REV .W.C. JORDAN
Hartlepool Mail-Thursday 25 July 1935
The Rev W.C. Jordan, Rector of Slaidburn, near Clithroe, has been appointed to the living of St. Cuthbert's Darlington. He is a former First Division footballer, having played for Everton and West Browmich Albion. He was appointed to Slaidburn and later originated the famous Trough of Bowland Services for Motorists and cyclists.
REV. W.C. JORDEN
Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Thursday 25 July 1935
The Rev W.C Jordan, Rector of Slaidburn near Clitheroe, has been appointed to the living of St. Cuthbert's, Darlington. He is a former First Division footballer, having played for Everton and West Bromwich Albion. he was appointed to Slaidburn and latyer originated the famous Trough of Bowland services for motorists and cyclists.
SEA WATER USED
July 31, 1935. Lancashire Evening Post
The firemen were hampered by lack of water, and they had to run a fire engine on to the shore and pump sea water on to the flames. Mr. Cosgrove, who is holidaying in the Holy Loch district with his wife, told a reporter that within five minutes of being roused by Mr. Muir he and the other occupants standing safely in the garden. "At first we made fir the staircase" said Mr. Cosgrove, "but the smoke was so think we deemed it prudent to make our escape by the balcony. I assisted Mr. Muir to lower the women and others in the house in blankets to the ground. There was no panic," The blaze was seen by people at Kilmun and Strone villages on the other side of the Holly Loch. Mr. Muir is the old Everton and Scottish international goalkeeper.
EVERTON REPORT BACK
August 1, 1935. Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton report back to-day Everton have there newcomers in W. Miller the Scottish international inside-right from Patick Thistle, W. Hartill the centre-forward from Wolverhampton and A. Hughes, a right winger from Derby County. Cook who broke a leg last season, has made a good recovery and Coulter who also had a leg broken, may be right by October but stein another left winger, who had a leg broken during the continental tour of Switzerland may not be able to resume playing for some time.
August 6, 1935. Evening Express.
Liverpool Beat Everton by 24 Runs.
Liverpool F.C. defeated Everton F.C. by 24 runs at Upton last night in their annual cricket match. Liverpool, who batted first, scored 119 runs, Kane being top scorer with 33 runs, Kane and Bush added 58 runs for the last wicket. Everton made a good start, Geldard and Bentham, the opening pair, scoring 46 runs before being separated. Then a collapse set in. Glassey was unplayable and the rest of the side were dismissed for an additional 49 runs. Geldard hit five fours in his 34. Glassey (Liverpool) took seven wickets for 42 runs and Clark (Everton) six for 36. Liverpool-T. Bradshaw c Bentham b Clark 0; E. Savage b Clark 2; A. Bush (capt) b Clark 2; B. Dabbs, b Clark 6; Nieuwenbury c Jackson b Clark 7; L. Carr run out 7, A. Hanson run out 17. T. Bush not out 28, P. Howe c Dean b Mercer 0, S. Kane c Britton b Gee 33, H. Glassey c Dean b Clark 11; Extras 6, total 119. Everton –A. Geldard lbw b Glassey 34; S. Bentham c Howe, b Glassey 23, J.E. Jones lbw b Glassey 1; C. Gee c Riley b Glassey 5, S.T. White lbw b Glassey 0; A. Clark c Kane b Riley 16, C.S. Britton hit wicket b Riley 0, W.R. Dean (capt) b Glassey 5; J. Mercer b Glassey 1; G. Jackson b Riley 1; W. Cook not out 0, Total 95.
EVERTON FOOTBALLERS LOSE TO LIVERPOOL IN CRICKET
August 9 1935. Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Liverpool footballers beat, the Everton players at Hawthorne road, Bootle last night after, two-night cricket match, facing a total of 202, Everton fared disastrously. Early in the innings, Geldard received a nasty cut over the eye, in playing a ball to leg and had toreceive medical attention. He took no further part in the game. Dabbs, bowling at a fine pace had four quick success and it was not until Clark partner White that the rot was stopped. The partnership realized 20 runs, before white was bowled by Dabbs. Britton was at the wicket half an hour without scoring, while Clark carried the side on his back. He completed his 50 out of 76 in an hour and ran himself out soon afterwards his 58 runs including nine 4s, he play particularly well on the leg side, following his dismissal the game terminated quickly for Leyfield attempted a short run and was easily run out. The innings had lasted 100 minutes. Dabbs took 5 wickets, for 36, Glassey 2 for 41 and riley 1 for 17. Liverpool, T. Bradshaw st Lambert b Jones 49, J. Balmer Lbw b Jones 23, A. Riley c and b Morris 17, J.W. Bush c White b Jones 0, b Nieuwenhuys b Mercer 49, b Dabbs c Britton b Jones 2, l Carr b Morris 0, A. Hanson b Jones 7, R.E. Savage c Watson b Mercer 43, S. Kane b White 0, R.I Glassey not out 4, extras 8 total 202. Everton S. Bentham c Kane b Dabbs 7, A. Geldard retired 1, R. Lambert c Nieuwenhuys b Dabbs 10, G. Watson b Dabbs 7, J.N. Cunliffe c Balmer b Glassey 4, J. Jones c Carr b Dabbs 4, T.C. White b Dabbs 9, A.W. Clark run out 58, C. Britton c Hanson b Riley , J. Mercer b Glassey 6, E. Morris not out 2, Leyfield run out 0, extres 13, total 121.
EVERTON'S FIRST DEFEAT.
August 9, 1935, Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool won the first "Derby" game of the season at Hawethorn-road, for in the annual cricket match Everton, facing a total of 202, could not stand up to the fire of Dabb's bowling and were dismissed in just under two hours for 121. There was not breeziness about the battling, which had characterized the previous night's play, yet the spectators had much to talk about in the shape of Dabb's deliveries. The stocky full back has a free action and delivers the ball with amazing speed. Geldard opening the Everton innings, evidently meant to keep his eye on the ball –but with disastrous results; he received a nasty cut when attempting to play to leg and had to retire from the game. Afterwards there was a procession, which was only delayed by Clark, who played in atonal fashion to hit 58 out of 76 in an hour. Had he resisted the chance to "dash" a quick single, he might have given Everton the chance of a draw. As it was, he was run out, and the game finished abruptly, with Leyfield falling a victim to the same fault. The most pecular incident I have seen for a long time occurred when Bentham was appealed against for a catch. He walked to the pavilion, but it afterwards transpired that there had been no dismissal signal from the umpire. Still Liverpool had the fire in their attack and Dabb's five wickets for 36 went a long way to putting his side into a good position. Liverpool, T. Bradshaw st Lambert b Jones 49, J. Balmer Lbw b Jones 23, A. Riley c and b Morris 17, J.W. Bush c White b Jones 0, b Nieuwenhuys b Mercer 49, b Dabbs c Britton b Jones 2, l Carr b Morris 0, A. Hanson b Jones 7, R.E. Savage c Watson b Mercer 43, S. Kane b White 0, R.I Glassey not out 4, extras 8 total 202. Everton S. Bentham c Kane b Dabbs 7, A. Geldard retired 1, R. Lambert c Nieuwenhuys b Dabbs 10, G. Watson b Dabbs 7, J.N. Cunliffe c Balmer b Glassey 4, J. Jones c Carr b Dabbs 4, T.C. White b Dabbs 9, A.W. Clark run out 58, C. Britton c Hanson b Riley , J. Mercer b Glassey 6, E. Morris not out 2, Leyfield run out 0, extres 13, total 121.
FIRST PUBLIC FOOTBALL TRIAL ON SATURDAY.
August 13, 1935. Evening Express.
Everton Selection Tonight.
By the Watcher.
The first public trial game of the football season on Merseyside will take place on Saturday. The players of six of the Football League clubs will be on view-Everton, Tranmere Rovers, Chester, Wrexham, Crewe and Southport. Everton and Tranmere chose their teams tonight, and Southport will select their sides on Thursday. The other three clubs announce their teams today. Chester will have five new players on view –Common, from Preston North End, the former Everton full-back.
