PENSIONERS RESHUFFLE ALL RANKS.
December 1 1932. Evening Express.
Everton Join the Army On Monday
By the Pilot.
Everton, at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, will meet a different Chelsea team from anything we have seen this season. Every line in the side –with the exception of goal –is being reshuffled. Barber (right back) and Crawford (outside right) take the places of Odell and Oakton, while Ferguson comes in at left-half for Russell, who displaces Allum at right half. Chelsea; Woodley; Barber, Law; Russell, O'Dowd, Ferguson; Crawford, Rankin, Gallacher, Miller, Pront. Everton's team will be chosen tonight. On Monday Everton “join the Army” but will not wear the new uniform! They visit the Command Central Ground, Aldershot, where they oppose the best footballers in the Service. The Army have selected a strong team picked from 10 regiments. A notable absentee will be Capt. Hogan, the English international. Army: - L/Cpl. C. Pettitt (Grenadier Guards), Dvr A. M. Dallas (R.A.S.C), Pte A. Buckley (Sherwood Foresters),' Pte W. Dennis (R.A. O. C), Segt B.O. Rogers (R.E.) Gunner G. Hormill (R.A.), Pte W. J. Izzard (Royal Tank Corps), L/Cpl, E. Machin (D.L.I), Pte. G. Austin (R.A.O.C), Cpl W. Bennett (King's Regt). Fusilier A. Curtis (Royal Fusiliers).
DUNN RETURNS TO EVERTON SIDE
December 2 1932, Liverpool Post and Mercury
The Everton team chosen last night, for the game with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge shows one change from that which drew with Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park last week. Dunn who has been out of the side for a long time, resumes at inside-right to partner Geldard, to the exclusion of McGourty. The team is: Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The same team except that Bocking will take the place of Williams, who be playing for Wales on Wednesday, will meet the army team at Aldershot on Wednesday, will meet the Army team at Aldershot on Monday. The Everton Reserve team to oppose Huddersfield in a Central League game at Goodison Park tomorrow, kick off 2.15 will be Coggins; Common, Lowe; McClure, Clark, Archer; Critchley, Cunliffe, Griffiths (p), McGourty, Turner.
DUNN RETURNS TO EVERTON X1.
December 2 1932. Evening Express.
By the Pilot
Jimmy Dunn, Everton's Scottish international inside right returns to the side for tomorrow's match with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Dunn, who has been out of the team since the match with Manchester City at Goodison Park on September 17, takes the place of McGourty, the young Scotsman. Chelsea have reshuffle their eleven and every department is affected with the exception of goal. In view of the fact that this must have an unsettling effect on the Pensioners, I think Everton should win. The match will be witnessed by the Austrian international footballers. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson Stein. Chelsea: - Woodley; Barber, Law; Russell, O'Dowd, Ferguson; Crawford, Rankin, Gallacher, Miller, Pront. Everton will field the same team against the Army at Aldershot on Monday, with the exception of Bocking at right back in place of Williams. Williams will be returning North to captain Wales in Wednesday'' international match with Ireland at Wrexham.
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EVERTON AT STAMFORD BRIDGE.
December 3 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton go to Chelsea, where the club has many friends, and they are assured of a warm welcome from their many supporters in London. The Stamford Bridge side is not as strong as it was but the present eleven is a capable one, calculated to test Everton to the full. The advent of Geldard at outside right appears to have added new zest to the champions' forward line, and with greater support this young player is likely to develop into a first rate performer of the Chedgzoy type. In view of the fact that he is new to his colleagues style of play, he has done remarkably well so far. He will have a partner today in Dunn, who is a tactician, and the wing player ought not to lack opportunity. Everton may be depended on to make a bold bid in their effort to secure a good start to the heavy programme ahead. Teams: - Everton; - Sagar, Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Chelsea: - Woodley; Barber, Law; Russell, O'Dowd, Ferguson; Crawford, Rankin, Gallacher, Miller, Pront.
EVERTON SPARKLE AT CHELSEA.
December 3 1932. Evening Express, Football Edition
Chance Shot Gives Pensioner's Lead.
By the Pilot.
Everton met Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with Dunn at inside right. I hear hopes are entertained that Charlie Gee, the champions' international centre-half, who is recovering from an operation for cartilage trouble, will be playing again in a fortnight. This is good news . Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Chelsea: - Woodley, goal; Barber, and Law; backs; Russell, O'Dowd (captain), and Ferguson, half-backs; Crawford, Rankin, Gallacher, Miller, and Pront, forwards. Referee Mr. A. W. Barton (Repton).
Gallacher weaved a pretty spell at the start before Dunn sent up a fine pass for Dean to chase. Dean ran at top speed and outstripped the backs, but found the ball came away to the right, and his shot on the run passed over. It was a good try. Johnson was fouled, and when Dunn got going again Stein enabled him to beat O'Dowd, and Dean flashed a shot across the goal with the crowd shouting “goal”! The Champions kept up the pressure after good defensive work by Williams, and after Geldard's centre had been partially cleared, Johnson turned the ball outside when taking a “pot shot.”
Next a thrill in Everton's goalmouth. A sweeping centre from Crawford was headed over the top by Cresswell, who had to take a risk with Gallacher looming large. The Everton left wing, and Dean's back-header found an opening for Dunn, whose shot passed over in front of Woodley. One thing, the Blues' forwards were shooting at every opportunity. Moreover, the champions were playing great football, finding their men with good judgement. Chelsea had luck when Dean raced ahead and hooked the ball over Woodley. It seemed a goal, but the ball struck Woodley on the shoulder. The champions participated in a heading duel in the home goal without Woodley being troubled. The 40,000 spectators cheered the evergreen Cresswell. Everton were making football look easy. Johnson was doing brilliant work, and now tried to interpass with Dean. The pace of the ball beat them, and Geldard placed into Woodley's hands. At last Gallacher got his wings going, and Sagar had to run out to pick up.
Geldard Brought Down.
Sagar had to gather a sharp one from Crawford, while White, in trying to headaway a free kick by Law, sliced the ball and it passed by the post for a corner. Geldard was racing down, the wing when Russell brought him down. Dean tried to head in from the free kick. Then Geldard's low shot found Woodley at home. Away raced Prout to flash a low centre across the gaol with Gallacher trying to back heel the ball into the net. Miller tried to fist the ball through after a free kick for hands against Cresswell, but the referee did not see it and Prout forced Sagar to fist round the post. Now for Geldard's favourite move. He went past Law to the goal line, and turned, the ball back for Dunn to crash it against the bar and over.
Chelsea Gain The Lead.
Galalcher went through in dangerous fashion after Thomson had dallied, but fired wide. In 35 minutes Rankin gave Chelsea the lead. Everton had been hard pressed, with White heading the wrong way, when from a thrown-in the ball appeared to beat Everton, and went to Rankin, standing on the edge of the penalty area. Rankin's chance shot found the corner of the net, with Sagar absolutely unsighted. This lead was undeserved.
Then Chelsea had a wonderful escape, law tried to pass back to Woodley, but Dean gained possession and shot with Barber in attendance. The ball hit the post and rolled across the goal to the oncoming Stein, who with all the goal to shoot at placed over the top. There were thrills in plenty Crawford got through with Everton appealing for offside, and banged a hard shot against the bar. Rankin hit the ball first time, and missed by inches.
Half-time Chelsea 1 Everton 0
Everton should not have been behind at the interval. Although they were shooting with greater frequency, they had missed chances.
Everton Lose First half Vim
Lone Goal Gains Chelsea the Points.
Chelsea were penned in their half on resuming, but Woodley was untroubled. Dean and Barber were injured in a collision, but were able to resume. When Stein centred to the goal mouth, Woodley missed the ball, but Chelsea covered so well that the Everton inside forwards could not scramble the ball through. Play deteriorated as compared with the thrilling first half. Chelsea looked like increasing their lead when Gallacher shot from an angle.
Sagar Great save.
It seemed a certain goal, but Sagar plunged himself full length, and while travelling through the air-caught the ball with the skill of an Ames to make the save of his life. The first Everton shot of the half saw Stein hit dean's pass on the drop and aim straight at Woodley. Thomson drove wide of the post, but Everton were not playing one whit as well as previously, falling against resolute tackling. Sagar made a good save off Miller, and then after Geldard had carried out an opening for Dunn, the inside right slipped up at the crucial moment. There was a curious incident when Gallacher raced ahead from an offside position, drew Sagar, beat him, and Sagar pulled him down in the penalty area. Instead of giving a decision, the referee spoke to a linesman, and then gave Gallacher offside. Everton returned to the attack and Dunn was pushed in the back before Stein shot across the goal. Geldard's drive was fisted high and out by Woodley. From the corner, Law kicked dean's header off the line. The champions were staging a revival, and Dean shot a few feet wide of the post. Final Result Chelsea 1 Everton 0.
EVERTON RES V HUDDERSFIELD TOWN RES
December 3 1932. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Everton tried P. Griffiths in the centre but the experiment during the first half was barely successful. The Blues took the lead through Cunliffe, and later Gourty added a second goal. One of the few features was a great run by Lukes, who beat several opponents before delivering a drive, which Coggins saved brilliantly. Near the interval Williams scored for Huddersfield. Half time Everton 2 Huddersfield 1.
CHELSEA 1 EVERTON 0
December 5 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's Fault at Chelsea.
How an “Open Goal” was Missed.
By “Bee.” Everton gave the Chelsea club a fright. They started off in a measure and a step suggestive that they would repeat their famous “nine” against the London side. The work leading up to goal was fascinating, not too clever, and more inclined to practicability. Near goal Everton have their moments when they are not shot shy, but they place the ball, believing that the close in shot of half shot is more sure of gaining a goal than a blazing trial. These efforts near goal, after fine work leading up to the easy position failed. And they failed in unusual manner. Dunn hit the crossbar with a sharp shot, Dean caught Woodley, the goalkeeper in distress failing badly indeed, and Dean placed the ball obliquently so that no one could say him nay. The gaping goal was there, but an upright turned the ball out of goal. Stein running up could have walked the ball into the goal, but the desire was there to crash the goal. He failed; sent the ball high over.
The result of this was a fall away by a side that had weaved its way through the opposition with a degree of ease that suggested a walk-away victory. Stein lost his nerve, perhaps through the memory of his miss; and by sure and steady stages the Chelsea people gained confidence, and their backs, who had been passed as if they were not there, began to do well, none more so than Law. However, the game was still there for the asking if Everton could have pulled themselves together and made some definite shooting near goal. Woodley again faltered, and again paid no penalty for his mistaken handing of the ball. Meanwhile Chelsea had scored by their tricky forward Rankin, whose shot seemed to go through a bundle of players. Sagar being unsighted. One goal to a side that used to collect nines and forget two's and three's should have been insufficient, but Everton this season cannot be so good as a year in their prime.
Lack of Wisdom.
There came into the Everton forward line a lack of wisdom; they did not combine until late in the game, when there was a return to their best style, the working of the ball and the use of the triangle on either wing. Here it was that Geldard, the Bradford player looked into the view; he got some nice passes from Britton, and succeeded in his run dribble and shot, albeit he had no goal to show for his labours. Geldard was not unemployed, but the formation of the right wing led to him being kept inactive for many moments, and at times we had the curious spectacle of Cresswell playing in front of Johnson –while Britton might go up to the right wing flank and become a temporary forward. The strange feature of Everton's attack was that dean mastered O'Dowd for nine-tenths of the game, and that should have indicated a forward-policy. The reverse was the case. Everton's attack was not together, and so it had two-sided faults lack of combination, and lack of fiery finish. Dunn drove in some long shots as well as hit the crossbar, but by and by the wretched luck Everton had suffered in their beautiful twenty minutes opening play was forgotten by the remembrance that Chelsea had some misfortunes, and one time Sagar pulled Gallacher by the body and jersey when the little man was clean through. No one knew whether Gallacher was offside or not, and the referee, a schoolmaster from Hepton, decided to ask a linesman. Then the verdict went Everton's way, which was fortunate, because it is not a seemly sight for any goalkeeper to tug a forward down when all else looks like failing.
However, Sagar had other phases of play, and his most notable was when Gallacher veered towards the right wing and drove in a perfect shot. The crowd thought they saw the ball enter the net; the players thought it had entered the net; Sagar falling sideways not only cllared the ball, but kept his feet, and cleared the decks for further action. This was an outstanding save, typically clean, as is all Sagar's work, a remark that cannot be applied to Woodley, who was cumbersome and erratic in his courses. The game had many flashes of interest, and never really lost its grip because there was only one goal to rub off or for Chelsea to make larger, and there was a rally by Everton in the closing stages. The equaliser did not arrive; and Everton must take blame for not having taken a lead in ten minutes when three easy chances came their way. The work of Ben Williams at full back was masterly in its construction and destruction; his tackling together with the artistic work of Britton prevented that side of Chelsea's side being considered in the light of able. Gallacher was dandy worker, and though he argued and appealed for all sorts of aid from the referee, he was best when he was keeping the ball close and when making his big shot already refereed to.
