EVERTON 0 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2 (Game 1117)
December 1 1924. The Daily Courier.
EVERTON'S FOURTH HOME DEFEAT.
HUDDERSFIELD TWON MAKE PROGRESS
By F. McN.
Everton must look to their laurels. Their position at this critical juncture of the campaign must give their supporters real concern. The Blues have won but three games out of 17 League fixtures, and were beaten for the fourth time on their own ground by Huddersfield Town.
After their revival in the Lancashire Cup-tie against the Rovers, it was hoped that Everton had at last found their true form, but again they fell away in defence and lacked power near goal. True, Everton enjoyed a greater share of the play than the score would indicate, but the team as a whole was not nearly so effective as were Huddersfield, the champions deservedly gaining the day. The Town were more virile in attack, sounder in defence, and on the chances opened out by the forwards the visitors should have won by a greater margin. The winners scored a goal in each half, Cook obtaining the first point, following a seductive forward pass by T. Wilson, and C. Wilson scored the second goal after Stephenson and Smith by subtle footcraft, had opened up for him a clear course. There were two other occasions when Cook and C. Wilson should have netted, but the inside right was robbed by McDonald a few yards from goal, and the centre forward on another occasion hit Harland with a rapid shot when a judicious place kick would have gained its reward.
Everton flattered to deceive. They went off with a burst, and only the skill of Mercer in goal prevented a score, but the keeper is part of the defence, and I must say that he made many fine saves. The home side on the whole, however, were not at their best, and later in the game lacked decision in the forward line and in the defence. Harland made several fine clearances, but the backs were not always reliable against forwards who rarely hesitated when a chance presented itself. The halves worked hard enough, McBain again being to the fore, while Peacock and Hart were sound and resourceful. Forward Chedgzoy accomplished many fine things and Irvine worked with skill up to a point. Cock too, dribbled well without imparting the desired finish. Chadwick was not fortunate with several well-meant efforts, and Troup was always a trier. The little man dislocated his shoulder just before the finish, and he left the field. The displaced joint was reset, and he returned to the field. It was no new experience for Troup as he has on several occasions suffered in this respect. The joint is easily displaced, and apparently replaced with the ease, though the little man mist experience some pain. Huddersfiled are a fine forceful side, who must take another bid for honours. In Mercer they have secured a reliable man in place of the injured Taylor, and Wadsworth and Goodall are a pair of really good backs. T. Wilson is still a great centre-half, and he had good men in Steele and Watson on either side of him. Forward Stephenson was the bright star, with Cock and C. Wilson forceful and at the same time clever forwards who fed their wingmen and always had an eye for a shot at goal. Teams: - Everton: - Harland goal, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Peacock, McBain, and Hart (captain) half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Mercer, goal, Goodall, and Wadsworth, backs, Steele, T. Wilson, and Watson, half-backs, Williams, Cook, Wilson, Stephenson, and Smith, forwards .
December 1, 1924. The Evening Express
Everton's Home Failure
Seldom in the history of Everton has the club been so precarious a position as that occupied today. Third from the foot of the table, the Goodison Park club's record is one which must cause grave concern to the directors, and supporters alike, particularly as the most critical part of the campaign has been reached. Six games are on the card during December and this trying period must be faced by the players with the utmost determination of the club is to be lifted into a safer position. The cup-ties too, are coming on, and altogether the out-look at the moment is not good.
The falling off in Everton's standard of play is mysterious. Compared with last season there are few changes, and yet the men who progressed with rapidity in the closing half of the campaign, and earned the reputations of being the most entertaining side in land, have been unable thus far to reproduce their proper form. Individually the men ate skilled and energetic in every respect but as a combined force they so not blend or finish off otherwise clever movements with the necessary shooting power. Everton were mastered by the champions a strong and resourceful side, which will again figure among the honours this season. The lesson of the game, to my mind was the great advantage to be gained by positional play for receiving transfers up the middle from the pivot to the centre and inside men. Wilson (T) has been playing a long time, but he can still give more youthful opponents points, and his passes down the centre of the field in the game proved of immense worth to his side.
Everton would do well to utilize this move more frequently. The back-heel pass when Bache and Hall of the Villa were in their prime frequently opened out scoring positions. Stephenson, the old Villa man, now the brains of the Huddersfield attack, has cultivated this intricate move and when he adopted it at the Park one of the prettiest goals seen on the ground resulted. Stepheson was going forward at full speed deluding the opposition into the belief that he would try to cut into a goal. Instead he back heeled the ball to Smith, who passed to Wilson (c) the Huddersfield centre being afforded the easiest of openings of which he took full advantage.
The falling of the Evertonians in this game was the old one –lack of penetrative power. True, the shooting at times was strong and Chadwick was not fortunate in many of his efforts while Mercer is a worthy understudy to Taylor, but there was times when manceurving in front of goal might have been less elaborate. Against such backs as Wadsworth and Goodall this was fatal. Everton must go in for more rapid and direct methods. There should be more combined effort. On the showing against Huddersfield the backs were not of the standard required and the halves as a line only shadows of their former greatness.
ASTON VILLA RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 4
December 1, 1924. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 17)
Aston Villa Reserves had a tremendous tussle with Everton Reserves and finer football than both sides displayed one could not desire to see. The Everton combination was magnificent. Bain and Broad in the first half and Broad and Rooney in the second were the scorers for the winners, and they played clever and confident football. Their victory by 4 goals to 3 was thoroughly deserved. Broad played remarkably well in the centre.
EVERTON 2 SOUTH AFRICAN 3
December 4 1924. The Daily Courier.
SPRINGBOKS' TOUR ENDS WITH VICTORY.
EVERTON BEATEN BY ODD GOAL IN FIVE.
