EGLINGTON’S TWO GOALS GIVE BLUES THE POINTS
January 1, 1949. The Evening Express
Stevenson Makes Its Certainty in the Closing Stages
Everton, playing football true to the traditions, strode to a great victory at Middlesbrough at Goodison Park today, a mighty “double” by Tommy Eglington putting them on the victory road, and Stevenson clinching it to put an end to Middlesbrough’s great second-half rally. Inspiration of Everton’s second-half dazzling attack was Fielding, the best creative force in the game, with Stevenson not far behind. This was brilliant football with the ‘Boro at one time threatening to take the lead after Spuhler’s fine equaliser. So Everton ended a period of 305 minutes without a goal, and Spuhler’s goal was the third against them in eight minutes. This was the first time since September that Everton have scored more than two goals. Middlesbrough brought an experimental side, introducing Stan Rickaby to inside for the first time. Rickaby had never played forward before, and more often than not has been figuring at centre-half and full-back. Blenkinsopp, who used to play inside left for Grimsby, was played at right back. Everton brought back Corr and Stevenson on a heavy ground with a high wind and rain. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Hedley, backs; Lindley, Jones and Farrell (captain), half-backs; Corr, Stevenson, Higgins, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Middlesbrough; Ugolini, goal; Blenkinsopp, and Robinson, backs; Bell, Whittaker, and Gordon, half-backs; Spubler, Dobbie, Fenton, Rickaby and Walker, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Jackson (Leeds). Everton opened with tremendous promise, Stevenson and Fielding combining delightfully before Eglington ran close in with a brilliant low centre to which Ugolini dived out to hold. Swift raids by the fast moving Boro forwards brought few dividends and only one header which dropped over the top. Everton were the more dangerous despite a tendency to slowness, and after Farrell’s shot flashed over, Ugolini again had to go down to a low ball and he had to be quick to withstand the challenge of Stevenson. Walker’s low centre failed to find a taker and when next Middlesbrough raided through Spuhler, Fenton nipped in cleverly to hook a shot which, however, went straight to Sagar. What I liked about Everton was the earnest desire of all to keep the ball down and use it quickly. Blenkinsopp earned his wages when he just managed to get a foot to a quick drive by Fielding, so that the ball passed inches outside. This saved a certain goal. Tommy Jones came up for the corner and his strong header went only inches beyond the far post. Spuhler, always a danger man raced to the line and flashed in a low centre, which Sagar beat away as Jones gave him cover. Corr came far across to the goal to take up Farrell’s throw and neatly head the ball back into the goalmouth for Fielding to take a shot which, however, rose into the hands of Ugolini. Everton were playing really good football, deserving of goals, and only the speed of Whittaker prevented Corr from becoming an effective force after some glorious building by Eglington and Stevenson. Hedley prevented Spuhler from taking an open shot at goal by cleverly pushing the ball away for a corner. When Jones and Hedley got into a tangle Spuhler was able to go away to fire in a cross shot which flashed across the face of the goal. Corr beat three men as he moved on goal but Whittaker was there to dispose of his low centre, and when Corr centred again Higgins’ header passed outside. Fielding tried one from 25 yards and Ugolini watched it sail past the post. Following Fenton’s close-up free kick the ball rebounded to Walker, whose low centre struck the post and rebounded back to Gordon, who made a good effort with a cross-shot, but the ball just skimmed over the top. Everton took the lead in 35 minutes with a great goal by Eglington. This was Everton’s first goal of the holiday’s and was worthy of such an occasion. Stevenson was the main creator with a lob pass which Higgins and Fielding just failed to reach, and the ball fell wide to Eglington who was positioned for a right foot shot but he noticed in a flash that for such an effort he was covered. Unhesitatingly Eglington, from 12 yards, hit the ball with his left foot and it sailed into the roof of the net, the accuracy and pace of the shot giving Ugolini no possible chance. Eglington almost got another just after, when he went to centre forward to head Corr’s header but Ugolini this time was right in position to save. Half-time; Everton 1, Middlesbrough Nil.
Everton resumed where they left off, launching another of the typical fast-raiding attacks which had been a feature early on, and when Higgins turned the ball back, Corr flashed a shot against the side netting. Lindley delayed his clearance and Dobbie was able to let go a twenty yarder which Sagar caught well. Sagar was also in line to make a comfortable catch from Fenton’s free kick. Higgins robbed Blenkinsop, and went on with a quick right foot shot which swerved just outside. Middlesbrough were fighting back strongly and Sagar three times had to come out to gather centres, while Jones was there with head and foot to defy the tee-sides. Middlesbrough gained a corner and in the 59th minute they equalised through Spuhler, who always seems to get a goal against the Blues. There had been signs and portents of a goal before this grand equaliser due entirely to the enterprise of Spuhler. Fenton swung the ball out to Walker, who made a quick centre near goal, Sagar fisted the ball aside, but it went straight towards Spuhler, who dived forward and headed it into the net before Sagar could recover. For a time it seemed that the Everton half-backs had lost their grip, and Dobbie almost gave Boro the lead with a point blank shot which just went outside. Dobbie came again, but once again his shot was off the target. Sagar saved a header by Fenton before a grand inter-passing movement between Stevenson and Fielding saw Higgins put through delightfully. His shot crashed against the body of Ugolini and went to Corr, whose centre was headed away by Blenkinsopp. Once again Higgins was brought into action and Whitaker just managed to blocked his shot for a corner. From this, well placed by Ugolini saved, however Everton in the next move scored and Eglington who did the trick, Eglington, however, would be the first to say “thanks you” to fellow Irishman Corr for the chance. Corr, by sheer persistence, forced his way past Robinson and whipped the ball fast along the floor too far out for Ugolini and a little too far back for Higgins. The ball ran clear to the in running Eglington, who again with that deadly left foot scored.
CHESTERFIELD RES V EVERTON RES
January 1, 1949. The Evening Express
Everton Res, in their central League fixture found the ground covered lightly by snow. There were not more than 3,000 people present. In the first 15 minutes there was not one good shot at goal. Burnett then made a superb save from Hudson. A header by Lewis brought the Chesterfield goalkeeper to his knees. The Everton forwards went down in a line and from parker’s centre Lewis scored in the twenty-first minute. Everton defended with judgement. Half-time; Chesterfield Res nil, Everton Res 1. Only a few hundred spectators braved sleet and a high wind. The pitch was made treacherous by melted snow. The Everton goal had several narrow escapes before Lewis opened the scoring for the visitors after 21 minutes. Thompson made an acrobatic save to stop a powerful cross-drive from Powell. Burnett saved in brilliant fashion a surprise drive by Hudson. Half-time; Chesterfield Res 0, Everton Res 1.
Chesterfield attacked strongly after the interval. When Burnett failed to hold a strong centre by Roddam, Foster equalised after 56 minutes. Final; Chesterfield Rees 2, Everton Res 2.
EVERTON START 1949 IN WINNING VEIN
January 1, 1949. The Liverpool Football Echo
Eglington “Double” And A Stevenson Solo
Foil A ‘Boro Rally
Everton won convincingly in the end, but Middlesbrough had them worried when getting an equaliser and going near to a leading goal. The Everton attack today was better than in any other match this season, with Fielding and Stevenson particularly good. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Hedley, backs; Lindley, Jones and Farrell (captain), half-backs; Corr, Stevenson, Higgins, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Middlesbrough; Ugolini, goal; Blenkinsopp, and Robinson, backs; Bell, Whittaker, and Gordon, half-backs; Spubler, Dobbie, Fenton, Rickaby and Walker, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Jackson (Leeds). All the covered accommodation at Goodison Park was filled, but in such atrocious conditions –cold and rain –it was not, surprising that the terraces were pretty sparsely populated. The wind was high, the light poor. An offside decision against Eglington, after Fielding and Higgins had opened up the way for him, was an extremely doubtful one, and the crowd showed its displeasure unmistakeably. Much of the early football was good and fast and most of it came from Everton. When Eglington went into the goalmouth to make a left-foot pass to Corr, the move led to the ball being turned back to Farrell to hit it in a fierce shot. The ball passed over the crossbar. Eglington prompted by Fielding, beat his full back and delivered a fast centre which the Italian Ugolini gripped cleanly in beautiful style.