August 15 1935. Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Football practice matches are likely to provide pleasant preliminaries to the real competition games to follows at the end of the month. Everton propose to experiment in the control of their trial matches, and for the first game at Goodison Park on Saturday, there will be two referee's and two linesmen, while on the following Wednesday trial two referees will control the game without the assistance of linesmen. The team chosen for the match on Saturday, kick-off at .15, are: - Blues; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Miller, Dean, Stevenson, Leyfield. Whites: - King; Jackson, Jones; Mercer, Gee, Archer; Hughes, Cunliffe, Hartill, Hannon, Sandham,
EVERTON LOSE TO MEAT TRADERS IN CRICKET MATCH
August 15, 1935. Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
At Cadby Hall ground yesterday, Liverpool Meat Traders beat Everton in a cricket match the proceeds going to the Meat Traders benevolent fund. The Trades made 60 for the first wicket, C. Hyde who had hit six 4s has completed his 1,000 runs, and is 6 short of his 100 wickets. Holt the Traders were out for 70 and Worgan hit finely in the later stages the innings closing for 113, Gee took 6 wickets for 32, Clark 3 for 41, and Dean 1 for 17. Everton lost Jones for 3, but Bentham and Gee added 40 for the second wicket, four men were out for 50, but Clark's 21 proved a feature of Everton's efforts for victory. The innings closed for 100 for the Traders. W Jones took 5 wickets for 38, and Worgan 5 for 34.Traders, C. Hyde b Dean 44, a Cubshaw c Clark b Gee 20, H. Search lbw b Gee 2, K. Hyde lbw Gee 2, A. Broad b Gee 4, W. Jones b Gee 0, W. Worgan lbw b Clark 19, J. Broad b Clark 9, L. Jones b Clark 0, J. Marriot b Gee 10, C. Lockwood not out 0, extras 5, total 113. Everton, Bentham c Marriot b Worgan 22, Jones b W.Jones 3, Gee b Worgan 18, Mercer b Worgan 4, White b W. Jones 21, Dean b Worgan 3, Watson b W. Jones 12, Cunliffe b Jones 1, Leyfield not out 9, Britton c K. Hyde b Worgan 1, extras 2, total 100.
EVERTON CHAIRMAN'S DENIAL.
August 15 1935. Liverpool Echo.
The Two Referee's Test Will Go on at Goodison for Trial Games.
Everton's Cooks Report Excellent Progress.
Mr. W. C. Cuff the Everton Football Club Chairman was at Lime-Street Station when I "caught" him on the topic of the two-referees scheme. As you know, Everton have decided to try the two refs in one game and two refs, and two linesmen in their second test. A newspaper has thrown doubt upon the matter, saying, "Is this not going against the rules of the authorities?" Mr. Cuff says, "We are quite in order thank you. The two referees will act as arranged at Goodison Park. It will give the public a chance to see the scheme, for which Everton F.C. are sponsors and form their own judgement. This is not a match in the full sense of the term it is merely a trial game, and apart from giving the gate receipts to charity we can do what we desire in such a game. I am sure the public will be more than interested in the two refs, on Saturday."
Mr. Cuff presented Mr. W. I. Bassett, the West Bromwich chairman, with a souvenir of the third successive win of the Central League championship, when West Bromwich, last night, entertained the members of the Central League Committee. I shall have more to say about the Everton teams in tomorrow's notes, but for the moment must tell the glad tidings regarding Willie Cook, who went into hospital for a minor operation –nothing to do with the broke-leg. News came through while I was there yesterday that Cook has made a remarkable quick recovery and will be allowed by the doctor to play in the trial game of next Wednesday. Starting and good news. Another invalid, Trainer Harry Cooke, who was damaged during the coaching period three weeks ago, finds his right arm now all right. It was a painful blow, but he can now "raise his right hand and say after me "-Harry Cooke has been honoured by the Football Association once more; he is to be in training charge of the English Football side that plays a Jubilee international with Scotland at Hampden Park.
Meat Traders All-Rounder.
Overheard at the Everton v Meat Traders, when Dean trotted down the pavilion steps to face some good fast bowling: - "Don't head it Dixie" Business prevented me from earlier attendance at the Everton v Meat Traders match at Cadby Hall ground last night (writes "H") but I see a merry hour's play. The vigorous hitting of Clark was noteworthy, but the spectacular effects were left to "Dixie" Dean, his merry and bright ten minutes producing three runs. Just a case of "Swat the fly" – with the ball as the elusive fly. Capital support in an excellent cause, the Meat Traders Benevolent Fund was seen at Cadby Hall yesterday, where the Liverpool Meat Traders C.C. beat Everton F.C. The Meat Traders totaled 113 (C. Hyde 44, A. Culshaw 20, W. Worgan 19). Dean dismissed Hyde, who hit most merrily. C. Hyde has topped his 1,000 runs, and was six short of his 100 wickets. Everton's response was 100, a brief time extension seeing the close the Traders reversing last year's verdict. C. Hyde was the best batting of the day, but Clark hit lustily in Everton's vain effort for victory. Bentham (22), Clark (21), and Gee (18) were Everton's top scorers, Dean contributing 3; a mighty skier for 2 being cheered loudly. Clark's hits were smartly returned by a widely-spread field, who recalled last year's brief dazzling innings of 28 – a hit for 6 breaking a neighboring state, the householders claiming 2s 6d for repairs. For the Meat Traders W. Jones took five wickets for 38, and Worgan five for 34, and for Everton Gee took six wickets for 32 and Clark three for 41. Dean's wicket costing a dozen. Bentham was outstanding in a nippy team of fielders, and White kept wicket in excellent style.
EVERTON'S PERSONALITY IN TRIAL GAMES.
August 16, 1935. Liverpool Echo.
Whataday! The blending of football's start and cricket's finale. Everton, Chester, Crewe, Tranmere and other footballers sweltering in the sun; two referees being tested at Goodison Park in an Everton trial productive of new faces – always sufficient drawing power to make the gate excellent. Hartill, Miller, of Patrick, the old firm, the new firm, and may be the infirm! They will draw the public to Goodison Park, where there is new paint for old, a tunneling arrangement by which visiting directors can pass on to their own team without having to pass through the home team's dressing rooms. The Everton tunnel leads to the strong room, and everywhere at Goodison there is a spick and span look about the place betokening the fact that Everton stands for the best and oft times the brightest in football wares. High up on top of the Goodison "mountains" Mr. Thoe Kelly (otherwise The O.K. elly) tried to cajole me to see the sights far off to New Brighton. He showed me the new stones and covers, the new glass -"To light the way to thee, my love" – and other arrangement spectators may not notice, but arrangements that will be very helpful and comforting to spectators. These are the teams to be two-refereed to-morrow at 3.15: - These Everton Blues; - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Miller, Dean, Stevenson, Leyfield. Whites: - King; Jackson, Jones; Mercer, Gee, Archer; Hughes, Cunliffe, Hartill, Hannon, Sandham.
• Advertisement in Liverpool Echo. Everton Football Club Co., Ltd. Practice Match at Goodison Park To-morrow (Saturday) 17 th . Blues v. Whites Kick-off 3.15. Admission 6d, Boys 3d. Stands extra (Including tax) All Pay Full Proceeds to Local Charities.
BATH CITY'S NEW MEN
Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 17 August 1935
BOURNEMOUTH & BRISTOL PLAYERS SIGNED
On Monday Bath City F.C. signed on George Smith, right or left back, from Bournemouth, and also Leslie Ronald Rose, who has been with Bristol Rovers during last season, and is now joining as a professional. Prior to that he went to Everton for a trial when only 17. Rose equaly home in either half- , back position. He is sturdily built, feet 11 inches in height, and is 19 years of age. When he has gained further experience he promises ' to be a valuable recruit to the team.
HARTILL OPENS SCORING
August 17 1935. Evening Express.
Two Goals in First 16 Minutes.
Everton's First Trial.
By the Watcher.
Everton F.C. held their first public trial game at Goodison Park today. There were two last-minutes changes, King took Sagar's place as goalkeeper for the Blues, and White played in goal in the Whites' eleven. The two-referee experiment was not proceeded with, as reported on Page 1. Teams: - Blues: - King, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Miller Dean (captain), Stevenson and Leyfield, forwards. Whites: - White, goal; Jackson and Jones, backs; Mercer, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Hughes Cunliffe, Hartill, Hannon and Sandham, forwards . Dean and Miller treated the crowd to a nice run at the start, and then Cunliffe came into the picture with a dribble that took him into the penalty area. A Dean shot with goal marked all over it skidded on the wet turf and rebounded from White's knee on to Stevenson, who, however, failed to get in a proper shot.
The First Goal.
Hartill scored White's first goal after eight minutes. A concerted attack, which originated on the left, saw the ball taken to the Blue' danger zone. Here Hartill snapped up a chance, and a short dribble in a great shot which had King beaten. So far the Whites had been the more potent combination. Cunliffe was in good form, and his understanding with Hartill was good to see. The Whites nearly increased their advantage when, a minute later, a pass from Cunliffe was taken up by Sandham, who caused King to go full length to push the shot round the post. When Hartill temporarily took over the right wing role he gave a fine chance to Cunliffe with a low pass. The inside right was well wide of the mark with his final effort. So far Dean had ploughed a lonely furrow, receiving only occasional chances from the wing.
