January 1 st 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
W.R. Dean, the Everton centre-forward, has had to deny another rumour. The latest one appears to have emanated from Spain. The Spanish footballers, who played England in London recently, were greatly impressed by the Everton centre, and a rumour was published by a Madrid paper yesterday, that the Madrid Football club, has made overturns to the England International, to join the club. Dean told me last night, “I have heard nothing whatever, of the offer, nor any rumours of such an offer.” The Madrid Football Club denies that the management made overtures to Dean. Sometime ago there where reports that America clubs officials were anxious to secure Dean's signature. Many clubs would like to have the assistances of Dean, but he will remain an Everton player.
DEAN BEING TREATED FOR LEG INJURY.
January 1 st 1932. Evening Express.
But expects to be fit for tomorrow.
By the Pilot.
Dixie Dean has been undergoing treatment this week, for a leg injury. But there is no cause for alarm, it is expected that he will be fit enough to take his place in the Everton team against Birmingham City at St Andrews tomorrow. Everton will thus be unchanged for the ninth consecutive match. Two goals against The “Brums” will being the Blues another post war goal-scoring record. No club in the Football league has secured 80 goals in the first 23 matches of the season, and Everton to date claim 78. Having beaten Birmingham at Goodison park on the opening day of the season by 3-2, Everton have an opportunity of completing their first “double” of the seasons. Teams; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Birmingham (probable). Hibbs; Liddle, Barkas, Stoker, Morrall, Cringan, Briggs; Grovesvenor, Smith, Bradford, Curtis.
Jack O'Donnell, the former Everton back returns to the Blackpool League team tomorrow for the first time since his trawler trip.
New Brighton Reserves v Everton “A”
Everton “A” had more of the play although playing up the slope and against heavy rain. New Brighton, however, broke away a couple of minutes before the interval and Parker, under pressure put through his own goal. Halt-time New Brighton 1 Everton “A” nil.
Reserves v Derby County Reserves.
There would be 5,000 spectators at the Reserve match at Goodison Park. The first item of note was a strong drive from the Derby left winger, which passed close to the upright. Everton replied, and from a McPherson centre Martin with a hook shot just topped the bar. Later Martin had a great chance, but the outstretched foot of a defender deflected the ball from goal. At the other end, Bowden, although badly angled drove in Strongly for Coggins to save. After Martin had opened the score the Blues shared better finishing, Cunliffe quickly added a second goal. Subsequently the Derby goal had a lucky escape. Near the interval McPherson netted to gave Everton a 3 goals lead at the interval. Halt-time Everton Reserves 3 Derby County Reserves 0. In the second half Everton went further ahead, a Derby Defender deflecting a shot by Worrall into the net.
EVERTON'S STIFF TASK
January 2 nd , 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
One of the stiffest tasks Everton will be called on the face this year is that at St. Andrews where Birmingham have proved vigorous and crafty opponents for the best. The fact that they have taken four points from the Albion must convince Everton that their best Goodison Park form is essential today to lower the colours of Hibbs, England's goalkeeper, and his worthy team. With the club immediately behind pressing on Everton cannot afford to slacken the pace, which has set the club on a pinnacle and if they are to retain their lead every possible point must be fought for. The players may be expected today to put in all they know to improve their “away” record.
I understand Dean's injured foot has given him some trouble this week, and he is not expected to turn out today, His lost of course will be a great blow, to the team, I believe Martin or Reed, the promising young forward from the North-East who has been doing well with the Reserves, will be called on. Reed is a dashing leader, and is likely to turn into a most useful player. Teams; Everton; Sagar; Williams, Creeswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Martin or Reed; Johnson, Stein. Birmingham; Hibbs; Little, Barkas; Stoker, Morrall, Cringan, Briggs; Grovsenor, Smith Bradford, Curtis.
EVERTON RESERVES 6 DERBY COUNTY RESERVES 0
January 2 nd , 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 22)
Everton, who played Martin at centre forward, altogether outclassed Derby County at Goodison Park in a Central league game yesterday. Fifteen minutes before the interval Martin scored, being followed by Cunliffe and McPherson before the interval. Worrall and Birtley (twice) scored in the second half, Webster, Cunliffe and McPherson were outstanding Everton players, Cunliffe goal being a brilliant effort taken outside the penalty area. There were 5,000 spectators. Everton; Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; McPherson, McClure and Archer, half-backs; Birtley, Cunliffe, Reed, Martin, and Rigby, forwards.
BIRMINGHAM CITY 4 EVERTON 0 (Game 3117 over-all)-(Div 1 3075)
January 2nd 1932. The Evening Express Football Edition.
Clever work but no goals.
Critchley-White in Artisty in Hursting Birmingham Game
By the Pilot.
A pulled thigh muscle kept Dixie Dean out of the Everton team, which met Birmingham in a return game at St. Andrew's. Dean had been under special treatment from Trainer Harry Cook during the week, and was at Goodison Park every day, endeavouring to right the wrong, but yesterday he had to say “no play.” Perhaps it is as well in view of next week's Cup-tie. It would have been utterly useless to have risked Dixie; consequently George Martin, who got one goal against Derby County Reserves yesterday, was brought in as leader of the attack. This was his second outing of the season, for he was centre forward at Huddersfield some weeks ago, when Dean was helping the Football league. Birmingham also had to make changes as compared with last Saturday Booton, Hayward, and Gillingham deputising for Barker, Smith and Morrall. Everton had almost a full directorate present, and Common was again on reserve. Several of the players had been troubled with cold during the week. It had rained hard at Birmingham all the morning and was still pouring when the teams took the field. The Midland City was having a great football day with the Arsenal at West Bromwich, and so the bad weather was really hard luck.
Teams; Birmingham City; - Hibbs, goal; Booton and Liddell, backs; Stoker, Gillingham, and Cringan, half-backs; Briggs, Grosvenor, Hayward, Bradford and Curtis, forwards. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee, and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, White, Martin, Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee; Mr. T. Crewe, Leicester.
Everton had the wind and rain at their backs, and Johnson failed when he waited to get a ball to his left foot to feed Critchley. Martin broke through and was pulled up for offside, and then, when a Martin pass had sent Critchley going the winger was brought down by Liddell. Clark's free-kick was returned to him and he let go with his right and saw his shot turned aside for a corner. This was a promising start for the Blues. White and Cresswell cleverly mastered the Merseyside bogymen –Briggs. Hibbs had to race out to kick away as Critchley bounced forward like a hare in pursuit of Martin's pass. He missed an open goal. White sent the ball up the centre, and Martin gave the dummy on the right before turning a clean through pass for Johnson to race through. Johnson's left foot shot was two yards wide. Everton were contributing, good attractive football, and the forward work was especially good. Critchley ran through by clever footwork before failing victim to a tackle. Critchley and White brought further delight with direct interprassing until Critchley ran the ball over the dead line. Bradford wavered a scheme, which was nipped in the bud by Cresswell. Liddle was injured in vainly trying to stop Critchley. He soon resumed. Williams tackled Grosvenor in the nick of time and Booton was there to baulk Martin when the leader was making tracks. Bradford moved over to the right wing and got the Blues on the run, until Stoker came through and lost possession. Cresswell was limping following a tackle, but was their to help Sagar when the goalkeeper punched away from Briggs. Everton were playing better football than they had done in any away game since the visit of Villa Park. There was a thrill when the ball came against Martin and ran well for Critchley. Critchley beat Liddle and though Hibbs punched away to the centre, Johnson let go a right foot shot, and Hibbs went full length to save. Birmingham were powerless to hold Critchley, who now beat Hibbs with a cross only to find Booton ready to head away from the goal mouth.
Band of Shooters.
Thomson, joined the band of shooters before Everton won themselves out of a ticklish corner with a rare heading bout. Curtis had a chance, but miskicked, and when Williams had an opportunity to score he also miskicked. The ball travelled to the safe hands of Sagar, who also gathered a sharp centre from Curtis. There were plenty of incidents and god football, but the Blues should have been a goal up by now. Their play merited it. Martin was a second, too late with his shot, before Hibbs dealt with a distant drive from Clark high up. Martin had a splendid chance of getting the first goal when White's pass gave him a through run, but he shot from too far out, and though Hibbs was beaten the ball swept by the post. He could well have gone on a few yards.
A near Thing.
Birmingham went within an ace of a goal when Grosvenor got through and his centre was turned across, for Curtis to cut in and shoot. It seemed all over but the ball struck the foot of the post and rebounded into play. Everton's forward work continued to be good, and when Critchley put across Booton scooped the ball out, so that Johnson once again had everything in his favour. However, he sliced the ball, and Birmingham breathed again. This should have been a goal. Following from a Briggs' corner Curtis shot on the drop and was only a foot out. The home men never hesitated to put the ball back to Hibbs when the Blues were becoming dangerous. Hibbs had a couple of long drives to deal with, but these came easy to the International. The Everton right wing was again playing well, some of their raids being irresistible in their accuracy. Critchley swept the ball across the face of the Birmingham goal, but there was no one near enough to give the ball a mere touch, which would have meant a goal. On the interval Briggs netted, but not until a little time had elapsed following the referee's whistle for offside. Half-time Birmingham City nil, Everton nil.
Birmingham Thunderbolt for Everton.
Amazing turn to St. Andrews.
Succession of Shocks.
Critchley got away again immediately on the resumption yet when he enlisted Martin's aid and ran into position, he found himself offside. Cresswell raced across to pull up Curtis before Hibbs made one of the greatest saves I have ever seen. Stein made ground and turned the ball across to the in-running Johnson, who let go with all his power. Hibbs leapt up and with one hand turned the ball over the bar before falling to earth.
Goal a Minute.
Three minutes after the resumption Haywood gave the “Brums” the lead, and moreover, added a second goal before another minute had elapsed in the first place there was faulty Everton interception, and Haywood got though on his own. He got the ball under control and placed into the corner of the net, Sagar having no chance. Right from the kick off Birmingham made ground on the right, and Briggs cut close in to goal before levelling a short centre, which Hayward promptly turned into the net. This was a thunderbolt for in the first half it had been Everton's game in every respect. The whole team had been playing well, and the understanding forward was delighted in its accuracy. Cresswell, Critchley, and White had taken the honours.
Critchley Tries Hard.
Critchley tried hard to bring Everton a scoring chance, and Martin got one only to shoot weakly outside. Then when Stein centred, Martin got the ball with his body, and Hibbs said, “Thank You.” Thomson was far from happy against Briggs, and now Cresswell was limping even worse. After 57 minutes Curtis made it three for Birmingham with a shot which Sagar should have saved without difficulty. Willaims had run up to intercept and the ball bounced awkwardly up and struck his arm. It ran to Curtis, who from the edge of the penalty area let go with his left foot. Sagar appeared to have the ball covered, but it swerved over his shoulder into the net. Bradford scored a fourth goal for Birmingham after 83 minutes. Final; Birmingham City 4, Everton nil.
EVERTON RES. 3 GOALS AHEAD.
Early Leeds attack checked.
The Leeds attack caused Everton's defence some anxiety during the early stages. Only a clever intervention by Bocking prevented a goal. The Blues improved, and after Moore had saved from Reed, Dunn fastened on the rebound and would have scored but for being brought down. From the resulting penalty, Lowe gave Everton the lead. A few minutes later came an equaliser, Roper beat Coggins with a header which, it appeared, the keeper might have saved. Birtley was prominent in the home attack. His centres were always well played. Everton were much the better side, and Griffiths and Reed scored a third and fourth goal respectively. Hykes scored two goals for Leeds.
THE PILOT PLUMPS FOR EVERTON.
January 2 nd 1932. Evening Express Football Edition.
League Form as Best Guide.
Home Record Brooks No Argument.
By the Pilot.
The burning topic of the moment is next Saturday's F.A. Cup clash at Goodison Park.
It will be the greatest football match ever staged in the city, and the only sad reflection is that one of our favourite clubs will not see round four of the tournament. There is the determination in both camps to win, but I cannot conceive Everton being the losers. It is my firm opinion that if Everton reproduce their usual home form than they are certain to clear the third hurdle. One must be ruled by results, and the Blues' home achievement brook no argument. Let us hope it will be a real sporting encounter, both from a playing and spectators point of view. The crowd can make or mar this tie. I appeal to them to give the players opportunity to give us classic football. Full details regarding the crowd arrangements will appear in the Evening Express early next week, but I advise all to get to the ground early and avoid congestion. Moreover, please pay attention to those who will be doing their best to pack the people?