Almost an identical move led to another Eglington centre and this time Ugolini almost fell backwards as he stopped it high up, recovering just in time to pounce on it, as Stevenson tried to put it into an empty goal. The only indifferent spot in the Everton side so far was Corr, who had been caught a little slow. Although it was nearly all Everton. Jones was very much in the game when coming across Fenton as that sharpshooter was boring in with every chance of delivering his shot. An error by Jones presented Walker with an easy centre chance and Dobbie got his quiff to the ball as it flew across. He would most assuredly have scored, if he had connected more completely. Middlesbrough’s finishing was so poor one could well understand their away record. Apart from picking up a ball which came to him rather awkwardly from Fenton, Sagar had no real worries. Jones punch chance in trapping a ball when standing all alone led to Fielding, Stevenson and Corr engineering a move in which Fielding must have scored but for his close-range shot being deflected for a corner. Jones came up for this and from it, headed the ball against the side netting. The weather by now was brighter. The rain had stopped and Everton were playing so well everything in the Goodison garden seemed lovely to an attendance of 35,000.
Farrell Playing Well
Nevertheless Sagar had to come out sharply and push away with his right hand a low centre by Spuhler after the winger had been out through by a Blenkinsopp pass. Farrell was having his best game for weeks and it seemed only a question of how long the Middlesbrough defence could stand up to almost continuous Everton attacking. A Fielding shot and a fiery one too, was not only stopped by Ugolini but held with consummate ease above his head. Veteran of the Middlesbrough attack Fenton always a danger man had hardly been seen, but now he was heard commanding his forward line to open out to prevent them over crowded each other and running good approach play with the kind of finishing which played very much into the hands of Jones, Hedley and company.
Big Clearance Kick
People were inclined to scuff when Blenkinsopp hit the ball back to his own goalkeeper from 40 yards out but Ugolini’s big clearance kick was the direct lead to Spuhler’s hitting a shot against across the face of goal away from the reach of Sagar. Fenton chased it to the goal line and allowed it to go out of play in the mistaken notion that he was going to get a corner out of it, but this did not materialise. Orr weaving in towards the goal line several steps too far but still had his centreing change although it was Middlesbrough and not an Everton one that made contact in the end.
Full back Rickaby now at inside left tried some close dribbling to beat an army of Everton defenders and then Dobbie at inside left had his shot deflected by Saunders on to the foot of the Everton post, the ball rebounding for another shot, this time over the top. The Everton goal, when it came at 35 minutes arrived unexpectedly. Eglington half-volleyed with his left foot a swerving shot which it seemed could have little chance of beating Ugolini. Actually it sailed comfortably beyond the Italian’s outstretched arms. After Fielding had completely kicked round the ball when standing five yards out Eglington went on to make a glancing header for which Ugolini was perfectly placed.
Half-time; Everton 1, Middlesbrough nil.
Whitaker besides playing the normal third back game, twice went far upfield with almost fatal results since the ball was taken from him. Too often the Middlesbrough method of approach was the long and inaccurate punching of the ball upfield with the Everton defence nearly always in supreme command.
Best Boro Shot
Dobble made the best Middlesbrough shot so far, a long range one which carried plenty of sting, and which brought Sagar into the game after a spell of “hibernation.” A long free kick shot by Fenton was child’s play for Sagar but on the other hand a moment later, Ugolini must have been very relieved to see a Higgins shot finish wide when all the chances were that a goal would arise. If Corr was having a thin time, so was Spuhler who contrived to win a corner kick against Hedley.
Middlesbrough were more in the game now than ever before, but despite their all-up attacks with Whitaker and other going far up-field Everton still seemed to have their forwards under control.
• Unfortunately I seemed to have lost the rest of the report, It’s on the list.
CHESTERFIELD RES V EVERTON RES
January 1, 1949. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton Res, in their central League fixture found the ground covered lightly by snow. There were not more than 3,000 people present. In the first 15 minutes there was not one good shot at goal. Burnett then made a superb save from Hudson. A header by Lewis brought the Chesterfield goalkeeper to his knees. The Everton forwards went down in a line and from parker’s centre Lewis scored in the twenty-first minute. Everton defended with judgement. Half-time; Chesterfield Res nil, Everton Res 1.
• Liverpool Police 0, Everton “A” 6
EVERTON NEW YEAR CAME IN ALMOST RIOTOUSLY
January 1, 1949. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Ernest Edwards (“Bee”)
Everton 3, Middlesbrough 1
My football faith has been resurrected by the display of Everton and Middlesbrough. Not once was there temper argument or childish kicking away from the free kick spot. Instead there were handshakes, the beginning of a New Year in a spirit of friendliness and good class football on a day when one could have forgiven the players for being unable to feel their feet. This was a grand revival of old time stylishness, goalkeeper of distinctiveness, two truly great centre half backs in Whitaker and Tom Jones and Middlesbrough playing in devastating upward new-fashioned manner which made half backs and full backs help mates of the forward line. I have seen nothing to equal the way Whittaker and “General” Gordon went to forward station as against the modern trend of defence with no thought of connecting with forwards. You may ask how was it Middlesbrough were beaten by 3-1? The answer is that Middlesbrough were on the verge of a Sagar break four times, notably when Gordon from half-back copied Farrell’s bets shooting effort – a narrow miss. At 80 minutes Everton were being trailed by the visiting side and visions of defeat loomed up in the dark ground. Middlesbrough at this point were ahead on points if not goals –they closed the shop of Messrs, Fielding, Stevenson and company. At that moment Eglington got a leading goal and the heart went out of the team lacking captain Hardwick and Mannion’s strength. Rickaby a half and full back by custom, is no forward and is too slow to keep pace with a Fenton or a Walker. Spuhler apart from his goal, was (like Fenton) far below normal. Finally, as if to provide the consolation prize. Fielding swept the through pass to the space at which he knew Stevenson would arrival joyfully to take up the stinging third goal.
Eglington’s first joyous goal (following a free kick for alleged hands by the pivot) came from a thoroughly sound drive. It was “A Great Day for the Irish” through three goals to Ireland’s international pair, added to the fact that Farrell touched his highest form of attacking power and sound passing, Lindley for once, was apt to misjudge his strength of pass and Corr had a quiet time until he added to the make-up of the second goal with a school-boyish tip-and-run around defender, centring from the goal area. Corr caught the imagination by such a method and added to Fielding’s outstanding methodical drawing the defence into wrong channels, the Everton attack came nearer to its pristing glory off than at any point this season. Hedley and Saunders stood rocklike by their leader Jones, who was quite unfortunately with advance headers from corner kicks. This game had everything pleasant, even though a linesman began proceedings with a woeful offside verdict. And showed how beautiful football can be and what entertainment can be attained both sides playing the best kind of football –it would be preposterous to ponder these sides unfit for Division 1. Everton have turned the tide, the attack has gained in confidence and strength of purpose as well as practical football steps. A hearty vote of thanks from 39,886 spectators for a football feast. A gag man might truly say “This is the best game I have seen this year!” I point to Walker, outside left as the best forward of the day –an odd thought for a losing side, but remember Middlesbrough’s forwards lacked the balance that was Everton’s.
January 3, 1949. The Liverpool Echo
A “Liverton” double –only the second of the season of the season was an encouraging start to the New Year. A similar happy outcome to Saturday’s Cup-tie games would be equally welcome. While Everton were good value for their victory in the long run, there was a period in the second half, after Middlesbrough had equalised, when one began to have doubts whether the Blues would get even one point. The visitors at this stage were definitely top dogs for a short spell, and if either Dobbie or Fenton had taken a chance to put the Borough in front Everton would have been up against it in a tough way. As it was, the home defence, manfully weathered the storm and the half backs, by reasserting their grip on the Borough’s attack once more turned defence into attack, and to very good purpose.
