EVERTON WELL BELOW THEIR BEST
Brentford 2 Everton 0 (Game 1669 over-all)-(Div 1 1627)
January 2, 1939. The Liverpool Daily Post,
People who were not closely linked up within football, and who did not know the relative positions in the League table of Everton and Brentford, would not, if they had attended Griffin Park on Saturday have dreamt that Everton were second from the top and Brentford at the bottom. It is many months since Everton played to badly. They have been beaten by a wider margin of goals and here played better, but on Saturday they never promised to score, whereas Brentford always looked for goals, because they were more straightforward in their work. I would not say that the Middlesex team were a good side, and that made Everton defeat all the more galling, for had Everton played anything like their normal game I feel sure that they would have had little trouble to win. Brentford were worthy winners, they scored twice, whereas Everton could not find the net. Yet there was a big difference in the style of play, speed and quick tackling was the secret of Brentford’s success for they out into Everton’s attempted combination with knife-edged keenest, and ran into the ball from a waiting Everton man. London had expected much from Everton. The critics could not understand what had come over the Merseyside team. Neither could I, who had seen them, play grand Football a few days before at Derby.
Not A Good Cup Rehearsal
It was not a good rehearsal for the Cup-tie at Derby on Saturday, and something different will have to be served up at the Baseball ground if Everton ate to go any further in the competition, but I think we can leave that to Saturday, and talk of the Brentford debacle. It was a decker in the scene that Everton were made to look commoners by a side which had little also but enthusiasm and determined. Brentford went for those points and took them in a manner which brooks of no denial. Everton had touched rock bottom. They were too fanciful for one thing and they looked bite when it came by a tussle for the ball and although they improved in the second half when Cunliffe changed over to inside right, there was still the need for more ‘pep’’ they seemed distort, in their work whereas Brentford were bubbling over with themselves. They was a possible victory over a team considered one of the two best in the country, and they took it. Everton had been to Dorking to tone themselves up. Well there was little ‘’tone’’ displayed. It was most half-hearted effort. Everton have put up for more than a season. Lawton was well held by James but even so did not; get any sort of a pass from his forwards colleagues. It was a feeble forward line as compared with the dashing Brentford five, and when Townsend practically a newcomer to first class football headed a goal at 18 minutes the goal seemed good enough to earn them the points, for Everton did not look like scoring. Sagar seemed to be at fault when Hopkins jumped across his free kick; in fact the goalkeeper was uneasy during the early minutes but finish’s with some excellent saves. Brentford were unfortunate when McAllon, headed a Smith centre on to the crossbar, the ball dropping down in the mud three yards in front of the line, Townsend just failing to connect. Everton did come into the game more in the second half, but there was nothing coming from the forwards. They could and did take the ball alone to the Brentford goalmouth, but than came to a sudden stop, for no apparent reason whatever.
The Brentford defence was sound all round but could have been beaten if Everton had swung the ball about and shown more keenness in the matter on hand. Brentford played their wing to great effort and when Townsend scored a second goal the game was at good as won. Townsend has played in three games and scored four goals. Not bad for a lad who, not so long ago, was playing in the Hayes team. It is of little use saying that Everton, had more of the attack in the second half, for without the necessary punch to force home their advantage it got them nowhere. It was a bitter blow, for Everton had a great chance to close to Derby County who are now forging ahead. Had Brentford been a good side the defeat would not have been so bad, bit I would not rate the Bees as more than a fair second Division team on this showing. Everton are at Harrogate again, and will go straight to Derby on Saturday morning Stevenson is expected to be fit for the cup-tie. He returned to Liverpool on Friday to have his injured knee examined by a specialist, result Brentford 2 Everton 0.
Brentford: - Crozier goal, goal, Gorman, and Poysers, backs, Briddon, James and Sneddon half-backs, Hopkins, McAloon, Townsend, Scott, Smith forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal, Cook, and Grennhalgh backs, Mercer Jones, and Thomson (captain), half-backs, Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Cunliffe, Boyes forwards. Referee J.R.W.Wright, attendance 27,861
EVERTON RESERVES 1 BLACKPOOL RESERVES 3
January 2, 1939. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 23)
Everton received an unexpected reverse at the hands of Blackpool, who, however, deserved the win. Lovett played a grand game in goal for the home side and Prescott and Jackson were sound backs, Gee was the best of the halves who were overran for long periods, and affected little assistance to the attack, of whom Barber and Catterick were best. Roxburgh kept goal well for the Visitors was well covered by Burke and Wilhan Forster, and McLaren were dangerous raiders, and the former was much was to speedy for the home defence, Catterick scored for the blues and Ashworth and McLaren (2) replied.
COUNTRY LIVERPOOL LEAGUE
Everton ‘’A’’ 3 Earlestown White Star 1
January 2, 1939. The Liverpool Daily Post
At west Derby, Everton’s splendid team work and better finishing, earned them full points, The visitors played good football during the early stages, but Everton soon took command, and by displaying the better combination gave the vistoring defence plenty of work. Heap played well in goal, Ripley netted the first goal for the visitors from a penalty Wykes leveled the score, and later head a goal to give Everton an interval lead. Roberts put the home side further ahead in there second half, Burnett Lambert Edwards and Wykes were outstanding for Everton which Heap Dale Sixsnith, and Hiltha were good players for Earlestown.
STEVEN MAY BE FIT FOR EVERTON CUP-TIE
January 2, 1939. Evening Express
Examination By Specialist On Wednesday
Blues Below Par At Brentford
Good news for Everton! There is a big chance that Alex Stevenson, their Irish international inside-left, will be able to play in Saturday’s big cup-tie against Derby County, at the Baseball ground. Not until Wednesday will it be known for certain whether he can play, but the outlook is bright. Stevenson was sent back from Dorking last week to be examined by the specialist for knee trouble. Fortunately there is no cartilage affected, but he has a damaged ligament. He did not got to Harrogate yesterday with the remainder of the Everton players, but remained home to undergo treatment. He will be examined by the specialist again on Wednesday. The Everton directors meet tomorrow night to select their team, but I do not anticipate any surprise. The only question is whether Stevenson or Cunliffe plays inside-left. Everyone else is fit.
If the Blues play no better than they did at Brentford on Saturday, when they lost by two clear goals they will be out of the Cup by tea time on Saturday. It was the poorest display I have seen from them this season. Yes, and the players realize it, too. They just could not get going against a team of exceptionally quick-tacklers. They were a yard slower on the ball than the Bees who, because of the indifferent form of Everton, were made to appear a far better side than they are. The speed and tenacity of the Brentford tackling completely upset the Everton machine, and throughout the game only two shots from the Blues were on the target! Lawton struggled gamely, with scant support and so it was only on rare occasions that he eluded the clutches of unceremonious Joe James. Boyes showed improvement with two splendid runs, but he would do better if he got the ball across more accurately. Gillick, pleased in flashes, but the line as a whole like rhythm and incisiveness. Jones was outstanding figure in defence with Cook a good second. Sagar did not have a good day and could be faulted when Townsend scored the first goal after 18 minutes. Townsend got the second in 67 minutes of a game not up to First Division standards. Townsend pleased me. He is a youngster Brentford secured from the amateur club, Hayes. His ball-control was excellent and he is a rare opportunist. A lot will be heard of this lad in the future.
January 2, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Londoners who were at the Brentford-Everton game on Saturday sat in wonderment at Everton’s dismay display at Griffin Park. They had come with the memory of Everton’s Arsenal game in their mind; they went away asking we Liverpoolians what had come over the team, and we had no answer other than it was the worst game Everton had played for months. You can have no chance against Derby next week they said, and they were right, for I have not seen such a lackadaisical exhibition for many a long day, and a repeat will bring but one result, a comfortable victory for the County. It is hard to imagine such a reversal of form in the course of a few days time. Earlier in the week Everton had been lauded to the skies for their fine football against the Country. On Saturday night no one had a good word for them. I can hardly think of one, and I have pondered the matter over in my mind. If Brentford had been a really good side the sting of defeat would have been lessoned, but they were not. Useful, yes, but not a Derby County by any means.
Quicker Than Everton.
Pace and enthusiasm carried them to victory. They were yards quicker than Everton, saw the need for the long pass, as against the tap-tapping, and went straight for goal. Everton played with that Derby tie in their mind; at least that is how it appeared to those who see them week by week. They did not look like scoring. How could they hope to score when they would not shoot. They could and did take the ball into enemy quarters, but were easily driven out without even testing Crozier to any great extent. Not one single player struck his normal form, and anyone who did not know the position of the two teams in the League would have though Everton were at the bottom and not Brentford. It was a disjointed Everton; a strange Everton and Brentford were full worthy of their victory; a win which was eased their position immensely.
Such a victory may mean the turning point of their career. They were proud of their success over one of the two best teams in the country on table rating. But I must warm them. It was the poorest Everton I have seen for some seasons. Brentford had all the “fire” of this game; they were hounding pushful and determined. Up and onward was their motto, and they were forward like a regiment of soldiers. The boy who scored the Bees two goals was making his third appearance in first-class football, and has scored four goals to date. Brentford consider they have found a successful successor to McCulloch. He is undoubtedly full of promise and McAloon played one of the best games for some time. I wonder will Brentford let him return to Scotland as he desires. I would think twice about it. Gorman, the Liverpool born full back, obtained from Blackburn Rovers had a great match, and so had James against Lawton, who had little chance for he rarely got a takeable pass. Hopkins and Smith treated the line well in fact, Brentford played their best game this season. But enough, I want to forget this game, for Everton showed up in a very bad light. Every endeavor is being made to get Alec Stevenson fir for the Cup-tie but a definte decision will not be known until later in the week.
EVERTON RES V DERBY C. RES
January 3, 1939. The Evening Express.
Derby were first to become aggressive and when Hinchcliffe gave Stockhill possession the centre-forward failed to connect properly with the ball; and Lovett, the Blues ‘keeper, cleared. Everton then settled down and Barber tested Wright from close in. The Everton attack improved and Derby’s defence were forced to concede two corners in quick succession which, however, proved fruitless. From a free kick just outside the penalty area, Wykes placed Everton ahead after 20 minutes play, the ball striking the underside of the crossbar before entering the net. Later Musson, Derby’s left-half made a great effort to level matters. Lovett the Everton custodian, made a magnificent save. A minute from half-time, Catterick made a brilliant run down the middle and increased Everton’s lead.
Half-Time Everton Res 2, Derby County Res 0. Musson reduced the arrears for Derby County from a penalty 10 after the interval. Davies and Catterick added further goals for Everton. Final; Everton Res 4, Derby C Res 1.
EVERTON RES V DERBY RES
January 3, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Res took two goals lead before the interval. Wyles scored from a free kick in twenty-five minutes, the ball hitting the underneath side of the cross bar before entering the net, and just on the interval Catterick made a clever dribble, and then seemed to have lost his chance, but went on to score. Wright connecting with the ball without being able to keep it old. In the really part of the game many passes went wrong, which rather gave the impression that it bounce of the ball often beat the man. The County might have had a goal very early when Stockhill was clean through, but the centre forward missed the chance. Lovett, the Everton goalkeeper, had many shots to save, but the defences on both sides were a shade on top of the rival attacks. The internationals, Gee and Barker held up the middle, and further behind Lambert played a strong defensive game, as did Allen. Derby reduced the lead ten minutes after resuming. Gee brought down Stockhill in the penalty area, and Musson scored from the spot. The football at this stage was quite keen, and Catterick had wretched luck when a great shot of his struck the crossbar and bounded back into play. Everton scored through Davies at 75 minutes and Catterick at 85 minutes, Final Result; Everton Res 4, Derby County Res 1.
Everton Reserves 4 Derby County Reserves 1
January 3 1939. The Liverpool Daily Post
Defeat of Derby County in Central League
Central League (Game24)
Everton reserves got back to winning ways with a convincing victory over Derby County Reserves at Goodison Park yesterday. The score of 4-1 does not flatter them in the least; in fact Catterick the scorer of two of the goals, might with the slightest bit of luck have had several others the crossbar spoiling him one, and Wright standing in his way to prevent his fierce drive from squeezing home. The first half was well contested, even though Everton were two goals up through Wyles who scored with a free kick, and Catterick but the second half was definitely Everton’s, Derby reduced the arrears through a penalty by Mason, but after that they were mainly on the defensive, and Davies and Catterick added to the tally of goals. There were three international on the field, Gee and Britton for Everton and Barker for Derby. Baker was being tried out with a view to his inclusion in the cup team on Saturday but I feel that Bailey is certain to be at centre half-back. Barker did not seem quite fit. He has been out of the game with pleurisy. There was class about these internationals. But I liked Catterick, and late on in the game Dean produced some good football whilst Lambert played well at left back for Everton. He was a grand tackler. Dean will be 17 in February. Mr. George Jobey told me that they would sell out at Derby for the Cup-tie, and that if Everton had any tickets left, they would be glad to have them. The record for the ground is 38,000 Everton:- Lovett, goal, Prescott, and Lambert backs, Britton, Gee (captain) and Milligan half0backs, Barber,, Dean (k), Catterick Wykes,, and Davies (jack) forwards. Derby County: - Wright goal, Wilcox, and Alton backs, McLachlan, Barker and Masson, half-backs, Jeffrey’s, Sullivan, Stockill, Hinchliffe, and Mee forwards.
STEVENSON WILL BE AN EVERTON ABSENTEE
January 3, 1939. The Evening Express.
Alec Stevenson, Everton’s inside left, will not play against Derby County in the F.A. Cup-tie, at the Baseball ground on Saturday. Mr. Ernest Green, the Everton chairman made a special journey to Goodison Park from Harrogate to ascertain the full extent of Stevenson’s injury. It is a sprained ligament of the knee which has been placed in splints. This is a big blow to Everton, for Stevenson has proved an inspiring force in their attack. The Everton directors meet tonight to decide on the player to take his place. This is likely to be a surprise choice for the inside left position. Gillick and Tom Jones have been under treatment from the doctor –Gillick for a sore throat and Jones for earache –but both are fit and the one problem for the directors to decide tonight is the inside left position. Choice lies between Wyles, Watson and Cunliffe, for Sharp has been a victim of flu.
WITH THE BLUES
January 4, 1939. The Evening Express.
I spent a day with the Everton party at Harrogate amid the snow and ice. The Blues must defive benefit from the change. The air was like champagne when I was there, and all the players thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything in the Blues programme is arranged to the smallest detail. For instance, promptly at ten o’clock, four cars arrived at the hotel and the entire party –in addition to the players. Messrs Ernest Green (chairman), and George Evans, directors, Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary, Mr. Harry Cooke, trainer, and myself, were included –whisked away to the icebound ground of the Harrogate club. The players wore special training boots –the invention of Harry Cooke –with short studs and were able to do their laps and sprints despite the conditions. Some then went out on the Wetherby road to complete their running and walking and on return found that the enterprising Harry Cooke had found some tennis courts which would enable the lads to have a six-a-side game. The players did not need calling twice. It was one of the finniest games I have seen for a long time. Torry Gillick began proceedings by back-heeling through his own goal; skipper Jock Thomson was seathing in some remarks to referee, Harry Cooke; we saw goalkeeper Sagar playing outside-right. Walter Boyes at full back; Willie Cook at centre-forward. The aim of the game is to acquire speed in passing. There is no tackling. The players must part as soon as they are challenged. This means that the ball is continually on the move. Players get the habit of quick passing –and in taking passes sharply. Harry Cooke controls with a strong hand, shouting instructions all the while and tooting on the whistle. The players put in a solid hour’s hard work, and then the cars whisked them back to the hotel for baths and massage. In the afternoon the players went to the Oakland gold course, and this was followed by flying billiards handicaps. At night all went off to a movie show. Training will be completed on Friday and they travel to Derby direct from Harrogate on Saturday morning. The Everton players were out training in the Harrogate snow today. Tonight they join Bolton and Plymouth in a visit to a boxing tournament.
Here is a good story from Harrogate. The Harrogate Coporation have always allowed the Blues to use the town football ground for training, and when Plymouth Argyle arrived they also sought permission to use the ground at such time as the Everton players were working elsewhere. Manager Jack Tresadern of Argyle got into touch with the authorizes, and they told him they would let him know. Eventually they gave him a ring, and this is what the official said; “You cannot use the ground in the morning because Everton use it them, you can train at the ground any afternoon except Saturday. There is a match there on Saturday afternoon. Maybe the official did not realize that Arygle also have match on Saturday afternoon –at Sunderland.
EVERTON DEFER TEAM SELECTION UNTIL SATURDAY MORNING
January 4, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
The Everton directors met last night but were unable to come to a decision as to the composition of their side. The great doubt is Stevenson, who is to have an examination today. His trouble is pulled ligaments and even if examination proved the injury to be well enough to play, which is extremely unlikely, he has not had a day’s training since he was hurt in the Charlton match on December 17. Bell went to Harrogate yesterday so it would appear that he will take Stevenson’s place at inside left. The team will not be chosen until the morning of the match. Derby County will not pick their side until tomorrow, but no change is likely from that which has done duty without alteration in the last four games, including the two against Everton. Barker, the home captain is now fit again, but so well has Bailey played in his absence that Derby are unlikely to move him. In the five team games in which Bailey has appeared at centre half this season no opposing centre forward has scored. Derby are to do nothing in the way of special Cu-tie training and are remaining at home, where time will be devoted mainly to recreational pursuits.
“ALL’S WELL” WITH EVERTON
January 5, 1939. The Evening Express.
“Everything all right.” This was the message from Harrogate, where Everton are preparing for their visit to Derby County. The players are enjoying their revels in the snow and all are fit with the exception of Stevenson, who is in Liverpool under treatment for his ligament trouble. Stevenson is making good progress towards recovery, but remains extremely doubtful.
From the “Enemy” Camp
Derby County, who entertain Everton, have been taking things quietly during training. No “stunts” have been undertaken and no tips to the seaside. A little walking, a little running on the track, gym work and a good deal of golf has constituted the preparation. Ball practices was cut out some time before the holiday rush started and has not been reinstated.
Tuesday has been the only “serious” day and even then the training was not intensive.
Wednesday was earmarked for golf, but that was off because of the weather and gym exercises was substituted. The Baseball ground looked a picture –but not for football –for it had a six inch covering of snow. It had already started to thaw, and so the prospect is that the playing pitch will be very heavy for Saturday, unless there is frost later in the week.
EVERTON’S GREAT BATTLE AT DERBY
January 6, 1939. The Evening Express.
Everton Should Draw –At Least.
Everton will not selected their team to face Derby Country until tomorrow morning. There is one position in doubt. This is the inside left position, for which Alex Stevenson is a doubtful starter. Personally, I do not think Stevenson will be able to play. The splints were removed from his injured knee on Wednesday, but in the prevailing conditions I do not think the directors will risk him. Choice will fall on “Bunny” Bell if Stevenson is “away.” It is possible that Bell will become centre-forward, and that Tommy Lawton, the England leader, will go to inside-left. Another possibility is that Gordon Watson, the versatile half-back, will be tried at inside-left. Watson, however, may be given a chance at left half. Jock Thomson, the captain, will be consulted regarding the team selection. Well, no matter which team the Blues field, I have a “hunch” that they will escape defeat –at least. I saw the two Christmas matches against County and while appreciating that the County were rather unfortunate not to win outright at Goodison Park, Everton certainly were unfortunate to lost at Derby.
Everton’s Goal Power.
Now a side which has scored 46 goals in 23 matches can hardly be accused of failing to accept scoring chances. Everton have done that and yet their primary failing in recent matches has been their inability to seize opportunities. It was that fact and that fact alone which cost them two points at Derby. Fully four gilt-edged openings were frittered away in the second half. With improved finishing I think Everton have a rare opportunity of making the third time pay for all. There is danger in those fast-moving, hard-shooting Derby forwards in which Crooks is the chief raider. Maybe Everton can take some of the “sting” out of the County if Greenhalgh will employ his Stan Matthews tactics on Crooks –get to the ball before Crooks has a chance of settling on it. I am certain that if Crooks is held. McCulloch will not constitute such a danger, for the Scottish centre-forward relies on Crooks’ centres for his goals. This, in my opinion, will provide the greatest cup-tie of the day, and the ground record at Derby is certain to be broken. Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh, Mercer, Jones, Thomson, Gillick, Bentham, (or Bell), Stevenson (or Lawton, Bell, or Watson), Boyes. Derby County: - Boulton; Nicholas, Howe; Hann, Bailey, Ward; Crooks, Astley, McCulloch, Dix, Duncan.
Goodison Park might have had a blank day tomorrow but for a happy thought on the part of one of the officials. Owing to the Cup-ties no Central League fixture was arranged, but when the first team were drawn to visit Derby County in the Cup, it was decide to try to re-arrange a fixture. Word was sent to Aston Villa suggesting that their game –scheduled for the last day of the season –should be brought forward, Villa agreed and I feel certain the change will result in a better attendance. Everton are taking the opportunity of playing George Milligan at centre-half to enable Lindley to have a run at left-half. Everton Reserves; Lovett; Prescott, Lambert; Britton, Milligan, Lindley; Merritt, K. Dean, Catterick, Wyles, Davies (Jack).
