RUTHERFORD SAVES PENALTY –TWICE
January 1, 1947. The Evening Express
By Pilot (Don Kendall)
The news for the Everton followers at Goodison Park today for the match with Aston Villa, was somewhat bitter-sweet, for while Tommy Jones and Mcllhatton returned after injury. Wainwright and Johnson reported unfit. An injury to Lowe caused a Villa reshuffle, Parkes going to left-half and Edwards to centre-forward with Graham it outside right. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Tommy Jones, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding and Boyes, forwards. Aston Villa;- Rutherford, goal; Callaghan and Cunmming, backs; Moss (A.), Moss (F.), and Parkes, half-backs; Graham, Martin, Edwards, Dorsett, and Smith, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.H. Parker (Crewe). There was a sensational opening. After Rutherford had made a brilliant save from Stevenson the Villa pressed strongly before Everton dashed away through Dodds. Dodds bore his way through, but just as he was about to shoot he was fouled. The referee awarded a penalty which was hotly disputed. Boyes took the kick. Rutherford saved at full length, but the Villa joy as cut short when the referee signalled that Rutherford had moved before the kick was taken. Boyes again took the kick, placing the ball this time to Rutherford’s right hand, but he again dived upwards and outwards to beat the ball to safely. Rutherford was “smothered by his colleagues for what was a wonderful feat. A remarkable point about this; Rutherford achievement was that when he first shot had been repelled to the feet of the in running Boyes, Rutherford actually saved the shot off the rebound, so it amounted to three saves to get the spectators on their toes.
This was Everton’s second penalty miss of the season, and as if to celebrate the Villa treated us to some grand football, with Martin and Dorsett cutting out the work magnificently. Yet Everton loomed large as the most dangerous side and by repeatedly roving to the wings Dodds ripped the Villa defence to shreds, only to find his colleagues too slow to take advantage. Boyes and Fielding left Callaghan standing by clever interpassing and the final centre dropping nicely to Dodds who, however, hooked the ball over the top from a reasonable position. Then Dodds sent Mcllhatton unopposed but the Scot waited too long and was covered before he could shoot. Sagar made a fine save near the post from Edwards and then Martin came across to the left only to shoot outside. Fielding and Stevenson went through with close inter-passing, but failed to break down the Cummings barrier. The Villa were the more alert side, and Graham came far across to the left to bring danger to bear, only for his final effort to lack accuracy. There were flashes of the old traditional Villa, with the quick movement to the open space, but Greenhalgh and Saunders were right on form. Smith made an excellent attempt when he took a shot on the full volley, but Sagar made a safe catch. Mcllhatton might have taken a first time shot but he waited and still wanted his first ever goal for Everton. Sagar made two safe catches high up before Stevenson, Boyes and Fielding participating in the best passing movement of the game so far, but when the ball came in Dodds tapped it to Rutherford. Following Mcllhatton’s centre Fielding pushed the ball through to Dodds, who from four yards drove over the top. Another great chance came Dodds way following Fielding’s centre but he headed yards wide.
Half-time; Everton 0, Aston Villa 0.
Everton almost took the lead immediately on resuming, Rutherford just managing to fist away off the head of Stevenson.
Everton were a goal up with six minutes of resuming. The ball went from Boyes via three other forwards to Mcllhatton, but the final centre went straight into the arms of Rutherford. That was not the end of things, however, for the clearance kick was promptly returned to the goalmouth and Dodds headed it down invitingly to the in running Stevenson, who placed low into the net. Everton were playing with much more life than in the first half and the fine defence of Jones, and his backs kept the Villa out so effective shooting range. A close up free kick for a foul on Smith placed the Everton goal in jeopardy and Moss (A) leapt through the crowd of players to head a foot over the top. Away went Mcllhatton to force a corner. This gave the Villa no end of worry, but eventually the ball was scrambled away. Everton were now treating the 49,665 spectators to much more attractive football, this being due directly to their greater speed in operation. Everton increased their lead in 75 minutes through Dodds. The ball found Boyes unmarked and the winger delayed his centre to allow Dodds to run into position and then a quick thrust along the floor saw Dodds pull the ball past Moss (F.) and score with a glorious right foot shot from 15 yards. The Villa had faded out of the picture, their defence tiring badly against Everton’s clever movements, while young Saunders was giving international Smith no room in which to operate. This was Everton’s first “double” of the season and the first by either of Liverpool’s premier teams. Final; Everton 2, Aston Villa 0.
UNINSPIRED EVERTON START 1947 WITH VICTORY
January 2, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Villa Goalkeeper’s Two penalty saves in One Minute
By Leslie Edwards
Everton 2 (Stevenson, Dodds), Aston Villa 0.
The memory of a twice-taken, twice-saved penalty kick will remain when recollections of Everton’s two goals to nothing-out-of-the-ordinary Villa have faded away. For drama this incident, within five minutes of the start was outstanding. Pity the electric tension it generated fizzled out until, in the end, one could not evade the impression that the players had enough and most of the 50,000 spectators wouldn’t argue the point. Dodds, tearing through was undoubtedly rubbed the wrong way by the hefty shoulder of Parkes, but Mr. J.H. Parker’s penalty award was bravo and equitable. Rutherford, dancing from his prescribed goal line, half-saved Boyes’s first shot, smothered the shooter as he came up for the ameude honourable, and then put in a carbon copy for the retake also by Boyes. Given the inspiration if a goal Everton might have gone on for the joyous abandon of men, who feel on top of their work. But their confidence was by then cut to shreds and it was Villa who were on top. Everton can rarely have played worse. Villa all polish and nonchalance blossomed from every branch and fruited, nowhere indeed, though Villa threatened, it was Everton who found chances. Dodds, Stevenson, and others, trying desperately to do the right thing, succeeded only in doing exactly the reverse.
Signs of Life
Only when Stevenson’s readily-taken shot gave then a lead at fifty-three minutes did Everton begin to show signs of life. Dodds a much better goal, really settled the match at seventy-five minutes, but Villa came near to making it a fighting finish. They were at then most dangerous, in attack, in the last ten minutes. All things considered, Everton did well to get through. Greenhalgh suffered a first half blow over the eye, the swelling of which was visible to me sitting not less than thirty-five yards from the play! He stayed the game to keep the Reserves winger, Graham, as quiet as Cummings kept Mcllhatton, except for a few moments late on. Most of the best of this match came from Villa, notably the able way in which Edwards tackled Tom Jones in a delightful, but hardly punishing, display of centre-forward artistry, and from the two grand full-backs, Callaghan and Cunnings. That two men carrying such a load of years between them could show up unmistakably, was no commendation of the other’s attack, although Fielding but a very good days and Dodds might have scored not once, but three times.
Second Half Fade Out
It would be true to say that Villa’s second-ball fade-out was such that they deserved to be beaten, but Everton did nothing to convince their followers that all will be well. The forwards, Dodds apart, are not sweet, but low in the average heights of League players, and if a good big one always beats a good little un, then the side automatically starts at a disadvantage. Villa’s half-backs are not the most notable in football, but they won most of the honours “in the air.” Farrell’s confidence in himself and in others was refreshing; so was his end-to-end abilities. It would seem that the desperate over cautiousness in every department proves Everton to be not the indifferent side their record suggests, but one whose greatest need is confidence. Yet there are weaknesses which must be faced, even if some hard swallowing, and an admission of failure, is ineviable’s involved.
IT WAS A HAPPY ONE
January 2, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
It was exceptionally happy New Year for Merseyside football clubs yesterday, and in particularly to Everton who, by their grand 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at Goodison Park, rose to a position well away from the danger zone. Everton proved yesterday that fears for their safety were unfounded. With another home game on Saturday – Blackburn Rovers, beaten 3-0 at home by Brentford yesterday, are the visitors;- Everton have a glorious chance of putting relegation thoughts behind them. Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly cannot yet give any indication of his team for the Rovers game, for Wainwright and Johnson are unfit; it will have to be seen how Mcllhatton came through the Villa game – he had put in only one day’s training for weeks –and Greenhalgh, on top of his leg knock, had a bump on his head the size of an egg at half-time and had to have it lanced. However, the prospect is quite cheerful.
Fears and Thrills
We had plenty of fears and thrills at Goodison Park, where 49,665 watchers must have despaired at Everton’s first half efforts to get a goal. How they missed some chances was as amazing as it was tantalising. The penalty incident will long remain in memory for Rutherford made three, not one, save off Boyes’s kick. For the first Rutherford dived across to his left, and yet was able to leap back to save Boyes’ shot off the rebound. When the referee ordered the retaking of the penalty, Rutherford leapt up to his right and again defied Boyes. The Villa folk must have felt sorry the rest of their defenders were not of the Rutherford class. Truly the Villa defence cracked up when Everton started to turn on the “heat” and once Stevenson had scored early in the second half it might have been four or five. Dodds got the second as Everton treated us to football of rare skill and effectiveness. There was the old 1939 championship mark on much of the five-point approach –the sort of football we would not have dreamed Everton capable of producing after their monotonous tip-tapping of the first half and indifference in shooting. Yet it seems to have become the Everton habit, as I mentioned on Monday, for them to reserve their best play for the second half when they have the opposing defence showing signs of weariness. And Villa’s defenders wearied once their offside trap began to misfire. It was good to see Mcllhatton silence his first half barrackers by a splendid second half exhibition which augurs well, while Dodds wiped out the memory of two glaring first-half misses by his superb leadership later when he repeatedly spread-eagled the Villa defence by a quiet glide to unexpected position. Fielding gave further evidence that he is right back to his bets and because he did well for 90 and not only 45 minutes I rated him, the best forward in the game. Stevenson was nipper than of late, while Boyes did some amazingly clever things and his pass for the Dodds goal was a peach. Yes, a good line deserving high praise for one merry revel preceding the opening goal in which the ball was juggled from one wing to the other. That was real Everton vintage football.
