EVERTON NEED EVERY HOME POINT TO MAKE SURE
April 1, 1938. Evening Express.
Direct Methods will Pay against Throstles.
Vital Goodison Duel Tomorrow
Everton have won only one home match since Jan 29, when they defeated Grimsby Town. This is the reason why Everton, today, are struggling to reach a position of safety in the First Division. They have five home games to play and if they win them all then they will retain their status. It is a big task, but one which I feel is well within the capacity of the players. The first of the games takes place at Goodison Park tomorrow when opposition will be provided by West Browmich Albion, companions in distress. The Albion have secured two points more than the Blues for a match less played, but their position is less rosy because they have only three home games left and six away. If Everton play as they did against Chelsea they will not win. There must be changed tactics, a real willingness to shoot and less of that monotonous “down-the-middle” lobbing. I have no doubt the side will be refreshed by the Harrogate tonic. It did them a world of good prior to the Leeds United game at Elland road, remember. The change is being made just at the right time, for these last weeks of the season are going to be more strenuous than any others in this hectic, points-at-all-costs season. I think the return of Cunliffe to inside right will sharpen up the attack –give it more “bite” If Cunliffe can play as well as I have seen him operate in away games this term, he will suit all. Mercer comes in at right half-back as Britton is being rested, and Willie Cook returns to right back as partner to Jack Jones –and also to captain the side. Wally Boyes the little left-winger will be out to prove what a capture Everton made when they signed him, for he will be facing his colleagues of a few weeks go. With directness in method Everton can win this game and so ease their position. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (Jack); Mercer, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
Pilot’s Sport Log
It is probable that an 18-year-old goalkeeper will play for West Bromwich Albion against Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow. The player is Harris, who has been on the book’s books just over a year, and who has been playing brilliantly in the Albion reserve side. Harris has never yet played with the Football League side. He will be introduced if Adams, who has strained a groin, is unfit. Harris is preferred to Light, for whom Albion paid a big fee to Southampton. Another change is possible, for Johnson, the outside left, has an ankle injury, and so Robbins, once strongly fancied by Everton, will probably deputise. The Albion like Everton, have been having a change of air. They have been at Cleveleys for a week. West Bromwich Albion; Harris (or Adams); Finch, Shaw; Lowery, Sandford, McNab; Mahon, Heaselgrave, Richardson, Jones, Robbins, (or Johnson).
Blues’ Title Bid
Everton “A” have only to defeat Prescot B.I. when they meet at Bellefield, West Derby, tomorrow, to make practically sure of winning the championship of the Liverpool County Combination. They are out to secure the title for the third season in succession, and form indicates win, for they forced a draw at Prescott a few weeks ago. Everton “A” Lovett; Lambert, Saunders; Wyles, Edwards, M. Hill; Arthur, Hurel, Catterick, Webster, J. Davies.
EVERTON MUST WIN
April 1, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Everton are at Harrogate toning up for the big flight which is head of them, for whichever way one looks at it, their position is not a happy one. I am optimistic enough to think they will avert disaster but the battle to retain their senior status is going to be a stern one. With the Easter holidays and the rush of games during has period on top of them. Everton have the urge to improve their position before that; the most testing time of the whole season to teams situated in the lower half of the table. Everton therefore most beat the Albion at Goodison tomorrow. There must be no draw this time, but a clear but and convincing victory. The Albion’s Goodison record is not good, but similar records have been broken this season as never before. All I ask of Everton is to shoot. Matches cannot be won unless they do shoot. Cliff Britton the captain now that Dean has gone has been rested so that Mercer returns to the fold after his spell in the second team in which he has been playing well in his original position, right half back. Thomson, who gave such a fine display against Chelsea retains his place at right half, but Greenhalgh goes out to make way for Cook, the Irish captain. Greenhalgh has not let me the side down but it is probably felt that Cook’s greater experience is required at such a time, Cunliffe who in my estimation should never have been left out resume alongside Geldard.
Change The Tactics.
West Bromwich will not be easily beaten, for they are as much in need of the points as Everton. They held the Arsenal to a draw last week, but away from home they are moderate, but Everton must make no mistakes this time as they have done in one or two of their home engagements, much to their sorrow. A victory nowadays can mean so much more than in any normal season. There must not be so much lobbing the ball up to Lawton; not so much doubling backs, Boyes and to Geldard the request to cut in and have a shot. He almost had a goal against Chelsea. Thomson will, I know do his best to but his passes along the ground, and so help defeat the third back man. Go to it, Everton. You must win this game. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Mercer, Jones (T), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
April 2, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton and West Bromwich Albion have had some hard battles in their time, both under F.A. Cup and Football League auspices, and today’s tussle between the sides will make another niche in the League resorts. Both clubs are in the relegation zone, although the Albion are better off than their rivals for the season that they have secured 30 points in 33 matches, compared with Everton’s 28 for 34 matches. It is essential for Everton to in this home game if they are to stand a reasonable change of escape. The players have been preparing at Harrogate. It should be a great game. The kick off is at 3.15 and the teams are:- Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (J); Mercer; Jones (T), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. West Bromwich Albion; Adams (or Harris); Finch, Shaw (CE); Lowery, Sandford, McNab, Mahon, Harelgraves, Richardson, Jones, Johnson (or Robbins).
SHOOTING WAY TO SAFETY
April 2, 1938. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton’s Top Score of Season
Albion Late Rally
An easy victory for Everton. The Albion should never have been allowed to get within reach of Everton’s goal tally. It was only when Everton’s defence eased up that West Brom, showed any signs of becoming troublesome. This is Everton’s highest score of the season. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Mercer, Jones (TG), and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Harris, goal; Finch and Shaw (CE), backs; Lowery, Sandford, and McNab, half-backs; Mahon, Haselgrave, Richardson, Jones and Robbins, forwards. Referee Mr. G. Salmon, Stoke-on-Trent. The attendance was surprisingly small considering the great important of the game, and I do not think I would be far out in estimating the attendance at 20,000 when the game opened. Jack Thomson was captain in the absence of Britton, and Everton were soon in the Albion quarters through the right wing, but Geldard over-run the ball which went into touch before he could make a centre. There seemed to be a keenness to shoot on the part of the Everton forwards which suggested they had learnt their lesson at Chelsea and within seven minutes they scored through Geldard with as nicely a made goal as I have seen for some time. It started with a Mercer pass to Lawton and then the ball travelled from Lawton’s head to Cunliffe and Boyes the outside left pulling the ball back so that Stevenson, who was racing up at top speed, hit a tremendous shot which shook the crossbar. The ball came out to Geldard, who caused us some anxiety by hesitancy to shoot, but when he finally did shoot he left everybody standing. Some of the Albion’s football was very choice, but they were off the mark when it came to shooting. Jones was badly at fault when he was put through by Robbins. Mahon was being exceedingly well fed, and causing the Everton left flank deal of trouble. Heaselgraves once bored his way through to shoot into the net only to be pulled up or handling. Mahon twice beat Thomson and Jones (J), and was only held up by Stevenson, who had gone back to assist in defence. Boyes was once badly out of position when Geldard put the ball right across the field, and then the Albion had a narrow escape when the Everton right winger took’s pass from Cunliffe, beat a man in his travel towards goal, and with his left foot drove the ball on to the upright. Even then West Bromwich were not free from trouble, for the ball had dropped in front of the far side of the goal with no one near to it. Lawton dashed up to touch it into the net, but Shaw and Harris had rushed across to retrieve the position Geldard was having a happy time and to cleverly beat Shaw he dragged the ball back in front of the Albion goal to Lawton, who headed narrowly over. At this stage it was all Everton, for the Albion had so many calls made upon them that their main concern was defence and not attack. A Mercer pass almost brought a second goal for it was only in the last fraction of a second that Harris was able to edge Lawton’s quick drive round the foot of the upright. The Throstles were doing little singing now, for Everton were pressing them hard and often and Cunliffe nodded a centre from the left beyond Harris and into the net, but it was alleged that he had push McNabb, so that the point was disallowed. Shaw (CE), who seems to have been with the Albion all his life was defending valiantly, yet he along with Sandford, could not prevent Lawton running through and making a clever hook pass to Stevenson, who shot at the same moment that Harris tackled him.
At 33 minutes, Stevenson scored one of his old-time goals. He was 25 yards out when the ball came to him, but such was the power of his shot that Harris had no chance, for the ball simply flew into the rigging. Harris leapt up in an effort to save, and twisted himself so that he had to receive attention. A minute later, Cunliffe took a leaf out of Stevenson’s book and drove fiercely for goal but this time Harris brought off a smart save, and gained the plaudits of the crowd. So far Sagar had been without a single shot. At 38 minutes Everton made it 3-0, Cunliffe being the scorer. There was a appeal by West Bromwich for offside, but that could not be for Cunliffe was played onside by an Albion player handling the ball, Cunliffe played the whistle went on to beat Harris.
Within two minutes Mahon had reduced the arrears for the Albion from a pass by Robbins, Cook having made a mistake. The goal for the Albion gave them some heart for Mahon shot up against the upright and Sagar, in saving a log lob, edged the ball on to the face of the crossbar when clearing. Just on the interval Lowry got his hands to a header by Boyes to kept it out of the net, and of course a penalty was the result. Lawton scoring from the spot.
Half-Time Everton 4, West Bromwich Albion 1.
The rain had so drenched the ground that the surface was now very sticky. Everton opened as they had concluded but the Albion were the first to call upon the goalkeeper, Sagar having to save from Richardson.
This by the way, was the first direct shot he had to handle. For some minutes the “Throstles” did quite well, but Everton were soon at grips with their defence and again as fifty six minutes, Lawton scored Everton’s fifth goal with an unstoppable shot from a difficult angle, Mercer providing Lawton with the pass. Jones was the only one of the Albion forwards who thought that a shot was required. He made several worthy efforts, one just grazing the crossbar. Lawton was in fine form and he took a Stevenson pass like lighting to shoot up against the crossbar. The Albion were a ragged lot and were never really a menace to the Everton defence. The Albion Jones was brought down as he was going through by Jones (T) and the referee sounded his whistle immediately. Jones went on and with a nice shot beat Sagar, but, of course, the goal did not count. This was another occasion on which the referee might have used his discretion in favour of the injured party. The free kick was twice taken. Sandford went centre forward in the hope of bringing more punch into the line, but by this time the Albion were a well beaten side. West Bromwich were awarded a penalty for a similar sort of thing which gained Everton their spot kick. Thomson handled out a shot from Sandhand. Full back Shaw was called up to take the kick and he scored with a fast shot at eighty minutes. At 82 minutes the visitors cut down Everton lead to 5-3. Lowery shot, and Sagar made a save but before he could clear Jones charged him and the ball over the line. The Everton defence hereabout was inclined to be slack, so the Albion were showing up better than at any other point of the game. Final Everton 5, West Bromwich Albion 3.
EVERTON 5 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 3 (Game 1639 over-all)-(Div 1 1597)
April 4, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Easing The Position
Everton’s Improved Shooting.
“Error of Sitting on Splice.
By their victory over West Bromwich Albion, Everton eased their League position in a considerable extent; yet they missed a great opportunity of improving that goal average by easing up in the second half, so that the Albion were able to cut down Everton’s lead to reasonable dimensions. Goal average may play a big part in the relegation question when the day of reckoning arrives, and while I am not to ask any team to rub it in, I certainly deemed it necessary that Everton should have made every effort to increase their goal crop in this the most crazy season of all. They won comfortably enough -5-3- but that was flattering to the Albion, who rarely suggested that they would ever trouble the Everton goalkeeper, and they would not have done so had the Everton forwards continued as they left off at the interval. No further evidence is needed that the fact that Sagar was without a shot until the second half to explain Everton’s superiority. Harris –is only 17 years old, making his debut in the senior side –had been beaten five time and saw the woodwork almost shaken out of the ground, and his full backs greatly harassed. He goal relief in the last 15 minutes when the Everton forwards “sat on the splice,” as it were and allowed their opponents to get their teeth in a game which had been out of their grasp for well over the hour. Some are inclined to put the Albion’s rally down to a change in the forward line –Sandford was brought up. My reading of it was that Everton thoughly they had the game in safe keeping, but the last ten minutes showed the folly of taking anything for granted. The Albion scored two goals, and looked better during those minutes than at any other time.
Turn In The Game.
More work was thrown on the Everton defence than need have been, and would not have been had the Everton forwards carried on with the first-half attacking plan, which had the “Throstles” defence penned down so securely in its own half that the Everton defence was well able to deal with the spasmodic raids of their opponents. Then came the turn about. Everton had to do some solid work in their goalmouth to prevent any further goals. Sagar having to make one of two good saves, Everton’s position is such that they cannot afford to let up for a single moment I hope that will realise that in future games. Their shooting in the first half pleased everybody, particularly myself for I have repeatedly urged the need of more shooting. They answered the ball with a will, and some grand goals fell to their lot as a result. I place Stevenson’s 25 yards drive as the best of the quintet. It was one of his old ones, the like of which he has not scored for some time. Then Lawton’s first goal, which almost uprooted the netting supports. Cunliffe, and Geldard were the other scorers, the Albion’s goals coming through Mahon. Shaw and Jones. Cunliffe’s goal produced some discussion. The Albion players had stopped playing in the belief that the whistle would sound, but the referee took full marks for a sound decision, he allowed Cunliffe to go on after an Albion man had handled. He might have done the same for Jones Albions, who was tripped when an routs for goal to net. The referee disallowed the goal and awarded a foul. There were two penalties, one for each side. Lowery and Thomson kept the ball out of the net by handling Lawton and C. Shaw scoring from the spot.
A Peculiar Goal.
The final goal of the day, scored by Jones, was a peculiar one. Lowery had shot along the ground. Sagar stopped the ball at his feet and it lay there until Jones came up and charged –Sagar tells me he pushed him –as he (Sagar was about to grab the ball). Now it is my contentions that Sagar was not in possession when Jones charged him, so the award should have been a free kick against Jones. I clearly saw the ball lying on the ground, as Sagar was bumped over, so I am naturally convinced that Jones’s goal should not have counted. Everton’s first-half form was good. They made West Bromwich play as well as they (the Albion) were allowed, and they were allowed to do little. Everton might have had more than the four goals they had scored with a little more accuracy, but I have no complaint with their shooting in that half. Lawton was the best forward, and may have played himself into the England team, with Cunliffe working like a –Trojan. Geldard had a good innings, but Boyes has yet to touch his West Bromwich form. Mercer proved that right half is his best position. He supplied three passes which led to three goals. The two Jones had a good game, and apart from Cook’s slip which led to Mahon’s goal, he did well, but Thomson found the pace of the Albion left wing a bother. Harris, the youthful goalkeeper, was accorded a reception as he left the field. . Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Mercer, Jones (TG), and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Harris, goal; Finch and Shaw (CE), backs; Lowery, Sandford, and McNab, half-backs; Mahon, Haselgrave, Richardson, Jones and Robbins, forwards. Referee Mr. G. Salmon, Stoke-on-Trent.
PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESEVRES 1
April 4, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 36)
Everton Reserves made themselves practically certain of winning the Central League Championship by beating Preston North End Reserves 1-0 at Deepdale in atrocious conditions. The winners were resourceful in defence under pressure, and superior and more experimented in attack, there being no doubt about the merit of their victory. Gillick cleverly headed the deciding goal, and Everton would have had greater reward for purposeful moves but the love charging down scoring attempts. Dougal and Bell were dangerous raiders. Everton Reserves: - Morton, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Lindley, Gee and Watson, half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Bell, Dougal and Trentham, forwards.
Everton “A” 0 Prescot B.I 1
Liverpool County Combination
Prescot were the better team in the first half, daring which Crompton scored at Everton’s ground. After the interval the home side started pressure, but were well held by a sound defence. For the winners O’Brian was brilliant on the right wing. Williams and Rainford were good halves and Redney and Reed excelled as full backs. For Everton, Hurel and Arthur were best in the attack, while the defence was steady.
April 4, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Thanks Everton! You answered my request to shoot hard and often, and by so doing scored your highest total this season, but why ease up when a few more goals would have augmented your goal average, and goals average may keep you out of the Second Division? In ordinary circumstances I would not ask any team to rub it in, but these are not ordinary circumstances for every goal is of immense value to this the craziest season of all. The fight has never been harder than it is this season and a goal either way may mean anything at the end of April. They had the Albion where they wanted; then when they called the time, but when they “sat on the splice” they offered the Albion the reins of office.
