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EVERTON 1 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2 (Game 1417 over-all)-(Div 1 1375)

January 2 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Lucky Win For West Bromwich

Everton Fail Near Goal.

By “Stork.”

Everton suffered their first home defeat of the season when West Bromwich Albion beat them 2-1, but in a way, they had only themselves to blame for their failure, for in point of attack they were quite 70 percent, ahead of their rivals. Pearson must have had half a dozen saves to make to every one of Sagar'. That is, perhaps, the best way I can explain Everton's superiority in the matter of attack. In the first place, the Albion goal enjoyed a charmed life, but it was Everton's poor finishing which was the root cause of the defeat. They had chances to have won a dozen matches, and while, I admit that many of their shots were luckily kept out there were occasions when an opponent should never have been given the opportunity to save the goal. Three times did Everton rattle the woodwork, twice did a full back save when all seemed lost, but there were occasions when it only needed a cool head and an accurate drive to produce goals.

More Shots Needed.

Considering the high wind, which made accurate control a matter of difficulty, there were some really good passenges. West Bromwich took a goal lead all against the run of the play, but right up to the end of the first half they found it a tremendous task to hold on to their slender lead. They battled against Everton's strength with a will, and Pearson had to thump all manner of shots away when the full backs were beaten. There was not enough shooting on the part of the Everton attack. That was the reason they did not hold a commanding lead at the half stage. In the first minute Everton should have taken a goal, but they failed. West Bromwich are Everton's “bogey” team. They had less than half of Everton's chances, yet they could land two balls in the net, and no one could dispute the merit of their making. They were swift of foot; did not over indulge in fancy work, and were ever progressive. By comparison, Everton seemed to set out to show how much fancywork they could weave. It usually ended in “smoke.” There was a dearth of good shooting efforts once the desired position had been gained. Still, I cannot get away from the fact that some of Everton's best endeavours were broken down because West Bromwich had what luck there was in the game. Take the case of Murphy, who was fortunate to be so placed to intercept a shot from Johnson which had Pearson beaten. The ball did not run Everton's way. It was not their day, so that Glidden's and Robbins's goals carried the day despite the point sandwiched in by Dean, after a terrific bombardment. As a matter of fact, the game was one long bombardment of the visitor's goal, but if the chances offered will not he accepted then who must take the blame?

Turner's Play.

Dunn did not have a happy match. His passes to Geldard, usually went to the man marking the winger, and Dean was so closely watched that he got few chances, and I thought that Turner was the best of the forwards even though he seemed slow to get off the mark. Britton was again the bets of the half-backs, for he was all construction. Thomson I have seen better, yet he had bad luck in shooting against the crossbar, White was effective in stopping Richardson, but Britton was the compete half-back. The new Irish international back, Cook did well, but he gave me the impression that he would do better at left-back. His kicking with his left foot was prodigious and sure. His tackling was keen, and an time goes on he will realiser that speed is an essential in English football. Wood troubled him more than a little in the second half. Geldard did some clever things, but got little response from his prompting. I could not find fault with Sagar, who had no chance with the two shots scored. Glidden's was made possible through White failing to intercept a pass from the left, while Robbins had beaten two men before he finally crashed the ball right away from the goalkeeper. Teams: - Everton:- Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Turner, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goal; Shaw and Trentham, backs; Murphy, Richardson (w), and Rix, half-backs; Glidden, Carter, Richardson (wg), Robbins, and Wood, forwards. Referee Mr. R. W. Blake, Middlesbrough.

 

WEST BROMWICH ALBION RESERVES 4 EVERTON RESERVES 1

January 2 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 23)

At the Hawthorns. Everton scored through Griffiths, but the Albion replied through Boyes (2), Green, and Gale before the interval. Everton: - Coggins, goal; Common and Jones, backs; Clark, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Cunliffe, Griffiths, Webster and Turner, forwards .

Everton “A” 5 Whiston 1

Liverpool County Combination.

Forshaw Penalty Miss

Whiston seriously jeopardised their chances of championship by losing to Everton at Crosby in a game where Fryer accomplished a hat-trick for the home side. As regards the actual play, there was except for the first quarter hour, little to choose between the teams, and in a match that never rose to any great heights the following players may be judged as outstanding: - Forshaw, who missed a penalty and later scored a fine goal, and the Burke brothers for Whiston, and Chedgzoy, Jackson, and Fryer in the Everton side. Whiston chief fault lay in the half-backs line that was more or less incapable of holding a dashing attack –and general ineffectual finishing.

 

OPERATION ON BEN WILLIAMS.

January 2 1933. Evening Express.

Everton's New Back is Out of his Position.

By the Pilot.

Ben Williams, Everton's international full back, has had to under go an operation for removal of a cartilage in his right knee. Williams will not be available for the F. A. Cup match against Leicester City on January 14. But Cook's transfer does not selve Everton's full back problem. His display against West Bromwich showed conclusively that he is a natural left back, and not a right back. That leaves either Cresswell or Bocking for the right back position. Cresswell was a right back with adapted himself to the other flank, but he is such a natural footballer that he could accommodate himself to any position if he liked, and it would be quite a simple matter to transfer him back to his old international position. Cook, I though suffered against the Albion because he was playing out of position. His left foot kicking was magnificent, but rarely did he trust his right to punting. It was the same with tackling. When Coot cut across to the Albion right flank his interception was good, but when he had to make a right hand tackle he was inclined to turn his back to his man and content himself with sliding the ball into touch.

Why Throstles Won.

Everton's chief failure against the Albion was lack of penetrative ability They had the balance of play, but neither of the inside forwards could finish with power. and it was left to Turner, playing in his initial First Division game, to fill the role of spearhead. I liked Turner. He was always dangerous and his ball control and finishing were exceedingly good. The Albion, too, were a yard quicker on the ball and thoroughly deserved their 2-1 success.

 

GEE RETURNS TO EVERTON TEAM

January 4 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury.

The form displayed by Everton this season has not approached in point of consistency or power their displays of last team, but their friends are hoping that the team will find its true form in time for the Cup. Everton sustained a great blow to their hopes when gee, their international centre half-back, sustained an injury in the first match which has kept him out of the field until recently. He has had a run or two with the Central League side, and it is hoped that his injured knee has thoroughly recovered. The directors at their meeting last night decided to place Gee in his old position in the first team, and he will thus resume in the League game against Birmingham at St. Andrew's on Saturday.

White In Forward Line.

The return of Gee to the pivotal berth releases White for the front line, and it is expected that his inclusion in the attack will add some thrust to the forward line. White will partner Geldard on the right wing. The former Southport player has frequently done well at inside right, and with his youthful partner, always anxious to progress the rightwing should prove a lively one. Williams is still unfit, as also is Stein, and Cook and Turner are again in the side, which is as follows: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, White, Dean, Johnson, Turner.

Stevens at Outside-Left.

Owing to illness and injuries Everton Reserves have not a regular outside-left available, and Stevens, the former New Brighton centre-forward, is to play at outside-left against Stockport County at Goodison park on Saturday, when the team will be: - Coggins; Common, Jones; Clark, McClure, Archer; Critchley, Cunliffe, Griffiths, Fryer, Stevens.

 

GEE-UP EVERTON!

January 4 1933. Evening Express.

International Pivot Returns Returns to team

White Moves to Inside Right.

By the Pilot.

Gee come back; White goes to inside right vice Dunn, and Turner continues at outside left. This is Everton's team arrangement for the match with Birmingham at St. Andrews on Saturday. This will be Gee's first appearance in the Football league team since August 27. This is joyous news for the Everton followers in view of the F.A. cup third round tie with Leicester City the following Saturday. Gee, who is considered one of the finest centre halves in the country, has had an unfortunate season. He suffered a knee injury late last campaign, but appeared in the opening match of this season at West Bromwich.

Knee Operation.

Before the interval his knee broke down and after examination by specialists it was found necessary to perform a cartilage operation on the knee, both cartilage's being removed. His progress was slow, but late in December he had his first run with the reserves. Since then he has been fast regaining his confidence and now he reports fit at a vital period in the season. Gee, who came to Everton from Stockport County will be an invaluable asset to Everton in their cup ties, for, there are few intermediates who can defend with his skill, and yet pay due attention to constructive football. His return also enables the directors to make further efforts to strengthen the attack, which has been lacking in penetrative ability.

White Moves Forward.

Tommy White, the utility man of the club, goes to inside right to the exclusion of Jimmy Dunn, the Scottish international. White has played in 20 matches at centre-half and will no doubt welcome the chance again to try his luck with the forwards. He played with immense success at inside right for a considerable portion of last campaign and scored 18 goals. He figured in the position during Everton's great scoring feats during October and November, and continued to hold his place until mid-February. I consider he will lend additional punch to the attack, for he has weight and a splendid shot in either foot, and adopts a purely attacking role leaving the main foraging to others. Willie Cook, the new international full back continues as partner to Cresswell, but with Stein still suffering from the effects of influenza, Turner continues outside left. Everton have a good chance of pulling off their first double of the season. Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, White, Dean,. Johnson, Turner.

Then to Buxton.

Immediately after the match the players will go to Buxton for a week's rest prior to the Cup-tie. Mr. T. H. McIntosh, the secretary, informs me that 16 players will go to Buxton, for special training. They are Sagar; Cook, Cresswell, Bocking; Britton, Gee, Thomson, Clark; Geldard, White, dean, Johnson, Stein, Critchley, Dunn, and Turner.

 

EVERTON SLOW OFF THE MARK

January 7 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition

Open Game Rewards “Brums” With Two Goals.

By the Pilot.

Everton were at Birmingham today prior to their week of special training at Buxton. I hear that Ben Williams is making splendid progress following his cartilage operation, and is likely to be playing again in six weeks. The champions had Gee back again, for the first time since August 27, and White was at inside right. Morrall was found to be unfit, so Fillingham continued at centre half for Birmingham. Teams : - Birmingham: - Hibbs, goal; Booton and Barkas, backs; Stoker, Fillingham, and Calladine, half-backs; Briggs, Greavonor, Haywood, Gregg, and Curtis, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, White, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Turner, forwards. Referee Mr. T. Thompson, (Leamington-on-Tyne). Everton brought new jerseys –dark navy blue –but the referee refused permission to use them owing to the clash of colour. Everton then turned out in all white, with the usual blue facings, the new jerseys being reserved for next week's cup-tie.

The Game.

