EVERTON RESERVES 2 LEEDS UNITED RESERVES 1
January 1 st 1930. The Evening Express
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 23)
The debut of Ben Williams, Everton's new International full back, was the exception in the Reserves game at Goodison Park today. The Welshmen was early prominent when he twice pulled up the visiting right wing with timely clearances. Leeds took the lead in eleven minutes, first driving past Sagar from close range after Williams had been unable to get the ball away, because of the mud. Two minutes later Everton drew level when Stein crossed a perfect centre, which Dunn headed to the foot of Hewitt, who had no difficulty in scoring. Everton were awarded a penalty after 25 minutes, Menzies having fisted out a header from Ritchie. Weldon shot over from the spot, Everton took the lead following a free kick after 36 minutes. The goalkeeper only partially cleared and Stein experienced no difficulty in netting. Everton; - Sagar, goal, Common and Williams, backs, Kelly, McClure, and Bryan, half-backs, Ritchie, Dunn, Hewitt, Weldon, and Stein, forwards.
EVERTON SIGN HALF-BACK
January 2 nd 1930. The Evening Express
McPHERSON OF SWANSEA TOWN SECURED.
PLAYS ON SATURDAY
Everton today made an important signing when they secured Lachlan McPherson, left half-back, of Swansea Town. The fee is stated to be a record for a Welsh club. He will play against Liverpool in the Derby game at Goodison Park on Saturday, McPherson, who has been with Swansea for a number of years, and now rejoins a clubmate, Williams, is one of the finest half-backs in Welsh football, clever as he is in attack and defence in the wing half position, he is also a versatile player, and at inside left is a great raider and a deadly shot. Last Saturday McPherson helped his side to beat Hull City by scoring from a penalty. McPherson's capabilities as a forward were discovered when Swansea parted with Len Thompson, their brilliant inside left to Arsenal. At a loss he find a substitute, the management brought McPherson into the forward line, and immediately he began to figure prominently in the goal scoring lost. McPherson first came under the notice at Swansea Town during a tour in Denmark, Notts County were there on a similar expedition. McPherson was playing as an inside forward for the County, but on the particular day Swansea saw him, he was playing left half in an emergency. They signed him, McPherson has played 199 games for the Welsh club and scored 30 goals.
EVERTON GO TO THE SEASIDE
Week's rest before the Cup-tie, League struggles Everton have decided to gave their players a change of view before they have to tackle the United at Carlisle in the F.A. Cup competition. The party went early today to Cleverleys. They will return on Saturday morning for the match with Liverpool and then go back to Cleverly. The visit to the Seaside resort is for the purpose of rest only and no special training will be done. Incidentally, the Blues received a tonic when they saw that their cup rivals has been beaten at Accrington by seven goals to two, their heaviest defeat since their joined the Northern section. Everton will not select their side for the match with Liverpool till tomorrow evening and Liverpool have also decided to choose their team tomorrow. The match is arousing more than usual interest because of the Goodison club's precarious position in the League table. Everton have played 24 games and have secured only 17 points so that they must show considerable improvement in the remaining 18 matches. They have won only five matches to date, and have scored 39 goals against 53. The position is made worse by the fact that although Grimsby are below than, the Town are only a point behind and have two matches in hand.
FIVE CHANGES FOR EVERTON.
January 4 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Following their four recent defeats, speculation has been rife regarding the composition of the league team, and I learn that no fewer than five Dean is to return to his position at centre-forward, and providing he escapes injury this time, the team ought to benefit by his skill and resource. Another special item of interest, is that O'Donnell has recovered and he is to turn out. While Hart resumes at centre-half in place of White, Griffiths has not recovered from the injury sustained recently. Mcpherson the new man figures at left-half and in the forward line Dunn resumes at inside-right with Rigby and Stein forming the left wing.
PROSPOSAL TO INCREASE NUMBER OF CLUBS
January 4 th 1930. The Evening Express
HUNTER HART SAYS LEAVE FIRST DIVISION ALONE.
MIGHT BE ADVANTAGEOUS TO SIDES LOWER IN THE SCALE
MUST BE AN EXCLUSIVE CIRCLE
By Hunter Hart, Everton captain.
There is a persistent movement on foot, especially among the smaller clubs of the Football League, to bring greater variety into competitive football by increasing the number of clubs to be relegated and promoted at the end of each season. Undoubtedly there is a touch of piquancy about the suggestion in that every campaign spectators would have the opportunities of viewing different clubs, and making comparisons in style, but I doubt whether the big clubs –those constituting the First Division -would give their support to the scheme. It is said in many quarters that football needs brightening, and that it is losing its grip on the public. Many weeks ago, however, I emphatically asserted that this was an unfounded scare, and I still hold to that opinion. The match on New year's Day between Manchester City and Sheffield Wednesday proved this beyond the shadow of a doubt, for it has been styled as a brilliant match between “giants.”
If football can produce such games as these there can be nothing wrong with it, and yet there is a deal to be said for the plan mooted by officials from the South. Many clubs who have been relegated have found themselves in clover in a lower circle in the matter of public support, just because there were fresh teams to be seen, and the same must apply if the number of clubs to be promoted and relegated were increased to six. One can readily visualize the directors of the Third Division clubs smiling joyfully at the prospect of having three Second Division teams in each section, even if they did miss one of the six top positions and consequently promotion. Again, the Second Division officials would be happy top receives six clubs from the First Division, for such a happening could do nothing else but increase their receipts. When you come to consider the First Division Clubs, however, plenty of reflection is needed. As far as I can see, any hardship likely to arise from the scheme must fall on the leading clubs in the land.
WOULD BE UNFAIR.
Were it passed you would find six Second Division clubs taking the places of six others who must be far superior in playing ability. Is this fair? Personally, I say no. It is freely contended that the top clubs in the Second Division are equal to the bottom ones, in the first Division, and while this may be so in isolated cases, taken generally, it is a misnomer. Everyone looks to the First Division to show the way to good entertaining football, and there is no question that they do it. In view of that why should the Division be called upon to sacrifice six clubs every season? People lose sight of the fact that competition is keener in the First Division and that the clubs are more level than in any other section. A glance at the league table will prove this. There is not such a wide margin of points between the top and bottom clubs as in the other divisions.