Everton had such a grip on the Albion that it was not until the second half that Sagar had the first direct shot to handle. Does not that show that attack is the best form of defence? Everton’s shooting in the first half was top class, and young Harris, the seventeen-year-old goalkeeper, must have wondered why they picked on him to do their stuff. He had no chance with any of the five goals, but made several the saves. Was the Albion Jones’s goal a good one? Not to my way of thinking. When the charged Sagar over the goal line –Sagar tells me he pushed him over –where was the ball? On the ground about a foot from the goal line. Therefore he was not in possession and a foul should have been given against Jones. When the referee allowed Cunliffe to go on and score after a West Bromwich had handled I considered it a fine decision, but why did he not do the same for Jones (Albion) when he was through after being fouled? The two cases were identical, and should have been dealt with in the same manner. Did Everton’s team changes bring the desired result. Up to a point they did Mercer played well in his right position made the passes for three of the goals and Cunliffe was a worker from start to finish. Boyes was the weakness in the attack. He has lived up in his early promise. Thomson was not so good as a week ago. He found the pace of Mahon a handicap. Cook made one mistake and it cost a goal. Some players have that reputation. Jock McNab and Bob Young had only to make one slip and a goal was sure to follow. Others get away with half a dozen mistakes.
EVERTON “SHOOTING” TO SAFERTY
April 4, 1938. The Evening Express
Lawton Keeps In Goals Lead
A Warning To The Defence
Everton are not really safe yet, but if they continue to reveal the form which enabled them to beat West Bromwich Albion 5-3, the shadow of the Second Division will soon be left behind. Everton showed strength fore and aft in one of the most remarkable games seen on Merseyside for a long time. They rose to the heights and led us to believe it was going to be a one horse race, and then they fell away in such unaccountable fashion that the Albion –a poor lot –were able to take command and stage a late flight in a frantic endeavour to save the game and force a division of the spoils. This form will certainly ensure the Blues retaining their First Division status, but a word of warning to the defence. The defence rested on its laurels when the forwards had done their job well, and the Throstles were able to put up the fight which brought them two goals in the last ten minutes and made us afraid that Everton were going to sacrifice a precious point. The defence must play its part, must not “let up.”
Genrally speaking, however, Everton played well. There was a pleasing freshness about the attacking, willingness for shooting, and an understanding which often had the Albion defence tied up. Geldard, whose early goal set the Blues slight, was the inspiration at the start. Tommy Lawton staked another claim for his first England “cap,” shooting with great power. Lawton’s two goals –Cunliffe and Stevenson were the other scorers –took his club total to 25, and thus gave him the honour of having scored more goals than any other Football league player this season. Stevenson and Cunliffe were essential links which provided Lawton with several good scoring chances, and, in a hard-working half-back line, Tommy Jones stood out as a defender par excellence.
EVERTON SHAREHOLDERS ASSOCIATION
April 5, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
The committee of the newly formed Everton shareholders Association held its first meeting last evening. Several matters were discussed at some length, and the decisions arrived at will be submitted for approval at a further public meeting of shareholders which is to take place at the St. George’s Restaurant , Redcross Street, Liverpool, on Monday next April 11, at 8 o’clock. All shareholders are invited.
April 6, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
As was to be expected in view of the side’s sound display against west Bromwich at Goodison park last week the Everton directors have decided to leave well alone and play the same side against stoke city at stoke, on Saturday. Thus the side will be Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Mercer, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes, The players are again at Harrogate this week and are enjoying their stay. The Everton Reserves side to oppose Sheffield United at Goodison Park on Saturday will be unchanged from the team that did duty last week –namely –Morton; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Gee, Watson; Gillick, Bentham, Bell, Dougal, Trentham.
TOMMY LAWTON ON WAY TO AN EVERTON RECORD
April 6, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
With twenty-five goals to his credit in thirty-two games this season, Tom Lawton, Everton’s centre forward, is first on the list of League marksmen in all four divisions. McCulloch (Brentford) is two behind him in the First Division, with Clifton (Chesterfield) and Roberts (Port Vale) on the twenty-four mark. If Lawton contrives to keep his lead over all rivals to the end of the season he will have added a notable chapter to an Everton record which is without parpelled in football history. Four times in the past have Everton provided the season’s leading scorer not merely in the First Division, but for the whole of the Football league, an achievement which no other club can equal. The nearest approach to it has been three such instances each by Birmingham, Blackpool and Bolton wanderers, West Bromwich Albion, Burnley and Hull City. All the previous four Everton feats of the kind were achieved within the present century. The first Goodison park celebrity to distinguish himself was Sandy Young, whose 30 First Division goals in 1906-07 was the biggest of any player in the country. Two years later Bert Freeman set up a new record individual high-water mark for the game by helping himself to 38. The third Evertonian to finish a season supreme among all the Football League’s marksman was Bobby Parker, who did it with a tally of 35 in 1914-15. Is it necessary to give you the name, Hardly? It was his total in 1927-28. Now Lawton has a glorious chance if he keeps his nose in front of all persuaders, of entering the select company of four illustrious predecessors who have led Everton’s front line and made their names famous throughout the football firmament. Good luck to him in the attempt.
EVERTON MAKE NO CHANGE
April 6, 1938. The Evening Express
Albion Conquerors To Face Stoke
Everton have decided to make no team change for their visit to Stoke City on Saturday. The players who defeated West Bromwich Albion will be on duty. Following Saturday’s game the players left Liverpool for Harrogate, and they are in special training there at the moment. They travel director Stoke on Saturday morning and then come back to Liverpool. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (Jack); Mercer, Jones (Tom), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. The Central League side will be at home to Sheffield United at Goodison Park. Everton Reserves; Morton; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Gee, Watson; Gillick, Bentham, Bell, Dougal, Trentham.
EVERTON AND LIVERPOOL “A” TEAM “TEST MATCH”?
April 7, 1938. The Evening Express.
The directors of the Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs are to be asked to consider the possibility of holding a “test match” between the “A” teams of the two clubs. The proposition was brought up at Anfield yesterday after Liverpool had defeated Birmingham during a conversation between Mr. W. C. Gibbins, the Everton directors, Mr. Harold Pickering, Mr. George Patterson, Liverpool secretary. And Mr. Jack Rouse, assistant secretary. Mr. Gibbons is convinced that the Liverpool County Combination, in which Everton “A2 play, is a stronger competition than the West Lancashire League favoured by Liverpool, and would like to prove it on the field; After much talk it, was agreed to bring the matter before the directors. It was suggested that only players who had played the “A” teams up to and including last Saturday should be eligible. I Think this is a splendid idea, for such a game would attract 10,000 or 12,000 people to either Anfield or Goodison Park.
EVERTON’S FIT AND WELL FROM HARROGATE
April 7, 1938. The Liverpool Echo.
Mr. Theo Kelly, the Everton secretary told me by telephone this morning that the players are all fit and well and confident of doing well on Saturday. Yesterday they went to the Northern Section Cup-Semi-final between Bradford City and Doncaster after doing ten minutes road –work in the morning and in the evening played a local Y.M.C.A team at table tennis, billiards and Snooker. Today they go on a sight-seeing trip to Knaresborough, and finish up tomorrow with light exercise and a whist drive in the evening.
NO, EASING UP, EVERTON
April 8, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
It was not to be expected that there would be any change in the Everton team to meet Stoke City at the Victoria ground after their improved display against West Bromwich Albion last week. I felt a personal pride in Everton’s big victory, for I had happen so much on the need for more shooting that I myself was getting sick of asking and receiving no reply. Any number of points have been sacrificed this season through the forwards being shot-shy on through adopting the wrong tactics. They changed their plans against the Albion and shot like . Barley marksmen and ran up their biggest score of the season. It was a confident answer to my request. There was only one fly in the ointment and that was the fatal easing up after they had obtained a four goals lead, and it cost them two goals. With goal average likely to play a leading part in the relegation question early in May, it was a mistake policy to slack off and must not be repeated, I know a club does not like to rub it in, but if circumstances were different and Everton had been sitting high and dry one could commend them for refraining from “kicking the dog when it is down, but this is not the time to stand on ceremony. Every goal is going to be of great value; in fact one may mean the difference between retaining First Division status or dropping to the lower regions. No matter how big Everton’s lead in the future it would impress upon them the need to take whatever is offered them in the shape of good goal chances. Stoke are not an easy side to beat on their own ground, even though they may not be so good a side as they were twelve months ago, but if Everton will shoot as they did in the first half of the match with the Albion I can see a win from this meeting. The City suffered a severe blow when Steele had to undergo a cartilage operation for his place was not easily filled, and although he is back in harness he is not the quicksilver Steele he was last season. He is gradually gaining his confidence, and no liberties must be taken with him, but I think he can safely be left in the hands of Tommy Jones, who has mastered most centre forwards this season. There are others in the Stoke attack who will have to be carefully watched, but the main thing from an Everton point of view is to get started early and keep it up for the whole ninety minutes. Sagar; Jones (J), Mercer; Jones (T), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Stoke City; Wilkinson, Challnor, Scrimshaw; Bamber, Mould, Soo; Peppitt, Smith, Sale, Liddle, Baker.
TIGHTEN UP DEFENCE, EVERTON!
April 8, 1938. The Evening Express.
Everton continue their fight for league safety, at Stoke, tomorrow. The Blues are scoring plenty of goals but they are conceding far too many for the comfort of the supporters. Tightening up in defence is essential if Stoke are to be kept at bay. Stoke will be without Stanley Matthews, who will be helping England at Wembley, but they have plenty of match-winners left in their ranks. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (Jack); Mercer, Jones (Tom), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
In The Home Stretch.
Everton are now in the home stretch in their quest for the Central league championship. At the moment they are six points head of Bolton Wanderers, but the Trotters have one match in hand. The Blues have three home and three away games to complete their programme. They tackle Sheffield United at Goodison Park tomorrow and should win. Everton; Morton; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindsay, Gee, Watson; Gillick, Bentham, Bell, Dougal, Trentham.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE’S JUBILEE FUND
April 9, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton To Increased Derby Gate To £2,000
By John Peel.
The national importance of League football was stressed by Mr. C.E. Sutcliffe, President of the Football League at a luncheon in London, yesterday, when he applied for support for the League Jubilee Fund for players whom football careers have ended. The Football League he said started its lift when football was in a state of chaps and had little to command it. I say definitely that neither the Football Association nor any other organisation in football would have been worth a brass farthing but for Football League. In the past we have scorned the use of money. Now we have our jubilee. How are we to celebrate it? It should be celebrated in a way which will be remembered in years to come. Towards raising this fund of £100,000, the players themselves must bear the leading part, he continued and he spoke to clubs and spectators to do their share. Mr. Sutcliffe hoped that special matches to be played on August 20, in aid of the fund, will be well supporters. Those clubs upon whose grounds matches were not played would be asked to make collections. He had been asked what the F.A. were going to do to help. I have not the slightest doubt that if they were asked the F.A. would help, said Mr. Sutcliffe “but is not the Football League big enough to raise this fund within a few months? He emphased the need for clubs to encourage thrills on the part of their players, and mentioned the National Savings Fund in which they could invest their bonuses as a means to this end. He would not hesitate to accept contribution to the Jubilee Fund from any source. When asked if this included the football pools, Mr. Sutcliff replied, “I would take money from anyone who chooses offer. I would have no right to refuse whatever my personnel views might be. Mr. A. Brook Hirst Huddersfield Town urged that part of the fund should be served to the foundation of one or two vocational training colleagues to fit young players for new careers when their days ceased. These he felt sure would become self-supporting.
Everton football have decided to augment the gate receipts from the ‘’derby’’ game between themselves and Liverpool, to be played in august, for the fund. up to a total of 2,000. The fact was disclosed by Mr. W.C Cuff chairman of Everton. Donations are beginning to come in. Lancashire County have sent £200, while members of the management committee of the Football League have had a whip-round among themselves to raise £100. There will be 700 guests among whom will be the Right Hon, ELesler Finrgin, Minster of Transport and the Right Hon, Earl of Derby at the jubilee banquet on May 30.
April 9, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton have shown improved form and they are not without hope of holding their own at Stoke. The players have enjoyed another week at Harrogate and they are likely to be full of dash as they were against West Bromwich Albion. The Goodison Park club is still in the danger zone and much depends on today’s result. Stoke City will lack the services of Matthews who is at Wembley, but the side is a good one, so that Everton will have to be on tip-top form to gain something from their effort. Everton: - Sagar; Jones (J), Mercer; Jones (T), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Stoke City; Wilkinson, Challinor, Scrimshaw; Bamber, Mould, Soo; Peppitt, Smith, Sale, Liddle, Baker.
EVERTON’S HARD-WON HARD WON POINT
April 9, 1938. The Evening Express.
Blues Miss Chances At Stoke
Cunliffe “Makes” At Stoke
Everton missed golden chances at Stoke today in a hard fought battle which was drawn 1-1. Everton took the lead with a goal by Lawton, but lost it to Peppitt’s low shot. The Everton defence was indifferent in the first half, but the Blues were rather the better side later on. Stoke had three 18-years-old local players in their team. They were Mould, Peppitt and Baker. The referee Mr. W.J.Lewington, had flown to the match after officiating at a game in jersey yesterday. The Blues were in good fettle after their stay in Harrogate. Teams: - Stoke City: - Wilkinson, goal; Challinor, and Scrimshaw, backs; Bamber, Mould and Soo, half-backs; Peppitt, Smith, Sale, Liddle, and Baker, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Mercer, Jones (TG), and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Referee W.J. Lewington (Croyden). After Lawton and Geldard had attempted a sharp raid, following Thomson’s pass, Soo put Stoke into the game with a quick forward thrust. Jack Jones could not clear, but before Peppitt could get to work with a loose ball, Jones recovered to say the City “Nay.” Baker had a wonder chance as the ball was swept over from the right, but after getting it to his linking, he ballooned over. Thomson juggled too long and Peppitt was sent through. He got beyond Jack Jones and then helped Everton by lobbing the ball high over.
City Quicker On The Ball.
The City were quicker on the ball and revealed much better ideas. Everton were rather fortunate to escape a penalty when Baker gave them all the “dummy” before being brought down. Bamber pulled up Lawton in the nick of time, before the Blues left flank got moving in brilliant order. Thomson to Stevenson, Stevenson to Boyes and the centre from the left saw Cunliffe dart in with a fine header, which Wilkinson saved at full length at the expense of a corner. Cunliffe ran through grandly, and Geldard had every opportunity of putting his inside partner in possession but he gave the ball to the opposition. Cook ms-kicked and Baker became a menace until Jack Jones intervented.
Cunliffe was the inspiration of the Everton attack –he always seems to be away from home, and now he took over from Geldard cut round Scrimshaw and levelled a low shot which Wilkinson dived to and turned aside. The Stoke finishing was almost as weak as Everton’s defence, and now Sale added to the tale of missed opportunities. Lawton almost got through on his own, only, unlucky for him, the ball struck Challinor and bounced right into the arms of Wilkinson.
Everton were doing better with Cunliffe always looking like a match-winner. Everton took the lead in 30 minutes, and Cunliffe made it possible. Cunliffe took over Stevenson’s short pass and receiving the return from Lawton, burst through with a low shot. The ball was kept up by a defender’s foot and Lawton, following, managed to head the ball through. Geldard had a grand chance of making it look good for the Blues when he had all the goal to head at following fine work by Stevenson and Boyes. He headed it high up instead downwards however, and Wilkinson managed to tip it over the top. In these hectic days of football, chances cannot be frittered away and Stoke drew level with a goal by Peppitt. Tom Jones had been pushed out of the way by sale, following a free kick, and Peppitt from the inside-left position, ran through with a shot of power. Sagar fell to it, but was much too late.
Half-Time Stoke City 1, Everton 1.
Smith the ex-Chester player, was now at outside-right owing to a knee injury. Geldard came well across to the left flank in an endeavour to set the Blues going. Geldard, however, threw away a gilt-edged chance after Cunliffe had burst through from judicious feeding, by turning the ball over. With only Wilkinson to beat, Geldard blazed high over. After good work by Cunliffe and Geldard, Stevenson ran through and let go a swift shot, which Wilkinson gathered well. Wilkinson came out to fist away Boyes’s centre, but could only turn it towards his own goal. There was no one there too take advantage. From a free kick Wilkinson could only fist the ball aside, and while he was out of position Soo prevented Stevenson from getting in a scoring shot.
