EVERTON PLAYERS’ ROLL CALL
August 5, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
There will be some new faces at Goodison Park and one or two others missing. New comers after the end of the season are Peter Farrell and Tommy Eglington from Shamrock Rovers, Archie Livingstone (ex Bury). Matt McPeake (Belfast Distillery). Farrell and Eglington do not report until later. Players who have been transferred elsewhere since last May include, Doyle, to Yeovil, and Peters. Keenan (Newport County), J. Archer (Chester), Rawlings (Plymouth Arygle), and Hill (New Brighton). Of the playing staff of 45 professionals seven are in the forces. A few others are still in essential civilian work, but will be available for most matches, and will do their training in the evening. The full list of players is;
Goalkeepers; Burnett, T. Sagar, W. Birkett, J.A. Jones, P. Lovett*
Full Backs; G. Jackson, N. Greenhalgh, G. Curwen, J.R. Hedley, B. Purvis*, J. Prescott, GE Saunders, G. Dugdale
Half-backs; J. Mercer, S. Bentham, TG Jones, JV Humphreys, M. Lindley, TG Watson, J. Cookson*, J. Grant, PD Farrell, JW Davies, W. Edwards, DE Falder, HA Finnis, M. McPeake
Forwards; A. Stevenson, E. Wainwright*, H. Catterick, AW Fielding, W. Boyes, A. Livingstone, J. Mcllhatton, J.Lyons*, FW Griffths*, E. Barbers, T. Elliott, T. Eglington, WC Higgins, A. Johnson, G. Makin*, NW Sharp, W. Owen, FT Sweeney. (* Still in forces).
EVERTON THIS AFTERNOON
August 6, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
Everton reported this afternoon. W. Edwards had the honour of being the first arrival, and he was closely followed by 27 others. In all Everton have 46 professionals, but several of them are still in the Services including their brilliant inside forward Eddie Wainwright. The boys seemed happy to get back to business and most of them looked well and tanned. McPeake of Belfast Distillery, was one of the Irishmen present, and Archie Livingstone who was signed from Bury at the end of last season, and Finnis a local boy who will make his debut as a professional were among these greeted by Director Mr. J. Sharp, who was making his first official appearance and Mr. Theo Kelly the secretary-manager. Today was confined in a loosening up, the players making many circuits of the track and indulging in short sprints. The ground looked in excellent condition, although there was a patch on the far side which showed wear and tear due to baseball games during the summer. Here is a line of outside interest, Jackie Coulter, Everton’s former outside left and Irish international is now manager of the Irish club Alds. Mr. Sharp told the players he was happy to be a director and that he hoped to see a lot of the matches and wished then a good season. Full-time training will start tomorrow, when the players will go out for road work.
August 10, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
What came Ye Forth to see?
84,000 Eyes Miss the Football Features
The Hive, Saturday
It is not fair to ask partisans and others. What came ye forth to see? The cause of this inquiry goes back to last season’s football games. It was the last game of the session –out of season, to prove Lancashire C.C.C. with funds. And you will remember Mcllhatton was on view, which meant 42,000 Evertonians arrived to survey the promised pro. Some 84,000 eyes looked on. It has oft-times been a declaration of mine that the ultra-partisan sees little of the game. He goes there to “see” his side win. Of the other side he knows little, wants to know less (if they are winning), and if they finished with nine men he would not have noticed two had taken their leave. Such is the blind side of sports-sightseeing, where eyes are blinded by partisanship.
Did You See This?
Do you mind if I test your sight, sir and or lady? You were there? Yes,. Near the conclusion of the game a goal was scored. What happened? Thousands of times goals have been scored the customary handshake, pat on the back, by the scorer and his helpmate. The defending side retrieving the ball from the back of the net and proceeding to “ponder” how the goal came about and to whom, if needs be, blame might be allocated. A scene that occurs year after year. But –
This Time The Difference
This time a change of front. The Lancashire side arrived at the middle of the field – to the centre circle – and at once I sensed a new formation by Everton F.C. The changed front bothered me. I advanced to goalkeeper Burnett, seated unemployed through a damage hand, and said, “Do you see what I see? Has it ever occurred before? Was it a plan of campaign, a forethought of the dressing-room? “Burnett said he had not seen it before, and he had not heard about it prior to the match –but as he was not playing that day it was quite possible they could have arranged some new venture, and he had not been acquainted with it.
Day after day I pondered the new style and finally began to think I had been dreaming and it was as old as the hills. Later I dug up the theme with others and found I had not been dreaming –how, by the way, does one hope to dream when suffering the pangs of lumbago? So, reader, you who were there at the game and those who were not, here is the story of the new Starting Frame as Shown by Everton F.C.- (It shown 3-5-2 formation and 2-2-3-2 formation).
Planning A Squeeze
This chart might pass for a “Wot – no hope?” sign. Let me sketch you the position. O’s are the side conceding a goal to Everton and as usual you see the wingmen take up their stance around the touchline, while the inside forwards clutter up the circle. Now not the X’s –Everton forwards stand five-square around the circle? Never before have I seen such a formation. What can it possibly indicate and imply? The two base X figures are Bentham and Watson and their position gives me an inkling that these two stalwart half-backs are posted on point duty to look after the extreme wing men styled). Now with the five Everton forwards playing a ring-o-roses it should be impossible for the opposing forwards to get that ball away to any advantage. Just as it is necessary to squeeze a discard-card when playing cards by leading almost all your trumps cards, so it is necessary for forwards to squeeze out their rivals by such a formation as I have shown in the diagram above.
No one has said a word about the formation. Players have not spoken, management has not open its mouth, I am mentioning the matter because in that delightful game I reckon I saw a new fashion in restarting games. And anything new and well-throughout is a joy to me in the time of our very stereotyped methods of play. I hope you will watch for this new line-up, and at the same time I do hope Everton will not slide back to their old rut of methods after showing, as Fielding and Boyes showed, the art of using a corner kick to advantage. If they are all travelling the same connected stereotyped lines all time, their play cannot give the joy it gave last season. I stand to be corrected by Secretary-Manager Kelly that the scheme was debated before the game started and I cry out aloud. “More of these new styles please.”
