February 1, 1943. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 0, Manchester United 5
Manchester’s United skill at Goodison
The uncertainty of football was again strikingly demonstrated in the return Cup-tie between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park. As Everton had only one minor alteration compared with the side that won at Manchester the previous week, it looked reasonably certain they would complete the double or at least share a points. As it was, Manchester were infinitely the better side and inflicted on Everton their heaviest home defeat this season. But for the splendid goalkeeping or Birkett and United’s own shortcoming with gilt-edged chances, the margin would have been much greater. Everton have played some disappointing games lately, but this was the worst of all. They suffered one of those unlucky days when not just two, of three players, but every members of the side. Birkett alone excepted, was well below par. Nothing went right for them, and even in the closing stages when the length of United’s lead led the visitors to take things easy and Everton staged a minor revival, the ball never ran kindly for the home side. Several times in the last twenty minutes Everton had the easiest of chances to reduce in deficit, yet three out of four shots, nearly all from short range, were off the mark, while those that were accurate were blocked or kicked away by defenders.
Often in the past Everton have served up dazzling displays of combination and artistry which have had the opposition bewildered. This time they were on the receiving end of a similar displays. United’s long sweeping passes, all of which unerringly found their mark, frequently had the home defence in a tangle, and to add to the discomfiture the backs were made to pay due to toll for nearly every mistakes. Manchester gave the finest exhibition of quick and accurate passing and balanced combination we have seen here this season. They were worthy winners, and the margin did not exaggerate their superiority. Birkett the 19-years-old amateur goalkeeper, was the only Everton player to leave the field with his reputation enhanced. He had no chance with any of the five shots scored, but saved many difficult shots which might have beaten a less capable custodian. Some of his saves were very spectacular. The best of the indifferent remainder were Stevenson, who worked hard for little reward; Mercer and Bentham. Humphreys was patchy, and for the rest it was a game they will not wish to remember, United were sound in every department, and though their defenders were a trifle rattled when Everton were throwing everything into a despairing effort in the closing stages, the danger was more apparent than real. Their attack was brilliant with Buchan and Pearson the brains behind most movements, and their forward colleagues always lively and dangerous. In contrast to Everton, United made the ball do the work all the time; they found their men with amazing accuracy and were always directing play to the open spaces. The half-back line was equally brilliant with Warner and Whalley acting as auxiliary forwards and frequent shooters. The scorers were Pearson, Smith (3), and Buchan. Attendance 11,523 (£702). Everton; W. Birkett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, J.V. Humphreys, and Curwen, half-backs; Bentham, Mutch (Preston), Jones (H.) (West Bromwich), Stevenson and Jones (J.E.), forwards. Manchester United; Scales (Manchester City), goal; Roughton and Kirkman (Burnley), backs; Warner, Porter, and Whalley, half-backs; Bryant, Buchan (Blackpool), Smith, Pearson and Bellis, forwards. Referee; Mr. A. Billington (Blackpool).
• Liverpool draw 2-2 at Southport, Fagan, and Patterson for Liverpool , Frost and Deverall for Southport.
EVERTON BACK IN DOLDRUMS
February 1, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Manchester United’s victory at Goodison was a sore blow, as much for an impudent and nonchalant manner in which the visitors toyed with the home side as for the jeopardy in which it places under cup chances. Everton in the past have often produced such a brilliant combined football that the opposition hasn’t know another it’s men on its head, or its heel. This time they were on the receiving end of such a display –and a very chastening experience it was. It was fortunate Birkett was in good form in goal –the only player who was anything like up to expectation. But for his grand work plus the fact that United missed many easy chances, the margin would have been much greater. Birkett, who hadn’t a ghost of a chance with the shots which passé him again gave a brilliant display but as for the rest of the side this is a game that won’t wish to remember. Stevenson, Mercer, and Bentham were the best of an indifferent lot whose collective form was so bad that one can hardly visualise it being repeated. It was one of those bad days when everything went wrong. Even in the last twenty minutes, when United eased off and Everton staged a spirited rally, they just couldn’t get the ball through even from the edge of the goal area. Shots which looked certain scorers either struck a defender or were kicked away with Scales well beaten. United certainly had a bit of luck during this period, but previously they had treated the spectators to the finest exhibition of quick and accurate combination and admirable defence work we have seen here this season. Unlike Everton they made the ball do most of the work. They swung it about freely from wing to wing, found their men with every pass, always directed play to the open spaces, and shot at every opportunity, it was a grand display, and United were worthy winners by a margin which in no way flattered them.
February 1, 1943. The Evening Express
Despite their plight Everton should by all the laws qualify, for their remaining matches are against Third Division clubs, but on their showing against Manchester United at Goodison Park, on Saturday, when they suffered a goal-battering to the tune of five without getting even a consoling point, they will have a tussle. The latest form of the Blues was unbelieving bad, and made one wonder how Everton beat the United 4-1 away the previous week. Phew they were never in the hunt on Saturday except for about ten minutes when four down, and when luck as much as anything else deprived them of at least a goal. For the remainder they were a struggling, over anxious set of individuals lacking in the co-operative sense, and quite unable to cope with the super-brilliance of the United –one of the best teams I have seen here this season if not the best. One must grant that it was mainly the joyous manoeuvre and individual splendour of the United which showed Everton up in such poor light, but Everton generally were out of song out of tune and out of touch. Had it not been for the magnificent goalkeeping of Wilf Birkett, the United might have reached double figures. This young miner’s work was the one bright spot in an Everton exhibition which came as a nasty blow to the 11,523 spectators who contributed more than £700 at the turnstiles. Birkett was a super-goalkeeper on Saturday, and I was delighted with the way he would field the ball rather than push it out for forwards to have a second go. Birkett has cured his one fault –an encouraging fact showing that he is a lad, who learns quickly. Yes, Birkett came through an ordeal of facing shot-mad forwards without the best of covering.
The Main Fault.
There was no lack of enthusiasm on the part of Everton, in fact it was their earnest endeavour to do well that contributed to their own downfall. Take the wing half-backs, Mercer and Curwen, for instance. They seemed to be fired with an unquenchable desire to make goals for their colleagues rather than prevent the other fellows getting goals. They wandered out of position on the slightest pretext with the inevitable result that inside forwards Buchan and Pearson, of the United, were given all the room they needed and then some, in which to work. Those two players had a field day and no wonder the United wingers –Bellis in particular –and Smith were so often out of their own with the Blues defenders far behind. Another Everton shortcoming was on the extreme wings. Stan Bentham played an inside forward’s game on the flank, and Jack Jones was like a square peg in a round hole. The will was there all right, but willingness was not enough in these desperation days. It speaks well for the soundness of Humphreys that his only real mistakes of the match –a slip-led to the first goal per Pearson, and Jack Smith (2), and Buchan, the immaculate, added goals before Smith got another in a fine sporting game, in which the United made the ball run their way, and in which Everton suffered because they allowed the United to take the early imitative –an initiative which they retained to the end. Yes, an unhappy day for Evertonians, but the football student, found abundant rich material in the excellence of the United. Consoling thought to me is that Everton MUST improve on this showing, in these last four matches. Mr. Harold Hardman, member of Everton’s 1906 cup-winning team, came in charge of the United, for whom Everton’s George Burnett will play next Saturday, if needed and he recalled the similarly of Buchan and sandy young when we chatted soccer. Mr. Will Gibbins, chairman, Dr. Cecil Baxter and Mr. Bob Turnbull were the home directors with whom I had a word.
EVERTON AT CROSBY
February 3, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Marine are home to Everton Reserves at Colleague Road on Saturday (3.p.m) on Saturday in a George Mahon cup-tie. The Mariners put up a great show against Liverpool’s all-conquering “A2 team a fortnight ago, and were unlucky to loss and this time they hope to do even better against the Blues, who will be sending a strong side, probably including some players who have been in the first team. Marine anticipate their biggest crowd of the season. Team from- T. Foster; T. Hannah, G. Welsby, N. Hankin, S. Dachler, W. Shaw, R. Clough, J. Schoran, G. Barron, B.G. Else, N. Newby, D. Fenton, G. Bullnek, P. Davis.
EVERTON FORWARD: GOOD NEWS
Liverpool Evening Express - Wednesday 03 February 1943
Sergt. Alfred Penlington, aged 21, R.A.F., whose parents live at 49. Cleveden-road, Cheater, was reported in The Evening Express on January 21 to have been killed in action, according to information received by the Everton Football Club. The Evening Express is glad to announce that Mr. and- Mrs. Penlington have ascertained that their son is quite well. Albert played two seasons as an inside forward with Everton Reserves, and then gained his position in the Everton first team before volunteering for the R.A.F. He has the remarkable record of having played in a series of 89 games, never finishing on the losing side and scoring in all but four games.
February 4, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Everton hope to have the services of Lawton to lead their attack against Chester at Goodison Park on Saturday, but so far his appearance is not definite. The constitution of the half-back line also awaits later decision, but attack apart from Lawton’s possible inclusion is the same as against Manchester United. Everton need no remaining that it is essential they should win this match if their Cup chances are not to recede still further. They will find Chester doughty opponents and as the visitors latterly have been enjoying a much improved spell, they will come to Goodison with confidence as well as ability. Chester will bring a strong team composed of a nice blend of their own products, nursed from the reserves to senior standing by manager Frank Brown and guest artists such as Leslie Compton (Arsenal), Hughes (Birmingham) Roberts (Bury) and Mcintosh (Preston). Everton; Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Bentham, J.V. Humphreys, Curwen; Jones (H.), J.E. Jones, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson, Jackson. Chester (from); Shortt; Compton (J.), McNeil; R. Dutton, Williams, Hughes, G. Booth, Roberts, Astbury, H. Seddon, J. Kelly, A.N. Other, McIntosh.
