EVERTON GET THE ONLY GOODISON GOAL
February 1, 1947. The Evening Express
Attractive Play on Treacherous Ground
Everton were in bright mood against Huddersfield Town at Goodison, today. Much of the Everton approach work on a treacherous surface was a delight to watch, but there was still not the necessary steadiness when it came to applying the finishing touch. Farrell and Fielding were stars in a resourceful Everton side, Fielding in particular revelling in the conditions. Everton gained the lead with an unusual goal scored by Stan Bentham from just within the Huddersfield half. Huddersfield with Doherty a brilliant schemer fought tremendously hard in the later stages but they found the Everton defence standing firm although the Yorkshiremen had their chances. Like Everton however, they were weak in front of goal. Everton were forced to make a late change, Alex Stevenson received an ankle injury in Wednesday’s “Derby” game and it was decided not to risk him, Higgins being introduced at inside right. Huddersfield made several changes McShane took Metcalf’s place at outside left. Howe was at right-half, and the full backs were Bailey and Hayes. There would be about 30,000 present at the start. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Higgins, Wainwright, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Huddersfield Town; Hesford, goal; Hayes, and Bailey, backs; Howe, Hepplewhite, and Boot, half-backs; Bateman, Glazard, Tompkins, Doherty, and McShane, forwards. Referee; Mr. E.W. Baker (Manchester). Everton were first on the offensive, but a foul in the Huddersfield area brought relief to Hesford. Then Doherty pushed through a perfect down-the-middle pass for Tomkin, but Sagar was able to get there first. McShane was an early causally on a pitch which still had a slight covering of snow. McShane recovered after treatment. It was soon obvious that the surface was treacherous, and there were likely to be plenty of mistakes. Up to now it had been a game lacking in incident, and neither Hesford or Sagar had a forceful shot to deal with. A first time Fielding pass to Wainwright on the goal pathy, but Hepplewhite was on the spot and kicked into touch to foll the Everton leader. Everton continued to have by far the better of matters without being able to produce an effective shot. They came nearest to scoring when Fielding outwitted Howe and crossed a first time centre for Higgins to head goalwards but Hesford always had the ball well covered. The game had now began to liven up and Wainwright sent Higgins through with a perfect forward pass. Higgins delivered a stinging first time drive, but again found Hesford positioned to save without difficulty.
Hepplewhite was laid out flat, when he took the full force of a Hayes free kick, awarded for a Fielding infringement. Hepplewhite soon recovered after treatment. When Huddersfield for the first time looked dangerous, Bateman negatived a promising movement by shooting tamely wide from far out. Doherty several times showed flashes of his genius, without receiving telling response from his forward colleagues. Successive slips by Fielding and Bentham almost let Huddersfield in, but there was still a lack of conviction about their shooting. Doherty tried a first-timer which was just off the mark. Fielding was the mainspring of the Everton attack, and he offered Higgins a heaven-sent chances, but Higgins shot hastily high over the bar with only Hesford to beat. This was a bad miss. Everton maintained their ascendancy and Higgins was unfortunate when he back-headed a Bentham lobbed pass on the bar, with Hesford beaten. The Huddersfield goal had some remarkable escapes, notably when Hayes attempting to pass back to Hesford gave Higgins an opening but both Higgins and Hesford missed the ball completely and it rolled quietly behind for a goal kick. Mcllhatton was applauded for a determined run and short square pass for Wainwright to shoot with hesitation, Hesford saving in great style. Hard, knocks were frequent, and Hayes was the third Huddersfield casualty. He had to be assisted to the line. A three-point move between Fielding, Mcllhatton and Wainwright saw Wainwright shoot narrowly over the top from short range.
Everton pressure brought its reward in the 35th minute, Bentham scoring with a deceptive long-range free kick awarded for a foul. Hesford came out of goal, but appeared to misjudge the flight of the ball completely. As Hayes returned limping to take up the outside right berth Tomkins missed a great opportunity of equalising, heading high over the bar with only Sagar to beat. Howe went back to take over Hayes position. Bateman moving to right half. Although Everton had far more of the play, Huddersfield had their chances, but were terribly weak in front of goal. Also they found the Everton defence playing with supreme confidence.
Half-time; Everton 1, Huddersfield Town 0.
Huddersfield took up the running and Tompkins grazed the goal with an accurate header from Bateman’s centre. Hayes, still limping, had now returned to his normal position at right back. Doherty continued to strive might and main to provide the goal chance for his colleagues, and was only checked in one thrilling run by the determination of Humphreys, who was in great form. Then Doherty pushed out a glorious pass to Bateman, but the Huddersfield outside-right failed badly with a gift offering.
Huddersfield were certainly going all out for the equaliser, and Bateman brought Sagar to his knees with a rasping cross-drive from 20 yards. When Everton came more into the picture it was again Fielding who took the eye with a brilliant run up the right wing. He pushed the ball forward to Mcllhatton who squared it for Wainwright who, however, was unable to gain complete control on the slippery turf. Again Fielding gained possession and tried to send Mcllhatton away, but the Scot had drifted offside. When Huddersfield came again Glazzard let go a surprise shot which Sagar, turned round the post at full length. The resultant corner produced a confused melee in the Everton goalmouth but Sagar’s charge remained intact. Considering the difficulties both sides were serving up attractive football for it must have been exceptionally difficult for then to keep their feet. A swerving Mcllhatton run gave a chance to Higgins and Wainwright in turn, but neither was able to connect. After Sagar had saved another “grounder” from Bateman. Wainwright sent Eglington away but he dropped his centre on the goal netting. A Fielding long-range shot finished well wide of the target. Mcllhatton was having a field day at the expense of Bailey, but he was slow to make up his mind when Wainwright angled a short pass to him just within the Huddersfield area. Everton had now taken command again and Higgins tried a first timer which flashed into the side netting. When Mcllhatton was fouled the crowd shouted to Bentham for a repeat of the first-half goal, but this time he only succeeded in placing the ball straight to a Huddersfield defender. Humphreys came dangerous near to letting in Tompkin and Doherty when he tried to relieve pressure with an overhead pass to Sagar. Fortunately for Everton Sagar sensed the danger and just managed to get there first. This was a game of distinct phrases first Everton and then Huddersfield revealing superiority. Now it was Huddersfield’s turn and Everton were hard pushed to keep them at bay. Then Everton broke away and Wainwright gave Mcllhatton the chance to shoot from an oblique angle. Hesford saved with difficulty, but was forced to take the ball over the line for a corner. There were possibilities of Everton increasing their lead when Wainwright, who was always dangerous, broke through and tried to steer the ball wide of Hesford although harassed by two defenders. Hesford just managed to turn the ball round the post with a scrambling sort of dive. There was a close call for Everton when Glazzard headed narrowly over the bar from a lobbed McShane centre. Play was switching from end-to-end with remarkable rapidity although neither side was able to finish off clever approach work. Wainwright, who had now moved to inside right, Higgins taking over the leadership electrified the crowd when he swept round Bailey but shot across when a goal appeared almost a certainty. Huddersfield threw anything into attack in the final quarter-hour and Sagar dashed out to save a certain goal when Glazzard broke clean through. Both had to receive attention, Glazzard being taken behind the goal for treatment. Both Sagar and Glazzard were stung when they came into collision, and Sagar wandered around apparently dazed, but was still able to boot the ball outside for a throw-in. Sagar was several times Everton’s saviour during this final Huddersfield onslaught and he had difficulty in dealing with a long range free kick for a Bentham handling office. Glazzard was assisted off the field by two ambulance men, and then Higgins had the ball in the net, but was whistled for infringement. Final; Everton 1, Huddersfield Town 0.
