EVERTON TACKLE THE LEADERS
January 1 st 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Today, therefore, the great struggle will be resume with renewed spirit. It is a case almost of extreme meeting at Goodison Park for Everton entertain the leaders Burnley, and judging by the Turf Moor club's form at Anfield, when they drew with Liverpool after being two goals down, Everton's task is great. Further, Burnley recently scored five goals against their opponents of today. The Goodison Park club must play exceptionally well if they are to win. The victory over Sunderland and the fact that they played so well in the return game at Roker Park has imparted more courage to the team, and they may be depended on to make a great fight. Irvine returns to the side and with Critchley as his partner the line appears strong. Raitt and O'Donnell are determinated backs, and the halves are worthy opponents for the lively and skilful Burnley forwards. Kick-off is it 2.15, and the teams are: - Everton: - Hardy Raitt, O'Donnell, Brown, Bain, Hart, Critchley, Irvine, Dominy, Troup. Burnley: - Somerville, Fergus, Waterfield, Steel, Hill, Dougal, Bruton, Freeman Beel, Devine, Page.
EVERTPN STRIKE THEIR OWN-TIME WAYS
January 3, 1927. The Daily Courier
Dean, The Daring, Outwits The Bunrley Defence
Everton 3 Burnley 2
Football, such as is bred normally in the Goodison Park atmosphere was served up against Burnley. Neither did this seem a snap success. There were team work, determination, and indications of possible consistent progress. Taking the long view, on this form, one cannot see Everton making a first acquaintance with the Second Division. Indeed, the football made for the former greatness of Everton. The side did well fore and aft, but strategy won the day. Burnley are a clever, fast side on their day. Their move to blot out Dean the daring was met by a counter-move. When he was dogged by the virile international Scot. Hill and others, the ball was slung out boldly to the wings, both of which were anxious for glory. This gave Critchley the Stockport County recruit, his chance. He was practical, did not dally to and fro in going for goal, and middle splendidly. Another pleasing point was his partnership with Irvine, whose style has to be understood. Troup too, reacted on the other wing twinkled down the edge of the line and revealed a new trick or two in beating their great and wily back Steel. Dominy also showed pace as his partner. Dean had supreme confidence despite the circumstances, was a worker, played for position and gave some daft passes. He strengthened his claim to lead England's attack. Hill, clever and hustling as he is, could not really hold him. Dean's share was a goal each half, although Troup deserved some of the credit for the first, and Bain and Irvine paved the way for his second goal. Dominy's pass to Irvine enabled the latter to score Everton's first goal with a shot that had remarkable power behind it. It was not until well on in the second half that Freeman scored Burnley's two, the first of which Hardy, who was sparkling and otherwise, might have saved. With so workmanlike a middle line, Everton might have done even better, Brown who tore the muscles of his right thigh in stopping the youthful Devine, was outstanding up to that stage, and had to retire in the second half. Irvine tried a half back role. Bain was knocked about in the boisterous game, but he was delightful as the general utility man, while Hart was the artist. By contrast O'Donnell, behind him, was in the all-or-nothing full back role, with Raitt solid in his work by his side. Credit goes to the clever defence and tackling of Everton in checking the Burnley forwards, Page and Devine being a shade their better wing. Teams;- Everton: - Hardy goal, Raitt and O'Donnell, backs, Brown, Bain and Hart (captain), half-backs, Critchley, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup forwards. Burnley: - Somerville, goal, Fergus and Waterfield backs, Steel, Hill, and Dougal, half-backs Bruton, Freeman Beel, Devine and Page forwards .
• Arsenal 3 (Brain (3); Cardiff 2 (Curtis, L Davies)
• Birmingham 2 (Bradford (2); Leicester 1 (Cringan own goal)
• Bolton 2 (L.R. Smith (2); Liverpool 1 Edmed
• Everton 3 (Irvine, Dean (2); Burnley 2 (Freeman (2)
• Manchester United 5 (R3nnox, Sweeney, Baison, McPherson (2); Sheff United 0
• Newcastle 1 (Gallacher); Leeds 0
• The Wednesday 1 (Hill); Bury 3 (Ball (2), Bullock)
• Sunderland 2 (Marshall, Clunas); Blackburn 5 (Puddlefoot, Harnet (2), Mitchell, Holland
EVERTON 3 BURNLEY 2 (Game 1209)
January 3 rd 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
EVERTON START YEAR WELL.
A CAPTIAL WIN AGAINST BURNLEY.
Everton started the New Year with a capital win over Burnley by three goals to two, and their success carried a double measure of satisfaction. The points were invaluable, while the moral effect of a win over the clever Burnley players must establish confidence in the side. It was a sparkling game of keen, enjoyable football with a thrilling finish such as Burnley are noted for. Everton lead at the interval by two clear goals, the result of clever and occasionally brilliant play, and although Everton deserved their lead Burnley were unfortunate to be without a goal. Everton further increased their lead after twelve minutes' play in the second half, and at this stage it looked as though they would win by a very comfortable margin.
BURNLEY'S FIGHTING SPIRIT.
Burnley however, are nothing if not dogged and while giving the impression of a well beaten side they gradually came to life, and the inspiring effect of a goal was sufficient to rouse the side to a recognition of the fact that they possessed a fighting chance of saving the game. They made a bold and determined effort, scored again – one of the best goals of the game, and only a wonderful save by Hardy when he was surrounded by opponents prevented Burnley equalising. It was a great finish to a splendid game that revealed Everton as worthy winners capable of clever work, and Burnley as a smart and forceful combination that never recognises defeat till the end. Both goalkeepers had plenty to do. Hardy made excellent saves and while he was occasionally lucky to get the ball away he gave a creditable display. Raitt and O'Donnell stood up well to the lively Burnley forwards and if they did not reveal any outstanding ability they were quite satisfactory. The half backs were sound and all did useful service. Bain filled the pivotal position successfully, and was mainly responsible for the work that led to Everton's third goal. Brown was forced to leave the field midway through the second half with a strained thigh, but not before he had played his part in the well won victory, while Hart was a great worker. Critchley again made a good impression. His footwork was neat and he made excellent use of the chances provided by Irvine, although the loss of Brown rather spoiled the effectiveness of the right wing in the second half.
Dean was well covered by Hill but this did not prevent him demonstrating his all-round cleverness. He was particularly skilful with his passes, always dangerous and rarely out of position. Dominy and Troup made a capital wing and the former has rarely been more skilful and effective. He shot well and made finer passes, while Troup was as elusive as ever, and never more effective than when he surprised Somerville by the strong drive which led up to Dean scoring the second goal.
POWER OF HILL.
Hill was Burnley's outstanding player. He inspired his colleagues by his example of masterly activity. The defence was good and Someville made some thrilling saves. The forwards hardly got sufficient recompense for their efforts. The first time passing was a notable feature, but Beel missed a number of chances that should have been turned to account. The goal scorcers were Irvine, (Twenty-six minutes), Dean (forty-five minutes) Dean (fifty-seven minutes) Freeman (sixty-eight minutes) Freeman (eight-one minutes). Teams: - Everton: - Hardy goal, Raitt and O'Donnell, backs, Brown, Bain and Hart (captain), half-backs, Critchley, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup forwards. Burnley: - Somerville, goal, Fergus and Waterfield backs, Steel, Hill, and Dougal, half-backs Bruton, Freeman Beel, Devine and Page forwards.
BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
January 3 rd 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 21)
At Blackburn. In most respects Everton equalled their opponents, and the first quarter of an hour were clearly superior, but their finishing was bad, the Rovers scoring two goals by taking immediate advantage of chances. Parker and Kenderick Everton's wingers, played splendidly in the first half, but lacked support from the inside man. Virr played an effective game at half-back McDonald who scored from a penalty, was sound in defence . Everton: - Davies goal, Hamilton and McDonald, backs, Rooney, Griffiths, and Virr, half backs, Parker, Woodhouse, Murray, Kennedy, and Kendrick, forwards.
TWO EVERTON CHANGES
January 5, 1927. The Daily Courier
Virr and T.H. Parker to Play against Poole
Everton have settled on the side to meet Poole in the F.A. Cup at Goodison Park on Saturday. Kick off 2.30. Brown was hurt against Burnley and is unfit, while Critchley, having played for Stockport in the earlier rounds of the competition, is ineligible. Virr will take the place of the half-backs, while the Cheshire amateur Parker, operates as partner to Irvine. This side reads;- Hardy; Raitt, O'Donnell; Virr, Bain, and Hart; T.H. parker, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup
Poole's team will be chosen from the following; Drew, Foster, Richardson, Taylor, Lowson, Campbell, Dickie, Brown (C.), Rhodes, Williams, Daws, Brown (C.H.).
The Everton team to meet the Scottish Juniors League, at Goodison Park today, 2.30 is; Kendall; Kerr, McDonald; Peacock, Griffiths, Green; Moffatt, Houghton, Woodhouse, Kennedy, and Kendrick. For the Central League match at Manchester against Manchester United on Saturday the Everton side will be; Davies; Kerr, McDonald; Rooney, Griffiths, Reid; Moffatt, Woodhouse, Murray, Kennedy, and Kendrick.
January 5th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton are making two changes in their team for the F.A cup-tie against Poole at Goodison Park on Saturday. Brown, who was injured in the league match with Burnley, has not yet recovered, and his place will be taken by Virr, who normally players at left half-back. Th Parker, the amateur outside right will turn out in place of Critchley, who is not eligible.
SCOTTISH JUNIORS AT GOODISON
Everton Reserves are playing against the Scottish Junior League team, at Goodison Park today Kick off at 2.30, Everton will field the following side, Kendall, Kerr McDonald, Peacock, Griffiths, Green, Moffatt, Houghton, Woodhouse, Kennedy, Kenderick. Green is a local player, who assisted the “A” team. In the Central League match against Manchester City, at Maine Road, on Saturday, the Everton team will be Davies, Kerr, McDonald, Rooney, Griffiths, Reid, Moffatt, Woodhouse, Murray, Kennedy and Kenderick.
EVERTON RESERVES 9 SCOTTISH JUNIORS 2
January 6 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
ELEVN GOALS AT GOODISON PARK
SCOTTISH JUNIORS OUTPLAYED.
A Scottish team of the Glasgow Junior League appeared at Goodison Park, yesterday, and attacked a number of club representatives, but one fears they would not be duty impressed, as the team was rather undersized and was completely outplayed by 9 goals to 2. Everton had a mixed team, Kendall making his first appearance in goal this season. He saved half a dozen strong shots in masterly fashion, and was beaten twice, once from a penalty and once by Golan. Kerr was tried at right back, and quite useful. At centre half Griffiths the new man from Wrexham, did well, while Green an “A” team man, and Peacock was prominent. Kendrick from Ireland, showed a dainty style at outside left. The Everton scorers were Woodhouse (2), Houghton (2), Moffatt (3), Kenderick, and Kennedy. Everton: - Kendall, goal, Kerr, and McDonald, backs, Rooney, Griffiths, and Reid, half-backs Moffatt, Woodhouse Murray, Kennedy, Kenderick, forwards.
POOLE AT GOODISON.
January 68 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
On Merseyside interest is confined to the exploit of Everton and Liverpool. The former club, position in the League is not a comfortable one, are at him to the comparatively new organisation Poole, the team, however, contains several will known players notably Campbell, formerly of Southampton, and Everton will be fully tested by the Southern League team. Old colleagues in Campbell and Dominy will be playing on opposing sides. Everton have improved greatly on their early form, and they ought to win, but there have been surprised at Goodison Park, and the team must go all out from the start in order to make victory secure. The injury to Brown has occasioned an important change in the half-back line, Virr is left half, going over to the right. J.H. Parker comes in at outside right in place of Critchley, who has already appeared in the Cup. Kick Off is at 2.30, and the teams are: - Everton: - Hardy, Raitt, O'Donnell, Virr, Bain, Hart, TH Parker, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, Troup. Poole: - Drew, Richardson, (Or Foster), Turner, Lawson, Campbell, Dickie, C. Brown, Sleigh, Williams, Batten, TH Brown.
POOLE'S CUP VISIT
January 8, 1927, The Daily Courier
Everton Look Good For Round Four
Everton, in meeting Poole at Goodison Park have stronger claims to going into the hat for the fourth round on Monday than have their neighbours. Taking the Everton game first their opponents have been on of the surprise teams that have worked their way in the Third Round. A club in the Eastern section of the Southern League, Poole play a robust style of football, but in tackling Everton they are taking on much higher game than has come their way before. They will, however, surprise themselves if they get even a chance of a replay, for in point of play they seem likely to be outclassed. Everton have the Cheshire amateur at outside right, and Virr, a left half-back, moves over to the other wing owing to Brown's injury. Poole do not select their side until near the kick-off, but the Dolphins, to give them their title, will have one of the smallest goalkeepers in the Cup-tie Drew, who despite a lack of inches h=guards the goal well. The sides are;- Everton; Hardy; Raitt, O'Donnell; Virr, Bain, Hart; T.H. Parker, Irivine, Dean, Dominy, Troup. Poole (from); Drew; Foster, Richardson and Turner; Lowson, Campbell, and Dickie; Brown (C.), Rhodes, Siegh, Williams, Batten, and Brown (T.H.).
NOTED FOOTBALLER IN HOSPITAL.
January 8 1927 Yorkshire Post
Johnny Goodall, who won football renown with North End and Derby County, hospital at Derby. Now 63 years of age. His greatest many scoring feats was his 16 foals out of 26 for Preston North End in an F.A. Cup-tie against Hyde. GoodaJl at one time played cricket for Derbyshire, and is expert shot, angler, and bowler.
EVERTON 3 POOLE 1 (Fa Cup Game 118)
January 10 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
POOLE'S PLUCKY GOALKEEPER.
JAW DISLOCATED BY DEAN'S SHOT.