PROTECT SENIOR CLUBS.
Any schemer of this nature must be modified not so much to give preference to the First Division clubs, but to prefect them in their effort to uphold the traditions of English football. As I say it might be practicable to have six clubs promoted from the Third Division to the Second Division and six relegated because there is not so much difference between those competitions as there is between the First Division and the other sections, but the conditions relating to promotion and relegation between the First and Second Division should not be tampered with. I feel certain the First Division clubs are quite content with matters as they are at present, but if the other clubs went the change they will be amply catered for by the semi-change. The First Division must be maintained as the exclusive circle it undoubtedly is, and if the scheme were put into operations in its present form it would be almost akin to throwing state balls and receptions open to everyone in the land. Clubs must gain entry to the highest circle by football ability and not to pitchforked into it in job lots. The First Division is doing well, and it would be a fatal mistake to place additional handicaps on the clubs.
EVERTON 3 LIVERPOOL 3 (Game 3035)
January 6 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
GOODISON PARK THRILLS
SIX GOALS SHARED IN DERBY GAME.
LIVERPOOL REVIVE AFTER BEING LED 3-1
The second of the local Derby game between Everton and Liverpool resulted in a draw of three goals each, and none but the most prejudiced could complain of the fairness of the verdict. It was a game characterised by a wealth of fine football, not brilliant, but sufficiently fascinating and at times thrilling enough to please most people. It was rather unfortunate that a disputed goal (scored by Liverpool) should have crept in to a pleasant contest fought with commendable energy and spirit that reflected credit to all concerned. Everton's form in the first half was a revelation, coming after the many defeats and changes. They played with a buoyancy and confidents that has not been seen for many a day, and when they took a 3-1 lead after eight minutes in the second half they seemed to be well on the way to success. It was at this stage, however, that Liverpool's fighting qualities came to the surface, and from being forced to shoulder a lot of hard defensive work they attacked like giants refreshed. Goals came at seventy and seventy-two minutes that placed them on level terms, but they wanted more, and in the end Everton seemed satisfied to finish with a point. It was a wonderful revival, but it must be remembered that few sides are as well fitted as Liverpool for this type of game. Liverpool finished the stronger side, but Everton gave a sparkling display in the first half, and thus one is inclined to the view that justice was done with credit to both sides.
SMITH'S CAPITAL GOAL.
At the end of ten minutes Smith, the Liverpool centre, snapped up a pass from McPherson and scored a capital goal and the referee promptly pointed to the centre. His attention was, however, directed to the linesman on the grand stand side, who continued vigorously to wave his flag. After consultation the referee revoked his decision, presumably on the grounds of offside. Naturally much debate centred round the incident and it must have been a very fine point that only a judge on the spot could decide. Liverpool's disappointment was made greater when Critchley gave Everton the lead four minutes later, and the interval came with Everton leading by the only goal. Dean increased Everton's lead at fifty minutes and two minutes afterwards Edmed scored for Liverpool. This was followed a minute later by a second goal for Dean. Afterwards Liverpool got definitely on top, and following McPherson's clever header at seventy minutes, McDougall levelled the score at seventy-two minutes. Smith lost a fine chance of putting Liverpool ahead when Davies missed a clearance that took him out of the goal.
HOW THE PLAYERS FARED.
Both Riley and Davies did well and there was little to choose between then. Lucas and Jackson were steadier and more consistent as a pair than Cresswell and O'Donnell. Cresswell did a lot of neat work in the first half, but near the end he seemed to lack fire and was hardly keen enough in his tackles. Everton took the honours in the half-back line and McPherson, the Swansea player made a good impression. He was confidents and cool almost to the point of appearing nonchalant in most of his work, but his ability was beyond question. None did better than Robson – a real honest worker, always where the flight was hardest. Hart made a fine pivot, and opened out some delightful chances. Morrison was the best on the Liverpool side, with his usual neat classy style. Liverpool had a fine forward in Hopkins and accurate he wanted few chances and made a big number. Smith was a dangerous leader, although he missed a couple of easy openings in the second half, while McPherson played a useful game, Hodgson tended to slow up the line, and Edmed's good work came in patches. Dean's return a great difference to the Everton attack and if he was not as good as he can be he provided some delightful touches, one of his best was a brilliant header to a centre by Critchley that Riley did well to save. Critchley played one of his best games especially in the first half and Dunn made him a capital partner. Good work came from Rigby and Stein was by no means out of the picture. Teams; - Everton; - Davies goal, Cresswell and O'Donnell, backs, Robson, Hart (captain) and McPherson, half-backs Critchley, Dunn Dean, Rigby and Stein, forwards. Everton; - Riley, goal, Jackson (captain) and Lucas, backs, Morrison, McDougall, and Bromilow, half-backs, Edmed, Hodgson, Smith, McPherson, and Hopkins, forwards.
LIVERPOOL “A” 3 EVERTON “A” 2
January 6 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Liverpool county combination.
At Anfield –a draw would have been a fairly result. There are little difference between the sides. Clavert, in the Everton goal was splendid and made many saves. Burke scored the only goal of the first period five minutes from the interval. Dykes equalised immediately on resuming, Lewis increased Everton's lead with a splendid cross shot, but Kelly levelled the score from a penalty, in the last few minutes Breland obtained the winning point.
EVERTON PLAYERS PLAYING GOLF
January 10 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
The players are taking matters easily at Blackpool golf and brine baths have been enjoyed and martin, playing in a four-ball match with Critchley, Cresswell and Rigby, holed out at the seventh with a hole in one.
“A” GAME POSTPONED.
The George Mahon cup semi-final between Everton “A” and Blundsellsands, which should have been decided at Goodison Park tomorrow as been postponed owning to the ground being in a very bad stake. It is in a wet state and would cut up very badly for furture and more important matches.