Nothing In It
There was little to choose between the side in this half. In fact. Everton’s forwards were rather the more concise and precise. Mercer kicked away from the feet of Sale as the leader was bursting through, and Challinor just prevented Geldard from cutting through the middle. Tom Jones failed with a close-up free kick, and then with Cunliffe working hard to get the Blues’ line in effective position, Stevenson took one off the volley but just failed in direction. Everton’s second half display made well worthy of a point. Final Stoke City 1, Everton 1.
EVERTON RES V SHEFF U RES
April 9, 1938, Evening Express, Football Edition
Although Everton were not at their brightest and best, during the whole of the first half they were clearly the superior side and thoroughly deserved their interval lead. The only goal came from Bell after four minutes play. Subsequently Gillick served Benson with a beautiful pass which the inside man put just across the goal. Then Gillick went through himself to shoot just over the bar. The United forwards were held in grip by the Everton defence, but on one occasion Barrow passed across the face of the goal for Joyner to shoot in for Morton to save brilliantly. Prior to this the Everton keeper had been inactive. Everton kept their best work until the latter part of the half and were unlucky in being refused a penalty just as the whistle blew for the interval.
Half-Time Everton Res 1, Sheffield United Res 0.
Bell scored a second for Everton, Lowe scored for United. Final Res 2, Sheffield Utd Res.
PETERBORO’ UTD V EVERTON X1 (“A)
April 9, 1938, The Evening Express, Football Edition
Prior to the start of the guarantee game at the London-road ground, Peterborough today, the Mayor Councillor C.S. Howard, presented a gold wrist watch to Cecil Wyles, the Everton captain. Wyles was transferred from Peterborough to Everton recently, and the Mayor in handling the watch to him said it was the grit of a few sportsmen to a sportsman. Everton who had the wind against them, attacked at the start and after five minutes Arthur centred for Sharp to score but the referee disallowed the goal after consulting a linesman on the grounds of hands. Everton played the more impressive football, and the Peterborough defence was kept busy. After 33 minutes Everton took the lead. A clever triangular movement on the left wing, ending with Hurel smartly hooking the ball into the net. Peterborough nearly equalised from a centre, a back in attempting to clear from Lancelot playing the ball against an upright. A minute from half-time Sharp scored a second for Everton, from Arthur’s centre.
Half-Time Peterborough United 0, Everton X1 2.
Sharp and Harrow (2) scored for Everton and Foxall and Atkin for Peterbrough in the second half. Final; Peterborough 2, Everton x1 5.
EVERTON TAKE A POINT
April 9, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Lack Of Science At Stake.
Very moderate football indeed. A draw perhaps the right result, but neither showed any real football form. Teams: - Stoke City: - Wilkinson, goal; Challinor, and Scrimshaw, backs; Bamber, Mould and Soo, half-backs; Peppitt, Smith, Sale, Liddle, and Baker, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Mercer, Jones (TG), and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Referee W.J. Lewington (Croyden). Everton arrived from Harrogate looking spick and span and all agreed that the visit had done them a power of good. They certainly all looked well and it was hoped they would play as well as they looked. Mr. Lewington, the referee by the way, flew to the game from Jersey, where he was refereeing a game yesterday. The Stoke team was hardly recognisable without Steel and Matthews, but they very soon showed ability in making openings and within five minutes they had three reasonable opportunities to have beaten Sagar. On each occasion it was a wing man who failed. Peppitt twice missed by lobbing the ball over the bar from good positions and Sagar followed suit when he tried a long drive from well outside the penalty area angle. So far, Everton had done little in an attacking sense, although Geldard ran into the middle in the very first half minute and might have sneaked a goal when the Stoke defence was not together.
Then the home crowd claimed a penalty when Baker was brought down in the penalty area, but the referee would not listen to the appeal, although it did seem to me that Baker had been fouled. Everton were inclined to keep the ball too close. There were times when the inside forwards were so close together that it was impossible to work the ball and show any progress for it. Everton were not so settled as usual in defence but this forwards showed promise on occasions for Lawton was always the master of Mould in the air, and he once put through Cunliffe, who was just too late to take advantage. But later Cunliffe displayed an amazing burst of speed in running through the Stoke defence and making a shot which Wilkinson only scraped away in the nick of time. But there was no gainsaying that Stoke, when they did progress did so by the best type of football, in that it was open, so that the Everton defence was not quite able to get to grips with it so easily as the Stoke defenders were able to hold down the Everton attack, because of the way they clustered together in the centre of the field. However, at thirty minutes Everton took the lead.
Lawton on the Spot.
The starting point was made when Cunliffe dashed through and made a shot which seemed to stride a Stoke defender and curl up in front of the Stoke goal. Lawton was bang on the spot and he tapped the ball into the goal. Geldard also went close when he headed a centre from Boyes just over the bar. Time and again Stoke forwards worked their way through the defence rather easily. And within five minutes of Lawton’s goal Stoke had equalised through Peppitt, who had run into the centre what time Sale was tackling T. Jones. Stevenson tried a long drive, but undercut the ball so much an extent that it went miles away from its objective. Sale was always up ready to take the half chance, and almost headed a goal just before the interval.
Half-Time Stoke City 1; Everton 1.
Early in the second half Stevenson shot after a colleague had worked a good opening, and Wilkinson had to be quick to save. Geldard shot over and T. Jones was spoken to by the referee. Smith, who had been limping for some time when playing at outside right, was badly off the mark. Everton were particularly at fault with misplaced passes and another complaint I had was that there were not enough forwards up the field. Geldard and Boyes were outnumbered when trying to work their way through. The Stoke people were not content with a draw and called upon their side repeatedly for another goal. I was just a question of smashing a ball upfield and rushing after it for there was very little idea of science about the play. Mercer saved what looked like being a certainty when he cut across goal to prevent Sale from scoring. His action no doubt prevented Sale from scoring for the first time since he returned to the Stoke them. Geldard was through but was successfully tackled by Mould and Lawton made a back header that went close without troubling the goalkeeper. Stevenson also shot wide. T. Jones had played a valiant part in the Everton defence, but it appeared to me that Everton were too intent on saving a goal rather than the scoring of goals themselves. Final Stoke 1, Everton 1.
FOUR PILLARS OF EVERTON F.C.
April 9, 1938. The Liverpool Football Echo
London Reader’s View Of Best Evert Team.
“Remembrance” writes from London –I have been most pleasantly entertained in reading your correspondents impressions and options of Everton players of the present and by gone days, and to whatever extent one may be in agreement with the various team selections, the names never fail to recall memories of happy occasions, and of friends who shared our enjoyment and appreciation of many an exciting and classical struggle. If I were given the task of selections a team I would endeavour to pay regard to the potential reactions of the players towards the game as it is played at the present time. The foundation would be built on four outstanding names whose selection would not be questioned by any old Evertonians, as they have not been excelled by any players in any period. I refer to Kelso (right full back) Holt and Robertson (half-backs), and Jack Bell. This gives me the nucleus and enable me to continue the selection in the usual order. In shooting the goalkeeper I see no reason for asking the present occupant, Sagar to vocate the post (or posts). He is the equal of Scott in defending, but is preferred because he takes the goal kicks so much better. I leave out Rouse, whose stay was short, and who could be erratic, as well as brilliant. To partner Kelso I am most reluctant to omit MaConnachie, but after careful through the position will be given to Cresswell whose name is still held in the highest esteem wherever football is played. Coming to the half backs, I am firmly convincing that no Everton team of all time would be representative without Makepeace who was always excellent whether on the right or left wing. I give him preference, over his nearest rivals Boyle and Wolstenholme, and the line will be Makepeace, Holt and Robertson. Jack Sharp is my first selection for outside right; he adorned the position for many years and should fit in splendidly with Jack Bell, who was in my opinion, the greatest Everton forward of all. Dean is the automatic select for centre forward, but I find the choosing of the left wing, rather difficult. For the inside there are Chadwick, Settle and George Wilson and I have decided upon the last mentioned giving him for partner Harold Hardman. The enthusiasm of the latter, his speed and ability to take the ball in his stride and to dispose of it to the best advantage make him an invaluable member of any side. My Everton team summed up is Sagar, Kelso and Cresswell; Makepeace, Holt and Robertson; Sharp, Bell, Dean, Wilson and Hardman, and I often apologies to the Balmers, Taylor, Booth, Chedgzoy, Young, Freeman, and others for whom room has not been found.
“Huyton” writes; -I was interested in Mr. Handley’s fine letter re old Everton players. I remember the first year of the League when Everton were captained by the greatest back of all time. “Nick” Ross of Preston N.E. He only played one season with Everton then went back to Preston, but it was a fatal year for him, as North End won the cup that year. Another great back who played for Everton was Andy Hannah, who captained Everton when they won the League in the Third year, Hannah captained Renton when they beat Preston North End and West Bromwich Albion in 1888 on Hampden Park for the Championship of the world. He also played right half in Renton then. When Everton played the first League match against Preston North End on Anfield in 1888, Mr. Molyneux, the Everton secretary sprang a great surprise by bringing Kelso from Newcastle East End to play against Preston, but Major Sudell, the North End manager, sprang a bigger surprise by smuggling Kelso away to Preston from the Sandon Hotel. Jack Bell played outside left in Dumbarton, with Taylor outside right and Boyle centre half. Bob Chatt played inside right of the Villa, but when they got Campbell from Celtic, Jack Devey went inside right, and Chatt became utility man. I have always maintained from a boy that Ross, Holt and Chadwick stand out supreme.
April 9, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
By L.T. Kelly.
• Harry Makepeace distinction. Not only is the former Everton player a double international –football and cricket –but he is also a coaching “double” –football and cricket.
• Only Wolves and Everton have avoided goalless draws.
• Close upon 700,000 people have visited Goodison Park this season.
• Everton have been concerned in nine penalties this season, for and against and all nine have produced goals.
• Barring accidents Everton Reserves seem set for their second Central League championship. They won the title with 49 points in 1913-14.
• When Dixie Dean set up his goal-scoring record with 60 goals in 1927-28 he registered two more away than at home and this in spite of the fact that he appeared in two fewer away than home matches.
• Since the League’s inception in 1888 the senior championship have been divided among but 15 clubs. Aston Villa and Sunderland have won it six times, Everton, Liverpool, Sheffield Wednesday, Arsenal and Newcastle each four.
• Only Arsenal have scored more goals than Everton, which would seem to indicate where the weakness has been.
• Lawton has had eight scoring “doubles,” but is still awaiting his first Hat-trick.
• Only three of the First Division clubs relegated since the war succeeded in regaining their places at the first time of asking –Everton, Middlesbrough and Leeds United.
STOKE CITY 1 EVERTON 1 (Game 1640 over-all)-(Div 1 1598)
April 11, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Ball Too Lively At Stoke
Everton Earn Point But Lack Control.
Everton took a valuable point from Stoke at the Victoria ground, but that was the only satisfying thing about the match, for never at any time did the game reach a high standard in fact it was a poor exhibition so far as scientific football was concerned. It is all very well to lay the blame for the moderate play on the hard state of the ground. but let us not forget that the players have had such a lengthy trial on bone hard turf –that they should have become used to it by now. Passes went wrong more frequently than they went right, and of good class combined movements there were fast. It was unattractive football to watch, and Stoke were not one wit better than Everton for they, too, simply crashed the ball forward and romped after it in the hope that it would bring them in content with the Everton goalkeeper. If they had shot with any discretion they might have had two or three goals in the first five minutes, for on three occasions Peppitt and Baker were right through with only Sagar before there, but the ball were over the bar each time.
The Everton defence was not so confident as usual; one and all were prone to slice their drives, and I thought Sagar started late for Peppitt’s hook-shot, which equalled Lawton’s goal at 30 minutes, as the moment that Peppitt and Sale was fouling T. Jones, by pulling him back, It was undoubtedly Jones’s ball. Lawton got his goal through a Cunliffe shot spinning off a Stoke men, Lawton being on the spot to head the dropping ball into the net. There did not seem any likelihood of any further goals, although there were many chances offered to the rival forwards. Everton gave his the impression that they would be satisfied with a point, while later on Stoke seemed to think that a half-share would be satisfactory. The strange-looking Stoke team –Matthews and Steele were absent –has gone back a lot since the last time; I saw them and Everton could not recover the form which produced 5 goals a week ago. Perhaps it was the hard ground, for the ball was difficult to control. Geldard had is chance late on, but it was not his play and Boyes did little better, and it was left to Lawton to almost win the game late on with a back header which Wilkinson had to finger” over his crossbar, Lawton worked hard, but there was no mission about the attack. Stevenson could not find his man, and while Cunliffe went close with one shot there was not the “fire” about the attack which swept the Albion off its feet for an hour. Mercer worked like a horse, saved a goal when Sale was going through, and Thomson put out some nice passes. Cook was in and out. His volleying was great, but he held off instead of going firmly into the tackle, Jones who was the better back. Teams: - Stoke City: - Wilkinson, goal; Challinor, and Scrimshaw, backs; Bamber, Mould and Soo, half-backs; Peppitt, Smith, Sale, Liddle, and Baker, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Mercer, Jones (TG), and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Referee W.J. Lewington (Croyden).
EVERTON RESERVES 2 SHEFFIELD UNITED RESERVES 1
April 11, 1938. Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 37)
At Goodison Park. The Everton halves quickly got a grip on the game, and as a result the Sheffield attack was rarely seen. The only danger from this quarter came from sudden breakaways. The Everton forwards, on the other hand, launched many attacks, and the two goals by Bell were the result of accurate shooting. Dougal and Bentham gave the United defence plenty to do. White played well in goal for Sheffield, and was well covered by Wilkinson and Carr. Lowe, who scored was the visitors best forward. Everton Reserves: - Morton, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Lindley, Gee, and Watson, half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Bell, Dougal, and Trentham, forwards.
A PRICELESS POINT
April 11, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Everton were quite satisfied with the point they took from Stoke, but few of the spectators were satisfied with the play which was very moderate indeed. Everton had scored at the half-hour. Stoke had equalised five minutes later. But rarely was there a promise of another goal, for Everton seemed to be more determined to hold on to one point than seek another. Later Stoke thought it necessary to follow suit, so attack movements were at a premium. The hard ground, which appeared to have been watered in parts, undoubtedly affected any endeavours to progress by combined football, so that we saw the ball thumped up the field without any thought of combination, with a shot of some sort to follow. No one player seemed capable of mastering the bouncing ball, in fact little effort was made to control its peaulks so that passes went wrong, and as a consequence little science was seen throughout the centre game. Everton were desperate to take a half from this away fixture. They accomplished what they had set out to do, but it was drab stuff for most of the time. One could see the tensions, the nervous affect of Everton’s position, and the desperate endeavour of the defence to stave off defeat. I suppose one cannot blame them, for the winning of a single point was a tremendous relief, whereas a defeat would have been too awful to think about. Tommy Jones is such a clean player that he was obviously upset when the referee thought fit to lecture him as to his tactics. He had done nothing, in my opinion to warrant a warning; in fact, I thought he was unduly penalised. There were times when he went up for the ball quite fairly, only to hear the whistle, shrill against him. The crowd also got at him. He himself was badly fouled when Peppitt was getting his goal for Gee held him back as he (Jones) was going out to a ball which was undoubtedly his. Sagar could not have expected a shot or he dived much too-safe to make connection with Peppitt hooked drive Lawton’s goal came through a Cunliffe drive striking a defender and curling up in front of goal. He calamity headed it through. Wilkinson saved well from Cunliffe and “fingered” a back header by Lawton over the bar to prevent defeat. Where was the marksmanship of a week ago, when five goals were scored? The ground was no harder and it cannot be said that Stoke were better than the Albion. I think it can best be explained that Everton were satisfied with a draw the next best thing to a victory on an away ground.
POINT THAT MAY MEAN SAFETY
April 11, 1938. The Evening Express.
Value Of Blues’ Draw at Stoke.
The point that may mean safety. That is the value I attach to the draw Everton gained at Stoke on Saturday. They had to fight desperately for their half-share in a game in which both sides missed chances, but it was deserved and enabled the Blues to keep just ahead of the two bottom places. Remember that other teams struggling for safety won their games –Portsmouth, Grimsby Town, West Bromwich Albion, Huddersfield Town and Birmingham . Only two were losers, Manchester City and Leicester City. It has convinced me that the club can retain its status, for the outstanding programme is just about the easiest of all those concerned. Look at it for yourself: - Home; Sunderland, Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth, Derby County. Away Sunderland, Birmingham. The Blues have gain their home points to make sure. I think they can do it even though we may have to wait a little yet before we get the “All clear,” signal.
