EVERTON 2 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2 (Game 956)
January 3, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON'S NARROW SQUEAK.
A DRAWN GAME AT GOODISON PARK.
Everton had to be satisfied with a division of the points from their meeting with West Bromwich Albion, at Goodison Park, and they were fortunate indeed to escape defeat. There was much keen play, and incident, and the fortunes of the game fluctuated considerably. Albion were the better side in the early stages with smart, crafty forwards and a reliable defence. Everton had their turn in the second half, and with Parker giving his side the lead (2-1), success seemed assured. The greater staying power of the Albion, however, had its effect in the last fifteen minutes, when James got the equalising point and subsequently very nearly won the game. The Albion gave a plucky display, and while Everton played a fair game there was more thoroughness and consistency about the work of the visitors. Smith was often brilliant and as certainly had no superior although Parker did many clever things, his only fault being a liking for risky clearances. In the closing stages Downs was well beaten by James, and it was only a lucky intervention by McDonald that saved the Everton goal. In the intermediate sections the honours went to Brewster and Bowser. Both showed constructive ideas and recognized the value of a first-time shot. McNeal and Richardson were better than the Everton wing half backs. The Albion also had a decided advantage in attack. There was a balance and evidence about the visitors forwards that made the line much more dangerous than Everton's. Chedgzoy was the best performer in the first half, but he was very subdued in the second half, and before the end-changed places with Fleetwood. Crossley by reason of his first-time shooting, was Everton's best in the second half, but he failed with a glorious chance just before the interval. More advantage should have been gained from Chedgzoy's fine work in the early stages, Chedgzoy was certainly Pearson's greatest opponents. Once the Everton man cleverly outwitted Smith and drove in a beautiful ball that Pearson just as skillfully tipped over the bar. Chedgzoy's centres were full of possibilities, and Pearson although he gaves sound display, almost brought about his own defeat when he punched the ball upwards and it fell back and bounced on the crossbar. The ball was twice in the Everton net, but both points were disallowed. Twice could be no question about Bentley having sent the ball into the net, with his hand, and thus nullifying the first point, but when Crisp scored and was adjudged offside, the decision was very much open to question. The first goal came at the end of 27 minutes play, and it was a glorious long drive by Morris that beat Fern. Ten minutes later Fazackerley equalised. The ball rebounded from Parker to Fazackerley, and the former was “winded” by the blow. Pearson was apparently under the impression that play would be stopped for Parker's injury, for he made no attempt to stop Fazackerley's shot. Six minutes after the interval Parker gave Everton the lead for the first time, although credit must be given to Crossley for his share in the success. Crossley's shot hit the under part of the crossbar, rebound to earth and Parker, rushing in, touched the ball into the net with his head. After Crossley had again hit the woodwork with a header, James equalised after 82 minutes. James was a deadly shooter, and Fern made his best save when he cleverly caught a tremendous drive. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Peacock, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Reid, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goals, Smith, and Cook, backs, Richardson, Bowser, and McNeal, half-backs, Crisp, Bentley, Dr. James, Morris, and Gregory, forwards.
CREWE ALEXANDRA 3 EVERTON RESERVES 2
January 3, 1921 The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 21)
Everton provided one of the hardest games seen on the Crewe ground. They gave more polished display than Crewe, who were somewhat lucky in winning by the odd goal in five. In the first five minutes Kirsopp opened Everton's score. The pace was hot, and the visitors quintette gave a perfect exhibition of passing. Crewe showed a wonderful improvement towards the end of the first half, and after Rowlands had equalised, Caulfield put the railwaymen ahead a minute before the interval from a penalty kick. The second half was fought with even greater vigour than the first. Rowland increased Crewe's lead after a place of clever play, and Wall reduced the arrears five minutes before the close.
MICTHELL ON TRANSFER LIST
January 6, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
F Mitchell, the Everton Reserves goalkeeper, has been placed on the transfer list at his own request. Mitchell, who had a £500 benefit last season, is a fine goalkeeper, but has not had an outing with the League team this season, owing to the brilliance of Fern.
