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TOMORROW MATCH
Friday, January 1, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
By Leslie Edwards
The Everton v. Bolton match tomorrow which heralds the start of the 1960 half of the programme is one Everton must win if they are to continue to steer just clear of the danger zone.  Everton’s task is a big one since Bolton have already proved themselves as pretty good mud-pluggers by successive victories over the holiday against the champions Wolves.  The absence of Lofthouse like the absence of Tom Finney at Preston, is always felt and not until recently have Bill Ridding’s side started to overcome the lack of thrust brought about by Lofthouse pre-season injury.  Stevens the stocky and very sturdy fellow who fills the centre position at Goodison Park is among the finest and most effective of club players even if he lacks Lofthouse’s size and ability to head a goal.  Nevertheless if his colleagues can find him with passes on the Everton mud he’ll make the defence go a bit.  Bolton Wanderers;- Hopkinson; Hartle, Farrimond; Hernin, Higgins, Stanley; Birch, Hill, Stevens, Parry, Holden. 

SETTER IS STILL UNDECIDED
Friday, January 1, 1960 Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Everton Wait For Answer
No Time Limit
By Leslie Edwards
The case of Maurice Setters the famous West Bromwich Albion half-back sought by Everton at an agreed transfer fee of £25,000 gets curiouser and curiouser, to borrow a phrase from Lewis Carroll.  Early today Setters did not know whether he was coming to Liverpool tomorrow to play for the club’s Central league side at Anfield or to make his Everton bow against Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park.  Later Albion chief Mr. Gordon Clark, announced that Setters would not after all appear in the Albion reserve side at Anfield.  No explanation was forthcoming.  Setters walked briskly and silently past Pressmen waiting to ask him whether he had made up his mind about accepting the Everton invitation.  There is no doubt that Setters is fit, there is no doubt also that he is a man who keeps his own business strictly to himself.  Meanwhile sitting patently at Goodison Park the Everton secretary Mr. Bill Dickinson patiently awaited the call from Setters which would settle or not the possibility of the player joining the club in time to ply tomorrow.  Manger John Carey who has initiated the Setters negotiations had another soccer mission which took him out of town.  Meanwhile a choice of the Everton was left over pending news from The Hawthorns. 
BUSBY’S DECISION
Mr. Carey’s former chief at Manchester United, Mr. Matt Busby cleared the air about Setter yesterday when he said that United did not intend making an effort to sign him.  All that could be changed of course, if Setters gave a categorical no to the offer to come to Goodison Park.  If Setter does not make up his mind to come to Merseyside in time to play against Bolton it will mean that his debut cannot come earlier than at Fulham on January 16.  He would not be eligible for the Cup tie at Bradford.  It is clear that Everton want to sign the player reasonable time to decide on a matter of considerable importance and that they will not hurry him or impose a time limit on him. 
TOO HIGH FOR VILLA
Aston Villa manager Mr. Joe Mercer told me today that he too would like to sign Setters, but Villa couldn’t afford the money. 

EVERTON STILL AWAIT SETTERS DECISION
Saturday, January 2, 1960. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Horace Yates
Everton still do not know whether Maurice Setters the twenty-three-years-old West Bromwich Albion wing half-back will be in their side to play Bolton Wanderers at Goodison this afternoon.  Though terms have been agreed between the clubs for the last couple of days.  Setters has still not made up his mind one way or another, but as time drags on his arrival on Merseyside seems to become more and more unlikely.  The only concrete news forthcoming from West Bromwich yesterday was that Setters would not be playing for Albion’s reserve team at Anfield, as earlier announced.  Everton manager John Carey remains optimistic and he will not name the team to play Bolton until this morning in the hope that Setters will have made up his mind by them.  If he is available for selection he will probably replace either King or Brian Harris at wing-half.  If he is not the only changes likely are the return of Brian Labone at centre half and the replacement of Bramwell by Tommy Jones at left back.  Bolton have experienced heir problems this season and the continued absence of England centre forward Nat Lofthouse has left its mark.  The away record is remarkable for they have only scored ten goals in eleven games-the lowest total in the division-and conceded thirteen so it hardly looks like being a scoring spree this afternoon.  Bolton have not won at Goodison since Everton returned to the First Division and are unlikely to do so today, despite their Christmas double over the Wolves in view of Everton’s useful home record.  However, Everton will certainly have to work hard for the two points they need to keep them out of trouble.  Bolton Wanderers;- Hopkinson; Hartle, Farrimond; Hennin, Higgins, Stanley; Birch, Hill, Stevens, Parry, Holden. 

EVERTON NEED A NEW YEAR VICTORY
Saturday, January 2, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Only More Punch Will Take Them Out Of rut
By Leslie Edwards
Bolton Wanderers who are at Goodison Park today, have been “kind” more than once to Everton in past seasons, notably when they lost 5-1 to their opponents of today, at Burnden Park on Boxing Day a couple of seasons ago.  It was never more necessary for Everton to repeat that victory.  The blemish of that rather disgracing four goals in ten minutes at Maine Road on Monday will need a lot of erasing and the club’s League position, which showed steady improvement from the time they touched last place, has now reverted to the realm of relegationists.  Fortunately for Everton Lofthouse is not nowadays in the Bolton attack, but Stevens the man who fills the centre position today is a wonderfully consistent player, and though lacking in inches, invariably plays well when I see him.  Everton have the power to win this match and others, but they will never get out of the rut if they do not find punch to apply to attacks which are well engineered and well carried out…up to a point.  Everton heed, and know it, better than mediocrity in several positions and it is useless Collins pulling his heart out making the way clear for others if they are not going to profit from it. 
That Mr. Carey and the Board are as well primed on their needs as followers of the club are is demonstrated by events of last week.  But it becomes harder for managers to get the players they want.  Players wives and their likes and dislikes have got to be considered.  The more one sees of soccer stars the more one is convinced that they are the spoiled darlings of sports “What’s in it for me?  Is the question spoken or unspoken when any of them seek to move.  Happily their loyalty to their new club, once they have signed transfer forms is beyond doubt. 

