PRAISE FOR EVERTON AND PRESTON N.E.
December 17, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Ernest Edwards (“Bee”)
Everton 2, Preston North End 1
Everton and Preston played fine football. It was a nice change from a previous occasion when some players forgot the ball. Oddly enough, in the game well won, the teams lined up for the second half, referee at attention, an suddenly realised the ball was missing. A touch of comedy in a match never spoiled by injuries or temper, for which one awards praise to the stately Mr. Holt, referee. There was a good deal of enchanting play, chiefly by the measured step of the dainty Beattie or the menacing Finney. Everton moved quicker than their rivals, but Preston had a certain inspiration that was not in Everton’s locker. It is nice to think the game will not lose all genius when Matthews bids it goodbye. We shall have Finney to look upon, always providing he escapes the foot-lock imposed on him several times on Saturday. Finney beat six men in a row; he showed the best “applied drag” on the ball since the days of the Hodgetts. McDermott and Gallacher. There is a distinct brake on the ball, and still Finney has the Matthews maestro in his mind’s eye when he stands still and invites the defence to “come up and see me at your inconvenience.” This art is the salt of the game that has not some of its savour through the war’s inroads.
Everton’s victory was worthy because there was a very steadfast defence in which the new boy, Dugdale and the rather newish first-team back. Stevenson played extremely well. Saunders has become almost nonchalant. Both have come to stay. Tom Jones was a by to behold. At personal sacrifice he prevented a drawn game and I do not recall one deliverance made except for a timely ballooning in stress of circumstances which did not reach its acceptable billet. Farrell and Watson were equally secure with their press and pass; the foundation of Everton successors because the forwards are not quite shooting stars. Fielding, who scored a beauty, had to shoot too far out. Wainwright is coming to his best, without finding more fortune than that able, luckless leader, Catterick. Eglington was always on the speed track and like Johnson (still justifying hopes of seniority), was best when flinging the centre in old-fashioned manner. Wainwright’s goal will give him renewed confidence. Finney’s shock goal beautifully concluded and straight from his goalkeeper’s goal-clearance kick, was a duplicate of another fainted by offside. Finney had to be put centre forward to try to shake his poor line into shape.
Good to See
Preston can take out thanks for showing how to use a corner kick other than the slavish present fashion which is frightfully easy to combat. They also take the eye by means of left wing pairing. The lacking of finish in the forward line is appalling and it is so he hoped the miner Anders, will not develop this disease. Shankly –(shattering commentary) –was Preston’s most dangerous shooter. This old man “keeps rolling along” Williams, and a solid defence trio did their part with skill. McIntosh provide the human story of the day. Catterick was damaged near the Aintree goal. Preston were attacking towards the Town goal. Play continued, spectators called for a stoppage, the referee continued to play and Preston continued their attack till McIntosh centre-forward, went to the wing and, with determined, kicked the ball into touch to make certain play could be stopped. He had the applause of some spectators. What the attendance was I could not say as the figures were something, not offered. I should think there were over 40,000 spectators, and considering the icy state of the ground the game was excellent are; and fair as a level. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Jones and Watson (captain), half-backs; Johnson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Preston N.E.;- Gooch, goal; Gray and Robertson, backs; Shankley, Williams, and Horton, half-backs; Finney, Beattie, McIntosh, McLaren, and Anders, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Holt (Rochdale).
• Liverpool lost 2-0 at Manchester City, Linacre, McMorran
WEST BROMWICH ALBION RESERVES 2, EVERTON RESERVES 4
December 1, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Defence held out until a minute before the interval when Higgins scored for Everton. The visitors were superior for a spell in the second half, Lello scoring after 35 minutes and Gardner after 60. Albion retaliated and Rowley reduced the arrears five minutes later. A visiting defender fisted out a shot from under the bar and Rowley converted from the penalty kick. Higgins scored Everton’s fourth goal.
• Everton “A” 1, Runcorn 3
• Hardlandic 1 Everton “C” 3 Warbuton Cup (1st round).
December 1, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Harry Catterick, Everton’s deputy centre forward, might not have scored against Preston, but if ever a lad deserved a goal he did for his gallant if luckless leadership. What is more two vital head flicks produced the winning goals per Fielding and Wainwright. As big hearted as they come Catterick fights every inch and my only criticism of him was a tendency to overdo the trapping instead of more generous use of the first time pass for with such perfectly-positioned inside men as Wainwright and Fielding this move must, be more effective than trying to close-dribble past opponents. Just a little point which does not detract from the merit of Catterick’s display. It’s my opinion that’s all Everton gave Preston lesson’s in creative skill and as I watched Tom Finney standing neglected on the North End right for so long I could imagine him praying for such service is that given by the creative Fielding’s and the swift-raiding, body-swerving Wainwright. Johnson I liked because he scored the intricacies in favour of directness while Eglington was a flashing, effective raider to complete a line thinking and acting much too fast for the Preston, defence. Solid foundation for the win in this oh so sporting game finely-controlled by Mr. H. Holt was the solidity of the Blues intermediate line where Farrell and the unobtrusive Watson blotted out the Preston insides, and where Jones was monarch of the centre. It was only when Tommy moved up for a free-kick that Finney –at centre forward –was able to find a way through to reduce the lead. That emphasise the value of Jones as a defender as well as attacker. Two glorious Sagar saves each was worth a goal, while in front of him stood the imperturbable Saunders and Dugdale –the complete solution to Everton’s erstwhile cry for greater steadiness in defence. Saunders was faultless while Dugdale mastered Finney magnificently and even when beaten had that power of recovery to retrieve. This was an enjoyable game in every respect showing that Everton continue on the upgrade. That reminds me that the Blues injured lads, Humphreys, Mcllhatton, Stevenson and Lindley all are making grand progress towards recovery.
SPEEDY –BUT NOT CLASSIC
December 1, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
While Everton were eminently worthy of the two points they took from Preston, even their best friends could hardly hold that this show was comparable with those we used to get in pre-war days. As an exhibition of dash and determination and quick forward rushes in chase of a long ball it was in keeping with the modern standard, but hardly a satisfying display of scientific football at its best. To some extent there was reason for this in the lively ball and the difficulty of keeping a football on the treacherous surface. Everton were high-spirited and speedy enough and when they kept the ball on the ground showed good ideas of combination at times, but on the whole they relied more on harassing the opposing defence than on getting the better of it by subtlety. Many there may be who are satisfied with victory at any time looking too closely into the manner of its achievement. Perhaps I am out of step, but I confess to being numbered among those who still sign for the old-time easy flowing classic style in which position was worked for by almost geometric precision and artistry not forced upon worried defences by sheer dash and speed. Of the two I though Preston more skin to the traditional style. They failed badly in front of goal, however, and paid dearly when their defence momentarily faltered and allowed Fielding and Wainwright to take two quick snap goals. Preston point was also of the same variety, the ball again going from one goalmouth to the back of the net at the other in about ten seconds.
December 4, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s extensive scouting activities among the minor league clubs may bring results shortly. They have first refusal of Clifford Pinchbeck, Scunthorpe United’s 24-year-old centre-forward, who stands 6ft 1ins, and weighs over 14 stone and is on demob leave from the Forces. Pinchbeck has been scoring goals frequently since joining the Lincolnshire side this season, averaging one per match. Since he was promoted to their first team. Everton have made an offer to Scunthorpe and progress depends on whether this is accepted. The player himself is anxious to get into a higher sphere, revealing he has much to learn that a club like Everton could teach him.
December 5, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Although Everton lost 2-1 at Portsmouth last season through goals in the last five minutes, Fratton Park has been rather a lucky ground for them, in a dozen visits the Blues have suffered only five defeats. Their £bag” has been four wins and three draws. Portsmouth I rate an exceptionally good side, while appreciating that recent yield has been only three points out of 12. I heard from Secretary Dan Clarke today, in which he mentioned that any visit from a Merseyside club generally sets Pompey off on a victory trail and on the southerners are ready to give Everton a hearty welcome. Mr. Clarke side that the Commander of the Duke of York has extended an invitation to the Everton party to inspect the battleship tomorrow morning. I do not think Everton will lose if they play as well as against Preston last week, and the defence is good enough to take care of the Pompey attack. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Tommy Jones, Watson; Johnson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington. Portsmouth; Butler; Rookes, Ferrier; Scoular, Flewin, Dickinson; Harris, Brown, Reid, Barlow, Froggatt.
EVERTON VISIT PORTSMOUTH
December 5, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Having three times won, lost and drawn out of their nine away games it would look as though anything may happen when Everton visit Portsmouth as indeed is the case. Portsmouth however, are a vastly different side on their own ground than they are away, and Everton would do well to draw. Five of the nine visiting clubs to Fratton Park this season have failed to score a goal between them, and of the seven scored by the remainder. Aston Villa got four. Now that Douglas, Reid are back after a two month’s absence the Pompey attack is infinitely better balanced though I fancy Reid will find Tommy Jones too big a problem. Portsmouth will also have international Res Flewin back in their side for the first time for nearly three months. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Tommy Jones, Watson; Johnson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington. Portsmouth; Butler; Rookes, Ferrier; Scoular, Flewin, Dickinson; Harris, Brown, Reid, Barlow, Froggatt.
PORTSMOUTH’S TWO GOALS IN 2 MINUTES
December 6, 1947. The Evening Express
Everton Beaten After an Unconvincing Display
A two-goal in two-minutes spell in the first half brought about Everton’s downfall at Portsmouth when the Blues, in the opening half, gave a rather innocuous display, Portsmouth being a yard quicker on the ball. Everton, for whom Eglington was the outstanding player, did much better in the second half, although being luckless with their finishing. Reid made certain of victory with a scrambled goal late on. It was Everton’s first away defeat since September 20. Everton had to make a last minute change because Saunders was taken ill with influenza. Jack Hedley, the North Shields boy, came in at right back, this being his first football League game since September 20, when he injured an ankle at Chelsea. Everton’s trip was not without its adventures, in fact, the train arrived at Euston 35 minutes late so that the connection was missed, and so we had another example of the Mr. Theo Kelly’s quick improvisation of arrangements. Even so Harry Catterick, failed to link up at Crewe but had the initiative to travel on and actually joined the party at waterloo and so an worries were at an end. Dr. Cecil Baxter was in charge of the party, accompanied by director Mr. Jack Sharp. Portsmouth;- Butler, goal; Ferrier and Scoular, backs; Flewin, Dickinson and Harris, half-backs; Brown, Reid, Barlow, and Froggatt, forwards. Everton- Sagar, goal; Hedley and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Tommy Jones, and Watson (captain), half-backs; Johnson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. H.F. Hauxwell (Wickham). Two Stockport boys, Catterick and Duggie Reid –Everton are presented in Reid shook hands, as Everton went away to a fast start. Wainwright’s first shot was past the post before Jones twice stood in the breach as Portsmouth developed on rather convincing lines. The heavy overnight and morning rains made the ground slippery and ball control was difficult, but it was good to see in the opening passages how both teams tried so hard to play football of an academic character. Eglington easily out –speeded Rookes and crossed beyond the far post, but Johnson failed to get hold of it and then Reid from a good position placed behind. Wainwright slipped as he shot following Fieldings choice pass, and when Froggatt placed low across goal so far that Sagar could not reach the ball despite his dive. Dugdale was there to kick away. Although the Everton forwards played excellent football in midfield they could make little or no progress once the penalty, area was reached. So perfect was the Portsmouth interventions and tackling that it was Portsmouth who called the tune. Froggatt who used to play with Fielding in Italy was the danger point. One centre from Froggatt swept inches by the far post with Harris just failing to connect.
