FOOTBALL PRACTICE DATES .
July 28 1932. Evening Express.
The Everton Club today announced the dates of their public practice games. The Everton supporters will have the first opportunity of studying the players on Monday, August 15, and the second practice game will taken place on August 20, the Saturday prior to the opening of the season on August 27. As usual proceeds of the trials games will be given to local charities. Clubs throughout the country are now busily engaged preparing for the start of the season. The players of all League clubs will have resumed training by the middle of next week.
THEY GET DOWN TO WORK TOMORROW
August 1 1932. Evening Express.
The Football Roll Call.
Preparing for August 27.
The roll call tomorrow. Professional footballers throughout the country report for duty preparatory to the intensive spell of training, which proceeds the “curtain raiser” on August 27. A few have already reported, but the great majority report tomorrow. In some cases, of course, they have already been obliged to make their trek, for in many case's their homes are hundreds of miles from the grounds on which they must train. The first day will be an easy one –just a matter of reporting to headquarters and getting their kit ready, but on Wednesday training will begin in earnest for all those big chunks of unnecessary fat will have to be got rid of. Their limbs will need to become more supple and they must be got into trim for that hard and fast 90 minutes of fighting football which will be their lot in less than a month's time. Surely the trainer will be the busiest man of the staff of every club for the next four weeks, even despite the fact that he is not likely to be worried unduly by the injury bogy.
So far as Everton and Liverpool are concerned practically every player will report tomorrow. One exception is provided by Gordon Hodgson, the England inside right and Lancashire county cricketer, who is being allowed to finish the Roses battle against Yorkshire at Old Trafford. He, of course is as fit as fit can be, and will be one of the few who need rest in preference to hard and severe training. With the exception of youthful reserve players of promise the majority of sides will be built up on last winter's lines. This will certainly be true about Everton and Liverpool unless Taylor, Crawford and McGourlay show up particularly well in the trial games. These are the only three new players of not on Merseyside and their work in the practice matches will be watched with marked interest by officials and spectators. Liverpool will open the coming season with a home game against the Wolves –who are welcomed back once more to the First Division –while Everton pay a visit to the Hawthorns to meet West Bromwich Albion.
EVERTON REPORT FOR TRAINING
August 3 1915. Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton players reported for duty yesterday. Everton thirty-three players included two new men, McGourty an inside forward from Patrick Thistle who took part in the Goodison club tour of Germany during the close season, and Stevens, the centre forward from New Brighton. Gee the centre half, who received a knee injury towards the end of last season is fit again, and Everton are looking forward to gaining a championship for the third successive year. They were the second Division champions, two years ago, and headed the first division last season.
CLOSE SEASON CAPTURES .
August 8 1932. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
Stevens (Everton): the tramway conductor who become a football star. This is the title which may be applied to the romantic career of Everton' new centre forward –George Leopold Stevens. Stevens, who was transferred from New Brighton to Everton in June, is not a football discovery. Rather did he discover himself. Some 18 months ago he was a tram conductor employed by the Wallsaey Corporation. His hobby was football and he was a youth with ambitions. He approached the New Brighton club with the object of securing a trial. The Rakers signed him on amateur forms, but he soon won a place in the first team. He was just the man the Rakers required –a player who could crown attacks with goals. In the first season he made 19 appearances and scored 13 goals. Last season he scored 20 goals. Then Everton came, saw, liked, and won the race for Stevens' signature. Stevens is 22 years of age, 5ft 9ins, and 11 stone.
EVERTON'S LIDO AT GOODISON
August 11 1932. Evening Express.
Sunbathing in New Style Training.
It is Doing Them Good.
By the Pilot.
Have you seen Everton F.C.'s Lido? It used to be known as the training ground, -it lies behind the goal double-decker grandstand –but now it is the private enclosure of a happy band of fellows who have discarded clothing except shorts and shoes. Everton players have become disciples of sunbathing. They believe that even if one is fit it makes one fitter, and in scanty grab they are absorbing every possible ray of sunshine during their preparation for the opening of the season. When I visited Goodison Park to see the champions going through their paces I was struck by the fine condition of the players. There is no doubt but that the new methods is having an excellent effect on them. They are bronzed and brown. Perhaps this training method is the outcome of the club's summer tour to Germany. The Everton men learned how to appreciate the sun there. With the exception of Archie Clark, who was Slighty injured through being struck with a cricket ball, all the players are sound. I understand that Clark is making good progress, and is certain to be fit for the big opening day. The players have been doing their ball practice at the Marine ground at Crosby. The “A” team will use this ground during the coming season. Mr. T. H. McIntosh, the secretary, has been down to Crosby to watch his charges at work and he expresses satisfaction at the manner in which they are shaping. Trainer Harry Cooke has had few, if any worries, for most of the players have been doing summer training, and now after nearly two weeks work they are almost fit. Feeling in the club is that there is no reason why next season should not bring further grist to the Everton mill. All the championship eleven men are available with the valuable addition of McGourty and Stevens.
