February 1, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Everton yesterday signed in as professional George E. Saunders at right full back who has been playing as an amateur for Everton for 15 months. He has played regularly with the ‘’A’’ team and has also made several appearances with the centre-league side. A native of Birkenhead, he formerly played in Birkenhead junior football, and was chosen and played for the Lancashire northern counties amateur championship X1. He is 18 years of age 5ft 9ins in height, and weights 11st.
February 1, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Norman Greenhalgh, who made a such a promising debut in Everton’s first team, against Bolton Wanderers
Is likely to be in the reserve side to meet Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park, tomorrow. Dean, who was put of the side last Saturday through cold, will resume at centre forward. Everton slipped up at Bolton last week, and have got to go right but now to win the league. Lovatt the 17 year old goalkeeper, who is considered a “find,” will be seen for the first time in mid-week. Everton have signed George E. Saunders, a right full back who has been playing as an amateur for the club for fifteen months. He is a Birkenhead lad, 18 years old, 5ft 9ins and 11st.
TODAY’S GOODISON GAME
February 2, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
The Everton directors decided yesterday to delay the selection of the team to do duty on Saturday until after the Central League game at Goodison Park today between Everton and Blackburn Rovers. The game starts at 3 o’clock. The Everton team is a strong one and includes Greenhalgn, the former New Brighton back, who made his First League debut on Saturday against Bolton Wanderers. The team is P. Lovett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Gee, Watson; Hurel, Bell, Dean, Dougal, Trentham.
Everton visited To Huddersfield
Everton visit Huddersfield Town on Saturday, and the game is of more than usual interest because the Town are due at Anfield on Saturday week to meet Liverpool in the fifth round of the competition. The Town won the League games at Goodison Park (2-1) and Anfield (1-0) this season, but they have slumped since then and have not won a League match or scored a goal this year. Indeed, they have obtained only one point from the last 12 at stake. Last Saturday the Town lost 3-0 at home to Leeds United, who are due at Anfield on Saturday.
A Big Lead
Everton have obtained 39 points from 26 matches in the Central League by means of 19 victories and a drawn game, their points total being 8 more than their nearest rivals, Bolton Wanderers, who defeated them 1-0 on Saturday. Should Everton prevail today they will have recorded their fourth “double£ this season, for they defeated the Ewood Park side 3-1 and in addition they overcome Manchester City (4-3 and 3-2), Chesterfield (2-0 and 5-1), and Sheffield Wednesday (1-0 and 4-1). Bell and Dean have netted 22 and 15 goals respectively.
EVERTON RES 3 BLACKBURN ROVERS RES 1
February 2, 1938. Evening Express.
Central League (Game 27)
At Goodison Park. Everton were generally on the attack, Bell heading twice into the goalkeeper’s hands. Barron, in one attack, saved at full length for Dean. Twice Everton got the ball in the net, but were ruled offside. Everton at last took the lead with a goal by Bell, following good work by Dougal and Bentham. So far it had been all Everton, and when Dean headed to Bell another goal seemed likely, but the inside right fired inches wide of the post. Blackburn at length got away, but McShane ran the ball out of play. The feature of the game so far had been the fine work of Bell. A penalty kick to Everton was shot wide by Bentham. Barron saved grandly from Dean. At the end of 30 minutes Everton increased their score. Dean burst through and shot. Barron pulled down the ball, which went to Bell, who promptly hooked into the net. Lovatt, in the Everton goal, did not have one direct shot up to the interval. Half-Time Everton Res 2, Blackburn Rovers Res 0. Early in the second half Mortimer scored for Blackburn, after Lovett had turned aside a shot from McShane. Blackburn were shaping much better at this point, though Everton went near to increasing their score with a fine drive from Dean. Everton Reserves: - Lovatt, goal; Jackson, and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Gee and Watson, half-backs; Hurel, Bell, Dean, Dougal and Davies, forwards.
EVERTON’S ONE CHANGE
February 3, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
J.E. Jones, who has recovered from his injury, returns to his position in the Everton team to meet Huddersfield town at Leeds road on Saturday, in place of Greenhalgn. This is the only change in the team, and the team will therefore be; Morton; Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick.
Bell Puts Ball in Net Six Times
Everton reserves won their twentieth match yesterday in the centre-league by beating Blackburn rovers 3-1, bell netted the ball six times but only three counted, offside decisions spoiling the other efforts. Everton now have 41 points from 27 matches, Bolton wanderers reserves, Everton’s nearest rivals, won at Huddersfield by 5-1 yesterday and are on the 34 points mark for 24 games. The Wanderers, therefore, have three games in hand. Everton meet Huddersfield at Goodison Park on Saturday, and the team will turn out as follows: P. Lovett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Gee, Watson; Hurel, Bell, Dean, Dougal, J. Davies
EVERTON MAKE A TEAM CHANGE
February 3, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Jack Jones Returns To The Defence
Jack Jones, Everton’s clever left back, returns to the team to visit Huddersfield Town on Saturday. He takes the place of Greenhalgh. This is the only change compared with the team that accounted for Bolton Wanderers last Saturday. Jones was kept out of that game owing to a knee injury received in the game at Brentford. The Blues re still in a poor league position, but will go to Leeds-road happy in the thought that it has generally proved a lucky ground for them. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick
Goodison Park Game.
Everton Reserves entertain Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park, and are hoping to increase their Central league lead. They have a seven point lead over Bolton Wanderers –both clubs won yesterday –but the Wanderers have three matches in hand. Everton Reserves; P. Lovatt; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Gee, Watson; Hurel, Bell, Dean, Dougal, J. Davies.
EVERTON CAN WIN
February 4, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s visit to Huddersfield Town should be made with a confidence inspired by two excellent displays, one a winner the other a loser and strange to say the latter was one of Everton’s best game. Huddersfield have gone into the market for players, but instead of the play improving it has gone back. Not long ago they were favourites to win the Cup they must be a long shot nowadays after their recent lapses. I have a feeling that Everton can win the game at Leeds Road and do themselves a power of good. A victory is necessarily, and is well within the bounds of possibility on the way they are playing for it is an undoubted fact that they have showed improved recently. Leave out that Cup-tie game, and I think you will agree that their stock is rising. Huddersfield at one time of day were to be feared at home, but times have changed, and they can be just as easily beaten at home as abroad.
What I like about Everton’s last few games has been their shooting. I have grumbled and growled about simple chances being missed, but against Brentford and Bolton Wanderers they shot well enough to win any game. There has been no complaint against the defence for some weeks, now there should be none against the forwards if they will only realize that shooting alone will bring them the right results.
Any defence will do well against a side that is shot-shy. Forwards can “diddle and dance” with the ball as long as they like, so along as there is no shot to follow it up. I think that Everton’s shot shy days are over, and that bring so, I can promise that good goalkeeper, Hesford a pack of work tomorrow. Everton have shown pace in recent times. There has been no dallying; no waiting for the ball. Out they go for it, and it is has proved a great success I fancy I will send you good news from Huddersfield tomorrow evening. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick.
FIRST AWAY POINT FOR THREE MONTHS
February 4, 1938. The Evening Express
Everton’s Chances At Leeds Road.
Everton tomorrow have a chance of picking up their first Football League away point since November 6. They tackle Huddersfield Town at Leeds-Road –one of their lucky grounds. Not since the Blues won at Middlesbrough have they picked up a point away from home, but they may do so tomorrow. Huddersfield, in their last six games have suffered five defeats and have received a draw. There is no doubt that Everton are steadily improving. They have been playing excellent football, and I believe that if they take their chances tomorrow they will at least escape defeat. The destination of the points depends on whether Everton’s forwards can break down that strong resistance of Alf Young and company. Jack Jones returns to the Blues team in place of Greenhalgh at left back, otherwise the side is the same as that against Bolton. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones (je); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick.
EVERTON TO TEST HUDDERSFIELD
February 5, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton go to Huddersfield to tackle Liverpool’s Cup rivals of next Saturday, and the results of the matches here and at Anfield, may provide a guide to the “knock-out” game. Leeds United won at Huddersfield last week, and as Everton have shown improved penetrative powers, there are hopes that they will make a bid for the points. It will I believe, prove a very hard game, Huddersfield of course, will be anxious to prove that last week’s result was not a true reflex of their form. Hume has recovered from injuries, and he may turn out against a side he has often upset by his early thrusts when playing for the Arsenal. Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones (j); Britton, Jones (t), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick. Huddersfield Town; (from); Hesford; Craig, Mountford; Williamson, Young, Boot; Hulme, Barclay, Beattie, Brook, Chivers, Beasley.
EVERTON CUT WAY TO SUCCESS.
February 5, 1938. The Liverpool Football Echo
Red’s Cup Opponents Mastered.
Three Fine Goals.
Everton won almost as they liked, and Liverpool, on the form today, need have little fear of Hudderfield when they meet next week. Teams; Everton: - Morton, goal; Cook and Jones (J), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (T), and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Gillick, forwards. Huddersfield Town; Hesford, goal; Craig and Mountfords, backs; Willingham, Young and Scot, half-backs; Hulme, Barclay, Brook, Chivers and Beasley, forwards. Referee Mr. C.R. Wainwright, Hull. They tell me Huddersfield played one of their poorest games last week, and the outlook for Wembley is not considered in a bright light. Mr. Billy Bracewell, of Barnsley, was present for the game. I wonder what his mission was? Jack Jones returned to the Everton defence and Thomson was on reserve. The ground was almost devoid of grass. Brook played his first
Game at centre forward for the Town, after having made several appearances in an inside forward position. Everton played in white shirts and black knickers, it was a perfect day for football, there being no sign of any wind. Hudderfield were a goal up in four minutes. Morton made a fine save from Barclay, but the corner proved fatal, for Brook shot in the Everton net. Everton quickly returned to the other end. Chivers, however, was unlucky not to score a second goal within the next few minutes, the defenders spoiling his prospect. Hulme showed an old head when he put Barclay through to trouble the Everton defence. The Town had played good football so far, whereas Everton had done little in attack. The 12,000 spectators were very pleased with the sprightliness of their side. Everton had so far not shown the bite of the previous week, when the half back’s first-time tackling had been so successful.
Huddersfield had a lucky let-off at 17 minutes when Hesford went out to punch away a centre from Gillick and only half handled the ball, which spur over his head and was dropping into goal when Mountford stepped back and kicked it back. This was a lucky escaped. Just previously Stevenson had a strong shot which Hesford saved with ease. Hudderfield were now giving greater pressure and their driving force was far ahead of Everton’s. Everton, however, scored at 23 minutes and there was some discuss as to the validity of Cunliffe’s goal. The spectators said Cunliffe was offside. When he took the centre, but I looked particularly at the fact that the Huddersfield players made no complaint about the referee’s decision. Beasley beat both Cook and Britton in turn and put the Everton defence in a jam, but they got out of it and almost straight away they went into the lead. Britton got possession after the ball had been blocked by Mountford. Lawton headed forward and Hesford, in saying, only partly succeeded by turning the ball out to Gillick, who had taken up a grand position and he gave Hesford no chance of saving his shot. Huddersfield’s reply was extra effort and Jones went up into the Everton goalmouth in an effort to gain the equalizer. His header was close and when Barclay took the return Morton came through with the ball in confidence manner. Cunliffe was having a grand game in every way, and at this point Everton had got the Town playing unsettled.
Half-Time –Huddersfield Town 1, Everton 2.
Young The Strong Man.
Geldard tried a surprise shot when everybody expected him to centre, Hesford had to keep a clear eye on the ball as it shot by the post. Hesford was not quite safe in his handling of a direct shot by Cunliffe. Young was Huddersfield’s strong man, holding up many promising Everton attacks. He had been master of Lawton up to this point. Hulme had been injured for some time and limping when he resumed Everton should have had another goal when Cunliffe ran through on his own and put across a square centre to which Willingham could not quite get his foot. Huddersfield had gone stone cold, before Everton’s good football and when Lawton put across a beautiful centre, Gillick made a good shot which Hesford saved smartly. Geldard let Boot standing, but gave the ball just too much force so that it ran on to Craig, who was thankful of the opportunity too clear. Everton were playing with such a manner that a much more convincing victory seemed to be theirs, for I could not help but say that the Town’s attacking had now pettered out to nothing. A corner to Huddersfield was admirably taken by Hulme, and before it was definitely cleared Morton had to save smartly from Gillick. Even the great Young was finding Everton’s pressure troublesome and was not now so safe and sure. Beasley ran into the centre and banged in a shot at Morton, which the Everton goalkeeper hold as safely as a bank. Lawton tried a snap shot when Cunliffe centred, but the centre’s header was pushed out by Hesford only to the feet of Gillick, who had only to top the ball to put Everton two goals up. He missed his chance from only a yard out. Hulme had an opportunity to shoot but preferred to pass the ball, I don’t think Liverpool have much to fear from the Huddersfield team. Lawton beat Young and gave Geldard a clear field, but the winger shot highover. At 82 minutes Everton practically sealed the issue when Stevenson scored a third goal. Lawton had beaten Young many times during the second half. Final Huddersfield Town 1, Everton 3.
February 5, 1938. The Liverpool Football Echo
Unlike another famous Harold (1066 and all that), defeat does not figure in the outlook of “Our Harold” –otherwise Mr. Harold Pickering, team manger of Everton “A”. His optimism is fully justified, for Everton “A” re heading for a record. They have won the championship of the Liverpool County Combination two years in succession, and their success this season will create a record that has never been equaled. Harold Pickering has had quite a number of promising amateurs through his hands, and it is a certainly to his credit that all have the highest praise indeed for his assistance and encouragement. “A.J” with the “A” team sums up his work.
February 5, 1938. The Liverpool Football Echo
By Louis T. Kelly.
Bill Dean was taking a busman’s holiday at Goodison last week. Recovering from a cold snap.
Tom Lawton has scored four penalties and no blanks since taking over as Everton’s shot –the-ball marksman.
In his early days with Aston Villa, the late Jack Sharp was a centre forward. Then became understudy to Charlie Athersmith on the wing. When he was in first class cricket Mr. Sharp’s mother kept a complete record of every innings played by her famous son.
Club programmes seen to be going strong on our two grounds this season, Everton disposed of 16,000 for the Sunderland match and Liverpool expect to exceed this figure when Huddersfield Town shortly make a passing call at Anfield.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 EVERTON 3 (Game 1631 over-all)-(Div 1 1589)
February 7, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Easy Win For Everton
Huddersfield A Poor Side.
Early Thrust Not Maintained.
I went to Huddersfield with more interest than usual because of the fact that the Town re to oppose Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday in the fifth round of the F.A. Cup. On this performance I classed Huddersfield on a par with Chelsea –the poorest teams I have seen this season. I know that a League match cannot be mentioned in the same breath as a Cup-tie, but if the Town cannot produce something better than they did against Everton, then there is only one result. The Yorkshire side have undoubtedly struck a bad patch, and I cannot see than making sufficient recovery inside a week to cause Liverpool any great corner. My impression was that Huddersfield are not a soft ground team. When the turf lightens they may be better. Everton won as they liked, and the score hardly gives them full value for their superiority. The Town took a goal in 4 minutes. That should have been good enough to have set them on a winning trail. But Huddersfield these days are not endowed with the fighting spirit. No sooner had Everton got an equalizer than they went to pieces. There was no heart left in them, and Everton went forward to as comfortable a victory as they will ever enjoy.
Cunliffe’s Goal Disputed.
