PLAYERS REPORT BACK TO TRAINING.
July 31, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The first players to report at Goodison Park was Sagar, followed by Dean, who is usually the first to arrival. The players were welcome by Tom McIntosh the secretary who said "We are glad to report, that Dean, White and Williams who were injured last season are feeling fit to take their customary places, so we have no new players but the are movements with a view to the future! Dean, who had two operations last season, is confident that he has made a complete recovery, and is looking forward to the start of the season and a return to his old form. The players started the day with roadwork as a preliminary to training.
MOTORIST FINED £10 AT ORMSKIRK
Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 31 July 1934
Ex-Southport Footballer "JAMES. H. WRIGHT, of Linaker-street, Southport, formerly a professional footballer with Southport and Everton, was fined £10 by the Ormskirk magistrates yesterday on summons for being under the influence of drink whilst in charge of motor car. He was also ordered to pay £1 12s, costs and two guineas advocate’s fee. It was alleged that on Thursday, June 28th, defendant drove along Grimshaw-lane, Ormskirk on the wrong side of the road at fast speed, he mounted the footpath, came off again, and swerved back on to the footpath and into the hedge. Defendant, who said was coal depot manager, and had been a professional footballer for 25 years, having played for Everton and Southport, stated that theon the night in question he had five glasses of mild beer. Six drinks would not bring him under the influence of drink. He was quite capable of driving the car. He felt a jolt through a hole in the road and went into the hedge. S everal witnesses, including the licensees of hotels where Wright had called said that Wright was quite sober. P.C. V, R. Appleton, Southport Borough Police, said that in his opinion defendant was fit to drive a car.
EVERTON SIGN THREE AMATEURS.
August 1, 1934. Evening Express.
And Transfer Johnny McGourty.
By the Pilot.
Everton are at last in the transfer news –with three signings and one departure. The signing are three amateurs. They are.
• Dickinson, centre forward, from Guilden Sutton.
Jack Mayfield, outside right, from Skelmersdale United.
J. Balmer, centre forward, from Collegiate Old Boys.
The transfer is Everton's inside forward - Johnny McGourty, who today joined Hamilton Academicals. McGourty came to Everton from Patrick Thistle two seasons ago, and made several appreances with the senior eleven. He did not, however, fulfil his early promise. The new recruits are promising material. Dickinson is 5ft 9ins, and 11 ½ st. He played in Everton's last Central league game last season. Mayfield is 18 years old and has done well with Skelmersdale. Balmer is the son of a former Everton full-back. He played for Everton in Reserves and "A" team matches last season.
EVERTON STRIKE A NEW NOTE IN FOOTBALL TRAINING.
August 2, 1934. Evening Express.
Brightness to Bring Rightness at Goodison.
By the Pilot.
New days, new ways! Let me introduce you to the cheeriest training camp for footballers in the whole country –Goodison Park – where Everton players are fitting themselves for the season that begins on August 25. Gone is the old tedious curriculum of sprinting, physical exercises, and ball practice. Enjoyment is the keynote of the new method. Getting fit at Goodison is not a labour but a pleasure. The underlying-theory of Trainer, Harry Cooke's methods is "The brighter football training can be made, the better the results." Let me explain that running, sprinting, ball practice, and the other usual methods are adopted. They are essentials, but there is so much variety in the Everton training that the players take these orthodox things in their stride. When I walked on the ground I saw the players at ball practice, but ball practice with a difference. Instead of using footballs they were playing around with small runner balls no bigger than tennis balls. These smaller balls are used mainly to perfect ball-control and the ability to trap a ball. Some of the tricks the players played with the small balls were astonishing. The smaller object certainly develops a keen eye and keen judgement. On the training ground there are two courts marked out where the players play deck tennis. In this game the players throw rubber rings over a net and the game is exceptionally fast.
It makes Them Quick.
Harry Cooke assured me that the game ensures a quick-thinking brain, a quick eye, physical and mental coordination, and speed. My you have to move when playing deck tennis! Some of the players have become really expert, and I am told that Cliff Britton is the "star" performer. As I watched them I did not wonder that some of the passengers on the liner which conveyed the team to the Canary Islands were given some shocks. Brighter training does not end there. Also on the practice ground is a full sized cricket pitch. This has been rolled and marked out by the players and they do enjoy themselves. One thing is barred in cricket. That is fat bowling so we shall hear no complaints of "body-line" or "leg theory" from Walton way. The attack is limited to slow spin bowling, and the form shown proves that Everton may spring surprise on their friends from Liverpool when they meet at Upton on Monday, even though the Reds may start favourites. Swimming has become part and parcel of Everton's training and on several days of the week the entire team goes to Bootle baths for a swim. Tommy White is one not satisfied with these outings. I found him swimming around the plunge bath. He is like a seal in the water.
And Brighter Recreation.
So much for the brighter training. What of the brighter recreation? Yes there is plenty to amuse the players at Goodison Park. There is one of the best-equipped recreation rooms in the country where the players can spend their time at play between training spells. There are two full-sized and delightful billiards tables, dominoes "house," and other games, a piano, wireless, and a canteen. The favourite beverage is graph fruit, and on the first day of training no fewer then eight dozen bottles were sold, and Secretary Tom Mcintosh had to send a hasty message to the retailers for further supplies. Any profits from the sale of soft drinks and chocolates are devoted to providing books and magazines. Is it any wonder that the players are always anxious to get to Goodison Park and loathe to leave? I was delighted to find everyone looking so fit and well and all are looking forward to another title winning season. There is a clean bill of health and Harry Cooke is now busy going through the names for the famous foam-baths. Ben Williams was in a bath of "froth" when I arrived and Dixie Dean had just come out.
New Colour Scheme.
Mr. Tom McIntosh as usual his cheery self and looking in the pink –or brown –of condition following a holiday at Hoylake, seems happy to be back in harness, and the Everton "office" is so advanced that I noticed the score board is ready for August 25. I was deeply indebted to Mr. Ernest Green, the vice-chairman, who kindly conducted me around the ground, pointing out the various improvements. Mr. Green is now acting chairman of the Grounds Committee in the absence of Mr. Harry Banks, who is still indisposed. I can assure Mr. Banks that the work on the ground is being carried on just as he would like it to be. The first thing which struck me was the new colour-scheme. Instead of the dark and light greens, which adorned the massive stands, there is now a shade of grass green and a light yellowish green. It looks most effective. The stands have been painted throughout, and all the corridors white-wasted or cleaned with water-paint. The playing area looks different –and is different. The cinder-track on the edge, which used to slope down to the concrete walls has been filled in and it is now all level. This alteration has effected only one section –the police. The policemen used to sit inside the walls on small forms, but now Everton are going to build recesses for them similar to those at Anfield. The grass itself is rather burned-up in places, but considering the severity of the drought, I was surprised that so much grass had grown in the goal areas and in the centre of the field.
Mr. Green then proudly revealed to me the secrets of Everton's new heating plant –all done by electricity. Gone are the old coke-heated boilers and the old fashioned washing devices. Now there are separate boilers for the home and visiting dressing-rooms, and water can be heated to any temperature by the turning of a knob, which shuts off the heat when the required temperature has been reached. The heating in future will be done by electric fans, which bow a current of warm air through the rooms. I tell you, nothing is too good for Everton. The club has installed a complete and modern laundry with a machine, which washes mangles, dries, and irons the clothes, and there is also an automatic airing cabinet. No, Everton have no plans for "taking in washing" but these devices are going to save a great deal of time and money. I came away from the ground deeply impressed by the happy feeling in the camp and the fine condition of the players.
