CAMSELL AND BIRKETT ABSENT
February 1, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
It is essential that Everton should win their home engagements today the players are sure to make a big effort to defeat Middlesbrough. No doubt they realise that in facing the North-Eastern team they will find strenuous opposition, for Middlesbrough are one of the best sides in the country. True they will not be at full strength, but the side as chosen is quite a good one. Birkett and Camsell, two of the best forwards of the season re absent owing to injuries, and their places will be taken by Chadwick and fenton. In the Everton team White resumes in place of Gee. The kick-off is at 3 o’clock, and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick. Middlesbrough: - Gibson; Brown, Ross; Parkin, Baxter, Forrest; Chadwick, Yorston, Fenton, Coleman, Cunliffe.
EVERTON GOAL RUSH.
February 1, 1936. Liverpool Football Echo.
Thrilling Second Half Rally.
At the interval things were looking bad for Everton, but a goal rush, which produced four goals in less than fifteen minutes, completely turned the scales. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Mercer, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Gillick, forwards. Middlesbrough: - Gibson, goal; Brown and Ross, backs; Parkin, Baxter and Forrest, half-backs; Chadwick, Yorston, Fenton, Coleman, and Cunliffe, forwards. Referee Mr. W. R. Jennings, York. Everton’s prospect against Middlesbrough was considerably enhanced by the absence of Camsell and Birkett, two international forwards, from the Middlesbrough side, particularly so as Everton’s form in midweek was suggestive of a rise in their stock. Today they got off with a smashing start and took the lead in three minutes through a goal by Geldard, but prior to this there was a confidence on the left wing which forecast trouble for the Middlesbrough defence. Gillick and Stevenson troubled Parkin and Brown by their linking up process, and when Dean nodded Gillick’s centre over to the right only a cluster of Middlesbrough defenders averted disaster. It was Everton’s left flank which enabled Everton to open the day’s score. Dean made a sound header, and had it not been for Baxter, Gibson’s charge would have fallen then and there for the goalkeeper was nowhere about, but Baxter had stepped in to the breach to kick away. As he had to do it hurriedly he ball was not efficiently cleared, and it went to Geldard, who scored with a low drive.
Geldard was particularly accurate with his centres today, and when he launched a full-blooded cross, which was too high for Dean and so travelled on to Gillick there was every indication that goal No.2 was on its way, but Gibson made a lucky save by hooting out a foot. Chadwick broke away following a long spell of attacking by Everton, and his attempt to emulate Geldard’s centre was successful, but Cunliffe’s header travelled on the wrong side of the upright. It was immediately after this when Middlesbrough obtained their equaliser. A loose ball came up from the rear and Fenton headed it down wards to his right-hand side. Chadwick and Jones raced for the ball together, but it was always odds on the attacker, who obtained possession and scored with a low shot which travelled wide of Sagar’s right hand at 17 minutes. The Middlesbrough defence was nearly caught napping by Dean, for it was only at the last fraction of a second the Everton captain was prevented from having a clear road to travel. Chadwick seemed to me as though he had forced a corner from Thomson, but the referee was not of the same mind, and right from the goal kick Cunliffe (Everton) gained possession, to put the ball nicely forward for Geldard, whose slow shot was edged out of goal by Gibson. The light was none too good, and happening on the far side of the field were difficult to follow. Dean made a possible opening for Gillick, who unfortunately tapped the ball a yard or so too far, and the goalkeeper was able to save. Geldard had a fine innings, but some of the Everton forwards were inclined to run back with the ball instead of forward. White usually had the measure of Fenton. Gillick almost made a goal for Dean, who angular shot bore so little power, that Gibson was not unduly troubled to deal with it.
The Luck Of Gibson.
Gibson again saved the situation with an outstretched foot. The goalkeeper had just been out to test the issue with Dean and was actually running back to goal, when Stevenson shot, and he (the goalkeeper) must have just sighted the ball in the nick of time. When Everton were granted a free kick, Dean immediately bounded forward, and had not Stevenson to his earnestness’ intercepted the ball, there would have been a great chance for Dean. Chadwick scored a second goal for Middlesbrough at 40 minutes. It was a three-piece suite by Forrest. Fenton, and Chadwick. The movement started by a hook from Forrest to Fenton, who helped the ball on its way to Chadwick who cracked home his shot – a short range shot.
Half-time Everton 1, Middlesbrough 2.
In the early moments of the second half the crowd were not at all pleased with Everton’s display for there had been no bite in it, but when Gillick scored the equalising goal at 55 minutes all were forgiven. From that point the crowd “geed” Everton on, and there were more thrills packed into the next fifteen minutes than in the previous part of the game. Everton got the bit between their teeth and there followed a goal rush. So that the game became cup-tie like, whereas it had been tame and quiet with little to enthuse over. It was plain that Everton realised their position. They just had to win this match, and when Gibson “presented” Gillick with the equaliser. Everton set about their business in deadly earnest. Everton’s third goal was a flying header by Cunliffe at 59 minutes, but an even more sensational goal than that was dean’s first goal and his side’s fourth a minute later. Cook made a long kick which landed safely in the hands of Gibson, but Dean came down upon him like a ton of bricks to knock the ball out of his hands and into the net.
The Borough, t this point, were plainly outclassed. Everton did almost just what they willed, and when Gibson rushed out of his goal Dean made a back-header to register Everton’s fifth goal at 67 minutes. The North-Eastern side were now entirely in the grip of Everton, albeit Sagar had to make two saves. Sagar made a great save from Fenton in the late minutes. Gibson allowed a Stevenson shot to turn out of his hands and was fortunately to see the ball spin round the upright. Result Everton 5, Middlesbrough 2.
February 1, 1936. Liverpool Football Echo
By Louis T. Kelly
• Dan Doyle in his day, was the best known back in Britain. In the early days of professionalism he played for Grimsby Town, Bolton Wanderers and Everton. He was captain of Scotland, and had no superiors in the left back position.
• Hartill has made but two home appearance for Everton and Liverpool (combined)
• Everton have had all too few goals from the extreme wings.
EVERTON 5 MIDDLESBROUGH 2 (Game 1546 over-all)-(Div 1 1504)
February 3, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
Five Goals By Everton.
Revival After Moderate Show.
Middlesbrough gave Everton a fright at Goodison Park on Saturday. At the interval the visitors were a goal ahead, and Everton never suggesting that they would overcome the deficit, but in 11 hectic minutes they had blazed a trail to the extent of four goals to run out comfortable winners 5-2. No home points must be dropped if Everton are to lift themselves from the bottom of the table, but despite this handsome win –on paper –their form was not convincing. It took them far too long to beat a Middlesbrough who were without their internationals, Camsell and Birkett; in fact the Northerners had four reserve members in the side, yet for 55 minutes they led the way in the matter of goals. Everton’s display after Chadwick had negatived Geldard’s goal scored in 3 minutes, was anything but encouraging. It was so ordinary that the crowd –their own crowd, bear in mind –became ironical, and many nasty things were said round about the Press gallery. There was just cause for criticism, for Everton up to that point did not look like winning the game. The Middlesbrough defence seemed quite capable of holding up what seemed to be a half-hearted Everton side, I must point out that Everton were desperately unlucky in the first half, I count it luck where a goalkeeper saves with an outstretched foot, as Gibson did no two occasions. This caused Everton’s confidence to get decidedly low. The scoring of a goal in 3 minutes should bring great encouragement to any side, and it did for Everton, as during the first 20 minutes they gave one the impression that they could beat this side, with just an ordinary share of luck; but they fell into their old habit of trying to do too much.
With Chadwick’s equaliser, scored at the seventeenth minute, the visitors goat a greater belief in themselves, and they played the better football. They were more accurate in their passing, but here again there was a feebleness in front of goal, so much so that apart from the 2 goals scored –each by Chadwick –Sagar never had a save to make. Coleman flung one good drive over the crossbar, but that was about the full extent of Middlesbrough’s shooting. The light, which was never good at any point, no doubt prevented the onlookers from seeing what was going on across the field, but what they did see was Everton fading out of the picture –showing little fight. Then a bright light shone out, and a cloudburst of goals turned the scales in Everton’s favour, yet one could not be exactly satisfied with Everton’s victory. Naturally everyone, excepting the Middlesbrough folk present, were gratified, for to have lost the two home points would have been tragic from an Everton point of view. The work Sagar had to do tells in a second that Everton were not outplayed, yet here they were a goal in arrears; but with the equaliser came renewed effort, and for the next fifteen minutes the Borough defence was pillorised; unable to stem the tide which was running fast against them. Where they had been fairly strong they were now weak, and when Gibson, goalkeeper, “presented” Gillick with an open goal it was the turning point. I say presented deliberately, for when Gibson swept the ball away he did so in such a manner that it gave Gillick a chance he should never have had. Everton saw a possible victory and the crowd urged them on to take it, and when Cunliffe flung himself t a Gillick centre to head the third goal, Middlesbrough’s plight was well nigh hopeless. They had lost their balance. Their defence could not withstand the withering attack of the Everton forwards, who ran through with considerable ease, particularly Geldard, who had a good match.
Success followed success and a long punt by Cook was safely taken by Gibson, but before he could dispose of the ball Dean had pounced down upon him and knocked the ball out of his grasp and into the net. With the score standing 4-2 for Everton there was little danger of a Borough rally, for it goes without saying that Everton were now the dominant party, and when Gibson rushed out of goal and missed the ball, Dean, with a perfect back-header scored the fifth and final goal, so that Everton’s victory was complete. You will see that Gibson had made three faulty moves which produced goals to Everton; so looking closely into the matter it would be realised that Everton’s victory was not so comfortably won as the bare score would denote. Dean led the Everton forward with skill, and the inside forwards should have had more goals had they been up to take the back passes which the captain put down for them. The wing men, Gillick and Geldard, were the spear points and with the chances which came their way, they too should have added to their goal register. White was not a slave to defence, and it was when he decided to move up with the forwards that the Everton attack, which had been rather limp, became a “live wire” and a real menace. Some of the football displayed was of good class, but the hooting efforts on either side –except for those hectic minutes –were paltry. Sagar’s best save was made in the late minutes, when Fenton went through and should have scored. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Mercer, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Gillick, forwards. Middlesbrough: - Gibson, goal; Brown and Ross, backs; Parkin, Baxter and Forrest, half-backs; Chadwick, Yorston, Fenton, Coleman, and Cunliffe, forwards. Referee Mr. W. R. Jennings (York).
NEWCASTLE UNITED RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 1
February 3, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 28)
Playing better football than Newcastle on Tyneside before 13,000, Everton failed to show the same determined finishing. Gallacher, Cairris (penalty), and Livingstone gave Newcastle’s a decisive interval lead. On resuming Everton were more trustful. Leyfield, Bentham, Hannon, and Crocker were sparkling in attack, Dickinson netted, Imrie, Bullock and Murray were a fine home middle line, but the attack was crude. Everton’s clearly lapses were surprising, King was a good goalkeeper, and Morris the best back. Clark and Watson were strong halves.
ELEVEN MINUTES DID IT.
February 3, 1936. Liverpool Echo
Everton gave us another fright on Saturday, when they were in arrears to a very ordinary Middlesbrough side, a side made up, with four reserves, and had it not been for eleven hectic minutes of earnest endeavour their supporters would have had to mourn another home defeat. (writes “Stork.). They took a goal in three minutes, but then fell away in an alarming manner, and allowed Middlesbrough to take hold of the game, accept two chances, and, in fact, look possible winner. It was an amazing state of affairs, for the Middlesbrough defence was never a confident, and only needed to be played on to become an uncertain quantity. They fell into errors almost immediately the game started, but Everton had not the eye to see that here who an easy victory if they wanted to take it. They must take every victory possible these days, for their position is a perilous one, for their near relations are making determined effort and actually winning away from home. There must be no home defeat out Goodison way. Their followers were plainly concerned when the Boro’ were in the lead; their greatest concern being Everton‘s poor form after Chadwick had obtained the equalising goal. They were not helpful at this point, quite the reverse, for they became ironical, and they had reason for their annoyance, for Everton looked like throwing away two easy points by the way they were shaping. They should have been on the highway to a solid victory at the interval, instead of which they were legging a goal in arrears and playing in a manner which did not suggest’s a victory.
The Boro, full of endeavour and a while lot of skill, considering the presence of so many reserve players got it into their mind that a sensational away victory was to be their pleasure, when I would safely say they came anticipating a defeat. Why was this so? Everton had got in the first blow said to be a winning blow in most cases, but the North-Easterners not only recovered from it, but actually took the fight to their opponents and got on top, yet for nearly an hour Sagar’s only handling cases were when he had to retrieve the ball from the back of the net. Everton must have got their heads together during the interval, for after ten minute of paltry endeavours at the start of the second half, they produced such pressure that the Middlesbrough defence, which had never been comfortable, cracked in an alarming manner. Gibson their goalkeeper, had a sorry time during the next eleven minute, when the Everton attack whipped up a seal and more punch than hitherto. He was grievously at fault when he swept to the right a high shot by Geldard so that Gillick was “presented” with the equaliser -2-2. That was what was wanted. There had been a half-hearted look about Everton up to then, but that goal completely turned the scale, which went down in their favour with a bang, and three further goals were soon on their credit side.
Cracked And Crumbled.
The Borough cracked and crumbled which only went to show what Everton had failed to see in the early phrases of the game –an uncertain defence, in front of them; a defence which would topple and away if many calls were made upon it. Geldard and Gillick could and did work their way through, but there was daintiness in the middle which helped the Borough defence to get to grips, when in actual fact they should have been readily beaten. Dean urged his men on with passes to either side of him, and the Borough defence got all jumbled up. Gillick flung a long pass across the goal face, and Cunliffe simply dived at the ball to head a wonderful goal. But to show to what extent Gibson had lost his nerve let me explain fully Dean’s first goal. Cook made a long lob forward, and the ball went sailing merrily into Gibson’s awaiting arms, and no danger seemed possible, but Dean saw a chance, and before the “jumpy” Gibson could dispose of the ball Dean had knocked it out of his hands and into the net.
Poor Gibson. I felt sorry for him, for he had given away two goals which would no doubt win the match for his opponents, but his series of errors was not at an end. There was a terrific incident in front of his goal, and he deemed it necessary to dash out. He missed his objective and Dean with a perfect back header sent the ball into the corner of the net. Where Gibson had his bad luck in the second half I am not unmindful of the two occasions when he saved his goal with an outstretched foot-always lucky saves to my mind –and I am sure, when he comes to write his life story this game will come under the heading “My worst Match.” There was some improvement in the Everton attack, and I noticed that when Everton were hitting the heights White had left his traffic station and moved up with his attack. There was not a confident note about the defence, for Middlesbrough demonstrated that they could work beyond it by the simple process of good combination, and Chadwick, when he got his two goals was all on his own. Sagar’s best save was late on when he stopped a terrific Fenton shot from entering his net. I admired Everton’s fight back, but they were not satisfying despite their comfortable victory. Eleven minutes did it. Let us forget the rest, for it was only these minutes of brilliance that cut like aid through an otherwise dull game.
FOOTBALL POOL BETTING.
February 4, 1936, Liverpool Daily Post
Bishop & Deplorable Aspects.
Home Secretary’s reply To Deputation.
From Our Own Correspondent, London Today.
Danger of Football pool betting and the need for legislation against it were urged upon the Home Secretary (Sir John Simon), this morning, by a large deputation representative of all religious denominations, in the kingdom, excepting the Roman Catholic. It is understood that the Home Secretary expressed himself as keenly sympathetic to the deputation’s views, but was unable to promise immediate action, more especially in view of the amount of business before Parliament in the near future. A private conference had been held in London last week, and resolutions urging legislation were brought from the conference by the deputation to the Home Secretary.
“Exploiting The Very Poor.”
The Bishop of Southwark headed the deputation on behalf of the Christian Social Council, and the Bishops of Manchester and Kingston, as well as the rev, W.E. Gladstone Miller, representing the Church of Scotland, were present. The Bishop of Manchester said that betting by pool exploited young people. That was one of the most deplorable things about it, and if there was a worse aspect it was that it exploited the very poor and even people in receipts of public assistance of one kind or another. A difficulty was, the Bishop added, that when one gap in the law on social questions of this kind was closed, another appeared somewhere else. The Rev E. Benson Parkins, chairman of the Christian Social Council Committee on Gambling and head of the Methodist Central Mission, Sheffield, and the deputation was there to represent the deep concern of Christian people in this country. Fantastic prizes were offered for small sums, and only a fortnight ago a prize of £10,000 was won with a stake of one penny.
Effect On Young people.
But the pool promoters were apparently hot content, and he understood they were proposing to introduce pool betting on baseball, presumably to occupy the summer months when there was no football. The whole thing, Mr. Perkins, added was a matter of the deepest social consequence. Football as a clean sport was imperilled. The effect upon youth was serious; many young people served their apprenticeship to gambling in the football pools. Mr. Perkins mentioned that one Liverpool Firm sent out four million letters weekly.
FITTING RESULT TO KEEN STRUGGLE.
February 4, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
A vital game was played yesterday between Sheffield Wednesday and Everton, two clubs well within the danger zone, and considering the snow-covered ground, a draw of 3-3 was a fitting result to a strenuous match. Everton at one time were two down, but as on Saturday, the players recovered finely to fight back. On this occasion, however, they earned a division; but the fact that the forward have scored eight goals in two games is an indication that the attack has taken on a new power. It was unfortunate that Gillick should have so badly stunned by a fall, but it is hoped that he will be all right for Saturday, when the momentous tussle with Aston Villa takes place at Birmingham. It is curious that these famous clubs should be in difficulties at the same time.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 3 EVERTON 3 (Game 1547 over-all)-(Div 1 1505)
February 4, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Earn A Draw.
Gillick Sustains Concussion.