There was a great deal of controversy whether Cunliffe was offside when he equlised. The spectators said he was. Both the linesmen and the referee, however, were well placed, but more important still, from my point of view, was the fact that the Huddersfield players made little protest. Cunliffe was very quick off the mark when Britton lobbed the ball into the goal area, and that may have been the reason why so many thought he was offside. That goal was the end of Huddersfield. They became a limp side, and even the great Young, one of England’s premier stoppers was seen to lapses before the clever inside work of the Everton forwards. Hulme was injured just prior to the interval but I don’t think that made the slightest difference to the result, for even when he was fit Jack Jones had kept a keen hold on this one-time Arsenal flyer. The second half went all one way –the Everton way –and that promised revival of which I spoke some weeks ago, has definitely arrived. Everton are playing in such a manner that they should win quite a number of their remaining games and so lift themselves from the relegation area, which is fairly extensive in this season of crazy football. Their football was definitely superior to that of Huddersfields, and a great deal of their success was due to the play of the half-back line. Here was constructive and destruction for Britton, T. Jones, and Mercer were capable of playing any sort of game demanded of them. They were somewhat at sea for the first 10 minutes, due, no doubt, to Brook’s goal in four minutes, but after that they were masters of ceremonies, and only Chivers and Beasley the Town left wing, showed any pretence whatever of breaking down the Everton defensive barrier. When Brook scored the ball flicked off T. Jones toe and went between Mercer’s legs.
I think Morton had but one save to make, whereas Hesford had numerous calls made upon him. In ordinary times Hesford is a very competent young men, but against Everton, he showed an uncertainty which was foreign to him. His handling was not clean his positional play was not always good. On one occasion when he pushed the ball up it seemed to be over the line before Mountford kicked out. Gillick got his reward when Hesford pushed a header by Lawton right to his feet, and he should have added to his tally in the second half when he failed from a yard out. Lawton at this point, was playing right on top of Young and beating him in the air, so that Stevenson was able to nip in, and with a low cross-shot, to put the issue beyond all doubt. I regret to have to chronicle the fact that the spectators were unkind towards Young. It was a distressing sort of business, considering that the self-same player had carried Huddersfield on his back season after season. Young was not to blame for the defeat, even though he did not play as well as usual. Teams: - Everton: - Morton, goal; Cook and Jones (J), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (T), and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Gillick, forwards. Huddersfield Town; Hesford, goal; Craig and Mountfords, backs; Willingham, Young and Scot, half-backs; Hulme, Barclay, Brook, Chivers and Beasley, forwards. Referee Mr. C.R. Wainwright, Hull.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN RESERVES 0
February 7, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 28)
Everton’s position at the top of the Central League was strengthened when they defeated Huddersfield Town by a single goal at Goodison Park. The goal was scored by Bell after 19 minutes, came from one of the few combined moves of the game, and afterwards Everton lapsed into a short passing game, spoiling many good openings by lack of decision in front of goal. Huddersfield’s attack was rarely in the picture. Gee kept a close watch on McFayden, as did Brown on Dean. J. Davies was the best of the Everton forwards. Everton Reserves; Lovett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Gee and Watson, half-backs; Hurel, Bell, Dean, Dougal, and JW Davies, forwards.
EVERTON PLAY LIKE LEAGUE LEADERS.
February 7, 1938. Evening Express
Inside Forwards Winning Way
Everton served up football which would have done credit to league leaders when they beat Huddersfield Town 3-1 at Leeds Road. Faced with a goal deficit after four minutes they went on to give Huddersfield an object lesson in constructive football, and they did it with such ease and grace that one wondered how Everton could be in the lower half of the league table. Town put up something of a fight in the first 20 minutes, but then the Blues took command and with any luck in front of goal would have won by half-a-dozen goals. Beasley was the only Town player who could compare with Everton, and throughout he constituted a danger. It was the grand work of the Blues’ inside forwards. Cunliffe, Lawton, and Stevenson, which paved the way for Everton’s fourth away win of the season. Cunliffe gave his best display this season. Lawton was a diligent leader who found a way past Young, and Stevenson was the electric schemer, ever ready to dash through for a shot at goal. Gillick and Geldard rendered good service on the wings. Morton was outstanding in defence, where Jack Jones and Cook were splendid backs. Britton took time to settle down, but he, Tom Jones, and Mercer constituted a strong half back line which was much superior to that of Town. Yes a complete victory, and it seems that if Everton score more than one goal away, they win. It has happened that way so far.
HUDDERSFIELD WERE POOR.
February 7, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Huddersfield Town are still in the Cup, but on Saturday evening I expect to find their name among the fallon, event through it is treating on thin ice to say that any team will be beaten in a Cup-tie. Everton beat them with ease at Leeds Road, and what Everton can do away surely Liverpool can do at home. With no desire to gave the impression that Liverpool have a walk-over –there is no such thing in the Cup-but on what I saw on Saturday and from what I was told before the game. I cannot see how the Town can expect anything else but a defeat at Anfield. I rate the present Huddersfield Town team as the poorest they have had for years, and along with Chelsea, are the weakest side I have seen this season.
Have A Care Liverpool.
But have a care Liverpool, for two really bad games can be followed by a good one, and the Cup has before now caused a team to rise above itself and knock out the favourities. Huddersfield had no “Life” in them. A goal in four minutes naturally proved an incentive and for a quarter of an hour they promised Everton some trouble, but an equalizer knocked the suffing put of them, and they were Everton’s prey ever after. I promised you an Everton revival some weeks ago. Well haven’t you seen it for yourselves in the last few games. The reason for it has been the shooting of the forwards. They have played fairly good football all the season, and just missing victory through forward failings, but at long last the attack has seen the necessary for the shot. It might have been five against Huddersfield; it should have been four for I have it on the word of the man who kicked off the goalline when all others were beaten. He says the ball was over the line.
Off His Own Bat
Joe Hulme was injured in the first half, but even a fit Hulme would have made little difference for Jack Jones soon had his thumb on him, and the only menace to the Everton defence was Chivers and Beasley. I thought the latter played well. He is capable of winning a match off his own bat, so I advise Liverpool to keep strict watch on the former Arsenal winger. Brook, tried at centre forward was a shade fortunate to score his goal, for his shot flicked off T. Jones’s foot, and actually went between Mercer’s legs on its journey to the back of the net. He did nothing afterwards. Everton played well from start to finish, especially the inside men, Cunliffe, Stevenson, and Lawton. They were always better tacticians than Huddersfield who were ragged and not together. Even the strong man, Young, was out manceiurved in the second half by Everton’s combination, and the fact that Lawton played bang on top of him. Gillick took up a grand position for his goal, but how ever did he come to miss one from a yard out? Lawton should have had one when he was clean through but shot straight at Hesford. He was annoyed about that miss. “I should have scored” he said to me later. Have you ever sat through a game and failed to see a player? That was my experience at Huddersfield, and Geldard was the player. He has not been so quiet for an age. I cannot recall him doing anything at all, Geldard had a poor game.
Again the half back line takes full measure of credit for this victory, Jones and Britton were some times in settling down, but once they did they gave a sound display in attack and defence. Jones compared most favourably with Young, who –I wish I hadn’t to say this –“got the bird” from his own supporters. Here was a man who had carried Huddersfield on his shoulders for seasons now being pilloried by his own followers, I was thoroughly disgusted with the crowds jeers. Some people have short memories haven’t they?
February 9, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton play Halifax Town at Halifax on Saturday in a friendly, and have chosen the following team; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Gee, Thomson; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Dougal, Trentham. This will be Sagar’s first appearance since his injured his shoulder on Boxing Day, when he played against Leicester City. On that occasion he was taken to hospital, and pluckily returned to play on the wing.
February 9, 1938. The evening Express.
Ted Sagar, Everton’s international goalkeeper, will make his first appearance of 1938 when he keeps goal against Halifax Town in the friendly game at The Shay on Saturday. Sagar has not played since he dislocated his collar-bone in the Boxing Day match with Leicester City at Goodison Park. The team will include four internationals, for in addition to Sagar there will be Dean, Gee and Thomson. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Gee, Thomson; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Dougal, Trentham.
SAGAR TO PLAY IN FRIENDLY
February 11, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton play a friendly, with Halifax town at Halifax when the Everton team will include Sagar making his first appearance since, he was injured on Boxing Day.
EVERTON GET THEIR MAN
February 11, 1938. The Evening Express
Everton have signed J.Prescott, the 16-year-old right back, whose capture I anticipated in the Log. Prescott will play in the “A” team against South Liverpool at Goodison Park tomorrow. He comes from the Sedgely Park club –one of the most prominent clubs in the Manchester area. He is 5ft 8ins, and 11st 2lbs. Sedgeley Park have produced such players as “Norman” Bullock (Bury), Chester (Crystal Palace), Gale (West Bromwich and Chester), and Warburton (Fulham). Precott was being sought by several clubs. Everton “A” –GG. Burnett; J. Prescott, Felton; M. Hill, Edwards, Cuff; Merritt, Hurel, Catterick, Webster, N.W. Sharp.
Everton At Halifax
Saunders will play right back for Everton in their friendly match against Halifax Town, at the Shay, tomorrow. He takes the place of Jackson, who is suffering from influenza. The Blues include four internationals in their team, and Sagar makes his first appearance in goal following the injury he received on Boxing Day. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Gee, Thomson; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Dougal, Trentham.
EVERTON F.C. INTEREST
February 11, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Everton F.C are taking Saunders to Halifax tomorrow to play vice Jackson who is a flu victim. The “A” team has a very attractive match at Goodison Park where spectators who may not get in at Anfield have the opportunity of seeing two good County Combination side in opposition. South Liverpool Res are leaders, and Everton “A” have won the championship for the past two years, so it will be a needle game without watching. Everton are playing a 16 year-old Manchester boy, J. Prescott, who is very promising. G.G. Burnett; J. Prescott, Felton; M. Hill; Edwards, Cuff; Merritt, Hurel, Catterick, Webster and N.W. Sharp.
Ted Sagar, the Everton goalkeeper reappears for the first time since his injury at the ground of Halifax Town, tomorrow when Everton go there to play a friendly match. It will be a fine treat for the locals, who should get a big gate at their good-capacity ground to see a team that has never visited The Shay before. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Gee, Thomson; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Dougall, Trentham.
February 12, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Everton play a friendly match with Halifax Town at Halifax, when the Everton team will include Sagar, making his first appearance since he was injured on Boxing Day. The Everton team is; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Gee, Thomson; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Dougall, Trentham.
EVERTON LEVEL AT HALIFAX
February 12, 1938. The Evening Express, Football Edition
Strong Cross Wind Hampers Play
Everton included there internationals in their team against Halifax Town in a friendly match at Halifax. Teams: - Halifax: - Own, goal; Allsopp and Clark, backs; Green, Craig and Brookes, half-backs; Robinson, Griffiths, Widdowfield, Barkas, and Campbell, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh, backs; Lindley, Gee, and Watson, half-backs; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Dougal and Trentham, forwards. A high wind, blowing across the ground, made it difficult for both teams. Halifax were able to maintain a steady attack and Widdlowfield came near with a header from a corner kick by Campbell. Robinson was dangerous, but from his pass Griffiths headed wide. The Everton defenders had the greatest difficulty in clearing against the wind, but their forwards frequently showed clever touches notably when Dean and Dougal manceurved smartly for the former to send Arthur clear of the Halifax defence. Arthur got in a strong shot, but Owen made a good save. Everton forwards controlled the ball well against the wind and Arthur was keeping Clark very busy defending. Halifax forwards found the wind more of a handicap than they expected, and frequently lost possession. The best movement of the match, however, came from Widdowfield and Griffiths, the latter racing through at top speed to fire in a fast low shot which Sagar did well to save. Sagar, who was making his first appearance since he broke his collar bone on Boxing Day, was in brilliant form. He left his goal to catch and clear a centre from Robinson, and, a moment later, made a remarkable save from Gee. The Everton centre half had an attempted to head away from his goal area, but the ball was caught by the wind and would have been swept into the net but for Sagar’s skill. Halifax through having most of the play, could not gain the lead. Half-time Halifax 0, Everton 0.
HALIFAX V EVERTON RESERVES
February 12, 1938. The Liverpool Football Echo
Teams: - Halifax: - Own, goal; Allsopp and Clark, backs; Green, Craig and Brookes, half-backs; Robinson, Griffiths, Widdowfield, Barkas, and Campbell, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh, backs; Lindley, Gee, and Watson, half-backs; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Dougal and Trentham, forwards. There were about 6,000 present at Halifax when the Third Division side entertained Everton. The home men quickly took up the initiative but Widdlowfield failed to continue a pass from Brooks, and Saunders cleared easily. Campbell placed a corner well and Widdlowfield was just wide with a good header. At this stage Halifax were doing all the attacking, and Robinson centred well to see Green head into Sagar’s hands. Everton appeared to be taking things easy and Robinson again pleased when he beat Greenhalgh, but he spoiled his effort by passing to Griffiths instead of attempting a shot himself. Everton showed their paces when clever work between Watson, Trentham and Dougal completely mamboozled the home defence, but luckily for Halifax Bell’s pass to Arthur was blown back by the wind and Clarke cleared. Robinson again beat Greenhalgh and centred well, but Barkas delayed his shot, and Gee fed Arthur, for the latter to serve Dean, but the centre’s shot was well clear of the mark. Later Dean presented Bell with a gilt-edged opportunity, but Craig tackled the inside man and a good chance was lost. Barkas was a prominent with a smart dribble, but his shot from 20 yards cleared the bar. Arthur forced Clarke to concede a corner, and from the kick Gee made a first timer which Owen did well to clear. Just on the interval a mistimed header by Saunders almost cost Everton a goal only the alertness of Sagar saving the situation. Half-time Halifax 0, Everton 0.
Instead of the usual interval, the teams turned straight round. The game had not been in progress more than a minute when Bell taking advantage of a misunderstanding between Allsop and Owen, headed well clear of the goalkeeper. Halifax eventually leveled matters when Griffiths beat Sagar with a shot from well outside the area Everton were now finding the wind useful, and Halifax, apart from spasmodic raids were continually in their own quarters. Final –Halifax 1, Everton 1. Halifax played just as well as Everton would let them.
February 12, 1938. The Liverpool Football Echo
By Louis T. Kelly.
Not since 1932 have Everton conceded a goal to Liverpool at Goodison.
Galley would probably have been an Everton player three years ago if the Midland club had been willing to part.
Former Everton favourite Sam Chedgzoy, now on the “fifty” mark, played in 25 of the Canadian club’s 28 matches last season.
Everton’s Trentham is a part-time professional. By trade a motor mechanic.
HALIFAX 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
February 14, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton at Halifax.
Friendly Game Ends in a Draw
In their friendly engagement at Halifax Everton could only manage to share the spoils. A high wind made clever football out of the question. After keeping their goal intact during the opening half, one had visions of Everton with the breeze to help them, overrunning Halifax. Bell scored in the first minute of the second half, after a weak clearance by Owen. Grififths with a fine drive, equalled matters later. Although Everton played with more method they could not score the winning point. Halifax put more vim into their work, but their forwards seemed goal shy with Gee the complete master of Widdlowfield. Little was seen of Dean, the international having a very quiet afternoon. It was a good but not clever exhibition of football with the visitors taking no unnecessary risks. Teams: - Halifax: - Own, goal; Allsopp and Clark, backs; Green, Craig and Brookes, half-backs; Robinson, Griffiths, Widdowfield, Barkas, and Campbell, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh, backs; Lindley, Gee, and Watson, half-backs; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Dougal and Trentham, forwards
Everton “A” 5 South Liverpool Reserves 1
Liverpool County Combination
At Goodison Park. The visitors forwards lacked cohesion, and the half-backs had a troublesome time against the nippy Everton forwards. The home side took the lead in the opening minute through Catterick. Greenwood, the visitors goalkeeper was frequently in action. Prescott (the new full back from Sedgeley Park), along with Felton, held up any threatening attack by the visitors. Sharp netted Everton’s second goal after splendid work by Marriott. Near the interval Hurel added a third. Everton did most of the attacking during the later stages, Webster and Catterick scoring. Baldwin netted for South Liverpool from a penalty.