McGOURTY AND STEVENS WILL BE WATCHED.
August 15 1932. Evening Express.
Everton's First This Evening.
By the Pilot
Two players in particular will be watched keenly by the critical Everton crowd at this evening's first practice of the season. They are Johnny McGourty, the former Partick Thistle inside forward who helped Everton considerably on their German tour, but has never been seen in action at Goodison Park, and Stevens, the former Wallasey tramcar conductor who dropped his bell punch last season to put punch into New Brighton's attack. McGourty is the most-discussed capture Everton have made for a long time. Stevens will operate at centre-forward with the Whites between White and McGourty. The selected elevens promise entertaining football, for the championship side with one exception, will represent the Blues. Clark will be the absentee. He is recovering rapidly, Mr. T. H. McIntosh assures me, from his cricket ball injury. His place in the side will be taken by McClure, who has often operated in the position with success. Apparently Everton are keen to make McPherson, the former Swansea Town player, into a centre half. He will play in this position for the Whites. The late kick-off should ensure a good attendance, and pleasing football should result. Blues: Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; McClure, Gee, Thomson. Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Whites; Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; Britton, McPherson, Archer; Griffiths, White, Stevens (New Brighton), McGourty (Patrick Thistle), Leyfield.
EVERTON TRIAL SURPRISE.
August 16, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Reserves Score Six Goals in Succession
Everton drew an attendance of 12,000 for charity's good causes (gate £246 16s 9d) for their first trial at Goodison park, which looked very well and had steps of concrete where there had been cinders. The game was a remarkable one. The first team took a lead of 4-1, and appeared to be riding easy, when the stalwart reserve eleven put into their stride and into their shooting form. They scored six goals with replay from the seniors, and won the game by the remarkable turn round of 7-4 and most of those six goals were scored so convincing manner even allowing for the fact that some of the older and championship side had begun to take thing easily. The shooting has was serve and strong, and for Sagar to be beaten so many times was quite a surprise, although no fault could be found with his work. The match had one other “calamity” McPherson was injured near half-time and did not turn out again, suffering as he was from a knee injury. Young Chedgzoy son of Sam Chedgzoy, took his place, and the crowd was so engaged with the scoring outburst that they did not leave the field till the final whistle was sounded by Referee George Stephenson.
Three For Stevens.
The game was a trial, needless to say, and on that score alone, cannot be treated with the seriousness of any game of the contesting character. However, it showed what power the reserve team has. Stevens, of New Brighton, show remarkable speed and much judgement, and got three goals, which in itself is a performance against the first team defence. Clarke was not playing owing to a slight injury through cricket and McClure took his place. The other outstanding man of the winning side was McGourty, who captured the public by his canny play and by his skilled movements. Leyfield, the young “A” team player, at outside left has grown a good deal in football skill and physique, and after dean had made perfect goals and missed one or two of the simplest the game took its surprise turn and caused the crowd to indulge in the free praise of the youngsters. Griffiths, after a moderate first half, broke out into a shooting mood, and with White formed a dangerous wing. Coggins kept a good goal, and is plainly in better health than a year ago. On the defeated side there was much to interest, and please early on, and after that the deluge. Goals were scored by Stein, Dean (2), Critchley, Stevens (3), McGourty, Griffiths (2) and White. Result Whites 7, Blues 4.
Blues: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; McClure, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Crichley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Whites: - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Britton, McPherson, and Archer, half-backs; Griffiths White, Stevens, McGourty, and Leyfield.
EVERTON NEED NOT CHANGE THEIR TEAM.
August 16 1915. Evening Express
But McGourty is Knocking at the Door.
By the Pilot.
I came away from Everton's first trial match at Goodison Park, last evening with the impression that, barring accidents, Everton will not need to make any alterations in the championship side for the West Bromwich match, which opens the season on August 27. This does not mean that the newcomers to Everton did not come up to expectations. They did –particularly McGourty, the young Scotsman from Patrick Thistle. Here is a boy who with ordinary luck is going to force his way into the first team by sheer merit. Why not now? Well, frankly I should not disturb the front line combination at the moment. It is balanced, clever, and incisive. It has proved successful for two successive seasons. What reason can there be for altering it? Yet one cannot be blind to the fact that McGourlay is worth his place in any Football league side. Lucky Everton to have such talent at call. The two outstanding phases of the game were that the reserves won by 7 goals to 4 after having been 1-4, and that Dean missed the easiest goal scoring chance of his career. The brilliance of the win is emphasized when it is remembered that shortly after half-time the plight of the Whites appeared hopeless. In addition to being three goals in arrears they lost McPherson, their centre half with a twisted knee. Chedgzoy came on as deputy, and within 15 minutes the quick-shooting Whites' attack had piled on no fewer than six goals. The Blues had been the better combination up to the time that McPherson went off, and I am convinced eased up afterwards. McGourty and Stevens, the newcomers, were vital factors in the winning attack.