Not only are Everton in the threes of F.A. Cup-ties, but every league match, and especially those away from home, strongly resembles cup-tie. Every team the Blues visit is anxious to lower the colours of the League leaders, and they really play above themselves in their endeavors. This was precisely what happened at Blackburn. As a matter of fact, I have rarely seen a side so different in all particulars as were Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park and Goodison Park. The whole truth is that at home these opponents are straining every muscle and nerve to conquer Everton's wonder team, and they are urged on by the shouts of their followers. It was so with Blackburn Rovers, I was told that their play against Everton was on a par with their best of the season yet at Goodison Park, where the bulk of the vocal support was for the Blues, they were made to appear quite an indifferent combination. I appreciate the fact that Everton have not quite such a vital force away from home recently, but the fact that they have a clear points lead in the league table makes them stand out as the best team in the country at the halfway stage. The Blues have performed splendidly away from home. This can be gathered by a glance at the records. In their first seven away engagements they won five and have claimed another away victory since in addition to forcing a draw at Huddersfield. The strength of Everton's position is that in addition of their lead, they have played two more matches away than at home. Good going this. It has been wonderful encouraging first half of the season, and there is not the slightest sign of their “cracking.” It is not often that the Second Division champions go right through to the top of the First Division and, in addition deliver such deadly “knock-outs” to the big wigs as they have been doing. The more grueling part of the campaign is to come with its mixture of cup-ties and league matches, but I am convinced that a continuance of Everton's present form will bring them the championship for the second time in five seasons. They have excellent opportunities of breaking all manner or records. They have been doing it up to the present, and I attribute it chiefly to the fine spirit among the players and officials of the club. A bad period is almost certain to come along –few championship winners have escaped it –but I think the spirit of the Blues will pull them through. They are set on the championship, and, between ourselves, I think they would prefer winning that honour to the cup itself. May I take this opportunity of thanking all those well-wishes who sent me seasonable greetings and of expressing the wish that 1932 may be their record year. To quote my friend, Mr. Tom McIntosh, of Everton, “May the best of your pass be the worst of your futures.”
VIEWS ON THE GREAT F. A. CUP TIE CLASH AT GOODISON PARK
Quiet confidence at Anfield.
Better News of Injured Players
Can Bradshaw hold Dixie Dean.
The Cup news from Anfield is much more hopeful than it was a week ago. I can now state that Lucas and Wright can be regarded as certain if the directors desire to utilise their services. What will be the outcome of the match, against Everton in round three? This is the question to which every football enthusiast is trying to find an answer. To my mind will depend on the conditions obtaining on January 9. It the ground is ice-bound or covered with slush and snow, it is bound to have an effect on the result. At all events it is going to be one of the greatest Derby games ever from the point of view of excitement and attendance, if not as regards the standard of play. Liverpool are keen and quietly confident. They realise that they are faced with a tremendous task, but they believe they have the nesscessary attributes to pull through. They have certainly played no better Football this season than at present, and as I have said before, I have seen no finer “last six” in any side this canter. Defence cannot win matches; it is able, true they can save points, and for this reason I believe Everton are going to have one of their hardest tasks. Everton cannot win until they have scored, and Liverpool are going to make a big effort to save that first goal which means so much. Everton, it must be remembered, have scored more home goals than any club in the Football League, but Liverpool tie with the Villa for second place. As the Cup-tie is at Goodison Park, Liverpool's task is indeed a serve one, but is admitted everywhere that they are just the club to rise to the occasion. Next Tuesday when the selectors choose their team for the game, they will have to make up their minds about two important positions. Will McRorie or McPherson be left out for Wright, who is certain to play so long as he perfectly fit, and will they leave out Jackson, whose last match it will be until nearing the end of the season, and bring in Lucas. These questions may take a lot of answering, but we can rest assured that the directors will view the situation from every angle.
Centre Forward Quest.
In the meantime the Reds' officials are still searching for the elusive centre forward who, it is hoped will solve their centre problems. He is very hard to find but perhaps, when he is eventually landed at Anfield (may be this weekend) the new life and dash necessary in the line will be infused. The Reds did well over the holiday periods to take three of the four points at stake against Sheffield Wednesday, but once more it must be admired that in the main they were earned by a really solid defence, which never tired under much heavy pressure. Steel is improving with every game, and this is high praise indeed when we recall his successful debut against Derby County three matches ago. He is probably the best back on the books of the Anfield club just now. His refusal to be flurried is one of his great assets.
Bradhsaw in the Breach.
Bradshaw, too, has never played more delightful or effective football. He stood between the side and defeat at Hillsborough. His vast experience stood him in good stead. He has the happy knack of bringing the best out of his colleagues when it is most needed. It may well be that the Jan 9 problem will boil itself down to whether Bradshaw can hold Dean. Bradshaw has the height, the weight and the skill to do his task effectively.
CUP TIE MEMORIES OF LONG AGO
January 2 nd 1932. Evening Express Football Edition
Liverpool – Everton Games recall
Famous Figures in Epic Struggles.
By the Pilot.
On Saturday next, at Goodison Park, Everton and Liverpool will meet for the fifth time in a Football Association cup-tie. Already I have received many queries regarding the hectle battles of yesterday –who played goal for Liverpool in the 1905 tie? Who scored Everton's winning goal in the 1911 match? And such like. I have been through the files of The Liverpool Evening Express, and taken notes of those former Merseyside cup “Derbies.” The table to date is;
1901-02 Liverpool 2, Everton 2 (at Anfield)
Liverpool 2 Everton 0 (at Goodison Park)
1904-05 Liverpool 1 Everton 1 (at Anfield)
Everton 2 Liverpool 1 (at Goodison Park)
Everton 2 Liverpool 0 (at Villa Park)
1910-11 Everton 2 Liverpool 1 (at Goodison Park)
It will be seen that on three occasions the Blues have won through, and in 1905-06 they went on to win the Cup which is the only occasion it has found a resting-place on Merseyside. Below I give a brief summary of the previous cup meetings of the clubs.
Jan 13, 1902. Anfield. Round 1. (Receipts £800) Liverpool 2; Everton 2. Teams; - Liverpool; Perkins; Robertson, Dunlop; Wilson, Raisebeck, Goldie; Robertson, Hunter, McGuigan, Fleming, Cox.
Everton; Kitchen; Balmer, Eccles; Wolstenholme, Booth, Abbott; Sharp, Taylor, Young, Bowman, Bell. Referee Mr. John Lewis.
Liverpool showed as the superior combination, and led at the interval through a penalty goal by Robertson. Kitchen saved Robinson's first shot. The Liverpool player following up and netted. Five minutes after the interval Booth provided Taylor with the opening to equalise before Cox put in a splendid run before crossing to Hunter, who restored Liverpool's lead with a beautiful shot just under the bar. A terrific struggle ensued until, following a foul against Raisebeck, Eccles placed accurately for Jack Sharp to equlise and force the replay. During this game no fewer than three free kicks were placed direct into the net, but under the prevailing rules these did not count as goals.
Jan 30, 1902 –Goodison Park. Replay (receipts £710). Everton 0; Liverpool 2.
The only change was the substitute on of Bert Sharp for Eccles at left back for Everton.
Much clever football was seen with Liverpool enjoying the better of the exchanges, the Blues often being penned into their own half for long periods. Abbott missed an open goal before Liverpool took the lead in 40 minutes. Bert Sharp brought down McGuigan and Balmer, in trying to clear Raisbeck's free kick, placed into his own goal. Eight minutes after the interval Hunter added Liverpool's second and later McGuigan struck the post. Game become uninteresting towards the end owing to definite superiority of Liverpool, who played with greater dash and vigour throughout.
February 4, 1905. (Anfield) Round 1 (Receipts £1,070)
Liverpool 1, Everton 1.
Teams; Liverpool; Doig; West, Dunlop; Parry, Raisebeck, Fleming; Goddard, Robinson, Parkinson, Raybound, Cox. Everton; Roose, R. Balmer, Crelly; Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, Hardman.. Referee Mr. John Lewis.
Had it not been for the wonderful goalkeeping of Doig Everton would have taken the lead. The report states “Everton swarmed around Doig like bees, but the goalkeeper held them at bay.” Parkinson, gave Liverpool the lead following good work by Cox and Robinson. Hardman netted shortly after resumption, but was ruled offside, and it was not until near the end that Makepeace equalised from a penalty for a foul on Young.
Jan 8, 1906 (Goodison park) Replay (Receipts £1,020)
Everton 2, Liverpool 1
The only change was that Carlin appeared at inside right for Liverpool in place of Robinson, and within three minutes McDermott had given Everton the lead following clever inter-passing with Sharp. Dunlop was found at fault in this instance. Liverpool fought back well, Roose saving Everton on several occasions, Raisebeck was the inspiration of the Reds. Four minutes after the interval Goddard equalised. Thrilling exchanges followed, and it was not until five minutes from time that Sharp broke through for a centre which enabled Hardman to give Everton victory.
Match 13, 1906 (Villa Park) Semi-final (receipts £1,701)
Everton 2, Liverpool 0
Teams; Liverpool; Hardy; West, Dunlop; Parry, Raisebeck, Bradley; Goddard, Robinson, Carlin, Hewitt, Everton; Scott; R. Balmer, Crelly; Abbott, Taylor, Makepeace; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, Hardman.
Liverpool were handicapped through forward changes, but opened favorites. It was 33 minutes before a corner was forced –this went to the Blues, who enjoyed the balanced of play, and would have gone ahead it not been for Hardy, who played one of the best games of his career.
Won on their merit.
There was no score at the interval, but after 10 minutes of the second half Abbott scored with a shot which seemed to be reflected by Dunlop. In the next raid Hardman headed the second goal. Liverpool became ragged after this, and Everton won on their merits.
Feb 4, 1911 (at Goodison Park) Round 2 (receipts £1,150)
Everton 2 Liverpool 1
Teams; Everton; Scott; Stevenson, MaConnachie; Harris, R. Young, Makepeace; Gourlay, Lacey, Magner, A. Young, Beare. Liverpool; Hardy; Longsworth, Crawshaw; Robinson, Harrop, McConnell; Goddard, Stewart, Parkinson, Orr, Uren.
Liverpool scored first though Parkinson, and it was a curious goal. Following a free kick the ball was twice charged down before Parkinson managed to lob it out of Scott's reach. Everton appealed that the ball had crossed the line, when hardy made a magnificent save from Gourlay, but the referee ruled against them. Liverpool held their lead to half-time. Everton were the better side after the interval, and after Beare had missed with a good opening he centred perfectly for A. Young to head a pretty goal. Stewart failed with an absolutely open goal, and then Sandy Young got his second and the winning goal with curling shot from the edge of the penalty area, which hardy reached but could not stop. Incidentally, Sandy Young was the outstanding player on the field, his footwork being astonishing in its accuracy. Hardy was the best Red on view.
Jan 9, 1932 (Goodison Park); Round 3
Everton ? Liverpool ?
Yes, we must wait and see.
FOUR SUCCESSIVE AWAY DEFEATS
January 4 th 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton Miss Dean's Thrust.
Injury To Cresswell.
Birmingham is a better side today than for many years, and their win against Everton would have been convincing enough if only the two teams had been on equality regarding strength in the second half. As it was, Cresswell, who had played a remarkable game in the first half, became outside left through a strained ankle, and Thomson was limping. Stein went full-back, and shaped very well there, after having had a lean period, chiefly through the fact that he was not prompted with passes by his fellow-forwards, the scheme being to keep Critchley, the outstanding forward of the day, on the move against a slow moving back, whom he outpaced at will. Critchley's centres went for nought –there was no head to nod them back or back or forward; there was a gaining void in the attack, due to the absence of Dean, for whom Martin appeared. On the other hand, Birmingham were with out their usual centre-forward and Heywood not only got two goals but played well in the second half.
It was a clean sporting game throughout, and it produced Birmingham's sixth win in eight attempts, while Everton lost their fourth successive away game suggesting that they are nowadays a purely home team. However, in this game the necessity for increased effort in the attack was patent. Dean was absent. How could they best make up for this tremendous influence? By shooting well when the chance came. They did nothing of the kind; they shot outside to the easy chances; there was a time when a forward had but the goalkeeper to beat and he could not do it. Each time, instead of the ball “just going in,” it went just outside,” That would not have been a trouble so much if the team had kept sound, and if Hibbs had not turned the game with a masterly one-hand save from Johnson's best shot. A marvellous save of international character, and from it Birmingham went on to score two goals in two minutes.
Briggs the Raider.
The Birmingham, with their three reserve members fought tenaciously and well; and backs who had passed with a degree of ease suddenly found their strength while all through Briggs was a dangerous raider. Everton became despondent though they fought heartily and well to the end. White changing places with martin without much improvement in the goal-front aspect. All though the first half Everton played with such a delightful artistry and effect that it was absurd to think they had not made the most of their chances. Good football of this character was only the more galling when one found a shot was lacking.
Of what avail was this easy manipulation of the ball; of what avail the robustness of Williams and the supreme and delicious quality of Cresswell's footwork a manner and method the crowd had never seen before? It meant nothing and one feels that the great difficulty of this defeat is not the result so much as the result of that result; a falling confidence in the Everton team and a realization of the worth of Cresswell; his injury means so much to the side that it cannot be minimized. Sagar played well; throughout and the half-backs did their part; in fact one could only expect goals when the teams at full strength had failed to deliver their goal mission to its crowning point. When the team was chopped and changed and Cresswell had a spell at outside left to try to “warm” his injury the Midland side was well on top in attacks and more definite in front of goal. Curtis got a long range goal and Bradford scored near the finish; after Grosvenor had shown what a good young forward he is going to be, and after Stoker had played a storming game at half-back. The turning point was the security of Hibbs against the few good shots rained at him, he reigned just as supreme as Cresswell had done. Cresswell left the field just before the finish of a game well handled by Referee Tom Crewe of Leicester, and well fought from first to last. The ground was soft but quite true-playing, and the standard of play throughout was of a fine rousing character, with plenty of good football served up from the opening moment to the end.
