EVERTON TEAM TO MEET CHELSEA
December 1 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton are making changes in their team to meet Chelsea at Goodison Park tomorrow, owing mainly to the illness of White. Cunliffe who played at inside right against Stoke City last season, returns to the centre-forward position, and Dunn is recalled to partner Critchley. The team chosen is: - Sagar; Cresswell, Britton, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson, Stein. The reserve team to meet Aston Villa Reserves is;- Deighton; Bocking, Jones; Mercer Griffiths, Archer; Geldard McGourty, Higham, Watson, Leyfield.
The Chelsea side to meet Everton will be; - Woodley; Barber, Law; Russell, O'Dowd, Miller; Chitty, Priestley, Mills, Gibson, Oakton. Gallacher has received a number of knocks in recent matches and it is thought advisable to rest him and bring in Mills as centre, this being the only change in the side, which drew with Birmingham. Chelsea paid their first League visit to Goodison Park in 1908-09 and secured a three clear goals victory, but since then they have only been successful twice, and shared the points three times. With the exception of two occasions scoring in these meetings has been rather limited as will be seen from the following results of all League games between these rivals on tomorrow's enclosure (Everton's score reading first); 0-3, 3-2, 2-2, 1-0, 0-0, 2-2, 2-3, 2-3 5-1, 2-3, 3-1, 2-0, 7-2 and 3-2. At the moment Chelsea are at the foot of the table with 8 points for the 16 games played.
LOWLY TEAMS MEET.
December 2 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton are experiencing team troubles but the players are facing the task with spirit. The loss 6 men like Dean, White, and Cook to a team constitutes a great handicap, and the responsibility of other members of the side is thereby increased. Everton will find in Chelsea desperate opponents who are worse off than the Goodison Park club. Gallacher will not be in his customary place. Cook is not fit to play, and Williams returns to the senior side for the first time since December of last year, when he was hurt playing against Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has twice been operated on for cartilage trouble. Recently he has been playing in the Central league side and showing something like his old form. I expect Everton to win. The kick off is at 2.15, and the teams are: - Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, Gee Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson, Stein. Chelsea; - Woodley; Barber, Law; Russell, O'Dowd, Miller; Chitty, Priestly, Mills, Gibson, Oakton.
CUNLIFFE'S GOALS AT GOODISON
December 2 1933. Liverpool Football Echo.
Chelsea Forwards Give Poor Display.
An Everton victory at last. Yet not a convincing one for Chelsea were a moderate foe and their position at the foot of the table can be easily understood. Teams; - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson and Stein, forwards. Chelsea: - Woodley, goal; Barber and Law, backs; Russell, O'Dowd, and Miller, half-backs; Chitty, Priestly, Mills, Gregg, and Oakton, forwards. Referee Mr. E.A. Westwood, Walsall. But for a slight wind, which swirled along the ground the conditions at Goodison Park, today were ideal for this meeting for two of the League's underdogs. The match was interesting because of the fact that Ben Williams made his reappearance. As a matter of fact it was the Welsh international's 200 th League appearance for Everton. Twenty thousand people saw the start, and what a start for with almost the first kick of the ball Chelsea should have registered a goal. There was no excuse whatever for Mills miss. He had done good work in attaining his position right in front of the Everton goal, but just as everyone expected to witness the downfall of Sagar, Mills swept the ball high over the bar. The Chelsea centre forward showed his disappointment by putting his hands to his head. Chitty was the next Chelsea man to trouble the Everton defence and although his centre was of long length, Sagar had to keep a watchful eye on the ball to prevent it from cutting under his bar. O'Dowd gave away two free kicks, which did not bring anything to Everton, but Stein, with a great centre, enabled Dunn to make a header of much value.
Everton's Turn To Miss.
Goalkeeper Woodley, however, was just in the right place so that he could edge the ball over the crossbar. Chelsea had their miss it was now Everton's turn to let a fine opportunity go by. Critchley could not have been more than five yards out of goal, and could reasonably have been expected to have found the net, but kicked right over the goal. Some of the football was of a choice character and Chelsea proved that they could make attacks, even though they could not finish them off. This remark also applied to Everton for Cunliffe, who was well placed, shot tamely towards Woodley, and later headed wide from Stein's centre. Mills certainly received good support, and once looked like treading his way to a goal until Cresswell got to grips with him. Even then the danger was not past, for the ball came back to Mills, but Sagar had wisely come out in anticipation of such a happening. Still, it was a dangerous looking situation for Everton until Sagar had finally shaken off the attentions of Gregg.
Priestly once led an assault on the Everton goal assisted by Chitty, and the ball eventually landed at the feet of Mills. What would Mills do this time. The chance was there staring him in the face, and in trying to make certain he shot straight at Sagar, and then given a second chance he did exactly the same thing. Matches are not won by a side, which fails to accept such offering. Cunliffe had adopted the Dean idea in heading the ball back to oncoming colleague, and although this rule brought some shots they were not of the calibre to defeat a man of Woodley ability. There were few fireworks in the game such as we saw a Anfield a week ago in fact the game travelled along on quiet lines plenty of passing, some scheming, but few shots worthy the name. One by Dunn, however, went near the mark but it was Cunliffe who gad the hardest luck, when he put the ball on to Woodley when the goalkeeper seemed to have little chance.
Cunliffe Heads Through .
This incident was the forerunner to an Everton goal. Dunn had just failed when a few yards out, the ball going out to the Everton left wing, Stein, who all along had been centreing with accuracy, put the ball into the goalnouth, and Cunliffe promptly headed it into the net. Time thirty-five minutes. Law headed over his own crossbar to prevent a Critchley centre from becoming more dangerous. Priestly and Thompson shot badly, but Johnson had desperate luck when a right footed shot of his struck the foot of the upright.
Halt-time Everton 1 Chelsea 0
It was the questiest game I have seem this season. Chitty caused Sagar to clutch a hot shot into his body. The midfield play was not at all of a had quality, but there it ended. Dunn took a shot from long range –there were too many shots from impossible distances. Chitty made a fiery, which Sagar patted away for a corner. It was a good save from a really good shot.
Five minute after the hour, Everton obtained a second goal, and it was Cunliffe again who did the truck. A left wing movement led up to the point, and although Woodley ran out to foil Cunliffe, the Everton leader got his foot to the ball and placed it into he net just as Woodley threw himself forward much too late. Sagar saved smartly from Miller when that player made a header, which looked to have the beating of the Everton goalkeeper, and then Chitty, who was centring well, caused the Everton defence some trouble without making them pay the great penalty. Critchley showed wisdom when he pulled the ball back, but Cunliffe had failed to foresee his colleagues intention. Mills had yet another opportunity but over-dribbled to such an extent (a shot was all that was needed) that he eventually lost the ball to a rival. The longer the game progressed, the better Williams played. He did not appear to find his real touch in the first half, but later came near to his old form. Chelsea nearly took a goal, following good work by priestly, and if Mills header had kept a truer line Sagar could hardly have saved.
Priestly's Fierce Shot.
Four minutes from the end Chelsea took some consolation with a goal through Priestley. It was worth a goal, for he had made a fine run before finally slashing home a fierce shot which went between Sagar and the upright. Chelsea saw a chance of a possible half, and for some minutes attacked strongly but Everton held their lead. Final Everton 2 Chelsea 1.
ASTON VILLA RES V. EVERTON RES .
December 2 1933. Evening express Football Edition.
Everton visited Aston Villa today. Villa took an early lead, for Dix, dribbling through gave Brocklebank a chance to net after two minutes. At the other end Biddleston did well to punch away a centre from Leyfield with Higham in close attendance. After 14 minutes Mandley scored for Villa while straight from the restart Brown went through to score a third. The ball rolled over the line with the goalkeeper out. Everton responded magnificently and McGourty scored after 18 minutes with an unexpected drive. Leyfield added another one, while later from close range Aston Villa again pressed and after 25 minutes Brocklebank scored a fourth goal in a melee neat the goalmouth. In the next Everton attack, Geldard struck the crossbar, but Aston Villa remained the more aggressive side Everton being weak in defence. Half-time Aston Villa Res 4, EvertonRes 2.
EVERTON 2 CHELSEA 1 (Game 1452 over-all)-(Div 1 1410)
December 4 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Shooting Faults At Goodison.
Everton Win A Poor Game.
I can readily understand why Chelsea are at the foot of the table, and also why Everton are keeping them company in the lower regions. It was football without finish at Goodison Park, and I heard one critic say that there was not one good movement throughout the game. Personally, I saw some cleverly, conceived ideas, but when it came to shooting there was little idea of the requirements. There were not more than 15,000 people to see this game, and the double Decker told in an instant how the meeting of the bottom dogs of the League had failed to draw the people away from their firesides. There did not seem to be 200 people in the stand. Everton won because they scored two goals to one by Chelsea, but apart from Cunliffe's goals and one or two goalmouth incidents there was little in the game. It was more like an exhibition match. Plenty of combination of a kind but little or no forward movement.
Some bad Misses.
On my scribbling pad I have a list of names of men who missed chances, but I will quote two or three. The first came in the first half minute. Mills by a smart run, including the defeat of Cresswell, had made for himself a gilt-edged scoring opportunity. A goal to Chelsea in thirty seconds seemed all wrong, but it appeared a probability. Mills was 10 yards out and Sagar alone could be the saviour of his side, but the goalkeeper could have had no chance if Mills had found a true line. He sent the ball soaring over the crossbar, and so let slip a chance the like of which, he may never receive again. Critchley's miss was not nearly so bad, but it was bad enough for although he was not so well placed as Mills had been he could have scored, instead of which he kicked right over the ball. There was by far too much long distance shooting in the game. Gregg attempted to beat Sagar from 40 yards. Even if the shot had been dead on the mark, Sagar could hardly have been beaten. Gregg usually swept the ball into the crowd. Everton were just as remise in this direction as their opponent, but Johnson had bad luck when he struck the foot of the upright with Woodley beaten. There were times when the ball was handled about inside the penalty area for a matter of minutes; yet the goalkeeper were really a difficulty. There was little fault to be found with the rival defenc. Stein sent across enough centre to have produced half a dozen Everton goals if the inside forwards could have shot well, but they were frittered away in an annoying fashion, and when Chelsea found the opening they passed and passed again when only a shot was necessary. It was tantalizing to see so many efforts rest to the wind, and unless Everton and Chelsea improve in this respect they are not likely to rise in the League table.
Cunliffe showed improvement, yet was not a success in every way. True, he scored the two goals which brought Everton their long delayed home success, but the most pleasing feature was Ben Williams's defence. His tackling was sound, and were; even though he did not kick quite so well as before he met with his injury. Still I was well satisfield with William's game, and also that of Britton, but apart from the two wingmen, Critchley and Stein, particularly the latter, one cannot say much for the other forwards. Priestley goal was the best of the trio. He beat the whole of the Everton defence before he finally slashed the ball in between Sagar and the upright. Teams; - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson and Stein, forwards. Chelsea: - Woodley, goal; Barber and Law, backs; Russell, O'Dowd, and Miller, half-backs; Chitty, Priestly, Mills, Gregg, and Oakton, forwards. Referee Mr. E.A. Westwood, Walsall.