EVERTON NEW SIGNING
Everton have signed on a young centre forward named Moffatt, of East Fife, which club recently won the Scottish Qualifying Cup.
EAST FIFE'S LOSS IS EVERTON'S GAIN.
MOFFAT MOVES TO MERSEYSIDE.
Friday 07 January 1921 , Dundee Courier
Everton may be said to have obtained a real, live "capture" the person of Andrew Moffat, the East Fife centre forward. Keenness personified, Moffat had not a little the credit which was earned by the Methil team when they won the Qualifying Cup this season. Dash, distributive ability, a well-knit frame, and a strong ; shot are Moffat's principal assets as a footbailer .His ball-control may not yet be all that one could wish for, but he has youth i his side, and provided that he takes . kindly to his new quarters he should make good." The Story of Moffat's Transfer to the i, Merseyside club is an interesting one. An Everton representative watched his play . against in the Cup final at Cowden, heath, and was duly impressed. Again on >Monday in the St Johnstone match at Bay( view. Moffat's play was followed by an Everton agent, who was later successful in obtaining the player's transfer. The Liverpool club were not alone in . their quest for the dashing pivot, for at Dunfermline on Wednesday Preston North End came forward with a bid for his vices, only to find that their bird had flown. Moffat, who is a native'of Lochgelly, previously played for the United, to which the club went from Glencraig Celtic. He is 21 years old, stands 5 feet 8 inches high, ' and weighs 11 stones
EAST FIFE'S LOSS IS EVERTON'S GAIN.
The Dundee Courier-January 7 1921
MOFFAT MOVES TO MERSEYSIDE.
Everton may be said to have obtained a real, live "capture" the person of Andrew Moffat, the East Fife centre forward. Keenness personified, Moffat had not a little the credit which was earned by the Methil team when they won the Qualifying " Cup that season. Dash, distributive ability, a well-knit frame, and a strong shot are Moffat's principal assets as a footballer. His ball-control may not yet be all that one could wish for, but he has youth in his side, and provided that he takes kindly to his new quarters he should make good.
The Story of Moffat's Transfer to the Merseyside club is an interesting one. An Everton representative watched his play . against Bo'ness in the Cup final at Cowden, heath, and was duly impressed. Again on Monday in the St Johnstone match at Bayview, Moffat's play was followed by an Everton agent, who was later successful in obtaining the player's transfer. The Liverpool club were not alone in ,their quest for the dashing pivot, for at Dunfermline on Wednesday Preston North End came forward with a bid for his services, only to find that their bird had flown. Moffat, who is a native'of Lochgelly, previously played for the United, to which club went from Glencraig Celtic. He is 21 years old, stands 5 feet 8 inches high, ' and weighs 11 stones
January 8, 1921 The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The following against Stockport County at Goodison Park, Fern, Downs, McDonald, Weller, Brewster, Peacock, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, Harrison, or Reid will probably represent Everton. If paper form counts for anything Everton have an easy passage into the next round, for the lowly placed eleven is not likely to do much at Goodison Park, but then paper form is the last guide in the world in Cup-ties.
EVERTON 1 STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 (Fac Game 102)
January 10 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON NARROW VICTORY
The Everton Club gained right of entry to the second stage of the Cup competition at the expense of Stockport County, by the only goal scored in the game. But they had to struggle hard to-retain the lead they secured nine minutes after the commencement of operations; indeed there were occasions when they came perilously near losing their grip upon the game. The team worked hard enough, but much of their energy was misdirected. It was only on rare occasions that the half-backs and forwards gave a glimpse of top form; they were frequently disjointed units, and individualism did not play, opposed to a half-back line such as represented the County side. Defence was the strong point in Saturday's display, and the rear lines on both sides generally prevailed over the respective attacking forces. It was a typical Cup-tie tussle, in which destructive rather than constructive dominated the proceedings. The Edgeley Park players in the main relied upon the long, swinging passing game, and frequently made progress as a result thereof, but beyond the leader of the van there was not a capable marksmen on the side. The Blues fared better in this respect, and in all netted the ball on four occasions, to be ruled out thrice through offside infringements. As indicated, it was a dour struggle on a heavy turf, and while the Evertonians were undoubtedly the better all round side, their display was not of too convincing a nature.
