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ARMY TEAM TO MEET EVERTON

April 1, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

There will be an interesting game at Goodison Park, on Wednesday April 13 th when Everton meet a team representing the British Army. Four internationals will probably be included in the Army team. The best known player on the side is captain K.E. Hegan (R.A.S.C) the outside left, who will captain the team. He has twenty-two international caps, including a full international one versus Ireland. Another noted player is Bugler D.K. Martin (Royal Ulster Rifles), who is not yet eighteen years of age, but has this season twice represented Ireland in amateur internationals matches against England (when he scored twice) and Scotland. In the game against Scotland he received an injury which deprived the Army of his services against the Belgian Army. L. Bombardier W. Roberts (Royal Artillery) and Private J. Peace (Royal Tank Corps) are also being honoured with Welsh amateur caps, having played against England, at Swansea this season. Other well-known Army players are L. Bombardier. Westmoreland and Private A.A. Wallace, both clever forwards.

 

MAKE NO MISTAKE EVERTON!

April 1, 1932. Evening Express.

Grimsby Must be Beaten at Goodison.

Seddon will be Watching Dean.

By the Pilot.

Everton supporters are not speculating so much concerning the Blues' ability to defeat Grimsby at Goodison Park tomorrow –they are taking that for granted –as on the possibility of the League leaders setting up a goals record this season. It savours of “counting one's chickens. . .” yet there is justification for the attitude. Everton should win well tomorrow. I believe they will, but football's surprises are unending and I shall be quite content if Everton succeed by the barest of margins. It is true that Everton in their seven remaining matches have a chance of setting up new goal-scoring figures. They need 25 goals to beat the previous best. But let us put first things first. The thing that counts now, above all, is the championship. If Everton break the goals record in their stride so much the better, but it is a secondly consideration. Grimsby are fighting tooth and nail to get away from the relegation zone. With Blackpool they are five points behind any other club, and though their hopes of escaping are poor, they will not give up until the last gasp. Remember, too, that when last they visited Goodison Park in a league match they were in a similar plight and shocked the Everton following by a brilliant 4-2 victory, which carried them to safety and sent Everton to the second Division. Everton are riding on the crest of the wave at the moment, having taken 12 points out of their last seven matches and being undefeated during that period, but they must make sure that the team which brought them relegation shall not be responsible for shattering their championship prospects. Grimsby are a better team than their league position denotes, but it is my opinion that they will find Everton too strong in every department.

Seddon

Everton make no change from the eleven which gained four points at Easter and has played in each of the last seven matches, but Grimsby introduce Seddon, the former Arsenal centre half, for the first time. Seddon has been on the injured list ever since he went to Blundell Park and now displaces Betmend. The Mariners are also introducing Craven and Dodds, two young reserves, into the attack, and transferring their “will o' the wisp” Bestall to inside left. Everton; - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Grimsby Town; Read; Wilson, Jacobson; Hall, Seddon, Wilson; Dyson, Craven, Glover, Bestall, Dodds.

 

GRIMSBY TOWN'S VISIT.

April 2, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

Everton are at home to Grimsby Town this afternoon, the situation being somewhat akin to the match a couple of years ago, which resulted in Grimsby Town beating Everton and sounding the finish of the Walton club's First Division career for a season. This times Grimsby Town themselves seen certain to spend at least a season in the Lower House. A defeat today would effectively seal their fate. The Fishermen, I recall gave Everton a hard run in the previous game, the leaders, winning by the odd goal in three, but I think the Everton men will triumph with ease this time, and thus enhance their prospects of winning the championship. Seddon, the former Arsenal centre-half, makes his debut for Grimsby Town, who have made forward changes. Bestall going inside left. The kick off is at 3.15, and the teams are; - Everton; - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Grimsby Town; Read; Wilson, Jacobson; Hall, Seddon, Wilson; Dyson, Craven, Glover, Bestall, Dodds.

 

BLUES IN FULL CRY FOR LEAGUE QUARRY

April 2, 1932. Evening Express.

Everton's Happy Band.

The Spirit of Comradeship.

Buxton Tonic for Final Spurt.

By the Pilot.

We are the lads from Goodison Park –ooh! Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah!” With this battle cry Everton are marching forward to the attainment of the dearest ambition –the winning of the Football League championship. It was only last week-end, while I was touring with the Blues, that I learned of this collegiate was cry. It awakened the tranquil townsfolk of Reigate as we motored through to Brighton for the invigorating brine-baths. It is no exaggeration to say that I was deeply impressed with the splenidid feeling of comradeship, which pervades the entire team. This was particularly noticeable last week-end when, owing to the three matches in four days' rush, the players needed to restrain themselves in order to give of their best. They did it in an admirable manner, with “Everton” as the paramount thought in their minds. A happier or better band of players it would be impossible to find. They are practical jokers everyone, and few people escape the gentle, harmless leg pulling, but still those same men are determined to bring that championship to Liverpool, and so equal the record of Liverpool by winning the Second Division and First Division titles in successive seasons.

Proud.

I am giving away no secrets when I say that the Everton directors are proud of the men they have on their books. That the directors do appreciate the efforts of their players is proved by the fact that only last week three players –Cresswell, Critchley, and White –were each handled a cheque for £650 for five years' faithful service to Everton. I take this opportunity of congratulating the three players –they have deserved their reward. Everton have never failed to recognise good, honest service, and that they have received this from their servants is proved by the splendid financial season the Blues are enjoying. I anticipate that their balance sheet this year will surprise the football world, I do not think they have ever enjoyed such a successful season, and this right in the midst of trade depression. It indicates careful management with business as well as football acumen, and a great deal of credit is due Mr. Andrew Coffey, who is the chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr. Coffey renders the club invaluable services in this capacity, and his astute management of the financial side of the organisation has enabled Everton to attain the position of one of the richest, if not the richest club in the country. But to return to the championship, outlook. It is my candid and considered opinion that Everton have won it. No matter how I probe the situation, look at fixtures to be decided, and compare records, I can arrive at no other conclusion than that the title is once more coming to Walton. It is going to be a big struggle to maintain the leadership in the face of Arsenal's menacing' challenge, but the players are well fitted for the fight, and they have the will to win which means a great deal. I commend the action of the directors in once again sending the boys away for a rest –Buxton is again the favoured resort –for they had a heavy time last week-end with two particularly rough games, it should be the right tonic for the final dash to the winning post.

 

GRIMSBY SURPRISE EVERTON.

April 2, 1932. Evening Express.

Equalising Goal Despite Blues' First half Supremacy

Brilliance of Read.

By the Pilot.

Both teams which met at Goodison Park today had something to fight for. On one hand we had Everton straining every nerve to make sure of the First Division championship, and on the other Grimsby Town fighting desperately against relegation. Everton were out to bring off their sixth “double” of the season, having won at Grimsby in November, and to secure some of the 25 goals needed to set up new goal figures for the Football League. Dean, the highest goal-scorer in the First Division needed one goal to complete 40 for the season. Everton played the side, which has captured 12 of the last 14 points played for, but Grimsby had a debutante in Seddon the former Arsenal centre half. On Monday the Everton players will go to Buxton for a week's rest. The international Selection Committee representatives were present, doubtless with the object of running the eye over certain Everton men who may be wanted for the England v. Scotland match. Mr. Tom McIntosh, the Everton secretary, who recently underwent an operations, was in the director' box, and looked exceedingly well. Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams, and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee, and Thomson half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. . Grimsby Town; Read goal; Wilson (C.H.), and Jacobson backs; Hall, Seddon, and Wilson (c), half-backs; Dyson, Craven, Glover, Bestall, and Dodds, forwards. Referee: T. R. Fardell, West Bromwich.

The Game.

Everton had to oppose a strong sun, but this did not prevent them providing a real thrill in the first minute. Dean jumped higher than Seddon, and was able to nod a ball to the feet of Johnson. Johnson took it with his right foot, and his quick drive cannoned against the crossbar and over the top ere Read could make an effort to save. Grimsby made ground by long kicking. Critchley manipulated cleverly, and edged a pass in for Dunn to force Read to place behind. From the corner Dunn headed wide. Critchley danced a dainty step again, beating two men with speed and accurate ball control, and Dean needed little encouragement to head the centre back to the inrunning Dunn. Wilson (C.H.) managed to get his foot to the ball at the crucial moment, and it flew for a corner, but this brought the opening goal in six minutes, Dunn being the scorer. Stein placed one of those swerving quicks which had proved so successful at West Bromwich, and Read was drawn out into the bunch.

Dean Paves The Way.

Dean got to the ball and placed it back a yard, and Dunn headed over the group of players into the net, with Read making a belated effort to get back and retrieve the situation. Everton were all over the opposition, Sagar being merely a spectator, Read saved from Johnson, then when Stein was boring through, Seddon kicked off the line. This was a near thing for a goal. A corner in eleven minutes brought Everton's second goal. Jacobson had made a wild clearance and when Critchley's centre dropped temptingly, Dean and Read went for the ball at the same time. Read certainly punched the ball, but it struck Dean's head, and instead of travelling backwards went into the net. A minute later the Town, were awarded a goal, although the ball in my opinion, never entered the net. Dodds broke through on the left in the Mariners' first real attack in the game, and middled a low ball. Glover went full length to head in smartly, but the ball struck Sagar's leg and bounded back into play. The referee blow his whistle and signalled a goal, and though Sagar ran half the length of the field to protest that the ball had never entered the net, the referee refused even to consult a linesman. Everton returned to the attack, and Jacobson did excellent services in kicking away from the feet of willing shooters. Dunn's shot went over the top from Seddon's head, and when Clark joined in the shooting he was too high. Dean chased Rean, and Read collapsed with the ball but was able to resume. One wondered why the referee deemed it necessary to gave a free kick to Grimsby. Certainly nothing had happened. Following good work by Dyson, Craven and Glover had shooting chances only to delay in fatal manner. Read saved a low header from Dean, and I noticed at this stage the only men in the Everton half were Williams and Sagar. Bestall was bothered with the sun and headed clean to the feet of Dunn, who was able to open up an attack which should have brought a goal. Dunn slipped twice after being put through by Johnson then when he got in his shot it travelled a foot wide.

The Masters.

Everton were obviously the masters, and were able to play easy, comfortable football, Read being the busiest man on View. The 33,000 spectators got a shock when Glover received close in and placed into the roof of the net, but the whistle had already gone for an infringement. Williams appeared to handled, but the referee allowed play to proceed, and when Critchley crossed, Stein had a swift header deflected behind by C.H. Wilson. Clark dallied unnecessarily, and Grimsby were able to make ground, and when Cresswell made a bad clearance the ball struck Glover and enabled him to run clear of all opposition. Sagar advanced, but he need not have worried, for Glover's shot travelled five yards wide of the goal.

Stubborn Defence.

Grimsby defended stubbornly against an accurate attack, but their work was rather haphazzed. Read having many anxious moments, particularly from corner kicks, which Everton were rising particularly well. Grimsby exploited Glover as much as possible, but Cresswell and Williams were quick to intercept. Dean tried an overhead shot, which was hustled away, and Stein ran through from Dunn's pass to bring Read to the ground. The wonder to me was that Everton were still only a goal ahead. Once again Dean nodded back, and Johnson's first timer was turned aside by Read. In a spasmodic Grimsby raid Craven shot over. Dodds tried to get Glover through, only the ball ran too fast. Once again Read foiled Dean by fisting away Critchley's centre. Stein shot in from point blank range, but found Read there to make a really great save. Johnson drove at the ball, but found Read and Wilson (GH) ready to withstand a siege. Then the magic of Bestall asserted itself. He whipped a clean pass up the middle, and Glover raced through unattended.

The Equaliser.

The centre forward's shot rebounded of Sagar, but it ran to Craven, who banged it into the vacant net to equalise in forty minutes. It must be said that Grimsby were exceedingly fortunate to be on terms, for only the brilliance of Read had prevented Everton piling up a winning total. The Town forwards got going again in superlative style, and Sagar had to nip out to pick up when Glover looked all over a scorer. Half-time Everton 2 Grimsby Town 2. Grimsby were on level terms for three primary reasons. The first was Read's brilliance in goal, the second was the sprightliness of the forwards, and the third the uncertainty of the Everton backs, who were inclined to make matters too easily. Everton should have been well ahead by the interval. This fact was that their early lead gave them too much confidence.

Everton Beat Grimsby.

Second Half Goals secure Valuable Points.

Dunn and Johnson in the Target.

Sprightly Grimsby Forwards.

The second half opened with a thrill, Dunn providing Critchley with a shooting chance. Jacobson, however, managed to get a foot in front of the shot, and turn it away for a corner. The Town played easily and comfortably. Glover breaking through and flashing the ball across the face of the goal, with Craven just missing with his attempted header. Critchley jumped between two men after Dean had done the necessary, but good covering prevented him getting a shot in. Read made a brilliant save from Dunn's header, and in trying to throw the ball away threw it against Jacobson's head, the ball nearly rebounding into the net.

Blues' Best Raider.

Stein was the most potent Everton raider. He crossed a ball and Dean leap into the air in his effort to score, Read was there, however. Then came a thrill in the home goalmouth, with Glover as the main actor, but when Dyson jumped in unattended, Sagar flung himself out and saved with a remarkable punch, being injured in his attempt. He was able to resume. Grimsby were holding their own in incisive manner, and their attacks were cute as menacing as anything Everton would provide. Thomson displayed brilliant ball control on the touch line, and following his good work Critchley was able to go through for a shot, but again a willing man, this time Seddon's saved the day. Dean was fouled on the edge of the penalty area, and when Johnson's kick was taken Gee was pulled up for a foul.

Referee Hurt.

Sagar made a fine save from Craven's , and when Thomson delivered a wonderful shot, which appeared to be a winner, the referee was in line and received the full force shot, and Trainer Cook had to save him. In 76 minutes Everton regained the lead, which they should never have lost. It was Dunn who did the trick. He always seems to provide a goal when Everton are in desperate need of one. Stein had a lot to do with this point. As he beat Wilson (CH) and ran through to the goal line to middle the ball and Dunn met in perfect position and glanced into the net over Read's head. Dean took up the outside right position, but twice failed to get the ball into the centre. Thomson mistimed a pass back to Sagar and had to boot the ball aside for a corner, in order to retrieve the situation.

Fourth Goal.

Read saved well from Stein, bit in 84 minutes good work by Stein brought Everton's fourth goal through Johnson. He centre was taken by dean, who place back into the goalmouth for Johnson to place into the roof of the net, Read having no chance what so ever. Grimsby did little after the fourth goal and towards the end Read had to go down for a shot from Williams. Everton had been fully extended by them which contested every inch, but it would not have done so well had Everton not made the fatal mistake of easing up after the early lead.

Final Result, Everton 4 Grimsby Town 2.

Stoke Res v. Everton Res.

Stoke Res, entertained Everton in a Central league fixture at the Victoria ground today. Everton included in their team Griffiths, the former Port Vale outside right, and Turner, their recent acquisition from Luton. Both sets of forwards were early in action, but faulty passing ended several promising moves. Alderman was going through when he was brought down by Bocking, and from the free kick Lowe was hard pressed and conceded a corner. McDaid headed just wide following a flag kick. Though Sale Ware and McDaid all got in good shots, the Everton goal seemed in no great danger. Evertom improved and developed several attacks, but Griffiths, though not much worried by Jackson, generally succumbed to the tackling of Scrimshaw. Griffiths, Birtley and Britton joined in a typical Everton triangular movement, but a pass near goal led Spencer to clear, Sale scored for Stoke with a header. Half-time Stoke Res 1, Everton Res 0.

 

EVERTON 4 GRIMSBY TOWN 2 (Game 3130 over-all)-(Div 1 3088)

April 4, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Grimsby Town Make Hard Fight.

A Famous Result Reversed.

Everton Nearing the Goal.

By “Bee.”