Best of the Season
For the second time Eglington put the Blues in front; - he had first given them the lead with a grand shot from the edge of the box at the 35th minute –and a goal to Stevenson four minutes later settled the issue beyond doubt. Everton’s forward display in the first half, and again in the last 20 minutes must have gladdened the heart of Manager Cliff Britton. It was their best of the season. They kept the ball on the ground, they found their men well, and they shot often. Star of the attack was Wally Fielding, whose weaving and body swerve and tight-about-turn often had the Middlesbrough defenders running the wrong way, and whose passes were never stereotyped, being varied between delicious up-the-middle offerings, long cross-field swings, and short balls which sat up and asked for the quick return pass. Stevenson helped on the good work Higgins showed bright ideas on positional interchange, and Eglington’s goal were almost worth their weight in gold. Corr was the only weak link, yet had a vital part in providing the second goal. The defence again earned high praise with Jones and Hedley in immaculate form, Farrell having his best game for a long time –this was more like Farrell of old and Lindley doing his stuff in his effective manner.
Everton news about Catterick is that he is still doubtful, his ankle injury having proved more obstinate than anticipated. Juliussen also remains on the injured list, but Wainwright is now in full training. Higgins and Lindley received knocks, in Saturday’s game, but there are expected to yield to treatment quickly.
IT’S NOW FOR THE CUP
January 3, 1949. The Evening Express
Everton Injured Improve
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Two thousand footballer’s tomorrow start intensive preparation for the F.A. Cup third round ties due for next Saturday. At Goodison Park, where Everton will be getting ready to face the challenge of a Manchester City who may be without international goalkeeper, Frank Swift. The Blues will be at Bellefield tomorrow with their usual ‘no-tackle’ trials, and Manager Cliff Britton will then take the lads either to Blackpool or Northwich for baths. Catterick reported at the ground today. His ankle has improved so much that he will have a try out tomorrow morning. Higgins has bruised ribs and calf but will be fit for the week-end. Lindley has a 12 inch gash on a leg but should be all right.
Everton have totted up 11 out of last 12 points played for at Goodison Park, and lost only one game out of the last four games. It was the manner of Everton’s latest 3-1 win over Middlesbrough which pleased as much as the win itself. The hero was Tommy Eglington, the Irish international left winger, who seemed to find a new-born confidence in front of goal and do the things we have always know he could do if he played more faith in his own abilities as a marksman.
Eglington’s first goal was a model example of quick-thinking and precision action. In a spilt-second Tommy realised that a right-foot shot would come back off an opponent and so he changed his feet, and with his left swept the ball into the top corner all in the same movement. The second goal emphasised that Tommy has learned by error. At Newcastle recently Eglington shot over when that was the most difficult part, but on Saturday when Corr’s centre eluded Ugolini and Higgins Tommy slipped to it with confidence, got over the ball and then rammed in low into the corner without hurry or flurry –with his right foot and not his left. That willingness to correct mistakes emphasises what a keen footballer and clubman is this swift-moving Irishman, who was a constant “headache” to Tom Blenkinsopp. Keep this up, “Tommy” and there will be no left-winger in the game to compare with you. It was grand to see Wally Fielding weaving his spells with such charm and effectiveness; to see Peter Farrell have his best game of the season –at least when I have been present –and to see the continued improvement of Jack Hedley. Hedley’s use of the ball was grand, while George Saunders with a rather more intricate problem in Walker thrilled with his tenacious tackling and recovery powers. Jones and Sagar were the usual defensive “rocks” and Lindley had his big moments. As a matter of fact it was only when Lindley and Farrell began to ball-chase in the second half that the Boro were able to stage their rally. When Maurice and Peter became calm again the ‘Boro faded. Corr had a fine second-half, while Stevenson really is one of the most amazing footballers, for all his old skill was there, and he showed such stamina that he became a raiding and scoring forward late on. Everton have had bad luck with all their centre-forwards so far as injury is concerned but after this enthusiastic and worrying show by Billy Higgins they need not be unduly worried. I liked Higgins’ ways and means and his eagerness to find the open spaces.
COLOURS FOR THE CUP-TIES
January 4, 1949. The Evening News
Everton will play in their usual colours against Manchester City in the F.A. Cup third round tie at Goodison Park on Saturday. The colour schemes for the tie have been mutually agreed by the clubs, so the Evertonians will see their favourites in blue jerseys with white knickers and a blue scam, while the City will wear maroon jerseys with blue numbers and black knickers. Should there be a replay, the City will wear their normal colours and Everton will change to white jersey and black knickers. Manager Cliff Britton will not make up his mind about the team until later. You will be delighted to know that Eddie Wainwright continues to make amazing progress following his operation for appendicitis. All the players who played last Saturday will be fit if needed, and the reserves cam through all right. Mention of reserves reminds me that at Chesterfield, with Everton Reserves on Saturday, Secretary Theo Kelly had a re-union with “Scout “Geary” who did Everton a great turn 20 years ago. Yes, Theo linked-up again with the spotter who recommended to Everton “Evergreen” Ted Sagar. And I can think of no better turn than that.
January 5th 1949. The Liverpool Echo
The Everton team has travelled a rough road since the start of the season, and at one point their night was desperate so much so that few would have given a pinch of salt for their chances of remaining in the First Division. The advent of the new manager, Mr. Cliff Britton put a scotch in the defensive wheel, and now the Everton defence is as good as, and better than many defences in the country. All that was needed was a “punchful” attack. After the show against Middlesbrough that shows signs of being on the way, and the outlook now is such more rosy. The stress and strain, both mentally and physically on the players must have been tremendous so that is going to be put right. The directors at their meeting last night decided that the players would benefit from a change of air and scene, so after the match with Manchester City they will go to Harrogate for a week’s training and toning up. Harrogate was greatly favoured by Everton prior to the war. The team for the cup tie will not be chosen until later but I do not anticipate any changes from last Saturday’s eleven.
EVERTON STAR DOUBTFUL FOR CUP-TIE
January 6, 1949. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
George Saunders, the Everton right back, is a doubtful starter for Saturday’s F.A. Cup match with Manchester City at Goodison Park. Saunders pulled a groin muscle in last week’s game with Middlesbrough and progress towards recovery has not been good. No decision will be made until Saunders has had a further test tomorrow morning. Good news from Goodison Park is that X-ray examination has revealed no chipped bone in Harry Catterick’s ankle, and he will have another try-out tomorrow morning. Manager Cliff Britton will not announce his team until tomorrow.
EVERTON’S CUP TEAM CHANGES
January 7, 1949. The Evening Express
By Pilot (Don Kendall)
Jackie Grant, Everton’s hero of the cup-tie with the Wolves last season, is recalled to outside right for tomorrow’s great third round battle with Manchester City at Goodison Park, when football’s “Grand National” opens with 63 Football league clubs and one southern league club battling for fame and finance. The banner of Merseyside is carried by five sides. The recall of Grant, who scored the last second’s equaliser to enable Everton to overcome Wolves will be welcomed, by the clubs followers, for Grant’s wholeheartedness has been one of the features of the Blues for the last few years. Neither Saunders nor Catterick passed their fitness tests, this morning and so Hedley crosses to right back admitting Dugdale the “A” team product to left back. The remainder of the team is that which defeated Middlesbrough and a team which is my opinion, is good enough to win a game which may bring an attendance greater than the 78,995 record set up for this season’s “Derby” with Liverpool. Everton have one of the finest defensive combinations in the country, and their cup progress mainly on the penetrative power of the attack. At Christmas Everton and City played 180 minutes without scoring. Tommy Eglington, is the prime Everton raider is one reads through his great work against the ‘Boro last week, and unless City have an answer to this Irish problem their Cup hopes will vanish. City still have doubts about the fitness of Swift and Black, and if they cannot play Thurlow and Hart deputise in a game starting at 2 o’clock. Everton; Sagar; Hedley, Dugdale; Lindley, Jones, Farrell; Grant, Stevenson, Higgins, Fielding, Eglington. Manchester City; Swift (or Thurlow); Williams, Westwood; Emptage, Fagan, Walsh; Oakes, Black or Hart, Smith, Linacre, Clarke.
