WEST BROMWICH ALBION 3 EVERTON 3 (Game 1458 over-all)-(Div 1 1416)
January 1, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Stein Turns the Tide.
“Pot Shots” That Upset Albion Defence.
Revival Changes Defeat into Draw.
Everton staged a strange come-back in their game with West Bromwich. They lost to Newcastle 7-3 on Boxing Day, and on Saturday at the Hawthorns West Bromwich took a three goal lead, and the game seemed over, yet they rallied to draw. Everton territorially had as much of the play as the home side early on with this difference; West Bromwich attacked and carried the game to its logical conclusion, Everton on the other hand, were simply not inclined to shoot. Their pass and repass, especially on the left wing, made the old-time players say “Oh pretty air.” Pearson, however, looked on with infinite calm.
A Penalty Failure.
The inside forward work of Everton was really puerile near goal; indeed, there was no work there, they fell into the severely practical hands of Shaw and Trentham. All in a moment a penalty kick arose, and White failed to score, driving the ball straight at Pearson. Everton seemed content to believe this was no match for them till Stein got a goal. A neat goal, started by Dunn. There was not the customary handshake; yet a wave of the hand from the acting captain, Thomson. It was one goal against three and Everton still did not believe in themselves. Stein took another pot-shot; direct marksmanship where he had been lacking in that quality; a slippery ball through the heavy rainfall, and Pearson had to pick the ball out of the net. Stein's methods had made a deep impression on the other members of the side, and White came near scoring, and Cunliffe, very sensibly, tried the long drive. This young man, who is given to rather “short” passes but intricate and pretty football effects, missed a comfortable chance of taking the draw; he hit the upright, and then, three minutes from time, he scored a goal about which there could be no debate –there had been a suggestion of a foul upon Shaw before Stein got his second goal, I was in agreement with complainant's story, but the referee was not, therefore the goal stood.
The upshot was that within a short time Everton had forced a draw, and with the most trifling luck in the closing moments they could have won a game they had given up as lost. A draw was a kindly consideration for them. Any team that can bring back a dormy three marking must deserved our praise, and probably the most surprised people on Saturday were the Everton forwards. However, the strange ways of football can never be measured, and West Bromwich went off the field disconsolate that they had been lulled into a position of false security. The first hour's work of the Everton team had been so definitely poor that no one could have expected them to rise in their might and play really brilliantly football for the last half-hour.
The work of Britton was outstanding, neat and sure-footed, and a further piece of evidence that he was a ready made and high-class inside right. Thomson, tried at centre half back, worked very hard and saved two goals in the first half. Archer has a fiery run and a big stride to carry him onward, he has also a lot of football craft, but here again he is chiefly an attacker. The backs did their work well, and Sagar made some sensational saves, but in the forward line Critchley was the one consistent note. Dunn could not keep with the pace of play, although he always made wise passes and White had an off day for him. On the left, Cunliffe was variable till the sweeping movement came upon the whole team, and Stein was patchy, but by making this practical test with a difficult wet ball he did the only thing a winger could do, and it paid handsomely. It was Stein who inspired the return of Everton's best form. West Bromwich were a nippy and convincing side till they were preserved by solid attacks and then they broke down completely, being poor in positional play, and nervy in their every movement. Edwards was to blame for the vital goal of the day, and the backs fell away from their high standard all through the second half.
A Liverly Raider.
Gale, the ex-Chester player, scored a pretty goal, and Sandford, the half-back went through like his best forward self to make another unstoppable goal, while the third was scored by W.G. Richardson, who headed Glidden's centre with fine judgement. Wood was a lively raider, with all too strong a finish and Glidden gave a polished wing display, Carter has come back to some of his old-time form, without the deadiness in front of goal, and West Bromwich plainly lost this game through a big lead, and overconfidence. Their shakiness in such circumstances does not suggest they will travel far in the Cup. Teams: - West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson goal; Shaw and Tretham, backs; Sandford, Richardson (W.), and Edwards, half-backs; Glidden Carter, Richardson (W.G.), gale and Wood, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell backs; Britton, Thomson (captain), and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, White, Cunliffe, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. Walden Mansfield.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 WEST BROMWICH ALBION RESERVES 1
January 1, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 23)
Everton brought hard and well in standing this odd goal victory, a success that did not look probable when the Albion opened with their usual swift and accurately constructed movements. The Everton defenders, however, soon gripped the Midlanders, and except for occasional dangerous advances the home attack for the most part monopolized the pressure. Everton's inside forwards in the first half were a hesitant mood in front of goal, consequently the Midlanders' goal was not attacked as it should have been, although Geldard, McGourty, and Turner all went near, while the latter hit the upright with a fierce drive. The second half-found Everton playing excellently throughout, and Higham scored a couple of brilliant goals, Griffiths getting the Albion's goal near the finish. King in the Everton goal, revealed confidence and ability. Everton: - King, goal; Williams and Jones backs; Mercer, Clark, and Griffiths, half-backs; Geldard, McGourty, Higham, Leyfield, and Turner, forwards.
Everton “A” 4, Marine 3
Liverpool County Combination.
At Crosby. In a ding-dong struggle Everton turned their chances to better advantage and were certainly the more convincing in defence. For the first thirty minutes play veered from end to end, and both goalkeepers had plenty to do. Later White gave Marine the lead, but goals by Webster and Gilbertson gave Everton the interval lead. Play was very exciting in the second half. Everton resumed strongly and within a few minutes of the restart Webster increased the lead. Marine, however, rallied strongly, and goals by Redfern and Garvey levelled the score. In the closing stages, in which much exciting play was witnessed, Wilson netted the winning goal.
THE GREAT EVERTON “MYSTERY”
January 1, 1934. Evening Express.
All Seemed Lost –Then an Amazing Spell.
A “25” Minutes” Problem.
By the Pilot.
Today's 25 minutes mystery! Everton were apparently a well-beaten team at West Bromwich. They were three goals down and a penalty had been missed. Not a single shot had been aimed at Pearson, and there seemed little likelihood of any accruing. How then, was it that when the final whistle blew the score read: West Bromwich 3 Everton 3? It all happened in the last hectic 25 minutes starting with a brilliant scoring drive from Stein after the low passing by Thomson and Dunn. It was a splendid goal but not a single Everton player went up to stein to shake his hand in congratulation. That made the Albion think they had already won the game. From a shot shy side, Everton were than formed into a virile effective combination always progressing the road of scientific football, but in a sharper, keener method than hitherto.
Before one could say “Dixie Dean.” Stein had scored another beauty, and the Albion defenders were running hither and thither, not knowing how to stem the tide. Cunliffe made it all square, and only the intervention of the final whistle saved the home men from defeat. What is the explanation? Why should Everton prove so ineffective in one period and so effective in the other? Why reserve the “good wine” until their position had become almost hopeless? It is the Everton mystery. Can the Blues shoot? Ask Pearson! He was a spectator for half the game, then he became the busiest man. He saved many scoring shots during Everton's hectic period and saw another, from Cunliffe come flashing back from the post. It is a fact that Everton fired in more shots during the final 25 minutes of this game than they have in many whole matches recently. I think the Blues themselves will clear up the mystery. They, apparently, have been labouring under the delusion that they could not shoot. Now they know they can, and repetition of the form of that 25 minutes will cause them quickly to climb the league ladder and send cup hopes running high. I think one individual –Thomson –had a great deal to do with the transformation. He took time to settle to the pivotal berth, but once he “got his grip” he was a mighty power, and his feeding –always along the ground – was a delight. It was the sort on which forwards thrive.
Archer also had a good second half while Britton was positively grand throughout. Some Albion officials told me they had not seen a better half-back display. High praise this, and deserved Critchley was the star forward, fast and speedy in his approach and clean in his finishing though he was rather too unselfish in that the cut into goal might have brought further grist to the mill. Stein showed the way to goal in highly enterprising manner and Cunliffe was brilliant in the second half. His dribbling was perfect, and he was quick in action and thought. One word off advice to Cunliffe. Occasionally he held to the ball a second too long. Cunliffe will overcome this propensity if he will content himself will beating one man and then making the pass. White worked hard and Dunn's close passing was the feature of his play. The defence was sound all through.
EVERTON FAIL TO FIND THEIR FEET.
January 1 1934. Evening Express.
Derby Show Them How to Shoot.
By the Pilot.
Derby County made two changes for today's match at Goodison with Everton. Alderman, the Derbyshire cricketer, and Wileman coming into the inside forward positions in place of Groves and Ramage. The rain kept the attendance down to 20,000. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Thomson (captain), and Archer half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, White, Cunliffe and Stein forwards. Derby County: - Kirby, goal; Webb and Collin, backs; Nicholls, Scott and Keen, half-backs; Keen, Crooks, Alderman, Bowers, Wileman, and Duncan forwards. Referee Mr. A. J. Caseley (Wolverhampton). Cunliffe provided the first thrill, following up Everton's quick-shooting policy taken up at West Bromwich, but Kirby was there, and the County provided a shot and a goal in one minute. Cook drew three man –rather haphazard defensive work, I though, gave to Alderman whose centre was brought under control by Duncan and promptly placed into the net from short range. Everton took up the eudgels, Cunliffe missing a good chance from White through trying to get the ball down instead of contending himself with a first-time drive. Several choice centres came to the Derby goalmouth without Kirby being troubled, and the Derby defence looked none too safe under pressure. It was all Everton, first White and then Cunliffe having shots charged down. Critchley was Everton's star raider, yet few shots materialized from his good work, not so much from the apathetic attitude of the blues as from the clever intervention of the visitors. Sagar only half cleared a centre from Crooks, and Wileman aimed at the vacant net, with Sagar yards out and unable to recover. The shot lacked power, and Britton was able to trap it and clear. Critchley had a chance from white's flick pass. His first-timer, however, flew outside. The mud was making good football difficult, but the players were overcoming the obstacle well. White's good leadership was responsible for Dunn getting a gilt-edged chance after fine work by both wingers, only Dunn placed his shot too high. Dunn pushed a ball down the middle for White to take a shot first-time, and it was precious near the goal, a terrific driving missing the post by inches. White beat Kirby in a leap for the ball, and it was dropping in front of goal, when Webb headed over the top. From the corner, White headed in after Kirby had been drawn out, by Kirby leapt back to make a mightily clearance when it looked all over a goal. Twice shots rebound from Derby defenders with Kirby already beaten. Everton were enjoying all the play, yet was never so dangerous as the County who spelled goals whenever they got moving.
Half-time Everton 0, Derby County 1.
Everton had been slower on the ball in the first half, and though having more of the game, were never so dangerous as his opposition. Three minutes after resuming Duncan caught the Everton defence spread-eagled, and the international centred accurately for Bowers to head into the corner of the net. Everton were holding the ball too long and giving the nippy Derby defenders time to intervene. Kirby made another wonderful save, this time off Cunliffe, who headed in from a corner, the goalkeeper pushing the ball out as it was sailing under the bar. Thomson tried to head through, but he also was foiled. Everton were all over the opposition, and Nicholas almost headed through his own goal from Critchley's centre. From the corner Dunn headed over the top.