The side was not completely satisfactory at Stoke. I have seen Willie Cook play much better. The hard state of the going seemed to affect him. Neither Geldard nor Boyes was entirely satisfactory on the wings. Geldard lacked his customary initiative, and Boyes was slow, to “kill” a ball so that he was repeatedly running yards back. Not one did I see him go forward to beat at opponent. It was a pity, for the three inside-forwards were splendid, with Lawton and Stevenson grafting zealously all through and Cunliffe proving the greatest footballer on the field. He was superlative and always gave the indication that he would streak through to win the game as the Blues were fighting so strongly in defence. Everton’s half-backs paved the way for the draw. Mercer was grand in defence, Tom Jones struck his best form at a vital stage, and Thomson was the far-seeing general all through. Thomson was always urging his colleagues on. Jack Jones and Sagar played safely all through. Lawton gave the Blues the lead, heading through after splendid combined work in which Cunliffe genius was the primary factor.
EVERTON SHAREHOLDERS ASSOCIATION NOMINATE MR. W. R. WILLIAMS
April 12, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Everton F.C., Shareholders Association have adopted Mr. W. R. Williams as their nominee for one of the three vacancies on the Everton board which are to be filled at the annual meeting in June, and have decided in addition to support Mr. W. C. Gibbins and Mr. George Evans, two of the retiring directors who offer themselves for re-election. The third retiring director is Mr. R. R. Turnbull, who was co-opted recently to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. Harry Banks. The decisions to adopt Mr. Williams was made at a meeting of members last evening. The choice was unanimous and no other name was mentioned. After the meeting upwards of fifty shareholders were enrolled in the association the membership fee for which was fixed t one shilling per annum. Mr. Williams was born with football in his blood, and as a youngster played several seasons with Bootle amateurs. When he gave up active participation as a played he began to follow Everton he been a supporter for well over 40 years, and a shareholder since 1912. By business he is a colliery agent, and head of the Walton firm which bears his name. He is vice-president of the Olympic Bowling Club, well known in the North end. Mr. Albert Denaro, who is chairman of the recently formed shareholders Association, is hopeful that the organisation will not go out of business when the present spot of brother is over. As a rule movements of this kind come in like a lion in the first blaze of indignation and pass out like lambs when enthusiasm has cooked off. In his speech last night the chairman said there was no reason why the association should not continue to flourish in future years. There was not the friendly contact among shareholders that there might be, and an attempt to get to know one another better would be made by holding occasional social events. He appealed for support from members to further Mr. Williams’s candidature, particularly in regard to the obtaining of proxies. A scheme was being drawn up to allocate the work which would have to be done, and the committee hoped all members along with other shareholders who might join later, would do their bits. In briefly returning thanks, Mr. Williams said that he was not claiming to be able to do wonders if he got on the board, but he would do his best, and would always remember that he had got there by the votes of the shareholders. While he did not object to the co-option of directors there should be a limit, and shareholders ought to be consulted. With the co-operation and good will and active assistance of its members he was hopeful the association would carry the day at the annual meeting.
DIRECTORS, NO CHANGES IN TEAM
April 13 1938, Liverpool Daily Post
Everton team for Good Friday is unchanged. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Everton Res; (at derby, Good Friday) Morton; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Gee, Watson; Gillick, Bentham, Bell, Dougal, Trentham.
FORMER FAMOUS FOOTBALLER
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 13 April 1938
FORMER Dundee F.C. player and Scottish internationalist Alex. Troup is considering giving up his men's outfitting business in Forfar, which he has advertised for sale. Alex, purchased the business about 13 years ago, with a view to settling down in it when his football days were over. He finds, however, that he has no inclination for shopkeeping, and would prefer an outdoor occupation. He has no intention at the moment of leaving Forfar, where he was born. A plasterer to trade, he was one of the finest footballers ever produced by Forfar Athletic. He went to Dundee, and later played with Everton before returning Dundee. He was capped on four occasions, twice against England. During the War he saw active service in France with the Royal Engineers.
EVERTON TEAM FOR EASTER GAME.
APRIL 13, 1938. Evening Express
Everton are prepared for the big Easter holiday programme. The directors met last night and chose the sides for the opening game on Good Friday. Everton will be at home to Sunderland –their cup conquerors’ of the season –and they play the team which brought home a point from Stoke City. This means the continued absence of the captain, Cliff Britton.. Mercer will again be at right half with Thomson, the deputy captain, at left half. If there are no injuries the same team will oppose Charlton Athletic on Saturday. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Mercer, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
Western Daily Press - Thursday 14 April 1938
Northampton Town yesterday secured the transfer from Everton, of Patrick Hurel, the inside forward who went to the Goodison Park from Jersey two seasons ago.
EVERTON FORWARD JOINS NORTHAMPTON
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 14 April 1938
Northampton Town yesterday secured the transfer from Everton of Patrick Hurel, the inside forward who went to Goodison Park Park from Jersey two seasons ago. He is 20, stands 6ft. 5ins, and weighs 10st, 2lb.
EVERTON FORWARD TRANSFERED
April 14, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Northampton town yesterday secured the transfer from Everton of Hurel, the inside-forward, who went to Goodison Park from jersey, two seasons ago. He is 20 stands 5ft 5ins and weights 10st 2lb. Mr. W. Cresswell the old Everton player is the Northampton manager. Hurel is a clever player, who ought to do well at Northampton.
VITAL GAME FOR EVERTON
April 14, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton and Sunderland are old rivals, and though the present sides do not compare with some of the players who have represented the clubs in the past, the match, nevertheless should be well worth seeing, especially as so much depends on it, so far as Everton are concerned. If they are to get out of trouble, Everton must win this game. In addition to the points at stake, Everton have a cup defeat to avenge. Sunderland have escaped defeat in 11 away games this season, and from these matches secured 13 points. This kick-off is at 3 o’clock and the Everton team is Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Mercer, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
EVERTON MUST WIN
April 14, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Everton with two home games to start their Easter programme have a grand opportunity of making themselves safe by winning their games against Sunderland tomorrow, and Charlton Athletic on Saturday. It is essential that no further home points be dropped between now and the end of the season if they are to be rid of their relegation worries. They have an old score to wipe out against Sunderland for that Cup-tie defeat still rankles in the minds of the players, who will be anxious to prove that it was all wrong. Sunderland’s form has not been so impressive this season, but they have a habit of saving their best for their visits to Goodison Park. I gained the impression that Everton were quite content to accept a “half” from their visit to Stoke. They were more concerned about the saying of their goal than the need to go out for a clear-cut victory. That must not happen tomorrow or Saturday. Four points must be won, and can be won if only they will go out and seek them. Nothing succeeds like success. Take a look at Liverpool. Their outlook was even more desperate than Everton’s a short while ago, but they started to win, and gained such a belief in themselves by their success, that they have no fear of any team at the moment, either home or away. That is the spirit Everton must work up. Once they get a belief in themselves they will soon turn the corner, for they have the players, the ability and above all, the leading goal-scorer in the country to help them get goals. Lawton got very little chance at Stoke because there was little constructional play in their make-up that day. Neither wingman touched anything like his true form, and that took away a lot of the snap from the attack. Wingmen have a mission these days, and it is not to cling to the side lines, but out in – became one of the ‘firing squad,” as it were. The team for the game with Sunderland at Goodison Park on Friday kick-off 3.p.m. is as follows:- Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Mercer, Jones (T), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Sunderland – Mapson; Gorman, Hall; Thomson, Johnson, Saunders, Southler, Cater, Robinson, Gallacher, Burbanks. Everton will go on to Harrogate after their match with Sunderland on Monday, for special training.
BLUES’ TAKS AGAINST SUNDERLAND
April 14, 1938. The Evening Express.
Everton must not lose another home point if they are to retain First Division status. This is something the players must realise as they go in to tackle hard games over the holidays. The slightest slip at this period will spell doom to any of the ten teams who are concerned in the dash for safety. Everton’s task is made the harder because of the new talent-money scheme. Both Sunderland and Charlton Athletic have a chance of sharing in that welcome extra bonus, and so competition is all the keener. What I want to see in the Everton side is more trustful work from the wings and a tightening up in defence. If they can do that they should gain four points at least during the holidays. The Blues attack is quick-moving, and with Cunliffe playing right at the top of his form it is taking a lot of weight off young Lawton’s shoulders. Everton have two smart wingers who would be most effective were they more direct in their work and willing to cut in more often. Better covering would improve the defence. Sunderland defeated Everton in the Cup by the only goal at Goodison Park, but if Everton play as well as they did in the game and take their chances there should be no mistake this time. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (Jack); Mercer, Jones (Tom), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
Everton To Try Harrogate Tonic Again.
Everton have decided to have another spell of special training next week. They will spend a few days at Harrogate prior to their visit to Birmingham. The Blues go from Sunderland on Monday direct to Harrogate, where they will stay until the Saturday morning when they journey to St. Andrews. The players feel that these tonics are of considerable help in their fight against relegation, and there is no doubt it will take away the strain of the strenuous Easter programme.
Jimmy Connor, known as “the little red and white devil,” reappears in the Sunderland side to oppose Everton over the Easterride holidays. Connor, one of the greatest outside lefts we have seen in years, has been out of the Roker Park team for neatly two seasons owing to a knee injury. At one time it was thought his career had finished, but he underwent special treatment in Glasgow, and now he is fit again. Present arrangements are that he plays against the Blues at Roker Park on Monday, and I for one, will be pleased Connor has never failed to delight me.
EVERTON 3 SUNDERLAND 3 (Game 1641 over-all)-(Div 1 1599)
April 16, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Fall Away
Draw After 2-0 Lead.
What is wrong with Everton? Against Sunderland at Goodison Park yesterday they started off like world beaters, and promised to sweep Sunderland out of the picture, but long before the end and they had petered out and Sunderland became the danger team, so that at the final the Northern team had levelled matters at 3-3. It would rather suggest that Everton are not a 90 minute team. This is not nor the first occasion on which they have laid what seemed a winning foundation only to find it was not stable enough to hold them up for the entire game. For half an hour they simple toyed with Sunderland by good sound and progressive football, and in 17 minutes had scored two goals –it should have been three for Boyes missed an easy one – which bid fair to take them away from the danger zone, for the visitors rarely promised to score.
Remarkable Turn Round.
But in two minutes 33 and 35 minutes –they had knocked off Everton’s arrears and took control. I fear that Everton are feeling their position. Those two Sunderland goals seemed to pray on their minds, so that from a highly qualified side they become uncertain in their movements when Sunderland came on were definitely more dangerous near goal. It was a remarkable turnaround. The Everton lustre had been rubbed off in exactly half an hour and where they had been a complete whole, they became a thing of shreds and patches. I know nothing will go right for the team with relegation worries but seeing them in their brilliant mood, one would not have thought they had a care in the world, but a darting half hour is not enough in these times. They sparkled during their bright period, and Cunliffe scored two goals which should have set them on a winning trail, but from than on they started to tall-off and allow Sunderland to take up the reins of office, and become a dictator where they had been a good second. Carter and Burbanks replied successfully to Cunliffe’s pair, so that it means that Everton had to start all over again. The ground was bone dry –dust rose with the bounce of the ball –and this is undoubtedly affecting Everton’s play. They cannot master the ball so accurately as on a more yielding turf, and mistakes were frequent. But what I noticed more than anything was that they appeared to ease up a shade with their two goals lead and that was fatal even though Sunderland and did not promise to hit back at they did. The Everton defence was not faultless when Burbanks got his first goal for I saw wide open spaces in it. Then the final Sunderland goal was a tragedy.
Thomson, the captain had cracked home a third goal for Everton; had enjoyed the hugs of his colleagues and all seemed well for victory but five minutes from the end Burbanks beat Cook and Jones (T) in turn and stopped forward to an equalising goal. The switch has been adapted with such amazing results by other teams that it would perhaps be as well if Everton thought about following suit. Lawton by confining himself exclusively to the centre. If the prey of the centre half. And in Johnson he got little respite. In the late minutes Cunliffe and he (Lawton) changed places, but it was of no avail. In the last minute Jack Jones came a purely ever Spuhler’s back, and was seriously hurt. He was led off the field by Trainer Cooke, but was so dazed that he did not knew that the game was ended. He must be considered a doubtful starter for today’s game with Charlton. It was entertaining football, but the supporters were concerned about the “fell away,” of Everton. They could give no reason for it, neither can I. T. Jones had a poor day whereas Mercer had an amazing innings for an hour, but he fell under the relegation spell,” which I am sure is the root cause for Everton’s lapses. They opened with the open game, and it brought them such success that they should have proceeded with it, but for some unearthly reason they altered their style of play, and because the old Everton –the tip-tapping side with no finish to their midfield play. Sunderland were made to look like commoners when Everton were hitting the highlights but as the game went on, everyone began to fear this Sunderland side, for they were much more dangerous near goal once they had got on terms than Everton. The loss of a home point was serious. Teams: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones (JE); backs; Mercer, Jones (T), Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Sunderland: - Mapson, goal; Gorman and Hall, backs; Thomson, Johnston, Saunders, half-backs; Spuhler, Carter, Robbinson, Gallacher, Burbanks, forwards.
DERBY COUNTY RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 1
April 16, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 38)
Snatches of extremely good football, were marred by slowness and poor finishing of both sets of forwards in the game at Derby. The Derby attack predominated at the start Jones and Stockill missing open goals. Everton also had bad luck in breakaways in which Gillick hit the upright and Trentham fired over. Everton gained the upper hand and Trentham gave them the only goal of the match. Draw would have been a fairer indication of the game, in which both defences was outstanding. Everton Reserves: - Morton, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Lindley, Gee and Watson, half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Bell, Dougal and Trentham, forwards.
EVERTON GET ON TOP
April 16, 1938. The Liverpool Football Echo
Valuable Second Half Goals.
Everton had to fight hard for those two points, and it was not until the second half, when Charlton were without Tadman that they ultimately got on top. It must be said, however, that Bartram, while playing well had his spot of luck. Teams: Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook, and Greenhalgh, backs; Britton (captain), Jones (T), and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Charlton Athletic: - Bartram, goal; Turner and Oakes (James), backs; Tann, Oakes (John), and Welsh, half-backs; Robinson, Blutt, Tadman, Boulter, Brown, forwards. Referee Mr. T. Smith, Warwick. Everton had some leeway to make up for the loss of the home point to Sunderland yesterday was much more serious than one imagined. They had to make two changes in the side through injuries sustained in the game on Good Friday, Jack Jones and Mercer being unable to play through ankle injuries, so that Britton returned to captain the side along with Greenhalgh who took Jones’s place. There was another fine crowd and Everton opened as they did against Sunderland with great flourish, and Stevenson was decidedly unlucky when he saw his short-range shot deflected away from goal. Even then the danger to Charlton’s defence was still apparent for the ball swung across to the right wing where Cunliffe was only a shade late in making contact. Had he done so I feel sure a goal would have been the outcome. The Athletic then had their turn and Sagar had to make a catch and at the same time a charge by Brown. Sagar was successful in both things, but as he was bouncing the ball in preparation to clear he was again charged over, so that Everton got the help of a free kick. One could see the desperation of the Everton side. There was the case of Boyes running into the goalmouth in anticipation of a centre which did not come because Cunliffe thought that Boyes was in his proper place and to allowed the ball to travel on in that direction which of course meant a free kick to the Charlton back. In the early moments Charlton’s defence were hard pressed. Twice Bartram had to push the ball away from his goal, only to find that it came back to him. So far, there had been no actual shots of any real account. The ball did not run any too kindly for Everton in the first ten minutes. Several times well-intentioned passes were rather luckily intercepted. Greenhalgh was early on the scene with constructive defence, but when the Athletic got moving they were distinctly troublesome to the home defence. The best shot of the game thus far was accredited to Stevenson, whose oblique drive was fingered by Bartram. A better save than that was made by the same goalkeeper soon afterwards when he got his left hand to a short sharp shot by Cunliffe.
