JONES –INSIDE RIGHT
April 2, 1942. The Evening Express
Tommy Jones Everton’s Welsh international centre-half will play inside-right against Preston on Saturday. It will be his first run in the position last Saturday he played outside-right at Oldham. The reason for the switch is to relieve Tommy of heading the ball as much as possible following the broken nose received in the game at Wolverhampton. Tommy’s namesake Harry of West Bromwich will be at centre-half, flanked by Bentham and Keen and Stevenson and Boyes return as partner on the left wing. There is a doubt about centre-forward. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly hoped to bring Torry Gillick down from Scotland, but Torry cannot get away from his war work. An effort was made to secure Jimmy Caskie from Scotland, but unfortunately Jimmy’s mother died last Monday. Everton will have to choose between Waring, Jackson and Wyles. The berth is left unfilled at the moment. Neither Mercer nor Lawton are available as they are playing in an Army match at Sheffield. Preston are bringing a great side including Hutton, Bremner, of Motherwell, the Scottish League star; George Mutch, who has played several times with Everton this season; “Quicksilver” Jimmy Dougal, Shankley, Scotland’s skipper, and the young stars Fairbrother. Finney and McLaren. Everton are faced with a hard task, but they always seem to rise to the occasion and I expect them to win. The kick off has been changed to 3.15 p.m. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (Harry), Keen; Anderson, Jones (Tom), A.N. Other, Stevenson, Boyes. Preston North End; Fairbrother; Bradford, Scott; Shankley, Smith, Mutch; Finney, McLaren, Dougal, Bremner, Wharlton.
April 4, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton are just a little unfortunate in that they had to take the lead against Preston North End today without international stars like Lawton and Mercer. However, these two England stalwarts will be back on parade on Monday for the return at Deepdale, and for that reason I do not think Everton unless they have suffered a surprise reverse today will fall to last year’s cup winners. There is no disputing the brilliance of the Preston side. Everton have a team brilliantly equipped in all departments and with Lawton and Mercer tightening things up I do not think even the power of Preston will be able to hold them. In the first War Cup the Blues and Preston were paired and having won 3-1 at Goodison Park, Everton went to Deepdale to force a 2-2 draw and so win the tie 5-3. Everton (from); Burnett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (Tom), Jones (Harry), Keen; Anderson, Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
FIRST MINUTE GOAL
April 4, 1942. The Evening Express.
T.G. Jones Opens Everton’s Score
Jimmy Cunliffe made his second appearance of the season when returning to Everton for the War Cup tie with Preston North End at Goodison Park today. He appeared at inside-right. Tommy Jones leading the attack for the first time. Everton: Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (Harry) (West Brom), and Keen (Derby), Half-backs; Anderson, Cunliffe, Jones (TG), Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Preston North End; Fairbrother, goal; Bradford and Scott, backs; Shankley, Smith and Mutch, half-backs; Finney, McLaren, Dougal, Brenmner (Motherwell), and Wharlton, forwards. Referee; Mr. E.W. Baker (Manchester). There was a sensational opening, for in exactly one minute Tommy Jones had given Everton the lead. It looked as if the North End would be the first to threaten danger, thanks to a far-flung pass to Wharton. Cook intervened, however, and slipped the ball to Anderson, who made ground and delivered a low centre which Jones took first time to drive into the roof of the net. North End responded with some excellent approach work by the right wing pair. The keen tackling prevented loopholes, and when Boyes and Stevenson got the North End defence moving the wrong way, Jones (T.G.) came through with another terrific shot which came back off Scott’s foot. A perfect Preston movement which culminated in Bremner shooting into the net, as offset through Dougal getting offside just as Bremner shot.
April 4, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
After Being A Goal Down
Everton: Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (Harry) (West Brom), and Keen (Derby), Half-backs; Anderson, Cunliffe, Jones (TG), Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Preston North End; Fairbrother, goal; Bradford and Scott, backs; Shankley, Smith and Mutch, half-backs; Finney, McLaren, Dougal, Brenmner (Motherwell), and Wharlton, forwards. Referee; Mr. E.W. Baker (Manchester). There was a sensational opening in this cup-tie at Goodison Park, before 17,000 spectators, for Everton were a goal up in the first minute. The scorer was T.G. Jones, playing his first game at centre forward after his recent injury, but he had to thank Anderson for the opportunity, for it was the winger’s clever run after he had picked up a loose ball near the half-way line which presented Jones with his chance. He scored from close range with a shot which gave Fairbrother no chance. A couple of minutes later Jones almost got a second, but his terrific drive struck a defender –fortunately for Preston, for it was one of his unstoppable ones. After 25 minutes Everton lost Greenhalgh, who injured his ankle when tackling Finney, and had to be assisted off the field. Boyes went left back in his place.
Half-time; Everton 1, Preston 0.
During the interval I learned that Caskie can play in the return game at Preston on Easter Monday. Within six minutes of the resumption Preston were on level terms through a penalty given for alleged hands against Harry Jones. Everton protested strongly and personally I saw no offence. The players concerned took a fierce shot from Wharton full in the stomach and lay on the ground for some moments, in obvious pain while the remaining Everton players made their protest against the award. Referee Baker, however, was adamant, and Shankley made no mistake from the spot. A couple of minutes later Everton were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area for an offence which seemed to me to be well inside. Greenhalgh had not appeared this half. At the half-hour Preston took the lead through Wharton, who had only to nod the ball in after the shot by Finney had hit the bar and bounced to his feet. Preston should have had a third when Bremner hit the post from short range, with only Burnett to beat.
EVERTON’S TEN MEN
April 6, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 2, Preston North End 2
Draw With Preston
Considering that they were without Greenhalgh for three parts of the game, Everton did well to draw 2-2 with Preston at Goodison Park. Up to the time of Greenhalgh’s accident –he damaged his ankle in a tackle and was taken to hospital –Everton were on top and even afterwards with Boyes at left back and only four forwards they had quite as much of the game as Preston. It was not a match over which to enthuse. It started on a good note with some grand play from both sides, but later fell away considerably, and in the final stages produced ragged play and tuffled tempers. Everton started in sensational fashion being one up through T.G. Jones in the first minute thanks to good work by Anderson. A couple of minutes later another shot from Jones had “goal” all over it until the ball struck a defender on route. Offside ruined many promising moves by both sides and negative a point when Bremner got the ball into the net, and, though both goals had some narrow escapes, there was no further score in this half. Six minutes after resuming Preston were level. Shankley scoring from a penalty for allaged hands against Jones (H.) an award which had more than a shade of doubt about it. Wharton put the visitors in front at seventy-five minutes, when the ball rebounded off the bar from a Finney shot and left the winger the easiest of chances and three minutes from the end Cook levelled matters again with a penalty.
Boyes As A Back
Everton were best served by their defence in which Boyes did extremely well at left back. Try as they would, Preston could not break down the home rearguard which was sound and solid throughout with Burnett in sure form in goal. Keen and Bentham were brilliant halves, and in spite of their heavy task, hacked up the forwards in splendid fashion. Jones (TG) was too often ploughing a lone furrow in attacks to have much chance and the front line generally found the handicap of a man short too much against Preston’s stalwart defence which was just as sound as Everton’s. The respective defences, in fact, were on top throughout, and though there were spasms of attractive midfield play most attacks by both sides broke down before they reached the danger zone. Mclaren and Finney were Preston’s best wing, with Dougal a live and enterprising leader. Attendance 16,125, receipts £945. Everton: Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (Harry) (West Brom), and Keen (Derby), Half-backs; Anderson, Cunliffe, Jones (TG), Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Preston North End; Fairbrother, goal; Bradford and Scott, backs; Shankley, Smith and Mutch, half-backs; Finney, McLaren, Dougal, Brenmner (Motherwell), and Wharlton, forwards. Referee; Mr. E.W. Baker (Manchester).
Injury To Greenhalgh
For the return game at Preston today Everton play Jackson in place of Greenhalgh and name seven probables for their attack. Caskie is a certainty, but there is a doubt about Lawton. Team; Burnett; Cook,Jackson; Bentham, Jones (H.), Keen; forwards from Anderson, Mercer, Jones (TG), Lawton, Stevenson, Caskie, and Owen.
Greenhalgh who was conveyed to Walton Hospital for observation after his accident on Saturday, had an X-ray examination yesterday, which revealed a slight dislocation of the ankle. There is no fracture.
• England beat Scotland 4-1 at Hillsbroug, Lawton scored after 4 minutes, 30 minutes, and scored his hat-trick in the second half. Britton, and Mercer also played for England. Attendance 28,567.
• Liverpool beat Burnley 3-, Balmer (2), Liddell (Penalty) scored for Liverpool.
EVERTON’S WAR TIME RECORD
April 6, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Popularity of the League Cup was reflected in Saturday’s big attendance compared with war-time averages –Everton’s receipts (£945) were a record for the past three winters, apart from the charity international. Considering that they were without Greenhalgh for three parts of the game –he sprained his ankle –Everton did extremely well to draw. It is idle to speculate what the result might have been had Greenhalgh remained but certainly Everton were on top when he left, and with luck might have had a greater lead than the one goal scored by Tommy Jones in the first minute. Preston also had their chances but failed to take them. Even with ten men Everton held their own through naturally the attack was disorganised, for Boyes had gone to full back, and when their forwards got moving Preston usually looked the more dangerous. Shankley’s equalising penalty goal, early in the second half, raised a storm of protest from Everton. Personality, I saw no offence, and if Harry Jones handled at all it was obviously not intentional. When Wharton gave Preston the lead it looked all over bar shouting, but Everton struck gamely to their task and were worthy of the draw which Cook’s penalty goal brought about. It was not, however, a game to remember with any particular pleasure. It started off grandly and in the early stages looked like providing a classic, but it fell away badly, and the latter part was marred by foul and ruffled tempers. Both sides must share the blame, as well as the referee who, by taking a sterner stand could have nipped the trouble in the bud. There was one very ugly incident later on, when Jones (H.) fouled Dougal. Though no doubt the provocation was great, the offence was inexcusable. Everton were well served by their defence in which Boyes performed nobly and Keen and Bentham were outstanding. Tommy Jones did as well at centre forward as could be expected under the circumstances, but the short-handled attack was well held by Preston’s defence which was just as sound and reliable as Everton’s. McLaren and Finney showed some delightful touches and Dougal was a live and enterprising leader. By the time most of you read this you will know whether have gone on to round two or not. If they have won at Deepdale it will be a great performance, for Preston are a strong and well-balanced side. X-ray examination of Greenhalgh’s injury yesterday disclosed no broken bones, but the severe sprain will probably keep him out of the side for six weeks or so.
April 7, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
Preston 1, Everton 2
Everton Win In Extra Time.
Fine team work and a hundred per cent endeavour won Everton a thrilling cup-tie at Preston, which knocked out the cupholders after extra-time. Both sides were excellently matched, but while there was little between the two defences, which excelled in covering and spoiling, Everton had the pull in attack. Their forwards were more forceful, direct and better together. They were also superior opportunities and both their goals were brilliant snap efforts. The first came after twelve minutes, when Jones (T.G.) hoodwinked the defence by jumping over a pass intended for him. The ball ran on to Mercer, who coolly accepted an open goal with a deadly shot. Preston, whose best efforts for a long time were frustrated by Burnett’s skill and judgement in goal, were not too lucky when they held the masterly. Finney hit the post before Everton scored and Burnett twice got in the way of good shots by accident.
A Great Winning Goal.
When McLaren equalised with a snap shot the 12,500 crowd were roused to cup-tie heat, and a spirited spectacular struggle developed without further goals until four minutes from the end of extra time, when T.G. Jones pounced upon a pass twenty yards out and gave Fairbrother no chance with a terrific first-time drive. This was a glorious cup-tie winning goal and a fitting finish. Everton were worthy winners. They were best served by Burnett, Jackson and Jones (H.) in defence, and in attack Mercer was a strong inside forward, Jones (TG) a lively leader and Caskie a box of tricks. Preston N.E; Fairbrother, goal; Beattie (A.) and Scott, backs; Shankley, Smith and Mutch, half-backs; Finney, McLaren, Dougal, Bremner (Motherwell), and Wharton, forwards. Everton:- Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jackson, backs; Bentham, Jones (H.) (West Brom), and Keen (Derby), half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Mercer, Jones (TG), Owen and Caskie, forwards.
• Liverpool won 4-1 against Burnley, Done (3), Taylor scored for Liverpool and Guttridge scored a own goal for Burnley.