The South African Soccer team concluded their tour at Goodison Park yesterday, when they defeated Everton by three goals to two. Although the tourists had played 26 matches in a comparatively short time winning 16, they showed little trace of staleness and won because of their staying capacity. Although the visitors were leading 2-1 at the interval, Everton had been the better side, and remained so for some time after the resumption, but in the failing light the South Africans displayed sound, forceful tactics, and secured the honours of an interesting game. Everton had seven reserves in the side. Harland made some fine saves, but might have been beaten more often, as the tourists were not always lucky with their first time shots. The South Africans had some capital exponents of the code, notably G. Brunton, the left back; Riley a cool custodian; E. Howell, the pivot; and D. Murray a powerful centre-forward. Bain Peacock, and Broad were the best for Everton. Mr. J.T. Howcroft penalised Kerr, and Murray opening the scoring. Broad equalised after a dashing run, and Stuart again scored for the tourists, after Harland had failed to hold his first shot. In the second half a shot from Bain turned off Wall into the net, and Murray obtained the winning goal with the best shot of the match. Teams: - Everton: - Harland, goal, Glover and Kerr, backs, Peacock, Bain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Parry Wall, Broad, Cock, and Forbes, forwards. South Africans: - J. Riley, goal, CR Thompson, and G Bruton, backs, G. Parry, E. Howell, and HH Wiliams, half-backs, P. Jakelie J. Greem, D. Murray, G. Hodgson, E. Stuart, forwards.
ROVERS AND BLUES EXPERIMENT
December 6, 1924. The Daily Courier.
BROAD'S LEAGUE DEBUT FOR EVERTON.
When clubs are doing badly it is not surprising to find the directors resorting to all sorts of moves in order to strike a winning combination. Two such cases occur at Ewood Park, where Blackburn Rovers and Everton are in opposition. The Rovers, who a week ago considered McKay not worthy of his position in the side, this afternoon, are trying him as leader of the attack a position in which he has never appeared before. It is a drastic move, but like that of Healless may come off trumps. The last-named has in turn played a centre, outside right, inside right, left half-back, right half-back, and centre half. It is in the last named position he has made the biggest success, so much so that the English selectors chose him for the International with Ireland. If McKay takes to his new position it will remove a big weight from the minds of the Rovers. The same for that matter can be said of Everton, who are trying young Kerr at back, Bain in the centre-half position, and Jack Cock, a centre, at inside left, with Broad, the new player, as leader. Cock and Broad did well together in the game against South Africa, and it looks as though this move will prove successful. The Rovers, however, are a difficult obstacle to overcome on their own ground, where there is so much local “atmosphere” introduced, and it looks as though the Blues will have to surrender both points.
December 6, 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton have signed a local youth named Callanan, who has played left full-back for port Sunlight. He is 18. This is a step in the right direction
DOWNFALL OF EVERTON
December 8, 1924 The Evening Express
Blues' Lost Confidence
The chief concern of football followers in this district is the tremendous decline of Everton, inexplicable to those of us who saw practically the same eleven do so well in League games last season. The directors are leaving no stone unturned to stop the rot, but find clubs are not prepared to part with good man, even at a high fee. However, Everton will not remain in such an ignominious position in the table if unceasing Endeavour can lift them up. It should be remembered that one season Liverpool had a similar experience, yet won so consistently in the last three months that they finish at the top.
Everton have fallen on lean times and……they occupy a lowly position in the League table. That was what the Blackburn Rovers programme stated on Saturday, and after seeing the game I came away fully convinced that every word of the opening sentence was true. Everton have indeed fallen on lean times, writes Robin.
That a club with the history of Everton should be flourishing about the bottom of the League seems incredible, yet it is painfully true. What is more the side does not seem able to get itself out of the rut into which it has fallen. The men play good football to a point yet when it comes to the pinch they waver, and as a consequence pay the penalty. This is not the case with one section of the side, each and all seem to be infected with the idea that no reliance can be placed upon the other members and this is causing all manner of slips. Livingstone –whether it was he was afraid to trust Kerr or not I cannot say –failed repeatedly in the opening half to take the man, and as a consequence McIntyre was out on his own. The first goal was due to this fault and the knowledge that they were a goal down subsequently affected the play of the whole side.
The process of experimenting, I suppose will have to be continued in the hope of eventually hitting upon a winning combination and I can say I do not envy the directors their task. This is the time when they should get not only the sympathy of football followers but also their support. Cock did not maintain the form of mid-week while Broad was lacking in speed, especially in the second half, and when the ball did come his way he was generally overhauled before he could become dangerous. If Everton were bad the Rovers were not much better and I think there was a deal of truth in the statement of one onlooker who said a good side would have beaten the two of them.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 3 EVERTON 0 (Game 1118)
December 8, 1924. The Daily Courier.
SECOND FROM THE BOTTOM.
EVERTON STILL UNABLE TO TOUCH WINNING FORM.
Everton surrendered, another two points on Saturday, and now join Preston North End at the bottom of the table, having won but three games in 18. It is an unenviable position to find two clubs in with traditions such as those of Everton and North End. What is more, the Blues do not seem capable of getting out of the rut of surrendering points. One week it is the forwards, who will not force home their attacks. The next it is the turn of the defence, and so the merry game of presenting points to your opponents goes on. At Ewood Park on Saturday we had somewhat of a change –the whole side as a team did badly. They opened strongly enough, it is true, suggesting thet were going to break the spell, but no. Livingstone them made the error of not taking his man, and at the 20 th minute paid the penalty. McIntyre was unmarked on the left, and when he put the ball across McKay had only to tip it through. There was certainly a suspicious of offside as regards McKay, but as the referee allowed the point it did not alter things.
The second point was also one that might have been prevented, and as in the first instance came from the left. But Bain, who by the way played exceedingly well, being speedy in recovering, made the mistake of letting the ball go on to Kerr, for the latter was badly placed, and before the back could get to it Crisp had dated in and netted. Crisp got the third and best goal of the match when he snapped up a Hulme centre to slip between the backs and score. This finished the scoring, and thus the Rovers did something towards rehabilitating themselves in the eyes of the their supporters. At the same time, they are a poor side, and a god team would have beaten both eleven's comfortably. So far as Everton are concerned, the team, like the curate's egg, was good in parts. Harland did not have a great deal to do yet; at the same time, the movements that led up to the goals were such as to give him little chance of saving. At back both Livingstone and Kerr did well under pressure, but the former showed a poor working arrangement with his half-back, and in consequence McIntyre was allowed far too much rope. The halves were the best part of the team, but all their scheming went for nought as the men in front could not turn to account the openings worked for them. Cock and Irvine were very weak, while Broad was lacking in speed. In the first half he headed the ball well, and was the only one to cause Sewell any trouble, but in the second half, when the Rovers' defence was rather open, he failed to produce that burst of speed so necessary for taking advantage of an opening. Chedgzoy and Forbes were the best of the line, and got across centres that should have been turned to account.