EVERTON EXPECT A DRAW
January 6, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s team to meet Derby County tomorrow is as yet unknown, but don’t be surprised if Alec Stevenson is in the team selected to-morrow morning at Derby. Should the Irishman turn out, and be perfectly fit, it will mean a whole lot to Everton and will enhance their prospects at the Baseball ground. No team playing away from home has such an immense task as that which faces Everton, for the County are a good side anywhere, but even better on their own enclosure. Still, I do not forget Everton’s great effort there last Tuesday week. They should have won, and would have won had they taken their chances. They had more than the County, yet the latter took two goals to Everton’s one. This game is the tie of the round, and the record attendance of 38,000 would be easily broken could the people be packed into the ground. Even for the League game there were hundreds left outside. What is it going to be tomorrow? All tickets are disposed of, Everton did not send any back, so the team, so the team will have the benefit of a local support. I understand that half a dozen excursion trains will carry the Everton supporters to Derby on Saturday morning. Now this support is not to be despised. It is a great help, but if Everton are to win they will have to help themselves when it comes to taking chances. Of course, a League game is not quite the same as a cup match. There is something about a cup-tie which makes it different. In the matter of goal points there is no difference. The team which scores the most goals goes forward, so Everton must see to it that every opportunity is accepted. Such an excuses as “We had all the play” is of no earthly use when the other side is in the next round. It is small consolation. Go to it, Everton. Derby can be beaten, but only if goal-scoring opportunities are turned to account. I am afraid Everton would like a spot of frost. They have done nothing since the grounds became heavy. Even that game at Preston, where they won, was somewhat of a freak result, for North End threw away chances after chances, whereas Everton took one. There was a lesson to be learned from that game. Everton fancy that a draw will be their reward. Derby think they will win outright, and they have some “form” for their confidence , for did they not take three out of the four possible points in the two league meeting. If Everton can force a reply, which would be on Wednesday, I will be satisfied. A lot depends upon whether Stevenson is fit enough to play; Everton; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Thomson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson (or Bell), Boyes. Derby County; Boulton; Nicholas, Howe; Hann, Bailey, Ward; Crooks, Astley, McCulloch, Dix, Duncan.
BOYES PUTS EVERTON INTO FOURTH ROUND
January 7, 1938. The Liverpool Football Echo
Great Football Wins In Stern Tussler;
Mercer’s Fine Display
Derby County Stars Checked
Everton brought off a great victory at Derby. A goal by Boyes did it. With its scoring ‘Derby lost heart. It was a grand game in terrible conditions. Everton’s defence was like Gibraltar. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones, and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Derby County: - Boulton, goal; Nicholas and Howe, backs; Hann, Bailey and Ward, half-backs; Crooks, Astley, McCulloch, Dix and Smith, forwards. Referee Mr. H.H. Jewell, London. After a week of doubt concerning Alex Stevenson it was decided at Harrogate this morning to allow him to play. He had been kicking the ball during training, and his injured knee stood the strain, so there seemed no reason whatever why he should not play. He was anxious to play so that the team was the same as that which opened the season and had such a wonderful run of success. Derby looked upon this game as the titbit of the ground, and were confident of winning, but the Everton boys would not hear of defeat. There was no advantage to the team winning the toss, which was Derby’s honour. The County soon showed the type of game they would play, for they opened with snappy passes, and Dix was through, but finding his way barred he pushed the ball out to Crooks, but the ball had no run on it and Greenhalgh cleared.
Again the County swept through, a header from McCulloch striking Greenhalgh. The free kick was cleared, and a Thomson pass up the middle was responsible for an injury to Bailey and Lawton, whose heads crashed together as they went up for the ball. Crooks displayed good control when beating his man, but Jones stepped into the breach. Neither goalkeeper had seen a shot thus far, for the defences were kicking with prodigious power and taking no risks on a treacherous turf. Gillick almost sneaked his way through the County defence his shot finishing wide. A free kick against Jones for a foul on McCulloch was dangerous when Dix slung the ball out to Duncan, who promised to repeat his holiday goal, but was not successful. Stevenson was on the mark with a header, and then a misunderstanding between two Everton players on the penalty line looked more dangerous than it was. Lawton was fouled by Bailey when the latter pushed him in the chest with his arms. He got nothing from the referee. Boyes and Lawton made an opening for Bentham, but the inside right could not connect with the ball to give it the required touch to send it along to Gillick which would have given the Scot a great opening. Gillick, however got his chance in the next minute, Thomson running up and placing a perfect pass to the wingman. Gillick shot instantly, and the ball hit Boulton and went for a corner. This was put well into the goalmouth, and Bentham’s header was going under the bar till Nicholas headed out. Everton at this point were hammering the Derby defence and Bailey made a perfect tackle to block Lawton’s shot in its infancy. The football was excellent, hard and fierce, and Stevenson almost opened the day’s scoring with a gliding shot, which passed the upright by a foot. He might have scored.
Derby Break Loose.
Derby had withstood Everton’s intense pressure extremely well, for they had been on the collar for fully 10 minutes. They broke loose, and Dix made a fiery drive, which finished miles wide of its objective. Gillick, with a free kick, was on the mark, but Everton were playing magnificently. They were more dangerous than the County and 30 minutes had gone by and Sagar had not had a shot to handle. This will explain how the Everton defence was dealing with Derby’s star attack. Mercer made a good dribble which took him among his forwards, and his pass should have been taken to better advantage. Mercer was later concerned in a bit of clever defensive work when he rushed over to hold up the galloping Crooks. Near the interval Crooks got away from Greenhalgh and centred right on to McCulloch’s head. The Scot headed downwards but Sagar fell on the ball, what time McCulloch claimed that the ball had gone over. The referee ignored the appeal, and rightly so. Derby were going all out for a leading goal, and when Sagar was beaten by Dix’s header Mercer stopped the ball on the goal-line and kicked clear –a near share for Everton. Hann hit the post, Jones kicking away. The County had leveled matters by their great endeavour. They had been unlucky hereabouts.
Half-Time Derby County 0, Everton 0.
Derby started the second half as they had left off, and Mercer was again responsible for a clearance when all seemed lost. During the interval the one topic was “Isn’t is grand football under the conditions?” And everyone agreed that it was. It was a game of two styles –Derby with their wing play; Everton more elaborate. The Everton defence had some strong work to put in, but having done so they made progress through Gillick.
Boyes Nods Ball Into Net.
A free kick did not produce anything, but into play by Gillick and Bentham ended in the latter centering over Nicholas’s head, and Boyes nodded the ball into the net after 52 minutes. This was a blow to the Country people who began to call out “Want one,” and McCulloch had a chance to give it them when he shot wide from a scoring position. Sagar caught a shot from Crooks and later saw the same player shoot to the side netting following some good class football.
Everton’s right-wing was the danger spot and Mercer has never been seen to better advantage either as an attacker or defender. Derby did not hold the ball a second. Out went the ball to the wings and bang it came to the centre, Bailey was inclined to use his elbow against Lawton. Mercer prevented Duncan getting across a goal-laden centre with the Everton defence out of position. Bailey was at last spotted by the referee fouling Lawton. Cook took the kick, shooting wide.
Few Flashing Runs.
Everton were tackling with nice keen edge, and that reduced the Country’s power, for they could not make any of their flashing runs, a feature of the County’s game. Lawton’s was through, but Bailey once again tackled him unfairly, and a free kick was the result. Cook gave Gillick a grand chance, but the Scot, for once in a way, lost possession. Everton were sounding the Derby depths and Nicholas could not hold Boyes, whose centre was shot rather feebly, so that Boulton had no difficulty in saving. Sagar took a Duncan centre very confidently. Final Derby County 0, Everton 1.
THE RHYTHM THAT ONCE THROUGH EVERTON’S MOVES
January 7, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Disappears With Heavy Grounds
Charlie Gee On How To Stop The “Stopper”
“We’ve Got Rhythm” was at one time Everton’s signature tune, and there was no denying the fact that there was music in their play, but for some reason or other, it has been taken out of their score, and in its place has come a jerky jazz time. I have tried to find out a reason for the “cut” but can only think of one explanation, and that is that Everton cannot “swing it” when the need demands; and it his demanded right now, with grounds more like a treacle jar. Ever since the heavy weather hit us Everton have been faltering. They were lucky against Chelsea, were beaten by Charlton in an away victory on a mud bath at Preston, had to fight for a draw against Derby County unluckily beaten at the Baseball Ground and soundly whacked at Brentford. On the dry grounds they were almost invincible. At one period of their career Goodiosn’s mud was an acquisition –it was as good as a goal or two start. Today, it is definitely a bar to their progress. Why? Because there is no swung about their play. Dainty passages should saved for the right occasion. I mentioned some time ago that Everton might find they heavy grounds against them. Well, is it not so? The same players are there who ran rings round the Arsenal and Aston Villa. They are not running rings around any team just now, not even the lowliest, the bottom club. One can hardly claim that the forwards are too small as a line, for have not Middlesbrough scorers of more goals than any team, one of the smallest forward lines in the county? I have pondered the matter over and over again and the only solution to Everton’s failing off seems due to the heavy grounds. Today’s personality is an old friend, one Charlie Gee, who before the coming of T.G. Jones held the middle for Everton and England. Gee is a wag, and an argumentative sort, but, there is a lot of meat in his arguments whether they be about football or world affairs. Well read, Charlie is prepared to tackle any subject under discussion but he is best when he is in a football debate. He knows his football through and through and brings a lot of intelligent thought into the statement. One has to be a good listener when gee is about, for once he takes the platform you can settle down, for he is there for some time. Gee was playing for Stockport Town team when he was 12 years of age so he has seen many changes in football tactics since he first pulled his jersey over his head. His first “real” club was Reddish Green Wesleyans, with whom he played until he was 18 when he went to Stockport County. It was after his display in a Schoolboys’ Inter-League game that the County saw his possibilities. He played 34 first team games with the County when Everton decided he was their man, and obtained his signature in the close season of 1930. He was an immediate success, and was soon “capped” for England against Ireland, Wales and Spain, and was an inter-league against the Scots at Goodison Park. His first international was at Anfield. Never a stopper in the true sense of the word, Charlie’s natural bent was to go forward, but when the “policeman,” became the vogue, Gee, like other attacking pivots had to join the force. He has his own ideas as the best method of beating the stopper centre half back. Don’t pass the ball over your centre forward, for such a ball belongs to the opposing centre half. Put it short. So that your centre can gather it on the ground. That defeats the object of a centre half back as centre halves play today.” Gee should know, for he has blotted out many a centre forward during his career. 1932 was a bad year for him, fir it was during that season that he was caught in the footballer’s boggy –cartilage trouble. That was against Bolton Wanderers, and it was some time before he regained his confidence. I recall a remark he made to me some years ago when he was in the first team. “Jones” is a great player. If he ever gets in, he will take a lot of getting out.” That was before Jones had a game in the first team, so you see that Charlie knows a good ‘un when he sees one. He has a fine opinion of Dean, the inside right. It is not because he comes from his own town, but because he is a footballer with brains. Gee likes ‘em with brains. Don’t we all? Dean, by the way, will be sixteen in February. Catterick is also from Stockport, who have supplied Everton with more than one good player in recent years. Gee’s most amusing football experience was when he was playing with Stockport “A” against New Mills. It was a foggy day and the “ref” had taken in the players once, and brought them out again when the fog lifted. Down came the fog again, and the referee called the players in once again. They were sitting waiting in the dressing-room when, after ten minutes, the goalkeeper came strolling in. He did not know the players had left the field, and had been standing there all on his own, thinking that the play must have been at the other end. There was some kidding that day. Gee is a joiner by trade. He was sensible enough to complete his indentures, so that he will have a trade to go back to when his playing days are over.
LEAVES FROM MY NOTEBOOK AND TAPPING FROM MY TYPEWRITER
January 7, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
I am sure all my readers will join with me in sending New Years greeting to Mr. Louis T. Kelly, who every week for over thirty years, has given pleasure and entertainment to countless thousands of Football Echo readers through his “Studmarks” feature. Mr. Kelly has been laid up now for some months, though he has continued his weekly contribution, and in spite of a very painful illness, “Studmarks,” still retains its merry wit and cheerful tone, we can all be cheerful when things are blooming. It takes a man of courage and faith to maintain his lightsome spirit through long illness. For more years than know of Mr. Kelly has been a friend and helper to journalists in both Press-boxes, Anfield and Goodison. His books of records are unique, his memory unfailing and his courtesy, and kindles such that nobody ever applauded to him in vain. Football facts and figures have been with him a lifetime hobby, and in a characteristically cheerful note I heard from him, a few days ago, he told me that latterly the writing of “Studmarks” and the keeping up of his records has helped to lighten many a day of pain. We have missed him at the local grounds this season. I trust the New Year will bring him renewed health and strength, and that before long he will be back once more in the Saturday afternoon routine which has given him such pleasure in the past.
EVERTON WIN GREAT CUP BATTLE
January 7, 1939. The Evening Express
Classic Struggle At Derby
Vital Goal By Boyes
Mercer The Man Of The Match
Everton beat Derby County 1-0 at the Baseball ground in a game which will go down as a cup-tie classic. Boyes scored the vital goal after 52 minutes. It was a win well deserved and more than compensated for the three points the County gained in the League. Mercer was the outstanding man on the field, but all the Everton players pulled their full weight. “Stevenson plays” was news for Everton supporters. Stevenson had made a remarkable recovery. His left knee was in sprints on Wednesday, but such was the progress he made that he was out kicking yesterday morning, and he said to me, when I met him. I am delighted the knee is better.” His delight was shared by all. So the Blues in this exacting task fielded a player who three days ago was “out” Everton had out the eleven which opened the season for them, and it was Stevenson’s first game since the match against Charlton Athletic. Mr. Theo Kelly, the Everton secretary, optimistically brought with him a bundle of tickets –in preparation for the replay! Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones, and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Derby County: - Boulton, goal; Nicholas and Howe, backs; Hann, Bailey and Ward, half-backs; Crooks, Astley, McCulloch, Dix and Smith, forwards. Referee Mr. H.H. Jewell, London. Everton lost the toss and were soon defending against those quick moving County lads, who showed fine strength in the close work. Lawton beat Bailey in the air, and Lawton received a bang on the head. He was able to resume. The free kick was easily disposed of, and Crooks made his inward run only to find Cook blocking his attempt to put Duncan through.
Duncan forced a corner from which Hann placed high over. The Everton right flank provided the best piece of combined football so far. The Mercer, Bentham, Gillick trio had the County on the run and after Lawton had played his part, Gillick found the ball traveling too fast for him. Gillick got through again and this time placed neatly for Stevenson to test Boulton with a sharp header. The Blues almost paid dearly for their confidence. Both Greenhalgh and Thomson were faced with Crooks, and eventually Thomson passed back to Jones. Jones tried to hold off McCulloch as Sagar ran out, but the centre forward was on him in a flash, and Sagar had to kick away. Another thrill followed. This was a curling centre from Duncan which dropped on top of the bar with Crooks running in to get to business. Everton were now getting into their stride, and the ball passed right across from Boyes to Bentham, for Howe to nip in as Gillick was about to take his “through” ticket to success. He then turned it out to Gillick, whose cross-shot was beaten away by Boulton. Bailey turned it aside, but Everton kept it up, and from Boyes’s corner Nicholas headed out from the line a grand header from Bentham. Derby had a grilling in the hectic five minutes which followed. How their goal remained intact was a mystery, Lawton’s shot was turned aside by Bailey, and Stevenson nipped in like lightning only to glide the ball the wrong side of the post, with Boulton hopelessly outpointed. Derby regained their confidence, and after a fine collaborated raid Dix shot high and wide. Gillick was fouled as he was cutting through, and Stevenson’s free kick was negative by Boyes getting offside. Another close-up Everton free kick was beaten back and then Mercer made a fifty-yard run-and-shot, which cannoned against an opponent. Lawton and Stevenson tried to improve Boyes work, yet were out-numbered when within an inch of clinching the deal. Everton were playing brilliantly after their shaky five minutes at the start. The Blues were right on their toes, never giving an opponent a second’s rest.
Mercer’s Fine Dribble.
When the Rams came away, Mercer cut across and made a fine dribble to beat the dangerous Crooks. It was a glorious piece of work. In the first half-hour Sagar had not had a single shot to stop. Gillick and Cook got Bentham away on good ground, yet the inside right, in a Gillick role, could not time his centre. The game had developed into a grand pulsating encounter. Sagar ran to the edge of the penalty area to take Greenhalgh’s back pass and survive the challenge of the dashing McCulloch. Sagar saved in glorious style about a lost in front of the line. The County claimed the ball was over, but referee Jewell was right there and waved play on Lawton was just a second too late in slipping Gillick through and then Crooks fired in along the turf and Jones kicked it away for a corner. This almost led to the opening goal. Sagar failed to reach Crooks kick and McCulloch headed it forward to Dix. Dix had the goal at his mercy. He headed in coolly, but Mercer was there to save, kicking the ball away as it dropped right on the line. Sagar ran over with congratulations. Derby kept it up –they were having their brightest spell. Hann dropped a ball in the goalmouth, Sagar misjudged its fight and it fell over his head only to rebound back into play off the foot of the post. Jones cleared.
Half-Time Derby County 0, Everton 0.
Derby restarted as they left off. They struck a top note right away and after a fast Duncan centre had gone off Thomson’s foot for a corner, Mercer, was there to save as the ball was pushed forward, it was heroic. Mercer was there with the next ‘ace’ which he followed with a cute dribble. The mud took charge of his final pass. The pitch was churned up badly and many good passes stuck in the mud. Jones headed away from a header by McCulloch and Greenhalgh was there to deny “Man” the chance to get a Duncan cross.
The Blues went away to take the lead in 52 minutes. Boyes was the scorer. Mercer nipped in and sent Bentham through. Bentham dribbled one man before feeling Gillick on the wing. Gillick beat Howe, and as Ward came with the tackle, the Scot slipped it inside to Bentham. Bentham turned around quickly as Bailey came to him and lobbed a centre clean over Nicholas’ head to Boyes, standing about five yards from the far post. Boyes flashed a lightning header into the far corner of the net, giving Boulton no chance. The Everton players went wild with delight, and quickly tried to make it two, only Stevenson’s shot was too high. From a free-kick for a foul on Lawton –a frequently occurrence by the way, in this remarkable game which will go down in history, as one of the classic –Bentham headed just over the bar. Derby fought back, well under the inspiration Nicholas, whose main object seemed to be to make the big kick sense the purpose. Cook’s clearance was short and once again Mercer had to come along with one of those characteristic late tackle. Mercer cannot have played better than this. The speed of the game was remarkable in view of the conditions. The County streaked through, but Cook dashed in to take charge Astley’s winning pass, just as McCulloch was thirsting to have a bang. A back pass by Nicholas went to Lawton via a mud path, but again Bailey held up the Everton leader, so the Blues only got a free kick instead of a possible goal. Sagar was brought into action with a header from Astley, which bounced off his chest, but which was always his ball. Everton almost made it two when Stevenson got through from Boyes’ pass and sent Lawton away. Lawton turned across a low pass which sped just that fraction too fast and went away to safety. The County making their big effort now, but Everton rarely gave the Rams an inch in which to work or a second to gain complete control. The nearest Derby got was an Astley shot, which was about four yards wide. Everton still troubled the Rams with their bursts, but Sagar had to run far out to kick away as McCulloch came dashing in. Final Derby County 0, Everton 1.
STEVENSON EVERTON’S “ALEX JAMES.”
January 7, 1939. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Sports Log.
There is no doubt that the absence of wee Alex Stevenson from the Everton side was mainly responsible for the fact that over the holiday period the Blues secured only three points out of four games. Stevenson is to Everton what Alex James was to Arsenal –the man whose craft and quick-thinking set the machine in motion. He is a master at holding and drawing, and he is the type who is never happy unless he is in the thick of the fight.
DOMINANT EVERTON WING HALF-BACKS
Derby Daily Telegraph - Monday 09 January 1939
CLASSIC PLAY IN THIRD MEETING OF TWO GRAND SIDES
DERBY COUNTY, defeated I—0 by Everton in the third round of the F.A. Cup at the Baseball Ground on Saturday, left Lhe competition in select company.
THANKS for the memory. Derby County supporters with dreams of Wembley shattered by Everton's I—o victory in the F.A. Cup-tie at the Baseball Ground on Saturday have something grand to look back upon. They can still regard their team with pride and, out of a natural disappointment, find heart to pay tribute to gallant opponents. What a rare just it was on the part of the football fates to throw these teams together three times within thirteen days. A thrilling three-chapter serial with a super climax. Everton revealed great spirit to bring off the Cup success after the Harris had gained the moral advantage of a draw at Goodison Park and a win at, Derby the League battles. All of the meetings have, been close tussles and this final result just balances the scales. Yet I cannot help feeling that some hoodoo has put its blight upon the Rams where the Cup is concerned. Twice in succession they have fallen at the first hurdle after being drawn at home. In each case appeal for a vital goal has been disallowed. Stoke, last, year, Astley had the ball in the net and it. was thought. that a replay had been forced, but a free-kick was awarded instead for alleged pushing.