TOM JONES’S WINNER
April 7, 1942. The Evening Express
I was at Anfield, but my Preston colleague was on the telephone to me at the final whistle and he related the story to me. Here it is for your benefit. It was Preston who called the tune in the first half when they were endeavouring to prove that their 2-2 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday was no fluke. The Everton defence stood up to the pressure manfully, Jackson making a fine deputy for Greenhalgh and Burnett giving a display of goalkeeping which amazed the watchers. Burnett saved in super-style time after time and eventually Everton struck game so well that Joe Mercer once again at inside-right gave them the lead. North End battled back spiritedly, however, and before half-time young McLaren dispelled the impression that Burnett was unbeatable. They crossed over all square and after a thrill a second second half with hardly a pin to choose between them, full time came with the score unchanged. The extra time period brought further thrills, and although both teams showed signs of tiring, Everton revealed rather the greater skill and gave North End no rest. Three minutes from time and just when it looked as if it would necessitate a play to a finish tie, Tommy Jones, once again, leading the Everton attack, let fly a mighty shot from fifteen yards range which Fairbrother never saw. Everton were through. Yes, and I am assured that while North End made a great fight victory went to the more deserving side. The experiment of playing Tommy Jones at centre forward has been justified up to the hilt, for he scored in both games. Mercer and Jimmy Caskie were other star forwards in a whole-hearted, clever Everton side, while Harry Jones, Stan Bentham and Eric Keen once again made a brilliant half-back line. With Burnett, Cook and Jackson never faltering, it was small wonder the clever Preston forwards were held. Yes a fine win for Everton and rather against the book of form.
EVERTON’S GRAND WIN
April 7, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
The war-time Cup-Holders, Preston North End, are out of the season’s tournaments, and it was Everton who administed the knock-out blow. Having drawn at Goodison Park, few anticipated that Everton could beard the lion in his own den and master him. Extra time was needed to do the trick for the game had been of such a nature that the rival forwards could not muster more than two goals –equally shared –at the call of time; and it was not until four minutes from the end of the “extra” that Everton scored the all important goal, to send them forward to a local Derby meeting with old friends in Liverpool. The winning goal, scored by Tom Jones, was a real cup-winning goal, for he cracked a tremendous drive from 20 yards range which left Fairbrother helpless. But Everton did not win without a terrific struggle. To Burnett goes a great deal of the praise for the victory for he was at his best when Preston were doing their best work promising to break down the Everton defence quite frequently. Everton were more forceful and direct whereas the North End were inclined to frills and fancies. They have often failed through the same causes; whereas Everton went the short way round to assert their superiority. Let us take the first goal as a sample. It was the result of a snap effort. T. Jones hoodwinked the North End defence by jumping over the ball, which travelled on to mercer, who dashed forward and scored. It was after this that Burnett defied some of Preston’s best efforts by sound and well-judged goalkeeping. There was no doubt that the North End were upset by their reverse and replied to it with determined onslaught, to which the Everton defence, however, put up a solid front. Finney hit the post, but an equaliser came when McLaren rushed in to score. Tom Jones retrieved the situation in one of the most thrilling Cup-ties seem at Deepdale. Everton were worthy their victory. Jackson and Harry Jones were grand defenders, and Mercer , T. Jones and Caskie the best of the attackers.
EVERTON X1 FOR DERBY’ CUP-TIE
April 8, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton include six internationals in their team to oppose Liverpool in the first “leg” of their League War Cup second round tie at Anfield on Saturday. Four will be in the attack and include Tommy Lawton and Jimmy Caskie. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly has been in communication with Lawton (who a week later leads Everton at Hampden Park), and Tommy is making every effort to be at Anfield. Caskie has been saving his half holidays for the purpose of being able to get off for the cup matches. He has, of course, been playing with Hibernians. Alec Stevenson, who could not play at Preston because of an ankle injury, returns to link up with Caskie in place of Owen and Joe Mercer –who will be at Hampton the following week playing for England –will be at inside-right with Anderson as his partner. George Jackson continues as left back deputy for Norman Greenhalgh, so apart from the forward changes the side will be that which won so sensationally at Preston. The game is certain to attract a big crowd, and in order to insure that there is quick entrance to the ground, Everton have arranged for the gatemen to go to Anfield to supplement the Anfield staff. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Jones (Harry), Keen; Anderson, Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, Caskie.
• Marine beat Everton “A” last Saturday 6-2, Everton “A” play St. Teresa’s at Goodison Park on Saturday.
ALL SET FOR ANFIELD TIT-BIT
April 10, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Though Everton and Liverpool have met many times in war-time football, nothing that has gone before will compare with the big Derby to be staged at Anfield tomorrow. This time the clubs are meeting in cup-tie warfare, with something really rival at stake and tomorrow’s game, as well as the return at Goodison Park the following Saturday, should provide us with the best football treat we have had in this city for close on three years. It is ten seasons since these old rivals clashed in senior cup-ties, though they have met in the interim in the Lancashire Cup. Actually, they have opposed one another only five times in F.A. Cup games throughout their long history, one occasion being the semi-final away back in 1906, when Everton went on to win the Cup, so if they wish devout Evertonians can take thus further pairing as a lucky omen. It goes without saying that both sides will strain every nerve to get through to the next round for, apart from the traditional rivalry between them, this season’s Cup competition looks being a good money-spinner for those who reach the later stage. Tomorrow’s tussle will be a needle affair, and while recent form and the strength of their side impairs me to name Everton as the most likely winners. I shall not be surprised if Liverpool prove me wrong. The Reds are dour fighters with an infinite capacity for sticking it out against odds to the last gasp, and it will take all Everton can produce to peg them back. The visitors will turn out a grand array of talent, including six internationals. Jimmy Caskie one of the biggest box office attractions in Scotland hopes to play. If he does I can promise spectators a rare feat. Last time I saw him was in the inter-league match earlier this season at Blackpool, when we Jimmy alone was worth the money. Lawton is also expected to be in the side, with Mercer at inside right, so the attack should be up to scratch all right. As for defence that has been Everton’s strong suit all season, and although it is unfortunately Greenhalgh should be laid up at this juncture, Jackson will fill the breach in his usual reliable manner. Burnett needs no praise. His recent performances at Goodison have stamped him with the international hallmark, and Everton need have no anxiety here while the half back line is as good as any in the country today?
Liverpool will not chosen their side definitely until just before the match. Its final composition will depend to some extent on what player turn up. There is a doubt about one or two included in the thirteen probables, particularly Fagan. Other pre-war first teamers included are Bush, Taylor, Nieuwenhuys, and Balmer, the first three being certain starters. Carney is also named, and I hope he plays for his enthusiasm and vigour would be real assets in such a keen game, a remark which applies also to Hadcock, who is cast in somewhat similar mould. The only part of the side which isn’t subject to ifs and buts is the rearguard where the tried and proved trio of Hobson-Guttridge-Lambert will do duty. Just a further remainder to spectators, Please get to the ground as early as possible to give late-comers a chances, and tender the right admission money. The kick-off is 3p.m. and the teams;- Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Jones (H), Keen; Anderson, Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, and Caskie. Liverpool (from) –Hobson; Guttride, Lambert, Bush, Kayes, Haydock, Niuwenhuys, Taylor, Balmer, Fagan, Done, Carney and Liddell.
MERSEYSIDE’S GREAT CUP “DERBY.”
April 10, 1942. The Evening Express
Tomorrow’s great Merseyside War Cup Derby at Anfield between Liverpool and Everton is the outstanding match in the whole round which will be decided on the two-match basis and in which Merseyside has three representatives, Southport completing the trio. While it is to be regretted that only two clubs can reach the last eight, I am certain the game at Anfield and Goodison Park the following week will bring ample compensation. Here are treats rare in these days of restricted football, and it will be surprise me if the winners eventually win the Cup. Anfield will bring back a refreshing breath of pre-war soccer tomorrow, and if the cup tie attendance up to now can be accepted as a true criterion then we shall hit the twenty thousand mark. Remember that Preston drew 16,000 odd to Goodison Park a week ago, and 11,000 odd at Anfield for the Burnley match. Now with the old rivals at grips again we shall see the best war gate on Merseyside apart, maybe from the Goodison international early in the war.
So far this season the Reds and Blues are pegging along pretty evenly. They finished right up among the leaders in the League Championship No 1, and were looked together in the Cup Qualifying Competition. As a matter of fact in League Championship No. 2 each claims 18 points with Liverpool having played two games less. Curiously enough for these war days the clubs met only twice this season. This was on League business, and when they were at Anfield Liverpool won 3-1. The return at Goodison Park saw the Blues secure a 5-2 victory. They were to have met again at Christmas, but national needs came first. If one looks through the complete “Derby” records for the war the balance of success lies with Everton. During that period the Blues have had one Lancashire Cup success over the rivals. Mentions of the Cup reminds me that their last clash in a national cup tournament was in 1931-32 when Liverpool went to Goodison Park in the third round of the F.A. Cup and after being a goal down in the first minute went on to victory. We thought that would be Liverpool’s cup year but the scheme went awry. Now, however, Merseyside has anqutstanding chance to grab the third war cup. So far one has gone to London –to West ham –and the second to Lancashire –to Preston. Of course, Manchester and Bradford also have double chances and maybe their hopes are rosier seeing that their teams do not clash. Tomorrow’s game at Anfield should reproduce the usual clash in style one associates with three “Derby” meetings. I have seen all the home games of both clubs this season and say definitely that there is hardly a pin to choose between them. Liverpool have a slight advantage in having the first home game, but form in recent years bears out the contention that grounds do not matter a great deal in these meetings. Tomorrow’s game will I think, be the truer test of respective merits from a strict playing point of view for the following week both sides may be lacking in some matter craftsmen. Still a lot can happen before April 18.
The match will be quite an international parade for Everton will have no fewer than six full international representing England, Scotland, and Ireland. Liverpool have one English international in Balmer, a South African international in Nieuwenhuys, and a selected international in Liddell, oh, and a schoolboy international in Ray Lambert. Yes, for stars this game will take some beating. Liverpool at the moment, still have doubts about their team and even a directors meetings yesterday failed to solve the problem. What we do know is that Hobson, Guttridge, Lambert, Kaye, Haydock, Taylor, Nieuwenhuys, Done and Liddell are certainties. Bush, Balmer, Carney and Fagan are among the probables, and if they all turn up the directors are going to have a few headaches deciding whom to leave out. Everton have had to make late changes in their team for Harry Jones is suffering from tonsillitis, and so Eric Keen, the Derby County international, moves to centre-half and young Curwen the former Fleetwood player, will be at left half. Should Lawton not be able to play, Tommy Jones will come again be at centre-forward. The reason Tom Jones is not at centre half in his recent injury at Wolverhampton, when his nose was broken. Still, a place should be found somewhere for this effective footballer. To my mind, this tie depends entirely on half-back power. So far as forward effectiveness is concerned, there is not much to choose between them, and the intermediary lines which was asset its power with conviction will decide a game which reads like a draw to me and which I am certain will give us all the thrills one can desire and a splendid afternoon’s sport. Arrangements have been made to ensure that spectators can get into the ground quickly and the clubs are pooling their stewards to avoid delays. Yes, and the kick-off is 3.0 p.m. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Jones (H), Keen; Anderson, Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, and Caskie. Liverpool (from) –Hobson; Guttride, Lambert, Bush, Kayes, Haydock, Niuwenhuys, Taylor, Balmer, Fagan, Done, Carney and Liddell.
April 11, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Win Rousing “first Leg.”
Liverpool; Hobson, goal; Guttridge, and Lambert, backs; Taylor, Bush, and Kaye, half-backs; Nieuwenhuys, Carney, Done, Haydock, and Liddell, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jackson, backs; Bentham, Keen (Derby) and Curwen (G), half-backs; Owen, Mercer, Jones (Tom), Stevenson and Anderson (Third Lanark), forwards. Referee; Mr. F.W. Wort, Nottingham. Everton had to make last-minute changes for their Cup-tie against Liverpool at Anfield today. Owing to Lawton and Caskie not turning up, Jones (T.G.) went centre forward, Owen took Anderson place at outside right, Anderson crossing to outside left. Liverpool might have taken the lead in the first couple of minutes if Done had not badly sliced his shot, after Nieuwenhuys had made a neat pass which left the home centre forward with only Burnett to beat. Haydock’s neat footwork twice put the Everton goal in jeopardy. Jackson blocked one of the shots, and Niewenhuys found himself crowded out near the corner with the other. Offside ruined Everton’s first excursion into the Liverpool half, and once more Haydock put in a grand run. Little had been seen of Tommy Jones in the Everton attack, and it was Stevenson who has delivered practically all Everton’s shot but he was out of luck, for everyone was blocked by a defender. The first real shot of note came when Nivvy tested Burnett and found the Everton goalkeeper as safe as usual. Stevenson was going through when he fell in the penalty area, and there were cries for a penalty, but Referee Wort took no action. Everton goal had a narrow escape when Nivvy put across a centre which had the Everton defence spread-eagled but neither Carney nor Done could reach the ball. Liddell hit the foot of the post with a shot which had Burnett well beaten. Everton took the lead, through T.G. Jones at the 37th minute, with a beautifully worked goal. The move was started with a Mercer pass to Owen and it seemed that the winger had delayed his centre too long. But it came right over to Anderson on the opposite side, he nodded it back to Jones, and Jones keeping up his record of having scored in every Cup-tie, gave Hobson no chance. Just prior to this Mercer had come within an ace of scoring, when he challenged Guttridge, robbed the full back and seemed a certain scorer when Hobson advanced from goal. Mercer lofted the ball over the keeper’s head, but it curled just outside. A couple of minutes before half-time Liverpool were unlucky not to equalise, Keen kicking out on the line when Nivvy’s shot looked a score all over. Slackness in the Everton defence gave Liverpool another chance to equalise, Nivvy’s shot this time going outside from close range. It had been grand thrilling football, real pulsating Cup-tie stuff, and the crowd of 30,000 enjoyed this taste of pre-war vintage. Liverpool were unlucky to be a goal down. They had done the major portion of the attacking, but their finishing had been disappointing.