ASTON VILLA RESERVES 5 EVERTON RESERVES 3
December 4 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 17)
At Aston. The Villa scored early on through Brocklebank, and after several Everton attacks Mandley put a second and Brown a third. Everton retaliated, McGourty and Leyfield scoring, but brocklebank put on the Villa's fourth. In the second half Brown registered the Villa's fifth point and Watson put on Everton's third . Everton: - Deighton, goal; Bocking and Jones backs; Mercer, Griffiths, and Archer, half-backs; Geldard, McGourty, Higham, Watson and Leyfield, forwards.
BUXTON TONIC FOR EVERTON.
December 4 1933. Evening Express
Special Training Before Holiday Matches.
By the Pilot.
Everton are to undergo special training at Buxton for one week prior to the Xmas and New Year holiday programme. After witnessing their display against Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday when they won 2-1. I can quite appreciate that the directors feel something is needed to put a tonic into the Everton players. Judging by this display, it is obvious that the majority of players have either gone stale or lost their form completely. Yes, it might be both. In my opinion the proposed visit to Buxton is well advised. “Everton have always found the invigorating air and special baths at this spa beneficial –remember the visits which preceded every cup round last term –and I have not the slightest doubt but that Buxton will enable Everton to regain their true form. I understand that final details have to be arranged, but that it is contemplated the team will go to Buxton on December 17, and will remain until the visit to Aston Villa on December 23. After that match the players will return to Buxton and travel to Newcastle on the Sunday for the Christmas Day match. Everton's form in recent matches and particularly in that against Chelsea seems to bear out the contention of one of the players. He said; “All of us seem to have lost form at the same time. That accounts for the falling away.” The Cupholders were but a shadow of their real selves against the Pensioners, and though they just about deserved to win, they would not have done had the visitors had any idea of finishing. Rarely have I seen a centre forward miss such golden opportunities, as did Mills. This player could have won the game for Chelsea, but he failed with the easiest of chances. Cresswell played coolly, while the Everton wings –Stein and Critchley –were splendid, Stein particularly so. Johnson and Dunn were slow to spot openings, and Cunliffe suffered through eagerness. He missed openings, but secured the two goals, which enabled Everton to register two successive victories for the first time this season. Particularly interest attached itself to the reappearance of Ben Williams after 11 months absence. It was his 200 th appearance for Everton, and after a shaky first half-an-hour he settled down to play with all his old-time brilliance. He required confidence at the outset, but once he had gained it he was there with those wonderful intrepid tackles, the quick intervention and the sure-kick. It was a most encouraging reappearance. Sagar had a good game and on the Chelsea side only Law, O'Dowd, Priestly and Chitty successes. On this form the Chelsea outlook is poor, but that of Everton is not much better.
EVERTON ARRANGE BUXTON VISITOR
December 5 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Everton, players are to undergo, special training at Buxton for a week,, before the Christmas hoilday programmes. I understand the players will go to Buxton on December 17 TH , and will remain there until the visit of Aston Villa on Saturday, December 23 RD . After that match the players will return to Buxton travelling to Newcastle on the Sunday for the Christmas day match. The return game with Newcastle is on Boxing Day. It will be recalled that Everton stayed at Buxton before the cup-ties last season.
DEAN TO UNDERGO CARTILAGE OPERATION
December 6 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton have received another blow, dean the captain entered a nursing home last night, and to-day will undergo an operation for the removal of the cartilage from his left knee. Dean has played one game for Everton since September 23 RD. On that day he injured his left ankle in the game against arsenal at Goodison Park and under went an operation on the following Tuesday, for the removal of small pieces of bone. He returned to play on November 4 TH against Huddersfield Town but in a collision with turner, the town goalkeeper, damaged his knee since he has been under treatment for torn ligaments and it was not thought necessary to have a further operation. The knee appeared to improve, but on further examination yesterday, it was decided that the cartilage should be removed.
Cook and White Return.
There is better news regarding other Everton players. Cook and White, who were unable to play against Chelsea are fit again, and will be in the side to visit Portsmouth on Saturday. Thus further changes are made in the team. Cook will take, the place of Williams while T.C. White will be at centre-half instead of C.W. Gee. The team is; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson, Stein. Portsmouth are a good side this season and Everton are faced with a stiff task when they visit the Southern club. But encouraged by the fact that they have won the last two games –against Stoke City and Chelsea –the Goodison team will I am sure make a bold bit for a “hat-trick” of wins. They drew 202 at Fratton Park last season, and during the present campaign it may be noted that Portsmouth have lost two and drawn two of their eight home fixture.
COOK AND WHITE RETURN
December 6 1933. Evening Express.
Everton Changes For Portsmouth.
By the Pilot.
Everton, who make their longest journey of the season to Portsmouth, on Saturday, have made two changes in the side, which defeated Chelsea 2-1. These effect the rear divisions. Cook has recovered from his leg injury received at Stoke and resumes at right back in place of Williams, while White, well again after an attack of tonsillitis returns to centre half to the exclusion of Gee. The attack with Cunliffe leading and Dunn and Johnson in their usual inside positions, remains unchanged. Not since Oct 14, when Everton defeated Blackburn Rovers 7-1, have the Cupholders fielded the same team two matches in succession. I think the directors are acting wisely in giving Cunliffe an extended run at centre forward. He is a good footballer, young and enthusiastic, and can get goals. With more experience in the position I think he will prove a capable deputy for Dean while the skipper is in the nursing home. Everton will be visiting one of their lucky grounds; in fact, they were only once at Fratton Park. Last season they forced a draw of 2-2. The Blues have now secured two wins in succession for the first time this season, and they are anxious to make it three. Tottenham Hotsour and Birmingham have won at Fratton Park and Sunderland and Wolverhampton came away with half the points, so Everton, if they strike their real game, are not without hope. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Johnson, Stein.
J MEREDITH SIGNS FROM WIGAN QUEENS HALL
December 7 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Young Player for Goodison.
By John Peel.
J Meredith, a right-winger forward, of Wigan Queens Hall F.C. has been signed by Everton on a Liverpool combination forms. Meredith, who is nineteen years-of-age, is a nephew of Billy Meredith; the famous Welsh international who played for Manchester united and Manchester City.
Mr. Alfred Wade, a member of the Everton's directorate, will receive a presentation from his fellow directors at the next meeting of the board, to celebrate the completion of twenty-one years services as a director. Mr. Andrew Coffey was the recipient of a similar presentation recently, and Mr. Ernest green, the vice-chairman, completes his twenty-one year's service shortly.
EVERTON GAIN A POINT.
December 9 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Thrills in Goalless Game at Pompey.
By the Pilot.
Everton were at Portsmouth, and also had emissaries in the South still pursing the search for talent. Everton had White and Cook back in the side. Teams: - Portsmouth: - Gilfallan, goal; Mackie and Smith (W.), backs; Smith (A.), Nichol, and Thackeray, half-backs; Worrall, Smith (J.), Weddle, Easson, and Rutherford, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. Mr. S. F. Rouse (Herts). Everton opened on a bright note, Dun beating two men with head and foot to level a surprise shot which went just pass the far post, with Griffillan too late. Critchley did some good work to pass Smith (W.) and cross a ball which was bound for Johnson, but which Cunliffe unfortunately deflected. Worrall brought danger to the Blues' goal with a delightful run and centre, which Sagar easily mastered. Weddle nearly got the ball past Sagar, but the goalkeeper dived out and turned it around for a corner. Everton proceeded to serve up some of the best football we have seen from them for weeks.
The Far-Flung Pass .
They were not afraid to hold the ball draw the man and make the pass. They also adopted the far-flung transfer with success. White took a long shot of a surprise character and went dangerously near before Worrall headed across the Everton goal from Rutherford's centre. In the opening quarter Portsmouth had not compared with Everton, who had brought many anxious moments to Gilfillan. Critchley and Stein were Everton's raiders in this rejuvenated side. Johnson sent a lovely pass up the centre to give Cunliffe a clear course. The centre forward had only Gilfillan to beat, but his anxiety caused him to take the shot first time and it sailed over the top. Johnson had gone too far forward to have a chance of slipping through Stein's low centre, then Cresswell joined the marksmen, snapping a 30 yarder pass the far post. I liked Everton enterprise in shooting. “They certainly were not afraid to have a go.” Pompey had a turn a bright opening of five minutes during which Worrall broke through. Sagar saved a shot from Rutherford. A Pompey penalty claim was turned down. Long after the whistle had sounded for hands against Rutherford Weddle got the ball into the net. Worrall made a tragic miss, shooting over the bar from four yards range after a brilliant run by Weddle and a bad miskick by Thomson. Right on the interval Worrall tried to make amends, and a splendid shot travlled past the post. Everton had given a splendid display, of football and deserved to be leading. The Portsmouth backs were sound, however, and discounted Everton's cleverness, which was all the more surprising in view of the bumpy and frosty state of the ground.
Half-time Portsmouth 0, Everton 0.
Dunn opened the second half with an awkward dropping shot which Gilfillan pulled down from under the bar. Smith (A.) saw a distance shot go by the post, and for a spell of 10 minutes Everton were kept solely on the defensive finding it difficult to make progress against the wind. The Cupholders had an escape when Weddle edged the ball away to Worrall, who shot pass the face of the goal, White and Cook preventing Rutherford from running it into the net.
Everton's Sound Defence.
Everton defence was exceptionally good, but apart from further excellent work by Critchley, they were not seen so much in an attacking light. Weddle was tackled by Cook in the nick of time and his shot from three yards went high over. A good shot by Jack Smith and a clever hook away by Thomson from Worall, which saved a certain goal, were features of the game at this point. The Portsmouth shooting in this half had been extremely poor. Gilfillan kicked out to save a dangerous move by Cunliffe, who was being well held today. Final Portsmouth 0, Everton 0.
EVERTON RES V. SHEFF UNITED RES.
December 9 1933. Evening Express.