Cunliffe must have wondered what sort of man Bartram was to have saved such an effect, for the ball seemed booked for the back of the net. Boyes once cleverly beat Tann and swept the ball over to Lawton, who made a first time drive which slewed away from the goal. Then Tadman on behalf of Charlton made a tame shot, when nicely placed, well wide of the goal. A claim for hands against Oakes (John) was rightly ignored because it was a case of ball to hand. Geldard forced a corner and put the ball almost along the face of the crossbar and went on to a defender who cleared. The sun was bothering the Charlton men, particularly Oakes (James) who was having a warm time against Geldard, who appeared to have got his measures.
Sagar saved from Brown at the second attempts. Tadman had to go off injured and returned with a heavily bandaged knee. He went outside left limping badly. Lawton made a solo dribble before parting with the ball to Geldard, whose centre produced a corner from which Lawton headed narrowly wide. Lawton was fouled well inside the penalty area but got no recompense and when Boyes went slap bang into Tann the referee gave a free kick against Charlton man, when most of us thought it should have been the other way about. Nothing would go right for Everton. There was the case of Boyes shooting strongly for goal with Bartram well out yet he would get in the line of flight of Boyes drive not by any design but sheer good fortune. Stevenson tried his luck with a powerful shot, which whizzled past the upright. Just on the interval Bartram saved from Cunliffe as Stevenson bumped into him and then hesitation out a fierce drive from Cunliffe, but the whistle had sounded for a free kick from which Jones (T) shot tamely along the ground.
Half-Time Everton 0, Charlton Athletic 0
Charlton resumed with ten men. Tadman being the absence and within a minute they were a goal in arrears. Geldard scoring after Bartram had parried Cunliffe’s short range drive. Lawton laid the foundation of the goal when he headed across to Cunliffe, who should have scored himself from the position he held. Bartram was in great form, but Cunliffe shot was much too severe for him to hold, and the ball came out to Geldard, who soon had it in the net.
Everton naturally were now on top the Athletic finding it a severe handicap without the service of Tadman. Cunliffe was through in a similar sort of way and again Bartram foiled him by making a magnificent save. However, at 63 minutes Everton were granted a penalty kick for a push on Stevenson and Lawton scored from the spot, as he has done every time he has taken a penalty kick.
The Athletic almost scored when Cook hesitated against Brown, whose centre was headed narrowly wide by Robinson. A third goal came Everton’s way at 76 minutes and it arose from a throw-in Stevenson going on despite an appeal for offside and passing to Geldard whose shot hit the top netting. Do you know you cannot be offside from a throw in? Many did not know at Goodison today. Boyes quick throw-in was mainly responsible for the goal. Bartram was again in the way of a Cunliffe shot, and when Lawton dashed in to complete the movement he also shot on to the Charlton goalkeeper, who was undoubtedly having his fair share of the day’s luck. Charlton were laying the offside tray for Everton very effectively. One time there were three Everton men offside only two yards over the half-way line.
Charlton’s Penalty Shot.
At 80 minutes Charlton were awarded a penalty when Thomson fisted the ball out and Turner came up to take it. He shot hard but the ball hit the crossbar bounded down, and Sagar was able to make the clearance complete. Final Everton 3, Charlton Athletic 0.
BURNLEY R V EVERTON RES
April 16, 1938. The Evening Express
The opening exchanges were rather scrappy, a strong breeze making play difficult. The Burnley attack was most impressive, but Saunders and Jackson was sound, and by good positioning prevented many shots at goal. The visitors who had to face the wind were not often allowed to get near the Burnley goal but when they did make a dangerous move Woodruff had to concede a corner to stop Gillick from putting the ball across, and Bell just failed to get his foot to the ball when it came to him four yards in front of goal. The first real shot was put in by Bentham after 30 minutes, but it was deflected for a corner by the Burnley right half. This proved to be the only shot of a rather dull half, for neither side seemed able to get proper control over the ball. There was a thrill just before the interval when Stein broke away, but the Everton defence was ready, for his centre. Half-time No Score.
Runcorn v. Everton “A”
Runcorn gave a trial to a new outside right named Newton, of Liverpool University. The first half produced some exciting football, in which Hartill was prominent. Newton scored for Runcorn as the result of clever midfield play. Everton quickly attacked and Barnes scored. Half-time Runcorn 1, Everton “A” 1.
EVERTON 3 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 0 (Game 1642 over-all)-(Div 1 1600)
April 18, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Charlton Reduced to Ten Men.
It is said about football that 10 men should not beat 11. Well, this axiom was borne out to the full when Everton defeated Charlton Athletic by 3-0 at Goodison Park for it was not until the Athletic lost the service of Tadman that Everton got on top. It was a satisfying victory for Everton, but the manner of its taking was not satisfying to the 30,000 people who attended the match. For one thing there was no leading up work attached to the goals. Secondly Everton particularly Cunliffe allowed Bartram to make saves when he should have been beaten. The goalkeeper played well, but his task was made easier by players shooting straight at him. He was undoubtedly lucky on occasions Everton are still unable to master the bounding ball, though I thought it ran unkindly for them at times.
Everton Still Jumpy
Charlton were not nearly so good a side as Sunderland, yet they kept Everton at bay for over half the game, and to what extent the absence of Tadman affected their day will never be known. Everton are still jumpy. The easy flow was not there, due to no doubt to the heavy burden which the players are shoulders just now. It was stanchly football without the artistry and fluent movements of an Everton unruffled by the thought of a defeat and what it would entail. Bartram had stood between Everton and a victory at the Valley early in the season, and he shaped in such a fashion at Goodison that he promised to bar the way once again to the Everton forwards and he made some fine saves. One minute after the interval, however, Geldard got the opening goal after Bartram had pushed out a stunning drive by Cunliffe. What a relief that goal brought. Everton from that moment were more united, yet it was not until Lawton had added number 2 from the penalty spot that one felt that victory was assured, for there was still plenty of fight in the Athletic team.
Value of Quick Threw.
It had been a hard fight whereas it should have been comparatively easy with Charlton shorthanded, and when Geldard from a Stevenson pass and rattled the top netting with his shot Everton were able to view the game as won, but not until Sagar had saved Turner a penalty shot by turning the ball on to the upright and clearing the rebound was the issue but beyond doubt. Let me revert to Geldard’s second goal. It was the outcome of a quick throw in by Boyes, Stevenson collected the ball what time Charlton appealed for offside. A player cannot be offside from a throw-in. They should have known that, and so should a section of the crowd. How few know the rules of the game, yet are so free to voice their disapproval of the referee’s decision. Geldard even with the two goals was not at his best, and Boyes has yet to reproduce the form he displayed in his first game with Everton and I should say the best of the forwards was Cunliffe, who worked like a horse. Lawton might with more advantage to himself roam away from the centre a little, and so get out the grip of the present day “third back,” His heading was good, and he gave Cunliffe two fine openings, one of which indirectly produced a goal. I would like to see the wing half more on the wing. They play so near the centre, of the field that the wing men of the opposition have a clear run in with only a back to face them. Greenhalgh and Cook defended stubbornly. . Teams: Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook, and Greenhalgh, backs; Britton (captain), Jones (T), and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Charlton Athletic: - Bartram, goal; Turner and Oakes (James), backs; Tann, Oakes (John), and Welsh, half-backs; Robinson, Blutt, Tadman, Boulter, Brown, forwards. Referee Mr. T. Smith, Warwick.
EVERTON PLAYERS NOT RETAINED
April 18 1938, Liverpool Daily Post
By Liverpool Daily Post
Everton have decided not to retain six of their thirty-seven professionals for next season, all recognised first team players have been re-engaged and the only surprise is that Dougal the former arsenal inside forward, has not been offered terms. Dougal joined Everton last year but, has not been in the league team for some time. The other five players for transfer are, Wilkinson (goalkeeper), Felton (half-back) and Cuff, Arthur and Laidman (forwards)
BURNLEY RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 0
April 18, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 39)
Everton’s Central League Success
Draw At Burnley Decides The Championship
Everton Reserves became champions of the Central league on Saturday, when they earned a point in a goalless draw at Burnley, while Bolton Reserves, their nearest rivals were beaten at Preston. This is Everton’s second championship success, the first dating back to the 1913-14 season, when they obtained 49 out of a possible 76 points. A dry ground and a strong breeze provided difficult conditions which both teams were unable to overcome. Burnley had the best attack, b Everton’s defence positioned well and few scoring chances came. The best efforts came in the second half, when Morton saved well from Richardson, and Stein just missed. Trentham shot at the goalkeeper when he had a chance for Everton. With the defences on top, there were few thrills.
Runcorn 3, Everton “A” 3
Liverpool County Combination
Runcorn were forced to make several changes in connection of the calls of the first team at Chester street. Duckworth who has been playing well for Warrington and District. Barnes (2) and Dickworth scored for Runcorn and Catterick (2) and Hedley for Everton.
THREE EVERTON STARS SPARKLE
April 18, 1938. The Evening Express
Rest Lack Lustre Against Charlton
Everton’s performance in scoring six times and earning three points in the first two days of the Easter holiday programme slightly eased their position in the relegation zone, but if worries are to be completely banished they will have to reveal better form than they did when beating Charlton Athletic 3-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday. Everton were rarely impressive against Charlton, in a game which had end-of-the-season flavour. The lively ball, often difficult to control, made good play difficult, but, nevertheless, there were too many mistakes, usually caused by faulty passing. Tommy Lawton, whose penalty goal increased his individual total of 27, leaving him high and dry above the rest of the Football League’s marksmen, was ever ready to have a crack, but was not given much room by John Oakes –Cook and Greenhalgh were always sound in defence. Apart from those three, I do not think any of the other members of the team displayed the form we know they are capable of. In view of the facts that Charlton were without Tadman, their centre-forward, for all the second half, and that the Athletic never appealed to be out at full stretch, I thought Everton would pull out their best to improve their goal average. Perhaps they were over-anxious because of the absolute necessity of a victory. Be that as it may, the forwards and the halves were below bar. Wally Boyes, whom I saw give such a sound display on his debut against Leeds United at Elland-road, was a mere shadow of the confident winger he was that day. Geldard was not impressive, and though I admit Stevenson and Cunliffe put in some good touches, neither seemed o have complete understanding with their extreme wings. The wing halves –Britton and Thomson –bunched together too much, leaving big gaps on the flanks, and it was as well that Cook and Greenhalgh were alive to the side’s weaknesses.
EVERTON’S PLAY AND POLICY
April 18, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Everton were a long time in winning their game with Charlton Athletic, for it was not until the second half, had been started that they got the leading goal, and in fairness to the Londoners it must be mentioned that they resumed without Tadman, injured in the first half. Everton, were, however, slightly better than Charlton for they tested the goalkeeper much more frequently, and while Bartram played extremely well he enjoyed just that bit of luck which is part and parcel of a down, yet not at any time did the game reach a high standard o far as good class football was concerned. There was little combined play, mot one of the trio of goals being the result of a linking-up process. They were snatch affairs, one a penalty. Everton are undoubtedly feeling their position. Instead of the game running along with an easy flow, it looked jagged and ragged, it was even thus when team was down in the doldrums.
In no way am I trying to make excuses for Everton’s poor play, but in fairness to them I must say that the ball did not run for them. Many times the players attempted something which in normal times would have been greeted as a fine place of work, but against Charlton it did not just come off. The merest turn of fortune’s wheel prevented it owing so. Let me cite the case of goalkeeper Bartram. While giving him full praise for his staunch work under the Charlton bar, I think you must agree that he was a trifle fortunate on more than one occasion. He shot out a left hand with more hope than anything else to stay the progress of a Cunliffe shot, and he made contact, then he was lucky to beat down two short range shots by the same player when all the odds were against him. True, I admit that Cunliffe should not have given him the slightest chance of saving, but that is the way things go when a team is down. Have you not experienced it in your own goal games? But all that apart. Let us analyse the Everton team. The forwards have scored more goals than the League leaders, so who can blame the attack for their lowly position. We must look elsewhere for the root of the trouble.
The Wing Half-Backs.
Is the defence letting them down? It could be better than it is, I grant you, but I think the trouble lies somewhere else. Why do the opposition wingmen have such a good time against Everton? Mr reading of it is that the wing half backs play too near the middle of the field, giving the winger too much score. I know it is the acknowledged way of playing the “third back” game, but with the two inside men lying behind surely a wing ball need not have too close in on top of them. It means throwing a deal of weight on the full back, and if he is beaten the winger is through. How many times have you seen that happen at Goodison this season? There fancy lies some of the reason for Everton’s position. Charlton have gone back since I last saw them, yet until they were reduced to ten men they made Everton fight every inch of the ground. It was a relief when Geldard opened the score of greater relief when Lawton popped in his penalty shot and an easy mind when Geldard rammed home a third goal. Yet Everton were not satisfying. There was something lacking on the wings, where Geldard and Boyes are not delivering the goods as they should do, and would not Lawton do better if he roamed about little more, got away from the strangle hold of the centre half back? The wing halves might with greater success play more widely part. Sagar’s penalty save was brilliant, I did not at first think he had pushed the ball up on to his crossbar, but he tells me he did.
Everton Res, Championship
Congratulations to Everton Reserves on winning the Central league championship. No matter what happened in the remaining games they cannot be deposed from the leadership. This is the second time Everton have carried it off, the previous occasion being in 1913-14. The record is held by West Bromwich Albion, who have been six times headed the table during their 17 years membership. Huddersfield come next with four championships.
FEW SHOTS AT ROKER PARK
April 18, 1938. The Evening Express.
But Sunderland Do The Scoring.
Too Much Whistle Puts Everton Off Their Game.
Repeated cautions and pretty free kicks completely upset Everton at Roker Park, today; against Sunderland. Sunderland won 2-0. Everything went against the Blues, even though they were the better side in the first half, and they were refused two clear-cut penalties, one in each half. Mercer returned to Everton’s side, Jack Jones being unable to play owing to a sore shoulder. The home team made four changes from Saturday. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Greenhalgh backs; Mercer, Jones (T), and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Sunderland: - Mapson, goal; Feenan, and Hall, backs; Thomson (c.), Lockle, and Hasting, half-backs; Spuhler, Carter, Robinson, Saunders, Burbanks, forwards. Referee Mr. E.D. smith (Maryport) Boyes was Everton’s chief foil in the opening stages, but two of his centres, delivered after he raced through at full speed, found only Mapson there to take command. These were the only bright notes in a quiet opening, although Mapson pulled down one high shot, and all Sagar had to deal with was a shot from Carter. Everton were the more assertive side; in fact, in the opening quarter, Sunderland revealed nothing of the play they had shown at Goodison Park, although their defence stood up well. Lawton once put Cunliffe through between the backs and the inside player shot too quickly as Mapson advanced. Geldard made a spirited run, only to place the ball straight to Mapson. In practically Sunderland’s first raid they took the lead. The linesman signalled for “hands” against Cook, but the referee allowed play to proceed. Burbanks ran on to centre well for Robinson. Sagar got his hands to the ball, but it dropped behind him and went over the line. The referee had occasion to call Jones and Carter together and in this none-too-interesting game there were far too-interesting game there were far too many pretty fouls.
Cunliffe’s Lone Raid.
Cunliffe staged a surprise lone-hand raid when he came swerving past three opponents away to the left, but when he made his shot, he found the angle covered by Mapson. Sunderland gained two corners, but their only shot so far –and 30 minutes had been ticked off –was the scoring ball. Everton were rather too intricate in their attack, and now when Thomson was adjudged to have handled, his namesake sent in a curling shot, which Sagar fisted away. The referee spoke to no fewer than five of the Everton players without apparent reason. Everton continued to have the better of the game in midfield. Boyes got through cleverly and centred for Stevenson to head into Mapson’s hands. In 36 minutes the ball was placed for down the right to Spuhler to make ground and send across a low centre which Carter promptly stabbed into the net for the second goal. Sagar got his hands to the ball, but could not stop it. Sunderland’s next marksman again was Carter, but Sagar got his body well behind the shot. Then Geldard beat three men before being forced into touch. In the first half Everton were unfortunate to be in arrears in fact Sunderland had delivered only four shots.
Half-Time Sunderland 2, Everton 0.
Everton fell away in the second half and were on the defence for long spells, but Greenhalgh and Jones were excellent. During the first quarter in the half the only time Mapson kicked the ball was when he took a goal kick, following Stevenson’s shot after Geldard had paved the way. Sagar twice had to fist away awkward centres and he went full lengthy to save a fast shot from Spunler. Everton almost reduced the lead when Geldard outwitted Hasting and Hall and although Lawton got past Lockie he shot straight at Mapson, from only a few yards. Jones was much too high for a distance free kick and Stevenson and Lawton also drove over as Everton put everything into attack, after Sunderland had lost Thomson owing to a groin injury. The Blues should have had a penalty when Lockie appeared to beat the ball away with both hands, but the referee refused the appeal. From a corner kick Jones taking the ball on the turn, placed outside. Final; Sunderland 2, Everton 0.