Blackburn, although they won against Everton, have not yet solved their forward problem. McKay is not a centre forward, and the line as thus constituted will not. I am afraid get many goals. Crisp is a worker and schemer, but Hulme has fallen off considerably. McIntyre and McCleery were the more prominent wingers, but in their case the failure of the Everton “shadowing” tactics rather helped to bring them more in the limelight than would otherwise have been the case. Team: - Everton: - Harland, goal, McDonald and Livingstone, backs, Peacock, McBain, and Hart (captain) half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Mercer, goal, Goodall, and Wadsworth, backs, Steele, T. Wilson, and Watson, half-backs, Williams, Cook, Wilson, Stephenson, and Smith forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS RESERVES 2
December 8 1924. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 18)
Everton gave a poor account of themselves, the chief weakness being in the front line. Houghton who was included in place of Forbes was strange in the position, and the best winger was Parry. Glover was much better back, and Brown the outstanding wingman in the intermediate division. Wolverhampton scored first in lucky fashion, the ball going into the net off Caddick. The second gaol was an excellent point, a shot from Harris being well wide of Kendall. Williams crowned a good win with a capital goal, and the same player but his side on level terms from a penalty awarded for a handling offence . Everton: - Kendall, goal, Raitt and Glover backs, Brown, Caddick, and Virr half-backs Parry Hargreaves, Green, Williams, and Houghton, forwards.
BOLTON WANDERERS 4 EVERTON 1
December 11, 1924. The Daily Courier.
LANCHASHIRE CUP SEMI-FINAL
FIVE GOALS IN LANCS, CUP SEMI-FINAL
BOLTON WANDERERS, FLATTERED BY THE SCORE
Bolton beat Everton 4-1 at Burnden Park yesterday, in the semi-final of the Lancashire Cup, and now meet Blackpool in the final. At first blush one would think that Bolton won easily. Such was not the case. Everton did exceedingly well for fully an hour, when there was little in the game, not only from the scoring –each side had netted once –but then the Wanderers got a goal about which there was an element of luck, after which they were on top. Taking the goals in their order, first fell to the Wanderers at the end of 19 minutes, Jack taking the ball from somewhere near the middle to wind up with a fierce drive. This was all the scoring to the interval though if Everton had used their chances they would have been 2 up. In the second half Williams equalised, but it was one of those goals that the Everton defence have had credited against them in the past –that is of the “soft” nature. However, it counted, and that was that mattered. Jack soon afterwards got the second for Bolton, while Rowley notched the third after Harland had fisted out, and the fourth was registered by J.R. Smith. This completed the scoring. Considering that Everton owing to sickness and injuries had to field practically a reserve side, the display was very promising. Cock was much more effective and distributed the play well, while Forbes and Parry got in many good centres. Williams and Irvine however, were rather too anxious, and made poor use of the chances given them. Brown, Bain and Virr did remarkably well as a middle line and held the Bolton forwards in check, though the first named tired towards the end, and Eattock then did much as he liked. This lengthy Wanderer had much to do with the success of his side, as three of the four goals resulted from his centres. He was the best of the Bolton team, with Jack next best. Glover and McDonald defended ably, though the first named found his lack of inches against him when it came to tackling Eattock. In goal Harland showed resource and confidence and the goals that beat him would have beaten any other keeper. Teams: - Bolton Wanderers: - Pym, goal, Howarth, and Finney backs, Nuttall, Rowley, and Jennings, half-backs, Butler, Jack, JR Smith, Cassidy, and Eattock, forwards. Everton: - Harland, goal, McDonald (captain), and Glover, backs, Brown Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Parry, Irvine, Cock, Williams, and Forbes forwards. Referee Mr. MT. Bunnell .
BLUES MAY BREAK SPELL.
December 13, 1924. The Daily Courier.
HOPES THAT HAMMERS' VISIT WILL PROVIDE POINTS.
Everton against West Ham United, revert to the side that carried their colours last season and for a portion of the present one. The experiment of trying reserves players has not yielded the result expected and, therefore the “Old Brigade” get a chance of reestablishing themselves. Broad is, of course the exception. He will lead the line in place of Cock. There is not much difference between the Hammers and the Blues so far as the League position go, but what there is favours the Southerners. However, it is long lane that has no trying and if Everton but do themselves justice this afternoon, they will secure as welcome victory. It is gratifying to note that Harland, judging by his display at Bolton, has quire recovered his nerve, so that in at least one position the directors of the Goodison Park Club should have no fear.
December 13, 1924. The Liverpool Football Echo
BERT AND JACK SHARP, BROTHERS WHO MADE GOOD IN BOTH GAMES.
By Victor Hall.
In an earlier article we referred to the cases of brothers, mentioning a few who had distinguished themselves in contemporary play for the same teams. The brothers Bert and Jack Sharp are another instance of individual brilliancy budding and blossoming together in maturity, and associating together with the same club. The two brothers came to Everton together about the end of 1889-89 season, and were early drafted into prominent playing positions in the League team. Jack, the younger as a forward, and Bert, the elder, in the rear division. The speed of Jack, speedily marked him for a distinguished career as a forward and, as all football historians are aware, that career took him eventually to the star position as a forward in the Everton club, and in 1903 brought his international cap against Ireland, and in 1905 crowned his football career with the international cap against Scotland. Bert Sharp played a long sturdy, and honourable career in the Everton ranks, not always in the League team, but dependable whenever he played, and while he did not attain the international distinction of his younger brother, he certainly left his career as a football player an honoured and distinctive one. Of his cricket career we will speak again.