McGourty and Stevens.
Stevens claimed three goals and displayed keenness and pace, allied with rare shooting ability. His general leadership needs more precision, but he is a worrier who keeps both eyes on goal. McGourty, however, was the man who took my eye. There is cunning in his every move. He has excellent ball control, and the manner in which he gaves the “dummy” and delivers his passes is delightful. One saw flashes, which reminded of Jimmy Dunn, a quaint waggle of a leg, which resembled Alex James, and withal McGourty played without show. Goggins, Lowe, Britton, Archer, Griffiths and Leyland were others to do well on the winning side. There was a remarkable incident in the opening half. Dixie Dean clean miskicked the ball when a foot from goal and no one to beat. A Stein shot rebounded from a defender and Johnson raced ahead in possession. Johnson and Coggins had a duel and the inside left won by a fraction and turned the ball low across the face of the goal. “Here it is,” shouted the 9,000 spectators. But, no Dixie, standing almost under the bar, missed the ball completely. The crowd gasped while Dixie scratched his head and laughed. Dean made up for it later on by scoring two goals for his side. Stein and Critchley scored the others. The scorers for the Whites were Stevens (3), Griffiths (2), McGourty, White. The gate receipts were £252 13s 3d.
EVERTON REVISE TEAMS FOR FINAL TRIAL
August 17 1932. Evening Express
McPherson's Cartilage Injury.
By the Pilot.
Everton's McPherson injured a knee cartilage when he was hurt in the first trial game, and his place in the Reserves' side for the final trial on Saturday, will be taken by Griffiths, the Liverpool baseballer. Sagar will be rested, Coggins going into the Blues' team and making way in the Reserves for Holdcroft, the former Darling goalkeeper. The extent of McPherson's injuy is not yet known, but he is to be thoroughly examined medically at once. Griffiths is a centre half, who this season has been engaged as a part-time professional. He formerly played with Jabisco, a local works team, and later figured in the Everton “A” team with success. Sagar was limping during Monday's trial, and though the injury is not in any way serious, the club have wisely decided to rest him. Clark will remain an absentee, and really there is no reason to risk him for a such a game with the season only ten days off. Holdcroft has figured mainly in the “A” team owing to the consistency of Coggins and Sagar with the other sides. It should be a good trial, and spectators will be given another opportunity of watching the quick-scoring reserve attack in action again. The line is unchanged. Teams; - Blues: - Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; McClure, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Whites: - Holdcroft; Bocking, Lowe; Britton, Griffiths, Archer; Griffiths, White, Stevens, McGourty, Leyfield.
Close Season Capture
Richard Parker, a young back of great promise, was discovered by Everton playing at Ardington a village near Chorley. That was about 18 months ago, and he came to Goodison Park with a workmate –Cunliffe. Everton thought a lot of these young players not yet out of their teens. They nursed them in the “A” team, and eventually signed them as professionals. There were many good backs at Goodison Park, and so Parker received few chances to appear in the Central League side. However, he found the County Combination a hard school and gained valuable experience. Chester snapped him up when Everton decided not to retain him. They have made a good investment. Parker is well-built, and has the makings of a first class defender. He kicks well and has a sound knowledge of positional play. Chester would do well to bring him along carefully. If they do this Parker will show a handsome return.
McGOURTY THE STAR IN EVERTON TRIAL.
August 20 1932 Evening Express.
Brilliant Goal For The Whites.
Stevens a Lively Leader.
By the Pilot.
Twelve thousand people watched Everton's final trial at Goodison Park today. The Whites were early in command and scored in the first three minutes through P. Griffiths. The teams were : - Blues: - Coggins; Williams and Cresswell, backs; McClure, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Whites: - Holdcroft, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Britton, Griffiths (h), and Archer, half-backs; Griffiths (p), White, Stevens, McGourty, and Leyfield, forwards. It was Stevens, the former New Brighton player, who paved the way to the White's first goal. He ran through to a bouncing ball and headed it beyond Cresswell for Griffiths to cut in and place to the roof of the net. The Blues forwards combined neatly without being able to get within shooting distance. When Williams made a wry back heel Stevens brought Coggins full length for a commendable save. The Blues had the better of the game, but the extreme wingers were by no means accurate in their finishing. Stevens was a lively leader of the Whites, receiving good support from McGourty, who tested Coggins with a long shot. Holdcroft had to run out to Dean before Stevens raced through and forced Coggins to concede a corner. By the way, I understand that McPherson is to undergo an operation for the removal of a cartilage. He was injured in Monday's trial. The Blues drew level in 25 minutes, when Dean's low pass placed Stein through to score at will.