It was pleasing to see the easy manner in which young Saunders proved that Smith was no mighty man. The Villa international had only rare moments against this last-improving back, while Greenhalgh had a great game. Both backs covered Jones splendidly during the early periods when Tommy was still trying to find his feet. Afterwards there was no need by Jones became his dominant self. Small wonder that Sagar’s chief concern was in perfectly timed approaches to cut out danger. At wing half Everton were vastly superior to the Villa and Farrell and Bentham were devastingly good in their defence, and oh so alive to the creative opportunity. Farrell is proving himself a great signing. Yes, a nice “double” – the first by either of our senior clubs. Chairman Mr. Will Gibbins for the first time for a long period had the whole of his colleagues with him, to form a New Year “party” the visitors including “Messrs Ronnie Williams (director), George Kay and Jack Rouse from Anfield and a number of friends from Burnley and Ellemere Port in conclusion a word of praise to Referee J. H. Parker whose control was as convincing as that of Mr. A. Baker on Christmas Day. They breed referees good in Crewe.
EVERTON’S NEW WAYS BRINGING POINTS
January 3, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton’s strong bid for a position in the top half of the First Division, and Liverpool’s first visit to London since 1939,are the high-lights to tomorrow’s football programme. The Blues are battling their way up the table in great style, and having gained five out of the last eight points at stake, will be fancied to defeat Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park. A victory would enable Everton to square accounts with Blackburn, who won 4-1 at Ewood early in the season, and if Everton play as well as they did in the second half against the Villa, Brentford and Derby, they will win. With the change in Everton match fortunes comes a change in their way. There was a time when the Blues started off well and then fell away disappointingly. During the last few weeks they have reversed the order, opening slowly and forming through strongly at the finish. I prefer the new way, for Everton have been reaching their peak form when their opponents have been feeling the strain and so have not been able to fight back. Blackburn Rovers who have conceded fewer goals than any other First Division club, will have an entirely fresh defence. Marks returns to goal after his serious injury at Preston a month’s ago. Cook moves from right-back to left-half, and Crook is displaced by Bell. At right-back, Tomlinson, a local ex-navy boy, will make his First Division debut. The attack also shows three changes. Campbell, the ex-Liverpool player, n=moves from inside-left to outside-right. Baldwin from outside-right to inside-right, and Rogers reappears at inside-left. Blackburn; Marks; Tomlinson, Bell; Whiteside, Prydes, Cook; Campbell, Baldwin, Smith, Rodgers, Langton.
ANOTHER EVERTON WIN?
January 4, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Everton are among the Division 1 clubs near the danger zone, and at Goodison Park, this afternoon they entertain Blackburn Rovers, who stand on the same points margin. Both clubs have identical records for League games this season exception the matter of goal average of which the Rovers have the better. With ground advantage, however, I think Everton will record their second victory of the New Year and so ease the anxieties of their followers. There are doubts about the home team for Jones (TG) is unfit and Greenhalgh is injured. Thirteen players have been named from which the side will be selected Everton’s rearguard, however, should prove strong enough to keep the Rovers at bay, and it only requires the home forwards to finish off their smart approach work with more directness to make sure of the points. Blackburn will have seven changes, mainly positional, from the side which lost at home to Brentford. Marks returns to goal after an absence through injury, and the right back will be Tomlinson, a local youth “demobbed” from the Navy. The kick-off is at 2.30 pm, and the teams are;- Everton (from); Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Watson, Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, Boyes. Blackburn; Marks; Tomlinson, Bell; Whiteside, Prydes, Cook; Campbell, Baldwin, Smith, Rodgers, Langton.
EVERTON’S HARD GANME WITH BLACKBURN
January 4, 1947. The Evening Express
Wainwright Scores A Clever Goal
Capital Display By Pryde
With a gruelling tussle at Goodison Park, today, Everton were never completely convincing as a team against a determined Blackburn Rovers side, in which Bob Pryde was a dominating figure. The Everton defence seemed to be plucky without the inspiration of Tom Jones, while the forward line, in which Wainwright was in brilliant form, moved more as units than as a cohesive force. Higgins tried hard but was given little opportunity by the masterful Pryde and there was no doubt that Dodds’ leadership was missed. Blackburn set up an all-out attack to beat the watchful Sagar, while Everton had to thank the sharp-shooting abilities of Eddie Wainwright for being in front at the interval. Everton were without Jones, Dodds, Greenhalgh and Boyes. Higgins was brought in to lead the attack in place of the slightly injured Dodds, Eglington was at outside-left, Humphreys at centre-half and Watson deputised for Greenhalgh at left-back. Blackburn made seven changes, most of them positional. Marks returned to goal after a month’s absence through injury, while Tominson, a local Blackburn boy, made his league debut at right back. Despite a bitingly cold wind, there were about 35,000 present at the start. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Watson (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Higgins, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Blackburn Rovers; Marks, goal; Tomlinson and Bell, backs; Whiteside, Pryde (captain), and Cook, half-backs; Campbell, Baldwin, Smith (J), Rogers and Langton, forwards. Referee; Mr. E. Plinston (Warrington). Pryde, the Blackburn captain, had to be alert to prevent Higgins bursting through. It was Pryde again who agreed Blackburn when he dispossessed Wainwright. Wainwright lobbed in a centre for Fielding to shoot low, but the ball rolled harmlessly outside the left-hand post. When Blackburn broke away, the Everton defence showed shakiness. A Humphrey’s pass back to Sagar was only half hit and if Smith had been quicker on the move it might have been awkward for Everton. When Everton replied Bell had to move over quickly to concede a corner, with Higgins and Wainwright on the goal track. Unfortunately Fielding’s swerving kick found its way into the side netting.
Campbell, was applauded for a brilliant individual run, during which he outwitted Farrell and Watson and took the ball to the goal line. His short pass into the goalmouth, however, was snapped up by the alert Sagar. Fielding sent Mcllhatton away with a perfect sweeping cross field pass but Bell dispossessed the Scotsman and passed back to Marks. Pryde was doing brilliant work for Blackburn and it was he alone who send an end to several menacing Everton raids. Fielding twice veered out to the right in an unsuccessful effort to get a rather ragged Everton attack moving rhythmically. Everton were fortunate to escape unscathed when Rogers fed Langton, and the winger’s drive struck the Everton goalkeeper when he appeared to know little about it. The lack of steadiness in the Everton defence continued, Blackburn had their chances as the result, but their finishing left much to be desired. Everton also had their chance when a Wainwright shot was charged down and the ball went free for the in running Mcllhatton, but his shot finished wide of the mark.
Full Lengthy Save
A Fielding dribble gave Wainwright a chance to bring Marks full-length to save at the expense of a corner and there were indications that Everton were now warming to their work. Langton shot across the face of the Everton goal with no Blackburn forward on hand to take advantage of a gift chance. Everton had another great opportunity when Mcllhatton tricked Bell and centred perfectly to Eglington standing close in to the far post, but he only succeeded in heading into the side netting. Marks foiled Everton when he cleverly anticipated Higgins’ short hooked pass from close in. When Langton forced a corner Rogers headed just wide of the post. Just on half-time Everton took the lead with a great goal by Wainwright. He took Fielding’s pass and gave Marks no chance with a perfectly directed right foot cross shot.
Half-time; Everton 1, Blackburn 0.
Mcllhatton centred for Higgins to head goal wards from close in, Marks driving full length to turn the ball round the far post. For the second time in as many minutes Mcllhatton placed his corner kick behind. Eglington moved into the middle to head Mcllhatton’s cross just outside the right hand upright. There was a chance for Higgins when Pryde made his first mistakes, the Blackburn centre half missing the ball completely as he tried to intercept Eglington’s pass. Fortunately for Blackburn Marks has sensed the danger and beat Higgins to it.
Head off Line
Blackburn came within an inch of drawing level when Smith headed in a Langton corner with terrific power only to see Watson head off the goal line, with Sagar hopelessly beaten. Smith laid himself out with this effort, but was able to resume after treatment. Blackburn were now in a dangerous mood and Everton were hard pressed to keep them at bay. Only a brilliant Sagar save at full length prevented Campbell from scoring when Smith lobbed the ball to his feet 12 yards from goal. Blackburn could not produce a final effort capable of beating Sagar who, however, had to come out of goal to field a storming long-range Pryde free kick. When Wainwright and Mcllhatton again set the Everton line in motion, Mcllatton’s centre “found” Higgins, but the Everton leader shot outside from close range. Everton had a stroke of good fortune when a Smith header shaved the angle of the woodwork after Campbell’s centre had eluded Sagar’s grasp. Marks made one of the most remarkable saves I have ever seen from a terrific Farrell drive from long range which looked a goal all the way, but to which Marks dived to save in truly superb style. Fielding burst through on the right but his shot was deflected behind by a Blackburn defender. Final; Everton 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Official attendance 39,775.
BLACKPOOL RES V EVERTON RES
January 4, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton had a completely rearranged forward line for their visit to Bloomfield –road, Blackpool. Blackpool were soon on the offensive and nearly scored when Eastham flicked a pass to Lawrence, whose drive was diverted around the post by Dugdale. Jackson, the Everton outside right was the most attractive forward and his duels with Lewis frequently had the crowd applauding.
Half-time; Blackpool Res 0, Everton Res 0
Blackpool scored through Kelly in the 50th minute. Eight minutes later Lawrence scored a second, but within three minutes Grant reduced the arrears. Final; Blackpool Res 3, Everton Res 1.
EVERTON AND BLACKBURN R. COME UP FOR JUDGEMENT
January 6, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 1, Blackburn Rovers 0
By Ernest Edwards
The Football Court of Sessions met on Saturday evening and had before it the strange case of Everton and Blackburn Rovers. The recorder (as above) presided. The court was nearly full (39,766). The charge against the defendants was that they were parading as football professors without visible means of football support. The first witness said he had the common name of O.N. Looker and his grievance was that footballers “today were being hailed as gemuses.” “Now my mind goes back to....the begin. Recorder –Don’t go into your anecdotage. Keep to the present. O.N. Looker –Well, sir, let us take Wednesday’s case and Saturday’s case; the spectators were frozen tiff, by the standard of play and the elements. A Bobby Parker goal, a Freeman goal, or a Dean nod, and we should have forgotten all about the icy blasts. As it was, Blackburn offered us the pleasure of consecutive football, but had not the heart to try to beat Old Faithful. Recorder; And whom may he be. O.N. looker, Why Sagar of course. As I was saying sir, modern football professionals are either too old or too young. We must give them their chance but don’t ask of to bask on continued failure. Now there’s.