Cresswell did many brilliant things, notably in heading, but late on Pearson, an awkward little fellow on the wing, got through many times. Everton were curiously unbalanced in some respect, and though none of them played badly, yet there was not the sting necessary in the attack, and White at centre half-back was beat when he was charging his way through as a heavy run. He took a free kick right on time near the penalty spot and though he got the ball through to the goal line there was not much sting in the drive of the dead ball. Dunn was brought in vice McGourty, and artistically as he played he was not exactly successfully, yet the blame cannot be thrown upon one shoulder. Dean was best of the forwards, with Geldard giving another promising display and adding shot, too. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Chelsea: - Woodley, goal; Barber, and Law; backs; Russell, O'Dowd (captain), and Ferguson, half-backs; Crawford, Rankin, Gallacher, Miller, and Pront, forwards. Referee Mr. A. W. Barton (Repton).
EVERTON RESERVES 5 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN RESERVES 2
December 5 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 17)
Everton experienced little difficulty in so decisively defeating the Yorkshire side. Cunliffe opened Everton's score and McGourty added a second. Williams following a good wing run reduced the lead. The winners monopolised the second half pressure, and Turner and Griffiths (p) (2) added further Everton goals, while Mountford with a penalty helped to reduce the margin. Common was a conspicuous. Everton defender behinds a good intermediate line . Everton: - Coggins, goal; Common and Lowe, backs; McClure, Clark and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Cunliffe, Griffiths (p), McGourty, and Turner, forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Thorpe, goal; Hayes and Mountford, backs; Willingham, Christie, and Spence, half-backs; Williams, Whitham, Smith, Crownsham, and Lukes, forwards. RefereeMr. H. Dedman.
Skelmersdale United 0 Everton “A” 6
Liverpool County Combination.
Skelmerdale sustained their heavies defeat of the season and the rearrangement of their team following their Cup defeat at Aintree last week proved a failure. Stevens, the visiting centre forward, scored 5 of the six goals including the “hat-trick” and he proved himself a most capable leader. Skelmersdale's weakness was in the half-back line. Davies a new inside left from St. Helens, and Townley, inside right from Upholland, both promised well in their first game for Skelmersdale who were rather unlucky not to score in the first half when they had the wind and several times attacked keenly. It was in the second half, when Everton got 5 goals, that the visitors had such marked superiority.
SAGAR'S SAVE OF HIS LIFE.
December 5, 1932. Evening Express.
The “World's Best Goalkeeper” Saw It.
By the Pilot.
Rudolf Hiden, the Austrian goalkeeper, is stated to be the best in the world. At Stamford Bridge on Saturday, however, he and his fellow members of the Austrian touring party saw one piece of goalkeeping that has never been excelled. It happened during Everton's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea, and was performed by Teddy Sagar, the young Everton goalkeeper. If Sagar lives to be a hundred he will never do anything better than this one particularly save. Gallacher shot across the goal with all his accuracy and pace. It looked a million to one a goal, but Sagar literally dived through the air at the yard high ball, caught the ball in two hands, came to earth rolled over and completed his clearance. Gallcher was only one of those present who stood in utter amazement. I single out this incident because I think it will become known as the save of Sagar's life. There was a great deal in this game to thrill and impress, and while the Austrians were not in raptures over the first gimpse of English football in England they appreciated the fact that as a sample it was good.
The first half was splendidly contested with Everton much the superior team. As a matter of fact, as far as field play went, the championship to have won. That they did not was simply due to the fact that once again they failed to finish. Because they failed in this vital function they did not deserve to win. Everton faded out in the second half. The Champions' attack was not satisfactory. Dunn in his anxiety to succeed tried to do too much in getting the ball to the goalmouth. Consequently, Geldards, undoubtedly Everton's best forward, was completely starved for long periods. Britton was the outstanding half-back. The backs were granted, and Sagar the perfect player. Dunn was an improvement on McGourty, and if he will collaborate with Geldard, the wing should do well.
ARMY 0 EVERTON 4
December 6 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Beat The Army
Soldiers Interested in Soccer Stars.
By “Bee.” Everton had the Army “on the run” yesterday at Aldershot, and beat their football side by 4 goals without reply from a rather unbalanced line of soldier attackers, who were attackers in name only, if one excepted the centre-forward. The army men took a deep interest in the personalities of play, and though they encourage their own “cloth” by their shouts, they did not let any neat step escape their eagle eye, and eventually they voted the Everton side a very able one. Their drawing power was evinced by the fact the gate realised nearly £200, practically all from “Tommies” and this figure was well ahead of the attendance that had seen Aston Villa play there. Aldershot is full to overflowing with football pitches (over a hundred), and the one Everton played on looked perfect, but as it had been used for Rugby the day before it is perhaps not surprising there should have been complaints that the ball “kicked” a good deal, and at half-time there was a call for a new ball, as the one in use was “soft.”
Tour of Inspection.
A military band accompanied the spectators during the intervals and before and after play, and in the morning the players of Everton, witnessed a remarkably good exhibition of physical training by the Army experts. At midday General Sir Charles Harrington, who has done everything to make the Tommy realise the value of athletic, and football in particular, showed the visitors round the cricket ground, and entertained the directors and players at dinner. His expression of thanks to the Everton club for their attendance, and the aid they had lent in giving the soldier expert football, was deeply appreciated. Mr. W. C. Cuff, chairman of the Everton club, thanked the Army members for their kindly consideration, and said the football clubs were ever keen to help such cases of schemes. The game was won without effort. But the soldiers never once gave up the belief, and hope, that they could get at least a goal against their superior opponents. Dean (2), Johnson, and Dunn got goals, and at half-time there were 3 arrayed against the Army. Naturally such an exhibition must reveal the touch of class against the amateurism of the Army, but it was the Army officials who said “Thank you!” At the finish.
Fine Clean Game.
The display against them, they said, would do the soldiers good, physically and mentally, and in a sporting sense. There was not a foul all day and the air was clear and bright –sunlight really too blinding at times –and the game was a success in every way, and enjoyed by those who played it and those who looked on. The main call, of course, was for “Dixie” but the fancies centre-forward evinced no desire to do anything more than be a provider. There was heatness in everything that was done, and Geldard, the new boy, was able to show us his place, his trick, his old fashioned and new style of cutting through by means of brainy football. It is necessary to go into detail. Suffice it to write that good work was done by the visiting team, and the soldiers gathered from all parts of the country, even as far off as Catterick, enjoyed their unusual experience. Teams: - Sagar, goal; Bocking and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Army: - Petit, goal; Dallas and Buckley, backs; Dennis, Rogers and Hormill, half-backs; Izzard, Machin, Austin, Bennett and Curtis, forwards. Referee Mr. Corporal Allen (R.A.S.C).
EX-CHAIRMAN OF EVERTON F.C. SHARP EXCHANGES BANKRUPTCY COURT
Dundee Courier - Wednesday 07 December 1932
Questions Regarding Friendship with Typist Questions by the Official Receiver led to sharp exchanges in Liverpool Bankruptcy Court yesterday, when the public examination William Robert Clayton, a former chairman of Everton Football Club, was closed. Mr Clayton carried business as forwarding agent at Liverpool. Swansea, and Hanley, and his statement affairs showed a deficiency of £9255. Replying to the Official Receiver (Mr James Allcorn) Mr Clayton Said that left his wife in October 1931 and entered into agreement to pay her £3 a week. He paid this until the bankruptcy notice was served. Mr Clayton added, "I have written her through solicitor, and it would be the greatest joy of life buy an annuity or her and forget her. I shall pay her and give her what I can as soon as I can." The Official Receiver —Where are you living now? Clayton—Wherever I can lay head. I have no permanent address. I have friends who appreciate me. I am not going to tell anyone the address the friends who are kind to me. “Your Late Typist “The Receiver—You mean your late typist? Mr Clayton)—You. Keep her name out. I won't have it. I expect you to be an English gentleman and apologise for what you said last time. When the Receiver again referred to the typist Mr Clayton said —f* Will you kindly keep names out? You insulted her last time. I am going to take action. “After an honourable business career forty years, to be brought to this is scandalous. Now I don't care if I drop down dead. She has been good friend to me. I don't want her name mixed up with filthy proceedings." Mr Clayton related an incident with reference to his typist, which, he said, occurred his office. “She said. ' You are looking very depressed, and I know you have got lot of bills of lading and cannot get them without money. Will you kindly accept this to help you over? I looked to see what she had, and was a roll of notes. I refused to accept the money. She asked me again the next day, and I took £200 from her." Questions were asked about cheques for £500 and £1131 made payable banks, but Mr Clayton said that he could not now say what they were for. They might have been in connection with speculations of his friends. I have passed through five years of hell," he declared before left the witness-box.
EX-CHAIRMAN OF EVERTON F.C.
Dundee Courier - Wednesday 07 December 1932
SHARP EXCHANGES BANKRUPTCY COURT
Questions Regarding Friendship with Typist Questions by the Official Receiver led to sharp exchanges in Liverpool Bankruptcy Court yesterday, when the public examination William Robert Clayton, a former chairman of Everton Football Club, was closed. Mr Clayton carried business as forwarding agent at Liverpool, Swansea, and Hanley, and his statement affairs showed a deficiency of £9255. Replying to the Official Receiver (Mr James Allcorn) Mr Clayton Said that left his wife in October 1931 and entered into agreement to pay her £3 a week. He paid this until the bankruptcy notice was served. Mr Clayton added, "I have written her through solicitor, and it would be the freatest joy of life buy an annuity or her and forget her. I shall pay her and give her what I can as soon as I can." The Official Receiver —Where are you living now? Clayton—Wherever I can lay my head. I have no permanent address. I have friends who appreciate me. I am not going to tell anyone the address of the friends who are kind to me. " Your Late Typist " The Receiver—You mean your late typist ? Mr Clayton—You keep her name out. I won't have it. I expect you to be an English gentleman and apologise for what you said last time. When the Receiver again referred to the typist Mr Clayton said — Will you kindly keep her names out? You insulted her last time. I am going to take action. " After an honourable business career forty years, to be brought to this is scandalous. Now I don't care if I drop down dead. She has been good friend to me. I don't want her name mixed up with filthy proceedings." Mr Clayton related an incident with reference to his typist, which, he said, occurred his office. " She said. ' You are looking very depressed, and I know you have got lot of bills of lading and cannot get them without money. Will you kindly accept this to help you over? I looked to see what she had, and was a roll of notes. I refused to accept the money. She asked me again the next day, and I took £200 from her." Questions were asked about cheques for £500 and £1131 made payable banks, but Mr Clayton said that he could not now say what they were for. They might have been in connection with speculations of his friends. I have passed through five years of hell," he declared before left the witness-box.
WALES CAP BEN WILLIAMS AGAIN
December 8 1932, Liverpool Post and Mercury
Ben Williams played for Wales in a 4-1 win against Ireland in front of 8,500 at Wrexham at the Racecourse ground.
December 9, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The visit of Huddersfield Town to Goodison Park to engage Everton in a League match, tomorrow, is bound to prove a big attractive, for the Yorkshire club are always prime favourities on Merseyside. Of the eleven games played at Goodison Park the Town have secured 13 points as the result of four victories and five drawn games. The results of these meetings (Everton's score reading first) are: - 0-0, 6-2, 1-1, 1-1, 0-2, 2-3, 0-0, 2-2, 0-2 and 4-1. So far the campaign Huddersfield have secured 21 points for 17 games, and occupy the fifth place in the chart. Everton will field the team, which opposed Chelsea last week, viz: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Everton Reserves meet Burnley in a Central league match at Turf Moor, and the Goodison park club will be represented by Holdcroft; Bocking, Lowe; McClure, Clark, Archer; Critchley, Cunliffe, Griffiths, McGourty, Turner.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME.
December 9 1932. Evening Express.
Everton Have Not Won There for Two Months!
But They Hold A Ground Record
By the Pilot
In London or Provinces
Where'er we may roam,
We often win matches –
But we can't win at home.
This will be a suitable song for Everton unless they change their tune. For two solid months their supporters have not seen the Blues win a game at Goodison Park. This is one of the longest home runs without a victory since the season 1929-30, when Everton were relegated. Can they break the spell tomorrow? If they succeed it will be a triumph worth waiting for. Huddersfield Town, the visitors are one of the best combinations in the League. Huddersfield have figured in some remarkable matches this season. They have defeated some of the best teams in the competition, and yet failed at home to Blackburn Rovers 3-0 and to Blackpool 1-0. The Town are fifth from the top in the League, with 21 points from 17 matches. Of nine away games they have won four and drawn two.