It must always seem strange that these two brilliant sportsmen were ever lost to the Midlands, although that loss was very much our gain here in Lancashire. It seemed almost too good to be true when, in those far off days of the late nineties, the news came North that the brilliant Everton intelligence burenu of those days had again bagged “big” game.” This time no less than in Birmingham, when Mr. Pinder and Mr. Ramsey, of the Aston Villa club, and Louis Ford, of West Bromwich, were said to have future players for their respective clubs allotted and labelled while they were still sitting in the children's “gallery” at school. Still, there was the report, “Both Sharp brothers signed,” so it must be true. Would they come? Well they did, as all the world knows, and that was a bad day for both football and cricket in the Midlands. But what would Lancashire (Or Bootle) say to that to-day? A Birmingham newspaper, commenting on the transfer at that times, wrote as follows: - “john Sharp” the younger of the two brothers who are leaving Aston Villa, for Everton this season, may be given a trial at cricket with Lancashire. “Both the brothers are good with bat and ball, and as professionals for the Leyland club for the past few years they are qualified for Lancashire. “Both the Villa and Warwickshire C.C. may regret that they have allowed the players to go. The lads were born at Hereford, where they founded the Thistle Football Club. After the Sharpe left the club deteriorated, and the end of the present season see its collapse.”
That writer, whoever he was knew what he was talking about and as a piece of sporting prophecy his intelligent anticipations would take some beating. Of Jack Sharp playing career at Everton it is still too recent to require any laudation. He left his mark on the game and inspired many a young player, who is today reaping the benefit derived from perfection in style and applied knowledge as an art. Elsewhere, in these series, we have had to chronicle of almost every player of distinction, it has to be noted, that they “took care” of themselves in their physical condition, and gave no anxieties to the club trainer. This distinction was equally true, and exemplary true, in the case of the two brothers Bert and Jack Sharp. During their whole career at Everton, they were the ideal and perfect athletes in their mode and manner of health and exercise, and an admirable pattern of cheeriness and good humour at all times with their fellow players and even with visiting clubs and players too. Playing on the field upto the last ounce of their capacity in every match, good-tempered and resourceful in all points of the game, they were individually careful of their own and the club's reputation, and never brought a stain or blemish to mar their good name. Mr. Sharp senior the father of the players was a frequent visitor to the Everton grounds during their playing career, from his home in Hereford, and took pride in the popular esteem to which his sons were held by the club committee and public generally, and not without good reason. Even before the brothers came back they had become almost equally famous with cricket as with football, and it was not therefore surprising that in their summer time leisure between the football seasons they should have taken to a "recreation"” such as the willow and the smaller ball. The Stanley Cricket Club in Stanley Park always made the members of both Liverpool and Everton clubs honorary members of their cricket club, and gave them the freedom of the ground and the hospitality of the club house during the cricket season, with the result that prominent members of the football clubs met each other at Cricket and played friendly games versus each other, and jointly played each season a match combined against Stanley. Those were the occasions of very happy re0unions in which old foes became old friends again, and forgot for a while their football rivalries. In those merry games Jack and Bert Sharp, Geo. Kitchen, Tom Booth, Crelly, and Sam Wolstenholmes, and Harry Makepeace, of Everton were at home with harry Scorer and others of Liverpool team, Fred Geary, the late Shirley Moore, and others of the old Stanley team, and quite a local gate attended the mixed teams at Stanley Park. Mr. Keates, the faithful historian of the Stanley Cricket Club, has many an interesting souvenir of those mid-season games.
AN IDEAL PARTNERSHIP.
It is, of course Cricket history now, how meantime Jack Sharp had qualified and nobly won his place in Lancashire cricket, and it is a wonderful tribute to that same Jack how last of all has come the greatest and final honour of his career to lead his tem on the field of play as captain of Lancashire. All honour to the brave boy of Hereford, who casting his eye on the then far distant goal of 100 per cent, set out to dribble and shoot his way to fame, and carry his bat to the highest score and the place of highest honour for the Red Rose. If brother Jack has brought the supreme honour of the county club home, let it be equally recognised by all followers of the game, what honour brother Bert has won, too, since he left the larger for the smaller ball. Ask any member of the Bootle Cricket Club of the last ten years what they think Bootle way of Mr. Bert Sharp. Playing cricket regularly for Bootle at the end of his football career, Bert Sharp brought honours and records to the club equal to the best of their palmy days, and endeared himself to players committee, and public is a manner almost unique. Under his admirable tuition the prestige of the club was worthily sustained, while the younger members had in him a coach and guide whose painstaking efforts were ever at their services. There is an ideal partnership in mainly sport for all youngsters today looking for the particular “star” to which they would, in all modesty, “hitch the wagon” of their ambition.
EVERTON 1 WEST HAM UNITED 0 (Game 1119)
December 15 1924. The Daily Courier.
VALUABLE POINTS FOR EVERTON.
OFFSIDE TACTIS SPOIL GOODISON GAME.
By F. McN.
Although the form of Everton in their match with West ham was not at all convincing, the victory was welcome, particularly at this critical stage of the season. The points will encourage the club to greater efforts to get away from the lower steps of the ladder. It may be that this win will mark the turning point in the long lane of misfortune, which the club has traversed, in recent weeks. It was only the fourth victory in 19 games so that there is plenty of leeway to make up. Cock, who was brought into the side at the last moment as it were, scored the all-important goal, and he certainly has not recorded a more valuable point since he joined the club from Chelsea.
Unfortunately Cock sustained a knock on the head which dazed him so badly that he walked aimlessly about for ten minutes before being assisted off the field. He almost collapsed when he reached the steps, but recovered later in the dressing room. The game was of a moderate character, the play being spoiled by infringement of the offside rule. The West Ham backs were adept as putting the opposition out of play. The referee, too, erred on several occasions when the players appeared, from the stand, to be onside. These continual breaks annoyed the 20,000 spectators, and if a further reason were needed why the offside rule should be altered, this display provided it. Until the rule is altered, however, players are quite within their rights, but it struck me that Henderson and Young were clever enough to dispense with such tactics. The pair played a sound game, and the West ham men must be given credit for using their brains. They seemed to tire near the end, however, and it was a misskick by Henderson, which enabled Cock, midway through the second half, to break through and score. Hampson, too, played a great part, but he was lucky not to be debited with further goals. Henderson headed out a ball from Troup when Hampson was out of his goal. This was indeed a lucky escape. The West ham forwards were clever without finishing, and on the whole Harland had a quiet afternoon. Kay was a sound pivot, and Bishop a splendid wing half.
