DEAN LEADS THE FIELD.
December 1 st 1931. Evening Express.
23 Goals all scored in Seven goals.
By the Pilot.
Dixie's leading! Eight Weeks ago he had scored but four goals in League football; today he has 23 goals to his credit, one more than any other player in the four divisions of the League, and all scored in seven matches! Here are Dean's figures this season :- 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 3 5 0 2 5 0 4 –23.
Dean last topped the Football League scorers' with his total of 60 goals secured in Everton's championship season, 1927-28. The aggregate still stands, as a record in his history of the competition. His average up to date is 1.533 goals a match, which is not as good as in his record season, but if he continues to score at the present rate he should have an excellent opportunity of regaining his crown as England's most prolific scorer. Pearce (Swansea Town) so long the leader of the League, has how been joined by Keetley (Notts County) in the leadership of the Second Division. Last season Keetley was second in the Third Division (Southern Section) scorers with 39 goals.
Here are the leading scorers in the League; -
Dean (Everton) 23 Mangnall (Huddersfield) 11
Waring (Aston Villa) 20 Camsell (Middlesbrough) 11
Richardson W.G. (WBA) 14 Ball (Wednesday) 11
Jack (Arsenal) 13 Hampson (Blackpool) 10
(Birmingham) 13 Hodgson (Liverpool) 10
Johnson (Everton) 12 Hine (Leicester) 10
Bowers (Derby 12 Glidden (WBA) 10
Halliday (Manchester City) 12 Wright (Liverpol) 9
Boyd 12 Hulme (Arsenal) 9
White (Everton) 11 Houghton (Aston Villa) 9
Lambert (Arsenal) 11 Jackson (Chelsea) 9
Blackmore (Bolton) 11 Chandler (Leicester) 9
Dunne (Sheffield United) 9
Keetley (Notts County) 21 Hartill (Wolves) 11
Pearce (Swansea Town) 21 Spence (Man United) 10
Dickinson (Notts Forest) 13 Bottrill (Wolves) 10
Smith (Millwall) 12 Lindsay (Bury) 9
Wallbanks (Barnsley) 11 Leslie (Plymouth) 9
Keetley (Leeds United) 11 Haddleton (Southampton) 9
Arnold (Southampton) 11 Hunt (Tottenham) 9
Division Three (Northern Section)
Williams (Crewe) 16 McConnell (Carlise) 11
Hall (Lincoln City) 16 Jennings (Chester) 10
Bamford (Wrexham) 14 Wellock (Darlington) 10
McNaughton (Gateshead) 12 Riley (Lincoln City) 10
Division Third (Southern Section)
Bourton (Coventrey) 22 Simpson (Crystal Palace) 15
Newton (Fulham 18 James (Watford) 14
EVERTON AT WEST HAM
December 2nd 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Everton journey to London this weekend, and I have no doubt the high scoring of the team, recently will be added to an already attractive fixture on the West Ham United card. Everton more than ever today are a great magnet, and the Upton-Park club, will no doubt benefit by a largely increased gate. The Spanish players who are to oppose England next Wednesday are expected to see the match, and they will have an opportunity of watching the methods of Johnson, Gee and Dean, who are to oppose them next week. Everton will field the team, which has broke scoring records; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
EVERTON AT UPTON
December 4 th 1931. Evening Express
Can West Ham Stop the Blues?
Ben Williams and White have not played in a beaten First Division team this season and I don't think they will do so when Everton play West Ham United tomorrow at Upton. West Ham have been inconsistent this season and have secured but 14 points from 17 matches, as compared with Everton's 27 from a similar number of matches. In view of their success against Blackburn Rovers last week West ham will play an unchanged side tomorrow, and this means that Tony Weldon, the former Everton player, will not figure against his former colleagues. Teams are; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein. West Ham; Dixon; Earl, Chalkley; Collins, Barrett, Cadwell, Wood, Phillips, Watson (v), Gibbins, Ruffell.
WEST HAM UNITED 4 EVERTON 2 (Game 3112 0ver-all)-(Div 1 3070 )
December 7 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's Effort in West Ham defeat.
Ruffell scored a hat-trick
Everton have fallen by the London wayside. There were deservedly beaten by the more effective side. West Ham had none of the science of attack and defence that Everton paraded, but they had something more. They were out to stop this machine made goal-making scheme of Everton's that had brought the side remarkable prominence. The verdict was 4-2 in favour of the West Ham side, but those who were not of the 41,0000 gate could have little idea how the game flowed fell, faded out, blossomed into a rallying finish and a possibly draw. The first three goals were taken with rare freedom and without a player, save the goalkeeper, to say nay to Ruffell the hard hitting outside-left who has played for England. His task was made the easier by reason of the manner in which he was allowed to stay unguarded. He is one of the quickest wingers of his mark, and he soon cut into a scoring position, and when he took his hat-trick he was each time he scored, no more than six yards from goal. There was weakness in positional play that led to these goals, and there was deadliness by Ruffell that was commendable. But prior to these goals Everton had moved so sweetly that they may have got a false notion of what was going to happen.
Their had seemed to be easy until they got to Dixon's goal area, and then this young man, acting for Hufton, turned half a dozen scoring shots and headers from their mark and that was the reigning factor in the surprise conquest. Everton began to lose confidence in themselves, Dixon had inspired the West Ham side they were very sure and speedy. A nippy little man named Phillips added his effects, and whereas Everton had been the commanding team by reason of their craft and their sound passing, they now became erratic, and even appeared slow. The game seemed to be won and settled when White hit the upright, he missed with a header with which he should have scored, he was the only Everton forward who had allowed himself the pleasure of an attempted shot. But all in a minute Johnson, playing a lone hand and trying to reinforce Everton's side, got a goal by his own unaided efforts. There was a chance of a draw, especially when Stein shot hard and clean in from a heading effect made by dean at an angle that suggested no such thing. Dean had been sluggish, and with little chance to shine had concentrated upon offering the other forwards changes. Here he showed his ability to turn a game with his wonderful head. The game now stood at 3-2, and Everton for five minutes were again masters of themselves, which was more important than being masters of West ham. They passed and re-passed they threatened to score the equaliser at any moment.
The light became bad, but that did not prevent everyone seeing Dixon make his only mistake of the day, his goal gaped. A forward charged in furiously –he did not take the ball with him, and it lay near the goal line. That was the most critical moment of the game, because two moments later Wood the feet foot at outside right drifted to centre-forward, and as Everton had been all for attack the defence had gone as far up the field. Wood struck the blow at the right moment –a great goal, and the end of a brave battle by a side that had seemed to have no chance of fighting back, yet had come to the region of a draw, which would have satisfied them. They had not deserved a draw so that the final was a just one. West Ham had ended the brilliant sequence of successes to Everton, who had lost a game since they went to Highbury in September. One draw and a narrow squeak at Grimsby had been a means of warning the Everton people that the crowning blow was near at hand. Home is the best place for Everton, and they will not cavil at this defeat. Everton left their effort far too late. They were too easily rattled out of their normal confidence through a goalkeeper's magnificent saves in the first stages of play. It seemed that Everton had taken the game a trie too easily, judging by some of the defensive actions and the lack of forward play and shot.
