EVERTON NO CHANGE
April 2, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have selected the same team as that which drew with Stoke City for their game with Blackpool on Good Friday, including in the party which will leave for Middlesbrough immediately after the game will be Dodds, Saunders, Humphreys and Grant. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding, Eglington.
April 2, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton make no team change for their match with Blackpool Park on Friday, but there is a possibility, says Secretary-Manager Mr. Theo Kelly, that there will be changes for Saturday’s game at Middlesbrough. Dodd’s, Saunders, Grant and Humphreys, who is making good progress from his ankle injury, will travel with the party to North Yorkshire immediately after the game on Friday. Everton, like Liverpool, will not be able to decide on their team for Monday until after Saturday’s game. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding, Eglington.
April 3, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton are home tomorrow to Blackpool, away to Middlesbrough on Saturday and go to Blackpool on Easter Monday. If the Blues get three or four points out of these games it will be a good return. Blackpool, having said good-bye to the cup at the first hurdle have been seeking consolation via the League, and are how second to Wolves, though they have played four games more than their nearest rivals. The Seasider’s have shown rather erratic form at times this season, and have sometimes suffered defeat when victory has looked as certain as could be. Biggest danger man in the attack is Stan Mortensen, a quick-silver forward who is getting goals with regularity, while Shimwell and Johnston are the main props in a solid defence, although it has had its off-days now and again. Blackpool have a score to wipe off against Everton. They have not forgotten that on Boxing Day, 15 months ago, the Blues waltzed round them to the tune of 7-1. Middlesbrough will take some holding on their own ground. To my mind, Wilf Mannion is one of the three finest insides forwards in the game today, always a potential match winner while in George Hardwick’s and Jimmy Gordon the Borough have two outstanding defenders to say nothing of Cummins in goal, another of their big list of internationals. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding, Eglington.
Challenge Cup Final
The Liverpool County F.A. Challenge Cup final between Everton and Skelmersdale provides a nice attraction for followers of minor football. The first leg is at Skelmersdale tomorrow (3.15) and the return at Goodison Park on Monday (11 am).
JONES’S DOUBLE DISMAY
April 5, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
“Own Goal” and Injury
Everton 1, Blackpool 1
The Everton side which plays at Middlesbrough today will have changes in every department save one as compared with the eleven which lost their goal lead against Blackpool yesterday six minutes from the end. Tom Jones pulled a thigh muscle and will be absent for three weeks and Humphreys will be at centre-half, Saunders displaces Jackson at right back, Bentham or Grant will play at right-half and Jock Dodds will return at centre-forward with Wainwright at inside right. When Goodison’s 60,000 thought Everton were going to beat Blackpool through a goal scored by Stevenson, disaster befell the home side. Six minutes from the end T.G. Jones, in trying to repel powerful Blackpool attack, nodded the ball towards Sagar, who was unable to prevent it passing over his head, and into the net. Mortensen followed up to make sure. This was the only time Blackpool looked like scoring so the “own goal” was particularly ironical. Clever work by Fielding enabled Stevenson to score with a grand header at the sixth minute. For the rest of the half Everton were the better side, but never at any time was there difficulty for the goalkeepers.
Held at Bay
With the ball in the air the Everton forwards had little opportunity against Blackpool’s towering defence and the same applied to the Blackpool forwards, Jones holding them at bay by perfect heading of many dangerous-looking centres. It certainly seemed that the early goal might carry the day, despite the long spells, of attacking Blackpool enjoyed in the second period. Then came T.G. Jones incident and later Greenhalgh had to keep the ball out of the net when everyone else was beaten. Everton’s greatest thrust came from the left wing, Eglington and Fielding. Wainwright had a lean time against Hayward. It was a tragedy that the game should end as it did for prior to this one slip Jones had given a polished display. Everton; Sagar, goal; Watson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Jones, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Blackpool; Wallace, goal; Shimwell and Sibley, backs; Farrow, Hayward and Johnston, half-backs; Munro, McKnight, Mortensen, Buchan, and Dick, forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Denham (Preston).
• Liverpool draw 0-0 at Preston.
BLACKPBURN ROVERS RESERVES 0, EVERTON RESERVES 1
April 5, 1947. Liverpool Daily Post
A second half goal by Dunrow, who later hit the post gave Everton Res a victory over Blackburn Rovers Res, at Ewood Park. It was a win of little distinction however, for Rovers offered but moderate opposition, and the football all round was ragged and without punch.
Skelmersdale 1, Everton “A” 1
Lowe scored in the first 5 minutes and despite some fine football by Everton, it was midway through the second half before they equalised through Green. Sutton was brilliant in the Skelmersdale goal.
EVERTON DEFENCE HAMMERED
April 5, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Middlesbro’ “Cavalry” Too Good For Blues
Mannion Makes Amends for Missed Penalty
Everton were outplayed by a fast Middlesbrough side. The Everton defence was never able to hold the Borough inside forwards, Mannion and Dews. Middlesbrough; Cummings, goal; Robinson (R), and Stuart, backs; Bell, McCabe, and Gordon, half-backs; Fenton, Dews, Linwood, Mannion, and Walker, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. W. Martin (Leeds). Everton made some changes for their game with Middlesbrough at Ayresome Park, one because of an injury, the others to give Stevenson and Jackson a rest. Dodds the Scottish international, came back to lead the forwards for the first time since the Cup match with Sheffield Wednesday some weeks ago, while Humphreys returned as pivot in place of Jones (T.G.), who pulled a muscle in yesterday’s game with Blackpool. Middlesbrough had one change, McCabe coming in for Robinson at centre half. I am told that Linwood has at last struck his best form. The game opened at a crack-a-jack pace and after Middlesbrough had tested the strength of the Everton defence the visitors through their left wing put the Borough defence on the spot. Eglington with his amazing pace, simply left Robinson standing and then made a square pass to Fielding. The inside left tried to push the ball further over to Dodds, failed for the ball went to Mcllhatton whose shot went wide. Middlesbrough’s pace was an eye-opener, and Dews and Fenton linked up in some excellent movements which had the Everton defence harassed. Walker was at fault when he was offered a gilt-edged chance a dozen yards out of goal. In his anxiety he got too much loft on the ball. Borough’s open play was a serious menace, and Everton’s defence had to put in some hot work to hold the fast-moving forwards.
For a time it had been mostly Middlesbrough, but there was one good dribble by Mcllhatton, who beat two men en route only to finish with rather a tame shot. Then came the big thrill of the game thus far. Linwood was threading his way ever-closer to goal when he was brought down in the penalty area by Saunders. There was no other award but a spot kick. Mannion elected to take this, but he seemed to stub his foot when he made contact with the ball, which went only half pace towards goal, and Sagar was able to save. This, by the way, was Mannion’s second penalty miss in two games in succession. It was not long however, before Mannion got some recompense. Following a powerful drive on the part of the Borough forwards the Everton defence faltered, and Mannion was able to get in his shot, which landed at the back of the net with Sagar helpless. Time, 30 minutes. Middlesbrough had undoubtedly held the whip hand in this half, but there were times when an Everton advance caused some anxiety to the Boro goalmouth. Once Cumming was saved a dreadful fate by his colleagues. He had completely missed Mcllhatton’s centre, and it was left to Robinson to save his face.
Sagar made a slip-like catch, and when Humphreys was caught out of position and the ball lobbed over his head, there was extreme danger to Everton. A free kick against Everton taken by Fenton, brought out the best in Sagar. It looked to me as though the Everton goalkeeper did not catch sight of the ball until the last second but, by throwing himself full length he was able to make a spectacular save. Just on the interval Wainwright almost took an equaliser. He came up hot pace to surprise the Middlesbrough defenders and shot with power, but Cumming steered the ball out of his goal. At this point Everton looked more like penetrating the Middlesbrough defence than in any previous period. Half-time;- Middllesbrough 1, Everton 0. After Everton through Wainwright had put the Middlesbrough goal in jeopardy in the first minute of the second half Middlesbrough simply hammered Everton’s defence. The Middlesbrough attack advanced like cavalry charge-and it was only by grim tackling and defensive measures that the Everton goal did not fall again. Mannion had a shot cannoned out and with his second effort sent the ball soaring over the crossbar.
Such pressure, however, was bound to have its reward sooner or later, and when Walker centred Bentham put his hand to the ball and another penalty was awarded to Middlesbrough. Mannion again took the kick and although he shot straight at Sagar the power was such that the Everton goalkeeper was unable to keep it out of his net. This was at 58 minutes. Previously Sagar had made wonderful saves from Mannions, but ten minutes more saw the Borough score a third goal, at 68 minutes. So far Everton had not got into anything like their proper working order. Their passing was all wrong and there was no power down the middle. So at this stage it was all Middlesbrough, and the third goal was scored when Walker from a really bad angle, shot towards goal, and the ball was deflected beyond Sagar by Greenhalgh.
Dodds had a very poor innings indeed. In fact Everton had been outplayed completely. When Fielding was carried off Everton’s prospects of recovery were reduced further. Middlesbrough had a goal lust, and seven minutes from the end good work by Dews and Fenton opened the way for a fourth goal by Walker. Final; Middlesbrough 4, Everton 0.
• Everton Reserves 0, Sheffield United Reserves 3
• Formby 5, Everton “A” 5
EVERTON RES V SHEFFIELD UNITED RESERVES 3
April 5, 1947, The Liverpool Echo
Everton introduced D. Hickson at inside left, whilst Catterick led the home attack. Everton were the better side from the outset, but not withstanding their repeated efforts by Catterick and Coy. While the Blades keeper kept a safe goal. In 38 minutes Sheffield took the lead through Pickering, who gave Burnett no chance. Half-time; Everton Res nil, Sheffield United Res 1.