There was only a small attendance at Goodison Park today for the Central League game against Sheffield United Reserves. Aided by the stiff breeze the United opened out well and Mercer was fortunate to get a second chance of clearing when Dames was clean through. Deighton got a fine centre from Kilhoury and later left his goal to baulk Hanson. The Everton reply was a strong drive by Leyfield, which hit the side net. Deighton again came into action with a save from Gooney, and although archer tried hard to get the Everton attack moving Sheffield at this point were definitely on top. A shot by Cheesemuir went over the bar. Everton, however, were determined to score. Watson ran through and drove in a magnificent effort, which Campbell did well to turn over the bar, and from the resultant corner Leyfield headed through. From this point Everton's shooting visibly improved and they came close to a second goal when the Sheffield defence just scrambled the ball away. This goal, however, was not long delayed as Higham ran through when the Sheffield defence was standing still expecting an offside attack, and easily beat Kendall. Cheesmuir was again off the mark after Hanson provided a good chance. At the other end Higham just failed to connect after a fast cross from Leyfield. The United were playing well until the goal area was reached when chances were missed by Hanson and Jackson. The latter, however, retrieved himself by finishing a fine movement with a good goal. Everton were always dangerous when a good chance came their way, and Higham was only inches out with two oblong drives. Watson also shot well, and a magnificent effort from him just failed, over the bar. Kendall twice touched away, and Watson went close with another drive. Half-time Everton Res 2, Sheff United Res 1.
New Brighton Res v Everton “A”
Everton “A” had the better of the opening exchanges, and several good opportunities were wasted through hesitancy. New Brighton gradually settled down, and by their good half-back play became the masters. After several exciting moments in the Everton goal, Woods, opened the New Brighton score from a corner. Half-time New Brighton Res 1, Everton “A” 0.
THE OLD EVERTON ANEW
December 9 1933. Liverpool Football Echo.
A Nice Pick-Me-Up From Portsmouth.
Vast improvement by Everton in the first half. A helpful point. . Teams: - Portsmouth: - Gilfallan, goal; Mackie and Smith (W.), backs; Smith (A.), Nichol, and Thackeray, half-backs; Worrall, Smith (J.), Weddle, Easson, and Rutherford, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. Mr. S. F. Rous (Herts).
The best description of Portsmouth today was some fell on bony ground for there was ice on the pitch, and the players slid about awkwardly. The idea that the beautiful sunshine took, any of the bone of the ground was utterly wrong. James Dunn began with a priceless bit of heading, jugglery, and finished with a swerving shot that Gilfillan went towards but could bot catch. Fortunately for him the ball, pass outside. Than Worrall replied for the home side with a string cross-drive Sagar getting the applause of the ex-Liverpool people present –and they were numerous for a pretty catch. Critchley threatened to over-run the ball, but was able to drag it beyond the full back and centre, but Cunliffe headed back to a point where someone should have been but was not.
First Class Passing.
Everton played superb football for the first twenty minutes. They made better use of the ball than Portsmouth in fact one would hardly have recognised them as the side that was said to have played so badly last week. Everton's captain, Thomson certainly mistkick twice, but such matters were not offence, but merely the natural sequel to the state of the turf. More important was that Thomson twice put the ball through to Cunliffe –first class passing. Dunn made a header. Worrall ditto White made a shot a third length of the field, and everyone was beaten including Gilfillan, who dived at the ball, and was glad to see it pass inches out of goal.
The Old Everton.
On the other hand Everton had one escape when White was fouled without getting the referee's verdict, and Sagar had to punch the ball away when he was lying on the ground, and Weddle was a yard short of being able to step in and put it into the empty goal. Stein slipped when about to shoot from easy range and Jack Smith replied for the opposition with a shot. Critchley, Dunn, White and Britton were in sparkling form. White and Cook reappearing in the side had given point to Everton's play, and the style adopted by Cunliffe at centre forward was masterly. This was the old Everton anew. Stein gave Johnson a chance that was missed after which came shots from Thomson and Cresswell, both excellent endeavours and justified by the icy conditions. Britton, Cook, and Cresswell fell back into goal to act the part of saving grace when Portsmouth improved considerably, and Sagar saved a sharp one from Rurherford and Cook, a hefty but well-timed charge of Hampton character when Rutherford centred. Fortunately Sagar was not hurt, and the goal had not fallen. Easson added a good drive, but Everton were still the superior tacticians. Worrall no more than six yards out made the miss of the match, and for the rest of the half scratched his head to see if he was awake.
Half-time Portsmouth 0 Everton 0
The second half was piffling compared with the first half. Portsmouth had quite a stiff breeze at their backs, and although Dunn began the second half a she had stayed the first with an excellent shot nearly making a goal. Portsmouth were incontestably on the attack for long stretches, and only their own follies in front of goal prevented them taking the lead. Worrall, who had wound up the first half with a brilliant try, was at his worst. With the easiest of chances he now missed a simple one. Although Sagar produced his safety catch, he could have had no chance when Weddle was standing in front of goal, yet put the ball high over. In fact, the inside forward work of Portsmouth was lamentable, and was now the cause of Everton still being 0-0. Jack Smith made one good shot in six efforts and Rutherford now got the disease. In fact Portsmouth were suffering from paralysis against the Everton defence. Miss followed miss like a parade of suffragettes, and one looked for Everton to break away as it joke and make Portsmouth pay their evil penalty. When Stein who had been unemployed for long spells got beyond the defence, one imagined a goal would come, but Stein was a trifle too fast with the centre for the full backs and Critchley, and the blank state of the game was still being registered. Much of the joy of the first half had gone out of the game. Cunliffe tired of authoring his beat with no one to talk in excepted defenders, and he broke into a desperate effort twice being near the mark, and shocking the Portsmouth defence. Everton defence remained secure and the last lines were really brilliant. Sagar's best being a tip over the bar when a bounding ball threatened to steal in. The refereeing, by the way was quite the best feature of the day, after one had given honours to Dunn, White and the defence of the visiting side, and on the home side the backs, Rutherford and Worrall, which reads strange in view of the fact that Worrall missed three sitters.
Final Portsmouth 0, Everton 0.
PORTSMOUTH 0 EVERTON 0 (Game 1453 over-all)-(Div 1 1411)
December 11 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
A Point For Everton.
Improved Play in all Positions.
Some Portsmouth Faults,
Everton are to be congratulated upon getting a draw at Portsmouth. It was a vastly better display they served up than they have offered for many weeks, and this improvement was due, in a great measure, through the return of White at centre half-back, and Cook at full back. Their steadying influence was felt by the rest of the side, and their work carried with a confidence among the half-backs in particular, this being one of Thomson's best games and Britton produced verve in his customary fluent style of play. Everton's first half exhibition was good enough to satisfy their most earnest friends, albeit the left wing pair had not been a great deal in the picture. There was a good deal of pretty football shown, and there was the very necessary addition of endeavour to this artistry. Portsmouth backs played well and that was the reason Everton were without a goal in the first half. On the other hand it must be said that Portsmouth with the wind in their favour gave a lamentable display of shooting in the second half, and although the wind was helping them, they cast aside the easiest of chances. One is justified in making excuse for any shot that was off the mark in view of the wintry conditions, which made the turf icy and a footing difficult. However, Portsmouth's worst offences were committed when the players were so close in that they had no right to put the ball over the bar. Worrall was the chief sinner in this respect, and this was an odd case, because he was so service able on the wing in approach work, and near half-time he made two telling efforts that swung outside.
Rutherford also a winger had shown up in fine fashion in the first half, and when the elements were blowing him he developed the same way as his far cross partner. Weddle intervening and making similar errors of judgement when the chance was bright. Them faults in the Portsmouth camp must go down against their general play, and must not be lost sight of when studying Everton's value for a half, with no goals scored. Certainly Everton got much of their inspired forward work through Dunn, who was quite the live member in the attack in shot and scheming, Critchley having a good opening phrase, but later having little chance, its was the case with Stein. Stoke had given Everton's victory after the Potters had been hammering the defence and Everton had matched a goal. This game threatened to go the same way when Stein got away for the first time; the cross was to severe, however, for the defender or for the flying Critchley. And that was the reason for Portsmouth escaping the full penalty of their offences. One must give full marks to the Everton defence, whose tactics were superb, whose skill in heading away or tackling and clearing was uniformly good. Sagar had one escape only; for the rest he was never in doubt about his catch, and his tip-over of the high bouncing ball, hall-marked him. Cook did a lot of good punting from awkward angles and heights and Cresswell was in high mood, and took the liberty of making a shot or two finding the mark, but not getting the ball beyond Gilfillan. Cresswell define age and opposition, and his shooting like that of the acting captain, Thomson showed that if they could be accurate the forwards were not to be exceeded wily nilly, as everyone was went to excuse them on the score of the ice-tracks.
White's Best Berth.
Another bright feature of play was the work of White at centre-half. There is only one position for him, no matter what emergency calls might he heard in the future he is outstanding as a pivot and his wing men had a good day. I have mentioned Dunn as the star raider. Cunliffe had practically no chance, yet did sufficient to warrant the belief that when the others like up with him he will be a surprise packet in the matter of heading shooting, and general football craft Portsmouth were very disappointing at inside forward; none of the three had their customary sparkle, and the best feature of the eleven was the defence plus” a find” named A. Smith a stocky little half-back, but quite a football personality with brains for the task in hand. He reduced Everton's left wing to a lowly state. Teams: - Portsmouth: - Gilfallan, goal; Mackie and Smith (W.), backs; Smith (A.), Nichol, and Thackeray, half-backs; Worrall, Smith (J.), Weddle, Easson, and Rutherford, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. Mr. S. F. Rous (Herts).
EVERTON RESERVES 4 SHEFFIELD UNITED RESERVES 2
November 11 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 18)
After a quiet opening half, both sides settled down to provide football of a high class and Everton were worthy victors. The losers schemed and worked with such fine understanding that the home defenders did remarkably well in counteracting their efforts. It was after Sampey had shown the way with a fine shot that Deighton cleared that the game became full of life and interest. Watson sent in a raspier that Kendall saved at the expense of a corner, and this led to Leyfield opening the score. Higham added the second and prior to the interval Jackson scored for Sheffield. The second half was a most exciting period, with the ball flashing from end to end, and it was late on when Leyfield and Watson made Everton's victory secure with the third and fourth goals. Jackson scored for Sheffielders in the last minute. Everton: - Deighton, goal; Williams and Jones, backs; Mercer, Griffiths and Archer, half-backs; Geldard, McGourty, Higham, Watson and Leyfield, forwards. Sheffield United: - Kendall, goal; Hooper and Anderson, backs; Sampey, Barke, and Gooney, half-backs; Killourplay, Jackson, Baines, Cheesmuir, and Hanson forwards. Referee Mr. J. Mayo.
New Brighton Reserves 5 Everton “A” 0
Liverpool County Combination.
At Rake-lane. The score in no way was flattered New Brighton. Save for in period early in the game when they display craft and enterprise. Everton were overplayed. The mastery of the New Brighton halves were complete and enabled their own forwards to keep up a persistent attack. Everton had a good half-back in Owen, while Meredith, though nervous showing good-ideas. H. Wood, Pegg, and Kitching (3) (two penalties) scored.
EVERTON ON THE UP GRADE.
November 11 1933. Evening Express.
A Point and “Points” from Pompey.
