Falkirk Herald - Saturday 08 July 1933
Bobby Parker, the old Rangers centre-forward, is at present undergoing nerve treatment in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Bobby played for Everton and Notts Forest after leaving Ibrox. He is one of the few, if not the only one, to win a Scottish First Division and an English First Division badge an Everton Second Division badge.
But Danish Footballer Prefers Amateur Status.
Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail -Tuesday 11 July 1933
Helsingfors, Tuesday (Press Association Foreign Special).—Kai Nielsen, Danish centre-forward who played against Everton during the English club s tour of Denmark, values his amateur status more than a £600-a-year job as a professional.
JASPER KERR LEAVES NORTH END
Lancashire Evening Post - Thursday 27 July 1933
For New Brighton
Jasper Kerr, the Scottish left back whom North End brought from Everton for $3,000 in 1927, was today transferred to New Brighton. Kerr made 11 appearances with the North End first team, but last season figured mostly with the reserves.
OPEN-AIR CONCERT AT WESTHAVEN
Dundee Courier - Friday 28 July 1933
A concert, organised by the visitors Westhaven, was held on the foreshore, Westhaven, and proved most successful. Mr M'Lean, Glasgow, occupied the chair, and there was a large gathering. The following artistes contributed to the programme:—Mrs Ferrier, Misses Sangster, Rattray, and Langlands, Messrs Ogg, Crawford, M'Donald, Alexander, Leys, Campbell, Bissett, Perry, Simpson. By permission of Mr Sydney Black, James Jay, comedian, and Mr Dan Campbell rendered several items, which were greatly appreciated. Dancing was engaged in, music being provided by Maxwell's band. The committee in charge of the entertainment comprised Mr Hugh Bain, a well known golfer: "Jock" Thomson, the Everton footballer; and a number of Westhaven residents.
FOOTBALL AT CRICKET
July 29 1933. Evening Express.
A Team representing the Everton and Liverpool football clubs are to meet the Bootle Cricket club in a two-night match at the Bootle club's ground, Hawthorne-road, on Wednesday and Thursday. The footballer team will include the famous Irish international centre, English, who has joined Liverpool, Gordon Hodgson the Lancashire fast Bowler and Liverpool footballer, who will captain the side and Dixie Dean. The football team is; Hodgson; Dean Bradshaw, White, English, Jones, Riley, Longsworth, Geldard, McPherson, Clark.
FOOTBALL TRAINING BEGINS.
July 31 1933. Evening Express.
Walks and Light Training.
Football training throughout the county began today. The Everton, Liverpool and Chester were among the players who reported for duty. The other Merseyside and district clubs report as follows; Tranmere tomorrow, Wrexham tomorrow, New Brighton, August 8 Crewe Alex, August 8, Southport, August 8.
“Everton All Correct”
“All present and correct” was the word from the Everton camp. As a matter of fact Dixie Dean as already done a week's training. A picture of good health were seem on the roads in the West derby area. They represented practically the whole playing strength of the Everton team. There are 31 professionals on the list, except one, J.E. Jones (Forward), who is training tonight. Tom McIntosh, the club secretary signs the players as they reported, the atmosphere in the dressing room he has assembly was one of cheerful and optimism. There are now all fitting fit Ben Williams is free of his knee trouble, Tommy White knee is quite sound, and has completely recovered from any injury he received in the international match in Switzerland. Dean led out the first contingent for walking and running this morning, while Harry Cooke (Training) and Mr. Tucker (assistant trainer) occupied other parties. A seven-mile route through West Derby have the players a “pipe-opener.” Gymnastics and fieldwork were in the training programme, but actual ball work will not begin until near the end of the week. The directors meet tomorrow night to vote for the captaincy and other matters.
BLACKBURN ROYERS AND A NEW PLAYER
Lancashire Evening Post-Wednesday 2 August 1933
Fred Kennedy Mentioned
It was hinted in The Lancashire Daily Post yesterday that Blackburn Rovers were likely to engage another inside forward of mature experience. This player, whom the club have in mind, is Fred Kennedy, the ex-Everton and Middlesbrough outside left, who subsequently joined the Racing Club Paris, for whom he played throughout last season, and was very successful in Continental football. Kennedy was one of the English players in France whom the Rovers met on their visit to Paris in May, and Jimmy Hogan, the football manager of the Racing Club, was then full of praise as to Kennedy's ability. Kennedy, who lives at Failsworth, near Manchester, has been back in Lancashire since the end of June, and is desirous returning to English League football. The delay in making a definite announcement his signing for the Rovers is in consequence of the F.A. being unable accept his resignation until they have communicated with the French F.A. That is expected to a matter of a few days only.
DEAN TO CAPTAIN EVERTON AGAIN.
August 2 1933. Evening Express.
Thomson Re-Elected Deputy
Teams for Trial Games.
Cup Winning Eleven Arms Blues' Side.
Dixie Dean, who led Everton to triumph in the F.A. Cup last season, well again captain the Goodison Park club during the forthcoming season. His deputy again will be Jock Thomson. The decision were reached last night at the meeting of the directors, who also chose the teams for the games on Saturday August 12 and Wednesday August 16. In both case the cup winning eleven will form the Blues, the teams which are; Saturday, August 12. Blues; Sagar; Cook and Cresswell; Britton, White Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Whites; Coggins, Williams, Jones; Clark, Gee, Archer; Critchley, McGourty, J. Balmer, Watson (J.G.) Turner. Balmer is a young amateur from the Collegiate Old Boys' tea who showed good promise last season. Wednesday August 18, Blues; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Whites; Coggins; Williams, Bocking; Mercer, Gee, Watson (T.G); Critchley, Cunliffe, Stevens McGourty, and Turner.
WILLIAM DEAN AGAIN BEEN CHOSEN AS CAPTAIN
August 3 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
WR Dean has again been chosen to captain the Everton team, with J Thomson as sub captain. J. Balmer is a nephew of W and R Balmer the full back who played for the cup winning team of 1900's. Young Balmer had a most successful season with collegiate old boys last winner and he is undoubtedly a most promising forward, meanwhile Everton have combined with Liverpool to play Bootle in a local cricket match, the second evening of play is again to-night at Bootle.
COMBINED EVERTON AND LIVERPOOL DEFEATED BOOTLE AT CRICKET '
August 4 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
The combined team of Everton and Liverpool defeated Bootle last night by 57 runs.
Bootle: - H.S Brown Lbw, Gee 25, J. White c Dean b Hodgeson 0 J.R. Williams c Gunson b Clark 24, A. Cohen c Dahhs b Gee 0 L.S. Collins c McPherson b Clark 1, T.F. Parry not out 24, S. Jones c Gee b Clark 6, W.E. Lewis b Hodgson 12, L. Lacey b Hodgson 0 A.W. Pickup not out 15 extre 10, total (8 wickets) 117 innings declared for Bootle. J.D Davies and B. Hobley did not bat.
Everton and Liverpool combined, Clark c Brown b Parry 0, Geldard c Hobley b Davies 0, Bradshaw c Hobley b Williams 25, Jones S.T Brown b Williams 63, Gee c Williams b Cohen 18, Gunson c Williams b Cohen 15, Dean, S.T. Brown b Cohen 10, Hodgson c S. Jones b Lewis 18, Hanson c Williams b Cohen 2, White c Williams b Cohen 8, Dabbs c Lacey b Cohen 6, McPherson not out 0 extras 9, total 174.
EVERTON BEAT LIVERPOOL TRAMS AT CRICKET
August 8 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton beat Liverpool trams at Cricket, enclosure, Knotty Ash where Everton defeated the local side by a margin of 25 runs.
Liverpool Trams, W. Hyde c Griffiths b Clark 0, W.R. Gibbins c and b Mercer 16, J. Quayle c Turner b Mercer 35, Russ b Mercer 4, R. Jenkins run out 14, W . Hodder b White 8 b Ashcroft hit wickets by Jones 2, J. Berry b Jones 5, C. Parkers c Jackson b Jones 9, H. Stoll Lbw b Mercer 3, W. Skidmove not out 2, W.R Carbet b Jones 1, extras 15, total 114.