Took The Cup From Everton
I would have loved to have been in at the seizing of a Cup Held by Everton F.C. At the risk of being committed for life for recalling the joys of the old days I must make mention of the Cup Rock Ferry took from Everton F.C. –remember the Golden Wedding Story) told you last week? Well, here is Mr. W. Grierson himself to frame that picture. I was captain of Rock Ferry and with Mr. Callender we took a cab to Dr. Baxter’s house where I carried the Cup from his side board. You see Everton had not dreamed we could win the Cup and so had not taken the trophy with them to their ground. We did win it –a great shock to the Everton club and supporters. Mr. Grierson has a photo of the team and thanking Mr. Bert Cooke, for his data he proceeds to name the Rock Ferry team
Is This The End?
It would give me pain to bring any more opprobrium upon the Everton F.C. meeting, but as a chronicler I must state some facts that filter through conceding this battle of proxies. Have we at long last seen the end of the debating class and annual general meeting fights? I ask because I have suffered them oh, so, many, many years. Recently some said they would last as long as the club lasted. But recent events tend to show that all is not running smoothly in other directions and changes will occur in the opposition camp. The Shareholders’ Association has lost its fight for directorial seats. The Association has lost its sparkle and it may very shortly lose some of its old staunch fighters, who are inclined to put their rifles away. I forecast that the Association’s innings is fast drawing to its close. I shall be told that is not the case, but I could hope and certainly believe my indicator is right – perhaps the harmonious training room may now rise up and sing by means of the Harmonious Board of Directors –it is long overdue this should be so. Harmony-all has been the slogan of many a new director, and no one seemed fit to tune up the instruments. Today I think the band is at least in harmony. Or is if I am merely Bee-flat? And Now Reader; Koskow. Bee.
August 12, 1946. The Evening Express
Duplication for all position has been achieved by Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly, of Everton, football’s busiest manager during the close season. I guarantee that Theo has travelled more miles and seen more players since the 1945-46 closed than any other connected with a Football League club. And what is more important the Everton “chief” has landed the goods. Inspired by the complete confidence and backing of the directors, Mr. Kelly has sallied forth and accomplished what he set out to do. Personally, I think the master stroke was to secure Farrell and Eglington from shamrock Rovers, for it is no easy thing to get players to leave an area where there are no wages limits. It just shows what personally can do. Mr. Kelly succeeded where many others would have failed. Mr. Kelly has pursued a courageous policy, but I am confident that Everton will reap a rich reward. The two things which could upset Everton are injuries and too many international calls. The selectors are now “on to” Wally Fielding, who should do so well against Scotland on August 24 as to ensure full caps later on. That is the bug-bear so far, as Everton are concerned. They may be forced to play vital games without key men. Most encouraging week-end news from Goodison Park is that George Saunders, the young full back just signed on a full-time basis, has given further proof that he will make the grade. Everton held a trial match on Saturday morning –strictly private and behind closed doors – and Saunders was one of the highlights. Saunders is the Birkenhead lad and he has grown into a fine athletic. With lads like Saunders, Dugdale, the newly acquired Hodgkiss and others giving backing to Greenhalgh and Jackson, the Blues should have no further worries about a department about which some followers had “doubts.” Both our premier clubs will now be having their many trials of the juniors who have asked for a chance to make the grade. The sifting and sorting starts this week, and while there may be many who fail to come up warranty you can bet that some nuggets will be unearthed among the drops.
The Reds and Blues usually open each season in double harness. In the pre-war years we had the cricket matches and then the important occasion of the Merseyside Professional Footballer’s got championships before the Jubilee Fund football game. This year there are no Jubilee games or “help the bombed clubs” matches, while several factors have militated against the revival of the golf tournament for at least some months. However, cricket survives and the enthusiasts of cricket and football will gather at Wadham-road, Bootle, this evening to see a combined team of Everton and Liverpool players face Bootle in a two-evening match in aid of the Booth club. There will be six players from each club, and I can sure you that the footballers rank high as cricketers. Phil Taylor and Jack Balmer play for Formby, while Stan Bentham plays for Newton-le-Willows and Ted Sagar played regularly in Army representatives matches. The Liverpool players who will play are Taylor, Balmer, Nieuwenhuys, Birch, Jones and Spicer, and the Everton representatives are Bentham, Humphreys, Hodgkiss, Sweeney, and Johnson. Play starts at 6.30 pm each evening.
• Liverpool inquiry for Tommy Lawton from Chelsea
August 14, 1946. The Evening Express
Norman Greenhalgh, the left full-back, has been appointed captain of Everton for the coming season. Greenhalgh was vice-captain to Lawton, taking over the duties when Lawton went to Chelsea last season.
The Everton-Liverpool team of footballers cricketers had to be content with a draw at Bootle in the two-evening game (12 a-side) at Bootle last night. Bootle could muster only 113 for ten wickets in reply of the Everton-Liverpool total of 170 for seven wickets in about the same time – 2 ¼ hours. Paisley 4 for 37, Spicer 3 for 29 and Bentham 2 for 31, bowled well.
Tonight and tomorrow evening, at Sandown Lane, Wavertree X! Oppose a team from the Everton Football Club.
EVERTON TRAIL GAME
August 15, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
Three Newcomers Play
Farrell and Eglington Not Yet Here
Everton’s team for Saturday’s initial practice game, Everton have decided to put up their probables first team against a reserve eleven, not to mix the two together for Saturday’s pipe-opener. Those who missed seeing Mcllhatton in the friendly game last May get the chance to remedy this state of affairs, as well as have a pre-view of the season’s newcomers –right back Hodgkiss from Southport, Matt McPeake one time with Marine and Tranmere and Archie Livingstone of Bury who made several war-time appearances here and invariably distinguished himself. We shall have to wait before seeing Peter Farrell and Tommy Eglington, the two signing from Shamrock Rovers. They have not yet reported at Goodison, having had no extension for domestic reasons. Here are the sides; Blues; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes. Whites; Sagar; Hodgkiss, Dugdale; McPeake, Humphreys, Finnis; Johnson, Elliott, Higgins, Livingstone, Lyon or Stevenson.