Froggatt then shot outside with all the goal to shoot at and Everton were kept almost continually on the defence. It was not surprising that Portsmouth should take two goals in two minutes through Barlow and Harris. Harris made the first in the 26th minute when he dribbled across the penalty area, but his shot pass should have been cleared by Jones, instead on for Barlow to rush in and bang the ball home with his right foot. Sagar made two good saves –one a clever fist-away –before Portsmouth came on the right, and indifferent tackling enabled Harris to slip through. Harris flashed the ball into the net while the Everton defenders were standing still as if mesmerised. Then Sagar had to dash to the edge of the penalty area to make an exceptionally good save from Froggatt. The quick-through ball to Barlow was proving disconcerting to the Everton defence, and now Barlow raced ahead to shoot low, Sagar diving to turn the ball out to the unmarked Froggatt, who, however, banged the ball behind. Near the interval this unconvincing Everton showed some signs of improvement, Wainwright and Catterick being more incisive than at any time. Johnson floated to the centre to hook over a choice centre from Catterick, and then Everton wasted two corners, although they persisted in their attack after the second Fielding shooting straight at Butler. Just on the interval Wainwright raced through and with a brilliant left foot shot almost took some of the whitewash off the bar. But this was not anything like the Everton we have known of late, and they were too easily beaten by the outstretched foot.
Half-time; Portsmouth 2, Everton 0
Everton showed improvement when play resumed on a rather faster note, and, by the exploitation of Eglington easily the best forward, showed better results. Wainwright had a 20-yarder saved by Butler before Wainwright, and Catterick saw the goalkeeper dispose of good headed attempts. Eglington cut through on the inside of Rookes whom he was beating easily every time, but Butler was there to take charge of his shots.
Sagar To Rescue
Froggatt got the ball into the net but Harris had run into an offside position, and then Sagar made three grand saves –two off Reid and one from Harris. Fielding ran half the length of the field to open up the way for Johnson, whose low shot passed beyond the far post. Flewin, playing his first game for three months, was the barrier to Everton’s progress, but this was not a fluent Everton. Sagar dashed out to save at the feet of Reid who immediately afterwards shot wide after a glorious passing movement with Brown. Everton were now doing what they refused to do in the first half –shoot at every opportunity. Farrell dribbed through and forced Butler to save high up, and then the cuteness of Fielding enabled Wainwright to go through and his grand shot grazed the foot of the far post. Everton were equally as good as Portsmouth this half but were getting little luck in finishing. Portsmouth made it game and rubber with nine minutes to go when, after Dugdale kicked off the goalline from Froggatt –I thought the ball was already over –Reid following on, slammed it home. In the last minute Catterick and Eglington had shots kicked off the line. Final; Portsmouth 3, Everton 0
ST HELENS TN V EVERTON “A”
December 6, 1947. The Evening Express
St Helens opened the scoring. After ten minutes Burke scored St. Helen’s second goal and a minute later Parker netted for Everton. St. Helens scored through Gregory, Northy, Seddon and Ireland (own goal). Everton again scored through Swain. Half-time; St. Helens 6, Everton “A” 2.
Final; St Helens 10, Everton “A” 4
POMPEY HAD PUNCH
December 6, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Two Up in First Half.
Portsmouth 3, Everton 0
Everton had more of the play than a 3-0 defeat suggests, in the second half they more than hold their own, but could put one into the Pompey goal. Portsmouth;- Butler, goal; Ferrier and Scoular, backs; Flewin, Dickinson and Harris, half-backs; Brown, Reid, Barlow, and Froggatt, forwards. Everton- Sagar, goal; Hedley and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Tommy Jones, and Watson (captain), half-backs; Johnson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. H.F. Hauxwell (Wickham). Owing to an attack of influenza George Saunders did not travel with the Everton party to Portsmouth, and his place was taken by Hedley, who was making his first appearance since the Chelsea match in September. Johnson had one chance to put across a centre, but apparently he had not got complete mastery over the ball, which went for a goal-kick. For a while Everton were on the attack without, however, delivering a shot that caused Butler any concern. The ground was slippery, and it needed some skill to maintain a foothold. Catterick having drifted over to the right, centred, Rookes however, got his head to the ball, to clear. There was extreme danger to the Everton goal when Hedley passed squarely to his goalkeeper. The ball eluded everyone, Reid included until Dugdale steeped in to clear much to the relief of the Everton followers.
Froggatt and Barlow were undoubtedly a dangerous wing and were responsible for most of Pompey’s digs at the Everton goal. Sagar had to make a nice catch while Jones and company made some keen clearance to prevent a goal. A long ball up the middle by Fielding seemed likely to create trouble for Portsmouth’s rearguard when Flewin nipped in to prevent a Wainwright shot. Fielding was holding the ball nicely and pushing it through well but the Portsmouth defence was slick with the tackle. Everton were having their share of attack, without causing Butler any headaches Sagar got a cheer when he ran and caught a deflected ball, but a few minutes later the Everton goal fell twice in a matter of minutes. Harris away on the right, supplied the pass that enabled Barlow to slip the ball past Sagar after 27 minutes. Within two minutes Harris netted No. 2. They were sensational minutes to say the least Portsmouth were worth their lead, for I do not forget that Froggatt missed from a grand position.
Froggatt swung one just clear of the post, and following a facial injury to Wainwright, Barlow slipped. It was a grand right-foot drive, and brought out a great one-handed save by Sagar. The ball trickled over to Froggatt, who slashed the ball into the side netting. Following a corner to Everton, Catterick finding his way to goal barred, back-heeled to Wainwright who shot hard, and Johnson tried to help along the good work by scooping the ball over –a really nice effort.
Half-time; Portsmouth 2, Everton 0
Portsmouth opened the second half with a strong attack, but the first shock of the half was credited to Everton through Wainwright, a thirty yards drive which Butler caught and cleared. Jones made a back pass which Sagar had to move to quickly. Everton made tracks into Portsmouth territory through a lovely glide out to Johnson which ended with Wainwright nodding the ball into Butler’s hands. Everton were sounding the Portsmouth defence at this stage. Butler had to hand out a great right-foot drive by Eglington. Reid saw one of his right foot specials rattle against Jones’s legs and Eglington came along with a second shot which Butler fielded. Portsmouth nearly had a third goal when Reid hit the Everton upright and Froggatt dashed in to tip the ball over the line, but was offside.
Two Fine Saves
Hereabout Portsmouth were putting on the power and Sagar made two fine saves. Johnson shot beyond the far post and when Eglington won a corner the flag-kick was safely dealt with by Butler. This half had been even, with goal incidents at each end. Hedley held Froggatt off to allow Sagar to nip in to clear. Farrell went through and got in his shot, but found Butler secure. Reid missed what looked a sitter after boring his way through, and Fielding, from the inside right position, shot outside. Everton were fighting back strongly and Butler had to save shots by Wainwright and Fielding. After 81 minutes Portsmouth chalked up their third goal, Froggatt started it when he shot strongly and Dugdale standing on the goal line, kick-away, but the ball went out to Reid who promptly banged it into the net. Eglington drove low on to the far post, but Butler moved across and saved. Then Reid put Barlow through and Sagar had to dive at Harris’s feet to save. Everton had fought well, without any luck with their shots. Final; Portsmouth 3, Everton 0. Attendance 25,000.
EVERTON RES V BARNSLEY RES
December 6, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton introduced their latest capture, Pinchbeck, the 6ft 11in, player from Scunthorpe United, to lead the attack. Everton were the more dangerous side at first; Pinchbeck, who is speedy, shaped well one of his headers being well cleared by Hough. Burnett the home keeper next saved two good efforts from Wright and Griffiths. In the closing stages, Pinchbeck made two grand efforts to open the home score but Hough, the Barnsley keeper, was well positioned on both occasions.
Half-time; Everton Reserves nil, Barnsley Reserves nil.
The game had been in progress only two minutes after the interval when Pinchbeck was applauded for giving Everton the lead with a beautiful header from Grant’s pass. A second later Pinchbeck almost secured a second when he hit the foot of the post. In the 70th minute Grant increased the home lead. Final; Everton Res 2, Barnsley Res 0.
PORTSMOUTH THE MORE DIRECT TEAM
December 8, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Portsmouth 3, Everton 0
Portsmouth were worthy of their win, but 3-0 may have flattered them a little. Everton’s football was sometimes as good as Portsmouth’s but Portsmouth preferred the straight route to goal with fewer frills. They were a lively and fiery lot of forwards with “up and onward” as their motto, and in the first half they were masters of the situation. Everton were capable ball manipulators with the ability to make ground through good-class combination, but having reached the point desired, either slewed the ball outside or saw the goalkeeper save. Butler was able to save some of the shots because they were taken too far out.
Test For Defence.
Portsmouth sounded the Everton defence pretty severely, but even so the first goal from Barlow need not have been. Jones allowed the ball to pass through his legs expecting Sagar to definite his intention, but the Everton goalkeeper had too far to go out, and Barlow ran in, collected the ball and planted it in the net. That goal came at twenty-six minutes, and set Portsmouth rampant, and two minutes later Harris marked up a second. The high power drives of the Portsmouth attack were a definite menace. Yes, it was after the goals that Everton produced their best. They gave as much as they received in the second half. Wainwright made one mighty thirty yards range shot which Butler held and Johnson with a glorious opening, shot wide. That was the big difference between the teams. Everton shot often enough to round off nice movements, but could not land one between the sticks, whereas Pompey scored a third (Reid) and also had one disallowed for offside. Hedley found Froggatt and Barlow a fast and clever wing and Reid tried all he knew to outwit Jones, being at inside-right as often as at centre-forward. It was one of the cleanest games I have seen, with few fouls. It was most capably handled by Referee Hauxwell of Wickham. Portsmouth;- Butler, goal; Ferrier and Scoular, backs; Flewin, Dickinson and Harris, half-backs; Brown, Reid, Barlow, and Froggatt, forwards. Everton- Sagar, goal; Hedley and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Tommy Jones, and Watson (captain), half-backs; Johnson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. H.F. Hauxwell (Wickham).