Everton, A Clark b Russ 1, T White b Jenkins 2, JE Jones c Berry b Jenkins 15, TG Watson b Russ 13, J Mercer b Jenkins 2, C.S Britton b Sparkers 23, J.N Cunliffe b Jenkins 30, R. Birtley b Sparkers 3, J.G. Watson b Jenkins 4, G. Turner c Skidmore b Russ 11, G Jackson c Still b Jenkins 7, H.S Griffiths not out 14, extras 8 total 139.
August 9 1993. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Mr. McIntosh secretary of Everton beat Mr. Chapman of Arsenal, in the toss for ground advantage in the football association charity shield match between Everton and Arsenal, the holders of the FA cup. Accordingly the match will take place at Goodison Park on October 11 TH . Only twice previously have Everton appeared in this Charity cup match on each occasion they were successful. Everton's hopes that Williams had fully recovered have not been realized, and the Welsh international full back, is to undergo another operation.
Player from France for Rovers
Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday 09 August 1933
Blackburn Rovers have to-day received from the Football Association the certificate of registration for Fred Kennedy, a left wing forward who formerly played for Evcrton and Middlesbrough. Kennedy, last season, was with the Racing Club Paris, and before the F.A. could accept his registration they had to get in touch with the French Football Association. Everything is now in order and Kennedy is on the playing staff.
Blow to Everton
Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday 09 August 1933
Ben Williams, Everton’s Welsh international full-back, has broken down in training and has gone into a nursing home for another operation on his knee. It will be recalled that Williams was injured on the eve of the Cup-ties last season and was subsequently operated on for cartilage trouble. He did not play again for the first team during the season. This breakdown is a big blow Everton, for Williams was regarded as one the best backs in the country.
EVERTON V. CLUBMOOR.
August 10 1933. Evening Express.
The Everton footballers performed smartly in their annual match against Clubmoor, and did well to dismiss their opponents for only 137 runs on a batsman's wicket. It was the brilliant fielding of the Evertonians that played a vital part in most of the dismissals, for the stumps were hit only two occasions. R.L. Sommerville (27), Cecil Hyde (40), and H. Rowland (26) were the principal contributors to the Clubmoor total. Clark bowled well when he came on the second time and his four wickets for 50 runs represented a good piece of work. Gee took three for 29, Jones two for 49, and Mercer one for six. There was a remarkable collapse for the last four wickets added only four runs to the score. The match, which is for the groundsman's benefit, should provide an interesting finish tonight, when Everton will make their reply.
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CLUBMOOR DEFEAT EVERTON AT CRICKET
August 11 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's reply to Clubmoor in the two nights match fell short of the home total by 31 runs.
Clubmoor, R.L Sommerville c Gee b Clark 27, G.C. Hyde c Jackson b Gee 40, H.L. Nuttall c White b Clark 15, E.W.D. Hyde c Britton b Mercer 8, W.J. Chester S.T. White b Jones 0, H. Rowlands c Geldard b Gee 26, Dr. J Rumjahn c Clark b Jones 2, L.F Watkinson run out 13, A.H. Gatchiffe b Clark 0, G.J. Tomkinson c Clark b Gee 0, L. Simpson not out L, R.H. Tomkinson b Clark 0, extras 3, total 137. Everton, G.W. Gee S.T. Chester b G.C. Hyde 18, T.G. Watson c G.C. Hyde b Gatcliffe 30, A. Geldard b Gatcliffe 1, T.C. White b G.C. Hyde 0, J.E. Jones c Rumjahn b G.C. Hyde 0, A. Clark st Chester b G.C. Hyde 11, J.N. Cunliffe b Nuttall 23, C.S. Britton not out 9, J. Mercer c and b Nuttall 0, W.R. Dean b G.C. Hyde 1, G. Turner c Sommerville b G.C. Hyde 7, G. Jackson b G.C. Hyde 0, extras 6, total 106.
THRILLS IN EVERTON TRIAL GAME
August 12 1933. Evening Express.
Fast Play and Good Football.
Johnson Scores for the Blues.
Everton's first practice match attractive 15,000 spectators to Goodison Park today. The Whites team had J. Balmer, a nephew of the bothers Balmer's in Everton stalwarts, at centre forward. Teams: - Blues: - Sagar, goal; Cook, and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Whites:- Coggins goal; Bocking and Jones backs; Clark, Gee and Archer half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, J. Balmer, Watson (J.G.), and Turner, forwards. There was some spirited play at the outset, Dean once heading against the side netting in characteristic fashion. The White's inside forwards played the close passing game to good active and Sagar had to save from McGourty. At the other end Coggins pulled off a shot from Johnson. Dean tried his deceptive passing and Dunn, taking one of these hit just inches over the top. Bocking kicked away on the goalline after Stein's short centre had beaten Coggins. Geldard contributed a pretty run which he outwitted two opponents as Dunn was stepping in to do good with the centre, Coggins came out and took the ball from the Scott's toe. Play ran on even lines, the forwards being pretty rather than attractive. There was little exertion, but sequently the passing movements were a sound delight to the enthusiasts. Dunn miskicked with a clear opening after particularly neat combination between Johnson and Stein.
After Critchley had dropped a shot on to the roof of the net, Balmer broke through on his own, lobbed the ball over Sagar's head, but fell a victim to the sturdy intervention. Balmer, the only amateur on view was giving quite a good display being to seize a chance, while he was supplying his wingers in skilful fashion. Dean opened up the way for Stein to glide through, and offer Johnson's a scoring chance with a back pass, Johnson took the ball with his left foot and Coggins beat down the pile driver in good style. Critchley sailed away down the Whites' right, and his cross, them made the run, was headed over the bar by Balmer. Stein was being particularly watched and now he cut through from Johnson pass and shot cross the face the goal, the ball missing the far post by inches. Balmer showed coolness and sign in drawing Cresswell and Cook before getting Critchley away. This brought about a shooting occasion for McGourty, whose elevation was too high. There were plenty of incidents and football was fast considering the heat. Johnson scored for the Blues in 37 minutes. Johnson opened the scoring for Blues in 37 minutes. Stein had won a corner off Gee, and placed the ball to Johnson, who took on the mantel of Dean in that he headed a classic while standing with his back top the goal. The shot was headed out by, but not until it had crossed the goalline.
Balmer A Danger Man.
The White almost drew level in the next minute, Watson breaking always with a glorious left-footer, which Sagar turned over the top. Balmer continued a danger, and of his close footwork was exceptional neat. On two occasions only quick thinking prevented the amateur from shaking the net. Coggins pulled down a sharp one from Geldard. Half-time Blues 1 Whites 0.
TRIAL GAME AT GOODISON.
August 14 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Sagar Saves Two Penalty Kicks. '
Goodison Park looked beautiful –good enough for golf or cricket. That the game has lost none of its appeal was shown by the attendance of 10,000 people, who made a charitable subscription of nearly £300. The game had every phrase to make it fascinating. There were goals, good saves by both goalkeepers, fine form by youngsters a memory of the past by the appearance of J. Balmer, a local centre-forward, whose uncles helped Everton twenty years ago; no injuries and a game that ran well for the spectators, being funny and instructive in turn. The Cup winning tem had a great reception, and took two goals lead through Johnson's fine backheader and Geldard's solo run and scoring shot. Bocking tried hard to head the first effort of the goal-line, but the keen referee had taken up a good position and said “goal.” The reserves side gained a well-earned draw through Balmer and Turner scoring popular goals, and the side should have won when they had a penalty kick allowance. Gee took the kick too hurriedly before the referee had satisfied himself about the position of the goalkeeper. Sagar saved that shot and went on to make another save, when Balmer had the honour of retaking the kick-these happenings occurred in the last minute of play and thus rounded off a fine day's sport.
