April 2, 1943. The Evening Express
Everton introduce a new goalkeeper for their Football League game with Wrexham at The Racecourse. This is Williams of Crystal Palace, who is on leave. Williams comes with a good reputation and will be the third goalkeeper tried by the Blues this season. Everton are taking along a good side which should be capable of winning. Gordon Watson who had a run out with the Reserves last week following injury returns to left half and Jack Humphreys will be available for right-half. This releases Stan Bentham for the attack and Stan links up with George Mutch, the Scottish international, on the right wing. Jack Jones is being given a run at left back in place of Greenhalgh, and the Welsh enthusiasts will be delighted to know that Welsh International Tommy Jones, who went to Everton from Wrexham, will be at centre half. Yes and Tommy Lawton, the English player, will be leading the attack with Irish international Alex Stevenson on his left and young Tommy Fowler on the extreme left. This side looks good enough to succeed, if a little more action is put into the team work. Everton; Williams; Jackson, Jones (Jack); J.V. Humphreys, Jones (Tommy), Watson; Mutch, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, T. Fowler. Wrexham; Clegg; Jones (C.), Hill; Fellowes, Stuttard, Blunt; Collins, Payne, Smith, Bremner, Rogers.
EVERTON BEATEN BY WREXHAM
April 5, 1943. The Liverpool daily Post
Wrexham 1, Everton 4
Welsh Side’s Skill
Everton’s display against Wrexham at the Racecourse was anything but inspiring, and although the score perhaps flatters the Welsh side they were well worthy of their 4-1 victory. Everton had some difficulty in getting their side together. Wrexham also had their worry in that they did not have a goalkeeper, fifteen minutes from the start of the game, and it was only through the good offices of Everton that they were able to field Burnett, who travelled down with the Goodison team. Williams, Crystal palace, who kept guard for Everton, made a mistake after four minutes which cost Everton a goal which seemed to rub them of their confidence. Wrexham’s extra pace stiffed most of Everton’s attacks at birth, so much so that Burnett was rarely called upon during the first “45” whereas had Wrexham taken full toll of the chances offered they would have had a three goal lead at the half-stage. Wrexham played football of a scientific nature, allied with speed, some of their rounds of passing being top class. While the Everton players waited for the ball, Wrexham set out to get it, and more often than not were successful. There was no “bite” of fervour about Everton’s display. Neither Fowler nor Dellow had a good match, and Bentham, for once in a way was not the Bentham we know he can be, and when Lawton received a nasty bump over the eye he was never the same again, and ultimately went to outside right. It was a ragged sort of Everton to say the least. Wrexham were the better craftsmen, beating Everton at their own game, skilful passing and super-dribbling. Roger’s goal in four minutes, an easy chance missed by smith with only the keeper to beat, and a penalty shot taken by Smith, the ball hitting the crossbar, show to what extent Wrexham held the whip hand. So far Burnett had not a shot of any merit to save, and he was not beaten until Stuttard running back to cover up his goalkeeper, neatly edged the ball over the bar with his hands in true goalkeeper style. Stevenson scored from the spot. Bremner had previously scored a second for Wrexham. Rogers, who was the best forward on the field, went on to score two further goals. Wrexham;- Burnett, (Everton), goal; Jones (C.) and Meade, backs; Blunt, Stuttard and Hill, half-backs; Collins, Payne, Smith, Bremner, and Rogers (Newcastle United), forwards. Everton;- Williams, (Crystal Palace), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Wyles, Jones (JE), and Watson, half-backs; Dellow, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Fowler, forwards. Referee; Mr. Baker (Crewe).
• Liverpool beat Chester 4-1. Balmer, Liddell and Done, Fagan and Taylor for Chester.
ROGERS RUNS RIOT
April 5, 1943. The Evening Express.
It is a long time since Rogers the left winger, Wrexham transferred to Newcastle United, player for his “mother club” but he came back on Saturday not only to delight with his field play but to bag three goals in the 4-1 defeat of Everton. Gordon Bremner got the other while Alex Stevenson scored Everton’s lone point in a match which stamped Wrexham as the more adaptable side against an Everton who lacked lustre. True, Everton were handicapped by an injury to Tommy Lawton who had to go on the wing, but they were disjointed and there were frequent loopholes in defence of which Wrexham took full advantage. Burnett the Everton goalkeeper playing against his own side, saved well on numerous occasions. Wrexham were generally too good for the Blues.
April 5, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have fallen from their high state. There is no heartiness about their play these days, and certainly little team work. Wrexham were not flattered by their victory, for with the least of luck they would have scored more than the four goals which went to their credit, for don’t let us forget they missed a penalty and some real “sitters.” More than that they played the better type of football, because they linked up one with the other to produce good class combination which made Everton’s stab-and-run raids look sultry. Time and again their swift interventions cut Everton’s slightest semblances of combination into threads and enabled them to initiate an attack in a flash. Any one walking into the ground and not knowing the teams would have through Wrexham were Everton, for their football was more in keeping with the Everton tradition. Without attempting to make excuses for Everton’s sound beating it must in fairness be stated that Lawton was injured and dazed and ultimately went to outside right yet he was the cause of Everton’s orphan goal. Rodgers had a happy time, and scored three goals, the other going to Bremner. Then there were other near misses when the Everton goal area became the battle ground late on in the game. Payne shot against Williams leg, Smith had a shot kicked out, and there were other instances which could be dubbed “lucky escapes.” No it was not Everton’s day. They were made to look moderate; in fact they were moderate, whereas Wrexham looked a nicely, balanced team, full of confidence, ability and pace.
Joe Mercer’s Collapse.
Joe Mercer, the Everton and England right half, who was the star of the Reading Cup team which surprised Tottenham Hotspurs at White Hart lane, collapsed in the dressing room after the match. The crowd who repeatedly cheered him were unaware that he had not eaten a meal since 7 a.m, and that after a morning of P.T. he only arrived just in time to take part in the game, following a hectic cross-county journey from his camp.
EVERTON JUNIOR’S BIG CHANCE
April 8, 1943. The Evening Express
A 16-year-old Haydock boy gets his big chance on Saturday when he will play outside right for Everton in the Football League Liverpool Cup match with Tranmere Rovers at Goodison Park. This is William Lowe a discovery of the Haydock C, and B, Club. Lowe is one of the several players who first sprang into prominence with this prolific soccer “nursery” and who were signed by Everton. Birkett and O’Donnell are two who have graduated though the Everton junior ranks to first team status. Finely-built and a natural footballer, Lowe has been playing with marked success in the Reserve team during the past month, and only last Saturday his goal-making played an important part in the Reserves big win over Napiers. Anxious to solve his extreme wing problems, Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly has decided to give Lowe his golden opportunity, and in this I think he is wise. First team experience can work wonders with a promising youngster, and if Lowe comes out well in his test against seasoned Arthur Owen then we shall know he is made off the right material. Apart from football, Lowe has gained quite a reputation in the athletic field as a runner. Wally Boyes will be on the extreme left reforming that potent partnership with Alex Stevenson and Mutch will be there to nurse Lowe. Tommy Jones will be playing for the R.A.F at Southport, but Jack Humphreys returns to take over the pivotal duties and he will be flanked by Curwen and Watson. George Burnett, who played so well for Wrexham against Everton last Saturday returns to guard his own goal to place of Williams. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Curwen, J.V. Humphreys, Watson; W. Lowe, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
Two For One
The Everton enthusiasts are ensured of their money’s worth on Saturday, for those who go to see the Blues play Tranmere will get two games for the price of one. And I do not mean this because it is a joint league and cup-tie. No, immediately following this first team game the spectators will be allowed, without extra charge to stay on to see the Everton Colts play a side representing the Bebington League, one of the wonder sports organisations of the north. There will be course be a small admission fee for those who come for the Colts game only, but others merely have to stay on and enjoy the game. This is the first opportunity the Evertonians have had to seeing their stars of the future in action at Goodison, for up to now all the Colts matches have been played away. I can promise you some good things, and ask you especially to watch the inside forward Dalby and Lane. I hear these boys are the “goods.” Those who cannot get along earlier should note that this game will begin at 4.45 p.m. Everton Colts; (from) Millman; Durham, Lewis; Reynolds, Rees, Cuff, Rotheram; Veacock, (brother of Jimmy Veacock of Marine), Atkins, Dalby, Bellington, Lane, Makin.