Gee opened up well when he robbed Grosvenor and sent Turner away. Johnson took over and flashed across a centre which Dean was a fraction of a second too late to utilise. Twice Sagar had to run out to clear from quick down the middle passes. The home forwards maneuvered cleverly before Dean and White got Geldard through, that player's shot being intercepted. Grosvenor deceived by allowing the ball to pass between his legs. Thus he was right there to take charge of a shot which flashed across the face of the Everton goal. Cresswell dallied and Grosvenor crossed a delightful centre, which Haywood headed into Sagar's hands. Everton's left flank showed up well, but in 10 minutes Birmingham scored through Haywood. Curtis got right through from Brigg's centre, and his close in shot was stopped by Sagar. It rolled on towards the net, and before Sagar could recover Haywood had dashed up and placed into the back of the net. A close up free kick for a foul against Cook brought little advantage to Birmingham, but the home men were swinging the ball about well and keeping the Everton defenders right on the run. Geldard got away for the first time, and though White missed his pass back the ball ran on to give Dean an open goal. Dean hit it first time, and the ball passed over the bar. Turner was doping really well and now got over a quick cross, which Hibbs gathered when Dean was ready for a header. The champions were gradually improving though no playing such an open game as the home men and Johnson made two attempts at Britton's centre, Hibbs saving the second at full length. Everton had another great chance when Geldard centred and Dean got the ball for White. White shot but hesitated to make sure, and a defender intervened. Johnson broke through on his own, but was forced away for a corner. Sagar saved a hot shot from Briggs, who appeared to be offside. In 19 minutes Grosvenor scored Birmingham's second goal.

Open Raids.

It came from another open order raid, and when the ball was sent out to Curtis, Cook was out of position, and Curtis was able to turn the ball into the goalmouth. Two Birmingham players missed it, but Grosvenor was there to do the necessary. Briggs next got through, but found Sagar there to baulk him, with Cook's assistance. When Dean got Turner away it came to nought, for the home defenders covered beautifully, and the elusive Grosvenor came right across to the left to open up a pass which Sagar intercepted. Barkas was keeping a tight rein on Geldard; in fact the Everton front line was much too slow. At last a shot came from White, but Hibbs saved easily. Haywood got through on his own, and Cook saved a certain goal when he contrived to turn the shot aside. Cook then had to go off for attention to his right leg, but quickly resumed.

Half time Birmingham 2 Everton 0

Everton's Heaviest Defeat.

Birmingham Score Four Without Reply

Everton had been much too slow in the first half, and they had failed to open up the game in the same concise manner as Birmingham, for whom Grosvenor was magnificent. Gee was standing the test all right. Everton almost took a goal on resuming Hibbs fisting away off White's head. Dean, dropping into position to take the clearance, tried to head over the defenders ranged in the goalmouth, but placed the ball a shade too high. Briggs, the bogyman, beat Cresswell and made a great drive, which Gee cleared after Sagar had fisted out. Sagar made another good save from Briggs, when Everton's slow-moving defence had been well outstripped. Johnson went close with a fine header from Geldard's corner, and the Birmingham men were being gradually forced on the defence, although they were much more dangerous than Everton when they got going. Everton's best effort came from Turner, when he middled to Dean, got the return, and shot a foot wide of the far post. Then Johnson caught the fever and drove a terrific shot inches outside. In 65 minutes Birmingham took their third point, Haywood being the scorer, Johnson mistimed a slippery ball, and, with the Everton defence wide open, Haywood slipped through to score at ease. Eleven minutes from time Birmingham made it four, and had the distinction of scoring more goals against Everton than any club this season. Haywood did it again, for when Cook missed his tackle he slipped round to score with a shot, which Sagar reached but failed to stop. Sagar was cheered for a brilliant full length save from Curtis, after he and Haywood had raced clean through. Final Birmingham 4 Everton 0.

 

BIRMINGHAM CITY 4 EVERTON 0 (Game 1418 over-all)-(Div 1 1376)

January 9 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton Faults.

Biggest Defeat of the Season.

By “Stork.”

Everton's away record makes bad reading, but their visit to St. Andrew's was never considered in the light of an impossible task, for Birmingham have been a moderate side in recent times. There was a quiet confidence that Everton would at least collect a point, but as matters turned out they suffered the biggest defeat of the season –they were beaten 4-0. The result does not flatter Birmingham, for in truth if it had not been for some brilliant work by Sagar the Midlanders' goal crop would have been increased.

Gee Not Yet Ready.

The Everton management learned a lot from the game. It proved to them that the changes they had made were not to be good, for White was lost at inside right, but it brought to the notice that gee is not yet ripe for strenuous football. Gee undoubtedly did his best. He was good when in possession, but he was “tender” in everything he did. He has to regain his confidence. He must trust his limbs if he is to get back to senior status. It was natural that he should fight shy of the close tackle. That is so often the case with a player who has undergone an operation for cartilage, but it should not impair a man's speed to the extent that it did Gee's. Britton and Thomson had to work close in to Gee. They had to lend a hand in blocking up the middle of the ground, and the result was that the wingmen of Birmingham had a field day. It could not be otherwise, and Curtis and Briggs have not had such a happy game for some time. They were the piercing points of the Birmingham attack, and once they were through neither Cook nor Cresswell could hope to withstand the battering of five forwards. It was small wonder, therefore, that they had to yield. I am fully aware that dean nods chances to others, but why he will not take a chance when offered is beyond me. There were times when the ball came to him in a manner that a shot should have been the natural outcome, but Dean refused them, and tapped the ball along to others. Goals will not come from such methods. It is playing into the hands of the defenders. Dean shot over the bar when well placed, but I would rather see him do that than not shoot at all. Dean, however, was responsible for one of the brilliant moves of the Everton attack.

Dean's Brilliant Move.

Hibbs had left his goal to deal with a Geldard centre, Dean ran back to a position he thought the ball would come and it worked out just as he anticipated. Hibbs thumped the ball away, and it came to Dean's head. The Everton captain had two or three men between him and the goal. He headed the ball upwards and over their heads, and it was only by an inch or two that the ball failed to land in the net. No one could have stopped it if it had been an inch lower. It was a brainy move throughout, but it was one of the only two things that Dean accomplished in the game. For Birmingham, Grosvenor was the star of the day, and his goal was the result of a great shot. Haywood took the three goals. That looks like a good day's work, yet I would not say that Haywood was an ideal leader. He had an easy passage down the centre of the field. Stoker was a clever wing half. He was inclined to over-dribble, but was nevertheless a beautiful footballer, and Fillingham at centre half-back rubbed Dean out of the picture. Barkas stopped Geldard time and again, because the lad wanted to dribble round him. That was fatal against a back of the calibre of Barkas.

Geldard Overworked.

Geldard, however, put across some fine centres, but I would ask Everton not to overwork him. He is willing enough, but has been over-fed in more than one game this season. Turner again played a good game. I still think that Cook is a left back. He did all his kicking with his left foot, but he must sharpen up his ideas. He let Birmingham through for two goals, even through he saved one certain goal. Sagar was brilliant. Teams : - Birmingham: - Hibbs, goal; Booton and Barkas, backs; Stoker, Fillingham, and Calladine, half-backs; Briggs, Grosvenor, Haywood, Gregg, and Curtis, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, White, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Turner, forwards. Referee Mr. T. Thompson, (Leamington-on-Tyne).

 

NEW EVERTON PLAYERS

January 9 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Forward and half-back of the same name

Everton F.C. carried out a two-fold deal with Blyth Spartan F. C. on Saturday evening, following the latter's victory over Workington by signing T. G. Watson centre-half, and J. G. Watson, inside left, as professionals. Although of the same name these players are unrelated. Everton are believed to have paid £500 for the double transfer. T. G. Watson is eighteen years of age and is a native of Chopwell, while John Watson, a former school boy international, is nineteen years of age and belongs to Cambois. He is a brother of Billy Watson, who played for Rochdale and Carlisle United.

 

EVERTON RESERVES 6 STOCKPORT COUNTRY RESERVES 5

January 9, 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 24)

Everton were just about worthy of the odd goal victory, for they had indulged in most of the attacking, but the County would have achieved no more than they deserved had they scored the last equalising goal, for they staged a remarkable rally and harassed Everton's defence to a point of making them very uncertain. With the second half well in both attack and defence, held a 6-2 lead, and victory seemed assured. Stockport, who had always been good in initiating attacks, suddenly found what had been lacking –sharpness in front of goal –with the result that they scored three quick goals, and Everton were hard pressed to hold on to their slender lead. The scorers for Everton were Fryer (3), Cunliffe (2) and Grififths, and for Stockport, Jones, Watson, Boulton and Lythgoe (2 ). Everton: - Coggins, Goal; Common and Jones backs; Clark, McClure, and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Cunliffe, Griffiths, Fryer and Stevens, forwards. Stockport County: - Beswick, goal; McCray, and Scrimshaw, backs; Butler, Bamber, and Howshall, half-backs; Daniels, Bussey, Mawson, Soo, and McArdie, forwards.

 

EVERTON'S SIGNINGS

January 9 1933. Evening Express.

Notable Captures From Blyth Spartans.

By the Pilot.

Four Football League clubs had representatives at the Blyth Spartans match on Saturday. They were interested in two Blyth' players, John G. Watson, an inside-left, and Thomas G. Watson, a centre half in the evening following the game both men signed forms for the Goodison Park Club. These are notable captures. A native of Cambais, John Watson played for England as a schoolboy international in 1927. He is a politic goal scorer-he did the hat-trick against Workington on Saturday. He possesses a shot in either foot, while he has plenty of pluck and dash. Standing 5ft 7 ¼ in, and weighing 11 st 4lb, he is a brother of W. Watson, the Rochdale outside left. Tom Watson comes from Chopwell, and is a former Durham County schools player. He played his initial first team match for Blyth on December 12, and his constructive abilities readily caught the eye of the watchers. His is a player with the football brain and his feeding is one of his chief accomplishment. I understand that in this double transfer deal Everton beat Manchester City, Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Derby County, Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Falkirk.

 

LEICESTER'S YOUNG ATTACK.

January 10, 1933. Evening Express.

Defenders On The Injured List.

Evening Express, Correspondent.

Leicester, Today. While Leicester City's League record does not inspire any great confidence in the team's ability to press far in the Cup-ties –they are at the bottom of the table –there is a quite optimism at Filbert-street that suggests the Everton men may get a shock. Everton's away record is about on a par with that of their opponents, and thus the tie bears an open aspect. While Everton are speading the week at Buxton, the City are indulging in no special form of training and taking things quietly at home. Last Saturday, Leicester had a hard struggle with Wolverhampton Wanderers, and in the process of taking a point, suffered rather severely, both Dumbrell, the left back, and Gurry, the right half being hurt, and though remaining on the field were practically passengers for the greater part of the game. Thus Leicester are faced with the problem of seeking another defender and wing half back. Neither Dumbrell nor Gurry will be fit for the game with Everton. It is probable that the selection of the team will be deferred until late in the week when the choice for the vacant positions may result in Osborne coming in a left back, and Keeley, the former Chester player, being given the right half position. The forward line is the youngest the City have had for some seasons, for with Chandler, Lochhead and Barry absent, the attack will consist of Adcock, Maw, Campbell, Langford and Liddle, Lochhead may be preferred to langford, though this will be the only charge in the line which played last Saturday. Leicester have almost a full team on the sick or casualty list, and also the trainer, so that even with the advantage of playing at home the odds are not on the team emerging successfully. The Leicester team will probably be: - McLaren; Black, Osborne; Keeley, Heywood, Ritchie; Adcock, Maw, Campbell, Langford (or Lochhead), Liddle.

