BOYES WILL PLAY
January 2, 1942. The Evening Express.
Latest news from Goodison Park is that Wally Boyes the English international winger, is a certainty. It was thought he would not be available, but Wally will be there all right. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly has had to make a couple of forward swoops for this second tilt at the Wednesday whom Everton beat 3-0 at Hillsborough last Saturday. Lyon, displaced by Boyes goes to inside left in place of Owen. Lyon was the originally an inside-left, but has developed into a winger only in war football. Harry Jones has been called on by his own club. West Bromwich Albion, to play at Wrexham and so versatile George Jackson returns after a spell with Chester to lead the attack. I should like to make a suggestion to Mr. Kelly. It is that he puts Boyes at outside right and plays Anderson at outside-left. Boyes is qually as effective on either wing, but Anderson plays better on the left. It is an idea well worth consideration. In any event, however, I expect the Blues to take a further step forward to cup qualification, despite the fact that the Wednesday are bringing along plenty of stars in their side. The task is well within the Everton compass. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (Tom), Keen; Anderson, Bentham, Jackson, Lyon, Boyes. Sheffield Wednesday; (probable); Thornton; Laking, Pickering; Cockroft, Packard, Herbert; Drury, Robinson, Melling, Millership. Scholfield.
January 2, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Tomorrow we have Sheffield Wednesday as visitors at Goodison Park, and after the fairly comfortable manner of Everton’s victory at Hillsborough the chances of a “double” seem bright, allowing even for Lawton’s absence. Changes have been necessary in the Blues team announced earlier, one being due to West Bromwich recalling Harry Jones for services in their game against Wrexham. In his absence George Jackson will figure again at centre forward. Another alteration comes about through Boyes being enable to play after all, so that Everton players to trade left in place of Owen. Stevenson’s ankle injury keeps him out of the side and the team reads. . Everton; Burnett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (Tom), Keen; Anderson, Bentham, Jackson, Lyon, Boyes.
TWO GOALS BY TOM JONES
January 3, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton Beat Wednesday
Everton had to make last minute team changes for the return War Cup-tie with Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park today. Neither mercer nor Keen were available and so Stevenson was pressed into service, despite the fact that his ankle was not properly fit. Boyes and Bentham dropped back to fill the wing half positions. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (Tom) and Boyes, half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Owen, Jackson, Stevenson and Lyon, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday; Smith, goal; Laking, and Pickering, backs; Cockroft, Millership and Herbert, half-backs; A.D. Howsam, Lowes, Melling, Thompson, and Scholfield, forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Hall (Chester). Everton were first into their stride, Anderson and Owen combining neatly in an effort to open up the way for Jackson, and then Greenhalgh put in a nice run on the left, only to fall victim to a splendid tackle by Laking. Jackson turned the ball over neatly for Stevenson to bring Smith into action for the first time, and in brief Wednesday raids Burnett twice came out to gather and clear.
Goal Follows Corner.
The first corner of the day –enterprisingly secured by Jackson –produced the opening score in seven minutes. Tom Jones ran up hoping for a heading chance, but Lyon dropped the corner short, and Jones nipped across and hooked the ball into the roof of the net before Smith had a chance of getting into position. The Wednesday had a lucky escape when Owen dispossessed Smith, and there was a rate scramble in the penalty area between Stevenson, Smith, and Lyon, before Smith contrived to edge the ball away to safety. It was the quick thinking of Burnett which denied the Wednesday an equaliser. He was going to catch Howsam’s centre, when the ball suddenly swerved and in a flash Burnett changed his mind and turned the ball over the top. Two corners failed to bring the Wednesday any reward, but the persistence of their forwards was keeping the Everton defenders fully on the alert. Everton won a corner on the left, and from this Boyes had a good shot charged down, Howes missed a fine chance of equalising, when his blazed over the top, after good work by Howsam, with only Burnett to beat. From a close up free kick Scholfield shot in from close range, but Burnett beat the ball out and dived on it before Thompson could shoot.
Everton’s Strong Tackling.
The Wednesday had a bright spell, thanks to some fine prompting by Cockcroft and it was only the strength of the Everton tackling which kept them at bay. Everton did not come through unscathed, for when the siege was raised Cook and Greenhalgh were limping and Bentham was nursing a bump on the head. Cook went off for attention to a thigh injury and resumed at outside right Jackson going right back, with Stevenson at centre forward and Anderson at inside right,. Owen did some inspiring work in the Everton attack without being able to gain a shooting chance, and the Blues attack underwent another shuffle, Anderson going outside-left and Lyon inside-left, so that the line now read; Cook, Owen, Stevenson, Lyon, Anderson. Anderson’s corner kick came back off the woodwork before Stevenson headed over from Greenhalgh’s free kick. This was keen fast football, characterisised by a strength on the ball and sound defence. Smith fisted the ball straight up into the air from Anderson’s centre had managed to turn it away from Stevenson as it fell.
Half-time; Everton 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.
The teams turned right round, but Cook went off for attention, while he was away Stevenson broke through to hit the foot of the post, and the ball rebounded straight into Smith’s arms. The Wednesday responded brilliantly, Burnett going full length to catch a fine shot from Lowes which was going away from him. Everton went further ahead in 52 minutes, for as Cook resumed Herbert handled a centre from Lyon, and from the penalty Tom Jones took his second goal of the day. This was cut and thrust football with the Wednesday more than holding their own but without producing any finality to their quick approach, Cook came into prominence with a quick shot which Smith turned over the bar. Then after good work by Stevenson, Lyon took a shooting chance well but Lowes dived to turn the ball around the post. From the corner Jones just failed to secure his hat-trick, his header grazing the bar. Smith saved well from Stevenson and Anderson, and then Everton almost, made a present of a goal to Melling. Melling nipped in to take Greenhalgh’s free kick which was intended for Burnett, but Burnett was there to retrieve an awkward situation. The Wednesday were making a good fight of it, but never looked as dangerous as Everton. Near the end Millership went up into the attack in a desperate effort to reduce the lead, but good covering preventing any loophole in a game which never lost interest, and which produced some of the most deadly tackling I have seen for a long time. Final; Everton 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.
EVERTON IN NEXT ROUND
January 3, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (Tom) and Boyes, half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Owen, Jackson, Stevenson and Lyon, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday; Smith, goal; Laking, and Pickering, backs; Cockroft, Millership and Herbert, half-backs; A.D. Howsam, Lowes, Melling, Thompson, and Scholfield, forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Hall (Chester).
