EVERTON IN THE SOUTH
December 3, 1937. The Evening Express.
Honours Even At The Valley
Everton begin their first Southern trip of the season this week-end. Tomorrow they oppose Charlton Athletic at The Valley and on Monday play their annual match with The Army at Aldershot. The Blues have shown much better form recently, and have gained six out of the last eight points played for. On the other hand, Charlton have not recorded a single victory in their last six matches. Can Everton improve their away record? A keen opening and a reproduction of the recent plan of going to the ball instead of waiting for it to come to them should, at least, enable the Blues to draw. It will be Everton’s third visit to the ground, and so far honours are even. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick. Charlton; Bartram; Turner, Oakes (James); Green, Oakes (John), Welsh; Tadman, Robinson, Owens, Butler, Hobbis.
Central League Bid
Everton continue to hold a commanding lead in the Central League competition. They are points ahead of their nearest rivals, and their only defeat in recent weeks was at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford. Tomorrow they should consolidate their position as the result of the visit of Burnley to Goodison Park. The match marks the first appearance of Lovett, the 17-year-old goalkeeper from Kenwood Juniors, the Shrewsbury team. He gave a brilliant display against Prescott Cables for the “A” team last Saturday. Everton officials are convinced that Lovett is going to make a brilliant player. Here’s wishing him luck on his first appearance at Goodison Park. Everton Reserves; P. Lovett; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Gee, Davies; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Dougal, Trentham.
EVERTON ‘S INCRASED PACE
December 3, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
“Never change a winning team” its an old staying among football clubs, but Everton have thought it necessary to make one change in the team which beat Stoke City by three clear goals. Gillick’s inclusions in the side to meet Charlton Athletic at the Valley tomorrow, has no doubt, been made in the hope that his greater experience will bring more punch to a section of the team which has been lacking in that direction for some weeks. The Scot, they tell me has been producing good form in the Central League side.
Fallen From Grace.
Charlton re difficult to beat at home, but they have fallen from their high estate in recent weeks, and are, now nearly half-way down the table, whereas a few weeks ago they were treading on the heels of the leaders. It does not seem in these days of curious results that home advantage counts for much, and to some extent Everton have demonstrated that such is the case, for they have won three games away from Goodison in the space at three months, a thing unheard of for any number of seasons. Never has there been such a season for upsets, and while I realise the strength of the Athletics’ defence, I am also aware of the poverty stricken nature of their attack. Should Charlton score three goals it would be uncommon. One is more in their line. That is why I think that Everton have a reasonably good chance of snatching two more away points. Don’t think for one moment that I look upon Everton as world-beaters, but I see in their play more whole-hearted endeavour. There is more pace about then. At one time of the day the defenders used to wait for the ball, now they go and seek it, so that the opposition have no free kicks. It used to annoy me to see one of the opposition party nipping in and taking a ball which should have belonged to an Everton man, and would have done so had he not held off expecting the ball to come to him without his need to bother his head about it. Defenders do not allow you to sit around these days; they are up and doing. Everton have righted the wrong. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick.
EVERTON VISIT CHARLTON
December 4, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Charlton Athletic, who took three points from Everton last season, have not maintained their early form, but they are still well placed, while Everton are in great need of a lift. Their meeting today is likely to provide a very keen tussle, and at their best Everton should make a bold bid. Special interest will be centred in the reappearance of Gillick, who resumes at outside left in place of Trentham. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones; Britton, Jones, Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick. Charlton Athletic; Bartram; Turner, Oakes (James); Green, Oakes (John), Welsh; Tadman, Robinson, Owens, Boulter, Hobbie.
CHARLTON WIN IN THE SNOW
December 4, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton Put Up Hard Fight
Morton’s Fine Saves
A valiant effort by Everton, and Morton, in particular. Athletic more dangerous near goal. Teams: - Everton: - Morton, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (TG) and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Gillick, forwards. Charlton Athletic: - Bartram, goal; Turner and Oaks (James), backs; Green, Oak (John) and Welsh, half-backs; Tadman, Robinson, Owen, Boulter, and Hobbis, forwards. Referee Mr, T. Smith, Atherstone. The Everton party were joined this morning by their chairman, Mr. W. C. Cuff, who had been host to the Czechoslovakian team which did so well against England on Wednesday. Other directors present were messrs, E. Green, G. Evans, and T. Percy. There was a cross wind blowing at Charlton’s spacious ground, and Athletic made some use of it in the first five minutes, when Hobbis centred across the Everton goalmouth, but there was no one to accept his cross. Everton replied through Geldard who made a weak centre which earned a corner from which Lawton headed over. Stevenson and then Lawton tested the strength of the Charlton goalkeeper with two shots which lacked power and then Geldard, running round James Oakes pulled the ball back neatly to Cunliffe who shot wide from a good position. Cunliffe should have scored from this position. Jack Jones suffered a head injury, and immediately he had recovered Morton intervened with speed to cut out a possible Charlton raid with an excellent push-through pass which Lawton snapped up to make a great shot which passed over the crossbar. So far Charlton’s attack had been well handled by the Everton defenders, and so well on top were the Northerners that Britton went up with the attack and formed Bartram to make a save near the post. There was plenty of support for Everton, as one repeatedly heard the call “Come on, Everton.” It was some time before Gillick brought into the game, and it was then seen that his positional play was of value to his side, for he went to centre forward to collect a pass but the Everton inside forwards were not alive to the plan.
When Tadman crossed the ball over to the left wing there was danger for the Everton defence, and it was not until T Jones cut in and kicked away that Everton’s worry was eased. Gillick again at centre forward-cuminside right, was nicely placed for shooting when Lawton slipped the ball to him, but he did not get in his shot, being too slow to make it. Owen should have had a goal when Tadman beat Joe Mercer and Jack Jones but failed to judge the flight off the ball, which travelled over his head. Gillick was more a centre forward than anything else today, and his preamble undoubtedly upset the Charlton defence. At 22 minutes Charlton took the lead through Welsh the half-back. He had come up when Tadman took his corner kick, and in the jumble of things in front of the Everton goal he scored with a hard drive. For a moment Charlton took charge but not for long, for Geldard ran through the Charlton ranks and pulled the ball back for Stevenson, who made an effort to equalise. In one furious assaults by Charlton, the Everton goal was fortunate to escape, and T. Jones risked an injury in preventing Tadman from striding to a goal. Within 30 seconds of the resumption Everton had made matters all square. Britton put through a long pass to the middle. Lawton made as though to meet it, but decided to let it go on, and Cunliffe who picked up the pass, advanced half-a –dozen yard before he released a left-footed shot that flashed into the net and out again. A nice goal scored at the half-hour. Within a minute Turner saved a certainly when he headed out a header by Lawton from a Geldard corner. Welsh almost scored again when he sent a hot one over the bar, and immediately afterwards Morton had the greatest difficulty to save from Robinson. The ball hit the goalkeeper in the face. Cunliffe and Lawton came together in a movement that promised much, but produced nothing.
Half-Time Charlton Athletic 1, Everton 1
The second half opened with a blaze and when Cook made a back-pass he put Morton on the spot. The goalkeeper rushed out of goal, but could not beat Owens for possession of the ball. It was a near thing. Charlton were on their mettle, and forsaking all ideas of scientific play put their hearts into the sweeping pass and a quick shot, and for some time the Everton defence was hard-worked, and Robinson grazed the top-side edge of the crossbar. Owens also went close with a pot shot the crowd taking exception to his chancey effort. It had started to snow during the first half and the ground became wet and slippery. Britton while looking round to see where he could put the ball, was surprised by Hobbis, who ran sound the half-back and took the ball from under his nose. Morton had been brilliant throughout and he was responsible for another smart save from Tadman. There was no mistaking the power of Charlton at this point, and no position was too far out to try a shot. They had Everton pinned down in their own goal area. Cunliffe in an Everton breakaway tried to bundle Bartram into soaking slip without success. Lawton and Geldard got through, but the former only half-hit the ball. It was snowing heavily now, and the fight was bad, so that it was no easy matter in follow some of the play at the far side. Morton again –he had been the saviour of Everton –made a really fine save from Hobbis, turning the ball over the bar. Mercer had the chance to win the match hereabouts, for when the ball was swung over to the left there was no one near him. He raced ahead an look deliberate aim, but Bartram patted the shot away. Snow was now swirling down making matters more difficult them ever. Everton having a better time, battling hard for the winning goal.
Charlton Take Lead.
But at the 80th minute Charlton took the lead, and the full points, to break their lean spell. From what I could see, Robinson’s long length shot went into the corner of the net. Geldard almost equalised, Bartram turning away his shot with his outstretched foot, and 3 minutes from the end, Owens added a third goal for the home team from Tadman’s centre. There was a claim against Everton for a penalty after this, but the appeal was not unheld. Final Charlton Athletic 3, Everton 1.
CHARLTON ATHLETIC 3 EVERTON 1 (Game 1622 over-all)-(Div 1 1580)
December 6, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Late Rally Beats Everton
Charlton Score Twice In Closing Minutes
Until ten minutes from the end of the Charlton-Everton game at the Valley, there was every indication that Everton would qulity for a point, but the Athletic with seven games behind them and not a solitary win among them, staged a final rally which proved too much for the Northerners’ defence which conceded a further 2 goals, so that the game ended Charlton A. 3, Everton 1. It was a change of tactics on the park of the Athletic which led them to a victorious conclusion. Had they not opened out their game in the second half Everton would most likely have carried the day, for it was acknowledged on all sides that Charlton were in arrear in point of football craft. Even when Welsh scored a goal it did not give the Athletic the initiative expected, for it was not long before Everton wiped out the deficit with a splendid goal by Cunliffe, and from than until the interval Charlton had to be contest to play second fiddle.
But while saying this that I must admit that had it not been for Morton, the Everton goalkeeper. Charlton would more likely have held a lead at the interval, but as Morton was part and parcel of the Everton team Charlton could not complain on that score. Morton was in such a defiant mood that he promised to hold every ball that came his way and the way he edged some of Charlton’s shots over all crossbar must have been most disconcerting to the London forwards. The Athletic must have been told to open their style of play in the second half, for immediately they returned to the field the ball was flashed from one wing to the other and with Hobbis and Tadman responding to the command, the Everton defence had to work on the collar, right to the end. Wave after wave of attack was flung at the Everton rear guard. When one was driven back another followed on, and the danger of another goal was always apparent. At this point the light had become poor, and snow was swirling around the ground.
This made things more difficult than ever for both sides, but the one which flung the ball about had the better chance, and Charlton flung the ball about. They cut out all idea of scientific football at least close play and gradually they were down the Everton defence, which had stood up gallantly against a side which was desperate to break their sequence of matches without a win. Don’t think that Everton were without their chances, for Mercer was right through on one occasion and had he slipped the ball over to Geldard instead of trying an angular shot which had little prospect of finding the net because Bartram had narrowed down his Mercer’s shooting space, it was more than probable that there would have been an Everton goal. When that chance was frittered away, and Everton win went with it.
Cunliffe should have had a goal in the first half when he shot wide, and Gillick, who got to the centre-forward position in search of the ball, delayed his short just long enough for a defender tpo come up and make his challenge. The conditions in the last half hour of the game was appalling. They were a doubt that the game would be finished. The Everton people were plumbing themselves on a drew when in the gloaming the Athletic produced their hectic finish which produced goals from Robinson and Owen. It was difficult to see either so bad was visibility. Now let me explain how Charlton got their first goal. It came from a corner, but I thought Tadman was offside when he ran through to gain the corner kick. Everton played quite well, particularly the right wing. Geldard and Cunliffe were a thorn in the side of James Oakes and John Oakes found Lawton a difficulty. Stevenson was off his game so that Gillick was made to suffer, and while Mercer was brilliant in the tackle he was not constructive enough to keep Gillick going. Britton’s and T.G. Jones worked themselves to a standstill. It was Britton who pushed the ball through so that Cunliffe could march forward to a clever goal, and Cook, and J. Jones were sound but the man of the match was Morton, who had never given a more brilliant display of goalkeeping. Teams: - Everton: - Morton, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (TG) and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Gillick, forwards. Charlton Athletic: - Bartram, goal; Turner and Oaks (James), backs; Green, Oak (John) and Welsh, half-backs; Tadman, Robinson, Owen, Boulter, and Hobbis, forwards. Referee Mr, T. Smith, Atherstone.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 BURNLEY RESERVES 1
December 6, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 19)
Burnley displayed many of the finer football arts at Goodison Park but Everton got the goals, and strengthened their hold on the leadership by a margin that greatly flattered them. For most of the first half –and more so when they lost the services of Davies after 25 minutes –Everton were a staging and struggling side against the visitors’ forward and if Burnley had any thought of the final shot they would have had more to show at the interval than a solitary goal by Cunliffe in reply to Dougal’s early lead. With a forward reshuffle that included Davies at outside left on the resumption, Everton gave Burnley a lesson in goal-taking what time the visitors continued their weaving and wasting. First Trentham doing better at inside right than outside left and Dean bidding with a neat goal hit a glorious third and Bell a no less creditable fourth from his leader’s back-header. P. Lovett making his debut in goal did well, with Jackson, Thomson and Gee effective covers. Everton Reserves: - Lovett, goal; Jackson and Thomson, backs; Bentham, Gee and Davies, half-backs; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Dougal, Trentham.
TOO MUCH MICAWBER ABOUT EVERTON
December 6, 1937. The Evening Express.
Blues Waited Charlton Acted by Pilot.
Speed on the ball is everything in football these days, Everton must have appreciated that after Saturday’s match at The Valley, where they were beaten 3-1 by Charlton Athletic. In the first half the Blues dominated matters by the deliency of their football progress and changed ends all square after meriting a lead. Then they fell back to defensive measures on a ground made treacherous and difficult by heavy snow, and Charlton saw their big chance. They took it simply by making sure that they went to the ball instead of waiting for it to reach them. They were quick to secure possession whereas’ Everton lapsed into an old habit of waiting for something to turn up. While they placed the role of Micawber went to their first with in eight games. There was no disgrace in this defeat, for so far as precise, concise and preconrtived effort was concerned, Everton were the superior side, but Charlton were allowed to fight back to the dominant position after Everton had shown them how the game should be played.
The Turning Point.
