BRITTON STANDS DOWN
February 1 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton will be without Britton when they meet Huddersfield Town to-morrow he received a knock in the cup-tie and of course he is due to play for England on Wednesday, Mercer will take his place, this being the only change from the cup side. Mercer is a local player who has had much opportunity of first team service, but is quite a useful half-back. He did not play in the senior side last season, but made one appearance the previous term. Huddersfield like Leicester are well in the danger zone, and Everton will be opposed by a desperate side. The team will be: - Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, Gee, Thomson, Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.
EVERTON TACKLE HUDDERSFIELD
February 2, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton players no doubt will feel the effects of their strenuous efforts in that memorable cup-tie, and the men may not be up to concert pitch today when they visit Huddersfield. Still they are not likely to relax their efforts if there is a chance of success and Huddersfield may expect strenuous opposition. The Yorkshire side are in great need – their position at the foot of the table being such as to create the greatest anxiety in their ranks, and they are sure to be all out to force Everton to yield. Britton is absent from the Everton team, and his place at right half-back will be taken by Mercer. Willingham and Young return to the Huddersfield Town team, and Wightman, who was signed last week from Bradford will make his debut for his new club at left half-back in place of Campbell. Teams: - Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, Gee, Thomson, Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Huddersfield Town; Turner; Goodall, Roughton; Willingham, Young, Wightman; Luke, Richardson, Lythgoe, Malam, Lang.
EVERTON BATTLE WITH TEN MEN.
February 2 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Jones Unable to Resume in Second Half.
Thomson Hero of Huddersfield Draw.
By the Pilot.
Everton did well to gain a point at Huddersfield. They were without Jones, their left back throughout the second half. He was unable to resume after the interval owing to a pulled leg muscle. Everton with ten men fought gallantly in face of wind and rain, and none more so than Thomson, who was the hero of the match. Coulter got the all-important goal, his fourth this week. The Blues have decided to return to Buxton for special Cup training for the Derby Game. They leave for Buxton after next Saturday's match with the Wolves at Goodison Park. A fair number travelled from Merseyside for today's game. Teams: - Huddersfield Town: - Turner goal; Goodall and Roughton, backs; Willingham, Young and Wightman, half-backs; Luke, Richardson, Lythgoe, Malam and Lang, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Mercer, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Referee Mr. G.N.Ward (Nottingham). Everton had the wind and Huddersfield found it difficult to make ground with their clearance kicks, the ball being hard to judge. Dean slipped back a pass along the ground, but Cunliffe had got off the mark a shade too late. Luke got the better of Jones, and his centre swerved out of the way of Sagar and Cook but Malam, with a good opening shot over the top. Thomson was playing great football, and now got the left flank going. Stevenson slipped the ball along the floor, but, wonder of wonders, both Cunliffe and Dean clean missed the ball –and with no opposition.
Dean Bores Through.
Sagar went full length to save a fierce shot from Lang, then Dean bore through, passed Young, and let go with his right foot, Turner only just being able to push it over the top. From the corner Mercer drove wide. Everton were having must of the game and Cunliffe had a shot turned aside for a further corner. The football was not particularly entertaining, the ball being out of play far too much. Gee had a distance free kick turned over the top by Turner and Cook tried to pass back to sagar, but in doing so gave away a corner. Jones came across with a perfectly-timed clearance kick when Lang dropped one into the centre. Turner went full length to make a lovely save when Coulter centred first time and Cunliffe headed towards the far corner of the net. Mercer took the ball off Lang's foot when the former Newcastle man was coming through on business bent. A surprise shot from Wightman found Sagar ready.
Everton took the lead in 40 minutes after a long period of desultory play, and it was Coulter who did the trick, getting his fourth goal of the week. Dean nodded the ball back to Stevenson who flung out a lovely swinging pass to Geldard. Geldard swept around Roughton and levelled a low centre, which Coulter quickly side-tapped into the net. Lythgoe got away on the right, and though Sagar caught the centre he was dispossessed. Fortunately for Everton, Mercer was at hand. Geldard was through again just after and Wightman brought him down.
Half-time Huddersfield Town 0 Everton 1
Everton suffered a blow at the interval. It was found that Jones had pulled a muscle and could not resume. Mercer dropped back to right back, Cook crossing over, while Cunliffe went to right half. Dean saw a fine effort flash over, and Roughton brought the ball right through before sending it across the face of the goal. In 55 minutes the Town drew level . The Blues had been hard pressed and Richardson brought the ball through to give it to Willingham who sent an oblique pass up the middle. The wind helped it past the Everton defenders, and Lythgoe, following up, turned it into the net out of reach of Sagar. The wind and rain were sweeping down the field in the face of Everton, and Thomson had to hit out a fierce drive by Malam. Sagar saved finely from Wightman, and immediately eluded Lythgoe, as the little leader dashed in to do his work. Cunliffe ran through to win a corner after dean had put in some hard graft, and when the rain stopped Everton came back-to better things, their four forwards often tieing-up the Town defence. Stevenson and Coulter went through by delightful combination, and Roughton just kicked the ball away from Dean's toes. Lythgoe was next on turn, but Mercer came over with a winning tackle. The official attendance was 14,687. . Everyone rose to Thomson when he beat five men in succession. He was the outstanding player of the whole 22. Huddersfield claimed a penalty when Mercer fell on the ball, but Mr. Ward said “No.” Sagar did somemore useful work in cutting out centres and picking up long shots. Everton had to fight hard, but they deserved their partial success in view of their handicap. When they were level in numbers Everton were much the better side. Final Huddersfield Town 1, Everton 1.
EVERTON RES V HUDDERSIELD RES
February 2 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
The opening play was quiet, but after five minutes took the lead. There was an element of luck about the goal, Parmley nipping in and taking a pass which Jackson intended for Bradford, and netting. Everton's reply was a fine shot by Leyfield which struck a defender, and although the home side were the more frequent attackers, they were not playing as skillfully as usual. Huddersfield were fortunate in escaping a penalty when Leyfield was brought down. Dickinson made a great drive, which struck the post. Jackson did well to intervene when Parmley promised another goal. Leyfield gained three successive corners the defence held out. Half-time Everton Res 0 Huddersfield Res 1.
FAMOUS FOOTBALL CLUBS HISTORY-LEEDS UNITED.
February 2 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
The Youngest Club in the First division.
14-Years-Old Leeds United.
Launched in A Time of Crisis
By a Special Correspondent.
In the middle of the 1919-20 season, the important industrial centre of Leeds suddenly found itself without a League soccer club. Leeds City who had been members of the Second Division since 1906; had come under the ban of the authorities who control football and the punishment was heavy. The club was disbanded, its players auctioned, and its fixtures taken over by Port Vale. This was a bitter blow to those who had supported Soccer so loyally in Leeds. The City club had put the dribbling code on the map in a district that had been a Rugger stronghold for years. It had grown out of the old Hunslet club, practically the only Association side in the city, and had established itself straight away. Its ground at Elland-road had been originally the headquarters of the Holbeck Northern Union club. So much it had done. And then –disaster. That Leeds should remain unrepresented in the football league was unthinkable to certain Soccer enthusiasts. In desperation three of them (Messrs, Barker, Morgan and Shape) –sought a hearing from a committee of the Football League put their case eloquently, and were told that if they could form a club and a committee the matter would receive the attention of the Football Association.
The Dauntless Three.
Hearing this, the dauntless three called some more enthusiasts together and formed Leeds United F.C. Then they held meetings all over Leeds and no Crusader of old ever devoted himself to a course. Meanwhile the neighboring town of Huddersfield had run into a football crisis of its own. The League club had been doing well, but because of poor support was in danger of collapse. A proposal was on foot to move out to Huddersfield altogether and take over the ground left vacant by the Leeds City club at Elland-road. Alarmed at the possibility of losing their club the town folk of Huddersfield rallied round and the move did not take place. What did happen, though was that Mr. Hilton Crowther, who had been a great benefactor of Huddersfield Town, now went to the aid of Leeds. Mr. Crowther made such powerful representations on behalf of the newly-formed United that they gained admittance to the Second Division of the Football League. Mr. Crowther became Chairman of directors, Mr. Arthur Fairclough, who had come with him from Huddersfield, was appointed secretary-manager, with Mr. Richard Ray, one of the original promoters of the club, as his assistant. The team captain was James baker, another recruit from Huddersfield.
First League Match.
It was rather curious that the first match Leeds United played in League football was against port Vale, the club that had replaced the old Leeds City side. United were beaten, and their performances to the end of the season were so moderate that they could claim only 14 th position in the table. Considering everything, however, it was not a bad star. The club had been constructive hastily and performed under critical eyes. But the United were determined to make good and in Hilton Crowther, they found an equally determined backer. By the end of their second season (1921-22) they had climbed to eight positions and the season after that, they were seventh. In the fourth year of their existence they won promotion to the First Division. Baker, an inspiring captain, played in 38 of the 42 league matches that made up the successful campaign. It may be noted here, too, that Ernest Hart, the centre half took part in 29 games, is the only member of the promotion side still playing for the club. As so often happens the team that had done so well in the Second Division found higher company a severe test. Several of the players were in the veteran stage, and the need for strengthening the side soon became apparent. It was during this period that Jennings (Raith Rovers), Waincoat (Middlesbrough) and Edwards (Chesterfield) joined the club and Leeds held their place. Willis Edwards by the way, was the first leeds United player to win an international can, and England's selectors though so highly of him that he was chosen to captain their representative team on a number of occasions. Leeds tried hard but they found the First Division a hard place to live in. After only three seasons they went back to Division Two. Mr. Arthur Fairclough resigned his position as manager in 1927 and was succeeded by Mr. Dick Ray,, his assistant.
A Fighting Team.
A stiff task lay ahead, but the Leeds lads tackled it manfully, so manfully in fact that they regained their First Division status in the space of a single season. Again Ernest Hart was a member of the promotion side, but of the 21 players who did first team duty, only he Edwards and Keetley remain at Elland road. As before Leeds stayed in the First division only three seasons, during which period their best performance was in 1929-30 when they finished fifth. They were relegated in 1931 and again they won their way back in one season. A fighting team! Once more Earnest Hart played his part. There cannot be many players who have been in three successful promotion struggles with one club in such a short space of time. Manager Dick Ray, himself an old player and the first captain, incidentally, of the old Leeds City Club, has made it his policy to develop players rather than buy them ready-made. He gathered a team of youngsters together and when there were expressions of doubt as to their ability to cope with the task that faced them, he publicity expressed his complete faith in the lads he had chosen. One of them was Wilfred Copping. In a short space of time, this young player was being acclaimed as the best left-half in all England. He is with the Arsenal now, and the London club had to pay £8,000 for his services. There are others following in the wake of Wilfred Copping. Young players have been taking their players in the team, first one then another, and holding them. Leeds United are only fourteen years old. They are easily the youngster club in the First Division. What more fitting then that they should put their faith in glorious youth.
• I hear from a friend “in the know” that Everton ran the rule over the inside forwards at the York-Gateshead Northern Section Cup-tie at York in mid-week, and that a Gateshead man was the attraction –but did not impress. Millwall, too, were “on the Job.”
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 EVERTON 1
February 4 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
How Everton Won a Point.
Grim Defenders Hold On
The Injury To Jones.
Everton took a point from Huddersfield. It was a worthy performance because in the second half they had to play without the services of Jones, the full back, who pulled a muscle and may not be able to play in the cup-tie on Saturday week. On Saturday night Jones said he felt much better, however and it is hoped the muscle trouble will have yielded to treatment by the cup date. Everton's feat in carrying through the second half with ten men and a gale of wind in their faces, and a hust of opponents trying to snatch a further goal to get them some degree of safety from relegation, was a stupendous one. It is not sufficient to say the small Huddersfield attack did not take its best chances; there were times in the last ten minutes when Sagar, Gee, Cook, and Mercer were troubled to an extent that one thought they must yield. But they held on grimly, none more so than Sagar, and so Everton got one point, but still failed to alter their year-old habit of not winning away from home.