HUDDERSFIELD RES V EVERTON RES
February 1, 1947. The Evening Express
Burnett dealt capably with several good shots from the home forwards, and although they were having most of the play Huddersfield could not drew level. Just before the final whistle Reid equalised for Huddersfield. Final; Huddersfield T Res 2, Everton Res 2.
Everton “A” v. Haydock
Haydock attacked for the first five minutes and forced a corner. Everton replied with two corners, in quick succession. Hannah made a grand shot, which was well saved by Reeve. Half-time; Everton “A” 0, Haydock 0. Full Time; Everton “A” 2, Haydock 0
EVERTON MOVE AWAY FROM TROUBLE
February 3, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 1 (Bentham), Huddersfield 0.
The Everton barometer is rising, and is now well above freezing point. But I would issue a warning note. What Everton have done recently, some of those near the foot of the table also are capable of doing. The shot which heaped up trouble for Huddersfield would not have beaten Heston in a month of Sundays in ordinary circumstances, but being human he erred in dealing with Bentham’s long-range free kick and it cost his side at least a point. I have seen in the Everton team in their two most recent games a greater spirit, they have cast off that feeling that nothing would go right. The snow had been swept away, leaving a crusted top which made football’s speculative affair, but in spite of all these things, Everton’s play provided a high standard of skill. Swinging the ball about did not enter into their scheme, but they were supreme matters for the major portion of the game, and had their shooting been commensurate with they midfield play they would have built up a nice goal crop to help along their average.
When I saw Huddersfield in the earlier part of the season I rated them one of the poorest sides in the League and after this match, I have no reason to change that opinion. The signing of the Irish star Peter Doherty, was expected to work wonder’s but Doherty has a tremendous lob on hand in order to turn the clever into anything else but a hard, striving team. Everton attacked for 70 per cent of the game yet it is was a fluke goal which brought them their success. One must be prepared to be powerful when the conditions are against accuracy, but I cannot poor shooting of the Everton forwards. They promised so much yet fulfilled little Huddersfield were even worse their first shot was made at the hour. From goal to left half there was skill of a high order in the Everton side, with Humphreys the rock on which the Town attack split Fielding has never been more dazzling in his control and his mastery of the ball. His Pressmen-like gatt carried him beyond an opponent with ease and grace. Wainwright started at centre forward later changed to his original position, and he and Higgins brought a lot of life into the attack. All the players battled bravely against the elements. Bentham’s goal from a free kick had no goal look about it until Hesford (usually as safe as a vault) came too far out, and the ball passed over his hands into the net. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Higgins, Wainwright, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Huddersfield Town; Hesford, goal; Hayes, and Bailey, backs; Howe, Hepplewhite, and Boot, half-backs; Bateman, Glazard, Tompkins, Doherty, and McShane, forwards. Referee; Mr. E.W. Baker (Manchester).
• Liverpool beat Leeds 2-1, Stubbins (2), and Grainger for Leeds
HUDDERSFIELD RESERVES 2, EVERTON RES 2
February 3, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Chiefly responsible for Everton Res, draw against Huddersfield Town Res was goalkeeper Burnett. On numerous occasions he foiled the home forwards by excellent saves. His defenders especially Lindley supported him well and prompted by the clever Boyes, the Everton forwards were always dangerous. Green scored their first goal after about 26 minutes and Hyndman got the second four minutes later. Reid scored both Huddersfield goals.
• Dug Livingstone, trainer-coach of Sheffield United. F.A. Cup favourites, who was due to take up the position of team manager of Sheffield Wednesday after the Wolverhampton cup-tie last week, has changed his mind and has decided to stay with Sheffield United.
BLUES “IN THE BLUE.”
February 3, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton concluded their happiest week of the season by defeating Huddersfield Town 1-0 at Goodison Park which, following the win over Liverpool, lifts them to the top half of the table. After the visit to Brentford on December 28 I wrote that Everton would finish nearer the top than the bottom. That little prophecy looks like coming true. Radar was at Goodison Park, and here is his review of the win which placed Everton bang “in the blue.” “Everton are definitely on the upgrade if their performance against Huddersfield Town is a reliable criterion. There was an all-round confidence and spirit about the team which has been lacking on more than one occasion this season. Particularly did I note the cool methodical way the defence went about its work. Unhurried precise and constructive. Greenhalgh and Jackson were right on top form, while the half-backs were as effective a trio as I have seen this term. Humphreys had one of his best-ever days, and gave the dashing Tompkin no single loophole. Bentham was ever the earnest worker and scored the winning goal from a free kick in the 35th minute. Peter Farrell proved yet again how invaluable a capture Everton made when they brought him across the Irish Sea. Dominant in defence zealous and thoughtful in offence, Farrell was easily the outstanding middle-line man of the field. Everton should have won this game by a wider margin. They did not do so because they still have not conquered the problem which has so often been their undoing –inability to round off perfectly executed attacking movements. On the treacherous, snow-covered turf they went to work with a will, and made progress by some of the most attractive football provided at Goodison Park this year. Mainspring of the attack was Wally Fielding, who amazed every one by his brilliant ball control under such arduous conditions. “Nobby” seemed to have the ball tied to his feet. He was a problem the Huddersfield defenders were never able to solve beating his man this time by a cute body serve, the next by an unexpected flick of the foot. Wainwright, on his second appearance as leader of the Everton attack, found the lanky Hepplewhite his master in the air, but rarely was beaten with the ball on the floor. He still has not regained his last season’s confidence when it comes to applying the finishing touch however. It is probably more a case of over anxiety than anything else, for we know he can do it. I thought this was Johnny Mcllhatton’s best game since joining Everton. He always had the beating of Bailey, and responded well to that sweeping Fielding cross-pass, if still not able to find direction in his shooting, although it was only a brilliant Hesford save in the second half which prevented him notching what would have been his first goal. Higgins is a great trier and contributed some excellent work, yet he should have scored when a down-the-middle Fielding pass left him with only Hesford to beat. He swept the ball high over the top. Eglington also did much that was good to watch, yet is still suffering from the same lack of finishing accuracy as the others. Nevertheless it was an Everton in distinctly brighter “vein.”
EVERTON INTEREST IN TRNAMERE FORWARD
February 5, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
T.B. Jones Preferred his Part-Time Role
By Leslie Edwards
It is some time since Tranmere Rovers produced a Division 1, player, but that is not to say that the well has dried up and refused to yield and more. Deans, Wareing, or Ellis Rimmers. Or any Riddings or players of the ability of Tom Jones, ex-Tonypandy, who winged with Sheffield Wednesday before he came back to Prenton as trainer. Latest of the Jones clan to make the Mark is T.B. Jones, who was with Tranmere in pre-war days, and who has attracted at least one Division 1 club to Birkenhead in recent times. I am told he hits the ball hard and truly with either foot; that his shooting has been known to break a goalkeeper’s wrist, and that, like Joe Mercer and Stanley Cullis, he is another from the famous Ellesmere Port production line. Normally senior clubs are liable to miss anyone operation under their noses, as it were, but this cannot be said, of Everton, since they appreciated the Tranmere position quickly and sent over to see whether Tranmere would be interested in their proposition. The Tranmere board considered the matter and found that Jones (who doubles football with a job with Shell Mex) preferred to maintain his part-time role. Were Tranmere asked to name a figure, it would probably be in the neighbourhood of £6,000. For Dean they received about £3,000, for Wareing over £4,000.