Two years ago Everton went to Division “ mainly thought the agency of a Grimsby Town win at Goodison Park by 4-2. Saturday reversed the order, Everton taking victory by the same margin and probably sinking the Grimsby “Ship.” It was a hard game, not too good in many features, because there were far too many miskicks by most of the backs, Williams being the one man who id not come into the category, but all the same these mistakes and some bad passing prevented the game reaching a high standard. Yet Everton played with a delicious and for long that they seemed to be able to go through the Grimsby defence at will. Then came a surprise blow, Everton's clam and collected machine made goal fashion, then Grimsby had caught an inspiring force. Here was a chance to create a real sensation –a goal had been virtually given to the visitors. Sagar saved in front of the line, and Thomson kicked away. To Everton astonishment the referee said “Goal.” They asked him to consult a linesman, but he did not think it worth while. In the estimation he had seen the goal, and the ball crossed the line.

Everton Upset.

This upset Everton, and encouraged Grimsby, till the latter got on top for a while. They were swift to the stride and to the attack, and the result was that much work came to the home defence, and Sagar had to make some sure catches to stop the sensation of the season –the bottom club beating the top team. However, by degrees Everton got on top again, lost their erratic course, and steered for the League champions. This was due to the fast improving Stein, who made a fine centre for Dunn to head, glancing to the net. A great neat goal with the ball travelling very fast at each point –Johnson wound up the day's score sheet with a goal taken deliberately and offered to him by one of the many priceless headers Dean gave to his co-forwards. Stein again made the centre, Johnson merely completed the task. Everton were not their best selves, and Grimsby proved a difficult proposition for over an hour, but the turn of the game came when Everton had to suffer a goal they reckoned was an usual decision. Grimsby on this form had no right to be at the bottom of the League. Read, their goalkeeper, was not convincing early on, and he suffered a blow to his side in a charge, but generally the Grimsby players played well together, and if Glover had been more secure at centre the damage might have been irreparable. As it was, Everton won well, at the finish after a hard struggler. The first goal was scored by Dunn after a corner, and Dean took another through a corner. Dyson got the grit goal, and finally the scorers were level at half-time through the close in shot of Craven, a strong shooter, who had taken up the nulled effort of Glover. Sagar having made a superb half save at point blank range. Then the battle got fierce, and Cresswell, for once in a way, was but of touch with the ball and not sure in his length of strength. The referee, Mr. Fardell, of West Bromwich, was knocked out, and on recovering had to watch the game closely, as it was flowing and flying pretty quickly, though never touching an unsporting nature.

Fine Defence.

Fortunately at this stage, indeed throughout the game, Gee played remarkably well; he was splendid in his use of the ball, and Clark save for some wildish long range work, was strong and rousing, whereas Critchley at this stage, went back a bit. On the Grimsby side little Bestall was always striving to get the ball away by intricate dribbling, and Craven was outstanding, but Dodds, the left winger, was moderate. Seddon of the Arsenal, making his debut for Grimsby at centre half-back, could make nothing of Dean or the referee's decisions, and both backs, after a shaky start, revelled in their work and won through, in spite of the adverse score marks. Everton by this victory have got nearer to their League win, but the latest showing proved they are still a shade stale and require the Buxton air as a help to their fitness. They go there today. The feature of the latest victory was the work of Williams and Sagar in defence, Gee in attack, and Stein, Dean, Dunn, and Johnson in the enlivening moments when they forgot fury in an endeavour to make their good football craft carry them through. Teams; -

Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams, and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee, and Thomson half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. . Grimsby Town; Read goal; Wilson (C.H.), and Jacobson backs; Hall, Seddon, and Wilson (c), half-backs; Dyson, Craven, Glover, Bestall, and Dodds, forwards. Referee: T. R. Fardell, West Bromwich.

 

STOKE CITY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1

March 4, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 38)

The game at Stoke was remarkable for the number of causalities, no fewer than nine players having to receive attention by trainers and ambulance men. Too much vigous on both sides spoiled the game as a spectacle, though some of the injuries were accidents. Sale scored for Stoke, in the first half, and Birtley equalised midway through the second half.

Skelmersdale 1 Everton “A” 4

Liverpool County Combination.

Skelmersdale at home, were without Saxton, and Tootle was also injured early in the game and had to go outside-right. In consequence the home defence was disorganised, but Rigby, in goal did well. Hurst at centre half also stood out. Chedgzoy who appears to be Everton's utility man, played a good game at centre-half. Fryer (2), Davies and Worrall scored for Everton, and Tootle for Skelmersdale, who were overplayed.

 

EVERTON'S FINGERS ON CHAMPIONSHIP

April 4 1932. Evening Express.

But They Must Not Leave Anything To Chance.

It is Dangerous To Ease Up.

By the Pilot.

Was it the Blues jerseys that upset Arsenal at Higbbury on Saturday? Chelsea, who play in the same colours as Everton, certainly did the Goodison park club a good turn by sharing the spoils with Everton's great rivals for the League championship. Today the position is that Everton, for one more game played, and four points ahead of the Arsenal. At this stage this is a commanding lead. Even if the Arsenal win all their remaining matches –which is not at all likely –Everton can afford to drop a point and still become champions. These are trying days for the Gunners. On Wednesday they have to face Sunderland at Roker Park, and on Saturday they play Liverpool at Anfield. Neither game will be a picnic for them. In fact, by Saturday evening the championship may be virtually decided. Everton did what was required of them in defeating Grimsby by 4-2, but let me utter a word of warning. The Blues must not become imbued with the idea that just because they are two goals ahead that any match is won. They appeared to adopt this belief in the game with Grimsby Town. Two goals up in ten minutes, they obviously eased up and endeavored to toy with the opposition. They never made a greater mistake. Before they realised that the Town were real fighters, the Mariners had wiped off the arrears and at the interval remained on level terms. Consequently, Everton had to begin the battle all over again and against a side which had improved beyond all knowledge.

It is Dangerous.

The truth is that the Everton players were to blame entirely for allowing an easy, comfortable passage to become a stormy one. In their last three League games they have definitely pulled in canvas, and against West Bromwich Albion and Grimsby Town they allowed their opponents to catch up, after being behind. This will not do and goals might easily decide the destination of the championship. Everton must heed the warning. I emphasize this because, though I consider Everton almost as good as champions, already, there are such things as last round knock-outs. The Blues have often played better, but outstanding men were Stein and Thomson, with gee not far behind, Stein was the man who won the scoring chances, and gave one of his best displays for a long time. Dean was a strong centre forward, who provided many cute openings for his inside forwards of whom neither compared with the deft and dainty Bestall, the bets Grimsby man on view, with the exception of Read, who alone kept the score down to normal proportions. Some of his saves were uncanny. The Everton players traveled to Buxton today for a week's rest, and I am certain it will refresh them for the hard home run.

Everton's Tour of Germany.

This is Everton's fixture list for their tour of Germany in May and June: - May 22, Hanover; May 26 Cologne; May 28, Nuremburg; June 1, Frankfort-on-Main; June 5, Dresden; June 6 Breslau.

 

WHITE TAKES JOHNSON'S PLACE.

April 6, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

For their match with Leicester City, at Leicester on Saturday. Everton have chosen White, the utility forward, to take Johnson's place at inside left Stein's regular partner, of course will be assisting England. Leicester City are always capable of making a fight on their own ground, and Hine and his colleagues. I have no doubt, are anxious to take revenge for that 9-2 defeat at Goodison Park in November, so that the leaders are faced with a stiff task. The Everton players are enjoying their stay at Buxton. The team will be: Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, White, Stein.

 

EVERTON'S TEAM

April 6 1932. Evening Express.

White Reappears Against Leicester.

Tommy White of Everton, will figure to his third forward position in the first team when he deputises for Johnson, at Leicester, on Saturday. On his first appearance of the season he played centre-forward and scored three goals. Subsequently, he came into the team at inside right, and obtained 13 goals before being displaced by Dunn. White's inclusion is the only change in the eleven which had been undefeated for eight successive matches, and Johnson, who will be playing for England against Scotland, will be missing his first match of the season. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, White, Stein.

 

WILLIAMS DOWN WITH INFLUENZA

April 7, 1932. Evening Express.

May not Play for Everton at Leicester.

Why the Players are Smiling.

Snow and Sunderland.

By the Pilot.

Ben Williams may not be able to play for Everton at Leicester on Saturday. He is suffering from influenza. The doctor has been attending him for two days and hopes to have Williams well enough to take his place in Everton's defence, but at the moment the prospects is problematical. Mr. McIntosh told me today that the doctor's report is hopeful, but one cannot take chances with flu. There was some cheering at the Buxton hotel in which the players are staying when they heard the result of the Sunderland-Arsenal match. Not that the “boys” had any doubt concerning the eventual destination of the championship but –as Mr. McIntosh expressed –it –Arsenal's failure marks the job so much easier.

Training in the Snow.

Not even the heavy snow today could take the smile off the players' faces. They went along to the Buxton Football ground, as usual for training, but the snowfall was so heavy that they had to cut short their out-of0doors work. In fact the weather of the whole week has been bad for training. Yesterday all the players could do was to play billiards. “The players feel that if they can get a point at Leicester they will undoubtedly win the league,” said Mr. McIntosh. “They realise now that the fight is not over, but they are as keen as any players could be, and if they fail now it will not be for the want of trying. “The championship looks a good thing for Everton now, but you may take it from me that Everton will leave nothing to chance. “With the exception of Williams, all the players are fit and well, and have greatly benefited from the stay at Buxton.” Everton have now the commanding lead of four points in the League table. They now require nine points to make certain of the championship.

First Division

 

P W L D F A Pts

Everton 36 23 10 3 108 61 49

Arsenal 36 18 9 9 74 43 45

Huddersfield 37 18 10 9 73 53 45

West Bromwich 38 19 15 6 69 46 44

Sheffield Wed 37 19 12 6 86 72 44

Shefield United 37 19 13 5 76 61 43

Aston Villa 36 17 14 7 93 62 41

Liverpool 37 17 14 6 7 4 77 40

 

PROMISING CENTRE-FORWARD.

April 8, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel

Against Everton Reserves tomorrow Huddersfield Town will introduce a new junior centre-forward for whom Liverpool, Bolton, Stoke, and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to have been “angling.” He is W. P. Robson, of the Walker Celtic club, and he has scored 32 goals in 28 matches, including the “hat-trick” five times in North-Eastern League football this season. Robson is native of St Anthony's near Walker-on-Tyne, 20 years of age, 5feet 9 and half inches in height and weighs 11 st 8lbs.

Everton Full-Back Indisposed.

Williams, the Everton full back is suffering from influenza cold, at Buxton, where the players are staying, but it is hoped that he will be fit to assist his club in the vital game at Leicester tomorrow. The men have been able to train on the Buxton football ground though snow has restricted their activities.

 

WILLIAMS WILL NOT PLAY FOR EVERTON TOMORROW.

April 8, 1932. Evening Express.

Bocking his Deputy in Vital Leicester Game.

By the Pilot.

Williams will not play at right back for Everton against Leicester City at Filbert Street tomorrow. Bocking will deputise. Williams attack of influenza which I announced exclusively yesterday, has proved too, severe to enable him to recover sufficiently to participate in tomorrow's game. Today the doctor said “No” and on any case you can't sneeze at influenza. Bocking has been at Buxton all the week. He will. Resume with Cresswell, the partnership which did so well in the early days of the season, when Williams was suffering from an ankle injury. “All the other boys are fit and well and looking forward to a really good game tomorrow,” said Mr. Tom McIntosh,, the Everton secretary, who is in charge of the party at Buxton, to me today. Despite the bad weather the players have benefited from the chance of air. They were “snow-in” yesterday, and spent the time playing Billiards and enjoying themselves with a mock jazz band. The weather improved today, and they were able to get down to Buxton football ground for light ball practice and sprinting. The players feel that if they gain a point tomorrow they will make certain of winning the championship. They are determined to make a bold bid to escape defeat at the hands of a team, which is struggling to avoid the relegation zone. Johnson will be sent on international duty, and White will appear at inside left. All the players say, in regard to the match, “We shall win.” Everton; Sagar; Bocking Cresswell; Clark, gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, White, Stein.

 

CAN EVERTON DO I?

April 9, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.

By John Peel.

Everton's advantage of four points should ensure that they secure the championship, but the issue is not yet settled. If Everton win at Leicester and Liverpool beat the Arsenal, then Everton's position would be impregnable. Everton's task, however, is a difficult one, for Leicester City on their own ground are a most difficult side to master, and the leaders will have to be at the top of their form to win. Everton won the previous game by 9-2. Leicester City are in desperate mood and require the points today to ensure their safety so that there is a double edge to the issue. Williams is unable to assist Everton owing to a cold, and Bocking will take is place. Teams; Everton; Sagar; Bocking, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, White, Stein. Leicester City;- Beby; Black, Osborne; Watson, Heywood, Ritchie; Adcock, Hine, Chandler, Lockhead, Barry.

 

LAST OF EVERTON'S “EVER PRESENTS”

April 9, 1932. Evening Express.

Honours Gained This Season.

Championship in Blues' Grasp.

Good Turns By Liverpool and Sunderland.

By the Pilot.

So Everton, who have called upon but 20 players for the first team this season, must go through the campaign without one player having played in all matches. Still people will been seeing the “Last of the ever-presented.” Tommy Johnson played for England today, I hasten to congratulate him on his section. No player has been more deserving a Scottish “Cap” –the most treasured of all international trophies –and it is the crowning glory to the best season Johnson has had in his career. Everton may well be proud of the honours, which her players have secured this season. Gee, Dean and Johnson have each earned England caps; Clark and White were on reserve for England for the Spanish match, And Williams, T. Griffiths, and P. Griffiths secured caps for Wales. It now looks as if several of the Everton players will earn First Division championship medals to wear beside the Second Division championship medals. If such trophies come to them I hope they will remember, with thanks, the good turns done them by Liverpool., Chelsea and Sunderland.

Sunderland's Helps.

Those three clubs, who, incidentally, have provided the Blues with 11 points this season, have done splendidly in pegging back Everton's championship rivals, and Sunderland's mid-week victory over the Arsenal has practically settled the title question. Truly, the Everton supporters have had a wonderful time during the last two seasons. Last campaign Everton were headed as the finest football combination in the country, and this season they have earned the cognomen of “the wonder team.” If they hold on to their substantial lead –I fully anticipate that they will –then they will have attained one of their greatest ambitions since going down in the Second Division. That is of equalling the record of Liverpool by winning the Second Division and First Division championships in successive seasons. What a remarkable thing it would be for the two Liverpool clubs to have that distinction! Well, I do not think any other city or even London would beat that record for many years. I understand the players have had a happy week at Buxton, although the weather has been far from propitious. It has snowed on some days, and consequently the boys have not had a chance for much golf. However, the change has done them a world of good, and should stand them in good stead for the remaining fixtures. Mr. Tom McIntosh, the popular club secretary, has been in charge of the party, and he has greatly benefited from the change of air following his illness. The greatest tonic he can have is for Everton to win the championship. He is looking splendid, and all will join with me in congratulating him on his recovery. On Wednesday we shall have the opportunity of seeing the Army team in opposition to the Blues at Goodison Park. This should be a splendid attraction. I understand that the Army side will include several prominent players, including Capt, K.E. Hegan, who has played for England. It is always interesting to see a good amateur eleven opposed to professionals, and I, for one am looking forward to a pleasant afternoon's football.

 

SAGAR'S BRILLIANCE SAVES EVERTON.

April 9, 1932. Evening Express.

Lively Leicester Fight Sternly For Vital Points.

By the Pilot.