Half-time; Liverpool 0, Everton 1.
Everton went further ahead six minutes after the interval, Anderson been the scorer. Chief credit, however, goes to Owen for his persistence against Lambert. When he put across a centre Jones nodded the ball on to Anderson who rammed it home in sure fashion. Everton owed their lead mainly in the excellence of their half-back line, and the grand work of Jackson at full back. Try as they would Liverpool could rarely get past them and when they did they found Burnett in brilliant form. Three times in four minutes he saved in sparkling fashion –once from Niwuwenhuys and twice from Done. Liverpool in a melee in the Everton goalmouth forced the ball into the net but the point was negatived for a foul. Mercer was injured in a tackle on Kays, and finally hobble off some minutes from the end. This was not Liverpool’s lucky day, for three minutes from the finish Guttridge handled the ball as Anderson was centring but Hobson saved Cook’s penalty in brilliant style, and although Cook had a second chance from the rebound Hobson again foiled the Everton back. Mercer returned to the field a minute from the end. Final; Liverpool 0, Everton 2.
EVERTON WIN CUP “DERBY.”
April 11, 1942. The Evening Express
The pre-war soccer atmosphere was recaptured at Anfield today when Liverpool and Everton clashed in the first “leg” of their League War Cup second round tie. The second stage takes place at Goodison next Saturday. Early indications were that this was easily Merseyside’s biggest war-time crowd for a club match. Both teams had to make late changes, Taylor being at right half for Liverpool, while Carney was at inside right. Neither Lawton nor Caskie was available, so Tommy Jones took over the leadership of the Everton line, with Anderson going outside left and Owen coming in at outside right. Liverpool; Hobson, goal; Guttridge, and Lambert, backs; Taylor, Bush, and Kaye, half-backs; Nieuwenhuys, Carney, Done, Haydock, and Liddell, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jackson, backs; Bentham, Keen (Derby) and Curwen (G), half-backs; Owen, Mercer, Jones (Tom), Stevenson and Anderson (Third Lanark), forwards. Referee; Mr. F.W. Wort, Nottingham. The nimble-footed Carney was the first to set the crowd excited when he whipped out a long pass to Liddell. Liddell turned the ball in to Done, but Keen intervened, and when Done got a second chance he turned his shot outside. Haydock got the crowd on their toes with three quick bursts through but he was crowded out by the quick-tackling Everton defenders. Everton took time to get moving, and then a peach of a movement between Stevenson and Anderson was spoiled by offside, with Tom Jones eager to gather another cup goal. Liverpool, however, were soon attacking again, Jackson being right in position to take Nieuwenhuys’ header on his chest, and get it away to safety. Stevenson and Anderson contributed some neat inter-changing of position before Haydock went through on his own, but Keen swept across with a thrilling last second tackle to keep Liverpool at bay. The opening passages had produced of thrilling leading-up play and precision in defence, but nothing much in the way of goal thrust. Curwen received the ball full in his face, but he quickly resumed to see Kaye crash in with a distance drive which swung into the kop. Everton gradually took a grip on matters, to win the first corner and contribute some forward combination with Mercer which was a sheer delight. Bush, however, proved a stumbling block, holding up Stevenson and then putting paid to quick move by Mercer. Liddell changed the action, but Jackson was there to deprive him of the shot. Liverpool were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area. Everton’s good covering enabled them to survive this and the subsequent corner. Stevenson took a shot on the volley from Jones, headed pass, but it shot away off Kaye’s foot and then Stevenson had two further quick shots charged down.
It was not until 25 minutes had elapsed when Niewenhuys placed into Burnett’s arms, did we see a direct shot at goal. Everton responded with an all-in attack, Stevenson being bowled over as he shaped for the final thrust. Then came the chance of a life time to the Reds. Nieuwenhuys cut inwards and placed invitingly across the face of the goal. Carney and Done both came in to do the necessary, but each in turn missed the ball completely, and it passed harmlessly by the far post. This was a magnificent struggle with hardly a pin to choose between the teams, and with a crowd over the 30,000 mark getting football thrills rarely seen in these days. Then a miracle escape for Everton. Carney pushed the ball up to the left where Done was slow in shaping for his shot. Liddell, however, leapt through to crack in a peach of a shot which hit the foot of the post and rebounded across the goal, Nieuwenhuys lobbed it over.
The opening goal was not long delayed for in 37 minutes Tommy Jones kept up his record of scoring in each cup-tie by giving Everton the lead. The persistence of Curwen laid the foundations, and after Bentham had taken a hand, Mercer called on Owen, who had made a little ground and then swung across a centre beyond the far post. It looked as if the ball would run “dead” but Anderson was there to place it bang in front of goal and Jones had it in the net in a flash. Liverpool fought back at full power, and after Done had was crowded out a yard from goal, Nieuwenhuys left fly a point blank range, but Keen flung himself across to take the ball on his chest and it rebounded over the top.
Half-time; Liverpool 0, Everton 1.
Liverpool had only themselves to blame for being in arrears at the interval, for they had enjoyed the balance of play, but had fritted away the easiest of chances. This is an unforgivable offence as they found within a minute of the resumption, when Done failed to accept a chance created by Nieuwenhuys. Everton were so elated at this escape, that they took up they running, and after some near skirmishes found themselves two goals up in 52 minutes. Stevenson and Mercer had been holding and drawing magnificently and suddenly Owen was pushed through by Mercer, and he held off Lambert to centre, from the line. Jones attracted Hobson and Bush, and managed to edge the ball back, so that Anderson could shot in and place into the far corner of the net. This was a shock to Liverpool who had spoiled golden opportunities, and the Reds found Everton pressing home their advantage, doing practically all the effective forward work for a long spell during which Hobson did well to tip over the top a grand header by Owen.
At last Liverpool recovered the balance, and Done looked all a scorer when Jackson came racing across to kick clear and turn a somersault in the process. Liverpool kept it up, and time and times only persistent tackling by Done from getting in his shots. Everton were kept with their backs to the wall, but their interventions was relentless. One of the big thrills of the game was a terrific shot by Nieuwenhuys as he took the ball at top pace and Burnett flung himself full length to turn the ball round the post in magnificent style. Nieuwenhuys came again and a fine rising shot was turned over the top in miraculous fashion by Burnett. A few seconds after Done shot magnificently, Burnett flinging himself to make a wonderful save while in mid-air. Everton had faded out as the attacking force, and Liddell went close with a header, which was turned aside for a corner. Mercer was injured in a raid on goal, and although he resumed it was too much for him and six minutes from time he limped off. Liverpool in a bid to stave off defeat brought Nieuwenhuys to inside right, but with five minutes to go Guttridge handled the ball in getting in front of a centre from Anderson and Everton were awarded a penalty. From this Hobson made a wonderful double save. He dived across to beat away Cook’s first shot and he dived again to catch the ball down when Cook shot in from the rebound. Final; Liverpool 0, Everton 2.
LIVERPOOL OUT OF LUCK
April 13, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
Liverpool 0, Everton 2
Burnett Rescues Everton
Record Crowd For war-Time
It was not Liverpool’s lucky day when they met Everton at Anfield in the first leg of the second round of the League War Cup. Nothing went right for them, and they can justly consider themselves information in having to start off with a two goals deficit at Goodison next Saturday. Once more Burnett was the hero of his side. He came to the rescue of Everton at the most critical time, when Liverpool staged a great fighting finish, and he made a series of great saves. Long before this, however, Liverpool should have been in a comfortable position. They had enough chances in the first half hour to set up a good lead. Yet only one shot of real note was delivered in all that time. During this period Everton’s attack had not been idle, but for every visitors’ raid Liverpool staged at least three, and the Everton defence, though it struck to its guns manfully, had a gruelling time.
The visitors took the lead seven minutes from the interval when Owen sent across a long centre which looked to be going out until Anderson nodded it back to Jones for the latter player to place well out of Hobson’s reach. Liverpool still had their chances, but could not take them, though they were unlucky when Liddell hit the foot of the post and when a shot by Nieuwenhuys was breasted out by Keen from the goal-line. In the early part of the second half it looked as though Liverpool had shot their bolt completely and for a long spell Everton were the better and more aggressive side. Anderson got their second goal six minutes after the resumption. Once again it came from an Owen centre, the ball being helped on its way by Jones. In the last twenty minutes Liverpool put up a grand fighting rally, which provided some of the most thrilling incidents of the day. They peppered the Everton goal, and this time their finishing left nothing to be desired. Try as they would, however, they could not get the ball past Burnett, who played an inspired game. He dived full length to save three terrific shots from Nieuwenhuys in amazing fashion, and another even more difficult one from Done, all of which appeared certain to score. Add to this the fact that Liverpool twice hit the woodwork, and once scrambled the ball in the net just as the whistle went for an infringement and the measure of Everton’s escape will be seen.
It was thrilling football all through full off excitement and incidents and fought out in clean and sporting fashion. The crowd of 33,445 (£2,181) was a war-time record, and the spectators fully enjoyed this throw back to the pre-war time atmosphere. With the defence on both sides superior to the attack, the game did not produce any outstanding best forwards. Nieuwenhuys was Liverpool’s most dangerous attacker, and Haydock was a grand worker, but Done Was disappointing, and failed badly several times with easy chances. Kaye and Taylor were sound wing halves and the rearguard was good, Hobson made a splendid penalty save in the closing stages when Cook although presented with a second chance from the rebound, could not get the ball past him. Next to Burnett’s superlative display, Everton were best served by Keen and Jackson. Curwen did well at left half until late on when he seemed to tire. Apart from the first portion of the second half. Which produced occasional flashes of good combination, Everton’s attack was not brilliant. Mercer was the best of the line. Owen was rarely seen apart from the two centres which led to goals, and the left wing was the better balanced. T.G. Jones was not a success at centre-forward. Liverpool; Hobson, goal; Guttridge, and Lambert, backs; Taylor, Bush, and Kaye, half-backs; Nieuwenhuys, Carney, Done, Haydock, and Liddell, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jackson, backs; Bentham, Keen (Derby) and Curwen (G), half-backs; Owen, Mercer, Jones (Tom), Stevenson and Anderson (Third Lanark), forwards. Referee; Mr. F.W. Wort, Nottingham.
EVERTON WAR CUP FAVOURITES
April 13, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton now stand as favourities for the third Football League War Cup following their clever victory over Merseyside rivals, Liverpool, in the first “leg” of their second round tie at Anfield on Saturday. Everton won by two clear goals, and although they will have to hold Liverpool to a goal in the return at Goodison Park on Saturday, there is no disputing the fact that Everton are in such a happy position that they must stand out as favourites for the trophy. I can find no club with a better chance. Rest assured that Liverpool will come out with their sleeves rolled up next Saturday in that “until-a-tie-is-win-it-is-not-lost” mood, but their task of conceding two goals and ground advantage is one of super-magnitude.
The game at Anfield on Saturday provided one of the greatest soccer threats of the war football. No fewer than 33,445, spectators turned up for the game, a goodly proportion actually walking to the game. The receipts were £2,841! This establishes a new record for numbers and money for any club game since war began. Yes, and the football provided was in keeping with the enthusiastic throng. The excitement was intense, players and spectators seeming to combine in a joint effort to make this the football festival it proved to be. Plenty of people with whom I chatted after the match contended that Everton were lucky winners. With that view I disagree. If luck was with the Blues it could be brought down to two specific incidents. The first was when Keen handled a Nieuwenhuys centre in the first half, and the referee gave a free kick a foot outside the penalty area. I though Keen was inside the area. Keen, however, was moving outwards and so was in the safely zone in a flash. When Mr. Wort awarded Everton a penalty late on for hands against Guttridge there was no doubt about it. The other lucky break for Everton was when Liddell hit a terrific shot in the first half and the ball struck the foot of a post and rebounded right along the goal-line far beyond the other post. Yes, that was a bit of luck for Everton, but fortune’s hand was held at that. Let me hasten to emphasise that Liverpool could easily have won by a margin that would not only have given them victory, but a favouritie’s chance of winning the tie. That they failed was not due to any good Everton luck, but to their own inefficiency. It was not Everton luck which made the Liverpool forwards shoot so inaccurately. That was Liverpool’s own shortcoming so please let us forget these “lucky win” stories and analyse this epic struggle from the purely football point of view.
Craft Beat Pace.