“FIGHT FOR SATETY” MERSEYSIDE “DERBY” MATCH
February 15, 1938. Evening Express
Everton and Liverpool in Vital Duel Tomorrow
Blues’ Bid For 7th. Double
The “fight” for safety Merseyside “Derby” match takes place at Goodison Park tomorrow, when Everton face Liverpool in a game of vital importance to both clubs. This will be the 74th meeting of the clubs under the auspices of the Football League since they first clashed in October, 1894, and of those Everton have won 32, Liverpool 23, and 18 have been drawn. At Goodison Park the Blues have scored 17 wins gain ten by the Reds. The Blues have a great chance of recording their seventh “double” at the expense of Liverpool, for in October they won at Anfield by 2-1. So much for the past. What of the future? Here we have two teams imbued with a fighting spirit and earnestness to succeed. Both are in what I regard as the danger zone, although Liverpool’s position –based on points gained –is worse than that of the Blues. Yet any further slips on the part of either club will be serious, and so I look forward to a real “needle” game, as apart from the usual local rivalry. Everton will be viewing the game with some degree of confidence seeing that they had a rest last Saturday and have no injury worries. Injuries have hit Liverpool. Even now, 24 hours before the game, one cannot say for certain who will represent the Reds. Hanson, Harley, Busby and McDougall are all among the doubtful starters.
Everton “No Chances?”
Neither side will be selected until this evening, but I do not anticipate any change in the Everton ranks. Liverpool will have one “Derby” game debutant at least. This is Billy Fagan, the inside left. The Everton attack will have to employ all its quile and science to circumvent the solid Liverpool defence. The Reds have a grand half back line, sound backs, and a goalkeeper who is second to none in the land at the moment. The Reds’ defence will test the crafty Everton attack, in fact, this game may become a duel between Everton’s attack and Liverpool’s power of resistance. Remember that Liverpool are bonny fighters away from home. They have lost only one game away since October 16. That was at Charlton. If Liverpool are to gain any of those invaluable points they will need to concentrate on wing attacks instead of trying to carve out a path down the middle. Tom Jones is playing so well that the Reds’ inside forwards will be given the minimum of scope. Liverpool face Everton at a time when the Blues are plying really fine football. Gone is that old uncertainly which cost Everton points. They are operating with class and confidence. Everton’s form in recent matches has belied their lowly position in the league, and thus I regard this as Liverpool’s most exacting task of the remaining matches. It is pity such a jewel should have to be played in midweek, for the attendance is certain to be affected, but I am sure we shall see a game worth going a long way to see. And so –to the 74th league “Derby.” Everton (probable); Morton; Cook, Jones (Jack); Britton, Jones (Tom), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick.
THE “DERBY” GAME
February 15, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
After a week’s rest Everton will return to the arena feeling like a hon refreshed, so that the hard-hit Liverpool club must look out for sparke for Everton are desperately anxious to rid themselves of that troublesome complaint “relegation.” A “Derby” meeting in mid-week is not a common occurrence. Naturally most of us would prefer it on a Saturday –but no matter the day the magnetism of a “Derby” game is there just the game. Liverpool’s Cup run may cost them a few pounds unless, of course, Goodison Park is packed to the doors, which is hardly likely. Many Saturday, workers will relish the opportunity of seeing the clash between Everton and Liverpool; they so rarely get this opportunity that I expect them to grab it with both hands. It is bound to be a fierce battle, I hope you do not read into that phrase something I never intended. Everton and Liverpool meetings have been uncommon for their cleanliness. I hope no player oversteps the mark tomorrow, and that once again the critics will have nothing but praise for a clean fought and entertaining game.
One never tires of these “Derby” games. There is something about them, one does not find in an ordinary match. The air is charged chock full of electricity; everyone is on their toes, and the happy banter among the spectators –yes, I have taken my stand on the Kop and the Goodison paddock before, now – is well worth listening to. One gets the real thrill of the game among the spectators. Up in the Press box; it is taboo to give went to one’s feelings for fear of showing bias, so you people who pay your bobs have something over the critics who you look up to with envy. I have only seen Liverpool twice this season, and on neither occasion have I been impressed. I readily admit to the fact that they played hard, but I had been led to expect something else –combined football; football with some science about it. I did not see it. Of whole-hearted endeavour there was plenty, but it takes more than that to win matches. I am glad to hear that Busby and McDougall are likely to be fit, but am terribly sorry that Hanson will not be available, for I rated him as one of the most consistent outside lefts in the game. Van den Berg, the South African winger, will in Hanson’s absence make his league debut.
What Book Says.
Everton gave Huddersfield Town a severe drubbling, so much so that Clem Stephenson and his directors thought fit to make four changes in the side to met Liverpool. On the book, it will be readily admitted that Everton should win, but the book is not always a true guild. So I will take something more reliable to assist me in taking a selection –form. Everton have played really good football in their recent engagements; but more than that they have at last tumbled to the fact that shots and not passes are the things which beat a goalkeeper.
TODAY’S DERBY GAME
February 16, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
A mid-week “derby” game is not altogether what clubs desire, but sometimes Cup-ties, as this season, upset calculations, and thus Everton and Liverpool meet in their second game of the campaign at Goodison Park today, and given fine weather, the crowd will be a good one, though naturally not up to Saturday standards. Earlier on Everton won at Anfield by 2-1, and in view of the fact that both teams are very anxious to gain the points a particularly keen struggle may be expected, in these tussles ground advantage, does not carry the same weight as when outside teams are the visitors, and the issue seems particularly open on this occasion. It is the 74th game under League auspices between the sides. Everton have won 32 to Liverpool’s 23, the remaining games being draw. Of the 31 previous meetings on today’s enclosure Everton have secured 17 successes to their rivals’ 10 with 9 games drawn. Everton have scored 61 goals to 42. Not since 1924-25, when they won 1-0, have Liverpool succeeded at Goodison Park. Results of meetings since 924-25 (Everton first); -3-3, 1-0, 1-1, 1-0, 3-3, 0-0, 1-0, 0-0, and 2-0.
Van Den berg On The Wing.
While Everton are playing the side which defeated Huddesfield last Saturday week, Liverpool make several changes from Saturday’s team, the most interesting of which is the appearance of Van Den Berg, the South African. This will be this young player’s first appearance in a Football League game, and his debut will be followed closely. A natural left winger –and left handle –he is called on to take the place of the injured Hanson, and he will thus be the third player from South Africa in the team. Van Den Berg arrived in this country in October from Cape Town and was signed by Liverpool. He is nineteen years of age and has been prominent at football, cricket, Rugby and other games since his schoolboys. He was capped for Western province. Born at Observatory on March 21, 1918 he has always led an athletic life, and since he came to Anfield has done well with the Central League side. Shafto returns to the centre forward position in place of Howe, while Ramsden takes the place of Hartley as Cooper’s partner, and Rodgers resumes at centre half. Bush going to the wing half berth. The kick-off is at 3.15, and the teams are: - Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones; Britton, Jones, Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick. Liverpool; Riley; Cooper, Ramsden; Taylor, Rodgers, Bush; Nieuwenhuys, Balmer, Shafto, Fagan, Van Den Berg.
DERBY DAY THRILLS
February 16, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
L’Pool Score After 5 Secs.
Van Den berg’s Good Debut.
Liverpool scored in 5 seconds in the “Derby” match v Everton, at Goodison Park, today, but Lawton equalized after 8 minutes, and at the interval the position was still 1-1. Teams: - Everton: - Morton, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (TG) and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Liverpool: - Riley, goal; Cooper and Ramsden, backs; Taylor, Rodgers, and Bush, half-backs; Niuewenhuys, Balmer, Shafto, Fagan, and Van Den Berg, forwards. Referee Mr. Dedman (Blackpool). Liverpool kicked off facing the sun and the Park goal, and the crowd, which had been somewhat quiet, were soon roused to a pitch of excitement when Liverpool took a goal lead in five seconds. From the kick-off Shafto slipped the ball over to Fagan, who in turn pushed it back to Bush. The Everton defence seemed to be all set for any contingency but Bush’s wide pass to the right flank created an opening which at one time did not seem possible, for T.G. Jones actually dispossession Shafto, but did not clear the ball any distance. Balmer nipped in, beat Jones, and with a tame shot landed the ball in the Everton net.
Never have I seen a greater surprise in a “Derby” meeting. This put Liverpool on good terms with themselves, and when Van den Berg was given an opening he did not quite know how to get the ball under control. Otherwise it was quite possible that another goal would have been placed to Liverpool’s credit. A goal against in five seconds is not the best of tonics and for some time Everton were not “together.” Ramsden showed a cool head when he slipped the ball back to Riley, and by this time some of the string of the early goal had left both the people and the players, and we were getting normal play. The players, by the way, had come on the field in their usual formation, two by two. When Fagan received a knock there was as much concern from the Everton men as from his colleagues, which shows the friendly nature of these gatherings.
The early excitement had promised so much the crowd was ever on its toss, and they got it at the eight minute when Everton equalized. When Geldard sprinted down the wing and centred right in front of the Liverpool goal. Lawton was as nice as nice a flick of the head as even Dean ever made, turned the ball away from Riley to score a really bonny goal –one good to see from the moment Geldard started his sprint. Van Den Berg showed power when he lashed in a terrific drive which Morton saved, but all to no purpose, for the whistle had previously sounded for offside. The Everton goal had an escaped when Nieuwenhuys swept the ball right across to his countryman, who, after beating Cook, centred from the goal line. The ball had beaten Morton, but sizzled across the face of the crossbar, and went out on to the right wing. Nieuwenhuys and Shafto almost sneaked their way through and then Gillick might have added to Everton’s tally when Stevenson put him through. Instead of shooting Gillick decided to pass inwards and thereby lost the chance.
Another Chance For Balmer.
Shafto centred so well that Balmer was given another chance to beat Morton, but T. Jones barred his way. Then came a big drive by Cunliffe which could not have been more than two feet from the upright as it flashed out of play. Everton were playing extraordinarily well, keeping the ball to the ground and making it do the work, and Riley had to again cut out a header by Lawton.
The Nicest Move.
Van Den Berg was again on the mark with a long-range drive, and I thought Morton handed it away, but the referee did not award a corner. Prior to that Cunliffe had jumped at Riley when the latter was saving from Gillick. One of the nicest movements of the game started with Britton who piled Cunliffe with a takeable ball, which was swept out to Geldard. The winger instead of centring into the goalmouth cleverly tapped the ball to Stevenson who tried to take it as a drop shot, but did not get the ball right. Taylor was dogged in his tackling, and at the same time gave Nieuwenhuys many chances, but there was always more danger in the Everton attack because Cunliffe, Stevenson and Lawton were up for any centres which Gillick or Geldard put across. Everton had the escape of their lives when Shafto ran through the Everton defence as though it was not there, and when Morton dashed out it seemed a thousand to one he would be beaten, but Shafto shot straight at him. The ball came back to a Liverpool man who tried again, but, being off balance, he could not get true direction. Fagan distributed well, particularly to Van Den Berg, who was having quite a good match considering that this was his first First Team game. Liverpool’s leading up work may not have been quite of Everton’s type, but in front of goal they had to be carefully watched. They were very direct, and quick to shoot and to some extent were unfortunate not to have had at least one further goal. It had been interesting football and the crowd had thoroughly enjoyed it.
Half-Time Everton 1, Liverpool 1.
The Second Half. Everton resumed with a strong attack, having the wind to assist them, but the Liverpool defence stood solid. With their early goal in mind, Liverpool tried to repeat the performance and Balmer made a hasty shot which was not far off the mark, but far enough to rob him of any honour. Ramsden found difficulty in holding Geldard, whose corner kick was lashed over the bar by Gillick at a time when no one was near. Liverpool netted the ball but the referee had spotted the fact that Shafto punched it instead of heading it. There was plenty of excitement. Everton were pressing hard and Liverpool defending well. The Everton right wing was much too close in some of their work. Van den Berg was the most dangerous forward Liverpool had. He refused to consider fancy work preferring straight forward methods. One of his centres almost produced a goal, and would have done so had not Morton saved a hot shot from Balmer. Cunliffe was through but shot straight at Riley.
GOODISON “DERBY” GAME THRILLS
February 16, 1938. Evening Express
Balmer Scores For Liverpool In First Minute
Lawton’s Equaliser For Everton
The Merseyside Derby match, at Goodison today, between Everton and Liverpool, attracted the smallest attendance I have ever seen at one of these games. There could have been no more than 25,000 spectators present when the teams took the field. Liverpool had five changes. Van Den Berg made his first Football League debut at outside left. Teams: - Everton: - Morton, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (TG) and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Liverpool: - Riley, goal; Cooper and Ramsden, backs; Taylor, Rodgers, and Bush, half-backs; Niuewenhuys, Balmer, Shafto, Fagan, and Van Den Berg, forwards. Referee Mr. Dedman (Blackpool). There was a sensational opening, Balmer giving Liverpool the lead in 30 seconds. It was a goal which brought back memories of the last Cup-tie between the sides, when Dean scored in similar fashion for Everton. Hardly an Everton player touched the ball from the moment that Taylor by clever dribbling beat two men until the ball hit the back of the net. Taylor swung the ball out to Nieuwenhuys, who promptly headed inwards. Shafto put the ball back and as Tom Jones was about to clear, Balmer dashed in, took the ball through a few yards, and placed low into the corner of the net. So Balmer had landed the first blow against his former colleagues. Everton appeared uncertain, but when Lawton slipped through after Rogers had missed the ball, Taylor was there to say “No.” Play lacked incident for a spell, with Liverpool showing much more enterprise and accuracy in their use of the ball. Tom Jones twice headed away after Fagan had cut out the work, then Everton in their first real attack’ drew level, Lawton scoring in the eight minute. Geldard had beaten the offside trap by racing to the corner, where he was forced over the touchline by Rodgers, Geldald took the throw-in and placed it to Britton, who turned round coolly and lobbed the ball into the goalmouth. It was a perfect centre, and Lawton leaped up to glide the ball well out of Riley’s reach into the far corner. Everton gained the first corner, and from this Cunliffe headed outside Liverpool almost regained the lead when Cook took matters too easily, and Van Den Berg was able to centre from the line, Morton missed the ball in its flight, and it seemed to run along the face of the cross-bar before coming back into play. Balmer was through again, but Morton had his shot covered. The ball hit a defender, however, and the goalkeeper was thankful to turn it around the post for a corner. This led to another, which Van Den Berg placed against the side netting. Everton’s defence was shaky. The referee gave a free kick with Geldard lying injured on the floor, and then first Tom Jones and then Jack Jones hesitated so that Niuwenhuhuys was able to dart in and head just by the post.
Everton Find Their Feet
Everton were gradually getting into their stride and their forwards participated in some delightful passing movements, one of these ending with a Lawton header; which Riley fielded. Lawton and Gillick were able to give Cunliffe a shooting chance, but the inside-right shot just by the post. At last Mr. Dedman held up the game so that Geldard and Cooper, who had been injured some time previously, could receive attention from their trainers. Both resumed at the same time. Rogers held Lawton and was quick to run up and apologies. From the free kick Geldard’s left foot shot was turned behind by Bush. The corner was cleared but only for Britton to lob it back to the middle. Lawton’s header was nicely taken by Riley. Lawton had a wonderful chance when Geldard placed low across the goalmouth, but in trying to take the shot first time he only half hit it; Riley caught Gillick’s delayed centre as Cunliffe lasted in, and Van Den Berg drove a splendid shot along the floor, Morton turning the ball around the post at full length. The referee, however, awarded Everton’s goal kick.