Mr. Tom McIntosh, the Everton secretary, who recently underwent an operation, was at his first away game with Everton at Leicester today since his illness. He was looking exceedingly well and received many congratulations on his recovery. Everton travelled up from Buxton, this morning, and agreed that the rest after the strenuous Easter programme had done them a world of good. Mr. C. Hayes was the only director present. The Blues were out for their sixth double of the season, having defeated the “City” 8-1 at Goodison Park. They brought in Bocking for Williams, who has been suffering from influenza, and White was at inside left in place of Johnson, absent on International duty. Leicester included Billy Finlay, the former Liverpool half back.

Teams;- Leicester City:- McLaren, goal; Black and Osborne, backs; Findlay, Heywood, and Ritchie, half-backs; Adock, Lochhead, Chandler, Smith, Barry, forwards. Everton:- Sagar, goal; Bocking and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), White, and Stein, forwards. Referee; Mr. A. Caseley (Wolverhampton).

The Game.

Everton had to face the wind and sun, and an early back-pass by Thomson enabled the City to force through on the right. Lochhead burst through only to find Adcock offside. The City came again, and Chandler was about to shoot when Cresswell took the ball off his feet. Dunn ran across to the right to help Stein to attempt, and Dean's header went to the place, which Critchley had just vacated.

Gee Steps In.

Dean held the ball to enable White to get into position, but White overran the ball. Then Barry went away on the left and Chandler was racing in to do business when Gee intercepted in great style. The City forwards were playing clever football with brilliant understanding, and only Gee was happy against them. Stein provided two tackles, and then welcomed Dunn's aid. Dunn whipped the ball across the face of the goal for McLean to fist aside. The Critchley darted across and frittered away a good opening. Everton had two free kicks for fouls awarded on the right, and from the second placed by Clark, Dean headed in just under the bar. McLaren pulled the ball down in fine style. The high wind played strange tricks with the ball, and the hard ground also handicapped the players.

Blues Menacing.

This was a game distinguished by good forward play, and the Everton five were always a menacing force. Dunn robbed Ritchie and glided one up the middle, where Dean tried to pass back to White. He was too gentle with the tap. Ricthie got his own back soon after by robbing Clark and getting Barry away. Stein and White raided cleverly, and Dean dashed the ball back for Stein to shoot on the run. McLaren was beaten, but Osborne was there to clear with comfort. Next Clark dashed through only to find Ricthie's foot there do block the shot. Twice Dean was the victim of the offside trap, neatly exploited. Chandler bore through and won a corner, from which Sagar saved from Lochhead.

City Press Hard.

White was wrongly penalised for a foul, and the City pressed hard, Chandler going through only to find himself off-side. Leicester were doing good work at this stage. Lochhead slipped the ball through, and Chandler, but it on the turn, being only inches wide. This was a wonderful effort. The proceedings livelier every minute, and the football standard was good in spite of the tricky conditions.

Hectic Scramble.

Bocking was penalised for a foul close in, and from the free kick Sagar fisted away. There was a hectic scramble, and then away went Everton. Critchley tried to shoot, with Dean unmarked, and made a hole in the crowd. Dean could not improve on Dunn's cute pass, and it was left to Dunn himself to shoot. However, Dunn's shot was off the target. There was little to choose between the sides, but the City were sharper in their tackling, and their forwards were playing the short passing game. Then came the greatest thrill of the game so far. After Everton had attacked the City took the ball to the other end, and when Heywood ran forward, let go a lovely shot from 10 yards it looked a winner.

Great Sagar Effort.

Sagar flung himself out and caught the ball as clean as a whistle as he fell. The shot and save were grand efforts. Everton then provided a second thrill and now Dean shot on the turn, a fine drive, which Mclaren aside at the crucial moment. The leaders kept it up, Mclaren having to gather a dropping shot from Dunn, and then a Stein corner over the top. Then followed a corner at the other end. From this Chandler held off the opposition whilst Smith headed in brilliantly. I though it was a goal, but Sagar was on the ball like a cat to bring off another sensational clearance. Dean tried to dash between the backs, but was crowded out and then Dunn just failed to reach Stein's low centre. Play continued fast and exciting, with the City the more dangerous combination. Bocking was not too sound in defence, and rarely got the measures of Barry, but Gee got through a tremendous amount of work in intercepting dangerous passes. Critchley tried a run through, only to be fouled and then another foul brought Everton a free kick just outside the area. Clark deputised for Johnson in taking the free kick, but had a wait a long time, as they could not get the ball to stand still in the wind. Clark shot over the top. The leaders were getting on top as the interval approached, but Heywood was keeping a close watch on the always-dangerous Dean.

Half-time Leicester City 0 Everton 0.

Sagar had been the hero of the first halfs. His work had been perfect. Leicester were keeping the ball rather too close in an otherwise fine exhibition of football.

Winning Way to Championship.

Everton Beat Leicester and Gain 6 Points Lead.

Dean's Goal Decides.

Everton opened the second half strongly without winning scoring openings. Dean and Dunn worked hard to improve on some good heading by White, but Black took the line of least resistance and passed back to McLaren. Cresswell was penalised for an alleged foul on Adcock, but Thomson took charge of the ensuing centre, first heading out and then getting well under the return. Critchley broke through, but the wind carried his centre behind.

Winning Tackle.

Adock broke away, and when his goal-line centre was falling nicely to Barry's feet, Clark nipped in with a winning tackle. Receiving from Critchley's quick throw-in. Dunn shot at once and brought McLaren to his knees. Clark joined the marksmen, and his effort was turned away for a corner. From this Dean headed over. Everton kept it up, and Mclearen had to fist away from the head to Dean. McLaren now vied with Sagar for goalkeeping honours. He made a great clearance off Dean. Thomson lobbed one into the goalmouth, and Dean attempted one of his famous back-headers. It looked a certain goal, but Mclaren stretched out his long left arm and saved amid excitement.

Everton Lead.

Mclaren erred at the end of an hour, and Dean gave Everton the lead. White had been fouled in the half way line, and Dean took up the position, two yards from the far post to await Bocking's free kick. Bocking found Dean to the inch, and Dixie headed the ball a foot inside of the far post, McLaren standing completely still and making no effort to save. Sagar pulled Everton through in magnificent style when the City fought back full of determination.

Sagar in Action.

Adcock got through and his good work gave Lochhead a four yards chance with only Sagar to beat. Sagar punched the lighting shot over the bar, and then dealt with two quick headers, and a sharp drive from Ritchie in less than a minute. Each clearance was of the wonder variety. Someone in the stands remarked. “This boy should be playing for England.”

Adcock was boring through when Cresswell obstructed him on the edge of the penalty area. Adcock placed the kick to the far post. Everton took command, and when Dean raced to the other end Osborne had to concede a corner to hold off Dunn.

Final; Leicester City 0, Everton 0.

 

LEICESTER CITY 0 EVERTON 1 (Game 3131 over-all)-(Div 1 3089)

April 11, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Sagar Foils Leicester City.

Goalkeeper's Part in Everton Win.

By “Stork.”

It was a good fight at Leicester, and the pity was that such a fine team as Leicester City should be beaten by an odd goal, for he defeat may mean their departure from the First Division. . Everton were lucky –Lucky in the sense that it was a simple goal which gave them the points and that Sagar was in his most brilliant form. Sagar was magnificent. He made three saves that will live in the memory. If any of three had landed in the net, Sagar could not have been faulted, but he rose, to the occasion and saved when all seemed lost. Then there was the case if Chandler slashing the ball on to the upright. That was not hard luck, but rank bad judgement, for the centre-forward had only to tap the ball to one side of Sagar to have produced a goal. While Sagar was performing wonders in the Everton goal, Everton's forwards never really looked like taking a point, and Mclaren was never in difficulty at any time, at least not until the winning effort, a header slipped by him.

Leave it to You' Error.

I have seen some simple goals in my time, but here, was the simplest of all. Bocking with a free kick sent the ball curling into the goalmouth. Four men awaited its arrival –three Leicester players, and one Everton man. It was therefore, odds against Dean . Nevertheless Dean outwitted them all. He glanced the ball right away from the three of them, the trio standing dumbfounded watching it slowly drop into the far side of the net. Who was to blame? Personally, I though McLaren should have come out to the free kick, but he apparently left it to his colleagues, and they in turn left it to him, and Dean took full advantage of their lapse. McLaren, Black and Osborne never moved during the whole incident and the crowd gasped with astonishment when they saw the ball in the Leicester net. There was a dearth of Everton shooting in fact, the forwards were much below par. Leicester first half display had been excellent in everything but finality. They dallied too long in making their efforts, and were erratic when they did produce a shot. Their midfield play was good enough for anything. It was better than that of Everton,s but has does not win matches. Chandler was too often caught offside, and when he was not he usually had his back turned towards the goal, when the ball came to him. This lost him many chances.

Players Who Stood Out.

Adcock had a poor afternoon against Thomson and Cresswell, and Smith was not a good substitute for Hine, and Barry was their best forward, with Ritchie and Heywood the outstanding half-backs. Black and Osborne along with McLaren, until they were caught napping when Dean scored, had played a solid and confident defensive football. Leicester City played well in the open in the first half, but their snap and artistry left them in the final session. It is my firm opinion that it was nerves and the disheartening influence of Sagar, which forced them into blunders. Gee had a brilliant “first innings” but taken right through the game Thomson was the safe half-back. Stein did not get his centres into the goalmouth. Critchley was only moderate and Johnson was a much missed man. In defence, however, Everton were fine. Bocking was full of enthusiasm, and Cresswell the cold clam, dominating full back. Sagar, however, won Everton the match. Teams;- Leicester City:- McLaren, goal; Black and Osborne, backs; Findlay, Heywood, and Ritchie, half-backs; Adcock, Lochhead, Chandler, Smith, Barry, forwards. Everton:- Sagar, goal; Bocking and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), White, and Stein, forwards. Referee; Mr. A. Caseley (Wolverhampton).

 

JOHNSON CAP AGAINST SCOTLAND.

April 11 1932.

Tommy Johnson played for England against Scotland at Wembley, England winning by 3 goals to nil

 

EVERTON RESERVES 0 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN RESERVES 1

April 11, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central league (Game 39)

Everton indulged in particularly two-thirds of the attacking at Goodison Park, yet Huddersfield, through a goal scored by Mclean after 8 minutes claimed the victory. Following the goal the losers dominated the attack, but the forwards proved slow, and hesitant and opportunities were lost, although Turner saved from Webster, Turner, and Britton. Common and Lowe were sound defenders. Coggins, the Everton goalkeeper was practically unemployed in the second half. Everton;- Coggins, goal; Common and Lowe, backs; Britton, McPherson (captain), and Archer, half-backs; P. Griffiths, Birtley, Martin, Webster and Turner, forwards. Huddersfield Town:- Turner, goal; Dodger and Whitham, backs; Wilkinson, Christie and Fogg, half-backs; Stoker, Blackwell, Robson, Mclean, and Jennings, forwards. Referee, G.A. Carter (Manchester).

Peasley Cross 3 Everton “A” 1

Lord Wavertree Cup-Semi-Final.

Everton were unfortunately to lose the services of Cunliffe after ten minutes. Nevertheless they made a great struggle and created a good impression by their clever football, Chegdzoy Edwards, and Worrall in particularly shining. Fryer scored. Gannon was outstanding in an excellent defence, while young Voce showed promise. Littler, Grice, and Knowles were the scorers for Peasley Cross.

 

A POINT A MATCH WILL DO IT.

April 11, 1932. Evening Express.

Everton's Title Chances 100 to 1 on.

By the Pilot.

Five points to get and five games to get them in! This is all that is asked of Everton to assure them of the League Championship. It is a 100 to 1 on chance. There are not any “certainties” in football, but Everton's title chance's is the next best thing. In fact! I think that the only real problem remaining is “By how many points will they succeeded?” There is just a chance of a record margin –improbable perhaps, but not impossible.

 

EVERTON AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP

April 12, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.

By John Peel.

I think we can now regard Everton as the First Division champions, for they lead Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town by five points with a match in hand, and are six points ahead of Arsenal. Everton have been keen to emulate the feat of Liverpool in securing the championship of the Second and First Division of the League in successive seasons. The Goodison team's remaining fixtures are against West Ham United, Bolton Wanderers, and Portsmouth, at home, and Middlesbrough and Newcastle United away. They are in my opinion, capable of getting most of the points at stake, and finishing up in a blaze of glory with their fourth championship in the First Division. Everton were champions in 1890-91, 1914-15, 1927-28, and Second Division champions last season. They have been runners up to the First Division champions on six occasions, and third three times. Arsenal have yet to visit Huddersfield Town and Aston Villa, and are at home to Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough, and Blaclburn Rovers. In addition to then home match with Arsenal, Huddersfield Town have to play Aston Villa Blackpool, and Blackburn Rovers away; while Sheffield Wednesday have a home fixture with Sunderland, and visit Arsenal, Manchester and Grimsby Town. Five points will give Everton the championship no matter what their rivals do.

 

EVERTON “JOIN” THE ARMY.

April 12, 1932. Evening Express.

Soldiers Parade at Goodison Tomorrow.

By the Pilot.

Two internationals are included in the Army team, which will oppose Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow afternoon. Prominent among the Army names is that of Captain K.E. Hegan, who will play at centre forward. Capt. Hegan has had the honour of representing England against Ireland, and he has often figured in internationals trial matches. In all these representative games, however, he played at outside left, and in the position built up a wonderful reputation. The other internationals is L. Bombdr Robert. He played for Wales against England in the amateur international this season, and was also selected for the match against Scotland, but could not play owing to the match clashing with the Army and Navy games. Corpl Vidler, who will play at right half-back, is a brother of the Plymouth Argyle forward Vidler. There are two county players in the side. L. Bonbdr Westmoreland having played for Wilyshire, while Corpl Allen has represented Kent. With the exception of Corporal March –who by the way, is an Army boxing champion –the team is the same as that which represented the Army in all this season's Inter-services matches. Everton will not select their side until this evening, but the club is determined to field a strong eleven. The Army team will be entertained to dinner and will stay the night at Seaforth Barracks. Mr. George Stevenson, of Liverpool, will referee the game. The Army; Lance-Cpl, W. Bell (Border Regt); L. Bombardier W. Roberts (RA), Sapper P. Gallacher (RE); Cpl S. Vidler (Hampshire Regt), Sgt BO Rogers (RE), Gunner W. Hormill (RA); Lance-Corpl, J. March (King's Own Yorkshire LL), Pte M. Hawthorne (Duke of Wellington's Regt); K. E. Hegan (R.A.S.C). L, Bombdr, W. Westmoreland (R.A); Corpl D. Allen, (Sherwood Foresters).

 

TO MEET THE ARMY

April 13, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton are fielding a strong Reserve side to meet the Army this afternoon in a friendly game at Goodison Park, Kick off at three o'clock. the side will include White, Bocking and Turner. The last named player is the clever wing forward from Luton Town, who scored three goals from outside left in the Central League game against bury a fortnight ago. Teams; - Everton: - Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; McClure, McPherson, Archer; Griffiths, Birtley, White, Webster, Turner. The Army; Lance-Cpl, W. Bell (Border Regt); L. Bombardier W. Roberts (RA), Sapper P. Gallacher (RE); Cpl S. Vidler (Hampshire Regt), Sgt BO Rogers (RE), Gunner W. Hormill (RA); Lance-Corpl, J. March (King's Own Yorkshire LL), Pte M. Hawthorne (Duke of Wellington's Regt); K. E. Hegan (R.A.S.C). L, Bombdr, W. Westmoreland (R.A); Corpl D. Allen, (Sherwood Foresters).

Johnson and Williams Return.

For their match with West Ham United at Goodison park, on Saturday (Kick off 3.15), Everton make two changes from the side which defeated Leicester City Williams, who has recovered from his cold, resuming at right back to the exclusion of Bocking, while Johnson returns from International duty to displace White at inside left. The team is: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein, forwards.

 

THE ROMANCE OF EVERTON A.F.C

First Article No 1.

April 13, 1932. Evening Express.

World Famous Club's Early days. (!878-1932)

By D.M.Kendall (The Pilot).