Everton should have had a penalty when Critchley was sandwiched, but getting no confirmation from his linesman Mr. Caseley said nothing. Sagar made a flying save off an accurately placed free kick from Bowers, taken just outside the penalty area. It was still a case of Everton doing the pressing and Derby threatening the goals. Derby made the game safe twelve minutes from the end, after clever passing between Duncan and Bowers, Crooks gathered a centre and slipped the ball back for Alderman to score. There were gasps of astonishment when the Liverpool score was hoisted. (Newcastle 9 Liverpool 2). From Stein's corner Critchley hit the foot of the far post, the ball bouncing back into play. Final Everton 0, Derby County 3.
EVERTON 0 DERBY COUNTY 3 (Game 1459 over-all)-(Div 1 1417)
January 2 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
A Lesson For Everton.
Success of Derby County Tactics
Cupholders Concede Three Goals.
Merseyside football went back a peg when Derby County, with four reserves, soundly beat Everton 3-0 yesterday. Everton have thus conceded 13 goals in their last three games –two at home. Everton's defeat will do no harm if the effect of Derby's game sinks in the minds of the Goodison park footballers. Derby made attacks seen a pretty thing and a most enjoyable task. They moved off with an ease and definiteness that scooped up the ground to the astonishment of the 25,000 spectators, and the defence opposing them. A goal in a minute shocked Everton, but there was something more than that as the reason for this wholesome if not wholesale defeat. Derby succeeded where Everton failed. Derby made their pass took position, not cover, and were ready to take the return pass.
Skilful Wing Men.
The skill of the winners was shown by the way each winger tried to find his “partner” of the other wing. That may sound Irish, but it is fact; Duncan and Crooks passed to each other knowing that the new boy Wileman was trying too hard, and was working the ball closely in the turf that had become muddy through the morning rain. Crooks in the first half, was not greatly successful in the finishing, but he was a grave danger in the defence, and Duncan, playing without stressing himself, did more in one step to right or left than some of the Everton attackers did in a long run with two or three encounters with opponents, and then the inevitable miss-pass or a covering up till the forward could get nowhere. Derby moved off by the easy way, the open way; they were best when positioning themselves; they were almost as good in the way they served each other with ground passes. The team had to make four changes and bring in Wileman for his debut, Alderman, Scott and Webb it looked very unlike the regular Derby team, yet it was good enough to secure a solid victory with goals no one debated and some applauded because of the skill attaching to them. Duncan scored in a minute through his partner being unable to connect with a centre from the right wing; two minutes after half time Bowers neatly headed a goal from the centre made by Duncan, and Alderman made the issue safe with a gift goal through the weaving run by Crooks. With such centres as Duncan and Crooks make Dean would make a fresh goal record. Neither man makes his centre with ferocity there is a gentle booking, and Bowers is glad to be able to reach such centres and turn them into goals. Undoubtedly Everton have tired a good deal more so on the right wing than elsewhere and more so down the centre than at full back.
Stein and Critchley were the danger men and Critchley was consistency itself, but the whole team played below standard, and the visiting side taught Everton the lesson of using the ball to advantage without undue endeavour, but with a call upon the football brain. It was an excellent display from the visitors and till Alderman got the third goal near the end Everton kept rallying hoping to stage a come-back such as they had shown at West Bromwich. This could not be done under the circumstances; first, because of the false notions of the home team, and second because each inside man was watched keenly and Cunliffe's almost nonchalant methods of edging a ball away to a partner did not cause the ball to travel far enough. Similarly Archer, while doing much fine attacking, showing pace and determination suffered through the faulty pass and left wide open his opposing wing. Thomson, Cresswell, and Cook, therefore, had a thankless task trying to force one forward line and “stay” another forward line. No blame attaches to the goalkeeper –indeed, Sagar was excellent against one of the most dour centre forwards in the game. Bowers played a very level headed game, and was part of the success of a side that was not good at wing half back and should have been made to pay for that inability. However, before the end Keen and Nicholas found their form, and Derby won really handsomely –as they deserved after giving such an exhibition as this. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Thomson (captain), and Archer half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, White, Cunliffe and Stein forwards. Derby County: - Kirby, goal; Webb and Collin, backs; Nicholls, Scott and Keen, half-backs; Keen, Crooks, Alderman, Bowers, Wileman, and Duncan forwards. Referee Mr. A. J. Caseley (Wolverhampton).
EVERTON CUP TRAINING –BUXTON AGAIN.
January 2 1934. Evening Express.
Week's Stay Before Spurs' Match.
By the Pilot.
Everton will prepare for the F.A. Cup-tie with Tottenham Hotspur in London, on January 13, at their favourite training centre, Buxton. The players will leave Liverpool after the match with Birmingham at Goodison Park on Saturday, and will remain at the Derbyshire Spa until the following Friday when they journey to London will be made via Birmingham. The preparation will consist of golf on the High Peak course, special thermal baths; long walks and with ball practice and sprinting on the ground of the Buxton Town Club. The treatment should do the Cupholders a world of good, not that I am advancing staleness as an excuse for yesterday's home defeat at the hands of Derby County by 3-0.
The Might Derby.
It was neither staleness nor lack of ability, which caused this fifth home defeat of the season. It was the might of Derby. Unquestionably the County are one of the soundest teams I have seen this season. They do not believe in frills, by thrills. Derby, at times seemed content to allow Everton to attack, such was the confidence reposed in their sound defence, and suddenly they would break away and place Everton's goal in jeopardy. It is a fact that Everton did most of the pressing, but they never appeared as dangerous as the County, who looked likely scorers every time they got on the move. Another vital factor was that the County made their passes first-time whereas the Everton attackers with the exception of Critchley and White, too often tried to dribble the ball through the mud. Was it any wonder they fell easy victims to the nippy Derby defenders?
The success of the Derby vanguard lies in the wingers –Duncan and Crooks –and Bowers. It is almost a three man attack. They have a perfect understanding and make ground with remarkable rapidity. Everton were deficient at half-back, where Thomson failed to strike the form shown at West Bromwich, and Archer was too readily found out of position, Britton held the ball far too much. The derby intermediates made sure they were first to the ball, and they moved it to a colleague before Everton had a chance to cover up. It was often like clockwork. Cresswell was the better Everton back, and no one could blame Sagar in goal. Critchley, and White were attackers who might easily have turned the tide Critchley was particularly brilliant and is now playing right at the top of his form. Cunliffe worked well in the second half ought still inclined to hold the ball too long, but Stein and Dunn were off form. Duncan, Bowers, Alderman, Crooks, Scott Keen, Collins, and Kirby were excellent for the County. Kirby proved himself a fine goalkeeper and saved certain goals from White and Cunliffe in miraculous fashion.
Applications for tickets for the Tottenham H. v. Everton F.A. Cup-tie on Jan 13 must be made to Goodison Park at once, as unsold tickets have to be returned to London this week.
January 3 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Everton team, selected last night to meet Birmingham at Goodison Park, on Saturday (kick off 2-30) shows four changes (three positional) from the side which lost to Derby (on new Year day). Two of these changes are in the half-back line, where White resumes in the centre and Thomson takes up his own position, on the left to the exclusion of Archer. The other two changes in the forward line where Cunliffe moves into the centre-forward position in the place occupied by White thus making way for Johnson's return to the inside-left. The team is Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson, Stein. The Reserve eleven to meet Birmingham in a central league game at St. Andrews will be; F. King; Williams, Jones; Mercer, Griffiths, Clark, Geldard, McGourty, Higham, Watson (J.G.), Leyfield.
To Train at Buxton.
Everton players are to go to Buxton again to prepare for the cup-tie against Spurs' at White Hart Lane on Saturday week. The players travel to Buxton on Sunday and remain there until the Friday, when they journey South. Everton trained at Buxton last season, when they won the cup, and were there recently Everton's one defeat on a Saturday after a stay at Buxton was on December 23 when they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa at Birmingham. The stay at Buxton should do the players good. Dean's absence through injury has severely handicapped the team and the directors efforts to secure new forwards have been unsuccessful though big offers have been made for noted players. Dean has played in only seven matches.
PROVE YOUR WORTH CUP WINNERS!
January 3, 1934. Evening Express.
Cup Team Depends on Birmingham Game Test.
By the Pilot.
Next week the Everton directors have to choose a team to defend their right to hold the Football Association Cup. Only ten of the players who won the trophy are available at the moment. Dean being convalescent after his recent cartilage operation. Nine of the ten players –the exception is Geldard –are to be given a chance against Birmingham on Saturday to prove their fitness to retain their places which they occupied at Wembley last April. If the team succeeds against Birmingham and there are no injuries Saturday's eleven will be chosen for the Cup-tie on January 13 at White Hart-Lane, London. It is sound policy on the part of the Everton directors. As. Mr. W. C. Cuff, the chairman said to me today: “We did our best to secure new players in time for the cup games, but in that we failed so we have had to make our cup team plans from the players already on the books. “We feel that our players who performed so handsomely last season in winning the Cup are good enough to keep it on our sideboard, and now they have the chance to prove it.
The side differs in four respects from that which lost to Derby County, though three changes are purely positional. White reverts to centre half and Thomson goes back to left half in place of Archer. Cunliffe takes over the leadership of the attack, re-admitting Johnson to inside-left. Critics of Everton –and they are legion now that the club is temporarily out of the sunshine of success –will do well to remember that it was while the Blues had settled formation during the early days of the current campaign that they served up their best football. A revision in that order should prove successful. White unquestionably is the best centre-half on the books, and there are few better pivots in the league. He is a good forward, but I prefer to see strength in the centre half berth before all else. Thomson will be happy to got back on the wing for obviously he feels something like the square peg in the round hole as a pivot.
The Front Line.
With regard to the attack, Cunliffe showed promise as a leader against Sheffield United, Chelsea and Portsmouth and he is full of enterprise. Mark my words, Cunliffe has practically all the attributions necessary to be a great player. All he needs now are experience and a little coaching in the fine arts of forward play. Johnson has always served up his best football on heavy grounds, when the ability to hold the ball has proved a vital factor, and his shooting powers are needed in the Blues attack. Johnson too should have benefited by his rest. I admire Everton's gesture, and hope that there faith will not be misplaced. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson, Stein. The Reserves are due to visit St. Andrews for a Central league engagement with Birmingham Reserves, and will have the youthful amateur goalkeeper King on duty. Everton Reserves; F. King; Williams, Jones; Mercer Griffiths, Clark; Geldard, McGourty, Higham, Watson (T.G.), Leyfield.
DEAN MAY BE FIT FOR CUP-TIE.
January 4 1934. Evening Express.
He Is In Training Again.
Hope Restored By Rapid Recovery.
Odds Against Him Playing.
But Dean Means to Upset Them
By the Pilot.