• Everton “B” v. Marlborough
• Everton “C” v. West Toxteth
GRANT AND DUGDALE PLAY
January 7, 1949. The Liverpool Echo
Tight Game Likely At Goodison
Goodison Park may come near to housing a record crowd for the visit of Manchester City in what has every prospect of being a dour and closely fought struggle. Everton have had to make one enforced change –involving two positions owing to Saunders failing to pass a fitness test today. Hedley crosses over to take his place at right back and Dugdale comes in at left back –his first senior appearance since September 4. There is no doubt about Dugdale’s ability to fill the berth adequately if he reproduces his form of last season. As Catterick also failed to pass today’s test Higgins remains at centre forward with Grant preferred to Corr at outside right. Manchester City are almost certain to have Swift in goal, and Hart may possibly continue at inside right despite Andy Black being fit. While Everton’s defence has a better record during the past two months than City’s, the Mancunians appear to have a slight pull in attack, though in three hours’ football over Christmas they failed to pierce the Everton rearguard. Much will depend on who scores the first goal. Should Everton have that fortune, then Sagar, Jones and company should be able to preserve it. If City take the lead, Everton’s attack will have its work cut out to get the two goals necessary for victory. It will be a tight and tense struggle, possibly going to extra time. Everton; Sagar; Hedley, Dugdale; Lindley, Jones, Farrell; Grant, Stevenson, Higgins, Fielding, Eglington. Manchester City; Swift (or Thurlow); Williams, Westwood; Emptage, Fagan, Walsh; Oakes, Black or Hart, Smith, Linacre, Clarke.
EVERTON IN CUP WITH LAST MINUTE GOAL
January 8, 1949. The Liverpool Football Echo
Higgins Was Hero With Stevenson As Provider
Gallant Ten Hold City After Hedley Was Sent Off
Two “Goals” Disallowed
Everton 1, Man City 0.
Manchester City were beaten on the posy by Everton. Half a minute from time a draw seemed inevitable, but Stevenson dumbfounded the City defence, and then made the centre which brought the all-important goal. The match was marred by the sending off of Hedley for kicking Linacre. Up to then the game had been good, spotlessly clean, with the City superior. Everton; Sagar, goal; Hedley and Dugdale, backs; Lindley, Jones and Farrell (captain), half-backs; Grant, Stevenson, Higgins, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Manchester City; Swift, goal; Williams and Westwood, backs; Walsh, Fagan and Emptage, half-backs; Oakes, Hart, Smith, Linacre, and Clarke, forwards. Referee; Mr. Ling, of Stapleford, Cambridge. The City, who played in the most uncommon colours of Cherry and Blue, looked a strange lot, but Frank Swift was easily recognised. The City got the greater ovation which shows the attraction of the Cup. Everton were given the honours of kicking-off, and although they had the sun in their face, they were the first to make an advance, which, however, Westwood put an end to with a timely tackle, first on Grant and then Higgins.
A Close Shave
The Everton goal had a close shave within the next half minute, for the City through their right wing, broke through the Everton defence, and when the ball came over to Clarke the winger shot and Sagar had to make a save on his goal line. So close was this that the City spectators were greatly encouraged but they had cause to ponder when Everton made an advance which culminated in Jones heading into Swift’s hands. So far the huge crowd had plenty of thrills. They were due another when Higgins, who worked his way out to the right wing centred strongly right over to Eglington, who, without hesitation hit the ball low, only to see Swift put his foot out and save. Eglington, with the memory of his two goals a week ago, was keen to show that this was no mere flash in the pan, and when he broke through the City rearguard he unleashed a shot which passed just outside the upright with swift keeping an eye on the ball in case of eventualities.
A Sagar’s Leap
A neat little pass by Hart almost brought about a result. It did bring a shot from Smith and a bonny effort it was, for he was on the half turn at the time yet was able to left-foot the ball towards the far side of the Everton goal –the side Sagar was not at –but the Everton goalkeeper moved across like greased lightning to capture a ball which seemed to be going to the back of the net. Sagar had his right leg heavily bandaged as the result of the incident which happened just previously. At this stage the City were doing the more pressing and when a free kick was given against Everton Westwood put the ball well up-field, but it was soon back in their own territory where for some moments play was confirmed. Clarke, Linacre, and Smith got together to supply Oakes with an opening, which the outside right accepted with thanks. He showed his pleasure by hitting a hard shot which Sagar saved. Linacre was now at inside right, and he was concerned in one incident when he went down after being tackled in the penalty area and strongly claimed a penalty, but the referee would not have any of it.
Yearning For A Goal
The crowd was still yearning for a goal. There was another stoppage when Eglington was struck on the face by a Fagan clearance, but the game was only held up a matter of a minute or so. Smith, going out to the left wing hooked in a centre which passed outside and this led to a spell of midfield play. Gradually Everton worked their way down to the City penalty area and Fagan whipped a ball into the crowd rather than take any liberties with Stevenson, who was standing on his doorstep. The throw-in enabled Grant to get a ball over to Eglington, who shot without hesitation, only to see the ball cannon out through striking a City man’s body en route. To keep tag on Linacre’s where about was a one man job for he was everywhere. He got back to outside left position to force a corner off Hedley, but once again the free kick proved of no value. Westwood is one of the finest young backs I have seen. He was a thorn in the side of the Everton left wing, yet he had to use the old back pass to get himself out of trouble. Swift had to move rapidly to prevent a corner kick from this, and then Fielding, almost from the goal line squared the ball into the middle, but there was no Everton man up to take advantage.
Half-time; Everton nil, Manchester City nil.
Manchester City might very easily have been a goal down in the first minute of the second half when Eglington had the City defence all hot and bothered and after Fagan and Williams had got themselves jumbled up Swift had to come out and dive on the ball to push it away. He then had to scramble after it to obtain possession.
Fisted Into The Net
A few minutes later the City had the ball in the Everton net but it got there in a manner which is not allowed in football. It was the handling code, for Clarke who has moved in when the City were piling on all they knew, got his knuckles to the ball to direct it beyond Sagar. The referee immediately awarded a foul, and demonstrated just how Clarke had got the ball into the net. A portion of the crowd, however, were not with the referee, and he was booed for the next four or five minutes. There was no doubt that the City who had been all along the more likely scorers were now giving Everton a testing time. They were in the Everton goal area for some time, but Everton stood up to the pressure and Fielding shot to the back of the City net after the offside whistle had sounded.
City Well On Top
The City were well on top and there was another appeal for a penalty which was not justifiable and then Oakes put in a corner kick which seemed to have curvature of the spine for the ball pulled in, and Sagar had to push it out from underneath his crossbar. The second corner was not nearly so dangerous. Smith was knocked out for a few moments, but he recovered in time to see Swift save the day when he pushed out a header by Fielding. Grant supplied the opportunity, and when Fielding made his header it looked a certain goal, but Swift’s height and reach enabled him to move over and make a grand save.
Jones In A Collision
Smith was hurt again and the crowd, unjustly got up against Jones. What actually happened was that Smith turning round quickly ran straight into Jones, and went down like a log. Clarke was the one man likely to score for the City, for he would shoot and Sagar had to drop on one low shot of his to keep it not. Walsh shot outside and almost straight from Jones goal kick (which he had been taking since Sagar’s injury) Everton gained a corner, but Grant did not put full boot power behind his flag kick, which went to a City player.
The twenty-fifth minute in the second half was a tragic one for Everton, for they lost the services of Hedley, who was ordered off the field by the referee. This is how I saw the incident which caused the Everton full back dismissal. Hedley and Linacre had been engaged in a tackle and the Manchester man went down on his back. He appeared to aim a kick at Hedley as he was lying down and Hedley retaliated with a kick in the small of Linacre’s back. If one had to be sent off surely the other should have gone also, for it was six of one and half a dozen of the other. This naturally caused a rearrangement in the Everton ranks. Grant took over Hedley’s place so that the Everton attack was a foursome. Yet even at reduced strength they might very easily have scored a goal when Eglington got his head to a pass from the right and directed it to just outside the post. A nastily element had crept into the game, which had been particularly clean and attractive in the first half and there was consistent booing as Jones took goal-kicks. Smith was spoken to for a foul on Dugdale and Emptage was well off the mark from a scorable opening.