There is no need to go into deep detail regarding the form of the various men, except to say that there have been few practice games to equal the all-round ability shown in this game. There was not a flaw; the goalkeeping of Coggins and Sagar was excellent; the four backs did their work well, and Cresswell was not averted to joining his own forwards. At Half-back the club a wealth of talent, notably in the deputy side per Archer, Gee and Clark; the last-named has throws that count for attacks, and Gee has recovered his confidence and style, while Archer is a very speedy tackler and a fine purveyor of the ball. Critchley's work bore a high mark; McGourty made him a good partner, and Balmer, the local, at centre forward, was always keeping a good position and showing nice football craft with foot and head, his winging passes being his special forte Watson and Turner will make an uncommonly good shooting wing. All the cupholders' side played well, together, and as well as they played last back end, which is high praise. Final Result Blues 2, Whites 2
Teams: - Blues: - Sagar, goal; Cook, and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Whites: - Coggins goal; Bocking and Jones backs; Clark, Gee and Archer half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, J. Balmer, Watson (J.G.), and Turner, forwards.
EVERTON'S CUP WINNERS IMPRESS.
August 14 1933. Evening Express.
And So Do The Juniors.
By the Pilot.
It is highly probable that Everton's F.A. Cup winning team will do duty against West Browmich Albion in the opening match of the season at Goodison Park on August 26. This is indicated by the form of the side in the Blues' opening trial match staged at Goodison Park on Saturday, when the Reserves ran the Cup winners to a 2-2 draw. The first team men contended themselves with delicate approach work and good understanding rather than the scoring goals. Had they gone “all out” in the penalty area I think they would have won. One of the most gratifying features of the team was the return to form of Geldard, who suffered a lapse towards the end of last campaign. His scintillating dribbles, disconcerting cut-in, and swift shots' constituted features of a bright trial.
Promise of Balmer.
Chief interest centred on the first appearance of J. Balmer, the young amateur centre forward who is a nephew of the former Everton stalwarts –W. and R. Balmer. Take it from me, Balmer has a bright future. He proved himself exceptionally quick off the mark and possessing accurate ball-control. He was never guilty of selfishness and the manner in which he kept his wingers supplied stamped him as a boy with a future. He scored one –a cool tap through with a placing shot rather than a drive –and if he is nursed in the right manner should prove a worthy leader of the reserves. Both defences were good, and I was struck with the coolness in tackle and kick of Jones, who, up the last few months of last campaign, was figuring in the “A” team. Jones plays with thought, is well built even though there is plenty of room for filling out, and keeps good position, we shall her more of this boy. Sagar made a brilliant save of Balmer's penalty in the last minute after having saved a shot from Gee, which was premature. Johnson and Geldard scored for the Blues and Balmer and Turner for the Whites. The Blues hold their final trial match on Wednesday evening at Goodison Park.
EVERTON'S SECOND TRIAL GAME.
August 16 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The second Everton trial game will be played at Goodison Park today, when the Cup winning team will again oppose the Reserves. Last Saturday the teams drew 2-2 after an interesting game, and the Reserves will be keen to show that they are capable of holding the Cup side. There are changes in the Reserves side for today, games Mercer and Watson (T.G.) appearing as half-backs in place of Clark and Archer, while Cunliffe and Stevens take the place of McGourty and J. Balmer, McGourty going inside left instead of Watson (J.G.). The kick off is at 6.45, and the teams are: - Blues: - Sagar, Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Whites: - Coggins; Bocking, Jones; Mercer, Gee, Watson (T.G.); Critchley, Cunliffe, Stevens, McGourty, Turner.
August 16 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Heavy Programme At Goodison Park.
At Goodison Park, where quite naturally, they are content to reply upon the men who brought fame to the club last season in the English Cup competition, the note of optimism is even more strongly emphasized. Here they know the work of their men and the problem of blend is not a great worry. Mr. W. C. Cuff, the chairman, interviewed by the Daily Post , upon his return from a short holiday, said. “We view the prospects with a reasonable amount of confidence. We felt confident at the end of last season we had a considerable number of first-class players, the majority of whom have youth on their side, and that in ordinary circumstances they would require very little supplementing. “Nevertheless, we are watchful the whole of the time for anyone we may think would add to our strength, and if we see him we shall not be slow to secure him. We regret that at the beginning of the season we should be deprived of the services of Ben Williams. It is most unfortunate, but we are very hopeful that this operation will put him quite right and before many weeks have elapsed he will be ready for full service. “We have a very heavy programme, much heavier than usual, before us. It has been our good fortune to be able to present to the public an extra visit of Arsenal in the London Shield Competition, and also a visit from the Scottish Cup winners, Celtic, so that our patrons will be well catered for during the opening months of the season.
Set A High Standard.
“We realise, also, during the past three years we have set a very high standard, a standard which will be exceedingly difficult to maintain, but we are hopeful that with our players all in good heart, and fettle that further honours will be our reward during the season 1933-34. “Personally I am particularly anxious that our second team should subscribe to the honours of the club by winning the Central league Championship. I think we have in our ranks players who are likely to do so. Altogether I regard our prospects as particularly bright.”
FORMER ROVERS PLAYER FOR CLAPTON ORIENT
Lancashire Evening Post - Thursday 17 August 1933
After signing such famous players as Lucas, of Liverpool, and Yews, of West Ham, Clapton Orient have made another important capture by securing the transfer from Middlesbrough of A. Rigby, the England international outside left. Rigby, who has played for Blackburn Rovers and Everton, represented England against Scotland in 1927, and Wales in the following season.
Western Daily Press -Thursday 17 August 1933
Emergency Committee will report that they have agreed to sanction the organisation of a fund by the City of Liverpool to present gold watches to the Everton players in commemoration of their winning the F.A. Challenge Cup last year.
SIZING UP EVERTON'S WEALTH OF TALENT
August 18 1933. Evening Express.
Value of Tonight's Final Trial.
Two Good Elevens Must be Found.
By the Pilot.
There are eleven members of the Everton football club who, this evening, dressed in white, will endeavour to prove they are worth their “Blues.” They are the men who are “Knocking at the door” of recognition, and in the final trial they will endeavour to prove that the drawn game of the first trial was no fluke. Besides trying to established claims for inclusion in the first team these young players are also out to prove that they are capable of winning the Central League championship –an honour that has dodged them so tantalizingly during the last few campaigns. If they can succeed in this then I know the Everton chairman Mr. W.C. Cuff, and his fellow directors will be delighted.
Finding New Moves.
Naturally, no one expects the players to put everything they know into a practice match, because there is always the danger of injuries, but I think we shall see a fast and entertaining game. From the Blues' point of view they will concentrate on developing new moves and ideas ready for the more serious games ahead. The full cup winning side will represent the Blues, but there will be changes in the Whites eleven as compared with the first trial. This is welcome for the followers of the club will be able to “run the critical eye” over practically all the playing members of the staff. Common will take the place of Bocking at right back and so partner the young Jones, and Mercer and Watson (T.G.) figure in the half-back line in place of Clark and Archer, Birtley, Cunliffe, and Stevens come into the attack in place of Critchley, Watson (J.G.), and J. Balmer. Blues; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. White; Coggins; Common, Jones; Mercer, Gee, Watson (T.G.); Birtley, Cunliffe, Stevens, McGourty, Turner.
ELEVEN GOALS AT GOODISON.
August 17 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton Players in Final Practice Game.
League Side Take Toll after Early Surprise.
Everton Reserves, who drew last Saturday when the first team surprised the latter last night, at Goodison Park before 6,000 spectators, by taking a 2-0 lead in spite of Cunliffe being off the field with a slight injury to his head, but the League side won all right in the end by 8-3. Turner obtained the Reserves first two goals –a header and a crash shot. It must be confessed that the Cup winning side at the outset had bad fortune, because they struck the post three times in three seconds, which must surely be something of a record. Coggins also caught the ball as it rebounded on another occasion from Dunn's shot.
Geldard's Solo Effort.