Then Robinson hit one from a bunch of players and so put Charlton on to a victory they thoroughly deserved. That goal won the game for the third was just a natural outcome of Everton’s 100 per cent attacking plan in order to save a point if possible. Owens headed this through, and the first half scorers were Welsh and Cunliffe –Cunliffe’s a grand effort. Morton was the man who kept Charlton at bay for so long. He has never played a better game for the club. The Jones –Jack and Tom –were thorough in all their work. Britton was great in his endeavour, while Mercer had a storming first half, but tired later. Gillick showed a nice positional knowledge, but accomplished little, and it was left to the untiring Cunliffe to snatch forward honours from Lawton and Geldard. Cunliffe has made a world of difference to the Everton attack. He has that liveliness and energy which is essential to as line of Everton of Everton’s make-up. Stevenson did not strike his game. Give Charlton a left back and a forward line with understanding; and they could become champions.
CHARLTON’S FIGHTING FINISH
December 6, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Charlton Athletic staged a fighting finish to beat Everton in the last ten minutes of the game at the Valley, but right through the game they had been the more dangerous side near goal if not on midfield. The magnificent work of Harry Morton was one of the reasons the Athletic did not take the lead much earlier than they did. He performed wonders. The pity was that he should be beaten when the light was distincting poor and snow swirling all round the ground. Charlton, prior to this meeting had not won a match out of seven attempts, so it was only natural that they would put up a determined front to a side which had done uncommonly well on away grounds this season.
Charlton The More Dangerous.
Everton played well. They were the better football side in the first half, but there was no denying that the Athletic forwards were the more dangerous body near goal. With considerably fewer chances than Everton, they gave Morton plenty to do. Welsh opened their score following a corner, which in the opinion of many should not have been, for the man who gained it was offside. I was a lucky stroke for when Welsh shot the ball flashed through a gathering of players which gave Morton little or no chance. Everton were not perturbed to any great extent, and very soon Cunliffe scored a brilliant goal, and so the score remained 1-1 until 10 minutes from the end.
I think Jimmy Seed must have had a word with his men during the interval, for they altered their whole style of play, sweeping the ball from wing to wing –always disconcerting to a defence –and shooting when there was any semblance of a chance. Finally they got their reward through Robinson and Owens, two goals coming in the last ten minutes. How they came about was difficult to say, for play on the far side of the field was difficult to follow.
Man Of The Match.
Morton undoubtedly was the man of the match, and for the winners Hobbis and Tadman paved the way to success by their straightforward play in the second half, after they had been pretty well held in the initial session. Geldard and Cunliffe made a fine wing. They gave the Charlton defence a heap of trouble, but the left wing was not assertive enough. Gillick got little support because Stevenson had an off day. The Scot often went to the centre forward position in an endeavour to break through, Lawton led his line well against a man –John Oakes –who gave little away and T.G. Jones, Britton, and Mercer defended valiantly. Mercer trackling was determined and swerve and he had a great chance of covering himself with glory y taking a goal when he ran through but shot straight at the Athletic goalkeeper.
EVERTON AT ANDERSHOT
December 6, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Ex-army Player Is Made Captain.
For their annual game with the Army at Aldershot, Everton made two changes, Bentham coming in for Cunliffe and Watson for Mercer. Harry Morton, who was at one time stationed at Aldershot, was captain of Everton at the suggestion of Cliff Britton. Teams: - Everton: - Morton (captain), goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Britton, Jones (TG) and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. The Army:- Gunner, A. E. Hankey, goal; Bandsman H. Phipps, and Pte D. A. Daniels, backs; Fus J. Jones, Pte G. Britton, and Pte F. Vicker, half-backs; Pte H/. Filbeam, Segt L. Brown, Corpl L Delaney, Pte Powell, Pte M. Vickers, forwards. Referee Mr. W.E. Ross-Gower (Scots Guards). It was a glorious day after a bad week-end the sun shining brilliantly. The Army’s more straightforward methods put the Everton goal in danger and Powell headed on to the crossbar. Everton, however, producing all the tricks known to football, took the lead after 15 minutes through Gillick. Watson pushed the ball through for him.
The Army’s Britton.
Private Britton did well against Lawton and Powell showed good ideas, but Vicker, the Army “star” could do little against Everton’s Britton and Cook. Watson with a lovely ground pass, but Stevenson through for a second goal, at twenty minutes, the ball hitting the post on its way to the back of the net. Within a minute Stevenson had scored again, Lawton giving him a perfect opening –three goals in six minutes. Delaney missed a great chance from Vicker’s cross. He was bang in front of goal, only to shoot wide. Lawton was dead on the mark with a shot from the right wing, but like Vickers could not shoot accurately when ten yards out. He was just as badly at fault a moment later. The Soldiers had been greatly entertained, and appreciated Everton’s clever football. Pilbeam went close with a header and then Geldard scored, and in recognition of the fact all his colleagues, with the exception of Morton, went up to congratulate him. It was just a bit of leg-pulling, and Geldard took it all in good part.
Half-Time Everton 4, The Army 0.
The Army altered their style of play in the second half. They opened the game realising that to dribble only played into Everton’s hands. It brought them territorial advantage for a while, but Morton was still without a lot of work. Hereabout Lawton went off with a damaged angle. At 55 minutes Stevenson scored a fifth goal, tapping the ball into the net after Hankey had saved well from Geldard’s header. Geldard went centre forward, and finished off a glorious piece of combination with a goal. Everton now did almost what they liked, and a seventh goal came their way when Bentham passed to Stevenson, who quietly tapped the ball into the net. Geldard scored the eighth (85 minute) and Stevenson the ninth. Geldard added a tenth and completed Everton’s biggest score against the Army in six meeting. Brown scored for the Army just on time. Final Everton 10, Army 1.
December 7, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Score Ten Goals.
Exhibition Play Against Army Side.
Everton gave a dazzling display of football against the Army in their annual friendly match at Aldershot yesterday, and scored 10 goals to one. It was, in fact, no match, for Everton were always the superior force. In every phases of the game Everton were better than the Army, although the Service team was acknowledged as one of the best they had put in the field for some time. They did not play badly, but there was no finish to their work. In midfield they did some smart things, but near the goal area they were unable to find a shot of any quality until the last minute, when Brown, of the Royal Engineers obtained a consolation goal.
There was one sad note about the game and that was that Lawton, the Everton centre forward twisted his ankle midway through the second half and had to leave the field, but this in no way inspired Everton’s effectiveness. In fact, they appeared to be better when playing ten men than they were at full strength. Naturally, the attendance which was mostly made up of soldiers, were keenly disappointed in the play of the Army, but they got a goal “kick” out of the scientific play of Everton. The goal rout started at 15 minutes when Gillick scored with a cross shot and from then on goals were scored at regular intervals and were made with such ease that had Everton pressed their case to be full they could have run up a tally of 20 goals.
They were not there to make the Army look as small as that and they contended themselves by giving a display of superlative football which should if the Army players are only willing to learn, do them an immense amount of good in the future. The Army were quite frank about the fact that they did not anticipate a victory over their professional brethren, but they hardly expected Everton to run them as they did. Stevenson was in one of the most brilliant moods. He could do just what he liked with the ball, and apart from the wonderful control and sense of positional play, he scored five goals. Geldard got four and Gillick one. There was some joy in the Everton camp when Geldard obtained his first goal, for it is some considerable time since he had the good fortune to register one. Every colleague with the exception on Morton who, by the way, was made captain for the day –he was once at Aldershot as a lance –corporal in the R.W.F. –rushed over to Geldard to congratulate him. Everton treated the spectators to an excellent exhibition, and at a little function held after in the day Major Sweeney, secretary of the Army Football Association, paid great tribute to Everton’s ability, and called upon the Army players not to be dependent about the score. The play was the thing, he said and he hoped that the service players would benefit from this meeting with Everton one of the mot classical sides in the country. Fusilier J. Jones Private C. Britton and Private Powell, along with goalkeeper Hankey were the Army’s best. Teams: - Everton: - Morton (captain), goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Britton, Jones (TG) and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. The Army:- Gunner, A. E. Hankey, goal; Bandsman H. Phipps, and Pte D. A. Daniels, backs; Fus J. Jones, Pte G. Britton, and Pte F. Vicker, half-backs; Pte H/. Filbeam, Segt L. Brown, Corpl L Delaney, Pte Powell, Pte M. Vickers, forwards. Referee Mr. W.E. Ross-Gower (Scots Guards).
December 7, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
High scoring has become such a habit when Everton meet the Army in their annual fixture at Aldershot that I intend to take a comptometer along with me on my next visit. Eleven goals were scored, and the Army could only obtained one of them, and that in the last few minutes. Everton played magnificent football from start to finish. There was one black spot –an injury to Lawton. He twisted his ankle so badly that there is a fear that he may not be able to play on Saturday.
December 8, 1937. The Burnley Express
Spoils Burnley Reserves at Everton
Everton Reserves 4 Burnley Reserves 1
Although they served up some clever football at Goodison Park, Burnley reserves lacked directness in front of goal, and were thus defeated by less crafty but more trustful opposition. Many chances of finishing off clever approach play were thrown away because of hesitancy and weak shooting. Early on, Ashbridge saved a point blank shot from Trentham, but he was beaten after six minutes from Dougal after he had fisted out from Dean. Quarter of an hour later Cunliffe equalised, driving into an empty net after Lovett had lost the ball. Burnley now served up some delightful football, combing beautifully to weave their way through the Everton defence. Their finishing, however, was most unsatisfactory. Story missed great chance, but Lovett was fortunate with a shot from Fisher, touching it on to the bar, whence it rebounded for a corner. Before the interval Everton lost the services of Davies, who sustained a leg injury. Everton, with a much reshuffered forward line, shaped better in the second half, and were more accurate in their finishing than Burnley. With first time shots that gave Ashbridge no possible chance, Trentham, Dean and Bell added to the home team's score. Bell also headed against the upright, and Ashbridge made several good saves. Teams; Everton Reserves; P. Lovett; Johnson Thompson; Bentham Gee, Davies; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Dougal, Trentham. Burnley Reserves; Ashbridge; Marshall, Richmond; Raynor, Woodruff, Bray; Storey, Toll, Cunliffe, Fisher, Hornby. Referee. Mr. W.B. Nixon (Manchester).
Thanks to Kjell Hanssen for senting this
EVERTON TO PLAY IN EMPIRE EXHIBITION BIG TOURNEY ?
November 9, 1937. The Evening Express.
Pilot’s Sports Log
Everton have been invited to take part in the big Empire Exhibition football tournament, which it is hoped to stage at Ibrox Park next May. It was suggested that eight of the leading clubs from England and Scotland should participate. These were Arsenal, Chelsea, Sunderland and Manchester City from England, and Rangers, Celtic, Hearts and Aberdeen from Scotland. Manchester City withdraw, however, owing to a Continental tour, and so the authorities invited Everton. I learn that the clubs are willing to play in the tournament on being guaranteed a percentage of 33- 1-3, with a minimum of £300.
December 10, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton’s side chosen last evening to meet Birmingham at Goodison Park tomorrow will be unchanged from the team that defeated at Charlton last week. Thus Gillick will retain the extreme left wing position, the side being: - Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick. The Birmingham team is: - Hibbs; Trigg, Hughes; Brunskill, Fillingham, Richards, Clarke, Dearson, Beattie, Harris, Morris. The Everton eleven to meet Bury at Gigg Lane in a Central League game will have Watson at left half in place of Davies. The team is: P. Lovett; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Gee, Watson; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Dougal, Trentham
Birmingham are one of the most attractive sides in the First Division and if Everton are to make headway then the attack will have to be at its best, for the Midland club possess a powerful defence. That this is so can be seen from the fact that only 12 goals have been conceded in 8 away games, from which 5 points have been won by a victory over Blackpool (3-0), and drawn games with Bolton Wanderers (1-1), Stoke City (2-2) and Midlesbrough (1-1). Visits to Goodison Park under League auspices have not been successful for Birmingham and their last victory there was secured in 1929-30 the season Everton were relegated, when Birmingham prevailed by 4-2. Since then, however, only one point has been won by the St. Andrew’s club at Goodison Park, and that came as a result of a draw last term. Results for the latter period (Everton’s score first) have been 3-2, 4-1, 2-0, 2-0, 4-3, and 3-3.
BID TO END FROST MENACE
December 10, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Success Of Everton F.C. Experiment.
An unqualified success” That is the verdict on the experiments which are being carried out on –Everton’s practice pitch, in an endeavour to end the menace which frost constitutes to the game, and the players taking part during the severe winter weather. The experiments have been carried out by Mr. P. J. Robinson, the Liverpool city electrical engineer, since the beginning of September, but he has been waiting for the real test of the first severe front of the season. On Wednesday night there were nine degrees of frost and Everton’s big playing pitch was frost bound. On the practice pitch, however, there was a patch of beautifully soft green turf, about 18’ yards square. This was the portion where Mr. Robinson had laid electrically-heated wires about nine inches below the surface. Down the centre of the “treated” patch ran a white line of frost, where for the sake of comparison, one wire had been omitted. Mr. Theo Kelly, the secretary expressed Everton F.C., satisfaction with the experiments, which he described as being an unqualified success. Electrically-heated grounds will revolutionise football, for it will be possible to play matches in any weather conditions,” he said. “The risk of serious injury through teams playing on frost bound grounds will also be obviated. Mr. Robinson is also well satisfied with the experiment “I make no claim to this being my only idea,” he told, the Daily Post. “There is no patent attached to the application. In fact, it has been used on greyhound tracks. I have, however, set out to commercialise it –something which was almost impossible. It was hoped to use it for market gardeners to raise crops, but return for the crops would not have brought in sufficient to pay the cost of the wiring and current. “In football, however, clubs could save hundreds of pounds during a season.”
December 10,1937. The Liverpool Daily Post.
Everton’s great desire is that they should be half-way up the table by the turn of the year. It is asking something, for other club s have similar thoughts, so the task head of the Goodison Parkers is dotted with difficulty. Nowsdays a win or two can take a club up the table in quick attacks, but let us glance at Everton’s fixtures for the remainder of the year. Tomorrow they, met Birmingham at Goodison (2.15) the following Saturday, they travel to Portsmouth, while on Xmas Day they are visitors to Leicester City. The return game with Leicester is on Boxing Day. Not a formidable looking fixture card, for I can see six probable, and eight possible points. Who are they going to beat away, did I hear you ask? Portsmouth at Griffin Park for “Pompey” seem to be anyone’s victims these days. Everton should win all their home points. There is little fear that they will fall to Birmingham and Leicester, even through the present season has provided many crazy results. How that Geldard has whistled his appetite for goals in the Army match, I hope he will see the need for cutting in and trying a shot instead of always attempting to make them for others. We all know he can shoot, and why he has not been doing so is one of the mysteries best known to himself. At one time of day Geldard got quite a bath of goals, but on dear me, it was ever so long ago. He has been chided often enough by his colleagues about his lack of shooting. In other repects Geldard is playing grand football. Birmingham are not easy foeman for they have some clever players in their ranks including the prince of goalkeepers, Harry Hibbs, who usually gives of his best on Merseyside. It will take a good shot to beat him, but there are good shooter’s in the Everton front line, if they will only let themselves go. To hit and miss is no crime, but not to hit at all is unforgivable. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones; Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick. Birmingham: - Hibbs; Trigg, Hughes; Brunskill, Fillingham, Richards; Clarke, Dearson, Beattie, Harris, Morris. The 2nd X! To meet Bury at Gigg-lane in a Central League game will have Watson at half-back in place of Davies. Teams: - P. Lovett; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Gee, Watson; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Dougal, Trentham.