January 10 th 1930. Evening Express
Everton will find themselves up against one serious handicap at Brunton Park. The Carlisle ground at present is a sea of mud, and that will not suit Everton's scientific short passing style. The Blues will have to make up their minds to adopt a more open game than is usual with them. If they do, then I think they will win by a fair margin. Everton have failed lamentably at times in the Cup when everything seemed plain sailing, but I cannot visualize United even forcing them to a draw. The equality of the Blues' play should put the issue beyond doubt at the first meeting.
At the same time Everton must not take –too much for granted, as my Carlisle correspondent informed me that a spirit of mild optimism and wild enthusiasm holds Carlisle at the moment. A record gate is certain, and it is expected that the capacity of the ground –about 20,000 –will be fully taxed. “Our lads” said Mr. Jack Hetherington, the Carlisle trainer, “ are not in the least swollen headed, but they have weighted up the pros and cons of this tie and they have more confidence in meeting Everton than they had when they met Crewe Alexandra in the last round.
SAME FOR BOTH.
It will be some encouragement to Everton to know that Carlisle are viewing the state of their own ground with some concern. They are hoping against hope that the turf will be reasonably firm as they are banking on being able to play the open swift moving game. Their attack has rare dash but cannot “get away with it” off the present sloppy state of the pitch. Whatever the conditions however, Everton are assured of meeting a wholehearted united eleven who will go hard for the full 90 minutes. Still, Hunter Hart's message from Blackpool shows there is a refreshing spirit of optimism in the Everton camp, and though the directors are still doubtful of the composition of the eleven, the team chosen should make a triumphant return.
NO ROOM FOR SUBSTITUTES IN FOOTBALL
January 11 th 1930. Evening Express
HUNTER HART SAYS SUGGESTION IS IMPRACTICABLE
WANGLES THAT COULD BE EMPLOYED IF SYSTEM WERE ADOPTED
FURTHER TINKERING WITH THE GAME NOT NEEDED
By Hunter Hart, Everton's captain.
Football reformers seem to abound in this country. There are certain members of the public who are forever thinking out schemes to “improve the game” in fact, the latest suggestion is that substitutes should be allowed in League matches for players who are injured and unable to continue. This is obviously a Continental idea, for it is a common practice there, as I saw during tours in foreign countries, tries, but it is questionable whether such measures would be practicable here when so much relies on the fitness of the players.
IN PUBLIC TRIALS.
In exhibition matches, where there is nothing hanging on the result, it is only in the spirit of true sportsmanship to allow new men to take places of those who have become incapacitated but in England it should only be extended to public trial matches, where clubs have so many players on their books that they desire to test the abilities of all instead of 22. Substitutes in league or cup football would open up a royal road to malingerers, and would wipe out everything in the nature of a test of skill. It is that test which is the life-blood of competitive football. Malingering is the greatest evil, which would arise. I say this without doubting for one moment the honesty of players and club managements, and were substitutes allowed. I can visualise many clever schemers to gain an advantage being put into operation. Any club with a star player reported a doubtful on a match morning would be played without any fear that a breakdown might cost the team the game. If, at the end of, say 10 or 20 minutes, he found that his injury was adversely affecting his play, he could report unfit to the referee, go to the dressing-room, and another man would be sent out instead. Truly a pretty kettle of fish. I realise that the bogy of a long list of injured players would disappear, but injuries are a matter of ill-luck, and the misfortune arising from them should not be transferred to the shoulders of other clubs. Again, take the man who after a certain period in the game knows he is dead off form. When he finds he can do nothing right he could go into a tackle, feign injury and go off, knowing full well that a reserve would take his place. More important is the case of the player, who in a gruelling game, becomes leg-weary in the middle of the second half. What easier remedy would there be than for him to “crock up” and allow a fresh man to come into the side? All such things as this would emanate from the fact that substitutes be allowed. To take the matter even farther, if a team were playing really badly and being well beaten, what would there be to stop the directors instructing half of them to feign injury so that practically a new team could go out to retrieve the lost position?
READY MADE HELP.
Clubs in danger of relegation need not worry about making experiments. The road to safety would have no obstacles on it. Yes, the same would apply to teams running for the Championship, but in a lesser degree, for such clubs must have struck a winning combination to get in the race at all. Another question, which would arise, would be that of the payment of bonus to reserves. Under the substitute system would eleven reserves be allowed to come on the bonus list? I think even clubs would object to this on the matter of expense, but what could be done if substitutes were permitted. There would be no alternative but to put eleven men on bonus in addition to the playing members. No. I think the critic of football should seek further remedies for improving football if they consider it needs improvement. Personally I do not. We must continue to teach the Continentals how to manage the game, and not adopt their impracticable measures.
EVERTON'S BID AT CARLISLE.
January 11 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Everton's task is a difficult one. They are breaking new ground in visiting Carlisle, and although their opponents are in a lower sphere, the cup is a great leveller, and too great a store should not be placed on the fact that the one club is in the first Division and the other in the third section. Normally perhaps, Everton would be looked on as certainties for the fourth round, but the club from a playing point of view, has taken on learn times though the greatly improved display against Liverpool has given rise to the hope of better things. Personally I thrust they have turned the corner and that today the team will uphold the prestige of Everton and make use of victory. Previous experience of lowly placed clubs will ensure that Everton will not make the mistake of holding their opponents lightly. The Goodison club has sustained some knocks from smaller fry, but I fancy they will rise to the occasion today, if the team play as well as they did in the first hour against Liverpool, the result will not be in doubt. Everton team will be chosen from the following fourteen players; Davies, Cresswell, O'Donnell, Williams, Robson, Griffiths, Hart, White, Critchley, Dunn, Rigby, Martin and Stein.
CARLISLE UNITED 2 EVERTON 4 (Fa Cup Game 125)
January 13 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
EVERTON IN FOURTH ROUND.
O'DONNELL STANDS OUT AT CARLISE.