By the Pilot. Everton definitely are recapturing their real form. This was proved at Portsmouth, where the cupholders secured their 16 th point of the season. In the opening half the Blues provided delightful football, a feature of which was the variety introduced into their work. One moment they exploited the short, subtle transfer, with the man drawing an opponent before slipping the pass and the next moment they would concentrate on the fast, open game, with the wide passes to the wingers. Let me make it plain that there were weaknesses in the side, but the general tendency was towards improvement in a game which Portsmouth might have won had they been able to shoot with direction, but in which Everton's brilliant defence earned them a just reward. Attack in the first half and defence in the second settled it for Everton and Mr. Jack Tinn manager of Portsmouth, afterwards remarked toi me” I am well satisfied with one point.” Everton's star performer was Sagar, whose work throughout was brilliant. He made one mighty save in the final minutes. He was well covered by Cresswell –again magnificent -and Cook, and Britton was the best half-backs. Critchley was outstanding in attack, thanks to some glorious work by Dunn, who had no superior at inside forward. A happy result and a happy augury for Everton in an encounter which was handled by a 100 per cent referee – Mr. S. Rous. This official is destined for final honours.
EVERTON BEAT THE ARMY
November 11 1933. Evening Express.
Everton sent a strong team to Aldershot today for a match against the Army, whose attack was led by Duncan in place of Austin. Teams:- Army: - Sapper H. Taffany, goal; C.C. M. Lally Guardsman and A.J.Dickson, backs; E.C. S. Eastham, Pte J. Pearce, and Gun G. Hormill, half-backs; Lieut W.V.H.Robbins, Corpl R. Wright, Guardsman L/Sergt Mudford, Fusiller A.F. Curtis, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; White and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson and Stein, forwards.
Lally cleared well curing an early attacks on the Everton left. The Army looked dangerous when the ball went out to Robbins in a good movement, but Robbins's shot did not trouble Sagar. Dunn missed narrowly with a header when Stein put over a well-placed centre. Britton broke up a dangerous movement by the Army in which Robbins, Duncan, and Curtis took part. Critchley and Dunn went through cleverly on the Everton right, and Pearce cleared from the goalmouth. Stein and Johnson seen in a similar movement on the opposite wing, and Stein whipped over a fast centre. Dunn's shot was deflected for a corner. The Everton goal had a narrow escape when Curtis put over a glorious and Robins flung himself at the ball, just failing to reach it with his head. Everton took the lead after 11 minutes, Cunliffe netting from close range, after several shots had been blocked by the Army defenders.
Half-time Army 0, Everton 1.
A thrill was seen in the first minute of the second half. Dunn worked his way thoroughly cleverly and tried to walk the ball into the net, Tiffany came out, dived down, and took the ball off Dunn's foot. Johnson scored for Everton's second goal with a fast hot after 12 minutes of the second half. Gee and Cunliffe scored further goals for Everton. Final –Army 0 Everton 4.
ARMY 0 EVERTON 4
November 12 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
White As A Full-Back.
Everton Too Smart For Army Side.
Everton were again too smart for the Army, at Aldershot yesterday, and won a pleasant game by 4 goals to 0. Until the interval the Army put up a very good fight and more than once Sagar would have stood very little chance if the military forwards had shown better understanding. Tiffany was the hero of the Army side. He may have been at fault when Gee scored the third goal, but otherwise he played a great game, saving shots from all angles and ranges. Cunliffe led the Everton attack well, though until late in the game Johnson and Dunn claimed the greater share of the honours. Gee, who came in at centre half, White replacing Cook at right back, had a good game, his passes nearly always finding the wingers. Cresswell and White left Sagar little to do, but he was slightly lucky to keep out a shot by Mudford when Everton were three up. Cunliffe scored the only goal of the opening half, snapping up a chance when several shots had been blocked by defenders. Johnson got the second with a fast shot, which beat Tiffany all the way. Gee followed with another 30 yards, and Cunliffe got the fourth. Teams: - Army: - Sapper H. Taffany, goal; C.C. M. Lally Guardsman and A.J.Dickson, backs; E.C. S. Eastham, Pte J. Pearce, and Gun G. Hormill, half-backs; Lieut W.V.H.Robbins, Corpl R. Wright, Guardsman L/Sergt Mudford, Fusiller A.F. Curtis, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; White and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson and Stein, forwards.
December 16 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
It promises to be one of the most attractive matches of the season is that fixed to be played at Goodison Park between Everton and Sunderland. It is a vital match for both teams, and in view of Sunderland's recent performances it would seem that Everton must play at the top of their form to hold them. There were some expectations that a new first-class forward would be signed in time for this game but apparently the deal was not completed and Everton announced their team last night with White again at centre-forward. He played at centre-half last week against Portsmouth and Gee will fill that position today. Other important alterations are the substitution of Thomson by archer and Johnson by Cunliffe. The latter player will thus have played in the three inside positions within the space of a few weeks. Archer is a reserve half-back who played three times for the first team last season. Special interest will be shown in this new formation and the players may be depended on to make a bold effort. Sunderland with Gurney and Gallacher, the star forward, will be at full strength. The kick off is at 2.15 and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Archer; Critchley, Dunn, White, Cunliffe, Stein. Sunderland: - Thorpe; Murray, Shaw; McNab, McDougall, Hastings; Davis, Carter, Gurney, Gallacher, Connor.
CRITCHLEY'S SNAP GOAL DECIDES
December 16 1933. Liverpool Football Echo.
An Improved Everton Beats Sunderland.
An improved Everton deservedly beat the team of the season, Sunderland who disappointed, after a good start. Everton twice hit the woodwork and it was only a snap goal by Critchley, which earned them the two-points. Teams: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell (captain), backs; Britton, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Critchley Dunn, White, Cunliffe and Stein, forwards. Sunderland: - Thorpe, goal; Hall and Shaw, backs; McNab, McDougall, and Hastings, half-backs; Davis, Carter, Gurney, Gallacher and Connor, forwards. Referee Mr. M.L. Dale, Sheffield.
While the fog was very thick in some parts there was not a lot of it at Goodison Park. In fact, visibility was distinct good and the crowd quiet a good one even though it did not touch 30,000. Sunderland are spoken of as possible League champions and perhaps Cup winners into the bargain and they showed their power in the first moment, for Carter was not far off making a sensational goal when he shot and the ball hit the supporting sod. Naturally, people were interested in the reappearance of Archer in the Everton half-back line. I am told he has been playing great stuff in the second team, while the appearance of Cunliffe as inside left were another move of note. So far the play had been fast and interesting and Connor made a shot of power even though it lacked the great essential direction. Still it showed how the Northern side obtained their goals. Sunderland, however, had a narrow squeak at the =result of a corner kick taken by Critchley. He put the ball close in to goal, and it appeared to me that Thorpe was beaten. A colleague stepped in to save his face when a goal looked a certainty. Incidents in the Aintree goalmouth were not too clear, for a slight mist enveloped that section of the ground. Next it was quite easy to see Stein challenge Thorpe and the goalkeeper won the duel. Cresswell well was seem prompting Archer, who thus far had done quite well. Cresswell, who captained the side for the first time since he led the championship team, by keen anticipation twice stopped Carter, and Davis in a manner that was simplicity itself. Connor made a dribble and run, and then offered Gallacher an opportunity to do a number of things. He elected to pass out to his right wing only to find Davis yards offside.
Everton's Improved Game.
There was a distinct improvement in Everton's game to that of a fortnight ago. There was more bite in the attack though it had to be admitted that the cleverer movement of the game came from Sunderland. There were few goal incidents, but when Critchley made a sweeping cross Stein headed the ball in front of goal and Cunliffe glided the ball with his heel to an imaginary colleague. Hastings and Dunn got at cross-purposes and the referee had a word to say to the Everton man. From the throw-down Everton nearly took a goal. It was bad luck they did not do so, for when White shot to the far side of the goal Thorpe was beaten but the upright intervened and prevented an Everton lead. Davis, who for once in a way got free from the grip of Archer, put the ball over to Connor who had come well inside the penalty area in anticipation. Connor drove the ball hard and true to the Everton net, but Sagar made a masterly save, and all Sunderland got out of it was a fruitless corner kick. Sunderland actually netted but Davis was rightly adjudged offside when he made his pass to Connor who headed the ball into the net. One of the best efforts of combination by the Everton attack came to an end when Critchley put the ball out of play, but I must say that Everton's form today was much ahead of anything they have shown for some time.
Half-time Everton 0, Sunderland 0.
For twenty minutes of the second half Everton did the bulk of the pressure, Cunliffe once touched a ball a shade too far forward when he appeared to be going through to a certain goal. The ground was very treacherous, players skiddered about, and it was impossible to make a quick turn. Sunderland had one bright spell, but there was never a great deal of danger of either goalkeeper being beaten. Thorpe had to punch, away from Critchley, and Carter shot over the cross bar when well placed. Sunderland's one dangerous plan was the Davis to Connor ideal but it was spoiled because the Everton defence invariably got the hand of it, and made provisions to defeat it. Gallacher missed a rather easy opening and Cunliffe showed to what extent he has improved since he arrived when he made a beautiful dribble and then sent the ball nicely along to White, who slipped just as he made his shot with the result that the ball went over into the crowd. It was now difficulty to follow the flight of the ball, but I saw Davis beat Archer and then make a good lob to the Everton goalmouth. Later Carter tried a shot, but what happened that I could not say. At this point the Roker men were going hot and strong and Carter was again off the mark with a drive from about twenty yards range. Dunn made a claim for a penalty for hands against Shaw when Everton were piling on pressure, but the referee signalled on. Gallacher made a shot and Sagar saved. Stein hit a strong shot which Thorpe saved with the expense of a corner, but a goal to Everton was not delayed for in the next minute the eightly0third; Critchley took a chance with his left foot, and the ball went bounding into the net. Final Everton 1 Sunderland 0
MAN UTD RES V. EVERTON RES,
December 16, 1933. Liverpool Football Echo.
In an even first half Everton Res played clever football, a shot from Geldard been turned against the bar. Webster and Leyfield missed good openings, from Geldard's centres. Manchester's brisk raiders brought a goal after half an hour's play. MaGilvry chasing a loose ball to score. Half-time Man Res 1, Everton Res 0. Higham equalised with a neat goal four minutes after the resumption, McDonald regaining the lead in a goalmouth's scrimmage. Final Manchester United Res, 2 Everton Res 1.
MAN U. RES V. EVERTON RES.
December 16 1933. Evening Express Football Edition.
After a short spell of attacking by United in which McGillivray missed a splendid chance by dallying and allowing Deighton to smother the ball Geldard made a splendid run on the Everton right wing, beating three men in fine style, but his centre was cleverly cleared by Boffing, who dashed in and intercepted. Everton kept up the attack, and a free kick for a foul on Geldard placed the home goal in danger, but the ball went wide. At the other end McPelleray fired in a shot from 20 yards which Deighton did well to save at the expense of a corner. Geldard made another brilliant run and passing back to Webster, the latter sent in a great shot, which Murray tipped against the bar. United rather fortunately took the lead after 31 minutes, McGellwray shooting into an empty goal, and Everton fought hard for an equaliser, and showing far better methods in their work, gave the home defence some anxious moments before the interval. Half-time Manchester U. Res 1, Everton Res 1.