April 9, 1943. The Evening Express
Everton’s game with Tranmere Rovers will be the fifth meeting between the clubs this season and so far they are all-square except that Everton hold the balance on goal average. Everton have won 3-1 and lost 2-1 at Tranmere and have lost 5-3 and won 4-0 at Goodison Park. I think Everton will take the “lead” tomorrow, although recent form is certainly not encouraging to the Blues hopes. Everton, apart from the grand win over Blackpool, have been unconvincing of late, and although they claimed a 2-1 win they lost the Lancashire cup-tie to Southport who went to Tranmere last Saturday and were beaten 5-1. Everton’s defeat at Wrexham last week rather over-emphasised the indifferent form of the Blues, but since the drawn of 1943 Everton have gained as many points as they have dropped. That may come as a surprise to you, but the fact remains that while they have suffered seven defeats they have also recorded seven victories! That in view of the innumerable team difficulties is not so bad. Few officials have had to face so many personnel problems as Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly, and yet 1943 has brought a point a match. Tomorrow Mr. Kelly names a new outside right in Billy Lowe from Haydock C and B, who is only sixteen but a lad of tremendous possibilities. I would stress to Lowe the need for accuracy and promptness in crossing the ball rather than touch line deficacies. Get it into the centre –a facility which seems to have escaped Everton wingers in the past month or so –and Lawton and company will do the rest. Do that, Lowe, and you will succeed while with Boyes back at outside-left the inside forwards should not again have to grumble because of lack of openings. Burnett comes back to goal and Humphreys will be at centre-half in a game which should set Everton on the road to victory and the prospects of clashing with Liverpool in the final. After the game, starting at 3.30 p.m. Everton Colts will oppose the Bebington League. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Humphreys; Curwen, J.V. Humphreys, Watson; W. Lowe, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Tranmere Rovers; Threfall; Tunney, Owen; Hill, Hodgson, Glidden; Ashcroft, Lamb, J.H. Saint, Rosenthal, Bridges.
• Tomorrow, at Goodison Park Liverpool Senior Cup. Everton v. Tranmere Rovers, kick-off 3 p.m. Also Everton Colts v. Bebington League at 4.45 p.m. Admission 1/3, Boys and H.M. Forces 7d. Stands Extra.
April 9, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have been a disappointing side of late, for there has been a lifelessness and lack of combination about their play which has made them a very moderate lot, but if they put their best foot forward tomorrow they can start to make amends. Tranmere Rovers will provide the opponents at Goodison in the semi-final of the Liverpool Senior Cup, and Everton will not find it easy to get the better of the keen young Rovers, who are always dour fighters, and have the memory of a victory at Goodison last autumn to increase their confidence. Everton can do much better than their recent form if they will introduce more heartiness and team spirit into their play. Weakness on the wings has been one of their big faults. Tomorrow they introduce a newcomer at right outside in Lowe, of Haydock, who has been putting up some good performances with the second string, while Boyes makes one of his infrequent appearances on the other flank. The return of Burnett to goal will give confidence to the defenders in front of him, especially after the good show he put up when playing for Wrexham last week and now that Watson is fit again the half back line should again added strength. Providing the Blues can remedy their faults, put more heart into their work and combine shooting with the good combination we know they are capable of they ought to get through. Tranmere have a habit of springing surprises when least expected, however, and the Goodison gods must take nothing for granted. Though the season is getting to the tale-end, public interest is still strong and this match promises to provide a struggle well worth seeing. Teams; Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Curwen, Humphreys, Watson; Lowe, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Tranmere; Threlfall; Tunney, Owen; Hill, Hodgson, Gliddes, Ashcroft, Lamb, Saint, Rosenthal, Bridges.
EVERTON BEAT TRANMERE
April 10, 1943. The Evening Express
Three Goal margin
Everton introduced to big town football Billy Lowe, the 16-year-old Haydock winger, in their match at Goodison Park, today, with Tranmere Rovers. This was a Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final and League match. Everton had to bring in Jack Jones at outside left for Boyes. The Rovers included two local boys Evans and Newton, Newton being only 15 years old. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Curwen, Humphreys,(J.V.), and Watson, half-backs; W. Lowe, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson and Jones (J.E.), forwards. Tranmere Rovers:- Threlfall, goal; Anderson, and Owen, backs; Hill, Hodgson and Evans, half-backs; Newton, Lamb, Saint, Glidden, and Jackson (P.), forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Phillins (Liverpool). At the outset Newton shot around Watson, the ball striking the side netting. Then Lowe came into the picture with a subtle touch, but Owen eventually took charge. The first real shot of the game came from Hill, Burnett catching it comfortably, and when Lowe got moving again, Threlfall ran beyond the goal area and mistakenly picked up the ball. The free kick was easily disposed of. Play livened up and Stevenson took over from Jones to strike the foot of the post, and then Threlfall ran out to save as Lawton and Stevenson were getting close.
Everton took the lead in 11 minutes through Mutch. Suddenly Stevenson took the shot instead of trying to create an opening and Lawton just flicked the ball to Mutch, who made no mistake from short range. Everton continued on top, and Jones should have increased the lead when Mutch squared the ball, but he was yards off the target. Threlfall went down to save from Lawton, before Hodgson dispossessed Lawton in the nick of time with a perfect tackle. Hill ran through enterprisingly without seriously bothering Burnett. Lowe utilised two corners accurately and then the Rovers fought back to force a couple of corners, but nothing tangible resulted. There were plenty of mistakes by both sides, but Burnett was correct in his judgement when he came out to neatly dispossess Saint. Following another Everton corner, Mutch shot just by the far post. The excellent defence of Hodgson supported by Hill and Owen saved Threlfall a lot of worry, and the Rovers looked more dangerous when they repeatedly thrust the ball up the middle, but Everton contrived to keep their lines intact.
Everton increased their lead in 36 minutes when Stevenson ran through from a neat head flick by Mutch to score easily. One minute from the interval Jones centred accurately for Lawton to dash in and head home for Everton’s third goal.
Half-time Everton 3, Tranmere 0
The Rovers had a surprise for Everton on resuming, for within three minutes they reduced the lead through Evans. Burnett came outside the penalty area and lost possession, and Evans promptly shot into the vacant net, with Humphreys making an unavailing effort to head clear. Everton were soon attacking again but Owen and Hodgson continued to defend magnificently. Lawton and Stevenson went close with lob shots taken quickly as Threlfall advanced and in 64 minutes Everton increased their lead through Lawton, who pivoted to drive home a through pass from Stevenson at close range. Stevenson shot wide before the Rovers missed an excellent chance when Newton placed fast across goal but Jackson (W.P) just failed to connect and his –namesake George promptly cleared with Burnett’s assistance.
When Lawton want clear, Owen haved the day with a magnificent tackle as Threlfall came out, and when Jones promptly shot to the vacant net, Owen was there to turn the ball round the post. Owen on the goalline, saved a certain goal when keeping out a shot by Lawton.
Final; Everton 4, Tranmere R. 1
SENIOR CUP TIE
April 12, 1943. The Liverpool Daily Post
Tranmere Beaten at Goodison
Everton won the first leg of their Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final against Tranmere Rovers at Goodison Park by 4-1. Though the game did not produce a great deal of goalmouth thrills, it provided some entertaining football from both sides, played more with regard to the subtleties of combination and ball control than to speed alone. The game also counts in the League. All the goals were scored in the first sixty five minutes during which Tranmere had almost as much of the play as their opponents, yet later on, when Tranmere forwards tired and Everton took real command of the game, the home side were unable to penetrate the visitors stubborn defence. During this period of stress the Tranmere defenders put up a grand show, Hodgson, Hill, and Owen, in particular, being outstanding and the rest not far behind, albeit Threlfall through playing well, occasionally showed signs of inexperience. Everton’s goals were all of the opportunists variety, quickly taken against a defence which was rather unfortunate to be so heavily beaten. The first came when Mutch struck by Stevenson’s shot trapped the ball and netted it almost in one movement, the second came immediately following a Tranmere attack, when a goalkick was collected by Mutch and passed to Stevenson for the latter to nip through quickly and score. Lawton headed a third when Trelfall failed to withstand his challenge, and the same player got the fourth when he slowed round on one foot to hook a Stevenson pass well out of the goalkeeper’s reach. Sandwiched between the two last, Tranmere scored when Burnett, running to the edge of the penalty area lost command of the ball and Evans put a high shot into the empty goal.