There is just a chance that Dixie Dean will figure at centre forward in Everton's cup-tie on Saturday, January 13. He has made such a rapid recovery from his cartilage operation on December 6 that he is now able to run. On Tuesday, the medical specialists certified that the operation had been completely successful and that Dean's fitness depended on his personal ability by training to restore strength to the effected leg. Dean was overjoyed by the news. On Wednesday morning he presented himself at Goodison Park not merely for customary massage, but for active training. It was light in nature of course, so was today's programme, but if Dean's determination counts for anything he stands a good chance of offering himself for inclusion in the side to visit White Hart lane.
Just A Chance.
Let me sat at once there must not be any misconception of Dean's position. The odds against him playing are heavy –he has only ten days in which to get fit –but there is just a chance. As Mr. Tom McIntosh, secretary of Everton said to me today, “The report of the specialist is exceedingly encouragement. Dean has made excellent progress. “The rest seems to be up to Dean himself now. We all know he is especially keen to lead his team against Tottenham and if there is a chance Dean will take it. “I cannot say he is a probable starter for the Cup tie, but there are high hopes.” Dean is delighted at the possibility of playing for three weeks past he has declared his intention of getting fit enough –by hook or by crook –to lead his team against Tottenham Hotspur. He doesn't say much about it beyond “I think I will be there all right when we meet Tottenham. He has done everything possible to attain that end. Dean's progress will now be watched daily with the greatest interest, for the fate of Everton depends a great deal on the finest greatness of England's greatest forward.
AT THE HALF-WAY STAGE
January 4 1934. Evening Express.
Everton and Liverpool Facts and Figures.
More Players Called on; Fewer Points.
By the Pilot.
Everton and Liverpool called in 41 players between them for the games in the first half of the Football league programme. This figure is only seven less than the number 48 –called on during the whole of the 42 league games last season. Liverpool have fielded no fewer than 22 players so far –they utilized 23 last term for the entire season –and Everton have brought in 19 players. The inside forward positions have caused most trouble to the team selectors. Liverpool have had four different inside-rights four different centre forwards, and four different inside lefts; while Everton have tried three leaders; two inside-rights, and three inside-lefts. Here are the players who have played in the various positions to date.
Everton; Sagar, Coggins
Liverpool; Riley Scott
Everton; Cook, Williams,
Everton; Cresswell, Bocking
Liverpool; Dabbs, Done, Tennant
Right Half Back
Liverpool; Morrison, Savage
Everton; White, Gee, Thomson
Everton; Geldard, Critchley
Liverpool: Taylor, Barton, Nieuwenbuys
Everton; Dunn, Cunliffe
Liverpool; Hodgson, English, Barton, Taylor
Everton; Dean, White, Cunliffe
Liverpool; English, Roberts (J.), Barton, Bush
Everton; Johnson, Cunliffe, Watson (J.G.)
Liverpool; Wright, Roberts (S.), Carr, Hanson.
Liverpool; Hanson, Taylor.
Everton can claim only two ever presents –Britton and Stein –while Liverpool have three ever-presents in Steel, Bradshaw, and Hanson. In addition, Critchley and Cunliffe have played continuously since first being brought into the first team this season and Nieuwenhuys has a similar distinction with Liverpool.
Here are the appearances. -
Everton; Britton (23), Stein (23), Sagar (22), Cook (22), Cresswell (22), Wright (22), Dunn (22), Thomson (19), Johnson (16), Geldard (12) Gee (11), Critchley (11), Cunliffe (11), Dean (7), Archer (6), Bocking (1), Watson (J.G.) (1), Williams (1), Coggins (1).
Liverpool; Steel (24), Bradshaw (24), Hanson (24), Hodgson (21), English (21) Riley (20), Morrison (20), McDougall (18), Nieuwenhuys (18), Done (16), Roberts (S.) (11), Wright (9), Taylor (8), Tennant (7), McPherson (6), Savage (4), Scott (4), Barton (3), Carr (2), Bush (2), Dabbs (1), Roberts (J.) (1).
Everton have scored 38 goals in their 23 games and Liverpool 42 in 24 matches. This is the full list of scorers: -
Everton; White (13), Dean (7), Dunn (4), Stein (4), Cunliffe (4), Geldard (2), Johnson (2) Critchley (2)
Liverpool; English (16), Hanson (8), Hodgson (7), Nieuwenhuys (4), Wright 3), Taylor (2), Roberts (S.) (1), Done (1), Betton (Newcasle United) own goal (1),
Both clubs show a loss as compared with the correespondenting games last season. Everton have gained ten points and lost 14, while Liverpool have gained five points and lost 15. Everton's improvement has been in the away games. Liverpool have accomplished their best feats at home. Here are the league records of the clubs to date.
Home Goals Away Goals
Pos Pld W D L F A W D L F A Pts
Everton 16 23 5 1 5 21 20 2 6 4 17 21 21
Liverpool 18 24 5 4 3 25 20 2 1 9 17 34 19
Sing High, Sing Low.
The biggest position in the League occupied by Everton has been highest –after the opening game of the season 0only –and the lowest position is 20 th .
DEAN MAY PLAY IN CUP-TIE.
January 5, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton's Captain's Progress
That there is a possibility of Dean, the Everton centre-forward and captain being able to resume play with his team on the occasion of the third round F.A. Cup-tie against Tottenham Hotspur to morrow week is cheering news for the supporters of the club. Dean was operated on for cartilage trouble early in December, and before that period had pieces of bone removed from his foot. In the circumstances hopes were not high regarding a recovery in time to play in the Cup-tie. Dean, however, is a remarkable athlete. He has recovered form other bad injuries and when he had a “try out” yesterday he showed such rapid progress that it is now felt that it is now felt that there is just a chance of his reappearance in the Cup competition. Dean has resumed light training and I trust that the hopes at present entertained will be realized. All concerned with the club realize that Dean's service at the present juncture would be invaluable, and everything possible will be done to get the captain fit. He has played in only seven games this season, and his loss to Everton has been great. It was in the match against Arsenal on September 23 that Dean injured his ankle, and an operation was performed to remove fragments of bone. He turned out against Huddersfield Town on November 4, and was again injured. The cartilage trouble afterwards developed, and he has not played since.
DEAN SHOWS WHAT HE CAN DO
January 5, 1934. Evening Express.
And It is Surprising.
Running, Skipping, Vaulting and Cycling.
Without Support for Injured Knee.
His Chance of Playing
By the Pilot.
I saw Dean, the Everton captain training at Goodison Park today. What he is capable of doing is illustrated in the exclusive pictures, which appear in adjoining columns. Take notice that Dean's injured knee (the left) is absolutely devoid of bandage or support. Running, skipping, vaulting, and cycling on a stationary machine are forms of exercise which dean indulged in without any ill effect. And is he confident of playing? Let's ask him. What are the prospects Billy? “Take it from me” (Dean speaking) “there is every chance of my playing in the cup-tie at Tottenham. The knee has to be broken-in, and that has to be done gradually. It is no good rushing at it or all the good may be undone.” “I have just done a good spell of training and have taken every opportunity to get fit in time. “The leg is moving fine –I hardly notice it –and the outlook is certainly hopeful. We shall be able to get a better indication next week, after I have had some work at Buxton. As I say, there is a chance and I mean to take it if I possibly can. There you are. Now form your own opinion as to whether Dean will lead his team at White Hart Lane in the Cup-tie.
Off To Buxton.
Everton have decided that fourteen players shall leave Liverpool tomorrow evening after the home game with Birmingham for special cup-tie training at Buxton. Those to comprise the party are:- Sagar; Cook, Cresswell, Williams; Britton, White, Thomson, Archer; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Cunliffe, Stein. Mr. Tom H. McIntosh secretary, will be in charge of the party, which will be completed by Harry Cooke, the trainer. It will be seen that all the F.A. Cup-winning players with the exception of Geldard, are in the party, and this signifies that the directors are confident that these men will come through their test against Birmingham tomorrow with credit. I see no reason why Everton should not gain two points tomorrow and so improve their home record, which is anything but good. It is quite true that the St. Andrew's men have a brilliant defence –they have conceded only 24 goals this term –but they are not by any means brilliant in attack. This indicates that the chief burden will be placed on the Everton attackers. If they can learn to take what chances accrue, there should be no doubt about the destination of the points. Snappier work in front of the goalposts will make all the difference. Instead of the forwards asking and striving for that extra touch before letting go their shots, they will do better to bang away at Hibbs first time. Soundness in defence and enthusiasm in attack. This describes Birmingham, who last week held the Arsenal to a goalless draw. Birmingham have picked up nine out of 28 points played for away from home. They won at Middlesbrough and Portsmouth and drew with arsenal, Chelsea Huddersfield, Newcastle and Stoke. So, though their league position is not good, it will be seen that the Cupholders have nothing easy on hand. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson, Stein. Bimingham; (probable):- Hibbs; Booton, Barkas; Stoker, Morrall, Callagdine; McGurk, Smith, Robertson, Roberts, White.
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January 6, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Birmingham last week held the Arsenal to a draw at St. Andrew's and in the view of many critics the Midland combination was the better one. Hibbs and his colleagues are due at Goodison Park today, and I fully expect to see a tight game and Everton start a winning run. It is time the team struck form which would give their supporters some confidence for the Spurs Cu-tie next Saturday. They have lost three of the last five home games. The defeats by Newcastle and Derby County were heavy, and today a big effort is likely to be made to clear up some of the leeway. With the exception of Dean, the Everton team is back to its Cup-winning formation, and Birmingham will be strongly represented. The kick off is at 2-30, and the teams are;- Everton:-Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson, Stein. Birmingham:- Hibbs; Booton, Barkas; Stoker, Morrall, Fillingham, Horseman, Roberts, Robertson, Calladine, Thorogood.
January 6, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Second Half Goals Beat Birmingham
Critchley & Cunliffe the Scorers.
By the Pilot.
The smallest gathering of the season at Goodison Park today saw Everton try out their cup team formation against Birmingham. There were no more than 10,000 spectators at the start. Teams:- Everton:- Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Birmingham:- Hibbs, goal; Booton and Barkas, backs; Stoker, Morrall, and Fillingham, half-backs; Horsman, Roberts, Robertson, Calladine and Thorougood, forwards. Referee Mr. A. Adams (Nottingham).
Johnson signalized his return to the side with a glorious swinging pass to Critchley, whose centre, delivered under difficulties spun over the top. Everton's left winger showed up prominently; with Johnson the mastermind. Then Sagar had to run out to pick up from Robertson. The Birmingham forwards showed up in lively mood, with Cresswell and Cook hesitating. Sagar came to the rescue in each occasion. At the other end Critchley was brought down, and from the free kick, Cunliffe headed inches over the top.