There was little between the teams for a time, but eventually Everton forced their way to a corner, and this proved fatal to the Wednesday goal. Tom Jones came up to lend a hand –or foot, and he stabled Lyon’s corner kick into the Sheffield goal, after ten minutes. Cook injured himself, and had to go outside right, Jackson falling back. The Wednesday were showing a some good combination, without getting the required result, due to a great extent to the work of Tom Jones. Time and again he nipped in the bud promising forward movements by the Wednesday attack. Owen tried a shot when a pass to Lyon would have been of much better value.
Half-time; Everton 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0
Cook was off for a time in the second half, but despite their handicap Everton scored a second goal, this time from the penalty spot. Tom Jones was the scorer. Time 52 minutes. Cook returned and signalled his reappearance with a fine effort which Smith turned over his bar. Lyons and Stevenson tried their hand at scoring –in fact, there was a number of good Everton shots at this period, and Jones almost put up a hat-trick when he headed over. The Wednesday had their chances, but in front of goal they were terribly weak, even allowing that Burnett had to make a couple of saves of note. Final; Everton 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.
EVERTON IN FRONT
January 5, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.
Too Good For Wednesday.
Sheffield Wednesday went to Goodison Park under a handicap of three goals, and they never at any point promised to overcome it, even though Everton had to make many changes in their team. Sheffield were beaten by two clear goals, which gave Everton a 5-0 aggregate on the two games played. Sheffield, who were feeble near goal, gave me the impression that they were overburdened by the start they had to give their opponents. They played with no real determination; nothing like they had at Hillsbrough, and when Everton scored through Jones at ten minutes they seemed to give up the ghost. They produced many nice spells of combination, but when they got near goal they could not get a true line to their shots or the Everton defence proved too strong for them. Time and again a pass was made when the right thing was a shot. Short passing only played into the hands of the Everton defenders, and it soon became apparent that Everton had the game in hand. With a lack of height in the front rank, Tom Jones went up for every corner, and he almost registered a hat-trick of goals. The first one came from Lyon’s flag kick, when he stabled or flicked the ball into the goal, and later when Everton were awarded a penalty kick for hands he rammed home his drive. Jones almost got a third from another corner kick, and Cook, who was at outside right through an injury, nearly sneaked a goal, Smith foiling him with a grand tip over the bar. There were other shots by Anderson, Lyon, and Stevenson who was naturally not his usual self –he had not expected to play when he arrived at the ground. There was not the usual rhythm about the Everton team, but the defence was sound and Burnett made two fine saves, but the man who snuffed out any chance the Wednesday seemed to have was T.G. Jones. Apart from his two goals his defensive qualities were supreme, and he had able assistance in Boyes and Bentham. When Anderson crossed over to the left he was a box of tricks, and I am sure outside left is his best position. Attendance 5,252 receipts £257. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (Tom) and Boyes, half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Owen, Jackson, Stevenson and Lyon, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday; Smith, goal; Laking, and Pickering, backs; Cockroft, Millership and Herbert, half-backs; A.D. Howsam, Lowes, Melling, Thompson, and Scholfield, forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Hall (Chester).
• Liverpool beat Bury 3-2, Carney, Liddell, and Niewenhuy for Liverpool and Olsen, and Carter for Bury.
EVERTON’S PROUD DISTINCTON
January 5, 1942. The Evening Express.
Everton are showing the way in the League War Cup qualifying competition. With two weeks gone only six clubs can still claim full points, but Everton go better than that. They have the real 100 per cent, record having won both games and not even conceded a goal. Certainly defence is not going to prove a worry to the Blues especially when I tell you that Ted Sagar will be back in the area this week. Not that Burnett has not played his part as well as any lad could have done. He has been excellent, but Sagar’s return will lesson Everton’s team worries. No club can have too many players these days. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly appreciated that on Saturday for with Joe Mercer in bed with influenza, and Keen not available, he had not decided on his team to oppose Sheffield Wednesday with only five minutes to go before the kick-off. Then Alex Stevenson, despite a bad ankle, stepped in to fill the breach.
Defence Did It.
It was principally completences in defence which enabled Everton to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 at Goodison Park. At times it became a little haphazard so purposefully did the Wednesday attackers try to turn the tide, but the main point is that there was such speed in covering. It enabled the Blues to re-organise their forces when it looked as if the Yorkshiremen must get through. The Blues had to overcome many handicaps, for apart from the last minute team reshuffle, injuries upset the team, and during the game the constitution of the side underwent repeated changes. Cook’s knock on the thigh was the most serious injury, but I am assured that he will be fit again by Saturday. The big man of the game was Tommy Jones, who not only proved the strong hub around which the Blues defence revolved so smoothly but it was he who took the two goals. He got the first with a joyous hook off Lyon’s corner in the first half and followed it up with a penalty in the second half. Yes, and Jones just missed his hat trick with a header which grazed the bar and went over. On either side of Jones were Boyes and Bentham and resolution in recovery, but equipped with the creative powers in action. With Burnett positively brilliant and Jackson, Greenhalgh and Cook in turn fulfilling full-backs duties so well, it was small wonder that the Wednesday failed to open their cup scoring account. In attack I liked best Owen and Lyon with Anderson becoming a rare raider when he crossed to his favourite left flank. Stevenson played surprisingly well at centre-forward in view of his injury. I have seen many better games than this, but few to equal it for sheer power of tackle and tenacity when it came to intervention. Everton showed us what skill and craft the game had to offer, and were always too good for the Wednesday.
WEDNESDAY SHOT SHY
January 5, 1942. The Evening Express
Sheffield Wednesday never really promising to wipe out Everton’s three goal lead obtained at Hillsborough the previous week in the return game at Goodison Park in fact, the handicap seemed to be heavily on their mind. At times they displayed nice combined form but when they got near to goal they seemed to have no idea as to where the target lay. There were two occasions when goalkeeper Herbert had mean thing difficult to deal with and on each occasion he made a grand save. Stevenson had not expected to play when he reached the ground but circumstances caused him to change his mind. Naturally he was not so dominating for the injured leg was not completely recovered. The scoring was left to Tom Jones. He obtained both goals. He had realised the lack of height among his forwards, so went up for every corner kick. His first goal was a flick which turned Lyon’s corner kick into the net, the second a penalty goal. He nearly took a hat-trick from another corner but his goal scoring was not all –he gave a superlative display in defence. The Wednesday’s inside forwards could not make top nor tail of him and he checked them in his cool calculating manner, which at times caused us to gasp. Cook was injured just before the interval and when he returned he went to outside right which necessitated another switch round. It was then seen how vastly different a player Anderson is at outside left. Cook almost scored and so did Lyons, Stevenson, Anderson and Boyes.