It was not a great match, but in the special circumstances of the weather –gale wet and icy cold blasts the game was of a really good character –better than one could expect to see. Everton had the value if any of the wind in the first half, and Coulter scored when the rushing Geldard squeezed a way around his defence block and centred. Coulter's ability to skip in and out the opposition was made evident in the incident, he stole a way to near inside right position and scored ease. In the second half Lythgoe scored a neat goal and Huddersfield had a spell of nearly half an hour of attack. They were not confident in their movements and their anxiety cost these a lot. Moveover Richardson developed passing paralysis and seemed to see no player but the great Thomson who has never had a better match in every department of play. Malam, the ex-Everton forward was the one home man who held the ball accuracy and made his passes with precision and effect, whereas Everton a man short continued to play upon the orthodox method of combination.
Dean's Busy feet.
Dean was using his feet more than usual although he had a “head” in the goal scored by his side. It is not common for Dean to see his feet nowadays; in this match he was a bust man with both feet, and a rare working too. Stevenson was not as prominent as in the Cup-tie game as was quite natural remembering how much work he did that day, but he had the same fleetness of foot and was prominent when it was most needed when the defence which showed Cook as left back and Mercer right back, with Cunliffe right half, needed his help. Sagar, Cook, Gee and Thomson, however, took main honours in this game, and Huddersfield were made to realise that they cannot hope to get goals if they have not the physical strength to carry them through. There is a light line. Roughton was strong; Goodall has lost some of the sparkle and at half-back Young was too busily watching Dean to be a success. Wightman was they outstanding player, because from half-back he showed his forwards how to shoot –excellent disposition and strong shot. No one backed him up although Malam was unlucky in the early stages of play. Huddersfield are suffering, the inferiority complex, put as Everton did years ago. Teams: - Huddersfield Town: - Turner goal; Goodall and Roughton, backs; Willingham, Young and Wightman, half-backs; Luke, Richardson, Lythgoe, Malam and Lang, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Mercer, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Referee Mr. G.N.Ward (Nottingham).
EVERTON RESERVES 1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN RESERVES 2
February 4 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Huddersfield Anderson Order Off
The meeting between Everton and Huddersfield at Goodison Park have always been noted for the entertaining quality of the football, but the after-interval play on Saturday was spoiled by the robust and vigorous tactics. At times some of the players allowed their feelings to get the better of them and the referee Mr. King (Dukinfield) freely cautioned offenders and although good play prevailed ten minutes from the end the referee sent Anderson off the field. For Huddersfield's opening goal Parmley snapped up Jackson's pass back to the goalkeeper; in the second half Kavangh scored a fine equaliser and Beamout got the deciding goal that gave Huddersfield a rather fortunate victory in a disappointing game.
EVERTON FULL-BACK'S INJURY
February 4, 1935. Evening Express.
He Is Likely To Be Fit For Cup-Tie.
By the Pilot.
The injury to Jack Jones, Everton's young left back sustained at Huddersfield on Saturday when the Blues drew 1-1. It is early yet to say whether or not Jones will play against Derby. I believe he will be fit. I do not, however, think the directors will risk him against Wolverhampton wanderers at Goodison Park on Saturday. All the other players escaped injury in this hard game in which Everton fought bravely against adversity and the elements to gain well-earned point. In the first half, when Everton played with the wind there was no comparison between the teams. Everton operated as a sound clever progressive football combination against a side that relied mainly on individual enterprise. When Jones could not resume, the Blues had to re-organize their side with Mercer at right back, and Cunliffe operating as a half back-cum-forward. Then came a blinding rainstorm, during which Lythgoe negatived Coulter's earlier goal for the Blues. Everton's defence stood up in glorious manner to some fierce Town attacks, and I was pleased with Mercer. He was playing at back for the first time in his life and though lacking polish, he was grand with his tackles and courageous with the interventions. The man of the match, however, was Thomson. He has not played better this season, and that is high praise. His ball-control subtlety in creating openings and complete defence made him the scintillating star. All the Everton half-backs were good. All the defence earned praise. Dean was in a strange role. Rarely did he head the ball and we saw a leader who did all the good things with his feet. Throughout he was a purposeful worker and diligent leader. Cunliffe filled his new role with success, but the wingers, Geldard and Coulter, were the best forwards on the field, even allowing for the fine work of young Malam. Stevenson made a wily partner for Coulter, in a good Everton side, which suffered through the injury to Jones. Had Jones been on all the time I am certain the Blues would have secured their first away win of the season.
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February 5, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Everton club has discovered several exceptionally good footballers, by encouraging local talent, and the ‘'A'' team venture has shown that it is well worth while, another player, who has graduated in the nursery is to have his chance in senior football on Saturday. Jackson, the locally-trained full-back is to partner Cook, in the team against Wolverhampton at Goodison Park in place of Jones, who was hurt at Huddersfield town on Saturday. But who it is hoped will be fit for the cup-tie on the following Saturday. Everton are fortunate to have young backs like Jackson and Jones to back up first team duty. The latest recruit to the first team has progressed fight from the time he was picked out during the annual trials for amateurs at Goodison Park, and from the ‘'A'' team he has won his way to the centre-league side and now to the premier eleven. Jackson was born within ten minutes of Goodison Park, and learned his football under the shadows of the stands as it were.
Zingar Alliance Product
Jackson became prominent in zingar alliance football, was always notable for his fine defensive play, and it was not surprising that he secured a trial at the opening of the 1929-30 season. He has made his mark and played for the ‘'A'' team, later when Marine needed a full-back, he was loaned to that club which he helped very reach the final of the FA amateur cup, it was in 1932, that he signed for Everton as a professional. He has of course greatly improved in tactical and positional play since that time. While his kicking has lost none of it power. He stands 5ft 8ins and weights 11 st 6lbs. Britton returns to his usual place instead of Mercer, and the team is: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Kick off is at 3.15. The Reserve side to visit Wolverhampton will be: - Bradshaw; Williams, Cresswell; Mercer, White, Archer; Leyfield, Bentham, Dickinson, Webster, Stein. Everton announce that all tickets for the cup-tie with Derby County on February 16 have been sold.
EVERTON'S LEAGUE DEBUTANT
February 5 1935. Evening Express.
Jackson to Play Against Wolverhampton.
By the Pilot.
“Give the young players a chance” is the policy being pursued by the Everton Football Club directors. Three weeks ago they introduced Jack Jones into the team at left back, and this boy –a product of the “A” team –proved a hugh success in the Sunderland Cup-ties. Jones was injured at Huddersfield on Saturday so the directors for the match with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park on Saturday are introducing to First Division football another lad who has graduated through the “A” team. This is Jackson, the former Marine player, who has been showing fine football with the Central league side. Jackson was discovered by Everton “A” but a few seasons ago when Marine were in the running for the F.A. Amateur Cup, Everton loaned Jackson to Marine. Of course Jackson was then an amateur and he helped Marine to reach the final before they fell to Dulwich Hamlet at West Ham. In that Marine side was also Halsall the present Blackburn Rovers half-back. The following season he was signed as a professional by Everton and he and Jones went into “partnership” with the “A” team. Jackson is a grand little player with a sure kick in either foot and a fine tackle. He comes in at right back, and Coo the versatile moves back to left back –the position he occupied when Cresswell was in the team. There is one other change Britton who rested last week in view of tomorrow's international resumes at right half-back in place of Mercer. Everton will be out to record their 13 th home win in this game. It will be their 15 th home game this season. Everton; - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.
The Goodison Cup-Tie.
Should the Cup-tie between Everton and Derby County be decided on February 16. Everton will play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on February 20. If a replay is necessary, Everton will travel to Buxton on the evening of February 16, and will remain there until the day of the match.
February 7 1935. Evening Express.
Everton Players Shine in Goodison Game.
Coulter miss a Penalty For Ireland.
By the Pilot.
The England eleven which defeated Ireland at Goodison Park 2-1 is not good enough to conquer Scotland when the countries meet at Hampton Park in April. This is my opinion after seeing the game at Goodison. I though Ireland deserved to win. Stevenson and Coulter was the finest wing of the game. Britton succeeded more as a constructionists than a defender, but his work was often wasted because colleagues failed to take advantage of his transfers. Britton did well and should retain his place. Everton played a big part in the fine play of the Irish side, for Stevenson, Coulter and Cook were outstanding. The left wing pair were delightful in understanding and trickiness, and Stevenson had the joy of scoring Ireland's goal with a mighty drive. Coulter missed a penalty but he did not seem to relish the idea of taking it. That was the one blemish on his game. Cook was easily the best back on the field. He kick beautifully always to a colleague and perfectly timed. Att 32,000 (£2,179).
STARS OF FOUR COUNTRIES IN EVERTON MATCH.
February 8 1935. Evening Express.
Wolves' Visit Tomorrow
Blues Need Five Goals Four Half-Century at Home.
By the Pilot.
Six players who took part in the international match between England and Ireland on Wednesday reappear at Goodison Park tomorrow, when Everton oppose Wolverhampton Wanderers. They are Britton, Cook, Stevenson and Coulter, of Everton, and Martin and Brown of the Wolves. Five of these are Irishmen. Scotland and Wales will also be represented among the players, while Utterson the Wolves' goalkeeper brings the Irish representation up to six. Thomson, of Everton, is the Scot and Richards and Jones of the Wolves, the Welshmen. In addition 12 of the players are internationals and two are inter-League players. The match also marks the Football League debut of Jackson the young Everton back who claims the distinction of having figured in an F.A. Amateur Cup Final. He was then with Marine who lost to Dulwich Hamlet 7-1 at West Ham. Jackson is a grand little player, full of courage and resource, a fine kicker with either foot and a keen tackler.
15 th Home Game.
It will be Everton's 15 th home game of the season. Already they have won 12 and drawn one. The only team to win at the ground was Manchester City. The Wolves have not an impressive away record. In 13 journeys they have returned home victors only once and three matches have brought a division of the spoils. So form indicates that Everton will enhance their already strong position in the League. If Everton's half-backs can secure a grip on the nippy Wolves forwards then the Everton attackers should be capable of securing sufficient goals to win. Everton require only five goals to complete their half century at Goodison Park this season. Judging by their home form, they have a fair chance if reaching the total tomorrow.
Immediately after the game the Everton players have for Buxton for special training and they will remain there until the morning of the match with Derby County a week hence. The following players go into special training. Sagar, Cook, Cresswell, Williams, Jones, Jackson, Britton, Gee, Thomson, White, Mercer, Geldard, Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter and Stein. Everton have not lost a match since Christmas Day, and they should preserve that record tomorrow. Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Thomson, Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Utterson; Hollingworth, Shaw; Rhodes, Smalley, Richards; Brown, Hartill, Martin, Jones Wriggleworth.
WOLVES TACKLE EVERTON
February 9 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The season is rapidly advancing, and with the longer days the limit of starting time has been reached and the chief match on Merseyside today begins at 3.15. Everton are at home to old rivals in Wolverhampton Wanderers, and in view of Everton's capacity to entertain, there will be another good attendance at Goodison Park. The Wolves are a rule provide stern opposition, although their successes at Everton have been few and far between, but dash and enterprise have always been associated with the club and I expect the Midland team to give Everton a good run. Six of the players who participated in the England v. Ireland match on Wednesday, will again be on view four on the home side and Brown and Martin will assist the Wolves, Everton have a chance to finish high up in the League race, and on form they should add another victory to their credit. Special interest will be centred in the debut of Jackson the local player who has done so well in “A” team and Central League games for Everton. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Thomson, Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Utterson; Hollingworth, Shaw; Rhodes, Smalley, Richards; Brown, Hartill, Martin, Jones Wriggleworth.
WOLVES RES V. EVERTON RES
February 9, 1935. Evening Express Football Edition.