Whites Two Up.
Hartill, the former Wolves' leader, added a second goal for the Whites after 16 minutes. It was his aptitude to seize chances that provided him with the goal. The ball, after being sent up field by Jones, was lobbed into the centre, Hartill, who for a moment had been left unattended by the vigilant Cresswell trapped the ball in lighting fashion and then sent it flying into the roof of the net. Hartill was certainly showing us how to shoot. The Blues were now combining better. Dean's head missed a Geldard centre only by inches, and at the other end a long-range shot by Thomson sent the ball sailing over the top. The Dean snapped up a ground pass and raced between the defence, but in his eagerness to place the ball over the head of the advancing White he put it over the bar. Miller, who had been quiet for some time, showed up well in a sprint that took him past Jones, but he finished weakly. Generally speaking the shooting of both sides, with the exception of Hartill, was not yet up to standard. Hughes was struggling for an understanding with Cunliffe, but Hartill and Cunliffe already were working well together. Hartill has impressed far more than any other of the newcomers. He was ever ready to essay a shot. Geldard scored for the Blues after 42 minutes. With the goalkeeper out of his charge Geldard ran in, lifted the ball over the body of Jackson, who had just previously slipped, and then made no mistake in tapping it into the untenanted net. Half-time Blues 1, Whites 2.
TWO REFEREES PLAN OFF.
August 17, 1935. Liverpool Echo.
Everton Bow To F.A. Orders.
"The Sort of Stuff We Want" Say Fans.
When is a game not a game? The F.A. say that the Everton trial today was a game "within the meaning of the Act" so that the two referees arrangement could not operate. Everton had the idea that this would be an instruction and helpful means towards knowledge whether the two-referees scheme is of any avail. Everton refuse to take this matter lying down. . Teams: - Blues: - King, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Miller, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Leyfield, forwards. Whites: - White, goal; Jackson and Jones, backs; Mercer, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Hughes Cunliffe, Hartill, Hannon and Sandham, forwards . The practice game today was very alluring, and the gentle drifting of Miller, of Partick, provided just that touch necessary to make Everton fans, to the number of 12,000 say "That is the sort of stuff we want" Hughes, of Derby County started well enough to make a goal if there had been some sharpness in the inside forward position. Hannan also played well, and there was spiritedness in the early stages of play that made one imagine there was a good deal of bite in this trial game. Cunliffe set the crowd alight with a fine individualistic run, and while the old hands did as well as ever the young blood came into circulation and threatened positions that one imagined were quite secure. There was a lot of finesse in the game, of course, and it must be evident to everyone that these matches are a first-class snare.
The crowd was wildly enthusiastic when Hartill, of Wolverhampton scored the opening goal today. He is a big fellow, and this goal was characteristic of him, a sharp volley endeavor and a successful shot. Jock Thomson in spite of a limp through jarring his knee, provided a long run full of merit, although he wound up putting the ball outside. Hartill scored a second against King with a smashing drive after rounding Cresswell, and like Mercer who put the ball over the bar was applauded for a fine effort. Ben Williams required attention from the trainer for a slight knee trouble.
Miller had two shots ably saved by White, and one went outside. He made ground passes and the back heel was used to advantage. Cunliffe hit a ball for six into the empty stands, and Thomson at half-back, twice went near. Geldard reduced the margin for the first team just before half-time, aided by the fact that Jackson fell. Dean's perfect heading came into play in spite of the close attention of Gee. Half-time Everton 1, Whites 2.
By L. T. Kelly.
As last season, Everton can be looked upon as one of the sides capable of turning out real Crown Derby ware –the genuine football article. Curiously there are challengers at the moment for nearly all forward positions save outside left where young Leyfield would seen to have the field to himself. And yet Leyfield up to now has been looked upon more or less as a reserve man. He joined Everton as a left winger, yet in his dozen of so league match game has always figured on the other extreme. Leyfield's worth, however, has generally pleased the writer. He thinks quickly and believes in cutting in and having a pop when is an opening. Seldom have Everton been better equipped for centre half needs –White, Gee, and Clark each a first class pivot of weight and power. Ten year's continuous centre forward service; five years captain "on the run." This is a fine tribute to the one and only Dixie Dean who is once more a picture of physical fitness. Practically all other centre forwards of 1925-26 (Dean's first full season) have long since laid down their First Division togs. Let one recall a few names Stanley Davies (West Bromwich Albion), Osborne (Spurs), Halliday (Sunderland), Browell (Manchester City), Jennings (Leeds United), and Capewell (Aston Villa) But stay there is just one other left from ten years ago – (Another "one and only") that mighty atom Hughie Gallacher. And here's a double curiously. When Gallacher made his English League debut for Newcastle United in December 1925 the opposing side was Everton and his opponent centre forward Dixie Dean. The result that day read 3-3 and whilst the wee man scored twice for the Tynersiders, Dean got all three goals for Everton. And now we have the self-same pair likely to face the starter in the great Everton-Derby clash a fortnight hence. Truly another genuine instance of the survival of the fittest – and the best! Has the game ever known a more brainy or wily pair of leaders? I very much doubt it.
Nelson F.C. New Trainer
Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 19 August 1935
Nelson F.C. have appointed Mr. Edgar Chadwick trainer In succession to Mr. “Ted" Broadhead, now assistant trainer to Southampton F.C. Chadwick played with Blackburn Rovers, Nelson, and several Lancashire Combination clubs.
August 19, 1935. Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton abandoned their idea of experimentation with two referee's and one referee and two linesmen, as usual officiated the decision, which also apples for Wednesday's practice game, following the receipt of a letter from the football association. "We have been advised'' said Mr. Cuff, the Everton chairman. "That the decision of the international board applies to practice matches, and in view of that we have decided to abandoned our scheme for trying out two referee's per match, in our practice games we are giving way in this point now but we are determined to get a ruling on it.
August 19 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Good Material at Goodison Park.
How the New Players Fared
It is quite true that trial games are a deceptive force and are not to be trusted, but when they are played with such charm and earnestness as that played at Goodison Park on Saturday one must record the happenings and make some survey of the possibilities. First, then, the game was a drawn, a happy result that did not look like being possible at one time thanks to the way Hartill, of the Wolverhampton club, was shooting and dashing through for goals. He got two and Geldard broke the sequence with a goal after a rival had fallen to the ground. Hannon made it 3-1 thanks to Hughes, ex-Derby County, and then Stevenson and Dean got goals to make an enthusiastic finish and a fitting draw. The ground was kind to the players; it was soft and its turf saved the feet the "grounding" process. It was possible to use the ball to some degree and in that direction none did more carefully or better than Miller, the former Patrick Thistle player, whose style is just suited to Everton's need, and in addition he showed he could make his shot a telling effort. His bad luck was to find White in the reserve team goal in fine fettle – indeed, the spectators gave this 18-years-old Wolverhampton Amateurs boy a reception at half-time for his work, chiefly against Miller's endeavour.
There were many captivating duels, none more than the meeting of Dean, and Gee. Once Cresswell added to the fare by going to centre forward and shooting rather feebly through not getting the ball to his desire; otherwise it would have been a notable finish to a daring upward tendency on the part of the defender. White was at centre half for the "first team" and Thomson had a great first half, whereas Leyfield was variable through trying to do too much and getting "corned" Stevenson was a joy and Geldard "had his moments." On the side that paraded most of the newcomers Hartill was the best being strong and rugged, where Miller had been dainty and keeping the ball low Hannon a local player, promises a good deal, and at half-back Mercer and Archer are fit for most First Division teams, while behind them the local back division in Jackson, and Jones were praiseworthy. It was good sport, and Everton have on this showing, the nuceous of a fine pair of sides for First Division and Central League service. Teams: - Blues: - King, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Miller, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Leyfield, forwards. Whites: - White, goal; Jackson and Jones, backs; Mercer, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Hughes Cunliffe, Hartill, Hannon and Sandham, forwards.
MISSING "BALL" AT GOODISON PARK.
August 19, 1935. The Liverpool Echo.
The Hive today.