TOUGH GAME BETWEEN 10 MEN EVERTON AND BOLTON
Saturday, January 2, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Stevens Scores After Ashworth Carried Off
Everton 0, Bolton 1
By Michael Charters
Everton; Dunlop; Parker, Jones (captain); King, Labone, Harris (B); Harris (J), Ashworth, Shackleton, Collins, O’Hara.  Bolton Wanderers;- Hopkinson; Harris, Farrimond; Hennin, Higgins, Stanley; Birch, Hill, Stevens, Parry, Holden.  Referee; Mr. M. McCoy (Doncaster).  The return of Labone after injury meant that Everton revered to the more familiar defensive line-up with Jones at left back.  Thomas was dropped and Ashworth came in for his second League game of the season.  The pitch well sanded, was heavy on top and soon cut up.  Bolton were having difficulty in gauging the strength of their passes on the tricky surfaces and Everton were having more of the play.  O’Hara cut inside from a throw-in and his a strong right foot shot just wide.  Everton continued to dominate particularly down the right where Parker came through on a couple of occasions to link up with Jimmy Harris whose final centre was saved at fully stretch by Hopkinson. 
DEFENCE IN FORM
Everton’s defence looked sure on the few occasions that Bolton attacked with Labone in great form.  His heading was particularly decisive.  Everton were playing attractive football without showing anything definite in the penalty area.  The game was held up for a couple of minutes while Brian Harris was treated for an injury to his right leg.  When the game resumed it looked as though he was going to go on the left wing but he waved O’Hara away and continued in his proper position.  This incident was followed by an even more disturbing injury for Everton, when Jimmy Harris, trying to recover the ball in a clash with Farrimond went sliding off the pitch into the trainer’s box.  He was treated off the pitch and quickly resumed in time to take a corner which was cleared comfortably.  It seemed neither team could gain a clear ascendancy and both defences were having the better of matters.  In the first 25 minutes there had not been one shot of note.  At long last just before the half-hour, Hill collected a long centre from Holden and tried a ground shot, but even this went straight to Dunlop and the general lack of punch and directness made this a dull business at the moment. 
STANLEY’S SHOT
The best shot came from wing half Stanley who went though and held off King’s tackle before thumping the ball just over the bar.  King was injured in the incident to make the third Everton man who had needed the trainer’s attention, but he quickly recovered.  Ashworth was doing quite well and he positioned himself cleverly for a throw-in by Collins to send across a strong centre, which eluded everyone.  Jimmy Harris returned the ball into the centre but Hopkinson intercepted.  The winger then was guilty of the worst miss of the match when he had a grit chance as Shackleton back headed a centre from O’Hara straight to his feet.  With the Bolton defence beaten for the first time Harris pushed a quick shot wide when he had all the goal to aim at from close range.  Ashworth was the fourth Everton casualty –and unfortunately the most series of all.  He went down in the penalty area in struggling for possession with Hartle and was eventually carried off on a stretcher.  It must be said that it was an unfortunate happening in that Hartle was in no way to blame.  This came after 35 minutes and the stretcher bearers carried Ashworth into the dressing room.  Everton’s ten men maintained a splendid fight and kept play in the Bolton half with a display of courage and dash to be commended. 
BOLTON SHOTS
Bolton broke away and a long centre from Birch found Stevens with a clear chance, but as Labone came over to tackle the Bolton leader pushed his shot wide with only Dunlop to beat.  At least Stanley proved he could shoot by going through again and trying another long range effort which Dunlop saved low down.  Half-time; Everton nil, Bolton nil. 
I learned that Ashworth had injured his right knee, fortunately not as seriously as seemed likely at the time of the incident.  Everton resumed with Jimmy Harris having a roving mission in the centre so that the line was playing without anyone on the right wing, but it was only natural that Bolton began to have more of the play and they took the lead after 49 minutes.  Parry began the move with a good pass to Birch and was in position in the centre to head the winger’s cross firmly against the cross bar to beat Dunlop, and the ball rebounded to Stevens who had the easiest of jobs to put it in the net.  Everton looked very disorganized now and it was all Bolton.  In one scrambling effort in the goalmouth Dunlop came out to retrieve the ball as Birch and Jones fell, but it ran loose and Brian Harris cleared off the line straight at Dunlop who found himself saving yards from his usual position from one of his own men.  Parry tried a hook shot which went high over and whenever Everton tried to mount an attack of their on weigh of numbers told against them as Jimmy Harris and Shackleton took on the whole Bolton defence between them.  Hartle, trying to pas back to Hopkinson put far too much power on the ball and lobbed it dangerously just over the bar.  The corner was cleared comfortably and Bolton settled down again to their old rhythm.
FIERCE TACKLING
The referee had a word with Higgins after a particularly heavy tackle on Shackleton and the crowd had more to shout about in the fierceness of some of the tackling than they did in the cleverness of the play.  A later message from the dressing room stated that Ashworth had a displaced right knee-cap.  It had been replaced by a doctor and although the hoy wanted to return to the field it was thought to be too sore to allow him to do so.  The finer arts of the game were now being lost in the rush of unnecessary fouls and heavy tackling.  The referee spoke to Shackleton after he had fouled Hartle and it seems certain that Mr. McCoy might have to take stronger action than that to keep tempers down.  Everton were making a courageous fight of it and Shackleton engaged in a personal struggle with Higgins once slipped round the centre half neatly enough before crossing the ball to Collins.  Instead of shooting first time, the Scot tried to work the ball into a better position with the result that only a corner was gained as he passed out to Jimmy Harris.  Higgins was roundly booed whenever he touched the ball but I must say that the roughness in this match was not all one way, I give full marks to Everton’s defence for the splendid manner they stuck of their task with Labone and Parker outstanding and both wing halves performing miracles of effort in the mire, whenever he touched the ball.
HIT THE POST
Everton were fighting for an equalizer as though this was a Cup-tie.  Jimmy Harris, still playing in the centre did get the ball in the net but was plainly offside.  They kept plugging away, and after a left wing corner Shackleton’s quick shot beat Hopkinson but the ball hit the upright and cannoned away to safely.  The adventurous Parker went up in one attack to give Everton a right winger for the first time this half.  He took Shackleton’s pass to move into the penalty area but his power shot was blocked away by Farrimond.  Bolton were attacking in fits and starts but when did they looked a much better combination than Everton’s weakened attack.  From a corner by Birch Patty’s power heading was seen again, for he beat Dunlop with a beautiful effort only for Jones to head off the line.  In the closing stages the game had returned to its first half dullness.  Bolton were always the better side in attack- understandable in the absence of Ashworth-but Everton’s great weakness once more had been their almost complete lack of finish.  Hopkinson had one difficult save to make all through. 
Final; Everton 0, Bolton 1. 

WHY CAN’T EVERTON WIN AWAY?
Saturday, January 2, 1960. Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Alex Parker says Players are as Puzzled as Fans
Since writing my last article we have played three games, two away and one at home.  We won the Goodison match, but are still awaiting our first victory on foreign soil.  Supporters are undoubtedly disappointed but they are no more disappointed than the players.  Our home form bears comparison with most, so why can’t we repeat it when we play away?  Well, the truth is that on a number of occasions we have played just as well away as we have at home but have not had the best of luck.  Last Monday’s game is a case in point.  In the first half we did just as well as we did when we won on Boxing Day, and I we had been two up at the interval nobody could have disputed the lead.  However, we weren’t and City came out to display a form they had not shown before.  They sensed the ball was running for them and did not hesitate to cash in on it.  Before we realized what was happening we were four down and the game was all over bar the shooting.  With a little more luck in front of goal we could have returned with at least a point from each of our games at Wolves, Tottenham, and Chelsea.  Funnily enough our away record was not too had last season.  We won on the grounds of our last three opponents-Luton, Manchester City and Bolton.  We lost all three this time.  Last Monday’s matches were remarkable for the number of “revenge” result.  In addition to City’s win over us.  Leeds shook Tottenham at White Hart Lane (undoubtedly the top performance of the day), Manchester United reversed the Saturday result with Burnley and Arsenal got back into the good books of their supporters by winning at Luton.  Bolton Wanderers had a wonderful holiday, taking four points off Wolves.  A change from the previous years when they lost both games to Everton.  I was pleased to see my ex-Falkirk colleague John McCole grabbling four goals against Spurs.  Knowing him so well, I am certain he could not have had a better Christmas present. 
CUP VISIT
The Everton team will be more anxious than ever to improve their away record next week, for we visit Bradford City in the third round of the Cup.  We must win away eventually and next week would b as good a time as any.  However, we don’t anticipate that it will be any less difficult for Third Division side in a Cup-tie are not the easiest of opponents on their own ground.  When I mentioned the Cup draw the other week I commented on the number of goals Bradford City’s centre-forward Stokes was getting.  Well, I see he hasn’t lost the habit for the he found the net in both holiday games, so he’s one we will have to watch.  Maybe if, we can win at Bradford it will break the ice for us and prove the signal to go ahead and give a repeat in the League.  I was asked the other day to name the Cup winners, or my last eight.  Well in a competition where the luck of the draw plays such a big part I would not be so brave as to make any forecast, but if I had to name a couple to watch I would recommend Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa.  Wednesday are improving as the season goes on, and Aston Villa must be brimful of confidence, which counts for a lot in this game.  After arriving back from last Monday’s match at Maine Road most of the Everton team dashed up to Anfield to see the match against Charlton, and were very pleased to see Liverpool win.  I don’t think the most raid Kopite would say that it was a classic but I thought Dick White and Roger Hunt did very well. 
CONSISTENT
White must be one of the most consistent players in the game.  Although I don’t get many chances to see him play, whenever I have done he has never had a bad match.  Friends tell me that I am not lucky, as he always plays the same.  I remember that after the first time I saw Hunt, I said in the column that I thought he had the making of a good player, and he has done nothing o make me change that belief.  His goal was a magnificent effort, although he made it look easy he had to race on to a Jimmy Harrower through ball, hold off a tackle and as the goalkeeper came out to narrow the angle he put it in the only place the keeper could not reach.  The game was Tommy Leishman’s debut always an exacting business before your home crowd, but the e-St. Mirren left half did enough to safely the fans if what I heard in the stand was anything to go by.  I was particularly pleased to see him to do well for he is Falkirk-born and before he went to St. Mirren we used to train together at the Falkirk ground.  It must be a long time since Liverpool had so many Scots in their first team.  In addition to Leishman, there’s Slater and Harrower and their new manager, Mr. Shankley is a Scot, of course.  Leishman, Slater, and Harrower are all Under-23 players, and with England players A’Court and Wheeler plus Jimmy Melia with F.A. reprehensive honours, the Liverpool team had six who had played for the country I wonder how many of you noticed.  One of the stars of our youth team, George Sharples had to forego playing for England a few weeks ago when he was required to turn out for Everton in a youth cup game. 
TRIAL MATCH
I wrote at the time that I was sure the selectors would call on him again, and next Saturday he captains.  The Rest in a trial match at Corby.  Here’s hoping he does well enough to ensure getting the cap.  I am sure he will.  For today’s game the Everton Supporters’ Federation were hoping to bring Carlton Massey from Bolton.  He was the youngest who was hurt to our first meeting last September.  The Federation gave me an autograph book before Christmas and I got the Everton and Manchester City players to sign, and I intended to do the same with the Bolton players today.  I hope he has enjoyed himself,.  Just before the start of the Manchester City game on Boxing Day a dark brown gentleman wandered into our dressing room.  He looked at us we looked at him.  He grinned we looked puzzled.  Then somebody realized that it was Derek Temple home from Kenya.  He looked very fit and is keen to change from a khaki biquse to a blue shirt.  He gets demobbed next Wednesday, I am sure that I can speak for all the fans when I say “Welcome home, Derek.” 