August 4, 1934. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
Congratulations to Mr. W. C. Cuff, the popular chairman of Everton football club! Mr. Cuff has been elected a member of the Football Association international selection committee. This is one of the biggest honours in football legislation. It may not signify much, but I can assure you that it is a most important role. Mr. Cuff's sound judgement will be invaluable to that committee. He will stand out for the choice of the best men for each position, and I have hopes that his influence will enable England to win back the international championship from Wales.
Footballers at Cricket.
If you want to have a good afternoon's sport on Monday why not visit Upton cricket ground and see some of the leading Merseyside footballers playing the bat and ball game? The annual fixture between the Liverpool and Everton teams is to be played there, and there is likely to be some fun, as well as good cricket. Liverpool, because they possess the ex-Lancashire county player Gordon Hodgson, are installed as "favourites" but the men from Goodison Park are quietly confident." The best batsman in the two sides may prove to be, Tom Bradshaw who has been knocking up centuries while on holiday in Scotland. Everton have a really fine cricketer in Archie Clark who can bowl and bat, and, in fact, Everton consider themselves the better all-round side. Well, time will show. Here are the teams: -
Everton; Dean, Clark, Gee, White (wicketkeeper), Geldard, Mercer, Watson, (T.G), Grififths, Higham, Bentham, Leyfields. Liverpool: Hodgson; Bradshaw, McPherson, Alden, Glassey, Blenkinsopp, Done, Nieuwenhuys, Carr, Riley, Savage.
EVERTPN LOSE IN CRICKET MATCH
August 7, 1934. Liverpool Daily Post
Played at Upton cricket ground, in connection with upton horticultural show, the cricket match between Everton and Liverpool, was characterized by the same keen rivalry that the players display in the football field and resulted in a victory for Liverpool. By the narrow margin of 87 runs to 82 runs, for Everton Clark took four for 30, and Gee five for 43, and Liverpool, Hodgson five for 19, and Savage three for 9, Hodgson hit four 4's and Savage seven 4's. Liverpool, Bradshaw, b Clark 1, Riley b gee 3, Nieuwenbury b Clark 0, Akten b Gee 0, Hodgson Ibw b Clark 24, McPherson b Clark 12, Dabbs c Watson b Gee 6, T Savage st, White b Gee 34, Carr b Gee 7, Dune b Higham 0, Glassey not out 0, extres 0, total 87. Everton, Geldard c Dabbs b Savage 21, Watson b Hodgson 6, Gee c McPherson b Hodgson 0 Cunliffe b Riley o Clark b Hodgson 0 White b Hodgson 8, Britton c Done b Savage 12, Bentham not out 11, Higham c Dabbs b Savage 0, Dean c and b Hodgson 10, Griffiths run out 6, extras 8 total 82
EVERTON CHAIRMAN TELL YOU WHAT HE THINKS.
August 9, 1934. Evening Express.
The Basic of Confidence
By Mr. Cuff, in an Interview.
The team selected to uphold the prestige of Everton will prove to be a combination of youthful enthusiasm and ripe experience. That team will go out on to the field knowing full well that Everton, as a club, demands and expects classic football. Throughout its history Everton football Club has had the reputation of always playing good scientific football. We, at Goodison Park, are jealous of that reputation. Anything on the field of play which may tend to rob tradition of some of its lustre is frowned on by the powers that be, who firmly believe that in ensuring good football they are following the express wishes of Everton supporters. The prospects for season 1934-35 appear to be highly promising. Remember there is marked ability as a firm basic for our confidence. Take our defence. We believe it to be one of the soundest in the League, yes, in the country. It gives one a feeling of safety; there is solidity about it. A good defence is half the battle for it enables the men in front to play with that confidence so essential to success. In other words, they go about their work in the knowledge that in the rear everything is safe and sound.
Not Only "Stoppers."
Then we have halfbacks who can provide their forwards with inviting passes and who resolutely refuse to act the role of "stoppers" only. The constructive ability of any side depends simply and solely on the ability of the intermediates to provide the working material for the attackers. At Goodison Park we have such players. Each man plays with his head and makes sure that not only are the passes made to the best-positioned colleagues, but that they are served up in such a manner as to enable the forward to take the ball easily and speedily. More father forward and you will find we have a young and clever line of speedy, sharpshooting forwards –men capable of placing Everton once again among the premier honours. Not the least encouraging feature is the fully restored of our centre forward –William Dean. Dean appears to have recovered his former zest for the game and his multitude of admirers may, I think, anticipate an early resumption of that brilliant exposition of centre-forward play for which, when in form, he is unsurpassed. I make no apology for stating that when William Dean is in form there is no centre forward playing today to compare with him. With Dean absolutely fit and moreover, absolutely confident, I do not think Everton will be beset by forward worries. The players I am certain, have the club at heart and will be anxious to once again be fighting for the championship and trying hard to make another appearance at Wembley. We, in the boardroom, view the coming campaign with a confidence, which I know will not be misplaced. Visitors to Goodison Park will find that everything possible has been done for their comfort. The stands and corridors have been renovated and painted with any in the land. I feel certain that if we can snatch up a winning vein early on, then the 1934-25 skies will be blue for the Blues.
DEAN LEADS EVERTON AGAIN
August 10, 1934. Evening Express.
Dixie's 4 th Season as Captain.
Teams For First Trial.
By the Pilot.
W. R. (Dixie) Dean, Everton's English international centre-forward, has been re-elected captain of Everton for the coming season. The vice-captain will once again be Jock Thomson, the tall Scottish international left half-back. This will be the fourth successive season that Dean and Thomson have been leaders of the Blues. During that time the club, has won the championship of the Football League and the Football Association Cup. Dean has always proved himself the idea leader, and when he was off injured for long periods last term Thomson revealed capable power of captaincy. Everton are making interesting experiments for their opening trial match which takes place at Goodison Park on Monday evening. In the Blues eleven –the probable first team –Tommy White the versatile Southport player who has figured in practically every forward and half-back position, will be played at inside left as partner to Stein. White has hitherto proved himself a brilliant inside-forward, and in Everton's last championship year –1931-32 –he participated in the Everton scoring revels from October to the end of November. White should lend that additional power and weight to the attack, which was needed last term. Cunliffe is to fill the other inside forward berth and Gee will be the centre-half. In the White side, Higham will be at centre forward supported by Dunn and Stevenson. King the young goalkeeper from the North-East, will be in goal. Blues; Sagar; Williams, Cook; Britton, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, White, Stein. Whites; King; Cresswell, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Leyfield, Dunn, Higham, Stevenson, Coulter.
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DEAN SELECTED TO CAPTAIN EVERTON AGAIN
August 11, 1934. Liverpool Daily Post
Dean , the Everton centre-forward, has again been selected captain of the team for the coming season, with Thomson the left-back as vice captain. This is the fourth successive season that Dean and Thomson have been chosen as captain and vice captain respectively when dean was off injured for long periods last season, Thomson led the side.
EVERTON'S FIRST PRACTICE.
August 13, 1934. Evening Express.
Experiments in the Forward Line.
