Billy Muir’s Interests.
Sunday Post - Sunday 15 July 1928
A FEW years ago I met at Aintree races —on the day that Jack Horner won the Grand National Steeplechase at 25 to 1 —a gentleman introduced to by Neil M'Bain, of Everton, Billy Muir.” At that time I did not realise that Billy Muir at one time was a famous goalkeeper. I learned soon afterwards, however, that ho had kept goal for no fewer than four leading clubs—Everton, Dundee, Bradford City and Hearts. Billy still keeps up big Hearts’ connection, and frequently meets those other Hearts’ stars, Bobby Walker, and Paddy Crossan, in Edinburgh or Musselburgh. The ex-Hearts goalkeeper is very keen race-goer,” and delights in fraternizing with old players such as Neilly Gibson, James M'Menemy, and J. H. Logan when the Scottish racing circuit is on.
NEW FORWARD FOR NELSON.
Burnley News - Wednesday 18 July 1928
During the week-end inside forward, Thomas Wilkinson, has been signed for Nelson F.C. by Mr. J. English, the manager of the club. Wilkinson who has been on Everton's staff for the past two seasons, is 24 years of age, 5ft 8ins, and weighs 11st 7lb.
A LIFE TIME IN ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL
Athletic News - Monday 30 July 1928
Making Records at 17
Cricket Ambition Which helped to Mould Soccer Career
Mr. Jack Sharp, Everton
Football history contains many a romantic story of the Fates shaping the career of famous players. Mr. Jack Sharp, the cricket and Soccer International, who is now a director of the Everton club, with which he gained practically ever distinction football offers, might have been a Derby County player but for his eagerness to qualify for Lancashire county cricket, in which he began as a professional and ended as an amateur and captain.
Interview by Tee
The average Englishman’s mental picture of a first class all-rounder in sport is a bronzed, sturdily set figure, whose merry smile instantly conveys this message; “I am in perfect health and getting the maximum of pleasure out of life.”
Mr. Sharp, now a director of the club he used to play for in football –Everton is and always has been a model of the type I have described. Love of sport is so deeply ingrained in him that it may be said to be his whole existence. The story of his career shows that nature intended him to have an open-air life – the life of the playing fields –and he entered upon his profession unusually early. At the age of 17 he was creating records as a centre-forward at Hereford with a club named Heresford Thistle, who won the championship of the Bristol and District League at a time when the reserve teams of Aston Villa and Small heath, (forerunners of the present Birmingham clubs were in membership. His elder brother, Bert, was a full-back in the same side, and Jack figured in one of the first representative matches the Bristol League played –against Aston Villa in the season before this great Midland club won the Cup and League championship in 1897. The play of the brothers Sharp so impressed Aston Villa that a year later both were secured by Mr. A.G. Homer, then the Villa assistant secretary and later secretary of Bristol Rovers. At that time Jack was cricket professional to Leyland, the Lancashire club, which was then, and for many seasons afterwards, one of the best club sides in the North, and the arrangement whereby he went to the Villa was made in an interview at Preston. In the following season he made his League debut for the Villa, and figured in about half their first team matches, as a centre-forward. In the following season however, the famous Charlie Athersmith was out of the team through some cause and Jack was tried at outside right. He partnered Jack Devey and took part in nearly a score of matches with the first team, but Athersmith’s return led him to the conclusion that he had no prospects with the club and he joined Everton. He chose Everton for a two-fold reason. One was that the club wished to secure his services and the other he explained as follows;
“I had cricket in view as well. I had made up my mind to qualify for Lancashire. But for this cricket ambition I should have joined Derby County, who wanted Bert and I to play for them. “We had practically arranged to go to Derby, and were to have met their officials at Birmingham to talk the matter over, but a friend of ours had been in communication with Everton.
Why Derby “Missed” Us.
“I think it was the very same day that we should have met the Derby officials that Everton came to the Villa ground and secured our transfers. Mr. Harry Newbould, then Derby County’s secretary, was very sore about it. “He had never dreamt of missing us, and no more had we any thought of the likelihood of joining Everton until this rapid development. “I was with Everton eleven seasons and Bert about a couple, after which he joined Southampton. In my first season at Goodison Park I was chosen to play for the League against the Irish League, and ultimately I secured every distinction in the game except that of playing in an inter-League match against Scotland. “I was always pretty fast, and won dozens of prizes as a boy. When I joined the Villa we used to do a lot of sprinting, and Athersmith, the fastest footballer of his time, used to give me one and a half-yards start in seventy, I beat him fairly often.