Recorder Thank you that will do. Next witness please Mr. Shareholder . A shadow team to fed Dodds, Stevenson, Jones and Boyes, and that Blackburn gave us better class football than the winners. At this stage there was some applause and a complaint that “You never could see any good in Everton.” At which the Recorder threatened to clear the court if there were any further interruption. A high pitched voice rang out the K.O count “one, two, three, four, five, Recorder What is this. Usher Sir that is a member of the Boys pen. Recorder –What is a boys pen?
And The Boy
Under it is the habitation of the football young who are segregated so that they may not hear their elders using foul language when.... Recorder =But my evidence is that they know all the words and can offer then seniors some liley ones. Proceed. Boys I am ten-year-old sir, and I want to protest against being called by a writer “Hooligan” –that means brutal or murderous and we are not that, are we? Recorder “No, You bother me when I hear your bark, but your bite is tender. I must remember to write that aquatic when the court is ended (laughter). Picking up his paper the Recorder said “I think we have heard sufficient. This is a warning that Everton and Blackburn must take to heart there must be vast improvement. If their prestige is to be continued. I have been very tenant this time. Both teams will be found over to improve their football and to come up for judgement when called upon. The exonerated without a stain upon their football character. Wainwright (goal scorer),Sagar, Fielding, the defence in general and Farrell (star raiding half back), Humphreys with Pryde, marks and Campbell, of Blackburn. A voice –what about a write for Habeas Corpus. Recorder –I –you are using fool language Mcllhatton to you; sir; Clear the court. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Watson (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Higgins, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Blackburn Rovers; Marks, goal; Tomlinson and Bell, backs; Whiteside, Pryde (captain), and Cook, half-backs; Campbell, Baldwin, Smith (J), Rogers and Langton, forwards. Referee; Mr. E. Plinston (Warrington).
• Burscough 3, Everton “A” 1
• Liverpool lost 3-1 at Chelsea. Balmer and Lawton (2), Goulden for Chelsea
PENICILIIN HELPED FARRELL
January 6, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Notes (Don Kendall)
Peter Farrell, Everton’s Irish international half-back, was one of the heroes of Everton’s latest success, which gave them seven points out of the last 10 on a day which was to Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly a flashback to wartime days. At eleven o’clock in the morning Mr. Kelly had so many injured players and uncertainties that he could not decide on either his first or second teams, but as in the war days, when such circumstances were common, everything turned out all right. Farrell received such a severe knock on the law in the Villa match that a fracture was suspected. On Saturday morning Peter was thought to be unable to play, but he was given penicillin treatment, which was carried on through the game against Blackburn Rovers with the aid of tablets which he held in his mouth, between gum and cheek. Farrell apparently, was one of the outstanding stars of this victory. Not until Farrell assured Mr. Kelly that he would play was Mr. Kelly able to dispatch his reserve team to Blackpool after having called upon lads who had no thought of travelling. Even then Mr. Kelly, had to keep back Higgins, Eglington and Davies because of injuries to Dodds, Jones, Greenhalgh, Boyes and the Farrell doubt. It was a worrying time but it all worked out all right in the end, for Everton’s 1-0 win further emphasised that the luck of the Blues had changed for the better. More cheerful news from Goodison is that Johnny Mcllhatton, the Scottish outside right, will be going on to full-time training within a few days. Lack of training has been a severe handicap on a player who will soon give his critics the lie, just as did Jack Balmer.
Saturday was an especially happy day for one Everton player –Gordon Watson. For the first time since he came to Goodison, Gordon captained the League team. And the Blues. Watson was too, I am assured one of the stars of the day. Here is what Radar writes on this win gained by Wainwright’s lone but excellent goal; “To gain full points without Jones, Dodds and Greenhalgh was a splendid performance, but I must say that Everton gave everyone more than their share of “jumps” before they came through on the right side. It was a game in which both attacks might have had a crop of goals against unstable defences. Despite a typically wholehearted 90 minutes display by Jack Humphreys. Everton acutely missed the sheet-anchor that is Tom Jones. Early on the defence persisted in perilous close-passing tactics –they come off when Jones is there –and a more thrustful side than Rovers would have taken advantage. Saunders’ asset was the manner of his covering and the way he came through with the quick tackle, but Watson was the more reliable back. Farrell, again proved what a great acquisition he is –in defence unshakable; in attack always constructive and eager to sweep through for a shot. Only a master save by marks robbed Farrell of a goal. With Wainwright and Fielding constantly leaving the Rovers’ defence standing –one with dazzling breaks throng and the other by tricky footwork and perfect cross-field passes – Everton should have had more than one goal. Wainwright and Fielding realised that Pryde’s attentions had to be drawn from the lighter Higgins and so directed their services to the wings. At the same time I would countenance Fielding to more often follow up the attacks he creates, for Higgins often was left alone to deal with centres. Higgins deserves special mention for his never-say-die spirit. “Neither of the wingers, Mcllhatton and Eglington had a happy day. Mcllhatton played well in approach, yet always failed at the crucial moment and Eglington should have taken greater advantage of debutant Tomlinson’s lack of experience. Bentham had another fine day –he always does –and I cannot praise the work of Sagar better than by saying this was the Sagar of pre-war days.”
At Goodison we find that Everton have quite a list of causalities, but the outlook for the tie with Southend United is pretty bright. Here is the list of injured; Norman Greenhalgh (injured ankle, and cut eye). Tommy Jones (injured ankle), Jack Dodds (strained muscle), Farrell (Injured jaw), Catterick (broken arm, which will keep him out for another four weeks), Boyes (injured knee). Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly says that Dodds is certain to be fit and that Jones and Farrell will be able to play. Good, I do not think the Everton directors will take long to settle their team after –beating Mr. Kelly’s report and but for my intercut dislike of interfering with team selections. I think I could name the side. However, we will be content to wait. Tickets for the match are going well, and there are still plenty available. Further supplies will be provided as the demand requires.
January 7, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall).
Everton will wear white Jerseys and black knickers, which were wore when beating Manchester City 3-0 in the 1933 F.A Cup Final at Wembley when they face Southend United at Goodison Park on Saturday in the third round of the Cup. Southend, as I announced some time ago, will wear Aston Villa’s jerseys. Everton’s players braved the snow at Goodison Park, and even coach Jock Thomson joined in a few sprint’s around the ground. Southend like Walsall are doing their training at home and are fortunate to being able to field a full team. Southend Utd; Hanker; Linton, Walton; Harris, Jackson, Montgonery; Sibley, Smirk, Thompson, Bennett, Lane. Southend travel to Liverpool on Thursday led by the captain, Bob Jackson, who with Thompson and Smirk spent part of the war as prisoner of war. Thompson is the former skipper of the Southend schoolboys team and is an exceptionally good centre forward, while Southend have the utmost faith in the potency of the Sibley-Smirk wing. Arsenal are interested in Thompson. Montogomery, the centre half is the former Hull City player and cost United their highest fee. I am told that Linton the Scot, is one of the finest young backs in the Southern Section.
BIG WEMBLEY TREK STARTS TOMORROW
January 10, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Note (Don Kendall)
Secretary-Manager Mr. Theo Kelly anticipates a 50,000 gate at Goodison Park to welcome the “Shrimpers” who have been training on oysters and who represent Southern Section football at its best, for the United are well up the table. There has been a good demand for stands swats, but sections not booked will be available to spectators and they can be secured at the turnstiles for 2s 6d –at the south-end of Goodison road stand and the old goal double decker. Turnstiles will be opened shortly after one o’clock and I make the usual appeal to come early and tender correct money, so that all can be comfortably housed to see Everton’s first clash with a Southern Section club since the visit of Bournemouth in 1939. Only one club from the Southern Section has ever beaten the Blues. That was Brighton. The game should be dominated by the Everton half-backs, and if Fielding adopts the role of forager-in-chief as I anticipate I expect to find Wainwright and Dodds, well among the goals in an intriguing match to which some Southend supporters are flying. The only doubt so far as Everton’s Cup line-up is concerned is whether Tom Jones will be fit. A final decision will not be made until tomorrow. If Jones is not available, his place will be taken by Humphreys. Otherwise the team will be at full strength, but Greenhalgh and Dodds having recoved from minor injuries. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones of Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington. Southend Utd; Hankey; Linton, Walton; Harris, Jackson, Montgomery; Sibley, Smith, Thompson, Bennett, Lane.
SOUTHEND UNITED’S BELIEF
January 11, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
Southend come to Goodison with great belief in themselves and little belief in what they have seen of Everton in League football. Granted, Southend have much in their favour in being drawn against one of the weakest Everton sides in recent years, but they may find the enormity of Goodison, and a capacity crowd, a little disturbing. Good judges suggest that this will be worth a goal to Everton. For an unaccountable reason, I fear that Everton will have to flight very hard. Division 3 South standard is better than in the Northern counterpart and with nothing to lose, Southend may shock us.
Southend United finished their training yesterday morning, when they went by motor-coach to New Brighton, and had a brisk walk along the sea-front. Last evening they visited the pantomime at the Empire Theatre and some special gags were introduced for their benefit. Said Jimmy O’Dea; “The United have a Bomber Harris and a Montgomery in their team, but their fancy their chances even though they haven’t got Eisenhower.” Mr. Harry Warren, the manager of the United, said; “There are some very good footballing sides in the Third Division (South) in-which we hold a good position. We shall do our best to maintain our reputation and the reputation of the division.” Jackson, captain of the side, remarked; “It is do or die. Our boys are confident, and we will do our best. The teams are; Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones of Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington. Southend Utd; Hankey; Linton, Walton; Harris, Jackson, Montgomery; Sibley, Smith, Thompson, Bennett, Lane.