 

EVERTON CUP TEAM

January 11 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

The Everton team to meet Leicester City, at Leicester, shows two forward changes, and one half-back alteration from the one, which lost at Birmingham last week. In the attack Dunn returns to inside right, while Stein takes over the extreme left berth in place of Turner's. At half-back, White will take the place of Gee. The team is: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Stein has recovered, and his inclusion ought to add zest to the attack. On Saturday it was shown that Gee is not quite ready for a return to the first team, and it is not surprising that White resumes in the pivotal berth.

 

THE PEAK OF CONDITION.

January 11 1933 Evening Express.

White Reverts, Stein and Dunn in Again.

How Everton Are Attaining It.

By The Pilot

This is how they will line up for the F.A. Cup Round 3 game on Saturday: - v. Leicester, Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The changes from the side beaten by Birmingham are White for Gee at centre half-back; Dunn for White at inside right; Stein for Turner at outside left. Everton's golf and light training programme at Buxton is already showing beneficial signs. Come with me to Buxton. That is where the Champions are getting fit. When I arrived the players were on the Buxton Town football ground, sprinting and indulging in ball practice. An hour's strenuous ball practice under the critical eye of Mr. Tom McIntosh, himself looking the picture of health, and Trainer Harry Cooke, got the players in the right trim for special baths which followed. Swalthed in sweaters the players took the road and made for the thermal baths, they ran there but it was downhill all the way! Care had to be taken with the baths, no player is allowed to remain in the bath more than five minutes owing to the potency of the mineral in the water. Trainer Cooke stood by with his watch in hand while one player after an other had his daily five minutes. Then followed a brisk rub down before the team was taken by Mr. McIntosh for a drink of the waters of Bruxton, which the players relish. The Champions are drinking pints of it and it is doing them good. I might mention that a glass of Buxton water costs threepeace at the pump inn, but from a pump outside it can cost for a penny. Need I add that that so many Scots in team… when the baths over the players took a slow trot-uphill this time –to their hotel for food.

On the Links.

Came a brief rest, and then off again, this time to the Peak head golf links, what most of the players considered to be the most delightful part of Cup training. It was fortunate in that I was out on the links while a needle match was being played. Jimmy Stein and Cliff Britton, two of the best of Everton's golfers –played Tommy Johnson and Ted Critchley. At the ninth hole Johnson and Critchley –considered the outsiders were one up. They would have been two up only when Tommy Johnson was about to hole a yard putt, Mr. McIntosh gave him a unhelpful instruction. Result Johnson duffed his shot. Everyone laughted at Johnson, who stipulated that “Mr. Mac” should follow some other players. Dean, Cresswell, and Thompson were playing a point match, but the point stuck me most was dean's Henry Cotton” mode of dress. He is a vivid scarlet pullover and an old tie hat moulded in port pie fashion. I asked him where he had found the it. “At the hotel,,” replied the skipper, there are hundreds of them there.” You see everything is being provided by Everton. The footballer0golfers I spotted dodging holes. Well, the going was heavy and it was cold. Eventually they gave up at the 15 th –I think it was their fifth and raced off down the hill ansd home. The players were Jimmy Dunn and Willie Cook. After the golf came dinner, and then Mr. McIntosh took his larger family off to the pictures. There you have a typical day in Everton's preparation. Off course, in between they play billiards and Corinthian bagatelle –present by 1,500 held by Archie Clark –they also spend plenty of time in the gymnasium where electric horses and camels were provided. Mainly I have found such a happy lot. The players appear to have endless energy, and the only thing they do not discuss or even joke about was the Leciester cup-tie. Today I did not hear the word “Leicester” mentioned by a single player. The object of the players is to get fit and deal with Leicester afterwards, a wise plan. The weather continues as invigorating has it has been, eleven fit and neutralised “champions will step on the field at Filbert Street.

 

ALL'S WELL WITH EVERTON

January 12 1933. Evening Express.

Final Touches to Cup Training.

“All's Well.” This is the message from Buxton today, where Everton are in special training for their F.A. cup battle with Leicester City. The weather continues cold and invigorating, and the players state that they are thoroughly appreciating the change. Mr. Tom McIntosh had his charges out early today, anxious to reap the full benefit from every moment, and the players had thermal baths following a long tramp over the hills and dales. They also did some ball practice on the Buxton Town ground. More golf will complete their training and the players are due to leave Buxton early on Saturday morning for Leicester. They will return to Liverpool shortly after the match.

 

CAN EVERTON RECOVER THEIR FORM?

January 14 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel

Everton go to Leicester, and I must say, that on form, at any rate, the City do not appear formidable, but choice of ground in the cup is still a great asset, and the City players will be all out to save the situation for the club. On the other hand, Everton have disappointed their followers in recent games, and a bold effort is necessary if progress is to be made in the Cup. At the best, Everton would be expected to win, but in view of their uncertain form the tie may be looked on as an open one. Still is combined and individual merit Everton appear to be the better side, and I hope to be able to record at least a draw. White returns to the centre half back perth, and Dunn and Stein return to the side. Fewer changes than were expected have been made in the Leicester City team. McLaren the goalkeeper has an injured knee, and will be unable to play. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Leicester City: - Calvert; Black, Osborne; Keeley, Heywood, Ritchie; Adock, Maw, Campbell, Smith, Liddle.

 

BLUES' BEST FOR WEEKS

January 14 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition.

Forwards In Brilliant Form At Leicester.

By the Pilot.

Leicester City for the cup-tie with Everton at Filbert street found themselves in the unfortunate position of having 13 players on either the injured or sick list. Gurry cried off this morning and Langford a forward, was played at right half. Everton travelled over from Buxton There were close on 1,000 excursionists to greet them . Leicester City: - Calvert, goal; Black, Osborne, backs; Langford, Heywood, and Ritchie, half-backs; Adocock, Maw, Campbell, Smith, and Liddle, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. C. E. Lines (Birmingham).

The Game.

Everton turned out in their new dark blue jerseys with white collars, and the home team played in red. There were 30,000 spectators present, and the ground was on the soft side following the thaw. Dean beat Black for the toss, but there was neither wind nor sun. Everton developed a sharp attack, which just failed to produce a shot. Then Geldard came back to concede a corner, but this was easily disposed of. Johnson received after Sagar had fisted away from Liddle, and opened the move, which brought Everton's first goal in two and a half minutes.

Dean Scorers.

Johnson beat Langford and sent Stein away. The winger centred on the run –a perfect pass –and Dean, racing in at top speed, swerved by Osborne and banged the ball into the net. It was a lovely goal. Dean shot by the post, then Dunn's quick effort was turned over the bar for a corner. This almost led to a second goal, for Dean shot at point-blank range, but although Calvert was beaten, Osborne got the ball away from the goalline. The ball was put down the field in speculative manner and Cresswell turned it back to Cook. Cook completely missed the ball, and Campbell ran on to score at will. This goal came in seven minutes. Everton were playing the better football. They were doing plenty of good, honest shooting. Geldard and Johnson often going close. The Everton ball manipulation was almost perfect. They were opening up the game in promising style. Liddle went close from Maw's centre, Leicester were a young and enthusiastic side, pitted against the more classic Everton.

Leicester Breakaway.

Leicester broke away in a swift raid, and Britton had to pass back to Sagar to prevent Liddle shooting. Campbell, a really good leader, got Liddle through, and Sagar knocked the low Centre out, Cook completing the clearance in an awkward situation. The Leicester forwards were exceptionally good, but their defence was often bewildered at the accuracy of the Everton attack. Only good covering prevented many likely shots reaching Calvert. In 22 minutes Geldard forced a corner, and from this the ball was turned out to Stein, who restored Everton's lead with a magnificent cross shot. For a long period Everton outplayed the opposition, and the City were fortunate to escape after miskicking so often. Cook had to go off for a moment with a leg injury. Dean dived full length to reach Geldard's centre, and saw the ball graze the crossbar. Everton were brilliant in their approach. It was their best football for many weeks.

Thomson in Form.

Thomson was grand in his interception, and several times held up Adcock when the international was looming dangerous. The City defence did not know which way to turn to hold up the wonderful attacking machine. Dunn dribbling through, but his shot lacked power. Langford tried a long shot, which passed over the bar. The Everton forwards were playing some of the prettiest football I have seen for a long time. Once Black kicked away when the City looked like conceding another goal. Right on the interval Calvert saved a header from Johnson, and Stein was a shade too slow in accepting a quick shooting chance.

Half-time Leicester City 1 Everton 2

Everton thoroughly deserved their interval lead. Their forwards were magnificent.

Leicester Thrills.

Blues Get Home By Odd Goal.

There were plenty of thrills in the second half, for after Sagar had saved at point blank range from Campbell, Geldard ran right through the defence easy to pass the ball too far back. It was whisked away and when Cook missed his tackle Liddle raced through and crossed a lovely ball, which Campbell headed into the net in delightful manner. This equaliser came in 52 minutes. Everton's two defensive mistakes had made them two goals, and the battle had to begin again. Within a minute, however, Everton again regained their lead, this time Dunn helping himself to a useful goal. Johnson swung the ball out to Geldard and after a little juggling the ball stopped beautiful for Dunn to hit it first time and beat Calvert all ends up. Johnson tried to make it four with a penalty line shot, which Calvert readily gathered. Dean beat Calvert in a jumping duel, and he just failed to reach the ball in trying to drive home the advantage. Johnson's shot struck Dean. Then Calvert was injured in a collision with Dean, but was able to resume.

Dean Outwits Defence.

Dean outwitted the defence and Dunn took over to hit the bar with a splendid shot. The only danger to Everton came from the quick moving Liddle and Adcock, but Sagar had little work to do. When Stein placed one of his choice centres, Dean headed in grandly for Calvert to save. Once again Cook miskicked, and were followed two exciting raids on the Everton goal, the ball twice being scramble away from Campbell. Johnson got outside before Black kick away a certain scoring shot from Geldard with Calvert beaten. Geldard ran through and Dean's header struck the post. There were great excitement in the closing minutes when Leicester forced a corner, but this was cleared. Everton deserved their success. They played the better football and took their chances. Dean, the Everton captain, after the game, said; “I think everybody played well, and that we deserved our win. I think we shall go a long way in the competition. Final Leicester City 2, Everton 3.

 

EVERTON R. v. LIVERPOOL R.

January 16 1933. Evening Express. Football Edition

There would be fully 12,000 spectators to witness the Reserve Derby at Goodison Park. There was an abundance of dash infused into the opening exchanges, and Hanson should have done better than centre behind when Crawford was waiting for the ball. Stevens went close with a shot that trickled just outside the upright, but shortly afterwards Everton took the lead through Critchley, who drove home a fine shot from a difficult angle. Liverpool were having a good share of the game, but the forwards lacked finish, both Hancock and Crawford missing chances. The latter, however, made amends by accepting a pass from Hanson and equalising the scores. Cunliffe was hurt and left the field. After 30 minutes Everton again took the lead, Stevens going on after an offside appeal by Lucas to defeat Riley. Everton went further ahead when Critchley took advantage of a sliced clearance by Dabbs, and drove home an unstoppable shot. Roberts nodded a second goal for Liverpool. Halt-time Everton Res 3, Liverpool Res 2.

Everton “A” v New Brighton Res.

Huddert gave New Brighton the lead. Griffiths equalised near the interval. Half-time Everton “A” 1 N. Brighton Res. 1.

