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EVERTON MAKE THREE CHANGES
September 1, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Tansey, Meagan, Thomas Out
Wignall Debut
By Leslie Edwards
Everton have made sweeping changes for their match tomorrow evening ( 7 p.m) against Burnley at Goodison Park.  Sanders replaces Jim Tansey at left-back; King comes in at right half with Brian Harris switched to the place held, until now, by Meagan.  In the attack Wignall, the former Horwick R.M.I boy, gets his League debut at inside-right in place of Thomas.  Everton; Dunlop; Parker, Sanders; King, Jones, Harris (B); Harris (J), Wignall, Hickson, Collins, O’Hara.  Burnley; Blacklaw; Angus, Cummings; Seith, Miller, Adamson; Connelly, McIlroy, Pointer, Robson, Pilkington. 
Sanders made many first-team appearances at right back last season until the return of Scottish International Alex Parker from service in Cyprus.  Now Sanders a Manchester man is preferred at left back to both Bramwell and Tansey. 
Impressive
Johnny King had a place in the League side at Preston early last season.  He played well that night, but was not selected for the following match.  He is fast and full of enthuasim and his marking of Bobby Collins in his club’s public trial game must have impressed Manager Carey, as it did many others. 
Wignall joined the Everton club about the same time as Bramwell two seasons ago.  He did not play particularly impressively in the trial match but there has been good report of the Central League performance.  Everton reserves; (a) Bolton; O’Neill; Bentham, Parkes; Rea, Labone, Meagan; Peat, Thomas, Hood, Ashworth, Godfrey. 

UNCHANGED BURNLEY WILL POSE SEVERE PROBLEM
September 2, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
By Leslie Edwards
Everton aim at getting their first victory this evening.  But the unchanged Burnley side they face pose a severe problem.  Certainly there will be no room at Goodison Park tonight, for blunders such as those which virtually presented victory to Burnley when the sides met last week.  The fact that Everton’s September fixture are well loaded with home games makes it imperative that they get down to the basic business of winning at home –and quickly.  Otherwise we may find ourselves no better off than we were a year ago.  Indeed, someone has already said that the club are worse off than they were this time last year the important different, they say, being that this time last September we had no Bobby Collins, no Alex Parker, no Manager John Carey –and now we have all three and we’re not doing much better.  We must not forget that these men were instrumental in helping to keep the club in the First Division, when the odds against that happening were not very long, also my faith in Manager Carey is absolutely undiminished.  He will prove results, never fear.  But give him time.  You can’t get results merely by waving a magic wand.  The time element is important in football as in all other things,
Close Links
I don’t blame, the Everton chief for not being panicked into buying players, little if any better than those he has, one good big venture into the transfer market is better and more effective than two or three signings for the sake of signings and when the right man is available I am sure you will find Everton on the job and with sufficient enterprise to being off the deal.  Burnley have some close managerial links with this city.  They sent us Harry Potts as a player and then took him back so that he could prove himself as one of the youngest and most successful managers, it was from Burnley too, that Cliff Britton, now at Preston, joined his old club, as manager, and now we have at Goodison Park Leslie Shannon, lately “transferred” from Burnley to the Everton coaching staff.  Burnley have never spent much transfer and have usually sold shrewdly so it is hardly surprising they are one of the best “lined” clubs in the land.  In McIlroy a splendid schemer, they have a player and a half, in Pointer, spoken of as a potential leader of the England attack they have a man who will keep Tom Jones occupied from first to last.  It says something for the Burnley pool of reserves that they can suffer three players with broken legs and still field a side which suggests on early play, that they will take a hand in the championship battle.  Everton’s sweeping changes will, I think provide definite evidence of my belief that John Carey can settle at his problems.  King’s return to the half-backs line is welcome and Sanders solidity could be a helpful factor in the defence.  Much depends of course, on how well Wignall, the debutant comes off.  Everton; Dunlop; Parker, Sanders; King, Jones, Harris (B); Harris (J), Wignall, Hickson, Collins, O’Hara.  Burnley; Blacklaw; Angus, Cummings; Seith, Miller, Adamson; Connelly, McIlroy, Pointer, Robson, Pilkington. 

LAVERICK STARTS LIGHT TRAINING
September 2, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Bramwell Is Still Unfit
By Leslie Edwards
Bobby Laverick, the Everton outside left who was sent home to Durham in recuperate after an appendix operation, is back in light training but will not be match fit for some weeks.  Bramwell the left back whose place in the team tonight is being taken by Sanders, is also troubles by the injury which kept him out of the game at Bolton last Saturday. 

BURNLEY WIN SENDS EVERTON TO THE BOTTOM
September 3, 1959. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 1, Burnley 2
By Horace Yates
If Everton had dropped a single point to Burnley at Goodison Park last night, as there seemed every likelihood, many there would have been who would have labelled them unlucky and yet to have that crumb of comfort snatched away four minutes from the end was rough justice indeed, especially as it was a goal which sent them crashing to the foot of Division One.  Allow for the fact that Parker was a passenger, game though he undoubtedly was after receiving an ankle injury in a tackle on Pilkington after only thirty-eight minutes play, and it is not difficult to see how bravely Everton faced a clever and talented opposition with something less than full strength.  That Everton were left to struggle in this fashion was to some extent their own doing, for after Frank Wignall, twenty-years-old debutant forward, had scored at superstition and flashed home a beautiful Everton goal in thirteen minutes the opinion began to grow that the opening Everton win was on it’s way.  And so it should have been.  For in twenty-eight minutes with Everton holding their own and more, a Collins more like himself without dominating the scene as he can, repeated his Burnden Park bloomer of Saturday and skied the ball over the bar from five yards. 
Start of Tragedy
It seemed too bad to be true and yet this was only the beginning of the tragedy, for from the goal kick McIlroy but the ball through for Pointer reacted instantaneously centre forward faced a twin tackle but pushed the ball free and away from goal.  Out came Dunlop in an effort to smother the ball, but Pointer reacted instantaneously and crashed the ball against the underside of the bar.  Down it came right on the line, to screw back into the top of the net.  You could almost feel the heart go out of Everton instead of being two up they were level, and they had not recovered their verve when the Parker mishap occurred.  Before this there had been some bonny football with Burnley drawing their patterns and making soccer look something like a science again.  McIlroy was an ardent controller of the ball.  Both Pilkington and Connelly on the wings promised trouble with their every move and the advance made by the blond centre forward Pointer is truly remarkable.  Everton were not left out in this feast of football and it was grand to see the younger Wignall perfectly at home in this senor setting, opening up play with deft touches and clever ball placing.  Indeed had Blacklaw not been at the most brilliant best Everton must have scored on other occasions.  One of his efforts was breath taking in its magnificence.  Running across goal he found Hickson firing the other way, a shot that was moving from the goalkeeper at speed.  He swiveled in mid air to change his direction of movement and pulled the ball down with fingertips.  Collins and O’Hara both deserved goals but Blacklaw was almost invincible, it was not at all one way traffic for Dunlop showed that all the goalkeeping prowess did not end with Blacklaw for he leapt across his goal to beat out a stunning Pointer drive and then hurried himself at the feet of Pilkington, following a rebound from the cross bar, in the most courageous spilt second drive.  It was too much to expect thrills to continue at this pace and it was almost a relief when for a time the game went off the boil.  With Parker on the right wing, Collins at half-back and King at full back in the second half, Everton rearranged side strove vainly to get on top, but the main thing was they were at least holding their own and Burnley’s probes were taken care of with the minimums of anxiety.  Yet Burnley never let up.  Like the good team they are they tried again, and when Adamson gave Pilkington the opportunity to centre right across the face of the Everton goal with a precision that commanded admiration the blond-head of Pointer rose inches above every defender to head the ball into the corner of the net, away from Dunlop.  Your matches played and only one point to show for them.  Everton’s position is serious enough and yet this was defeat with honour, a much more satisfying way to go down than at Bolton on Saturday.  While the right fouled Sanders was not to his element as a stand-in left back and he did not use the ball as a class back should generally Mr. Carey had reason to be satisfied with his changes. 
Wignall To Start
King was a vast improvement on Meagan, if only for his terrier like tenacity.  He never know when he was beaten and if only he had brought his hands into playless frequently it would not have been difficult to praise his work highly, it was remarkable that he should compete in successfully in the air with the taller Robson.  What of Wignall I can imagine Mr. Carey saying of his performance last night “Let’s wait and see before we go into raptures.  But if we don’t wait and see and express an opinion on this single outing, one can only say that Wignall’s was a splendid debut.  Even without his goal it would have been good, but his brilliant scoring shot showed that Everton have acquired a new punch where they need it worst.  Here  think it is safe to conclude that Wignall in a youngster who has been in the reserves long enough.  In Everton’s present state he rightly merits further first team opportunity.  How unlucky he was to find Bracklaw making a line save from a second half header that looked like going home.  Jones did not give Pointer a lot of latitude and it was just as well for here is a marksman to gladden the heart of any club manager.  The half chance seemingly is as he needs to convert late a goal, a heaven-sent virtue in these days of centre forward famine.  Everton; Dunlop; Parker, Sanders; King, Jones (captain), B. Harris; Harris (J), Wignall, Hickson, Collins, O’Hara.  Burnley; Blacklaw; Angus, Cummings; Seith, Miller, Adamson; Connelly, McIlroy, Pointer, Robson, Pilkington.  Referee; Mr. J.S. Birkles.  (Stockport).  Attendance 39,416. 