Robertson turned a neat pass over to Thorogood, who cut in, aimed for the near corner, but found Sagar there to save at full length. From the flag kick Calladine was inches from the far post. Hibbs twice had to pull the ball down from likely centres, while Calladine was too high with a first timer after the ball had rebounded from the referee. Britton was playing delightful football-he drew three men before crossing the ball which Stein, dashing in, headed by the far post Booton was penalised for hands, and following a free kick, White shot over. Sagar came out to save from Thorogood before Cunliffe tried a solo burst, to be crowded out by Hibbs and Booton. Johnson had one of his left foot expresses charged down before Critchley took the centre instead of the shot, Hibbs fisting away under difficulties. Everton were having more of the game, but the visiting forwards were exceptionally clever. Thomson slipped in to intercept a shot from Robertson. Then the Scot took up the eudgels to place a strong drive a shot wide. Sagar was fouled in going up to a centre from Horsman, so that Calladine's winner did not go down on the score sheet. Dunn's shot from a good position lacked power, and Johnson had a shot go over the top before Hibbs made a splendid save from Dunn, off Stein's corner.
Hibbs in Action.
Critchley was the victim of several fouls when going through, but the free kicks brought no grist to the mill. Little was seen of Birmingham, and Hibbs had to come out and tackle Johnson like a half-back when the inside left ran through from Cunliffe's pass. Britton's work continued as a feature of a fair game. There was a thrill when Hibbs failed to dispose of Stein's curling centre Dunn had a half chance but could not get his foot to the ball, which was cleared in a rugged manner, typical of the Midlanders. Just on the interval Critchley burst in, but shooting round Morrall, struck the side netting.
Half-time Everton 0, Birmingham 0
It had been Everton's old failing in the first half –good football, but unproductive. Johnson had certainty brought strength to the attack. Hot shots from Robertson and Cunliffe and in an adroit header by Johnson brought life on the resumption. The crowd had increased to 25000. Birmingham had to reshuffle there team, Fillingham, owing to injury, changing places with Calladine. Hibbs produced international form when he beat away a lovely shot from Dunn, and from the corner Thomson placed outside. Cunlifffe forced a corner, which led to lively exchanges in the Birmingham goalmouth, when Thomson and Johnson combined in one of their famous combined run, it led to the opening goal in 54 minutes Critchley scoring. Thomson centred, and Dunn edged the ball across for Critchley to come in full pelt and turn it into the corner. It was a lead well deserved. Johnson turned the ball behind, but hopefully claimed a corner, and got it. This led to Hibbs again saving well under heavy pressure. Roberts beat Cresswell, and sent across a diagonal pass which looked good for Thorogood, only the winger was a second too slow in getting off the mark. Birmingham improved, Cook saving with a desperate kick, while Robertson sided wide. Birmingham got within inches of an equaliser when following a corner on the left Fillingham headed against the bar. Thomson cleared from the rebound. Hibbs saved a clever back header from Cunliffe then took charge of a menacing centre from Stein when Everton were trying for number two. Seven minutes from time, Thomson firing the ball out to the right wing, and Barkas completely missed it. Critchley8 said “Thank You” carried it through, and instead of shooting adroitly turned the ball back to Cunliffe to turn it into the net. Sagar ran beyond the penalty area to get away from Robertson. Final Everton 2 Birmingham 0.
EVERTON HELP CHARITY
January 6, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
A sum of £898 0s. 3d. is available for distribution among Merseyside charities as a result of Everton's practice games and the F.A. charity Shield match with Arsenal. The Charity Shield's receipts were £500, and this has been distributed as follows; Stanley Hospital £160, Northern Hospital £80 Southern Hospital £80, Royal Infirmary £80, Bluecoat Hospital £60, Bootle general Hospital £40.
Practice Games Receipts; (£398./0/3):
Liverpool Cancer Hospital £22/13/6, St. Paul's Eye Hospital £21, Liverpool Eyes Hospital £21, National Institute for the Blind £21, Wallasey Central Hospital £21, Wallasey Cottage Hospital £21, Royal Children's Hospital £21, St. John's Ambulance Bridage £15/15/, Child Warfare Association £15/15/, Woman's Hospital £15/15/. Maternity Hospital £15/15/, Liverpool Police Aided Clothing Fund £12/12/. Liverpool Dental Hospital £10/10. National Lifeboat Institution (Liverpool) £10/10/, Home for Incurables £10/10/, Liverpool S.P.C.C. £6/6. Liverpool Hearts Hospital £6/6/, Bootle Police Aid and Clothing Fund £6/6/, Waterloo and District Hospital £5/5/, Walton Nursing Association £5/5/, Dr. Barnado's Home £5/5/, West Lancashire Mental Association £5/5/ Liverpool Discharged Prisoners Aid Society £5/5l L.C.F.A. Benevolent Fund £5/5/, British legion £5/5, Robert Davies Nursing Home £5/5/, Mercantile Marine services Association £5/5/, Liverpool Aged Hospital £5/5, Womens Services Burean £5/5/, Liverpool Foot Hospital £5/5/, Liverpool Orphanage £5/5/, Liverpool Personnel Services Society £5/5/, Mersey Mission to seaman £5/5/, St. Dunstan's £5, Lancashire and National Sea Training Homes £5, Secretaries and manger Association £5, Liverpool Seaman's Friends Society £3/5/9. Summer camp for Bootle Children £3/3/, Social Services Council Unemployed Football) £3, Liverpool Boys Association £3 Liverpool Referees Association £3, Union of Journalists £3, St Annes's Citzens Institute £3.
BIRMINGHAM RES V. EVERTON RES.
January 6, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Birmingham Kicked off with the wind in their favour, but although having more of the play in the opening stages, were rarely dangerous. Everton's raids were mostly through their wingers, and after 25 minutes they took the lead, McGourty heading in a fine centre from Leyfield. After this Everton enjoyed more of the attack, playing a forceful game of short passing. Highan was an energetic leader, but was too well watched to be effective. After 40 minutes Guest headed an equaliser for Birmingham following a series of raids. Half-time Birmingham 1 Everton 1.
EVERTON 2 BIRMINGHAM CITY 0 (Game 1460 over-all)-(Div 1 1418)
January 8, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton take Two chances.
Birmingham Fail At Critical Point.
Everton had a fairly comfortable victory over Birmingham, yet their display was not satisfying, for the Midlanders, after a fine start, fell away and became a team capable of working the ball along only to fail for the want of a shot. Everton won because they took two chances from offered, and Birmingham lost because they failed at the crucial point of the game, or should I say at a time when the ball was running their way and they were troubling the Everton defence by their speed and ability to make an opening. I really though that Birmingham were going to make Everton out all they possessed, because for twenty minutes, their forward line particularly their left wing, did almost as it liked when carrying play towards the Everton goal. Ultimately, however, the Everton defence got the measure of Thorogood and Calladine and for that matter the rest of the line, so that Sagar was so well covered . The combination was distinctly good. I saw some excellent passing bouts sparkling dribbles and a shot or two, even though the said shots were more often than not off the mark. There was no scoring until the second half; in fact,, the hour had almost been reached when Thomson sent his free kick swirling across the goalmouth. Dunn rose to head the ball, but did not rise high enough, and perhaps it was as well that he did not make contact for his miss allowed Critchley to run in and beat Hibbs with a fast drive. Just prior to that Hibbs had fouled the outside-right by making a smart save when the Everton man had swept in a lighting shot from close in, but Hibbs finger tipped it over the crossbar. The second goal came as a direct outcome of an error of judgement on the part of Barkas. He miskicked the ball when attempting to clear, and Critchley pounced down on him and passed the ball squarely to Cunliffe. Hibbs had ran out of goal to cover up his full back and before he had time to get back Cunliffe had slammed the ball into the back of the net.
Flattered To Deceive.
Birmingham had undoubtedly flattered to deceive. The two inside forwards made some grand passes and Robertson a powerful looking leader, did one or two things which stamped him as a man likely to get a bundle of goals one of these days, but until he can star his enthusiasm and not be always running in to an offside position his game will suffer. There were times when he made fine passes and then instantly ran into an off side trap –good work thrown away. He once struck the Everton crossbar, but was in the main well held by White. The Midlanders half-backs were splendid in their prompting, but over-elaboration held the attack up time and again. Everton were also remiss when the chances came their way. They enjoyed fully 75 per cent of the attack in the second half, but were tender in their shooting hesitancy spoiled them, but whatever it was the Birmingham backs, who kicked out of play under any perfect whatever should have been left helpless on more occasions than one. True Morrall at centre half-back was a thorn in the side of the Everton attack, but even he could not prevent them from making the openings, nor stop them from making the shot, if they had so desired. Johnson played much better than has been the case for sometime. His cross passes to Critchley were well made and were an aid to progress. Critchley, in nine cases out of ten, responded to Johnson's priming, but there was not a lot of string in the attack even though they got two goals against none by the opposition.
White Play's Well.
White is essentially a centre half-back these days. I thought he played a splendid game, and Thomson seemed to have befitted from his rest. Britton was the artist of the line, which was good in an attacking and defensive sense. Cresswell and Cook were sound after a shaky start, and Sagar made some sparkling saves from the few good shots which the Birmingham levelled at him. . Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Birmingham: - Hibbs, goal; Booton and Barkas, backs; Stoker, Morrall, and Fillingham, half-backs; Horsman, Roberts, Robertson, Calladine and Thorougood, forwards. Referee Mr. A. Adams (Nottingham).
BIRMINGHAM CITY RESERVES 5 EVERTON RESERVES 4
January 8 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 24)
A. Clark Penalty saved.
In an even first half at St. Andrews, McGourty scored for Everton and Guest for Birmingham. In the second half Guest and Haywood quickly added goals for Birmingham while Evans saved a penalty kick from Clark Haywood scored a fourth for Birmingham from the last of seven corners gained at succession. Everton were awarded a second penalty from which McGourty scored and Leyfield adding a third. Guest added a fifth for the home team only for Higham to replay for Everton. Everton: - King, goal; Williams and Jones backs; Mercer, Griffiths, and Clark, half-backs; Geldard, McGourty, Higham, Watson (J.G.), and Leyfield, forwards.
Everton “A” 1 Prescot Cables 1
Liverpool County Combination.
At Crosby. Everton had plenty of chances in the first half, but finished badly. Prescot Cables were mostly on the defensive, and they did well to keep the home team but, Morris, the Everton “A” full back scored with a long shot, while Smith replied for Prescot Cables.
DEAN'S BALL TEST AT BUXTON.
January 8 1934. Evening Express.
“Highly Satisfactory” Verdict.
But Cup-Tie Appearance Still In Doubt.
By the Pilot.