Dramatic Moments In Sheffield Game.
Everton went to Sheffield Wednesday’s ground and drew their league game 3-3. This was an equitable result, but the final moment had its dramatic and dangerous result. Gillick was thrown in the penalty area in the last minute of play. He lay for a moment or two while play proceeded, and eventually he was taken to the side line by Trainer Cooke. Gillick had been rendered unconscious by the fall in the snow and ice that prevailed, and it was deemed advisable to take him in the ambulance to the local hospital. However, in his semi-conscious moments he expressed a desire to go home. He was undressed, and put to bed, but refused to stay there, and although advised to remain by the hospital authorities, he returned with the rest of the side, riving in Liverpool at about 8.30, where he was met by his wife. Gillick’s mind was blank for long stretches and he imagined the game had been lost 2-0; in addition the uppermost thought in his mind was the fact that he was moving house today. The danger of concussion in severe but this young Scot is a strong man, as was made evident when he was injured at Derby and he insisted on returning home.
Two Goals Down.
Everton had been unable to play this game on Christmas Day, and now found conditions anything but suitable for the game. That they drew was remarkable, because they had been led by 2 goals on the snowy clad ground and had not made signs of recovery. But it was not forgotten that in recent games Everton have done their best when the out look was worst. They fought back after getting one goal, and throughout earned a division of points. Until half-time play was tame, Rimmer the former Tranmere player, had gained the only goal in a manner that savoured of fortune, but Everton had no response after enjoying most of the attack for 20 minutes. Their greatest misfortune, apart from Gillick’s late-on injury, lay in the fact, seen by all present that referee Bentley, of Manchester, had not seen the grossest of penalty kick offences when Gillick was brought down by Nibloe –a very patent offence which the referee swept aside when appeal was made. It could be nothing but a penalty kick award. However, all things are said to come to those who wait, and at a later stage Dean got a goal so offside that Sheffield raised their protests. The referee said “Goal” but agreed to consider a linesman’s version in view of the minor official flagging something. Consultation was without change of decision, the referee ordered the goal, albeit the linesman could have had no other view than the invalid nature of the point. Rimmer had taken the lead to 2-0, and the game seemed over.
Dean’s goal opened Everton’s eyes to the fact that Sheffield were playing badly, and they went for the equaliser. Cunliffe was the scorer of this, Millership blundering. Now came the battle of relegation teams and when Rimmer reached his “hat-trick” stage through a very acute-angled shot which glanced off the upright and beyond the line, Everton’s effort seemed to have ended. Not so; however, for these earnest Everton players with but 15 minutes left for play, set about their task for recalling the draw for which they had fought so bravely. A choice Geldard’s centre made a goal possible to Cunliffe’s at the 84 minute. So a draw was the verdict and a very good verdict it was because while play did not touch the high spots and had no Monday feeling about it, Everton played so much better than the Wednesday forwards, thus a win to the home team would have been an injuries. Remember, too, Everton had to find deputies for White and Jones. Gee, as the centre half back’s deputy, was in his best mood; he was a constructive attacker and reduced Dewar to a negative quantity with one exception, when Rimmer got his second goal. The ball picked up the snow and the lined portion of the ground was icy, so it was easy to be critical for those who looked on –there were 5,000 spectators –and so difficult for those who laboured on the awkward “turf.” A fighting Everton side, made manifest in the game v Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day and later against Bolton and Middlesbrough, has brought the Everton ship forward safely. The spirit of the side had been broke when they had played well and lost. Now they are picking their way towards safely and showing heartiness not common to their tasks in earlier games.
Sagar’s Last-Minute Save.
Sagar kept this game good for a draw by a magnificent save in the last moment of play Rimmer, the one redeeming forward of the home side, who performed the hat-trick, being baulked of his fourth goal –which would have been a high record for an extreme winger. Cook was a grand mood, and the young man, Jackson, while inclined to waste the ball when he had gained it, was also a hearty delieverer and stood up well to the still task imposed upon him. But it was the Everton half-backs who did best of the day; the three were uniformly good, with Gee outstanding in his resoluteness and vivacity, Thomson and Mercer were strong, relentless men, who made Hooper, Surtees and Startling look very ordinary members, in attack Everton had moments of inspiration once they had tasted a goal to Dean, Cunliffe and Geldard were much the smarter wing pair because they dovetailed and forced the issue, whereas the left wing, small as it is, was rather bothered by the work of the stout-hearted Nibloe and the conditions a foot. However, Stevenson warmed to his work in the second half and added shots, so necessary, where a defence was nervy Brown once missed a long drive by gee. The point makes a wealth of difference to Everton’s chance of escape and it has the added advantage of being well earned after a draw and seemed impossibility. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Mercer, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Gillick, forwards. Wednesday: - Brown, goal; Nibloe and Catlin, backs; Bargh, Millership, and Burrows, half-backs; Hooper, Burness, Dewar, Startling and Rimmer, forwards. Referee Mr. Bentley, Manchester.
GILLICK CONCUSSION COULD NOT KEEP HIM DOWN.
February 4, 1936. Liverpool Echo
Everton’s Brave Fight
Everton, if not excelling, are certainly showing a heartiness that will bring them further points. It seems as if they can do beat when they are stung by a deficit goal and get one to balance matters. Yesterday, Sheffield, snow-clad, and cheerless, provided a match which had extraordinary turns. Ellis Rimmer got the hat-trick by fine shooting, while his comrades were held up by the stoutness of Gee and Cook in particular. Gee has rarely played a more convincing game, using the ball to advantage, and keeping the lively Dewar in subjection. Sagar stopped Rimmer’s fourth goal with practically the last kick of the match –a truly masterly save –and Everton came back, rather broken by the accident to Gillick, but content that the spirit of the Bolton-Sheffield Wednesday game on Boxing Day and the revival v Middlesbrough had carried them one peg further up the League ladder. This was a worthy point, because Everton fought back an gained the value of their superior play. They had balance, precision and point in most directions, where Sheffield were lethargic. But when two goals down Everton stock appeared to be hopeless.
Turned The Game.
How different the story might have been if Referee Bentley, of Manchester had seen what all else present saw –Gillick hacked from behind and thrown in the penalty area. Such an omission of a spot-kick turned the game in favour of Wednesday. Dean’s goal balanced matters, but it is preposterous that two such vital decisions should stand on the records of the game. It was not fair that Gillick should be brought down and how the referee could reconcile his decision is beyond my reckoning. However, Everton realised their chances and got level, only to find Rimmer, the former Everton “A” player taking his third goal. All seemed lost. Everton, a trifle broke in spirit by the turn of events proceeded to draw level. Cunliffe’s two goals being taken with éclat. It was near closing time when Gillick was again thrown to earth and pitching on his head, he was rendered unconscious. He was “out “for hours afterwards, but when they took him by ambulance to the local infirmary in the stripped and “put to bed” –but espying his trousers being taken away refused to stay; he wanted to get home “as the wee wife was that day going into the new house.” Nothing would deter him, although he had no knowledge of the result (thinking the core was 0-2) and it was only when we neared Liverpool he recovered his full senses.
The risk of returning in such a state was abnormally high, but this young man, as he showed when damaged at Derby, has the heart of a lion. Since he came to English football, he has had an extraordinary run of incidents, but you can’t keep a good man down. First he had a slight motor mishap; then he played on an icy patch; next he was dressing in the train that was late for the Birmingham visit, he joined in an abandoned game at Hillsbrough; and now at the return visited he was rendered unconscious. The morning report is that he is progressing favourably without White and Jones. Everton can be said to have performed nobly in the latest drawn game, and to Cook, Jackson, Gee Thomson, and Sagar belongs the defensive credit. In attack Dean woke up after taking a goal, and the right wing Cunliffe and Geldard always predominated, because the two little follows on the left were not acting well in the wintry conditions until the second half, rally had began. Then everyone pulled his weight, and one more point was gathered in to make the club’s position safe. Sheffield were a disappointing crew, Rimmer was alone in his prime forward work, and Nibloe was the best back on the field. Starling could hardly be recognised.
RETURN OF STEIN.
February 7, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
One is glad to note the return of Stein to more active participation in football. Last week Stein had a run with the “A” side and tomorrow he is partner Miller on the left wing in Everton’s Central League match against Aston Villa at Goodison Park, Stein had the misfortune to break a leg during Everton’s tour of the Continent last May, and he is now sound again and no doubt, as his confidence returns, he will again figure prominently on the wing where he had previously given so much valuable service to the club. The reserves team is; King; Williams, Cresswell; M. Lindley, Gee, Archer; Leyfield, Bentham, Dickinson, Miller, Stein. Lindley is a young player who comes from the North-East of Lancashire, and who has been playing with the “A” team.
EVERTON’S FOUR-FOLD CHANCE AT VILLA GROUND.
February 7, 1936. Liverpool Echo.
Now, in the case of Everton, we are still wondering if Gillick will be fit for service, and whether White will be O.K’s. Everton’s match is the utmost importance, and when I spoke to Villa this week I found them in a very happy frame of mind. Hodgson said: “After our win at Derby against one of the leading sides of the competition, we feel the tide has turned, and we can go ahead. The Villa is a good side, make no error about that; but the best of sides can look foolish when luck is dead out against them. That’s what had happened at the Villa. So Hodgson is on his toss, ready to do big business for his new club. Everton have a new vein of confidence in recent weeks, and their last four games apart from their Cup-tie effort, have been worthy of a much higher place in the League chart. The fourfold nature of the game at Villa Park has made tomorrow’s meeting relegation settlement, and Everton know full well what to expect. However, the displays given against Sheffield Wednesday, Bolton, &c, have put Everton into good heart, and having beaten Grimsby Town away by a sweeping majority, Everton feel they can do what Grimsby did at Aston –pile up some goals. The fighting spirit of Everton was never better than just now, and that is one of the most notable features of their play, because when they appear beaten they come again with a fine rally. The crowd at Goodison Park has inspired the players by their vocal assistance, and I doubt not there will be a big following with Everton tomorrow, because the visits to the Villa always mark a special day of visitation in the minds of the Everton enthusiast. May the better side win!
TWO POINTS MEAN ROAD TO SAFETY.
February 7, 1937. Evening Express.
Everton’s Welcome Improvement.
By The Pilot.
Everton will not engage in a more important match this season than that with Aston Villa at Villa Park. It is a game which may be described as a “life and death” struggle between these famous clubs. At the moment Everton are third from bottom in the League table with 22 points from 27 matches. Aston Villa re second from bottom with 21 points from 28 matches. Everton have the superior gaol-average. Think what this match means to both clubs. If the Villa prevail they will go above Everton. If Everton can secure a point it will ease the tension and enable Everton to maintain their advantage, slight as it is. But a win for Everton will set the Blues on the high road to safety. There are two games which Everton must win if they are to climb the table. That tomorrow is one. The other is the home games against Blackburn Rovers.
There is no doubt that Everton have shown welcome improvement of late. They have recaptured some of their lost confidence, and more important still, they have revealed a fighting spirit which is highly encouraging. The manner in which the Blues fought back against Bolton Wanderers, Middlesbrough, and Sheffield Wednesday stamps them as a combination of players imbued with the club spirit and the will to win. Everton apart from the midweek defeat at Huddersfield –an undeserving defeat –have not lost since visiting Birmingham on December 21. The Everton revival concedes with a revival on the part of the Villa. Last week the Villa went to Derby and, after being a goal down won finely by 3-1. Since the dawn of 1936, too, they have won at Sunderland. What an array of talent there is in the Villa side! They have stars of the game drawn from all corners of Britain. The Villa have spent money freely in an endeavour to find a winning side. It will be interesting to see how Gordon Hodgson, the former Anfield favourite, fares with his new club. At home Villa have had a lean time. They have played 14 matches at Villa Park, but have won only four. They have lost seven times and drawn three. Everton have secured only one away victory, but if the Blues reproduce the form shown in the second half at Sheffield, and that against Huddersfield I Believe they will win. Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick. Aston Villa; Biddlestone; Beeson, Cummings; Massie, Callaghan, Wood, Williams, Phillips, Astley, Hodgson, Houghton.
• Advertisement in Evening Express. Central league Match at Goodison Park Tomorrow (Saturday) February 8, Everton Reserves v. Aston Villa Reserves . kick-off 3 o’clock. Admission 6d, 2d, Stands extra, including tax.
EVERTON AND THE VILLA
February 8, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton and Aston Villa meet at Birmingham in what is likely to prove a highly interesting encounter, for the clubs are in great need of the points at stake and the outcome of the struggle is awaited with considerable concern in both camp. Whatever the result, a capital game is anticipated, and despite their lowly places the crowd is bound to be well up to the standard usually associated with meeting of these keen rivals. Both sides are strongly represented, the Villa having the team which won at Derby, while Everton have White and Jones back in the eleven. The kick-off is at three o’clock, and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick. Aston Villa; Biddlestone; Beeson, Cummings; Massie, Callaghan, Wood, Williams, Phillips, Astley, Hodgson, Houghton.
DEAN’S GOAL WORTH A POINT.
February 8, 1936. Evening Express.
Everton Hold Villa To A Draw.
Astleys “Lucky” Equaliser.
By The Pilot.
Everton gained a valuable point by holding Aston Villa to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park. The hard ground militated against good football, but there was little to choose between the sides. Everton were rather more dangerous, and they had more of the game after a level first half. Everton had to make a late change, Jones was found to be suffering from a hip injury, so Jackson continued at right back and Cook once again appeared on the left. This game, so vital to relegation issues, drew the critics from all quarters, and there were about 35,000 spectators present at the start. The ground was hard, but the air was crisp –in fact, it was an ideal football day. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Briddleston, goal; Beeson and Cummins, backs; Massie, Callaghan, Wood, Williams, Phillips, Astley, Hodgson, and Houghton, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Mercer, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Referee Mr. W. Bristow, Bradford. Hodgson the former Liverpool player, had a word with his Merseyside friends. There were several mistakes early on owing to the hard ground. Both teams were obviously on tenterhooks, and there was Cup-tie tension about the game. There was no good movement, for five minutes then Everton loomed dangerous, a pass from the right being just a little too fast for Gillick. Hodgson served up some delightful wide passes before a long point by Phillips sent Williams through. The little winger lobbed the ball over for Houghton to head in. Sagar saved in comfort. Neither side could take any risks on the bone-hard surface, and good football was therefore at a discount. Astley once took a chance by nipping through to a Williams’ centre which looked to be White’s. Sagar was right in position.
Dean’s Positional Play.
Everton looked like scoring when Cunliffe banged the ball up the middle and Dean waited in position for the ball to come off Callaghan. It did. Dean took his shot on the turn, but was yards too high. Phillips, the electric raiders, placed the Everton goal in jeopardy, with a clean run and short pass to Astley, who was about to shoot when Cook shouldered him off the ball. Everton swept through when Dean edged the ball to Gillick. Dibbleston stumbled on the ice and clutched Gillick round the body. Everton claimed a penalty, but Stevenson secured the ball on the goal-line, and the ball was worked back through Thomson to White. That led to the opening goal in 24 minutes. The ball was whipped across to the right where Mercer, fed Geldard. Geldard centred without hesitation, and Dean stepped between three opponents to head to the corner of the net. Biddleston being so helpless that he did not move a muscle.
Players In Collision.
White and Hodgson came into collision and White raced up the field with blood streaming down his face. Hodgson received a cut on the side of the head, but resumed after attention. Everton then had Cunliffe at centre half. When the Villa forced a corner Dean headed clear. There was plenty of fight about the Evertonians. Geldard almost caught Cummings napping in trying to intercept a wing pass when Geldard bore through on his own, but the ball travelled too fast for him on the hard ground. White came back after ten minutes with his forehead covered with plaster, but he insisted on taking up his usual position. Sagar made two mighty saves in the space of a minute. First a sharp Ashley header which was travelling to the corner, when Sagar seemed to lean over and punch the ball away with one hand. Then Houghton got possession and pushed the ball inward to Phillips, who shot at point-blank range. Sagar was right in position to make a perfect catch just as the crowd prematurely yelled “Goal.” Dean’s heading was one of the high lights of the game, yet Sagar’s goalkeeping was delightful. When Houghton slipped to the line and centred Sagar leapt up to make another safe catch. There was little in this game, which was being ruined because of the underfoot conditions. The ball played all manner of tricks. Cunliffe sent out a wide pass for Geldard to take in his stride. This time, however, Geldard got a little too much power behind his shot. One minute before the interval, the Villa equalised. Astley scoring a lucky goal. Williams pushed the ball back to Massie, who curried a centre into the goalmouth. Sagar had the ball covered to fist away, but Jackson in his enthusiasm went up to help. Astley just charged in, and the ball hit his shoulder and dropped into the net.
Half-time Aston Villa, 1, Everton 1.
The Villa served up some nice football on resuming –one ball moving forward just a little too fast for Astley. Dean then nudged the ball through to Cunliffe, who was also beaten by ball pace. Everton were adopting a down-the middle method, which rather kept the wingers out of action. So far little had been seen of either Geldard and Gillick. Gillick, however, came into action when he and Beeson collided and bumps on the head had to receive attention. Geldard was taking the ball first time, and now he dropped one into the middle. Dean headed it forward and Cunliffe ran on to push the ball over Biddleston into the net, but the whistle had sounded for offside. Dean missed a great chance when he ran forward to a clearance kick with three players in attendance. Dean went within the penalty area to the left of the goal, and then let go his shot, which, however, travelled high and wide. This should have been a goal. Dean surprised Cummings and crossed a lovely ball to the goalmouth where Beeson headed away and Geldard seemed to be tripped as he went to take command. From a quick throw in the ball was lobbed to the Villa goal area and Biddleston punched away from the head of Dean. Everton were having more of the game at this period. Cunliffe was penalised for an alleged foul on Hodgson, and Cummings’ free kick, taken from just inside the Everton half, was held by Sagar. Geldard twice headed to the goalmouth, and then placed the ball back for Stevenson to take his shot on the run. The Everton half-backs were playing well and taking a grip on the game. Everton were applying pressure, yet were not bringing Biddleston into action enough. Cunliffe was pulled-up for offside when he was yards on side. This an “all-in” attack was Villa defence hesitant and uncertain. Yet no shot was forthcoming from Everton. Sagar came through a bunch of players to pick when Phillips was breaking through, and Gillick came into the picture with three thrilling runs but his centres were placed too far back. When Geldard pushed back a centre Cunliffe lobbed the ball into the hands of Biddleston. Biddleston had to run out to pick up from dean, and almost dropped the ball. White came through at top speed and helped Gillick to force a corner. This Biddleston fisted away over the head of Dean. Final Aston Villa 1, Everton 1.