ALL RIGHT, MR. CAREY, THAT VICTORY IS COMING UP
September 3, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
By Leslie Edwards
Hard luck Everton.  Too bad those splendidly made chances were missed, too bad the Burnley goalkeeper, young Blacklaw, had such an inspired night; too bad the reconstituted Everton should lose a point to a goal five minutes from the end of a half in which full-back Parker spent most of the time, limping on the right wing.  Burnley the better side with deceptive change of pace and direction can count themselves fortunate not to have been fighting off the effect of two or three first half goals.  Coming after the Bolton episode this was a match which helped to rehabilitate Everton and their supporters.  The first half was grand-slam entertainment as fine as anything we have seen for months.  The injury to Parker close on the interval caused such redeployment in the ranks –King at back, Parker a half-back and Jim Harris operating inside –the odds were heavily against Everton.  That they were level five minutes from the end was a tribute to their fight and to tackling, notably by King which had been incisively biting into the sustained Burnley movement in which McIlroy showed his mastery.  In the circumstances Everton I thought were worth a goal.  With more balanced considered finishing they could have gone far ahead in the first half.  They should not be long without that belated first victory when may well come against Fulham here on Saturday. 
Goal on Debut
It could be too, that Wignall the young Horwich boy – still only a part time professional –who got a goal to mark his debut last night will give us further evidence of his potential.  His nodded passes here were first-class and so were many of those hit with the foot.  He disappeared from the game when Everton became diorganised but his general work and that magnificently volleyed goal which put his side in front justified his incoming and the necessity for his further appearance.  Hickson had flicked with his head the O’Hara comer from which the goal came at nine minutes.  The boy made a difficult chance look easy with as good a volley as one could have wished for.  Twenty minutes later Pointer got the defence on the wrong foot, feinted a way to a left-foot shot and scored equally spectacularly.  Right half, Seith shot the ball against the Everton bar in the next phase and while Dunlop was saving from Pilkington, who had come in at full bore, Parker lay injured after tackling later.  Everton were full of fire and grit despite the lead they carried through the second half and to hold out until five minutes from the end made them worth the point they did not get.  The rate of Everton’s first half misses (and when they struck of Blacklaw’s fine goalkeeping) started with Collins “losing” the ball at his feet when close in and likely to score.  Blacklaw made a grand save, to the right from an angled Hickson drive; Dunlop then joined the goalkeeping honours list with a wonder save from Pointer.  When Wignall cutely found Collins, Blacklaw was at it again, this time from a strong Collins shot.  Immediately before Pointer equalized Collins missed from point-blank range from a lobbed pass from Hickson.  For sustained excitement, good goalkeeping and hard, but fair football the first half was almost beyond praise. 
Opening Gambit
Blacklaw saved brilliantly at the foot of the post from a downward header by Wignall as the opening gambit to the second half, then Hickson shot wide after one of Burnley’s rare defensive blunders.  Blacklaw edged over the top the glancing header O’Hara made from a Collins free kick.  No wonder Everton and their following were getting a little frustrated at this goalkeeper’s picnic.  Dunlop’s hardest work was to drop on the fast moving Brian Harris pass-back.  Blacklaw denied the night’s debutant with a flying save before Pointer directed downwards the header off which he scored from Pilkington’s fine centre.  And that was it.  Everton fought every inch of the way; Collins ran miles as a utiley half-back; King leaped like a Billy Wright to-out-head men a head taller; Jones defended grimly without always using the ball to advantage; Sanders tried so hard, but not always successfully to place the ball well; O’Hara, Jimmy Harris and Hickson battered themselves for was the reserve the case) against the commanding Burnley defence and gained noting except our praise for their refusal to let the game go.  It seemed as though Burnley with the upper hand for much of the second half, clinched the game by applying the pressure just when it was needed, but how easily things could have gone against them.  McIlroy the conjurer, is wonderful, those wingers too, are tine.  Pointer moves more sharply when on the job than any other centre in the game.  A grand side and a credit to Harry Potts.  Ian Buchan enduring this time last season an Everton famine looked on sympathetically.  He knows the head and heartaches of a time like this.  All right Mr. Carey, don’t reach for the aspirits.  It’s all comes right –and soon –if you can persuade your  eleven to fight and play as well as this and round off instead of miss, easy chances of the sort they carved out last night. 

FIRST DIVISION WIN?
September 4, 1959. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Horace Yates
Everton, one point better off than this time last year, but now as then at the bottom of Division one, have an outstanding chance of lifting the curtain of gloom by recording their opening win tomorrow, when Fulham are visitors.  The absence of Bramwell has undoubtedly weakened the Everton defence considerably this season but prospects, are bright that he will be able to return against Fulham.  He has a test today.  Whether Parker will be able to join him will depend on the progress of the Scot’s injured angle.  In any event Fulham’s worries are even greater.  They know for certain that Haynes will not play and a Fulham forward line without him is like strawberries without cream.  In addition to a doubt about Hill, Fulham are now wondering if Leggatt, Scottish international winger and one of the most gifted scorers will be available.  He has returned to Scotland, following the death of his brother, so that if the worst comes to the worst the Fulham forward line will scarcely he recognizable.  By the way, my reference to Billy Liddell being the first Merseyside player to receive a £1,000 benefit cheque should have read, first Liverpool F.C player.  It is a fact that Everton’s Tommy Jones and Jimmy Tansey received their £1,000 about twelve months ago and for Jimmy O’Neill it was a nice welcome to Goodison when the players reported for training this season.  The cheque of course, is for £1,000 less income tax. 

EVERTON MUST DEFEAT THAT OVER-ANXIETY
September 4, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
By Leslie Edwards
Fulham, who have not been seen at Goodison Park, since Everton second Division days (but why bring that up!) are here tomorrow to attempt to stop Everton moving off the bottom rung, I think they will fall.  Partly because their main match-winner, Jimmy Haynes is injured and partly because Everton showed so much promise-indeed, so much achievement –against Burnley John Carey was quite happy about the way they performed and thought that if they had taken their chances they would have won comfortably.  Wignall with a fine goal and intelligent accurate placement of passes has proved well worth his place.  Considering he is not in full time training he could scarcely have done better on Wednesday.  It is natural, of course for a side without success to fail through over-anxiety and this is one danger Everton must overcome.  Fulham case has not been improved by the fact that Graham Leggett had to dash overnight to Scotland following the sudden death of his brother.  One way and another Fulham who lost at Manchester City on Wednesday, are having a pretty rough time. 
Ill Fame
Strictures on young Everton fans following the Bolton custodian have left none in doubt that we are gaining ill-fame for partisanship.  The majority of Everton fans are of course fair-minded as was demonstrated when they gave full praise to Pointer, of Burnley for what proved to be a winning goal.  Everton fans must do everything they can to demonstrate their good sportsmanship and help the city recover its old repute.  Or else. 

EVERTON CHANGES
September 4, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Jones Moves To left Back
Parker Out
By Michael Charters
Injuries in mid-week have caused changes in Everton’s team tomorrow –the most surprising being the choice of skipper Tom Jones at left back for Everton against Fulham at Goodison Park.  Both Parker (badly bruised ankle) and Bramwell (thigh injury) are unfit, and manager John Carey has brought in Brian Labone from the Central League side at centre half moving Jones to replace Sanders, who switches over to right back in place of Parker.  Otherwise, the team is unchanged from that which lost to Burnley on Wednesday night, both King and Wignall keeping their places.  Fulham will be without three first team forwards Haynes, Hill and Leggat’s young brother has died and the Scottish international will stay at home until Monday.  Key takes over the wing.  The kick-off is at 3 p.m., to allow the Fulham party to catch the evening train to London from Lime Street.  Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Jones; King, Labone, Harris (B.); Harris (J), Wignall, Hickson, Collins, O’Hara.  Fulham; Macedo; Cohen, Langley; Mullery, Bentley, Lawler, Key, Doherty, Cook, Stokes, Chamberlain. 
Everton Reserves (at Sheffield Wednesday); O’Neill; Bentham, Parkes; Rea, Billington, Meagan; Peat, Thomas, Hood, Shepherd, Godfrey,  Shepherd, the former Blackburn player signed in the close season makes his debut for the reserves. 

NO TIME LIKE TODAY FOR FIRST EVERTON WIN
September 5, 1959. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Horace Yates
Everton must take no mistake today.  For their own peace of mind and future well-being they have to beat Fulham, one of the prominent side, for tension will become more and more unbearable the longer they have to wait for that opening victory, and succeeding fixtures difficult enough in any event, will appear more and more insuperable.  Not for one moment do I believe the position today is fraught with the same anxieties that faced the club twelve months ago, although one point from four games is not a very solid foundation for such a conclusion.  Last year those opening defeats were clear cut and decisive.  This year with anything like reasonable luck, Everton could have had a point at least from both the Bolton and Burnley games.  The disturbing factor in the Everton displays is not so much that they are not making scoring opportunities as their apparent inability to convert them into goals.  It is the team that takes its chances that returns the results. 
Goal-Shy Forwards
Collins is so far goalless.  Why, only he can tell, for in successive matches he has put the ball over the bar from positions which made that feat more than a little difficult.  In each case the acceptable of these gift offerings would have been enough to take Everton above the bottom rung of the ladder.  Still, the signs are that Collins is approaching more normal form.  O’Hara must experience some anxious moments when he reflects on lost opportunities.  Thomas has shown no sort of form this term and the advent of Wignall, inexperienced though he may be will undoubtedly give the line a greater pinch.  Wignall can and does shot hard, I don’t think he will let Everton down Everton’s anxieties at the failure of Parker and Bramwell, the full-backs to earn a fitness certificate yesterday are understandable but lacking as they do, forwards of the calibre of Haynes, Hill and Leggatt.  Fulham’s worries are considerably greater.  Leggatt and Haynes were the London club’s leading scorers last season, and lead the way again with five of the seven goals.  Only Stokes of today’s forward line has a goal to his name.  Everton tackle their problems by the unexpected move of Tommy Jones from centre half to left back, with Sanders crossing over to the right, a change which will leave him much more comfortable.  In Jones’s place goes Brian Labone, a talented understudy who made four senior appearances last season.  It is with some confidence that I forecast an Everton victory.  Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Jones; King, Labone, B. Harris; J. Harris, Wignall, Hickson, Collins, O’Hara.  Fulham; Macedo; Cohen, Langley; Mullery; Bentley, Lawler; Key, Doherty, Cook, Stokes, Chamberlain. 