Tranmere’s defence, as already stated, was sound and determined and had the attack been as good the margin in Everton’s favour would not have been so pronounced. Up to a point Tranmere’s forwards combined well, but they frequently nullified their own good work by hasty erratic shooting, often from too great a distance to have any hopes of beating so capable a goalkeeper, as Burnett, even had the shots been accurately directed. Everton’s defence also was good, with Humphreys standing out in the half-backs and Burnett back to his old form –bar that fatal lapse when running out. Lawton was more like his old self, through we saw few of his strong shots. He swung the ball, about nicely and was a constant danger with his speedy dashes down the middle. Stevenson and Mutch provided many clever touches and Lowe, though he had obviously much to learn made quite a promising debut. Attendance 7,213, receipts £397. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Curwen, Humphreys,(J.V.), and Watson, half-backs; W. Lowe, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson and Jones (J.E.), forwards. Tranmere Rovers:- Threlfall, goal; Anderson, and Owen, backs; Hill, Hodgson and Evans, half-backs; Newton, Lamb, Saint, Glidden, and Jackson (P.), forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Phillins (Liverpool).
• Liverpool beat Chester 5-2, Fagan (4), Balmer for Liverpool and Payne, Turner for Chester.
April 12, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s 4-1 victory over Tranmere in the semi-final of the Liverpool Senior Cup leaves them in a comfortable position on the return on Saturday at Prenton. Though Everton were the better side, the score fails to do justice to Tranmere who put up a good show only to be taint through attacking weaknesses. Their defence was excellent, had the attack been as good, Everton would have had to fight harder than they did. Upto a point the Rovers forwards did then self in nice manner, producing of really combination, but they were too eager when they got within shooting range, and spoiled many good openings by hasty and erratic shots, and others by shooting from too far out. Everton took their goals without undue finesse, and would have had more, but for Owen’s two saves on the goalline in the closing stages. Owen, Hodgson, and Hill were Tranmere’s stars in defence with the rest not far behind. When the Rovers were hard pressed in the last 20 minutes the defence stood its ground extremely well. While the game produced little excitement, and for long periods was fought out in almost cloistral clam, apart from one or two lean periods at was by no means dull, for both sides treated the spectators to some quite entertaining football, in which speed was not always the chief consideration. Everton’s defence was sound, Humphrey’s again getting top marks for a fine exhibition, and the attack, though sill not as consistent and well-balanced as one would like, produced some good combination with dainty touches from the inside men, quick raids by Lawton –who got two opportunist goals. Mutch and Stevenson getting the others –and a promising show by debutant Lowe. Burnett is still shadowed by that persistent hoodoo, which dogs his spectacular runs out. Tranmere got their goal when he lost command of the ball on the edge of the penalty area, Evans whipping it back quickly into the empty net. That apart, Burnett was sound and reliable.
THE YOUNG ‘UNS
April 12, 1943. The Evening Express
Goodison certainly had a youth parade on Saturday for whereas Everton brought in 16-year-old Lowe from Haydock, the Rovers had two youngsters making a late appearance. They were C. Newton a 15-year-old local boy, at outside right and Evans the 16-year-old left half-back, who comes from sandbach. Both these boys are produce of Billy Riddling’s coaching school and like Lowe they did really well. All three have what it takes to make first-class players. After the senior game the Everton Colts with all players 16 or under played a 1-1 draw with representatives side of the Bebington League, and if this is a sample of Merseyside junior football then we need have no tears for the future. They were two jolly fine sides. And as to the future surely Everton are richly blessed in having Jack Humphreys as deputy for Tommy Jones at centre-half. Humphreys was outstanding against the Rovers and I though Greenhalgh, Mutch and Stevenson were also right on their toes with Burnett bringing greater safety in goal. Chairman Mr. Will Gibbins was supported by directors Messrs Ernie Green, George Evans, Dickie Williams, and Dick Searle and Mr. Ike Robinson secretary of the County F.A. was there making plans for the Senior Cup matches. At the game I had a word with Jack Archer the former Everton wing half back they secured from Walsall and who went to Plymouth Argyle. Before leaving Goodison just a word for Referee Jim Phillps, and the linesman Messrs M.F. Owens and H. Campbell who actually officiated at both the senior and junior matches. Two games in an afternoon takes some doing.
Everton meantime gained a 4-1 lead over Tranmere Rovers in the Liverpool Senior Cup and if they preserve the lead next Saturday at Prenton Park will meet either Liverpool or Southport in the final. Negotiations are taking place regarding the competition, and it might lead to a two match final which, if concerning the Blues and Reds would provide big attractions for Goodison Park and Anfield on April 26 and May 1. We should get something definite within a few days, but we do know that Everton’s home game with Preston North End on April 24 is confirmed.
Had it not been for the brilliance of Tranmere Rovers defence at Goodison Park, Everton would have won more convincing than 4-1 and made certain of entering the Liverpool Cup final. That Rovers rearguard however, was as gallant as it was effective. Hero of a game which never rose above the ordinary was Arthur (“Tiger”) Owen the Rovers captain, not so much because of his individual ability but for the manner in which he kept his defensive ranks so cleverly closed. Owen inspired his colleagues and two tackles at the expense of Lawton late on were highlights of the game. Hodgson held down the centre magnificently and with Maurice Hill adding the subtler and more methodical touches and young Evans infusing the youthful spirit we found the Everton attackers rarely having things their own way. And Ted Anderson making one of his rare appearance for the Rovers, made the brain save the feet to complete a sound covering for Threlfall. In attack the solo work of Peter Jackson and Saint took the eye. Everton were worthy winners, and their success was comfortably gained. Mutch, Stevenson, and Lawton each got a first half goal, while Stevie struck a post and even after Evans had reduced the lead with a real opportunities goal early in the second half Everton soon took charge again, although only another Lawton goal marked tangible reward for their efforts.
April 14, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
As Everton have generously loaned three players for the Y.M.C.A, Services game at Thyl, on Saturday including two centre halves, they have to make changes for their visit to Tranmere at Prenton. McDonnell the “A” team pivot, who has already made one senior appearance this season, comes into the first eleven again owing to T.G. Jones and J.V. Humphreys being in the charity sides. Apart from that the defence is the same to last week, but there are changes in attack where Lyon home on leave comes in at outside right, and Boyes who was unable to get leave a week ago, is hopeful of being able to make it this time and is named on the opposite flank. Lawton was invited to play at Rhyl, but as the Blues have Cook in the North Wales game as well as Jones and Humphreys, which is a big contribution, Lawton is playing at Wrexham instead the team reading;- Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Curwen, M. McDonnell, Watson; Lyon, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes.
LAWTON FOR PRENTON
April 14, 1943. The Evening Express
Tommy Lawton, the England centre forward definitely will lead Everton’s attack against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on Saturday in the second “leg” of the Liverpool Senior Cup match in which Everton took a lead of 4-1. It was as first thought that Lawton would be playing in the big Rhyl charity game but this is not so. Well, Everton, after all are giving wonderful support to the Rhyl game for they are allowing their two centre half-backs. Tommy Jones and Jack Humphreys as well as Billy Cook to play there. The absence of Jones and Humphreys means that the young Haydock lad, Matt McDonnell will return to centre-half against the Rovers with Curwen on his right and Watson at left-half. The inside forwards will be the same as against the Rovers last Saturday, but there will be change on the wings. Jackie Lyon, the Whiston lad now in the Army, will be on leave and will play at outside-right, while Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly states that Wally Boyes the English international will be at outside-left. This star side should ensure a big gathering of the Birkenhead fans. Everton ;- Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Curwen, M. McDonnell, Watson; Lyon, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes.
April 15, 1943. The Evening Express
Everton Reserves will be at home to Napiers in the Mahon Cup and introduce some newcomers including Monk, an outside-right from the Royal Navy, who played for England against Wales in the 1937 schoolboy international, and who may remain on Merseyside; Buckland, a right-back, who has played with Tottenham and Millwall colts; Ridway, a left-half recommended by Charlie Gee, and Roberts, the Varsity centre-half. Everton; Birkett; Buckland, Cheers; Morley, Roberts, Ridgway; Monk, Grant, Curran, Williams, Fowler.