White's Strong Attack.
The Whites attack was always a menacing line, with McGourty as the prime schemer. It was through McGourty that the Whites restored the lead in 32. He shot through from Griffith's centre. Just after McGourlay struck an upright from just outside the penalty area. This was a truly magnificent effort, and had Coggins beaten all the way. The Blues launched determined attacks, and Holdcroft had to go full length to save from Stein, while just after Dunn flashed one by the post. McGourty continued to be the star forward on the trial, and now he just missed with a first timer following good work on the right. The Blues' forwards played well without being dangerous in the goal area, and Holdcroft's only trouble was in dealing with cross centres. Griffiths the young baseballer, was doing exceptionally well against Dean, and I was delighted with the way in which he intercepted passes and fed his colleagues. Half-time Whites 2, Blues 1.
August 22, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Reserves Sweep Through.
Everton F. C. have a pretty problem to solve. The directors and selectors have to chosen between the trappy nature of a trial game and the facts therein laid rather bare and the older championship side which has been laid low in the two public trial games. The championship side was not at its best, nor at its most urgent endeavor, but the fact remains that, following a 7-4 defeat with six goals scored without response, these young Everton players have laid on their rivals to the tune of 6-2, and the style of football, the sharpness of their shots, and the combined methods they introduced all went to make the selectors' task the more difficult. For instance, P. Griffiths scored three goals on Saturday, before 12,000 people, who made a charitable grit of £300. This was due to the strength of his shot and to the manner in which he linked up with Stevens, the centre, and more especially through the passes swept across to the right wing by McGourty, who is not only clever and a good shot, but is a passer of the ball who make few mistakes in strength or direction. Stein, McGourty, Critchley, Leyfield and Stevens got the other goals, and the crowd got so interested in the work of the younger members that they began to shout for the reserve side.
The goalkeeping of Coggins and Holdcroft was good, and the appearance of another newcomer showed the strength of Everton's half-back talent –McPherson goes into hospital for cartilage trouble, and H. Griffiths a local football player, is promoted and standing up to Dean, with a good heart and physique. He shaped well enough to believe that here is further talent. Trials may be tantalizingly unreliable, but they must be taken as read and seen, and in the two games Everton have played the minors have done a great deal to shake faith in the championship side and give their own eleven a big lift in one's estimation. Only League form can possibly tell, and I forecast that the directors cannot do better than take their original championship side for the game v. West Browmich Albion. So much depends in a trial game upon the urge to go an extra yard in a tackle or in a dribble or shot. The first team have not shown their medals this week-end, but doubtless they are reserving themselves, knowing only too well what is stored up for them by the bright young things of the West Bromwich side, whose pace is always disconcerting. Final Result Everton Reserves 6 Everton First team 2. - Blues: - Coggins; Williams and Cresswell, backs; McClure, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Whites: - Holdcroft, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Britton, Griffiths (h), and Archer, half-backs; Griffiths (p), White, Stevens, McGourty, and Leyfield, forwards.
BLUES' TEAM SELECTION PROBLEM.
August 22, 19132. Evening Express
League or Trial Form as Guide
The Genius of McGourty
By The Pilot
The two trial games at Goodison Park have set the Everton team selectors a puzzle. In both these games the reserves have defeated the first team –in the opening match 7-4 and on Saturday, 6-2. Personally, I attach little importance to the practice match results, because there must always be a mixture of triers, semi-triers and non-triers. Who would dare sort them out? On strict trial form McGourty must go into the first team. He was the outstanding personality in Saturday's game; the man who made the White's attack a menacing force whenever it got going. Then there is the case of Phil Griffiths. He scored three fine goals, his third being brilliant. What must be considered is how the players would shape in serious First Division Football. One cannot ignore the fact that Everton won the championship with two points to spare. It a team is good enough for that them they are good enough to carry the mantle for the opening games at least. However McGourty is there and he will make his presence felt. The same applies to Griffiths (p). I consider McGourty a wonderful capture. Even though it was only a trial one could not deny his subtlety, his skill in manipulation, and the cunning true manner in which he delivered his passes. Take it from me, it will not be long before McGourley is a regular member of the Everton first team. Steves played another useful game, but I was more impressed with the form of Griffiths (h), the young centre half. In this baseballer Everton have a good pivot in the making.
It has been ascertained that McPherson, the Everton half back, who was injured in the first trial match, has a loose cartilage. He will enter a home one day this week to undergo an operation.
SELECTION AGAINST WEST BROMWICH
August 26 1932, Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Everton visit West Brom to-morrow in the opening match of the season, and it is anticipated that the game will be in keeping with the many hard struggles which have been seen between the sides in recent years. There will be little change in the composition of the team compared with last season eleven. Everton have chosen their full championship side with the exception that Clark who is hurt, is not in the team, which is as follows: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; McClure Gee, Thomson; Crithcley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. West Bromwich Albion are replying on the eleven which defeated Everton in the Cup semi-final a couple of years ago. The side is: - Pearson; Shaw Treatham; Magee, Richardson (w), Edwards; Glidden, Carter, Richardson (wg), Sanford, Woods.