McCULLOCH'S GOAL CLAIM
The whole course Saturday's game might have been changed had the referee awarded a goal when McCulloch made a claim that the ball had crossed the line when Sagar stopped a header. From where I sat it was impossible to tell whether the appeal was justified. Some of those who were behind the Everton goal have told that, the ball was fully six inches over. Still the referee, Mr. A. J- Jewell, was well up with the play and I have every faith in his competence. Personally, 1 would prefer the Everton victory the Hams getting the benefit doubtful decision. It. would have been a pity to spoil such a classic by the award a disputed point.
WOULD HAVE HAD NO CHANCE
In normal circumstances Hie goalkeeper would never have had Hie chance to save. When the Dei by centiefor ward headed in, the ball stuck dead in the mud, and Sagar was able to gather it. Such Cup luck, and it seemed all against the Hams Saturday. Their were times in the first half when the game seemed as good as won, yet, Everton's goal appeared to under the protection of a spell. Impishly, the ball simply would not into the net. the game. The effort had just the necessary amount of luck.
HUNDRED TO ONE CHANCE
A smart interchange of passes by the right, wing trio of Mercer, Bentham and Gillick did not look especially dangerous, and the inside forward's centre came right off the end of his toe. it is always hundred to one against such a kick travelling accurately, but this one did— right into the Derby goalmouth. Even then Nicholas appeared to have it well covered, but his jump to head the ball was ill-timed—he missed it, and Boyes was on the spot to take this gift from the gods and head into goal. Derby lackcd a general to rally them after this. Desperately they tried to retrieve the position, but most of their effort was dissipated in flurry and overeagerness. Few moves were made to split the Everton defcnce, which gained confidence. Gradually the Rams' attack lost its (trice, and the visitors' half-back line become the dominant, factor. before the end. Everton had the game well, won, and on the day they were a shade the better combination. Still, was a thousand pities that one of two grand sides should have out. Even a replay would not have helped. The game was deserving better conditions than gluey ground and a grey atmosphere.
RAMS' MISTAKEN TACTICS
As far as tactics went, think the Rams made a mistake by not keeping the forceful open methods which were so successful the first half. Or had the effort banging' the heavy ball about, taken toll of their strength? After the interval they lapsed into unprogressive attempts at short passing, and the unresponsive ball often stopped in the mud for the alert Everton halves to intercept. Derby had a potential match winner in Duncan. Why did they neglect him so in the second half? As in the two previous games against Everton, the Scot appeared able to beat Cook, the opposing left back, at will, but he was practically starved of passes during that period. After Everton had scored there was little the surprise element the Rams' attacking. Mostly the ball was crashed up the middle, where Janes had the mastery, or out to Crooks, who was not happy in the conditions nor confident against Greenhalgh. The greatest failing of all in Derby's attacking was their reluctance to try snapshots. Many' games this season have been won with sudden unexpected drives, but Saturday the forwards, trying make certain rarely got near after the interval.
The men who did most towards winning the game for Everton were the wing halves, Thomson and Mercer. They were superb in defence, and penetrative and artful their attacking play. Mercer's purposeful urging gave the Bentham-Gillick wing all its power. Without his prompting they might have lost hear). Thomson made a strong link with Stevenson and it was in the inside-left position that Everton were stronger than in the two earlier meetings. At centre-half Jones was unimpressive early on, but helped by his partners he made brilliant recovery to become one of the outstanding figures in the game.
WARD IN FORM
Derby's half-backs were not quite as Impressive as the opposing line. Ward, I thought, was just about the best man in the team. Unsparing his efforts, he tackled courageously and well. The young left-half was keen in attack as well and never lost heart. Once again Bailey prevented centreforward from scoring. This in itself is commendable feat when the leader of the opposing attack happened to be Lawton, top scorer in the First Division. The Rams' centre-half was rather crude his methods, and it is a wonder that was not pulled up more for obstruction, but there was nothing amiss with his spirit. High marks then for a hearty display. player of Hann's type the muddy ground was a handicap. In defence he was persistent, but the sticky pitch hampered his constructive moves. The full-back divisions were pretty evenly attched. Success against Gillick in the first half resulted in Howe tending be over-confident after the interval, yet blame for the goal cannot placed upon the Rams' left-back. Practically throughout Howe placed his clearances well. Duncan especially had good service from him. Apart from his fatal error judgment, Nicholas made few slips and his powerful clearances saved the goalkeeper lot of trouble. It could not be said that either goalkeeper excelled, for neither had a lot do, particularly after the interval. There were surprisingly few bard shots during the game.
In attack was a matching of wits rather than shots. The headwork of McCullich gave promise doing Everton much damage, but this feature of the Rams' raiding was overworked and Jones got used to the down-the-middle move, and after the first 20 minutes prevented the Rams' leader from flicking out his passes. In his enthusiasm, however, McCulloch set an example. Several times he gave Jones the slip by roving out to the wing and had the other inside forwards been up to take advantage of his centres the 'result might have been changed. Dix was at the peak of his form in the first half, and his flashing runs caused Everton a lot of alarm. 'Only his smashing drive was missing; but there, we cannot have everything. There was not the same fire in his post-interval display and he was seen more the rear than usual. It was not Astley day. The Welsh international was never at home in the mud, and in addition to being almost blotted out midfield by Thomson, was very disappointing near goal. I think that over-anxiety to provide gilt-edged scoring chances for his partners led him to neglect his shooting. One can sympathise, however, with Astley, who would have done better on a firmer ground, and I know that nobody was more disappointed than was. Everton's forwards -were a level lot, with the two inside men the most impressive because of their swiftness in switching from defence to attack. Boyes bad limited opportunities, but he took his one chance smartly. So it's all over, and it was grand while it lasted. The team that has beaten the Rams ought to win the Cup. but. you never can tell. wish you well, Everton—and thanks, both you, for the memory.
McCulloch's fine effort, which followed nippy play and centre by Crooks, was not the only one which deserved succeed There was a wonderful centre by Dann ihat bounced off the inside of the goalpost, a header by Dix that stopped dead the line, giving Mercer time Kick clear, and a Duncan centre which bounced on the cross-bar. Derby actually had two spells which their superiority was almost overwhelming. They began in manner that had Everton flustered and the early goal which means so much in these affairs seemed 'ikely to come.
SLOWER TO SETTLE
Everton were the slower to settle the horribly muddy pitch, but when eventually they did rally, became epic struggle. They were two champion sides playing a standard football seldom seen a Cup-tie. Really there was a touch nonius in the way their controlled the ball in such surface. Derby's goal had its moments peril, but the escapes were more the result of poor shooting by the Everton forwards than due luck. The Rams' second period of supremacy came in the last ten minutes of the first half, yet it was then I began to get the feeling that once more it *was not their Cup year. Any side which could meet with such a succession of bad breaks might be forgiven for giving up in despair. It was like discovering Ali Baba's cave, then forgetting the magic word with which to open it. Derby's forwards were within inches of the Cup's golden riches, but none of their shots was "Open Sesame." fortune made its favourite early in the second half, and in the minute Boyes scored the goal that won
January 9, 1939. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Stevenson, Everton’s inside left, was yesterday examined by the specialist who found that his injured leg had improved during the last few days, but it is not known whether he will be fit to play at Derby County on Saturday. He has had the splint removed, and will possibly undertake light training now and Saturday. The team However will not be selected until Saturday morning when the directors must just prior to the match.
IMPRESSIVE EVERTON FORM
Derby County 0 Everton 1 (F.A. Cup Game 152)
January 9 1939. The Liverpool Daily Post
Outstanding Men in Great Game
Derby County have never won the cup, and never will if they allow a single goal to play such havoc with their nerves. This was their year said the wiseacres yet they went out at the first obstacle because they became jumpy and all too desperate after the goal by Boyes, who scored at the fifty-second minute. This was the decisive factor in Everton’s cup victory. Derby County were beaten from the point; the very though of that goal act into their hearts which up to then had been carefree. The burden of it lay heavily on their shoulders, and their desperate football was not the type to help them wipe it out of their memory, and they played the rest of the game as though they had leaden feet and no fire in their make-up. Boye’s goal was a cup winner from the moments it left his head, for never again did we see those flectfooted runs of the County wing men, and the longer the game progressed the more Everton became masters of the situation. It was a magnificent victory on a ground which was very soon a welter of mud, more suitable, to Derby than Everton but the crack-set forwards acknowledged the best ‘’five’’ in the County,, were spilt as under on Everton’s defensive rocks. Never has the Everton defence showed up in such a strong light. Small Crowd every player deserved great credit for the way they fought on the ankle-deep mud, and although only one goal, was scored there was plenty of goals incident to keep the amazingly small crowd on their toss. Here were the two top teams of the League fighting out a cup battle with the small crowd of 23,237 people paying £2,197. That was the only disappointing note of the match at least from an Everton standpoint. Contrary to expectations, Everton lasted the pace better; they were endowed with greater stamina but even allowing for that, I think it was Boyes goal, which was the deciding factor. Up to then the County had been a dangerous force with
their sweeping ways, but even when they were hitting the Everton defence some mighty blows, their wing men, Duncan and Crook,, had been effectively handled and McCulloch was completely clamped down to making passes. I think he had one shot which went wide. Just think of it half an hour play had seen Sagar without a shot. Whereas Boulton had been fairly busy. Gillick had bad luck with a shot that Boulton could not hold, Stevenson gliden a ball just outside the upright. He should have scored-and Nicholas had headed out a Bentham effort from under his bar with the goalkeeper beaten. Then came a complete chance about. Derby desired an interval lead, and for ten minutes before the break they promised to get it. They swarmed round the Everton goal, and Dix had a header kicked off the line by Mercer. Sagar saved at the foot of the post and Hann actually hit the upright, the ball coming out to Jones to clear.
Hectic Derby Spell
It was a nerve-wracking for an Everton people but this hectic Derby spell only balanced Everton period of mastery just beforehand. So the teams turned round all square. It was anyone’s game and I though that a goal, no matter which way it went, would carry the day. It did and the most satisfying feature was that the goal, was clean-cut. No debatable point, about it only admiration for the manner of its making. It was a four-suit piece. Mercer to Gillick, the scot to Bentham, and Bentham centre right across goal. The Derby goal area was fairly, well packed, but the ball soared over the head of Nicholas, and Boyes jumping forward, headed the ball to the left of Boulton a outstretched hand and into the net. A bonny goal to say the least. Derby were finished with. They became over anxious, which did not upset, the Everton team in the slightest: in fact it had the reverse affect. They took charge, and the County’s prospect of an equaliser became increasingly less for Everton looked more capable of scoring goals than their opponents. The Derby supporters kept calling, ‘’we want one,’’ but it must have fallen on deaf ears, for they got no answer, and, in the end the leaders were a well and truly beaten team. The referee handled the game well, with one exception. Bailey the centre-half, was repeatedly infringing the rules against Lawton, who would, I think have scored a couple of goals, but for that. He was once closing in, and had passed Bailey, to be suddenly pulled up by Bailey grabbing him by the jersey. Half a dozen times he elbowed Lawton off the ball. He made no pretence to play football, his one idea, apparently being to stop Lawton. He was entitled to do that it must be done fairly.
Mercer The Star
Mercer had the best game ever, He did two men’s work, and one of his missions was to keep an eye on Dix the Derby ‘’key’’ man, Dix had a good first half, but was not seen afterwards, thanks to Mercer, the out standing man of the match. It was not my intention to single out any one player, but I must say that Everton’s half-backs were the keynote of their success, with the backs playing their part in the grand victory, a victory over the favorites. The inclusion of Stevenson at the eleventh hour was good news. His knee which was heavily bandaged stood the strain wall and what a strain it must have been on with a surface, and not until some few, minutes from the end was he troubled, and than it was an attack of cramp which got him, Stevenson’s inclusion brought the left wing more into the game, for Boyes, without striking his best form, was infinitely better than for some weeks. Lawton had a better game against Bailey then McCulloch had against Jones, but the right wing was Everton’s striking point. Now for the next round. Result Derby County nil Everton 1. Teams Derby County:- Boulton goal, Nicholas, and Rowe, backs, Hann, Bailey and ward, half-backs, Crooks, Ashley, McCulloch, Dix and Duncan, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal, Cook and Greenhalgh, backs, Mercer, Jones, and Thomson (captain) half-backs, Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes, forwards. Referee Mr. H.H.Jewell (London)
Everton reserves 2 Aston Villa reserves 1
January 9, 193. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 25)
Everton deserved to win but it was not until the closing stages of the game that victory was assured. Lovett gave a fine display in the home goal and deserved the ovation he was given at the end. Both backs, Prescott and Lambert did well while Gee was a strong defender at centre half, Merritt played a good game on the right wing, and Cunliffe who played forward was always ready to snap up a chance Wakeman Guttridge, and Sockett formed a strong defence for Villa, for whom Moss was always prominent Parry Shell and Marna were clever forwards, Cunliffe (2), scored for Everton and Shell replied for the visitors.
Placed 2nd, played 25, won 15, lost 7, drew 3, for 47, against 45, points 37.
WHY EVERTON WON
January 9, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
The Everton “Boyes” are still in the Cup. I wonder how many of you thought they would be on Saturday morning? They were set the stiffest task of the round, don’t forget, when they were called upon to meet Derby County at the Baseball Ground yet here they are in the “hat” today, and quite worthy of being there too. Derby County have never won the Cup or League. They still have a chance for the latter, but must now wait twelve months for another shot at the Cup, I have seen a team knocked off its balance by a goal, but never have I seen an all-star team so shaken to the roots as Derby were when Boyes scored Everton’s goal at the 52 minute. They became desperate, and over-anxious, where they had been smooth and confident, and did not look like the Derby of the first half. They wanted someone to pull them together, someone to check their impetuosity for their acurried methods afterwards only helped along their defeat I know that to be a goal behind in a Cup-tie is not a nice feelings, but there is only one way to combat it –steadiness of purpose calmness, and the normal type of game. That Boyes goal was writ largely across the County men’s mind was plain to be seen, for in the last half-hour they had given up the ghost. They thumped the ball upward and onward, and the Everton defenders collected it and “used” it.
The first half resembled the Everton-Sunderland replay in its thrills, and both sides had their chances, Derby in particular. I will never forget those last ten minutes of the half, when Mercer kicked off the goal-line. Hann hit the upright, and Sagar saved when McCulloch nodded the ball down to goal, and claimed the ball had crossed the line. They were nerve-wracking minutes. The County folk also had their nerves upset when Gillick smashed a ball against Boulton, when Stevenson piloted the ball a few inches wide, and when Nicholas saved his goalkeeper by heading a Bentham header from under the bar. But came the goal, and the complete subjection of Derby, who never again threatened to penetrate the Everton defence. They had lost the moment that Boyes headed into the net. They had no fight let in them; no answer to the supporters who repeatedly cried. “We went one,” So the favourites went out, and Everton had some revenge for the loss of three points in their League meetings with the County. It was a game of styles. Derby soon showed what was to be their tactics; the long ball out to the wing; no holding or no cuddling of it; but Everton’s defensive plan. On, yes, they had one, was good enough to crush out such grand footballers as Crooks and Duncan, and when that was done there was not a lot left of the Derby forward line, for McCulloch relies a great deal on what comes from the wingers. Everton’s game was more intricate; more like League football, no hurry or scurry; just the normal sort of game, and it pulled them through. I cannot pay a big enough tribute to the Everton defence, I know Boyes scored the goal, but this game belongs to Everton’s defenders. They were magnificent. Cook, Greenhalgh, Thomson, Jones and Mercer built up a barrier that took all the Derby shocks without a quiver. Sagar was in the game for half an hour before he was called to duty, and when Mercer kicked the ball off the line Sagar was the first to offer his congratulations, Mercer has not, and never will play better; it would be impossible. He was perpetual motion. Up in attack, back in defence, that was Joe. Dix was his special mission. Jones was a close rival. He smothered McCulloch out of the game. Of the forwards, the right wing was more dangerous, for Boyes, while showing improved form, was not the Boyes of the early part of the season, but who can say anything against the man who scored the winning goal? One word about the referee. Why did he allow Bailey to repeatedly elbow Lawton. There was one occasion when Lawton was through, and was only held when Bailey grabbed him by the knickers. Bailey had set out to stop Lawton. He was quite entitled to do that, but must be fair in the doing of it. Stevenson’s return was nicely timed. His knee’s stood up to the strain. He only felt it once, and that was late on, when he was smitten with an attack of cramp. Congratulations. Everton, one and all!
EVERTON’S WIN –AS PLANNED
January 9, 1939. The Evening Express
How They Put Derby Out Of Gear
Blues’ Brilliant Intermediates
Pre-Arranged tactics had a lot to do with Everton’s brilliant F.A. Cup victory over the First Division leaders, Derby County, at the Baseball ground on Saturday by the only goal of the match. The Blues remembered the Derby attacking plan as exploited against them in the two Christmas matches, and set out to defeat them. It was agreed that the County forward machine –one of the most menacing in the country –could be put out of gear if Dix and Astley, the two inside men, were held. So it was left to Mercer to stay with Dix and Thomson with Astley. The move was a complete success, for the County forwards, except for two bright periods, rarely assumed a really menacing mood. It was the brilliance of Everton’s intermediate section which smashed the County hopes of a cup and League “double” Thomson, Mercer, and Jones were positively brilliant. Jones so dominated the centre of the field that Mercer and Thomson, besides cutting out Dix and Astley, had ample time to move forward with the ball and set their own forwards in action.
Mercer Paves Way
When Everton scored that vital goal it was the forward progress of Mercer which began the movement. He cut through like lightning before bringing the Bentham-Gillick due into action and when Bentham crossed, Boyes was there to flash the ball home. The Blues had their anxious moments. Near the interval hasty clearances had to be made from the goal-line with Sagar beaten, but the County also had narrow escapes from Stevenson and Bentham. Once Everton had taken the lead the County rarely looked as if they would recover. Moreover, the longer the game went the greater hold did the Blues get on the game. Naturally the Blues relied on concentrated defence once they had gone ahead, but even so their attack always looked the more dangerous in a classic encounter which held not a single dull moment. On the form Everton have a wonderful opportunity of repeating their Cup success of 1933. No mistaking their masterful team-work and individual brilliance. It would be unfair to individualize after such a grand win, but the half-backs were outstanding, and Stevenson’s return to the attack made a tremendous difference. The best forward, however, was the industrious Bentham. He was never idle for a second. The defence stood firm throughout against a brilliant Derby side which, on the day met a more complete football side. But for the many fouls on Lawton, the game was without blemish. It produced football rarely seen in a cup struggle. Bravo, Everton.
Every Everton player, when he got down to breakfast on the morning of the match, received a card bearing a lucky horse-shoe. They were presented to them by a regular resident at the hotel. Mrs. Hitchins, has never seen Everton play, but since the Blues have been going to Harrogate she has become a firm friend of the officials and players. We had all settled in the coach which was to take us to Leeds when Walter Boyes suddenly remembered that he had left his horse shoe in the hotel. He rushed back to get it. A few hours later Wally scored the goal that took the Blues a step nearer Wembley.
DIXIE DEAN BECOMES TALENT SCOUT
January 9, 1939. Evening Express.
W.R. (Dixie) Dean, the famous centre-forward and holder of the football League goal-scoring record, has, by mutual consent, cancelled his contract with Notts County. His present plans are not to sign for any other club, but to devote his time to discovering young talent. His contrast with Notts County, whom he joined from Everton, for a £3,000 fee last March, was cancelled by agreement between the club and Dean. “The County club have treated me splendidly,” said Dean to me,” and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself with them. I am now going to concentrate in scouting in this area.”
DEATH OF SNOW FINAL INTERNATIONAL
Daily record -Tuesday 10 January 1939
Alex Lochhead, former football international, died yesterday at the age of 76. Mr. Lochhead started his playing career with Neilston Victoria. he went to third Lanark and played for Third Lanark at left-half in the celebrated Snow Final in 1889, when they defeated Celtic in the Scottish Cup. The following season he was capped against wales and latterly was signed by Everton.
EVERTON SIGN SWEENEY
January 10, 1939. The Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton have signed as a professional F.T.Sweeney, an outside right, who was previously with Witton Albion, Sweeney, who stands 5ft 8ins and scales 10st 10lbs, was sought by West Bromwich Albion, Huddersfield Town, and Sheffield United.
EVERTON AT FULL STRENGTH TO MEET ARSENAL
January 11, 1939. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Arsenal are not the power they were, but the side is still a most attractive one, and their Visitor to Goodison Park will as on previous occasions attract thousands of enthusiast, who reeves in the type of play adopted by such a team has Everton and Arsenal. Everton will have their full team as against Derby County cup match.