The Everton backs did well, McDonald dashing into the fray with gusto, and though injured remained to finish strongly. David Reid rendered the defence valuable assistance's. He is a strong attacking half as well as reliable defender. Peacock played an improved game, but the forwards as a line were not convincing. Of course the slippery turf handicapped the men, and scoring chances were missed, the shooting for the most part being badly directed. Still, the day altogether was not conductive to accurate footwork. Williams who deputised for Irvine, was a worker without applying the finishing touch with his old skill, and Chedgzoy was the best man on the line. Teams: - Everton: - Harland, goal, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Peacock, Reid and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Williams, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. West Ham United: - Hampson, goals, Henderson, and Young, backs, Bishop, Kay, and Cadwell, half-backs Yews, Jennings, Watson, Williams, and Ruffell, forwards.
MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
December 15 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 19)
Max Woosnan, the Corinthians appeared at centre-half for the City. Everton, who had Bain at centre half and Green at centre-forward, played clever football, but lacked shooting power. Their inside forwards tried to walk the ball into the net, but these proved bad tactics in the heavy going and against too such backs as Thompson and Calderwood. Bain played hard and was responsible for the best attempts to defeat Goodchild in the City goal, Raitt was the better back, but incurred the ire of the crowd by a flagrant foul on Daniels, the City centre-forward, in the second half. The only goal of the match was scored after thirty-five minute's play, Daniels taking a forward pass from Woosnam in his stride and defeating Kendall with a shot in the corner of the net.
BLUES' TEAM TO MEET SHEFFIELD U.
December 17, 1924. The Daily Courier.
IRVINE INCLUDED AT INSIDE RIGHT.
Everton have a stiff hurdle to negotiate at Sheffield on Saturday. The United like the Blues, are in a position in the table that demands drastic measures if they are to get away from the bottom and for that reason they can be rended upon to strain every nerve to secure the points. Everton last week broke the ice of adversity, and are looking forward with confidence to their visit to the cutlery centre. One change has been made in the side that beat West ham United. Irvine taking his position in the attack, Broad is fit again, and he will lead the Reserves teams. Teams: - Harland, McDonald, and Livingstone; Peacock, Reid, Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup. Reserves team against bury at Goodison Park; kick off 2.15: - Kendall; Glover, and Kerr; Brown, Bain, Virr; Parry, Hargreaves, Broad, Williams, and Forbes.
December 18, 1924. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton Troubled at the Poulton Ground
Everton had to return home from Poulton Rovers ground minus two points. This ground is the minimum size, and is a problem to the visitors every Saturday, and I can understand it from my own experience many years ago on the ground of the old team dead and gone. Aigburth Vale.” Players do not adapt themselves to the conditions prevailing, consequently the home team get going long before their visitors. On such grounds the game is to sling the ball from wing to wing or quick about passing, constantly on the move in triangular form. But no visitors must play just as if they were on a large ground, the passing being too strong; result, out of play and nothing gained. The difference between the two teams on Saturday was the Everton lads playing against a robust side, who gave no quarter and made for the goal, whilst they tried the neater and spectator game, pretty to watch, but did not score goals, and that is what counts. Hamilton and McCrae, for Everton, worked like Trojans, but could not get their mates going at all. These two players would do justice to better teams. By Stan Robinson was a beauty, as he ran half the length of the field, and gave no chance to Jones with his resultant shot.
December 20, 1924. The Daily Courier.
VALUE OF AN EARLY GOAL AT BRAMALL-LANE.
Everton and Sheffield United find themselves in uncomfortable positions in the League table, so much so that today's meeting at Bramell-lane is fought with more than ordinary interest. Both clubs are able to field what are looked upon as their best elevens, for in the case of Everton Irvine is able to resume as partner to Chedgzoy, while the United have Birks once more at left full back. When one looks at the composition of the two forced lines, it seems remarkable that Everton and Sheffield United should be in the last four in the table. Yet such is the case. An early goal will mean much to either side for it will play a big part in the subsequent movements of the sides. Everton in their previous games have shown a readiness to get off the mark quickly, and I am hoping they will do so today. If they do, I think they will improve their position. After the game the players go to West Kirby in preparation for the strenuous Christmas programme.
SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 EVERTON 1 (Game 1120)
December 22, 1924. The Daily Courier.
EVERTON BRING HOME A POINT.
HARLAND SAVES A PENALTY KICK.
Everton secured a point at Bramell-lane, though on the run of the play they should have had both. However, half a loaf is better than no bread, especially on your opponent's ground. Considering the Blues, found themselves a goal down at the end of five minutes, and were thus early working against odds, Everton can be considered to have done remarkably well in holding their own.
The goal was got Johnson, following a free kick given against hart, the United centre heading through, while Everton got on terms some 15 minutes after the interval, when Troup defeated Sutcliffe, with a cross drive that went under the keeper's body. Just previously the latter had kept out a similar drive. Taking the game on the whole, however, it cannot be described otherwise than scrappy, for both sides were lacking in the finer points. Even so, the play was interesting, and when Waugh the United centre-half, ricked his neck and had to leave the field in the second half Everton took command. But Sutcliffe was then seen at his best, and he twice saved while lying on the ground, and on another occasion Troup had paved the way for a clear run down the middle the keeper showed excellent judgement in coming out to Cock. Had to stayed in his goal he would have been beaten. As it was he was able to hold the Everton man's drive. Near the close Sheffield had a chance of taking both points, for Johnson was through the defence when Peacock raced back, and in going for the ball brought the centre down. Mr. Mason had no hesitation in giving a penalty kick , but Patridge could do no more than shoot straight at Harland, and Everton breathed freely once again.
SHADOWS OF THE PAST.