EVERTON FAVOURITIES TO WIN TODAY
September 5, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
By Leslie Edwards
Disappointment on disappointment for all who anticipated seeing a full scale Everton v. Fulham this afternoon.  Among those who will not be present are Johnny Haynes, Fulham’s England inside forward who is still limping from the result of an early season injury; Graham Leggat, the club’s Scottish International winger who was called away suddenly from Fulham’s Southport headquarters when news was received on Thursday of his brother’s sudden death in Aberdeen, Jimmy Hill, the bearded chairman of the Players’ Union; and Alex Parker and John Bramwell, of Everton, both of whom are unfit.  Parker’s absence is a especially notable one since this will be the first match, he has missed through injury in seven years of top-class professional football; here and in Scotland On the face of it the lack of these players denudes the match of a lot of its attraction.  In view of their League position Parker’s disappearances from the side could scarcely have came at a more inopportune moment.  His non-appearance means that a side which played well against Burnley is much changed in defence with Tom Jones tried not for the first time at full back and young centre half Labone given a further chance in the place usually occupied by Jones. While Labone cannot compared at the moment with Jones as a defending force he is probably the superior man in use of the ball.  Fuham’s lack of three of their greatest stars suggests that Everton must now start favourities but it is often surprising how effective deputies can be when they sense they have opportunity to fight their way to a first team place.  Certainly Fulham have in full-back Langley, one of the most artistic, effective players in the game.  He rivals Blackburn’s Eckersley for sweeping the ball, accurately to his forwards.
Wignall Again
The further appearance of Wignall in the Everton attack will show whether or not he can maintain the excellence of his debut against Burnley, I liked his quick astute heading of the ball and his ability in general.  If he could be sharpened up a yard or two he would be a splendid prospect.  In any event I think he will justify the good opinion held of him by his club and particularly by Director Jack Sharp, who not only brought Wally Fielding to Everton but sensed first of all the possibilities in the young Horwich boy.

EVERTON STILL LACKING THAT VITAL SPARKLE
September 5, 1959. The Liverpool Football Echo and Evening Express
Macedo’s Early Saves Earns Cheers; Injuries
Everton 0, Fulham 0
By Jack Rowe
Everton; Dunlop, goal; Sanders and Jones (captain), backs; King, Labone, and Harris (B.), half-backs; Harris (J.), Wignall, Hickson, Collins and O’Hara, forwards.  Fulham; Macedo, goal; Cohen and Langley, backs; Mullery, Bentley, and Lawler, half-backs; Key, Cook, Doherty, Stokes, and Chamberlain, forwards.  Referee; Mr. Mr. R.H. Windle (Chesterfield).  In a reshuffle Everton team against Fulham at Goodison Parker today Brian Labone made his first appearance of the season at centre half with Tommy Jones moving to left back and Sanders going over to replace the injured Parker.  Fulham without their stars Haynes, Leggat and Hill, also made a late switch; putting Cook at inside right and Doherty to lead the attack.  Jones won the toss so that Fulham had to face the sun.  The Londoners made the first threat when Key ran in for Chamberlains cross and got the ball past Labone, but their was never much prospect or him catching it.  Everton got a corner before Bentley went near to causing Mecedo trouble his back-pass was wide of the goalkeeper, who had to move quickly to pick it up. 
Two Mis-Kicks
When Sanders completely missed King’s throw-in, the ball went for corner.  Chamberlain’s kick carried right across goal where Key shaped for a shot and then took the ball so high on the leg that it travelled well outside.  In the next minute it was Chamberlain’s turn to join the mis-kick brigade when he missed Cook’s cross when the obvious intent was a full-blooded drive.  Straight from this Collins produced one of those through passes which leave a defence standing and although Hickson was finely angled his low shot was such that Macedo could only get a hand to it, and as the ball trickled across an open goal, Cohen just beat O’Hara to it.  The first time Wignall got into the game he almost brought a goal for as the Fulham defence retreated just before he suddenly changed pace and let go a left-foot drive which swing close to the angle of the goal.  Another left foot drive, this time from Key at the other end was much more off the target.  As Everton began to turn on the heat Bentley was held to have impeded Hickson.  The free kick by Collins eventually resulted in the ball going to Jimmy Harris and his quick shot had sufficiently swerve on it to make Macedo go down quickly to save by the post. 
Tricky Breeze
Immediately afterwards the Fulham goalkeeper was jumping for a corner taken by Collins and the way the ball moved indicated that the breeze was tricky.  Indeed a goal kick from Dunlop pitched over Bentley and Hickson won the race with Macedo and made a really brilliant attempt to get the ball past the goalkeeper by bending down and heading it on.  Macedo was able to stop it as it threatened ro run away from him.  There was not a lot of good football although Brian Harris made a spectacular run down the left wing and got in his centre which Macedo collected, but generally both forward lines were inaccurate in the pass.  Hickson, however, was troublesome to the Fulham defence and he went very near again with a dribble and then a left foot shot which Macedo did exceptionally well to finger tip round the post for a corner, from which O’Hara headed high over.  A clever bit of work by the young Mullery and a cross-field pass by Cook was the best Fulham movement to date.  Chamberlain’s centre was headed downward by the incoming Key and fortunately for Everton straight at Dunlop.  Macedo’s failure to make a clean catch from King’s high cross brought another exciting moment in the Fulham goalmouth before the ball was got away.  Then Langley contested the referee’s decision that he had fouled Collins just outside the area and from the kick which the Everton inside left placed short. Wignall came tearing in to make another powerful shot which scraped the bar. 
Looked Winner
Everton were producing a little more punch and when Wignall once more got in a sot it looked like a winner all the way until it struck someone and passed outside.  The referee’s decision of a goal kick suggested that the man in the way had been Jimmy Harris.  Stokes first major contribution came when he beat Labone and got the ball through to Doherty.  When the centre forward tried an angled shot it was the outstretched foot of Dunlop which stopped it sneaking in.  The game needed a goal to stir up up and the crowd appreciated this from the way they reacted when Collins did put the ball into the net, but the referee’s decision of off-side was to me, perfectly correct.  More thrills did come however, as Everton had a spell of pressure.  Macedo missed a cross from Jimmy Harris and when Wignall lobbed the ball back the goalkeeper had to make a catch under the bar from Hickson.  This was followed by a longer range drive from Brian Harris which Macedo turned away for a corner.  It seemed to me that the ball would have passed wide but the goalkeeper took no chances although his action might have produced a goal.  From the corner Wignall could not get prompt control so that Macedo was able to fall on the ball. 
Everton Pressure
Everton’s pressure continued and How Macedo punched out a deflected centre from Jimmy Harris, was nothing short of remarkable and the Gibraltar-born goalkeeper was next in action when he went down to clutch a deliberately taken shot from Collins.  Half-time; Everton nil, Fulham nil. 
The crowd recognised Macedo’s performance with an ovation when he went off at half-time, and within minutes of the second half starting he was leaping high for another drive by Wignall which again was just too high.  Labone, who had played very coolly sustained a cut on the forehead after a heading duel with Stokes and after attention on the field he had to come off.  To meet this emergency Jones went to his normal position with Brian Harris and Collins dropping back.  No sooner had this happened then Mullery went down in agony on the fat side of the pitch after a mix-up and the seriousness of the injury was stretcher.  Ambulance men also went on to the pitch and although it was difficult to see what attention they were giving to Mullery, through the crowd around him, it seemed that they were strapping his legs together. 
Sympathetic Cheer
Signals from the field indicated that an ankle was the trouble, and Mullery was carried off round the pitch.  While this was going on Labone returned.  The crowd gave a sympathetic cheer for the 17-years-old Fulham boy as he disappeared down the subway.  He looked in great agony.  Labone headed over his own goal from Chamberlain’s centre who had gone to the right wing under the Fulham rearrangement which brought Cook back to right half.  For several minutes Fulham were more dangerous with their four man attack and a shot from Chamberlain, again at outside left, struck Sanders and was deflected outside.  Everton could not get into an attacking swing and the most serious shot Macedo had to handle that this came from Brian Harris on the other hand Chamberlain made a lot of ground down the wing, but when ideally placed for a drive pulled it yards outside.  Play was very scrappy now and even Jimmy Harris failed to make use of a pass from Collins when he had all the time in the world to get it to his liking.  Information was received that Muller has a badly bruised ankle and was being attended by a doctor. 
Mullery Returns
Everton’s failure to make any headway against this ten-man team, plus the paucity of good football, brought a burst of slow hand-clapping from the crowd.  Bentley and Langley were doing great work for Fulham and then came something we had not expected the return of Mullery, limping.  He went to the left wing.  Everton did begin to shaw some spirit and a scramble in the Fulham goal area ended in the ball coming out to Collins but his first time volley sailed high over.  As Mullery began to get more comfortable he went back in defence and once headed away cleverly when Jimmy Harris and Hickson threatened to go through the middle.  At this point Fulham were playing the better football and Everton’s threat had been almost non-existent this half.  Twice defensive mistakes were made which almost gave the Craven Cottage side a goal.  Everton’s performances in this game did nothing to suggest that they can get along in the future without new strength.  Final; Everton nil, Fulham nil. 