EVERTON TRY PACES
August 17, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
Trial Match Features
Blues; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Jones (tg), and Watson, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Baggaley, and Boyes, forwards. White; Sagar, goal; Hodgkiss and Dugdale, backs; McPeake, Humphreys, and Finnis, half-backs; Sweeney, Elliott, Higgins, Livingstone and Lyon, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.C. Ashworth, Liverpool. There were two changes, one on either side, in Everton’s trial match teams at Goodison Park today. Fielding, due to play in the international at Manchester next Saturday was an absentee owing to a poisoned foot. He assures me he will be fitted to play at Maine road. For the whites Sweeney took the place of Johnson. Baggaley, an ex-naval man, deputised for Fielding and he had the honour of opening the day’s score when he shot beyond Sagar after 17 minutes. The game was not really very important from the goal-scoring point of view, but it gave an opportunity of running the rule over Everton’s new men, and the large crowd must have been quite satisfied for there was any amount of skill and artistry. There was more cohesion about the Blues eleven, for they had played together many times before but the Whites side promises well for the future. The Blues scored a second goal through Wainwright when it seemed the ball would go out. The Whites trustful had done more shooting, but Burnett was very sure in his catches of their fiercest drives. The Whites were the more frequent shooters but they found Burnett in tip-top form, making spectacular saves. I got the impression that the Blues were always playing well within themselves and were getting effects with the least exertion.
Half-time; Blues 2, Whites 0.
NEWCOMER ON TARGET IN BLUES’ FIRST TRIAL
August 17, 1946. The Evening Express
Fielding was unable to appear in Everton’s trial match which heralded the new season at Goodison Park today. Fielding suffering from a sore heel but he assures me that he will be fit to play for England against Scotland next Saturday. Walter Baggeley, the 24-year-old Liverpool lad, who was signed on Thursday, appeared in place of Fielding. Baggaley has served five years in the Royal Navy, is 5ft 10 ½ ins and 11st 8lb. He was signed after playing in a trail match. There were three other newcomers, Livingstone, Hodgkiss, McPeake. Blues; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Jones (tg), and Watson, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Baggaley, and Boyes, forwards. White; Sagar, goal; Hodgkiss and Dugdale, backs; McPeake, Humphreys, and Finnis, half-backs; Sweeney, Elliott, Higgins, Livingstone and Lyon, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.C. Ashworth, Liverpool. The Whites almost took the lead in the first minute when Higgins went through from Elliott’s pass and hooked the ball only inches over the top as Burnett advanced. Humphreys’ splendid intervention prevented the Catterick-Wainwright through0-pass move from bearing fruit, and then Sagar saved a point-blank shot from Baggaley after good work by Boyes. The Whites had more of the pressure and Burnett twice had to pull down dangerous centres, turn one shot over the top, and then dash out to save from Lyon. The Blues right wing, ably served by Mercer, treated the 15,000 spectators to some nice ball play and Baggeley tested Sagar low down to two occasions.
Blues Go Ahead
After 10 minutes Livingstone twisted an ankle and had to go off, fortunately he was able to resume and in 17 minutes Baggaley gave the Blues the lead, cleverly stepping on the blind side of Humphreys and placing the ball nicely. So the most willing marksman so far reaped his just reward. Mercer has obviously made a perfect recovery from his knee operation, for he was the purposeful Joe of old. Burnett saved one of Livingstone’s ‘specials’ before Elliott skied the ball over the bar. The Blues increased their lead in 25 minutes. Catterick being the scorer. The ball bounced up awkwardly as Sagar went across for the shot and it spun off the goalkeeper just inside the far post. Burnett made a brilliant save from McPeake as the Whites continued to be dangerous in their raiding, but not able to match the Blues when it came to collaborative skill.
Livingstone’s shooting was one of the features of an entertaining game, and now he brought out the best of Burnett who swung himself up to turn one over the top. From the corner Burnett made a mightily save from Lyon.
Half-time –Blues 2, Whites 0
18,000 SEE NEW EVERTON PLAYERS
August 19, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Bee (Ernest Edwards)
Some 18,000 people were content with the result, whichever way it went. It was the only time the Everton spectators could look on disappointingly. He just didn’t bother about the score, which side won, or who scored. It was nice to be in such a complacent crowd and survey the promised land of 1946-47. The sun shone upon them when Sagar won the toss, and elected to face it – that “novelty, the sun. Although his side lost 3-1, the losers were penetrating enough near the shooting area to have deserved reward. It was Burnett who staved off defeat for the first team. His swallow-dive were a feature of some sparkling football.
Not to be Outdone
Veteran Sagar, not content to look on at Burnett’s brilliance, did some splendid work himself. He was beaten by Baggaley, Wainwright and Catterick to which Higgin’s replied against Burnett –a happy augury. If we can trust trial games. But that is an absurd trust because trial games make the new boy look good against an opponent playing at half-speed. Trials can deceive and lead a hasty management into all manner of false grooves. Yet a trial of this character is always worthwhile. The spectators can see new players, their methods, moods and physique. Here one could readily fine old stalwarts such as Mercer, Greenhalgh, T.G. Jones, Boyes, and Humphreys, who had such a long innings in the senior side last season. It was the new name spectators wanted to see and the first new player to make a deep impression was Livingstone –outstanding with rasping shot and cunning method –whether at inside forward (first half) or right-half (second half). Livingstone is ready made and suits. McPeake, the Irish boy, who has played for Marine and I believe in the Birkenhead League series, is a most thoughtful player – rather a forward half-back, leaving the full back to face the odds of two in one but an attractive player with the Everton stamp, always looking before passing. As a forward in the second half were these changes announced to the crowd through the amplifier one wonders? McPeake was equally impressive. It was good to see that he and most of the other Everton signings had physique above the ordinary. The need for height and weight as well as skill was pointed out by me when the team visited Blackburn last season.
The Navy man Baggaley who came in for the slightly damaged Fielding, is a case in point. He has length, height, weight, and a nonchalant style that may make him a great player. T.G. Jones by the way, made the best chop-stick tackle I have seen for years and by his side was good to realise that Mercer’s cartilage operation had been “sunk with trace” he took a knock that would have affected any weak part of the leg. Elliott, Lyon, and big backs in Dugdale and Hodgkiss should make Everton’s reserve team good to look upon. The promise is flattering perhaps a foretaste of victories but you have been warned that trial games are the most unreliable mans of judging for the future.