Never In Second Team
“My first League match was for the Villa against Bolton Wanderers, and I got two of three goals for our side. I was centre forward then, and J.W. Sutcliffe was the Wanderers goalkeeper I think he was as good a goalkeeper as ever played. “My two international appearances were in 1903 and 1905. I played inside right against Ireland at Wolverhampton, and outside right against Scotland at the Crystal Palace. The change of position was not a handicap on account of my earlier experience as an inside forward, but I was outside right in my three inter-League games –all against Ireland. “The reason why I did not play against Scotland in an inter-League match was that I broke down in a Cup replay in mid-week at Bolton. That was in the year Everton won the Cup -1906. “The worst accident I ever had in football was when playing against Everton for the Villa. In trying to push the ball out to a wing man I kicked under the foot of D. Storrier, Everton’s left back, and though I played throughout the match my instep was so badly damaged that I could not put my foot on the ground for a fortnight afterwards. “Throughout my eleven years with Everton I never played in the second team. Although I played in about 400 matches for the Club.” (To be Continued).
July 31 st 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
Players of the Everton club report for training at Goodison Park this morning, but serious work will not begin until tomorrow.
A LIFE TIME IN ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL
Athletic News - Monday 06 August 1928
Cup Final Blunder
Forward Change which Upset a Whole Team
Mr. Jack Sharp Everton
In the course of his career as Everton’s outside right for more than a decade, Mr. Jack Sharp, now a director of the Goodison club, gained every kind of distinction the game contains for players. The comments and comparisons he makes in continuing his story of a lifetime in Association football, are therefore, of uncommon interest, especially in their bearing on present-day football and training.
Interview by Tee.
I think the best team Everton had during my eleven seasons as a player at Goodison Park was in 1905, the season in which Aston Villa beat us in the Cup semi-final at Nottingham, after a draw at Stoke. We were all over the Villa on that occasion. The team at that time was;- L.R. Roose; Balmer, Crelley; Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and H.P Hardman.
In the same season Newcastle United beat us by one point for the League championship. Everton were unfortunate to be so beaten, as the championship would have been theirs but for he abandonment through fog of a match at Woolwich in which they were leading 3-1 when the game was stopped seven minutes from time. Woolwich won 1-0 in the replay. That was the year in which I was capped against Scotland. Our forwards and half-backs were a fine blend and altogether that team was a better one than that which won the Cup for Everton in 1906, though it was practically the same side in personnel. Everton have always maintained a good standard of football. You may be curious to know how that has come about. Well, my explanation of it is that they look at a man’s character before they take him on. Everton play good, clean football, and the club’s traditions in that respect are like those of Aston Villa and Newcastle United –as being amongst the most scientific and cleaned sides in the game.
“An Awful Blunder.”
We lost in the Cup Final with Sheffield Wednesday through an error of tactics in team selection. Wilson was left out of the side because he would not re-sign for the following season, and the players were very sore about it. We were training at Chingford for the Final, and the leaving out of Wilson was much discussed. He had played in all the other Cup-ties as partner to Hardman, while Jimmy Settle had been my partner on the other wing. It was an awful blunder to leave Wilson out, as it not only weakened the team but affected its morale. I feel sure we would have beaten the Wednesday if we had had our bst team out. Many people will remember that sensational opening 1905-06 on the hottest day ever known in football. On that September day several of the Manchester City players collapsed, overcome by the heat, in the match with Woolwich Arsenal at Hyde-road. We were playing at Middlesbrough that day, and on the morning of the match our trainer bought silk handkerchiefs for us to wrap round our necks to prevent our getting sunstroke while playing. Ten of the team got one, but “Bill” Scott, the goalkeeper, brother of Elisha Scott, did not. He, of course, could wear a cap, but he wanted a handkerchief when he saw the others, and made the laconic remark by way of complaint, “Doesn’t the sun shine on me as well?” In that same week-end, on the Monday night, we played Manchester City. I don’t know how many men who figured in their “Sunstroke” match on the Saturday played against us, but I remember we won 9-1. The late “Billy” Foulke, the goalkeeper of gigantic girth, was an old football pal of mine. One of my memories of him is that after the ball had passed outside the goal he picked me up after I had run into goal and then dropped me on the floor as if I were a mere child. No, “Bill” did not get many buffetings. He knew how to take care of himself against forwards who tried to take him by storm.
Game Not Better
I think the type of men who play football has improved somewhat of late years, but I do not think the quality of football has altered for the better. The men who were not so well educated were better players than the moderns; they had football minds. If their brains were in their feet, as the saying goes, they knew how to use them; they thought about nothing else but the game. Everton did well in the Cup-ties for a long time, and thus we got acclimatized to big matches. Consequently we were never nervous, at any rate, I never saw any signs of nervousness, so I cannot tell any stories of players being unable to lace their boots through excitement! In my last match, in which Barnsley beat us 3-0 at Old Trafford in the semi-final of the Cup in 1910 after a goalless draw at Leeds, two penalty kicks were awarded and wasted before anything was scored. The first was awarded to Barnsley and Tom Boyle took it and missed. Then we were awarded one, and I was deputed to take it. I fared no better than Boyle, but if I had scored I think we would have won. The side that gets the first goal is the one that you may expect to win any big-Cup-tie.