RUN OF THE PLAY.
At the outset the County forwards came out at a brisk pace and seriously threatened Everton's defence, which fortunately did not waver. Then followed a series of incisive advances, in one of which Chedgzoy was fouled by Waterall, the resulting free kick taken by Weller enabling Brewster to head the ball into the corner of the net. For a brief spell the Everton forwards put in much good footwork, which, however, was rarely allowed to develop by the alert County half-backs, and from a break-away a surprise shot from Gault almost placed the sides level. Still more chances came Everton's way, and while Parker's final touch lacked sting, Crossley lost foothold when about to apply the finishing touch at close quarters. Yet again Gault came near with a terrific drive that rebounded from the crossbar. As the second portion of the game progressed, play became somewhat scrappy, and was relieved only by occasional flashes on the Everton left, coupled with fine custodianship on the part of Hardy. There was no slacking in the closing stages, during which there were several thrilling incidents, but play, as a whole did not reach a particularly high standard of efficiency.
CONCERNING THE PLAYERS.
The greasy playing pitch may have been responsible for many shortcomings; at any rate there were few reputations sustained in Saturday's game. Fern was not unduly harassed. But attended to all that came along in his usual safe fashion. The Stockport custodian had plenty of work on hand, and but for his able keeping the Blues must have asserted their superiority in pronounced fashion. Both keepers were well supported, while in the half-way line the visiting trio enjoyed just a slight lead. Brewster was more concerned in breaking up tactics, and his passing back to the keeper on occasion served no useful purpose. Weller played quite a useful game in Fleetwood's position, and several of Peacock's touches were promising, though dribbling in the danger zone should be discarded. Walmsley was a capable pivot, flanked by dogged supporters in Anderson and Waterall. In forward play the Blues, with Crossley the most trustful formed a more incisive line than did the visitors, who were best represented by the ex-Evertonian Gault (Who just signed for them a couple of months ago from Cardiff). Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Weller, Brewster, and Peacock, half-backs, Chedgzoy Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Stockport County: - Hardy, goal, Garrett, and Layton, backs, Anderson, Walmsley, and Waterall, half-backs, Beattie, Walsh, Gault, Cragg, and Knowles, forwards. Referee W. Pearson, Northwich. The turnstile recorded 20,854 admission with receipts £1,368 19s 2d.
WATTIE WHITE'S RETURN
Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 15 January 1921
Fulhan restored to their team against blackburn Rovers Wattie White the Scottish International who left his native club, Hurlford, for Bolton Wanderers 18 years ago, and helped the Ewood club for ten seasons before being transfered to Evewrton. Wattie never settled down at goodison and it was them that Mr. Phil Kelso stepped in to secured his transfer
George Beare who goal for Cardiff City put an end to Sunderland's interest in the Cup, is a native of Southampton and since he left his native club he has worn the colours of Blackpool and Everton. A speedy, carfty wing man, he shoots with rare power.
ASTON VILLA 1 EVERTON 3 (Game 957)
January 17, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON BEAT ASTON VILLA
A STRENUOUS STRUGGLE.