RESERVES’ DUEL T GOODISON
February 8, 1936. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Fine Centres By Stein.
The Villa side included many stars, yet the first half did not produce a particularly bright exhibition of football. The Villa had a good scoring chance when Dix shot over, and at the other end, Dickinson tried a shot from good range. Offside tactics spoiled both sets of attackers from making progress, but when Stein centred Miller made a first time drive which was very little wide of the Villa goal. Stein, who was making a welcome reappearance following his injury, got across some good centres, but the Everton inside men were slow to take chances, and the Villa backs cleared without much difficulty. King fished away a free kick by Young. There was little good shooting until Brocklebank sent in a shot which King saved brilliantly by flinging himself across the goal. Two corners forced by Leyfield culminated in Lindley going close with good drives. Then Gee, from a free kick, fired in a shot, the ball being deflected over the bar for an unproductive corner. Everton were the more frequent attackers, without being fortunate in front of goal.
EVERTON TAKE A POINT
February 8, 1936. Liverpool Football Echo.
White Hero Of The Day.
A valuable point against relegation obtained at Aston by Everton on very difficult icy turf. Unimpressive football. White damaged the hero of the day. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Briddleston, goal; Beeson and Cummins, backs; Massie, Callaghan, Wood, Williams, Phillips, Astley, Hodgson, and Houghton, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Mercer, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Referee Mr. W. Bristow, Bradford. We assembled at Villa Park today for a famous relegation battle –a battle for life in the First Division of the League. Everton had to play Jackson for Jones once more, but otherwise there was no charge. The Villa people, after the win at Derby, fancied their chances. I am sorry to report the illness of the directors, Mr. Alfred Wade. Everton’s gates at home, I am told, touched a fabulous figure above last season’s attendance figures – a remarkable state of affairs showing how football continues to grow in popularity. Day fine; cold, sun shining and turf treacherous through overnight frost. Players skidded about in disconcerting fashion, and so far it was evident this match would be a lottery.
Icy patches prevented any semblance of play, and turf that looked all right now threatened to ruin any changes of a reasonable display. A Callaghan clearance nearly put Massie, his comrade, out of the game. Stevenson took the ball forward, but Cunliffe’s shot went outside. Geldard called out “right” for a Stevenson pass and when it came the shot crossed the Villa portal with all local spectators suffering heart failure. It was a very near affair. Williams was given offside when Jock Thomson was behind him, a linesman giving the order, and thereby knocking the “N” out of “Linesman” villa’s nearest chance came from a fine forward pass by Massie to Williams, who headed beyond Thomson and the centred far across to find a fellow-player head towards the net. Sagar had anticipated the move, and he caught the ball, despite a big fall upon the icy ground. The referee gave a free kick against Dean for alleged, dangerous play, and Beeson bare no malice, because he probably though, it was no offence. Hodgson was swinging the ball about and making trouble for the defence, but Williams had two moods –one indifferent, the other leading to a nice centre, which Astley made into a swerving header close to goal. Beeson kicked like a horse and with less judgement than usual; fear had got the Villa. You see Gillick tried a nice header at which he is so adept and Callaghan, the Villa pivot, headed the ball a quarter the length of the field, but back came Everton, and Dean, after beating the defence with his head, let fly with a boot only to find he was soaring the ball towards the heavens.
Everton’s Well-Deserved Lead.
Villa not got hot on the attack, but found the Everton defenders stand the awkward ground. Thomson dropped back just in time to stop Astley making a certain goal. A charge helped him to the clearance, and right away Villa palpably concerned a penalty kick for a very patent Rugby tackle on Gillick by goalkeeper Biddleston. Stevenson, Thomson, and White now joined in a redemption order through the referee’s omission to make an award. It was a goal in twenty-four minutes, Dean heading through from Geldard’s centre, Beeson being nonplussed by the whole move. Everton had earned this goal, if only by reason of the plain penalty case which went unheeded. Calamity followed. Hodgson and Tom White collided and White left the field, while Hodgson went to the touchline, and had his head bandaged. Cunliffe went centre half back and Dean’s headed goal had obviously acted as an overwhelming load of mischief for the Villa players. Geldard made a nice run, beating man after man, escaping the push and nudge, but he found the numbers too great for him to get in White came back in ten minutes, his brow covered with bandages. Everton escaped when Astley put the ball to the corner of a goal, a brilliant one-handed save by Sagar, but the return visit of Villa was all wrong on Phillips part; as he drove straight at Sagar. So Villa remained with a deficit. Hodgson did not mend matters when he shot high over. He then flicked the ball to his right to make a goal, but the pass was just too quick so the chance became nil. Dean’s heading against two rivals was superb –he always connected with the ball and was not shy of work on the left area. Sagar made a lovely catch from Phillips by the side of the post at a time when Villa had assured the offensive. Right on half-time a simple throw-in caused an equaliser. Thomson was judged to have made a foul throw, and the Villa took the grit throw. Sagar should have saved, but Jackson appeared to cross his line of flight and Astley still pursuing the ball, edged it though. It was not a pretty goal, but a golden one for the Villa’s hopes.
Half-time Villa 1, Everton 1.
Everton should never have conceded the equalising goal moment from half time. When the game was resumed, Villa were a changed team. True, Williams missed a chance close in, and Astley could not reach out to a grit. However, the spirit of the Villa had changed completely. Cunliffe overran the ball, and later tucked the ball to the side netting from a difficult angle. Everton’s forwards had not been impressive, and little had been seen of the extreme wing men, as play had gone down the middle. Even half-back Tom Wood, joined in the shooting, and his effort was one of the brightest of the day, although the ball fied just over the crossbar.
Gillick once more in the news –and the wars; the Scot and Beeston collided and cracked their heads. Gillick did not go off this time. Cunliffe’s hereabouts was Everton’s dangerous forward, and the turf’s dangerous quality caused Wood to go down injured with a back injury. Cunliffe took a perfect goal, and the only bar was the split second offside verdict the referee, it was the matter of an inch and a particle of a second. Ville went off again; and Jackson stopped then taking the lead. Dean’s reply came one moment later. Beeson slipped up, and a solo run ended with Dean’s shooting rather wildly outside –not his customary unselfish self. Stevenson did the trickiest football tricks of the day, and the Villa folk appreciated it at its worth. Dean went for any chance; and got the ball across when all seemed against him –there was no help against a defence still rattling with nervous. Biddleston had to save from Dean’s header and the crowd by now had just all voice and enthusiasm for the Villa cause. Callaghan had done remarkably well but Massie and White were the outstanding half-backs of the day. Sagar made a freak save from Cummings, a shot too far out to be wise. Beeson, was damaged again, and the Villa defence was frightened out of its wits in simple situations. The hero of the day, White, saved Everton two goals and Geldard and Cummings had a rough-house for two seconds. Play was without distinction and merit. Final Aston Villa 1, Everton 1.
February 8, 1936. The Liverpool Football Echo
By Louis T. Kelly.
• Aston Villa v Everton today in a fight to a finish. How times (and teams) change, when we recall that in 1897 these twain paired off in the Cup at the Palace to produce what has since been landed down at the finest final classic of all time.
• Tommy Griffiths was an interested spectator at Goodison last Saturday –perhaps studying any Everton vulnerable points.
• Both Everton and Villa have a former centre half player acting as coach. Hunter Hart and Frank Barson. Hunter Hart joined Everton as a left half, his first appearance being against Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park in January 1922; his finale v. Derby County, January 1930.
• Duke Hamilton, most quaintly named of all modern players. Why Duke? Ask me another! He graduated at Wallasey, became an Everton back, later went to Preston, and having set foot upon Chesterfield soil never left it. He has been with Chesterfield six seasons, and is due benefit this season. A stunning back, they tell me and quite the best defender in Division 3. Athletic figure, no overweight, always fit and always sure on the ball –he has been a gold mine to Chesterfield.
• Sensational F.A. lapse by England’s team selectors v. Wales –omitting to choose Everton’s Cunliffe as “reserve to travel.”
• Our old pal Dug Livingstone, a fine little full back, and a little gentleman. He was a big favourite at Goodison Park and later delighted the crowds t Prenton. Dug could play the piano as well as he played football.
• Tommy McInnes (Everton) who left Goodison Park for Luton in 1896. McInnes was a smart inside left from Third Lanark and was capped v Ireland in 1889.
• Everton’s win on Saturday was their first after being down “at the turn” since defeating Huddersfield Town here in September 1934.
ASTON VILLA 1 EVERTON 1 (Game 1548 over-all)-(Div 1 1506)
February 10, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Hold The Villa.
Deserved Point At Aston.
White Plays A Great Game.
Everton keep stepping up by the drawn game, and the latest visits –to Sheffield and on Saturday to Aston Villa’s ground –had a two-fold effect upon the League bearings, each point being won against a side having the fear of relegation. The latest draw was one of the best Everton have made away from home. Aston Villa, refreshed by a surprise win at Derby County’s ground, pictured a home victory. It was the first time Phillips ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers, had appeared before the Villa people as one of their side and the crowd which braved the wintry conditions numbered 54,000 making a gate of £3,000 –proof that the Villa still have a rich following and that Everton are among their best people in the visiting list. The game could not be a good one, judged from normal standings, because near the touchline there was an icy patch and wingers could hardly keep their feet. In the centre of the field it was not so bad, but it was still not so good from a football point of view an on what the big crowd saw a draw was a fair verdict, and the football served up, while not arresting and arousing was certainly good in the circumstances.
Tonic That Revived The Villa.
Aston Villa had to face a goal deficit, and they have so often had the lead against them this season that they become nervy and unable to play their best. The goal came to Dean through a Geldard pace, and Biddleston was nonplussed by the great header headwork. Till half-time this was Everton Everton’s game, but right on the interval Astley cored through a blunder in defence in which the goalkeeper must take his part because Sagar seemed to take an eye off the ball to see what Astley was doing. The ball struck Astley and passed over the line. Now the tonic with a half-time refresher, seemed to put the Villa on striking terms. They had chances to win if good enough and if competent to beat Sagar, who had made two masterly saves, one from a going away header being the acme of Scot-like agility and anticipation. However, play got a shade worse, and this was not surprising. Throughout, the period Villa’s defence was plainly unsettled, and Everton’s attack got better and better. Gillick and Stevenson coming in where they had been absent. The great chance came to Cunliffe and Geldard late on. Geldard could have taken the 90th minute shot Cunliffe could have done likewise. They preferred other measures so the great chance of taking victory was lost. The work of Dean had been of best quality; he had been a willing and clever worker against the old-timer reserve centre half-back Callagahan, the only local in the Villa team. But no one can estimate how far-reaching a penalty kicks would have been if granted by Referee Briscow, of Staford. No one could miss seeing the offence; goalkeeper Biddlestone wrested with Gillick and pulled him down. No penalty kick was awarded and one wondered why. In addition, Everton had to flight with a damaged centre half-back, White having cracked his head, against Hodgson’s, and the Everton man had come out of the bump with the worse knock. He was off the field for ten minutes, but in spite of the absence White was quite the best’s man on Everton’s side. Naturally, he was unable to head the ball after half-time, but he saved his side over and over again, and great help was rendered by Cook and Jackson, the last named appearing for Jones, who was still damaged.
The Villa forwards had little sparkle, and candour me to say the Everton line had little punishing finish. Shots were few, and Biddlestone’s task was easy. That the home line was held up was due in part through the slowness of the left wing and the cover up of Astley. Phillips had 10 good minutes, and then he and his partner were very ordinary. Wood was a good half-back, and Callaghan’s duels have been mentioned. Massie was the prime mortar of this division, and Cummings was the better of two moderate backs. Everton, on the other hand, were excellent at half-back, Mercer and Thomson doing grand work in the second half. Of the forwards Dean was the most dangerous and the right wing the most difficult to hold till late on, when the left wing pair had their innings, and came near winning the game. So Aston Villa were a disappointing more to their followers, and Everton had good marks from the sporting crowd, that always assembles at this neutral ground. It was a priceless additional point for Everton. . Teams: - Aston Villa: - Briddleston, goal; Beeson and Cummins, backs; Massie, Callaghan, Wood, Williams, Phillips, Astley, Hodgson, and Houghton, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Mercer, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Referee Mr. W. Bristow, Bradford.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 ASTON VILLA RESERVES 0
February 10, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 29)
Everton’s achievement of defeating a strong Villa side was a commendable one, but although the respective sides were made up of practically all players, who have experience of First Division football, the general standard in the particular encounter was very ordinary. Although the hard ground surface made good and accurate football difficult, the predominating failing point was faulty finishing. An even first half saw Everton the more convincing, but they experienced difficulty in getting beyond Allen, Blair and Young, and Morton’s most difficult work was to handle out efforts from Leyfield and Bentham, while Miller shot past wide. However, the outstanding incident was at the other end, where King made a great save from Brockiebank. Everton were on top after the interval and Leyfield scored the only goal –a point the Villa severely contested on the score of offside. Stein on his return did well without taking undue risk. King, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Lindley, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Leyfield, Bentham, Dickinson, Miller and Stein, forwards.
Everton “A” 2 Hoylake 1
The home side’s victory was fully deserved, mainly through their splendid second-half display after facing an interval deficit of one goal. Hoylake played splendidly during the opening half; their forwards displayed clever combination and the defence was sound. Jackson was a stout defender, and Sherlock, in goal, made many good saves. Hatton scored for Hoylake after 35 minutes. Webster and Joyce tried hard for Everton. After the interval Everton did a lot of pressing, and their persistent efforts gained them the equaliser through Joyce. Hoylake fought gamely, and White saved strong shots from Davies and Foyne. Hannon scored the winning goal towards the end.
EVERTON’S GREAT FIGHT TO CLIMB LEAGUE TABLE
February 10, 1936. Evening Express.
Only One Defeat In Eight Games.
Half Back Brilliance Against Villa.
By The Pilot.
Everton are putting up a great fight to improve their position in the First Division. They have lost only one Football League game out of the last eight played. Their latest achievement, to bring a point home from Aston Villa –the score was one all –was of distinct merit, but the value of the accomplishment lies on the fact that they took a point away from a team worse off than themselves. There was no element of good fortune about the draw either. Everton were the better side. Everton are settling down into a good side, even though it is still not all that could be desired. I think more shooting power is needed, and that the Blues are not getting the best of service from the wings. However, there is a grand spirit about the side. Against the Villa Everton had much more of the attack, especially in the second half, but did not trouble Biddlestone sufficiently. The keen anticipation and speedy tackling of the Villa defenders had something to do with this. With regard to the wingers, Geldard made sure he got rid of the ball first time. I wished he had held it longer on occasion. I think he adopted these kick-first-time methods because he would not trust himself on the bone-hard ground. Gillick had a poor day. He rarely beat his man in close work and repeatedly dragged the half-back to centre with his right foot. Gillick was accuracy itself when applying a finishing touch, but he was too easily crowded out. I still think Gillick would be better in a position suited to his right foot.
The big men of the match so far as Everton are concerned were the half-backs defenders and Dean. The half-backs- Mercer, White, and Thomson were magnificent in the second half, and kept such a grip on the Villa forwards that only once did the home men look like scoring. Not for along time have I seen Everton served by such excellent halfbacks in one game. Cook was the best back on the field, and Jackson showed astonishing improvement from the Sheffield game. He was sure, quick in recover, and kicked a pretty length. Sagar was perfect in his saves, yet made the mistake which cost the goal. Sagar admitted that he missed his punch when going up to Massie’s centre, and that Jackson did not touch him. Yet, Sagar can readily be forgiven, for some of his saves, especially from Astley and Phillips in the first half, were superb. Dean was the best forward on the field –a worrier, a worker and a continual menace to the Villa. His goal was a peach, and though he missed one apparently good chances, he told me that owing to the hard ground, he could not get the ball completely under control while going at top speed. Dean’s heading was magnificent. Cunliffe and Stevenson found it hard to forage, hold, draw and create openings owing to the conditions. It was impossible for anyone to take risks on the bone-hard ground, and the fact that there were few heavy tackles testified to the sportsmanship of both teams. Gordon Hodgson was as good as any unit in a Villa attack which lacks combined skill. The lesson of the game is that Everton are on the upgrade and that Villa are standing still. The Blues have now to play eight home games, but only six away!
PRICELESS POINT FOR EVERTON.
February 10, 1936. Liverpool Echo.
Villa In The Dumps
Relegation Sides Are A Drawing Power.
When is a icy ground unfit to play? That is question number one. When a referee fit to take part in an important game, judging him by his home town? That is question 2. Number -3, don’t think I am in querulous mood, for I’ve rarely been so happy and content, having got the wintry weather and crush of games out of my system –When a goalkeeper wreastles with a forward, pulls him down, and keeps him down, should a penalty kick be the award? It is well answer our own questions Aston Villa ground was hard and on the wing side very icy. But when a famous critic said “play should not have been allowed” I asked Dennis Hodgetts his view. He said “Why not? This is a winter sport. It was not dangerous turf, it was awkward, but I played on much worse and I never wore winter pads on my ordinary football boots. I always studded my own boots, and that’s where our present day players so often go wrong. They have too many studs and put them in the wrong place, the result is the number of cartilage cases which comes over modern footballers. This view coincides with Mr. Reynolds, of Meols, who tells of his days and the Continental style. It would be well if all modern players studied the question of studded football boots.