Goodison Park Reserves
The Everton Central league eleven to meet West Bromwich Reserves at Goodison Park, is Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; Britton, Griffiths (h), Archer; Griffiths (ph), White, Stevens, McGourley, Leyfield. The centre league team, will play Griffiths, the centre-half is a local player, who has assisted the ‘'A'' team and who formerly played for jabisco.
EVERTON'S ONE CHANGE
August 26, 1932. Evening Express
By the Pilot.
To McClure falls the honour of being the only player in Everton's team for the first match of the season who was not a “regular” in the championship side. He deputise for Clark not yet fit enough to do duty. Last season McClure played in several matches in this position, and also centre half. A more exacting match than a visit to the Albion could not have been found for an opening fixture. Since the clubs resumed fixtures when Everton dropped to the Second Division, the Blues have not been beaten by the Albion in a league encounter. Everton took three points from them last season and four the season before. The Albion will play the eleven, which carried off the F.A. cup in season 1930-31 and which, incidentally, knocked Everton out of the competition. No fewer than nine internationals will be on view. - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; McClure Gee, Thomson; Crithcley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson; Shaw Treatham; Magee, Richardson (w), Edwards; Glidden, Carter, Richardson (wg), Sanford, Woods
Gateshead have signed W. O'Donnell, the former Everton, Blackpool and Connah's Quay right back. O'Donnell is a brother of the Blackpool leader.
OLD RIVALS AT THE HAWTHORNES
August 27 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton as Champions open the ball at the Hawthornes where they are due to meet old rivals and a team which has had some rare tussles with the Goodison Park side during the last few seasons. The club's in the main are replying on the teams which did duty last season, and it is not anticipated that the men will show any deterioration in the standard of skill displayed last winter. Always a difficult proposition, the Albion are sure to make a big fight to lower the colours of Dean and his colleagues, and one of the stiffest battles of the day is anticipated. McClure takes the place of Clark (Injured) in the Everton side, and the Albion have the team that beat Everton in the Semi-Final of the cup two years ago. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; McClure Gee, Thomson; Crithcley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson; Shaw Treatham; Magee, Richardson (w), Edwards; Glidden, Carter, Richardson (wg), Sanford, Woods.
EVERTON'S BEST EVER RESOLVE
August 27, 1932. Evening Express
By the Pilot
Everton open the new campaign with one definite resolution –to make season 1932-33 the best in the long history of the club. Is there any reason why it should not be so? Personally, I fail to see any, although one naturally hesitates to predict the Champions carrying off all the honours. At this time of the year every club is treasuring dreams of championships and cups. The majority will be sorely disappointed, but Everton do not think they will be numbered among them. On form, as we know it now, they have a great chance of bringing more trophies to the sideboard at Goodison Park.
They have a wonderful run since that never-to-be-forgotten lapse of season 19129-30, when they lost their First division status. The championships of the First and Second Divisions have come their way and what I wish to emphasize is that the same players are available.
“What We Have We Hold.”
What those players have won they intend to hold. Further, they have fond hopes of bringing the F.A. cup to Liverpool this year. An ambitious plan, you say? Well, Everton have proved over a length of time that they are as good as and better than most clubs in the First Division. An ambitious plan, say? One of the most encouraging features is the fact that two such capable reserves have been secured as McGourlay and Stevens. Their play in the trials was a revelation. McGourty strikes me as being one of the best captures Everton have made for a long time. He is a footballer every inch of him, and his ball control, passing ability and general tactics savour of a master. It is unfortunate that Lachie McPherson and Archie Clark are so early in the wars. McPherson will be out of the game for some weeks, but Clark is likely to be available in a short time. He resumed hard training this week. The injury bogey is the thing Everton have most to fear. If they can steer clear of it then this might easily be another record season.
DUNN FINDS THE NET FOR EVERTON
August 27 132. Evening Express
Thrills and minute football at the Hawthornes
Sager's Great Saves.
By the Pilot.
“All good wishes for your success today. Go for the goals?” Mr. W. C. Cuff, chairman of Everton, sent this telegram to the team at West Bromwich today, where the champions opened the season in glorious weather. Jim Charters, the well-known comedian, also telegraphed his good wishes. McPherson underwent his operation for the removal of a cartilage at Liverpool Nursing Home today. Mr. Harry Banks, and Mr. P. H. McIntosh were in charge of the party, and Cunliffe traveled as reserve.
West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goal; Shaw and Tretham, backs; Magee, Richardson (w), and Edwards, half-backs; Glidden, Carter, Richardson (wg), Sandford, and Wood, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal, Williams, and Cresswell, backs; McClure, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. R. W. Blayden (Middlesbrough). The Albion had sacrificed their jersey for smart striped shirts.