Machine Breaks Down.
Everton will perhaps appreciate the change they had gone up so far that everyone went to the ground to see them make the machine like goal. The machine broke down. Yet one had to give credit to such as Johnson and Critchley for their effort; to White for his persistence in shooting where others held off. At half-back there were signs of a break against a rousing forward line which included new names. Phillips was a busybody. Ruffell was the swept raider, the modern type of wing man who will take a shot a copy of these methods by Critchley and Stein might have altered the whole outlook on the fine fiery game, in which there was a good deal of strong relentless football with West Ham's defence very sure and Everton's not quite so secure. Sagar had an inevitable task. It was a great match to watch, although the late start and the heavy weather made visibility poor. The Spanish footballers were present to see their first game in England –and to take stock of Dean, Johnson, and Gee. They do not like these muddy conditions . Teams; - West Ham United; - Dixon, goal; Earl and Chalkey, backs; Collins, Barrett, and Cadwell, half-backs; Wood, Phillips, Watson (v), Gibbons, and Ruffell, forwards. Everton; - Sagar goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS RESERVES 2
December 7 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
At Goodison Park. Wolverhampton when on the advance, were always dangerous although their attack were not as consistent as Everton's. The home defence played well for the most part, but they had spasm of uncertainly, and it was during these spells that the Wolves scored their goals. Buttery opened the score in three minutes and after Dunn, Martin and Webster had been very near, Buttery took advantage of a defensive lapse to score the visitors second goal. Martin headed against the crossbar, and then Webster reduced the lead, with a good goal. Everton did most of the second half pressure without being able to get the equaliser. Everton; - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; McPherson, McClure, and Archer, half-backs; Birkley, Dunn, Martin, Webster, and Rigby, forwards.
Cap for Griffiths
Wales lost by four clear goals to Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast, about 10,0000 spectators were at the game, Griffiths the centre half was the mainstay of the visiting team. He often checked the Irish forwards, and his constructive work deserved better results from his colleagues in the front rank.
WHAT THE SPANIARDS THINK OF EVERTON
December 7 1931. Evening Express.
Dean Disappoints Samatier; Johnson Impresses.
Wonderful Team in Spite of Defeat.
Samatier, the Spainish centre-forward, who will lead his country's attack against England at Highbury on Wednesday, is the most disappointed member of the team. The cause is Dixie Dean. West Ham v. Everton game at Upton Park, full of the greatness of Dixie, and expected to see a revelation in centre-forwards. Dixie had one of his rare off-days. Samatier dejected, and says so. It was Johnson who most impressed them of the three Everton players who will figure in Wednesday's international game. The Spaniards are full of praise for the clever way in which he scored Everton's first goal. “You are the masters. We are the pupils and we still have a lot to learn. Yet the pupil sometimes beats his master and it may happen next Wednesday.” Senor Alcarez, the manager of the Spainish football team, expressed himself thus when I saw him and his charges after they had seen Everton beaten at West Ham. As no member of the Spanish team speaks a word of English their collective views were expressed to me though Senor Alcarez. “The boys are already planning their campaign for the great match.” Senor Alcarez told me with a smile. “They naturally followed every move and countermove in the West ham-Everton game –the first all-English game any of them has seen –and have already sized up the three Everton men they will meet at Stamford Bridge. The match as a whole made a deep impression on the Spainish boys, and, despite Everton's defeat; they think them a wonderful team, and unlucky not to have made a draw of the game. I gathered that the chief topic of discussion among the Spanish players after the match was the charging of the goalkeeper. “Zamora, the Spanish goalkeeper, is fully prepared,” said Senor Alcarez. “He is the tallest and hardiest member of the team, and is confident that he can withstand whatever charging is in store. All the team expect to get some nasty knocks, but they are a tough lot of fighters and brimful of confidence. They do not expect to win, but if defeated will not be disgraced. “After all,” Senior Alcarez added, “neither team has met before, and our men may be able to show the English men something new in tactics. “Our most fervent hope is that the weather charges in time for the ground to become harder.
Why Everton Lost. Attack Without Thought of Defence.
By the Pilot.
Over-confidence in thinking that to attack only was to win matches was the cause of Everton's downfall at West Ham. At a period when they were right on top and defied only by a wonderful goalkeeper in Dixon, the half-backs took extreme risks in coming too far up the field. Thomson and Gee were to be seen fighting among the forwards for openings. No doubt in their enthusiasm they did not realise that by so doing they were leaving wide open spaces behind them. The fact was forced home to them, however, before the interval, for it was entirely due to their methods that West Ham assumed the ascendancy and piled on three goals before the interval, all from the foot of Ruffell. A quick pass would be flung down the right flank, where Thomson was not. Watson would run over to receive and gently flash it across the goal to the umarked Ruffell. There you have it. The game was won and lost. I agree that attack is the best defence, but Everton attacked without though of defence.
Went Down fighting.
It must be said of the Blues that they went under fighting. With the least bit of luck they would still be happy that their unbeaten certificate held since Sept. 26 was intact. Dixon alone saved the Hammers in the first half, and he was a great defender after the interval when the Blues launched their great “fight-back campaign. How superior the Blues were to the Londoners in the second half may be gauged when I state that West ham launched but six real attacks during the second half.
• TP Griffiths and Phil Griffiths were capped for Wales against Ireland, Ireland winning by 4goals to nil at Windor Park, Belfast.
THREE CAPS FOR EVERTON PLAYERS.
December 9 th 1931.
William Dean scored for England last night at Highbury, and Tommy Johnson scoring a brace as England beat Spain by seven goals to one, Charlie Gee also won his second cap for England. Dean scored after 63 minutes, a perfect centre, which Dean headed into the net in a flash. Dean help Johnson to Englands sixth goal, when he hooked back Copper's kick, and one of Johnson's left footed daisy cutters did the remainder.
THREE GOALS WILL GIVE BLUES ANOTHER RECORD.
December 11 th 1931. Evening Express.
Inside Trio's chance for Half-Century.
By the Pilot.
White, Dean, and Johnson, the Everton inside forwards, are within reach of another goal scoring record, and they may accomplish it against Middlesbrough at Goodison Park tomorrow. If they score three goals they will not only have the distinction of being the first inside trio in the Football league to obtain 50 goals between them, but in doing so in 18 minutes will create a post-war record as far as the competition is concerned. Their 47 goals to date have been distributed as follows; Dean, 23; Johnson, 13; White, 11. This is a remarkable achievement that though Everton have played 18 matches Dean has missed two matches and White seven. The Everton team which will oppose the Borough is unchanged, and this will be the tenth occasion since October 3 that the side has represented the club. The only exception since that date was on the occasion of the visit to Huddersfield, when Dean was absent owing to a Football League call.
Blues Home Record.
The Blues should improve their record at the expense of the North-Easterners, for whereas they have dropped only two points out of 16 played at Goodison Park, Middlesbrough have secured only seven of the 18 points at stake in their away engagement. This includes two victories. The Borough will still be without Warren, their Welsh International outside left, who was injured some weeks ago, but Cameron is proving a capable deputy. Notable figures in the side will be Elkes, the tall centre half, Camsell the goal scoring leader, and Pease, the clever right winger. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Middlesbrough; Mathieson; Ashman, Freeman; Webster, Elkes, Forrest; Pease, Scott, Camsell, Bruce, Cameron.