Carlisle, put up a brave fight against Everton at Brunton Park, and Everton's victory was not quite so easily accomplished, as the score would suggest. Everton were undoubtedly the better side their manner of framing an attack being greatly superior to that of their rivals, and when they launched their first attack, I gained the impression that they would run up a big score, for they made their opening goals with an ease that was somewhat startling. They should have had a goal before Critchley got his first point, for Dean was clean through the defence with ball at toe, and Little, reserve goalkeeper, the only man left to thwart him, but Dean tamely shot outside. The explanation of his miss can readily be understood by those who were present, for the ground was in a terrible conditions. At one period overnight there was a grave doubt about the match being played, for there was flood water running up to the banking behind the river-end goal. When the players went on to the ground they left deep footmarks, and it was soon churned up.
The ball could only be propelled by a hugh kick. It was the ball's failure to run on a bit which prevented Dean scoring that early goal. Everton's play was not satisfying though good enough for this occasion, but expert footballers can be brought to an ordinary level by bad ground conditions, and that is just what happened at Carlisle. For a time they tried the close passing game, which could never pay, and Carlisle struck the right line when they elected to punch the ball about and they showed great liveliness that suggested a grim struggle, but Everton's superior tactics and swift blows at goal prevailed and at the interval Everton led 3-1, Critchley scoring the opening two and Dean nodding the third after he had made the opening by a superb pass to Stein, who returned the ball.
Critchley's second goal was a gem, for he left out at Stein's cross before it touched the ground, and the ball flew into the net. There was a debate over his first goal, for several Carlisle players contended that Dean had carried the ball over the goalline before he switched it into Critchley. Then came Davies only shot of the half, and it beat him, but he was not to blame. He might have thrown himself at McConnel's feet and suffered an injury, for he was a lonely sentinel when McConnell got the ball from the left wing. Davies came out some yards and actually connected with McConnell's shot, but had not sufficient finer-power to turn it out of goal, the ball creeping inside his left hand post.
O'DONNELL STANDS OUT.
Carlisle's right wing had displayed good methods. Cape, who had been angled after by Everton, and Hutchinson had a grand understanding, but McConnell found O'Donnell one too many for him. The Everton man, was great. At times he gave one the impression that he would be too late, with his clearance, but he knews his own power, while his timing of the ball was an object lesson. McConnell could make nothing of him; in fact the crack scorer had a poor match, despite his goal, and Carlisle's best forwards were Hutchinson and cape. When Dean scored with a penalty for hands against Couthard, the match looked as over, but Carlisle fought back with a will, despite disorganisations through an injury to Pigg, and Watson scored through error on the part of Davies.
CARLISLE FINISH WELL.
Carlisle were still in the fight, and but for O'Donnell, who headed out after Davies had failed and when Watson shot and found Davies slipping up goals would have accrued, but Watson had failed to hit the ball hard enough and Davies was able to spring back to clear. For the remainder of the game Carlisle put in all they knew. Little, their reserve keeper, was a big success, while none played better than McLoughlin, the left-back, who was fast and sure. It would not be fair to individualize over this match which was spoiled through the ground and spasmodic snowfalls. Everton won because they took their chances and were more methodical, and were better controllers of the ball, but that is not to say that there were no weaknesses in the side. Griffiths was not up to his last season standard, and Hart found the going against him. Dean gave his wings every opportunity, and Stein and Critchley did well. Williams, the new back, opened up well, tackling stoutly and heading accurately, but the man of the match was unquestionably O'Donnell. Attendance, 15,700; receipts £1,044. The latter is a record for the ground. Teams; - Carlisle; - Little, goal, Coultard and McLoughlin, backs, Miller, Frew and Pigg, half-backs, Hutchinson, McConell, Holland, and Watson forwards. Everton; - Davies, goal, Williams and O'Donnell, backs, Robson, Griffiths and Hart (captain), half-backs, Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Rigby, and Stein, forwards.
Derby Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 15 January 1930
Everton have dropped Davies, their goalkeeper, and brought Sagar for the game against Derby. This is the first time Davies has been superseded, and it is Sagar's first League match. Owing to injuries and ground conditions the team will not be selected until later in the week. Cresswell cannot play for a week or two, but may turn out against Blackburn the Cup-tie. The team will be chosen from the following 13: Sagar, Wins and O'Donnell, Robson, Griffiths, Hart, and MacPherson, Fitchley, Dunn, Dean, Rigby, Stein, and Martin.
January 16 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton meet Derby County at Goodison Park, on Saturday, it is important to note that Ted Sager apparently is to keep goal in place of Davies. This will be his first turn for the senior side and as he has accomplished some good work in the centre league it is, expected that the test will not be too much for him. Sager joined Everton at the back end of last term and as he showed great promise during his trails he was signed as a professional in March. He had the reputation of being the best young goalkeeper in Yorkshire, when playing with Thorne Colliery from which Everton secured him. At twenty years-of-age Sager is afforded a great opportunity of distinguishing himself. He stands 5ft 10ins and weights 11 st 4lbs.
There has already been a remarkable rush for the cup-tie tickets at Ewood Park where Blackburn Rovers meet Everton in one of the two Lancashire clashes. Everton will be allotted 1700 tickets and the remaining 5,000 will be sold at five four and three shillings each, shareholders being entitled to one ticket.
FOOTBALL CLUBS SHOULD HAVE DISTINCTION COLOURS
January 18 th 1930. Evening Express
HUNTER HART SAYS LEAGUE OUGHT TO INSIST.
MISTAKES BOUND TO ARISE WHEN KIT CHANGE IS NECESSARY
OLDEST CLUBS TO HAVE PREFERENCE OF CHOICE
By Hunter Hart, Everton's captain.
“Owing to the clashing of will find there colours Blank United wore White jerseys.” How many times during a football season do we read matter of this character? I do not think a week goes by without the situation of the clashing of colours arising, and it is high time the authorities insisted on each club in the Football League registering different colours so that there will be no need for any team to change. At present the club which has worn the colours longest has the right to play in them, and this is just, but I do blame the younger clubs for selecting such common attire. Officials of clubs should realise that if the players are called upon to wear different garb time after time it must affect their play to a certain degree. It is not much I know, but at the opening of any match men are liable to mistake their opponents for colleagues say, for instance, Bolton Wanderers were playing Derby County and the County men had to wear different colours. It is probable that some of the Derby men would find themselves feeding the opposition instead of their own players until they became used to the altered conditions.