Everton were in the end well beaten deservedly beaten, and much perturbed about the personalities of their side. Throught it all one saw the lithe figure of Critchley darting away, dribbling in and out, centering ably, and marvelled that not a goal came from this source. This was the rock-bottom factor in Everton's defeat. They were offered goals and delayed or dallied till the chance was gone. Yet Birmingham with three reserves for famous names shown a hearty spirit and a good deal of enthusiasm as well as football craft. Teams; Birmingham City; - Hibbs, goal; Booton and Liddell, backs; Stoker, Gillingham, and Cringan, half-backs; Briggs, Grosvenor, Hayward, Bradford and Curtis, forwards. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee, and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, White, Martin, Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee; Mr. T. Crewe, Leicester.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 LEEDS UNITED RESERVES 3
January 4 th 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 23)
Had Everton's forwards accepted all the chances afforded the margin would have been considerably more in the victors' favour. As it was Leeds fought back valiantly and might easily have snatched a draw for Everton, after having the game well in hand lost their grip of it, and in the closing stages the home defenders were hard pressed to hold the lively Leeds attackers. Birtley in the first half was conspicuous with some sound wing work. Lowe opened the scoring with a penalty, but Roper soon registed Leeds equalser. Reed adroitly headed Everton's second goal and Griffiths scored the third. Coggins was then responsible for some brilliant clearances from Roper and Alderson, but before the interval Reed scored Everton's fourth. A fairly evenly contested second half found Everton missing opportunities in front of goal, and when Hynes scored two goals for Leeds the issue became very open. Everton however, managed to hold on to their lead.
Bluunderllsands v Everton “A”
Liverpool Challenge Cup
Cancelled owing to state of the ground.
EVERTON'S INJURED CUP FIGHTERS.
January 4 th 1932. Evening Express.
Latest News of Dean & Cresswell
Both hope to be fit for Saturday.
By the Pilot.
Everton have two of their best players on the injured list and the great F.A. Cup-tie with Liverpool is only six days away. The players are Dean and Cresswell. Dean has a pulled thigh muscle and Cresswell strained an ankle in the match against Birmingham. The bulletin from Goodison Park to day is that Dixie Dean is making splendid progress and himself is confident that he will be able to lead the attack. Cresswell's conditions is hardly as encouraging for his ankle is still swollen, but it has improved over the week-end. It is not yet known, however, whether he will be fi or not for Saturday. Dean was under special electrical treatment all last week for the thigh trouble, which prevented his playing against Birmingham, on Saturday, when the Blues lost their fourth successive away match. In this game Cresswell, after playing brilliant football for half-an-hour, went to kick a ball when Briggs had “checked” with his foot, and Cresswell strained the ankle ligament. He continued to play in the hope that the injury was not serious, but after a spell at outside left in the second half he had to retire altogether. In addition to Dean and Cresswell, Thomson also slightly injured an ankle at Birmingham, but I do not anticipate that it is serious to keep him inactive.
The Birmingham game was highly interesting but had a freak result. The “Brums,” were never four goals better than Everton; in fact had Dean been playing I am convinced the Blues would have had the match in their pockets before the interval. Dixie was missed. I say with all due deterrence to Martin, who tried hard but adhered too strictly to the inside forward type of game, which is his real pursuit. Everton enjoyed fully three parts of the play and provided cleverer, more accurate football than the home men, who, however, had the faulty of being able to take chances. It was in this alone that Everton failed. Hibbs played a magnificent part in keeping the points at St. Andrew's. Some of his work was marvellous, and I shall never forget the save from Johnson, which really turned the tide in Birmingham's favour. The Birmingham defence was splendid all through and they had need to be, for though they were in arrears the Blues continued to do the bulk of the work in the later stages. Critchley was irresistible, and played his best game for seasons. He was unstoppable and received fine support from White and Johnson. Stein was a stranger to the role of full back, which he occupied, in the second half, but he pulled out his best and was not a failure. Clark was the best half-back, though Gee was a vital factor in defence. Cresswell was the better back, though Williams was handicapped by a severe cold. Sagar might have saved the third goal, but otherwise did well.
January 5 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton have two of their best players on the injured list, and the moment both Cresswell and Dean are doubtful starters for the Cup-Tie against Liverpool at Goodison Park. Dean has a pulled muscle, which kept him out of the League match at Birmingham on Saturday, while Cresswell was injured at St. Andrews. Dean is making good progress, and I understand he's almost certain to be fir for the Cup-tie, but there is a doubt about Cresswell being able to turn out, he strained ankle is still swollen, but it has improved.
WAITING FOR THE BIG WHISTLE.
January 5 th 1931. Evening Express
The Great Day is Saturday. Zero hour is 2.30. Thirty-two whistles will start the big battle for the F.A. Cup. Only two of the hopeful 64 clubs who enters the fray on Saturday will live to fight out the final at Wembley. Our hopes are Everton, Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers and Southport, and as the first two mentioned clash at Goodison Park the maximum possible for the next round are automatically reduced to three.
There is bad news for Everton. Cresswell who was injured last Saturday, is still limping, and he said to the Evening Express today, “I hold out few hopes that I shall be fit.”
Dean Will lead Everton.
By the Pilot.
Dixie Dean, the Everton centre-forward is a certain starter for Saturday's great Cup clash between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park. This is cheering news for the Everton supporters, but a doubt remains regarding the possibility of Warney Cresswell taking his place at left back. I do not anticipate that a final decision will be made until late in the week. Dean has made a rapid recovery from his muscle injury, and the fact that he was not risked against Birmingham has helped matters considerably. Today he was training with all his usual enthusiasm. Cresswell is still limping slightly and said to me; “I hold out few hopes that I shall be fit. It will be a great disappointment to miss this game, and though my ankle has improved it will have to make much better progress if I am to take my place.” I expect the directors, who meet tonight, will select Bocking as Cresswell's deputy. Bocking, McPherson, and Martin are included with the regular eleven, from which the Everton team will be chosen.
HOW TO SEE GOODISON CUP-TIE IN COMFORT.
January 7 th 193. Evening Express.
Do's and Don'ts for The 70,000
It is odds-on Wright playing for Liverpool
By the Pilot.
Of course, you will be one of the 70,000 spectators who will see Saturday's super cup-tie at Goodison Park and, of course, you want to see the game in comfort. Well, it is up to you!
There is room for you, and the admission arrangements are admirable. All you have to do is to go early, take your place in the right queue, tender the correct fee or ticket, and don't loiter –remember there are others who want to see every minute of the game. Two hundred stewards and police will do their best to direct the crowds. Carry out their instructions and you won't have any trouble.
Everton's team will be chosen tomorrow. Cresswell is still a doubtful starter. Good news for Liverpool. Wright is mending rapidly and it is an odd-on chance that he will play.
It is easy matter to pace a 70,000m crowd. If you think it is, ask Mr. Tom McIntosh. He knows. That is why he has instructed the following Do's and Don'ts for Evening Express readers.
Do –if you are a ticket-holder –read carefully the instructions on your ticket.
Don't confuse the block letter shown with the row letter.
Do if you hold a ticket for blocks A,B, or C in the Goodison –road stand, enter by the turnstiles opposite Oxton-street.
Do if you hold a ticket for blocks D, E or F in the Goodison-road stand, enter by the turnstile just beyond the club office. Do if you hold a ticket for blocks G or H in the Goodison-road stand, enter by the two turnstiles near the church.
Do if you hold a ticket for block K in the Goodison-road stand, enter by the turnstile on the corner of Goodison-road.
Don't forget to watch the indication letter cards above the entrances.
Do if you hold a ticket for the north section of the Bullens-road stand, enter by the Gwladys-street end turnstiles. Do if you hold a ticket for the south section of the Bullens-road stand enter by the turnstile at the Stanley Park end.
Do if you hold a members' or shareholders' ticket enter by the centre turnstiles in Bullens-road.
Don't confuse the colour off your tickets. Members' are pink and shareholders' ate purple.
Do it your ticket is for the goal double Decker stand make sure of your correct turnstiles. Yellow-and White ticket-holders will be admitted through the Goodison-road entry turnstiles, and White –and Red ticket holders through the first two turnstiles nearer Stanley Park. Don't fail to go early. You should be seated by 2.15.
Do hand the larger portion of your ticket to the gateman and retain the smaller portion.
Do form into single-file queues.
Do keep the gangways clear inside the ground.
Do –if you are not a ticket holder –tender correct money at the turnstiles.
Don't forget the ground and paddock gates will be opened at 12-30 p.m. and the stand entrances at 1 p.m.
WHO WILL WIN THE “GREATEST EVER DERBY.”
January 8 th 1932. Evening Express.
Liverpool Start Favorites for Goodison Park Battle.
Cresswell Unfit; Bocking to play left-back for Everton.
Wright not yet certain but a probable starter.
By the Pilot.
The preparations are finished, arrangements are complete; the only one doubt remains. It is who will play at inside left for Liverpool –Wright or McPherson –at Goodison Park tomorrow in the greatest ever Cup-tie staged on Merseyside.
Cresswell is unfit and will not play. Bocking, usually a right back, will take his place. There is the solo change from Everton's regular side. Dean definitely will lead the attack. The ground is on the soft side, but in good condition. This will be Clark's first local “Derby” game.
Sagar; Williams, Bocking; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
The problem of Wright's fitness will be decided tomorrow morning. Strong hopes are held out that he will be able to play. Liverpool Start favourities, but their mascot black cat was killed yesterday in an accident. It is an omen? McRoie and Steel are making the local “Derby” debuts.
Scott; Steel, Jackson; Morrison, Bradshaw, McDougall; McRoie, Hogson, Barton, Wright (or McPherson), Gunson.
There is no blinking the fact that Liverpool start general favorites for tomorrow's Cup game. This is due to the fact that since the announcement of the draw when Everton, by reason of their commanding hold on the League leadership were made the popular fancy, Liverpool have not lost a single game, and have reduced the margin of Everton's League lead to three points. On the other hand, Everton have lost all their three away games. But the confidence in Liverpool must be tempered by the realisation that Everton still hold the League leadership in spite of the fact that they have played three more matches away than at home. One thing is certain, the Reds always play better at Goodison Park than at Anfield, and already this season they have defeated the Blues on the ground in a minor cup competition. Yet the superstitious will feel unhappy. Why? Well, for seasons past we have all noticed the lovely black cat, which stalks the Anfield ground. When it walks on the field before a match it is accepted as a happy omen. Well, Liverpool's lucky black cat died yesterday –suddenly. It met with an accident. You might say, “Ah that is only a matter of luck,” but I feel convinced luck will play a large part in tomorrow's match. In such a cup-tie it is bound to do –the run of the ball; the mere winning of the tess might be vital factors.
On form Everton should win particularly as they have ground advantage although Mr. George Patterson, the Liverpool secretary-manager, said to me yesterday. “Why, for our boys to play at Goodison Park is as good as playing at home. We shall be before out own supporters.” A true word, but there is no doubt that knowledge of ground is a decided asset. Let us look at the form book. Everton have played 10 matches at home and won nine, the only defeat being that inflicted by Manchester City by the only goal. In the ten games they have scored no fewer than 51 goals against 15 by opponents. One can, in summing up the form, only look at Liverpool's away form. Undoubtedly their best performance of the season to date was the 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, but other matches achievements have been the victory at Newcastle and another north-eastern success over Sundrland. Still, whereas the Reds claim only three away victories in ten matches, Everton have won six out of 13 away games. Everton's stick, however, has gone down because of their four successive away defeats, whereas the Reds have not been defeated since December 12, when they visited Portsmouth.
The biggest form pointer in favour of Everton is the fact that they defeated Liverpool by three goals to one at Anfield. At that time Everton were not the dynamic force they subsequently became. Liverpool have been the most-criticized team in the country this season. I have not seen them a great deal, but everyone has been anxious to tell me that they are a poor side. Candid, I do not believe it. Results speak for themselves, and when I glance at their record I cannot be convinced that a team with 28 points from 23 matches is a poor one. It will surprise me if there is a wide margin at the finish, but I can see no other result than that Everton will figure in the fourth round. Liverpool will reply on Barton and Hodgson to get the goals, and I expect their three wonderful half-backs –the backbone of this team –to adopt the down the middle method. It will be a good one, for both Hodgson and Barton can shoot, and Gunson is an adept at cutting in for a cross drive. Everton will no doubt adopt the open methods, which have brought them the crop of goals. They will certainly keep the ball swinging from wing to wing, but they have the faculty of serving up the close work if necessary. The vital period of the game is can Bradshaw stop Dean. He could not do so at Anfield, because he adopted the wrong methods, but if he acts differently tomorrow and can keep Dixie in subjection, then the Reds have a great chance.
Goodison Tram Services.
There will be an extended service of Corporation Tramcars and Omnibuses in Liverpool tomorrow for the Everton-Liverpool cup-tie. It has been decided to place into services more than 100 extra cars to operate Victoria-street to the ground. They will commence to run at 12 noon, and there will also be services from all the suburban termini. In addition, there will be a special service of Omnibuses from Bankhall station for the benefit of visitors coming in from the Southport line areas. There will also be a similar return services after the game.
LIVERPOOL CUP-TIE SCENES
January 9 th 1932. Evening Express.
Goodison gates Closed 10 Minutes Before Kick-Off.
The Man who waited from 7 A.M.