It was good to see the big ball being "holed out" and it was unfortunate there could be no try on of the two-referees for a game of this character. After all, the club could have held its trial in private and governed the game with ten referee if so desired. They only played in public to get a gate of £19 (14,000 spectators), and to gave their patrons a chance to see new and old friends of the football firmament. Everton bowed to the Association ruling and still question the right to stop two referees in a trial game. In the near future the matter will be on the agenda of the Football Association, when rule 13 and 26 will be considered at length. At length we have seen the new signings by Everton. Hartill got a couple of goals, Miller would have got two or more if the Patrick man had not been baulked by some spirited goalkeeping by the young by White, aged 18, and rained from Wolverhampton Amat F.C. Miller's style intrigue me; he started in the right manner, the ball being low and the dummy was used to purpose. He would back-heel a ball with serviceable result; and his methods of keeping the line moving by force of combination was very compelling to the eye and harassing to the defence. It is hard to think of McGourty ex-Everton, keeping the man in the second Patrick side years ago, is not? Moreover, it is hard to think he started at half-back and "went forward." He should go far forward with Everton's attack in which Leyfield was pressing a little, Stevenson, however, produced bundles of energy while his old partner Coulter, looked on and hopes to be back in the side by October. Hartill, we have known to our cost. He has cost us goals and defeats. His size is helpful; he has the speed and courage to go through with his own work, but he can also link up. He will be a first team challenge, if not at centre perhaps as an inside forward position. His quickly-taken goals put the crowd on his side, and it needed goals to the buzzing Geldard and Stevenson and Dean to make the game a draw. I liked Hannon very much. He and the equally youthful Sandham are a blending left wing, and the inside man in particular promising. At half-back there was some stout challenging and Mercer, Archer and Thomson was especially noteworthy. Cunliffe and Hughes the latter from Derby County promise to link up into a fast moving right wing pair and Hughes, encouraging and not "crowded" by nasty spectators will show us some dashing and pretty football. It was all good sport with a little biting down the middle when Gee and Dean came into opposition. Dean is still the supreme header and Gee the ardent stopper who at times gets a free kick against him without any warrant –as witness a foul near the end of the game. However, these trials are apt to burn up one's anticipatory thoughts. The less said the better. It was excellent fare and all the players must be glad the first public trial is over.
I wonder how many of the large crowd at Everton on Saturday noticed anything wrong with the Goodison Park ground. Fortunately for the official marker, there were no penalty kicks awarded; otherwise the players would have been scouring round to find the magic spot. Let us hope that spot will not be used either for or against throughout the coming season.
EVERTON'S POWER OF ATTACK.
August 19 1934. Evening Express.
Hartill and Miller Real "Finds"
By the Watcher.
Everton definitely have brought power into their attack. This was revealed in the opening trial match at Goodison Park on Saturday, when the Blues and Whites shared six goals. Hartill from Wolverhampton, and Miller from Partick Thistle, were brilliant, while Hughes from Derby County, did well with limited opportunities. Miller and Dean soon secured an understanding, and it was fine approach work by Miller, which led to Dean opening his account. I liked the quiet unobtrusive manner in which Miller slipped between watchful halves, and sent Geldard away. Hartill was exactly opposite in his style of play. Dashing about between the backs, he secured the ball probably more than anyone else on his side. Hartill scored two goals and although Everton scored well last term yet with such additions as Hartill and Miller the Blues should one of the most penetrative attacks in the League. Dean led his line with thought, and had a good left wing pair in Stevenson and Leyfield. White did well as pivot for the Blues and there was no weak link in the Blues' defence. Jackson and Jones greatly impressed by their display for the Whites. They made a fine defensive pair, and behind them was a capable goalkeeper in white. Hartill (2), and Hannon scored for the Whites, and Dean, Geldard and Stevenson for the Blues.
EVERTON EXPERIEMENT IN FINAL TRIAL.
August 21, 1935. Evening Express.
Hartill Inside Left to Dean
Club's Forward Problem.
Cook's Return to The Team.
By the Pilot.
Everton F.C. will make an interesting experiment in their final practice match, which takes place at Goodison Park tonight. In an endeavour to solve a tricky inside forward problem –one which is not a case of whom to play but whom to leave out –Hartill, the sharpshooting centre forward from Wolverhampton Wanderers, will be played at inside-left. Hartill has been chosen for the position in the Blues team, which may be described as a probable first team. Hartill will partner Leyfield and so play alongside Dean taking the place of Stevenson, the Irish international, who figured in the role in the first trial. It will not be the first time that Hartill has occurred an inside-forward role, for last season he played inside for the Wolves with "Boys" Martin, the Irishman, at centre forward. Hartill is a clever player with a fine shot in either foot and will certainly lend finishing power to the line. Billy Milner, the newcomer from Patrick Thistle, will be the inside-right in the Blues' attack and will have to play the role of schemer-in-chief, a task to which he is ideally suited. Two players in the Blues' side will be making their first appearances in trial games. Billy Cook, the Irish international back, is certain of a warm welcome. It will be first game since he broke his leg in the mid-week match against Leeds United at Goodison Park last season. Ted Sagar, the brilliant goalkeeper, is also turning out. Sagar underwent an operation for the removal of a cartilage during the close season, but would have played in Saturday's practice match, but for a slight chill. The Whites side will include eight players who have had first team experience, and an excellent test should be witnessed. Clark is given a run at centre-half – the position he occupied in the first team in the concluding matches of last season – and Stevenson will be at inside left, Kavangh, the young half-back from Wigan, comes in at right half for Mercer. Mercer, in turn appears for the Blues in place of Britton who was assisting England against Scotland. Blues: - Sagar; Williams, Cook; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Miller, Dean, Hartill, Leyfield. Whites: - King; Jackson, Jones; Kavangh, Clark, Archer; Hughes, Cunliffe, Dickinson, Stevenson, Sandham.
EVERTON TRIAL TO-NIGHT.
August 21 1935. Liverpool Echo.
Tonight Everton's final trial game. And in view of Everton's proposed test for trying out two referees being turned down, Arsenal propose this week to try two linesmen as semi-goal judges. The things that are most costly in football are the goal incidents. Therefore a "man on the spot" should be posted them, instead of having him running like a hare along the touchline and at times marking the empty half of the field. The controlling levers should be applied with the greatest of ease, but goal judges do not seem to come into the modern effort for improving control of football. Everton's second practice game will be played tonight, kick-off 6.30, when an interesting change will be made in the "Blues" side. Hartill, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers centre forward, who led the Whites' attack on Saturday, will be at inside left. Cook the Irish international back, who broke a leg towards the end of the season, will turn out. The teams are: - Blues: - Sagar; Williams, Cook; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Miller, Dean, Hartill, Leyfield. Whites: - King; Jackson, Jones; Kavangh, Clark, Archer; Hughes, Cunliffe, Dickinson, Stevenson, Sandham.
Our Foreign Letter.
"Once Evertonians, always Evertonian," say Charles Marshall, of 193 Clarke-street Oshawa; Here I am again! I've been away as far as Calgary, 2,142 miles from here, to see some relatives of a mutual friend of yours and mine –Pa. B. of the C.P. – and when I got back, there was may bundle of papers, Echoes, and Posts from a good old Walton-lane school chum of mine. One Echo, for June 15 th , has some very interesting old cricket recollections and the writer hoped someone would supplement them. As a youngster, 12 years old, in 1878, I well recollect being in Mere-Lane as it then was, now Walton-lane, and seeing the first Australian team coming off the ground where they had been playing a Liverpool and district team. I think it was Stanley's ground then and I and other youngsters saw Bannerman, Blackham, Spofforth, Murdoch –I think and other famous players in the great team then sent over. I've never seen any other Australian team, only Lancashire and Yorkshire matches at Bramell-lane and Old Trafford, and matches with other countries at Aigburth and Old Trafford. I remember a very sporting action at a game I once saw at Aigburth and I think it was the day Mrs Maybrick was sentenced, and her home overlooked the cricket ground. Liverpool were playing Warrington, and the latter were batting. Their pro, Clarke, had scored 90 I think, when rain began but H.B. Steel was Liverpool's captain, and he kept his team out in the rain, bowling and fielding in order to give Clarke a chance to get his century and earn talent money. And now for a personal experience. I was once playing a practice game in Stanley Park with chaps from Christ Church, Everton, and at that time Stanley club, also played and on that evening they were playing far from us. Geary was playing for them then. Well, I was bowing and the late Fred Molusdale, a well-known singer, was batting. I sent a ball down to him and as soon as I delivered it I turned sideways to look at Stanley and see how they were going on, instead of watching the batsman; result in a few seconds Moulsdale gave the ball a drive and it struck me in my "little Mart" and I had to sit down. Had I paid attention to our own game I should have caught him out.
BRITTON PLAYED FOOTBALL LEAGUE MATCH
August 22, 1935. Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Cliff Britton played for England against the Scots, in a King's jubilee fund international, which ended in a 4-2 win for Scotland in front of 56,316
EVERTON'S TRIAL FORM.