HOW MISTAKES HAPPEN.
In a strenuous League encounter players have no time to look round to spot faces, and we have to rely chiefly on colours when making a transfer, but with this continual chopping and changing mistakes are bound to arise. This season up to the present Everton have had to change their colours in no fewer than seven engagements out of 26, but there must be other sides who have rung the change oftener. Even in the Carlise cup-tie, we had to wear White, while Carlisle turned out in Maroon because we both usually wear blue. Surely it would be a simple matter to bring out a rule that clubs should register distinctive colours so that every one would know that there would be no need for changes. People might suggest that there are not sufficient combinations of colours to go round, but if they will stop and consider what is done in horse racing, they will find there is a surprise. There are many more owners of racehorses than there are football clubs in the Football League, and yet every owner has to register different colours. If racing can do this, why cannot football. There was a suggestion sometime ago that there should only be two colours for League clubs –that the home side should always wear, say; White and the visiting side Blue. Even this is better than the clashing we have at present, but it would rob the game of some of the interest from a spectators point of view. Every club follower delights to think of the “red and Whites” of the “reds” and were all clubs to wear the same attire this personal touch would be lost.
I have analyzed their registered colours of the club in the Football League, and find the blues lead the way with 16. Next in order comes red with 14, blue and white, 12, white, 11, red and white, 9, black and white 8, claret and blue, 6, amble and black 4; and other distinctive combinations make up the 88. It is true that some of those I have placed among the blues have distinctive facings like Everton, Birmingham, Southend, and others, but still there would have to be changes. It is the same with the blues and whites. In this section I have placed Blackburn Rovers and Oldham Athletic, who, as most know, have the colours in an original style. Yet many clubs wearing blue have to change when opposing these teams. There are eight clubs who stand alone in the matter of original colours and, I, for one, take off my hat to them. They are Plymouth Argyle (green and black) Merthy Town (red and green), Blackpool (tangerine with black facings), Bradford City (claret and amber), Norwich City (yellow and green), Halifax (gold with blue facings), Wolverhampton Wanderers (old gold and black cheyrons) and Bradford (red, amber and black).
Some clubs after their colours voluntarily for some matches; in fact, I have seen Bradford play in green and white hoops, and Merthyr occasionally appearing white, but both these clubs are distinct from any other. The hoop design could be developed considerably, especially in the First Division. Not one club in this section wears hoops. In the Third Division (Southern section) there is only Queen's Park Rangers following this “vogue” in blue and white. In the limited space it is impossible for me to enumerate the hundred and one various colour scheme, but a little thought on the part of club officials will certainly bring something original and different. Might I suggest that clubs peruse the colours of the various Army regiments. Here again, there is plenty of variety with no clashing. By the way, it seems strange that no club has chosen all back. Surely this would be distinctive. Swansea Town wear all white, but why no club with all black? League clubs have been shown the way to brighter football attire by Everton this season. Everyone admires the white facings to our blue jerseys and the blue stripe down the knickers –it is new, novel, and original. Let other clubs follow Everton's example.
EVERTON'S BID FOR UPWARD MOVE.
January18th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Piquant interest attains to Everton's game with Derby County. The Goodison club have a trying time in front of them, with “every game a cup-tie” for them safely is the goal, the position being brought about by lack of success in the earlier part of the campaign, and it is essential that they should win today. Derby County are third in the list, so that the clubs, will be fighting for totally opposite objects. It is a point to remember that Derby county's away record is no better than that of Everton, but it is probably unique in the Walton club's history that at this advanced stage of the journey, only two victories at home have been achieved. I thrust that, beginning today, they will quickly alter these depressing figures. A capital match is assured, and all that is best in the game should be brought out. Derby County have a strong side out, including Stephenson, who missed International honours earlier in the season, owing to injuries. Sager will appear in the home goal for the first time in a League match and Williams, Griffiths, and Dunne are down as reserves in case they are needed. The kick off is at 2-45, and the teams are; - Everton; Sagar, Cresswell, O'Donnell; Robson, Hart, McPherson; Critchley, Martin, Dean, Rigsby, Stein. Derby County; Wilkes; Carr, Collins; Wilnytre, Barker, Malloch; Crooks, Barclay, Bedford, Stephesonh, Mee.
RAMS' RESERVES GO MERRILY ON
Monday 20 January 1930 Derby Daily Telegraph
Davies Beaten Four Times at Baseball Ground
Perseverance can accomplish wonders even in the absence of cleverness, but with the two qualities combined in varying degree Derby County Reserves are enjoying a gay time in the Central League. On Saturday they had to make two forward stop gap changes when entertaining Everton Reserves yet gained a lead of four goals in 47 minutes, and won by 4—2. At the start Everton were much the cleverer in keeping the ball to the ground, and in finding one another only to demonstrate their lack of versatility when their style did not pay. Derby's defenders like opponents to keep the ball close—that system can be beaten by quick tackling and sound covering—and Everton's threats for a long time failed to bring Hampton any nearer to the grey-haired stage. Meanwhile Smith (2), Alderman and Jack Robson had helped themselves to goals. Attwood. Who had twice got clean through without outwitting Hampton (against whom a penalty should have been given on one occasion for gripping his opponent's foot), eventually reduced the arrears, and Easton went one better. But the famous Everton were not better represented in any department except centre-forward where Derby had a third reserve in plucky little White. Few clubs possess as good a reserve outside-left as J. C. Robson; and with continued progress Nicholas must surely play himself into First League football as a right-half.
ANOTHER 1-0 DEFEAT
YOUNG RAMS FAIL NEAR GOAL
HALF-BACK LINE DOES WELL
DERBY COUNTY RESERVES have made two home appearances so far this season, and on each occasion they have lost by the only goal scored. Against Everton Reserves last night they gave an attractive second half display, only poor finishing robbing them the distinction of defeating last season's Central League champions. The Young Rams were much the younger team, and they gave the visitors' defence, which included such experienced players as Gee, Britton, Jones (J.), and Morton, a gruelling time after the interval.
