EVERTON 2 LIVERPOOOL 1 (Game 3120 over-all)-(Div 1 3078)
February 1, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Defences on Top.
Lively Exchanges in Derby Game.
If the latest Derby meeting between Everton and Liverpool will not go down to posterity as a football classic, it will not be readily forgotten, for it was a battle that was not won until the final whistle had sounded. For ninety minutes both sides fought tooth and nail. Every inch of ground was strongly contested, no player yielding to another without offering stout opposition, so you will see that it was a hard game, clean to a degree, and a fitting result. Not since the season of 1927 have Liverpool beaten their rivals in a League encounter but the Anfielders have still that cup victory to fall back on when the argument as to the merits of the side crop up at a future date. I know they were satisfied with the result. Few teams have held Everton at Goodison Park to a one goal margin, so on that score alone they have something to talk about. Goodison Park has been the graveyard of many teams this term. Goal-scoring feats have been performed there, but Liverpool's defence stopped the goal riot and made Everton play desperately hard to bring on the victory, and incidentally, avenge their Cup defeat, and also supplied them with another double. Sunderland being the other club to supply them with a “double” feat. Without trying to minimize Liverpool's performances it must be said in fairness to Everton that they won the day without such stalwarts at Cresswell and Gee, while the left winger was a new one Rigby, coming into the side after a long absence. Liverpool can reply that they were without the help of James Jackson, but as all the deputies did well little more need to said of these changes.
Battle of Styles.
It was a battle of style, and if Everton was the more polished Liverpool's was just as effective. Everton worked their way to goal by close combination, and while this was, perhaps, more pleasing to the eye. Liverpool's replies, made through the long pass out to the wings and then a speedmiddle or a quick shot, were just as dangerous to Sagar and his colleagues as Everton's were Scott, and his backs. But taken all through the defences were on top, and the honours of the match must go to this section of the teams. Everton started as if they would repeat their cup-tie sensation of getting a goal inside a minute and Dean was a shade unlucky in finding two strong drives returned to play because of the ball rattling up against a Liverpool man's body. This was followed almost immediately by a raking shot from Barton, Sagar4 pulling the ball down from underneath his crossbar. Barton went one better in his best effort, for Sagar was beaten and was thankful to find the ball bump against his crossbar. This undoubtedly cressed an opening for the making of a Liverpool goal for Gunson had but to get his head to the ball as it dropped from the crossbar and nod a goal. Gunson, however, headed back across the goal and Thomson was able to head away. Incidents of this character were numerous Dean opened the way for Rigby when he made a solo dribble on the left wing, and then scooped the ball back, but Rigby was unable to find a true line, and it was left to Barton to provide the next thrill. Barton's shooting all through had been fine. He got enormous power behind his shots, and Sagar must have been pleased to see one of them travel an inch or two outside his upright. It was anyone's game, yet the opening goal came as a surprise for Gunson's centre did not suggest a lot of trouble until Barton closed in and headed on to Hodgson, who in turn made Sagar leap to the ball to keep it out. Sagar actually got possession, but Wright hustled him out of possession, but Wright hustled out of possession, and then tapped the ball into the net. –This 29 minutes.
Everton were shaken, but they plucked up courage and made a might onslaught on the Liverpool goal, but it was the over-eagerness of their forwards which ruined their prospect of an equlaiser. Dean actually kicked round a ball with an opening before him, but worse than that was when a pass from the rear beat Bradshaw, and struck Dean, who was right through. Here was a goal. Never was there such a chance, but Dean “lost” the ball and on sighting it again was too late, the Liverpool defence having massed itself against Dean. It was this self-same Dean, however, who made the equaliser possible. It was an unselfish gesture on his part, that White was given an open goal to shoot at. Dean was over on his left, harassed, no doubt, but headed over to the right, the ball dropping dead at white's feet. White took steady aim and slammed the ball a shade to the right of Scott, who, however, got a hand to the ball and partially saved, but the power of the shot was too great, the ball bouncing to the ground, and then spinning over the line, with Scott scrambling on all fours in his vein effort to prevent it crossing the line. It was a magnificent effort by Scott. So the first half finished all square. Still the battle raged, but, whereas Liverpool's forwards who had shown amazing pace in the first half, now became slow, and Scott was lucky when Critchley hit his body with a big drive; but at the hour a foul by McPherson led to Everton's victory goal. For the second time Scott's body prevented a goal but he was not so fortunate on this occasion, the ball coming out to Critchley, who promptly sent it flying into the net. Liverpool were not done with, and but for some fine saves by Sagar they might have recaptured the lead, and a miss by McPherson was greeted with groans. Wright was never comfortable at centre forward, and twenty minutes from the end changed places with Hodgson. but even that change did not bring the desired result, but Done's free kick –a Speciality of this –was only saved because Sagar brought his body to his aid. His hands alone could not have held, the ball, for it was travelling like lighting, but Sagar hugged it to his body and brought to mind the days of Sam Hardy, who made these sort of saves daily.
Williams in Fine Form.
Williams was the best back on the field, but he was not far ahead of Bocking, who did well in a quiet sort of way, and Steel goes on from one success to another. Done was steady and strong, although up against Everton's brightest wing. Critchley and White formed their best wing, but it is a long tome since Critchley had been so subdued. Dean was in the hands of Bradshaw (a third back) throughout the whole piece, yet made some fine openings for his partners, who, however, were like those of Liverpool, never a brilliant line. Barton was undoubtedly Liverpool's shinning light in attack. He used his speed to effect, centred well, on the run or otherwise, and his shooting was brilliant. Barton should be kept on the wing. It is his best position. Hodgson worked hard, but Wright could not make head nor tail of McClure, and was glad to change over with Hodgson. Gunson was second best in the line, always a dangerous man when skirting the touch-line. I like Liverpool's half-back line. Morrison is in his best form, and if Bradshaw was not of much help to his attack (he was mainly a defensive half) he stopped Dean's progress, and McDougall, who never plays a had game, kept a sharp watch on White and Critchley. The goalkeeping all round was excellent. The more I see of Sagar the more I like him. He remainds me of Elisha Scott in the latter's greatest days. He fields the ball in the same way and has the same cat like agility of the Irishman Scott, with all his years behind him, can have few superiors. Teams; - Everton; Sagar, goal; Williams and Bocking, backs; Clark, McClure and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson and Rigby, forwards. Liverpool; - Scott, goal; Steel and Done, backs; Morrison, Bradshaw (captain), and McDougall, half-backs; Barton, Hodgson, Wright, McPherson, and Gunson, forwards. Referee Mr. G. E. Lines, Birmingham.
LIVERPOOL RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 0
February 1, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 27)
Liverpool Win Junior Derby.
Everton beaten by two Goals.
Liverpool produced their best-balanced display of the season against Everton in the Central league match, at Anfield. The margin of 2-0 would have been greater but for the splendid work of Coggins and the dour defence of Common. If the Everton attack was not wholly convincing, the defence at least deserved credit for the valiant efforts. The home success was, in the main, due to the brilliant work of the half-backs. Savage, Roe, and Henderson. Lucas defended admirably and revealed all his sturdy defending qualities. Liverpool did most of the first half attacking, and Coggins cleared shots from all angles. Riley too, had to contend with some difficult shots. Five minutes after the interval Quinn opened Liverpool's score from an Edmed centre. Everton then showed something like their true form in the fight for the qualiser, but Liverpool's defence remained solid. Common kicked away off the goal line to prevent a certain goal, and ten minutes from the end Hancock scored Liverpool's second goal. The concluding incidents was Coggin's great clearances from Roberts, who with Quinn had form the best wing on the field. Everton in contrast were variable and did plenty of smart work without being able to show for it. Teams;- Liverpool Res; - Riley, goal; Lucas and Charlton, backs; Savage, Roe and Henderson, half-backs; Edmed, Hancock, Smith, Roberts, and Quinn, forwards. Everton Res; Coggins, goal; Common and Parker, backs; Britton, McPherson, and Archer, half-backs; Stein, Cunliffe, Reed, Dunn and Leyfield, forwards.
EVERTON'S “NEVER-SAY-DIE” DEFENCE.
February 1, 1932. Evening Express
Hero's of a Testing “Derby” Battle.
By the Pilot.
Everton owed their 2-1 victory over Liverpool, which avenged the cup defeat at Goodison and gave them, their second League double of the season, to a wonderful defence that never said die. There is no disputing the fact that Sagar, Williams, and Bocking were the chief stumbling blacks to the nipper, snappier and more direct Liverpoolians. I certainly think that in Sagar wee saw a potential England goalkeeper. At any rate, I have not seen a player possessing more skill than he this season, and I predict that he will be the natural successor to Hibbs. On Saturday we had the one and only Elisha Scott, the best ever, in one goal and in the other a man, I fearlessly predict, will become as famous as Scott. Everton's victory was a fortunate one in two respects. First, Liverpool did not deserve to lose, and secondly, the win enabled Everton to retain the League leadership.
One save from a McPherson header was the greatest thing of the game. It followed a corner kick and Sagar had come out to take Barton's kick. The ball swerved out towards McPherson, who promptly sent in a lighting header, Sagar had to turn back to reach the ball and it was at the last moment that he sent it round the post with one hand. This was a wonder save. In front of Sagar was another hero in Williams. Williams obviously played with a weak left leg, but he has never played better in his life. His tackling was brilliant, and he was a master of positional play and artistic kicking. Bocking made him a worthy partner and the trio constituted a bulwark that Liverpool, try as they would, could not break down. In my opinion, if Liverpool had shot with the same precision and exactness that they engineered their approaches the Blues would have won. This is the chief fault, I have to find with the Anfield men. Barton was the one forward who would take a chance, and some of his flashing drives might easily have beaten a less able goalkeeper. I think Liverpool made a mistake when they changed their forward formation after the interval, for when Wright was removed from the leadership the line did not appear half so menacing.
The power of the Reds was in their intermediary division, and I strongly doubt weather there is a better more purposeful, of more scientific trio playing in one club this season. They mastered Everton's attack, and provided many a cute-opening. The successes of the Liverpool team were Steel, Morrison, Bradshaw, McDougall, Barton and Wright, and in addition to the defence Everton were well ved by Thomson, in the first half, McClure after the interval, Clark and Rigby, who returned to carry off the forward honours. A satisfying game for the football students, but in my opinion a draw would better have represented the run of play.
CHAMPIONS AND LEAGUE LEADERS.
February 3, 1932. Evening Express.
Goodison Park, Tit-Bit for Saturday.