BRITISH FOOTBALL ON THE WAY BACK
September 5, 1959. The Liverpool Football Echo and Evening Express
Alex Parker Sums Up The Season’s Start
Since England were surprisingly beaten by American in the World Cup competition of 1950, it is critics have been looking for the revival of the our home countries’ soccer prestige.  At the start of each season since, many have wondered if the long-awaited improvement in the standard of football was upon us, but although he may have improved since the Americans trip, last year’s World Cup tournament should we had not done enough.  However, from what I have seen and heard of games played this season, I think the game in this country is higher than I have ever known it.  Apparently the standard is improving in all four divisions.  Matches that immediately spring to mind as having had great Press reports are at Chelsea v. Preston match on the opening day of the season; Wolves v. Arsenal and the Chelsea v. Manchester United game last Wednesday.  I saw Liverpool beat Bristol City at Anfield in a really grand game and apparently last Saturday’s match with Hull City was also great entertainment.  Even in the Third Division the games are thrilling the crowds, for last Monday’s match between Tranmere Rovers and Norwich was also well worth watching.  Despite the fact that we lost our two games with Burnley, I don’t think anybody who saw them could complain that they weren’t entertained.  This improvement in the standard of League soccer must inevitable result in an improvement at international level, and then British football will be on its way back to the top.  Look at the youngsters who are hitting the headlines each week.  I don’t think there have ever been so many players in their teens and early twenties doing so well.  Take that clever Burnley forward line Jimmy McIlroy is the oldest and he’s far from the veteran stage.  Yes I think British soccer is on the way back. 
Special Pat
I think that Blacklaw the Burnley goalkeeper deserves a special pat on the back for his game at Goodison, although I wish he hadn’t played quite so well.  Deputising for England player Colin McDonald is no easy task, but I don’t think Colin could have done any better against us.  By the way Blacklaw’s a Scot.  Foiled by one of my own! The twisted ankle I sustained in that game means that today’s clash with the boys from Craven Cottage is the first game I’ve missed through injury in seven years of senior soccer.  However, I’m hoping to be fit in time for consideration for the team to go to Nottingham Forest next week.  When I first went down I thought it was something more serious, but I managed to hobble along on the wing in the second half.  They do say that once you suffer one injury you fall in for a spate of them, and I’m afraid it’s true in my case.  Against Luton I hurt my back then three weeks ago, I had to have my tooth out, I’ve just been to have my ear’s airinged and had to have three stitches in a cut under my right eye, I collected at Bolton.  As Eddie O’Hara said – “You’re only to hurt your arm Alex and that’s about the lot.”  When I wrote of Harry Cooke last week I didn’t realize I would be under his care so soon Maybe I should have kept my bigmouth shut.  Nevertheless I was in the stand this afternoon hoping for our first win just as much as if I were playing. 
Appreciated
I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the Burnley players for their consideration when I was injured.  After I had been tackled by them, on more than one occasion they asked if I was all right.  I appreciated that.  It’s just as well that my wife passed he driving test last Monday.  She’s been able to drive me round this week, for with my ankle that size of a football I couldn’t have done it.  On T.V on Thursday night people were asked what they were doing on the same date 20 years ago, that day war broke out.   I put the same question to myself and remember that I was in bed –with a broken leg.  Same leg too, only that time it was car that was responsible, not football studs sticking in the Goodison turf.  An interesting spectator at Goodison on Wednesday was Bert Slater.  Bert was telling me how impressed he had been with Goodison Park and the Kop roar.  He is the first to admit that he has been unable to find the real form since coming down here, but I told him I had the same trouble after I had come out of the Army.  I played with him for six years and know his play as Liverpool supporters will take the word of an Evertonian, I can tell you that in Bert Slater you have a goalkeeper capable of carrying on the tradition of the many famous players your club has had in that position, I will stake my reputation that in time you will find I’m right. 
Wignall Goal
Normally we don’t care who scores our goals providing somebody does, but I was awfully glad to see young Frank Wignall put that one in on Wednesday.  A debut is never easy, and it must have been a nerve-racing experience for a young Frank to play before nearly 40,000 people on his home pitch against a team as good as Burnley.  When the ball hit the back of the net I remember thinking “That will gave him just the confidence he needs,” and the rest of his play proved me right.  He was denied two other goals only by excellent goalkeeping, and he did a lot of good work in midfield.   When he gets used to the difference in pace between Central League and First Division play I am sure he will prove a really good inside forward. 

SHEFFIELD WED RES V EVERTON RES
September 5, 1959. The Liverpool Football Echo and Evening Express
Sheffield Wednesday Res- McLaren, goal; Staniforth and Megson, backs; Gibson, O’Donnell, and Kirby, half-backs; Quinn, Young, Ellis, Ballasher, and McLean, forwards.  Everton Res; O’Neill, goal; Bentham and Parkes, backs; Rea, Billington, and Shepherd, half-backs; Peat, Thomas, Hood, Ashworth, and Godfrey, forwards.  Referee; Mr. C.W. Davis (Birmingham).  Everton won the toss and immediately Hood brought the Wednesday goalkeeper into action with a shot which gave little trouble.  At the other end Gibson fired wide from 25 yards Shepherd broke up a Wednesday attack and offside killed a promising Everton movement by Peat and Thomas.  Only a magnificent save by McLaren prevented Hood from giving Everton the lead after Thomas had spoilt the Wednesday defence wide open with a clever forward pass.  Play was fast and neither goalkeeper was idle for long.  Free kick by Billington and Hood were kept out superbly by McLaren and a swerving shot by Godfrey was pushed away by the keeper when he was at least two feet behind the goalline.  O’Neill came out of a goalmouth scrimmage with the ball before a header by Ellis went like a bullet over the bar.  Bentham struck out a foot to prevent a certain Wednesday goal.  Half-time; Sheffield Wednesday Reserve nil, Everton Reserve nil. 

STORM CLOUDS GATHER OVER GOODISON
September 7, 1959. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 0, Fulham 0
By Horace Yates
Only a super optimist could go-on believing any longer that the Everton picture is not as black as the League table paints it, after the failures and shortcomings highlighted in the goalless draw with Fulham at Goodison Park.  Only a Fulham victory could have put more bitterness into the cup that now be filled almost to the brim.  Fortunately, if Everton could not score, Fulham seldom threatened goals, but the second point of the season was just about as uninspiring as it could possibly be, and it was a struggle to find enough moments of excitement to lift the game anywhere near Division One standards.  Not only was the Fulham attack beret of its three most potent weapons in Haynes, Hill and Leggatt but for nearly twenty minutes the Londoners were reduced to ten men as they battled on without Mullery, who suffered a badly bruised ankle, which was at first feared to be something worse.  It made no difference, Everton just did not have the ability to take a grip on the game and with Fulham no more abundantly blessed with talent, the match deteriorated into one of the most lackluster uninspiring affairs seen at Goodison for quite a time. 
Abject Failure
The optimism it had been possible to squeeze out of previous displays, unsuccessful though they may have been, disintegrated in a failure as complete and abject as it could possibly be.  Instead of making last season’s early struggles seem just a distressing memory, here we were again tarred with a situation seemingly every bit as serious.  The crowd’s slow hand-clap showed what they felt about it and through I believe that outbursts such as this achieve nothing, except possibly the direct opposite of that intended spectators had so little about which to be enthusiastic.  When the game was still young, with time left for better things to come, Hickson twice came near to goals, thwarted by saves by Macedo which brought generous and sporting acknowledgment from the crowd.  Wignall displayed a power of shot, not quite matched by directional accuracy, that promised goals and Collins toiled unceasingly without the unerring accuracy we have come to expect from him, to put rhythm into the line.  But the line, never progressed beyond the stage of initial promise.  Always there was breakdown and failure to carry movements to a successful conclusion and when Hickson’s edge was blundered the bankruptidy of the forwards lay revealed in all its nakedness.  Why is it that Everton always appear to be beset by opposing goalkeeping displays that appear to border on the miraculous?  Goodison Park seems to be a home from home for goalkeepers.  There must be something more than coincidence that they all reserve their best for Everton’s discomfiture.  The explanation may be that Everton co-operate to an alarming degree by their own inability to make the goalkeeper’s lot such a happy one.
Courageous King
There was good reason to admire much of the work of the courageous King at half back and Brian Harris played himself out in an effort to turn the tide of depression, while Labone, despite a cut head gave nothing away.  Jones, no failure was not as masterful at full back as in his more customary role.  Dunlop I considered had only one moment of real anxiety in a match in which his soundness was never put to the best.  It is easy to pay tribute to Langley for an immaculate defensive display at left back, a competent performance by Bentley and a highly creditable show by Mullery, but they probably shone the more brightly because of Everton’s drabness.  When Mr. John Carey took over the reins of management at Goodison he confessed that he came in full knowledge that his was not going to be a bed of roses.  There was a time when he might have been accused of over-emphasizing his task, but not now.  The road ahead bears all the appearance of difficulty and distress that had been foreseen.  There can be few matches affording as reasonable an opportunity as this for Everton to look good, and yet their failure was abysmal.  Spectacular solutions do not exist.  Teams other than Everton have found they cannot buy their way out of trouble, for the simple reason that the goods are not there in the shop windows –ready for purchase.  Mention any player of either proved ability or more than average promise with other clubs and the odds are that Mr. Carey can give you chapter and verse off the cuff.  It is not easy to take consolation from the theory that it is always darkest before the dawn, for if this is the best Everton can show us, that glimmer of light some of us though we detected may only be an illusion.  The solution almost certainly is a long term one.  If there were talented reserves pushing and prodding their seniors, ready and ripe for the takeover, we could say, “Look out for changes,” but are there? 
Mr. Carey is the last man in the world to panic over his problems, but even he cannot do the impossible.  Pattienge –and in ample measure –will be required in the present Everton trial.  Everton; Dunlop, goal; Sanders and Jones (captain), backs; King, Labone, and Harris (B.), half-backs; Harris (J.), Wignall, Hickson, Collins and O’Hara, forwards.  Fulham; Macedo, goal; Cohen and Langley, backs; Mullery, Bentley, and Lawler, half-backs; Key, Cook, Doherty, Stokes, and Chamberlain, forwards.  Referee; Mr. Mr. R.H. Windle (Chesterfield). Attendance; 31,980. 

