CANCELLATIONS PILING UP FOOTBALL FIXTURES.
February 1, 1940. Evening Express.
The jumble of fixtures due to cancellations becomes worse. Yesterday it was announced that Liverpool had postponed their Liverpool senior Cup tie against Southport, scheduled for Anfield. Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton, came through on the telephone to me when I was in bed gaining a hard-won points victory over influenza after a five day contest to say that the proposed visit of the champions to Bramall-lane on Saturday for a friendly match against Sheffield United was cancelled.
EVERTON MATCH CANCELLED.
February 1, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
From what Mr. Theo Kelly tells me this morning there is a possibility that some grounds may not even be fit for football next week. When he got on to Sheffield to inquire the possibilities –if any –of Saturday’s friendly game being carried out, the Sheffield folk expressed doubts as to whether Bramell-lane would be fit for Saturday week, even allowing for a quick and radical change in present conditions. Everton’s match of course, is off.
The match for the Red Cross Fund between W.R. Dean’s Eleven and Port Sunlight Old Boys has now been rearranged for February 10.
Better Luck Next Time.
The postponement of last week’s Regional game between Everton and Stockport County robbed a well-known Southport referee of his first League engagement. I hope it is only a case of honour deferred, however, and that Everton will ask him to do the needful when the fixture is rearranged. The referee is Mr. Walter Prescott, who for some years has been one of the best officials to the Lancashire Combination. So far his excellence, while several times receiving officials commendations, has not brought him on to the League list. Southport F.C asked him to officiate when Everton visited Haig Avenue on the friendly on new Years’s Day, and his handling of the match on this occasion so impressed the visiting directors that they made a mental note of his name. The sequel was an invitation to make his League debut at Goodison Park. Mr. Prescot has been chairman of the Southport Referees’ Association some years and helped to sponsor the football knowledge tests between Liverpool and Southport referees last winter. At the time these contest were a novelty, but they have since been taken up by referees’ association all over the country.
This Should Be Framed.
Mention of Southport reminds me at the poor support they have been getting lately for their reserve games, which in turn leads to a suggestion for the Inland Revenue people. Quite a number of football clubs have cheques framed in their board-room as mementoes of notable occasions. Everton for instance asked the F.A. to let them have the cheque for their share of the semi-final and final gates of 1933, after they had been cleared by the banks, and they adorn the office wall over Mr. Theo Kelly’s desk (or rather they did. Since the way along with other souvenirs) they have been placed in storage for safety. I doubt whether the Inland Revenue folk indulge this little pleasantry.
COME ON, STEVE!
February 2, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
Sometime or other wee Alex Stevenson will play his 200th League game for Everton. It should have been against Stockport County last week. Maybe conditions will have improved sufficiently to allow him to make the grade against Stoke next week. Since they signed him from Glasgow Rangers six years ago, almost to the day. Stevenson has been a delight to all lovers of good football. His trickiness, his clever ball control and his quick summing up of a position have all made him a big favourities, not just at Goodison Park, but on away grounds, as well. The public always had a soft spot for the little ‘uns of football, particularly when they are as fearless and as perky as Stevenson. To his other attributes he allies a remarkably strong shots for so small a frame. Maybe it doesn’t always land where it should, sometimes it does threaten to wreck the corner-flag instead of the goal-net, but much oftener it is right on the mark as his record of over 70 League goals in 199 matches bears adequate testimony. Never was Stevenson’s quickness of mind more clearly demonstrated than in the recent matches against Liverpool at Anfield. When Riley failed to clear properly after advancing towards the penalty area, the ball fell at the Everton man’s feet inside the half-way circle. Quick as lighting he had brought it under control and lobbed it back well over Riley’s head, whence it bounced into the back of the net before the goalkeeper could reach it. A freak goal certainly, but just an instance of football brains. And with these little allows it has to be brains for the brawn just isn’t there.
Will You help Please?
May I remind Everton follows and others, that Mr. Theo Kelly is still going ahead with his scheme for providing books, playing cards, games, &c., to help lighten the off-duty time of men engaged on vital home defence tasks in this area? The need is more urgent than ever just now, with all sorts of outdoor activities cancelled. The scheme has the blessing of the West Lancashire T.A, which is under taking the task of distribution. Parcels may be left either at the Everton offices or at Messrs Jack Sharp’s, Whitechapel. The response so far has best excellent; but many more are still wanted before everyone is supplied. The biggest individual grit so far is a large consignment of playing cards, from Messrs Goodall, Backhouse, and Co, of Leeds, a member of which had seen the previous announcement in this column. I hope it won’t have to be said for long that Lancashire has allowed Yorkshire to take the lead.
REGIONAL FOOTBALL PROVES STRENGTH OF EVERTON SECOND STRINGS.
February 3, 1940. The Evening Express.
The old truism that the real strength of a football team lays in the ability of its reserves always had one serious drawback, at any rate with successful sides and that was because the only sure way of testing the strength of reserve players was to give them a run in the first team. Naturally no board would think of disturbing a winning eleven simply to test the capabilities of second-string players, hence the strength of men who are waiting for their chances is a factor which sometimes cannot be judged with any degree of accuracy. Everton were in this position last season, and the quandary, such as it was, was accentuated by the fact that the regular first team men enjoyed such immunity from injury that nobody else could get a look in. At the beginning of the ill-fated season doubts were expressed to me in more than one quarter about Everton’s ability to fill senior places adequately if the side ran into a big crop of injuries. As things have turned out, of course all clubs have had ample opportunity to satisfy themselves on this point. Everton have already “blooded” ten debutantes since Regional football started. While war-time Soccer cannot be seriously compared with ordinary League war-fare, the showing of the men who have been given their chance proves beyond all doubt that had things been normal the club would have had little cause for anxiety as the calibre of their reserves. Biggest success of all, of course, has been Maurice Lindley, who has played equally well whatever position he has occupied, but impression me most by the hall-mark of excellence which stamped his game against Manchester United at centre half. I had been wondering for some time last season what Everton would do if Tom Jones was off any length of time, for Charlie Gee, well though he deputised on a couple of occasions, is not getting any younger, as the years roll by. Now the question is answered. If Lindley develops Jones’s powers of anticipation he will have all the attributes that go to make a successful centre half. One of the outstanding features of T.G’s play, to my mind, is that he is seldom out of position. His anticipation puts him always in the right spot at the right time, and so sound is his judgement that now and again there seems to be something uncanny about it. I asked the Welsh international about it once. He confessional he couldn’t explain it, beyond his anticipation was not the result of any conscious working out of probable position. Though Jones himself may not be conscious of any methodical working out of probabilities it must be going on subconsciously in his mind, like a slim, with every move of the play, and intuitively the result of the sum is always there in front of him. That sort of thing is a valuable gift to a footballer. It is either there or it isn’t a kind of bounty from nature. Practice may help a player develop the facility to some extent, but only the men who have it naturally are, like Jones, invariably right.