Big Baseball For Liverpool
Merseyside is to see international baseball in June played by some of the finest exponents in the world. Goodison Park, home of Everton football club, has been selected as the venue for the first match in an international series last a week. The matches during this big American baseball week will be between teams representing American and Great Britain, and will mark the forging of yet another link with our Allies. Saturday June 12, (Whit Saturday), has been selected as the date for the Goodison match, and it will bring back memories of the game at Goodison during the last war when the New York Giants played the Chicago White Sox. Altogether there will be a series of seven matches and the dates and venues are June 12, Goodison Park, Liverpool; June 13, Blackpool; June 14, Halifax; June 15 Hull; June 16 Derby; June 17, Birmingham, and concluding with the final game of the series in London on June 18.
ANGLO-AMERICAN TOUR BEGINS AT GOODISON
April 15, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Merseyside sports folk have a treat in store for Whit Saturday, June 12; when a big international baseball match between teams representing American and Great Britain will be staged at Goodison Park. The game will be the first of a series of seven, the others taking part each day of the following week at Blackpool, Halifax, Hull, Derby, Birmingham and London. There is already a fairly big public for baseball in Liverpool and district for the pre-war days both the N.B.A and the E.B.A staged competitions here, but this match at Goodison will attract many who have never seen baseball before. They will find it a thrilling game. The older generation of the sports folk will be able to recall a similar match at Goodison in the last war; though on that occasion two American sides were in opposition. I didn’t see that game myself “being” otherwise engaged in the last war, but those who did tell me it was a great day.
EVERTON AT PRENTON
April 16, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
At Tranmere, the Rovers meet Everton in the return Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final, and though Everton start with a three goal advantage, which seems to ensure their passenger to the final, the Tranmere side can be relied on to give its usual fighting display. Rovers are used to being “up against it,” yet it makes no difference to their keenness of determination. They always fight to the last season, and invariably produce a better show than the final score indicates. It was so at Goodison last week, and many times in recent seasons I’ve had to say the same thing about their game. Forward weaknesses have been their stumbling block for a long time. They just fail to make the most of their otherwise good approach work, and too often the defences is working long periods of the collar through forward failings. With T.G. Jones and J.V. Humphreys in the charity game at Rhyl, Matt McDonnell gets another chance at centre-half, where he did well in his previous senior outing. Boyes also plays, but Lawton and Cook are at Rhyl:- Tranmere; Threlfall; Tunney, Owen; Hill, Hodgson, Evans; Bell, Lamb, Saint, Glidden, Jackson. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Curwen, M.McDonnell, Watson; Lyon, Mutch, Curran, Stevenson, Boyes.
Everton introduce two newcomers in their reserve side to meet Napiers at Goodison Park tomorrow (3.0). They are Monks a schoolboy international, who played for England against Wales at Cardiff in 1937, and who may settle on Merseyside shortly, and Buckland, who has played for Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall Colts. Everton Reserves; Birkett; Buckland, Cheers; Morley, Roberts, Ridgsway; Monk, Grant, A.N. Other, Williams, Fowler.
BLUES AT PRENTON
April 16, 1943. The Evening Express.
Everton start out against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park in the League and Liverpool Cup match holding a three goal lead built up at Goodison a week ago. Chairman Mr. Bob Trueman says that he cannot secure the aid of the two Wrexham players who are now wanted by their own goal. Tommy Lawton will be there to lead the Everton attack, aided by international Alex Stevenson and George Mutch with Wally Boyes, another international, doing his stuff on the left wing. Jack Lyon will return to Everton’s right wing and while I expect keen and wholehearted resistance from the Rovers, I think this star Everton attack will ensure the retention, if not the increasing of that three goals start. Tranmere Rovers; Threlfall; Tunney, Owen, Hill, Hodgson, Evans; Bell, Lamb, Saint, Glidden, Jackson. Everton; Burnett, Jackson, Greenhalgh; Curwen, M. McDonnell, Watson; Lyon, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
TRANMERE V EVERTON
April 17, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Tranmere Rovers; Threlfall, goal; Anderson and Owen (captain), backs; Hill, Hodgson and Glidden, half-backs; Bell, Lamb, Saint, Rosental, and Evans, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Curwen, McDonnell and Watson, half-backs; Wyles, Mutch (Preston), Curran, Stevenson, and Lyon, forwards. Referee; Mr. Phillips. Tranmere Rovers started with a great disadvantage against Everton, at Prenton Park, for they had a three goals deficit to wipe out, but begin in a confident manner, and Burnett had to save from Saint. Their football was cleverer and attractive, and for some time had the Everton defence fastened down in their penalty area. Eventually the Goodison men broke loose on their right wing, and Mutch shot inches outside the upright. Threlfall was none too certain in dealing with a shot from Curran, and at this point the Rovers’ defence was being sorely tried. Lamb was showing excellent ideas, and it was from his play that most of the Rovers attacks were developed. Burnett had to make two further saves, neither of which was any great trouble to him. Burnett was kept busy with all manner of shots, and two of his saves were full of merit, one from Hill and one from Lamb. Curran, no more than four yards from goal, did not hit the ball true or hard enough, and Threlfall was able to save. Curran scored at 38 minutes. It was not the type of goal to viral, for it actually started with a goalkeeper’s error and half a dozen players made an effort to return the ball into the net, with Threlfall dancing about, but he could not get across his goal in time to prevent Curran’s tap shot crossing his line. Near the interval, the Rovers equalised. This also was a peculiar goal. Saint was rushing down the middle and McDonnell obviously unsettled by the Rovers centre, tried to hook the ball away, but instead lobbed the ball over the head of the advancing goalkeeper, finally landing in the net.
Half-time; Tranmere 1, Everton 1.
There was not a lot to enthuse about in the opening minutes of the second half, if one omits a left footed shot by Curran which travelled wide, and a header by Stevenson, which hit the base, of the crossbar. At the same moment Threlfall had his hand to the ball. The defences were equal to the attacks.
Everton “A2 v. Napier’s
Napier’s took the lead within two minutes, Cheers putting through his own goal. Becombe making his debut, equalised for Everton. Grant gave Everton the lead, but Bowen levelled the scores. Half-time; Everton A” 2, Napier’s 2.
POOR GAME AT PRENTON
April 19, 1943. The Liverpool Daily Post
Tranmere Rovers 1, Everton 2
The second leg of the Liverpool Cup-tie between Tranmere Rovers and Everton was one of those quiet sort of games usually associated with the end of the season. Everton won 2-1. This fine passing of the early minutes of the game was not maintained, and instead of intricate movements we saw the ball punted down the field, with players tearing hot-foot to collect it, which they rarely did, for the defence soon had the ball at the other end. The Tranmere goalkeeper was some time before he was called upon to make a save of any merit, whereas Burnett, in the opposition goal, had some tricky shots to deal with. There were many misses on both sides. It took 38 minutes to score the first goal. Threlfall had fumbled the shot and had lost possession in front of his goal. Curran tried to brush his way through, and so did others. Threlfall was finally beaten by a tap shot from Curran. The goalmouth was crowned as the goal was scored. Tranmere’s goal was a shade more exciting. A big clearance sent the ball towards the Everton goal, when Saint running in, a factor which undoubtedly upset the calculations of McDonnell who tried to hook the ball back to his goalkeeper, but it bumped up against Saint’s chest into the air and over the advancing Burnett.
Few Exciting Incidents.
There were one or two exciting incidents in the second half, particularly so when Stevenson headed on to the crossbar when Threlfall saved from Wyles, when Evans shot strongly for goal, and finally three minutes from the end, when Wyles, who had been at centre forward for a time, slipped over to the left wing and cracked in a shot which the goalkeeper was unable to keep out. Apart from this one error, young McDonnell, had defended gallantly. Rosenthal made some grand dribbles and then passed the ball badly, and I liked Lamb better, Hodgson had the measure of Curran, but Stevenson and Mutch did good work in midfield. Greenhalgh I considered the best full back afield, although Owens was sure at tackling and clearances. Tranmere Rovers; Threlfall, goal; Anderson and Owen (captain), backs; Hill, Hodgson and Glidden, half-backs; Bell, Lamb, Saint, Rosental, and Evans, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Curwen, McDonnell and Watson, half-backs; Wyles, Mutch (Preston), Curran, Stevenson, and Lyon, forwards. Referee; Mr. Phillips.
