WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 2 EVERTON 0
April 2, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton In Distress
Goal Helped By Referee's "Pass"
Everton were out of favour's way and the referee was in Everton's way at Wolverhampton on Saturday, when 25,000 people saw a rather drab game won by the home team by two clear goals. Everton made no response in the goalline department and did not look like scoring at any point of play. The attack, nevertheless started off in a very pleasant manner, the young and small line (Cunliffe excepted) doing smart things and working the ball cleverly. They shot too, and missed their mark by inches. Cunliffe throughout kept an even keel, but with Higham outheaded by the massive Nelson, the attack was by slow degrees taken in hand and after a penalty kick had been given against Everton, Sagar saving and spoiling Lowton's record with spot kicks, the home team went through the visitors side with a relish only faltering near goal. They were not decisive with the easy chances, otherwise there would have been a bigger score. Not only did the penalty kick bother Everton's confidence, but the first goal against them came to Jones through the agency of the referee, who had the misfortune to be in the way of a pass, and turned the ball very neatly on to Jones, who scored with a shot that surprised everyone. Referees often get in the way, but rarely does a goal come through their unofficial aid. Next came a sterner blow; Cook was damaged, and after a spell at full back went for the rest of the game to outside-left. Stein taking up his defensive role and doing quite well in that position except that he came near giving a penalty away for hands.
Cook's injury seems severe, and likely to keep him out of today's game with Leeds United. Until that blow the Celtic back had done very well indeed, whereas Williams seemed to find the two games in the two days testing his strength; he missed his kick, and was generally unable to keep time with the swift Wolves forwards. However, near the end Williams put in a lot of really good work when Goddard was looking most dangerous. The Queen's Park Rangers centre got a headed goal, but he missed many more chances, and he does not look like reigning long in the centre berth of the Midlands side, whose best member throughout was Shaw, while Jones and Beattie in the forward line were very astute and quick to seize a chance of darting through. Wolves were worth their victory, and their general work was of a lasting character, whereas Everton were not consistent, and the wing work was much below par. Britton seemed to feel the effect of the penalty for hands he had conceded, although the shot was saved by Sagar, who was not one whit to blame for the defeat. Everton have done well away from home this season but this time they met a side that had been disengaged the day before and, therefore, was in bright scintillating mood. Thomson was Everton's best half-back, and in the forward line, Stevenson fitted hither and thither without being able to round off his combination scheme. He is a neat forward, but like Higham suffered through lack of inches. Cunliffe was best throughout because he was able to use the ball in small space and was not a slave to facifulness without finality. The game started like a meeting of top sawyers and ended on a drab note, chiefly through Wolves being unable to make good after getting the goal gaping. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Higham, Stevenson, and Stein, forwards. Wolverampton Wanderers: - Wildman, goal; Lowton and Shaw, backs; Smalley, Nelson and Richards, half-backs; Phillips, Beattie, Goddard, Jones, and Barraclough, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Milward, Derby.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 DERBY COUNTY RESERVES 1
April 2 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 36)
Everton added another four goals to their holiday quota with a convincing victory over the City. The Goodison side were the more persistent attackers, but the fine defensive tactics of Beachill Scrimshaw, and Bamber prevented Lewis being heavily worked. Stoke's opening phase worried Everton, but when a shot from Leyfield was deflected into the net by Dean to open Everton's score, this led to Everton assuming command. Still, the lead was not increased until near the interval, when Leyfield scored. Stoke tried hard to pierce the home defence without succeeding, and a quiet spell was enlivened when Dean headed a great goal following brilliant work by Coulter, and aided by Critchley's centre. The City deserved the reward when MaArdle scored, but McGourty restored the lead with the fourth goal. Everton merited the success.
POLICY WITHOUT "PUNCH"
April 2, 1934. Evening Express.
Wolves' "Double" Against Everton.
By the Pilot.
Everton must learn that attractive football, without penetrative ability, does not pay. The Blues gave their tamest exhibition of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Grounds, and were fortunate not to be beaten more heavily than 2-0. At the start, Wolves were bewildered by the accuracy of Everton's approach, but there was not a forward with a shot in his locker. Once the penalty area was reached the attacks fizzled out. The brightness lasted for about 15 minutes, during which time Sagar made a capable penalty save from Lowton. Afterwards it was just a case of how many goals the Wolves would score. That they did not "bag" more than two was due to their own ineptitude in front of goal. As a matter of fact, both their goals were of the lucky variety. The referee, Mr. Milward, inadvertently made a precise pass off Cook's clearance kick to present Jones with the first goal. The when Goddard headed in during the second half the ball struck Stein's hand, and it was diverted out of Sagar's reach. The Wolves are the first club to bring off a "double" against Everton this season. Everton's was a general failure even though they were handicapped by a serious injury to Cook, who has strained a tendon at the back of the left knee and might be out of the side for a few weeks. Everton's forwards failed because they refused to exploit their wingers and shunned the shot.
EVERTON "A" WIN L'POOL CHALLENGE CUP
April 2 1934. Evening Express.
Odd Goal of Five Margin Over Whiston.
Everton "A" are the holders of the Liverpool Challenge Cup for the next twelve months. They won it today, when they beat Whiston 3-2 in the final at Anfield. In the first minute a clever shot by Constantine tested Deighton who saved well. Everton quickly transferred play, but Bonney came to Whiston's rescue by breaking up clever combination between Turner and Leyfield. Whiston again attacked, and Jackson intervened cleverly to prevent Constantine again testing the Everton goalkeeper. When Everton moved down through a well-combined movement, Griffiths sent a through pass to Turner, who took the ball in his stride and scored a good goal to give the Blues the lead. Griffiths went close with a good drive, following which Whiston lost the services of Bonney through injury. Despite the handicap, they continued to give a good account of themselves, and went close to scoring on several occasions. Shortly before the interval Bonney returned although obviously feeling the effects of his injuries. Whiston eventually scored a brilliant equaliser, Davies netting with a great shot from 20 yards range. Half-time Everton "A" 1 Whiston 1. In the second half Everton regained the lead, Turner again being the scorer. Everton's left wing was always prominent, and a goal by Leyfield placed them further ahead. Although Bonney was practically a passenger whiston were still a danger, and after Dutton had reduced the deficit only the upright prevented Forshaw scoring the equaliser. Everton lost chances through over elaboration when near goal. Final Everton "A" 3, Whiston 2.
EVERTON FIND THEIR FEET AFTER FIRST HALF HOUR.
April 2, 1934. Evening Express.
Two Quick Goals Against Leeds.
Cunliffe and Geldard.
By the Pilot.
Jones, from Bromborough Pool, made his First Division debut for Everton against Leeds United at Goodison Park today. He took the place of Cook, who is on the injured list. Leeds had Keetley in place of Frith. There was a good holiday crowd, many spectators combing football with an after-match visit to the Mersey Tunnel Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Jones backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Higham, Stevenson, and Stein, forwards. Leeds United:- Moore, goal; Milburn (G.), and Milburn (J.), backs; Hornby, Hart and Copping, half-backs; Mahon, Keetley, Duggan, Furness and Cochrane, forwards. Referee Mr. A. H. Adams (Nottingham). Everton started brightly through the agency of Geldard, who sped past J. Milburn and levelled a tricky centre from the line. Leeds covered well, and when Higham broke through he allowed the ball to run too far forward, Moore cleaning. Next Higham came away from the right and drove over the top. Leeds' first advance engineered by Furness, saw Duggan head in well from Cochrane, Sagar flinging himself out of make a safe catch. The respective half-back lines were securing a mastery over the attacks, though Everton had a real worrier in Higham, who after forcing one corner, raced through to place over the head of Moore and find Hart back on the goalline to clear.
Leeds were wild in defence, being quick to adopt the "safety" kick behind, relying on the height of their defenders to out head Everton's short forwards when corner kicks were on hand. The referee spoke to Thomson and Hornby before giving Everton a free kick, which caused the United no little worry. Everton were enjoying the better of the game, although at the other end Cochrane drove outside following good work by Furness. Higham took a shot first time following a free kick, the ball travelling outside. Geldard had a clear opening following a fine head pass by Higham, but instead of cutting into goal he made for the corner flag, and by the time he had centred, United had covered up.
Hart baulked Higham just in time, but there were far too many inaccuracies in passing. Stein tried to bring some shot into Everton, his first-timer travelling high and wide. Everton deservedly took the lead in 35 minutes, Cunliffe being the scorer. Gee picked up from a Leeds throw-in, worked the ball to the centre, and glided out a lovely pass from Stein. Stein was forced away to the corner by Milburn (G.), but he screwed his body round and got across a great centre, which fell choice for Higham and Cunliffe. Higham wisely let the ball alone, and Cunliffe headed down to the ground and so into the net. Sagar had to fist away a free kick taken by Cochrane, and though Keetly was quick to shoot on the return, Williams was there with a willing head.
Cunliffe just failed to reach a flying centre from Stevenson and in 40 minutes Geldard increased Everton's lead. Stevenson and Stein worked the opening, a short ball from Stevenson allowing Stein to draw the defence and whip out a pass to the right. Geldard was onside when the ball was played, so that the belated effort to play him offside by Jack Milburn was unavailing. Geldard ran on a few strides and beat Moore with a low cross shot which entered the net a foot inside the far post. Leeds played the offside game and held up several promising Everton moves.
Half-time Everton 2, Leeds United 0
Everton earned a corner on resuming through Stevenson, and Stein and Higham brought trouble with a back header.
EVERTON 2 LEEDS UNITED 0
April 3, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Win Readily
Leeds United in Bitter Mood.
Goals To Geldard and Cunliffe
Everton and Leeds United have possibly seen too much of each other recently. If it was not that, and the memory of what was allowed to pass on without intervention by the referee Mr. Adams of Nottingham it must have been the weather, which was chilly; the play often went that way at Goodison when 30,000 spectators became a trifle wearied of temper, taps, bustling that was not intended to be football and tricks that should not be found in a footballer's make-up. Fortunately there were few stoppages, many fouls passed without a verdict, and only Cochrane and Copping were spoken to by the referee. The follow-through of the leggy tackle might have cost someone damage. Leeds started brightly, and everything was set for a good game in spite of a rather blusty wind and a charge on either side- Jones of Bromborough, made his debut at back, in place of Cook damaged, and proved fine length kicking and a nice judicious style almost suggesting the confidence of a Cresswell; Keetley came in for Firth in the Leeds attack, which never really got going, and never gave a semblance or sign of shooting power.