CATTERICK MAY PLAY
February 6, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’ Log (Don Kendall)
Harry Catterick, Everton’s centre-forward who has broken his left arm twice in the same place this season, may have his first game since the second break when Everton entertain Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Central League at Goodison Park on Saturday. State of the ground will decide and if Catterick does not play Higgins will lead the line. Grant plays right-back with Hodgkiss on the left. Everton Reserves; Lovatt; Grant, Hodgkiss; Livingstone, Lindley, Davies; Owen, Johnson, Catterick, or Higgins, Lyon, Boyes.
February 7, 1947. The Evening Express
By Pilot (Don Kendall)
Everton with dull care behind them, travel to the Black Country to face their hardest task of the season – 90 minutes football against the Wolves, leaders of the First Division. The Wolves will be out to complete the “double” for they won 2-0 at Goodison, but whereas the Wanderers have faltered lately the Blues have been showing vastly-improved form and have secured eight out of the last ten League points played for, naturally, one must take the Wolves to win, but do not be surprised if Everton continue to capture a point, for their confidence has returned, and with Stevenson and Fielding there to pave the way for Wainwright’s dash and shot it will not be all Wolves by any means. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding, Eglington. For the third time within a week Molineux ground has been cleared of snow, and there is a fair chance of the game being played.
February 8, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
Everton have made the journey to Wolverhampton for a league fixture which can further confirm Wolverhampton’s claim to be the best side in the country, or Everton’s that they are a new and different side with their attack as constituted. Wainwright remains t centre-forward, and Stevenson returns and there is no doubt that Everton’s chances are improved by the conditions. They have played well on most of the snow grounds. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding, Eglington.
EVERTON GAME POSTPONED
February 8, 1947. The Evening Express
Everton’s match with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molynuex ground, Wolverhampton, today, was postponed. Gangs of men worked so hard clearing the ground of snow that in the middle of the week, the Wolverhampton club were hopeful that the match would be played. Instead, icy winds, on Friday hardened the already frozen pitch. The referee Mr. H.T. Wright, of Macclesfield, inspected the ground last night. He made a further inspection this morning and declared play impossible.
• The Football League Management Committee meets tomorrow to select the League side to oppose the Irish League at Goodison Park on Feb, 19. (Writes Pilot).
• Secretary Manager Mr. Tom Williams of Wrexham, and several of his directors attended today’s match at Goodison between Everton Reserves and Wolverhampton Reserves in the Central league.
• The Everton first team players had a busman’s holiday at Anfield, as the guests of the Liverpool club.
• Everton F.C have become interested in E. Milner (goalkeeper) and K. Linney (Left full-back) of Bromborough F.C.
EVERTON RESERVES 1, WOLVERHAMPTON RESERVES 5
February 10, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Under arctic conditions the Wolves proved the superior side and deserved full points. Catterick made a welcome reappearance in Everton’s team following the breaking of an arm for the second time, and gave a sound display, besides scoring Everton’s goal. Wolverhampton marksmen were Chatham (2), Ramscar, King and Alderman (penalty).
• Liverpool beat Derby 1-0 in the F.A Cup, Balmer scoring.
• St. Elizabeth’s 0, Everton “B” 5
February 14, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Notes (Don Kendall)
Everton’s brilliant run of league success in 1947, have kept enthusiasts much warmer than the climatic conditions, and further moves towards ultimate goals may be made tomorrow. Everton will received Sunderland, the enigma of the First Division, at Goodison Park. Sunderland with their new left-back - £6,000 Hudgill –come with a team much improved since they beat Everton 4-1 at Roker Park and as one of the best away teams in the league, offer a real threat to Everton’s fine run bringing eight points out of the last ten. Sunderland have won six and drawn three out of 14 away games, which is in distinct contrast to their home record, which shows no fewer the seven defeats and only five wins. Not often a club has more away than home wins. Everton will have out the team which surprised Liverpool 1-0, so that Eddie Wainwright will be operating between the two master-schemers, Stevenson and Fielding. Humphreys retains the centre half Perth in conditions which should suit him admirably. An Everton victory will take them well into the top half of the League, far, far away from the danger zone, which I am convinced the Blues have left behind them for good. Everton have only to take their chances to win, but it must be appreciated that while only two clubs have gained more home wins than the Blues they have scored only 24 goals to do so –sure evidence that the defence is playing its vital part. The ground at Goodison is in good conditions with a nice carpet of snow, so we should see some excellent football from two good sides. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding, Eglington.
• Chesterfield Reserves v Everton Reserves has been postponed.
SUNDERLAND AT GOODISON
February 15, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
With Hudgell their £7,500 full back signing from Crystal Palace in the side, Sunderland hope to accomplish the “double” at the expense of Everton at Goodison Park, but I do not anticipate the men from Roker Park succeeding in their ambition. I am aware that the Wearsiders play better away from home, but they will find Everton a different side to when they beat them at Roker Park last October. For this game, Everton play the side chosen for last week’s postponed game with Wolverhampton, which includes Stevenson at inside right. The club endeavoured to get the referee over from Huddserfield to inspect the playing pitch yesterday, but he was unable to make the journey. The Everton players, however, “tried out” the ground by actual play, and reported it fit, so bar a sudden change for the worse in conditions, the game is almost sure to be played. The kick-off is at 3.15 pm, and the Everton side is; Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding, Eglington.
GOPYBOOK FOOTBALL ON GOODISON’S SNOW-CLAD PITCH
February 15, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Wainwright’s Hat-Trick Crowns Great Exhibition
Sunderland Twice in the Lead
But Everton Hit back
Everton 4, Sunderland 2
A sound win for Everton. They earned it by their general display, and their superior shooting. Everton’s form on the recent snowbound grounds has been really astonishing. Wainwright has brought the necessary speed into the centre forward position. Everton;- Sagar, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Sunderland;- Mapson, goal; Stelling and Hudgell, backs; Scotson, Walsh, and Wright, half-backs; Whitelum, Robinson, Davies, Watson and Reynolds, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.H.Mortimer (Huddersfield).
The Sunderland players were of greater masters of the conditions than their rivals. Everton’s reply with a perfect trap by Eglington and sent Wainwright away on the left wing and there was obviously danger to Mapson who however, got out of this difficulties without trouble.
An Early Blow
At the fourth minute Sunderland struck their first blow, and it culminated in a goal for Robinson. Actually the movement was started by a back pass by Mcllhatton. Reynolds collected the ball and tapping in centred right across the Everton goalmouth and Robinson with a side flick of his boot, turned the ball into the Everton net. All thing considered the play thus far had been most entertaining. One had to forgive slips and slurs, but to the man the players performed with great credit on this ice-ring.
Everton were not unduly perturbed about Sunderland having drawn first blood, for they recognised that there was still plenty of time to level matters and go in front, and at the ninth minute the nicest movement so far of the match ended in a “heady” goal by Wainwright. One cannot just pass the scoring of this goal over by so plain a statement –actually four men played a part in it. Bentham was the source, and although he was a shade lucky to get a second attempt to push the ball through to Mcllhatton, one had to credit him with pertinacity. Mcllhatton carried on from there, and put the ball to Stevenson. The little Irishman glided it further along, where Wainwright was stationed and the latter’s header completely beat Mapson.