Stevenson missed a chance of a life time after half an hour. Geldard neatly lobbed the ball over the heads of Ramsden and Busby leaving Stevenson with no one to beat but Riley, Stevenson had tome to “kill” the ball and take his goal-but he drove at it first time and placed yards beyond the far post. This was a keen, sporting game, with little to choose, between the sides, although Everton had missed the chances. Liverpool were showing improved form, but their forward work was hardly as accurate as that of Everton’s. Lawton was an inspired leader. Gillick passed the ball in the wrong direction and away went Liverpool with a surprise raid. Jack Jones should have cleared, but he headed the ball direct to Shafto, who burst through on his own Shafto tried to hook the ball through, but Morton beat the ball back to Shatfo, whose second effort, taken as he was stumbling passed beyond the goal. Liverpool were now providing the thrills and this certainly was a narrow escape for the Blues. Jack Jones had received a knock in the mouth trying to stop that Shafton effort and seemed to be a little dazed. Van Den Berg was making quite an impressive debut, and now he shot across goal with his right foot. Half-time Everton 1, Liverpool 1. Everton took up the the running on resuming, Cunliffe placing across for Stevenson to try a shot but Cooper was there to kick away. Geldard forced a corner and this almost led to Gillick breaking through, but his shot, and Stevenson’s which followed, crashed against defenders. Van Den Berg beat Cook only to see Morton take charge of his centre. Then Nieuwenhuys and Balmer combined splendidly, Balmer’s centre from the goal line almost taking Everton by surprise. The Reds came again, Balmer, shooting across goal, as he was tackled. Everton had another corner on the right, and this time Gillick shot outside after friend and foe had missed the ball. So this ding-dong struggle continued with hardly a pin to choose between the sides. Shafto got the ball into the net-but he punched it in!
EVERTON 1 LIVERPOOL 3 (Game 1632-over-all)-(Div 1590)
February 17, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Shafto’s Goals At Goodison
Everton Miss Chances
Another “Derby” game has been played, and once again the favorites fell. The right side won-won because they took the chances offered them, whereas Everton threw away enough opportunities to have won the match Liverpool 3, Everton 1 perhaps reads a little flattering to the victors, but no one will deny that they rightly earned the points. The putting back of the game has cost Liverpool nearly £1,000 compensation, but I don’t think they will mind that a great deal in view of their victory, for the two points may ultimately be worth much more than that amount. They have lifted a loud off Liverpool’s shoulders, while Everton must review their future with a grave outlook, although it has to be remembered that they have more home than away games to play. Liverpool’s victory was won by direct football against a more elaborate style of play, which was good to look upon, but not nearly so effective. Everton were the better side in the first half despite the fact that a goal was debited against them in the first few seconds but the second half was undoubtedly Liverpool’s.
Lawton’s Fine Header
It is unusual in a “Derby” meeting to find a side taking a goal in such a short space of time, and it was defensive hesitation by Everton which enabled Balmer to strike the early blow. For the next 15 minutes Liverpool were decidedly the more dangerous team Everton were not unduly perturbed. Lawton equalized in eight minutes with a header worthy of the great Dean. The way he glided the ball from Britton’s centre beyond Riley was fine to watch. Everton set up a series of attacks which should have had but one result had there been some accurate shooting . Stevenson, usually so sure, could not get the right angle to his shots, and, in my opinion, missed at least four reasonable chance to beat Riley. Liverpool were told at the interval “have a go” and that is what they did but they did more; they played some really good-class football; the best I have seen them play this season, and that, allied to the punch of the forward line, brought them a deserved victory, thus maintaining their fine away record. For wholehearted effort Liverpool compare with any team in the country. Gradually they got on top, and to the wingers, Nieuwenhuys and Van Den Berg –playing his first game in the senior side –I attributed most of their success. The newcomer in particular was an eye-opener. To be placed against such a back as Cook was somewhat of a test, but he came through it with colours flying. Cook has not had such an unhappy, time for many a long day, and one would have thought Van Den Berg had been playing in senior football for years instead of making his debut.
Balmer The Key Man
Balmer, however, was the key-man of the forwards, for he opened the way by his astute passes and good positional play. He took the opening goal through an Everton man hesitating to clear, and then went on to pave the way for other goals. Shafto took the lead for Liverpool with a scrambling sort of shot after the ball had been bandied about in front of the Everton goal, but his second and Liverpool’s third goal will long be remembered. Van Den Berg made his running, and Shafto, with hesitation hit the ball from the South African’s pass first time, and it went into the net like an arrow from a bow. It was a brilliant effort. Shafto may not be the ideal centre forward, but he is ever up and ready to test the issue with any, and it was his penchant to take a chance which made him a menace to the Everton defence. He once shot straight at Morton, and Van Den Berg was unlucky when a centre of his shaved the face of the crossbar with every Everton man beaten. After Everton had drawn level Lawton had some grand moments his heading of the ball being faultless. Rodgers could not live with him in the air; at least not in the first half, but after that Lawton found the ball running against him, and he received few passes. The Everton wingers were only moderate. Geldard found Ramsden difficult, just as Gillick found that he could not play any pranks with Cooper, while Rogers and Bush played their part in the well-won victory. It was an enjoyable and clean game. It is a long time since Stevenson missed so often, but one could not blame him for the defeat. It was due to Liverpool’s admirable team spirit which has carried them through some stiff matches this season. Cook was below form. Ven Den berg filled Hanson’s part in such a manner that even so consistent a player was not missed. The Everton half backs were not allowed to settle on the ball because the Liverpool men swept it about quickly and accurately. Liverpool won because they made the ball do the work, and were amazingly accurate with their far-flung passes. I have nothing but praise for Liverpool, and the Everton directors were not slow to congratulate their rivals on the success. Teams: - Everton: - Morton, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (TG) and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Liverpool: - Riley, goal; Cooper and Ramsden, backs; Taylor, Rodgers, and Bush, half-backs; Niuewenhuys, Balmer, Shafto, Fagan, and Van Den Berg, forwards. Referee Mr. Dedman (Blackpool).
DIRECTORS ONE CHANGE IN TEAM
February 17, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Against the Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park on Saturday Greenhalgh comes into the Everton team in place of William Cook thus being the only change from the side which did duty yesterday against Liverpool.
NEW EVERTON F.C. DIRECTOR
February 17, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
And A. Gates And Mr. Roberts R. Turnbull.
By John Peel Everton Football Club has invited Alderman Alfred gates a former lord mayor of Liverpool, and Mr. Roberts R turn bull to vacancies on the board of directors, caused by the deaths of Mr. harry banks and Mr. Jack sharp, which they have accepted. Mr. Gates, who was lord mayor in 1932-33, is a Liverpool magistrate and leader of the liberal party in the city council. He had a member of the council for twenty-eight years. Allowing for the period of non-membership since he was first elected in 1906 as liberal repetitive for Fairfield. From Fairfield he went to sand hills and thence to infield. He is managing director of the Liverpool central oil company.
Mr. Roberts Turnbull is a director of the ship-repairing firm of messr Grayson Rollo and clover docks ltd, of Bootle and was elected president of the lyceum club, bold street in 1935.
VITAL MATCH COSTS L’POOL £1,000 –BUT IT WAS WORTH IT!
February 17, 1938. The Evening Express
Liverpool gained two valuable points yesterday when they beat Everton 3-1 in the Merseyside “Derby” match at Goodison Park –at a cost of approximately £1,000! That represents the compensation the Reds will have to pay their neighbours, even fter deducting their own 20 per cent. The attendance just exceeded 33,000. Yet, ask Liverpool if those points were worthy the money. The reply will be “Yes.” The win has greatly eased their position, and they are now level points with Everton and have a match in hand. Their team to visit West Bromwich Albion on Saturday will not be selected until tomorrow. I do not think there will be any change, even though Cooper’s knee was after the game yesterday, and he had to go home by motor-car. From what I saw in this enjoyable game, I do not think either side need worry much about the relegation danger. Teams capable of playing as well as they did in a fine, sporting content will, surely, steer themselves to safety. The most gratifying feature of Liverpool –apart from the win, of course –was the splendid form of Shafto and Van Den Berg. Shafto has not been on the losing side in an away match this season, and the 18-year-old lad came back to score two good goals late on to seal the fate of the Blues. Shafto was a diligent and dangerous leader of one of the best attacks Liverpool have fielded this season. Van Den Berg, playing in his first Football League game, played well. He beat Cook time after time and his finishing was the acme of perfection. It was he who turned the scales in Liverpool’s favour, for he was cutting inwards when Cook brought him down and from the free kick Shafto put the Reds in front again after Lawton’s header had balanced the “shock” Liverpool goal by Balmer in the first 30 seconds. Everton were beaten, but far from disgraced; in fact their forward work in the first half was a delight. Yet the Blues had opportunities to make the issue safe before the interval. The Blues’ attack kept the ball too close later on, and with Rogers at last getting a grip on the inspiring Lawton, they faded out. Liverpool’s attack was rather the more electric, and with Fagan serving the youngsters, Van Den Berg and Shafto, so diligently, and Balmer and Nieuwenhuys constituting such a brilliant right wing, the Everton defence had a worrying time. One again, the outstanding man on the field was Taylor. I mark him down as the football discovery of 1937-38. He was positively brilliant. Bush and Rogers completed a sound half back line despite the great work of Lawton and Cunliffe. Ramsden mastered Geldard and Gillick was hardly happy until late on, when he was a source of worry. Stevenson did well until it came to shooting. No back did better than Jack Jones, Britton was Everton’s best half back.
February 17, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Yesterday we saw a Liverpool a different from Saturday as chalk from choose. Shafto’s return worked wonders in the attack, which must be the youngest Liverpool have ever fielded. The average age is 20, made up of Van Den Berg (18), Fagan (19), Shafto (18), Balmer (21), and Nivvy (25). Of the fourteen League and Cup games in which Shafto has played Liverpool have lost only three, and he has been centre forward in six of the seven games since Hanson was injured, in which the Reds have scored three goals. The facts speak for themselves. In Van Den Berg Liverpool have a worthy addition to their successful South African importations. Nicely built, speedy, good ball control, accurate with his centres, and a good shot, he made a most encouraging debut.
By contrast Everton’s left wing weakness stood out a mile. It is plain that Gillick can do neither himself nor the club justice in his present position. He is not a left winger, and cannot be expected to perform miracles in a “foreign” position. On the other hand, despite poor support Trentham got six goals in his fifteen league games, made as many more, and always –I am referring to home matches only now –played a sound and promising game. Yet, for some reason or other, he fails to find favour. The fact is clear, and has been for months, that if Trentham is not to be persevered with the club needs a first class outside left. Until it gets one the line will remain ill-balanced and only two-thirds effective. Present day football demands strength and shot on the wing. While on that point I would like to see Geldard cut in oftener, and try a shot on his own. The chances are there if he will make the most of them. Everton F.C. have co-opted Alderman Alfred Gates and Mr. E. R. Turnbull to their Board to take the places of the late Mr. Jack Sharp and Mr. Harry Banks. Mr. Gates was Lord Mayor of the city in 1932-33. Mr. Turnbull is a director of shiprepairing firm of Messrs Grayson, Rollo, and Clover Docks, Ltd, of Bootle.
Why Liverpool Won
Was there ever such a team as Liverpool? They came to Goodison Park with little hope of success, yet remained long enough to whip Everton by three goals to one. They are the most aggravating team in the league. When you expect them to win they loss, when you think they will lose they do the oppose and must be the bane of the couponeers’life. Their victory over Everton was won on merit. Perhaps the score was a bit flattering, but they nevertheless earned the two valuable points by solid and progressive foothold. They had to pay Everton nearly £1,000 compensation money through the game being in mid-week, but I don’t think they will begrudge it, for those two points may be worth considerable more to them should they keep Liverpool in the First division, as they may do. I was surprised at Liverpool’s form; agreeably so, I may say, for in the only two games I had seen them in this season they had struck me as just as hard plugging side. But here they were playing Everton at their own game and beating them.
The Corner Stone
I thought some of Everton’s football of top class, more elaborate, perhaps, than Liverpool’s but not of more value, for the Anfielders wide flung passes got them into the goal area –where they wanted to be –in about half the time. Once there they were dangerous. They had been instructed to shoot and they followed out the instructions to the letter. Morton having to make some smart saves, Van Den Berg had the way when he hit a scorcher with his first chance. No matter he was off-side, but it was Balmer who laid the corner stone of the victory with a goal in less than 15 seconds. A goal before many of the spectators were settled in their seats. What a tonic that was. Everton felt its effect, for they were some, time getting “together” yet with eight minutes gone they were on level terms, Lawton gliding Britton’s lob in Dean-like fashion beyond Riley – a gem of a goal. Everton’s defence had not been all it should have been, and when Liverpool resumed they were determined to shy for the target on every conceivable occasion. Many shots flew wide, but two of them went into the Everton net, both from the foot of Shafton, the last one as good as goal as I have ever seen.
The Whip Hand.
The eye-opener was Van Den Berg, One would have thought a “Derby” game was n everyday occurrence with him. He beat Cook as he had not been beaten for some time. Names meant nothing to him, so that he made an excellent debut to First League football. It was on the wings where Liverpool held the whip hand. “Vandy” and “Nivvy” were always better than Gillick and Geldard, particularly the latter, who has lost his snap. Balmer was a great worker from a constructional angle, and Shafto ever a worry to Everton’s defence. Further behind stood the rocks on which Everton perished, for Cooper, Taylor, and Ramsden and Bush and Rogers to a lesser degree stood firm when Everton were threatening to take charge. But the real reason for Liverpool’s success was their shooting. After the match, Everton selected their team to meet Wolverhampton at Goodison on Saturday. They made one change, Greenhalgh coming in for Cook at right back, the team being Morton; Greenhalgh; Jones (J), Britton, Jones (T), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick.
“WOLVES” AT EVERTON’S DOOR
February 18, 1938. The Evening Express
How Blues Can Beat The “Glands” Team
Wolverhampton Wanderers, famous as the “gland team” and the wonder side of the season, will be at Goodison Park tomorrow in a bid to record a “double” over Everton. In the last two seasons the Wolves who, by the way, will be at Anfield the following week, have stolen all the lime light, without gaining any of soccer’s honours. The club has found more young players than any other, and Major Buckley has brought in more than £60,000 in transfer fees. The Wolves are right in running for the championship. They are only one point behind, the leaders, and have three matches in hand! This is an important battle for Everton, who are striving to escape the lowly positions in the league ladder. The Blues suffered a mid-week rebuff at the hands of their neighbours, Liverpool. They are only three points ahead of the two bottom clubs and so must make sure of retaining all home points. Better finishing can take Everton to victory. They will find the Wolves a swift-moving, accurate, football combination, but Everton, at their best are also a football side well above the average on the point of midfield construction. Where the Blues have been failing is in finishing. My opinion is that precision in those vital final thrusts can take Everton to victory. It will be interesting to see how Greenhalgh, the newcomer from New Brighton, fares at right back. He was originally, a right back but went over to the left with the Rakers in order to accommodate Vaughton. His only appearance in the Everton team was against Bolton Wanderers. He then played left back. Everton; Morton; Greenhalgh, Jones (Jack); Britton, Jones (Tom), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick.