Everton's 3-1 victory over Poole does not truly tell of their superiority. Rather does it suggest a close suggest whereas Poole were outclassed and at no point of the game did they promise Everton any anxious moments. Still, considering the difference in the calibre of the teams, the Southern side came out of the game with as much honour as their more famous rivals. They never gave up trying, and it must be admitted that they had every reason to expect an avalanche of goals from the Everton attack, which in the first quarter of an hour was well-nigh invincible and only some great goalkeeping on the part of Drew presented Everton holding a commanding lead. He had no chance with Dean's goal, scored in two minutes, but he saved at least half a dozen shots in masterly fashion and there was no suggestion of luck about his work. He was confident and clean, and must have surprised Dean and Irvine, who were Everton's chief marksmen, for there can be no question that this pair rattled in some great attempts which would have beaten many goalkeepers of greater eminence.
A DISLOCATED JAW.
Drew was the hero of the match, and the big crowd rose to him as he left the field at the interval. Everton and Poole people joined hands on the ovation he so thoroughly deserved and he was so obviously embarrassed that he dashed for the “tunnel” to get away from it. It transpired that in stopping a shot from Dean he sustained a dislocated jaw, but after it was reset by Dean and an ambulance man on the field, he continued to play to the finish. Most people thought that Dean would have a grim task in getting away from Campbell, the former Southampton centre half back, and now captain of Poole, but until after the interval Dean did almost just as he liked, and beside shooting powerfully and well he offered up many chances to his side colleagues, but the latter either failed to turn them to account or found Drew barring their way. One goal lead at the half-way stage was not satisfactory, but for all that it was impossible to see Poole's attack proving dangerous for they were bad finishers, and were wasteful with their opportunities. Several times they got close enough to test Hardy, but there their work ended, and Hardy had not much to do. His best save was a one-handed effort when Seigh tried a long-range shot. This effort, apart from the goal scored by Batten, when the game had nearly run its course was probably the only occasion on which Poole seemed likely to shake the Everton defenders. Troup's goal, which was in the nature of a grit from Dean, practically settled the issue, and when Irvine added a third the match was won. Poole's best men were Drew, the keeper, and the left half-back Dickie. As a fact, Dickie was one of the best middlemen on the field. He tackled well, kept his wing so well supplied that it was the better of the Poole wings, which at times produced some well defined movements, only to spoil the whole thing by wretched finishing.
Owing to knee trouble, Hart was unable to play and this brought in Rooney. He did quite well, especially in the first half, but Everton's best half-back was Bain, who never forgot the requirement of his attack, and at the same time defended strongly Raitt and O'Donnell had not a lot to do, but they appeared to get nervy after Poole had obtained a goal. Dean, Dominy, and Irvine were the best of the forwards, for the amateur Parker, was not on his game. He centred badly and was too easily dispossessed to be a success. Troup's centres were always good. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and O'Donnell, backs, Rooney, Bain, and Virr half-backs, TH Parker, Irvine Dean, Dominy, and Troup, forwards. Poole: - Drew, goal, Richardson, and Turner, backs, Lowson, Campbell (captain), and Dickie half-backs, C. Brown, Sleigh, Williams, Batten, TH Brown, forwards.
POOLE'S MINIATURE GOALKEEPER EARNS THE PRAISE OF EVERTON
January 10, 1927, The Daily Courier
Poole Directors Congratulate Everton
Everton 3, Poole 1
Although Everton emerged successfully in the “big act” staged at Goodison Park, they did not repeat their recent form. It perhaps could not be expected in frantic dominated by cup-tie fever. Still all concerned are to be congratulated on the clean game and sporting spirit. The players shook hands after the match, the officials did so with them as an acknowledgement of the spirit, and the Poole directors were the first to congratulate the Everton directors on the result. The crowd had cheered good play impartially, and gave diminutive Drew, Poole's goalkeeper, their mascot, an ovation to himself. He deserved it. Poole showed grit and determination. They played the old cup game, kicked hard and often without much through of direction in keeping the foemen at bay, while Charles and Thomas Brown, the wingers, went raiding whenever they could. Everton had the foot craft and ability, but in cup ties, when goals are the first consideration, first-class football goes to the wind. Everton had “extra” forwards on duty, and more goals might have been expected. Bain at centre half, apart from his constructive work was confidently mingling with the forwards, and Virr at times might have been an attacking forward, while Rooney, a local product, who came in via the “A” team and Reserves, had a shot or two. Otherwise he was not in the picture particularly. Irvine was one of the finest men out, too skilful and clever for the opposition, so that he could follow his rededication for beating one man after the other. Perhaps he over did it. Parker, the amateur, who helped Irvine to get Everton's third goal from a fine centre, was overshadowed by the brilliance of his partner. Dean, whose goal in the first few minutes was an early handicap for Poole, was clever, although up against a stiff proposition in the tall ex-Southampton skipper Campbell, who paid him the compliment of saving he was the best centre forward he had played against. Action Captain Dominy, a former Colleague of Campbell, was an inspiring and unselfish leader, with Troup effective and fast at his side. Troup did not daily when he cut in and scored Everton's second goal. O'Donnell enjoyed himself on the heavy ground, but his partner, Raitt, had no panic stopping Thomas Brown and Batten and occasionally kicked out and tapped back to Hardy. Dickie was a cool constructive half, who helped to make this Poole wing, and a fine understanding led to Batten getting Poole's only goal. Drew was the salvation of his side. Teams; Everton; Hardy, goal; Raitt and O'Donnell, backs; Rooney, Bain and Virr, half-backs; T.H. Parker, Irvine, Dean, Dominy (captain), and Troup, forwards. Poole;- Drew, goal; Richardson and Turner, backs; Rowson, Campbell, and Dickie, half-backs; Brown (C.), Sieigh, Williams, Batten, and Brown (T.H.). forwards. Attendance 34,250; gate £2,049.
• Bournemouth 1, (Taylor); Liverpool 1 (Hodgson).
MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 2
January 10 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 22)
BENEFIT FOR IRVINE
January 11 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
The football League yesterday gave Everton permission to grant Irvine a benefit. The Irish forward has accomplished much good work for the club, and the recognition has been earned. Regarded as one of the most skillful players of the day, Irvine controls the ball with easy and grace and some of his dribbles are a delight to those who revel in pure footcraft, benefits these days are guaranteed by the clubs, so that the player who qualities for such a reward has no worries about weather conditions. The amount paid as a rule is £650…meanwhile now that they appear to have got into the winning vein, Everton do not intend to spare any effort to keep their players fit. This week they are staying at Hoylake to prepare for the league match against Tottenham on Saturday. The players enjoy the exercises they can take in the open and golf is popular in this connection one learns that Hart, the captain, while staying at Heswall recently did the seventh hole (176 yards) in one stroke so that he has obtained a place in the honour list. And England have selected dean to play against the rest on February 12.