At this point, Everton had taken temporary command, and a powerful left-footed shot by Wainwright flashed over the Sunderland cross bar like lightning. It was well for Mapson that it was not an inch lower. For had he touched the ball his fingers would no doubt have tingled for the rest of the game. Everton seemed to revel in the frosty conditions –their last two games have been on an ice pack – and they really were an eye-opener today. The darting methods of Wainwright were a sore trouble to Walsh and his hencemen. Sagar’s only handling case to date was a pass back from a colleague. When Humphreys tackled Davies rather robustly it brought a free kick which, however, had no tangible result.
Two Sunderland Escapes
Everton struck back, and a Mcllhatton pass to Wainwright was not collected by the Everton centre forward first time. The snow, however, put some drag on the ball, and Wainwright was able to recover and finish off what he really intended to do, a centre into the goalmouth. Sunderland survived, as they did a moment later when Fielding shot a foot outside. Wainwright was everywhere, and he opened the way for Stevenson who shot only to find Stelling kick clear with Mapson beaten. A minute later Fielding made the run of the match, but unfortunately he carried the ball over the goal line before he centred so that Wainwright shot to the back of the Sunderland net was not allowed.
Mapson Under Fire
Had Stevenson and others been able to keep their feet Mapson should have had work to do instead of seeing a Mcllhatton drive pass over the crossbar. Apart from the goal and some pass backs by Everton players Sagar’s first call was to cut out a centre-cum-shot by Whitelum. Twice Mapson was out of goal punching away, when surrounded by Everton players, and there was a case of a cannon-out when the odds were against the Sunderland goalkeeper. If one takes the amount of attacking into account Everton should have been at least two goals in front, but is so often happens the side which has been attacking consistency often sees their opponents with one swift raid upset all calculations.
We saw it at Goodison today, and Whitelum, following some strong Everton pressure was able to collect the ball and running swiftly forward he lobbed it into the Everton goalmouth. Sagar came out, but the ball passed over his head and hands and went on to Reynolds who had closed in hopeful anticipation, and he had the simple task of tapping the ball over the line for Sunderland’s second goal at 29 minutes. Fielding brought out the best in Mapson when he ran to within 24 yards of goal, and then delivered a drive which seemed bound to reach the net, but Mapson made a great save. So far the honours had gone to Everton in everything except goal-scoring. One of the reason’s why Everton were in arrears was because of the Sunderland goalkeeper, who had saves to make from Wainwright and Stevenson.
Fielding was in his element. His masterly of the ball was uncanny and he made passes, the like of such one only contemplates on a billiard table surface. He was not far off with another shot. In fact, Everton were somewhat luckless in this respect. Another quick raid by the North-easterners saw Davies shoot well, so well in fact that Sagar had to go down on his knees to make doubly sure. Hudgell elbowed off Mcllhatton in no uncertain manner, but the free-kick did not produce anything of any benefit to Everton.
There was a mix-up in the Everton goal between Bentham and Sagar, and it was only because the goalkeeper decided on safely first measures and kicked away that there was not a greater danger. Near the interval Sunderland attacked with promise and Robinson forced Sagar to concede a corner. But what are corners these days? Again Sunderland produced an attack which brought them another corner, but again it was of no value to them. Although Everton had three-quarters of the play and had done all the shooting, it was Sunderland who led at the interval.
Half-time; Everton 1, Sunderland 2.
Davies, Sunderland centre forward was soon in action in the second half, but his shot was cannoned away, and this was followed by an Everton advance which should most assuredly, have produced a goal. Wainwright might have shot first but he elected to pass the ball over to Eglington, who was standing only three yards out. The Irishman shot straight at the goalkeeper, who was glad to concede a corner.
Eglington almost did the same thing a minute later, but the equaliser was not long delayed. Mcllhatton put Wainwright through with a nice ball, and the Everton centre forward strode on confidently, and although Mapson came out to reduce the angle Wainwright found the far side of the net with a grand shot. Time 51 minutes. Everton had only got their deserts, but there was still some way to go before the final whistle.
Catch of the Season!
Eglington was not at all sure of himself near goal, for yet another chance came his way, but he put it into the side netting. As against that, one had nothing but praise for the way Sagar handled a shot for Davies. It looked a million pounds to a pinch of salt that the Sunderland man would score, for he had the position, the time, and the shot to have brought about Sagar’s downfall. The Everton goalkeeper made the catch of the season, taking the ball like a slip fielder. Wainwright was a will-of-the-wisp to the Sunderland defenders. He could be seen on either wing, yet always seemed to be there when the ball came to the middle.
Calling The Tune
Bentham helped matters along when he squared-passed into the goal area, but the Sunderland defence was very defiant at this point, and they needed to be, for Everton were once again calling the tune. Stevenson got a free kick for hands but Wainwright’s placed kick did not find a way through the barrier that Sunderland had built up against him. Another free kick this time for rather hefty treatment on Wainwright, by Walsh and once again the Sunderland defence survived.
Battle For Lead
Everton were playing with a spirit and determination to win that leading goal, and a shot by Wainwright was deflected for a corner. Sunderland had hardly crossed the half way line this half, yet when Jackson sliced his drive it opened the way for Whitelum, who preferred an angular shot to a centre. He put plenty of steam behind it, but it lacked direction. It was well that Stelling did not attempt the pass back, which was obviously in his minds, for Wainwright had sneaked up into a position that would have been fatal to Stelling’s intention. Such pressure as Everton brought to bear was bound to bring the required results. Eglington forced Mapson to a good save, but then a pass by Stevenson put Wainwright in an almost unassailable position, and the Everton centre-forward accepted the gift by recording his hat-trick at the 75th minute. Actually “Stevie” was a bit lucky to have got the ball at all, for it was due to a defensive slip that he was able to link up with it. However, he took full advantage. Stevenson tried to head a goal from Mcllhatton’s cross, but was off the line.
A Near Squeak
The Everton goal had a narrow escape when Davies, a strong powerful player, beat off a challenge by Humphreys, so that it became a duel between himself (Davies) and Sagar, with the goalkeeper taking the prize. It was, nevertheless, a near squeak. A flick pass by Stevenson enabled Mcllhatton to run on and shoot across the Sunderland goalmouth. There was a strong appeal for a penalty, but to my mind the referee, was quite right in giving a free kick just outside the Sunderland penalty area.
Fourth Everton Goal
Mcllhatton, who took the kick, drove the ball rather fast across the goal, and Eglington, who had positioned himself well, headed the ball up against the upright, the ball rebounded into the goal. Final; Everton 4, Sunderland 2. Attendance 39,658.
WAINWRIGHT HAT-TRICK WON THE DAY
February 17, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton’s Double Recovery
By Ernest Edwards (“Bee)
Everton 4 (Wainwright 3, Eglington), Sunderland 2 (Robinson, Reynolds)
May I borrow from the laughter of George Formby and paraphrase his “Turned out ice again”? Frozen playing pitch frozen spectators (nearly 40,00o of them), all anxious about Everton’s exceptional test from the visitors renowned for their away victories’ yet Everton prepared to burst their lung pipes upon a victory that could bring the club safe into the lap of the football gods next season. –Division 1. Victory crowned their efforts after a dour struggle. The final count suggests a virtually easy passage. It was anything but that. Sunderland shocked the locals by an early goal, and when that had been equalled, proceeded to take a further lead before the half-time. That position was irksome to Everton. They had played reasonably well and had toiled in vain. Sunderland by means of the elusive Robinson and Watson, had swept the ball over the ice-floes in a capital notion that here was an open space, here a centre without undue elaboration and a defence icebound and unable to move freely and at times getting in the way of the advancing goalkeeper. Sunderland had done more in a three-piece-suite than Everton with all their whirling and turning. Something different had to be produced.