NO 2 –Everton think a man from nearby Stafford is hardly, the right sort of picking for control of an important relegation game between a Midland side and Everton.
No 3- The answer is simple. The Villa people to the number of 54,000 (gate of £3,000), which shows what a command Villa have if they win and if they are meeting popular visitors saw the goalkeeper, Biddlestone, tug and hold down Gillick and a penalty kick was not granted. I hate brawling footballers who harass a referee over a point, but here was a definite case for action, and none came. Perhaps Everton are not sufficiently “appealing” these days. Fortunately they took a point without cavil and argument, and came near winning the game late on. There was a balance about Everton that was not seen in the home side. The Villa were all nervy and het-up, and for the output of money in tens of thousands at Villa Park they have a poor return, judged by Saturday’s display. It was certainly awkward, icy turf, so that any biting criticism would be unfair. We must judge them on the way they played because it was the same for both sides, and if a damaged fellow like Tom White could stride through to top-hole success there was no “reason why others should not have borne fruit.
There was a fine duelling act between Dean and the young-old Callaghan, deputy centre half back for Allen, Griffiths, and company. Both did well, and Dean proceeded to return home with the other Callaghans of sporting memory. Dean’s value was self-evident; he was the inspiration of the line, and the amount of work he got through redounds to his credit. The rest of the forward line was not in “line,” although have spasmodic periods of success against a nerve-racked goalkeeper and backs. The right wing pair opened well, and Stevenson and Gillick came with a rousing burst towards the finish. It was at half-back and in defence the valuable point was made by the Everton folk. Sagar may have been to blame for the Astley equaliser, but he made topping saves, and Cook and young Jackson stuck to their work with a fine workman like manner. At half-back the three of them did famously. White I have named as best, but Mercer and Thomson had a grand innings, notably in the second half. The Villa had a slow-moving attack with the overworked and pale faced Astley closed out, and Phillips good for ten minutes or so. Houghton has gone right off and Hodgson started with strength, but with a knock to the head probably felt in a dazed condition. Wood was excellent at wing half, but apart from Callaghan’s fine endeavour the rest of the Villa side had not impress me. They looked bound for Division II, with Blackburn Rovers as their companions in the reserved compartment. Of course, there is a good way to go even yet, and a string of wins would life both out of the rut. I mention this because the seven immediately above Blackburn Rovers made a draw, and Liverpool’s toss brings them too close to the lower areas. Everton have done well to take two draws away from home in a week, and the steady improvement shown since Boxing Day has brought them within reach of safety –always providing the home matches are won. It is a breathless business, this relegation battle, and those who want four-up and four down must by now realise what would happen if this idea became a football law. No one would be safe. That would mean Cup final games every Saturday of the season –from which kind Fate spare me!
EVERTON SIDE TO MEET WOLVES.
February 12, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
In opposing Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park on Saturday Everton make one change from the side which drew with Aston Villa. Jones returning in place of Jackson. The Wolves are a good side. They held Derby County last Saturday, and as the visitors like their opponents, are in great need of points this game is likely to be a hard one. Everton must make the most of their home engagements and they ought to win this time. The team is as follows: - Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick. Everton Reserves team to play Wolverhampton Reserves at Wolverhampton is: - White; Williams, Cresswell; M. Lindsay, Gee, Archer; C. Blairfield, Bentham, Dickinson, Miller, and Stein.
February 12, 1936. Liverpool Echo.
Since the advent of 1936, it would appear that outside wingers of opposing teams have become real “bogeys” to the Everton side, for of the ten goals that have been recorded against the Goodison Park team in their last four leagues games nine have been registered by players occupying wing positions. These have been scored as follows; G.A. Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) 3, Chester (Huddersfield Town) 1, Chadwick (Middlesbrough) 2, and Rimmer (Sheffield Wednesday) 3. That it would appear that it will pay the Everton side to keep a closer watch of extreme wingers, especially those on the right for had it not been for the feats of Taylor, Chester, and Rimmer, Everton would have obtained more points from these games than they did.
Keep A Winning Team.
Mr. Sydney B. Smith, of Westminister, London writes –It does seem a pity that my letter to you in October should have gone unheeded. I suggested experiments, however, drastic, and not left until March when too late. Simultaneously with my letter Everton were called upon to replace four of the regulars who were on international duty, and these replacements were part of a team good enough to defeat Chelsea by 5 goals to 1. Surely such a performance merited a further trial, especially as the club’s record was so bad in previous games. But back came the stars. The Spurs, had a similar experience when they went down with 35 points. At the time I am thinking four or five of their best players were on the injured list and the reserves played in nine consecutive games without defeat. Then their stars came in again and the Spurs went out, I contend that a winning team should not be disturbed. Any player good enough to sign ought to be good enough to play. There was an old saying. “There may be another Kitchener marching in the Boys Brigade,” and it is time in every walk of life, but all the finesse in the world is of no account without results. Anyhow, this is hardly the time to grouse and let us hope for the real Everton continued success.
February 13, 1936. Liverpool Echo
“Onlooker” of “The Nook, Maghull, says Everton’s position is serious, but the ironical cheering is neither helpful, sensible, nor to be expected from “Sportsman.” The underlying cause of Everton’s fall from grace is their method of playing with the loss of stars like Coulter and Stein. Clark is the best centre half on the books for the past two seasons. I wish you all you wish yourself, and I offer the attached cynical comments on “Life” to the Everton supporters, who think life will end for them if Everton again be sentenced to the Second Division. It may help to balance them.
Man comes into this world without his consent and leaves it against his will. On earth he is misjudged and misunderstood; in infancy he is an angel; in boyhood he is a devil; in manhood he is a fool. If he has a wife and family he is a chump; if he is a bachelor, he is inhuman. If he enters a public-house, he is a drunkard; if he stays out he is a miser. If he is a poor man, he has no brains; if he is rich he has had all the luck in the world. If he has brains, he is considered smart and dishonest. If he goes to church he is a hypocrite; if he stays away he is a sinful man. If he gives to charity, it is for advertisement; if he does not he is stingy and mean. When he comes into the world, everybody wants to kiss him, before he goes out everybody wants to kick him. If he dies young, there was a great life before him; if he lives to a ripe old age everybody hopes he has made a will.
WOLVERS STARS EVERTON WILL FACE
February 13, 1936. Evening Express.
Fastest Baseball Bowler In Goal.
By The Pilot.
England’s fastest international baseball bowler will be in the Wolverhampton team to oppose Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. His name is R.A. Scott, the Liverpool born goalkeeper who was transferred from Burnley to the Wolves less than a fortnight ago. Scott made his debut for the Wolves last week against Derby County and played a brilliant game. He was with the Liverpool club for 18 months before joining Burnley. Scott is a comparative youngster, as are most of the Wolverhampton players, for many of the older stars, such as Cutbert Phillips, Dai Richards and Rhodes have left for other pastures. Shaw has been with the club for some time and is a sound, tenacious back, while Laking, his partner has speed in recovery and keeps excellent position. Morris, the centre half back, is a strong player particularly good in defence. He has the faculty for covering a tremendous amount of ground while Galley is known for his constructive skill. On the left flank is Smalley, the utility man of the side. When last I saw him in action he was at centre forward. He did, in fact, score against Everton in the match at Molineux grounds this season. He has also figured in all three half back positions and at inside right and inside left. That attack relies, in the main, on speedy development with Bryn Jones, one of the cleverest inside men in the game, the prime creator. Jones himself scored the winning goal for Wales against England last week. He is quick to spot an opening and quick to make an opening. Wrigglesworth is a dimmutive winger from Chesterfield partner Jones. Seeing that so many wingers have scored against Everton of late, the Blues had better watch Wigglesworth closely. On the other flank is Brown, the Irish international from Belfast Celtic, and Iverson, another product of the Accrington Stanley side. The centre-forward is Henson who was secured from Northampton last season and who gained much fame in Third Division circles for his goal-scoring feats. Everton and Wolves have met three times at Goodison Park since the Wolves returned to the First Division, and the Wanderers claim one victory.
Any visitor the Walton enclosure by the famous Wolves recalls the never-to-be-forgotten F.A. Cup battles between the clubs. In the first final ever played in the provinces, Everton had to meet Wolverhampton Wanderers. It was at Fallowfield in April 1893. There was a remarkable story behind the Cup defeat. The previous week –on April 18, to be exact –Everton visited Wolverhampton in a League match with seven reserves in the side, including Jack Elliott, who is at present on the ground staff at Goodison Park. Everton were three up at half-time, and eventually won 4-2. So the Cup final looked a “good thing” for the Blues, and a band was engaged to welcome home the winners. Back to full strength, however, Everton lost to the Wolves by the only goal. It was scored by Dykes with a long shot which Williams, the Everton goalkeeper, fumbled. That certainly “beat the band.” A grand little back, named Dickie Baugh, played for the Wolves that day. When the clubs next met in the Cup –in the fourth round in 1921, Baugh’s son played for the Wolves, and again Everton lost by the only goal –scored by Brook.
TO MEET EVERTON.
February 14, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are due to visit Everton. This, Goodison Park game means much to the home club and victory will at least temporarily relieve the tension. The Wolves have a strong side of young players, and the former Liverpool goalkeeper in R.A. Scott, recently transferred from Burnley, will keep goal for the Midland side. Henson, the regular centre forward is ill, and Martin, the Irish player, is due to lead the line. Marsden comes in at right back in place of Larking, and the team is; Scott; Marsden, Shaw; Galley, Morris, Smalley; Brown, Atherton, Martin, Jones, Wrigglesworth. Shaw, who has proved a most reliable defender, will be making his hundredth consecutive appearance in the Wolves’ team. The Wolves first visit to Everton was in the opening season of the League when they won 2-1. Since then they have pad 18 visits in quest of League points and only twice have they recorded victories –in 1899-1900 when they prevailed by 1-0, and three seasons ago when they won 2-1. So far this season the Wanderers have captured only five away points from 14 games these being secured by means of a victory over Bolton Wanderers (3-0), and drawn games with Birmingham (0-0), Chelsea (2-2), and Sheffield Wednesday (0-0).
EVERTON’S CHANCE TO TAKE BIG STEP TO SAFETY.
February 14, 1936. Evening Express.
Vital Match With Wolves Tomorrow.
Blues’ Craft V. Wanderer’ Pace.
By The Pilot.
Everton have a wonderful opportunity of escaping from the immediate danger zone in the First Division tomorrow when the oppose Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park. Only four First Division matches are down for decision, and if Everton win and on recent form they should –their position will be eased considerably. The victory will enable them to move up over Preston North End and only goal-avenge will keep them below the clubs with 25 points. This is a chance which Everton must not miss. Every home point must be secured if the Blues are to retain their status. Recently Everton have been picking up some useful points in away matches, but if only the club can strike a winning vein t home there will be no question of relegation. The Blues have collected nine points out of the last 16 played for and during that period they have suffered only one defeat. No, by no stretch of imagination can that be described as the form of a club likely to go down to the Second Division.
A Change For The Better.
The real improvements date from the scrapping of the third-back plan, which seemed to upset the full-backs. So far as White, the centre-half, is concerned, he can exploit the third back tactics perfectly, but neither Cook nor Jones, the backs, are happy with the centre-half lying back. The wing half backs were able to move to the centre too much, and this provided the opposing wingers with abundant scope. Further, the forwards were not getting the necessary working materials on which to build. Now Everton have returned to the orthodox in football, which, as Director Mr. Jack Sharp argues, is the only way to bring success in the game. Everton cannot be accused of not scoring goals. In the last eight matches they have scored no fewer than 20. There are not many sides able to make such a claim. No, the forwards will do their work all right if the defence will set a plan to stop the opposing wingers. In the last eight league games extreme wingers have scored no fewer than 11 goals against the Blues. That seems to indicate defensive loopholes’ tomorrow they will win.
Craft Should tell.
The Wolves are a strong, quick moving side with the enthusiasm of youth. They do, however, lack the craft of Everton, and this is a game in which craft should overcome pace. The Wolves have played 14 away games, but they claim only one victory. That was secured at Bolton. They have also gained single points at Birmingham, Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday. The remaining ten games have been lost, and in them the Wolves have scored only six goals against 32! Shaw, the Wolves left back, will be making his 100th consecutive appearance for the first team. Everton have Jones back at left back, and Cook once again reverts to right back. These are the only changes. Everton: Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick. Wolverhampton Wanderers; Scott; Marsden, Shaw; Galley, Morris, Smalley; Brown, Iverson, Henson, Jones, Wrigglesworth.
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EVERTON’S TASK IS NOT BEYOND THEM
February 14, 1936. Liverpool Echo.
I though Aston Villa could beat Everton a week ago, but they did not, and now it is plain Everton have got together a better-welded side than for some weeks. There is a fine spirit and verve in the eleven, and there has been a stiffening up of defence that has helped the forward five to have a suitable chance. The wing half-back positions have also yielded to treatment and tomorrow I am hoping the left flank of the attack will resume its best way, and its most damaging shots, because in meeting Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton have to tackle one of the stoutest sides in the land.
Let’s All Join In.
The crowd at Goodison Park has won some games for Everton F.C, and the show they made against Middlesbrough in the second half is sufficient evidence of the power of the crowd. Everton have to win their home games to ensure their safely pass for Division 1. To depend upon the Villa or Blackburn –of, for the matter –no, I will not mention the game –is not helpful to Everton’s chance. The team should make their own salvation secure. Certainly the Goodison brigade have not known defeat for some weeks, and the confident tone running through the ranks makes me believe Everton’s show tomorrow will be marked Bee’s “ Nap selection “ in the Echo football edition. Everton: Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick. Wolverhampton Wanderers; Scott; Marsden, Shaw; Galley, Morris, Smalley; Brown, Atherton, Martin, Jones, Wrigglesworth.
WOLVES OPPOSE EVERTON.
February 15, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
In facing Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park, Everton players no doubt will set off with the determination to win, knowing as they do how important it is that they should take full toll from their home matches. The Wolvers, nevertheless, can provide the stiffest opposition and Everton must be at their best to get the better of a strong defence. The team is strengthened by return of Jones, and I believe the side will prevail. In the Midland team is Scott, lately transferred from Burnley. The former Liverpool goalkeeper has already shown his worth, and he will provide Dean and his colleagues with a difficult final obstacle to overcome. The kick-off is at 3.15, and the teams are; Everton: Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick. Wolverhampton Wanderers; Scott; Marsden, Shaw; Galley, Morris, Smalley; Brown, Atherton, Martin, Jones, Wrigglesworth.
Burnley Express-Saturday 15 February 1936
Accrington Stanley last Wednesday secured the transfer from Blackburn Rovers of H.E. Lapham, their reserve centre-forward who has appeared at Turf Moor several times with the Rovers Northern Mid-Week League team. He played as an amateur with Everton before joining the Rovers last season.
HEADING FOR SAFETY
February 15, 1936. Liverpool Football Echo.
Everton Give A Sound Display
Two For Geldard
Everton are on the rise. They gave a good display on tricky turf against Wolverhampton. Their forwards impressed but, of a sound all-round team. White stood out in bold relief. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson, and Jones; Mercer, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Gillick, forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Scott, goal; Marsden and Shaw, backs; Galley, Morris and Smalley, half-backs; Brown, Iverson, Martin, Jones, and Wrigglesworth, forwards. Referee Mr. G.T. Goole, London.
There was an eleventh hour change in the Everton side, Cook being found unfit, so that Jackson came in as his deputy. It was interesting to note that Shaw, the Wolverhampton full-back was making his hundredth consecutive League appearance for his side. The ground was naturally hard, and must have been a little tricky for Wrigglesworth, despite his name, slipped up when he tried to wriggle his way beyond the Everton defence. Wolverhampton showed good form in the early minutes, their combination being of an excellent order, and Wrigglesworth showed his prancing feet to Jackson, and then took the ball down to the goal-line to lob in a dangerous centre, which forced Everton to concede a corner. This was the forerunner to a lucky escape for the Everton goal. One or two of the Everton men slipped up as the ball hovered around the goal, and ultimately went to Galley, who made a strong shot which flashed across the goal and not more than a matter of inches outside the upright. Everton were now running more to form. Cunliffe went lose. Dean had a shot charged down, and Geldard took a corner kick from Shaw, while later Geldard put a centre close to goal, but Scot advanced to cut out the danger. Gillick tried to drop-kick a goal, the ball striking one of the Wolverhampton defenders, and it looked as though the ball had been handled, but the referee gave a corner kick. White stopped Iverson’s dash neatly, Gillick is a most unfortunate footballer. With the game only fifteen minutes old, he had to leave the field with what looked like a cut over the eye. Marsden, the Wolves right back, made one of the best shots of the day when he made a long high back pass to his goalkeeper. He was well outside the penalty area when he made it and at the goalkeeper had run out, it looked all Goodison to a pinch of salt that the ball would drop into the net, but it missed its billet by a foot or so.
White’s First Goal.
It was immediately after this that Everton took the lead. White followed up his own tackle, and when his colleagues made way for him he let out a terrific shot, which the goalkeeper touched but could not stop because of the immense power White had put behind his drive. This by the way, is White’s first goal of the season, and was scored at 22 minutes. Geldard made a run which took him over to the inside left position, where he fell through trying to beat just one other . The Wolves found Everton’s offside trap difficult to negotiate, falling into it time and again. Everton were doing surprisingly well now that Gillick had returned, the brightest spot in their make-up being White, who was in storming form.
Half-time Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.