CHANGES IN EVERTON TEAM
January 12 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
An important alteration in the defence has been resorted to Hamilton the young local full back, being called upon to partner O'Donnell in place of Raitt, while Hart, who did not turn out in the cup-tie, returns to the half-back line in place of Rooney, and Critchley resumes at outside right, for Saturday against Tottenham. This will be Hamilton's first game in senior football and good judges believe that he will develop into a most useful defender. Hamilton formerly played for New Brighton and when he joined Everton as a paid player three years ago, he was one of the youngest professional footballers in the country. Everton's policy of training young players and drafting them into the first team is a praiseworthy one and all will, wish Hamilton success in his debut in premier football.
SPURS AT GOODISON PARK
January 15 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
At the other end of the table Everton, amongst other clubs, resume their efforts to escape relegation. The danger is real, but it is felt that with confidence resolved in the team the Goodison Park club may secure sufficient margin, but they must keep up to concede pitch and pursue the end in view with relentless vigour. Today Tottenham Hotspur are the visitors to the Park, and the London side are expected to provide lively opposition. Four changes have been made in the side since their over throw in the Cup and the team is expected to shine. One of the most interesting figures in the team is O'Callaghan who is making his debut at inside right. He has proved a leading marksmen in the London combination. The first appearance of Hamilton at right back for Everton is another interesting feature, this local youth will have a searching trial with such men as Handley and the elusive Dimmock to face, but there is great confidence in his ability. The days are lengthingly and the kick off today is at 2.45. The teams are Everton: - Hardy, Hamilton, O'Donnell, Virr, Bain, Hart, Critchley, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, Troup. Tottenham Hotspurs: - Britton, Forster, Poyton, Skitt, Elkes, Lindsay, Thompson, O'Callaghan, Blair, Handley, and Dimmock.
EVERTON'S DEFEAT BY THE SPURS' PLACES GOODISON CLUB IN PRECARIOUS POSITION
January 17, 1927. The Daily Courier.
A Tale of Lost Chances
‘Spurs More Finished in Their Movements.
Everton 1, Spurs 2
Everton, by losing against the Spurs at Goodison Park, are drifting into a [recarious position. The Board are fully aware of the seriousness, but, as a director remarked, the club has been handicapped since the campaign, the most serious handicap being the prolonged absence of Dean at the start. Everton's football is better than their position indicates, but after a sprightly commencement in the game, in which Dean and Irvine ought to have scored a couple, the side had a relapse. They worked hard enough to the last kick, but were beaten by the skilful, polished, fast football of the Spurs. This was strange, seeing the Londoners had four newly-introduced men –O'Callaghan, Skitt, Forster, and Britton –who certainly did not let the side down. Britton in fact was a splendid goalkeeper. After Dean, with a penalty goal, had given Everton the lead at half-time, they should have done better. Dean though, could not shake off Elkes, that brilliant centre-half, who, incidentally gave the penalty although Dixie was one of the first to get the ball when it was in the air with his head. Everton's policy forward should have been to swing the ball out more to the wings, and bustle the Spurs' defence. The Spurs were given too much liberty for intricate passing. Critchley served up another smart wing game, with |Irvine introducing clever tit-bits and inclined to be individualistic. Dominy and Troup were disappointing in the second half, and the ex-Southampton man did not forge ahead. Bain was a refreshing centre-half, going strong till the last, but Virr, in a destructive roiled, would have been more at home on the left, where Hart worried the O'Callaghan and Thompson wing. In fact; Everton forwards could not complain of the help the halves gave them. The last line gave some cause for anxiety, although O'Donnell was always up and doing. Hamilton the “A” team man, could not hold the wily Dimmock in this first try-out. He required more experience, appeared to be in two minds at times, but should not be discouraged under trying circumstances. Hardy had no chance with Dimmock's goal, but the winger's success was not a surprise, for he has the guile of wandering into the centre, and having a pot at the target. Had Hardy come out he might, possibly, have stopped Blair's goal, for the backs were holding up the attack. Teams;- Everton; Hardy, goal; Hamilton and O'Donnell, backs; Virr, Bain and Hart (captain), half-backs; Critchley, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup, forwards. Tottenham Hotspurs; Britton, goal; Forester, and Poynton, backs; Skitt, Elkes, and Lindsay, half-backs; Thompson, O'Callaghan, Blair, Handley, and Dimmock, forwards.
• Aston Villa 1 (Dorrell); Newcastle 2 (Gallacher, McDonald)
• Blackburn 3 (Harper, Puddefoot, Rigby); Birmingham 2 (Islip, Scriven)
• Bolton 3 (Vizard, D. Jack, J.R. Smith); :Leeds 0
• Cardiff 0, Burnley 0
• Derby 0, Arsenal 2 (Buchan, Parker)
• Everton 1 ((Dean); Tottenham 2 (Dimmock, Blair)
• Huddersfield 3 (Devin, Brown (2); Bury 1 (Wynne)
• Leicester 3 (Adcock, Bishop, Hebden own goal)p; West Ham 0
• Manchester United 0; Liverpool 1 Forshaw
• Sheffield United 2 (Tunstall, A. Mercer); The Wednesday 0
• Sunderland 4 (Halliday (3), Carlin); West Brom 1 (Wilson)
EVERTON 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 (Game 1210)
January 17 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
EVERTON'S POOR DISPLAY
CLEVER SPURS' WIN AT GOODISON.
The meeting of Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park, provided a capital game, and while the result was disappointing to Everton, it must be conceded that the Spurs were well worth their 2-1 victory. As an exhibition the game had many excellent features, and the Spurs will be remembered for their delighted display of clever and artistic footcraft. If they had a fault it was that they paid a high price for their artistry. It nearly cost them the game, which would have been all against the balance of skill and cleverness. As it was they found Everton's weakness late on, and got their just reward. It was a blow to Everton that might have far-reaching effects, yet it could not be denied that Everton were below their best, and developed weakness, particularly in defence, that should be quickly remedied. At various stages Everton played well, but they were not consistent, and when the defence yielded to the persistent and clever scheming of the Spurs' forwards, Everton could not recall the chances they failed to take early on.
The only goal of the first half was scored by Dean from a penalty kick given against Eljkes for handling, and many thought the punishment out of all proportion to the offence, for it certainly looked as though Elkes had little option in the matter. Earlier in the game Hart handled the ball when he fell, and the penalty claim was ignored. Right through there was more elaboration than driving power, but the Spurs' attack always looked the more dangerous. It was also more methodical, and benefited by the excellent work of the half-backs. When Dimmock equalised at sixty-five minutes it was the result of a well-organised attack. Handley dribbled almost to excess, but his work had the effect of leaving Dimmock unmarked, and when the outside man received the ball he cleverly beat Hamilton and scored a capital goal. From this point Spurs played with greater confidence, and when Blair gave them the lead at eighty-three minutes from a free kick admirably played by Elkes, they had the game well won. Hardy did capital work in the Everton-goal, and although he dropped the ball once or twice in rather risky fashion, he made some excellent saves, one of his best being near the end when Thompson put in a great shot.