Everton Res (v. Marine) (from)-Castle; Griffiths, Tuthill; Cheers, Wyles, McDonnell; Lewis, Dellow, Atkins, Curran, Scott-Lee, Fowler.
Colts; Poole; Durham, Lewis, Reynolds, Webster, Rennie, Lydiare, Daulby, Scholfield, Lane, Makin.
LAWTON IN EVERTON THIRTEEN
February 4, 1943. The Evening Express
Everton expect to have English international Tommy Lawton leading their attack against Chester in the League War Cup Qualifying match at Goodison Park on Saturday –a match which has ultra-important issues for Everton. Another defeat might mean the end of the Blues’ hopes of qualifying. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly is making every possible effort to secure permission for Lawton to travel and there is no doubt his presence will mean a lot to the club. Lawton has had only two games with his own club in the last month or so. He played against Manchester city on Christmas Day, getting three goals, and he played against Liverpool at Anfield on January 16, scoring once. Lawton has been playing pretty regularly with Aldershot in the League South, and he has also figured in numerous representative games.
Four Full Backs.
Mr. Kelly is unable to announce a definite team. In fact, he has 13 names on his list of probables. That list includes no fewer than four full backs. Yes, two figures in the attack –Jack Jones and George Jackson. The defence is the only section of the team which is definite and here we find Wilf Birkett the Haydock lad who works in the pit all the week, once again in goal, with Cook and Greenhalgh giving immediate cover. This will be Birkett’s sixth game in succession with the Everton first team, and there is no doubt that he is improving with every game. At first Birkett had a tendency to push out shots, but last Saturday against Manchester United he proved that he had cured himself of the habit and was fielding the ball with skill of the other ex-minor, Ted Sagar, who guarded the Everton goal so long and so well before joining the Army. We shall have to be patient until just before the match before we know how Mr. Kelly will sort out his half-backs and attackers. I shall not attempt to anticipate his plans, but content myself with pointing out that there are ten players from to select the eight needed. There are five international in the possible while Jack Humphreys and George Curwen from the Reserves are included. Curwen, I might add, was handicapped last Saturday by an injury received when playing in midweek for an N.F.S team, but he is fast recovering. Everton; Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Bentham, J.V. Humphreys, Curwen; Jones (H.), J.E. Jones, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson, Jackson. Chester (from); Shortt; Compton (J.), McNeil; R. Dutton, Williams, Hughes, G. Booth, Roberts, Astbury, H. Seddon, J. Kelly, A.N. Other, McIntosh.
Everton Res (v. Marine) (from)-Castle; Griffiths, Tuthill; Cheers, Wyles, McDonnell; Lewis, Dellow, Atkins, Curran, Scott-Lee, Fowler.
Colts; Poole; Durham, Lewis, Reynolds, Webster, Rennie, Lydiare, Daulby, Scholfield, Lane, Makin.
EVERTON’S VITAL CUP GAME
February 5, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Everton with only four points so far will now have to get a further six from their remaining four matches against Chester and Southort, and unless there is a big improvement on last week’s form, it isn’t going to be easy. The Blues were so bad against Manchester United that it is almost impossible to conceive them serving up such a display again. One feels they’re bound to improve on that; the vital question is just how great the improvement will be. It will have to be substantial to get the better of Chester, whose sound and workmanlike side in better than their record suggests, but I fancy the Blues to make sure this time. Like Everton, Chester have suffered forward failings. Latterly there has been an improvement. Everton are well enough aware without having it rubbed in, that their Cup chances are in jeopardy, and that a victory tomorrow is vital if they are to pull themselves up to safety. They hope Lawton will be able to play, and his inclusion would be welcome, for more punch is needed in the front line, but so far no definite word has been received. Don’t be surprised if Liverpool who look as though they may have more forwards than they want for the game at Tranmere, loan a star player to Everton. The Blues have helped Liverpool in the past when they have been short, but so far no Liverpool player has figured in Everton’s team. Teams:- Everton; Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Bentham, J,V. Humphreys, Curwen; Jones (H), J.E. Jones, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson, Jackson, A.N. Other. Chester; Shortt; Compton (L.), McNeill, H. Dutton, Williams, Hughes, G. Booth, Roberts, Astbury, H. Iddon, J. Kelly, A.N. Other, McIntosh.
February 5, 1943. The Evening Express
There are desperate days for five of our seven cup-fighters for only Liverpool, and Chester can face the future with calm. Tranmere Rovers and Crewe are almost up to the point a match average which means safety and while Everton have four points -they need another six out of eight –Southport and Wrexham have only three points apiece. Neither Southport nor the Welshman can possibly afford to drop another point. Chester are moving smoothly despite the loss of two points to Crewe, but I do not think they will get any change out of the fighting Everton tomorrow. Everton are never so good as when they are up against it, and with the prospect of the reappearance of Tommy Lawton, and the new “blood” I hesitate to think that even a star-studded Chester can put another spoke into Everton’s cup wheel. Mr. Kelly is gathering 13 players for the game and the constitution of the side depends on the developments tomorrow. Anyway, if Lawton arrives it will save a lot of worry but there is always the willing 100-per-cent Evertonians Harry Jones, to fall back on for any emergency. The Blues defence is okay with Birkett, Cook and Greenhalgh standing firm, and defence is the one department in which Chester have made a direct choice. Leslie Compton, of Arsenal, fills one of these berths, while Billy Hughes the Birmingham Welsh International, will be at left-back. Everton; Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Bentham, J,V. Humphreys, Curwen; Jones (H), J.E. Jones, Mutch, Lawton, Stevenson, Jackson, A.N. Other. Chester; Shortt; Compton (L.), McNeill, H. Dutton, Williams, Hughes, G. Booth, Roberts, Astbury, H. Iddon, J. Kelly, A.N. Other, McIntosh.
THEY WANT TO KNOW
Liverpool Evening Express - Saturday 06 February 1943
During the week I received letters from two of Everton's 1938-39 First Division championship side—Ted Sagar and Tommy Jones—and both are rather concerned about what is happening to the Blues. Ted writes from the East and asks for a survey of the doings his pals. I have duly obliged. Ted says has staged comeback,” and is side asserts would do well in League football. The team includes Mannion, England and Middlesbrough, and three games they scored XI goals and yet Sagar conceded only one.
Tommy Jones is at present special" R.A.F. course, but getting his football with Swansea Town, for whom he scored two goals last Saturday—both headers from corner kicks. Tom says that when in Scotland had game with Carnoustie, and the same side was Jock Thomson. It was good to have chat with Jock." writes Tommy. “Jock the same ever and sends his best wishes to all Merseyside friends. At the game I met Billy ‘Golden' Miller, the former Everton forward. Last Saturday's result at Goodison Park came as real shock to me. Whatever happened ? Here's hoping they stage recovery. Give my very best wishes to everybody,”
February 6, 1943. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton; W. Birkett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (H.) (West Brom) and Curwen, half-backs; Dellow, Mutch (Preston), Bentham, Stevenson and Jones (J.E.), forwards. Chester; Shortt, goal; Hughes, and McNeill, backs; Dutton, Williams, and Booth,half-backs; Roberts, Astbury, Compton (L.), Kelly and McIntosh, forwards. Referee-Mr. J.M. Wiltshire (Preston). Everton did not get the assistance offered by Liverpool because the Anfielders themselves had their own team worries. Nieuwenhuys, the player concerned being wanted at Prenton Park, Jackson was also unfit, so the Everton team showed a number of changes. So far that matter did Chester. Everton started with only four points towards the 10 qualifying for the League War cup. There was more danger in Everton’s attack, but the Chester defence was exceptionally sound. They cut into the Everton movements with knife precision whereas the Everton rearguard had only two or, at the most three forwards to deal with, because the Cestrians inside men were prone to lay among their half-backs. Compton made some astute passes and McIntosh was not quite alive to the needs of the day. Mutch nicely plied by Bentham shot outside the upright and later slammed one over the top. Birkett showed a safe pair of hands when he confidently caught a cross by Roberts. Quite the most thrilling moment thus far was a shot by Dellow and a save by short. Both were of excellent quality. Cook came into the hooting with a neat kick, and again Shortt stood defiant, as he did a little later, when he again saved from Dellow, when almost completely surrounded by players.
Everton were on top, and had been almost throughout but they found Shortt in grand form, and seemed settled in anticipation of a goalless first half. But all in a few minutes the game burst out into a fury, and within five minutes three goals had been scored. Some thought it should have been four but Chester had a goal disallowed for offside. Dellow opened the day’s account at 35 minutes, and richly deserved his success, for he had been Everton’s main shooter but within two minutes Chester had equalised. Compton went over to the left wing to make his centre and Astbury seemed to fooze the opportunity, but Kelly nipped in and found the net. At forty minutes came the best goal of the day. Dellow also had a hand in this, for it was from his canny pass that Mercer strode forward and scored with a terrific shot which left Shortt standing.
Half-time; Everton 2, Chester 1
The second half had progressed four minutes when Chester drew level-again McIntosh put across a stand centre, and as Birkett rushed out of goal Compton clammy headed the ball over him and into the net. Stevenson put in a fine shot, which Shortt could only push out, and Dellow, coming in once again put Everton ahead, it was a grim battle. Compton again restored the equality at 65 minutes, after Birkett had saved his first shot. Compton found the net again, but the goal was disallowed. Chester realising that they were once more in the game with a chance developed an attack which caused the Everton defence a heap of trouble, and it produced a goal, Astbury went through the Everton players expecting an offside decision, and beat Birkett with a grand shot, score Chester 4-3 70 minutes. Compton scored a fifth for Chester.