Many interesting experiments have been made by Everton for their first practice match at Goodison Park this evening. White, who at different times has figured in most of the forward and half-back positions, will partner Stein at inside-left in the Blues eleven, and Cunliffe will be at inside-right to the youthful Geldard. Dunn and Stevenson will be on either side of Higham, who is to lead the Whites team. The teams well be: - Blues; Sagar; Williams, Cook; Britton, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, White, Stein. Whites; King; Cresswell, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Leyfield, Dunn, Higham, Stevenson, Coulter.
EVERTON TRIAL GAME.
August 14, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Dean Shows Goal Making Process.
Eight Goals Shared
Blues 4, Whites 4
Everton's first trial match brought about 8,000 to Goodison Park and they found charm in the form of Dean, who last season had suffered injuries and operations and who now played in his old confident fashion, suggestive that he is nearer his best form for some time. His passing was judicious, his heading was customary –and every one knows what a standard he sets in this direction –and his judgement when near goal was worthy, notably when he scored the opening goal after five minutes play. Thomson lobbed the far forward and Dean, having drawn the goalkeeper, merely ballooned the ball over the keeper's head into the net. This was not the only gliding goal for Higham repeated the dose on two occasions. Meantime Cook, trying to keep his line clear after Higham had struck the woodwork, headed beyond his own keeper Sagar, who also had to save a fierce passing back by Britton.
But all through Sagar safe and clean, and the very young boy King improved with acquaintance, and was particularly good with high shots when the reserves team, had taken the lead of 3-2 thanks to the excellent goals by Higham. Cunliffe had made the score 2-1, after which came the reserve team centre forward's goal and a further lead through the agency of Coulter, who accepted Leyfield's far flung pass on the outside right position. However, Dean brought the score to 4-3 though the use of his head, and the three goals scored in four minutes set a rather tame game into the high lights of interest. Cook had a shot from the half-way line and there was much fantastic play by the first team side, and the duels between Stein and Cresswell were a feature, the former being baulked of a goal by a smart pat away by King. Thomson had no luck with his good shots, and on chances the reserve team had earned the lead long before they obtained it.
A rousing Wind Up
From the hour to the end of the game play was rousing and engrossing, and only a superlative recovery by Sagar stopped the reserve team from taking a 2 goal lead again. White netted the ball securely, but his goal was negatived through Cunliffe running too far forward and causing an offside decision. Coulter and Stevenson. If not over prominent were dainty in their work, and Clark the reserve team captain, would not loose the ball and make good use of it.
Blues New Stocking.
Everton sported ringed stockings, so that a player of their side had no need to look up to see if his neighbour was one of his own side. The stocking are an easy method of identification. Near the end White scored with a first time shot which surprised the spectators as much as it surprised the goalkeeper; thus honours were even 4-4. As on Saturday at Anfield, the last kick of the match produced a goal. Result Blues 4 Whites 4. Blues: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), White and Stein forwards. Whites: - King, goal; Cresswell and Jones, backs; Mercer, Clark (captain), and Archer half-backs; Leyfield, Dunn, Higham, Stevenson and Coulter, forwards.
EVERTON BEAT MEAT TRADERS AT CRICKET
August 16 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
The Everton footballers beat the Meat Traders at Cadby Hall ground yesterday, dismissing the meat Traders for 97 the footballer's passed their total for the loss of three wickets but carried on battling and raised the score to 158 for six. This was the Meat Traders first defeat in the meat traders innings, Hyde hit four 4s in his 22, gee took five wickets for 24, Clark three for 21, for Everton's Bentham scored 61 not out, which included eight 4s Gee 28 included 6 and four 4s, Rawlinson took three wickets for 48, and Broad two for 12.
Meat Traders, G Ridler c Griffiths b Clark 3, A. Broad c Jones b Gee 13, G. Hyde c Mercer b Jones 23, A. Culshaw c Bentham b Jones 21, H. Search c Watson b Gee 0, J. Marriott not out 13, W. Jones c Watson b Gee 5, W. White Ibw b Clark 2, J. Broad b Clark 0, R. Wade b Higham 2, extras 16, total 97.
Everton, A. Geldard c Culshaw b Jones 15, S. Bentham not out 61, TC. White c Marriott b Rawlinson 20 Jones c W. White b Broad 14, C.W. Gee c Marriott b Rawlinson 11, a Clark b Rawlinson 28 TG. Watson c Jones b Broad 4, extras 5, total (6 wickets) 158
For Everton W.R. Dean, C. Britton, H. Griffiths, J. Mercer, and N. Higham did not bat.
BOOTLE BEAT COMBINED MERSEYSIDE FOOTBALLERS CRICKET MATCH
August 18 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
He two-evening match at Bootle between a combined teams of Everton and Liverpool footballers, and the Bootle cricket club provided a close finished at the Hawthorn road, last night. When the footballers reply to Bootle 219 for six wickets, declared, Dabbs last man batted in confident styles, and lost his wicket only two minutes from time. The Bootle win by 94 runs after practically every member of the side had taken a hand in bowling. The footballers lost half their wickets in an hour for 45 runs, only Bradshaw and riley double figures, Dabbs and Dean added 31 for eight wickets the Everton players share being 25, in which were a 6 and four 4s. Nieuwnburys made 16, and Dabbs after staying 40 minutes was bowled, when the match appeared to be set for draw. For Bootle Stanton took for wickets for 13, Cohen two for 13, Lewis two for 18, and Lawrence Nutter and Brown one each for 6, 11 and 33 runs respectively.
Bootle, H.S. Brown b Clark 39,J. White c Dabbs b Clark 115, JR. Williams c Hodgson b Jones 11, A. Cohen Ibw b Riley 1 A. Threlfall b Hodgson 30, S. Jones b Clark 1, N. Stantum not out 26, TB. Roberts not out 5, extras 1 total 219 (6 wickets) for Bootle Parry and R. Nutter, Lewis, Lawrence did not bat.
Footballers X1, T. Bradshaw c and b Lawrence 14, S. Bentham c Brown b B Lewis 6, A. Riley b Staunton 13, A. Geldard c Parry b Staunton 0, E. McPherson b Nutter 1, J.E. Jones c Cohen b Staunton 3, CR. Webster c Lewis b Staunton 3, G. Hodgson c Roberts b Cohen 4, B. Dabbs b Lewis 28, WR. Dean c Nutter b Brown 25, B Nieuwenbuys c White b Cohen 16, A. Clark not out 6, extras 6 total 125
RAPID-FIRE GOALS IN EVERTON TRIAL
August 18, 1934. Evening Express.
White's Shock for Blues.
Dunn Scores Twice in First Half.
By the Watcher.
The weather was more suitable for cricket than football today when Everton staged their final practice game at Goodison Park. There were more than 7,000 spectators at the start, and the shilling enclosure was especially well filled. Teams: - Blues: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), White and Stein, forwards. Whites: - King, goal; Cresswell and Jones backs; Mercer, Clark (captain), and Archer, half-backs; Leyfield, Dunn, Higham, Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Referee Mr. T. Campbell.
In the opening minutes Leyfield almost scored his shot which hit the upright, having Sagar well beaten. At the other end Dean skimmed the bar with a quick header from a centre by Stein. Sagar prevented an almost certain goal by diving daringly at the feet of Higham and taking the ball away from his toes. There was little to choose between the teams in the early play. The Blues were if anything, the more virile set.