EVERTON CENTRE-HALF BEREAVED
Liverpool Evening Express - Monday 05 February 1940
The death has taken place at Connahs Quay of Mr. George Jones, grandfather of Tommy Jones, the Everton and Welsh international centre half-back. Mr. Jones, who was 77 years of age, was for 15 years chairman of Connahs Quay Football Club, and devoted a lifetime to football. Since Tom Jones joined Everton his grandfather did not miss single home game in which Jones appeared. Mr. Jones 'was formerly in the coal trade, but retired some time ago. He was a chorister at St. Mark’s Church, Connahs Quay.
NEWS FROM SCOTLAND
February 6, 1940. Evening Express
Jock Thomson, Everton’s former captain, is playing great stuff for Aberdeen these days. Jock is operating at right half-back and applying all the old classic touches. He is an Army Physical Training Instructor.
February 7, 1940. The Evening Express.
Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton, has been in touch with Stoke City officials regarding Saturday’s Regional match at the Victoria ground. Everything indicates that the match will be played. Everton hope to have their best available side on duty. Bell plays for Lawton at centre forward, and Lindley will be at right half for Mercer who goes to help the British Army in the series of games against the French Army. Sweeney returns to outside-right after a few week’s absence. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones, Watson; Sweeney, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, Boyes. Torry Gillick, the Blues Scottish international winger, who was severely burned in a fire at his home garage in December, has gone home to Scotland for five weeks holiday. Torry has been in Walton Hospital and recently underwent an operation for skin grafting on his hands and an arm. The operation proved such a success that he was able to leave hospital some days ago, and now can dispense with medical treatment for five weeks. Hence his dash home to native Glasgow.
The Army football Association states that Tommy Lawton, of Everton, definitely will lead the British Army attack against the French Army in the matches at Paris, Rheims and Lille next week. It was rumoured that Lawton would be unable to make the trip, and Charlton Athletic actually applied to Everton for permission to play Lawton against Chelsea, at the Valley, on Saturday. The Army F.A. statement now clears the air.
Juniors On Parade.
Preston people was rather disappointed that Everton had to cancel their proposed friendly game at Deepdale on February 17 owing to the Blues being engaged in the Lancashire Senior Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Goodison park. Still, like Paddy, the North end people are accepting the next best thing. It has been arranged that Everton shall send a junior team to Deepdale that day to oppose the Preston juniors. Mr. Jim Taylor, of Preston, is proud of the fact that his club is running six junior teams. He backs them against any in the land. Well, that challenge “stirred” up the blood” of Mr. Kelly, who is proud of his “B” and “C” team boys. So the match has been arranged, and I can promise the Preston people a football treat.
EVERTON’S SELECTED FOR STOKE VISIT.
February 7, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have chosen their side in the hope that everything will be O.K. Lawton of course, is not available, so that Bell appears again in the middle, with Lindley at right half and Sweeney outside right, the team reading:- Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones, Watson; Sweeney, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, and Boyes. I am happy to announce that Torry Gillick has made such good progress recently after this unfortunate accident that he has not to visit Hospital again for five weeks. At the moment he is convalescing up in Scotland. Stoke are looking forward to Everton’s visit with more than usual interest, for this is only the second time since Regional football started that they have had a visit from a First Division club, bar one friendly game with Bolton.
Lawton In Demand.
London clubs have soon been on the track of Tommy Lawton, who went South to join the Army only a week ago. Charlton Athletic have already approached Everton for permission to include him in their team against Chelsea on Saturday. Lawton, however, should be leading the British Army against the French Army at Paris on Sunday. At the moment there is a doubt about his movements. As Everton provisional friendly with Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday week has had to be cancelled owing to Everton meeting Liverpool in the semi-final of the Lancashire Senior Cup, a junior match between Preston Boys and Everton Boys has been arranged in its place.
February 9, 1940. Evening Express.
Alex Stevenson, Everton’s Irish international forward, will be engaging in his 200th Football League game for the Blues when he appears at Stoke tomorrow. Stevenson is one of the best captures Everton ever made. Alex was secured from Glasgow Rangers for quite a small fee as fees go, and he has proved himself one of the best inside forwards in the country. And it is fitting that Alex should celebrate his 200th appearance at the Victoria grounds, for it wasn’t Stoke that he put one of the finest exhibitions of inside forward play it has ever been my lot to see. This was when playing for Ireland against England, and although Ireland lost, it was Stevenson who gained the honours for a perfect exhibition. Everton are faced with a hard task tomorrow, for Stoke hope to have the services of three of their Army players in Freddie Steel, the England centre forward, Kirton and Wilkinson. This will be Steele’s first appearance of the season. In addition there will be Stanley Matthews to test the skill of Norman Greenhalgh. The last time they met at Stoke it was Greenhalgh who took the honours because he always made sure never to allow Matthews to settle on the ball. If he does that again tomorrow I think Everton can win and so retain their leadership. Everton will have Sweeney back at outside right after a few week’s absence, and Lindley will be at right half and Bell at centre forward. When Stoke visited Goodison Park they forced a draw of 4-4, but I shall not be surprised if the Blues smash the City’s 100 per cent home record. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones, Watson; Sweeney, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, Boyes.
February 9, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
Many happy returns to football. There is every indication that there will be a full programme tomorrow, for the clubs are clearing the way to make play possible. The game at Stoke, where Everton are visitors is almost a certainty. The ground has improved immensely during the last few days. Everton will not be at full strength but the team that will make the journey will be well up to standard; in fact the same team has done well whenever it has been on duty. Lawton, of course is in the Army and Bell automatically takes over when the England leader is not available. Then Lindley for Mercer, is another change which does not make a great deal of difference to the side. Lindley has proved himself since he rose to senior rank, and Jackson, one of the speediest full backs in the game, has gone on from strength to strength since Cook left the “family.” There is a possibility that Steele will lead the Stoke attack. If he does it will be his first outing this season. He has been a most unfortunate young man, and it is another big misfortunate that he will be up against the best centre half back in the game for this, his first match. If he comes through this test successfully, then he can consider himself fit for anything, for he will be tested to the full by Tommy Jones. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones, Watson; Sweeney, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, Boyes.