CHESTER’S FINE FIGHT
February 6, 1943. The Evening Express
Liverpool were unable, owing to shortage of players, to loan Nieuwenhuys to Everton for the match against Chester at Goodison Park today, so Dellow appeared at outside right. Lawton could not play, so Bentham look-over the leadership of the attack, with Jack Jones at outside left and Harry Jones at centre half for Humphreys. Chester had Leslie Compton, of the Arsenal, leading their attack, with Hughes, of Birmingham, at right back. Everton; W. Birkett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (H.) (West Brom) and Curwen, half-backs; Dellow, Mutch (Preston), Bentham, Stevenson and Jones (J.E.), forwards. Chester; Shortt, goal; Hughes, and McNeill, backs; Dutton, Williams, and Booth, half-backs; Roberts, Astbury, Compton (L.), Kelly and McIntosh, forwards. Referee-Mr. J.M. Wiltshire (Sherborne). Cook cleared a dangerous centre from McIntosh in the opening move, and then an Everton claim for a penalty was turned down. There were minor mistakes on both sides, with a trace of over-anxiousness, Jack Jones sent in a centre which short fisted away, and then McIntosh streaked through to level a centre which Birkett caught high up. Williams was worried by Bentham, and Stevenson stepped in with a shot which struck a foot and bounded up into Shortt’s arms. Bentham put Mutch through, but Mutch shot too quickly and off the mark. Mutch’s next effort, a shot on the volley when Bentham headed across, flashed over. The start had been by no means elevating, both teams taking time to settle down. Williams put Roberts through, and the winger sent in a high shot which Birkett pulled down from under the bar in Sagar like style. Everton sprang to the attack with Mercer, as the engineer, and Dellow went through to shoot accurately, but Shortt dived out to turn the ball around the post. Mercer was fouled on the goalward run and Shortt did well to hold Cook’s 20 yards’ free kick.
At last the thrills came thick and fast. After Kelly had failed to take advantage of a good shooting opportunity, Jack Jones cut in from Stevenson’s pass, only to see his shot come back off the post. Dellow took charge of the rebound to lob the ball towards the far corner, but Shortt flung himself out to make a brilliant save. Chester were being a little fortunate in defence, several promising passes coming back off defenders, while when Mutch let go a quick shot McNeill was lucky to get his foot to it. Short anticipation in coming out to get hold of centres alone held up the Everton attack, which was dominating the game, but with little reward.
Everton got no more than their due when they took the lead in 35 minutes. Dellow was the scorer, and it was due to the persistence of Bentham and Jack Jones whose centre was promptly placed into the corner by Dellow short range. Two minutes later, the Blues received a jolt, when Compton came away to the left and centred accurately to the goalmouth. The amateur Kelly found himself with yards in which to work and all the time in the world, and he promptly placed low into the net to equalise. In two minutes Everton were ahead again with a magnificent goal by Mercer, who turned a pass to the right, and then ran on to take the return just inside the penalty area to score with a right foot shot.
Half-time; Everton 2, Chester 1.
Everton again took command on resuming, three corners being forced in quick succession, and Mutch and Jack Jones went near. In four minutes, however, Chester drew level through Compton, McIntosh lobbed over an inviting centre, which draw Birkett from goal, but Birkett failed to gain possession and Compton easily headed into the vacant net. Once again Everton fought back with rare spirit, and after Jones had shot over they regained the lead in 58 minutes through Dellow. Stevenson, who was having a great day, cut inwards and let go a shot which was deflected by a defender. Dellow came in, however, to place into the far corner, with the Chester defence struggling desperately to cover up.
Fine shot and Save.
It was not often that Chester were seen in an attacking light, but now Compton snapped up a long pass to let go a terrific shot from 20 yards, which was sailing home when Birkett flung himself outward and upward to tip it over the bar. Bentham twice went through on his own but he delayed his shot. Chester once again drew level in 64 minutes, Compton again being the scorer. Astbury out Compton through to the goal line, and with Everton thinking the ball would go over the goal-line, Compton retrieved it, and although his first shot was beaten away by Birkett, Compton followed dup to drive home. Everton seemed to be upset and lost their method, Kelly had a goal disallowed for an infringement. In 68 minutes Chester took the lead, when McIntosh changed places with Kelly, slipped the ball through for Astbury to go through and score with a splendid cross shot. Nine minutes from time Compton increased Chester’s lead. A few minutes from time Stevenson reduced the lead. Final; Everton 4, Chester 5.
Marine v Everton Res
Shaw put Marine ahead from a penalty, but Fowler equalised 30 minutes later. Half-time; Marine 1, Everton Res 1. Final; Marine 3, Everton Res 1
Liverpool Daily Post - Monday 07 February 1944
The Rovers expect to sign Stewart Williams, who was 17 on Saturday, on professional forms during the present week. His father played for the Rovers and Everton during the last war. He is a local boy who has been developed in the Tranmere school and is a half-back promise.
February 8, 1943. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 4, Chester 5
Chester Win 5-4 at Goodison
After Everton’s defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday, there is great danger that we will see a cup competition without Everton. To qualify Everton must win their three remaining games, that is assuming the qualifying figure is ten points. As two of the games are away from home, the formidable nature of the task is obvious. It will need a mighty effort on their part to beat Chester in the return game and than take four points from Southport. To score four goals and then be beaten requires some explanation, but Chester because of their determined fight back –they were twice in arrears –deserved their success. Everton started as though they would have little difficulty in disposing of Chester, who in the first half, were mainly on the defensive, and apparently expected to be for they played with only three forwards up the field. All hands, however, were called back on the first sign of an Everton attack. The Everton forwards were given to missing chances, while they kept the play too close; which frequently played into the hands of the Chester defenders. Everton should have held a nice lead at the half-stage had they shot instead of passing to one another as though no one was prepared to accept the responsibility. At long last, Dellow found a way through at thirty-five minutes, but within two minutes Kelly had equalised.
Mercer’s Great Goal.
Then Astbury netted an offside goal. The Everton left wing had been testing the Chester defence pretty strongly, and Dellow pushed through a ball which Mercer took in his stride to score a great goal. Up to then Chester had not promised to be troublesome, but in the second half they got together to such purpose that Compton equalised again with a header, nodding the ball over the advancing Birkett. That was four minutes after the restart. Then came a flow of goals. Dellow fastened on a clearance by Shortt, who had pushed out a hot Stevenson shot, and scored Everton’s third goal, but Chester again recovered with a Compton goal after Birkett had parried his first effort. Astbury scored what time Everton were claiming offside and Compton added a fifth with a terrific drive. Everton made an effort to pull the game out of the fire and with two minutes remaining Stevenson reduced the margin with a raking shot. The second half had been thrilling, and Chester, from being a moderate side became an aggressive team and playing good football, and they took a victory which at one time did not seem likely to be achieved. Everton missed some good opportunities, particularly when Bentham was clean through when Mutch was given a great chance, and when Jones (J.E.) shot against the side net. Everton’s defence was not so good as that of Chester, although Birkett made some smart saves and Mercer worked like two men. Chester’s middle line made up of boys in their teens, had a brilliant second half, and Astbury, after a poor first half, came into the picture with some fine football. Compton’s main effort was its grand shooting and heading ability. The scorers were:- Dellow, 35 mins; Kelly 37 mins; Mercer 30 mins; Compton, 49 mins; Dellow 57 mins; Compton 65 mins; Astbury 70 mins; Compton 80 mins; and Stevenson 88 mins. Attendance 8,795, receipts £503. Everton; W. Birkett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (H.) (West Brom) and Curwen, half-backs; Dellow, Mutch (Preston), Bentham, Stevenson and Jones (J.E.), forwards. Chester; Shortt, goal; Hughes, and McNeill, backs; Dutton, Williams, and Booth, half-backs; Roberts, Astbury, Compton (L.), Kelly and McIntosh, forwards. Referee-Mr. J.M. Wiltshire (Preston).
• Liverpool beat Tranmere Rovers 5-1, Fagan (3) (1 Penalty), Done (2) and Ashcroft for Tranmere.
February 8, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’ position is desperate but don’t let us give up hope entirely. Much will depend upon the composition of their team for the remaining games. Without attempting to deprive the Cestrians of any honours for their victory, I must say that Everton could have won this game in the first half had they taken their chances, for Chester were only a moderate side during the first “45.” True, Shortt played a great part in checking the Everton forwards, but there were times when he should have been given no chance. That is the sort of thing which often befronts a side fighting a vital cause –remember Hobson. Chester were all defence in the first half, as though they would be satisfied with a draw. Four nine-tenths of the half, they had only three forwards upfield, and Birkett had a comparatively easy time, the goals which beat him being the result of a snap raid. Previous to that Dellow twice had rasping shots saved, and once landed the ball in the net, and when Mercer came along with his brilliant shot, an Everton win seemed assured. Chester had not promised to do what they ultimately did, pull back the deficit, and then go for the victory. The second half was undoubtedly a spellbinder. Six goals were crowded into the 45 minutes, four for Chester and two for Everton. Compton may not be the perfect centre forward but how he could hit them and head them. That he took three goals is sufficient guarantee of his ability as a centre forward, but the turning point in Chester’s favour was the revival of the half-back made up of three boys in their teens, Booth, Williams, and Dutton. Before the change-over they had been ordinary afterwards they got their teeth into the game and Chester became a menace by their powerful attack. Dellow sandwiched in another goal during Chester’s goal rush and Stevenson banged home a brilliant shot almost with the last kick of the match, but it was too late the damage was done. Birkett made several grand saves in this half. Everton expected the help of Nieuwenhuys, but he was needed by Liverpool but I doubt whether he could have done any better than Dellow, the scorer of two goals and the maker of Mercer’s point. Bentham, Mutch and J.E. Jones had glorious opportunities to pull the game out of the fire but I gained the impression that to shoot was too great responsibility in case of a miss. Pass on the onus to another. The Everton defence was slow at recovery, and the Chester forwards found it out after the interval. Chester undoubtedly deserved their victory if for no other reason than their fighting quality. They seemed a beaten team at the half-distance, but never gave up. Astbury came into his own in the last part of the game. The defence of Hughes, McNeill and Shortt was always praiseworthy.