O’NEILL SOUND IN DEFEAT
September 7, 1959. The Liverpool Daily Post
Sheffield Wednesday Res 3, Everton Res 0
Failure to finish cost Everton the Central League points against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough where they lost to goals by Ballagher (2) and Young.  Hood, G. Godfrey and Billington were unlucky with tremendous drives but these apart the clever play of Ashworth and the fine support given by Rea and Shepherd should have brought rewards.  O’Neill gave a grand display in goal. 

INCIDENT WHICH TYPIFIED THE GENERAL DISCONTENT
September 7, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
By Leslie Edwards
The most ironic thing at Goodison Park was not that Everton players left the field to the accompaniment of slow handclapping, but that Fulham back.  Langley, should get such a sustained cheer when taking the ball from Jim Harris and waltzing away with it with the artistry of a top-class inside forward.  This incident typified the general discontent of Everton fans with yet another frustrating show from an attack which did much right in the approach to goal and little right when they could see the whites of cat’s –eyes Macedo.  Nothing in my opinion, justifies the use of the slow handicap, but one can readily appreciate however, cheated Evertonians must feel that they seem destined for another mixed-middling or mixed-muddling season of the sort we know all too well since the war.  Let Everton and their following ponder on the fact that Manager Carey built the Blackburn Rovers edifice so soundly his old team now tops the First Division table.  He built that team in about five years, why expect him in the space of less than one season to transform Everton from an ordinary side into a highly-successful one?  It is a thousand times easier to “knock” side than to create one.   My view of Everton and other fervid (if not rebid) football followers is that they are too free with their praise, too quick their condemnation.  I think, too, that they base their values too much on results.  If Everton had snatched a late goal on Saturday most of them would have gone home satisfied. 
Rescued By Cohen
Whenever else than may or may be matches so far have established Everton as an second-half team.  Prior to Saturday they had led in three of their four fixtures.  Against Fulham which lacked Leggat, Haynes, and Hill their best came in the first half and again was not good enough.  But Macedo played brilliantly and when he seemed likely to be beaten having half-saved a shot by Hickson, Cohen came to his rescue on the line.  It was from an excellent taken Hickson header that Macedo brought off his most spectacular save and however poor the contributions of others the goalkeeper and Langley (whose long legs must seem like octopus tentacles to any forward in possession) certainly-deserved their ovations.  Fulham’s fault was that they were even worse finishers than their opponents in that although they played sustained football all through they scarcely ever troubled Dunlop.  Also they were without young Mullery for a full fifteen minutes of the second-half.  He went off a stretcher case after a tackle by Brian Harris and it was a relief to me as it must have been to thousands when he came back later and took up his normal position.  But for the heroics, in defence of little John King and Bobby Collins.  Fulham might have overcome their propensity for missing chances.  But while Collins lurks in the hinterland lest his services are needed urgently in defence he cannot be expected to do his stuff, as we know he can at the other end of the field.  Broadly speaking Everton’s defence was adequate, but the service of the ball for the attack was so persistent the failure to get goals was almost criminal.  Wignall, who cannot find the zip of the whole-time professional, did not play well; only the occasional shot justified his existence. 
Clever Manoeuvring
Labone who received a nasty cut on the crown of his head was like, Mullery off-field awhile he did well against one of the best footballing centre forwards I have seen for a long time, Doherty.  Here was a man whose clever manoeuvring with the ball should have produced dividends for those alongside.  Chamberlanin never had the luck to find a shooting chance coming to his trusty left foot which did such damage at Anfield a season ago, but winger Key was promising and Stokes, wanted by Everton when he played with Tottenham also had a good match Bentley stepped in time and again to out-anticipate Hickson and his display, with Macedo’s and Langley produced the few acceptable things the game offered.  Everton’s attack was suspect in nearly every position, O’Hara was off form, Jim Harris had an almost completely back day, Hickson was well held and Wignall could not find the aspiration which prompted him against Burnley.  Tom Jones did better than many had anticipated, King’s non-stop effort was successful thought it produced inevitably a number of free kicks against his side.  With a match next Saturday against the Cup holders in Nottingham and then successive home fixtures against Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday, Everton’s position is not enviable.  And the nature of the matches to follow-against Blackburn (a), Wolves (a), and Arsenal (h) are equal formidable.  How invaluable one big confidence-injecting signings would be if it meant that some of the fixtures would yield points. 

HERE WE GO AGAIN
September 7, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Mr. Dave Corrin of 113 Heeldson Road, West Derby says; “Here we go again at the start of another post-war season and more we see Everton anguishing at the bottom of the League table.  It gets a bit monotonous wearing a black arm-band at the match inquest the following morning. 
The board policy to make Everton the Arsenal of the North has a most become the laughing stock of the North via playing results and adverse publicity gained by some supporters.  “The facts is that the present team with few exceptions is not good enough.  Admitted the majority of the sides always give of their best and almost run themselves into the ground, but confidence and constructive skill are lacking.  “Everton’s reported interest in unknown Second and Third Division players amuses me, especially when one recalls such signings as Williams, Harburn, and Glazzard.  Obviously good players are not easy to obtain but the persuasive maybe, money talks, could help in bringing at least class half-back, inside forward and left winger to Goodison.  Oh for five Alex Parker, in defence, and a forward line of Bobby Charlton.” 
From reader HP Taylor, Larksfield Road, Liverpool 17.  “In your report of the Burnley match you failed to stress the point that Everton will only win when the opposition is the same size as they are.  King could only get up to the ball when it was coming straight to him.  Teams with small half-backs never get anywhere and it amazes me that Mr. Carey didn’t try to remedy this.  Apart from Laverick it is still Mr. Buchan’s team, which in my opinion only goes to show that no matter who you get in charge, it is players who are really required.” 

EVERTON TO DISCUSS
September 7, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Transfer Moves
Three Players Named
Parker Hope
By Leslie Edwards
The determination of the Everton Board to make moves, they consider are necessary to remove the team from the bottom of the First Division table will make their meeting this afternoon a particularly plain-speaking one.  The names of many players said to be available for transfer will be discussed.  Among them will be those of the Falkirk inside-forward.  White the Third Lanark outside-right, Hilley, and the Leeds United forward, Shackleton, who is currently in the reserve team.  Shackleton has said that he is anxious to get back into the first team, but he has not said that he wants a transfer, Hilley will go neither to Everton, nor to any other club in England or Scotland.  His interests and those of the parents are solely with the Third Lanark club.  White, whose manager at Falkirk is the former Liverpool goalkeeper, Tom Younger, composed his differences with his club early in the season and now, it seems his club are toying with the idea that after all the money would be the more useful. 
Means Waiting
Despite the skeptics I believe that Everton are not nearly as bad as they have been painted I am content to leave Manager Carey to do what is best in the long run; even it means waiting awhile.  Meanwhile there are good chances that full-back Alex Parker (strained ankle) will be fit for the match against Cup holders, Nottingham Forest, on Saturday.  Laverick and Bramwell are progressing well.  Everton reserves; (v Blackburn Reserves tonight at Goodison Park 7.0)- O’Neill; Bentham, Tansey; Meagan, Billington, Sharples; Peat, Thomas, Hood, Ashworth, Blain. 

EVERTON RES, WERE FORTUNATE TO DRAW
September 8, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Everton Reserve 2, Blackburn Rovers 2
Everton Reserves were fortunate to state the points is in a Central League game at Goodison Park last night against the more polished Blackburn who, however, wasted numerous chances including a first-half penalty.  O’Neill made some splendid saves in the home goal while centre-half Billington checked the lively Hudson reasonably well, but the Everton full-backs frequently hesitated to clear their lines.  Of the Everton forwards, who were inclined to bunch outside left Blain was the most dangerous ns progressive, although leader Hood was handicapped by a shoulder injury for most of the game.  Scorers were Peat and Thomas for Everton and Clayton (K) and Hudson for Blackburn.  Everton team was O’Neill; Bentham, Tansey; Meagan, Billington, B. Shapless; Peat, Thomas, Hood, Ashworth, Blain. 

SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT
September 8, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
By Leslie Edwards
There are two schools of thought about Everton.  One says that they must go out now and sign players to strengthen a side which is obviously not good enough; the other says “Leave it to John Carey. If the right players are to be brought he’ll get them.”  Time, it is argued is not on Everton’s side and in view of the record to date and the imminence of some pretty formidable fixtures this may be true.  But that does not say the club should panic.  Indeed quick signings of the wrong players would only tend to philately for a few weeks, the club’s great problem.  One of the reasons put forward for Everton’s failure is that there is so little talent in the Central League side there is no incentive to first teamers to work for their places; Reader J. Simms (92 Orwell Road) goes further than this; He says Everton have been the worst side in Division 1 since 1954 and that minus Collins and Parker the side is little above Central league standard.  Reader J. O’Brien (22 Lamberth Road, Liverpool 5) commits the heresy of saying that our two senior clubs should amalgamate into one club capable of beating the best in the country!  No chance of amalgation, I fear and if there were I don’t think we should have a word-shattering representative eleven. 
Hong Kong Gong
Mr. Robert Benson, an Everton fan who is disturbed by criticism of young Everton followers collected and sent to the Echo nearly seventy signatures of Everton supporters all of whom deplored and condemned the behavior of the few who bring the good name of the club and of other loyal followers into disrepute.  News of the Bolton escapade has reached Hong Kong.  Private Quirk, 1st Battn Lancs (P.W.V.) Regiment sends a cutting from a Hong Kong paper detailing misbehavior by Everton fans.  “This is how Everton’s name becomes mud throughout the world” comments Priviate Quirk and adds;  “Whenever an argument develops Everton’s football ability is not discussed –only their supporters smashing ability.  When news of the sort of thing is published all over the world things are pretty black.”  Wavertree branch of Everton supporters club are holding their annual meeting at Tunnell Hotel.  Tenne Road on Thursday (a.0) and extend a welcome to any fair-minded Evertonians, mate or female who are interested in upholding the good name of the club.  The Wavertree section run subsidized trips to away games and like the parent body, try to cement friendship with supporters of all other clubs. 