There was little to choose between the two teams at Molyneux ground. The Wolves were a shade the faster and deservedly went ahead at the 13 th minute Crook beating Bradshaw with an unstoppable shot. Williams was injured and Everton suffered when he was forced to go outside left and the team was rearranged, they were hard pressed for a time and only good work by Cresswell prevented more quick goals. Wolves added a second goal after half an hour, which Thompson scored but Dickinson scored for Everton just before the interval. Half-time Wolves Res 2, Everton Res 1.
GREAT SOCCER CLUBS AND THEIR STORIES-BURNLEY
February 9 1935. Evening express Football
Burnley's Famous Forward Who Practised Mis-Kicks!
The Goalkeeper with Fifty Understudies.
Floodlit Soccer in the Eighties.
By a Special Correspondent.
To the modern football follower the name of Burnley does not carry the magic it did, but there was a time –and not so long ago at that –when they stood on the topmost pinnacle of success. From September 6, 1920, to March 25 1921 they took part in 30 successive League matches with out once knowing defeat. This run has no paralled in league football and, as would be expected, it brought the Championship to Turf Moor. Burnley have had many famous players in their long career but the team that represented them at this time, stands out as a combination against all others. To commemorate their feat the club placed a brass tablet in the dressing-room. On this tablet are the names of the players responsible and the man who trained them, Charlie Bates is not forgotten. Of the great team, only Bob Kelly, the international inside-right, remains in league Football. He has been in the game since 1913 and is now on the books of Preston North End, after service with Sunderland and Huddersfield Town. The goalkeeper was Jerry Dawson. He gave Burnley 21 years' service and was awarded four benefits. Dawson was so consistent that he had nearly 50 understudies during his period of service at turf Moor. One after another, they wearied of waiting for their chance in the first team and departed to seek better luck with other clubs.
F.A. Cup Winners.
But Fate knows no logic. On the most important occasion of all in his long association with Burnley. Jerry Dawson was unable to play. It was the Cup final with Liverpool in 1914. Burnley won, but there was no medal for Dawson, who was out of action as the result of an injury received in the semi-final. His place was taken by Ronnie Sewell who afterwards went to Blackburn Rovers. Sewell must be accounted one of the luckiest of men. Fortune favoured him in football, and there were one or two incidents in his earlier life that indicated the prestige of a lucky star. Before he took up football Sewell was a sailor, and in a life that took him to many queer quarters he had a number of narrow escapes. He was luckiest of all when on one occasion he missed his ship S.S. Thornaby. It sailed without him, foundered and was lost with all hands. The winning of the cup in 1914 and on the league championship in 1921 are the two high spots in Burnley's story, but the club has had a colourful history. Away back in 1870, there was a Rugby team known as Burnley Rovers in the Lancashire town. In 1881 they absorbed another club and at the end of one year, Rugby was dropped in favour of Soccer. Under the new scheme of things the Word “Rovers” was discarded as well. So did the present Burnley F.C. come into existence with Turf Moor its headquarters. This gave Soccer a real start in the town and it was not long before a number of other clubs sprang up to engage in local competition. Burnley began to strengthen their side by importing professional players. The first to arrive was Danny Fred, a Scottish international who had assisted Vale of Leven and Accrington and this player taught his colleagues many of the finer points of the game. Under the guidance Burnley became a powerful side indeed. In 1884 they conquered Preston North End and Blackburn Rovers; two of the really outstanding Lancashire clubs at that time.
Another event worthy of mention in these early days of the club's career was a floodlight match with Nelson. Soccer by night is by no means the modern innovation many people think. True, Burnley's method of illumination was a series of flares placed round the ground. There were no powerful arc-lamps, but the men were able to see to play cleanly enough. Professionalism brought Burnley under the ban of the Football Association in company with other famous sides, but the legislating of the paid player came in 1885. The football League was formed three years later and Burnley were one of the six Lancashire teams that joined it. They were not a strong force, and in 1897 were relegated to the second Division. It took them only one season to win their way back, however, and the following year they made a bold bid for the League championship. They gained third position, but despite such an improvement in their playing record they were greatly embarrassed financially. To ease the strain they were forced to transfer players weakening their team so much in the process that they were relegated in 1900. They remained in the Second Division for 13 years, and then, having won promotion, they went on to win the cup. A number of the men who shared in this cup triumphant also played their part in the gaining of the League championship after the war. They were David Taylor, the left back; Halley, Boyle, and Watson the three halfs; Nesbitt, the outside right; and Mosscrop the left winger. Bert Freeman, the centre forward in the Cup team, was one of the most deadly marksmen has ever known, and he set up a League record of 38 goals in a season that remained unbeaten until the off-side rule was altered. His Speciality was a shrewd shot, in other words, a carefully calculated miskick.
The “Slice” Shot.
Freeman held the view that a good goalkeeper could reply on getting in the way of a true shot, no matter what force was behind it. A “slice” was a different thing altogether comparable shall we say to a break ball in cricket.” So the brainy Bert practiced such deceptions for hour after hour during training at Turf moor. Tom Boyle, the centre half, was another who spent a long time in profiling certain moves. His strength was in the way he could head a ball accurately to his wing forwards. In training he used to go out into the middle of the field with four or five footballs. These he would toss up into the air and then as they descended direct them in the way they should go. Boyle, a great captain was signed on from the Barnsley team that had reached the Cup final in 1910, and a fee of £1,500 was paid. He was cheap at the price for he led the club into the First division and was skipper of both the Cup and League championship sides. The highest fee ever paid for a player by Burnley was £6,000 for Jack Hill, who went to them from Plymouth Argyle in May 1926. A knee injury finished the great tom Boyle, and Jack Hill was his successor. Burnley had good service from Hill, and at the end of five years made a profit of £2,000 when they allowed him to go to Newcastle. He is now manager of Hull City. The old brigade have gone, but the deeds they did will not be forgotten. The new players find respect in that brass table in their dressing room.
EVERTON V DERBY COUNTY TIT-BITS
February 9, 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition
By Tom Glidden (The West Bromwich Albion Star).
From some points of view many people will regard the Everton v. Derby County game as the tit-bit of the round. The first hand stories which have reached me about Everton's display in the second cup tie against Sunderland make me wish I could see their game against Derby. Both Everton and Derby can be included among the teams nicely placed for a big cup effort. They are quite comfortable so far as the league is concerned, and both capable of playing high class football. There should be some great wing play in this game with Crooks and Duncan on one side and Geldard and Coulter on the other. It is not without significance that Geldard and Coulter scored five of the six goals obtained by Everton against Sunderland.
EVERTON 5 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 2
February 11 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
How Everton Beat Wolves.
Surprising Turns at Goodison.
Right Flank in Merry Mood.
Alex Stevenson Penalty Miss
Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton do not often agree, but at least all will agree that Saturday's game had nothing of the bitterness of some previous games and Wolves put up a grand effort against a side in its merriest mood. It was a game that flagged near the finish of a long drawn-out struggle, but it never lost its charm, and the compelling way in the home right flank play made it a rather memorable game for no one could remember quite so much “devil” and scheming as Cunliffe put into his work and added to that attraction one had to place the pace and skill of Geldard together with –best of all three –the football treat served up by Britton, whose methods when in possession of the ball made one wonder whether he would ever fail to get his pass where he intended. Time after time Britton was faced by a seeming wall, yet he managed to squeeze the ball to a partner, and his game throughout was of rich quality.
All the winners played well; there was not a half-and-half affair by any member, and this was particularly good to note because Everton were trying another of their door step finds. Jones had gone down through injury after taking his part in historic games. Now the Zingari Alliance boy Jackson, who was loaned to Marine was given his chances and he took it with every satisfaction to himself and his club. He was knocked out in collision, but prior to that had done sufficient to warrant the club placing faith in his football craft and his strong kicking ability. His chief charm was his quick tackle, which robbed the Wolves wingers when they imagined they could go through. Jackson thinks quickly and acts accordingly. His debut was a personal success in a game that had turned the way of the visitors after Stevenson had opened the score sheet. Richards got a luck goal thought a free kick for a foul by Gee on Hartill, the Wolves best player till then Jones headed a neat goal from a centre delivered from the right wing where the extreme wingman had been limping early on. Evidently Rhodes was damaged and off for a time and finally the Wolves tried the experience of changing over their wingers –it had little effect on a line rather notable for the way they had been progressing by means of waves of attacks Everton made their moves by means of intricate dancing steps, or Geldard's pace and Stevenson and Coulter linking up; Wolves went up by the sharp pass of much length, and Everton were the much determined in front of goal. Indeed Sagar had an easy day –for him –whereas Utterson had a welcome cheer at half-time for his work in goal.
Defenders Heavy Task.
The Midland defence was unable to stem the torrent of attack from his right trio, and Dean added his heady work to make the defenders task the more difficult. However, while Cunliffe equalised before half-time and took a lead early in the second half, this game was by no means won, and international memories of the Wednesday previous came to the mind as Everton tried to increase the slender lead. A penalty kick for hands in the goalmouth led to a curious goal. Coulter had been taken them for his club and his country. Now he stepped aside and Stevenson proceeded to do just what Coulter had done in the international -strike the woodwork of the same goal, Stevenson rushed to the rebound, and was fortunate not to commit, as the goal would have been disallowed by the process. Coulter, however came along and completed the try, and finally Stevenson scored again late on, and Wolves went off with a margin rather too strong in view of the way the fame had gone. Everton'' continued good form at home makes their Cup-tie onlook a confident one . Teams: - Everton: - Sagar goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Utterson goal; Hollingworth and Shaw, backs; Rhodes Smalley and Richards, half-backs; Brown, Hartill, Martin Jones and Wriggleworth, forwards. Referee Mr. Vokes.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS RESERVES 5 EVERTON RESERVES 1
February 11 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
At Wolverhampton Wanderers on a slippery ground the Wolves were the better side and led 2-1 at the interval, but Williams the Everton full back, was hurt, and after playing at outside left he later retired. Crooks (2), Thompson (2), and Cunnia scored for Winners and Dickinson for Everton. Everton: - Bradshaw goal; Williams and Cresswell backs; Mercer, White and Archer half-backs; Leyfield, Bentham, Dickinson, Webster and Stein, forwards.
West Kirby 1 Everton “A” 3
George Mahon Cup-Second Round.
At West Kirby. Everton were a well-balanced side, with Allen outstanding in the defence. It was due to this player that Simms and Chamberlain were not as effective on the West Kirby left wing as usual. West Kirby were hard pressed in the first half, and Everton only got their deserts when Hannon scored five minutes prior to the interval. West Kirby, had their best spell after resumption and during a period of pressure on the Everton goal, Simm defeated King. Everton again took the upper hand, however, and Hannon scored two further goals.
EVERTON AT BUXTON.
February 12 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton seem to revel in the Buxton air, and the players are at the Derbyshire resort again to prepare for the struggle with Derby County at Goodison Park. Jones the young full back who was injured at Huddersfield, is with his colleagues and undergoing special treatment. It is hoped that he will be all right, but in the event of that player being unable to turn out, presumably Jackson, who did so well on Saturday, will again partner Cook. Following their stay at Saltburn last week , Derby County are training at home.
It will be seen at once that Everton's home record is a remarkable one, thirteen victories out of fifteen games. On the other hand Everton are the only club in the division without an away victory while Derby County have won five matches away from home and drawn four. Obviously the County who have never won the Cup are opponents to be respected, and I do not believe that the Everton players are under any delusion as to the strength and skill of the men they will face next Saturday. On New Years Day they met at Goodison Park and a draw resulted after a lively duel, in which Everton got on terms in the second half. It is apparent therefore that a great game will result from this meeting, and the thousands who saw Everton defeat Sunderland in that thrilling replay are looking for a similar titanic struggle, and hope that Everton's home form will be maintained and that they may once more appear in the last eight.
