IRVINE'S RETURN TO EVERTON
April 1 st 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
After being absent from the Everton team for a month, Irvine returns to the side for the important match against Derby County, tomorrow. Dean of course, will be on duty at Hampden Park, and Forshaw will take up the centre forward berth, and if he reproduces his old form the Everton forward line will not be weakened. I regard Forshaw on his day as one of our most trustful leaders, and he will have worthy helpmates in Irvine and Weldon on either side of him. The team otherwise is unchanged so that the following players will make a great effort to secure two more points. Taylor, Cresswell, O'Donnell, Kelly, Hart, Virr, Critchley, Irvine, Forshaw, Weldon, Troup. For the third week in succession Derby County will have the same team –namely Olney; Carr, Crilly; McLaverty, Thoms, Storer, Thornewell, Gill, Bedford, Whitehouse, Murphy.
DERBY COUNTY 0 EVERTON 0
April 4 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
GREAT DISPLAY BY KELLY.
EVERTON DRAW AT DERBY
Everton gained a valuable point at Derby a result, which must be considered satisfactory, in view of the County's fine home record. Five minutes before the start the ground was in fine condition, but it became a veritable morass twenty-minutes later owing to the rain. This no doubt prevented what had promised to be a high-class encounter, for both sides had displayed excellent craft while the going was good, but afterwards it became difficult to retain a foothold, and with the wind, the contest naturally lost many of its finest points. What it lost in the scientific sense, however, was made up for in grit, determination, and keenness, and not until the final whistle had sounded did any player slacken.
KELLY IN GREAT TRIM.
It was Derby's first half, for aided by the breeze, they enjoyed more of the attack than Everton, but when they had worked out a scoring position they found the Everton defence too good. Taylor making many fine saves, and Cresswell and O'Donnell putting up a powerful defence. But the man who took the eye was Kelly. He was the best half-back on the field, and that is saying a great deal for Thoms, Storer, and Hart were in trenchant mood and gave nothing away. Kelly however, seemed to enjoy every minute of the game, and Derby's great wing pair, Murphy and Whitehouse were rendered impotent by the Scotsman. With head or foot he was an name of surety, his tackling being of a deadly character. Derby people expressed the view that he was the best half-back they had seen at the Baseball Ground this season. The Everton forwards, while striving hard, could not net the ball aright when they had worked their way to goal and Derby's forwards were the more dangerous lot when in shooting range. When O'Donnell was injured, and it was found necessary to take him off the field. Derby appeared to have a great chance, but although they attacked, the Everton defenders were not in the mood to yield, and the interval arrived with the sides level.
From that point, it became Everton's turn to dominate matters, and although O'Donnell was playing on one leg, he gave a magnificent exhibition, and with a free kick nearly snatched a victory for his side, Olney turning his fierce drive over the crossbar. But there was still a need of a marksman in the Everton front rank, and Forshaw was not nearly so effective at centre-forward as he has been at inside right. He seemed a trifle slow to get off the mark and was too easily dispossessed, but for all that he kept the line moving well. Critchley cannot overcome his great fault of centring behind after making a position.
TROUP AND WELDON.
Troup, and Weldon are gradually becoming acquainted with each other's style, and when the outside winger slipped a ball into the middle Weldon tried to keep his goal per match record intact with a good shot which had everybody beaten until it pulled an inch or two to the right and passed the wrong side of the upright. Irvine worked like a horse both in attack and defence, and was none too lucky with his shots. The Derby players will no doubt think they were unlucky not to have had a penalty award when Murphy was brought down close in to goal, but Kelly's charge was as genuine a shoulder charge as one could wish to see. Teams: - Derby County: - Olney, goal, Carr and Crilly, backs, McLaverty, Thoms, and Storer, half-backs, Thornwell, Gill, Bedford, Whitehouse, and Murphy, forwards. Everton: - Taylor, gaol, Cresswell, and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart (captain), and Virr half-backs, Critchley, Irvine, Forshaw, Weldon, and Troup, forwards. Referee RJ. Kelso.