STRONG EVERTON CUP SIDE
January 9, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton, leading club among the fifty who are battling in a quick 10 weeks competition to secure places in the competition proper of the Football League War Cup, engage in a big match between 100 per-centers at Goodison Park tomorrow –the third week of the season’s cup football. The Blues tackle Blackburn Rovers and while both have won their two games so far, Everton also hold the proud distinction of not having conceded a goal. Everton, too, can point to a remarkably consistent record of late. They have not been defeated since they went down 3-2 against Liverpool at Anfield on October 25! Since that day they have played ten matches, winning nine and drawing one. The only point dropped was in the draw at Stockport. The Rovers come following a double success over Manchester City which followed immediately on a grand “double” over Preston North End, which certainly deprived the Deepdale lads of the Northern championship. The Rovers have been an outstanding team in war football which they entered as Second Division champions, and in the first war season actually reached the final of the war cup.
Everton are making changes for the game. Wally Boyes will not be available, but Harry Jones the West Bromwich Albion forward, and Eric Keen, the Derby County international half-backs will be back on duty. Keen could not get leave last Saturday while Jones was recalled by the Albion for duty at Wrexham. Willie Cook has as I anticipated, recovered from the thigh injury received last week, and Alex Stevenson has made a complete recovery from the ankle injury received on Christmas Day. This will prove a stern test for the Blues who tackle a Blackburn boasting many pre-war players, but I think Everton will be capable of holding their lead. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (Tom), Keen; Anderson, Bentham, Jones (Harry), Stevenson, Lyon. Blackburn Rovers; Conway; Forbes, Taylor; Whiteside, Pryde, Chivers; Mawsley, Butt, Robinson, Glaster, Pearson.
BLACKBURN AT GOODISON
January 9, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
The visit of Blackburn Rovers to Goodison Park, tomorrow, is the first opportunity Everton followers have had of seeing this famous side for over six years. After a spell in the Second Division, Blackburn earned promotion in the last complete pre-war season. Actually Everton’s last real League match before the war was at Ewood Park. Then came hostilities to wreck the programmes, since when the only meeting between the pair has been a Lancashire Cup tie, also at Ewood, which Everton won 6-0. Rovers today are a capable side. They finished up the first half season’s Regional competition with equal points to Everton, but an inferior goal average and like Everton, have won both their cup qualifying games so far against Manchester city. Everton are turning out a better side for tomorrow’s game than at one time seemed likely. Both Cook and Stevenson have reported fit, Mercer is available, and Tommy Jones hopes to be. If the latter cannot play Harry Jones will take his place, which will let in Jackson at centre forward. Sagar is not yet near enough to Merseyside to be a “regular” but with Burnett playing so consistently well he is not being missed as much as otherwise would be the case. Everton without a goal against them so far in these Cup games can be relied on for a big effort to maintain their winning sequence. They have taken 21 points from the last possible 22, and have not been beaten since they lost to Liverpool at Anfield on October 25. All the same they will need to pull out something special to get the better of Blackburn and must take their chances when they come. Teams:- Everton; Burnett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (Tom) (or H. Jones) , Keen; Anderson, Bentham, Jones (H), or Jackson, Stevenson, Lyon. Blackburn Rovers; Conway; Forbes, Taylor; Whiteside, Pryde, Chivers; Mawsley, Butt, Robinson, Glaster, Pearson.
• Everton “A” Play Liverpool “A” tomorrow in the Liverpool County combination.
EVERTON DRAW WITH ROVERS
January 10, 1942. The Evening Express
Visitors Fine Defence
Everton, who had not conceded a goal in the current War cup Competition, included five internationals against Blackburn Rovers in the Cup tie at Goodison Park today. The Rovers had to play Rogers, their winger at centre forward, owing to the absence of Mortimer. The game attracted fully 8,000 spectators. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom), and Keen (Derby County), half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Bentham, Jones (H.) (West Brom), Stevenson, and Lyon, forwards. Blackburn Rovers:- Conway, goal; Forbes and Taylor, backs; Whiteside, Pryde, and Chivers, half-back; Maudsley, Butt, Rogers, Glaister, and Whalley, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Holt. (Rochdale). It was a quiet opening, enlivened by two spirited raids by Anderson, and then Conway had to come far afield to checked Lyon. Everton several times fell victim to the Rovers’ well-laid offside trap. So good was the half-backs work on both sides that one saw little concerned forward movement, until Lyon crossed two likely centres which, however, were eagerly snapped up by quick-thinking defenders. Everton won a corner on the right and then Mercer bore through on his own but was splendidly tackled and held up by Taylor. The Rovers did not profit from a corner kick, and when Lyon broke away from quick throw-in, there was no one at hand to improve on his centre, until Bentham came through with a shot which crashed against an opponent. Mercer contributed the best item of the day when he swerved his way through the defence, and Stevenson and Jones just failed to force the ball through before Mercer himself stepped in with a shot which was turned aside for a corner. Stevenson was going through on his own when he was brought down by Whiteside, a yard out-side the penalty area, and with the free kick Tom Jones was only inches over the top. Stevenson accepted Harry Jones back-header and nipped through to place over the top. Conway slipped as he took the goal-kick, but recovered in time to field Harry Jones’ quick shot. Butt netted but the ball had already crossed the dead line. Whalley, who is the Burnley player, cut in to shoot over the bar.
So speedy was the interception on both sides that passing movements were repeatedly being broken up, but Lyon got away to a swinging pass and turned the ball back, Stevenson, however, hooked over the top. Mercer was the star performer of game which produced plenty of interesting football. Conway failed to gather Anderson’s centre, but as Jones (H.) stepped in the whistle sounded for an offence of which the referee only was cognisant. Butt rap through to place over before Barnett safely held a shot from Rogers. Everton were having the balance of play but the Rovers’ defence was excellent.
Half-time; Everton 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.