TRAP THAT FAILED
February 8, 1943. The Evening Express.
Everton’s failure against Chester was all the more dishearting to the 8,794 spectators because three times the Blues had victory within their grasp, only for the defence to employ mistaken tactics and throw the whole thing away. Apart from the brilliance of the Chester rally –and make no mistake about it those lads did battle back –the Blues were guilty of tragic lapses. Bentham twice went through with only Shortt to beat and failed, then Mutch was through faced only by short but he shot almost direct to the goalkeeper. Then the defence tried to make tactics instead of personal effort suit their purpose of holding Chester at bay. Cook and Greenhalgh repeatedly set an offside trap, but found themselves “trapped” and Chester on the victory road. The Chester forwards were too nippy and wide-awake for such measures, and the Astbury, McIntosh and Compton individual bursts left the backs floundering behind Chester’s last three goals could be traced directly to this abortive plan to exploit the offside trap. Withal Everton were a shade unfortunate to lose, for they were attacking for practically the whole of the first half without getting any “run of the ball” in front of goal, and even when Chester turned the tide, and forged ahead, the Blues were game enough to come back with such enthusiasm that they almost pulled the game out of the fire. This was a game which improved with age, for too often in the first half was the ball master of the man, but Everton were then much the cleverer and more effective side. It was the fighting spirit of Chester which enabled them to shake Everton cut of their complacency when the Blues looked set for victory.
They Stood Alone
Three Everton players stood out alone-Mercer, Stevenson and Birkett. They were excellent and never gave up, as witness that fine goal by Stevenson two minutes from time. These lads fought every inch of the way, their energy and intensity of purpose being matched only by their skill. Stevenson was always striving to knit together an attack of units which rarely operated smoothly, and Mercer covered more ground in his enthusiasm than any two players to be a giant in attack and defence. Birkett made some super-saves and one from Compton to which he flung himself to turn over the bar was the finest thing in the match next to Joe Mercer’s goal and that my friends was sensational. It was number two on the card and was started by Mercer himself. Joe went streaking through and when he called on Dellow he got the response so that the return reached him just inside the penalty area. Without diminishing speed, Mercer cracked the ball home with his right foot, and I doubt if Shortt had even a glimpse of it. Dellow started the scoring and after young Kelly had equalised while Everton stood still, came Mercer’s smasher. Compton then headed an equaliser after Birkett had erred in leaving goal-his only mistake –but Dellow restored Everton’s lead before the Cestrians began to show the Blues the way home. Compton equalised again, and then Astbury darted through for a fourth before Compton scored again. Chester took a long time to get going, but their second half display was thrilling. Then we saw Tommy Astbury coming into his own and the youngsters, Dutton and Booth getting a grip on their lobs. Astbury and McIntosh were excellent feeders for the opportunist Compton who was deadly in front of goal while Williams blotted out Bentham for the most part, being finely supported by Hughes and the ever-improving McNeill, who impresses me as a back of tremendous possibities. Shortt had big moments too. Harry Jones worked diligently all through always being ready to cover backs who were below par while Dellow did some useful work. Bentham did not solve the centre-forward problem, and I am afraid the willing Jack Jones is not an outside-left, good as he is at back. Truth is that after rousing game Everton still face the old problems. Still, as I assured Chairman Sir Thomas Brocklebank, and vice-Chairman Mr. Harry Mansley, of Chester, the Cestrians can look out for squalis next Saturday. the Chester folk were delighted at their success, naturally, and they had reason to be proud. It was good to meet them again in such a pleasant company, headed by Mr. Will Gibbins, the Everton chairman, yes, and it was nice to welcome to Goodison Park for the first time Mr. Jim Wiltshire, the League’s senior referee, who handled the game with rare skill and unobtrusiveness. Anfield now remains the only First Division ground on which Mr. Wiltshire –last season’s cup final referee –has not officiated, but that may be changed soon.
Liverpool Evening Express - Tuesday 09 February 1943
Present conditions not mean that the sports fan has nothing to talk and argue about. My postbag recently has been approaching pre-war dimensions. And, believe it or not, the readers have resumed accusations about being either Evertonian or Liverpudlian. takes more than a war to put the harness the sporting Iraternity. Erie Wilson, the former Carlton baseballer, writes saying that must Evertonian because took up the defence Billy Cook, but adds that you are one the best writers sport." Thanks, Mr. Wilson. Eric is now in the Royal Navy, and having played lor St. Cecilia's,
J. McG," of Walton, takes to task for giving too much praise to Everton's Reserve team, and asks, “Have you noticed the formation of the "A” forwards lately Fowler, good lad; Scott Lee (Manchester Utd.); Curran Everton first and City; Grant. Everton first; and Dellow, Everton first and Manchester City Last season, when Liverpool "A' beat Everton 'A” six times out of seven. Everton sometimes played Gee, Hill and Watson.
Why should Everion play J, E. Jones, Jackson and Bentbam on the wings when they have players like Fowler and Dellow? If Ever ton want to win the George Mahon Cup they must go in for more young players like Liverpool. am neither Everton nor Liverpool fan but simply following their two reserve teams and Carlton—a fine team." M. Woodburn,” now in the R.A.F.. writes Fortunately l am still able to get your Log occasionally and 1 see that you are giving plenty of praise to Liverpool. I always thought you were a little inclined to the Reds but 1 do not think the Liverpool followers have any reason to crow just because they beat Everton twice. For the most part the Liverpool team is composed most of guest players like Dorsett, Haycock, Gutterfridge Pilling and Charlesworth. When we get back to the old days when the clubs have their own players on the field you will see Everton on top again—as usual." where if I will add is that appreciate everyone's views, and that my sincere hope is that not only Liverpool and Everton, but that the whole of our Merseyside clubs will qualify for the Cup and experience all success for the remainder of I sure you all join me in that wish.
EVERTON HOPE TO HAVE T.G. JONES
February 11, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Faced with the necessity of winning their next three games outright to ensure cup qualification Everton hope to strengthen their side by having T.G. Jones for the game against Chester on Saturday. The Welsh international who is now in South Wales, is due for leave any time, and is trying to arrange it this week-end. Everton will also make a change on the left wing, where they will choose later between Fowler and Jackson. As Harry Jones has been recalled by West Bromwich Albion. Bentham continues at centre forward. Wally Owen is also included in the probable forward line, for the first time this season, Owen, who is in the Army, has been too far away to play, but he is on leave this week-end. Team from; Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (T.G.), Humphreys, Curwen; Dellow, Mutch, Owen, Bentham, Stevenson, Fowler, Jackson.
Reserves (v. Liverpool University); Castle; Griffths, Cheers; Reynolds, McDonnell, Watson; Wyles, Grant, Curran, Scott-Lee, Lewis.
Followers of Everton will be interested to hear that Mr. Theo Kelly, the club’s secretary has been appointed general manager of Messrs F.H. Porter, ltd. Ever since the war started Mr. Kelly has been on work of national importance, and has been fulfilling his duties at Everton during his spare time –which is not much, for he puts in long hours. The board realising that national work must come first have all along helped to make this arrangement a success, and he takes their good wishes with him in his new job. This is purely a war-time expedient, and when football gets back to normal, Mr. Kelly will resume the full-time duties at Goodison.
T.G. JONES IN EVERTON TEAM
February 11, 1943. The Evening Express.
Tommy Jones the Welsh international captain, returns to Everton’s team to tackle Chester in the vital League War match at Sealand road Stadium on Saturday. While Tom Jones comes back, two of his namesakes Harry and Jack go out. Harry has been recalled by West Bromwich Albion. The return of Tommy will add tremendous power to the Blues side, for he stands supreme among centre half-backs, and friends Leslie Compton will find few loopholes. Owen will also be on leave and will be available. Stan Bentham is once again given the task of leading the attack, and if he will shoot more readily than last week should fit in again with Stevenson and Mutch who, incidentally, was responsible for that goal making pass to Mercer last week. Mercer and Curwen retain the wing half positions, and Dellow will again be at outside right. The players appreciate the position to the full, and I know that they will put up the fight of a lifetime t justify the confidence of the directors and Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly. Everton (from); W. Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (Tommy), Humphreys, Curwen; Dellow, Mutch, Bentham, Stevenson, T. Fowler, Jackson, Owen.
Chester have certainly been in a fortunate position regarding “guest” stars in recent weeks, and Manager Mr. Frank Brown states that he expects to field another international in the attack this week. Mr. Brown asks me not to mention the name of the player yet but I can assure the Stadium habitués that it is one of England’s outstanding internationals and a lad who has been closely associated with Mr. Brown.
Norman Sharp the Everton inside forward and former Gwlady’s street schoolboy, is also expected to be in the Chester attack, which will be chosen from six names excluding that of the “mystery” player. Dutton is selected for right half, but there is a doubt about him as he was injured last Saturday. For the most part of the team is almost the same as that which shocked Everton last week. Chester (from); Shortt; Hughes, McNeill; R. Dutton, Williams, G. Booth, Roberts, J. Kelly, Astbury, Compton, Sharp, McIntosh.
Everton “A” team (v. Liverpool University); Castle; Griffiths, Cheers; Reynolds, McDonnell, Lewis, Watson; Wyles, Grant, Curran, Scott-Lee, Makin, Lewis.