Hamilton, who made his first appearance in the senior side, was outclassed. True, he was pitted against one of the most elusive forwards in Dimmock and got little help from Virr, who was usually weak, but Hamilton himself, did not touch a high standard. He kicked well without much regard for length and directions. O'Donnell was moderate and not sufficiently resourceful to cover the deficiencies of his colleagues. Hart and Bain did a fair amount of useful work, but they experienced a harassing time against the clever Spurs' attack. Of the forwards, Irvine was the most useful, while Critchley played a bright smart game. Dean was variable. He missed at least one great chance in the early stages, and although he rarely got the ball, as he wanted it he made some delightful passes. Dominy was slow and rarely on the mark, while Troup worked hard without much success.
A GREAT PIVOT.
The Spurs had a capital defence. Britton was confident in goal and both Forster and Poynton got through their work with credit. Elkes was one of the most efficient players on the field. A great pivot, he was effective in both attack and defence. Dimmock had flashes of brilliance when he revealed dainty and clever footwork. Handley and O'Callaghan were splendid grathers; and Balir and Thompson completed a skilful forward line. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, goal, Hamilton and O'Donnell, backs, Virr, Bain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Critchley, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup, forwards. Tottenham Hotspurs: - Britton goal, Forster and Poynton, backs, Skitt, Elkes, and Lindsay, half-backs, Thompson, O'Callaghan, Blair, Handley, and Dimmock, forwards. Referee Mr. Stott.
MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 3
January 17 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 23)
At Maine road. Everton attacked but was soon repulsed, and in the first minutes their goal had narrow escapes. They scored the first goal through Woodhouse, but Bell put the City level before the interval. After the change over Everton commenced in whirlwind fashion Peacock scoring their second goal Kennedy netting a third after twenty-five minutes. Taylor netted Manchester second goal . Everton: - Davies goal, Kerr and McDonald, backs Peacock Griffiths and Reid, half-backs, Moffatt , Houghton, Woodhouse Kennedy and Kendrick forwards.
DEAN SCORED FOUR GOALS FOR ENGLAND
January 18 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
William Dean scored four goals for England in a trial match against the Rest, England winning by seven goals to three, at Stamford Bridge, a crowd of 11 493 attended.
EVERTON CAPTURE SEECTED
January 19, 1927. The Daily Courier
Welsh Cap For Griffiths
Blues Make Changes
Wales has honoured T.P. Griffiths early in his career, for the Everton centre half will not be 21 until next month. But, beyond his youth, there is no reason for cavil. Griffiths, who is 6ft tall and weighs 12st., joined Wrexham when only 16 years of age, and played against Tranmere before he was 17. He has been with Everton just a month, and has yet to make his First League debut.
Everton make three changes in the side to play West Ham, in London, on Saturday. O'Donnell and Hamilton are displaced by McDonald and Kerr, while Hart moves into the centre-half berth, and Peacock is introduced at right half. This should add the necessary stiffening to the defence that was lacking against the Spurs. The Blues will be hard put to gain even a point, but under the circumstances there may be a surprise in store for the pessimists. The team will be;- Hardy; McDonald, Kerr; Peacock, Hart, Virr; Critchety, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup. The Reserve team against Stoke Reserves, at Goodison Park will be;- Davies; Raitt, Hamilton; Rooney, Griffiths, Reid; Moffatt, Houghton, Bain, Kennedy and Kendrick.
EVERTON AT WEST HAM
January 22 nd 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's fortunes in London will be followed with the greatest interest. The club is menaced by
relegation in a way which has never been experienced in the history of the organisation. The game today
is vital. A defeat may mean that their last chance will have vanished for of the following five games for
are also away from home. West Ham defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the Cup and we saw how the
White Hart Lane side mastered Everton at Goodison Park last Saturday. The side which is being placed in the field today is probably the strongest combination at the command of the club at the moment and the players will do their utmost to bring about the desired results. Last season Everton lost by the only goal of the game and they may go one better this time, the teams are: - Everton: - Hardy, McDonald, Kerr, Peacock, Hart, Virr Critchley, Irvine, Dean Dominy, and Troup. West Ham: - Hufton, Bebden Hocket, Carter Barrett, Collins Yew, Earle, Watson, Moore, and Ruffell forwards.
EVERTON BACK'S SLIP IN CLOSING MINUTES ENABLES WEST HAM TO GAIN THE DAY
January 24, 1927, The Daily Courier.
Everton Out of Luck
Beaten After Holding Out for Eighty Minutes
West Ham Utd 2 Everton 1
Everton put up a hard fight at West Ham, but on the run of the play the points went to the better side. The conditions were against accurate football, most of the playing area having a surface of ice covered with water. West Ham played the better football and although both of their goals were of the fluky variety, there were many occasions when they came near to scoring. The first goal was scored three minutes after the start. Hardy gathered a fast shot from Moore, but before clearing he allowed the ball to slip to the ground just over the goal line. Irvine equalised before the interval with a left foot drive, following neat work between Dean and Critchley. The remained on terms until 10 minutes from the end, when Kerr fell in attempting to charge Barrett, and the West Ham centre-half, with an open goal, made no mistake in steering the ball past hardy. West Ham did most of the attacking, and Hardy had much more work to do than Hufton. The home team were superior both in defence and attack. Not only were their wing men fast and clever, but the whole line worked with splendid cohesion, and despite the treacherous ground repeatedly indulged in effective passing. The Everton forwards showed up badly in comparison. Their attacks were spirited but without balanced. Critchley was the best of the wing men, and got in many clever runs. Dean, who was celebrating his 20 th birthday, was sadly neglected by his own men, and when he created openings for himself he was too well watched by Barrett to turn them to account. He was several times unlucky, but he missed one good opening in the closing stages through hesitancy. Both Irvine and Dominy were faulty in their passing. Hart worked like a horse at centre half, but neither Peacock not Virr were a match for the West Ham wingers. McDonald was a tower of strength at right full-back, and Kerr put in good work in the later stages. West Ham again proved themselves a well-balanced team, with Ruffell the best of a splendid forward line. Barrett and Collins were sound at half-back, and no fault could be found with the defence. The teams were; Everton; Hardy, goal; McDonald and Kerr, backs; Peacock, Hart (captain) and Virr, half-backs; Critchley, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup, forwards. West Ham-Hufton, goal; Hebden and Horler, backs; Carter, Barrett and Collins, half-backs;' Yews, Earle, Watson, Moore and Ruffell, forwards.
• Arsenal 1 (Buchan); Sheff United 1 (Gillespie)
• Birmingham 1 (Thirlaway); Huddersfield 3 (Goodall, Cook, W.H. Smith)
• Burnley 6 (Bell, Cross (2), Devine, Bruton (2); Aston Villa 3 (Capewell (2), Stephenson)
• Leeds 2 (Jennings (2); Manchester United 3 (Rennox, McPherson, Spence)
• Liverpool 3, (Hodgson (3); Derby 2 (Whitehouse, Bedford)
• Newcastle 1 (McKay); Bolton 0
• The Wednesday 2 (Hill, Powell); Leicester 2 (Chandler, Hine)
• Tottenham 1 (Handley); Blackburn 1 (Shaw)
• West Ham 2 (Moore, Watson); Everton 1 (Irvine)
• Bury v. Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion v. Cardiff City postponed.