By the Pilot.
Everton, the league leaders v. Arsenal, the champions. This is the tit-bit at Goodison Park on Saturday. Apart from the fact that the teams are in the forefront of the race for the championship Mr. Herbert Chapman's great discovery. Parkin is almost certain to be on view. Parkin, who took Lambert's place at centre forward against Manchester City last week, scored three of his side's four goals. Arsenal's form is such that Everton will have to be at their best won win. Everton will be encouraged by the fact that they will once again be at full strength. Cresswell, who was suffering from influenza last week-end is now well again, and will resume at left back in place of Bocking and Charlie Gee, who had to miss his first match last Saturday on account of an ankle injury, has fully recovered and will replace McClure at centre-half. The Everton directors were obviously pleased with the return of Rigby to outside left, and have decided to persevere with him in the position. Consequently, the team will show but two changes as compared with the eleven, which defeated Liverpool. When the teams met at Highbury earlier in the season the Gunners won by the odd goal in five, but only after a desperate fight. Mr. Herbert Chapman's team of stars has won more points away from home than Everton, and it is curious that their away points total is only two less than the home aggregate. The 235 bookable seats for the game were sold many days ago, but there will be more than 10,000 stands seats available for those who pay at the turnstiles. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Rigby.
YOUNG HAT-TRICK ARTIST AT GOODISON.
February 4, 1932. Evening Express.
Parkin to Lead Arsenal Attack.
Parkin, the young forward who scored a hat-trick against Manchester City last week will lead the Gunners' attack at Goodison Park on Saturday. January has been a lucky mouth for Parkin. He was signed by Arsenal at 17 years of age from Esh winning Juniors in January, 1928 played in Arsenal's league team first in January, 1929, scoring at Sunderland and getting four more goals that season, and in January this year he reappeared converted again to forward from reserve half-back. The Arsenal side will be unchanged from the one that beat Manchester City 4-0. Roberts and Jack who have been under treatment for injuries have now been pronounced fit. Robert's strained a thigh muscle last Saturday and Jack turned out for the Manchester City match with a swollen foot, which he sustained in the Cup-tie against. Plymouth Argyle the previous week. Arsenal supporters, many of whom intend to travel to Goodison Park on Saturday are confident that Parkin will shape well against the Everton defence, and that their team will succeed in lowering Everton's colours and possibly deprive the Blues of their League leadership. The Arsenal team will travel by train to Liverpool on Friday afternoon. Arsenal; Moss; Parker, Hapgood; Jones, Roberts, John; Hulme, Jack, Parkin, James, Bastin.
Newton gets Lead in Goals Race.
Dean and Bourton Joined by hall in Second Place.
By the Pilot.
There is a new leader in the goal rush. He is Frank Newton, the Fulham centre forward, who has headed Dixie Dean (Everton), Bourton (Coventry City), and Hall (Lincoln City) by one goal. Newton, who is the former Stockport County player, was secured by Fulham from Aston National, and has been a most consistent performer, for the Southern Section leaders. He has scored a hat trick on three occasions, and his figures for the 18 matches in which he has scored are; - 2,3,2,1,1,1,1,2,1,1, 2,1,2,1,3,2,3,2-31. A feature of the Northern Section scoring is that Jennings of Chester, thanks to his five goals against Walsall, move up into second place with 17 goals. Here are the leading scorers in the four divisions of the League.
Dean (Everton) 30 Esson (Portsmouth) 17
Waring (Aston Villa) 22 Watson (West Ham) 17
Dunne (Sheffield United) 21 Bowers (Derby) 16
Bradford (Birmingham) 19 Thompson (Blackburn) 16
Mangnall (Huddersfield) 19 Johnson (Everton) 15
Halliday (Manchester City) 19 Hampson (Blackpool) 15
White (Everton) 18 Camsell (Middlesbrough) 15
Jack (Arsenal) 18 Rimmer (Sheff Wednesday) 15
Houghton (Aston Villa) 18 Hodgson (Liverpool) 14
Hone (Leicester City) 18 Ball (Sheff Wednesday) 14
Richardson (West Brom) 18
Pearce (Swansea) 27 Smith (Millwall) 16
Keetley (Notts County) 26 Bowlers (Pymouth) 16
Hartill (Wolves) 20 Bottill (Wolves) 15
Keetley (Leeds) 19 Lindsay (Bury) 14
Hallows (Bradford City) 18 Spence (Man United) 14
Dickinson (Notts Forest) 18 Arnold (Southampton) 14
Hunt (Tottenham) 18 Phillips (Wolves) 14
Wallbanks (Barnsley) 16
Division 3 (Northern Section)
Hall (Lincoln) 30 Lumley (Hartlepools) 16
Jennings (Chester) 17 Hamford (Wrexham) 15
Millar (Barrow) 17 McNaughton (Gateshead) 15
Keetley (Lincoln) 17 McConnell (Carlise) 15 Williams (Crewe) 17 Swindells (Crewe) 14
Dixon (Tramnere) 16
Division 3 (Southern Section)
Newton (Fulham) 31 Simpson (Crystal Palace) 16
Bourton (Coventry) 30 Houghton (Exeter) 16
Lane (Brentford) 19 Goddard (Q.P.R) 16
Johnson (Mansfield) 19 Attwood (Brighton) 15
Hammond (Fulham) 18 Clarke (Crystal Palace) 15
James (Watford) 18 Shankley (Southend) 14
Morris (Swindon) 17
Mr. Tom McIntosh the secretary of the Everton Football Club is making excellent progress following his operation. He is now allowed out for short periods.
February 5, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
There is a prospect after all, of Ronald Dix, the young Bristol Rovers inside left, being signed on by Everton. It may be recall that Everton sought the transfer of Dix in December 1930, they secured an option on him and this was ratified by the Football league, who ruled that Dix could not be transferred to any club without Everton permission. I understand that Dix desired to remain at Bristol, though several clubs had taken an interest in him. Now negotiations for his transfer to Everton have been re-opened. Mr. Cuff, the chairman of the Everton club, stated yesterday that the Bristol Rovers club had communicated with Everton, stating their willingness to discuss the question of the transfer of Dix. “We are quite ready to talk things over added Mr. Cuff” but we shall not make a move until we know definitely whether Dix is now willing to leave Bristol. If we get the assurances that he will join Everton than I shall go to Bristol to negotiate for the transfer. Dix, who is twenty-years of age, is a schoolboy international, when Everton first approached Bristol Rovers they wanted both Dix and Britton. That were given an option on both players for £3,200 or £1,600 for either. Britton duty came to Walton, but when Everton went for Dix, the Rovers said “No” confident that Dix was worth £3,000 or £4,000.
EVERTON'S CRITCAL MOMENT.
February 5, 1932. Evening Express.
Why they must beat the Arsenal.
Goodison's first draw this Season?
By the Pilot.
Everton's League fortunes reach a critical point tomorrow. They must beat the Arsenal at Goodison Park. If they fail, their prospect of championship honours this season will suffer a serious setback. To my mind the Arsenal are Everton's strongest challengers although at the moment they are only sixth on the league chart being five points behind the leaders, with a match in hand. But Arsenal's started badly and have improved steadily. They are now the most consistent side in the First Division away from home and Everton, tomorrow will need every ounce of energy and confidence to held them. It must not be forgotten too, that the Arsenal already have defeated the men of Goodison 3-2 at Highbury. If the Londoners win tomorrow they will emulate Manchester City's performance of a double at the expense of Everton. I should not be surprised to see the game end in a draw –the first of the season at Goodison –but, if Everton return to their open style they may pull it off. Had the gunners visited Walton some weeks back I should seriously have doubled whether they with all their unorthodox methods, could have held the Blues, but Everton are not quite the same just now. The Arsenal are an attraction in themselves . Their football is different from that of any other side in the competition, their high-priced stars mould together in a peculiar formation. They exploit the three-back in the most exaggerated form, and the vital man in this is Herbert Roberts, the former Oswestry player. Then there is the elusive Alex James inspiring the attack; the magic Bastin with his aptitude for the quick interchange of positions move; the big striking Jack and the fleet footed Hulme. In the centre will be a young North-Eastern in Parkin, who scored three goals against Manchester City last week. Parkin's inclusion may be accepted, as something in the nature of an extended experiment, and it is well for Everton that they will have Charlie Gee back in the pivot position to oppose him. The Blues will be at full strength again, for Cresswell has received from his attack of influenza, and will come in for Bocking at left back, while Rigby is being given a further run at outside left.
A Point a Match.
In the last-eleven visits to Goodison Park, the Gunners have scored a point a match. Teams; - Everton; - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Rigby. Arsenal; Moss; Parker, Hapgood; Jones Roberts, John; Hulme, Jack, Parkin, James, Bastin.
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BATTLE OF GIANTS
February 6, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
By John Peel.
The great tussle of the day is likely to be seen at Goodison Park, where two of the finest teams in the country, in Everton and the Arsenal, contest the issue, and to decide which of the respective style adopted is the better. When the teams met earlier in the season at Highbury, the London side won by the odd goal of five, and since that time both sides have gained some splendid victories. Everton's spell of runaway successes at home being perhaps the more spectacular. Everton, however, seem to have lost the happy blend which brought about these victories, and at the moment their supremacy in the League is warmly challenged.
Everton Revival Needed.
On the other hand, the Arsenal have proceeded steadily, and their undoubted craft, and ability to drive home an advantage renders the combination a force of supreme worth. Can Everton recapture that form which shattered Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United, Leicester city, and others? That is the point uppermost in the minds of their followers as they approach the game today. Certainly it will need super-play of that character to bring about the downfall of the Arsenal, fortified as they are by such stalwarts as Jack, James, Hulme, Bastin, and Roberts. They know that they are still in the running for Cup and League, and in this battle of giants, they are likely to muster the whole of their artistic plans.
An Open Issue.
Everton realise, too, that an extra effort on the part is absolutely essential if they are to hold their places, and with this in view the players, no doubt will respond to the need for their best form. The issue is an open one, and I fully expect one of the best games of the season to mark the occasion. Fortunately, Everton are able to place their full strength in the field, while the Arsenal retain Parkin, who scored a “hat-trick” last Saturday, and with such artists as Jack and James on either side he should not lack opportunities. All eyes will be on James, the most elusive forward of the day and his mode of hoodwinking opponents will be followed closely. At their best Everton can win, but their lack of success has somewhat shaken confidence. Their followers hope that today there will be a real revival on their part. The kick off is at 3-15, and the teams are; - Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Rigby. Arsenal; Moss; Parker, Hapgood; Jones, Roberts, John; Hulme, Jack, Parkin, James, Bastin.