VILLA LOSE TWO PLAYERS TO INJURIES IN SECOND HALF
The Evertonians are entitled to full credit for a very smart victory over Aston Villa on the ground of the latter on Saturday. There was a great crowd present to witness what proved to be a strenuous struggle. The ground had been in the grip of frost over night, and as it thawed the turf became extremely treacherous. Command of the ball was difficult and there was quite a chapter of accidents in the way of injuries to the players. Weston and Hampson, indeed were so badly hurt that they were unable to take any part in the second half. The fact that THE Villa had to struggle throughout the whole of the second period with nine men, detracted to some extent from the value of the winter's performance. Nevertheless it was a capital achievement on the part of the visitors who at times showed very pretty football. The Villa set the pace and in spite of the state of the ground, it was fast and furious. The left wing pair were busy with shots in the first few moments of the struggle, and in less than five minutes they had taken the lead. This was accomplished by Kirton, who sent in a low swift shot, which struck Fern on the wrist and passed through his hands into the net. It was what is called a “soft” goal, but it gave the home side great encouragement. Then the accidents began to happen. Hampson twisted his knee and had to be assisted from the field, and later Weston was in the wars and retired. Fazackerley, too was hurt and left to have his shin seen to. Meanwhile Everton had got well into their stride, but they finished badly, and Aston Villa still held the lead when the interval arrived. In the second half the home side, as already indicated were handicapped by the loss of two men. Harrop dropped back into Weston's place, and the two inside-forwards aid to the half-back line. They put up a very plucky fight and for one little flash of five minutes they subjected Fern to a terrible bombardment, though, which he came with flying colours. Meanwhile Everton were developing their attack in well-ordered fashion, and following upon a free kick they put themselves on level terms through Harrison, who left Hardy thinking furiously. From this point to the close, with the exception of occasional breaks away, Everton were the dominating factor. Yet they were unable to find the net again until five minutes from the finish. Then it was that Harrison, taking a well judged pass, beat the Villa custodian for the second time, and just before the end came, Crossley who had been frequently dangerous, came through on his own account and clinched matters with a fine effort. Generally speaking Everton's form may best be described as well balanced. Parker did his best to distribute the ball, and Chedgzoy took the eye of the crowd with some brilliant wing work. Fazackerley consequently showed his ability in commanding the leather, and the left wing pair were always nippy and dangerous. The halves were all good, Brewster giving an especially serviceable display, and the backs were both sound. Apart from the initial mistake, Fern kept a fine goal. On the side of the losers mention should be made of the good work in defence of Smart and Barson, and forward of Wallace and Dorrell. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Hardy, goal, Smart, and Weston, backs, Hampton, Barson, and Harrop, half-backs, Wallace, Kirton, Walker, Stephenson, and Dorrell, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Peacock, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Referee WG Day.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 PORT VALE RESERVES 1
January 17, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 22)
At Goodison park. For the first twenty minutes the play was confined to the visitors half, and it was chiefly due to the fine goalkeeper of Hammond that prevented the Blues from scoring. The game was well advanced before the home side scored through Wall, and a few minutes before the interval Moffatt got the second with a header. The second half opened similar to the first, Everton doing most attacking, but failed to beat Hammond. Towards the end Vale played better, and Cartridge reduced the lead. Moffatt, who played for Everton, is their latest recruit from Scotland, and judging by his first appearance, he is likely to do well. Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Fare, and Thompson, backs, Brown, Garrett, and Williams, half-backs, Jones, Spencer, Moffatt, Wall, and Reid, forwards.
BRADSHAW AS A BACK
Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 22 January 1921
Frank Bradshaw, who figured at right back for the Arsenal last Saturday, is one of the few first-class forwards who have developed into first class defenders. When associated with Sheffield Wednesday, Northampton and Everton, Frank was a particularly good member of the atatck, and it was not until the war that his latest defensive powers were discovered and ciltivated.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 26 January 1921
Andrew Moffatt, of East Fife duly made his debut, with the Everton reserves last saturday. he had the satisfaction of scoring a clever goal. The young Fife is expected to be ready next season for the League eleven. Everton consider they have made no mistake in signing Moffatt.
January 22, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton have not chosen the team for to-day but Ducat is reported fit again, and is likely to play. Everton will field the same side as last week, except that Weller will come in place of Peacock, who is suffering from a chill. After the match against Aston Villa, Everton players will be going to the Blackpool district to prepare for the Cup-tie against Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park.