 

LEICESTER CITY 2 EVERTON 3 (F.A. Cup Game 133)

January 16 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Classic Display at Leicester

Right Flank's Part in Everton's Success

By “Bee.”

Everton won the Cup-tie through playing stylish football and by aid of a superlative display of their right flank, Britton, Geldard, and Dunn, the names being mentioned in the order of merit, although it must be said each contributed to the other's success. To win at Leicester is not a striking feat this season, but Cup-tie have their own sphere of uneasiness so that “anything may happen,” and here was a team lying at the foot of the league table, yet a side that has done good things in its time at their own ground. I think Leicester City fell heavily when Dean scored with a crash shot in three minutes. They had their equaliser through their clever centre, Campbell, and that goal spurred Leicester to a fighting point that had seemed impossible to them.

Fought To last Kick.

Sting by an early goal deficit they had laboured heavily, and toiled rather wearily, especially at wing half, where they had to make an eleventh-hour change. The equalising goal gave them just that confidence and belief in themselves necessary to save the game becoming one-sidered, and to Leicester's credit it must be said they fought resolutely to the last kick of the game, a kick fraught with much fear because it was practically “time” and Adock is always a dangerous winger. Adcock was lame and unable to take the kick, and the time spend in calling upon his deputy to take the corner kick led to the whistle being blown to end the game as the corner kick was in flight. Leicester died bravely; they were never so convincing as Everton; they were never so sure of themselves in front of goal, yet they had one inspired spell ten minutes from the end when anything might have happened because the ground had been so heavy that all the players had tried to stopping point, and a slip could have produced an equaliser. It was at this point that even Cresswell failed to deliver the ball securely through the severe mud. Prior to that Cook had started with miskicks and mistiming, and had got out of position and place. But Cook played better the longer the game progressed, and finally he did many clever things to make one forgoet the daring he displayed when in the first half he back-heeled a ball, although he was in his own penalty area. Everton, however, played a unusual style of game for a Cup-tie.

Policy That Paid.

They made no hasty decisions, however, and their methods of play paid them handsomely. They were content to hold the ball and play a steady and rather intricate game. This policy paid, because they were always the superior craftsmen, and the right side of their eleven went through the Leicester ranks almost at will. In addition to this uncommon trait in cup-tie football was the fact that Leicester kept pegging away, and their forwards were the best part of their side so that the score never got out of hand, and when Everton had drawn ahead again through a Stein goal –another crash shot, angled –the game seemed as good as won. A slight error in defence, however, brought another goal to Campbell, and the issue was completely reopened. It was then Everton showed their confident game, and refused to be rushed into foolish chasing tactics. The goal they gained to complete the day's scoring was a joyful one in the making and in its culminating effect. Geldard got through the defence with ease and by his ability, and Dunn, not waiting for the ball to drop into the muddy area, drove it instantly to goal. Such goals are not often witnessed in these modern days when a player seems to insist that he must first “kill” the ball. So Everton passed on to another milestone in their cup career, and the formation of the team as well as their delightful way of playing commends itself for future matches.

White's Steadying Influence.

First it must be chronicled that the return of White to centre half-back was a move in the right direction. White is a very powerful when most needed –in the closing stages, as he has power of boot; on addition, he has weight to mark the on-coming forward. His use of the ball was excellent, too, and his heading was a strong feature. The chief difference in the sides was the half-back line. Everton's excelled, Leicester were remiss, and Ritchie has rarely been so readily beaten. The crowd was generous in its applause to the plainly superior eleven, and 21,000 of them, who made a gate of £1,700 saw how “League” football tactics can be made to pay in a cup-tie, which is generally noticeable for its pace and not its precision. Here precision was the keynote of the victors armour. Britton was facing that dangerous winger, Liddle, and he stood out by his methods and his skill in taking a ball in a tackle and then dribbling in short space anyone who came across his path. Dunn worked hard and served Geldard well, and the boy relied in that nonchalant way of his that makes him so dangerous and deadly. Geldard centred perfectly and shot hard at times, but his commanding way of going through almost to the goal space was one of his best features.

The Turning Point.

I think the turning point of the day came in the first minute after half time when Sagar stopped a very severe shot from Campbell. One must add a word of praise to Dean for his first goal and to Johnson for his endeavour and steadying influence, albeit his shooting was not on the mark. Stein was insistent and behind him Thomson played extremely hard football; he must be one of the sternest tacklers in the game. This was sporting football and victory to the right side; indeed there never seemed to be a doubt about the result, yet Everton found Leicester very troublesome near the end of the tirling game. Their best men were Black, Heywood, Campbell, Smith and Adcock. On such form Everton should go far, especially if the full back line knits –as it will need to do in view of some of Saturday's happening.

Leicester City: - Calvert, goal; Black, Osborne, backs; Langford, Heywood, and Ritchie, half-backs; Adocock, Maw, Campbell, Smith, and Liddle, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. C. E. Lines (Birmingham).

 

EVERTON RESERVES 4 LIVERPOOL RESERVES 3

January 16 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 25)

A finely headed goal by Stevens in the closing minutes gave Everton a somewhat fortunate victory at Goodison Park by 4-3. Although Everton deserve every credit for their success –they had made more of the scoring opportunities than the opposition –Liverpool played football throughout that was much superior to their recent home displays. The encounter provided pleasure for a remarkably big crowd. Liverpool had their chances early on, but failed to drive them home. Everton were handicapped by Cunliffe having to go on the wing through injury; nevertheless Liverpool's approach work and play in the second half was of the quality that required a sturdy, reliable defence to counteract it. The scoring order was as follows: - Critchley (Everton), Crawford (Liverpool), Stevens and Critchley (Everton), and Roberts (Liverpool); and after the interval Hancock (Liverpool) and Stevens (Everton) completed the scorers. Both teams played well, with Coggins the backs, Stevens, Fryer and Birtley conspicuous for Everton; and Lucas and Roberts being particularly prominent in a good all-round Liverpool display. Everton: - Coggins, goal; Common and Jones, backs; Clark, McClure, and Archer, half-backs; Critchley Cunliffe, Stevens, Watson, and Birtley, forwards. Liverpool: - Riley, goal; Lucas and Dabbs, backs; Savage, James, and Henderson, half-backs; Taylor, Hancock, Crawford, Roberts, and Hanson, forwards.

 

CLASSIC FOOTBALL CAN WIN CUP-TIES

January 15 1933. Evening Express.

Everton Provide Proof Against Leicester

By The Pilot.

Classic football can win cup ties. This was proved by Everton at Leicester, when they defeated the City 3-2. After the game the officials of the Leicester club expressed the opinion that they had never seen a team adhere to such highly constructive methods in a cup-tie. I agree, and venture to say that I have never seen a cup-tie produce so little of the rough-and-tumble usually associated with cup-tie. The champions were the masters from the word “Go,” and had conditions been, normal –the ball was like lead in the second half –might have scored more freely. The Leicester forwards were good and always dangerous, but the remainder of the team was outclassed by an almost perfect football combination, so far as attack was concerned.

A Great Line.

Everton's forwards were magnificent with Geldard the star. He was irresistible. Dunn was a splendid partner, and his success was due to one thing. He absolutely refused to fall back, but an attacker, leaving Johnson to do the foraging. I knew this plan would succeed, and it did. Dean was the strong yet unobtrusive leader, who drew attention from the others, and few men could place the ball with the accuracy of Stein. It was a great line, able to open the game out and yet inter-pass within a yard. I think Britton was the best of the Goodison men. He had an indifferent opening, but subsequently played flawless football, his ball control, anticipation and feeding being superlative. White was the usual useful bulwark against the City raiders, and Thomson was another splendid half-back. Cresswell also had a good game, but Cook did not impress. Sagar did all that was expected of him.

 

BRITTON'S ADVANCE.

January 18 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

Few half-backs have made such rapid strides in the top class this season as has Britton, the clever Everton right-half, whose play at Leicester, on Saturday, was greatly admired by the Leicester City followers. The opinion was expressed among the onlookers that Britton was the best half back they had seen this season. He is a lightly built player, and relies on scientific methods to carry him through, and if he maintains his form the Everton right wing triangle should develop still further. Britton had his first taste of First league football against Manchester City, in September and he has progressed rapidly since that time. In the 1930-31 season, Britton, who was secured from Bristol Rovers, broke a collar-bone in the first practice match for his new club. Later on he made a number of appearances, in the second Division, but did not play in the First Division in the championship season. He has taken his chance this season, and has become one of the best exponents of scientific play in the position in the League.

Gee Resumes For Everton

For their meeting with Sunderland, at Goodison Park, on Saturday, the Everton selectors have decided to give White a rest, and as a result Gee will again appear in the centre-half position. This is the only change from the successful cup side, and the team will be Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The Reserves eleven to meet Birmingham in a central League game, at Birmingham will be; Coggins; Bocking, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Critchley, Fryer, Stevens, Watson, Leyfield.

 

THE BUSTON WAY TO WEMBLEY

January 18 1933. Evening Express.

Everton Back To Their Lucky Spot Next Week.

Gee at centre Half on Saturday

By the Pilot.

Buxton is Everton's lucky training centre. After a week at the Derbyshire spa the team has always won the next match. The club officials cherish fond hopes that the luck will send them well on the road to Wembley this season. Consequently the team will be sent to Buxton for a week's training prior to the F.A. cup fourth round tie at Goodison Park on January 28. Everton are at home to Sunderland on Saturday, but the team will depart for Buxton on Sunday. There is no doubt that the week of golf, walks and baths did Everton a tremendous of good for the game with Leicester City and the directors are convinced that further “treatment” of this character will enable the players to overcome the fourth round hurdle.

Team Change.

Meanwhile Everton have decided to make one change for the game with Sunderland. Tommy white, the versatile centre half, is being rested in view of the coming cup battle, and his place will be taken by Gee. This will be Gee's first appearance at Goodison Park this season, his only other matches being at West Bromwich and Birmingham. White has been suffering from a slight strain in a leg, and the directors feel that a rest will enable him to regain absolute fitness. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.

Ben Williams.

Be Williams, the Everton back who has been operated on for cartilage trouble, should have left nursing home last week-end, but contracted a sight cold, and it was decided that he should remain in the home a little longer. The club has decided to book a certain number of grand stand seats for the fourth round cup-tie. In the shareholders' stand 1188 seats will be booked at 5s; in the members' stand (Bullens-road) 900 seats will be booked at 3s. 6d; and in the centre portion of Goodison-road stand 1,743 seats will be booked at 3s. 6d. The north and South ends of Bullens-road stand, the goal double Decker, and the ends of Goodison-road stand will not be booked, but spectators can secure seats at the turnstiles at ordinary league prices. Seats will be on sale from Friday next at Goodison Park only. Applications must be accomplished by remittance and stamped addressed envelope.

 

EVERTON'S OPPONENTS.

