a dozen or so occasions last winter. The other Harris has also had plenty of experience at outside right which I have always considered the position in which he does himself most justice. This will be Haughey’s first senior appearance this winter. He had a cartilage operation some months ago, but has been in the Central League side for the last eight matches scoring five goals of them in the defeat of Liverpool reserves three weeks ago. The defence remains unchanged. Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Donovan; Birch, Jones, Meagan; Harris (B), Thomas, Harris (J), Haughey, Williams.
Tansey and Rea are having trials in the Central League side at Sheffield to bring them back to match fitness after recent injuries. Everton reserves; O’Neill; Leeder, Tansey; King, Labone, Rea; Todd, McKay, Ashworth, Fielding, Steele.