DEAN SCORED TWO GOALS
April 4 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
England beat Scotland by 2 goals to 1 at Hampden Park on Saturday in front of 111,214 people paying £7100. Mereseyside enthusiasts rejoice to know that Dean, the Everton centre-forward justified the lavish praise, which has been showered upon him since he left Tranmere Rovers to make rapid progress at Goodison Park. For a player who is only just twenty to score two goals at a critical period of an important game such as that at Hampton Park shows that he has the temperament and the ability for big occasions. No English centre forward had scored against Scotland since Watson netted in 1923, and only two English forwards had previously obtained two goals since 1900-Kelly in 1920 and Wall in 1909.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 ASTON VILLA RESERVES 4
April 4 TH 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 32)
A Feature of the Villa's win at Goodison Park was the remarkable accuracy of the long, sweeping passes. The Midlanders individually were the smarter, the footwork at times being brilliant. Scorers White for Everton, and Capewell (2), Chester, and Armfield for Villa.
LIVERPOOL RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 2
April 7 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 33)
The Central League match at Anfield, yesterday, between Liverpool and Everton resulted in a draw of 2 goals each. Defences of both sides were stronger than the rival attacks, but Everton, facing the sun in the first half, were placed at a disadvantage, and it is to their credit that they only had one goal scored against them during that period. Davies owing to the sun, made a mistake and enabled Oxley to nip in and scare Liverpool's first goal. It was really unfortunate for Davies, for he had done one or two really good things prior to this lapse. Not only was Davies troubled by the glare, but his colleagues, too, were not always able to follow the flight of the ball. Even so, White equalised for Everton just prior to the interval. Everton enjoyed more of the game in the second half, but Shone, who was admirably placed by Oxley scored a fine goal. He trapped the ball and with a great deliberation smashed it into the net. Liverpool held on to the lead until the sixth-fifth minute when Dominy scored the equalise. Shone was prominent with some flicks and glances, which were really fine to watch. The appearance of Pratt at full back for Liverpool was a feature, and it must be said that the utility man did himself justice. Done, too, also did well. On the Everton side Raitt and McDonald defended stubbornly, while Reid at centre half was good in both constructive and destructive sense, and Brown was nearly always able to master the Liverpool left wing. Teams : -Liverpool Reserves: - Riley, goal, Done and Pratt backs, Millar, Cockburn and McMullan, half-backs, Oxley, Stott, Walsh, Shone, Pither, forwards. Everton Reserves: - Davies goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Reid, and Rooney, half-backs, Millington, Dominy, White, Wilkinson, and Kendrick, forwards.
April 9 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Everton have five more matches to play and are still in danger, but I think they will put through. There will be a keen struggle today at Goodison Park where Manchester United will be the visitors. The United last Saturday got their first goal in a month when they beat Leicester City, Spence, who had been moved from outside right to centre-forward being the scorer. The Old Trafford side have twice this season defeated Leicester City who beat Everton 4-3 at Goodison and 6-2 in the return game. But Everton are a different side nowadays, and with dean on duty again after his international match triumph I fully anticipate a rousing game and a victory for the home team. Everton have obtained 7 points from the their last four matches, and 12 out of a possible 16, the solitary defeat in eight matches being at Newcastle. On the showing Everton should obtain full points and I hope to see them improve their goal average as well. They have not scored more than 2 goals in a home match since defeating Burnley 3-2 on New Year's day. The kick off is at 3-15, and the teams will be: - Everton: - Taylor; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, Troup. Manchester United: - Stewart; Moore, Silcock; Bennion, Barson, Hilditch; Chapman, Hanson, Spence, Partridge, Thomas.