EVERTON UNCHANGED FOR FIFTEENTH TIME
January 11, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
The Everton formation, which is the same as defeated Derby County in the Cup-tie, has now done duty in fourteen of the twenty-three League games this season. But for Thomson’s absence last October through flu, and Stevenson’s more recent injury. Everton might have gone almost unchanged, for the only other absentee bat one game each by Lawton and Jones, were through international calls. There are still four ever-presents in the side in Sagar, Greenhalgh, Mercer, and Bentham, while Cook, Gillick, and Boyes have missed only one match, and Jones and Lawton two. Everton team reads: - Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Thomson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Everton have deferred the selection of their Reserves side until later in the week.
Message From Berlin.
A message from Berlin, this morning states that Dr. Otto Nerz trainer of the German international teams is coming to the country shortly to engage a leading team to play in Germany in may, and that he will probably approach Everton and Derby. He is expected at Goodison next week when terms and conditions will be discussed. Actually the offer was made to Everton some months ago, but the board has been awaiting Dr. Nerz’s visit before coming to a decision. Everton have decided to take the team away for special training at Harrogate next week, not only in preparation for the Cup-tie, but in readiness for the possibility of having to play two League matches the following week. If both Portsmouth and Everton get through their Cup-ties at the first attempt they will play their postponed League match at Portsmouth on January 25.
EVERTON TO HAVE SPECIAL CUP TRAINING
January 11, 1939. The Evening Express
Everton will undergo special training for the F.A. Cup fourth round tie against either Southport or Doncaster Rovers. The club directorates arrived at these decisions at the weekly meetings. Everton as usual will go to Harrogate. They leave on Sunday and remain until the morning of the match.
Everton will play an unchanged team against Arsenal at Goodison Park. The eleven that accounted for Derby County in the F.A. cup will face the Londoners. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Thomson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
With The Blues.
The Everton club gave their first team players an outing by taking them to the Southport-Doncaster Rovers cup-tie. It was an outing with a purpose. The Blues were there to study the methods of their next cup rivals. After seeing the teams in action, the Blues are confident that they can get over the fourth cup hurdle. Torry Gillick was not with us, but Tommy Lawton brought an “extra” in the form of a black eye. He got this in a collision with Bailey at Derby last Saturday. Messrs Andrew Coffey and George Evans with Mr. Theo Kelly (secretary) and Mr. Harry Cooke (trainer) were also “on parade” and on the way home we were joined by Jimmy Stein and Hughie Bulloch, of New Brighton.
KEENAN OF HEREFORD UNITED SIGNS FOR EVERTON
January 12, 1939. The Liverpool Daily Post.
By John Peel
Everton have signed a promising young player in WG Keenan, a outside left of Hereford United, who are in the Birmingham League. Keenan’s play in recently matches has attracted great attention, and Everton paid a substantial figure to secure his services, as several clubs were desirous of signing him. Kennan is 19 years of age, and stands 5ft 9 and half inches, and weights 11st. The new player will turn out in the central league for Everton against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday
EVERTON AT HARROGATE
January 12, 1939. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Everton are firm in their belief that Harrogate suits their players as a training centre for strenuous game, and next week the players return to the Yorkshire resort to prepare not only for the Cup tie, but in readiness for the possibility of having to play two League matches in following weeks if both Portsmouth and Everton get though the Cup-ties at first attempt, they will play there postponed League match at Portsmouth on January 25.
NEW WINGER FOR EVERTON
January 12, 1939. The Evening Express
W.G. Keenan, outside left of Hereford United (Birmingham league), has signed for Everton. Everton paid a substantial fee for Keenan, and secured his services in the face of competition from a number of other prominent clubs. He is 19 years of age, 5ft 9 ½ ins, and 11st. Keenan will make his debut for the Blues when he plays for the Central League side against Sheffield Wednesday at Sheffield on Saturday. Everton Res; Roberts; Prescott, Lambert; Britton, Gee, Lindley; Sweeney, Cunliffe, Bell, Sharp, Keenan.
EVERTON SIGN KEENAN, HERESFORD’S OUTSIDE LEFT
January 12, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
W.G. Keenan, a promising outside left from the Hereford United Club, has been signed by Everton. Everton paid a substantial figure as several other clubs were interested. Keenan is 19 years old, stands 5ft 9 ½ ins and weighs 11 stone. He will play for the Central League side at Sheffield (v. Wednesday) on Saturday, when the team will be; Roberts; Prescott, Lambert; Britton, Gee, Lindley; Sweeney, Cunliffe, Bell, Sharp, and Keenan.
* Death Of Mr. Charles Sutcliffe, who helped to lay the foundations of Football, along with other gentleman who pass away recently, John McKenna, William Bassett, Sir Charles Clegg, Phil Bach, William Pickford, Fred Rinder –all have passed over the last three years. Mr. Charles Sutcliffe was born in Rawstenstall, Lancashire in 1865, and trained and practiced as a solicitor. He played Rugby in Burnley before turning to Soccer, becoming one of the founders of the Burnley Club in 1881 and a member of the League Management Committee in 1898. He was elected president in 1936, succeeding the late Mr. John McKenna.
ARSENAL AT GOODISON PARK TOMORROW
January 13, 1939. Evening Express
Everton’s Bid To Record “Double”
Everton take up the championship trail again tomorrow, when they hope to close the gap between them and Derby County at the expense of Arsenal, who visit Goodison park. Arsenal’s chief difficulty is in attack where innumerable experiments have been made, but not with a great deal of success. The Gunners are bringing six forwards with them, and I fancy they are now finished with the idea of Drake, the international centre0forward, playing at outside right. I anticipate the return of hard shooting Kirchen at outside-right, with Drake in his more familiar role of leader. Bryn Jones, the £14,000 star, is making the trip. If Bryn gets back to his progressive style of play, rather than act as a roving forward, he will be a big menace to the Everton defence. If Mercer and Thomson play as they did at Derby –cutting out the driving force of the attack by stopping the two inside-forwards –I think the Blues will win and so record a “double” at the expense of the Highbury men. Early in the season Everton scored a brilliant 2-1 win at Highbury, after one of the finest exhibitions of football craft London has ever seen. Now the Blues field their triumphant cup winning side, and I expect a crowd of about 60,000 at Goodison Park for this tit-bit. Sagar, by the way, will be celebrating an anniversary. It was exactly nine years ago tomorrow that Ted made his first team debut for the Blues –and he has been the first choice goalkeeper ever since. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Thomson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Arsenal; Wilson; Male, Hapgood; Crayston, Joy, Copping; (from) Kirchen, Drury, Lewis, Drake, Jones (B.), Bastin.
Everton “A” team Burnett; Saunders, Peck; Wyles, Edwards, Hill; Barber, Dean, Owens, Griffiths, Davies (Joe).
The “B” team play Lydiate in the first round of their Divisional Knock-out Competition with the following team; Canavan; Ireland, Dugdale; Sheratt, Beardwood, Atkins; Sumner, McDonald, Price, Lyon, Bailey.
Postcards to football clubs
A doctor appeared at Liverpool to-day accused of publishing a defamatory libel concerning a local J.P., said to be “one of the best known sportsmen in the North of England.”
Dr John Tryweryn Lloyd (58), whose address was given as Bedford Street, Liverpool, was committed for trial on a charge of publishing a defamatory libel concerning Mr. George Evans, knowing it to be false, in the form of a postcard addressed to George Evans, J.P., a director of Everton Football Club, c/0 the chairman of Birmingham Football Club, St. Andrews, Birmingham, and which contained defamatory matter concerning Mr. Evans on November 11.
The second charge was similar, and related to a postcard addressed to Goodison Park, Liverpool, on December 2. The third alleged libel related to a postcard addressed c/o Preston North End, Deepdale, Preston on December 9; and the fourth and fifth accusations related to postcards addressed to Goodison Park, Liverpool on December 16 and 26.
He was allowed bail.
Chief P.A. officer
Mr. J.R. Bishop prosecuting aid that Mr. Evans was for many years assistant clerk to West Derby (Liverpool) Board of Guardians, and later became Chief Public Assistance Officer for the city. He retired from that position in March 1936, and in November last was made a magistrate.
Apart from his public life, he was one of the best-known sportsmen in the North of England. The libels in each instance were addressed to him either at the offices of Everton Club or at the offices of some club which Everton were visiting. Although he took no action when he received the first postcard, Mr. Evans eventually decided that he should place the matter in the hands of the police.
When Detective-Sergeant Nicholl saw Dr Lloyd on December 22, he said “Who the --- hell are you? Sergeant Nicholl said. “We are detectives from Dale Street.” Dr Lloyd replied: “Ha. So you are servants of the so-called Major Wilson, public school boy and hero of Dartmoor.”
Mr. Bishop added that Dr Lloyd might have been referring to the Chief Constable. The detective produced the post cards and asked Dr Lloyd if he had written them to Mr. Evans. He replied at once, “Yes, I wrote them. It will cost you £25 to ---- prove it with your experts.”
When cautioned, Dr Lloyd supplied with more abuse, said Mr. Bishop.
The alleged postcards
Mr. Bishop then read the post cards alleged to have been sent by Lloyd to Mr. Evans. On the front of one dated November 11 were the words: “You impudent, unscrupulous, lying black-guard. The son of an honest Corporation dustman.”
On the back was written: “May I congratulate you, in spite of my remarks on front of post card, on your appointment as a J.P. But is it your appointment rather “belated?” If you, a dishonest quartermaster-sergeant during the war, and ex-Board schoolboy, had been appointed some years back, perhaps your dishonest associate Webster might never have done three years’ penal servitude. Perhaps your dishonest associate Adair might still have been in the Public Assistance service. At any rate, even if not a magistrate, you have persecuted, lied, and done some evil to the signature below… Need we refer to Adair?
A second post card, dated December 2, continued. Mr. Bishop, had the following words on the back: “If I have addressed you as a liar, a most obvious epithet, it is because you … were too cowardly at a --- case at the Liverpool Assizes. Although subpoenaed you did not attend. Although you flinched at committed perjury you have no scruples in covering perjury, fraud, and complicity in your dishonest colleague Webster (sen.), Webester (jun.), Adair, McDowall, and many others …” The post card concluded. “You unscrupulous blackguard.”
Mr. Bishop said that perhaps the most surprising feature of the case was that, until to-day, Mr. Evans had never set eyes on the doctor.
(Edinburgh Evening News, 13-01-1939)
**ARTICLE FOUNDED BY KJELL, THANKS FOR THE RESOURCES**
EVERTON AS MUDLARKERS
January 13, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Although the Arsenal are having one of their leanest seasons, so far as results are concerned, they are still a drawing power no matter where they go, so Goodison Park should see one of its biggest crowds tomorrow. Everton have chosen the same team which brought off that great victory at Derby last week, they could hardly do anything else, for they still have their eyes on the championship. The Highbury team usually does well on Merseyside but I don’t think they can hope to much from their visit to Walton. What has come over them? Bryn Jones, was taken from Wolverhampton at a record figure to do the Alec James act –dropping into the open spaces and delivering the ball to the extreme wingers. Jones has not as yet fallen into the requirements of his club. It means altering his natural game, and now he has lost the art of scoring to not since the early months of the season has he notched a goal for Arsenal.
A week ago he was dropped to the second team as a winger in the hope that it might bring back his confidence, which must be becoming impaired; but one game 2down below” could not be the trick. The Arsenal have not won many away games, but they have shared any number of points on visiting day. I don’t think they will even do that against Everton, whose victory at Derby has brought renewed belief in themselves. After their display at the Baseball ground one must need change one’s opinion as to Everton’s ability to play well on a muddy surface. They astounded even their most rabid follower by playing in the mud not only as well but better than the County. I readily admit that they surprised me, for I say without fear of contradiction that previously all their best display’s have been given on top of the ground. I was glad to see it, for heavy ground will be the general rule for some time to come.
No Stone-Walling Now.
At one time a day the Arsenal were known as the “stone-wall” team. They took a goal and kept it, but times have changed, for they have held the lead several times this and last season only to yield one or more goals to the opposition. They were first to score against Chelsea last Saturday. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Thomson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Arsenal; Wilson; Male, Hapgood; Crayston, Joy, Copping; (from) Kirchen, Drury, Lewis, Drake, Jones (B.), Bastin.
EVERTON WIN A THRILLER
January 14, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Lawton-Boyes Goals In Great Display
One of the greatest games seen here for years. The Arsenal are still a difficult side to beat, but Everton today would have beaten anybody. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes. Arsenal: - Wilson, goal; Male and Hapggod, backs; Crayston, Joy (B.), and Copping, half-backs; Drake, Drury, Lewis, Jones (B.), and Bastin, forwards. Referee Mr. H. N. Mee (Mansfield). First-class movements produced scoring opportunities, and Drake showed that he could still hit a ball when he brought Sagar to his knees to turn a fierce drive round the upright. A little later the same player ran into the centre and called upon the Everton goalkeeper with a shot which was typical of the man. We were having our money’s worth today, but even though there may be no goals scored, at the end I doubt whether there would be a dissatisfied person present, that is, of course, if the opening play was maintained. The ball was made to do the work, and the Everton attack carried on in something like their Arsenal fashion, so that the Londoners’ defence was often put on the spot, just as Everton’s was when the Arsenal made their advance.
Sagar Hard Pressed.
Wilson, the Arsenal goalkeeper, once dropped the ball after catching a centre, but was not made to pay for his slip, and Sagar was so hard pressed by Drake that he had to resort to a kick-away save. Boyes was in grand form. He has been a shade off-colour in his last few games, but today he was full of tricks and good football ideas, particularly so when he back-heeled a ball to a colleague to open up a way which had previously been closed to Everton. It was a case of Greek meeting Greek. There was nothing one-sided in this game, for each attack by one side was answered with another of equal merit by the other. Lawton and Gillick, by a subtle interchange of positions, almost sneaked through the Arsenal defence. Only an offside decision against Drury saved the Everton goal. Drake was a fine winger, and he it was who slipped the ball neatly through for Drury to shoot when he was four yards out, the ball slamming up against Sagar, just after the whistle had sounded “cease fire.”
Boyes Hits Hard.
At this point Everton were going great guns, and Boyes put in an oblique shot which Wilson cleverly edged over his crossbar. It was a great effort by Boyes, and an equally smart save by the goalkeeper. Everton were by far the more dangerous force, and the Arsenal defence has not been so severely tested for some time. Gillick almost glided a ball into the goal, and there were other cases were it became a near thing for Wilson. There was a strong plea for a penalty against Copping when the Arsenal half back flung himself at a ball to head away for a corner. Actually there was no cause for such a complaint.
Neat Shave For Sagar
Everton had their escape when Sagar put a hand to a centre from the left wing. He almost turned the ball over his own goal line and had to do some quick work to keep the ball from going to the back of the net. Immediately afterwards Lawton rammed home at shot which clattered against Wilson’s legs, he not knowing much about the save. Everton were satisfying their supporters, even though there were no goals to round off their football treat. Bastin was responsible for some hot work in front of the Everton goal. In fact, for one or two minutes the Arsenal, by their sweeping passes, promised to delve deeply into the Everton defence, and had it not been for Jones, Bastin might have run through for a goal.
Half-Time –Everton 0, Arsenal 0.
I should say there were 55,000 people present when the “thriller” was continued, and the bounce of the ball almost beat Wilson in the first minute, Hapgood saving his goalkeeper’s face by kicking clear. Lawton, who had twice suffered bumps on his already injured eye, made a hook shot of worth, the margin between success and failure being exceedingly small. The play was still top class, and one could not tell which way the game would swing ere the finish, so well balanced were the two sides. Everton were the more elaborate side, but there was danger from the Arsenal’s quick thrusts, which everyone realized. It was thrust meeting thrust, and Stevenson had a fair chance of opening the day’s score after Lawton had cleverly beaten Copping on the right wing and centered to his colleague, who should have scored, but he lifted the ball over the bar. Drake was a roamer. He once cut into the centre and took deliberate aim for goal. His shot was well off the mark, but Lewis turned a shade too far the other way with a flick of the boot. Then came a goal at 55 minutes. It was a Lawton goal from start to finish for when he got the ball he had to face Crayston. He almost lost possession in his tussle with the ball back, but finding that the ball was still at his toe he went forward a step or two before he shot into the net. He got a get ovation and deserved it, for it was a grand goal. Bentham almost took a second when he dived headlong to a Boyes’ centre and steered the ball six inches outside the bar.
Was It A Penalty.
Then the Arsenal had a spot of bad luck when Jones handled the ball and they got a free kick, which to my mind should have been a penalty, for the incident undoubtedly took place well inside the “box.” Drake is almost as good a wingman as a centre forward, and one run of his when he looked like losing the ball which he caught on the goalline and whipped into the middle, looked extremely dangerous for Everton, but the trouble was cleared and Everton got a free kick through Joy tripping Gillick from behind. The Arsenal were fighters to the death, and Drury let loose a shot which brought Sagar to his knees to save. Lawton was through, and was only foiled by what I considered a foul tackle. A free kick taken by Mercer was dropping under the Arsenal bar until Wilson put it over the bar.
In The Gloaming.
It was getting dark, but not too dark, to allow us to see Boyes, who had seen little of the ball this half centre behind rather wastefully. Bastin, too, suffered in the same way, for he had all the goal to shoot at but lobbed the ball over. Five minutes from the end, Everton set seal to their great display with a second goal. Boyes scoring from a Stevenson’s pass. Drake went close, Sagar passing out a low hot which almost squeezed inside the upright. Final;- Everton 2, Arsenal 0. Official attendance 47,029.
CRIMINAL LIBEL CHARGE
January 14, 1939.
Doctor Committed for Trail
Dr. John Trywery Llody, 58, of Bedford Street, Liverpool, was accused at Liverpool yesterday of publishing defamatory libels concerning Mr. George Evans, J.P., a director of Everton Football Club, and until 1936 Chief Public Assistance Officer in the city; there were five summons relating to postcards sent to Mr. Evans, at Goodison Park or c/o the chairman, Birmingham F.C., or c/o Preston North End A.F.C. Mr. J.R. Bishop, prosecuting, said Mr. Evans was one of the best-known sportsmen in the North, and the alleged libels in each instance had been addressed to him at either the offices of Everton F.C, or at the offices of some club where Everton was due to play. At first Mr. Evans took no action, but eventually he placed the matter in the hands of the police. When Dr. Lloyd was seen by the police he said “ha. So you are the servants of the s-called Major Wilson, public schoolboy and hero of Dartmoor. “Mr. Bishop said that the officer produced the five postcards and that Dr. Lloyd admitted writing them, adding “It will cost you £25 to –well prove it with your experts,” In every case Dr. Lloyd had signed the postcard with his name and had added “Captain, R.A.M.C,” He understood the accused was a medical practitioner on the register, but he did not know whether he was in practice. Mr. Bishop said perhaps the most surprising thing was the fact that until that day Mr. Evans had never set eyes upon or spoken to the accused, and did not know him. It seemed clear that the alleged scandalous and grossly libellous matters he happened to be a public man. When formally charged, Dr. Lloyd replied, “My plea is not guilty, and the defence is that the statements are true in substance and in fact.” Dr. Lloyd was committed to the Assizes for trial and granted bail on his undertaking not to send any correspondence to Mr. Evans.
Thanks to Kjell Hanssen for senting this
DONCASTER MOVEMENTS EARNED PRAISE FROM EVERTON
January 14, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Towering Defence That gets The High Balls
Tenacious Yorkshiremen To Visit Goodison
It looks easy, doesn’t it? It should be so, considering the different grading of the two teams; but have we not had a fair example of what Division 111 clubs can do to their Division 1, brethren only this week? Ipswich shocked the great Villa by making a draw at Birmingham and a wider example still was Yeovil’s draw at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground. So don’t let us be too certain that Everton will beat Doncaster this time a week hence? Two weeks ago I had a much bigger task on hand when naming Everton to beat Derby County at the Baseball ground, yet they did it, and I consider they should do it again with much greater ease when they meet the Butter-scotch boys, at Goodison Park on Saturday next. Does that sound super-optimistic? I don’t think so, for Everton should certainly knock out Doncaster Rovers and that by a big margin. If they do not, then they are in a false position in the League table. Don’t ask me to recall the great occasion when Crystal palace came down to Goodison Park and beat Everton 6-0 in one of the most sensational games ever played in Liverpool. But I don’t forget that Everton had their revenge a few years later when they went to the Palace and beat them by the same score. The Cup is traditional for its surprises. That is why it has such a strong hold on the footballing public. When I saw the Rovers in their first match with Southport –that error by Rutherford has proved a costly affair –I saw much in their play which liked them to a First Division side. They were definitely a better football team than the “Port,” for there was more art and craft about their play. I was sitting alongside some of the Everton boys, and they had to praise some of the Rovers’ movements. At the same time they could not see how they could lose. Neither can I see them losing on January 21. The Rovers are built on big lines, particularly so in their last line of defence, but in my view football on the ground would have carried Southport a shade further. Everton will have laid their plans to outwit this towering defence, and also fixed their methods of dealing with the Rovers’ attack. This was not at full strength at Haig Avenue, for their star forward, Perry, and Little, the outside right, were absentees. In Malam, a Liverpool boy, they have a smart little forward, but if he attempts to overdo it, as he did on Tuesday, he will not get very far. I saw Malam in his Huddersfield days, and there no disputing that he knows the game, but no matter where he plays, at inside or outside right, I can promise him a hot time. Dell is a big, strong forward, and a good player, but the line, as a line, does not compare with that of Everton’s. Lawton told me he had played against Bycroft, the Doncaster centre half, and that the only way to beat him is with the ball on the turf. Bycroft stands well over six feet and takes every ball in the air, as he should do. He was the strong man in the Rovers’ defence, but is purely a stopper –a good one, I agree. Everton would have preferred to meet Southport, not only because there would have been a much bigger attendance, but for the simple reason that they felt there was less danger about Southport’s play. Doncaster have a good record this season, for they have not met with many defeats away from home, but I wonder how they feel about meeting Everton on a ground which has yielded two points only to any visitor. That is not heartening. The Rovers will fight to the last ditch, for they are built that way, but I cannot see them springing a surprise against Everton, who should have no difficulty in qualifying for Round 5. Everton and Doncaster Rovers have never previously met, although Doncaster have often been seen around Merseyside, having to meet our “Third” in League engagements. They have taken part in sixteen games without being defeated. Everton must remember that. The Rovers’ visit has a special interest as Charlie Leyfield, was an Everton player not long ago, and I remember he started his First Division career with three goals in three matches. The Everton defence should know how to deal with him.