Finding more frequent attacks had brought them nought, Everton set about being workmanlike, practical. They continued to have more of the game and this time one man added the necessary finishing touch. It was solely because Walsh could not hold the flighty Wainwright. This young Southport player is one of the quickest off his mark. He can glide through a defence. At this stage he set his heart upon instant challenge and a fluency as between right and left flank that left Sunderland’s defence gasping. His three goals were gems. If he has not the build for the hurly-burly of centre-forward work, he has filled the bill where Dodds was wont to throw in bulky body and determination. Eglington and Mcllhatton are not renowned for shooting and the Irishman’s goal may give further confidence to Mcllhatton, who had many enlivening bursts and raids without producing more than one low shot and at times making error, as did Eglington, with the simple chance. Everton’s general tone in attack was a continuation of the improvement seen recently, and was very welcome. I rate Bentham’s attacking display of the first hour as another important factor in their hard-earned success which was not won till the final whistle, because when the score was a frail margin (3-2) Sunderland had two splendid chances to take toll.
Thus it was a larger victory than had seemed possible and one on which all earn high marks if only for persistency when the tide had gone against them. This is indicative of Everton’s returning confidence in themselves, albeit no one could be confident about anything on this quite Arctic day. It was good of all the players to serve up football joy to relieve fuel tension; the spirit of the game was also worthy of special praise. Sunderland had some smooth practical workings in attack, but their half-back line did not rise to the forwards’ excellent style of play. Spectators took the icy blasts with rare endeavour; they deserved something rich, and got it, if only by means of the half-trick performance, and the general trend of play, which was illuminating, and could have reached the famous 6-4 mark if there had been acceptance of reasonable chances. But then, to err was human on Saturday. Everton;- Sagar, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Sunderland;- Mapson, goal; Stelling and Hudgell, backs; Scotson, Walsh, and Wright, half-backs; Whitelum, Robinson, Davies, Watson and Reynolds, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.H.Mortimer (Huddersfield).
• Everton “A” 1, Earlestown 4
• Charlton v Liverpool, P.P
KEEP TRYING, NOBBY
February 17, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Let us forget for the moment the sensational play of Wainwright and Mcllhatton on Saturday and study “Nobby” Fielding, little Cockney inside-left. Fielding must today be wondering what imp of mischief is depriving him of the goals his sharp-shooting merits. Certainly Fielding is one of the most luckless marksmen in the north at the moment, and with only an “even break” would have been bang among the goals on Saturday. I want Fielding to think of Jack Balmer, of Liverpool, who, not so long ago was shooting more than anyone, but getting no luck. Balmer’s luck suddenly changed, and he dashed into the lead among First Division scorers. Fielding may not do quite like that, but if he will keep on “having a go” as he did against Sunderland then his luck must turn – and quickly. It was the creative sparks of Fielding and Stevenson, as well as the sound propulsion of Bentham and Farrell, which made the Blues’ attack such a potent force that it hammered away at the Sunderland defence for fully 75 out of the 90 minutes. Despite the fact that it took the Blues a long time to win, the ultimate result was sticking out a mile. One of the most pleasing features was the way in which Mcllhatton had the last laugh over those who were too quick to shout at him early on. This was the Mcllhatton of the recent “Derby” style with ability to beat £6000 Hudgell on either side and use the ball well. Several times “Mac” actually robbed Hudgell of the ball. A personal triumph was scored by Eddie Wainwright, who made light of the overnight journey from Durham in a cold train and went on to register Everton’s first “hat-trick” of the season –one header and two fine shots. The success of Wainwright in his three games as leader makes Everton exceeding rich in centre forwards, but that is quite in keeping with Goodison traditions. No club has had a greater array of No 1 centre forwards, and soon Wainwright will be talked about as were Dean and Lawton. Yes, he’s heading that way. Eglington’s only fault was slowness on two occasions to take the first-time shooting chance, but he compensated with a fine headed goal late on and his field work always was sound. Stevenson revelled in the snow until tiring a little and Humphreys blotted Davies out of the game so effectively that it makes one wonder if a 100 per cent fit Tommy Jones will get his place back. The soundness of Everton’s half-backs laid the foundations for success, and lighted the task of the thorough Jackson and Greenhalgh. Sagar misjudged the flight of Robinson’s centre when Reynolds got the second Sunderland goal, but for the rest was sound and alert, his best save being a perfect catch from a short stab shot in the second half.
EVERTON’S SOLID WIN
February 17, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s solid victory over Sunderland has completely dispersed the last little reminant of relegation anxiety. What pleased me most about their continued improved showing was their spirit in fighting back after twice being in arrears; their better-balanced attack and the frequency with which they produced shots. True much of the shooting was off the mark, but better to have shot and missed than never to have shot at all. The game was more one sided than the result suggests. Everton had three-quarters of the play territorially, and the same proportion of the shooting and though this big, strapping Sunderland side did some nice things at times in the long run they were outplayed and outwitted by an Everton which showed surprising command of the ball on the frozen surface and served up some excellent football. At times the blues turned on enough heat to merit the ice, and had their finishing been more accurate they would have won much more handsomely. Star of the Everton attack was Eddie Wainwright whose will-of-the-wisp tactics and speedy raids had the visiting defence in many a tangle and were worthily crowned by a hat-trick. Eglington got the other goal. On Wainwright’s displays at centre-forward recently Everton are going to be in a quandary when Dodds is fit again. Despite his rather slight build for the leading role, the Southport man has filled the bill brilliantly and with Stevenson getting the best out of Mcllhatton the front line is a more effective striking force today that at any previous period this season. Mcllhatton seems to thrive on the recent treacherous surfaces. He gets full marks for Saturday’s fine show, when he not only made Hudgett look anything but in the five-figure class, but was the starting point of three of Everton’s goals. If he keeps up he will quickly be in everybody’s good graces, and his “Sunderland’s defence was more dogged than distinguished and when Everton were throwing everything bar the band instruments into attack they were glad to kick anywhere for safety. The home rearguard gave another of its satisfying performance, and so well did they over up that Sunderland’s shots which were in the mark could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Sagar certainly made a slip with the second goal, but the goalkeeper is not yet born who is infallible, especially under such conditions.
GOODISON LEAGUE DUEL
February 18, 1947. The Evening Express
The 41st meeting between the Football League and the Irish league will be staged tomorrow at Goodison Park, this being the first real representative game staged on Merseyside since 1937. Tommy Lawton the greatest centre-forward of the age, is certain to get a warm re-welcome on this his first appearance at Goodison Park since leaving Everton for Chelsea in exchange for £11,500 in 1945. Tommy has been at Goodison since once or twice, but not to play, and it will be quite like old times seeing him on familiar turf again.