January 19 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

And so Bury are to provide the opposition to Everton in the next round. The Gigg-lane team are to be congratulated on making so fine a recovery after being a goal down early on, and it is evident that the Lancashire team will provide strong opposition on the 28 th inst. The clubs have met before in the Cup, and no doubt they will be glad to renew old acquaintance, but I believe Everton will be quite good enough to win. With a least three of the cracks out of the hunt, which club is going to prove the ultimate winners? That is a problem, for at the moment it appears to be “anybody's cup.” It is well that the race should be so open for interest is thereby well maintained. In the second round in 1897, Everton beat Bury 3-0, while in 1911-12, also in the second round, Everton won 6-0 at Goodison Park after a 1-1 draw at Gigg lane.

 

‘FLU PLAYS FOR EVERTON TOMORROW

January 20, 1933. Evening Express.

By Weakening Sunderland's Team.

By the Pilot.

Influenza will play for Everton against Sunderland! Two of Sunderland's most capable players –McDougall and Carter –are victims of the fashionable complaint, and a third –Shaw –is nursing an injury. McDougall by the way is a brother of Liverpool's McDougall. Johnston, Devine and Ives will fill the Sunderland gaps. Everton will be without White, who is to enjoy a day off. He deserves it. Gee takes his place at centre half and if only the international pivot will forget that he ever had an operation he may soon strike international form again.

They Have Beaten Arsenal.

Sunderland claim the distinction of being one of the few teams to have defeated the Arsenal this season, and they will be out to complete a “double” against Everton, for when the Blues visited Roker Park, they gave their worst exhibition of the season and lost 3-1. The Wearsiders were not such a good side then as they are now. They are at present one of the most improved teams in the League. They play fast, opened football, and have men in the attack who can shoot. I refer in particular to Gurney, whose name has frequently been connected with the Liverpool club –Gallacher and Connor. Here you have men who are a menace to any defence.

Men Who Shoot.

Gurney is a swift raider who relies as much on Virility as skill, while Gallacher, though he will be playing in the strange position of inside right, is one of the best marksmen I have seen for a long time. Connor is the Scottish international and a veritable box of tricks. His football work is a delight. While he has a penchant for cutting in towards goal instead of centring. At one time Connor was considered the best outside left in the Football league, and though injury put him back, he is fast coming back to his old form. His partner will be Joe Devine, the former Burnley and Newcastle player who is now the Tommy White of Sunderland. Devine willingly fills any position, and does it well. Davis, the outside right, is a player in whom Everton once took a keen interest. He was with Bradford, and it is a coincidence that when he was transferred to Sunderland, Geldard, now with the champions, gained his place in the Bradford team. Now they will be in opposition. Everton: -Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Sunderland: - Thorpe; Murray, Ives; Thomson, Johnston, Hastings; Davis, Gallacher, Gurney, Devine, Connor.

Back To Buxton.

Everton players will go to Buxton on Sunday for special preparation for their F.A. cup Round 4 tie with Bury on January 28. The following players will comprise the party which will be in the charge of Mr. W. c. Cuff (chairman) and Mr. T. M. McIntosh (Secretary): Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Bocking, Britton, White, Thomson, gee, Archer, Gerldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein, Critchley and McGourty. Bury will train at Fleetwood.

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EVERTON RECEIVE SUNDERLAND.

January 21 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

Following the surprising upheavals in the Cup-ties, many of the clubs will be glad to resume the more placid hunt for points, and such clubs as Arsenal and Newcastle, who were victims of unexpected results can settle down to the straight run for the high places in the First Division. Everton are at home to the greatly improved Sunderland team, and, while the sides will not be at full strength, a fast and interesting clash may be expected. An interesting feature is the return of Gee to the centre half back berth. He was not too happy in his last outing, as after his injury he lacked confidence, but he will gradually get back to his old form, and it is hoped that he will show progress in the direction this afternoon. The kick off is at 3 0''lock, and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn Dean, Johnson Stein. Sunderland: - Thorpe; Murray, Ives; Thomson, Johnston, Hasting; Davis, Gallacher, Gurney, (or Yorston), Devine, Connor.

 

SUNDERLAND NOT IN THE PICTURE

January 21 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition.

Everton Pile On Four Goals.

By the Pilot.

The bitterly cold weather kept down the attendance at the Everton v. Sunderland match at Goodison Park. The Sunderland players did some vigorous kicking in for five minutes before the Everton team appeared. Sunderland had to make a late charge, Yorston, the famous Scot, appearing in place of Gurney. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, Stein, forwards. Sunderland: - Thorpe, goal; Murray and Ives, backs; Thomson, Johnston and Hasting, half-backs; Davis, Gallacher, Yorston, Devine, and Connor, forwards. Referee Mr. A. J. Casley (Wolverhampton).

The Game.

Everton showed up better at the start, Stein winning a corner after good work by Thomson. This almost brought the opening goal, for Dean was only just baulked, and when the ball was returned it bounced over Murray's head, but Johnson had also been deceived. Connor raced back to make a fine tackle off Geldard, and we saw the curiosity of two throws-in being placed outside the goal. Dean was fouled on the edge of the penalty area, but Johnson tried to find a colleague, and eventually Dean and Dunn loomed dangerous until Dixie forced a corner. This led to the opening goal in four minutes, who Thomson gained the distinction of scoring his first goal at Goodison Park. It was his second of the season. Geldard's kick was turned away from the goalmouth and Thomson ran in to score easily with Thorpe out of position. Murray had fallen back on the goal line but was helpless. Sunderland launched a stern attack, which failed to reach Sagar. Then Johnson failed to judge the bounce of the ball, and Dean ran through to make a gallant attempt when challenge by Ives.

Clever Manipulation.

Geldard manipulated cleverly before Dean took over from Stein and Thorpe had to save low down. Next Thorpe fisted away from Stein and Geldard's quick shot was intercepted as it was speeding towards goal. Sunderland's close up free kick against Britton was of no avail, and Everton continued the better and more deliberate football side. Thomson and Stein initiated a menacing raid, which resulted in a chance for Geldard, but he hit the ball with his shin, and Thorpe saved. Geldard ran through and turned an almost perfect pass back to Dunn, who placed a yard by the post. Johnston was not proving a good bulwark against the home forwards, and his weakness constituted the reason for Everton being the dominant side. Geldard had been doing some good work when the ball was whipped in for Dunn to make an overhead kick. Dean deceived with a swerve, and his pass enabled Johnson, from 18 yards to added a second goal in 19 minutes. Sunderland won a free kick through Gee handling, and to relieve pressure Thomson headed back into Sagar's hands. This was the first time that Sagar had touched the ball. So Everton's superiority could be well appreciated. Dean almost broke through, but a light ball on a hard ground negatived the effort. Twice Dean almost got through and only the run of the ball prevented Dunn from appearing among the scorers. Ives handled in racing back to retrieve, but no penalty came Everton's way. Sagar seemed delighted when he had to run out and catch a speculative centre from Gallacher. Then came a Sunderland shot –a hook one from Gallacher, which sailed many yards high. Dean outwitted Murray, and it was lucky for Sunderland there was no one up when Thorpe only half cleared his centre.

Sunderland Outplayed.

Thorpe made a splendid save off Dunn's header from a corner, and Cook joined the forwards to shoot wide. Sunderland could do little; in fact, no team has been so outplayed at Goodison Park this season. In 35 minutes Dean secured Everton's third goal, this also coming as the result of a corner kick well won by Stein. Dean's header was placed to the ground and the ball passed between Thorpe's legs a foot over the line. Johnson might have taken a fourth following brilliant manceuving by Geldard and a great shot by Dunn, but the ball would not run for him. Next Dunn dribbled through on his own, but having won his opening, placed across the goal. The fourth goal was not long delayed. After Dean had been bundled in the back and Geldard given a chance Everton won a corner. From this Stein scored his kick passing straight to the net while Thorpe was worried. It was strange that in the game between the teams at Roker, Stein also scored from a corner direct.

Half-time Everton 4 Sunderland 0

Sunderland protested before the match against the frost-bound state of the ground, and perhaps they were justified from their own point of view in that Everton were the only ones that could operate on it. In the opening half Sagar had not been called on to save a single direct shot. Had Everton taken full use of their chances more goals would have materialized.

 

BIRMINGHAM RES V. EVERTON RES.

January 21 1933. Evening Express Football Edition.

Birmingham, who are well placed in the Central league, entertained Everton at Birmingham today. About 5,000 were present when Birmingham kicked off on a ground covered, with patches of ice. With even opening exchanges Mercer sent in a fine long shot which Tremelling cleverly fielded. After five minutes Smith passed back to Tremelling, who slipped and fell. The ball rolled on, and Watson touched it in the empty net to secure the lead for Everton. At the other end in a Birmingham raid, White sent Bull through to beat Coggins, but Bocking ran in and kicked away on the goal line.

Everton's 6-1 Victory

Sunderland Outplayed By Nippier Side

On resuming, Everton had a free kick just outside the penalty area, which had to betaken a second time, and Johnson took over from gee to placed outside. At last Sunderland shot –this from Ives, who received from Gallacher, Sunderland's best forward, but he was just off the mark. Stein proved dangerous to the Wearsiders, and Britton tried to dribble through following Stein's corner. The extra step made all the difference, it was exactly 54 minutes ere Sagar had to save what might be called a perfect shot top goal. This came from Devine. Just before Dunn had missed a great chance, for although he hit Geldard's centre, there was no strength in the drive. Dean increased Everton's lead in 57 minutes, but he would be the first to thank Stein for the almost perfect passing.

Stein's Effort.

Stein appeared to be set for one of his driving runs, but instead he banged the ball in the centre clear of the full back and dean crashed the ball into net as Thorpe advanced. Devine was proving the best Sunderland marksman, and as a forlorn hope he tried one from outside the penalty area, but Sagar saved with ease. He was playing 100 per cent better them against Birmingham. Nothing had been seen of Yorston. Cook too, was playing better than in any game with Everton. At the 62 minute Everton made it six when Dunn scored a remarkably clever goal. Taking advantage of a big bounce, Geldard and Dunn raced through, and he lobbed the ball back over Ives and placed a fine shot into the roof of the net. Then Sunderland launched one of their rare attacks and Sagar had fisted out Dunn in trying to clear a really dangerous manoeuvre, handled in the penalty area, and Connor scored from the spot kick. Everton attacked by lighting raids, and Stein appeared to be fouled when going through. Then Geldard had drawn Thorpe from him, and Stein ‘s quick lob passed inches wide.

Geldard Races Through.

Geldard the only Everton forward not to have scored, raced through with a cross shot, but Thorpe was there to give a good save. Devine came across to the left, and made Sagar to turn a fierce drive over the top. Although Sunderland were playing much better than in the first half, it was still a case of Everton first. Dean ran through to cross a ball, which he took first time and Gave Thorpe the opportunity to make a great save. Then Cook handled, Hastings drove the ball long the ground for Sagar to turn the ball round the post. Everton delayed his tackle, and Sunderland swept through Yorston hitting a fast shot, which struck the bar and rebounded to play. The referee at first signalled for a goal, but on Everton appealing, and after consultation with the linesman who was holding his flag up in protest, he rightly revised his award. Everton claimed a penalty when Murray obviously handled Dean's pass, but the referee said “Shoulder.” Final result Everton 6 Sunderland 1.