EVERTON 1 ASTON VILLA 1 (Game 958)
January 24 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
DRAWN GAME AT GOODISON.
VILLA'S CLEVER WORK.
There was some clever footwork and several uncommon incidents in the return game between Everton and Aston Villa at Goodison Park on Saturday, which resulted in a draw of 1 goal each. Everton were the more practical side, but the Villa could certainly claim distinction so far as skilful footwork was concerned. There was a capital understanding between the Villa halves and forwards, and their play often brilliant. Both sides however, lacked shooting power, and the forwards were indeed to overdo their maneuvering to such an extent that it lost its effectiveness. This was very noticeable in the tactics of the Villa forwards, for they showed hesitancy in front of goal when a direct shot might have brought a more profitable result. At the same time the Villa were the more balanced side, and if they appeared to lose confidence in the second half, Everton in spite of determined work, were unable to snatch a victory. Accidents were unusually frequent and Brewster was so badly injured that he was forced to retire in the first twenty minutes of the game, while Hardy was knocked out, and Ducat took his place in goal for five minutes, till Hardy recovered. The Villa keeper started with a heavily bandaged knee, and this no doubt prevented him revealing his best form. He made some capital saves, but was hardly as reliable as usual. Fern was very sound. Indeed, he has rarely given a better display. Downs revelled in his work. Once he ballooned the ball over his own crossbar, but his judgement and untiring energy made him the dominant figure in defence. Smart was very little behind, although he lacked the trustfulness of Downs. The half-backs on both sides were strong. The Villa men understood the requirement of their forwards to a nicety, and they combined constructive ideas with sound defence. The Aston Villa forwards, too, revealed excellent work. Their artistic touches were delightful and Kirton added just that amount of forcefulness to his clever footwork that made him most dangerous of the line. Crossley was Everton's most prolific shooter, and Chedgzoy made some telling runs and centres.
INCIDENTS OF THE PLAY.
Play opened lamely, and the game was well advanced before there was any real interest in the contest. So effective was the half-back play that it was some time before the forwards could make any impression. Hardy was limping early on, but he fell to make a fine save from Crossley, and a few minutes later Crossley was very wide with a fine opening. Kirton over-dribbled and lost a splendid chance, and Parker was too slow to take advantage of slackness in the Villa defence, but a tremendous shot by Chedgzoy was only inches wide. Wallace got in two excellent runs and his first centre was intercepted by Fern while the second attempt was headed to goal by Walker, Fern again clearing in fine style. At the end of thirty minutes' play Chedgzoy was brought down by Ball, and from the resultant penalty kick ; Harrison scored. Play livened up considerably after this and Walker got through, Fern bringing off a brilliant save from close range. Both Harrison and Chedgzoy were off for a few minutes. A header from Parker caused Hardy to fall full length to effect a clearance, and a moment later he edged the ball over the bar in clearing a long drive. Kirton and Wallace were a dangerous pair at this stage, and Fern did well to gather the ball as he fell to a shot by the former, who was right in front of the Everton goal when he delivered his shot. After Downs had escaped an appeal for handling near goal, Kirton finished a fine dashing run with a capital goal, at fifty-five minutes. The Villa man took the ball through, tricked McDonald, and although Fern left his goal to challenged him, Kirton deftly lifted the ball over Fern's body and into the net. Brewster (injured) went to outside-right, Chedgzoy played right half-back, and Fleetwood centre half. After Stephenson had twice almost penetrated the Everton defence, Harrison got across a splendid centre. Brewster rushed in as Hardy caught the ball and both players fell to the ground. Hardy lost possession, but the ball was kicked clear by one of the Villa defenders. Both Hardy and Brewster were badly injured as a result of the collision, and while Hardy was being attended to Ducat filled the breech. Brewster resumed but retired shortly afterwards with an apparently dislocated shoulder. Meantime Ducat made two safe catches, and Hardy returned in time to deal with a tremendous volley from Crossley. The ball struck the crossbar and came down to Hardy's hand. In the last few minutes Everton made desperate efforts for a winning goal, and Fazackerley was well under weigh for the Villa goal when he was brought down. The award of a penalty kick certainly looked justified, but the referee allowed the incident to pass unnoticed. Teams : - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Weller half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Aston Villa: - Hardy, goal, Smart, and Ball, backs, Ducat, Barson, and Harrop, half-backs, Wallace, Kirton, Walker, Stephenson, and Dorrell, forwards.