• For the record English league won 4-2 Lawton (2), Kippax (2), and McMorran and Wright (penalty) for Ireland. Attendance 36,000
February 21, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Not since September 2 have Everton scored a victory away from home. The first journey of the season –to Aston Villa –brought full bonus, but since then it has been the case of an odd and precious point from here and there, but generally narrow defeat. It is Everton’s away luck that tomorrow’s they visit Burnden Park just at a time when Bolton Wanderers have become more than desperate about their position, with the lowest positions only a little way away, and they having played more matches than anyone. A defeat at home on Wednesday at the hands of Charlton increases Bolton’s anxiety; so they will battle with an enthusiasm born for fear. That mid-week game on ice will place a strain on the Wanderers and with Everton playing with such confidence just now I do think we shall see their second away win. Everton have lost only one match since Dec 28, when they forced a draw at Brentford –the defeat was in the last minute at Portsmouth –and have beaten in turn the Villa, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Liverpool, and Sunderland. Both the wins and the style of their attending shows that Everton are going to finish the season in a blaze of glory, and the tonic of the first 1947 away win should set the seal on their steady climb. Skipper Norman Greenhalgh will be playing before this own townfolk. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding, Eglington.
BLUES AT BOLTON
February 21, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton, away to Bolton Wanderers, have the two-fold advantage of their recent run of success and the knowledge that on the ice-bound surface their smaller-built players can keep their feet and their balance more easily than taller and heavier men. That was very noticeable last week against Sunderland and Bolton’s side is almost as hefty. The Wanderers fancied by many at the start of the season to be among the championship or Cup contenders have fallen so much from grace of recent months that the shadow of relegation falls over Burnden park almost as threateningly as at Huddersfield. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding, Eglington. Bolton Wanderers; Hanson; Roberts, Hubbick; Gillies, Hamlett, Forest; Woodward, Moir, Lofthouse, Westwood, Wrigglesworth.
EVERTON APPROACH WORK GRAND
February 22, 1947. The Evening Express
Forwards Get Two Goals to Win at Bolton
Everton maintain their recently improved form against Bolton, and delighted a strong contingent of supporters by their skill and artistry under difficult conditions. They deservedly took the lead on the quarter hour with a grand goal by Wainwright following brilliant work by Eglington and Fielding. Everton’s defensive covering was an object lesson while the half-backs shone both in defence and attack. Mcllhatton and Eglington were always dangerous wingers with Stevenson and Fielding grafting cleverly and effectively. If the Everton shooting had reached the standard of the approach work a crop of goals must certainty have been the reward. The Bolton forwards paid the penalty for over anxiety when they came within range of goal. Stevenson made result sure at 80 minutes. The pitch was covered by an inch thick carpet of snow apart from the liberally sanded goal areas. Pre-match news was that Everton Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly knows nothing about the reported approach from Belfast Distillery with a view to securing of the Irish International, Alex Stevenson, as coach. Tommy Eglington and Peter Farrell were due to leave by the night mail boat for Ireland in time for Eire v. Spain next week. Bolton made a last minute change, bringing in Howe at left-half in place of Forest. Everton were unchanged. Bolton Wanderers; - Hanson, goal; Roberts and Hubbick, backs; Gillies, Hamlett, and Howe, half-backs; Woodward, Moir, Lofthouse, Westwood, and Wigglesworth, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. About 20,000 spectators saw Everton make raid progress, Fielding switching neatly to Eglington for the Irish man to centre squarely across goal. Mcllhatton dashed in at full speed to crash a low shot just wide of the near upright. When Bolton moved on the right Woodward tried a first-timer, which was well off the mark. Twice Humphreys nipped in to foil he trustful Lofthouse. Everton came again, Fielding lobbing the ball over Roberts’ head, for Eglington to cut in and bring Hanson to his knees with a well directed shot to the foot of the near post.
Hesitancy cost Wrigglesworth dear when he was placed in possession ten yards from the Everton goal. Wrigglesworth did manage to get in his shot, but it flashed inches over the bar. Then Wrigglesworth tried a drive from long range without troubling Sagar. Bolton were moving quickly to the ball and showing method and speed in attack but the Everton defence stood firm thus far. Woodward moved into the middle to take a short Lofthouse pass in his stride and shoot powerfully. The ball struck Humphreys on the chest and was scrambled clear. Bolton kept it up and Lofthouse was only just off the target with a rising shot from 25 yards. In 15 minutes, however, Everton went ahead with a picture goal. Fielding and Eglington did the spade work with a glorious bout of interpassing culminating in a square pass across the face of the goal, which cut the local defence wide open. Wainwright was in like a flash to place the ball in the net off the foot of the post. Clever work by Mclhhatton might have been productive of further Everton success but Stevenson was not quite alert enough in applying the final touch. Stevenson than tried to “find” Wainwright but hamlet was on hand to kick clear. Bolton fought back spiritedly but successive free kicks against Jackson still did not produce a goal worthy shot. Even Lofthouse shot yards wide when ideally positioned. Away went Everton, Farrell feeding Stevenson whose quickly taken shot gave Hanson not a little trouble.
There was no doubting Everton superiority in attack at this stage. There was a rhythm about the way Everton’s attack was moving which always threatened danger. Eglington and Mcllhatton were contributing some splendid touches and it was only resolute tackling by Roberts and Hubbick served to keep them at bay. When Bolton did move with precision they found the Everton defence cool and confident although Sagar had to move smartly to deal with a long range Wrigglesworth effort. Jackson did well to race across and foil Woodward after Greenhalgh had slipped but in the main the Bolton forwards spoiled excellent midfield work by in front of goal over eagerness. Things looked menacing for Everton when Gillies pushed the ball through to Lofthouse. Fortunately Humphreys who was doing yeoman service in defence, stepped in to dispossess the Bolton leader in the nick of time. Wainwright’s penchant for moving cut to either wing constantly harassed the Bolton defence, which was guilty of a succession of misplaced passes. Lofthouse showed a rare turn of speed when he rounded Humphreys on the left, but no one could take advantage of his pass across the goalmouth. Stevenson and Mcllhatton co-operated in a neat right wing duet without being able to rest Hanson unduly. Then Woodward shot across the face of the Everton goals, with Lofthouse just unable to apply the flick needed to put Bolton on level terms. The Everton midfield work continued to be of the highest order, Fielding gave chances to Eglington and Wainwright in turn without gaining further grist for the Everton mill.
Half-time; Bolton Wanderers 0, Everton 1
Fielding was injured in an early second half attempt to break through but soon recovered after attention. After Howe had dispossessed Mcllhatton from Stevenson’s cute back pass, Moir carved out a glorious chance for Westwood. The former international rung his hands as he shot yards wide with only Sagar to beat. The game continued at a remarkable pace considering the surface. Both Hanson and Sagar were brought into action in quick succession. Wainwright leaped high in an unsuccessful effort to reach Mcllhatton’s centre. Then Greenhalgh came across with a last minutes intervention to prevent Lofthouse making his shot from close in. Hubbick surprised himself and Hanson when he placed behind for a corner in attempting to pass back, but the corner was unproductive. Bolton were dangerous on the move yet Everton were defending brilliantly. Lofthouse went through on his own only to handle as Jackson came in with the winning tackle. Mclhatton was a continual source of worry to Hubbick, and when he squared across the goal. Wainwright nipped in to dispossess Hanson, and shoot without hesitation. Luckily for Bolton Roberts had fallen back clear of the goal-line with Hanson helpless. Several times the Bolton goal gain escaped when all seemed lost, notably when Eglington’s centre flashed across the face of the goal with no one on hand. Everton continued as the more potent force. Wainwright, moreover was being effectively policed by Hamlett, and Mcllhatton was the most dangerous raider. Twice Mcllhatton rounded Hubbick without being able to bring Hanson into action. Then Jackson again dashed in to save the Everton charge, with Wrigglesworth moving un at top speed. Lofthouse and Westwood in turn failed because they lacked conviction in the final effort. Stevenson scored a second goal for Everton in the 80th minute. Mcllhatton again came into the picture when he was fouled on the touchline. He took the free kick himself, but planted the ball into the side netting. Final; Bolton W 0, Everton 2.