Lyon and Anderson changed places on resuming, this bringing Anderson to his favourities wing. Everton had a lucky escape when Butt broke through with Burnett but of goal, but Greenhalgh had dropped back to head away the centre. The thrills came quick and fast and Lyon and Mercer were each brought down on the edge of the penalty area. Tom Jones took the free kick in each case, and although Conway got his hands to the second, it was too hot to hold. Harry Jones had a great chance of opening the score, but he shot too hastily. Mercer was a sixth forward and was always in the thickest of the fray, but the Rovers defence was magnificent. Stevenson shot outside when well placed, and Conway saved an excellent surprise shot from Bentham. Everton were doing practically all the attacking, but they lacked their customary accuracy in finishing. Mercer broke through magnificently and shot at point-blank range, but Conway turned the ball on to the bar and over for the save of the day. The Rovers’ defence was being given a gruelling, but Prdye and this colleagues stood up to the test magnificently. Final; Everton 0, Blackburn 0.
Liverpool “A” v. Everton “A”
Within eight minutes, Liverpool had two goals to their credit, through Dawn, who beat Gale with two good shots. Everton had a spell of the play, Wiles going close with a hot drive. After 28 minutes play Everton reduced the lead, Williams being given the easiest of chances. Just on the interval Liverpool increased their lead through Fazackerley. Half-time; Liverpool “A” 3, Everton “A” 1. Final; Liverpool “A” 4, Everton “A” 2.
MIGHT-HAVE-BEEN GOALS AT GOODISON
January 10, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom), and Keen (Derby County), half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Bentham, Jones (H.) (West Brom), Stevenson, and Lyon, forwards. Blackburn Rovers:- Conway, goal; Forbes and Taylor, backs; Whiteside, Pryde, and Chivers, half-back; Maudsley, Butt, Rogers, Glaister, and Whalley, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Holt. (Rochdale). Lyon and Anderson had shooting chances, but in each the wings delayed his shot too long. Mercer elected to go through the defence, instead of making a pass, but his final effort was blocked. Lyon again delayed too long when two colleagues were waiting unmarked for a square pass. Mercer again came into the picture with a splendid run, but his pass availed nothing. Everton’s halves had done most of the shooting and Keen, and Mercer yet again tested Conway. Stevenson was tripped when he was through on his own the resulting free kick being of no value. Stevenson got away again in similar fashion, and this time his shot was narrowly over the bar.
Half-time; Everton 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.
Play was much keener in the second portion, and both goals had narrow escapes in turn. Everton had a lucky let off when Greenhalgh, passing back to his goalkeeper found Glaister nipping in to take the ball, but the full back headed out from the line when Burnett was out of goal. A couple of minutes later the ball crossed the home goalmouth without a Blackburn player to tap it in. Blackburn had their spells of luck also. Harry Jones failed with only Conway to beat from six yards. There was plenty of shooting on both sides, but it was very erective. Blackburn did the major portion of the attacking towards the finish, and Everton at times were hard put to it to keep them out. Final; Everton 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.
DRAWN GAME AT GOODISON
January 12, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
Strong Half Backs
The outcome of the meeting of Everton and Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park was a goalless draw, but many scoring opportunities were not taken. Conway, in the Blackburn goal, had few shots of note, the best of the day being a pile-driver from Bentham late on, while from two terrific free kicks by tom Jones the ball sailed narrowly over the bar. Harry Jones missed a great chance when he failed, with only Conway to beat, from six yards out; he seemed to hesitate, waiting for an offside decision which did not come. It was fortunate for Everton that Blackburn were no better in the shooting department though in the second half, when they staged a succession of sustained attacks., the home goal had a couple of narrow escapes. Everton took liberties in the manner of passing back, and the tip-tapping combination of their defence in the penalty areas was a risky business Blackburn are a clever side, one of the best we have seen at Goodison Park this season. While their strength was mainly in the half-back line where Pryde was a stone wall, defender, their forwards were quicker on the ball than Everton, and made progress by long, swinging passes. Butt was a frequent source of danger, while Whalley in the second half put in some excellent work.
Mercer slipped and damaged his hand. He is having an X-ray examination today in case there is a broken bone. Mercer carried on, in spite of the pain and swelling, and played his usual excellent game. He was, in fact, the most likely Everton player to score, for while Harry Jones got few chances and Stevenson was wildly off the mark, Mercer often worked right through on his own. He had, however, one miss against him when in the closing stages he shot straight at Conway from close range instead of tapping the ball into the corner of the net. Burnett was cool and confident under difficulties the half-backs –Keen in particular –and Bentham and Stevenson being outstanding. Jones (H.) was a disappointment at centre forward. Blackburn were well served by their intermediate line, by Conway in goal and Butt. The attendance was 8,000 and receipts £410. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom), and Keen (Derby County), half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Bentham, Jones (H.) (West Brom), Stevenson, and Lyon, forwards. Blackburn Rovers:- Conway, goal; Forbes and Taylor, backs; Whiteside, Pryde, and Chivers, half-back; Maudsley, Butt, Rogers, Glaister, and Whalley, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Holt. (Rochdale).
• Liverpool Beat Preston 2-1, Carney and Polk for Liverpool and McLaren for Preston
OFF THE MARK
January 10, 1942. The Evening Express
There were two main reasons why Everton sacrificed a point to Blackburn Rovers in a goalless draw at Goodison Park. The first was their own lack of accuracy in shooting and the second was the superlative defensive skill of the Rovers half-back line. On balance of play Everton should have won with something in hand, but their finishing was ineffective and the forwards, by persistently keeping the ball close, played right into the hands big Bob Pryde and company. Too readily did they fall victim to the Rovers’ offside trap. Mercer and Lyon were the two who adopted the individual burst methods to outwit this trap, and Mercer went nearer than anyone to a goal when he burst clean through late on only to get under the shot and Conway turned it on to the bar, and over. This should have been a goal. The Rovers attack rarely looked like breaking down Everton’s defence, in fact Tom Jones and his defensive pals had the situation so well in hand that everyone else could go up into attack during the second half, when the Rovers were content to forget attack and concentrate on keeping Everton out. This was one of the most one-sided goalless draws I have seen for a long time. Burnett had only one shot to stop in the second half. However, it was quite an exciting game without contributing much to the artistic side of soccer. It was speed to possession and grimness in interception which took the eye. Pryde, Chivers and Whiteside were grand Rovers half-backs and Taylor was a great back, but only Rogers and Butt promised anything in attack. Mercer and Keen were excellent driving forces behind the Everton attacking machine which failed in the penalty area because the ball was kept too close. The defence was flawless and Lyon took the forward honours. Cursiously enough Lyon did even better when he went to outside-right, allowing Anderson to come to his favourite left wing position. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly should keep to this new order for future games.