THE WOLF T THE DOOR
February 18, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s defeat by Liverpool during the week was a bitter blow to the club, for they had looked upon this game as a stepping stone, to a higher league position, but the vagaries of football this season are difficult to understand. However, enough of that and to the future. Tomorrow we have Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park, and as they are keen on winning the championship Everton look to their laurels or their position will become more parlous than ever. The Wolves’ Goodison record is not encouraging to their prospect, but Major Buckley’s team is much in advance of anything the Wolves have sent up previously. I can recall an occasion when the Wolves came up to Goodison for a Cup-tie and knocked Everton out when the dice was loaded against them. They were just a scratchy side in those days, but since the gallant major took charge, things have been different. The Wolves have become a team to be feared. He has brought new ideas into the game, and they are replying him well.
Go Ahead side
They are sitting next to Brentford, the leaders, but they will not have to make any further slip –they were beaten at home by Huddersfield on Wednesday-if they are to win the championship, Everton have played well, leaving out the “Derby” game, for some weeks; they will have to be on their mettle tomorrow for the Wolves are go-ahead side, speed being one of their strong points. Everton are not a fast team. When they were going out to meet the ball all was well, but they have a nasty habit of waiting for it, and waiting in vain, for others nipped in and took if from them. Everton’s shooting against Liverpool was tragic. They had the chance to win, but let it slip by then. There must be none of that if they are to break down the staunch Wolves defence.
The WingsTo win.
Their wing play has not been at all satisfactory in their last two games, and nowadays it is wing play which is winning most matches. The centre of the field is so successfully blocked nowadays that the wings must be fully exploited, for it is the only way to force open a defence. Both Gillick and Geldard were poor against Liverpool. They can be better than that, and will have to be against Wolverhampton. There was also hesitancy in the defence. The club hope that this has been put right by bringing in Greenhalgh in placed of Cook. This young man made an excellent debut a few weeks ago, and as the right is his best position, although he can operate on the left, he should stiffed up the last line of defence. It promises to be a great game. Team; Everton; Morton; Greenhalgh, Jones (J); Britton, Jones (T), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick.
WOLVES AT GOODISON PARK
February 20, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Today we have as visitors to Merseyside one of the “teams of the season” in Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose performance have been such as to put them in the forefront in the race for the leadership. But even the best of teams lapse in most unexpected fashion, as witness the defeat of the Wolves at Molyneux for the first time this season by a team which had not previously won a league game this year. Huddersfield Town appear to have taken a new victory at Anfield seems to have contributed to the electrifying rally which enabled the team to master the Wolves. Now the question arises –can Everton emulate Huddersfield today? He fact that Everton lost to Liverpool in midweek has shaken the confidence of their supporters, and certainly better finish to forward moves is essential if the Goodison Park side is to get the better of the fast-moving Wolves, who will be anxious to prove that the mid-week failure was not a true reflex of their ability. By the same token, Everton will be determined to make up for their lapses against Liverpool. Everton have brought in Greenhalgh, the former New Brighton player, in place of Cook, so that this clever young back will be playing his second game in the First Division. The kick-off is at 3.15. Everton; Morton; Greenhalgh, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick. Wolverhampton Wanderers; Scott; Morris, Taylor; Smalley, Cullis, Gardiner; Forwards from; Maguire, Thompson, Galley, Langley, Jones, Ashall.
LANGLEY’S LATE WINNER.
February 19, 1938. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton Lose Second Game in a Week.
Wolves March On
A goal scored by the Wolves in 86 minutes has put Everton in dire straits. In their position they must win home games, and as this was their second home defeat this week. It makes things desperate for them. They had chances themselves but did not take them, and injury to Jones (TG0 did not help their cause. Teams: - Everton; Morton, goal; Greenhalgh and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (TG), and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Scott, goal; Morris and Taylor, backs; Smalley, Cullis, and Gardiner, half-backs; Maguire, Thompson, Langley, Jones, and Astall, forwards. Referee Mr. A. J. Jewell, London. In recent years Wolverhampton Wanderers have been an attraction when visiting the Merseyside clubs, one reason being that quite a number of their followers come from the Ellesmere Pot area, and they were here in full force today giving the Wolves their support. The Wolves showed pace on the wings and Maguire should have done better than he did when he got Jack Jones on the wrong foot as it were, but his poor length centre spoiled everything. Then Ashall had a duel with Greenhalgh, the Everton man coming through successfully. Lawton worried the Wolverhampton defence and he got the better of Cullis, but Scott walked out with the utmost unconcern as Lawton was dashing up to take a simple looking chance, and Scott help the ball securely. Wolves were dangerous and Mguire hit a ball to the side netting and Thompson made a shot that was crowded out. Gillick shot over the bar, and Cunliffe, from the inside left position, hit a very hard ball which was only inches of the mark as Scott flung himself forwards the ball. Many contended that he had touched the ball, but the referee would have none of it.
Running Into Form
Wolverhampton were gradually running into form yet it was Everton who should have taken a goal for Gillick, fortunate to get a second chance to centre, only half hit the ball, which went straight to Morris. Geldard and Britton linked up in a fine movement, but Cunliffe ruined the move in attempting to screw the ball over to Geldard gain. It only got as far as a Wolverhampton. The wind was causing some difficulty, yet one could not blame this for the poor passes made by some of the Everton men. Ashall centred low across the Everton goalmouth, but there was no one up.
Arsenal’s Eye On Bryn Jones?
So far Bryan Jones had not played like a £12,000 man yet I noticed Mr. George Allison, the Arsenal manager, in the stands and he doesn’t leave his side without there is good reason for it. Scott had to save from Stevenson and Cunliffe, but neither shots bore the label of goal, but when Gillick got through (I thought he was offside) he should have beaten Scott instead of shooting straight at him. Everton had some grand chances and none better than Geldard gave to Cunliffe when he pulled the ball back to him well inside the penalty area, but Cunliffe found no direction from his good position. There was a big groan at this miss. It seemed to me the Wolves attack was missing Galley, for Thompson had not the craft of his colleagues.
Jones (T) was injured after he had received a nasty knock on the head by a ball from Bryn Jones, but it was not the ball that injured him, for as he was assisted off the field he “carried” a leg as though he had twisted his knee. This happened at a stage when the Wolverhampton forwards were making merry with capital combination, Cunliffe went centre half until Jones returned just before the interval.
Half-time Everton 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.
Jones (T) did not resume with his club mates, Cunliffe again taking his position at centre half, and when he did come back he had a decided limp and went to outside left, so the Everton forward line now read Geldard, Gillick, Lawton, Stevenson and Jones. Everton fought hard against their handicap, for it had to be admitted that Jones was almost a passenger of the wing, and Lawton only half hit his drive, but even so the curl of the ball made Scott jump sideways to make a save. Scott, who is one of the coolest goalkeepers I have seen, cut out a centre cum shot by Jones, but there was rarely ever any suggestion of a goal from either side. Cunliffe did grand work at centre half. He was strong in his heading and his tackling was very determined while he had many a tussle with Maguire, who, however, once got away from the opposition and offered Langley a great chance. Maguire put a pass right across the field to Ashall. whose lob was cleanly taken by Morton. The Wolverhampton forwards had not been impressive; neither for that matter had Everton’s attack shown up in a good light. Nevertheless, the Wolves should have taken a goal when the Everton defence slipped up badly and let Bryn Jones through.
It was a race between he (Jones) and Goalkeeper Morton, and the goalkeeper took risks when he threw himself at Jones’s feet as the famous inside forward shot for goal. Morton made the save and was at once immediately surrounded by Wolves’ players. He was in danger of injury when the referee held up the game. Langley and Cunliffe were spoken to. Everton’s chances had been considerably reduced by the reorganized forward line. Lawton worked like Trojan, but in most cases had to work a lone hand, for his colleagues were too far behind him to help to break down the Wolves defence in which Cullis was a dominating factor. Langley had done little up to this point, but he showed some football ideas when he beat Jones by a neat move and then pushed the ball over to Astall whose centre had to be edged away by Morton.
The Decisive Blow
Everton were doing well, all things considered, but there were no marksmen present. At 84 minutes Wolverhampton got the all-important goal. The making of it commenced in midfield where Bryn-Jones collected the ball and made an opening for Langley that centre forwards dream of. It became a duel between Morton and Langley Morton came out of goal the only thing he could do, and when Langley shot he was just able to get his fingers to the ball, but no more. The ball flew up off his fingers and dropped into the Everton goal. Ashall almost increased the Wolves score when he headed a ball downwards and it bumped up against Morton’s chest to rebound into play. Final Everton 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.
EVERRTON 0 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1 (Game 1633 over-all)-(Div 1 1591)
February 21, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Wolves Take The Only Goal.
Battle For Safety Ahead
A few weeks ago, Everton gave every indication that they were about to make a rapid rise in their League status, for they played football well above their position; but in their last two games have dropped back into their old style, and now their position is just as bad as ever. Wolbverhampton Wanderers, who won a one goal victory at Goodison Park, were naturally foemen to be feared, for they are making a championship bid, but notwithstanding their high place Everton had every reason to anticipate a victory, but once again they dropped two home points, the second home defeat in the course of a few days, and now their battle to avoid relegation becomes more serious than ever.
Missing The Way.
Everton have missed their way through their weakness in front of goal. Against Liverpool they had enough opportunities to win in the first half, but the old trouble of failing when the chances were there –let them down; and to some extent this was the reason why they failed to get the better of Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. I will be quite candid I was disappointed in the Wolves side, and for that reason Everton’s defeat becomes more aggravating. Surely this could have been the team which pegged back the mighty Arsenal? A victory for Everton was there for the taking. Their case is not hopeless by any means, for they are fortunate in the fact that they have more home games than away. Until they fulfill their promise of better things to come by their sharpness in front of goal Everton will find points difficult to get. Of course they were severely handicapped by an injury to T. Jones in the first half, but even when he was hobbling about on the left wing Everton were hitting at the Wolves defence in a promising manner, but when it came to making a shot they were sadly at fault. I know the Wanderers’ defence was pretty sound, but once having been beaten Scott, their goalkeeper, should not have been allowed to make a save. Three or four times he was the only man left to pull his side out of trouble, and it was only reasonable to think that he should have been beaten, but the Everton forwards either slammed the ball straight to him or flung it wide of the mark. Cunliffe, Stevenson, and Gillick will never have better opportunities than they had in the first half. For two such teams there was too much haphazard kicking and misplaced passes. The wind was not entirely to blame for the latter, even though it may be blamed in some instance. The Wolves were by far the faster team, both in their seeking of the ball and when they were launching an attack, and this was the deciding factor.
Flashes From Bryn Jones.
Speed will take these young Wolves far if they can harness it to accurate shooting, but they were almost as remise in front of goal as Everton. Bryn Jones, whom manager Allison still fancies, did not have a good match. He showed flashes of brilliance on occasion, and was responsible for the pass which enabled Langley to score the all-important goal 8 minutes from the end, but if ever a defence won a victory for its side it was the Wolves. Let us forget the bad shooting; there were times when Everton beat their way through until they came up against Morris, Taylor, and Cullis. This trio stood defiant and when they were beaten there was still the cool Scott to bar the way. When Jones was injured he was struck on the head by the ball and then dropped to the ground with what appeared to be a twisted knee. Cunliffe went centre half back and for forty-five minutes played as though the position had belonged to him for years. He took the half-back honours, for Mercer and Britton have be seen to better advantage. But I have no intention of blaming the defence for this defeat. The onus lies on the heads of the forwards. With the chances at their disposal they should have built up a score in the first half good enough to have settled the Wolves’ account, for their –Wolves –shooting did not promise more goals than the one obtained. I was a poor game judged from the fact that both teams are expected to play good combined football. Combination was at a premium on both sides. Teams: - Everton; Morton, goal; Greenhalgh and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (TG), and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Scott, goal; Morris and Taylor, backs; Smalley, Cullis, and Gardiner, half-backs; Maguire, Thompson, Langley, Jones, and Astall, forwards. Referee Mr. A. J. Jewell, London.
WOLVERHAMPTON RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
February 21, 1938. The Liverpool daily Post
Central League (Game 29)
Everton scored first at Wolverhampton through Davies, but the home side later gained the upper hand. Dorsett equalizing from a penalty when Gee handled, McIntosh beat sagar with a shot from 35 yards, the ball first hitting the post. Westcott put on a third before the interval. Sagar later saved a penalty from Dorsett, and there was no further score. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Bentham, Gee and Watson, half-backs; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Dougal and Davies (JW), forwards.
Everton “A” 8, Haydock Athletic 2
Liverpool County Combination.
At Sandforth road, West Derby. The first goal was scored after 25 minutes through Catterick. The visitors replied with two quick goals by Clayton and Appleton, but Catterick’s two well-got goals gave Everton the interval lead. The home side dominated the play after the resumption. Further goals were netted for Everton by Sharp 2, Catterick 2, and Webster, Swift, the Haydock goalkeeper, sustained a bad hand injury in the first few minutes, but despite this handicap, played well. Clayton, Day, and Gannon were hard triers for Haydock.
EVERTON AT HARROGATE
February 21, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Everton are to recuperate at Harrogate and will go onto Leeds for the vital game with the Yorkshire club on Saturday morning. The directors of the clubs realize as well as anyone that the position is serious, but they will tackle the job ahead with determination while the players will be all out to give of their best. In these days of rising prices it is difficult to secure new men even if they were available and the Everton chairman, Mr. W.C. cuff strikes the right note when he say’s ‘’if we can find the right player the question of price will not bother us unduly though we do not intend to be drawn into paying fabulous and outrageous sums. We are not going to be stampeded into competition at ridiculous figures.
EVERTON FORWARD FAILINGS
February 21, 1938. The Evening Express
Blues’ Attack Needs More “Bite.”
Evertom must secure more “bite” in attack if they are to check the slide which is taking them into a most uncomfortable position in the relegation danger zone. This fact was patent again in the match with Wolverhampton Wanderers, at Goodison Park, when the Wolves secured both points with a goal scored in the closing stages by Langley, a youth who was playing in Kent league football only a short while ago. The Blues had many scoring chances, but faulty shooting, particularly by Cunliffe and Gillick, kept the score sheet blank. Apart from that fault, they played well until Tommy Jones was injured, just before the interval. When he returned, limping, it was necessary to remodel the attack, a move which sent Cunliffe to centre half-back, and switched Gillick over to inside right. I must pay a tribute to Cunliffe for the excellent manner in which he filled Jones’s pivotal role. There was little wrong with the Blues’ defence. Morton was confident in all his work; Jones (Je) was rarely faulted and Greenhalgh, although occasionally beaten by the tricky Ashall, again proved he is likely to develop into a first-class full back.
ALL ARE TRIERS
February 21, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
At the beginning of the season, and on several occasions since, we have been informed that Everton would not hesitate to spend when the need arose. The need has been apparent for months, so what then? I do not propose to specify individual positions. There are several which require strengthening, but I am not going to make the task of the players any header by singing then out individually. They are all doing their best under difficult and at times disheartening circumstances. The finest of players have their lean times. No man can do more than his best, and it is obviously that every member of the side is doing that. The fact that their best at this critical juncture does not come up to the required standard is their misfortune, not their fault. In fairness to the board it must be made clear that numerous efforts have been made to sign new players. One concrete fact remains, however, and this is the crux of the situation –whatever the size of the effort the result has been nil. That being so, there are plenty of folk who are frankly sceptical about the whole business. They point to the first class player who have been transferred this season, and argue that the club does not desire to bid for players in the big money class.
The Chairman’s Statement.
This is not correct. Within sane limits the club will find the cash if they can have the players. I had a chat with Mr. W. C. Cuff, the chairman, about this point on Saturday. This is what he says.