April 18, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Take Early Lead AT Roker.
Weakness Of Everton Forwards.
GELDARD’S Bold Bid.
Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Greenhalgh backs; Mercer, Jones (T), and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Sunderland: - Mapson, goal; Feenan, and Hall, backs; Thomson (c.), Lockle, and Hasting, half-backs; Spuhler, Carter, Robinson, Saunders, Burbanks, forwards. Referee Mr. E.D. smith (Maryport) with ten minutes having been played Everton had a great opportunity of taking the lead when Cunliffe was through. Mapson left his goal to cut down the Everton man’s shooting angle when he could have stayed where he was for Cunliffe’s shot was wide of the mark. The Sunderland attack was being tackled instantly by the Everton half-backs, and this held them down to some extent, and there was always more danger from the Everton front line, and Stevenson was not far off the mark when he shot over the bar.
Goal After Handling Incident
Sunderland thus far had not produced their Good Friday form in fact Sagar’s first task was to save a half-hearted shot by Carter, but in their very next advance they took the lead. Cook had handled the ball but instead of the referee holding up the game he allowed to play to proceed so that Burbanks went on his way and made a centre, from which Robinson headed sharply into the net. Sagar got his hands to the ball but it dropped behind him and over the goalline. The football was never of a high standard, but there was no getting away from the fact that Everton had the greater chances but had so far failed to accept them. Cunliffe was the only one who looked like testing Mapson and this he did when he broke between the Sunderland back, and shot straight at the goalkeeper. The referee brought Jones and Carter together and gave them a talking to as to their future game. They had been concerned in one or two pretty fouls. Carter had a great opportunity to increase his side’s score when he collected a centre from the left 12yards out but he like others, was unable to find the correct range.
Cater Gets A second.
The referee thought fit to have words with Cook and Mercer. In fact, the game became decidedly ragged because of its stoppages. However, Sunderland had shown more enterprise since taking their goal lead, and when at thirty six minutes Carter scored a second Everton’s prospects looked decidedly bad. Cunliffe had a nasty cut on his thigh and this undoubtedly affected his play, for he seemed afraid to go full out. Spuhler and once again Sagar got his hand to the ball without being able to keep it out of the net. Geldard made a nice run, but the Sunderland defence a put up a stout resistance to a feeble Everton attack. Some f the referee’s decision were mystifying Sagar made a good save right on the interval.
Half-Time Sunderland 2, Everton 0
There was no pep in the first ten minutes of the second half, for Everton have suggested that they would wipe off any of Sunderland’s lead, which Sunderland seemed to rest content. Barbanks made a shot of worth, which clattered up against Cook’s back.
Over The Bar
Geldard ran through and pushed the ball right across Stevenson, who tried a first time effort, which went soaring over the cross-bar. Everton could not get anything from the referee. Them were occasions when I thought he was rather severe on them. Geldard again broke into the news what little there was, when he beat two men and then gave Lawton a ball that was awkward at first because it came to him knee high. He got it down, however, but was unable to get his full power behind the shot so that Mapson saved. To give some idea as to the poverty of the Everton shooting I have only to mention that Mapson had no more than half a dozen shots in 65 minutes. Everton came more into the game for a few moments, and Boyes slammed a hard drive over the crossbar. Lawton found his task down the middle extremely difficult, so much so that he rarely broke through. Burbanks found Cook who had just previously been hurt barring his way. Greenhalgh was playing particularly well, and Jones was showing better form than in his last two games. When C. Thomson went-off with an injured groin Everton threw everything into attack. Lawton twice shot over and there was a penalty claim which was ignored. Lawton headed under the bar only to see Feenan head out. There was, however, little fight in the Everton forwards. Final; Sunderland 2; Everton 0.
SUNDERLAND 2 EVERTON 0 (Game 1643-over-all)-(Div 1 1601)
April 19, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Attack Lacks Sting
Sunderland Win By Two Goals.
A series of pretty free kicks and numerous stoppages for decisions which were doubtful upset Everton at Roker Park yesterday, when they were beaten 2-0 after what could be described with truth as a very moderate display of football. It rather suggested the tale-end of the Easter-side games, but Everton were undoubtedly the better side in the first half. But right against the run of the game Sunderland took a goal at 17 minutes when Robinson headed through a Barbanks centre. Cook was unfortunate in this goal for when he handled the referee allowed play to go on and the result was Burbanks’s centre, but there was still a chance for Everton even after this goal, for they were still masters in attack, but the one thing missing was a shot of any kind. Several times Mapson had to save, but from none of them was he seriously troubled. Cunliffe certainly should have scored when he broke between the backs and had only Mapson to face. But in his anxiety be shot too quickly and shot outside.
Then at 36 minutes Carter got goal No. 2 and as with the first goal, Sagar handled the ball as it went into the net. That was practically the finish of Everton –two goals behind and on top of that little or nothing from the referee. Several players were spoken to in my opinion needlessly, for share was nothing spiteful about any of the alleged fouls perpetrated. Cunliffe, it must be said was never comfortable in this game. He had a nasty thigh injury sustained on Saturday and was obviously nervous about letting himself go right out. There were claims I think there might have been some justification for Everton’s plea when Lockie but two hands to a ball that enabled him to save a desperate situation. The second half was Everton’s because Thomson (C) had to retire with a groin injury and they did a wise thing in throwing the whole of their attack at the Sunderland defence, but their shooting was not accurate enough, and Mapson’s work was thus made comparatively simple. He was once saved from downfall when Feenan headed out after to seemed lost. Everton’s best players were Greenhalgh, who gave a sound exhibition at full back and Tommy Jones who improved on his work and display. There was no great bite in the attack, there was no fighting for the ball; if it came to them all was well. There was a great difference of styles in this matter because Sunderland would and did fight for the ball. The referee’s decision seemed to influence Everton’s play. They became so afraid of doing anything for fear their might be pulled up, thus the game lost it easy flow. Roker Park is not a good ground for Everton, strange enough it may seem the game never reaches a high standard there. I think the crowd has something to do with that for, in my opinion they are the most biased spectators in the country; a Sunderland player can do just what he likes and must not be penalised –should a visitor do exactly the same thing he comes under the ban in no half hearted manner, I make this statement not in any way as an excuse for Everton’s defeat, but just to explain the influence of petty decisions &c, which had a great deal to do with Everton’s moderate display. Teams:- Everton:- Sagar, goal; Cook and Greenhalgh backs; Mercer, Jones (T), and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Sunderland:- Mapson, goal; Feenan, and Hall, backs; Thomson (c.), Lockle, and Hasting, half-backs; Spuhler, Carter, Robinson, Saunders, Burbanks, forwards. Referee Mr. E.D. smith (Maryport)
EVERTON RESERVES 3 DERBY COUNTY RESERVES 1
April 19, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 40)
At Goodison Park. The first half was even, but after the interval Everton were on top Bell, Gillick and Trentham were always dangerous in the forward line, while Gee was outstanding t centre-half. The defence had a fairly easy time, but Morton had to make some good saves. Mee was the best of the County forwards. Travis the centre forward fading out after half-time. King, Bell and Alton were sound defenders for Derby. Bell (2) and Gillick scored for Everton and Mee replied.
STERN BATTLE AHEAD FOR EVERTON
April 19, 1938. The Evening Express
Sunderland And Defeat Puts Blues In Danger
Everton’s plight has become more serious following the Easter programme. A defeat at Sunderland yesterday by two clear goals has again placed them in the danger zone. The Blues have now two home matches and one away I think home points will see them safe, but the task that lies ahead is a difficult one. Granted that everything ran against them at Roker Park, but there was still a lack of “bite” about the attack. The forwards seemed slow to move to the ball and too often gave the Sunderland forwards free kicks or easy tackles. There was sufficient, however to upset any side in the first half when the Everton players had only to go near a home man for the crowd to yell “foul.” The game as a spectacle was spoiled by the referee’s repeated cautions for pretty offences. Everton had the better of the first half but apart from the final 15 minutes were well held in the second portion. The defence was good, but the attack rarely looked dangerous. Cunliffe had one good chance, early on, and Lawton was not blameless when it came to taking chances, but they lacked willingness to battle for possession. The Everton attack suffered by Cunliffe failing to strike his usual form, so that Lawton found little room in which to operate. It was left to Stevenson to do the foraging. Tom Jones at centre half was vastly improved on recent weeks, and he kept a tight grip on Robinson, who opened the score. Carter added the second. Cook and Greenhalgh were fine backs, and Thomson, though outpaced sometimes, was the calculating tactician and remarkably strong in close work. Everton can play better than this, but the stern battle ahead needs far more effort in attack.
April 19, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Everton were not blessed with the best of good fortune in their return game with Sunderland at Roker Park yesterday. For one thing the referee by his over-keenesses upset the players to arch an extent that they could not do themselves justice. He petty free kicks –and warning of which there were many –undermined their confidence so that they were unable to do themselves full justice. I do not say this with a view to belittling Sunderland’s victory, for as things went they were just about worthy of their success. But never at any stage of the game was the play commensurate with the standing of Sunderland whose play these days has fallen from its high estate. They took a two-goal lead in the first half, and that at a time when Everton were definitely the better side. But the incessant breakages of the flow of the game through infringements, which were really of not great account robbed them of their confidence. Four times the referee deemed it necessary to issue words of warming to four Everton players. In one instance he actually called one of them right across the field to give him a lecture. And this was hardly necessary, for the player Cook had done nothing but ask why he had been penalised. It is strange that Roker Park has never been a good ground from an Everton point of view. There is always some sort of trouble of this kind. My memory goes back to a cup-tie played there a few years ago. Things were not so bad yesterday, but I cannot get away from the fact that the over reviable referee undoubtedly spoiled the game. Sunderland took their goals through Robinson and Carter, and in each case Sagar handled the ball without being able to keep it out of the net. Everton placed as they are were naturally upset by these two goals, and it has got to be admitted that it took some of the pep out of them.
The team that is fighting against relegation is apt to lose heart when thing start to go wrong, as they undoubtedly did at Sunderland. But admitting to all this I cannot help but state that the Everton forward line rarely showed any promised of beating down the Sunderland defence. They were without the sting necessary simply because they did not fight for the ball, and Cunliffe, who had a nasty thigh injury, was so scared that he would not let himself go, and this naturally robbed the line of a great deal of its power. Everton are not yet out of the wood. They had hoped that a least a point would result from their visit in the North End, but they rarely promised to win that point because of their own shortcoming. They shared, in my opinion have had a penalty when Lockie deliberately handled the ball in his penalty area I though the referee was about to blow but the changed his mind; and then there was the case of Feenan heading but of the goal when Mapson was nowhere to be seen. But these things usually crop up for a team fighting a relegation battle. Nothing will go right for them. Everton tried hard enough to prevent goals, but they did not try hard enough to score goals –and thereby bangs the tale.
EVERTON ALL WELL FROM HARROGATE
April 20, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will not pick their side to meet Birmingham until Thursday evening. This is the last away match of the season. A clean bill of health is reported this morning from Harrogate, where the players are undergoing a tuning-up process in view of the stiff nature of they task the remaining weeks of the season.
LIVERPOOL “A” BEAT EVERTON “A”
April 21, 1938, The Liverpool Daily Post
The challenge match between Liverpool and Everton “A” team at Anfield last night resulted in a win for Liverpool by 2-0. The goals were scored in the last quarter of an hour. There was little between the sides during the opening exchanges. Both sides kept trying hard, but the defence gave little away. Liverpool opened the second half strongly. McCapuin shooting strongly. Play was even until Liverpool gained the lead in the last quarter through Done after a good run by Wallbank. The Liverpool halves played splendidly. The Everton defence seemed to falter in the closing stages. Wallbank scored a second for Liverpool. Flowers, Fitzsimmons, Easedale and Peters were outstanding for the winners while Burnett, Lambert, Wyles, and Edwards were good workers for Everton.
J.E. JONES RETURNS TO EVERTON SIDE
April 22, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
For their final away engagement against Birmingham city, at St Andrews. Everton’s team shows one change, from that which lost to Sunderland. This is at full back, where JE Jones, who was injured during the holiday, matches returns in place of Greenhalgh. The team is; Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Mercer, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
Everton reserve team to play Bury at Goodison Park will be; Everton; Morton; Saunders, Jackson; Wyles, Gee, Lindley; Gillick, Bell, N. Sharpe, Trentham.
A FIGHT FOR SAFETY
April 22, 1938. The Evening Express.
Fight clubs are waging a desperate battle at the foot of the First Division table in order to reach safely. They are Huddersfield Town, Everton, Birmingham, Leicester City, Manchester City, Portsmouth, West Bromwich Albion, and Grimsby Town. Tomorrow four of the clubs will be opposing each other. West Bromwich will be at home to Huddersfield, and Everton visit Birmingham to complete their away programme. If Everton fail to escape defeat at St. Andrew’s their position will once again become desperate. True-they have two home games to complete their fixtures and therein lies hope but even a partial success tomorrow would be most valuable. The task is tremendous, for Birmingham will go on the field knowing full well that failure to win will bring relegation. This is their last home match. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Mercer, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Everton Reserves will be at home to Bury in a Central League match. Everton Reserves; Morton; Saunders, Jackson; Wyles, Gee, Lindley; Gillick, Bentham, Ball, N. Sharp, Trentham. Everton have selected the following team to oppose Manchester City in the Lancashire Cup first round tie at Maine road on Monday. Morton; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Britton, Gee, Lindley; Gillick, Bentham, Bell, Dougal, Trentham.
EVERTON’S LAST AWAY
April 22, 1938. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton go to Birmingham full of hope, I know they fancy themselves for a point for the meeting at St. Andrews. Well, I hope they get one for it will relieve the tension, which is preventing them from playing their normal game. But let me say it is going to be a stiff task even to hold a point for Birmingham are just as keen to take full points and so help their own cause. St. Andrews is not one of Everton’s good grounds. No away grounds have been good ones for some time, for few points have been picked up on foreign soil in the last three seasons. Everton are easily upset these days. They know that things are not running their way, but they allow even the little things to upset the even tenure of their way. They were ruffied at Roker Park by a referee who handled them up on the slightest pretext, so that players feared to do anything in case they came under the officials ban. I like strong discipline, but it can be taken a step too far. It was at Roker.
Don’t Get Rattled.
I do hope that things run a little more smoothly for them in this their last away game of the season. They can do a lot to help themselves by refusing to be rattled should things not run quite to rule of thumb. While admitting that Birmingham have refused Everton many points at home I have a bunch that the “blues” will take a point from the Midlanders. They may even snap the full points, but a half will satisfy in these times. Jack Jones who was injured in the first game with Sunderland, has recovered sufficiently to merit his inclusion in the team to the exclusion of Greenhalgh who was knocked on the ankle at Roker. He played exceedingly well. The rest of the team stands fast. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (J); Mercer, Jones (T), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. The Reserves team v. Bury at Goodison Park tomorrow is; Morton; Saunders, Jackson; Wyles, Gee, Lindley; Gillick, Bentham, Bell, N. Sharpe, Trentham. For the Lancashire Cup-tie versus City at Manchester on Monday the following will do duty –Morton; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Britton, Gee, Lindley; Gillick, Bentham, Bell, Dougal, Trentham.
EVERTON’S HARD GAME
April 23, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
With eight clubs in the relegation zone the struggle to escape is desperate and we on Merseyside are wondering what fate is in store for Everton. Today Everton are due at Birmingham and as the home side are also in trouble a particularly hectic game may be looked for. A point here would be very welcome and as Everton have two games at Goodison Park there are hopes that they will rise above the level marked for the last two places. Everton must a big effort. Birmingham will leave no stone unturned for this is their last home game and defeat would probably be fatal to them. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Mercer, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
EVERTON STEP TO SAFETY
April 23, 1938. The Liverpool Football Echo
“All Clear” Now For The Home Run.