Increase of Barracking
In addition to football and cricket I have played a lot of golf, and, of course, still play it. During Everton’s special training we had some very good times at South Shore, Blackpool, and we had a lot of putting practice on the sands. One day while we were playing I said; “This is our last today. I’ll go first,” I holed my putt from forty yards, whereupon Tom Booth, Kitchen, and Settle threw their money down on the sand –we were playing for a small stake –and departed in disgust. Tom Booth was our best billiards player, one of the best cueists ever known in football in fact, and, as most people know, he reached the semi-final of the English amateur Championship not long ago. But he didn’t always win our billiards handicaps; I won a few. In the old days we never got the personal barracking players seems to get nowadays. Yet I do not think spectators are nearly so enthusiastic about football generally as they used to be. In the old Crystal Palace days, crowds were full of enthusiasm, and the same remark applied to crowds at local “Derbies.” They used to work themselves up into a state of feverish anticipation two or three weeks ahead of the match and derived great enjoyment from this intimate interest in the teams and the fixtures; now it seems altogether different although the crowds are bigger.
Ideal “Final” Ground
In the last year or two the game has improved a lot compared with what it was for a year or two before that. Then it was very poor stuff through players playing too fast without ball control. The present Everton team plays more like the old one than any it has had in the meantime. Cup finals ought to be much more attractive from a football standpoint than they were at the Crystal Palace where, nine times out of ten, the ground was like cast-iron. It is impossible to play good football on that kind of pitch, but at Wembley the Final is played on absolutely perfect turf. That is a tremendous advantage to the players, and that is why we saw a better final this year. Players cannot be expected to finesse in a Cup Final when the ball won’t come down to their feet. It is a curious coincidence that the first match I ever saw in which first-class teams figured was between Aston Villa and Everton. That was in the Cup Final in the year before I joined the Villa. These were the clubs between which I was destined to spend the whole of my career in first class football. I played cricket with Lancashire continuously from 1899 to 1925, and was captain in my last three years, and for the last few years I have been a director of Everton.
More Ball Practice
The finest centre-forward I saw during my playing career was G.O. Smith. He is the only centre-forward comparable with “Dixie” Dean. He was tall, but he had not the physique of Dean, whom I consider to be the “finest of all time,” especially with his head. Bert Freeman required less help from anybody else than any centre, I have seen, and used to “place” his scoring shots instead of shooting hard. He was a wonderful match winner. The new off-side rule is a good idea. It has made the action of the game more continuous. Wingmen have a much better opportunity than those in the old days, and some of them ought to get a lot more goals than they do. They do not cut in for goal as much as they should, but them they do not seem to be as speedy runners as wingmen used to be. I think ball practice is going to be employed more. Some clubs seem to employed more. Some clubs seem to think it makes for staleness, but I think a fair amount of it makes the players keener, and it certainly gives them better ball control. In my time we had plenty of it.
EVERTON CRICKET WIN.
August 9 th 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
VISIT TO ELLESERE PORT.
Everton footballers played Ellesmere Port last evening, when they played the Mersey Iron works at Cricket. Prior to the game the players were entertained by the management of the Queen's cinema, and afterwards took tea at the Mersey Ironworks in stitute. Outstanding in the batting list for Everton were T. White (39) and H. hardy (27), while WR. Dean knocked up 14. He captured four wickets for 34 runs. G. Davies, who was 26 not out, and took 4 wickets for 16, was the star man of the Ironwork side. After the match an imprudence was held at the institute, while the directors and officials played bows. The Cricket scores, Everton, A. Davies, c and b G Davies, E. Jones c and b Raybould 3, T. White b Davies 39, A. Virr b Raybould 0, T. Lewis b Raybould 0, H. hardy ran out 27, WR. Dean c Grifiths b bell 14, J. O'Donnell b Davies 4, D. Bain b Davies 0, W. Cresswell not out 2, W. Rooney b Bell 7, Extras 5. Total 101. Mersey Ironworks, E. Griffiths c Cresswell b Virr 2, F. Worrall b Dean 0, J. Birkett b Dean 0, FG. Mills b Dean 1, HG Bell c Lewis b Dean 3, G. Davies not out 26, R. Smith ran out 5, V. Percial b Virr 0, H. Williams Ibw b Virr 5, C. Raybould c Dean b Jones 18, A. cruise c Bain b Jones 0, Extras 2. Total 62. Bowls-Mersey Ironworks A. Virr 3 for 26, WR Dean 4 for 34, A. Jones 2 for 0. Everton, G Davies 4 for 16, C Raybould 3 for 27.