• Liverpool drew 303 with Aston Villa; Balmer, Stubbins, Spicer, and Ford, Martin, Brown for Villa.
EVERTON RES 2, BARNSLEY RES 0
December 8, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Brian Pinchbeck of Scunthorpe United newly signed by Everton, made a fine debut as leader of the Central League attack. He has a fine turn of speed and possesses a powerful shot and should prove an acquisition. Grant sent across a centre and Pinchbeck, like lightning headed past Hough to give his side the lead. Immediately afterwards Pinchbeck narrowly missed a second, when he hit the foot of the post with a great shot. In the seventieth minute Grant scored a second for Everton.
THEY ALL WANT EVERTON POST
December 8, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
The most-sought post in football at the moment is that of coach to Everton. Several top-line players are hoping to secure this “plum” which became vacant when Mr. John Thomson left to take over the managership of Manchester City, and the point will be discussed by the Everton directors at tomorrow night’s meeting. Let me emphasise right away that I do not expect Everton to make any decision for some time. They have no need to hurry, but the fact that so many big names want to go to Goodison Park shows the popularity and high standing of the club. Everton are still pretty busy in their search for players, while Everton are not worried in the slightest over any position –added reserve strength here and there is all that is required.
It took Everton a long time to get over the shock of two goals against in two minutes at Fratton Park, but after a rather indifferent first half, they gave just as much as they took, and in the second half played really well without getting the slightest luck in finishing. It was a day on which everything ran for Portsmouth even to the extent of the foot shot out tentatively being sufficient to shatter the best of attacks. I grant that the Blues missed a couple of good openings, but so did Portsmouth. It was not so much the missed chances as the ill-luck which went with several grand efforts from an attack having the live-wire of the game in Eglington; a fast, zestful raider in Wainwright –his left-foot shooting was grand-and purposeful leadership from Catterick, Fielding, however, played in patches –his merry moments were a joy –and Johnson suffered because of his inability to “kill” the ball speedily. There was soundness throughout the half-back line, who were as good in defences in attack, and it was typical of the sportsmanship of the Blues that Tommy Jones should be the first to admit at half-time that he should have cleared before Barlow got the opening goal. Tommy lifted his foot thinking Ted Sagar was behind him. The second goal came from faulty positional play and slowness to cover the open space, and the third was rather a scrambling affair. Sagar was the man who stood defiant against this oh so dangerous five-point. Portsmouth attack. Definitely Sagar is the most consistent goalkeeper in football at the moment and was given glorious cover by the youngsters Hedley and Dugdale. Dugdale was without blemish and Hedley suffered only because he took time to regain that big match “sense.” I do not think Everton have much to worry them, and certainly Portsmouth can view the future with calm confidence.
December 8, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s name has been linked with Berry, Hull City’s six foot half-back and McEvoy of Dundalk, also a half-back. Their interest may be only routine. It may be more Major Frank Buckley tells me that Berry is one of the finest half-back propositions he has ever had under his wing, which is giving a lot. Everton’s board is to discuss tomorrow the appointment of a coach in succession to Jock Thomson. In that connection Alex Stevenson’s name and claim jump automatically to most folk’s minds. There could be no more popular choice, but I understand many applications have been received and there may not be a decision right away.
Played Well, But –
It is not easy to smile in defeat, but Everton were able to do that at Portsmouth, for despite their seemingly heavy beated, they played really well, especially so in the second half. It was only in the matter of goals scoring that they were behind their opponents for their football was not only as good as, but better than, that of Pompey (writes Stork). One never had a feeling about Everton that their efforts would culminate in a goal for they swung the ball outside or took a long put at goal which had little prospect of beating Butler the old Tranmere Rovers “guest” player. Pompey played with five forwards up, at times Catterick was the only Everton spearhead and he was too closely watched by Flewin to do any damage. Watching one forward is easy enough to keep five fiery attacks subdued is another matter. It was a most attractive game to watch for there were incidents in such goalmouth every few minutes but one cannot dent Portsmouth’s goal-loot, yet their first goal was due to a misunderstanding Jones allowing the ball to run through his legs with the intention of it going to Sagar, but he may have misjudged the distance. At all events Barlow was able to run through and slip the ball beyond Sagar. Two minutes later Harris had scored which in effect struck the death knell of Everton’s hopes. If Saturday’s form was general to Portsmouth they will not lose many games particularly at home and if only Everton will round off their approach work with more accurate shooting, you will have no cause for complaints.
December 10, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton make one change for their game with Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park on Saturday. George Saunders returning to right back, following an attack of influenza in place of Hedley. Everton;- Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, TG Jones, Watson; Johnson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington.
DODDS IS SEEKING TRANSFER
December 12, 1947. The Evening Express
Board to Consider Request
By Pilot (Don Kendall)
Jock Dodds, Everton’s £7,750 Scottish international centre forward, last evening made a request to be placed on the transfer list and the request will be considered at next Tuesday’s meeting of the directors. Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly had no statement to make on the matter when I spoke to him today. Dodds was injured in the match against Manchester United three weeks ago and has not played since. He reported at Goodison Park for training on Tuesday morning, but I understand it was not known that he was fit until after the Everton directors meeting at which the team to play Bolton Wanderers tomorrow was selected. It has been stated that Dodds’ action followed publication of the fact he had been chosen to lead the reserve attack at Newcastle, but it is an incontrovertible fact that Everton up to now have published no reserve side and that Dodds, in fact, is not playing for the reserves, and his name has never been included in that team. I hear that Dodds, who came to Everton from Blackpool via Shamrock Rovers, is fancied by a Third Division club, but this is not, of course, Notts County. Dodds keeps a private hotel at Blackpool, but “he’s not here” I was told when I inquired this morning. Jock does two days’ training a week at Goodison Park and the rest of his training at Blackpool’s ground.
BOLTON AT GOODISON
December 12, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton’s clash with the Wanderers, here is a game full of possibilities for the Wanderers, from a struggling force, have in the past five weeks of so recaptured the old spirit and confidence. Proof of this is provided by the fact that in successive home games the Wanderers have defeated Sunderland, Manchester City and the Wolves. That takes some doing. Goodison has not been a happy hunting ground for Bolton in matters league; in fact, in 40 visits they have scored only five wins and 11 draws giving the Blues a balance of 59 points out of the 80. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Jones, Watson; Johnson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington. Bolton Wanderers; Hanson; Roberts, Crook; Forrest, Hamlett, Howe; Woodward, Barrass, Lofthouse, Bradley, Moir.
DODDS WANTS TO LEAVE
September 12, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Dissatisfied at senior Exclusion –
But Board Unaware he was Fit
Jock Dodds, Everton’s centre-forward and former Scottish international, whom they signed from Shamrock Rovers just over twelve months ago, at a fee of about £7,500 has asked to go on the transfer list. His request comes before Tuesday’s Board meeting. Dodds so far has made no statement for public consumptions, but I understand that he has made the request because he is dissatisfied at not being in the team for tomorrow’s game. He felt similarly upset about being chosen for the reserve, following recovery from injury, on a previous occasion. He is not, as has been stated, in the reserve side tomorrow. Actually, the Everton board had no reports when they picked the teams on Tuesday evening, that he was fit again, so obviously did not include him in either team. The position of clubs in cases like this is becoming increasingly difficult. They are in a deft stick if the substitute which has filled the breach during an emergency has given complete satisfaction. Once upon a time these temporarily changes were regarded by most players as a “rub of the green,” and they were content to demonstrate by their play that the time was ripe for their return to senior status. Today there is a general feeling if unsettlement under such circumstances and requests for transfers are beginning to follow almost automatically. Everton are not likely to accede to Dodds request. They realised that he is still one of the best centre-forwards in the game, likely to be at his best now that the softer grounds are coming, and they cannot afford to part with him. Tactful handling and a proper clarification of the position should clear the air satisfactorily.
The First Division programme brings Bolton Wanderers struggling hard against the spectre of relegation, to Goodison Park. One victory in ten games is the slender measure of Bolton’s away success so far so on paper this looks like an Everton victory. Against that one had to remember that the Wanderers have latterly struck –much improved form. They have won five of their last seven games, their victims, including Wolves, Blackpool and Manchester City so obviously they must command a certain amount of respect. They are definitely a much better side than when they put up so poor a display at Anfield a couple of months ago. Their improvement coincides with the recall of Barrass, the switching of Moir to outside left, the signing of inside left to Bradley from Southampton and the return to his best form of Lofthouse, who has got two goals in each of the last games. The only ever-present in the forward line is outside right Woodward. Bolton have a better defensive record than most clubs in the lower half of the table, Crook, ex-Blackburn Rovers in a solid and reliable back, and Forest sought so keenly by Leeds United, is reckoned one of the best half-backs playing today. Everton have not yet won two home games in succession this season. As they best Preston a fortnight ago, this is their chances to break the ill-starred sequence. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Jones, Watson; Johnson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington. Bolton Wanderers; Hanson; Roberts, Crook; Forrest, Hamlett, Howe; Woodward, Barrass, Lofthouse, Bradley, Moir.
NEWCASTLE RES V EVERTON RES
December 13, 1947. The Evening Express
Everton were the superior side after the interval but 10 minutes from time a shot by Taylor struck the crossbar and on appeals by Newcastle players that the ball had bounced over the line, the referee consulted a linesman and then awarded a goal. Final; Newcastle Res 1, Everton Res 0
EVERTON WIN A “MIST”-ERY GAME
December 13, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Fog Spoiled The Goodison Tussle
Penalty Goal Was Decider
Everton 2, Bolton Wanderers 0
As a spectacle the game was ruined by thick banks of mist which drifted across the ground from time to time, Everton were slightly the better of two well-matched sides, in which the periods of supremacy were fairly evenly shared. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Jones and Watson (captain), half-backs; Johnson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Bolton Wanderers; Hanson, goal; Roberts and Crook, backs; Forrest, Hamlett and Howe, half-backs; Woodward, Barrass, Lofthouse, Bradley and Moir, forwards. Referee; Mr. H Hartles (Runcorn). Thick mist enveloped Goodison Park at the start, and unless it cleared there seemed to a danger that the game might not finish. It was impossible to see the ball from the Press stand when play was on the far side and impossible also to recognise the players. However, we did see Tommy Jones pass back to Sagar when harassed by Lofthouse, and Eglington and Fielding put in a tricky run which was nipped in the bud by Roberts.
Sagar in Action.