Coming to the players Tunstall and Gillespie are but a shadow of their former selves, and the only man forward that lived up to reputation was Johnson. Sampey and Partridge did well up to Waugh's injury, but when the former dropped back the effectiveness of the right wing vanished. Waugh was the best of the halves, keeping a watchful eye on Cock, while further behind Sutcliff kept an excellent goal. On the Everton side the defence was excellent but the halves and forward made the mistake of crowding each other, and often two or more were going for the ball at the same time. This was due largely to over anxiousness, as was apparent after Troup's goal, for the forwards played more openly. It was then that they looked like taking the spoils, and during the last ten minutes it was one bombardment of the Sheffield goal. The Everton team on returning went into special training at Hewall in order to fit them for their strenuous Christmas programme. Teams: - Sheffield United: - Sutcliffe, goal, Cook, and Birks, backs, Longsworth, Waugh, and Green half-backs, Partridge, Sampeys, Johnson, Gillespie, and Turnbull, forwards. Everton: - Harland, goal, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Peacock, Reid, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr. H. Mason.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 BURY RESERVES 0
December 20, 1924. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 20)
Everton gave one of the their best displays on Saturday. Wall was in great form, and from his pass Broad had little difficulty in opening the score. The second goal was also scored by Broad after Harrison had parried a drive from Wall. Midway in the second half Williams fastened on a pass by Winn and ran through to score a brilliant goal. Bury spoiled clever play in the open by faulty finishing. Glover and Kerr were fine backs. Everton: - Kendall, goal, Glover and Kerr, backs, Brown, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Parry, Hargreaves, Broad, Williams, and Forbes, forwards .
EVERTON SIGN WEAVER.
December 24, 1924. The Daily Courier.
BURNLEY WINGER JOINS THE GOODISON TEAM.
Everton came to terms yesterday with Burnley for the transfer of Weaver, the forward who has done such good service for the Lancashire club on the left wing. Weaver is a native of Birkenhead, who with Cross, a fellow townsman, were at one time considered the finest club pair in the country. Weaver and Cross-started their football together for the Birkenhead schoolboys. Weaver, who has been with Burnley for five and a half seasons, is one of the fastest players in the country and is a clever marksman. He has been anxious to return to the Liverpool district and last season there was a possibility that he would go to Anfield. Weaver is due for a benefit, and as the Burnley club are in need of funds they have parted with the player. Yesterday was the last day on which transfer could be carried out for players to be eligible for Cup-tie.
BLUES' HOLIDAY TEAMS.
Weaver will not be in the sides that play on Christmas Day and Boxing Day but in all probability will make his debut at Goodison Park against Birmingham on Saturday. The teams to represent the Blues on Christmas Day and Boxing Day are: - V. Newcastle at Goodison Park on Christmas Day Kick off 2.15: - Harland; McDonald, and Livingstone; Peacock, McBain, and Hart; Chedgzoy, Williams, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup. The same side will play the return game on Boxing Day at Newcastle. Reid and Irvine travel as reserves.
Everton Reserves (V. Preston N.E at Preston on Christmas Day): - Kendall; Raitt and Kerr; Brown, Bain, Virr; Parry, Hargreaves, Broad, Wall, and Forbes. V P.N.E at Goodison Park on Boxing Day: - Kendall; Raitt and Kerr; Rooney, Bain, and Virr; Parry, Hargreaves, Wall, Houghton, and Forbes, forwards.
Everton have signed on Hegan of St. Edwards Orphanage, and are said to be after several of Bowring Athletic
EVERTON 0 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 (Game 1121)
December 26, 1924. The Liverpool Echo.
Keating, deputising for Neil Harris, scored the only goal at Everton before 30000 spectators who sampled all sorts of weather, including rain, and period in the second half suggested abandonment. It was clearer on the field than on the grand stand, and all around a Christmas fairly scene was enacted through spectators lighting their smokes. But Everton could not “light” on a goal, although Williams, who had been badly kicked, contrived to get through twice and make strong shots, Williams never had a less lucky game. Hampson headed out one of his shots when the goalkeeper was beaten, and another time Bradley made a clever save top stop him from scoring. Add to this the severe blow he received, and it will be seen that Williams did not spend a happy Christmas. Certainly the football served up by both sides was interesting, and had some fine points, but to the local folk it presented once again the tragedy of cleverness without result. The inside wing forwards could not be accused of not shooting. They hitout a shade too far to do any damage, but one could recommended them for at least using some driving force.
LACK OF FIGHT.
Everton played beautiful football to start with Chedgzoy's work bore the mark of class and effect. However, once Newcastle had scored the side seemed to lose confidence, and they had not that fighting back spirit that should have been shown. In defence there was a steadiness all though and though the half-backs started brilliantly, McBain playing one of his old style games Newcastle were allowed plenty of room and the backs had a stiff task. Hart stopped a certainty immediately before Keating scored a header, and them after Everton were fighting all too desperately, yet without result. There was a lack of shooting in the centre berth, and the match became odd on that Bradley had a lot more work to do than Harland, yet Newcastle's forwards were always the more dangerous set. Everton appearing dangerous but petering out when near goal. Bradley's work was chiefly confined to long shots and to a punch out of a centre. Not a word could be said against McDonald, Livingstone, and Harland. Newcastle did particularly well through Bradley, Hampton, Maitland, McKenzie, at half-back and McDonald and Cowan in the forward line. Keating had a cut head through collision, and was probably unable to do himself justice. The position of the Everton club through this unexpected defeat at home has made the Goodison position extremely difficult and dangerous. Fortunately they are still four months in which to work off the deficits. But if they are to be wiped off there will need to be much more determined shouting from every forward, rather than an excess of passing when a chance shot could have been made. One of the funnlosities of the game was a draw-back by Troup, who was going to hit a ten-tonner shot, and rededed so that he might have a run-up to the ball. In the meantime he alone did not understand that a Newcastle defender was running from the rear to clear the ball. Teams: - Everton: - Harland, goal, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Peacock, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Williams, Cock, Chadwick and Troup, forwards. Newcastle United: - Bradley, goal, Hampton and Maitland backs, McKenzie, Spencer, and Currie half-backs, Urwin, Cowan, Keating, McDonald, and Seymour, forwards. Referee Mr. E. Wood.
PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 1
December 26, 1924, The Liverpool Echo.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 21)
A goal by Hargreaves a few minutes from the end of a vigorous and hard-fought game gave Everton Reserves a belated but deserved victory at Deepdale yesterday. With the North End Reserves it was the old story of poor forward play and missed chances, otherwise there was little to choose between the teams. The game, which was seen by 3,600 spectators, was played in continuous rain, and was marred by the glue-pot nature of the ground. Everton: - Kendall, goal, Raitt and Kerr backs, Brown, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Parry Hargreaves, Broad, Wall, Forbes, forwards.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 EVERTON 1 (Game 1122)
December 27 1924. The Daily Courier.
BROAD AND WEAVER DO WELL.
EVERTON SECURE A POINT AT NEWCASTLE.
Had Newcastle United been able to crown the great work of the wing players Urwin and Seymour as it deserved Everton would have sustained a severe reverse at St.James' Park instead of carrying off a point. Newcastle's wingers were practically neglected until the last 20 minutes, but when their presence was fully utilised the Everton defence came in for a grulling time, and while due credit should be apportioned Harland McDonald, and Livingstone, it cannot be denied that Newcastle should have scored more than once.
However, not one of United's inside forwards could locate the goal, and it was left to Seymour to snap up a chance provided by Urwin to save a point. Everton made a number of changes from the side beaten the previous day, and judging by the display in the first half, they made for improvement. The lead was gained by Broad, and was merited at the interval. In this period Newcastle, whose side was unaltered played like a tired team, and there was not a department except goal that Everton did not hold the superiority. Their forwards, in contrast to those of Newcastle, swung the ball about in refreshing fashion on the heavy ground, and it was due to Hampton, the best back on the field that Everton's scoring was limited to a goal.
BROAD AND WEAVER.
Only Curry of the Newcastle halves, played up to reputation, and he did well in opposing Everton's best wing. Broad was most effective, sweeping the ball out to the wings cleverly and being ever ready for the return from either Chedgzoy or Weaver, the latter of whom made a successful debut. Hart and Reid were successful halves, the latter having much to do with subduing the Newcastle inside forwards. The full backs McDonald and Livingstone, tackled well and seldom miskicked their worth being proved in the closing 20 minutes. Harland effected some fine saves. Teams: - Newcastle United: - Bradley, goal, Hampson, and Maitland, backs, McKenzie, Spencer, and Currie; half-backs, Urwin, Cowan, Keating, McDonald, and Seymour forwards. Everton: - Harland, goal, McDonald, Livingstone, backs, Peacock, Reid and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoty, Irvine, Broad, Williams, and Weaver, forwards. Referee E. Wood.
EVERTON RESERVES 0 PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 0
December 27, 1924. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 22)
The game at Goodison Park should have resulted in a victory for Everton, but they lacked finishing power. There were times, however, when Prout, the Preston goalkeeper, brought off brilliant saves. Parry and Forbes were excellent wingers Bain and Virr, at half-backs, and Kerr further behind, also did well. Everton: - Kendall, goal, Raitt and Kerr backs, Rooney, Bain, and Virr half-backs, Parry, Hargreaves Wall, Houghton, and Forbes forwards.
December 27, 1924. The Liverpool Football Echo
HOW ALEC LATTA “SAW THINGS” AFTER BEING UNCONSCIOUS FOR TWELVE HOURS.
In many old photographic groups of the Everton team of the nineties there will be seen a forward line that was famous. The right wing of the line will include a keen-eyed smiling profile of a man in early youth. The sharp well-moulded features will show a strong chin, a broad forehead, and keen, clear eyes, with a mouth firm set, with every indication of will-power and strength. The body is sturdily built, the chest broad, the arms and limbs strong and well-formed. The picture will be Alec Latta. Beside him will be a boylish well set up figure, with strong limbs, a countenance full of grim determination, and yet brimming over with the joy of youth, and kicking ahead for the next conquest. That will be Joe Brady, the inside right. In the same group, behind the pair, will be found familiar features of Mr. Dan Kirkwood, the right half-back of those days, and later associated with the club as director, and now responsible in other official directions. This wing, for three players formed a working entity, Latta, Brady, and Kirkwood, formed in themselves one of the most perfect examples of wing and half-back play that any club has ever produced. Used as they were to playing continuously together, they understood one another's play and capacity to a nicety, and the understanding between them was so perfect, that once the trio were in motion –towards goal –it was hard to say where the half back play finished and the forward work begans. At need either of the three came half-back to defend, at used all three were forwards, and shots of deadly accuracy; at need all three were the perfect blend of combined play and inter-play, so that the opposing forwards had to vow they had to play against six forwards and four half backs.