It is not generally known now that Everton, the most famous Football club in the world today, was started as a Pastime.' Everton were a club before the Football League was formed, and at one time and one time played on the Anfield ground, now used by the Liverpool A.F.A. Particularly Everton was not started by footballers, but by Cricketers. It happened this way. Exactly 54 years ago a number of local sportsmen living near Stanley Park Liverpool used to meet together to kick a ball about the park. Their objective was to keep fit in readiness for the new cricket season, so they turned to the game, while their bats lay idle during the winter months. Instead they would never realize that their small group would grow in later years into the famous Everton Football Club in the world was incidentally one of the richest. Everton in those early days and what it is today is lasting proof of the amazing appeal of Association football, and shows the hold the game has obtained in our national life. For some time these Stanley Park players just kicked a football about, but their enthusiasm grew. Before long they formed sides, and there was no competitive game of today interests. In 1878 they became “The St. Domingo Football club,” playing friendly matches at Stanley Park. This was a big stride forward, but the sponsors of the club were not content, and a year later a meeting was held at the Queen's Head Hotel, which was to consider the position of the club. This meeting saw the birth of Everton, possible the members though their name was justified for such an ambitious move, and seeing that their played in the Everton district it was decided “Everton” should be the title.

Everton First's Match.

On December 23, 1879, Everton played their first match, the opposition were known as St. Peter's. Most of the clubs of that day in the Liverpool area were church teams. Everton had the satisfaction of winning. The result of this match was that members of the St. Peter's club began to look up to the Evertonians and they, with some others prominent members of other church teams, decided to throw in their lot with Everton. Even in those infant days, Everton was busy obtaining the best, which were available. They would continued to play in Stanley Park, where no gate money could be gather, members defraying expenses out of their own pockets. It was in the following season that the local rivalry began. Then the Everton men engaged in what was the biggest match in their history up to that time. They played against Bootle St. John's in Stanley Park. Bootle St. John's was a club with a reputation. It eventually became Bootle, a club which enjoyed a brief career in the Football League. In those day's a team consisted of six forwards, two half-backs, two backs, and a goalkeeper, and I notice that one of the inside forwards in that eleven which opposed Bootle St. John's was A. Wade, in whom modern football followers will recognise. Mr. Afred R. Wade, the present Everton director. That season Everton took membership of the Lancashire Football Association so that in two years the club had made such advancement that it was enabled to play in the county competitions. In the same season the services of Jack McGill, the former Glasgow Rangers player, were secured, though I would point out that he was not imported from Scotland, being resident in Liverpool. Two years later, further progress having been made, it was decided that the club should secure an enclosed ground, and eventually a Mr. Cruitt, of Coney Green, allowed the club to use a piece of ground in Priory-road. So Everton became a real team with its own ground.

“Gate” of 14s.

The first “gate” at Priory-road yielded 14s. The club officials were delighted. Yet this season I am making a conservative estimate when I say that Everton's average “gate” for Football League matches has been about £2,000 a home match, which I should think is nearly a record. Everton played at Prior road with success, but the officials received a set back, when, in 1884, Mr. Cruitt decided that football spectators created too much noise and he withdrew his sanction for the use of the ground. Unknowingly Mr. Cruitt was establishing the Anfield ground now used by the Liverpool club. It was to a piece of waste ground in Anfield-road that Everton moved and the club officials themselves set about getting the pitch level and playable. Everton remained at Anfield until the spilt in the committee, which, though regrettable at the time, has been a boon to football. It had the effect of establishing the Liverpool club, and so Liverpool today claims not one, but two of the proudest and best clubs in the land. At Anfield Everton's receipts from gates increased appreciably, and whereas the total amount received in admittance, money at Prior-road the previous season was £45, the income for the first season at Anfield was £2000, the highest gate being for the Bootle match, which brought in £39 3s. The fixture lists at Anfield-road included the names of many famous clubs, though at that time there was no league and merely the Lancashire and Liverpool Cup competitions. Further than that, it was while at Anfield that the Football Association legalised professionalism –in 1885-and Everton are among the first clubs to sign on paid players. I have before me at the moment a letter written on august 11, 1886, by Mr. Alex. Nisbet, the Everton Hon. secretary, to the Liverpool Football association. It reads: “I beg to advise you that I have registered George Dobson and George Farmer as professional players with this club for the season 1886-87….”. Other interesting documents, which I have in front of me, are the actual forms by which George Dobson, Charlie Jolliffe, Thomas Costley and Andrew Gibson signed on for Everton in 1887. Might I add that the highest figure paid during that season to any of these men would have made the present-day professional highly indignant were it offered to him as a bonus, let alone a weekly wage. It is interesting to recall, too, that Mr. George Dobson, one of Everton's greatest backs and captains in that area, is still a well-known figure in Liverpool. (To be continued)

The second of Mr. D.M. Kendall's articles on “The Romance of Everton” will appear in Friday's Evening Express, April 15.

 

THREE GOALS MARGIN

April 14, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton Beat Army Team

By “Bee.”

Everton joined up yesterday, with the Army in an interesting game at Goodison park with no League or Cup influence to set the partisans on edge. The game became quite an enjoyable one. Partly because of its unusual character and partly because this is the first visit of the Army team to Goodison Park. About 4,000 people made a gate of £100, and did find the game lagging in interest even when Everton were winning 3-0 the goal having been scored by Webster, Birtley, and the new winger from Luton, Turner. The last goal was perhaps the best because from the angle which Turner shot it seemed impossible for the ball to enter the net. The first goal by Webster was a pretty one, and in a match such as this McPherson, McClure and Archer were bound to be in their element, the complete half back line offering little chance to the Army forwards, who were inclined to be so sure of their pass that they delayed their chances a moment too long. At any rate the Army proved that they had been brought up on good football rations. They did not believe in speed taking the place of skill, and generally speaking their passes were driven along the turf. The display of Captain Hegan had a big influence upon the modes and manners of the Army team. He is inculcated in the Corinthians style, which he himself adopted years ago.

Sure catching.

In most of their moves the Army showed the spectators the keynote of combination, but the Army was not well built, and professional half-backs found the forward line easy prey. The defence was the best portion of the side, and Lance Bell in goal caught the imagination of the crowd, and although he was peppered, he never made a false move and many of the catches were capital and earned the applause of the onlookers. Bell, indeed, kept the core sheet down to normal proportions, and the Army forwards by their faultiness in front of goal, went away without the consolation, of a goal. Vidler brother of the Plymouth players was the best half back, and whereas Allen started well in the first half, he failed in the last half. On the Everton side the backs and half backs were excellent, and White was a model centre forward, with good works on either side. Webster and Turner had a neat working arrangement, and a half back McPherson prevelled in intricacies and delicious football science. Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Bocking and McClure backs; McClure, McPherson (captain) and Archer half-backs; Griffiths, Birtley, White, Webster and Turner, forwards. Army: - L-Cpl W. Bell (Border Regt); L. Bombdr W. Roberts (Royal Artillery) and Sappier P Gallacher (Royal Engineers); backs; Cpl. S. Vidler (Hamphire Regt), St B.O. Rogers (Royal Engineers), and Gunner W. Hormill (Royal Artillery), half-backs; Pte Parr, Pte M. Hawthorne (Duke of Wellington Regt), Captain K.E. Hegan (Royal Army Service course), L. Bombdl Westmoreland (Royal Artillery), and Cpl. D. Allen (Sherwood Forester's), forwards.

 

WEST HAM'S VISIT.

April 15, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

West Ham United, who are visitors to Everton tomorrow, are in the danger zone, but they hope to escape. It was in 1922-23 that west ham gained admission to the First Division. They finished runners-up to Leeds United with 51 points, and reached the final of the F.A. cup competition during the same season, and lost to Bolton Wanders by 2-0. No matter how badly the United have fazed on other opponents' grounds they have done well at Goodison Park, for from their last seven visits they have secured six points from a possible 14, these being obtained as the result of three victories. The scores of these meetings (Everton's reading first) are: - 2-1, 1-0, 2-0, 0-3, 7-0, 0-4, and 1-2.

 

ROMANCE OF EVERTON –No 2

April 15 1932. Evening Express.

£10 Guarantee to the Villa

Everton's Early Matches.

By D.M.Kendall (The Pilot)

Everton once offered Aston Villa a guarantee of £10 to play a match at Anfield. This was in 1886, and the fact alone serves to indicate the modest way in which Association football was conducted before the establishment of the Football League; which took place two years later. In the eighties, however, the public had not been gripped by football in the modern sense. The amazing pitch of skill to which the game has been brought by men giving all their time to it was then undreamed of. The development was to come gradually. But even in those days the improvement in Everton's match receipts showed that spectators would no longer be content with local friendly matches. They demanded to see the best teams in the country in opposition to their favorites. So M. A. Nisbet, the Everton secretary, in 1886 wrote to Mr. George B. Ramsey, the secretary of Aston Villa: “We should like to play you home and home matches, cannot you arrange? We will give you half gross gate -£10 guaranteed –for Easter match.” Everton were hoping for 600 spectators at 4d a head to cover the guarantee. Today a match between Everton and Aston Villa at Easter would attract about 60,000 with receipts of more than £3,000. I find that Everton endeavored to arrange fixtures with not only leading English clubs, but some of the Scottish clubs. In the September Mr. Nisbet was in communication with Partick Thistle for a match at Anfield. Everton guaranteed the Thistle £12, and the offer was accepted. Later Everton endeavoured to induce the famous Scottish amateur club, Queen's Park, to visit Liverpool, it being thought that such a match would attract a record attendance. Queen's Park turned down the offer. How times have changed! Glasgow Rangers did visit Anfield, and I have gleaned from the documents I have before me that the visit of the Rangers was a red-letter day for the Everton players.

A Lancashire Tea.

The club funds were in such a flourishing condition that the finance committee resolved to give the players of both clubs an entertainment to mark the occasion. They discussed the matters, and finally it was decided, according to the records “to entertained Glasgow Rangers and own team after match. October 30, to knife and fork tea at 2s per head.” I wonder what the men who got up this knife and fork tea would have said to the splendid jubilee celebration dinner given to the shareholders in 1929 at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool? At the same meeting the chairman of the Everton Finance Committee, Mr. J.J. Ramsey was empowered to get the holes in the field sodded up at a cost not to exceed 10s. Such items of expenditure seem absurd when compared with the expense incurred in running such a vast orgainsation as the present day Everton club, but one must assume that they were in keeping with the fiancées of the club at that time. One of the most expensive items of that season was the erection of a grand stand at Anfield. It must have taken some vision for the club with an income of £200 a year to embark on building a stand, even though the amount spent appears, on the face of it, to be comparatively trifling. Everton's first grand” stand cost £65, while its successors, the three mighty structures at Goodison Park today cost thousands of pounds and are the finest in the land. In the championship bid this season, the Everton directors have sent the players away to Buxton and have spared no expense to keep the men fit for the concluding league battles. Yet those pioneers of the club in 1886-87 also deemed special training advisable and I find that the first team and reserve players were kept at Blackpool two days for a rest following a match at the seaside town. Scientist's hold that what is there at the end must have been there at the beginning in a small way, and the weekend at Blackpool to the Everton players of yester-year was as important as a fortnight at Buxton to the modern players.

Once Before.

Here is a remarkable instance of history repeating itself: On Good Friday last the League match between Everton and West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park was held up for some minutes owing to the players legs becoming entangled in the string of a stray kite, which had been blown over the ground. There were yards of string, and Dean and Stein, in particularly, were held up by it just when they were participating in a dangerous attack. I find that a similar incident happened in 1886 when Everton were playing against Rawtenstall at Anfield. Everton expected to score a comfortable victory, but they failed, and there was considerable controversy about the cause. Mr. Nisbet, eager to defend the Evertonians in a letter on the subject, refers to the fact that a dropping kite and string became entangled in the legs of George Farmer, just as he was running through to shoot, so handicapping him that Everton lost a certain goal. At this match the Rawstenstall players were late in arriving and the Everton players were forced to remain on the field for an hour “kicking in” in order to keep the spectators quiet while Rawstenstall were on their way to the ground. Practically every follower of Everton has heard of Alex Dick, the great little full back who played alongside George Dobson in 1887. Well, Everton –first asked Dick to join them as a amateur. It was on the recommendation of another Everton player, Andy Gibson, that the club get into touch with Dick, and I notice by the letter that Everton stated they would like Dick to play as amateur, but if not, they would be pleased to meet him in any way. Later Dick was sent £3 in order to pay his expenses to Liverpool, and to provide himself with football boots. Dick proved one of the finest backs Everton ever had in their early days. (To be continued) Mr. D. M. Kendall's third article on The Romance of Everton A.F.C, will appear on Monday.

 

EVERTON'S CHANCE TO MAKE SURE.

April 16, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

For the second Saturday in succession I see Everton are pitted against a side struggling in the relegation zone, and they cannot expect to have a smooth passage with West Ham in so desperate a mood. For both clubs the points are vital, and with this momentous issue at stake a game likely to bring out the best of both sides may be looked for. Riding as they are on the crest of the wave. Everton are sure to make every post a winning one, and I believe they will triumph in this game. They must, however, pull out their best, for a team like West Ham is entitled to the highest respect, and with Blackpool threatening to make a late spurt to escape. West Ham will be all out to secure at least one point. I notice that thrustful wing forward, Ruffle who has so often proved trouble some to our local sides, is not in the side, and the man who has deprived the international of his place must be pretty smart. Everton will be at full strength with Williams and Johnson in their places, and the teams are due to line up at 3.15 as follows: - Everton; - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, dean, Johnson, Stein, forwards. West Ham United: - Hutton; Goodacre, Chalkley; Norris, Barrett, Cartwell; Wood, Yews, Watson, Phillips, Morton.

 

TRUSTY RESERVES OF EVERTON.

April 16, 1932. Evening Express.

How Leicester Game was Won.

Jack Archer a Real Half-Back'Find.

Player with Fine Football Ideas.

By the Pilot.

No team has ever won a league championship or be without the assistance of reserve men, and Everton have success in the present campaign can be a large extent, attributed to the splendid manner in which the reserve players have acquitted themselves when called upon. In the last game was an excellent example. Johnson was away on international duty, and White played in the inside left position, and Bocking deputised for Williams who had a cold went to Leicester and played their part in the victory, and made the chance of the championship practically guarantee. White and Bocking played their parts well at Leicester, and Bocking's free kick from which Dean scored the winning goal was perfectly executed. He found Dean to the fraction of an inch. After the scoring of that vital goal the players ran to Dean to shake hands, and Bocking, when he reached Dean, said “Two hearts” to which Dixie relied “Ace of clubs.” The reason is that they are rather successful bridge partners.

“All Over -.”

It is my candid opinion that the championship race is all over bar shouting, and if it is the Blues will have created something in the nature of a record in having won the First Division championship twice, suffering relegation won the Second Division championship, and reached the semi-final of the F.A. Cup in five seasons. Yes, the Everton followers have had a hectic time in the past few years, and have thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the fact that some prestige was lost by relegation. During this season several people have been anxious to tell me what a fine young half-back Everton have in Jack Archer, the former Walsall boy. On Wednesday I had the opportunity of seeing him. He showed excellent football ideas and got through his work neatly and sharply fully confirming what I had heard about him.

A Winner.

Take it from me, in Archer Everton have a winner. Rarely have I seen a young player, who can make his passes –good, workable ground passes –so accurately and quickly. He can pass a dropping ball, as precise, as if he were carrying it to the feet of a colleague. He keeps good position, and that long-striding gait of his enables him to display fine powers of recovery. I have just heard that Teddy Common, the reserve full back, was married a few day's ago. To Common I tender hearty congratulations.

 

EVERTON STRIKE “HAMMERS” HARD.

April 16, 1932. Evening Express.

Two Goals in Five Minutes by Dean and Stein.

Cresswell “Scores” For West Ham.

By the Pilot.