EVERTON ARE THROUGH
January 11, 1947. The Evening Express
Rapid-Fire Goals at Goodison Park
Everton Win 4-2 After Brave Southend Fight
Southend put up a brave show and had they been able to make better use of their chances during their after the interval period of superiority, Everton’s victory margin would not have been so clear cut. It was always a stern struggle, although Everton’s class told in the later stages when Wainwright and Fielding produced some brilliant football. All praise must go to Southend who battled on bravely right to the end without being able to really trouble Sagar once. The return of Tom Jones strengthened the Everton defence. Watching the game was Mrs Cunningham of Shamrock Rovers, the Irish League club. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Jones and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Southend United; Hankey, goal; Linton and Walton, backs; Harris, Jackson (captain) and Montgomery, half-backs; Sibley, Smirke, Thompson, Bennett and Lane, forwards. Referee, Mr. F.S. Milner (Wolverhampton). There was an early thrill after Saunders had cleared from Lane when Jock Dodds placed a perfect up-the-middle pass to Mcllhatton who had moved into the centre. Linton got there first, but as he was challenged by Mcllhatton he tried to pass back to his goalkeeper only to force the ball for a corner. From this, Dodds headed narrowly wide of the left-hand upright. Everton kept it up and Wainwright dispossessed Hankey to scramble the ball over the line and Referee Milner to award a foul against Wainwright. Southend showed that they could be dangerous when Jackson fed Smirk, who pushed the ball across the face of the Everton goalmouth with Thompson in close attendance. The Southend leader, however, was just unable to connect. Everton were on their toes, and Dodds and Mcllhatton effectively for Mcllhatton to place an accurate centre to which Wainwright dashed in and headed only inches wide. There was no lack of punch about the game as far and a 40-yard Wainwright drive flashed inches wide of the far post. Then Sibley caused Sagar to fumble a deceptive centre-cum-shot, and the Everton goalkeeper was charged behind for a corner. Sagar, however, caught this in great style.
Wainwright Hits Bar
Both goals were visited rapidly and Southend had a remarkable escape when Wainwright let fly from 30 yards the ball cracking against the bar with Hankey beaten. Then Dodds brought Hankey to his knees with a low drive from far out. Everton kept up the pressure and when Fielding was uprooted as he moved up the middle, Tom Jones came up to take one of his “specials”. There was power and accuracy behind Jones’ shot, but he found Hankey taking the ball with the utmost confidence. Southend were showing up well when they got away, their forwards moving with speed and cleverness, yet over anxiety caused them to spoil much of their excellent approach work. After Eglington had shot into the side netting from Fielding’s pass, Southend were awarded a free kick well outside the Everton area for a foul by Greenhalgh. Greenhalgh redeemed himself by heading Thompson’s powerful drive clear. The Southend rearguard had been in great form so far with Jackson keeping a strict watch on Dodds but the United goal fell in the 29th minute when Wainwright forced a corner off Walton. Dodds leapt high to Mcllhatton’s kick but missed the ball altogether. Fortunately for Everton, however, Jones had come upfield and whipped the ball into the net like lightning, Hankey having no chance.
Two Quick Goals
Within two minutes Southend had drawn level. Sibley made ground and crossed an accurate centre which caught the Everton defence in two mind and Thompson was on hand to scramble the ball into the net close to the inside-hand post. Sensation followed sensation, for in less than another 60 sections Everton had regained their lead, Mcllhatton being the scorer. Hankey miss-handed Mcllhatton’s intended centre and with Dodds in close attendance, the ball dropped over the line. Thus three goals in less than three minutes spell, had aroused the crowd to a great pitch of excitement. Everton continued to keep the Southend defence at full stretch and Fielding gave Hanley a testing moment with a cross shot from 18 yards. The Southend goalkeeper was not to be caught napping a second time. Then Southend set up an all-out siege which had the Everton defence at times in a state bordering almost on panic. At the same time the Southend attack was not able to beat Sagar with anything approaching a goal worthy shot. This was real cup-tie stuff for Southend were relentless in their tackling and were giving Everton no time to settle down to play pretty-pretty stuff.
Half-time; Everton 2, Southend United 1
Southend were first away on resuming, and Thompson had a chance of which he might have taken better advantage for he screwed his shot wide of the Everton goal. A Jones slip gave Lane a glorious chance of levelling matters. He, however, missed his kick completely. Then Sagar had difficulty with a Lane corner. Being unable to gain complete possession, he was able, however, to dive on the ball to foil Thompson and company. Everton continued to find the Southend half-backs tackling with tenacity and speed. Montgomery worked his way through and tried a long range shot which was well off the target. Everton should have put the game in safe keeping when Fielding’s spade work put Dodds in possession. Dodds worked his way to the goal line and pushed a short ball to Eglington standing 10 yards from the goal. Eglington however, shot straight at Hankey, a bad miss.
Wainwright had the crowd roaring with a clever dribble. He forced himself into a difficult shooting position and Hankey had his ground shot well covered. Then Hankey was called upon to dive outwards to prevent Mcllhatton’s square pass reaching the waiting Eglington. In the 64th minute Everton’s persistent pressure brought further reward. A Wainwright-Mcllhatton duel ending with Wainwright giving Hankey no chance from close range. Everton almost made it four when Dodds closed in to an Eglington through pass. Southend were now a tired team, and Everton put the issue beyond doubt in the 67th when Fielding combined neatly with Wainwright, moving into position for the return pass and steering the ball into the net. It was now all Everton and Hankey was applauded for a brilliant save from a scorching 40 yard drive by Wainwright. Southend end found new energy and they had the Everton defence spread-eagled again in the 85th minute when Bennett reduced Everton’s lead, shooting into the net with Sagar out of goal. Official attendance 50,124. Final; Everton 4, Southend United 2.
• Aston Villa Reserves 0, Everton Reserves 1
NEW AND REFRESHING EVERTON
January 13, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Ernest Edwards (Bee)
Everton 4, Southend United 2 (Attendance 51,000)
Welcome to the new Everton, who disposed of Southend United’s captivating and alluringly-stylish side. The winners virility and hostility refreshed all who desire to see Everton in good shape without sacrificing style and potency. This Cup-tie well handled by the officials, had but one stoppage – a Wainwright injury –was without debate, was clean and of high standard. Southend never ceased battling and their wingers were very dangerous. Sibley was their most effective winger and Montgomery their best half-back. Yet it was Mcllhatton best display since he left Albion Rovers, which does not tally with Montgomery’s success. Mcllhatton had concern with the goals and his interchange of position to centre forward when Dodds went a-winning was a especially praiseworthy notion and led him to his first goal for his club. He opened with fervour and feint and centre quite foreign to his work in recent weeks. His method of tip-and-run beyond a defender succeeded in most instances. As a critic (not to be continued with a supporter of any club as my task is to serve the public) it is my pleasure to put on record the winger’s display and his forging ahead. He was one of an eleven that revelled in the softish turf.
Hardly A Fault
There was hardly a fault, except to goal, where there was a tendency to mishandling. Jones risked all and many feared delayed action might bring a goal against him at a most inconvenient moment. Against that hold off one has to put in the scales of justice the numberless times Jones trapped the ball with consummate art, and surely, also his nonchalant passing, to an unmarked comrade and a run in which he took the ball through as through it were tied to his boot. Jones caught a strong challenge on route from three men, plus a testy charge –yet he carried on with his mission, undaunted and unbeaten. This was the outstanding run of the match –a streak of genius, which came upon the dull world t the moment sunshine streaked through to light this unusual cup game. Jones not only did his pivotal work; he sauntered up to engage with corner kicks and no one can overestimate the value of his appearance in Southend’s goalmouth when he took the first goal (three registered in two minutes) by a foot not a header. Thompson equalised and a corner kick led to Mcllhatton’s leading point. In the second half the best goals were scored by the best forward Wainwright (of the striding and progressive runs, and Fielding (of the mincing step and pirouetting manner). I name Bentham, too, for a dogged display. Goalkeeper Hankey was particularly busy and good, he like Linton and Montgomery, is a Powderhall Handicap winner. Six goals in a clean issue looked odd without a goal to the buoyant Dodds, who was limping late on. Dodds basked in the reflection that he had set Everton slight in the vital opening stanza. So my concluding note is. Salute a new Everton. May they continue where they left off. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Jones and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Southend United; Hankey, goal; Linton and Walton, backs; Harris, Jackson (captain) and Montgomery, half-backs; Sibley, Smirke, Thompson, Bennett and Lane, forwards. Referee, Mr. F.S. Milner (Wolverhampton).
• Liverpool beat 5-2 against Walsall. Done, Liddell, and Balmer (2) and , Kelly, Wilshaw for Walsall
January 13, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
There is no player on Merseyside more anxious to score a goal than Johnny Mcllhatton, Everton’s Scottish outside-right, but “Mac” does not want credit for a goal he has not scored. Hence the instant approach by Mcllhatton to Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly on Saturday to have corrected the impression that he had secured the Blues second goal against Southend, Mcllhatton has played 18 games this season, and one last, and still avails his first goal, but it will come soon. It was Wainwright who got this vital point, ramming home Mcllhatton’s centre so you had better put your record books right. Everton’s win must have been pretty convincing following a much-improved display anyway, here is what colleague Radar has to say about it; “Everton were in more penetrative mood than I have seen them at any time this season. Much of the United’s work was superior to that produced by more than one First Division club it has been my lot to see. So the Blues an take every credit for a clear-cut victory which could easily have been more pronounced. Wainwright –in great form –was luckless with his shooting while I though Everton might have had at least one penalty in the second half. Mcllhatton gave one of his brightest displays since-coming here, and frequently had the Southend defence bewildered by his cute inter-change of position with the hard-working Dodds who was shadowed throughout by Jackson. What pleased me most about the Everton display was the readiness to have a go’ whenever the half-chance presented itself. Fielding, for example in addition to playing the prime role as creator followed up far more often than is his normal custom, and this brought him a goal while he was unlucky with at least two powerful drives. Eglington while the quietest of the five did much useful work although he did miss one open goal. “With Jones always the centrepiece, the Everton middle-line was a dominant factor. Jones, Farrell, and Bentham excelled in defence, and always found time to push the ball through to the best advantage of their forwards. Farrell especially had a great match. Greenhalgh found Sibley a difficult customer to handle in the first half when the Southend forwards were a point proposition but inspired greater confidence than Saunders, who has had not reached his best form since his injury. Sagar was cool and masterful in everything he did. A word of praise for the “go down fighting” spirit of Southend.