NEW CENTRE FOR EVERTON?
Gloucestershire Echo-Monday 18 December 1933
HUGH GALLACHER MAY LEAVE CHELSEA
It is possible that Gallacher, the famous Scottish international football player, will move from Chelsea to Everton this week. With regard to the rumour of the projected transfer, Mr. Leslie Knighton, the Chelsea manager, response to an inquiry, to-day stated, "I can give no information regarding the matter, because there is nothing to say. Certainly we have had enquiries from clubs for Gallacher's transfer, but nothing definite has transpired." Asked if Everton were among the clubs to enquire, Mr. Knighton said, I won't say yes, and I won't say no."
EVERTON WANT HIM
Mr. Tom Mcintosh, secretary of Everton, confirmed the statement that the Cup-holders have made bid for Gallacher. " Everton certainly made an enquiry last week," said Mr. Mcintosh, " More than that I cannot say at the moment." The Echo" understands that negotiations between Everton and Chelsea will be reopened immediately, and there is a possibility of Gallacher becoming Everton player by the end of the week. It is also understood that the clubs concerned came to terms, but that the deal was held up as Gallacher would not agree to the transfer. Mr. Mcintosh was in Scotland on Saturday in search of an inside-forward, but this quest was fruitless.
EVERTON 1 SUNDERLAND 0 (Game 1454 over-all)-(Div 1 1412).
December 18, 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's Late Winner.
Cresswell Holds Up His Old Club.
How Critchley Decided The Issue.
Voted the best team in the county at the present time Sunderland came to Goodison Park, a favourite ground of their's with a hope of victory, for they were meeting Everton at a time when the cupholders were experimenting and not playing nearly so well as during the past few seasons. Yet Everton were also able to win by a solitary goal scored seven minutes from the end when a draw had appeared the only possible result, for neither side seemed capable of placing the ball in the back of the net. True, Everton had desperate hard luck in the first half, when they struck the woodwork on two occasions but taken all through the northern side played the better type of fooball, and only failed when they got in front of goal. Their approach work was far superior to that of Everton, but, as they did not shoot with any accuracy when the chances loomed up in front of them, they have only themselves to blame for going back empty-handed.
Everton's experiments were successful to a degree. Cunliffe showed great promise at inside-left, and Archer the left half-back, was not far removed from being the best of their middle-line, but there was still a weak ness in the forward line, and Everton's supporters are yearning to hear of the important signings which have been reported to be in the offering during the whole of last week. Sunderland must not consider themselves unlucky to be beaten for they had if in their power to have won the match in the early part of the game, when they showed capital football. The ground was not conductive to accurate passing, fir it carried a top grease, which made it difficult for all the players to maintain their foothold. Slips and skids were very frequent, in fact, it was well nigh impossible to twist and turn and retain one's balance, so taken all through, the football was of fairly good quality. Unfortunately the Roker men had a better connection of the need of the day, for they moved up with the precision of an army. Five smart forwards kept a straight line – no exaggerated “W” formation, which weakens an attack –and it was surprising that they did not take a goal in the first half.
Cresswell's Fine Play.
Some of the faults lay at their own door, but quite a lot of it was due to the wondering display of full-back work by Cresswelll. This former Sunderland captain, produced a sample of defence which not only delighted the eye, but was as effective as it could possibly have been, and the Sunderland directors must have wondered what sort of man he was. They parted with some five or six seasons ago in the belief that he could not go much longer, but here he was clamping down forwards about whom the critics throughout the country have been going into ecstasies. But let me tell you of the goal, which brought Everton the two points. A goalless draw appeared to be a certainty, for it is only a truth to say that neither set of forwards ever appeared likely to beat the respective goalkeepers, but Critchley struck a bow at a venture. His was only a chance shot, but it carried the day, as so often does a snap goal. It was the surprise of the shot, which defeated Thorpe. The ball came to the Everton outside-right almost at the angle of the penalty-area line, and without any hesitation he hit the ball with his left foot and sent it bounding into the net. Thorpe dived in an effort to intercept the ball, but was much too late, for it passed him long before the touched earth. Apart from this goal Critchley had not done a great deal, neither had Dunne, and White, always as trier, could do little against the Sunderland's defence. White is without doubt a centre half-back these days, although it must be admitted that he preformed reasonably well as a header, and had bad luck not to have marked up a goal, for Thorpe was well beaten when the ball bumped up against the post, and was so again when Gee struck the crossbar. Cunliffe gave me the impression that a spell at inside forward will do him a whole lot of good. He made a lot of grand inside passes and Archer was also good in attack as well as defence, but Stein was the best of the line.
Connor's Great Shot.
Sunderland's nearest approach to a goal was when Davis swept the ball right over to Connor who drove a ferocious shot at Sagar who shot up his hands and sent the ball spinning over the bar. The Davis-Connor plan was the one big danger to the Everton defence, for while Gallacher Carter and Gurney were clever in midfield, they did nothing when they came into the shooting area. Gurney was astonishing quiet. He usually has a good day on Merseyside, but was not the fiery leader we know him to be. There was much more “bite” in the Everton attack than was the case against Chelsea, but Everton's great need at the moment is forward. Their defence is as good as any one cannot expect them to hold the fort indefinitely. There will come a time when lack of support from the forward's will cause it to crack, but the next few days may see the signing of new men for the forward line. Teams: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell (captain), backs; Britton, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Critchley Dunn, White, Cunliffe and Stein, forwards. Sunderland: - Thorpe, goal; Hall and Shaw, backs; McNab, McDougall, and Hastings, half-backs; Davis, Carter, Gurney, Gallacher and Connor, forwards. Referee Mr. M.L. Dale, Sheffield.
Everton At Buxton
The Everton team left Liverpool yesterday for Buxton for a week's preparation for the holiday matches-they were an hour and a quarter late in reaching their destination owing to fog.
EVERTON “A” 7 PEASLEY CROSS 0
December 18 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
George Mahon Cup.
At Crosby. Everton dominated the play in both periods. Peasley Cross were no match for the superior opponents. The visitors main fault lay in their holding the ball too long, and what chances they had in front of goal this mistake lost for them. The scorers were Wilson (2), Gilbertson (2) Birtley (2), and O'Reilly.
EVERTON STILL WANT GALLACHER.
December 18 1933. Evening Express.
Negotiations To Be Reopened.
Eyes also on Other Players.
Dean Travels To Buxton.
By the Pilot.
Although Everton's bid to obtain the transfer of Hughie Gallacher, the famous Chelsea and Scotland centre forward, has not materialized. I understand that negotiations between the two clubs will be reopened and that definite news –one way or the other –may be expected at any time. Everton have also been prospecting in Scotland over the week-end, but in this case also they were met with disappointment. I am able to announce that it is almost certain one, if not two, new players will be signed this week. The price will not stop Everton. If Gallacher's signature is secured –I am told that to complete the deal only the player's consent is necessary –Everton will possess the two greatest centre-forwards of the age in Dean and Gallacher. Gallacher was at Airdrieonians with Hunter Hart, and then went to Newcastle United before moving on to Chelsea.
Dean Goes to Buxton.
Yesterday 15 Everton players left Liverpool for a week's rest and special training at Buxton, where they trained so successfully for last season's F.A. Cup triumph. The following players travelled. Sagar, Cook, Cresswell, Williams, Britton, Gee, Thomson, Archer, Critchley, Geldard, Dunn, White, Cunliffe, Johnson and Stein. Dixie Dean, their captain and centre forward left the nursing home following his cartilage operation on Saturday and journeyed over to Buxton today to join his colleagues. He has made excellent progress from the operation, and this has given rise to hopes that he will be available much quicker than earlier anticipated. The Blues 1-0 victory over Sunderland at Goodison Park on Saturday brought further indications that Everton are a fast improving side. They were pitted against one of the best combinations in the country and though there was not much in it actual play Everton just deserved their win. Everton's experiments were more or less successful. Archer made a splendid season's debut at left half-back, and was Everton's strongest intermediate, while White had a goo game at centre forward. Cunliffe appeared a little out of position at inside-left, while Gee played sound football once he had settled down. It was a game not abounding in incident, but to those who enjoy virile, quick, forceful endeavour it was a joy Sunderland's failing was in front of goal. Cresswell, Sagar, -for one brilliant save off Connor –and Critchley were other Everton successes.
DEAN GOES TO BUXTON
December 19 1933. Lverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Fifteen Everton players travelled to Buxton on Sunday for a week's rest and training in view of the Christmas fixtures. The following players travelled in charge of Mr. W.C. Cuff, the chairman of the club. Sager, Cook, Cresswell, Williams, Britton, Gee, Thomson, Archer, Critchley, Geldard, Dunn, White Johnson, Cunliffe, and Stein, Dean the captain left the nursing home on Saturday following his cartilage operation, and went to Buxton yesterday to join his colleagues. I learn he has made excellent progress after the operation and there are hopes that he will be able to play much earlier than anticipated.
WILL GALLACHER JOIN EVERTON?
December 19 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Position Still Open.
It is confirmed that Everton are negotiating for the transfer of Gallacher. The clubs have agreed on the amount of the fee, to be paid but the player concert is necessary before the deal can be completed, the fee quoted is £5,000. Still there is a possibility that Gallacher may be secured in time to play his old club Newcastle united, in the Christmas game. While no definite news can be obtain from Stamford Bridge, Mr. Tom McIntosh, secretary of Everton yesterday confirmed the fact that cup-holders have made a bid for Gallachers service. Everton certainly made an inquiry last week, said Mr. McIntosh more than that I cannot said,'' At the moment. When approached on the subject Mr. Leslie Knight, Chelsea's manager, said: “I can give no information regarding the matter, because there is nothing to say. Certainly we have had inquires from clubs for Gallacher's transfer, but nothing definite has transpired.
Difficulties In The Way.
There are other difficulties besides the matter of terms to be arranged. Gallacher's willingness to take up his headquarters in Liverpool, should Everton agree to Chelsea's terms, has to be considered. Many of Gallacher's friends believe that if the Scot is persuaded to leave London, to which he is strongly attached, Tyneside will be his destination. When Gallacher joined Chelsea from Newcastle in 1930, at a fee of £10,000, it was thought that Chelsea's centre-forward problem was solved for many seasons. But Gallacher has not settled down at Stamford Bridge, and although he has headed his team's goal scorers for the past three seasons, Mills has always been a strong rival for the leadership of the attack. A report that Fulham were after Gallacher's transfer is denied.