AUGUST 22 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Three For Dickinson
Hartill Makes Spectator Goals
Everton second trial game at Goodison Park brought victory to the first team by 4-3 and a gate of nearly £2,00 representing 8,000 people. I was a game with an easy flow, a goodly number of goals, some newcomers showing up, no accident except a blow to King, the goalkeeper and a lot of incidents which make the spectator enjoy his fare. The first team began readily for the receive eleven Leyfield getting a goal early on in the opening minute of play. White took a penalty kick with success, Kavangh being the offender on Leyfield, and Dean made it a clear three goals lead with a first time shot. Dickinson them started his three-piece suit his first goal being aided by a fumble by Sagar, his second by the beating of Sagar by Sanham the centre forward's task being easy, and finally Hughes made a gift goal for his centre. Meantime, however, Hartill had worked a very spectator goal to make the issue safe. Hughes of Derby County, had many spirits and runs and the effect of Crook's association was seen in his play.
Cook's Quick Return to Form.
Outstanding in the winners side were Dean always so dangerous with his headers and Hartill. White and Cook, the last named showing no sign of fear of a broken leg sustained at the back end of last season Cook's volley was enormous and his return to duty would give great satisfaction. On the other side the work of the young local backs was good, and Jackson one time made a run nearly the length of the field to try to make a goal all by himself. The half-backs also delivered shots, Kavanagh in particular, so that Sagar, the winning side's goalkeeper, was busier than King and had much more awkward shots to save. Hartill was a theory in the side of the losers, his winding run and big stride, together with his variety of methods, causing trouble in the ranks. He is a spectator player. Miller of Patrick was not so prominent as on Saturday, but Stevenson kept the reserve team line moving by cross-field passes for which Hughes would be thankful. Sandham was solid and Clark and Archer were as good as usual –which is the highest praise I can pay them –they had more than useful stand by half-backs. Mercer was in the first team for Britton (engaged in the international), and while he was strong in tackling, he was inclined to hold the ball far too long. Still, this was only a trial game therefore it counted for nought except in refreshing for the players and in charity's good came a useful addition to Saturday's amount. Result Blues 4, Whites 3. Blues: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cook, backs; Mercer, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Miller, Dean (captain), Hartill, and Leyfield, forwards. Whites: - King, goal; Jackson and Jones, backs; Kavanagh, Clark and Archer half-backs; Hughes, Cunliffe, Dickinson, Stevenson, and Sandham, forwards.
THE SCIENCE MASTERS.
August 22 1935. Liverpool Echo
I hear from London that Everton has been chosen as the science masters for the Football Association film for the schools of the North of England. The F.A. will snap their players, and the coaches will then present every school with a close-up of the famous players doing their work. It should be an enlivening film, and one with much instruction attached to it; an educational service to the lads of future football effort. Last night's trial seemed to provoke three Spanish visitors –one a lady –to much enthusiasm for our game. It was a win for the first team by 4-3, and Cook's kicking, after his broken leg incident, kicked like a horse, and showed no effect of his injury. Hartill added a fine solo goal, and generally shaped so well at inside left that the selectors, having seen Stevenson shape in his own inimitable manner again, were left wondering what was best in the selection department. Miller was subdued, but Jackson, the young back of the second team, went far up the field to try to make a goal on his own account, and Sagar was a much busier man than King, albeit the result does not suggest it. Dickinson got three, thanks to the forwards around him, and Clark and Archer played in a way suggestive of their ability to take a First Division honour at any time anywhere; they always show this trait when I see them. Kavanagh was also a good half back, and his shot was a stinger. Altogether it was good fare, and I am only sorry I did not have a chance to enquire of Dean, junior, what he though of father's headers, and an occasional "working" of the ball by the dribbling method. Charity gained £200 through 8,000 spectators being present.
Bowaters Receive Strong Everton Team.
Dean and Thomson will referee a match at Ellesemere Port tomorrow night (Friday) when Everton are sending a strong team to celebrate the opening of the new sports ground in connection with Bowaters Mersey Paper Mills. Miller and Hartill will act as linesmen, and the Evertonians, who will be accompanied by Mr. Cuff and other officials, will inspect the paper works and be entertained to tea. The following teams will play a match: - Everton: King; Jackson, Jones; Mercer, Gee Watson; Hughes Bentham, Dickinson, Hannon, Sandham. Bowaters; H. Conner; J. Hughes, H. Beaver; F. Haycock, E. Henshaw G. Gilliard, A. Heywood, R. Norris, L. Whalley, J. Kyte, A. Norris.
VISITOR TO ELLSMERE PORT
August 24, 1935. Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Mr. W.C Cuff chairman of Everton, Mr. E Green vise chairman and represatives of Everton's first team, with the centre league team visited Ellesmere Port yesterday to play a football match in connection with the opening of the new ground recently constructed by Bowaters Mersey Papers Mills. The visitors where, shown round the paper mills in the afternoon, and later the centrel league team, captain by Joe Mercer an Ellemere Port boy played Bowaters, members of the West Cheshire league. The Everton men played an exhibition game, and won 7-2, Dickenson (3), Mercer, Gee and Hannon being the scorers. While Morris and Whalley scored for Bowaters WR. Dean refereed the game in the first half, and J. Thomson had control in the second half. While Miller and Hartill acted as linemen, throughout. The visits were entertained to ten by the officials of Bowater sport club. Mr. K.N. Linforth, a director of the firm and president of the club, expressed his gratitude and appreciation of the support which the Everton club had given to Bowaters at the beginning of the football season, and the Everton chairman, said they were always prepared to assist the game. There was a good crowd and the proceeds are to be given to the football association jubilee trust funds. Everton; - King goal; Jackson and Jones, backs; Mercer, Gee, and Watson half-backs; Hughes Bentham, Dickinosn, Hannon, and Sandham, forwards. Bowaters: - H. Connor goal; J. Hughes and. Beaver, backs; F. Haycock, Henshaw, and G. Gillard, half-backs; A. Heywood, R. Norris, L. Whalley, J. Kye, and A. Norris, forwards.
August 24 1935. Liverpool Echo
By L.T. Kelly.
• S. White, one of Everton's two 18-years-old goalkeepers is like Harill, a native of Wolverhampton. He is taller, by an inch than Sagar.
• The Blues staff this year will include one Welshman (Williams); three Scots and four Irish-born players. The latter are Cook, Coulter, Stevenson, and Kavanagh. The two former first saw the light of day at Coleraine, the latter pair at Dublin.
• Miller, Everton's new Scotsman, was born at Bainsford.
• Don't forget to get your new penny Everton programme next Saturday. New facts, new figures, new features, too, we are told. Additional results are to be shown on the board at each ground, including nearby Third Division results and also the Everton and Liverpool reserve team scorers.
• Everton were one of the first clubs to use goal nets. It's up to their forwards now to carry on the good work.
• Everton's new winger Hughes is not a Welshman, born at North Shields.
SCOTLAND'S LEFT WING PLAY AGAINST EVERTON
August 27, 1935. Evening Express.
Derby's Team of Stars for Soccer's Grand Opening.
By the Pilot.
Derby County, the team of Scottish and English stars, will visit Merseyside on Saturday on provide a grand opening to the 1935-36 football season. They oppose Everton at Goodison Park. Derby, a club with one eye on the Football league championship, and the other eye on the F.A. Cup, are a team of great traditions, even though they have never won the championship. The meeting of these great clubs revives memories of their mighty F.A. Cup battle at Goodison last season, when the Blues beat the County 3-1. There have been many other fine duels between them at the Walton enclosure, but Saturday's game promises to eclipse them all. It is like this. Both Everton and Derby have gone abroad with cheque books determined to secure the right men of mature experience to strengthen their personnel, and they have succeeded.
Derby caused something of a sensation by inducing Glasgow Celtic to transfer Napier, the brilliant inside left who is Scotland's first choice for the position. Napier was a vital unit in one of the best left wings Scotland has produced in seasons. The other partner in that combination was "Dally" Duncan, the Derby out-side-right who will be Napier's new partner. So the County can place into the field Scotland's left wing. Could anything be better. On the other wing the County can chosen between Sammy Crooks, one of England's leading extreme men, or Boyd the tall sharp-shooting winger from Newcastle United –a man who helped Newcastle to win the cup in 1932. Boyd is a newcomer this season. For the centre-forward berth the County can select either of two great internationals –Hughes Gallagher, of Scotland, or Jack Bowers, of England. Bowers suffered from cartilage trouble last season, and Derby secured Gallagher from Chelsea. Bowers a big bustling player with a ready goal thrust with foot of head has now recovered and has been banging them into the net during the practice games. What are Derby going to do? Will they keep diminutive Hughes in the centre and leave out Bowers, or, and this is more to be expected, move Gallagher to inside-right and re-introduce Bowers? It is debatable point and one, which will cause their directors some thought.