PORT VALE RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 2
January 24, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 23)
Everton again proved too good for the inexperienced Port Vale team at Hanley, and triumphed by the odd goal in three. They did not have matters all their own way, however, and they were somewhat flattered by a two goal lead at the interval. Spencer and Grenyer being the scorers. It was five minutes from time when Hill reduced the arrears. A feature of the game was Everton's strong half-back play, Grenyer and Garrett being conspicuous. Mitchell played well in goal.
January 26, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Second round of the Football Association Cup will be played on Saturday. Most of the teams are staying at seaside resort in preparation for the game. Everton are at Cleveley. It is stated that Brewster may be unable to turn out for Everton against the Wednesday.
NEW OUTSIDE LEFT FOR EVERTON.
January 27 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton have secured a promising outside left in Alford of the Barrow Club, having paid £450 for his transfer, and agreed to play a match at Barrow. Alford who returned to Barrow this season after playing for Swindon Town, has materially helped Barrow to gain the Leadership of the Lancashire Combination.
ALFORD SIGNS FOR EVERTON
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 27 January 1921
The Everton Football Club have secured a promising outside left in Alford of the Barrow Club, having paid $450 for the tranfser and agreed to play a match at Barrow. Alford, who returned to Barrow this season, after playing for Swindon Town has materially helped Barrow to gain the leadership of the Lancashire Combination.
FRANCIS J ALFORD
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 27 January 1921
Barrow (Lancashire Combination) Club have transferred their outside left, FrancisJ. Alford, formerly of Swindon Town, to Everton for $450 and a match at Barrow in April between Everton and Barrow. Alford is 22 years of age, 5ft 6in in height, and weighs 10 stone.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 27 January 1921
A number of his friends at the Preston Reform Club have presented Stanley Fazackerley, the Everton forward, who was married last month with a silver epergue. Fazackerley is a Prestonian.
EVERTON TEAM NEWS
January 29, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton, at home to the Wednesday, meet a second division club, as in the first round. The Sheffielders have a very poor record this season, and have a found goals very hard to get, but they are a bustling lot, and the Everton players on their part have been none too convincing at Goodison park in recent games. The homeside will find themselves faced by a really good defence. Davidson, the Sheffield goalkeeper, being one of the best custodian in the League, but it will be a big surprise if Everton do not win. The home side will be without Brewster, who is injured, the team being: - Fern, Downs, McDonald, Peacock, Fleetwood, Grenyer, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. The Wednesday side will not be chosen until this morning.
BARROW FORWARD JOINS EVERTON
Lancashire Evening Post-Saturday January 29 1921
Francis J. Alford, the Barrow outside left, tranfered to Everton for £450 and a match at Barrow towards the end of the season, hass done good service for the Lancashire Combination club this season, and has played in 23 matches. _ He is a native of Swindon, learn his football in the schoolboys' team there, and played on several occasions for his town club in the Southern He first played for Barrow in 1918-19. and then returned to the South, where he again assisted Swindon Town. At the beginning of this season he signed for Barrow, and he first came under the notice of Everton in the cup-tie with Cleator Moor, when scoring couple of goals, helped raise the total to 12—0. He is only 22. stands 5ft. 6in., and scales 10st. He is clever in his footwork and centres finely.