Astonishing Cup-tie day scenes were witnessed in Liverpool today. From an early hour thousands flocked to Goodison park, with Everton and Liverpool as their only topic of conversation. Never before has such a hustle been seen in the vicinity of the famous Goodison ground. Mereseyside had caught the cup-tie fever badly. Ten minutes before the kick off the gates had to be closed. It was a “full-house.” The first Cup-tie spectators arrived at Goodison Park at 7 a.m. He was a Liverpool supporter and he came from waterloo. He took up his stand outside a turnstile in Goodison road while it was yet dark. In his coat was a hugh red and white rosette. “I arrived here at 7 a.m.,” he said to The Evening Express. I have not missed a Liverpool match for years, and I was determined to see the match today.” “Yes, it was rather cold when I first arrived, but it is worth it.” This ardent enthusiast was joined by half a dozen other fans about 8.30, and by 10.30 there were more than a hundred forming three queues, outside the turnstile. Every minute others arrived. Nearly everyone sported a red or Blue favour. Some of the fans carried rattles. The first woman to arrive took her place in the queue at 1030 a.m. She had come from Walton. There was a nip in the air, though not the sort of nip that warms a Scotsman, and people in the queue shivered and turned their coats collars up as they settled down for a four hours wait –until the turnstile started clinking at 12-30. The portable breakfast was in criqence. Spectators who had carried a meal from home in pockets or cases are as they discussed the Great Match prospects. The early arrivals of course were only the merest handful compared with the crowds which came later, for –in the modest words of the showman –“The Greatest show on Earth.”
Apart from the mounted police, more than 100 police constables were on duty on the ground, and more than that number of stewards were on duty to marshall the crowd. “The more you are together, the more of you will see” was their motto. Many Cup-tie fans combined the advantage of an early arrival with cheap train transit by booking workmen's ticket to Liverpool. To do this they had to leave their home stations not later than 8-30. They did not all make their way at once to the ground. Some of them had a look round the city first and wandered into cafes and restaurants. The Hatton Gardens headquarters of the tramways had worked out a scheme to transport the bulk of the spectators to the ground by tramcar and Omnibus. More than 100 tramcars were on through express services. The first tramcar to leave Victoria-street at 11-30 was quickly filled, and then a followed a successive of tramcars filled to capacity by the waiting queue. Order tramcars were concentrated in Castle-street, at Garston, Woolton, Smithdown -road, and Seaforth. Special tramcars were put on outside Bankhill Station, for the benefit of people from Southport. It did, not need a Sherlock Holmes to pick out intending spectators. The blue and white rosettes of Everton and the red and white favours of Liverpool were seen everywhere. There were busy scenes at the Liverpool railway stations. At Exchange Station, trains from Southport and district arrived crowded with fans. Special excursions from Llandudno and Holyhead arrived at Lime-street and during the morning Cup tie spectators poured in from Wigan, St. Helens, and Runcorn. At Central Station, trains from Manchester were well filled. The four quenes at Goodison-road grew rapidly as the hours passed. As they waited the fans amused themselves by cheering one another and shouting, “Where's Dixie.”
Rattles, swung vigorous kept their owners warm, while all kinds of Red and Blue favours were being sold by Vendors who met with a ready sale. These favours ranged from red or blue roses to celluloid dolls dressed in red or blue, names of star players being stamped of them. The crowds were boisterously cheerful. “All seats now guaranteed,” was one catch phrase they shouted. Some of the fans wore Blue or Red bowlers and sashes of similar colours. There was a great demand for hot tea and coffee, which was supplied from the shops in the vicinity. There were remarkable scenes outside the Goodison ground soon after the gates were opened. Queues, which seemed never ending, stretched from Goodison-road into Walton-lane. By 1 p.m. thousands of spectators were already in the ground but still they came. Crowded tramcars arrived every minute, while motor cars taxicabs and Omnibuses set down hundreds more. A strong force of foot and mounted police marshalled the crowds. There were happy crowds. What was a bump or a push on a day like this? Rapidly though the turnstiles worked, spectators arrived even more rapidly.
EVERTON 1 LIVERPOOL 2 (Fa Cup Game 132)
January 9, 1932. Evening Express.
57,000 see sensational start to the cup battle.
Dean scores in 15 seconds!
Reds' Fighting Reply.
Gunson Equlaisers; Thrilling a Minute struggle
By the Pilot.
Everton 1, Liverpool 1 –a fitting representation of a first half packed with thrills. Undaunted by a lighting shock –Dean scored in 15 seconds. Liverpool staged a great fight back and Gunson's goal ten minutes from the interval was well deserved. Liverpool had the better of the exchanges, and Sagar saved Everton on several occasions. Critchley stood out as the best on the field, with dean a wonderful leader.
How the Teams lined up.
Everton; Sagar, goal; Williams and Bocking, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Liverpool; - Scott, goal; Steel and Jackson, backs; Morrison, Bradshaw (captain) and McDougall, half-backs; McRoie, Hodgson, Barton, Wright, and Gunson, forwards. Referee W.P.Harper, Stourbridge.
The days to days, the match of matches so far as Merseyside is concerned –Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park. I have rarely seen conditions so orderly and quite in Goodison Road, but inside the ground there were more than 50,000 spectators, with the start of the game three quarters of an hour away. At one o'clock there were 25,000 spectators on the ground. Obviously the local enthusiasts had taken the tip of the Evening Express and arrived early. There was the usual banter among the crowd, in fact, it was one deafening din with balloons, coloured hats and favours much in evidence. Fortimately there was little crushing, and the ambulance men had not so much work to do as I expected. Wonders! The bottleneck at the end of the Goodison-road stand was one of the most sparsely packed spots in the enclosure. Everton had taken good precautions. Three policemen were posted on the roof of the popular covered stand –theirs was a cold job! The ground had been sanded as a precaution against frost.
It appeared on the soft side, but the surface was far from slippery. Liverpool were in the fortunate position of being able to field a full-strength side. Wright reappearing after some weeks absence owing to injury, and Bradshaw turning out despite the fears of pleurisy. Everton were not quite so fortunate. Warney Cresswell was absent for the first time this season. Bocking, who played at right back in the opening matches of the season, appeared at left back. The Lord Mayor, Alderman J.C. Cross was given a real Liverpool cheer when he entered the directors' box. There were two spectators in the crowd who had come all the way from Aberdeen. There was a sharp and tricky wind blowing across the field. The general weather conditions were good. Everton had three times overcome the Reds in former cup meetings. The Blues must have been encouraged by their 3-1 League victory at Anfield, but still, from the talk around the main stand, Liverpool were expected to prevail on this occasion. Ten minutes before the start the paddock was becoming uncomfortable –so much so that the gates had to be closed. They were swaying in this portion, but the remainder of the ground was not overcrowded, though of course, well packed. The boys' pen was closed before two o'clock.
The Game. There was a tremendous cheer from the teams took the field, and another when Dean and Bradshaw went out to toss. Bradshaw guessed wrongly, and so the Blues had the advantage of the wind. Liverpool looked strange in their somewhat vermilion coloured jerseys.
“They're off” There was a shout reminiscent of the racecourse. The ball is worked to the Liverpool left flank, Everton miss a tackle. Hodgson weaved a scheme but Thomson intervened and Ted Sagar, who cleared with a big kick. Dean anticipated better than Morrison, gained possession and in feinting to feed Stein turned the ball inwards keeping it under control. Bradshaw came across, but again Dean gave the dummy, then worked cleverly towards the centre. Another dummy, and Steel had been given the go-bye, finding Dean with only Scott to beat. The crowd were on their toes, and everybody was shouting “Shoot.” Dean did it with his left foot, and as Scott went full length the ball scraped the post and entered the net in 15 seconds. What a sensation. Fifteen seconds, and the Blues a goal to the good. Liverpool rolled up their sleeves but when Critchley was getting away Jackson fouled him. McDougall cleared the free kick. Sagar, helped Williams by coming out to gather, and when Liverpool piled on the pressure Everton scrambled the ball away. Critchley raced past all opposition and won a corner. This returned to White, who screwed the ball over the ball. After a bout with Gunson, Williams carried a mark over his eye, and then McRorie, getting away with a good field, weakly placed over the dead line.
Wright dribbled on the proverbial six-pence and was fouled. McDougall took the free kick and tried to find Hodgson. The ball travelled a little too fast. Critchley came back with a timely intervention dribble before Stein turned the ball into Scott's arms. This was really intended for a centre. Hodgson was pulled up for a foul on Johnson, and Gee's free kick was pereintorily fisted away by Scott with Dean striving hard to get his head there. Liverpool won their first corner when Williams adopted the sliding tackle to hold up Gunson. Then when Critchley had easily out maneuvered Jackson, Bradshaw intervened, with delightful skill and precision. Liverpool were battling merrily, so much so that Sagar had to run out to save a corner and then Barton receiving from McRorie flashed a lovely drive over the bar. The Reds piled on the pressure, and with Gunson centring precisely, McRoie let go a lovely ground shot, which Sagar turned out in beautiful style.
This was a thrill, Everton became panicky, and when McRorie put across a low pass with no colleagues in position Sagar and Williams had a misunderstanding only for Sagar to prove equal to the occasion. Scott saved Liverpool on two occasions in the next minute. Dean accepted a through pass, but the ball ran too fast, and Scott was able to come out and clear. Dixie wheeled round Jackson, and was in the act of shooting when Scott came out and took the ball from his toes. This was 100 per cent excitement, and there was a further thrill when McRorie slashed the ball across to Gunson, and the Chester boy took a flying shot with his left foot, which Sagar saved in miraculous fashion. Bradshaw beat Dean in a heading duel them, following a free kick to the Reds, William's anticipation alone prevented the equalising goal. Everyone, including Sagar, misjudged the kick, and the ball was travelling towards the net when Williams turned it out with a last minute kick. The ball came across to Wright, who could not get through the barrage, and Everton survived the raid only by unceremonious kicking and interception.
Lucky for Liverpool.
It was now Liverpool's turn for a narrow squeak. Critchley was finding Jackson comparatively easy meat, and now good work by him saw the ball being edged back from Dean to White and Johnson. White took the shot, while realising his mistake in not allowing Johnson to take a pot, and the ball screwed off his foot many yards wide. The Reds attack was a lively one; in fact, Liverpool had enjoyed slightly more of the territorial advantage and were fighters every inch of them. Sagar fisted away from Morrison before McRorie placed straight across the goal, with Gunson unable to get up in time to try a header. Stein tried a long shot without getting direction before some brilliant Everton tackling got them out of difficulty. Following Thomson's free kick Dean shot on the top, Scott making a wonderful save. Everton kept it up, and Dean swerved before making another great drive, which Scott again saved.
Critchley was right on the quivive, and he left McDougall gasping before centring and giving Dean another chance to test Scott. Scott was as safe as the Bank of England. Bradshaw said, “Thanks you” when Johnson and Stein had a misunderstanding and Barton appeared to be on good ground. He elected to enlist Gunson's aid, and re you could say “Jack Robinson” the Everton tackle had won. Clark and Wright were given a word of advice by referee Harper before Dean was baulked by Stein as he was looking goalwards. Again Gunson was there, but Clark's tackle made things right for Everton though he suffered an injury, which did not keep him inactive long. Hodgson delivered the through pass, which Barton hit first time, Sagar being right on the spot. There were many free kicks for minor offences, and from one Williams headed away for Johnson to send Critchley away happy. Critchley did his work well, but Scott just stopped Dean, and when Stein headed in Dean was adjusted offside.
The 38 th minute saw Liverpool draw level, and it was no more than they deserved. Gunson was the score, and the goal followed a free kick for a foul on McRorie by Bocking. McRorie was cutting towards goal when Bocking tripped him from behind. McRorie took the free kick himself, and placed hear the far post. Thomson had time to clear, but made a fatal dally, and ere Everton could recovered Gunson had turned the ball into the roof of the net. Justice was served, for there is no doubt that Liverpool had been plugging in right royally. Despite their early reverse they had battled away with an honesty of purpose which was a positive joy to see. Their forward work was a treat. It was a stern game. There were fouls, but these were the born of enthusiasm more than intent. Gunson made a glorious run through at top speed before turning the ball across to the unruning Wright. The ball ran top fast for the inside left. The quick tackle also helping to keep him at bay. Liverpool made an appeal for a penalty, but this was quickly turned down. Liverpool were on top when the interval was sounded.
Half time Everton 1, Liverpool 1.
The first half had seen Liverpool enjoying more of the exchanges. As a matter of fact their tactics had upset the Everton machine to a great extent. Their attack was good, though hardly as methodical as Everton's in which Critchley stood out as their best man on the field, with Dean a wonderful leader. Barton had done well but Liverpool owed most to Bradshaw and Scott. McRorie was proving a real winger. On resuming Everton were once again into their stride, and Dean was running large when he went between the defenders, Liverpool escaping with a corner. Everton kept it up, and following another raid from the right, Dixie sprang through as a likely scorer, until Bradshaw nipped across and did the nesscessary. Then Clark took a long chance but was off the mark, and when Hodgson made away Sagar had to be quick to clear. Dean adopted the fast-header pass just before Wright was getting clear, Liverpool suffering the misfortune of the ball running over the dead-line. From every spot around me I could heard the words” A reply on Wednesday. Well, these were two equally matched eleven's fighting with the energy which only cup-ties produce. Dean was criticized for a non-intentional foul on Jackson and Liverpool used their first half methods for the kick and rush game, which turned many balls running too fast into goal kicks.