Jones –The Solid’ Man
The minutes were rolling by with everything pointing to a draw at 90 minutes. Jones was as solid as a rock, and he once held the fort when matters were looking extremely grim. Linacre who was now operating on the left wing shot across the Everton goal-face with no City man available to make use of it. Eglington put a long centre-cum-shot into Swift’s hands, and just on time the City centre forward, Smith shot just outside the woodwork. With one minute to go Higgins scored for Everton. It was Stevenson with his little tricks and fancies that produced this goal. He linked with the ball before he finally gave it to Fielding, who returned it upfield, and Stevenson, who had moved forward, scooped the ball into the City goalmouth, and Higgins got his head to it to beat swift.
Kissed The Scorcer!
This was one of the greatest climates I have seen for an age, and one spectator rushed on the field to kiss the scorer. Twenty police followed him on, but having done what he wanted to do he came calmly back into his place. Half a minute later the game was over with Everton in the next round. Final; Everton 1, Manchester City 0. Official attendance, -63,459. Receipts £7,600.
EVERTON WIN IN LAST 30 SECONDS
January 8, 1949. The Evening Express
Sensational Higgins’ Goal Delights Crowd
Spectators Rush on Field in Dramatic Finish
Billy Higgins, the young local borne centre-forward, put Everton into the fourth round of the F.A. Cup against Manchester City 30 seconds from the end of a thriller at Goodison Park today. Scenes of the wildest of the wildest enthusiasm greeted the goal, spectators even invading the pitch. Never was a goal more deserved by any player, for Higgins was doing two men’s work in a tie full of incident, in which Everton laboured with Sagar nursing a right leg, but playing like a hero, and Hedley was ordered off after 70 minutes. City may be thinking themselves unfortunate, for they enjoyed the game more territorially without producing that craft of the Fielding-Stevenson blend which produced the winning goal to bring back memories of Everton’s Cup success over Wolves of the last season, and which provided the means for the deciding goal. Tommy Jones was the most dominant personality on the field, with Dugdale and Grant successes. Everton fought with great spirit throughout, and so scored their second cup victory over the City without conceding a goal. The attendance was 63,499, with £7,600 receipts. The crowd packed easily and comfortably, and although there were well over 60,000, there was no crushing. There was all the old pre Cup-tie excitement, with mascots, revels and capers. An ideal day, and on a pitch absolutely perfect for football. This was only the second meeting of the clubs in cup-tie football in history. Everton; Sagar, goal; Hedley and Dugdale, backs; Lindley, Jones and Farrell (captain), half-backs; Grant, Stevenson, Higgins, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Manchester City; Swift, goal; Williams and Westwood, backs; Walsh, Fagan and Emptage, half-backs; Oakes, Hart, Smith, Linacre, and Clarke, forwards. Referee; Mr. Ling, of Stapleford, Cambridge. There was sufficient excitement in the opening five minutes to amply reward all who had made the journey. We saw the brilliance of Grant’s tackling and his link-up with Higgins, who kept moving to the wing, and then we saw Sagar prevent City from taking the lead in the first two minutes. Following a free-kick, Oakes sent the ball to the goalmouth and there was tantalising hesitancy on the part of the Everton defence, so that Clarke was able to nip in and get the ball beyond Sagar.
The ball was rolling over the line when Sagar dived back and fell on it to make a save worth a goal any day. The City players actually leapt with delight, for they thought the ball was in the net, but they had reckoned without the agility of Sagar. Higgins forced a corner, from which Tommy Jones headed in brilliantly and Swift found it no easy matter to hold the ball high up. The City were fast and penetrative, and after Hedley had headed away, Dugdale raced across to make a grand last minute tackle off Clarke. From a corner, away came Eglington to beat Williams and veer inside. Eglington ran at least 35 yards, and placed his shot nicely along the ground, put in trying to keep it from Swift it went inches past the post. Fielding showed grand willingness to have a go with two quick shots, but they were off the mark, and then City gained another corner, which Sagar saved splendidly. Stevenson, Grant and Higgins combined magnificently for Grant to race to the line, and centre the ball being just scrambled away from Eglington, who was dead in position. A faulty clearance by Hedley enabled Smith to send Clarke away and from a joyous centre Oakes leapt high as Sagar tried to fist away and his header seemed to be going into the net when it suddenly curled away past the far post.
Sagar, Jones Hurt
Sagar and Jones were injured, but resumed after attention. The Everton defence was not showing its old steadiness and hesitancy enabled Oakes to dash through, his low centre being just turned aside by Jones. Clarke returned it immediately and again Jones managed to head outside. This was terrific football at an amazing pace, with the first quarter of an hour rather in favour of City, but they were the luckiest team in the world when, at eighteen minutes, Everton did everything but actually get the ball into the net. Higgins was the man, for he beat Westwood and Fagan by pushing the ball between their legs in turn, and with the alert Eglington, came over to the right to take the short pass. Swift just managed to push it away with his foot, but straight back to Higgins whose quick shot struck the underside of the cross-bar and rebounded back into play. The City responded with another quick raid and Hart came in at top speed, looking all over a scorer, but he blazed over the top. The City inside forwards were playing exceptionally good football, Smith swung around with a delightful shot, which was speeding home till Sagar flung himself across the goal and turned it aside with one hand.
Then Smith was too quick for Jones, but Sagar ran out to dive on the ball and save at the expense of injury to his right knee, but again he was able to carry on. Oakes’s strength on the ball enabled him to withstand two tackles and get in a fierce shot which Sagar held on the line. Then Higgins, in my opinion, was wrongly penalised before Swift ran out to prevent Higgins getting to work on Grant’s through pass. The City had been the more impressive side in the first half-hour against a not too composed defence. They were exceptionally quick and only the power of Jones prevented Linacre and Smith from boring a path through. The City became wild and the referee had a word to say to Linacre after he had fouled Jones. It was the turn of the City’s defence to become panicky as Everton piled on the pressure, with first time passing movements and some cute overhead centres by Grant and Linday, which, however, failed to find a shooting opening. Everton were pilling on the pressure towards the interval, but the play tended to become more haphazard. Grant and Stevenson combined excellently and City had to call upon Swift to relieve the pressure. Then came a suggestion of hands by Fagan when Higgins whipped the ball across. Half-time; Everton 0, Manchester City 0. On resuming Smith pushed Tommy Jones in the back and cleverly back-headed the ball over Sagar into the net. The referee awarded a free kick amid a storm of boos from the thousands of City supporters, who were certainty making more noise than all the Evertonians.
City attacked strongly, but Oakes failed to find direction with a shot from a good position. It was Everton’s turn to get the ball into the net, but Fielding did so a split second after the whistle had gone for offside. It was Sagar’s second leap which prevented Oakes turning a corner from entering the net and then Sagar leapt between a crowd of players to catch Clarke’s corner. This was grand work from an injured man, who had to call on Tommy Jones to take all goal kicks. If it was City’s plan to block Eglington out of the game, it was succeeding, for Eglington was being neatly and effectively covered. Swift came to the rescue of City with a mighty save off Fielding after Grant had more than justified his inclusion. Grant swept past Westwood and levelled a gorgeous centre, which Fielding headed in just under the bar. Swift as he was falling back, managed to beat the ball away to Eglington, whose quick shot struck Williams on the leg and bounded to safely. Everton kept it up, Eglington forcing a corner. The referee had a word to say to Tommy Jones after a tackle on Smith, who was knocked out for the second time. Clarke cut inside with a fine right foot shot, for which Sagar dived to save on the line, and Everton’s inside forwards came away splendidly for Grant to force a corner which unfortunately he used badly. There was an unfortunate incident at the 70th minute, when Hedley and Linacre came together just outside the Everton penalty area. Linacre fell, injured, and the referee went to Hedley and ordered him off. The whole of the Everton team appealed against the decision, but the referee remained firm, and Hedley walked slowly off to the accompaniment of boos and cheers. Grant was moved to right back leaving Everton with only four forwards. From the free kick which followed Westwood drove a terrific shot just past the post. Then Everton took up the attack, Eglington being brought into the game but was beaten by weight and numbers. Higgins was a live wire raider and he enabled Fielding to centre first time, for Eglington to take a nice header a yard wide.