“We know we are not maintaining the traditions of the club, and that fact is a source of worry to me and to the board. We are in an uncomfortable position, but the public can reply of us to do everything possible to remedy it, if we can find the right players the question of price will not buther as enduly, though we do not intend to be drawn into paying fabulous and outrageous ums. We are not going to be stampeded into competition at ridiculous figures. Nobody can rural with that. It is a sound business like view. The question arises however, whether Everton can make sure of safely without joining the feverish earch which has forced prices to a point beyond all sanity and reason. The position though precarious, is by no means hopeless. Up to a fortnight ago the idea had been playing in a manner which seemed to indicate an early rise. The last two defeats have put them back in the ruck. Nevertheless I feel that even without any further signings Everton will remain in what is the only right and proper sphere for a club of their history and traditions. What I am chiefly concerned about, however, is that if the club escapes this time the lessons of this and last season should not be ignored. Preparation for this winter should have been made twelve months ago. The time to prepare for next season is now, not when the red light goes up again. Three seasons of travail among the lowly is more than enough. No clubs can thrive in the fierce competition of the present on the glories and achievements of the past. Now is the time to take stock of the future and prepare accordingly.
Three Weeks Left
If Everton are going to do anything in the signing line for this season they have just over three weeks left. March 16 is the closing date, after which clubs in danger are barred from adding to their existing resources. The trouble is that for a first-class man buyers have to start a five figure. Big money spending has always been a big gamble; it is a bigger one than ever in these days of increased speed. Everton’s need are known to everybody, so is their wealth. One cannot pas unduly severe strictest on clubs which try to exploit that need, for football today is a highly commercialized business in which the price of a player is attained both to the need and capacity to pay of the prospective purchaser, as well as to the except or otherwise of the seeler’s desire to part. On the other hand, there is no need for a club to pay through the nose unless it feels inclined. Unfortunately, once on the slippery slope that heads to Division 2 sound business maxims are apt to be jettisoned. Any port in a storm sums up the attitude hen once they get rattled. So far as Everton are concerned there is no panic. By the end of the season the relegation worry will in all likehood be no more than the memory of a bad dream. But the future will remain, and the need for preparing for it. That ought to be done, between now and next August.
Arsenal and Geldard.
Meantime there are rumors that the presence of Mr. George Allison, at Goodison on Saturday, indicated Arsenal’s interest in Geldard. “We know nothing at all about it” said Mr. Cuff, when I mentioned the matter to him. “Such a thing has never been before the board, and so far as I am concerned has never been contemplated. Finally, let me leave Goodison with the same darkest wish for a speedy and encouraging revival that I extended to Anfield last week. Nobody is more pleased than I when the side is doing well. The club has a difficult and anxious time ahead, I think it will pull through. The players go to Harrogate today for-a week of special toning-up, and will go straight on to Leeds on Saturday morning.
Everton’s Poor Shooting
If Wolverhampton had been so good I would have little to say about Everton’s defeat on Saturday, but they were not, and that is why the defeat sticks in the throat as it were. Excuses are of no account t this time of the day. The game was lost not because Wolverhampton were so much the superior side, but because Everton have fallen into bad ways again. A few weeks ago they threw off the garment which had enshrouded them in the form of poor shooting, and had promised better things to follow, but in their last two home games they fell under its spell, and it cost them four valuable points. A victory was theirs for the taking against Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were no more than an ordinary side, judged on their display, but when forwards will not grasp the opportunities which rise up before them, then who is to blame? Naturally, their forwards it is of no earthly use to say that Everton’s defeat was caused through Tommy Jones’s injury. The game should have been won before he twisted his ankle and had to go on the wing. Naturally, the disorganization which his injury entailed lessened Everton’s chances to a considerable extent, but it cannot be blamed for the defeat. In the first half-hour Everton had three goal scoring chances which should never have been missed, and they would have been sufficient to have carried the day, for the Wolves’ much-boosted attack was only able to win by one goal late on in the game I thought we were to have a classic performance, it was far from that, for neither side rose above a very ordinary level. Of combination there was little and in its place was a whole lot of wild kicking, with no regard or position, and of misplaced passes well, the game was full of them.
Not One Of Their Best
The Wolves chief asset was their speed. Both in attack and defence they were rapier-like in their movements, but they did not promise a goal until near the end, when Bryn-Jones, who had been deathly quiet for so clever a player, gave Langley the one chance he had been waiting for, and it was a goal. But the Wolves cannot look upon this game as one of their best despite the victory which must have been pleasing to them, for even in defeat I thought Everton were the better crafmen in midfield. But there will have to be a speeding up. It is all very well to hold the ball if holding it is going to bring some success, but if it is going to invite a challenge and a possible loss of the ball, then it is a bad policy. That slowed down Everton’s game to a crawl by comparison yet I thought they were good enough for a draw in the end. Cunliffe was brilliant as a centre half. He played as though he had held the position for years. Greenhlgh and Jack Jones were stout defenders, but until the attack can seize their opportunities Everton are going to have their worry.
A WELCOME REST
February 22, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton and Liverpool have a trying time ahead. It is plain that in Liverpool’s case the players have felt the strain of recent cup and league games and they will welcome a clear week’s rest. They took brine baths yesterday and resume training on Wednesday, while Everton are to recuperate at Harrogate and will go on to Leeds for the vital game with the Yorkshire club on Saturday morning. The directors of the clubs realize as well as anyone that the position is serious but they will tackle the job ahead with determination, while the players will be all out to give of their best. In these days of rising prices it is difficult to secure new men even if they were available and the Everton chairman Mr. W.C. cuff, strikes the right note when he say; “If we can find the right players the question of price will not brother us unduly though we do not intend to be drawn into paying fabulous and outrageous sums. We are not going to be stampeded into competition at ridiculous figures.”
JUNIOR “DERBY” THRILLS TOMORROW
February 22, 1938. Evening Express
L’pool-Everton battle at Anfield.
A Merseyside junior “Derby” a tasty offering for the mid-week enthusiasts. The big attraction for the Liverpool soccer followers is the meeting of Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in a Central league game. Not for some time has a Merseyside juniors, “Derby” been staged in mid-week, and I am looking forward to a game as thrilling and exciting as many of the senior clashes between the clubs. The game is of vital importance to Everton, who are the leaders of the Central League and prime favorites for the title. The competition seems to have become a “three horse race” with Everton leading Lancashire rivals in Bolton Wanderers and Burnley.
How They Stand.
The Blues have secured 43 points –six more than Bolton, who, however, have two matches in hand. Burnley are six points behind Everton, for the same number of games, but the fourth team, Sheffield Wednesday, are seven points behind Burnley. If the Blues can beat Liverpool tomorrow and so completes’ a “double” –they won at Goodison Park early in the season 6-0 –with goals by Bell (2), Dean, Bentham, Cunliffe, and Arthur –they will consolidate their position at the head of affairs. On form, Everton should win, for the Reds have had a worrying time of late so far as central League matters are concerned. I antipated a gate of a least 10,000 tomorrow, and I know everyone will be rewarded with a good sporting game producing plenty of good football.
Everton, will probably field some famous players including Billy Dean –back on one of his favourite ground –Willie Cook, “Bunny” Bell, the Blues leading Central League scorer, Sagar, and Gee. Neither side will be chosen until this evening’s meetings of the directors. Everton (probable); Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Bentham, Gee, Watson; Arthur, Bell, dean, Dougal, J. Davies.
February 22, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Tommy Jones, the Everton centre half back, who twisted his ankle on Saturday, is improving, but it is not yet known whether he will be fit for the Leeds game. A decision will be made later in the week. The directors meet tonight to choose the provisional side. The players were just off to the Corporation training ground when I phoned Harrogate this morning. This afternoon they are golfing.
CENTRAL LEAGUE DERBY GAME
February 23, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
After the exciting mid-week Cup and League struggles experienced recently on Merseyside, followers of the local sides can spend a comparatively “quiet” afternoon at Anfield today, when the “junior Derby” is to take place. The Everton Central league team are making a bid for the championship, but Liverpool will provide strong opposition. In the first game between the sides at Goodison Park Everton won 6-0, so that Liverpool have something to pay off. Everton are finding Bolton running rather close in the table, and they cannot afford to ease up. The kick-off is at 3.15, and the teams are: Liverpool; Kemp; Ramsden, Dabbs; McCapplin, Bradshaw, Browning; Peters, Smith, Harrison, Paterson (G), Howe. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Thomson; Lindley, Gee, Mercer; Meritt, Bentham, Bell, Dougal, Trentham.
Everton Player As Referee
W.R. Dean acted as referee at a match at Southport, between the staff of the Prince of Wales and Palace Hotels. The Major of Southort, Councillor F. Whittaker kicked off, and the linesmen were Brook and Clarke, of Manchester City. The match which was in aid of the Southport Football Supporters Operatic Society was won by the Prince of Wales team 3-2. They were presented with the Locan Cup.
EVERTON LEAD IN JUNIOR “DERBY”
February 23, 1938. The Evening Express
Bell Scores As L’Pool Defence Stands Still.
Both Liverpool and Everton made team experiments in the junior “Derby” game at Anfield today. Howe was tried at outside for Liverpool Res and Everton made a last minute change, Mercer going right half with Lindley on the other flank. Liverpool; Kemp, goal; Ramsden, and Dabbs, backs; McCappin, Bradshaw, and Browning, half-backs; Peters, Smith, Hanson, Patterson and Howe, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Thomson, backs; Mercer, Gee, and Lindley, half-backs; Merritt, Bentham, Bell, Dougal, and Trentham forwards. Referee Mr. W. Lee (Sheffield). Everton opened in merry style, but first Merritt and then Trentham wasted opportunities for placing their inside forwards in possession. Play was confined mostly to midfield, with Liverpool more than holding their own. Bradshaw took command of Everton’s inside forwards until 11 minutes, when Bell gave the Blues the lead. Bentham made the goal possible with a pass along the “carpet” and although Liverpool tried to play the offside game, they were just too late in their move. Every defender stood still as Bell walked in to place beyond the outrunning Kemp. There was no doubt that Bell was on side, and Liverpool had paid the penalty.
Defences’ Tight Grip.
Sagar’s only task was to pull down a shot from Gee who brought just a little too much power to his intended pass back. So far there had been little incident to thrill the 6,000 spectators, defences holding the mastery. Merritt slipped the ball to the middle and Trentham cut through, but his shot, taken as he was tackled, lacked direction and elevation. There were more inaccuracies than precise movements, and although Everton enjoyed rather more of the game, they kept the ball far too close. Trentham dashed through in the centre forward position, but turned the ball outside and the whistle blew for offside. He was through again a few minutes later and this time placed into the net off the near post, but again the referee gave a free kick for offside, a decision which caused considerable comment. Howe provided the best thrill so far when he drove in a perfect shot from the edge of the penalty area and Sagar leapt up to turn it over the bar with one hand. Sagar made a brilliant save in the top corner off Bradshaw’s close up free kick.
EVERTON’S ONE TEAM CHANGE.
February 23, 1938 Evening Express
Watson At left Half Back
Goodison Club’s Visit To Leeds
Everton’s one remaining ever-present, Joe Mercer, has been omitted from the team to visit Leeds United at Elland-road on Saturday. The decision was reached by the directorate at their meeting last night. Mercer’s place at left half-back will be taken by Gordon Watson, who will be making his sixth appearance of the season. It is the only alteration compared with the team defeated by Wolverhampton Wanderers. Mercer is one of the greatest defensive half-backs in the game, but in recent matches his ball distribution has hardly been of equal standard. Watson’s greatest asset is his use of the ball, and that is, the reason why he gets his chance. There does remain a doubt regarding the fitness of Tommy Jones, the centre-half. His injured ankle is gradually improving and high hopes are entertained that he will be fit. Should he not be able to play I anticipate that Gee will be brought in. The players are at Harrogate enjoying the training on the town ground, the golf and baths. Everton; Morton; Greenhalgh, Jones (Jack); Britton, Jones (Tom); Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick.
EVERTON ONE CHANGE
February 23, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
The Everton directors at their meeting last night thought fit to make one change in their team to met Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday, and the change comes somewhat as a surprise, for a few had anticipated the dropping of Mercer for Watson at left half back, but I have been fully aware for some time that the Everton club has not been satisfied with Mercer’s constructional play. As a defender Mercer has no superior, but it has got to be acknowledged that he is a poor passer of the ball, and many have given this as the main reason for the poor showing of the left wing. To some extent it is true, for they have been getting the ball as n inside man and extreme winger is entitled to get it. Watson is without doubt a better constructional player than Mercer, but he is such a sound defender? Don’t let us argue the matter here, but leave it until Saturday when he will have the opportunity of proving whether he is or not. Mercer’s omission means that Everton has no ever-present in the team. Tommy Jones has been selected to take his place as centre half-back, but that does not mean that he is certain to play. His injured ankle is making good progress but unless it is perfectly, fir he will not be risked. The team is; Morton; Greenhalgh, Jones (J); Britton, Jones (T), Watson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick.
ANFIELD RESERVE “DERBY”
February 23, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Everton lead Through Disputed Goal by Bell.
Liverpool; Kemp, goal; Ramsden, and Dabbs, backs; McCappin, Bradshaw, and Browning, half-backs; Peters, Smith, Hanson, Patterson and Howe, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Thomson, backs; Mercer, Gee, and Lindley, half-backs; Merritt, Bentham, Bell, Dougal, and Trentham forwards. Referee Mr. W. Lee (Sheffield). The reserve “derby” game drew a useful crowd at Anfield, but the football did not warrant such figure. In fact, both goalkeepers were kept warm, and exceedingly busy by passes back from their own defence. The Kop was reduced from throwing oranges to sending on to the field a six penny ball, which at least created some hilarity, even if it were in bad taste. Everton’s defence always had something in hand and at 11 minutes, Bell went on despite protestations against his being offside, and gave Everton the lead. Later Trentham went through from a genuine position and scored, but the goal was disallowed. So that the two incidents about evened themselves up. Liverpool were rather ragged in attack, and Sagar’s only real work was to flick over the bar a shot from Howe. Joe Mercer and Jackson treated the occasion very seriously and were always busy, but there was a lack of sternness about the work of both sides. Half-time Liverpool Reserves nil Everton Reserves 1. Harston injured early in the second half but was able to resume, and the game became more interesting –not so much because of the football, as through one or two incidents, which put a bit of “spike” into matters. Sagar made a grand save at the angle from one of Tom Bradshaw’s extra specials shots. Bell scored from a penalty.
YOUNG HALF BACK FOR EVERTON
February 24, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
BY John Peel
C Wyles, eighteen-year-old right half of Peterborough united, is to sign for Everton the terms teams having come to terms for his transfer Wyles had been with Peterborough for three seasons, and has occupied every position, except goal. Meanwhile New Brighton have signed on a month’s trial T white the former Everton and England half-back.
Former Everton Player For New Brighton.
New Brighton have signed on a month’s trial T. White, the former Everton and England half-back, who will play for his new club in the reserve team against Rochdale, at Rake Lane on Saturday. White was ten years with Everton and played about 200 times in the first team. In Everton’s cup-final side against Manchester City he played centre half, but actually Everton signed him from Southport as an inside forward. He scored 65 goals for Everton and filled every position in the half-back and forward lines. He played for England against Italy in 1933. Everton gave him a free transfer at the end of last season.
LIVERPOOL RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 2
February 24, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Bell’s Goals In Reserves Derby
Everton Beat Liverpool at Anfield.