RADIOPHONE FOR GOODISON
December 12 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
I understand the Everton directors have decided to introduce the latest method of Radiophone to Goodison Park, and that two loud speakers are to be installed. For years a band provided music before the match and during the interval, the directors have felt that something more is required to entertain the thousands of spectators. Consequently they, have been in negotiations for the installation of modern equipment, which will not only enable them to broadcast the latest in music, but provide them with the opportunity of making various club announcements. Moreever, everyone will be able to hear the new Radiophone was recently demonstrated to the board, and a sub committee was appointed to consider it. I hear that the test have been successful so that the days of the band appears to be numbered.
EVERTON 5 MIDDLESBOUGH 1
December 14 th 1931. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Early Reverse Wiped Out.
Everton Improve in Second Half.
Although Everton did not show the same superiority over Middlesbrough in the first half as in most of their recent home games, they were so much the better side afterwards that they merited their 5-1 victory. Middlesbrough scored first through Cameron after 12 minutes and White equalised at 16 minutes. That was the extent of the scoring in the first half and gave a fair indication of the play. Everton were not the speedy, irresistible side of earlier games. The machine did not function with the same well-ordered smoothness and much of the fire had gone out of the attack. At the same time, it must not be overlooked that Middlesbrough played good football. It was more of a match with nothing definitely outstanding between the sides. After the interval Everton played with far more spirit and earnestness, and for a time the Middlesbrough defenders seemed enable to cope with the volume of work thrust upon them.
A goal by Critchley four minutes after the interval when Everton took the lead for the first time, found a weakness in the Middlesbrough defence. That goal had much to do with setting the issue, because Everton appeared to realise that the Borough defence was not impregnable. They hammered the defence hard and goals to Johnson (60 minutes), White (80 minutes), and Dean (85 minutes) emphasized the improvement in the Everton attack. At intervals Middlebrough turned the tables, and although their attack were fairly well-planned, there was little driving power behind them. Sagar kept a good goal although once he dropped the ball and it narrowly missed crossing the line before he recovered it. Cresswell was not as prominent as usual. He did much useful work in his customary neat way, but he has often been better. Williams had a good match because he met the attack and saved many awkward positions before they become dangerous.
Careful Guard on Dean.
In the first half Thomson found Pease and Scott rather difficult to hold, but he improved, while Gee and Clark were good all through. None did better than Clark, who in addition to showing capital defence, was one of the best shooters on the Everton side. A careful guard was put on Dean, which frequently he managed to elude. He did capital work with his head, passed well, and was always thrustful. Johnson was a hard worker always popping up in the right place and when least expected, while White was another effective link, in an excellent inside trio. Stein finished badly, and twice he missed the ball at crucial moment. Better work came from Critchley, whose centres were generally accurate and of good length. The best on the Middlesbrough side were Mathieson, Elkles, Pease, Cameron, and Forest. Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Middlesbrough; - Mathieson, goal; Ashman and Freeman, backs; Webster, Elkes and Foreest, half-backs; Pease, Bruce, Camsell, Bruce, and Cameron, forwards.
ASTON VILLA RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 1
December 14 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
At Villa Park. Cunliffe opened the score for Everton, but before the interval Brown and Beresford put the Villa in front. Brown appeared to be offside when he scored. The second half was well contested, and Beresford scored a great goal. Both keepers saved many good shots. Coggins and Biddleston being equally skillful in this direction. Blair and Griffiths on their respective sides stood out in defence, while Reed and Rigby were prominent for Everton in attack, and Brown, Beresford, and Stephenson were good for the Villa.
Everton “A” 2 Liverpool Cables 0
Liverpool County Combination .
At Stopgate lane. Goals by Worrall, one in each half, gave Everton a well-earned victory. Both sides displayed clever combination, but the home side had the better understanding. A penalty kick was awarded to both sides and the respective keepers made clever saves. Stration of the Cables damaged his wrist in saving from Parker and retired. Kennedy taking his place. Bryan, Everton's right half played after nearly two years absence through injury, but received a knock and had to leave the field before the finish.
NO MORE TIP-TAP TACTICS.
December 14 th 1931. Evening Express.
Everton Prove that they do not Pay.
Boro' Cave in when Blues open out.
By the Pilot.
If Everton ever had any doubts concerning the advantage of open football methods compared with tip-tap tactics they were dispelled –or, ever, I hope –in the match with Middlesbrough. Thirty minutes of ineffective close passing saw the all-conquering Blues a goal down. Then they mended their ways. The ball was swung about from wing to wing and in five minutes the scores were equal. From the restart, after the interval, these same methods simply blotted out Middlesbrough. The completeness of the victory already is another page in Everton's book of triumph, but instead of five goals it might easily have been eight if Stein had accepted glit-edged chances. Still Middlesbrough struck me as a particularly able combination with power in the intermediary division. They were stern tacklers who never finished; in fact, sometimes they were too robust in their interventions. Dean suffered considerably through this, and the Blues would have got no more than they deserved had they been awarded a penalty in the first half when Dixie was so pushed in the back that he staggered fully five yards. In this highly enjoyable game the Everton defence took time to settle down, but I have no doubts that the slippery nature of the ground accounted for easy mis-tackles and interventions in the early stages.
Dixie's Clever Move.
The best department of the Everton side was attack, where only Stein failed to play well. Stein had a particularly unhappy day, in that nothing would run right for him, though it was he who developed the centre from which White equalised. Incidentally; it was a fine team move by Dean in this incident, which enabled White to reach the ball. Dixie was in the way, so he flung himself full length to the ground and opened up the path. Johnson had a poor first half, but came back to his best form afterwards, and White and Critchley constituted the better wing. Although well watched Dean led the line splendidly and was a master at creating cute openings. Clark took the honours at half-back, his ball control and feeding being a feature, and Thomson and Gee improved as the game grew older. Cresswell was prone to rest on the ball at the outlet, leaving too much of the gratying to Williams, yet once we saw the alerted Blues so did the pair become once again the ideal pair. Sagar was brilliant in goal, one save from Cameron being masterly. The Boro' were excellently served by Mathieson, Asman, Webster, Elkes, Cameron, Bruce and Camsell. Their defence cracked in the second half, but there is distinct soundness about this team.
CLAMOUR FOR CUP SEATS AT GOODISON
December 15 th 1931.Evening Express.
The most worried man in the city.
What the captains think of the draw.
By the Pilot.
The most worried man in the Liverpool is Mr. Tom McIntosh, Everton's secretary. He has the job of bring arrangements for the Everton v. Liverpool third round F.A. Cup-tie at Goodison Park, on January 9. It should give a small fortune to somebody who could invent a method of expanding Everton's 67,000 spacious ground into something twice at size. With a few minutes of the draw was announced by the Evening Express. Mr. McIntosh's telephone was ringing. Dozens of inquires for seats many into the club officers, and this morning mail brought sheaves of letters containing varying sums of inquires by eager would be supporters. The trouble is that he cannot yet send any application for seats, no matter how much money is enclosed as the engagement have yet been made –It would break the heart of any secretary to have to refuse money! Everton directors are meeting tonight1, on the allocation of tickets and arrangements. The Liverpool of course, will have to be allotted a section of the seating accommodation.