It was a life and death struggle at Goodison Park, where the potential champions, Everton, entertained West ham, who are not exactly in a happy position in the League table. The Blues required five points from five matches to make sure of the championship, and the Hammers, who had already registered a victory over Everton this season, were struggling to avoid relegation. The Blues were once again at full strength, and in passing, I might mention that I do not anticipate many changes in the club's playing personnel next season. West ham made drastic alterations, and three players whose usual positions are outside right were included in the attack. It is interesting to note that two more Everton players will shortly enbark on the sea matrimony. I refer to Teddy Sagar and Charlie Gee, who are to be married shortly after the present season ends. Everton were out for a record, for if they came through the game undeated they would have gone unbeaten for ten successive matches. Their previous best run was nine games, which was broken by today's opponents, West ham. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, Half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. West Ham United; - Hufton, goal; Goodacre and Chalkley, backs; Norris, Garrett, and Cadwell, half-backs; Wood, Yews, Watson, Phillips, and Morton, forwards. Referee. Mr. J. H. Whittle, Worcester.

The Game.

Everton slipped away at the outset, and people were so confident of the Blues' success that when Critchley received they shouted as if a goal had already been scored. Critchley's centre was too hard, however, and when he broke away on similar ground, after a mistake by Chalkley, Critchley disappointed with another weak finish, placing direct to Goodacre, who cleared easily whereas it should have been a winning ball for Everton. Cresswell came up to help Johnson with a thrown in, and then Stein broke through and paved the way for Everton's opening goal in four minutes. Stein ran for a bouncing pass, and by a gentle header raced passed Goodacre and cut to the goal line. He made a low centre, which Barrett allowed to pass between his legs, and Dean being on the spot banged the ball into the net under Hufton's falling body. Critchley again failed to finish correctly before Sagar, in taking his first goal kick, kicked the ground instead of the ball and Watson had a chance to shoot. Sagar got across to save at the expense of a corner, and the Hammers received a second flag kick though the ball came off Wood. This time Watson headed in rather cleverly, but Sagar was there to save. In Nine minutes Everton went further ahead, Stein scoring his first goal since his return to the first team, and I must say that his recent play has fully merited a score.

Thanks Dixie!

He had to thank Dixie for the chance, for Dixie actually gathered a bouncing pass, drew the defence and then placed a square ball across to the running Stein. The Scot gave Hufton no earthy chance with his left foot shot. The Hammers fought back with splendid enthusiasm, but were lucky in being awarded a corner, though Sagar had obviously kept the ball in play. A second corner followed, but this brought no danger to the Everton goal, although following midfield superiority for a space, Watson jumped through and placed into the net just after the whistle had rightly sounded for offside. West Ham were playing better than the score sheet suggested, but their defence was far from happy whenever the Everton attack started moving. Dean adopted the overhead trick to send Dunn through, and Dunn's shot was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Hufton. Stein's corner kick travelled far, and when Critchley received and returned Dean headed against the crossbar with Hufton beaten. Johnson received the return, but his first time shot rebounded off Chalkley. Twice Dean was pulled up for offside when eager and willing to attempt solo raid.

Gift Goal.

Everton were the more dangerous side, though West ham often-displayed clever football ideas, and in 17 minutes a gift goal from Cresswell enabled them to reduce the lead. Wood was certainly a factor in the score. He outwitted Thomson, and crossed a ball, which Sagar could not reach. Morton closed in and made a low pass, which Cresswell turned into the roof of the net. Everton respondent sturdily, another well thought out Dean pass providing Critchley with an opening in which he had one opponent –Hutfon. Critchley banged the ball against Hufton's knee, and a good chance was lost. West Ham came away to buffet a rather uncertain and non-covering home defence. In fact, had the Hammer's been quick to shoot they might have brought grist to their mill. They often had the Everton defenders chasing, and I was certainly not over impressed with the work of the home rare division. Hufton saved a high shot from Dunn, and when dean was heading for goal, Chalkley brought him down. Nothing accreted from Thomson's free kick. Dunn's delighted with unorthodox touches before Phillips headed plumb into Sagar's hands. Next, Critchley went away, and made a throughful inward pass to Dunn, whose shot passed across the face of the goal. Play continued on even lines, though Everton were always shaping the better as potential goal-getters, the United being rather slow when it came to the final thrust. Forty-five thousand spectators laughed when Goodacre blazed behind for a corner to hold off Stein. Two other corners followed in quick succession, but Everton could not get the scoring opening, even Dean was an expert at holding opponents to give his colleagues working space.

Stein's Skill.

Stein again used his head literally to outwit Goodacre, but his final pass travelled too far for Dean. Next Johnson raced through and opened up matters for Dean, who tricked the outrunning Hufton and ran wide to win a corner. There was no doubting Everton's more menacing football, but I must say that the Hammers stuck to their guns valiantly and had as much of the territorial play as the Blues. Sagar saved well from wood, but dropped Cadwell's long shot. Cresswell being on the spot to kick clear. Hufton was injured in parrying Stein, but the goalkeeper was able to get up and jump back to his goal. Dean raced through from Johnson's pass only to find opponents ready to blot him out when he was shaping for his 43 rd goal of the season. The finishing of the Everton wingers was decidedly poor; in fact they rarely found their inside conferees. Johnson and Dunn were brilliant in their constructive football, and following a master pass by Dunn, Hufton had to punch away “wily nilly” with Dean in attendance.

Hufton Heads Away.

Next Critchley centred well for Hufton to head away from Dean, and from the corner kick Hufton made a fine save from Dunn's header. Everton were doing all the good work towards the interval, and when Dean nodded one back Johnson's right-foot shot struck the far post and travelled behind. A mistake by Thomson almost let Hughes in, and then Dean wasted a brilliant opportunity simply through refusing to reply on his own ability. He elected to find an opponent instead of taking a first time shot and Everton suffered.

Half-time Everton 2, West Ham 1.

In the first half Everton had been the more dangerous side, and it is my opinion that had Dean not been so religiously usefully, and had the wingers centred more accurately, the interval margin would have been much greater. West ham did well in midfield, but were in shooting, hence the deficit.

Dean's Three Goals Against West Ham.

Everton Continued Victory March to League Title.

Hufton was the hero of the resumption, saving brilliant curling shot from Critchley and turning over a fine drive by Dunn. Next he gathered a ball from Dean, and in my opinion carried the ball over the line, but the referee did not interfere. Everton were now playing with the wind, and dominating the proceedings. The Hammers' defence having a harrowing time repelling attacks. Johnson drove over, and Hufton had to go full length to make another glorious save, this time at the expense of Dunn. Critchley received the ball, but failed to reach the unmarked Dean, who, however, might have moved to the winning position.

West ham Rarely “seen.”

Williams' “long hop” beat Chalkley, but Hufton was there to hold up the rampant Dean and Stein. West Ham were hardly seen, and it almost developed into a case of Hufton against Everton. Hufton now went full length to save a lighting left-foot shot from Johnson. Everton were right on top, and really it only seemed a question of how many they would get –only Hufton kept down the goals tally. Everton increased their lead in 65 minutes through Johnson, following a series of acrobatic by Dunn. West Ham retaliated, but Hughes handled, and from Williams free kick accurately placed Dean quickly headed into the net for Everton's fourth goal in 66 minutes. Two goals in two minutes was “some” going, and had it not been for some brilliant work by Hufton just after other goals must have come. Hufton must be written down as the “miracle man.” The rest of the West ham team was completely outclassed in this half. Dean scored his 45 th goal of the season after 75 minutes. It was a curious score, for after Johnson and Stein had done the “donkey” work it appeared as if Stein's centre was travelling too fast for Dixie, yet Dean contrived to catch it with his right foot, and glide it into the corner of the net. Dean had a good workable pass, but when he noticed that Barrett was injured he kicked it out of the field and ran to attained to his injured opponent. From Williams free kick following the two first fouls of the day, Dean crashed in a terrific shot from point blank range, but the ball struck Hufton's toe and rebounded to safety. Hufton was truly magnificent, and now he flung himself out to effect a great clearance from stein. Johnson scored a sixth for Everton. This goal came a minute from time. Final Everton 6, West Ham 1.

 

WOLVES RES V. EVERTON RES.

April 16, 1932. Evening express.

At Wolverhampton, in wet weather. The attendance did not reach 5,000, Wolves included several players from the third team. Bryant opened the score for Wolves in the first five minutes, followed with a second goal after he had run through the opposition. Everton played superior football and during a scrimmage in the Wolves goalmouth Martin reduced the lead from short range. The game was played in a downpour and the players had difficulty in keeping a footing. Hat-time Wolves 2, Everton 1.

Everton “A” v, Liverpool Cables.

At Marine's ground, Crosby. The Cables were early prominent, 20 minutes from the start Owen centred for McDonald to easily beat Holdcroft in the Everton goal. After a further six minutes play, Sullivan added a second for the Cables. Half-time Liverpool Cables 2, Everton “A” 0. Full Time Liverpool Cables 2, Everton “A” 0

 

EVERTON 6 WEST HAM UNITED 1 (Game 3132 over-all)-(Div 1 3090)

April 18, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton's Victory.

A Riotous Finish at Goodison Park.

By “Bee.”

It seems fatal for Everton to score too readily. They got two goals so early in their revengeful game with West Ham, at Goodison Park that an avalanche of goals was threatened. Instead the game took an even turn, and there was always a danger that these fleet-footed London forwards would get a further surprise goal to that given them when Cresswell put through his own goal. Everton were still playing superbly together and making the pace and the shots, but Hufton now stood between then and a collection of goals. Yet in the end Everton won 6-1 and goals came with frequency. That is a curious feature of Everton's game. They could not get one though, from the tenth minute to the 65 minute, yet having resumed their “innings” they took goals with regularity.

The Taste of Goals.

The taste of goals seemed to come sweet to them and easy, as well, when they had made the lead into 3-1. Up to that point West ham, fearing relegation, had fought valiantly and believed they might snatch a valued point. Once Hufton's superlative display had been curbed by a goal to Johnson the London side collapsed and Everton scored again through dean (twice) and Johnson, the latter in the last moment. The seven goals were feature full. The first was grit from Dean to Stein, the second was in the nature of a “Thank you,” from Stein to Dean. Then Sagar, having a shaky period, began to tumble the ball and allow it to bump out of his hands. It did not seem that a goal could come when Cresswell strode forward to kick away. He kicked in –over the line, and in 20 a game that had been woefully uneven and favorable to the league champions, became unsettled and uncertain. Hufton beat the header down, he caught the strong shot, twice he was knocked over by the force of a shot and one time he saved with his knuckles and the impact sent him to the ground and the ball over the bar for a corner.

Critchley Indecisive.

Stein took the perfectly. Critchley having started indecisively went on in like manner and never caught the stern, sure touch of Stein. Everton played in a charming manner, and with Gee and his co half-backs playing superbly, and the experimental West Ham side, with Yews as an inside forward and Ruffell not in the team, the deluge of goals had to come in due course; it was only a matter of time. Dunn did more than anyone to make goals. He shot brilliantly when Hufton was at his best, and he offered goals, as well as using the ball with rare effect and sometimes comedy. It was one of the oddities of play that Dunn, playing so beautifully and with a punching finish, should retire without goal. But he had done his part nobly. Dunn's gripping of the ball between his legs led to Johnson;'s

welcome charge goal at 65 minutes, and one minute later dean gracefully headed a free kick taken by William's, following with another ten minutes later from Stein centre which Dean barely touched, so much so that Hufton imagined the ball must go outside, instead of which, it stole inside the net. Johnson scored near time. The secret of Everton's success was confidence and a fine sense of steadiness; the passing between half-backs and backs, half-backs and forwards and forwards and half-backs, together with the fine driving force in the penalty area was so impressive that it is a surprise the score did not touch record figures for the season.

That New Year Result.

Hufton's alone stopped this fact, and Everton were content to rest upon 6-1, remembering how West Ham had given them their most serious defeat of the season early in the New Year. West Ham are a shadow of the side that managed to start Everton's rot-period. However, on Saturday 40,000 people would agree that Everton would have romped away from any side on such showing, even though the defence portion had their moments of unsettlement in the first half-hour of play. The gale of wind, played tricks with the ball, so that the standard of play all day was above normal. With West ham wanting to escape relegation and Everton wanting to make sure of the championship, there was no suggestion of end-of-season about the game. Hufton kept it from being a rot of goals to the leading side of the season. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, Half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. West Ham United; - Hufton, goal; Goodacre and Chalkley, backs; Norris, Garrett, and Cadwell, half-backs; Wood, Yews, Watson, Phillips, and Morton, forwards. Referee. Mr. J. H. Whittle, Worcester.

 

WOLVERHAMPTON RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 2

April 18, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 40)

The Wolves, who played several third team members, experienced their hardest game of the season. Everton Reserves were the better in every department, and enjoyed a good share of the game. The Wolves scored through Bryan, Redfern, and Hetherington, Everton reducing the margin through Martin and White. Redfern, the Wolves inside-right, was the outstanding player of the game. Everton: - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Britton, McPherson (captain), and Archer, half-backs; P. Griffiths, Martin, White, Webster and Turner, forwards.

 

IT IS EASY FOR EVERTON.

April 18 1932. Evening Express.

Three Points from Four Games will Secure Title

Arsenal Only Challengers.

By the Pilot.

Three more points to make certain and these only if the Arsenal do not slip again! This is Everton's happy position at the moment in their bid for the football League championship. They have four more matches in which to get these points, and on Saturday's form it is a “cinch,” as they say in America. The defeats sustained by Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town at Highbury and Blackburn on Saturday definitely put an end to their championship hopes. The Arsenal now are Everton's only challengers. The remaining fixtures of the clubs are: -

Everton; Middlesbrough (a), Bolton Wanderers (h), Newcastle United (a), Portsmouth (h).

The Arsenal: - Middlesbrough (h), Blackburn Rovers (h) Huddersfield Town (a), Aston Villa (a).

Yes, it looks “good for Everton,” and they certainly played like real champions against West Ham. Incidentally the victory enabled them to establish a run of ten matches without defeat –their record for the season. The Hammers played well in the first half, when they had the wind at their backs, but after the change of ends that game resolved itself into a battle between the irresistible Everton forwards and Hufton, the brilliant West Ham goalkeeper. I admired the manner of Westt Ham's fight back after being two goals down in nine minutes, but they were never a match for Everton. Everton's defence had a comparatively easy time, so well did the half-backs intervene and construct. Gee, I thought, was the bets of the intermediates. The vital department of the Blues was the attack and here Dean played a remarkable game. He was the ideal leader. If he had a fault it was being too unselfish. This was certainly Dean the master. Johnson, and Dunn were splendid initiators, and Stein, except for a few faulty centres late in the second half, played splendidly all through. Stein is improving with every match and I was pleased he was once again among the goals.

 

ROMANCE OF EVERTON No 3.

April 18, 1932. Evening Express.

When “The Blues” were “The Reds.”

Everton's Sartorial Changes.

By D. M. Kendall (The Pilot).

Everton wore many jerseys before they arrived at the familiar Blue of today. Many People will be surprised to know that at one time Everton were known as “The Reds.” This was because in their Stanley Park days they wore Ruby jerseys with dark Blue facings, and dark shorts. Can you imagine the Everton players being told to dye their jerseys? This happened in 1881. Everton were playing in Blue and White striped jerseys' at the time, and several new players signed on from other clubs in a bunch. As the new men could not afford to buy new jerseys they wore their old club colours and this naturally led to confusion. It was decided that the players should dye their jerseys Black. This was done, and over the Black jerseys each man ordered to wear a Red Sash. They must have looked like something out of a masquerade. Anyhow, for the season they were known as the “Black Watch.” Subsequently Everton were White and Blue shirts halved, a style Blackburn Rovers use today. Then they went back to fancy dress with Salmon jerseys with Blue knickers. The club colours were later changed to dark Blue jerseys, and White knickers; then to light Blue jerseys and finally the Blue to day was evolved. They were still wearing the White and Blue halved jerseys at Anfield-road when they got together one of the finest teams in the history of the club, which was some years later destined to top the League. This was the team that represented Everton when the club was elected one of the original members of the Football League at its inception in 1888. Their names were: - Smalley; Hannah, Doyle; Boyle, or Kickwood, “Daddy” Holt, Parry; A. Latta, A. Brady, Fred Geary, Edgar Chadwick, and Alf Milward.