• Liverpool beat Southport 3-0, Hulligan, Paterson, Done for Liverpool.
• Mercer and Britton played for England in front of 105,000 spectators at Hampden Park, England winning by five clear goals.
• Lawton scored for Western Command in the Rhyl charity match, Command winning 6-2.
April 19, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Three goals were scored in the Tranmere-Everton match, at Prenton Park and they were the only important things one can recall of a game which had an end of the season flavour about it. I feel (writes Stork) that when one side has a substantial lead to start off with it takes a lot of the interest out of a game. The side with such a heavy debit account simply cannot enter upon the game with any great hope, and unless they get off to a good start and a quick goal or two the game tends to deteriorate. They see their chances slipping as each minute goes by. The Rovers opened nicely with some intricate football, and some shots, but as time wore on without them landing the ball in the net their prospects of beating Everton in this Liverpool Cup tie were reduced to nothing. True, they were the more likely scorers in the first half and Burnett had more to do than his vis-a-vis in the opposite goal, but there was no real zip about the game. It was quite go-as-you-please sort of stuff with an occasional flash of entertaining combination, but in the main it was moderate football. The Rovers had some chances made some good shots, but sandwiches in between there was a lot of negligible play which produced little or nothing. Everton naturally could afford to sit on their oars with a three goal lead whereas Tranmere Rovers feeling the weight of their heavy burden with the result that many things they attempted went wrong. That is nothing new to a side which is pressing too hard.
April 19, 1943. The Evening Express
Everton began at Prenton Park with a three-goal lead over Tranmere Rovers, and apart from the opening quarter of an hour, the Rovers never really threatened to wipe off those arrears. The interval found them with a goal apiece but the Rovers goal was the result of a pass back by Matt McDonnell over Burnett’s head into the net. Everton were always the cleverer combination in a game in which accuracy in ball control was difficult. Wyles and Curran got goals to bring Everton their 2-1 victory and so give them four wins to the Rovers two this campaign.
Everton Signed on John Linacre
Everton F.C. have signed on John Linacre, 16-year-old outside-right who was one of the outstanding successes of the A.T.C Cup-tie at Goodison Park on Saturday Night when Southport defeated Stockton Heath 7-1. Linacre has played in the Southport League and is a clerk living in Southport. It is possible that the youngsters will be given the chance on Saturday to play for the Everton first team.
EVERTON GUESTS FOR ANFIELD DERBY
April 21, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have two newcomers in their side to meet Preston North End at Goodison Park on Saturday. John Linaker the 16-year-old Southport lad whose grand display in the ATC final earned him a place appear at outside right, and on the opposite flank McIntosh –of Preston, appears against his pre-war club. McIntosh assisted Liverpool last season, and that a intent has been appearing fairly regularly for Chester. As T.G. Jones is not available, McDonnell carries on at centre half, with Humphreys at right half, and Lawton leads the attack, the team reading; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Humphreys, McDonnell, Watson; Linaker, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson, McIntosh.
Throughout this football season Everton F.C in response to a request from the British Council which looks after the welfare of members of Allied Forces and Allied merchants seamen, has been sending the Council fifty stands tickets for every match at Goodison Park, as well as special members tickets for Allied officers. Several times I’ve had expressions of gratitude passed to me for this very generous gesture by the Goodison board, and I know from personal contact how much officers and men have appreciated. Now that the season’s is drawing to a close the British Council have written to Mr. Theo Kelly as follows;- “We should be grateful if you would kindly convey to the Everton F.C directors out warm thanks for their very generous gesture. Co-operation of this kind is of great assistance to the Council in the work of showing to the people of other nations the British was of life and though in which our sporting spirit occupies so prominent a place. Everton have set a grand example and many a foreign sailor or soldier who is helping to fight our cause will remain happy members of a few careless hours spent as a guest of the Goodison club.
EVERTON’S NEW GUEST PLAYERS
April 21, 1943. The Evening Express
Everton will have the assistance of a number of new “guest” players for their Eastertide matches, in which they face Preston North End at Goodison Park on Saturday, and Liverpool, at Anfield on Monday. Against Preston the Blues will have Jimmy McIntosh of Preston North End and Chester at outside-left opposing how own club, and against Liverpool. Everton will have two other Preston players in the Scottish internationals, Tom Smith and Robbie Beattie. What is more, against Liverpool, Everton will include Pope, the Hearts and Blackpool right back as well as McIntosh. These new additions give extra glamour to two entrancing games. The Preston game will also mark the Everton debut, of Jack Linacre, the 16-years-old Southport boy, who was signed only last week. Linacre comes in at outside-right as partner to Mutch. Tommy Lawton will be back to lead the attack. Stevenson links up with McIntosh, who has been playing with Chester throughout the season and who helped Liverpool several times last term. Matt McDonnell, the Haydock lad, who has made such improvement retains the centre-half position and he will have Humphreys on his right and Watson on his left. So much for the Preston game. Let us now returns to Anfield, where Everton will have Greenhalgh or Jack Jones at full back partner to Pope, who has been a vital defensive cog for Blackpool this season. Tom Smith is now in the Police. He was Scotland’s captain a couple of season’s ago. Smith skippered North End in their F.A. Cup and War Cup seasons. Bobbie Beattie has been playing occasionally with Blackpool –he played against Everton and Liverpool in the cup-tie recently –and is one of the finest inside forwards in the game. Beattie becomes Linacre’s partner for this game, and just in case something goes wrong with Smith’s plans, McDonnell will stand by. Both Pope and Beattie are in the district and certain to play. Everton (v. Preston North End); Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; J.V. Humphreys, M. McDonnell, Watson; J. Linacre, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson, McIntosh. Everton (v. Liverpool); Burnett; Pope, Greenhalgh; (or Jones J.E.); J.V. Humphreys, Smith (or McDonnell), Watson; J. Linecre, Beattie (R.), Lawton, Stevenson, McIntosh.
PRESTON AT GOODISON
April 22, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
The visit of Preston North End to Goodison Park on Saturday provides something new for the Deepdale side has been missed in this season’s competitions, and it will be good to see them again. Preston, who have always prided themselves on serving up the best type of football, have been concentrating this winter on those skilful youngsters whom Chairman Jim Taylor ways seems to have in readiness. Some of his latest discoveries will be in the side at Goodison as well as a leavening of the older and more experienced playing to preserve a balance and the meeting should provide a first class exhibition. Everton’s supporters will be interested to see how young Lineker-shapest. It is a big ordeal for a 16-year-old lad to jump right out of junior into senior football at one bound, but if stage right doesn’t put him off the game I’ve every confidence he will justify himself. Team; Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Humphreys, McDonnell, Watson; Linaker, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson, McIntosh. Everton have fixed up to play Leeds United at Leeds on May 1.
NORTH END’S RETURN
April 22, 1943. The Evening Express
There is quite a re-union link-up between Everton and Preston North End for not only are Preston making this the occasion of their first away game of the season, but are loaning to Everton three players for the week-end games. That is a spirit typical of these days. I have hopes that North End will return to the League fold next season, but in the meantime they are assured of a warm re-welcome to Goodison, where they have always been prime favorities. From an Everton viewpoint the most interesting features will be the debut of Jack Linacre, the young 16-year-old right winger from Southport. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly, on Everton, had not set eyes on Linacre until last Saturday, when he watched the lad play in an A.T.C. semi-field. Before the game was many minutes old Mr. Kelly had made up his mind that Linacre was a boy with a future. After the match Mr. Kelly, never one to allow the grass to grow under his feet had not only secured content of Linacre’s parents, but had the lad already signed. And from A.T.C football Linacre right in alongside internationals. In truth Saturday will be a great day for John Linacre. Everton’s principal weakness this season has been at wing forward, but Linacre and the dangerous Jimmy McIntosh should change all that. McIntosh is one of the most-improved players I have seen this season, and Chester can take a lot of credit for that. With Lawton operating at centre-forward again, and Humphreys returning, I expect Everton to beat North End and so gain a little encouragement for that Anfield visit on Monday. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; J.V. Humphreys, M. McDonnell, Watson; J. Linacre, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson, McIntosh. Everton will play Leeds at Leeds on May 1.