WOLVES RES V EVERTON RES
Saturday, January 2, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Wolves Res;- Sidebottom; Kelly, Tithes; Jones, Corvett, Kirkham; Lill, McBride, Niholas, Durant, Mannion.  Everton Res;- O’Neill; Tansey, Bramwell; Jarvis, Billington, Meagan; Boner, Tyrer, Wignall, Shepherd, Laverick.  Referee; Mr. G. Ramage of Sheffield.  The first good shot of the game came from Shepherd, a grand 30-yard drive which Sidebottom had to dive to hold.  A mix up in the Wolves corner left Boner with a half-chance, but his shot hit Wolves goalkeeper as he lay on the ground.  Then Wignall running on to a perfect pass from Meagan got in a hefty shot which Sidebottom leapt to turn round the post.  So far Everton, the more methodical team, had the better of the game.  Wolves began to make use of their offside trap to prevent the Everton forwards from getting too near to goal.  The home forwards improved slightly and five minutes before handled after a right-wing raid, McBride converted the penalty to give Wolves the lead.  Half-time – Wolves Res 1, Everton res nil. 

SETTER’S SERIAL
Monday, January 4, 1960. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton’s Interest Maintained
By Horace Yates
The continued silence of West Bromwich Albion and Maurice Setters on the player’s future intentions has everybody speculating, as it develop into a serial story.  Some of the urgency about a move has gone with the approach of Saturday’s Cup ties, for Setters is eligible for a new cup any event.  Despite the disappointments of the last few days, Everton’s interest I understand is fully maintained, although my personal interpretation of the manners is that Everton hopes of making the signing are not improved as the days go by, unless they should finally emerge as the only club wishing to pay the price.  If Setters had been favorably inclined towards Merseyside I consider the decision would already have been taken.  He may be hoping still that new clubs will enter into competition and included among them may be one which he might have ambitions to join.  Fulham are now reported to have developed an interest and after their crash at Newcastle, Manchester United might consider it approaching to reassess their requirement.  Not until Alec Ashworth the Everton forward has reported at Goodison Park today will it be known what his prospects are of being declared fit for Saturday’s Cup game.  The knee cap displaced in the Bolton game was replaced during the afternoon, but naturally to be very slender yesterday.  A spectator at the Everton –Bolton Wanderers match was Mr. Jack Porter, Bury’s chief scout no doubt seeking the best means of tacking their Bolton opponents on Saturday. 

POOR FINISH IS EVERTON DISEASE
Monday, January 4, 1960.  Liverpool Daily Post
By Michael Charters
Everton 0, Bolton Wanderers 1
Everton’s League position is precarious.  Their one-goal defeat by Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park on Saturday was unlucky in that they had played without the injured Ashworth for the best part of an hour, but his absence was not the sole reason for loss of the points.  Disorganized though the forwards were, and facing one of the strongest and toughest tackling defences in the First Division, Everton still contrived by courage and pluck to have more of the game.  Their failing was the season long disease of lack of finish.  Not once did Bolton and England goalkeeper Hopkinson have a difficult save to make only once did any Everton forward shoot with accuracy and quickness with the goal gaping before them- and then Shackleton ‘s shot hit an upright. Until Everton’s attack finds punch and that killer touch to round off much hard work and constructive touches by wing halves and inside forward Collins, the side will be struggling in the foils of relegation fear in the bottom six of the table. 
O’HARA BLOTTED OUT
The game throughout was a dour struggle with the dominant feature being the Bolton defence, in which Hartle blotted out O’Hara and the uncompromising half backs being content to let Everton rule midfield before stepping in at crucial moment to half attacks when they neared the penalty area.  Higgins, Hennin and company are among the firmest tackelrs in the business.  They are probably accustomed to boos from crowds in their away games and they received their full share from Everton supporters.  But the power tackling was not all one way, I felt, and Bolton deserved to win because of their top-class defence and the more mobile cultured work of the forwards among whom Parry and Stevens often provided a threat which had Everton at full stretch.  Everton’s attack never moved with the same rhythm.  In the second half, with Ashworth missing Jimmy Harris and Shackleton posed a two-pronged line which rarely looked like beating Hopkinson, hard and valiantly as they tried. 
HARRI’S MISS
The best chance of the match came to J. Harris shortly before Ashworth was carried off after 35 minutes with a displaced right knee cap but he prodded his shot wide after Shackleton’s back header had given him an open goal.  To counteract this Stevens also missed an equally good opportunity in the same way while Jones cleared off the line for Everton after Parry’s header had beaten Dunlop.  On the balance of near misses, Bolton just about had the edge and even though their forwards were a better balanced line, they too found Everton’s defence in top form and rarely finished their moves with the same skill as they mounted them.  Labone had a magnificent match, ignoring the wanderings of the effervescent Stevens to put a firm hold on whoever came through the middle.  Parker, strong and dominant in the tackle, ever ready to move upfield to fill the gap at outside right, kept Holden so quiet on the left wing that one wondered if the Bolton man was a current England international.  King and Brian Harris, who both needed the trainer’s attention after tackles, defended well and covered much ground, but naturally their constructive ideas suffered with the emphasis being so much on defence in the second half.  shackleton did much clever work and never gave up the one-sided chase after the interval, but with Collins not as dominating as usual, Everton’s line rarely moved in unison.  The goal which decided a below-average match came after 49minutes.  it was started by Parry with a fine pass to Birch and the England men raced on to be in position for the centre which he headed so firmly that the ball beat Dunlop, struck the crossbar and bounced down to Stevens, whose task of putting it in the net was his easiest job of the afternoon.  Everton kept plugging away to their credit, but the finish was never there.  They simply must learn to shoot on sight if they are to recover lost ground quickly.  Everton; Dunlop; Parker, Jones (Captain); King, Labone, B. Harris; J. Harris, Ashworth, Shackleton, Collins, O’Hara.  Bolton Wanderers;- Hopkinson; Hartle, Farrmond; Hennin, Higgins, Stanley; Birch, Hill, Stevens, Parry, Holden.  Referee; Mr. M. McCoy (Doncaster).  Attendance 37,333. 