Formby v Everton “A”
Both goalkeepers were tested on many occasions. Cain the Formby centre tried hard with two individual efforts and Lovelady forced Barry to concede a corner. Half-time; Formby 0, Everton “A” 0
EVERTON FAIL TO HOLD HIGH-SPEED ‘BOROUGH
April 5, 1947. The Evening Express
Brilliant Saves by Sagar
Everton were outshone and out classed by Middlesbrough at Aryesome today. The Everton full-backs and wing-halves found it impossible to deal with the remarkable speedy Middlesbrough forwards, inspired by Mannion who was at his brilliant best. Linwood was a splendid Middlesbrough leader, who always kept Humphreys on the move. Hero of the Everton side was Sagar, who made save after save in brilliant style, including one of two penalty kicks taken by Mannion. Sagar almost saved Mannion’s second spot-kick. In fact, he did parry the ball, but was unable to prevent it crossing the line. In the second half in particular it was all Middlesbrough and the Everton goal had some miraculous escapes. Tom Jones who pulled a muscle against Blackpool yesterday, did not travel, and Humphrey’s returned at centre-half. Several of the other players were rested. Saunders came in at right full back in place of Jackson, Dodds resumed as leader of the attack for the first time since the Cup-tie against Sheffield Wednesday. Wainwright moving to inside right in place of Stevenson. Middlesbrough; Cummings, goal; Robinson (R), and Stuart, backs; Bell, McCabe, and Gordon, half-backs; Fenton, Dews, Linwood, Mannion, and Walker, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. W. Martin (Leeds).Middlesbrough launched the first raid of note when Linwood sent Fenton away on the right. Fenton put Hughes in possession, but Hughes ran the ball over the line. Away went Everton, Farrell feeding Eglington, who cleverly kept the ball in play, outwitted Robinson, and then steered the ball forward for Fielding to mis-hit has intended shot. The ball ran clear to Mcllhatton and his first-time drive flashed narrowly wide of the post.
Borough were very nippy and the Everton defence had several close calls in the early stages, notably when Dews and Fenton combined cleverly for Linwood to head Fenton’s centre goalwards. Sagar did well to turn the ball round the post for a corner, which was only cleared by Bentham following a protracted scramble in the danger area. Then Bentham came over with a grand winning tackle to foil the elusive Mannion. Borough kept it up and things looked ominous when Walker outpaced Saunders, but pushed the ball too far forward. Walker dashed in at top speed to connect with a centre from Fenton, but the ball sailed over the goal. Up to now it had been all Middlesbrough, who had impressed by the sped sand cleverness of their approach work. Eglington was always dangerous for Everton. Sagar was kept busy and saved in great style a long range drive from Gordon. When Everton went away with something like rhythm for the first time, Dodds fed Mcllhatton and ran into position for the centre but found Cumming on the spot to save without difficulty. Middlesbrough continued to beat Everton for possession. Mcllhatton tried to break through on his own, but was beaten by weight of numbers.
Humphreys and Farrell were doing great work in keeping Middlesbrough raiders at bay. Middlesbrough were awarded a penalty after 26 minutes when Saunders was ruled to have brought down Liverpool in the area. Mannion tried to place the kick to Sagar’s left, but the Everton goalkeeper sensed his intention and just managed at full length to parry the ball, which was scrambled clear. This was the second time in two days that Mannion but failed with a penalty. In the 30th minute, however, Middlesbrough went ahead when Linwood forced the Everton defence into a tangle and pushed the ball forward for Mannion to redeem his previous mistake and give Sagar no chance from close range. Apart from isolated Everton attacks Middlesbrough continued to have the better of matters. Sagar had to pull down a deceptive centre from Walker. Only a brilliant full-length save by Sagar from Fenton’s free-kick just outside the area prevented Borough from further increasing their lead. Everton’s best effort so far was when Mcllhatton, Fielding, and Eglington collaborated cleverly for Eglington to shoot from close in but at an awkward angle. Everton came more into the picture towards the interval and Wainwright had cruel luck when he worked his way beyond two defenders and shot from 10 yards. The ball hit Cumming and was scrambled to safety. Half-time; Middlesbrough 1, Everton 0.
After Middlesbrough had been repelled by Humphreys, Fielding sent Wainwright on a solo effort. Wainwright harassed by Borough defenders slewed his shot to the left, where it fell to Eglington’s feet. To the delight of the crowd Eglington completely missed his kick. Mannion was adopting a roving commission and was keeping the Everton defence at full stretch.
Over The Top
From one of his forward passes Walker shot over the angle of the woodwork. Then Fenton threaded the way into the middle, but dallied the fatal second and was dispossessed. Again Mannion went through only to shoot a yard over the top. A slip by Fielding let in Linwood, but Saunders sped across to intercept just as the Borough leader was about to shoot. It was all Middlesbrough, Sagar being constantly in action. The Everton full backs and wing halves just could not cope with the speed of the Mannion inspired Borough attack. Sagar pulled down a centre from Fenton cleverly, after which Saunders kicked off the line with Sagar beaten by Mannion’s lob. After Humphreys had twice headed clear, Sagar saved superbly from Linwood and Mannion. After 58 minutes this ceaseless Borough pressure brought its inevitable reward. It was another sad blow for Everton when Bentham handled in the area. Again Mannion took the kick. He shot straight at Sagar but such was the power of the kick that he was only able partially to save and could not prevent the ball trickling over the line. Middlesbrough, still completely the masters, went further ahead when Walker broke through and shot, and the ball was deflected beyond Sagar by Greenhalgh. Shortly afterwards Fielding was carried off. He had appeared dazed following an injury received earlier. It was only on rare occasions that Everton moved in a manner likely to cause Cumming any feeling of insecurity. Everton did, however, come near when Bentham pushed forward a neat pass for Mcllhatton to cross first time to Dodds standing by the near post. Dodd’s flying header almost shaved the upright. Middlesbrough would not be denied, however, and by this time Everton defence was completely run off its feet. Walker made it four, five minutes from the end when Fenton cut quickly into the middle and transferred neatly to the in-running walker, who cracked the ball into the back of the net from 12 yards. Final; Middlesbrough 4, Everton 0.
EVERTON “W” PLAN WAS FAILURE
April 7, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Middlesbrough 4, Everton 0
This was one of the clearest cut victories scored over the Goodison team for many months. Middlesbrough were in no way flattered. In fact they might easily have had several other goals against an Everton defence, harassed to death by the speed and ability of the opposition inside forwards. Neither Farrell nor Bentham could cope with them. Middlesbrough’s attack swept forward like an Atlantic wave, crushing everything before it. Their attack was five point not so Everton’s which relied too much upon the “W” formation, leaving only three forwards to challenge a very stubborn defence.
Mannion was the live wire of the home forwards, and although he missed from the penalty spot (Sagar saved), he ultimately brought about the downfall of the Everton goal a few minutes later when the Everton defence was at fault. It was not until the second half that Middlesbrough really got on top and scored goals from really good football. Previously they had been inclined to miss chances. In the second portion they were so much on top that the goals looked like coming all the time. At fifty-eight minutes they were awarded another penalty and this time Mannion scored. The Everton defence was hammered and harassed and walker came along with two further goals to bring Middlesbrough a most convincing victory. A quarter of an hour before the end Fielding was carried off with concussion, his second injury of the afternoon. Sagar made many splendid saves, but this was not Everton’s day. Middlesbrough; Cummings, goal; Robinson (R), and Stuart, backs; Bell, McCabe, and Gordon, half-backs; Fenton, Dews, Linwood, Mannion, and Walker, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. W. Martin (Leeds).
After the match at Middlesbrough, Fielding, who sustained concussion as a result of heading the heavy ball, went to hospital as a precautionary measure. He returned to Liverpool with the Everton party yesterday, but was extremely shaky and will not play at Blackpool today. Stevenson will take his place. Grant, for Bentham, and Jackson, for Saunders are other changes.
• Liverpool lost 3-2 to Blackpool, Done, Fagan and Buchan and Mortensen (2) for Blackpool.
EVERTON RES V SHEFFIELD UNITED RESERVES
April 7, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Sheffield United proved the better opportunists and deserved their win. Everton’s who had the better of the play in the first half lacked finishing power. Hickson (D) making his debut for the home club in the Central league gave an impressive display. Sheffield United scorers, were Pickering, Dennis and Thorpe. Final Everton Reserves 0, Sheffield United Reserves 3.
April 7, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Ted Sagar, Everton goalkeeper and still one of the best in the land, was the hero of the side which lost at Middlesbrough. But for him the score against might have been doubled. Everton were handicapped in the second half, for Fielding not only suffered slight concussion but also injured an arm. Fieldings was kept at Middlesbrough Infirmary on Saturday night, but was able to travel back with the team yesterday. Highlight of Sagar’s display was to get to a terrific penalty by Mannion, but the shot proved too hot to hold, and it rolled over the line, but here is Radar’s commentary of the game; It was unfortunate for Everton that they ran up against the mercurial Middlesbrough side when Mannion and company staged one of their “on” days. At Ayresome Park against Everton they were just as brilliant as they were when they visited Anfield for Liverpool’s first home game of the season. In fact, they were more effective than on that occasion because they rounded off rapier-like raids with deadly finishing. Never before this season have I seen Everton so utterly out-generally and overplayed. Each and every time –and this was often –that Middlesboro went to the attack there was a real goal threat in the offing. Sagar can rarely have given a greater exhibition than this. He was under constant siege throughout the second half. He turned aside a succession of puzzling centres from Walker and Fenton effortlessly; he made spellbinding saves from Linwood and Mannion within the space of seconds. Underlining the Middlesbrough victory was their extra yard in speed to possession of the loose ball, exceptional accuracy in finding their men, and the vast amount of fetching and carrying executed by Mannion and Dews. Bentham and Farrell had a more than whole time job in trying to cope with these brilliant inside forwards, while Humphreys found Alec Linwood a forceful centre forward. Linwood chose this game to give his best display since moving to Teeside. Humphreys as always, stuck manfully to his job without ever being able fully to quell the enterprising Scot. Walker and Mannion completed a resourceful five-pronged machine and gave Saunders and Greenhalgh a testing 90 minutes, Saunders in particularly, had an unusual amount of difficulty with the tricky, quick-silver Walker. The Everton attack never functioned with anything approaching harmony, primarily because of the inability of Fielding and Wainwright to strike their normal form. Their passes all too frequently went astray. Dodds had perforce to play a solitary role in the centre and was kept in a firm grip by McCabe, concerted from right half for the occasion. Main danger to the Boro defence –their full backs looked shaky under pressure –came from Eglington and Mcllhatton, although Wainwright went close with a snap shot which unfortunately hit Cummings outstretched arm without the goalkeeper knowing much about it. No, this was an Everton far below their beast. They were well and truly beaten by a perfectly geared Boro’ force.
Blues’ Four in Ireland International
Everton will provide four players to the Ireland v Wales international –the last of the championship series –which takes place in Belfast on Wednesday week, April 16. Following the selection of Tommy Jones for Wales comes news that Alex Stevenson, Tommy Eglington and Peter Farrell have been chosen by Ireland.