The chief reason why Liverpool lost was that their forwards frittered away the easiest of chances, in a manner foreign to them. Another reason for the defeat was that Liverpool operated as if the ball was too hot to hold. Every player was far too eager to “get rid of it” and so skill was sacrificed on the altar of speed. The Reds lacked an attribute which paved the way for the Blues triumph –the men who could hold the ball, draw the defence out of position and then slip the pass to the open space. In Mercer and Stevenson Everton had inside forwards with the skill and courage to hold the ball and so carve out the openings. Liverpool’s forward plan was too “breakneck” with no one revealing sufficient patience to retain the ball longer than a split second. The result was that while we often found the Liverpool defence blasted open by the subtility of a single pass –as witness the goal-scoring efforts –it was only rarely that the Everton defenders were drawn out of position completely. Haycock began with the right ideas, but was soon absorbed in the general desire to make shock tactics pay. And shock tactics were not the open sesame to round three against this Everton defence. Yes, once again Everton made craft conquer speed, and even when Liverpool did find their shooting boots the Blues had in Burnett the super-goalkeeper who defied Liverpool’s choicest efforts. Burnett’s skill as much as anything else brought Everton victory. From a territorial point of view the Reds held the upper hand particularly in the first half and during the closing stages, when Everton concentrated on defence.
It was midway through the first half that Tommy Jones scored the opening goal to maintain his record of a goal-a-match since he went into the attack. It was a five-handed movement which brought the opening, spread-eagled the Reds defence, and Tommy banged it from short range from Anderson’s final lob. Jones repaid the compliment in 52 minutes when he edged Owen’s centre backwards and downwards for Anderson to whip it into the net. Everton had the chance to make it three near the end per the penalty, but Hobson made a truly magnificent save off Cook’s power drive and recovered quick enough to hold Cook’s second shot off the rebound. Outstanding player in a galaxy of stars was Eric Keen who took over centre-half duties to blot out demon scorer Done and totally disorgainise Liverpool frontal machine by his masterly tackling and relentless intervention. On his flanks Bentham and Curwen were the epitome of concentrated endeavour and behind there was the quiet solidity of Cook, and the dashing of Jackson who touched his top form. In attack Stevenson and Mercer were the master minds with Jones commanding most of Tom Bush’s attentions and Owen and Mercer discharging essentials nicely, but without scintillating. Bush of course was the big man of the Liverpool defence with Lambert a good second, nut it was Taylor and Kaye who pleased me by the manner in which they struck strongly to their defensive work and yet were always striving to do that opening-making which that forwards failed to do. Haycock was easily the best forward –a ninety minutes gather if ever there was one –for Done’s ball control was not as good as usual and Carney was too individualistic. Liddell and Nieuwenhuys were potent raiders, but too often had to come way back for the ball, whereas they should have been given opportunities for chasing it. There was no wide gulf between these teams, but it was simply that Everton had greater facility for cohesive football and they took their chances while Liverpool squandered theirs. Maybe the Goodison Park chapter will reveal an entirely different story.
Joe Mercer Doubtful.
Joe Mercer the Everton half-back who was injured late on in the game at Anfield on Saturday, must be regarded as a doubtful starter for the England team against Scotland on Saturday. The injured ankle is badly swollen, and Mercer has to walk with a stick. The injury has been specially treated during the week-end.
DEATH OF EX-EVERTONIAN
April 14, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton followers will be sorry to hear of the death of Tom Robson the former Everton half back, which has taken place at an R.A.F. camp in the North. Robson, who came to Everton from Blyth Spartans some twelve years or so ago, and then went on to Sheffield Wednesday and other clubs, was a grand type of sportsman, and so far as Football went had to depend solely on his skill and ability, for he had neither height nor weight to help him out. He played some excellent games for Everton during his short stay at Goodison.
EVERTON’S ONE TEAM DOUBT
April 15, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton have one doubt regarding their team to oppose Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday in the second “leg” of their League War Cup second round tie. This is at inside-right, where a deputy has to be found for Joe Mercer, Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly states that he is making every effort to get Wally Boyes, the international winger to fill the vacancy, but should Boyes be unable to secure leave Wally Owen will be at inside-right. Owen was at outside-right last Saturday, but he now gives way to Anderson, who crosses from outside-left to admit Jimmy Caskie, the Scottish International winger to make his appearance at Goodison Park this season. It was expected that Caskie would be selected to play for Scotland against England, but curiously enough his place goes to Liddell of Liverpool, and so Jimmy makes the journey south, Caskie helped Everton to win at Preston on Easter Monday. Tommy Jones the Welsh international pivot who has scored in each of the cup-ties, once again leads the forwards, and the rearguard is unchanged from that which helped to win at Anfield last Saturday. Keen remaining at centre-half, with Curwen on his left. Arrangements are being made to deal with a public. Incidentally, all the ground will be open with exception of the two goals double-decker. Everton;- Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Keen, Curwen; Anderson, Boyes, (or Owen), Jones (Tommy), Stevenson, Caskie. Mercer told me today that he had recovered from his ankle injury and that he would play for England.
April 15, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s team for the return Cup-tie with Liverpool at Goodison is unchanged in defence, but there are alterations in the forward line. Caskie is included at outside left, and is fully expected to play so that Anderson crosses in the right wing. Boyes to at inside right in place of Mercer, who I am glad to say, is recovering nicely and will almost certainly be fit to play against Scotland. As there is a doubt about Boyes, Owen is also named along with him. Though not up to his usual form at Anfield, where he was out of position, Owen never-the-less did the damage so far as Liverpool were concerned, both goals being off his centres. He is a grand, hardworking youngster –he is only 18 –full of courage and fighting spirit and with plenty of football ability. Jones (T.G.) leads the attack again. Harry Jones is still laid up with tonsillitis. With a two goal start Everton ought to make sure of getting through to the next round, but there’s many a slip &tc, and in Liverpool can improve their finishing the Blues will have to fight to retain their lead. Given favourable conditions last week’s record gate is quite likely to be exceeded. Anyhow, Everton are making arrangements in anticipation. Gates will be opened at 1.45, the paddock will be available for the first time since the war, and Liverpool antipation are coming to help get the crowd in quickly. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Keen, Curwen; Anderson, Boyes, or W. Owen, Jones (T.G.), Stevenson, Caskie.
• Everton and Liverpool “A” met at Anfield this week-end.
CUP “DERBY” DUEL EPISODE 2
April 17, 1942. The Evening Express
Goodison Park will tomorrow be the scene of the keenest of the eight battles in the League War Cup tourney, when Everton and Liverpool meet to decide who shall enter the last eight of the war’s best competition to date. Everton will step out with a lead of two goals gained at Anfield last Saturday, but it is to certainty that they will pass into the next stage. Naturally they are favourities, but many favourities fall in football –and especially in cup-ties. The very fact that Liverpool face an uphill task will make them play all the harder. Yes and do not forget that it is only a slender lead. That can be wiped out in less time than it makes to tell –providing Liverpool introduce a modicum of accuracy into their shooting. That is the crux of the matter. Whatever the result there is one thing you can bank on. That is an attendance approaching the Anfield figures of 33,000 odd. Everton’s lead has not detracted one whit from the allurement of the great “Derby.” All arrangements have been made to house the crowd quickly, and we shall find the paddock open for the first time since the war. The clubs are pointing gatemen to ensure that there are no delays at the turnstiles. My advice to the spectators is to start out early and to tender correct money at the gates.
Reds Seek Cunning.
Liverpool directors spent some time yesterday endeavouring to select their team to tackle Everton, but when it was announced it contained doubts. However, it is pretty obvious to my mind that they are striving to introduce those touches of cunning into the attack which were lacking last Saturday. This is a wise move, for while I appreciate that directness and speed of action can pay on certain occasions, a touch of cunning is needed to get a defence of the Everton calibre out of step. One significant move is that which I suggested might have been done in the later stags of last Saturday’s game –the placing of Phil Taylor into the attack. Taylor played wing-half last week, but now he is included among the six forwards from which final choice will be made, I Like that idea. Jack Balmer is also among the possible forwards and here is another player sufficiently able and couragment to hold a ball and methodically force an opening. The same with Bill Jones, the youngster from Glossop, whose name is on the list. There is a shade of doubt about Balmer and Niuwenhuys, but Manager Mr. George Kay feel’s pretty confident that they will be available. Apparently it is Liverpool’s intention to play Len Carney at outside-left in place of Liddell and he should fill that bill at right. Done and Lambert suffered slight injuries last week, but Done is quite fit again and so will lead the attack. Lambert is practically fit, but just in case he cannot play, Mr. Kay has called on Arthur Owen, fair-haired little Tranmere Rovers back of the big heart and with the big kick. Fred Haydock reverts to the left half, so that Kaye can play on the right, and with Tom Bush there again, there should be nothing wrong with the defence. The Reds were hoping that Fagan would be able to come along for the game, but Fagan is faced with travelling difficulties, and it is because of that the Liverpool directors have agreed to release Fagan to play for Northampton in the Cup. Everton’s one team doubt is inside-right where either of the two Wally –Boyes or Owen –will deputise for Mercer, Tommy Jones once again deputises for Lawton and will be keen to keep up his goal-a-cup-tie record. It will be a treat seeing Jimmy Caskie on Everton’s left again. That Caskie-Stevenson link-up will test Liverpool to the full.
Attack Means “Life.”
Here is my opinion, is a game which demands 100 per cent, attack from both teams. Those two goals may give the Blues such a sense of securing that they will be too concerned in procuring the advantage to think about improving it. That may prove fatal against such a quick-moving team as Liverpool. If the Reds forwards do get a grip on the game then Everton may find themselves in Queer Street. Several times this season I have found the Blues guilty of easing up once a lead has been established. They must not do that against Liverpool. They must go out in a mood which dictates that the match has to be won. And to win a match they must concentrate on attack first of all. So attack it must be for both, and let the defence take care of itself. A week ago Everton made craft prove superior to speed in action. Liverpool should introduce touches of craft this week. If they can do so and recapture the shooting form which was so sadly lacking at Anfield, they may spring a surprise. Liverpool paid dearly for lost opportunities at Anfield, and it is up to them to try and compensate this time. Shoot by all means. Reds, but do not let hastiness upset accuracy as at Anfield. This should be a grand afternoon’s sport, and if played in the spirit of the Anfield game will satisfy the most exacting. To the winners we will say “Good luck and may you win the Cup,” and to the losers we will offer a word of sympathy that one or two fine teams had to go. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Keen, Curwen; Anderson, Boyes, (or Owen), Jones (Tom), Stevenson, Caskie. Liverpool (from); Hobson; Guttridge, Lambert; Owen, Kays, Bush, Haydock; Niuwenhuys, Balmer, Done, Jones (Billy), Taylor, Carney.
April 17, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
The draw for the third round of the League Cup will be made in Glasgow on Saturday evening. Chief note of interest here will be who appears in it –Everton or Liverpool. Right away let me say I think it will be the former. Liverpool had their chance to alter that opinion at Anfield last week, but turned them down, and though they are certain to make a great fight for it I’m afraid the two goals start which Everton get will be too big a handicap. Though Liverpool are nearer to knowing their side than they were at the same period of last week’s game, there is still a doubt about the forward line, for which six players are provisionally named. There are also changes in defence, where Kaye crosses over from the left to the right flank. Taylor goes up in the attack, and Haydock drops back to left half, Owen, of Tranmere Rovers, is also included as a probable,” due to the slight doubt about Lambert. The latter’s injury, however, has made good progress this week, and he is practically certain to play. Owen figured in Liverpool’s side several time last season, and played excellently on every occasion, so that if he has to step into the breach Liverpool can rely on him. Apart from that one doubt the rest of the players named in the defence are all definite starters, including Bush at centre half. As for the attack, Done has also made a good recovery from his ankle injury, and is fit again. Taylor, Carney, and Jones (W.H.) are other certainties, but there is a shade of doubt about the availability of Balmer and Nieuwenhuys, and the exact composition of the line may not be decided until just before the match. Niuwenhuys, was in better form last week than he has been for some time past, and only too good work of Burnett prevented him getting at least a couple of goals in the Anfield tie. If he can repeat his shooting prowess of last week’s grand finale at Goodison tomorrow, maybe Liverpool will make my, forecast all wrong. A little more of his early-season hefty and accurate shooting from Done would not come amiss other.
Everton’s Strong Point.
Everton will be unchanged in defence and with Curwen performing like a veteran alongside, Keen and Bentham to say nothing of the almost impregnable Burnett-Cook-Jackson trio, the Blues look good enough for anything in the department. Chief query regarding the home attack relates to inside right where Boyes is first choice, with the amateur Owen taking his place if the older and more experienced player does not turn up. While in these days no player is certain until he pops his face round the dressing room door. Everton have had word from Caskie that he will be there. If all plans out as expected, then we can look for something good from the Stevenson-Caskie pairing. Last week’s crowd at Anfield was handled can be relied on to adopt similar measures. Gates will be opened at 1.45, Liverpool’s turnstile men are giving a hand, and if those spectators who can do so will get there early and everybody will tender the exact admission money, there should be no delay. Providing conditions are propitiations the gate will be probably round about the 30,000 mark again, and if we see as clean and sporting a game as last week’s there will be no complains. Teams; Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Keen, Curwen; Anderson, Boyes, (or Owen), Jones (Tom), Stevenson, Caskie. Liverpool (from); Hobson; Guttridge, Lambert; Owen, Kays, Bush, Haydock; Niuwenhuys, Balmer, Done, Jones (Billy), Taylor, Carney.