EVERTON 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 0
April 11 TH 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
GOALLESS GAME AT GOODISON
EVERTON'S HARD FIGHT WITH MANCHESTER UNITED
A hard goalless game was the result of Manchester United at Goodison Park on Saturday. From a football point of view the contest was disappointing chiefly because there were so few really skilful forward movements. It was a game in which the defences took the honours, and the half back play, was particularly good and effective. The destructive skill and relentless tackling of the half-backs gave the forwards little scope for development, and their constructive work and surprisingly poor. There were, certainly, times when the forwards moved off smoothly and gave evidence of ability, but they rarely finished well. True, both goals had many narrow escapes chiefly from corner and free kicks, which added to the thrills of the game, although these hardly compensated for the poor forward display.
STEWART'S GOOD FORTUNE.
The United attack was the more purposeful, yet it was Stewart who was more frequently under fire. Twice he had to thank Silcock for keeping the ball from passing over the goalline when he was obviously beaten, although Stewart was one of the outstanding players on the United side. Play was hard and keen throughout, and the ground was just slippery enough to prevent players moving with their usual accuracy and smartness. All things considered, a draw was the most fitting result. Taylor had not a great deal to do, and the second half was well advanced before he had a really hard test from a shot by Spence. Cresswell, and O'Donnell did splendid work. They kicked well and tackled cleverly. The half-backs have rarely been more effective. Hart gave another confident display, while the masterly interventions and admirable constructive work of Kelly and Virr made the middle line Everton's strongest link.
Dean gave his colleagues some fine openings, but he had no luck with his shooting, and has often played better. Forshaw did some smart things, but like Troup and Weldon he was not convincing. The forwards as a line, threatened much, but accomplished little. Critchley was far from reliable and seldom got the ball across effectively. United's defence was little if at all inferior to Everton's, and if Silcock made one or two slips he recovered will, while Stewart made some remarkable clever saves. The half-backs made a strong line, while Barson always where the fight was hardest. Spence was a trustful leader, but he hardly controlled the ball well enough to be an idea centre. The inside forwards, particularly Hanson, did much smart work, and Chapman and Thomas were often dangerous. Teams: - Everton: - Taylor, goal, Cresswell and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart (captain) and Virr half-backs, Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon and Troup, forwards. Manchester United: - Stewart, goal, Moore and Silcock, backs, Bennion, Barson, and Hildith, half-backs, Chapman, Hanson, Spence, Partridge, and Thomas, forwards.
BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
April 11 th 1927. The Liverpool Poist and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 34)
Everton deserved the point at Bolton. Early in the game the forwards were too fast and clever for the Wanderers defence, and when the home team found their feet the visitors' defence proved very sound. Dominy scored a neat goal two minutes from the interval, and Doncaster equalised midway through the second half. Millington was an outstanding forward. Both Raitt and McDonald played well, and Davies kept a good goal.
CAPS FOR GRIFFITHS AND IRVINE.
April 11 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Wales drew with Ireland at Ninnion Park Cardiff on Saturday, 2-2, in front of 10,000 spectators. Irvine played for Ireland and Griffiths for Wales.
IRVINE ON THE WING.
April 13 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton are not engaged on Friday, but on Saturday they have a most important engagement with Bolton wanderers at Bolton. A tremendous lot depends on this game, and Everton are taking the bold step of playing Irvine at outside right. The form of Critchley last Saturday left a lot to be desired. If Irvine will keep cool I am sure he will master the position, and make an excellent partner for Forshaw. The last time I saw Irvine at outside right this season he started off in a manner which suggested international form, but then he "foozled" a corner kick and attempted unsuccessfully a centre, and seemed to upset him and he went inside. Irvine is clever enough to make a success on the wing, and I look for a sound display from the right wing pair on Saturday. The Everton team is otherwise unchanged. Taylor, Cresswell, O'Donnell, Kelly, Hart, Virr, Irvine, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, Troup.
EVERTON RESERVES TEAMS.