League's Only Ever-Present.
A further difficulty will be to find a place for Ramage the only inside-left in the Football league to appear in every match last season. At half-back England's leading centre-half Barker, will be seen and on the flanks such men as Nicholas and Hann two fine defensive players with an eye to attack. Behind will be a reliable trio in the tried and trusted Collins, long the regular partner of Tom Cooper, of Liverpool; Udall a youngster who is wearing the Cooper mantle to the satisfaction of the Derbyshire folk, and Kirby, a sound goalkeeper. Derby like many other clubs, have heeded the call for speed, but whereas some combination rely on speed and speed alone, the County make a point of enjoying it with thoughtful manceurve and craft. They are a danger side; a sound side fore and aft, and in fact, one could select no better combination to provide an opening test for Everton.
DIRECTORS MEETING TEAN SELECTION
August 28, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
There are few surprises in the team's chosen for the Everton, open the first division season with a visit from the high entertaining Derby County and an excellent match should result, Everton have selected Miller, the recent new Scottish player from Patrick Thistle. At inside right instead of Cunliffe, while Leyfield is at outside left, Stein and Coulter of course, not being available, after injuries in the latter part of last season. I am glad to note that Cook, has made such a good recovery from the broken leg, he sustained in mid-week game last tern and will renew his association with Williams in front of Sager. Dean captains for the fifth season in succession will lead the attack.
EVERTON TO PLAY SCOTTISH STAR.
August 28, 1935. Evening Express.
Miller At inside Right Against Derby
By the Pilot.
Everton's new Scottish star, Billy Miller the clever inside right from Patrick Thistle, will make his first appearance in English football on Saturday against Derby County at Goodison. Miller is the only new player in Everton's team for the opening match of the season.
Everton's Internationals of Four Countries.
Miller will play alongside Dean and Geldard against Derby County. The Scot is a versatile player of the scheming type and is one of the few noted footballers who have made a success after moving up from the half-back line to the attack. The directors have decided to retain Stevenson, the clever little Irish international, at inside right and Leyfield plays on the left wing. White, who played centre-half in Everton's cup season – 1932-33 – comes back to that position, and if he recaptures his best form, should bring tremendous power to Everton's defence. Billy Cook, the Irish international back who broke his leg in the match against Leeds United last season, has been chosen as partner to Ben Williams, the Welsh international, following cook's confident display in the final trial match. Consequently, Everton's team will include English, Scottish Irish and Welsh internationals; Everton; - Sagar; Williams, Cook; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Miller Dean, Stevenson, Leyfield. Bill Hartill's Everton's new centre forward from Wolverhampton Wanderers has been chosen to lead the Central League attack against Preston North End at Deepdale. Hughes, the newcomer from Derby County, will also appear in the reserve team and Cunliffe, who played in many first team matches last season, will be partner to Hughes. Everton Reserves; King; Jackson, Jones; Mercer, Gee, Archer; Hughes, Cunliffe, Hartill, Hannon, Sandham.
August 28, 1935. Liverpool Echo.
The local directors settled the issue yesterday. It was not perhaps a difficult task, but it had its awkward points. For instance Everton had to decide upon their forward line, and they kept in Stevenson, where Hartill must have been a big challenger, and they left out Cunliffe, who was the regular fellow for inside right last season, for the purpose of bringing in Willer Miller, of Patrick. At half-back Tom White gains the day, and at full back Cook is partnered by Ben Williams. Team v. Derby County (whose ranks will be glorified by the appearance of men like Hughie Gallagher and Napier, the Scottish international): - Everton; - Sagar; Williams, Cook; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Miller Dean, Stevenson, Leyfield. Hartill leads the reserves' attack with Cunliffe at inside right, against Preston North End in a Central League match at Deepdale, the team being: - Everton Reserves; King; Jackson, Jones; Mercer, Gee, Archer; Hughes, Cunliffe, Hartill, Hannon, Sandham.
15 INTERNATIONALS AT GOODISON.
August 30, 1935. Evening Express.
New Stars In Everton and Derby Elevens.
By the Pilot.
There will be no fewer than 15 internationals on view at Goodison Park. Everton will field eight and Derby County seven. They present the four-national associations. Some of the greatest players of the day will participate in a match, which could attract 50,000 spectators and provide brilliant football. Everton and Derby may be rated as one of the best sides in the land. Last season both did well, and in League matches the County took three points more than the Blues. Everton, however knocked Derby out of the cup. There is a possibility that each club will include one newcomer – and a big Scottish "Star" of last term. Everton will play Billy Miller, their inside-right from Patrick Thistle, and Derby are contemplating the inclusion of Napier, the Celtic and Scottish forward at inside right. A final decision at this point will be made tomorrow. Can Everton begin as they left off –a victory note? My considered view that the Blues should secure the two points at stake and make one move in their effort to challenge the supremacy of Arsenal.
Without A weak Spot.
There is not one weak spot in the Everton armour, be it in attack or defence. I am certain that Miller is going to bring not only craft, but shooting power to the front line. With Dean the ever-alert leader, and a cute Stevenson at inside-left there could be no lack of opportunities for Geldard and Leyfield. White returns to centre-half and if he is the same mood as he was a couple of seasons back, he should prove a tremendous asset, and his defensive abilities should enable Britton and Thomson to shoulder the burden. Two of the most daring yet complete backs in the land, in Williams and Cook, will provide the cover. Yes Everton look a grand combination.
EVERTON'S OPENING GAME IS AGAINST ASTONISHING SIDE.
August 30 1935. Liverpool Echo.
Tomorrow Everton should produce an enormous crowd because the drawing power of Derby is uncommon. The sight of a Gallagher is sufficient to make the local people roll up. It is not so much what Hughes does with the ball as his negative "dummy" moves that make him so fascinating. He can deceive two people without touching the ball. Hughie was wanted by Everton; he was to be signed by them. And then he refused to come to us although he had written me saying how thoroughly he had enjoyed the game in our city. Derby conquered him, and although Bowers is ready for service Derby people say "In any case room must be made for the artist Gallagher." In addition, Derby, with the idea of out-Arsenaling Arsenal, have taken Napier to their fold. I saw Napier play his best and worst games. His best was at Manchester, when he was a delight and, oh, so firm in his attacks. Then I saw him last season at Hampden Park in a game, which proved he was no outside right. He could do no right and was chiefly outside the bounds when trying to make a pass or centre. But Napier on the left wing or in the middle can be a storming force and a box of tricks. The combination of Gallagher and Napier with Everton's stars and the new member, Willie Miller, will be sufficient to make a stunning game. Derby's record at Goodison is excellent. True, Everton beat them in the Cup at Goodison, but that apart, Derby had played ducks and drakes with the Blues. And the Cup-tie produced, that Sagar-punt-Coulter-stealaway to inside right – goal-direct epic. Derby reckoned they were put out through the freakishness of football. Derby will make Everton go the whole way when the line-up for the opening game is: - Sagar; Williams, Cook; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Miller, Dean Stevenson, Leyfield. Derby County:- Kirby; Udall, Reid (Or Collins); Nichols, Barker, Kean; Crooks, Napier (or Groves), Gallacher, Ramage, Duncan.
Manchester Utd Station.
Anyone who saw Everton's semi-final match against West Bromwich at Manchester United's ground a year or two ago will be pleased to hear that the Cheshire Lines Railway Company have constructed as special station adjacent to the ground, which will make the task of the spectator much easier. The bottleneck exit through which the crowd on that occasion was forced to pass was a danger, and the presence of any big attendance at the ground always made the emptying of the terraces's a slow job. Now spectators will enjoy their own station. So far as Liverpool is concerned one has to make the journey into Manchester first before taking the "special" to the ground, but the extra trouble in travelling to Manchester to come back a mile or two will be more than counter-balanced by the greater comfort of alighting within a few yards of the ground.
DERBY COUNTRY'S VISIT.