FAMED EVERTON PLAYER’S DEATH.
February 10, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Arthur Davies, of Wallasey
The death is announced, today, of Arthur L. Davies, famous as Everton’s goalkeeper in Dean’s 60 goals season. He died in Plymouth from Peritonitis yesterday. Davies, born in Wallasey, was extremely popular and became known as one of the game’s most gentlemanly figures. He had an unusual rise to fame. Before becoming professional he used to practice goalkeeping on the sands at New Brighton where Elisha Scott gave him tuition. Not before he had played for Harrowby and Flint Town did Everton recognise his merit. He played for them regularly, being honoured by the Football League in a match against the Irish League in 1929. He had completed a run of 74 successive matches when Sagar displaced him. McDevitt, the former Liverpool half back, who became manager of Exeter City signed him in 1930, and later he played for Plymouth Argyle before returning to this area to assist Southport. In 1936 he married a Plymouth girl and doubtless his Plymouth associations led to his living there when his career ended. His passing in his early thirties is a blow to many friends in Liverpool and Wallasey who know him as a grand sportsman and friend.
FORMER MERSEYSIDE FOOTBALLER DIES
Liverpool Evening Express - Saturday 10 February 1940
The death at Plymouth from peritonitis is announced today of Arthur Davies, the well-known former Merseyside goalkeeper. Arthur Davies, a native of Wallasey, played for Harrowby and Flint, and then joined New Brighton. Later he played for Everton and then for Southern clubs. From Plymouth he joined Southport, subsequently returning to Plymouth. Davies, a popularplayer and a likable personality, gained an Inter-League cap for England against Ireland in 1929.
STOKE CITY WIN BY A LUCKY GOAL
February 12, 1940. The Liverpool Daily Post
Stoke City 1, Everton 0.
Everton Forwards Lack Power.
A lucky goal won for Stoke City the points in their game with Everton at the Victoria ground on Saturday. It was scored midway through the first half when Stoke were definitely the better side and had they taken their chances they would have held a lead which Everton were not likely to better, for the Everton forwards were never at any time so thrustful as their opponents. Some heavy pressure has been placed on the Everton defence throughout the half, but there seemed no danger when the ball was lofted safely into the hands of the Everton goalkeeper. Sale the Stoke centre forward, was right on the heels of Sagar as he caught the ball and was about to clear, and he promptly charged into the goalkeeper, who lost possession, the ball slipping from his hands to the foot of the Stoke leader, who banged it into the empty net. Sagar and some of the Everton players claimed that the goalkeeper had been fouled. There was little or no appeal, however, so the goal stood and the victory won. Everton, particularly their forwards, seemed chary about letting themselves go, so the defence had to work double time and they did so well that no further goals were registered. There should have been, for Stoke had many opportunities. Ormston had at least three chances that he should have used to better effect, instead of shooting straight at Sagar, and others were guilty of poor marksmanship when it only needed a little steadiness and accuracy to have found the net. All too often the ball was put by Everton to a Stoke player and they took full advantage of “passes.” They were more aggressive, more combined, and definitely the more dangerous attackers. Everton improved in the second half, and tried all they knew to wipe out that single goal, but the Stoke defence was equal to all the demands put upon it. There was no punch about the Everton forwards and all the honours must go to the defence.
Matthews to my knowledge, has never really had a good game against Greenhalgh, who has his own methods of playing this magician of football. Matthews did some good things, but Greenhalgh was his master most times; so much so that he thought fit to roam towards the centre of the field to get away from the Everton full back. Watson, of course played his part in the subjection of Matthews who had just an ordinary match. With the Everton defence concentrating on the right wing a ball across the wing could have found them spilt asunder. No doubt the spectators are responsible for the feed Matthews plan, for they are perfectly satisfied whenever a ball is delivered to Matthews whether he is in a position to do anything with it or not. I wonder how the referee missed that handling case in the Everton goalmouth. Jackson fisted the ball out of the net when all but the referee must have seen it. Teams:- Stoke City:- Wilkinson, goal; Brigham and Scrimshaw, backs; Soo (captain), Mould and Kirton, half-backs; Matthews, Peppitt, Sale, Liddle, and Ormston, forwards. Everton:- Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson, and Greenhalgh, backs; Lindley, Jones, and Watson, half-backs; Sweeney, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Referee Mr. E.V. Gough, Stoke-on-Trent.
• British Army draw at Paris against the French Army, today, a crowd of 30,000 spectators turned up, Mercer and Lawton of Everton played for the British Army. Albert Geldard also played.
STANLEY HAD TO WANDER.
February 12, 1940. Evening Express.
It was good to get back to all-First Division football again on Saturday. Stoke deserved their 1-0 win over Everton, for they were more methodical and graceful in attack, although Everton again took the honours in defence. The Blues attack, however, took a long time to become a dangerous force. In the first half they were rarely seen, but in the last 20 minutes they crowded on sail and might easily have saved the day. This would have been unjust to a really fine City side, whose aptitude for moving to the open space, and, what is more getting the right pass immediately, constituted a feature of a lively game. Once again Norman Greenhalgh proved himself the best back in the game against Stanley Matthews. Matthews admitted this by his changed tactics in the second half. Stan had to wander –to any position except his own –to elude Greenhalgh. Norman played right on top of Matthews in the first half, never once allowing this fine player to settle on the ball. Greenhalgh fell for none of Matthews wiles, and his tackles were perfectly timed and executed. By the interval, Stanley had cried “Enough of this” and so he went a wandering. He bobbed up here and there in disconcerting style always doing the correct thing in the correct manner. Yes, a great footballer is Matthews. When he found he could no beat Greenhalgh he, wisely, gave up the task and went somewhere else to fulfil a task. But the honours went to Greenhalgh. His was a grand display and Scotland must yearn for a back who can blot out Matthews in the Greenhalgh style. I liked, too, the wholehearted and surefootness of George Jackson on a difficult day. Sager made goalkeeping look easy by his exactitude in positional sense, and was unfortunate to be beaten by Sale after 30 minutes. Sagar had leapt with customary agility to pull down at Kirton shot with both hands. Sale challenged, and as Sagar pulled the ball down it bumped on to Sale’s shoulder and fell at his feet. Just a flick of the toe and Stoke had won the game. It was a 100 to 1 against the ball dropping to sale’s feet, but the long shot came off. Watson played strongly all through, and Lindley did exceptionally well, despite suffering from a heavy cold. Jones was his immaculate self, and of the forwards I thought Bell and Sweeney were the pick. There was, however, a lack of punch about this line.