April 7, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton were completely outplayed at Middlesbrough. The score in no way flattered the Borough, who relied on their tremendous speed, quick tackling, and open play to obtain one of the most convincing victories they have won in recent times (writes Stork). For some weeks Middlesbrough have been the fallacy of waiting for the ball. They determined that a change of plan was necessary and they went for every ball like a terrier going for a rat. This had the effect of upsetting the Everton rhythm, and after 15 minutes they petered out and had no answer to the fast-moving Middlesbrough attack. Actually there was no power down the centre where Everton were concerned, for not one of the inside forwards was capable of probing his way through a bide-bound defence, whose only trouble was from the wingsmen, Mcllhatton and Eglington particularly the latter. He seemed as though he might win the game off his own bat the way he started, for he simply ran round his opposite defender, but the form was not maintained, and so Everton simply crashed. Mannion was the man of the hour. He almost recorded a record of missing three penalty shots in succession, having missed at Charlton the previous day. He hit the post with one against Everton and Sagar almost saved his second effort some little time later. He did stop the ball, but it spun out of his hands and just rolled over the line. The Everton wing halves found the pace of Mannion, Fenton, Dews and others an obstacle which they never fully negotiated. Mannion was like quick-silver. He brought every forward into play with good passes and when it came to darting through he was always ready to strike a blow. Linwood has came into his true form. He did not score, but he kept the game open by keeping his line moving smoothly.
DODDS SHINES FOR EVERTON
April 7, 1947. The Evening Express
Scores One Goal Shares in Another
For the return game against Blackpool at Bloomfield-road today, Everton made three changes in the side which lost at Middlesbrough. Jackson returned at right full back in place of Saunders. Bentham was rested and Grant deputised, whilst Stevenson took the place of the injured Fielding at inside left. Fielding was much better today and travelled with the team to Blackpool with Tom Jones and George Saunders. Blackpool were unchanged, compared with the side which forced a draw at Goodison Park on Good Friday. Blackpool; Wallace, goal; Shimwell and Sibley, backs; Farrow, Hayward, and Johnston, half-backs; Munro, McKnight, Morrison, Buchan, and Dick, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), half-backs; Grant, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Stevenson and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Denham, Preston. It was all-ticket match and there were about 25,000 present just before the start. Played opened quietly, although it was well for Everton that Farrell was in a position to check Munro. Pressure on the Everton goal on the right was relieved when Shimwell picked up a loose ball and tried a long-range shot, which sailed high and wide. There was another close call for Everton when Munro cut in and tried to find Mortenson.
Jackson was there first, however, but again Sagar had an anxious moment when he tried to pass back and only succeeded in pushing the ball behind for a corner and just wide of the upright. Away went Everton, and there was a thrill in the Blackpool goal when Mcllhatton shot without power and Wallace handled the ball, but Dodds was penalised. After five minutes Everton took the lead with an unexpected goal, mainly gained through the agency of Stevenson, who gained possession and pushed through a perfect pass for Dodds to give Wallace no chance from ten yards. The Blackpool defence had stood completely still. Immediately afterwards Stevenson gave Wainwright a great chance to increase Everton’s lead, but he could not get control, and could only push the ball safely into Wallace’s hands. Blackpool fought back, and Mortenson, ever dangerous, out-manoeuvred three Everton defenders, to send in a low drive, which Sagar did well to turn round the post. Blackpool kept it up and Mortenson was just unable to connect with a high Munro cross. Then Johnston had a free kick from just outside the area charged down. Johnston and Farrell were using the long throw-in to cause the Everton defence concern, but the Everton attack was equally as dangerous as Blackpool, and with the Blackpool full-back included to be panicky, Wallace was given plenty to do.
Stevenson was playing Dodds with choice through passes, and it was only the clever anticipation of Hayward on one occasion which prevented Dodds from increasing Everton’s advantage. Again things looked dangerous for Blackpool when Mcllhatton went through on his own, but Wallace left his goal to parry Mcllhatton’s shot cleverly. Both sides were finding the lively ball difficult to control, while they also had to contend with a puzzling wind. When Mortenson went on the goal track once again, Sagar dashed yards out of his goal to punch behind from a ruck of players. Then McKnight failed badly when Mortenson, who was leading the Blackpool forwards with tremendous dash, gave him a perfect forward pass. Humphreys was spoken to by Referee Denham when Mortenson was taken to the inside-line for attention. Everton again took the initiative after a sustained period of Blackpool pressure. Mcllhatton drifted over to the left, to send Eglington away. From Eglington’s centre Dodds allowed the ball to travel to Stevenson, but Wallace was not bothered unduly by the Irishman’s low first timer. Blackpool continued to have by far the better of matters but were inclined to dilly-dally when they approached the shooting area, and the only shot of note with which Sagar had to deal so far was a 30-yarder from Farrow. Again McKnight hesitated when Mortenson offered him a first class opening and Greenhalgh was able to come across with the winning tackle. Wainwright shot high over the bar when well placed after the spadework had been carried out by Eglington and Stevenson. Everton had a miraculous escape when Mortenson outwitted Humphreys and whipped the ball square across the face of the goal. Both McKnight and Munro completely missed the ball –a heave-sent opportunity thus going a begging.
Stevenson had a chance of beating Wallace, but shot straight at the Blackpool keeper. Stevenson regained possession and deftly turned the ball inside for Mcllhatton to shoot narrowly wide of the upright. Just on the interval Everton went further ahead with a Stevenson goal, but it was Jock Dodds pertinacity which did most to bring about this further Everton’s success. Dodds followed up a loose ball on the left, outstripped Shimwell, cut in and gave Stevenson a perfect short pass, from which the Irishman gave Wallace no chance.
Half-time; Blackpool 0, Everton 2
Blackpool resumed as if they intended to sweep Everton off their feet. But there was still a complete lack of conviction in front of goal. The nearest Blackpool came to beating Sagar was when Buchan moved to the line and headed Farrow’s long throw-in to the centre of the goalmouth. Sagar pulled the ball down in great style.
STEVENSON THE SCHMER
April 7, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Blues Ahead At Blackpool
Dodds Makes Goals
Blackpool; Wallace, goal; Shimwell and Sibley, backs; Farrow, Hayward, and Johnston, half-backs; Munro, McKnight, Morrison, Buchan, and Dick, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), half-backs; Grant, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Stevenson and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Denham, Preston. Blackpool were fortunate not having to make any changes for their holiday games, from which they have collected three points. Everton brought back Stevenson and Jackson. Of great interest to the local folk was the appearance of Jock Dodds, their old leader. Tommy Jones was present, and he told me he is recovering from his injury. Fielding is also very much better. A long throw by Farrow caused Everton a heap of trouble, for it produced a goalmouth incident which culminated in a shot which passed wide. Mcllhatton in trying to sweep the ball over to Eglington, slewed it wide and Mortenson collected and he would have been off like a hare had not Grant challenged and beat him.
The ball was still in Everton’s territory and Blackpool took a corner, the first of the game. Everton however, not to be outdone, worked their way through and Wallace had to save from Mcllhatton as he was charged by Dodds. Everton were again playing with confidence and Dodds and Stevenson linked up to produce the first goal of the match, Dodds shooting wide of Wallace after five minutes. Some neat tip-tapping completely bamboozled the Blackpool defence and the final tip by Stevenson to Dodds opened the defence wide and Dodds shot to Wallace’s right hand went well wide of it into the net. Everton would have had a second goal had not Wainwright kicked the ground, and the ball at one and the same time, so that his shot was of half power, and Wallace was able to save without trouble.
Mortensen Goes Close
Mortensen was on his toes ready for any eventually, and he went very close when he worried his way through and shot in to the side netting. Mortensen was carried off through a collision with Humphreys, who was booed by the crowd. During his absence Stevenson tried to snap a second goal, but did not get full power behind his shot. Mortensen returned after seven minutes, and once again Blackpool were at grips with the Everton defence, but they would persist in making just one more pass instead of the first-time shot. Farrow showed the value of such an action when he shot from 25 yards out, and Sagar saved. For some time Everton were confined to defence, but a breakaway found the Blackpool defence in difficulties and Wainwright shot over after good work by Stevenson and Farrell.
Blackpool were very active near goal, and when Mortsensen squared the ball right across the Everton goal the crowd naturally said. “There it is.” They were disappointed, for no one could accept the gift offering with four forwards on the spot. On balance Blackpool did not deserve to be arrears, but if they refused chances they have only themselves to blame. With one minute to play Dodds worked his way over to the left, and misled the Blackpool defence with the belief that he would centre. He carried the ball in and then slipped it to Stevenson, who crashed it into the net.
Half-time; Blackpool 0, Everton 2.
Everton were in a happy position, when they resumed but were involved in a free kick almost immediately. Sagar had to make a sure catch with heads bobbing up all around him. A long pass by Dodds to Mcllhatton should have produced something better than it did and Wainwright missed a simple one, his second to date.
EVERTON R V BLACKBURN R
April 7, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Blackburn opened at Goodison in lively fashion and McClennand missed narrowly. Higgins put Everton ahead after 10 minutes, Boyes and Hickson combined well for Everton. Everton maintained pressure and deserved their lead. Just before the interval Guest put over the bar from a free kick. Half-time Everton Res 1, Blackburn Rovers Res 0.
EVERTON’S LESSON FOR BLACKPOOL
April 8, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Blackpool 0, Everton 3
Blackpool looked anything but League leaders against Everton, yet had they been able to finish they might have held a sound lead at the interval. As it was they were two goals in arrears and that despite the fact that Everton had made only about four attacks. The trouble was that Blackpool when they got into the penalty area became all bunched up with no shot of any account. By contrast Everton had the ability and the skill to make openings and take chances. Mortensen worked tremendously to bring some sort of co-ordination among his forwards but he had a hopeless task. Nevertheless it took some staunch defence on the part of Everton to clamp down on a team which practically kept the ball in the Everton penalty area throughout. After the first few minutes of the second half Everton took command. Naturally Dodds was the focal point playing on a ground on which he had earned great fame. He did a fine day’s work. Desides scoring twice he made a goal for Stevenson. Although it was one of his best days.