Unbeaten at Home.
Everton have three points less than the Yorkshiremen, and hold the distinction of being the only team in the First Division, with the exception of Sheffield Wednesday, of having an unbeaten home record. The Everton directors, at their meeting last night, decided to make no team change, so Dunn makes his first home appearance since September 17. Everton's only fault in recent games has been lack of penetrative power. If they improve in this direction tomorrow they should win. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Huddersfield Town:- (Probable). Turner; Goodall, Roughton; Carr, Young, Dodgin; Bott, Hine, Bungay, McLean, Smith.
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December 10 1932, Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Huddersfield Town provide the opposition at Everton, and here a great tussle is promised, Huddersfield are still a power and they are running close to the leaders, and with Everton anxious to resume their home victories a display worthy of the occasion is anticipated. There are several outstanding players on the visitors' side, notably Goodall and W. H. Smith, the veteran wing forward who has so often done well here. The kick off is at 2.15. Sportsmen have always contributed generously to the Goodfellow Fund, and I am sure the thousands of enthusiasts who attend Goodison Park this afternoon will give this worthy cause their whole-hearted support either to the collectors who carry boxes, of by throwing their contribution on the ground sheets. More than ever does the Goodfellow Fund require your coppers (or silver), and remember, every penny you give is spent on parcels of food. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Huddersfield Town: - Turner; Goodall (or Mountford); Houghton, Willingham, Young, Campbell (or Carr); Luke, McLean, Bugay, Hine, Smith.
EVERTON PASSING BAFFLES TOWN.
December 10 1932. Evening Express.
White's First Goal of the Season.
By the Pilot. Huddersfield Town were at Goodison Park, where they had collected points fairly regularly. Everton had not won at home for two months, but were undefeated on the ground. Roy Goodall suffered an injury in the Austria match and Mountford took his place at right back for the Town. Dunn was again at inside right as partner Geldard. Teams; - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Turner, goal; Mountford and Roughton, backs; Willingham, Young and Campbell, half-backs; Luke, McLean, Bungay, Hine and Smith, forwards. Referee Mr. A. H. Kingscott (Long Eaton). It was a dull misty day, the light being poor. The ground had been well sanded.
Hine provided the first thrill, running through to shoot wide, with Sagar dashing across on the heavy going. The ball ran luckily for Everton, and Dean was able to send Geldard away for the winger to send straight across to Stein. As Stein was about to head in Willingham intercepted and the Town escaped, as they did when Turner fisted the corner kick away from Dean. Cresswell and White figured in a mix up, but McLean saved the day for Everton by placing yards outside. Everton threatened danger with corner kicking, but with no shot forth coming. Hine was fouled on the edge of the penalty area, and taking the kick himself shot by the post.
Everton Take Lead.
In seven minutes Everton took the lead, White scoring his first goal of the season. Everton had a throw in near the corner flag, and Britton centred as soon as he received the ball back. It was pushed away from goal, but White came in at top speed and found the roof of the net with a glorious left foot shot. Dean was faring well against Young, and now helped Geldard to a tasty offering. Turner was there with a double handed punch and Johnson swiftly headed the ball towards goal, but it passed just beyond the far post. Everton were having the better of the game, their precise attack often catching the visiting defence spread-eagled. Johnson sent Geldard away from Dunn was able to test Turner high up. From Stein's corner Dean outjumped Turner, and his header was speeding to the net when Mountford headed out from the goal line. Thomson tried to emulate White, but his shot was charged down. Little was seen of Huddersfield at this stage, and Everton progressed with the short-passing game. Turner cut out several dangerous centres, and a free kick. There was a deal of long passing by Everton. Geldard was a live wire in Everton's attack, even Billy Smith had to drop back in an endeavour to stop the Yorkshireman.
Young almost conceded a second goal by jumping to head a ball, which Turner had well covered. White became a marksman again, but the ball struck Young, who gave Everton the “dummy” in cute style before completing his clearance. Stein was allowed to go away when offside and his centre was missed by Turner and Dean. Dunn tried a shot with success. Bungay was going through when Williams used the sliding tackle to bring him down just outside the penalty area. Bungay was injured, and Johnson, who had wrenched a knee, received attention at the same time. Hine's free kick flashed inches over the bar. Everton had a narrow escape when Luke's centre was misjudged and Britton had to fling himself in the way of Hine's shot. The ball was returned, and again Hine found his shooting path blocked. Stein should have shot after Dean's worrying tactics had brought him the openings. When he tried to centre he was over the line.
Ball Control Difficult.
The football became more scrambling than accurate and often the Town defence became haphazard. Both teams were finding it difficult to control the greasy ball on the heavy turf. Stein was going through when Mountford appeared to nudge him off the ball. Geldard gave White a chance, but the ball was whipped away to the right for Stein to cross a real good ball, which Dunn hit on the drop with his left foot and placed Everton two up right on the interval.
Half-time Everton 2, Huddersfield Town 0
Although the game had opened well it had become scrappy, and Everton on the strength of their pressure should have had more goals. The two goals they had obtained had proved that first time shooting is the best policy.
EVERTON 2 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0
December 12 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Back To Winning Form
Johnson and Geldard Prominent.
Everton have got back to winning ways; they defeated Huddersfield Town by 2 goals to nothing, their first victory at Goodison since October 8 th , when they defeated Blackpool. Everton won well. They were worth their victory because of their first half display, when they were so much on top of the Town that the latter's forward line was rarely in the picture. Time and again Mountford and Roughton were all at sea. They did not quite know how to deal with Everton's style of play. Then Turner in goal was prone to leave his goal, and if Everton had taken full toll of their chances, their goal crop would have been much bigger.
The Elusive Geldard.
White and Dunn scored the Everton goals, but the opportunities were there for the others for the taking. Shooting, however, has not been one of Everton's strong points in recent games, although I saw more punch in this game than many others out Goodison way. Dean, of course, got little chance. Young was opposed to him, and Young is the Roberts of the Huddersfield side. He stood alongside Dean almost throughout, and invariably took the passes intended for the Everton leader. Still, Dean played his part in that he kept things moving smoothly, and Geldard had such a brilliant half that Huddersfield became nervous of him, and three men were often sent out to check his progress. The secret of Geldard's success was that he could pull out more than one trick to beat his man, and beat him he did times without number. Huddersfield found the middle-piece closed down to them for the inside men would persist in keeping the ball too close and this played right into the hands –or feet –of White, who was just as successful as Young in the master of holding down the centre forward. Such being the case, most of the clever bits of play were confined to the wings, and if Smith had been in anything like his old form things would have gone hard for Everton, for Smith had chances galore. Hine was the best forward, and Sagar made some fine saves from him.
Everton's first half display was distinctly good. There was accurate passing, cleverly conceived movements, but not nearly the number of shots there should have been. Johnson did not attempt many, but his passes to the respective wings were a joy to watch. Stein had an in-and-out sort of match. At times he did well; at others he was as a novice; yet it was he who provided the centre from which Dunn crashed the ball into the net. Dunn hit the ball on the volley and the ball sped into the net like lighting. White's got was indirectly due to Turner leaving his position. Turner had come out to stop Johnson, but only made a half clearance; patting the ball out to White, who whipped the ball into the unguarded net. Smith missed a good chance, but Sagar saved later from the winger and Hine.
Wingmen Change Places.
In the Second Half Huddersfield rearranged their forward line. Smith crossed over to outside right and Luke to outside left, Smith showed up well for a quarter of an hour, but once Thomson got used to his style he was held. Still, there was a sign of a distinct improvement in the Town's display, but their old fault showed itself when they got to close quarters. They wanted to dribble or pass. Cresswell and Williams as a pair have no superior in First Division football. Williams has the trace of “devil” necessary, and Cresswell the finesse –a grand combination in two backs. The half-backs were good Thomson even outpaced Smith, and Britton is proving that his football skill is well above the average and there is no suggestion of lack of stamina as some people have led one to believe. Dunn made some good passes and some ball ones. Geldard and Johnson were the pick of the front line. Sagar is not far removed from the best goalkeeper in the land. His catching of a ball going away from him was excellent, but he took a risk when he dived at the feet of Luke. He probably saved a goal, but he was fortunate to escape serious injury. Teams: - Teams; - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Turner, goal; Mountford and Roughton, backs; Willingham, Young and Campbell, half-backs; Luke, McLean, Bungay, Hine and Smith, forwards. Referee Mr. A. H. Kingscott (Long Eaton).
The collected for the Goodfellow Fund amounted to £40.19s.
BURNLEY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 2
December 12 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 18)
Everton Reserves ought to have won their game at Burnley with the numerous chances they had. They played the better football against their more energetic opponents, but they failed to finish as cleverly. Griffiths and Cunliffe missed some easy chances, but the former did score once in each half. Burnley twice lost the lead. Given them through Smith and Mee. Honours were were deservedly shared. Everton: - Holdcroft, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; McClure, Clark, and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Cunliffe, Griffiths (p), McGourty, and Turner forwards.
A HOME WIN THROUGH BETTER SHOOTING.
December 12 1932. Evening Express.
Everton can win at home! They did it on Saturday for the first time in two months, but if they shone it was chiefly by comparison with a poor Huddersfield display. Everton won principally because they shot more often than they have done in recent games. Both goals were the result of first time efforts. I made a special note of the number or real shots directed at the Town goal. In the first half exactly 12 real shots –I discount half volleys and those which would have had no effect had they reached goal –and two brought goals. In the second half nine shots were directed to the Town goal. Now 21 efforts –commendable efforts –bring two goals, is a decided improvement, and proves that the Champions are setting out to remedy their main defect. Two shots scored, and I say without fear that any of the remaining 19 might easily have produced goals against a less able goalkeeper than Turner.
I do not suggest that Everton's display against Huddersfield was convincing. They were the better team, but a great deal of the football was indifferent almost scrappy. Still, I think that had the Town not been such strong defenders Everton would have won a bigger margin. Roughton, their left back, was the best back on the field. Huddersfield contributed to their downfall by endeavoring to dribble the ball into the net. Sagar made two or three brilliants saves but was for the most part a spectator, and Williams took the defensive honours, Cresswell being poor with his kicking. White was a stumbling block to Bungay and company, but Thomson was the best intermediate. Except for the first 15 minutes Dean was well held by a great defensive half back in Young, who flung his body and feet here, there and everywhere to stop passes and shots. The Everton forward honours went to Geldard and Johnson, though Dunn's inclusion brought improvement to the line. He was a live wire.
EVERTON'S VISITED TO SHEFFIELD
December 14 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton visit Sheffield United on Saturday and have a stiff task, for the United have secured nine points out of the last five games, including victories over Derby County at home and West Bromwich Albion and Blackpool away. Everton won at Sheffield last season by five goals to one, but this term their away form has not been convincing, and they have lost six and drawn one of their nine “out” fixtures, the wins being gained at Newcastle and Middlesbrough and the draw at Leicester. The team that beat Huddersfield Town on Saturday will again do duty at Sheffield, the side chosen last night being: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
The Return of Gee.
Gee, the Everton centre-half, who has been out of the side through cartilage trouble will play for the reserves at Goodison park, on Saturday against Preston North End in the Central league fixture. The team is: - Holdcrof t; Bocking, Lowe; McClure, Gee, Artcher; Crithcley, Cunliffe. Griffiths, McGiurty, Turner.
GEE! IT'S GOOD NEWS.
December 14 1932. Evening Express.
Everton's Pivot to be Tested on Saturday.
By the Pilot.
Gee may be fit enough to return to centre half in Everton's League team on Saturday week. That is good news for Everton. He has so far recovered from his unfortunate knee injury that he is to indulge in a “run out” in the Central League eleven against Preston North End at Goodison Park on Saturday. Everything depends on how he shapes in the match. Gee's injury has been one of the biggest hits the champions have experienced this year. He damaged a knee at the back-end of last season, and was under treatment from specialists during the summer. He took his place in the team for the opening match against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. He appeared to be quite all right during the first half, but broke down in the second and has not played since. Some time later he was operated on for cartilage trouble. Gee has been in training for two or three weeks.
First X1 Unchanged.
Meanwhile, the first team who visit to Sheffield United, will be unchanged. Last season Everton gave one of their best displays of the season at Bramell lane, winning in brilliant fashion by 5-1. The victory came at the beginning of Everton's wonderful victory run. The United have not been such a potent force this season as last, until the last month when they have struck a winning vein. At the moment they are 13 th on the league ladder. They have obtained 17 points, from 18 matches, whereas the champions have 20 points from a similar number of games. The United have played eight home matches, winning four, losing three, and drawing one. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The reserve team will include no fewer than eight players with first team experience, and Phil Griffiths is being tried again at centre forward. Everton Reserves: - Holdcroft, Bocking, Lowe; McClure, Gee, Archer; Critchley, Cunliffe, Griffiths, McGourty, Turner.