The leeway was reduced immediately the second half started through a single-handled effort by Geldard, who nearly broke the roof of the net. Play was always interesting, and sometimes a comic vein come into the game. All through the Reserves kept showing some good ideas and much promise for the future none more so than Jones, the Ellesmere Port back, who confirmed the good report he had made for himself in the first trial match. Of the newcomers to the trial, as compared with Saturday, Cunliffe was perhaps the best, and Common found Stein, and Johnson a hard wing to hold, Mercer the Ellesmere Port boy, recalled some of the promise he showed when he made his debut at Manchester City's ground. Gee was a brilliant pivot, against opposition that had the Dean way with it, and for the rest play was just about as usual, the Blues side being interesting and aiming at scientific moves rather than straining for League effects. Turner, was deadly in the forwards and notably in his shooting. Stevens tried hard against superior class in White; Coggins made some very good saves from Stein, Gee made long shots, and the outstanding save of the night was a one hand save by Coggins from Stein.
Cook's Equalising Goal.
It is worth recording that the opening goal of the night came through the referee admitting an error with regard to offside and throwing the ball down, a feature that used to be really frequent in football, but nowadays is lost because reference seem to feat that even they can make a mistake. The most popular point of the play of the whole evening was the equalising goal by Cook the full back, who began a dribble, and following the Cresswell pattern ran up the field and called for a pass that Dunn offered. Cook scored with a fair amount of ease, and these followed the unusual sight of a full back scorer in a trial game receiving congratulations upon his goal.
Every Forward Scores.
If the first half had been shock to the Cup winners, the second was relegation for the White's team whose defence was penetrated over and over again until every forward had scored. Dean last of all, and Dunn, Stein, Johnson and Dean again, to take the register to 6-2. It was a complete turn-round, but was only evidence of what might have happened in the first half if the losers had not been saved by the goalposts. Johnson, Stevens, and Dean added to the glut of goals and the total was 8-3 in favour of the Cup team. Stevens got his goal with a nice header, and Dean's was a particularly easy one, whereas Johnson's was a pile driver. Final –Blues 8, Whites 3.
Teams: - Blues: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, Stein, forwards. Whites: - Coggins, goal; Common and Jones, backs; Mercer Gee, and T.G. Watson, half-backs; Birtley, Cunliffe, Stevens, McGourty, and Turner, forwards.
EVERTON TEAM AGAINST ALBION.
August 17 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton play their Cup winning team against the Albion, who are on eof the most attractive visitors to Goodison Park. The Albion won there last season by the odd goal of three, and followers of Everton do not need reminding that the Throstle beat the Goodison team in the Semi-final of the F.A. Cup in 1931. The Albion knocked Liverpool out of the Cup competition last season. They have a fine side, and their games with Everton are always close affairs. The Everton team is; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
EVERTON'S YEAR IN CENTRAL LEAGUE?
August 17 1933. Evening Express.
Reserves Show Championship Form.
By the Pilot.
Everton should have one of the best Central League sides this season that they have had for many years. This was evident from the club'' final trial match at Goodison Park last evening. Although the reserves were beaten 8-3 by the F.A. Cup winning team, they revealed form in the opening half, which was astonishing in its accuracy. The forward work was particularly brilliant. I noticed that Johnson's move of the far-flung pass to the opposite wing was adopted by both Cunliffe and McGourty. The Reserves secured a two-goal lead at the interval, and unquestionable deserved it. Their football often reached an exceedingly high standard. If it is possible to keep this, or a similar team together during the coming campaign, I think is a splendid prospect of the Central League championship coming to Goodison Park. After Geldard had reduced the lead early in the second half, Billy Cook contributed his first Everton goal and so equalised the two first-half goals by Turner. It is not often a full back scores, but Cook's was a gem. Stein, Dunn, Johnson (2), and Dean (2) also scored for the first team while Stevens added a third for the Reserves. Successes of the game were Coggins, Jones –a brilliantly young defender –Gee, Cunliffe and Turner for the losers, and Cook, Cresswell, Thomson and Stein for the Blues.
EVERTON “OLIVER TWISTS.”
August 19 1933. Evening Express.
By Mr. T. H. McIntosh (Sec-Manager of Everton).
“In view of the fact that we won the F.A. Cup last season, and that we have exactly the same players available for this campaign, I see no earthly reason why we should not have another happy time. “The strength of our team lies in the fact we have so many brilliant young players, many of whom are ready to step into the top class of football right away. “A club with plenty of capable reserves must succeed, and that is why we look to the future with a certain measure of well-founded hope. “Everton are certain to serve up a high standard of football, and despite our recent success we have the Oliver Twist complex, and are asking for more.”
968 FOOTBALLERS WAITING FOR THE BIG KICK OFF.
August 19 1933. Evening Express.
By The Pilot.
Football! The magic game that will spring to activity throughout the length and breadth of the British Isles next Saturday, when the forty-second season of the Football League begins. Forty-two years ago there were twelve clubs in the competition. Next Saturday there will be 88- 968 players in 44 games waiting for the whistle that will send them pell-mell after a piece of inflated leather to the accompaniment of a million cheers. Which is just an instance of the growing grip of our great national winter game. High up in the honours list of the Football League almost since its inception have been the names of Everton and Liverpool. Everton last season covered themselves with glory by winning the coveted F.A. Cup. Can they retain it? Or is it Liverpool's turn? Will one of the six Merseyside clubs carry off the new Northen Section Cup Competitions? Or better still, win promotion to the Second Division. These are some of the piquant problems that time alone can solve, but you can follow the fortunes of your favourite club week by week in The Evening express.
Across the Park.
And across the park. Here we find Everton practically “as you were.” No new men have been signed, but I have noted that the young players on the books have made excellent progress. It is my opinion that the strength of Everton will lie not so much in the continued brilliance of the cup winning team, but in the ability of the reserve talent. In such men as Cunliffe, Turner, McGourty, Birtley, Archer, Mercer, the Watsons, and Jones, to mention a few, they have players who bid fair to make names for themselves. Some of these boys are ready to step into the first team right away, and the fact that there are definite challengers for first team status on the books should keep the seniors going at top pace. A sense of security in a footballer tends to make him careless, but there will be none of that at Goodison Park. It will be a case of playing for places for each match. Everton's football ability is well-known. The players are born tacticians, and I cannot see a weakness in the side as I expect it will be for the opening game. There is no reason whatever why Everton should not continue their winning way, and if the wet grounds come along they might develop that wonderful scoring habit which characterized their work two seasons ago.
YOUNG PLAYERS TRIAL
August 21 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's policy of giving a trial to enterprising young players is a commendable one, and at Marine's ground on Saturday the youths were tried out with a number of the clubs players. Birtley, Webster, Griffiths, Leyfield and Jackson invariably were the master's tacticians, although Wright in the white goal impressed and Gibertson and Hoolton were also conspicuous. Numerous changes were made at the interval and although seven goals were scored (blues won 4-3) it was not such much goals that counted as the players ability and the football skills.
SCIENCE OF SOCCER TRAINING.
August 22 1933. Evening Express.
How A Big League Club Prepares.
By the Pilot.
There is nothing in the whole world that stirs the pulses like the full-throated roar of the football crowd, or the breathless hush that precedes this might expression of sporting enthusiasm, which is part of our national charter. We shall have it again next Saturday –the thrills, the hush, the roar, the might yell of “Goal! Goal! Goal!” on a hundred and one football fields throughout the country. And all you football fans who let yourselves go with the fervour that only soccer can produce, I wonder if you pause to consider in the fewer of your excitement the work and worry and care and skill that the production on a football field of 22 players entails? The players have to train for to stand the strain of 90 minutes of fast, hectic football at least once a week, perhaps under a broiling sun, perhaps in a downpour of rain, or frost and wind. That matters little to the watcher as he responds to the thrill of a spectacular goal or delightful passing movements. To him it is the game, which matters. Yet many hours of hard training have to be gone through before the players are fit to participate in those herotic, pulsating Saturday afternoon struggles, in which no quarter is asked or given? It is a long and arduous task, demanding concentration by the players and a willingness to work.
The Trainer Tells You.