NEW POST FOR MR. THEO KELLY
Liverpool Evening Express - Thursday 11 February 1943
Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton Football Club, has been appointed general manager of F.H. Porter, Ltd., the Liverpool ship scalers. Mr. Kelly has taken up the appointment. This important new post will not affect Mr. Kelly's position with Everton in any degree, and he will continue to discharge his secretarial duties with the club in his spare time. Mr. Kelly is one of the best known officials in football.
MR. THEO KELLY'S NEW POST
Liverpool Evening Express - Friday 12 February 1943
Mr. Theo. Kelly, secretary of Everton Football Club, states, with regard to his appointment with Messrs. F. H. Porter, Limited, Liverpool, that the term general manager is somewhat misleading, and that he is filling the position created by the retirement of Mr. W. Rennie.
NO MARGIN FOR ERROR IN THE VITAL CUP GAME
February 12, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Tomorrow’s programme is a “must” that applies to Everton in their return game at Chester. Everton’s position, however, leaves no margin for error. They just have to win their three remaining games to get the ten points which look like being the minimum qualification. One or two clubs may get in with nine, if their goal average is good. Unfortunately Everton’s isn’t, and clear-cut victories are their only hopes. The trouble is that when a team’s position is desperate, there is a subtle psychological under-current which frequently prevents them giving their best no matter how hard they try. It’s much easier to play from a winning hand, for then one can indulge in a normal game without undue worry about the outcome. Any golfer knows there is nothing worse then pressing to bring disaster. The same applies even more in football, where one man’s mistakes can so often up-set several of his colleagues. The dread of a slip can knock the best of players of his stroke, hence the magnitude of Everton’s task.
The Main Problem.
The club’s followers will be glad to know that Tommy Jones is almost certain to play, for the Welsh international is not a tower of strength in himself, but will have a steadying effect on the defence generally. It is the attack which causes most anxiety. Everton have not yet solved the centre forward problem, despite many experiments, and at best their efforts are only stoppage affairs. They will have to be good to win at Chester, for the home club field a strong team, though the international to whom I referred yesterday will not turn out. The player concerned is Don Welsh, of Charlton and England, who was one of Mr. Frank Brown’s discoveries when he was manager of Torquay. Don is now in the Chester area and would like to play for the Cestrians, but an ankle injury received last week hasn’t mended as anticipated and he not fit. With Leslie Compton and Don Welsh in the front line would have been a great striking force. Chester hope to have them both in future games. Teams from:- Chester; Shortt; Hughes, McNeil; R. Dutton, Williams, G. Booth; Roberts, J. Kelly, Astbury, Compton (L), Sharp, McIntosh. Everton; Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (T.G.), Humpheys, Curwen; Dellow, Mutch, Owen, Bentham, Stevenson, Fowler, Jackson.
NOW OR NEVER
February 12, 1943. The Evening Express
Everton’s position is, or course, giving rise to most concern locally I can assure you that the Everton players feet their position more than anyone, but lack of success on the field has not damped their enthusiasm and honesty of purpose any. Those players are prepared to put up the battles of their lives in the remaining three games to try and gain those precious points which mean not only personal honour, but that extra financial reward to the club so necessary in these difficult times. From the Everton viewpoint the outlook is black. That fact cannot be evaded, but I am quite confident that they will pull out. I am placing my faith in the spirit of the Blues. Everton go to Sealand road Stadium tomorrow to face Chester in the return, and then play Southport twice. They must have three wins, and I think they will register the first tomorrow much as I admire the all-round ability of Manager Mr. Frank Brown’s blend of youth and experience. I cannot banish from my mind the thought that but for faulty finishing Everton would have beaten Chester by a clear-out margin at Goodison last week, yes, despite getting four goals they missed chances. The individual work of the opportunist Chester forwards ripped open Everton’s defence and secured them the 5-4 win. Tommy Jones, the Welsh international returns to centre-half and he will put the Blues defence together and stop up gaps. It was Jones who defied the Chester forwards when playing against them for Wrexham some weeks back and I think Tommy can do it again. The players should deprive satisfaction from the fact that Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly is giving them a chance to right the wrong instead of making sweeping changes. That proves the club has faith in the players and knowing the players as I do I am certain they will go forward to a win and so repeat their League success at Chester. Chester were hoping to include Don Welsh the Charlton international but Welsh is injured Don, however, will soon be seen in the Chester colours for the necessary permission is expected from Charlton. Kelly will be outside-right for Chester and Norman Sharp of Everton returns o inside-left, but I am taking the Blues this time. Teams from:- Chester; Shortt; Hughes, McNeil; R. Dutton, Williams, G. Booth; Roberts, J. Kelly, Astbury, Compton (L), Sharp, McIntosh. Everton; Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (T.G.), Humpheys, Curwen; Dellow, Mutch, Owen, Bentham, Stevenson, T. Fowler, Jackson.
Everton ‘A' v. Liverpool Un.
Liverpool Evening Express - Saturday 13 February 1943
The University fielded 10 men. Curran grave Everton the lead in the first minute and quickly added a second. Everton dominated play and Reynolds scored a third and Wyles a fourth and fifth. Curran followed up with a sixth and seventh goal for Everton. Half-time: Everton A. 7, Liverpool University 0. Final.—Everton 11, Liverpool University 1.
CHESTER V EVERTON
February 13, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Chester; Shortt, goals; Hughes and McNeil, backs; Clark, Williams, Booth, half-backs; Roberts, Astbury, Kelly, Sharp (Everton) and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Everton; Birkett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (T.G.), and Mercer, half-backs; Dellow, Mutch (Preston), Owen, Stevenson and Fowler, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. H. Parker, (Derby). Everton in search of vital Cup points had the services of T.G. Jones the Welsh centre-half for this all important game at Sealand-road. Wally Owen, home on leave, took the centre forward position. Chester were without Compton the scorer of three goals last week, in Chester’s Goodison victory. Much of the play was confirmed to midfield until Dellow and McIntosh together to initiate an attack, which ultimately produced a shot from Mutch, but the ball did not even reach the goalkeeper. Cook and McIntosh had a tussle on the left flank, with the honours going to the Everton man. Dellow running to centre forward, had what appeared to the Everton man. Dellow, running to centre forward, had what appeared to be a reasonable chance of a shot, but preferred to work the ball and was crowded out. Chester caught the Everton defence on the one foot, as it were, but failed to improve the winning hour. Dellow gained a corner, but the kick was of no value. McIntosh probed the Everton defence without obtaining any material result, Jones did valuable work in keeping out Chester advance with his headwork. Greenhalgh twice nipped in with prefect tackles to beat down Chester advances. Jones saw the possibility of a goal when he went forward, only to shoot wide. McIntosh having to beat Cook in their duel, tried an angular shot which flashed across the fact of the Everton goal.
Fowler had a good shot saved by Shortt, and offered Stevenson an opening, but the Irishman sent outside the upright. Then came a goal to Everton. Fowler was the scorer, Hughes cleared the ball that was bobbing about to the left hand side of the goal, and it was swept across to Fowler who headed into the net at 25 minutes. Chester replied with a powerful drive by Roberts, Birkett making a smart save. He again foiled Fowler a moment later.
Half-time; Chester 0, Everton 1.
Chester opened the second half with strong attacks. With Dellow at centre forward and Owen on the wing, Everton promised a goal, but the Chester defence stood solidly, against anything levelled against it. Shortt made one or two excellent saves, but in the main the defence were masters of the situation, Jones in particularly holding down the middle of the field against the Chester forwards. Everton hung on to their slender lead, but they had some anxious moments, and had it not been for Birkett, a sound goal keeping one or two of the Chester forwards might have had success. McIntosh put in one particularly hot shot, which the goalkeeper dealt with securely, and then for a spell, the game become rugged. Everton claimed a goal however, Dellow should have scored after he had won a fine opening for himself. Birkett was again in the right place when Kelly shot from inside the penalty area. Shooting was not one of today’s features. Jones shot over the bar from a free kick.
Everton v. Liverpool University
Goals were scored for Everton by Wyles (2), Curran (4), and Reynolds, Half-time; Everton “A” 7, Liverpool University nil. Final; Everton “A” 11, Liverpool University 1.
VITAL CUP VICTORY
February 15, 1943. The Liverpool Daily Post
Chester 0, Everton 1
Everton’s Sporting Chance
A single goal scored by Fowler at twenty-five minutes has kept Everton interest in the Cup warm. It was a vital goal, and had not Everton been successful in this match their prospects of qualifying for the Cup proper would have been nil. Even now they have a stiff task ahead, but that one goal victory has undoubtedly given them a sporting chance. With so much at stake it was only natural that Everton adopted safety measures. Once they got their goal they were determined to hold it. True they had some anxious moments when Chester made determined affords to draw level, and had it not been for Birkett they would have done so, for the Everton goalkeeper made some sterling saves. This was at the time they were needed. It was never a great game by any means, for the defence were usually masters, and the value of T.G. Jones, to Everton was made manifest by the way he held the Chester inside forwards. They rarely found a loophole in his defence, and what danger there was to Everton came from the wings, for Roberts was twice on the target with accurate shots until Birkett stepped in to foil him. There were many ragged touches in this game and not nearly so many thrills as experienced a week ago in the first match.
Fowler’s Good Fortune.
Everton naturally could not afford to take many risks, there being too much at stake, and when Fowler got the goal at twenty-five minutes it was the result of a defensive slip by full back Hughes. He had ample time to have cleared, but failed to do so and the ball went out to Fowler, who headed his goal from an unmarked position. There were few movements of any great equality, but one of them was credited to Chester and Roberts almost clinched the issue when he drove in a fast shot which Birkett handled competently. It was give-and-take football in the second half, and Chester were ever a menace when they launched an attack, but the Everton defence realising the narrowless of their lead tackled grimly and surely to prevent that equalising goal, which would have been fatal to Everton’s cause. Everton reorganised their forward attack in this half, but it did not bring any great improvement, Jones and Birkett and Greenhalgh and Mercer were perhaps Everton’s best members, for the forwards had an in-and-out innings against a side which did not produce anything like the display it had a week ago. Chester; Shortt, goals; Hughes and McNeil, backs; Clark, Williams, Booth, half-backs; Roberts, Astbury, Kelly, Sharp (Everton) and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Everton; Birkett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (T.G.), and Mercer, half-backs; Dellow, Mutch (Preston), Owen, Stevenson and Fowler, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. H. Parker, (Derby).