Finally, Keetley moved to centre-forward and Duggan, who had been crowded out by Gee, moved to inside-right. Furnest damaged went over to outside-left, and this was the means by which the Leeds attack went back and still further back. Furness is their key man, and while he was about there was always a chance of some smart play and the ball on the ground. In like manner little Stevenson kept the ball where it ought to be, even if one allows Everton's first goal came from a Stein centre and Cunliffe headed it down very smartly. This was soon after the half-hour, and three minutes later there was a goal to Geldard, who was unmarked and scored with ease. This was where Leeds showed their biting methods; they surrounded the referee and called on him to consult a linesman who had signalled for something most people agreed must have been an offside decision. The referee would not listen, and so Leeds went into their game with a grievance. The Milburn backs usually sound, severe backs, kicking anywhere for safety's sake now became uncertain. Hart was clever going up, but not so clever in defence, and Hornby gave far too many fouls, and was eventually copied by Copping who spoiled his good name and fame by resorting to antics that should not be an international man's books.
Sagar had been saved by Williams twice, and Hart had done a similar feat for his lively goalkeeper, Moore, but the shooting, generally speaking, was not there; it is a long time since Everton spectators got so little refreshment out of their sport, thanks chiefly to the mediocre work of the forward lines They did enjoy the rallies of Higham whose quick step carries him beyond backs and surprises them; Higham also leaps a good height, and follows up any old chance so that he is an enlivening forward. Geldard had some inspired moments, but seemed to court a leg-trap, and Cunliffe was good without being thoroughly convincing. All the half-back line of the winners were in bright mood, and Williams was specially strong after a tiring week-end, while Jones I have noted as playing a delightful cool and calm game showing anticipation for the next pass, and making a telling length with his easily delivered clearance – quite an excellent start for this Bromborough boy in senior circles. On the Leeds side one picked out Moore. Hart, and at times Furness, but the whole team seemed to lose its way trying to remember to show a grievance. Thus the game, in the second half notably, was something of a travesty. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Jones backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Higham, Stevenson, and Stein, forwards. Leeds United: - Moore, goal; Milburn (G.), and Milburn (J.), backs; Hornby, Hart and Copping, half-backs; Mahon, Keetley, Duggan, Furness and Cochrane, forwards. Referee Mr. A. H. Adams (Nottingham).
LEEDS UNITED RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 2
April 3, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Carelessness was apparent on both sides in the Leeds United v. Everton Reserves match at Leeds yesterday. Although Everton were slightly superior, there was little to choose between either team, and both missed chances. No score was registered in the first half, but four minutes after the interval Pope scored for Leeds, and two minutes later Dean equalised. Towards the end of the game play brightened and Watson gave Everton the lead after 33 minutes play.
MARINE 1 EVERTON "A" 0
April 3 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Liverpool County Combination.
Marine's Dramatic Victory.
A through pass by Fradley snapped up and finally placed in the net by Morgan – thus did Marine three minutes from time, secure a dramatic 1-0 victory over Everton "A" at Crosby and in so doing assume the position of leaders of the County Combination. It might easily have been half a dozen in favour of the Crosby club, so great was the pressure exerted throughout. In fact, except for the first ten minutes, and somewhat rare spells of attacking by Everton it was all Marine and it seemed well-nigh astonishing that the Goodison side should avert until so late in the game. "It is true that Everton were badly handicapped by a nasty ankle injury to one of their most brilliant defenders –Jackson –earlier on in the second half followed shortly afterwards by a similar happening to Watson the was forced to operate on the left wing); but even so, there could be no questioning as to which team was the better on the day's play. Great credit is due to Deighton, Birtley, and the other defenders in keeping Marine at bay; few sides indeed, could have withstood this dashing attack of the amateurs, in which Garvey, Morgam and Davies were a constant danger. No doubt Everton felt the strain of playing four matches over the holidays, and such players as Leyfield, Griffiths, and Webster are to be congratulated on serving up some really good football. In the Marine ranks one notched the excellent work of Drury, Rankin, Kelly, and Worsley –though actually all played well in team that rise at times to great heights. Teams: - Marine: - H.J. Drury, goal; N. Kerr and W. Rankin backs; M. Worsley, A.S. Kelly, and F. Fradley, half-backs; S.A. White, J. Morgan, G. Davies, W. J. Redfern, and J. Garvey, forwards. Everton: - Deighton, goal; Jackson, and Morris, backs; Birtley, Griffiths, and Watson, half-backs; M. O'Reilly, Bentham, Webster, Leyfield and Turner, forwards.
MASTER THE BALL FIRST, EVERTON !
April 3, 1934. Evening Express
It Was A Failing Against Leeds
By the Pilot.
A game in inaccuracies. That sums up the match between Everton and Leeds United at Goodison Park yesterday, when Everton 2-0 and brought their Easter "bag" of points to three. There was inaccuracy in passing, shooting, positional play, and ball control. As a consequence the game fell below standard. Everton's small forwards made little impression on the tall Leeds defenders. True, they received the ball in the air far too much, but the fault with the three inside men was their inability to master the ball. It was only on rare occasions that they could trap the ball cleanly and quickly and get it under control, while the number of shots delivered could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Let me hasten to commend Higham for his enthusiasm. It was boundless, and he never gave Hart and company a moment's rest, but he took a long time to secure possession. The defence was good, and I did admire the manner in which Wildman –the best man on the field –and Thomson "nursed" young Jones, the Bromborough Pool boy making his debut. This pair "attracted" play away from Jones, and generally saw to it that he was given plenty of room in which to operate. I like Jones. In the first place he is a two-footed player, and that means a lot. He can punt and volley with either foot, no matter how the ball comes to him, and he has a keen sense of position. Everton deserved their success, for they had the better of matters from a territorial point of view, but they did not convince as a team.
JONES IS A REAL "FIND"
April 4, 1934. Evening Express.
Young Everton Star to Play Against Stoke.
By the Pilot.
Persisting in their policy of giving the young players, their chance, Everton have retained Jones the young left full back from Bromborough Pool, as Williams's partner in the team to meet Stoke City at Goodison Park on Saturday. Cook is still on the injured list with strained knee tendons, and the team is unchanged from that which defeated Leeds United. Jones looks like developing into a real "find." Certainly his fine display against Leeds United justifies his being persevered with. And he was practically unknown at the beginning of the current season! Jones played for Bromborough Pool, graduated with the Everton "A" team, and developed so speedily that he soon won his position in the Central League side and played on both flanks. If he is "nursed" in a similar manner to that in which Williams and Thomson looked after him against Leeds then he should have another good match. He, is not big, but is a natural footballer, equally capable with left or right foot, and above all he has a good knowledge of position play so essential in a back. Already this season four young players in Cunliffe, Watson (J.G.), Higham and Stevenson have been given a chance to make good in the first team. Everton have the chance to register their second "double" of the season in the match against Stoke. Everton gained their first away victory of the season when beating Stoke on November 25, when goals from White and Cunliffe bought the points after Liddle had scored for the City. Stoke have improved tremendously since then and came through the Easter programme undefeated with a win and a draw against Tottenham Hotspur and a draw with Arsenal. Everton: Sagar; Williams, Jones; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Higham, Stevenson, Stein.
SELECTORS' EYES ON EVERTON MATCH
April 6 1934. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
The form of several players in the Everton and Stoke City match at Goodison Park tomorrow, will be watched with keen interest by the F.A. international Selection Committee. Everton in particular to come under view will be Britton's Everton left half, and Matthews, the Stoke outside right, who have a good chance of beening included in the England team which is to be chosen on Monday. Matthews who is fancied by Everton, a Stoke boy, "spotted" by Mr. Mather was given work on the club ground. He was brought along carefully and methodically, and the policy has work for there are few better wingers in England. Another interesting personality in the Stoke side will be the Liverpool-born centre forward, Frank Soo, who will play at inside-left. He is a product of Liverpool schools and a later developed with Prescot Cables before being transferred to Stoke as a half-back. He is the only Chinese footballer in the Football League, and he will be making his first appearance on Merseyside in a Football League match.
After Eleven Years.
This will be Stoke's first visit to the park since 1922-23 when they lost 4-0, the Blues will have an opportunity of bringing off their second "double" of the season. Everton scored their first away win of the campaign at the Victoria-grounds winning 2-1 after being a goal down. The only other "double" record by Everton this season was over Arsenal. Stoke are a vastly improved combination since Everton played them in the campaign and over the Easter holidays their took three points from Tottenham Hotspur –no mean achievement. Everton's fault in their last two matches have been lack of ball control by the young nippy forwards. The hard ground and light ball have had much play with this, but I firmly believe that the players can "kill" the ball firmly against the City then they will win. Blues field the same team which beat Leeds United so Jones, the full back from Bromborough Pool continues at left back in place of the injured Cook. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Jones; Britton Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Higham, Stevenson, Stein. Stoke City; John; McGrory, Spencer; Tutin, Turner, Sellar; Matthews, Davies Ware Soo, Johnson.
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STOKE CITY AT EVERTON
April 7, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton have a most interesting home match with Stoke City. The Potteries side included several well-known players and they are expected to give Everton a good run. A particularly interesting personality in the Stoke team in Soo, a former Merseyside schoolboy player who later assisted Prescot Cables and his first appearance in a League game at Goodison Park will be a feature of the match. Soo is regarded as a very clever forward. Matthews too, is a player of great skill. Everton will have the same team as on Monday the kick-off is at 3.15 and the teams are - Everton; Sagar; Williams, Jones; Britton Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Higham, Stevenson, Stein. Stoke City; John; McGrory (captain), Spencer; Tutin, Turner, Sellar; Matthews, Davies Ware Soo, Johnson.
April 7, 1934. Evening Express.
Geldard's Timely Goal in Second Half.
Ware's "Double" For Stoke.
By the Pilot.
Everton were at home to Stoke, who had Frank Soo, the only Chinese football player in the League, at inside left. There were about 20,000 spectators present when the teams fielded. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar goal; Williams and Jones backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Higham, Stevenson and Stein forwards. Stoke City: - John, goal; McGrory and Spencer backs; Tutin, Turner and Sellars half-backs; Matthews, Davies Ware Soo and Johnson forwards. Referee Mr. S. Boardman, (Hales). McGrory won the toss, and Everton had to face the brilliant sunshine, and the slight breeze was in their faces. The opening could not have been slowly, and for a few minutes there was no incident and hardly a murmur in the crowd. Twice John had to run out to pick up the ball. When Matthews dropped the ball to the goalmouth, Ware took a shot from a turn and Sagar fielded the ball. Sagar had to field another drive from Ware and Everton were troubled by the offside plan. Stevenson did some good work in the Everton attack put Higham overran the ball. Higham got through and struck the upright with a splendid hook shot.