August 19, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
Six weeks ago a Liverpool young man of 24, just demobbed after five years in the Navy, climbed the stairs to Everton’s office, stood outside for a moment, plucking up courage, and then boldly knocked and said he would like a run in one of the private trial games. Now, any amount of young players make the same request, either personally or by letter and they can’t all be accommodated. But there was something about this young man that impressed Manager Theo Kelly, and after a short talk he agreed to give him what he asked. So well did he do in a private test last Thursday, providing the passes which enabled his partner to get five goals, that when Fielding had to cry off from Saturday’s public practice, Mr. Kelly at once wired to the young trialist. That was now Walter Baggaley now back at his old job of ship repairing engineer got into the Everton senior side on Saturday. And did ex-sailor Baggaley take his chance? I’ll say he did. True, he wants speeding up a good bit yet, and was obviously dead-beat in the closing stages through lack of training, but he showed beyond doubt that he has a football brain and plenty of skill. Trail matches are often a snap and delusion, and the lad looks A1, when the opposition is not exerting itself may never get beyond the C3 stage in the really competitive stuff, so it would be well to wait, but on Saturday’s showing providing he can retain his skill when geared up to top pace. Baggaley looks like making the grade all right. This trial delighted 17,599 spectators who paid £950 to see football as it should be played –on the ground. That was the outstanding feature. The ball was hardly ever in the air, and the reserved were almost as good as the seniors in the way they got the ball under control and made their passes along the grass.
Taking It Easy
The first-teamers won 3-1 and always seemed to be playing a bit within themselves, whereas the reserves were all-out. Stars of the second string was Archie Livingstone, who brought a Lawtonian touch to his shooting, whether in the forward line or at right half, to which he dropped back in the second period. But for some great saves by Burnett he might have won the game for the Whites. Matt McPeake was another to distinguish himself, both at half-back and inside left, and Lyon and Sweeney were promising on the wings, which still looks as if they will be Everton’s biggest problem though one practice game is no criterion. Ex-Sandergrounder Hodgkiss took the eye with his sound display at right back and Ted Sagar through not so spectacular as Burnett whose diving-board leaps to top the ball over the bar always bring down the house, is still in the top-flight beneath the sticks. While on this display one or two first team players are going to have to play hard to retain their places, it is a comforting thought for the board that the majority of positions are so inadequately displaced. It was comforting also to see that Mercer’s cartilage operation seeing to have had no ill effects. It would be hard to find two centre halves more opposed in style than Tommy Jones and Jack Humphreys. Humphreys is the embodiment of earnest endeavour and full-blooded heartiness; Jones the polished type who makes everything look so simple and never seems to be playing in more than bottom gear. Both have the knack of pushing the ball through with the inside of the foot to ensure exact placing and are always seeking avenues to turn defence into attack. Everton are lucky to have two such pivots on their books. Chief difference between the two sides was in the way the seniors always satisfied the elementary princles of drawing an opponent before parting with the ball and the way in which they ran to the open spaces in anticipation of a pass. The younger and less experienced players sometimes let eagerness beat them and “got rid of it” too quickly. Time will overcome that. Altogether the Everton board must be reasonably satisfied with the outlook for the coming season. Though too much reliance cannot be played on Saturday’s display it certainly seems we can again reply on the Blues for good-class football, whatever the results column may bring.
Liverpool Senior Cup
Clubs playing in the Liverpool Senior Cup this season have all agreed to field their first teams. In the first round (home and away) and Tranmere against New Brighton, Liverpool and Everton have byes. The semi-final and final will be one-match affairs.
RECORD DEMANDS FOR SEASON-TICKETS
August 19, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
All records for season tickets sales on Merseyside have been smashed this season. Everton have had to stop the sale of tickets for registered seats, and they, like Liverpool, have only a limited number of tickets left for ordinary seats. Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly, of the Blues, said to me that he has never experienced anything like the demand of the past week, and he had to order extra tickets to cope with the rush. The turn up of the enthusiasts at Goodison was more like that for a real League game than a trial, and the football served up was almost as interesting and certainly as entertaining. So far as receipts were concerned the gate was easily the biggest in the country, grossing more than £10,000, which means that local charities will benefit by approximately £950. Great work, Referee, Linesmen, gateman all gave their services free in the cause of charity, and the players gave us a comforting feeling that Everton, at least, can enter the season in an optimistic frame of mind, with two men at least for every position, and several of these utility –play anywhere –men so essential to a successful side.
I was keenly interested in the working of the 1st 3d gate decided on by the League and bring change difficulties. Well, it all went off pretty smoothly although not as easily as with a 1s 6d, admission. Mr. Kelly had taken every means to facilitate the easy passage of fans. For instance he had over every turnstile the appealing notice “Please tender correct money.” Two out of every three spectators did so. To cope with those who had not the right money, Mr. Kelly provided every gateman with bags of copper, and so, equipped for everything, the crowd of nigh 20,000 passed into the ground nicely. What a boon it will be to clubs, however, if spectators will give the correct cash. Romance to this trial was provided by Walter Edward Baggaley, the 24-year-old forward from the West Derby area who went into the Royal Navy when 17, served five years and so had no chance of graduating through the usual junior circles. Baggaley walked into Goodison Park a couple of weeks ago, and asked Mr. Kelly for a trial. Walter got that trail last Thursday evening, and so impressed Mr. Kelly that when Wally Fielding pulled out with a blistered heel the manager did not hesitate to play Baggaley. Everton now agrees that he did the right thing for Baggaley scored the first of the Blues “Three goals – Wainwright and Catterick got the others – and gave us quite a “Fieldingish” display with fine command over the ball and cute ideas. They say the best things in life are free, well certainly Everton appear to have picked a winner here without initial outlay. Baggerley –signed as amateur after the trial –has much to learn, but I shall watch his progress with keen interest for he is another local boy who may make good. Fielding will be quite all right for his England debut next Saturday, and he will be delighted to know that most of the directors are going to Manchester to give him encouragement. Lawton is out of this game because of a groin injury.
There is no denying that Everton have secured a couple of real sharp-shooters in Archie Livingstone and Matt McPeake. These players who switched positions in the second half, brought out all the best in Burnett, and George rose to the occasion in thrilling style although lacking the inspiration of Ted Sagar’s yellow international jersey which he were all last season. Ted wore the canary sweater this time. Livingstone and McPeake are the utility players to whom I referred, and I mark them down as excellent signings. So do I that of Bob Hodgson, the right back from Southport. Here is a player of the brainy type, which always brings to mind Warneford Cresswell. Keen positional sense and delicate use of the ball without the hurry and flurry. That describes a player who impressed me immensely. All the tried and trusted did well, with Mercer showing no ill effects of his operation; Tommy Jones coming through coolly and confidently despite the plaster on the left hand; Higgins fighting hard although suffering from a painful sty on his left eye. Higgins got the Whites’ goal in a game featuring skill and enthusiasm. I was delighted to see that Jack Lyon has got right back to the brilliance of 1939. Prisoner of war experience upset Lyon’s football, but he is going to fulfil the promise of his teens, believe me. Gordon Dugdale also reproduced his form of pre-navy days, and in fact, the play of Lyon and Dugdale was as pleasing a feature as any on this summer afternoon, when it was so good to get back among the men of football. All the Everton directors with two exceptions were present under Chairman Mr. Will Gibbins, and with Mr. Ernest Green, Dr. Cecil Baxter and Major Jack Sharp coming in for more congratulations on their success at the July poll. Mr. Ike Robinson, hon, secretary of Liverpool County F.A. came along with his usual spot of news –this time the Senior Cup first round draw. Liverpool and Everton have byes into the semi-finals with the final, will be single match ties. Before moving on to cricket a word for groundsman Ted Storey and his staff for providing a playing area a joy to gaze upon. Returfing successfully has repaired the baseball section.