Everton were usually the dictators and what little attack the Wolves produced was well looked after by Jackson and Jones; the former made two really brilliant tackles to hold up Wrigglesworth, and then Dean nodded the ball into the net from an offside position after Gillick had done some smart work on the left wing.
Geldard’s Spectacular Goal.
The most spectacular thing of the match thus far was Geldard’s goal, accrued at the 54th minute. The outside right wended his way to the centre of the field and held off every challenge made against him, and when Scott came out (the only thing he could do) Geldard showed a calm head when he cleverly lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net. A little roughness crept into the play, and Marsden was taken to task for a foul on Gillick. At the hour Shaw could be faulted when he allowed Geldard to more up and onward, and send a nice ball through to Cunliffe, who shot into the top of the net. Everton had a fortunate escape when Martin took the ball down and offered Jones a chance. Sagar was away from home at the time, and it was only because White had sensed such a happening that a goal was averted. White kicked clear when all others were beaten. Everton’s forward work had been excellent. Geldard was perhaps best of the five, with Stevenson a good second, so with Dean and Cunliffe consistently harassing the visitors defence the Wanderers attack got little chance. Martin, however, made a great shot, and Sagar an equally great save. Martin scored what appeared to me a good goal, but the referee disallowed it. It must been for offside, for it was on the linesman’s word that the referee annulled the point. The Wolves half-backs were too busily engaged to give their forwards support. Following a quiet spell, Everton broke through, Gillick’s centre travelled beyond everyone with the exception of Geldard, and his speed enable him to get in touch again and sweep the ball to the far side of the goal well away from Scott. Time 70 minute. Two minutes later Wrigglesworth made a clever run which took him into the centre forward berth, and his final pass to Martin enabled the Irish International to beat Sagar from close range. Final Everton 4, Wolverhampton 1.
February 15, 1936. Liverpool Football Echo
By Louis T. Kelly.
• Mr. Jack Sharp another wordily renowned cricketer (also footballer) has a birthday today.
• Not until Cook came to Everton have we had such a whole-hearted defensive kicker in our midst.
• In reply-“Soldier” Billy Stewart did not play for Everton in the Fallow Field Cup Final v. Wolves in 1893. He did not win Everton from Preston until a month after that particularly match was played. Left Everton in May 1893 for Bristol City.
• Everton had an Alexander Stewart a wing half from Burnley who joined the Blues in the earlier nineties.
EVERTON 4 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1 (Game 1549 over-all)-(Div 1 1507)
February 17, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
Fine Display By Everton
Sound Team-Work By Everton
White’s Dashing Form.
Everton are definitely rising, and by their sound 4-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers take a big step towards the safety zone. That is not to say that all is well, for there is still a long way to go until May. Everton, however, are playing well within themselves. Defeat after defeat set their nerves on edge, but with their succession of victories and drawn games they have gained a belief in themselves. Against the Wanderers they were always top dogs, yet they had their anxious moments for while they opponents did not have the craft of Everton they had the spirit to keep at it even when their handicap –a four goals lead –was undoubtedly too heavy for them. Everton were uncommonly slow in getting off the mark, whereas the Wolves got into their stride almost immediately, but once Everton got the “feel” of the turf they were not long in demonstrating their superiority. The Wolves had their chances and failed to take them. When Geldard got across a long centre which Gillick tried to drop kick, the ball striking a player, it was the commencement of a strong Everton attack which ultimately brought the Wolves to their knees. I though Marsden had handled Gillick’s shot, but the referee said “Nay” to the players’ appeal.
White’s Fierce Shot.
Everton straight away went on the score the opening goal, just as though they wanted to prove the injustice of the referee’s verdict. White, who was outstanding until though the game, came out of a tackle with the ball at his toe, but instead of making a pass he trod his way forward and let drive with a fierce shot. Scott the former Liverpool goalkeeper, got to the ball, but was unable to hold it. The goal produced more “bite” into the Everton attack, which was fast, clever, and effective. Gillick suffered another injury, but this time he was not off the field for long outlook for a solid victory for Everton became brighter. There was an all-round steadiness about their play which suggested goals. Geldard was ever a menace with his speedy thrusts, and Stevenson’s scheming was too subtle for his nearby opponents. He juggled with the ball to rare effect, and Dean was beating Morris in the air. Dean did “find” the net, but he was offside, and while he did not score a goal I am not unmindful of the great work he did in keeping the Wolves defence on tenterhooks. He had to be watched so that his inside colleagues were often “free” to do as they liked with the ball. Cunliffe and Mercer gave Geldard every assistance which was only right in view of the outside right’s good showing.
Geldard’s Fine Game.
Geldard was in a really bright mood, and his opening goal, Everton’s second was of a spectators nature. He worked from the wing to centre forward, resisting all challengers, and as Scott dashed out of goal to save the situation, Geldard calmly lobbed the ball over his head and into the net. Geldard scored again, and also made the pass which enabled Cunliffe to defeat Scott, so you see Geldard’s part in the day’s success was a big one. Everton, however, played more like a team than for some time. There was a linking up process one with the other, and more important still was the presence of marksmen who were not afraid to deliver’s shot. White was not stopper with but one task. He was more; he was a sixth forward; helping here, there and wherever extra aid was needed.
White’s was a perfect display. Mercer, too, was in a most trenchant mood. His tenacity and strong tackling kept Wrigglesworth –a clever forward, this –from running riot, and Thomson kept a restraining hand on the Brown-Iverson wing. The Wolves’ forwards got little support from their halves. Jackson used the ball well, and made sterling tackles. Jones was also firm, and Sagar made some flying saves, bit it was as a team Everton won.
The Wolves’ Players.
The Wolves took a consolation goal near the end, Martin, who was once sought by Everton, beating Sagar from close range after Wrigglesworth had praved the way. Martin also got an offside goal’ at least that is what the referee through, but I could see no infringement, and it was only on the word of his linesman that Martin did not get his reward for a good piece of work. Morris was never the master of Dean, and Shaw was not blameless when Geldard, got one his goals, but that apart he played a solid game in this his hundredth consecutive League appearance. Scott did well in goal, and Iverson and Jones were smart purveyors, but until the half-backs can offer them some support. Wolverhampton’s must suffer. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson, and Jones; Mercer, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Gillick, forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Scott, goal; Marsden and Shaw, backs; Galley, Morris and Smalley, half-backs; Brown, Iverson, Martin, Jones, and Wrigglesworth, forwards. Referee Mr. G.T. Goole, London.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
February 17, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 30)
An extremely hard fought struggle at Wolverhampton. Following an early Wolves goal through Chadwick the second half was a terrific struggle for supremacy. Most of the play centred in midfield, and opportunities were continually thrown by both forward lines. Thomson increased the Wolves’ lead after 65 minutes, and Hullett scored for Everton. Everton: - White, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Lindley, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Blairwell (C.), Bentham. Dickinson, Miller and Stein, forwards.
WHO SAID RELEGATION?
February 17, 1936. Evening Express.
They Spoke Before Their Time.
Dazzling New Everton.
By The Watcher.
A new and better Everton has come into power, and the shadow of relegation is slowly but surely leaving Goodison Park. Not since their mighty display in the replayed Cup-tie with Sunderland last season have I seen the Blues reveal more brilliance and confidence than they did against Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were defeated 4-1 at Goodison on Saturday. There was not a weak link in the side. Every man did his job well. The side moved as a team and nor as units, and there hardly ever seemed a doubt about the ultimate result. As usual, Everton reserved their best form for the second half. In the first period they were good but not brilliant. There was a different take to be told on resuming, however.
White And Geldard Excel.
It would be invidious to individualise in view of the excellent all-round display of the side, but there were two players who, I thought, stood out head and shoulders above the remainder. They were White and Geldard. White can hardly ever have had a better day. Right from the start he never put a foot wrong. Always well up with his forwards, he was the mainspring of a half-back line that almost forced their forwards to keep on attack. “Boy” martin, the Irish international, who was watched by Everton last year, was never in the picture. White was too good for him. Geldard scintillated with tricky runs that kept the opposing defenders at full strength. They never quite knew what he was going to do with the ball. He crowned excellent field work with accurate shooting. Geldard scored twice, and Cunliffe and White got Everton’s other goals. Dean found himself either crowded out or the goalkeeper waiting in good position for any shot that might be made. Nevertheless, Dean has improved the Blues’ attack. His wholehearted enthusiasm and endeavour proved a splendid example to the rest of the side and they were not slow to respond. Everton’s defence was sound, and, taking the game all through, it is a wonder the Blues did not win by a larger margin. Seven points in a month is the haul Everton have made since the third-back game was abandoned.
Everton have secured the signature, on County Combination forms, of John Rothwell, the 21 year-old centre half of Aughton Park. Rothwell, who recently won The Evening Express certificate of merit and whose prowess was mentioned exclusively in the Evening Express last week, is 5ft 11ins, and 11st. He is a two-footed player and regarded as the best pivot in the Zingari-Alliance.
EVERTON MOVE UP.
February 17, 1936. Liverpool Echo
Everton, are heading for safety, and are now playing in such a manner that their prospects of rising from the danger zone are distinctly bright. They gave themselves a big lift by their sound victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, and the feeling out Goodison way is that things are going along nicely, thanks (writes “Stork.”) They are, but there must be no lapses, for the road to success is still a difficult one, but it can be negotiated spite its awkward and dangerous checking points. Today there is confidence to the side, whereas a few weeks ago there was little belief among the men, because things were running badly for them, sometimes due to their own inability to make them run otherwise. Their one big fault has been righted. Whereas they were prone to dilly and dally, and so let opportunities pass them by today there s more directness in their play; more shooting and less of the running around in circles and getting themselves all tangled up and easy prey for the rival defenders. On Saturday their go-ahead methods had the Wolverhampton defence several troubled, and with every man in the line ready and willing to try a shot there was always a promise of a goal, I can recall the day when there was a desire to let the other man take the onus of a shot, so that very often there was no shot at all, for none would accept the responsibility of a miss. Fortunately that has all been done away, with, and there is a unanimity of purpose, and the knowledge that goals, and only goals, will take them into safety. It was attack which gained them their victory against the Wanderers, for not only were there five “Striking” forwards but half-backs who were ever ready to go up and lend a hand.
To emphasise this statement, White opened the day’s scoring and Mercer and Thomson were always moving up behind their attack. So the old order of the third back has gone, and Everton have proved that a centre half back should be more than just a mere “stopper” Morris, the Wolves’ pivot, was just that, and what did he do? He could not even stop Dean, and Galley and Smalley were unable to assist their forwards because of the heavy work placed upon them by the quick-working Everton forwards. Dean and company received any amount of assistance, and as a consequence were so placed that they strode forward knowing that if further help was required it was there following up closely behind. Everton had their anxious moments in the opening minutes when Wolverhampton ran right into their game, and Iverson beat Sagar with a shot which pulled outside the far post. Everton were some little time in getting to know the run of the ball and the knowledge of the ground, which was difficult, but once they had fathomed the depths as it were, there was every indication of a sound and solid victory. Up to the time of the match was made by Marsden, who with the choice of a dozen things, decided to put back to his goalkeeper. He was well outside the penalty line, and his rising drive soared over Scott’s head, and just missed sniggling under the angle of the woodwork. From the resulting corner kick came trouble, for White made a successful tackle, stepped forward and drove in with all the might. Scott got to the ball, but could not hold it and it spun out of his hands and curled into goal.
One up, and seventy minutes to play. Could Everton hold their lead? There was a lot of skill in the Wanderers forward line; there would have been more with the right sort of support, but I had no qualms as to the ultimate result of the game, for Everton were playing the right kind of football to overcome an uncertain defence. Dean worried Marsden, Shaw, and Morris, and Geldard’s pace was too hot for Smalley’s, in fact Geldard with his rapid thrusts, and Stevenson with his scheming plans were the two most successful forwards in the Everton line. Gillick had suffered a facial injury early on, and this might have been troubling him, for he was the only moderate man in the line, but I have no stones to throw at the Everton forwards as a line. Geldard’s first goal –he got two –was worthy of production as a slow motion film, for it was a spectacular affair. He ran with the ball at his toe into the centre, and although thrice challenged skirted them all. Then came his greatest obstacle, goalkeeper Scott, who ran out to meet him. A calm head was then necessary. Geldard had it, for he cleverly lifted the ball over Scott’s head and into the net. Cunliffe’s goal came from a Geldard pass, so that immediately adversaries an unhappy one. Now to the Everton defence Jackson was brought in for Cook, who was unable to play, and he played a grand game. He “used” the ball better than ever before, and don’t forget he was up against a clever little wingman in Wrigglesworth. His tackling was deadly, rarely did he make one without success, and Jones was the acme of perfection. Sagar had no chance with Martin’s goal, for it was a short-range shot. I thought Martin had scored a perfectly legitimate goal earlier on, but the linesman saw an offside infringement. The Wolves’ best were Wrigglesworth, Iverson, Smalley, Shaw and Scott, this former Liverpool goalkeeper making some smart saves. Everton are definitely going to march out of their trouble, if they can retain their present form.
February 18, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
John Rothwell, the Aughton Park centre half, who has signed for Everton on a County Combination form, is regarded as one of the best pivots in the I Zingari Alliance. As he is 21 years of age, 5ft 11ins in height, 11st in weight, and a two-footed player, he is likely to develop into a very useful player. He is a brother of Mr. Tom Rothwell, who is well known in Southwest Lancashire as clerk to Coroner Sir Samuel Brighthouse. John Rothwell has played for Aughton Park since the club’s formation some years or so ago.
NEW SOUTH L’POOL FIRST VISIT TO EVERTON.
February 18, 1936. Liverpool Echo
Case Of Coulter.
Everton receive the New South-Liverpool for the first time in their history. It is a Liverpool senior Cup-tie at Goodison Park, and the appearance of Critchley against his old team is only one of the best things this match prospects. Everton will probably play the team that fared so well against Wolverhampton. The news regarding Jack Coulter, this morning is hardly correct. He is not likely to be chosen to play his first game of resumption for the reserves, but for the “A” team playing against Nomads. The state of the ground will be the deciding factor whether he plays at all. He would have played last week, but for the “bone” in the ground. He was limping a little last week, but resuming training today, looks strong and well again. The South in the semi-final of the Liverpool senior Cup shows no change from the team that has been so successful of recent weeks, and quite a number of Garston people likely to be present supporting the new club. Team: - Roper; Davies, Pilling (J.); Langton, Gadd, Lowrey, Critchley, Jones (G.), Roscoe, Jones (T.), and Pilling (J.F.).
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COOK TO MAKE STAMFORD BRIDGE DEBUT.
February 19, 1936. Evening Standard
Everton’s One Team Change For Chelsea Game.
Blues First London Visit This Season
By The Pilot.
Billy Cook, Everton’s Irish international full back, will make his first appearance at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Cook, who has been suffering from a foot hurt in training, returns to Everton’s team to oppose Chelsea at the famous south-west London enclosure. Tough Cook has been with the Goodison club since December, 1932; he has never played at Stamford Bridge, and is hoping that he will be the means of changing Everton’s luck at Stamford Bridge. In recent seasons Everton have always suffered defeat there. Cook said to me; “Stamford Bridge has always been an unlucky ground for Everton, but I’m hoping that I Shall prove a good mascot and that my debut there will mean a point or points.” The inclusion of Cook for Jackson, at right back, is the only change in the side which gained such a splendid victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers last Saturday. Everton have revealed remarkable improvement in recent games. They have lost only one of their last nine games. The game at Chelsea constitutes Everton’s first visit to London this season. Last season their three London games yielded one point – taken on the opening day of the season from Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick.
EVERTON BEAT SOUTH LIVERPOOL.
February 19, 1936. Evening Express.
By The Pilot.
Everton and South Liverpool were opponents for the first time when at Goodison Park today they appeared in a Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final. Everton had the better of the opening exchanges, and the game was watched by 3,000 spectators, including representatives of several Football League clubs. The Blues, however, were inclined to make the extra pass. When a long clearance kick was pushed up the middle the alert Roscoe raced ahead, drew King from goal, and scored with a fast shot from the corner. This goal came after ten minutes. Critchley, the former Everton player, led a strong raid on the Everton goal, this ending with Gore taking a ball on the half volley, but being a yard too high. Everton were somewhat upset by the quick tackling of the South, who was smarter on the ball.
Everton equalised in 24 minutes, Leyfield being the scorer. Gee pushed a ball up the middle, and Hullett touched it past Davies across goal, so that Leyfield had little to do but run in and tap the ball into the net. Most of the play was centred in the South half, but Roper had a particularly easy time due to tenacious tackling on the part of Davies and Pilling and some resolute work by Gadd. There was no denying the enthusiasm and endeavour of the combination side. Jones (T.) and Gore combined excellently on the left, and when Roscoe’s shot on the turn swerved away from goal, King had to dive at Gore’s feet to prevent a further score. The best shot of the day came from the foot of Archer. He crashed in a drive with his left foot from fully 40 yards, the ball just skimming the bar, with Roper beaten. Gee pulled up the flying Gore in excellent style before Stein hit a terrific shot on the drop, Roper driving outwards to effect a brilliant save. Stein was doing good work, but was not shooting well. It was pleasing to note that he revealed no sign of his recent leg injury. The South had bad luck when following Davies’ free kick, Roscoe stepped through to place a terrific left foot shot against the foot of the post with King beaten. Gore seized on the rebound, but failed to reach a colleague with his centre. Half-time Everton 1, South Liverpool 1.
Both sides missed chances in the second half, but Everton had more of the game when Hullett went to outside right. Near the end he scored the winning goal, after 81 minutes, from Stein’s centre. Final Everton 2, South Liverpool 1.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 SOUTH LIVERPOOL 1
February 20, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
Hullett Scores Winning Goal.