LAWTON TO HAVE FINAL TEST FOR BLUES TOMOOROW
December 10, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Dean Stands By In Case.
Director’s “No Change” For Birmingham’s Visit
Everton directors, at their meeting last night, decided to play an unchanged eleven against Birmingham at Goodison Park, tomorrow, but there is still a doubt regarding the fitness of Tommy Lawton, the centre-forward. Lawton sprained his left ankle in the match against the Army at Aldershot on Monday, but has made splendid progress. He was given a test at the ground today, and afterwards it was decided he should have another try-out tomorrow morning to make certain he will be fit to take his place. Should he not be able to play, it will mean the club captain, Billy Dean, returning to the eleven for the first time since he played against Blackpool in September. It will also mean that Lawton will be out of the side for the first time since he took over the centre-forward duties from the international. Birmingham make one change, for Harris has recovered from his cartilage operation and comes back at inside-left. Everton should be capable of winning this if they continue in their latest mood. Although defeated at Charlton they offered stout resistance. Charlton played so well in the second half that Everton had chance to do little else except defend. I do not think Birmingham will extend them to the extent Charlton did. Birmingham have not a good away record, for they have recorded only one victory and three draws out of nine matches. Last week they lost at home to Arsenal. The strength of the St. Andrew’s men lies in the half-back line. In Brunskill, Fillingham and Richards they have three bonny interveners who can share their favours equally between attack and defence. Still, I think the lighting bursts of Cunliffe and the craft of Stevenson can upset that line and pave the way for Everton’s fifth home win of the season. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones; Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick. Birmingham: - Hibbs; Trigg, Hughes; Brunskill, Fillingham, Richards; Clarke, Dearson, Beattie, Harris, Morris.
BIRMINGHAM AT GOODISON PARK
December 11, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
The search for League points goes on with relentless energy. Everton will endeavour to receptive winning form when they receive Birmingham, a side which on its day is a dour combination. Everton will, I think prevail. The points are greatly needed, for only 15 have been gained from 18 matches Everton may have to make a change in the team. Lawton sprained an ankle in the game against the Army on Monday, and is to have a test today. Should he be unable to play his place will be taken by Dean. The kick-off is a 2-15, and the teams are: - Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones; Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick. Birmingham: - Hibbs; Trigg, Hughes; Brunskill, Fillingham, Richards; Clarke, Dearson, Beattie, Harris, Morris.
GELDARD’S FINE GOAL.
December 11, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton Recover From Early Shock.
Twenty-two heroic men gathered together to give in an excellent display considering the icy conditions. A snap goal in the first two minutes caused Everton great trouble, and it took them 71 minutes to wipe it out of their diary. With the chances they had in the second half they should have won comfortably. Poor shooting was the reason they did not do so. Teams: - Everton: - Morton, goal; Cook and Jones (JE); backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Gillick, forwards. Birmingham: - Hibbs, goal; Triggs and Hughes, backs; Brunskill, Fillingham and Richards, half-backs; Clarke, Dearson, Beattie, Harris, and Morris, forwards. Referee Mr. S. Boardman, Hale, Cheshire. It was not decided until two o’clock that the game should be played. The referee made his first examination at 12.30 and found the ground as hard as flint. A second examination an hour later revealed the fact that the ground was softening, and he explained he would give the ground another half hour, and at two o’clock he found it to be “all clear.” Whereupon the gates were thrown open. The ground had been well sanded, yet it was plain to see that it would be difficult for the players to maintain a foothold. Dean got a fine reception from the small crowd; and in the first minute he made a header to Cunliffe which should have brought something better than it did, and within two minutes the scene had changed and it was Birmingham who were on the attack. Richards made a pass along the touchline which Morris collected and without a moment hesitation banged in a fine shot. Morton pulled the ball from under the crossbar, but appeared to lose possession, and although he made a quick recovery and cleared, the ball had undoubtedly gone over the goal line. This was a shattering blow and for the next few minutes Birmingham were in command. Morris was again on the mark, and Morton had to edge his shot away. Dearson gathered the ball and shooting across the face of the goal. Football was a tricky business, and the Midlanders seemed to put more heart into their play, being more inclined to take risks than Everton. It was possible to hear the crackling of the ice under the players feet. At this point Everton were doing exceedingly well, and Dean, Stevenson and Cunliffe indulged in some passing movements which favoured cricket pitch rather than an ice-bound football ground. Dean was playing behind his co-forwards, and took many goal-kicks with his head and directed them to Stevenson and Cunliffe. To give you some idea as to the treacherous condition of the ground. I do not think I could explain it better than Morton did. He made to run across his own goalmouth and fell headlong as the shot from Beattie passed wide.
Harris and Morris excelled in combined ideas and were a source of trouble to Britton and Cook. The long ball, however, was the one of most value today, and one was put out to Gillick who was only just a fraction late in beating Fillingham. He actually got the ball but it went up against the big centre-half and flew straight into Hibbs hands. No one could need at the class of football displayed, for both sides at times showed amazing control of the ball under the trying conditions. Naturally there were many mistakes but who could blame anyone for making them on such a day?
Jones (TG) was covering his goal with skill and confidence, and Geldard was to be seen at outside left in his search for fame and a goal, I think he has made up his mind to score goals rather than make them, as he has been doing for so long. Just after this Cunliffe got through and shot for the far side of the goal, Hibbs scrambled across t turn the ball round the upright. Cunliffe claimed the ball had gone over the line, but no such thing had happened, and a corner was the correct decision. Everton fought hard for an equaliser and it almost came in the last minute when Cunliffe jumped high in the air and headed a foot wide. Beattie was responsible for the best shot of the match when he dashed between the Everton backs and shot with immense power, Morton, however, made a fine save.
Half-Time Everton 0, Birmingham 1.
Everton were determined to wipe out that goal deficit in the second half and they returned as though they would sweep Birmingham right out of the picture. On only one occasion did the Midland side cross the half-way line in the first twenty-five minutes. You may ask how it was Everton did not score during the period considering how they had fastened Birmingham down to their own half; the answer was that their shooting was not so accurate so it might have been. Plenty of shots were levelled at Hibbs, but most of them went on the strong side of the woodwork. Cunliffe very easy on should have scored, and Gillick, too, comes under the same category, for twice he was well placed, but delayed his efforts a shade too long and was tackled as he was on the point of shooting. Even Mercer came along with a shot of power and a free kick almost brought them success. Hibbs giving away a corner when he carried the ball over his goal line. It was difficult to imagine that a side could have so much of the play and yet be without a goal Geldard came into the shooting range and there were times when he shot when he might have passed to better advantage.
Dean, when Gillick pulled a ball back to him, made a fiery drive which passed wide, and then at 71 minutes Geldard got his long shot for goal, and a great shot it was. The ball went from his foot like a stone from a catapult, and Hibbs had no chance whatever, I doubt if he even saw the ball as it flashed beyond him. Strange to relate, this goal had the effect of livening up the Birmingham keen to the need for attack. They had failed to hold their lead so had to go but to retrieve it, and they made more incursions into the Everton goalmouth within the next five minutes than they had done in the first half-hour. Reverting to Geldard’s goal, I think it is twenty months since he scored a league goal for Everton, but this one was indeed of great value. The referee had occasion to speak to both Stevenson and Clarke. Hereabouts Birmingham showed a fighting spirit and Jack Jones must thank Jones (TG) for his tactics when he (Jack Jones) had made a miss-header. Just on time Gillick had a wonderful opportunity to win the two points for his side but shot badly, with only Hibbs a front of him. Final Everton 1, Birmingham 1.
EVERTON 1 BIRMINGHAM CITY 1 (Game 1623 over-all)-(Div 1 1581)
December 13, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Fine Display On icy Ground
Points Divided At Goodison
Geldard’s Shot Saves The Day
When I saw the ground at Goodison Park before the game, I did not think that the meeting of Everton and Birmingham would produce anything worth while watching, for in places there were patches of turf which resembled a skating ring rather than a football ground, but as I felt the ground some two hours later, I said to myself. “What an excellent game, it had been considering the atrocious conditions.” Forgetting the fact that Everton missed a glorious opportunity of taking the full points through their poor shooting, the football played by each side was a credit to both clubs. Some of the movements displayed were good enough for anything, yet the players in places could hardly keep their feet. A frost-bound ground is a player’s “nightmare” To take a fall may have meant a broken arm or leg and a least a severe shaking. It was possible at one point to hear the crumb of the thin ice under the foot, but not one of the twenty two players refrained from taking risks. They gave a grand display under trying conditions, and although the Everton supporters will consider that Everton’s shooting was badly at fault they could not take them to task on any other count. At times the passing was nothing short of brilliant, and where Birmingham had an advantage was in the fact that they utilised the open game to bring them results, whereas Everton kept to their old tradition –classical and close football, which was more readily defeated by the defenders than Birmingham’s more sweeping plan.
Everton had to battle against a goal scored in two minutes. For 71 minutes an equalising goal proved out of their reach because their marksmanship was inaccurate. It was a shattering blow to be in arrears almost from the start for while it gave Birmingham a belief in themselves, it caused Everton to press unduly and that means over anxiousness, and very often failure. Morris, the Birmingham outside left, took Everton by surprise when he slashed in a shot from long range, and Morton pulled the ball down from underneath his crossbar, but released his hold on it, and it bounded over the goal line before he retrieved it and kicked it clear. It was all done o quickly, and the same player almost repeated his act soon afterwards when Morton this time swept the ball aside. This meant an uphill battle for Everton, and they set about it willingly enough, but without the great need, a shot of true direction. One naturally had to overlook mistakes on such a day, but there were times when simple chances were missed and when the conditions could not be blamed. Everton had left their shooting-boots down at Aldershot. Dean, back for the injured Lawton, Stevenson, and Cunliffe all failed to hit the “bull”; quite a dozen or so efforts passing outside. Often slight delay in the act of shooting cost them their chance, for the Birmingham defenders pounced down on them like lightening. It was a day for the quick shot from any reasonable distance, for the goalkeepers were on thin ice, as it were, and their feet often slipped from under them when they started to move. Morton once went full length, and it was well for him that Dearson’s drive was going outside.
Rounds Of Passing.
But for all the misses and errors he game was entertaining. Rounds of passing were frequent by both sides, and if Birmingham had slightly the better of things in the first half, Everton were definitely masters in the second portion, when they kept their opponents fastened down in their own half for long spells. For fully half an hour Birmingham did not cross the half-way line. They were content to defend their goal and trust to Morris’s goal to give them victory, and it nearly did. Geldard, with his appetite whetted by his four goals against the Army, was determined to add to his record. At times he went on when he should have turned the ball inside to a better placed colleague, but he got his reward at 71 minutes, when he drove in a fast shot which Hibbs simply watched go in to the net. He could do no more than fact, for Geldard’s shot was a bonny one. With nine minutes left there was a promise that Everton would pull the game out of the fire, but Birmingham saw the necessity to take up the attack once more, having lost their lead.
Great Centre-Half Play.
But if there was to be another score Everton promised to be the scorer of that all important point, and had Gillick not delayed his shot he could have won the game, for he had two magnificent opportunities of beating Hibbs. It is not my intention to individualise, but I must make reference to T.G. Jones, the Everton centre half back. He was the outstanding man on the field, for not only did he hold up Beattie, but brought construction into his game. But let me conclude by paying tribute to one and all of the players for the fine game they put up under the wretched conditions. It was not until 15 minutes before the time of the start that it was decided that play would be possible. The referee Mr. Boardman, of Sale, who handled the game well, walked on to the ground three-quarters of an hour before the start, and it was only the fact that the ground was improving that he decided to make another inspection at 2 o’clock. In place the turf was dangerous. . Teams: - Everton: - Morton, goal; Cook and Jones (JE); backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Gillick, forwards. Birmingham: - Hibbs, goal; Triggs and Hughes, backs; Brunskill, Fillingham and Richards, half-backs; Clarke, Dearson, Beattie, Harris, and Morris, forwards. Referee Mr. S. Boardman, Hale, Cheshire.
BURY RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 1
December 13, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 20)
Everton Reserves inflicted on Bury their fifth successive home defeat, winning by the only goal. Despite the fact that Bury missed two penalties, Halton shooting wide, from the first and Aldred hitting the upright with the second. Everton were good winners. On a treacherous surface they played much better football than their opponents, and particularly in the first half did they enjoy superiority. Bury fought back strongly in the second ball, but the home forwards were not clever enough to break down the sturdy Everton defence. Thomson was very good and Gee closed up the middle to Bury’s attack. Bentham was a strong attacking wing halfback and of the forwards Arthur and Trentham did a lot of effective raiding. Bell took his scoring chance in the fifth minute very smartly, being at hand when a Bury defender miskicked to head the ball over the goalkeeper’s hands into the net. Everton Reserves; Lovett, goal; Jackson and Thomson, backs; Bentham, Gee and Watson, half-backs; Arthur, Bell, Dougal and Trentham, forwards.
EVERTON’ MISSING LINK
December 13, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Attack Not Good Enough Against Birmingham.
The attack which Everton fielded in the match they drew 1-1 with Birmingham cannot be regarded as a settled forced. Weaknesses were patent and changes will have to be made. The formation appeared to lack connecting links and often the players were slow with the final shot. If the forwards had shot better on Saturday, both points would now be safe in Everton’s keeping. Gillick was not at his best, and the inside forwards also missed good chances. Everton missed young Lawton, Dean who came back to fill the centre forward vacancy caused by Lawton’s absence owing to injury, was a shadow of the Dean we have known in past years. Admittedly his scoring chances were few, although that was probably due to the fact that he persistently bring back amongst the halves. Time and again Gillick was out of position when the outward pass was made and his crossing and shooting left much to be desired. Geldard, was a far better wing-man –he saved a point with a fine shot in the second half and Cunliffe showed occasional bursts of brilliance. But the line as a whole never operated smoothly. Top marks must go to the young Welsh-born; pivot T.G. Jones. He played a strong game, and always had the measure of Beattle. Jones is making rapid strides to international honours. His namesake, Jones (JE) was a tower of strength at full-back, but Morton was not in his best form.