The trip to Stoke, with Mr. Ernest Green, the chairman, the only director present, was not without incident. Mr. Harry Cooke, the Everton trainer, was called to render first aid on the way down. We stopped at the roadhouse to give the tea order, and the chief there had cut a hand badly. We stayed until Harry had patched up the wound in customary efficient and kindly style. Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary, lent a hand, and then left his hat at the roadhouse. He had to sit throughout the match wearing Ted Sagar’s hat which was just a little on the small side. Sir Francis Joseph was at the ground to welcome us. He must be the host who never forgets anything. He regaled us with stories of the Liverpool days, and is tickled to death at the fact that “Lord Haw-Haw” has not forgotten him. Sir Francis has one regret –that the war had prevented him from entertaining the clubs who visit Stoke as he always did in peacetime. “It was one of my life’s hobbies,” he said to me. “Some people keep horses; some keep other things, but I keep giving luncheons and I like it.” So do we, Sir Francis. Mr. Booth, the City chairman expounded his views on summer football, and there is no doubt something must be done quickly in this matter. I had a talk with Messrs, Dick North and Tom Cragg, who were there for the second –half broadcast, and was charmed to greet again the former Potteries referee, Mr. R. R. Keay, who came along especially for a chat. Yes, as Sir Francis Joseph rightly contends, football is the greatest friend-maker in life.
Everton and Liverpool “Dead Level” For Big Cup “Derby.”
Never in history has there been such a perfect setting for a Merseyside “Derby” game between Everton and Liverpool as that for next Saturday’s clash at Goodison Park in the Lancashire Senior Cup semi-final. They meet at a time when their records are identical. Everton lost by the only goal at Stoke City on Saturday and although they retained the leadership of the Western Section it is only because they come first in alphabetical order to Liverpool. Each side has played 11 games, and secured 15 points while their goal average are the same -33 for and 18 against! Stoke are now also on the 15 mark, but they have an inferior goal-average. Still, what a race this is for the Western championship. Next Saturday’s Goodison duel should bring the enthusiasts rolling back to the soccer fold. Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton, wants all to know that the kick-off time on Saturday has been changed to 3.15 to 3.o p.m. This is in order to help Liverpool. The Reds are hoping to secure five or six of their Army players for this struggle, but it is essential that these players make the journey from their headquarters and back in the same day. Therefore, as soon as the game is over, the Reds’ Army boys will dash by fast car to Manchester to catch their homeward train. They will not bother about changing from their football gear until they are in the train. Only by having a three o’clock start can these players make it –hence the change for Everton, as well as Liverpool want all the big stars on parade.
HOW EVERTON LOST
February 12, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
It was grand to get among the football folk again on Saturday after two idle weeks. There was much to discuss, and the betterment of football was the Big topic. Many ideas were put forward some presentable, others not quite acceptable. However, my mission at Stoke was to see the match and tell you about it. So here goes. Everton were beaten by an only goal a flucky goal into the bargain but it was good enough to win for Stoke the two points at stake. And I have no hesitation in saying that the “Potters” deserved their victory, for they were the better side on the day’s play. They were a more united force; they were strong fore and aft; whereas Everton were only strong in defence. Had they not been so, Stoke would have won a much more convincing victory. Everton’s attack was uncommonly out of joint. It was never the forceful power of the Stoke front line, and there lay the great difference between the two teams. In defence Everton were better than the City but in attack I considered Stoke were much superior. One clear goal victory is sufficient to take the spoils, but it was rank bad luck that a victory should rest on the goal which Sale obtained midway through the first half, for there was a semblance of a foul about it.
Cause And Effect.
A goalkeeper is entitled to be charged when in possession, but the use of the buttock cannot be considered a fair charge, and that was how Sale caused Sagar to release his hold on the ball, which dropped to sale’s foot; and left him with a simple chance of netting. Let us balance that with the handing case of George Jackson, who swept out of the net with his fist a ball that was booked for the back of the net had he not adopted this method of defence. Most of us saw it, but the important person, the referee could not have seen it. No fault could be found with the Everton defence, which stood up manfully to its difficult task, but the forwards were not stern enough in their work. They had at least two simple chances, both missed, but those apart there was little danger to the Stoke goalkeeper, who had very few difficult shots to deal with. This is the second Regional match lost by Everton, and the best attendance Stoke have had for such a meeting, Sir Francis Joseph was there to greet us and renew acquaintance with his Merseyside friends.
February 13, 1940. Evening Express.
Everton hope to have out their best available team for the big “Derby” cup-tie against Liverpool on Saturday. Mercer is not available, as he will be in France helping the British Army, but this is offset by the fact that Liverpool will be without Matt Busby, who is also on the French tour. The only change in the team will be Archer Barber –on leave from the Army –at outside-right for Sweeney.
Archie Barber, the young Everton winger, who is on leave from the Army will be at outside-right for Everton against Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday, in the Lancashire senior Cup semi-final. He takes the place of Sweeney, who was chosen provisionally.
Note; Mr. Theo Kelly, of Everton F.C. has found an autograph book at Goodison Park bearing the name “Leslie Halliday” Liverpool. There is no address attached, but the book is at the Park for claiming.
February 13, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
All being well, Everton’s team for next Saturday’s Lancashire Senior Cup semi-final, at Goodison Park against Liverpool, will be the same as that which was defeated at Stoke on Saturday namely:- Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones, Watson; Sweeney, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, and Boyes. The only doubt is at outside-right if Sweeney is unable to play then his place will probably be taken by Archie Barber. Barber is the youngster who came up from Weston-super-Mare last season on trial with sufficient clobber to make a long stay if needs –and found his optimism justified. At the moment he is in the Army, but is due for a few day’s leave this week-end.