• Saturday at Goodison Park Everton v. Preston North End kick-off 3 p.m. Admission 1/3 Boys and H.M. Forces 7d. Stands Extra.
• Liverpool Senior Cup Final and Football League Championship, Liverpool v. Everton, at Anfield on Easter Monday, April 26, Kick-off 3.0 p.m. Admission 1/3 Boyes and H.M. Forces 7d; Paddock 2/- Stands Extra.
• Tomorrow Good Friday, at Prenton Park. Kick-ff 3.15 Silver Goblet Final. The battle of the Babes. Tranmere Rovers “C” (Unbeaten). V. Everton “B” Mr. Dick Baker will present the trophy at conclusion of game.
• Marine v. Everton Res Mahon Cup Semi-final at Colleage Road, Crosby, Saturday Kick-off 3.p.m.
April 24, 1943. The Evening Express
Mr. and Mrs Penlington, Lache Estate, Chester, have been informed that their son, Sergeant Air Gunner Alfred Penlington, is missing after an operational flight in the Middle East. Aged 23, Penlington was regarded before the war as one if, the most promising inside forwards on Everton's book's. In January he was erroneously report as being killed in action.
EVERTON V PRESTON
April 24, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; J.V. Humphreys, T.G. Jones (captain), and Watson, half-backs; J.E. Linaker, Stevenson, McIntosh (Preston), Baber, and Jones (JE), forwards. Preston;- Wolmsley, goal; Seed and Watson, backs; Robertson, Turner, and Leigh, half-backs; Wharton, Dougal, Liversey, Beattie (R), and Jessop, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.N. Brown (Royal Marines). Tommy Jones headed over from one corner and missed a good chance with another. Humphreys had tried a long shot almost from this centre line which nearly caught Walmsley napping. Linaker, the 16-years-old Southport boy, got few passes but showed intelligence in positioning himself, and on one occasion had hard lines with a strong shot. Barber was lively in the Everton attack, and would have put the Blues in front only for a brilliant save by Walmsley. Walmsley made a lucky save when he struck out his foot to shot by McIntosh, and then at the half hour a move by the two Joneses gave Everton the lead. Jones (JE), forced a corner, took it himself so nicely that Tommy Jones, who had dashed up as usual headed past Walmsley. The Joneses pairing led to Everton getting their second goal eight minutes later in exactly the same manner has the first. Jones T.G. headed in again from a corner by Jones (J.E.).
Half-time; Everton 2, Preston North End 0.
Everton added two further goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half. The first again came from Jones (JE) whose beautiful hanging centre was popped into the net by McIntosh at 58 minutes. Two minutes later McIntosh screwed the ball, following a corner to make it No.4. The Preston goal had some narrow escapes. Linaker but across a couple of excellent centres; and then Dougal, who was still Preston most dangerous forward fired over the bar, when well placed. Everton, who received a telegram from Leeds cancelling the game at Elland Road next Saturday, have fixed up to play Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park instead. Livesey came near reducing the lead for Preston, his shot being intercepted by Jones (TG), who all through had played a polished game and Jackson was also outstanding. Final; Everton 4, Preston North End 0.
April 24, 1943. The Evening Express
Everton Beat Preston 4-0
McIntosh, the Preston N.E and Chester winger, made his debut for Everton today, when he opposed his own club, Preston N.E. in a friendly match at Goodison Park. McIntosh led the Everton attack in place of Lawton, who, however, is certain to play against Liverpool on Monday. Tommy Jones was at centre half and Eddie Barber at inside-right. North End included three of their pre-war players in Dougal, Robbie Beattie and Wharton, the remainder being products of their junior “school.” Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; J.V. Humphreys, T.G. Jones (captain), and Watson, half-backs; J.E. Linaker, Stevenson, McIntosh (Preston), Baber, and Jones (JE), forwards. Preston;- Wolmsley, goal; Seed and Watson, backs; Robertson, Turner, and Leigh, half-backs; Wharton, Dougal, Liversey, Beattie (R), and Jessop, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.N. Brown (Ormskirk). Everton were early astir, Walmsley pulling down the ball on the goalline, and then Walmsley beat away a dangerous long shot and was there to baulk McIntosh’s first thrust as the whistle sounded for offside. North End revealed some excellent combination which, however, was nipped in the bud by keen-sighted defenders. Beattie and Dougal were the main springs of several promising attacks, and Dougall went through to drive over the bar. Humphreys and Tom Jones came through boldly, but Barber just failed to connect, and from jack Jones corner the ball bounced away from his namesake as he was about to shoot. Everton should have taken the lead at the end of the first quarter when Jack Jones centred accurately to barber, who, however, shot straight at Walmsley, and the ball was pushed away. Play livened up with a fine duel between Linaker and Watson, in which Linaker was by no means second best. Stevenson had a shot charged down and then McIntosh ran between the backs only to see his shot cannon against Walmsley as the goalkeeper advanced to narrow the angle. Livesey led a couple of strong Preston attacks, and although Jessop once got in his shot, the second time Jackson was too quick for him.
Everton took the lead in 25 minutes through Tommy Jones. Burnett had disposed of Robertson’s penalty line free kick, and Jack Jones raced away to force a corner. Jack placed this perfectly for Tommy to head low into the corner. The Blues quickly forced another corner, but McIntosh, in his enthusiasm, got in the way as Tom Jones was shaping for another header. Stevenson slipped through cleverly and from his centre Jack Jones volleyed over. Jessop was the spearhead of the North End attack, and now he cut in with a shot which Burnett could only clear at the second attempt. In 32 minutes Everton were two up, once again, the Jones due being successful. Jack forced a corner and used this as perfectly as his other flag kick, and Tom was there to head down to defeat Walmsley, the ball then bouncing into the roof of the net.
Walmsley’s Grand Save
Linaker took advantage of some intricate Everton advance work to out in and shooting just outside Everton came again and Walmsley made a superb save in turning over Barber’s shot. In a sharp Preston raid Dougal got the ball past the advancing Burnett, but it struck the side netting, and then Linaker went through, Walmsley diving to push the shot around the post.
Half-time; Everton 2 Preston 0.
Both teams provided some excellent football on resuming, the accuracy of the passing conserving physical energy, and after Dougal and Wharton had gone close, Everton took command and Mcintosh took two goals in two minutes. The first at 58 minutes was from another of Jack Jones perfect centres, McIntosh heading the ball in as he was almost falling. Two minutes later, following Linaker’s corner, McIntosh increased the lead, and just to break the monotony this was a shot and not a header. Everton were doing all the attacking, and Jack Jones hit the bar, Walmsley driving to save McIntosh’s quick header off the rebound. Everton’s proposed match at Leeds next Saturday has been cancelled, and Everton will now visit Tranmere Rovers and Prenton Park. Preston continued to play delightful football, but tom Jones kept the Everton defence expertly marshalled and the Blues continued the more potent force, McIntosh going close with a header before Barber shot against the bar. Final; Everton 4, Preston N.E. 0
EVERTON BEAT PRESTON
April 26, 1943. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 4, Preston 0
Everton’s friendly game with Preston North end at Goodison Park produced some excellent football, with Everton rather flattered by the score. Actually Preston were the more attractive side in attack. Many of their bouts of approach combination were really brilliant, but Everton had the advantage in defence. The sound tackling of Jackson, Jones and Greenhalgh broke up most of the visitor’s moves before they became too dangerous. J.E. Jones who played well at outside left, had a hand in three of the goals. He took the corners which led to T.G. Jones heading the first two in the first half, and made a perfect centre for McIntosh to get the third just on the hour. McIntosh also scored the fourth, and proved a very enterprising leader all through. Barber played well, and Linaker, making his debut, did all that was expected of him and proved himself a youngster of distinct promise. Dougal and Beattie were the stars of Preston’s attack, the first named in particular being a lively raider, and it was fortunate for Everton that his shooting was not of the same standard as the rest of his work. Walmsley a rather small goalkeeper, made some excellent saves, and the visitors defence on the whole did its work well, though not with the same polish and ease as Everton. Attendance 7,908, receipts £529. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; J.V. Humphreys, T.G. Jones (captain), and Watson, half-backs; J.E. Linaker, Stevenson, McIntosh (Preston), Baber, and Jones (JE), forwards. Preston;- Wolmsley, goal; Seed and Watson, backs; Robertson, Turner, and Leigh, half-backs; Wharton, Dougal, Liversey, Beattie (R), and Jessop, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.N. Brown (Royal Marines).