This was combination; some of our present-day critics tell us it is a lost art! But always when players are left together long enough to appreciate one another's style and limitations always there will grow and develop that same understanding that we call combination, and that in Everton's famous right wing trio led to such brilliant play and sterling results. Mr. Kirkwood is still playing an active part in club direction, and no one could tell better than he of that wonderful team work of those three players; and probably no one could better appraise the sound work put in to make that wing play by Alec Latta, who had come to Everton from Dumbarton Athletic. In his prima, and pride of playing youth Alec Latta was a fine taking figure on the field. He had a long stride for his medium height, and in action he ran with a high stepping gait, and was sharp to turn, and sharper still to swung across a lofty centre at unexpected angles. Today we lament the fault of some players who must trap or steady a ball before they shoot or centre. Latta could take the ball in his stride and with instant decision either swing it across to Chadwick or Geary in the centre, or sent it lofting for a deadly drop in the actual goal mouth. When the play served though, he dearly loved to outdistance the pursuit, and take the ball down almost on to the corner flag appearing almost to have lost control, and then, when hands were being raised for a goal kick, there would suddenly come a swerve of the body to the right and an unexpected lift of the ball to bring it soaring again into the deadly breach of the goal. And at corner kicks, too! What a deadly centre was Alec! And true he would place his shot, rarely did he waste it with a miskick or a badly-placed effort, unless the wind or a sudden ball hampered true marksmanship. Fred Geary at centre and Chadwick and Milward on the left wings were always in the “offing” when Alec Latta got going. Certain they were that one of the three of them would be in the picture before the run was over. If Latta did not pass direct to them, he would about and they would be there to attend to the effort, be it either misdirected or thrown clear by the goalkeeper. What a loss to first class League football when brilliant Dan Kirkwood had the knee injury that put him out of first class play, practically for the remainder of his career. A benefit, one might say, to the management control of clubs, and giving his fellow players the benefit of his long experience as their counsellor. But what a loss to the better class of good football. That game with the Liverpool Caledonians robbed football of a grand player. Latta and Brady were great chums. Once playing a match at Birmingham Latta was unlucky enough to receive a blow on the head during the game that brought on concussion. He was carried from the field unconscious, and Everton finished the match with ten men. The doctor in attendance advised leaving the injured player behind, Birmingham over night; it was less dangerous than attempting to bring him back to Liverpool. The Everton secretary and some of the directors offered to stay behind to look after Latta, as he was exceedingly popular with everybody, but Brady would not hear of anyone staying behind but himself. Latta was “his pal,” and he had the right, and no one else “mind you,” to see him “come to,” for poor Latta was still unconscious, twelve hours after the injury. When Latta slowly filtered back to consciousness in the early hour's of a Sunday morning he found himself in strange surroundings –he was in a silent ward of some strange institution, carefully wrapped up in bed, with his head almost completely bandaged, and amid strange odours of tinctures and liniments. Somewhere in the dimness were whispered voices one of, which was strangely familiar. As his eyes got accustomed to his dim light he made sure he was in heaven, for there was a white-robed figure close at hand. But the throbbing brain at last made out another figure, and heard a very familiar voice. “Ah tell yer that lad lying there is one of the greatest wonders of the world as an outsider.” Dlye mean to tell me you never hear of Alec Latta, of Dumbarton. And than Alec Latta regained his scattered wits, and listened to his crony Brady, expounding his (Latta's) virtues as a footballer to a wondering and very impressed hospital nurse. For that was the figure in white that to Latta's distorted brain had seemed one of his waiting angles. And that's the sort of pals were the footballers of these days. Latta worked long at his trade as a yacht builder at Hoylake, and in after years was said to have made more than good when football days were over. Everton still holds cheery memorys of his brilliant outsiders.
EVERTON 2 BIRMINGHAM CITY 1 (Game 1123)
December 29 1924. The Daily Courier.
VALUABLE POINTS FOR EVERTON.
STRENUOUS GAME ON HEAVY GROUND.
CROSSBAR BROUGHT DOWN BY WIND.
By F. McN.
The two points gained by Everton were welcomed and deserved. The Blues' position at the bottom half of the table has occasioned great concern, and these points will encourage the players in their efforts to get further away from the lower steps of the ladder. It was a timely success, and their supporters were greatly relieved when the winning point was scored. It was a strenuous game on a glue-pot pitch, the rain rendering the ground heavy and holding, particularly in the middle. It was difficult to move quickly, and when well-intended passes were executed the players found that the ball pulled up short and an opponent usually obtained possession. Under such conditions the only thing to do was to hit the ball hard and swing it about. The Everton inside forwards, particularly Irvine, made the mistake of holding the ball too close and attempting to dribble. Irvine was clever in controlling the ball, tactics would have paid on a harder surface, but in the mud it was so much wasted skill and energy.
OPEN METHODS NEEDED.
Had more open methods been adopted in the second half Everton must have won much more conformably. Still, victory came along, and on the whole the Everton men lasted longer than Birmingham. The backs were sound, and McDonald played a good, hard game, marred only by a fatal mistake in trying to pass back to the goalkeeper. The ball struck in the mud each time he kicked it, and the back was eventually penalised when Briggs, who had beaten the Everton back for possession, was brought down. This incident followed 14 minutes after Broad had opened the score for Everton in 16 minutes. Jones took the penalty kick and smashed the ball against the post. From the rebound Lindley shot in Livingstone cleverly saving, but Islip caught the ball and drove it into the net. It was a quarter of an hour from the end when Williams from a Broad centre, scored the winning goal. Everton had enjoyed the greater spells of attacking and Broad was unlucky in not getting through several times. Harland had not a great deal to do, so well was he covered by the backs.
The strongest part of the Everton team, however, was the half-back line, all three playing a strong forceful game, and they held up the Birmingham forwards in masterly style. Peacock played one of his best games. Forward, Weaver pleased by his sprightly runs and well-judged centres, and I fancy he will be force for good on lighter grounds. He is skilful and fast, and controls the ball cleverly. Williams made him a useful partner, and Broad is a dashing leader who will get a lot of goals. The right wing was not so effective, Chedgzoy suffering from lack of opportunity. Birmingham are a strong bustling side who have the advantage of a good goalkeeper in Tremelling and a sturdy pair of backs in Womack and Jones. Cringan and Barton were sound halves, and forward Islip and Crosbie were dangerous raiders and Briggs, until he was injured and changed places with Harris was a worthy deputy for Bradford. The start was delayed as a result of an unusual incident. The wind had got under the tarpaulin sheet used to protect the gaol area, and drove it heavily against the post, smashing it and bringing down the crossbar. The ground staff, under the direction of Mr. Banks, the director, had to make burried repairs. They succeeded, and play started about seven minutes after the advertised time. Teams : - Everton: - Harland, goal, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Peacock, Reid, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Broad, Williams, and Weaver, forwards. Birmingham City: - Tremelling, goal, Womack (captain), and Jones, backs, Liddell, Cringan, and Barton, half-backs, Harris, Crosbie, Briggs, Islip, and Lindsay, forwards.
BIRMINGHAM CITY RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 3
December 29 1924. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 23)
Everton Reserves had a very fine win at St. Andrews, though the ground was in a bad condition. Chadwick and Cock scored in the opening half, and Chadwick headed through a second time near the end. Everton had a powerful side. Raitt and Bain played finely in defence.