January 12, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton preserved their no-goals-against record against Blackburn Rovers at Goodison, but they failed to score themselves. A useful point went west. They had enough chances in the first portion to have made the game secure. That they didn’t take them as blame worthy as usual for the treacherous conditions were all against confident shooting. Even so, they ought to have done better than they did. Stevenson’s misses were frequent. Harry Jones missed his shot badly, from six yards with only the goalkeeper to beat, and Mercer the most highly looking forward of all-failed to crown a grand run in the right manner, shooting straight at Conway when a side-tap would have had him hopeless beaten. Best attempts of the day were Bentham’s late-on pile-driver and two terrific free kick by Tommy Jones. Everton’s wastefulness might have turned out expensive for in the closing stages Rovers more than once came near to snatching a snap goal and both points. They were helped in their attacks by the penchant of Mercer and Keen to be playing each forwards, which left wide open itself . under normal conditions they can do all this to perfection under conditions like Saturday’s it was far too risky. On other occasions Greenhalgh nearly presented Glaister with a goal in this way and only received the position by heading off the goalline with Burnett out of position.
EVERTON TEAM FOR EWOOD PARK
January 15, 1942. The Evening Express
Ted Sagar, Everton’s international goalkeeper, and former captain, is expected to return to the team to oppose Blackburn Rovers in the War Cup-tie at Ewood-Park on Saturday. He is expected to be available. Should he not be able to get leave, George Burnett who has not yet conceded a cup goal, will play. Burnett has proved a brilliant deputy during Sagar’s absence. Norman Higham, inside-forward whom Everton brought from Chorley and then transferred to Middlesbrough is expected to be at inside-right. Norman has been playing with Southampton –and getting plenty of goals too –but he is home on leave and so comes back to the club which found him. Wally Owen stands by as deputy in case of need. George Jackson comes back to lead the attack because Harry Jones is required for centre half, in the absence of Tommy Jones, and Stan Bentham goes to right-half in place of Joe Mercer. Willie Cook has a badly bruised thigh, but is expected to be all right. Everton; Sagar (of Burnett); Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (Harry), Keen; Anderson, Higham, (of Owen), Jackson, Stevenson, Lyon.
Everton bring back several of the pre-war stars for the return Lancashire Junior Cup match with Liverpool “A” at Goodison Park on Saturday where the Reds begin with a two goal lead. Charlie Gee the English international will be at centre half, and Hill returns from New Brighton. Watson will be left-half, and Sweeney and Trentham figure in the attack. Everton “A”; Gale; Ireland, Cheers; Hill, gee, Watson; Williams, Sweeney, Wyles, Simmons, Trentham.
EVERTON TEAM AT BLACKBURN
January 15, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
For the return game with Blackburn Rovers, at Blackburn, Everton hope to have the assistance of one of their former players, Norman Higham, who left Goodison for Middlesbrough, and later joined Southampton. Higham, who is home at Chorley on leave offered his services to his old club. All that now remains is permission from Southampton which is not likely to be withdrew. Everton may also play Ted Sagar in goal. Sagar has now been transferred to a depot not far away and is likely to be available fairly frequently. Two reliable absentees, however, will be Mercer and Tommy Jones, whose places are taken by Bentham and Harry Jones. The latter has given some grand displays at centre half, this season, and give some grand displays at centre half this season and is just a good there than at centre forward. Sagar (of Burnett); Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (Harry), Keen; Anderson, Higham, (of Owen), Jackson, Stevenson, Lyon.
January 16, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton go to Blackburn with one primary ambition. That is to preserve that blank in their goals against column. They are the only club in the cup not to have conceded a goal. Like the Rovers the Blues have gained five out of six points and if one draws the line through their goalless draw at Goodison Park last Saturday, the Ewood fans are in for a particularly keen struggle. Everton will miss lads like Tom Jones and Joe Mercer, but expect to have Ted Sagar back, and Norman Higham, the Middlesbrough and Southampton forward, at inside-right. But Blackburn are also hoping to play Higham. George Jackson the versatile once again becomes centre forward, and with the right support may be the lad to pull off. Still if Stevenson has shaken of the effects of his ankle injury, it will make all the difference to Everton’s attack. Everton; Sagar (or Burnett), Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (Harry), Keen; Anderson, Higham (or Owen), Jackson, Stevenson, Jones. Blackburn Rovers; Conway; Forbes, Taylor; Whiteside, Pyde, Chivers; Rogers, Butt, Robinson, Glaister, McShane, (or Higham).
January 16, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton away to Blackburn Rovers, who have not been defeated for many weeks, will have to pull out of their best to bring anything back from Ewood Park. Rovers have a grand defence, almost as good as Everton’s at its best and their forwards are a lively lot though tarred somewhat with the same brush as Everton when it comes to shooting. Last week’s errors were partly excusable by the conditions, tomorrow Everton must take their chances without hesitation if they are to win. Team; Everton; Sagar (or Burnett), Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (Harry), Keen; Anderson, Higham (or Owen), Jackson, Stevenson, Jones.
EVERTON AT EWOOD PARK
January 17, 1942. The Evening Express.
Keen Fight To Keep Record.
Everton visited Ewood Park today to meet Blackburn Rovers. Rovers forward line was strengthened by the reappearance of Robinson, the Wolves player, in the centre. Blackburn Rovers; Conway, goal; Forbes and Taylor, backs; Whiteside, Prdye, and Chivers, half-backs; Rogers, Butt, Robinson, Glaister, Riley, forward. Everton: Sagar (goal); Cook, and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (Harry) (West Brom), and Boyes, half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Higham (Southampton), Jackson, Stevenson and Lyon, forwards, Referee; Mr. A. W. Baker (Manchester). Straight from the kick-off the Rovers went to the attack, and Glaister had a tricky move spoiled by Jones. After a spell of midfield play, Whiteside passed to Butt who rounded Boyes and shot goalwards. The ball was deflected by a defender for a corner which, although resulting in a second half flag kick on the left, brought no reward. After beating off the early attacks, Everton fought hard to maintain their goal average. Once, however, Robinson did manage to put the ball into the net from Butt’s forward pass, but the referee had given off-side. Play swung immediately to the other end and Jackson tested Conway, while Pryde, and his men claimed for offside. The goalkeeper got his foot to the ball which went to Higham, who was unlucky to see his drive headed into Conway’s arms. The crowd of about 5,000 cheered Glaister as he gathered a mis-kick from Greenhalgh and raced ahead with only Sagar to beat. The forwards shot was turned for a corner by the goalkeeper.