 

EVERTON 6 SUNDERLAND 1 (Game 1419 over-all)-(Div 1 1377)

January 23 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Champions Make it Six

Everton in Their Old Form.

By “Stork.”

Everton scored a pronounced victory over Sunderland, and in doing so played capital football on a ground that was hard and treacherous, good football being difficult. Everton, however, indulged in some combination, which had the Sunderland defence in trouble. Until the men found their feet there was a trace of nervousness about one and all. They did not care to let themselves go in fear that a fall would bring an injury. One could hardly blame him. Mr. Cochrane, the manager of the Sunderland team, thought the ground so unfit for play that he made protest before the start. It was not a game that will hold the memory, but from an Everton point of view it ended in a satisfactory manner, and their six goals to one might easily have been augmented if it had not been for the conditions Gilt-edged scoring chances were missed because the players could not get the ball down to toe in the usual manner, while there were occasions when a player ran to take his chance only to over-run the ball simply because he could not pull himself up once he had got under way.

A Poor Sunderland.

Everton were undoubtedly the superior side. They were prepared to take greater risks than their opponents, who played “tenderly” until well on in the second half. There was no progressiveness about Sunderland in the opening half; in fact, it was a poor Sunderland that visited Goodison Park on Saturday. There was little combined ideas in their methods; there was little guile, but their greatest failure was their lack of penetration when they got to within shooting distance. By comparison Everton were always ready with a shot once they had acquired the desired position. They exploited the wingmen to the full. This was good tactics for Geldard and Stein had the best patches of turf on which to do their work, and right well they did it when the opportunity came their way. There was more shooting on Saturday than in many games I have seen Everton play this season, and the most pleasing feature to me was the effort of Dean. He was in a bright mood. His “heady” passes were a thing to behold, and when he dashed between the back to take a Stein centre, which was wisely placed behind the two defenders, it recalled the days when he made this a habit. He gave Murray and Ives not the slightest chance of tackling him, and his shot was in the net before Thorpe had started to move for the ball. He scored another, but this was by the aid of his head, and again Stein was the provider. Dean had to jump high into the air to beat the Sunderland defenders, who were trying to crowd him out.

Secret of Success .

But the real secret of Everton's success was that they mastered the frost. Perhaps they were better shod than their adversaries. Whatever the cause they were undoubtedly masters of the situation until the second half, when a rally on the part of Sunderland promised to brighten up the game, but they had left it far too late. Everton had taken a four goal lead at the interval, and were not likely to let the game slip through their hands. Sunderland never really promised to bring off a sensation; in fact apart from the or two saves by Sagar, and that penalty kick of Connor's, their scoring chances were few and fat between. Now about the penalty award. Dunn, who had just scored a goal, undoubtedly handled, but was it intentional? The whole thing centres on intent, and I did not think Dunn handled deliberately, rather did the ball bounce up against his hands as it had done against a Sunderland men earlier on, but there was no spot kick on that occasion. Thomson started the goal run with a shot that Murray, the full back, tried desperately hard to keep out. Thorpe was out of goal at the time and could do nothing. Then to cap the lot, Stein scored direct with a corner kick. Sunderland were entitled to another goal when Connor shot on to the underneath portion of the crossbar, the ball rebounding down and from the stand it looked as if it had passed over the line. There was an immediate appeal, and the referee thought it advisable to consult his linesman, who apparently said “no goal,” the referee pointing for a goal-kick. One and all had given of his best on a ground that gave no assistance, but I must sat that Gee showed more confidence on a ground that required a lot of nerve. Sunderland were only good in defence, a defence that was not solid enough to hold an Everton who were anything but shot shy as they have often been this season. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, Stein, forwards. Sunderland: - Thorpe, goal; Murray and Ives, backs; Thomson, Johnston and Hasting, half-backs; Davis, Gallacher, Yorston, Devine, and Connor, forwards. Referee Mr. A. J. Casley (Wolverhampton).

 

BIRMINGHAM CITY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESEVRES 3

January 23 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 26)

Everton finished strongly to win at Birmingham. Watson took an early goal for Everton, but after 30 minutes Argue equalised and five minutes later Lane gained the lead. Birmingham attacked on resuming, but after Coggins had made two great saves a fine run by Critchley enabled Fryer to equalise and a few minutes afterwards Stevens scored the winning goal. Everton: - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Jones, backs; Mercer, Clark, and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Fryer, Stevens, Watson (tj), and Leyfield, forwards.

 

GEE SETS EVERTON A PROBLEM

January 23 1933. Evening Express.

Who Will Play Centre-Half in Cup-Tie?

Cook's Tasty Offering.

By the Pilot.

Gee knows now that he can forget he ever had an operation on his knee. Against Sunderland at Goodison Park we saw much of the old Gee –the pivot who not only won international honours but deserved them. Yet gee was playing on a bone hard pitch, a ground, which conduced to hard bumps and possible injury. In fact, his return to something approaching his old form sets the directors a problem for next Saturday's Cup team. I expect the directors will reply on White, for though gee was faster and more convincing in his tackling, the selectors might not deem it wise to risk him in a Cup-tie yet. White has been suffering from a slightly strained groin, which prompted the directors to rest him for the Sunderland game, but he will be fit by Saturday for the Cup-tie with Bury at Goodison Park. Willie Cook, the new full back, was a success against Sunderland, and it is gratifying to record that he played his most convincing game since joining the Walton club. His position play has improved tremendously, and he was more certain with his interventions and kicking. The usually deadly Connor-Devine wing was hardly seen.

An All five Attack.

The attack will give Everton no worries for with Dunn continuing to play up alongside Geldard and Johnson shouldering the burden of foraging the whole line works quicker and with deadlier effect. Everton's form against the Wearsiders provides splendid encouragement for the Bury Cup-tie. Rarely have the Champions outplayed a team as surely as they did Sunderland. Sagar did not handle the ball until 20 minutes, and the first real shot did not reach him until 54 minutes had elapsed. It was not until Everton eased off in the second half that Sunderland appeared at all dangerous and then they proved to be bonny fighters than constructionists. Gallacher was the only danger man in Sunderland's attack. Thomson was the best half-back on field and Britton was a clever attacker. Stein and Dean were Everton's outstanding forwards, but each of the five played his vital part in the machine which always had the visiting defence caught in two minds. The champions definitely are coming back to their best form at the most important period of the season. If they play as well against Bury they are certain to enter round five of the F.A. Cup. Thomson, Johnson, Dean (2), Stein, and Dunn scored for Everton and Connor scored Sunderland's goal from a penalty.

•  The Football League match between Manchester City and Everton, postponed from Saturday next owing to the F.A. Cup-ties, will be played at Maine-road, Manchester on Wednesday, February 1. This arrangement is provisional on both clubs completing their Cup matches next Saturday.

 

EVERTON'S CUP TEAM.

January 25 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

As was generally anticipated, Everton's team to meet Bury in the fourth round of the Football Association Cup Competition shows one change from the side, which overwhelmed Sunderland last week. White, who was rested last Saturday, comes into the side at centre half-back to the exclusion of Gee. The team is Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.

Previous Meetings.

Everton and Bury will be meeting in the Cup meeting in the Cup competition for the third time. The first meeting was in the 1896-97 season, Everton beat Burton Wanderers 5-2 in the first round, Bury 3-0 in the second, Blackburn Rovers 2-0 in the third, and Derby County 3-2 in the semi-final. In the final Aston Villa beat them by 3 goals to 2. In that game, one of the finest finals ever played, the Everton team was Menham; Storrier, Meehan; Boyle, Holt, Stewart, Taylor, Bell, Hartley, Chadwick, Milward. The next Cup meeting was in the 1911-12 season in the second round of the competition; Everton beat Clayton Orient 2-1 in London in the first stage, then defeated Bury 6-0 at Goodison Park after a 1-1 draw at Gigg lane, next won against Oldham at Oldham 2-0 and in the fourth round lost at Swindon by the odd goal of three in the semi-final that year Barnsley beat Swindon 1-0 after a goalless draw, and won the cup by defeating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 after a 0-0 draw.

 

EVERTON'S CUP TEAM

January 25 1933. Evening Express.

White to Play at centre-Half.

A Day in the Buxton Training Camp.

By the Pilot.

The Everton team which defeated Leicester City in the third round of the F.A. Cup will oppose Bury in the fourth round tie at Goodison Park on Saturday. This means that Tommy White will be at centre half in place of Gee, who occupied the position in the League game with Sunderland last Saturday. Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Bury will be without Mills, their regular goalkeeper, who is injured. His place will be taken by Harrison, who has been playing splendidly in recent matches. Bury: - Harrison; Chester, Bradshaw; Porter, Bullock, Robinson, Robbie, Chalmer, Smith, Eggleton, Amos.

The Pilot and Bert Wright at Buxton.

Brrr! Bert Wright and I shuddered when we stepped out of the train at Buxton –Everton's lucky training centre. We had travelled over to see the champions preparing for their cup battle. Everywhere lay a think carpet of snow, over which swept an icy blast of wind which penetrated even the thickest of clothing. Mr. Tom McIntosh, Everton's popular secretary, was at the station to meet me, and he smiled to himself as he saw me shiver under the effect of Buxton's climate. The boys are on the Town ground practicing,” said Mr. McIntosh, and so to the ground we went. We knew Buxton was famed for its hills, but that climb to the football ground –it is situated at the highest point of the area. The long, winding hill seemed never ending, and by the time we had reached the top we were proceeding in Indian file. Our minds went back to Goodison Park with its modern lift to the offices. We would have appreciated that lift at Buxton.

“He-Men.”

There was a shock awaiting us at the ground. There were four inches of snow on the playing pitch, but the 16 Everton players were practicing there with running pumps on the bare legs. This was surely a method for “he-men” play. For a full hour the men remained out on the ground, not only running in the snow, but also participating in ball practice. Every time they kicked the ball a cloud of snow went with it. The players thor5oughly appreciated and enjoyed it. This practice was not without its dangerous side, for Critchley and Johnson kept up a continuous run of wise kicks, and when Everton's famous goalscoring machine raced down the field – the snow could not stop it 0and a fierce shot flashed into the net, there was cheers from the players and side introducing the customary hand shaking.

“Keep Moving.”

“Keep moving and keep warm,” shouted Trainer Harry Cooke to his men. Bert Wright and myself looked on their inspiring faces with envy. After an hour's hard work the players placed trousers and sweaters on and raced down the hill to the famous Buxton Hotel for their daily ration of water. That a joy it was to go down the hill instead of up! Bert Wright and myself were coming into our own. Another shock was in store, however, when we arrived at the free water pump we found it frozen, so the players had to go inside the pump room and pay for their drink! It was rumored that the players set off for picks to break the ice from the pump! Next we adjourned to a building which contains the greatest variety of baths it has ever been my lot to see. There were baths, moor baths, vapour baths, and douche massage baths, and it appeared that every player had a even fancy. Geldard lay in the douche-message bath, a shallow bath on a treste –and he attendant directed a stream of general water warmed to 120 degrees on his legs while he messaged. Geldard seemed to like it. Cresswell and Sagar sat together in a bath, while Warney massaged himself with boiling water –quite novel –and an attendant looked disgusted in Jock Thomson jocularly asked him were was the soap. Every player had a bath and came out looking the picture of health.