17,000 THRILLED AT GOODISON PARK TRIAL MATCH.
August 14 th 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
DEAN SCORERS TWO FOR THE BLUES
CRITCHLEY'S COUPLE COMPLETES WHITES DISCOMFORTURE
BLUES 4 WHITES 0
The 17,000 people who congregated at Goodison park last evening to witness the first public practice match of the Everton club were well rewarded for their trouble, if thrills were the chief object of their visit. Incidentally, the playing pitch looked as good a condition as the 22 men who participated, in the enjoyable accounts in which the Blues –comprising last year's champions, with the substitution of the famous Jimmy Dunn at inside-right for Martin –defeated the Whites or Reserves, comparatively easily. Thrills there was in plenty, and despite the score, they occurred at both ends of the field, but whereas the Blues were able to take advantage of their opportunities, the Whites appeared to be in a maze whenever they were within in shooting range, which was pretty often, especially in the second half when the Blues eased up with an advantage of three goals obtained before the chance over.
FOOTBALL'S HALL MARK.
Naturally, chief interest centred on the appearance of Dunn, one of the man, who helped Scotland to nip the English rose “in the bud” at Wembley last season, and they went home convinced that in this diminutive auburn –haired Scot the champions had found a man with football written all over him. This was only a trial game, it is true, but football in a main, just the same as truth in all walk of life will out. Possessed of a most deceptive body swerve, he manipulates the ball with rare skill, and passes with extreme delicacy. Quick to size up a situation, he passed last evening to the right man nine times out of ten, and with this link in the chain (that was missing for a greater part of last campaign) fully forgot, it was no wonder that Dean and company had a merry time, much to the discomfiture of the White's defence. Dunn will fit in splendidly with the Goodison scheme of things.
The remainder of the team played, without exerting themselves, as well as one would expect from the men who carried off the championship. Critchley appears to have improved, particularly in regard to his centring, and he scored two lovely goals with quick shots out on the right which completely deceived Davies.
THE DEAN TOUCH.
As one would expect, Dean obtained the two other points, and also treated there spectators to some of those typical touches of his which really brought the League Cup to Liverpool. Weldon played at his best, except when it came to shooting, and here he could not find his mark. One of the features of the encounter was the half-back work generally. Both lines operated as smoothly as velvet and, though it seems invidious to particularise, one would perhaps select Hunter Hart, Rooney and Bain as the picks. Hardy, faced with the somewhat impetuous White forwards, had a merry time, but he reveled in his work and brought off one or two really magnificent saves. The finishing of the Reserve attackers left a lot to be desired, but they occasionally were well on the target and two saves from White early in the second half were particularly good.
WHITES' DEFENCE GOOD .
The Whites' defence was good and of the forwards the wingers, Meston and Martin were the pick. Stein did not have many opportunities, but he has a tricky hanging centre, which will upset many a defence. Forshaw's work was stamped with euteness, and only fault was when in the penalty area. Honestly he missed what the prophet would describe as “sitters.” A word of praise for the Blues backs, Cresswell and O'Donnell, is also due. They played “into each others hands” perfectly, and took a deal of out-witting. Teams: - Blues: - Hardy, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart, and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Weldon and Troup. Whites: - Davies, goal, Common and Kennedy (captain), backs, Rooney, Griffiths, and Bain, half-backs Meston, Forshaw, White, Martin, and Stein, forwards.
DEAN'S FOUR WICKETS
August 15 th 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
A large crowd witnessed the opening of the two evening match between Everton footballers and Clubmoor C.C. The latter, batting first, were accounted for a total of 72. Dean and Virr each took four wickets for 23 and 20 runs respectively, while their colleagues A. Jones and Davies also secured one a piece for seven and twenty respectively. J. Harling for Clubmoor made the best stand, 29 runs, which included five four's. Everton went in for about twenty minutes, and compiled twelve runs for the loss of two wickets. The innings will be resumed tonight at 6-30.
FOOTBALLERS TAKE TO THE SMALL BALL.
August 16 th 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton footballers against Clubmoor C.C, at Maiden-lane Clubmoor, Everton resumed their innings last evening, Clubmoor having been dispensed with for 72 the previous night. Everton made 60, to which “Dixie” Dean contributed 19 (Top score) and T. White 16.
RITCHIE GOES TO EVERTON PARTNERSHIP WITH DUNN RENEWED
Dundee Courier - Saturday 18 August 1928
Arbroath Half Fixed by Forfar
Negotiations with Everton for the transfer of Harry Ritchie, the Hibernian international out- side right, were completed yesterday, and Ritchie will play in the Everton trial match to-day. Ritchie was signed as outside-left from the junior Perth Violet, but in his early days with Hibernians he did not fulfil expectations. Subsequently he was given a trial in the outside right position, and became success immediately. Through time he was joined by Dunn, and there was evolved from the association of the pair one of the best right wings Hibernians ever had. Ritchie has been honored both the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish League, and one of his best displays in representative match was given against Ireland at Firhill last season, when he was partnered by his club mate, Dunn, whom he joins again at Everton.