January 14, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
There will be an interesting cup-tie at Goodison Park tomorrow at 2.30pm, when Everton “A” meet Prescot Cables in the third round of the Liverpool F.A Challenge Cup, for the right to join Newton Y.M.C.A. Prescot play in the Lancashire Combination, and have a pretty useful team, while the Everton supporters will have a rare opportunity of seeing some of the Goodison stars of the future – the lads in whom I always take the keenest interest. Several players with first team experience get a run with the Blues –Higgins, Elliott, Fairfoul, Dugdale, and Hedley, for instance –so it hould be pretty good fare. Everton “A”; Lovatt; Hedley, Dugdale; Miller, Falder, Fairfoul; Elliott, Simmons, Higgins, McPeake, Davies.
January 17, 1947. Lancashire Evening Post
Sportsman, Business Chief, and Magistrate
One of the oldest and best known chartered accountants in the North of England, Mr. R. E. Smalley, of St. Kilda, Garstang-road, Preston, who became the senior partner of a firm he entered as an once boy, died at his home last night, after a brief illness. Mr. Smalley's death means that the firm of Moore and Smalley, chartered accountants of Chapel-street, Preston, of which he was the head, has lost two senior partners within three weeks. The eldest of Mr. Smalley's three associates, Mr. T.H. Bailey, died on January 1 st . Mr. Smalley, who was 79, was a native of Darwen, and began his business career 66 years ago, when he became an office boy for the late Mr. W.F. Moore. Later, he became Mr. Moore's partner, and after Mr. Moore's death he took into partnership the late Mr. Hugh Southworth, who died in 1943, and late Mr. T. H. Bailey. The surviving partners are Mr. John Donaldson, and Mr. Stanley T. Maxwell. Besides being professional auditors for Chorley Corporation, and joint auditors for Preston Corporation, Mr. Smalley's firm have audited the book of many local cotton companies and clubs. For over 50 years Mr. Smalley was auditor for Preston Co-operative Society.
A keen and active sportsman in his youth, Mr. Smalley maintained an interest in cycling, football, cricket and bowling throughout his life. He was one of the oldest members of Preston Cycling Club. A former director and keen supporter of North End, he once played as goalkeeper for Everton and had the rare distinction of having played for and against the “Old Invincibles.” He was president of the Preston and District Cricket League, a past president of Ashton Bowling Club, and a member of Fulwood Bowling Club. He led a most active life, and had a wide range of interests. He was a past president of the Preston Rotary Club. Preston Reform Club and the Preston and District Chartered Accountant Students' Society. He was also a past chairman of Preston and District Chamber of Commerce, and a trustee for many years of Shepherd-street Mission of which his former partner the late Mr. Southworth was treasurer for nearly 40 years.
Mr. Smalley was also a borough magistrate, and was the oldest Past Master of Unanimity Lodge of Freemasons. He was a director of several local firms, and a member of the North Lancashire Textile Employers' Association. One of the most widely travelled men in the Preston district, Mr. Smalley had travelled extensively on business and on holidays in Europe, Japan, Mexico, West Indies and Egypt. While in Japan he made a study of the cotton industry there and afterwards gave many lectures on the subject in the days when Far Eastern competition was one of Lancashire's chief problems. He leaves a widow, Mrs. Edith R. Smalley.
BLUES SECOND DOUBLE
January 17, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Both Everton and Portsmouth can make good use of the points at stake in the south, and Pompey far more so than the Blues whose revival dating from Christmas Day has lifted them away from the immediate danger zone. As a matter of fact a win tomorrow will place the Blues in the top half of the table. Everton will face a desperate Portsmouth in a match which to all intents and purposes is worth four points to the winners for Secretary-Manager Jack Tinn’s lads are having a pretty tough time and are only three points in front of the bottom club. Fratton has proved a pretty lucky ground for Everton for in 11 visits they have secured 11 points. If the fifty-fifty basis is maintained tomorrow all will be satisfied for a draw away in these desperate days is an achievement, believe me. George Burnett, comes back into the Blues goal because of the indisposition of Sagar but otherwise the winning cup team takes the field. Everton; Burnett; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Tommy Jones, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington.
EVERTON COMPLETELY OUTSHINE PORTSMOUTH
January 18, 1947. The Evening Express
Blues Beaten in late Rally
Everton dumb-founded Portsmouth at Flatton-Park, today by the speed and accurately of their brilliant combined football and individual artistry. This was the liveliest Everton as seen for months, and but for strong defence they must have been well ahead after dominating matters throughout the first half. As it was, they took the lead immediately on resuming, when Ferrier could do nothing to prevent Eglington’s centre from entering the net off his chest. Everton were without the services of Jock Dodd’s the international centre forward, who is suffering from a muscle injury in the right leg. Portsmouth had no counter for the brilliance of Wainwright and Fielding, while Farrell was easily the outstanding player of a grand, purposeful Everton. Higgins deputised. Wainwright injured an ankle playing in an Army match on Wednesday, but passed a morning fitness test. Burnett was in goal in place of Sagar, off with influenza. Butler former Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper, appeared for Portsmouth. Portsmouth; Butler, goal; Rookes and Ferrier, backs; Scoular, Flewin, and Dickinson, half-backs; Frogratt, Reid, Evans, Barlow, and Parker, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Jones and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Higgins, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. W.T. Strange (Bristol). Everton were almost a goal up in the first two minutes and certainly should have been a goal up in three minutes. It was a hectic start, for after Portsmouth’s opening raids had been cleverly baulked by cool, considered defence, Eglington cut inside to take over a pass from Fielding, and let go a brilliant right-foot shot, which dipped just as it neared goal, and Butler was lucky to flick it over the top. In Everton’s next raid, Fielding carved out a perfect opening for Eglington to run through in the centre forward position, but the ball seemed to run just a wee hit too fast, and when Eglington tried to glide it into the net the advantage Butler dived to make a magnificent full-length save.
Everton were much the more impressive side in the first 10 minutes and when Portsmouth threatened, Greenhalgh three times held up Froggatt cleverly, while Jones dominated the centre of the field. It was good football, played all along the ground, with Fielding the mainspring of most of the attacking. Portsmouth took a long time to get into their stride and when they did – thanks to the Reid –Froggatt wing – Froggatt crossed magnificently for the in-running Parker to head on to the top of the bar and the ball dropped over. Eglington and Mcllhatton had speculative shots outside before Evans broke through on his own, Burnett dashing out to dive at his feet and make an excellent save. Everton continued the more dangerous side, Butler being fortunate to flick the ball away from the head of Higgins, and when Fielding was going to shoot from the rebound Flewin managed to stick out a foot to divert the shot. Wainwright provided the big thrill of the match so far with a glorious dribble, running fully 40 yards and beating five men in the process, but Rookes managed to divert the final centre for a corner. From this, Mcllhatton dashed in with a flying header, which Butler managed to parry. Everton played magnificently football giving football Portsmouth lessons in speed to possession and to the quick use of the short ball. Evans broke away, but was held up by Jones and when Evans got through again Burnett dashed out to intercept and although the ball eluded his grasp, he dived back to make a splendid clearance. Farrell repeatedly got the better of the dangerous Reid and each of the Everton wingers responded magnificently to the subtle prompting of Wainwright and Fielding.
Treat to Watch
Everton were a treat to watch and the only shortcoming was lack of the final shot. Higgins kept moving to the wings, much to the consternation of Flewin and this brought three corners without a final effort producing a shot to trouble Butler. Mcllhatton cut inside and pushed the ball back to Wainwright to have a shot blocked, and then Mcllhatton himself let go a fierce right foot shot, which was only a foot wide. Everton should have been leading at the interval.
Half-time; Portsmouth 0, Everton 0
Everton were a goal up, and a goal rick! Deservedly within 10 minutes if resuming hen a five point attack saw Mcllhatton swung the ball far across to Eglington, whose fast centre eluded Flewin and Butler and struck Ferrier on the body, to roll over the line. Everton kept up the pressure, Wainwright and Higgins going close. After stern Everton pressure, Portsmouth staged a minor rally, in which Reid was twice all too slow taking snap shots, but Evans darted through only to fond Jones and Burnett beat him to it, and Parker’s first-timer found Burnett dead in position. Then Froggratt delighted the crowd by beating Greenhalgh in a tackle and bashing in a shot from a narrow angle, Burnett dived out, to turn it around the post. Mcllhatton cut through brilliantly time after time. Eglington flashed a show wide when perfectly placed. Higgins was giving Flewin no rest whatever. Portsmouth were fighting hard, but there was lack of confidence in front of goal. Parker went a –roaming in an effort to infuse life into Portsmouth, but it petered out.
Final; Portsmouth 2, Everton 1.
Everton Res v. Bury Reserves
On the resumption Everton raided the Bury quarters, Bradshaw bringing off good saves from Stevenson and Jackson. Play was transferred to the other end, Lovett the home keeper saving from Lindsay. Final; Everton Reserves 1, Bury Reserves 0.
Everton “A” v Skelmersdale
Tinsley put Skelmersdale one ahead after five minutes, and later scored gain from near the half-way line. H-T-Everton “A” 0, Skelmersdale 2.
SHAKY LAST 5 MINUTES COST THE GAME
January 20, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Portsmouth 2, Everton 1
Everton’s one shaky spell cost them the game. Up to then they had given a display of high-grade football which made “Pompey” look second-rate. The vital minutes were the last five, and Barlow not only scored Portsmouth’s two goals, but prevented a Wainwright equaliser two minutes from the end. That Everton should have caused Portsmouth to concede an own goal at eight-five minutes proves that the Merseyside were calling the tune, for had they not been attacking hard and strong Ferrier would have had no need to attempt to make a hurried clearance from Eglington’s centre. The need for playing the whistle was never more manifest than it was at Portsmouth. There seemed little like hood of a goal with only five minutes to play, for Portsmouth never suggested they would be any trouble to the Everton defence.