WOLVES RES 3 EVERTON RES 2
Monday, January 4, 1960. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton did not deserve to lose this undistinguished match at Molyneux, where after being two goals down in the 48th minute they had leveled matters by the 63rd.  They finally lost 3-2 after 73rd minute goal by Wolves .  Leader Nicholls, in the tackle and on all round football ability Everton looked a better bet them Wolves, the wilting Central league Champions.  Everton leader Wignall deserved to score in the first half when his on-the-run droves was beautifully taken by Wolves goalkeeper Sidebottom.  Tryer (53) and Shepherd (63) scored for Everton, and McBride (Penalty), and Mannion had early scored for Wolves. 

NO CHANCE FOR EVERTON ONCE ASHWORTH LEFT…
Monday, January 4, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
By Leslie Edward
What chances Everton had of winning the match against Bolton Wanderers disappeared when Ashworth, the forward introduced in place of Eddie Thomas, left the field with a damaged knee cap with an hour of play still to go.  It was though that he might be strapped up and thrown into battle again but he did not appear.  It would have been cruel and perhaps damaging to his recovery if he had been sent out to hobble in the mass of mire the Everton pitch has become.  So Everton, minus Setters, minus Auld, minus Ashworth struggled on gamely, but ineffectively and the crux of the thing became not whether Bolton would win, but by how many goals.  It was to their credit that they confined Bolton to a goal.  Yet Tom Jones headed one off the line; the almost undid that good deed with an attempted clearance which fairly rocketed on to the underside of the bar-and back into play.  Both sides missed an open goal.  It must have been easier for Jimmy Harris to score than to fail when put in possession by a flick-header by Shackleton but standing not more than three yards from the line he somehow contrived the pulled shot which sent the ball skidding wide of the far post.  Stevens miss shortly afterwards was hardly less surprising, it should have crowned the finest move of the match, one which started far back in the Bolton half and progressed down the right wing in splendid style before leaving Stevens with the easiest of chances Dunlop advanced; Stevens mistimed his shot and a wonderful move came down ruinously.  Bolton’s goal like their play once they faced only ten men, was first-class Bitch flung across a centre, Parry headed it at speed on to the under part of the bar and when the ball rebounded the calm, collected Stevens had only to slip it over the line.  Bolton were characteristically though and the crowd, with memories of some unhappy moments in and outside Burnden Park earlier this season were not slow to barrack them.  One wonders what the Bolton boy, victimized by hooligans before the first game between the teams, this season, thought of his trip to Goodison Park as guest of Everton Supporters Federation. 
NO LACK OF EFFORT
The size of the crowd 34,000 suggested that many considered the possibility of Setters or another making a dramatic first appearance in Everton colours.  But the Setters episode simmers gently without showing signs of coming to the boil.  None can say that Everton are not trying to strengthened their team but the introduction of Ashworth came as anti-climax and though he fought very hard indeed and with some success until he was damaged the Everton attack never looked complete.  O’Hara is tremendously quick at times, but here he was caught in possession too often; even Collins could not judge the pace, or lack of it, of the pitch correctly and it was a very good contribution all though the second half by Shackleton which constituted the only menace to Bolton’s solitary goal.  Yet in the circumstances one could not be critical of Everton because they put so much effort, so much enthusiasm into their game when it was obvious that Bolton had all the advantages.  Mr. Carey cannot fault his side for not making the supreme effort.  A pity so many hard-won positions were thrown away, especially late in the game, by one or other getting palpably offside.  Any team is liable to look when playing opponents who are one short, but allowing for this Bolton still played impressively, using long sweeping movements over a difficult pitch where Everton looked laboured through the use of short and often lateral passes.  Bolton were much the more progressive team, with inside forwards who went back to fight hard for the ball and yet still had the strength to be up and doing at the business end of attacks.  The wingers, too, played well and Stevens, full of football sense, was a splendid centre-piece and one Labone, well as he played, could not quell completely.  Except for one understandable fumble of the feet in the mud Labone’s play was beyond criticism.
THE POWER OF PARKER
Parker, I am convinced, must be one of the most powerful men in the game, if his play on the Goodison Park mud-heap is any criterion.  I got the impression that any Everton revival would stem from him.  His ability to go up the right wing and cross the ball without delay or trimmings is refreshingly direct.  He and Jones and company were automatically tight on the collar from the time Ashworth went and the further the game went the further the willing King and Brian Harris went out of the picture though the effect of sheer weight of numbers.  Everton’s chance had not seemed good in the first half hour; with Ashworth gone the field appeared to be filled completely by the white of Bolton.  Everton’s next hurdle is the cup-tie at Bradford and in view of their failure to win away the prospect of a trip to the ground of a Third Division club creates doubt in the mud.  A few weeks ago when Everton were winning on their exceptionally heavy pitch I said it was worth almost a goal start to them.  Now I’m not so sure.  They seem to get more bogged down it than some of their opponents.  Bolton overcame the ground better than their opponents, even when the sides were at level strength.  They are emerging as the kind of team which should go far in the Cup.  They certainly have the size and weight and ability of a Wembley team and know how to use it to advantage. 

SETTERS SAY ‘NO’ TO EVERTON
Monday, January 4, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
New Bid For Another Star
Carey Busy
By Leslie Edwards
Maurice Setters the West Bromwich Albion and England under-23 players will not be signing for Everton, despite the fact that the clubs have agreed terms of some £25,000.  Setters announced his refusal to accept Everton’s invitation this morning and said that he intended to telephone the Everton manager later and acquaint him of his decision.  The prospect now is that Setters will go to Manchester City whose manager Mr. Lealie McDowell said today “I spoke to Setters yesterday at his home in Birmingham and he asked for time to think the matter over.  “The club have agreed terms for the player now it is up to Setters” added Mr. McDowall.   I understand City are prepared to pay £25,000. 
CAME TO NOUGHT
Thus the enterprise of Everton manager John Carey and his chairman Fred Mickelsfield in being on the spot last Wednesday a few hours after, Albion had agreed to Setters request for transfer comes to nought.  A home defeat by Bolton Wanderers and an unsuccessful effort to sign Bertie Auld of Glasgow Celtic, plus news that Ashworth injured in Saturday’s match is certain not to be available for the Cup-tie on Saturday at Bradford City, comprised to make the weekend one of the most disappointing Everton have experienced for a long time.  Unabated by failure to get Setters and by the statement by Celtic that Auld is not for transfer Everton manager John Carey is moving quickly in another direction.  He hopes that something big will materialize.  The player an international forward has been the subject of Everton inquires more than once before. 
A DENIAL
There is no truth in the story which went the rounds in Scotland this afternoon that Everton and Hearts were about to do a deal involving Hearts winger Ian Crawford currently in the reserve side at inside forward.  Mr. Carey reassured me.  “There is nothing whatever in this rumour.” Neither Liverpool nor Everton will do special training for cup-ties.  It will be business as usual at both grounds. 