EVERTON FINE FOOTBALL
Everton 2 Arsenal 0 (Game 1670 over-all)-(Div 1 1628)
January 16, 1939. The Daily Post
Few teams can boast a double success from the Arsenal, but that is one of Everton’s proud boast this season, for at Highbury in the early part of the season they won by two goals to one, and on Saturday improved upon that by securing two goals without reply. The Arsenal may not be the Arsenal of old, but they are still hard to beat. So that means Everton’s success have been well and truly won. The first half was a magnificent display of classic football, nut quite as good as the first half at Highbury which sent the London crowd into ecstasy and Everton’s football for their was one different, and that was the Arsenal; were somewhat better at Goodison. They were not so easily outwitted; consequently there was more evenness about the game.
Never the less; they have to thank their strong defence for preventing Everton from running up an increased goal crop, for, while the attack made quick thrusts it was the half-backs and backs who held a rampant Everton at bay for a long time. Everton played picturesque football; the Arsenal replied with more direct methods. Three moves, and defence was turned into attack, just like the old Everton of championship days. It was such good football that one forget the cold and rain-surely sufficient argument of the intensity of the tussle. Thrust was met with thrust football artistry with football artistry, and had not a goal been scored I doubt if any single person would have left the ground dissatisfied. One interested spectator was Fred Emery, the manager of Doncastle club, who are Everton’s next cup-tie opponents. He had nothing but praise for Everton’s football, and he was particularly thrilled with Lawton’s goal scored at 55 minutes. He will have something to tell his boys when he sees them to-day. The Arsenal defence had stood up to its grueling with such success that we almost despaired of Everton breaking it down, notwithstanding that Everton had well over 60 per cent of the attack. Under the least provocation the defensive lines were augmented something as many as five men blocked up the bath to the Everton forwards. But even so they could not prevent Boyes making a great drive which Wilson turned over his bar. Don’t however; think all the goal incidents were in the Arsenal area. The Londoners had their moments which were anxious ones for the Everton defence. Drake was on the mark with fiery shots, but a greater danger was when Bastin swept in a centre and Sagar only just flicked the ball with his fingers. It turned towards his own goal, and he had to make a hurried dive to prevent the ball going over his line. That flick, however, undoubtedly saved a goal for had not Sagar deflected up the ball’s flight, it would have gone straight to Drake’s head and into the net.
Great Goal By Lawton
It was certainly a relief when Everton took their goal, and it came through Bryn Jones losing the ball in a tackle with Bentham. The latter’s pass went up the middle to Lawton. He (Lawton) beat Joy, saw Crayton coming towards him, so made his shot, and all Wilson could do was walk to the back of the net to pick the ball out. It was a one-man goal. Lawton has scored many but none better. It was his first goal since December 10, when he nodded home the winner against, Preston North End. The Arsenal fought valiantly against the lead, and were ever dangerous when they stepped forward, but the Everton defence these days is very solid. They might have had a penalty when Jones handled. They got a foul but if it was a foul it must have been a Penalty for the infringement took place well inside the area. That however, only balanced the penalty Everton should have had when Joy learn on Lawton to prevent him going through. Five minutes from the end Everton clinched the issue with a goal from Boyes who took a Stevenson pass and steered the ball through the ‘’pack’’ into the Arsenal goal. It had been a grand tussle for a long time no one could have named the winner, but Everton promised to do more than their rivals, near goal. Boyes had his best game for weeks. Stevenson was not so dominating, but I must pay a tribute to the whole of Everton’s defence. Bryn Jones was not seen, and I rated Drake as the Londoners, best Forward. He did not put the ball to this midfield very often preferring to reply upon himself to beat the Everton defence. Bastin was not the fiery fellow he used to be, and Jones kept Lewis on tight rein. Joy, one of the few amateurs in the game is a rare stopper. He used his height and weight to the full and Lawton got several knocks on the face. He already had a black eye, a relic of the Derby Cup-tie, Lawton by the way once caught Wilson with the ball in his possession and bumped him over the goal line, but Wilson had widely kept the ball in his out stretchered hands so that it was not over the line even though his body was. Result Everton 2, Aresnal 0. Everton: - Sagar, goal, Cook, and Greenhalgh, backs, Mercer Jones, and Thomson (captain) half-backs, Gillick, Bentham, Lawton Stevenson, Boyes, forwards. Aresnal ;- Wilson, goal, Male, and Hapggod, backs Crayson, Joy (b), and Copping, half-backs, Drake, Drury, Lewis, Jones (r), and Bastis. Referee Mr. R, N Mee (Mansfield)
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
January 14, 1893. Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 26)
By the only goal of the game the Everton Reserves were defeated by Sheffield Wednesday Reserves at Hillsbrough, but had the margin been greater the visitors could hardly have complained. There was far more danger in Wednesday’s advance but Lovett kept a clever goal, and Prescott and Lambert defended skillfully. The Everton attack showed flashes of clever ness, but lacked thrust, Cunliffe Kennan and Sweeney making the best scoring efforts Thompson scored. Wednesday goal in the second half the teams having turned straight round at the interval. Everton Team Lovett goal, Prescott and Lambart, backs, Brittin, Gee (captain) and Lindley half-backs, Sweeney, Cunliffe Bell Sharp, and Kennan, forwards. Placed 3 played 26, win 15, lost 8, draw 3, for 47 against 46 points 35.
EVERTON AT THEIR BEST
January 16, 1939. The Evening Express.
Mr. Fred Emery, manager of Doncaster Rovers, could not fail to be impressed with Everton’s grand performance against Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Blues won 2-0. Mr. Emery paid a special visit to Goodison to run the rule over Everton, who meet Doncastle in the F.A. Cup-tie on Saturday next. He saw a veritable “football feast” with defences on top for nearly an hour, and Everton only just the better side. There was not a weak link inb the Blues side. I do not think any team in the country could have got the better of Everton on Saturday. Arsenal showed flashes of the form that won them the League championship for three successive seasons. They exploited their famous “W” formation to advantage in the first half, when only desperate last minute tackling prevented Everton from scoring. Once Lawton had found a way of circumventing tall Bernard Joy, the Arsenal centre half, the Blues got on top –and stayed there. The Blues’ leader was well supported by Stevenson and Boyes, who baffled the Gunners’ rearguard by brilliant inter-passing. Bentham and Gillick also sparkled –in fact, the Everton front line moved with that machine-like precision that took them to the top of the division earlier in the season. The Everton backs generally gave a sound display and kept a tight hold on Lewis, Drury, Bastin, and Drake. I thought Drake would have done better at centre-forward, although Tom Jones had quite a handful in the never-say-die Lewis. Little was seen of £14,000 Bryn Jones. He persisted in playing well back and the result was he was either over-kicked by his own full-back or tired himself out chasing the elusive Everton forwards. Lawton and Boyes were Everton’s scorers but against a less solid defence than the Gunners the Blues would have had more goals.
What Everton Are Doing.
Everton will have their customary Harrogate preparation. The lads were given “an easy” today, but promptly at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning there will be cars at their hotel to whisk the players to the Harrogate town ground for work. Training will be relieved with “no tackle” games and then baths and massage.
FOOTBALL IN EXCELSIS
January 16, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
I wonder what Mr. Fred Emery will tell his boys when he sees them this morning? Fred is manager of Doncaster Rovers, and he was at Goodison Park on Saturday to get a line as to which ,method his team should adopt next Saturday. “I will promise you onething,” he said to me after the game. “Our boys will play football against Everton.” There will be no kick and rush.” Thanks Fred, that is what we want to see. “Everton are a grand side. We can hardly hope to win, but you will see a game of football. Doncaster is famed for the St. Leger. My club want it to be famed for football, and the name Rovers become just as big a household word as the Legar. Doncaster are not going into special training. They will have a day out at some place, but there will be little change from League training. They want a rest as much as anything else “said Mr. Emery. Mr. Emery saw a grand game between Everton and Arsenal, and so did the other 47,029 spectators. It was bitterly cold, yet I did not feel it, so enthralled was I in this football feast, and had there not been a goal I should not have minded. The play was thing, and it was just about as good as anything I have seen, and whatever Fred Emery tells his boys will not be heartening, for Everton played like champions against a team which is not so bad as some would have us believe.
Little Wrong With Arsenal.
The Arsenal may not be hitting the headlines by their play these days, but on Saturday I could find little wrong with it. The old confidence was not there, and there were one or two weak spots, but the old defence is still one of the hardest to beat, because of their successful packing of their goalmouth. If they had got a goal I could visualize a “stone wall” defence, but they could not entirely concentrate on defence without a goal on their score card. They held Everton for close on the hour, and at the same time had a dig or two at the Everton goal. They used a flashing pass. These passes and they were in Everton’s goalmouth, which was in district contrast to Everton’s mode of progress. A leopard cannot change its spots, nor can Everton change their style of play. It was a case of craft meeting craft a little different in style, but not so in effect, for the Arsenal gave the Everton defence plenty to think about and Sagar some shots that required the best the goalkeeper could produce to keep his goal intact. Everton missed one or two chances in the first half and perhaps a penalty, too, when Joy “learned” on Lawton, but don’t let us forget Jones’s handling of the ball inside the penalty and got away with a free kick outside the line. Boyes was the Boyes of the early part of the season, and Wilson was a lucky man to get his finger tips to a shot and turn it over his bar. He could have known little about Lawton’s drive which almost took the legs from under him, such was its power.
Incident followed incident, one side usually having an adequate reply to anything attempted by the opposition. By a strange turn of fortune’s wheel it was Bryn Jones who was indirectly responsible for Lawton’s goal. He allowed Bentham to dispossess him, and away went the ball up the middle, Joy for once in a way fell for the “dummy,” Lawton going round him, only to see Crayston loom up in his vision. Here was danger, so Lawton decided to shoot, and the ball crashed into the back of the net before Wilson could make a move. A brilliant goal, and one of his own making. The Arsenal still fought it out, but five minutes from the end Boyes, having run into inside left, took Stevenson’s pass and rammed it into the net. So came to an end one of the best game I have seen. The defences were mainly in command, and Thomson stole the half back thunder from Tommy Jones. Bryn Jones was never seen, and Drake was the best of the Arsenal forwards, for Bastin has lost some of his power. But why be hypercritical about anyone who participated in such a fine game?
EVERTON AT FULL STRENGTH FOR CUP-TIE
January 17, 1939. Evening Express.
Derby Victors To Meet Doncaster.
Everton are the first of the Merseyside area clubs with the announcement of their team to play in the F.A. Cup fourth round on Saturday. Against Doncaster Rovers at Goodison Park, they will be at full strength –the eleven that defeated Derby County in the third round and also accounted for Arsenal last Saturday. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (Tom), Thomson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. There was a doubt about Wally Boyes. He was suffering from a heavy cold over the week-end, but today was fit again and there is no doubt that he will play. The Everton players went to see the Middlesbrough-Bolton cup replay at Leeds, and today went out to Wetherby for roadwork, before going to the Oakdate Club for golf in the afternoon.
In the “Enemy “Camps.
“No special training –just ball practice, sprinting, and physical jerks,” said Mr. Fred Emery, manager of Doncastle Rovers, today. “All we want the players to do,” said Mr. Flecther, Hibbert, the chairman, “is to play as well as they have done in some league games this season. We have nothing to be ashamed of in the type of football we play at Doncaster. I am only sorry that we shall not be at full strength, but we expect to be without two regular men –Smith (left half) and Perry (centre forward), whereas we have been playing lately with four reserves in the side.” Mr. Hibbert said they had no special plan. “We have seen Everton play and we know that no “stunts” will be of any use against them. We shall play the best and keenest football we know, hoping at best to spring a surprise and at the worst to show the Everton crowd that we can play good and sporting football.”
EVERTON’S HAPPY POSITION
January 17, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Board Meeting Dispensed With This Week.
I wonder how many clubs, on the eve of an important cup-tie, find themselves in the happy position of Everton? With entire freedom from injuries among first-team players and the side playing such excellent football the board has dispensed with the formality of a meeting this week. The team automatically pick’s itself, and unless there is any unexpected mishap or illness between now and Saturday the side will be unchanged from that which has done duty in sixteen of the twenty-five games they have played so far this season. The latest report from Mr., Theo Kelly at Harrogate this morning is that everybody is fit, and well, and with the weather ideal, training is going according to play. A fortnight ago snow slow down outdoor activities considerably washing out golf completely, which was a big disappointment to most of the players. Harrogate these days is almost a second home to the Everton lads. So much so that a wag remarked at the week end that next week the club wishes to give them a change of air and spirit present the only thing will be to bring these to Goodison Park. I understand the players went to see the Bolton-Middlesbrough replay at Leeds and this afternoon had a round of golf. Everything are usually devoted to the players –I reckon it will be hard to find something Billy Cook hasn’t seen already –or theatre, but tomorrow there will be a change with a visit to the local boxing hall.
EVERTON’S BOY SHAREHOLDER
Liverpool Evening Express - Wednesday 18 January 1939
Inheriting two founder’s shares in Everton Football Club under the will of his great-grandfather, a 12-year-school-boy Peter Ledger Lomas, of St. Anthony's road, Blundellsands, has become the club's youngest shareholder. . But he has not yet seen Everton play, and is only interested in his school eleven at Formby. His great grand-father the late Mr. Charles Henry Ashton was a well-known figure in Liverpool of Macfie and Company, Ltd. He died in November last at the age of 90.
He left £18,822, and in his will he directed that the founder shares, his gold watch and chain, and coin should be left to his great grandson.
DR. OTTO NERZ
January 18, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Dr. Otto Nerz, THE German football official, will join the Everton team on Friday night. He is coming over to Goodison to see the game and have a talk with the Everton directors about the proposed German tour this summer.
FOOTBALL DEATH OF OLD SCOTTISH INTERNATIONALIST
The Scotsman - Thursday 19 January 1939
The death of Thomas M'Innes , a prominent Scottish foothaller half a century ago , has occurred at Luton. He was 69. M'Innes gained international honours when 19 , being " capped " against Ireland in 1889, and was one of the first Scottish professionals to go South . He played for Notts County for four seasons , and was in their Cup final team in 1891, which was beaten by Blackburn Rovers . An inside forward . M'lnnes later played for Third Lanark and Everton , and he concluded his career with four seasons at Luton .
SPORTSMAN IN VICTOR Y AND DEFEAT-TRIBUTE TO TOMMY McINNES
Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle - Thursday 19 January 1939
As the shadows lengthened late on Tuesday, Tommy McInnes passed away at his home, 47, Hart-lane, Luton. To the greater number of football folowers in Luton and elsewhere the name may mean little, but forty to fifty years ago the name was famous and there are many cherished memories of him in Scotland and this country, too. Although bordering on seventy years of age, the love of Tommy McInnes for the great winter game had never waned, and it was shortly after he had been discussing the football results a week ago last Saturday, that he suffered a stroke which terminated fatally. For a week there seemed some prospect of recovery, but on Sunday there was a relapse, and gradually he sank into the last great peace.
From Famous Nursery
Born in Glasgow in 1897, Tommy McInnes soon came into promince with the famous junior club, Ashfield, which still provides great players periodically. From this club the famous Alex James also graduated, and young Laning, the present Luton Town player, was discovered in that nursey. First club of note was Cowlairs at that time quite a famous organization, and here Tommy McInnes had his first big game which was against the Celtic in the final of the Glasgow Exhibition Cup.
He was induced to move to Notts County in 1889, and was with them four four seasons and was a member of the Cup Final team which lost to Blackburn Rovers at Kennington Oval in 1890-91. After four seasons at Nootingham he returned to Scotland and played for Third Lanark, but in 1894 he was again persuaded to cross the Border and wear the Everton colours. After two seasons there he came to Luton, where he had four playing seasons and it was said of him that when he retired he was still as clever as when he had won his International cap for Scotland against Ireland in 1889.
Although he returned to Scotland where home and national ties were very strong, he always had a very soft spot in the heart for Luton, and following the death of Mrs. McInnes he came back to Luton and settled here some twelve or thirteen years ago. Naturally he took the greatest interest in the Town Football Club and none was more delighted with their recent advance in the football world.
A grand sportsman in every sense of the word, he loved to indulge in reminiscences of famous p[layers and their sportsmanlike and also he could enjoy again the numerous escapades of players of his days. Tommy McInnes was contemporaneous with a host of giants of the game, and while in that day many of these gave plenty of trouble to their clubs, he was one of whom it could be said that he never overstepped the bounds of propriety; that he always kept himself as fit as possible and fulfilled his obligations to his club to the letter. A great inside forward, although of rather frail physique he had the skill to maintain his place with stronger men, and as an opponent was feared and highly respected.
Alderman Harry Arnold, the President of the Town Club, who was Chairman when McInnes joined from Everton, said that he regretted very much to hear of the passing of Tommy McInnes. “I have seen him several times since he returned to Luton,” and have had many chats with him. Luton were able to get him through the influence of John McCratney, Bill Stewart, and Cupar, well known players we had at that time. He was a steady well-conducted fellow, who never gave us any trouble at all, and he was a great player.” Billy Lawson, the old Town trainer, also paid tribute, and said that Tommy was one of the best friends a man could have. “He was always a good sportsman in victory and defeat.” Said Billy, “and he would not do anyone an ill turn. He was a gentleman on the field and off it, and nobody could say anything against him at any time. The funeral takes place next Monday morning at the Church Cemetery at 11.30.
CAPPED FIFTY YEARS AGO
Daily Herald - Thursday 19 January 1939
Thomas McInnes, a Scottish international inside-forward half a century ago, has died at Luton, at 69. McInnes gained his first cap against Ireland in 1889, when only 19, and he was one of the first Scottish professionals to move South. He played for Notts County four seasons and was in their Cup Final team in 1891. Later he was with Third Lanark and Everton and ended his career with four seasons at Luton.
PROPOSED EVERTON TOUR
January 19 1939. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Dr Otto Nerg, the Germany Football official will join Everton team on Friday Night. He is coming over to Goodison to see the game and have a talk with the Everton directors about the purposed German tour this summer.
TOM McINNES DEAD
January 19, 1939. The Lancashire Evening Express
The death of Thomas McInnes, a prominent Scottish footballer half a century ago has occurred at Luton. He was 69. McInnes who gained international honours when 19, was one of the first Scottish professionals to come South. He was in Notts County's Cup Final team in 1891, which was beaten by Blackburn Rovers. He later played for Third Lanark and Everton and concluded his career with four seasons at Luton.
FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH
January 19, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Mr. W. H. Jones, of Briardale Road, Birkenhead, sounds a solemn warming to Everton in regard to Saturday’s Cup-tie. He has it “straight from the horse’s mouth,” or, to be exact, from a Doncaster relative, who, he tells me, came down with officials of the visiting club to see the game at Goodison last week. “They have come to the conclusion that Everton can be beaten.” Writes Mr. Jones. “They think that if they play against Thomson all the time they will easily break through. They think his age is against him, that he cannot recover when once beaten, and does not position himself for the inside pass. Bycroft will watch Lawton, and Malam and Leyfield have a plan to beat the backs, as they did against Southport. They know Everton will take it easy, and play fancy stiff, but Doncaster think by early rushes they can get two of three goals and shock Everton. After that it will be all defence, as paid them so often. Doncaster have only lost one match away, from home this season. Have Everton seen their away record? They don’t think any harm will come from Boyes, Stevenson, or Bentham, and their scoring records don’t impress Doncaster. They know Everton think this match easy, but if you knew what Doncaster think you would be amazed. Everton can laugh or take it seriously, as they wish, but watch what I have said. You will also be surprised. “First of all, this view hardly concedes with what Mr. Fred Emery, the Doncastle manager, or their chairman, Mr. Fletcher Hibbert, have stated publicly but perhaps these two have been seeking to pull the wool over Everton’s eyes. Secondly, Everton are not going to take the game easily. There is too much at stake, and the players saw sufficient of know that it isn’t going to be a Sunday school picnic. As for the reference to Thomson, I think they will find themselves unshaken. He is playing better today than at any period of his career. Possibly his powers of recovery are not as speedy as they were, but he is a most difficult man to pass, and Doncaster will find the left half avenue no easier to circumvent than any other.