Captains view of the draw.
Dixie Dean (Everton) We have the men who are honest triers –every one of them –and I think we shall beat Liverpool. It will be a pleasure to meet our local rivals in a Cup-tie, and a joyful game should result. I have confidence because I know that my team has the ability.
Bradshaw (Liverpool); We could not have wished for a better draw, it glorious. It gives us a chance to revenge that the League forms at Anfield –our home defeat of the season –Every player in the camp is determined that Everton will be surprised on January 9.
Two Records within Everton's Grasp.
Bourton Displaces Dean as Goals Leader.
Everton have the chance of making two-goal-scoring records this season –the highest aggregate ever attained in the Football league and the higgest total ever secured by an inside forward line. The first is now held jointly by Aston Villa and Bradford with 128 goals, and the second by Watts, Dixon and Kennedy, of Tranmere who last season found the net 92 times in League matches. With only 13 games –played this season, Everton have already scored 69 goals, and of the total Dean, White and Johnson share 51. With four goals last Saturday, Bourton of Coventry City, resumes leadership of individual League goal-getters. Dean shares second place with Pearce, of Swansea Town on 24 goals.
EVERTON CUP-TIE ARRANGEMENTS
December 16, 1931. Evening Express.
Rush for Seats at Goodison.
How to get your Tickets.
By the Pilot.
The rush has started. Applications for tickets for the cup-tie between Everton and Liverpool are pouring into the Goodison Park offices. “Book early” seems to be the motto. Here are the arrangements made by the Everton directors at their Board meeting last night. Every grand stand seat will be reserved. The prices will be; - Ground, 1s, Boys, 4d'; Paddock 1s 6d; Bullen-road grandstand (reserved) 5s; Goodison –road grandstand (reserved), 5s; goal double decker grandstand (reserved) 3s 6d. It is essential that every application for tickets must be accompanied by a remittance, otherwise they will be ignored. Applications for tickets can be made either to Mr. McIntosh at Goodison Park or Mr. G. Patterson at Anfield. They will be dealt with an strict rotation, so it is advisable to write or call immediately. Mr. T.H. McIntosh, the Everton secretary stated that although applications will be received from now on, no tickets will be issued until after Monday next. The Everton directors have not yet discussed plans regarding training for the match, but I understand it is extremely doubtful that the players will be given any training, which differs from the ordinary routine. The question was also passed over by the Liverpool directors at their meeting, but it is expected some announcement regarding the matter will be made shortly.
What Alex Jackson Thinks of Everton.
Aggressive but not Defensive.
Commenting on Cup-tie prospects, Alex Jackson, Chelsea's captain, writes in the London Evening news; - Everton are not defensive, they are aggressive first and foremost. They are all out for goals. Even Warneford Cresswell, that great and stylish back, is always playing with the object in his mind or reaching Dean with a pass. Everton have the great finisher in Dean. They have other fine Marksmen, too, but they do not play to the defensive pattern. Quite apart from their match with Liverpool in the opening round, Everton would not be in my list to win the cup. Brilliant, but not according to history book.
• Jimmy Dunn the Everton inside right, is suffering from a cut eye. He received the injury while in training last week.
TOMMY GRIFFITHS AS SIGNED FOR BOLTON WANDERERS.
December 17 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Griffiths has been transferred to Bolton Wanderers, Griffiths is a fine defensive player, and if he can developed the constructive part of the game with more accurate passes, he should prove a worthy successor to Seddon. That tall hard working pivot, who has rendered the Wanderers such good services, the acquisition of Griffiths should rekindle enthusiasm in a district, where it owing to lack of success has been somewhat on the wane. The new Bolton player gain his first cap for Wales against England, when he was twenty in 1927, and has played for his country on eight occasions; - three times this year, I recall the Cup-Tie at Anfield, between Wrexham and New Brighton, when Griffiths was the man of the match, and the display decided Everton to secure his services, which they did, despite strong opposition from Aston Villa and Manchester United. The fee at the time to the Wrexham club was stated to be £1,750, so that Everton must have done well out of the deal. A regular of the senior Everton side up to the beginning of the year, Griffiths sustained an injury and Gee gained his place, and made the centre-half position his own. Griffiths who is a native of Summerhill, Wrexham stands at 6 feet and weights 12 stone.
Radiophone in stalled for Liverpool match
I understand that the Everton officials hope to have the latest methods of Radiophone in stalled at Goodison Park in time for the match against Liverpool on January 30. It will be one of the finest installations in the country. I stated on Saturday, that the new Radiophones has been recently demonstrated to the Everton board and that a sub-committee appointed to consider it has decided in favour of the system being installed at the ground. The equipment will not only enable the club to broadcast the latest in music but provide the officials with the opportunity of making various club announcements. Moreover, everyone will be able to hear.
EVERTON AWAY BUT GRIFFITHS AT HOME.
December 18 th 1931. Evening Express.
Three days ago clubmates, now rivals. This is the curious position, which arises following the transfer of Griffiths from Everton to Bolton Wanderers. These clubs meet at Burnden Park tomorrow, and though early in the week Tommy Griffiths was anxious that Everton should win and so consolidate their position at the head of the table; now he will do his best to prevent them succeeding. I expect Everton to win, and steal a further march on their championship rivals. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein; Bolton Wanderers; Jones; Wagstaff, Finney; Goslin, Griffiths, Wright; Butler, Blackmore, Milsom, Gibson, Westwood.
• Everton F.C. announced that no further applications for 3s 6d tickets for the Everton v. Liverpool F.A., Cup-tie can be entertained.
ALL UP IN ATTACK.
Bexhill-on-Sea Observer - Saturday 19 December 1931
EVERTON’S METHODS BRING GOALS.
By Warney Cresswell, England International Back of Everton.
How comes it that Everton, in the Second Division last season, are now occupying the top place in the First Division, with a record of goals scored far in excess of the total put up by the next best? These are questions which I have been asked repeatedly in recent times. I am not sure whether I can give really conclusive answers. Indeed, my inclination is to get out of answering the question at all by saying that these things have happened in football in the past, and that the game will cease top happen. However, that way out might not be considered satisfactory, and so I will try to give some real reasons for the progress of the Everton side. In the first place, I am convinced in my own mind that the success which has attended the Everton team this season cannot wholly be seperated from the successful time we had in the Second Division last season. It will be remembered that for the most part we swept evenything before us in the Second Division last season, meeting with very few rebuffs.