In the Central League game at Goodison Park on Friday against Blackburn Rovers, Everton will be represented by Davies, Wright, McDonald, Brown, Griffiths, Rooney, Critchley, Dominy, White, Houghton, Lewis. The outside left is an amateur trial from Ellesmere Port. To meet Manchester United, at Goodison Park, on Saturday, the Everton team will be: - Hardy, Hamilton, McDonald, Brown Bain, Reid, Critchley, Woodhouse White, Houghton, Lewis.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 BLACKBURN ROVERS 1
April 16 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 35)
At Everton. The home side were by far the more practical, with Dominy the schemer in chief of an attack that was only spasmodically good. McDonald was a resolute defender. Everton's goals were all scored in the first half by Griffiths, Dominy, and Houghton, and midway through an even second half Rosscamp reduced the lead. Cope, in the Rovers goal, in addition to saving McDonald's penalty; kept well and Roxburgh and O'Dowd were also prominent. Everton: - Davies goal, Wright and McDonald, backs, Brown Griffiths, and Rooney, half-backs, Critchley, Dominy, White, Houghton, and Lewis, forwards.
BOLTON WANDERERS 5 EVERTON 0 (Game 1223)
April 18 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
WHY EVERTON FAIL.
DEFENSIVE ERRORS AT BOLTON.
FINNEY AT HIS BEST.
It took Bolton Wanderers exactly three minutes to beat Everton at Burnden Park for until they scored their two goals in that time, five minutes from the interval, Everton were quite as good as their rivals, and were worth a draw at the half stage, but two defensive errors which allowed JR Smith and Gibson to score, proved the turning point in the game. From that moment Everton were a beaten side, for the two goals took all the heart out of the team whereas Bolton, holding a comfortable lead, went on to play a winning game, and before the final whistle added three further goals, and so ran out easy winners after Everton had promised them stern opposition. The Wanderers were undoubtedly the superior side for they were stronger in defence, swifter in working up an attack, and much more deadly when it came to shooting. There was no weak link in their forward line, in which each man was up to his task, and by comparison the Everton attack was ordinary. Forshaw was right off his game and his ineffectiveness was one of the main causes of Everton's failure to drive home an attack. His passes went wrong and he was easily dispossessed. As a consequence Irvine was well nigh frozen out of the game, and was more of an onlooker than a participant in the contest. Irvine had shown distinct in the early stages, and even if he failed to get his corner kicks into the middle, he centred finely, but he was not properly exploited.
WELDON'S STRONG GAME.
Dean, too, suffered because he did not get much support, and the best of the line was Weldon, who went here, there, and everywhere searching for work, and having found it tried to carry it through, and he along with Troup formed the better wing. One could not blame the half backs, for Hart played well and Kelly looked after Vizard and Gibson, and even though Virr was responsible for Gibson's first goal he stemmed many promising Bolton's attacks. Nothing seemed to go right for Everton, and even Cresswell and Taylor who have proved such a source of strength, had lapses, Cresswell played his worst game since he joined the club. He refrained from tackling Vizard and this just suited the Wanderers' veteran winger. Cresswell rarely came out to meet his man, preferring to run back into goal, and a policy that did not pay. Cresswell let Smith through to score the opening goal, and that was the beginning of Everton's momentary defensive failing, and most probably the beginning of the end. Taylor did a thing that astounded everyone. Vizard had centred and although Taylor appeared to have plenty of time to pick up the ball, he elected to take a flying kick as it travelled across the goal, but completely misjudged the ball, and only good fortune prevented him from paying the extreme penalty. It was apparent that the whole side was suffering from "nerves." O'Donnell, who did not strike one as being too fit, did extraordinarily well, and was the better of the two backs.
THREE FOR GIBSON.