EVERTON 1 ARSENALL 3 (Game 3121 over-all)-(Div 1 3079)
February 8, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Blow to Everton.
Arsenal give fine Display
Everton colours were lowered for the second time on Saturday, and another double victim was obtained against the leaders of the League. Everton had Manchester City now came the Arsenal's double-edged sword, and the last victom is one that makes Everton's supporters fear the championship will evades them. It was the sort of victory that would stem the confidence from the Goodison players. Here they were beaten for pace, direction, discretion, and in the matter of Football's artistry. Arsenal were not a completely successful side in their victory of 3-1 because David Jack, although netting twice without a goal being aided, was not his true self, and the try-on-centre forward. Parkin, while quite useful was apparently not considered in the attacking scheme. He appeared to be presenting for the purpose of filling Lambert's place, but in a football sense he has little to do with this game, except that he kept his place, and once made a nice placed shot quite near.
Arsenal won by superior tactics by a marked defensive move in which there are their backs –Roberts the centre half-back, is often behind his backs. Add the sure touch of Moss in goal, rousing full-backs and you have Dean crowded out and headed out. The Arsenal were also much superior at half-back. Everton's trinity had the inferiority complex they feared the mastermind of Alex James and the speedy Hulme, and the hard-hitting Bastin. It seemed so before the game started. Hulme scored in one minute –outpaced everyone and clinched the goal lead. Thereafter there was one side ploughing along in a rigged manner with no special plan of campaign, and many in direct passes, a delaying of the pass a dailying with the ball, all of which was so foreign to the London side's methods ands precision. Arsenal at one time seemed as though they were being pressed back it was a momentary affair and showed Everton up in a brighter light, but this Everton never really looked to be possible of success on Saturday, and the 55,000 spectators had no delusion about the way the game was going. It was started late through a late kick-off and an order for the Arsenal goalkeeper to change his jersey from blue to green, but after the game had started there was no fear of fog interrupting the play.
Skill of James.
It was a delightful match to watch; Arsenal made many friends by their methods, and by the way James controlled the side. He worked extraordinary hard and was hardly ever in position –but his subtlety and craft gathered around him generally three men, and often more. So that when he succeeded Everton were bound to fall. There was this curiosity; that well as Arsenal played all round it was James, plus Hulme and Bastin, who made this victory possible, and this was no mean feat because Everton set themselves out to win this game and thus add to the glory of the victory over Liverpool. Arsenal had other notions, and their victory allows no debate –they were the better side, although they played without a centre-forward and with Jack not touching his best form Everton were strangely rattled and unsettled; they never got together and the number of passes that went astray was appalling;; Johnson was the only shot and Dean once again failed to use a golden chance so near the goal that he rubbed his head in astonishment to see if he was awake. Everton certainly made a brave fight, but their method was useless against a half-back line that carried the experience and sharpness of Jones and John with Roberts aiding the not altogether satisfactory defence line. No one drove in more pace to his shots than Bastin; whose best game it was this season. Hulme's speed was too much for Cresswell early on, and a goal at the first moment was a vital factor in sending Everton to their home doom. The second goal was scored by Bastin, and Everton replied with a goal from a corner made and completed by Johnson, who was always the danger man of the home attack. This served to set Everton rousing themselves to make a fight of it, and then came a streak of fortune when John scored a simple goal from a corner kick. He was far out, and half the defenders did not see the flight of the ball.
Point That Did Not Count.
That was the only bit of bad fortune for Everton; their good fortune came when Jack's goal did not count, and when Bastin hit the upright with the goalkeeper out of position. The Arsenal side shot so often that only slight misdirection prevented their score being a big one. They triumphed through skill; the losers lost through inability to show rational combination and through bad passing. Arsenal may go far in League and Cup on this form. A word more; James genius James, a mastermind; and in the losers sector, a word for Sagar, Williams, Cresswell and Johnson. The rest have not earned marks this week . Teams; - Everton; Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Rigby, forwards. Arsenal; - Moss, goal; Parker and Hapgood, backs; Jones, Roberts, and John, half-backs; Hulme, Jack Parkin, James and Bastin, forwards. Referee Mr. Westwood, Walsall.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 1
February 8, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 28)
Everton, at Oldham, were fortunate to take two points. Reed, after fifteen minute's scored, and magnificent defensive work enable Everton to retain the lead. They were always the more methodical side, and their forwards made better use of their opportunities.
Everton “A” 3 Prescot Cables 1
Liverpool Challenge Cup
At Stopgate Lane. Both sides showed up in some brisk football, the home side gaining a well-deserved victory. An outstanding feature was the clever goalkeeping of Holdcroft and Mercer Everton had good chances of gaining an early lead, but the shooting was feeble. Boult scored for Prescot near the interval. In the second half Fryer equalised. Everton increased their score through two goals by Davies.
EVERTON LOSE THEIR WAY ON ROAD TO TITLE.
February 8, 1932. Evening Express.
They need more snap; Brine Baths Cure.
By the Pilot.
Brine baths is the latest Everton order. The players were taken to Northwich today in the hope that the baths will reinvigorate them. The necessity for this invigoration was abundantly evident at times during the game with the Arsenal. Some of the Everton men showed evidence off staleness, and the entire team lacked that snap and virility that characterized their play earlier in the season. Let us hope that the brine bath treatment will have the desired effect. There is not the slightest quibble concerning Arsenal's entitlement to their 3-1 victory. They were worth it. Faster on the ball always, direct in method, demonstrating more advanced ideas in attack and never wasting a pass, the Arsenal held the upper hand for practically two-third of the game. Everton did not play badly. It was that the Gunners played so remarkably well. On this showing they are the team of the competition. The Blues' intermediates were powerless to stem the Arsenal tide, and I attribute Everton's defeat to this in a large measure. Gee was never happy, although his immediate opponents, Parkin, gave him the minimum of worry. Gee always appeared to be caught in two minds. Thomson was too slow both in action and in thought. He dwelt on the ball too long. Gone were his former snap and endeavour. Clark was the pick of the trio, but he shone only in an attacking sense, and often was late, with his intervention, both in cutting out passes and tackling. Alex James was the man, who really upset the Everton half-backs, and here we had the real football master –a man with the alert brain, the advanced ideas and the twinkling feet. He rarely did the same thing twice and yet had the faculty of spreading his plans to his colleagues and keeping then as sealed orders to his opponents. Bastin was another wonderful forward who appears to have taken on the role of chief marksman, and Hulme's speed on the right was a brilliant foil.
February 9 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
When Everton finished their November programme with a 9-2 victory over Leicester City they seemed well on the way to carrying off the League championship, but recent defeats have made their position doubtful. Since the end of November Everton have played ten League games with these results;-
West Ham (a) 2-4 Birmingham City (a) 0-4
Middlesbrough (h) 5-1 Sunderland (h) 4-2
Bolton Wanderers (a) 1-2 Manchester City (a) 0-1
Blackburn Rovers (a) 3-5 Liverpool (h) 2-1
Blackburn Rovers (h) 5-0 Arsenal (h) 1-3
A Close Struggle
Thus six of these games were lost. Everton badly lost their way against Arsenal. The halves had a bad day, but the forwards appeared to have forgotten the days when they swung the ball about and spread-eagled defences. There is going to be a great struggle for the championship, for only four points separate the first eight clubs. here are the positions;-
P W L D F A Pts
Everton 27 17 9 1 85 50 38
Sheffield United 28 16 10 2 62 44 34
West Bromwich A. 28 14 9 5 49 28 35
Huddersfield Town. 27 13 7 7 55 36 33
Arsenal 26 13 7 6 60 35 32
Aston Villa 27 13 9 5 78 51 31
Sheffield Wednesday 17 13 9 3 64 56 31
Newcastle United 26 14 9 3 54 47 31
To Visit Goodison.
Four of these clubs are still in the Cup competition. And it is of interest to note that Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion, Huddersfield Town, and Aston Villa have yet to appear at Goodison Park. Everton have to visit Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United, who were beaten 9-3 and 8-1 at the Everton ground. Their other away fixtures are against Blackpool, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion, Leicester City and Middlesbrough. Thus Everton have a good chance to recover, if the scoring machine runs smoothly again. The Everton players visited Northwich yesterday for brine baths.
McCLURE BACK IN EVERTON SIDE.
February 10, 1932. Evening Express.
Deputy for Gee at Blackpool.
By the Pilot.
Charlie Gee, Everton's international centre half, will be unable to play in the return match with Blackpool at Bloomfield-road on Saturday. He injured an ankle in the game with the Arsenal, so his place will be taken by Joe McClure, who last season was the regular right half. This will be McClure's fourth appearance of the season, but his second as pivot. He played at right back against Liverpool and the Arsenal in September, and came in at centre half for the return “Derby” game with Liverpool recently. McClure is a sound player who cuts out the trimmings in favour of hard, plugging football. He is a ready tackler and displays good footwork. This will be the only team change. Rigby is being preserved with at outside left, this being his third successive appearance. The Blues will find three former colleagues in the Blackpool ranks –O'Donnell Wilkinson and Harrison –so the game will have a real Goodison Park flavour. When the clubs met at Walton earlier in the season the Blues won by three goals to two. Everton will be anxious to complete the double, and so bring to an end their recent dismal away record, which has resulted in five successive defeats. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, McClure, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Rigby.
BLACKPOOL WANT EVERTON'S SCALP.
February 12, 1932. Evening Express.
Five changes; McClure Deputises for Gee.
By the Pilot.
Blackpool believe that they can emulate Manchester City and The Arsenal by defeating Everton when the League leaders visit Bloomfield-road tomorrow. There is not merely a hope, but a resolve. To this end Blackpool have made five changes in their league team for the game with Everton. The most important is the inclusion of Phil Watson their new centre half from Hamilton Academicals, a man the Seasiders believe will be capable of keeping Dean in check. His inclusion allows A. Watson to return to inside right, and Hampson, the international, resumed at centre forward in place of Everest. Ramsey takes the place of Tufnell at left half, and Longden returns to right half. The former Everton players –O'Donnell, Wilkinson and Harrison –will figure against the Blues who, if they wish to retain their league leadership must win. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, McClure, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Rigby. Blackpool; McDonough; Grant, O'Donnell; Langden, Watson (p), Ramsey; Wilkinson, Watson (a), Hampson, Douglas, Harrison.