Chances in Plenty
Everton had chances galore to have made this game safe for themselves, but unfortunately there were few marksmen in the front rank. Eglington could have won the game twice, but it was left to Wainwright to prove the most troublesome member to Butler. But even the ex-Tranmere guest artist was hopelessly beaten when Wainwright hit one of his specials near the end and only Barlow’s head saved him. There was every promise of an Everton away victory, an uncommon thing these days, but when Barlow made his effort there was a strong appeal for offside against another player who was definitely interfering with the play by the fact that he was “calling” for the ball. All Everton stood still but Barlow strode on unmolested and had no difficulty in shooting beyond Butler. Portsmouth having tasted blood, set up an attack, the like of which they had rarely produced previously and another defensive slip saw Barlow score a second goal to capture these two most valuable points. Only for two short spells did “Pompey” threaten to damage the Everton goal, so well covered was Burnett, by his backs and half-backs. So it was all the more surprising that there should be openings left to Portsmouth which should never have arisen. Another defeated I look upon Everton’s prospects next Saturday brightly. Their one need will be to shoot hard and often. There was brightness about the forward line which has been there in few games and if the wingers will cut in goals should be the natural outcome, for in Fielding and Wainwright. Everton have two of the best inside forwards in the game. Portsmouth; Butler, goal; Rookes and Ferrier, backs; Scoular, Flewin, and Dickinson, half-backs; Frogratt, Reid, Evans, Barlow, and Parker, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Jones and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Higgins, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. W.T. Strange (Bristol).
At two o’clock yesterday morning queues began forming outside the Wednesday ground to obtain tickets for the Cup tie against Everton. At 8 a.m. two hours before selling began, there was a crowd of several thousand, and by noon the 50,000 tickets available had been sold. Everton took the remainder of the 62,250 for this all-ticket match, the attendance for which has been limited to 10,000 under record capacity.
• Duggie Livingtone, former Everton and Tranmere Rovers, full back has been appointed manager of Sheffield Wednesday. He is a qualified masscur, and has been trainer at Exeter City and Sheffield United since his playing days. Duggie, a Scot, has material to work on since Wednesday have a Cup chance, but he does not take over until United have played their cup-tie on Saturday. Billy Walker took Wednesday to a Cup success and in recent years the club has been managed by secretary-manager F.W. Taylor. (Leslie Edwards)
• Liverpool lost 3-0 to Bolton, Barrass, Lofthouse, and Moir for Bolton.
NO TURN YET
January 20, 1947. The Evening Express
There is still no turn in Everton’s run of ill-luck. Never was a team more deserving of a victory than were the Blues at Portsmouth whose sporting Chairman, Mr. Vernon Stokes, and genial Secretary-Manager Jack Tinn and said afterwards that their win though joyously welcome, was the luckiest they have had in years. It was Everton who played the good football; Everton who delighted the watchers with their amazing pace and skill; Everton who seemed to be so much the masters that a Portsmouth recovery seemed as distant as next Christmas. It appeared as if things were to run Everton’s way when Eglington centre went into the net off Ferrier’s body, but then came Barlow for his five minutes of glory. When Everton stopped to appeal for offside against Evans – and, in my opinion, a justifiable appeal – Barlow slipped through from behind, and no one went even to worry him so that he took an easy equaliser. Inside the minute Fielding and Jones hesitated in clearing, and Barlow had the ball in the net again. Thrust back on defence by the power of Everton’s fight back all Portsmouth crowded their penalty area and when Wainwright drove in a perfect shot for what I thought was the equaliser up bobbed Barlow from nowhere to head the ball behind. The choice Everton football should have produced a crop of goals before half-time. I doubt whether Portsmouth had more than 30 minutes of the game as an attacking force, and even when they did get going their shooting was poor. I would not describe the shooting of the Blues as poor, but rather luckless and a little too hasty. Eglington for instance had to think quickly on two notable occasions and his shot blazed wide. A little extra coolness and I am certain that in the second instance he would have “spoon-fed” Wainwright. Everton’s approach work was a source of sheer delight with the ball always on the ground and everything carried out at high speed. Yet such a super-abundance of building-up should have produced more conviction in front of goal. Butler was not kept busy enough. Fielding and Wainwright were delicate and delightful in their different ways of keeping the attack moving, but neither proved of sufficient goalmouth menace to Pompey. Mcllhatton had a good day in his building up and shot readily enough, but much too weakly, I wish too, that “Mac” had not been so unselfish when in the penalty area. Main Everton power was at half-back where Farrell stole the lime-light from everyone with magnificent defensive covering, control and propulsion; where Bentham kept Barlow out of the game until that storming finish; and Jones had Evans scratching for openings. Saunders and Greenhalgh kept the Portsmouth wingers out of the game in the first half but fell away as time moved on, but Burnett had a great come-back making nit the slightest error. Higgins worked like a terrier and always had Flewin worried. I admired the spirit and manner in which Everton always beat Portsmouth to possession; the willingness to challenge for every ball –except that vital first goal occasion –and the manner in which they lasted the hectic pace they themselves had set. Yes, an encouraging exhibition and if Everton keep it up they will win the points sufficient to place them high and dry. This class of football and better finishing will bring reward. It was grand getting back to Portsmouth again after eight years to meet and greet again so many good folk.
January 21, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Notes (Don Kendall)
Everton and Sheffield Wednesday will wear their usual club colours for Saturday’s F.A. cup-tie at Hillsborough. The F.A. has approved of the action. While Everton wear blue jerseys and the Wednesday blue and white stripes or hoops, Everton have white knickers and Wednesday dark blue, so that there will be no clashing of colours.
5,000 WILL CHEER EVERTON ON
January 23, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
On Saturday morning Everton will be followed to Hillsborough by about 5000 Merseyside enthusiasts. Tickets are at a premium in Sheffield. There are many disappointed fans, who feel it all the more because Hillsborough has housed more than 70,000. However, the club and police deemed it advisable to keep the attendance to that which attended last season’s semi-final there between Derby County and Birmingham City. Wednesday have been doing all their training at home, and Trainer Sam Powell says that all the players are in good condition. Sam’s only worries have been the bruises received in last Saturday’s League game. The opinion in Sheffield is that Wednesday having defeated Blackpool, can overcome Everton despite the return of Jock Dodds.
An Everton “If”
Should Everton draw Saturday’s F.A. Cup-tie with Sheffield Wednesday the team will leave Liverpool on Monday to stay at Jock Dodds Blackpool hotel until Wednesday morning.
January 24, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
I feel certain that Sheffield will apply shock tactics in the hope of shattering Everton confidence with an early goal. That is how Wednesday smashed through to victory against Blackpool, but if Everton can resist successfully the “Yorkshiremen” in the opening 30 minutes than I think the Blues will take another step towards Wembley. This is a stern test especially for a team which has had only two away wins this season, but Everton are improving in their approach week after week, and only more conviction in finishing is needed. Dodds may bring that while Jackson’s experience in defence should be invariable. One word to the winger ...for goodness sake “have a go” whenever you see the “whites” of the goalmouth. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Tommy Jones, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington.
‘BLUES’ FANS BEGIN ‘INVASION’
January 24, 1947. The Evening Express
Coaches Snapped up for Sheffield Tie
Merseysides Cup-tie “invasion” of Sheffield began today, when the “advance guard” of more than 5000 ardent Everton supporters made certain, at least, of getting to the Yorkshire steel town in time for the kick-off. Those who were fortunate enough to have the day off from business – a small proportion –left Liverpool by road and rail in the hope of finding overnight accommodation in Sheffield. Inquiries today, at leading city motor-coach operators revealed that the rush to book transport to Sheffield tomorrow had been so great that all available accommodation had been snapped up. One firm told the Evening Express it was sending 15 coaches with about 500 supporters. The 75 mile journey takes about three hours by road. Taxis and private hire cars have also been pressed into service, and it is expected that the total road contingent will be in the neighbourhood of 2000. Railways will also take their full quota, but no extra trains will operate. At Central Station, Liverpool, today, an Evening Express reporter was informed that the four early trains –at 7.30 am, 8.30 am, 9.30 am, and 10,30 am, -cannot cope with more than 1,500 passengers in addition to the normal travelling public. The 9.30 is the only through train to Sheffield. A relief train is being run at 9.25 am, but only as far as Manchester.
January 25, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
Among Evertonians there is belief that the side can at least draw at Sheffield. Indeed, many are concerned, at the moment, with having their names put forward for replay tickets. Failing that and in the event of Liverpool not having a replay, there will still be a Goodison fixture on Wednesday, the return engagement between the City seniors. Sheffield Wednesday and their opponents today are oldest of all Cup rivals. With Dodds and Sagar returned. Everton are at top strength, and the danger red of Wednesday’s victory against Blackpool was converted to an almost innocuous pink when the Yorkshire club lost its next home fixture. Nevertheless it would be a happy Everton party which would return the certainty of being in the next round, of even with a replay chance. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Tommy Jones, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington. Sheffield Wednesday;- Smith; Westlake, Swift; Cockroff, Gale, Logan; Thompson, Hunt, Dalley, Froggatt, Tomlinson.
Blow to Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday received a severe set-back to their cup optimism last night when both their regular wingers, Fox and Slynn, were declared unfit for the tie against Everton. There were hopes on Thursday that they would turn out. Their deputise will be Ronald Thompson, who will be making his initial appearance this season for the first team, and Tomlinson. The latter has had plenty of League experience. The Hillsboro ground is covered by snow.
TEN MINUTES DASH TOLD
January 27, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton’s Partial Recovery
Sheffield Wednesday 2, Everton 1
Ten minutes after the start of their Cup game at Hillsboro’ the Wednesday had virtually knocked Everton out of the cup, for the two goals they scored during that period gave the Sheffielders the necessary confidence. During those ten hectic minutes Everton were at their worst. They could not hold rampant Wednesday, for there was no steadying influence in defence against Wednesday’s shock tactics. Froggatt’s header passed over Sagar’s upstretched hands for the first goal, and Tomlinson got his after Sagar had parried his first effort, only to direct it back to the left winger, who cracked it back into the net. Those were moments that sent the Wednesday followers almost into hysteria and Everton’s into despair.