Stevenson’s share of the victory was a big one, too. He and Dodds joined in a movement from which Dodds scored in 5 minutes. The second goal did not come until a minute from the interval, and again it was a Dodds-Stevenson link-up. That time Dodds went out on the wing moved as though he would make a centre, but instead coolly carried the ball to the edge of the penalty area, and then slipped it along the ground for Stevenson to slam into the net. The third goal at 73 minutes was the result of a defensive blinder by Sibley. He had time to clear but elected to pass back to the goalkeeper, not realising that Dodds was in the vicinity. Goalkeeper Wallace ran out, but Dodds piloted the ball slowly into the net, with Hayward rushing back unsuccessfully to stop the ball from crossing the line. Teams;- Blackpool; Wallace, goal; Shimwell and Sibley, backs; Farrow, Hayward, and Johnston, half-backs; Munro, McKnight, Morrison, Buchan, and Dick, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), half-backs; Grant, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Stevenson and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Denham, Preston.
• Liverpool won 3-0 against Preston, Stubbins (2), Balmer , Minahull saved a Ramsden penalty shot.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 2
April 8, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Both teams were clever in attack and positional play. Everton were always dangerous when on the move and in one raid Higgins opened their score. Blackburn were particularly lively in the second half, Webber equalised and McClelland obtained the winning goal for the visitors.
April 8, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
What a contrast I saw at Bloomfield Road, and it did not show up Blackpool in a favourable light. A team which can dominate for 45 minutes and not have anything to show for it must lack something or the defenders of the opposition must be supermen (writes Stork). I admit that the Everton defence put in some solid work, but that was not the full reason why Blackpool could not score a goal against Everton in 180 minutes play –Jones scored for them at Goodison Park. It was because the forwards, tied themselves in knots and no one in the team could find the open spaces so that the ball was delivered to them when they were covered or were too bunched together to work it freely. Everton could not have crossed the half-way line half a dozen times in the first half, yet collected two goals, what time Blackpool were yearning for one. Why? Because they had not a player of the Stevenson calibre to guide them. “Wee Alex” did more with one touch of the ball than the whole of the Blackpool team put together. A flick here, a pass there, and a colleague was out on his own. The Blackpool forwards were on top of one another and when they got the ball wanted to walk it into the net. It happened at Goodison, and again at Bloomfield Road. So much so that I repeat my Goodison phrase. They never looked like scoring.” How they got three goals against Liverpool’s defence in ten minutes mystifies me. With less than a quarter of the chances, Everton had shown them the art of goal scoring. The second half saw the boot on the other foot Blackpool defending. They had the heart knocked out of them, and further goals should have been Everton’s portion. Dodds certainly put the cat among the pigeons against old comrades, but to me it was Stevenson’s canny football, and brilliant defence when it was most needed that snuffed Blackpool out of the game.
April 8, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Jock Dodds played a vital role in Everton’s clear-out victory over Blackpool at Bloomfield road. In fact, I think this was the Scottish international’s best ever display since joining the Goodison ranks. Unexpectedly this victory might have been after Saturday’s lifeless display against Middlesbrough, but it was certainly fully merited. It was a success which was gained by 100 per cent, team-work, yet one cannot but pay special tribute to Dodds’ brilliant leadership. He took the first goal from Alex Stevenson’s pass in considered style, scored the third mainly because of his persistence in following up the half chance; returned the compliment to Stevenson for the second; excelled in his distribution to the wings, and generally gave Hayward an unhappy time. This Everton victory would have been even more convincing had Wainwright had a little more luck with his shooting. But this was not Wainwright’s day. He grafted effectively, but twice missed perfect openings. The tackling of full backs and halves was relentless and speedy, and it was this which resulted in Sagar having only one dangerous shot with which to deal –and that a long range effort from right-half Farrow. Jackson and Greenhalgh gave the Blackpool wingers not an atom of leeway, while Jackie Grant pleased everyone with a stand-out second half display. Farrell was his usual immaculate self. Mortensen was Blackpool’s only danger man, but Humphreys saw to it that he rarely, if ever, found an open shooting space. The Dodds’ inspired attack always looked likely to score goals, with Stevenson scheming skilfully an pushing the ball through along the ground to the Everton leader, and wingers. Eglington and Mcllhatton having an excellent innings throughout. Definitely an Everton in their brightest vein.
EVERTON TWO CHANGES
April 9, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Compared with the side which gained such a fine victory over Blackpool. Everton have two changes for the visit of Chelsea on Saturday. Bentham resuming at right half, and Saunders coming in for Jackson (injured) at right back. Team; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Stevenson, Eglington.
EVERTON RESERVES SIDES
April 10, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Reserves away to Burnley will be; Jones (JA); Hodgetts, Dugdale; Livingstone, Lindley, Watson; Johnson, Grant, Green, Higgins, Boyes
Everton “A”; (v. Newton Y.M. at Bellefield); Barry; Jones (T.E), Rankin; Miller, Falder, Tansey; Bentham (R.), Hickson, MaCauley, Lyon, Brazier.
‘GOLDEN’ CHELSEA VISIT
April 11, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton’s match at Goodison Park with the London “Bank of England” team, Chelsea, and the international match, at Wembley between England and Scotland, are tomorrow’s counter-attractions to the F.A. Cup semi-final replay. Everton should have one of their best attendances of the season, for lining the banks will be the many Liverpool supporters who failed to secure cup-tie tickets, and that great win at Blackpool, on Monday, will whip up enthusiasm. The one regret about the match is that Tommy Lawton will not be in the Chelsea ranks, as he is playing for England. The pensioners, however, with whom Everton forced a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, will play their star side forwards in internationals, Tommy Walker, and Len Gouldie, and many other players of note such as Danny Winter, Steffen, the tall Swiss full back, and John Harris, the international captain. Everton will have Jock Dodds leading the attack –for the first time at home since January 18. His two goals at Blackpool show he has made a complete recovery from injury. Bentham returns to right-half, and Saunders will be at right-back in place of the injured Jackson. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Stevenson, Eglington.
CHELSEA AT GOODISON
April 11, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Chelsea’s visit to Goodison Park is robbed of a little of its attractiveness by the absence of Tommy Lawton, on duty for England against Scotland at Wembley, but after the Blues fine win against Blackpool there will be a big crowd to encourage them, and to see Jock Dodds again after his rather lengthily absence. Jock came back to his best against his old side, and may add to his goals tally again tomorrow. Team; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Stevenson, Eglington.
TWO GOALS BY DODDS
April 12, 1947. The Evening Express
Then he Misses With a Penalty Kick
Everton scored an easy 2-0 victory over a weakened Chelsea side at Goodison Park, today. The Blues completely dominated the game throughout and with a little more punch in attack would have won by a much bigger margin. Dodds scored both goals, but missed a penalty. Chelsea without Lawton and wingers Paton and Spence, put up a poor forward display. Both teams announced changes, Wainwright, the Everton forward was unfit and Stevenson moved over from inside-left to inside-right. Fielding came into the team at inside left. Chelsea had several changes including Richardson deputising for Lawton. Paton and Spence were unavailable on the Chelsea wing, and their places were taken by Davidson at outside left and Bain at outside right. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders, and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Chelsea;- Medhurst, goal; Winter and Bathgate, backs; Machin, Harris (captain), and Macauley, half-backs; Bain, Walker, Richardson, Goulden, and Davidson, forwards. Referee; Mr. C.G. Appleyard (Rotherham). Everton were the first away with Mcllhatton, and Stevenson combining nicely, but the move ended tamely when Mcllhatton shot weakly into the side netting. Everton kept it up and Dodds beat Harris in a race for possession and got in a strong low shot which Medhurst saved confidently. Everton were in a shooting mood, and Stevenson followed this up with a long shot, but was just wide of the mark. The opening exchanges were all in Everton’s favour and when Mcllhatton put across a dangerous centre Dodds came racing in but was just too late to reach the ball. Chelsea, whose colours clash with those of Everton, turned out in red jerseys. They were unable to get their forwards in action and in the first 10 minutes the only dangerous move to the Everton goal was a free kick from close in. This was cleared without difficulty and away went Everton on the left, Mcllhatton and Stevenson exchanging passes delightfully. The final centre, from Mcllhatton, however, was a little off the mark and Harris had no trouble in clearing his lines. The Blues were outwitting Chelsea in every department and Mcllhatton delighted with several fine runs along the wing, which, however, failed to bring any tangible result.
Stevenson Hits Out.
Stevenson had a terrific drive blocked by a Chelsea defender, and from the rebound Bentham came dashing in with a terrific shot which Medhurst was pleased to see go the wrong side of the post. When Chelsea tried to get through Humphreys was there to repel the attack with a hefty clearance. Eglington took the ball almost to the penalty area before centring with all the Everton forwards well positioned for the final shot, but Macauley relieved a dangerous situation by conceding a fruitless corner. Richardson tried hard to break through for Chelsea, but the Everton backs and Humphreys had the situation well in hand and his shot was wide of the mark. This lack of finish in front of goal was emphasised when Eglington and Mcllhatton after brilliant approach finished up with poorly judged centres. Stevenson tried to make amends with a dangerous header which dropped behind. Harris was making a good job of “policing” Dodds and in his anxiety to keep the ball from the Everton leader almost put through his own goal. An excellent save by Medhurst prevented Everton taking the lead when Mcllhatton crashed in a terrific drive just before half-time.
Half-time; Everton 0, Chelsea 0.
Everton maintained their supremacy and after 11 minutes took a really well-earned lead. Dodds scored a rather easy goal after Eglington had done the spade work. The winger raced for goal after beating Machlin and put in a grand shot which Medhurst could only push forward. Dodds, who had sensed the position, came tearing in to put the ball into the net. Everton so dominated the game that it could not be long before they increased their lead. This they did after 68 minutes when Dodds, snapping up a pass from Mcllhatton, put the ball into the net with a shot which hardly left the ground. On one of the rare occasions when Chelsea threatened danger Walker produced a splendid drive which Sagar turned round the post for a corner. A Stevenson goal was only prevented by Winter, the Chelsea right back, punching the ball over the bar. From a penalty kick Dodds shot straight at Medhurst.