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EVERTON TACKLE BLACKPOOL
February 13, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
There are only two matches in the First Division, Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland, and Blackpool and Everton. The leaders will be hard pressed today by a desperate side anxious to improve their position. Everton must improve on last week's display if they are to win this game. They seemed to have struck a bad patch at the most critical period of the race, and unless they regain their old form I am afraid they will soon fall from their perch. Gee is absent from the ranks, and therefore the side is not at full strength. Blackpool include three former Everton players, and the match should prove highly interesting. I would like to see Everton win for they are in much need of a tonic. Everton; Sagar; Williams Cresswell; Clark, McClure, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Rigby. Blackpool; McDonough; Grant, O'Donnell; Longsden, Watson (p), Ramsey; Wilkinson, Watson (a), Hampson, Douglas, Harrison.
HAMPSON'S GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL
February 13, 1932. Evening Express.
Everton fail to get going in first-half; Dean well marked.
By the Pilot.
The Everton boys wish you good luck. This was the message which Dixie Dean, the Everton skipper telegraphed to Tom Bradshaw, of Liverpool, from Blackpool today, where the Blues met Blackpool in a match of “tops and bottoms.” The Everton players were entertained to supper at the Northwestern Hotel last night, and an informal “Pow-Wow” followed. Messrs, J. Sharp, H. Banks, and Dr. Baxter were the directors in charge. Mr. Cuff, the chairman, journeyed last night with the Ronald Rix transfer in view. Developments either one way of the other may be expected at any time now. I saw Mr. Tom McIntosh, the Everton secretary, who had recently been ill, and he is looking splendidly and in the best of spirits. He will have to enter a nursing home for a minor and final operation shortly, and then it will be a case of back to Goodison. Blackpool had their latest capture, Phil Watson at centre half. Everton almost signed this player some time ago, but the price was too high. Hamilton must have come down a bit since them. The Seasider's made four changes, and Everton had McClure at centre half in place of Gee, whose ankle was injured in a collision with James last week. It was an ideal football day except for a strong breeze blowing from end to end.
Teams; - Blackpool; McDonough, goal; Grant and O'Donnell, backs; Longsden, Waton (p), and Ramsey, half-backs; Wilkinson, Watson (a), Hampton, Douglas, and Harrison, forwards. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams, Cresswell, backs; Clarke, McClure, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Rigby, forwards. Mr. W. E. Rycroft (Nelson).
P. Watson was in the think of the fray right at the outset, and met with a nasty bump. He made a grand pass up, and neatly intervened in the Blackpool goalmouth when Critchley broke through. Williams delighted with a tackle after Cresswell had kept Hampson out of the picture. While ran into Dean's position and fed Rigby with his head. He got the return, but had to veer to the left and his shot just failed to find a billet. From a Harrison corner Thomson appeared to push Hampson in the back, but the referee did not see it. A. Watson than had a shot charged down. Hampson served up some delightful football, and after feeding Wilkinson, Sagar had to fist away a centre, and then Longden crashed in a terrific shot, which passed over the top. Hampson beat Cresswell with a bouncing ball and was on the point of going through, but found the ball whipped away to Wilkinson. The former Everton player placed the ball perfectly for Hampson to head in, with Sagar at the wrong end of goal, but the ball struck the crossbar and rebounded into play. Everton could not get going against a sturdy defence, and now Thomson was pulled up for offside when he fully three yards on. McDonough held a drop back-header from Dean, and then went on one knee to field from Rigby. McClure was fining it difficult to control the lively ball on a hard ground, but Everton were not touching anything like good form so far. Dean went close with a header following Clark's free kick, and Williams retrieved after a wry kick by Cresswell. Dean headed back for Johnson to let go one, and it was deflected behind by P. Watson. From this the ball was trickled in by Dean, and O'Donnell turned it around the post for a second corner. Douglas let go a terrific drive, which Sagar beat down. Then Hampson delayed just the vital second in shooting, when a first-time effort would have found Sagar handicapped. Dean was finding himself a marked man, and this held up the smooth working of the attack, while there seemed a lack of confidence in the rare division. Dean beat P. Watson in a heading duel, and broke through on his own. He shot as the backs came to him, and the ball passed across the face of the goal. Longsden provided Harrison with a chance from a free kick, but the veteran could not get directions. White stepped in while Harrison, hesitated and gave Critchley a lovely chance, but Critchley held back his shot as big Phil Watson came sweeping across.
Blackpool took the lead in twenty-six minutes, Hampson being the scorer. P. Watson was given three chances to feed A. Watson, who glided across a perfect pass up the outside to Hampson. Hampson was confronted by Williams and Cresswell, but let go a fine right-foot shot from the penalty area line to the roof of the net. I think Sagar was surprised with the drive, for he certainly made his effort late. Well, Blackpool had enjoyed more of the game and were somewhat sharper on the ball. Dean and White were clean through in succession, but the many Everton supporters present among the 15,000 spectators were dumbfounded when both were pulled up for offside. In each instance Grant was pulling them “on side.”
O'Donnell Steps In.
Clark twice attempted long shots, before O'Donnell stepped in to dispose of a Rigby centre. Blackpool became a hesitant scrappy side for a spell, and Everton took up the eudgels without troubling McDonough. However, this was obviously the Blues' chance. Critchley tricked Ramsey with ease and levelled a centre, which Dean managed to head back, though faced with four opponents. McDonough had fallen to the ground, but Johnson's first timer found him ready with a trusty fist. When Hampson got through again he dribbled perfectly, and Sagar came out of goal to participate in the tackling. He relieved the danger momentarily, but there was a period of hectic scrambling before Williams seem to get the ball on his arm. The referee ruled that there was no intend. Blackpool came again, and Douglas almost reached the mark with a first time shot. Everton were now doing slightly better, but the defence was not covering well. From Rigby's free kick Clark found himself forward to head inches outside the post, and then White was yards wide. Right on the interval Critchley had the easiest of chances of scoring when Rigby drove the ball right across the goal to Critchley, who was only two yards from the goal. Instead of using his right foot Critcley allowed the ball to bounce up on his left knee and turned it outside. This was a great opportunity fritted away.
Half-time; Blackpool 1, Everton 0.
It had been another disappointing session for the Blues. They lacked confidence and certainty, and only one shot had been directed on the target. The defence was easily drawn by Hampson, who shared the forward honours with A. Watson. Blackpool must have been satisfied with Phil Watson, though he had shown up clearly as a defensive player. Still, he got a stranglehold on the Everton inside forward.
Everton Dsiappointed at Blackpool.
Beaten by Two clear goals.
Ineffective Forward Work.
Everton opened the second half, on a brighter note, with Johnson and White getting Critchley away on good ground. McDonough was right there for a centre, and for a Critchley shot a few seconds later. Sagar fumbled a Harrison centre, yet he was sharp enough to recover and clear.
White had a shot charged down before Critchley took the “wrong turning” and ran into a bunch of the enemy. Rigby tricked two men on the gaol line and shot over a centre, which Dean dived to and head in. McDonough leapt up at the last moment to effect a thrilling clearance.
Watson (A) tried a first-timer, which went by the post, and another Clark effort travelled across the goal. Everton were ineffective in front of goal, and Rarely gave promise of an equaliser. On the standard of play one would have imagined that they were both bottom of the League teams. The play was scrappy with few good passing movements. Sagar had to go down to a quick shot from Harrison. Then Dean made a cute pass to Rigby, whose shot was deflected to the side netting. The Blues now put on the pace, and Johnson ran to the goal post to head straight onto McDonough's hands when trying to reach Dean. It was at the hour stage when Everton became definitely on top, and it was only sharp tackling by the home men that kept the leaders at bay. Hampson scored for Blackpool after 85 minutes.
Final Blackpool 2 Everton 0.
Everton Res v. Blackpool Res.
February 13, 19032. Evening Express.
Everton attacked on the right flank, and Griffiths cleverly eluding Reece, sent across a centre, which led to Martin testing Maggs with a good drive. The goalkeeper cleared admirably, and immediately Blackpool took up the attack, and within a minute from the start got the lead. Tepper, running through, shot against the goalkeeper's body, and from the rebound ran round Coggins to shoot into the empty net. Everton replied through a Leyfield run and centre, which ended in Reed shooting just wide of the upright. Leyfield found the net, but the point was not allowed owing to Reed lying in an offside position. Shots by Reed, Dunn and Martin were well saved in quick succession, but eventually Griffiths went through on the right to equalise the scorers. Half-time Everton Res 1, Blackpool Res 1.
BLACKPOOL 2 EVERTON 0 (Game 3122 over-all) (Div 1 3080)
February 15, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Altered tactics of Leaders.
Blackpool Worthy Winners.
There is a serious slump at Goodison Park. Everton have fallen from their high pedestal and are going to find it a difficult task to maintain their position at the head of affairs. In fact, they will not hold the leadership of the table any length of time if they do not provide play better than that which they produced against Blackpool at Bloomfield-road. It was their worst game of the season, and at no time did they suggest that they would beat the lowly seaside club. It was difficult to understand that here was a meeting between top and bottom clubs of the League. Everton did not play like champions, and Blackpool deserved to win by two goals to nothing.
“W” Formation Revived.
It has been suggested that the Everton side has gone stale after its hard season in the Second Division and the tremendous task of holding its place at the head of the First. There may be a lot in that, but they are not the only reasons. There is a weakness in the team. Men who had previously made the side one to fear have fallen from grace. The style of play which produced goals in galore a few weeks ago has been altered for a style which had been seriously critised in the past as a style that would not win matches. I refer to the “W” formation. They have gone back to it with the consequent result that the line lacks the effectiveness, which brought an easy flow of goals. Dean has once again become the spearhead of the attack, and if he can be subdued the opposition has nothing to fear. Dean was subdued in this game so there were few direct shooting efforts and I say this in spite of the fact that McDonough, Blackpool's new goalkeeper from Thamas United, did excellent work. His greatest save was when he kept out a brilliant header by dean. Take that and a shot from Johnson and you have the full complement of Everton's shooting. Everton did not treat this game in the light of a walk-over. They realised that Blackpool would “flight” and if the latter team's football was not of the highest order there was sufficient snap and determination in it to harass the Everton defence and take two goals from it. This first goal resulted from a great shot by Hampson, but it could have been averted by either Williams or Cresswell had gone into the tackle instead of leaving Hampson to do as he liked. It was a fine drive that Sagar moved to a shade too late. The second goal, also scored by Hampson, should never have been registered, for the scorer seemed to be offside when the ball was passed to him.