December 13, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Never was there a greater need for the heating of a ground than on Saturday, for the Goodison Park ground, with the exception of the little slice on the practical pitch, was topped with a skin of ice. If the whole ground had been similarly treated I feel sure we would have witnessed a grand game, for again was the play was well above what is usually seen on a frost bound ground, I don’t think any one person left the ground dissatisfied with the game, which was a great tribute to all the players. Clubs throughout the country are watching with interest the progress of the anti-frost experiment on the Everton practice ground. I saw the result myself on Friday and there is no doubt about its success. The patch of ground which has been treated by these sunken electric heating cables was soft and springy, the remainder full of bone. The first cost of installation on a full size ground would be pretty heavy in addition which there is the question of disturbing the well-knit turf, but afterwards I understand the upkeep is not very severe.
For some years Everton had the honours of providing Wales with her centre half and captain in Tom Griffiths who, I am sorry to say, is only recovering very slowly from his severe attack of rheumatism, and nowadays is scouting for the Villa. There is another Welsh international pivot coming from Goodison in T.G. Jones and in the very near future, Jones has played brilliantly every time I have seen him. Cool and unhurried, wise in his passing quick in recovery, and with excellent ball control. Jones bears the stamp of the football genius in all he does. He got two international caps as a schoolboy. He has only to continue as he has started to add many senior caps to those. Mr. Ted Robbins has had his eye on Jones for some time. Dean’s popularity with the Goodison supporters was evident from the fine rally be got when he led his men on the field, and the cheers which greeted his efforts during the game.
One thing they were dissatisfied with, and that was Everton’s shooting, and they had reason to be, for it was very poor. Had it been half so good as when they were at Aldershot they would have won a handsome victory. One had to forgive an error here and there, but it was impossible to overlook some of the misses of the Everton forwards. They all had simple chances, but not until Geldard scored at 71 minutes, could they find a true line with their drives. In the first half Birmingham had showed them the way to take a goal by straightforward methods. It was a simple move which produced Birmingham goal in two minutes, a loose ball finding it’s way to Morris on the left wing. He did not want to display his dribbling ability. He took the ball forward a few paces and then let drive for goal. It was a great shot, and Morton pulled the ball down from underneath his cross-bar, but was unable to hold it, and it bounced over the line before he recovered possession and cleared. But the referee had seen what most of us saw, the ball over the goalline. That meant an uphill fight for Everton, and they tackled it with great determination, but it was not until the second half that they really nailed Bimingham down to their own quarters. Birmingham gave me the impression that they could make the Morris goal a winner if they went into defence but that line of argument has often proved false. It did in this, case, and Everton swarmed round, their goal for minutes on end without, however, bringing about the defeat of Hibbs, who had not a lot on do, for most of Everton’s shots flew idea of the mark. Geldard had apparently made up his mind that he would get a goal. He tried often enough before he beat Hibbs with a great shot, but there were times when he tried a shot when a pass to a better-placed colleague would have been a infinitely greater value. I do not intend to criticise Geldard on that account, for I have been labouring the fact for weeks that he should cut in and shot.
Dean led the line well, and offered his co-forwards some good chances, but in regard to shooting the Everton attack was off its game. Cunliffe missed any number of “Possibles” and Gillick with the game in his hand, put the ball into the crowd from easy range. Some of the combination was excellent. I have seen much worse on a perfect pitch. When the ball hit the turf it often shot off at a tangent which made things difficult for all, but I can’t forget the moment when Birmingham swept through with beautiful passing movements, to which Everton replied in like fashion.
EVERTON’S LEFT WING
December 15, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
More changes in the Everton team and in the same old quarter, the left flank, where Dougal and Trentham return in place of Stevenson and Gillick. With Lawton fit again it was only natural that he would resume at centre forward at Portsmouth. This left wing is troubling the Everton directors more than a little. Gillick came in and went out again. Trentham was chosen than dropped; Stevenson followed Dougal t inside left, but there was still something wanting on the left. I know you will say the solution is a new left winger. Everton are looking for one, make no mistake about that, but until he arrives they have to juggle with what they have got.
Lawton Looking Ahead
Lawton acted wisely in not playing last Saturday. He told me just before the game that it was better not to take any risk and perchance an enforced absence for a month, whereas one week’s rest would make him perfectly fit. Tommy is very serious about his football. He had in mind the holiday games and the forthcoming Cup-ties, and wanted to be completely recovered for the heavy time ahead. With Trentham back in the side I would beg of his colleagues to see that he gets his fair share of the ball. It was most apparent that he was not supported in his two last outing. The home crowd noticed it after I had strongly critised his partners for the way they “starved” him at West Bromwich.
A Winger’s Success
A winger must have the ball put to him in a takeable manner. Half the success of Bastin, W.H. Smith, Joes Hulme, and others was due to judicious feeding. No wingman can hope to do anything if the ball is kept from him. Trentham is not quite the finished article, but he is a willing worker if he has the support of his colleagues. Give it to him, Everton, o that the lad can have a fair crack of the whip. It will be your job Dougal and your’s too Mercer to see that Trentham is well piled with passes. Team; Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones(TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham. Everton side to met Leeds United in the Central League game at Goodsion Park will include Dean, Stevenson, and Gillick in the forwards, and also H. Merritt, a young local player, who is promoted from the “A” team. Team; P. Lovett; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Gee, Davies; H. Merritt, Bell, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick.
Everton have signed Ronald Marshall, goalkeeper, aged 17; 5ft 9ins, and 10st 8lbs, of Bootle Amateurs F.C, in the J.O.C. League. Marshall played for Bootle schoolboys and in the Lancashire County side with Tommy Lawton. Aston Villa were interested in him.
Kenneth Acock, left full back, who has just returned from Palestine, where he has been serving in the Army, has also been secured. He is eighteen years old, stands 5ft 11lins, and scales 11st 6lbs. Two other league clubs had a fancy for him.
EVERTON TO HAVE SPECIAL CUP TRAINING
December 15, 1937. The Evening Express.
Players To Stay At Bushey
Three Changes For Portsmouth Game
Dougal-Trentham Left Wing
Everton will undergo special training for their F.A. Cup third round tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, January, 8. At their meeting last night the directors decided that following the match against Arsenal, at Highbury, on January 1, the player should go to Bushey , near Watford, for a week and travel direct from Bushey to the match. Bushey is one of the best-known centres for special training, and last season Sunderland who won the Cup, did all their Cup preparation there. It is the ideal spot, for there are swimming baths, gymnasium, and one of the best golf courses in the London area.
Internationals Left Out.
The Blues make the Long Journey to Portsmouth this week-end and have decided to leave out three internationals –Dean (England), Stevenson (Ireland) and Gillick (Scotland). All three will play in the Central League team against Leeds United at Goodison Park. Dean goes out because Lawton has recovered from the twisted ankle injury he received in the match at Aldershot against the Army. The left wing will be composed of Dougal and Trentham. This is the seventh time they have been in partnership in the first team. Dougal has not been in the first team since early October. This will be the first time Cunliffe and Dougal have been in the attack together, and the effect will be watched with interest, with Dougal playing the role of provider and Cunliffe playing more as an attacker. The remainder of the team is unchanged. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham. Everton Reserves leaders of the Central League, oppose Leeds United at Goodison Park, Leeds were the champions last season. Everton Reserves; P. Lovett; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Gee, Davies; H. Merritt, Bell, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick
Big Everton Deal.
Everton Football Club will probably be concerned in a big transfer deal within the next seven days. Negotiations are well advanced.
Pilot’s Sport Logs.
Some time ago I referred to a 17 year-old goalkeeper of Bootle Amateurs named Ronald W. Marshall, who was being sought by Aston Villa. Everton saw the news, made inquiries, and have now “pipped” Aston Villa by signing this promising lad, who is 5ft 9 ½ ins, and 10st 10lbs. This is the boy who did so well with Bootle schoolboys and who played for Lancashire Schoolboys in the same team as Tommy Lawton, the Everton centre forward. Everton have also signed on Kenneth Acock, an 18 year-old left back, who has just return to England after service with the Army in Palestine. Two other league clubs were waiting to sign him, but again Everton got in first. Acock is 5ft 11ins, and 11st 8lbs.
SPECIAL TRAINING FOR EVERTON
December 16, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton have decided to go into special training for their Cup-tie with Chelsea on January 8. They are due at Highbury on New Year’s Day, and after the match with the Arsenal they will go to Bushey Hall, in Hertforshire, until the morning of the match. Everton have signed R. Marshall, goalkeeper, aged 17, 5ft 9ins, and 10t 8lbs, of Bootle Amateurs F.C, in the J.O.C., League. Marshall played for Bootle schoolboys and in the Lancashire County side with T. Lawton. Kenneth Acock, left full back, who has just returned from Palestine, where he has been serving in the Army, has also been secured. He is 18, stands 5ft 11ins, and weighs 11st 6lbs.
December 17, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
There is a hard time ahead of Everton and other teams situated around the foot of the table. What with the cup-ties coming along, and Everton have known their need without anyone telling them. The directors have travelled far and wide ever since the season opened, and at long last there is promise that some business will be done in the course of the next few days. It won’t be Everton’s fault should negations fall through. It may seem like bravado to suggest that Everton can win their game at Portsmouth tomorrow, after what the Southerners did in the North-East last week-end, when they hoarded the Cup holders in their den and beat them. It was the surprise result of the day but let us get right down to brass tacks. Pompey were in desperate position desperate methods had to be employed, and on the ice plank it would appear that they were prepared to take greater risks than Sunderland, who are not so badly placed. Everton have made three changes from the side which drew with Birmingham. Lawton had only to be fit to be recalled to lead the attack. He could have played against Birmingham, but rather than rush matters the club and player thought it advisable to rest the player another week. Stevenson and Gillick drop out of the side to allow of the incoming of Dougal and Trentham. Not for the first time this season has there been some juggling on the left wing, and if it is to be a success this time Trentham must be supposed. In his last two games with the side he has been left out in the cold so could not be blamed for doing so little.
Have Faith In Him.
His colleagues must trust him. He has answered the call willingly, but a winger more than anyone else must rely on his half-back and inside man. Give the boy some encouragement; show that you have faith in him.
Everton are negotiating for two players and are more than hopeful of success. It is not a case of just looking them over; they are actually in touch with the club concerned. I cannot say more at the moment, except the men are outstanding players of international calibre, who would do Everton a power of good.
EVERTON USUALLY DO WELL AT POMPEY
December 17, 1937. The Evening Express.
Portsmouth, with five points out of the last six played for, will face Everton with confidence at Fratton Park, tomorrow. Everton are now without fault, but they generally do well at Fratton Park, and it will not surprise me if they come away with a point this time; in fact, if the Blues take their chances they may win. Beattie is the danger man in the Pompey attack, but Tom Jones will give him scope. The manner in which Everton’s changed attack operates may be the deciding factor. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham Portsmouth; Strong; Morgan Rochford; Guthrie, Rowe, Wharton; Worrall, Gloves, Beattie, Easson, Parker.
No Matter the failings of the Everton first team, the reserves continue to set a merry pace in the Centre League. Here we are practically at “Halfway House” and the Blues are well out in front. Despite the big counter-attraction “across the park” I expect there will be at least 6,000 people at Goodison Park tomorrow for the Reserves game against Leeds United. Leeds have generally boasted a good “second string” but I do not think they will be capable of holding up the Blues with their five internationals on parade. I am assured that the 17-year-old goalkeeper, Lovett is a wonder. He is worth taking a look at. Everton Reserves; P. Lovett; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Gee, Davies; H. Merritt, Bell, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick. Everton “A” visit Earlestown Bohemians in the George Mahon Cup second round replay. Everton “A” Wilkinson; GE Saunders, Felton; Lindey, Edwards, Webster; Arthur, Hurel, Catterick, Laidman, J. Davies.
December 18, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton go to Portsmouth in the hope of reproducing their best form, and with Lawton fit again and Dougal and Trentham on the left wing there is every prospect of the forward line showing the necessary dash and shooting power. Portsmouth have but one home victory to the credit, and their initial success away from home last week when they defeated Sunderland at Roker Park suggests that the side is an improving force. They are sure to make tremendous efforts to overcome the Everton defence. It is likely to be a capital struggle. Everton will not lack vocal support, as there are many Merseyside enthusiasts in and around Portsmouth and Southampton who will take the opportunity of renewing acquaintance with the Everton team. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham Portsmouth; Strong; Morgan Rochford; Guthrie, Rowe, Wharton; Worrall, Gloves, Beattie, Easson, Parker.
EVERTON FORWARDS “AT SEA.”
December 17, 1937. Evening Express, Football Edition
Portsmouth Sound Winners
Goalkeeping errors contributed to Everton’s 3-1 defeat at Portsmouth today. Mistakes brought goals, but other contributory factors were Everton’s inability to control a lively ball and lack of understanding. This was Everton’s poorest display of the year. Everton did not have the expected newcomers in their side today. Mr. C. W. Cuff (chairman) and Mr. T. Percy made the journey to clinch the deal, which concerns two internationals, but negotiations broke down. They will be resumed in a week or so. Everton had their selected side on duty. Teams; - Everton: - Morton, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (TG), and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Dougal, and Trentham, forwards. Portsmouth: - Strong, goal; Morgan and Rochford, backs; Guthrie, Rowe, and Wharton, half-backs; Worrall, Groves, Beattie, Easson, and Parker, forwards. Referee Mr. Capt G. Hamilton Jones (Woolwich). Everton were outplayed in the opening stages, during which there was little semblance of forward movements, and although Portsmouth piled on the pressure, they did not trouble Morton until Parker tried to double –fist the ball through from Worrall’s centre. Everton’s close up free kick for a foul on Lawton was wasted, and in ten minutes Pompey went away to take a deserved lead. Groves bamboozled the defence with his “through” pas to Worrall, the winger’s centre bore the label Morton until Beattle took a hand, Beattie brought it in, took the ball practically out of Morton’ arms and it twisted over the line as Parker came up to clinch a deal that had already been transacted. Rarely have I seen the Everton forwards so disjointed and with such lack of understanding. They had little or no control of the ball. Geldard twice tried to break through only to be baulked by Rowe. Then Dougall came through with the opening shot for the Blues. This travelled high over.