August 18 th 192. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton made a notable capture yesterday on Harry Ritchie, the Hibernian outside right who has join his old clubmate Jimmy Dunn at Goodison Park. For some years the pair were in partnership on the Hiberian right-wing and were regarded as one of the finest wings in the Scottish league. When Everton secured Dunn, near the close of last season they were prepared to take Ritchie as well. The Hibernians officials wanted to retain Ritchie, who transfer was sought by several clubs, but he desired a change, Ritchie who gained international honours against Wales in 1923, and Ireland last season, would have gained more caps but for the excellent of Jackson off Huddersfield Town. He will add weight to the Everton attack, for he stands 5 feet 8 and half inches, and weights 12 stone 5 lbs. Last season he played in twenty-five league matches for the Hibernains and scored three goals. Dunn figured in twenty-seven games for the Scottish club and scored eight goals. Everton will thus have four Scottish forwards and England's centrel forward in dean as their leader. We shall have an opportunity of seeing Ritchie to-day, as I understand he will take part in Everton's second trail, which starts at 3-15pm. Another interesting appearance will be that Forshaw as half-back.
EVERTON'S FAMOUS SCOTISH WING IN ACTION
August 20 th 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
RITCHIE FUTURE MENACE OF LEFT-BACK
DEBUT AT GOODISON PARK AFTER NIGHT JOURNAY
BLUES 7 WHITES 4
Goals! Goals! And goals galore! This was the state of affairs at the final practice match of the Everton club at Goodison Park on Saturday, when 20,000 people congregated to witness the debut of Harry Ritchie, the latest recuirt from the Hibernian Club. Ritchie, who played under the disadvantage of being undergone the trying experience of a long journey from Scotland, partnered his clubmate Jimmy Dunn, on the right-wing of the Blues –or probable first team, who, by dint and somewhat elaborate football, enthusiastic, and willing, rivals, the Whites –by seven to four. It was a game worth going a long way to watch for, whereas one side relied on the scientific side of the art of football –and there certainly is a distinct art about the game –the other played and they meant it and at times were putting it all in.
There was one conclusion to which all came at the termination of the “friendly” affair. This was that the champions should with that element of good fortune which always follows a successful team, be in the same position as that in which they left off last season. Then of course, there is always a visit to Wembley as a more to remote contingency. Ritchie without setting the Mersey afire, gave me the impression that he will prove a decided much to a large percentage of the left backs in the premier division. He is a player likely to improve vastly on they acquaintance with his colleagues, for the sure football brain was always in evidence, and while he might not have been the dominant figure in the trial, his powers were always asserting themselves. His usefulness lies in the fact that he can use both feet with equal effect, consequently there is no need for him to drag the ball back from his position before delivering his centres, and take up correct positions, he is ever ready if the right pass –he received many from the foot of Dunn and Dean –and is away like a strike of lighting.
WELL OILED MACHINE.
The Blues worked as smoothly as a well oil-machine, and they will certainly be shaking up at Bolton on Saturday. Still, the Whites were not to be sneezed at, for there were those in the side whose undoubtlability claimed a lot of attention. Particularly does this apply to the versatile on the extreme left, Stein will go a long way in the game, especially if he has such a good partner as Martin with him.
The goalkeeper's did well, also the respective halves while the classic touches of Weldon and Troup on the Blues left conveyed to one vision, a happy future. Alec Troup secured three goals for the Blues, the others being scored by Dean (2) and Dunn. For the Whites White and Stein equally shared the goals for the losers, who performed better them the score suggest. Teams: - Blues: - Hardy, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly Hart and Virr half-backs, Ritchie, Dunn, Dean, Weldon and Troup, forwards. Whites:- Davies, goal, Common and Kennedy (captain), backs, Forhsaw, Griffiths, and Rooney, half-backs, Critchley, Jones, White, Martin and Stein, forwards.
HOW EVERTON SURVIVED
August 21 st 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
MR. CUFF AND THE HORRORS OF THE PAST.
“In an arduous and strenuous conflict, in which our players won the championship, there were three contributory factors or fundamental principles, namely all-round ability in the part of the players, team spirit, and consistency.” So said Mr. W.C.Cuff, chairman of the Everton Club, in proposing the health of the players of the club, who were responsible for there winning of the football League championship at a celebration dinner, given by the directors to the players and shareholders of the club at the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool last night. Mr. Cuff, who was supported by his fellow directors Mr. John McKenna, Mr. W. Cartwright, and Mr. Harry (Liverpool A.F.C) and Mr. F. Jones, and Mr. Ledsham (Tranmere Rovers), presided over a company bordering 200.