Thrills, followed, when Stevenson beat the off side trap and Stein cut in and his centre which John turned out to stop Stevenson. Stevenson shot on the drop, but the ball was diverted by a defender back to Stein and when Cunliffe tried to nod home, and the next return Spencer was there to concede a corner. Sagar had to jump high to pull down a convincing ball with Ware in attendance, and after clever work by Matthews, and Soo, Davies sent a fine shot over the Everton bar. Much of Everton's passing fell far below standard, promising movements broke down because too often players kicked the ball anywhere instead of bring a calculated pass. Stoke were quicker on the ball.
Stevenson The Star.
Stevenson continued the star man of the game, though throwing away one good shooting chance through holding the ball too long. John's two handed fist away from Geldard's centre was by no means sure, Sellars kicked away from the feet of Cunliffe as the inside right was going to shot. Everton took the lead in 28 minutes, Higham scoring with a header of the Dean variety. The movement began with a throw in on the right, Geldard and Cunliffe carried the opposition, so that Britton had accept the pass back and place a careful centre to the far corner of the penalty area. Higham was on the spot with a direct header, which gave John no chance.
Cunliffe tried to dribble through instead of levelling a shot from a clear opening, and the City went through in 35 minutes to get an equaliser. Everton missed a high bouncing ball, and Matthews was put through. Johnson ran and beat Williams in their leap and the ball, and Sagar went up to save, however, Sagar could get his hands to the when Ware had bundled him secured possession and tapped the ball through. Ware had been worrying Sagar throughout the day and now he got his reward. Stoke played better football than Everton, though not having so much of play. Ware scored a brilliant second goal for City in 39 minutes –a real picture goal. The lively Johnson got away on left and crossed a centre about four foot from the ground. Sagar came out to intercept, but Ware was too quick for him and he threw his head around Sagar and header into the net. Williams went off for a spell, and during his absence Stevenson came inside to the right and gave John trouble with a surprise shot.
Half-time Everton 1 Stoke City 2
On resuming, Jones came into produced with some strong kicking. Stein got away to a good swinging ball, and from the return Cunliffe shot over the bar. Away raced Stoke, and Matthews dribbled close in and dribbled the ball through Sagar's legs. As Ware was just to apply the finishing touch Jones tackled in with a timely clearance. Cunliffe and Higham were revealing good ball control although lacking in energy. Higham threw himself at a centre from Stevenson and he headed across to go beyond the post. Higham was fouled on the edge of the penalty area, and Thomson passed across to gee to shoot outside. A mistake by Britton allowed Johnson to dribble clean through to goal Sagar running out and picking the ball from his toes. Am misunderstanding on Everton's right flank of defence saw Johnson go through unattended, but with the good chance, he placed far across the goalline. Jones judicious clearance kick led to the equaliser in 75 minutes. The ball was pushed forward and Geldard ran in between three opponents. He "shuffled" the ball through with the City defenders backing away from it, Geldard kept boring his way through, and finally, when about a yard from the goalline leapt in and drove into the far corner of the net. Everton had a lucky escape when Sagar in fisting away a centre from Johnson, turned the ball onto the bar and away for a corner. It had been a poor game with Jones Everton's best player. He had enjoyed a wonderful second half. Final Everton 2 Stoke City 2.
WOLVERS RES V. EVERTON RES.
April 7, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Springlike weather favoured Everton Reserves's visit to Wolverhampton, this afternoon, and the crowd numbered 6,000. Wolves nearly scored through Burgin in the first few minutes, the home forward shooting narrowly over the bar. Everton were troublesome with some fast open play but Betham, who had a reasonable chance of scoring, shot tamely wide. The match appeared a typical end of the season game, the players on both sides showing anything but enterprise. Dean was whistled offside, but the Everton skipper realised his position. Morris missed a sitter following a perfect centre by Astill, screwing the ball when only a few yards out. The Wolves goalkeeper had only one decent shot to stop, a low drive from Dean. Heelback, from a penalty, scored for Wolves, and Bentham for Everton. Half-time Wolves Res 1, Everton Res 1.
EVERTON 2 STOKE CITY 2
April 9, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Stoke City Hold Everton.
Defensive Lapse Leads to Equaliser.
Stoke City came very near to a victory at Goodison Park on Saturday, and would have done so if it had not been for a lapse on the part of an otherwise solid defence. John McGrory, and Spencer had put up a faultless display until seventeen minutes from the end of the game when a ball in their goal area upset their equilibrium to such an extent that four men rushed up to take the ball. The situation was not desperate by any means, yet these four players got themselves in a fury, the ball being bandied about among them until finally it came out of the "scrum" and went to Geldard, who shot it into the net to equalise. John, the goalkeeper should never have left his goal and if any one of the three defenders had been calm enough to kick the ball anywhere Everton would have been beaten, for the position was not difficult, nor did it look dangerous enough to produce a goal, such however, is football. A simple error can lose or win a game. It gave Everton a point when Stoke seemed to be riding for a victory. It was hard to imagine such a strong defence lapsing, for up to then the Potteries defenders had not put a foot wrong. Everton in the first half played some intricate football; in fact, there were too much finesse. The ball was kept too close, and was sent into the air, when it was apparent that the tall defence of Stoke must prevail against the smaller men of the Everton forward line. Everton were below par. Britton had a poor day, and Geldard did not maintain his form of the past few weeks. He scored the goal, but was fortunate to be allowed the opportunity. Stoke have a good side. Their wingers, Matthews and Johnson, were always a danger. The former did not get a lot of opportunity in the opening half and it was also some time before Johnson proved that he was a "live" winger. I wonder what the selectors though about the game. They could take Matthews for next Saturday's international, for the outside right is a clever player who never wastes a ball and centres accurately. He should have taken a goal when he ran close in only to sweep the ball across the face of goal. Johnson, however, was the "star" forward of the day, and Britton has not been so easily beaten for a long time. Johnson was responsible for the first goal, for he sped around two Everton men before centring for Ware to score. Everton might have claimed that Sagar was charged when he was not in possession, but if they did it was only a feeble sort of challenge to Ware's goal. Johnson also had a hand in the second goal – a great goal. Ware's header was Dean-like. He had to crane his back to connect up with the ball and then steer it out of the reach of the advancing Sagar.
A Great Half-Back.
Higham, who was crowded out was inclined to waste his energy chasing anything and everything, and also went charging in the goalkeeper when he had no chance. He scored a neat header from Britton's centre, which recalled his cup final centre. The other Everton goal I have explained. Sellars was a great half-back. He soon had the measure of Geldard, who had a quiet match, and Stevenson took the honours in the first half with some clever football. The inside left, however, did not maintain his game, and Stein found "did man" McGrory a difficult proposition. The Stoke captain seems to have been in the game for years and years, but he could not be faulted: in fact, it was his "old head" which saved many situations when Everton were on top in the first half. His anticipation was uncanny. Ware was a fiery leader who gave Gee a lot of work, but the Everton man, until late on was equal to it. I have seen Sagar in better trim for he lost sight of the ball on a number of occasions. Williams was hurt in the first half and was never the same afterwards. He played on gallantly, but could not run across in his usual fearless manner. Thus Jones the local boy at left full back, had double duty to perform, and how well he performed it. Jones looks like making good, for he kicks a good length ball, is a quick tackler and is a glutton for work. Soo, the former Liverpool schoolboy took a long time to find his "legs" but after his quiet spell he came along to bring neat and effective ideas into his play. Everton in my opinion, were fortunate to take a point. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar goal; Williams and Jones backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Higham, Stevenson and Stein forwards. Stoke City: - John, goal; McGrory and Spencer backs; Tutin, Turner and Sellars half-backs; Matthews, Davies Ware Soo and Johnson forwards. Referee Mr. S. Boardman, (Hales).
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
April 9 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 38)
After an even first half the Wolves had the better of the play in the second portion, and Heelbeck scored from a penalty for the home side. Bentham put Everton on terms, and near the finish Astill scored the winning goal . Everton: - Deighton, goal; Bocking and Cresswell, backs; Clark, White and Mercer half-backs; Critchley, Bentham, Dean (captain), Leyfield and Coulter forwards.
KEEP THE BALL LOW!
April 9, 1934. Evening Express.
Everton Giving it Too Much "Air."
By the Pilot.
Everton have become "air minded" in the sense that they are constantly placing the ball in the air. It is not a paying policy. In fact it cost them a point against Stoke City at Goodison Park on Saturday. The game was drawn 2-2. With the half-backs persistently giving the ball "air," the forwards have little chance against the average defence. The Blues must learn that the path to success lies along the carpet. Everton were rather fortunate not to suffer another defeat for Stoke were quicker on the ball neater in development and more dangerous in attack. Everton again showed lack of ability in trapping the ball with a hard ground, Higham and Cunliffe in particular failed to secure masterly over the lively ball, with the result that they fell easy prey to the nippy Stoke defenders. On occasions I noticed Everton forwards trying to dribble opponents before they even had possession. Again I emphasise the fact that these youngsters with good ideas and boundless energy, must be improved in this respect.
Wingers Neglected .
Stevenson had a particularly bright first half, and was the schemer-in-chief of the line, but the three inside forwards persist in the neglect of the wingers. Only on isolated occasions did either Stein or Geldard receive a ball ahead of them. Whenever the Everton wingers received the ball they had one or two opponents to beat before they could make their centres. The most gratifying feature of the game was the brilliance of young Jones especially in the second half. After Williams had been severely handicapped by an ankle injury Jones carried the defence on his shoulders, his accurate kicking and good positional play often pulling the Blues out of a corner. Sagar made some mistakes in goal and appeared to be worried by the persistent Ware, who scored both the Stoke' goals. Higham and Geldard netted for Everton in a poor game in which far too many mistakes were made.
COOK AND WHITE RETURN.