LIVERPOOL WIN TODAY, LOSE TIE
April 18, 1942. The Evening Express.
Everton began with a two-goals lead for the second “leg” of their War Cup second round tie today at Goodison Park, where another pre-war crowd turned up with all the old times enthusiasm and rivalry. Even the pre-war trumpet player came with his music. It was not until the last minute that Liverpool decided on their team, and with Lambert unfit, Owen, of Tranmere Rovers, made his Cup debut, and Jones and Taylor constituted the left wing of the attack. Boyes did not arrive, so Owen was at inside-right and Caskie, who was given a fine reception made his first home appearance of the season. He had travelled throughout the night to be present. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jackson, backs; Bentham, Keen (Derby), and Curwen (G.), half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), W. Owen, Jones (T.G.), Stevenson, and Caskie, forwards. Liverpool; Hobson, goal; Gutteridge and Owen (A.) (Tranmere Rovers), backs; Kaye, Bush, and Haycock, half-backs; Nieuwenhueys, Balmer, Done, W.H. Jones, and Taylor, forwards. Referee; Mr. F. Wort (Liverpool). Liverpool were the first to show their paces, Keen coming across to hold up Done before Done screwed a shot outside as he was tackled. Next came Taylor, who moved inside and shot from just outside the penalty area –a shot too hot to hold, but which Burnett quickly smothered. Everton responded with some full-powered moves, and when Bush made a back pass, Hobson had to dash out to prevent a corner. W. Owen twice went through enterprisingly before Caskie began to delight the crowd with his trickery. Anderson scorned the shot for the pass, with Hobson out of position, and a possible chance was lost. At the other end, Taylor crashed in to hit a centre first time, but the ball bounced outside. There was a thrill when Curwen curled a centre just under the bar, but Hobson caught it and was clearing when he was impeded. Jones shot outside from a distance before Balmer led a sharp raid on the Everton goal, but as Done was going in to accept the centre, Cook intervened. A Caskie centre brought danger to Liverpool, but Anderson’s shot rebounded of Bush, and although W. Owen shot quickly, the ball passed wide of the post. Done was next on the goal-trial, but his quick shot swerved outside. Arthur Owen came through with some timely intervention, before Niuwenhuys went through at speed and was pulled up by Bentham at the expense of a corner in the nick of time. From this Jackson cleared from Bush, but the ball was returned and W. Jones stepped in with a header which Burnett saved splendidly. The Liverpool forwards were showing rather more understanding, but another corner failed to bring any grist to the mill. Hobson came out to pull down a menacing centre from Jones, before a free kick against Haycock, five yards outside the area, was put over the top by T.G. Jones.
Once again it was Taylor who inspired the Liverpool attack, and from W. Jones centre the ball bounced between two Everton defenders before Cook cleared, and away went Everton for the most potent raid so far. Caskie swept by Guttridge and moved inwards before slipping the ball along the floor to Jones. If looked odds on a goal, but Tom Jones in trying to break the net, turned the ball over the top and 35,000 spectators gasped. Haycock sprang in with a quick surprise shot, and although he was up sighted, Burnett managed to clear. Liverpool opened the score in 29 minutes through Balmer to make the margin only 2-1. It was Taylor who started the winning move, and the ball was whipped across to the right where Nieuwenhuys shot magnificently on the run. Burnett was beaten all ends up but the ball came back off the post and rebounded to Balmer, who slammed it home in a flash. Liverpool tried to increase their advantage but the Liverpool defence stood firm and then Tom Jones almost equalised when he shot first time with Hobson out of position but the ball went a yard wide. It was Burnett who prevented Liverpool from increasing their lead, from Curwen, with Done trying to force the ball through. From the corner, Liverpool’s penalty appeal was turned down. This was rip-roaring football, with Liverpool slightly the more effective combination. Everton’s forward collaboration being upset by the quick tackling of Bush and Co. Still, it was anybody’s tie. Caskie was only pulled up by Haycock at the crucial moment.
Half-time; Everton 0, Liverpool 1
Liverpool deserved their interval lead, for they were the more workmanlike side, their forwards work being superior to that of Everton, whose approach was rather disjointed. Liverpool resumed where they had left off –hammering at the Everton goal; and when Everton did make ground Bush and Owen were there to say them nay. Done and Balmer went close with commendable shots, and the Everton defence became almost in a state of panic as Liverpool repeatedly swept to the attack. Time after time the Reds was held up by Everton quickly, booting the ball to touch. There was a thrill in 54 minutes when Kaye set the Liverpool forwards going, but Balmer was offside and a linesman flagged. The referee allowed play to proceed, and after a short bout of interpassing, Balmer netted, but the cheers was short-lived, for the referee gave Everton a free kick. Everton responded with some of their best forward work of the afternoon, and Caskie shot between two players, Hobson saving low down. Hobson dropped the ball but when Stevenson tried to stab it through, it came back of Hobson’s foot. One saw little of Everton’s forward combination, and it was left to Caskie to supply the danger work, Taylor, who all through had been an inspiration to the Liverpool forwards, suddenly let go a brilliant right foot shot which Burnett turned over the bar in fine style. Done saw a header flash by the post and then when Stevenson and Caskie got the Reds’ defence in amaze, the imperturbable Bush came through with the winning tackle. Bentham went through to try and bring more weight to the Everton attack and he let go a magnificent shot which Hobson turned around the post. Seven minutes from time Liverpool had a great opportunity of saving the tie, when Balmer to over from Jones in front of the posts, but he toe-ended the ball and Burnett saved easily. Liverpool had put up a brilliant show and on this display deserved sympathy on having to pass out of the Cup. Final; Everton 0, Liverpool 1. Everton won on aggregate score of two games 2-1.
Former Everton Player's Death
Liverpool Daily Post - Saturday 18 April 1942
George Molyneux. who, forty years ago. was an international full back, has died in Southend Hospital, aged 67. He played for Everton, Portsmouth and Southampton, and was Southend's first captain. He is to be buried In Liverpool, of which was a native. Molyneux and W. Balmer were the Everton backs from about the nineties, when Muir kept goal.
Liverpool Evening Express - Monday 20 April 1942
The Evening Express understands that W. R. (Dixie) Dean, fhe Everton and England centre forward, is not prisoner of war in Germany. He was in this country as recently last Friday.
Monday 20 April 1942. Portsmouth Evening News
THE Death announced of George Molyneux, a former England left back, at the age of 65. Molyneux, who died in hospital, played for Portsmouth, about 40 years ago. He was Southend's first captain, and also played for Everton and Southampton.
LIVERPOOL’S GOAL SUCCESS
April 20, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
But Everton Go Into Cup Draw
Whether Everton win the League War Cup or not remains to be seen, but they have certainly had that slice of luck without which it is contended no club can lift the trophy. They were fortunate not to be beaten by a heavier margin than one goal in the return game with Liverpool at Goodison Park; a result which allowed Everton to win on the aggregate score, for Liverpool were much the better side and played the more attractive football. In addition to the goal which Balmer scored in the first half, when he met a shot from Niuwenhuys which had hit the foot of the post and bounced out, he also netted what most of the spectators considered a perfectly legitimate goal seven minutes after the resumption, but which for some obscure reason was disallowed. When Niuwenhuys made a forward pass well outside the penalty area, Balmer, in my opinion was well on side, but Done was not and the linesman flagged. Done, however, stood still while Balmer, the whistle not having gone, raced through on his own and put the ball between Burnett’s legs into the net. The referee first appeared to indicate a goal; then gave offside in spite of the fact that fully ten second’s play had taken place from the time Balmer picked up the pass.
It was a blow to Liverpool , for it would have put them on level terms on the two games, and the way they were playing an equalising goal would have been just the tonic, they needed. Evan as it was they put up a galliant and determined fight to break down the Everton defence, but without avail. There was only one side in it all the second half, when Everton rarely got out of their own territory but Burnett, Keen, and the backs put up a stout resistance with Liverpool helping them by their own disappointing finishing. In the first half, though Everton’s forwards work was not so good as Liverpool’s they had chances to make their lead more secure but did not take them. The worst miss of all was one by (T.G.), who fired high over from six yards. Everton’s attack did not get its customary support from the wing halves, who had their hands full stemming Liverpool’s frequent assault with the consequence that the forwards had to do a lot of foraging for themselves. This was a particularly noticeable with Caskie, who was starved for long periods and only came into the game with any prominence late on when roaming everywhere to pick up the ball for himself, he put in some trickery runs. Owen a real hard worker did well, but Jones (T.G.) could make no progress against Bush. Keen was Everton’s best defender, while Burnett though not overworked, did his job with confident skill. Liverpool had no cause to regret playing Owen, of Tranmere for he gave a sound performance and was the outstanding full back on the field. The half-backs were also sound and supported their forwards excellently, but once more the attack failed to make the most of its opportunities, though there were few gilt-edged ones. Apart from a Balmer miss late on the shooting was not on a par with the rest of Liverpool’s work. Taylor was the best forward and played in grand fashion throughout. The attendance was 33,780 and receipts £2,388. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jackson, backs; Bentham, Keen (Derby), and Curwen (G.), half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), W. Owen, Jones (T.G.), Stevenson, and Caskie, forwards. Liverpool; Hobson, goal; Gutteridge and Owen (A.) (Tranmere Rovers), backs; Kaye, Bush, and Haycock, half-backs; Nieuwenhueys, Balmer, Done, W.H. Jones, and Taylor, forwards. Referee; Mr. F. Wort (Liverpool).
• Scotland beat England 5-4 at Hampden Park, Glasgow before 75,000 people. Mercer and Lawton played for England, Lawton scoring a hat-trick.
MERSEYSIDE’S ONE CUP HOPE
April 20, 1942. The Evening Express
Topic Of The Hour
In the years to come, whenever the latest cup-ties between Everton and Liverpool are discussed, the main topic will be that disallowed goal to Liverpool in the second half of Saturday’s tense struggle at Goodison Park, where Liverpool were worthy winners and consequently unfortunate in having to say goodbye to the cup. I know that Chairman Mr. Will Gibbons and his Everton colleagues while delighted at the Everton progress, were really sorry that such a good side as Liverpool had to go out. Still, as Mr. Harvey Webb, the Liverpool director, philosophically said; Football is like that. I am delighted that we have had these two games with Everton. Who knows we might have been knocked out by some small club without having the joy and reward of these two fine matches. But let me revert to the goal that was not.” It was the topic of the hour after the match. This is what happened at the 54th minute, Kaye held the ball and made ground. As he was about to be tackled he slipped the ball forward. Just before he played the ball Balmer and Done moved onwards, and as the ball came through the linesman on the spot flagged vigorously for offside. There was no whistle from the Referee Mr. Wort, and play proceeded for about 10 seconds, resulting in Balmer netting. The cheer went up, and before the referee gave his signal some Liverpool players ran towards him. The referee then awarded a free kick to Everton for the offside offence for which the linesman had flagged. There are two things I should like to know. First why did Mr. Wort wait so long before stopping play for offside? Second, why did Liverpool players make an appeal to Mr. Wort before he had said either “Goal” or “Offside.”
Certainly Liverpool would not have been flattered by a levelling goal, for on Saturday they were much better than an Everton who never settled down to the Goodison soccer standard and who at times became really desperate in their efforts to keep the persistent Reds at bay. That Everton succeeded in holding on to their lead was due to the tenacity of their attacking and –once again – Liverpool’s lack of precision in finishing. Those tragic misses at Anfield in the first match will stand out in my mind as the chief reason why Liverpool are out of the cup. Feature of this game was the brilliant half-back work. They dominated the proceedings so much that there was not half the goalmouth incident we saw in the first meeting. Everton’s attack was completely put out by joint by Bush and his colleagues, so that Caskie was often playing a lone hand (I except that one tastily bout with Stevenson in the second half). Tom Jones was obviously out of position and generally the attack was too diminutive for such a splendid line as Kaye, Bush and Haycock. Yes, and the Everton half-backs who held Liverpool’s clever forwards at bay on the edge of the penalty area. Liverpool could get so far, but then Bentham, Keen, and Curwen smashed up their raids as relentlessly as the Reds’ half-backs shattered all Everton’s attempts at collaborative work. Yes, they were six grand players with Bush and Curwen taking the major honours I rated Curwen the best Everton player on view in his straight-forward, business-like way. I think it is a pity Liverpool’s point of view that Taylor and Bill Jones did not change places late on. Jones was really unhappy but Taylor from outside-left was the inspiring force behind the team. At inside left he could have been even more effective. For creative and shooting power. Taylor was outstanding. Balmer improved the line, and it was he who scored the only goal in 29 minutes when he rammed home a rebound after. Niewenhuys had raced through in characteristic style and hit the foot of a post. Arthur Owen, of Tranmere Rovers was the best of the four backs and that is high praise in view of Jackson’s dashing display. This was high-powered football, with the Everton skill for once conspicuous by its absences. To both clubs we says “Thanks you for 180 minutes of joyous football,” and to the Blues we say “Go to it, Merseyside looks for you.”