HAGAN THE ARTIST
Hagan throughout was characteristically dainty at outside-right, but he had a weak partner Bradbury. Jones (V.) showed keenness at centre forward, and Brinton was a tireless outside-left. Wilcox was the soundest full-back on the field, and King, goal, except for the one fatal mistake of running out when the only goal was scored, played competently. Derby's best division was the halfback line, with Bailey, who acted as captain, a dominating figure at centre half. Musson gave a creditably courageous, unsparing display at left half, and Eggleston, on the other flank, enhanced his reputation as a stylish, constructive player. A mistake by Alton led to the only goal of the game. Bell profiting by it by slipping the ball into the empty net as King rushed out to challenge him.
EVERTON 4 DERBY COUNTY 0 (Game 3036)
January 20 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
FOUR GOALS VICTORY OVER DERBY COUNTY.
Everton touched something like their best form in the game with Derby County, and there was both credit and merit in their four clear goals victory. It was Everton's third home success achieved by the best score of the season. From the outset Everton played sparkling football, held well together as a side, and although Derby made one or two definite challenges, it was Everton's game almost from the start. Considering the fact that the County are so favorably placed in the league their display was disappointing. They made their best bid early in the second half following Everton's second goal, when the Derby forwards were really impressive, but it was a short-lived effort, and Everton, lasting well, won in decisive fashion. Everton game ample evidence of an all-round improvement that should serve them well in Saturday's Cup-tie.
CRITCHLEY AND STEIN.
They held the lead at the interval through a goal by Critchley at twenty-two minutes, when the winger closed in to meet a pass from the opposite wing. A pleasing feature was the excellent work of Stein, and it was fitting that he should provide the opportunities that enabled Dean to score twice. On the first occasion Stein put the ball into the Derby goal with such deadly accuracy that the best Wilkes could do was to put it out, and Dean's task was easy. At 75 minutes Stein again dropped the ball into the County goal and the merest touch by Dean sufficed to give Everton their third goal. Three minutes from the Stein cleverly beat Carr and scored with a shot that went into the net off the goalkeeper,s legs. It was a good day for Stein, and his good work was in keeping with his fine finishing. Although Wilkes made a number of good saves, he contributed to his side's defeat by poor clearances. The County never got their machine working smoothly. The inside forwards was not effective, while the defence was far from steady. On the other hand, Everton were a spirited and clever side, although there was room or improvement in the work of the inside forwards. The best efforts came from Critchley and Stein.
Critchley was particularly good in the first half, while Stein played his best game of the season. Everton's great strength, however, lay in the half-backs. Robson, as usual did a great amount of hard work, and the fact that the Derby inside forward had such a poor day was a tribute to the fine tackling and constructive work of Hart in the centre. McPherson was as cool and calculation as on his initial appearance. The defence was strengthened by the inclusion of Williams as O'Donnell's partner. They upset many Derby movements by their smart intercepting and keen tackling. Sagar gave a capital display. He was daring and confident and cleared well. Derby had a good middle line and the best of the forwards were Mee and Crooks. Teams; Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and O'Donnell, backs, Robson, Hart (captain), and McPherson, half-backs; Critchley, Martin, Dean, Rigby and Stein, forwards. Derby County; - Wilkes, goal, Carr and Collin, backs, McIntyre, Barker, and Mallach, half-backs, Crooks, Barclays, Bedford, Stephenson, and Mee, forwards.
DERBY COUNTY RESERVES 4 EVERTON RESERVES 2
January 20 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 24)
At Derby, Everton too long maintained the academic style of close passing against a side that was quick into the tackle and possessed defence that seldom consented to be drawn. Derby secured a four goal' lead through Smith (2), Alderman, and Robson. Replies were made in the second half by Attwood and Easton.
SHELL MEX 2 EVERTON “A” 3
At Vale-road, Ellemeres Port, Everton “A” included four Ellesmere Port players. Jones opened the scoring for Shell, and Lewis equalised and gave Everton the lead, Webster played prominently and put Everton further ahead. Towards the end Shell Mex rallied and Jones reduced the lead.
BONUS KEEPS FOOTBALL AT A HIGH
January 25 th 1930. Evening Express
INCENTIVE TO PLAYERS TO PULL OUT THAT EXTRA BIT.
BUT IT MUST NOT GO TO AN UNLIMITED FIGURE
PRESENT METHOD THE BEST
By Hunter Hart, Everton's captain.
The bonus system constitutes a debatable subject in football circles at the moment, but I firmly assert it is bonus, which help the game to maintain the high standard of efficiency of the moment. There are many arguments for and against the payment of any bonus to players, but the consensus of opinion of those who really know –the football legislators, by the way –is that without it the sport would deteriorate, if only by a small degree. In the first place, it acts as an incentive to the players to pull out that extra bit to gain success. I do not wish or intend to suggest that players do not always try their best, but the thought that there is something extra to be gained from a win makes them put just a little more into their work, which often turns defeat into victory. The players receive their reward of £2 for a win or £1 for a draw, but let it be remembered that the clubs –the employers of the men –also benefit. If a team registers a fair number of wins, or, put it better, the men can avoid defeat, the club is sure to receive a splendid following from the public, which means a thousand times more to the organisation than the bonus to the player.
HELPS CLUBS TOO.
Therefore I say that the bonus, while helping the different and conscientious player, aids the club more. Bonus to the footballers is the same as encouragement, which is given to any employee. It is an appreciation of services rendered, and, knowing this men will always strive to the utmost limit to bring grist to their club's and their own mill. Every footballer, thoroughly deserves the opportunity of obtaining bonus for, without going into the subject of whether he is poorly or well paid –I incline to the former opinion –when he reaches a certain limit in remuneration he cannot be given any more. Consequently if a player is a faithful servant of a club, and a man who reaches the top wage must necessarily be, he is deserving of something extra if he is a unit in a successful combination. It must be borne in mind that a footballer cannot follow his profession indefinitely, and this extra money is, in reality, the corn for his future existence. Unlimited bonus would not be fair to all League clubs, for obviously the rich organisations would hold the whip hand every time. They would be able to offer inducement to their players, which some other clubs could not, and therefore they would be reaping an advantage. This would apply specially in cup-ties where First Division clubs oppose, sat Third Division teams. What would there be to prevent the elite offering £10, £20 to each player to win? Yet the poor club might not be able to promise more than a pound or two to any man. The heart would be willing but the pocket would be weak. No, the limited bonus is an essential to the successful conduct of the game, but as to whether the present rates are either too large or too small, I will not pass an opinion, except to say that I, like the majority of players am satisfied.