Speed to the Ball
Gradually Everton got organised but Wednesday were still the dominant party. Their speed to the ball; their wisdom in the long pass, and their tenacity in defence was ahead of anything Everton had to show. Nevertheless there was still time for Everton to settle down and when Wainwright scored at 25 minutes Wednesday were not the happy side they had been. Everton’s main fault was that they tried to play the traditional Everton football on the snow-covered ground. Their short passes did not arrive at the point designated. Shots by Dodds and Eglington, and Wainwright’s goal was the sum total of Everton’s efforts. Far from going all out in defence Wednesday sought more goals and, but for Sagar, would have had them.
On the other hand, Smith should have been beaten by Dodds. Mcllhatton and Wainwright but all were off the mark. To have no desire to take away credit from Wednesday, for they were worthy their win, yet they could have been beaten had Everton been up and doing. I expected the Wednesday to open like a whirlwind; they did so and swept the Everton defence before them like chaff in the wind. Tomlinson a reserve winger was made to look extremely good. He and Frogatt were menaces to Everton and Hunt, despite his length of service in the game, is still a great tactician. The attendance was 62,250 (receipts £6,250). Sheffield Wednesday ; Smith, goal; Westlake and Swift, backs; Logan, Gale, and Cockcroft, half-backs; Thompson, Hunt, Bailey, Frogatt, and Tomlinson, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.T. Pegellas (Birmingham).
• Liverpool “A” 2, Everton “A” 0
• Liverpool beat Grimsby 2-0, Stubbins, Done
EVERTON AT SHEFFIELD
January 27, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton’s 2-1 exit at Hillsborough. It was not so much the defeat as the manner of the defeat which proved such a disappointment. Believe me, Everton were defeated by an extremely poor side. Yet Everton sank well below the level of the opposition, and on this showing are not good enough. It is useless shutting our eyes to things which stand out in bold relief. Cup defeat is not a blessing so that Everton can concentrate on the League. In fact, I thought a good Cup run would give the side the confidence which is lacking. Maybe the Blues will prove me wrong, but on Saturday’s showing I cannot put them in Wednesday’s “Derby” with a real chance. The only excuse I can make for Everton is that there was no Tommy Jones to hold the defence together, hard at Humphreys tried. The real value of Jones can be fully appreciated when he is not there. The defence was riddled and rattled without that Jonesian influence and had it not been for a great display by Sagar and the grim defence of Greenhalgh late on, Wednesday would have got more goals. Wednesday were the better side on the day because they swung the ball about, whereas Everton kept it all too close in the snow, but I have not seen two weaker teams in opposition this season. It needed only one inspired moment such as Hunt gave the Wednesday to reduce Sheffield to a beaten side, but there was nothing approaching inspiration in this Everton in a game which was to all intents and purposes offered to them “decorated with parsley”. In the closing minutes when Wednesday were shooting, it anywhere the Blues were guilty of tragic lapses for first Mcllahtton shot over with only Smith to beat when hooting over seemed the hardest thing to do. Then Wainwright from his favour position just inside the penalty area blazed wide. Dodds made one good shot early on, but that was about all for all his back-heeling and trickery failed to shake Gale. Dodds should have had two-goals, but he was tantalisingly slow in moving. Fielding had a bright opening, but faded out as soon as Wainwright had reduced the lead, and failed to exploit the dangerous Eglington sufficiently in the second half. Eglington did some fine work in a direct way and would at least “hit em.” Credit to Mcllhatton for trying so desperately to bewilder the defence by roving about, but his finishing lacked conviction, and Wainwright was left as the only real danger to Wednesday supremacy. Yet, Wainwright never struck his real game and I would have preferred to see him become the spearhead which the line lacked. There was fine work by Bentham and Farrell all through and I absolve them from blame, but Jackson failed in his comeback. If Everton had a plan for victory we saw no evidence of it; in fact it was a disheartening show leaving the impression that there is much hard work and improved football needed. Of Wednesday? A team little better than their Second Division position shows.
‘DERBY,’ CUP THRILLS
January 28, 1947. The Evening Express
Football transforms tomorrow into a miniature Saturday. In an intriguing “card,” we have second of the Merseyside Football League “Derby” games. The Goodison Park battle is a vital one in the affairs of Everton, who must retain an home points, if they are to avoid the danger positions again. A local “Derby” always proves a great occasion and I can picture at least 50,000 mid-week enthusiast’s rolling along to see the Blues strike for safely against one of the finest teams I have seen this season. With Liverpool only six points behind League leaders, Wolves it cannot be said that they have no chance of the championship, but the main concern of the Reds is the Cup, and while I must on form, fancy Liverpool to win tomorrow, one almost hopes for an Everton satisfy everyone. Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly is not able to give any definite team news at the moment. “Everyone seems to be all right at the moment.” Said Mr. Kelly. “Jones and Dodds may be fit, but I do not anticipate any team difficulties, although there may be changes. One highly important item of news from Goodison is that Harry Catterick, the free-scoring forward, who has broken an arm twice this season, will be playing again in a fortnight. In my opinion the loss of Catterick for so long, is the worst stroke of luck Everton have had this season. Flashback to the Sheffield cup-tie is that Wally Fielding remembers nothing of what happened during the second half. Fielding received a heavy knock on the forehead early in the half and was dazed for the remainder of the game. Flash forward tomorrow’s game must produce more conviction in finishing from Everton if they are to upset the Reds. Liverpool cannot be faulted in any position of department except that in recent games their finishing has not been what it was. Of course, it would be entirely in keeping with local “Derby” games were Everton, the outsiders to win. The Blues managed to gain a point a Anfield per a goalless drew when everyone expected them to be thrashed. The composition of the sides if not yet known, but neither club has serious injury worries. This will be the 77th “Derby” and so far Everton have won 34, Liverpool 24, leaving 19 drawn. Of the 38 played at Goodison Park, Everton claim 18 wins, Liverpool 11, leaving nine draws.
EVERTON V LIVERPOOL
January 28, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
Tomorrow’s rearranged League match at Goodison Park is of great importance to both Everton and Liverpool. Everton can afford no indulgences, and if they are to regain the opportunity of making a Championship challenge Liverpool must win against their neighbours and then at Leeds. I suppose it is inevitable that Everton will have at least one change. Liverpool, whose doubtful are not seriously injured, choose their side this evening. Had both clubs remained in the F.A. Cup interest in this meeting of rivals would have been far greater. But there will still be a gate in the neighbourhood of 40,000.
• Leeds United, say a report from Yorkshire are negotiating with Everton for the transfer of Walter Boyes, a former England outside left. A meeting of the Everton directors tales place this evening, when the offer will be discussed. Boyes played against Wales in 1939.
THE GOODISON MATCH
January 29, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
Though they may not have snow to contend with Liverpool and Everton teams will be playing on a pitch which, according to reports yesterday, was hard as a brick. The chances of injury and the obvious handicap that imposes, makes the game more open than usual. Both sides have good reason to want victory, and though it may be at safety-first pace, there will be no lack of stern effort. Subject to Ramsden, Balmer and Taylor recovering from knocks they received on Saturday, the Liverpool team will be without change. Included among those “wintering” at Birkdale are Fagan, Minshull and Harley. Everton’s team has several doubts, Sagar has a bruise, but is likely to appear, and it is not known yet whether Tom Jones will be able to resume at centre half. The club have considered Leeds United’s offer Wally Boyes, but have not come to a decision. Team v. Liverpool; (kick off 2.45) Sagar or Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones, or Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington.
EVERTON TAKE LEAD
January 29, 1947. The Evening Express
Well-Deserved Goal By Wainwright
Everton and Liverpool met for the return League Derby on a snow covered Goodison Park today, and the cold weather kept the attendance well down, as compared with our usual Saturday festivals. Neither Tommy Jones nor Jock Dodds were fit enough to play for the Blues, who made the highly interesting experiment of playing Eddie Wainwright, the young inside right, at centre forward. Stevenson came in at inside right, Ramsden was unable to play for Liverpool and Harley came into the team which arrived from Birkdale just before the game. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Liverpool;- Sidlow, goal; Harley and Lambert, backs; Taylor, Bill Jones, and Paisley, half-backs; Eastham, Balmer (captain), Stubbins, Done and Liddell, forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Denham (Preston). Everton took up the early running, but found the ball difficult to control on the curious going, with the frost-bound turf under the snow. Wainwright forced a corner, and then Sidlow dashed out to clear when Wainwright was bursting through. Everton continued their nippy and well considered attacks, and when Mcllhatton outwitted Lambert, he tried to find Stevenson with a short centre, but the ball travelled a little too fast. Bentham followed up well to crack a shot against an opponent. Then Humphreys twice was too fast for Stubbins and from Liverpool’s first corner Taylor shot outside.
Eglington contributed a fast run and, getting the luck of the break when challenged by Harley, got the ball along to Wainwright, whose splendid first-time shot on the run was well held by Sidlow. Everton had a penalty line free kick, but Harley jumped higher than anyone else to get the ball away. Everton had been much the more impressive side, but not Stubbins shot from the edge of the penalty area, the ball flashing over. The Liverpool goal was placed in jeopardy when Harley mis-kicked, and although the ball was worked across by Fielding and Wainwright to Mcllhatton, the Scot was unable to get in his centre and the attack petered out. Stevenson and Wainwright combined delightfully, and when Mcllhatton was put in possession Lambert came across with the winning tackle. A quick centre by Liddell gave Balmer a hard chance, and although he took it snappily the ball passed outside. Everton had a glorious chance of taking the lead after 25 minutes, Mcllhatton pushed the ball forward for Stevenson to race on and centre along the floor to the in-running Wainwright. Wainwright had to take it first time with his tight foot – the wrong foot in the circumstances – and the ball screwed outside, when Liverpool had only Sidlow in their defensive make-up. Mcllhatton proceeded to make his barrackers eat humble pie by some enterprising opening creating and now he paved the way for Fielding to flash through with a shot which Sidlow held well. Liverpool’s best raid so far particularly neat inter-passing on the right – ended when Balmer got into the way of Taylor, who was coming through with a full blooded shot. Liddell surprised Jackson by getting in a shot centre which Sagar pulled down magnificently, and Stubbins had a shot flashed back off an opponents. Jones twice managed to baulk Wainwright, and the Everton emergency leader was looming large as a potential scorer.