Bolton did most of the early attacking, and only quick interceptions by Farrell and Jones averted danger. Sagar was twice called upon to handle, though in neither case was the shot one of power. Barrass had a chance with a Woodward centre, but missed the ball completely as he pivoted round. Lofthouse was off the mark with an angled effort, and Bradley failed to hit the ball properly a moment later.
“Tester” From Eglington
A free kick taken by Jones set Everton going for Eglington to test Hanson with a strong shot, after Fielding had wisely opened up play with a cross-field pass. Lofthouse should have done better when he had only Sagar to beat, and allowed the goalkeeper to smother his shot, with Dugdale finally completing the clearance. This mist had now lifted a little, but it was still difficult to follow movements on the far side of the field. Jones came up to take a free kick about 10 yards the penalty area, and, and delivered a shot which flew like a rocket just a foot or so wide of the upright with Hanson well beaten. The Bolton goal had another narrow escape when Catterick headed wide from a centre by Eglington, which actually ought to have been in the net.
Our old friend, Bill ridding, ex-Tranmere and now Bolton trainer came on the field at this stage to attend to Barrass who soon recovered. Everton were now showing up in much better light, though so far Hanson had only Eglington’s shot to cope with. Jones nipped in when a Bolton goal looked almost a certainly and then Sagar had to go low down to make a smart save from Barrass. Straight from this Everton attacked via the right flank, and Wainwright pulled back a peach of a centre –when about two yards from the goal-line and half-way to the corner flag –Catterick leaping high up to head it beyond Hanson, and make amends for the previous miss. Undismayed, Bolton struck back and only a save by Sagar at the foot of the post prevented Barrass equalising. This was at the half-hour.
Notable incidents in the closing stages of the first half were a great run by Fielding and an equally fine shot by the same player a little later, a neat back-header by Catterick and finally a lucky led-off for Bolton when a Wainwright shot was saved and Roberts headed another clear from the rebound with Hanson out of goal.
Half-time; Everton 1, Bolton Wanderers 0
The mist having come down heavily again when the game was re-started and when Everton had a corner at the Boy’s Pen flag, I could not see the taker at all. I had a better view, however, at the near goal when Lofthouse steered in a header from a Bradley centre, which looked a certain goal until Sagar dived to the front of the post to make a brilliant save.
Judging by the actions of a number of players congregated in the penalty area, Bolton were having a job to keep out the Everton forwards during the attack, but for quite a minute I never caught sight of the ball itself. Everton were hammering away now at the Bolton goal, and the visitors were not the effective force that they had been in the first 20 minutes. Once again the mist had lifted a trifle to enable me to see a neat run and centre by Johnson, but with nobody up to take advantage. Sagar made two splendid catches from Woodward shots. Jones cut out a danger as Lofthouse was boring through, and Watson’s timely interception averted an ominous looking position. Another terrific free-kick by Jones saw Hanson catch the ball confidently near the angle of the woodwork. Following a free-kick to Bolton in an equivalent spot at the other end, Sagar made another brilliant save at the foot of the post this time from Forrest. Bolton had now found their second wind, and their quick forward rushes were always dangerous.
A Grim Struggle
Fouls were now rather more frequent than usual, for both sides were tackling vigorously. Everton at this stage were having the fight grimly to hang on to their lead, and Lofthouse should have done better than put outside from 12 yards, with time to place his shot. With seven minutes to go Referee Hartles awarded Everton a penalty when Eglington was brought to earth as he was going through with a solo run. It was impossible to be dogmatic about the matter from the Press box, decision and Bolton certainly protested very vigorously. Wainwright took the kick, and judging from the motions –I could not see the ball –steered it gaintly out of Hanson’s reach. Straight from the kick-off there was a “rumours” between Everton and Bolton players, while play was on the other side of the field. Only the intervention of colleagues smothered the ruffled tempers. Bolton got the ball into the Everton net following a melee, but offside nullified the point. Final; Everton 2, Bolton Wanderers 0. Attendance 33,458.
EVERTON “A” v CROMPTONS RECS
December 13, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Goals by Owen, Parker and Dobson gave Everton a comfortable lead, Heavey scored for Cromptons. Half-time; Everton “A” 3, Cromptons Recs 1.
GOODISON HAD A MURKY EPISODE
December 15, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Ernest Edwards (“Bee”).
Everton 2 (Catterick, Wainwright), Bolton Wanderers 0
Rough play, unfair tackling and kicking have entered football and must be stamped out. The public do not relish such tactics. Everton v. Bolton had a fud hour of fair play. In the closing moments there was a show of fist and foot that should have been followed by the order to retire –in disgrace. The fogy atmosphere did not prevent a perfect view of incidents “timed” for the moment the referee’s back was turned. A linesman (rightly yet uncommonly refused to withdraw his upraised flag, but when the referee consulted him, no caution was administered –a free kick had to suffice. Is it too much to ask that clubs act against the chance of further outbursts. I would also like to ask the players Union in the interest of their members to state their desires in this matter and justify the unison’s badge which shows players with hands clasped.
Age cannot Wither
The match apart from the incidents and Bolton’s furious protest about a penalty kick had much charm, much excellence in defence and some brilliant half-back work. At root, Everton gained the points by the agency of veteran Sagar. His goalkeeper was not of the common catch –as-catch-can type. It was a day when he had to throw himself, full length to ensure three shots did not enter the furthest point of goal. These saves were of astonishing value at a point when Everton’s forward line was not functioning. The line had a sturdy, fast batter in Eglington, quite the outstanding attacker of the side. He is never better than when throwing over alluring centres. His rise
From a single-footed speed merchant show the value of coaching by an old professional, Eglington today is most menacing. Johnson is on the up-grade, but the three inner forwards had a moderate day, albeit Wainwright’s persistence in rising after a stumble and providing Catterick with a goal was praiseworthy. The line, as a line, was not composite and lack of composure appeared to be their relishing fault. Behind them Watson took the ball from Woodward’s toe. Tom Jones, with pointed free kicks or drives at goal, was in his strongest vein against a very dangerous centre forward, Lofthouse. It was Sagar who kept Bolton, at bay.
A Clever Side
Bolton Wanderers, played clever stuff Forest, at wing half-back, was astonishing in his solo attacks. He carried them too far through sheer exuberance, it is true, but he was near scoring when the home backs kept out Bolton’s early raids. Woodward had a gala day on the wing and Bradley exploited the cross field pass to him with rare precision. Bolton had backs of solidity and skill, and at half-back Hamlett as usual, loomed large and finally was adjudged to have brought down Eglington in the penalty area after Woodward, rival winger, had chased back as though he would charge him in the back. So Wainwright scored with a spot kick and a game in doubt till the last three minutes ended with a just result, for Everton had taken chances. Bolton had to pay the punishment that comes to all sides who will not take chances. The losers were so smart and attractive that they must surely rise from their lowly League estate. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Jones and Watson (captain), half-backs; Johnson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Bolton Wanderers; Hanson, goal; Roberts and Crook, backs; Forrest, Hamlett and Howe, half-backs; Woodward, Barrass, Lofthouse, Bradley and Moir, forwards. Referee; Mr. H Hartles (Runcorn).
• Liverpool won 2-1 against Wolves, Stubbins, Balmer and Forbes for Wolves.
THIS WANTS CUTTING OUT
December 15, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Twice in recent Goodison Park games fists have been raised in anger. On Saturday a visitor took this method of showing disapproval of an Everton player’s action. On the previous occasion it was vice versa. This is a disturbing tendency, and the sooner strong words are addressed from all clubs boards to dressing rooms the better. Referee Hartles had his back to Saturday’s incident but in other games lately I have seen referees turn a blind eye at things which have called for severe reprimand. With the Cup-tie in the offing referees should exercise a firm hand at all times. Fisticuffs should be reserved for the Stadium. Judging from the play, I was able to follow through the mist Everton just deserved the points through if it hadn’t been for three marvellous saves by Sagar they would not have got them. Bolton were the better side for the first 20 minutes, faded out for a time, came back on top for occasional periods and finally made Everton fight desperately hard to hold on to their lead until a rather debatable penalty made victory secure. Any attempt to weigh up performances too critically could be foolish considering the conditions. Nobody can judge what a player is going when all that can be seen are due figures fitting here and there, chasing an invisible ball. From what I did see, however, there was no doubt Sagar took major honours, followed by Jones. Watson, Eglington, Saunders and Wainwright, with Woodward, Bradley, and Forrest, for Bolton.
IN THE GLOAMING
December 15, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Colleague Radar states that Tommy Jones was the dominant hub of Everton’s defence against Bolton in the gloaming at Goodison, so maybe the Wolves now consider it hopeless to come a-seeking Tommy. Radar Writes “The win over Bolton meant that for the first time this season the Blues have won two successive home games but the Wanderers did not appear to be two goals the inferior side. It detracts nothing from an Everton success, based largely on first-rate team work, when I say it was only the brilliance of Ted Sagar while enabled them to clink to their goal lead –Catterick 30 minutes point was due solely to Wainwright –until 10 minutes from the end when Wainwright scored from a vigorously contested penalty. Sagar seems to get better and better –if that is possible. “Although the Everton defenders joined Lofthouse and his colleagues difficult to hold all emerged with credit with Saunders and Dugdale covering each other almost to perfection while I liked the studied way in which they disposed of the ball. The half-backs were excellent with Watson giving a standout’ display. During Bolton’s early second-half supremacy it was Watson who time and again broke up attacks and brought the speedy Eglington and scheming Fielding into action with precision passes. The attack as a whole was not 100 per cent, for Catterick, apart from his well-taken goal, was too well-watched by Hamlett, and Johnson found the fiery tacking of Crook rather too powerful. Wainwright demanded constant attention from Howe to stop individual bursts against a Bolton whose form belied their lowly league position.
The Dodds request comes before the Everton board tomorrow evening when the directors will receive further reports on week-end scouting in which Secretary-manager Theo Kelly joined.
ANSWER TO DODDS IS IN THE TEAM-SHEET
December 17, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
Without saying a word Everton F.C. have given Jock Dodds the answer to his request to be placed on the transfer list. They have chosen him to lead the forward line in the first team match against Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park on Saturday. Directors to whom I spoke after their meeting last night all agreed the club has no notion of transferring Dodds. The fact that he is in the team should indicate to him beyond doubt that they mean what they say. Everton will not undertake special training for the Grimsby cup-tie. The match will be treated in the ordinary way. The club has taken up their allocation of stand tickets –there are few in view of the smalliness of the Grimsby ground – and these may be had by application to Mr. Theo Kelly at Goodison Park. If there is a replay all Goodison Park stand accommodation with be by ticket only.