Dixie Dean underwent his first ball-kicking test fir his injured knee at Buxton today. He came through surprisingly well. The test, which was watched by Mr. Tom McIntosh and Trainer Harry Cooke, naturally was comparatively light, but the severity will be increased tomorrow and Wednesday, and not until then will one be able to state with certainly whether or no Dean will lead the Everton attack against Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday's Cup Tie. The directors will meet in Liverpool to chose the Cup team tomorrow evening. Today's report from Buxton, where the Cupholders are in special training is; “Weather fine; golf the order of the day; everybody well.” The players made the journey to the Derbyshire spa yesterday. They all quickly settled down in surroundings that are now familiar to them. Tomorrow morning they assemble at the Buxton Town F.C. ground for football practice. This will be followed by thermal baths and in the afternoon golf and country walks. I anticipate that if Dean is fit his inclusion will be the only change in the team, which defeated Birmingham 2-o at Goodison Park on Saturday. The one problem for the directors is whom they will leave out –Dunn, Cunliffe or Johnson. If Dean is unfit it is almost certain that Saturday's successful team will be chosen en block. The chief fault of the Cup-holders against Birmingham was the old one –a lack of punch in attack, I agree there was improvement, but greater efficiency in finishing is needed –the will to accept the first-time shot and scorn the extra pass. I was particularly pleased with Johnson's “come back.” His accurate passing zealous foraging and neat combination with Thomson and Stein constituted a feature. Critchley, who was Everton's most brilliant player, scored after 54 minutes following Thomson's centre, and Cunliffe took the second gaol by shooting through a low centre from Critchley.
They said “No !”
A bid was made by Everton for two Glasgow Celtic players on Saturday night after Celtic's match with Kilnarnock, but the Scottish club directors could not see their way to release the men in view of Celtic's bid to retain the Scottish Cup. It is highly probable that Celtic will agree to the transfer immediately they have lost interest in the Scottish Cup competition.
INJURED PLAYER'S PROGRESS
January 9, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton players are enjoying a quite time at Buxton, and Dean is progressing. He is taking his training in easy stages, and it is hoped that he will be able to take his place against Tottenham, but of course much depends on how he progresses. He had a little practice with the ball yesterday, and this will be continued during the week to see, whether the leg is likely to stand the strain of a strenuous cup-tie. If deans finds himself unequal to the task the team will, no doubt be the same as that which beat Birmingham.
EVERTON'S 12 FOR TOTTENHAM
December 10 1934. Evening Express.
Dean or Cunliffe to Lead Attack.
By the Pilot.
Dean attended at the baths for electrical massage today. I saw him undergoing the treatment and certainly his knee looked strong. There is hardly any evidence that it has been damaged at all and to all outward appearances indications are that he will be able to play on Saturday. All the Everton players are looking fit. They went about four miles in the country today, running and walking, and the afternoon was spent at golf. The trainer, Harry Cooke, assures me that all his charges are well, and that the only man who needs treatment is Dean. Dean is still hopeful that Saturday will see him leading his men on to the field. Everton have selected twelve players from whom they will choose the team to oppose Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart-Lane. They include the eleven, which defeated Birmingham at Goodison Park on Saturday, and Dixie Dean. The twelve players are: Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The directors at their meeting last night decided not to name the Everton eleven until Saturday morning. One can gather from the twelve chosen that the defence and intermediary divisions are decided on, and this brings back once more the players who did duty for the Blues when they won the Cup at Wembley on April 29.
What The Spurs are Doing.
Evening Express, Correspondent Tottenham Today.
There is likely to a record crowd at White Hart Lane. The reserved seats have been over-applied for. They do not believe in special training at Tottenham, but they are not taking chances. Sprinting and running are followed by sun ray treatment, electrical massage and work in the gymnasium, and weather permitting the preparation will be varied with a day's golf at Enfield. I learned today that apart from Felton, the captain and right back, who is injured the ‘Spurs are in fine trim. Should it be decided to give Felton further rest, Channell a young local player, will partner Whatley at back. Hotspur have never been beaten when Channell has appeared in the league side. The Spurs have been beaten at home three times this season and as Liverpool were the first visiting team to succeed, Everton should be encouraged. The return to form of George Hunt, however, has revived Hotspur. Tommy Meads, the left half-back, is now playing at the top of his form, and on his recent displays the Everton right wing must be prepared for a stiff challenge. Tottenham; Nichols; Felton or Channell, Whatley; Colquhoun, Rowe, Meads; McCormick, Howe, Hunt, Hall, Evans (W.).
EVERTON WAITING FOR DEAN'S DECISION.
January 11, 1934. Evening Express.
Great Effort to Get Fit, But There is Still A Big Doubt.
By the Pilot.
Two days to the Cup-tie! Will Dean be fit? This is the question that thousands of Everton supporters are asking themselves. The answer? Well, it all depends on dean. He has made and is making superhuman efforts to enable him to play against Tottenham Hotspur, but even with only two days there is still a grave doubt. If he is really fit, he will play; if he is not really fit he will say so. He means to take his place if he can, but wisely he does not intend to take any risk of letting down his team. Dean had some more ball practice –in the rain –at Buxton today. His knee and thigh muscles have strengthened every day, but the problem that has to be decided is, “Will their injured leg stand up to 90 minutes of hard Cup-tie football?” Legs have to be strong to do this.
With The Boys At Buxton.
“Hunt” This word went around Everton training quarters at Buxton yesterday, when Bert Wright and I paid a visit to see the cupholders in training for their cup-tie with Tottenham Hotspur. Hunt is the name of the Tottenham centre forward, and that being so, I expected to see some of the Blues jumping out to their chairs anxious to find out why the leader from White hart lane was visiting Buxton. The Everton players went serenely on their way, then I realized that the word “Hunt” referred not to one of Everton's cup opponents, but to a meet of the Buxton and High Peak Hunt due to take place that Morning. The meet did interest Everton, and the players were there in full force, fresh from a four miles trot along the country lanes to see the field away in full cry. Everton have seen one “Hunt,” and will deal with the other on Saturday. But they talk only of yesterday's gathering and once again Cup talk is taboo among them. During the whole of the time I was at Buxton I heard not one word about the Cup-tie from any player. The only conversation I had regarding the prospects was with Secretary Mr. Tom McIntosh, who said; “I shall be extremely surprised if we do not win at Tottenham let alone draw. We have been playing out best football away from home.” “What do you consider the best way to bring about success?” I said. “By adopting the same tactics we employed in the cup final,” he replied. “Let Billy Cook play on the Spurs danger man Willie Evans just as he did on brooks, of Manchester City, and I think all the sting will be taken out of the Spurs attacks.” There you have a simply plan by which Everton hope to prove the exception to the rule that cupholders “go out” of the competition at the first attempt. I saw Dean undergo the special electrical massage, and the small swelling which had appeared in the morning was quickly doctored. Later in the afternoon the swelling re-appeared, so off went Trainer Harry Cooke and Dean to the masseur and hey presto! The swelling had gone again.
Cooke Has No Worries.
Harry Cooke assured me that he has had no worries regarding the condition of the men and that most of his attentions have been centred on Dean. Harry is a busy man on this Buxton preparations I had reason to seek his assistance to doctor an injured wrist and he took me to what he described as his “mortuary.” I think has a “cure” in that small room for practically anything. It is a veritable dispensary, and his efficiency is proved by the fact that once again I can use a typewriter, and that Everton have a clean bill of health. Golf is, as usual one of the favouritie training methods, and two “newcomers” have entered the golfers ranks –Cunliffe and Gee. They succeeded in halving a match with Johnson and Stein -good going –but lost the return 5 and 4. The most popular indoors recreations are billiards, table tennis, and bridge.
DEAN OUT OF THE CUP TEAM.
January 12, 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Dean, the Everton captain, will not play against Tottenham Hotspur at white Hart lane tomorrow. The decision that Dean will not lead Everton against Tottenham Hotspur in London was made yesterday after the captain had been through a further ball-kicking test at Buxton. Dean expressed doubts as to his ability to play, and the directors decided not to run the risk of playing him. The team to meet Sours will thus be: Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson, Stein. The team includes nine of the players who took part in the cup final last April, when Everton beat Manchetser City. The changes are Critchley for Geldard and Cunliffe for Dean. The Sours team will be; Nicholls; Channell Whateley, Colquhoun, Rowe, Meads; McCormick, Howe, Hunt, Hall, Evans (W.). This is the side that beat the Villa at Birmingham last week, Channell being preferred to Felton.
EVERTON'S TASK IS BIG BUT NOT TOO BIG .
January 12, 1924. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
No one could have imagined a harder test for the cupholders than a visit to Tottenham Hotspur –a team well equipped fore and aft, and with the faculty for exploiting scientific football a top speed. The Sours possess the superior league record and are regarded as potential championship winners. They have lost three games at home; drawn one, and won the remainder –eight. In all, the White Hart-lane men have captured 29 points out of 21 engagements whereas Everton have 23 points from 24 games. Analyze how you will –it leaves Tottenham favourities for this tie. Everton may seek consolation in the fact that they are playing infinitely better away from home this season than at home. In a dozen away games they have been beaten only four times, have won twice and drawn six. That is exceptionally good going. Other encouraging factors are that Everton have never lost a cup-tie after training at Buxton; that they always give their best and brightest football against class opposition; and their brilliant rally against West Bromwich Albion stamps them as fighters every inch. The defence causes little worry if the backs will make up their minds to follow Mr. McIntosh's dictum and blot out the dangerous Tottenham wingers –Evans and McCormick.
The burden on the battle rests on the shoulders of the forwards under the leadership of Jimmy Cunliffe. It is my opinion that if the Everton forwards will scrap that extra pass and shoot as soon as the penalty area is reached, then Everton will not lose. The wingers –Stein and Critchley –might well adopt the quick cut-in to goal and shoot on occasion, instead of crossing the ball. Another important factor is the ability to get to the ball first time and not wait for the ball to come to them. If these principles are faithfully adhered to I cannot see Everton losing at White Hart Lane. In fact, I anticipate a replay at Goodison Park next Wednesday.
Jock Thomson, the Everton captain, in his final summing up says; “We hold the cup and we mean to keep it. Everton will have 11 real honest workers on the field tomorrow and that counts for everything in the cup-tie. It should be a fine exhibition of football and I fancy Everton. “ Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn Cunliffe, Johnson, Stein. Tottenham Hotspur; Nicholls; Channell, Whatley; Cilquhoun, Rowe, Meads; McCormick, Howe, Hunt, Hall, Evans (W.)
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EVERTON'S BIG TASK.
January 13 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton's holder's of the trophy, are set a difficult task. They are due to meet one of the most enterprising sides of the season in Tottenham Hotspur, at White Hart lane, at a time when last season's victorious side has been shorn of some of its former greatness and which will lack the services of their leader, Dean, who, as I stated yesterday finds that he has not suffciently recovered from the operation to his knee to stand the strain of such a game Everton will not relax their grip on the Cup without a tremendous struggle Cunliffe leads the attack in place of Dean and the team is unchanged from the side that beat Birmingham last Saturday. Nine of the players were in the Cup-winning team at Wembley and experience may count for something against the young Spurs' side. Liverpool, Derby County, and Huddersfield Town have won at White Hart Lane. Everton have lost only four away games this season, but they are faced with their biggest task today. The Spurs' are fast and clever, and they beat the Villa at Birmingham last week 5-1. I think if Everton draw today they will do very well indeed. But there must be better finishing than in recent games if the Goodison club is to survive today. It will be the third meeting between the teams in the Cup, each having a victory at Goodison Park –the Spurs winning in 1904 and Everton in 1908. The teams are; - Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson, Stein. Tottenham Hotspur; Nicholls; Channell, Whateley; Colqulhoun, Rowe, Meads; McCormick, Howe, Hunt, Hall, Evans (W.).