• Liverpool beat Bolton 6-3, Done (2), Hulligan, Kaye, Welsh (2) and for Bolton Johnson, Wright and Hunt
April 26, 1943. The Evening Express
The game at Goodison Park took some time to liven-up, but this was a rare contribution to the delicacies of football with each side making the utmost use of the ball, showing a refreshing positional sense and smooth manner of procedure. That Everton had a goal sense made all the difference. As a matter of fact Everton always had full control, while Preston charmed us in midfield they had a woeful goal front weakness, even “Quicksilver” Jimmy Dougal being off the mark. But the constructive Preston was good to see, and their style of play made me regret more than ever that Preston did not join the competition this season. However, they have found some fine youngsters in the interim-Seed. Robertson, Turner, Leigh, Jessop, and goalkeeper Walmsley, to wit –and I think you can look forward to North End’s return to their rightful sphere next season. Football needs them. Outstanding in a fine Everton always playing within themselves was Tommy Jones, who took all the sting out of the North End attack, and besides using the ball with meticulous care, was a rare menace to Walmsley. Tommy banged a couple of finely headed goals from corners and might have got another. Indeed Tommy was a real captain. The Blues had two excellent inside forwards in Stevenson and Eddie Barber who grafted so purposefully while Jimmy McIntosh was the epitome of enthusiasm and energy at centre forward. Jim has come on the proverbial ton since he played for Liverpool.
One of the successes were Jack Jones, the full back, at outside-left. Jack’s use of the ball was grand, even though he was chopped for speed at times and 16-year-old Jock Linaker, from Southport centred with that Jones –like accuracy his should have been a sensational debut. As it was Linaker showed a craft football brain and skill which proved conclusively that the lad is a star in embryo who should make his mark in the game. Given the encouragement and tutition I know he can get at Goodison Park, this lad should do well. One of the points of Linaker which struck me forcibly was his judgement in heading –an art so rarely seen in soccer “babes.” Yes Linaker can use his head and I hope he can keep it. Linaker’s schoolboy tricks did not always come off, but he had the courage and skill to attempt them, and had he not been quite so anxious to get it over he would have secured more accuracy. Yes, I like the potentialities of Linaker, who is ideally built has football in his head and toes, and who can stand up to the sturdiest tackles. Go to it Linaker, the chance is yours.
ANFIELD CUP FINAL
April 26, 1943. The Evening Express.
Both Liverpool and Everton had difficulty over the teams for the Liverpool senior Cup final at Anfield today. Pope, of Blackpool, who was to have played for Everton was released to the Reds, who found themselves without a full back. Norman Low, the Newport and former Liverpool centre half, played in place of Rist, and Nieuwenhuys was at outside right, and Lawton was injured so could not lead Everton and Tommy Jones did not arrive in time, but Bob Beattie of Preston, was at inside left. Jack Thomson, the Everton club captain, was among the 20,000 spectators. Liverpool;- Hobson, goal; Pope (Blackpool) and Westby, backs; Kaye, Low (Newport) and Pilling, half-backs; Niewenhuys, Balmer, Fagan, Done and Hulligan, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Humphreys and Watson, half-backs; Linaker, Stevenson, McIntosh (Preston), Beattie (R.) (Preston), and Jones (J.E.), forwards. Referee; Mr. J.A. Thomson. Liverpool started on a high note, the quick passing of their forwards keeping Everton on the alert, and Balmer had one shot over the top before forcing Burnett to save low down. Jack Jones received the ball in his face and had to go off for attention, and Beattie contributed a thrilling crossfield run in which he beat four players. Liverpool forced two corners, on the left before Done got through, but placed across the face of the goal. Done came again and shot as he was tackled, Burnett saving near the post, Linaker pleased the crowd with a neat back-heel, before Beattie streaked through only to find Low impassable. This was fast, exciting football, with Liverpool so far the more dangerous and more electric in their moves.
Five Pronged Attack
Liverpool were keeping Everton on the “collar” exploiting a five pronged attack with a deceptive interchange of positions. After Fagan had broke through Hulligan was through with only Burnett to beat, and although he shot low to Burnett’s left hand Burnett beat the ball away magnificently. McIntosh forced a corner off Hobson, but nothing came of it. The 21st minute saw Everton take the lead with a perfection goal through McIntosh. Little had been seen of Everton as an attacking force, but suddenly the alert Beattie drew the defence, feinted and then slipped through a brilliant pass along the floor for McIntosh to dash through and score with a left foot shot just under the far post. Everton came again with some passing of the real Blue vintage, and Low was only just in time to prevent Beattie from getting in his shot. Liverpool equalised through Fagan from a penalty.
LIVERPOOL THE CHAMPIONS
April 27, 1943. The Liverpool Daily Post
Liverpool 4, Everton 1
League and A cup double
By beating Everton 4-1 in the Liverpool Senior Cup final at Anfield yesterday, the match also coming in the League, Liverpool put themselves beyond reach of their nearest rivals, and are now champions. Feature of the match was Balmer’s magnificent goal and a penalty award against Everton. Balmer’s goal was magnificent, because no one expects him to score from his standing position 25 yards from goal, but the ball flashed into the net. As to the penalty award, there were few who really through that it was penalty –I was among them –for Humphreys actually played the ball, admittedly from behind Done, but as the latter was not tripped he was able to go on and it seemed to me rather a drastic decision. Still the referee’s verdict is final. Fagan scored from the spot to equalise McIntosh’s goal scored 10 minutes before. The interval score of 1-1 was about a fair reflex of the play, for Everton after a moderate start, had quite as much of the game as Liverpool. The Anfield men ultimately got on top, but Hobson had a number of shots to save. Liverpool drove hard for goal, Everton drove tamely. Then came that fine Balmer goal, but even then the game was not won, although Liverpool playing as they were with plenty of vigour seemed to be likely the ultimate victors. Done scored a third goal in seventy-five minutes and Niewnehuys rushed in to head a fourth goal in eight-six minutes. Just on time Hobson saved cleverly from Stevenson just as Burnett had done previously with a shot from Done. Although McIntosh scored a capital goal from Beattie through pass, Hobson got his hands to the ball put could not quite hand it out. Linaker, the young A.T.C player, seemed overawed by the occasion. He did some smart things, but when a colleague was near he was inclined to leave it to him when he could perhaps have done better had he gone on his own. Jackson received a knock early on and in the circumstances did well. Hulligan also received an injury to the race, but these were pure accidents. Humphreys played an excellent game, as did Balmer. Attendance 16,182, receipts £1,073. Liverpool;- Hobson, goal; Pope (Blackpool) and Westby, backs; Kaye, Low (Newport) and Pilling, half-backs; Niewenhuys, Balmer, Fagan, Done and Hulligan, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Humphreys and Watson, half-backs; Linaker, Stevenson, McIntosh (Preston), Beattie (R.) (Preston), and Jones (J.E.), forwards. Referee; Mr. J.A. Thomson.
April 27, 1943. The Evening Express
Days before Everton found themselves three goals down to the Reds they had expressed their keen desire to stage the second “leg” of the Liverpool cup at Goodison Park. They suggested an evening match in midweek if Liverpool reached the final of the Lancashire Cup. Well, Everton are still anxious to have this game. Liverpool have not yet made up their minds, but if there is no official barrier to such a game I think they will co-operate. I have seen more artistic “Derby” games than this latest Anfield offering, but it was a game with an electric atmosphere –and with success going to the more deserving side. The Everton contingent –Mr. Will Gibbins, chairman in command with directors Mr. Ernest Green, Dr. Cecil Baxter, Mr. Bob Turnbull, and Mr. Dick Searle, with Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly in support were all quite delighted that the championship has come to Merseyside. The penalty a disallowed goal and a penalty which in my opinion should have been were incidents which just emphasised the run of the ball against Everton; but it was not only the run of the ball which brought about a Blue defeat. No it was the greater effectiveness of the Liverpool side built on the solid foundation of a brilliant half-back line. There were moments when Everton gave us delicious samples of the football which has made them famous; but they had not that dynamic forcefulness in front of goal which characterised the work of the Reds.