An easy victory for Everton who were well ahead at Birmingham in football craft and hooting power it might have been five! With two home games to play Everton ought to get clear of the “zone.” Teams:- Everton:- Sagar, goal; Cook and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (TG), and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes, forwards. Birmingham:- Hibbs, goal; Triggs, and Steel, backs; Parr, Brunskill, and Jenning half-backs; White, Dearson, Phillips, Harris, and Madden, forwards. Referee Mr. S. Boardman, Hale, Cheshire. Everton travelled direct to Birmingham from Harrogate and the players looked well. It was found that Jack Jones should had not made quite sufficient recovery to risk him in the team’s vital game, so that Greenhalgh figured at are both away from home, whereas Everton have two games at Goodison Park. I understand that Everton are to play a benefit match for Mr. Sawyer, the New Brighton manager, the date to be fixed later. Everton opened in their usual bright style and the Birmingham defence had a sample of what was to follow Everton with the least bit of luck might have been a goal up in the first minute. As it was Cunliffe tested Hibbs, with a head-in from a centre from the left wing. Boyes, who was appearing before his own folk, as it were, linked up with Lawton to good effect, and Trigg was rather easily beaten by Lawton who had veered on to the left and centred right across the goal face. Geldard closed in and shot against Hibbs’s legs for a corner, and twice Cunliffe was bursting his way through when he was fouled. He was granted a free kick on the second occasion, but it did not produce anything of importance. After 10 minutes I had the impression that victory lay before Everton if they could take it.
Cunliffe Loses A Chance.
Cunliffe was given a grand chance, a ball clear of everyone and only Hibbs in front of him. He will never have another chance like it. Cunliffe shot straight at Hibbs; and later a centre from the right only just beat Lawton, who made a great effort to get his head to the ball. Birmingham’s shooting was even worse for up till now they had not called upon Sagar. Jones acted unwisely when a simple touch could have sent the ball into touch and safety. Fortunately, nothing came of the former kick. Right from the clearance Everton progressed through their left wing and Boyes was presented with a goal-scoring chance equal to Cunliffe. He too, shot at Hibbs, who parred the ball out, it went to Stevenson, who tried to head beyond Hibbs, but the England keeper swept the ball out. Birmingham were not without their faults. Madden shot outside from short range. With the chance they had Everton, should have been sitting with a two goals lead. Dearson stopped a dangerous looking Everton attack when he intercepted a high ball booked for the Birmingham goal area, but even his inspiration did not give the Birmingham forwards the necessary bite.
Everton Crashes Through.
Cunliffe, hoping to make amends, shot wide, and then Hibbs succeeded in getting his hands to an oblique shot by Stevenson. It was a spectacular shot and save but in the next minute Hibbs had to admit defeat to the little Irishman, who snapped up a pass by Thomson. Stevenson crashed home a great shot. Hibbs flinging himself across the goal unsuccessfully, after 25 minutes. Everton were playing brilliantly at the point and making Birmingham look cumsioners, with the exception of Hibbs. Dearson was one of Birmingham’s most prominent forwards, and he made a grand drive which soared over Everton’s crossbar. But Everton were playing so well themselves that they looked dangerous whenever they moved forward.
Reward For Boyes.
Boyes was playing cleverly, and he it was who made the pass to Geldard when Hibbs snatched the ball and prevented it going on to the awaiting Everton inside forward. Boyes was rewarded for his play with a goal in 42 minutes, with a ground shot away from Hibbs.
Half-Time Birmingham 0, Everton 2.
In the opening minutes of the second half Sagar swept away a centre from Madden. The clearance led to a hot few minutes in the Everton goalmouth. Birmingham certainly put their trust in attack tactics during the first five minutes, but it did not last.
Cunliffe Beats Hibbs.
At 54 minutes Everton scored their third goal. Boyes had a big part in it for he beat Trigg and passed the ball to Stevenson, whose shot was cannoned out by Brunskill. Cunliffe collected the ball and with a great shot beat Hibbs to pieces. Birmingham in the hope of bringing more punch into the attack, reorganised their forward line. Phillips went outside right. White inside, and Dearson centre forward. Dearson had definitely brightened the Birmingham front line, and the Everton defence, had some anxious moments when he forced a corner. But it was apparent that Birmingham were suffering and their play was more frenzied than anything else. Geldard was put through when a ball cannoned off a defender. He had a clear run-in, but overran the ball, and Hibbs who had left his goal, was able to save with ease. Dearson netted for Birmingham when yards offside. He could not have been surprised to hear the whistle. Birmingham had a innings yet were without any reward. This had been one of Everton’s best games. Jones checked Birmingham forward march and Dearson was penalised for a foul on Sagar. Final Birmingham 0, Everton 3. Teams:- Everton:- Sagar, goal; Cook and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (TG), and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes, forwards. Birmingham:- Hibbs, goal; Triggs, and Steel, backs; Parr, Brunskill, and Jenning half-backs; White, Dearson, Phillips, Harris, and Madden, forwards. Referee Mr. S. Boardman, Hale, Cheshire.
BELL’S “DOUBLE” FOR EVERTON RES.
April 23, 1938. The Evening Express, Football Edition.
Everton Reserves, Central League Champions by a big margin entertained Bury Reserves in their last home game of the season. The Blues made a good start, and in the first minute the Bury keeper did well to pull down a header which was sailing just under the bar. Bury made a raid through Halton which was safely checked without Morton being troubled. After 10 minutes play Everton took the lead, Bentham scoring with a strong shot with Ferguson out of position. The visitors replied with a fine drive by Hulbert but Everton were always the more dangerous side and following a corner Gillick let got a beautiful shot, which Ferguson picked up smartly. At the 20th minute Bell got his customer goal following a pass from Gillick and shortly afterwards added a third. With the exception of a centre which Roberts dropped against the face of the bar the Bury forwards could make little impression, whereas Everton kept shooting away with the Bury keeper twice shooting out a foot to save luckily. Half-time Everton Res 3, Bury Res 0.
South Liverpool Res v Everton “A”
Everton “A” showed a sense of position play and an ability to find their men, which appeared to be totally lacking the South Liverpool side. Catterick gave Everton the lead in the first few minutes. Laidman added a second after 10 minutes, and Catterick scored a third after 30 minutes. Laidman got a fourth shortly before half-time Patterson missed a penalty for South Liverpool. Half-time South Liverpool Res 0, Everton “A” 4.
BIRMINGHAM CITY 0 EVERTON 3 (Game 1644 over-all)-(Div 1 1602)
April 25, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton In Brilliant Form
Boyes Plays His Best Game.
Vital Points Won At Birmingham
Everton concluded their away fixtures with a brilliant 3-0 victory at Birmingham. They set about their work from the outset and had Birmingham pocketed from the start and had it not been for the veteran Hibbs the England goalkeeper, Birmingham would have been more heavily beaten. Hibbs was the one man in the Birmingham side likely to fell Everton for no other Midlander could handle the progressive Everton team; fall of football craft and a shot to help it along. Boyes goal as an example. No fewer than nine Everton players touched the ball as it ran across the field and back again for Stevenson to slip it through for Boyes inside left to shoot beyond Hibbs. Stevenson had previously given Everton the lead with a fast drive. Thomson supplying the pass. Everton put their faith in Thomson for their constructions plans and he undertook them willingly and carried them through skilfully. But it was United Everton which made this victory possible. They played a Preston type of game in that they interchanged positions wisely and well, so that the Birmingham defence was often puzzled. I was glad to see Lawton moving away from the centre on occasion I have appealed for such action.
High Class Play.
Lawton did not get a goal, but how he barred the Birmingham defence upset their confidence, and with Stevenson in his brightest and best form, they treated the Birmingham people to some high-class football, something more like the football associated with Everton in their great days. They made Birmingham look like commoners, and on this form they were commoners. All too often Everton have yielded to the dictates of the opposition, but at St. Andrew’s they were the masters. I heard nothing but praise for the excellence of their football, such combination had not been witness for many weeks. Instead of the rusty recky play have been watching in recent weeks, Everton were a smoothly oiled machine, playing more like a top of the league team than one battling for its existence. The first goal was made possible through Boyes, who had a great game –quite the best since he joined the Goodison staff. He calmly dragged the ball back so that Stevenson could hit it on the run. The ball however crashed in against Brunskill, and the danger seemed averted until Cunliffe gathered the ball and left Hibbs helpless with a fast shot. The stay at Harrogate had toned Everton up! They put more bite into their play, but never at any moment forgot the scientic side of the game.
Each player realised that nothing short of a victory would do and every shoulder went to the wheel in one concerned action. That is the one reason why I do not intend to single out any particular player for special mention. It was a victory for team work, and football of a high order. Everton’s position is saved. With two home games to finish off their season they should avoid relegation. Two more games like this, and neither Portsmouth nor Derby County should cause anxiety. I understand there is a possibility of Everton sending over a team to play New Brighton for the benefit of Mr. W. J. Sayers, the Raker’s manager. He was a former Everton director and secretary.
EVERTON RESERVES 6 BURY RESERVES 1
April 25, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 41)
At Goodison Park. Almost from the start it was obvious that Everton were the superior side. Ferguson the Bury goalkeeper was a bust man throughout and but for his skill the score would probably have reached double figures. The visitors’ backs could not hold Gillick and Trentham and the Everton forwards made numerous raids. Little was seen of the Bury front line and Morton in goal had an easy afternoon. Bell (2), Bentham (2) and Gillick (2) scored for the home team and Davies obtained a gift point for Bury. Everton Reserves:- Morton, goal; Saunders and Jackson, backs; Wyles, Gee and Lindley, half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Bell, Sharp, and Trentham, forwards.
South Liverpool Reserves 4 Everton “A” 4
Liverpool County Combination.
Four clear goals down at the interval, South Liverpool made brilliant recovery at Holly Park. Arthur, Catterick, and Felton (Everton) and Bond, Smith, and Cheers (South Liverpool)were prominent players. Catterick (2), Laidman (2) for Everton and Piling, Smith, Paterson and Jones for South Liverpool being the scorers. Paterson missed a penalty for South Liverpool.
EULOGY ON EVERTON
April 25, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Never was an away victory more needed than the one Everton scored against Birmingham at St. Andrews yet to be perfectly candid they did not anticipate more than a division of the spoils, and would have been ell satisfied with a half share; but they went one better and brought off a victory that became more important in view of the victories of their companions in distress. Birmingham were always foiling in the wake of their opponents because their football was greatly inferior. Combination was missing and it was combination which won the game for Everton; a high speed Everton playing a Preston North End type of game. Only Geldard kept to his place but even he became venturesome and ran into the centre, on occasion.
I really thought that Harry Hibbs was going to stand in Everton’s light in the first ten minutes, for he made some grand saves. No other Birmingham player seemed capable of stopping Everton, who had put the relegation question behind them, and so played a more normal game. Some of their movements were classical. Let me take Boyes’s goal as an example. Before his shot into the net nine Everton players had participated in a brilliant passing movement, the final flick which sent Boyes through coming from Stevenson. That was not an isolated case, either for the winners excelled in this phrase of the game. They made the ball do the work. Never have I known this phrase more justified. From stem to stern there was unanimity of purpose. Everton started well and never let up for one single minute. When Birmingham resumed they threatened the Everton goal by shock tactics. It was obvious that they had been instructed to put more “pep” into their game, and it was then that Sagar had his most anxiety moments.
Their hectic moments did not last long, however, for Everton refused to get rattled as in some other games and relied on football ability to pull them through. It did, and so easily did they run through the Birmingham defence that the home folk commenced to laugh at the easy manner in which their team’s endeavours were snuffed out by the Everton defence. Now I did not like that it was not the action of the true sportsman but I can commiserate with them for Birmingham’s play must have been distressing to them. They knew that a defeat would put Birmingham “on the spot,” for their two remaining games are away from home. On this form the Middlesbrough are doomed but they played as well as they were allowed. They may not find their other opponents in such brilliant form, but I do not like their outlook.
EVERTON PLAYERS ASK FOR MORE!
April 25, 1938. The Evening Express
This Harrogate Tonic Works Wonders
The telephone wires were buzzing in Liverpool on Saturday night. Everton directors were being called up to consider a request from the players, who are fighting the galliant battle against relegation. Everton recorded one of their finest wins of the season on Saturday, when they visited Birmingham and won by three clear goals. The players themselves held the opinion that their improved form was due in no small measure to the tonic received at Harrogate. They asked if it were possible to spend another week at Harrogate to equip them for the two home matches to come –against Portsmouth and Derby County. The directors agreed so off went the Everton safety seekers to Harrogate again today for another week’s golf at Oakdale, baths, and practice on the Town ground. If Harrogate has the same effect as it did last week then the spectators at Goodison Park on Saturday are in for a treat. I had one of the football thrills of the season watching the accurate, scientific and effective Everton machine making Birmingham appear a worse side than they really are. Everton on that form, would have beaten any side in the league. It was flawless. There was that needed covering in defence, perfect understanding in attack and that general linking up which made it a correct, accomplished football team. All five forwards crashed in shots marked “goal” all over them, but Hibbs with remarkable agility, daring and surety said “No.” It took Everton 28 minutes to get that first vital goal Stevenson doing the trick. Everton eased off when Boyes and Cunliffe had added to the score, but their defence never once faltered. Stevenson was the inspiration behind a grand swift-moving menacing attack with Cunliffe and Lawton again splendid inside-forwards. Geldard was a live winger though hesitant, and Boyes gave his best display with the club so far. Mercer was the outstanding half-back with Tom Jones again showing the form which brought him his Welsh “cap” and Thomson showing a stamina and generalship which constituted vital factors. The defence was as steady as a rock. Cook’s work in the last hour was as good as anything he has given us this season while Greenhalgh never put a foot –or head –wrong. Sagar had his easiest match of the season, but what he had to do he discharged perfectly. The players remain at Harrogate until Saturday morning when they return to Merseyside to flight fellow strugglers in Portsmouth.
MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 1
April 26, 1938. Liverpool Daily Post
Lancashire Senior Cup
Everton Win At Maine Road
A goal by Bentham after 30 minutes following a defensive error between Eastwood and Harper enabled Everton to beat Manchester City 1-0, to reach the second round of the Lancashire Senior Cup at Maine Road last evening. Britton and Gee displayed more positional craft than any of the Manchester players, and supplied the Everton forwards with judicious passes throughout a keen and close game. Gillick and Bentham responded well and formed a capable right wing which at all times troubled the Manchester defenders Westwood and Barr in particular. Had the Everton forwards finished with more accuracy they would have won by a far greater margin, but in the final phase of attacking play their abilities were found wanting. Dunkley was the only City player to reveal usual form. He however could not find a way past Morton, who was rarely troubled until near the end when Manchester made desperate efforts to save the game. Everton; Morton, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Britton, Gee and Lindley, half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Bell, Dougal and Trentham, forwards.
EVERTON’S VITAL GAME WITH PORTSMOUTH
APRIL 27, 1938, The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton and Portsmouth will renew their efforts to get out of the relegation zone on Saturday, when they meet at Goodison Park. The Everton players have benefited by their stay at Harrogate and they hope to repeat the fine display of last week. Everton will have the same side as at St Andrews, when they disposed of Birmingham –namely Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. The Everton Reserves team to visit Leeds United is Morton; Jackson, Jones; Lindley, Gee, Davies; Gillick, Bentham, Bell, Sharp (N), J. Ingham.
EVERTON MAKE NO CHANGES.
April 27, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Everton make no change in their side, to meet Portsmouth at Goodison on Saturday. The eleven which did so well at Birmingham, and caused the St. Andrews folk to wonder how such a team could be concerned with relegation, can put Everton absolutely safe by a victory. A draw would probably be sufficient and would also serve to put Portsmouth where the trials and tribulations of Division II membership would cause to worry them, but Everton can serve up football such as they did last week both points should be well within their scope. This is the team; Sagar, Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
EVERTON TO VISIT RAKE-LANE ON MONDAY
April 27, 1938. The Evening Express.
Benefit Match For Mr. W. J. Sawyer.
A match between Everton and New Brighton football teams, for the benefit of Mr. W. J. Sawyer, secretary-manager of New Brighton, has been fixed for Monday night, at Rake-Lane. The Everton directors told Mr. Sawyer today that they would send a strong team and thus join the Third Division club in recognising the services of one whose active interest in football as a legislator and administrator goes back more than 40 years. Most of that service has been given in an honorary capacity, but the last five years Mr. Sawyer has been Secretary –Manager at New Brighton, who this year enjoyed the most successful run in the F.A. Cup Competition in their history. Mr. Sawyer was founder of the old South Liverpool club, before it was transferred to New Brighton, the Wigan Borough F.C, Liverpool Football League and the Liverpool Mid-Week Hospital Cup Competition. Although he has done much to foster amateur football in Liverpool, it was his 13 years with Everton which made him best known to football enthusiasts on Merseyside. He was hon, secretary of Everton in 1918, and three years later was elected a director. For ten years he was chairman of the Finance Committee of the Everton Club. He took up his appointment as secretary-manager of new Brighton Football Club in March, 1933 and has done great work.