EVERTON F.C. DIRECTORS OUT FOR ACTION
September 8, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Will Explore Every Chance
By Leslie Edwards
Everton directors, I understand were all out for action, at their board meeting last night, to move, their team from last place in the First Division table.  Good players available are scarce, but the club are determined to explore every instance where there is any likelihood of a first class player being listed.  Everton’s low position means that they will be made to pay top price wherever they seek their man, or men. 

SHACKLETON REQUESTS
September 10, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Everton Signing Delay
By Horace Yates
Everton and Leeds United yesterday agreed terms for the transfer to the Goodison Park club of Alan Shackleton a centre forward, who had not been able to command a first team place this season.  I understand that Everton manager John Carey yesterday travelled to Manchester to meet Shackleton and the Leeds officials and after Everton had agreed to pay a fee in the region of £8,000.  Shackleton asked for a little time to think over the move.  Last summer Shackleton married the winner off a beauty queen competition and as she is at present on holiday in the Isle of Man, a final decision must be postponed. 
Decision on Friday.
She returns this evening and Mr. Carey expects to hear from Shackleton tomorrow.  “I am more than hopeful as to what the decision will be.”  Mr. Carey told me last night.  As a junior Shackleton played with Bolton Wanderers and on leaving the Army joined Burnley as a professional.  After playing only three games for Burnley in season 1958-59, in which he scored three goals he was transferred to Leeds United for £8,000.  In his twenty-eight games for the Yorkshire club he scored sixteen goals, one of them the goal by which Leeds defeated Everton last season.  It was made known recently that Shackleton would not be averse to a move following his failure to find a place in the first team. 
Both the injured Parker and Bramwell the clubs full backs are in light training but it will be Friday before any announcement can be made about their fitness. 

PLAYER’S WIFE WILL MAKE DECISION
September 10, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Everton F.C Tansfer Hope
£8,000 Fee
By Michael Charters
Everton manager John Carey does not expect to know until tomorrow if Leeds United centre forward Alan Shackleton will sign for the club or not.  Mrs. Shackleton will have the last word.  Transfer terms were agreed yesterday at a meeting in a Manchester hotel between Mr. Carey and Mr. Jack Taylor the Leeds Manager and Shackleton.  The player was satisfied with the move but said he wished to consult his wife before he signed.  Mrs Jean Shackleton, a beauty queen has been competing in a beauty competition in the Isle of Man this week but is flying back to Manchester today to meet her husband.  Mr. Carey will meet them both tomorrow when he is hopeful that Shackleton will agree to come to Everton in time to play against Cup holders Nottingham Forest on Saturday.  The fee is in the region of £8,000. 
Unsettled
Shackleton 24, joined Burnley after leaving the Forces but with Pointer holding the regular first team place at Turf Moor, he was transferred to Leeds United last season.  He played 28 games for Leeds scoring 16 goals.  This season however, he has not been able to regain his place and has been unsettled at Elland Road.  He played twice against Everton last season –for Burnley and Leeds –scoring the goal by which Leeds won at home.  He is a big strong player, with a good shot in either foot.  Everton backs Parker and Bramwell are making progress after their injuries, but no decision will be made about the team to play Forest until tomorrow. 

SHACKLETON DECIDES TODAY
September 11, 1959. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Silence on Position he Would Take
Despite a report that Mrs. Shackleton wife of Alan Shackleton, the Leeds United centre-forward, now sought by Everton, has already agreed to her husband making the change to Goodison Park Everton manager Mr. John Carey last night told me, “I have heard nothing.”  The arrangement made between Mr. Carey and Shackleton on Wednesday that the player should announce his intentions on Friday, still stands and today Mr. Carey travels to Leeds to meet the player and his wife.  I understand that for the moment the position is not complicated by any housing problem, although obviously that is something to be faced in the future.  While most people take it for granted that if Shackleton if signed he will play tomorrow, Mr. Carey declined to commit himself further than to say “It is likely.”  There was a firm “no comment” when I asked if presuming he does play Shackleton would figure at centre forward, inside right or outside left, where he has played before.  Parker is included in the twelve players to go to Nottingham and of course Shackleton will also travel if the transfer is completed.  Everton (from); Dunlop; Parker, Sanders, Jones, King, Labone, B. Harris, J. Harris, Wignall, Hickson, Collins, O’Hara, Shackleon(?). Bramwell will have a run out in the reserves to test the thigh injury, which has been keeping him out of action.  It does not take long for readers to hit out. 

ATTACK SHUFFLED
September 11, 1959, The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
By Michael Charters
Everton’s hopes of gaining their first away point cannot be considered bright when they take on Cupholders Forest.  The Wembley injury to outside right Roy Dwight has meant a reshuffle in the Forest forward line which can delight the eye with brilliant, on-the-ground football.  Outside left Imlach now operates on the right wing, with veteran Billy Gray on the left and Jim Iley, the former Sheffield United and Tottenham wing half, at inside left.  They did not start the season well, but two victories at Blackpool last Saturday and at home to Sheffield Wednesday in mid-week, has shown that they are settling down more effectively.  The rest of the team is the same as their Wembley line-up and unless Everton’s forwards can find the punch which they have not shown this season, few people will give them a chance of a point tomorrow.  With the wing halves spending so much time in defence, it is left to Collins to do this own foraging by playing too deep and this has thrown the line off balance,.  Everton’s transfer move this week for Shackleton has shown that the club intends to bring in new men rather than experiment and perambulate with players already on their books. 
His Headache
The great need is for players of class.  Manager Carey has a headache no one would wish on their worst enemy, but until the problem is solved it is difficult to see Everton regaining lost ground to prevent a season of struggling all the way.  With Shackleton waiting to give his decision until he has talked to his wife, team selection is delayed.  Notingham Forest; Thomson; Whare, McDonald; Whitefoot, McKinlay, Burkitt; Imlach, Quigley, Wilson, Iley, Gray. 
Stand tickets for the Under-23 international between England and Hungary at Goodison Park on September 23 are now available.  Prices are; Bullens Road stand 10s and 7s 6d; Gwladys street stand 5s.  Application should be made to the club offices enclosing remittance and stamped addressed envelope. 

EVERTON GET SHACKLETON FOR £8,000
September 11, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Plays Instead Of Hickson
Carey Dash
By Michael Charters
Everton manager, John Carey, today signed Leeds United centre-forward Alan Shackleton as expected at a fee of about £8,000.  Mr. Carey left his Southport home early this morning for Leeds where he met Shackleton and Mrs Shackleton at the Leeds ground, Elland Road.  He completed the deal at noon and immediately set off with Shackleton for Leek, here the Everton team were stopping for lunch on their way to Nottingham for their game against Forest tomorrow.  After introducing Shackleton in his new club-mates, Mr. Carey decided he would play in place of Hickson at centre forward against Forest.  This is the only change from the inside which drew with Fulham last week. 
Off To Dublin
Having made the team announcement, Mr. Carey then set off on another dash –this time by air to Dublin.  His father died yesterday after being ill in hospital for some time, and the Everton manager is returning home for the funeral tomorrow.  Alex Parker is with the Everton party but is not yet fully fit after his ankle injury,.  Everton; Dunlop, Sanders, Jones; King, Labone, Harris (B.); Harris (J.), Wignall, Shackleton, Collins, O’Hara. 

NEWCOMER SHACKLETON PREFERRED TO HICKSON
September 12, 1959. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Horace Yates
Alan Shackleton signed for Everton yesterday and today leads the forward line on the Nottingham Forest ground where last season he scored a hat-trick for Leeds United.  “I only hope I can do the same for Everton,” he told me.  Shackleton accompanied by manager John Carey, travelled to Leek after the signing, where he was introduced to his new colleagues.  Hickson stands down as does Parker, who is not 100 per cent, fit so that Shackleton is the only newcomer to the side which drew with Fulham last week.  Mr. Carey will not be present to see Shackleton’s debut for he received word on Thursday evening of the death of his seventy-years-old father, John who lived in Adelaide Place Dublin.  Yesterday afternoon Mr. Carey flew to Ireland for the funeral which takes place today and he will fly back in the hope of being able to see part of the reserves game at Goodison.  Shackleton told me he was delighted to become an Everton player.  Although he was leading scorer last season for Leeds United he was not very happy, there and it became apparently at the start of the season that his future was elsewhere.  “I’am glad I have come back to Lancashire” he said.  When I asked which position he preferred he said he would play wherever the club wanted him, “I am perfectly happy on the wing” he said.  “I have a big admiration for Dave Hickson.  I think he is a great player. “
Forest In Form
Even with Shackleton in the team Everton will do well to bring back  point from their visit to the Cupholders, who began with a double defeat by Manchester City (a) and Arsenal (h) but have not been beaten since taking six points from their last four games.  As these have been against Blackburn (h), Arsenal (a), Blackpool (a), and Sheffield W. (h), it is easy to see that Nottingham Forest are coming on nicely.  Last season remember Everton went to Nottingham at a time when they had lost only one game in nine matches, a thrilling recovery from a start even more depressing than that of this season, and came away defeated by two goals to one –the first time Forest had defeated Everton in seven meetings since the 1952-53 season.  Following their display against Fulham which showed them at rock bottom, only a born optimist would dare to forecast success for Everton today, and yet such are the vagries of soccer form.  It might be dangerous to rule put all possibility of a pleasant surprise.  One thing is reasonably certain.  Everton cannot play much worse than against Fulham, and are capable of playing a lot better.  If only Collins can slip back into top gear the whole attack may be revolutionized and the presence of Shackleton may be the spark needed to rekindle their fighting spirit.  Everton; Dunlop; Sanders, Jones; King, Labone, Harris (B.); Harris (J.), Wignall, Shackleton, Collins, O’Hara. 