Everton won the toss, and 35,000 people caught Football's grip when Williams made a stern tackle. Carter fired yards wide before McClure helped Dean and Critchley to a nice opening, but Critchley was bowled over. The game became fierce when McClure went into the tackle and appeared to be fouled, but the Albion swept down, and Sagar grabbed Richardson's header, with Cresswell doing sound work in holding off the opposition. When Tretham miskicked Dean was almost through, and Johnson jumped in to Dean's back header to send high and wide.
Everton took the lead in seven minutes, and it fell to the lot of Jimmy Dunn to get through. From a goal kick, Dean swing over a swinging pass for Stein to take it in his stride. Stein made ground and crossed a low ball, which passed under Trentham's leg, and Dunn turned the ball through –Pearson being drawn from position by his centre. Stein was fouled on the edge of the penalty area only for Dean to find himself crowded out. Then Thompson was inches too high with a fine drive. The Champions were getting well into their stride, the forwards providing a choice attack, which resulted in Pearson saving Johnson's pile-drive. The football of Everton was superlative, and now they adopted the close passing game right from their own dead line to the Albion's goal area, where Stein crashed a beauty against the side netting. The Albion's right wing work was good, and Sagar made a blind leap to pull down Carter's awkward centre. McGee was twice penalised for fouls, but the Blues could not improve on the free kicks, except that the Albion defenders were kept on tender hooks. The game continued at a fast pace with an abundance of quick, accurate manceurves.
The home team launched a tremendous attack, in which Sagar had to get down to terrific shots. It was hectic football for a hot day. Cresswell shone with some delightful defensive passing, and when Dean's header placed Stein through the winger could not turn the ball sufficiently. Pearson turned one over from Stein, and Dunn drove high from the edge of the area. Following Glidden's corner Sandford looked to be a winger until Gee's head popped up in the nick of time.
The game was highly coloured, with almost a thrill a minute. Wood headed across the face of the goal, and Sagar fisted out from the same player when he stood alone between the Albion and a goal. Dean almost scraped the post with a close in header from Dunn's overhead pass. Right on the interval Dean struck an upright with a low shot, and the ball ran across the face of the goal. Stein eventually turning it outside. The Albion raced away, and in trying to turn away Wood's centre Thomson crashed the ball against his own crossbar. The Albion appealed for a goal, but the ball certainly rebounded outwards.
Half-time West Bromwich Albion 0 Everton 1
The first half had produced thrilling football, with both goals having narrow escapes. Everton's combination was more precise, but Sagar was in brilliant form and three times saved in miraculous fashion. The champions had the pull forward. Wood, who was injured just on half-time resumed.
Shock For The Champions .
Everton's Defence “Gives” in Second Half.
Brilliant Albion Goals.
Everton took up the running, but Critchley finished without accuracy. The Sagar was bowled over with the ball, and he fell on it right on the goal line. There was a scramble, but Sagar wriggled to safety before the whistle came to Everton's aid.
In 54 minutes the Albion drew level, Sandford was the scorer. From a free kick for a foul by Cresswell, Sagar fisted the ball out for Glidden to return it. Sandford swung round and placed into the corner of the net in a trice. Four minutes later Carter scored a real beauty. Receiving the ball from a half challenge by gee, Carter swerved his way through the Everton defence, with the Champions expecting him to pass every second. He got to the penalty spot, draw Sagar, and placed the ball in the corner of the net. This was a might goal. Everton's defence tired under the heavy pressure. Pearson made a mighty save from Stein, and Tretham was there to kick away Dunn's first timer.
“All Over” Opposition.
Everton were “all over” the opposition at this stage. Critchley drove across the face of the goal. Then Sagar came out to take the ball from the toes of Richardson (wg). In 78 minutes Richardson (W.G) scored a third for the Albion. Everton's endeavour to play the offside game failed, and Williams was faced with three opponents. He seemed to win out, when Richardson hooked a foot round and placed the ball into the roof of the net. Final Result West Brom 3, Everton 1.
EVERTON RES V. WEST BROM RES
August 27 132. Evening Express
Blues reserves successes in trial games attracted a good crowd to Goodison Park. During the first half-hour Everton indulged in a good deal of attack, although inactive in the shooting department and it was left to the visitors to open the score, Gale netting. Stevens, ex-New Brighton, had a brilliant header saved, but shortly afterwards scored an extra-ordinary goal with a shot from about 40 yards' range, the Throstle keeper allowing the ball to pass over his hands into the net. Everton improved as play progressed and White gave them the lead with a beautiful header. The same player shortly afterwards scored a third, receiving his chance as the result of Leyfield's perseverance. Everton well deserved their interval lead. Half-time Everton Res 3, West Brom Res 1. McGourty scored a fourth goal for Everton in the second half. Final Result Everton Res 4, West Brom Res 1.