White and Stein gave Cresswell a busy time, but the international back usually emerged master of the situation. The light ball was difficult to control, and a blazing sun also added to the players difficulties. Dean had few chances to do anything during the first half, and in fact, he was almost starved for long periods, play being principally confined to the centre of the field. On one occasion, however, he severely tested King with a hard left-foot drive just inside the penalty area. Leyfield was an outstanding member of the Whites eleven. Ever ready to accept chances, he also displayed good form with his crosses. Two goals were scored in quick succession a few minutes before the interval. From a ground pass by Britton, Cunliffe ran forward a few yards before shooting hard into the net to the left of King. From the kick off the Whites went down, and Dunn equalised for them with a short-range shot. Three minutes later White took the lead through Dunn, that player completing a movement originated by Archer. The Whites went further ahead through Stevenson. The Blues' defence had got in a tangle, and Stevenson snapped the ball up from about three yards out and crashed in an unstoppable shot to give the Whites a 3-1 lead. Half-time Blues 1, Whites 3.
EVERTON TRIAL SURPRISE.
August 20 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
First Team Suffer Many Goals.
Blues 4, Whites 7
Trial games may not be matters on which one can frame opinions, but one could not escape the fact of Everton reserves winning handsomely by 7-4 on Saturday at Goodison park, whether one allows for intense tryers among the younger generation or a slight easing up by the first team defence. If Everton Reserves can continue to shoot as well as they did against Sagar, who kept goal well, they should win the Central league championship by a margin. Their ideas of attack was excellent; they used their half backs to some value and the co-operation between half-backs and backs, and forwards and half-backs, with the ball kept on the turf, and not in the air, led to a remarkable result, which at one time showed the first team in a deficit of 6-1.
Combination The Keynote.
Combination was the key-note of success, and the first team defence was at certain stages of play played to a standstill, while the finishing power of the shooters was sufficient to make the 10,000 spectators wax enthusiastic even in a trial game. The shots of Dunn, Higham (a half turn blaze away) and Leyfield were of unusual strength. The best thing of the game was the output of £263 for Charity's sake. For charity's sake I draw a veil over some of the work of the first team, knowing the heat of the day and the knowledge of the lack of importance of the game had their effect upon the better known players. This must not discourage the reserve team to go with their stylish method and their astounding finales. Sagar saved a whole bagful of goals. The game went an easy way for a long time and then goals came in this order: - Dunn, Cunliffe (2 in 2 minutes) , Dunn Stevenson half-time 3-1. Higham (2), Dunn, Leyfield, White Stein and Gee. And Jock Thomson had the misfortune not to be included after making three brave efforts to score.
Higham A Nippy Leader.
With Higham, nippy and sure, hitting the post and the first team getting goals against a young boy through the latter's lack of experience, the score-sheet hardly does the winning side justice. Certainly, Leyfield showed many tracks and the scheming of Coulter, Stevenson and Dunn –the last named in particular –was backed up by wise half-back work; indeed, the half-backs were the key to this season albeit Cresswell and Jones, ancient and modern as it were, were on the top of their form. Blues: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), White and Stein, forwards. Whites: - King, goal; Cresswell and Jones backs; Mercer, Clark (captain), and Archer, half-backs; Leyfield, Dunn, Higham, Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Referee Mr. T. Campbell.
HIGHAM CHALLENGES DIXIE.
August 20 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
For Everton's Leadership.
Practice Games Surprises
By the Watcher.
On his form in the trials, Higham will be a serious challenger to Dixie Dean for the leadership of Everton's attack this season. By scoring four fine goals in the Goodison practices Higham has set the Everton directors a difficult problem to solve, when deciding on the eleven to journey to White Hart-lane for the season's opening game on Saturday. Dixie, who has played in the practice games, with all his old confidences, scored a couple in the first "test," but failed to find the net on Saturday, whereas Higham netted twice in both trials. In all fairness to Dean, though, it should be pointed out that on Saturday he had few changes to do anything; in fact, for long periods during the first half he was almost starved. So daring and ever ready to shoot was Higham, that Dean, even at his best will have a difficult task to keep in the League team if Higham maintains that form. The form displayed by the Whites –virtually a reserve eleven –surprised everyone. It surprised their opponents, too, and the result was that they defeated the first team men by seven goals to four. The co-operation between the backs and half-backs of both elevens was one of the most pleasing features of a game which ran on fairly even terms until three-quarter time. Keeping the ball on the turf both sets of halves kept their forwards especially the inside men, well plied with passes.
It was due more to Sagar than to the backs covering him that the Blues did not suffer a much heavier defeat. In fact Sagar saved a whole bag of goals by his daring dives and excellent anticipation. He had a particularly warm time in the later stages of the game, a fact due in no small measure to the inability of Williams and Cook to hold the White's forwards. After a quiet opening two goals came in as many minutes, Cunliffe equalising for the Blues after Dunn had put the Whites ahead. Then came goals from Dunn and Stevenson, the Whites leading at the interval by three goals to one. Higham (2), Dunn and Leyfield gave the Whites a lead of seven goals to one before the blues got through again, White, Stein and Gee scoring for them and making the result one of seven goals to four in the White's favour. Of the respective defences, Cresswell stood out with his cool and stylish clearances; often the crowd of 10,000 which paid £263 for admission, was amused by the manner in which the international hoodwinked the first team forwards. There is nothing wrong with Cresswell. He is just as good as ever. Mention should be made of the play of young King, who was appearing in goal for the Whites. Although on some occasions he was beaten by easy shots, he effected some smart clearances; on one occasion he literally picked up the ball from Dean's foot as the centre forward was about to send in a rasping shot.
NO NEW PLAYERS SINCE, CLOSE OF SEASON.
August 21 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton have not signed on a new players since the close of the last season, but Everton have parted with several men, McGourty has left Goodison Park for Hamilton in Scotland, while others forwards in Critchley and Turner have gone to Preston North End and Bradford City respectively, Coggins and Bocking were other players not re-signed.
EVERTON CHOOSE BEATEN TRAIL TEAM.
August 22 1934. Evening Express.
Cresswell Back for Visit to 'Spurs.
By the Watcher.
Form shown in trial games carries little weight with the Everton directors. They have revealed that fact by selecting for Saturday's opening game with the Spurs at White Hart-lane almost the identical eleven that was so heavily defeated in last Saturday's final trial at Goodison Park. The only change is the substitution of Cresswell, the club's international back, for Williams. Of course, trials cannot be regarded as true tests of a team's strength. The Goodison Park brigade have a stiff task at Tottenham where, by the way, they were beaten twice during the last campaign. It was there they lost their chance of holding the F.A. Cup for a second season. With Dean playing again with all his old confident, they should make the journey in a far more confident mood, though I think they will do well to share the spoils. The Spurs are a young and virile set of players and Cresswell and Cook will have all their work cut out to hold them. The inclusion of Cresswell was certainly strengthened the rear division, and it should also result in the attack getting more chances. His judicious kicking will mean a lot to the Blues' forwards. The 'Spurs have not yet announced their chosen, but I do not anticipate any great changes from the team which operated so successfully in last season's closing games. The Everton team will be: Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, White and Stein. Everton's reserves will be at home to Burnley's second string in a Central League fixture. Everton Reserves; King, Jackson, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Leyfield, Dunn, Higham, Stevenson, Coulter.