TACTICS WILL DECIDE GOODISON BATTLE
January 20, 1939. The Evening Express.
Everton’s great win at Derby County in the third round, coupled with their home draw against Third Division rivals, has established them as firm favourites for the trophy they last won in 1933. Let me say at once that I expect Everton to reach round five at the first time of asking, although these Third division opponents cannot be taken lightly. It is in favour of Everton that they will meet opponents who are just as keen to exploit good football tactics as they are themselves. Everton have always been a side with a sharp eye for construction, and Doncaster are in the same category. I saw the Rovers in action twice last week in three days, and was delighted with their easy development, their ability to play football where it should be played –on the floor –and their general team work. The Doncaster defence is excellent. In Bycroft they passes one of the staunchest defensive centre-halves I have seen for a long time, and their backs are good. Two quick-tackling wing half-backs can take a lot of the “bite” out of an opposing attack by cramping the style of the inside forwards, just as the Blues crowded out Dix and Astley at Derby. Everton must be wary lest they are out-witted by their own plan. In attack, the Rovers have match-winners in Little-fancied by Everton –Dell, tall, long-striding and effective, and Charlie Leyfield, the ex-Everton player, and these lads receive splendid support from wee Albert Malam. Leyfield, of course, is the Chester born lad who spent several seasons with the Blues; Malam is the local born boy who was with New Brighton and Huddersfield Town, and another local is Mitchell, who played for Wrexham. Everton have been having Harrogate tonic and travel back to Liverpool tomorrow morning. The club states that there are 9,000 unreserved seats available for those paying at the turnstiles. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Thomson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Doncaster Rovers: - Imrie; Shaw (or Potts); Walker, Mitchell, Bycroft; McFarlance, Little, Kilourey, Bell, Malam, Leyfield.
NO SURPRISE HERE
January 20, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Can Doncaster Rovers spring a surprise at Goodison Park tomorrow? Of course they can, others have done so in the past –I won’t name them for they only revive unpleasant memories –but I do not anticipate one this week-end. One of the features of the game is sure to be the duels between Tommy Lawton and Bycroft, the Rovers centre half-back. These two players made their debut together, Lawton for Burnley and Bycroft for Doncaster. The exceedingly tall Bycroft prevented Lawton from scoring on each of the two occasions they have met, and will be all out to keep up that record. If ever Lawton required the ball on the ground it will be tomorrow, for Bycroft is almost bound to take all the ball in the air. Lawton has other ideas for the informed me that he would even beat Bycroft in the air. He has something on hand against such a giant. My method of beating him would be the ball along the ground, but Everton have planned their campaign, rest assured of that. Jones will also have an engaging task in keeping the tall Dell in hand, but Jones, having blotted out such men as McCulloch, Mills, and other masters of the centre forward game, should be able to look after Dell, good player through he is. The Malam-Leyfield wing is intriguing, for they were once Everton players. There is skill and pace on the Rovers’ left, but I think they can safely be left to Joe Mercer, playing international football at the moment, who should know how to beat his friend, Charlie, and even should be lad to lasten them down there is Willie Cook behind, and the Irishman is having his best season.
Small, But Good.
Little has shown such good form that Burton, the winger who went to Wolverhampton with such a grand reputation has not been missed. He is one of the smell men of the side, but what he lacks in inches he makes up for football juggery. Mr. Emery is not greatly perturbed about the defence. Potts stepped in for the last two Cup-ties and played so well that it will not matter should Shaw not be ready. The half back line is particularly strong both in defence and attack, so that we shall see two excellent middle lines in opposition. In fact the game has every appearance of producing a fine tussle, despite the difference in class. Everton should win, and that comfortably, for they are playing excellent football at the moment. Their last two victories over Derby County and the Arsenal have been accomplished by classical football. Doncaster will know by this what they have to face, for their manager was at Goodison last week, and went away with a great impression of Everton’s play. No doubt he, too, has formulated a plan to frustrate his side’s famous opponents. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Thomson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Doncaster Rovers: - Imrie; Potts, Walker; Mitchell, Bycroft; McFarlance, Little, Kilourey, Bell, Malam, Leyfield.
DONCASTLE ROVERS’ BIG FOLLOWING
January 21, 1939. The Yorkshire Evening Post.
Four Special Trains Need
“Fans” Red And White Checks Pyjamas.
The great enthusiasm roused by Doncaster Rovers’ success in the F.A. Cup was evidenced by extraordinary scenes at Doncaster Station this morning, where crowds of Rovers’ supporters assembled to follow their team in the fourth round tie at Everton. The station was crowded at 9.45, but by 10 0’clock the platforms were absolutely packed. The two excursions arranged proved quite inadequate to carry the number of Doncaster people wishing to go to Everton, and by 10-30 an “extra special” had left. An official stated that at least one more train would be required for the crowd that still lined the platform. One left later, making in four in all. Despite the rain, the cheeriness, enthusiasm and general optimism of the crowd could be doubted. They hoped the Rovers would put up a good show against the Cup favourites, and they were determined to enjoy their outing anyway. Most of them were wearing favours, which were of all kinds, and may of the rosettes had a replica of the F.A. Cup fastened in the centre. Some supporters wore red and white scarves, and others sported red berets with white tassels. One enthusiast wore a hat of red and white segments, with the initials “D” and “R” in each segment, and he had a hugh red and white paper bow pinned across his chest. Some of the more enthusiastic brandished rattles and raised occasional cheers.
Rosette Sellers Do Well.
Rosette sleers did a roaring trade. A man who had a full tray of rosettes at 9.30 had practically sold out an hour later. When an “Evening Post” reporter congratulated a man on his red and white check cap, he said; That’s nothing –wait till you see my pyjamas.” With this he unrolled a brown-paper parcel and produced a pair of red and white check pyjama-trousers, which he was evidently going to wear at the match. So keen were many of the Rovers’ supporters who would have normally been working today, to attend the match that they approached the managers of the firms for whom they work, and were allowed time off, or left work sufficiently early to catch the special trains. Many L.N.E.R. plant workers –the majority of them do not work on Saturday –took advantage of their privilege tickets, and made the journey at very little expense.
Occasion Warranted It.
Pegler’s Ltd, brass founders, of Balby, gave permission for those men, and girls too, who wished to see the match to leave work early this morning to catch the train. An official of the firm told an “Evening Post” reporter today that about 100 of their employees took advantage of the concession. He thought the occasion warranted it, and they wanted to oblige the men as much as possible. At British Ropes the employees have been allowed to make their arrangements individually with the departmental heads. As it is mostly shift work, the 60 men who applied for leave of absence were able to arrange it. Messrs Woodhouse and Co (Ltd.), Hexthorpe brassworks, have also allowed employees to attend the match.
• Thanks To Keith Shaul and Yvonne Marshall for this article, From Doncaster.
EVERTON DANCE TO VICTORY
January 21, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Eight Goals In The Gloom.
Doncaster’s first half promise can out comfortable winners. Lawton scored his first “hat-trick” since he came to Everton. Teams: - Sagar; goal; Cook and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (TG), and Thomson, (captain), half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Doncaster Rovers: - Imrie, goal; Shaw and Walker, backs; Mitchell, Bycroft, and McFarlane, half-backs; Luke, Lilbourty, Dell, Malam (captain), and Leyfield, forwards. Referee Mr. H. T. Wright, Macclesfield. The Rovers were well represented, some 1,000 followers-It sounded like more judging by the row they made –journeyed from Doncaster, this morning. There were about 40,000 people present when the game started, and Everton were soon into their stride through their right wing, but the Doncaster defence pulled through and themselves launched an attack on the left flank, which was made up of two further Everton players in Malam and Leyfield. They did not get far, however, and Everton were soon back, and Stevenson was almost put through by a Thomson pass, but he was charged off the ball well inside the area, just as he was about to shoot. The ground was on the heavy side, which made accurate ball control difficult. Doncaster were doing amazingly well and when Jones made a back pass to Sagar the ball travelled so fast that the goalkeeper could not prevent it from going for a corner. Doncaster were giving the Everton defence more trouble than was anticipated. Jones had to be form when tackling, Dell, and Sagar had to punch away after one of his own players had headed a centre by Little straight up in the air in front of the goal.
The drag of the sticky turf hampered many of Everton’s finer movements yet they had been the more dominant force. The light was getting worse but if did not prevent me from seeing. Leyfield make a good run and centre Jones heading away to safety through his usual channel –to his half-back. Leyfield came again and showing fine speed, made another centre which must have gone over direct or was headed over. The poor light prevented me from being emphatic about what happened. At this point Leyfield was having a happy time against his old clubmates. In fact, Doncaster were giving the Everton defence plenty of work of a kind. When the anxiety was over a goal kick by Sagar, was instantly put back by Bycroft to his own goalkeeper rather than take any risks of Lawton getting hold of the ball. Malam was playing a captain’s game for Doncaster and giving Leyfield every opportunity to shine. The Rovers’ football was What I promised you it would be –god class, some of their constructional ideas being quite the equal of, if not better, than that of Everton.
The First Real Shot.
The first real shot of the game came just before the half-hour. It came through a quick throw-in, Lawton acting like lightning to get in his shot, which Imrie saved. Almost immediately Doncaster gained a corner. This will give you some idea of the rapid and changes, and a hook shot by Malam forced Sagar to pull the ball down from underneath his crossbar. There was a danger at this stage of the game, not being concluded, for it was simply impossible to follow the flight of the ball. It must have been better down below, for the players did not seem to have any difficulty as to the ball’s whereabouts. Stevenson cut inside and shot outside from a good position, and Little was so dangerous looking that Thomson gave away a corner rather than take any further risks.
Boye’s Maintains His Average.
At 35 minutes a long ball to Boyes was the starting point for an Everton goal. He cleverly slipped round Shaw, cut into goal and apparently beat the goalkeeper without any difficulty. Only those actually behind the goal could have seen the ball enter the net. This by the way, is Boyes third goal in three successive games. A Gillick-Lawton move brought a shot from Lawton which was blocked out. No matter which way you, look at it Doncaster had to put up a brave fight –as they promised they would do. One minute from the interval, Lawton on the left wing made a perfect inward pass which Boyes hit first time, and the ball flew into the net like a rocket. Quickly in the footsteps of the second goal came a third Boyes shot, and the ball hit the goalkeeper’s foot, but before he was able to recover, Lawton had shot into the net. A hectic finish to the half, but it is to be hoped we will see more of the second portion than we did of the first.
Half-Time; Everton 3, Doncaster Rovers 0.
The second half had only just started when Everton increased their goal tally through Lawton. He beat off a challenge by Bycroft, and drawing Imrie from his lair, shot into the far side of the net, Time 49 minutes. Doncaster never relaxed, and Killourity went very close with a header. It was now possible to see more of the game, yet not clear enough for some of us perched high on the stands. Bentham shot wide when well placed Gillick showed amazing ball control when he beat McFarlane and Walker with the greatest of ease, and then gave Bentham a gilt-edged opportunity, but the inside right only tricked the ball to Imrie. Lawton was hurt when he got Bycroft elbow in his face, and Imrie had to scoop away an singular shot from Mercer. It was one-way traffic now, for the Rovers were mainly concerned in the defence of their goal, which fell for the fifth time at 75 minutes, Lawton again being the scorer. This, by the way was Lawton’s first hat-trick for Everton, but it will be recalled he scored his first half on the occasion of his debut for Burnley against Tottenham Hotspurs. Stevenson scored Everton’s sixth goal in a rather uncommon way. There seemed to be a flavor of offside about it but the referee having passed any appeal Stevenson and Boyes were standing in front of the Rovers goal with the goalkeeper jumping about not knowing what was going to happen. Stevenson jinked about in front of the goalkeeper for a while until finally he shot into the net at 78 minutes. At this stage the Rovers were completely outclassed, and Gillick snapping up apass from the rear, ran right through to score with the greatest of ease. Time 81 minutes. Just before the end, Lawton scored his fourth and Everton’s eight goal. Final Everton 8, Doncastle Rovers 0.
LEAVES FROM MY NOTEBOOK
January 21, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
During the opening half of the present soccer campaign, Liverpool players were to the fore in the role of “centurions” as regard League appearances. Now it is their friendly rivals, the Everton players turn to take the stage, and foremost in this respect is popular Tom Lawton, the Goodison club’s and England leader. Lawton has only to be marked “present” in a further three League engagements for him to top the century mark of football league games, including, of course, his 25 with Burnley. So far he has notched 76 goals in his games under League auspices. A naïve of Bolton, Lawton, became famous for his football abilities when playing for Burnley schools soccer, in three seasons of which he “bagged” 570 goals. He went into the Burnley offices and developed with the “A” team, making his League debut in Division 11 in March, 1936. He was only 16 years of age at that time, and he took part in seven games and he netted on five occasions. So prominent did he become that he was quickly secured by Everton on the last day of December the following season, after he had played in eighteen matches and scored 11 goals for the Turf Moor side. He soon settled down at Goodison and made his First Division debut on February 13, in 1937 v. Wolverhampton Wanderers, since when he was built up the following record.
1936-37 Games 10, Goals 3
1937-38 Games 39, Goals 28
1938-39 (todate) Games 23, Goals 19. So successive has Lawton been, not only as marksman, but also in his general play that it was only to be expected that honours would come his way and this season he has led the England attack against Wales, Ireland, Rest of European, Norway, and the Irish and Scottish League with great credit.
THE SAME EVERTON WITH A DIFFERENCE –AND WHY
January 21, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Jock Thomson The Foundation
Influence Of Aberdeen Trips
Cliff Britton The Artist.
This time twelve month’s ago, Everton were nearer the bottom than the top of the League, yet they had the same team as that now, doing duty and running Derby County a close race for League honours. How do you account for it? You will, no doubt, be prepared to augur that there must have been something wrong somewhere. Stories get about, and the more often they are told the bigger they grow. I can tell you emphatically that there has never been any dissension among the Everton players. They have always been the happiest of fellows. Still, why could they not do with the same players what they are doing today? The starting point of Everton’s rise, to my way of thinking, was the day Jock Thomson returned to the team as captain. Many through this was sheer madness, Jock was too old, it was said, to keep up with the exacting pace at which the game is played. When I heard such remarks I chuckled, for Thomson is anything, but an old man. Long in the game, yet, but he came to it young, and being a man who always looks after himself is as it as many of the younger players under his command. Jock fathers the Everton boys. A pat were and a word there from the skipper either during or after a game, means its whole let to these young players. But it was Jock as a student of tactics which made so much difference to Everton. It was felt that an old head was needed to hold the young player together. The skill was there. All that was required was exploiting that skill to the best advantage. Talks were instituted, plans thought out with Thomson as key man. Thomson has had very few poor games since he returned to the League side. Under the new regime the Everton boys have come along by leaps and bounds. There is no better half back playing than Joe Mercer, Jones stands high as the season’s pivot. Lawton has become England’s centre forward, and Greenhalgh has astonished even his closest friend by his rapid improvement. The English League through fit to include him to one of their games. Gillick is an entirely different player nowadays, ranking with any outside right in the county, and Bentham has filled a gap that was worrying the Everton selectors more than a little. A harder-working I do not know. Team spirit is embedded in the Everton team. It is one for all and all for one, and when a team is so well knit it is a difficult side to beat. That trip to Glasgow, in the summer, did an immense amount of good. There’s your answer, readers. Not so long ago, Clifford Britton’s name figured in England’s international team sheets. Today he is in Everton’s reserve team. Such is football. Britton’s is not grumbling about it, but would like to be back in the first team. He realizes that on present form no one could displace Joe Mercer at right half back. Cliff is still a young man, so once can readily understand his yearning for senior team selection. Who wouldn’t? Britton is one of the most complete footballers in the game. He has supreme skill and craft. To see him in control of the ball is one of the joys of the game. He can make it talk as it were, and those lob centres into the goalmouth are made with a precision which is uncanny. They were made for Dixie Dean’s special benefit, and the record scorer had to thank Britton for many of his goals. It was Cliff who sent the ball spinning into the Manchester City goalmouth, and Dean’s head which set Everton on their cup-winning career. I never tire watching Britton, for he plays football all the time. He won through the top by sheer artistry, he had little else to help him, for he is not big of body. With a full knowledge of every move in the game, he can beat a man on the space of a sixpence, and his passing is the acme of perfection. He is certainly too good to be in a reserve side, but there it is. Cliff played no football at school starting his career with a chapel team at Bristol at the age of fifteen. He went on to play for his works team (he is a joiner by trade) and then transferred to Bristol St. George, a senior amateur side in Bristol. He had been only seven weeks with them when the Bristol Rovers scout got wind of his play. He joined up with Ronny Dix, and the pair of them should have come to Everton together, but as you will remember, there was a hitch in the Dix signing and he went to Blackburn Rovers. Cliff came to Everton in May 1930, and was immediately acknowledged as of the Everton “type.” Bad luck struck him right away, for in the first trial game with Everton he had the misfortune to break a collarbone. Eventually he played himself into the first team and stayed there. He has won nine international caps, although he actually played in ten inter-League medals came his way, and of course, a Cup medal in 1933. He cannot lay claim to a League medal; and that is the only honour he has not had. But there is time for Cliff to put that right yet!
CLASS TELLS AT GOODISON
Everton 8 Doncaster Rovers 0 (F.A. Cup Game 153)
January 23, 1939 Liverpool Daily Post
Four for Lawton in total of Eight
They came to Goodison Park with the good idea, and that was to play Everton at their own game, and on that score alone and to be complemented. They never resorted to cup tie rush and bustle. Had they dine so they would have caused Everton more trouble than they did, for although they were outmanured late on they had a spell in the only part of the game when I though their football was a shade superior to that of Everton. Sitting on my self were the Doncaster followers, and such was their enthurasum during those minutes that one would have though Doncaster were the home team, but as time wore on a silence settled over the stand. It was not as pleasant sight to see your team so completely outclassed as Doncaster were in the second half. Everton ran through their ranks and goals came without any great effort. For 30 minutes Doncaster had looked worthy opponents but their sparkle was not maintained. During their bright moments Doncaster seemed almost capable of taking a goal or two on their own account, but if they could not accept what chances they made for themselves they must not complain. They had the Everton defence working a top speed for half an hour by good class football but there was no finally about it. They put some lobs into the Everton goal, and Killourthy took one ball under the bar, but they had no shots with enough sting to cause Everton any road damage.
Three Goals In Ten Minutes
Doncaster flattered to deceive and at last Everton got on top, and within the space of ten minutes had knocked the bottom out of the game with three goals. For in reality Boyes’s first goal, at 35 minutes sounded the death knell for the Rovers. They struggled along, gamely never forsaking their effort to play football, but with a three-goal deficit at half-time, (Boyes at 43, and Lawton at 44 minutes) they never again showed that they would be a menace. In the second half they were crushed, and Doncaster became just what they were, a good Third Division side. Class had told it’s tale in a most definite manner for Everton’s skill was much too great to be held by the Doncaster defence, which had by this time became nerve-racked and uncertain Lawton went on to score his hat-trick-his first for Everton-and Stevenson and Gillick took the score to eight. Everton did almost as they liked in the last half-hour, and the Doncaster defence played too much in a straight line, so that when as Everton man broke through there was no cover to goalkeeper Imrie. Doncaster’s only recompense was a nice slice of a £2,727 cheque. All the Everton team played well, even Cook had some anxious moments against his former club mates. Leyfield who was the Rovers best forward. His speed was prodigious and he slapped across some fine centres, but none of his inside forwards was good enough to break down the Everton defensive plan Jones keeping guard down the middle. Goalkeeper Inmrie will not forget. Everton for some time. The last time he played against then was when he was with Crystal Palace and Everton shot six goals into the net. Add Saturday eight and you can realize his feeling towards the Everton attack. Much was expected of the giant centre-half back Bycroft. He was the man who was going to curb Lawton, and he did quite well, even though Lawton knocked 4 goals against him, Everton wisely kept the ball on the ground and this took from Bycroft more than half of his effectiveness. He was only good when the ball was in the air.
The wretched conditions spoiled the game as a spectator for in the first half it was almost impossible to see the ball, and one had to follow its flight by watching the players running about. The first 2 goals could only plainly be seen by those immediately behind the goal. Fortunately the mist lifted and more was seen of the second portion, but all though it was impossible to be certain about anything. I though Stevenson was offside,, when he scored, but as against that I thought he was entitled to a penalty kick when he was brought down in the first half, before Everton had scored. Now for the next round. Here is the tabulated record of the goal scoring: Boyes (35 minutes), Boyes (43 minutes), Lawton (44 minutes), Lawton (49 minutes) Lawton (75 minutes), Stevenson (77 minutes), Gillick (81 minutes), Lawton (87 minutes). Result Everton 8; Doncaster Rovers 0. Teams Everton:- Sagar goal, Cook, and Grennhalgh, backs, Mercer, Jones (tg), and Thomson (captain) half-backs, Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson Boyes, forwards. Doncaster Rovers:- Imrie, goals, Shaw, and Walker backs, Mitchell, Bycroft, and McFarlane, half-backs, Little, Killiouthy, Bell, Malam and Leyfield forwards Referee H.T.Wright, Attendance, 41, 115 (receipts £2,272.