Western Morning News - Thursday 15 February 1940
Plymouth & Exeter Tributes To Mr. Arthur Davies Former Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Mr. Arthur Davies, aged 34. Was buried at Plymouth Corporation Cemetery, Efford, yesterday, following a service at St. Andrew's Church. Plymouth. Rev. C. A. Martin, the vicar, conducted the service at the church and at the graveside. Taken ill on Thursday of last week. Mr. Davies died on Saturday, following an operation for appendicitis. He was born Wallasey, and after several seasons of league football with Exeter City he joined Plymouth Argyle in 1935 After two seasons he was transferred to Southport. Where he remained a season before returning to Plymouth to join his wife, a daughter of the late Mr. Trevor, bookseller and newsagent, in Russell Street. He is survived by the widow and a young child. Mourners were the widow; Messrs. S and J. Davies (Wallasey), brothers; Lieut and Mrs. J. Paynter, brother-in-law and sister: Manning, cousin; Mrs. F Wall. Mr and Mrs E Gavlard. Mr J. Fulford. Mrs and Miss Layers. Mrs. Redding; and Mrs E Allen (Mevagissey). Uncle and aunt: Mr A Roberts Mr and Mrs VV Davies father and mother: Mr. R. Davies. Brother; Mr and Mrs. Roberts, uncle and aunt, all of Wallasey, were prevented from attending others present included Mr. Rollo Jack (acting secretary and manager), representing Plymouth Argyle directors; Messrs. T. R Nicholls. E F Wallace, and W. E. Jutson. Argyle Supporters' Club: Mr. A. Holmes (Argyle steward), Messrs E J. Cann and R. L. Higham (St. Andrew's J Fothergill (representing._ Eastlicks "), W. Skinner (late Exeter). J Vickery. W Bennett. J Spurr. S Rogers. A Day. Baker VV I. Turner. F. Braggaton. F Lockyer, A J Fulford. Miss E. Cockram. Mesdames F. Reeve. Hookway Lewis. Wilkins. A North, L G. North. E. North. Ralph. Palmer, and Miss Carkeek Five Argyle players were included among the bearers, Messrs. A. Gorman. W. Harper. J. Smith. F. Mitcheson. and J. W. Archer. Wreaths were received from Everton Football Club, with which the deceased started his professional career: Plymouth Argyle FC . Plymouth Argyle Supporters' Club, and H Smith and Sons. Funeral arrangements were carried out Mr. Stanley Griffin, of 12. York-street, 92. Derrv-villas Plymouth.
BRITISH ARMY WIN SOCCER RUBBER
February 19, 1940.
The British Army won their third and final soccer match against the French Army here this afternoon, by two goals to one, and so gained the rubber. Mercer, the left half-back of Everton, scored the British goals scored for the British Army. Cook, Lawton and Geldard also played for the British Army.
February 19, 1940. The Evening Express.
Mr. Fred Howarth, secretary of the Football League, was my companion during the second-half of the game at Deepdale on Saturday, when Preston North End Juniors beat Everton “B” team 5-1 in what was a soccer treat. As we watched the play, Mr. Howarth remarked; “Games suck, as this and players like these are the factors which forever, will kill the high transfers fee.” He is right. Just under 1,000 people saw a grand game in which, the extra weight of the North End boys alone decided a game of skilfiul football. The average ago of the Preston side was 18 years 7 months. That of Everton was 16 years 9 months. Moreover North End included five paid players –including Wharton, who came from Plymouth Argyle at a big fee! But what a fine team this Preston junior side is. Their forward work was positively brilliant. Iceton, Finney –they term him Stan Matthews the Second at Deepdale –Standing, Jessop and Huttall. What players these will make! Mr. Jim Taylor, the man who holds the reins at Deepdale assured me they had plenty more in their five junior sides. I liked this Everton side. I had not seen lads like Dugdale –another Warney Cresswell if ever I saw one –Ireland, Sumner and Atkins –for nearly a year. They have made the progess I expected of them. Dugdale and Ireland were brilliant backs, although they had to do what Joe Curran, the over is forced to do –concede pounds in weight. They stood up manfully to a tremendous task, playing coolly, soundly and keeping perfect position. Summer is going to make a first-class outside-right. Pity that neither Simmons nor Lyon, two of the key men in the Blues team, struck their game. Ted Sagar, the Blues’ international goalkeeper, who came along on a busman’s holiday, said afterwards “Football need not worry about the future with players like this coming along.” Mr. Will Gibbins, another directors, and Mr. Herbert Barker, Mr. Harold Pickering, Mr. Harry Cooke, and Harry “junior” were also on this outing which, to the young players, was a treat they will not readily forget. On the way home Beardwood entertained with his mouth organ. Mr. Kelly leaned over to me, and said, “You see that the youngsters have something of which the first team cannot boast,” I asked what it was,” They have crests on their jerseys,” said Mr. Kelly. True, but the Everton players turned out without the regulation numbers, on their jerseys and believe me it looked strange. That shows how quickly we become used to a new idea. At Preston Mr. Jim Taylor and Mr. Nat Buck gave us a warm welcome –as usual to make this a day to remember. Thanks boys –and Preston. It has been agreed that this Preston team shall visit Goodison Park for a return game before the end of the season. The date has to be arranged, but when it takes place be sure you do not miss it.
• The Derby Game was postponed, papers where not allowed to print cancelled matches.
EVERTON “B” GO DOWN.
February 19, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Last season Everton “B” team, or the boys as they were known, provided me with many a pleasant ninety minutes, for they played grand football most times, and when I went to Preston on Saturday to see them against the North End “B” team I hardly expected to see them beaten so easily. Preston taught them a lesson in football tactics, and riddled their goal on five occasions as against the one which Bailey scored for Everton. But listen. Some of these Preston boys were hardly boys; in fact there was a matter of eighteen months in average difference between the teams, and that year and a half’s experience and strength of body told its tale. Everton’s tactics were all wrong, Preston just right. They passed quickly and sternly. Everton held the ball, wanted to work it instead of making the ball to do work, Preston’s was copybook football; clever to a degree. Something like their seniors played a couple of season’s ago when they were adjudged the finest football team in the land. They had a five forward attack; with a grand centre forward; two excellent, and one cheeky wingman in Finney, and two working inside forwards.