I Discussed training with the Everton trainer, Mr. Harry Cooke, whose good work undoubtedly paved the way for Everton's recent successes in League Cup. Harry Cooke reveals in his work and admits that the first month of a season's preparation –during August –is the most fascinating period because you get definite results. “Players come back after their weeks or rest, and you have to get busy on them right away, cramming plenty of hard work into just four weeks,” said Harry Cooke. “Still, it is enjoyable because you can see the men getting fitter and stronger every day. “With the ordinary routine training for the remainder of the season the results are not so easily disclosed, and that is why we rather enjoy this August ground-work.' “So far as the Everton players are concerned they have given me no worries, for no man was ‘out of condition' when he report. “The preparation has to be designed on scientific lines, for it would be folly to subject the men to hard, rigorous training right away, It must be done gradually. “The first few days are spent in long walks in the country. We cover many miles, and it serves to loosen the muscles of the players and get them ready for the shaper work to follow. “As soon as I see the players losing superfluous flesh and that their muscles become supple, they are given their first spell of ball practice –this, by the way, being the favourite training method with all players. Give them a ball and they are happy.
Foam Bath Training.
“One of the most important features of the Everton training is the foam bath. This is a modern device, which has proved most beneficial. It can reduce weight when necessary, and give added strength. We have found it an ideal training methods. “Short sprints, punch-ball exercises, skipping, and other gymnasium devices are gradually increased until the players begin to reach A1 fitness. “By the third week of training the men are in such condition as to be able to return to the ordinary weekly preparation. The Everton players are at that pitch, now, and we shall have full days ordinary training today and Thursday and half days on Wednesday and Friday. This consists of ball practice, running, gymnasium work, and baths.” I asked if Everton had introduced any new ideas into training this season. “Yes,” said Trainer Cooke, “and it means playing other games to prepare for the football game.
“We have tennis quoit courts out on the trial ground in which the players throw rubber rings to each other instead of using tennis rackets and balls. “This is a fast game, which promotes a keen eye, a quick wit, and sharpness off the mark. “The players also play plenty of golf, and this year they have played more cricket than in any other season. They have played three actual matches with outside orgainisation in addition to matches among themselves. “Last week we had bowls matches, and now there is keen rivalry between Tommy Johnson and Jimmy Dunn on one side and Dixie Dean and myself on the other. You see, we reached the final of a doubles competition, and the final was not played owing to a restriction on time. However, this ‘needle' match will be played shortly. There you have an idea of what players have to do before they can provide your weekly entertainment. It is hard, exacting work, but the players themselves contrive with quip and gag, to make it a pleasure.
• Jasper Kerr. a former Favourite at Goodison park, and Deepdale, has arrived to consolidate the New Brighton defence. He comes fully equipped on the score of experience gained with Everton and Preston, but Jasper will be taking on a new role for the first time. Hitherto a left back, he will more across to the right for the Rakers. Kerr, besides adding strength to New Brighton, should be able to assist the young players in improving their game. There are few football moves unknown to the Scot.
TEAM THAT CHOOSES ITSELF.
August 23 1933. Evening Express.
Everton Ready For the Albion.
By The Pilot.
Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
On the practice match form alone the eleven players stood out, and the item “Team selection” on Mr. Tom McIntosh's agenda of last evening's meeting of the boardroom must have occupied little more. One can visualize Mr. W. C. Cuff, the chairman, saying “Team for Saturday. Any proposition?” and someone remarking, “The usual.” Another voice saying “I second” then a sea of upraised hands signifying “Aye.” It must have happened something like that. It is a happy choice, for the eleven possesses perfect understanding, penetrative ability defensive strength. They should be capable of opening the campaign with a victory. This will be no easy matter, for the Albion have done well against the Blues of late, and last season captured all four points at stake.
A Thrilling Struggle.
There is no doubt that we shall see a thrilling struggle, for both sides can play fast, clever football. The Albion will choose their team tonight, it is expected that old favourates in Pearson, Shaw, the Richardson, Trentham and Glidden will be included. The West Bromwich club was founded in 1879, and like Everton, were original members of the Football League. Since then they have had a fair share of the honours, for they have carried off the F.A. Cup on three occasions, and have been runnings-up four times; have won the First Division championship once and the Second Division championship twice. Like most clubs, however, they have had their ups and downs. They first entered the premier circle in 1902-03 having gained the Second Division honours the previous season with 55 points from Middlesbrough. They did fairly well at the outset, but gradually fell away again and dropped back to their former status. At the close of 1910-11, however, they were again champions of Division Two, and their second experience of the First Division warfare proved much more successful, for in 1919-20 they won the First Division championship from Burnley with 60 points. Six seasons later they were once again relegated, but the close of 1930-31 saw them regain First Division status along with Everton after a keen struggle for the leadership. During the early meetings of these rivals at Goodison Park under First Division auspices the results generally went against the Albion. In post war games, however, they have made up considerable leeway, for of the eighteen points that have been at stake they have claimed 10 to Everton's 8. In all, the clubs have met under First Division auspices at Goodison park on 28 occasions, with the result that Everton have 17 victories to their credit to the Throstles 7; the remaining games being drawn.
Everton Reserves are due to visit the Albion Reserves, and will have John Balmer as leader of the attack. Everton Reserves; Coggins; Bocking, Jones; Clark, Gee, Archer; Critchley, McGourty, Balmer, Watson (J.G.), Turner.
• Wigan Athletic, today signed Jack O'Donnell, the Former Everton player. O'Donnell, who was with Hartlepools United last season, is a full back and can play in either position.
ARCHIE MAPHERSON TRANSFERRED TO NEW BRIGHTON
August 24 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The New Brighton football club made their biggest signing yesterday when they secured the transfer from Everton of Archie McPherson the half-back. McPherson, who is one of the coolest and cleverest footballers in the game was with Swansea Town club when Everton signed him in January 1930, about the time the Goodison club secured Williams also from the Welsh club. McPherson was previously with Notts County when Everton signed him it was stated unofficially that the transfer fee was over £5,000. Born at Glasgow McPherson stands 5ft 10 and half inches and weights 11 st 7lbs. He is a fine constructive half-back and I have seen him play very well indeed in the forward line. He joins a former Everton player in J. Kerr at Rake Lane, meanwhile J. O'Donnell the former Everton and Blackpool half-back, has been signed on by Wigan Athletic.
ALBION'S SIDE AT GOODISON PARK
August 25 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
It will be a case of the “old-times” in the Everton against West Bromwich Albion match at Goodison Park tomorrow, for there are no newcomers in either team's. Everton, as I have mentioned previously play their Cup winning team while Albion have old times on duty. The Albion team is; Pearson; Shaw Trentham; Murphy, Richardson (W.), Edwards; Glidden, Carter, Richardson (W.G.) Sandford, Wood.
TWO “ALL STAR” TEAMS AT GOODISON.
August 25 1933. Evening Express.
12 Internationals in Blues and West Brom sides.
By the Pilot.
No fewer than 12 internationals and four international trial players will be seen at Goodison Park. These include six members of the Albion side and ten of the Everton team. With such a galaxy of football “stars” one can visualize a mighty attendance, for I understand that special excursions are being run from the Midlands for the benefit of the Albion supporters. And what of the game? The merit of each player due to appear is well known. Both clubs are replying on men who have been put to the test and not been found wanting. I think the side which settles down and quicker will gather the spoils. I have no reason to think other than winning team will be Everton. I appreciate that the Throstles can chirp a merry tune with their fast, exhilarating football, which, though speedy, lacks something in subtlety. Yet Everton are a fine football side –exercise in its development, deadly in its finishing, and the players have the visually for varying their methods in a discerning manner. Games between these clubs rarely provided big scores –a tribute to the respective defenses –and there seems to be no reason for an exception to this rule. In Shaw I think Albion have the best English right back playing, and Trentham make shim a splendid partner. Everton's Cook-Cresswell combination is not one whit inferior in fact, as a pair, I prefer them to the Albion due. Everton hold the balance in goal, even though Pearson always plays inspired football against the Blues –shades of Old Trafford –and the intermediary divisions compare favorably. It appears to be a matter of attack, and if the Blues strike the form, which carried them to their Wembley triumph, then it should decide the day. Everton; Sagar; Cook Cresswell; Britton, White Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson Stein. West Bromwich Albion; Pearson; Shaw, Trentham; Murphy, Richardson (W.), Edwards; Glidden, Carter, Richardson (W.G.), Sandford, Wood.