• Burnley Reserves 2, Everton Reserves 1
• Everton “A” 4, Newton YM 1
• Burnley beat Liverpool in the semi-final 1-0, Harrison scoring
EVERTON SHOTS ALL ROUND THE GOAL
April 12, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Dodds Misses Penalty
After A Double
Everton 2, Chelsea Nil
Everton should have had a bagful of goals today. They simply played Chelsea out of the game. But their shooting was not in line with their midfield play. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders, and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Chelsea;- Medhurst, goal; Winter and Bathgate, backs; Machin, Harris (captain), and Macauley, half-backs; Bain, Walker, Richardson, Goulden, and Davidson, forwards. Referee; Mr. C.G. Appleyard (Rotherham). Everton made a surprised change for this match with Chelsea. Fielding returning following his injury at Middlesbrough, taking the place of Stevenson, who moved over to inside right in place of Wainwright, who was not available. The Chelsea side showed several alterations and one missed the pressure of the former Everton player, Lawton. The attendance was much below what we have been used to here, but nevertheless there was a nice crowd, and it saw Everton open in a manner which was promising Mcllhatton had a grand opportunity of chalking up his first goal for his club when he was put through by Stevenson. The Scot, however, hit the side netting. He had another chance a few moments later, but did not hit the ball with any power. Then Chelsea came through and Richardson with a back-header, brought action, from Sagar, who made a competent catch. Dodds showed a surprising turn of speed when he outpaced Bathgate and them delivered an angular shot which Midhurst saved. Everton enjoyed most of the play in the first fifteen minutes and although Richardson and Goulden tried shots they were not the sort to bring about the downfall of the capable Sagar. Nevertheless, it showed that the Pensioners could deliver a blow when the opportunity arose.
Stevenson forced a corner, and Mudhurst had to save from Mcllhatton. Stevenson had a shot charged out and the return –a fast shot by Bentham –passed a yard outside. There was some excellent football for Chelsea were a capable lot in framing an attack. Fielding and Stevenson sent out some glorious passes, and while this had the effect of putting the Chelsea defenders on the spot it did not cause Medhurst any great trouble. Considering how much Everton had been on top it was amazing that they were still without a goal. One of the reasons for this was Harris, the Chelsea centre half. He kept a tight hold on Dodds – in fact he took almost everything that came down, the middle. Nevertheless there were occasions, when even he should not have held the Everton advance. There was one opportunity which could be classed as “missing a sitter.” Stevenson had got the better of three Chelsea defenders and had swung the ball into the goalmouth at the right height, the right pace and the right length for Eglington to have made sure of scoring a goal.
Eglington got too much under the ball which went sailing over the crossbar –a really bad miss. I was still waiting to see Walker do something. We know has great ability, but he displayed little of it today and the honours thus far must go to Everton, who could do everything except shoot accurately. Everton could shoot anywhere but into the goal. The ball simply whistled round and about the goal but it would not go in. Just on the interval Mcllhatton with a great header, brought out a great save by Medhurst. The Chelsea goalkeeper did well to get to the ball, for it was travelling away from him. A minute before half-time Eglington came along with a shot that whizzled just over the angle of the crossbar. This sort of things had been happening all the afternoon. Everton had 75 p.c. of the play, yet were goalless.
Half-time; Everton 0, Chelsea 0.
At 56 minutes Everton got their reward, and although the goal must be credited to Dodds, for it was he who applied the final touch to put the ball into the net it was Eglington who had made all the play. Medhurst could only turn away Eglington’s shot and Dodd’s task was the simple one of tapping the ball over the line.
Considering the names in the Chelsea forward line they had done precious little to cause Everton any great concern. The only thing Sagar had to do in 20 minutes’ play of the second half was cut put a centre from the wings. This will explain I think just how much Everton were on the attack. Goals should have been their portion from such a display. They got a second at the 68th minute when Mcllhatton pushed the ball through for Dodds, who just managed to get his foot to the ball and sheer it quietly just inside the upright.
One of the best endeavours at beating Sagar arrived when Richardson, from far out, tried a surprise shot which Sagar turned outside his post. Whether the ball would have actually gone in or not I cannot say, but Sagar was taking no chances. Mcllhatton offered Stevenson the ball on a plate and the little Irishman calmly hooked it into the goalmouth where the goalkeeper was beaten, but winter saved by using his hands in goalkeeper fashion to turn the ball over the bar. Naturally there was a penalty. This was taken by Dodds who shot straight at Medhurst, who was thus able to save. Everton had further chances. There was one case when Stevenson was sent through by Bentham and it looked all over barring the shouting until Stevenson scooped the ball over the bar. Final; Everton 2, Chelsea 0.
EVERTON MISS CHANCES
April 14, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
But Win Easily
Everton 2, Chelsea 0
Chelsea were beaten only by two goals to nil, but goalkeeper Medhurst should be suffering with lumbago today –through bending his back picking them from the back of the net. It was not that Everton did not shoot, but that they could not find a true line, so instead of being busy Medhurst had a comparatively quiet, afternoon. After a short and sweet display of football craftsmanship Chelsea became ineffective with little to commend them. Even in defence there was no solidity, and the wonder was how they escaped a goal avalanche. Everton could do anything but score for nearly an hour. They cut through at will and made scorable positions, and then cast them to the winds by moderate shooting.
All this time Sagar was enjoying an uninterrupted view of the play for apart from shots from Goulden and Walker, both very ordinary efforts, he had nothing to worry about. It was not until the fifty-sixth minute that Dodds tapped home the ball after Medhurst had pushed away an Eglington effort with difficulty. Twelve minutes later Mcllhatton provided the pass for Dodds to score again. Shortly afterwards a penalty was given against Winter, who saved in goalkeeper fashion from Stevenson. Dodds was offered a “hat-trick” but shot low straight to the goalkeeper. Everton’s forwards were a nippy lot but the great strength lay in the half-back line where Bentham was outstanding, even if little in front of Farrell. Humphreys was a hard master. Eglington had an excellent game as partner to Stevenson and Fielding showed superb ball control. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders, and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Chelsea;- Medhurst, goal; Winter and Bathgate, backs; Machin, Harris (captain), and Macauley, half-backs; Bain, Walker, Richardson, Goulden, and Davidson, forwards. Referee; Mr. C.G. Appleyard (Rotherham).
EASY FOR EVERTON
April 14, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
The Chelsea goal had a charmed life against Everton for shot’s simply whizzed all round their goal, but have a one found its better until 1 minute after the interval. Neither Gouldon nor Walker, recognised as tacticians could line up with Fielding and Stevenson as masters of opening. Honesty Everton should have built up a celling high score against the Pensioners, who had no answer to Everton’s more scinitiating display, which included everything but good shooting, but is it not something to have shots and missed than to never have shot at all? There were drives from every man in the forward line, which naturally included some misses but I began to wonder if they would ever score a goal (writes Stork). Eglington’s pace and dribbling ability was a sore spot to Chelsea, but I am not unmindful of the backing the received from Farrell and Fielding. He beat his half back and Winter in the simplest possible manner, and on the space of a sixpence. Eglington is improving with every game. He made the first goal, for Medhurst was never happy when dealing with his angular shot pushing it out for Dodds to sail in and tap the ball over the line. Dodd’s goal in the records, but Eglington’s goal in point of fact. Mcllhatton’s best work was his pass to Dodds which enabled the centre forward to mark up the second goal, but he had a lean first half yet nearly scored, his first goal for the club when he brought forth a remarkably fine save by Medhurst. Everton’s great strength lay in their middle line. Bentham was nothing short of brilliant in defence and attack, and Farrell was little or nothing behind him, while Humphrey’s “they shall not pass,” attitude snuffed the Chelsea forwards out of the game.
Billy Cook, former Everton Irish international, has given up his job as player-manager to Rhyl, and shortly goes to Norway under the F.A. coaching scheme.
April 14, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton 2-0 victory over Chelsea which came as balm for the Cup wound. Jock Dodds brought his week’s goal total to four by getting two in the space of the minutes in the second half, but again found that Chelsea goalkeeper from West Ham, Medhurst is his bogey man. At Stamford Bridge last fall Medhurst saved a penalty taken by Dodds and he did precisely the same on Saturday to deprive Jock of a “hat-trick.” The two wins of the Blues this week have taken them back into the top half of the table. Our observer at Goodison Park writes “Everton completely outplayed a poor Chelsea side weakened by the absence of stars. In fact, the remarkable thing is that Everton did not win by a packet of goals. With more effective finishing Everton would have done so for Chelsea were made to look anything but a First Division side. Yet at one time we feared that Everton might never score. The inevitable happened, however, and Chelsea gave no semblance of a fight back, Stevenson was Everton’s chief schemer, and Eglington and Mcllhatton delighted with fine raiding which beat Winter and Bathgate time after time. Bentham and Farrell were in brilliant form in nipping Chelsea attacks in the bud and yet maintaining a frequent supply of judicious passes to the forwards and also found time to join in attacks. Sagar, Saunders, Greenhalgh and Humphreys had one of their quietest days, but Fielding schemed splendidly and Dodds came into his own late on after having met with fine opposition from Harris who with Medhurst kept down the score.”
BLUES AT SHEFFIELD
April 18, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton, away to Sheffield United, are up against one of this season’s most puzzling teams. The Blades have put up some grand shows at times, then fallen down unaccountably when the opposition seemed much easier than some they had vanquished. But that’s nine-tenths of the charm of football. United took both points from their earlier visit to Goodison Park, when Everton were having their lean spell. Since then the Blues have shown us football more in keeping with the old traditions, and while it may be expecting too much to anticipate victory at Bramell Lane, where only three clubs have won this season; Everton may manage to divide the spoils. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington.
Everton Res (v. Preston North End at Goodison Park); Jones (JA); Hodgkiss, Watson; Livingstone, Falder, Boyes; Johnson, Grant, Catterick, McPeake, Higgins.
EVERTON RETAINED LIST
April 17, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton today announced their retained and transfer-list. There will be five departures from Goodison Park. No player is given a free transfer. Those whom Everton are prepared to transfer are; Hodgkiss, the full-back signed from Southport last summer; Archer Livingstone, inside-forward or wing half-backs secured from Bury last August, and who played a Scottish representative side during the war, Ted Falder, the tall centre-half, who graduated through the Blues’ junior sides; Harry Finnis wing half-back or full back, also an Everton produce; and Matt McPeake, inside forward or wing half-back signed form Distillery last summer. Every other player is on the retained list and has up to June 14 to resign. There will be many club representatives at Goodison on Saturday to see Everton play Preston North End in the Central League, for four of the five players in the open-to-transfer list will be on duty and so will be under review. Everton still have Wainwright and Jackson inured and so make no change for their visit to Sheffield United on Saturday. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington. Everton Reserves; Jones (JA); Hodgkiss, Watson; Livingstone, Falder, Boyes; Johnson, Grant, Catterick, McPeake, Higgins.
• Everton “B” meet Westhead tomorrow afternoon.