Bonus has the result of bringing that leaving of keenness into the game which would surely be missing in many matches. In this respect I refer, particularly, to games between clubs neither interested in promotion nor relegation. A club situated safely in the middle of the table round about the end of March has little to gain or lose except to maintain support, and so, in the older days when talent money was paid, encounters between these “middle-leaguers” were inclined to be wishy vastly affairs with a certain amount of indifference on the part of some players. Yet, with the prospect of bonus in view the players will fight for that as well as additional points, and thus the matches will always be interesting. Bonus has the natural effect of putting an end to all those matches one used to see described as “typical end of the season affairs.” There is nothing of that with the bonus system in operation. The men are there for their own financial benefit, and that is why I say the game profits by it.
INSULT TO INJURY.
It has been said that the players of a team which is eventually relegated or is obliged to seek re-election should receive no bonus, but that is something in the nature of kicking dogs when they are down. Every season it is the unhappy lot of two teams to suffer this ignominious fate, but just because fortune has gone against them it should not be that the players should receive no additional benefit. Quite possibly they deserved it, even more than the players who have won championships. In support of this may I instance the case of Manchester City recently. The Mancunians reached the final of the F.A. Cup, but were defeated, and they also lost their position in the First Division. Surely those players had played gallantly and earnestly all the season and were deserving of some bonus. The men of clubs in similar positions to this have earned all they can get, and, take it from me, no one is more disappointed than a player to lose status in the game. This was precisely the reason of the failure of the old system of talent money when the top six clubs in each competition were allowed to pay their players something extra for good service. Payments were limited to the top six clubs, but was it fair to the seventh was only there on goal average? Certainly not. Again a team might do splendidly for the first half of a season and then, through injuries accomplish nothing after. Would it be fair for those players who had helped garner the points to leave them begging? Again the answer must be no. In the case of bonus every player must receive the same treatment, and that is why the present method is surely the best. Every person connected with the sport benefits by it and that is the chief reason why there should be no tampering with it.
CUP TIE FEVER
Saturday 25 January 1930 Lancashire Evening Post
Remarkable Scenes in Blackburn Streets
Big Invasion by Road and Rail
Rovers' and Everton Supporters Make Merry
Club Colours Freely Worn
Mammoth crowds, huge queues every car stop, tram after tram, .streaming one direction, scores of motor coaches and private cars, ear-splitting noises from wooden rattles, thousands of gay mascots, harassed traffic policemen, flurried railway officials, overworked tram conductors, and volumes of good-humoured raillery. All these and a lot more elements served to provide the -electric atmosphere attached to the meeting Ewood Park to-day of Blackburn Hovers and Everton m the fourth round of the A. Cup. _ To-day the East Lancashire town was the Mecca of football enthusiasts in the County Palatine. Though there were few signs of Cup-tie fever during the morning except for one or two vendor's club favours, by noon Blackburn was much occupied town. From t.icn onwards people poured into the town in their thousands. Partisans from all parts of Lancashire came out in full force to do honour to the county Derby.”
With sun shining brilliantly and the merry banter of rival supporters thousands whom wore miles coloured ribbon pinned in rosettes and hats, the Cup-tie spirit was very infectious. The malady spread like wild tire" as the army of Everton fans invaded town. , Fifteen special trains were scheduled to arrive the town, some coming from far away as, Barrow-in-Furness, Morecambe, mid Colne. The large influx from the Mersey side necessitated extra trains being put on at Liverpool. It estimated that over 8,000 travelled by rail to give Everton vocal support. But there were hundreds more who came by road. The first excursion, an additional one from Liverpool, arrived about 12 30, and brought over 800 gay followers. Railway station subway re-echoed with shrill cries and deafening noises from scores rattles. One Everton fan brought with him umbrella painted blue and white, and bear- the words. “(live it to Dixie.” was subject much banter as, holding aloft his treasured' mascot crossed the Boulevard to a tram the football ground. Every available tramcar was put into service as also were many 'buses.
STREET VENDORS BUSY.
Itinerant street vendors did a roaring trade with the club favours. They were at every street corner on the way to folic ground crying, Winning colours.”
EARLY ARRIVALS AT EWOOD.
A few hundred people queued up the ground an hour before the opening of the gate. At one o'clock the turnstile began click merrily. Thousands passing through in the first hour. There was every prospect of a big crowd, and the Corporation parking ground at Ewood, where there is accommodation for over 400 cars, was packed to its utmost capacity. Garages in the vicinity of the ground had been booked up well ahead. Every available policeman in the local force was on duty, all leave being cancelled, much t o the disappointment of some members who had anticipated being able to witness the game.
THE WAY TO WEMBLEY?
Among the gaily bedecked charabancs from Liverpool district was one bearing the words, “To Wembley via Blackburn.” Benefiting by a previous experience, the cafes In the town had preformed specially for the crowds, and in one or two instances menu cards had been printed with cup-tie dishes, such Liverpudlian Rolls and The Wembley Course and “Cup Medal Sauce.”
January 25 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
The Everton men are greatly cheered by the victory over Derby County, and in a lessor degree the cup. The win at Carlisle, and they will enter the field today with the will to win. They may be depended on to explore every avenue in order to secure entry into the next round. Rigby will be opposed to his old team, and he will be particularly keen to shine. Everton have decided to play Williams, at full back and Hart at centre-half. So that the team will be the same as which defeated Derby County. The Rovers half-back line is strong, and Dean and his colleagues must play at the top of the form this as in all other tussels. The kick off is at 2-45. Teams are Sagar; Williams, O'Donnell; Robson, Hart, McPherson; Critchley, Martin, Dean Rigby, and Stein. Blackburn Rovers; Crawford; Baxter, Jones; Imrie, Rankin, Rosscamp; Bruton, Puddefoot, Bourton, McLean, Cunliffe.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 4 EVERTON 1 (Fa Cup Game 126)
January 27 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
EVERTON PASS OUT OF THE CUP.