The third back's game has come to stay P. Watson, Blackpool's new centre half-back, never left that position, and this was the chief cause of Dean's ineffectiveness. Dean could never get away from the grip of Watson, who closed up the middle off the field to the Everton inside forwards, who were shot-shy. At times there were good movements; at others it resembled the play in a much inferior league; but there was no denying that Blackpool were determined to win the game. They made an error by going into defence immediately after their opening goal, and allowed Everton to carry the battle to them; but the Everton attack was feeble in the matter of shooting and the defence concerned in stopping the dashing raids of their opponents. Hampson was a grand centre-forward, Harrison and Wilknson, former Everton players did well, and O'Donnell often got his side out of difficulties while the Blackpool half-back line keenly cut into any suggestion of combination. Clark was Everton's best middleman, and he was unlucky when with a lob shot, which landed on the crossbar. McDonough failing to sweep it over the bar as he intended. Blackpool will now make a bravo effort to get away from the bottom for this win has brought back their lost confidence. Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams, and Cresswell, backs; Clark, McClure, Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Rigby, forwards. Blackpool; - McDonough, goal; Grant, O'Donnell, backs; Longsden, P. Watson and Ramsey, half-backs; Wilkinson, A. Watson, Hampson, Douglas, and Harrison, forwards. Referee Mr. W. E. Rycroft, Nelson.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 BLACKPOOL RESERVES 2
February 15, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 29)
Second half superiority enabled Everton to achieve a convincing victory at Goodison Park. The initial half had been evenly contested, for although Tepper gave Blackpool the lead within a couple of minutes of the start. Everton's equaliser came before the half-hour through Griffiths. Everton after the interval steadily wore down this hitherto strong defence to such an extent as on practically monopolise the later second half pressure. Griffiths restarted the scoring with Everton's second goal, and Martin and Dunn also scored. Brooks reduced the deficit. Everton; - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Britton, McPherson (captain), and Archer, half-backs; P. Griffiths, Dunn, Reed, Martin and Leyfield, forwards.
Liverpool Cables 2 Everton “A” 3
Liverpool County Combination.
At Bootle. Davies opened the score for Everton after ten minutes. Stratton made many fine saves. In the second half McDonald equalised, but Chedgzoy put the visitors ahead, and Worrall, after McDonald had again equalised obtained the winning goal.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH EVERTON.
February 15, 1932. Evening Express.
Game-Weary and Confidence Gone.
Change Better Than Changes.
There is Still Time to Win Championship.
By the Pilot.
What is wrong with Everton? That is the question that is being asked not only by their supporters but by football followers the whole country through. Everyone agrees that something IS wrong with Everton, but on just what that something IS there is a wide variety of opinion. You may hold a particularly opinion and, so far as I am concerned, you may continue to retain that view in spite of anything I say. My view is purely personal. It is sincere. I give it for what it is worth. Staleness and lack of confidence are Everton's fundamental troubles. The cures are either; -
Send the whole of the players to the seaside for a complete change of air, scene and cooking, or
Make team changes.
I prefer the first method, but it may be necessary to continue both cures to remedy Everton's ills. One must admit that the present team have shown conclusively it's capacity to win the League championship, but, where today is that snap, that vigour, the complete realization of interdependence and all-conquering confidence which marked Everton's displays in October and November? It is a pitiful to see so clever a team uncertain of its own powers; men getting in one another's way, whereas a few months ago they would have played themselves with complete confidence and would have reposed a similar confidence in their colleagues. It is painful to see the inside-forwards rushing about aimlessly in their fever of anxiety to do well. They lose position and they crowd in the centre and all because they have lost confidence. The half-backs, too, have become uncertain in their interceptions, and their combination with the front line men now lacks the precision which only a few short weeks ago made Everton the most dreaded opponents in the whole of the first division. Behind them the backs have lost their balance. They do not dovetail effectively like they used to do. The players themselves cannot account for the poor form. They do appreciate that they are serving up indifferent football, and are anxious to remedy it. Today the Everton players were taken to the brine baths at Northwich. This is not enough. They should be sent away for a week –a fortnight, or even three weeks if necessary, not for special training but for a complete change of air and environment. Everton's players are weary; their need new joie de vivre, and the tonic of a seaside holiday is indicated.
Ronald Dix –And Others.
Mr. W. C. Cuff travelled over the week-end with the Ronald Dix transfer uppermost in his mind. Bristol Rovers, who, I would like to emphasize, invited the negotiations, agreed to the transfer, but Dix still refuses to leave Bristol. That's ends it.
However, Everton have other lines hooked and baited, and Mr. Cuff made the most of his time in the South on Saturday, I Expect an important signing any day as the outcome of this. Moreover, the Blues are searching for wing forwards, and an understudy to Dean, and will spare nothing in order to secure the right men.
LEADERS NO LONGER, EVERTON ARE CHALLENGERS NOW.
February 16, 1932. Evening Express.
But Sheffield Utd, come to Goodison on Saturday.
By the Pilot.
Everton get one of their chances of a “lifetime” next Saturday. They entertain the new leaders of the league –Sheffield Utd –and if only they can pull themselves together and win well. I believe it will be the vital turning point of the destination of this season's championship. When Sheffield United defeated Manchester City at Bramell-lane yesterday Everton lost the leadership of the First Division for the first time since they went to the top on October 24. Saturday's match now assumes “four points,” proportions; for the winners will not only make valuable advancement, but will also peg back their rivals. Everton will start favourites for the match, seeing that they defeated the United by 5-1 at Bramell-lane in one of their best games of the season. The position at the head of the First Division at the moment is;
P W L D W L D F A Pts
Shefiield United 29 11 3 1 6 7 1 64 45 36
Everton 28 11 2 0 6 8 1 85 52 35
W.B.A 28 8 3 3 6 6 2 49 28 33
Huddersfield 27 8 1 5 8 6 6 55 36 33
Arsenal 26 6 2 4 7 5 2 60 35 32
DUNN'S RETURN TO EVERTON SIDE.
February 17 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
By John Peel.
Everton have had some notable fixture at Goodison Park of late, including the Cup and League games against Liverpool, and Arsenal's visit, and there is another big attraction on Saturday, when Sheffield United provide the opposition. The United have superseded Everton at the head of the league table, the position being as above.
Everton who beat the United 5-1 at Sheffield on October 10 th , will be all out to repeat that feat, while the United will be just as anxious to level up matters. It will be a great struggle, and the Everton defenders will have to keep a close watch on Dunne, the United centre, formerly of New Brighton, who has this season scored 23 goals in League games, and obtained 41 last season. With so much at stake it is to he hoped Everton will regain their winning form.
Return of Dunn.
The directors at their meeting last night, made three changes in the side for Saturday's game compared with the team beaten at Blackpool. The most interesting change is the return of Dunn the Scottish international replacing White at inside right. Stein comes back at outside left in place of Rigby, while Gee, who has been out of the side through an injured ankle, is again at centre-half instead of McClure. The tea is Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean Johnson, Stein.
White is to play centre-forward for the reserves team against Sheffield United at Bramell-lane and the side is; - Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; Britton, McClure, McPherson; Griffiths, Cunliffe, White, Fryer, Leyfield.
DUNN IN EVERTON TEAM AGAIN
February 17 , 1932. Evening Express.
Out of the side for nearly Five Months.
Stein and Gee also Return.
By the Pilot.
Everton make three team changes for Saturday –Dunn, Gee, and Stein for White, McClure and Rigby. Dunn's return to the attack is most important of them all. It is nearly five months –September 26 last to be exact –since the elusive Jimmy played in Everton's first team. On his day, Dunn is splite of his lack in inches, is one of the shrewdest and cleverest inside forwards of the true Scottish type who has figured in first class football since the war. He is an expert forager, moves at a deceptive pace, and possesses exceptional ball control. It is to be hoped for Everton's sake that he will strike his happiest vein against Sheffield United at Goodison Park on Saturday. Everton need inspiration. This will be Dunn's ninth first team appearance this season. he has three goals to his credit as the result of a hat-trick against Birmingham on the opening day of the campaign. White, whom he displaces has enjoyed an uninterrupted run of 21 League and Cup matches and scored 18 goals. Charlie Gee who has been suffering with an ankle injury, is pronounced fit again. Stein has been absent from the team since January 2, his positional having been filled by Griffiths and Rigby in turn. The directors are hoping that these changes will enable the team to get out of the groove, which threatens to carry them away from the league championship. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
The Central league side attack to oppose Sheffield United Reserves at Bramell-lane will be led by White. Everton Reserves; Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; Britton, McClure, McPherson; Griffiths, Cunliffe, White, Fryer, Leyfield.
EVERTON AWAY TO THE HILLS.
February 19, 1932. Evening Express.
Indefinite Special Training at Buxton.
Party of 15 Leaves Tomorrow.
By the Pilot.
Everton F.C. directors have decided to take 15 players to Buxton for an indefinite period of special training. The party leaves Liverpool tomorrow after the Goodison Park League game with Sheffield United. This is a wise decision. It will be applauded by all supporters of the club. Everton's only chance of regaining their lost grip on the League championship depends on re-vitalising the players who, for weeks past, have served up a tried and uninspired type of football, whereas we know then to be capable of a superlative standard. In choosing Buxton for this experiment the directors deserve congratulation. They have hit on an ideal spot, high above sea level –in fact Buxton is the highest situated borough in the country, and there is nothing like the mountains air for banishing staleness and including vigour and sparkling health.
Everton must defeat Sheffield United at Goodison Park tomorrow, and it is not going to be any easy task. The United are playing brilliant football just now. With strong hopes of forcing the revival the directors have made three team changes as compared with the side which lost at Blackpool, the most interesting experiment being the reintroduction of Jimmy Dunn the Scottish international at inside right. Stein, following a few weeks' rest, is again brought in at outside left, and Gee, having recovered from his ankle injury, re-appears at centre-half. Everton have an opportunity of registering their third “double” of the season, for they trounced the United 5-1 when the clubs met at Bramell-lane. Incidentally, that match signalled the start of Everton's wonderful run of eight successive matches without defeat. The United team will be led by the dynamic Jimmy Dunne one of the best centre forwards in the game, and who was formerly with New Brighton. The side will be without Gooney, and Holmes appears at centre-half. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Sheffield United; Smith; Thorpe, Hooper; Sampy, Holmes, Green; Oxley, Barclay, Dunne, Pickering, Williams.
League Match at Goodison Park Tomorrow (Saturday) Everton v. Sheffield United. Kick off 3-15. Admission 1/. Boys 4d. stands extra, including tax. Booked seats, Sharp's, Whitechapel.