Everton's Cup-tie Arrangement.
The Everton directors, at their meeting last night, decided to deter the consideration of whether the Everton team shall be sent for special Cup-tie training until next week. Tickets for the Champions' F. A. Cup third round tie with Leicester City at Filbert Street, on January 14, will be on sale on and after Wednesday next, December 21. There will be for reserved seats at 3s 6d, and 3s. Leicester City have arranged for unreserved grand stand seats at 2s 4d; enclosures prices will be 2s and 1 s 6d and the ground is. A special excursion tram will be run from Liverpool.
THINKING THE BALL INTO THE NET.
December 14 1932. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
The Arsenal contend that they won the Football Association Cup Final of 1930 simply by the exploitation of pre-conceived tactics, and many times since that game I have heard people propound the argument that football matches can be won in the dressing room. This, I think, is too sweeping a statement. Anyone who watches as many matches as I do will agree that it is the unexpected happening that give the game the grip it has on the public. At the same time plans made beforehand or during a match do effect the run of the play, and often lead to victory. There was an incident of this kind in the Everton versus Middlesbrough match at Aresome Park, this season. Everton had a new outside-right in Albert Geldard, who had just arrived from Bradford, and his colleagues knew nothing of his mode of play. Nothing could be pre-arranged, but Geldard's clubmates studied his play in the opening half. The captain, Dixie Dean, noticed that Geldard had a trick of cutting in towards the goal line, and then placing the ball back along the ground, which enabled an in-running forward to shoot. During the interval Dean laid his plans. He himself refused to go to the inside position next to Geldard because he knew one or two defenders would be shadowing him. So Dean took up the position by the far goal post as if anticipating an ordinary centre, but told Johnson, the inside left, to cross over ready to accept Geldard's back pass. The plan operated admirably, Johnson got one goal from the inside right position, and Everton won by two goals to nil.
EVERTON AT BRAMELL LANE.
December 16, 1932. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
The main reason why Everton's away record is not good is that the forwards have failed to finish in a convincing manner. On practically every occasion they have enjoyed as much of the game as their opponents, yet lost points of missing easy openings. Tomorrow they visit Bramell-lane to engage Sheffield United, and I hope the weakness will be remedied. If Everton will concentrate on quick-shooting I believe they will win. Last season Everton gave their best away display at Bramell-lane, when they won in brilliant fashion by five goals to one. On that occasion they were deadly in their shooting. I hope they are in the same mood tomorrow. The United have lost three games at Bramell-lane this season and drawn another, while their season's record is 17 points from 18 matches. Everton will play the eleven, which defeated Huddersfield, and Sheffield rely on the team which won 3-0 at Blackpool last Saturday. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White and Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Sheffield United: - Smith; Thorpe, Green; Sampy, Holmes, Hall; Williams, Barclay, Dunne, Pickering, Oswald.
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EVERTON AT SHEFFIELD
December 17 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton trvael to Bramell-lane to meet Sheffield United, who have done well of late and won at Blackpool last week. Everton may expect to find them at their best. The team have had some stiff struggles in the past and today's game is not likely to be an exception to the rule. If Everton are to take a leading place it is time they were getting into the fighting line, and their supporters hope that last week's success over Huddersfield Town will be followed by a least a point today. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Sheffield United; - Smith; Thorpe, Green; Sampy, Holmes, Hall; Williams, Barclay, Dunne, Pickering, Oswald.
THOMSON'S FIRST GOAL FOR EVERTON.
December 17 1932. Evening Express. Football Edition.
Blues Rally After Being Two Down.
By the Pilot.
Everton faced Sheffield United at Bramell-lane today. I hear there is a possibility of the Austrians playing at Goodison Park. Teams : - Sheffield United: - Smith, goal; Thorpe and Green, backs; Sampy, Holmes, and Hall, half-backs; Williams, Barclay, Dunne, Pickering and Oswald, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, half-backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. E. R. Westwood (Walsall).
Everton had a remarkable experience, for in six minutes, they found themselves two goals to the bad. They had been prominent with excellent forward work, in which the combination was exact. Stein placed on the roof of the net, then Smith had to save from Dunn and Geldard. In the United's first serious attack they took the lead. When Williams was boring in following a close up thrown in, Cresswell slipped to the ground. He was so slow in getting up, and Williams was able to cut in and middle a low centre, which Oswald promptly banged into the net. Two minutes later Everton met with another reverse. Cresswell was sadly at fault in judging a high ball near the touch line, and Barclay headed in and raced well clear without opposition. He ran close in and shot. Though Sagar touched the ball, it glanced off his hand into the net. Everton fought back with rare determination, White, Dunn and Johnson delivering shots from the edge of the penalty area. The Champions were now having more of the game, and Dean bundled Smith into the net, but was penalised. From Stein's second corner, Smith fisted away as Dean again pulled up for alleged pushing.
A strong cross wind made ball control difficult, but Everton continued to have the balance of play, although hardly looking as dangerous as when Dunne headed just outside from Oswald, and when Williams ran through for Sagar to pull down his centre, lose the ball, and make a splendid recovery. Oswald got away on his own, but Sagar came out to block the shot in fine style, Williams made some glorious interventions to set Everton on the move, and then Dean got his toe under a ball and it flew over the net. Oswald struck the side netting after Williams had misjudged the fight of the ball, and Stein should have scored following good work by Geldard.
First League Goal.
Everton reduce the lead in 29 minutes, when Jock Thomson scored his first Football League goal and the second by an Everton half back this season. Britton took over from Geldard to cross a menacing centre. The ball was edged away, and it was a question whether White or Thomson took possession. Thomson got there first, took three steps forwards, and placed a beautiful shot into the roof of the net. He was warmly congratulated by his colleagues on this great goal. Everton proceeded to do the work, and Dunn went close with a sharp drive. Dean ran forward to Stein's lob centre but put the ball over the bar. Dean then almost headed through from Britton's free kick. Johnson had to dodge round the referee to level a low shot, which Smith saved at full length. White's free kick sailed high and wide over the United's goal. A terrific shot from Johnson struck Green in the stomach.
Half-Time Sheffield United 2 Everton 1
Everton had enjoyed most of the play in the first half, and had been shooting much more often than the United, who were a dangerous combination once they got going.
“Blades” Final Thrust Foils Everton
Blues Beaten By Odd Goal.
The Sheffield forwards provided some pretty football at the opening of the second half, and Sagar saved well from Dunne. Dean headed across goal in splendid fashion, but there was no one up to take advantage. Stein tried one after cutting in; Smith saving low down. Dean made a commendable effort from a narrow angle, forcing Smith to concede a corner. Everton should have had a penalty when Green handled, and I throughout Barclay was unfairly sandwiched when trying to bore through to goal.
Dean Races Through.
Dean raced through from Dunn's pass, beating the defence, including Smith with his low centre across goal. It left Stein with nothing else to do but put the ball into the net. There was a real thrill when Dunne raced through on his own, but Sagar advanced and deflected the ball for a corner.
Everton drew level in 75 minutes when Stein made amends for his failures. He raced away to a sweeping pass, out in towards goal, and when tackled by Thorpe beat Smith with a brilliant left foot shot into the top far corner. This was no more than Everton deserved, for they were having much the better of the play territorial. The wind played a part in restoring the United's lead nine minutes from time. Britton conceded a corner, and Oswald's kick was carried into the net by the wind. Final Result Sheffield United 3 Everton 2.
EVERTON RES. V. PRESTON RES.
December 17 1932. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Gee returned after a long absence, but during the first half he was inclined to take things easy. Everton were the better side and early on Critchley sent across a centre which Turner headed through, the Preston keeper being deceived by the flight of the ball. Kerr conceded a corner to prevent Griffiths accepting a pass from Cunliffe. Jones, at the other end, overran the ball when in a good scoring position. Everton lost McGourty through a leg injury, but withoutstanding this the Blues were well on top, and shortly before the interval Griffiths drove in a second goal. Half time Everton Res 2, Preston North End Res 0.
SHEFFIELD UNITED 3 EVERTON 2
December 19 1932 Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Fail In Defence.
Recovery That was Not Continued
Everton met a strangely revived Sheffield United side. They had lost many matches in the early part of the season, and were said to be heading for the Second Division. When they had beaten Everton 3-2 at Bramell-lane they had taken 11 out of the last 12 points possible to them. This revival has been due in part to the fact that Green a half-back of sterling worth, has been risked out of the half-back line and so become what Sheffield most needed; a capable full back. All round, however, Sheffield have caught a confident note, and with Holmes of Prescot, crushing Dean to a point leading to argument's and the referee's intervention Everton would have done well to have drawn this game. The better side won, but a draw could not have led to complaint from Sheffield, because by common consent they would not have got their first goal by Oswald if Cresswell had not had the misfortune to slip down with an easy clearance at his command. This blow came after Everton had shot four times with a sting that suggested they were about to recall their memory of a year ago when they won 5-1.
Lack of Sting.
Everton have gone back since then, and this game served to show that except that while Everton were still attractive, they were not penetrating, and even at outside right, where there was much delicious football craft, there was a lack of sting that promised goals. Everton had a gale of wind helping them early on and they shot admirably. M they got nothing for their value until the half-back, Thomson, scored the first goal he has ever recorded for his English side. But meantime another goal had come –Barclay had scored. The great fight was for an equalising goal, and when Stein had missed one of those terribly simple things so close to goal that one marvels-none more than the shooter –how the ball finds any loft the outside left went on to make amends –if one can do this thing. Stein scored with his best rasping shot.
Hundred to One Chance.
A draw was promised. The light began to fail, and the passes, as always in darkness began to run short through optical illusion, Sheffield United always nippy and compelling in their raids, though not troubling Sagar a great deal, got a corner kick through the simplest of measures. This is the hundred to one scoring chance. The ball taken by Oswald, curled in and over Sagar's arms, and Everton could not rally against this, as each goal had its curious initiation –and Everton by now felt that anything they did would be useless. It was at this time, and, in fact, through the second half that Dunn was doing his best while Dunne, of Sheffield was more determined than Dean, and did not suffer the policemans act that kept Dean subdued. Dean is a curious mixture; his passes went wrong and short, yet I can count four times when he did abnormal thing, and he certainly offered Stein a child like goal, as well as angled his shots to the discomfort of Smith, the able Sheffield goalkeeper. It was fluctuating football, and to recover 2-2 after being 2 down in six minutes was a noteworthy feat. It led the side nowhere, Sheffield scored again –and I think they just deserved their win. They had a lot of spry men in attack, though Pickering appears to have some back since the early season. At half-back Holme had developed into a fine stopper with a great heading propensity, and Green's appearance at half-back has made the other portion of the side secure where there had been insecurity for a matter of years it was fine football, in such elements, for the gale continued to the end, and I imagine the teams playing against or across if found it easier to accommodate than those who imagined it would be easy work playing with the gale at their backs.
A Sharpening up Needed.
Everton played attractively, and the half-back line was especially strong. Sagar was not blameworthy, and Williams revelled those almost hard tackles of his Cresswell was subdued by the goals he helped to make early on and Britton was not excelled on and Britton was not excelled on either side at a half-back. Forward Dunn did best in the second half, and Geldard in the first half, when showed his rare capacity for making a ball do uncommon things. After that his seemingly lazy manner of taking time although in his stride led to him being tackled with resolution and a side as well, so that he was more often on the turf than upright. Johnson schemed for many things and tried hard to get a goal, but the whole line suffered a desire to make a pass for passing's sake. They looked more for the unmarked man than the gaol area. They feel they must deliver the ball rather than the goods. Hence their prettiness does not always promote goal-scoring. It is a fault, a good fault, if you will, but a fault where results are conceded. Everton need sharpening up, but their pivot. White, deserves praise for his consistent part at Bramell-lane, where 15,000 spectators enjoyed rich fare in a win that might have blown football science from the ground. Teams : - Sheffield United: - Smith, goal; Thorpe and Green, backs; Sampy, Holmes, and Hall, half-backs; Williams, Barclay, Dunne, Pickering and Oswald, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, half-backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. E. R. Westwood (Walsall).
EVERTON RESERVES 5 PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 1
December 19 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 19)
Farrell of Preston Sent Off.