EVERTON GO OUT.
January 13, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
‘Spurs' Shock Tactics Decide Cupholders' Fate.
Two Goals in A Minute.
By the Pilot.
Everton's sole interest today was not in the third round F.A. cup-tie with Tottenham Hotspur. Some representatives were in the West Country pursuing that search for inside forwards. Do not be surprised if a transfer deal is completed before Monday morning. The Everton players stayed at Birmingham overnight's and journeyed to London this morning. There were 40,000 spectators on the ground half an hour before the kick off. These included a goodly number of Everton followers. The ground had been well sanded, and gave the impression of being slippery underneath. Their were no last minute changes, so Everton had nine Cup-finalists in the side. Teams: - Tottenham Hotspur: - Nicholls, goal; Channell, and Whatley, backs; Colquhoun, Rowe (captain), and Meads, half-backs; McCormick, Howe, Hunt Hall and Evans, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. C.E. Lines (Birmingham). Rowe won the toss, and Britton was the first to shine –a neat transfer to Critchley, who was forced into touch. Whatley pass back to Nicholls, and Cunliffe hooked a Stein centre behind. Next a mistake by Cresswell. The ball swerved back across goal, Everton being thankful that Britton was at hand. The linesman signalled for a throw in, but the referee allowed play to proceed, and Sagar had to save from Hunt.
‘Spurs' Fine Football.
The ‘Spurs proceeded to play joyous football and Evans cut inwards, beating two men to provide a fine chance for McCormick. The youngster banged the ball behind. Corners at both ends failed to provide the opening goal, and as yet Everton had failed to produce their real game, the forwards being particularly inactive. Hall came through with a fast shot from the edge of the area, which swerved as Sagar went down. Sagar had to grab backwards to complete his clearance, and Critchley went away and shot in and bring Nicholls to his knees. In 18 minutes the ‘Spurs took the lead, and deservedly so. It was made by Meads, W. Evans, and Hunt, the last-named scoring.
How Hunt Scored.
Meads received when Whatley easily cleared a cross-pass from Stein and made ground before hooking a neat pass, to Evans. Evans nodded the ball to Hunt, who, finding himself baulked, turned it back again to Evans. He was in a position for a return, wheeled completely round with the ball under control, and found himself with only Sagar to beat. Sagar came out, trying to narrow the angle, but Hunt's quick shot passed his shoulder into the net. Everton were slow in tackling in this instance, but the sharp interpassing between Evans and Hunt was the big factor. Everton at last got going, but they were much too slow on the ball to secure match-winning openings. Two fouls against Hunt, and good work by Stein were ruined by a weak centre. Everton were not giving Nicholls much work to do. Dunn nearly gained an opening, but that was all. Nicholls in action at last! A kick down from Critchley's corner, then Sagar fisted away fell, after a back pass by Thomson had brought a corner. Then Everton's best effort. Good inter-passing between Johnson and Stein saw the winger cut in and cross a low, ball, on which Nicholls fell and cleared, with Johnson and Cunliffe anxious to do business. Nicholls easily saved Cunliffe's best header.
Half-time Tottenham H. 1 Everton 0.
Everton had disappointed in the first half, for though they had done most of the pressing from the point where the ‘Spurs took their goal, there was little or no sting in them. Britton and White had not settled down, and the home men had proved much quicker on the ball, and more exact in positional play. There must have been 50,000 present to see Everton storm the ‘Spurs' goal on resuming. Everton penned the Spurs in their own half, then in a breakaway Cresswell thinking that McCormick was bound to get through, gave away a free kick, which resulted in Tottenham taking a simple second goal. The free kick was taken by Channell, just in the Everton half, and he placed the ball to the far post seemingly well in front of all the players centred in the goalmouth. Sagar waited on his line to meet the case, but he was taken completely by surprise by the enterprise of Howe, who nipped in and hooked the ball through, with the Everton defence dumfounded. This score came after six minutes of this half, and in another minute Willy Evans had made it three. This was also as the result of a free kick –a penalty, which should never have been imposed, on White. After a consultation Wily Evans was deputed to take the kick, a yard outside the penalty area. He took a long run to the ball, and a terrific drive beat Sagar for pace all the way crashed against the underside of the bar and bounded into the net. Everton fought back valiantly Cunliffe turning the ball against the bar with Nicholls beaten. Then a roaring drive from Thomson hit Cunliffe en route was sailing to the net, when Nicholls leapt up and tipped it over the top. Final Tottenham H. 3, Everton 0, The attendance was 43,037, and the receipts were £3,300.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS 3 EVERTON 0 (F.A. Cup Game 139)
January 15, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Pass Out.
Tottenham Too Fast For Mersey Men.
The story of Everton's Cup effort at Tottenham against the Hotspur club is a simple and short matter. Everton were very soundly beaten by a faster, better, and more confidant side; beaten by a margin that could have been doubled if Sagar had not been resplendent in the first half-hour. Tottenham's young group, mainly composed of Welsh lads who have been nursed in the Tottenham camp, went to their victory with some degree of ease, yet Everton's real chance to save the game came in the second half, when for several minutes the ‘Spurs defence was packing its goal and not doing this with any great degree of wisdom. Everton saw just half a chance they attacked without respite for severe minutes and the first time Spurs broke away a free kick for patent handing by Cresswell cost Everton a goal and that was Everton's quietus. It was not a good match, even for a cup tie yet the standard of play till there was a second goal to register was rather above the ordinary because it was a fine sporting issue and there was no kick and rush about the sides and there were many bright patches of distinctly astute and subtle football scheming one doesn't associate with cup-tie football. However, the game dragged considerably towards the end, even though Everton had three chances so simple that they should all have been taken. The game and the cup had gone out of their grip by them, and so the contest ended with a somber look the winners easing off considerably and making the game so one-sided that the 43,000 spectators who made a gate of £3,300 counted out time.
Attack Out of Tune.
The finale was perhaps the best feature. Everton beaten, and thoroughly beaten too offered their hands of congratulations to the winners and wished them further fortune in the cup they had to give up. Everton played just as expected. Dean could not play; he looked on another young centre forward, Cunliffe, who had not one ground pass all through the game. The attack was all out of time, and, so far as time was concerned the Spurs man for man seemed to be a full yard faster than the Mersey men. The defeated eleven rarely got the sting of shot; they did their best with headers, but their do not master a man of the enormous freight of Nicholls. In addition the home backs were stout hearts and very practice; while the way the half-backs got the ball from the Everton inside forwards showed them masters of fore-thinking and sharp as needless. Spurs made the pace too hot for such men as White and Britton, who were doing their best late on, and at back Cook was a sure kick and punter, whereas Cresswell battling bravely and at times very cleverly was not always secure.
Each of the goals was of a fine character. The first came in eighteen minutes. Started on the left by the sterling little Welshman, W. Evans Hunt got the ball near goal, and with sharp strides and great control of the ball he scored a pretty leading point. There was no further goal till Everton had spent their second half seventh minute. Then Cresswell handled, perhaps forty yards from goal. The kick found Howe prepared. Howe raced in without denial and scored. One minute later a foul that was not a foul cost the third goal. W. Evans drove a rocket shot beyond the flying Sagar. And that ended Everton's inept display. They had not the pace nor the football culture of their opponents and one would pick out in order of merit. Sagar, Cook, White, and Critchley and Cunliffe. . Teams: - Tottenham Hotspur: - Nicholls, goal; Channell, and Whatley, backs; Colquhoun, Rowe (captain), and Meads, half-backs; McCormick, Howe, Hunt, Hall and Evans, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Cunliffe, Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. C.E. Lines (Birmingham).
EVERTON “A” 0 SKELMERSDALE UNITED 0
January 15, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Liverpool County Combination.
At Goodison Park. Everton opened strongly, and in the first few minutes had several shots at goal which Boardman saved. Skelmersdale rallied and it was only the fine defensive work of the home side that kept them out. After the interval Everton worked many promising openings through O'Reilly and Leyfield, but they all broke down against a particularly sound defence of which Boardman gained the chief honours. Webster missed a glorious chance of scoring for Everton when he completely missed the ball in front of goal. Useful work was done by both sets of half-backs.
EVERTON MAY TRY NEW TALENT.
January 15 1934. Evening Express.
What Cup Defeat Emphasised.
More Virility Needed.
By the Pilot.
Everton's dismissal from the F.A. Cup by 3-0 at Tottenham may in time, proves a blessing in disguise. Although it was by no means an inglorious failure, the match showed up weaknesses in the Everton side, -weaknesses which have been duly noted by the ruling officials –and I anticipate that immediate action will be taken to remedy them. I know that the directors have made up their minds to infuse more youth into the League meet tomorrow night some sensational changes may be made. It must not be imagined that the directors are disgusted at the Cup failure. They are not. They Think, however, that now is the time to set the Goodsion house in order, and even if they fail in their bid to secure new men, especially forwards, I have reason to believe that some youngsters will be given a chance to make a name for themselves. I am divulging no secrets when I say that Everton were watching Heale, of Bristol City, on Saturday, but the young Westcountryman did not have a good day. No doubt he will be under review again in the replay at Derby on Wednesday, and if Bristol lose interest in the cup the transfer may be put through at once. One cannot get away from the fact that Everton must have greater strength in attack. At White Hart-lane the Everton efforts as shooting were deplorable. Every shot delivered was high so that the giant Nicholls had no difficulty in turning them over the bar. Had the Blues possessed a forward who could deliver a swift shot along the carpet their defeat might not have been so severe.
They had equally as much of the game from a territorial point of view, but I must confess that they rarely looked as if they would score against a side which became unsettled once they had taken the lead. The Spurs were not such a quick, effective side as when they appeared at Walton, but Everton's resistance was poor, and the defence was at fault when the ‘Spurs scored their second and third goals, following free kicks. Sagar was not entirely blameless, though making some sensational saves, and Cresswell was right out of touch. Britton and White took time to settle down, and were not happy until the second half, but Thomson had a good, hard, plugging day crowned with many successes. Critchley and Stein were lively wingers, struggling along on poor material, but Johnson and Dunn were indifferent inside forwards. Cunliffe was always a willing worker, but the sooner Everton make up their minds that Cunliffe is not a centre forward but a natural inside right, then it will be better for the club and Cunliffe. I do not think we shall see Cunliffe in the centre again for many a long day. The best player on the Everton side was Cook. This intrepid defender blotted Willie Evans out of the game for the most part and never did he miss with an intervention, tackle or kick. He had no superior on the field. Everton may console themselves that often they had the Spurs in a state of bewilderment and the spectators on edge. That was in midfield, however. The Spur's will have to play better if they are to make much progress in the Cup, but in this game they were quicker in thoroughly deserved their success. To sum up, Everton were too gentle in the art of finishing.