August 23, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton will be holding trial game in private. Wally Fielding is making his England debut at Maine road on Saturday.
FOOTBALL CHIEF’S EVE-OF-SEASON MESSAGE
August 24, 1946. The Evening Express (Don Kendall)
Tribute to Work Of Clubs, Players, Spectators
Mr. William C. Cuff, dynamic president of the Football League, and the most inspiring leader in football circles expects the League to make a triumphant return to normal conditions in the new season which opens next Saturday. Mr. Cuff, who guided the League through the war years so successfully, has given a special message to all connected with football and to readers of the Evening Express, in particular. We all share in the President’s fervent wish for a successful season, and it is my sincere hope that Mr. Cuff himself has at last a chance to experience the many joys of his office, which have been denied him so far because of that never-ending mammoth task of keeping the wheel s of League football running throughout the war years. A great season played in the true spirit of football with everyone combining to one common end –the success of the Football League –would be a fitting tribute to the man who has stayed on the bridge in football’s darkest days.
Filled with Admiration
Here is Mr. Cuff’s pre-season message:-
“On the eve of the resumption of the pre-war League competitions, I feel impelled to cast a retrospective glance over the most exacting period in the history of football. I shudder sometimes at the recollections of the decision which I had to take on September 6, 1939, in ordering the immediate suspension of our League championship competitions. “How the management Committee and officials within a few days, organised an emergency competition eliminating excessive travelling, and how our clubs and their players co-operated fills me with admiration. The response, too, of the public was both spontaneous and enthusiastic, with the result that throughout the war period our Armed Forces and war workers found healthy and enjoyable entertainment in the competitions provided. “Having safely and successfully weathered the storms and perils of the last six years, what does the future portend? I well recognise that the transition from war to peace football will be a difficult job but it is a job I am sure will be well and successfully tackled. I believed that the coming season will demonstrate that the popularity of the League competitions has increased enormously. Recent attendances at our pre-luminary games justify this anticipation. “My message therefore, is “To our clubs, officials and players; make sure of giving supporters clean, virile, fast first class football. To the public I invite you to give fair encouragement to good, honest football and express your disapproval of any foul tactics which mar the good name of soccer. “Finally, I would like to congratulate the clubs and their players and not the least the spectators on the marvellous manner in which, during the war, they have kept unfurled the banner of the Football league, I extend to all my very best wishes for the forthcoming season.” And all will join me in wishing Mr. Cuff and his fellow legislators a season free from worries to make it the greatest ever campaign.
Brentford Open The Goodison Football Session
Club formed in 1888.
Played on present ground (Griffin park) since 1904.
Record attendance -39,626, v. Preston North End (Cup), March 5, 1938.
Best in F.A. Cup –Reached sixth round in 1937-38 and 1945-46
Biggest Football league victory 8-0 v. Port Vale, April 20, 1935.
Heaviest Defeat -0-7 v. Swansea Town, November 8, 1925.
Most Football league goals for club up to start of 1939 war 117 by J.W. Holiday from 1932-33 to 1939-40 inclusive.
Record individual total of Football league goals for one season -36 by J.W. Holiday in 1932-33
Best individual scoring feat for one Football League match –Five goals by W.R. Scott v. Barnsley, December 15, 1934.
Best individual scoring feats against for one Football League match –four goals by G.S. Whitworth (Northampton Town), April 2, 1921; L. Thompson (Swansea Town) November 8, 1924, H. Dobson (Southend United) December 6, 1924; W. Arblaster (Merthyr-Town) April 17, 1926; F. Richardson (Reading) May 1, 1926; F. White (Birmingham), December 10, 1938.
Total players (while with club) supplied for international Championship matches -8; 1 English, 3 Scottish, 3 Welsh, 1, Irish.
Longest service in club’s employ among present registered professionals –Joseph James, secured in August 1929.
Total players ordered off in Football league matches since 1918 –Four.
ENGLAND 2 (Welsh 2, one penalty), SCOTLAND 2 (Thornton 2)
August 26, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
Wally Fielding played for England against Scotland at Maine Road in front of 70,000 spectators.
Fielding, of Everton, was plainly ahead of his time. He begin with really excellent shots and tried to work a combined with Mitten, write by Bees (Ernest Edwards), played at inside left.
EVERTON “AS YOU WERE”
August 28, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
Their public trial disclosed some newcomers and returned Forces players who promised to make a strong bid for first-team inclusion but at last night’s board meeting the directors wisely decided to rely on the side which took then to second place last season, except that Mcllhatton comes in at outside right. While it was obvious in the trial game that the seniors were only at half-cock, it was also plain that the two casualties of last season, Joe Mercer and Tommy Jones were fully recovered and ready for action in the stern tournament which is ahead. This is going to be a testing season for all. Now that promotion and relegation loom ahead every man will have to be on his toes. Nobody can treat the forthcoming games with the occasional nonchalance of war-time football. This coming season is going to be a grim affair, with no quarter asked or given. It will need the best from all to keep any club’s head above water. Everton’s only real newcomer to senior rank is Mcllhatton. When he made his baptism in English football against Bury at Gigg lane in the last match last term, he found it rather terrifying. He knows now what is expected this side of the Border, and has been speeded up accordingly. With Fielding and Wainwright in the inside positions Everton should be a strong striking force, while the half-back line, which is the same as the pre-war championship season, has a Bank of England look about it. The defensive trio was an automatic selection, as it has been for so long. Teams; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes.
Munro and Manley pulled leg muscles in the Brentford trial match last week-end. Munro is definitely unable to appear this week-end, and Manley although his injury is yielding, is a doubtful starter. Gillies secured from St. Mirren, makes his first appearance at outside right in his first game in English League football. Team; Groszier; Gorman, Oliver; Scott, Smith, Brown (or Manley); Hopkins, McAlson, Townsend, Wilkins, Gillies.