DERBY COUNTY'S CUP SIDE-EVERTON'S DEFENSIVE DOUBT
February 13 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton have delayed a definite selection of the full backs for the Cup-tie with Derby County on Saturday until later in the week. Last night the officials announced that the side would be chosen from the following players: - Sagar; Cresswell, Jackson, Cook, Jones, Britton, Gee, Thomson, Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. The question is, therefore, who is to partner Cook Jones tested his injured leg yesterday and the trial seemed satisfactory, but it was deemed advisable to wait until later on to see whether he would be able to stand the strain in so vital a Cup-tie. In the event of Jones being unfit it remains to be seen whether the directors will rely on the experience and skill of Cresswell or the more youthful and speedy, but less experienced Jackson, who made his debut in the first team last Saturday.
Derby County Unchanged.
Derby County have not lost a match since Christmas Day, and they are hoping to preserve their record on Saturday. The directors of the club are pinning their faith to the team that has played in the last four matches, as neither Bowers nor Stockill will be available. Thus Gallacher the Scottish international centre, will again lead the line, and the team will be: Kirby; Udall, Collins; Nicholas, Barker, Hann, Crooks, Groves, Gallacher, Ramage, Duncan. This is the team which draw with Everton at Goodison Park on New Year's Day when udal and Nicholas curbed Coulter who was unable to reproduce his best form. In the event of Cresswell turning out on Saturday, the Everton team will also be identical with that of January 1. On Christmas Day Derby County were defeated at Wolverhampton by 5-1, but on the following day the County turned the tables on the Wolves by 2-0. Since that time they have won two Cup-ties and one League match while five League games have been drawn.
Seven Goals A Match
Have you noticed that the last seven matches played at Goodison Park by Everton's first team have produced an average of 7 goals ? No fewer than 49 goals were scored in five league matches and two Cup-ties as follows, starting with the League match against Sunderland on Christmas Day
In their fifteen League matches at Goodison Park, Everton have scored 50 goals and 12 in two Cup-ties. I hope they will maintain their scoring feats on Saturday against Derby County.
February 15, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
For the Football Association Cup-tie between Everton and Derby county tomorrow. Mr. A. J. Jewell, of London, will be the referee as the original choice Mr. Caseley, is ill. The Everton players are enjoying their stay at Buxton, but it is not yet definitely decided who is to partner Cook at full-back.
Fifth Meeting in the Cup.
Derby County are a most attractive side, and their performances of late have been consistent. The County and Manchester City are the only clubs to deprive Everton of home points this season. Since Derby returned to Division One, in 1925-26 they have secured four points from Everton by means of a victory last season, and two drawn games. The results for this period (Everton's score first) are 3-2; 2-2; 4-0, 4-0, 2-1 0-3, and 2-2). So far this season the County have won five away league games, these including the defeat of such stalwarts at Sunderland (4-1), Manchester City (1-0) and Blackburn Rovers (5-2). This will be the fifth meeting of the rivals in the cup. In the days when Everton played at Anfield they trounced the county by 11-2 while at the next meeting in 18897 in the semi-final Everton won 3-2 while the following year they again clashed in the penultimate stage, but this time Derby won by 3-1. The last meeting was in 1911, when the County won by 5-0 at Baseball ground in the third round.
When Gallacher Made His Debut.
The appearance of Hughie Gallacher in the day team recalls the fact that he made his debut in English League football against Everton. This was for Newcastle United in the match at St. James's Park on December 12, 1925, after he had been transferred from Airdrieonians. The game ended in a draw of 3 goals each, Dean getting the goals for Everton and Gallacher (2) and Seymour scoring for Newcastle who at one period led 3-1. The Daily Post report of the game stated that the third goal by dean was the result of a great shot from thirty yards' range. It may be of interest to give the teams that played on that occasion. They were; Everton; Hardy; Raitt McDonald; Peacock, Reid, Virr; Chedgzoy Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, Troup. Newcastle United; Wilson; Hudspeth, Hampson; McKenzie, Spencer, Gibson,; Urwin, Cowan, Gallacher McDonald, Seymour.
Advice to Spectators.
Although the Goodison Park ground is capable of housing nearly 70,000 spectators, it is rarely that this figure is approached by 10,000. This is due mainly to the fact that the majority of spectators flock to certain entrances and do not realise that there are thirty stiles that admit to the shilling portion of the ground, and not just the few at each end of Goodison-road. Those attending the cup-tie tomorrow should note that there are four stiles (1s ones) in Bullens-road, two at Gwladys-street end, and two at the Stanley Park end. These are always neglected, and some few hundred will find it an easier way of getting into a comfortable position before the latecomers flood the Goodison-road entrances. There is also accommodation in the paddock at 1s 6d, for 15,000 two-thirds under cover. A word to ticket-holders. Arrive early and facilitate the work of the stewards who will save you trouble by pointing out your seat instantly.
GOODISON CROWD RECORD MAY GO TOMORROW
February 15 1935. Evening Express.
All tickets Gone For 5 th Round Cup-tie With Derby County
Form Of the Teams
By the Pilot.
There is every indication that the ground record for Goodison Park 066,737 –will be broken tomorrow, when Everton meet Derby county in the Fifth Round of the F.A. Cup. All the tickets were sold more than two weeks ago. It will be another great battle. When the teams met in the League at Goodison Park on New Years's Day, the result was a draw 2-2. Derby are the third First Division team Everton have been called on to meet in this season's Cup tournament and the third team never to have won the Cup. Everton have a wonderful chance of securing the trophy for the third time in history and the second time in three seasons. The name Derby County has been on everyone's lips for days past. People are inclined to view this game as a sterner task than even the visit to Sunderland in the last round. This may be right. Anyway, the Everton players feel that this game is going to take a tremendous amount of winning. When I was at Buxton with them they all agreed that derby would give them equally as much trouble as Sunderland if not more. The reason? Well, they are firmly of the opinion that derby posses a much stronger defence than the Wearsiders, although their attack is not as dangerous. The manner in which the Everton men are viewing the match proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are not obsessed with a superiority complex just because they are the cup favourites that they have won 13 out of 15 matches, at Goodison Park; and that they have scored 50 goals on the ground in league matches this season and 12 in two cup ties. I do not expect the game to reach the heights of the Sunderland replay, but if it as exciting then the enthusiasts will go away full satisfied.
Artistry v. Endeavour.
It will be a case of consummate artistry of Everton opposed to incisive endeavour. Personnally, I think the artistry will prevail. Everton are playing brilliant football at the moment. They have struck their best form at a most vital period in the season, and are riding on the crest of a wave. Derby, in the Cup competition have not accomplished such deeds as the Blues. In the first round they were at home to York City –a Third Division side. Yet, it was not until three minutes from the end that Derby scored the only goal, which took them into the fourth round. In the next stage they were again favoured by the draw, and received Swansea Town the conquerors of Stoke City. Swansea went under 3-0. By no stretch of imagination can those two tasks be compared with those, which have been tackled with such success by Everton.
A Line of Form.
We have one line of form on which to work for this game. That is the New Year's Day meeting between the teams at Goodison Park, when they drew 2-2. The fact that the County could draw at the ground where all others clubs except Manchester City had fallen must give them tremendous encouragement. They are a well-equipped side with two of the most dangerous wingers in the game –Duncan and Crook's, one of the finest centre-forwards ever to have kicked a ball, Hughie Gallacher, England's leading centre half-backs barker; and a defence without superior in the First division. Gallacher is one to fear, but Gee is playing such dominant football at the moment that the Scot will have little rope. Again Crooks, on his international form against Ireland has gone back, but he is a different man with his own club and has a perfect understanding with “Dally” Duncan on the extreme left. A favourite more of theirs is to sweep the ball from one wing to another to create an opening. Dean must make up his mind to “attend” to barker –an attacking pivot 0in order that the two inside forwards, the schemers of the home attacks, can get their wings moving and also find plenty of shooting room. A lot depends on the ability of the Everton half-backs to hold the County forwards. I do not think there is a better intermediary division in the land at the moment than Britton, Gee and Thomson, and if they touch form them I think Derby will go out. Be quick to shoot is further advice I offer to the Blues. Now a word to the spectators. Goodison Park is capable of holding 70,000 people, each of whom will have an uninterrupted view of the match. The way to get 70,000 into the ground is for every spectator to assist the stewards in packing. The congestion at the Goodison-road corner, experienced in previous matches, can be avoided if shilling patrons will use other turnstiles –those in Bullen-road Gwladys-street and the Stanley Park end. There are 30 turnstiles for the shilling spectators and there are four in Bullens-road, two in Gwladys-street and two at the Stanley Park end. If people will utilise them instead of all trying to crowd through the Goodison road turnstiles it will be easy to pack the ground if, once inside the ground, they will keep the gangways clear and move as far away from the entrance as possible. Derby County; Kirby; Udall, Collins; Nicholas, Barker, Hann, Crooks, Groves, Gallacher, Ramage, Duncan.
TIE OF THE ROUND.
February 16, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
We on Merseyside, of course, are mainly concerned with the Everton –Derby County tie, admittedly the pick of the round, and likely to provide a fast, forceful display calculated to thrill the vast assembly expected to fill the Goodison Park enclosure The display on the occasion of the Everton-Sunderland replay created a profound impression, and the expectations are that another great struggle of a similar character will result this afternoon. Who will win? Naturally Merseyside to a man is behind Everton, and their form at Goodison Park has been such as to create the utmost confidence in their ability to beat Derby County. The Derby side supporters, on the other hand, are equally confident in their team's ability to hold the Everton stalwarts as they did in the League match at Goodison on New Year's Day, and there is no doubt that the players themselves have a wholesome respect for each other. The clubs have battled before for Cup honours on several occasions but the duel promises to eclipse all previous tussles.
Much depends on how Gallacher fares. If he is in one of his brightest moods, Gee and the Everton backs must expect to be tested to the full, as the little Scot is undoubtedly a match winner, and with fast wing men in Crooks and Duncan to assist him danger undoubtedly lies in this combination. Behind there is the sturdy Barker as pivot to a workmanlike half-back line, a safe pair of backs, and a sound goalkeeper. Obviously Everton must be at their best to achieve the desired result. I look for a great tussle between the Everton forwards and the Derby half-backs, but the with both Everton flanks capable of engineering match-winning moves the home men ought to win as with two well-matched sides the advantage of playing at home stands as a great asset in the turning of the scale.
Jackson To Partner Cook.
Jones who was injured at Huddersfield a fortnight ago, is not fit to play, and Jackson, who made his League debut last Saturday will partner Cook at back. Jackson played very well indeed against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and I think he will justify the confidence placed in him. He is fast, and a quick tackler. The teams are: - Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Derby County; Kirby; Udall, Collins; Nicholls, Barker, Hann; Crooks, Groves, Gallacher, Ramage, Duncan. The kick-off is at 3 o'clock.
EVERTON'S THRILLING CUP TRIUMPH
February 16, 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Jackson the Hero of 3-1 Victory.
Coulter's Two Smashing Goals against Derby
62,000 See Great Struggle For Mastery.
By the Pilot.
Everton beat Derby County 3-1 in the Fifth Round of the F.A. cup at Goodison Park today. Coulter (2), and Dean for Everton and Gee (own goal) for Derby County were the scorers. Jackson the 22 years old full back, was the hero of Everton's victory. Playing in his first F.A. Cup-tie he had no superior man on the field with his great tackling and sure kicking. He laid the foundation for their win in the first half when playing against the wind they were always on top. The game was played in a sea of mud and kept 62,220 spectators on the tip-toe with excitement. The receipts were £4,879 3s. 7d.
• Unfortunately the first column was unreadable without second-guessing which is not what the Blue Correspondent is about, we take up the report from the second half.
The superior tea deserved their success. Jackson had been positively grand. Derby began the second half well and looked dangerous when they were awarded a free kick near the goal line for a foul on Crooks. Sagar however, fisted the ball away. Everton were forced back on defence by the tricky work of the Midlanders – Jackson stood out as the Everton hero.