December 17, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Jock Dodds, the Scottish international centre forward, whose request for transfer was turned down emphatically by the Everton directors last night, will lead the attack against Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park on Saturday in place of Catterick. Dodds has recently recovered from a muscle injury. Everton make one other change, this being the season’s debut of jacket Grant, who will be at outside-right in place of Johnson. Grant’s inclusion follows a sparkling game in the position with the Reserves at Newcastle last Saturday. Jack Humphreys is making steady improvement following injury, and if fit he will play for the Central League side at Derby County. Everton will not undergo any special training for the F.A. Cup tie with Grimsby Town on January 10, but the players will have a pre-Christmas tonic of three days at Tynemouth, preceding the Christmas Day match with Sunderland at Roker Park. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, T.J. Jones, Watson; Grant, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington.
JOCK DODDS NOT TO GO
December 17, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Say “No” and he Goes in Team
“No” is the most popular word in football to-day. Everton, without comment say “No” to Jock Dodds’ request to be placed on the transfer list; in fact, Everton have gone further than that, they have chosen him to lead the side against Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park, on Saturday.
Everton have decided to stay at home for their training for the Cup-tie with Grimsby Town. The match will be treated in the normal way. The Grimsby ground is on the small side and Everton’s allocation of tickets will naturally not be big, but for those who want to make the trip to Blundell Park tickets may be had on application to Mr. Theo Kelly at Goodison Park. Dodds return to the team in place if Catterick is one of two changes made for Saturday’s game against Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park the other being the selection of Grant for Johnson at outside right. Grant has not previously figured to the senior side this season, who will be the fourth player to occupy the right wing position. The team is; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, T.J. Jones, Watson; Grant, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington. Jack Humphreys has practically recovered from his injury in the Burnley game a month ago, and it fit, will be given a run with the Reserves at Derby Country on Saturday.
December 19, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
The Blues clash is one of immense club importance for it follows the unfortunate Jock Dodds transfer request and his subsequent recall to lead the attack. Dodds got one of Everton’s three goals at Ewood in August. In addition the match is being used by Everton as a further opportunity of trying to solve the outside-right position. This time choice falls on the great little clubman Jackie Grant the 90-minutes trier no matter in what position he plays. Jackie is the fourth man tried in the position this season and repetition of the form he showed with the reserves at Newcastle last week-end –I am assured he was great –will satisfy the most exacting. The Rovers are a sound defensive force, but not convincing in attack, and I fancy the Blues to win it if they will not too often try to force a path down the middle where “evergreen.” Bob Pryde bare the way. Yes, and a win will place the Blues up among the near leaders. Blackburn Rovers are hoping to include a new inside-left. They have come to terms with a First Division club for a player who is not at present in the League side and they hope to complete the deal tonight. Provisionally Horton has been choice for the position in case the transfer does not materialise. Langton the international absent from the last two matches reported fit today and Weir will lead the attack. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, T.J. Jones, Watson; Grant, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington. Blackburn;- Marks; Crooks, Tomlinson; Baldwin, Pydre, Miller; Oakes, Graham, Weir, Horton, Langton.
ROVERS’ IN-AND-OUT FORM
December 19, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Blackburn’s Last Goodison Win Was 1914
Everton have the opportunity to turn their two successive home victories into a hat-trick performance tomorrow, when Blackburn Rovers are the visitors to Goodison Park. Victory would also give them their second double of the season. When the Rovers were at Anfield a month ago they made Liverpool fight hard for a narrow injury and seemed on that showing a much improve side compared with that against which Everton opened the season with a win at Ewood Park. Blackburn’s record so far has been one of very poor spells alternating with brief periods of success. They stated disastrously by losing nine of the first 10 points played for then won seven out of the next eight. This as followed by three successive defeats, after which another bright spasm restored the flagging hopes of their supporters. Unfortunately for the Ewood fans, however, that also was quickly over and they have now gone back to the early season form of only one point out of the last five games, during which the opposition has scored 15 goals to Blackburn’s four. On that showing they don’t seem to have much hope tomorrow. A curious think about the Everton-Blackburn meeting is the long run of successes which has attended the home side. Everton ‘s victory last August was the first time they had won a League match at Ewood Park since 1912-13 season. Similarly the Rovers had not won one at Goodison since 1914. The effect of the introduction of Jack Grant on Everton’s extreme right well be watched with interest while the return of Jock Dodds should add more power to the front line. Johnny Mcllhatton has been in light training all this week following his cartilage operation and may be having a trial outing in the next fortnight or so. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, T.J. Jones, Watson; Grant, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington. Blackburn;- Marks; Crooks, Tomlinson; Baldwin, Pydre, Miller; Oakes, Graham, Weir, Horton, Langton.
BLUES GAIN BEST WIN OF SEASON
December 20, 1947. The Evening Express
Maiden Goal by Farrell Adds to Those of Fielding (2), Grant
Everton gained their most convincing victory of the season against lowly Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park in a game in which the Blues reserved nearly all their fireworks for the second half. Blackburn replied to Fielding’s headed goal scored in the 27th minute by a similar effort, with Oakes as the scorer six minutes after the interval. Everton, however regained their lead ten minutes later through Grant who proved a lively raider. Blackburn did their share of the attacking without finishing effectively. Dugdale gave a stand-out display, and Fielding made the issue safe for Everton with a brilliant individual goal in the 69th minute. Farrell added a fourth –his first ever goal for Everton –in the 76th minute. Everton experimented with the versatile Jacky Grant at outside right in place of Johnson. The only other Everton change was the reappearance of Jock Dodds as leader of the attack, vice Catterick. News of Everton’s casualties is bright in the case of Johnny Mcllhatton who resumed light training this week following removal of a cartilage but not so bright in the case of Alex Stevenson. Stevenson who pulled a leg muscle again broke down when he began training at the beginning of the week. Stevenson will probably not be able to resume full time training for about three weeks. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Jones and Watson (captain), half-backs; Grant, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Blackburn Rovers; Marks, goal; Cook and Tomlinson, backs; Baldwin, Pryde, and Miller, half-backs; Oaks, Graham, Weir, Murphy, and Langton, forwards. Referee; Mr. E.W. Baker, Manchester. An exceptionally quiet opening was enlivened only by Eglington’s spirited attempt to break through solo, but the Irishman’s shot, which had little power behind it, was intercepted by Cook, and Marks was not tested. A “cheeky” interception by Watson earned applause, and then Jones had to bring his full height to bear to head clear after Weir had forced Dugdale to concede a corner. Then Dodds sprang into the picture twice bringing Marks into action in, the space of a minute on the second occasion with a lively rising drive after pushing the ball cleverly around Pryde. Everton were keeping the Blackburn defence on the move, and when Dodds sent Eglington away, the ball flashed across the face of the goalmouth, with Wainwright just failing to make contact, and Tomlinson adopting safely first measures to prevent Grant taking possession. Blackburn’s best effort so far came when Oakes, who had moved inside let go from 30 yards and Sagar had all his work cut out to deal with a ball which was always going away from him. Then Langton took over from Murphy and flashed a terrific drive over the angle of the woodwork. It was now Blackburn’s turn to bring pressure to bear and it was a near thing for Everton when Weir found himself in possession with no Everton defender within yards. His shot, however, finished up on the wrong side of the near post, and in any case, the whistle had gone for officials. An Everton attack which was by no means in an inspired mood, was meeting exceptionally stern resistance from a solid Blackburn defence. But Dodds enlivened matters with a hefty volleying drive on the turn which Marks just managed to beat round the post at full length. Everton temporarily lost the services of Eglington, whose leg was injured in a tackle by Cook, and during his absence Fielding and Dodds linked up cleverly for Dodds to flick the ball forward, but Wainwright just failed to connected. Eglington’s return after touchline, attention, however, saw Everton draw first blood –in the 27th minute. It was Wainwright who did the leading up work taking the ball well into the Blackburn half touching it around Miller for Grant to race to the line. Grant levelled a perfect centre which found Fielding ideally placed to head into the roof of the net, from close in. This success was the signal for Everton to set up a prolonged siege, without again unduly worrying Marks. Blackburn should have drawn level when Langton had the Everton defence running the wrong way. Langton turned the ball inside for Weir, standing not ten yards from goal, but Sagar saved the day by divining exactly where the Scotsmen would place the shot, and failing on the ball, when a goal appeared certain.
Yet again Weir failed unaccountably when Jones failed to head clear Pryde’s upheld clearance, and Weir went ahead with only Sagar to beat. As Sagar came out to narrow the angle, Weir slipped the ball past him, but it trickled inches outside the post. This was indeed a close shave for Everton.
Half-time; Everton 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.
Everton resumed without Eglington, but the Irishman returned after a couple of minutes to see Graham head narrowly wide from Oakes’ corner. Everton might have gone further ahead when Watson “found” Grant with his precise diagonal pass Grant cleverly hooked the ball over Tomlinson’s head, and cut in towards goal, only to shoot rather wildly across the face of the goal with Marks alone to defy him. Rovers celebrated this escape by racing away to draw level. A slip by Saunders let in the alert Langton who crossed accurately for Oakes to run in unchallenged and head past Sagar time 51 minutes. Another error of judgement by Saunders gave Murphy the chance to edge the ball forward for Weir, but this was not the Scotsman’s lucky day and his drive was well of the target. At the other end Fielding fed Eglington but Marks saved Eglington’s left footer without trouble. When Fielding tried to break through on his own he was brought down by Pryde just outside the area but Jones drove the free kick straight into a rack of Blackburn defenders. Everton now began to apply persistent pressure, and this brought its reward in the 61st minute when a high ball from Wainwright saw Dodds out head Pryle and shoot from close in. Dodds’ drive struck Marks, rebounded to the feet of Grant who had wisely moved into the middle and Grant celebrated his return to the seniors by driving into the net, despite the efforts of three Blackburn defences to prevent to prevent the ball crossing the line. Blackburn struck back hard several times the Everton goal escaped more by good luck than good judgment. The Everton pressure brought further reward, however, in the 69th minute, and it was a typical Fielding individual effort which did the trick. Fielding broke through on his own, brought the ball down to his liking and drove in a shot of such power from 30 yards that although Marks touched the ball he could now prevent it entering the net. Everton now were toying with the Rovers and went further ahead in the 77th minute Peter Farrell scoring his first-ever goal for Everton with a great right foot drive after running half the length of the field. Official attendance, 32, 122. Final; Everton 4, Blackburn Rovers 1.
DERBYRES V EVERTON RES
December 20, 1946. The Evening Express
Johnson increased Everton’s lead in 51 minutes. McLachlan scored for Derby from a penalty. Final; Derby County Res 1, Everton Res 2.