With Almost The Same Team
Now in football, as in other things, there is nothing which succeeds like success, and I am very confident that the successes of last season had the effect of giving the whole of the people associated with the Everton club a feeling of supreme confidence for this present season. Almost invariably, since the start of the season, we have played in that confident way which takes a side such a long disatance on the road to victory. There is nothing like the feeling that you will win a match as a quick means of winning it. I think there must be quite a lot in this confidence business, because, although a lot of people do not seem to remmeber it, the side which has mainly done duty for Everton this season has been largely the same as that which did duty last season. Indeed our present side is not very different, in make-up, in fact from the side which went down to the Second Division at the end of the season before last. Only three players are playing regularly in our team who were not regularly in the side which went down to the Second Division. During that spell in the First Division which ended in the first fall of Everton, the side as a whole lacked confidence. There was the feeling that things would not go kindly for us, and I suppose it naturally followed that things did not go well for us. Confidence is the great asset to a football team, and will carry a side far.
Second Division A Good Training Ground
Then I think that in another respect the spell in the Second Division did the Everton side good. The side which would be successful in the Second Division must play hard fast football. The players must not dilly-dally with the ball, otherwise the strong determined tackling of the Second Division opponents will prevent them from doing much good with it. The Second Division experience of Everton speeded up our game in the general sense; decided us, as a principle, to take the frills out of our play, and go for goal by the shortest possible route. We have carried out the same idea in the First Division this season, and for the most part it has proved to be paying policy. Possibly the success of West Bromwich Albion, while not so marked as that of Everton this season, shows that there is something in the contention that a spell in the Second Division is very good training for a rise to the higher circles. If Combined with the pace which is necessary, in a general sense, in Second Division football, there is a fair degree of science applied when First Division games are played, I think the quick methods are the way to success.
All The Forwards Can Shoot
The open game which we now play -or perhaps I should say the varied game - has been wholly beneficial to the team, and particularly to our ever-dangerous centre-forward. When the play is open; when the ball is swung about, quickly, and yet scientifically, it is very difficult, for any centre half to keep an eye, all the time, on the centre-forward. Even if the centre-half does the shadowing effectively, this does not necessarily lead to defeat so long as the other members of the atatck can do their share in the goal getting line. One of the big features of Everton's goal scoring this season has been the fact that all the forwards have taken their part in it. Incidentally, this leads me to another secret of Everton's rise to the top of the table, the team-spsirit. I am not going to dwell at length on this aspect of the maqtter. Everybody who knows anything about football ought to know by now that the team spirit; as its very foundation, there must be the idea that it doesn't matter who gets the goals as long as the goals are duly got.
All Up In Attack.
That our scoring of so many goal has been partly due to all the forwards having a shot is undeniable. Another reason why we have so often run up the goals is because we have insisted, in most of our games, in throwing almost everything into the atatck. We have been critcised for this idea more than once; have bene told that it lays our defence open to concede goals. This may well be true. Indeed,, I am prepared to admit that it is true. Surely, however, the critics will allow us this point; that the team which does throw everything into attack is likely to produce more attractive football from the watchers' point of view, than the team which has mainly defensive, or destructive ideas. is it not very necessary, in these times, to play the game attractively? What if we lose an occasional match by throwing all into the attack provided we win most of our games? It has been in our favour that our players have, for the most partr, escaped serious injury, which means that we have been able to keep the same side together, helping to a better understanding. Even the matter of injuries is closely associated with success or failure. The men who are playing confidently and playing well within themselves don't run the risks which have to be run by players of a side in desperate straits. With a last word a tribute to our trainer too. He is so often forgotten -there are few bouquets for the man with the towel. But the work of Harry Cooke behind the scenes has certainly been a definite contributory factor.
A Safety First Hint
The defenders of a side should not run unnecessary risks, for the taking of risks is the short cut to goals given away. As a safetly first move don't forget the pass back to the goalkeeper. I know onlookers do not always appreciate this move; often regard it as a sign of weakness. It is nothing of co-operation and confidence among the defenders. Slip the ball back to your goalkeeper when hard pressed. He can then bang the ball up the field to start an attack.
DEAN AND GRIFFITHS DUEL.
December 19 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton go to Bolton with the knowledge that they will find in the Wanderers a determined team anxious to improve the position of the club and to take down, if possible, the winning colours of the leader. In the effort to achieve the object the Wanderers, have the assistance of a player who should be familiar with all the moves which go to make up the Everton plan of campaign, so that in that respect the Wanderers are strengthened by the inclusion of Griffiths, whose transfer the club secured this week. Apart from his experience of Everton, however, Griffiths is a player of great skill and energy. His sliding tackle is one which has surprised many forwards and his general defensive ability is most marked. He will directly oppose Dean and duel should prove highly interesting. Everton are anxious to consolidate their position, and the leaders are called on for a special effort to add to their store of points. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Bolton Wanderers; Jones; Wagstaff, Finney; Goslin, Griffiths, Wright; Butler, Blackmore, Milson, Gibson, Westwood.
BOLTON WANDERERS 2 EVERTON 1 (Game 3114 over-all) –(Div 1 3072)
December 21 st 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Miss Chances.
Griffiths Takes Big Part in Bolton Win.
The debut of Griffiths, the former Everton centre half-back, against his former comrades, at Bolton, on Saturday, produced a gate of nearly 40,000 and provided Bolton with a welcome refresher. Bolton won deservedly by 2 goals to 1 in a game that could have been Everton's if the leaders of the League had been as definite and powerful in the penalty area as they were in the other portions of the icy field. Fog threatened to spoil the game, and the hard ground certainly prevented both sides taking normal risks. Yet it has to be confessed that Everton played so much better than their rivals for an hour that there should have been no doubt about victory going to the all-conquering Everton side. The bone in the ground was inclined was inclined to deter a player going through with his run or his shot, but one has to remember that Everton adapted themselves better than Bolton to the conditions afoot for an hour, and the chances that came to them in that period were created by good football, sound football, and much artistry, and yet the Bolton goalkeeper was not nearly so busy with awkward shots to save as his rival. Bolton played like a side without confidence or ability, but neat goal they were insistent upon a shot and their direction was so good that Sagar performed remarkably well and was blameless. The game was in effect, a story of Everton's missed chances, and Bolton's doggedness, and a transformation scene that came over the fog-ridden ground after an hour's play.
Play to the Whistle!
Dean had scored in 23 minutes with ease and a placed shot after the ball had struck defenders, and after 23 minutes of the second half Milsom scored a point which staggered Everton. The defenders stood still, appearing to imagine that offside must spoil the effort. There did not seem any cause for this deduction, and the referee certainly offered none. Three minutes later Milsom scored again, after Westwood had shot the ball against the crossbar. Everton debating the claim of a goal for some minutes and even after a linesman had been consulted. From this point onwards Bolton took charge of the game, yet Everton, crowding on all their members as attackers should have scored in the last minute of play when Jones was dispossessed in a charge by Dean, and White and Critchley tried to put the ball into the empty net, the ball once striking Jone's foot when the goalkeeper was still on the ground. Bolton were highly elated over their return to form, as well they might he, because they seemed to have no chance of winning until Everton took matters rather too easily, believing that this side would not score one goal during the day. Every credit is due to Bolton for their perseverance and their punishing attack in the second half, when Westwood was a very prominent figure. On the other hand, Stein was very rarely seen, and Thomson had a half-hour in the first portion of play. Goslin, at left back, also started moderately, and the conditions were plenty troubling the Bolton captain, Gibson. However, Milsom was quite a success at centre-forward, although he had to work almost entirely on his own, there being no attempt at combination, which is not surprising when one remembers that Blackmore was tried at an inside-right.