EVERTON'S HOPE OF SUCCESS.
August 24 1934. Evening Express.
It All Depends on Dean.
By the Pilot.
Everton's hope of success at Tottenham depends on Dixie Dean. During the later stages of last season the forward work of the side was unsatisfactory. There was little punch and little cohesion. Experiments were made which failed to bring about the necessary improvement. When Dean is on form, there is no greater centre forward playing football. His faculty for leadership, his brilliant headwork, his persistent worrying tactics are calculated to upset any defence and lead power to his own attack. There is every reason to expect Dean at his best term. He states that he is absolutely fit again and confident that he can recapture that form which has made his the most talked of footballer of the decade. Of course, Dean cannot do everything himself. He needs powerful men beside him, and that is one of the reasons why I think the directors have acted wisely in selecting White at inside forward. It must be borne in mind that White was one of the men who participated in those goal glut two seasons ago when Everton made a habit of scoring sixes sevens eights and nines. He can exploit direct, easy constructive methods and finish off his work with a sharp drive or dangerous header. His build will enable him to carry some of the "weight" which means that attention will be taken from Dean. On the right flank the youngsters –Cunliffe and Geldard –will be given an opportunity to settle down. Geldard is a fine player on his day, and I feel certain that he will receive good support from the willing enthusiastic Cunliffe. The half backs and defence should compare with any side in the competition. Everton will need to play fast, incisive football against the 'Spurs, who are among the quickest tacklers I know. I shall be making the journey to London, and look forward to seeing an exhibition of really high-class football. If the Everton forwards will seize on every shooting opportunity I think they will escape defeat. Last season they were defeated there in the F.A. Cup third round, and they also lost the League engagement there. The score in each case was 3-0. Everton; - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, White, Stein. Tottenham Hotspur: - Nicholls; Channell, Whateley; Evans (T.), Rowe; Alsford, McCormick, O'Callagan, Hunt, Hall, Evans (W.).
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TEST FOR EVERTON.
August 25, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton visit Tottenham where last season they were beaten in League and Cup games by 3-0. There are no new comers in either team today, but the return of Dean, fit and well, as Everton's leader should bring about an improvement in the attack of the Goodison side compared with last season after the early stages. There was a lack of finish, and forward experiments when Dean was laid up did not make for cohesion, I think we shall see a better Everton if Dean reproduces something like his old form, and the playing of White at inside-left will add weight and strength to the attack. But when be highly tried, for the Spurs are a fast and clever team, and if the visitors can secure a point I think they will do well. The teams are: - Everton; - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, White, Stein. Tottenham Hotspur: - Nicholls; Channell, Whateley; Evans (T.), Rowe; Alsford, McCormick, O'Callagan, Hunt, Hall, Evans (W.).
EVERTON SPARKLE IN THRILLING GAME
August 25, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition
Dean Heads Goal in 34 Seconds.
Then Comes 'Spurs' Equaliser
By the Pilot.
Everton were greeted by the massive new grandstand a double-decker similar to those at Goodison Park, at White Hart lane today, where they, opposed the 'Spurs. The stand is only partially completed, and there is only a skeleton structure at one end. Dean sent a "Good luck" telegram to Ernie Blenkinsop, captain of Liverpool. Liverpool, by the way, were represented at Highbury by two leading officials. They were watching the Arsenal Reserves and had a noted inside forward under review. I noticed several Liverpool people in the crowd! There must have been more than 40,000 present half-an-hour before the kick off . Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), White and Stein, forwards. Tottenham Hotspurs: - Nicholls, goal; Clannel, and Whatley, backs; Evans, (T.), Rowe, and Alsford half-backs; McCormick, O'Callaghan, Hunt, Hall, Evans (T.) forwards. Referee Mr. W. P. Harper (Stourbridge). Football was certainly welcomed with a cheer in London. Rarely have I heard such applause at the beginning of the match. Even the referee was accorded an ovation. It was the first time I had seen the Everton "Rugby League" stockings, I liked them. Everton began in sensational manner, for they were a goal to the good in exactly 34 seconds. It was a dual effort, begun by White. White held the ball, and then slipped it back for Britton to drag it round Alsford and lob it down the middle.
Dean raced ahead, and as the ball dropped it just touched his head, bounded down to the ground, and up into the net. Nicholls dived, but the bounce of the ball beat him. Some people thought Dean failed to connect, but I feel certain he touched it. It was a happy opening for the Blues, and they continued to hold the ball neatly, draw their man, and make the pass. There was plenty of "snap" in their work, but the 'Spurs were lively raiders, and O'Callaghan skied one over the top. McCormick slipped past Cook and drove in a low ball, which Sagar saved at full length. Dean turned a ball to White, who drove it, only to find Nicholls in position. This was fierce, hectic football with a real cup-tie atmosphere, Everton were tackling as keenly and quickly as the home men.
Tottenham drew level in 15 minutes through hall. From a throw in on the left Hunt received almost on the goal line, and wormed his way past Cresswell. He tapped the ball back to the in-running Hall, who shot hard into the roof of the net. There were successive thrills when Hunt bore through after Nicholls had fisted away off Dean's head. He sent a terrific shot against the upright. The ball rebounded to McCormick, who shot without hesitation right on the target. Sagar leapt back across the goal like a cat, and made a might save with both hands. This was a football treat. Some of Dean's quick flicks and short passes were fine and Cunliffe almost got through. It was good, fast football between two evenly matched sides, and good sides at that. McCormick was providing rather more dangerous than Evans, and from one of his crosses Cresswell had to make an acrobatic leap to avert danger. It was 50-50 on the point of pressure, and, in fact football ability. On the showing this half, these teams are going to be in the forefront this term. Thomson and Stein got the 2Spurs' defence in a tangle, and flicks by White and Dean sent Stein's centre across to Geldard whose shot was charged down. But it left Cunliffe with an absolutely open goal. He shot three yards outside. It was a bad miss. Just on the interval Hall sent a left foot shot outside.
Half-time Tottenham 1 Everton 1.
During the interval I made many inquires regarding the scorer of Everton's goal, and dean said he did touch it. So the goal goes to Dixie's credit. The referee told me that he accepted Britton as the scorer, but Dean it was. The 'Spurs were hot at it on resuming in a game which had dropped slightly in pace. Evans drove one wide, then Cook twice came to the rescue with timely tackles and interventions. Channell took a hand in the shooting game. Sagar turning over the top an awkward dropping ball.
Cresswell on the Wing .
Cresswell ran off into Geldard's position, and such was the precision of the cross that Nicholls had many anxious moments before Dean got offside. Geldard centred along the carpet and Nicholls dived out to turn the ball away. T. Evans completing the clearance. Next Britton sent one over the top. Everton had a narrow escape when McCormick shot from short range, the ball coming back to Hunt off Cook. Hunt shot immediately Sagar jumping across to make another fine save.
EVERTON RES V. BURNLEY RES .
August 25 1934. Evening Express Football Edition.