• Liverpool beat Tranmere 4-1, Hulligan, Done (3) and Hill (Penalty) for Tranmere.
EVERTON NARROW WIN
February 15,1943. The Liverpool Echo
The goal which Fowler scored for Everton against Chester may well be worth its weight in gold before the season close, for it may enable Everton to win they way, into the Cup proper. Without that goal it would hardly have been possible. (writes Stork).
It was a dour tussle and Chester fought manfully for an equaliser, but the game never reached a high standard by any means, Everton naturally could not afford to make mistake there being too much at stake and consequently could not plan a normal game. It was a grim football rather than classical, but I through Everton were just worthy their win, put nor all that Chester gave them many anxious moments and Birkett had to make many fine saves. Shortt too had his work to perform, but were I asked to put my finger on the vital spot or Everton success it would point directly to T.G. Jones. He brought the necessary stiffening into the Everton defence, he barred the way to the Chester inside forwards by his calm cool, and methodical play. He was the strong link in Everton’s defensive plan, but he had find assistance from Mercer, Greenhalgh, and Cook, who rarely left any loopholes through which the Chester forwards could drive a wedge. In most cases the defence was the master of attack, and shooting was not one of the features of the game. Chester did not produce the thrills of a week ago, and it was well that they didn’t, for Everton lead was such that it would have been greatly endangered had there been a marksman among the inside forwards. But Jones was there to deal with them. There was great relief among the players after their victory, but though they still have a stiff task ahead they will enter into the games with Southport with plenty of confidence.
EVERTON’S STEP TO CUP SAFETY
February 15, 1943. The Evening Express
Everton have taken an important step towards qualification in the Football League War Cup. They need maximum points from their two remaining games to secure a position among the 32 elite who go forward on the knock out basis. The dropping of a single point will, I fear mean extinction so far as this season’s cup is concerned, and that is why there is a grave doubt about the other strugglers among Merseyside’s seven getting through. It is possible that one or two clubs with nine points will “sneak in” but at the moment that is far from being a probability. That Everton could rise to the occasion at Chester on Saturday and win by the only goal, typifies the determination of the Goodison players to get through. Southport raised hope by beating Burnley 2-0 at Haig Avenue, but Tranmere, Wrexham and Crewe suffered defeats which were virtually knock out blows.
The best news for Evertonians over the week-end apart from that of the win at Chester –greeted with joy was the boardroom at Anfield. I might mention is that Tommy Lawton will shortly be in the North again and ready for regular service with the Blues. Greta news But....some of the gilt goes off, for while Lawton comes back to the fold, fellow international, Joe Mercer, moves to fill the gap cause by Lawton’s removal and to will not be available at regularly, as of late. Despite the loss of Mercer, however, I consider the change timely, for in any event Mercer would have been an absentee from the Everton side in the two Southport games, as he plays at Hampden Park next Saturday and at Wembley on Feb 27. Lawton is not engaged in either of these big games, and Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly hope’s England’s No 1 centre forward will be playing against Southport. It was half-back power which paved the way for the win at Chester. Tommy Jones co-ordinated the defence in brilliant style, and the sharp Chester towards had little room to work in, while Bentham and Mercer on the flanks were excellent. The backs could operate with confidence, and behind them Will Birkett gave another brilliant display of goalkeeping. Tommy Fowler came back to outside left to give his best display to date and score the vital goal. Most gratifying feature of the Chester display –apart from that gate of about £400 –was the brilliance of six foot, Clarke, from Ellesmere Port at right half.
EVERTON’S BIG LIST
February 17, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will not know their definite team for the important meeting with Southport at Haig Avenue until later, and at the moment name 16 players from which the final selection will be made. Mercer is playing in the Army team against Scotland, but his absence, while being a blow is not to serious as the need for forwards. T.G. Jones is trying to make the trip, and his presence would be very welcome. In attack, Roberts the Bury forward, who last Saturday played for Chester and almost pulled the game out of the fire for the home side on his own, will defineity play for Everton if he is not required for Bury. Lawton is a probable and Wyles is also named. Final selection from; Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (TG), Jones (H.), Humphreys, Curwen; Dellow, Roberts, Mutch, Wyles, Lawton, Stevenson, Fowler, Jackson.
February 17, 1943. The Evening Express
Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly, of Everton, has given me sixteen names from which he will select his team to meet Southport in the all-important War cup-tie at Haig Avenue on Saturday. Maybe not until Saturday will he know his definite side, but the outlook is good. International Tommy Jones and Tommy Lawton are included –with every reasonable chance, of appearance –and the Blues will probably have an outside right making his Everton debut. I refer to Roberts the Bury winger. Jones is making a strong efforts to get here, and Lawton is an odds-on chance. Roberts will play unless Bury require him. Roberts is the lad who has been playing regularly with Chester and he is a danger speed merchant with a shot in both feet. Roberts should prove an Everton acquisition for they have needed extra strength on the wings. The defence of Birkett, Cook, and Greenhalgh stands while J.V. Humphreys, Harry Jones and Curwen are included among the half-backs. Mercer, of course, will not be available as he is due at Hampden Park. Wyles is included among the forwards, Fowler being retained, at outside left, with Jackson among the possibilities. Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (TG), Jones (H.), Humphreys, Curwen; Dellow, Roberts, Mutch, Wyles, Lawton, Stevenson, Fowler, Jackson.
Everton Reserves; (v Kirkby, at Goodison Park). Castle; Griffiths, Cheers; Reynolds, McDonnell, Watson; Wyles, Grant, Curran, Scott-Lee, Lewis.
CAREY FOR SOUTHPORT
February 19, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Everton task at Southport will not be easy, but as their participation in the League Cup proper hinges on a win they will do their best to pull it off. If T.G. Jones can make the trip then Everton’s hopes will scar, for the Welsh international would be a tower of strength in a defence which latterly has slipped from its once high standard. Lawton appearances would brighten the outlook still more. Unfortunately, there is a doubt about both. I hope Everton will not be knocked off their stoke by the urgency of the occasion, and that the forwards won’t pass the buck, when it comes to shooting, but have a go without hesitation at every opportunity. You can’t expect goals if there’s no decent shooting. The international forward whom I mentioned yesterday as a probable for Southport is Carey of Manchester United. Carey, who is close at hand wants to play for them, as he can’t get through to Manchester. So far permission hasn’t come from United, but it is petty certain there will be no snag there, and I expect Carey to be in the home attack. Teams from;- Everton; Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (TG), Jones (H.), Humphreys, Curwen; Dellow, Roberts, Mutch, Wyles, Lawton, Stevenson, Fowler, Jackson. Southport; Graham; Wood, Kirby; Wright, Evans, Flack; forwards from; Rawling, Ball, frost, Carey, Simpkins, Deverall, Butler.
MAKE AND-BREAK MATCH
February 19, 1943. Evening Express
Of all tomorrow’s Football league war cup qualifying matches –only two Saturdays to go before the final reckoning-none is as intriguing as that to be staged as Haig-Avenue, where Southport entertain Everton in what is a “make-or-break” match. A draw would mean neither side qualifying, and defeat spells disaster for the losers, with a chance of survival for the winners. Both clubs to have a chance of getting through must win tomorrow and the return at Goodison Park the following week. But two victories for Southport might not enable them to quality, for they have only five points as against Everton’s six. The Blues can reach the ten points safety line by two wins, and I think they will pull it off. From certainly indicates a Southport win, for have not Southport beat Blackpool and Liverpool at Haig-Avenue this season? As cup fighters they take some holding and Everton will have to show improvement to prevail. The fact that internationals Tommy Lawton and Tommy Jones will be in the Everton side, however –the outlook regarding these players is still good –and that the Blues will have additional strength on the right wing per Roberts the Rhyl lad now with Bury, prompts me to the belief that Everton will rise to the occasion just as they did at Chester last week. The players realise what is wanted and rest assured they will put up the fight of their lifes to ensure a place in the 32 qualifers. Better finishing than of late will given Everton both points. Everton; Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (TG), Jones (H.), Humphreys, Curwen; Dellow, Roberts, Mutch, Wyles, Lawton, Stevenson, Fowler, Jackson. Southport; Graham; Wood, Kirby; Wright, Evans, Flack; forwards from; Rawling, Ball, frost, Carey, Simpkins, Deverall, Butler.
SOUTHPORT V EVERTON
February 20, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Southport:- Graham, goal; Wood and Kirby, backs; Franch, Evans, and Slack, half-backs; Rawlings, Ball, Frost, Deverall, and Butler, forwards. Everton; Birkett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Carey (Manchester United), and Humphreys, half-backs; Dellow, Mutch, Wyles, Stevenson and Fowler, forwards. Referee; Mr. G. Twist. There was a mild surprise at Haig Avenue today, when it was learned that Carey, Manchester United’s inside forward would assist Everton.
Southport had a Southern player in their in Francie, of Crystal Palace. The losing side today could consider them self out of the Cup. A strong Everton movement produced a lot of trouble for the Southport defence which got itself in rather a saunier Stevenson shot when Graham was well out of position and it was well that Evans was standing on the goal line. The ball struck the leg, dropped to his feet and he was able to clear. Butler made an opening for Frost and Rawling, but neither was able to collect the ball to his, satisfaction before Greenhalgh nipped in to dispossess him. The Southport goal underwent a barrage and was lucky not to fall. Dellow and Mutch linked up, and from their combined efforts Mutch crashed in a shot which bumped against the crossbar and came out to Fowler. The winger put the ball through into the middle, and Wykes hit a furious shot which Graham saved in grand style.