At Goodison Park. The match was marred by two unfortunate happening. Farrell the North End left half, was ordered off the field, by the referee ten minutes from the end, and early on in the first half McGourty sustained a legy injury, that necessitated his retiring from the field. He resumed at outside after the interval for a short while, but this aggravated the injury, and he was compelled to retire. It was not a great game, for Preston are a poor side, possessing a good goalkeeper in Brown, and stubborn back in Kerr and Owens. Everton played well enough to deserve the victory, and Gee resuming after long absence, was able to take things very easy, and take no risks. Turner (2), Griffiths (2), and Cunliffe scored for Everton's goals, and Jones for Preston. Everton: - Holdcroft, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; McClure, Clark, and Gee, half-backs; Archer, Critchley, Cunliffe, Griffiths (p), McGourty, and Turner, forwards. Preston North End: - Brown, goal; Owens and Kerr, backs; Broadbent, Milne and Farrell, half-backs; Baragh, Rowley, Jones, Cowan, and Mustard, forwards. Referee T. Burns.
“I'LL BE BLOWED!” SAID THE BALL.
December 19, 1932. Evening Express.
How Everton Were Beaten at Sheffield.
By the Pilot.
If anyone ever doubted Everton's ability to fight an uphill battle, they were given a definite answer at Bramell-lane on Saturday, when the champions fell to Sheffield United by 3-2. After playing the better football, Everton found themselves two goals down in six minutes owing to defensive errors. It was a severe reverse, but the manner in which the Everton men set about their task of fighting back augurs well for the Cup tie. In subsequent play Everton were the better side, and they played so well that long before the end they were on terms and shaping for a victory burst. Then the elements took a hand. There had been a tricky wind blowing all day and it was the wind, which cost Everton the game.
Blues Deserved a Point.
Oswald took a corner kick, which seemed to be covered by Sagar, but just as the goalkeeper mad his grasp at the ball the wind took it in a downward swoop and the ball rested in the net. There can be no denying that Everton deserved a point. They played splendid football at times and had Stein accepted an easy chance in the second half –he atoned with a fine goal later –I am certain the Blues would have won. It was hard, exciting football in which the ball control was exceptionally good considering the high wind. Everton had the best players on the field in Williams –he came in for special cheering from the crowd –and Britton, while Johnson and Dunn were splendid forwards. Dean overdid the back pass instead of working on his own, and Geldard played his first poor game. White was always a stumbling block to the United inside forwards, and Thomson –who deserves congratulation on his initial Football league goal –played soundly. Cresswell was uncertain and erred on the occasions of Sheffield's early goals, and Sagar did well without having a quarter as much work to do as Smith, who kept busy by Everton's quick shooting forwards.
TO MEET THE WOLVES
December 21 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton start the holiday ball rolling at Goodison Park on Saturday, when Wolverhampton Wanderers are due to make a welcome reappearance. The Wolves have not had a good time this term, but the fact that they shared eight goals at Derby recently, though they lost at home to Blackpool on Saturday, shows that at their best they are capable of performing with pace and skill. Everton have a lot of ground to make up, and they should make a big effort to secure as many points as possible from the three holiday engagements. The team to oppose the Wolves will be the same as that which lost narrowly at Sheffield on Saturday –viz, Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson, Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The Everton reserve team to visit Oldham Athletic in a Central league match will be Holdcroft; Bocking, Lowe; McClure Gee, Archer; Crithcley, Cunliffe, Grififths, Webster, Turner.
GETTING READY FOR THE CUP
December 21 1932. Evening Express.
Buxton Always Bucks Them Up
So Everton Are Going There Again.
By the Pilot.
Everton and Fulham, the latter of whom visit Chester, have decided to send their players for special training in preparation for the F. A. cup third round ties on January 14. Everton, who will be engaged at Leciester, will go to Buxton for the week prior to the match. Buxton is regarded as a lucky training centre for the champions. Last season the directors sent them to Buxton for a fortnight. After the first week they went to Sheffield and registered a splendid victory and subsequently marched forward to their triumph in winning the League. All the players testify to the invigorating qualities of Buxton where they can get plenty of good walking and golf. There is no doubt that after the heavy Christmas programme the players will be ready for a spell in new quarters, and I think the club has acted wisely in deciding on special preparation.
Mr. Tom McIntosh, the Everton secretary, informs me today that the tickets have arrived from Leicester, and these are now on sale. He advises supporters who intend travelling to Leicester to make early application for their tickets, as the supply is limited. Meanwhile, the directors have decided not to make any team changes for the First division game with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park on Saturday. The last time these clubs met was two seasons ago when the clubs were in the Second Division. Now the Wolves are at the bottom of the first division. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Providing there are no injuries, the same eleven will represent Everton in the two matches with Blackburn Rovers on Monday and Tuesday.
WHY EVERTON SHOULD KEEP “WOLVES” FROM THE DOOR.
December 22 1932 Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
The fastest, nippiest attack in the First Division comes to Goodison Park tomorrow. It is that of Wolverhampton Wanderers, who, although at the bottom of the table, have proved they can get goals. The Wolves' defence, however, has conceded more goals than any club in the League, and the Everton scoring machine may easily asset itself. It is a curious thing when your forwards score no fewer than 33 goals in 19 matches, yet your defence concedes 54 goals. This is the position of Wolverhamton Wanderers. The goals figures I have quoted above will tell you they have a fine attack, but their defence has not been in convincing form. It is because of this that I expect Everton to win –and win well –just to whet their appetites for the Christmas fare to come. Of late the Blues have been showing improvement in shooting, and it would not surprise me if they emulated their feats of scoring which started the football world last campaign.
A Word of Warming.
But let me give the Champions a word of warming. While they are setting out to pile on the goals against an admittedly weak defence, they must be certain not to leave loopholes in their own defence. If they do, then rest assured the point hungry Wolves will take them. The Wanderers are rare speed merchants when on the move; in fact, Tommy Griffiths, the Bolton Wanderers captain, told me, that the Wolves are the fastest nippiest side he has ever played against. There you have it on the best authority. Well, who are these five speedy Wanderers? The deadliest fast raider is Hartill, the centre forward, who this season has scored 15 goals, including two threes and a two. He is not very big, but he is a virile leader, with a quick shot in either foot. There are two clever schemers at inside forward in Bottrill –he has four goals to his credit –and Hetherington, who is second top scorer with seven goals. Barraclough, the outside left, takes a deal of watching. Though small, he skirls nothing; in fact, he can “mix it” with the best. I think, however, that Ben Williams is fully capable of taking care of this menacing winger.
The Wolves have had to make many experiments with their intermediary division, and now Nelson, the former Preston North End player, who was watched by Everton some weeks back, occupies the pivotal berth. He is a rebust player, more inclined to defence than attack. The Wolves' captain is Wilfred Lowton, the right back and probably the heaviest player in the First Division football. He is a great player, and one whom I recommended to Exeter City many seasons ago, when he was employed as a gasolier. Exeter signed him and he has since enjoyed a really successful career. I expect his partner will be Lumberg, the former Wrexham player, who has represented Wales. Here you have the outstanding men of Wolverhampton –the present wooden-spoonists. They have shown slight improvement lately, as witness their 4-4 draw at Derby, and a goalless draw at Birmingham, so that they should provide stern opposition to the Champions. If Everton take their chances they should win, and also take the opportunity of improving their gaol-average. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Wolverhampton W: - (Probable) Ellis; Lowton, Lumberg; Farrow, Nelson, Hwelbeck; Bryant, Bottrill, Hartill, Hetherington, Barraclough.
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GEORGE HOLDCROFT & HARRY LOWE TRANSFERRED TO PRESTON NORTH END
December 22 1932, Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Players Join Preston.
By John Peel.
Preston North End have secured from Everton the transfer of George Holdcroft , a goalkeeper and Harry Lowe a left full back, both men will play for the new team at Southampton on Saturday. Holdcroft who has spent a season and a half at Everton, has had experience with Darlington and Lowe, who came from Southport, had been two seasons with the Goodison club. Sound players in their respective position they will I feel sure strengthen the Preston ranks. Holdcroft is an alert goalkeeper, who should go a long way, when he gains first-team experience. Standing 5ft 11ins and half inches, he weights 11 st 6lbs. Lowe has proved a reliable defender, and has service Everton well. He is twenty-five years of age, and stands 5ft 8 and half inches, and weights 11 st 7lbs.
Result of Long Search
The Preston club have not done well in the Second Division, and their position had become to serious that it was essential that they should make a move in the direction of strengthening the team. A year ago the club was in similar need, and they approached Tottenham Hotspur, with the result that they obtained Rowley and Harper, with good results to the side. This time the North End directors approached Everton to help them out, and while Holdcroft and Lowe were quite happy at Goodison Park, and it was not a case of the players being “on offer” the men, no doubt, realised that with the Everton team so well served in defence would have better opportunities of advancement at Deepdale. After the Central League game between North End and Everton at Goodison Park last Saturday, when Everton won 5-1. Preston officials approached Mr. W. C. Cuff to help them out, with the result that Holdcroft and Lowe were released, and the players inter decided to consent to the arrangement. The terms were mutually agreeable, and there was no suggestion of fored purchase fees. It is understood that deal just completed is the result of a long search, for the North End defence had not been reliable and it is expected that the new players will add the necessary strength.
OLD OPPONENTS MEET AGAIN.
December 23 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton and Wolvrhampton Wanderers who renew their meeting in the First Division tomorrow at Goodison Park, are old league opponent. They were both among the twelve clubs that formed the league in the first season in 1888-89, but, unlike Everton, the Wanderers have never won the championship, and they have had a long spell out of the upper circle, and have figured in the Northern Section of the Third Division. They were champions of that section in 1923-24, and last season headed the second Division. The Wanderers finished at the foot of the First Division in the 1905-06 season with this record: - Played 38, won 8, lost 23, drawn 7, goals for 58, against 99; points 23. They had a hard struggle to get back. But the Wanderers have gained fame as cup-fighters. They beat Everton in the final at Fallowfield, Manchester in 1893 by 1-0, and in 1908 defeated Newcastle United 3-1 at Crystal Palace. They have figured in five final ties. The Wanderers were last at Goodison Park in a second Division match in the 1930-31 season, when Everton won 4-0; but they were successful there in a Cup-tie in the fourth round of 1920-21. Everton had beaten Stockport County 1-0, Sheffield Wednesday 1-0, after a 1-1 draw, and Newcastle United 3-0, and then lost at home to Wolves, a second Division side, by 1-0. The Wanderers reached the final being defeated by Tottenham Hotspur by a goal to nothing.
WOLVE STACKLE EVERTON.
December 24 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Even so the programme is strenuous enough, consisting, for the majority, of three matches in four days. Today Everton are at home to the Wolves, and on Monday they go to Blackburn and play the return with the Rovers at Goodison Park on Tursday. This is a highly appealing “bill” and Everton must do their utmost to advance in the table. Today's game with the Wolves ought to result in full points to the champions, but I am quite prepared for strenuous opposition from the Midland side, who are rather desperate for points. Everton faltered in their efforts at Sheffield and paid the penalty, but they will be all out to day and the game should be well worth seeing. The kick off at 2.15, and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - (probable): - Ellis; Lowton, Lumberg; farrow, Nelson, Helbeck; Bryast, Bottrill, Hartill, Hetherington, Barraclough.
EVERTON ON TOP IN A FAST GAME.
December 24 1932. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Dean, Johnson and Dunn find the Net.
By the Pilot.
The meeting of Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, at Goodison Park was something in the nature of a “test” game. Everton are champions of the First Division, and last season the Wolves won the Second Division championship. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, Stein, forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Wildman, goal; Lowton (captain) and Lumberg, backs; Farrow, Nelson and Helbeck, half-backs; Bryant, Botrill, Hartill, Deacon and Barraclough, forwards. Referee Mr. J. S. Midwood (Bishop Auckland).
Everton got away briskly at the start, and after neat interpassing on the right wing, Stein shot across the face of the goal, no one being there to turn it to account. The Wolves raced away through Barraclough, and though a corner resulted, this was easily cleared. The Wolves' defence misjudged the ball from the right, and Johnson's quick shot was charged down. There was some lusty kicking by the full backs, and some neat work by the Wolves' forwards Hartill once getting the ball into the net, but many seconds after the whistle had sounded for offside. Everton took the lead in 4 ½ minutes with a goal that will remain a subject of dispute. Johnson lobbed a through pass, and Dean, darting around Lowton, stood right on his own with no opposition. He went on to beat Wildman, who had left his charge. The Wolves claimed Dean was offside, but the referee was most emphatic in his ruling.
A Danger Man.
Barraclough was proving a source of danger to Everton. Stein just failed with one of Dean's backheaders before Dixie raced between the backs and fired in a terrific shot, which Wildman caught splendidly. Everton were getting well on top in a fast game, but Hartill caused a thrill when racing through and forcing a corner off Williams. From this Sagar had to punch away, and Barraclough almost survived the tackle of three opponents. Johnson shot wide after Dean had tried to give him a chance. Everton failed to profit by a close up free kick. When the Wolves adopted the open game, Barraclough bored through, and Bryant was only inches too high with a wonderful cross shot. There was no disputing the cleverness of the Wanderers' attack. In fact, the forward work on both sides was remarkably good. The Wolves tried to exploit the offside game, but Johnson beat them to it by racing through on his own and crossing a ball, which Dean just failed to head into the net. Everton lost their advantage in 20 minutes, when Hartill scored off an upright. Deacon deceived with a sinuous dribble, and at the crucial moment put Hartill through with a glit0edged opening. It was fast, colorful football, with the Wolves playing better than their League position indicates. In fact, 25,000 spectators were surprised at the accuracy of their football.