There were no few faces in the Everton Res, side against Burnley at Goodison Park, but the brilliant form displayed by the Blues in the trial game created additional interest. Burnley made the opening advance, and Smith was just unable to time his header accurately otherwise the Everton goal would have been in danger. Stevenson quickly demonstrated his tricky footwork, and when Coulter, at the second attempt, got across a good centre the ball was headed on to the inside left, who volleyed just over the bar. A great shot by Archer was one of the incidents of a lively opening. The Blues were playing with a brilliance, which kept the rugged Burnley defence at full stretch. After five minutes Everton took the lead through Stevenson, who headed through after Higham struck the crossbar. Burnley, without displaying the craft of the home side, were frequently dangerous and Jones came to Everton's rescue when Alderman looked a certain scorer. There was also a tendency for the attack to keep the ball too close. There was no disputing however, the superiority of the home side. Higham was in brilliant shooting form, Wilson in the Burnley goal, making some great saves. Dunn, too, was frequently on the target, and only a magnificent save by Wilson kept Mercer from adding to Everton's lead. At the other end King picked up neatly from Howarth, and later made a fine save from Alderman. Near the interval Burnley equalised Weale accepting a pass from the right wing and gliding the ball into the net. Half-time Everton Res 1 Burnley Res 1.
NEWS OF O'DONNELL.
August 25 1934. Evening Express Football Edition.
By the Pilot.
While on holiday I met many Scottish football friends with whom I had many long discussions. One was particularly interested in the rumours that Everton had under review F. O'Donnell the Glasgow Celtic forward. "If Everton take him they will not regent it" with his comment. "We know Everton have watched him, but there has been nothing doing so far. "He is a fine big player whose chief asset is his willingness for work. A good trier means a lot." O'Donnell I notice was Celtic's scorer in chief last season. He got 22 goals.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 EVERTON 1
August 27, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's First Point.
Spurs Surprised at Tottenham.
A well Earned Draw.
Everton began well by taking a point where they had been badly beaten in Cup and League matches last season. They deserved the point because, although the game had many curious turns in a stagging second half, there were moments when they had a chance to win, and if Cunliffe had been steadier in front of goal their must assuredly would have won. Let one's mind visualize the last save of all-Sagar bending low, and having come out of his goal making one more superb catch to save his side. It was grand football for half-an-hour. The pace was severe and Everton were troubled in that period, although they had taken the lead in sixty seconds. It was a curious affair. A half-back could have kept the ball in play; not having done so Britton came to prominence with one of his feints to make a lunge; he hen drew the ball a few yards inside and centred. Nicholls the goalkeeper, had his eye on Dean expecting him to connect with the ball. Dean was not challenged by Whatley –the back's blunder –and Nicholls allowed the bumping ball to enter the net most people said Dean did not get his head near the ball, but the club and players themselves say the goal must be resigned as Dean's because he connected with it by the aid of his air.
'Spurs Youngsters Started.
It was a hair-raising start to a bright football season, and Spurs' youngsters were startled by the turn of events. It was all so sudden and, in a measure so insipid looking, because the ball as it passed Nicholls had no great pace. Undoubtedly the goalkeeper had expected Dean to do one of his back-heading movements. Everton, who played Cresswell for Williams 0the only real change forced on them through injury of beliefs –took up the battle from this point, but by degrees the natty sharpness of the Spurs began to tell its tale, and it was no surprise when hall scored a fine goal after a throw in and a pass by O'Callagahn. Till half-time the game was a crackerpace and Everton gradually began to lose their hold, but all through Gee never released his stranglehold on the important member of the line. Hunt and moreover Dean still wanted a lot of watching although he had not the pace of the home team's backs. He was always a menace. Finally after half time Spurs had their chances, and they developed a nervy state in goal. Nicholls being at fault with his handling, and being as clumsy as Sagar was superb in his sure catch and leap to take the ball. It was anybody's game, and oddly enough Everton had the bigger chance to snatch the full token as Cunliffe and Geldard each had a great chance, and the latter merely struck the goalpost from a range that should have not been beyond a young man of his strength and football ability.
Cunliffe's Last Chance.
Cunliffe's indeed, had a final chance to make the game good, but there was no response; chiefly the young man ballooned the ball. And then as if to show perverseness Cunliffe let out a strong straight drive, not too high. I was a soaring, searing ball, and Nicholls made it his job to show his best at that moment. So neither side won, and neither deserved to win, because Spurs were shockingly erratic in their passing, and could not take victory when their work entitled them to.
That was their fault, and Everton were not entirely satisfying in the same important matter of passing. There was a certain slowness in Everton, which was shown up by the alacrity of the Spurs. However, Everton deserve great praise for their pertinacity, their pluck and their fight back after half an hour of the hottest and best football one could wise to see. The crowd was about 55,000 strong and the ground looked a picture in its new dress, which includes a grandstand, the cynosure of all football eyes on the far side of the ground. It add 25,000 people to its accommodation and whereas Everton used to have the record for covering thousands of spectators Spurs now have it; in a few weeks when the stand is completed, there will be 60,000 people under cover and the ground will hold 80,000 people. Saturday found the old grandstand full half an hour prior to the kick off, and the people enjoyed the thrills of the opening play, but did not make allowances for the summery conditions and the pace of the early play; it was natural the heavier players should fade away like soldiers of old. Everton had to thank their defending trio for a great deal. Cook was excellent, and as outstanding as Sagar, and Cresswell after a sultry start, took matters into his own hands and kept the lively Willie Evans from troubling the defence.
Gee's Striking Work.
Britton helped him, and helped his own attack, and Gee kept England's centre forward out of the hunt all day –that in itself is a striking piece of work. Thomson had to face the mercurial McCormick and fared well, but in attack Everton were ragged; the right wing pair spluttered and overdid the dribbling process; the left wing pair were not well together through White being unable to feed Stein, who cannot be blamed for lack of attention. Dean's come-back had been made into a London newspaper stunt. This much can be said; most of his passing was sound and he aimed at the easy moving of the line by combined methods, but Everton were not in their combined mood, the line was a solo type and not consistent partly through their own faulty finishing touch or excess of dribble and partly through the defence of Channell Rowe, and Alsford. Spurs were just as uncertain as Everton, with Hall the most dangerous man of the line. There were few stoppages and much to interest and amuse and the control of the game found linesmen failing to notice the elementary portions of their task, right under their eyes things were done with impunity, and Spurs in the first half were at least what is known as "Saucy." However, it was a memorable start with a quick fade-out, and Everton by taking one point away from home did a good day's work where they have generally left without any consolation. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), White and Stein, forwards. Tottenham Hotspurs: - Nicholls, goal; Clannel, and Whatley, backs; Evans, (T.), Rowe, and Alsford half-backs; McCormick, O'Callaghan, Hunt, Hall, Evans (T.) forwards. Referee Mr. W. P. Harper (Stourbridge).
EVERTON RESERVES 1 BURNLEY RESERVES 2
August 27 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 1)
Everton's opening fixture at Goodison Park proved disappointing. They were the craftier and more skilful individualists, yet Burnley got through to score twice. The home side had the chance, but failed to take them; and the early impression created that Everton would ultimately win was gradually dispelled when it was seen how stubborn and reliable Burnley's rearguard could be. Wilson, in goal did wonderful work in thwarting Everton's shooting, for they sent in shots with regular frequency without being able to add to the goal that Stevenson had headed, following a good effort from Higham. The tendency to excessive dribbling and a too close combination spoilt Everton's changes, and Burnley's wholehearted enthusiasm in their spasmodic breakaways brought them a couple of goals scored by Weale and Smith (C.). Everton: - King goal; Jackson and Jones backs; Mercer, Clark (captain), and Archer half-backs; Leyfield, Dunn, Higham, Stevenson and Coulter forwards.