Tommy Johnson, Everton's International inside forward requires only two goals to complete his 200 in League Football.
Hunter Hart, Everton's ex-captain and now a member of the office staff, considers that Scottish football has deteriorated during the past few seasons.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 3 EVERTON 1 (Game 1395 over-all) (Div 1 1353)
August 29 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Revival of The Albion.
How They Mastered Everton.
Everton have lost their first game. It was away from home against the fast moving and rather skilful-side that has so often been a bugbear to the style adopted by Everton. West Brom seems to thrive on goal deficits. It was so on Saturday when 31,000 people saw Everton play in a sedate and orderly manner for the whole of the first half and command the appreciation of the local people. They agreed that Everton had played good football, with science and steadiness closely allied. There had not been much shooting but the eleven had kept well together, and had got the West Bromwich defence rather floundering, notably when a neat looking goal was cored by Dun after dean had sent Stein up the field with one of his timely forwards passes. Stein centred squarely and Dunn's task was easy. West Bromwich claimed a penalty kick without avail against Thomson, and nobbled the referee, Mr. Bladen of Middlesbrough, in a manner that was not becoming.
The West Bromwich broke into their swiftest form and a series of staggering attacks form and a series of staggering attacks made by sweeping passes from and to the wing men led to Sandford's excellence bearing fruit. Everton lost touch with the game, and although they fought back, it is the fact that once West Bromwich had scored there was no stopping their inroads. The longer they played the better they played the better play played. They had something more than pace to carry them through. They had some remarkably good football combines, and when a pass was expected they sought to go through individually so, that after Sandford had equalised Carter came forward with a magnificent and outstanding dribble. It was a sinuous affair, and the use of their body swerve carried beyond first one and then another until only McClure, who had fallen back, was in his way. He evaded this man, and then drove home a perfect shot –it was the sort of goal that was frequent in the old days before combined defence ruled out the excessive solo effort. However, this goal succeeded, and was quite the feature of a match that had no complaints no injuries nor stoppages, was well ruled by a new referee, and was totally different from the game played at West Bromwich last time when tempers were frayed if not strewn all over the ground. Finally Richardson, the centre forward took the score to 3-1, and that sufficed. It was enjoyable football, and if only Everton could have continued as they started it would have been an historic match.
Effects of Heat.
As it was it left a nice taste in the mouth, for the sun was a great test of the players, and the excitement only lagged in the last five minutes, when Everton had reached their last stages of stamina. It struck me that the bigger Everton men suffered the effects of the heat worse than the Midland side. Dean had bad fortunate when he struck the upright, and Williams, per contra, tried to clear the ball and sent it smashing against his own goalpost. Yet Everton by a shade of wisdom at three-quarters time, could have made a draw. Stein, cut in to take a miss-pass back and centred square with the defence once again middled. The chance went and there followed the final goal of the day. Up to a point Everton were their own swept selves playing strong football, with the backs on the turf, and the half-backs joining in when combined not on. But later they became straggling, and this was due to ineffective half-back work mainly in the middle, where Gee was good with his head, but “tender” with his last-inch tackles. In addition, the inner forwards failed to find their men with their passes –without which they lose so much of their excellence. On the other hand, West Bromwich scored along the line through the way their forwards came to their best work in the second half, and well as Carter dribbled and shot, I picked out Sandford as the best forward, and it was nothing but brilliant and daring goalkeeping by Sagar that kept the score down, added on which was the fine defence of Cresswell and Williams.
Dean Plays Hard.
Dean struggled hard to start the line afresh, but it seen circumstances, his task was not enviable. He got nothing in return except the stern tackles of Shaw and Trentham and W.G. Richardson. McClure did well as Clark's deputy, but Critchley had a quiet day. Stein being the most dangerous forward on the losing side. It was a case of Everton starting brilliantly, and most of their eleven fading out at the same moment. They did not stay the full ninety minutes duration, and all through there was more work for Sagar than Pearson, showing that the Albion after an unsteady start, were at least applying the driving force. There was no disgrace in the margin of the defeat –a fair margin and a capital game.
Teams: - West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goal; Shaw and Tretham, backs; Magee, Richardson (w), and Edwards, half-backs; Glidden, Carter, Richardson (wg), Sandford, and Wood, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal, Williams, and Cresswell, backs; McClure, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. R. W. Blayden (Middlesbrough).