Everton regained the lead in 25 minutes with a magnificent goal by Johnson. It was well planned and taken. Dunn started it by cute footwork before sending Geldard through. Geldard slipped his centre along the ground, and Dean gave the impression that he was to take the shot. Instead he swerved to one side, allowing Johnson to come in at top speed and drive home a terrific left foot shot from 18 yards. Wildman touched the ball in his flying leap, but was powerless to stop it. Everton crammed on every stitch of canvas, and after Wildman had saved a sharp header from Stein, Dean let go on the run, the ball flashing by the post. Next Wildman had to run out to intercept from Geldard. Dunn contributed a dribble before Geldard raced through on his own, and his low shot was inches wide of the far post. Hartill strained himself, but was soon able to resume. Dunn mishit the ball after a cute opening created by Stein. Everton should have had a penalty when Dean was badly bumped. Geldard wriggled through, and paved the way for Dunn's shot, which flashed outside. Johnson sent Geldard away, and Dean's subsequently header was only inches over the top.
Dean on the Mark.
Dean was shooting with his old time power, and Wildman had to be quick to held a sharp shot delivered between two opponents. Following a corner kick, White shot in from forty yards to hit the bar with Wildman well beaten. Two minutes from the interval Dunn scored Everton's third goal, and once again the Wolves failed through Everton's ability to defeat the offside game. When the ball was placed up the middle, Dean, who was offside, stood still, and Dunn raced through to score in brilliant fashion.
Half-time Everton 3 Wolves 1
The Wolves had fallen victims to what I am told has been their failure in the last six games. It is their propensity to exploit the offside game. Everton easily foiled it.
Everton Swamp Wolves.
And Finish With ten Men.
Everton served up some precise combination on resuming, but the Wolves' forwards were always a live line, and Stein developed it by cutting in towards goal and slipping a short pass to Dean.
Dean's Swerve .
Dean's swerve won him the shooting chance, and he almost broke the net with his high powered shot. Just before, Wildman had made a brilliant two-handed save from Geldard. Everton were toying with the opposition, and the exactitude of their passing and the precise manner in which they kept position, proving all too much for the opposing defence. Dunn blazed wide and Sagar saved a splendid header by Deacon.
A “Nap” Hand.
Everton completed the nap hand in 76 minutes when Stein scored an individualistic goal. Sagar had picked a ball from Hartill's toe, and it was booted down the middle, where Stein raced through clear of everyone except two. His speed told, and he drew Wildman from goal before placing in the corner of the net. Dean was checked in the nick of time from a flying centre by Geldard. Then Dunn found himself outwitted by Wildman.
Williams Carried Off.
In a hectic Wolves' raid Williams and Sagar were injured, and though Sagar was able to resume, Williams, who had been limping for a considerable time, and who twice had received the attentions of the trainer, was carried off. Britton was thus forced to fill a half back cum-full-back role. Stein was just off the mark' with a splendid first time drive. Final Everton 5 Wolves 1
Today's scorers in Division One; Sheffield Wednesday 3 Liverpool 0; Arsenal 9 (Bastin 3 goals and Lambett 5 goals) Sheffield United 2; Blackburn 4 Middlesbrough 2; Blackpool 0 Newcastle 4; Birmingham 4 Portsmouth 0; Derby 0 Aston Villa 0; Leeds 4 Bolton W 3; Manchester City 3 Huddersfield 0; Sunderland 2 Chelsea 1; West Brom 4 Leicester 3 (W.G Richardson 3 goals)
OLDHAM RES V EVERTON RES.
December 24 1932. Evening Express, Football Edition.
The first half of the game at Oldham provided many thrills, both goals having narrow escapes. Hacking saved a terrific shot from Griffiths, which put him temporarily out of action. After half an hour Everton were awarded a penalty for a foul on Webster. Critchley took the spot kick and Hackling saved splendidly. Three minutes from the interval Griffiths scored for Everton. Half-time Oldham Athletic Res 0 Everton Res 1.
EVERTON 5 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1
December 27 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's Best Form.
There were times on Saturday when the Wolves were bewildered by Everton's craft, but the most pleasing feature of Everton's win was the shooting of Dean. Everton won 5-1. Five minutes from the end Williams had to leave the field with a damaged le. Nelson, at centre half was a “stopper” but even in this matter he was not good enough to stop Dean, who had one of his best games. The scorers for Everton were Dean (4 minutes), Johnson (25 minutes), Dunn (43 minutes), Dean (61 minutes), Stein (76 minutes), while Hartill scored Wolves solitary goal at 20 minutes. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, Stein, forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Wildman, goal; Lowton (captain) and Lumberg, backs; Farrow, Nelson and Helbeck, half-backs; Bryant, Botrill, Hartill, Deacon and Barraclough, forwards. Referee Mr. J. S. Midwood (Bishop Auckland).
BLACKBURN ROVERS 3 EVERTON 1
December 27 1932. Liverpool post and Mercury
Early Goals Decide.
Everton Misfortunes at Blackburn
At Ewood Park a crowd of 45,000 saw Everton beaten by Blackburn Rovers by 3-1. They experienced bad luck time after time and while allowance must be made for lapses in front of goal it cannot be denied that Everton were the victims of ill-fortune on many occasions. Exclude the first quarter of an hour, when the Rovers got two goals through a shaky defence and you had a game in which Everton were very often the brighter side in attack. They failed at the last hurdle and had to be content with the one goal. Geldard got four minutes before the interval.
Two in 13 minutes.
A remarkable unsteadiness on the part of the Everton defence enabled the Rovers to get two goals up in the first 13 minutes. The game had been going only two minutes when Thompson sent in a low drive past Sagar. Eleven minutes later Dix, one of the Rovers best shots, ran through on his own to increase the lead. It did not take Everton long to get a grip on things, and Geldard at outside right was prominent in their raids for the rest of the game. Before he actually scored he had put several fine shots just wide and during the second half, when Brutton got Blackburn's third goal. Geldard and Dunn were always dangerous. Dean had little scope and although Stein sent across pretty centres the left wing was not too deadly. Often enough good shots by the Everton attack hit Blackburn men or were saved by Gormlia, who had a day out in the Blackburn goal. On the play Everton would not have been over-paid with a drew. Teams; - Blackburn Rovers: - Gormlie, goal; Gorman and Jones, backs; Whiteside, Carvey and McLean half-backs; Bruton, Dix, Thompson, Glover and Cunliffe, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Bocking and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. H. Cartlidge (Burslem).
• League Division One Results: Arsenal 1 Leeds United 2; Aston Villa 1 Wolves 3; Bolton W 2 Huddersfield 1; Derby 1 Blackpool 1; Liverpool 3 Chelsea 0; Man City 2 Sheff Wed 2; Newcastle 2 Birmingham 1; Portsmouth 2 Leicester 1; West Brom 5 Sunderland 1 (W.G. Richardson 3 goals); Sheffield U v. Middlesbrough postponed owing to fog.
EVERTON RESERVES 0 BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 2
December 27 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 21)
Neither side was consistency good in a game that should have produced plenty of goals, even allowing for the good goalkeeping of Coggins and Binns. The approach work of the Rovers was very fine, but their finishing was good. The losers' attack was exceedingly dangerous. Britton scored for Blackburn in the first half, and the same player added the second after the interval. Common was a sound defender, and his partner, Jones (“A” team) showed ability and good defence. Everton: - Goggins, goal; Bocking and Jones, backs; McPerhson, McClure and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Cunliffe, Griffiths, Webster and Turner forwards.
Everton “A” 5, Marine 1
Liverpool County Combination.
All Everton's goals came in the first half, Leyfield scoring three, Fryer and Williams making the total to win. Marine's only reply to this almost sensational scoring came Glyn Davies, though after the interval Garvey further reduced the margin. Both these players formed what was probably the best wing on the field, being ably backed up by King. Jackson, at left back for Everton, was rarely at faults. Other players who distinguished themselves were Leyfield and Birtley for Everton, and Drury and Morgan for Marine.
EVERTON STILL FIND EWOOD PARK A BIOYG GROUND.
December 27 1932 Evening Express.
Everton Lack Finish at Ewood.
By the Pilot.
Everton were defeated at Ewood Park before the best crowd seen at the ground for three seasons. The receipts were £2,060. If the game could have been decided on territorial advantage the champions would not have come home empty handed. They had more of the game than the Rovers, but failed to introduce that snap and punch in finish which characterized the work of the home men. Everton missed Williams in the opening stages of the game, for Bocking took a long time to settle down, and after Thompson had scored in two minutes Dix got a second in 14 minutes, in a measure due to defensive lapses.
Everton once again revealed powers of recovery, and when Johnson took a quick thrown in four minutes from the interval. Stein whipped the ball across for Geldard to reduce the lead. Everton played well enough in the second half to suggest that they would save the game, and it was unfortunate that dean should kick half ground and half ball after Geldard had outstripped the defence. The Bruton made the Rovers' score three. Everton lacked shooting ability, though their fieldwork savored of the traditional constructive style. There were weaknesses in the side, particularly in defence. Thomson played splendidly at left half, and had a good working understanding with Johnson and Stein in front. This was a potent wing though Stein appeared to be slow on occasion. Geldard was also a menace to the Rovers, but Dean was generally so well marked that he had few opportunities. Everton were far from disgraced by this display, but they caught the Rovers in the happiest mood and failed to recover from early shocks.
EVERTON'S SMASHING VICTORY
December 27 1932. Evening Express Football Edition.
Johnson Scores Three in 6-1 win.
Disastrous Day For The Rovers.
By the Pilot.
Everton concluded their Christmas programme with a match against Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park. Bocking continued at right back for the injured Williams, who, however, has made such splendid progress with his knee injury that hopes are entertained that he will be fit for Saturday. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Bocking and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Gormile, goal; Gorman and Jones, backs; Whiteside, Carver, and McLean, half-backs; Bruton, Dix, Thompson, Groves, and Cunliffe, forwards. Referee: Mr. H. Cartlidge (Burslem). The attendance was affected by the rain; and visibility was exceedingly poor.
Bocking almost gave the Rovers a goal in the opening minute when he misjudged a punt through, but Cunliffe shot for Sagar to slither in the mud and save. Then Everton almost took a goal, Geldard forced a corner, and Dunn headed in from the kick. Gormlie pushed the ball out, and Dean should have shot through, but he was too slow in snapping up a gilt-edged opening. Bruton broke away on a clear path, and enabled Dix, coming in on the run, to hook over the bar. Geldard's shot rebounded for a corner, and after the ball had been parried, White drove outside with a splendid effort. Dix made Everton wish that he had acceded to their request for his services when he set the example to the Rovers for first time shooting. As in yesterday's game, the Blackburn boys were much quicker with their final thrust, and Sagar had to be quick to parry the shot. The Rovers continued quicker on the ball, and for a long space Everton could do nothing right in the matter of attack. Bocking intercepted neatly when Thompson loomed dangerous, and Geldard continued as Everton's best and most reliable foil. Two speculative shots by Dunn were the brightest patches from an Everton point of view; in fact, it was the Rovers' game up to now, and had Bocking, who was playing with much more confidence than yesterday, not been stationed on the goal line, Bruton's cross shot might have been effective.
White Saves Everton.
White undoubtedly saved the downfall of the home goal with a back heel and header, when Cunliffe looked to have everybody on the run with his centre. This was a choice intervention. Dean forced Jones to concede a corner and Gormlie made a magnificent save off Dean's header. Another corner resulted, and it seemed that dean's hook shot struck the roof of the net and came back into play, and there was a scramble. The ball was whisked away for a third corner while Everton appealed for a goal. Everton were showing gradual improvement. Stein struck an upright just after dean had been penalised. Next Johnson had a chance, but elected to go through instead of trusting to his right foot, and a really good chance was lost. Everton had now taken the measure of the opposition, and were storming the Rovers' goal. No fewer than seven corners were forced in five minutes, and there were two close up free kicks. However, the Rovers packed so well that few shots reached Gormlie. Dunn failed to trap the ball after Dean and Geldard had given him the chance. Britton's ball control and opening creating were features of the game. Dean just failed to head through Stein's centre before Geldard drove in fiercely for Gormlie to make a great save. Everton had certainly got over their former mediocrity, and were absolutely outstripping Blackburn. Jones and Gorman missed an easy centre from Stein, but Dean unconsciously spoiled matters by trying a side pass to Dunn when the Scot was already in position for his shot.