Half-time; Blackburn Rovers 0, Everton 0.
Blackburn’s forwards were always hammering at the Everton goal and Sagar can count himself lucky in gathering a high bouncing ball from Rilet. Following an immediate turn-round, there were some thrilling and sometimes skilful skirmishes in front of both goals. Everton came the nearest yet, when Bentham forced Conway to fist clear an accurate place kick. Play so far was more even than in the first half, although the Rovers were still having slightly the better of matters.
BLACKBURN V EVERTON
January 17, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Blackburn Rovers; Conway, goal; Forbes and Taylor, backs; Whiteside, Prdye, and Chivers, half-backs; Rogers, Butt, Robinson, Glaister, Riley, forward. Everton: Sagar (goal); Cook, and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (Harry) (West Brom), and Boyes, half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Higham (Southampton), Jackson, Stevenson and Lyon, forwards, Referee; Mr. A. W. Baker (Manchester). Most of the masterly early play was made by Blackburn, and Cook was several times, in action when the Blackburn left wing threatened. Everton came very near when Jackson put in a hot shot which Conway turned out by shooting out one leg. The ball flew to one-side of the goalmouth, and in an effort to hook it clear Taylor lobbed it to Higham, whose header almost took the Blackburn keeper by surprise. The Rovers had the better of the game and were frequently near the Everton goal but Cook and Greenhalgh stood up to their attacks well. Glaister broke through and fired as Sagar ran out of his goal. The goalkeeper flung out one arm and diverted the ball for a corner. Jackson and Higham made headway, but the general finishing of the Everton forwards was not good. Half-time; Blackburn Rovers 0, Everton 0.
The defenders of both teams were playing magnificently, Cook and Greenhalgh checking every attempt by Butt and Robinson to break through.
Everton “A” v. Liverpool “A”
In the return Lancashire Junior Cup match at Goodison. Wyles scored for Everton at five minutes and Williams at 30 minutes. Half-time; Everton “A” 2, Liverpool “A” 0.
EVERTON DRAW AT BLACKBURN
January 19, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
Blackburn Rovers 0, Everton 0
Everton met a very lively Blackburn Rovers side at Ewood Park, and splendid work by Sagar and his backs enabled them to emerge with a clean sheet, a goalless draw resulting. While Blackburn had rather more of the play there was never any period when they had the game in hand. Everton fought back hard, all the time, and 5,771 spectators were kept excited to the finish by a struggle which became particularly keen in the last quarter of an hour. Defences were uppermost from the start, and attacks which would normally have produced goals galore were stiffed by the backs, who would let nothing pass them. Once Stevenson put a good shot against the Blackburn bar and Glaister did the same thing soon afterwards. Those two instances apart, there never appeared any propects of a score. Jones did well to hold Robinson who led the Rovers attack, with distinction. Boyes worked hard at left half and Stevenson was outstanding in a forward line which never allowed the Rovers defenders to relax. . Blackburn Rovers; Conway, goal; Forbes and Taylor, backs; Whiteside, Prdye, and Chivers, half-backs; Rogers, Butt, Robinson, Glaister, Riley, forward. Everton: Sagar (goal); Cook, and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (Harry) (West Brom), and Boyes, half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Higham (Southampton), Jackson, Stevenson and Lyon, forwards, Referee; Mr. A. W. Baker (Manchester).
• England beat Scotland at Wembley by 3-0 in front of 70,000 spectators, Lawton scoring a brace and Gillick and Caskie playing for Scotland.
• Liverpool beat Preston North End 2-1, Done scored two, Finney for Preston.
January 19, 1942. The Evening Express
Ted Sagar the England goalkeeper, returned to Everton’s side which gained the point from Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park and carried on where George Burnett let off. He was the safe last line in a defiant Everton who have every right to be proud of their remarkable defensive record. The Blues had Wally Boyes at left half and Norman Higham was there to bring liveliness to the attack. They were full value for their half-share, in fact on occasions good luck came to the rescue of the Rovers.
• Everton “A” team won 4-3 on Saturday.
EVERTON’S DOUBLE BLANK
January 19, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Like Liverpool, Everton also had a record to preserve, and they did it by keeping the “goals against” column still unsmirched. Unfortunately the attack hasn’t popping em in at the other end. In the game at Blackburn the defence were always on top, and apart from two incidents when Stevenson and Glaister hit the woodwork, neither goals was ever in real danger. Harry Jones was again successful at centre half. Stevenson was outstanding in the Everton attack, which never gave the Rovers defence the chance to relax, but the finishing power was not there.
EVERTON’S CUP TEAM CHANGES
January 21, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton make four changes for the League War cup match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Grounds on Saturday, which will be the Blues second visit to the ground during wartime. Ted Sagar is not available and so George Burnett returns to goal to keep intact that remarkable record of not having conceded a cup goal this season. Welsh international captain, Tommy Jones, returns to centre half for Harry Jones who moves to inside-right in place of Higham who has returned from leave. Eric Keen the Derby County international who could not get off last Saturday will be ready for duty again and so takes the place of Boyes at left-half. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (Tom), Keen; Anderson, Jones (Harry), Jackson, Stevenson, Lyon.
The renewal of the Everton and Wolves clashes –remember they meet gain at Goodison Park 31 –brings back memories of their titanic struggles in the last peace-time season. In that season they met three times –with the balance of successes going to the Wolves but with Everton getting the honours after all. At Goodison Park the Blues got home by the only goal and the teams settled down as challenges to Derby County. After Christmas Everton went to the lead with the Wolves becoming chief rivals. The return game at Molineux was not played on the scheduled Saturday because of cup engagements, but the Blues went there in mid-week and suffered their heaviest defeat of the season. The irresistible Wolves piled on seven goals and but for Morton they might have got more. The defeat was a nasty jolt to Everton but the players did not let it get them down and they continued merrily in the leadership and won a cup-tie against Birmingham after a draw, while the Wolves were sending Liverpool’s cup hopes. Of course, as fate would have it, Wolves were them drawn at home to Everton and even the magic of Harrogate did not save the Blues. They were beaten 2-0, Wolves went on to reach the final in which they were beaten by Portsmouth, and Everton forged ahead to outstay the Wolves and win the League championship with a convincing points margin. In the first war season the clubs played a couple of friendly games at Easter and Everton drew at Molineux and won at Goodison Park. A recurrence of those results this time will please the Goodison folk.