Yesterday’s reserves teams’ “Derby” at Anfield will go down to history as one of the poorest matches the sides can ever have put up. Everton leaders of the Central League and almost certain champions, won 2-0, but apart from the performance there was little to enthuse over. There was a goal in either half –both obtained by Bell –the first from a position dangerously near offside and the second from the penalty spot. Ramsden having caused the decision by a foul on Trentham. Actually Trentham’s goal in the first half seemed move likely to count hat Bell’s first effort, but the referee disallowed it on the score of offside. The conditions were always likely to lead to difficulty in controlling the ball, and allied to some of the passes that were put out it was hardly surprising the game became rather farcical for the 8,000 who had gone expecting something out of the ordinary run of Central League matches.
Trentham’s Fine Play
Only in the second half was there any “spike” about the game and the only features of a dull and disappointing occasion were Thomson’s fine work as a full back, Sagar’s brilliant save of Bradshaw’s free kick, and Trentham’s winging which to my mind, stamped him as the most talented player on the field and the man most likely to get goals. Everton had Mercer at right half-back and Lindley at left half back and the latter did quite well for a younger player who has not appeared in this position before. Everton were always on top thanks to the defensive quality of Thomson, Gee, Mercer, and Jackson and this made an already obviously badly fitted Liverpool line look worse than ever. Harston did not seen to play full out, and neither Patterson or Smith could get the line moving. The position of both senior clubs being what it is, the outlook so far as reserve talent is concerned looks none too promising but at least Everton have a potential match winner in Trentham, whose play on this occasion must have inclined them towards thinking he may be the solution of some of their wing forward problems. Liverpool; Kemp, goal; Ramsden, and Dabbs, backs; McCappin, Bradshaw, and Browning, half-backs; Peters, Smith, Hanson, Patterson and Howe, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Thomson, backs; Mercer, Gee, and Lindley, half-backs; Merritt, Bentham, Bell, Dougal, and Trentham forwards. Referee Mr. W. Lee (Sheffield).
BLUES MARCH ON
February 24, 1938. The Evening Express.
I was disappointed in the game at Anfield yesterday, when Everton consolidated their position at the head of the Central league by beating Liverpool 2-0. Play was often scrappy and it did not “warm up” until the second half. The Blues were the better side from a constructive point of view and if they will resist the temptation to keep the ball too close should gain the championship. I was impression by the perfect positional play of Jock Thomson, the promise of the tall Lindley in the second half the brilliance of Sagar who showed that he has made a complete recovery from his shoulder injury, and the enthusiasm of Trentham. Bradshaw, Ramsden, Dabbs, Smith and Patterson did some sound work for the Reds. Everton’s reserves team against West Bromwich at Goodison Park on Saturday will be Sagar; Jackson, Thomson; Mercer, Edwards, Lindley, J. Davies, Bentham, Bell, Dougal, Trentham. Gee, obviously is being held back in case Tom Jones is not fit for first team duty.
Everton’s position is discussed in a letter from “48 Years a Follower of the Blues.” Writes: - Everton are slipping down, and with due respect to Gillick and Trentham, they do not seem to fit in. Gillick is a good outside right, and I suggest they give Stevenson a run at outside left. He is small, but many of the good ones have been small –Alec Troup, Alan Morton, Willie Cook, and Caskie, of St. Johnstone, whom Everton were after, I would like to see a player of about 11 or 12 stone tackling the inside forward job.
THE RESERVE “DERBY.”
February 24, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
There were few satisfying features of the reserve “Derby” won by Everton, at Anfield. The victory meant that Everton consolidated their already almost unbeatable position at the head of the table –the Central League table Mr. W. C. Cuff chairman of the Everton club, who has the Central League at heart, is particularly anxious to see his reserves win the championship this year, and it seems that nothing can stop them. Everton followers are more concerned, however, with Division 1 than the possibility of Division 2. They probably feel that the winning of the Central league would be a poor substitute for losing status in Division 1. Possibly Everton have a better player in Trentham than they imagine. He would impress them by his work yesterday, especially in the second half when he showed real brains in taking up the right position and in doing the right thing at the right moment. He finished well, is not easily knocked off the ball and has the quiet temperament that will not be disturbed. In short he is an ideal type to have ready to put into the first team.
Mercer and Gee Join Everton at Harrogate
The Everton players are feeling the benefit of their visit to Harrogate Tommy Jones’s injury is improving but in case of need Gee and Mercer have joined the party.
TO MEET EVERTON
February 25, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
To meet Everton at Elland Road, Leeds United have made no change in the team that lost to Birmingham, and the following players will oppose the Goodison park team Savage; Sproston, Milburn; Makinson, Holly, Browne, Armes, Thomson, Hodgson, Stephenson, Hargreaves. T. Jones the Everton half-back is improving, but in case of need Gee and Mercer have joined their colleagues at Harrogate.
EVERTON’S £7,000 CAPTURE
February 25, 1938. The Evening Express.
Boyes, Albion’s International winger.
He Will Play Against Leeds Tomorrow.
Walter Boyes, famous English international outside-left of West Bromwich Albion, was today transferred to Everton at a fee in the region of £7,000. Boyes plays outside-left against Leeds United at Elland-road, tomorrow, in place of Gillick, who will assist the reserves against West Bromwich Albion in the Central league game at Goodison Park. The transfer was completed today by two Everton representatives. Negotiations had been in progress for more than a week. The barrier to the completion of the deal was the transfer fee demanded by the Albion, but Everton decided not to delay the matter further because a London First Division club was interested in Boyes and intended watching him this weekend. So Everton’s season-long quest for a first-class, experienced outside-left has been in their securing a player I have long admired –a versatile player withal. Boyes was the best man on the field in the 1935 F.A. Cup Final at Wembley, when Albion were defeated 4-2 by Sheffield Wednesday, and it was he who scored the opening goal for the Throstles.
Boyes played centre-forward as a boy and represented Sheffield schoolboys in that position. Later he played as leader for Woodhouse Mills, a famous Sheffield nursery club. In 1931 he was given trails in the Albion Colts team, and it was not long before he gained his place in the Football League side. He has played at outside left, inside left, and inside-right, and last season, when Albion were hard up for a left half, he played there. Outside-left, however, is his best position. He may not be big –he is 5ft 5ins and 10st 8lbs –but he has marked football skill. He has speed, splendid ball control, crosses a takeable centre, and is ever ready to cut in and have a shot. His cuteness and shrewdness are something to admire; in fact, he may well become known at Goodison Park as “Whimsical Walter!” Boyes made his debut in Football League circles for the Albion in season 1931-32. His best season was 1934-35 when in 40 games, he scored 20 goals –great work for a wing forward. Boyes should do well with Everton. It was owing to injury that he lost his place in the Albion team, and they signed Joe Johnson from Stoke City to fill his vacancy. Since then Boyes has been in the reserves.
EVERTON MIGHT SURPRISE LEEDS
February 25, 1938. The Evening Express
Everton go to Elland-road tomorrow to tackle Leeds United in a match of great importance to the position of the Blues, who are numbered among the trugglers of the First Division. Everton have had a week’s special training at Harrogate and the players are in great shape. If they can find the goal-way, they have a chance of surprising a team which is running well in the race for championhip honours. The Blues in recent games have been inclined to hold the ball a little too close –and that will not be profitable against the United, who are one of the keenest-tackling sides in the league. More thrust and less finesse may enable Everton to engage in the First away draw of the season.
Pilot’s Sports Log.
Everton Reserves have a great chance of securing a strong lead in the Central League tomorrow. They will be at home to West Bromwich Albion Reserves at Goodison Park. The Blues now lead the competition by eight points, and they are playing with great confidence. If they beat the Albion their position at the top will become practically unassailable. Everton Reserves –Sagar; Jackson, Thomson; Mercer, Edwards, Lindley; A.N. Other, Bentham, Bell, Dougal, Trentham.
Wyles, Everton’s new half back from Peterbrough United makes his debut tomorrow. He plays right half-back in the “A” team to oppose U.G.B (St Helens) at Bellefield, West Derby. This is a County Combination game and Everton are hoping to record their first-ever league win over U.G.B. Everton “A”:- P. Lovett; J. Prescott, Saunders; (Or Felton); Wyles, Lambert, M. Hill; Merritt, (or Arthur), Webster, Catterick, Cuff, J Davies (Or N. Sharp).
ALBION WINGER FOR EVERTON
February 25, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Boyes of the 1935 Cup Final team.
Everton’s search for an outside left is at an end, for today they completed negotiations for the transfer of Walter Boyes, the West Bromwich outside left and English international. Mr. W. C. Cuff, the Everton chairman and Mr. Hunter Hart carried through the negotiations and Boyes will play at outside left for Everton against Leeds United, at Elland road tomorrow, Boyes is 25 years old, stands 5ft 6ins, and weighs 10st 7lbs. This season he has made seven appearances for the Albion first team, six in League games and the remaining one in the Cup. A few seasons ago Boyes was considered one of the best wingers in the First Division, and it will be recalled that he scored the opening goal in the Albion’s Cup final tie against Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley, in 1933. He represented England against Holland at Amsterdam in 1935, and the same year in the Jubilee international, at Hampton Park, Scotland. The fee paid by Everton for Boyes transfer is not known, but it can be taken for granted that it will be in the region of £6,000 or £7,000. Boyes joined West Bromwich Albion colts in 1931, after having been introduced to the game by Woodhouse Mills, a Sheffield and District club (he is a native of Sheffield), playing centre forward, from which position he scored many goals. With the Albion he took up the inside left and left half position, until he finally settled down at inside right with considerable success. A two footed player, he went out on the wing, and was a recognized inside left until Albion secured the transfer of Johnson of Stoke City, and England. Although on the small side, he is ideally fitted for the wing for his ball control, speed, and centring ability are top-class. He has a habit of cutting in for a shot, and although he has scored only one goal this season he possesses a hard drive. Boyes made his League debut in big football in 1931-32, and in 1934-35 he scored twenty goals from the wing. It is understood that other First Division clubs were interested in him.
Everton “A” Bogey Team
Everton “A” met their bogey team, U.G.B, at Bellefield, West Derby tomorrow. They have never beaten the St. Helen’s team, but are hoping to lay the bogey this time. Cecil Wyles, who was signed from Peterborough United will make his debut and J. Davies, who cannot take his place in the Lancashire County eleven, owing to business reasons, may be in the side, which is T. Lovett; J. Prescott, Felton or Saunders; Wykes, Lambert, M. Hill; Arthur or Merritt, Webster, Catterick, Ciff, J Davies or N. Sharp.
February 25, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will be put on their mattle at Elland Road tomorrow, for Leeds United are not so easy to beat these days as they were at one time, and the defeat of Everton will add to their already dangerous plight. What a lot of people are apt to forget about Everton’s position is that they have the advantage of several home games, but as against that is the fact that they have lost two recent home games. I am tried of harning on the need for better shooting by the forwards. Surely they must know by now that is where they have been missing their way. To have the larger portion of the game is no satisfaction if the opposition walks off with the points, as Liverpool and Wolverhmpton did at Goodison Park. Leeds United are having their best season, and whoever I at centre half for Everton, either Jones or Gee, will find that Gordon Hodgson is still a dangerous man near goal. To him quite a lot of the United’s success is due for it is rare that he misses a goal in a match.
Strong Shots Needed.
Their defence with that bonny back Sproton in it is very sound. Only good class football allied to strong shots will break it down so Everton know full well what they have to face? It is a stiff test which is set before them, but if they can recover the form which promised so much before their fall before Liverpool. It is not impossible that they might spring a surprise just as they did at Huddersfield.
The Dropping Of Mercer.
I felt genuinely sorry for Lawton on Saturday last. He was a worker right through, but it was three against one most of the time, and not even a Dean could hope to beat three opponents on his own. The Wing play of Everton in their last two games has been feeble the extreme, and it is a winger’s game as it is played today. There was some surprise when it was found that Mercer had given way up Watson, but these behind the scenes know that Mercer’s constructional play was not all that could be desired. Watson is an attacking half back, and the left wing may feel its benefit, but can he defend as good as Mercer? I do not intend to discuss that points. He has the opportunity to prove whether he can or not tomorrow. I don’t like the match for Leeds give nothing away, but if Everton will only realize that games are won by forwards with a shot there is a reasonable chance of getting a point. Everton; Morton; Greenhalgh, Jones (J); Britton, Jones (TG) or Gee, Watson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick. Leeds United; Savage; Sposton, Milburn; Makinson, Holley; Browne, Armes, Thomson, Hodgson, Stephenson, Hargreaves.
NEW FORWARD FOR EVERTON
February 26, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Boyes Signed From West Bromwich
Everton have obtained the transfer of Walter Boyes the west Bromwich Albion outside left, fee is stated to be in the region of £7,000, and a record for the Albion club. Boyes will play at outside left for his new club to-day at Leeds. Originally a centre-forward with woodhouse mill united in the Sheffield junior league, Boyes signed for Albion in 1931 and he appeared in the cup-final on the losing side in 1934-35 when Sheffield Wednesday won the trophy. The same season he went on the continent with the football association team, and played for England against Holland. Recently he lost his place in the Albion side to Johnson. Boyes made his league debut in 1931-32 and in 34 appearances; he scored 20 goals from the wing. Twenty-five years-of-age he stands 5ft 6ins and weights 10st 7lbs. This season he has appeared in six league games, and one cup-tie but until Johnson was secured he was a regular member of the team. In addition to playing at outside left, he has appeared in the half-back line and at inside right.
EVERTON’S TASK AT LEEDS
February 26, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Everton’s position, too, is one which is perilous and they have another stiff obstactle in front of them at Leeds where the United are very strong these days. The Yorkshire side are fourth in the table, so that they will be in no mood to give anything away. The Everton players who have been staying at Harrogate must pull out all they know, and if they succeed in getting a point they will have done well. The display of Boyes, the new player from West Bromwich Albion in the Everton team at outside left will be followed with keen interest. It is expected that he will add speed and skill to the attack. The teams are: - Everton; Morton; Greenhalgh, Jones (J); Britton, Jones or Gee, Watson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Leeds United; Savage; Sproston, Milburn; Makinson, Holley, Browne; Armes, Thomson, Hodgson, Stephenson, Hargreaves.
EVERTON SHARE EIGHT IN LEEDS THRILLER.
February 26, 1938. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Hodgson Scorers Four Goals For United
“Double” For Lawton and Cunliffe.
Everton shared the points in an eight-goals thriller at Leeds. Hodgon, former Liverpool player, scored all four goals for Leeds. Lawton and Cunliffe, two each were Everton’s scorers. Boyes, Everton’s new player from West Brom, made an impressive debut and carved the openings for the Blues goals. Everton made a late change, Charlie Gee coming in at centre half back for Tommy Jones, whose ankle injury is still troubling him. Teams: - Leeds United; - Savage, goal; Sproston and Milburn, backs; Makinson, Holley and Browne, half-backs; Armes, Thomson, Hodgson, Stephenson, and Hargreaves, forwards. Everton: - Morton, goal; Greenhalgh and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Gee and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Referee Mr. E. V. Gough. Everton, who played in white jerseys and black knickers, resisted a right wing lunge, started by Makinson, and went away to give the United defence trouble, but Boyes’ far flung centre found Stevenson on the wrong foot. The Blues gained a free kick, and then the United in their second attack went ahead at the end of four minutes. Hodgson was the scorer. Watson and Jones failed to stop his inward dash, and the former Liverpool leader went close in before driving the ball into the far corner. Cunliffe dropped the ball on the roof of the net when the crowd were expecting the equalizer, and Greenhalgh was Everton’s savior when Hargreaves cut in. Everton’s forwards showed up promisingly with two lively raids, engineered by Geldard, and from the second of these Lawton’s fine positioning enabled him to get a first time shot which sent the ball flashing by the post.