EVERTON MUST DO BETTER V. ALBION
April 20, 1942, The Liverpool Echo
L’Pool’s Cup “Hoodoo” Again
That Debatable “Goal.”
Everton, safely through to round three of the war Cup –but only by the skin of their tenth –will have to play better than they did against Liverpool if they are to get the better of West Bromwich Albion in the next round. In meeting Albion they come up against a strong and clever side, but for this game Everton expect to be strengthened by the return of Lawton, who was in grand form at Hampden Park, as well as Mercer. It is an old football adage that no club can win any cup without a slice of luck. Everton certainly had this in their return with Liverpool at Goodison Park, for they were outplayed and out generalised for more than four-fifths of the game. It was one of their worst displays this season and they were fortunate to get away with a single goal defeat which allowed them to win on the aggregate. The match will long remain a bone of contention between rivals Liverton factions, for Liverpool –quite justly in my opinion –claimed that when Balmer netted seven minutes after the resumption it was perfectly legitimate goal.
A Lucky Let-Off
As Balmer had scored just before the interval when he added the finishing touch to a great shot from Nivvy, which rebounded from the foot of the post this “goal” had it counted would have put Liverpool on level terms and given them just the tonic they needed, for at this stage they had Everton pegged down and were hammering away almost incessantly at the Blues’ defence. When Nivvy made the pass from which Balmer netted, the latter was definitely on side, but done was not and the linesman flagged Done, however, stood still while Balmer darted between the spread-eagle defence and put the ball between Burnett’s legs. Liverpool were dumbfounded, and quite a lot of spectators too, when the referee disallowed the goal for play had gone on for quite ten seconds after the pass had been collected. It was a lucky let off for Everton, but a sad blow to Liverpool for try as they would, they could not get the ball into the net again, though they dominated the game and had Everton penned in their own half almost completely. Keen, Burnett and the backs, aided even at times by centre forward Tommy Jones, put up a stout resistance and though glad often enough to find touch to gain relief they managed to withstand the onslaught. To some extent Liverpool made their task easier by failing to finish of their approach work properly, Burnett was nothing like a busy as he should have been, and Liverpool’s shots –or at any rate those on the mark –were very few considering the weight of their pressure. The best of a mistypes Everton side were Keen, who played grandly throughout. Burnett, Owen and – in the closing stages –Caskie. The left winger, starved for long periods, only came to prominence when he “tagged” out” for himself. He almost snatched a goal for Everton by his tricky dribbles in the closing minutes. Liverpool were well served by Owen, of Tranmere, the best back on the field. The half back line was excellent, with Bush outstanding and Taylor was by far the brightest forward, Nieuwenhuys faded out, and Done was well held. Now they are out of the Cup. Liverpool can trot out the old whiskery consolation of concentrating on the League. There is more to that, however, than usual, for they have a good chance of putting is off. They have liked an attractive championship game at Anfield for the week end, where Blackburn Rovers provide the opposition. Though Liverpool directors were naturally disappointed they were the first to wish Everton a cup final victory, and as the Goodison gate was 33,780 and £2,388 (making total receipts of £4,500) for the two games, there is pretty substantial financial consolation.
“Dixie” Story Untrue
Am glad to say there is no truth in the report that Dixie Dean is a prisoner of war in Germany. He is stationed in Yorkshire, was in Liverpool less than a fortnight ago, and his wife had a letter from him from Yorkshire, as recently as last Saturday.
P O.W. CAMP.
Liverpool Evening Express - Tuesday 21 April 1942
Lance-Corpl. Albert G. Willcock (24), R.E., sitting fourth from left, has sent this photograph of a group in a German prisoner of war camp to nis parents, formerly of Allerton, Liverpool, and who now live at Southport. He was an amateur footballer, and played for Everton and Liverpool.
EVERTON’S CUP TEAM PROBLEMS.
April 21, 1942. The Evening Express
If Everton can manage to get out fully representative teams for the remainder of the League War cup ties, I am convinced that they can win the League War Cup. Their success depends on the release of players. Granted that this is precisely the case with all the clubs, but no club this season has been harder hit than Everton by representative and Services matches. As a matter of fact, Joe Mercer has played in more representative game this term than any other player. Tom Lawton is not far behind, either. Match after match the Blues have had to take the field without this star or that, and they do not escape next Saturday when they go to the Hawthorns to tackle West Bromwich Albion in the cup. Tommy Jones, the Welsh international, who has been deputising for Lawton as leader of the Cup attack has to go to Derby to play for the Royal Air Force in the Service Cup against the Police. That is a loss to the Blues. Joe Mercer will be available if he is fit. Not only was Joe handicapped by that ankle injury in the Hampden Park international, but received a head injury early on. Lawton should be available, for fortunately the Army are fielding a team of amateurs against the Norwagian Army at Dumfried on Saturday. Now I have received word from Scotland, however, that Lawton is remaining there for a few days and has promised to play for Hibernian in a friendly match with Falkirk at Easter-road. This is bad news for Everton, but it may be that Tommy will still be available. I also hope that Wally Boyes will be able to secure permission to play, for do not forget that he came to Everton from West Bromwich and will be anxious to reappear before his old friends.
The forthcoming meetings of Everton and the Albion bring back memories of that never-to-be-forgotten meeting in 1931 when they clashed at Old Trafford for the right to go to Wembley. The clubs had been closely linked that season for both were fighting neck and neck in the second Division for promotion. By the time they Cup game came along Everton had established a winning lead, but the Albion stuck to their heels. The fact that the Blues were on top, however, made them strong favourities for the Old Trafford game, despite the fact that the Albion had just beaten Wolverhampton Wanderers –and at Molinneux. More than 70,000 people saw the game and the crowd scenes before the match were almost reminiscent of that first Wembley final between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham. They had to bring in mounted police to clear the pitch. Everton suffered a blow when ted Critchley could not play because of injury. The Everton team was Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; McClure, Gee, Thomson; Wilkinson, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. In the first half Everton dominated the game, but simply could not score. They missed chance after chance and as so often happens, the 56th minute brought a “grit” goal to the Albion. Tommy Glidden centred from the touchline and the ball bounced in front of goal, Billy Coggins and Ben Williams left it to each other and to their dismay the ball bounced up just inside the post. That goal was enough. Everton could not stage a recovery and Albion went on to beat Birmingham at Wembley to win the Cup and finish runners-up in the Second Division to Everton to complete a fine “double.” Only two players appearing in that game still remain with the clubs. They are Jock Thomson who has played a few games for Everton this season and W.G. Richardson, the Albion centre-forward who is still scoring freely. If Jock Thomson could play on Saturday it would be quite a reunion but I am afraid that is only a remote possibility. Richardson will be playing all right.
EVERTON’S DOUBT FOR ABLION CUP-TIE
April 21, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
There are several doubts about Everton’s team to meet West Bromwich in Saturday’s Cup-tie at the Hawthorns is accordingly delayed. One certainty is that Tommy Jones will not play as he is chosen for an R.A.F. representative match. There is also a possibility that Lawton will be an absentee. Lawton is on a week’s leave in Scotland and recently promised he would turn out for Hibernian against Falkirk this week-end. In, view of the importance of Everton’s teams, however, he may decide that earlier than intented. Mercer, who received a slight head injury at Hampden, and also found his ankle troublesome, will play if he is fit and there is a good chance that Boyes will turn out. Compared with ifs and buts about the attack, Everton are O.K, in defence and the way the rearguard has been playing latterly, West Bromwich will have all their work cut out. It’s just as well Everton’s defence has counter-balanced recent attacking weaknesses, otherwise they might not be in today’s happy position. Keen has been a real asset; so much so, that Tommy Jones has hardly been missed at centre-half while Burnett, as the cinema folk say, he has been “stupendous.” At one time I would have said that Everton’s defence without Jones and Sagar would have been only a shadow of its former self, but the need has produced the men in no certain manner. Everton and Albion have previously met four times in Cup-ties –F.A. cup, of course. Last occasion was a semi-final at Old Trafford in 1931, when Everton’s lost by the only goal and the Midlanders beat Birmingham in the final. That year both sides were in the Second Division and Albion gained a “double” by earning promotion along with Everton though a long way behind in points. They met in another semi-final in 1907. This time Everton won, but lost to Sheffield Wednesday at the last hurdle. Apart from those two memorable meetings, they have met twice in first round matches, victory on both occasions resting with Everton, so that Albion have some reverses to wipe out –if they can.
EVERTON AT HAIG AVENUE
April 22, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have arranged to play their return Lancashire Senior Cup-tie with Southport at Haig Avenue, on Tuesday evening next. Everton won the first leg of the tie at Goodison 3-1, so they ought to get through to the next round though what sort of team they will be able to turn out for a mid-week evening match remains to be seen. In any case Southport will be in pretty much the same boat.
EVERTON ALL-STAR CUP TEAM
April 23, 1942. The Evening Express.
Three English internationals –two direct from Hampden Park –return to Everton’s team to face West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday in the first “leg” of their League War Cup third round tie. They are Tom Lawton, Joe Mercer and Wally Boyes. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly is in the happy position of being able to say there are no “ifs and Buts” about the team. He has his eleven all ready for the stern test against old rivals of the F.A. Cup days. Mercer has recovered from ankle and head injuries and so return to inside-right as partner to Anderson and Boyes has secured leave to take over outside-left duties from Jimmy Caskie, who cannot get away from his work this week. Lawton is having a few days’ holiday in Scotland following his brilliant “hat-trick” feat last Saturday, and although he had promised to play for Hibernian at Easter-road on Saturday if remaining north of the Tweed he has responded to Everton’s call and will come down on Friday to link up with the pretty setting out for the Midlands on Saturday morning. Consequently Everton will have no fewer than six internationals on view despite the absence of Tommy Jones who will be playing for the R.A.F. There will be Keen for bring the English internationals to four, and Cook and Stevenson representing Ireland. Yes, a grand array of talent. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Keen, Curwen; Anderson, Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
EVERTON’S TEAM STRENGTHENED
April 23, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton are set a stiff task at The Hawthorns, for West Bromwich Albion are a strong side before their own followers. It cannot be said that this enclosures has been a happy hunting ground for Everton, but with their greatly strengthened team they hope to cage the lively Throstles this time. Everton’s form in heir two meeting with Liverpool was anything but encouraging, and they must be acknowledged to be fortunate to have an interest in this round, but one has put to have a certain amount of luck in the Cup tourement. Naturally Everton were feeling the loss of several of their star performers but the week-end there is every indication that the side which steps on to the field against Albion will be at its strongest. Of course one never knows these days until players reach the dressing room what manner of side will be take the field, but from all accounts there are few doubts for Saturday. Tom Lawton now wired Mr. Theo Kelly that he will definitely play, and Walter Boyes has little doubt that he will once again be playing on the ground which brought him to the forefront. Walter, as you know, had several seasons with the Albion before joining Everton. Tom Jones is not available, for he engaged in the R.A.F team to play the Police at Derby, Keen of course is at centre half back, Curwen retaining his position at left half, Mercer, who injured his eye at Hampden Park is perfectly fit again and will travel alongside Lawton at inside right. There will be more in the attack than has been the case for a couple of weeks and with the defence right bang on its form, the Albion are not going to have an easy passage. I am told that Lawton, apart from his goals for England played brilliant football, in fact his form during the last few weeks is distinctly encouraging from an Everton point of view. Here is the team, which can almost be said to be a certainly, if there is such a thing these days. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Keen, Curwen; Anderson, Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
DEATH OF MR. J.B. BORTHWICK
April 24, 1942 The Liverpool Evening Express
Mr. Jack J.B. Borthwick the well known Liverpool sportsman, died at Walton Hospital yesterday. Mr. Borthwick was the former Everton centre-half who joined the club from Scotland in 1908. He was wounded in the last war. In recent times he was at the Winslow Hotel opposite Goodison Park. He was popular in Masonic and Bowling circles.