• Everton Res v Leeds United Res P.P
• Everton “A” v Prescot B.I -P.P
EVERTON END AWAY JINX
February 22, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Classic Moves in The Show
Bolton W. 0, Everton 2
A victory well and truly won two goals does not do Everton justice. Bolton re the poorest team I have seen this season Everton had not won an away match since September 2, when they beat Villa in the first week of the season. Bolton Wanderers; - Hanson, goal; Roberts and Hubbick, backs; Gillies, Hamlett, and Howe, half-backs; Woodward, Moir, Lofthouse, Westwood, and Wigglesworth, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. It was not until a quarter past two that the referee gave his final decision. This was due to the fact that it had been snowing and there was a fear that penalty and goal lines would be obliterated. However, the gates were open at 2.30 and 20,000 people made their way into the ground. Actually the playing pitch was in much better condition than Everton’s was last Wednesday. Mr. Theo Kelly, Everton’s secretary manager, tells me that he knows nothing about the report concerning Stevenson and Belfast Distrillery.
In off The Post
Greenhalgh slipped on the snow, and this let in Woodward, but the outside right’s shot was a terrible affair, travelling yards wide. On the other flank Wrigglesworth shot over and then the best move of the match thus far was made by Everton, and was only checked in the final moment when they had reached the Bolton penalty area. At 15 minutes Everton took the lead. Eglington was the starting point and he provided Wainwright with an opportunity which the Everton centre forward accepted with alacrity. His shot travelled wide of Hanson, and hit the inside of the post before it turned to the back of the net. Everton’s football was far away superior to that of the Wanderers who are not the team nowadays they were some time ago. Their great were some time ago. Their great weakness is in front goal. They had chances, but they were not taken.
Considering the hard, turf. Everton produced some really high-class moves and it was only some stubborn defence by the Wanderers which prevented Everton from building up a nice goal crop. So far the only thing that Sagar had to brother about was a shot by Wrigglesworth which however never had any chance of entering the net for the Everton goalkeeper made a safe catch. The combined efforts of Everton were a sore trial to Bolton. The ball was moved from man to man with uncanny accuracy. One could not deny that Hamlett and his co-defenders offered stout resistance. A long punt down the field was collared by Hanson and when Lofthouse was through he seemed to tread on the ball and by so doing missed a grand opportunity. Moir put the ball to Sagar’s hands and later shot across the Everton goalmouth, but a much closer thing to a goal was at the other end where Mcllhatton ran the ball close in before he was beaten by Hanson. If this is Bolton usual form, I am not surprised that they are getting close to the lower regions in the League table. when one recalls what the Wanderers were, it is amazing to see the slum which has set in at Burnden Park. But this must not detract from Everton’s display. It is passing strange that most of the Everton’s recent successes have been obtained on ice or frost-boned grounds.
Bolton Defence Outwitted
They seemed to level in the conditions and they outwitted the Wanderers’ defence by superlative football in which Fielding and Stevenson stood out. These two inside forwards were the key men in an attack which lacked only one thing more – shooting. Fielding gave Eglington a perfect pass along the ground and the Irish winger lofted the ball smartly into the middle. Wainwright shot hard for goal, but Hanson was able to effect the save. Near the interval Lofthouse ran out on to the right wing and things did not look too pleasant for Everton, but he had got himself into such a position that only a centre was likely to be of any account. He made it but there was no one up to carry on the good work.
Half-time; Everton 1, Bolton nil.
Westwood was responsible for the miss of the match in the first minute of the second half. This one-time England international would have had the ball in the back of the net before you could say “knife,” but in this case, although he was only eight yards out of goal, he made a hopeless attempt to beat Sagar. He was not alone in this respect for Lofthouse was rarely on the target, in fact he was yards off the bull’s eye more often than not. Everton were still playing top-class football even though they were not delivering any shots.
The Wanderers defence was uncertain under pressure and they gave away corners in a manner which was surprising, but were not made to pay for them. Hanson, usually to safe when he goes for the ball, fell into line with some of his colleagues for he dropped the ball in his own goalmouth and when Wainwright captured it a goal looked a possibility, but Hamlett had sized up the matter fairly well and dropped back into goal to kick clear Wainwright’s shot. Eglington put another ball right across the Wanderers’ goalmouth and Hubbick almost turned it into his own net. There was little need to have gone for the ball for it would have gone out of play in any case. Bolton had another near squeak when Wainwright, over on the left wing, shot from close range and the goalkeeper only partially cleared the danger and conceded a corner. It appeared Everton were going to carry this game through Wainwright’s goal, for there seemed little danger of the Wanderers ever breaking down the Everton defence. Hereabouts the Wanderers were full of promise but Everton were defending sternly. Everton had been complete masters throughout and the one goal in no way flattered them, actually, they might have run up a good score, However, at 80 minutes, the Bolton defence floundered, and Stevenson with a simple-looking lob scored a second goal, despite the fact that the goalkeeper had two full backs standing on the goal-line. Final; Bolton Wanderers 0, Everton 2.
WOULD LIKE “STEVIE” AS PLAYER COACH
February 22, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Following my disclosure three months ago that an Irish club would like to have Alex Stevenson, Everton’s Irish international, as their player-coach, further steps have been taken to sound Everton’s view on the matter with the idea of securing his release at the end of the season. Though at the time I was not at liberty to disclose the club concerned it can now be stated that Belfast Distillery are the interested party and that directors of the Irish side put their desire before Everton officials after the Inter-League match. Distillery for a long time have “wanted” Stevenson, a desire which was considerably strengthened after several of their directors had seen his brilliant display for Ireland against Scotland last November. Stevenson himself would like to accept the position, for at 34 he realises his time in senior football is drawing to a close, and he has his future to think of. Though he runs a business in Bank Hall, he can make arrangements for this to be carried on his absence, but eventually if he could get a house he might be prepared to reside in Belfast. Stevenson has been with the Goodison club for thirteen years, joining them from Glasgow Rangers. Eire’s team to oppose Spain in Dublin on March 2, chosen last night, includes three Everton players in Stevenson, Farrell and Eglington.
EVERTON’S CENTRE, AGED 80, AND GOING STRONG
February 22, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Be Bee-Ernest Edwards
Odd that two centres of Everton club-links should write me this week. One is Joe McGrae, still in our area, another Jack Southworth has celebrated his 80th birthday recently. He is still able to play down to scratch on the Bowling Green, and near scratch on the golf course. Some days I must show you an article on the long, long trail of Everton centre forwards by which the club become so famous. It is an astonishing list.
Coach and Cup?