Griffiths Takes the Honours.
Certainly Griffiths took big honours against his old team and kept a firm hold on Dean, with the exception f one header that glanced outside. The work of Johnson was of the highest possible character. He was the one man who worked the ball successfully and ably throughout the game. In additional, he shot, which was not a feature of Everton's play. Sagar, the backs, Gee and Clark and Johnson were the dependable players, while the others were erratic in the goal-making area. Teams; - Bolton Wanderers; - Jones goal; Wagstaff, and Finney, backs; Goslin, Griffths and Nuttall, half-backs; Butler, Blackmore, Milsom, Gibson (captain) and Westwood, forwards. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 2
December 21 st 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 19)
Everton deservedly won a hard fought encounter, but the visitors had the satisfaction of making then fight for every inch of ground. The winners did most of the attacking, but accurate finishing became decidedly difficult against the sturdy first time tackling of the United defence, while Thompson in goal was responsible for some remarkable fine clearances. Manchester in their spasmodic attacks revealed practical ideas, and inside 35 minutes they had established a two goal lead. Hopkinson and Bennett scoring. Just before the half-time Reed scored for Everton, who in the second half crowded on heavy pressure and harassed, the United defence. Reed, who had played well throughout added two more goals to complete a hat-trick and give Everton victory. The winners were good, without being really too convincing all round . Everton; Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; McClure, TP Griffiths and Archer, half-backs; PH Griffiths, Cunliffe, Reed, Martin and Rigby, forwards.
Bethesda 1 Everton “A” 9
At Bethesda. This match was in aid of the Pavillion Fund, and close on £50 was realised. The onlookers were delighted with the exhibition given by the visitors. At the interval Everton led by 4-1. Everton's scorers were Bluedell (3), Webster (2), Fryer, Birtley, Leyfield, Common, Griffiths scored for Bethesda.
WHY EVERTON FAILED.
December 21, 1931. Evening Express.
A doubtful goal and poor finishing.
By the Pilot.
Everton were beaten at Bolton by a doubtful goal, but had they displayed their customary goal-getting abilities this would not have influenced the result. Everton had all the play for an hour, and in ordinary circumstances would have had the game well in hand. They failed, however, in that praise of football, which has made then famous –shooting. The Everton players, and Sagar in particular are emphatic in their belief that the winning goal was in fact, no goal. The ball struck Cresswell's foot and shot up against the flat face of the crossbar. Next it bounded down to the ground, and the referee, standing in the edge of the penalty area, immediately signalled a goal. I discussed the goal with the Everton players and Sagar said,” the ball did not cross the line by a yard. As soon as the ball touch the ground I ran out of goal and gathered it, so it couldn't possibly have been over the line.” However, Everton toyed with the Wanderers so much especially for 25 minutes in the second half, that they should have piled up three or four goals. Only Tommy Griffiths, presented any real barrier to Dean and company for a long period, and the Blues were generally to be found hovering near the Bolton goal. Everton played the open game well, and there was no more effective man in this respect than Johnson, who was easily the best forward on view. He schemed and fed with delicious skill, and Critchley had a good day, mainly because Johnson's sound ground-work. White was a rare opening creator and Dean demanded attention but they failed when it came to the final touches, Stein had an off day. Clark was the pick of the half-backs, and Cresswell was more certain than Williams, who took time to get used to the conditions.
THE “NO CHANCE” BLUES.
December 23 rd 1931. Evening Express.
Same Team for Six Games.
By the Pilot.
Everton will play an unchanged team for the sixth game in succession when they meet Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Christmas Day. The side, which has played in no fewer than eleven matches this season, has also been chosen, provisionally, for the return game at Goodison park on Boxing Day. Blackburn Rovers have also decided to make no change in the team, which defeated Aston Villa by 5-1 at Villa Park last Saturday. This is purely an experimental eleven, yet they have won five of the last six points played for. Moreover, they have scored 12 goals in those three games. Hutton, at left back; Imrie, at centre half; and McClean, at inside right are all out of their usual positions, but they are considered the key men of the team. Thompson, the young centre forward from Bath City, will again lead the attack. Everton make the journey to Blackburn by motor-coach owing to difficulties of finding suitable trains. Teams; Everton; - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Blackurn Rovers; - Binns; Gorman, Hutton, Healess, Imrie, Britton; Bruton, McLean, Thompson, Groves, Cunliffe.
Everton Reserves will meet West Bromwich Albion Reserves in Central League match on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, the first match-taking place at Goodison Park.
The team for both games is a strong one, and it has fallen to McClure's lot to take the place of the recent-transfer Griffiths. Team; - Everton Reserves; - Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; McPherson, McClure, Archer; Birtley, Cunliffe, Reed, Martin, Rigby.
EVERTON'S DUEL WITH THE ROVERS.
December 24 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton have not solved the problem of imparting their magic powers, at Goodison park to their work on “foreign” fields, but the players are likely to make a strong effort tomorrow to pick up the winning thread at Ewood Park, Blackburn. The team had lost two of the last three matches, and if they wish to retain their hold on the top step it is essential that they should do well tomorrow, and again on Saturday, when Blackburn Rovers pay the return visit to Goodison park, kick off 2.15. The race for the championship is now settling down into a real test, and Everton's rivals in the race, I am sure, will strain every nerve over the holiday to get on terms with the leaders. Blackburn Rovers have given some mixed displays, but they jumped into their best trim to gave Aston Villa a shock last Saturday, and on this form they should press Everton to the full. Blackburn Rovers will have the same side as in the last three matches,. Teams; Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Blackburn Rovers; Binns; Gorman, Hutton; Healless, Imrie, Britton; Bruton, McLean, Thompson, Groves, Cunliffe.
BLUES HOPE TO LAY EWOOD BOGEY
December 24 th 1931. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
Everton must take two points from their Christmas holiday match with Blackburn Rovers if they are to be certain if retaining their leadership of the First Division, it is a factor that Everton have not been displaying such convincing form away from home as at Goodison Park, and they will need to show something better than at West Ham or Bolton, if they are to win at Ewood Park, which is certainly one of their bogy grounds Everton have not gained any success at Blackburn Rovers since October 1926, when they forced a draw of 3-3, and in addition to League defeats there they also lost a cup-tie. They have something to wiper out tomorrow. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Blackburn Rovers; Binns; Gorman, Hutton; Healess, Imrie, Britton; Bruton, McLean, Thompson, Groves, Cunliffe.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 EVERTON 3
Everton Guile v. Blackburn Thrust.
December 26, 1931. Evening Express.