EVERTON IN GOAL RUSH
December 20, 1947, The Liverpool Football Echo
Blackburn are Blotted Out
Everton 4, Blackburn Rovers 1
The Rovers mot so bad as they are painted. Up to the hour they held their own. After that Everton got the mastery and ultimately were easy winners, although two of their goals had a lucky flavour about them. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Jones and Watson (captain), half-backs; Grant, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Blackburn Rovers; Marks, goal; Cook and Tomlinson, backs; Baldwin, Pryde, and Miller, half-backs; Oaks, Graham, Weir, Murphy, and Langton, forwards. Referee; Mr. E.W. Baker, Manchester. Blackburn Rovers have never found Goodison Park a happy hunting ground –they last won here in 1914. They were out to lay the bogey, and in an effort to bring greater balance into their attack they played their new man Murphy, who was signed from Middlesbrough last night. Grant and Wainwright were soon in the picture, but it was Dodds who put in the next shot. He seemed to stub the ball and the ground at the same time. Marks had no difficulty in clearing. Marks, however, had to be on the alert with the next Dodds effort, a good one, and confidently saved.
Volley by Dodds
Both sides were playing fast and entertaining football. Perhaps there were times when it was a shade too close. Nevertheless it always meant progress and Dodds was as keen as mustard to show his shooting power. One of the best efforts of the match came from his foot, and it brought out a superlative save from Marks. Grant and Fielding made the opening, but it was the manner in which Dodds volleyed his shot which took the eye. Eglington was hurt when he was obstructed by Cook, but he was only off a matter of minutes. At 27 minutes Everton’s effort were awarded, Saunders was the starting point of the goal with a clearance up the right flanks to Grant, who put across a perfect length centre. Fielding closed in and then made the final nod which had Marks beaten to pieces.
This put Rovers on the defensive and Everton naturally put on greater pressure in the hope of consolidating their position, and had Eglington been able to run the was now limping there would have been greater trouble for Pryde and company. Blackburn were fighting gallantly and after Oakes had shot against Jones’s back, the Rovers almost equalised, but Weir, from only a few yards out, was unable to beat Sagar, who was very thankful of the opportunity to save. Weir missed his way again when for once in a way, Jones misjudged the flight of a ball. A link up between Fielding, Dodds and Grant ended with the last-named centring in the hands of Marks.
Half-time-Everton 1, Blackburn Rovers nil. Eglington did not resume with his colleagues but he came out a few minute later and stood on the line watching Blackburn attack with great vigour. Graham headed outside and then Grant, having beaten his man moved in and great deliberation, shot from the far side of the goal –just a shade too far, however
Then the Rovers took a leaf out of Everton’s book, and scored a goal –a replica of Everton’s goal, in that it came from one winger right across the goal to the other. Saunders was having a tussle with Langton and was unfortunate in not being able to reach the ball. Langton swept his centre right across the goal towards the far post, where Oakes had stationed himself, and he had a comparatively easy task to hand the ball into the net. Blackburn played strongly, after this and Weir was nearly through but a better effort came from Eglington who with his left foot brought out a good save by Marks.
Fielding was brought down by Pryde and when Jones came up to take the free kick everyone anticipated one of his pile drive. But the Everton centre half this time made a slow forward lob, which was cleared by the Rovers defence. It was only a matter of minutes however, before Everton regained the lead. There was an element of luck about Grant’s goal, for the outside right was fortunate to come upon a ball which had cannoned against Marks, Dodds, having shot from extremely close range. This goal came on the hour, but did not stifle the Rovers by any means, and it seemed to me that they should have had a penalty when Langton as brought down. However at 70 minutes Everton scored their third goal. I know that Fielding can put plenty of sting behind his shots, but Marks shaped badly for this one, allowing it to hit his hands and pass into the net. Time 70 minutes.
Everton crowded on the pressure and they also might have had a penalty. One linesman was just on the point of raising his flag but dropped it. Marks pulled down a long header from Dodds and Dugdale had the audacity to go up among his forwards to the outside position. There was only one thing wrong with the idea and that was his final pass. Langton made one fine drive which was so close as it passed outside that Sagar automatically moved across in case of eventuality. Everton were now right on top, and at the 77th minute they took their score to 4-1. Farrell ran through and offered the ball to another, but it came back to him. This time he elected to shoot and jumped with joy when he saw the ball land in the back of the net. This was the Irishman’s first goal since joining Everton. It was also the first time that Everton have scored four goals this season. Final; Everton 4, Blackburn Rovers 1. Attendance 32,122
• Liverpool drew 3-3 at Preston, Jones, Liddell, Stubbins, and Mclaren, McIntosh (2)
SOUTH LIVERPOOL RES V EVERTON RES
December 20, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Rothwell and Dowker both went near for South. Hobson saved brilliantly from Green and Ireland. Half-time; South Liverpool Res 0, Everton “A” 0.
EVERTON F.C. HAD THE NEW LOOK
December 22, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Farrell Joins Illustrious Half-Back Scorers
By Ernest Edward (“Bee”)
Everton 4, Blackburn Rovers 1
Festivity for Everton followers. After a drab first half, in which Fielding took the lead, Blackburn could not cope with revived eleven, whose goals-feasting was quite the best thing they have done this season. Of the five goals the most popular was Farrell’s. This goal fits into the club’s history book. It can now be allied to one by Val Harris (for which he got a medal), one by Makepeace against Bradford City in a Cup-tie that led to finally a Crystal Palace. Farrell lept with joy, for, be it known, this young swarthy visage Irishman is intensely enthusiastic and has been the outstanding signing of his club. He has brought, in great strides, a fair for making inroads into the defence, his ball control of a high degree. As he started his run-up towards his triumph, I could seize the Doherty elixir in him. His close dribble was akin to those Doherty uses.
Taken For Granted
Everton’s improved attack was due to two causes. The reappearance of Dodds at centre lending great weight to an attack needing physical strength and the appearance of a little fellow named Grant. Dodds did many intricate things with the flashy ankle and back-heel tab. The football-starved spectator loves to see this boyish introduction and will forgive if the move does not come to fruition. The unorthodox player is very welcome in 1947. Grant showed commendable sense by winging well with good-paced centres and proving that a player can find the outside-right berth not so difficult as it is sometimes made out to be. Grant not only scored he provided an acceptable centre for Fielding’s head at a time when Blackburn were doing much damage. Fielding got another which Marks fingered without stopping and Farrell’s was the concluding them on the agenda. Sagar saved well but Oakes equaliser of the first half lead, and Everton’s enthusiasm in the second half revealed them as a reborn team.
Dugdale Goes Forward
Saunders had a grand first half and took the selfish Langton in hand, in the second spell Dugdale swept forward to make attacks and playing a good heading games as well as delivering the ball to his forwards he was the outstanding back. He goes forward in both senses of the word and is a Spencertan type of back –good to look on, safe in judgement and without a word of complaint. And like Flying Officer kite “I rather care for that.” The winger’s half-backs always made use of the ball a silent trio, speaking by means of finely-judged passes. Eglington was crocked, Wainwright unfortunate with his best shot and Sagar happy to find Blackburn unable to use three perfect openings. Blackburn’s neat manoeuvring led them into goal and the true open-goal chance was purged by a club which took Murphy from Middlesbrough overnight in an attempt to redeem their reigning fault. Murphy started well but was later tripped by a well set defence. Oakes was best, Graham next in an eleven with possibility. If they get a psychologist to amend their minds regarding the simple chances. There seemed a Christmas peace about a part of Everton’s accommodation and good will on the field, too. It makes a pleasant change. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Jones and Watson (captain), half-backs; Grant, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Blackburn Rovers; Marks, goal; Cook and Tomlinson, backs; Baldwin, Pryde, and Miller, half-backs; Oaks, Graham, Weir, Murphy, and Langton, forwards. Referee; Mr. E.W. Baker, Manchester.
December 22, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
The success of versatile Jackie Grant at outside right against Blackburn looks to have solved Everton’s rather pressing problem in that position. Personally I have always had as much faith in Grant as have the Everton officials themselves. There were other pleasing features of this win, which is summarised by colleague Radar as follows. “In recording this third successive home victory the Blues, who had not been wholly impressive in the first half, although taking the lead, treated the 32,122 spectators (smallest Goodison gate of the season) to a scintillating display of intricate yet progressive football, so much so in fact that they ran the previously compact Rovers defence off its feet and had they reached double figures no one would have been surprised. Although this was an Everton victory based on solid teamwork, special mention must he made of Dugdale, Farrell, Fielding, Dodds, and Grant. “Perhaps the most pleasing feature was the way grant fitted into the scheme of things in his first outing with the seniors this season for he revealed speed, the ability to beat his man both ways, accuracy in crossing opportunism. Grant made tie the centre for Fielding’s opening goal and himself got the second Dugdale improves with every game, and his remarkable speed in recovery is one of his greatest assets Farrell of the limitless energy outshone even the methodical Jones and the precise Watson, and capped his display with the first-ever goal for the club after Fielding had taken the third. It was grand to see Ted Sagar race out of his goal to join all the other Everton players in congratulating Farrell when he scored. Fielding was the mainspring of this fast-moving attack and his two goals make him. Everton’s leading scorer. The return of Dodds undoubtedly aided greater life and power to the line and he would with luck have been a scorer, while Wainwright foraged effectively. Saunders stuck manfully to the task of holding Langford, the Rovers best forward, while Sagar was his usual safe self. This was a grand performance when one considers that the Blues were handicapped by having Eglington a hobbling passengers for three-parts of the game.
December 22, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Even though there was a touch of fortune about two of Everton’s four goals against Blackburn and the Rovers gave as they got for an hour, the Blues were sound winners particularly remembering that their forward line was thrown out of gear for three parts of the game by Eglington’s injury. I liked the good showing of Grant at outside right. He got across some beautiful centres proved that his ball control has not suffered since last we saw him, notched one of the goals, and made another for Fielding. Apart from two fine shots in the first half and some characterised flicks, his harassing tactics in the closing stages. Dodds was not outstanding. Often he was slow and cumbersome, and several times was beaten through waiting for the ball to come to him. Fielding outcome Wainwright, who put more passes astray than I have seen him do for a long time, but once again in defence excelled with Dugdale playing another stylish game. Even if Tommy Jones did put our hearts in our months a couple of occasions his was a classic display. Up to the hour Blackburn looked quite a useful side. After that they cracked badly. Some of their first half approach work was both speedy and attractive, and had Weir not missed two sitters Everton might have been struggling instead of romping home by their biggest score of the season. Peter Farrell a goal was hit first since joining Everton in August last year, a fitting brown to another splendid display.