Everton Just Beat South Liverpool
South Liverpool put up a capital fight in the their Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final tie with Everton yesterday at Goodison Park, and although beaten by the odd goal in three, were not disgraced. There were times when the Everton defence had very anxious moments, for South Liverpool showed any amount of enthusiasm, and what they lacked in artistry they made up for in dash. It was this that troubled Everton so much. On paper Everton had a most powerful side as four of the players were internationals and ten of them have appeared in First Division football.
Even First half.
Each side got a goal in the first half, Roscoe, the former Prescot Cables player, netting for South Liverpool in 10 minutes when he beat King in a race for possession, and Leyfield equalising in 23 minutes after Hullett had drawn Roper from his goal. The evenness of the first half was kept up well into the second period, and just when it looked as though no more scoring would come about Hullett came through to win the game for Everton seven minutes from the end.
Everton had a clever forward in Miller, and he and Stein proved a most dangerous wing. Archer saw that they got the ball frequently, and linked up splendidly. Gee worked hard as pivot, and further behind Cresswell was more reliable than Williams. In the South side G. And T. Jones showed many clever moves in the forwards, and their first-time methods kept the Everton defence extended. In defence Pilling (J.) and Roper did well. Teams: - Everton:-King, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Leyfield, Bentham, Hullett, Miller, and Stein, forwards. South Liverpool: - Roper, goal; Davies and Pilling (J.), backs; Langton, Gadd, and Lowery, half-backs; Critchley, Jones (G.), Roscoe, Jones (T.), and Gore, forwards.
February 20, 1936. Liverpool Echo.
I was struck by the display South Liverpool gave at Everton. If they continue to play on those lines they will make most teams go far and will do more –they will be an interesting side to watch. The policy of pass and keep the ball on the ground makes South Liverpool a good side to watch, and the Everton spectators must have been impressed by much of the work. The issue was open till the last moments of play, and then South contested a goal that had a breath of offside in its make-up. Still, Referee Hewitt of St . Helens was excellent all though, and the game was likewise. It was good to see Jimmy Stein linking up in the perfect manner with Miller, and these two can also make a splendid football treat for spectators –especially if they do not continue their” and co.” to a point where it has no value. Leyfield once more impressed met at outside right (I think he is remarkably clever), and Bentham’s another young man who is going to make strides to first team in course of time. Roper kept goal splendidly for South, and the backs were tip-top. Gadd as pivot takes on enormous work, and the wing half backs, tiring a little, still found time to make the tackle. In attack lack of inches was a barrier. Roscoe scored a neat goal, and after South hit the post with the best shot of the match, Hullett, changing his position (from centre to outside right) got the winning goal, and South passed out of the Liverpool Senior Cup with honours.
“J. H. L.” Says; I write words of encouragement to Everton. As a combined team they are one of the best in the league. They have had a lot of bad luck, due to injuries, &c., but now, having caught the “team spirit” we see something of the real Everton and “shooting” as fast as the chance come along.
THE FOOTBALL POOLS.
February 20, 1936. The Liverpool Echo.
Proposal before The League
Director’s No Truck With Gamblers.”
From Our Own Correspondent, Manchester, Thursday.
One of the most important meetings in the history of the Football League took place at Manchester, this afternoon, when the clubs were represented at a private meeting to discuss a proposal concerning the fixture. The meeting was the outcome of a proposal some time ago to the league by Mr. Watson Hartley, a native of Nelson, who is an accountant at Liverpool, that the league should make a charge for the use of the copyright of the fixture lists to printers of football pools coupons. Mr. Hartley suggests that printers should be licensed to used the fixtures in return for a fee payable to the league, and that the revenue thus created for league should be used for the good of the game generally, helping needy league clubs, and providing more ample compensation for disabled players. The scheme has been submitted to eminent counsel Mr. E. G. Hemmerde, K.C, and Mr. Evershed, K.C. When Mr. Hartley first made his suggestion to the League Executive in 1934, they rejected it on the ground that, in accordance with the rules, they could have nothing to do with gambling in any form, but at that time they had not the details of the proposal before them. Leading members of the executive subsequently examined the scheme individually but today the clubs were apprised of its for the first time. The First and Second Division clubs possess votes, and their consent is necessary to any scheme. It was known before the meeting that certain club officials were entirely opposed to any suggestion of the game taking any profit, directly or indirectly, from football pools transactions, and one gentleman who has been the financial sponsor of a famous club had expressed his intention to resign if anything of that kind were sanctioned. An old international, now director of a Northern club, said, before he went into the meeting, that he was strongly opposed to the idea of the league “trucking with gamblers,” while the manager of a Lancashire club thought the idea was a splendid one. Mr. John McKenna presided, and every club were represented except Aldershot, Bristol City and Brighton and Hove Albion. It is not expected that any official announcement will be made at the end of the meeting unless the decision is one of approval.
FIRST ‘DOUBLE OF THE SEASON?
February 21, 1936. Evening Express.
Everton Have A Great Chance At Chelsea.
By the Pilot.
Everton have a chance of being the first of the two Merseyside First Division clubs to record a “double” this season tomorrow, when they visit Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge. Neither Everton nor Liverpool have yet taken four points from any club this season. At the same time, Everton have an opportunity of recording their first away win of 1936. This is yet another desperate relegation struggle for the Blues. Chelsea, though they have matches in hand of their rivals in distress, are far from being “out of the wood,” while Everton, despite recent improvement, need more points before they can breathe freely. Everton have rarely performed well at Stamford Bridge. Even in their plumiest seasons they have failed to touch their true form in south London. Can they break the spell tomorrow? The chance is there for the taking.
Chelsea are still concerned over their little cup affair with Fulham –the replay in on Monday –and they are hard hit by injuries. It is expected that several reserves will be included, and it is certain that McAulay the Scottish back, will be an absence. On the other hand Everton will once again be at full strength, for Cook returns to right back, and will be making his first appearance at the Stamford Bridge ground. In my opinion, the Blues have only to maintain their recent improvement to march forward to an encouraging victory which will probably give them a welcome rise in the league chart. Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick.
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ASKING FOR A POINT OR TWO.
February 21, 1936. Liverpool Echo
Everton are fortunate to have timed the fixture list to suit Chelsea’s Cup-tie. No team in the Cup-ties has a good look at League games when a replayed match with local rival’s is necessary. Hence the way for an Everton victory away from home is made plain, except –ah, yes, except for the remembrance that Chelsea cannot afford to take any League risks, their positions in the chart being very low. It isn’t sufficient to remind you of the London side’s games in hand-games in hand are apt to get out of hand and pointless, so the game tomorrow at Stamford Bridge will be no walk-over. However, the confident tone, of the Everton side has gained much by reason of the solid collection of points in the last six matches, absence of defeat has enabled the players to be more normal, and to forget the possibilities of breaking down to a Second Division point. So with Billy Cook again with the senior eleven, I think Everton will go strong tomorrow, and I shall be disappointed if they do not come back with a point, if not two.
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EVERTON VISIT CHELSEA.
February 22, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton travel to Stamford Bridge to oppose Chelsea, who have had a keen Cup struggle during the week and are due for a replay on Monday, so that in point of freshness Everton may hold an advantage, particularly as the London side is below full strength. Everton have shown marked improvement during the last few weeks and a win today would enhance their prospects in the relegation scramble. Cook returns to the side, and the players may be expected to make a bold bid. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick. Chelsea; (probable); Woodley; Barber, Law; Allum, Craig, Miller; Spence, Burgess, Bambrick, Gibson, Barraclough.
EVERTON BRILLIANT AT CHELSEA
February 22, 1936. Evening Express
Chelsea On The Run In The First half.
Dean’s Great Goals.
By The Pilot.
Everton’s best away form this season. This sums up their display against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea were never in the hunt in the first half, at the end of which Everton enjoyed a two-goal lead. Dean was the scorer in each instance. The Blues’ forwards had the Chelsea defenders constantly on the run, and Geldard, in particular, was in sparkling form. Chelsea improved in the second half, when Bambrick scored two goals to put them level. The gates were not opened until three quarters of an hour before the kick-off, as there was a threat of fog. I saw Mr. “Billy” McConnell, of Liverpool F.C, in London. He was on scouting business just outside the metropolis. Teams: - Chelsea: - Woodley, goal; Barber and Law, backs; Allum, Craig and Miller, half-backs; Spence, Burgess, Bambrick, Gibson, and Barrowclough, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Mercer, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Gillick, forwards. Referee Mr. E.C. Barnwell, (Lichfield).
In the opening passengers the players found the heavy turf beating them. Everton were first into their stride, and though some neat attacks developed there was no shot forthcoming until Dean gathered just outside the penalty area and placed a yard wide of the posts. In Chelsea’s first raid Bambrick became a menace when he went through. Cook doubled back and turned the ball aside as Bambrick was about to shoot. Next Sagar ran out to pick up, but slipped down. He did not lose possession. Mercer was to the fore with fine attacks and quick intervention before Cunliffe forged through and caused Woodley to save a sharp centre. Gillick was forced over the line and then Stevenson ran to inside right to level a perfect shot on the half volley. Woodley sprang across goal to make a complete save.
Gillick Has A Chance.
Geldard thrice had the defence standing and from his second effort the ball dropped perfectly to Gillick, close in. Instead of taking the ball on his head, Gillick tried to volley with his left and the ball flashed by the post. This should have been a goal, but the movement was carried out so quickly and needed such unhesitant action that anyone could be excused. Alum caused a thrill with a right foot shot which went inches over the top. Geldard was leaving Law standing and Thomson was putting on much good work. He got Gillick away and the Scot closed in and turned over a short pass which would have been grit for Dean. Craig, however, dived out and lifted the ball off the line. Mercer went right through and turned over a pass to Cunliffe, who pushed the ball past Law, swept on, and crossed a terrific shot which Woodley fielded brilliantly. Mercer became outside right and a flying centre again forced Woodley to leap upwards and outwards to save. Everton were having much the better of the game, and the Chelsea defence was never too safe under pressure, although the Pensioners exploited the offside game thoughtfully and cleverly.
Everton Lead. In 24 minutes Everton took the lead through Dean. A deserved goal, too. Geldard, to use the expression of a watcher, was “dancing through them.” Away went the Bradford boy to cross a centre from the line. This time Woodley elected to fist away instead of catching it and he turned the ball down for Dean to shoot promptly with his right foot. Everton dominated the play. In fact, little was seen of Chelsea. Dean received from Gillick, dribbled through three men, then was floored before he could shoot. Dean gathered in midfield and lobbed the ball over for Cunliffe to race ahead, Cunliffe shouldered off Craig, and approached Woodley. Unattended, Cunliffe tried to dribble the goalkeeper, but Woodley shot out a leg and prevented what should have been goal No. 2. Still Everton came on in excellent order. When the ball dropped back, Stevenson shot first time. The ball hit Craig in the middle of the back and tricked towards the corner. Woodley doubled back and flung himself full length to turn the ball round the post. Chelsea’s best effort come from the foot of Gibson, who drove a beauty a foot wide. Chelsea were never in it. Everton’s football was a sheer delight. It was the best away form for weeks. This had been Everton’s half at all points, and they should have had more goals. Everton got their second goal in 40 minutes, and once again Dean was the scorer. Stevenson picked up in midfield, and swung out a wide pass to Geldard. Geldard beat Law by cutting in. He drew Woodley from goal and adroitly passed over for Dean. Dean shot with his right foot. The ball struck the underside of the bar and dropped a foot over the line. Sagar made a fine catch off Burgess.
Half-time Chelsea 0, Everton 2.
A free kick against Allum for what I thought was a fair shoulder charge led to Chelsea reducing the lead five minutes after the interval. The ball was sent out to Barraclough, who turned it on for Gibson to make ground and turn over a curling centre which passed beyond Sagar. Bambrick headed into the net. Geldard came inside after getting close to goal he shot when tackled by Barber and Woodley, the ball flashed by the upright. Chelsea were doing better than in the first half. Gibson took over from Barraclough again, and this time took a shot which Sagar saved well. Barber was prominent with some excellent defensive work, and Gibson was the man of the home attack. Sagar saved two low shots from Barraclough and Burgess. The game had been on 63 minutes when Chelsea drew level. Just like Liverpool on the opening day of the season, they had lost a two goal interval lead. Bambrick again was the scorer. Everton were standing appealing for offside when the goal was scored. There was a big doubt about it for Bambrick seemed to be on his own when he received the through pass. He went on to place the ball into the net in silence which changed to cheers when the referee pointed to the centre. Final Chelsea 2, Everton 2.
LIVELY DUEL AT CHELSEA
February 22, 1936. Liverpool Football Echo.
Everton Lose A Two-Goal Lead.
Teams: - Chelsea: - Woodley, goal; Barber and Law, backs; Allum, Craig and Miller, half-backs; Spence, Burgess, Bambrick, Gibson, and Barrowclough, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Mercer, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Gillick, forwards. Referee Mr. E.C. Barnwell, (Lichfield). A fifty day; wet, dreary and dull only relieved by the splendid band at Chelsea. Chelsea have to play a Cup tie on Monday, so Everton expected to get an away point or two. En route I met Mr. W.McConnell, a Liverpool director, going further afield than London on a scout mission. Other Liverpool directors were out scouting all alone I believe. Chelsea and Everton players came out two by two, and stood in silence to remember the loss of their chairman, Mr. Pratt, during the week. Everton kicked off, before an unusually small attendance. Gillick began with a close dribble beyond three men, and when Mercer made a far-flung forward pass Gillick was held up by a back. In the mud Everton used the right idea, and combination was their main theme. Again Mercer flung the ball far up, this time to his right wing, but the muddy ground played tricks and made the ball speed too far for Geldard. Mercer was sharp and convincing and still could not catch the right pace of the ground. Dean, uncommon for him, decided to make the first shot, and the ball seemed to be harmless till Woodley realised the necessary of going to the foot of the post. Play touched a good standard at this stage and Cunliffe and Geldard had two really “snorty” shots saved by Woolley, while Gillick failed close in with what became a gift chance owing to Geldard having given Law and Co. 10 yards in 25 yards.
Geldard’s initiative should have brought a goal. Sagar made a save of an awkward shot and Allum, the half back, showed the forwards how to fire in a peach –just over the crossbar. Then Craig, standing in the penalty box, dashed forward and handled. The referee said the hand was outside. Everton protested and got no forrander with their protest, and they used the free kick without much sense of position or tactics. Gillick and Stevenson held on to the ball a little too long, and in Everton’s case this meant Cunliffe’s forward ideas became null and void. One could sense a goal coming although Woodley made further lovely saves against Cunliffe –who dashed right through, solo fashion –and others. In twenty-five minutes Geldard showed up Law’s lack of pace and raced beyond him to make a centre which Woodley could only hand out.
Dean On The Mark.
Dean was well posted, and shot through to the right of the goal, the ball entering the net. Mercer had also been a forward outpacing the Chelsea defence. Everton should have had this game well won if Gillick had been balanced to take a gift goal as the result of a square pass by Dean. The little Scot had been the only man on the Everton side not to touch a very capable standard. Having said this Gillick got a square pass to Dean, whose dribble beyond two men ended with him going headlong into the mud. Everton had no luck. Cunliffe chased right through and rightly elected to dribble beyond the goalkeeper, who got in the way of the effort. Back came Everton and Stevenson’s crack shot his Barber and travelled when deflected towards the goal, the ball going on and on and passing no more than a few inches outside the right hand side post.
Gibson’s best shot went just outside. White was in his very best form, fore and all, and the visitors’ backs were strong. Indeed, Everton had given a most impressive display, and went further ahead in the goals department when Stevenson made a long punt, Geldard collared it, wormed his way beyond the backs, and squared the ball for Dean to accept a sitter. Dean did not take it too cleverly the ball rising, and striking the crossbar but the rebound carried it to the back of the net. Everton 2 up at half-time away from home was a novelty and a pleasure to their side.
Half-time Chelsea 0, Everton 2.
Tom Clay, the famous back, said Geldard’s display was equal of anything “Fanny” Walden at his best ever produced and Cuniffe was quite justified in trying to dribble the ball beyond the goalkeeper. Fog came over the ground without threatening to stop play. Barber the Chelsea back, had gone to earth so often he was carrying overweight, and the crowd called him “All Black.” Chelsea started the second half with vim, and their corner kick was held up, while a linesman “reported” something about Thomson. Dean challenged a defender with a fine healthy charge. The referee said “Free kick,” an absurd decision. Barraclough, Gibson, and Bambrick followed this free kick with a neat bit of work. Bambrick scoring with a header after 50 minutes play. Mercer made a beautiful run to threaten a grand solo goal; but he went one step too far. Moreover, Geldard, become a centre forward, had the whole goal to shoot at after passing two defenders. He shot outside, adding one more presentation to those that had gone before. This game, should have been over by now if Everton had accepted the trifling task near goal. Chelsea were getting more and more earnest and confident about wiping off the arrears, and they were helped by Stevenson’s selfish spell at this stage. Twice the Everton backs took risks with free kicks, passing by with such a telegraphed determination that Chelsea ought to have cut in and collared the pass. At 63 minutes the second blow arose. Craig sent through a forward pass and Bambrick took it with effect, while Everton stopped for offside –rather foolishly. All square and the referee now satisfying neither side. It was a quick turnaround, and the referee now had to stand wholesale booing. Chelsea had the better of the second half, but Geldard should have scored when driving straight at Woodley. Final Chelsea 2, Everton 2.
February 22, 1936. Liverpool Football Echo
By Louis T. Kelly.
• Everton like Birmingham are still awaiting their first penalty kick concession of the season.
• Rovers are due at Everton a week hence in a match of especial importance. It is six years since Blackburn last took away a point from Goodison, during which period they have conceded 24 goals and scored but four themselves.
• What a lad! Tommy White. Never a more popular goal than that of a week ago-his first for over two years and his first at Goodison since Boxing Day 1933! He was a sixth forward and third back rolled into one against the Wolves. May big shadow never grow less.