POOR DISPLAY AT BLACKBURN.
There is no possible excuse or extenuating circumstances in the passing out of Everton F.C. from the cup tournament. They were well and truly beaten in a game where speed, earnestness, football skill and football favour carried a side to a well-earned and worthy victory by four goals to one. The remarkable things is that Everton should have got a solitary goal, for they were not keen shooters compared to the home side, who shot hard and true and fast at nearly every conceivable moment. The one thing possible in the home goal was that the goalkeeper Sagar might have been able to leap a trifle higher to each of the first two had he not been injured in the first ten minutes of play. It is probable that not one hundred of the 52,000 spectators explain why or how Sagar was hurt, as he was nowhere near the ball when a collision occurred. This was really the one foul blow struck during the afternoon in a game blessed with beautiful weather, good turf, and very little wind. It was an elemental kindness suggestive of brilliant exhibition by both sides. Actually neither side did uncommonly well. Everton, save Stein and Sagar, played well below their known form, and without much heart or conception of attacking combination. The half-backs were overrun –the combination of age-experience in the centre, nonchalant winning half-back by McPherson, who is best when he is going upward with the ball, and energy allied to some skill but little weight, as exemplified by Robson, was not comparable to the Blackburn domination, where three towering men went through their game with a definite purpose; they insisted that Everton should have no chance.
Yet behind them were two unsettled defenders and a goalkeeper who was strangely “unclean” in his pick up. Crawford, the goalkeeper, had nothing to do in the first half, yet he made so many air-puches that the crowd realised Cup nerves were having their deadly sway. Even when Blackburn were leading 3-1, there was an air of unbelief in the Blackburn defence that leads one to believe they cannot go much further. The difference in the sides was, however, very marked; Blackburn forwards position dancied their way through, and, allowing for the fortune of a goalkeeper lamed unfairly Blackburn take a worthy victory by a margin not a bit too severe; in fact, it was their occasions poverty of direction with no one to beat that stopped them making a big score in the first half. At least the Blackburn forwards shot Everton's had lost the love they had. True, Stein tried two or three swerving balls; true, too, that Rigby had one shot in a second half start almost alarming in its threatening look. It was a mere passing fancy; a flicker of hope; a suggestion of what Everton could do if they struck their proper vein; but suggestion lacked fulfillment; they went into their fanciful channel and were swallowed up in the tight grips of the Blackburn half-backs. The game eventually became somewhat farcical by its-one-sidedness, and the life kept in the game was provided by the two wingmen, Bruton and Cunliffe. The former Burnley man went through at will and ease; Cunliffe showed a sign of white feather in one run, and thereafter apart from missing an easy one; he played first rate football –football that would have done credit to a veteran. His fine goal was a masterpiece of its kind; he drew the goalkeeper, painted a picture of a centre to Bruton, and coolly shot into the net with a place-kick full of discernment and discretion. This was football, this was the use of brains. Everton had then talent; latent talent perhaps; without the ability to change their tactics when they saw the key to the whole game –half backs relentless and sure. The cross pass should have been the upward pass. Everton could not see it. They persevered with their ineffectiveness methods. There was excellent refereeing from Mr. Woodward of Donaster, and I think he was right when he refused two penalty kicks, one to either side.
It would be wasteful of time and energy to go into the individual state of the Everton market in the game, except to state that Sagar was brilliant throughout, despite his great limp; and he made masterly efforts to save the first two goals –goals scored by McLean and Bourton. Bruton and Cunliffe, and Martin for Everton, were the scorers. It was a £4,000 gate, with two deaths at the match –one an old player of the Lancashire area –and prior to the game the crowd was kept interested by a boy from Liverpool kicking goals with a sure touch –it made Everton's subsequent attempts seem very puny. I am convinced that Blackburn are lacking in defensive ability and that an early goal against them would show them in a moderate light.
As it was Dean tried to burst the net in the first minute. He missed the ball completely. He was not alone in this respect. I do remember a friendly game where there were so many mistakes and mistiming and miskicks. Having said that it must not be imagined that these facts are served in for any other purpose than chronicling exactly what occurred. Blackburn have our good wishes for the future cup-ties. Teams; Blackburn Rovers; - Crawford, goals, Baxter and Jones, backs, Imrie, Rankin, and Rosscamp; half-backs, Bruton, Puddefoot, Bourton, McLean, and Cunliffe, forwards. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and O'Donnell, backs, Robson, Hart (captain), and McPherson, half-backs, Critchley, Martin, Dean, Rigby, and Stein, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 0
January 27 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 25)
Everton did well to win a rigorously contested game at Goodison, for the City defence throughout defended sturdily, and the ultimate winners found progressive combination a difficult matter against the determined tackling of the visitors' halves and backs. However, Attwood led the line well and Wilkinson and Troup were swingers who initiated many forceful raids. The Manchester forwards enjoyed many spasms of attack, but their efforts were not as convincing. Everton's good movements, falling through faulty combination. It was a game where there were many desultory spasms till T. White opened Everton's score a minute from the interval by driving a free kick through a wall of defenders. The second half provided a determined struggle, but despite the City a endeavours Everton succeeded in adding to their score with a goal from Attwood. Davies was sound in the home goal. Common, O'Donnell, White (T), and Whyte were prominent defenders.
CHANGES IN EVERTON SIDE
January 29 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
For Saturday's match changes have been made, Cresswell returning to partner O'Donnell in place of Williams, while Griffiths takes Hart place at centre-half back, and Dunn comes in for Martin as Critchley- partners, several of the players received knocks at Blackburn, Sagar being the greatest suffer, but he is ready to turn out again.
Meanwhile Sam Chedgzoy, the former English international and former Everton player, has been released from his contract by the Bedford Association F.C, with which he has been associated for the past four seasons, and for which he acted this season as captain and manager. Chedgzoy will return to England after making short visited to Canada.