Bolton Wanderers have a genius in their front line. Gibson the Scottish acquisition, was the brains of the line, and besides scoring three goals, he made chances for others. Butler, too, was in a happy mood, and Wright although out of position, paired off with his International partner to a nicety. Seddon never left Dean, while his quick interventions were seldom at fault, but in defence Finney stood out on his own. This former New Brighton player has come right back to his best form. He kicked with judgement, tackled with confidence, and kept a tight hand on the wing opposing him. Pym had little to trouble him, but what little he had to do he did with ease. Teams : - Bolton Wanderers: - Pym, goal, Greenhalgh, and Finney, backs, Nuttall, Seddon, and Thornborough, half-backs, Butler, Wright, JR Smith, Gibson, and Vizard, forwards. Everton: - Taylor, goal, Cresswell and O'Donnell backs, Kelly, Hart (captain), and Virr half-backs, Irvine, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon and Troup forwards. Referee A. Howarth.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 0
April 18 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 36)
A goal that was open to question, scored by Houghton gave Everton victory over Manchester United at Goodison Park. When the Everton scorer accepted a forward pass he was in what appeared an offside position, but despite the linesman's persistent flagging, the referee left him go on. The United players protested strongly, Everton for the most part were the better-balanced side. United losing chances through poor finishing. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Hamilton, and McDonald backs, Brown Bain, and Rooney half-backs, Critchley, Woodhouse, White, Houghton, and Lewis, forwards.
EVERTON "A" 1 BOOTLE BOROUGH 1
April 18 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION
Both sides had splendid opportunities of obtaining a winning goal on the closing stages at Strawberry lane. The Borough were first to attack, but Sutton missed a good chance. French scored for Everton after fifteen minutes play, both goals had narrow escapes, but Everton retained their lead at the interval. In the second half the visitors equalised through Cookson after ten minutes, which entitled them to share the honours. Murray struck the visitors' crossbar in the last few minutes while Sutton missed an open goal.
EVERTON 3 BIRMINGHAM CITY 1
April 19 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
EVERTON MAKING FOR SAFETY.
TROUP'S TWO GOALS AT GOODISON PARK.
Everton are a bundle of nerves, and having suffered a heavy defeat at Bolton it needed much encouragement from their 40,000 spectators to bring them to belief in themselves. Something similar was noticed after the heavy defeat at Newcastle yesterday, however, there was grave cause for alarm because Leeds had won a game. Apparently they did not reason out the possibility of Everton winning against the same opponentents –Birmingham. One thing is certain; there was a lack of surely in defence, in goal and elsewhere that upset the balance of a side that had been leading by two goals. Such a margin should have struck their confidence –chord, but so heavy is the load of mischief of relegation that no matter how big the lead Everton cannot forget they have opponents, and when those rivals get one Everton's heart fans them –for the time being. Fortunately the breeziness of Everton's Scottish wing pair, Troup and Weldon served to bring them back to their cakes and their cream for cream it was when Everton took a two goals' lead again soon after half-time, with a smuggled goal, something like that which Troup had scored in the first half.
However, the great turning point to play arose in six minutes when Barton was believed to have handled intentionally. He said the sun's rays were his trouble and the spectators' delight, but Referee Warriss would not listen to argument though he would think of reason! Hence Dean took a penalty kick and should have made for a solid victory. Instead of which Briggs and Bradford by their duo travelogue upset the equilibrium of the Everton defence. Taylor was not happy in his judgement and Cresswell while doing well was not the forceful character that his partner was; indeed O'Donnell had the heartiest day of his career and certainly proved himself the best of four strong backs, Birmingham's ancient pair. Womack and Barton showing a fine idea of tackling, timing, and heading. For a long stretch Birmingham were the better side, and the reason was not hard to discover; the Everton team worked in close formation; Birmingham drifted the ball strong and true to the wings, it is indeed safe to assume that if Birmingham's centre-forward, Bradford had not damaged his back really in the second half Everton have had to fight to hold their goal lead. It was early in the second half that Troup scored his second gaol of the day and from that point Birmingham faded out. One lost sight of Crosbie's cuddling and control work; the key man had been damaged; instead of keying up the line he and Briggs mooned around and the whole line lacked the lusty of the first half, Birmingham played so well as to be of great trouble to the home side, but in the second half Weldon produced a shot, Irvine went near, and Dean was a continual source of worry to the backs and goalkeeper.