WOLVES GAME CANCELLED AWAY
Not known why
LAWTON RESUMES FOR EVERTON
January 28, 1942. The Evening Express
Tommy Lawton, England’s centre forward, returns to Everton’s team on Saturday, when Wolverhampton Wanderers visit Goodison Park in the War cup qualifying Competition. Lawton is a certain starter, and comes fresh from his triumph against Scotland at Wembley when he scored two of the three goals. Two other English internationals, Ted Sagar and Wally Boyes are also expected to be on duty, in a side boasting no fewer than seven men who gained international honours before the war. Billy Cook and Alex Stevenson will be three representing Ireland, Tommy Jones will be the Welsh representative, and Eric Keen brings the English total to four. In addition Norman Greenhalgh is a pre-war Football league player. This is a team fitting the occasion, while one appreciates that we shall miss Joe Mercer, who is still suffering from the injuries to his hand. Stan Bentham will be at right-half, and Harry Jones will be at inside-right as partner to Anderson. The only doubt is in goal. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly is hopeful that Sagar will be able to secure leave to play, but if not George Burnett will carry on. Everton can reflect with pleasure, that neither of these goalkeepers has so far conceded a single goal in the Cup competition. Everton; Sagar (or Burnett); Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (Tommy), Keen; Anderson, Jones (Harry), Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
January 28, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
Leads Everton against Wolves
Everton will have a particularly strong side out for their Cup-tie with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park on Saturday, for there is a possibility that Sagar will be present but failing him, Burnett will do duty. Burnett has had his best season and Everton were fortunate in having him handy when Sagar joined up and Lovett was injured. He has improved with each game, and is now fine complete goalkeeper, with a rare understanding of his co-defender’s plains. Everton’s weakness for some time has been forward. They naturally missed the driving force of Tom Lawton, who surely has consolidated himself as England’s centre forward after his grand game against Scotland. Since his departure too many goals scoring chances have been missed. Time and again the side has slipped up through the want of an accurate shooter. This should be remedied against the Wolves. This famous side of a few years ago has suffered like all other teams, through Service calls and have had a lean time as a result. They are well down the League table, but have shown an upward trend in recent in recent matches and while I long to them to give Everton a spot of trouble, I think the champions yes, they are still champions –will have little difficulty in winning both points for the Midlanders have anything but an encouraging away record. Mercer is still nursing his damaged hand, but it is going on in the right way, and it should not be long before he is back in harness again Torry Gillick is coming on space the latest hospital report being that he is very comfortable. Team; Sagar or Burnett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (TG), Keen; Anderson, Jones (H.), Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
January 30, 1942. The Evening Express.
Everton’s match with the Wolves brings back memories of pre-war rivalry, and there should be one of the best crowds of the season at the Park, where Everton field an all-star side. In the last full season before the war the two clubs ran neck and neck for Football League honours until Everton forged ahead in the final vital stages and went on to win by a convincing margin of points. What is more, the rivalry was continued in the Cup for after the Wolves had beaten Liverpool at Molineux the Blues went there to be beaten 2-0. Wolves eventually reached the final when Mr. Jack Tinn’s merry lads from Portsmouth beat them at all points of the game. Everton include no fewer than seven internationals for tomorrow’s game, including Ted Sagar, who gets leave to play. Tommy Jones, Tommy Lawton and Walter Boyes are other “caps” who return to duty, and there will also be Cook, Keen and Stevenson to bring up a remarkable array of talent for wartime. The Wolves will not be lacking in stars for they are certain to have four pre-war players in Scott, the tall goalkeeper. Dick Dorsett, and the young wingers Wright and Mullen, while it is probable that Taylor will be left-back and that the attack will include Frank O’Donnell, the Scottish international from Aston Villa who was with Celtic and Preston North End, and Curtis of the Arsenal. It is merely a question of these three getting leave. This looks being a grand struggle, and when one remembers that the Wolves have already beaten Blackpool in the Cup, they will prove no easy meat. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (Tom), keen; Anderson, Jones (Harry), Stevenson, Boyes. Wolves; Scott; Dowen, Taylor; Alderton, Ashton, Thornhill; Wright, Curtis, O’Donnell, Dorett, Mullen.
OLD TIME RIVALS
January 30, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Wolves at Goodison
The visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers to Goodison Park, tomorrow provides Everton followers with the outstanding tit bit of the cup qualifying series. It is just as well Everton have been strengthened in one or two places and particularly attack for although Wolves and not the rampaging side of pre-war days, they are still a tough net to crack. Also Everton –Wolves are making an effort to turn out a title strength side than usual and hope to include five of their pre-war players together with the best of Major Buckley’s war-time discoveries. There will also be a guest artist in Frank O’Donnell of Aston Villa one of the game’s outstanding centre forwards and possibly a second in Curtis, of Arsenal. The pre-war players are Scott, who is native of Liverpool, Taylor, Dorsett, Wright and Mullen, while Dowen is a one-time Wanderer who went to Hull and West Ham and returned to Molineux as assisting –trainer. There are doubts in one or two instances which will not be settled until just before the match. Everton’s attack ought to be more penetrating with Lawton and Boyes on view, while Tommy Jones will strengthen an already sound defence and help preserve the spotlessness of the “goal against” column. Sagar is definite for goal so that Burnett will be loaned to Wrexham. This should be a grand game and though not much in it, I think Everton will won. Probable teams. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (Tom), keen; Anderson, Jones (Harry), Stevenson, Boyes. Wolves; Scott; Dowen, Taylor; Alderton, Ashton, Thornhill; Wright, Curtis, O’Donnell, Dorsett, Mullen.