Pompey On Top.
Portsmouth had revealed themselves as much the better team, and their half backs were generally in command. In 21 minutes Portsmouth were two up . After Britton had failed to trap the ball, and Beattle had cut out the work, Worrall’s centre dropped nicely for the in-running Parker, whose header was just ordinary. Morton put up one hand, and the ball passed clean over his head into the net, with Cook making a belated effort to keep it in play. At last Everton showed signs of life, without being able to overcome the resistance of Rowe and company. Strong “presented” them with a goal in 29 minutes, Trentham being the scorer. Trentham tried to centre but failed to get the ball properly, so that it swerved against the goalkeeper. Strong gathered it but allowed the ball to pass behind his hand, strike the post, and bounce six inches over the line. The referee was close enough to see that it was a goal, despite strong appeals.
Everton showed some signs of improvement but their passing played into the hands of the Pompey offside trap. Easton brought Morton to his knees, and then worked away to the right to again being Morton into action. Worrall was a constant source of danger to the Blues, but the Pompey make-up was vastly superior to that of Everton, who have not played worse this year. Lawton came into the game with a weak “through2 pass for Cunliffe, who tried a swift low shot which Strong saved at full length. This was only the second time that Strong had to deal with a direct shot. It was not good game, for play was mostly confined to midfield, where the Pompey half backs were in command, and Everton were playing an exaggerated “W” formation which made things easy for the Pompey defence.
Half-Time Portsmouth 2, Everton 1
Everton showed signs of a revival in the opening stages of the second half, there being more collaboration and neater ball control. When Trentham slipped the ball across the face of the goal, however, there was no one up to take advantage. Strong almost gave away another goal when he failed to gather a high dropping centre with Lawton in attendance, but recovered sufficiently to dive, and prevent Dougal from clinching the deal. Dougal was pulled up for A foul on Easson. Easson was spoken to by the referee for throwing the ball at Dougal. Afterwards the players shook hands. Groves shot outside as Portsmouth again assumed command, and in 55 minutes another goalkeeping mistake gave Pompey their third goal. Beattle was the scorer. Worrall fed Parker, who was close in on the goal line, and his short centre was pulled down by Morton right to the feet of Beattle who banged it into the net. Twice Beattle was within an ace of breaking through on his own. Geldard broke clear but as he swerved inwards he allowed the ball to run out of control and the ever-alert Rochford cleared. Groves broke away but saved Everton a goal by calling on Parker instead of making a through pass for Beattie benefit. Morton easily held a header from Beattle.
Worrall, the Warrington boy, was the outstanding attacker on the field, and now he was to be found at outside left, beating man after man in similar style to his electric aim on the right flank, which ended with Tom Jones’s tackle. Portsmouth always appeared to have the game well in hand, but the Everton forwards up to now had not participated in a single combined movement. Lawton’s one touch of the ball was a shot which passed high over the stand. Final Portsmouth 3, Everton 1.
December 18, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton Fail At Portsmouth.
A 3-1 Defeat
Poverty Of Blues Attack
Everton put up a poor display at Fratton Park. Pompey were always the better side, but not one of the four goals should have been scored, the goalkeeper being badly at fault in each case. Teams; - Everton: - Morton, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (TG), and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Dougal, and Trentham, forwards. Portsmouth: - Strong, goal; Morgan and Rochford, backs; Guthrie, Rowe, and Wharton, half-backs; Worrall, Groves, Beattie, Easson, and Parker, forwards. Referee Mr. Capt G. Hamilton Jones (Woolwich). Mr. W. C. Cuff, the Everton chairman, along with the fellow-director, Mr. Tom Percy, journey yesterday to complete negotiations, for the proposed transfer which had been in the air all week out, the negotiations fell down. This does not mean that it is the end of the transfer for it is quite probable that in a week or so matters will be amicably settled. Portsmouth were more in need of points than Everton yet neither team was in a happy positions. So to win this match was imperative to each side Portsmouth opened in such a manner one would not have though they were at the foot of the table. Their football was good, enterprising, and so some extent a menace to the Everton defence. It was some time, however, before Morton had to deal with anything of a dangerous character and then it was a drive from Easson, which the goalkeeper caught confidently and well Everton could not get going at all their passes were going astray, and the Portsmouth defence displayed such bite when tackling that Strong, the Pompey goalkeeper, was not ever called upon in the defence of his goal. At 10 minutes the Southern side took the lead in rather an uncommon way. So uncommon in fact, that some of the critics were inclined to give the goal to either of two players. Beattle or Parker; but my reading of the matters was that the ball was over the line before Parker touched it, so the credit of the goal goes to Beattle. The ball was swept over from the Portsmouth left wing across to the right where Beattle had run in anticipation of a pass.
Parker Makes Sure.
It came and he hooked the ball into the goalmouth just at the same moment as Morton rushed out, and it hit the goalkeeper’s arm, bounced down, and was travelling safely for the back of the net when Parker dashed in to make sure that the ball would reach its objective.
Pompey Two Up.
Everton’s form was distinctly poor and Portsmouth were easily able to cut out any semblance of attack by their opponents. It was a goalkeeping error which produced their second goal. Parker nodding the ball past Morton, who was sadly at fault. Beattle and Worrall had done the preparatory work to bring about at 21 minutes. Portsmouth were having an excellent time, particularly on the left, where Britton could not make up his mind whether to pass the ball first time or trap it. He decided to do the former, so that many of his intended push strokes through to Geldard missed their mark through lack of direction. On the other hand, Pompey were very sure in their passing movements, and the way they inchanged positions was always a disconcerting factor and one which made Everton’s defence worry itself.
Everton got a goal after twenty nine minutes. Here again it was due to a goalkeeper’s error, for when Trentham centred, Strong seemed to have the ball well covered as it flew towards the angle of the woodwork, and actually caught it. Whether his fingers were numb with the cold of not I cannot say, but he astonished everyone by losing his grip of the ball and it dropped over the goalline. He turned round quickly and scooped it away but these was no doubt a goal had been scored, Trentham taking credit for it. Cunliffe tried a long drive which had no chance of scoring, because not only was it off the line, but had no power at all.
Not One Decent Shot.
After Everton’s goal there was not a lot in the game although I must admit that what there was greatly in favour of the Southerners. They were much more definite in every phase of the play and Morton had to save some long efforts, one from Easson and a header by Beattle. The poverty of Everton’s attacks may be judge from the fact that Strong had not had one decent shot to handle. This was due to some extent to the fine full back play of Rochford, who kept a very tight hand on the darting Geldard who, for once in a way was not allowed to make his speed tell against a defence. Cunliffe was through for what looked a possible, but his hook-shot was easily taken by Strong. T’G. Jones and Jack Jones had played exceptionally well, but Cook was inclined to slice his drives, and the half ended with Portsmouth still in the lead.
Half-Time Portsmouth 2, Everton 1.
For five minutes after the interval, Everton promised that they might wipe out the goal deficit, but there was still that old lack of something definite in front of goal. In point of attack they enjoyed a spell which more than equalled anything the Portsmouth team had shown, but it was not maintained so that Portsmouth once again took up the reins, and gave the Everton defence many anxious moments. Not that there was a lot of shooting done by the Portsmouth side, for they too were somewhat ho-shy. But there was more merit in their play, because they made better use of the ball than Everton; they were more accurate in their passing movements; they were much quicker to the tackle. That does not seem as though there was anything left for Everton to do, but I can state most emphatically that the Everton defence had much to do, and once when Worrall ran round his half back and then got the better of Jack Jones, it was only through a stumble that he was stopped making any further progress.
Fourth Goal Through Error.
At 65 minutes Portsmouth scored their third goal. Once more the Everton goalkeeper, had failed us, and to all intent and purpose Portsmouth were on the way to a comfortable victory. Beattle had a shot, and the effort was of such poor quality that the ball actually swung between the crossbar and the corner flag, but Parker also made a shot. Morton petted this effort out, but before he could regain possession Beattle rushed in and trapped the ball into the net. This was a game of goalkeeping errors, the while four goals should and could have been saved. Portsmouth have regained a lot of confidence in themselves through their victory at Sunderland, and I must admit they did not play anything like their position would suggest. Worrall headed away to prevent a Geldard goal, and then Strong dangerously left his goal to stop an onward rush by Lawton and Dougal. Worrall ran over to inside left and gave Parker an opportunity, but the winger failed to make use of it. There was a spell of rather unpleasant play and Jack Jones was taken in task by the referee for an infringement. Beattle appeared to be through when he was pulled down from behind but the appeal for a penalty was not granted. The game ended with Portsmouth attacking. Final Portsmouth 3, Everton 1.
December 18, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo
By Louis T. Kelly.
• Derby County’s recent feat of winning at Anfield after being three goals down recalls the fact that Everton at Blackburn, in November 1909, crossed over with a four goal lead and yet failed to win. For in the second half the Rovers in turn got four goals, all scored by their centre forward “Tinker” Davies. A season or two later the same clubs met at Blackburn. Half-time 0-0, final, Everton 6, Blackburn Rovers 1; thanks to Alexander Young re-finding his shooting boots. Six of the seven goals came within 15 minutes after crossing over.
• Geldard’s goal on Saturday was his first for nine months, not twenty, as so generally stated.
• Ex-Everton men who were among the goals last week-end included Coulter, Stein, Miller, Leyfield, Malam, Fryer, and Hullett.
PORTSMOUTH 3 EVERTON 1 (Game 1624 over-all)-(Div 1 1582)
December 20, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton In Poor Form
Defensive Errors At Portsmouth
Portsmouth are making a grand fight to get away from the bottom rung of the table. Having won five out of their last six possible points, and by their defeat of Everton at Fratton Park – they won 3-1 –they made Everton’s position one of considerable worry. Everton’s effort to strengthen their team has been delayed. There was a last-minute hitch in the negotiations on Friday, but there is still every hope that the players sought will be obtained in the course of the next week or so. No one cares to part with their prominent players at this period of the season, but you can take it from me that Everton will go to the full limit to obtain the players they are seeking. They are fully aware of their great need, and should this latest deal fail to materialise other sources will be exploited. The game at Portsmouth was decided on a difficult playing pitch. Not so much because it was frost bound, but because it had lumps here and there, while in one position the turf was quite soft, I have no intention of making this an excuse for Everton’s defeat. That came about because Portsmouth were the superior side.
Out Of Joint
More than that, the goalkeeping of Morton was sadly at fault. The goalkeeping all through was not convincing, for all four goals scored were to defensive errors. Morton could do nothing right, and Strong, with no shots whatever failed with a lob by Trentham, the ball falling from his hands over his goalline. But even admitting to Morton’s errors, one must add the fact that the Everton forward line was out of joint. It has not played so poorly for some considerable time. Not a single forward produced anything like his true form. Portsmouth should have run away with the game, for Everton never looked like scoring. They could not make top or tail of the Portsmouth defence, whose success was mainly due to the speed into the tackle. They were prepared to make more risks than Everton who were inclined to wait for the ball, which through the Portmouth tackling, never came. I think I am safe in saying that this was undoubtedly Everton’s poorest display this season. The forwards were safely held by the Portsmouth defenders, so that the brunt of the battle was left to the Everton rearlines.
A Gallant Front.
The two Joneses and Cook put up a gallant front to a much more speedy and dangerous forward line. Portsmouth were not brilliant by any stretch of imagination, but they did adapt themselves more readily to the conditions underfoot. They swept the ball about tried to keep it down, and showed much more bite than Everton. Their shooting was not of a formidable nature, even though they scored three times, but there was no getting away from the fact that they were more dangerous in front of goal. Everton’s shots, what few there were taken at random and invariably from too far out, so that Strong’s work was made easy for him. Lawton complained that Rowe, the centre half, would persist in getting his arms on his shoulders, when they went up for the ball together, so that it was only natural that the Portsmouth pivot should take most of the headers.
The scoring started at the tenth minute. A swinging centre from the left went to Beattie, who headed for goal just as Morton dashed out. Morton missed the ball when it was undoubtedly booked for the net. Parker came up to give it the necessary touch, but the ball appeared to be over the line before he connected with it. There was no doubt about the scorer of the second goal, but even this goal was a hit in the dark, for Parker could have had little idea that he would score from his angle. Worrall had centred right across the Everton goalmouth and Cook was half inclined to head the ball away. He would have done so bad he known that Parker was behind him. Parker got the side of his head to the ball and headed it over Morton’s hands. Then came Strong;’s mistake the worst of the lot, for he seemed to have the ball from Trentham’s lob safely in his grasp, but when pulling it down from the angle of the woodwork he let the ball drop and it bounded a foot over the goalline. Everton were in the game again with a chance and for the first five minutes of the second half played so well that the Portsmouth defence was worried. But it was only a flash in the pan, and Portsmouth got over it and once again took command, and at 65 minutes the score stood at 3-1. Everton claimed that Parker was offside when he picked up Beattie’s attempted shot and drove the ball towards Morton who patted the ball out to the advancing Beattie, who put it into the net. Teams; - Everton: - Morton, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (TG), and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Dougal, and Trentham, forwards. Portsmouth: - Strong, goal; Morgan and Rochford, backs; Guthrie, Rowe, and Wharton, half-backs; Worrall, Groves, Beattie, Easson, and Parker, forwards. Referee Mr. Capt G. Hamilton Jones (Woolwich).
EVERTON RESERVES 5 LEEDS UNITED RESERVES 1
December 20, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 21)
The neat ideas of H. Merritt on his promotion from the “A” team were as gratifying as Everton’s substantial victory at Goodison Park. This youthful right winger has speed ability, and a nice sense of discrimination in the use of the lob. Everton won through their readiness to accept chances, allied to a Leeds offside plan that came unstuck and gave goalkeeper Twoomey little cover. All the goals had their spectacular value –notably Dean’s opening point when he picked up a long ball from Jackson for a left-foot volley. Stevenson got a second after Bell had hit the bar and Bell scored a third before Kelly (J) made it 3-1 at the interval. Bell’s head flick of a Gillick centre beat Twoomey for a fourth, and Stevenson, whose finishing enthusiasm brightest the closing phrase, was rewarded with a firth. Thomson and later Gee made goal-line saves, and there was a general solidity about the home defence that Leeds could not counter. Everton: - Lovett, goal; Jackson and Thomson, backs; Bentham, Gee and Davies, half-backs; Merritt, Bell, Dean, Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards.