EVERTON F.C. TO PAY £3,000 IN BENEFITS.
April 28, 1938. The Evening Express.
Service Rewards For Five Players.
Everton Football Club Directors Have Decided To Pay Out More, Than £3,000 In Benefits To Five Of Their Players.
The players who have qualified and on whose behalf application is being made to the Football League for permission to pay benefits are: Willie Cook, full-back; Jack E, Jones, full-backs; George Jackson, full-back; Joe Mercer, wing half-backs; Albert Geldard, outside-right. Cook and Geldard were members of Everton F.A. Cup winning team in 1933. Cook joined Everton from Glasgow Celtic in season 1932-33 and has been a most consistent player. While he has been with the Blues he has gained Irish international caps and is the present captain of Ireland. Geldard also came to Everton that season. He came from Bradford Park avenue, and stepped right into the Blues first team. Immediately after the cup final against Manchester City, Geldard was selected to tour the Continent with England, and he has since made several international and inter-league appearances. The other three players all graduated through the “A” team and did not cost the club a penny piece in transfer fees. Jack Jones came from Bromborough Pool and made his first team debut in the 1933-34 season. He is regarded as one of the best young backs in the country. Joe Mercer joined Everton from Ellesmere Port –the township which supplied Wolverhampton Wanderers with Stan Cullis –and is as good on the right as the left. He is a brilliant defensive player, and this season has made tremendous progress as a constructive half-back. No more purposeful player has ever worn the Blue jersey of Everton. George Jackson is the boy who was born within a stone throw of Goodison Park. The Blues picked him up from local junior circles. After playing in their “A” team he was loaned to Marine to help them reach the final of the F.A. Amateur Cup. He returned to Everton and first appeared in the Football League side in the 1934-35 season. For the most part Jackson has acted as deputy number one to the regular first team players and he has always played with credit.
TO MEET EVERTON
April 29, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Portsmouth are relying on the side which played last Saturday for the vital game with Everton tomorrow. The team will b; Walker; Morgan, Rochford; Guthrie, Rowe, Wharton; Worrall, Graves, Beattie, Easson, Parker. At the moment each club has 36 points for 40 matches, and occupy the positions in the last half-dozen in the table. Portsmouth have won only 10 away points this season. Altogether Portsmouth have visited Goodison Park in quest of points on 9 occasions, with the result that they have taken 6 away by a 1-0 victory in 1931-32 and 4 drawn games. The results of meetings on tomorrow’s ground (Everton’s score first) have been 0-0, 4-0, 1-1, 0-1, 1-1, 1-1, 3-2, 3-0, and 4-0.
Rewards For Everton Players.
The Everton directors have decided to grant the following player their benefits at the conclusion of the present season, and have supplied to the League, for the necessary permission –W. Cook, A. Geldard, and J. Jones, J.Mercer, G. Jackson. Two of the five, Cook and Geldard were in the Cup final at Wembley in 1933, when Everton defeated Manchester City. Cook joined Everton from Glasgow Celtic in 1932, making his debut against West Bromwich Albion the day after signing, December 30. An Irish international, he won a Scottish Cup medal with Celtic. Geldard came to Everton in 1932 made his debut against Middlesbrough on November 19, 1932. He gained “caps” against Italy and Switzerland. Jack Jones and J.Mercer, are local players the former coming from Bromborough, and Mercer from Ellesmere Port. Both have been valued servants with Everton, and have well earned their reward. George Jackson hails from Liverpool, his previous club being Walton Church. He signed May 9, 1932, and made his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers 1935.
“DO OR DIE” GOODISON BATTLE.
April 29, 1938. Evening Express
Everton Must Win This Game
Pompey Rivals In Struggle For Safety.
Everton and Portsmouth, companions in distress, will be in opposition at Goodison Park tomorrow in a game which is vital in the tremendous battle to avoid relegation. The Blues have the same number of points as Portsmouth for a similar number of games. They are only two points above the bottom club. Yet if Everton manage to win, I think they may consider themselves reasonably safe, seeing that they have another home game –against Derby County –a week hence. Now, however, is the time they must strike –and strike hard, for by beating Portsmouth they will be gaining virtually, four points. It is a chance which must not be missed. Portsmouth are playing better than their league position suggests, but I do not think their defence will be able to cope with the penetrative power of the Blues, who have scored more goals than any other club in the First Division. I look to Everton to take that big stride to safety. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Portsmouth; Strong; Morgan, Rochford; Guthrie, Rowe, Wharton; Worrall, Groves, Beattie, Easson, Parker.
April 29, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Portsmouth, who meet Everton at Goodison Park, tomorrow, have been going all one way in recent games, but I cannot see them gaining anything from their visit to Merseyside this time, for Everton know full well that a defeat tomorrow will put them right among the dead men, whereas a victory will save them any further worry about next season’s status. Well as Pompey can play, I feel that they are in for a sound drubbing at the hands of Everton, and I base my opinion on the knowledge that the players have got more faith in themselves since their success at Birmingham a week ago. Their play that day was sufficient to enable them to forget the relegation question, and centre on the game, a thing they have not been able to do for some weeks. They lowly position has preyed on their minds so much so that they began to lose confidence in themselves, and the outcome was uncertain football. New methods were brought to bear against Birmingham; new only to Everton, who have been allow to follow in the footsteps of Preston, the Villa process. They switched and swerved and soon had the Birmingham defence on toast. It may be worthy trying again against Portsmouth, I think it will pay. Teams: - Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (T), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Portsmouth; Walker; Morgan, Rochford; Guthrie, Rowe, Wharton; Worrall, Groves, Beattie, Easson, Parker.
HUDDERSFIELD GOALKEEPER NOT TOLD OF BEREAVEMENT
Lancashire Evening Post-Saturday 30 April 1938
News to Be Broken After Match
As the great crowd at Wembley watch Bob Hesford, the 22-years-old Huddersfield Town goalkeeper, whose home is at Blackpool, they will be unaware that he was playing in the shadow of bereavement. Heseford's grandfather, Mr. J.H. Taylor, of Bolton, who once played for Everton many years ago died during the week. Hesford was greatly attached to his grandfather and it was decided that the news of his death should be withheld until after the Final. Mrs J.R. Hesford, Southbank-avenue, Marton, Bob Hesford's mother, left Blackpool last night on the 10 p.m. train with her husband and daughter to see the final and mainly to see Bob. “My son, she told a “Lancashire Daily Post” reporter “Would have been terribly upset if he had heard of my father's death, and so we have not mentioned the fact in our letters to him this week. I am certain we have done right, for we knew that it was better for him to play in the Final without a trouble to handicap him. She stated that Mr. Taylor, who was 76 years old, had been in ill-health, and his doctor had forbidden him to go to the Final but he had intended to listen in to the broadcast. Hesford started his football career as a Rugby player while at Blackpool Grammer School. Then he turned to the Soccer code, and was signed by Huddersfield Town just after he was 17. The Huddersfield Club allowed him to attend Leeds University where he obtained his B.A degree, and at present he is a teacher at the Brownhill Council school Leeds.
EVERTON’S VITAL GAME
April 30, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
We on Merseyside are mainly concerned in the relegation question Everton and Portsmouth, who meet at Goodison Park, are both concerned in the scramble for safety, and it is likely to be a desperate battle. Everton played so well last week, however, in winning at Birmingham, that their supporters are hoping for another such display to set at rest all fears. Portsmouth, however, can be depended on to give the home team a good run. The kick-off is at 3.15, and the teams are –Everton; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Portsmouth; Walker; Morgan, Rochford; Guthrie, Rowe, Wharton; Worrall, Craven, Beattle, Easson, Parker.
EVERTON GAIN TWO MORE POINTS
April 30, 1938. The Evening Express.
Five Goal Against Pompey
Stevenson Scorers Three
Cunliffe’s Spade Work
A 5-2 victory over Portsmouth at Goodison Park was a vital factor in Everton’s fight for safety. Stevenson, Everton’s Irish International played his biggest role of the season, scoring thrice. Boyes and Lawton scored the others. The game, however, was not so one sided as the score might suggest. Parker and Beattie were Portsmouth’s marksmen. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook, and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes forwards. Portsmouth: - Walker, goal; Morgan and Rochford, backs; Guthrie, Rowe and Wharton, half-backs; Worrall, Groves, Beattie, Easson, and Parker, forwards. Referee Mr. Capt, G. Hamilton-Jones (Jones). Portsmouth were more dangerous in a quiet start. Parker going close with a short-range effort, and then Beattie causing Sagar anxiety, with a drive which flashed past the foot of the post. Thomson stemmed a dangerous Pompey raid, and then Cook twice stepped into the breach when in Portsmouth inside forwards were coming through on good ground. It was all Portsmouth in the early stages, and yet it was Everton who went nearest to scoring, efforts by Boyes and Lawton only just missing the mark.
In the 16 minute Everton staged their best attack and went ahead with a goal by Stevenson. It was really Cunliffe’s goal. The English international nipped through a gap in Pompey’s defence, tried a grounder which Walker went down to push out, and came up to shoot again, Walker this time pushing the ball sideways, Stevenson, on the spot, found it easy to tap it into the net. Everton, inspired by this goal took a bigger hand in affairs, and within four minutes they had chalked up a second goal, Stevenson again scoring. Again they had to thank Cunliffe for the chance because it was only when Cunliffe turned the ball across into the goalmouth that the tricky Irishman was able to hit the ball against the underpart of the crossbar, from which it rebounded into the back of the net. Portsmouth, despite these sudden reverse, showed the spirit with a bout of neat combination, which put Worrall in a fine shooting position, but he stumbled at the last moment. Although the match was of such vital important to both sides, the crowd of 20,000 had not much to enthuse over until Jones held up Beattie in grand style, and then Easson put in a shot of such power that Cook was bowled over in heading it away. Boyes shone in a cross-field dribble, but Rochford was ready when Geldard centred the ball into the goalmouth. Jones held off Parker when the winger was closing in with the ball at his toes.
Boyes Makes It Three
Boyes put Everton on velvet with a third goal in the 37 minute. Rowe should have cleared, but he dallied, and Boyes, cutting in from the left with the ball at his toes, was able to squeeze the ball between Walker and the near post with a knee-high shot from close range. Parker reduced Portsmouth’s deficit when he ran up to meet a short ball, turned into the goalmouth by Groves and neatly headed it into the net. Time, 42 minutes.
Half-Tine Everton 3, Portsmouth 1.
The first thrill on the resumption came when Stevenson and Boyes almost pierced Pompey’s last line of defence. Both sides began moving at full pace, and Portsmouth took a second goal after 55 minutes. Beattie scored Pompey’s second point, heading home a lobbed centre from Worrall.
Lawton, thanks to Stevenson and Geldard, was able to give the Blues another two goal advantage, however, with the game only 66 minutes old. Stevenson slipped a squared pass to Geldard, who turned the ball back for Lawton to convert from an easy position. Stevenson made certain of the points when he put on a fifth goal for Everton and a third goal for himself on the 80th minute. When the ball fell at his feet while he was standing just outside the “box “he trapped it neatly, ran forward, and from just behind the penalty spot released a low drive which had walker beaten all the way. Final Everton 5, Portsmouth 2.
EVERTON GO “NAP”
April 30, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Stevenson’s Trio Against Pompey
A Safety Step
An easy victory for Everton, even though the football did not reach a high standard. The Portsmouth defence was uncertain, and to some extent it was due to slackness by Everton that the Southerners got two goals. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook, and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes forwards. Portsmouth: - Walker, goal; Morgan and Rochford, backs; Guthrie, Rowe and Wharton, half-backs; Worrall, Groves, Beattie, Easson, and Parker, forwards. Referee Mr. Capt, G. Hamilton-Jones (Jones). The attendance was uncommonly thin for such an important engagement. No doubt many preferred to stay at home and listen to the broadcast of the Cup Final. Portsmouth were just as much in need of points as Everton, so that the winning of this game was of vital importance to both teams. It was early to be seen that Portsmouth were a better side than their position suggested, and Parker was again through and the Everton defence had to get together to prevent Sagar getting some work. As it was Sagar had simply to watch a shot from Parker pass wide of his right hand post. So far Everton had done little in an attacking sense, and now they suffered a severe blow because Tom Jones had to leave the field with an injured face. He had received a knock on the nose. During Jones’s absence Cunliffe went centre half, but it was only for three of four minutes, for Jones returned carrying a handkerchief. Lawton was unlucky in finding the ball run too far forward for him just when he looked to have the beating of Rowe, and Geldard was also held up by Wharton, the former Wolves half back. There was no getting away from the fact that Portsmouth team, particularly the left flank, was going to be a danger to Everton. Easson and Parker got on amazingly well together and up to this point. Pompey had definitely been the better side in practically every phase of the play. At last Everton got into something like working order and a centre by Geldard was almost turned to account. Stevenson’s shot being deflected for a corner by Morgan. Boyes put the flag kick close into goal and Lawton headed it over. Everton were undoubtedly pressing their case, and once again a Portsmouth full back gave away another corner. But corners nowadays rarely bring recompense. At 15 minutes the Portsmouth goal fell, as I anticipated it would. But Everton’s goal took a deal of scoring, for before Walker was finally beaten by Stevenson he had twice saved from Cunliffe. It was only from the rebound that the Irishman gained possession and shot into the empty goal. Just what I thought would happen, did happen, for within 18 minutes Everton were two goals to the good. Stevenson again being the scorer. He collected a pass from the left wing, and the ball ricocheted around the roof of the net with Walker well beaten. Everton were thus in a good position, and for the last ten minutes had shaken, whatever confidence the Portsmouth defence may have had. When their forwards got moving they were undoubtedly a troublesome lot, and Parker was through and delivered a ground pass which called out to be netted, but there was no Portsmouth man handy.
Portsmouth Hit Back.
The first time Worrall got the ball he made excellent use of it, such use in fact, that Easson could attempt a shot, but he kicked round the ball which went to Wharton who cracked home a hard drive which Cook headed away and must have suffered intense pain by doing so. Portsmouth were now hitting back at Everton’s lead, and Worrall complete a nice piece of play by shooting behind. The ball came awkwardly to him –otherwise Worrall would no doubt, have scored. Cunliffe made a tame header which did not trouble Walker in the least. An offside decision, a very fine goal at that, checked Beattie even though Sagar had saved his shot. There was little bite in the Pompey attack now and Jones made a perfect tackle and pass back to Sagar when Beattie was ploughing his way down the middle. But all things considered, there was little in the game to enthuse, over until Boyes scored a third goal at 37 minutes. Walker made a good attempt to save and got his hands to the ball but could not turn it strongly enough to keep it out of the net. With four minutes to play Portsmouth reduced their arrears through Parker who ran in to head into the net a centre by Groves. There was slackness about the Everton defence when this goal came. In the first place, Jones should have made a more determined tackle on Groves who was allowed too much latitude. The closing point of the half was a save by Walker from Boyes.
Half-Time Everton 3, Portsmouth 1
After Everton had held the whip hand for ten minutes of the second half Portsmouth got a grip of things and Beattie scored a second goal which brought them well within reach of Everton’s total Portsmouth were now staging a rally and there was just the possibility that we might see another point given away when the game should have been well won. Pompey scored through Beattie at 56 minutes, and again it was through a loose defence, for when Worrall centred Beattie had a simple task to head the ball beyond Sagar to make the score 5-2. Everton realised the necessarily of getting to work again. The lead had been narrowed down to the smallest possible point, so that more stern methods were required, and they replied with an attack which produced a free kick and a shot of fire from Lawton, which went over the bar. Worrall was Pompey’s danger man, and he slipped the ball across the face of the Everton goalmouth, but Parker could not get in touch with the ball. Then Everton secured a fourth goal after 66 minutes. Lawton tapping Geldard’s centre over the line from short range, what time the linesman was waving offside which, in any opinion was nonsensional in view of the position of the players. Stevenson was made the gift of a goal through Boyes, who slipped a ball through to hips free from all opposition so that Walker was put on the spot and had no chance. Final Everton 5, Portsmouth 2.