April 11 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton are again indirectly concerned in the relegation struggle on Saturday, when they complete the Merseyside duel with the London clubs visiting Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have enjoyed a remarkable run of success in recent weeks, and they will endeavour to take another safety step on Saturday at the expense of Everton, who, however, will contest the issue strongly. Cook is fit again and returns to partner Williams in place of Jones, while White resumes at centre forward. Higham standing down. The team is: - Sagar; Williams, Cook; Britton, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, White, Stevenson, Stein. Everton Reserves are at home on Saturday to Aston Villa Reserves and the home team will be strongly represented. Dean is slowly recovering confidence and strength. The Everton team will be: - Deighton; Jackson, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Critchley, Bentham, Dean, Leyfield, Coutler.
AN EVERTON VICTORY WILL HELP LIVERPOOL.
April 11 1934. Evening Express.
Blues Take A Hand in Relegation Fight.
Two Changes For Chelsea Visit.
By the Pilot.
Everton can do Liverpool another good turn this week-end. The Blues are due at Stamford Bridge to meet one of the clubs struggling to avoid relegation –Chelsea. The Goodison Park club helped their neightbors when defeating Sheffield United recently, and they will ease Liverpool's position considerably if they return home with the points on Saturday. Chelsea have enjoyed a victory run of late, but Everton will be strengthened by the return of two of their best players after injury. Billy Cook, the Irish international left back, who was injured in the match at Wolverhampton on March 31, has recovered from his knee injury, and resumes at left back as Williams' partner to the exclusion of Jones, the Bromborough Pool boy. Williams received an injury to an ankle in the Stoke game, but has made rapid improvement. The other change affects the forward line, where Higham gives place in the centre to Tommy White, the blues' versatile player who last Saturday played centre-half in a Central League match at Wolverhampton. White danged his ankle at Highbury on February 3 and since then he has mad only one appearance in the first team. That was against Leicester City at Goodison Park on March 10, but in trying to reach a fast-moving ball he again damaged the ankle.
Although White has made only 26 appearances in the first team this season only 15 at centre forward, White remains Everton's top goal-scorer with 14 to his credit. There is no doubt but that on his day White is a really first-class leader, and I think he will infuse that fire and virility which has been missing in the Everton front rank of late. White is a born footballer with a willing shot in either foot, a natural propensity for judicious leadership and a potent force with the ball in the air. I think his return will bring improvement to an Everton, which has not been convincing of late. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, White, Stevenson, Stein.
WILLIAMS & COOK NOT FIT.
April 13 1934. Evening Express.
Cresswell To Play at Right Back for Everton.
By the Pilot.
Bad luck for Everton! Both Williams and Cook were convinced that they would be fit for tomorrow's match at Stamford Bridge, but when they were put through their paces today neither William's injured ankle nor Cook's damaged knee stood up to the test. Consequently Jones gets another run in the senior team with Cresswell as his partner. It is a pity that Everton cannot field at full strength. Victory over Chelsea would help Liverpool in the fight to avoid relegation. Cresswell will play at right back. It will be the first time on which he has appeared in this position for three seasons. Incidentally, it will be his first Division one match since January 13 this year. Jones is a boy for whom there seems to be a great future. Williams damaged his ankle against Stoke City; Cook suffered his knee injury in the Wolverhampton match on March 31. The Stamford Bridge ground has not been a lucky one for the Blues since the Pensioners secured promotion; in fact Everton have not won there during that period, and besides non-successes in the League, they have also lost a Cup-tie there. Everton, however, have met with fair success in their journeys to the south this season. They won at Highbury and drew at Portsmouth. They will be out to complete their second "double" of the season, having defeated Chelsea by 2-1 at Goodison Park. There is no question but that Everton are meeting the most-improved side in the league tomorrow. Chelsea have put up some wonderful performances in recent matches, their only lapse being at home to Sheffield Wednesday. They took four points from Portsmouth over the Easter holidays and did not concede a single goal to the Cup finalists, while last Saturday they went to St. Andrews and beat Birmingham 3-0. Everton's path to victory lies in the wingers, who have been well-supported in recent matches. Everton: - Sagar; Cresswell and Jones backs; Britton Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, White, Stevenson, Stein.
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CHELSEA 2 EVERTON 0
April 14 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Evertom Miss Chances
Oakton Puts Chelsea Ahead.
Stein's Brilliant Raids.
By the Pilot.
Points were vital to Chelsea today, when they opposed Everton at Stamford Bridge. The Pensioners have been putting up a great fight against relegation, and had enjoyed a wonderful run of success of late, their home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday being their only lapse . Teams: - Everton: - Sagar goal; Cresswell and Jones backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, White, Stevenson, and Stein forwards. Chelsea: - Woodley goal; Barber, and McAuley, backs; Russell, Craig, and Hutchinson, half-backs; Oakton, Gregg, Mills, Gibson and Horton, forwards. Referee Mr. G. W. Jones (Nottingham). A Scotsman, who had apparently lost his way to Wembley ran on to the field wearing the familiar "Tam" and greeted Chelsea's Scotsmen, before being ordered off by a policeman. Gibson weaved a spell in the early stages, and several times had the Everton defence on the run, Thomson once having to head away, while a wide pass swept by too swiftly for Oakton. Stevenson sent Stein away, and the winger rounded Barber to send over a pretty centre, which Woodley turned over the top.
There was a thrill when Jones miskicked, and Gee held off the opposition while Sagar came out to pick up. Woodley turned Thomson's swerving free kick over the top with White in attendance and Everton failed to make good use of another close up free kick when Geldard was tripped. Play was hardly as exciting as one would have expected from so vital a match. Cresswell and Mills bumped heads, and Cresswell had to leave the field with a cut over the left eye. Everton played pretty but ineffective football, Cunliffe White and Stevenson refusing shooting chances. Chelsea were rather a poor side revealing from consistent with their league position.
Stein's Fine Centres.
Stein delighted 40,000 spectators with thrilling centres, which were not improved on. Cresswell returned after 10 minutes to see a firce Mills drive sail high over. Geldard several times disappointed with poor finishing. After a delightful bout of passing between the Everton intermediates, White put Stevenson through, but the Irishman was not quick enough to step in with his shot. Away swept Chelsea Horton dropping over a lovely centre which Mills, coming in full pelt headed in, but Sagar was right on the spot to beat the ball away, for a corner. Woodley was taking charge of cross centres from the Everton wing, never fearing to turn one over the top. Shots from both sides were few and far between but the play in midfield satisfied the football student. Geldard crossed a nice ball under difficulties and Stein, coming in from the left, crashed a terrific cross shot against barber, who flung himself to earth save the situation. Cunliffe tried a solo burst which almost came off, and Everton continued to take the honours of the half in a quiet game in which Chelsea lacked fight and "bite." Chelsea went near following a free kick for a foul against Gee, then a twisting shot from Gregg trickled under Cresswell's foot, but Sagar was there to say "Thank You."
Half-time Chelsea 0 Everton 0
There was a thrill as a send off to the second half, Stein – the best raider on the field, breaking through and driving low across the face of the goal. Horton and Gibson got Everton into a tangle, and when Mills allowed Horton's centre to pass him Gregg had an open goal. In his haste he drove wide. Mills also missed a good opportunity while Barber twice headed away under difficulties from the ever-alert Stein. Stevenson and Stein next went through by clever interpassing. Thomson held up three Chelsea forwards in style before Sagar went low to take Russell's free kick and survived likely tackles. Play became much livelier with Chelsea on the up grade. Everton covering for close up free kicks was splendid. Mills headed just over the top, and Sagar then fisted away a fine cross from Oakton. Chelsea had been on top in this half, and they went ahead in 66 minutes through Oakton from a corner. Horton placed the kick towards the far post.
EVERTON RES V ASTON VILLA RES.
April 14, 1934. Evening Express.
Everton made one change, Bocking coming in for Jones. Bowers kicked away a shot when Biddlestone was out of goal. The Villa attack, which included Waring and Brown was very sprightly. Tidman sent against the upright. The Villa's Dean had a good chance, but delayed his shot, and Clarke intervened. Waring missed badly, but the visitors took the lead through Brown. Coulter and Critchley were clever wingers, but the Everton wingers overpassed. Dean, however, made one good header, which Biddlestone caugth, and Bentham was only inches out with a fast drive. Villa went further ahead Dean scoring following a corner. Everton eventually scored through a great goal by Coutler, who threaded his way down the centre, and beating the goalkeeper before tapping into the empty net. Immediately afterwards Leyfield struck the upright. Half-time Everton Res 1 Aston Villa Res 2.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 ASTON VILLA RESERVES 3
April 16, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 39)
When Critchley scored Everton's third goal a few minutes from the end, to make the score 3-2 in Everton's favour, a home victory seemed assured –and a highly commendable success it would have been, for Everton had fought back against a two goal deficit –but it was not top be, for two minutes from the end an Everton defender faltered, and the outcome was a brilliant equaliser from Waring. Nevertheless it was on the general run of the play a good result. Villa were the more convincing first half attackers, and early goals were scored by Brown and Dean (Villa's inside right). Near the interval the clever and elusive Coulter scored for Everton. The Goodison front line worked with more cohesion and thrust after the interval, and Dean charged the Villa goalkeeper over the line for an equaliser that Villa disputed, but the referee remained firm. Each goal then had its harassing moments, and the last five minutes saw the goals from Critchley and Waring. A good, if not brilliant game . Everton: - Deighton, goal; Jackson and Bocking, backs; Mercer, Clark and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Bentham, Dean (captain), Leyfield, and Coulter, forwards.
CHELSEA ARE SAFE ON THIS FORM.
April 16 1934. Evening Express.
Those Tantalising Blues!
By the Pilot.
Chelsea will escape relegation. That is the obvious conclusion to be drawn from the Pensioners' 2-0 victory over Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Pensioners were not a good side in the first half; in fact, had Everton revealed any shooting ability at all they might easily have established a match winning score; but later, however, Chelsea showed that they are genuine fighters, and with Everton's machine not working with its customary smoothness, the home men attacked almost continuously. On their second half form, Chelsea have no cause for worry. This was Chelsea's fifth win in succession, and Liverpool must take it to heart. Everton gave another tantalizing exhibition. Their football was graceful and well conceived. The ball moved smoothly from one to the other, and there was neat understanding between all departments. Yet when it came to a shot there was "nothing doing." Everton's chief trouble was again at forward. White was not happy in the centre. He struck me as being afraid to risk that ankle which has kept him inactive so often of late. Far too often he tried to create a chance for a colleague instead of "having a go" himself. Some of Stevenson's passes were a delight, but he remained a puzzle to me. When passing first time he was excellent; when he held to the ball he fell easy prey to the swift Chelsea tacklers. Cunliffe was inclined to be too individualistic, and though Geldard showed improvement, he often delayed his centre too long. The man of the day was Stein. He was in irresistible form.