Everton inside forwards lat too far back. They were of no help to their colleague, who therefore lacked support and were easy fry for the strong Preston half back line. It was only too plainly to be seen that the Everton team were feeling the lack of the training which made such a sparkling side a year ago. But if they are wise young boys they will have learned something from this game. It was rank folly to hold the ball against such swift tacklers as Preston. Times out of number they had the ball taken from off their toes, and that they scored a “solo” was due to a bad mistake by the North End goalkeeper. The pre-match topic was, of course the many schemes which had been advanced by all and sundry to put football back on the map. Mr. Taylor said; “I have one or two schemes myself, but they will be tabled at the right place and moment. But I am all out for the extension of the season, for the cause of the amateurs, the players of the future.” Someone suggested that it was going to be hard to get the people back to the game when the war was over. Mr. Taylor did not agree. He answered, “I don’t think so. If the war ends as we all anticipate, spectators will flock back to football; just as they did after the last war. But let me hark back to amateurs. Mr. Taylor is all for the development of junior material. There is plenty of it about,” added Mr. Taylor, and given the right kind of schooling and coaching, these youngsters should fill the blanks which occur from time to time in the first team. Apart from that it would save us rushing post haste to Scotland when we wanted a new player? It was on these self same lines that Scotland “discovered” her players.
MILLIGAN’S NEW JOB.
February 20, 1940. The Evening Express.
George Milligan, Everton’s half-back, is the latest Goodison player to join the Army. Milligan was signed by Everton from Oldham Athletic two years ago, but made only one appearance in the first team. That was at Bolton. Since the war Milligan has been assisting Oldham Athletic and Droylesden.
MERCER MAY PLAY FOR EVERTON AGAINST RAKERS.
February 22, 1940. The Evening Express.
Joe Mercer, Everton’s English international half-back, may return to the Blues team to face New Brighton in the Western Regional “Derby” game, at Goodison Park, on Saturday. Mercer has not played for some weeks because of having to answer so many calls for Red Cross Fund matches. Last week he played in all three matches for the British Army against the French Army and scored the winning goal in the game at Lille, last Sunday. Mr. Theo Kelly, the Everton secretary, hopes to secure the release of Mercer from Army duties and he is also trying to get permission for another Army player, Sweeney to play at outside-right. If Mercer cannot play, Lindley will continue at right-half and Wyles will be at outside-right. The remainder of the team is unchanged from that which lost 1-0 at Stoke. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, (or Lindley), Jones, Watson; Sweeney (or Wykes), Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, Boyes.
Dixie Dean, champion scorer of English football, returns to the game on Saturday when he trots out with other former professionals at Port Sunlight in a Red Cross Fund Charity match.
EVERTON’S TWO CHANGES.
February 22, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton are in doubt about two position for the Regional game against New Brighton at Goodison Park on Saturday. In each case the players concerned is in the Army, and the question is whether leave can be obtained. Doubt number one Joe Mercer at right half. As he has only just returned after ten days absence in France with the British Army side. Mercer is not sure whether he will be able to get away. In the absence the position will be filled by Maurice Lindley, which means Everton need not worry, for Lindley this season has blossomed out into a first-class half-back capable of holding his own in the best company. The second doubt refers to Sweeney at outside right. If he cannot get away from his duties in time Wyles will deputised and thus make his second senior appearance of the season in the Blues side. His first was against Wrexham at the Racecourse a month ago, and though I didn’t see him then I’m told he shaped fairly well. Wyles –Christian name Cecil –came to Everton just a couple of years ago from Peterborough United. When with them he was general utility man having played in every position except goal. Right half back was his own choice, but since joining the Goodison brigade most of his appearances have been on the extreme wing. With New Brighton turning out their strongest side, and one which has played together long enough now to have plenty of understanding and team spirit, this match looks like, providing a really entertaining struggle. At the moment the Everton team sheet reads; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer (or Lindley), Jones, Watson; Sweeney (or Wyles), Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, and Boyes. Lawton of course, is not available as he is still down south continuing his Army training.
February 23, 1940. The Evening Express.
Joe Mercer, Everton’s brilliant international half-backs, will play for the Blues in their Western Regional “Derby” match against New Brighton, at Goodison Park, tomorrow. He has sent word to Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton to the effect that he can turn out. So Joe returns, after several week’s absence during which he has played his part in helping to swell the soccer contribution to the Red Cross Fund, and has also sided the Bristish Army to beat the French Army In France. There will be a good English Regional programme tomorrow, and also the opening of the Scottish Cup competition.
In the Western Region there is keen rivalry between Everton and Liverpool. They are the joint leaders with 15 points each and identical goal averages. Everton are on top because “E” comes before “L” in the alphabet. Tomorrow both Third Division opposition. The Blues tackle the Rakers and Liverpool go to the Potteries to tackle Port Vale. The champions will be out to record their first Regional “double.” When the clubs met at Rake-lane, Everton succeeded by Gillick’s lone goal. New Brighton put up a fine fight that day, and I can ensure all those who may look upon the Rakers at just a Third Division side that they are a well-balanced, clever combination, featuring a few stars from other clubs. This is going to be no walk-over for the leaders, although I anticipate a win for them. The Rakers are receiving excellent service from the former Anfield favourite, Alf Hanson and at inside-forward there are Albert Malam, and Tom Waring. Hanson and Malam actually began their careers at Goodison Park as juniors. Frost, of Newcastle leads the attack, while young Murphy of Middlesbrough and Ratcliffe of Oldham Athletic giving fine service to a team always likely to create a surprise. Goodison habitués will also have the chance of seeing one of the best amateur centre-halve in the north –Steve Hughes. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Sweeney, or Wyle, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, Boyes. New Brighton; Hawthorns; Ratcliffe, Buxton; Murphy, S. Hughes, Davies; Small, Malam, Frost, Waring, Hannon.
RAKERS NO “PUSH-OVER.”
February 23, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton’s opponents, New Brighton, are having a rattling good season, for apart from actual results they are playing good class football as they should with the first-class player who have thrown in their lot with the Rakers. With such players s Hanson, Waring and Frost in the forward line, it is not surprising that they are totting up some useful scorers and bringing off some smart victories. But what will the outcome be at Goodison Park? There should be really only one answer to that, an Everton victory; but it does not do to take things for granted in these days of uncertainly. New Brighton will be all out to show that the recent successes are no mere flash in the pan. Yet from the way I look at the game, I cannot get away from an Everton victory. Apparently we are soon to have Torry Gillick back in the fold. Sooner the better, for Torry would make a whole lot of difference to the attack. We have missed his darting runs and his snap shots, even though his deputise have done exceedingly well in most cases. This tussle at the top of the League table is intense. A slip or two would make a whole lot of difference to the leaders for it is only on goal average that they head the poll with challengers ready and willing to take over the leadership. Mercer has informed the club this morning that he will definite be able to play. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Sweeney, or Wyle, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, Boyes. New Brighton; Hawthorns; Ratcliffe, Buxton; Murphy, S. Hughes, Davies; Small, Malam, Frost, Waring, Hannon.