Rawlings who had seen little of the ball, centred right across the Everton goal face, and Birkett had to save as Butler closed in upon him. The goalkeeper lost possession of the ball, but Cook was there to complete the save. Wyles scored for Everton at twenty eight minutes, but Rawling equalised six minutes later. Woods was off the field for a time during which Stevenson’s magnificent play combined Everton to take a handsome 4-1 lead. Stevenson gave Fowler the pass from which the latter scored, and then went on to score one of his own account. Stevenson’s work, too, enabled Wyles to score a fourth.
Half-time; Southport 1, Everton 4
Southport in five minutes reduced their deficit to a solitary goal. Ball scored at 47 minutes with a header from rather long range. Two minutes later Cook was hesitant in making his clearance, and he actually got in the way of Birkett, what time Butler dashed in and scored. Everton took score to 5-3 at 69 minutes. A shot by Wyles appeared to strike somebody in transit and the ball swung away from Graham ad into the net. Sixth goal came three minutes later, when Stevenson headed to the angle of the post, the ball striking the woodwork and sliding down just over the goal line. Mutch scored a seventh for Everton at seventy six minutes and Mutch an eight two minutes later. Final; Southport 3, Everton 8.
Everton “A” v. Kirkby
A grand shot by Blundell resulted in Castle bringing off a fine save. Curran had hard lines with a fine drive. After 40 minutes Kirkby took the lead. Hallwood netting. Half-time; Everton “A” 0, Kirkby 1.
February 22, 1943. The Liverpool Daily Post
Southport 3, Everton 8
Cup Strain Eased.
Everton’s prospects of qualifying for the Cup were made distinctly promising by their defeat of Southport on Saturday by eight goals to three. The tension has been eased ad they can enter upon their last game next Saturday with a feeling of relief. Goal average, however, may decide at the finish. It has been a bitter fight and it is not yet won, but I fancy they can defeat Southport in the return game on Saturday. they will win if they put the same vim, enthusiasm, and playing ability into the game that gave them such a fine victory at Haig Avenue, for there was a liveliness among the forwards which has not been evident for some time, Southport lost a full back, and, while this undoubtedly helped Everton’s cause, I think they would have won even had Southport remained at full strength. They were always playing like a winning team; they were up and doing, but they had a few dark moments when Southport pulled down a three goals lead to a single goal, and for a moment Everton became uncertain. They tightened up again and put on four more goals. Wood’s absence undoubtedly eased Everton’s task. Carey, the Manchester United player was expected to turn out for Southport, but turned out for Everton instead, and his value was soon made manifest. He played like T.G. Jones and made only one mistake throughout. He barred the way to Frost and his inside forwards by his heading and staunch defence and his link up with his co-defenders.
Stevenson The Mainspring
It was as a team, however, that Everton won through. Each man pulled his weight with Stevenson the mainspring of the attack. Mutch was an able lieutenant, and with Wyles acting as a driving force down the middle and Fowler and Dellow in good form on the wings, the line was excellently balanced. Southport many times the strength of Everton’s defensive scheme with quick raids, but failed to take chances. In the second half Wood came out on the right wing, but he could do little, limping as he was. Eight is a hefty score, but it would have been larger had not Wyles and Mutch missed chances. Wyle’s inclusion in the side however, was fully merited for he kept the Southport defenders fully employed. Dellow had his best game for Everton. The greatest thrill was Southport’s fight back when they seemed well beaten, but as time went on Everton got a firm grip. The goals came in this order; 28 mins, Wyles; 34 mins, Rawlings; 36mins Fowler; 41 mins Stevenson; 44 mins Wyles, 47 mins, Ball, 50 mins, Butker, 59 mins, Wyles 60 mins, Stevenson, 76 mins, Mutch, 78 mins, Mutch. The attendance was %,000 and receipts £271. Southport:- Graham, goal; Wood and Kirby, backs; Franch, Evans, and Slack, half-backs; Rawlings, Ball, Frost, Deverall, and Butler, forwards. Everton; Birkett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Carey (Manchester United), and Humphreys, half-backs; Dellow, Mutch, Wyles, Stevenson and Fowler, forwards. Referee; Mr. G. Twist, (Westhoughton).
• Liverpool beat Manchester City 4-2, Hulligan (2), Done, Edelston, and for Man City King, Stewart.
GOOD LITTLE ‘UNS
February 22, 1943. The Evening Express
In Everton’s triumph at Southport was the brilliance of those two little uns, Stevenson and Mutch, who besides getting a couple of goals each, helped Wyles, making his centre-forward debut, to three. Tommy Fowler got the other. The Blues were 4-1 up at half-time, and then Southport came with a characteristic rally to make it 4-3. But the class of Everton told and Tommy Carey, of Manchester United, they had a grand centre-half who did much to smash the Southport shock tactics. Rawlings, Ball, and Butler scored for Southport, but that eight may save Everton –with another win on Saturday of course.
EVERTON’S BIG WIN
February 22, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
With a total of eight goals one would hardly think that there were any black spots in Everton’s victory over Southport, but let me tell you there was black patch “which” made you think. Made you wonder what was going to happen next. Everton were three goals ahead at the interval, within ten minutes of the interval that lead had been whittled down to one goal, and Everton were knocked of their high perch, and knocked off their balance for a time. (Writes Stork). Everton were definitely the better side, a side which suggested goals, but it was not until full back Wood went off the field that they really started their goal push. Whether they would have scored so freely had not Wood been absent its open to conjecture, but for my part in think they would have won just the game. For one thing they were plumbing the Southport defence to the depths even when he was there, and the Seasiders goal had some miraculous escapes. Talk about thrills the game was packed with them. What more could one wish than to see five goals scored in 15 minutes; three in eight minutes and the game seemed as good as won for Everton. Few could have anticipated what happened in the first five minutes of the second half –two goals to Southport, and with them a re-entry into the game with a chance. Everton were uncertain for a time where they had been so sure, and the one thought was; “Can they tighten up again and get back to normal?” They did, and what a relief it was to see that fifth goal land into the net. It broke the tension, the players were free to indulge in their football finesse, which ultimately broke down Southport’s resistance, so much so that three further goals were scored. It might have been more with a little more steantiness but eight goals were really enough to show us that silver lining in the cup sky. Nevertheless Southport unnerved Everton for s short spell. If anyone Everton man is to be given special praise, it must be Stevenson. He was a joy to watch with his intricate, his bonny passes, his drawing of an opponent, and his two goals. A Stevenson in that mood is a nightmare to any defence. He was one of Southport’s greatest worries. Wyles brought goals and more “pep” into the line, which was the best which has donned the Everton colours for some weeks. They were all good, Humphreys and Bentham were good half backs, but two of Southport’s goals should not have been.
EVERTON’S CUP POSITION.
February 23, 1943. The Evening Express
Chief topic in football circles, apart from the astonishing victory run of Liverpool, is whether or not Everton can secure a place among the 32 qualifiers for the League War Cup. I think I can, at least, allay the fears of those Evertonians who are worried that the Blues pass out before the knock-out stage is reached, I firmly believe Everton will pull through. Let me say at once that I have still doubts whether what we thought was the safety points line –ten points –will guarantee qualification, I think some ten-pointers are going to be disappointed. However, I have analysed the entire situation, and while I emphasise that Everton must beat Southport at Goodison Park on Saturday, they must also rely on the failures of other clubs. So far as goal average is concerned –yes-it is going to play a decisive part –Everton are fairly well off. Well, they have a better average than six of the club’s at present on the pen points mark, and a better average than five clubs on the nine points mark. It shows what a gift those eight goals last Saturday, constituted. Everton are fortunate in that some of the clubs they can overtake are facing stiff tasks on the final day –and a number away from home. Just to help you when you read the results in Saturday’s Evening Express, I am giving a list of results which will best suit Everton-providing the Blues do not themselves slip up.
February 25, 193. The Liverpool Echo
Apart from the fact that they hope to have Lawton at centre forward, Everton anticipate fielding the same side against Southport at Goodison Park as that which won at Haig Avenue. Lawton is being moved to a unit not far from here, and probably assist Everton more frequent than in the past, but his coming is balanced by the fact that Mercer is going south, and is not likely to be available very much in future. Southport will put up a strong fight, and while I think Everton will win all right, the point is whether they can win by a sufficient margin to materially improve their goal average. It won’t be easy. Teams from;- Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Carey, Humphreys, Jones (H.), Curwen; Dellow, Mutch, Lawton or Wyles, Stevenson, Fowler. Southport have to make defensive changes owing to a doubt about Graham being available and Wood being unfit. King will probably replace Graham, and Weaver another Services player, will appear at right back. Final choice from the following. King or Graham; Weaver, Kirby; Wright, Evans, Flack; Francis, Rawlings, Ball, Simpkins, Frost, Deverall, Butler.
LAWTON IN EVERTON CUP SIDE.
February 25, 1943. The Evening Express.