BRADFORD CITY’S CUP PROSPECTS
Tuesday, January 5, 1960. The Liverpool Daily Post
Stokes The Danger Man For Everton
By Ian Hargreaves
Whatever the outcome of Everton’s excursions into the transfer market, the team to play Bradford City in the third round of the F.A. Cup on Saturday will have to be chosen from existing resources, and manager John Carey’s man preoccupation will undoubtedly be deciding who shall play at inside-right.  Ashworth’s damaged knee will not be fit in time, so it looks very much as though Eddie Thomas will be recalled to fill his old place.  Good news for Everton is that the Bradford pitch though soft is in excellent condition at present and unlikely to cut up badly unless there is heavy rain in the interim.  So Everton will be spared having to churn their way through a morass as they did on Saturday.  Other not so encouraging news is that City’s victory over Swindon at the week-end was their twelfth successive match without defeat, an impressive record in any class of soccer.  Bradford colleagues tell me that City are not one of the most cultured sides in the Third Division but are certainly one of the toughest.  Their defence is strong and uncompromising, their attack swift and uninclined to over-elaborate.  Many games have been saved by second half endeavour after a poor start and altogether the team have a reputation for the kind of football best suited to Cup-ties. 
STOKES THE DANGER
Two players merit special attention, centre forward John Stokes and right half Malcolm Devitt, both twenty years of age, both attracting the attention of First Division scouts with flattering regularity.  Stokes is not only leading scorer with twenty goal’s but has dominated his side’s attacking plans to such an extent that since moving to centre forward after the departure of McCole to Leeds, he has averaged more than a goal a game.  As his forward colleagues have only managed to get the ball into the me six times in the last fourteen games between them, it is clear that any opponents who stop him will have done a good deal towards stooping Bradford.  Certainly the duel between him and Everton’s equally youthful pivot, Brian Labone should be an intriguing one.  Devitt the only Bradford born player in the team only got his big chance a month ago when manager Jackson’s son Peter was injured but has apparently improved by leaps and bounds.  He will probably make his Cup debit with only four Third Division appearances behind him and is likely to remember the occasion a long time since he will presumably be marking Everton’s Scottish international inside left Bobby Collins.  Already City’s regulars say Peter Jackson will find it hard to regain his place when he is fit again. 
GOALKEEPER INELIGIBLE
The Bradford City team is almost certain to show only one change from that which beat Swindon and that an enforced one.  Goalkeeper Downie is negible having played for non-Leaguers Gobie Town in a previous round, and he will probably be replaced by George Stewart, whose four appearances in the last three months have been in the four previous Cup-ties-two of them replays.  Manager Jackson’s other son David is certain to occupy one inside forward position and the other will probably go to John Reid a young man Everton have watched several times but who is currently playing below his best form.  The probable team is;- Stewart; Flockett, Mulholland, Devitt, Lawlor, Roberts; Webb, Jackson, D. Stokes, Reid, Boyle. 

VERNON DECISION MAY COME TONIGHT
Tuesday, January 5, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Everton Have Advantage
Cup Prospects
By Leslie Edwards
If Blackburn Rovers directors decide, at their meeting this evening, to invite offers for their Rhyl-born Welsh International inside forward, Royston Vernon, he may well be an Everton player before the week is out.  Everton directors will be told Blackburn’s decision tonight and it may depend on it that Vernon’s old Blackburn chief and the man who developed his football so much, Mr. John Carey, the Everton manager, will start at an advantage over any of his rivals for a much sought signature.  Vernon, who is aged 22 and whose name was mentioned a good deal recently in the upheaval which followed criticism of the captaincy of the Blackburn and England half back, Ronnie Clayton would be a great acquisition, but many who follow Everton consider the club might have moved to solve more pressing problems.  Mr. Carey has confirmed that the possibility of Vernon joining Everton, assuming Blackburn were prepared to let him go, has always been in mind, but the Everton manager has always avoided the prevalent tendency to envy in print a player belonging to another club. 
DEFINITE VIEWS
At Ewood Park today, Mr. Dally Duncan, who followed Mr. Carey as manager at Blackburn had nothing to report on the Vernon situation.  Mr. Duncan a forthright Scot, is known to have definite views and actions on players who are stated to be unsettled.  Vernon is not in the Blackburn side to meet Sunderland on Saturday.  It is understood that Mr. Duncan wanted to rest him following some loss of form.  Besides having an appendix operation this season Vernon has missed matches through thigh trouble and tonsillitis. 
Liverpool and Everton players trained at Melwood and Bellefield respectively this morning in readiness for their cup-ties at Anfield and Bradford.  Everton are likely to announce their team tomorrow.  Alex Ashworth the inside forward whose kneecap was damaged in the match against Bolton on Saturday is to have the kneecap manipulated under anesthetic.  He is a definite non-starter for the Bradford City game. 

EVERTON READY TO START VERNON CHASE TODAY.
Wednesday, January 6, 1960. The Liverpool Daily Post
SETTERS FOR MANCHESTER UNITED?
By Horace Yates
Everton will move today for Roy Vernon, Blackburn Rovers Welsh international inside forward and Maurice Setters will join Manchester United.  Those are not yet facts, but forecasts and I shall be very surprised indeed if they are right on the target.  The Blackburn board last night considered the Vernon problem and afterwards secretary Mr. Reg Taylor, said “No statement about Vernon will be issued this evening.”   I am told that yesterday Vernon had a heart-to-heart talk with the Blackburn manager Mr. Daily Duncan, and expressed surprise at reports that the club may be prepared to consider offers for him.  Vernon was assured that suggestions that Mr. Duncan was considering dropping him for the Cup-tie at Sunderland on Saturday were altogether premature, as the team would not be selected until tomorrow.
EVERTON TO BE TOLD
Now what interpretation can we place on that?  My theory is that if Blackburn were resolved to keep Vernon, they would have lost no time in getting the fact be known.  They are aware of Everton’s interest, for it is many weeks since Mr. Carey made his first approach and they know too, that at that time Mr. Carey was given an assurance that should there be any change in the position at any time Everton would be informed.  Since then Mr. Carey has done nothing in the matter and there has been no further communication with Blackburn.  That being so I believe that Blackburn will want to tell Mr. Carey if they have now changed their mind and decided to part and as he was first in the field they are prepared to allow him to retain that position.  If the decision has been taken to part with Vernon I feel sure that Everton will receive the announcement at first hand, without having to glean the information from the newspapers.  With this supposition correct, expect Mr. Carey and the chairman, Mr. Fred Micklesfield to move immediately for their minds are made up that Vernon is a man they want.  This time maybe, it is not too much to hope that the sorry story of approach and rejection will come to an end, and that the depressing sequence of rising hopes and quashed ambitions will have a more successful chapter added. 
UNITED AND SETTERS
Turning to Setters, the West Bromwich Albion half back, Manchester United manager Mr. Matt Busby, announced last night “My club have reconsidered the position regarding Setters.  “We have been in touch with West Bromwich Albion and I hope to see both the club and player tomorrow.” 
To me that can mean only one think.  Setters will be a Manchester United player today, despite the tardiness with which he replied to overtures by Everton and Manchester City previously.  I believe that when Setters asked for a move the one name –Manchester United- was in his mind and that was why Everton found progress so difficult.  I do not blame Setters in any way for having declined to move to either Everton or Manchester City if he felt strongly that he would prefer another club.  I would defend a player’s right to decide his own future to the limit of my energies.  It is wrong that any pressure should be brought to bear on any player to move where he was not convinced his best prospects lay.  To decide wrongly can cost a player a great deal in contentment and happiness.  Where I do criticize Setters and criticize him most strongly is in not being completely frank with Mr. Carey, who has a reputation for straight and honorable dealing with everybody.  If he then knew that only in the event of Manchester United not showing any interest would he consider Everton then he should have told Mr. Carey as much in the first place.  Everton would not them have built up any sort of optimism. 
ENTER MR. BUSBY
He may not have calculated as some people did that Mr. Busby was unlikely to make any move at all so long as Mr. Carey was in such an advanced stage with his negotiations.  Only when Setters came out with a definite rejection of Everton did Mr. Busby consider intervention.  The Setters serial could have been short-circulated if the player had given Everton a refusal with a reservation on the opening day of the negotiations.  I do not consider that United’s crash at Newcastle on Saturday has suddenly changed Mr. Busby’s view.  It has been apparent for long enough that United were in need of just such a half-back as Setters and a manager as astute as Mr. Busby must have realized this.  Meanwhile Setters was given the day off yesterday by his club to enable him to consider at his leisure and free from any inference, exactly what line he wishes his future to take. 