PRESENTATION TO MR. JOHN McKENNA
April 16, 1934. Evening Express.
Football "G.O.M.'S" 80th Birthday.
Mr. John McKenna, of Liverpool, president of the Football league and vice-president of the Football Association will celebrate his 80 th birthday on May 1. To mark the occasion, the members of the Football Association Council have decided to make him a presentation. Every member of the Council has subscribed and the presentation will take place at the next Council meeting, which is to be held on Friday April 27. Mr. McKenna is one of the greatest personalities among football legislators, and there is no more popular man in the game.
EVERTON CALL ON THREE INTERNATIONALS.
April 18, 1934. Evening Express.
Dean, Coulter and Williams to Play Against Cup Finalists.
By the Pilot.
Three internationals –an Englishman, an Irishman, and a Welshman –will be brought into Everton's team to oppose Portsmouth, the F.A. Cup finalists, at Goodison Park on Saturday. They are Dixie Dean, the captain, who displaces White at centre-forward; Jack Coulter the former Belfast Celtic player, who will be making his debut in the Football league football; and Ben Williams who returns to left back in place of Cresswell. Coulter, who joined Everton on Feb 10, will displace a fellow Irish international, Stevenson, at inside-left. This season he has played for Ireland against England, Scotland and Wales, and assisted the Irish League against the Football League at Preston. His inclusion should prove a wonderful attraction for Coulter has been reducing drizzling form with the Central League side at outside left, and he is the "talk" of the club supporters. Several times the directors have been attempted to give him a place in the first team, but they have held off because they thought it best to allow the international plenty of chance to settle down in England before trying him in the top team.
Brilliant Left Wing.
The policy has paid, for Coulter has become quite used to the English style of football, and I think he and Stein will constitute a really brilliant left wing. Stein is playing fine football just now, and with such a tricky yet forceful inside partner, he should get better support then he has had for a long time. Everton have also adopted a waiting game with Dean. The captain was lacking in confidence when he had three games with the senior side some weeks ago but he has been getting among the goals with the Reserves and has relished steady improvement. The return of Williams one of the finest defenders in the country, will holt up avenue to goal, and Everton could be capable of giving Portsmouth a good final "test" prior to their Wembley bid. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Jones; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean Coulter, Stein.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 LIVERPOOL RESERVES 1
April 19, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Lythgoe Memorial Cup.
Everton and Marine in Final.
Liverpool Reserves and Everton Reserves fought out the semi-final tie of the Lythgoe-Memorial Cup at Goodison Park yesterday when Liverpool, taking the lead through a capital goal scored by David Wright, petered out and eventually retired badly beaten by a margin of 4-1. Such a margin did not look possible at one point as the Everton side were not going smoothly in attack. However Higham drew level with a penalty kick for hands against Dabbs, who struck out like a boxer against a ball which promised to enter the net, but actually would not have entered it. Dabbs did not know this, and so kept the ball out with his striking hand. Higham scored, and soon after Critchley centred ably and Stevenson headed the ball into the net at Kirk's right hand –a fatal spot for the Liverpool goalkeeper, who was slow to go down to any shots at this particular angle. Critchley took a free kick for an offence on the competent Mercer and this found its mark, the goalkeeper going down far too late to arrest the ball, and finally Turner got a goal. The blending of some experience with youth made the game interesting to a gate of £52. On the Everton side King, for instance, is but a young man and his handling was not always clean or quick. He had stout backs in front of him in Jackson and Bocking; and at half-back Mercer was outstanding, almost a copyist of Britton's close confined style, Clark was dominating upon D. Wright but Archer did not attain his usual heights. Forward, Bentham, of Wigan, showed up with neatness, but the whole attack was slow to get into unison and Liverpool for an hour were the more captivating in attack, Wright keeping the line going smoothly. Carr had no great fortune with his centres, and half back McPherson hit the crossbar with the best shot of the match. At back Dabbs and Tennant were strong, relentless defenders, and the goalkeeper made mistakes already mentioned. The winners meet Marine in the final tie probably at Goodison Park, and the competition which started last season is thus brought to an interesting finale. Teams: - Everton: - King, goal; Jackson and Bocking backs; Mercer, Clark and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Bentham, Higham, Stevenson and Turner, forwards. Liverpool: - Kirk, goal; Dabbs and Tennants, backs; Gray, Bush, and McPherson, half-backs; Barton, Taylor, and Wright (D.), Glassey, and Carr, forwards Referee Mr. George Stephenson.
F.A.CUP FINALISTS AT GOODISON PARK.
April 19,1934. Evening Express.
Portsmouth –Team of Football "Scientists"
They Hate Rough Stuff
By the Pilot.
Portsmouth, the Football Association Cup finalists, who have had a meteoric rise to fame during the last 10 years, will be at Goodison Park on Saturday. Fresh from their great victory over Arsenal, the likely League champions, are certain to be all out to give a great display. Everton will have to fight hard for the points. Portsmouth meet Manchester City in the cup final at Wembley on Saturday week. Only ten years ago they were in the Third Division (Southern Section) they won promotion to the Second Division in season 1923-24, finishing four points ahead of Plymouth Argyle. In season 1926027 they finished runners up in the Second Division to Middlesbrough, and so moved to the highest circle. They gained promotion in a decimal point on goal average over Manchester City. That status has been maintained since. In season 1928-29 they reached the final of the F.A. Cup for the first time and lost to Bolton Wanderers. Now they are going to Wembley again –the hope of the South. Merseyside enthusiasts will have an opportunity of assessing the chances of Pompey for themselves on Saturday. They will find the Hampshire side a polished combination believing in the scientific in football. From goalkeeper to centre-forward they are a live set, scoring anything approaching brute force. They prefer to make their way by classic endeavor. Moreover they succeed. The defence is one of the strongest in the county, Gilfillian, the Scotish goalkeeper, has few superiors –only few goalkeepers in the First Division have conceded fewer goals. Mackie and Smith (W.), have been in partnership so many seasons that it is has they can read each other's thoughts, their play certainly shows that there may be some truth in that. They cover each other delightfully, and both can tackle and kick surely.
The Key Men.
The man of the side, perhaps is Thackerley, the left half and captain. Recently Thackerley was on the transfer list, and while he was inactive Portsmouth lost five matches in succession. Thackerley returned last Saturday and Pompey proceeded to beat Blackburn Rovers and followed it up with a 1-0 win over Arsenal. No greater dark-haired constructionist. Allen, the centre half, from Poole, is a England player, and in my opinion, the best playing at the moment. The attack is led by the local boy, Weddle, who is an astute leader. The inspiration of the attack is Jack Smith from South Shields. "Jacker" again as one of the three best inside rights in the country. Easson the inside left is a Scot, who has never forgotten the artistry of his Scottish schooling, and Rutherford, the winger, is a relative of the famous Rutherford, of Arsenal fame. The other members of the side has a Merseyside appeal. He is Worrall, the outside right whom Portsmouth secured from Oldham Athletic. Worrall is a native of Warrington and learned his football there.
3 PLAYERS TO LEAVE GOODISON
April 19, 1934. Evening Express.
Everton Transfer List
By the Pilot.
Everton have decided not to retain three of their players for next season. They are: - W. Coggins (goalkeeper); W. Bocking (Right back); J. McGourty (Inside forward). Coggins came to Everton from Bristol City in 1930, and helped Everton to win the championship of the Second Division. He continued in goal until he was a victim of appendicitis, and since then he has played, for the most part in the Central league side. This season he was injured in the game with Sheffield Wednesday and had to be operated on for cartilage trouble. Bocking came to Everton from Stockport County in April, 1931, and made his debut against Preston North End at Deepdale. He has proved a capable deputy defender. McGourty came from Patrick Thistle, and was spoken of as the most promising junior ever to come out of Scotland. He has made many first team appearances, and is a subtle schemer of the natural Scottish type.
POMPEY AND AN UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCE
April 20, 1934. Evening Express.
Both Cup Final Teams and Ref." On Show in Liverpool.
Manchester City on May 2.
Dean's Return and Coulter's Debut.
By the Pilot.
Merseyside, from a football point of view, is fortunate this season. Enthusiasms will have an opportunity in seeing the two F.A. Cup Final teams and the Cup Final Referee in action before the curtain is rung down. Tomorrow Portsmouth are due to visit Goodison Park to oppose Everton, and on Wednesday week, Manchester City will be at Anfield. To all those thousands who have been disappointed in their quest for final tickets will still be able to see the champion teams. Portsmouth are at present resting at Southport, and news from the camp is that Weddle, the clever centre-forward, will not be able to play tomorrow. He brushed a shoulder a shoulder in the midweek triumph over Arsenal and though he will be fit for Wembley battle a week hence, his place tomorrow will be taken by Anderson. Jack Smith will also be an absentee, but for the rest but the rest will be Pompey's Cup Final eleven.
Everton should win this game. It will mark the return of Dixie dean and Ben Williams, and the debut of Jack Coulter the Irish international. From what I have seen of Coulter he will introduce that penetrative power of "fire" which has been lacking in the toffees attack of late. True, he has been waiting on the wing for the Reserves I can recall the brilliance of his display for the Irish League at inside left. He is a natural footballer lacking nothing in pluck and skill, and he can score. Everton have won only five games since the beginning of this year. The reason they have sacrificed points has been in lack of ability to finish off the conceived attacks with goals. I expect a change tomorrow. The attack will need to be at its best to overcome the brilliant Portsmouth defence, but the presence of Dean should be a big factor. It is certain to be an attractive game, both clubs adhere to the scientific football. The referee tomorrow will be Mr. S. Rous the Waltford schoolmaster, who has been chosen to officiate at Wembley. Mr. Rous has never seen Everton lose, I hope that that chapter will be continued tomorrow. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Jones; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Coulter, Stein. Portsmouth; Gilfiallan; Mackie, Smith (W.); Nichol, Allen, Thackerley; Worrall, Bagley, Anderson, Easson, Rutherford.
April 21, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition
Coulter, Stein and Cunliffe made a perfect opening for Dean, but Dixie hit the ball too quickly and it sailed over the top. Then a classic tackle by Jones held up Anderson.