FARRELL & EGLINGTON SAIL TONIGHT
August 29, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton’s two young Irish stars from Shamrock Rovers, Peter Farrell and Tommy Eglington will be at Goodison Park tomorrow to meet their new colleagues. Both will figure in the Central League side on Saturday. Regarded as the two finest players to leave Ireland for some years, Farrell and Eglington are only in the early twenties and Farrell is, I am assured positively brilliant either at left half or right half. Farrell is only 22, and yet he has already captained the Eire international side –against Spain and Portugal. Mrs. May Cunningham, director of the Rovers, assures me that no better player than Peter has ever come out of Ireland. She said; “You will find Peter and Tommy charming fellows and grand players.” Good. Eglington is 23 and an outside left. The players leave by tonight’s boat, and will be met here by Secretary Manager Theo Kelly. Everton’s reserves and junior sides for the week-end literally “ooze” strength; in fact the County combination team has quite a Central league look. Here is the line-ups;-
Reserves (v. Sheffield Wednesday, at Hillsborough); Sagar; Saunders, Humphreys; Bentham, Lindley, Farrell; Johnson, Livingstone, Higgins, McPeake, Eglington.
“A” team (v. Ellesmere Port Town, at Bellefield); J.A. Jones; Dugdale, Purvis; Finnis, Falder, Dunroe; Owen, Elliott, Wright, Baggaley, Lyon
Colts (v. Connah’s Quay juniors, at Connah’s Quay); Nixon; McGrail, Rankin; Tansey, Carruthers, Street; Heath, Hickson, Macaulay, Hannah, Richardson.
BRENTFORD’S GOODISON VISIT
August 30, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
In the City Everton have the honour of setting the ball rolling with a visit from Brentford, who haven’t been seen here for so long that we shall only be able to recognise an odd player here and there. Crozier their Scottish international goalkeeper, is still holding the fort beneath the sticks. Gorman is marked present; McAllon, who hit the headlines just before the war, is another we have seen before, while “old man” Hopkins the Welsh international winger, though well on in the veteran stage still weaves and works his winging way with the same charm. If not the same speed. Manager Harry Curtis, a former referee, who this season celebrates his twenty-first year with Brentford, is not indulging in any prophecies to set the Thames on fire. Harry is too old in the tooth for that. His side will includes several comparatively untired youngsters who have yet to prove their worth in the ordeal of First Division football. He wants to see boy they blend before committing himself. Everton’s side includes five of the pre-war championship eleven, ample proof of how the last seven years have brought their changes more intensive campaign. Jackson, with a wealth of experience behind him, is playing better these days than at any period of his career. Mcllhatton has yet to prove himself to English football which rather bewildered him with its speed when he got a brief baptism last season. Since then he has been concentrating on getting of the mark more quickly and speeding himself up over short sprints. Yesterday’s announcement that Joe Mercer had asked the club to put him on the transfer but was a big shock to Everton followers. What the board’s reaction will be remains to be seen. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes
Brentford; Crozier; Gorman, Oliver; Scott, Smith, Brown or Manley; Hopkins, McAloon, Townsend, Williams, Gillies.
August 30, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Merseyside opens again to a fine gathering at Goodison Park with Brentford facing the might of Everton. The 1939 game ended in a draw, but this time I think Everton will gain both points in readiness for the Monday visit to Aston Villa. I do not think Brentford possess the striking force of the Blues. Only Norman Greenhalgh, Everton’s captain, Joe Mercer, Tommy Jones, and Wally Boyes of Everton 1939 side will be in action tomorrow, while Scott, Crozier, Gorman and Hopkins, were here last time with Brentford, who bring George AcAloon, who has returned to their fold after journeying. Gillies has a pulled muscle. Brentford look a capable side, but Everton’s solidity in defence, power at half-back and brilliance in attack should gain the day the day of the 1s 3d admission, which behoves all spectators to fender the correct money. Gatemen at Goodison will be supplied with plenty of copper, but it will help house an anticipated 50,000 gate if everyone gives the tight cash. The game starts at 3.15 pm. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes. Brentford; Crozier; Gorman, Oliver; Scott, Smith, Brown or Manley; Hopkins, McAloon, Townsend, Williams, Gillies.
ELEVEN MINUTE PENALTY OPENED THE SCORE
August 31, 1946. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton tried Everything But Visitors Were too Slick
Forward Punch Needed
Not an impressive start by Everton. To lose their first game at home was a blow, but one must give credit to the winners, who were faster, more linked and more keen to try a shot. Everton found their defence barrier. Apart from two shots by Wainwright and one by Catterick, Everton’s scoring efforts were few and far between. Jones was the outstanding man of their side.
Teams; Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding and Boyes, forwards. Brentford; Crozier, goal; Gorman and Oliver, backs; Scott, Smith, and Brown, half-backs; Hopkins, McAloon, Townsend, Wilkins, and Roberts, forwards. Referee; Mr. S.E. Law (West Bromwich). Despite the bad weather before Everton’s opening game there were 50,000 people present. There would have been considerably more but for the early morning rain, but this showed that the people were ready for their football. The Everton team was according to programme. Brentford suffered a blow in that Manley, their captain pulled a muscle during the week and Gillies suffered similarly. This meant two changes and it is interesting to note that Roberts was signed as a professional only on Thursday. He tourney with the B.A.O.R team is Switzerland a short time ago and took Gillies place. Brown deputised for Manley. Everton opened with a flourish and were soon in the Brentford penalty area without calling on Crozier, but Brentford defence had to withstand the first shock.
An misunderstanding by Everton defence entirely opened a road for the Brentford forwards, but the door was soon closed to them. There was some excellent football and Brentford kept the ball down when passing.
Everton were inclined to keep it too close. Brentford were dangerous when the got moving. Roberts once shot narrowly over and Wilkins tried a fame screw shot. Roberts again shot over and then it was Everton’s turn. Mcllhatton drifting to inside right, came across the goalmouth; Boyes retired the ball, but the Brentford defence cleared.
Jackson, tackling Roberts brought him to earth and there was no hesitation from the referee in awarding a penalty. Wilkins crashed the ball low down to Burnett’s right half to score in 11 minutes. Brentford seemed just that much faster than Everton. Further most their passing was more accurate. Everton had an opportunity of equalising when Catterick came through and worried the Brentford defence. Wainwright was left with the ball at his foot, all that was needed was a shot of power but Wainwright only half hit the ball and Crozier saved easily. Brentford were the more enterprising. Everton had not regained that did swing which at one that made them such a menace to defenders. Brentford were very sure in their passing and the Everton defence was often hard pressed to stop Townsend and his colleagues from doing further damage.