In 37 minutes Everton took the lead on their merits. Johnson did the trick. Stein centred, well to Geldard, who headed towards goal. The ball beat Gormlie and Johnson ran in to apply the finishing touch right under the bar to a ball that might have proved a winner in any event. Johnson had hard luck when a terrific shot was charged down. The Blues had forced no fewer than 12 corners this half despite that uncertain opening. Everton's 13 corner saw Gormlie run almost to the edge of the penalty area to save.
Half-time Everton 1, Blackburn Rovers 0
Everton had recovered from a shaky opening, and had they finished as well as the pressure they imposed had merited they would have held a bigger advantage. In my opinion the brilliance of Britton was the outstanding feature of the game. At the opening of the second half I was forced to conjecture what had come over Everton's sharpshooter's. Dean and Stein both refused chances to help each other when the quick shot should have been the order. It was left to Johnson, with an outside chance, to take a hand at marksmanship, and Gornmlie was the winner. Groves who had been off injured, came back at outside left. Johnson almost put Dean through, but the ball ran too fast for the leader. Again Everton's disconcerting reluctance to take a shooting chance proved fatal. There was a real thrill when Bruton shot from the line, and Sagar leapt to save. The game continued to be hard and full of thrills, but Everton should have been in a dominant position before this. Had they not been apathetic in regard to their shooting they would have been.
Dunn A “Live Wire.”
Dunn proved a “live wire” in attack with back heel and subtle thrust, and he enabled Stein to strike a net support as the crowd yelled “Goal!” Dunn broke through after receiving from Geldard, but placed outside the post. Stein raced through, and Gormlie went full length to make a wonderful save, Jones completing the clearance as Geldard ran up to do the necessary. In 59 minutes Everton went further ahead. A concentrated attack saw Dunn shoot from close range, and as the ball was travelling netwards, Jones in his effort to save, finally banged it past Gormlie into goal. Though Dunn looked to be the scorer from an Everton point of view, Jones actually out it through. I thought the Rovers had taken a goal when Bruton shot in from the right. Sagar had gathered, but was bumped headlong into the net by Thompson. Sagar threw the ball out for a corner as he was bundled over the line. The referee was right on the spot, and was adamant in his goal refusal. Just after the Rovers, sticking to their guns, piled on the pressure, and the rust while forward, McLean, struck the bar. Everton went further ahead in 65 minutes. Geldard paved the way and Dean was content to allow his centre to pass across for Stein to score with a first timer, which gave Gormlie no possible chance. Thompson got through on his own, and his shot beat Sagar, but Bocking was there to help the ball away for a corner. Everton gave Blackburn no rest, and Gormlie was the busiest man on the field. After Geldard had done good work he crossed a ball, which Dunn drove towards the net. The ball was sent to the left, and Stein turned it back as it was crossing the line. Johnson came in, and from an extremely awkward position hooked the ball into the net as he fell to the ground. This goal was the forerunner of three in three minutes. Within a minute Stein broke through and his shot was turned into goal by Carver. Only a minute and a half had passed before Rovers broke away. Groves, who was limping on the left, slashed the ball to the middle, and Thompson bore through to reduce the lead. Dix charged through to hit the bar with a “stinger,” and as Thompson raced up to clinch the deal, Sagar made a wonderful save.
Johnson scored Everton's sixth after brilliant work by Geldard and Dunn. This came three minutes from the end. Final Everton 6, Blackburn Rovers 1.
• Today's Scores; Chelsea 0 Liverpool 2; Birmingham 1, Newcastle U 2; Blackpool 4, Derby C 1; Huddersfield 2 Bolton W 1; Leicester C 2 Portsmouth 1; Leeds U 0 Arsenal 0; Middlesbrough 2 Sheffield U 2; Sheffield W 2, Manchester C 1; Wolves 2, Aston Villa 4.
EVERTON 6 BLACBBURN ROVERS 1
December 28 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Dunn, Britton, and Geldard Outstanding.
Johnson Takes Three in a 6-1 Win.
Everton's win of 6-1 at Goodison Park doesn't tell how evenly the game went for an how hard it was to break the Blackburn defence. There was revenge for the defeat of the previous day and it was only Johnson had opened the score that Everton began to run away with their rivals, who it must be mentioned were handicapped through an injury to groves, who limped his way through an hour of the day and then forgot to ask the referee's permit to leave the field being sent back to get that permission at which point he went off. Blackburn were unfortunate in this scene and in the memory of a shot that struck the cross-bar, and an occasion when Sagar was nearly charged with the ball over the goal-line. However, having said that, and paid graceful tribute to two Liverpool boys in the Blackburn side –Gorman and Carver –it must be said that Everton touched a spirit and ability that has not been common this season. They shot well, they dribbled well, and the right flank against a deputy right winger, and tilting with the fast full back. Jones and the experienced Mclean gave them a rare drubbing by craft and skill and positioning. Britton was probably the outstanding man of the day. His innate cleverness was not baulked by the state of the going. He wheated about in small space; he made direct passes –always forward, so that ground was taken; he drew an opponent, and he made sound tackles against his wing pair.
It was supremely confident and clever display form and aft. Added to was the work of Dunn who got into a fine groove for Geldard and made the boy command the attention of the 35,000 spectators all through the second half. The plan was fairly simple yet rarely seen in these days of rush ball. Dunn would adept a square pass from Geldard, who would move off to take up the instantaneous return pass from Dunn along the touchline. A centre, or a beating of Jones and Mclean followed, and then Geldard showed his discretion by making a good length centre before the defence had time to crowd him out. The result was that there was much chance for the home centre or for the home left wing. Geldard had a hand in many of the six goals and yet Dean did not get one. When Dean went up to head a centre he found two or three men at his side challenging albeit it cannot be said this was one of Dean's best days. His one shot was saved by Gormlie, who had a great day's work. and the applause of friend and foe in a game that had no bitterness. As a game it was rather memorable for its sprightliness and it's “punch” but more than all for the display of goalkeeper. Such exhibitions raise the crowd to a state of excitement. Gormlie stopped rocket shots from Stein, Dean, Dunn and Johnson, that were remarkable for their cleverness and the absence of good fortune. Gormlie stopped a cricket score yesterday. Sagar too as in the picture one with a ball to which he leaped, and the ball soarded up to a point near the cross bar. Sagar making his second save as the ball descended. It is unusual for both goalkeepers in a game to be so alert and to steal the thunder of applause as did Gormlie and Sagar. It meant that many people were not too sure of the goal-scores' list, which read: - Johnson scored for Everton, Dun n for Everton, Stein scored for Everton, Johnson scored for Everton, Carver put through his own goal, Thompson scored for Blackburn, Johnson scored for Everton. The opening goal would probably, have gone to Geldard's credit if Johnson had not been there to complete the deal –the ball was going through, any way. Geldard did everything to please in the second half, even to putting the ball through the legs of a full back who stood waiting another move. It was his most impressive display thus far in his new club, but it must be thought that he was alone in his skill; the work of the three half-backs was the keynote to their victory, albeit they started moderately when Blackburn were having a good innings for half an hour, and Bruton was not finishing in his usual delay or fast form.
Otherwise there might have been another tale to tell. Blackburn were clever enough but having virtually ten men for the game they were handicapped out. Dix, about whose transfer Everton made inquiry and a hospitable grit, was a clever schemer and a big force in the attack of the Blackburn side; his manner of starting an attack was very skilled and judicious he was in the main responsible for the assaults on Cresswell and Bocking. It was a match remember –a great day's sport, and both sides deserve credit for putting up an enlivening game. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Bocking and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Gormile, goal; Gorman and Jones, backs; Whiteside, Carver, and McLean, half-backs; Bruton, Dix, Thompson, Groves, and Cunliffe, forwards. Referee: Mr. H. Cartlidge (Burslem).
* League Division One Results; Chelsea 0 Liverpool 2; Birmingham 1 Newcastle 2; Blackpool 4 Derby 1; Huddersfield 2 Bolton 1(T.P. Griffiths 1 goal); Leeds 0 Newcastle 0; Leicester 2 Portsmouth 1; Middlesbrough 2 Sheff United 2; Sheff Wednesday 2 Man City 1; Wolves 2 (Hartill I goal), Aston Villa 4;
BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 5 EVERTON RESERVES 2
December 27 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 22)
A second half collapse caused Everton to suffer a heavy defeat at Ewood Park after they had crossed over with a 2-1 lead. At one stage they were 2 goals in front, but the Rovers piled on 5 goals in succession. Everton were much the better side before the interval. Webster and Cunliffe scored in the first twenty-five minutes, and Critchley played brilliantly or the right wing. They relaxed later, and Milne who scored before half time, netted again, and Britton performed the hat-trick. Common and Jones strong defenders early on, but cracked up under later pressure.
6 GOALS, BUT THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE.
December 28 1932. Evening Express.
A Slogan For Everton's Forwards.
“Dilly-Dally” Doesn't Pay in Cup-Ties.
By the Pilot.
Everton's present form will not do. Although the champions defeated Blackburn Rovers at Goodison park yesterday, by six goals to one. Everton's forwards were not as effective in front of goal as they should have been. The plain fact is that Everton might easily have scored more goals. The fault was over-elaboration of passing in front of goal. These tactics never pay. “Shoot hard-and-shoot-often must be the slogan of the Everton forwards, especially now that the F.A. Cup-ties draw near.
Three Goals in Three Minutes.
I have not seen a game this season in, which there was so much to set the blood racing. It was 100 per cent action throughout. Although Everton scored only one goal in the first half, they forced no fewer than 14 corners, while Gormlie, the Rovers' goalkeeper, was the busiest man on the field. In the second half the Blues staged one of those goal rushes for which they were famed last season. During one hectic period they scored three goals in three minutes. It was characteristic of the afternoon's play. Yet, had all shooting opportunities been taken the goals tally would have been greater. Johnson was one forward who would and did shoot. His three goals crowned a fine day's play. Stein scored another goal, and to bring the total to six Jones and Carver placed into their own net.
Nothing about this game pleased me more than the brilliance of Cliff Britton, at right half. He was the outstanding man in two good sides. His ball control was perfect. It appeared, at times, as if the ball was attached to his feet by string. It was the finest exhibition of wing half play I have seen this season. While played a strong game as pivot, Thomson completed a fine line, whose defence and accurate “feeding” paved the way for the goal rush. The Blues' defence was much more certain than on Monday, and except for one early mistake Bocking played finely and twice saved almost certain goals. Cresswell also did well, while Sagar made not the suggestion of a mistake. Johnson and Geldard were the outstanding forwards. The attack generally was, good, but each man must learn to shoulder the responsibility of shooting. That is the lesson of the game.
Arsenal Halfway to league Tit le.
Four Points Better off Than Everton Were Last Season.
Arsenal are half-way to the championship of the First Division. With half the season's fixture completed, they hold a clear lead of five points over their nearest rivals, Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday. They are four points better off than Everton, the champions, were at this stage last season. Today the Arsenal claim 35 points from 22 matches whereas last season Everton had gained 31 points from a similar number of matches. Here as the comparative records: -
P W D L F A Pts Pos
Arsenal 22 16 3 3 69 33 35 1
Everton 22 15 1 6 78 39 31 1
Let us analyze the records of the two Merseyside First Division clubs:- Everton and Liverpool. Both are in a much worse position than at the same time last season. Everton are seven points down, Liverpool five points. The comparative records read:
P W D L W D L F A Pts Pos
Everton 22 8 3 0 2 1 8 45 35 24 7
Liverpool 22 5 3 3 3 2 9 42 42 21 11
P W D L W D L F A Pts Pos
Everton 22 9 0 1 6 1 5 78 39 31 1
Liverpool 22 8 3 1 3 1 6 46 43 26 6
This season Everton have called on only 16 players for their 22 matches, and included in there are no fewer than six ever-present.
Liverpool on the other hand have called on 20 players for First division games and there are only three ever present. Here are the players who have played for are clubs and the number of their appearances.
Everton; Sagar (22), Cresswell (22), Thomson (22), Dean (22), Johnson (22), Stein (22), Williams (20), White (19), Britton (17), Critchley (14), Dunn (12), McGourty (10), Geldard (8), McClure (5), Archer (2), Bocking (2).
Only six clubs in the First division have scored more goals than Everton, who claim 45. These have been scored as follows:- Dean (12), Johnson (11), Stein (8), Dun n (4), Geldard (3), Critchley (2), McGourty (1), White (1), Thomson (1), Carver (Blackburn) (1), Jones (Blackburn) (1)
Liverpool have scored 42 goals, and they have been shared by ten players as follows:- Hodgson (13), Wright (9), Gunson (5), Crawford (4), Roberts (3), Barton (3), Bradshaw (2), McPherson (1), Bruton (1), Collins (Derby) (1).