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THE ALBION VISIT
August 26 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton, the Cup holders, who are at home to West Bromwich Albion today, play the team that won the cup. The Albion too, have no newcomers in the side compared with last season. The game should provide one of the finest matches of the day, for the Albion always give of their best against Everton and we should see a great struggle this afternoon. The Albion won at Goodison Park last season by 2-1, but I think Everton will prevail today. The Kick off is at 3.15 and the teams will be; Everton; Sagar, Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson, Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. West Bromwich Albion; Pearson; Shaw, Trentham; Murphy, Richardson (W.), Edwards; Glidden, Carter, Richardson (W.G.), Sandford, Wood.
EVERTON MASTER THE THROSTLES
August 26 1933. Evening Express. Football Edition.
Dean's Goal A Winner.
By the Pilot.
People wearing panamas and straw hats, and without coats and waistcoats, were along the 35000 spectators at Goodison Park, where Everton opened the season with a visit from West Bromwich Albion. Both teams relied on old friends. The referee found it so hot that he removed himself of his coat. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook, and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goal, Shaw and Trentham, backs; Murphy, Richardson (W.), and Edwards half-backs; Glidden, Carter (V.), Richardson (W.G.), Sandford, and Wood forwards. Referee Mr. W. Walden, (Nottingham).
Dean won the toss and the advantage of the sun. Under a lusty Cook clearance, Dean played Stein with a choice header, and the outside left bore past Shaw to bring Pearson to his knees. Wood broke through from a delicate Sandford pass, but his low centre failed either friend or foe. An acrobatic feat by Richardson (W.) Failed to stop Dunn, who enabled Geldard to force a corner. From this Johnson header was pushed against the crossbar by Pearson and away for a other corner. Following this Cook contributed his nice match dribble, barging his way up the centre and enabling Dunn to test Pearson.
Shaw in the Breach.
Shaw stood in the breach against a rampant Stein and Sagar twice had to save harmless passes placed too far forward by the Albion raiders. Some of Everton's short passing had was rather too precise, and so some promising movements had been nipped in the bud by the quick tackling Throstles. The delicacy of Dean's heading and quickness of Dunn's pass enabled Stein to get through with a clear field, but against the advancing Pearson, Stein tried a poor effort, shooting yards wide. Wood was boring through on the left when Cook rushed over, and in trying am trick, the ball touch, hit Wood's leg. Wood had to have attention. Sagar allowed a ball to bounce of his chest so that Thomson had to concede a corner and Glidden's flag kick flew across in a inviting manner, but no one was there to convert or clear. Everton took up the running, Dean's enterprise enabling him to outwit the defence and get Geldard away. The ball travlled too fast however and Pearson was able to come out and he cleared. It was hard, grueling football, with nothing to chose between the sides, and the pace was remarkable considering the conditions. Richardson (W.G.) realizing he was offside fielded the ball and placed it only for the free kick, much to the amusement of the crowd. Sagar and Pearson were called on to clear away dangerous centres before Dunn had a shot on the turn. This went wide.
The combined Everton forward movement was started and finished by Johnson, who took the final pass Geldard to being Pearson full length. Sandford improved on intricate work by Glidden to almost knock down the net with a first timer. Then Richardson (W.G.) raced through on his own, but Cresswell prevented an accurate shot. Dean was fouled by Richardson and then contributed a useful header which Pearson gathered in good style. Pearson had an inspired period, fisting away a Britton centre, then saving a mighty drive from white in miraculous fashion. Occasionally the referee in his unusual white shirt was confessed with players, and now Richardson (W.G.) charged Mr. Walden, but the referee took it with a smile.
Pearson was positively brilliant and had it not been for his anticipation and his fielding, Everton must have taken a goal. He always seems to give wonderful displays against the Blues. Dean gained the distinction of getting Everton's first goal of the season, beating Pearson after 32 minutes. Dunn fed Stein, who headed the ball in the goalmouth, Dean wriggled his way past two defenders, and with Pearson who advanced as few yards headed the bouncing ball into the net. Johnson ran through to net from a Dean pass, but the goal was disallowed on the grounds of offside. Everton were dominating the play at this stage, Johnson, with the ball running away from him, shot wide. Trentham made the highest kick of the game to concede a corner, and had Dunn not been present, Johnson would have stepped through to do damage. Richardson (W.G.) let go from outside the penalty area, but his shot lacked direction. Stein, broke through and crossed a beautiful ball from which Dean headed against the bar amids great excitement. Dunn had a shot charged down, and Johnson joining in the Erverton shooting, placed a foot wide. Everton were playing fine football at this stage, the Albion defenders having that extra punch which had proved an valuable to them in the early stages.
Half-time Everton 1 West Bromwich Albion 0.
It had been an exhilarating game so far, developing an amazing pace considering the heat. The Albion had well held their own, but as soon as Everton scored the Midlanders faded away. Pearson had been the hero of the first half. Thousands of the crowd, which had increased to well over 40,000, were sitting and standing coatless long before the second half began, with the multi-coloured shirts I have never seen so much colour at Goodison Park before. Pearson was determined to continue as the star artist, and he made a magnificent save from Dean's header, leaping backwards with outstretched hand to tip the ball over the bar when a goal seemed certain. Again Pearson leapt in to the air to gather a perfect centre from Stein. With Dean thirsting for the second goal. Perspiration was running off the players, but not for one moment did the pace decrease, and though the Albion were happy for a few minutes, only one ball reached Sagar, this a long shot from Sandford.
We saw an incident –a sporting incisive probably unparalleled in modern football, which the crowd was not slow to appreciate. Stein cut in with a great drive, and Pearson, though fielding the ball, was winded. It was obvious that he could not retain possession, but Stein, seeing Pearson's condition, ignored the ball which Pearson had dropped and supported the goalkeeper, whereupon the referee suspended play. Pearson was able to continue, and the spectators gave a rousing rally to the Albion hero and the sportsmanlike Stein. Twice Cresswell had to concede corners to hold up Wood, and Cook's intrepid interventions saved, quite a lot of brother in some snappy Albion raiding. The teams continued evenly matched, though Everton were rather more deliberate and thoughtful in their endeavours. Final Everton 1 West Bromwich Albion 0.
EVERTON RAIDS FAIL
August 26 1933. Evening Express Football Edition.
Jones Scored for West Bromwich Reserves.
West Bromwich Reserves, last season's Central league, champions opened the season by meeting Everton Reserves at the Hawthorns. There was a good crowd, and both sides were strongly represented, Everton kicked off against a powerful sun and Crowe was early called upon. A clever movement between McGourty, J. Balmer and Critchley resulted in the winger sending across a perfect centre, which the goalkeeper caught before Watson could reach it. Albion's reply was equally menacing, Raw sending in a high shot, which nearly took Coggins by surprise. The ball traveled quickly from end to end. During another well-executed Everton raid, both Watson and Balmer had powerful shots charged down. After 22 minutes Albion took the lead through Jones, and later Coggins saved brilliantly from Jones and Robbins at short range, while Balmer brought Crowe to his knees. Half-time Albion Res 1 Everton Res 0. Magee, the Albion veteran, was cheered for a pretty piece of work in a tackle with Turner, but Griffiths, the ex-Evertonian, failed to improve on the opening made by the half-backs. Everton were showing up much better than the Throstles, their forward work being more combined. In a breakaway Albion almost took the lead Jones putting in a hard drive which beat Coggins all the way but rebounded from an upright for Bocking to clear.
EVERTON 1 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 (Game 1437 over-all)-(Div 1 1395)
August 28 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's Fine Win.