The original members of the Football League consisted of 12 clubs: - Preston North End, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Accrington, Burnley, Derby County, Stoke, Everton, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham County.

Everton finished eight in the League with 20 points out of 44 played for. Preston North End were the wonder side that year. They topped the League without losing a match, scoring 40 points, and won the F.A. Cup without conceding a goal. The next season Everton occupied the position of runners up to Preston North End with 31 points, just two points behind the winners. In the season of 189091, Everton became Football league champions for the first time. They secured 23 points beating Preston North end, the runners up, by one point. They have so far won the League championship three times altogether the subsequent dates being 1914-15, 1927-28. You will notice I have written so far –By the way they won the Second Division championship last year. The League clubs had levelled up considerably by the season of 1890-91, but Everton were a mighty side, and the play of the Chadwick-Milward left wing; the fine leadership of Geary; the genius of Latta; the wonder work of Johnny Holt –perhaps the smallest half ever who played in league football –and the fine defensive play of Hannah and Doyle are still talked about in Liverpool.

First International Cap.

I had the opportunity of chatting a few days ago it Fred Geary, who holds the distinction of being the first Everton player to win an international cap. That was in 1890, when he played against Ireland at Belfast, England won by 9-1, Geary being the top scorer. He also played against Scotland at Blackburn the same season, when England triumphed by 2-1. Fred Geary is now “mine host” in Liverpool and a well-known bowler. He was one of the first professional players to wear his shin-guards in the modern style, inside his stockings. Geary had a habit of going on the field wearing a small coloured cricket cap. I asked him the reason. “Whenever I ran I always liked to carry something in my hand,” he said. “Consequently I wore the cap and as soon as I started to run I snatched it off my head and gripped it in my hand. It was just a habit. He recalled an incident of an Everton visit to Hampden Park to play Queen's Park, the famous Scottish amateur club. “Our directors were anxious that we should win,” he said, and they offered the players an extra 10s, as an incentive. “We were getting no more than £3 a week at the time so you can appreciate what 10s, was to use. “They had no goal nets in Scotland then, although they were in use in England. Edgar Chadwick scored one of the loveliest goals I've ever seen. The ball flashed under the bar and we all felt elated. Then the referee ruled that the ball had passed over the bar! “It was a tragic mistake. The game ended in a draw of a goal apiece. Can you imagine our disappointment? We knew we had won yet the result was a draw! “However, the Everton directors knew that Edgar ‘s shot was a goal, and they gave us the 10s each after all.” It is interesting to note that Mr. Tom McIntosh, the present secretary of Everton, once played against Milward, Everton's prolific left of those days. Milward, at that time, was playing with New Brompton, now Gillingham. Mr. McIntosh was playing with Darling, of which club he became secretary in 1901. Mr. McIntosh also played against two of Everton's cup-winners teams while playing as an amateur with Darlington. Johnny Holt was one of the greatest personalities in Everton's first championship side. He seemed to bob up from nowhere, and he could beat men to whom he was giving six inches in jumping for a ball. He also received his first cap in 1890, and subsequently played for England on no fewer than ten occasions. “Daddy” Holt is at present living at Reading, and when Everton visited the biscuit town last season, he was there to welcome them.

Mr. Kendall's fourth article, which tells the story of how Everton won the F.A. cup in the season 1905-6, will appear on Wednesday.

 

EVERTON'S BEST RUN.

April 20, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

Everton visit Middlesbrough on Saturday and should strengthen their hold on the League leadership. Middlesbrough have lost six and drawn two of their 19 home fixtures, while Everton have, obtained 19 points, from their 19 away games, with eight victories and three draws. The team is unchanged, namely Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.

The Goodison team has been unbeaten in the last ten games, which have provided them with 18 points –their best run of the season. Since Dunn returned to inside right in the match against Sheffield United on February 20 th –following defeats at home by Arsenal 3-1 and at Blackpoo.l 2-0 –Everton's results have been as follow: - Sheffield United (h) 5-1, Sheff Wed (a) 3-1, Aston Villa (h) 4-2, Huddersfield (h) 4-1, West Brom (h) 2-1, Chelsea (a) 0-0, West Brom (a) 1-1, Grimsby (h) 4-2, Leciester (a) 1-0, West ham (h) 6-1. A total of 30 goals against 10.

The Eight Double?

Everton, on Saturday, will have an opportunity of completing their eight “double” of the season, for they defeated Middlesbrough, at Goodison Park; in December, 5-1. They have twice defeated Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Sunderland, Leicester City and Grimsby Town. After Middlesbrough, Everton have fixtures against Bolton Wanderers and Portsmouth, at home and Newcastle United away. Arsenal's remaining League fixture are Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers, home, and Huddersfield Town and Aston Villa away. And Everton have 53 points compared with Arsenal's 47.

 

ROMANCE OF EVERTON No 4

April 20, 1932. Evening Express.

When Everton Won the Cup.

The Great Team of 1905-06

By D. M. Kendall (The Pilot).

English Cup Final Tie

Everton 1 Newcastle U. 0.

Remember the result of Everton's Cup Final published in The Evening Express on April 21, 1906, and these them caused the wildest scenes on Mereyside. It is appropriate that now when Everton have the league championship near won, we should recall another success. This is the first and only time that Everton have won the Football Association Cup and indeed the only time the Cup has been on Merseyside. Few who saw the victory will forget the wild scenes at the time. At the homecoming the players engaged the way back they fulfilled the arrangement with the Wednesday and they lost 3-1, but what did they do when the had the Cup? Some old bit of plate traveled with the team in the saloon of the train, which was gaily decorated with blue and white favours.

League and Cup.

The lord major welcomed the players as their arrival at central Station, and welcome then on behalf of the city. At that time Liverpool occupied a treasurers in the football world, as Everton won the cup and Liverpool won the League that season. As we went to Central Station to see the team and a torchlight procession that was four-in-hand in which the team were driven in state to Goodison Park, with Jack Taylor, the captain holding the coveted trophy in his hands. The winning team was a splendid, they could play real football and in its development and its effectiveness. Jack Sharp is of course a director of the Everton club today, and I think I he was the best outside right who ever donned the Blue jersey. Sharp's great asset was his speed, and that little bit of extra pace help him to beat an opponent with the ball. He used to swing his centre's that took all but his self by surprise. Sharp's play will never be forgotten as a footballer nor a will neither will that of his unstudied. Harry Makepeace, he was constructionists in all that sent in for delightful passes and on the floor. He had a great tackling power, Another am outstanding man of the team in winning the cup was Jack Taylor, who is a visited to Goodison Park He is the man who imbued the enthusiasm to the team for victory. If it came to a battle against odds, Jack Taylor was the man to lead his men. He had a remarkable influence over the players. Another outstanding man was Billy Scott, the goalkeeper and the elder brother of the incomparable Elisha Scott, the present Liverpool goalkeeper. Scott did invaluable work for Everton. One could not pass without a reference to “Sandy” Young, Jimmy Settle, Jack Crelly. In fact, altogether it was a magnificent team imbued with the right spirit. Here are the names: - Scott, Balmer (w), Crelly, Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, H.P. Hardman.

Everton trained at Chingford, a beautiful spot in Essex, where they played golf and went in for walking and sprinting. A curious feature of their programme was that they were not allowed to see a football. Newcastle trained at Rhyl, where they went in for the usual routine, which included ball practice, seawater baths and golf. It is a curiously up-to-date touch to read in the reports that Everton on arrival in London by train drove to the Crystal palace by Motor Bus. Everton netted twice in the game, but were ruled offside on both occasions. Then twelve minutes from time the Everton forwards broke away. Jack Sharp, that speedy winger, evaded two opponents and centred accurately for Young to tip the ball into the net. Everton have not really been lucky in “the cup.” They have been in the final on four occasions, in the season of 1892-93 when they lost to Wolverhampton; in 1886-97 when they were beaten by Aston Villa; in 1905-06 when they beat Newcastle, and the following season when losing to Sheffield Wednesday. Well, no history stands still, not even football history, and you never know. The team should, bar accidents, win the League this year. Next year, who Knows? To be continued. A further article in this interesting series will appear on Friday.

Everton Unchanged.

Everton will once again be a full strength for their visit to Middlesbrough on Saturday, when they will be making a bid to register their eight “double,” of the season. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.

Dean Again Leads Goal Scorers.

One Ahead of Bourton.

Dixie Dean, the Everton centre forward, once again leads in the Football League goals race. With 44 goals, he is now a goal ahead of Bournton (Coventry City), two ahead of Newton (Fulham) and three in front of Hall (Lincoln City).

 

ROMANCE OF EVERTON No 5.

April 22, 1932. Evening Express.

On The Spot.

Sam Chedgzoy.

George Harrison, Footballer's Peter Pan,

By D. M. Kendall (The Pilot).

It is not possible with all the material before me, and the limited space at my disposal, to do more than select such items, and touch on those personalities, as will indicate something of the various Everton teams, and the men who played in them. Among the fine players who have filled the outside right position for Everton Sammy Chedegzoy was a bright particular star. Chedgzoy played for Everton in 1914-15 when, amid the roar of the Great War, Everton won the League championship, but it was after the War that he was at his best. He was a local product, being born at Ellesmere Port. How he become a professional footballer is a curious story. One day he decided to watch the local team. The players were kicking-in before the match and Chedgzoy asked if he could have a kick. So Chedgzoy joined in. When the game was due to begin it was found that the Ellesmere Port team was one short, and Sammy was invited to play. That was the beginning of a wonderful football career, during which he gained no fewer than eight English International caps, received honours from the football League, and appeared in International Trials. Chedgzoy sprang quickly to the front at Ellesmere Port, where he was “spotted” b7y the Everton scouts, who secured his trainer. They never made a better bargain. A speedy winger with wonderful ball control, he was one of the first wingers to adopt the practice of cutting inside unexpectedly towards goal. He was an adept at the swerve, and one of the wiliest outside men I have ever seen.

Penalty King.

In addition he was a penalty king, with his old method of taking the spot shots, in which he invariably scarified pace to accuracy and direction. A story is related of a penalty incident in which he and Iremonger, the tall Nottingham County goalkeeper , were the chief figures. When Everton visited the County at Meadow Lane they were awarded two penalty kicks. On each occasion Iremonger persisted in leaving his goal to change the position of the ball before the kick could be taken. Iremonger kept on arguing that the ball was not on the spot. No matter how it was placed he would leave the goal and change it. His object was, of course to unnerve Wilfred Chadwick, who was to take the kick. The result was that poor Chadwick missed both penalties. When the County came to Goodison Park to play in the return match and Everton were awarded a penalty, Chedgzoy was not to be caught in the same way. Sammy walked over and placed the ball on the spot. Immediately Iremonger came out of goal and began to alter the position of the ball, protesting that it was not on the spot. The laconic Chedgzoy strolled over to Iremonger and said, “Don't you worry whether the ball is on the spot or not. You just get back into goal and pick this out of the net.” Then, standing over the ball, he placed it into the corner of the net well out of Iremonger's reach. Nothing ever upset Sammy. Everton football fan will remember how this famous player dropped a bombshell into the soccer world in 1924 by taking a corner kick in a new way. Instead of kicking the ball from the corner flag, he dumbfounded everyone by dribbling it along the goal-line towards goal. By this means he gained a decided advantage. Sam was quite within his rights as the law then stood. The incident created tremendous controversy. The ruse set the law-makers thinking, and the outcome was that the corner kick rule was amended, and it was stipulated that a player taking a corner must kick the ball in. It is interesting to recall that his son, Sammy Chedgzoy is the utility man of the Everton “A” side this season.

A Fine Player.

Another great personality of that championship side was George Harrison, the outside left. He came to Everton from Leicester Fosse. He is one of the finest personalities who ever graced the game. What a fine player and man Harrison is can be judged fro9m the fact that while he is still playing in First Division football he has a son also playing for a First Division club. George is playing with Blackpool, and his son is with Leicester City. Harrison is the possessor of a terrific shot which is still remembered at Goodison Park, where there are many who believe that he should never have been allowed to leave Everton for Preston North End. At any rate Harrison showed that he was far from “finished”, when he migrated to Preston, and he proved that he is the Peter pan of football when he played against Everton this season at Blackpool. To be continued. The sixth Article in the series will appear on Monday.

 

THREE MORE POINTS AND FOUR MORE GAMES!

April 22, 1932. Evening Express.

Everrton may Narrow Margin Tomorrow

By the Pilot.

Two of the three points which Everton require from their remaining four games to win the championship of the Football League should be secured as a result of their visit to Middlesbrough tomorrow. My confidence in Everton's ability to win at Arysome Park is based on their remarkable run of success in their last ten matches, in which they have not been beaten, and on Middlesbrough's indifferent form in recent games. If Everton win they will record their eight double of the season. When Middlesbrough came to Goodison Park in December they lost 5-1 after scoring the first goal. On the last occasion that Everton visited Arysome Park they won 2-1, George Martin scoring the winning goal right on time. Everton will be at full strength tomorrow, and they are leaving nothing to chance. The Blues need 14 goals to enable them to establish a record for goals scored in one season. This mans an average of 3.5 goals a game. I think the feat is within their compass. Everton; - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.

 

EVERTON'S EIGHT DOUBLE

April 23, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.

By John Peel.

Everton are at Middlesbrough, and hope to complete their eight double of the season. They defeated the Borough by five goals to one at Goodison Park in December, and a victory today will give them a lead of eight points over Arsenal, with only three games to play against Arsenal's four. It has been a wonderful season for Everton, who have got 18 points from their last ten games, and I think, will add two more today. The teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Middlesbrough: - Hiller; Jennings, Freeman; Webster, Elkes, McFarlance; Pease, Cameron, Camsell, Bruce, Williams.

 

BRUCE GETS AN EARLY GOAL AGAINST EVERTON.

April 23, 1932. Evening Express.

The Blues Strike A Bad Patch At Middlesbrough.

Dean's Efforts To Equalise.

By the Pilot.

Teeside district is hard hit. They complain of no money. This was reflected in the attendance at Arysome Park today, where Everton the virtual champions, met Middlesbrough. The gates at Middlesbrough, this season have been averaged not more than 9,000 and despite the attractiveness of Everton, there was hardly this number present when the teams fielded. Dean was suffering from an stiffened muscle, and at one time it was thought that he would not be able to play. At the last minute, however, he declared himself fit. White and Britton travlled as reserves, and Mr. Tom McIntosh, the secretary, was in charge. The weather was typical April –brilliant sunshine and hailstorms alternating. Everton require three points to win the championship of the First Division . Teams; - Hillier, goal; Jennings, and Freeman, backs; Webster, Elkes and McFarlane, half-backs; Pease, Cameron, Camsell, Bruce, and Williams, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee E. Wood, Sheffield.

The Game.