WHY DO PLAYERS FLIGHT SHY OF THIS CITY?
Wednesday, January 6, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
By Leslie Edwards
Followers of football and especially those who favour Everton will be raising an eye brow over the possibility of Maurice Setters, so keenly sought by John Carey, signing after all for Manchester United.  But inner circles in soccer, I feel, always suspected that once United showed the slightest interest in the player he would jump at the chance to join them.  Fans in Liverpool, whose disappointment over this or that potential signing is so far frustrating are wondering what there is about the Liverpool air which makes so many players and their wives seem shy of making their home and their careers here.  Your guess about reasons for this are probably the same as mine- and are equally not publishable.  The fact that the City has, through the ill behavior of a few of its fans, gained ill fame, throughout Britain must have some bearing on the issue and one cannot forget that Setters in one of his trips with Albion to this city, came in for some pretty harsh treatment by spectators after the match.  The unseemly haggling for players and the long serials of statements and denials of them when they are for transfer do not improve soccer prestige.  On the contrary, It would be a good thing if the Football League formed a clearing house for players for transfer and the fee having been decided did all the negotiating for both clubs. 
Post-Bag Points
A Liverpool doctor, writing from Tuebrook says; - “I would like to comment on your article of December 30 in which you state “Chelsea’s spectators, used to be considered the most fair-minded but Everton’s experience there in recent times have caused a re-assessment.  
“I consider this to be unfair criticism as I happened to be at the match at Stamford Bridge this season, I was as usual wearing my blue spectacles, but very nearly left the ground after the first five minutes when in that time Everton players were guilty of three blatant fouls.   “Despite this and after Everton showed us some lovely football, the crowd roared their appreciation of some of the finer points of both sides.  They gave an amazing tribute to Jimmy Harris after one of his defence bamboozling effort –so much so, that I momentarily thought I was back at Goodison. 
Mr. R. Rothwell, of 14 Landford Bungalows, Landford Avenue, Liverpool, 9 asks;-
“When are you going to stop learning over backwards to find excuses for these two clubs of ours, Everton in particular?    “Week after week you come out with some complacent excuse or other, I and 75,000 other Evertonians know what is wrong and have known all season.  Thomas is, and always has been, too inconsistent since gaining first team status.  Laverick although he has the making of a winger wants to change that ‘I’ll never reach that ball attitude.  “In one of your articles you stated that he wasn’t completely fit.  Then if this is so why was he considered for the first team?  If O’Hara doesn’t completely fit the bill for the left wing, have we got to wait the convenience of Celtic before a suitable player is available?  “I think it is time Mr. Carey showed some results.  The amazing thing is that disquiet and dissatisfaction has been simmering for twenty years at Everton, I can think of no other club that gas gone through such a lean period and still remained solvent. 
“One last thought, Can you imagine Everton’s punchless forward line having to function without Collins?  It doesn’t bear thinking about does it?” 
Mr. E. Lloyd, of 12 Dulas Road, Liverpool, 15 writes;
“I was interested in letters about Grammer School boys and the Liverpool city team.  Perhaps you may not realize that Grammer School boys have appeared in the city side.  About 1930 the schoolboys had a poor team and were doing badly.  The hon secretary at the time was, I believe an old boy of the Oulton School and he asked the sports master there to allow three boys to play for the city team.  The latter re-vitalized the team and they went on to win the Lancashire Shield. 
“A member of the same team as these lads at the Oulton was named Labone.  He later became the leading amateur centre forward in these parts with Garston Woodcutters.  Later on (just before the war) he signed I think for Aston Villa.  Is Brian Labone any relation? 
Yes, a nephew.  And Brian’s father was also a well-known player in this city.

EVERTON AGREE TERMS FOR VERNON
Wednesday, January 6, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Player To See Houses
Team Changes
By Leslie Edwards
Mr. John Carey manager of Everton, agreed terms with Blackburn Rovers today for the transfer of Roy Vernon, the Welsh international inside-right.  The players and his wife will visit Liverpool tomorrow to inspect houses and will then make up his mind whether he wants to join Everton or not.  The Everton chief is faced with yet another period of uncertainty-as he was while Maurice Setters was making up his mind-and shrewd people who know Vernon think it unlikely that he will join Everton.  No transfer fee has been mentioned by either club, but it is believed that Blackburn would required at least £30,000.
VERNON CALLED IN
 Mr. Carey who was reported from the Everton club offices all this morning as being occupied with his players on the Goodison Park practice pitch was in fact en route at that time to Ewood Park, where fog reduced visibility to ten yards.  He arrived at 11 a.m. and went into conference immediately with the Blackburn chairman M.G. Forbes and the Blackburn manager, Mr. Dally Duncan.  They had a long talk before Vernon was invited to join them for further discussion.  Later Blackburn issued the following statement “Roy Vernon is going to consult his wife and will go to Liverpool tomorrow to see Everton club houses.”   The decision thus lies with Rhyl Vernon and his wife who is a Blackburn girl.  Those who know Vernon well, think that it is unlikely that he will want to throw his lot with a First Division club which to put it bluntly is struggling.  Everton have made two changes for their Cup tie on Saturday at Bradford against Bradford City.  Laverick displaces O’Hara who had held the outside left position for two games, and part-timer Frank Wignall who had several games at the onset of the season gets a further chance at inside right.  Eddie Thomas the man who has filled the position for most of the season and who has left out against Bolton was not among the players who trained at Bellefield yesterday.  It was later learned that he was suffering from a cold.  Rumour had linked up the name of Derek Temple too the inside right berth but there was no basis for it.  Everton; Dunlop; Parker, Jones; King, Labone, Harris (B); Harris (J), Wignall, Shackleton, Collins, Laverick.
SETTERS JOINS UNITED
Maurice Setters, West Bromwich Albion wing half and young England captain, signed for Manchester United today at fee of between £25,000 and £30,000.  The negotiations which lasted ten minutes, took place in West Bromwich this afternoon.  Earlier in the week Setters who went on the transfer list at his own request eight days ago, refused moves to Everton and Manchester City. 

EVERTON KEEP ON TRYING
Thursday, January 7 1960. The Liverpool Daily Post
ROY VERNON DECIDES TO LOOK AT CLUB HOUSE
Horace Yates
Terms have been agreed with Blackburn Rovers for the transfer to Everton of Welsh international inside forward Roy Vernon, manager John Carey returns to the all too familiar nail-biting stage of tension, as he anxiously awaits the players’ decision.  Everton were not only first in the field, but they are the only club to have talked terms with Blackburn.  At least Mr. Carey must be encouraged by the fact that he has progressed a stage further than in the Maurice Setters negotiations for the former West Bromwich player, who needed only a matter of minutes yesterday to accept Mr. Matt Busby’s invitation to sign for Manchester United, never showed willing to the extent of bringing his wife to Liverpool to look over a club house, which was available.  Vernon and his wife will be in Liverpool today to see the house, which I understand is that formerly occupied by Dave Hickson, and vacated on that player’s transfer to Liverpool.  Mr. Carey’s negotiations with his former club chairman, Mr. G. Forbes and manager Dally Duncan, encountered no difficulties and it did not take long to agree on a fee believed to be in the region of £30,000. 
NO FORECAST
Vernon was then called in and his talk with Mr. Carey the man who introduced him to League football and groomed him for international honours lasted nearly half an hour after which the promise of a further meeting today was made.  What are the prospects of Vernon signing for Everton.  That was the question I put to Mr. Carey last night suspecting in advance that after his recent experiences the almost certain reply would be “No comment” it was.  The words of the Blackburn chairman do not lift the veil any higher, either.  He said “The deal is neither on nor off it is just a matter of wait and see.”  Vernon now 22 years old was taken to Blackburn by a club representative who saw him playing with Mostyn Y.M.C.A in North Wales football.  Mr. Carey noted for his ability to assess a player’s qualities very quickly watched him play one trial game and before it was over decided that here was a boy with a future.  Vernon was promptly engaged on ground staff duties and as soon as he became seventeen signed professional forms.  Obviously Vernon has developed a high regard for his first “boss” and I should say it is hard to imagine circumstances in which Mr. Carey’s prospects could start with better foundation.  Everton would have preferred that their activities had remained cloaked in secrecy until a decision had been reached one way of the other, and it was not their fault that news leaked out.  Mr. Carey was said to be training with the players and later to have gone out to have his hair cut when requests were made to speak to him, at the time he was negotiating in Blackburn.  Vernon has played nine times for Wales, the last occasion being against Scotland last season. 
UNLUCKY ASHWORTH
In striking contrast to last week when the team was not made known shortly before the game with Bolton Wanderers.  Everton yesterday announced two changes for the F.A Cup visit to Bradford City.  Laverick is restored in place of O’Hara on the left wing and Wignall who made a scoring debut on September 2 and lost his place after six games is named as inside right replacement for the injured Ashworth.  Yesterday’s report on Ashworth after a medical check-up, was that he had suffered a very severe strain on his knee cap and it is expected that he will be out of action for several weeks.  Everton; Dunlop; Parker, Jones; King, Labone, B. Harris; J. Harris, Wignall, Shackleton, Collins, Laverick. 