WEST HAM UNITED 2 EVERTON 1 (Game 1211)
January 24 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
EVERTON'S HARD FIGHT.
BEATEN LATE ON IN WEST HAM GAME.
LUCKY FOAL FOR WINNERS.
Everton feel the First Division status slipping away from their grasp, and in recent times they have not played with the confidence requisite to carry them to success. However when they lost at West Ham there was much to be said in their favour; in fact, their display was such that one felt they had only to repeat the performance to be assured, even at this late hour of a fighting chance to escape relegation. It would be absurd to adduce that if the conditions had been normal then Everton would possibly –aye, probably –have won; yet I make that assertion and risk absurdity, because you see, I was present and saw a new Everton, a team that had rallied its forces and with a stiffened defence promised to create a surprise by making a draw at a ground that does not offer much hope for those who enter there. Everton have always found something going wrong for them, and this time it was skidding ball that escaped Hardy, the goalkeeper, after he had apparently caught it. It trickled over the goal line, and as this point came in three minutes it is easy to realise the effect this had upon the eleven.
Generally such a goal would have led Everton into the Doldrums State. Instead of which we here saw a fight back against Fate and two good sure backs. It was a long drawn out fight and when Irvine chanced his strong leg and gained a goal before half-time it looked as if they were to be rewarded, if not with two points certainly with one. Hardy made such a stunning save against odds that he made one desire to forget the first affair; but with only ten minutes remaining for play and a lot of fog swooping down on the ground Watson a failure, thanks to Hart and company, was able to break through and score, though Hardy advanced from his goal area in the hope of stemming the goal. Even then Everton fought back with determination, and if the ball had not sped yards too fast for Dean and Irvine a goal must have risen. However, there was nothing for Everton and they returned dejected after a manful struggle in which admittedly the forwards had not tested the West ham goalkeeper with many shots to hand, but had played well and shot fairly well and had been baulked. There is credit to Everton in a defeat such as this. For many stretches of play they were just on top of their rivals, and if Hufton had little to do so too had Hardy for no forward could be sure on an ice-track which had many boney parts and a lot of big pools of water. In fact, remembering the under surface of the turf –it is questionable whether the ground was safe for football. Fortunately the players played the game in a fair sporting spirit and few men were hurt, Hart and Barrett worst of all. There were times when a player walked away, with no concern for the game, and fell all of a heap through the state of the ground.
HART PLAYS FINELY.
Hart certainly never played a heartier nor yet a more valuable game; he was the half back who could and would make a pass to his forwards, and therein lay some of the faultiness of the Everton side. Virr seemed a trifle too anxious and impetuous, and he ballooned the ball a lot. He was better in defence than attack, while Peacock, who is essentially a dainty type of half back, cuddling the ball, was naturally out of his element in such elements and such a turf. Yet he did not play badly; it was the absence of forward passes that one missed most. Everton's experiments were threeford. They brought Virr to his old position, moving Hart to centre half, and placed McDonald and Kerr at full back. These changes may or may have been warranted, but this much has to be said. The playing of Hart as pivot was a wise move as it turned out, and Kerr and McDonald, in spite of two occasions when each trusted the other and found his missing, kicked hard and well, McDonald saving his goalkeeper on one occasion by heading from the goal-line. Everton selectors played for safety and deserved a better fate in view of the side being all square near the finish. McDonald, in addition suffered a bump or two that would not help his case, yet he played an enthusiastic game to the end, and his long punts late on were of incalculable value.
The losers forward line had not the rhythm of the opposing left wing for instance, where Moore (a scorer early on) and Ruffell had a good innings on the score of dainty partnership, but when Everton opened out the game with wide swinging passes, it was anybody's game, and Everton showed superior forward strength, all of which made it the more damming that Hufton had not been a busy man. The trouble was that the left wing did little in the first half and that combination was not rife until too late in the game. Dean had a poor day against Barrett and his backs, but any other centre would have had the same had he had passes put to him in the same manner. The need of keeping the ball down and the need of instant passes on a bog of a ground were never more insistent than at West Ham on Saturday, against tough little side whose right wing was below par and whose wing half-back, Collins, was good. Crithcley was a prime mover for Everton. Irvine tried almost too hard and too much, and Dominy made the best shot of the match in regard to strength and direction –a shot that deserved a goal. Finally, it is only necessary to say that each of the West ham goals had a tinge of fortune about it; the winning point to Watson came through Kerr being unable to deliver his charge on him and slipping up at a vital point. Teams: - West Ham United: - Hufton, goal, Hebden, and Hocker, backs, Carter, Barrett, and Collins, half-backs, Yews, Earle, Watson, Moore, and Ruffell, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, McDonald, and Kerr, backs, Peacock, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Irvine Dean, Dominy and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr. Lines, of Birmingham.
EVERTON RESERVES 5 STOKE CITY RESERVES 1
January 24 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 24)
At Goodison Park. It was the resolute works of the home halves, allied to the superior ball-control and combination of the forwards, that was responsible for Everton's success. The first half was full of good football from both sides with Everton being always able to apply the better finish, as the 4-1 interval score indicates, but nevertheless the City attack, ably led to Wilson, made Davies effect some smart clearances. Considering the circumstances –particularly in the second half when the ground was slushy –the football was good and interesting, it being Everton's best home display for some time. Scorers for Everton Houghton (3), Bain, and Kennedy; and Wilson scored for Stoke's goal. Everton: - Davies, goal, Raitt and Hamilton, backs, Rooney, Griffiths, and Reid half-backs, Moffatt, Houghton, Bain, Kennedy, and Kendrick, forwards.
BOOTLE CELTIC 4 EVERTON “A” 6
January 24 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION.
Although Bootle Celtic had the best of matters at St. James's Park, they were foiled of victory by a brilliant exhibition in the Everton goal by Hughes. His performance was undoubtedly the outstanding feature of the match, though the celerity of Millington the Everton winger, and the cleverness of Jones, in the Celtic eleven, may be considered other items of note. Scorers: Bootle Celtic-Tole (2),McGrady and Jones; Everton –Hannan (3), French (2), and Murray.
MOFFATT IN EVERTON TEAM
January 26 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
The difficult task which Everton are called upon to face at Hull is not underestimated. The fact that Critchley is not eligible for the Cup-tie created a problem, and it was decided last nigh to bring in Moffatt at outside right. In the previous tie with Poole, TH Parker, the amateur filled that position. This is the only change from the team, which lost, to West ham United, and the team will be Hardy McDonald, Kerr, Peacock, Virr, Moffatt, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup. Compared with the side, which defeated Poole, there are several alterations in addition to that at outside right. Hardy and Virr being the only two players of the rare ranks to find places against Hull City. In the third round Raitt and O'Donnell were the backs, and Rooney Bain and Virr constitution the half-back line. Moffatt is on the small side but he has gained confidence since his last appearance in the first team and he is expected to give an improved display.