Reds On Defensive
Everton were completely in charge, their speed to the ball and more accurate use of it keeping Liverpool on the defensive for long periods. From Eglington’s centre the ball swept right across to Mcllhatton, whose legs went from under him just as he tried a first time shot. Then Farrell went through on his own, beating four men, brilliantly, and with Stevenson’s aid they opened the way only for Mcllhatton to shoot over. Liverpool shocked Everton with a sudden raid Done going through with a shot which Sagar did well to beat down and fall on before Done could recover. This had been a most encouraging display by Everton, and there is no doubt that they should have been at least two goals up. It was a case of Everton being able to do everything but get the ball into the net. Liverpool showed better form just before the interval, Sagar saving from Paisley and then doing splendidly to get down to a fierce hot from Liddell. Just on the interval, Sidlow dived full length to make a fine save off Stevenson, and so Everton went off without just reward for a fine first half display worth two goals.
Half-time; Everton 0, Liverpool 0.
Liverpool opened on a much brighter note, but failed to profit from a corner, and then Sidlow came out thoughtfully to hold up Wainwright while Harley showed that he has still got that Powderhall touch, when he outstripped Eglington, who was away in full cry. Everton should have taken the lead when Bentham and Mcllhatton out-stripped the Reds’ defence, but Stevenson forced to take the shot quickly, pulled it just past the far post. Liverpool were working the forward switch I suggested, Stubbins now being at inside-left with Done leading the attack. Sidlow made a fine one-handed save off Stevenson’s centre, and Everton forced two corners in succession, and from the second they gained deserved reward with a headed goal by Wainwright in 59 minutes. Fielding took the kick and curled the ball in accurately, and Wainwright, after apparently pushing Jones out of the way, headed into the roof of the net. Not even the most rabid Liverpool supporter could deny that Everton merited this leading goal, and the Blues celebrated their successive with some fierce attacks perfectly executed but which found Jones and company. Standing firm. Everton had a remarkable escape when paisley curled a free kick under the bar. Sagar beat the ball in as Done charged in, but it went to Eastham, who headed in quickly, but Sagar shot out a hand to make a magnificent save as Done collapsed on the floor. Sagar then saved a header from Stubbins to end Liverpool’s rally bid. Away came Everton, for Bentham to shoot outside. Another escape for Everton came from a Stubblins’ cross-shot which Sagar had covered, but which Jackson thought better to turn over the line for a corner. Stubbins had now resumed leadership, as Done went to the line for further attention. Done resumed at outside with Liddell inside. Everton were still playing brilliant football well within themselves and after a Mcllhatton centre had gone begging, Sidlow had to dart out to save a certainty from Eglington.
“DERBY” RESULT DID NOT MATTER
January 30, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
But Everton Deserved Their Victory
By Leslie Edwards
Everton 1 (Wainwright) Liverpool 0
Thirty-Five thousand people went to Goodison Park yesterday hoping to see football. The cold was arctic, the wind whistled through half-empty stands, and half-empty spectators, and everyone knew that expecting good football on a brick-hard ground covered by snow was crazy optimism...yet, astonishingly, this proved to be one of the most notable of Liverpool-Everton conflicts, beautifully played and handled, clean, never lacking in interest and generally measuring up to, if not beyond, standards produced with the ground in perfect conditions. That Everton won by Wainwright’s headed goal at fifty-nine minutes may have been a great joy to those who went to see that, and nothing more, to me it was merely one of a score of thrilling incidents in a fine match in which the professional footballer proved he could adapt himself to and overcome conditions providing they are anything less than impossible. Though Everton won, and deservedly, one cannot do other than name, Phil Taylor, as chief exponent of control in every facet of the half-back game. So much so that in his case one felt supernatural skill enabled him to play as though the pitch were gently yielding and devoid of mischief. His work cried out for the glory of a goal. That reward Sagar denied him close to the end with his final and best save of a series that was yet another fine contribution to our pleasure. Liverpool need not be disconsolate in the defeat. They opened up extraordinary well and for twenty minutes did, everything one could expect, except master the final barrier of that Welsh mountain of enthusiasm. Humphries and full-backs, who saved a special effort for their neighbours.
Then Everton, functioning better in attack than for weeks, began to give promise of accepting chances more readily, and were “set alight” in spirit by Wainwright’s goal from Fielding’s corner. There was no hint of relegation fears in the play thence-forward; yet with Done who had gone to centre-forward, badly shaken in a fall when challenging Sagar in a two-in-one save, it was Liverpool, at ten-men strength who put in a ten minute rally in which Sagar twice, excusably mishandled the icy ball without paying the extreme penalty. Done’s return at outside left but as a passenger as a severe handicap to the side a goal down and Everton safely over their second spell of heavy defence, went on to threaten to increase their lead. Stevenson, who shot well all day, was nearest with a bar-shaking effort. Everton won because they scored, and because their defence played finely to keep check on Liverpool’s danger points. Of these there were three –Stubbins, Done, and Liddell. Humphreys stood firm in the middle, and George Jackson playing a heroic “safety-first” and Liddell-last” match could say with truth that Liddell had been kept quieter than usual. Farrell also had a very good game.
Forward, with Wainwright at centre Everton offered some unexpectedly good combined stuff, Jones more often than not won the ball in the air, but there were occasions when Wainwright’s speed told. Mcllhatton, at odds in the first half, used the ball in conjunction with Stevenson with splendid effect all through the second half. This more than condoned for the missed chance, which cost his side a first half lead. Liverpool were peculiarly uneven in some of their departments, but no one could suggest that Stubbins or Done or the half-backs could be labelled anything but first class. Eastham’s most useful spell was late in the game, when he made his passes with commendable promptness. But for Done’s injury, which kept him off the field for ten minutes, Liverpool might not have been beaten. It would be ungenerous to be critical. So much endeavour was put into the game; so much thrilling football came out of it that no one could reasonably expect two teams to do more. This with model sportsmanship –the injuries were all of accidental character – in what, after all, was a game vital to both sides, made it the most pleasant ordeal by cold a “Derby” attendance has endured. Everton; Sagar, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Liverpool;- Sidlow, goal; Harley and Lambert, backs; Taylor, Bill Jones, and Paisley, half-backs; Eastham, Balmer (captain), Stubbins, Done and Liddell, forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Denham (Preston).
January 30, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton’s well-deserved victory, over Liverpool which gives them that comfortable feeling well away from the bottom positions was as pleasing as the cup defeat was disappointing. The winning of this league game was more vitally important to the club than cup progress. If Everton set out to prove critics wrong over the Sheffield game comments then they succeeded in a big way or else learned the lesson of failure, for here was a display far better than most given this season and as good as many I have seen in away games in which however, the luck ran against the side. The second most satisfying feature was the manner in which Johnny Mcllhatton silence those who were shouting at him early on. By his finest display since joining the club Mcllhatton turned jeers in cheers, and he should take heart at the rousing reception he was given during the last hour. It should act as a tonic to him. The first gratifying feature was the spontaneous success of Eddie Wainwright in his first run at centre forward. I know that Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly has had this move “up the sleeve” for some time, and was confident he was doing the right thing. In October I hoped that Wainwright would take over from Catterick, and just when Mr. Kelly was to make the move Eddie was injured. Today we know that if ever Everton are pushed for a first-class leader they have him in this forceful, nippy forward of limitless energy and skill. I quite agree that Jones had the mastery of Wainwright in heading duels but I have never seen Jones beaten so often with the ball on the floor. With Eglington so incisive on the extreme left and Stevenson and Fielding carving out the openings so well this attack was a live, vital ever-dangerous force. Ground was made by easy movement to the open space and accuracy of pass, and every man had the courage to hold the ball just long enough, but no longer than necessary to draw the opponent. Yes, there was charm about this Blue line. I heard grumble –there always will be some who are not satisfied –what Everton should have scored two or three in the first half. On an ordinary ground yes, but not on a day when every shot has to be taken quickly, and where the standing foot slipped away so tantalisingly. That slipping foot affected Stubbins, Balmer and Taylor on more than one occasion. No shots had to be taken on the “snap” and if they few wide well it was just ill-luck.
This keen, clean game – I guaranteed there were not more than half-a-dozen fouls for minor offences –the half-backs play was magnificent. Jones handled a difficult job of chasing “shadows” well while Paisley had a great game, and Taylor, once he decided not to play so closely to Balmer and Eastham, became a forceful menace to the solid Everton. Bentham was dour and alive, while Farrell had no superior in the close dribbling and tenacity of tackle. That brings me to the solid “Rock,” Jack Humpries, who seemed to play in that determined Horatio-like “they shall not pass” move. It was only rarely that Stubbins did pass, and then, believe me, Stubbins, looked all over the match winner. Pity that Stubbins found the Liverpool line a little disjointed and Sagar in such brilliant mood. Humphries was much stronger with the ball in the air, and his uncanny interception over-shadowed that of Jones. Praises for the steady Greenhalgh, and the much-improved Jackson, who seemed more sure of himself.
January 31, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot Note (Don Kendall)
Everton are now in a safe position –joint top of the lower half –seven points ahead of the bottom club Leeds United and five ahead of Huddersfield Town. Well, tomorrow we have the Merseyside v West Riding battles again for Huddersfield Town visit Goodison Park in what is really a four-point game. If Everton play as well tomorrow as they did against the Reds on Wednesday, then they are certain to beat a Huddersfield to whom the magic of Peter Doherty has not made a tremendous amount of difference. I rated Town a pretty indifferent side when I saw them scrape home against Everton at Leeds road, and the fact that after 13 games they are still awaiting their first away victory shows that they dislike being away from their own ground. Town’s away bag is only three points and to tour they have scored only a dozen goals. After the splendid display against Liverpool it is not surprising that no changes is being made so the week-end fans will be able to see Wainwright leading the attack. Everton; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Wainwright, Fielding, Eglington.