Sunday Post -Sunday 30 January 1921
Wednesday Fine Game
Everton and The Wednesday met at Goodison Park. This was a case of ,so-called class side versus a struggling Second Division side. It was a capital game to watch, and' there was much to interest, but the class side were terribly lacking in pace, and their ball control would have made Scotsmen weep. True, Fazaekerley was doing some dodging, and his longish runs revealed his power of control, and Bobbie Parker was alway up and ready, but when he gave a pass he said " goodbye 'to the ball. never came back. Yet it was Parker who scored. He took the lead, aided by the miskick of Bellas who turned a simple shot, stingless, out ot Davison's reach. Wednesday had some of the sting taken out of their youngsters this mishap, and. also fact that McTntyre, ex-half-back, appearing as a forward, hit the woodwork twice, when Fern was out of touch with, the ball. Wednesday were really most unlucky be down a goal half-time. In the second half they recovered their confidence, and hammered at the Everton backs, who were overworked, with resuit that Everton only got away break away. Fazackerley pleaded hard for a penalty kick when grassed, and straightaway from that - point debate Taylor went away and scored, thanks to his canny way of bringing the ball down with his. hand. As a point the goal was a bad one, but the the game no one could cavil at Wednesday's success. Where Wednesday were cleverer titan their rivals the half-back line. Everton's line did not stay the distance, and Wednesday's Wilsont was a big thorn in the flesh of the home side. Just befoe the finish there was a disagreeable lot of slow motion business, and kicking out, and alter Wednesday had nearly converted a corner, Parker hit the upright. However, there was no debating the point which was the superior side. Bellas is a likely youngster in defence. Wilson will play against Scotland some day, and M'lntyre's wise passes and shots show has missed, his vocation trying to play in the half-hack line. Final result: —Everton. 1; The Wednesday, 1.
NORTH ENDER TRANSFERRED DAVIES GOES TO EVERTON FOR BIG FEE.
Lancashire Evening Post -Monday 31 January 1921
The transfer was completed in Preston, on Saturday night, of Stanley Davies. North End's Welsh international forward, who was secured Everton for the biggest fee the Deepdale club has ever received. Possibly the fact that Everton failed beat Sheffield Wednesday in tho Cup-tie at Goodison Park was responsible for unexpected visit of four officials of the club to Preston at night. Messrs. Coffey (chairman), W. J. Sawyer and (directors), and Mr. Tom Mclntosh, secretary, came over and met Messrs. J. I. Taylor (vice-chairman) and Vincent Hayes, secretary and manager of the North End club, and the transfer was completed at nine o'clock. The departure of Davies to Merseyside was not unexpected. When they met at Cleveleys on Thursday to select the team for Saturday's match with Watford, the North End management decided to place him on the transfer list, and it was known that he was likely to to tho Goodison club. It has been stated that the transfer fee is £3,000, but this has not been verified, the officials of both clubs refusing to divulge the amount. It may be stated with certainty, however, that the fee does not constitute a new record in the game. Davies, who is 23, stands 5ft.10 ½ ins and weighs 11 ½ st., is a native of Chirk. He was secured by North End from Rochdale at the end of 1918-19 season —the last season of wartime football, and made 11 appearances in the first team last season, when scored four goals in League football. He also took part in the three Cup ties. This season he has figured 13 games in the senior eleven, and had eight goals to his credit. Davies acted centre forward all three internationals for Wales last season and scored in each. With North End has had a mixed experience, as has been tried in each of tho inside positions—first at inside right and latterly at centre forward—but as he did not fulfil the brilliant promise lie showed when first came to Preston or play consistency well in any of the three positions was tried in. he did rot secure a regular place in tho side. the Central League team has figured chiefly at centre forward. Last season scared 25 goals in 20 games, but this season has only made fleeting appearances in the reserve team. On Wednesday week he took part in the Welsh international tria1 match Wrexham and scored couple of goals, and was afterwards chosen at inside left against Scotland at Aberdeen next month
EVERTON 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1 (Fac Game 103)
January 31, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON'S HARE FLIGHT.
DRAWN GAME AT GOODISON.