Derby were playing better against the wind than with it, something I had anticipated, and in the opening passages of this season Everton had not shone as an attacking quantity. Then a flying centre from Thomson and with the aid of Dean, Geldard was almost through. Cunliffe shook the Derby defence, which had been far from busy, Kirby saving on his knees a daisy cutter. Gee headed away a centre from Duncan, the flight of which had deceived Sagar. The ball bounced to Gallacher and Ramage, but gee was there to do the necessary. Everton's shooting was much better than the County's and now Stevenson took a hand thanks to a Dean backheader a rising ball being taken by Kirby at the second attempt. Geldard, who had been quiet owing to lack of passes now showed his speed, but a fine tackle by Collins held him up. Dean had a chance, but allowed the ball to bounce off his knee, and when Stevenson was going through, Nicholas fouled him. The free kick was cleared, and Duncan was allowed to go away from an offside position, but the player shot straight across goal. Derby were having the better of this half so far, although never so dangerous as the Blues.
Derby reduced the lead in 69 minutes with a curious' goal which eventually was scored by Gee, the Everton centre half. Duncan pushed the ball up to Ramage, who made a fine centre, Sagar could not get the ball away and with Gallacher trying to force his way through the ball came out of the melee and Groves had all the goal to shoot at. He made the short shot necessary, but the ball struck on the goalline. Crooks and Gee ran to it together and though Gee won the race Crooks charged him as he kicked the ball and it flew to the back of the net. The goal was no more than Derby deserved, for they had been the better side this half. Everton were still being pressed and missed a fine chance of equalizing by dalliance. In 78 minutes the Blues increased their lead with a sensational goal by Coulter. Sagar took a goal kick and ran to the edge of the penalty area with the ball before kicking it. Added by the wind the ball swept past everyone but Coulter , who had moved into the centre, seized on the chance and raced after the ball to score as he pleased, Kirby having no chance. Derby kept chasing the lost hope but when Coulter dribbled through again Dean had two bites at the cherry, only to find the mud against him. Throughout Everton had been the more dangerous side. Final Everton 3 Derby County 1. In view of the result Everton play the League match with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
EVERTON 3 DERBY COUNTY 1
February 18, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Hard Earned Victory. Derby County's Bold Challenge
Coulter Delivers Decisive Blow.
Everton continue to win at home, and their latest victory before their own people was one of merit; hard earned because their rivals, Derby County put up stout challenge, and at the hour seemed likely to draw. This Cup-tie was one further place of evidence that Everton before their own people are in astounding form; they have never known such a long run of success in home games –Manchester City was the one blot and Derby County made a league draw. The task set Everton in the fifth round of the Association Cup was a real test. Derby had not lost a game since Christmas Day, and were sure to be worthy battlers because they have the weight and skill in the team to ensure a battling game, yet finesse could be introduced at will. This was a game on a flooded field; rainfall had made the ground waterlogged, and doubt was expressed whether the game would be played. The referee said “Play on” and his judgement was right, because at time wore on the flooded portion passed into the earth and the ground became positively cloggy. Everton like a moist turf, but neither side could be expected to do there best on a watery surface which made the ball fly at angles and produce a skiddering run, carrying the ball further than one could reasonably expect. Therefore in the circumstances, the game was of high order, and the number of stoppages was remarkably few. The throw-in did not obtrade, and the standard of play on a mud pitch was of rare quality.
Everton won because of the manner in which they took their chances. Actually Sagar had the more awkward work to deal with his early saves from Crooks and others turned this game into a possible victory. A goal so early on would have had its effect upon Everton. As it was, Dean took the opening score through a throw-in by Britton and a cross by Cunliffe. Derby were shocked at the turn of events. They had till then been playing nicely-balanced football, with definite scheme of combination and the ball kept on the ground, which is rather unusual for any Cup-tie team, especially when the turf was moist. Derby could have won the game if there had been a more rugged use of their driving force from any angle. They arrived at the Everton defence quarters and made almost leisurely effort to drag the ball onward and through the goal. Perhaps Sagar's early saves had left them with an inferiority complex. Whatever it was there was no doubt about Everton's steady rise; chiefly through their left wing and Cunliffe.
Time for the refresher was ebbing when Coulter scored with a smashing blow, the ball never rising more than a foot and beating Kirby to send Derby of two goals in deficit. The second half was a different story, Derby played better against the gale than with its supposed aid. There was much tremor among the Everton spectators as Duncan now began to get beyond the backs and swing the tempting centre to the middle of the goal, Gallacher had missed his chance early on, sweeping the ball outside from easy range. Now he concentrated upon making gifts for others. Duncan's best form was the starting point of this change of front and Barker was also a very able assistant while Groves worked a like hare. Everton stood firm for a time till the stress, because well nigh too much for them. One could sense a goal coming and it was no surprise that crooks should score, albeit the way the goal was percelled up left it no more than a joyful register for Derby and not a thing to write about at full length. Crooks and Groves made the goal between these, and when Sagar was not at hand the ball stuck in the goal mud on the goal-line! Here was a was a pretty situation, the beginning of some others of special note. Gee tried to race up and slam the ball away for safety. He did not succeed and officially the goal is given to Crooks. Everton had to call back their inside forwards for defensive help. It was a dangerous state because Everton were courting attacks and Derby were willing to supply them against a packed defence believing the equalising goal must come. Duncan drifted from outside-left to inside-right to take a corner kick by Crooks, the outside-right, Duncan went low and headed the ball very cleverly, but not quite to the goal-mark. This began a series of double-shifts of positions no one could expect or realise.
The decisive Blow
It was at this point the most extraordinary goal arrived. Sagar took the goal kick, and for once he elected to bounce the ball step forward a yard, catch the ball, and so on till he reached the penalty box limits. He was biding time and gaining yards of ground. Finally, he kicked the goal-kick a hugh length; the wind carried it to the far corner of the ground and, without a second player touching the ball, Coulter at inside-right of all places, picked up the flying ball and shot it through beyond the bewildered Kirby. Two kicks, one goal, and Sagar receiving congratulations from his fellow-players upon his share in the goal against his rival goalkeeper! Derby were killed by this unexpected and freakish effort, but one must give Coulter credit for his continual eyeing of the ball and for his smart acceptance of the chance. So Derby passed out, and one must say they had made an usually good battle against a 2-goal lead. They had really beaten off their own chances first by Gallacher's early misses and by the general endeavour to walk the ball beyond a stout little defence in which a boy was making his Cup debut. Jackson was outstanding in many ways, and only late on when he tired did Duncan begin to move through him by his own expert methods.
Jackson, the Zinari League twenty-two year-old, was a triumph; so was his partner and the goalkeeper/. The half-back line was not so good, the referee likewise when there was some dirty work introduce by certain players, Forward Geldard had a quiet day Dean likewise, and the left flank was best, Stevenson being in his natural form for turning the defence into the wrong channel, while Coulter's goal speak for themselves. On the Derby side Collins and Udel were capital. Hann was a weakness, and Nicholas found his great height and weight a handicap in the heavy going. Forward, Gallacher had the artistry of Stevenson without the finishing power, and he needed a more rousing character top shoot, not to continue the passing schemer, the Scot had started. Derby dallied while Everton went on with unstoppable shots. That was the difference between these sides, and Derby were unlucky to first “such a goal” take away their chance to make a draw when Everton had shot their bolt. Yet Everton deserved a win if only by our resemblance of Cunliffe's fine drive to the crossbar. Perhaps Derby's unlucky moment came when Thomson headed back to goal and Sagar fell, the ball being held up through the mud and passing outside with no one to save it inches been the other way. But then, that is how Cup-ties become so exciting. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Derby County: - Kirby, goal; Udall, and Collins (captain), backs; Nichols, Baxter, Hann, Crooks, Groves, Gallacher, Ramage, and Duncan, forwards. Referee Mr. Mr. J. Jewell.
EVERTON LAST WON AWAY –IN LONDON
February 19 1935. Evening Express.
Spell May be Broken at Chelsea.
By the Pilot.
Everton have played 21 successive matches away from home in the Cup and League and have not succeeded in winning one of them. Tomorrow they go to Chelsea in the hope of breaking this unenviable run. The last time they won away from home was on February 23, last season, and it was in London. They beat Arsenal 2-1 at Highbury. Will London prove lucky again and provide the Cup favorites with their first “double” of the season, and their only “double” since they did it against Arsenal last term. There is every chance for Chelsea have fortified 13 of the 28 points played for at Stamford Bridge. Everton on the other hand are not only cup favourites, but are only four points behind the leaders –Arsenal. Stamford Bridge has not been one of the Blues' lucky grounds; in fact, one has to go back a few seasons to find them winning a match there. Chelsea were not playing on Saturday and so will be fresh for the game, but if Everton approach anything like their real form I think they will return home with something tangible in the way of points. They will be without Britton and Cook, who are nursing manor injuries received in the Cup game against Derby, and Mercer and Cresswell deputise. Some interesting duels should be seen between Stevenson and Coulter, Everton's Irish international left wing, and Mitchell, the Irish international right half-back. The other Irishman in the match will be Joe Bambrick, the famous ex-Linfield centre forward, who will be at centre forward for Chelsea. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Cresswell; Mercer Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Chelsea (probably); Jackson, Barber McAulay; Mitchell, Craig, Miller; Spence, Argue, Brambrick, Gibson, Barraclough.
COOK AND BRITTON STAND DOWN.
February 19 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Cook and Britton are standing down from the Everton team to visit Stamford Bridge tomorrow, owing to slight injuries received on Saturday. Cresswell comes in once more and Mercer is to deputise for Britton. The team to meet Chelsea will be: - Sagar; Jackson, Cresswell; Mercer, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean. Stevenson, Coulter.
Everton at Home.
Bolton or Spurs Visit Goodison.
Everton have had their share of fortune and now, with another home tie they are presented with a great chance to make further history for the famous side. Whether their opponents be Bolton Wanderers of Tottenham Hotspur, Dean and his colleagues will be faced by stern and capable footballers who know full well what is required to progress in the tournament.
Their Eleventh Semi-Final?
With such worthy opponents therefore, Everton's supporters will relish the advantage of playing at home where they have made so fine a record in beating such formidable opponents as Grimsby Town, Sunderland, and Derby County in previous rounds, and the fact that the team has been able to overthrow strong adversaries gives rise to the hope that the Everton club will figure in the semi-final for the eleventh time in their history and for the third time in four years. Everton's supporters and the players themselves, however, fully realize that the next round will be equally as testing as those with Sunderland, and Derby County. There are no two opinions regarding the equality of the opposition, so that it is necessary for Everton to keep on the top of their form to ensure further progress. The match at Goodison Park should add one more brilliant display to those that have gone before. The Spurs knocked Everton out in the third round last season by 3-0, so that the Merseyside combination may have a chance for revenge. Everton defeated the ‘Spurs in the first round in 1908 by 1-0, while in 1904 the Spurs' won at Everton by the odd goal of three.
When Settle was a Star.
Bolton and Everton of course, are old rivals in the Cup, and there have been several pulse stirring struggles between them in the days of Settle. Young and Co, and one recalls that former little forward scoring a “winner” in a replay after a 3-3 draw at Bolton. “Jimmy Settle” was a great favourite at Goodison Park in those days. In 1907 the Wanderers drew 0-0 at Goodison Park, but Everton won the replay 3-0, at Bolton, at Burden Park. It was in the following season that the 3-3 draw at Bolton took place, and Everton won the replay 3-1. It used to be said of Bolton that they “win the Cup every three years.” They have certainly done better than all their rivals since the war for they have won the Cup three times in the last fifteen years –1923, 1925, and 1929. At present they are fighting hard to regain their place in the senior division which they lost two seasons ago. At present they lead, the way, and hope to make amends for missing promotion by a point last season. This term they have been unfortunate in being drawn away in each round.