From a throw in Wright jumped his usual and headed the ball just over the bar. The crowd had caught the excitement, and there was incessant cheering in matter where the ball was, which side was attacking, or who was doing the good work. Liverpool were certainly marking as they had need to for Dixie was in one of his best moods. After Thomson has burst through and tried his well-known head passing, but Johnson's shot was off the mark. Williams had to be quick to intercepted when Wright and Hodgson were looming close. Sagar saved a cross shot from Gunson shot, Dean turned the ball over for Johnson to sky over the bar. Everton were overcrowded in a pack and Dean trying to give his inside forwards a chance and then when Critchley middled Bradshaw won the ball and was injured for a matter of minutes. Thomson kicked away when Liverpool flashing work brought the home goal in jeopardy. McRorie was improving on the left wing and when he received a straight tackle from Gee. This brought a penalty claim, which, of course, came to naught.
Liverpool were playing with more confidence than Everton, who were pressed to be over anxious in their passing. This was proved with three successful mistakes when there was plenty of time and no worry. Following a quickly taken free kick Critchley found himself away. Received a centre and Dixie's them with a nod gave Stein the opportunity for a cross shot. Stein's effort went right across the goal to rest just behind the dead line. The game proceeded at a terrific pace, and Everton far from their usual self owing to the tenacious work of half-backs. Jackson pulled up Dean with a brilliant tackle. Critchley was still standing out as the best man, who could not be stopped, and now he passed a ball, which Stein nodded in, to the goalmouth. Dean could hardly reach the ball to place himself a scoring chance.
Liverpool took the lead in 71 minutes with a grand a goal as I have seen for years. Hodgson made one of his well-known runs, and Gunson received. Instead curling the ball, Gunson slashed it into the goalmouth and Hodgson from ten yards to head into the net in good fashion. It was a great goal, beautifully executed and the Liverpool supporters jumped with excitement. As it was Everton's turn to buckle in, as if ever a team tried, they did. Critchley placed to the goalmouth in all out attack and Dean made a brave header, which seemed a certain goal until the evergreen Scott let out to pulled the ball down with two hands. In my mind this was the greatest save this day. Everton piled on full pressure, and consequently on top, so much so that Williams ran almost to the Reds' dead line to place balls in front of goal. It was a wonderful struggle with the scales moving one way and then the other with Liverpool adopting usual produce in falling back on defence. It was raining slightly, but who cared. Everton were monpolising the game, but Jackson, after a poor first half was having marvellous football, saving his team when everything seemed lost. Just after fully eight minutes contested pressure Liverpool broke away Barton squared the ball Sagar saved to prevent Gunson shooting. Everton were inclined to keep the ball moving, Stein on the left was almost through. Everton's crying hopes were raised when Stein was fouled close in. Stein's free kick brought the shooting chance, but no one was there quick enough to give the necessary tap, as Liverpool fortunately scrambled it away. Everton had a corner which Stein but swiftly behind. Then McRorie centre to Sagar's arms Hodgson fell into the net. Their were tremendous scenes of excitement when the final whistle blew, there is no doubt that the more deserving side had won its way into the fourth round. Liverpool's secret plan had obviously been to put Everton off their game, and despite an early reverse they had done it. The Everton machine had been harnessed, and one could put admire the fighting spirit of the Liverpool defence once they had gained the lead. It had been a great struggle, one in which there had been plenty of fouls, but nothing evil. The heroes of the match had been Scott Jackson, (for his second half work), Bradshaw and Gunson for Liverpool. Dean, Critcley, and Williams were the best players on the losers' side. Final. Everton 1, Liverpool 2.
CUP TIE TIME TABLE
12.32 –Ground open.
2.15 –Lord Mayor arrives amid tremendous cheering.
2.28 –Teams enter ground together.
2.29 –Dean win toss.
2.30 –Wright kicks off.
2.30 –Dean scores for Everton, Misunderstanding between Morrison and Bradshaw.
2.35 –Gunson was offside with all Liverpool forwards waiting for a centre.
2.36 –Morrison makes a great tackle on Johnson.
2-39 –Scott makes a good save from Johnson's drive, 30 yards range.
2.41 –Gunson forces a corner from Williams, while Bradshaw brilliantly holds up Critchley.
2.43 –Sagars saves well from Gunson's centre after wonderful work by Wright.
2.44 –Barton shoots inches over from outside the penalty are. Sagar makes a wonderful save from McRorie
2.46 –A misunderstanding between Williams and Sagar may easily have cost Everton a goal, but no Red forward was up.
2.47 –Sagar makes another glorious save, this time from Gunson.
2.48 –McDougall injured, but recoveries and is able to carry on.
2.51 –scenes of tremendous excitement in front of the Everton goalmouth when Williams kicked away Hodgson's header practically off the goal line.
2.53 –White misses a great chance of adding a second for Everton, slicing the ball when he shot.
2.55 –McRorie beats two men, cleverly, but fails to keep his centre in play.
2.57 –with Sagar and Williams on the ground, McRorie crosses the ball in front of the Everton goal, but Gunson racing in, had no chance to reach it.
2.59 –Steel given a great ovation for two smart pieces of work in holding up Stein and Gee.
3.0 –Stein shoots over, and then tests Scott with both head and foot.
3.1 –Barton provides Gunson with a chance, but instead of going through he passes back.
3.2 steel again holds up Dean in great fashion.
3.4 –Clark's foot injured. Resumes after treatment.
3.5 –Barton receives the ball and races through, but Sagar makes another good save.
3. 8 –Gunson equalises! This goal came after Bocking had fouled McRorie.
3.15 –Halt-time; Everton 1, Liverpool 1.
3.25 –second half begins
3.27 –Everton force a corner.
3.32 Johnson headed outside, after Jackson had partially cleared.
3.36 –McRorie has a clear run, but is ruled offside.
3.37 –Sagar makes a sure catch from Gunson.
3.38 –Johnson shoots behind from Stein's centre.
3.39 –Gunson sends in a glorious shot, Sagar saves in marvellous fashion, foot of the post.
3.40 –Gunson again shoots behind.
3.41 –Steel comes to rescue with an excellent clearance just as Stein is about to shoot.
3.42 –Bradshaw winded, but recovered.
3.44 –Clark tries a first time kick, but is off the target.
3.46 –Stein misses an open goal after a perfect pass.
3.47 –Barton almost through, but is crowded out.
3.50 –Jackson brilliantly holds up Dean.
3.51 –Hodgson scores for Liverpool, Gunson started the movement.
3.52 –Scott makes a glorious save from Dean.
4.0 –Everton pilling on pressure, but Liverpool defending strongly, Jackson playing the game of his life.
4.1 –Liverpool break away, but Barton and McRorie cramp each other.
4.3 –Bocking miskicks, but Williams comes to the rescue.
4.4 –it is something to see Liverpool attacking again.
4.5 –Only five minutes to go, and Liverpool still leading.
4.6 –Hodgson has a great chance of scoring, but shoot's wide.
4.8 Sagar's saves from McRorie and also from Barton.
4.10 –All over now –Liverpool have won 2-1 and have reached the 4 th round amidst scenes of tremendous excitement.
Blundellsands v Everton “A”
Liverpool County Combination.
At Great Crosby. Everton took command and Blunderllsands had little chance against a resolute defence. Only five minutes had elapsed when Fryer scored for Everton. Blunderllsands made several breakaways but were poor in front of goal. Everton should have scored at least three goals but they spoiled their chances. Half-time Everton “A” 1, Blunderllsands 0.
HOW LIVERPOOL WON
January 11 th 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Jackson Part in Turning Game.
Cup-tie football can be awfully perverse; sometimes paltry when one brings into action the sporting rule; sometimes puerile in its football talent. This meeting of Everton and Liverpool was not of that character; it was pulsating sensational in many respects, and wound up on a note of triumphant for a team that had suffered a goal in less than one minute. There was nothing puerile about this game. There was a lot to admire; there was a lot that counted for class football, and test of all, it was undeniable that the better side on the day had won by a rightful margin of 2-1. The style of play must be considered, and the fact that there was a gale of wind that grew more intense as the day wore on must not be lost sight of. The Liverpool side, in their thoughtful and sharp way, went out for some enlivening processes. Wright's return to the forward line meant that there was good balance; he was there to ride away at will, wandering hither and thither, taking the ball with him; rolling it along the ground, twisting and turning at every appearance of a half-back or full back. Barton, at centre-forward had few changes, yet one sensed danger in all that he did. On the left wing Gunson got the notion of having a shot at any angle. One marvels how so strong a shot can hide his light in League matches, albeit, he has scored consistency in the last four or five games. Gunson caught the right note for Liverpool.
Gunson's Swift Moves.
Everton seemed to fear Hodgson more than anyone else. Actually Gunson was the man that did most damage. He was quick, he strode out far beyond the heavy-timbered backs, he shot instantly, he pulled the ball back so that Wright might take his stance and shot. Sagar and said them nay for a long time through fine judgement, and some dashing dives and catches. But Liverpool were playing better forward-method than for months past. So long has their defence held them secure that one feared this would be another case. But the cup-tie game took a new channel; Jackson had started the game with sliced clearances; Bradshaw in his enthusiasm had got into the way of others, and twice had failed to take the simple ball –once so glaringly that Dean was able to go ahead and score with a moderate shot that passed under the arms of Scott. This was the first minute sensation of an historic game and the most notable 45 minutes of football ever served up in the meetings of those two sides, who, true to their modern custom, entered the field together side by side. Bradshaw felt the loud of mischief heavy upon him. He did not settle down for half an hour, but by degrees got back to his appointed place and form with a relish that made him a valued member –one of eleven valued members. The game, however, brought to light the most remarkable revival one has seen in the course of thirty years and more.
Jackson Takes Charge.
James Jackson got into one of those relentless moods of his. Inspired by the voice of the public, and by the fact that Gunson had scored through a silly free kick granted through the folly of Bocking, acting as Cresswell's deputy, Jackson began to take charge of both sides. He was “ in the way” of his own side; in the way of Everton forwards; glued his eye upon the ball and refused to let Dean do any more dribbling with effect; his tackle was deadly; his inspiration was catching; he imbued his side and the opposition side with the thought that “ I will take charge of the business from now onward.” His work was of astounding character; a busy man who, having started shakily, wound up with a dependency and ability leading him to the applause of the crowd. Jackson turned the game by his personality and play. Hodgson got the second goal through Jackson making a tackle and a punt to Gunson, whose, “cross” was taken by the tall Hodgson. So that goals had come in a minute in thirty-eight minutes and in seventy-five minutes. Everton must be praised for their highly interesting and almost effective reply to the lead. They brought up all their guns; they fought best and hardest at this point. Time was beating them, however, and they were stressed to give their football skill licence, and yet could not produce a shot to beat Scott. Scott may have been at fault with the opening goal, but from that point onwards he gave one of his most superb displays, and his catch of an on-coming header from Dean in the last moments of play was the catch of the season. He seems to get a position that is right before the forward has decided which way he will take his shot. It is intuition.
The battle abbed and flowed. They lack of shot from the home team was palpable. It is true there were more shots at goal by Everton than Liverpool, but Liverpool's line bore the honours for accuracy and Everton's attack seemed to be unable to reproduce its machine made goals through Johnson being off the target and White finding his way cast in awkward places. It was stange that the most successful forward of the day should be on the losing side, yet that was the fact; Critchley was outstanding. His speed was not his only armour; he feinted well; he centred well; he might have shot if he had not been so confident about his co-forwards –a confidence misplaced in a game that had no stoppage worth the name; an occasional chat from Referee Harper, of Sturbridge, and a fund of incident and real good football spirit. The half-back standard of Liverpool was high; all three eventually won honours in spite of Bradshaw's early lapses, yet I thought no half-back quite so good as Thomson, and few did better than gee and Clark in a rather rugged manner. So that having said that Williams and Bocking were not faulted one is left with the knowledge that the difference in the sides was the difference forward. Everton would not take a chance; they desired to make too sure of their direction and decision and they fell into grip of Jackson, with whom the young man Steel played a quietly dominating and delightful game.
The losers had not the balance or the shot of the winners. Stein tried hard to do big things, and finally, when the weight of woe was upon the whole side, he committed the unpardonable sin of wasting two kicks (a free kick and a corner) at a time when every second was vital and Everton were trying to master Scott and Jackson. Johnson was lacking in his goal sense in the second half, particularly, and he had no time to “right” his foot where taking an easy chance or two in the first half-a period when dean should have got goals. Dean made some striking hook-shots from chance balls, but he was generally trying to master three opponents, and the mystic Scott. All the more reason, then for expecting that the inside forwards should have better. It was all entrancing and enjoyable; fair and above aboard, if hard; and the verdict went the right way. The odd thing about the fixture was the attendance. It was a case of “the men who stayed at home.” They must have been afraid of a crush after their experience at the home game with Blackburn. They had false notices of the crowd; it was orderly, and it was easy of accommodation through the work of the police and the Everton club management. They will know better another time. And so we close another chapter in the meeting of Everton and Liverpool –a game graced by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool (Alderman Cross) and the Mayor of Bootle (Alderman Hankey). The Ball will be inscribed and presented to the Lord Mayor as a souvenir of the team's first civic reception in the City. James Jackson went back to Cambridge with a light heart to continue his ministerial studies. He will be “free” for Liverpool again in time for the semi-final tie –if required. Teams; Everton; Sagar, goal; Williams and Bocking, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Liverpool; - Scott, goal; Steel and Jackson, backs; Morrison, Bradshaw (captain) and McDougall, half-backs; McRorie, Hodgson, Barton, Wright, and Gunson, forwards. Referee W.P.Harper, Stourbridge.
MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 2
January 11 th 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 24)
Blundellsands 0 Everton “A” 4
Liverpool Challeng Cup- Second Round.
At Enbutt Lane. Blunderllsands played a man short throughout. The visitors took command early on and never relaxed their hold. Fryer scored for the visitors after ten minutes. On resuming the visitors dominated the play. Leyfield, Worrall, and Fryer adding goals. Jackson Fryer, Parker Holdcroft, and Leyfield were most prominent for the visitors, while Maycox, Walmsley, Bretland, Worsley and Duffy were conspicuous for Blundellsands.
DIXIE SAYS “WELL DONE.”
January 11 th 1931. Evening Express
Dixie Dean, the Everton captain made a special journey across to Anfield on Saturday evening to personnel to congratulate Liverpool on their success. In a short speech he said, “Everton owe Liverpool a lot for you have been beating some of the best clubs in the League and helping us to keep our lead. I hope you will continue the good work, especially against Aston Villa on Saturday.”
IMPORTANT EVERTON EXPERIMEMT.
January 13 th 1932. Evening Express.
Phil Griffiths Outside Left.
By the Pilot.
Everton make an important experiment for their match with Sunderland at Goodison Park on Saturday. Phil Griffiths the former Port Vale outside right who played in that position for the Blues in the early part of the season, is to be giving a run at outside left in place of Stein. Stein, who will be missing his first game of the season, has not been in good health lately, and the directors have wisely decided to gave him a rest. Grififths has been playing excellent football on the left wing in the Central League, and the Blues have high hopes that they have discovered his real position. This is the only change in the Everton side from last Saturday, but Cresswell, having recovered from his ankle injury, resumes to the left back position for Bocking. The match will provide a splendid opportunity for Everton to register their first “double” of the season, having won at Roker Park by 3-2 early in the season. Griffiths scored a goal on that occasion. Sunderland have been rather unconvincing of late, but they hope that a short stay at Birkdale will help them. After today's cup-tie with Southampton they will journey direct to Birkdale in readiness for Saturday's meeting. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Griffiths.
Everton have provisionally re-arranged their League match with Manchester City for Wednesday, January 27, at Maine road. The game will take place provided the Manchester City-Brentford Cup-tie is concluded on January 23.
SUNDERLAND AFTER EVERTON'S SCALP
January 14 th 1932. Evening Express.
Taking a tonic at Southport.
Their New Centre-Forward.
By the Pilot.
Sunderland are not content with their surprising victory over Southampton in yesterday's Cup replay. They are intent on Everton's scalp and to make themselves particularly fit for Saturday's league match at Goodison, they have arranged to take the air at invigorating Southport. They travelled from Southampton today, and will remain at Southport until Saturday morning. Fifteen players were in the party, including Harry Bedford, they new centre forward, whom they secured from Newcastle last night. The team will not be selected until Saturday. The acquisition of Bedford should considerably strengthen the Roker Park team, for they have been troubled with the centre forward position all the season. Gurney has been suffering from injury and Sunderland had to call on the former naval man, Poalter, for their Cup match. Bedford is a native of Chesterfield, and was with Nottingham Forest before joining Blackpool, where he sprang into the limelight as a prolific goalscorer. Next he had four seasons with Derby County, and was transferred to Newcastle United last season. He lost his place at the beginning of the season, but recently registered a hat-trick when deputising for Allen.
CRESSWELL AND SAGER ABSENT
January 16,th 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Their chances at the moment, situated as they are at the top of the table, are second to none, and if the players forget the Cup shock and go all out for the leading prize they ought to make up for lost ground. There is no doubt that the absence of Dean, at Birmingham, and the inability of Cresswell to turn out in the cup-tie, seriously interfered with their prospects and today the men must make a special effort to overthrown Sunderland, with apparently, have run into their best form. Cresswell unfortunately, is not yet fit, and he will miss his first League match for two seasons. Lowe, the former Southport player, is to deputise, while Griffiths turns out on the left wing in place of Stein. With Sagar also unable to take his place owing to injury, Everton will be without three of their regular players, who miss their first League game of the season. Coggins will keep goal. Everton's chances are reduced, but I fancy they can pull it off. For Sunderland, the former Rhyl player, Leonard plays at centre-forward because Vinall is required to keep his Cup-tie position at inside left. Bedford makes his first appearance for Sunderland. The kick off is at 2-45, and the teams are; Everton; Coggins; Williams, Lowe; Clark, gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Griffiths. Sunderland; Thorpe; Hall, Murray; Hastings, McDougall, Devine (or Morris); Temple, Bedford, Leonard, Vinall, Connor.
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP CONSOLATION.
January 16 th 1932. Evening Express.
Everton's Aim after Cup Defeat.
A Review of the Position.
Tightening-up needed all Round.
By the Pilot.
“Hope springs eternal” –it is so with Everton. No sooner had Liverpool given them the shock of their lives by defeating them in the F.A. Cup than they were turning their eyes towards the Football league championship. That Liverpool success certainly unbalanced the Blues. They could hardly believe it; they had been so certain of themselves. Yet they contributed to their own undoing. I was delighted that they took the defeat in such a thoroughly sporting manner. It was typical of the club and its traditions. Just think of the splendid gesture of Captain Dixie Dean in going over to Anfield the same evening to personally congratulate the Reds. Let me say at once that the Liverpool boys really appreciated this.
As a matter of fact both clubs are real friends, and the wish of the Evertonians that Liverpool will go forward to win the Cup is secured. It would be a great thing for Meresyside if the Reds did win the cup and the Blues the League. Everton's chances is a good one. Inspite of the defeat, they have so much in its favour as the Goodison Park bridgae. In the first place they hold a lead of two points over West Bromwich Albion and have a match in hand. They are three points ahead of Aston Villa, Newcastle United, and Liverpool, and they have a similar lead over Sheffield United with a game in hand. That is not all. They have played more away games from home than any of the immediately challenges with the exception of the Arsenal, who, however, have only 26 points. It is at Goodison Park that the Blues have been putting in their best work, yet they have only appeared their ten times compared to 13 away engagements. The Albion have played 12 games at home and a similar number on foreign soil. Newcastle have played 12 matches away and 11 at home, but Liverpool have travelled but ten times as against 13 home games.
The Blues have disappointed sadly in recent away games, and following the Cup defeat I can only deduce that they have struck the indifferent patch which comes to all aspiring sides. Yet, the general play at Birmingham Blackburn and Bolton did not indicate it. What is needed is an all-round tightening up. The Cup defeat must not be taken to heart, and the players must set their wills towards winning the League. Jimmy Stein has not had much good luck for the past few weeks owing to indifferent health, and the directors have wisely decided to give him a short rest. Stein knows full well, that he has not lost his form, and, I believe, welcome the opportunity of regaining his confidence while inactive. In the meantime the experience of playing Phil Griffiths at outside left is being made. I understand that this erstwhile outside right has been playing fine football in his new position for the reserve team, and this prompted the selectors to give him a run with the chiefs. I hope he has done well today against Sunderland. It will be recalled that he secured his first goal for Everton against the Roker Park men. Let us hope he repeats it today. Griffiths is a straightforward player, who can cross a useful ball, while his speed is good. All that he has needed is more punch and incisiveness in his general fieldwork. By the way, Arthur Rigby is quite sound again and if he can recapture his old scintillating form he will be a strong candidate for a place in the first team.
BIRMINGHAM RESERVES V EVERTON RESERVES
January 16 th 1932. Evening Express.
Before about 8,000 people at St. Andrews. Birmingham won the toss and after an attack by the visitors Horseman got away for Birmingham, put a centre across the goal, which Calladine turned into the net, the visiting goalkeeper apparently slipping in his effort to stop the ball. The ground was very soft, Birmingham attacked again, but the ball ran outside. Randle dispossessed Rigby at the expense of a corner. After another corner Tremelling saved prominently from the ensuing scrimmage. Birtley almost got through and Randle gave away another corner before the danger was averted. A free Kick to Birmingham was relieved, and Keating made a solo effort, but Bocking cleared the danger without diffculty. Play went in favour of Birmingham and Gregg scored after 16 minutes. Nine minutes later a good movement by the visiting right wing saw Dunn score a capital goal. The Birmingham forwards now put on pressure and Keating scored for Birmingham after 38 minutes. Gregg added a fourth just before the interval. Halt-time Birmingham Res, 4, Everton Res 1.
EVERTON 4 SUNDERLAND 2 (Game 3118 over-all)-(Div 1 3076)
January 18, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Points for Leaders.
But Everton not at their Best.
Everton have fallen from their high estate. A few weeks ago they were known far and wide as the wonder team of the season. If there were any people present for their game with Sunderland who had not seen them before they would wonder how they had earned such a great name. Is it that they are becoming stale, or is it just a lapse of form, which comes to all teams at some point of the season? I am inclined to think the latter fits the case, for I can recall a similar fall away the year they won the championship in 1927. The first half-hour's display was quite good, too good for Sunderland, in fact, whose defence became unsettled under the heavy pressure of work the Everton forwards piled upon it, and if the Goodison-road eleven had taken their chances, or had not been luckless in seeing worthy scoring shots bit a defender or striked the woodwork, they would have had a comforting goal crop to open up the second half, instead of which it was their duty to hold on to a slender lead, and battle against a side which, in the first “45” had never threatened real danger to goalkeeper Coggins.
Everton on the Run.
Sunderland immediately on resuming began to play for the first time during the match, and with ordinary luck would have got on equal terms, if not actually taken the lead, for their open game kept, Everton on the run and battling strongly to retain their lead. Twice Coggins created a sensation when he mishandled, the first when he allowed a ball to slip through his hands and which trickled on towards the open goal. Leonard saw the opening, but before he could connect with the ball Coggins had made a great recovery by throwing himself sideways and snatching the ball away from the former Rhyl player's feet. It was a tense moment, and a let off for Everton. Sunderland claimed a penalty, when Williams handled in the penalty area, and I thought they should have been granted a spot kick, for Williams was able to get the ball under control through his handling, and although the linesman waved his flag frantically, the referee ignored the claim. During this half there were times when the football was of a very low standard. Passes went astray, nasty tactics crept in, there was a show of fists and a warning note from the referee, and a big call by the Everton spectators for Everton to wake themselves up. They wanted livening up, too, for they were distinctly poor at this stage, for Sunderland, while not being anything to boast about, were playing well enough to snap an equaliser, and goodness knows, what would have happened them, for Everton had gone to sleep. There was no thrust in their game, the ball going anywhere but where it was intended, and it was only when Dean scored from a free kick that Everton canme to life again, but never at any time did they produce the form which had laid low such teams as Sheffield Wednesday, Chelsea and Leciester City.
For one thing Johnson could do nothing right. He tried hard enough, but the ball would not do his bidding, and so the whole line suffered. Critchley's speed was too much for Shaw, considered one of the best backs of the game, and he and White did fine work in the opening half, while Griffiths who scored two goals, was an improvement upon what Stein has been producing for the past few weeks. I liked Gee best of the half-backs, and young Lowe did well against an experienced player like Bedford, and a nippy little winger like Temple. Dean was well watched, but offered some easy chances in the first session. Sunderland, on this display, are in their rightful position in the League chart (20 th ). Nervy in defence, there was no bite in their attack. Even the great Connor could not find his shooting boots, and that when he had two big chances, and I would not say that Leonard was a success at centre-forward. Goalkeeper Thorpe pulled from under his bar a number of shots, but I did not like the manner in which he did it. He did not convey confidence, and appears to fear a charge, and was determined to take no risks. He offered Everton opportunities and it was not his fault that they were not accepted. To be frank the game for the most part was uninteresting, and best forgotten. Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams and Lowe, backs; Clark, gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson, PH Griffiths, forwards. Sunderland; - Thorpe, goal; Hall, and Shaw, backs; Hastling, McDougall and Morris, half-backs; Temple, Bedford, Leonard, Vinall, and Connor, forwards. Referee Mr. W. Walden, Derby.
Scores from Division One.
Arsenal 3 Birmingham 1; Aston Villa 6 Liverpool 1 (Brown scored four); Blackburn Rovers 5 Portsmouth 3 (Esson of Portsmouth Hat-trick); West Brom 2 Blackpool 1; Sheff Wed 4 Bolton 2;
Huddersfield 2 Chelsea 1; Man City 5 Leciester 1; Middlesbrough 3 West ham 2; Newcastle 3 Derby 1.
BIRMINGHAM CITY RESERVES 6 EVERTON RESERVES 3
January 18, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 25)
Gregg scored four times.
The Midland eclipse of the Merseyside teams was completed by Birmingham, who led 4-1, at the interval. Common was injured near the end, but Everton, in the circumstances, did well, and Birtley wound up with two goals from centres by Rigby, who played well throughout. Dunn had scored Everton's other point in the first half, and the Midland scorers were Calladine, Cregg (4), and Keating. Gregg was the outstanding figure on the Birmingham side.