January 28 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Negotiations were in progress yesterday, between Everton and Sunderland clubs with a view to a player being transferred to the Goodison Club, the high fees asked for the player these days render negotiations, more protracted than formerly, and yesterday the officials told a long sitting but nothing definite had been decided, Mr. Cuff the Everton chairman, informed the ‘'Daily Post'' that the negotiations would be resumed today, when a decision would be reached one way or the other. Mr. Cuff stated that they were negotiation for one player not two. The player concerned in the proposed deal is Cresswell. The full back, who earned reputation of being one of the finest and one of the coolest players in the country. Cresswell resembles in style and method the old Everton player MaConnachie when that fine defender was at his best. At the present time Cresswell would prove a great acquisition to Everton in their fight to escape relegation for he is a footballer of infinite resource and fact Cresswell played for England against Wales in 1921. And 1926 against Ireland in 1925.
January 29, 1927. The Daily Courier.
To Forced a Replay with the Tigers
The supporters of Everton, to be candid, are not too hopeful of a win outright against the “Tigers” at Hull, but they will be satisfied if they can force a re-play at Goodison Park. Anyway, Hull City will not find Everton another First Division lemon. The news from Bridlington is that the Everton men have benefited by their brief sojourn at the East Coast resort and enjoyed their strolls along the Parade and around the old harbour. The Tigers are also at Bridlington, but as they are so near their home town the change will not be so great for them. The Everton players will leave Bridlington for Hull about noon. The Everton directors decided early that changes were undesirable as long as the players are fit. One alteration was necessary. Critchley was not eligible, and instead of bringing in T. Parker, the amateur, who played in the previous round, Moffatt will partner Irvine on the wing.
Hull City Doubts
Despite the uncertainty of the constitution of their team –Hull City players will not hear of defeat. A good deal of anxiety, however, was apparent last night concerning the condition of Martin and Bleakley, who are not certain to have recovered from their injuries, and Maddison and Dixon, who have been in bed a day or two with severe colds. Dr. Durham Pillam, the City chairman, was optimistic regarding Hull City's chances of going into Round Five. “I think we shall win,” he said, “but we are prepared for a hard fight. “I regard Dean as our danger signal, and although I have never seen him play I know him to be capable of winning a game by his own individual brilliance. “I feel confident, however, in the ability of Stan Dixon, our centre half to hold him. It will not be Dixon's fault if dean gets any rope.” Manager Billy McCracken was equally optimistic. On the morning of the draw he said; “I expressed the hope that we should get Everton, and I have not altered my opinion that we shall win at the first time of asking.” Teams; Everton; Hardy; McDonald, Kerr; Peacock, Hart, Virr; Moffatt, Irvine, Dean, Kennedy, Troup. Hull City; Maddison; McGee, Bell; Swan, Dixon, Bleakley (pr Sullivan); Horner, Scott, Whitworth, Martin (Or McLaughlin), Taylor.
EVERTON COMBING. SCOTLAND.
Sunday Post - Sunday 30 January 1927
DESPERATE QUEST FOR TWO PLAYERS.
BY THE TRAVELLER.
EVERTON representatives have been in Scotland for a full week. Several of them were at the Ayr United-Airdrieonians Cup tie at Somerset Park. At the replay at Airdrie on Wednesday Everton people were interested onlookers, and there has been considerable speculation to the conversation they had with ex- Bailie Buchanan and Manager Struth, of the Rangers, who were also present at this match. Now, the fact of the matter Everton are desperately in need of a qentre half-back and an inside forward. They want readymade players—players to bang into the League eleven, players with a scientific punch such as had Alec Raisbeck and as has Andrew Cunningham. doubt their representatives' presence at the Cup-tie games in question was made the hope that business would be done concerning one or two Airdrie players —probablv M'Phail and M'Dougall—but as the 'Onians are still in the ties there was nothing, doing in that quarter. A story got abroad that the Everton folk were after Tom Muirhead, of Rangers. was probably the sequel to the representatives of the clubs having been seen together at Airdrie. Personally, not think that Everton hare Muirhead in their eye at all. They may, but, from what I gathered yesterday, I should not wonder if it Ireland, of the Rangers, in whom they are at the moment interested. Two representatives were the West of Scotland yesterday —Messrs Kirkwood and Fair —and I'm told the quest is to be continued until Everton's object is achieved. Gibson, of Hamilton Academicals, is, I understand, giving them some food for reflection, but at the time of writing it is not certain who will be secured for Goodison Park. Everton are prepared to pay top prices for really top-hole players.
HULL CITY 1 EVERTON 1 (Fa Cup Game 119)
January 31 st 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
FA CUP ROUND FOUR
KEEN STRUGGLE AT HULL.
EVERTON AND THE HUKLL EARN A REPLAY
VISTORS' MODERATE FORWARDS.
Everton and Hull City replay their fourth round Cup-tie on Wednesday at Goodison Park. They both deserved a second issue. The game at Hull was not a good one, but one has gone beyond the day when good football is looked for in a Cup-tie. The fact is that the issue are too great to allow a player to take a risk he could afford to take in a League game. It was hard go-ahead football, and it had many good points, but they were mainly in defence. There was one good wing in view this being the Hull City left wing pair. Martin and Taylor who dovetailed beautifully and were a source of trouble from an early stage. It was this wing which worked for and obtained a goal lead in the first half. They changed places got the half-back and full back guessing and eventually Martin scored a fast low ball that passed between Hardy's legs, recalling the goal Hodgson got against Robson at Bournemouth in an earlier round. No blame attaches to Hardy for the goal; he had no chance to save, and it was mere luck that the ball passed through as it did.
Everton for too long stretches seemed incapable of forming a well conducted attack; they were a thing of shreds, though it has to be conceded that Maddison kept out three good shots, and that Hardy was never a busy man, thanks to two sturdy backs in McDonald and Kerr. The fact remains that Everton's forward line did not work smoothly, and the play of Moffatt on the extreme right was of poor quality; the young man seemed over anxious to work the ball, and his attempts to head a ball left him wide of the mark. The greatest trouble Everton suffered for close on an hour was that they could not make an impression on two very sturdy backs, and a goalkeeper who was rather electric in his saves and his demeanor. If Everton could not produce cohesive forward formation they could hardly expect to spoil Hull's reowned defence record. Dominy made one of the best shots of the day, and Troup tried a couple, but lofting one effort he failed close in, while his hasty shot in the first breath of the second half did not suggest the work of a man of years of experience.
A quarter of an hour from the end Dominy rather cleverly got the goalkeeper and the ball over the line for a corner kick, and Troup sent the ball in for Virr to take a pot shot. It was a brilliant drive, and recalled the days when Abbott used to send in similar shots from the half-back position. Virr had been rather bewildered early on, but gradually he found his feet, his wing, and some useful punts towards safety. His goal put into the Everton side a spirit that had been lacking, and before the end Everton had not only earned their draw, but had come near winning the game. They were well on top of their adversaries at the finish, and if Moffatt, who blossomed out in the last five minutes, had had a following up comrade a goal must have risen to make a sensational ending. However, that would have been against the run of the play, in which one saw quick tackling by the home half-backs, notably by Swan and Dixon, while in the forward line Martin and Taylor were outstanding. I would put them as the best pair on the field, and would add that the extreme winger –Taylor –was the best forward of the day. But there were some rather poor forwards –notably in the case of the home centre and the right wing, while on the Everton side Irvine, though playing plucky football and fearing nothing, had a poor first half and a rough and undeservedly heavy second half.