One Goal Suffices Against Albion.
Pearson A Great Goalkeeper.
Dean's headed goal; thirty-three minutes after the start, was the only one of the match at Goodison Park, where 35,000 people, attired in the flimsiest garb, saw West Bromwich Albion defeated. The heat, sufficient to cause the referee, Mr. Walden, of Nottingham to discard the conventional blazer told upon all but the players who put up an interesting, if not epic encounter while perspiration streamed down the faces of the onlookers.
Let it be put on record straight away that Everton won handsomely. For more so than the solitary goal indicates; yet not without a certain amount of anxiety, since Albion were always capable of getting an equaliser. While the one goal served in the end it was never certain to carry the day. Apart from the heat one thing should remain indelibly marked in a memory of Stein –his failure to score against Pearson, Pearson, too, will probably have vivid memory of a great display and single handed duel, against Stein. Apart from his first sin of omission, when he missed an easy scoring chance, Stein did everything a good winger can be expected to accomplished. Yet Pearson always countered his shots, which is what made Stein's sporting action when he supported the goalkeeper (whom was “out on his feet” to use a boxing phrase) rather than challenge him for possession after following up due of his own best shots.
Next in order of import one would say was Dean's headwork. A goal and the chance of many others for colleagues was the result of his work; through the woodwork, intervened on Pearson's behalf on a couple of occasions. Dean played in his brightest vein. There were times when the Everton precision of last back-end was evident; notably on the left wing, but in their most moderate spells, the wingers were a match for a side that moved by fits and starts and seemed to have lost their front of goal potency. Richardson (W.G.), Sandford and Carter, the last a little slow, were rarely linked up. When they succeeded in combining they took the move a stage too far, and such faults were easily and rightly shown up in all their futility by backs like Cresswell and Cook and Sagar who judged his outgoing perfectly.
White The Best Half-Back.
White was perhaps, the best half-back on the field. Albion's terriers did well, but they were too busily occupied defending to concentrate the whole of their skill and reserve to attacking matters. Likewise Shaw and Trentham, who defended well, yet never cleared the ball judiciously as Cresswell does. There is much cleverness in long punt from a full-back, but these dour little men have not learned the trick. . Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook, and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goal, Shaw and Trentham, backs; Murphy, Richardson (W.), and Edwards half-backs; Glidden, Carter (V.), Richardson (W.G.), Sandford, and Wood forwards. Referee Mr. W. Walden, (Nottingham).
Results Division One; Arsenal 1 (Jack), Birmingham 1 (Bradford); Aston Villa 2 (Astley, Waring), Leciester City 3 (Maw (2), Lochhead); Blackburn Rovers 4 (Thompson (3), Bruton), Leeds United 2 (Hydes, Cochrane); Huddersfield Town 2 (McLean, Smith (j), Smith), Sunderland 1 (Yorston); Manchester City 2 (Hird, Tilson), Sheffield Wednesday 3 (Ball, Leach, Burgess); Middlesbrough 3 (Williams Camsell, Warren), Derby County 1 (Bowers); Newcastle United 2 (Lang, Atken), Portsmouth 2 (Weddle, Rutherford); Sheffield United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0; Stoke City 1 (Liddle), Chelsea 0; Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 (Phillips, Hartill, Barraclough), Liverpool 2 (Wright Hodgson (Penalty).
WEST BROMWICH ALBION RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 0
August 28 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 1)
Albion proved themselves worthy winner, and but for Coggins Everton would have been more heavily beaten. Jones, Albion's new centre-forward, was a resourceful leader and scored a good goal, Boyes adding a second. Everton were the clever side early on, but in the second half were well held. Bocking defended well. Everton Reserves: - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Jones, backs; Clark, Gee and Archer half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Balmer, Watson (J.G.), and Turner forwards.
Everton “A” 8 Liverpool “A” 3.
Liverpool County Combination.
Displaying fine craft and speed Everton “A” outclassed Liverpool at Penny-lane. Some of the wingers moves were positively brilliant, and the Liverpool halves, with the exception of Bush, who alone seemed capable of dealing with them. The Everton wingers, Birtley and Leyfield, were outstanding, though there was scarcely a weakness in the side. Jackson made several effective clearances at right back and Webster led the line with skill. Talbot, in goal for Liverpool did well, Dewar, the South Africa, had a difficult man to face in Leyfield. Scorers; Leyfield (3), Birtley (2), Webster (2), and Griffiths for Everton and Bush (2), and Griffiths (Own goal) for Liverpool.
THE SUN AND PEARSON
August 28 1933. Evening Express.
They Both Shrone at Goodison.
By the Pilot.
The sun and Pearson. It is difficult to state, which shone more brightly at Everton's opening match of the season. Everton won 1-0, but Pearson, a 6ft, goalkeeper, with tremendous reach and “outsize” hands, was solely responsible for preventing Everton scoring several goals. After the first 30 minutes the Albion were outplayed by the Blues. That is to say, ten of them were outplayed; Pearson certainly was not. Shot after shot rained in on this agile “giant.” They came at all angles –swift and sure. Then a sudden leap, a mighty catch, and once again the Blues were denied. A margin of a single goal does not indicate marked superiority or good shooting. I say emphatically, however, that Everton did finish well, but they caught Pearson on a super-day when he could do nothing wrong. Pearson invariably reserves his best displays for Everton. His success on Saturday was directly due to his own efficiently and daring. One thing I noted which the Everton forwards failed to do. That was to try ground shots. Had they done so I think they would have met with greater success. Practically every shot aimed at Pearson's charge –and they were numerous –was of the fast rising variety, so that a leap and a clutch with those long arms served Pearson. He had only one ground shot to save –in the first half.
Artistic Attack. There was distinct artistry in attack, and though plenty of forethought was made to bear in development schemer were carried out with remarkable speed. The Albion half-backs could not cope with the accurate raids of the Everton forwards, among whom Dean, Johnson, and Stein, were outstanding, and this brought extra pressure to bear on Shaw and Trentham, who fought valiantly against overwhelming odds. Everton had the best player on the field in Thomson. He was the least conspicuous of the 22, yet, hardly made a false step. His feeding with a dangerous lob of shot, low transfer was delightful. His defence also was splendid. White worked hard in the middle and overshadowed the dangerous Richardson (W.G.) Britton was his usual “classic” self. Cook was an unceremonious, lusty-kicking defender, who was never beaten, while Cresswell, apart from a propensity to hold off the tackle now and again played well. Sagar had little to do, but that little was performed well. Everton exploited the short-passing game with the occasionally swinging pass to the opposite flank, but I would advise them not to be too gentle with their short passes. Some fell short in the early stages, and were easily picked up by the quick Albion interveners. It was a happy start –more promising then the score indicates –and there is no reason to think otherwise than that the Blues will be “right in the fight” again.
FOOTBALLER'S MANY VENTURES.
Nottingham Evening Post - Tuesday 29 August 1933
UNSUCCESSFUL BUSINESS AS LICENSEE.
DEFICIENCY OF £174.
How professional footballer became licensed victualler at various public-houses, then gave it up and started dealing in coal, was described at a creditors' meeting in Nottingham to-day, conducted by the Official Receiver (Mr. L. A. West). The debtor was Ellis Gee, haulage contractor, of 22, South End, Grassmoor, Derbyshire. i His atsets were estimated to be nil, and his deficiency 7s. 3d. There were 16 unsecured creditors. Lack of capital, trade depression, keen competition, and continual breaking down of his motor lorry were attributed as the reasons due to his failure. Gee stated that before 1912 he was a professional footbajler. After giving up that occupation he carried on as licensed vicj tualler at various public-houses, but did not meet with much success. He discontinued this business in 1926. acquired a Ford convertible lorry, and started doing haulage work. He also did a little dealing coal, and, for a time, ran a transport service for colliery workers to and from Holmevvood Colliery.
SOLD LORRY FOR SCRAP.