A Merry Party.

Another run up the hill to the hotel for lunch and then a quiet half-an-hour of some practical joking, with Dixie Dean, Thomson and Bocking as the humorists. It was a merry party with a harmonium playing in one corner of the room and a gramophone in the other. Everton believe in pleasant diversions as well as hard work. While McGourty and Gee repaired to go to baths again in the afternoon for ice packs on their knees, the remainder of the party trudged up the long, winding run to the famous Cresta toboggan run –the longest in the country –but, it was only to watch. It was something of a disappointment to the players, but no limbs can be risked at any circumstances. Still, the edge was turn off the disappointment when they saw the people climbing back three quarters of a mile uphill after their light heart runs down. The keen, dry air, however, did them the world of good. It was like good wine, and rarely have I seen such a healthy punch of men. Take it from me, Everton will be 100 per fit on Saturday and as lively as fiddles. They might imagine they are climbing on mount Everest, but after our experience Bert Wright and myself came to the conclusion that it must be mount Never-rest. By the time we returned to the hotel we were tired out, but it was a healthy success, and it conveyed to us just what a wonderful tonic is a sojourn it was. In the evening the players went to the lounge and then to bed.” Another enjoyable day of healthy exercise. In the training progreamme will be practically unchanged for the remainder of the week and the men are due to travel to Liverpool on Saturday morning as fit and invigorating same there can make them.

 

EVERTON'S OPPONENTS.

January 26 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

The Football Association Cup competition is the chief item of interest in the world of sport this week. The fourth round will be played on Saturday, and sixteen clubs will emerge for the next stage, to be decided on February 18. Everton have by no means a walk-over against Bury at Goodison Park. Bury made them go all the way in the second Division matches two seasons ago, and this season the Gigg Lane club has won five and drawn one of their twelve away league games, while they best the Forest at Nottingham in the third round of the competition. But if Everton reproduce the form shown against Sunderland last Saturday they should win. Bury will be without Mills, their regular goalkeeper, who is injured, but Harrison, who will take his place, has been playing splendidly in recent matches. The Bury team is: - Harrison; Chester, Bradshaw; Porter, Bullock, Robinsion, Robbie, Chalmers, Smith, Eggleston, Amos.

Bury's History.

The Bury club is nearing its jubilee, for it was formed in 1885, and played its first match in September 5 th of that year. Its home always been at Gigg lane. In 1889 Bury made the first move towards the formation of the Lancashire League, an organisation that proved a stepping stone to the Football League for several clubs, among them Liverpool and Blackpool. In its first season, 1889-90, the clubs in membership were; Blackpool, Bury, Fleetwood, Rangers, Heywood, Heywood Central, Higher Walton, Hyde, Nelson, Oswaldwistle Rovers, Park Road (Blackburn) Rossendale, Southport Central, and West Manchester. In the second Division Bury were the champions, and they were at the top of the table in the following year. In that season Bury won the Lancashire Cup at their first attempt. In the semi-final they met Everton, who a week before had beaten West Bromwich Albion, the Emglish Cup winners by 7-0. But Bury beat Everton by two clear goals; and Blackburn Rovers in the final by a similar score.

Ups and Downs.

During their five years in the Lancashire League, Bury were twice champions, twice second and once third. They were then elected to the Second Division of the League, and in their first season (1894-95) won the championship. They beat Liverpool 1-0 in the test matches, and gained a place in the First Division. They had a seventeen year ‘ spell in the First Division before losing their place, but never carried off the championship. They went into a Second Division in 1912, and were runners up in that section to Leeds United in 1923-24. At the end of the 1928-29 season, however, they were relegated along with Cardiff City.

Record Cup Victory

Bury have been noted as Cup-figthers. They won the F.A. cup on their two appearances in the final, beating Southampton in 1900 at the Crystal palace by four goals to nothing, and Derby county in 1903, by 6-0, the record victory in a Cup final. Few people know how Bury got the name of “The Shakers” it was during their Lancashire cup victories that the then chairman of the club is said to have jocularly remarked; “Well give you a shaking up; in fact we are the shakers. And the name has struck to them ever since.

Sports Pie

•  Frank Soo, The Prescot Cables' wing half-back, signed yesterday for Stoke City F.C. Soo, who is eighteen years of age, made a name art right half in his schooldays, and played for Liverpool Schoolboys.

 

GO FOR THE BALL FIRST TIME.

January 26 1933. Evening Express.

Everton's Cup-Tie Tactics.

Dean's Lucky Boots.

By the Pilot.

“Go for the ball first time.” This is likely to be one of the instructions given to the Everton players prior to their F.A. Cup fourth round tie with Bury at Goodison Park on Saturday. Everton's success against Sunderland was mainly due to the fact that the men trapped the ball the moment it touched ground, instead of waiting for the bounce. If Everton will go to the ball instead of waiting for the ball to come to them I think they are bound to success. Tactics will play an important part in the game. There is no sign of a thaw, and though precautions are being taken to make the playing area as smooth and free of frost as possible, it will not be conductive to good football. I anticipate that Everton will persist in their new forward formation, which means that Dunn will remain up the field as a foil for Geldard and Dean while Johnson will hang back to provide the necessary passes. This is the formation, which proved so successful against Leicester City and Sunderland. It brought a smooth working and plenty of goals. That is sufficient proof of its effectiveness. The players will wear special “frost boots, with small studs. These boots were also worm last week. Dixie Dean will have the identical boots, which he created his record by scoring 60 goals in 1927-28. Mr. Tom McIntosh the Everton secretary told me today that everyone at the Buxton camp was well, but he had a slight cold. The players were at ball practice on the Buxton Town ground today and then all went for special baths in the mineral swimming pool, in which no player is allowed to remain more than five minutes.

 

EVERTON CONFIDENT.

January 27 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

All fit and well is the report regarding the Everton players, who are staying at Buxton in preparation for the Cup-tie against Bury at Goodison Park on Saturday. The players are confident that Everton will reach the fifth round, though bury are certain to put up a hard fight. The ground at Goodison Park is hard, owing to the frost, but it has been well sanded since before the Sunderland match. I understand that something like ten tons of sand has been spread over the ground. By the way, I am told there was no protest by Sunderland last Saturday, as reported that the ground was unfit for play. The referee was at the ground some time before play was due to begin, and had no doubt as to the game taking place. Everton played finely on the sand-covered ground, and if they play as well tomorrow, Bury's progress in the competition will be ended.

 

TEN TONS OF SAND ON GOODISON PITCH.

January 27 1933. Evening Express.

Frost Will not Stop the Match

By the Pilot.

There is no fear of the Everton game being postponed through frost. Ten tons of sand has been spread on the playing area and the pitch is in splendid condition considering the elements. The success of the champions over Bury depends to my mind, on whether they can operate on the hard ground with the same precision as they did against Sunderland. The game will resolve itself into a decision of tactics. Everton are questionably a clever football side and construction their chief aim. Against Leicester and Sunderland they operated with great smoothness and as the grounds were as different as chalk from chesse. At Leicester it was heavy, against Sunderland it was like hard. This leads me to believe that the hard conditions will not be a handicap to Everton but rather an asset. The players have shown that they can play to the ball instead of waiting for the ball to reach them, and if they do that than Bury will beaten. Bury are one of the best teams in the second Division, and an experienced team. The men from Gigg lane gave Everton two gruelling battles in the Second division two seasons ago, and the personal of their eleven has not changed much. The outstanding personality in their team is Normal Bullock, the centre half who is captain. Bullock is an English international but played for his country as a centre forward. He was tried at centre-half when Tom Bradshaw was transferred to Liverpool. He proved an immediate success, and there is no doubt that his colourful football has been mainly responsible for Bury's bold bid for promotion. Smith, the centre forward, is the clubs “J.R.” who holds not only a FA Cup medal, but a Scottish Cup medal. He was a member of the Bolton Wanderers eleven, which won the trophy in 1925-26. He has been suffering from a injury, and it will not be known till just before the match whether he plays. Robbie and Amos, the extreme wingers, are dangerous raiders, who position the happy knack of cutting in towards goal, and shooting, while Chambers and Eggleton lend astuteness to the attack. Bury's strong point, however, is in defence, it will take all Everton's experience to outwit them. Training is now complete, though the Everton players were taken for a brisk walk at Buxton today. They return to Blackpool tomorrow morning. In form Everton look good for victory and if the players will set about a work from the first whistle, they will win. Everton:- Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Bury; Harrison; Chester, Bradshaw; Porter, Bullock, Robinson, Robbie, Chalmers, Smith, Eggleston, Amos.

 

EVERTON'S CUP BID.

January 28 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Locally, main interest is centred in the exploits, of Everton. The champions are rewarded as having a good chance to lift the cup, but I would point out there is a long way to go before such a feat can be thought to be anywhere near. Bury today, provide the first reason why “chickens” should not be counted, and I feel sure the Gigg lane men will put up a strong fight, though I believe Everton will win. By the liberal application of sand, the effects of the frost has been reduced, and in the circumstances the players should find a fairly comfortable foothold. One thing is certain, the ball will be very lively and difficult to control, and first time methods be profitable. White returns to the pivotal position in the Everton team, which is regarded as the full strength of the club. Bury include several notable performers, particularly Robbie, Bullock, Harrison and Amos, and they hope to give Everton a good run. At least one thousand of the Bury club's supporters will be at Goodison Park to cheer their favourites. There are about fifty or sixty 5s tickets left and these will be for disposal up till one o'clock today at the office. The kick off is at 2.45, and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Bury: - Harrison; Chester, Bradshaw; Porter, Bullock, Robinson; Robbie, Chalmers, Smith, Eggleton, Amos.

 

EVERTON ENTER ROUND FIVE

January 28 1933 Evening Express,

Clever Football and Sound Defence Foil Bury

By the Pilot.

Two goals-Two by Johnson in the first half and one by Dean in the second –defeated Bury in the F.A. Cup tie at Goodison Park today and put Everton in the fifth round. Everton always had a grip on the game. The defence was proof against the few Bury attacks, and the forwards led in inspiring fashion by Dean were always too good for the opposition. White was magnificent and the outstanding player on the field. Everton won pulling up 3-1. It was an idea day for football. The ground, which had been sanded, resembled New Brighton beach. Their must have been 40,000 present when the teams took the field. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Bury: - Harrison, goal; Chester and Bradshaw, backs; Porter, Bullock (captain), and Robinson, half-backs; Robbie, Chalmers, Vernon, Eggleton, and Amos, forwards. Referee Mr. A. A. Archer (Market Harborough)

The Game.

Dean won the toss and decided to play with the sun at his back. The game started in a heading duel

Match report in the crease of newspaper and I take it up on the second column.