Jones was holding the middle very confidently, but even he could not prevent a Roberts angular which Burnett punched away. Or could he check another Brentford attempt which Burnett also punched out. For the third time Burnett punched clear, a magnificent save from Wilkins. Brentford were keeping a steady hold on Everton forwards, and Catterick shot over when it looked though he might equalise. Fielding tested Crozier with a long shot and found him safe. Catterick was outstanding when he tried to rush his way through, Fielding and Boyes combined well to warm up the hearts of Everton supporters but the movement petered out. Most of Everton’s scoring efforts were confined to long drives, and there was little like hood of them beating such an experienced keeper as Crozier.
Townsend was inclined to getting off-side which showed enthusiasm he had little judgement. From one breakaway Wainwright promised something. Away out on the right wing he centred –or was it a shot across the Brentford goal line, but there was no one up to take advantage. A combined effort by Fielding and Boyes bamboozled Brentford defence but Crozier safely caught Fielding’s hook shot. Jones was cheered for a particularly intriguing bit of defence when he beat two Brentford forwards simply. Everton were now perhaps a shade on top, but were allowed no lose ties neat Brentford goal area. Near the interval Mcllhatton put the ball closely across the goal ace. Catterick dived at it, but just failed to make contract.
Half-time; Everton 0, Brentford 1
Everton had a big task in hand when the game restarted. A goal is not a wide margin, but they were not playing with the expressed rhythm and punch. They placed fast in the first minute of the second half, but Brentford got going, and only a sound defence checked then. Burnett had to save from Hopkins and a free kick to Brentford availed them nothing.
At Second Attempt
Brentford were “hard” in defence and they needed to be as Wainwright was going his best to force a way through. After Hopkins had beaten Watson his shot bounced against Burnett’s chest and he save at the second attempt. When Everton was granted a free kick there was a hearty cheer, but as in the case of Brentford, it came to naught. Had it not been for Burnett, Brentford would assuredly have increased their lead. When McAloon shot from close range it seemed any odds on goal but Burnett made a grand save on his knees. Fielding, taking a corner, and Crozier made his first error. It failed to trip the ball, but was not made to pay for his mistake. Everton were still fighting gallantly, but Brentford always looked the better side, and after 60 minutes McAloon score the second goal. It seemed that the Everton defence was not so tight laced as it might have been. Jones made a desperate effort to prevent McAloor a getting his shot, but he could not get to him and the Brentford forward who shot fiercely from short range.
Close For Brentford
Whatever chance Everton had in pulling back their deficit was going to be hard for Brentford defence had a happy knack of covering up, and did not stand on ceremony. It was completely beaten when Wainwright ran through with terrific shot which Crozier just turn routed his post. Everton were crowding in all the knew. They had everything to win and nothing to lose by such tactics and Wainwright receiving from Mcllhatton made another effort, which was well off the mark. Everton realised that only shooting would pull this game out of the fire and following Wainwright’s effort Catterick added a beautiful one which Crozier caught smartly. Final Everton 0, Brentford 0
Sheffield W. R V Everton R
Wednesday tried hard to reduce the lead, but Everton’s defence proved solid. Livingstone gave trouble to the Wednesday defence by clever footwork. Wednesday lacked ability to finish off good movements, but Ibbotson after forcing a corner, headed a beautiful goal. Final; Sheffield Wed Res 2 Everton Res 2.
SHOCK FOR BLUES IN FIRST MATCH
August 31, 1946. The Evening Express
Brentford Score Twice
Everton was badly shocked at Goodison Park, to make it a sad opening day for the “Blues.” Brentford conquered and that is was by no greater margin was due solely to the brilliance of Burnett. The grand reunion was celebrated be fully 50,000, including Mr. Herbert Powell, secretary of the Football Association of Wales, who was watching especially Tommy Jones and Dai Hopkins. Enterprising secretary-manager Mr. Theo Kelly in the club programme propounded an excellent scheme relating to Cup Final tickets. Each week a programme advertisement will be numbered, and supporters who collect these will thus prove that they are regular patrons and receive preferential treatment at final time. Nieuwenhuys, acting Liverpool captain sent a telegram of good wishes to Norman Greenhalgh. Brentford’s Roberts was making his Football league debut, having been signed on Wednesday after only one trial. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding and Boyes, forwards. Brentford; Crozier, goal; Gorman and Oliver, backs; Scott, Smith, and Brown, half-backs; Hopkins, McAloon, Townsend, Wilkins, and Roberts, forwards. Referee; Mr. S.E. Law (West Bromwich). Peter Farrell, the Blue’s new Irish star, sat in the Press Box with me, taking his first sight of an English game, and seeing Everton stage a lightning start, in which Fielding spread open the defence with his cross-field run, only for the attack to break down. Wainwright, Fielding and Mcllhatton made promising thrusts which however failed to bring real danger to the Brentford goal and away came the Bees to subject Everton to much more menacing pressure. Burnett dashed out to a Roberts’ centre but Jones headed the ball away and gave McAloon the chance for a quick shot and an open goal. Greenhalgh managed to head the ball away for a corner. The Everton defence had made a poor impression against the quick moving Brentford attackers, but Jackson and Greenhalgh were quick enough to cover up.
Townsend and Roberts had shots just off the mark before Mcllhatton came in close to bring the wing into action. The ball came back to Fielding, who brought Crozier into action low down. Everton received a shock in 12 minutes, when Brentford took the lead with a penalty goal. Roberts found a wide open space through which he could trip his way to goal, and he was close in when Jackson touched his heel and brought him down. Wilkins made full use of the penalty. Away came Everton to a miniature “Hampden” roar for Crozier to make a splendid save off Wainwright, who shot from only six yards. Burnett fisted away from Hopkins and then punched across goal Robert’s quick return. Everton gained two corners on the right wing but bringing grist to the mill, the Brentford defenders being amazingly quick. Brentford should have been two up in half an hour, and it was only the might of Burnett which prevented such a position. McAloon darted through at outside right to cross an ideal centre for Wikins, who headed to the top far corner, but Burnett leapt across to push the ball away. Then when Townsend tried a header, Burnett dived out to smother the ball, when it looked all over a goal.