SHAMROCK ROVERS’ VISIT
December 23, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Dublin Club’s Merseyside Links
Everton followers have an unusual attraction next Saturday, when Shamrock Rovers, one of the leading League of Ireland (Eire) teams, will be at Goodison Park. The visitors, who include several international and Inter-League players in their side, will provide not only an opportunity for us to weigh up the strength of Irish football, but to see one or two players who have attacked English scouts. If Everton require it, they can have first refusal of any of the Rovers players they may have a fancy for, such is the Irish club’s appreciation of the way they were treated by Everton over the transfer of Dodds, Farrell, and Eglington. While the Shamrock team is not yet definite, it is expected to include a junior international in goalkeeper. Godwin and an inter-league full back in Clarke. Chelsea have been watching Clarke for some time, and have come to terms with the Rovers for his transfer, but so far the player himself has not made up his mind. Left full back Coyle, another inter-leaguers, is just back in harness after over a season’s absence through injury. Both the wing halves, Nash and Dunne and junior international and between them is Staines who has had inter-League honours. The probable extreme winger Glennon and Kirby have figured in Army representive games and centre forward Gregg reckoned among the best in Eire, has played in inter-League matches. In their time Shamrock have produced many players who have reached the pinnacle in English football. Most recent examples of course, am Everton’s Farrell and Eglington two of the bets to come out of the Dublin area for a long time. Also Alex Stevenson was on their books for a short while as a youngster and others who learned their early football with the club include. Carey (Manchester United), Cochrane and Twomey (Leeds United), and Kelly (Arsenal). Shamrock’s coach is Jimmy Dunne, the former Irish international centre forward, who used to be with Sheffield United and was among the first to bring a £10,000 fee when he was transferred to Arsenal about fifteen years ago. Dunne had a short stay with New Brighton before joining Sheffield United, but owing to financial stringency they let him go for about £500 soon after signing Broad from Everton. The Irish club has yet another Merseyside link in the person of Billy Lord, their masseur who will be remembered by old-stagers interested in athletic as a former member – before the First World War –of Sefton Harriers whose mile championship be won in 1912. Billy served through the first war as a sergeant-instructor in the King’s Liverpool regiment and won many Western Command athletic titles. Since returning to Ireland he has been in charge of most Irish international and inter-league side, and has also “handled” many visiting Continental Soccer team, as well as the English Soccer eleven that was in Dublin early, this season, and the French Rugby side. No doubt he is hoping to see some old friends during his visit here this week-end.
For their Christmas Day game against Sunderland at Roker Park, Everton have taken Catterick and Higgins in addition to the players whether Eglington will be fit.
EVERTON TEAM HOPES FOR ROKER
December 23, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton May not know until just before Thursday’s football League game with Sunderland at Roker Park whether Irish International Tommy Eglington will be fit to play. Eglington is at present undergoing special treatment at Tynemouth. Eglington strained a thigh muscle in the game with Blackburn Rovers on the Saturday but Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly is highly optimistic and says, “I hope Eglington will be fit.” The Everton party left Liverpool yesterday and, in addition to the eleven players who defeated the Rovers, Harry Catterick travelled. There must be a possibility should Eglington not be fit, that Billy Higgins the versatile forward, will deputise. Higgins has played a lot with the reserve at outside left Jackie Grant had something to celebrate when he banged home Everton’s second goal against Blackburn, for only a few hours before he had become the father of a son and heir. Everton (from); Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Tommy Jones, Watson; Grant, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington, Catterick, Higgins.
SAUNDERS AND JONES
December 27, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Outstanding at Roker
Sunderland 2, Everton 0
A strong wind was never really mastered by the Sunderland and Everton players at Roker Park on Christmas Day but it was not so much the wind as it was bad finishing that limited the scoring to two goals. On the run of the play the points went to the side which deserved them most. The opening half goal by Reynolds was more of a low centre than a shot but the wind turned the ball, and Sagar, having to suddenly change his direction, could only help it into the net. The second near the end was perfectly worked by Dunns, and placed by Turnbull where Sagar could not reach it. Everton’s attack was rather one-sided, and would hardly have been in the picture at all but for Wainwright and Dodds. Outstanding in Everton’s defence was Saunders and Jones, the latter for his positional play and judgement of the flight of the ball, and Saunders for his anticipation quickness into the tackle and the use he made of the ball. Sagar handled reliably, but Mapson was as equal in this respect. The attendance was 40,925.
EVERTON HAD THRUST AND NIPPINESS
December 27, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 3, Sunderland 0
Everton came out of their holiday games with Sunderland with a slight advantage for having lost 2-0 at Roker Park, they scored a 3-0 victory at Goodison Park. They were well worth their win, for Sunderland after showing some capital football, lost their rhythm and became scratchy. Everton had a nippiness and a thrust which often had the Sunderland defence in two minds, and when Sunderland were debited with a goal in eight minute they did not will but played some top-class football without punch near goal. Through their expense winger the made inroads into the Everton defence, but Jones and his merry men were never perturbed or upset even when Sunderland looked like breaking through. It was a peach of a goal which set Everton on a winning trail, for Farrell’s pass to Wainwright was “copybook” just ahead of Wainwright who moved forward and shot accurately to the far side of the net. Although there were plenty of bonny movements, there was a lack of goal incidents; this was, of course, due to defensive supremacy, but gradually and surely Everton wore down the opposition and a Grant goal just on the interval –Grant was lucky to get a second bite at the apple –just about finished Sunderland.
The completely lost their cohension and became a team of threads and patches whereas Everton went from strength to strength and Grant took a third goal at 51 minutes, Dodds harassed the Sunderland defence, and was piled with all manner of passes, and had half of them been turned to account Sunderland would have been more heavily beaten. In the last few minutes the Roker men got together again, and Wright after an entrancing dribble during which he beat three men, ruined the move by shooting straight at Sagar. Higgins was tried at outside left-Eglington being injured –and had a reasonably good match; in fact I thought Everton played sound football without touching the heights. They were much too good for Sunderland, who opened with a flourish and then failed, but a strong wind did not help matters, but in the main the football was attractive, and the winners worthy of their point. The attendance was 47,828. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Jones and Watson (captain), half-backs; Grant, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, and Higgins, forwards. Sunderland; Mapson, goal; Stelling and Gudgell, backs; McLain, Hall, Wright, half-backs; Duns, Davies, Turnbull, Watson, and Reynolds, forwards. Referee; Mr. A.E. Ellis (Halifax).
• Liverpool lost 3-1 to Arsenal, Priday, and Roper, Rooke (2)
• Everton Reserves beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Goodison
EVERTON V SHAMROCK ROVERS
December 27, 1947. The Evening Express
Everton were represented by the team which won so handsomely over Sunderland for the friendly game against the Eire team, Shamrock Rovers, at Goodison Park today. The Irishman who had flown from Dublin, also fielded a strong side. Considerable interest centred in the appearance of the Rovers right full back, Clark, who had been watched by several English League clubs, and who, it is understood, may eventually join Chelsea. As a special gesture for the occasion, Gordon Watson handled over the captaincy to Peter Farrell, who, with Tommy Eglington, joined Everton from Shamrock Rovers last season. A bitterly cold wind restricted the attendance, which was barely 15,000 at the start. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell (captain), Jones and Watson, half-backs; Grant, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Higgins, forwards. Shamrock Rovers; Godwin, goal; Clark and Glennon, backs; Nash, Rodgers, and Dunne, half-backs; Kirby, Dracey, Gregg, Coad, and O’Bryne, forwards. Referee; Mr. W.H.E Evans, of Liverpool. The first thrill came when Wainwright bored through in characteristic style, but fell as he was tackled just inside the area. Even as it was Rodgers was glad to concede a corner from which Farrell gained possession and tested Godwin high up with a nicely-placed drive. When the Rovers went away a slip by Watson let Kirby who cut in to the middle, and managed to get in his shot although tackled by Dugdale but it was deflected behind for an unproductive corner. Twice the goalkeeper Godwin had to receive attention –he apparently had some dirt in his eye – and he was none too sure in his handling of a Wainwright snap drive from Grant’s corner.
DODDS GETS FOUR GOALS IN 7 HAND
December 27, 1947. The Evening Express
Great Foraging Beats Shamrock Rovers
Jock Dodds gave a brilliant display in the friendly game against Shamrock Rovers at Goodison Park today, scoring four goals and thriving on the provision made for him by his inside forwards. Grant and Fielding added two further goals to complete the rout of the Irishmen who collapsed completely in the closing stages. The Irishman, who had flown from Dublin also fielded a strong side. Considerable interest centred in the appearance of the Rovers right full back, Clark, who had been watched by several English League clubs, and who, it is understood, may eventually join Chelsea. As a special gesture for the occasion, Gordon Watson handled over the captaincy to Peter Farrell, who, with Tommy Eglington, joined Everton from Shamrock Rovers last season. A bitterly cold wind restricted the attendance, which was barely 15,000 at the start. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell (captain), Jones and Watson, half-backs; Grant, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Higgins, forwards. Shamrock Rovers; Godwin, goal; Clark and Glennon, backs; Nash, Rodgers, and Dunne, half-backs; Kirby, Dracey, Gregg, Coad, and O’Bryne, forwards. Referee; Mr. W.H.E Evans, of Liverpool. The first thrill came when Wainwright bored through in characteristic style, but fell as he was tackled just inside the area. Even as it was Rodgers was glad to concede a corner from which Farrell gained possession and tested Godwin high up with a nicely-placed drive. When the Rovers went away a slip by Watson let Kirby who cut in to the middle, and managed to get in his shot although tackled by Dugdale but it was deflected behind for an unproductive corner. Twice the goalkeeper Godwin had to receive attention –he apparently had some dirt in his eye – and he was none too sure in his handling of a Wainwright snap drive from Grant’s corner. Although the Irishmen were revealing neat, progressive, ideas, Everton were undoubtedly the more dangerous force. Higgins ran on to a choice Fielding through-pass and shaved the angle of the woodwork with a storming left-foot drive. Although the Shamrock defence was standing up manfully to its task, Everton should have taken the lead when Farrell and Wainwright paired off cleverly. Wainwright swept the ball across the face of the goal and Higgins ran into left the ball yards over the top from almost underneath the bar. Rovers’ best effort so far came when Kirby cleverly outwitted Watson, and crossed accurately for Gregg to head narrowly wide. Everton were inclined to be too close in their approach work and their finishing was not all that one could wish for.
Dodds Raises a Thrill
Dodds gave the crowd, which had now increased to over 20,000 a thrill when he eluded Rodgers for the first time, and went on to level a right foot drive which Godwiin was just able to beat round the post. Everton lost the services of Fielding who went off with a leg injury, and Rovers almost went ahead when Dugdale headed Gregg’s shot off the line with Sagar out of goal. Everton went ahead one minute before the interval when Higgins caught the Rovers’ defence napping and centred perfectly for Dodds to drive into the roof of the net from 12 yards, Godwin having no semblance of a chance.