• With the Olympic Games as much in the public eye just now we are reminded that when the Games were first instituted in 1908. Harold Uren was outside right, and Harold Hardman on the left for England at Soccer. At that time Harold Uren was playing a big outside right for Liverpool. Since then, Harold Uren’s boy had played Rugger, and Harold Hardman in one of the Manchester United F.C. directors.
CHELSEA 2 EVERTON 2 (Game 1550 over-all)-(Div 1 1508)
February 24, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post.
Everton Miss Their Way.
Game They Should Have Won.
Centre Forwards Score The Goals.
A draw away from home is always looked upon as a feat of strength by the visiting side. Everton went to Chelsea on Saturday and were not content to accept a draw of 2-2 as the verdict. It is quite true they complained of an offside goal, but if there are complaints to be considered there must be the remembrance of a trip from behind two yards from goal that might have drawn a penalty kick against Everton. It is far more to the point to declare Everton pitched this game away by their lack of finish in the easiest of chances. Four times they were so placed that Woodley should have had no option but to pick the ball out of the net. He had kept a grand goal against Cunliffe and Stevenson in the first half, and one does not stint praise for his effort at a time when all Everton save Gillick and at times Stevenson, had played really good and effective football. But having enjoyed a two goals lead in the first half, the game seemed won till Chelsea began to pile on the attacks and raids looked threatening. It was then Everton must have been sore that two misses were made by Gillick close in and one by Cunliffe. In the last named’s case he attempted to dribble beyond the goalkeeper, with the same fluency he had shown against the half-backs and a back, but this time the goalkeeper got in the way of the ball, and no one could blame Cunliffe for his endeavour to walk the ball through by a dribbling process rather than by the delivery of a shot.
Geldard And Dean pairing.
Everton’s first goal came through a fine effort by Geldard, who gave chase to a ball most forwards would have deemed unnecessary to tackle. Geldard’s pace carried him through, and when he centred Woodley punched the ball out and Dean shot it in well out of the goalkeeper’s careful reach. The second goal was another pairing by Geldard and Dean, and the latter made a laborious task of a simple affair. Dean seemed to lose his balance and lie back, but his shot, fast rising, struck the crossbar and rebounded to goal. In this first half nothing equalled the pace and persistence of Geldard, Mercer and Cunliffe –in order of merit-but the easier the chance the more certain it was fluffed or foozled Chelsea seemed easy to beat, lacking in pace and not secure in their endeavour.
The second half was a complete turn-round. Chelsea found pace and pleasurable football; whence it came, no one could understand, unless it was due to Everton easing up or through the leaders having outrun themselves in the opening venture. So time passed and with it goals to the Chelsea centre, Bambrick, who is one of the most dangerous of centre forwards when near goal. His first goal was headed through after the left wing, in which Gibson was the redeeming light, had made the opening for a header. Chelsea were greatly bucked by this charge of fortune and the initial cause of it would not concern them. Referee Carnwell, of Lichfield, had given a foul on the advice of a linesman when Dean had, in full view of all the grand-stands, occupants, made a perfectly fair and old-fashioned charge on a defender. Thus the game took on a new angle and it was Chelsea’s turn to make the defence busy. The backs stood firm and confident until the moment of the 63rd minute, when Everton defenders stopped for an offside verdict that was signalled –and I question if an offside offence had been committed, Sagar felt so sure a free kick would be granted him he kept the ball in his goal for some time, but it was all perfectly clear to the onlookers a goal had been scored.
Waiting Pass That Did Not Come.
Even now Everton had the superior right wing tacticians, and when Geldard and Cunliffe paired off with fine due-combination a goal was prospected till Geldard, passing right in, elected to shot and drove the ball at the upstanding Woodley –while other Everton forwards stood awaiting the pass that never came. Stoppages were few, incidents were few, but the referee got into the bad books of the crowd, who gave him a noisy time. To my mind he had acted quite well, and the fault of the day was not his but a linesman –when the free kick against Dean was granted to the Chelsea side and led to the opening goal. The game was one of fourfold league point concern. Both sides are near the bottom, and Chelsea played like it in the first half, whereas Everton in that spell played as if they were in the first six positions in the league.
Mercer’s Great Game.
There was a fine collective cohesive style about Everton in the first half, and the work of the right wing pair was excellent and was backed up by brilliant work by mercer, with White in his own resourceful and able mood, and Thomson dogged and dour. At back Cook and Jones did their part nobly. Sagar had not much to do, but the Everton left wing pair were not conclusive, Gillick showing a lack of pace and also being faulted near goal with gifty chances. Stevenson supplied some long shots and stern methods, but the wing lacked balance. Chelsea had to be surveyed in two separate sections, because they were outplayed in the first session and were astonishingly bright and resourceful in the second. Law had not the pace of his wing. Barber was the better back and got through a great amount of work. At half-back Craig was the dominating figure with Allum providing the best shot of the day –just over the crossbar. In attack no one could compare with the astuteness of the ex-Bolton player, Gibson, but Bambrick was steadfast and Barraclough wound up on a good note. Woodley was Chelsea’s saviour, and Spence was unusually quiet. It was odd that the game should copy Liverpool’s visit here on the opening day of the season, when Liverpool led by 2-0 and finished with a draw 2-2. Teams: - Chelsea: - Woodley, goal; Barber and Law, backs; Allum, Craig and Miller, half-backs; Spence, Burgess, Bambrick, Gibson, and Barrowclough, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Mercer, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Gillick, forwards. Referee Mr. E.C. Barnwell, (Lichfield).
EVERTON RESERVES 0 BURY RESERVES 2
February 24, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 31)
That Bury were able to achieve this two-goal victory was in the main due to the fine defensive ability of Chester, and Gorman, aided by the smart goalkeeping of Foster. Everton were decidedly on top after the interval. Williams saved a certain goal when he blocked Graham’s shot, and Earl missed with a penalty. A fine save by King from Bayley was followed by Gray opening Bury’s score. Meanwhile Lambert and Stein had made creditable Everton efforts. After the interval, Everton set the pace, with the front line harassing the visitors defence without being able to achieve the crowning success. Earl headed Bury’s second goal. A good game, with Williams. Lindley and Lambert outstanding for Everton.
Northern Nomads Reserves 0 Everton “A” 2
Coulter, the Everton Irish international outside left, playing his first game since he fractured his leg in the international match against Wales at Wrexham last season, put the ball in the net in the firdst ten minutes at Burscough, but the point was disallowed for offside. Everton were the better side, and Webster scored before the interval. Prescott scored a second for Everton in the second half. Coulter put across many good centres, and he and Webster were the best forwards on view. Tunney, Morris, and White also played well for Everton, and Riding, Brooks, Kelly and James were the pick of a mediocre Nomads side.
EVERTON’S PERIOD OF WORRY OVER
February 24, 1936. Evening Express.
Blues regain Their Confidence.
By The Pilot.
If Everton reproduce their first half form against Chelsea in their remaining Football league engagements they will finish nearer the top of the table than the bottom. For 45 minutes the Blues gave a joyous display of considered, speedy, cohesive football to secure a winning position. It was more one to the improvement of Chelsea than anything else that the Blues lost their grip in the second and had to be content with a draw. Chelsea were fortunate to escape. Had Everton finishing been as good as their approach there would have been no doubt about the result at half-time. Then in the second half Gillick and Geldard failed to make the most of gilt-edged opportunities. To watch the neat, clean-cut machinations of the Blues in the first half, one would have thought they were championship aspirations instead of a side just breathing freely following an anxious period.
Quick-covering defenders and go-ahead attacking half-backs gave support to the forwards, on which the attackers were bound to thrive. The result was delightful football. The Everton men had the craft to make the Chelsea defenders come to meet them and them beat them. In the second half the Chelsea defenders held off and forced the Everton players to make the move. The policy helped the Pensioners. The manner in which Everton gained this point in which Everton gained this point proves, conclusively, that their period of worry is over. This form will send the Blues soaring. They have lost only one game in the last 10, and the side have recaptured that confidence so necessary to success. Geldard was the scintillating star on Saturday. His first half work was as good as anything I have seen this season. He adopted a hundred and one moves, and was the essence of accuracy when parting.
Dean’s Fine Game.
Dean had an excellent match and I admired the manner in which he moved away from the orthodox centre-forward position. It had the effect of unsettling Craig and company. Why, for one period of two or three minutes, Stevenson was playing centre-forward. Stevenson and Cunliffe did much diligent foraging and were generally quick to shoot. Mercer was the best half-back on the field. His flair for quick intervention, his excellent ball control, his quick individual he was through the defence and general tactics constituted a feature of the game. White and Thomson completed a fine intermediary division, while there was no defensive flaw, Cook, Jones, and Sagar being equal to most calls.
EVERTON’S PLACARDS SAY EVERTON V.?
February 24, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
The Pool And The League Rule
Everton’s Bright Display
My difficulty is to tell you everything in the shortest space possible. I regret to announce the death of the former Everton director, Mr. James Griffiths, well known locally as a colliery proprietor.
Second, this Pool business. Let me explain matters of importance. I was the responsible person for bringing together the League and the Pool promoters. Anyone who knows me, knows quite well I have the football and pool angle as no other critic has it, having been mixed up with both almost from the inception. I was perturbed when first to give the world the news of the Football scrap, because I knew the reactions that would arise, and I felt a difficulty balancing the thought of the League trucking with the Pools, and now saying. “We must rid the world of this menace.” They talked as if people speculated hundreds of pounds per week instead of paltry sums such as sixpence or a shilling. A week ago I took a famous London editor through a Pool organisation, and gave him curte blanchs to look through thousands of old pools slips. He took advantage of the offer and the sums were chiefly sixpence, and the highest he reached was one them of 3s. Is this a menace to the game? The League has decided to seek and bide its fixtures for the rest of the season. Everton have already got their placards out for Saturday’s game, thus;
The greatest feature of the historic battle is A League official says “A” sum was mentioned in the meeting of the League and the Pool promoters. Well and good. How then can they praise about “stopping the menace” from which it would seem they had desired, less than a month ago, to take fabulous toll?
Everton are going strong towards the safety line. They have lost but one game in the last ten matches, and the last effort should have brought them an away win at Chelsea. It did not come because they petered out, and like Liverpool before then for the opening day of the seasons a two goal lead was wasted down to a draw of two-all. However, it was good to see Everton playing such magnificent football for the first half of the game. They were exceptionally good, and only the perfect goalkeeping of Woolley and their own cast-away of gilt-edged chances prevented half a dozen goals lead early on. Woolley is there for the purpose of being a stopper, but in spite of that I say Everton should have won this game by then. It is more important that their forwards should take easy goals than we should argue whether a Chelsea goal is given offside. I must say this for the visitors. They lost their two goal lead through one of the most absurd decisions I have ever witnessed; a charge by Dean on a defender, near the touch-line, was counted a foul charge. It was an honest shoulder charge and right away Chelsea scored there from. Now that proves anything, because without that free –very “free” –kick the game might have gone into a defeat. However, Everton were very sure on this score and inclined to forget their own acts of faultless when they had approached to the goal with a finesse hardly equalled by any forward line this season. Geldard had a marvellous first half, and Cunliffe was on his toes, “floating through”! and making strong drives. Dean got two goals and Bambrick answered this in a similar manner when Chelsea took up the running throughout the second half. But at root the precise passing and tackling of White, Mercer, and Thomson made Everton look very attractive –there was a grand part. Mercer, perhaps, being top of the school. On the left flank it was not to reliable football, but at back sand in goal Everton did well called upon to keep the astute Gibson and the quick goalgetter Bambrick in subjection. Everton have gone a step further towards safety, and their latest display shows the talent is there and it needs only a few more matches (their main fixture are at home) to give them a reasonable place in the league.
“Pools” And Their Protest.
“Everton-Liverpool” says; - I read your exclusive news regarding Pools and secret football fixtures, and I honestly think the public should be thankful that they have a man like “Bee?” who is not afraid to say what he thinks. My view regarding trying to stop football Pools is; it is a shocking blow to the liberties of the working class, who have their humble sixpence or shilling on the Pool. If Football Pools are an evil (I don’t say they are), what is the use of killing one evil to create a worse evil by putting thousands of people on the dole and making things harder for those already on the dole. It is going to cost the country £40,000 or more for unemployment pay. Who will foot this colossal pay Bill? Assuming the football fan retrains from going to football matches, what would the directors have to say when there is hardly any gate money for players wages &c? As Englishmen we fought for our country; now the way to get that square deal, is to have a house-to-house census in England &c (for and against) Football Pools and see the result.
CARRY ON; POOLS SAY “BUSINESS AS USUAL.
February 25, 1936. Liverpool Echo
The Football League’s Indecision
Will The Fixtures Be Altered This Week?
The Voice Of The Protesting People
It would be rather nice if the Football League would make up its mind about its on side of this ant-Pool business. If they are against the Pools because they are a menace, the evidence of such menace would be accepted. One of their leaders has talked of homes being ruined by Football gambles. As one who has taken an independent witness to search the files of thousands of investments I can speak with authority when I say the bulk of the investments are of sixpence and the highest seen that day was 3s –which hardly suggests home –wrecking effect. But even more puzzling to the public is the secretary of the Football League about their own home. They do not seem to be agreeing with each other. Mr. Tom Barcroft of the League: - “A sum was mentioned.” Mr Fred Rinder of the League: - “A sum of money was never mentioned. “ Mr. Charles Sutcliffe, the fixture King: - “We will make them stump up.” Another member of the committee “We will stop this menace to the game.” But no one has seen fit to bring evidence of the menace to the game. Moreover, when I intervened to bring The Football League and The Football Pool promoters together at their conference, no one had the slightest doubt about the reason for calling the two bodies together. They were not going to exchange New Year Greetings. They met for one purpose. The Pools desired to converse with the League upon the question of payment for copy rights fixtures –if copyrighted. There was no other business on the agenda. The Pools promoters said, in a dignified reply. “The sum demanded by the League was exorbitant and unreasonable.” Could the Pool people imagine a sum? Or a demand? In view of Mr. Sutcliffe’s threat that he would make them stump up, it is rather easy to picture an inference of a sum of money if even an actual figure was not mentioned. The public believe the mentioned. The public believe the League have set out to take money from the Pools, which means that every penny they received would come out of the football supporters pockets. I know the League answer to that: The supporters of football are not the supporters of the Pools. If they will pardon me, I know that 90 per cent of the spectators are investors in the weekly Pools, and take great pleasure in a mere frolicking thousands-to-one chance. Those who talk of the players being “got at” only make the football investor roar himself into hysterics. A sixpenny investment could harm no club or player. Moreover if any bribing is to be done it must “encircle,” say fifteen clubs of eleven players aide -165 players, referees, and linesman –and more important than anything else, that little imp of football fate which continually plays tricks with our own fancied notions concerning the Blues or the Reds. Anyone taking Liverpool or Everton for granted this season will be able to vouch for any statement; they are the most impossible teams to forecast. The Pools promoters are most anxious that nothing done shall hinder the game of football, and the talk of boycott is not in line with their desire. The majority of the Pools have sent out their coupons as usual this week, but one firm has sent out an accompanying notice containing the following; In the event –of there being an alteration in the away team in any fixture, take no notice of the away team already printed, and if you think the home team will win put a 1 on your coupon, if they will lose put a 2, and if they will draw put an X
A speaker at an ant-Pools meeting: - I come here and I find that A Voice –“the music goes round, and round, oh, oh, oh, oh, and it comes out here.” A correspondent complains that he handed up a written request to the protest meeting last night to the effect that he wanted a simple answer to a simple question: “Did the Football League meet the Pool promoters for anything else except a deal of money?” There was no reply.
THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE AND THE POOLS.
February 26, 1936. Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
The “fog of war” –the Football League’s war on the betting pools –still obscures the outlook as regards Saturday’s football matches. There are rumours of a compromise, suggestions that the League programme will be played as originally arranged the statement that the fixtures for Saturday will be scrapped and new ones announced, and talk of action by League clubs officials who object to the fixture being kept secret until almost the last minute. There have been so many conflicting statements regarding the situation that the Football League might well adopt the suggestion made in the daily Post and take the football public into its confidence. As the Daily Post said yesterday, the public is entitled to a full and considered statement with a view to clarifying the situation. I understand an early move will be made by the league clubs for the calling of special meeting to discuss the situation.
Everton And Liverpool Fixtures.
The directors of both the Everton and Liverpool clubs held their weekly meeting yesterday and selected the teams for Saturday’s games. Everton, according to the fixture list –now said to be scrapped –should have played Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park. Liverpool were due to visit Huddersfield Town. If fixtures are altered, and Everton do not meet the Rovers, the other clubs they have yet to play at Goodison Park are Manchester City, Brentford (arranged for Good Friday), West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham, Preston North End, and Grimsby Town (who are engaged in the Cup competition on Saturday).
The Everton team selected last night is the side that drew at Chelsea last Saturday –namely; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Stevenson, Gillick
EVERTON’S NEW SECRETARY
February 26, 1936. Evening Express.
Appointed Of Mr. Thoe Kelly.
His Flair For Finding Young Stars.
By The Pilot.