EVERTON AT CHELSEA
February 20 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton go to Chelsea. The Stamford Bridge side has shown vast improvement and they are now fairly well placed, but no doubt Everton despite the fact that cook and Britton are absent, will make a bid for the points, which would give them a really good place. Although the Cup is the main object in view league points are by no means depised, and, I suppose, Everton will make another effort to score their first away victory. Their last away win was in London last term. Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cresswell; Mercer, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Chelsea: - (probable); Jackson; Barber, McAulay; Mitchell, Craig, Miller; Spence Argue, Bambrick, Gibson, Barraclough.
CHELSEA 3 EVERTON 0
February 21 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury. Everton Players Injured.
Sagar to Undergo X-Ray.
Chelsea Win at Stamford Bridge.
Everton fell in every way at Chelsea's ground yesterday. First through a compensation clause that makes them “average” the ordinary Chelsea gate –the weather was so bad that instead of the customary 40,000 they had no more than 25000 –then a 3 goals' deficit without reply was another blow, and finally some of the players were damaged in course of play, notably Sagar Cunliffe, and Thomson. Sagar's was the worst case. He sustained a damaged shoulder and is to undergo an X-ray examination today.
How Goalkeeper was Hurt.
Sagar came out of his goal to take a hefty charge, set himself, and got the worst of it and lay outside his goal while play went on for fully a minute a goal being scored. Sagar continued, but it was plain he was badly hurt, and he had to punch out shots; he dare not catch any further shots, and it is not his custom to punch out a straight and a low ball as he did in the last 15 minutes of play. It was an unfortunate day for the goalkeeper in other ways, because he was only able to just finger an instead pass-back by Mercer, who to all intents and purpose put through his own goal when sagar slipped up in the act of moving forward to take the simple pass back, but I believe the goal goes to Barraclough. After that Sagar was excellent and Everton facing a strong wind, had so much of the early play that there should have been no doubt about the verdict. The simpler the chance the more certain they failed to deliver the ball correctly. Their marksmanship on the whole was poor, and therein lay their failure. Had Cunliffe taken two chances early on after Geldard had done the spade work, there must have been a good lead, and Chelsea's form from first to last was sufficient to show that an early reverse would have shattered them in their present nervous state.
Field day For Geldard.
After the interval Everton took command, and much of their close work of fine quality. London spectators were not slow to appreciate the value of Thomson'' fine judgement and cool distribution. Stevenson's scheming and gee's endeavour to show his forwards how to get goals. Best of all Geldard had a field day against McAulay and his pace and pleasure continued to the end of the day, but not a goal came albeit Geldard hit the upright and Cunliffe struck the crossbar, the only time Jackson was seriously faulted. Everton had the whole of the second half to themselves without making Chelsea pay for their slip-shod defensive tactics. It mattered not what margin came against Everton's defence because Everton could not get one goal. Actually Argue headed into the net from a corner and Bambrick also scored. But Chelsea need not expect to escape from other teams in a similar way and get a three-decker marginal note in their favour. Everton were so complacent at times that onlookers ma have thought they had no interest in the league or the bonus, but they are playing in that confident and cool manner these days and may easily be misjudged in such a mood. Actually they gave pleasure without being at all satisfactory in front of goal. Honours go to the men named, and Mercer, acting for the resting Britton, and Cresswell, brought in for Cook, came out of the match with credit, young Jackson playing another bright game. However, at half-back Thomson and Gee took main honours with Coulter the most dangerous forward through his inclination to travel into far-off parts and become centre or a right winger if the need was there. Cunliffe got a severe blow to the leg, and on the other side Craig, who held a watching brief on Dean, was the cause of one or two stoppages. Referee Pinckston was in charge, and some may have wondered whether he was justified in letting play continue for a minute when Sagar lay injured and impossible to offer resistance to the goal-getter. The rule is explicit. The referee has certain powers and the official in charge used his discretion and allowed play to continue. And there can be no argument about it. Once more Everton had failed to win away from home –they have not raised a winning flag in their journeys for 12 months. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cresswell, backs; Mercer, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain) Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Chelsea: - Jackson, goal; Barber, and McAuley, backs; Allum, Craig and Miller half-backs; Spence, Argue, Bambrick, Gibson and Barraclough, forwards. Referee Mr. E. Pinckston, of Birmingham.
BRADSHAW IN EVERTON GOAL.
February 22 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
An Everton team without Sagar seems strange, for he has been really absent since Everton's return to the Senior Division after a season in the Second Division. Sagar's injured shoulder, however will keep him out of the team tomorrow to meet Aston Villa at Goodison Park I understand the injury is a slight dislocation of the collar-bone and it is expected he will be fit to play in the Cup-tie tomorrow week. Last season Sagar played in forty League matches, the season before he did not miss a League game while in 1931-32 he was only marked absence on one occasion, and up to now has taken part in all games this season.
Everton have an able deputy in Bradshaw, and the former New Brighton goalkeeper, who earned a high reputation when a member of the Rake-lane club, will make his debut for the senior side tomorrow. It will be an excellent opportunity for Bradshaw to show his worth, as there are able marksmen in the Villa ranks. He has been doing well in the Central League side. Cunliffe was also hurt at Chelsea, and he stands, down, Dunn coming in as partner to Geldard. Britton and Cook resume in place of Mercer and Cresswell, and the team will be Bradshaw; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Jones is having a run with the reserve team to visit Villa Park, the side being as follows; King; Cresswell, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Leyfield, White Dickinson, Hannan, Stein.
From post-war games with Aston Villa at Goodison Park, Everton have gained 17 points to the Villa's 10, the results (Everton's score first) having been 1-1, 1-1, 3-2, 2-1, 2-0 2-0, 1-1, 2-2, 3-2, 0-1, 3-4; 4-2, 3-3, and 2-2. In all the clubs have met at the Park under First Division auspices on forty-occasions, as a result of which Everton have 20 victories to their credit, the Villa 10 while the remaining games have been drawn. Although the Villa have not been a power this season they usually play good football at Everton.
MAY NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN
Bexhill-on-Sea Observer - Saturday 23 February 1935
Unique Incidents in Big Football
By Ted Sagar
The game of football is full of sensations and surprises of all sorts. Scarcely a Saturday goes by without we read or hear of some unique happening. Of a team doing something entirely unexpected and unthought of or a player performing feats the like of which nobody imagined him capable. In these circumstances perhaps it is treading on dangerous ground for me to say that certain things which have happened in the past will never happen agin. We are constantly being reminded that in this game, anything is possible. And is it not as true in football as in any other sphere that history has a knack of repeating itself.
EVERTON'S COALS GALORE SPELL
Take typical example connected with my own club. In the early days of the 1931-32 season. Everton accomplished succession home victories the like of which had probably never before been known in football. In successive matches at Goodison Park our goals for column showed these amusing figures—nine, eight, seven, nine, five and five. Forty-three goals in six matches. This feat was freely talked of a 9 one which would probahlv never repeated. No team would treat their supporters to such riot of goal-scoring did Ererton in that devastating run. Yet even this season history is coming near to repeating itsell. Seven successive games at Ooodison Park have produced forty-nine goals, which is only just under the total number notched in the 1931-33 season. One of the games which helped greatly to make this total was the replayed cuptie with Sunderland, when we came out victorious sis goals to four. That game was certainly the most amazing in which 1 .hare ever taken part. The ecore the end of ninety minutes was three each. It very seldom that when an extra half-hour has to played more than one goal is scored. Both sets of players are usually getting too exhausted and legweary to keep a sustained attack. But in our game with Sunderland there were four goals scored during this extra period. I have since made inquiries, but have been unable to find anyone to quote an instance of the same sort of happening in a cup-tie between First Division sides.
Sam Chedgzoy’s Startler
Although the odds against such things as these I have mentioned occuring again are big, it would be going too far to say that they will never happen again. There are some things, however, about which we can be certain. Alterations in the rules of the game have rendered the repitition of certain past events impossible. As an example, stalwart followers of the Everton club recall the doings of Sam Chedgzoy the famous winger of the club. Sam had read the rules very carefully and during a match against Arsenal at Goodison Park in 1924 he startled everybody with a new method of taking corners kicks. Instead of swinging the ball into the goalmouth according to the custom. he commenced to dribble it into the middle, and take a shot at goal himself. The referee didn't stop him either, because he knew that Chedgzoy was within his rights. That method of taking corner kicks won't be repeated, because the football legislators lost no time in remedying an oversight when the rule was drafted. No touching the ball twice from a corner kick nowadays.
One Shoe Off, The Other Shoew On
The story is also told of a thing done by the great full-back "Dicky" Downs. I beleieve it was in a cup final, when Downs was playing for Barnsley, that he was hurt and was taken over the touch-line for attention. The injury affected his ankle, and the trainer removed a boot in order to get at the root of the trouble. Suddenly the opposition made a dangerous looking raid upon the Barnsley goal, and they looked likely to score. The full back left his place behind the goal-line with one boot in its proper place, and the other in his hands. His action saved the situation. It would not be allowed today. The rules now say that an injured player must not return to the field of play until the ball is dead and the referee gives the signal. An expieriment in which I have always been very interested, but which I am not able to employ, is one which Farquaharson, Cardiff City's goalkeeper, tried out successfully. In a cup-tie with Chelsea, a Cardiff player was penalised in the penalty area and Andy wilson, one of the surest of spot kickers, got ready to bang the ball home. Instead of standing on the goalline to try to parry the shot, Farqubarson stood well behind with his back against the net. As Wilson dashed forward and saved. That "Dodge" can never be tried again because the law-makers made it impossible for the goalkeeper to stand on the line. I fancy Farquharson was at least partly responsible for the alteration in the rules.
Almost Beyond Belief
How about this for a unique event - a player scoring a goal following the kick off from the centre of the field without either a colleague or opponent touching the ball. On the face of it such a feat seems impossible, but I have been told that it actually happened.
Bury were playing Sheffield Wednesday years back. Harry Millar kicked off for Bury ad booted the ball hard up the field. He chased it at full speed and got to the edge of the penalty area just as it dropped to the ground. As he went for the ball he was unfairly tackled and the referee gave a penalty kick to Bury. Millar took the kick and scored, so that he actually got a goal without another player touching the ball. In these days there are plenty of footballers with a reputation, fully justified for playing well in any positian "Old-timer" who is numbered among my friends, never alludes to this football side line without mentioning the record of J. W. Crabtree, who used to play for Aston Villa. This fellow, so understand, was so adaptable that he gained International caps for England while playing in five different positions on the field, all the three half-back places, and also right and left full back. Our modern Bastins have obviously nothing on this player of former days. Indeed such a record may never be equally. And so we could go on telling of weird and wonderful football events, each illustrarting that truth is stranger than fiction. And waiting just around the corner, again were, may be unique happenings of which we don't even dream at the moment. Football is like that.
BRADSHAW'S CHANCE AT EVERTON.
February 23, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
By John Peel.
Locally Aston Villa provide the attraction at Goodison Park, where Everton take the field without Sagar for whom Bradshaw, the former New Brighton goalkeeper is to deputise, Aston Villa are always popular visitors and spectacular duels between the sides are spirited over league and Cup history. Thus Aston Villa these days have not lived up to the high traditions of seasons ago, but at their best the team is still a force to be reckoned with. So far this season the Midland club have not been able to strike the right blend, though they have some good performances to their credit. Everton, though below full strength have a good team out, and I expect Dean and his colleagues to maintain their good performances at home. In addition to Sagar, Cunliffe was hurt at Chelsea on Wednesday, and Dunn once more enters the first team. The kick off is at 3.15 and the teams are:- Bradshaw; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Aston Villa: -Morton; Beeson, Blair; Gardiner, Allen, Kingdom; Rpughton, Beresford, Astley, Dix, Cunliffe.
IY MAY NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.
February 23, 1935. Evening Express Football Edition.
Nine-Day-Wonder Feats on the Football Field.
By Ted Sagar Everton Famous Goalkeeper.