May be Dean did not drive home the advantage, but this much mush be said: he offers passes and gets few in return; he still moves the ball sweetly by his head; but he is the middle man of a line that has been varying and is not satisfying Weldon's forte is his shot, his surprise shot with either foot, is his best work, and he entranced the crowd by his trickery alongside the little stout heart Troup. On the other hand Forshaw was a failure until late on, when he got across some sound passes. Where Everton were sure and strong was at outside right. Irvine was a success; he offered a shot and a centre; he "hung" his centre; he did not indulge in too much finesse; he got the crowd's heart and voice and made one remember his experience at outside right in the first game of the season when he was dropped although he had no partner to offer him work. Another bright feature of Everton's game was the work of the half-backs.
HART'S HARD TASK.
Hart had a doubly hard task and came through at the finish with success; but all through Kelly and Virr revelled in their hard labour, Virr bringing in some forward movements that deserved a crown of success. If Everton could forget their position in the chart they would be a most pushful and attractive side –that was proved by exhibition in the second half. They have still to meet Aston Villa (at home) on Saturday, and yesterday's comforting victory, hard-earned, will doubtless encourage them to go on with the good work. There is nothing more to add except that Liddell was the best half-back on the field; Cringan and Leslie played a confident game and the last three men of the side bore the heat of the day as gamely and refreshingly as the younger members of the side, it is hard to imagine that Womack has been playing for twenty years. He is a credit to the game. Teams : - Everton: - Taylor, goal, Cresswell and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart (captain), and Virr half-backs, Irvine, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards. Birmingham City: - Tremelling, goal, Womack, and Barton, backs, Liddell, Cringan, and Leslie, half-backs, Bond Crosbie, Bradford, Briggs, and Scriven forwards. Referee Mr. Warriss.
BIRMINGHAM CITY RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 1
April 19 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 37)
At Birmingham. Harris, Russell, and Firth scored for the home team, and Wilkinson for Everton. Birmingham opened well and scored two to Everton's one in the first half. Hardy played a fine game for the visitors and saved them from a heavier defeat. Everton did most of the attacking in the last stages, but Birmingham's defence was strong and held them in check.
"DIXIE" DEAN BEST MAN.
Tamworth Herald - Saturday 23 April 1927
"Dixie" Dean, the club's centreforward, who added his brilliant record recently by scoring two goals for England in the Internationa] match against Scotland, made an appearance in his private character Mr W. Dean, of Bootle, the other day, when took the role of "best man" the wedding of a football colleague, Mr. David Bain, the Everton half-back. The bride was Miss Alice Thomas, of Sandhurst Street, Aigburth, and the wedding took place at the Wesleyan Chapel, Balliol Boad, Bootle. Remarkable scenes were witnessed outside church after the ceremony. The road was completely blocked by the spectators, the majority of whom were women, and the traffic was not only brought a standstill, but many of the vehicles were commandeered to serve grandstands for the onlookers. The bride and bridegroom escaped practically unscathed, but the "nest man." the popular hero, had fight his way through a barrage of confetti.
EVERTON 2 ASTON VILLA 2
April 25 TH 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
EVERTON GAIN SAFETY.
LAST HOME MATCH DRAW.
Everton are out of the wood, thanks to their drawing 2-2 with Aston Villa and Leeds United failing at Tottenham. Everton have borne the brunt of much criticism from the season's beginning until Saturday, but they are to be congratulated on their successful efforts to remain in the First Division.