Everton "A" 4 Prescot 0
Liverpool County Combination.
At Colleague road. The home team monopolized fully three-quarters of the attack. Webster scoring after 15 minutes. Rose added a second shortly after. Prescot lacked the progressive footwork displayed by Everton, but excelled in defence. Rooney and Bush being Conspicuous. Almond was Prescot's most dangerous forward. Everton had a stout pair of backs in Allen and Harris, Rose and Webster combining well in the home forward line. Webster added two goals after the interval.
August 28 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton's side to meet Leicester City at Goodison Park tomorrow shows no change from the side which drew at White Hart Lane, the team being Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, White, Stein. The kick off is at 6-30. The Reserve eleven to meet Oldham Athletic in a Central league game at Oldham today is; King; Jackson, Jones; Mercer Clark, Watson (T.G.); Leyfield, Dunn Higham, Stevenson, Coulter.
EVERTON ARE SATISFIED
August 28, 1934. Evening Express.
Unchanged Side For First Home Game.
By the Pilot.
Everton are satisfied with the form of the team against Tottenham, and will play an unchanged team for their match with Leicester City. If they play as well as they did against the Sours, then Everton should be able to boast three points from two matches tomorrow evening. Leicester are one of the most attractive sides in the League. They have not met with much success in recent seasons though they did reach the F.A. Cup semi-final last term, but they follow the Everton example of always adhering strictly to copybook football. The City side has not undergone any wholesale changes since last term; in fact, it is expected that only one newcomer will be on view. This is Coutts, an inside left from Hearts of Midlothian.
Countts, is a most aggressive forward, always on the alert. He signalled his debut with Leicester by scoring their only goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers in their home match on Saturday. The leadership has been taken over by another Scot, Gardiner, who scored in the corresponding match at Walton last season. He is a dangerous leader and scored 10 goals in 15 matches for the City last year. The remainder are well-known. There is McLaren the Scottish goalkeeper behind Adam Black, who is described as "another Warney Cresswell." He is a football veteran, but still a fine player. His partner is Jones, the Welsh international. Maw, the young ex-Notts County forward, and Adcock, the England player, are on the right flank of attack and Liddle a stocky nippy and dangerous raider, links up with Coutts on the left. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, White, Stein. Leicester City; Mclaren; Black Jones; Smith, Heywood, Ritchie; Adcock, Maw, Gardiner, Coutts, Liddle.
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OLDHAM ATHLETIC RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 4
August 29, 1934. Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Central League (Game 2)
Everton Reserves outclassed Oldham Athletic Reserves in a Central League game at Oldham Athletic yesterday, winning by 4 goals to none. The winners were superior in every department, with Clark a tower of strength at centre half. Higham was an enterprising leader, and Coulter and Stevenson a clever wing. Dunn was a great worker and Jones and Jackson covered King efficiently. Before the interval Dunn, and Higham scored, and in the second half Leyfield and Higham added to the score. Everton: - King goal, Jackson and Jones, backs; Mercer, Clark (captain), and Jackson (J.G.), half-backs; Leyfield, Dunn, Higham, Stevenson and Coulter, forwards.
LECIESTER CITY AT GOODISON PARK.
August 29 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton open their home season with a match against Leicester City tonight, and after their draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart-lane there should be a big crowd at Goodison Park to see the match. Leicester City also drew 1-1 on Saturday, at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and it may be of interest to note that the game at Goodison Park last season also ended in a draw of one goal each. Everton play the side that drew with the Spurs (Geldard who was somewhat doubtful, now being reported fit), and I think they will go one better this time and secure the full points. The kick off is at 6.30 and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, White, Stein. Leicester City; Mclaren; Black Jones; Smith, Heywood, Ritchie; Adcock, Maw, Gardiner, Coutts, Liddle.
EVERTON 2 LEICESTER CITY 1
August 30 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton First Victory.
Dean and Leyfield The Marksmen.
Play Spoiled by "Throws in."
The most satisfactory thing about the first game played by Everton at home was the result. A 2 goal to 1 margin was a fair one, because they were the better of two moderate sides. The game was dull; the display had that mid-week air about it that never satisfies spectators, and there were about 25,000 people ready to see the side that had drawn at the Spurs' ground. The night was clear and the wind did not get beyond the stands to the playing pitch. Yet the number of throws-in from touch in this game betokened the error s of judgement and the safety-first tactics employed. It could never be a thrilling game where the ball was being "handled" so often. Actually the Leicester side, like, Everton made one change on the wing. Adcock could not play to that the visitors converted their centre-forward, into a winger and his chief mission was to ponder on the offside decisions that came upon him. On the other hand, Everton wisely fielded their proper reserve right winger when Geldard could not play and he not only got a goal, but provided one for Dean. Leyfield has many tricks in his football make up and may be he tried to do too much on his debut, but in the goals department he did more than his share, but his general game did not come up to his known form, which was a pity, because Everton's attack has been under the cloud thus far and it was hoped a second appearance to the line would reveal their best form, whereas in fact, the play of the line was far from satisfying.
A Striking Shot.
Dean's comeback continues. His opening goal taken from Leyfield's centre was a praiseworthy effort with the foot –with the head Dean is known to be in his own class, but with his boot Dean seemed to have lost power. Now he brought out a striking shot and much joy for the crowd. Leicester had started brightly on their left flank, but finally that phrase of Leicester's did not fare better than Everton's pair which caused the crowd to become irenic at times when White failed to show pace and even failed to make a correct pass, at which he was once so expert and sure. Stein had more changes than he had on Saturday, but at times Thomson the half-back; found White behind him, and until White made a fine header near the finish his display had been quite unlike his former work seasons ago. Dean was a bugbear to the visiting goalkeeper and backs and he battled with the trinity till the bouts became a trifle bitter, but without Dean's continued efforts at setting his line going smoothly the Everton attack would have been a name.
Leyfield got a goal early in the second half, the ball spinning under McLaren's body –a surprise to the big Scottish goalkeeper, and to the crowd, who felt his big body must have covered the opening to the new boy. Yet apart from the goals the display of Everton's right wing was no better than on Saturday. Cunliffe did a lot of stern, relentless work; he is ceaseless in his endeavour to help the defensive side and start raids but still hangs on to the ball too long, while his shooting was a little better than on Saturday, Cunliffe is definitely a footballer of skill, and his long, measured strides carry him far. However, the line as a line was lacking in most qualities and the standard of play throughout the second half was very drab. Slicing and hooking and pulling both sides spent most of their time retrieving the ball from the touchline, which is always sure sign of indecision and inaccuracies. Britton's penchant for dribbling provided Leicester with a grand goal seven minutes from the finish-Gardiner for once left by successful Gee, shot a grand goal, and the visitors now had a chance to take a half if they had been competent. However, the forward line was not so good as the moderate Everton line, and the danger looked more than it was so Everton got their first win of the season in a display that left the spectators rather puzzled to know why night matches generally fail to produce enlivening football. Missed passes and throw-ins spoiled this game from the onlooker's angle but there was some bright patches notably when Cresswell and Cook were working and when Sagar was having an unoccasional leap to a far flung centres. Gee was the dominating half-back and Thomson was steady throughout but it has been made plain that over weight in the attack is causing the Everton front line to drew; White can hardly keep up with the pace of the raids and has lost his tackling ability when he makes his post that of a half back's duty. Leicester were best served by Jones. Black at back, Heywood for half an hour against Dean and Ritchie, Smith not reaching his customary heights. Coutts and Liddle were the best of a poor forward line. Teams:- Everton: -Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson half-backs; Leyfield Cunliffe, Dean (captain), White and Stein, forwards. Leicester City: - McLaren, goal; Black and Jones backs; Smith, Heywood, and Ritchie, half-backs; Paterson, Maw, Gardiner, Coutts, and Liddle, forwards. Referee Capt, Hamilton Jones.