NEED FOR EVERTON REVIVAL
February 20, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton are faced with a vital issue. Much depends on the result of the game with Sheffield United at Goodison Park, for the Yorkshire club has deprived Everton of the lead, and failure in this meeting may mean the beginning of the end of the Merseyside team's bid for the championship. The necessary for an extra effort on the part of Dean and his colleagues is emphasized by the fact that the Arsenal have taken up the running in such convincing fashion that they will be difficult to hold off, and this afternoon, with the lowly Blackpool side as visitors, a further advance by the London representatives may be anticipated. Everton started their high scoring phase at Bramell-lane, where they defeat Sheffield United 5-1, and it would be fitting if the Walton team should recover their lost form to make a spectacular finish against the “Blades” today. The match undoubtedly holds out fascinating prospects of fast, incisive football, and I am sure there will be another great crowd at the Park.
The Question of Tactics.
It would seem that Everton have relinquished some of their power by altering their tactics of wide-open passing for the more orthodox “W” formation. They have demonstrated the value of the former methods, and on the face of it the “safely first” style has failed to bring about the desired results. The players themselves should know their own game, however, and it is up to them to decide on the plan of campaign more likely to bear fruit. Changes for today's test have been made, and it is hoped that Dunn and Stein will make the most of the chances which brings them once more into the limelight. Gee, recovered from his injury, resumes his place, and his appearance at centre-half is likely to and strength to the forces. Sheffield United for who Dunne, the former New Brighton centre is still a great force introduce Holmes at centre-half while Sampey takes the place of Gooney, who is injured, while Williams from Bristol City and Barclay from Derby County are to turn out. The kick off is at 3-15 and the teams are; - Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Sheffield United; Smith; Thorpe, Hooper; Sampey, Holmes, Green; Oxley, Barclay, Dunne, Pickering Williams.
Everton players to Train at Buxton.
Everton realise that they have a stiff task in front of them in trying to carry off the League championship, and with a view to improving the play of the team the players travel to Buxton after the match today, and they will stay in the Derbyshire centre for an indefinite period of special training to prepare for the heavy matches ahead, and fifteen players to form the party. Everton are due to meet Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough next week, while during March they are due to play six matches; Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town, and West Bromwich at home and Newcastle, Chelsea, and West Bromwich away.
EVERTON IN THE TRANSFER MARKET
February 20, 1932. Evening Express.
Mission of club Ambassador.
Revival Needed at Once.
Every Point is vital Now.
By the Pilot.
Everton are likely to enter the transfer market at any time. Several highly promising players both in the north and south have been “spotted” and business will probably result. It would be unwise to divulge the names of any men who may be ranked as future Evertonians, for the simple reason that once a club knows that Everton are abroad with a cheque book up go the prices at once. The smaller clubs look upon Everton as an organisation with money to burn. That has been Everton's handicap for seasons whenever they have set out to strengthen their playing personnel. Mr. W.C.Cuff, the popular chairman travlled many miles last week-end on a talent-finding mission, and though he failed to induce Ronald Dix to leave Bristol for Walton, there is no doubt that he did other good groundwork, the results of which we shall know in due course. There is no doubt that Mr. Cuff has handled the Dix business with rare shrewdness, and tact; in fact, I do not think there is another man in football who could have displayed such business acumen. He is Everton's ideal ambassador. He will not rest content with the current Everton form, which to say the least, has been wholly disappointing. The directors have been tolerant Except for two matches the Blues have not played really well since they won at Grimsby on November 21. This applies particularly to away matches. It was delighted with the news that the players are to have an indefinite stay at Buxton. This should certainly revitalize the men. I was never a sound supporter of special training, having learned the lesson of Blackburn a few seasons ago, but the time is ripe for giving the men a change of atmosphere and environment.
One thing the directors will be safe in the knowledge that, while the change might do the players a wealth of good, it cannot do them any harm if one takes a line through the Blackpool match.
The championship prospects of the Blues are gradually fading. Already, they have lost their grip on the leadership, and with the Arsenal winning again during the week they are now but one point behind with a match in hand. The challenge of Mr. Herbert Chapman's team is serious. Huddersfield Town are only a point behind the Blues. Still both those clubs have Cup worries whereas the Blues and Sheffield United are free to concentratrate on the League. Everton need a revival, a real revival which will enable them to capture all their home points –16 are at stake –and also help them to bring home a few points from their journeys. Whereas last season the Arsenal won the league with 66 points; I think it will be carried off this season with a total under 60. Well, the Arsenal, with the biggest advantage, can only gain 64 points by winning their remaining matches. Everton can collect 63 points, so it will be seen that to capture the 16 points at home and gain another four points away from home they will be bang on the premises. Now you Everton players, it is up to you!
EVERTON MACHINE IN TOP GEAR.
February 20, 1932. Evening Express.
Dunn's “Double” In Welcome Revival.
“Blades” One Quick Thrust.
By the Pilot.
The match between Everton and Sheffield United at Goodison Park today was a fight for the leadership of the First Division. with a point between the clubs at the head of affairs, Everton were making a bid to regain the leadership, which a win would bring.
The three changes were made and Jimmy Dunn the Scottish international appeared at inside right for the first time since September 26. He displaced White. Stein returned to outside left, and Gee resume at centre half, following injury. The Blues were out for the third “double” of the campaign having won 5-1 at Bramell-lane. The United were without Gooney and Sampy. Immediately after the game the Everton players leave Liverpool for Buxton for a special rest as I announced exclusive in the Evening Express . Teams;- Everton; Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Sheffield United;- Smith, goal; Thorpe and Hooper, backs; Sampy, Holmes, Green, half-backs; Oxley, Barclay, Dunne, Pickering and Oswald, forwards. Referee Mr. L. Boulstridge (Tamworth)
This game started on a happy note with 40,000 spectators having a good amen. Stein dribble down the line cleverly, before doubling back up his tracks to the disappointment from the spectators. Next Cresswell passed beautiful before Dean, being badly harassed, managed to hook the ball over his head beyond the far post and out of play. Johnson next with a weak back pass to Cresswell, who stood up to the United forwards with good combination.
Sampy lacked speed, and from Cresswell, Dean nodded the ball on, but unfortunately Critchley had run to the wrong side of Hooper. The Everton were now playing good football, but Williams was making some errors, the second resulting in Oswald breaking through and placing into the far post where Sagar run out and made a spectacular save. They took the lead on ten minutes through Pickering. Following some indifferent passing, Oswald broke up, and passed down the middle for Pickering shot, and I think Sagar should of saved.
Everton were not long in arrears, for in two minutes, Dunn had equalised, following some sound work by Stein and Dunn with a mere flink with the side of his foot had the ball in the back of the net. The goal acted as a tonic for the Blues and after Dean had just failed with his head, Critchley decided to centre instead of taking the shot, and found Stein off-side. Then after Critchley had raced clear Dean just failed to reach the ball and there was no one there with the necessary shot when the ball dropped back invitingly. Stein next placed over the bar, and after Sagar had gone on one knee to save from Barclay we were treated to a Dean goal of the best variety. Thomson, Johnson and Stein adopted the triangular move, and when Stein trapped the ball in, Johnson took it under command and raced away down the wing. He centre taken on the run would have been fast for most men, but not so Dean who raced to a position two yards beyond the far post, and with a superiative header had the ball into the roof of the net here Smith realised that it was in. It did not seen possible for a man to stop such an tight angle.
Twice the referee refused to heel the signals of the linesman for offside, and so Sagar had to be quick to pull Pickering's shot from under the bar. The United kept it up, with Dunne an excellent leader, and it was Dunne, who next brought Sagar when he let go a splendid shot on the turn. Next Sagar had to run out to fist away from Oxley, with Dunne waiting with a willing head. Stein was doing excellently and proving that the rest was just what he had needed. Everton took complete command after half an hour, and had it not been for some fine defensive work by Sheffield, and good goalkeeping by Smith, the Blues would have gone further ahead. Critchley seemed to take a risk in beating Hooper a second time, but his low centre forced Smith to dive out and smother the ball before Dean could get busy. Everton were concentrating on the “give it to Dixie” plan. Holmes, however, gave Dean little latitude. Stein placed by the post with a flying header following good work by Johnson and Clark. Everton's display was certainly an improvement on recent weeks.
Dunn's Surprised Pass.
Dunn tried the quick surprise pass which would have found Dean happy had not Holmes sprang in with a timely if wild intervention. The Clark came into the shooting gallery when he let go a magnificent drive from 30 yards, which Smith pulled down at the last moment. The Third goal was not long delayed, however, for when Green was penalized for dangerous play. Cresswell found Dean, who although not able to make a goal effort himself edged the ball on sufficiently for Dunn to head it over Hooper's head into the net. Then came a real thrill in the Everton goalmouth. Creeswell endeavored to pass back to Sagar, but instead placed the ball well wide of the advancing goalkeeper. Williams was there to prevent it running into the net, and although Dunne reached the bouncing ball Williams got his back in the path of the shot. Everton almost got a fourth when Critchley hit a dropping ball first time, but it swung across the face of the goal. The United were good in attack, but their defence, which had opened so well, was now rather nonplussed by the storming tactics of the Blues. Just on the interval Oxley carved out an opening, from which Dunn drove over. Then, when Clark dallied, Oswald centred to Sagar's hands.
Half-time Everton 3, Sheffield United 1.
There is no doubt that Everton had shown improvement in the opening half, but had the United defence been as good as their attack the score sheet might have been different. The United forwards, as a matter of fact, served up the best football of the day. Stein and Dunn had proved successes.
EVERTON 5 SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 (Game 3123 over-all)-(Div 1 3081)
February 22, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Shooting From Recovered
Everton Masters at Goodison Park.
Everton's fall away had been so disconcerting that their game with Sheffield United became of such magnitude that it almost resembled a “Test” match. The race is not yet won, but Everton heartened all who saw them beat Sheffield United 5-1 on Saturday, at Goodison Park. Everton showed some excellent football, beautifully conceived movements, and above all, a show of shooting that has been absent in recent times. Sheffield United particularly in the first half; fought Everton all the way, but where as there was a shot to clinch Everton's attacks there was a dearth of shooting by the visitor's attack, and the one goal they did obtain was only made possible through Thomson falling. He was moving back in the defence of his goal just when Oswald had centred, and would have had Barclay covered in ordinary circumstances, but he slipped up and fell on his back, and before he could recover Barclay had nodded a goal. That was bad fortune, but the goal brought Everton to the realization that something had to be done and done quickly. One minute was all that was required to wipe Barclay's goal out of the memory, and from that moment Everton took the game in hand, and at the end of the first round had obtained a substantial lead of two goals.