HARD-HITTERS
Thursday, January 7, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
By Leslie Edwards
Two followers of Everton hit out hard about facilities at Goodison Park.  Mr. W. Burns, who has already put his case to the club and received what he considers a saucy reply, writing from 80 Gidlow Road, Liverpool 13, says; “I went in the Gwladys Street stand at Goodison Park on Boxing Day as the match started.  I was unable to find a seat; indeed I was unable to get near a gangway for hordes of others who were in a similar plight.  Eventually I did manage to get some sort of a glimpse of the match now and again with considerable discomfort. 
“I failed to find any sort of steward or other official who could offer any sort of help, though a helpful police officer did say he thought that something would be done at half-time
.  The Bullens-road stand was far from full and quite a lot of people were attempting to climb over into it but were prevented from doing so- quite rightly- by a police officer.  “I am certain there were no vacant seats.  The gangways were blocked by people sitting and squatting there and there were general melees going on in the gangways and along the rows of seats by people trying to obtain some sort of view.  “I wrote to the club informing them in hope that something could be done to try to prevent a reoccurrence enclosing my admission ticket, and pointed out that was my kindly intention in taking the trouble to write.  “I now re-iterate your question.  Are some officials soccer ostriches?” 
From 33 St. Domingo Road, Everton, Mr. J. Foden writes;-Your correspondent’s criticism of the Everton programme is further evidence of the decline that has taken place in the affairs of the club during the last few years.  “The consideration shown to spectators would appear to be in keeping with the standards now prevailing at Goodison Park, falling gates, a poor team, a shocking pitch and a rag of a programme.  “Things are certainly at a low ebb, but a management with some appreciation of what the public desire (and have a right to expect in view of the fact that they pay to go in) could soon put these matters right and make the spectators feel he was welcome and of some importance to the club, and not create the impression that they are only interested in taking his money from him.   “This I know, is what a lot of missing spectators think.” 
HE AIMS AT ME
The ire of another Everton follower, Mr. Nick Nolan, of 1 Rockfield Road, Anfield, is aimed at me.  “In your articles,” he says, “you always emphasize the one or two good things the weak links in the side manage to perform every six or seven games.  It is up to Everton officials the glaring weaknesses which will cost the club thousands of pounds in gate money-by this I mean the gate money of the 30,000 who would attend if the weaknesses were put right.” “While appreciating the enthusiasm of Alan Shackleton let us not forget that the greatest of all Everton enthusiasts, Dave Hickson, was disposed of.  I like Shackleton.  I think he has guts and has been through a hard time with the crowd but the reason he has had a thin time is because, in my opinion he is not good enough.  “If Everton want to be any sort of force they must buy an inside-right, a centre-forward and a left winger.  Until you stop praising players occupying these positions and start criticizing them Everton will amble on blindly believing they have a good side when in reality they possess only two forwards.”
Nr. Nolan, one of my constant critics (and no worse for that) surely does not think that Everton or this columnist is not aware of Everton’s needs?  None is more tired of reporting Everton defeat than I Nevertheless; I aim at giving club and players a fair show.  When men play badly they don’t need hard criticism from newspapers or spectators to convince themselves of it…

ROY VERNON REFUSES TO SIGN FOR EVERTON
Friday, January 8, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Failure of Another Mission
By Horace Yates
Roy Vernon, Blackburn Rovers’ Welsh international inside-forward, late last night telephoned Mr. John Carey, the Everton manager and informed him that he had decided not to sign for Everton.  I understand he gave no reason for his decision.  This followed a day in which Vernon and his wife visited Goodison Park and accompanied by Mr. Carey inspected club houses which were available to them.  After expressing satisfaction with one of the houses, Vernon asked for further time to consider the proposal and promised Mr. Carey a definite answer today.  Apparently Vernon did not require much time to make up his mind as he had thought likely and the transfer which never had more than the flimsiest hope of materializing went into Everton’s growing list of unsuccessful approaches.  Mr. Blackburn contacts were convinced the outset that Vernon who was no more than luke warm to the idea of joining Everton would refuse to move.  They were surprised in fact that Mr. Carey managed to persuade the Vernon’s to visit Liverpool on a house-hunting adventure.  It is thought Vernon was disappointed by the fact that only Everton jumped in when the announcement was made that Blackburn Rovers were prepared to part.  Like Setter he will now sit back in the hope that other clubs will take up the chase, now that Everton have failed. I am told that Vernon, whose wife is a Blackburn girl, is not so keen to leave the town that he would join any club rashly.
CHILLY RECEPTION
No confirmation as forthcoming from Liverpool F.C. for the report that they are interested in soil-warming ideas on the lines of those employed at Goodison Park. I was told last night that no move has been made and that none is contemplated.  
Possibly the Football League’s attitude to this method of beating the frost can scarcely be called encouraging.  Recently Everton made an application for permission to include the cost of using their soil-warming Installation as and when necessary, as a match expense.  In their application the club stated that such costs would not exceed £150 a match.  The secretary was instructed to inform Everton that the Management Committee could not agree to the request.  In other words, whatever lengths and expense a club may go to in order to ensure the playing of  League match they are on their own as far as the cost is concerned.  One might have thought that the avoiding of a pile-up of fixtures towards the end of the season as a result of weather interference with the original dates, plus the fact that Everton’s contribution from gate receipts to visiting clubs is invariably most handsome, would have helped them to receive kindlier consideration.  The way of the pioneer obviously remains hard. 

SELECTORS PRESENT
Friday, January 8, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
By Leslie Edwards
The match at Bradford City will gave Frank Wignall, the young Everton inside forward, his first taste of Cup football at top level, Bobby Laverick, also, will be making his first Cup appearance for the club.  It is significant that Scottish selectors will be present and if they can find better men to represent them than Bobby Collins and Alex Parker, Scotland must be better off for players than most people in Liverpool imagined.  Further recognition of both these players is long overdue.  Everton; Dunlop; Parker, Jones; King, Labone, Harris (B); Harris (J), Wignall, Shackleton, Collins, Laverick.  Bradford City; Stewart; Flockett, Mulholland; Devitt, Lawlor, Roberts; Webb, Jackson (D), Stokes, Reid, Boyle. 