Grant saved a dangerous situation with a grand tackle off Emptage before Farrell and Dugdale won through with desperate clearances, as the City tried to batter a weakened defence. The referee had a word to say to Smith after a foul on Dugdale. It was only natural that for long periods City should be on the attack, and Everton were now only seen as a progressive force at isolated moments. These, however, produced little work for Swift. Higgins was doing a double job of centre forward and outside right, and doing it amazingly well, and he now swung round to hit a right-foot shot, which whizzed over. Tommy Jones was playing like a giant moving out to the wings time after time to clear. Linacre centred hard along the ground but Smith, in good position, completely missed the ball. Stevenson pushed the ball forward for Higgins, who was unceremoniously bowled over, but the referee refused Everton’s claim for a penalty. With 30 seconds to go, Everton took the lead with a sensational goal deservedly scored by Higgins. Fielding and Stevenson made it, for Fielding worked the ball delightfully in midfield and then slipped it to the right. Stevenson showing remarkable speed, race past Westwood and centred magnificently from the goal-line. Higgins hurled himself past Fagan to head the ball into the net –a mighty effort. Spectators ran on to the field to try and congratulate Higgins, and police went on to get them off. As soon as the game had restarted the final whistle was blown and the crowd went delirious with excitement. Final; Everton 1, Manchester City 0.
EVERTON SQUEEZED IT IN LAST SECONDS
January 10, 1949. The Liverpool Daily Post
A Plea For Hedley
By Ernest Edwards (“Bee”)
Everton 1, Manchester City 0.
Everton’s victory was a stunning fealt. It came by means of a goal in the dying seconds of a match which had been in the neighbourhood of Everton’s defence for four-fifth of the time. The finale was petrifying to the loses and contrariwise, sent Everton spectators into a frenzy of delight which showed itself in odd manner. Imagine police shaking hands over the barriers with spectators; spectators invading the field to embrace the scorers, and all forgetting to show disapproval of the referee as he left the field, he having sent off, Hedley. Facts he referee was “blinded” to the facts of the initial contretemps which concerned the leggy Linacre in an inter-locking incident on the ground. Hedley’s offence was there for anyone to see. He is not that type of player and my earnest hope is that the full circumstances of his being goaded will be brought to light when the inquiry sits. I do not justify him, I only call for justice. The drama of the tie was squeezed into the last minute of play, the clock showing the game’s time had ended by more than a minute. Play was proceeding surely because of the tribunal ‘delay which had led to Hedley’s ordering off always an unseemly incident. The goal was created on the right flank, near the boy’s pen, Fielding having crossed the house floor, found a re-arranged team with Grant as full back –(quaint because Grant’s lack of inches) –and Stevenson at outside right. These two pimpernels have similar styles and when Fielding proposed Stevenson accepted as they saw in places where the cards are dealt. Stevenson, quintessence of agility and fertility of mind this season, had been seen but rarely. His inspiration to chase the brilliant back, Westwood caused the goal.
Won The Sprint
One cannot estimate from whence came Stevenson’s pace, but against a long-legged full back the Irishman stepped out and won a sharp sprint sufficiently to throw across a centre without delay, without trimmings. A plain Meredith an type of centre at which Higgins estimable leader of attack, flung the head. The ball sped over Swift’s left shoulder into the net. Higgins leapt to the air to head the ball and would have, required the wings of a dove to fly far away from his comrades rapturous attention, they kissed him, they hugged him they were aided in their congratulations by spectators entering the field to break all rules of a well-governed ground. Police came upon the scene to send back the invaders and were still on the field of play when Referee Ling started the centre-line kick to continue play for thirty seconds. Thus ended a cup tie which had shown the losers far ahead of the victors in approach work and constructive football which made the winners wing half-backs appear below standard. Such a result had looked improbable if not impossible because Manchester City had proved their worth in every department and had but to conclude their plains with reasonable shooting to ensure a well earned victory. It is of no consideration that the only goal was scored late on. It is of consideration that Manchester attack could be constructive and fascinating without troubling Sagar more than three times and generally, it was their wingmen who shot, Smith at centre forward, was a brilliant, if buffeted leader yet not more so than Higgins, whose left-right leg –right movements suggested he was at barracks. Higgins had to carry his line because neither wing man was successful against a taut defence in which Westwood was international-stamp. Grant brought in on the right, is always tenacious and Eglington was yearning to show his pace of shot out the line was not so fluent as the rivals’ attack.
A Freakish Miss
By all the laws of gravity and angles Higgins should have seen his inimitable, single-handed effort strike the under post of the crossbar and pass back to play instead of entering the goal. Manchester claimed they should have had penalty kicks and that Smith back-headed a beautifully made goal. But I prefer to stand by the referee who saw the elbowing in the incident. Referee Ling came with a big reputation. He is a schoolmaster of 6 feet 4 inches of height does not obtrude is well up with the play, (as witness has decision when Sagar handed the ball in the goal-line in the first ten minutes) and allowed play to run freely and smoothly. Instead of taking a referee to task Manchester City should take their staff to task for continuous attack without a punishment or reasonably-delivered shot from easy range. Sagar, injured was never in jeopardy. Swift, apart from Higgins surprising him two yards from goal and hitting the crossbar, had nothing more troublesome than the beave of Stevenson’s body to his (Swift’s) massive frame. The game had been so good a cup tie till one hour had passed, it was a pity there should have been brought into play that “abandon” cup ties create. It was a memorable game, it has brilliant movement, and the solitary lacking values were due to the modern fault of incapacity to shoot a common disease these days. Ten men should never beat eleven and having done this in the last ten minutes of play Everton have earned high praise for constant effort for refusal to lapse through Hedley’s lapse. In this respect one must award praise to Tom Jones (passed nem con every game) and to Hedley and Dugdale. The latter may not always find his length with a spinning balt, but at least he has splendid thoughts about the use of a forward pass. Hard luck Manchester City, well battled Everton.
EVERTON AT HARROGATE
January 10, 1949. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton have decided to take a rest next Saturday to give their several injured players a chance of regaining complete fitness. Everton’s League opponents, Birmingham have a Cup replay, so giving Everton a blank day. The Blues could have arranged a match with Derby County who also are disengaged but manager Cliff Britton said to me; “We shall not arrange any game, but give the boys real rest” and wisely, too, Everton’s cup-fighters who scored such a galliant last seconds win over Manchester City, went off to Harrogate yesterday for a week’s relegation. After they great victory, per Billy Higgins goal, Everton deserve a holiday, for they provided us with a great thrill; marvellous fighting spirit and endeavour, and at a time when it seemed that the fates were against them. To face the power of City with Hedley in the dressing room on orders from the referee; with Sagar nursing a right knee injury and Jack Grant playing right back was a tremendous task, but they did it with that same earnestness and efficiently which has of late brought them so many League points. As City piled on the pressure and yet crowded so much that Tommy Jones and company because almost jubilant, one could always foresee that a sudden breakaway could bring Everton a goal. It did –with a suddenness and perfection that made this a wonder finale. Fielding and Stevenson were mighty in that one building-up movement the unexpectedness of which caught City’s defence “on one leg.” One point of pressure City ought to have won, but Everton never once faltered, handicapped as they were. This was a team victory in every sense, but with Jones the dominant force of the whole game. If ever we needed confirmation that this is Tommy’s best-ever season then he provided it in his utter defiance of Smith, Hart and Linacre, despite the “loving arms” of opponents which were forever around his body. Sagar was superb under his pan and stress; Hedley and Dugdale were fine backs after ten minutes’ setting down; Farrell and Lindley were strong and purposeful, covering tremendous ground; Grant purposeful the typical “they-shall-not-pass” defender; Stevenson and Fielding showed in odd minutes more actual football skill and craft that all the City forwards put together Eglington always promised to win the game despite having two opponents on him whereas he went; and Higgins was the elusive fighting leader who was a constant nightmare to Fagan. Higgins moves to the wings would have borne goals had his colleagues been a little quicker to slip to the spots Higgins had vacated. Everton’s teamwork was magnificent and a team with that spirits cannot fail to bring fame and bonus. Well done everyone and a word of sympathy to Jack Hedley.