EVERTON BEAT WOLVES 2-1
January 31, 1942. The Evening Express
Three Penalty Goals
Denny Westcott, the Wallasey born centre-forward, led the Wolverhampton Wanderers attack at Goodison Park today, in the League war Cup-tie. Boyes could not get leave to play for the Blues so Anderson went to outside left and Owen came in at outside right. Everton; Sagar, goal; Cook and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (T.G.) and Keen (Derby) half-backs; Owen, Jones (Harry) (West Brom), Lawton, Stevenson and Anderson (Third Lanark), forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers;- Scott, goal; Dowen and Springthorpe, backs; Thornhill, Ashton and Wright, half-backs; McCormick, O’Donnell (Aston Villa), Westcott, Stepheson, and Mullen, forwards. Referee; Mr. W. Prescott (Southport). The opening was a joy for the Everton forwards and half backs combined magnificently to tie up the Wolves’ defence, but the nearest they got to a goal was a quick dash through by Stevenson. Scott, however, came out to clear, Stevenson bouncing off him like a rubber ball. The footwork was excellent, but the Wolves sprang a surprise when Mullen broke away and his centre passed over the head of the advancing Sagar, McCormick was perfectly positioned, but he failed to gather the ball and away went Everton for Lawton to shoot over from 20 yards. There were many stoppages, for infringements in a game which lacked nothing on the point of concentrated endeavour. Harry Jones broke through on his own and neatly turned the ball back. Stevenson missed it, but Lawton shot on the turn, Scott going full length to save.
Full back Takes Corner
Then Springthorpe booted away from Lawton as the international was about to shoot, and then Owen’s persistence enabled him to win a corner off Springthorpe. Cook made the 9,000 spectators wonder by coming up and taking the corner. Harry Jones kicked the ball into the net from Greenhalgh’s free kick, but he was offside. Sagar, Greenhalgh and Jones (T.) had to combine in quick intervention to hold up the menacing Westcott-O’Donnell due and Sagar was right in position when Westscott headed in from the goal-line. Stevenson and Harry Jones combined splendidly to enable Owen to cut in and let go a “first-timer” which found Scott perfectly positioned. There was too much, fouling, which aroused the ire of the crowd, but the football was always entertaining, and now Westcott broke away on his own and crossed square in front of goal, but Greenhalgh was too nippy for O’Donnell.
Visitors Take Lead.
Wolves took the lead in 24 minutes through a penalty, this being the first goal against the Blues in the Cup competition. Westcott broke through from Thornhill’s centre, and although the ball ran beyond Westcott and Sagar, Sagar held the centre-forward and the referee gave a penalty as Tom Jones sent the ball to safety. Everton kept up a persistent attack, but shooting openings were rare, due to the quick intervention of the Wolves defenders and Scotts dominance in the penalty area. The referee spoke to Thornhill and Dowen, and although the free kicks placed the Wolves goal in jeopardy, Scott was there, tall and defiant. Owen-outwitted Springthorpe and his centre was well wide of Scott but Stevenson’s shot was charged down. One minute from the interval Everton equalised from a penalty by Cook. Wright handled the ball. The referee, who was on the spot, gave a penalty, Scott got his hand to Cook’s shot, but the ball went on to the post and into the net.
Half-time; Everton 1, Wolves 1.
The game continued at a hectic pace, but so keen was the defensive work of both sides that good combined movements were rare. Scott twice held up the Everton forwards by coming out to fist clear, and after O’Donnell and McCormick had shot cross the face of the Everton goal. Anderson and Stevenson combined in the best joint move of the day which put Lawton through but the ball ran beyond him. Mullen had a great chance of giving the Wolves the lead, but with only Sagar to beat he placed outside. The referee spoke to O’Donnell, and then the excitement was intense when Scott was charged over the goal line for a corner. From this Lawton headed into the net, but the goal was disallowed because of an infringement by Harry Jones. In 70 minutes Everton took the lead with another penalty. Harry Jones was going through when Springthorpe bought him down, and Cook gave Scott no chance whatever with the kick. The Wolves had a narrow escape when Springthorpe, in clearing from Harry Jones, headed the ball against his own bar. Everton were on top now, Owen going close, while Dowen was being sorely tried by the Stevenson-Anderson wing. Scott and Lawton figured in some terrific duels, and after Mullen had missed another good chance, a faulty back-pass by Cook placed the Everton goal in danger, but Greenhalgh saved the situation. Lawton had a good chance from Anderson’s centre, but his header went wide of the post as he went headlong into the net. Final; Everton 2, Wolves 1.
January 31, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton and Wolves Get rough.
Everton; Sagar, goal; Cook and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (T.G.) and Keen (Derby) half-backs; Owen, Jones (Harry) (West Brom), Lawton, Stevenson and Anderson (Third Lanark), forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers;- Scott, goal; Dowen and Springthorpe, backs; Thornhill, Ashton and Wright, half-backs; McCormick, O’Donnell (Aston Villa), Westcott, Stephenson, and Mullen, forwards. Referee; Mr. W. Prescott. The first real miss of the match came when the Everton Stevenson was left with a gilt-edged chance, but seemed to kick round the ball. It swung over to Lawton, only a matter of six yards out. He found the true line, but not the power, and Scott was able to get down on the ball and save. There were chances for both sides, and H. Jones actually netted for Everton, but was obviously offside. The way he put the ball into the net, however, was extremely cute. One of the best shots up to now was made by young Owen, and it was an equally good save which prevented him from opening the score. He was nicely plied by Kean, and although angled, made a ferocious drive, which Scott turned aside. At 25 minutes Wolverhampton took the lead through a penalty goal. I did not see anything to warrant a penalty award, but as the referee was in an undeniable position to see all that happened we will leave it at that. Mullen scored from the spot kick. Lawton made one fast drive which went over the bar, and Stevenson followed suit from an almost similar position. Everton for some minutes worked their way through the Wanderers defence, but no one seemed able to get a full-blooded punch at the ball. The visitors showed their penetrative power when McCormick and O’Donnell worked through, but here again stood good work was spoiled at the last obstacle.
The game became somewhat rough, and several players had to be spoken to. Wolverhampton were the greater sinners. Within a minute of the interval Everton equalising in the same way as Wolverhampton got their point –through a penalty goal, for hands against Springthorpe. Cook’s shot was partially saved by Scott, who, however, could not keep the ball out of the net.
Half-time; Everton 1, Wolves 1.
Westcott and Sagar’s elbow on his chin. Then Greenhalgh saved what looked to be a certain goal when he kicked the ball from the toe of Westcott just on the point of shooting. Mullen missed a great opening, and Owen, who had an excellent first half, put the ball almost on top of the Wolves crossbar. Everton defence sometimes became flippant, and the visiting attack took full advantage of it, even though they did not score. At 70 minutes, during a strong Everton attack, Harry Jones was grassed by Springthorpe, and Cook again obliged from the penalty spot. Just prior to this Lawton had netted but the point was disallowed. Full; Everton 2, Wolves 1.