Britton centred quickly, Dean nodding the ball down for Coulter to drive a "daisy cutter" inches by the far post. Everton were enjoying practically all the game, and except for perhaps over-elaboration on occasions were serving up good football. The proceedings were remarkably quiet and it seemed as if Pompey were running no risks. Coulter let go a flashing drive, following a fine run by Cunliffe, the ball sailing over the top. A delightful movement by the Portsmouth forwards ended in Anderson shooting from blank range Sagar making a glorious save at full length. Gilfillan had to kick away from the foot of Cunliffe, and Coulter had another drive diverted by a defender. Everton forced two corners without a shot on the target, and when Coulter failed to intercept a harmless pass Anderson came out to Worrall's position and paved the way for the opening goal in 28 minutes. Anderson dribbled in towards goal, survived a tackle by Jones and shot for the far corner. Rutherford came in at top speed and managed to scramble the ball Sagar over the line. So one again Everton had been shown the way to goal, after having enjoyed much the better of the game.
Cunliffe Tests Gilfillan .
Pompey progressed smoothly and Sagar having to pull down a hook shot from Anderson. Then Cunliffe had a surprise shot which Gilfillan turned around the post at full length. Everton forced three corners then an attack developed on the left and brought an equaliser though Dean in 38 minutes. Coulter and Stein, particularly the latter, started the movement, and Gee took a hand with a shot. The ball was intercepted by Mackie, but it ran lose to Stein, who dribbled well to the goal line. Stein drove it back along the carpet and Dean to score with a terrific right foot shot from 12 yards. The ball sped like a shot from a gun into the roof of the net, Gilfiallan having no chance. Just afterwards, Dean almost added a second goal when he swept around to hit a loose ball, but found Mackie there to intercept. Dean's goal was his first in First Division football since September 23, when he scored against the Arsenal.
Half-time Everton 1 Portsmouth 1.
Some of Everton's passing on resuming was particularly weak. The only shot came from Easson, whose marksmanship was poor. Following Britton's free kick, which was edged away by Allen, Geldard was left with a lovely opening but drove outside. This was a golden opportunity thrown away. Everton were still doing most of the pressing, but Gilfillan was not given half enough work to do. When Everton stood still expecting the offside whistle, Worrall got clean through on his own and looked on a usual route until he was pulled up by a brilliant tackle on the part of Williams. Jack Smith contributed the finest non-scoring shot of the day, driving at a terrific pace between two players, for Sagar to save low down.
Sagar's Brilliant Save.
Rutherford survived William's tackle and delivered a glorious centre from the line, Sagar leapt out and pulled the ball down in brilliant fashion. Everton's finishing was still poor. Dean turned a shot outside and when Sagar failed to connect with Mackie's long-distance free kick, Rutherford worked the ball over the top. When Rutherford swept by Williams and enabled Anderson to create an opening for Worrall, the winger had moved too far forward, so that his shot to the net did not count. Final Everton 1 Portsmouth 1.
SHEFFIELD U RES V EVERTON RES
April 21, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Everton playing against Sheffield United in fine weather, before about 2000 spectators The United were soon on the attack and after seven minutes Baines scored for the United. After good play by Gillourby and Oxley, Baines went very near Scoring again. Only good play by Bocking was keeping the United from going further ahead. The United were now all attack, and only good work in goal by White saved Everton from further arrears. Archer was playing a good game at left half and United attack was in advance of their opponents. After 32 minutes Everton drew level, a good shot by Higham entering the net after Smith had just touched the ball. Thereafter Smith, in the United goal, had many anxious moments. Critchley was always dangerous on the ball and Barnes was a great trier. Half-time Sheffield U Res 1, Everton Res 1.
EVERTON 1 PORTSMOUTH 1
April 23, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Portsmouth's Solid Defence
How Allen "Policed" Dean.
Everton Centre's Fine Goal.
Lancashire is looking to Manchetser City to bring the F.A. Cup to the County Palatine, and will be surprised if they do not do so, but after seeing Portsmouth's game with Everton I am not so sure that they will accomplish the feat, for Portsmouth are a fine side through and though and even the City's fast moving forward line will find it difficult to smash its way through a defence as good as any I have seen this season. Portsmouth took a point from Goodison Park because of the solidity of their defence, for it is only a truth to say that Everton were the attackers during most of the first half, but Allen, added by two staunch full backs nailed the forwards down when they reached the penalty area. Everton should have had more than one goal during this period, for the chances lay at their door, but Dean and his colleagues missed their way.
It was a quiet sort of game; it could not be anything else with the Southern team not caring to take too many risks in view of the big game a week hence, but I could not get away from the fact that their football was of a high standard. Some of their men can play better than they did, yet there were movements made which told how they had reached the last stage of the great competition. There was unanimity of purpose in all they did and if Weddle had been in the middle instead of Anderson I have a feeling that the Everton defence would not have got off so lightly, for Anderson was only moderate in spite of the fact that Portsmouth obtained their goal through his smart dribble and shot for although he did not actually score there is no disputing that he made the goal for Rutherford. Easson was also below form, and Worrall and Rutherford while being dangerous, can be a much more determined pair. Naturally all eyes were centred on Dean. Those who had not seen him for weeks were anxious to see in what shape he was. Had he recovered his lost confidence? Dean did a lot of good things, but in the heads of Allen most of the game. Allen is not, and does not pretend to be anything more than a "stopper" but what a "stopper." He can beat the Arsenal Robert's "policing" a centre-forward. Knowing Dean's greatness with his head he saw to it that those dangerous centres from the wings were never allowed to reach Dean's head. It was Dean however, who scored Everton's goal nine minutes after Portsmouth had opened their account. When Stein put a fast low centre across the goalmouth it looked any odds against Dean getting in touch with the ball, but by sheer desperation the Everton captain stretched out his right leg, and while actually in the act of failing thumped the ball beyond goalkeeper Gillfillan. Just previously Dean had missed an easy chance from Cunliffe, while the latter, after being perfectly placed by Dean made a miserable shot.
Portsmouth gave a brighter exhibition in the second session it was good classical football made without any great effort. J.W. Smith was the guide and philosopher of the side and he was responsible for the setting in motion of most of their attacks. He is most unlike James for he does not "fiddle" with the ball, but what he does has exactly the same effect. His passes were made snappily, and only on rare occasions did the ball fail to and at the feet of the forward intended and you could guarantee that man was more often than not free from interference. The City must watch Jack Smith for he is the mainspring of the side. He roves, yet can get up to hit a strong shot. Portsdmouth's strength, however, is further behind. Gilfillian is a cool and clever goalkeeper. Mackie and W. Smith a pair of backs who have a grand "cover" while Nichol and Thackerley can both defend and attack just as the need demands. Everton's form was not satisfying. Their forwards were "higglerly piggledy; they were not together. Coulter opened well and for a time he and Stein made a good wing, but the best that can be said of the Irishman was that he was a great shooter. Geldard was below par, and although Cunliffe worked like a Trojan, the line was not a good one. Gee was undoubtedly the best of the half back line. But the best man on the Everton side – perhaps of the whole twenty-two –was Jones the full-back. He was masterly. Sagar generally was sound. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Jones backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Coulter, and Stein forwards. Portsmouth: - Gilfillan, goal; Mackie, Smith (W.) backs; Nichol, Allen and Thackerley, half-backs; Worrall, Smith (J.), Anderson, Easson, and Rutherfrd, forwards. Referee Mr. J. E. Mellor, Bradford.
SHEFFIELD UNITED RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 1
April 23, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 40)
At Bramall-Lane. Baines gave Sheffield an early lead, but Higham equalised with a splendid shot after half an hour's play. This was the score at the interval, and in the second half Sheffield were the more impressive, and further goals came from Cheesmuir and Oxley. Everton's defence was sound, but the forwards finished their attacks rather indifferently.
Everton "A" 4 Ellesmere Port Town 1
Liverpool County Combination.
At Crosby. Scorers; for Everton, Webster, O'Reilly, Griffiths and Lambert; and for Ellesmere, Adams.
TOO MUCH PATTERN WEAVING.
April 23 1934. Evening Express.
Everton Have the Wrong Idea.
By the Pilot.
Everton have one big need in order to transform their side into a really good one for next season. That is a player who can utilize the long, swinging, first time passes to open up the game. This was proved in Everton's match with the F.A. Cup finalists, Portsmouth, at Goodison Park on Saturday, when two goals were shared, making it Everton's 15 th drawn match of the season. The Blues are playing in much too cramped a manner. One hardly ever sees a pass over more than 20 yards, and generally the ball is kept moving from man to man in a space of a dozen yards. The Everton players appear to have become obsessed with the idea that pattern-weaving alone can bring success. In this they are entirely wrong. Close passing has its advantages and is correct under certain circumstances, but to adhere to that policy from the first whistle to the last is courting disaster and not bringing shooting openings. I confess to being disappointed with Everton of late. Gone is the virility and dash in attack, and the half-backs have forgotten a deal of what they knew about feeding. If the Blues can secure a man with definite ideas about opening up the game then they will be well-equipped for next season's title bid. Except for the opening periods Everton did not give any indication that they would beat a Portsmouth who were content to ride on a tight rein. Pompey often played at half-pace, but gave flashes of brilliance which confirmed my view that once again Manchester City are going to make a fruitless journey to Wembley. The subtle machinations of Jack Smith –surely England's best inside right –the speed and ball-control of Worrall; the menacing raids of Rutherford; the soundness of the intermediary division, and the brilliance of the defence, go to make Portsmouth a magnificent football combination. The outstanding men on the Everton side were Sagar Jones and Stein. Jones is going to make a brilliant back. He, like Williams, was not without blemish, but they were a sound department, and Sagar was grand in goal. The return of Dean brought improvement in the attack although the captain, who got a brilliant goal with his right foot, was lacking in support. Coulter had a good first-half and should be retained for the visit to Huddersfield on Wednesday, but the right wing was disappointing. Everton's play was characterized too much wasted effort.
EVERTON MAY MAKE CHAMPIONS.
April 24 1934. Evening Express.
Arsenal, Eyes on Huddersfield Game.
Merseyside Double Possible.
By the Pilot.