THE CHOSEN LEADER.
“Little more than a year ago” said Mr. Cuff, “ the club wound up a season of the greatest possible anxiety –through misfortune we were in the danger zone. That anxiety took a great deal of removing. Yet, through the year, the directors were confident that their players had that necessary ability to take them away from that horror, and so we discussed the personnel of the team and decided to appoint one of the players as leader of the team. “We picked on Warnesford Cresswell, and the team had a good captain and the captain had a good team. That confidence in the players has been fully and amply vindicated. The players responded nobly and well and they broke away from the bogy, which was following them. They proceeded to give a remarkable display of clever and attractive football. “I think the appearance of things, without egotism, gives reasonable hope for further victories and success in the near future. I believe that there are further honours within the grasp of the club.
PRESENTATION OF MEDALS.
Mr. John McKenna after presenting football league medals to Taylor, Cresswell, O'Donnell, Kelly, Hart Virr, Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, and special medals to Mr. Cooke (Training) and Mr. Tom McIntosh (Secretary), and Martin and Davies said; “I wish the team god0speed in the next season. No one will be more pleased than, I to present the cup to Everton next year if they are the best team. It requires the team spirit and unanimity of the players to make that possible. In presenting Dean with his medal Mr. McKenna said; “You have made your mark in football, and I do not know whether all your hats fir you but, believe me, I would try and keep your head the size of your hat. I wish you all the success in the future that you have had in the past. Mr. W. Cresswell, replying on behalf of the players, Said; “It is a pleasure to be the captain of the Everton team. Last season was the best season I have had in football, both socially and from a playing point of view. I hope I have the self same honour next year, if not for the League medal and Cup, the other Cup will do. I hope that for the sake of the Everton Club.
EVERTON'S NEW WING
August 23 rd 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
RITCHIE AND DUNN TO PLAY AT BOLTON.
Everton are playing their new Scottish right against Bolton Wanderers at Bolton on Saturday when Goodison Park eleven will be: - Davies, Cresswell, O'Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr; Ritchie, Dunn, Dean, Weldon and Troup. Reserve Forshaw. Bolton Wanderers will be represented by Pym; Howarth, Finney; Cope Round, Nuttall; Butler, D. Jack, McClelland, Gibson, and Murphy. The Everton Reserves team to meet the Wednesday Reserves at Goodison park will be: - Hardy; Common, Kennedy; Bain, Griffiths, Rooney; Critchley, Jones, White, Martin, and Stein.
Everton have been given permission by the F.A. to present Souvenir to the directors, upon the attainment of the jubilee of the club.
DAVIE RAITT'S TRANSFER.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Friday 24 August 1928
Deal Between Everton and Blackburn Rovers.
Davie Raitt, the ex-Dundee-Everton back, will probably play for Blackburn Rovers next season. Negotiations for the transfer have been going on for some time, and the deal between the clubs is practically completed. Raitt left Dundee this morning to interview the Rovers management, and he will likely be fixed up tomorrow. Everton transfer fee was in the region of 500.
THE CHAMPION FEELING.
August 25 th 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
Then we will have Everton taking the field as champions in championship frame of mind at Burnden Park, Bolton. Each man determined to make the club's jubilee year a shinning one. The Bolton club, by the way, are opening a new stand, but of this more anon. Everyone will be anxious to see how Ritchie and Dunn, the new Scottish right wing secured by Everton at great cost, will make their debut, that is, as on Everton wing pair. Whether Everton's expenditure on the twain is likely to be justified will be indicated today.
ALEC LATTA DEAD
August 25 th 1928. The Liverpool Echo
Alec Latta the famous old Everton footballer, died this morning, after an illness of some months. Alec Latta was famous with the Goodison Park when they were housed at Anfield. He was one of a famous line of forwards whose games were chanted of by devotees of the game with a regularity that showed the popularity and skill of the line, when one spoke of Everton of the old days, one said,” his was the greatest forward line, remember –Latta, Brady, Geary, Chadwick and Milward. Alec Latta was visited yesterday by Bert Cooke the Tranmere Rovers Secretary. Latta and Nick Ross for years had a feud, and old-stages will well remember the days when each used to change the other. Latta's twelve stones and good complexion, plus his height, made him stand out as a very bold figure on a football field, and his renewed nature led to him not being found out when he perpetrated a tricke upon the critic who went with Everton in the old days. Latta was a builder, and used to work at Hoylake on his own account, but in later days he worked for A. Rutherford and Co shipbuilders.
BOLTON WANDERERS 2 EVERTON 3 (Game 1269)
August 27 th 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON AND THE DOUBLE.