Regarding my story of John Pagendam’s coach and horses which toured Everton’s victory cup teams through the city. “Crofty” a valued correspondent tells me he has had a long chat with John, who says the old coach is still available and if Liverpool will only win the cup is the old Chester-to-Shrewsbury stage coach -40 miles which led to 32 horses being engaged in the double journey to make top speed –a change of horses every ten miles.
EVERTON’S 12TH POINT FROM LAST 14
February 24, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Bolton Wanderers 0, Everton 2
After watching Everton’s scintillating victory by 2-0 against Bolton Wanderers, at Burnden Park, it was hard to imagine that only a few weeks ago the winners were numbered among the clubs threatened with relegation. But now Everton are playing like league leaders. What has brought about the change? The ability not to let misfortune drive them into panic tactics. Even when fortune frowned on them on this occasion they still went on with their own style of football they would not be stampeded into other methods. Bolton’s position is even more desperate than was Everton’s and it will take a mighty pull to set them on safe ground. They had no answer to Everton and the wonder was that Everton did not win more handsomely.
On a snow-covered ground, Everton cut and carved their way through the Wanderers by sheer craft. They kept the ball down and made accurate passes, which suggested they were playing on a bowling green instead of well-sanded ice. It is passing strange that their football on the recent treacherous grounds has been excellent. Quite contrary to what one expects. The Wanderers seemed to resign themselves easily to defeat. The once deadly Lofthouse could do nothing, for could Westwood, and right throughout their ranks there was uncertainty. The team is the poorest I have seen this season. This, however, cannot detract from Everton’s victory. Form stem to stern there was unanimity, with football; of a high calibre. There was no weakness anywhere in the attack. Mcllhatton was a menace to Hubbick who never mastered him and Eglington joined hands with Fielding better than at any time this season.
Stevenson “generated” his colleagues splendidly and Wainwright opposed to towering centre-half Hamlett kept the latter on his toes. Of the half-backs I must give my award to Bentham and has never played better. Humphreys was a stern defender and Farrell fine too. Jackson and Greenhalgh made Sagar’s task a simple one and the Wanderers poor shooting had the casing effect on the winners defence. Not only were they off the mark they were almost invariably yards off. The first goal (15 minutes came from Fielding via Eglington to Wainwright, who scored. The second 80 minutes was from a corner. Stevenson stationed in an empty space lobbed the ball into the Bolton goalmouth which was cluttered up with defenders, the ball escaping all, including Hanson. Bolton Wanderers; - Hanson, goal; Roberts and Hubbick, backs; Gillies, Hamlett, and Howe, half-backs; Woodward, Moir, Lofthouse, Westwood, and Wigglesworth, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards.
• Liverpool beat Huddersfield 1-0. Done scoring.
12 OUT OF 14
February 24, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton are enjoying an amazing run of success, and their 2-0 win a Burnden Park brought their 1947 totals to 12 points from the last 14 and a 100 per cent. Return since Eddie Wainwright became centre-forward. The Blues are safely installed in the top half of the table. the annoying away luck was well broken at Bolton by a superlative display for this was only Everton’s second away win of the season, bringing their second “double” while Liverpool’s win provided their third “double.” Here is Radar’s assuming-up of the Bolton game; “This was an Everton one simply could not fault in any department. Once again the Blues provided an object lesson in how successfully to adapt themselves to a snowbound ground. In contrast to the disjointed Bolton Wanderers’, Everton tied the ball to the floor; had forwards who could move into the open spaces, and who could draw the defence out of position. Stevenson and Fielding revelled in the conditions, and bewildered the Bolton wing halves by their craft, artistry and ability to turn quickly in the snow. This was a revival of the masterly Everton of last season and I was impressed particularly by the clever way in which Eglington and Fielding interchanged positions in a style which reminded me of the palmest days of the Stevenson-Coulter wing. It was from one of these moves that Wainwright gave Everton the lead which was supplemented late on by Stevenson’s cute job over the heads of opponents. Stevenson and Mclhatton were not one whit inferior to their left wing colleagues on the point of skill and effectiveness. Mcllhatton certainty has confounded his critics, and I rated this his best display since coming from Scotland. It is a pleasure to be able to pay tribute to one who has refused to be disheartened. Wainwright was an enterprising leader, holding the line together well while Bentham, Humphreys and Farrell were a great middle line. Bentham gave one of his best-ever displays, and stood out a mile’ while Farrell continued his purposeful way and Humphreys completely negatived the Lofthouse menace down the middle. Behind, Jackson and Greenhalgh were perfection in covering and intercepting, so that Sagar had a comparatively easy afternoon with not one real shot to save. This was a heart-warming Everton display.
CLASS WILL TELL
February 24, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
If Everton can play such entrenching football on the icy turf I wonder what manner of game they will produce when grounds become normally? They proved at Burnden Park that good football is the best answer to treasurerous ground with the insecure football, which should be right make football a speculative affair. Everton made Bolton look cumbersome and laborious by the way they forced the ball to do their bidding, by the way they linked up one with the other to cut big holes in the Wanderers ranks, and do almost as they liked against a side which is going through a phases which hit Everton a few weeks back. The Wanderers have completely lost a belief in themselves and did things which made them a really bad side. (Writes Stoke). The Wanderers have fallen from grace whereas Everton have come back to form which has lifted them free from the relegation “bogey.” Let it be said here and now that Everton have never even during their ball spell, deviated from their football traditions. Some clubs get into a frenzy when things are running against them, but Everton determined that sooner or later the pendulum would swing in their favour so long as they continued to play football as distinct from “crash-ball.” I am not going to individualise for it was the Everton team as a whole which made this game so entertaining from an Everton point of view, and so disastrous for the Wanderers but I must pin a medal of merit on Bentham’s jersey for the excelled. In all his years with the club he has never shown anything better.
February 26, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Harry Catterick is back in the Everton team for their friendly game at Millwall. Farrell and Eglington are at present in Ireland, and Stevenson will join them later in readiness for the Eire-Spain match at Dublin on Sunday. This will be Catterick’s first appearance in the senior side since he broke his arm in the match with Blackburn Rovers on Sept 2. Since then he turned out for the Reserves and had the misfortune to break the arm a second time against Bolton in December. Team; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Grant; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Higgins.
EVERTON AT MILLWALL
February 26, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton, for their match with Millwall, at New Cross, make several changes because the three Irishmen, Stevenson, Farrell and Eglington are playing for Eire on Sunday. Grant will be at left-half and Wainwright moves from centre-forward to inside-right. Catterick returning to centre-forward, and Higgins outside-left. This will be Catterick’s first senior appearance since breaking his left arm twice. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Grant; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Higgins.
BLUES IN TOWN
February 28, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton take time off from competitive football to visit Millwall –managed by their former centre-forward Jack Cock –to play a friendly. Interest will centre on Harry Catterick, playing his first senior game since twice breaking his left arm. It will be a happy Everton if Harry comes through okay and recaptures his pre-accident form.
February 28, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
These who have been unable to get the necessary bit of pasteboard to let them in at Anfield do worse than pop over to Goodison Park, where Everton Colts entertain Victoria in the first round of the Harmood Benevolent Cup. Seven of the Everton starlets are members of the Liverpool F.A. Youth team and the side is well worth seeing. They have been erving up grand football all season. Everton first team go to Millwall for a friendly game, which is mainly notable for the return of Harry Catterick after several months absent. Teams; Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Grant; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Higgins. Stevenson, Farrell and Eglington are not available, having been released to play for Ireland against Spain on Sunday.