Everton may decide the destination of the championship of the First division tomorrow. If they secure a point in their game with Huddersfield Town at Leeds-road. Arsenal will be champions for the second successive season. Actually Arsenal are to all intents champions already but you never know what is going to happen in football. Huddersfield must win their three remaining matches and Arsenal lose their two outstanding games for the Town to be champions. Here is the position at the head of the table. Home Away
..............P W D L W D L F A Pts
Arsenal .40 14 4 2 10 4 6 71 45 56
Huddersfield 39 14 3 2 7 7 7 81 57 50
Everton face a stiff task, but the Blues have proved themselves one of the best away teams in the League this season. in 19 journeys they have returned home beaten on only seven occasion. Their failings have been at Goodison Park. The Blues have a great opportunity of pulling off a Merseyside "double" at the expense of the Town. Liverpool scored a mighty victory there on Easter Tuesday. Now Everton, the rest is up to you. Huddersfield, judging by results, are not such a powerful team as they were before the veteran forward, Mclean, had the misfortune to break his leg. The Everton directors will not meet to choose their side until this evening, but I do not anticipate much change. Everton (probable); Sagar; Williams, Jones; Britton, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Coulter, Stein. Huddersfield (Probable); Turner; Goodall, Roughton; Willingham, Young, Campbell; Williams, Morris, Smith (J.), Luke, Bott.
EVERTON'S MATCH AT HUDDERSFIELD
April 25, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
For their meeting with Huddersfield Town at Huddersfield this evening, the Everton team shows changes in all the forward positions from the line, which faced Portsmouth, at Goodison Park on Saturday. Only Stein and Coulter are retained in the line, and in their cases Stein moves over from outside left to outside right in place of Geldard, while Coulter takes over the left wing position, instead of the inside one. Higham reappears at inside right in place of Cunliffe, White leads the attack in place of Dean (Injured), and Stevenson partners Coulter. The team is; Sagar; Williams, Jones; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Stein, Higham, White, Stevenson, Coulter.
EVERTON'S "ALL CHANGE" ATTACK.
April 25, 1934. Evening Express.
Stein on the Right Wing for Tonight's Match.
By the Pilot.
Everton make no fewer than three actual and two positional changes for the visit to Huddersfield Town today, in the rearranged Football league match. As compared with the attack, which opposed Portsmouth last Saturday, not one player retains the same position, while the inside forwards are changed completely. The most interesting alteration is the transference of Stein, the Scottish outside-left to outside-right in place of Geldard. This is the first time this season that Stein has not been in his usual position. He is not a stranger to the outside right berth, for he played there throughout the Blues tour of Denmark last May. Stein is equally useful with either foot, and there are many who hold the view that he is even better on the right than on the left. His partner will be Higham, who hitherto has played at inside left and centre forward, and who displaces Cunliffe. The left flank will be composed of the two Irish Internationals –Stevenson and Coulter. This pair have a perfect understanding, and have been playing splendid football together in the Central League side.
The fifth change is the return of White, after a week's absence to the leadership in place of Dean. Dean received an injury in the game against Portsmouth. The remainder of the side is unchanged Jones continuing at left back in place of the injured Cook. The forward experiements will be watched with keen interest. I think it is a wise move on the part of the selectors to keep the two Irishmen together, for when they are parted neither seems to be able to strike his right form. Further, the selection of Stein for outside-right may solve this wing problem once and for all. It must be admitted that Geldard has not recaptured that dazzling form he revealed when he first came to Goodison Park. The match should do much to give Everton an indication of their full forward strength for next season. That is what everyone wants to know. Huddersfield are also making changes Roy Goodall the international back, has been omitted, and Mountford takes his place while Bottrill takes the place of Morris at inside-right. Young the international centre-half , is a doubtful starter, and should he not be fit, Christie will deputise. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Jones; Britton, Gee Thomson; Stein, Higham, White, Stevenson, Coulter. Huddesfield Town:- Turner, goal; Mountford, Roughton; Willingham, Young, (or Christie), Campbell; Williams, Bottrill, Smith (J.), Luke, Bott.
SCOTT FOR EVERTON
Belfast News-Letter - Thursday 26 April 1934
After serving Liverpool for 21 years, Elisha Scott, the Irish international goalkeeper, was yesterday transferred to Everton. The fee is stated to be 250
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 EVERTON 0
April 26, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Lose at Huddersfield
In the Last Minutes of the Game.
Fewer than 5,000 people watched Everton at Huddersfield ground yesterday, in spite of the fact that Huddersfield by winning have still an outside chance of preventing Arsenal taking the championship. On last night's showing Huddersfield are not a championship side, but at least they have reasonable complaint about the support they received. The night was wet, and there was not a great deal of enthusiasm in the game won seven minutes from time by a goal to J. Smith the home centre-forward who took a half error made by Gee and made a quick dribble and a much faster shot. The spoils went to the better side in a game that produced a lot of interesting football, although the game bore an end of the season aspect.
There was grave danger of no goals being scored through the finicky methods of Huddersfield in front of goal. Except for a free kick taken by White, a smashing shot by Coulter inches over the bar, a drive by Stein which struck the falling goalkeeper, and a lob by Stevenson when the Huddersfield goalkeeper was not in goal Everton did not threaten danger with their attack. The endeavour to revive White as a centre forward and to make Stein an outside right was not successful. Indeed, the front rank failed chiefly, through slowness in an inside position and at centre forward. Stevenson working the ball to good use but often over running himself, with his sinuous dribbles. Coulter, who had been played at inside left was put to his natural position at outside left, and in addition to being a ready victim to the trap of offside was also out of the limelight like the rest of the line. On the other hand the Everton half-backs as a line and individually were excellent. Britton was superb, gee was a strong defender and a safe passer, and Thomson also had a good day while further back Williams Jones and Sagar as a trio, could not be faulted, although Jones at times was inclined to miskick. When the young local boy by got the ball square his delivery was excellent. On the Huddersfield side Turner was unemployed Roughton was the better back, Willingham was the sharp, ferrity half-back. Young was dour as a pivot, Luke supplied the best football in a constructive sense for the attack, and whereas Williams had a good first half, Bott did his best in the second period, and the whole line had good schemes and quick movements, but in front of goal were veritable novices. Otherwise Everton would have been in a sharp deficit in the first half. Teams:- Everton:- Sagar, goal; Williams and Jones backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Stein, Higham, White, Stevenson and Stein, forwards. Huddersfield Town:- Turner, goal; Mountford and Roughton, backs; Willingham, Young and Campbell half-backs; Williams, Bottrill, J. Smith, Luke, and Bott, forwards. Referee Mr. R. W. Blake, Middlesbrough.
TWO PINTS FOR HUDDERSFIELD.
April 26 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Huddersfield Town won two points last night at the expense of Everton by the aid of a goal scored in the last few minutes of play. They now have 52 points against the Arsenal 56 points, and with each having two matches to play, the odds are overwhelmingly on the Arsenal, who only require a point apart from any question of goal average. There was a decided end-of-the-season atmosphere about the match. Everton tried an experiment forward line changing every position from last Saturday's game. There was little punch in their attack. Stevenson and Coulter scened about the best. Everton's defence was only moderate. Huddersfield attacked, but failed through slowness in front of goal. Bottrill, at inside right for Huddersfield, put in the best shot of the match. Both sides kept the ball in the air a good deal and finished badly. Jack Smith scored for Huddersfield seven minutes from the close.
HUDDERSFIELD HAVE AN OUTSIDE CHANCE.
April 26, 1934. Evening Express.
What Victory Over Everton Means.
By the Pilot.
Huddersfield Town still have a chance of winning the championship of the Football league. By defeating Everton 1-0 at Leeds-road last evening they held on to their slender hope. The Town now have to win their two remaining games and Arsenal must lose their two outstanding fixtures if Huddersfield are to succeed. It is an outside chance. Huddersfield just about deserved to beat Everton –there was not much in it –but had Everton finished as they approached in the first half Huddersfield might have had any further interest in the championship. Everton's strength was in the half-back line where Britton, Gee and Thomson have not played better for a long time. Gee was outstanding in defence and revealed tremendous improvement in attack, while Britton's subtleties had the Town defenders in a tangle on many occasions. Thomson played strong, purposeful football throughout. What of Everton's forward experiments? I would not say they were a complete success. Coulter for instance, did not have a happy day –he should have been more individualistic –while Stevenson held on the ball rather too long. White was slow in the middle and only got in one effort with his foot, while Higham, through a tremendously hard forager, was deficient in ball-control. Stein did many good things though often failing at the final touch. I would hand Higham the "plum."
DOUBLE FOR EVERTON.
April 27, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton are provided with an opportunity of accomplishing the "double" when they visit Roker Park tomorrow, for it will be recalled that they overcame Sunderland by the only goal at Goodison Park in December. Should Everton succeed it will mark the second occasion they have accomplished the feat this season, as they obtained four points from Arsenal by victories of 3-1 and 2-1 home and away respectively. On seven occasions, however, Everton have taken three points from opponents and scored 33 goals against 15 in these meetings. The Sunderland side will include Shaw at left back in place of Ives, the team being; Middleton; Murray, Shaw; Thomson, Johnston, Hasting, Davis, Carter, Gurney, Gallacher, Connor.
EVERTON TEAM CHANGES.
April 27, 1934. Evening Express.
Cresswell to Play Against Sunderland.
Jack Jones Everton's young left back from Bebington and Ellemeres Port, will be unable to play for the Blues against Sunderland at Roker Park tomorrow. Jones twisted an ankle during the later stages of the match at Huddersfield on Wednesday. His place will be taken by Cresswell, who resumes a fine partnership with Williams after many months. Everton have an opportunity of recording the second "double" of the season, but the task which faces them is a hard one. Everton have not won a match since Easter Monday, when they beat Leeds United at Goodison, and their last away successes was at Arsenal on February 3. The side will be encouraged by the return of Dean to centre-forward, but better finishi9ng will be necessary if they are to return home with a point. Everton; Sagar; Williams Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Stein, Higham, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Everton Reserves can do Liverpool Reserves a good turn if they beat Manchester United in the Central league t Goodison Park, during which the cup final scores will be shown. Everton Reserves; Deighton; Jackson, Bocking; Mercer, Clark, Watson (T.G); Critchley, McGourty, Webster, Dunn, Leyfield.
EVERTON LOSE 3-2
April 28, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Sagar's Brilliant Goalkeeping.
Higham Scores Twice.
Everton, in their concluding match at Roker Park, had Dean at centre forward, and Cresswell at full-back in place of Jones, who twisted his ankle in the Huddersfield match. Sunderland were at full strength . Teams:- Sunderland:- Middleton, goal; Murray and Shaw backs; Thomson, Johnston, and Hastings, half-backs; Davis, Carter, Gurney, Gallacher and Connor, forwards. Everton:- Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Stein, Higham, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Referee Mr. L. Gale, of Sheffield.