Johnson Again

In 29 minutes Everton took a second goal, Johnson again doing the trick. He started the move by cutting into the centre and enabling a pass to put Stein through. Than Johnson cur through and place the ball into the roof of the net from close range. He cleverly had the goal fever, and now he let go with his right foot from outside the penalty area. He saw a particularly fine effort strike Dean in the back and run for Bury. Robbie then made a strong effort for Bury, cutting in and forcing Sagar to save at full length. Stein was persistently banging the ball down the middle for Dean. In an exciting race between Dean and Harrison, the goalkeeper won by a short head. Robinson was proving one of the star Bury men. He often proved a stout barrier to the eager Geldard. Several times Burt defenders miskicked and now Stein crossed for Dean to head back for Johnson's benefit. Johnson ran forward and banged a splendid shot against the bar. He seemed sorry that he had missed his “hat-trick” chance. White endeavoured to pass back to Cook, the ball ran to Amos. Vernon frittered away the chance by getting offside. Bury started in close order, and as Chalmers was about to shoot, Thomson took the ball from his toes. Dean chased down the middle and robbed Bradshaw, but his pass ran away to touch. Then when Chester miskicked, Dean almost got through.

Half-time Everton 2, Bury 0

Everton unquestionably deserved their first half lead, for in the opening 15 minutes Bury had hardly been seen, but they improved as the game advanced. Except for the header against the post, however, the Everton goal had not been in danger. White played a great spoiling game for the Blues, and Dean was a magnificent feeder. It was good, hard football, with Everton lending the classic touches. At the opening of the second half Robinson miskicked and Dunn ran through to level a shot which Harrison beat down. Sagar had to run to pick up a wide pass, and from Geldard's centre, Harrison turned a splendid Dean header round the post. Following an Everton free kick, Dean and Bullock were guilty of bumping, and the referee gave a lecture before throwing the ball down. From this Stein broke away, and Dean was rushing in to nod home the centre when he was tripped in the penalty area. The referee refused the penalty, but it resulted in some feeling creeping into the proceedings.

Feeling Creeps In.

When Dunn fouled Bradshaw, the Bury back came up in threatening attitude and was spoken by the referee. Dunn was pipped on the post when trying to head home Stein's centre. The game became wild rather than methodical in fact, it was fighting football all the way. Cook did well to intercept Robbie's quick cross. Geldard beat Bradshaw in his stride, and his swerving centre almost curled into the net. Harrison lept back and got to it just in time, turning the ball over the bar. From the corner Harrison brilliantly pulled down Dean's header. There were some high kicking and high jinks in the Everton goalnmouth. This brought a corner to Bury, but the masterly White, easily the bets player on the field took command. Everton had a corner following a free kick for a foul on Dean, but it caused Bury little worry.

White Magnificent.

Everton attacked with method, but shunned the shot and a goal chance was lost. White was playing really magnificently, taking loads of work off Cresswell and Cook. Play had deteriorated from a purely football standard, but Everton held that mastery which made all the difference. Every time Bradshaw touched the ball he was barracked by the spectators. Everton had a free kick when Dunn was fouled by Bullock, and as a result of this Everton made it three, thanks to the enterprise of Dean. Britton aimed for the Portsmouth, and as he played the ball Dean was standing onside. No sooner had Britton kicked, however, than Dean raced forward so that he stood out clear of all opposition. The bouncing ball proved awkward for him, and his shot struck an upright with Harrison standing still. Dean coolly gathered the rebound and tapped it into the net. Many of the spectators withheld their cheer, thinking Dean was offside, but there is no doubt that it was Dean's speed off the mark and astute anticipation, which brought him the goal. Dean definitely was onside when the ball was last played –that is what counts.

Midfield Play.

A spell of midfield play followed with Bury getting three free kicks, which was easily disposed of. Geldard and Dunn interpassed judiciously before Geldard raced forward only to miss the mark with his shot. Once again Everton were guilty of making the final pass instead of taking the shot, but Bury were penned in their own half, and Dean just failed to head through from Button's centre. Eggleston tripped Geldard when that Everton player was racing clear, but the free kick came to nothing. Dunn raced through and levelled a terrific shot, which Harrison took on his chest. Final Result Everton 3, Bury 1. Official attendance 45,478. Gate receipts £3,129.

 

EVERTON 3 BURY 1 (F.A. Cup Game 134)

January 30 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton Secure.

Sound Display Against Bury.

By “Bee.”

Everton have recovered their form in time for the Cup-ties, and at a time when their league recovery led to their championship win a year ago. They put it down to Buxton air, waters, and training. I put it down to the fact that the team has become considerably strengthened by the way Geldard and Britton are playing on the right flank. Here was a 301 margin against Bury, and it was no more than deserved. The 45,478 spectators who made a gate of £3,129 could see the vital difference between the two sides. The Everton team played so well all together that they were outstanding, as any eleven, and if the palm is given to Britton, Geldard, and White that is only because these youngster members deserve a special mead of praise for something that was dainty and a delight to the big crowd. Only a clever man could play football on this icy turf, which had been sanded liberally. At times the foot would slip under the shooter or defender no one was damaged, but the heart lost its best for a tick or two and the effect must have been serious to the footballer. However, the game was brisk, bright, and brotherly, with one exception when Bradshaw lost his temper and suggested this was a boxing ring, not a football pitch.

Good Display on Icy Turf.

However, only those who have played on icy turf can realise what difficulties are presented, and to my mind the display given was an excellent one. The cup had some strange twists and turns. Bury know this full well. They could not beat Nottingham Forest at home; they won away after being out of the hunt for three parts of the game. Then they come to Everton for the fourth round tie and are lamenting the fact that their veteran forward J. R. Smith hero Wembley final ties, cannot play. They must put Vernon in that position. That was a crowning blow to them because Smith had been resurrected for the return game with Nottingham Forest. He may have gone slow, but he has ideas and he has a crack shot. Smith looked on; so did Ben Williams, the Everton back, who may be playing for Everton in the next round, three weeks hence. Bury found another touch of misfortune when they were a goal down in three minutes. T was a goal that is so absurd that the team gaining it is over-joyed, but does not prate about the way it was scored, and the losers say, “That was pure bad luck.”

Johnson's Goal.

White, the centre half-back, shot, so hard that when Harrison, the goalkeeper went down to field the ball, he was astonished to find it had hit Johnson and passed at an opposite angle. That was the manner of goal one. The second to Johnson was much better, and then it came about that they gave stern chase; they headed through their clever Eggleton against the upright, and generally speaking there was an air of uncertainty of mind, if not of boot, about the Everton fellows. It was not that Bury had improved much, but that Robbie and Chalmers had got going, and the state of the turf always left the fear of a slip-up uppermost in one's mind. To give Bury credit, they now played hard and relentlessly, but Bullock could never quite cope with Dean in a heading bout, and the Bury attack gradually got worse and worse, till at half-time they decided to make a change. Chalmers and Vernon would change places, and Chalmer got a goal in what is styled the last minute, but the excellent referee, Mr. Archer, of Market Harborough, had played at least three minutes over time, so fate had given Bury one slice of fortune. How Everton came to make the third point is worth special attention. A free kick was taken, and Dean's as usual, lined up in good order by the defence, but at paralled to their bodies. So soon as the ball was taken by Britton, so soon Dean darted forward to accept a header. His first endeavoiur struck the upright, but no one took notice of him in the vain appeal for offside, so that he could go on and complete the work. That the goal was a genuine one admits of no debate, but it is remarkable that in a cup-tie any defence should cease play in the belief that they know best whether a man is offside or not.

Clever Right Wing.

Actually the margin of 3-1 was a very good one: it served to show something of Bury's endeavour, and it showed Everton as goalgetters with the right wing parring off beautifully and Britton putting Amos quite out of the game by a sparkling display. White also played well as centre half-back, covering a lot of ground and getting through arduous work, but in his case I made it that he was appearing against a centre forward of on special talent, and Thomson and Britton did equally well if not appearing so freely in the limelight. At back Cook was a strong kicker, and Cresswell, meeting a fast and able forward in Robbie, did his part well. Sagar had to make one notable save; other than that he had an easy time. It was good football to watch because it was a cup-tie that was not dependent upon mere kick and rush methods and class gained the honours of the day. Everton on such form should go far. . Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Bury: - Harrison, goal; Chester and Bradshaw, backs; Porter, Bullock (captain), and Robinson, half-backs; Robbie, Chalmers, Vernon, Eggleton, and Amos, forwards. Referee Mr. A. A. Archer (Market Harborough)

 

ONLY ONE MERRSEYSIDE CUP HOPE THROUGH

January 30 1933. Evening Express.

But Chester and Tranmere Live to Fight Again.

White Magic at Goodison.

By the Pilot.

Everton certain; Chester probably; Tranmere Rovers possibly. This sums up Merseyside's interest in Round 5 of the F.A. Cup competition. Chester, who failed to score for the first time in a completed match since the opening day of the season, replay at Halifax on Thursday. Tranmere will again try conclusions with Leeds United –but this time at Leeds-on Wednesday.

It may seem a paradox, but Everton won their cup-tie against Bury at Goodison Park quite easily, although they never struck superlative form and despite the fact that their three goals were all of the “snap” variety. The “Shakers” were shaken –badly shaken –when four minutes from the start Johnson neatly put out his foot and deflected a wide drive by White into the corner of the net; they were shaken more badly when Johnson slammed in one of the non-stop type, 26 minutes later. But the straw that broke their spirit was the third goal by Dean.

All on his Own.

Britton, taking a free kick, placed the ball just beyond the line of attackers and defenders stretching the width of the Bury goal, just inside the penalty area. As soon as Britton played the ball, Dean ran forward to meet it. The Bury defenders were so completely surprised that in the words of the song. “Their could only stand and stare,” while Dean placed the ball against the upright, trapped the rebound and then gently pushed it into the net. It was just a touch of genius. It was, as a matter of fact, one of the easiest cup victories I have seen for a long time. Everton provided all the good football, and in the second half especially were riding on a tight rein, anxious not to take any risks on a ground, which might easily have brought serious injury. Bury were enthusiastic but never aspired to the more advanced football method of the Champions. Everton won their third round tie at Leicester chiefly by getting off the mark quickly and taking a goal before the opposition had settled down. If they continue the practice then they have a real chance of bringing the cup to Meresyside. It would be fallacy to go into raptures at this stage and predict an Everton success, but there is no doubt that they are as good a football side as any left in the competition and with ordinary luck stand a rare chance.

White's Great Play.

The Champions progressed because they had a splendidly balanced forward line acting under inspired leadership from Dean, and because the defence gave nothing away. Bury's consolation goal came as a matter of fact, 90 seconds after the game should have ended. I checked this with four watches, and in addition, the watches had two minutes extra on the first half. The outstanding personality in this game was Tommy White, the Everton centre half. I say emphatically that he has never played better. He was the complete defender –tenacious in his tackling, quick to intercept with head and foot, while he coupled this with cute constructive work with a delicious glide through here and a sly nod there. This was White's game –everyone else paled beneath his shadow. I say this was due deference to Dean's brilliant leadership and enterprise; to Johnson's scheming and rare passing; to Dunn's will-o-the-wisp tactics which always had Bradshaw in two minds; to Stein's lighting touchline spirits and to Geldard's stern battle against over robust tackling and holding. I have seen Thomson and Britton play better, but they were by no means poor. Cresswell was easily the better of the Everton backs, though Cook did not make any mistake. Sagar was generally a spectator, but his three real saves were neatly accomplished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 1933