Owing to the heavy costs of maintenance of the' lorry he did not make any profit, and gradually became in arrear with the payment of accounts. He discontinued the business in July, 1932, and sold the lorry for scrap. The home had been maintained his wife who, it was stated, runs an omnibus service. (The household furniture belonged to his wife, I and Gee admitted knowledge of insolvency in 1923. The affairs were left in the hands the ' Official Receiver.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 BLACKPOOL RESERVES 1
August 29 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 2)
George Turner Penalty Miss.
Everton's opening game at Goodison Park was not a brilliant affair, for after a bright opening during which Everton schemer and worked effectively, they were poor finishers. In the later stages there was a series of onslaughts on the visitors goal, without the Goodison forwards being able to drive home the all-important shot. The early play saw Roxburgh saving from Turner and Balmer, and after a lengthily spell of defence, Blackpool broke away and Raffray hit the underside of the bar. Turner missed a penalty, but at the half hour Everton scored a shot from McGourty being deflected in to the goal by Cardwell. Away went Blackpool to snap a quick equaliser Smith (J.) scoring from Thomas's centre. The outstanding incidents of a second half that revealed Everton indulging in most of the pressure, were two great leaders from Balmer and Coggins. Forestalling Smith and Thomas, with a couple of smart clearances . Everton Reserves: - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Jones backs; Clark, Gee and Archer half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Balmer, Watson (T.G.), and Turner, forwards.
EVERTON VISIT TO DERBY
August 30 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton are due at Derby County, where last season they were beaten by 2 goals to nothing. The Cup-holders played well enough on Saturday against West Bromwich Albion to justify confidence in their ability to hold their own today. But it will be a stiff test against Barker, Cooper and company. The Everton team is unchanged from Saturday, Kirby, the Derby County goalkeeper, was injured on Saturday at Middlesbrough, but is expected to turn out. The sides are: - Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Derby County; Kirby; Cooper, Collins; Nicholas, Barker, Keen; Crooks, Hutchinson, Bowers, Groves Duncan.
August 30 1933. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
Everton are unchanged for their match with Derby County at the Baseball Ground tonight, so the Rams followers will have an opportunity of seeing the F.A. cup winning side and the conquerors of West Bromwich Albion. This is one of the blues' hardest matches of the season, and though they always serve up the fine footbal1, at Derby they rarely have much good luck. If the Evertonians are at their best, I see no reason why they should not, at least, come away with a point. They have the necessary football craft and the penetrative force. What matters a great deal is the ability to settle down to their game quickly. I always admire their short-passing game, but some of the attackers must not exploit this tactics too easily. If the transfer is made deliberately and precisely then it discounts the ability of quick tacklers to nip the move in the bud. The County are still doubtful regarding the constitution of their eleven, but it is not expected that there will be change from Saturday. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
DERBY COUNTY 1 EVERTON 1
August 31 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's point at Derby.
Last Minute Goal Saves The County.
Blues Good Football.
Everton led at Derby from twenty-seventh minute to the eight-ninth minute. Dean had scored for them from a long punt by Cook. He made one solitary kick beyond the back and then placed a perfect goal. The first half went its way with much interesting football, both sides aiming at combination, but Derby had extraordinary failures at their final attempts to make a pass and all their good initial work became as naught because the Everton defence, playing with much judgement, cut in to end Derby's rather neat raiders. Derby in the second half had many dangerous spells, but it seemed to be impossible for Derby to round off or even match an impression upon their rivals. However, the attacks grew especially in the last five minutes, and the game tended in a sensational draw, when after White had put the ball out to touch, following so intense attack by Crooks, Dunn was offered a pass by Johnson. He was unable to reach it in time with the result that the ball went out to the ever capable Duncan, whose long swift centre was met by Bowers, no more than two yards out, and Sagar had no chance with a do-or-die-shot.
There was no more time left except for the placing of the ball in the centre of the field, and so Everton lost a point through continued pressure, and praiseworthy persistence by a side that was plainly staggered when Dean took the lead in neat fashion. Actually the game did not produce many shots on the mark. Sagar ran out and leaping enormous heights only once failed to connect with the ball. His leap-catch is quite one of his strongest points and he was in no way blameworthy for the final surprise. It was a very hard game on grass that one is not accustomed to associate with baseball grounds and such even turf offered players much scope for presenting their arts. There were 25,581 spectators to see, the opening of a new stand at the back of the Osmaston goal, a stand very similar to that at Leciester City's ground. The only weakness Everton showed was on the right wing, where Geldard developed a habit of passing rather than centring the ball, thus gaining ground and causing the defence to cornentrate in the goal area. He was also slow of his mark and cumbersome in his ideas of using the ball from the extreme part of the field. Play was very interesting and had its exciting periods through its grand finale, but Derby could have blamed themselves had their lost the match, in view of the fact that they applied a much pressure without making this slightest impression on White, Cook, Cresswell and Sagar. On the other hand Everton deserved highmarks for playing good football, for keeping the ball on the ground cohesion in a tussle that did not present many opportunities for Stein. Yet Johnson had a splendid second half, whereas Dunn, who had been outstanding in the first half, appeared to tire. Dunn offered sufficient to make the wheels go round in the first half. Therefore it was sad to reflect the lack of pace, in the eight-ninth minutes to reach a ground pass which caused the ball to be sent out to Duncan with a goal consequent.
Kirby's Good Length.
On the Derby side, Kirby, without much to attend to was noteworthy for his length of kicks. Cooper was as stalwart at ever. Keen had a wretched first half and brilliant second half. In fact, I am not to use it was not Keen who inspired the final rallies, although Duncan as usual was the dominating character of the attack, Crooks being below par. Bowers was in the grip of White for all but a minute, and White was the stoutest member of the party when defence and defiance were the order of the closing minutes. Teams: - Derby County: - Kirby goal; Cooper and Collins, backs; Nicholas, Barker, and Keen, half-backs; Crooke, Hutchinson, Bowers, Groves, and Duncan, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein forwards. Referee Mr. Caseley (Wolverhampton).
DRAMATIC LAST MINUTE GOAL.
August 31 1933. Evening Express.
Derby Rally That Cost Blues A Point.
By the Pilot.
There was a touch of real drama about the closing stages of Everton's match with Derby Country, at Derby. With three minutes to go, Everton led by the only goal of the match. The Derby players rolled up their sleeves and set about their task of saving a point. Everton fell back on defence, covering up each and every loophole. Crooks wriggled his way round three players, only to find White an insurmountable barrier. Two minutes left, and Cook placed the ball to the stand roof. One minute left and Crooks again made a thrust, which was parried. Every Everton player was falling back. The referee looked at his watch and glanced towards a linesman for a signal. Forty-five minutes had gone, but there was still a minute and a half to go, owing to a stoppage through an injury to Geldard. Johnson received the ball after another County raid and looked as if he would boot it away to the crowd. He heard a cry “Here, Tommy.” Johnson changed his mind and made a low forward pass. Quick as lighting a Derby defender nipped in and fed Duncan on the left. Duncan cut in and crashed in a low centre. Bowers shot out a leg and the ball flashed to the back of the net. What a cheer went up. The ball was centred but no sooner has Dean kicked it than the final whistle sounded, Result 1-1.
The County deserved their point for their spirited rally, which came as a fitting climax to a fine display of football in which Everton again demonstrated their power as a lively football force. Dean scored Everton's goal after 28 minutes. It was hard, fierce football with the defence outstanding. The four “C”s at back –Cook, Cresswell, cooper and Collins –were fine, Collins improving considerably once keen had settled down at left half. White was the complete pivot, despite a temporary illness during the interval, and of the forwards, none did better than the Everton inside trio, who could hold the ball, draw their man, and make an accurate pass to position. Britton and Thomson also did well, but Stein was finely watched by Nichols and Cooper.
Birmingham have a revised team for their match with Everton at Birmingham on Saturday. The defence is unchanged, but the forward line will be led by Haywood, with Bradford and Curtis on the left, Birmingham; Hibbs; Booton, Barkas; Stoker, Morrall, Calladine; McGurt, Grosvenor, Haywood, Bradford, Curtis.