Sheffield fell from their high estate, and their football became weaker, so that in the end it was feebleness itself, and only on rare occasions did they trouble the Everton defence. Everton were masters all the second portion, playing cleverly, if at times a shade too frivolous, but a big lead often leads a team into such channels. They had got their opponents where they wanted them, and having got them there desired to show them what they could do, and they made Sheffield United look a poor lot, whereas they were not quite so fragile as they would have looked to anyone steeping into the ground, at the half stage. The big gun of the United attack. Dunne, was curiously inactive. He made one or two worthy efforts, but was in the main so well held that he got little chance. Gee looked after him, but that was not all that gee did, for he was one of the connection links between his forwards, the other one being Thomson, whose constructional play was one of the chief reasons why Johnson and Stein had such a merry innings. This wing cut through the Sheffield defence at will a strange contrast to the right flank where Critchley was variable. He scored a neat goal, with a poor chance, but he had to rely upon Dunn for most off his chances, for Clark seemed out of touch with the game, so that the right flank was not so prominent, Dunn was elusive, a veritable box of tricks, and his second goal was a peach of a header that few players could have scored. Dean's header, too, was a picture goal, and shows how fast his brain travels. He ran to just the right place, when Johnson was making his upward movement, and rightly enough the ball came straight to his head –anticipation, sirs.
Johnson's goal was of the unstoppable kind, but it was not Johnson's shooting which was his strong point, but the ability to forage and then offer the chances to others. He roamed here, there, and everywhere, but always with a motive, and to him must go a lot of the credit for his co-forwards effectiveness. Cresswell and Williams were staunch backs, when they were needed, particularly in the first half, when Sheffield United were given as much as they were asked to take, and Sagar made some startling saves when the United forwards, by dint of perseverance, got through to goal. Once again Dean had a shadow. Holmes, who was one time with Skelmersadale United, standing alongside him throughout. No doubt he stopped Dean a number of times, but dean got more headers than did Holmes. It was a good game, to watch because of the feast of good football, but once Everton had taken command they were so much the superior side that they pushed Sheffield out of the picture, and the game lost interest because of its one-sidedness. Dunn and Stein, particularly the former, fully justified their return to the side. Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Sheffield United; - Smith, goal; Thorpe, and Hooper, backs; Sampy, Holmes and Green, half-backs; Oxley, Barclay, Dunne, Pixckering, and Oswald, forwards. Referee Mr. L. Boulstridge, Tamwork.
Saturday's First Division Results; Arsenal 2 Blackpool 0; Birmingham 1 Derby County 1; Bolton 2 Aston Villa 1; Chelsea 4 Grimsby 1; Leicester 3 Blackburn 1; Middlesbrough 2 Newcastle 1; Sheffield Wednesday 3 Leicester 1; Sunderland 5 Portsmouth 1; West Brom 3 Huddersfield 2; West ham 1 Liverpool 0
SHEFFIELD UNITED RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 2
February 22, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 30)
Playing much improved football during the second half, Everton at Bramell-lane merited their 2-2 draw. Sheffield were at their best during the first half, but declined after an injury to Johnson. Coggins made some good saves, and Lowe was the better of the backs, with McClure doing good work at centre half. The pick of the visitors attack was the extreme wingers. Griffiths and Leyfield both scoring goals in reply to goals by Burley and Bead. Everton; Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Britton, McClure and McPherson, (captain), half-backs; P. Griffiths, Cunliffe, White, Fryer and Leyfield, forwards.
Everton “A” 1 Whiston 2
Liverpool County Combination
At Stopgate Lane. Everton hardly deserved to lose, but the visitors snapped up the chances. The struggle was contested keenly, both goalkeepers making clever saves. At the interval there was no score. Filde gave Whiston the lead soon after the resumption, and later Forshaw added a second. Birtley netted for Everton, Birtley and Reed were prominent in the Everton forward line. Chedgzoy, Parker, and Holdcroft played soundly. Sutcliffe, walker, Bonney and Owens were outstanding for Whiston.
February 24 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton make no changes in their team to visit Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, when no doubt the Yorkshire side will be keen to revenge that 9-3 defeat at Goodison park. The players are enjoying their stay at Buxton, playing Golf and taking long walks in the district, while a little ball practice and sprinting have figured in the programme. The Buxton Football club ground has been placed at their disposal of Everton, so that the facilities for training are complete. The men are all fit and well, and the team chosen is Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The reserves side to meet Stockport County at Goodison Park is; Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; Britton, McClure, McPherson; Griffiths, Cunliffe, White, Rigby, Leyfield.
SECOND SHEFFIELD DOUBLE FOR BLUES?
February 26, 1932. Evening Express.
Everton have recorded a double at the expense of Sheffield United. They hope to complete the double against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough tomorrow. The victory over Sheffield United has also done the players good, and they are confident that they can enjoy a run of success similar to that which followed their 5-1 victory over the United in September. They take it as an omen, and though they do not anticipate they will repeat the wonder score of 9-3 the Wednesday, who are doughty opponents on their own ground, they feel they can win and thus break down the away ground bogy. Up to the present the Blues have scored no fewer than 19 goals against the Sheffield clubs this season and conceded five; while the six points have gone to enhance Everton's total. If the team plays as well as Hillsborough as they did in the last hour of the United match, I think they will win. Buxton is doing the Everton players good, and after tomorrow's match they will return for another week at least. It will be remembered that I exclusively announced the sojourn in Buxton for an indefinite period. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchlet, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
Central League Match at Goodison Park, tomorrow (Saturday); Everton v. Stockport County. Kick off 3.15. Admission 6d, Boys 3d. Stands extra (including tax).
February 27, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Though the cup takes most of the “thunder” the League race still holds the popular imagination, and Everton's fight for the championship is being followed closely. They are at Sheffield today to try conclusions, once more with Sheffield Wednesday. After a stay at Buxton the players ought to be in the plak of condition, and they should start with the better of the handicap, as their opponents had a hard match on Wednesday. Teams;- Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Sheffield Wednesday; - Brown; Walker, Blenkinsop, Strange, Leach; Malloch, Hooper, Stephenson, Ball, Jones, Rimmer.
THE EVERTON WAY; TWO GOALS IN TWO MINUTES.
February 27 1932. Evening Express.
Dean's Greatest shot of the Season.
By the Pilot.
Billy Dean, the Everton captain, sent a “Good Luck” message (Liverpool playing in F.A Cup) from the Blues to the Reds from Sheffield today where the leaders tackled the local Wednesday in search of another double and a goals record against the Sheffield clubs this season. The players arrived from Buxton by motor coach, and will return there after the match. The were accompanied by directors A. Coffey, A. Wade, C. Hayes, and H. Banks, and acting secretary T. Kelly. I am told the week's stay in Buxton has been wonderful. Excepting yesterday, the weather has been ideal and all the players testify to the invigorating air. Many are becoming experts at badminton and squash racquets. It was an ideal football day today with the sun shining across the ground. A good number of Everton supporters made up the 23,000 spectators. Martin travlled over from Liverpool as reserve.
Teams; Sheffield Wednesday; - Brown, goal; Walker and Blenkinsop, backs; Strange, Leach, and Mallock, half-backs; Hooper, Stepheson, Ball, Burgess, and Rimmer, forwards. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee. Mr. Caldwell, (Lichfield).
Clark had to pass back to Sagar to relive Rimmer's initial dash, and Critchley could not touch Dunn's through pass. The Wednesday moved through, but the ball ran too far forward and Sagar picked up. Clark was penalised for a foul on Mallock, but Cresswell headed away the free kick. These were the only incidents in a quiet opening. Then the ball was put down the middle for Dean, who was standing on good ground, but Walker came over and kicked the ball away from his foot.
Johnson and Dunn manipulated cleverly before Critchley whipped round Mallock and middled a neat low centre, which Brown gathered from the feet of the in-running Dean. Sagar easily gathered a fine header from Burgess before Hooper nodded one behind. Ball and Hooper got to work on a great clearance kick by Blenkinsop, and the attack led to Ball nodding back for Burgress to hit one high over the bar. Hooper raced away, and his curling drop centre landed on the roof of the net. Everton's long forward passes generally found the Wednesday backs, and so the home men enjoyed more of the pressure. When Everton stood still appealing for offside Rimmer stepped in, only to find Cresswell's foot there to block his shot.
Everton took the lead in seven minutes, Dunn being the scorer. It was a neat goal. Johnson swung the ball out to Critchley, the wing man cut inwards and rounded Blenkinsop before putting the ball across to Stein, who got the ball to his liking and levelled a short centre for Dunn to run in towards the near post. A neat flick of the head and the ball was in the net. In the next minute Dean placed Everton two up with the greatest shot he has delivered this season. Dean made the running and delivered a through pass up the middle. Dean found the backs wide apart, and before they could close he hit the ball with tremendous accuracy and speed with his right foot. Brown flung himself forward, but the ball found the net before he had a chance of saving. It was a brilliant goal. Buxton had certainly had a good effect. Rimmer put in a sound run, but at the crucial moment found himself floored by Williams. There was an appeal for a penalty, but this the referee refused, though I think the Wednesday were entitled to one. Dunn tried to get Dean through again, and was always ready for a shot. Two Everton corners were easily disposed of before Dunn put Johnson in possession. The ball, however, would not run to Johnson's left foot, and Blenkinsop intervened and cleared. Happy in their lead Everton settled down to play good football, and they were now getting right on top. Dean was prevented from getting in a shot by a timely tackle. Dunn was brought down five yards outside the penalty area. The Wednesday were playing without confidence and there was too much crowding in defence. Sagar ran out to pick a ball off Rimmer's boot, but the whistle had gone for offside. From a throw-in. Critchley placed accurately in the goal mouth, although hampered by Mallock. It looked like another goal, but Walker cleared with a great kick. The Wednesday put in a sound attack and Rimmer put the ball across to Hooper, who had a great chance. The little wingman failed hopelessly, and then Mallock fired over. There was no doubt that the Blues were an improved side. There was more of the old vitality and precision. Ball contributed a fine shot when he swung the ball in from an angle. The ball, however, flew inches too high. Burgess nipped through when Cresswell misheaded, and the ball came over for Strange to bring Sagar full length with a low drive. The Wednesday were putting in all they knew, and home supporters had visions of a goal when the ball was put across the Everton goalmouth and screwed off Thomson's feet. The ball ran just outside and from Rimmer's corner was placed over the top. Right on the interval Cresswell robbed Hooper when he was in the act of shooting from close range.