August 31, 1935. Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton have added some skilled players to their list, but Coulter and Stein, who were unfortunate to sustain broken legs last season, will be absent for some time yet. Today's display at Goodison Park will give an idea as to the strength of the side, for I am sure Derby County will prove worthy opponents in this first game. The home directions have decided to play Miller, the Scottish international from Patrick Thistle a inside right to Geldard, instead of Cunliffe, this being, the only notable change, though Leyfield is at outside left. Cook has recovered from his leg injury he sustained towards the end of last season, and the defence generally is as sound as ever. Dean will again lead what is likely to prove a lively forward line. Derby County finished in the first half-dozen last April and they again have a strong side, but I expect Everton to start with a victory. The kick-off is at 3.15, and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cook; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard Miller, Dean, Stevenson, Leyfield. Derby County: - From; Kirby; Udall, Reid or Collins; Nicholas, Barker Kean Crooks, Napier or Groves, Gallacher, Ramage, Duncan.
BRILLIANT FORWARD WORK GIVES EVERTON WIN
August 31 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Derby Unable to Hold Blues.
Miller's Sparkling Debut.
Cook Hurt in Second Half.
By the Watcher.
Everton will be a big noise this season. This was evident from the Blues' brilliant 4-0 win over Derby County at Goodison Park today. A feature of the game was the great play of Everton's new Scottish star, Miller. The former Patrick Thistle forward and a hand in most of the attacks and its collaboration with Dean was to a large extent responsible for Dixie's scoring the opening goal. Stevenson, Leyfield, and Geldard, in that order, were Everton's other scorers. There was hardly a weak link in the intermediate line or defence. Sagar was in splendid form. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cook, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Miller Dean (captain), Stevenson and Leyfield, forwards. Derby County: - Kirby, goal; Udall and Reid, backs; Nicholas, Barker and Kean half-backs; Crooks, Napier, Gallacher, Ramage, and Duncan, forwards. Referee Mr. J. E. Mellor, (Bradford). Both goalkeepers were brought into action in the first five minutes. Miller jumped right into the picture with dribbles that first of all gave Stevenson an outside chance and then provided himself with an opportunity. Miller, however, sent the ball over the bar. Ramage took Derby's first real shot, one which Sagar pulled down from the corner post. Dean ran forward to take a nice ball and drive hard into Kirby's hands. Neat work by Britton deserved success but unfortunately after the right half-back had drawn Reid out of position, Geldard, in dashing forward to screw the ball across sent it "dead." First-time tackling had so far been the motto of both defences, and it spoke well for their effectiveness that only rarely in the early part of the game were their ever in danger.
Everton took the lead in eleven minute, through Dean. The ball was in the middle in a movement in which several Everton forwards took part. The ball was swung across from the left and Dean, was standing close to the penalty spot, dashed up and took it in his stride, and sent it flying into the roof of the net. Dean received a roar of applause from the 50,000 spectators. The next movement almost yielded another point to the Blues. Miller was the man this time. A dribble took him to within four yards of the goal line, but he was robbed of a scoring chance at the last moment. Everton's right wing was performing brilliantly, and it was largely due to their brilliant approach work that the Goodison men were now having by far the best of matters. Gallacher was having little of the ball, and whenever he managed to reach it, White or Thomson were always on hand.
Stevenson Tests Kirby.
Derby tried to make tracks on the left and then back went Everton for Stevenson force Kirby to go full length in a terrific grounder. Dean took part in a succession of movements, each of which might have yielded goals. On the first occasion he took over the left wing role and his inside pass to Leyfield resulted in Kirby having to take high up a ball that was dangerously near the goal line. Then the Everton captain oriented an attack during which Stevenson placed the ball into the net. The point was disallowed for an infringement. Crooks was the liveliest of the County forwards, who were not receiving anything like the same support from their halves as were Everton's forwards. Derby were playing pretty but individualistic football, whereas Everton were moving together smoothly.
The Rams, however, threw away a gilt-edged chance at the end of the half-hour, Gallagher made a superb run on the right, and closing in to within a few yards of the near post, he squared a beautiful ball to Napier, who shot wide from no more than four yards out. Play travelled from end to end at remarkable speed, despite the heat. The pace showed no sign of slackening. Miller certainly had taken all eyes, and it required four Derby men to watch him and Dean. When Barkas lobbed a high ball up the field, Gallagher in one movement trapped the ball and sent it flying goalwards, Sagar collected the shot well at the top corner. So far nothing much had been seen of Napier. When Keen swung round on his heels to find Duncan, Button once again emphasized Everton's half-back strength by robbing him.
Half-time Everton 1, Derby County 0
On resumption Udall took the ball off Leyfield's toe as the winger was trying to force his way through, and when Cook forced Crooks to part with the ball when Gallagher was waiting in the centre for the pass. Derby were rather prone to keep the ball too close, and this factor deprived Napier of a particular good scoring opening. Ramage, after receiving from Keen, slipped the ball low to Napier, who was only a couple of yards or so on his right, but White had little difficulty in jumping in and clearing. Leyfield's swinging pass was well taken by Miller, and although Udall stepped in to end the movement with the right foot, Stevenson recovered the ball, and a swift run saw him flash across the goalmouth, a ball that missed the far post by only a matter of inches. It was a near thing for Derby. The Rams were fighting back gradually, and from the pressure that was now being exerted it was evident that the points were anything but safely in the Blues' keeping. The crowd – there must have been fully 55,000 spectators - should for another Everton goal. On one occasion, fortunately for the Blues, Ramage was wide of the mark when well placed. After 64 minutes Everton increased their lead Stevenson was the scorer. The credit must go, however, to Miller. It was he who made all the running, almost down to the line, and when the defence had been drawn out of position, Everton's new inside right crossed it into the centre for Stevenson to score easily.
Leyfield Scorers A Third.
Two minutes Leyfield scored a third for the Blues with a beautifully placed shot. Closing in from the left, Leyfield steadied himself, and then took deliberate aim while on the run. The ball whizzled neatly under the bar near the far corner. The next minute saw Dean almost make it four with a header that Kirby collected in fine style. At this style the game was held up for a few minutes while Cook received treatment for a leg injury. Immediately afterwards Napier, after a heading duel, required the trainer's attention. The game was again held up for treatment to "Daily" Duncan, who was brought down while going through the Everton penalty area. Cook apparently was more seriously hurt than was at first through, and at three-quarter time he left the field for further attention in the dressing-room. Sagar held Derby at bay when Gallagher led them through, the Blues goalkeeper snatching the ball from off the Derby leader's head. In the County's next attack Sagar came out to tip a Napier shot over. Everton made certain of the points ten minutes from the end. Geldard was the marksman this time. His right-foot drive from near the line glanced obliquely into the net with Kirby well beaten. Final Everton 4, Derby County 0.
PRESTON RES V EVERTON RES.
August 31 1935. Evening Express Football Edition.
Everton attacked, but Cunliffe was tackled, after Jackson had been called upon to stop Hart running through. Following a combined attack Cunliffe dribbled up the middle and Hammond took a pass cleverly, but could not elude Maine. At the other end Crawford was played off-side when in a scoring position, Jackson was forced to concede a corner, and from the flag kick a scramble occurred. Crawley emerging with the ball and shooting at close range, but King fisted out brilliantly. After 10 minutes Everton took the lead. Walton came out to field the ball as it was centred from the right, and a charge by Hartill caused him to lose the ball, which rolled in front of Hammond and Sandham, having nothing to do but score. King made several fine saves from Crawley and Hetherington. Both sides were frequently caught in the offside trap. A corner forced by Crawley from Butterworth's good work led to danger, which was again averted by King. Everton were kept on the defensive nearly all the time, due to the excellent combination of the home forwards, whose efforts were duly rewarded after 27 minutes, when hart equalised with a fine effort. Mercer made good progress with a corkscrew run which brought him within eight yards of the home goal, but his shot was blocked by Hough. Half-time Preston North End Res 1 Everton Res 1.
Everton forwards showed some improvement after the interval, but they had not the understanding, which had marked North End's attack in the first half. Everton had two free kicks awarded near the penalty area, and following one of these, Walton made a marvellous save from Hartill.
TWO-REFEREES PLAN HAS NOT BEEN SCRAPPED.
August 31 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Linesmen Will be Unnecessary With Dual Control.
By J.T. Howcroft.
We are off on a new season! That we have not began it with the introduction of the two-referee system is a source of regret to many people who consider that it would be for the good of the game generally for two officials to be in charge. Chatting with many of the thinkers of football, I find the officials of some of the clubs are still wondering whether they were to turn down the two-referee idea. One official gave me to understand that his club were not worried about what number of referee had charge so long as each one had the courage of his convictions and was ready to work on his own initiative, which at present some referees seem incapable of doing. It has been said that if ever two referees are appointed the linesmen's list will be further lessened, but I fancy that if and when the clubs do agree to two referees there will then be no necessity at all for linesmen. Two referee should be able to conduct any match without requiring assistance from the line. With one official in each half of the field, each referee should be able to cover his area with ease and still have less to do than a single referee. Accordingly if linesmen were not included in the new scheme of things there should be no objection on the score of additional expense – unless of course, it is decided to increase the referees' fees, as suggested by Derby County. Personally I should not be averse to linesmen being omitted for I consider more trouble has been caused by referees relying upon linesmen than anything else. If two referees for each game are ever appointed, I sincerely hope it will be arranged that each man must of necessity rely completely on his own judgement, I am not going to dwell on the two-referee prophesy that the season will not be many weeks and before the two referees advocates get busy again.