There were a lot of faulty football at the outset. Clark, Williams, and Johnson missed the ball when it should have been their's. The Cameron landed one well behind the goal-line. Williams missed again, but Gee covered, and Stein went away to force a corner, on which Johnson could not improve. Dunn was penalised. I failed to notice any offence, but this led to the opening goal in five minutes. Bruce was the scorer. McFarlane took the free kick, and the wind caused the ball to swerve. Sagar caught it high up, but before he could clear Bruce dashed in, and with a fine shoulder charge bundled Sagar and the ball into the net. Everton became lively for the first time, and Dean headed in from Stein's centre, but Hillier saved high up. Then away went the Borough, and after good work by Pease, Williams, headed straight to Sagar. From the middle Pease had a shooting chance but fell. Everton were playing rather slow football, and as yet the machine had not operated. Johnson's took a free kick quickly, but bit the referee in the face. A second kick was ordered, and from this Stein went away in good style but was unable to create a scoring opening. Camsell was a lively raider and profited by Everton's palpable defensive blunders. He provided Cameron with a chance to bring Sagar to full length. Dean almost broke through on his own, but found the numbers too many. Critchley then dribbled well to survive a foul and a charge, but again the centre was not improved upon. A corner followed and Dunn headed over. Everton were sorely troubled with the strong wind in their faces, but Stein got away with a sweeping pass only to be brought down to Webster. From the free kick Johnson ballooned over. Clever interpassing by the Boro' forwards resulted in Camsell shooting over and then Sagar stopped a swift drive from Bruce. Pease and Cameron combined skillfully and when Cameron was breaking though, Cresswell brought him down. Cresswell was there to clear the free kick. Everton had been really disappointing up to now. There was little semblance of combination, and the defence was never happy against a quicker-thinking side. Rarely have I seen the Blues so often miss in tacking. Bruce received from Pease's quick thrown in, and sent a grand shot a foot too high. Dean and Johnson contrived to get Stein away, only for the Scot to place behind. Next Critchley went through only to be fouled on the edge of the penalty area. From the “short corner” the ball came back to Williams, who placed into Hillier's hands.

Dean's Effort.

Dean tried the Bruce dodge, but though he bowled Hiller over, the goalkeeper managed to retain possession. Sagar appeared to be troubled by that goal incident and how he fumbled one from Camsell. Williams put in some good tackling before Hiller saved a hot one from Dunn. Everton were improving steadily, but it had taken them a long time to get into their stride. Stein's corner swerved goalwards, and Hiller had to be smart to fist out before Clark sent a foot wide with a distant effort. Critchley improved on Dean's foraging by slipping the ball through Elkes's legs and making tracks for goal. In turning round Freeman, however, he came to grass. Next Hiller pulled down a long shot and Gee brought off a fine tackle at Camell's expense. Dean and Jennings banged their heads in a collision and Jennings was so dazed that he sent the ball behind for a corner. Both were able to resume, and the kick came to a Boro' head. Williams had a fine chance from a Pease centre, but headed backwards instead of into the net. Next Thomson engineered a move in which Dunn and Johnson tried to create scoring chances for each other. Eventually Dunn took the burder and Hillier saved. Everton were doing much better than in the earlier periods, and were enjoying an equal share of the game, now. Williams injured his left shoulder in a sharp Boro attack, and had to be carried off by the ambulance men. This was the Middlesbrough Williams, by the way.

Half-time Middlesbrough 1, Everton 0.

I learned during the interval that Williams received a blow on an arm nerve, which rendered the limb useless. He was able to resume. Everton had disappointed in the first half, though the strong wind was decidently in favour of the quicker Borough. It was not until the later stages in the first half that the Blues got down to anything like a real form. Then Hillier proved himself a sound goalkeeper.

Everton Lose At Middlesbrough.

Foiled In Great Second Half Rally.

Blues Do Anything But Score.

The referee was unable to resume after the interval, and linesman T. H. Jones took over the whistle. A substitute linesman was found. He carried on wearing long trousers. Mr. Wood was reported to be suffering from concussion, caused apparently when Johnson struck him with the ball. Critchley had a great chance from Clark's pass, but found the side netting. Everton won a corner following a foul on Critchley, and it brought a second from which Stein headed in for Freeman to kick away off the goal line. Critchley was sweeping through in his stride when he was obvious elbowed off, but Hillier was there again when the kick came in. Little had been seen of Middlesbrough this half. Williams missed his kick, but when Camsell went through on his own he found Sagar a real stumbling block. Hillier raced out to catch a Williams clearance kick, and with Dean in attendance dropped the ball, but was quick to recover. There were a touch of Dean at his best when he made a brilliant back header, which almost caught Hillier napping. A big Cresswell kick touched a home player, but Hillier thinking it was safe, allowed it go behind. From the corner there was a spirited melee, during which Dean banged the ball against the post, and a crowd of Boro players fell on it. Everton's claim that the ball had crossed the line, was to mine mind rightly turned down. Dean was charged in the back when nowhere near the ball. It should have been a penalty. Final Middlesbrough 1 Everton 0.

 

MIDDLESBROUGH 1 EVERTON 0 (Game 3133 over-all)-(Div 1 3091 )

April 25, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.

Championship Bid Held Up.

Everton Beaten by A Goal.

Referee Injured.

By “Stork.”

A single goal defeat at Middlesbrough means that Everton still have to gather three points to make certain of the championship title. I still think that they will top the League. While the winners played some nice football, and shot hard and often, shots were rarely on the mark. The small crowd had expected “fireworks” from the Everton attack. They could not understand how Everton had collected so many goals, and one had to admit that to one who had not seen their games, it was hard to think that we had been watching Everton.

The Goal.

One could have counted Everton's shooting efforts on one fingers of one hand, whereas Middlesbrough directed many at Sagar, and although some of them were well wide of the mark, they adopted the right tactics on such a day –a day when the wind should have been of great value to the side accepting its assistance. I cannot, however, recall Everton ever playing well, with the wind, and they did not here, so that Middlesbrough held up their championship bid by a goal, which should not have been scored. The goal came as a result of a free kick against Dunn. It did not look a foul to me, but it must have done so to the referee, and when Freeman lobbed the ball into the goalmouth, Sagar ran out and caught the ball. All seemed safe, but Sagar had gone out a step too far and had got under the ball, which he caught high over the top of his head. He was unbalanced, and when Bruce charged into him, he could not keep his feet and went tumbling backwards into the net, the ball dropping out of his grasp and rolling over the line. That goal decided Everton's fate, but with only a goal in arrears and the wind to help them in the second half I had no fears, but when there was no shots coming from the Everton forwards I began to visualize a defeat, for in truth Everton never at any point suggested a victory. Dean made a few headers and Dunn went near, but Everton's tactics with the wind were all wrong. Everton should have shot on every convincible occasion, instead of which the wings were utilized when a ball in the middle would have been of much more value. Everton had played some smart football in the last half hour of the first half, and attacked almost throughout the second half, but no shots how could they expect to win the day. As a matter of fact Middlesbrough nearly took a second goal when Cameron sent in a good drive against the upright.

Referee's Collapse.

There was an unfortunate happening in the first half, Johnson with a free kick struck the referee, Mr. Wood, of Sheffield, full in the face with the ball. The referee was hurt, but not sufficiently to hold up the game. He continued until the interval, but upon reaching the dressing room-collapsed, and upon a doctor being called it was found that he was suffering from slight concussion. He was still in a dazed condition when the game was over, but was able to accompany the Everton team as far as Leeds. He told me he felt much better, but his head was aching terribly. Mr. T. H. Jones, of Horton, one of the linesman, took charge of the game from the interval with a Middlesbrough player taking the line. Just before the end Everton claimed that a ball had gone over Hillier's goalline, but I distinctly saw it bump against the upright before the goalkeeper dragged it under his body well outside the line. Later the ball went into Boro' goal, but not before the whistle had sounded for an infringement. . Teams; - Hillier, goal; Jennings, and Freeman, backs; Webster, Elkes and McFarlane, half-backs; Pease, Cameron, Camsell, Bruce, and Williams, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee E. Wood, Sheffield.

 

EVERTON RESERVES 2 ASTON VILLA RESERVES 3

April 25, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 41)

Everton, at home indulged in most of the attacking, without being able to provide the sharp, accurate finish that characterized the Villa's work. Bowen and Callaghan offered stubborn resistance to Everton's onslaughts. The Midlanders at times revealed delightful intricate footwork. Individually and collectively. Brocklebank and Tully scored in the first half and Brocklebank added Villa's third soon after resuming. Griffiths reduced the lead and scored Everton's second a minute from the end. Davies, of the “A” team gave a creditable display at centre forward. Teams: - Everton: - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; McClure, McPherson (captain), and Archer, half-backs; P. Griffiths, Martin, A. Davies, Webster and Rigby, forwards. Aston Villa: - Twekesbury, goal; Smart and Bower, backs; Kingdon, Callaghan and Simpson, half-backs; Tully, Tunstall, Brocklebank, Bereseford, and Chester, forwards. Referee Mr. C.A. Hodginkinson, Leek, Shafforshire.

 

ROMANCE OF EVERTON No 6

April 25, 1932. Evening Express.

The Boy Who Left His Work To Play.

How Dixie Dean Came To Everton.

By The Pilot.

If a 16 year old boy railway worker had not left his work without leave to play in a football match one Thursday afternoon, the greatest centre forward of recent years might never have been discovered. The boy was Dixie Dean, who was destined to become the Everton and England leader. Dean was employed on the Wirral Railway at Birkenhead, and in his off time played for a local village junior team, Pepsby United. On the Thursday afternoon to which I have referred, the club had a match on a ground just outside the railway yard where Dean worked. Dixie signified his intention of playing, and shortly before the game was due to began he quietly slipped away from work, jumped over the fence and joined the team on the field. He played a good game and scored two or three goals. No sooner had the final whistle sounded then he changed and made his way back to work. Everything went off according to plan, and he went on with his work thinking no one knew of his escapade. Then came disillusionment. He was summoned to the office of the chief, M. Robert Martlew, the father of Dr. Tom Martlew, the present chairman of New Brighton. “Where have you been this afternoon, Dean” asked Mr. Martlew in stern tones. “Well….why…….” stammered Dean, “I've been working.” “I know differently” said Mr. Martlew. “You've been playing football.” But –“commenced Dean. Mr. Martlew interrupted him. “You played a splendid game. I was watching the match,” he said. Can you imagine Dean's feelings? Here he was expecting the sack, and his chief was praising him for his football prowess. M. Martlew continued “now don't run away from work again to play football, but don't give up the game. I think a lot of you as a player, and I want you to meet my son, who is connected with New Brighton. Perhaps you would like to sign for New Brighton.” The boy was delighted. Subsequently, the New Brighton directors discussed Dean at a number of meetings. Dr. Martlew urged that they should sign him on as an amateur, but some of his colleagues though Dean was too young. Football secrets are hard to keep, and whispers led to the Tranmere Rovers officials running an eye over the young railway worker. They considered that if New Brighton had discussed his possibilities he must be worth watching. They came, saw, and were satisfied. Within a short time Dean, who had gained further honours with other Wirral amateur club signed amateur forms for Tranmere Rovers, though he, himself had expected to go to New Brighton. Well, New Brighton's loss was certainly Tranmere's gain. Soon Dean became a professional, and the most discussed junior centred forward. Scouts of First Division club's now made their way to Preston Park to watch this curly-haired youth, and those of Liverpool and Everton were included among them. Strange as it my appear, Liverpool did not fancy him and dropped out of the transfer field, but Everton stayed on and landed the finest football prize of recent years. Dean joined Everton at the age of 17. That was in 1925, and his first match was against a famous Arsenal at Highbury. He was not a success, but this was not unexpected for he was a youngster playing with strangers. Everton decided that it would be better to allow Dean to develop in the Central League side, but when he scored seven goals in one match he was promoted again and stayed in the first eleven. At one time, following a motoring accident in which he sustained a fractured skull and jaw, the doctors believed that he might never play football again. Yet he was soon back in harness, and is undoubtedly the finest header of a ball in the country today. I could write columns about Dean had I the space at my disposal. He is the footballer of the hour. When he put his name to that transfer form at the Woodside Hotel in 1925 to become an Everton player he was lucky, but he has been clever enough to make the most of his opportunities. Dean has never been reluctant to give credit where it is due, and whenever anyone mentions his great feat of scoring 60 league goals in a season, which still stands as the record, he never forgets to pay tribute to Alec Troup, the clever, diminutive Scottish outside left, who created many openings for him. The quiet but effective winger made Dixie's task much lighter. Troup could centre a ball with remarkable precision, and many a time he flicked across his centre right to the head of the waiting Dean. Troup came to Everton from Dundee and strangely enough, was transferred back again to Dundee about two seasons ago. He has fine ball control, and dainty footwork. The way in which he finishes his work is masterly. “Sandy” as he was familiarly known suffered a dislocated shoulder in his earlier days, and subsequently was forced to play in every match with his shoulder strapped. I recall being at Bury with Everton when Troup was strolling on the ground before the match inspecting the turf. An ethusiast came up to him and said: “Look Sandy, I've been weighting things up. That goal (indicating one) is nearer the half-way than the other. Whenever you get on the half-way line shoot, you can score from there.” Sandy smiled at me. There is a lot of blather talked to footballers at times.

To be continued. The seventh article in this series will appear on Wednesday.

 

BUCK UP, EVERTON!

April 25, 1932. Evening Express.

Championship is not Yet Won.

Boro' Form too Bad to be True.

By the Pilot.

Three more points are still required to make positively certain of the First Division Championship. I would impress this on Everton, because their display against Middlesbrough at Ayresome Park suggest that the title was safe in their keeping. Frankly their form was too bad to be true. They displayed anything but championship form. I do not alter my view that Everton will win the League, but “there's many a slip-” Arsenal have an almost impossible task to overtake them, but until three points have been secured Everton must spare no effort. The Middlesbrough form arouses misgivings. That is why I say: Buck up Everton!

Points Matter.

True, two points only might suffice, for at the moment the Blues have a better goal-average than The Arsenal. The figures are Everton 1.83; Arsenal 169. It will readily be seen, however, that there is little in it, and that it is the points which will matter in the final reckoning. If the Arsenal win their resuming games so must their goal-average improve. Again I say Everton, buck up and leave nothing to chance. The championship problem might easily be settled by Wednesday evening for the Arsenal visit Aston Villa today and Huddersfield Town on Wednesday, but if they win both matches then Everton will have to strain every ounce to pull it off. The remaining fixtures especially those at home, indicate that the Blues will secure at least four points, and I do not think Arsenal will win all their matches, particularly as they will be suffering from the effects of their Cup defeat. All the Everton players, from Sagar to Stein, played below form at Middlesbrough, but I must say that I do not think the free kick from which the only goal was scored should have been awarded. Dunn was alleged to have committed a foul, but if anything happened it was a foul on him. The high wind militated against good football, and altogether it was a match that is best-forgotten, Everton disappointing against a team which was not good.

 

ROMANCE OF EVERTON No 7

April 27, 1932. Evening Express.

The £ S. D. Of League Position.

Costs of Forming a Winning Side.

By D. M. Kendall (The Pilot)

• The article from the Evening Express is unfortunately is impossible for me to read, and I take it up from the second column.

Cresswell's signing.

A telegram sent by Mr. Tom McIntosh the popular Everton secretary to Mr. W.C. Cuff, the chairman, to conveyed the news that Everton had secured the transfer of Cresswell from Sunderland to Everton to assist them in fight at the foot of the Divison One table. No modern player has studied the finer arts of the game so closely as Cresswell. He is the finest professional player in football today. He views the game as a scientist. “If I keep in the right position I most succeed,” is Warney Cresswell's belief. He is the coolest full back I have ever seen. Hopes ran high at Goodison when he was secured. Yet in his first game Everton lost to Leicester by no fewer than six goals to two. What a baptism for Cresswell. Despite this inauspicious start Cresswell soon proved a real winner for Everton, and is still one of the best full backs in the country. He did wonderful work as a right full back, and now he changed over to the left position he occupies today is an interesting story. Two years ago Cresswell was dropped, and played in the Central league team. Some wiseacres went around saying that he had been dropped from the first team for good.

An Experiment.

It was decided, however, to experiment with him as a left full back. The move was an immediate success, and Cresswell has proved a greater player on the left than on the right. He has missed only two league matches since he took up the left back position two seasons ago and these were due to injuries. Warney has three weaknesses –football, golf and cheese. He is almost a scratch man at golf, and at cheese he will forgive me if I say he has no handicap. Since he has been at Goodison Park he has won a League championship medal, and a second Division championship medal, and today looks like winning another First Division medal.