January 17, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton must now endeavour to improve their position in the League, and they are faced with a formidable task on Saturday when they tackle the improved Sheffield Wednesday team at Hillsbrough. The Wednesday seem to have taken a new lease of life since they engaged. Mr. W. H. Walker the old Aston Villa forward, as their manager and Everton are called on to oppose a very lively team. The Goodison Park directors have made a number of alterations compared with the team beaten in the Cup-tie. Cresswell stands down, Cook crossing over to the left back position, and he will have Williams as his partner, while Gee resumes at centre half, enabling White once more to lead the attack. Dunn and Johnson drop out. McGourty and Cunliffe taking the inside positions. Thus the team is; - Sagar; Williams, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, McGourty, White, Cunliffe, Stein. Dean is making good progress and is continuing his light training. He is expected to be fit to play in about a fortnight.
EVERTON GIVE THEM A CHANCE.
January 17 1933. Evening Express.
Williams, Gee and McGourty To Show Their Paces.
Six Chances in Stein and Positions.
Team Remodeling Scheme Begins.
By the Pilot.
The Everton directors' endeavour to remodel the Goodison park team with a view to finding an eleven capable of bringing happier results than that which has done duty for the major portion of the season has resulted in changes - either in personnel of in position –in every line except goal. Such stalwarts as Cresswell, Dunn and Johnson are left out of the side to meet Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsbrough, on Saturday, and in their stead we find Williams, gee and McGourty promoted to the first team. The whole team remolding as forecasted in the Evening Express, a planned effort to give the reserve plays an opportunity of making a name for themselves. Ben Williams the Welsh international makes his second appearance of the season at right back, and the Irish international moves to left back for the first time since joining the Goodison Park club from Glasgow Rangers at the beginning of the year. I have few doubts but that cook will easily settled down on the left flank for a two footed player, and has often shown indications he would be successful on the left. White once again leaves the centre half berth which will be occupied by the English international Gee, and White resumes leadership of the attack in place of Cunliffe. McGourty, the clever little Scotsman, makes his first appearance of the season in displacing Dunn at inside right. Everyone will admire their attitude of the board in experimenting and I have high hopes that it will prove a success. As far as the full backs goes I have not a slightest worry that Williams and Cook will combined.
FAMOUS FOOTBALLERS SERIES
January 19 1934. Evening Express
“ I Make The Ball Do The Work”
Explains Jock Thomson.
In an Interview with the Pilot.
“Make the ball do the work,” is the main idea under lying Jock Thomson's game. “The quick pass instead of the dribble is one of the main features of the triangular move between a wing half, the inside forward and the outside forward which I consider the finest progressive move in football,” says Everton's famous left half-back' and Scottish International. “With a good understanding between the trio this triangular methods invariably brings success if the ball is kept on the move and neither man has any desire to dribble. “I might point out that the term ‘dribble' does not apply in any degree to the art of holding the ball. By 2dribble' I mean actually tricking a man. “The clean inter-passing between the three men I have named will often draw a defence right out of position, and in a trice a quick, low pass towards the corner flag will see your winger going away without opposition of any description.
The Backward Pass.
“Many spectators protest if they see a man pass the ball back, and acompany their shouts of disapproval with such remarks as ‘You're playing the other way, and don't forget it.” “It is the backward pass that enables you to go forward in may cases, and I never hesitate to place a ball even to my full back if necessary. “Still, the back pass may better be used by forwards who find themselves cramped for position, and a back-heel, to the half-back following up, generally clears the way for the creation of a menacing move. Besides that back pass is the key move to successful triangular play. Every wing half should be on the alert ready to slip through into an inside forward position if necessary, and he can often get a defence spread-eagled if he centres direct to the goalmouth instead of trying to find an opening for the two forwards immediately in front of him. “Why waste time and energy in dribbling and feinting and running about when you can make a judicious pass whether short or long, which does the work? “Of course, in every game the time comes when you are forced to hold the ball, dribble it a bit –I know I often do –but it is as far better to slip the ball away as quickly as possible and move to position in case of a return. “My advice to any young half-back is to be as direct as possible and always strive to avoid the obvious.” I remember when jock came to Goodison Park, in the dark days of the 1930-31 season, when the Blues were making their vain fight against relegation, people said, “If he speeds up a bit he will make good here.” As a matter of fact, this is what is generally said whenever a Scottish star is brought to England, and in the majority of cases it is correct. Jock has proved the exception. He has not speeded up in the sense they meant but he has made such a success of his English football that he has earned a Scottish International cap; helped Everton to win two league championships and the F.A. Cup, and now is vice captain of the side. You see speed is not the be all and end all of Thomson's Methods.
January 20 1934. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton have a stiff task in facing the greatly improved Wednesday team. The experiment made by the Goodison Park club will be followed with interest. As already announced Williams partners Cook and Gee to centre half, White with McGourty and Cunliffe on either side of him, leading the forwards. It would be a tight game and if Everton get a point they will no doubt be satisfied. The teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, McGourty, White, Cunliffe, Stein. Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown; Walker, Blenkinsopp; Leach, Milleriship; Burrow, Jones, Startling, Dewar, Burgess, Rimmer.
EVERTON FORCE A DRAW.
January 20, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Goals at A Premium at Hillsboro
Too Few Shots
By the Pilot.
Everton's experimental side was at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday today, McGourty making his first appearance this season. The crowd was small –rather a surprise in view of Wednesday's revival and the sunny day . Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown, goal; Walker, and Blenkinsopp, backs; Leach, Millership and Burrows, half-backs; Jones, Starling, Dewar, Burgess, and Rimmer, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams, and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, White, Cunliffe, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. I.B. Smith (Ashto-Under-Lyne). Brown's pulling down a free kick, taken by Thomson, was the only incident in a quiet opening. Dewar raced away on his own and turned the ball back a little too sharply from the goal line for the benefit of Stein. The attack was not cleared and when the ball was touched through, Jones shot against Sagar's legs and into the net just as the whistle sounded for offside. Everton attacked in good order, and White had a drive charged down after Cunliffe had a dribbled cleverly.
Everton on Top.
Everton continued the better side Brown had to dash out and pick up Stein's forward pass with White in a “goal” mood. Leach skied a distance ball over the top, and Burrows fell heavily on a hard ground after being tackled by Williams –having to be taken to the line. The Wednesday dashed away in fine style, Dewar heading over a Rimmer centre for Jones to send in a fine header. It looked all over a goal, but Sagar dived full length to save grandly. There were several free kicks, given against Everton for fouls, and this was tantalizing, for it spoiled some promising movements.
A high header from Jones caused Everton some anxiety, but Sagar beat the ball down for Cook to kick clear. Sagar also gained a grand header from Rimmer, who slipped to the centre in enterprising fashion. Cunliffe tried to bore his way through between two players while Critchley remained unmarked, and paid the penalty.
Cunliffe's First Time Drive.
Stein broke through, beat Millership, and gave Cunliffe a tasty opening. Cunliffe hit it first time, but Brown caused well. Cunliffe and Stein were forming a good wing, and now Cunliffe nipped through only for his final pass to strike Blenkinsopp on the body. An enterprising shot along the floor by Dewar found Sagar ready. Sagar's hands must have been stinging after he had beat away a fine cross shot by Rimmer, but Everton's quick interpassintg seemed to have the Wednesday guessing at times. It was a pity more shots were not forthcoming to crown this good constructive work. Britton slipped in a tackle and Rimmer was ready in attendance. He accepted a shooting chance instead of passing and blazed straight at Sagar.
Half-time Sheff Wed 0 Everton 0
The Wednesday attacked hard on resuming without being able to level, a shot. Critchley almost surprised Blenkinsopp who was slow in gathering the ball. Briilant work by Burrows led to Rimmer placing an ideal centre to Jones, Sagar beat down the header, and as Jones followed up to do business. Thomson banged the ball behind for a corner.
Sagar leaped up to pull down a fine shot from Dewar, and there was a thrill when Williams miskicked and Rimmer centred to Starling. Starling should have scored, but sent the ball back against Dwar's legs, and Cook said “Thank You.” Thomson was limping, and Williams had to pull out top speed to hold up Jones. Cunliffe was also nursing a leg injury, and he changed places with Stein. Critchley took a chance with a first time shot, from a corner, though he was well wide.
Everton Hold Their Own.
Everton were more than holding their own in a game which produced few shots to cause either Sagar or Brown any trouble. The Everton left flank was particularly good. Everton had a curious formation near the end, Stein being a semi-centre forward and White often coming back to help the defence. Everton thoroughly deserved their point. Final Sheff Wed 0 Everton 0.
EVERTON RES V. SHEFF W. RES.
January 20 1934. Evening Express Football Edition.
Everton opened with a series of brilliant attacks on the Wednesday's goal and within a couple of minutes of the start W.J. Redfern, the Marine centre, who was making his first appearance for the Blues, opened the score with a great shot. The ex-Marine shortly afterwards hit the foot of the upright and was conspicuous with some smart passes to Leyfield, who forced Billdon to make a brilliant save at the cost of an unproductive corner. When Sheffield settled down they were a menace to the Everton goal and Coggins did well to clear from Low, when the Sheffield centre was clean through. Coggins later punched away from Copper and made a good save from Walters. He should have been beaten, however, when Low headed over from almost underneath the bar. Everton resumed the attack, and Breedon after first saving from Higham, was lucky to scramble the ball away when he lost possession. The game at this stage was fairly even, but Sheffield proved dangerous near goal, Coggins saving smartly on several occasions. Geldard was revealing some of his old form and when Watson sent him away the winger ran on and sent in a hot shot. Breedon was fortunate to saves. Everton were worthy of the interval lead. Half-time Everton Res 1, Sheffield Wednesday Res 0.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0 EVERTON 0 (Game 1461 over-all)-(Div 1 1419)
January 22, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton Surprise Wednesday.
New Formation Earns A Point.
Everton chose a side for the visit to Sheffield Wednesday's ground that was plainly experimental. They were aiming at the future in the sure knowledge that some thing had to be done to alter their outlook for the future. It was a pity therefore that the Wednesday ground should be ficed on the ball and uncertain on the other half of the field. The icy portion made a footing insecure, and no one could judge the work of the players in the area. Cook went over to the left wing to allow Ben Williams to come in as defender in place of Cresswell, and at half-back. Gee reappeared White becoming the centre forward with Cunliffe and McGourty as his nearest partners. Youth was having its chance to shine, and it must be said the changes in attack did not produce evidence of strength. McGourty was not often seen and his only shot was of poor quality so far as strength was concerned. Consequently Critchley had a quiet innings.