Earlestown Bohemians 1 Everton “A” 1
George Mahon Cup Replay
Good football was shown in the first half. The home side went near to scoring when Farrelly and Gleave shot hard. Everton defended well, however, and at half-time the score-sheet was blank. In the second half each side scored once. There was little to choose between the sides. Webster and Felton were Everton’s best players. O’Reilly scored for the Bohemians and Laidman for Everton.
HOBBIS TRANSFER STILL “0N HOB”
December 20, 1937. Evening Express.
Everton And Charlton Star
The fact that Everton failed to clinch their negotiations for Harold Hobbis, the Charlton Athletic international outside left, ever, the week-end, does not mean the negotiations have been dropped. The talks broke down on a question of terms, but the transfer, definitely is still in the air. If the clubs reach an agreement on the price –there is about £1,000 in it –then Hobbis will become an Everton player. The negotiations for the transfer began after Everton’s match at Charlton about 17 days ago, but we may have to wait a little longer for the signing. Hobbis is one of the best outside-lefts in the country and began as a left-half-back with the Kent schoolboys. It was not until he joined Bromley that he became an outside left. He went to Charlton in 1931. Hobbis has twice played for England –against Austria and Belgium. I am not at liberty to divulge the name of the other player concerned in this big double-deal, until the business is still “on.”
Everton’s connecting links were missing at Portsmouth on Saturday, when the Blues were beaten 3-1. They gave the poorest display I have seen from them this season. There was individual ability –Tom and Jack Jones, Cook and Mercer were sound but there was a lack of collaboration and it was more a side of units. The attack was one-sided and disjointed. The Blues tried a one-way traffic system down the right, and with Britton right out of touch, little headway could be made. Lawton was blotted out by Rowe and with Cunliffe and Dougal playing an exaggerated “W” plan, the line was an impotent force. Portsmouth proved a more adaptable side, and deserved victory in a game which produced four goals owing to goalkeeping mistakes. Everton’s position has become serious following this defeat, for both Portsmouth and Blackpool are making steady advancement. Morton had an unlucky day, but Cook and Jack Jones were excellent backs. Tom Jones was outstanding among the half-backs. Trentham made fewest mistakes among the forwards. He scored the goal while Beattie (2) and Parker were on the mark for Pompey. Yes, a disappointing match for Everton, who must provide something much better if they are to climb in the league table.
December 20, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s League position is becoming parlous. I heard someone say it has been worse. That may be, but it is bad enough, and its effect upon the players was not improved by Portsmouth’s win on Saturday, for, to be beaten by “Pompey” was the worst result possible. A draw at Fratton Park would have been worth two points, and a win four points to Everton, but neither result was possible the way Everton played down South. I won’t say that Portsmouth were a brilliant side, but they were infinitely better than Everton, who touched rock bottom. When I tell you that only two shots were delivered at the Portsmouth goal, you will have some idea as to the poverty stricken nature of the forward ply. The goal they got was a “fluke” due entirely to a goalkeeping error, but this was a game of goalkeeping mistakes. Had either Morton or Strong been as good as we know they can be, not one of the four goals would have been scored. Morton himself will readily agree that he could not do right, and Strong will never forgive himself for allowing Trentham’s lob into goal slip through his fingers and drop over his goal line.
Pity The Goalkeeper.
I always feel sorry for a goalkeeper who has made a mistake. Others can lapse, but a goalkeeper must never err. Should he do so it is fatal. I have never seen such a series of errors in one game as I did at Fratton Park. The shooting was never formidable, yet four goals were scored. Without trying to shield Morton –he would not wish me to do so, if I knew him correctly –I though Strong slip was the worst error of all. Whether his fingers were numb through want of work I cannot say, but it was a terrible thing to do to allow a simple lob to beat him. While a goalkeeper stands to be shot at for a mistake, his colleagues can get away with “murder” but Everton’s attack at Portsmouth cannot sneak away from severe criticism. To put it bluntly, there was no Everton attack. Do you want proof? Here it is Two shots on the target throughout the ninety minutes. Isn’t that awful. How could they expected to win? Many reasons were put forth why this player and that player could not do himself justice, but the plain truth was that Portsmouth were the better side. They started off like winners and ended like winners, whereas Everton never at any time suggested that they would take full points. For five minutes after the interval they undermined the Portsmouth defence, but that was the full extent of their fling. Before and after that it was Portsmouth’s game. Make no mistake about that. And had it not been for the two Joneses, Cook, and Mercer. Pompey might have run riot.
This quartet stood up manfully to whatever Portsmouth flung at them, and as we all know that attack is the best kind of defence, you can imagine the heavy burden the Everton defence had to shoulder. Let me be quite fair. Everton’s attack must take as much of the blame for this latest defeat as the defence, which had little relief for the whole of the game. Worrall was in great fettle running from one side of the field to the other and Parker was very little behind, put I should say Portsmouth won because of their half-back line. Guthrie, Rowe, and Wharton were deadly in the tackle and swift to part with the ball so that the forwards had to go forward. Everton’s forwards were well held – particularly Lawton, who was often held down by Rowe’s arms when he went up to head the ball. Geldard could do little against Rochford, and Trentham did as well as expected with the few chances he received. Dougal played too far back, and although Cunliffe tried hard he could not beat down the Portsmouth defence. The refereeing was not at all satisfactory. Things took place which should never have been allowed. Portsmouth should have had a penalty. Dougal was so harshly treated that he took the law into his own hands –not the right thing to do, of course –and did something on his own account. Everton are emphatic that Beattie’s second goal come from an offside position. Parker was almost on the goal line when he shot, and Morton patted the ball out to Beattie.
EVERTON AFTER STAR PLAYERS.
December 21, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Although Everton’s negotiations for a left winger broke over the weekend, the deal is not definitely off, but it will be a day or two now before anything further is done. The player concerned is Hobbis, Charlton’s international outside-left, whose name, though known, could not be divulged earlier. Everton are also after nether player, of international standing. To be eligible for the cup-tie either on both players must be registered by the end of this week.
Sagar, the Everton goalkeeper will in all probability play in one of Everton’s team this week-end. He has made a complete recovery from his cartilage operation.
SAGAR RETURNS TO EVERTON TEAM
December 22, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Sagar, the Everton goalkeeper, has made an excellent recovery after an operation for cartilage trouble, and he will return to his place in goal at Leicester on Christmas Day. It is seven weeks ago since Sagar was operated on, and he made his last appearance in the Everton ranks against Preston North End at Goodison Park when Preston won by 5-3 on October 30. Providing Sagar is in his old form, he will strengthen the Everton defence, for at his best he is one of the most reliable goalkeeper in the country. Dougal, in addition to Morton drops out and Bell, the former Tranmere Rovers player comes in at inside-left as partner to Trentham. The team is as follows; Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Bell, Trentham. Leicester City are difficult opponents to tackle on their own ground. Only Brentford and Leeds United who prevailed by 1-0 and 4-2 respectively have won at Leicester and strong sides in Sunderland, Preston North End, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion, Huddersfield Town and Stoke City have lost there.
The Everton Reserve side to visit Chesterfield in a Central League game will be Morton; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham Gee, Watson; Gillick, Dougal, Dean, Stevenson, Davies.
SAGAR RESUMES IN GOAL FOR EVERTON
DECEMBER 22, 1937. The Evening Express.
Quick Recovery From Operation
Another Change at Inside Left.
Ted Sagar, Everton’s international goalkeeper, makes a remarkably quick re-appearance in the senior side. He has been chosen to play against Leicester City at Filbert-Street, Leicester, on Saturday. It was only seven weeks ago that Sagar went into a nursing home for his third cartilage operation. He has made a remarkable recovery, and for nearly three weeks has been in training at Goodison Park with his colleagues. Sagar has not even had a try-out match with the Central League side or “A” team. His last match was against Preston North End at Goodison Park. He returns at a vital stage of the season –the Christmas holiday matches. Morton goes out consequent on Sagar’s return, and a change is also made in the attack. Here “Bunny” Bell, the former Tranmere Rovers centre-forward, comes in at inside-left in place of Dougal. Everton have thus played three different inside-lefts in three successive games –Stevenson, Dougal and Bell in that order. Bell has been playing well in the Central League side at inside-right. It will be his second senior game of the season. The team travels to Loughborough on Friday –a new headquarters for the Blues. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Bell, Trentham. Everton will field a strong team against Chesterfield in the Central League at Chesterfield on Saturday. This is a vital match for the clubs are leading the competition. Everton Reserves; Morton; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Gee, Watson; Gillick, Dougal, Dean, Stevenson, Davies.
BELL AND SAGAR IN BLUES TEAM
December 22, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Everton make two changes for their Christmas Day match against Leicester. Sagar comes back to goal while Bell takes the place of Dougal at inside left, so that the team reads: - Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Bell, Trentham. Sagar has made a remarkable quick recovery from his last cartilage operation. He has had so many now that he is coming to regard them almost as nonchalamity as most of us look upon having a tooth out. Bell will be making a second appearance of the season in the senior side, the previous one being against Preston North End when he scored one of the Everton three goals. The Everton Reserves side to visit Chesterfield in a Central League game will be Morton; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Gee, Watson; Gillick, Dougal, Dean, Stevenson, Davies.
Everton For Glasgow
Everton have accepted an invitation to take part in the football tournament in Glasgow with the Empire Exhibition. The other English clubs taking part are Arsenal, Chelsea and Sunderland. Manchester City were invited but had refuse on account of their Denmark tour. The Scottish clubs competing are Rangers; Celtic, Hearts, and Aberdeen. The first match is on May 25 and the final June 10.
EVERTON TO PLAY AT GLASGOW
December 23, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Everton have accepted an invitation to take part in the football tournament in Glasgow with the Empire Exhibition. The other English clubs taking part are Arsenal, Chelsea and Sunderland. Manchester City were invited but had refuse on account of their Denmark tour. The Scottish clubs competing are Rangers; Celtic, Hearts, and Aberdeen. The first match is on May 25 and the final June 10.
EVERTON “A” TEST
December 23, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
With no match in the city on Christmas Day afternoon, let me commended you to the game between Everton “A” and Earlestown Bohemians at Goodison Park, 2.15. The game has an important bearing on the championship and can be “styled” “Champions v Runners up” for last season the “A” team won on goal average. The Everton team includes some promising recruits. P. Lovett the young amateur goalkeeper is already the talk among the senior members. Team; P Lovett; GE Saunders, Felton; Lindley, Edwards, Lambert; H. Merritt, N. Sharp, Catterick, Webster, J. Davies.
EVERTON AT LEICESTER
December 24, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton are badly in need of a lift, and it remains to be seen whether they will prove equal to testing Leicester City where they play tomorrow. Sagar’s return should add strength to the defence, and if the forwards’ can reproduce their best form the City will not have it all their own way. The team’s play the return game at Goodison Park on Monday, when the kick-off is at 2.15. For tomorrow’s game Bell takes the place of Dougal as partner to Trentham. The kick-off is at 11.15 and the teams are:- Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Bell, Trentham. Leicester City; McLaren; Reeday, Jones; Smith, Sharman, Grosvenor; Carroll, Maw, Bowers, Motalee, Liddle.
TED SAGAR’S RETURN
December 24, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
It was no entirely surprised when I say Sagar’s name in the Everton team sheet, for I had thrown out a hint on Monday that he would be seen in one of the Everton teams at the week-end. But what did surprise me was the fact that he was chosen for the first team without having a game since his injury on October 3. You can take it for granted, however, that Sagar has been well tested and that there will be no signs of lost confidence for Sagar’s one of the mot confident fellows playing football. A cartilage operation often has a big effect upon a player. It takes some months and month to forget about it, but not Ted, who must be used to such operations, for he has now had four cartilages taken away. I can only recall one other Everton man being similarly fated, and that was Joe Clennell. Sagar told me a week ago that he had made a complete recovery. Well here he is back in his customary place to add strength to the Everton defence.
Sagar, along with Bunny Bell, the former Tranmere Rovers sharpshooter are the only two changes from the side beaten by Portsmouth last Saturday. Trentham has been retained at outside left, where he did not do at all badly against “Pompey.” He had not a lot of chances and although his goal was in the nature of a gift from goalkeeper Strong, it proved that his direction was correct, remark which did not apply to the other forwards. Dougal played too far back to be of any value near goal, and although he showed complete control of the ball when dribbling round player after player it brought no reward. Bell has the height and is a more pushful sort of player and does not want to walk the ball to the back of the net. An opening of any sort is good enough for Bell, and we know he can shoot –he once scored nine goals in one match for the Rovers. Half of that number will do against Leicester City tomorrow. Everton’s position is causing concerns in certain places. To get away from the bottom of the table will take a mighty big pull. The defence of Cook and Jack Jones is good enough in fact I don’t think there is a better back playing than Jones t the moment. He has been a model of consistency this season, and with the added strength of Sagar behind them they could put up a successive barrier to a set of forwards who are not prolific in the goal scoring business. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Bell, Trentham.
December 24, 1937. The Evening Express
Everton’s League position is a poor one. They have secured only 16 points from 20 matches and are but four points ahead of the bottom club. Two changes are being made for tomorrow’s game at Leicester. Ted Sagar the England goalkeeper, returns to goal following a cartilage operation seven weeks ago. Sagar can be relied on to do his job efficiently and I have hopes that “Bunny” Bell, the erstwhile centre forward, will solve the inside left problem, where Dougal and Stevenson have been tried this season. If the Blues are to earn the three points I think they are capable of securing, there must be more speed in going to the ball than was shown at Portsmouth a week ago. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Bell, Trentham. Leicester City; McLaren; Reeday, Jones; Smith, Sharman, Grosvenor; Carroll, Maw, Bowers, Motalee, Liddle.
LEICESTER CITY 3 EVERTON 1 (Game 1625 over-all)-(Div 1 1583)
EVERTON FORWARDS “IN A FOG.”
December 27, 1937. The Evening Express
Lucky Goals For Leicester
Two lucky goals, some missed chances, were responsible for Everton’s 3-1 defeat at Leicester on Saturday, in a game ruined by fog. Everton had gained a first half lead when a goal by Trentham and just after Bell hesitated with a good opening, making the mistake of trying to put Lawton through instead of accepting the chance. There was another blow for the Blues’ when Britton tried to lob the ball back to Sagar, who had advanced, and the ball passed beyond the goalkeeper into the net. That goal was the cause of tremendous encouragement to the City, and after Bowers had placed them in front, a clearance from Jack Jones rebounded off an attacker direct to Moralee, who put the issue beyond doubt. It was impossible owing to the fog to see all that happened but certain it is that in the opening half Everton were distinctly the better team. Once again, however, they failed to make the best use of their chances and paid the penalty. Trentham –with Cunliffe as his partner was the best forward, while Bell fared well as inside-right. Tom Jones was the outstanding half-back, with mercer making good use of the ball. Jack Jones was the better of the backs. Sagar came back following his operation to prove he has made a complete recovery.