EVERTON HAVE A BLACN THIS WEEK-END
January 10, 1949. The Liverpool Echo
Cup-tie replays cut up next Saturday’s League fixtures. Everton will have no game owing to Birmingham City, whom they should have visited at St. Andrew’s being engaged in a replay. Everton will relish the rest, for they have had a stern tussle this last few months and a little relaxation which they are to have this week at Harrogate, will do them a world of good. The fortnight’s break will also give Ted Sagar a chance to recover from the injury received on Saturday. After the match his knee became very swollen and there seems to be a good deal of fluid there.
Hedley Was Provoked
It was a pity Everton’s dour struggle with Manchester City should have been married by the sending off of Hedley, who up to that stage had played his usual clean and scrupulously fair game. Though it might have seemed rather harsh to penalise a player for retaliation –Linaker had his first appearance to aim a kick at Hedley –the referee obviously regarded the Everton man’s offence as the more serious. There was no reason for the booing of the referee by Manchester spectators because he disallowed Clarke’s back-headed “goal.” What the spectators either missed or elected not to acknowledge was a deliberate push on Jones by another Manchester forward. I though Jones unfortunate to incur the visiting spectators’ displeasure when Smith was injured. It seemed to me that the City’s centre forward turned right into his path, and I doubt whether Jones could have avoided him had he tried. Considering that they battled for the last twenty minutes with ten men, and Sagar was limping for the major part of the game, Everton earned their victory –but only just. City had the better of matters territorially and found their men with greater ease and accuracy, but their assaults broke down against Everton’s defence which through not quite as resolute as usual was still good.
EVERTON STARS RESUME
January 12, 1949. The Evening Express
Eddie Wainwright, the brilliant young Everton inside-right, who underwent an appendix operation in December has his first serious try-out on Saturday, when he plays for the reserves in a Central League match against Newcastle United at Goodison Park. The return to activity of Wainwright is of paramount importance to Everton in view of the forthcoming cup-tie. Wainwright has made raid progress since the operation and has put on a half-a-stone. Harry Catterick, the Blues centre-forward who has had an ankle injury since the game at Wolverhampton, also has a run in this game –another important feature on cup-tie matters with the Chelsea match only two week’s away. The team is Burnett; Moore, Clinton; Bentham, Falder, Lello; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Powell, Parker.
Secretary Theo Kelly, of Everton states that the Everton cup-fighters will take a busman’s holiday on Saturday and all go to Anfield to support the Reds. Everton have a small supply of tickets for their cup-tie with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge priced at £1, 1s, 15s;s, 7s 6d, 5s 6d. Early application should be made to Goodison Park or you may be disappointed.
January 12, 1949. The Liverpool Echo
Catterick and Wainwright are included in the Everton Res team to meet Newcastle United at Goodison Park on Saturday (kick-off 2.30) This will be Wainwright’s first game since Sept 1 against Portsmouth. He has made a rapid recovery from his appendix operation. Catterick was injured in the game with Wolverhampton at Molyneux ground on Dec 4, Powell is being tried at inside left with Lello at left half-back. Team; - Burnett; Moore, Clinton; Bentham, Falder, Lello; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Powell, Parker.
EVERTON RES V NEWCASTLE RES
January 15, 1949. The Evening Express
Eddie Wainwright, Everton’s fine inside-right, was being tested out today at Goodison Park, following his appendix operation, Catterick also returned after his injury to lead the home attack. When the game commenced it was still raining, the ground being exceptionally heavy. Everton were the first to create danger, Mcllhatton placing across two fine centres that caused serious anxiety to Newcastle. Individual play by Mcllhatton nearly led to an opening goal but Catterick had his shot blocked. Wainwright and Catterick were coming through their test well and both had hard lines in not scoring. In 10 minutes Parker gave Everton the lead after Mcllhatton had paved the way. Everton increased their lead through Cattack, after 27 minutes who headed in well out of Garbutt’s reach. The Newcastle keeper time after time brought off brilliant saves. Half-time; Everton Res 2, Newcastle Res 0.
Everton “A” v. Runcorn Res
Everton scored through Lewis-after 30 minutes. Half-time; Everton “A” 1, Runcorn Res 0.
January 17, 1949. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Some good for Everton regarding the progress of “Invalids,” Manager Cliff Britton saw Everton give a grand display in beating Newcastle United 3-1 in the central League, and said to me afterwards “The boys provided some of the best football I have seen this season. I was very pleased with Eddie Wainwright who not only scored two goals but moved around well. Wainwright should be all right now. Lello tried as left half for the first time was an immense success and one of the outstanding players of the game. Harry Catterick got another knock on his ankle, but the doctor thinks he will be right in a couple of days.”
Ted Sagar is making good progress towards recovery from his knee injury and should be completely fit in another week, while Saunders is moving the right way although still feeling his groin injury a little. All the Everton players thoroughly enjoyed their relaxation at Harrogate while I should have toned them up nicely for the two tilts with Chelsea.
January 17, 1949. The Liverpool Echo
Eddie Wainwright one of the most promising forwards a couple of season ago- Jock Dodds considered him in a very light and he should know a good inside man when he sees one –but not been blessed with the best of health since his demobilisation but his troubles seem to be at an end. He had his first outing for months in the reserve side against Newcastle on Saturday last and showed some of his old brilliance and scored two goals. Manager Cliff Britton was very pleased with what he say. Wainwright is now perfectly fit, and a fit Wainwright is a menace to opposition goalkeepers with his strong shot and quick thrust near goal). Catterick who also played well until he received an injury, is improving and there are possibilities that he will be right for Saturday. A remark which also applies to Ted Sagar, who was injured in the Cup-tie with Manchester City.
January 20, 1949. The Liverpool Echo
Stevenson at outside Right with Catterick Leading
Eddie Wainwright now fully recovered from his early season indisposition and his recent appendicitis operation makes a welcome return to Everton’s team against Chelsea on Saturday, with Alex Stevenson as his extreme wing partner. Catterick is also fit again, and resumes at centre forward in place of Higgins, while Saunders coming in at right back, leaves the way open for Hedley to take over his normal position on the opposite flank. This is Wainwright’s second appearance of the season, the only previous occasion being against Portsmouth on September 1. His speed and forcefulness should add further punch to the Blues attack. This is not Stevenson’s “debut” at outside right. He played there against Preston at Deepdale two seasons ago, and the previous winter had quite a long spell in that position. Chelsea have selected the side which defeated Bristol City in the third round cup-tie. Teams; Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Hedley; Lindsay, Jones, Farrell; Stevenson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington. Chelsea; Pickering, Winter, Lewis; Armstrong, Harris, Macauley; Campbell, Bowie, Bentley, Williams, Jones.
January 21, 1949, The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton, who, like Liverpool, are concentrating on the development of junior talent with greater intensity during the days of a restricted transfer market, have signed as professional Billy Parker, their 21-year-old outside left. Parker was signed from St. Lawrence C.Y.M.C, Birkenhead about a year ago and he has played in the “A” team. For experience, Parker was then played in the “B” team, but so quickly did this tall, rangy lad develop that he was back in the “A” team again. This season, Parker has continue, to develop along the right lines and becomes a regular Central league player. Another Everton junior making the Central League grade is Eric Moore, the right back from St. Helens, who is making such a potent combination with Clinton , the Irish lad. Everton are giving trials to more new juniors on Saturday. In fact, they beat several clubs to it in securing the signature of mason, a 19-year-old inside-left from Leeds, who gained something of a reputation as a player with the B.A.O.R. Warbuton, the 17-year-old outside-right from Johnstown United, the Wrexham club, who played for Wales against Scotland in the youths international at Dumfries last Saturday and once was on Wrexham’s ground staff, will be playing for the Blues this weekend. Another newcomer will be Eric P. Jones, 16 ½-year-old outside left from Llanfair P.G., Anglesey. Increased interest is being taken in the Everton boys of Bellefield, if one judges from the letters I receive from readers. The fact is appreciated by Everton, who to keep their supporters conversant with players and club matters, are now giving out typewritten team sheets at Bellifield.