EVERTON RESEVES 4 WEST BROMWICH ALBIONS RESERVES 1
August 29 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 1)
Everton opened the season with a convincing victory by a margin that in no way overrated their superiority. Everton's defence was solid and reliable when required, for after the interval the Midlanders made many desperate efforts to get through. Everton started well and then fell away in the matter of sharp finishing. It took a goal to West Brom, scored by Gale, to create a rally with the result that the ultimate winners scored thrice before the interval. Stevens got a lucky equaliser and White scored the other two. Albion had the best of the early second half, but later Everton held their own. A cleverly taken free kick resulted in McGourlay scoring the fourth. Stevens was an admirable leader with McGourlay a quiet but very effective worker. Griffiths (h) at centre half also did well. Everton:- Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Britton, Griiffiths (h), and Archer, half-backs; Griffiths (ph), White, Stevens, McGourty, and Leyfield, forwards.
Everton “A” 5 Rest of the League 0
Playing convincing football and showing a better understanding, Everton “A” the champions, at Crosby were worthy winners though perhaps, not to the extent of five clear goals. With one or two exceptions there was scarcely a weakness in the side. Bentley and Holdcroft were brilliant. (Carter (New Brighton) and Bamford (Skersdale) gave impressive displays in the Rest team while Darrington (Ellemeres Port) made several good saves. Goals were scored by Davies (2) Chedgzoy (2), and Birtley
GEE'S KNEE: SPECIALIST CONSULTED TODAY
August 29 1932. Evening express
Throstles Reach High Note Against Everton.
By the Pilot.
Gee, the Everton centre-half, was again examined by a specialist today, in an effort to locate the trouble which has been affecting him since he injured a knee four months ago. Gee complained today that his knee was hurting him, and forthwith the club decided that the best advice was necessary. The players was obviously not himself, in the opening match at West Bromwich, and because of the knee injury he did not reproduce his cutomary confidence in his tackles. He had already been examined by specialists, who could find no trouble, but gee feels within himself that the limb is not sound. There is no doubt that because Gee could not do himself justice in his tackles, West Bromwich found the path down the middle, which brought goals. His interception was good, and it helped the champions a great deal in the opening half. Yet, after the change over, the cute Albion forwards quickly realised that if they held on to the ball they were pursing a successful policy. Dunn and Johnson had to fall back to cover up the gap, and this left only Dean, Stein, and Critchley in attack. The Blues became disjointed, and once Carter had scored his “picture” goal to give the Albion the lead, Everton never looked as if they would retrieve the position. Everton's football in the first half was brilliant, and their supporters need not be despondent over this defeat, for it was a game between two masterly elevens. As Mr. F. W. Rinder, the former Aston Villa official, said after the game. “It was a great exhibition, and both teams have every reason to be satisfied. “ I agree. Sagar was superb, and he had excellent covering from Williams and Cresswell. Thomson was the best half back on the field, and Stein and Dean were easily the best forwards. Dunn scored for Everton in the first half, and Sandford, Carter, and Richardson (W.G) relied in the second.
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EVERTON IN A QUANDARY
August 30, 1932. Evening Express.
Gee May Not Play Tomorrow; Clark Doubtful.
White at Centre-Half?
By the Pilot.
Gee, Everton's pivot, is a doubtful starter for Everton's opening home League match of the season –against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow evening. After the West Bromwich Albion match on Saturday he complained that his old knee injury was troubling him. A specialist examined him yesterday, and the report will be considered by the club directors this evening. Clark, too, is a doubtful starter. What will happen if both are not fit McPherson is in a nursing home, and if McClure is retained at right half, the only other recognized pivot available is H. Griffiths, the baseballer, and part time professional. Although Griffiths has height and has promised well in his trials and in the Central League side, he is not yet sufficiently experienced to enter First Division football. Perhaps the directors will meet the difficulty by bringing in White. White has had plenty of experience in the position and four seasons ago played there for the first team for a considerable period. He is strong tackler and knows all about constructive phase of the game. The team will be chosen this evening. McPherson's operation by the way, was a complete success, and he is making good progress.
CHANGES MADE AGAINST SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY GOODISON OPENER
August 31 1932, Daily Post and Mercury
Everton open their league programme at Goodison Park with Sheffield Wednesday as visitor. Last season the Sheffield Wednesday visited Goodison Park during the Everton; ”goalrush'' and were beaten by none goals to three, dean netting five times, Sheffield Wednesday defence will not be beaten so readily on this occasion Wednesday play the team that beat Blackpool 4-1 on Saturday, while Everton make a change from the team that lost 3-1 at West Brom, gee who was injured on Saturday, is unable to play, and his place will be taken by White.
EVERTON NEW DIRECTOR
August 31 1932. Evening Express.
George Evans co-opted to the Board of Directors. The Club's new director is Liverpool's public Assistance Clark. He has been a keen follower of football for many years, and his ties has always been with the club since he attended the first Derby match ever played between Everton and Liverpool. That was at Goodison Park in 1894. His boyhood days he has been an Evertonian, and of recent years has been prominent shareholder. He has had practically football experiencing, played for 11 years in the Junior Leagues with St. Cleopa's and Mission.