BLUES FACE THE BLADES
April 18, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Jock Dodds leads the Everton attack against the club with which he was made, and he is certain of a warm welcome back to “The Lane.” Jock got a goal when the clubs met at Goodison, and since his return to the tam following injury he has bagged four in three games. One of the most interesting features of the game should be the duel between internationals Forbes –latest Scottish discovery –and Stevenson, inspiration of Ireland, and between Stan Bentham and Jimmy Hagan. Hagan is the danger man to Everton security, and if Bentham can hold him then the Blues will be well on the way to a win which would carry them above the United. This will be my first visit to Bramell-lane since 1939. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington.
BLADES SHOCK ‘BLUES’
April 19, 1947. The Evening Express
Score Twice in the First Five Minutes
Everton have No Luck in Late Rally
Sheffield United’s two goals in the opening five minutes today, proved too much for Everton, who despite playing brilliant football in midfield could not bring conviction in finishing. Even before United scored, Mcllhatton had the easiest chance he will ever have in his life. Everton’s one fault was this lack of conviction in finishing, whereas the Blades snapped up their chances magnificently at a time when the Everton defence was still in the settling down stage. Everton completely dominated the second half, their midfield football being a delight to watch. Hagan was brilliant against fast raiding United forwards who did everything at top speed. The bomb-blasted. Bramell-Lane ground was looking much the worse for wear, but appearing much more so because of the excellent looking turf on the cricket ground which adjoins the playing pitch. Everton’s four internationals from Wednesday’s game were fit, and on the journey we stayed at the Marguis of Granby, Everton’s headquarters for the Cup-tie at Sheffield. Sheffield United;- Smith, goal; Furness and Cox, backs; Jackson, Latham, and Forbes, half-backs; Rickett, Brook, Nightingale, Hagan, and Collindridge, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.C. Greenwood, London. Everton, who should have been a goal up in the first minute, found themselves two goals within five minutes in a most sensational opening, showing deficiency in finishing and lack of adequate cover in defence. The Blues opened sensationally with a four-point attack in which Stevenson, Mcllhatton, Eglington and Dodds participated, and Eglington’s final centre flashed far across to Mcllhatton, who with only Smith to beat from 10 yards, blazed wildly past the far post –a tragic miss.
What A Shock!
The United celebrated their let-off in royal fashion, for within three minutes. Collindridge flashed down the wing and after cleverly eluding Saunders ran up the goal little and slipped the ball neatly into the net behind Sagar. The United kept it up and in the fifth minute a misunderstanding on the part of the Everton defence and the opportunism of Rickett brought a second goal. Sagar came out to field a ball which Greenhalgh left to him, but when Sagar down to pick the ball up Rickett was too quick for him and placed into the vacant goal with his left foot. Mcllhatton shot over as Everton proceeded to play excellent football but without that amazing speed of development which characterised the United. A joyous dribble by Fielding failed because the ball ran too fast for him as he was about to shoot. After some delightful manipulation. Hagan darted through only to find that the far seeing Sagar had dashed out to avert danger. Eglington had a good chance but blazed over and then compensated by going through to centre excellently to Dodds to head inches over the top. Humphreys was magnificent with his first time effort, but the Everton defence never looked settled and escaped when Rickett, with a clear cut opening, drove the ball to touch on the far side of the ground.
Near The Mark
Fielding shot by the post before Rickett centred for Nightingale to head inches wide. Sagar had difficulty in disposing of a shot from Nightingale, but managed to get the ball away and Bentham did the rest, suffering injury in the process. Bentham was able to carry on for a while but after seeing two fine efforts by Dodds prove barren Bentham left the field for attention. After grand combination by Stevenson and Fielding, Eglington cut in with a first time shot which swished just over the top. Half-time; Sheffield United 2, Everton 0.
During the interval I found that Bentham had gone off through temporary blindness but he was able to turnout in the second half. Everton resumed well, the forwards combining cleverly but getting no luck with their finishing. Dodds again earned the plaudits of the former, supporters with some diligent work. Fielding presented Eglington with a goal on a plate and the Irishman raced through unopposed but delayed his shot so long that Smith cleared. Mcllhatton again with only Smith to beat shot straight at the goalkeeper.
Bentham held up Brooks cleverly and then put paid to a raid by Hagan just outside the penalty area. Everton had taken control of the game and Smith did well to save a shot low down from Stevenson. Dodds darted past Latham, and made a great effort when he lobbed the ball over the advancing Smith but unfortunately for him the ball went just too high, and over the top. Nightingale made a good effort with a hook shot which went too high, and Forbes doubled back well to hold off Mcllhatton. A close up free kick to the United was ill used by Forbes. Then Fielding, Dodds and Stevenson combined perfectly to gain a corner which Latham headed away. Dodds shot grazed the bottom of the far post and went the wrong side as Everton staged a fighting rally. Sagar saved from Nightingale and Collindridge but for the most part it was all Everton and definitely they were unfortunate to lose. In the final minute Smith saved under the bar from Dodds.
Final; Sheffield United 2, Everton 0.
• Among Everton’s latest souvenirs on loan are five international caps won by Edgar Chadwick. They are now in the Everton boardroom.
• Mr. Ted Storey, the Everton chief groundsman, today celebrated his 45th birthday with the club.
EARLY SHOCK FOR EVERTON
April 19, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Two Down in Five Minuets
After Missing Great Chance
Sheffield United 2, Everton 0
Two early goals beat Everton and they came after Everton had the chance to strike the first blow, which might have meant a different story would have had to be told. Sheffield United;- Smith, goal; Furness and Cox, backs; Jackson, Latham, and Forbes, half-backs; Rickett, Brook, Nightingale, Hagan, and Collindridge, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.C. Greenwood, London. Everton were soon in dire trouble for within five minutes of the start Sheffield United had scored two goals. The first one to Collindridge at three minutes the second to Rickett at five minutes. When one recalls that Everton should have been a goal in the lead at one minute it only goes to show that chances must be missed.
Great Change Missed
Mcllhatton was handed the chance of a lifetime by Eglington, following the best movement I have seen for some time, but the Scot failed lamentably to accept this grit-offering, and straight from that Sheffield struck their two blows which made Everton’s task a difficult one from the outset. This was indeed a sensational opening, Collingbridge, when taking his goal, slipped neatly past Saunders and then punched the ball behind Sagar into the net. Rickett took advantage of a defensive error when he nipped in to take a ball which Sagar was about to pick up, and with his left foot slapped the ball into the net.
Some of Everton’s forward play was of excellent quality, Mcllhatton shot over and Fielding was also off the mark. The great difference between Everton’s attack and Sheffield United was the speed at which the Sheffield side moved into action, and the Everton defence was often caught napping. Dodds, playing against old colleagues, was causing the United defence quite deal of trouble, and the corners came frequently, but that was as far as Everton got and most of the big thrills of the game were at the other end, where Sagar saved from Collindridge. Hagan and Collindridge worked together splendidly, and much danger came from that quarter although Rickett had another fine chance of gaoling when he shot behind. In attack Everton were quite as good as their opponents, but the United were a much more dangerous lot near a goal, and had it not been for good defensive methods by Humphreys and Sagar more goals would have been their portion.
Out of Luck
Dodds twice went close, and Fielding and Eglington went over the bar. Stevenson, Fielding and Eglington joined hands in an excellent movement which, with the slightest bit of luck, would have brought results. Eglington’s final shot being only inches off the mark. The Blues tested the Sheffield defence pretty strongly without getting any reward.
Half-time; Sheffield United 2, Everton 0.
During the interval I learned that Stan Bentham, who had to leave the field during the first half, had been affected with eye trouble. Temporary blindness came over him and he was unable to see the ball. However, he returned for the second half and Everton were soon on the attack, but shot resulted because the United defence packed the goal so well. Dodds was unable to find a way through and it was eventually left to Fielding to have a shot which however, did not reach the goalkeeper because of the bank of players lined up against him.
United soon found the answer, to Everton’s advances and Collinridge hit the side netting from close range. Some of Everton’s football had been top class, but their finishing was not as good as that of United. Nevertheless I think the Sheffielders were somewhat flattered by their lead, although one could not fault them for earnest endeavour, speed, and their linking-up process. For a lengthy speed Sheffield kept Everton strictly on the defensive, yet they were not able to find another hole through to goal. Hagan had an excellent opportunity of marking up goal number three, but his drive went spinning over the crossbar. Humphreys stood defiant in the Everton defence, and Farrell was always on the look-out for an opportunity to send his left wing away. From his prompting Everton through their left wing, got the ball over to Stevenson who, with a first time effort, forced Smith to save. Fielding was having a grand innings. His ball control was James-like. One could never get away from the fact that there was always a danger when the United moved forward. A foul just outside the Everton penalty area looked like causing trouble, but the Everton defence stood solid and drove the Sheffielders out.
Sheffield Lose Swing
Much of the swing had gone out of Sheffield United, and where they had looked a strong scoring side they now appeared as through they would not score again. This suggests that the Everton defence had got command and to some extent it had, although they were frequently called upon to check damaging-looking advances, which however, came to grief near the penalty area. The free kick for a foul by Saunders did not bring any definite results, and for some time Collindridge curling shot were the only thing that looked serious, but the ball pulled wide. Mcllhatton had found Forbes and Cox a difficult problem; in fact, he rarely got the better of them. He was best when he moved to an inside position. Smith, the Sheffield goalkeeper had a simple task during this half and had scarcely to handle a single drive.
Three Everton misses
Smith came into action when he made two punch away saves from Eglington. Shortly after this Everton almost reduced the lead when Dodds, having beaten the defence tried to place the ball out of reach of Smith. He succeeded in doing this all right, but unfortunately he was just about two inches out of his reckoning and the ball crashed outside the upright. Rickett was only stopped in the nick of time by Greenhalgh and then Mcllhatton, running into the inside left position made an opening which was not accepted. It took some dour defensive play by Everton to hold down the United forwards, who were still keen to shoot, even though their marksmanship was not up to the calibre of the first half. Time was drawing short, and with five minutes remaining for play Everton were given a free kick. Bentham and Mcllhatton got together in a movement which, however petered out. Just on time Mcllhatton provided a centre which Dodds headed into Smith’s hands. Final; Sheffield United 2, Everton 0.
EVERTON RES V PRESTON R
April 19, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton monopolised the play in the early stages and Catterick and Grant had splendid drives saved by Gooch. Preston made periodical raids, and Jones saved a great shot from Garth. After 30 minutes Preston took the lead, Jessop heading past Jones.