There was a slight chance of Everton being relegated before Saturday's game, but evidently followers of the side thought the match against Aston Villa worth while. It was an interesting match, even if the football was only as good as a variable surface and an awkward wind would allow. Moreover, it was sustained –the second half, if anything being better than the first. Everton deserved a point; Villa deserved a point; the only difference between the side being Everton's bad luck in shooting, they finding Jackson perfectly safe with all manner of shots despite the sunshine. The goalkeeper was not lucky –no luckier than Taylor, for both heard the ball crack against the woodwork.
Dean (30 seconds), Walker (40 minutes), and a repetition of the scoring at the seventy fifth and eightieth minutes –that was the score sheet. Dean's first goal created surprise, for Cook, who kicked off, and Mort were the only Villa players who touched the ball. Walker's first was a typical Villa scored in a period when Villa played their usual football. They have rarely scored in the manner employed by Dean, and in their equalising point the ball was criss-crossed about the field with fine accuracy until Walker catching the ball on the half-turn finished off the movement with a fine shot. Hart crossed swords with walker on many occasions and although his passing often left much to be desired Hart fully balanced this defect by his general work, Kelly and Virr were as useful as Hart, this being Everton's best line. The forwards with two exceptions, Weldon (hurt) and Forshaw, were little less effective being a great improvement on the Bolton game. Behind was unsteadiness quite unexpected from men such as Taylor and Cresswell. O'Donnell has tempered down his play and ideas and a distinct improvement was noticeable. Dean was lucky to score a second gaol because Jackson evidently thought his badly kicked shot would screw outside. England's centre-forward had previously missed an easy chance.
After a shaky start Villa settled down to play a useful game in which they carried all their guns aft and none forward. The two light-haired defenders Bowen and Mort, tackled dean sternly, each making several brilliant and showry clearances in the danger zone. However, none could dent their valuable work or that of Talbot in Dr. Milne's position at centre half. Cook the former Huddersfield Town centre, who played his thirteenth game for Villa, was the best of the visiting attack, being clever in his dribbling. Support from the inside positions was not forthcoming, otherwise he would not have had a blank day –in unusual happening for this player, who his scored in all but three of his games for his new team. Teams : - Everton: - Taylor goal, Cressewell, and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart (captain), Virr, half-backs, Irvine, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards. Aston Villa: - Jackson, goal, Bowen, and Mort, backs, Kingston, and Talbot, half-backs, Moss, York, Stephenson, Cook, Walker, and Dorrett, forwards.
DERBY COUNTY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
April 25 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 38)
Everton had bad luck in the match at Derby losing the services of Reid for the greater part of the game, while injuries to Raitt and Rooney twice reduced their strength to nine. The game was poor and despite the visitors' handicap, Derby only just managed to win. Hanney scoring fifteen minutes after the interval. Kendall kept a fine goal for Everton. Everton: - Kendall, goal, Raitt and Reid, backs, Brown, Griffiths, and Rooney, half-backs, Millington, Dominy, Wilkinson Kennedy and White forwards.
DICKIE OF POOLE SIGNED.
April 27 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Dickie a player who gave a fine exposition of half-back play for the Poole team against Everton, in the first round of the FA cup at Goodison Park, in January has been signed by Everton. I am particularly pleased that this half-back has joined the Goodison club for the he appended to me as a player who understood exactly what was require of a wing player of the middle line. A Fairhaired, stockily built exponent who weight at 12 stone and stands 5ft 9 and half inches. He tackled cleanly and always made use of the ball to the advantage of his forwards it will be recalled that drew, the goalkeeper and Dickie were the outstanding players of the Poole team that day and Everton at once made inquires about Dickie and they never lost sight of that possibility of securing his services, but it was not until yesterday, that he was signed. A native of Glasgow. He was a couple of season with Poole and in style as a typical Scottish, footballer he is young and should prove useful next season.
EVERTON LAST MATCH.