Half-time Sheffield Wednesday 0, Everton 2.
The first half display had been fast and exhilarating and the Blues had been showing some delightful combination.
Everton's Double over the Wednesday.
Blues strengthened their League position.
Dean's Two Goals.
The Blues fell back on defence at the opening of the second half, while the Wednesday forwards tried to shoot on every possible opportunity, but first time tackling prevented danger. When Dean was dribbling through again put a neat tackle by Blenkinsop got the ball away from Dean's foot. The Blues found themselves in many a tight corner in subsequent play notably when Stepheson tapped the ball forward to give Hooper a chance with only Sagar to beat. Hooper shot point-blank from four yards, but Sagar was there to turn the ball over the bar. Later, Thomson delighted with a fine intervention, and Stein was able to break through. Dean raced ahead to prevent a long pass going behind, and this gave Dunn a chance to aim over. Next Stein crossed one over the top. Dean went through and lobbed the ball over Brown's head into the net, but the whistle had sounded for offside. Rimmer broke through to the line, and after Sagar had pushed out his cross, Hooper headed in, but the ball struck the back of Sagar's head and ran to safety. In 73 minutes the Wednesday got the goal which their continued pressure merited. The ball was swung out towards the left being helped on as Williams changed Burgess. Still it came back to the goalmouth to drop nicely for Stephenson to bang it into the net, Sagar having a chance. Five minutes from the end Everton, with only two forwards, made the game safe. The ball was sent down Dean, who fed Critchley. The wing man flashed by Blenkinsop and lobbed over his centre so accurately while on the run that dean ran forward and placed the ball well wide of Brown. This was Everton's first away success or points since November 23. Final Sheffield Wednesday 1, Everton 3.
EVERTON RES V. STOCKPORT C. RES
February 27, 1932. Evening Express.
Everton were inclined to fall into the offside trap, but their superiority was always manifest. Griffiths wasted a good chance by centring behind and later drove in a shot which the Stockport goalkeeper saved brilliantly. Leyfield, from White's pass made a telling shot, but the ball swing away across the face of the gaol. Coggins was called upon to save from Boulton. In an Everton attack White glided a pass from Leyfield into the net. Rigby added a second, and later White netted a third. Ten minutes from half-time Stockport broke away and Smith reduced the arrears. Half-time Everton Res 3, Stockport Res 1.
Other results full –time Everton “A” 1 Liverpool Cables 0.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1 EVERTON 3 (Game 3124 over-all)-(Div 1 3082)
February 29, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Dean's Great Goal.
Everton Defence Survives Onslaught
The football teams of Sheffield have suffered some severe knocks at the hands of Everton, who have taken 22 goals from the United and the Wednesday. Saturday's victory over the Wednesday was Everton's best of the series, for they had to do battle against a team that was as keen about s a victory as they themselves. The Wednesday are still foes to fear on their own ground, and prior to this game with Everton they had only suffered defeat in Hillsborough at the hands of the Arsenal. That they were beaten by Everton was ducentirely to Sagar, and the fact that their forwards could not snap up the chances which came their way, whereas Everton, with half the number of opponents scored three goals.
An Hour's Bombardment.
Everton's defence has never before this season received such a hammering, for it is only a truth to say that it had to stand up to a terrific bombardment for fully an hour. To my mind it was mistaken policy to go into defence immediately the second half opened, for had they not been good enough to score two goals through their attack? With two goals lead it may have been the set plan of the sides, but I would not encourage that sort of thing, for other team's forward will not let the Everton defenders off so lightly. Here was a side that, by aggressive forward play could keep the game centred in their opponent's penalty area yet could only produce one scoring shot. The Wednesday had other chances but could not take them and so they had no one else to blame. The gods do not forgive a side which will not take the grits offered, and although Sheffield's pressure suggested a goal at any moment their efforts in front of goal were such that I ceased to fear their onslaughts, having it in the back of my mind that they had their chances, failed with them, and would do so again; and they did.
Everton won because they had a man who could take his chances, a gooalkeeper that gave the display of his left, and defenders who, if they got in a tangle at times, were capable of getting out of it and stemming the Wednesday's rushes. I should say that Sagar is the best goalkeeper in England on present form, Hibbs included, and an international cap should adorn his head before very long. He was magnificent. He had his lucky moments, once when Hooper shot on the back of his head as he was running back to his goal, but as against that he defled Sheffield by his great ability safe hands, and good judgement. Dean's first goal was a gem. It was one of his old time shots, and from the moment it left his boot it was a winner, for Brown had neither anticipated its coming nor its power, and it will be talked of in and around Sheffield for many a long day. Dunn's goal was also a pretty one, for he had little space in which to guild the ball when Stein gave him a chest high centre that would have been useless to a man any taller than Dunn. Dunn squeezed the ball into the net between the upright and Brown. Dunn did more for he was simply wonderful during the first half. He supplied Dean with numerous up the middle passes, and but for the covering process of Walker and Blenkinsop, dean who was good all through, would have had many more goals.
Second Half Test.
In the second half Sheffield naturally had the way opened to them through Everton's change of plan, and while they pressed desperately the Everton defenders foiled them time and again. Only once was their armour pierced, and that after a terrific battle in the goalmouth, the ball eventually coming out to Stephenson, who crashed a hot shot into Everton's net. With only a goal between them the Wednesday set out with more determination than ever and if Everton's defence, augmented by three forwards, had not been solid, the Yorkshiremen would have taken an equaliser. Dean and Critchley were the only two Everton attackers standing up the field, but these two were capable of engineering a goal between them. Dean received the ball from a clearance, and promptly put it out to Critchley, who returned it so that Dean could work his way through the backs and then turn the ball into the far corner of the net. That was also a good goal, for if Dean had slammed the ball it would most assuredly have hit the goalkeeper. Both sets of half-backs were fine. Gee was a rare battler, and looked after the fiery Ball, who had to be carefuly watched, but I preferred the constructional play of the Wednesday's middle line. Mallock was a fine feeder, but the honours of the day went to the Everton defence and goalscorer Dean. Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday; - Brown, goal; Walker, and Blenkinsop, backs; Strange, Leach, and Mallock, half-backs; Hooper, Stephenson, Ball, Burgress, and Rimmer, forwards. Referee Mr. E. C. Carnwell, Lichfield.
EVERTON RESERVES 7 STOCKPORT COUNTY RESERVES 2
February 29, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 31)
Everton experienced little difficulty in so decisively defeating the County, for directly from the start the home halves co-operated with the forwards in attacks that would have culminated in many Everton goals, had the winners' forwards seized all the chances offered or if the County defence had not been favoured with occasional spasms of good fortune. Everton's attacks were effectively constructived, and the Stockport intermediate line could only occasionally stay the progress of the home forwards, who schemed and worked ahead by clever and intricate combination. McGann in goal, and the Stockport backs were responsible for some good defensive work, but the halves and forwards could not overcome Everton craft. White, as Everton's leader, was in brilliant form and led the line splendidly, but the Everton team collectively played well. The scores were; White (3), Rigby, Leyfield, and Griffiths (2), for Everton, and Smith (2) for Stockport. Everton Res; - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Britton McClure and Mcpherson (captain), half-backs; P Griffiths, Cunliffe, White, Rigby and Leyfield, forwards.
Liverpool Cables 0 Everton “A” 1
Liverpool county Combination.
At Bootle. A penalty goal kicked by Parker after 15 minutes in the second half, sufficed to give Everton the full points. Everton played clever football and id most of the attacking Birtley and Reed putting in some find constructive work. The latter, however, missed a couple of good chances. The home side were by no means idle. Parker, Jackson and Holdcroft were kept busy, the keeper making some splendid clearances. The Cables had rather the more chances towards the finish, and were unlucky not to get on equal terms when a strong shot from Boardman rebounded from the upright.
EVERTON HAVE TURNED THE CORNER.
February 29, 1932. Evening Express.
Hillsboro' sets seal on Revival.
Brighter League Championship outlook.
By the Pilot.
I knew they could do it. Everton by their brilliant 3-1 victory over the Wednesday at Hillsbrough demonstrated definitely that the corner has been turned. Gone was the lack of confidence, that touch of staleness, which have characterized their play in recent weeks. It was the old fast, quick-thinking Everton again, with the additional power of trustfulness. The revival was presaged against Sheffield United, and Everton on Saturday showed unmistakably that the victory was not a mere flash in the pan. The visit to Buxton has surely done them good. The players feel it and know it. It has taken them out of themselves and they are now certain that they can go on improving and make the bold bid for the championship which they know should have been theirs by now. One cannot ignore the menacing challenge of Arsenal. With only three points advantage the Blues have played two matches more, and it will be seen that the Gunners constitute a real danger. Everton, however, are fortified by the knowledge that they have seven remaining home fixtures and only five away. In addition, Arsenal have enough on their plate with the F.A. Cup. The match against the Wednesday was not won without a desperate fight, but I have only one grumble as far as the play was concerned. It was that mistaken tactics were adopted in the second half. Everton were easily the better first half team, and secured two goals lead, but after the interval they decided on “hold what we have” policy and it might easily have proved fatal. The Blues were content to leave the attack to Dean and Critchley and the remainder concentrated on defence, so much that Wednesday enjoyed four-fifths of the pressure.
The longer Evertoin were content to defend the harder they were making their task, for the Wednesday, became optimistic and battled also bravely in their effort to reduce the lead. They got one goal and would have secured others had they possessed men with a shot sufficient to crown easy chances, and had not Sagar been in superlative form. I admit that Everton did defend well, it was wild on occasions, but there was sound covering and such tackling as that of Gee and Williams has rarely been seen. They were positively relentless. The big men as far as Everton were concerned were Sagar, Williams, Gee Dean and Dunn. Mark you, all the team did well, and I particularly admired the understanding between each department, and the brave “all for one and one for all” attitude when they had their backs to the wall. It was a happy augury. Sagar was grand, and after the match some of the Wednesday directors said to me that if it was Sagar's true form then he had no superior in the country. Well, Sagar deserved such praise. Willaims and Gee were intrepid intervers and Dunn was a genius in the first half and carved out some clean-cut openings for the real Dean. Dixie was right on his toes, and his shot for his first goal was a mighty effort. As he remarked to me after, “It was a treat to find myself shooting like that again.”