Half-time; Everton Res 0, Preston North End Res 1
Preston increased their lead seven minutes after the restart through Garth, but Grant drove in from 20 yards range and gave Gooch no chance. Final; Everton Res 3, Preston North End Res 2.
EVERTON HAD A “BLACK-OUT”
April 21, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
And United Scored Twice
Sheffield United 2, Everton 0
Everton had a black first-five minutes at Bramall Lane during which United scored twice. It might have been a different story if a perfect coring chance had not been fluffed by Mcllhatton before the game was a minute old, Eglington made the perfect centre and the Scot got the ball under control twelve yards from goal and free from interference, but shot wide. Straightaway Sheffield got into top gear with goals by Collindridge and Rickett. For half an hour United were well on top with the Everton defence unsettled. Hagan was the mainspring during Sheffield’s hectic spell, and although they did not score again it needed a dour defence to hold them.
Everton produced some lovely combined movements and might have drawn level, Dodds three times went close and Mcllhatton, Eglington and Fielding all grazed the woodwork. Humphreys’s straight forward kicking and sterling tackling gave Nightingale little chance, and after the fateful five minutes Dodds always kept the defence on tenterhooks. Farrell was powerful in attack and defence, for Bentham who suffered a curious affliction to his eyes had to go off for attention, and was not as good as he can be. He suffered a slight “black-out” and at times was unable to see the ball. He was back for the second half rendering valuable assistance. United, too. Missed some simple chances. Sheffield United;- Smith, goal; Furness and Cox, backs; Jackson, Latham, and Forbes, half-backs; Rickett, Brook, Nightingale, Hagan, and Collindridge, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.C. Greenwood, London.
• Warburton Cup semi-final-Everton “B” 6 Westhead 0
• Liverpool beat Sunderland 1-0, Stubbins.
EVERTON FOR TRANSFER
April 21, 1947. The Evening Express
Everton’s open-to-transfer were under review at Goodison Park on Saturday, where Mr. Harry Mansley Mr. Mansley represented Chester, Mr. Gordon Hunt looked in for Southport interest and Mr. Louis Page came prospecting on behalf of Swindon Town. Ted Falder, the young centre-half, was the man who caught the eye. Watch for development. Everton are just as active in their search for players, and defenders are their main concern. So far most of those watched have come into three categories, namely (1) Not good enough; (2) Good enough, but clubs refuse to part; (3) Good, but not as good as the prices demanded. Size of transfer fees will not stop the Blues if and when they spot the man they want. To see Everton play such joyous football at Bramell-lane on Saturday, where they lost 2-0, convinced me that there is little wrong with the present Blue constitution, unless it be lack of punch in attack. While Everton are assured of a nice, comfortable position about the middle of the League.
They Never Forgive
It was quite a change to be travelling with Everton again after remaining with Liverpool on their now-ended Cup journey, and the Blues did charm me with their delighted midfield football. The Sheffield people rated Everton one of the finest football sides seen there this season and agreed that they never should have lost. Still, it was further proof that the gods of fortune never forgive. Mcllhatton hit the ball hard enough in that the ball hard enough in that first minute when he had only Smith to beat, but so much was he out on his own that he had time enough to have made it a certainty instead of thanking the first-timer. So “Mac” still awaits his goal for the club, and obviously the miss affected him later. Mcllhatton looked really crestfallen when the United dashed right away to take two simple goals in two minutes and win game. The football all through was choice from highly-accomplished teams, one so delicate in touch and tactics, and the other developing a high speed and making pace substitutes for intricacies. Take it from me that apart from Hagan and Forbes Everton were the better team to watch, and throughout the second half were right on top. Pity that the finishing was not quite convincing. Everton’s half backs, with Humphreys the mighty man of the middle, ruled the game, for Bentham and Farrell were splendid. I thought Dodds a fine leader and Fielding the most creative forward unit. If Fielding could be faulted it was a tendency to exploit the right flank too much late on and so neglect the more potent Eglington. Recent experience given Saunders in the reserves, has worked wonders with him and he had a really grand day once he used himself to the flying Collindridge. Everton’s defence took time to settle, but they soon blunted the United “Steel.”
AN EARLY BLOW
April 21, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
There is an old axiom that to get in the first blow sets you on a winning trail, if that be true, then Everton should have beaten Sheffield United on Saturday, for they had the opportunity to delivery a really hefty punch to Sheffield’s pride in the first minute’s play. It is easy to be critical from the side line, but I doubt whether Mcllhatton will ever have a better chance of scoring than he had when Eglington’s centre landed at his feet inside the penalty area. “Mac” had taken up a good position for such an eventually, and without any hazards facing him –only goalkeeper Smith was there –he had a goal-look about him. He smote the ball hard, but it went whizzing outside (writes Stork). The repercussion to that miss was seen in the next four minutes. Sheffield swept forward like a racing wave and Collindridge and Rickett had scored, and thereby set Everton to face a heavy handicap. To give any team a two-goal start is well nigh impossible, as Everton found. They never lost the even tenor of their way in the matter of football artistry –they played some lovely football at times –but they were unable to clear off the deficit. What a costly business that early missed proved to be. Three or more times the thickness of a cigarette paper stood between Everton and goals, so you see the visitors did not take their reverse lying down. Sheffield put all their hope in speed, and while it was disconcerting at times, it only brought out the best in Everton’s defence. Humphreys by his keen tackling and straight-forward kicking saved many a dangerous situation and Farrell was an able lieutenant and more a constructive half-back. Bentham was not his true self. He suffered through affliction for which he cannot account. It was a temporary “black-out” and he was not always able to see the ball. Nevertheless he returned for the second half, and helped to stave off many menacing Sheffield stabs at goal. By comparison Everton’s football was neater and more brainy and all the forwards went close to scoring, particularly Dodds who was unlucky not to pop one or two in against his former colleagues. The United are still one of the fastest teams in the country and if was their blitz tactics which undermined Everton in these hectic minutes when they laid the foundation stone to success.
April 23, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have selected the same team for their home game with Preston North End. Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington.
The Reserve side to visit Bolton will be;- Jones (JA); Hodgkiss, Dugdale; Livingstone, Falder, McPeake; Johnson, Grant, Catterick, Boyes, Higgins.
April 24, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Nominations for places on the boards of directors of Everton Football Club close next Thursday, may 1, and while an election is a possibility of Everton having another election. Naturally, one hopes that 1947 will be a summer without the necessity of elections for Goodison Park has had its fill in the last two years. Retiring by rotation from the Everton board are the Chairman, Mr. W.C. Gibbins, Mr. George Evans, and Mr. W.R (Dickie) Williams. In the past two years Mr. Evans has supported the Shareholders Association, but two weeks ago he severed all connection with this body, and has ranged himself solidity alongside the board. Mr. Evans assures me that he has no wish for an election and definitely will not fight one unless he is driven to it. Consequently if the Shareholders Association feels that it has had enough of elections and does not intend to oppose the retiring directors we many get through peacefully.
EVERTON MAY LEAVE ‘13’
April 25, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall).
Everton tomorrow have a grand opportunity to move away from position No. 13 in the First Division chart. They receive Preston North End at Goodison Park tomorrow. Although the Blues are in the lower half of the table, only five clubs have registered more home victories –Everton have 11- and the fact that they have contrived to provide the thrills and science has kept attendances at a particularly high level. There will be another good gathering to welcome a Preston North End having Williams back at centre-half and with the two young international stars, Andy McLaren and Tom Finney, constituting the right wing. North End are well in the running for one of the top-four positions and if they win they will complete a “double” over Everton at a ground where they always seem to do well. However, if Everton can reproduce the midfield skill and artistry they revealed at Bramell-lane and crown it with greater accuracy in finishing, Preston should be beaten. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington.
PRESTON AT GOODISON
April 25, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton, home to Preston, will be up against a team which plays on lines pretty well akin to their own. Win or lose Jim Taylor’s side can always be relied on not only to play good football themselves, but to let the opposition play it as well. Preston have kept a pretty steady positions in the League table during the second half of the season. Their attack has been rather more penetrative than Everton’s which had some times lost games which should have been won because of lack of marksmanship. The Blues will need to be on the top line in this respect to make sure of both points tomorrow. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington.
TWO SENT OFF AT GOODISON
April 26, 1947, The Liverpool Football Echo
Fielding and Watson in Scene
Blues Call Tune
Everton 2, Preston Nil
Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Preston N.E.; Fairbrother, goals; Watson, and Scott, backs; Shankley, Williams and Hamilton, half-backs; Horton, McLaren, McIntosh, Beattie, and Wilson, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Williams, (Bolton). The first goal of the day came at the seventh minute, and it was to Everton. It was rank bad luck for Shankly who when making a clearance, sliced the ball so badly that he put his goal in dire peril, and Fairbrother had to push the ball over his cross-bar to save the situation. The corner proved fatal, for Eglington placed his flag-kick right to the feet of Dodds who, without hesitation, drove the ball into the net. The Preston defence was not at all sure of itself against an Everton forward line which was full of tricks and enterprising football, and they were frequently at sea in dealing with Everton advances. The North End attack, while showing much ability, was not allowed much scope when it reached the Everton penalty area, yet Horton had one shot, and McLaren was often seen prompting his colleagues with really good passes. McIntosh nearly broke down the Everton defence just after Fairbrother had taken a Dodd’s header in the most nonchalant manner possible. Stevenson and Fielding tickled the spectators fancy when they joined together to outwit the Preston half backs, but like so many prominent movements, it did not bring them into contact with Fairbrother.
McIntosh was the one man who gave Sagar any anxiety. He ran out to the wing to deliver a teasing shot which Sagar leapt high to take. Later McIntosh instead of trying to blaze the ball to Sagar’s body, cleverly hooked it between his legs and almost succeeded, for the ball finally hit the side netting just behind the upright. At the other end Dodds “placed” Mcllhatton, who should have made a shot immediately, instead of which he elected to sweep the ball over to Eglington, who, in turn, scooped the ball across field instead of towards the goal. The Everton defence had an anxious minute when a ball from the wing eluded Sagar, and it was left to Greenhalgh to rush in and clear. At times Preston showed any amount of skill in making attacks and from one of them Horton forced Sagar to make a good clutch on the far side of the goal. Stevenson was brought down just outside the penalty area, but the free kick did not produce any result. Just on the interval McLaren did net the ball for Preston, but he was obviously offside, and the referee saw it. Preston launched another heavy attack at the Everton goal, and Sagar had to fist away as he was challenged. In this action McIntosh was hurt and had to receive attention.