Seven years in first-class football, now secretary of one of the most famous football clubs in the world. This is the romantic rise of Theo Kelly, who has been appointed secretary to the Everton Football Club. Mr. Kelly a keen, cheerful, astute official with a great flair for “getting things done” succeeds the late Mr. Tom McIntosh, under whose guidance Mr. Kelly graduated in the “big” football realms. The position was one of the most sought in the past 15 years, and numerous applications were made to the club by leading managers and secretaries. Everton’s directors, however, have given the chance to an official who has already proved his value not only as the perfect secretary, but in his flair for finding young players. Mr. Kelly is 40 years of age. He was associated with the Liverpool Wednesday League from 1911 until 1929. For ten seasons he was secretary or Orwell Wednesday who, in one year, carried off all three available trophies and so created a record. On the death of Mr. Danny Kirkwood, Mr. Kelly was appointed to the office staff at Goodison Park, and was appointed acting secretary in 1933 when Mr. McIntosh was away owing to illness. In April, 1934, Mr. Kelly was appointed assistance –secretary, and since last March has again been fulfilling the duties of acting secretary. Up to his appointment as assistant secretary, Mr. Kelly had a remarkable record with the Everton “A” team, of which he had sole charge. During his period with the side they won the Liverpool County Combination once and were runners-up three times. They won the Liverpool Challenge Cup twice and the George Mahon Cup twice. Yet it was in finding young players where Mr. Kelly did such invaluable work. In Mr. Kelly’s team were such as Cunliffe, Mercer, Jones, Jackson, Leyfield, King, and Bentham, all of whom has played with the first team this season. Mr. Kelly “nursed” those players and gave them the opportunity to bring out their natural talents. Today those players are priced at thousands of pounds. Mr. Kelly was the first to see all except Cunliffe and Bentham play before they joined Everton, and it was he who urged the directors to sign them as professionals. Three other professionals now on Everton’s books –White (F.), Lambert and Morris –joined the “A” team as amateurs under Mr. Kelly. Personally, I have always found Mr. Kelly a willing friend a cheery personality.
Everton At Home To-
Everton are due to appear at Goodison Park-against whom they do not know. The original fixture was Blackburn Rovers, but there is likely to be a change. There will be no changes in the Everton side, however, the directors having chosen the team which gained a point at Chelsea. Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliife, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick.
A CALL FOR SUPPORT OF LEAGUE.
February 26, 1936. Liverpool Echo
“staunch Supporter of Everton.”
Says:- Do you think officials of the club should talk about abolishing Pools? My only hobby is to have a coupon. Everton will never get another shilling from me. I invariably write to you once per year (says James McMinn, of Wallasey), and now is the appointed time. “flutter” and the Football league authorities leave me entirely unrepentant. On the contrary, I think their action mean and spiteful. I shall certainly give Anfield and Goodison a miss in the future, and I am no means alone in my decision –over the water. I still turn to your interesting notes first of all when I get my echo.
Heard in a Corporation “bus on Monday night, after reading Echo, re pool business. Liverpool supporter –who’s playing at home on Saturday.
Everton Supporter –I am
Liverpool, supporter –so am I
Chorus from rest of Bus -and so say all us all.
FOOTBALL BOMBSHALLS AS THEY FALL
February 26, 1936. Liverpool Echo
The Pool War nearly Over?
“Sanctions” may Follow.
Clubs May Override The League.
The Latest Moves.
Bee’s informs us that he is assured the League scheme for reshuffling fixtures is to be axed, and that officials and all concerned will receive intimation that all fixtures card engagements will stand as arranged. It was announced this afternoon that Mr. Howarth, League secretary, was called away to an unstated destination. The war is over for today, as sufficient football clubs of the country appear determined to end the Football League anti-football Pool scheme and carry on for the next two months of the season in the accepted and pre-arranged manner of the fixture list, he says. Tomorrow the Football League Management Committee will meet ostensibly to carry on their “new” fixtures so that supporters and pool punters will be unable to know, until about the day of the match, the fixture arrangement. It is known, however, that there is a lack of unanimity on the committee regarding the war as it has been waged. Mr. Brook Hirst, of Huddersfield, is against it, and it is believe that an even more important leader of the League has never been in favour of this action. But the climax came last night when Mr. W.C. Cuff, chairman of the Everton F.C., presiding at is own board, found a resolution of protest against the League management Committee carried with but one vote “to the contrary” Mr. Cuff was the proposer of Management Committee’s resolution to declare a state of war. Meanwhile, some clubs are said to be considering seeking legal injunction against the League. The League secretary today said no legal fight was necessary as a special meeting could be called by request of half the members and such a meeting could rescind any previous decisions if it so wished.
Resolution Clash Tomorrow
The Football League war will probably end tomorrow night, after a short but sharp, fight. It has been urged that the football clubs of the country were rushed into a war on the football pool promoters and precipitately thrown into public discussion because no one had taken the trouble to inquire into either the football pool side or the football supporters side. Tomorrow when the League meets I predict that a storm of protest from the majority of clubs will force the committee into subjection and an admission that their vote was without a mandate from their clubs to decide forthwith on such an important matter as the war between football moralists and football pools. The opposition reached the peak point last night when the Everton Football Club took action, and as Mr. W.C. Cuff their chairman, presided, the significance of the resolution is patent. The remaining directors have come to this decision with unanimity:- “We the directors of the Everton Football Club, protest against the interference of fixtures and the upset of the game caused by the resolutions passed at a meeting of the clubs convened by the League Management Committee. “We also protest against our supporters being kept in ignorance of the common facts of football –namely, the fixture list, as arranged and published in June, 1935 –and that this resolution be made public forthwith.”
Chairman And Club.
As Mr. Cuff was proposer of the Football League resolution calling for a war on football betting, the board’s resolution is of a striking character. One of the number interviewed said: - “Our chairman is, of course entitled to take any action he cares in the name of the Football League, and in his own personal right, but the public must not imagine that we as a club are in agreement. The fact is that we simply had to protect against the interference with fixtures and the upset of the game. We should play Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, at Goodison Park, and there is no earthly reason why that fixture should not be carried through according to the official lists made in summer time. It is really a relegation battle, and more important than usual. But it is impossible for football selections of teams &tc, to be made in midweek if we do not know the team we shall meet on Saturday.
Points Of Choice.
“ There are times when we select a player because we want to counteract an opponent who will be facing him, but this is now made impossible. We simply pick a team to play -? The whole thing bristles with difficulties –the issue of programmes, and so on, and the Everton board has told the world that we protest against our supporters being kept in ignorance of the common facts of football. “Speaking for myself,” he said, “I don’t believe the game as ever been injured by the silly suggestion of bribery, and I do not believe one of our spectators will misbehave himself because one of his fifteen results is not planning out at the moment according to his selection.
Two in Open Revolt.
Leeds United and Manchester City are only two of the clubs who show open revolt. Their contention is that the League’s own rules being broken by the changing of the card of fixtures. Mr. Brook a solicitor, chairman of Huddersfield Town F.C. and Alderman. Massers, a solicitor, chairman of Leeds United F.C. are the main movers in the revolt. Mr. Brook Hirst’s opinions are well known. He says “you cannot stop football tote betting. It is legal,” Alderman Masser is acting on behalf of the League clubs who are insistent that the game shall proceed on its even tenor, and that the League Management Committee shall at once rescind their resolution of a week ago.
What “Bee” Thinks.
My own view is that the force of numbers will be so great the committee will yield, and the fixtures for Saturday will be as per card. This would confirm my exclusive statement of yesterday. The secretary of the Football League is apparently still in the dark as to the orders of the league, but as the moment we go to Press my firm belief’s is that. The fixture of Saturday next of the Football League Division, Second Division, Third Division, North, and Third Division South will definitely take place in accordance with the original fixture list, and that the suggestion to scrap the fixture for the rest of the season is no longer “on”. My information at the moment is that the Football league scheme for reconstructing the original fixture list for the rest of the season is being axed, and that railway companies, football officials &c., will in due course receive official intimation that the League fixtures will be carried on accordingly to the fixture cards to the end of the season. Thus will end, for the time being, at any rate, the Football League’s war on football pools.
Is It Writ.
Several of the Football League clubs are given as considering legal proceeding out the “hush-hush” rearrangement of fixtures, decided on in the “war” against football pool betting. At least one of the protestors at Birkenhead has taken the opportunity of seeing for himself how the football pools are worked. He confessed to the management that he had always understood a client starting with a 6d bet in September was forced to pay 6d a week for the rest of the season, which, of course is quite foreign to fact.
“There is no reason at all for football clubs to go to law to upset any decision of the Football League,” said Mr. F. Howarth, the secretary of the League; at Preston this morning. “I have read that there is a suggestion on that clubs should obtained an injunction to prevent the Management Committee altering the fixture lists, but clubs must know that the rules provide another and easier methods. There are 48 members of the Football League, 1st division and 2nd Division, and two from each of the Southern and Northern Sections. “All that needs to be done is for half the members (24) to call a special meeting of the League as provided by Rule 14, and if they do call such a meeting they will then have the opportunity to rescind any previous decision made by the management Committee. “The remedy, as you see, is in the hands of the clubs themselves added Mr. Howarth. “There are two lists of fixtures in existence for Saturday’s matches, one is the original series, and the other is an alternative. “ At the moment I could not tell you which clubs will play at originally arranged or which teams will have different opponents. “I shall have to know soon, of course, in order to make the necessary arrangements, but until I am told by Mr. Sutcliffe I am just as much in the dark as anyone else. Questioned as to whether the League had in any way approached the F.A. since the decision to alter fixture was made, Mr. Howarth, said that he had not been in communication at all with the F.A. “And” he added, “so far as I know, the management committee of the League will not be in Sheffield tomorrow where an F.A. commission will sit.
A “Pool” Denial.
To the Editor of the Echo.
I notice that in your issue of February 24 you reported me as having said: - “We are determined to fight the Football League with every means in our power. I suppose my firm handles £22,000 in pool bets each week.” This appears to have been a reprint from part of a larger and equally imaginary statement that was made in a London daily paper of the same date, in which I am supposed to have made this statement at a meeting of the pool promoters last Saturday morning. I made no statement to any reporter, and the fact that I am supposed to have said that our firm handle £20,000 each week, when it is well known that one of our pools alone exceeds the sum shows how incorrect the statement is. I am particularly sorry to be misreported, because neither our film nor any other pool promoter wishes to give the impression that they are antagonistic to or are fighting the Football League. Neither I nor any of our associates have made any such statements to anybody on any occasion. John Moores.
THE MAN WH WILL SHATTER BLOOMER’S RECORD.
February 27, 1936. Evening Express.
Dean Only Seven Short of 352 Goals.
By the Pilot.
William Ralph Dean, the idol of the football world, and the man millions know as “Dixie” is in easy reach of another record. When he score seven more goals he will surpass the brilliant record of 352 league goals set up by the famous Steve Bloomer, of Derby County. Dean, the present captain of Everton, is the greatest header of the ball in League football, and he has hit the back of the net to send hats soaring into the air 346 times. Can he secure the elusive seven before the current season ends? I firmly believe on current form, that he can. It will be a joy day when Dean breaks the record and becomes the greatest goalscorer among English footballers. I hope he accomplishes the feat in a match at Goodison Park. It will give the club supporters a real opportunity of paying tribute to the greatest centre forward ever. Dean, with his black curly hair, his massive thighs and shoulders, is still a young man, for he began his football career early. He has won every honour possible for him to secure. International caps, First and Second Division championship medals, junior medals, and, greatest treasure of all, an F.A. Cup winners’ medal.
Played “Truant” to Play Football.
Dean is a local product –a Birkenhead boy who, in his early days, used to play “truant” from work in order to assist a local team playing on waste land. He joined Tranmere Rovers and was soon in the limelight on account of his brilliant heading and general football skill. Everton watched him and opened negotiations. In the Woodhouse Hotel, the late Mr. Tom McIntosh, then secretary of Everton, secured Dean’s signature on a transfer form. That was on March 17, 1925, and it was a wonderful day for Dean, for it gave him fresh worlds to conquer. In his first season with Everton he scored two goals. In his next he bagged 32. Then he was involved in a motoring accident at Holywell, which threatened to put an end to a brilliant career. Dean suffered severe injuries to his head, and the opinion was expressed that he would never play again. Dixie won through, however. He was leading Everton’s first team attack again the following season, and heading goals in a manner which started even medicos. He scored 21 goals in the season following his accident, and then came his greatest season of all. Dean scored 60 League goals in Everton’s championship season of 1927-28! That records stands as the greatest individual scoring feat by a Football league player in one season. Never shall I forget that final day of the season when Dean got the 60th goal –it was against Arsenal –to beat the record of George Camsell. Nearly 60,000 people packed Goodison Park and saw a 3-3 draw.
Sixty Goals In A Season.
There were three goals in the opening minutes. Shaw scored for Arsenal. Then Dean headed through to equalise. In the next attack Dean was boring through when he was fouled. “Penalty” yelled the spectators. Referee Willie Harper, of Stourbridge pointed to the spot. Dean was dazed by his fall, but the crowd yelled “Give it to Dixie” –that famous cry which has resounded through the football world for years. Dean placed the ball ....ran to it.... whizz....it was in the net. Camsell’s record was equalled. Could Dean get the vital 60TH? Seven minutes from time and Everton won a corner. Little Sandy Troup took the kick. In came the ball....half-a-dozen players leapt into the air....up above them all bobbed a curly head....forehead met ball....the goalkeeper made a valiant but fruitless clutch to save....into the net went the ball for Dixie’s record breaker. What a scene followed! Hats went sailing into the air, the owers not worrying whether they would see it again. Dixie had done it. That match, by the way, marked the closure of the wonderful career of Charlie Buchan, one of England’s greatest inside right. Dean continued his scoring ways, and his next best effort was 44 goals in 1931-32 –the season that Everton, again, became the First Division champions.
Then came the Wembley triumphant when Dean led the Everton team in the Cup final against Manchester City. Dean scored one of the three goals by which Everton won. Dean had the thrill of receiving the cup from the hands of the Duke of York, and later carrying it triumphantly around the streets of Liverpool to the cheers of the greatest crowd which has ever been congrated in the streets of the city. And still Dean goes on scoring and his head is still nodding them into the net his feet still ready to whip the ball into the rigging. What is the secret of his success! Is it his keen sense of positional play, always goes to the spot where the ball will come, and so is always on the move to take the ball and before the opposing defenders can “get off the mark” . Secondly, his anticipation. He always where the ball is going, and his running in reaching the spot often makes it appear to be offside. His alertness and quick thinking, thirdly his pluck, his courage. It has made Dean the famous marked man in football. Dean has the knack of scoring back-headers, so accurate is he in placing. He can accept a centre facing his own goal and send it sailing into the net at the spot. Ask Dean how he does it, when the ball comes over I just kick in,” he says modestly. That is the way of William Ralph Dean (Some Parts of this article are hard to read).
February 27, 1936. Liverpool Echo.
“Disgusted “ says-The Everton chairman, with the other directors, order for themselves (and players) saloon coaches for the Grand National, also the Derby. Of course they don’t have a bet. But what a temptation to the lads.
Mr. J. Coltart says;- A feature of the pool war is the great interest the churches are taking in this matter. Why do not the churches who are protesting against football pools protest against racecourse betting?
“Twenty-five years in the game says: - “Mugs Alley” gave the best few simple lines yet printed, and true. Pools are for the benefit of promoters.
“Working Men” says- if the Pools are suppressed the football betting public will immediately return to the old method of each betting on the fixed prices lists, which still have a slender footing and are ready to develop given the opportunity. Pool betting by credit is legal; fixed prices betting by cash is illegal and the police simply cannot suppress this latter method.
GREAT ALL-LANCS. DUEL AT GOODISON
February 28, 1936. Evening Express.
By The Pilot.
Everton will make their League position practically safe if they beat Manchester City. Two points secured will put the Blues above their Maine-road rivals. Can the Blues do it? I think so, on current form. The old confidence has returned to the side; the forwards are getting goals and the defence is preventing goals. While Everton have been on the upgrade, Manchester City have fallen away. Early in the season the City gave promise of being challengers for the championship, but they have been hard hit by the injury bogy. In the first meeting of the City and Everton this season, Everton played well enough to earn a point, and yet a snap goal dashed their hopes. I think the Blues will level accounts with the City tomorrow. They are showing fine team work. Everton will be at full strength, but the City make further changes, which involve the omission of Busby, their famous Scottish international half-back. Percival, one of the best young players in Lancashire, will be at right half after two runs in the attack, and Tilson takes over the leadership in place of McLoed. Barkas returns to left back. Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick. Manchester City: - Swift; Dale, Barkas; Percival, Marshall, Bray; Toseland, Herd, Tilson, Doherty, Brook.
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THE WHIRL-POOL FIXTURES.
February 28, 1936. Liverpool Echo
Now we know! And the Football League have left is so late to tell the public the fixture list that the average spectators will not be kindly disposed to them for this “hold-up.” The “Whirl Pool” fixture list shows changes and allows me at the last moment to talk of the prospects of the Merseyside clubs. Everton receive Manchester City instead of Blackburn Rovers. It is still a relegation battle, as Manchester have slumped so much in the last month or more, but it is not –well, it is not Blackburn Rovers. The Everton team is unchanged from a week ago, and that side played so well at Chelsea one is bound to say a repeat performance of this combination and shooting will provide not only a great game but a home win. Manchester City, however, have medals for their work at Goodison Park and on the horse-for-course theory, they will be out to continue where they left off. The appearance of the £10,000 Doherty (ex-Blackpool) and the remembrance of the Final tie duel between Everton and City will probably keep the gate in big numbers, in spite of a large number of people who have decided they can only show their protest against the League’s interference by staying away. The home team reads Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick.
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THE NEW FOOTBALL PROGRAMME
February 29, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
There are eight fixtures on the new First Division card and seven in the Second Division, while a full programme is set out for the Third Division. Instead of Blackburn Rovers visiting Goodison Park, Manchester City meet Everton, a match originally fixed for March 14, and in view of the fact that both clubs are in danger zone the game should prove a most exciting one. The City usually do well at the Park and Everton must be at their best to win. Special interest will be centred in the appearance of Doherty, the £10,000 forward from Blackpool, in the City ranks. Everton have chosen the team that drew with Chelsea. The kick-off is at 3.15 and the team are: - Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick. Manchester City: - Swift; Dale, Barkas; Percival, Marshall, Bray; Toseland, Herd, Tilson, Doherty, Brook.