CHAMPIONSHIP AGAIN AND THE F.A. CUP ?
Two things were proved beyond the shadow of a doubt by the brilliant initial victory of Everton over Bolton Wanderers, at Burden Park, Bolton by the odd goal in five. The first was that Dean is once more going to be a menace to all opposing defence, and the second was that the Blues are bound to make a bold bid for the championship again and –who knows? –the F.A. Cup also. Let it be stated, first of all, that the champions, playing like a team worthy of the name, thoroughly deserved to bring away both points. Their magnificent performance was the direct outcome of highly scientific football applied with the maximum of speed and the minimum of effort. Then of course, it was a personal triumph for Dean, who players at the top of his form. To go away from him on the first day of a season and register a “hat-trick” is a feat rarely equalled. He obtained his three goals in excellent style, seizing his opportunities in a trice and applying the necessary touches –two shots were slightly more than touches –before anyone realised he was doing so pulling together. Every man in the Everton side pulled his weight for the welfare of the side and not personal glory. The game was productive of an exceedingly high standard of football, especially in the first half when each side was striving might and main to delivery the first effective blow which often wins a match. Incidentally this was exactly the case in this instance, for when Dean took over that beautiful ground pass from Weldon and beat Pym, the Wanderers, who had been enjoying perhaps a shade more of the play them the Blues, became desperate, and with that desperation came the consequent deterioration in play. Both attacks were good, although that of the Blues collaborated with greater precision, but at half-back the champions had a pull. Kelly, Hart, and Virr operated magnificently, and while being grim and tenacious in their destructive play, they gave the forwards that measure of support which is an essential to success. Round, the Bolton centre-half appeared to have one mission –that of watching Dean. He discharged this, work all right for the first 20 minutes, but than began to find the task difficult and his subsequent endeavours were a shade too elementary to prove of much use against such droughty rivals. The second of the winner's goals was the direct result of a flagrant error on his part.
DUNN AND RITCHIE.
It was not the fault of Dunn and Ritchie, the Blues' new right-wing pair that they were not more in the picture than was the case for play for the most part, ran out on the left, so that opportunities to shine were few and far between. Dunn however, showed that he is a player who believes in making the ball do the work, and many of the most deadly of the champions thrusts could be traced back to his astute initiation. Ritchie, when he was able, delivered his centres with absolute exactitude, and his corner-kicking could not have been better. Cresswell stood out as the finest defender on the field. O'Donnell, too, invariably proved too good for his tricky Bolton right-wing, and Davies infused confidence by his clever work in goal. Dean's best supporter, if there was one out standing, was Alec Troup. Weldon was another who had the happy knack of doing the right thing at the right moment. Dean obtained one goal in the first half and two in the second, and Gibson who with David Jack scored the distinction of being the best Bolton forwards, scored both the home points. Each of the 33,385 people on the ground must have agreed that the champions gained their first rewards. Teams: - Bolton Wanderers: - Pym, goal, Howarth and Finney, backs, Cope, Round and Nuttall, half-backs, Butler, David Jack, McClelland, Gibson, and Murphy, forwards. Everton: - Davies goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell backs, Kelly Hart and Virr half-backs, Ritchie, Dunn, Dean, Weldon and Troup, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES 0
August 27 th 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 1)
Everton gave an impression display against the Wednesday at Goodison Park. The defence was strong and a polished front line was backed up by half-backs who were skilful in every phase of the game. Jones secured from Bournemouth towards the end of last season was the outstanding forward on view. Martin made a fine partner for Stein who scored the opening goal with a fierce oblique shot. The other goals were obtained by White during the second half . Everton: - Hardy goal, Common and Kennedy (captain) backs, Bain, Griffiths and Rooney half-backs, Critchley, Jones, White, Martin and Stein, forwards.
DAVID RAITT TO BLACKBURN ROVERS
August 27 th 1928. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Blackburn Rovers have signed David Raitt who has been with Everton for the past six seasons as fullback the amount of the transfer fee is not stated. Raitt rendered good service to Everton, who obtained his transfer from Dundee.
ALEC LATTA'S FUNERAL.
August 27 th 1928. The Liverpool Echo
Alec Latta, the famous old-timer, who died on Saturday aged sixty-years, would have celebrated another birthday next month. He was an able man in football and business left, and for a spell it twenty years he was highly respected in the ship-repairing world, being a manager of Rutherford's during that period. The funeral is tomorrow at 3 0'clock at Bebington cemetery.
EVERTON 0 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0 (Game 1270)
August 30 th 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
NO GOALS AT GOODISON PARK.