Half-time- Everton 1, Preston North End Nil.
Off The Target
It was Everton’s turn to face the powerful sunshine, and in the first minute of the second half Wilson hooked in a centre which McLaren met on the turn and shot quickly, but Sagar was not to be caught napping Eglington broke away from Shankley and Watson and his centre produced a hullaballoo in the Preston goalmouth. Fairbrother was bowled over by one of his own men and with the goal unguarded Dodds with a well intentioned header, put the ball over the bar. After McLarne had again tested Sagar, Dodds went out on the right wing and then offered Stevenson a chance the forwards preyed for Stevenson was coming up hot foot to make his shot, but he slewed the ball well wide of the target, accomplished by the disappointing groan of the crowd. It was not long, however, before Everton marked up their second goal. Dodds put such pressure on Williams that the North End centre half miskicked the ball badly and Fielding came cruising along to accept the grit offering. He shot well wide of Fairbrother at 57 minutes. Twice Dodds made worthy efforts and at this point Everton were calling the tune.
Two Ordered Off
Mcllhatton shot over, and then Dodds went close again, but Preston were not quite done with, and Wilson came close in and gave Sagar a difficult shot to save. Fairbrother punched away from Eglington and Sagar had to save from Wilson. Then came the unpleasant sight of two players being ordered off, Fielding of Everton, and Watson of Preston. It seemed to me that Watson started the incident. Both went down in a heap and were fighting on the ground. Ultimately Watson was injured. The referee stopped play and after consultation with the linesman both players were ordered to the dressing room. Watson was assisted by his trainer. Final; Everton 2, Preston 0.
BOLTON R. EVERTON R
April 26, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Elvy made a smart one-handed save from Johnson in a dangerous Everton attack. In seven minutes after the restart Jackson equalised from a melee in front of the Everton goal. Bolton attacked hotly, but met a good defence. Final;- Bolton W Res 1, Everton Res 1.
FINE PLAY BY EVERTON
April 26, 1947. The Evening Express
Fielding and Dodds Score
Everton, seeking points to take them into the top half of the League table, met Preston N.E. at Goodison Park today. North End, strengthened by the return of centre half Williams, and with international star McLaren at inside-right, presented the “Blues” with their most formidable opposition at home for several weeks. Preston were without international outside-right Finney. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Preston N.E.; Fairbrother, goals; Watson, and Scott, backs; Shankley, Williams and Hamilton, half-backs; Horton, McLaren, McIntosh, Beattie, and Wilson, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Williams, (Bolton). Everton started on a bright note and ought to have taken the lead in the first minute, but Dodds was slow in getting to Mcllhatton’s centre, and a grand opportunity was lost. Soon afterwards it was Preston’s turn to miss the boat when Beattie, with an open goal in front of him, failed to accept an accurate pass from McIntosh.
Everton were soon on the attacks again, however, and Dodds made amends by giving the Blues the lead after eight minutes. It was a coolly-taken goal, following a corner kick on the left. The ball came to Dodds from a crowd of players in the goalmouth and the centre-forward scored with a well placed shot to the left of Fairbrother. Both sides played fast and attractive football, with Everton slightly superior in constructive play. A. Feature of the early exchanges were the tussle between Jock Dodds and Williams, the Preston centre-half, with honours about even. Only timely intervention by Williams prevented the Everton leader connecting with a fine Mcllhatton centre when well placed. Eglington was showing rate from on the Everton left. When Preston threatened danger, Sagar came out to catch confidently a Horton centre as McIntosh came racing in to connect. Mcllhatton beat Hamilton for speed in a thrilling wing duel, but Fielding blazed the ball high over the bat from the winger’s centre. The Blues however, were well worth their early lead, having taken charge of the game in this half. Just before half-time, McLaren put the ball into the net, but the referee had whistled offside.
Half-time; Everton 1, Preston 0
The second half opened in an exciting way, and Preston had an opportunity of drawing level, but McLaren shot tamely from McIntosh’s centre. Away went Everton, and a dangerous situation was only relieved by Scott conceding a corner. A Dodds header from the corner kick dropped inches behind the bar with Fairbrother well out of his goal. Stevenson missed a glorious chance of increasing Everton’s lead, shooting wide form a Dodds pass with an open goal before him. Everton’s persistent attacking was further rewarded after 59 minutes when Fielding scored a gift goal. Dodds had put the ball up the middle, and Williams should have had no difficulty in clearing, but the centre-half miskicked and the ball went on to the unmarked Fielding, who shot into the net with ease. Preston started the second half with rare dash, but they were unable to keep it up. Dodds went close several times, while a Mcllhatton drive was only inches high of the crossbar. Twelve minutes from the end, Fielding and Watson left the field. There was some show of temper, and the two players were seen to go down heavily in the penalty area. Referee Williams stopped the game and consulted the linesman. Later it was learned that both players had been sent off. Watson was limping. Final; Everton 2, Preston 0. Attendance 26,042.
PRESTON BACKS HARASSED BY JOCK DODDS
April 28, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 2, Preston N.E. 0
Everton’s forwards were more enterprising than Preston’s and had they shot with the same skill they would have doubled their bag. The game attractive without being thrilling, produced an unpleasant happening near the close when Fielding, of Everton, and Watson, the North End full back, were sent off the field. This happened after the pair were locked together on the ground, falling with their arms. The referee did not issue his “marching orders” until he had consulted a linesman. This was the one black spot in a game which produced many excellent rounds of passing and good defence. It was through defensive slips that Everton got their goals. First Dodds scored and the second goal was due to the harassing of Williams by the same player. In his flurry, Williams miskicked badly and Fielding came up to beat Fairbrother.
There was a nervousness about their defence whenever the big Scot was about and he was unlucky not to add to his goal tally. It is a long time since I saw Shankley so easily beaten. He could not match the pace of Eglington and Fielding, and Hamilton likewise could not always find the way to check Stevenson and Mcllhatton. The North End centre-forward was lively and clever, but he found in Humphreys a rare stumbling block. He did however gave Sagar some work, but in the main Preston’s attack was handled with care and ability. After their lapses, the Preston defence stiffened up, yet they were often lucky to escape. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Preston N.E.; Fairbrother, goals; Watson, and Scott, backs; Shankley, Williams and Hamilton, half-backs; Horton, McLaren, McIntosh, Beattie, and Wilson, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Williams, (Bolton).
• Liverpool won 2-1 against Aston Villa, Wakinson, and Fagan and Evans for Villa.
BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
April 28, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Echo
Everton were good value for the point they secured at Bolton. They were indebted for their goal to a splendid long shot by Livingstone from half back. Catterick and Boyes, the pick of Everton’s forwards, found Aspinall the Wanderers centre half in good form, Jackson equalised.
April 28, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
There was some attractive football at Goodison Park even though it was not a thrill-packed encounter. Preston vied with Everton in the matter of high-class football, but the home side were slightly the better tacticians, and undoubtedly the more enterprising (writes Stork). Their forwards at times were dazzling in their finesse and it was not long before I spotted traces of “nerves” among the North End defenders. I have always rated Shankley one of the best wing half backs in the country, but he was forced to play second fiddle against Eglington and Fielding, while Hamilton and Scott were no more successful against the Stevenson-Mcllhatton combine, yet both these players missed simple scoring chances. It was Jock Dodds as much as anyone who harassed the Preston defence into errors, for he was a lively hardworking header, who moved all over the field to spilt open the North End defensive plan. Furthermore he made some astute openings for his colleagues, but where Everton held the whip hand was at half-back. Farrell what a grand player –and Bentham were miles ahead of Shankly and Hamilton who gave their respective challengers too much scope. Neither Horton per Wilson were given the slightest latitude by Farrell and Bentham and if there was danger down the middle, and McIntosh proved himself a clever little fellow –Humphreys took good care of that section of the Preston team. So far as football was concerned there was plenty of it, with Everton the more scintillating and with just ordinary look they would have had more than two goals. Fifteen minutes from the end there came a black spot. Fielding and Watson went aground together. That would have been nothing out of the ordinary but they were punching each other. The referee spoke to both of them, consulted the linesman and the ordered them to the dressing room.
ON THE MARK
April 28, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton apparently got right on the mark in their win over North End for our observer writes;- “The win was the result of attractive midfield play and better finishing than the Blues have shown us for some time. It was unfortunate that the game should have been marred by an incident which resulted in Fielding, the Everton inside-left, and Watson, the Preston right-back being ordered off 12 minutes from the end for the game was crisp and clean with both sides serving up joyful football. Preston however, missed inter-national Finney and were poor in front of goal. The Blues had nothing to learn from North End in the way of football craft, and many of their moves were a delight to watch. “In front of goal Everton were far superior and although there were missed chances their extra goalmouth punch was the reason for a worthy win. Mcllhatton and Eglington were in rare form and Eglington in particularly was excellent. Stevenson showed his old artistry, but let himself down in front of goal. Dodds was less artistic but more powerful, and gave Everton the lead in eight minutes. Fielding clinching it with another in 59 minutes when Williams miskicked –his only error in a great display. Humphreys was grand although Bentham shared half-back honours and the three defenders came through a none-too-exacting game with credit.”
April 30, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton shareholders Association last night decided to nominate Mr. T. Nuttall as a candidate for the Everton board at the forth coming election. Three names were considered –Messrs Nuttall, T. Percy and N. Coffey –and although at one period Mr. Nuttall offered to withdraw in favour of Mr. Percy, he was finally chosen by ballot, by a majority of one. The retiring directors are Meesrs W. Gibbons, (chairman) W.R. Williams, and G. Evans who all offer themselves for re-election. Nominations close tomorrow. A further name may be put forward from another source. Mr. C. Bainforth chairman of the Association, said they were not antagonistic to the Board and did not desire to promote disharmony. Mr. Nuttall expressed the hope that the acrimony which had been apparent of recent years might be swept away. He would like to see better relations between the Board and the Shareholders Association. The success of Everton was all that mattered. This will be the third election Mr. Nuttall has fought. Two years ago he was within five votes in being elected.
NOMINEE FOR EVERTON BOARD
April 30, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Mr. T. C. Nuttall was last night chosen by members of the Everton F.C., Shareholders Association at a special meeting as their nominee for election to the club’s board of directors at the next annual general meeting. The other candidates were Messrs Tom Percy and N. Coffey. The ballot first resulted in a tie between Mr. Nuttall and Mr. Percy a second vote giving Mr. Nuttall a majority of one.