WILL LIVERPOOL F.C. TRY FOR HICKSON?
September 12, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Interest in Goodison Park Centre Forward
The Anfield Policy
By Jack Rowe.
Will Liverpool FC make a bad for Everton centre-forward Dave Hickson?  This question is intriguing Anfield supporters following Hickson’s displacement be new signing.  Alan Shackleton in the Everton team at Notts Forest today.  The club is saying nothing but there is also no denial of interest in the future of Hickson.  There are reports that now that Shackleton has been signed, Everton would be prepared to listen to offers for Hickson, but again there is nothing official about this although it seems certain that if there is a possibility of them agreeing to let him go several clubs would come along with offers.  Again the fact he has been left out of the side for a new player is enough to arouse interest and approaches are likely without waiting for any word from the Everton club.  If they came they would probably be considered and Liverpool fans are expecting their club to be “there” if Hickson’s future becomes a matter for discussion.  I feel they would be “there” for it is no secret that he Anfield chairman, manager and directors have been searching everywhere for a centre forward as part of their promotion drive this season.  Hickson began his football career on Merseyside and although he has had spell at Aston Villa and Huddersfield his family and his heart is here, and I fancy this would count greatly in Liverpool’s favour if the reports that Everton are ready to listen to offers are not premature.  Since the news of Everton’s negotiations for Shackleton and final settlement the reaction of those Liverpool supporters, I have spoken to leave little doubt in my mind that Hickson would get a big welcome at Anfield.  They remember the part he played in Everton’s promotion season and I should imagine that the interest of Liverpool in Hickson is such that they would not let him leave Merseyside.  –If that issue comes –without a big effort to keep him here.  First Division club Bolton Wanderers have already been linked with him, so far there is no official statement from any quarter as to what developments are likely to be.  However, Liverpool’s stated policy is that they are interested in all good players, but they are not prepared to consider part exchange deals which take in any of the established members of their staff.  They will play the cash for the men they think will help the promotion cause. 

THE BRIGHTER EVERTON FADE-OUT IS BIG SURPRISE
September 12, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Nottingham Forest 1, Everton 1
By Horace Yates
Nottingham Forest;- Thomson, goal; Whare and McDonald, backs; Whitefoot, McKinlay, and Burkitt, half-backs; Imlach, Quigley, Wilson, Iley, and Gray, forwards.  Everton; Dunlop, goal; Sanders and Jones (captain), backs; King, Labone, and Harris (B.), half-backs; Harris (J), Wignall, Shackleton, Collins, and O’Hara, forwards.  Referee; Mr. R. Ryalls (Sheffield).  Alan Shackleton, Everton’s £8,000 signing from Leeds United, led the blues attack for the first time at Nottingham today in the place of Dave Hickson, who appeared in a reserve capacity.  Shackleton had the encouragement of knowing that when he last appeared on this ground towards the end of last season, for Leeds United, he scored three goals.  Seated in the stands were members of the Scottish International selection committee, who were thought to be weighing up the prospects for international selection of Imlach, Quigley and McKinlay, of Nottingham and Bobby Collins of Everton.  Parker’s luck was out.  He was not quite fit enough to resume.  Everton might have been a goal up in a minute.  Sanders lobbed the ball into the Forest goalmouth, over the head of McDonald and Collins raced on to it.  Thomson hesitated whether to come out or stay put.  He stayed where he was, Collins took deliberate aim, and the goalkeeper, beat out the ball. 
First Effort.
Shackleton’s first shot was an effort from 30 yards range right along the ground, which did not trouble Thomson unduly.  Shackleton beat Whare with a nice bit of footwork and put the ball across the goal, a foot or two off the ground, only to find the alert McKinlay in position to kick clear before any Everton forward could get near.  If Everton’s opening miss was a disappointment it was no more stunning than the shock the home crowd had to endure when they saw Gray’s corner kick sail right over the heads of the Everton defence to an unmarked Quigley.  With all the time in the world, Quigley headed wide.  Collins still without a goal to his name this season tried all he knew, and with a drive just outside the penalty area forced Thomson to make a spectacular save.  Labone went within an ace of surprising Forest with a free kick, taken well inside the Everton half.  A half bouncing ball threatened to beat Thomson but he just got his fingertips to it.  Everton playing with commendable punch, were having more than a reasonable share of bad luck, for a shot by Jimmy Harris which had Thomson well beaten, hit the foot of the post and came out.  That was not the end for O’Hara headed strongly for goal and Collins attempted to help it on with a smart back heel.  Despite the surprise intervention.  Thomson still covered the ball. 
Name Taken.
It was remarkable, that the score sheet should still be blank after this series of remarkable escapes at both ends of the ground.  The referee after-awarding a free against Brian Harris on the half-way line chased him back into the penalty area and after a conversation with him took his name.  Collins again figured prominently.  Put through by O’Hara he was faced by Thomson running out.  Collins worked the ball past the goalkeeper and found both full backs swooping on him.  Before Collins could regain contact McDonald kicked out over his own line.  Shackleton with the touch of the class footballer placed the ball admirably for Collins.  Again it was the Scot against the goalkeeper and again it was the goalkeeper who triumphed.
Forward Switch.
Everton made an interesting forward switch with Jimmy Harris on the left and O’Hara as his partner.  Collins was out on the right.  They persisted with his formation for quite a spell and it worked well.  Everton’ play richly deserved a goal and a livier, more entertaining, Collins was the man who made it possible.  An admirable through ball saw O’Hara heading strongly forward goal with Thompson well out of line, it ended in McDonald attempting to make a desperate save.  With the ball no more than a yard from the goal line, the full-back kicked it into the roof of the net after 27 minutes play.  A move by Wignall enabled Jimmy Harris to cross the ball to the right for Collins to centre to and close in.  Shackleton got his foot to the ball only to see it pass just outside the post. 
Half-time; Notts Forest nil, Everton 1. 
Without having the opportunity for brilliance, Shackleton had been a great worker.  He showed some clever touches and great speed in going to the ball.  Collins was the man who was firing this Everton forward line into more decisive activity.  Collins was finding the wide open spaces like the super craftsman he can be and he did it splendidly for O’Hara but Whare recovered rapidly enough to prevent the winger making a good shot and it sailed harmlessly wide.  One of the most menacing Forest attacks was terminated when Labone conceded a corner, which Dunlop cleared.  Everton went near to a goal again when Tom Jones sent Jimmy Harris away Shackleton beat McKinlay cleverly, without being able to find a position for a goal.  It was McKinlay who kicked his cross to safely.
Good Tackling
Iley could do little against the effective tackling of King then Jimmy Harris tore up the wing to beat McDonald and hit the ball no more than a foot wide of the post.  There was a dangerous moment for Everton when Labone missed a high ball and fouled Wilson no more than a yard outside the penalty area.  Whare shot through the wall of defenders and a fine effort it was, but Dunlop was perfectly positioned to take the ball.  For once King was absent when Iley moved to the ball and shot splendidly.  Dunlop dived right across goal and although beaten, the ball was narrowly off target.  Dunlop was again in action when he pulled down Imlach’s swerving ball almost from under the bar.  The Everton goal fell most surprisingly in 70 minutes when a defensive error allowed Quigley to send the ball across goal to Wilson who shot into the corner of the net.  Collins was well watched in this half and the Everton attack had some of its fangs drawn, Forest were revitalized by the goal and Quigley found a new lease of life and went near to putting Forest ahead.  Then Quigley hooked the ball over the Everton bar, and Forest were just as much on top as Everton had been previously.  Everton’s fade out had been sensational and for quite a spell Forest were enjoying target practice without beating Dunlop.  Shackleton raised a glimmer of hope when he outwitted McKinlay and centred in the direction of O’Hara, but Whare who had played extremely well in the second half, was there to intercept.  There was another escape for Everton with one minute to go, when Gray’s header hit the top side of the bar.  Final; Nottinghm Forest 1, Everton 1. Attendance 27,518.
Lancashire League
Everton “A” 1, Blackburn “A” 3
Everton “B” 4, Accrington “A” 4