The game of football is full of sensations and suprises of all sorts. Scarcely a Saturday goes by without we read or hear of some unique happening. Of a team doing something entirely unexpected and unthough of or a player performing feats the like of which nobody imagined him capable. In these circumstances perhaps it is treading on dangerous ground for me to say that certain things which have happened in the past will never happen again. We are constantly being reminded that, in this game, anything is possible. And is it not as true in football as in any other sphere that history has a knack of repeating itself. Take a typical example connected with my own club. In the early days of the 1931-32 season Everton accomplished a succession of home victories the like of which had probably never before been known in football. In successive matches at Goodison Park our goals for column showed these amazing figures; Nine, Eight, Steven, Nine, Five and Five. Forty-three goals in six matches. This feat was freely talked of as one, which would probably never be repeated. No team would ever treat their supporters to such a riot of goal scoring as did Everton in that devastating run. Yet even this season history is coming near to repeating itself; Seven successive games at Goodison Park have produced forty-nine goals, which is only just under the total number notched in the 1931-32 season. One of the games which helped greatly to make this total was the replay Cup tie with Sunderland, when we won victorious by six goals to four. That game was certainly the most amazing in which I have ever taken part. The score at the end of 90 minutes was three each. It is seldom that when in extra half hour has to be played more than one goal is scored. Both sets of players are usually getting too exhausted and the weary to keep up a sustained attack. But in our game with Sunderland their were four goals scored during this period. I have since made inquires but have been unable to find anyone to get any instance of the same sort of happening in a Cup-tie between First division teams.
Sam Chedgzoy's Startler.
Although the odds against such things as these I have mentioned occurring again ate big, it would be going too far to say that they will never happen again. There are somethings however about which we can be certain. Alterations in the rule of the game have rendered the repetition of certain past events impossible. As an example stalwart followers of the Everton club recall the doings of Sam Chedgzoy, the former winger at the club. Sam had read the rules carefully, and during a match against arsenal at Goodison Park in 1921, he starfied everyone with a new method of taking corner kicks. Instead of swinging the ball into the goalmouth according to the custom he began to dribble it into the middle and take the shot at goal himself.
THE STAR OF STAR LEFT WINGERS.
February 23, 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Who is the star of stars among outside lefts of the present time? On his form of the last few months Coulter, of Everton, cannot be rated second to any of the outstanding men occupying similar positions in their different teams as a combination of footballer and match-winners. Londers, with their Arsenal and Tottenham idols Cliff Bastin, and Willie Evans will be loth to concede the palm to the young Irishman; so too, may Sunderland fans with their Jimmy Connor ever before them and Derby's people with Duncan after the England-Ireland match at Goodison this month several Irish men expressed their thankfulness that Coulter hand “landed” with a club like Everton. Coulter's three goals in the Cup-tie with Sunderland and his brace against Derby –particularly that extraordinary intuitive effort from Sagar's clearance have tended to keep him right in the lime light.
FAMOUS SOCCER CLUBS –BOLTON WANDERERS
February 23, 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
How Bolton Became The Wanderers.
Cup-Winning Club That Started on Penny Subscriptions
By a Special Correspondent.
Bolton Wanderers are renowned Cup-Fighters. They were the first club to win the trophy at Wembley and they have more victories to their credit at the Stadium than any other side. On that first successful Cup final team in 1923, only Alex Finney remains. Three members of the forward line have become managers of League clubs, Joe Smith is in charge at Reading and among his players there is Billy Butler who was in all three Bolton's Cup triumphs. Ted Vizard holds the reins at Swindon and David Jack, who was the first footballer to score a Cup-Final goal at Wembley, is manager of Southend United. Will Jennings the Welsh international left half was appointed coach to Cardiff City just before the present season started. Bolton Wanderers are one of the oldest clubs in the country. Their origin can be traced back to 1872 when a friendly game of Soccer was played by a party of young fellows who were the guest of Mr. Kay of Turton Hall. One of Mr. Kay's friends was Mr. Thomas Ogden, a Sunday school master at Christ Church, Bolton. He was so struck with soccer, then in its infancy, that he introduced it to his scholars. The boys took to it readily, and by 1874, a club was in operation. The subscription was one penny a week. The fact that soccer was almost unknown meant difficulty in obtaining a regular fixture list. Something in order to get a match at all the lads had to agree to play one half of it under the better-known rugby rules.
Title “A Joke”!
In 1877 the vicar raised an objection to meetings being held in the Sunday School rooms unless he was present and this resulted in a break. The footballers severed their connection with Christ Church and eventually made an hotel their headquarters. They tried so many different places before they settled here that they now felt justified in calling themselves Bolton Wanderers. The title was a joke at first but it has been retained. About a year later Mr. Peter Parkinson became associated with the club and determined from the start to bring them to the front. He was the means of introducing several fine Scottish footballers to the team. There was no stopping professionalism and it was legalized in 1885 as the result of the action taken by Bolton and Preston North End. In 1887 the late Mr. J. J. Bentley was prevailed upon to review an earlier association with the club and this change things. Mr. Bentley was a remarkable man. He began in a railway good depot, forsook the work for accountancy, became a newspaper editor, was President of the Football League, and a Vice President of the Football Association. The football league was formed in 1888 and Bolton were one of the 12 original members. Since then they have had their share of up and downs; and their present experience of Second Division football is by no means the best.
Mud-Heap To Rubbish-Tip!
They made their initial appearance in the Cup Final in 1891. Their opponents were Notts County, and most people thought the match was a “grit” for the Lancashire lads. A heavy injured list delayed the solution of the team until the last moment, and the side was all at sixes and sevens when it took the field. Notts won 4-1 and thus became the first Second Division club to carry home the Cup. Bolton's goalkeeper in that match was J. W. Sutcliffe, who held the unusual distinction of assisting England at both soccer and Rugby. Until 1895, the Wanderers had been playing at Pike lane a ground more often than not a mud heap. In that year they moved to the present headquarters at Burnden Park, an area originally a rubbish tip. Starting with a small stand to hold 500, they made it into one of the most constructious enclosures in football and their record attendance to date is 69,912. This enormous crowd assembled for the visit of Manchester City in the Cup competition of 1932-33. There is always a big crowd for Manchester City's visit. The two clubs have a long standing rivalry, which can be traced to Bolton's second appearance in the Cup Final in 1904. In that match the City beat them by a goal to none a goal which was disputed by followers of the club for a long time. It can be said, without any exaggeration, that it was still in the minds of many when the two clubs met again in the Final, and that was 22 years later. Honours was satisfied at that meeting for Bolton were the victors by precisely the same score. It was the second of their Wembley triumphs.
When Wembley Opened.
The first was against West Ham in 1923 that memorable opening of the Wembley Stadium when at least 200,000 people tried to pack themselves into a space that only held half that amount. They third was in 1929, when Portsmouth were defeated.
EVERTON 2 ASTON VILLA 2
February 25 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Drop Home Point
Aston Villa's Clever Centre.
Crowd and the Referee
Everton and Aston Villa drew their League game 2-2. And it was great football. Football of a character worthy the two teams and their history. Perhaps it was well the game was left drawn, but the fortune of play fluctuated to such an extent that at one time Aston Villa were on top of their rivals and liable to equal Manchester City's record of registering an away win at Goodison Park. In the end Everton fought back with gallantry and resoluteness, and the issue was drawn through a footed goal by Dean. After the cause the urge for Everton's victory and the crowd hung on every attack, as did the Villa defence, Allen the captain being a power in these final efforts and he was ably backed up by Blair, Beeson, and the best of all, Morton the goalkeeper. It was Morton who made this draw possible for the Villa. His saves were not of the ordinary clear and catch principle; he had to withstand a bundling of players in his area, and he was on the ground often enough when he gathered the ball and came through with it.
Astley, on the other hand, was dominating force of the Villa attack, and his two goals were sweetly taken. The first was a reply to Stevenson's easy goal at the thirty-seventh. Astley took a Gardner lob with fine judgement, and jerking his head sideways, he turned the ball just wide of Bradshaw's hands. The second goal to the Villa came in the second half when Astley taking a bow at a venture struck a remarkably fine shot and left Bradshaw helpless. The Everton goalkeeper was acting for Sagar, who had been damaged at Chelsea's ground in midweek, and two of his saves were of fine quality probably turning the game into a draw but the best shots of the match, from a half-back (Kingdom) struck Jackson and caused him to limp for the rest of the game; not that Jackson could be limp in any circumstances, his enthusiasm and Sharp tackling carrying him into the Villa's left flank with happy results to his side. Everton were the more certain in their raiders and had the more constructive half back line behind them; one would turn the Britton, Gee, Thomson trinity in superlative form, whereas the Villa half-backs were variable Kingdom best throughout, Allen best late on, and Gardner unable to keep the Irish couple, Stevenson and Coulter, in control, yet being responsible for the first goal. Astley scored.
Police Anticipate Scene.
So the ding-dong game continued its way with few interruptions, and much disgust from the 35000 spectators that referee Wort of Kent, should be so surprising in his verdicts. In the end Dean got a chance and scored the equalising goal, and from that point Everton laid on the Villa defence thick and heavy, but it was all of no avail, thanks chiefly to the bright Morton. And when the teams left the field the smiling referee, Mr. Wort left accompanied by a throw or two of some small stones. The police had anticipated the scene and formed a cordon round the exit, so that the referee was able to continue his walk to the end –and smile!
A Fine Side.
This could not have been Villa's regular form this season, otherwise they would have been nearer the top than the bottom. They were not a collectively brilliant crowd, but individually they had much art and some of the moves of Dix and Beresford were of prime order. Early in the first half the shooting was luckless and when Kingdon shot one feared a goal must come. Gardner was not so good as usual, which implies quite rightly, the brilliance of Coulter and Stevenson, each of whom makes the other play superb football. Dunn was in place of the damaged Cunliffe who will by the way be ready for the Cup-tie on Saturday, and Geldard made some sparkling runs, giving one the impression he had formed a fetish of chasing to the right-hand flag it would he well if he “turned up” for a chance to vary his style of play. His pace is abnormal, but he is unwise to run into a collection of defenders. Teams: - Everton: - Bradshaw, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Aston Villa: - Morton goal; Beeson and Blair backs; Gardner, Allen (captain) and Kingdom, half-backs; Houghton, Beresford, Astley, Dix, and Cunliffe, forwards. Referee Mr. F. W. Wort (Mottingham, Kent).
ASTON VILLA RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 2
February 25, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
King's Penalty Save
After a shaky opening Everton settled down and outclassed the Villa at all points. Their chief strength was the half-back line, in which Mercer and Archer showed to fine advantage. The good work of King in goal had great effect, for in addition to three sterling saves in the opening stages he also saved a penalty kick taken by Brocklebank. In the second half Everton overran the home defence, but over-elaboration ruined many fine movements. Stein and Leyfield on the wings, had the measure of the Villa half-backs but when they centred Dickinson and his comrades dallied too long with the ball. Dickinson and White scored Everton's goals, both in the second half. Everton: - King, goal; Allen and Jones, backs; Mercer, Clark (captain) and Archer half-backs; Leyfield, White, Dickinson, Hannon, and Stein forwards.
Hoylake 1 Everton “A” 7
Liverpool County Combination.
At Hoylake. Bentham soon found the weak spots in the home defence, and he scored five times. Hullett and McDermott were the other scorers for Everton. Vantalligan obtained the losers' only goal. Harrington and Jones were the best for Hoylake, and Sherlock (W.) in goal was not to blame for the heavy score.
BOLTON TO TEST EVERTON.
February 26, 19835. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
So Everton are to meet Bolton Wanderers three times winners of the Cup since the war in the sixth round on Saturday. The Wanderers proved their superiority over the Spurs; at the third meeting between the sides yesterday, and the winners, I am sure will test Everton to the full. The tussle for the honour of entering the semi-final promises to be a great one. By their performances, this season the Wanderers have proved worthy representatives of the Second Division. It takes a good side to remain topmost place, for long periods in the lower house and obviously Bolton's lively team of fast moving and dashing players will prove most difficult to master.