Four penalties in match
Goalkeepers conceded three penalties
Four penalty-kicks –three awarded for alleged fouls by goalkeepers. These were some of the many features of a really brilliant game at Ewood Park, when Blackburn Rovers defeated Everton by five goals to three. The score, in itself, flattered the Rovers just a little. One could not begrudge them the points, but had the score been the other way my opinion would have been precisely the same. As a matter of fact true field play and general exchanges reflected a draw as a good result. They were other vital things in this game, however, which counted so much. First of all there was the Rovers opening goal though Bruton in 12 minutes. There is not the slightest doubt that Bruton was two yards offside when he received the through-pass. One linesman noticed it and flagged persistently until the game was restarted, but Referee Fogg, of Bolton, refused to consult him. The came the equaliser in 32 minutes, when Binns leaped into the air to check Dean and injured the international by fouling him with his knee. White scored from the penalty kick . Three minutes later McLean scored with one of the finest goals it has been my lot to see. Within a minute Dean had equalised, thanks to his own enterprise and a mistake by Hutton. Everton then took the lead for the first and only time. Stein was cutting towards goal when Gorman handled, and White from the penalty spot . Thompson however, levelled matters with a cross shot which constituted the last kick of a really exhilarating first half, in which the Rovers had been quicker on the ball and rather more incisive in their general work. The second half saw the Blues the better team. It is a fact that the Rovers had rather played themselves out in their first half endeavours to check the league leaders, and the quiet smoother, shrewder manceuves of the Evertonians were the more effective.
Sagar's Brilliant Save.
When Thompson broke through Sagar dived at his feet and caught them. A penalty kick was awarded but Sagar made a wonderful full-length save from Hutton's shot. This was a master stroke. Except for one period of ten minutes Everton were right on top without bringing their artillery into action. Everyone had made up their minds on a drawn game until the last five minutes when fate served the Blues badly. Groves pulled a ball down with his hands, before shooting into the net. The referee adhered to his goal decision after consulting a linesman who, before that, had been flagging. Then Hutton was dribbling through when Sagar dived to save, and moreover, got the ball, but Referee Fogg awarded a penalty kick , from which McLean made it five. Mr. Fogg refused to explain why he had given the penalty. The two men who stood out were Williams and Imrie. Williams never put a foot wrong and some of his tackling was marvelous in its timing. Imrie's positional play was perfect. He was always there to intercept a ball, which was running Dean-wards, and he used it with consummate skill. Johnson and White were Everton's best attackers. Clark was again the pick of the half-backs, and Thomson was a stern intervener. Gee took time to settle to his game. Cresswell was cool and clever, and Sagar did brilliantly. Teams;' Blackburn Rovers; - Binns goal; Gorman and Hutton (captain), backs; Healless, Imrie, and Britton half-backs; Bruton (j), McLean, Thompson, Groves and Cunliffe, forwards. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards.
THE “PENALTY” OF SUCCESS.
December 26, 1931. Liverpool Echo
Everton's Starting Game.
Four “Spot” Kicks.
Sagar Saves One in Spasmodic Side.
There were four penalty kicks in Everton's game with Blackburn Rovers, at Ewood Park yesterday, yet the match was clean and full of good football. Everton got two of their three goals through White's shot from the penalty spot and the other came from Dean, who took advantage of a feeble effort by Hutton to put back to his own goalkeeper. All that happened in the first half, with the Rovers also netting three times through Britton, McClean, and Thompson. Blackburn's were the more satisfactory goals, but Everton deserved to be level at the interval, and though there were signs of weakness indefence they attack was active. The pace was slacker in the second half, and the Rovers were the brighter side. Sagar saved a penalty by Hutton, but Groves got through not long afterwards, and McLean converted a penalty in the last few minutes. The Rovers earned their point. They kept a good understanding all through, whereas Everton were spasmodic for long periods with the defence unsteady under pressure. Sagar, however, played great game, and Gee did well at half-back. Most of the danger in attack came from the left wing, Dean being too well watched. Teams;' Blackburn Rovers; - Binns goal; Gorman and Hutton (captain), backs; Healless, Imrie, and Britton half-backs; Bruton (j), McLean, Thompson, Groves and Cunliffe, forwards. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. Fogg, Bolton.
December 26 th 1932. Liverpool Echo
Mr. E. J. Sandbach writes from London; -
Being an Everton supporter, now resident ion London, it is not very often I get a chance to see the Blues, but I was at Upton Park to see the old favourites once more. For West Ham to have a three-goal lead at half-time was against the run of play. I don't think the Hammers had half a dozen scoring chances, but it was sheer bad positional play on the part of the defence, which enabled West Ham to score those early goals. Ruffell had a day out. Dixon alone stood between Everton and a substantial win. He played a magnificent game and fully deserved the applause he received. And now a word about Everton's forward line. I would have never seen an Everton forward line play so well together before, their football and accurate passes were a treat to watch. Crithcley was a revelation. He played a storming game and a brilliant dribble of his in which he passed at least three West Ham defenders, deserved a goal. I got into a conversation with an Arsenal supporter and he said that he would like to see Everton and Arsenal in the cup Final. So would I. I have reverted to the rather far-off match because it seems to give such a fair survey of the remarkable game and it helps to show Liverpool people that my view was not a aundiced one.
EVERTON RESERVES 7 WEST BROMWICH ALBION RESERVES 2
December 26 1931. Liverpool Echo
Everton played brilliantly throughout, and in so decisively defeating the Albion gave their best display of the season. The attack found able support from the halves, and it consequence, the front line moved ahead with admirable precision. The Albion started well, and Lowe, clearing off the goal-line, saved an early goal to Gate. At the seventh minute Rostin scored for West Bromwich, and then to the interval followed an avalanche of Everton goals, in which Reed figured conspicuously. The young Everton centre was in irresistible form, his speed, sharp shooting and ball control completely non-plussing the Albion defenders. In scoring five goals Reed accomplished a remarkably fine performance. Everton goal crop tended to dishearten the Albion, in the second half they fought hard to reduce the deficit but the only goal of this period is credited to Everton. Groves, in the Albion goal played well, despite the score, but the backs were uncertain at times. Scorers for Everton Reed (5), Cunliffe and Birtley and for the Albion Poslin and Fitton netted. Everton; - Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; backs; McPherson, McClure, and Archer, half-backs; Birtley, Cunliffe, Reed, Martin, and Rigby, forwards.
EVERTON 5 BLACKBURN ROVERS 0
December 28 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Easy for Everton.
Tempers Frayed at Goodison.
Dean scored a hat-trick.
A big holiday crowd saw Everton beat Blackburn Rovers by five clear goals at Goodison Park on Saturday and nullify their defeat of the previous day at Blackburn. In an early stage Everton took charge of the game, and goals by Dean at four and seven minutes put them in practically an unbeatable position. The inferiority of the Rovers even so early was clearly obvious, and at no point was the issue in doubt. There was speed, accuracy, and skill in Everton's movements that brought no response from the Rovers. By comparison, Blackburn were hesitant in carrying out their intentions, and much of their passing was wilds and uncertain.
Back to their Best.
Everton came back to their best home form, and Blackburn were never serious challenges. With the exception of Binns, who did well in the Blackburn goal, no section of the side lived up to its known form. . Insufficient use was made of Cunliffe and Bruton the inside forward lacked drive, the half-backs were much too weak to check the Everton attack, while the backs were far from sound. Thus Everton had little difficulty in overcoming the opposition. Johnson further increased Everton's lead with a goal at 19 minutes, and they led 3-0 at the interval. Goals by Dean at 46 minutes and White at 82 minutes completed the scoring. In the first half many tempers were ruffled, and players on both sides were spoken to by the referee. Afterwards there was little to which exception could be taken, and the game progressed without interruption. It was not a particularly impressive contest, chiefly because the Rovers were too readily put off their game, and Everton's task was made simple and easy. Their score might easily have been greater. Twice White hit an Upright, Critchley headed against the Crossbar, and Stein missed a chance that should never have been in doubt. while more than once Blues Binns was lucky to clear, especially from Dean.