Sequence of Wins.
The distinction for the longest sequence without defeat is, at the moment, held by Everton. Their best sequence was six matches beginning on October 22 and ending with the match at Chelsea on December 3. Liverpool's bust run was for three matches in mid September. Everton also claims the distinction of having claimed highest in the League ladder. That is the seventh position which they occupy at the moment, Liverpool's best position was tenth on the first day of the season. Here are the positions of the clubs each match daty from August 27 –Everton 18, 8, 16, 11, 14, 12, 9, 11, 10, 10, 10, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 7, 8, 7. Liverpool; 10, 12, 12, 11, 13, 14, 13, 19, 13, 15, 14, 13, 16, 14, 15, 14, 11. The best wins of both teams so far are 6-1. Everton; s heaviest defeat is 3-1, inflicted by West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland, and Blackburn Rovers, and Liverpool's heaviest defeat was at Sheffield United, where they lost 6-2
December 29, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
It is encouraging to Merseyside enthusiasts to note that Everton are joining up with the leading forces, and they may yet have a say in the destination of the League trophy. The forwards are again shooting in something like their old form, as eleven goals to two in the last two home games show, and but for the lapse at Blackburn the team would have had a perfect holiday. Liverpool, too, have advanced, and the form suggests that the side is on the upgrade. West Bromwich Albion, who meet Liverpool in the Cup visit Everton on Saturday, when the Goodison Park team will be the same as that which defeated Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday, viz; Sagar; Bocking, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The Everton reserve team to meet West Bromwich Albion in a Central League game at the Hawthornes will be; Coggins; Common, Jones; Clark, Gee, Archer; Critchley, Cunliffe, Griffiths, Webster, Turner.
Leicester City's Belated Win.
Followers of Everton will probably have noted that Leicester City on Tuesday gained their second victory of the season when they defeated Portsmouth by the odd goal in three. Everton are due to visit Leicester in the Cup competition on January 14 th ; so the form of their opponents will be watched with interest. The City have fewer wins and scored fewer goals than any side in the First Division of the League. The first win was gained on September 5 th , when they beat Huddersfield Town, and since then up to Tuesday their record was: - Played 17, won none, lost 11, drawn 6, goals for 21, against 44 points. Their record to date is as follows: - Played 22, won 2, lost 12, drawn 8, goals for 29, against 52, points 12. It is not surprising to learn that the victory over Portsmouth was received with great enthusiasm.
CLUBS THAT WON PROMOTION IN SAME SEASON
December 30 1932. Evening Express.
Tomorrows Tit-Bit For Goodison Park
By the Pilot.
Two teams that won promotion to the First Division in the same season –one of them also won the F.A. Cup –will be opponents at Goodison Park tomorrow. West Bromwich Albion will be the guest of Everton. since the games between the clubs were resumed starting with the Second Division, they have met six times, and the Albion gained their first League victory against the Blues since the resumption of the games when they defeated Everton by 3-1 at the Hawthorns on the opening day of this season. The other four League matches resulted in three Everton victories and a draw. Every game has been a real thriller, and I have no doubts but that tomorrow's meeting will be an exciting one with the football of the highest standard. The Albion are one of the best football combinations in the competition, with a brilliant defence –including two English international –and a penetrative attack.
One of the best forwards –Wood –might well have been an Everton player. Some years ago –about seven to be exact –Everton watched Wood when he was playing in Cheshire League football, but the Albion got there first. His partner on the left flank is Robbins, a Welsh international and another boy in whom Everton once took a keen interest. The Champions have scored no fewer than 11 goals in their last two home matches, and will be all out to increase the total. Well, if they wish to succeed I want to see every forward bearing his share of the shooting. If they will do this then I think Everton will win. Everton:- Sagar; Bocking, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. West Bromwich A (Probable); Pearson; Shaw, Trentham; Murphy, Richardson (w), Sandford; Glidden, Raw, Richardson (wg), Robbins, Wood.
WILLIAM COOK SIGNS FOR EVERTON FROM GLASGOW CELTIC
December 31 1932, Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's New Full Back
Cook, Of Glasgow Celtic, Signed.
Everton have secured their back division by signing the Irish international W Cook, of Glasgow Celtic, and he will turn out for the match against West Brom at Goodison to-day. The injury to Williams in the game against Wolverhampton proved rather several and in signing Cook, they have gained a useful addition to their forces. The deal was completed yesterday, so that Cook, if required will be available for the cup-tie against Leicester City on January 14 TH . He played for Ireland against England, Scotland and Wales this season. He made thirty-three appearances for Celtic last season, played regularly for Celtic first eleven this term. Cock, who was on the transfer at his own request, is a native of Coleraine. He is twenty-three years-of age stands 5ft 7 and half inches, and weights 11 st 3lbs.
EVERTON AND THE ALBION.
December 31 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
A most attractive game is presented at Goodison Park, where West Bromwich Albion once more tackle the champions. The Albion play fast football, and in view of their tilt with Liverpool in the Cup a fortnight hence special interest is bound to be centred in the Midland side's play. On he opening day of the season Everton visited the Hawthorns and lost by 3-1, so that the champions, who have shown a return to their best form, hope to turn the tables. There is the additional attraction of the new full-back appearing for Everton. Edwards is absent from the Albion team owing to influenza. The kick off is at 2-30, and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson; Shaw, Trentham; Murphy, Richardson (W), Rix; Glidden, Carter, Richardson (WG), Robbins, Wood.
ALBION DEFENCE HOLDS WHIPHAND
December 31 1932. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Everton Behind Despite Heavy Pressure.
By the Pilot.
Chief interest in Everton's match with West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park centred on the debut of Willie Cook, the Champions' new right back, who was signed from Glasgow Celtic yesterday. Cook came in for Bocking. The Albion had to make several changes owing to injuries and flu. Stein, who had been ever present up to now, was also a ‘flue victim, and Turner came into make his First Division debut. He joined Everton from Luton last season. Sagar was a late arrival, but was there to see Everton face the strong wind, although Dean had won the toss. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Turner, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goal; Shaw and Trentham, backs; Murphy, Richardson (w), Rix, Glidden, Carter, Richardson (wg), Robbins, and Wood, forwards. Referee Mr. R. W. Blake, Middlesbrough. Cook is a dark haired fellow. He is bot built on big lines, but looks rather like an O'Donnell.
Everton had a chance for goal in the opening minute, for when Dean headed across from Thomson's punt, either Dunn or Geldard could have and should have taken a goal. There was no one there to stop them. They got into each other's way to a certain extent, and the ball was allowed to run too wide for any hope of a shot. Cook pleased with some pretty lacking, and Dean was twice pulled up for offside before Sagar made a flying save off Wood. Turner gathered from a throw in, and deceived the opposition with a half centre, half shot, which flashed over the top. Turner went up the right with a splendid run and centre, from which Geldard headed into Pearson's hands. Geldard was racing clear when he was fouled by Trentham. His free kick was headed against the post by either Turner or Dean, who went up together as Dean crashed against the post. Pearson was beaten, but Murphy neatly outwitted Dunn as the inside right was about to do business. Carter and Glidden contributed some glorious football and Richardson (wg) looked like a scorer until Britton came with a timely intervention.
Shaw Holds Dean.
Shaw confirmed my opinion that he is the best right back in England by the manner in which he held up Dean with a delightful overhead kick. Then Sagar had to run out to pick up from the feet of Carter. Again Shaw came to the Albion's rescue when Geldard's centre seemed to be finding Dean. Robbins paved the way for the opening goal in 14 ½ minutes. He ran on, drew defence, and slipped a delightful pass to Glidden, who ran across the face of the goal and scored with a splendid left-footed shot. Up to now the Albion had been quite as good as the Blues. Turner took over from Dean, and although surrounded by three men flashed a shot over the top. Cook delighted with some lusty left foot kicking and White intervened cleverly after Murphy had adopted Glidden's role. The Albion continued slightly the better team, and although their defence was remarkably quick at interception, they never hesitated to concede corners. Dean had a wonderful chance to equalize after twenty minutes when a centre from the left struck an opponent and left Dixie with nothing else to do but place into the net from six yards' range. He blinded at the ball, which struck the bar and went over. Everton should have had a penalty just after when Dunn put Dean through, and Trentham elbowed him off the whole way. Dean's shot flashed across the goalmouth. I think the referee erred again when he pulled Johnson up for offside, for the ball come off Murphy's toe.
There was a great deal of offside in this game, and now Dean got the ball into the net as the whistle sounded for another of these infringements. Cook had strained his shoulder in tackling Wood, and for some time now it appeared to cause him discomfort. Evertonn were now enjoying the bulk of the game, but were not troubling Pearson half enough. Rix had to go off for a short spell after a collision with Dean, and the Albion defence continued to hold the whip hand in a game, which produced plenty of attractive football. Richardson was providing a mighty player at centre-half. Pearson fisted away from Geldard, then went full length to save from Dun. Turner broke clear, and from his centre Tretham almost placed through his own goal. Following further Everton corners every home player with the exception of four joined a fierce bombardment in the penalty area, but even after this Pearson was not severely troubled. Britton, who I hear is suffering from a cold, still remained one of Everton's best players. Albion despite the tremendous pressure by Everton, were playing well within themselves. From Britton's free kick Dunn got through and let go a cross shot which struck Pearson's outstretched arm and ran to safety. This should have been a goal, but the luck was with the Albion.
Half-Time Everton 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.
Everton's First Home Defeat.
Albion Proof Against “All-In” Raids.
Everton took up the cudgels on resuming, and there were heretic thrills in the visitors' goalmouth. Johnson beat Pearson all ends up, but Murphy came back to head over the bar as he rushed into the net. Pearson had to be quick to save a terrific centre from Turner, and a point blank shot from Geldard. Everton were playing more penetrative football than at any stage of the game. First-time short passing methods from back to forward carried Everton through, and Pearson had to run out and make a tackle of Turner to prevent a score. Everton's endeavours were cheered by 40,000 spectators.
Pearson Lucky .
Pearson must certainly consider Goodison Park his lucky ground. He has often had good fortune here, and now his star was at its height when Turner's point blank shot struck him no the toe, and ran to satety. Albion won their first corner of the game, after 55 minutes. In 62 minutes Everton drew level as a result of one of their all-in bombardments, Dean securing his thirteenth goal of the season. Every Everton forward and two half backs participated in the raid and after Britton had twice banged the ball to the goalmouth several speculative shots all charged down, White came through with a drive which cannoned off Shaw to Pearson, and as the ball dropped to earth Dean banged it home. There was no doubt that Everton had been on top this half, but, but now the forwards fed the opposing backs far too much. Turner came almost to outside right to feed Geldard, only for the attack to fizzle out badly. The Albion restored their advantage in 69 minutes owing to a mis-tackle by Cook. Wood turned the ball inside and when Cook failed to make the quick tackle, Robbins ran through to once again place the Midlanders ahead. Dean broke through to the goal line, and from his centre Turner headed in for Shaw to kick away from the line.
Everton hit Woodwork for the Third Time
Everton were pilling on the pressure, but there were few occasions on which they looked like breaking down a brilliant defence, except when Thomson accepted Geldard's pass and struck the bar with a great shot. The Albion immediately broke away, and after Sagar had been drawn from goal, Robbins shot towards the untenanted goal, but Thomson was there to keep the ball out. Away went Everton for Dunn, to put Dean clear, Dean Lobbed the ball over Pearson's head, but when he aimed for the vacant goal he placed outside. This was Everton's first home defeat of the season, and the Albion claimed the distinction of being the first team to take four points from them. Final Everton 1 West Bromwich Albion 2.
• Todays Scores: Wolves 3 Liverpool 1; Aston Villa 3 Middlesbrough 1; Arsenal 3 Birmingham 0; Blackpool, 3 Sheffield W 4; Blackburn R 1, Chelsea 3; Derby C 5, Leeds U 1; Huddersfield 2 Portsmouth 2; Manchester C 2, Sunderland 4; Newcastle U 3 Bolton W 1; Sheffield U 5 Leicester C 2
WEST BROM RES V. EVERTON RES.
December 31 1932. Evening express Football Edition
Opening exchanges were fairly even, Albion, however, were first to be dangerous through Cookson, who receiving the ball from the left, delivered a shot from an oblique angle, which Coggins did well to punch back into play. Everton were first to score after 12 minutes from a breakaway on the right. Critchley centred to Griffiths, who easily Beat Crowe. Three minutes later Albion equalised through Boyle. Nine minutes later Albion took the lead, Green netting. Boyes after 30 minutes, and Gale, after 40 minutes added further goals. Half-time West Brom Albion Res, 4, Everton Res 1.