DEAN WELL WATCHED.
Dean, at centre forward,, worked in a desperate groove. The ball did not come to him nicely, but he certainly had so big a bodyguard that the other forwards should have had a happy day. That they did not have this was due in part, to Moffatt's partial failure and to the left wing being gripped by the former Huddersfield half-back. One of the strangest incident of the game was the fall of Maddison through a charge, and the appearance of Dean guarding him and taking strong charges first from the left and then from the right, with the shoulder in full use keeping his body rigid and straight. The referee, Mr. Wood, of Sheffield handled the game well and with a good controlling hand, but here he gave a free kick against Dean. The local crowd of about 22,000 spectators brought in £!,931, and they made themselves heard before the game by community singing and afterwards by howls of derision against Dean, who has lately developed his charging ability. Afterwards they were generous to confess that Dean was their great doubt from the first minute, and they wished he had changed places with his vis-à-vis. The conditions continued quite good until the finish although the weather was certainly windy, and that in fairness to the players, was a big handicap. It was good to see the Everton backs and goalkeeper standing firm in the face of the Yorkshire roar and the ruste of the Hull left wing. Though there were some tough incidents the game was fought in a good spirit, and if it was not a classic it certainly had the merit of being a hard, earnest game, and nowadays a Second Division team at home always has a ripe chance of creating a surprise against a First Division side. Teams: - Hull City: - Maddison, goal, McGee, and Bell, backs, Swan, Dixon, and Sullivan, half-backs, Horne, Scott Whitworth, Martin, and Taylor, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, McDonald, and Kerr, backs, Peacock, Hart (captain), and Virr half-backs, Moffatt, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup, forwards.
EVERTON TO TAKE BRINE BATHS
January 31, 1927. The Daily Courier.
Virr's Great Goal
Forces Hull to Visit Goodison Park
Hull 1, Everton, 1
A draw was a fair reflex of the game at Hull. Everton never rose above Second Division class, the play of their forwards being disjointed. What passing they did was of the close variety and ineffective, and as a line they were entirely lacking in cohesion. It was typical Cup-tie football with plenty of incident but the play far removed from brilliance. After Dean, the Everton leader, had come near to going through on his own in the first few minutes, the Hull forwards became the more aggressive, principally through the left wing pair, and it was fortunate for Everton that Whitworth was weak at centre. Hull's first goal, fourteen minutes after the start, was the result of the prettiest movement seen during the game, and the Everton defence was left helpless. The ball was passed to Martin, who being marked, passed it to Taylor. After beating Peacock, Taylor returned the ball to Martin, who side-stepped when rushed by McDonald, and scored with a swift shot, the ball going between hardy's legs. Hull deserved to be in front at the interval, but from three-quarter time onward Everton were top dog. It was at this period that Everton drew level. A corner kick was well placed by Troup, and Virr, the Everton half-back, shot with deadly accuracy high out of Maddison's reach into the corner of the net. Maddison had more work to do than Hardy, and he saved two brilliant shots, one from Dominy and the other from Dean. There was one remarkable incident, Maddison, in one of his frequent rushes out of goal, fell with the ball in his hands just inside the penalty line. Dean tried to force the ball from him, and when Bell and McGee joined in there was charging and counter-charging over the prostrate form of the goalkeeper until the referee intervened. With the exception of Dean, the Everton forwards were once again, most disappointing. Dean played well on to the opposing backs and he was repeatedly baulked by the off-side tactics of the Hull defenders. Moffatt, who took the place of Critchley at outside right, did some brilliant things in the closing stages, but for the greater part of the game he showed a lack of confidence. Hart was a hard worker, clever and resourceful, and he always had the measure of the Hull leader. Virr was much more reliable than Peacock. The Everton backs were sound in their kicking and tackling, and Kerr often went to the assistance of his colleagues. For Hull, Taylor, and Martin were a clever and purposeful left wing, and were the pick of the forwards. Whitworth, the centre forward, was the weak spot in the line. Dixon, at centre half, was the best player of the side, tackling and kicking with great accuracy. Bell and McGee showed up well at full-back, but they appeared more sound than they really were through, the Everton forwards' lack of cohesion. Teams; Everton; Hardy, goal; McDonald and Kerr, backs; Peacock, Hart (Captain), and Virr, half-backs; Moffatt, Irvine, Dean, Dominy and Troup, forwards. Hull City; Maddison, goal; McGee and Bell, backs; Swan, Dixon and Sullivan, half-backs; Horne, Scott, Whitworth, Martin and Taylor, forwards. Attendance 22,000-Recipts £1,800
• F A Cup Round Four
• Liverpool 3 (Hodgson, Chambers, Edmed; Southport 1 (Waite)
• Hull City 1 (Martin); Everton 1 (Virr)
• Barnsley 1 (Eaton); Swansea Town 3 (Fowler (2), Hole)
• Chelsea 7 (Thain (2), Wilson (2), Turnbull (3); Accrington Stanley 2 (Powell (2)
• Corinthians 1 (Claude-Ashton); Newcastle 3 (McDonald (2), McKay)
• Darlington 0 Cardiff 2 (McLaughlin, Ferguson)
• Derby 0 Millwall Athletic 2 (Plackett own goal, Phillips)
• Fulham 0, Burnley 4 (Bell (2), Page, Bruton)
• Leeds 0 Bolton 0
• Port Vale 2 (Parker own goal, Kirkham; Arsenal 2 (Buchan, Brian)
• Preston 0 Middlesbrough 3 (Camsell (3)
• Reading 3 (Richardson, McDonald, Johnstone); Portsmouth 1 (Haines)
• Southampton 4 (Rawlings, Rowley (2), Harkins); Birmingham 1 (Briggs)
• The Wednesday 1 (Trotter), South Sheilds 1 (Matthewson)
• Wolves 2 (Phillipson, Weaver); Notts Forest 0
• League Division One
• Aston Villa 4 (Walker (2), Capewell (2); Blackburn 3 (Holland, Harper, Rigby)
• Huddersfield 2 (Cook, Brown); Tottenham 0
• Sunderland 3 (Gurney, Halliday (2); Leicester 0
• West Brom 3 (Davies (2), Carter); Bury 1 (Ball)
EVERTON “A” 0 BURSCOUGH RANGERS 4
January 31 st 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION
At Goodison Park. Everton “A” were defeated by a team whose general all-round superiority led them to scoring four goals and it was fortunate for the home side that Hughes the custodian was in form, otherwise the margin against would have been heavier. Burscough were much the better side in the second half when Pye (2) and Snape added to Bennett's first half goal.