It was a miserable day, wet and cold, and the ground was soft. There was less than 5,000 spectators at the start. The game had a remarkable start, Cresswell brought Carter down almost on the penalty line. Shaw took the free kick, the ball striking one of the Everton players to be eventually kicked away by Williams. Play continued in front of the Everton goal for some time. Gurney was pulled up for offside, and in another raid by Connor , Sagar saved a header from Gallacher. Davis was dangerous, but held on to the ball too long, Williams robbing him. The first promising Everton movement came from Coulter and Stevenson, Dean being slow to take advantage of Coulter's centre. The Everton halves and backs were giving a good acount of themselves but the forwards commenced tamely. One movement between Higham and Stevenson resulted in Dean and the goalkeeper colliding, Middleton getting the ball away. Everton scored after 10 minutes, the movement being started by Coulter. Higham darted past Shaw and scored with a fast rising shot, which gave Middleton no chance. A spell of pressure followed on the Everton goal. The Sunderland forwards were combining well, but were not making the most of their chances in front of goal. The Everton goal was seriously threatened after one neat passing movement Gallacher getting in a low shot, which Sagar saved smartly.
The Sunderland goal had a lucky escape after Middleton had only partially saved from Dean, Higham shot without hesitation, and Middleton rushed back to his goal in time to fist away. Everton came again in lively fashion, and Higham had Middleton at his mercy only to shoot wide. Sunderland kept pegging away and equalised after 22 minutes. Connor was too quick for Williams, and racing in, passed Carter who beat Sagar from close range. In another forward movement Connor tricked Britton but Sagar effected a remarkable save from a fast shot by Gallacher. Sagar next had to punch away a well placed corner kick, and a few moments later had to jump in the air to save a long shot from Davis. Next Gurney looked a certain scorer from a pass by Gallacher throwing himself at Gurney's feet making a save at great risk to himself. Within the next few minutes Sagar had to make three more marvelous saves one from a header by Gallacher. Everton then had a turn of attacking, but were lacking in finishing power. In one instance Dean ought to have shot instead of passing to Higham, who was marked. Stevenson had a chance, only to place over the bar. Sunderland resumed the pressure, Cresswell was passed by Carter and Davis, and from the winger's centre Carter drove hard into goal, Sagar throwing himself forward and turning the ball over the bar. Everton came near to scoring from a free kick. the ball was sent to Cresswell, who had gone up among the forwards, and his shot grazed the bar with Middleton out of reach. Connor finished another clever sprint by placing in front of goal, Carter shooting over the bar. Stein was then prominent for Everton, Middleton having difficulty in turning his shot over the bar. The Everton front line though not lacking in individual cleverness, had not worked as well as the fast moving Sunderland attackers. Sagar had been a shinning light for Everton making many brilliant saves.
Half-time Sunderland 1 Everton 1
Coulter and Stevenson opened the second half with a promising attack, which came to nothing owing to Higham failing to get past Shaw. Davis took play to the other end, and from his centre, Williams headed away as Gallacher came rushing in. The game continued fast despite the heavy going. The referee stopped the game to say something to Gurney. At the other end Stein got in a running shot which went over the bar. Everton made several promising raids and Middleton was just in time to rush out and clear before Coulter came rushing in. Dean was well watched by Johnston. Gallacher raised hopes of a goal when he raced into take a pass by Davis, but once again Sagar saved. Everton took the lead 15 minutes in the second half. The goal was scored by Higham, but the credit was equally due to Dean, who headed the ball to Higham. Sunderland almost immediately afterwards equalised from an equally clever movement. From Davis's corner kick Gallacher headed the ball forward to the far side of the goal Gurney rushing in to head into the net. The Sunderland goal then had a lucky escape during a scrimmage, Middleton saving from Stevenson and Coulter. Gallacher scored for Sunderland after 24 minutes in the second half. He picked up a loose ball to give Sagar no chance. Final Sunderland 3, Everton 2.
EVERTON RES V MANCHERSTER U. RES
April 28 1934. Evening Express Football Edition.
Everton entertained Manchester United at Goodison Park this afternoon. The United were badly placed in the League-table and points were valuable. Manchester were first to make progress and when Deighton fisted out a centre by Davies, Black had a good chance of scoring. His shot struck a defender and passed out of danger. Everton's reply was a full-blooded drive by Leyfield, which grazed the bar. When Critchley centred nicely, Hilton caught the ball and cleared. Webster missed a good chance and from a free kick drove high over. Everton were cleverly the superior side and although much of the game was a scrappy and lifeless character, the Blues had a good chances of a leading goal. Their finishing was poor, however, both Leyfield and Critchley missing opportunities. The United attack was receiving little scope from Bocking and Jackson and Clark was always ready when danger threatened down the centre of the field. Gallimore had possible openings, but delayed his shot so long that Bocking was able to nip in and clear. Leyfield had a good effort saved by Hillar, and when Critchley followed up a good run a short pass McGourty failed badly from an easy position. Mercer headed over and for some time the nearest approach to an Everton goal was when Redwood headed back towards the keeper, Hillar having to be alert to clear. Another isolated raid on the part of the United ended in Deighton saving from Ainsworth, who had been Manchester's most persistent raider. Half-time no Score.
SUNDERLAND 3 EVERTON 2
April 30, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
A Sunderland Treat.
Everton Lose in Fine Game at Roker.
Everton took an experimental forward line to Roker Park Sunderland, and with that fact in view, and also the realization that there was nothing at stake for both sides were lying high and dry up the League table, I did not expect a great game. Yet I had more thrills and saw some infinitely better football than in many games of greater importance this season. Sunderland won by an odd goal in five –a goal which need not have happened but for a misunderstanding by two Everton men; but in my own opinion Sunderland deserved their success, for they had far more of the play and their goalkeeper not nearly so much to do as Sagar in the Everton goal. There was no suggestion of "end of the season" football in this game; in fact, it was voted and quoted as one of the best games seen on the ground this season. it was miserable and cold, however, and there were not more than 4,000 spectators. it was fully ten minutes before Everton got into their stride; they had been too busy looking after the Sunderland attack to indulge in any forward movements themselves but the first time they went forward they scored through Higham. In the first half-minute they were nearly mulcted in a penalty area. Cresswell brought down Gurney, and the referee thought it was an occasion for a free kick, he should have given a spot kick, for Gurney was well inside the line when the offence occurred. The kick was taken just six inches outside the line.
Sunderland had their merry innings, and had failed through their own misgivings, and some solid work by the Everton defence. Everton then awakened, and Coulter made a square pass, which Johnston should have cleared, but he did not, and Higham marched forward, beat Shaw, and left Middleton helpless with a fast drive, the ball travelling just under the bar. Middleton was well beaten by a shot from Stein, which struck the face of the crossbar and rebounded into play. Gurney, Connor, and Carter then joined hands in a movement, which produced a neat goal. Carter finished off the plan with a quick shot which left Sagar helpless. Cresswell kicked off the line when all his colleagues were beaten, and Sagar made save after save. A new start was made after the interval and so keen was the play that Gurney had to be spoken to by the referee – it was concerning a claim for a penalty kick. at the hour Dean, who had so far not had a shot with his feet yet kept his line moving well with cute "heady" passes "placed" Higham in a fine position and the inside right made no mistake. Within a minute, however, Sunderland had made matters all square from a corner kick, Gallacher nodding Davis's centre to Gurney, who netted. Everton later made slips in front of goal and Dean did not head them like he used to do, and Middleton had little to fear from him. Then came the incident which lost Everton at least a point, Gee was going to thump the ball away until he heard a call from Britton so changed his mind and made a short pass back, Gee saw his error and tried to redeem himself by chasing the ball, but could not prevent it from being centred and Gallacher sent it into the net. Everton had shown more "life" in this game than has been the case for some weeks; there was more shooting and while some considered that a draw was the worst they should have suffered I think otherwise. Coulter seemed slow off the mark, yet made some good centres. Stevenson worked hard, and Stein did quite well on the right flank, but the man of the forward line was Higham. Gee, Thomson and Britton were sound half-backs and Cresswell is still a master of positional play. Williams had a knock on the leg, but did sound work. Sagar was fine in goal, Teams:- Sunderland:- Middleton, goal; Murray and Shaw backs; Thomson, Johnston, and Hastings, half-backs; Davis, Carter, Gurney, Gallacher and Connor, forwards. Everton:- Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Stein, Higham, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Referee Mr. L. Gale, of Sheffield.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 1
April 30 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 41)
At Goodison Park. Everton deserved their victory but they had to fight hard against a side that lacked combined endeavour. A goalless first half was followed by Everton investing more method and punch into their efforts, with the result that McGourty opened the score and Dunn added a second. Later Black reduced the deficit. Mercer was Everton's most conspicuous attacker. Everton:- Deighton, goal; Jackson and Bocking backs; Mercer, Clark and Watson (T.G.), half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Webster, Dunn and Leyfield, forwards.
DEAN AND CRESSWELL SHINE.
April 30, 1934. Evening Express.
No "End-of-Season" feeling at Roker Park.
By Captain Jack.
End-of-the-Season football is not always tame! The Everton and Sunderland match at Roker Park produced football of the highest class, and aroused excitement equal to a Cup-tie. Both teams strove hard for victory, and though Sunderland won 3-2 Everton looked like equalising just as the final whistle sounded. Sunderland did more attacking than Everton, but they were disappointing in front of goal. The heavy ground favoured accurate ball control and not for a long time have I seen an abundance of really clever footwork. Dean played an important part in the two Everton goals. He was worrying the Sunderland backs when Higham scored the first goal, and he headed the ball for Higham to score the second. Higham was Everton's outstanding forward. He backed up clever scheming and footwork with forceful shooting. Stein, although playing on the right wing, was an effective raider, and put in some glorious shots and centres. Gee was the best half back on the field. He made only one really bad pass, and alas; that mistake enabled Sunderland to score the winning goal. Cresswell was the outstanding full back. When Cresswell left Sunderland seven years ago there were those who though Warney had seen his best days as a footballer, and yet here he was once again with his usual economy of effort and brainy positional play repeatedly frustrating the fast and skilful Sunderland forwards. Sagar made some amazing saves when the Sunderland forwards had crowded on full sail in the early stages of the game.