January 23, 1939. The Yorkshire Evening Post
By Don Dearne and Trent
Doncaster Rovers failed lamentably in their F.A. Cup challenge to Everton, and the only satisfaction they got out of it is that they have made history for the club by getting into the Fourth round and losing 8-0, and by netting somewhere in the region of £2,000 from the Cup competition. Saturday was indeed a gloomy day. For three parts of the game at Goodison park spectators could see little of the ball. Mist and darkness came over the ground, disappeared for short spells, and then returned. As for the football, it was a case of “class will tell.” One of the Rovers’ players said afterwards that the Everton forwards “came like an avalanche.” They certainly did, and scored goals with an ease which was something approaching monotonous. Well, there it is as sound a whacking as any Doncaster Rovers have ever had. At tea, afterwards, someone said the result was more like a Rugby game score, and a humorous reply was that we now knew what was meant by a “result in round figures.”
• Thanks To Keith Shaul and Yvonne Marshall for this article, From Doncaster
GOAL THAT STARTED CUP AVALANCHE
January 23, 1939. The Evening Express
Boyes Effort Puts Everton In Right Mood.
Timely Change In Tactics
Everton have set up another record! Their 8-0 defeat of Doncaster Rovers in the F.A. Cup-tie on Saturday was the heaviest the Rovers have ever suffered. Everton had a fright in the first half-hour, when the Rovers more than held their own. Their fierce, first-time tackling put the Blues completely out of gear and the only the super-brilliance of Sagar, keeping goal in particularly big light, prevented Doncaster taking the lead. Once the Blues realized that long passes, with plenty of boot behind the ball, was the correct counter to Doncaster’s methods, the Yorkshiremen were never in the hunt. Everton just romped home as they liked. They gave Doncaster a lesson in scoring power which they will never forget. Boyes (2) and Lawton scored in 11 minutes from the interval, and afterwards Lawton added three more and Stevenson and Gillick also found the net. In the early stages Bycroft had kept a tight hold on Lawton and Walker and Shaw had proved equal to all the wiles of Gillick and Boyes. Everton simply could not realize that their close passing was getting them nowhere. Then came the transformation. Boyes secured near the middle, cut outwards, nipped around Shaw, scurried towards Imrie and with a lightning shot put Everton one goal ahead. It was a beautiful movement and was the turning point in Everton’s fortune. No team in the county could have held Everton back after that goal. If they continue in that vein they will remain strong favourities for the F.A. Cup.
MR. W.C. CUFF LEAGUE ACTING PRESIDENT
January 23, 1939, The Evening Express.
Honour For Everton Director.
Mr. W.C. Cuff, the Everton director and the only vice-president of the Football league, was today elected Acting President of the Football League in succession to the late Mr. C. E. Sutchiffe. Mr. Cuff will serve in that capacity until the annual meeting of the League, in may, when the clubs will vote on the question of the new president. So. Mr. Cuff follows in the footsteps of his great friend, the late Mr. John McKenna, who was president for so long. The honour is well earned, Mr. Cuff has devoted a lifetime to football and in addition to being on the Management Committee of the League, he is a member of the F.A. Cup Council and president of the Central League. He has served the Everton club splendidly both as secretary director, and, until last June, as chairman, and he is one of the best-known football legislators in the world. In recent years he has often acted as host to Continental international teams visiting England, while he has visited many countries with England and Everton touring teams. There is little doubt both that the clubs will confirm the election at the annual meeting.
January 23, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
The game at Goodison Park was something in the native of a moonlight flit. One knew what was going on, but could not see it being done. The players could be seen running here and there, and that was the only indication that the ball was somewhere in the vicinity. Right away let me state that Doncaster were outclassed, as I expected then to be, yet for half an hour they promised so much to make it a close thing with their famous rivals. But, having had their fling and without doing the Everton goal any damage, they fell to superior class. They say class will always tell. It did in this case with a vengeance, for Doncaster were “managed” in the end. Their good football was not good enough for Everton, who carved and cut their way through a stricken defence as they liked towards the end. One must pay the Rovers a compliment for their endeavour to continue to play football when they were being reutasunder by Everton’s razoer-keen attack. If ever a team could have changed their tactics, and gone over the smashing type of game it was Doncaster. They were being whipped, relentlessly whipped, but never at any time did they resort to the never-mind-the-ball type of Cup game. Had they put more “devil” into their play they might have done better, for they could hardly be expected to outpoint Everton’s skill. Poor Imrie. He had to go to the back of the net eight times, so will not have pleasant memories of the Everton forwards. The last time he faced them was when he was with Crystal Palace and had six rubbed in against him. From the moment that Boyes scored Everton’s first goal, Doncaster were a beaten side, for within ten minutes of its coming two further goals had been chalked up and Everton leading 3-0 at the interval.
One of Lawton’s ambitious was to score a “hat-trick” for Everton. He did it by grand shooting, and this against a man who was going to be a sore trouble to him. Bycroft could do no more than the others, for the ball was kept on the ground, so that this giant centre half back’s power, which is in the air, was cut down to nothing. He was just another half back instead of a dominating force. In all Lawton scored four goals, his highest for Everton, but to my mind the best goal was Boyes’s second. He met Lawton’s back pass and with a sweep of the big crashed it in between Imrie and the goalpost. The pace of the Everton forwards was tremendous. They simply swept the Doncaster defence off its feet, and Gillick’s goal showed up the faulty defence, when he ran through to score without any trouble I though Stevenson’s goal was offside, but that was only balanced when he failed in an appeal for a penalty when he was brought down in the “box” when he was just about to shoot.
Mr. W.C. Cuff Appointed League Acting-President.
Mr. W.c.Cuff, of Everton was today officially elected a acting-president of the Football league in succession to the late Mr. Charles Sutcliffe. Actually he has been acting in this capacity for several months, during Mr. Sutcliffe’s illness. He will serve thus until the annual meeting of the League next May, when the clubs will vote on the question of a new president. Other names than that of Mr. Cuff have been publicly mentioned as possibilities for the presidency, but I shall be very surprised if Mr. Cuff’s temporary appointment a not confirmed at the annual meeting.
FOR FOOTBALL “FANS.”
January 24, 1939. The Yorkshire Evening Post
By Don Dearne and Trent.
Doncaster football followers are arguing whether Doncaster Rovers’ 8-0 defeat at Everton on Saturday is the biggest in their history. It is the biggest they have suffered since they entered the Northern Section in 1923, but two years before that they were beaten 8-0 in a Midland League match by Barnsley Reserves at Oakwell. The first eleven were then playing in the Midland league. It was on a ground with a covering of two inches of firm snow. The Barnsley players appeared to be better shod for the conditions, and maintained a form foothold, which the Rovers could not do.
• Thanks To Keith Shaul and Yvonne Marshall for this article, From Doncaster.
EVERTON CUP TEAM FOR POMPEY GAME
January 24, 1939. The Evening Express.
Everton undertake their longest football journey of the season tomorrow to oppose Portsmouth in the re-arranged League match at Fratton Park. Their full cup team will be on duty and providing there are no injuries, this same eleven will oppose Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on Saturday. Only once this season have Everton scored five goals in a Football League game. It will encourage the players if they reflect that it was against Portsmouth, at Walton, in September. So the Blues have a chance of recording their third “double” of the season. Although Everton are moving smoothly along the road to Wembley, no one connected with the club has lost sight of the fact that the First Division championship is within the grasp of the club. At the moment the Blues are only three points, behind the leaders. Derby County, and they have a match in hand. Nothing succeeds like success, and while one looks to the Blues to carry on with their Wembley ambitions, I feel that they can also persist in their strong challenge to the supremacy of Derby. Everton have now won three matches without conceding a goal. Everton; Sagar, Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Thomson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Portsmouth: - Walker; Morgan, Rochford; Guthrie, Rowe, Wharton; Worrall, Macatinden, Anderson, Bageley, Parker.
EVERTON AT POMPEY
January 24, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s team to play Portsmouth tomorrow shows no change from that which has done duty practically throughout the season. There were no injuries in the Cup-tie, so no change was anticipated. Portsmouth are doing quite well this season. They are not an easy team to beat at home, and Everton will have to give of their best to bring anything back from the south. Last season “Pompey” won through defensive blunders, but there is not likely to be any of those this time, for the Everton defence is very solid these days. Everton are desperately keen to keep in touch with Derby County, and to do so they must at least take a point from the Southerners’. The way they are playing at the moment this is not out of the question, but they will have to fight, for Mr. Jack Tinn’s boys are playing well together. There is not a lot of “bite” in Pompey’s forward line, but one man who will have to be watched is Worrall, the winger. He is a crafty and clever player, who is capable of winning a game off his own bat. Nevertheless, I expect Everton to return with a point if nothing better. Everton; Sagar, Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Thomson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Portsmouth: - Walker; Morgan, Rochford; Guthrie, Rowe, Wharton; Worrall, Macatinden, Anderson, Bageley, Parker.
EVERTON’S FRUITLESS JOURNEY
January 25, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Everton match with Portsmouth, which should have taken place at Fratton Park today, was postponed owing to the unfit conditions of the ground. Rain had fallen incessantly since the early morning and the ground was nothing more nor less than a lake. Every effort was made to try and drain the water away, but without success, and the referee, who was at the ground some considerable time before the match was due to star, decided that play was impossible. The directors of the two clubs discussed the arrangements for a new date and decided on Wednesday next.
IRISH PLAYERS ON TRIAL
Belfast News-Letter - Wednesday 25 January 1939
17th Old Boys' Forward Goes to Everton
Desmond Johnston, an 18-years-old Inside-right who has been playing for the 17th Old Boys, left Belfast last night (Tuesday) for a trial with Everton. He belongs to Dundonald. H. Hume (Linfield) also crossed last night for a trial with Everton. He has not been playing in senior football for some time, but quite fit again.
EVERTON RAINED OFF
January 25, 1939. The Evening Express
Pompey Ground Under Water
The rearranged league game between Portsmouth and Everton, which should have taken place at Fratton Park, Portsmouth today, had to be abandoned owning to the waterlogged state of the ground. The match has been arranged for next Wednesday. The Everton party travelled to Portsmouth last night and this morning awoke to find torrential rain, which continued unceasingly. Messages were sent to the ground and hopes were held that the match would be played. Manager Jack Tinn, of Portsmouth had an army of workmen employed on the ground forking in an effort to get the surface water off, but at 1.55 the referee Mr. G. T. Gould, arrived at the ground and found the playing area like a lake. Mr. Gould decided immediately that it was impossible to play the fixture. Mr. Ernest Green, the Everton chairman, and Mr. Tinn agreed the match should be put back a week. The Everton party consisted of 14 players, trainer and five directors. A number of keen followers of the club had also come down. A party from as far as Brighton also attained. In the morning the players were shown over H.M.S Victory and H,M.S Hood
DEATH OF MR. JOHN WOLFE WELL-KNOWN LIVERPOOL JOURNALIST
Liverpool Daily Post - Wednesday 25 January 1939
A leading personality in Merseyside journalism and sport was removed by the death, which took place yesterday at his home, 9 The Oval, Wallasey, of Mr. John Wolfe, chief sub-editor of the Daily Post. Mr. Wolfe, who was aged 61, had been ill for several weeks. Born in Liverpool, Mr. Wolfe went to London and worked there in his earlier years a telegraph boy. He began his journalistic career with the old Daily Courier in the news composing room about forty-five years ago. Later he joined the telephone news staff, eventually becoming member of the sports staff on the editorial side. During that time he followed the Everton and Liverpool F.C. reserve teams. His sound journalistic acumen next took him to the general news side, and he became chief sub-editor in succession to Mr. Beasley. In 1915, he crossed Victoria Street to join the Daily Post staff as a deputy chief sub-editor under Mr. A. Wetherell, and when the latter became commercial editor of the Daily Post in 1919, he was succeeded by Mr. Wolfe. His sporting interests were not confined to his journalistic career. Keenly interested in golf, he was responsible for founding the Liverpool Press Golfing Society, of which he was perpetual captain. Many golfers on Merseyside knew of his famous miniature "cups" sent from "Santa Cruz by Santa Claus by aerial mail," awarded for an astounding variety of "achievements." He inaugurated the annual cricket match between the Post and Echo staff and that of the Evening Express. He was also the donor of the wolfe challenge cup, which was competed for annually by football teams, representing certain newspaper staffs in Manchester. He was particularly well known in football circles, and he was a member of Bidston Golf Club, the Cheshire County Cricket Club, and the Wallasey Cricket Club. He was a past president of the Liverpool Press Club. He was a former vice-president of the English Baseball Association. Mr. Wolfe was a Freemanson and belonged to the Marlborough Lodge, Lverpool, he leaves a widow and two sons.
EVERTON GAME POSTPONED
January 26 1939 The Liverpool Daily Post
B y John Peel
Flooded ground at Portsmouth. Everton match with Portsmouth, which should have taken place at Fratton Park yesterday, was postponed owing to the unfit condition of the ground. It was decided to play the match next Wednesday, kick off at three o’clock. Rain had fallen incessantly since the early morning and the ground was nothing less than a lake. Every effort was made to try and drain the water away, but without success and the referee, who was at the ground some considerable time, before the match was due to start, deciding that play was impossible.
EVERTON PLANS FOR TOUR OF GERMANY
January 26, 1939. The Evening Express.
Pilot’s Sports Log
There is little doubt but that Everton Football Club will tour German for a series of matches next May. This will be the third German tour of the club. Everton will make no official statement on the matter until Monday, but a message from Cologne confirms that the tour is “on.” Dr. Otto Nerz, the German Football Association was on our party which made the fruitless journey to Portsmouth yesterday, and I know that everything has been settled for the tour. It requires the confirmation of the Everton directorate.
Herbert Hume, the well-known Linfield centre-forward, and Desmond Johnson, a young Belfast amateur inside-right, are being given trials for Everton. Both will play for the “A” team on Saturday. Hume is 19 and although not a “big ‘un” proved one of the most successful centre-forwards, in Ireland. He was a frequent scorer for Linfield, but damaged a knee and underwent a cartilage operation. He will remain with Everton for a month’s trial which, is successful, will being an engagement. Johnson comes over to have trials in an amateur capacity.
“Rain Stops Play.”
Everyone who made the big journey to Portmouths was keenly disappointed that Everton’s game was not possible yesterday. I never knew it could rain so hard for so long as it did at Portsmouth. One of the most keenly disappointed was Mr. Herbert Barker, who made his first-ever trip to Portsmouth and yet did not even see Fratton Park! Maybe he will repeat the trip next week when the match will be decided. It was surprising the number of Liverpool lads we met while making a tour of the battleship. H.M.S. Hood. The “Up, the Blues” cry was heard everywhere. Lieu Potter was our host and guide, and we were shown through the old H.M.S Victory before we went to what is described as the most up-to-date battleship in the world. The Everton players were shown the gun turrets and how the 15 inch guns were operated, the torpedo room –in fact, everything of interest on this wonder ship. You can always trust the Navy to do things well. For our guildes on the ship they selected sailors who were members of the ship’s football team. And were those sailors proud? Oh, and just to emphasize how quickly football secretaries work. Within ten minutes of the cancellation of the match at Portsmouth, Mr. Kelly had made all the new arrangements for a quick return journey, including saloons on the trains.
EVERTON TEAM FOR HUDDERSFIELD VISIT.
January 26, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will play the same team as that which should have met Portsmouth, yesterday, for their match with Huddersfield on Saturday, namely; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Thomson. Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes. The postponed game with Portsmouth takes place next Wednesday.
Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle - Thursday 26 January 1939
McInnes -The family of the late Mr. Thomas McInnes of 47, Hart-lane, Luton, tender sincere thanks for the sympathy shown in their recent bereavement.
BLUES’ CUP TEAM
January 27, 1939. The Evening Express.
Everton paid a visit to Portsmouth in mid-week, but weather prevented the game being played, so the players should be fresh for Saturday’s hard task. The team is that selected for the Portsmouth game, which means that the Blues will be equipped with their full Cup-fighting strength. The Merseysiders have a dual interest in matters this season, for apart from their Cup urge, are right on the heels of the league leaders, Derby County, and recent results have helped their cause. If they win tomorrow, they will have a fine chance of narrowing the gap, for Derby County have to visit Stoke City. At the moment three points separate the clubs. These clubs always put up a good exhibition and I hope to see a classic struggle. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Thomson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Huddersfield Town; (probable); Hesford; Hayes, Mountford; Willingham, Young, Boot; Isaac, Barclay, Price, McCall, Beasley.
Dean And Sligo Club-How Irish Offer Came About.
Billy (Dixie) Dean, the famous England, Everton and Notts County centre-forward and football’s greatest goal-getter, will today sign for Sligo, the League of Eire club, unless there is a last minute hitch. Dean crossed to Ireland last night from Liverpool, and talked with the Sligo Club officials today. If he signs, he will play for Sligo against Shelbourne on Sunday. Shelbourne were also anxious to sign on Dean. About two weeks ago I announced that Dean’s contract with Notts County had been cancelled by mutual consent, and that Dean would retire from active football and concentrate on talent spotting. Well, his new job was the main cause of his return to football.
Could Be Refused.
Billy was living in Nottingham and spending a lot of time on the junior grounds. He had one or two likely players in mind when came a message from Sligo asking if Dean could find them a centre forward. They mentioned the terms they were prepared to offer. “I set about the job of finding them a centre forward,” said Billy when he came to see me,” and I knew it was not going to be easy. “I reflected on the offer, and then the thought came to me, ‘Well, if they want a centre forward I wonder what terms they would offer me? “I ask them and apparently they liked the idea for they offered me terms which O could not possibly refuse. That is the sole reason what I am off to Ireland.” Now you know the real story why Billy Dean changed his mind. He goes to a fine team which has lacked only one faculty –scoring power. Well, he should remedy that.
Everton will have three, and possibly four trialists on view tomorrow in the “A” team for the County Combination game against Prescot Cables at Bellefield, West Derby. There will be the two Irish forwards, Hume and Johnson, in action. Derick Williams, a 17-year-old centre half from Little Sutton, Junior, makes his debut. Williams has been sought by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City, and is 6ft, and 11st 10lbs. It is probable that a Welsh junior, whose name is being kept a secret, will be at left-half. Everton “A”; Burnett; Prescott, Saunders; Wyles, D. Williams, A.N. Other; Barber, D. Johnson, Hume, K. Dean, Trentham. Everton “B” will be giving trials to several young players in their friendly game against Highfield, the Bebington Junior League club.
AN OLD SCORE.
January 27, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have an old score to wipe out tomorrow, when they meet Huddersfield Town, for it was the Yorkshire men who administered their first defeat of the season, just at a time when Everton looked like going on to a lengthy run of successes. Huddersfield played well above their League position that day and were well worthy of their victory yet at the same time I thought it was a one-man triumph, and that man was Alf Young the Town’s centre half back and strong man. Young had just made a return to the side and he showed that he could not be left out. He was magnificent in fact, the team as a whole looked much better than its League position denoted. It would cause some surprise were Huddersfield to come to Goodison and bring off the double, a thing no club has done thus far, and it is not impossible for them to do so rather their great win at Leeds a week ago. They are fighters; they never give up the ghost and any team with that as its watchword cannot be ignored.
Their Only Lapse.
Nevertheless I don’t expect the town to take “double” from Everton, who have been playing grand football in recent weeks. Their only lapse was at Brentford where the whole team fell to such a low standard that all the southern critics through fit to plump for Derby County to win the Cup-tie. How they were missed, for Everton beat the leaders by better class football. Then came their smart win over the Arsenal, and of course their runaway win over Doncaster Rovers, which was never a match. In meeting Huddersfield they know full well what they are up against. That defeat has rankled in their minds ever since, and I know they will be all out to turn the tables, and I fancy they will do it. Young will have to be “played” in a manner which prevents him dominating the centre of the field and there are ways and means of doing it.
Plan Of Campaign.
Everton rarely go into a game without having some set plan. Having experienced Young’s greatness at Huddersfield they will have thought out the best scheme to beat the Town’s strong man. Everton will reply upon the same team as that selected to meet Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Wednesday, a game which had to be postponed owing to the unfit conditions of the ground. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Thomson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes.
EVERTON PULL IT OFF
January 28, 1939. The Liverpool Football Echo
Hectic Second Half Spell.