Leeds’ Speed on Ball.
The United were quicker on the ball and a further reward for directness came their way in eleven minute. It was Hodsgon again. When Holley “killed” a dropping ball and pushed it up the middle, Hodgson fastened on it and moved forward a yard or two before releasing a drive which for power and speed had Morton beaten all the way. Stevenson tried a long-range effort which forced Savage to his knees. Clever footwork by Boyes gave Lawton a half chance. Then another thrill of the wrong kind when Thomson nipped through to screw the ball across the face of goal. A dramatic change came over the game. Everton scoring twice in two minutes. Boyes, the new winger, played a big part in both goals. First of all it was his low centre which was turned into the net from close range by Lawton at the end of 23 minutes and then two minutes later it was Boyes’s pass which enabled Cunliffe to notch the second goal with a shot from just behind the penalty spot.
Leeds relied on clever interpassing by the halves, but Morton was on the spot to collect when Hodgson completed the work with a daintily taken backward header. Everton had opened on rather a shaky note, but now they were settling down, and reinforced by the knowledge that Boyes was ever ready to fight for a chance. The inside forwards were working hard. Hodgson napped up Thomson’s pass in the “box” and half swung around to record hat-trick with a rising shot in the 34th minute. The big man in this half, in the shooting sense, was Hodgson. He must have put in quite a dozen shots before the interval.
Half-Time Leeds United 3, Everton 2.
When Everton, on the resumption, tried to find a way through on the right Milburn ended their hopes, with a grand tackle on Geldard. Gee was slow off the mark when Hodgson came through with the ball at his feet, and this time Greenhalgh’s right foot held up the Leeds leader. Next time the Yorkshire men broke through, Hodgson lipped the ball to Thomson, who had run into the inside right position, and although Jack Jones baulked his path the Leeds man manage to lift the ball into Morton’s waiting hands. Armes, and Makinson caught Gee in two minds and prepared the way for Hodgson to race up and test Morton with a toe ender.
There was an usual incident when the referee, after calling a half, for attention to Armes, had to chasen across the field with the trainer for that official to render first-aid to Savage, whose shoulder had been hurt in a collision with Boyes. Everton should have a penalty when Cunliffe was held up by Sproston in the penalty box, but they ceased to worry when Cunliffe put them level again in 64 minutes. It was a neat movement that brought the day’s best goal. Cunliffe set Lawton set Lawton going, and when the centre forward returned the compliment with the ball pushed low up the middle. Cunliffe made no mistake with a left foot shot, which left Savage helpless. After Morton had effected a brilliant save off a Thomson drive Hodgson got the ball into the net, but the point was disallowed on offside grounds.
Defence Hard Pressed.
Leeds were giving the Everton defence a gruel lying time at this stage and Hodgson was still the live wire of their attack. With only four minutes to go Boyes carved out another scoring chance with a curling centre which Lawton pulled down and shot in the same movement Savge absolutely no chance with a brilliant goal. Hodgson headed his own and his side’s fourth goal in the closing minute. Everton deserved their point because of their grand right back. Final Leeds 4, Everton 4.
EVERTON SHARE EIGHT GOALS.
February 26, 938. The Liverpool Echo
Boyes Leads Vital Raids.
Four For Hodgson
A great flight-back by Everton to three goals by Hodgson. Boyes provided three centres for three of the Everton four goals. Teams: - Teams: - Leeds United; - Savage, goal; Sproston and Milburn, backs; Makinson, Holley and Browne, half-backs; Armes, Thomson, Hodgson, Stephenson, and Hargreaves, forwards. Everton: - Morton, goal; Greenhalgh and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Gee and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Referee Mr. E. V. Gough. The Everton players were fit and well as a result of the week’s stay at Harrogate and it was hoped that the toning up would show itself in their play. T. Jones was unable to play. His injured ankle had greatly improved, but it was deemed risky to play him, so that Gee came back into the side be left on October 30. Great interest was centred in the debut of Boyes who signed by Everton from West Bromwich yesterday. He looked in fine condition and impressed me as of the sharp type Leeds United are enjoying a good season and this was seen in the size of the attendance which was bigger that I have seen here for some time. Hodgson’s distribution of the ball was excellent, for he did not do the obvious. Gee came upfield and Boyes made his first acquaintance with the ball which, however, bounded awkwardly for him to get it under control. Then came a goal to Leeds United, and Hodgson was the scorer after four minutes. Hodgson had to work the ball through on his own and when challenged appeared to loss the chance, but he regained possession, veered to his right, and shot to the far side of the goal. Morton was unable to reach the ball as it passed his right-hand side. Everton replied strongly and Cunliffe had hard lines with a header, savage luckily edging the ball over the bar. Leeds tall me that they consider Hodgson the best centre forward in the First Division. He will certainly take some beating when it coolness to first time shooting for at the 11 minute he again had the ball in the net. When Holley put the ball through for him he did not have to deaden or work it. Hodgson, with a first time shot, had the ball sizzling into the net. Two goals down in 11 minutes was not a heartening position for Everton, and when Geldard gained possession he delayed slightly, in making his pass to Lawton, who did not get hold of the ball properly. Everton’s best effort in the first 15 minutes, was a good shot by Stevenson, which Savage saved on his knees. Boyes showed clever ball control when he got one of his few chances. Thomson missed a gilt-edged opportunity when he was right through the Everton defence and it was well for Morton that the Leeds man sliced his shot. So far Boyes had little chance, but at 23 minutes he made the play which enabled Everton to reduce their arrears. Lawton fed him, and in return the winger gave Lawton a chance to beat Savage from close in.
Cunliffe Gets A Second
Things were looking brighter for Everton, who were settling down to better football, and three minutes later they were on level terms through a goal by Cunliffe, and again it was Boyes who provided the centre. Cunliffe was just to the left of the penalty spot when he shot, and Savage had no chance. The Leeds people were shocked by this sudden turn-about and called upon their players to “wake up” but Everton had got a grip on themselves, and with the attack on its toes, the United defence was not so united. Everton certainly fought back well from the early reverse. Cunliffe had a big drive charged down, and just when everything was running smoothly for Everton their defence faltered and Hodgson scored a third goal for his side and a “hat-trick.” Time 34 minutes.
Half-Time Leeds United 3, Everton 2
Everton almost took an equalizer when Boyes cut in to take a Gee pass and was badly sandwiched by Holley and Savage. He got up limping for a while. Armes was hurt, and it was seen that Savage was walking around in a dared conditions. The United forwards were very nippy near goal, and Hodgson was not held as he should have been. Thomson tested Morton, and then an Everton shot flew past the Leeds upright. A Lively bit of combination by the Leeds forwards concluded with a powerful shot by Hodgson, Morton saving. Leeds were pilling it on now, and Morton had to make two quick saves from Thomson, the second of which caused some dissension, for the ball was returned to the goalmouth and Hodgson headed into the net. It looked a good goal, but the referee refused to allow it because a Leeds man was lying in the goalmouth, and he contended he impeded the goalkeeper. The value of the first time pass was truly demonstrated when Everton equalized t 65 minutes through Cunliffe. The ball was never held for a second and when Lawton slipped the ball beyond Holley, Cunliffe ran round him and scored a picture goal, because of the lovely work which produced it. Thomson was having hard lines with his shots, Morton saving at least four worthy efforts. With five minutes to go Lawton scored a brilliant goal after Boyes had pared the way for it. It was the canniest goal of all. Leeds almost equalized when Armes centred, and Britton kicked off the goal-line. A free kick followed and Hodgson dashed in to head the equalizer two minutes from the end. Final Leeds 4, Everton 4.
LEEDS UNITED 4 EVERTON 4 (Game 1634 over-all)-(Div 1 1592)
February 28, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Forwards Take Toll
Scoring Revel at Leeds
Valuable Point For Everton
Not for two years has Everton scored four goals away from home, and that was at Grimsby and they brought a victory, but the four scored against Leeds United at eland Road brought them a half-share only. Half a loaf is better than no bread t this stage of the season, and Everton were well satisfied with their point –their share of eight goals. They had need to be for don’t let us overlook the fact that they were two goals in arrears in ten minutes, with the United playing as though they would swamp the Goodison Park players, and we began to wonder what the ultimate total of Leeds goals would be if they went on at that rate. Hodgson, who spent the better part of his football career on Merseyside, as the man who did all the damage. That was the sore spot. The big South African was as good in this game as he ever was for Liverpool, for not only was his marksmanship deadly, but his distribution of the ball accurate and cunning. His big drive was still there, and he has transformed the United into a really strong and useful side. He opened the score in four minutes, added to his tally in eleven more, and so put Everton “on the spot” as it were. Everton gradually got a grip of a game which seemed to have been taken out of their hands, and Lawton and then Cunliffe leveled matters, only to find Hodgson regaining the lead just before the interval. It had been Hodgson’s day with a vengeance. Gee could not hold him. For one thing the half-back played too far up the field when Hodgson got his two early goals.
Boyes Makes Good Start
An interesting note was that Boyes the newly acquired outside left from West Bromwich had a hand in both of Everton’s goal. He made a good start for his new club, for he also showed good ball control, and a sharpness which speeded up the attack. He was injured in the second half, when he was pushed in the back as he was moving in to goal, and crashed up against the goalkeeper. It might have been a penalty with some referees. For the remainder of the game he was limping. Some bonny goals had been scored, but none surpassed Cunliffe’s second goal in point of beauty. It showed the value of first time combination for the ball went right down the Everton right flank before Lawton tapped it forward for Cunliffe to run round Holley and leave Savage helpless. It was a great recovery by Everton to be on terms at three all, and can readily imagine the tussle which followed. I though Hodgson scored a perfectly good goal when the referee disallowed it because a Leeds man lying on the ground in the goalmouth had impeded the Everton defence.
Lawton’s Fine Goal.
Leeds had slumped a shade, and when Boyes and Watson got together with the result that Lawson gained possession 18 yards out he hit a glorious shot beyond Savage to give Everton the lead for the first time. But a free kick sent across the face of the Everton goal gave Hodgson just one more chance. He rushed in and, bending low, headed the ball into the net. So the game, which had opened on a hectic note, concluded in the same fashion, and I think a draw was an equitable result, for neither side deserved to lose, after the rousing game they had put up. A point was of immense value to Everton in their efforts to rise from the foot of the table. To score four goals on a foreign ground is something to boast about, and gives encouragement for the future. While all did well in this game I think I would give Cunliffe the palm. The United are benefiting from Hodgson’s presence. He was never beaten in the air, but it was the way he kept his line moving that struck me most. Watson brought construction into his play, but was not too sound in defence. The goals came like this; Hodgson 4 minutes, Hodgson 11 minutes, Lawton 23 minutes; Cunliffe 25 minutes; Hodgson 35 minutes; Cunliffe 65 minutes; Lawton 85 minutes; Hodgson 88 minutes. Teams: - Leeds United; - Savage, goal; Sproston and Milburn, backs; Makinson, Holley and Browne, half-backs; Armes, Thomson, Hodgson, Stephenson, and Hargreaves, forwards. Everton: - Morton, goal; Greenhalgh and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Gee and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Referee Mr. E. V. Gough.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 WEST BROMWICH ALBION RESERVES 0
February 28, 1938. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 31)
The failure o West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park was to great extent due to lack of thrust and first time shooting by the forwards. They were unlucky to lose Harris, their goalkeeper, in the second half from a goalline melee, injury, and Everton scored through Bell (2), Bentham and Gillick. West Bromwich made the mistake of trying to walk the ball through instead of shooting from a distance, and Sagar was never unduly troubled. When Bentham scored at the 30th minute there seemed little likelihood of West Bromwich getting on terms. Barrett deputized well for Harris, who later returned to outside right, but the back was powerless against the speed and quick shooting of the Everton inside forwards, of whom Bentham and Bell were outstanding. Everton Reserves –Sagar, goal; Jackson, and Thomson, backs; Mercer, Edwards, and Lindley, half-backs; A.N. Other, Bentham, Bell, Dougal, and Trentham, forwards.
Everton “A” 2 U.G.B 1
Liverpool County Combination
At West Derby, Catterick gave Everton the lead from a centre by Merritt. Hilton equalized. Lovett saved brilliantly from the same player, Everton’s winning point came with the second half 20 minutes old, Merritt scoring.
LAWTON IS JOINT TOP LEAGUE SCORER
February 28, 1938. Evening Express.
Everton’s Sparkle At Leeds
Tommy Lawton, Everton’s 18 year-old centre-forward, has become joint leader of the list of First Division goal-scorers in his first full season in the premier section of the Football League. Lawton’s two goals in Everton’s 4-4 draw with Leeds United, enables him to share the leadership with McCulloch, of Brentford, and if he continues to show the dash and skill with which he thrilled Elland-road fans on Saturday, he will not only head the “crack-shot” list at the end of the season, but stake further claims for international recognition.
Everyone was pleased with the display of Boyes, Everton’s new outside-left from West Bromwich Albion. He showed speed, courage and footwork and I Liked the manner in which he dispatched short, curing centres after disposing of the full-backs’s challenge. Three of Everton’s goals were directly traceable to his work. Stevenson’s trickiness and Lawton’s squared passes ensued Boyes having his fair share of the ball, and on the other flank, Geldard was ever ready to respond to the prompting of Cunliffe, who, like the other inside-forwards, was always willing to try a shot. He notched the other two goals and might have had a third. The defence was solid and covered Morton so well that although Hodgson was in his most dangerous mood, it was only due to magnificent combined efforts by his colleagues that he was able to secure room for shooting. Everton missed Tommy Jones, whose injured ankle forced him to watch from the stand, but the work of the intermediate line was notable for the constructive ability of Watson and the keen tackling of Britton.
GORDON HODGSON’S DAY
February 28, 1938. The Liverpool Echo.
Gordon Hodgson had spent so much of his time in Liverpool that we looked upon him as a native, yet he must go and pull out one of his best games against Everton, and prevent them taking two valuable points. I have seen Hodgson in hundreds of games, and have never seen him play better, and now I am prepared to agree with the Leeds officials who told me prior to the match that he was the best centre forward in the country. On this game no one could have improved upon his display, for it was not only his shooting which was so good, but his general all-round play was brilliant. He was inspired, and the Everton defence never really held him down. He was the old Hodgson in driving power, and he has welded the Leeds attack into a United force. He was not just the spearpoint of the line, but the mainspring on which it worked, Cunliffe passes, uncanny positions play, and the power behind the boot all belonged to him. This may seen high praise, but he earned very bit of it. Everton, however, can plume themselves a galliant fight back. At one time it appeared more than likely that the United would swamp their opponents, for Everton were slow to start –that is not uncommon with them this season –but by into of perseverance, and some good class football, they not only got on terms at three goals all, but actually went into the lead six minutes from the end and a sensational victory seemed assured. I have never seen eight such perfect goals scored in any one match. Each one vied with the other for the headline, but for sheer beauty I ranked Cunliffe’s second goal (Everton’s third) as the best of all. The ball came right down the right flank by first time passing, and then Lawton neatly tapped the ball behind Holley for Cunliffe to step forward and score.
A team which can go away and score four goals is not the sort of team to suffer relegation, and on this form Everton’s prospects are bright. I hope they don’t let me down as they did after their Brentford display. But really and truly Everton’s attack which has been the cause of their slump was hang on form at Elland Road. Boyes has brought more pace on the left and was responsible for three of the centres which produced the goals. But that apart, this sturdy little player “used” the ball nicely and even when he was limping he did not waste it. He is a sharp little fellow, little only in stature, big in football wisdom. I think Boyes in going to brighten up the Everton attack. His injury, a knock on the ankle, is not series.