December 27, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
The match between Everton and Leicester, at Leicester, on Christmas Day as far as the spectators were concerned was nothing more nor less than a farce. At no time could the crowd on one side see the fellows on the other. Several times during the game neither goalposts were visible from the Press box and occasionally only one or two players were visible at one time. Possibly had the referee appointed Mr. McBride of Crewe, been able to turn up he would have declared the game off., but Mr. S. S. Tatem, of Wolverhampton, the senior linesman, who took charge did not care to accept the responsibility. Anyhow the whole ninety minutes were played and Leicester by a late rally managed to score two points which are likely to be very valuable to them.
Fortunately all the goals were scored in the goal nearest to the Press box, and all were just visible. Everton took the lead in the first half, Trentham heading through from a pass which came out of the fog on the right, though who put it in was impossible to say. Early in the second half Leicester had a distinct stroke of luck when Britton tried pass back to Sagar when there appeared to be no danger at all in the point of view of the Leicester attack. Sagar had come out to cover the ball and Britton’s pass went just wide of him into the net. It was in the last twenty minutes that Leicester showed their best. Previously the defence had been very much bothered, but the Everton defence seemed to fall away towards the close and first Bowers and then Moralee scored for the home team. Incidentally the game were not opened until ten minutes before the start and two of them were rushed.
EVERTON’S GREAT VICTORY IN “NO QUARTER”
December 27, 1937. The Evening express, Football Edition
Blues’ Dash Beats Leicester
Two Goals By Lawton
Sagar Off Hurt, Returns on Wings
By Pilot. Everton scored their most dramatic win of the season when beating Leicester City 3-0, after being the inferior side in the first half. They lost Sagar with a dislocated collarbone, Bell going into goal. They took the lead with ten men, Lawton scoring. Sagar returned at outside left, after having attention at Stanley Hospital, Trentham and Lawton scoring afterwards. Everton brought in Gillick at outside right. He took the place of Geldard, who had pulled a muscle. The conditions were not pleasant, there being a “Scotch mist” over the ground. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (TG) and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Bell, Lawton, Cunliffe, and Trentham, forwards. Leicester City: - McLaren, goal; Reddy and D.O. Jones, backs; Smith, Sharman, and Grosvenor, half-backs; Carroll, Maw, Bowers, Moralee, and Liddle, forwards. Referee Mr. H.T. McBride (Crewe). Everton opened brightly by the agency of the left flank, and Cunliffe’s shot was charged down. The City attacked in good order, and when Liddle lobbed the ball over Sagar had to fist away from the head of Bowers. The ball rebounded to Carroll, who placed outside. Lawton and Gillick tried solo runs before a faulty pass by Bell almost put Bowers through, a neat tackle prevented the sharpshooter from getting busy. The Blues took two corners on the right, and from one of these Bell had a shot charged down. I noticed traces of hesitancy so far as attacking was concerned whenever the City got moving. Leicester were quicker on the ball and more accurate in their work, so that twice it was only the skill of Jack Jones which prevented a score.
Leicester On top
McLaren had little difficulty in saving Lawton’s header or of gathering, high in Gillick’s centre. Leicester continued the more impressive side because of the diligent manner in which they exploited the far-flung use to either wing that often had Everton running the wrong way. Gillick just failed to reach Cunliffe’s through pass before McLaren pulled down an awkward ball from under the bar. Everton showed improvement as the interval approached in that they were repeatedly on the attack. Everton came again, and after some good foraging by Cunliffe, Gillick was surprised to find Jones (D) missing his way, and the Scot went on with only McLaren to beat. He hit the shot with his left, and it passed by the near post.
Gillick’s Fine Effort.
Moralee was forced to go outside left, and away went Everton, and they nearly took the lead by the agency of a splendid effort by Gillick, who robbed Jones (D) on the line, cut in and drove in a brilliant fast shot, which McLaren turned around the post in brilliant style. Everton kept it up, and Mclaren had to fast away Britton’s centre before Cunliffe’s short centre was turned around the post for a corner. As Gillick had failed with a corner kick, Bell took the next one on the right, but he succeeded only in knocking over the corner flag. Two minutes before the interval Sagar turned out to save a sharp, low centre from Liddle. One of his own players got in the way, and the goalkeeper was taken off with a damaged shoulder. Bell went into goal, but before play could be resumed a spectator came from behind the goal to volunteer his services. Cook walked him off as a policeman came on to the field.
Half-Time Everton 0, Leicester City 0
Sagar did not resume having been taken to Stanley Hospital suffering from a dislocation of the left collarbone, and so Bell continued in goal. There was an amusing incident during the interval when the spectator who previously had offered his services as goalkeeper came on the field again and he was chased off by a policeman.
Lawton roused the cheers of the 45,000 spectators when he defied a triple tackle, carried the ball through by leaping with it in Kangaroo style, the ball being lightly wedged between his ankles. By this means he forced a corner which Britton took. Lawton went to the fringe of the group of players and as the ball dropped inviting, he burst through and headed through just inside the far post. This goal came after 56 minutes. No quarter was given or asked for, and with Everton fighting every inch of the way, it became one of the fiercest struggles I have seen this season.
Sagar Comes Back.
Imagine the cheer which went up in the 61st minute, when Sagar appeared nursing his right arm to take up position in field. The strange part about it was that Sagar was wearing black knickers. Sagar had only been on two minutes when Everton were two up, Trentham scoring a picture goal after grand work by Gillick. Sagar, strangely enough was the first to congratulated the scorer. After this the goalkeeper was given some white knickers. Sagar was now operating at outside left and this brought back memories of the last game ever played by Frank Moss, of Arsenal, it was on this ground and from outside left position Moss scored a goal. Cunliffe had a chance to make it three, but instead of passing to the unmarked Lawton, he shot outside. The City were being defeated by the enthusiasm of the Blues. Mclaren saved magnificently from Trentham and Sagar had hard luck when his left foot shot hit the side netting. Everton made victory certain when ten minutes from time Lawton added a third goal-rather a simple one. Gillick had forced a corner and from this the ball was pushed wide to Britton. Britton took a first-time shot which Lawton stopped –six yards from goal –brought under control and smashed into the net. Final Everton 3, Leicester 0.
A LAWTON DOUBLE
December 27, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Tables Turned At Goodison
Bell In Goal
Trentham Again Finds The Net
Everton won this game despite a serious handicap. Sagar was injured, and Bell had to go in goal. Leicester gave a fine exhibition of football minus the chief factor –shooting. Sagar made a dash to the Stanley Hospital, had an injured shoulder treated and returned to the match to play on the wing. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (TG) and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Bell, Lawton, Cunliffe, and Trentham, forwards. Leicester City: - McLaren, goal; Reddy and D.O. Jones, backs; Smith, Sharman, and Grosvenor, half-backs; Carroll, Maw, Bowers, Moralee, and Liddle, forwards. Referee Mr. H.T. McBride (Crewe). Everton were forced to make a change in the side which lost to Leicester on Christmas Day, Geldard having pulled a muscle, so that Gillick came in at outside right his best position, by the way. The light was anything but good due to the haze hanging around the ground. Everton opened sprightly and Trentham caused trouble to the City goal with a nice pass to Cunliffe, who for the nonce was at inside left. He dribbled beyond two players in an effort to work out a shooting position, and having done so he made his shot, but the direction was at fault. Leicester’s reply was rapid and dangerous to a degree for when Liddle centred Bowers went crashing into the back of the net without connecting with the ball, which travelled on to Carroll, who made a fiery shot, but again the direction was at fault.
Gillick took a pass from Britton, and someone in the Everton a tack forced a corner which McLaren ably dealt with pulling the ball from under his crossbar and making a perfect clearance. Mclaren was again secure when he safely gathered a downward header by Lawton. The City should have done something worthwhile a little later when Carroll was put through with the Everton defence, excepting Sagar, out of position to offer any resistance. The winger elected to square the ball into the goalmouth rather than take the joy of a shot. The idea failed because Jones (T.G) collected the centre. Mercer was penalised for taking the legs from under Moralee and Bowers header from the free kick was not far off the mark. Maw showed how capable he was in getting the ball into the goalmouth from any angle, but again I thought he would have done better had he chosen to shoot for the opening was there to do so. Although the programme gave Bell an inside left and Cunliffe at inside right they played the reverse way. Cunliffe partnering Trentham. Carroll was keen to shoot, and it was well for Everton that he could not find his right mark, for there was plenty of steam behind his shots, and they would have troubled Sagar had they been anywhere near the goal. Smith was spoken to for an infringement against Trentham and we also had the uncommon sight of seeing Britton penalised for a foul. It was a very thin one, however, and the crowd showed their disagreement of the verdict in the unusual manner. Carroll beat Jones (J,) by lobbing the ball over his head and running round him. He then flung the ball right across the field to Liddle, who seemed to have a rare opportunity, but pushed the ball too far ahead so that Sagar was able to clear with ease.
Everton had a gift offering when Bell was perfectly placed to beat McLaren, so you can imagine the groan which went up when Bell scooped the ball over the crossbar. Grosvenor had a good run ended through being tripped from the rear and then Gillick should have scored but shot hard up against the concrete wall. Sagar was hurt in dealing with a centre from Liddle. He seemed to be interfered with by one of his own men and after the ball was cleared he lay down obviously in pain and then had to leave the field, Bell going into goal. It appeared to me that Sagar had hurt his left arm. One enthusiastic spectator jumped the wall and wanted to go into goal, but a policeman had other ideas and promptly ordered him back to his place.
Half-Time Everton 0, Leicester City 0.
Sagar’s Quick Change.
During the interval I learned that Sagar had dislocated his left shoulder and that he had gone to Stanley Hospital, so you can imagine the surprise when he returned to the field of play after 14 minutes of the second half, but he did not go in goal. He had a roaming commission until finally he went to outside left. During this period Everton had taken the lead through Lawton, who scored at 57 minutes with a goal of his own making, for he himself won the corner kick from which he scored. Some of the City’s football was of high class all it needed was the finishing touch, but there seemed to be no one there to apply. For one brief spell they made Everton look commoners, but lest we forget I must remind you that Everton were playing with ten men –a serious handicap in these days. Everton set about the task a big one with grit and determination. Their football may not have been classical but there was plenty of bite and at 63 minutes Trentham scored a second goal. He took a pass from the right wing and he hit a ferocious drive which left McLaren helpless. Sagar, by the way was holding his left arm, and was very presence on the field meant that Leicester had to assign a man to look after him. Lawton, who had little chance against Sharman, now found that his best plan was to shoot instantly, and when he did McLaren had to bring off a rattling good save to prevent goal No. 3.
Bell’s Performs Well.
Leicester were still shot shy. They were a capable lot up to the goal area, but then their ability let them down. Bell so far had little to do, but what he did was done quite well. Cook put the ball into Leicester’s goalmouth, and Lawton made a header which McLaren did well to turn aside. Trentham dashed in and shot with power but this time he hit the side and not the back netting as he desired. Everton had played infinitely better this half, despite their handicap and at 81 minutes Lawton scored a third goal, shooting from out of a rack of players beyond McLaren. Britton who had put through his own goal at Leicester was out to redeem himself and but for McLaren would have done so, the City goalkeeper having to make a good save. Near the end Bell made a good save from Maw. Final Everton 3, Leicester City 0.
EVERTON SIGN SKELMERSDALE BOY AS PROFESSIONAL
December 27, 1937, The Liverpool Echo
Everton F.C., have signed on professional forms Harry George Merritt an outside right, who joined them as an amateur at the beginning of the season from a Burscough club. He is a native of Skelmersdale, stands 5ft 9 ½ ins weighs 10 stone 7lbs, and is seventeen years of age. He has been playing with the “A” team; but gave good displays with the Central League eleven in their last two games.
EVERTON 3 LECIESTER CITY 0 (Game 1626 over-all)-(Div 1 1584)
December 28, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Win With Ten Men
Sagar Returns After Injury
Everton reversed their Christmas Day verdict against Leicester City yesterday by three goals to nothing, each one coming in the second half after Leicester had played by far the better football in the first forty-five minutes. They had one great falling, however, and that was their inability to make their good football bring them its due reward because they were shot-shy. For over a quarter of an hour Everton lost the services of Sagar, who was injured just before the interval, when I learned that he had injured his last shoulder and had been taken to the Stanley Hospital for treatment. Sagar plucky returned to the field to play on the wing. Bell want into goal, but even then Leicester refused to take advantage by shooting on every conceivable occasion and so bring about the downfall of the deputy goalkeeper. It was their great chances, but instead of Bell, being inundated with shots, he had a fairly comfortable innings. Leicester was wasteful to a degree. Their approach work was vastly superior to that of their opponents but they fell from their high estate once they had reached the penalty area. To be frank they led Everton off lightly. Everton themselves had not been prolific in their shooting, and it seemed more than likely that the City would match a victory over their ten rivals, but Everton changed their methods. They went for the ball, whereas they had been waiting for it comings in the first half. That meant all the difference.
Enthusiasm Brings Reward
There is an old axiom in football that ten men should not beat a full team but Everton’s ten men, showed more “devil” than when they were at full strength. Their very enthusiasm brought them their reward and 12 minutes after the interval they scored the first goal of the day. Lawton himself forcing a corner and scoring off Gillick’s flag kick. Leicester had not produced a shot worthy of the name. In every other respect they were quite an entertaining side, quick with their raids, more definite in their passing, and stern in the tackle. But unless there was a change of front, that one goal seemed sufficient to carry the day for Everton. A few minutes after the scoring of the goal everyone was surprised to see Sagar trotting on the field. He did not go into goal, but just pleased himself where he went, until finally he was entrusted with the outside left position, and he nearly emulated Moss’s Arsenal feat of a few seasons ago by taking a goal.
Sagar carried his arm down by his side, and if he did nothing more he caused Leicester to assign a man to keep an eye on him. Lawton’s goal had a tonic effect upon Everton who played more determined football, even through it lacked the finer points. There was one spell when nerves became frayed and fouls rather too common. Everton had realised their poor League position; and knew that another home defeat would be terrible, so they threw their full weight into the game, and further goals by Trentham (63 minutes) and Lawton (81 minutes) gave them a sound victory. It looks sound on paper, but was not obtained without their followers going through an unhappy time. Bell, Gillick, and Cunliffe had each missed simple chances early on, and fate has a knack of refusing such offers a second time. Sagar received his injury in an uncommon way. He dived to cut out a centre from Liddle just at the same moment that Mercer was about to kick clear and Mercer must have kicked his goalkeeper on the shoulder. Sagar rolled around in agony before he was ultimately escorted from the field. There was some argument as to whom should take over his mantle, and at last it was entrusted to Bell, and he did quite well with what little he had to do.