IT’S MORE FUN PLAYING THAN WATCHING
September 12, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Alex Park surveys Soccer from The Goodison Treatment Room
This has been the most unusual start to a football season I have ever known, as I have watched more games than I have played in, and I’ll let you into a secret –I don’t like it.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy watching, but it’s a poor substitute for playing.  What’s more in between watching I’ve been spending my time reading.  In fact, I don’t think I have ever read so much in my life, but in case you think I’ve been neglecting my ankle, I must explain.  While the rest of the boys have been training up at Bellefield, I have spent most of the past week stretched out on a table in the treatment room at Goodison Park in the capable hands of Harry Cooke.  Each day I’ve been having treatment and as I write I did not realize that my ankle would be so much better only a week after my accident.  Harry has been giving the ankle the hot and cold water treatment, heat treatment and following these with a massage.  The hot and cold water treatment is done by my putting my ankle in a bowl of cold water for a minute then in hot water for a minute, and so on.  I suppose you could say that Parker’s been in hot water this week!   Where does the reading come in.  Harry has kept me supplied with books while he’s been working on me.  On Tuesday afternoon I put a pair of plimsols and trotted round Goodison on my own, and on Wednesday started kicking a rubber ball.  One consolation was that if I miskicked there was no barracking.  There wasn’t a soul on the terraces or in the stands.  As I write this I don’t know whether or not I am playing against Nottingham Forest, but, if the ankle, keeps on improving as it has been doing I should be available for selection sooner than I expected. 
Nice Gesture
Incidentally since writing last week’s article, a journalist friend told me that when I was lying hurt during the game with Burnley, young Connelly their outside right kicked the ball in touch so Gordon Watson could come on and attend to me.  I would like to take this opportunity of thanking him, it was a nice gesture from a player, who looks like having a great future in the game.  In view of my own experience I suppose young Allan Mullery, of Fulham, gained more sympathy from me than anybody when he had to go off a Goodison last Saturday.  He seemed in such a bad way when he disappeared down the tunnel that I was very surprised when he returned but also very glad.  There’s nothing so bad as to see a team reduced to 10 men.  While I am on the subject of the Fulham game, I would like to say how well I thought Macedo, Bentley, Langley, Doherty and the reserve winger Key, played.  What an amazing player is that man Bentley.  When I saw the ex-England forward was wearing the No. 5 shirt I must admit I thought he would prove no more than useful, but here is turning in near-international displays.  When I was a schoolboy I remember going to Hampden Park to see Scotland v. England.  Before the game the Scottish F.A. announced the only a win was good enough for their side to go to South America and take part in the World Cup.  They lost 1-0 and Bentley scored the goal.  Nine year’s later the same player is preventing my club chalking up its first win of the season.  During the Fulham game I was asked if I would speak to the hospital patients who listen in to the commentaries.  I was only too pleased to say a few words to them, and I’m sure they won’t mind if I now say something for them instead of to them.  I don’t know the names of the three men who do these commentaries but I’m sure there must be many thousands who are most grateful to them for the work they do each match day.  There can be little wrong with this game of football if it can encourage men to do this service for less fortunate people they don’t even know.  I took another trip to Anfield on Wednesday to see the Liverpool-Scunthorpe United game and while it was not as good as the match against Bristol City, I quite enjoyed it. 
Foundation
There was no denying that Liverpool deserved their win, and there’s no denying that Jimmy Melia had much to do with it, but in my opinion it was the half-back line of Campbell, White and Wilkinson that laid the foundation of the victory.  I believe the wing-halves did not play so well as they did at Sheffield on Saturday but I though they played well enough particularly when you remember that they are only reserve for Wheeler and Twentyman.  Liverpool are lucky to have such players.  What of Roger Hunt their debutant, centre forward?  Naturally being his first game he opened quietly, but his goal seemed to give him confidence and after that he moved quite well.  With more experience I think he’ll make it.  I suppose you will remember my mentioning how I visited Dixie Dean a few weeks ago, and how he sent Harry Cooke a present on the occasion of the trainers 55th season at Goodison.  Well last Monday the great centre forward came to Goodison Park himself.  He called in to see Harry and they had a long chat about old times.  There must be something about Goodison Park that calls its past favourities back, Cyril Lello, now player-manager at Runcorn, and Jackie Grant are another two ex-Evertonians that often call in. 
Cup Coincidence
This week, I had a letter from George McCormick, of 16 Sackville Street, Liverpool 5.  Remembering what I said about keeping an eye on us when the cup-ties come around he writes;-
“Have you numbered the years between 1906 and 1933 Everton’s cup winning years?  There are 27.  From 1933 to 1960 is -27.  If you can do it that ill stop the moaners for that is what many so-called Evertonians are now, but I say our time will come, and then you will find a difference in the facts. 
Mr. Carey built the present Blackburn Rovers team in five years and he can do the same at Everton.  Thank you very much for your confidence in us, Mr. MCCormick, I hope we can justify it very soon and thank you for your letter.  If any of you other Evertonians, or Liverpudlians for that matter (were no biased in this column) feel like dropping me a line, it will be very welcome.  If I have the room I will include it in my article.  You can contact me c/o Sports Department, Victoria Street Liverpool 1. 

EVERTON RESERVE V. ASTON VILLA RESERVE
September 12, 1959. The Liverpool Echo and Evening Express
Everton Reserve;- O’Neill; Bentham, Bramwell; Rea, Billington, Meagan; Peat, Tyrer, Ashworth, Thomas, Blain.  Aston Villa; Beaton; Aldis, Lee; Dixon, Morrall, Carter; Smith (J.), McMorran, Sewell, Marsh, Kenning (N.).  Referee- Mr. A.D. Hirst (Notts).  Everton had the advantage of the sun and Ashworth forced a first minute corner, Villa’s first attack, however produced a goal in the first minute when O’Neill punched out Sewell’s shot straight to the unmarked Kenning who netted easily.  Everton retaliated with a neat bout of passing between Thomas and Ashworth, but Dixon cleverly arrested the move.  Defences were unimpressive and Bentham giving the Villa two corners.  Then Beaton dropped a harmless centre, but quickly retrieved the ball from Blain.  Everton nearly equalized when Ashworth headed against an upright and soon afterwards, Beaton made a full length save from Peat. 

NEARLY SUCH A HAPPY COLLINS’ ANNIVERSARY
September 14, 1959. The Liverpool Daily Post
Nottingham Forest 1, Everton 1
By Horace Yates
Everton’s first away point of the season at Nottingham a point that so easily could have been two, helped to prove to the hilt the contention that when all is well with Collins, Everton’s limitation seem so much less obvious.  The Scot with his country’s selectors looking on, danced his way triumphantly through a first half with an exhibition that would have been truly remarkable had be been as good a finisher as he was a manufacturer.  Without a goal to his name this season, Collins could have retired as the interval with a hat trick and leading as they might as well have been by five gals to one.  Everton would have been in an unassailable position.  In addition to the Collins’ failures, Jimmy Harris, hit the foot of the post with the goalkeeper well beaten, and only the sight of Quigley failing to take advantage of a glorious opportunity at the other end afforded slight consolation.  O’Hara who like Collins is finding that first goal so terribly elusive, was responsible for Everton’s score in 27 minutes but the record books will never give him credit for it.  A much improved header of the ball.  O’Hara sent it hurtling towards goal well clear of Thomson, when McDonald dashed across and with a despairing effort, while the ball was still a yard or so in play, kicked it into the roof of the net. 
No Qualms
Disappointing though it was to find Everton only one goal up there were no qualms.  They were a superior as could be and he harder Forest tried to show some semblance of form the more completely did they fail into the grip of the defence who found interceptions delightfully easy and times without number gratefully accepted direct passes from the opposition.  Everton had been unrecognizable as the side which had floundered against Fulham.  Their football was as effective up to the point of shooting as it was attractive and at half-time I found myself attempting an analysis of the transformation.  With £8,000 signing Alan Shackleton leading the attack, it was natural to begin with him.  Without a doubt he looked clever and able footballer.  He showed us some delightful touches.  He kept McKinlay, normally such a dominating centre-half, haunted by the memory that when last they met Shackleton scored three times for Leeds United, for Shackleton, still found a way of rounding the Scot.  It was all very encouraging, but not once had Shackleton had a real chance to shoot.  He side-footed one ball narrowly wide, but the shot or the header that would have conformed the favourable impression was denied him.  No clearly, it was this little man Collins who had worked the transformation with a display that brought back memories of twelve months ago (except for a single day), when he was making his debut at the Manchester City ground under similar trying circumstances.
Jones Excels
Everton switched their forward line to a Collins, Wignall, Shackleton, O’Hara, Harris formation with brilliantly successful results so much so that this was no fleeting change, but quite a sustained experiment.  Everybody expected with the start of the second half that Forest would pull out all stops in an endeavour to sweep back into a match, from which they had been so completely obliterated.  But no! For a long time, even though they attacked frequently, it was an approached which carried few terrors for a defence in which Tom Jones was excelling himself as watchdog of Imlach without a doubt Forest’s most dangerous forward.  Jones was every bit as commanding as he can be at centre half.  King had blotted out flew, so effectively that he scarcely registered and though I though Brian Harris was not so sure of himself at times as we now expect him to be, his obvious reply was “What did Quigley accomplish? “  And the replay could only be.  “Hardly anything.”  Similarly Wilson had no terrors for Labone, but where Everton slipped was in their belief that one goal was enough to win this game.  From rampant attack they sought merely to contain Forest.  Admittedly for a long time it seemed to be a plan that was destined to succeed, but as so often happens in situations such as this, there came a slip, with Imlach for once in a way beating Jones and sending the ball across for an unmarked Wilson to equalize the scores in 71 minutes.  It was primilarly Burkitt, a wonderful attacking half-back and to a lessor degree Whare who had shaken Forest into a more spirited retaliation and the goal was a tonic which injected renewed hope and faith into the Forest ranks.  As an attacking force Everton had ceased to exist.  Only a lone raid by Shackleton in which he almost laid on a goal for O’Hara helped to relieve the monotony of the Forest chase after victory.  The Collins magic had gone and it was a case of all hands on deck for Everton to hold what they had.  In this bombardment Dunlop was source of comfort, being steadiness personified as he dealt with everything that came his way in the most accomplished fashion.  The Forest side was unrecognizable as the team which revealed such delightful football last season on their way to their Wembley triumph, and yes normally there was only one change.  Truly, football is a curious game.  Still Everton should take heart from this point and possibly come to appreciate that attack remains the best form of defence.  Nottingham Forest;- Thomson, goal; Whare and McDonald, backs; Whitefoot, McKinlay, and Burkitt, half-backs; Imlach, Quigley, Wilson, Iley, and Gray, forwards.  Everton; Dunlop, goal; Sanders and Jones (captain), backs; King, Labone, and Harris (B.), half-backs; Harris (J), Wignall, Shackleton, Collins, and O’Hara, forwards.  Referee; Mr. R. Ryalls (Sheffield).  Attendance 27,518.

THOMAS SCORES LATE EQUALISER
September 12, 1959. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Res 1, Aston Villa Res 1
A dramatic equalizer in the 87th minute enabled Everton to salvage a point.  The Villa goal had survived Everton’s almost continuous second half onslaught until goalkeeper Beaton penalized Ashworth.  Beaton saved Rea’s spot kick but the ball was whipped across to Thomas who made no mistake.  Except for inside-right Tyrer who formed a progressive wing with Peat, the Everton forwards were slow to shoot and a tendency to bunch did not help.  In defence centre half Billington held his own against Sewell, while Bramwell was constructive at left-back.  Kenning netted Villa’s goal three minutes after the start. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 1959