GALLACHER TRANSFER DIED IN THE WATER
December 21, 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Hughie Gallacher will, not be an Everton player. This is the final decision of the Everton club, which had re-open negotiations for the signing of Gallacher, the Chelsea and Scottish international footballer. Everton had the final word, and said “no” negotiations had been opened last week, and it was stated that the clubs had agreed upon the mount of the transfer fee, but the player was averse to leaving London. There were further ‘'tasks'' this week, but these are now at an end.
THERE'S SOME THING ABOUT BUXTON.
December 22 1933 Evening Express.
That Gives Everton That Winning Feeling!
Will It Work At Villa Park?
By the Pilot.
Everton have never lost a match while training at Buxton. Will the spell hold good when they visit Villa Park tomorrow? In any event, Everton will take the field toned up and revitalized by the fresh invigorating Derbyshire mountain air, fit and determined to maintain their splendid away form this season. Although the Cupholders are positioned in the middle of the First Division league chart, they possess a splendid record away from Goodison Park, having suffered only three defeats –at Liverpool, Leicester City and Middlesbrough –and have won one match and drawn five. This is exceptionally good going, and proves that Everton have the courage to serve up good displays away from home and make up for some of their failings at the Walton enclosure. They have had some hard games away, but may be considered unfortunate not to have taken full points at Derby and Birmingham, and their half shares at Manchester City, Sheffield United, and Portsmouth show that they can hold the best teams in the country.
What of the Villa?
Now what of the Villa? Here they meet a team at present in an unsettled state. The Birmingham men have captured two points less than Everton, although they have played one match more. This is not like the real Villa. They have persisted in making team changes, even to the extent of playing Pongo Waring at outside right, but it has come to nought, and the directors are still searching for a winning combination. Perhaps, on paper, one would day that the Villa look likely winners but in their present disturbed state I do not think the Blues are certain to return without points or a point. A side may posses an abundant of “stars” players, but unless they are in a settled state with a keen sense of positional play and precise combination they can easily be upset by an indifferent side. Now Everton are not an indifferent side. They have a much better League record than last season, and though Dean is being missed, the remainder of the players are rallying round the banner in characteristic fashion and revealing steady improvement week by week. The experiments made last week against Sunderland give promise of further improvement. The players are loud in their praises of the value of the change of air, and Buxton seems to inspire them to greater effort. A “Buxtonised Everton” invariably does well. The Villa have lost at home to Derby County, Leicester City and Newcastle United, so there is no reason why the Blues should not “go and do likewise. Everton make no team change, and this is the first time since October 14 that they have played the same eleven two matches in succession. The inclines to indicate that the cupholders are reaching a settled state. After the game Everton travel on to Newcastle, and return to play the United again on Tuesday at Goodison Park. Everton; Sagar, Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Archer; Critchley, Dunn, White, Cunliffe, Stein.
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EVERTON'S HARD TASK.
December 23 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's programme is rather heavier than that of Liverpool, as the Cupholders have two away games to play. Today's meeting with Aston Villa at Villa Park is likely to test their resources to the full, but I am not without hope of at least a point. The teams have had many spirited duels in the past, and today's struggle is sure to provide another classic display. Everton go on to Newcastle for Monday's game at St. James's Park, so that the North-Eastern side will know all about the Merseyside players. On Tuesday Newcastle return the visit, and it is not unlikely that the two teams will travel on the same train. On the whole these fixtures suggest most enjoyable football. The teams for today are: - Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Archer; Critchley, Dunn, White, Cunliffe, Stein. Aston Villa; (probable); Morton; Blair, Mort; Gibson, Talbot, Wood; Waring, Dix, Brown, Astley, Houghton.
December 23 1933. Evening Express.
Odd Goal Decides Villa Thriller.
White Scores for Blues.
By the Pilot.
Everton travelled over from Buxton for the match at Villa Park against Aston Villa, who had Nibloe for Mort at left back. It was a sharp, frosty day, and about 15,000 at the start. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Morton, goal; Blair and Nibloe, backs; Gibson, Kingston, and Wood, half-backs; Mandley, Dix, Waring, Astley, and Houghton, forwards. Everton: - Sagar; Cook, and Cresswell (captain), Britton, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, White, Cunliffe, and Stein forwards. Referee Mr. T. Thompson, (Leamington).
Cunliffe was slow to pass, and Houghton broke through to the line to cross a splendid ball, which Mandley taking on the run, placed against the side netting. The way Britton gave the “dummy” to two men was a delight; then he came forward for a big kick to relieve pressure. Some of the Villa's close, quick passing was akin to prefect. So was White's swinging pass to Stein, who was well held by Blair.
A Stein Thrill.
Good football was crowned with a thrill when Stein raced ahead to cross an awkward, dropping ball, which Mort failed to judge accurately, and the ball rebounded from the bay. Critchley tried to run it through but had to be content with a corner. This drew Morton well outside the penalty area, and Britton's shot sailed wide. Houghton overdid the dribbling, and then Waring burst through the middle with, fine ball control. Waring was tackled and survived, but Sagar was there to beat away his sharp shot, while Cresswell and Cook kept out the spritely Houghton as he came racing in to do the necessary. Mandley missed with a skier, and Everton gave away two corner. From the second the woodwork was struck for the second time. Again it was Mandley who had come over the middle, and as the ball fell back from the melee he banged it hard against the upright – a narrow escape. Cresswell, inspired a glorious Everton move in which passes were placed to the fraction of an inch. Stein, however, when tackled by Blair could not recover to get in his final centre.
It was good football from both sides with unhesitancy the feature, and more corners to Everton without any grist coming to the mill. Everton had taken slight command after a promising Villa opening, but both sides looked in a goaling mood. The Villa right flank exploited the short passing game precisely and snappily. Waring coming across to lend a hand swept his shot over the top. Stein was shooting hard and often yet failing to get direction to his power. Then a save of a lifetime by Sagar – one which will go down on the records. A left flank advance and lighting “daisy cutter” crashed against the upright and bounded across goal. Waring and Astley came running in to tap it through, when Sagar, lying prone and facing his own net, backfisted the ball to safety. It was glorious. Morton had to play his part when Critchley sailed away on his own, and shot on the run.
Half-time Aston Villa 0 Everton 0
The Villa were seen in a dangerous mood on resuming, Cresswell's willing head beating cut one of Houghton's famous drives; while shots from Astley and Mandley were charged down before Wood slipped one by the post. Once again the Villa were inclined to fade out after a bright opening, and after Critchley had sent a swerving centre to Morton, Stein best two men, and curled in a centre, which Dunn turned against the bar with the Villa defence all at sea. Waring charged through after a loose ball, but Sagar ran out and booted the ball away. Mandley had a chance to shoot at the vacant net, but disappointing by falling over. Cresswell came out to help the attack, and quickly got through from a lively Britton pass for White to beat Morton, only to head across instead of into goal.
Goal and Eqaliser.
The Villa took the lead after 65 minutes through Astley. Waring started the move and enabled Mandley to centre towards the far post. Astley's header was slow, but Sagar did not move for the ball, which passed about a yard to his left. In Everton's next attack, two minutes later, White got the equaliser. Stein swerved across a fine centres, which Nibloe failed to reach, and the alert White slipped the ball into the corner of the net before Morton could intervene. Critchley did brilliant work. Hectic, rousing high-class football this. The Villa exerted heavy pressure, but Cresswell rallied his forces finely. Ten minutes from time Waring put in a brilliant run away on the right, and slipped back a lovely pass, which Houghton banged into the roof of the net to restore the Villa's lead. It was the first time Waring had eluded Cresswell. Final Aston Villa 2, Everton 1.
EVERTON BID FOR FAMOUS FORWARD.
December 23 1933. Evening Express Football Edition.
Rangers' Star May Sign Tonight.
By the Pilot.
Everton, this evening will probably complete the transfer front Glasgow Rangers of Alex Stevenson the Irish International inside forward. I am able to announce that a representative of the Goodison Park club travelled to Glasgow yesterday to conclude the deal, which has been depending for some days. Nevertheless some unforeseen hitch occurs –it is highly impossible –Stevenson will make his debut for Everton on Tuesday at Goodison Park against Newcastle United. It is possible that he many play against the United at St. James's Park on Monday. Stevenson has been carefully watched him several weeks, and last Saturday Mr. Tom McIntosh, secretary of Everton, saw him play with two other internationals in Marshall and Fleming for the Rangers reserves.
Stevenson, who joined the Rangers some season from the Irish club, he is a clever constructive footballer, with a quick brain twinkling feet, and an attitude for making headway to goal. Standing 5ft 3ins, he is nicely built for a player of his size, and weighs nearly 11 st . This season he has twice represented Ireland –against England and Wales –and was considered the pick of the Irish forwards. He also assisted Glasgow in the Inter-city match against Sheffield. Mr. McIntosh saw him in the latter match, and expressed the opinion that Stevenson was the best of the Glasgow forwards. Stevenson is a versatile player, and he can play at inside right or left. If negotiations are satisfactorily completed he will join another Irish International in Billy Cook, Everton's full back.
EVERTON RES V. BOTLON RES.
December 23 1933. Evening Express Football Edition.
The Wanderers showed a liveliness in attack during the early stages, and Deighton, the Everton keeper, was called upon to save a header from Hughes, and also a good drive from the Bolton right winger. After 17 minutes the visitors opened the score through Hughes, who neatly took a centre from Jones and gave Deighton no chance. A fine tackle by Bocking averted a further goal, and when Everton attacked Higham gave Leyfield a chance from which he shot inches wide of Jones in the Bolton goal, next made a great save from a fine effort by Higham, but although, Everton were playing much better, Bolton went further ahead, Nicholson scoring from a free kick awarded for a foul against Bocking. Everton rubbed off one of the arrears when Bocking placed a free kick into the Bolton goalmouth. Jones caught the ball, but before he could get rid Webster charged him into the net. Goals were plentiful, and a third goal fell to the visitors through Winning. Everton again attacked. For a while the Bolton defence was hard pressed with the result that a defender (Cochrane) in attempting to clear turned the ball past Jones to score Everton's second goal. Near the interval Deighton saved from Jones, but could only turn the ball to Millington, who had little difficulty in scoring a fourth. Half-time Everton Res 2, Bolton Wanderers Res 4.
ASTON VILLA 2 EVERTON 1 (Game 1455 over-all)-(Div 1 1413)
December 27 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Lose At Aston Villa Ground .
Aston Villa playing in their best style, got a victory at Aston against Everton 2-1. Astley and Houghton scored for the Villa after White had brought the score to 1-1. The Villa's best forward was Dix, and the margin was a fair one. Cresswell played superb defensive football, and the half-back line was good till late on. Waring was held with ease by gee till the closing minutes when he made a glorious run along the line, and provided Hoghson with a chance to show his crack shot. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Morton, goal; Blair and Nibloe, backs; Gibson, Kingston, and Wood, half-backs; Mandley, Dix, Waring, Astley, and Houghton, forwards. Everton: - Sagar; Cook, and Cresswell (captain), Britton, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, White, Cunliffe, and Stein forwards. Referee Mr. T. Thompson, (Leamington).
NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 EVERTON 2 (Game 1456 over-all)-(Div 1 1414)
December 27, 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's Game At Newcastle.
A 2-1 Victory.
Newcastle United had to yield an unbeaten home record to Everton on Christmas Day, when the visitors could not be begrudged their 2-1 success. It had to be conceded that Newcastle claimed the balance of the exchanges, but they had not one department that revealed football ability to be noted in Everton's ranks. Everton were a team that was well balanced and one that gained the greatest distinction in defence. Here Cresswell jumped into the picture and remained there with rare coolness and calculated intercepting, and Sagar vied with him for chief honours in the 25 minute period at the opening of the second half, when it appeared that Newcastle's tremendous pressure must have goals reward, Sagar was just as cool as Cresswell, revealing also splendid positional sense and great daring. Another excellent asset in Everton's defensive schemer was Gee, and it could be said for Britton, the star half-back in the game, and Archer that they provided a lesson in how to purvey the ball. Forward honours for Everton were taken by Critchley, with White a hard, honest leader. The “sitters” came Everton's way and these were both missed by Cunliffe. The Newcastle players to satisfy were Nelson, Murray, Richardson, Weaver, and Lang. White and Stein scored for Everton and Williams for Newcastle. Teams: - Newcastle United: - McInroy, goal; Nelson (captain) and Fairhurst, backs; McKenzie Betton and Murray, half-backs; Richardson, Williams, Weaver and Lang, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell (captain), backs; Britton, Gee and Archer half-backs; Critchley, Dunn White, Cunliffe and Stein forwards.
EVERTON 3 NEWCASTLE UNITED 7 (Game 1457 over-all)-(Div 1 1415)
December 27 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Avalanche of Goals.
Everton Lose Seven and Take Three.
Newcastle's Fine Display.
The most remarkable game seen on Merseyside for many tears came to a crowd of about 40,000 spectators. Everton had won at Newcastle 2-1, and came back flushed with success and rare confidence. They played for seven minutes with a dash and skill that surprised those who had been disappointed by the non-appearance of the promised Ranger of Glasgow, Stevenson was ready for signing, the clubs has agreed as to price after seeing him get four goals on Saturday, and then the player exercised his right, and said he was not going to leave Glasgow. There were seven minutes of the battling by Everton, and the turning point came when Archer tried to make a swerving ball a pass back to Cresswell, and he in turn never got comfortable with his intended notion of edging the ball on to Sagar. Williams the smart ex-Swansea centre forward saw a chance, dashed in and dashed Everton's hopes to the ground. This was an anti-climax for the home side and within an incredible short time Newcastle had taken this lead to 3-0. Boyd and Weaver got goals, and although White had a penalty kick grit to reduce the margin, Lang came up just before half-time with the best goal of the match –as strong shot taken when he had drifted to near centre-forward position.
There had been four goals in between the eight and the 17 th minute, and the crowd buzzed with excitement. More was to follow as Everton staged a come back as soon as the players had taken their rub down on the field -fog threatened to stop play, if the proper interval were taken. This uprising began with a marvellous goal by White who did an Alec James dummy move and scored in three minutes. There followed the most hectic period, the game has ever known on Merseyside; three more goals were scored in an incredibly short period. Critchley humped beyond a defender's legs and out of the way of McInroy, and one minute later Williams got a goal, so that the score had been taken towards Everton's favour's by a deficit of 4-3, yet in a moment I had gone from them. Williams followed up with another goal, in one more minute, and spectators gasped with astonishment. There had been four goals in five minutes, which appears impossible, but in the correct clocking if the goals register as will be seen by the tabulated list of goals give below. Williams three minutes from the end took his hat-trick goal and so Everton retired well beaten after a glorious display of football by a score of 7-3. They have had seven goals against them in away games –notably in the game v. Liverpool at Anfield last season when they lost 7-4, but at home they have never scarified seven goals. Therefore there is warren for chronicling the goals as they came, for the history books.
Williams scored for Newcasrle 8 minutes.
Boy scored for Newcastle 12 minutes
Weaver (penalty) for Newcastle 14 minutes
White (Penalty) for Everton, 17 minutes.
Lang for Newcastle, 43 minutes
Half-time Everton 1 Newcastle 4
White scored for Everton, 48 minutes
Critchley scored for Everton, 51 minutes
Williams scored for Newcastle, 52 minutes.
Williams scored for Newcastle, 53 minutes
Williams scored for Newcastle, 87 minutes.
Final; Everton 3 Newcastle 7.
Four Goals in Nine Minutes.
Two penalty kicks and 10 goals without semblance of debate from anyone; four goals in nine minutes of the second half. What can one say of each a display? Just this; Newcastle were a supremely clever side and their style of play was very engaging; they had only one change from the previous day's game. Bell for McKenzie, but the ease with which Weaver glided his way beyond a defender or equally neatly went through with his pass was only equaled by the way the other men responded to the subtlety and ability. It was a delicious game to watch because there was an outburst –and a shade of fortune for Everton –after half-time, but the consquenors earned their magnificent victory even if one allows for the ease with which the Everton half-backs were beaten. Everton:- Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell (captain), backs; Britton, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, White, Cunliffe, and Stein, forwards. Newcastle United: - McInroy goal; Nelson (captain) and Fairhurst backs; Bell, Betton and Hurst half-backs; Murray, Boyd, Richardson, Williams, Weaver, and Lang forwards. Referee M. E. Wood, Sheffield.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 DERBY COUNTY RESERVES 0
December 27 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 22)
In achieving this three goal victory, Everton gave one of their best all-round displays. Fast, open and constructive combination characterized the play of the victors, and in consequence they were the more persistent attackers, and had they not faulted at the final effort, with the chances offered the margin of the victory would have been largely. Derby had good attacking ideas, but the home halves and backs excelled as spoilers their positional understanding being particularly good. Everton had King, their new goalkeeper in goal, but he was not seriously troubled. The scorers were McGourty, and Leyfield (2).
Skelmersdale United 0, Everton “A” 5
Liverpool County Combination.
Before a record gate of the season Skelmersdale were overplayed by an Everton “A” team which gave a great display. Webster and Wilson both scored two goals and Barkley the other one for the visitors. Skelmersdale were trying Hoye a Bootle youth at outside left, and Briscoe was deputizing for Wilson.
ANOTHER CHEQUE, BUT ANOTHER CHECK.
December 27, 1933. Evening Express.
Stevenson Says No! To Everton.
Only 2 Days Left for Cup Signings.
By the Pilot.
Gallacher of Chelsea a week ago, said “No.” Stevenson of Galsgow Rangers on Saturday said “No”, the cup-ties are little more than a fortnight off and Everton have not solved their inside-forward problem! If Everton do not sign a new player before midnight on Friday they will have to oppose Tottenham Hotspur in the third round of the F.A. Cup competition on January 13 with a team composed of players already on their books. It is extremely doubtful whether a transfer will be effected in time for the cup-tie, although no effort will be spared in strengthening the present team. The failure to obtain Stevenson was a big blow to the Goodison Park club. In best the club had arrived at complete experiment regarding transfer fee and the only remaining matter was Stevenson's signature. He expressed a desire to remain at Ibrox Park, and there the matter ends. The Everton's forward line needs the addition of new talent was evident in the game with Newcastle United at Goodison yesterday.
Everton were smitten hip and thigh in their 7-3 defeat by a defiant Newcastle side, and while the Blues defence was far from blameless and the half backs were indifferent. The great weakness was at inside forward. Dunn worked hard without accomplishing much and Cunliffe never knew when he should part with the ball. Stein missed three particularly easy chances, and at vital periods. The only marksmen yesterday was White who had no superior on the side and Critchley. The home half backs were much below mark. I might mention that the United's seventh goal was scored by Richardson, and not by Williams as reported, so every Newcastle forward scored and Williams did not secure a hat-trick. The usually reliable Cresswell had a bad day, and Cook did not appear to be his usual while with Sagar sustained an injured arm.
This is how the goals were scored; 7 minutes Williams (Newcastle); 12 minutes Boyd (Newcastle), 14 minutes Weaver (Newcastle); 17 minutes White (Everton); 43 minutes; Lang (Newcastle); White (Everton); 50 minutes Critchley (Everton); 52 minutes Williams (Newcastle); 53 minutes Richardson (Newcastle); 86 minutes Williams (Newcastle)
Three Games, two Points.
Everton gained two points out of the games played for during the holidays, taking the honours at Newcastle on Christmas Day when they won 2-1. Evrton scored first throug White, then Williams equalised. After withstanding a severe siege Everton went away near the end, and Stein won the match. This is the second season in succession in which Everton have broken Newcastle's unbeaten home record. On Saturday the Blues gave a brilliant display at Villa Park in one of the best games I have seen this season.
NEWCASTLE'S SUPER FOOTWORK AND GOAL MAKING ;
December 27 1933. Liverpool Echo
Finality in Their Ranks; Curiosity of Everton's Sevens.
Let me see, where do we start? Perhaps the latest is the best; it was the best it was certainly the most interesting, surprising, and in a why delightful. Newcastle served Everton with one of their mystic sevens –a figure that has been in Everton's history book rather often. Of course at Anfield well recall the day when Everton were beaten 7-4 just a year ago. Then Newcastle served up this 7-3 verdict at Goodison Park, as far as 1927 while in 1912 Newcastle won at Goodison Park by six goals without response. Sunderland gave Everton a 7-3 drubbing in 1925-26 and now Newcastle, paying back their respect for the Shield tie display. Everton offered the St. James's Park people two years ago, astounded by their margin by their craft, by their fine sense of touch and pass and combined efforts –the ball on the ground all through the proceedings and Everton's confidence through a victory the day before against the same team, crashed to earth. It was an amazing turn-up and the turn-around just after half-time when Everton got as near as 3-4 after being down three goals set the public alight. They almost forgot the non-appearance of Alec Stevenson, who was booked to come here, and at the last moment the player, exercising his right, refused to leave Glasgow. First it was Gallacher, who would not come to Everton; now it is Stevenson. Do they know what they are missing? I wonder.
Fireworks in the Fog.