BLUES’ FORWARD POWER
April 24, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton are faced with a task of some magnitude at the Hawthorns, for the Albion have prove themselves a most consistent and dangerous side this season. In the cup, they have disposed of Stoke City and Cardiff City and scoring plenty of goals in the process, while in the League they have 15 points from 13 games. The Blues have progressed in the third round in the expense of Preston North End and Liverpool, and have 21 League points to show for 17 games. Consequently, form indicates an Everton advancement to the semi-final. My opinion is that all Everton can avoid defeat tomorrow they will be through, for they should win the return game at Goodison Park on May 2. It is not too much to hope that Everton will establish a winning lead tomorrow, for they will have out a really brilliant side, embracing six internationals. Maybe the safety forecast is a draw, but there is no disputing the fact that Everton will have such power in their attacking that they should overcome the Albion. Internationals Tom Lawton and Joe Mercer return straight from Hampden Park, where Lawton performed a magnificent “hat-trick” and Wally Boyes will again be at outside left, revelling in the thought of playing against the club for which he appeared in a Wembley cup final. Then we shall have the wiles of Stevenson and Anderson to complete a line capable of spitting wide open the cleverest of defences. So far as defence is concerned Everton have no worries, for Liverpool could only muster one goal against it in 180 minutes football – and the Reds attack is no means quantity. Danger man to the Blues is experienced W.G. Richardson, who for years has been one of the most consistent goalscorers in the country and to whom passing years seem tom make no difference. The Albion have a nice blend of youth and experience, but that grand Everton attack makes me think that Chairman Mr. Will Gibbons and the company will return from the Midlands with this tie half won. I shall be there to tell the story. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Keen, Curwen; Anderson, Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
BLUES STRONG POINT
April 24, 1942. The Liverpool echo
Everton’s task at the Hawthorn is no easy one, for West Bromwich have always been redoubtable Cup fighters and, bar Aston Villa and Blackburn have made more semi-finals appearances than any other side. There is no reason to suppose that their fighting propensituties are any less these days, though I doubt whether they will be able to turn out so many “star” names as Everton. The Blues are much strengthened in attack this week, where the return of Lawton and Mercer should make a big difference and I’m anticipating a draw at least, which will give them an odds-on chance in the return at Goodison the following Saturday. The defence causes no anxiety, even without Greenhalgh and Tommy Jones, and so long as the attack can do its stuff all right the rearguard should be safe. Apart from their heavy hammering at Wolves when they had one nine men most of the time, Everton have only had 22 goals scored against then in their last 25 matches in ten of which they have kept a clean sheet entirely. That says sufficient for the calibre of the defence, without any further embroiders. Tomorrow’s team will be;- Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Keen, Curwen; Anderson, Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. As Richardson is playing in the Police side against R.A.F tomorrow, Albion will be without their biggest asset.
DEATH OF JACK BORTHWICK
April 24, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
I regret to announce the death, which took place yesterday in Walton Hospital of Jack Borthwick, the former Everton half back. Jack Borthwick joined Everton a round about 1908 and played for some seasons, but was better known to the present generation as the genial host of the Winslow Hotel, Goodison Road, right opposite the Everton ground. He suffered a severe head wound in the last war. Mr. Borthwick leaves a widow and several children.
Everton Player’s Death
Liverpool Daily Post - Saturday 25 April 1942
The death has taken place Jack Borthwick. the former Everton half-back. He Joined Everton round about 1908 and played for some seasons, but was better known to the present generation the host of the Winslow Hotel. Goodlson Road, right opposite the Everton ground. He suffered a severe head wound in the last war. Mr. Borthwlck leaves widow and several children.
EVERTON LOSE 3-1
April 25, 1942. The Evening Express.
First “legs” of Cup Tussle.
Peter McKennan, the Partick Thistle and Scottish International inside-right, was one of the West Bromwich Albion “guest” stars against Everton at the Hawthorns today in the first leg of the War cup third round tie. Everton had out six internationals, including Boyes, who was playing against his old club. West Bromwich Albion; Adams, goal; Bassett and Shaw, backs; Sankey, Gripton and McNab, half-backs; Elliott, McKennan (Patrick Thistle), Richardson (W.G.), Evans and Edwards, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jackson, backs; Bentham, Keen (Derby), and Curwen (G.), half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Referee; Mr. Captain Green (Wolverhampton). The Albion had a chance in the opening move, when Elliott raced away and turned the ball in perfectly for McKennan. The Scot, however blazed high and wide with everything in his favour. Immediately after Burnett had to pull down a centre from Edwards and then Richardson was well off the mark with a distance shot. The Albion had certainly started with any amount of bite and had kept Everton concentrating on defence. Apart from one quick raid, in which Boyes and Mercer were prominent, there was little to show on the Everton account during the opening period.
It came as no surprise when, in 10 minutes, the Albion went ahead through Evans. The Albion had been a yard quicker on the ball and when McKennon was making progress a free kick was awarded against Stevenson. Sankey placed the kick plumb in the goalmouth and Evans quickly jumped and nodded the ball in the net before Burnett had a chance of intervene. The goal stirred Everton and twice Lawton was crowded out as he was moving in on goal. Burnett made an excellent save from Edwards and Gripton twice interviewed to check Lawton. Everton were finding collaborative football difficult against the quick tackling Albion and Adams was having quite an easy time. Not so Burnett who flung himself out to take the ball off Richdarson’s toe after Evans had cut out the work. Mercer broke through, but was robbed just inside the area, and then when Lawton dashed through it took three opponents to hold him up.
The Albion so far had been the better side, and their nippy forwards were too fast in approach for the Everton half-backs. Burnett dived to turn aside a brilliantly shot from Richardson, and from the corner Evans just failed to rush the ball through. Everton had not once settled down to a combined movement, their passing being rather inaccurate, while the Albion defenders always seemed to be thinking one move ahead. The Blues won a corner on the right, but this brought no grist to their mill, and Burnett was soon in action, saving well from Richardson. It was not until 30 minutes had elapsed that Everton levelled their first shot. This came from Stevenson after Anderson had made the running, but the ball just skimmed the bar. Mercer crashed his way through but a three-fold tackle put paid to the venture. Curwen was diligently thrusting the ball through to attack, but rarely did the Blues settle to their work. At last a quick through ball by Lawton saw Stevenson dash in, but Adams dashed out to punch the ball away.
Half-time; -West Bromwich A. 1, Everton 0.
This had been Albion’s game up to now, due more to speed when in possession than to any marked superiority in football ability. They were the nippest side I have seen this season and the 20,000 spectators were getting a real thrill. The Blues resumed on a much brighter note. Boyes gaining two corners in the space of a minute, before Adams had to race out to dive on the ball when Shaw made a risky pass. Adams then held a swinging centre from Anderson before Keen raced out to hold off Elliott. Bentham beat two men and pushed the ball through to Stevenson to race between the backs, but the ball ran too fast.
Lawton was rarely getting a really workable pass, and so far Everton had been out of it in the matter of shooting. In 52 minutes the Albion increased their lead. Richardson got the better of a midfield battle with Keen and slipped the ball far out to the unmarked Elliott, who ran fully 30 yards and easily beat Burnett. Edwards ran close in and found Richardson, whose shot skimmed the upright. Still in 61 minutes Albion were three up. Edwards was the scorer this time, crashing the ball into the roof of the net, after Elliott had nipped through rather luckily and Richardson had drawn the opposition. Boyes and Curwen changed places and Mercer and Bentham also switched. Immediately Lawton raced away, Adams running out to deflect the ball to safety. Then a quick Curwen centre was headed inches over by Lawton. Five minutes from time Lawton reduced the lead after good work by Boyes, the ball coming quick to Lawton, who promptly placed low into the far corner. Final; West Bromwich Albion 3, Everton 1.
April 25, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
In Hawthorns Cup-Tie With Everton
West Bromwich Albion; Adams, goal; Bassett and Shaw, backs; Sankey, Gripton and McNab, half-backs; Elliott, McKennan (Patrick Thistle), Richardson (W.G.), Evans and Edwards, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jackson, backs; Bentham, Keen (Derby), and Curwen (G.), half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Referee; Mr. Captain Green (Wolverhampton). It was not surprising with a galaxy of internationals on view (Everton having six of them) that the Hawthorns should be well-field for the Cup-tie. In a stunning opening McKennan had a grand chance of strike an early blow-for he was clean through and had only to find true line with his shot to have caused Burnett a lot of anxiety. He misfired badly. West Bromwich were a fast moving side, and gave the Everton defence some troublesome moments, Burnett having to save from Edwards. At ten minutes the Albion took the lead through a free kick. Sankey but the ball right across the Everton goal face, and Evans moved in and scored with a header. It was a simple-looking goal. Burnett did not move for the ball. The Albion seemed like greased lightning on the ball. Everton had a free kick when Mercer was grounded just outside the penalty area, but this was cleared.
McKennan showed himself an artist with the ball, and gave Edwards a fine chance. The winger shot hard and true, Burnett putting the ball away and giving away a corner. Mercer was pulled up for offside, and Lawton was only crowded out by weight of numbers. Burnett swept the ball off Evan’s toes and followed with a flying save from Richardson. It was interesting football. A corner came to Everton, but Anderson failed from the corner. Albion tackled with keenest and this checked a promising Everton attack. Stevenson shot over the Albion crossbar from just outside the penalty line, and Burnett saved a long shot. Gripton had some rare tussles with Lawton, who thus far had no chance to get in one of his famous drives. Lawton inside the area could not get the ball settled for a shot, and Mercer had hard lines when he was knocked off the ball when about to shoot.
Half-time; West Bromwich Albion 1, Everton 0.
West Bromwich scored a second goal at 52 minutes and a glorious goal it was, Richardson put out a lovely pass to Elliott, who ran on and scored. At 61 minutes Edwards got through to score a third goal. Lawton scored for Everton. Final; West Bromwich Albion 3, Everton 1.
April 27, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
West Bromwich Albion 3, Everton 1
How Albion Beat Everton
Everton by their moderate display in the first “leg” of their cup-tie with West Bromwich Albion, at the Hawthorns, were beaten 3-1 and thus hands cap themselves for the return game at Goodison Park on Saturday next. But it is not a handicap which cannot be overcome if the right tactics are employed. The Albion plan of campaign was to stop the Everton forwards getting the half. They reckoned that if they could do that they could with, and by their time interventions they broke us any suggestion of an Everton attack as its source and truth to tell the Albion defence thereby had things made easy for them. Adams the Albion goalkeeper, had little to do throughout the ninety minutes. Everton’s form was discouraging and the Albion showed what seemed and determination and, more particularly, open play could do. They set a pace from the start and soon had Everton strictly on the defensive so that the Everton attack got little from their half-backs, who were too busily engaged defending their own goal to help their forwards. Lawton throughout the match could not get in a single one his fiery drives for the reason that he never once received a pass that he could take up in his stride. When the ball was sent along to him he usually found himself surrounded by a trio of Albion defenders. The wingers would persist in holding on the ball before centring, and this enabled the home defenders to concentrate. The Albion wing men scampered down the wing and delivered quick crosses, and with the slightest luck Robinson might have had a goal or two. Everton compared badly with their victors. A leaf out of the Albion book would perhaps, have been beneficial. The ball did not run any too kindly for Everton whereas in favoured West Bromwich, but how much by design?
With ten minutes the Albion were a goal to the good. Sankey put the ball from a free kick right across the Everton goalmouth, and with everyone standing still it was left to Evans to score. He stood still and claimly nodded the ball into the net. No Everton man had challenged him. Burnett should have been out of his goal with a view to intercepting the ball before it touched Evan’s head. It was the simplest looking goal I have seen for ages. Everton hit back, but apart from Mercer there was no support for Lawton, who most times was ploughing a lonely furrow. Nevertheless there was promise of an Everton revival in the second half but just as they were sounding the Albion defence Albion snapped up the half and nipped out to Elliott, who moved in and scored a second goal, the best of the match. Curwen went outside left and Mercer right half, and the brought more unison but the Albion still went on attacking, and at the hour marked up a third goal through Edwards. Five minutes from the end Lawton got through and scored. The Albion claimed he was offside. What happened was this, the ball was ballooned forward, Lawton moved up and when he took control of the ball he looked yards offside, but when it was last played he was onside. Everton can retrieve the position if they go the right way about it at Goodison Park. They must be up and doing and not allow the Albion to get the whip hand as they did in this game. West Bromwich are not so good away from home, but they are a lively force. Attendance 19,820. Receipts £1,150. West Bromwich Albion; Adams, goal; Bassett and Shaw, backs; Sankey, Gripton and McNab, half-backs; Elliott, McKennan (Patrick Thistle), Richardson (W.G.), Evans and Edwards, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jackson, backs; Bentham, Keen (Derby), and Curwen (G.), half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Referee; Mr. Captain Green (Wolverhampton).
• Liverpool drew at Anfield 0-0 against Blackburn Rovers.
EVERTON’S HARD TASK
April 27, 1942. The Evening Express
Make no mistake about it, Everton have set themselves an extremely still task for next Saturday in having to concede Albion a couple of goals. Despite the fact that the League wisely omitted cup players from next Saturday’s side. Everton are still hard hit, for Joe Mercer and Billy Cook have been selected for the Western Command team. That is a big blow in itself. Still, application is to be made for them to be released in view of Everton’s cup commitment, and I have a feeling the authorities will act generously. One thing, there is every probability that Tommy Lawton will play. Application has already been made to his commanding Officer and Tommy himself thinks everything will be okay. The inclusion of Lawton will, I think make all the difference between success and failure. I expect some changes from last Saturday’s team, and maybe Jimmy Caskie will come from Scotland. The display of the side at The Hawthorns was to say the least disappointing, and minor alterations may be justified. This was but a poor edition of the real Everton and they were well and soundly beaten by one of the nippiest sides I have seen for a long time. Let not that statement dishearten the Everton followers. The Blues remain my cup tip.