No New League Referees.
I do not recall any previous years when a season started with just exactly the same officials as in the previous one. Such is the case this time round. This means that every man has already been before the public and must have got over the "stage-fright period." Therefore there must be no talks about this or that referee being excused because he has only just got his foot on the ladder. It seems easy, to understand why the League Committee reappointed every official. They had put forward the suggestion regarding two referees and the clubs turned it down. Accordingly I imagine the committee concluded that the clubs must be satisfied with the men already on the list and decided to reappoint the list. Such is my surmise.
Revised Caution Law.
There are fortunately no alterations in the rules that should worry our whistle wielders. The only change is in Law 13 (third sentence) which now reads: "In the event of any ungentlemanly behavior on the part of any of the players, the offender or offenders shall be cautioned. If play has been stopped in consequence of ungentlemanly behavior by a player, it must be resumed by a free-kick in favour of the opposite side. "If any further offence is committed the referee shall order the offending player off the field. And for violent conduct without a previous caution the referee must also dismiss the player from the field." When a referee takes such step he must afterwards report the whole incident to his local association or to the Football Association.
BOLT FROM THE BLUE.
August 31, 1935. Liverpool Football Echo.
Everton's Foursome At Home.
Derby Stars Fail To Shine.
Easy for Everton despite Derby's galaxy of big names Gallagher the visitor's only forward. Miller made an important debut. . Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cook, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Miller Dean (captain), Stevenson and Leyfield, forwards. Derby County: - Kirby, goal; Udall and Reid, backs; Nicholas, Barker and Kean half-backs; Crooks, Napier, Gallacher, Ramage, and Duncan, forwards. Referee Mr. J. E. Mellor, (Bradford).
The Goodison ground looked perfect the day was ideal. Everything was first-rate for the opening of the season at Goodison Park. The opposition was perfect, too, for Derby County, with their team of internationals are now one of the big-wigs of football. The weather perhaps was a wee bit summerlike, but that the crowd were ready for their winter sport was made apparent by an attendance of nearly 50,000. With two such teams in opposition it was not suprising to witness many beautiful conceived movements in the early minutes of play. Derby were the first to become dangerous when Williams miss-hit a ball which went out to Gallagher, who made a few steps forward before he finally delivered a powerful shot which simply whizzled outside the upright. Naturally all eyes were on Miller, and he showed that he was full of ideas even though they did not bring much result. The Derby County goal then came under the Everton fire, and Dean's shot was dead on the target, but Kirby, by advancing some yards from goal, had narrowed Dean's angle, so that the Everton centre's shot came right to hand. Britton kept a tight hold on the Duncan-Ramage wing with the result that most of Derby's attacks originated through sweeping passes out to Crooks, but for once in a way the England outside right was not secure with his centre, so that Sagar was devoid of work when by right he should have been pestered by the Derby inside men.
Dean Bangs Home A Great Shot.
The football was entrancing. Sometimes over-elaboration held up promising movements, but there was no doubt that the crowd were enjoying the fare placed before them. Some said Dean had made a miss when he shot straight at Kirby but he made no error at the twelfth minute when he banged home a great shot from 13 yards out. Miller was the instigator, but only a quick moving football brain which Dean possesses enabled the latter to foresee a possible opening, and take it. Others I feel sure, would have considered an offside verdict, but Dean knew he was onside when the ball was last played. For sometime after this Everton held Derby strictly to defence, and Miller, following some choice dribbling, lost a chance through a desire to do just a little more, so that Reid was able to get in his tackle. Although Barker struck to Dean like a long-lost brother, the Everton captain beat him in the air, Leyfield nearly snapped a surprise goal when he ran to inside left and made a quick shot, which Kirby edged away. The Miller tickled the crowd and the ball to such that Derby defence did not know which way he would go. He has a habit of stopping the ball died and letting an opponent run on and from this trick he nearly produced another goal to Everton for it was only good luck which got the Derby defence out of difficulty.
Derby Pegged Down.
Everton got the ball into the net a second time, but Leyfield's shot was not allowed to count owing to an infringement – think it was a case of hands on the part of Dean. Derby were pegged down for long spells at a time, and so far Napier had not produced anything which had made him so famous in Scotland. In fact, at this point the Derby front line was uncommonly inactive, and when Dean charged the goalkeeper a foul against him was automatic decision. Just as the whistle sounded Miller shot, the ball striking a Derby man and speeding into the net, but of course it was no goal. A free kick against Everton was admirably placed by Kean, and as the clearance was none too solid, "Daily" Duncan was offered a half chance, but his usually sure shot found its way barred by the body of Britton.
Gallagher had few chances, but when one did come his way he showed just what a canny little fellow he can be. His anticipation enabled him to take up a pass on the extreme right of the goal close to the touch line, but he made such a perfect drag-pass that it left Napier with open sesame. This must surely be a goal, for no player could possibly miss such a chance, which was there for the taking. Imagine the dismay, and the relief of the home club, when Napier shot behind –a terrible miss, to say the least. This led to a Derby onslaught, and for some minutes the Everton defence was severely tested. Duncan easing the position by centring behind. White made one good long-length drive which Kirby caught securely under the crossbar. Thomson and Dean between them made an opening for Miller, but the Scot's shot rattled up against a Derby man.
Half-Time, Everton 1, Derby County 0.
The opening of the second half was somewhat tame. Everton were so much on top that one began to winder what had happened to all the Derby stars. Duncan and Crooks, like Leyfield and Geldard did not shine out brightly. In fact, Derby had not turned out quite as we expected.
Stevenson – Miller Point.
Gallagher alone was the bright spot in their attack, but what chance had he against a solid Everton defence, which must include White, who was a grim relentless and effective tackler. It was only common justice that Everton should increase their lead, for they had undoubtedly held away for a greater portion of the game. The Derby defence was not always sound, and when Miller broke through he beat it with great simplicity, and then put the ball sight so that Stevenson could score at 63 minutes. It seemed Derby had lost all heart, and within a minute, Leyfield brought the score to 3-0 with a simple looking shot which struck a defender, and by so doing put Kirby out of position.
Cook Limps Off.
Napier was injured in collision with Stevenson, and then Duncan was hurt in a tackle with Williams, and while the train was attending to Duncan, Cook, who had been limping for some minutes left the field. Sagar foiled Gallagher by making a perfect catch from a Crooks centre, and then Gallagher tried to get Crooks away. The outside right made a confident pull-back, but White conceded a corner rather than allow the ball to go into the goalmouth, where many were awaiting its arrival. Miller was undoubtedly Everton's star forward, although Dean and Stevenson had done well. Gallagher was the one man likely to bring about the downfall of Everton's defence. Sagar again held him up, but the crowd were not slow to appreciate a brilliant effort, with the ball knee-high by the wee Scot. Everton took a fourth goal at the eightieth minute, Miller again supplying the pass, which produced it. He pushed the ball forward to Geldard, whose first shot cannoned against the goalkeeper and came back to him, his second effort left Kirby standing. At this moment the moment the Everton backs were Williams and Thomson. Cook's injury is not considered serious. He received a kick on his old injury, and it was on the advice of the doctor he went off. Everton 4 Derby County 0.
PRESTON R. V. EVERTON R
August 31 1935. Liverpool Football Echo.
A gift gave Everton a heartening start against N.E. Reserves at Deepdale. The game had not been in progress more than ten minutes when Walton, the home keeper had to save a free kick taken by Archer. Walton held the shot, but took so much time in clearing that Hughes was able to run in and jostle the ball out of his hands and touch it to Sandham who scored. After this the Everton defence were mostly in the picture, King saving four likely shots, and it was until 25 minutes had gone that Hart scored an equaliser from close range. Milne had the measure of Hartill, and Cunliffe was Everton's most enterprising forward, but too often the visitors attack was out of gear. For North End Crawley had three splendid scoring chance which he-footed. Everton played the better football in the second half, and the North End defence was kept fully occupied. Milne held Hartill, but Cunliffe was dangerous. Final; Preston Res 1, Everton Res 1.