GOODISON GAME THRILLS
February 24, 1940. The Evening Express.
New Brighton had to rearrange their half back for their West Regional match with Everton, the leaders of the Competition, at Goodison Park, today. Davis was unable to appear and Murphy crossed over from right half to left half. Newcombe took his place at right half. Everton had Wyles at outside right in place of Sweeney, who was unable to secure leave from his Army duties. Joe Mercer returned following his appearances for the British Army X1 in France. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Wyles, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. New Brighton: Hawthorns, goal; Ratcliffe (Oldham Athletic), and Buxton, backs; Newcombe, Hughes (S.), and Murphy (Middlesbrough), half-backs; Small, Malam, Frost (Newcastle United), Waring and Hanson, forwards. Referee Mr. W.H. Evans.
There would be about 2,500 spectators at the outset and Bell and Bentham through on his own and the inside man’s grand shot was only inches wide of the upright. Then New Brighton made progress at the other end through Malam and Hanson, but a promising movement was nullified by offside. Boyes went away on the left, and his short pass to Stevenson saw the Irish man bring Hawthorne to his knees. There was an exciting incident in the Everton goalmouth when Hanson dispossessed Sagar from Frost’s centre, the New Brighton centre-forward having wandered out to the right. Fortunately for Everton, Greenhalgh was on hand to clear an awkward situation. Mercer was to the fore with a number of cute passes. At this stage Everton were having more of the game, Hawthorne having to be on the alert on several occasions.
RAKER VISIT GOODISON.
February 24, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton:- Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Wyles, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. New Brighton: Hawthorns, goal; Ratcliffe (Oldham Athletic), and Buxton, backs; Newcombe, Hughes (S.), and Murphy (Middlesbrough), half-backs; Small, Malam, Frost (Newcastle United), Waring and Hanson, forwards. Referee Mr. W.H. Evans. There was not a big attendance for this return Regional game at Goodison. It was found that Sweeney could not get away from his Army duties to play, so that Wyles got his chance on the right wing. Wyles, during the kick-in process, slapped in a terrific drive and was delighted at his success, hoping no doubt that he would repeat this in the actual game. New Brighton, with a team which could almost be classed as all-star in attack, hoped they would reverse the decision of the first game at Raker Lane, when Everton won a narrow victory through a Gillick goal. Everton almost struck a goal in the first half-minute of the game. Three men touched the ball up to the moment when Bentham tried a shot which went behind. The first time New Brighton attacked Joe Mercer and his legs came along to stem their progess, but even so Hanson and Waring took matters into the enemy quarter, and it was only a misunderstanding which prevented them from being a greater menace than they were. Everton cut through the New Brighton defence with what seemed to be surprising ease, and Stevenson was bang on the target with his shot, but it had not the power behind it to beat Hawthorn. Frost from the right wing, created consternation in the home camp when Sagar was dispossessed by Hanson and the ball appeared certain to bounce into the net. Instead it “stayed put” when it reached the turf, and Sagar was able to make a complete recovery. Bentham and Wyles opened a way for Boyes, who, however, slewed the ball wide of the mark.
EVERTON WIN IN SECOND-HALF.
February 26, 1940. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 3, New Brighton 0.
New Brighton Early Snaps Fades.
For quite a time New Brighton appeared as though they would hold Everton to a draw, if they did not actually win, for Everton were a long time before they got on top and won 3-0 at Goodison Park. There was snap about the early play, when New Brighton caused Everton more than a little anxiety. The Rakers’ forwards, however, failed to carry through their work. On the balance Everton should have had a goal, or two in hand at the interval, but their finishing was poor. New Brighton might have scored first, but for a shade of ill-fortune. Sagar was charged and the ball looked likely to cross the line, but it dropped “dead,” and so the Everton goal escaped. In the second half Everton swept to an early goal by Stevenson and from them on, it was practically all Everton, New Brighton defending stubbornly. Just after the hour a shot by Bell was only half saved by Hawthorn, who put the ball into the air. Bell followed up and headed into the net. The third goal was scored by Wyles, who accepted a Boyes’s pass. Waring is still a good player and he let loose an oblique drive from which Sagar put the ball into the air. The ball went over his head and was dropping into the net when Greenhalgh dropped back to clear. Mercer had a grand day and Jones saw to it that Frost was held down. Jackson was much too speedily for the Waring –Hanson wing and Greenhalgh and Watson took good care of Malam and Small, Bentham wads the hardest workman on the field. Murphy, Hughes and Newcombe, the latter on loan from Southport, got through some good half-back work. Everton:- Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Wyles, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. New Brighton: Hawthorns, goal; Ratcliffe (Oldham Athletic), and Buxton, backs; Newcombe, Hughes (S.), and Murphy (Middlesbrough), half-backs; Small, Malam, Frost (Newcastle United), Waring and Hanson, forwards. Referee Mr. W.H. Evans.
RAKERS’ FINE EFFORT.
February 26, 1940. The Evening Express.
Dr. Tom Martlew, the New Brighton, F.C chairman, was unable to attend at Goodison Park to see the Rakers’ Western Regional tussle with the League leaders –he had fallen and injured a leg –but if he had been he would assuredly have been delighted with his team’s first half showing. His brother, Dr. “Bob” another director, was certainly highly pleased. Although the Rakers were eventually defeated by three clear goals by a strong Everton combination, they were by no means disgraced. In fact up to the interval they were as good as, if not superior to, the Blues. This was mainly due to the brilliance of Waring and Malam at inside forward. This pair were simply great in the first half. They provided opportunities galore for their colleagues, but unfortunately for New Brighton Hanson never touched his real game, while Frost was right off form and never managed to elude Tom Jones. Everton’s second half superiority was due mainly to their ability to stay the pace better. The Rakers seemed to have played themselves out. Stevenson (49 minutes), bell (61 minutes), and Wyles (76 minutes), put on goals for Everton, despite the clever work of Hawthorn in the New Brighton goal, and the never-say-die spirit of that grand, amateur centre half, Steve Hughes. Everton had a brilliant half back trio while Bentham and Boyes were outstanding in attack. With Mr. Ernest Green, the Everton chairman, watching the game, were Directors, Mr. Tom Percy –now an officer in the Army –Mr. Will Gibbins, Mr. George Patterson, the Liverpool secretary.