EVERTON NO LONGER INTERESTED
Friday, January 8, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Roy Vernon Refusal
Blackburn Hint
By Leslie Edwards
Everton have accepted the refusal to sign of Roy Vernon of Blackburn Rovers, without demur.  The news that Vernon had telephoned the Everton manager, John Carey, last night, saying that he was not prepared to join Everton was learned by the Blackburn Rovers manager Dally Duncan this morning….from newspaper headlines.  Vernon and his wife had looked at Everton housing accommodation yesterday, and the players had returned to Blackburn intending to give his decision this morning instead he gave an hour or two after reaching his Blackburn home.  Blackburn Rovers state that no other club has shown interest in Vernon.  The question arises, will he be in the Blackburn attack in the Cup-tie at Sunderland tomorrow.  Only Dally Duncan knows the answer.  In Blackburn today there was more than a hint that Vernon would be left out. 
ALTERNATIVE
Vernon travelled today with the Blackburn party, but manager Duncan will not decide whether to include him until nearer the kick-off.  The alternative is to play Bimpson, formerly of Liverpool at centre-forward with Dougan at inside left.  Both centre half Woods and Dougan were declared fit after tests this morning.  Widespread fog changed travel arrangements in many Cup camps this morning.  Everton Lingrary for the Bradford City tie was changed.  The team travels to Bradford this afternoon instead of waiting until tomorrow morning as originally planned. 
Easier Travelling
Police suggestions for easier travelling to the Bradford City v. Everton tie kicks-off 2-15 have been announced.  The Valley parade ground is three quarters of a mile from the city centre (Forster Square).  Spectators travelling by train are advised to leave Bradford Exchange station by exit indicated by signboards, and then along a route marked by AA signs into Forster Square where public transport to the ground is available.  The route from Forester Square is the Cheapside and Manningham Lane to Valley parade.  Drivers of cars are advised to follow the ring road indicated by special A.A signs which are marked F.A Cup tie from Odsal Top round about at the juncture of the Huddersfield and Halifax roads to the street car parks adjoining the ground a s directed by the police. 

SCORER STOKES
Saturday, January 9, 1960. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Horace Yates
Although Bradford City have a record of twelve games without a defeat they will be the first to admit they are not called upon to oppose men of Everton’s experience and ability every week.  Plainly City will have to pull out something above ordinary standards if they are to shock Everton, but nothing inspires the underdog in football so much as this usual competition.  It is their one great chance of the year, not only of gaining glory, for players and club, but for collecting badly needed cash.  Add to this the advantage of playing before their own supporters and the nearest minnow promptly develops teeth.  Everton’s marksmanship plainly is not good enough as four failures to score in the last eight game suggest.  Not all defences are as sound as Bolton’s team that can snatch a goal and sit tight but Bradford City have a goal snatcher in Stokes who might create all sorts of problems if allowed the slightest latitude and a tough enough rearguard to worry Everton. The youngsters whose greatest lack is an inch or two is of the dangerous darling type of player, and his restless mobility and quickness off the mark guarantee his centre half opponents a busy afternoon. 
LABONE WARNED
Labone has been warned, and the consolation here is that the greater the challenge the higher does Labone rise to meet it.  If Stokes is well and truly contained the greatest threat of a surprise result here will have been spiked.  It is worth noting that the only City player to have cost a transfer fee is Reid, so much admired by Everton in the past.  Hamilton Academicals received £25,000 for him.  Wignall marked his first League appearance for Everton with a goal.  Let’s hope he can make his first Cup match equally noteworthy.  If a replay is necessary it will be at Goodison Park on Wednesday (kick-off 7 p.m).  Bradford City;- Stewart; Flockett, Mulholland; Devitt, Lawlor, Roberts; Webb, D. Jackson, Stokes, Reid, Boyle.  Everton; Dunlop; Parker, Jones; King, Labone, B. Harris; J. Harris, Wignall, Shackleton, Collins, Laverick. 

THOUSANDS GET THAT CUP-TIE FEVER
Saturday, January 9, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Plainclothes Police go on the Everton “Specials”
Football’s biggest day of the year -32 third round F.A Cup ties and 32 first round F.A Amateur Cup games- meant that thousands of supporters set out early today to see their teams in action.  About 3,000 Everton supporters left Liverpool this morning by rail and road for Bradford.  British Railways laid on two special trains from Exchange to take 1,000 of the fans.  In view of recent damage on football excursions railway police in plain clothes travelled on the trains. 
20 COACH LOADS
About 20 coach-loads of supporters many of them women and youngster wearing blue and white scarves and bonnets, steamed out of the city from 10 onwards, Hundreds more went in cars. 
THE SAMARITAN ON A TRAIN
For one Bradford-bound Everton supporter, young Alan Sale, of Moreton, there were some anxious moments when he found he had left his match ticket at home.  However, after he had searched his pockets and realized he had left his ticket at home, Alan was sold a ticket by a man in the same compartment for 2s.  One of the youngest supporters who went to Bradford was Arthur Thomas, aged 12, of 25 Kilsall Road, Liverpool, who has watched Everton since he was seven. 

INGLORIOUS EVERTON CUP EXIT AT BRADFORD
Saturday, January 9, 1960. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Bradford City 3, Everton 0
By Michael Charters
Bradford City;- Stewart; Flockett and Mulholland; Devitt, Lawlor, Roberts; Webb, Jackson (D), Stokes, Reid, Boyle.  Everton; Dunlop; Parker, Jones (Captain); King, Labone, Harris (B); Harris (J), Wignall, Shackleton, Collins, Laverick.  Referee; Mr. J.G. Williams (Nottingham).  Everton brought some 3,000 fans with them for their cup-tie at Valley Parade and long before the kick off the tiny ground was packed.  Everton earned two corners in the first minute but when Brian Harris headed in the second the move was held up with Shackleton just offside.  City’s plan to watch danger man Collins was soon apparent for Devitt followed the little Scot wherever he went.  It was City who took a shock lead after six minutes through Jackson.  They had fought off Everton’s’ initial attacks and when Boyle recovered from Parker’s tackle, he crossed the ball and Dunlop and Jones got in the way of each other so that the goalkeeper tumbled the ball, which ran out to Jackson, who had an easy task to score.  The Third Division side had Everton rattled with their fast first time tactics.  Their insistence on getting to the ball first was unsettling Everton, whose defence did not look happy.  Everton made one attack with Laverick moving down the left from Brian Harris’s pass, but his centre went straight to Stewart. 
INDECISIVE
Everton continued to look indecisive and shaky and they were lucky not to be further behind when Dunlop punched out a left wing corner, and when the ball was returned he was fortunate to get a rebound from Jackson straight at him.  Dunlop was now wearing a cap, very wisely in facing the sun, but at this stage it was still Bradford City’s game.  Their quick hard tackling had Everton’s forwards tied up and their use of the long ball in attack had the Everton defence at full stretch.  Wignall was doing as well as anybody, and he pushed one good pass up the middle as Shackleton raced forward and the centre forward beat Stewart to the ball, but had to take it far to the left to do so and his shot from a very fine angle was wide and high.  Up to now Everton’s half backs had not got a grip on matters and it was here that Everton’s shortcoming were obvious.  It felt to young Wignall to miss Everton’s best chance, after Laverick had pushed the ball into the centre Lawlor miskicked straight to Collins who laid the ball on a plate for Wignall, but he sliced his shot well wide. 
GREAT DRIVE
Jackson lashed in one 35-yard drive which produced a great save from Dunlop and Webb volleyed a cross very wide, but the threat was always there.  Dunlop’s unusual habit of punching the ball instead of catching it almost led to a second City goal, for after he had fisted away a right-wing centre the ball came quickly back to the unmarked Boyle, who completely mis-kicked with the goal at his mercy-  great let-off for Everton.  Jones was having a nightmare of a match against the tricky Webb, but Parker had now settled down.  Everton could hardly mount a good looking attack of their own for the quick tackling of the City men had them bottled up anywhere near the penalty area.  Rarely have I seen Everton so outplayed as they had been in this half, but they almost equalized on the stroke of half time when Collins chasing and working with every ounce in his body centred from the right wing for Stewart to make a good catch and then drop the ball as Shackleton challenged Laverick quickly hooked the loose ball just over.  This and Wignall’s miss had been  Everton’s only chance o the half and City went off at half time the better side.  Half-time; Bradford City 1, Everton nil. 

 

 

 

 

January 1960