The Everton team to meet Cardiff City, at Cardiff in the Goodison Park Club's last League match of the season will be Taylor, Cresswell, O'Donnell, Kelly Hart, Virr, Irvine, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, Troup.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 LIVERPOOL RESERVES 1
April 28 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 39)
Both Liverpool and Everton introduced some new players into their Reserves sides, which met at Goodison Park last evening, and this blending was quite a success. In fact one could pick out one or two of the new men who showed distinct promise. Dickie, Everton's latest acquisition from Poole, created a source of interest. The game ended in solid victory for Everton, who defeated their rivals by 3 goals to 1. The way Liverpool opened, however, suggested that they would enjoy a victory, for within twelve minutes Walsh scored a capital goal, as he had to lob the ball over Hardy;s head to place it into the net. Within a minute White the Everton centre forward, equalised. His shot had tremendous pace behind it and Riley had not the faintest chance of stopping the ball. From that point onwards it was a ding-dong game each goal being visited without, however, any further goals being scored up to the interval. Hardy had a slice of luck when he found a ball, headed by Scott, bump on to his legs and bounded into safety.
EVERTON TAKE COMMAND.
In the second half Everton took command of the proceedings, and White scored a second goal. To most people it was offside but the referee waved him on, and he carried the ball forward before placing it beyond Riley. Then one of the younger school in Easton added a third and good goal, and there the scoring ended. Dickie played a quite a sound game, while Griffiths continue to improve with each game, and Lewis did many smart things on the Everton left wing. Liverpool were well served in defence and McMullan was the best of the half backs, with Shone the shinning light in the attack, but one could not miss some, intricate movements by Jones at inside right.
CANDIDATES FOR EVERTON BOARD.
April 28 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
NOMINATIONS OF SHAREHOLDERS
Last night the third meeting of the Everton shareholders called to consider the position of the club and future outlook gathered at the Law Association rooms, Cook-street, under the chairmanship of Mr. Charles Wright. The attendance was small –under twenty five –when the meeting started, half an hour late, the chairman mentioning that this was probably due to the game between Everton Reserves and Liverpool Reserves. The names of the three prospective candidates are: - Messrs W.R. Clayton, R.J. Alexander and James Wilson. Mr. Wright said Mr. Alexander was independent and had football knowledge; he could look after local talent. Mr. Clayton would be an acquisition. He was glad Mr. Clayton was joining them as no one had worked harder than he, and although he (the Chairman) did not see eye-to-eye with him that made no difference to their friendship. Mr. Wilson was not so well known, but he vouched for him as a keen and capable business man; so that they would have a man who knows about players, a man who knows about football, and finally a business man with youth on his side. The club would no doubt say they had had bad luck, but businessmen would have stopped the rot early in the season, when they saw how things were going. Mr. Petty and Mr. Alexander also spoke, the latter stating that he could pick a local amateur side to beat Everton. Mr. Wilson said the Everton board had been exploited when they went for players late in the day.
MR. CLAYTON'S VIEWS.
Mr. Clayton said he was not anxious to be on board, but he had spent thirty-two years with club, and it grieved him to see then in such a position year after years. They had spent £80,000 in six years on transfers. Mr. Clayton asked how long were they going to blunder on. The whole of the board should be removed. Mr. Jones moved the adoption of the three names, and Mr. Storey, acconding, said Mr. Clayton had trodden on their corns, but that night he had advised them wisely, and he should have pleasure in seconding the nomination. The meeting then sat in private to consider ways and means of canvassing for proxies votes, and support.
ACCIDENT TO FAMOUS OLD ARBROATH FOOTBALLER.
Arbroath Herald and Advertiser for the Montrose Burghs - Friday 29 April 1927
Billy Stewart, an Arbroath footballer who made a name with Preston North End, Everton, and Southampton as a left half, has received a serious accident while engaged work at Liverpool docks unloading a vessel. He fell down the hold a considerable distance and was badly smashed about the face and body. Billy played for Arbroath Strathmore, and Savant in next Friday’s Herald will deal more fully with this player’s career.