EVERTON WON THROUGH.
February 26, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
It was good to get back to football after so many blank days, which only goes to provide that we missed our Saturday afternoon performance, in spite of what has been said of present day football and the attendance was bigger than anticipated –it was a few odd persons short of 4,000 –for I have stated many times that a Third Division side visiting the home of a First Division team is not an attraction. As a matter of fact New Brighton might have scored first when Sagar failed to catch a ball as he was challenged by Hanson, but luck was on Everton’s side for the ball dropped “dead” instead of bounding over the line as it promised to do. There was quite a lot of skill in the Wallsey team’s front rank, but there was no zip near goal and it seemed that the game would end in a statement for neither side had managed to find the net up to the interval. Everton, had been the better side without being impressive, but within a few minutes after the break Stevenson got through with a Boyes pass, and this them on it became one long, incessive attack on the New Brighton goal, and when Bell drove the ball straight at Hawthorn the keeper thumped the ball straight into the air, bell following up to nod a good goal. By this time New Brighton’s attack had faded right out of the picture, and it became a duel between the Everton forwards and the Rakers’ defence, and let it be said the latter stood up to them manfully, but it had to yield once more, when Wyles ran in to meet a Boyes cross which passed over the heads of the other forwards, and landed it in the net. The Hanson-Waring wing was keep well in hand by Mercer and Jackson, Greenhalgh, and Watson in their turn checked the Malam –Short-wing and Jones was ready and willing to step in anywhere he was wanted.
FIRST OF THE YEAR.
February 27, 1940. The Evening Express.
Everton make “history” today. They are holding their first directors’ meeting of 1940. As a matter of fact, it is the first meeting since November, and the club has had only about three meetings throughout the war period. The Blues have a system whereby Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly puts through all the routine business, including team suggestions, and it is approval by the chairman. Mr. Ernest Green –a daily visitor to Goodison Park. Should any important point arise, the other directors are contacted by telephone. This week it is different, however. The directors gather tonight to decide the club’s policy in relation to the meeting of the Football League clubs at Leeds on Friday. In addition, delegates to the meeting will be appointed –it is almost certain that Mr. Green and Mr. Kelly will go. Mr. W.C. Cuff, another director, will, of course be present in his capacity of League President. Everton themselves have not put forward any scheme but have waited for a lead from the Management Committee.
Liverpool Evening Express - Wednesday 28 February 1940
The other new councillor, elected to succeed Alderman J. T. Cooper in Town Hall Ward, is Mr. Harold Harding. He is the second Harding on the Council, but while lie is a supporter of the Conservative party, the other. Councillor Herbert Harding, is prominently associated with the Labour party. Both Councillors Tilling and Harold Harding are well-known in the sporting world. Councillor Tilling is President of the Warrington Rugby Football Club. Mr. Harding was in his younger days champion swimmer at the Warrington Secondary School, and also played football for Everton Reserves and the Altrincham team, which he captained for five years.
EVERTON’S “IFS” AND “BUTS.”
February 28, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Team-building is no easy task these days, with so many players in the Services and others on work of national importance, which means there is a difficulty in obtaining release. The Everton team to meet Tranmere Rovers in the replay tie of the Liverpool Senior Cup, has several its and buts about it, for one or two of the players are uncertain as to whether they can get away in time. Sagar of course is in the League X1 which is due to play in Bradford, and his place will be taken by Burnett, who thus gets his second chance with the first team. He made his debut in the Regional match with Chester and although Everton lost that day it was not fault of Burnett’s who did uncommonly well in the Everton goal. The half back line is made up of four names, Mercer, Jones, Watson, and Lindley, while there is a doubt about the forward line, where Sweeney and Wyles have been chosen for outside right. Team; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Lindley, Wyles, Sweeney; Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, Boyes. Tranmere will play an unchanged side from that what won the club’s first Regional points against Crewe Alex, at Preston, on Saturday. In the first match at Everton, the sides shared eight goals. Tranmere are hoping that they will be able to go one better on their own ground. An appearance in the final would certainly be compensation for a poor League record. Team; Davies; Obrey, Owen; Davies, Price (W.B), Hodgson (R.); Ashcroft, Cox (A.W), Sloan, Bridges, Griffiths.
February 29, 1940. The Evening Express.
Everton junior players are the attraction at Goodison Park on Saturday. The “B” team opposes South Villa in a Bootle J.O.C League match. Everton “B” Myers; Miller, Dugdale; Sherratt, Atkins, Finnis; Buckley, Lindenan, Whitfield, Higgins, Long. Mr. Theo Kelly, Everton’s secretary, states that the directors have appointed Mr. Ted Storey as chief groundsman in succession to the late Mr. J. Smith. Mr. Storey has been with Everton for about 35 years having started in the office, Congratulations, Ted.
Look To The Future.
Indications are that the higher authorities are rather against any extension of the present season. Arsenal are opposing an extension. I hope the delegates will study the public needs. It is an essential to success. Give the man-in-the-street Soccer with a real kick in it and he will give his support. There must be fewer Regions, some system of bonus for players, and trophies for the competitions. A real cup competition is necessary. Let arrangements be made for a full season’s programme of competitive football, so that these friendly games need not be arranged. A hint has been dropped to me that the League may suggest that the two Third Division be resumed next season and that the remainder of the clubs be divided into two sections –North and South. A scheme similar to that has been put in by one First Division club, and I shall not be surprised if something like it is the eventual outcome of this long awaited and sensible conference. Everton will be represented by the chairman, Mr. Ernest Green and Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly, while Mr. Cuff another Blues’ director, will conduct the meeting. Liverpool will be represented by the chairman, Mr. W. J. Harrop, and Mr. W. H. Cartwright.
A GOODISON GAME.
February 29, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
Everton “B” meet South Villa at Goodison Park on Saturday, at 3.15, and will field the following –Morris; Miller, Dugdale; Sharrett, Atkins, Finnis; Buckley, Lindeman, Whitfield, Higgins, Long. The team including seven players who will be making their first appearance at Goodison, but they all have high credentials. Higgins is the Wolves player on loan, Whitfield and Long come from Wallasey, and Buckley from Chester. The directors, at their meeting, promoted Ted Storey to head groundsman in succession to the late Joe Smith. Storey has been with Everton for 35 years, starting as office boy.