The Quick Route
Throughout Liverpool took the quickest route to goal following to the letter the Manager Mr. George Kay addict of the long ball up the middle.” Liverpool upset Everton not so much by craft and cunning as by supreme in the long pass and the only manner in which the forwards slipped into the open space. It was the Everton attack which provided the greater measure of skill, and Robbie Beattie and Alex Stevenson had some joyous moments until they came up against those brilliant wing halves, Kaye and Pilling. The incisiveness of Kaye and Pilling took the menace out of the Everton vanguard, and standing there as the sheet anchor was Norman Low, at centre half whom we were all pleased to welcome back to the club. That half-back line certainly made the win possible but this match was rich in its half-back talent for the Everton trio were excellent. Fact is, however, that Balmer and Fagan, kept the Blues intermediates so much on defence that it prevented them giving the attention they desired to carving out openings. Humphreys was fine and few pivots have deals with the Liverpool forwards “switch” so well while Watson and Bentham were particularly strong in the tackle and in recovery Yes this game will be remembered for its half-back work with maybe Kaye standing out above the six.
Liverpool enjoyed by far the greatest portion of the attack and yet such was the solidity of the Everton defence that Hobson had more shots –and difficult ones –to stop than Burnett. Hobson never faltered and he was well covered by pope and Westby. The appearance of Pope for Liverpool shows the grand spirit of co-operation between our clubs. Pope was to play for Everton and his togs were actually in the their dressing room. Liverpool were found without a right back so Everton came to their rescue and loaned them Pope as they had George Jackson ready to step in. Everton’s generosity cost them something for Pope had the measure of Jack Jones after the first quarter while with Linaker willing but too inexperienced on the right, Everton suffered on the wings just as they have suffered for the greater portion of the season. Balmer, Beattie, and Stevenson were the forwards who set the crowd alight. Balmer was the pick of the bunch, taking one goal and making another, but Beattie’s pass to McIntosh for Everton’s leading goal in 21 minutes was the finest of football of the day. That was perfection. Beattie and Stevenson were always seeking and working openings, while Balmer was a veritable “will of the wisp,” amazingly clever in his ball mastery. Niewenhuys and Hulligan proved the value of tip-top wingmen, and Done’s a virile work helped materially in this Red win not visible after McIntosh had given Everton the lead. Then came the penalty to Liverpool –I did not think it was a penalty. Fagan made no mistake with this chance at the 30th minute and so we crossed all square.
The game was running evenly when at the 66th minute, Balmer received just outside the penalty area. Jack took his time and with the crowd veiling shoot he did. And what a shot. The ball sped like a bullet into the top far corner –an amazing effort as Balmer was practically standing still hitting a dead ball. That goal ended Everton’s hopes, and soon after Done added a third goal from Balmer’s ideal square pass, while Niewenhuys came in with a grand header from Pilling’s cross to make it four. In the meantime I though Everton were hard done by when they were refused a penalty, and the Blues’ other stroke at bad luck was that a Jack Jones goal was disallowed for offside when the Reds were not feeling comfortable. McIntosh I should add, was again a grand spearhead of the Everton attack taking over at the last minute because of Tom Lawton’s injury. Jackson and Greenhalgh were grand Everton backs. Yes, a nice afternoon’s sport watched by 16,182 spectators who paid £1,075. The Liverpool directors –Messrs R. Lawson, Martindale, Chairman W.J. Harrop, J.H. Troop and S.R. Williams –received many congratulations on their nice Easter “egg” and here I give them my congratulations without forgetting each, and every one of the Liverpool players, trainer Mr. Albert Shelley and last but by no means least Manager Mr. George Kay. But, Liverpool ...do not rest on laurels. That Lancashire Cup has still to be won.
April 27, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Liverpool yesterday dotted the “if’s” and crossed the “t’s” of their superiority over their Goodison neighbours. Everton never really got going in this game, thanks to the quick interception of Liverpool’s fine half-back line, which once again –this weekly repetition is becoming somewhat monotonous –proved itself the backbone of the side. There was a period in the middle portion when Everton promised brighter things and gave the home defence some anxious, moments but they failed to implement the promise, and after Balmer had put Liverpool in front after 66 minutes –with the best shot of the day –Everton seemed to lose heart and gradually faded out. Prior to this McIntosh had given the Blues the lead against the run of play, and Liverpool them equalised through a penalty for some alleged offence which was clearer to the referee than to me, for I saw nothing to warrant the spot kick from which Fagan scored. In the closing stages Done and Niewenhuys got one each to settle all arguments, and to prove that Everton’s circumlocuionary methods were not the ideal form of attack against a side of Liverpool’s undeviating principles, which lay down the axiom that the straightest way to goal pays the best dividends, and that shots of any kind are better than no shots at all. In addition to Liverpool’s halves the rear defence was sound, and Done was a worrier who upset any defence. Burnett made some great saves for Everton, Jackson was a splendid back –even after an injury which left him looking more fit for bed than football –the halves were good with Humphreys outstanding, but the forward line was disappointing. Too many passes went a fray through bad direction or because players waited for the ball to come to them thus missing the way for Liverpool’s interceptions. The boy Linaker got few chances to show his merits, and seemed overawed by the importance of the occasion, though he did one or two neat things. His time will come.
BLUES AT PRENTON
April 29, 1943. The Evening Express
Everton will be without Tommy Lawton for their Football League game with Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park, for Tommy, like Fagan and Balmer, will be on duty in the Newcastle Inter Service match. However Jimmy McIntosh, of Preston North End and Chester, who proved such a successful leader against Preston and Liverpool will again be available. George Mutch also of Preston returns to inside right and Stevenson and Jack Jones again constitute the left flank of attack. Secretary Theo Kelly is in doubt regarding outside right, and will play either Linaker, the Southport lad, of Lowe, the Haydock boy. Both these lads have played with the first team in the last month. Jack Humphreys remains at centre half, and Stan Bentham, who made such a welcome reappearance against Liverpool will be on his right with Watson on the left. Jackson and Greenhalgh will again give cover to Burnett. Jack Humphreys, who comes from Bangor and played for the English Universities before going to Goodison Park at the start of the season, has now signed professional. A wise move on Everton’s part, for Humphreys certainly a real fine. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, J.V. Humphreys, Watson; W. Lowe of J. Linaker, Mutch, McIntosh, Stevenson, Jones (Jack).
HUMPHREYS SIGNS “PRO” FOR BLUES
April 29, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have selected twelve probables for their game with Tranmere at Prenton on Saturday, which will be the final league match of the season, though both may fix friendles for May 8 and 15. The defence is the same as against Liverpool, but Mutch returns to the attack and Lowe, the young Haydock boy is included so that the probable right wingers are both 16-year-olds. Team from Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, J.V. Humphreys, Watson; W. Lowe or J. Linaker, Mutch, McIntosh, Stevenson, Jones (Jack). Lawton is not available as he plays in the Army game at Newcastle. Everton have signed J.V. Humphreys, the Bangor University player who is now in the Army on professional forms. Humphreys has been a grand servant for the Blues this season and has filed the place of Tommy Jones as few players could have filled it. It is a big job to follow in the shoes of such a master as “T.G” but Humphreys has done it magnificently.
Liverpool Daily Post - Friday 30 April 1943
Everton have signed J. V Humphreys, the Bangor University player, who la now In the Army, on professional forms. Humphreys has proved himself an untiring and enthusiastic player in any half back position for Everton this season.
April 30, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Everton only just won through when they were last at Prenton Park, which they visit again tomorrow. This is the last League match of the season. McIntosh has gone a long way to solving one of Everton’s problems. When Lawton has been unavailable, as he will be tomorrow there has been a lack of punch in the middle. McIntosh has brought it back, and is always a potentially dangerous leader. Mutch links up with his Preston colleague, and between Stevenson and Mutch, McIntosh should get plenty of chances to make his lightning raids down the middle. Lowe will be outside right as Linaker is playing in a junior cup final and Jack Jones, who has been doing well lately, is again at outside left. Tranmere- Trefall; Anderson, Owen; Glidden, Gibbons, Evans; Hill, Lamb, Bridges, Martin, W.P. Jackson. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, J.V. Humphreys, Watson; W. Lowe, Mutch, McIntosh, Stevenson, Jones (Jack).