WEDNESDAY SHOW HOW THEY ESCAPED RELEGATION
Naturally, it was just a trifle disappointing to the Everton supporters that the champions did not apply the hung, drawn and quartered touch to the Wednesday at Goodison Park last evening, especially in view of the Blues' excellent display at Burnden Park a few days ago, but there was not one of the 40,000 people present who would, in the true, sense of sportsmanship, deny the Sheffielders their points. It was a case of credit and where credit is due, and the visitors played well enough to merit that one point, and so preserve their unbeaten record –they have gave a dozen matches now without tasting the bitterness of defeat. Alec Jackson the former Huddersfield and Scotland outside right was among the watches. One thing was revealed to the watchers, and that was how the Wednesday escaped relegation last season when their task appeared hopeless. They are an enthusiastic, purposeful and talented combination let that sink in, and one will come to realise how it was that the Blues failed to bring about their downfall last night. It must not be inferred that Everton played badly –one must gave that they did not reproduce their Bolton form, but the fact was that the Wednesday set out at the start to prove that they were as good as his master, and that they succeeded in their mission was due to themselves and hardly to the Blues.
The first half was Everton's. There is no gain –saying this, for the Sheffield goal underwent half-a-dozen escapes, so narrow that the breadth of a hair would have made all the difference in the world. Credit goes to Brown –one of the finest goalkeeper's in the country –for preserving a clean sheet for the visitors, even though his backs and halves contributed to the outwitting of the astute and willing Everton forwards. Everton, as stated, enjoyed the better of the first half but the palm subsequently went to the visitors. This was due to the fact that the home intermediates were so busy watching the sprightly, ever-ready visiting forwards that they forgot to provide their own attackers with those delicious, bottle-feeding passes which were one of the reasons why Bolton failed in their first home match. Another contributory factor was that dean, fresh from his initial “hat-trick” was watched much the same as a terrier watches a rat. Kean walked on his heels from start to the final whistle, and even when Kean lost track of the elusive Everton leader, Blenkinsopp and Walker were there to apply the closure to any individual burst, which “Dixie” contemplated. There were many thrills, for almost every minute some intricate and dangerous more was being put into action in one or other of the goalmouth's. Dean played as well as he could do in the circumstances –the circumstances being his shadows –but he find in one shot that would have beaten any goalkeeper in the country in the opening half. Veering to the right, he shot from an acute angle, and Brown, with surprising anticipation, flung himself out and pushed it away from a corner.
DUNN HITS A POST.
Dunn, who, incidentally was the outstanding forward on the field also had hard luck with a glorious drive from 30 yards' range, which struck the far post with Brown all at sea. Everyone expected Dunn to give to Troup, but a deceptive body swerve and lighting shot dumb founded everyone. The game was always interesting, but the machinations of the tunes were not as smooth as one hoped. The truth is that the rear divisions were so concerned with foiling the visitors that they forget they had men in front who could have relieved them by attacks. Dunn played magnificently and next in order of merit came Davies, who made no mistakes in the home goal. Some off his saves were worthy of a Sutcliffe. Troup did all that was required of him, but Ritchie was hardly at his best. He was not given the ball often in the right manner, it is true, but he would do well with an extra ounce of speed. His centring was excellent and the same may be said of his corner kicking. The halves performed well in defence, but it was a pity that they forgot that attack is the best defence later on. O'Donnell and Cresswell were again in form and, if anything, the former was the most effective. The fact that the champions became a little frenzied when the opening goal was not placed in their score sheet aided the visitors. Somewhat, but the Sheffeilders, fore and aft, did excellently and they must have congratulated themselves after the match. The former Tranmere Rovers player, Rimmer only married a good display by missing two “sitters” in the first half . Teams: - Everton: - Davies, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O;Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart,, and Virr half-backs, Ritchie, Dunn, Dean, Weldon and Troup, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown, goal, Walker and Blenkinsop, backs, Strange, Kean, and Marsden, half-backs, Hooper, Seed, Troffer, Allen, and Rimmer, forwards.
August 30, 1928. Evening Telegraph
Twice Capped In International Football
Alexander Latta, the ex-Dumbarton football internationalist, has died at Birkenhead. Deceased was one of the best outside-rights Dumbarton produced. He played for Dumbarton Athletic and also played for Scotland against Wales in 1888, and England in the following year. In the early nineties he crossed the border and played for Everton, being one of their crack forwards of these days.
DERBY COUNTY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
August 30 th 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 2)
Everton were beaten at Derby by a goal scored by Mann five minutes after the interval, it was a treacherous pitch, but generally play was fast and interesting. Hampton made many fine saves. Critchley and Jones did well in the Everton's attack, but Martin and Stein found Carr too good for them. Griffith and Robinson the young centre-half vied with each other in constructive play. Everton: - Hardy goal, Common and Kennedy (captain), backs, Bain, Griffiths and Rooney, half-backs, Critchley, Jones, White, Martin and Stein, forwards.