Cunliffe suffered a thigh injury that kept him out of play in the later stages, when he became outside left so the left flank, after being the most prominent pair in the first half, faded out. White was up against a splendid pivot, in Millership and from this it will be seen that the Everton attack was never going smoothly and really never looked like scoring. This statement is made after allowing for the wintry conditions of the turf. On the other hand, Sheffield Wednesday did everything but score. Sagar saved his side once more by means of fine catches and good handing out cases. He was never at fault, and his sizing up of a position prevented his side being beaten. So much were Wembley ahead on the score of neat and practical football in the first hour that it was surprising they did not get at least one goal despite the magnificent defensive efforts of Sagar, Williams, and Cook. Sheffield have taken a new lease of football life since Manager Billy Walker, the Villa player, brought his enterprise to bear upon the proceedings. Wednesday have been good for years, but they had lost confidence. Now they seen to have recaptured the spirit of their former days and had there been a semblance of steadiness in front of goal they must have won with a good deal to spare. As it was most of their shooting efforts were delivered by the heading process, and Wednesday forwards are not Dean like in their propelling of the ball! Jones ex-Tranmere Rovers was three times near the mark with headers towards goal, and Rimmer, after three shots when his comrades called for the square pass, decided to centre the ball, and in this he was not satisfying.
Rimmer seemed imbued with the idea of taking a goal against his old town and he let his football discretion get the better of his judgement. He was clever enough during the first half without finishing correctly. After that Britton and Williams kept him in subjection, and his partner, Burgess made all too many missed passes to be successful. Dewar, ex-Manchester United, rarely had a chance to shine against gee. His chief effort was a finely judged sharp-witted working of the ball in short space, together with a quick shot saved by Sagar. Later Sagar repeated this performance, and that was how Everton escaped defeat. However, with Cunliffe, and Thomson limping, one must say the visiting side made a plucky fight to the finish, and deserve merit for keeping the game barren of goals. The test of the new formations must be considered afresh when conditions are better. It was no day for judging the inside forwards, or any member of the side. However, it was the same for both sides, and Sheffield were much smarter on the ball. If Starling's subtle and cunning football had been responded to by the other members of the home side, I fear there would have been a defeat for the visitors. It was clean hard football not a rousing game but providing many neat touches, and none better than those of Britton, Burrows, Blenkinsopp and Walker. On the other hand mention must be made of the sterling work of Cook and Williams, the latter of whom has got over his injury and operations, and is as hearty ands sure footed as ever. Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown, goal; Walker, and Blenkinsopp, backs; Leach, Millership and Burrows, half-backs; Jones, Starling, Dewar, Burgess, and Rimmer, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams, and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, White, Cunliffe, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. I.B. Smith (Ashto-Under-Lyne).
EVERTON RESERVES 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES 0
January 22, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 25)
A goal by W. J. Redfern, the Marine centre-forward, playing his first game with Everton, enabled the Goodison Park side to gain a meritorious victory. The goal was scored at the third minute and Redfern is to be complimented for seizing the early chance, which in the end proved the decider. The Sheffielders were slow starters, and for the first quarter Everton were right on top Redfern hitting the upright and Breedon making a wonderful save from Leyfield. Gradually the Yorkshire side settled down, and at times they harassed the solid Everton defence Coggins saving from law, Hawley, and Copper, the last mentioned being a constant menace to the home defence, Everton however, were the more definite and practical, with the half-backs playing with fine understanding, and it was the brilliant work of Breedon that prevented Everton increasing the lead. Redfern made a successful debut in a decisive Everton victory. Everton: Coggins goal; Bocking and Jones, backs; Mercer, Clark, and Archer, half-backs; Geldard, Higham, W.J. Redfern, Watson (J.G.), and Leyfield, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Breydon, goal; Leyland and Cattlin, backs; Brolly, Brattey, and Malloch, half-backs; Olive, Walters, Law, Hawley, and Cooper, forwards. Referee Mr. F. Orrell.
Hoylake 2 Everton “A” 2
Liverpool County Combination.
This provided a stern contest, with Hoylake slightly the better side but unfortunate Gilbertson scored for Everton in five minutes, but an equaliser came quickly. Davies heading through from Robert's centre. Hoylake monopolised the play for three-fourths of the second half Baguley scoring a clever goal, Birtley levelled the scores by the aid of a penalty (twice taken). Everton were best served by King, Jackson, and Beshan, and Hoylake by Baguley and Vantallan.
EFFECT OF EVERTON'S EXPERIMENTS.
January 22, 1934. Evening Express.
Success in all Phases Except Shooting.
By the Pilot.
Everton's team experiments against Sheffield Wednesday may be written down as a success in every phase, with the exception of shooting. The midfield work was excellent and the strength of the defence enabled the Blues to capture their eleventh point out of 26 played for away from home. It is in finishing that improvement is still needed. I made a special point of recording shots by the Everton attackers, and found that Cunliffe came out on top of the list. He had five shots at Brown, Critchley and Stein each levelled three drives, White one, and McGourty none. Twelve shots in 90 minutes' football from five players. Hardly good enough, is it? Of Course I am not recording half-shots which either swerved away to an opponent or colleague and which brought no bother to Brown. I mean direct scoring efforts. So you see the trouble still persists, and the directors might deem it wise to make further experiments in the hope of bringing greater effectiveness to the attack. One encouraging fact is that by the time the Cupholders are called on to engage in a league match again Dixie Dean might be fir. If the Hull City0Manchester City Cup-tie is brought to a conclusion on Saturday, Manchester will be at Goodison Park on Wednesday, January 31, and it is hoped that Dean will be included in the Everton side. If this match does not take place Everton's next engagement will be at Highbury against Arsenal on Saturday week, and I think Dean is almost certain to play in that game.
Fine Left wing.
There is no question but that Everton's left wing played splendidly against the Wednesday, despite the fact that Cunliffe damaged a hip early in the second half and Thomson was nursing a bump on the thigh. In the first half this pair combined brilliantly with Stein –Everton's best attacker –and they took much of the shine off the work of the right flank, where McGourty concentrated on creating openings with fair success and Critchley suffered through being given the ball to his feet, instead of well in front to enable him to take passes in his stride. One thing, Everton can sit back happy and contented regarding their back division. While, Cresswell, is enjoying his well-earned rest, they know that they have two brilliant backs in Williams and Cook. Cook, playing on the left for the first time for Everton, was the best defender on the field, his lusty kicking, intrepid interventions and strong rackles being a feature. Williams, too had a happy game against the lively Rimmer-Burgess wing, and the pair covered the flanks and each other, leaving Gee to perform with credit in the centre. Britton and Thomson both touched the high spots in the wing-half positions, and I must confess that as a team I liked this new Everton. What I would have liked though was more “bite” in attack –greater willingness to slip through and have a shot. This was a hard game, in midfield with the Wednesday the better finishers. This served to bring out the best in Sagar, and no goalkeeping can surpass Sagar's best. White had his poorest game at centre forward this term meeting a dour, relentless pivot in Millership who gave him no scope.
January 24, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
It is expected that Dean, the Everton centre-forward will be fit in a few days, and it is hoped he will play against Manchester City next Wednesday should the city win or lose the cup-tie on Saturday. The Everton reserves eleven to meet Manchester City at Manchester on Saturday, in a Central league game, will be Coggins; Bocking, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Geldard, Higham, Litherland, Watson, Leyfield. Litherland is a young player from Cockfield (Durham). Who is attached to the royal engineers of Catterick camp and is being given a trail.
MAN. C. RES V. EVERTON RES.
January 27, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
At Maine-road. The game attracted 12,000. Everton were out of luck when Higham struck the upright and Litherland headed over. Manchester took the lead through Gregory from Wright's cross after 30 minutes. This success was followed a minute later with Heale adding a second with a long, dropping shot, which Coggins misjudged. It was Heal's first goal for Manchester, he only being transferred from Bristol City this week. At the other end Geldard shot wide, Everton improved near the interval, but shots from Litherland and Higham were well taken by Heath. Half-time Manchester City Res 2, Everton Res 0.
MANCHESTER CITY RES 4 EVERTON RESERVES 1
January 31 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 26)
Gregory and Heale scored for Manchester before the interval. Gregory got two more in the second half before Watson got through for Everton. Geldard played brilliantly on the Everton right, and Litherland was a hard-working centre, but the defence was not equal to that of the home side, and this decided the issue. Everton: - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Jones, backs; Mercer, Clark, and Archer, half-backs; Geldard, Higham, Litherland, Watson (J.G.), and Leyland, forwards.
Everton “A” 4 Whiston 2
Liverpool County Combination.
The non-arrive of Whiston's baggage at Goodison Park, caused a delay, but Everton were able to fully equip the visitors. Whiston played quite well for periods, but Everton were always the more convincing. Everton led at the interval by three goals scored by Lownes, Birtley (Penalty) and O'Reilly, and although Whiston made a fine rally and scored twice through Thomas and Constantine (Penalty) a goal from Wilson made victory secure for Everton.
January 31, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton were not engaged last week, but they renew strenuous operations on Saturday, when the team is due to face Arsenal, in the return league match at Highbury. Another interesting experiment is to be made, Higham the young Chorley centre-forward, who proved a prolific scorer in the Lancashire combination and who has done well, in the centre-league side, since joining Everton, has been chosen at inside-right to Critchley in place of McGourty, who play in the match against Sheffield Wednesday. Higham is thus afforded a fine opportunity of displaying his skill and shooting power, although it is a stiff task, for a young player to face Arsenal defence, in his first experience of the first league football. This is the only change, and the side will be as follows: - Sagar; Williams, Cook, Britton, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Higham, White, Cunliffe, Stein. The reserve team to face Bury is: - Coggins; Bocking, Jones; Birtley, Clark, Archer; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Leyfield.
HIGHAM'S FIRST BIG MATCH.
January 31, 1934. Evening Express.
Everton Debutant Against Arsenal.
Dean's Try-Out With Reserves.
By the Pilot.
Higham to make his Football League debut and Dixie Dean to have a run out as leader of the reserves' side –these are the important features of the Everton team selections for Saturday. Higham, the young centre forward from Chorley, will play at inside right against Arsenal. He takes the place of McGourty, this being the only change as compared with the eleven that drew with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in the last league engagement. Nearly a fortnight ago. Joining the Goodison park club a few weeks before Christmas, Higham, who is 1 year ago, has greatly impressed in Central League games. He is a consistently capable player and a good shot. The experiment of playing him as Critchley's partner will be watched with interest, for Higham will be playing against one of the finest defenders in the county. It will be a big test for the newcomers. White will continue to lead the attack with Cunliffe at inside left and Gee centre half. The defence remains unchanged with Williams at right –back and Cook on the left. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Higham, White Cunliffe, Stein.
With one exception, Stein, Everton's F.A. Cup winning forward line will oppose Bury in the Central League game at Goodison Park. Dean will thus make his first appearance since his operation for cartilage trouble on December 6. He will lead the forwards, and will have Geldard, Dunn, and Johnson alongside him. All four were members of the Wembley team. Dean has been making splendid progress towards strengthening his injured leg ever since the team returned from Buxton where they were in special training. He has been kicking the ball well and hopes are entertained that after a run with the reserves he will be sufficiently fit to resume in the league eleven in the game with Manchester City, which takes place at Goodison Park next Wednesday. His re-appearance should ensure a big gathering at Goodison Park. In addition, the fielding of such a strong attack by the blues will attract the “fans.” Everton Reserves; Coggins; Bocking, Jones; Birtley, Clark, Archer; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Leyfield.