Brentford were faster on the ball and their passing the more accurate. Catterick aimed a shot around Smith and saw it flash inches over the top. Wainwright darted in only to find Crozier dashing out to divert the ball. Crozier held with difficulty a 25 yarder from Fielding, and Tommy Jones came through with a wonderfully-headed clearance when Brentford were in full cry. Catterick raced for goal, but Oliver and Smith managed to block all shooting space. At last the Everton right wing functioned well, with Mcllhatton’s through pass to Wainwright, but the inside right pulled his shot across the face of the goal. Boyes and Fielding outwitted Gorman, and Fielding shot first time to produce another Crozier save.
Half-time; Everton 0, Brentford 1
“This football is faster than anything we have had in Ireland” said Farrell after this hectic first half which however, from a purely football standpoint was not up to the standard of the best games of last year. Brentford provided the main opening thrill of the second half when Hopkins sent over a rising centre which Burnett punched away for a corner. Catterick outwitted Smith cleverly but found no one there to support him and Wainwright lacked direction when he let go a left foot shot.
The crowd was roused when Wainwright went through after being fouled but was pulled back for Everton to have a free kick. Brentford continued the more dynamic side and Burnett again saved the day when he dived out to punch away a centre from Hopkins which had goal written all over it. He also managed to get back in time to grab Roberts’ quick shot. Brentford increased their lead in 61 minutes through McAloon, who had to thank Roberts for his chance. Roberts lifted the ball across field over the head of Jones, who was slow in recovering, and McAloon scored from an acute angle. Everton won a corner and following a free kick for a foul on Wainwright, Smith got the ball away, the referee rightly refusing Everton’s claim for a penalty. From a close in throw-in Wainwright worked the ball to Jones, who had followed up, but his shot struck a barrier of players. Only a brilliant falling save by Crozier prevented an Everton score when Wainwright shot magnificently with his left foot and from the corner headed over. Everton should have scored when Mcllhatton put the ball to Wainwright, who failed to connect properly with only Crozier to beat.
Everton had a lucky escape when Roberts blinded across goal from three yards and Winkin’s header hit the side netting. Catterick made a galliant attempt with a fast rising shot from an awkward position, Crozier again saving, but Brentford were certainly in no panic star. Final; Everton 0, Brentford 2.
Everton “A” v Ellesmere Port
Jones was a mainstay of the Everton “A” team. Ellesmere Port attacked all the time, but only succeeded in getting two past a fine defence. Wright scored for Everton after 25 minute’s play.
WARTIME LEGACY CAN CHARM NEW SEASON
August 31, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Wartime football is now a memory. Today we return to the hurly-burly of the desperate struggle for titles, cups and promotion, and against the spectre of relegation. Last season’s transitional period showed us the way to keener play and the intensity of competition, but one legacy of the war years can add to the thrills of 1946-47 that essence of charm without which the season could become a “lost cause.” It is the general desire to play football attractively, garnished by the subtler moves and intricacies, which enabled us to revel in the makeshift, regional football despite its lack of the peacetime competitive interest. The joy of wartime football was its beauty. Don’t let us lose that. Far better to have delighted the followers with perfection in progress and lose than to ignore the principles of the true arts of the game and win. In other words, let construction be the watchword. I refuse to be blinded by desires and tip Liverpool and Everton to win either League championship or F.A. Cup-Liverpool would never forgive me if I tipped them for the cup –but I do tip, with complete confidence, that right here on Merseyside we shall have two clubs who will never forget that the manner of success is just as important as the success. No, you may be denied titles and cups, but believe me you will have nine months of joyous football thrills and if it comes to honours, well, there are no clubs I like better.
Glad to Meet you Again
Let me first of all give both Liverpool and a pat on the backs, for giving the majority of the players who brought them through the war years the opportunity to prove themselves in the grim struggle ahead. We all like to see new faces, but there is just as grand a thrill in seeing old friends trotting out again. We are fortunate that out premier clubs are guided not only by big hearted and deer-thinking directorates, but by two managers who lack nothing in courage; have a keen eye on the development of local junior talent; refuse to be rushed into high-priced transfers just for the sake of buying; and who have the personality to create the team spirit which is so essential to success. This is the season during which I fervently hope that both reds and Blues do exceptionally well. Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly –don’t call me “Mister” says Theo-Will be having his first full season in the dual office. Theo is the first manager ever to be installed at Goodison Park, and his close-season work during which he secured among others the Irish stars, Farrell and Eglington – master –strokes, believe me –Archie Livingstone and matt McPeake, proves that he is a ‘live’ man and a go-getter. Every position in the side has been duplicated –some have been triplicate –and if any player is injured there is a star to step in. Liverpool go into the battle without new players, but goodness knows they tried hard enough to secure them at the back-end of last season, and during the summer. It is no fairy-tale that they went after Lawton, Stubbins, Westcott, and Ford. They sought others besides –Clark of Darlington, Adron, of Rotherham United, yes and Jack Mcllhatton, now installed at Goodison Park.
Far More Buyers Than Sellars
Maybe many of the “kopites” were disappointed that Liverpool did not sign new players, but clubs these days are not willing to part –half the cash goes in taxes anyway – and there are far more buyers than sellars. I admire the policy of Chairman Mr. Billy McConnell and his colleagues in resolutely refusing to secure players simply to see a new face. I feel certain that the Liverpool players who have thrilled us these past few years –and proved such a persistent bogy to Everton in particular –can take the Reds to an exalted position in the table. today there is a grand comradeship at Goodison Park and Anfield, I have been to both grounds this week and I know. There are irrepressible at Goodison. Why, when I was there on Tuesday, Alex Stevenson walked into the room as I was chatting with Norman Greenhalgh and George Jackson. Alex’s first remark was; “I thought I saw the Red flag flying here.” Yes, it’s like that with me on both sides of the park. At Goodison I’m dubbed a Red, and at Anfield I’m described as a Blue. Twas ever thus. Blue or Red, however, it matters not to me so long as both our teams do well –and do well in a manner which will bring not only honours, but glory and admiration. I am certain there is a mutual feeling among officials of both clubs that each should do well –until they meet each other. Chairman Mr. Will Gibbins, of the Blues, always say to Liverpool “Good Luck” –until you meet us.” That sums it up. Take it from me, there are brilliant players in both camps, and despite the return of the more desperate football struggle you will still see the game at its best –before the greatest crowds in the country. No district can “lick” Merseyside when it comes to loyalty among the supporters. Go to it, Blues, Go to it, Reds, Go to it, supporters.