Everton “A” 5 Peasley Cross 3
Liverpool County Combination
At Stopgate Lane. Peasley Cross were deposed from the leading position on goal average. Fryer opened the scoring after five minutes, Davies increased the home side's score and Roberts later netted for Peasley cross, but near the interval Cunliffe scored a third goal for Everton. The visitors had a dangerous spell early in the second half, and despite good saves by Corry. Littler reduced the home side's lead. Afterwards Everton had most of the play and Cunliffe, who was an outstanding player, scored two good goal. Near the end Roberts scored a further point for Peasley Cross.
GOING UP, NOT DOWN!
January 18 1932. Evening Express.
Everton working back to their dazzling ways.
O.K. Reserves .
By the Pilot.
“They won, but they are slipping,” was an ardent Everton's supporter's comment after the game with Sunderland. This fundamental view in a variety of expressions was repeated to me frequently during the week-end. I do not agree. Everton are not going downhill. The case is just the opposite. They have gone downhill and now they are climbing up again. A few weeks ago I had personal misgivings concerning Everton's ability to stay the long, arduous league course. Today I am distinctly optimistic. People forget that as league leaders every club in the country puts forward special efforts to lower their colours. For Everton every match is a cup-tie. This sort of thing takes it out of players, and because they are human they are bound to feel the strain. Against Sunderland the Goodison men took the field conspicuous of the Cup-tie defeat against Liverpool, yet in the first eight minutes they got two goals through their spirited play. This start was not sustained, this is true, but frequently during the game we Shaw flashes of Everton's sparkle. Next Saturday the players will enjoy a day off. It will do them good. As Dean collective expressed said “It will gave us a chance to forget our failures and start afresh.” I believe they will.
The Sunderland match was important from the viewpoint that it demonstrated Everton's possession of reliable reserve talent. Phil Griffiths in Stein place, Lowe for Cresswell, and Coggins in for Sagar, all showed that in case of injury, Everton will not need to be unduly worried. Griffiths got two goals with luck it would have been four and his fieldwork was direct and rapid. Lowe, who took Cresswell's place at left back, a position occupied by Bocking in the Cup-tie was the best back on the field, and Coggins, playing in goal for Sagar, proved that he retains all his old skill. I admit that this was not a dazzling exhibition by any means. Everton were right on top for half an hour, but then they fell back into the rut of close maneuver, and the second half saw them still lacking in initiative as far as open tactics were concerned. The ineffective of their attack for long periods was the primarily to the fine defence of the Wearsiders. McDougall, the brother of J8immy McDougall of Liverpool was the outstanding personality on the ground. He adopted a new method of stopping Dean, he made interception and not, the direct tackle his strong suit –and found it a success. Shaw and Hall were sound backs to complete a triangle, which had understanding and power. Gee was the best of the Everton half-backs, though Thomson infused much more snap into his work and gave many a nice workable pass. Grififths and Critchley were the best of the forwards. White played rather a stereotyped game and Johnson was not a quick as usual in making up his mind. Dean had little room in which to work, but was always a source of danger.
GOALS ARE SCARE THIS SEASON.
January 19, 1932. Evening Express.
Yet Everton chance of New Record is Rosy.
By the Pilot.
Appreances are deceptive. The average followers of football would tell you that this season has been a good one for goals, and he would point to a lengthily list of big scorers to justify his view. But he is wrong. To date this season the goals obtained total 3,820, but on the corresponding date last season the clubs had gathered no fewer than 4,105 goals. The figure this season are Division one 1,083; Division Two 960; Division Three (Northern Section) 811; Division Three (Southern Section) 960. Last season's total were Division One 1,83; Division two 995; Division Three (Northern Section) 979; Division Three (Southern Section) 1,048. Of course, it must be remembered that this season there are only 87 clubs in the league as compared with 88 last season. Wigan Borough having withdrawn, but there must be better defensive work in all League seeing that the total in the games are down.
The main difference lies, not with the leading clubs of the divisions but with these at the bottom. Last season at this stage Everton were the leading scores with 78 goals with Aston Villas second with 72 and Tranmere Rovers third with 71. This season Everton (82) and Aston Villa (72), again lead the way, but Wolverhampton Wanderers with 71, are the only other team to touch the 70 mark. At the other end of the table New Brighton are the lowest with 14 goals, whereas last season Barnsley, the lowest club, claimed 21. Despite the lower aggregate total, however, Everton, for one, have a splendid change of reaching the record total of 128 goals set up by Aston Villa last season. They have ten more goals to their credit than had the record making Villa on this date. Dean, the Everton leader, has regained equality with Bourton (Coventry City) in the individual goal-scoring race
OPERATION ON MR. T. H. McINTOSH
January 21, 1932. Evening Express.
Everton F. C. Secretary in Nursing Home.
Mr. Tom McIntosh, the popular secretary of the Everton Football Club, has entered a Liverpool nursing home to undergo a serious operation. Followers of football on Merseyside wish a speedy recovery to this fine sportsman. Mr. McIntosh was taken ill on Saturday, but following the Everton and Sunderland match and consulted his Doctor C. Baxter. A specialist was called in and he ordered that Mr. McIntosh should go into a nursing home for the operation. High hope are entertained that Mr. McIntosh will be able to resume his office at Goodison Park in about six week's time. It will be recalled that Mr. McIntosh suffered a long illness in the autumn of 1930.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 2
January 25, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 26)
Everton's mediocre disappointed the big crowd that assembled at Goodison Park, for although the home side started well enough, and the attack benefited from Dunn's cleverness to such an extent as to harass the City defence they soon fell away. The City took some time to settle down, but when they did they quickness on the ball, open distribution and sharp shooting resulted in them having the best of matters. Everton certainly tried hard enough, and territorially had as much as the game as their Manchester visitors, but near goal the home forwards and halves revealed a lack of definite, quick action, and consequently they visiting keeper had little to deal with that was really difficult. Syme and Rowley scored for the City in the first half, following good work by the clever winger Payne, and after the interval Cunliffe scored for Everton. Dunn at inside left was conspicuous in the early stages and the promoted “A” team player Jackson (right back) and Chedgzoy (centre-half) will benefit from experience. Everton; - Coggins, goal; Jackson and Lowe, backs; McPherson, Chedgzoy and Archer, half-backs; Birtley, Cunliffe, Reed, Dunn and Stein forwards.
Liverpool “A” 2 Everton “A” 6
Liverpool County Combination.
At Anfield. Everton proved worthy winners. Baras gave Liverpool the lead after 15 minutes. Leyfield equalising from a good centre from Britton. Davies put Everton ahead near the interval. Keeping up a long spell of attacking after the resumption, Davies completed the hat-trick. Liverpool made several dangerous raids, in which Pescoed and Hanson were prominent, but the clever defensive play of Parker, and the splendid fielding and positioning of Holdcroft, which was one of the outstanding features of the game, thwarted their fine effort. Fryer and Worrall later added further goals for Everton. In the last minute Pescoed netted for Liverpool.
TEAM THAT WON AT GOODISON
January 26, 1932. Evening Express.
Blues' Chance to get Equal Tomorrow.
By the Pilot.
Manchester City, are the only team to take away Football League points from Goodison park this season. Tomorrow, Everton will have a chance to avenge the defeat, for the return game will take place at Maine Road. This however, will not be the only reward, for victory will strengthened the Blues' chances of the championship, especially in view of West Bromwich Albion's defeat by Sheffield United yesterday. There is one player in the Everton team who has a long cherished desire to get the hat-trick against Manchester City. The player is Tommy Johnson, the Everton inside left. Johnson, of course joined the Walton club from Maine-road, and had the distinction of scoring five goals for City against Everton some season's back. Now he want's to repeat the show on Everton's behalf. This will be a stern task, for the City are a difficult team to defeat on their own ground. True, they have lost three times at Maine road, but that was earlier in the season, and at a time when they were not such a settled in quantity at the present. Everton defeated the City when last they went to Cottonopolis. Tommy Griffiths securing a magnificent goal. Everton tomorrow will have the assistance of Sagar, and Cresswell who return to their usual positions to the displacement of Coggins and Lowe. Phil Griffiths is again experimented with at outside left and the whole side indicates the power, which will be needed if the Blues are to emphasize that they are not merely a home team. Manchester will not select their side until later, owing to injuries following their cup-tie with Brentford. Everton; Sagar; William's, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Griffiths.
REVEGE FOR THAT CUP DEFEAT.
January 27, 1932. Evening Express.
Everton will be all out against Liverpool.
They meet again on Saturday! Something of an anti-climax to their Cup struggle, yes; but whenever Everton and Liverpool face each other, city football “fans” get wound up with anticipation and hopes. Everton have a bitter memory to wipe out and every man in the team will be hoping to get revenge for their failure in the third round of the F.A. cup competition. On the other hand, Liverpool will take the field complete confident. Three this season their have met Everton and on two occasions in the F.A Cup and the other in the Lancashire Senior Cup, their have defeat Everton at Goodison Park. What was possible in these games is surely possible again. Victory in this game is particularly important from Everton's viewpoint and part from the hope of sweet revenge. They have the league championship to think about and every point at this stage is vital to their chances.
Wright and Lucas Doubtful.
These Derby clashes are always difficult to weight up, but there is certain to be another wonderful struggle. Jackson of course will not be available, and Wright and Lucas, who were unable to play against Leicester City today, are doubtful starters. Wright has been troubled some time with ankle and thigh injuries, while Lucas has not completely recovered from influenza. At the moment there is every possibility of Everton turning out at full strength and on this occasion I expect to see the Blues make revenge. Liverpool have had some hard games recently, but they have not played more effective of more decisive football for years, and a repetition of recent form should be quite capable of giving the Blues another shock. Liverpool must, however, keep to open tactics such as these used against Chesterfield in the early part of the match. Close passing must be avoided as much as possible.
Mr. T. H. McIntosh, the secretary of the Everton Football club, is progressing well at Liverpool nursing home where he recently underwent an operation.
EVERTON GAME IN FOG
January 27, 1932. Evening Express.
Manchester City's strong attack
By the Pilot
Halliday's goal for Manchester
Sagar made a wonderful save from a point blank shot by Halliday. Then Griffiths broke through the defence and crossed the ball, giving Dean an open goal. There was no one near Dean and he sent the ball wide of the post. Half-time Manchester City nil, Everton nil.
The interval was dispatched with immediately on the turn round, Dean missed following good work, by Griffiths . The ball dropping nicely for the centre-forward, but he banged over the bar. Halliday scored for Manchester City in 71 minutes. The centre forward broke through on his own and Sagar came out, and diver at his feet. The ball rolled on towards the net, and a scramble followed. There seemed to be some tail of a penalty, but the referee awarded a goal though it was impossible to see exactly how the ball reach the net. Just after Rowley pumped through and beat Sagar, but the goal was disallowed for offside.
MANCHESTER CITY 1 EVERTON 0 (Game 3119 over-all) (Div 1 3077)
January 28, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton losing grip of lead.
The Everton team was at full strength yesterday. Cresswell's return being hailed with delight. It meant Everton would have their confidence restored by the appearance of the masterpiece of defence, who has been absent for two or three games of important. Even though Manchester City were fighting a Cup-tie on Saturday, and Everton were resting on that date, Manchester City won worthily by the only goal, and although it took the City side a long time to get the point, one could not begrudge them their success.
It meant that for the first time this season Everton had been defeated home and away, by one goal to nought on each occasion. At Goodison Park Langford was the solo cause of Everton failing; at Maine road, in a wretched fog that blotted out pretty near all the chance of the spectators seeing what promised to be a great game, Everton went so long on the defence that it was hardly right to expect their goalkeeper not to fail. Sagar could not be blamed in any case. He made some startling saves, judging by the applause and shouts of the crowd behind the goal, and in front of him Cresswell and Williams did more than their normal amount of work owing to the fact that the City forwards were very lively and well combined, if not too secure in the goal shooting portion
Dean Misses Chances.
Here was a match where one had expected a lot of goals to both sides, and disappointment was rife that there should be such faulty work in front of the posts. Dean, for instance missed two very easy chances, quite unlike his usual style, and Halliday striving to collect a number of goals, was only starved or steered away by the ability of Gee and the full-backs, and some smart goalkeeping. With all the difficulty of seeing from the standard it was plain to an unbiased eye that City had a great chance of winning the double event, and the surprise was that they did not take full value of the “toway” Toseland in the first half when this swift young winger weaved a way in and out of the defence, while apparently Brook was being indulged in a rest.
In the second half the position was changed. It was Brook who was the damaging forward, and Everton gradually crumbled away, and he said to have fought a good battle to keep the margin to one goal. To offer any criticism would be unfair because no one on the stand could see more, than a yard or so beyond the nearest touchline. The players afterward said it was fairly easy to see the ball at all points, so that it was the spectators who had suffered, their view being blotted out. The only goal unfortunately aroused a storm of protest. Halliday appeared to be going through his centre-forward course when Sagar half stopped the ball, but Halliday found himself upset, and there was a thought that a penalty kick should have been the award. Interviewed afterwards however, officials said that Cresswell kicking clear, caught Halliday's body and the ball entered the net. The referee had other ideas, and they led to Everton's position at the head of the table being made less secure than usual. In fact Everton's away journeys for the last five matches have yielded them nothing. The long trial including West Ham, Bolton, Blackburn, Birmingham and now Manchester City. Teams; Manchester City; - Langsford, goal; Felton and Dale, backs; Busby, Marshall, and McMullan, half-backs; Toseland, Tilson, Halliday, Rowley and Brook, forwards. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson and Griffiths, forwards.