Everton gained by keeping the play open, whereas often the Rovers attempted close work that proved unprofitable. Sagar's work was fairly straightforward. He had little to do as compared with Binns. There was soundness and skill in the defence, both Williams and Cresswell showing admirable judgement in breaking up the Rovers' attacks, while often they timed their interventions to a nicety. The work of the middle line reached a high standard, Clark, Gee and Thomson helping the attack with favorable openings, and rarely allowing the Rovers to settle down. Dean led the forwards with his customary skill, while Johnson and White offered excellent support. Stein hardly made the best of his opportunities, and many of his finishing strokes were badly directed. Critchley had a capital first half, but fell away afterwards. The Rovers did not hand well together as a side, and apart from Binns did not impress. Teams ; Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Blackburn Rovers; - Binns, goal; Gorman and Hutton (captain), backs; Roscamp, Imrie and Britton, half-backs; Bruton, McLean, Thompson, Groves and Cunliffe, forwards.
WEST BROMWICH ABION RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
December 28, 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Fitton miss penalty then scores later on.
Everton Reserves were fortunate in not losing by a greater margin at the Hawthorns, where Albion were always the superior side. Coggins in the Everton goal, was the hero of the match, for he saved his side on countless occasions. Fitton, after missing a penalty made amends by scoring Albions goal with a header. Everton; - Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; backs; McPherson, McClure, and Archer, half-backs; Birtley, Cunliffe, Reed, Martin, and Rigby, forwards.
Marine 0 Everton “A” 2
Liverpool County Combination.
Two goals –one in each half –by Leyfield and Fryer provided Everton “A” with a meritorious victory at Crosby. Marine, however, were much below their usual standard, and even though Holdcroft often baulked several of the scoring efforts by means of brilliant saves, chances were wasted in front of goal. Garvey alone ion the attack was convincing, though Drury in goal, gave every satisfaction. Everton side played with admirable cohesion, and effectiveness. Both wingers Leyfield and Worrall were dangerous raiders, and maintaining this form Everton will have an excellent chance of securing championship honours.
FOOTBALL FANS RUSH -& MISTAAKE
December 28 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Penalty of late Arrival.
A last minute rush of football fans to the Goodison park, Liverpool, football ground for the Boxing Day match, when Everton revenged their defeat by Blackburn Rovers, disorganised the queues and produced the curious result that while there was room for thousands inside the ground many people went away with the impression that all the accommodation was taken up. Some 54,000 spectators were able to obtain admission. The ground has held nearly 67,000, but when two or three thousand people arrived just before the match started the queues were broken, and police officers had a hard task to keep the crowds in order.
Last Minute Arrivals.
The trouble was that too many people left their arrival until the last minute,” said Mr. T. McIntosh, secretary of the Everton Football Club. “The stands were full, but many got the impression that all the accommodation was taken up, whereas there was a good ideal of room in the popular places, In the paddock the figure show there was room for another 8,000 people, and there was also room in the shilling enclosure. It may be a lesson to some to come up earlier in future.” The Liverpool tramway authors dent that the arrangements made by them were inadequate. “We always expect a bigger rush on a day like that” said an official “ and we had many extra cars on.” We coped with the traffic efficiently.”
THE MAN WHO MADE THE DIFFERENCE.
December 28, 1931. Evening Express.
Real “Get-up” for Everton.
“Service, not self” –Dean's Motto.
By the Pilot.
Charlie Gee gave Everton a real “gee-up” in the match with Blackburn Rovers. It was primarily due to his return to form that the Rovers were defeated 5-0. The international has not been his real self since mid-November because he has been sacrificing defence on the altar of attack. Against the Rovers, however, Gee was the complete pivot. There was a general improvement, not only in tactics, but in general play. It set the seal on the Blues' win. Refence was his forte until such time as it was obvious that attack was the better method. He had discernment as well as the ability to tackle well. Keep position, and use the ball with due cunning. It made a whole heap of difference to the Everton structure. There was a sound centerpiece on which the entire side could resolve, and the accuracy of the football was a delight. Blackburn had been a splendid side at Ewood Park, but they were not to be compared with the Blues in this second meeting. It is true that had Stein and Critchely finished their work with the same certainty and adroitness they displayed in the field, the score might have been doubted. Everton took command right at the outset and never relinquished their grip. They moulded the game to their liking –they were dictators whose ruling the Rovers could not dispute. As a matter of fact so superior were they that the game lost charm late on through being one-sided.
The forwards were electric, with Johnson and White the prime movers in the development of attacks, and with Dean a wonderful spearhead. Johnson's is playing marvellous football at the moment, and is shouldering the mantle of general with a willingness equaled only by his exact football. Moreover, he distributes his favours with such discretion that there is never a danger of Everton's forward work becoming stereotyped. Dean had one fault, but it was a good one. He was too unselfish. He scored three of the five goals, but had he throught a little more of Dean instead of others he would have increased his “bap.” Critchley had a fine first half and often had Hutton tied up, but later in the game his finishing became indifferent and he missed some real “sitters.” Stein was improved in approach, but he, too, was unconvincing when it came to culminating touches. The Everton intermediates really ruined the destines of the match. They were at once commanding and shrewd. Gee's contributions were complete in every's respect and Clark's sound anticipation and first time passing were features of the game. Thomson, too, was an intrepid intervenor who made feeding a strong suit. They were a great trio. The defence had few worries behind this half time and both Williams and Cresswell were such keen students of positional play that they were always holding the master trumps. Sagar did his little with customary skill.
“SOLD OUT” NOTICE AT GOODISON PARK.
December 29, 1931. Evening Express.
All tickets for Cup-Tie Booked.
By the Pilot.
There are no more tickets left for the third round F.A. Cup-tie between Everton and Liverpool, which takes place at Goodison Park on January 9. Following an announcement yesterday that there were some 6s tickets left, the offices at Goodison Park were besieged, and in a short time the “Sold out” notice went up. The 3s 6d, tickets were snapped up within a few days of the draw being made. Mr. Tom McIntosh, the Everton secretary, said to me that arrangements for the tie are fast nearing completion, and already the entire Liverpool mounted police force has been engaged. He asks me to state that any club shareholders who is desirous of acting as a Stewart for the match should apply, by letter, to Mr. McIntosh before Saturday next. No doubt there will be many anxious to lend a hand. Both the Everton and Liverpool club directors have decided not to take their players away for special training, and this news will be welcomed by the respective supporters. The Liverpool players are, as usual, being taken away for a single day for special brine baths, but that is all. Even this is no deviation from their customary preparation. Both clubs are hoping to have a clean bill of health in time for the game. Davis Wright the Liverpool centre forward, is making good progresses with his muscle injury and is expected to be available.