Everton may be considered a lucky side to be still in the Cup competition. The second round contest with Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park on Saturday, resulted in a drawn game, and the tie will be replayed at Sheffield on Thursday. It was keen, typical Cup-tie football, and the Wednesday proved better exponents of the type of game than did Everton. The Wednesday were by no means a clever side, but their vigour, dash, and speed served them better than Everton's more polished methods. Everton took the lead and held it till twenty minutes from the end, during which time they seemed probable winners, but all their cleverness, added nothing to the score, and after Wednesday equalised Everton's chances of success sank to zero, for the visitors fought hard and finished strong. Their were few successes on the Everton side. The forwards did smart work in the game, and Fazackerley's artistry were very pretty to watch, but it was nor effective against the opponents Sheffeield defence. There was no more decision and effect in Crossley's method for he did get the ball to goal, and often with force and direction. Parker was slow and out of touch with the line, and the extreme wingers faded away after a promising start. The half-backs lacked speed, and the forwards were not catered for satisfactory. Downs was badly knocked out before the interval and he laboured heavily afterwards. His enthusiasm was beyond question, although he courted disaster late on when he hesitated to clear, and an onrushing forward blocked the ball as it came from the foot of Downs. McDonald was moderate, but Fern was quite sound, and did his work efficiently. Davison too, in spite of his lengthily service was keenly alert, and when he tipped the ball over the bar from a terrific drive by Crossley, he proved his worth. Wilson was the ideal pivot. He inspire his colleagues to great efforts, and set a splendid example by his own excellent work. McIntyre was easily the best of the forwards, a deadly shot with wonderful control.
INCIDENT OF PLAY.
After O'Neil had almost let his side down with very faulty clearances it was Wednesday forwards gave evidence of their intentions when they swung the ball about freely and to some purpose. The first thrill came when McIntyre beat Downs, and went through to finish went a shot that hit the foot of the far upright. The ball came back into play and Fern parried it, but McIntyre returned the ball with his head and although three of the Wednesday forwards tried to rush the ball through Fern got it outside. This was certainly a lucky escape for Everton and forture continued to smile on them when they returned minutes later. Parker got the ball from a pass by Peacock, and before Wilson could get into a correct position to challenge the Everton centre Parker shot. As the ball went goalwards Bellas attempted to kick clear, but he failed to get hold of the ball properly and it glanced off his foot into the net. Dawson was quite prepared to deal with the original shot and had the ball well covered but the intervention of Bellas was never anticipated and Everton were a goal to the good although on the play they hardly deserved it. There was very little direct shooting but McIntyre and Crossley occasionally demonstrated their skill in this direction with hefty drives. Parker was brought down just outside the penalty area and from the free kick Harrison drove the ball to goal. Bellas had taken up a position on the goal line and was able to kick clear. He thus saved a certain goal as Davison was guarling the opposite end. As seventy minutes Taylor equalised. Kean stated the movement and he undoubtedly handled the ball without being noticed by the referee. From the extreme left wing and placed the ball into the centre and Taylor scored a capital goal that was well worked for, and deserved. A tremendous drive by Crossley was cleverly saved by Davison and Parker hit the post, but the Wednesday relied well at the finish. Teams : - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald backs, Peacock, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards . Sheffield Wednesday: - Davison, goal, Bellas, and O'Neil, backs, Brelsford, Wilson, and Price half-backs, Reed, Kean, Taylor, McIntyre, and Lofthouse, forwards. Attendance 44 000 (Receipts £3, 128).
PRESTON FORWARD FOR EVERTON.
January 31, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton have secured the transfer of Stanley Davies from Preston North End. Davies, who has several times appearance in the Preston first eleven, was centre forward for Wales in all last season's internationals and scored each time. He has been picked this season for inside left. Aged twenty-three, he stands 5 feet 10 and half inches, and weights 11 st 7lbs. He is a clever forward, and in the match against England last year, when players were injured, he also demonstrated his ability to do well as half and full back. He has not figured in this season's Cup-ties.