Lawton –Match Winner.
Tommy Lawton scorer of a dozen “hat-trick” this season including two in successive representative games, is the man who can land Everton safely into the semi-finals. Of this I am perfectly convinced. Joe Mercer assures me that Lawton’s form against Scotland was positively dazzling. Yes, Tommy is in high-geared form right now. Pity was that on Saturday Everton failed to exploit Lawton. He was left languishing without passes with never a chance until five minutes from the end. Then Eric Keen, slipping him a beautiful pass, and phut it was lying snugly in the net. One chance one goal. That was Lawton on Saturday. If Everton had only persistently pushed the ball up the middle instead of trying to juggle with it and carve patterns I think Lawton could have saved the day –despite the close attentions of three rivals who had been told off to watch him. Rarely a ball up the middle however, and never a workable cross from the wings. Everton tactics were, for once wrong although we did see some improvement when Bentham and Curwen went into the attack and Mercer and Boyes dropped back. The lone goal came within two minutes. The Albion proved themselves a yard faster both to and in possession, and so quick were they in their tackling that it almost looked as if Everton were trapping the ball for the opposition. The Throstles were on the ball in a flash, and away it went to set up attacks carried through like greased lightning. It was speed more than anything which ripped open Everton’s defence and enabled Evans, Elliott and Edwards to gain precious goals. That of Evans from a free kick in the first half might have been saved had Burnett elected to come out and push Sankey’s centre away. Burnett, however, like everyone else except Evans, stood rooted and so it looked like a simple goal.
Will To Win.
The Everton players have not the slightest doubt that they will turn the tables on Saturday, and the spirit of confidence is shared by chairman Mr. Will Gibbons and Secretary Theo Kelly, who led the Everton party on a journey reminiscent of pre-war travels with the faithful Mr. Herbert Barker in attendance. As Tommy Lawton said to me afterwards. “Just a touch of the real Everton at the outset and we can wipe out that deficit inside 15 minutes. That typifies the spirit of Everton. Yes, they will get through.
EVERTON CAN WIN THROUGH
April 27, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Can Everton whip up three goals and prevent West Bromwich Albion scoring at Goodison Park on Saturday? I think they can if they go about it in the right way. As the Hawthorns they were a good second to the Albion who were the more progressing team; a team imbedded with Cup-tie spirit. The Albion have always been a sprightly side, with the belief that a five forward attack was the most successful plan of campaign, while they have ever overlooked the advantage of speed. It was pace which defeated Everton at the Hawthorns. The Albion were in fighting trim from the word go, whereas Everton were slow to start, and were actually a goal down in 10 minutes, two down in 52 minutes and three down in 61 minutes. What was Everton’s reply to the Albion’s questionnaires? A goal by Lawton five minutes from the end and plenty of midfield play, but few duels with he West Bromwich goalkeeper. There was only one period when Everton promised to get command but a second goal by the Throstles sent them back on the defence. An onlooker sitting next to me said, “This is not the old Everton is it,”? I could only answer “Not on to-days play.” There seemed to be dozens more Albion players than Everton simply because they were more prepared to work overtime. They sought the ball. Everton waited for it to come to them, and more often than not found themselves outwitted by the swiftness of an intervener. What a different in the four wingmen. Elliott and Edwards dashed off like greyhounds, whereas Boyes and Anderson often moved away from the Albion goal, and so gave the rival defenders the chance to consolidate their position. Lawton usually found himself surrounded by three defenders and there was no one up with him to take away some of the weight from his shoulders. Lawton did not get one single drive at the Albion goal; nor did Adams have one solitary shot to save. That explains more than reams of criticism could do. When the Albion scored their third goal Everton’s Cup final outlook seemed desperate, but Lawton’s goal eased the position, for I firmly believe that Everton can wipe out that two goals deficit at Goodison if they will buckle down to their work.
Everton play Southport at Haig Avenue tomorrow evening, in the return Lancashire Senior Cup-tie (kick-off 6.30). Team; Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Curwen, Jones (T.G.), Watson; Anderson, Mercer, Owen, Stevenson, and Lyon.
April 28, 1942. The Evening Express.
Everton should attract quite good crowd at Haig-Avenue this evening, when they oppose Southport in the second “leg” of their Lancashire Senior Cup first round tie. The Blues gained 3-1 lead when the teams met at Goodison Park and are taking a strong side for the second tilt. The winners will go forward to face the winners of the Manchester City-Stockport County tie in the second round. That City-County tie is the only one which needs fixing on this competition. It has been decided that the semi-finals in this Cup will be single matches. The final will be played on either May 23 or May 30. That does not leave much time, but mid-week games will come to solve all problems. Tommy Jones, Watson, Owen and Lyon return to Everton’s team, this being Jones’s first game with the Blues at centre-half since his injury at Wolverhampton. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Curwen, Jones (Tom), Watson; Anderson, Mercer, Owen, Stevenson, Lyon.
Hint To Everton.
“Two Everton Followers” have sent the following letters on Everton’s team; “would you be kind enough to use your influence in getting the Everton Board of Directors to place Joe Mercer and Tom Jones back in the half-back line, and Stan Bentham at inside-right. “I think you will agree these two grand half-backs are being wasted in the forward line. We hope to read in your notes this week that Everton’s half-back line is Mercer, Jones (T.G.), keen.
In fairness to Everton I must point out that the reason Tommy Jones was played in the attack was at the player’s own request. Jones broke his nose in the match at Wolverhampton and asked to play as a forward to avoid heading as much as possible until he is absolutely fit again. Jones played centre-forward for the R.A.F last Saturday, however, and now might be all right to take over centre-half duties again. You will note he is chosen for that position, in tonights Southport game.
April 28, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s team to meet West Bromwich Albion in the return Cup-tie at Goodison Park on Saturday will not be chosen until after tonight’s Lancashire Senior Cup-tie with Southport at Haig Avenue. Everton hope that their appeal for the release of Cook and Mercer –who are due to play for the Westers Command against the Football League –will be granted, in view of the importance of Everton’s game and the fact that they have provided so many players for representative games this season.
SOUTHPORT BEAT EVERTON
April 29, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
Southport 2, Everton 1
Jones Misses Penalty.
Although Everton were beaten 2-1 by Southport at Haig-Avenue in the second leg of their Lancashire Cup-tie last night, they qualified for the second round by virtue of their 3-1 victory in the first stage, for their aggregate goal crop was 4 to Southport 3. Everton had only a scratch side, out at Southport and, having a two-goal lead to start with they did. But perhaps those two goals had the effect of making them take things rather causal for Southport in the first half were the more aggressive side and had it not been for some good work by Burnett in the Everton goal, Southport might have been two of three goals to the good at the half-stage. Burnett was sure and confident. Everton did not test King the Southport goalkeeper, for quite a while, but when they did they found their former colleague in good form. There were many cases of missed chances on both sides but more particularly by Southport. The first goal was not scored until the 78th minute when Owen beat the Southport goalkeeper. It was Mercer’s goal in actual fact for he had run close in and was on the point of shooting when he was fouled. The referee, however, allowed play to proceed and Owen dashed in to score. A few minutes later Everton were awarded a penalty kick, and to the surprise of the onlookers Jones missed the goal entirely, the ball flying wide of the upright. Southport then tested the Everton defence and they equalised at 87 minutes . Butler had centred Burnett half-hit the ball when punching and Harker returned the ball into the net. Jones in an effort to head out glided the ball into the goal. Two minutes later Butler provided the centre for Harker to score. Southport:- King, goal; Blair and Kirby, backs; Cross, Harrison, and Flack, half-backs; Mawdsley, Johnson, Harker, Deverall, and Butler, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Ireland (R.), backs; Curwen, Jones (T.G.) and Watson, half-backs; Hill, Mercer, Owen, Lyon and Anderson, forwards. Attendance 1,100. Receipts £61.
EVERTON’S CUP TEAM DOUBTS
April 29, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton have several team doubts for their League War Cup third round tie second “leg” against West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park on Saturday. There are 16 names on the team sheet. If Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly has all these players on call then Everton need have few worries, for the list embraces eight internationals and nine of Everton’s pre-war championship side. Although Cook and Mercer were chosen for the Western Command team for the Wolverhampton match, they have, as I anticipated been released because of the importance of this game to Everton. Mr. Kelly has already communicated with the commanding officer of Lawton, and I expect the Hampden Park “hat-trick” expert to be present. There is also an odds on chance that Jimmy Caskie will once again be on view, Jimmy can get away after his work on Friday, and while it means an all-night journey, he will be here if possible. Wally Boyes is also hopeful of playing again, and Stevenson will be there as his partner. Tommy Jones is included in the five half-backs, and so we can hope that he will be at his usual centre-half spot, while Mercer will again figures in the attack and Bentham in the intermediates. Mr. Kelly expects more definite news before another 24 hours have slipped by, but the outlook certainly is promising, and I fancy the Blues will be able to filed an eleven capable of winning out that two-goals lead established by the Albion at the Hawthorns last Saturday. Everton (from); Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Jones (Tom), Keen, Curwen, Watson; Boyes, Anderson, Owen, Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, Caskie, N. Sharpe.
Blues Lose, Win Tie.
Southport had the disheartening experience of losing their Lancashire Senior Cup-tie against Everton at Haig-Avenue last night, despite the fact that they won the return match 2-1. Everton, however, had built up a 3-1 lead in the game at Goodison Park, and so qualified to meet the winners of the Manchester City-Stockport County tie by 4-3. There was a nice consolation praise for Southport in the form of two Football League points, for the match was of the dual purpose variety. The game marked the first team debut of young Ireland, the Everton “A” team full back, who did exceptionally well. There is much of the natural footballer about Ireland and I was particularly impressed with his positional sense. Everton had out a strange side, with Owen leading the attack and taking the goal after Mercer had cut out the work. This score came 15 minutes from the end and was rather against the run of the play, for Southport –had enjoyed the major portion of the pressure but had failed when it came to placing the ball into the net. Mercer was going through just afterwards when Blair brought him down, but Tommy Jones place yards wide from the penalty and then away went Southport to draw level. Jones was about to head away off the goal line when Harker shouldered him and the ball went into the net. Then a couple of minutes before time Harker scored the winner. Outstanding man in the Everton side was Burnett, who gave a grand display of goalkeeping and Jones, back at centre half once again, was also a strong barrier to a lively Southport who had they been able to finish accurately, would have won the tie as well as the points. Watson contributed some delightful patches and Mercer and Owen were the most effective Everton forwards. Harrison was a splendid pivot for Southport, ably backed up by Blair and Kirby, while Butler walked away with the honours in attack in a side whose galliant display delighted the 1,150 spectators who paid £61.
April 29, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
There are a lot of ifs and buts about Everton’s team, to meet West Bromwich Albion in the return Cup-tie at Goodison Park on Saturday at the moment no fewer than sixteen players are mentioned as “probables” the final selection being left until just before the game. Though no direct word has been received regarding the release of Cook and Mercer – chosen to play in the Western Command v. Football league game at Wolverhampton –the altered team published by the Army indicated that Everton’s request for their help has been granted, for which they are grateful. There is a doubt about the fitness of Eric Keen who pulled a muscle last week, while Lawton and Boyes are other uncertain players though in their case it is a question of leave. Tommy Jones is included at centre also named though there is no certainty about his appearance. The team will b chosen from the following Everton (from); Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Jones (Tom), Keen, Curwen, Watson; Boyes, Anderson, Owen, Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, Caskie, N. Sharpe.
Although beaten 2-1 by Southport at Haig-Avenue last night Everton go on to the next round of the Lancashire Senior Cup with an aggregate of 4-3 and meet the winners of the Manchester City-Stockport County tie. Despite the fact that they had only a makeshift team, Everton should have won, but fell into the error of underestimating the opposite and taking the game too nonchalantly. They almost paid the penalty, for after Owen scored 15 minutes from the end, Southport popped up two quick goals and with better marksmanship might have got the equaliser and forced extra time. Climatic conditions allied to a hard ground, and lively ball, made accurate play difficult but Southport put up an excellent and aggressive fight. Everton had Ireland their “A” team player making his first team debut at left back, and he did very well. Owen tried as centre forward was a grand worker. He is a real “pocked Hercules” who never causes to worry the defence and if he had the physical attributes as well he would make a sound deputy for Lawton. As it is, he a rather too small for the real stuff, though he lacks nothing in courage and persistence. Maurice Hill, a stranger these days, was good on the right wing. Tommy Jones, Cook and Burnett were in their brightest form and were rarely forced to step into top gear until Southport started their closing rally.