Jimmy Dunn will remember this game for ever, because it was his 400 th league appearance (Scottish League and English League). We shall all remember that through the fog came the sight of Newcastle forwards flitting through our half backs with rare grace and bringing finality to their work; ah yes, finality in an attack is the thing one does not often see. Here were men skilled and cunning in their use of the ball, but their strategy left them when the goal gazed at them; they crashed the ball to the net. I think Lang's goal just before half time –the peach of the bunch; he was practically at centre forward when he a winger, took his first timer shot. Boyd used the half-volley principle to make his goal; Alec James could not have taken his goal better than White took one just after the interval, but that was the beginning of the collection of four goals in five minutes. Only a year or so a correspondent doubled my watch when I said two goals were scored in two minutes and friend Turk Ellis came to my aid with his marvellous watch and showed the figure to be right; indeed there were seconds to spared. Now I wonder if anyone used to timing athletic clocked the four goals after half-time. White took his goal at the 48 minute, Critchley found a half topped shot strike a defender and bump its way beyond McIlroy at the 51 st minute. Williams followed with goals at the 52 and 53 minute –four goals in five minutes. The thing seems impossible; yet there were others who vouched for the accuracy of my timing. It is surely a record even though memory reminds me of the famous Richardson of the Albion getting four in a time I seem to think was four minutes. We must dig up that game for reference when the holidays are over –if ever! For the sake of those who could not see through the fog at Everton yesterday I am giving here the register of the goals;_ Williams scored of Newcastle 8 minutes; Boyd scored for Newcastle 12 minutes; Weaver penalty for Newcastle 14 minute; White (penalty) for Everton, 17 minutes; Lang scored for Newcastle, 43 minutes; Half-time Everton 1, Newcastle 4.
White scored for Everton 48 minutes; Critchley scored for Everton 51 minutes; Williams scored for Newcastle 52 minutes; Williams scored for Newcastle 53 minutes; Williams scored for Newcastle 87 minutes. Final Everton 3, Newcastle 7. There is no doubt the confident and competent form of Everton for seven minutes gave them the belief a double was their portion; then came the half pass by Archer and the spinning ball Cresswell might have slipped away or to Sagar if he had but known Williams was sharp to the frontal attack Williams slipped in, and that goal began all Everton's trouble. They had not shown signs of being leg weary; now they were readily mastered and the key man to the whole scheme was the former half back Weaver. A penalty kick to both sides, goals in the glut in record time; a defeat, but a great game to watch and to the winners let us extreme the heartiest congratulations they were a superb team. Everton have some deep thinking before them. Dean was at the match, looking on, and I fear he will not be nearly ready for the Cup-tie v. Spurs.
ONE CHANGE AGAINST WEST BROMWICH
December 29, 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton resume operations at the Hawthorns and after the Newcastle reverse, the players will be anxious to make amends. An interesting alteration in the team, the return of Thomson, not to his old position of left-back, but to the pivotal berth instead of Gee.
Frank King Signs From Blyth Spartans.
The Everton Reserves team includes the young goalkeeper, F. King, whom Everton signed from Blyth Spartans. I understand that he made a couple appearances over the holiday in the Centre-league team, and justified his abilities as a goalkeeper. He is likely to make a name for himself, at sixteen years-of-age to play in good class football among seniors but king has already made his mark and his displays at Goodison Park. To-morrow against West Brom in the centre-league will be closely followed. King will not be seventeen until next March.
DIXIE DEAN ROBBED
Gloucestershire Echo-Friday 29 December 1933
Famous Footballer Appeals To Thief Dixie Dean, the famous Everton and in ternational centre-forward, appealed last night to a thief who robbed him of in ternational cap and a presentation clock to return the articles to him. Mr. Dean was in a nursing home when his house in Caldy-road, Walton Liverpool, was entered during the Christmas holidays, and the robbery was not discovered until his return last night. The thief left behind several gold watcher and other jewellery of considerable value Mr. Dean told a reporter, " I cannot understand why only my international cap and clock should have been taken, when the thief had ample opportunity of helping himself to articles of more value. I appeal to whoever took them to return the articles, they are of great sentimental value to me."
WHAT ABOUT A “DOUBLE” EVERTON?
December 29 1933. Evening Express.
Thomson to Play Centre Half.
By the Pilot.
Believe it or not, but Everton have registered a “double” at the expense of any league club since the season 1931-32 –the occasion on which they won the championship. Tomorrow they enjoy an opportunity to put an end to this regrettable record. They meet West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. When the Albion visited Goodison Park on the opening day of the campaign Everton won 1-0 Dean scoring the vital goal after 32 minutes. Everton are not yet satisfied with their team, and make one change in the side which crashed at home to Newcastle United on Boxing Day. This is the playing of Jock Thomson the deputy captain and Scottish international left half, in the centre half position in place of the English international Gee. Thomson has been out of the team since the game at Portsmouth on December 9, and now comes back to a position in which he has had plenty of experience.
In the early days with the Goodison Park club, after leaving Dundee, he played at centre half, but this will be the first time this season he has played there. He will be the third centre-half tried by Everton this campaign. Everton will be playing on a ground where they have registered some spendid victories in the past. They lost three last season, but the year before forced a draw and the previous campaign –in Second division days –won. The Albion have conceded only four of the 20 points played for at the Hawthorns this season, the only team to win there being Tottenham Hotspur, who won by the odd goal of three. Arsenal were held to a draw, and Sheffield Wednesday managed to take a point away. The Albion are a fast nippy team, though some of the players have been in the game a long time. I refer to such as Carter Glidden, Wood and Shaw. Everton; - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Thomson, Archer; Critchley, Dunn, White, Cunliffe, Stein.
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EVERTON TO MAKE AMENDS?
December 30 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton hope to make amends for the Boxing Day set-back at the Hawthorns today when they face an Albion team of distinct ability, if not quite so powerful as a season or two ago. Everton are introducing Thomson as centre-half, and his display will be watched with special interest. The Everton team is; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Thomson, Archer; Critchley, Dunn, White, Cunliffe, Stein.
FORMER EVERTON GOALKEEPER
December 30 1933 Portsmouth Evening News
Dies In America
New Jersey, Saturday.
Mr. Charles M. Lindsay, goalkeeper for Everton in the early days of the club, has died in New Jersey, U.S.A aged 70. He was a prominent Liverpool business man until he left Merseyside about 20 years ago for America.
EVERTON RALLY TO DRAW.
December 30 1933. Evening Express.
Three Goals in Second Half.
By the Pilot.
Everton have been disappointed for the third time in regard to the acquisition of a new player in time for the F.A. Cup-ties. Mr. Tom McIntosh made the long journey to Scotland yesterday with two players in view –one an international. He came away empty handed, because the clubs had important matches on Monday. It does not mean that one of these players will not eventually come to Goodison Park. The deals are left open. That is the day's news from the Hawthornes, where Everton engaged West Bromwich Albion. West Bromwich had Gale inside-left in place of Robbins. Gale is a former Chester player. Teams : - West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goal; Shaw and Trentham, backs; Sandford, Richardson, and Edwards (W.); half-backs; Glidden, Carter Richardson (W.G.), Gale, and Wood, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Thomson (captain) and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. W. Walden, Nottingham. It was raining hard when the Albion kicked off, and the first thrill for the 25,000 spectators was a fine run through by Sandford. Sagar fisted the ball out, but not far enough, and when Richardson (W.), and Gale tried to force it home. Thomson headed away from the goal line. Next, a glorious run by Critchley, getting away with good material, and a square pass which Stein banged against an opponent's hand. The Everton forwards played delightful approach football without bringing Pearson into action.
Critchley's Great Work.
Critchley was doing great work, and now he turned the ball back for Dunn to shoot without power across to stein, who shot behind. Archer delivered Everton's first real shot, which sailed inches over the top. Then he was back on his own line to rob Glidden neatly. Britton and Critchley combined with grace, Britton coming right through only to pull his shot so much that it went away to touch on Everton's left flank. Another thrill, Sagar tried fisting away before falling, and Carter placed high over as he tried to take advantage of Everton's no-goalkeeper plight.
Albion's First Goal.
In 28 minutes Thomson made a wrong pass, and the Albion went through to score. The approach was made down the middle, and Gale work towards the right before shooting between two players from 16 yards. Sagar flung himself to the right and turned the ball against the post, but it bounced into the net. Two minutes later Glidden broke through, and a perfect centre was headed past Sagar for Albion's second goal, Richard (W.G.) being the successful marksman. Everton had enjoyed most of the play, but there was still a lack of finish –no “bite” at all when good hard shooting was needed. Gale showed them the way with a beauty, which came back from the crossbar. Then Stein allowed the ball to run too far away from him when in ideal position, and it went over the top. Now Dunn got through from Critchley, but erred when a sharp shot would have brought a goal.
Half-time West Brom 2, Everton 0
A palpable weakness at inside forward, the old trouble, was the cause of Everton's unhappy position at half-time. It was a case of good approach and no “punch.” In only a minute and a half after the resumption, Albion made it three. Sandford the erstwhile inside left broke through on his own to the edge of the penalty area, and a well directed shot went sailing past Sagar, who did not move.
There was a shout of “Hands” when Dunn's centre was knocked down. The next moment, however, Sandford shouldered Cunliffe in the back, and a penalty was awarded. Everton could not even score from this, White, usually so reliable with spot kicks, aiming straight at Pearson who saved easily. Such is Everton. Everton got a goal in an hour, from Stein, who ran forward from Dunn's pass and shot low into the far corner, as Pearson advanced. Everton, however, reduced the arrears in 72 minutes, and again Stein was the scorer –and what a goal! It was an object lesson to the other attackers. “White pass to Critchley , who turned the centre over for Stein to run in at top speed and crash a beauty past Pearson, from the edge of the penalty area. Cunliffe scored a third goal for Everton after 87 minutes, to put the Blues on terms. Final West Bromwich 3, Everton 3.
December30, 1933. Dundee Courier
Having failed to get Alec Stevenson's transfer from Rangers last week-end, the Everton manager and a director arrived in Glasgow last night on another quest. They are, I believe, after a Celtic player –Frank O'Donnell. The visitors had interviews with the Celtic manager and the Celtic chairman, Mr. Tom White, and I understand that the Everton manager indicated that his club was willing to make an offer for O'Donnell. Celtic three weeks ago declined negotiations with Everton for this player's transfer. Today will probably see the question settled one way or another.
EVERTON RES V WEST BROM R.
Decemeber 30 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
In spite of heavy going, the game was fast, with Everton showing slight superiority. Albion were first to become dangerous and Green went close to a goal with a fast drive. Everton relied with a great run and centre by Geldard, who later tried a shot which Crowe picked up neatly. Hesitancy on the part of the Everton inside forwards spoiled chances provided by Turner and Geldard. King Evertoin's 16 year-old amateur keeper turned over the bar from Raw. Everton's defence showed up well against a lively attack. The nearest approach to a goal was a shot by Turner, which hit the angle of the upright and crossbar. Prior to this Albion's keeper had saved good efforts from Higham and Leyfield. Towards the interval Everton tried hard to score and claimed a penalty when a defender appeared to handle. The referee refused to award a spot kick. Foulkes came to the visitors rescue when Geldard appeared likely to score, and hen Higham was brought down Clark tried a free kick, which resulted in an unproductive corner. Half-time Everton Res 0 West Brom Res 0.
After the interval, Everton continued to force matters and Higham ran through and scored with a fine drive.