There was a humorous incident attached to Sagar’s injury. An enthusiastic follower jumped over the wall and wanted to go into goal. He reached the penalty area before a policeman caught up to him and took him back to his place. I have no doubt he could have kept goal so paltry was the City shooting. Geldard was absent because of a pulled muscle, and although Cunliffe was at inside right, according to the programme, Bell partnered Gillick-and-Cunliffe linked up with Trentham. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (TG) and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Bell, Lawton, Cunliffe, and Trentham, forwards. Leicester City: - McLaren, goal; Reddy and D.O. Jones, backs; Smith, Sharman, and Grosvenor, half-backs; Carroll, Maw, Bowers, Moralee, and Liddle, forwards. Referee Mr. H.T. McBride (Crewe).
CHESTERFIELD RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 2
Central League (Game 22)
Everton Reserves: - Morton, goal; Jackson and Thomson, backs; Bentham, Gee and Watson, half-backs; Gillick, Dougal, Dean, Stevenson and Davies, forwards.
No Match details.
Skelmersdale 4 Everton “A” 0
Liverpool County Combination
It is several years since Skelmersdale gained such a decisive victory over Everton “A” who found themselves unable to cope with the quick-moving forwards led so well by Hanley. He scored the first goal for Skelmersdale and another ball he headed against the crossbar. Cunliffe, a new outside left got Skelmersdale’s second goal. They held the lead until the last quarter of an hour, when A. Ashurst and Hanley added further goals. Wilson was a great defender for Skelmersdale.
EVERTON SIGN BURSCOUGH PLAYER
December 28, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton F.C., have signed on professional forms Harry George Merritt, an outside right who joined them as an amateur at the beginning of this season from a Burscough club. He stands 5ft 9 ½ ins, weighs 10st 7lbs and is 17 years of age.
EVERTON DOGGEDNESS DID IT.
December 28, 1937. The Evening Express.
Ability To Fight Back
The same fighting spirit which enabled Everton to overcome odds and beat Leicester City 3-0 at Goodison Park, yesterday, can enable them not only to make a rise in the League table put to make a bold show in the F.C. Cup competition. It was sheer honest enthusiasm which hlped them to victory against a clever Leicester –an enthusiasm born of the knowledge things were running against them, and that extra effort was needed. This was a match of sensations, for Sagar, Everton’s international goalkeeper, dislocated his left collarbone after 43 minutes, and was rushed to Stanley Hospital leaving Bunny Bell in goal. At the hospital Sagar was given a sniff of chloroform, the dislocation was put right, and the ear whisked him back to Goodison. He appeared at outside left within 20 minutes of his injury! By that time Everton had taken a lead with a goal by Lawton. A goal from Trentham and another from Lawton followed. Trentham’s goal was a peach, for the youngster cracked home a terrific shot after Gillick had drawn the defence and made the opening. The City revealed some delightful tactics early on, when Everton disappointed because of their poor efforts at construction and slowness on the ball. It was when things were running against them that they got down to their work earnestly, and while they were at times, relentless in the tackle, their tactics carried the virtue of effectiveness. I would counsel Everton to produce more of this fighting spirit, and couple with it better understanding. Some of the first-half passing was strangely inaccurate, but it improved later. Gillick’s thoughtfulness was invaluable, and in Lawton and Trentham he had colleagues with spirit and ability. Trentham is making his mark. Tom Jones, Jack Jones and Cook offered a splendid resistance, while Bell never gave grounds, for anxiety in goal, although he was not overworked. Leicester missed their goalway early on, and quick-tackling and enthusiasm beat them later. Sagar’s injury is not so serious as at first thought, and I understand there is just a chance he may be fit to play against Arsenal at Highbury on Saturday.
December 28, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Leicester City have always been noted for their good-class football which is nice to the eye, but is costing them points, for while they are chasing the shadow they are missing the substance, which in their case is goals. I feel that even the most staunch Evertonian will agree that the City played the better football even though they lost the game by three clear goals. They strode to the Everton penalty area by solid and sound football methods, but once there they became fitful; afraid to try their luck with a shot the only means by which they could ever hope to beat Everton. Until Lawton scored his goal at 57 minutes, Leicester promised much, but in actual fact gained so little that the goal appeared good enough to win the two points at stake, and don’t let us forget, that Sagar was absent with an injured shoulder. In point of fact Everton played better when their forces were depleted than when they were at full strength. It seems that they realised that they would have to pull out a little extra to make up for Sagar’s absence, and they did.
They certainly brought more enthusiasm into the play, even though the classic touches were missing. The goal had a toning up affect. It brought them to the regisation that here was a match they could win if they went about it in a proper fashion. Previously they waited on the ball now they went for it, and that turned the tide in their favour. They took the initiative from their opponents, Sagar’s absence by peppering the deputy “keeper” Bell. But no, they went on their way threading their way to the penalty area only to come to an abrupt stop through want of a definite shooter; perhaps it would be better to say a more accurate shooter. Everton could not plume themselves on their marksmanship, for Gillick, Bell, and Cunliffe were off the mark from easy scoring positions. Would fate make them pay the penalty for their wastefulness? There was a chance that something of the sort might happen, especially when Sagar retired for ten men are never expected to beat eleven.
Sagar dislocated his shoulder through diving to a ball which Mercer was just about to kick clear. He went off to hospital for treatment, and no one expected to see anything more of him, so you can imagine the surprise when he came running on to the field, fourteen minutes after the resumption. He did not quite know what position to take up –he could not go into goal –so took on the fold of a roving forward until his captain sent him to outside left. Would he follow in the footsteps of Moss, the Arsenal goalkeeper, who went on the wing and scored a goal? He had the opportunity to do so but did not accept it. Everton won because they accepted their chances, because they rolled up their sleeves as it were, and had one object-in-mind –goals. They want the shortest way to get them, having seen that fancy work brought no reward and Trentham and Lawton scored two further goals to make victory look more convincing than it was. At one-period a crop of fouls came into the game, but fortunately the frayed nerves became settled after the referee had words with one or two of the players. Bell did well as goalkeeper even though the work the City forwards asked him to do was not heavy. He once turned a ball out by punting if off the goalline, where the regular goalkeeper would have gone down to the ball. Jack Jones found Carroll a flighty member for a time, but eventually got him under control, but I cringe to think what would have happened had Carroll’s shooting been 100 per cent when he was having his innings.
He often passed when the shot was the correct thing, even though his centre caused the Everton defence considerable worry. But there was no disputing Leicester’s football ability. At one stage they had the Everton defenders running round with little prospect of ever making contact with the ball, but their threat fizzled out once they sighted the Everton goal. McLaren had much more to do than either Sagar or Bell, and did it well. When the call went forth for a goalkeeper to take Sagar’s place a man jumped the rails’ and offered himself for the post until a policeman put him in his place. I don’t doubt for one minute that he could have kept the Everton goal intact, because there was nothing dangerous in the Leicester forwards shooting.
STEVENSON AND MORTON RETURN TO EVERTON SIIDE
December 29, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
BY John Peel.
The Arsenal are gradually coming back to form and though they lost at Blackpool they won the return game, and Everton, who visit Highbury on Saturday, will oppose a side which may rise to its former heights. It is unfortunate; therefore, that Everton will lack the services of Sagar who will take some time to recover from the dislocated shoulder he sustained in the match on Monday against Leicester City. Rest is the only cure, and it would seem that Sagar will not be available for the Cup-tie. Morton will do duty in goal at Highbury. Stevenson, the Irish international returns to the team as partner to Trentham, Cunliffe crossing over to the right with Gillick again on the wing as Geldard is not yet fit. The team is Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Trentham.
Sagar has indeed been unfortunate for it was only on Christmas Day that he returned to League duty after being out of the field for seven weeks owing to an operation for cartilage trouble.
The Everton Reserve side to entertained Sheffield Wednesday in a Central League match at Goodison Park, on Saturday will include J. Davies, a Haydock amateur, who makes his debut with the Central League team. He has, however, been playing regularly with the “A” eleven. Team; P. Lovett; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Gee, Watson; Merritt, Bell, Dean, Dougal, Davies (J).
EVERTON FORWARD SHUFFLE FOR MATCH WITH ARSENAL
December 29, 1937. The Evening Express.
Stevenson At Inside Left
Finding Best Cup Combination
Everton are seeking their best forward combination in readiness for the F.A. Cup tournament. There is a further re-shuffle for Saturday’s important holiday game against Arsenal at Highbury on Saturday and this brings back Alex Stevenson, the Irish International to inside-left. Stevenson takes the place of Cunliffe, who moves to inside-right –his usual position –to the exclusion of Bell. Stevenson has had a tantalising season, for things have not run well with him and yet he remains one of the cleverest inside forwards in football. He gave sufficient proof when playing with the reserves at Chesterfield on Christmas Day, however, that he is fast coming back to his best –at a vital stage in the season. He will find Trentham a willing and resourceful partner. If Stevenson will make up his mind to concentrate as much on keeping Trentham in action as on the opposing flank, I feel certain the line will prove successful. There is no doubting the midfield brilliance of Cunliffe, who is always happier on the right and if Jimmy can find his shooting boots Everton may be smiling. The only other change is the reappearance of Morton in goal for Sagar. Sagar is suffering from the effects of a dislocated collar-bone, received in Monday’s game against Leicester. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Trentham. P. Lovett, the 17-year-old amateur goalkeeper, returns to the Central League side to oppose Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park, and Merritt the new professional winger, also gets his chance. Everton Reserves; Lovett; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Gee, Watson; Merritt, Bell, Dean, Dougal, J. Davies.
EVERTON’S HIGHBURY TASK
December 29, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Everton are forced to make further changes for the game with the Arsenal at Highbury on New Year’s Day. Sagar’s injury is more severe than was at one time imagined and he will have to be out for a time, for rest alone is the only cure for the shoulder trouble. Sagar is the most unfortunate young man for it was only on Christmas Day that he returned to the team after an absence of seven weeks with cartilage trouble. Morton will, of course take his place in goal, and it is unlikely that Sagar will be ready for the Cup-tie with Chelsea next Saturday week. Other changes in the side are Stevenson, for Bell at inside left, while Cunliffe returns to his former position at inside right, and Gillick maintained his place at his partner through Geldard being unfit. Everton’s task at Highbury is a difficult one. They can usually be depended upon to put up a bright display, but the Arsenal gradually coming back to their best it is asking Everton a difficult question to win there. Middlesbrough took full points from the Arsenal and Everton beat the Boro at Ayresome Park but form is not reliable these days of todays inrvy football. If Everton can make a draw of it they will have done very well indeed. Teams; Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Trentham. The Everton Reserves side to entertain Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park will include J. Davies, a Haydock amateur, who makes his debut with the Central League team, and Merritt who has just turned professional. Team; - Lovett; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Gee, Watson; Merritt, Bell, Dean, Dougal, J. Davies.
• Jimmy Dunn is now Runcorn Player Manager
EVERTON’S CHANCE AT HIGHBURY
December 31, 1937. The Evening Express
Everton begin their big tour of the south tomorrow when they challenge Arsenal at Highbury, Arsenal will be in search of their first “double” of the season. The following week Everton will oppose Chelsea in the F.A. Cup, and after one home game, will be at Brentford. The South has not brought much good fortune to the Blues in recent seasons. They have picked up only three of the last ten points played for in five seasons. Everton have suffered in many games because they have waited for the ball to come to them instead of going to it. Hesitancy against Arsenal will be fatal. In an endeavour to find a serviceable forward formation, Stevenson is being brought back to inside left, so that Cunliffe once again goes to inside right as partner to Gillick, who is much happier now he is operating on the right flank. Arsenal bring in 17-year-old Lewis to lead the attack for the first time since he went to Highbury from Margate. He will have a hard task against Tom Jones. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Trentham. Arsenal; Boulton; Male, Hapgood; Crayston, Sidley, Copping; Kirchen, Hunt, Lewis, Jones (Leslie), Bastin.
ARSENAL’S BULLET-PROOF DEFENCE
December 31, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Not for many years has Everton chopped and changed their side so frequently as this year. The defence has stood its ground for several weeks now, but each week finds a reshuffle in the forward line. Of course, Morton returns to keep goal against Arsenal, through Ted Sagar’s injury, but the chief concern is the attack. Any side visiting Highbury, the home of the Arsenal, can have little hope of success unless it has a strong forward line, for the Arsenal defence is one of the strongest in the League. They are famed for their bullet-proof methods and although their form this season has not been quite so consistent as in former years, the defence is still capable of losing down every avenue to opposing forwards. No matter who they bring in at centre half back. Roberts, Joy, or Sidey –it is difficult for any centre forward to find a way through to goal for should the centre half back, be beaten there is always Male and Hapgood to bar the door.
Reasonably Good Thing.
Looking at the game without any bias, one cannot help but admit that it look’s a reasonably good win for the Arsenal, for Everton are not convincing at the moment, yet in these days of surprise results anything can happen. Middlesbrough went to Highbury and won, and the following Saturday Everton went up to Ayresome Park and took the full points. But who can rely on form nowdays.? If Everton will only put into their game what they did in the second half against Leicester then there is a chance of them creating a sensation. It may not have been football of the best quality, but there was a snap about it which undermined the defence of the City. Fancy football is all very well if it is carried through to a definite conclusion. Time and again I have told you that Everton had the better of the play, yet the score card showed a defeat.
More Shooting, please.
Why? Simply because the shooting of the forwards was so paltry that any man could have kept goal against them, and not been the least bit nervous of being beaten. Stevenson has been brought back, and Cunliffe goes to his rightful place at inside right. The Irishman has had an in-and-out experience, and while we all know that he has not touched his best this season, he is nevertheless a grand footballer. His sweeping passes out to the right –his drawing of the defence, can hoodwink any defence –but I would ask him to have a thought for Trentham. This boy has suffered in the past, for want of support. He showed last Saturday that he can take a chance. You can say he had nothing to do, that the ball came straight to him. He could have been elsewhere had he not foreseen what was going to happen. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Trentham. Arsenal; Boulton; Male, Hapgood; Crayston, Sidey, Copping; Kirchen, Hunt, Lewis, Jones (Leslie), Bastin.