Cook’s Penalty Habit
A very hard fight with Everton just about worthy their narrow win. Huddersfield are on the upgrade. Everton F.C. will tour Germany at the end of the season. A proposal that they go by air to Berlin after the last game at Grimsby is being considered. Teams: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Hesford, goal; Hayes and Mountford, backs; Willingham, Young and Boot, half-backs; Johnson, Barclay, Price, McCall, and Beasley, forwards. Referee Mr. H. Whitefield (Middlesbrough). In the first minute McCall was given an opportunity to distinguish himself when Johnson put over an enticing centre, but the Scot headed the ball in the air. Everton quickly replied to a Huddersfield’s “drive” and Lawton took a shot at great speed, but the ball travelled wide. It is the surprise nature of Lawton’s shots as much as anything else which is responsible for his success. Greenhalgh was hurt in a heading duel, but quickly resumed. Everton cluttered round the Huddersfield goal like bees around a honey pot, but no one could fine a shot, with the exception of Bentham, who had to take the ball with his left foot and the ball went wide. McCall made another good centre, which Sagar did not catch quite as confidently as usual. Eventually he was able to complete the save. Gillick had bad luck when he slipped. He actually got in his shot when in a half-sitting position, but pulled the ball wide.
Lawton’s Rocket Shot.
Young was keeping a tight hold down the middle. Yet he was not forever the master of Lawton, whose quickness to shoot almost brought him a goal. He required no space at all when he made his shot. The ball like a rocket, went over the angle of the woodwork. McCall was pulled up for a charge on Sagar, who was in the act of punching the ball away and was not in possession. Gillick tried to place Lawton for a certainty, but the crowd in front of the Everton man was such that the ball was cannoned away. Hayes had to give a hurried corner to relieve the situation. McCall was having a quite a good game. He took advantage of Cook’s desire to play well up the field and made a fast drive which hit the side netting. There were many Lawton and Young duels but the balance between them was little. By comparison Jones, of Everton, almost blotted Price out of the picture. Once Lawton ran round Young and realizing that he could not score himself offered an inward pass to Bentham, too far back for the inside right so that an excellent chance slipped away. Huddersfield’s forwards were very quick when they did decide to move upwards, even though there were not many shots coming from the line.
Mountford’s Great Save.
The home side were unfortunate when a quick passing movement had the Town defence all at sea and Stevenson seemed certain for goal. He nodded the ball forward and shot, but Mountford, by a superhuman effort, ran bang in line of the ball’s flight and turned it right away from its objective. Huddersfield were given McCall every opportunity, and his responded well. The referee gave a foul against Young, but the free kick produced little but in the next half minute Hesford had to go down full length to keep out a long shot from Mercer. The midfield play had been uncommonly good, but for all that neither goalkeeper had a really direct shot to save.
Half-Time Everton 0, Huddersfield Town 0.
There was a hectic opening to the second half when Beasley scored at 46 minutes. The game had hardly been resumed when the Town’s left flank worked its way round Cook, and McCall crossed, the ball almost knee high. Beasley had run inside and he hit out at the ball, which crashed into the net. It was a bit of a setback for Everton, but it had the effect of bringing more fire into their game, and Young, who had been allowed quite a lot of latitude by the referee, was at last caught in the act of holding Lawton, and the result was a penalty kick against him. This was taken by Cook, who has become an expert at penalty kicking, and Hesford had no more than a watching belief as the ball sped into the net at 50 minutes. Within another minute Everton had take the lead. Gillick and Mercer tied up the Town defence, so that the wing man was able to make his centre, and Lawton, bending low headed the ball at great speed into the Huddersfield net. I may say that just after the penalty award the referee spoke to Young. Everton at this stage were crowding on all they knew, and Lawton with an nice a pass as you could wish to see gave, Stevenson the opportunity of marking up goal No 3 at 67 minutes. So incessant was Everton’s pressure that Huddersfield could do little except defend. Lawton almost had another goal when he lifted the ball over the goalkeeper’s head and it only just missed landing in the goal. The Town had one of their quick raids and actually had the ball in the net, but the referee beckoned to price, who put it there, that he had used his hands.
Huddersfield could still put some good football out of their bag, and their second goal was a beautiful thing to behold, for the ball was passed from man to man like a machine, until finally it came to Price who close in to the Everton goal had rather a simple task to beat Sagar at 82 minutes. Cook fouled Beasley just outside the penalty area when the Huddersfield left winger looked like going through. Final; Everton 3, Huddersfield Town 2.
LEAVES FROM MY NOTEBOOK AND TAPPING FROM MY TYPEWRITER
January 28, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
• This is the sort of thing that lets clubs in for unfounded criticism at times. “Why on earth did they let So-and-so go, look what he’s doing now,” say supporters, forgetting that invariably the player concerned was given every chance to justify himself before his club decided to part, but that he just didn’t fit into the scheme of things. The same sort of thing happens with young players.
• I paid tribute in my notes during the week to the very sporting manner in which the Doncaster Rovers’ players and directors took their heavy drubbing in the Cup-tie at Goodison Park. It takes real sportsmen to suffer such a reverse with a smile, but Doncaster did it. I did hear one complaint, but not from player or official. It referred to the “We Want….” Chant from the boys pen. “I don’t think that sort of thing is quite “jannock” a visiting supporter said to me. “It put the losing side off their game.” This is the first time I’ve heard anybody lay such a complaint. I asked Mr. Fletcher Hibbert, the Doncaster chairman, what he through about it, “I didn’t object to it in the slightest,” was his reply,” and I’m sure it didn’t affect the players. As a matter of fact out own boys do sometimes similar, so why should we kick against it? We were well and truly beaten by a wonderful side, and don’t seek to make any excesses.” Well spoken sir. Mr. Hebert told an amusing pre-match story. As he was waiting on Doncaster Station on Saturday morning the overheard two porters remarking on the crowded trains.” Said one to the other: “Fancy all these silly blighters going to see Rovers licked ten-nothing. “ “I laughed at what I thought was the absurdity of such a result then,” said the chairman, “but it nearly came true.” I‘m told by the Doncaster players that their club is one of the best any footballer could wish to be with. They particularly appreciated the action of the directors in inviting them to bring their wives and sweethearts along with the official party to see the game. Not every club is so thoughtful.
• Mr. Ronnie Williams, the Liverpool director, sends me a very fine tribute to the late Mr. Jack Wolfe, of the Daily Post, whose passing has left provincial journalism much the poor. “He was the embodiment of the happy relations which have existed so long between this club and the Press,” says Mr. Williams. “He was an excellent critic, a staunch friend, and a most genial comparison, and our Press box at Anfield will not be the same without him.
HARD TEST FOR EVERTON
Everton 3 Huddersfield Town 2 (Game 1671 over-all)-(Div 1 1629)
January 30 1939. The Liverpool Daily Post
Penalty Turns the game
Was it a penalty ?. This was the one topic of conversation after the game between Everton and Huddersfield at Goodison Park on Saturday, a game which Everton won after one of the hardest struggles they have had at their own ground. The won 3-2, and deservedly so for they were slightly the better side. But they will never have to work harder for their success for the town gave almost as much as they received. Cook’s penalty goal was undoubtedly the turning point so far as Everton were concerned,, for it wiped away Huddersfield’s goal lead, a lead they seemed capable of holding, but within a minute a second goal by Everton had its effect, and Everton took command and seemed set for a more convincing victory. But let me explain the penalty award as I saw it. Everton took a free kick and while the players were waiting the ball’s arrival in the goal area. Young appeared to grab Lawton round the waist and hold him back. The referee was only a few yards away from the incident. Two minutes from the end, Balmer got due tangible brings him before the eye. He was entitled to play hard, but no player of course, is allowed to hold a man back by the use of his arms. The referee had a few words with the Huddersfield captain. Who seemed rather subdued afterwards. Another point at issue was weather price handling the ball into the net. He seemed to do from the stands and from the way the referee signaled it seemed that he had. Huddersfield Town are definitely on the upgrade. I don’t think there will be any relegation trouble for them if they can serve up such football as they did against Everton. Their second goal was the outcome of a round of passing which was perfect in its execution. Nothing better was seen during the game, but should not the Everton defence have cut short Huddersfield’s capers in their infancy? I think so. Their first goal-all the goals were scored in the second half-came through Beasley running into the middle and taking McCall’s centre first time, and hitting the ball home with a great shot. The first eleven minutes of this half was full of fire. Cook’s penalty goal, was nullified the Town’s lead, was speedily followed by a Lawton header, so that three goals were scored in that short space of time. It was hectic, nerve thrilling, and although Huddersfield were mastered, and mainly on the defensive they never let up for a single moment. With the coping of Stevenson’s goal,, a gift offer from Lawton’s head, it seemed that the Yorkshire men would fizzle out, but no these men from the broad acres were fighters through and through, and hitting back, they reduced the arrears, and so made the end of the game as striking as the beginning, for a goal lead was extremely slender against a side which was never under subjection. It was a fine battle which might have gone any way. I saw the first meeting of the teams earlier in the season, and while Huddersfield won 3-1. I think they have a better side just now. It was not just a case of hard endeavor but good class football. Their new man, McCall is going to make a difference. Considering that this was in the first game in English League football he did uncommonly well. He did not seem to find the pace too much for him, and was ever a ganger when Huddersfield advanced. The defence was none too convincing under pressure although Hesford had not a lot to do. He must have been greatly pleased to see two Lawton shots travel wide in the first half, for he was not in a position to have saved them had they been on the mark. Beasley and McCall made trouble for Mercer and Cook, who to my mind lay too far up the field. Young was just Young, and I have been seeing Willingham play better Thomson was in fine form, as was Jones, and the duels between Lawton and Young were the highlights of the game and the Everton man came out on top. Greenhalgh was Everton’s best defender rarely failing when he made a tackle. Don’t be surprised should Huddersfield play themselves through to Wembley for the second season in succession. They are just the right type of team to do so: strong and direct footballers. For some time Everton were inclined to play classy football. This was against progress for the Town half-backs tackled very sternly. When they kept the game more open there was much greater prospect of them breaking through the Yorkshire men’s defence which, as I have said, was rather unconvincing when they had to stand, the long spells of pressure put upon them. Result Everton 3 Huddersfield 2. Teams Everton:- Sagar goal, Cook and Greenhalgh backs, Mercer, Jones (t), and Thomson (captain), half-backs, Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes forwards. Hudersfield Town: - Hesford goal Hayes and Mountford, backs, Willingham Young (captain) and Boot half-backs Johnson Barclays Price, McCall and Beasley, forwards. Referee Mr. H.Whitefield (Middlesbrough)
Huddersfield Town Reserves 1 Everton Reserves 1
Central League (Game 27)
January 31 1939. The Liverpool Daily Post
The sticky ground was not helped by a snowstorm which lasted for almost 10 minutes in the first half, and the ball was difficult to work. For Huddersfield Watson (w) Watson (t) and Shied were the best forwards. Where Bailey was at good form at left back. Cunliffe played well for Everton, until his retirement and Keenan and Sweeney were also effective. Bell was too often beaten by Brown, who was unfortunate in diverting Sweeney’s shot into goal with his head. Lindley had the shot converted. Lovett played well in goal, and was not very much to blame. When he let the grease ball prelude him for McFadyen to score. Placed 4th, played 27, won 15, lost 8, drew 4, for 48 against 47, points 34
LIVERPOOL COUNTY LEAGUE
Everton ‘’A’’ 6 Prescott Reserves 0
January 30, 1939. The Liverpool Daily Post
At Sandforth Road. The home side included new players in Hulme and Johnson (forwards) from Linfield, the Irish club, and Williams (centre-half) of Little Sutton, who gave a satisfactory display. Wykes (penalty) Barber, Johnson (2) and Dean (2) scored. Moorcroft, Nuttall and Dutton were hard workers for the Cables.
EVERTON TO PLAY IN GERMANY
January 30 1939. The Daily Post
By John Peel
Berlin, Sunday Everton, it was announced here today, will visit Germany and Liverpool to play four, exhibition matches after the close of the English football season. The first of the matches will be played about the middle of May. The visits of the two clubs was obtained through negotiations conducted by Dr Otto Nervz, the Germany football official in a recent visit to England. Press association foreign special. It was announced at Goodison Park on Saturday, that Everton would tour at the end off the season. A proposal that they go by air to Berlin after the last game at Grimsby is being considered.
Future of Hume
Belfast News-Letter - Monday 30 January 1939
The departure of Herbie Hume, the Randalstown boy, who formerly played centre-forward for Linfleld, to Everton on month’s trial created quite a surprise. It was at first feared had finished with active football, but understand thanks to Mr. Lincoln Hyde (the former Linfield manager), who has now a high class establishment for dealing with cases like that of Hume, he is now all right. One hopes the lad will do well. Everton have also secured Desmond Johnston, an 18-years-old inside-right who hails from Belfast, was at one time a signed League player for Glentoran.
EVERTON INTENSIFY BID FOR BIG “DOUBLE”
January 30, 1939. The Evening Post
Only A Point In It Now!
Vital Matches Ahead.
There are busy days ahead for Everton-days which will mean a tremendous lot to the club in their bid for championship honours. Tomorrow they visit Portsmouth in the twice-rearranged Football League match, and then they have the stiff task of facing the might of Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday. These two matches will have a vital bearing on the championship race, in which Everton have narrowed the gap between themselves and Derby County to one point. The Blues have played 14 games at home and only 11 away. On the other hand, the County have been away 14 times and a dozen home games.
In addition, Everton have their Cup bid to consider so we are assured of a hectic finish to the season. I doubt whether Everton will have a harder home game this season than that against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, when they won 3-2. Huddersfield have made vast improvement since I saw them earlier in the campaign. Manager Clem Stephenson thought the Town deserved a point on Saturday. He contended that the penalty which turned the tide in Everton’s favour should not have been allowed and that Price had scored a legitimated goal in the second half. Personally, I thought both decisions were correct and I liked the handling of the game. Everton were just the better side in a fast, hard game which, however, had its uncertain patches. The Blues’ defence was always more certain than that of Town, whose backs tired perceptibly towards the end. The forward work all round was good with none better than Stan Bentham and Huddersfield’s newcomer, McCall. A feature of the game were the duels between Lawton and Young, and the honours went to Lawton. Jock Thomson was an inspiration to Everton, who had that extra touch of class. Beasley cored a minute after the interval, but Cook’s penalty success equalized matters, and Lawton and Stevenson placed Everton in front before Price reduced the lead nine minutes from time.
• Engaged as professional, and a host of interesting letters dealing with the early history of the famous club. I was Mr. Wolfe’s desire that Everton should have these treasures, and his wishes are being fulfilled. By the way, tribute to Mr. Wolfe was paid by the members of the Press during the interval at Goodison Park on Saturday. Mr. H.S. Jones made sincere reference to Mr. Wolfe, who was always regarded as the doyen of Merseyside sports writers, and who will be sadly missed by us all. Those present observed a short silence.
HARD FOR EVERTON
January 30, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Huddersfield Town are still looking for their first away victory, but if I am any judge they will not have to wait much longer, for they are playing good, sound football at the moment. They failed to bring off the double against Everton, yet gave them one of the hardest battles of their lives at Goodison Park. A penalty goal set Everton on their winning path, and the all important point was “was it a penalty?” Well, I saw Alf Young grasp Lawton round the waist and hold him back. I saw him do it more than once, but this one was in the penalty area, so what else could it be but a penalty? Young is a hard player. This is permissible, but holding a man down with the hand can bring only one verdict. Lawton say he was holding him all through the game, and the Everton centre forward is not a squealer, as you know. A Huddersfield supporter sitting by my side kept calling to his team to “keep the game clean. Keep your hands out of the way” Do you need any further evidence from me as to what was going on. However, that spot-kick –of course Cook scored –brought about the down fall of Huddersfield, who lost their snap for a time, and during that time Everton took two further goals, a lead which seemed good enough, but in actual fact was far slender, for the Town came again and almost snatched the game from out of the fire. They scored a second through price, who also had a goal disallowed, so you see how Everton had to fight for their success. That they deserved to win I have not the slightest doubt, and with the least bit of luck Lawton would have had more than the one goal he got.
Inches Off Scoring.
Twice in the first half he was inches off scoring, and in the second lobbed the ball over. Hesford saw it trickle just outside the post. Everton were more dangerous near goal than Huddersfield, who, however, by direct football gave the Everton defenders –Sagar excepted –many moments of anxiety. They started the goal rush when Beasley crashed in an unstoppable shot, and reduced the leeway with a goal which was a joy to the eye. The ball was passed right across the field without an Everton man being able to make contact, Price sweeping it into the net. There may have been a little laxity on Everton’s part for no one would make the tackle, holding off and trying to intercept the pass. A quick tackle on any one of the half-dozen players who had the ball would most probably have saved the situation. Nevertheless, it was a bonny goal even though it brought the Town right back into the game, and what a bid they made for victory. Everton had to fight desperately hard to keep their lead in a game voted by all as a grand game. Huddersfield’s new man, McCall fitted in well considering this was his first experience of English League football. He is going to do the Town a lot of good unless I am mistaken. He and Beasley made up the best wing. Mercer and Cook had their hands full to dampen down this pair. Price was well looked after Jones, and Thomson was in great defensive form. Everton’s team to meet Portsmouth in the postponed League game on Wednesday is likely to be the same as on Saturday.
• The presence of “Dixie” Dean at Sligo led to amazing scenes of enthusiasm over the week-end, and large crowd followed him whenever he went. Yesterday’s game against Shelborne draw a record crowd, and Dean in addition to getting one goal, had a hand in the other two which Sligo got, to win 3-2.
EVERTON MAY FORGE AHEAD IN LEAGUE RACE
January 31, 1939. The Evening Express.
Blues’ Battle At Pompey
Team Unchanged For Fifth Time.
Everton have a great chance of regaining the leadership of the First Division tomorrow when they oppose Portsmouth in the twice re-arranged match at Fratton Park. The Blues led the way up to October 29, but on that day they lost 3-0 at Leicester, and Derby County, by winning 2-0 at Chelsea, sprang into position No 1. Ever since then the Blues have been chasing the Rams, and by their success on Saturday over Huddersfield Town, at the same time as Derby losing at Stoke, took the Merseysiders within a point of Derby –with a match in hand. Now c0omes the chance to take over the premier position again. What a fillip that would give to the Anfield “Derby” game on Saturday! Liverpool in fourth position, facing Everton, the leaders. Everton’s task is a big one, for although Portsmouth are in the danger zone, they remain a splendid home team. Their failing have been in away matches.
The opportunity presents itself for Everton to record their third “double” of the season. When Portsmouth visited Goodison Park they lost 5-1., and that is the only occasion this season the Blues have gone “nap.” Once again Everton will be at full strength. It is the fifth time in succession that the side has been unaltered –and this combination has won every game played this year! The strength of the Portsmouth side lies in the half-back line, where Wharton, Rowe, and Guthrie constitute a sound barrier to forward progress. These players are quick tacklers who know how to use the ball, while Rowe is famed for his skilful handling of goal-scoring centre-forwards. There is rhythm about Everton, however, and it will surprise me if Portsmouth manage to retain both points. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Thomson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Portsmouth; - Walker; Morgan, Rochford; Guthrie, Rowe, Wharton; Worrall, McAlinden, Anderson, Bagely, Parker.
TO PORTSMOUTH AGAIN
January 31, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Everton are off to Portsmouth today, for the second time in the space of a week to work off their postponed match with Portsmouth at Fratton Park. Naturally they have chosen the same team which did so well against Huddersfield. It is not likely that there will be any interference tomorrow, although the weather in the South has been bad. It is necessarily that Everton should take at least a point from Pompey if they are to keep in close touch with Derby County, who have a home game with Grimsby Town. Jack Tinn’s boys are playing well before their own supporters, so Everton have something on their plate. Portsmouth’s strength is in defence, for the forwards are not prolific scorers by any means. Worrall is the danger man, but I think he can be safely left to Norman Greenhalgh, which is playing convincing football these days. Mr. Tinn told me last week that he considers McAlinden is one of the best signings he has made for some time. He is playing good football; in fact the whole team is playing well –more like the Portsmouth of a few seasons ago.
It is almost superfluous to give you Everton’s team these days. Even the most casual follower practically knows it backwards, but here it is for the Portsmouth game tomorrow. Just to make sure; - Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Thomson, Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. This formation played the first eight games of the season unchanged, and has now been unaltered for the last six-times. Altogether this season it has done duty in eighteen matches. Unless there are injuries at Portsmouth Everton will field the same eleven for the big “do” at Anfield on Saturday.
EX-EVERTON FOOTBALLER’S GOLDEN WEDDING
January 31, 1939. The Liverpool Echo
Many old footballers will be interested to know that an ex-Evertonian, Mr., Thomas Halliwell Costley, of Sefton Cottage, Dyserth, Flintshire, and his wife today celebrate their golden wedding. They were married in Liverpool on January 31, 1889. Mr. Costley will be well remembered as one of Everton’s F.C’s earliest players. They have had a family of three sons and one daughter. One of their sons, Sydney Arnold, who was an engine-room artificer in the Royal Navy, lost his life through drowning during the war, and the youngest son, William Shepherd, is in Australia. The other son and daughter reside in Liverpool. Since his retirement from business Mr. Costley has been keenly interested in church work, being a deacon of the Dyserth Congregational Church. Motoring is his main hobby. It was James Costley, Tom’s brother, who scored the winning goal for Blackburn Olympic that brought the F.A. Cup to the North for the first time in 1883.