Tommy Lawton, the England centre forward, returns to Everton’s team to oppose Southport in the concluding game of the Football League War Cup qualifying Competition at Goodison Park on Saturday –the match will decide Everton’s 1943 Cup fate. Lawton is now stationed in the North and is likely to be a pretty regular team member of the Blues in future. Lawton has been too long away to suit the Evertonians and in the meantime has scored no fewer than 25 goals for Aldershot in the League South. Tommy’s return is timely for the Blues will be without Mercer and Tommy Jones, both of which are in the Wembley international and this is a vital game for Everton, if the Blues fail to win they are out of the Cup, if they win they are in. The Only Everton doubt are at half back, where they expect to have Jack Carey; the Irish International, in the pivotal role. Carey made his debut for the Blues last Saturday, after Southport had expected to include him. Everton, however, had first call and Carey proved a strong cog in the side. Unless Manchester wants Carey for their game at Crewe, Everton have permission to play him. Southport have been informed that they can have Carey only if Everton do not want him. Well, I can assure Southport right now that Everton definitely want Carey. Harry Jones and Curwen are included among the probable half-backs with Bentham and Jack Humphreys. Ronnie Dellow remains at outside-right with Tommy Fowler at outside-left. International Mutch and Stevenson will be there to prompt Lawton. Everton; Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Carey, Humphreys, Jones (H.), Curwen; Dellow, Mutch, Lawton or Wyles, Stevenson, Fowler.
Joe Mercer by the way, goes to a southern station after his game at Wembley on Saturday, and may not be available for Everton again for some time.
Everton Reserves go to penny-lane to tackle Kirkby. Everton; Castle; Griffiths, Ireland; Reynolds, McDonnell, Cheers, Fairfoull; Wyles, Grant, Curran, Thomas, Lewis.
Everton Colts play Mersey Ironworks.
EVERTON’S VITAL GAME
February 26, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Everton, have a big job on against Southport at Goodison. Everton have to do more than just win to make sure of being in the Cup proper, they have to win by a big margin, for it doesn’t look as though 10 points will ensure participation, and their goal average wants a bit of brightening in the case that id the deciding factor. Southport gave the Blues some anxious moments in last week’s game, and they will put up a stern fight. It’s going to be no walkover for the home side, but I think they can pull it off. Everton; Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Carey, Humphreys, Jones (H.), Curwen; Dellow, Mutch, Lawton or Wyles, Stevenson, Fowler. Southport; King or Graham; Weaver, Kirby; Wright, Evans, Flack; Francis, Rawlings, Ball, Simpkins, Frost, Deverall, Butler.
February 27, 1943. The Evening Express
The fact that Everton could defeat Southport 8-3 at Haig-Avenue last Saturday without several of their stars, should give the players all the encouragement in the world for tomorrow’s vital test. There have been many arguments during the week on the strength of Everton’s chances of getting through, but the fact remains that a win with practically ensure the Blues going forward. Everton have a better goal-average than the majority of the clubs, who still have only “one leg” in the qualifying section, and do not forget that if Everton win tomorrow they must improve that average unless it be by some curious score like 9-8. If the Blues win I shall be quite content. Everton’s big failing this season has been an aptitude for having a false sense of security too quickly, and just because they beat Southport last week I ask them not to labour under the delusion that they have little to do tomorrow. They have. They need every goal to make doubly sure. Their position will be improved if they can prevent Southport from scoring of course, and I warn the Blues that their most dangerous moments will be just after the interval. In all their game’s this season that opening quarter of the second half has been the time when the Sandgrounders have produced their shock tactics. It happened last week, and Everton should now be prepared. Everton hopes are improved by the fact that international Tommy Lawton is practically a certain starter. If Mutch and Stevenson play as well as they did at Southport then Lawton should get a crop of goals, for the strength of Southport lies not in defence. In addition Jack Carey, the Irish international from Manchester United, will in all probability be at centre-half, and believe me. Carey is a great footballer. Both clubs have doubts at the moment, but while Southport cannot qualify they will be striving hard-knowing that a win will ensure their meeting the Blues again in the Lancashire Cup the following two Saturdays. There should be a 20,000 attendance to see the vital game –as important as at any match Everton have figured in during the war. The kick-off is at 3.0 p.m. Everton; Birkett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Carey, Humphreys, Jones (H.), Curwen; Dellow, Mutch, Lawton or Wyles, Stevenson, Fowler. Southport; King or Graham; Weaver, Kirby; Wright, Evans, Flack; Francis, Rawlings, Ball, Simpkins, Frost, Deverall, Butler.
EVERTON V SOUTHPORT
February 27, 1943. The Liverpool Echo
Everton; Birkett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Carey (J) (Manchester United), and Humphreys, half-backs; Dellow, Mutch (Preston North End), Lawton, Stevenson, T. Fowler, forwards. Southport;- King, goal; Delaney and Kirby, backs; Francis, (crystal Palace), Evans, and Flack, half-backs; Rawlings, Ball, Frost, Deverall, and Butler, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Hartley (Bolton). Everton took a two goal lead in this vital Cup game before the match had been in progress 20 minutes. There was a slight touch of fortune about the first goal, when Lawton was lucky to find the ball cannon back to him after King had made a partial save, but Stevenson, who got the second one at the 16th minute made no mistake with a deliberate and well-placed shot from a centre by Fowler. Southport reduced the lead at 22nd minute, when Everton claimed for hands against Frost, the scorer, but Referee Hartley would have none of it. A minute later Everton restored their two goals advantage. Lawton taking advantage of weakness in the Southport defence to nip through and score. In endeavouring to intercept a shot from Bentham, Rawlings diverted the ball into his own goal, in spite of a valiant effort by King, who put Everton further in front.
Half-time; Everton 4, Southport 1.
Everton got another goal through Lawton, two minutes after the resumption, following a pass from Mutch. A minute before King had made a great save from a Mutch effort. Two goals in two minutes to Lawton and Fowler made it 8-1 within a minute A Cook-Bentham combination led to Mutch getting’s Everton’s sixth, following which King, who had injured his shoulder earlier, left the field and Flack went into goal. Cook scored from a penalty -79 minutes. Mutch got Everton’s tenth -83 minutes.
GOODISON GOALS RUSH
February 27, 1943. The Evening Express.
Everton’s Bid To qualify
Tommy Lawton led the Everton attack against Southport at Goodison Park today in the concluding and vital war Cup qualifying game. Jack Carey, of Manchester United, was at centre half. Southport brought in Delaney, a Services player, at right back. Everton; Birkett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Carey (J) (Manchester United), and Humphreys, half-backs; Dellow, Mutch (Preston North End), Lawton, Stevenson, T. Fowler, forwards. Southport;- King, goal; Delaney and Kirby, backs; Francis, (crystal Palace), Evans, and Flack, half-backs; Rawlings, Ball, Frost, Deverall, and Butler, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Hartley (Bolton). Southport were the first to show their paces, but Cook held up Butler, and then Lawton tried a distance shot which was off the mark. Fowler outwitted Delaney and middle the ball, which King disposed of at the second attempt, and then Fowler was put through again. He cut in to drive hard and low across the face of the goal, but no one could supply the necessary connecting link. Lawton was off the mark with an angle shot, before Butler just failed to snap up a far flung pass from Ball. The opening had been rather tame and many mistakes were made, but proceedings livened up in nine minutes, when Everton took the lead through Lawton. Mutch and Bentham did the donkey work, Bentham running through at inside-left to lob over a dangerous centre. King and Lawton went for the ball together and after a collision the ball luckily dropped at the feet of Lawton, who merely poked out a foot and pushed it into the net. It was a simple goal the charm being in the lead-up work. Everton increased their lead in 14 minutes through Stevenson, to crown a magnificent “double-act” between Stevenson and Fowler. Stevenson created the opening for Fowler to outwit Delaney and then neatly push the ball back for Stevenson to pull it to his right foot and drive into the top far corner of the net. Dellow was limping with a damaged their muscle. Evans, menaced by Stevenson, almost put the ball through his own goal. The Blues had a shock in 19 minutes, when Southport reduced the lead through Frost. Humphreys had contributed a fine run, but had just failed to find Lawton with his centre. The ball was swung down the middle, and Carey, in attempting to clear, kicked the ball against the one running Frost, who went through to give Birkett no chance. Two minutes later Everton had restored their two goals advantage, for after Lawton had gone through only to shoot outside the international was given a second chance, and this time he placed low into the net. From Stevenson’s corner –Stevenson had to take them because Dellow was practically a passenger –Lawton headed in low and King just managed to scramble the ball round the post as it was crossing the line. Lawton survived three tackles in going to the line to flash the ball across the face of the goal, Stevenson just missing it before Fowler placed against the side netting. Southport were particularly dangerous with their sudden raids but rarely got within shooting distance, apart from one –Rawlings effort which flashed over the top. Everton were continuously on the attack, and in 41 minutes were leading 4-1, when Rawlings, in endeavouring to intercept a shot following a corner, turned the ball through his own goal. King retrieved it, but on the appeal of a linesman the goal was allowed. Subsequently the Southport goal underwent terrific pressure.
Half-time; Everton 4, Southport 1.
Within three minutes of the resumption Lawton had increased Everton’s lead to 5-1, and the Blues continued to do practically all the attacking. Rawlings, who some time before had dropped to right back, put paid to sonic menacing raids, but it was the ex-Evertonian King, who stood between Everton and a drop of goals. King saved a free kick, from Lawton and fisted away from Greenhalgh in superlative style. King next dived to turn a shot from Mutch on to the post and he injured his shoulders in doing so.
Lawton and Mutch contributed thrilling runs before Cook went through to open the way for Mutch to bring the total to six in 65 minutes. Two minutes later King was injured again and went off, Flack taking his place in goal. Mutch twice went through before Cook lobbed a ball to the goalmouth and Lawton with a magnificent back header, made it seven in 69 minutes. One minute later Fowler made it eight from close range. Although Dellow was still on the field, he could do nothing but the other four forwards were a delight to watch. It was all one way traffic and in 78 minutes Mutch was fouled when going through and Cook made it nine from the penalty kick. Everton reached double figures in 82 minutes, with a splendid goal by Mutch. Two minutes from time Deverall reduced the lead, following a free kick. Final; Everton 10, Southport 2.