TEAM CHANGES FOR GOODISON “DERBY.”
January 28, 1932. Evening Express.
McRorie a Casualty; Rigby Likely to Displace Griffiths.
One team change and one positional change have been made in Liverpool's team to meet Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. There is also likely to be one alteration in Everton's eleven.
Rigby is almost certain to play at outside left in place of Griffiths. McRorie, Liverpool's outside-right was injured yesterday, and in consequence Barton has been moved from centre-forward to outside right. Wright will lead the attack, and McPherson will be at inside left.
EVERTON'S LEAGUE LEAD NARROWED.
January 28, 1932. Evening Express.
When we saw Griffiths play against Sunderland we hoped for great things –but Griffiths, against Manchester City yesterday was very disappointing. From the beginning to end he was unhappy. He exhibition two or three clever dibbles, but failed with his finishing. In the majority of cases he centred behind the gaol and his corner kicking was such failures that Tommy Johnson took the remaining corners. Its may candid opinion that Griffiths is severely handicapped when playing on the left for he is obvious an outside right. As indicated above Rigby, the regular outside left at the beginning of last season, is likely to be preferred to him for Saturday's game against Liverpool. Everton Team will be announced tomorrow. Everton's failure at Maine road may be attributed to the City's superiority at wing half. Neither Clark nor Thomson settled down to their true games, and were particular slow in interception. Too often were they lured into false positions, and were so busy, in trying to retrieve ground that they found little time to give the forwards the right support. Gee played a sound game, though leaning more to the defensive and Cresswell was a more certain defender than Williams, who, however, was handicapped with an ankle injury . The outstanding Evertonian was Sagar, who rose to heights of brilliance. The city forwards were quick in shooting, but Sagar displayed uncanny anticipation, saving in superhuman fashion time after time. The City were quicker on the ball than the Blues, and they made use of first time methods in the development of their moves. They were sound fore, and aft, and had they not won would have been unfortunate. Yet Everton had chances to win, and wonder of wonders, it was Dean who missed two easy chances. True Dean was not supported as much as usual, but neither of the inside forwards played to standard, and Critchley carried off the forward honours. It was a pity that the fog ruined the game for there were traces of good, sound competitive football to be seen. Everton will need to improve if they are to avenge their cup defeat at Liverpool's hands.
Everton have won more matches (16) than any club in the First division. Leeds United hold a similar distinction in the Second Division.
RIGBY AT OUTSIDE LEFT FOR EVERTON.
January 29, 1932. Evening Express.
Club's Chances in 62 nd Liverpool “Derby” Match.
By the Pilot.
Arthur Rigby will make his first appearance of the season in Everton's league side tomorrow. He will play at outside left at Goodison Park in the 62 nd “Derby” match against Liverpool. Rigby displaces Phil Griffiths, and this is the only change in the side. This is a vital important to both sides. Two points to Everton will strength their hold on the leadership, and a Liverpool victory will bring them within two pints of the Goodison side.
50,000 WATCH AN EVEN STRUGGLE
January 30 1932. Evening Express.
By the Pilot
The announcement that the Everton internationals, Gee and Cresswell, we enable to play owing to injuries following the mid-week tussle at Manchester came in the nature of a bombshell half an hour before the kick off of the “Derby” match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park today. McClure came in to centre-half, and it was curious that his first appearances with the senior side this side was against Liverpool, at Anfield, though on the occasional be figured at right half. Bocking disputised for Cresswell at left back, the position he occupied in the recent Cup-tie between the sides. This was the 62 nd meeting of the rivals under League auspicious, and as far as the Goodison Park post-war games were concerned a deepler, seeing that both clubs claimed three victories, the remained five being drawn.
Chief interest in the preliminaries centred on the new loud speakers, which supplanted the band. There were many critics of the new type of entertainment, but one thing is certain, everybody could hear this music and when the team changes were announced it proved how much more advanced this method is as compared with the small blackboard, which, though carried round the ground, was missed by many spectators. It was a quiet day for a Derby day. There was no rushing, and not much excitement. There were 10,000 spectators in the ground before the kick off, and 20 minutes later there was plenty of room to move about in all areas, the exception of the grandstands. Teams; - Everton; Sagar, goal; Williams, Bocking, backs; Clark, McClure and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson and Rigby, forwards. Liverpool; - Scott goal; Steel and Done, backs; Morrison, Bradshaw (captain) and McDougall, half-backs; Barton, Hodgson, Wright, McPherson, and Gunson, forwards. Referee Mr. G.E. Lines, (Birmingham).
Dean won the toss,
Then Clark thought he had time to view the ball, but in the meantime McPherson had slipped through to feed Gunson. Gunson centre, however, fell behind.
When the ball came from the goal kick Dean came across to tackle McDougall and the half-back was injured. This gave the Liverpool supporters a chance for booing, and the referee ordered Hodgson back field, while he gave a word of advice to Dean.
Dean breaks Through.
McDougall soon returned to the game after attention on the touchline. Dean broke through on the left following Johnson feeding, and the ball came across to Critchley after Johnson had found his shot charged down. Scott was there to intercept the centre, Dean was pulled up for pushing Bradshaw in the back, but in common fairness it must be said that Bradshaw previously had twice committed the same offence on Dean and got away with it. Wright looked to be running on good ground after he had outwitted McClure and swerved around Bocking, but when he passed to Gunson, Clark was too quick for the winger. Liverpool went within an ace of a goal when a Barton centre, which seemed to be going over, stuck the face of the bar and bounded to Gunson. Gunson turned it towards the goal, but here Hodgson could get to work on it. Williams and Thomson were there to avert danger. Next came Everton's turn to provide a goalmouth thrill. Receiving from Clark's throw in, Dean turned the ball to the goalmouth, but the inrunning Johnson, who was beaten by the quick interception of Steel.
Scott in action.
Next, Scott took a Rigby centre near the post, and when Thomson returned the ball to the goalmouth ran out to pick up. Rigby and Thomson were doing good work on the left wing, and when next the due got into game as the ball was running nicely for Dean, but a bounced up and struck his arm, the whistle sounding a hold up. Williams anticipation was perfect when he intercepted first Barton's centre and than McDougall's long pass. Hodgson found a loophole on the Everton left with a swinging pass, but Gunson centred too hard and the first corner resulted. This came to nought and away raced Dean on the left wing. He dribbled and tended orderly, and made his way up to the goal line. At the crucial moment he passed back to Rigby, whose scoring effort was crowded out by Bradshaw. The ball ran to Clark, whose shot brought a corner, which Critchley placed behind. There was little to chosen between the teams; but if anything Liverpool were slightly quicker on the ball. The balance of play was strangely even, but Bradshaw was proving a better pivot than McClure, who still seemed to be in the settling down stage.
Dean Well Watched.
Bradshaw was keeping a remarkably close eye on Dean. White and Rigby did the long passing double act, and Rigby cut in to let go a brilliant left foot drive, which Scott beat it down at full length. This was the best effort at direct goal getting so far. The Everton defence stood still for a moment and Barton broke away clear to fire across the goal. I was pleased with the play of the Everton backs, and also with the manner in which Rigby was getting down to his task. Still, Liverpool's half backs carried more power. Gunson tried a direct centre, which Wright headed inches over the bar, before Barton forced a disputed corner. From this Sagar saved from Wright, and was bowled over the line, for a second corner. Wright tried acrabies, then Bradshaw came into the shooting gallery Sagar pulling the ball down from under the bar. Dean was getting little change out of Bradshaw. Everytime he went to head a ball he was pulled up for a foul.
Liverpool took the lead in 27 minutes, Wright being the scorer. Gunson did the good work, racing within inches to the goalline, before turning back a peach of a centre to Hodgson. Hodgson header was pushed away by Sagar, but not far enough, and Wright standing by the goal-post, had little difficulty in netting. Just before this Rigby had been fouled while going through, but the subsequent honours were claimed by Scott. Critchley rolled up his sleeves, and Rigby broke through again to level a centre which did not reach White, but which was edged away to dean. Now Dixie had a chance with his left foot, but his effort was poor, and the Reds were able to breathie once again. The game continued on even lines, with Williams easily the outstanding personally. When Bocking tackled Barton, the winger was injured, and had to go off, then when Dean beat Bradshaw in a heading duel he lost complete track of the ball, and was gazing round wondering where it had gone, little imagining that it had dropped between Bradshaw and Scott.
However, he did not know, and here he realised his good position the ball had been scrambled away. Following good work by Johnson there was a scramble from Rigby's centre, and with Critchley in attendance McDougall fell on the ball and obviously handled it as he lay on it. This should have been a penalty to Everton, but the referee ignored the incident. Everton drew level in 39 minutes, a foul committed by Hodgson laying the foundation of the goal, which White secured. Bocking took the kick well in his own half and placed accurately into the Liverpool goalmouth. Dean gave a characteristic flick of the head, and White had the open road to goal. Scott came out two yards from goal, and caught White's shot on his outstretched arm, but such was the pace that the ball travelled on and into the net. Everton kept it up, and Rigby did further good work, while Scott had to run out and gather in fare of Dean. Barton, whose centring was the acme of perfection, forced Sagar to fist over from under the bar, and then Bradshaw weakly ballooned his clearance to give Everton a corner. This landed on top of the bar. Liverpool won a corner on the interval, but Barton failed to use this in the manner he had done with his direct centring.
Half-time Everton 1 Liverpool 1.
Liverpool had been quicker on the ball in an even and fairly interesting first half. If anything the Reds showed up in better vein as potential goalgetters, mainly through Wright, Barton, and Gunson. There is no doubt that Everton should have been awarded a penalty when McDougall handled. Williams, though playing with an injured leg, was standing out head and shoulders above any other player. I was also pleased with work of Rigby and Bocking, while there is no disputing the fact that this forward line is the best Liverpool can field with their present personal.
LIVERPOOL RES. AT THEIR BEST.
January 30, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Defend well in Anfield “Derby.”
Everton Reserves were forced to make last minute changes in the Derby game at Anfield today with Liverpool Reserves. McPherson came into the half-back line in place of McClure, and Parker displaced Bocking. The opening play was in favour of the home side, and Coggins was kept busy dealing with centres from both the Liverpool wingers. Edmed displayed excellent form, and a through pass from him led to Smith having a glorious opportunity of giving Liverpool the lead. The centre, however, pulled his shot wide of the upright. Everton attacked, and Rigby saved a good effort from Leyfield. Lucas made several clearances with his old-time skill. At the other end Smith came close to diverting a shot from Roberts past Coggins. Everton broke away, and a pass by Dunn led to Leyfield netting. The referee, however, refused to allow the point owing to off-side. Liverpool were easily the better side, and their continuous attack would have led to goals, but for the clever defence of Common, whose interventions saved Coggins great trouble. Hancock was on the mark with two good drives, and Roe shot inches over the Everton crossbar. Reed darted through and looked like scoring until Charlton intervened. Savage and Roe did good half-back work. Half-time Liverpool Res 0 Everton Res 0.
SEE HOW THEY RAN,
Ijay'S Derby Timetable.
2.59 –Dean wins toss before 50,000
3. 0 –Wright kicks off.
3. 4 –Dean has two shots blocked.
3. 2 –Sagar saves well from Barton.
3. 3 –McDougall carried off injured.
3. 4 –Barton centres behind and McDougall returns.
3. 8 –Scott saves from Johnson.
3. 9 –Barton hits the crossbar.
3.10 –Bocking cleverly holds up Wright
3.11 –Johnson misses from Dean's centre.
3.12 –Scott saves from Rigby and Dean.
3.13 –Dean handles in front of goal after Johnson had lost a good shooting chance.
3.16 –Sagar saves from Morrison.
3.19 –Scott saves brilliantly from Rigby.
3.23 –Barton misses the upright by inches.
3.24 –Wright heads inches over.
3.25 –Gunson centres behind with all the inside forwards waiting for the ball.
3.26 Sagar saves well from Bradshaw.
3.27 –Wright heads through for Liverpool.
3.28 –White hurt, but recovers.
3.32 –Dean, miskicks right in front of goal.
3.34 –Wright handles while racing through.
3.35 –Barton collides with the wall and is attended to by the trainer and ambulance men.
3.36 –Dean misses open goal.
3.40 –White scorers for Everton after Scott had failed to hold the ball.
3.44 –Sagar puts behind from Barton's centre.
3.45 Halt-time –one each.
3.56 –Second half begins.
3.57 –White shoots high over.
3.58 –Wright almost scores, but slips at the crucial moment.
3.59 =-Scotts saves from Critchley.
4. 0 –Wright forces a corner for Liverpool.
4. 1 –A Misunderstanding between Williams and Sagar almost brought downfall of Everton goal.
4. 5 –A Neat run by Rigby, but he is held up by Steel.
4. 9 –Everton have a free kick only a few yards from goal, but off-side thwarts them.
4.10 –Critchley scores a second for Everton.
4.12 –Sagar makes a wonderful save from Barton and another from McPherson.
4.13 –Hodgson shoots inches over.
4.17 –Sagar runs over 20 yards to pick up a pass back.
4.23 –Wright shoots over five yards from goal.
4.25 –Liverpool definitely on top, but cannot get the equalising goal.
4.30 Dean heads over from Rigby's centre.
4.35 –five Minutes to go and Liverpool making desparate efforts for an equlaiser.
4.40 –Scott makes a magnificent save from Dean.