August 30 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
In their first home game, following their draw at Tottenham, Everton showed fair form in attack, and they well deserved their victory over Leicester City by the odd goal of three. The display altogether however, was not of the best and no doubt the men will show improved form later. I was particularly pleased however, to note Dean's good shooting, and it is apparent that the centre-forward is recovering his form. A notable feature was the first appearance in league football of Leyfield, a young player who was born in Chester. He has accomplished excellent work in the Central league side chiefly at outside left. Yesterday, playing at outside-right, he marked the occasion by scoring a goal and giving Dean the opportunity to beat the Leicester goalkeeper.
EVERTON MAKE A TEAM CHANG.
August 30, 1934. Evening Express.
Stevenson for White.
Former Goodison Men in Preston Side.
By the Watcher.
Everton, for their match with Preston North End, one of the promoted clubs last season, at Goodison park on Saturday will have one change from the side victorious against Leicester City 2-1, last night. Stevenson, the Irish international and former Glasgow Rangers forwards comes in at inside left in place of White. Leyfield, who scored against Leicester City last night, retains the outside right position. Geldard and White will appear in the reserve eleven at Preston. Preston North End will field the eleven, which beat Grimsby and Tottenham in the first two games. This means that three former Everton players –Holdcroft, Lowe, and Critchley –will be on view. Everton; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. Preston North End: - Holdcroft; Hough, Lowe; Shankly, Tremelling, Milne; Critchley, Beresford, Maxwell, Bargh, and Pears.
A Good Win.
With Dean playing more like the Dean in his record scoring season and with the 18 year-old Leyfield shining on the extreme right Everton were full value for their victory against Leicester City and this following on the fine performance at White Hart Lane, the form gave the 20,000 spectators hopes of many good things to come this season. In a game in which the respective defences were prominent the interest never flagged for although the defenders often proved too strong for the forwards, both goals had remarkable escapes. After 25 minutes Dean converted a beautiful centre from Leyfield, who by the way took Geldard's place on the right wing owing to Geldard's slight leg trouble, with a real first-timer from only a fewer yards out. Leyfield put Everton two ahead four minutes after the resumption, Dean returning thanks for a pass, which gave him the first-half goal by placing a beautiful low ball to the youthful winger. Gardiner netted for Leicester seven minutes from the close. From the time that Leyfield scored, however, it was always Everton's game. They deserved both points, although the Midlanders never gave up fighting.
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STEVENSON IN EVERTON TEAM
August 31, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton have a most interesting fixture at Goodison Park tomorrow, when Preston North End who regained their place in the First Division last season, reappear at Goodison Park. Both Everton and Preston North End were among the twelve clubs to form the League in its first season in 1888-89, North End were champions in the first two seasons, and then finished second in the three following years, being runners up to Everton in 1890-91. North end won the League championship and F.A. Cup in 188-89, the former without losing a march, and the Cup without having a goal scored against them. They have had their ups and downs since then, but they have always been a popular side. Last season North End gain promotion along with Grimsby Town, and they have opened the campaign in promising fashion. They won game at Deepdale against Grimsby Town by a goal to nothing and on Monday beat Tottenham Hopspur at White Hart-lane by 2-1. As drew 1-1 against the Spurs the Spurs in the opening fixture the meeting of the old rivals tomorrow should produce a closely contested game.
Stevenson At Inside-Left.
Everton make one change from the team that beat Leicester City on Wednesday Stevenson being preferred at inside left to White. Leyfield who did so well on his debut retains the outside-right position. The team is; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook, Britton, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson Stein. Preston North End will have the side that has started the season so well, namely; Holfcroft; Hough Lowe; Shankley, Tremelling, Milne, Critchley, Berseford, Maxwell, Baugh, Pears. Holdcroft Lowe, and Critchley are the former Everton players, while Hough went to Preston from New Brighton. The kick off is at 3.15.
Not a little of Preston North End's success has been due to William Tremmelling their centre half whose onerous duties it will be to keep a close watch on Dean tomorrow. That Tremelling will not fail in this respect is fairly certain for he is a player of wide experience, and we can look forward to some interesting tussles between the two men. Tremelling is a brother of Dan Tremelling the Bury goalkeeper, who has been footballing since before the war, and has played in every position except goal since he gave up baking to take up football as a career. His first club was Shamrock Albion, for whom he played at left back, and later he joined the ranks of Retford Town. In may, 1924, he came under the notice of Blackpool for whom he appeared as a goal scoring centre forward before being converted into a centre half-back. Tremelling helped Blackpool to gain promotion to the First Division, and joining Preston in December 1930 assisted them to regain their First status last season when he took part in forty-one League games. Tremelling who was born at Birnmingham is a prominent Church worker, and has gained no little fame as a vocalist.
Geldard and White in Reserves side.
Everton include Geldard and White in the Central league side to meet Preston North End at Deepdale tomorrow, the team being: King; Jackson, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Watson (T.G); Geldard, Dunn, Higham, White, Coulter.
CONQUERORS OF THE 'SPURS
August 31 1934. Evening Express.
One Better Than Everton at White Hart Lane.
By the Pilot.
Preston North End's victory against Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 provides a definite line on the relative form of the Deepdale and Goodison clubs. Everton drew there last Saturday 101, and seeing that the North Enders went one better we must expect them to put up a mightily fight against the Blues. There is a teal "Everton" appearance about the Preston side. It includes three men who formerly wore the blue jerseys of the Merseysiders –Critchley, Holdcroft, and Lowe. Holdcroft and Lowe went to Preston together and turned the defence into one of the strongest in the Second Division last term. Holdcrofts was previously with Darlington, and Lowe came to Goodison from Skelmersdale via Southport. Critchley had long service with Everton, gaining two championship medals and a second Division championship medal. He was the man who scored the winning goal to place Everton into the F.A. Cup final two seasons ago. Another ex-Merseysider in the Preston ranks is Hough the right back, who granulated with New Brighton. These players are certain of a warm welcome and their form will be watched with keen interest. Everton's form was not highly convincing against Leicester City on Wednesday, and in an effort to bring more co-ordination in the forward line Stevenson, the Irish International forward is being brought to inside left in place of White. The team is; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook, Britton, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson Stein. Preston North End will have the side that has started the season so well, namely; Holfcroft; Hough Lowe; Shankley, Tremelling, Milne, Critchley, Berseford, Maxwell, Baugh, Pears.
• Advertisement in Evening Express. League Match at Goodison Park Saturday, Sept 1, Everton v. Preston. N. E. Kick off 3.15. Admission 1/- Boys 4d, stands Extra (Including tax). Booked Seats Sharp's Whitechapel.
• Central League Match at Goodison Park Monday Sept 3 rd , Everton v Oldham Athletic Kick off 3.15 Admission 6d, Boys 3d, Stands 9d including tax.