Half-time; Everton 1, Shamrock Rovers 0
Fielding resumed limping and took over the left-wing position with Higgins on the inside. The Rovers continued to show bright ideas and kept the Everton defence at full stretch without unduly worrying Sagar. At the other end Dodds just failed to connect with a Grant free kick. After Gregg had driven into the side netting, Everton went away. Fielding, transferring to Wainwright who slipped the ball through for Dodds to let go from 20 yards. Dodds’ terrific drive almost broke the bar, Dodds collected the rebound and again shot only to see Godwin tip the ball over the top. Rovers neat midfield work brought them to tangible reward, whereas Godwin was being given plenty to do. He turned another Dodds pile-driver round the post and then positioned himself to deal with Wainwright’s exacting header from Grant’s corner. Everton now had Wainwright operating on the extreme right flank, with Grant at inside right. Everton had assumed command again and Grant offered Dodds just the kind of through pass-he likes but this time Dodds’ shot slewed yards from the far post.
Everton kept up the pressure, however, and drew further ahead when Wainwright moved inside and passed diagonally for Grant to move forward and best Godwin all the way with a perfectly placed rising drive. Time 63 minutes. It was almost all Everton now with the Shamrock defence floundering and Everton went further ahead in the 74th minute when Higgins gained possession just inside the Rovers half and tried to “find” Dodds. Rodgers, the Rovers centre half, handled a few yards outside the area and Dodds drove through a ruck of Rovers’ players into the far corner of the net, low down as Godwin flung himself sideways unavailingly. Everton would not be denied, and Dodds got his third goal in 80 minutes, seizing on Watson’s pass from Sagar’s goal kick to steer the ball well wide of Godwin. Two minutes later Dodds added another goal to complete the nap hand. Even the injured Fielding joined the goal scorers in the 85th minute when Dodds bore out to the right and squared for Fielding to hobble in and hook the ball past Godwin. Fielding added a seventh two minutes from the end after Dodds had beaten three men. Final; Everton 7, Shamrock Rovers 0
ASTON VILLA RES V EVERTON RES
December 27, 1947. The Evening Express
The Villa resumed on the offensive and two Everton breakaways were ended on the half-way line by offside. Then an unexpected penalty gave Everton the lead after 65 minutes through Boyes. Boys scored from a penalty for Everton; Aston Villa Res 0, Everton Res 1.
DODDS HAS GREAT DAY
December 27, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Scores Four For Everton
Everton 7, Shamrock 0
Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell (captain), Jones and Watson, half-backs; Grant, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Higgins, forwards. Shamrock Rovers; Godwin, goal; Clark and Glennon, backs; Nash, Rodgers, and Dunne, half-backs; Kirby, Dracey, Gregg, Coad, and O’Bryne, forwards. Referee; Mr. W.H.E Evans, of Liverpool. Everton decided to put out their best team against the Irish club, Shamrock Rovers at Goodison Park today, and for the occasion, Peter Farrell took over the role of captaincy. The Rovers who looked attractive in their hooped shorts and stockings, were given a heartily welcome by a crowd, I should say, of at least 25,000. The Everton team was the same as that which played so well yesterday when beating Sunderland. There were soon incidents centred around the respective goalmouth to please the people, for in the very first moment Wainwright looked like brushing his way through, but all he got for his efforts was a corner kick.
Then Farrell followed with a shot in an effort to beat his old comrades but Godwin was well able to handle it and clear. Then the Rovers made the play for a moment or two, and Kirby won a corner and Sagar made a beautiful catch from the game player’s flag kick. There was plenty of enthusiasm , some spells of nice passing Wainwright put Dodds through, and the big follow moved forward to make his shot, but was challenged at the last second by the goalkeeper and another corner was reward, Godwin had just previously suffered a head injury when he and Higgins came into collision. So far the best shot of the match goes to the credit of Higgins. When closed on a moving ball, and his shot travelled at express speed six inches over the crossbar, I doubt whether Godwin could have saved that one had it been a shade lower. The Shamrock winger’s were quick off the mark but they found the Everton defence a bar to success. Grant put a centre into the goalkeeper’s hands when a ball into the middle, where Dodds was stationed might have been of more value. As it was it was a gift to Godwin.
Fielding had bad luck to see one of his “specials” slap up against a Rovers defender, and when Wainwright picked up the rebound he tried to slip the ball through to Dodds, but it was a hopeless proposition for the centre-forward was well and truly covered by Shamrock men. There were some pretty movements and they were not all confined to Everton. Some of the Rovers play was quite crafty, but there was more danger of a goal coming from Everton. Everton should have taken the lead after a strong run by Wainwright who centred right across to Higgins who shocked the crowd by scooping the ball over the bar. A goal was needed to set this game alight for in other respect the football was quite good. Shamrock Rovers were full of ideas, and for a spell they had Everton pretty well fastened down in their own penalty area, and Gregg narrowly headed over. Then Kirby made a flashing run, and ended with a shot which Sagar turned round his upright. There was an inclination on the part of the visitors to want to walk the ball into the net, and this was most noticeable when O’Byrne was through and then shot tamely for Sagar to save.
Roar o Expectancy
There was a roar of expectancy when Dodds ploughed his way through, took the ball well inside the penalty area, and then aimed for the far side of the goal, but Godwin brought off a spectacular one-handed save which brought him a cheer. At this stage Fielding left the field with an injury. A smart bit of combination ended when Gregg shot out a leg to turn O’Bryne’s pass straight to Sagar. Near the interval Shamrock should have taken the lead after a punch away by Sagar. Coad picked up the clearance and slimmed it back towards the goal, but Dugdale had fallen back on the line, and he headed the ball out. Just on the interval Watson hooked over a perfect pass to Higgins who planted the ball right at the Everton centre-forward and Dodds with the greatest nonchalance, slammed the ball into his old team’s net.
Half-time; Everton ,1 Shamrock Rovers nil
Dodds Has a Go
The Irish team were soon off the mark in the second half, and Sagar had to make a quick save; if Gracey had been able to find a better line with his shot it is probable that he would have found the net, for his drive was full of power but lacked the necessary direction. Nevertheless it was a worthy effort. Gregg also went close, but the nearest approach to a second goal came when Dodds gathered a ball from the right and with great deliberation shot hard only to find the ball rattle up against the crossbar. It rebounded into play and Dodds had another go, but this time his effort was saved at the expense of a corner. Shamrock were putting up a bonny fight. One thing in particularly they had to commend them –they kept the ball on the turf. In this way they often carved a way through to close quarters, only to fail at the most vital factor in football –the shot. At this point Everton were crowding on tremendous pressure, and Dodds, brushing everyone aside appeared to be a certain scorer even through Godwin came rushing out to cut down Dodds’ angle. Dodds shot with great power, but was off the mark. A goal, however, was not long delayed, for at the sixty-third minute, Grant picked up a ball and closing in, unleashed a shot which sped like an arrow into the Irish goal. Although Fielding resumed at outside left he was greatly handicapped by a bad limp. Wainwright was also injured and he took over the outside-right position.
All Everton Now
Dodds, with the memory of his mischance was eager to make amends and he gave Godwin a warm handful. It was so warm that he was glad to get away with a corner. It was all Everton now, for the Rovers seemed to have shot their bolt, and Godwin was kept on his toe. Grant gave him a fast header to deal with, and he showed a safe pair of hands when catching the swiftly moving ball. Farrell “placed” Grant, but the little fellow found Rogers just one too much for him. The Rovers goal had a narrow escape when Wainwright got the ball into the middle and it was not perfectly cleared. Higgins was dead on the mark, but Glennon saved his goalkeeper by kicking off the line.
A free kick for hands against Shamrock was safely pitched into the net by Dodds, who found a gap in the wall the Rovers had built up against him. This was at 74 minutes. Shamrock Rovers were now no match for Everton and the Blues scored goals with a regularity which almost became monotonous. Dodds took further goals at 80 and 82 minutes, and then Fielding, although injured, cracked home goal number six. But even then the boys pen appetite was no satisfied. They called for a seventh, and Dodds did get the ball in the net again but was offside. It was now a rout. But it must go down to the credit of the Rovers that they never gave up trying. Dodds was in one of his brightest moods, and, after dribbling along the goal-line he slipped the ball nicely over to Fielding, who had the simple task of tapping the ball over the line for the seventh goal. This was at 86 minutes. Final; Everton 7, Shamrock Rovers 0.
FOUR-LEAVED SHAMROCK FOR EVERTON CENTRE FORWARD
December 29, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 7, Shamrock Rovers 0
Jock Dodds was not kind to former colleagues from Ireland. He rattled in four goals against Shamrock Rovers at Goodison Park and made both of Fielding’s two, so Shamrock will have no pleasant memories of the occasion. Everton were a long time wearing down the opposition, who did not deserve such a thrashing. For an hour Rovers played some lovely football, all along the ground but they were shot shy. They wanted to walk the ball into the net. English defenders do not allow such things. The Everton defence, solved this problem because the Irishmen persisted in trying to stroll through with the ball. After 60 minutes Everton, although handicapped by injuries to Fielding and Wainwright turned on the heat, and there was no answer to it. In my opinion there was more football artistry in this game than in the Sunderland match on Boxing Day. Dodds was deadly in the last half hour. He could and did crack em in from all positions to take four of the seven. Grant got his usual. He is proving a dangerous winger, for he is such a determined little fellow. Fielding’s goals were presentations from Dodds, the scorer’s task being merely to tap the ball over the line. For record purposes here is the time table of the goals; Dodds 44 minutes; grant 63 minutes; Dodds 74 minutes; Dodds 80 minutes; Dodds 82 minutes; Fielding 84 minutes; and Fielding 86 minutes. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell (captain), Jones and Watson, half-backs; Grant, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Higgins, forwards. Shamrock Rovers; Godwin, goal; Clark and Glennon, backs; Nash, Rodgers, and Dunne, half-backs; Kirby, Dracey, Gregg, Coad, and O’Bryne, forwards. Referee; Mr. W.H.E Evans, of Liverpool.
• Liverpool beat Arsenal 2-1. Stubbins, Liddell, and Lewis for Arsenal.
December 29, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Let me salve the wounds of Irish folk who were not at Goodison by saying that Everton’s 7-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers was another rank injustice to Ireland. Rovers were infinitely better than everybody would imagine on reading the final score. For an hour there was very little in it. Serving up entertaining on-the-ground football the visitors might have been in front at this stage instead of one down, if their finishing had been only half as good as their approach work. Then Everton took the bit between their teeth, found the ball running beautifully for them every time, and ran riot to the tune of six goals in the last 30 minutes. Dodds hitting some great shots, got four and made two gifts for Fielding, with Grant sandwiching one between.
December 31, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
For their visit to Blackpool on Saturday Everton will field the same side which did duty in the three holiday games –viz- Sagars; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Jones, Watson; Grant, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, Higgins.