The records of Bolton wanderers in Cup and League games this season are impressive, and with promotion well in view, together with possibilities of advancement in the national competition the old club is well in the limelight. Their visit to Goodison Park will make the demand for places greater than ever, and the Everton enclosure should be packed to its utmost capacity. The wanderers include many fine players in their team, and perhaps Westwood, who is of international class and a strong candidate for the match against Scotland, is the most accomplished. Westwood is one of the cleverest inside-forwards in the country, and he will be one of the men Everton half-backs must watch closely.
Players and Records.
Jones, the goalkeeper, is an old Everton man who once jumped into the Everton League side a short notice. Smith and Finney are the regular backs, though Connor did well in deputising for the old New Brighton player. Finney is a veteran these days, and he helped Bolton to win the cup in the first Wembley final, but he is still a force. Goslin, Athkinson and Taylor are strong half-backs who play the game calculated to succeed in the Cup, while the forwards, with Milsom fit and the dashing raider Cook outstanding figures, the wanderers will require some holding. The positions of the clubs in their respective divisions are as follows: -
EVERTON'S CUP TEAM
February 27 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
It is recognized by all that Everton are set a severe task in facing the lively Bolton Wanderers side on Saturday, but hopes are high that Everton will reach the semi-final for the eleventh time in their history. The directors met last night to choose the team to represent the club in this vital match and they selected the following side: - Sagar; Cook, Jones; Britton, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. This is the side that defeated Sunderland. Apparently there are strong hopes that Sagar will be completely fit, and Jones, who did not show a trace of his recent injury when playing against Aston Villa reserves on Saturday is to take the place of Jackson, who was hurt on Saturday
This side is regarded as Everton's full strength, for it must be remembered that Jones played a great game against Sunderland and has had more experience than Jackson, well as that young player has performed in the last two matches. Sagar, like Coulter, is staying in Liverpool so that every possible means may be utilized to ensure the full recovery of his injured shoulder. The players at Buxton are following their customary routine at the Derbyshire resort and yesterday they enjoyed ball practice in the morning and were able to take advantage of the fine weather in the afternoon to enjoy walks and other exercises. The men are feeling very fit, and they are hoping that the Buxton tonic will help to bring victory as it has done in previous ties.
Officials and the Ticket Rush.
When Everton beat Derby County in the fifth stage of the Cup competition the club was overwhelmed with applications for tickets for next Saturday's tie. All the tickets available were allocated somedays ago, but the overworked officials are continually being harassed by people who telephone or call to inquire as to whether they are to receive tickets or when they will get their money returned. I am asked by the club to request those who made applications for tickets to await advice from the club. Thousands of letters containing applications for tickets were received on the Monday after the Derby County tie, and many more arrived later. All will be dealt with in due course, and within a day or two the tickets will have been forwarded or the money returned. Will those who sent letters please refrain from telephoning? This will assist the staff at Goodison Park the more speedily to complete their task of replying to every correspondent.
Wanderers At Cleveleys.
Bruised and leg-weary after their long drawn out Cup struggle with Tottenham Hotspur, fourteen Bolton Wanderers players went to the Cleveley's Hydro yesterday morning. There they are to have the benefit of brine baths and complete rest until to night and tomorrow they will be in strenuous test training at Burnden Park. Then a day's rest before the big match with Everton. The Wanderers' confidence that they will give the Goodison team a hard game is based on the fact that they have won all their Cup-ties and seven League games in addition on the grounds of their opponents. The Wanderers have given all their most impressive displays away from home. Finney and Milsom who could not play against ‘Spurs on Monday are improving nicely and the probable team will be; - Jones; Smith, Finney; Gosling, Atkinson, Taylor (G.), Taylor (G.T) Eastham, Milsom, Westwood, Cook. The reserves are Connor, Walton, and Rimmer. As 5000 Bolton followers want tickets and there are less than 2,500 for them, shoals of applications from all parts of Lancashire and North Wales have little chance of success.
Everton reserves to meet Bury reserves at Bury on Saturday include two players recently promoted from the “A” team, Allen, a promising full back, who partnered Jones at Villa Park last Saturday, and Hannan an inside left. The reserves team is; King; Allen, Cresswell; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Leyfield, White, Dickinson Hannan, Stein.
February 28 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Everton directors are hoping that the injury which Sagar sustained at Chelsea will yield to treatment in time for the Cup-tie on Saturday, but at the moment the goalkeeper, is a doubtful starter. He travelled to Buxton yesterday to take advantage of the baths there. A definite decision regarding his fitness to play will not be reached until tomorrow. His loss would be a handicap to the Goodison Park team, as he has played so remarkably well in the previous ties, and has undoubtedly had much to do with the team's success.
When Settle Settled It.
If the Cup-tie on Saturday, between Everton and Bolton Wanderers, is as exciting as the previous ties between the pair, the spectators will indeed have a thrilling experience. Here is a story of an old-time meeting that will rival in some respects the recent “thriller” with Sunderland. The tie I have in mind was at Bolton in 1908, and a few minutes from time the score stood 2-2. The crowd got on tip-toe when Marsh, from a breakaway on the right, got a third goal for the Wanderers. It seemed all over with Everton, but from the centre Young passed to Bolton (partner to Sharp at that time) who transferred to Makepeace, the Lancashire cricketer then slipping the ball through to Jack Sharp, now a director of the club. Sharp went on to beat the back opposed to him and centred the ball. One of the defenders advanced to tackle Young, when Settle shouted “let it come Sandy,” and the centre-forward of those days, allowed the ball to pass between his legs to Settle who banged the ball into the net –3-3 and not an opponent had touched the ball. In the replay at Goodison Park it was again the elusive “Jimmy” Settle who struck the sensational note. Two or three minutes remained for play, when Bolton leading by a goal to nothing, when Settle by a deft tap secured the opening to score the equalier. Everton then went on to win by 3-1 in the extra time. In the previous season the Wanderers made a goalless draw at Goodison Park, and Everton created another surprise by winning 3-0 at Burnden Park. In 1887-88 the rivals met in the first round, and four games were necessary to decider the issue. There was protest regarding the eligibility of the Bolton player after the Wanderers had won 1-0 at Pikes lane. Two drawn game son the respective clubs grounds followed before Everton won on their own enclosure.
Rush from Bolton.
Bolton Wanderers have chosen their strongest side to oppose Everton, namely: - Jones; Smith, Finney; Gosling, Atkinson, Taylor (G.), Taylor (G. T), Eastham, Milsom, Westwood, Cook. The injuries to Finney, and Milsom which kept them out of the team that beat Tottenham are mending nicely, and the club believes that both will be fit enough, but in case either should not be considered quite sound, Connor and Walton did so well at Villa Park that they will carry the confidence of their colleagues. It is expected that close on 10,000 people will make the journey from Bolton. Five special trains have already been engaged and more will be added it require while many hundreds of people have arranged to travel by road. The tickets difficult is acute, and Mr. Foweraker, the Wanderers' manager said: “It is a shame that those people who followed us to Plymouth and Tottenham should not be able to buy a ticket for Everton a game practically on our own doorstep.
SAGAR AND THE CUP-TIE; TODAY NEWS.
February 28 1935. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
Ted Sagar, Everton's goalkeeper, was given further special, treatment at Buxton today, in an effort to get him fit for Saturday's F.A. Cup sixth round tie with Bolton Wanderers, at Goodison Park. As announcement exclusively in The Evening Express, Sagar must be regarded as a doubtful starter for the game. Everton want him to play, and Sagar wants to play, but …. After seeing Sagar I have big doubts. Peat packs are being applied to the damaged shoulder, which is not now bound up. “I have had plenty of message treatment at Goodison Park, and hot towels on the shoulder” said Sagar, but it is still sore and stiff. It is almost impossible for me to put my right hand to my mouth.” There are two days left in which Sagar can attain fitness. If he is unable to play Bradshaw will be in goal. Conditions had improved at Buxton today. There was some snow about, but it was thawing quickly and the players, under Tom McIntosh and Trainer Harry Cooke, were able to go to the local football ground for ball practice. Later they had special baths and went for walks in the afternoon.
When I visited the training quarters I had the thrill of watching “the battle of Buxton.” It was a snow fight between the players. They walked down to the famous Spring gardens, and there Gee, Stevenson and Mercer found themselves faced with a snowball barrage from Cunliffe, Geldard, Thomson, Bradshaw, Jones, Britton and Leyfield. The air was white with snowballs, and the trio were forced to beat a hasty retreat. There was a conference, and Charlie Gee espying half a dozen lorry drivers standing taking by the snow fight. Back came the “Gee” with fully with the reinforcements. At this period daring which snow was flying everywhere and at last the Gee raiders broke through their enemy lines and took a prisoner Albert Geldard. Poor Geldard. Snow was heaped on him and his Everton members of his own “army” joined in. The “Battle” over, tracks were made to the hotel, and it seemed strange that everyone who passed up the pathway found themselves suddenly covered with snow. I discovered the secret. Dixie Dean had positioned himself from a balcony and as his colleagues came up the path he just dropped am armful of snow over them.
Squash Rackets and Badminton.
Harry Cooke soon devised ways and means of keeping the boys “moving.” Dean and White began with half-an-hour's squash rackets while Billy Cook and Jimmy Stein took charge of the Badminton courts. Cook is the leading Badminton player though there are two other experts in Leyfield and Mercer, who both plays the game regularly. Harry's Cooke then sought several small rubber balls and distributed them. Off went one party to the squash court and played squash by heading the ball, and others did heading practice over the Badminton net. There was also ball practice in the Badminton courts and some did skipping to keep their limbs suppie. Though Everton were snowbound, they certainly were not leg-bound. They put in a fine day's work, and apart from Sagar and Jackson whose ankle injury continue to improve, everyone is 100 per cent fir. The people of Buxton are only too anxious to entertain the players. Mr. Henriques –a prominent local resident –gave them a dinner and entertainment on Tuesday night. Mr. Henriques did some good conjuring, but left his apparatus behind. Charlie Gee found it and showed himself proficient. Other diversions are visits to the pictures and theatres, while there is plenty of snooker and billiards. The players remain at Buxton until Saturday morning and then travel to Liverpool by rail.
Bolton Will be at Full Strength.
Finney & Milsom Fit Again.
Evening Express Correspondent, Bolton today.
Bolton Wanders will be at full strength for Saturday's Cup-tie at Goodison Park. Finney, the captain and Milsom who have been on the injury list have made excellent progress and the team will be: - Jones (R.); Smith, Finney; Goslin, Atkinson, Taylor (G.), Taylor (G.T), Eastham, Milson, Westwood, and Cook. Reserves to travel; Connor, (full back), Walton and Rimmer (forwards). The Bolton Wanderers players, fourteen in number have returned to Bolton from Cleveleys, where they have spent two days, making the most of the bracing air and the brine baths. As they had a gruelling game on Monday on a muddy ground at Villa Park, something of this kind was needed. But Everton must not get it into their heads that they will meet a tired foe. The Wanderers are one of the youngest teams in the country, as well as one of the cleverest. They surprised several old Internationals amongst whom were Mr. Billy Bassett, the West Bromwich Albion chairman and Mr. Arthur Grimsdell the former Tottenham halfback, by their youth and skill at Villa Park, both these old english players expressing astonishing that so young a side was so talented.
Final Day's Preparation.
The Bolton players today, having enjoyed two days rest after playing four hard games in ten days, put in all the training that is consulted necessary and tomorrow, they will take things easily. The journey to Liverpool will be undertaken on Saturday morning. There is no lack of confidence in the Burnden camp that Everton will be made to fight every inch of the way. Ground handicap is more apparent than real to this much-admired Bolton team, which has won three rounds of the Cup away from home, and triumphed also in seven league games on other club's grounds. “There is no team left in the Cup that we would rather have met than Everton” said one member of the club, “though it would have been better had the Merseysiders had to travel to Bolton, but our lads will be all out to compel them to replay here.
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