Weldon's Debut.

Another notable capture in the critical 1927 period was Tony Weldon, the diminutive inside forward from Airdrieoians –the club with which Hunter Hart, another Evertonian, and Hughie Gallacher graduated. Weldon made his debut against Leeds United at Godson Park. This was a vital game, for Leeds were also in the danger zone. Everton won by 2-1, and Weldon had the distinction of scoring a brilliant victory. That goal undoubtedly placed Everton on the path to safety, but sent Leeds to the Second Division. In 1930 Weldon was transferred to Hull City, and is now with West ham. (To be continued). Mr. Kendall's eight article will appear on Friday.

Everton Watch a Scottish Full Back

Louis Morgan May Come to Goodison.

If Louis Morgan, the young right full-back of Dundee, pleases the Everton F.C, representatives, who, I understand, will watch him in a game at Dundee tonight, he may join the Goodison Park staff (writes the Pilot). I am able to state definitely that Everton have been watching this young back for some time, and that negotiations have, so far, been successful. It is possible that the transfer will be finally sealed tonight. Morgan is considered one of the best full backs in Scotland, being a keen tackler, a good positional player and a sturdy kicker. He should suit the Everton style. Since the war Everton have secured three prominent men from Dundee –Raitt, Troup and Thomson.

Gordon Reed.

Meanwhile the report of the transfer of Gordon Reed from Everton to Bristol City awaits confirmation. Reed has not been transferred, and today was at Goodison Park training with the remainder of the Everton team. It is possible that Everton will take the field against Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park on Saturday as champions of the First Division. It depends on the result of the Huddersfield –Arsenal match tonight. Everton will field an unchanged eleven against Bolton. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.

EVERTON RESERVE TRANSFERRED.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 26 April 1932

Gordon Reed, the 18-year-old Everton reserve centre-forward, has been transferred to Bristol City.

LIVERPOOL RESERVES WIN.

April 28, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton beaten in Lythgoe Cup Semi-Final.

Extra Time was necessary at Anfield to decide the right of entry in the field of entry in the final of the Lythgoe Cup. Liverpool Reserves beating Everton Reserves 2-0. It was not until ten minutes from the end that Edmed opened the score for Liverpool. Afterwards the winners played better football than at almost any other period, and Smith succeeded in scoring Liverpool's second goal. Everton, however, lost the assistance of White, who had left the field with a leg injury. Taken on the whole it had been a disappointing game, the forwards of both sides being guilty of some bad misses. Attacks were somewhat evenly distributed, but the honours of the game rested with the defences. Holdcroft and Riley saved frequently, but their work was made easy by the unconvincing work of the forwards. The work of the halves were exceedingly good at times, and Farmer (Casuals), playing his first game with Liverpool, did well at left back. Done missed with a penalty. Webster was perhaps the most outstanding forward during the 90 minutes.

Result: Liverpool Res 2 Everton Res 0.

Everton “A” 10 New Brighton Reserves 3

At Goodison Park. Everton were the superior side, and the score was a fair reflex of the game. At the interval Everton led by the odd goal in five. Rawsthorpe scoring two for New Brighton, and then retiring for the rest of the game, the visitors having to play with ten men. In the second half the visitors fell away completely, and in addition to their weak finishing they found a strong defence in Parker and Jones. The scorers for Everton were: - Davies (4), Fryer (3), Griffiths, Worall, and Birtley, while Henderson secured a third for New Brighton.

BRISTOL CITY SIGN NEW CENTRE-FORWARD.

Thursday 28 April 1932 Western Daily Press

Young Player Who Has Done Well For Everton Reserves.

Bristol City have-secured the signature Gordon, Reed, a centre-forward, who has scored 18 goals in games for Everton Reserves in the Central League. Reed, who is still in his teens, should prove decided acquisition to his new club in their bid to regain Second Division status next season.

EVERTON MUST BEAT BOLTON.

April 28, 1932. Evening express.

Title Ma Turn on Saturday's Match.

Arsenal Still Dangerous.

By the Pilot.

Huddersfield 1 Arsenal 2. This result last evening confounded a lot of football experts who had made up their minds that Huddersfield definitely would put the Arsenal out of the running for the League championship and so give Everton a “walk over.” Everton still need two points to make certain of the title. This is today's position at the head of the league: -

P W D L W A L F A Pts Pos Pts

Everton 39 17 0 2 8 3 9 115 63 53 59

Arsenal 40 12 5 2 8 5 8 81 48 50 54

Here are the remaining fixtures of the two clubs:-

Everton, Bolton Wanderers (h), Newcastle United (a), Portsmouth (h)

Arsenal, Middlesbrough (h), Blackburn Rovers (h)

The argument is this if the Arsenal playing five reserves and two players appearing in unaccustomed positions can win at Huddersfield they must be credited with four more points from the remaining games. On the other hand, if Everton reproduce the form they displayed at Middlesbrough they should on paper, have all their work cut out to hold Newcastle United, the conquerors of the Arsenal in the Cup final, and Portsmouth, the victors over Newcastle United. That leaves Bolton Wanderers. Everton should at least win this game, and that would be sufficient to assure the championship coming to Goodison. That is paper form. Personally, I do not think it will work out that way. I fancy that Everton will win the championship with points to spare, but the strain of their matches has been so great –every match for months has been virtually a deciding game for the championship –and there is always danger of players “cracking.”

If-

If Arsenal win their remaining games and Everton manage to get only one league point from theirs, the two clubs would finish equal on league points. Goal average would then be the deciding factor. The goal scored by Huddersfield Town last evening did not enhance The Arsenal's goal average, which now stands at 1.087, as against Everton's 1.825. the margin is small. A 1-1 draw and two 1-0 failures by Everton would leave then a goal average of 1.757. two 2-0 victories by The Arsenal would mean a final goal average of 1.770. Everton must make the title secure on Saturday.

 

ROMANCE OF EVERTON No 8

April 29, 1932. Evening Express.

Fighting the Relegation Bogy.

What Confidence Means to a Team.

By D.M. Kendall (The Pilot).

Paradoxically relegation to the Second Division set Everton on their present course to the championship of the First Division. For several seasons, with one exception their had been battling with the relegation bogy. As the blow finally came it broke Everton. There was no more talk about achievements and tradition, Everton started out to make amendes, and they have done so, by winning the second Division and now leadership of the First Division the following season, is an exception that has only been equalled, strangely enough, by Liverpool in the season of 1904-05 and 1905-06. The causes that led to Everton demise is the most remarkable resemblance of any football team and that is confidence. The Everton players had lost confidence, and it was undoubtedly shaken, in one match with Leicester City. Everton playing wonderful football, and with a 4-3 lead nine minutes to go. They were right on top, put a shot by Chandler, the City forward from jut over the half way scored owing to the ball swerving. And later Leicester forced Everton back and from the flag kick the ball was centre and struck Barry, the outside left, on the back and bounced into the net! The visitors winning the game 5-4. I remember some of the Everton players saying to me after the match, “Everything seems to go wrong no matter how well we play.” It certainly look like it. The Blues were battling, not only with the opposition in each match, but with the relegation bogy. You have got to remember that nowadays the difference between teams is nothing like so great as formerly, and these things put men off their game. I had been handling the Everton reports and club items for some years at this time and I wondered how their style of constructive football would fare against the robust bustling methods of Second Division teams. wisely, I think, they continued to play with their own classic game, and it soon became apparent that this would pay well against the hit-or-miss-teams. the opposition was just strong enough to extend them, and gradually, they became waded into the finest all-round team in the country.

Gee's Chance.

One player in particular will remember Everton's Second Division period as his lucky time. This is Charlie Gee, the young centre half who played for England this season. on the occasion of Everton's second visit to Plymouth –a cup tie engagement –Gee travelled down with the team to the Devon seaport as a reserve. Then on the Saturday morning Griffiths was pronounced unfit and had to stand down. Gee had been round the town shopping, and when he returned to the hotel he was told to get ready to play. It was a big occasion, but Gee accepted his chance, and he never lost his place in the team. In the short space of four or five months he became the most discussed centre half in the country. Such is the luck of the game. Some of the shareholders of Everton did not give the club much encouragement in the big fight to regain First Division status. The harshest of criticism was levelled at the directors at the annual meeting at the Central hall in 1930. My notebook of that time contains some sentences amusing enough in the light of later experience. Here are some:- Everton has been the most mismanaged club in the League.” “Expenses for transfer-fees have been simply a waste of money.” “If it went to a referendum to the public of Liverpool the present board of directors would not reign five minutes.” I recall that the chairman of the club, Mr. W. C. Cuff, handled that meeting in masterly style and his speech won him many new wishers. (To be continued).

 

EVERTON TO DECIDE CHAMPIONSHIP.

April 30, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel

The Decider.

In football little can be taken for granted, but it would seen that only a feeble finish by Everton can deprive the team of the honours of the season. a victory today would be decisive. Bolton Wanderers are the visitors, and although the side is not nearly so strong as it was, the Lancashireians will offer sturdy resistance. An old colleague of the prospective champions in Griffiths is to oppose Dean, and the Everton forwards are faced by a strong half-back line. Still, I expect Everton to win and thus gain the two points, which will place them out of reach of the nearest opponents. The kick off is at 3.15, and the teams are:- Everton:- Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Bolton Wanderers:- Jones; Duckworth, Finney; McKay, Griffiths, Howarth; Butler, Wright, Milsom, Taylor, Cook.

 

EVERTON TAKE TIME TO GET GOING.

April 30, 1932. Evening express.

Dean Gives Them the Lead Over More Sprightly Bolton.

Dunn The Best Forward.

By the Pilot.

The match at Goodison Park between Everton and Bolton Wanderers was a vital one for the Blues. They required two points to win the championship of the First Division. Tommy Griffiths, whom Everton transferred to the Wanderers in December, was at centre half for the visitors, and another ex-Evertonian, Jones was in goal. Everton were at full strength, and required 14 goals to establish a new goals record for the Football League. Teams:- Everton:- Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Bolton Wanderers:- Jones, goal; Duckworth and Finney, backs; McKay, Griffiths (captain) and Howarth, half-backs; Butler, Gibson, Milsom, Wright, and Cook, forwards. Referee. Mr. H. Cartlidge (Burslem).

Thundery weather kept the attendance down, and there were no more than 35,000 spectators when the proceedings opened.

The Game.

Tommy Griffiths received a special cheer when he went up to toss with Dean, but he lost on the choice for ends, though this brought little advantage to Everton. Cook tried to dash through but found Williams there to force him into touch. Griffiths out-headed Dean when Dixie was racing through to a Cresswell pass. Thomson displayed artistic jugglery and good footwork to outwit three Wanderers. Milsom ran through on his own, only to be met by Gee on the goalline. Milson survived, but failed to improve. Gee had to go off the field with a knee injury. Griffiths nearly paid the penalty of over-elaboration before Butler got away, and his tricky centre drew Sagar from goal. Milsom got there first, but he could do no more than sky the ball behind. Cook outwitted Clark and Williams and raced through only to hit the side netting. In Everton's first real attack Stein disappointed by placing behind as Gee returned with his left knee bandaged. Critchley and Dunn won a corner, and when Dunn jumped through to improve on Johnson's header he was ruled offside. Gee was forced to go to the dressing room for a few moments.

Stein Checked.

Dean curled across a beautiful pass to Stein, who was racing through with only Jones to beat when Duckworth brought him down. This should have been a penalty, but the referee took no notice, and Stein was so quick that he was able to get up retain possession, and turn a shot into Jone's hand. Bolton played good football, and in the first 10 minutes had enjoyed the better of exchanges. Milsom was a willing forager, and Grififths a past master at intercepting aby passes. Everton had not got going in anything like championship form, and the most gratifying feature of the Blues performance so far was the expert way in which Clark used his throws-in. I think he must have been practising this. There was a drab period, with the ball being repeatedly put in touch. In fact, there was little or no excitement until Stein broke through and fed Critchley. Critchley had to turn his back on goal, and was fouled. From the free kick Thomson had a shot turned aside for a corner. Dean tried to get through to reach Williams' hefty punt, but found Jones on the alert. Dunn deceived everyone with a delighted back pass to Clark, and after Dean had taken a hand, Dunn hit a terrific shot, which looked to be a winner, but which struck Finney's head to rebound into play. Bolton broke away in a sudden raid, and Butler created a good opening for Cook, who, however, could only reach he side netting. Dun was the liveliest and cleverest man on the field and it was from him that most of the good movements originated. Finney handled Dunn's quick pass on the edge of the penalty area, and Clark's free kick was turned out to Johnson. Johnson lobbed the ball in without turning round, and it struck the bar with Jones helpless. Dean and Dunn were trying to force the ball through when Duckworth came along with a timely clearance. A linesman got in Stein's way as the winger was racing through, but the next time the Scot was more fortunate, except that his cute backward pass found no one there except defenders. Stein was having an excellent match, and now he carved out an opening which Dean and Dunn missed by the nearest of fractions. Wright sent across the Blues' goal, where Thomson cleverly hooked away from the rampant Butler. Gee tried to make a clearance kick, but fell in pain and had to go to the dressing room. Thomson became centre half, and Johnson left half. Dean dribbled to feed Critchley, who adopted the overhead kick to outwit the defence.

Dean's 45 th Goal.

It was a clever move, but Jones was there to deal with the centre. In the next moment, however, Dean scored his 45 th goal of the season, to give Everton the lead. Dun was the inspiration, for he stuck doggedly to what appeared to be a hopeless position, drew the defence, and survived two tackles. Dun then slipped a short pass to Critchley, whose quick centre found Dean in perfect position. Dixie's header gave Jones no earthly chance.

Cook's Raids.

Cook was a particularly live and open raider, and when he dribbled through, by dint of clever footwork and body swerving Milsom, Gibson and Butler had good chances, but waited long enough for an opponent to intercept. Dean veered to the right and shot into Jone's hands. The football lacked the thrill that one would have expected, but the depleted Everton team was definitely on top now, the Wanderers attacks being chiefly the result of Row raids. Dean just failed to reach Johnson's quick centre before deceiving all but Jones with a clever back header after Thomson had slipped the ball up the middle. Half-time Everton 1 Bolton Wanderers 0.

Everton had not revealed championship form in the first half. In fact, the general development of Bolton was superior. Everton were considerably handicapped by gee's injury. Bolton failed through hesitancy in shooting. Dunn had carried off the individual honours.

Everton Beat Bolton Wanderers and Win the First Division Championship.

Liverpool Record Equalled.

Promotion and Senior Title in successive Seasons.

Gallant Fight with Ten Men.

They've Done it! Well Done, Everton! By defeating Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at Goodison Park today they secured the two points necessary to win the First Division Championship. It is the fourth time they have gained the honour, and they second time in five years. By winning the second and First Division Championships in successive seasons, Everton equal the record established by Liverpools 1904-05 and 1905-06. Everton's championship years were in seasons 1890-91, 1914-15, and 1927-28. On the last occasion they succeeded with 53 points, a total which has this season been passed with two fixtures in hand. The win today was all the more praiseworthy in view of the fact that they were without Gee, during most of the second half with an injury. Dean, the captain, had the honour of scoring the goal, which won the championship.

• unfortunately the match report is unreadable, on the back pages.

• Division One Results:- Everton 1 Bolton Wanderers 0; Derby County 1, Liverpool 2, Birmingham 4 Chelsea 0, Manchester City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Sheffield United 0, Newcastle United 3, West Bromwich Albion 5, Grimsby Town 6; Blackburn Rovers 2, Aston Villa 0; Sunderland 2, West Ham United 0; Portsmouth 0 Leicester City 1; Blackpool 2, Huddersfield Town 0; Arsenal 5, Middlesbrough 0.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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