Everton “A” (v. Earle, at Bellefield, 2.45 pm); Jones (J.A.); Jones (T.E.), Rankin; Griffiths, Tansey, Doyle; Warburton, Taylor, Dobson, Mason, Rushton.
Everton “B” (v. Aintree SS, Lord Wavertree Cup, at Helsby-road, 2.45 p.m); Dunlop; Fletch, A.N. Other; Wood, Forshaw, Cross; Price, Wingfield, Cronin, Hampdom, Wainwright (j.)
Everton “C” (v. Lydiate, at Bellefield, 2.45 p.m.) Atherton; Gore, Higgins (C.); Powell (R.), McDonough, Melville; Hunter, Geddas, Martindale, Edge, Jones (E.P.).
January 21, 1949. The Liverpool Echo
Chelsea at Goodison
Blues Attack Holds Better Promise
The “Dresden Chine” team is what some Stamford Bridge fans have labelled Chelsea, who come to Goodison Park tomorrow in a vital League game which also provides a pre-view for their Cup-tie with Everton at the Bridge a week hence. Reason for the appellation is that while Chelsea are playing clever and stylish football, when they get within sight of goal they are too delicate and tender over their shooting. The same label might with some justification be tagged on to Everton, whose sometimes attractive approach work has not been rounded off in the appropriate manner. But with Wainwright and Catterick back in the attack we shall now be looking for greater force and virility from the Blues. Wainwright’s lightning dashes and first-time shooting will be welcome, and with Fielding to do the foraging and Stevenson a possible solution to the outside right problem, tomorrow’s line out way prove to be just what the doctor ordered. Two more points to Everton will lift them still further from the danger zone. But Chelsea, almost as desperately in need of points as the home club, will fight hard, and this is a game which may well go either way, though my hunch is that Everton will put it off. The Pensioners away record is hardly impressive enough to intimidate the opposition. They have won only one game away from home this season. Everton’s defence, it up to recent form, should keep Bentley and his colleagues in check, so that once again it seems to be up to the forward line. Teams; Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Hedley; Lindley, Jones, Farrell; Stevenson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington. Chelsea; Pickering, Winter, Lewis; Armstrong, Harris, Macauley; Campbell, Bowie, Bentley, Williams, Jones.
EVERTON’S CUP RIVALS ARE HERE TOMORROW
January 21, 1949, The Evening Express
Fourth Round Pre-View
Light on the forthcoming F.A. cup-tie between Everton and Chelsea will be shed tomorrow, when the teams meet in the Football League at Goodison Park. This is the second time this season that Everton have faced their cup opponents in the league match just before the cup-tie, for it happened in the case of Manchester City. It should be a grand day for the Goodison fans, with a warm re-welcome awaiting Eddie Wainwright on his first league game of the season, Wainwright’s return to fitness is timely, and I am certain that he will help to make the attack into as potent a force as the defence has become. Catterick also will be on parade, to form one of the vital links in that menacing trio, with Wainwright and Fielding. Rest assured that the Everton defence will have all the counters to the wiles of Bentley and company, in what should be a grand struggle starting at 3 o’clock. Chelsea come refreshed from a stay at Worthing. Teams; Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Hedley; Lindsay, Jones, Farrell; Stevenson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington.
WAINWRIGHT MAKES GREAT “COME BACK”
January 22, 1949. The Liverpool Football Echo
Two Goals Bring Everton Valuable Points
Chelsea Fought Gamely
Everton 2, Chelsea 1
Everton were perhaps a shade lucky to win, Chelsea had played the better football, and had missed a “stack” of goals, but Everton cannot be blamed for that. As a pointer to next week’s Cup-tie this game told us little, other than that Everton have a stiff task on hand. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Hedley, backs; Lindley, Jones, Farrell (captain), half-backs; Stevenson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Chelsea; Pickering, goal; Winter and Lewis, backs; Armstrong, Harris (captain) and Macauley, half-backs; Campbell, Bowie, Bentley, Williams, and Jones, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.L. Aldridge, Sutton Coldfield. It was rather a coincidence that Chelsea and Everton should have the opportunity of a Cup rehearsal, for a week hence they are engaged on their trek to Wembley via Stamford Bridge. Great interest was centred in the re-constituted Everton attack, which it was hoped, would bring the necessary punch into the side. There was another big crowd, in the region of 50,000, and they saw Everton open at a fast pace, and with a degree of football sense. Almost from the kick-off the Everton left-wing was sent out on a raiding expedition which came to an end before any damage had been caused to the Chelsea goal. There was, however, a possibility of an early goal to Everton when Stevenson made an astute forward pass which Catterick edged across to Fielding. The one big question was could Fielding reach the ball before the goalkeeper. He did but instead of getting full-blooded power behind his shot he miskicked and the ball went quietly towards the goalkeeper.
Two Chelsea Chances
It was then Chelsea’s turn to attack, and they had the Everton defence rather puzzled and perplexed. Sagar was fortunate to get away without a shot. One was possible had Campbell been smart enough. On the other wing there was an even more glaring opportunity when a ball came flashing across the Everton goalmouth to Jones, who sliced his effort badly. Wainwright was spoken to when he tackled the Chelsea goalkeeper who complained that he had been kicked on the leg. Pickering later had to field a long, rather tame effort from Eglington.
Eager To Shoot.
Fielding after beating Lewis might have had a shot although he was badly angled. He thought a centre would prove of better value but he did not lift the ball sufficiently and it went to a Chelsea man. From the clearance Wainwright came along with a fiery shot which Pickering saved. The Chelsea goalkeeper also made a good clean catch from a Stevenson centre. When Fielding sent across a canny pass which culmination in a glorious centre right to Wainwright’s head a goal looked a certainty. Pickering, however, had other ideas and he made a wonderful punch away. So far there had been quite a lot of goal-scoring efforts made by the Everton forwards, which was something new, for there had been a shot-shyness about them all too long. When Pickering rushed out of his goal and dived headlong into Wainwright there was an outcry, and it seemed justified to me, for Pickering did not hold back in the slightest. Wainwright was knocked out for a few moments. Although Everton were the more persistent attackers the spasmodic raids of Chelsea always made me feel there was danger about. And it came when Campbell broke through the Everton defence and shot from close in. Sagar parried the ball and Campbell in a second effort missed his chance because he handled the ball.
The Pensioners had been most wasteful with their chances, and when Armstrong made a hook back pass to Pickering the crowd thought he had blundered. But it was obvious he knew what he was doing for Pickering took the ball calmly, as though he had expected it. For some minutes Chelsea had given us cause to worry and at 29 minutes they had scored. What is more it was a former Merseysider “who did it on us.” Jones, the outside left, hooking the ball beyond Sagar and into the net. Everton replied and Catterick shot wide. Wainwright also directed one behind. The Everton defence was not quite so sound as usual. It seemed to be caught out of position all too often. With four minutes to go for half-time. Everton were awarded a penalty, Eglington had made a shot which was rising rapidly when Winter handled the ball. There was a claim, but it was not until the referee had consulted a linesman that he awarded the spot kick, Wainwright took it, and shooting low, put the ball well wide of Pickering at 41 minutes. Everton attacked for some minutes after this, but could not increase the score.
Half-time; Everton 1, Chelsea 1.
Early in the second half Williams who had been one of the live wires of the Chelsea attack, shot over the Everton crossbar. Then Chelsea were penalised for obstruction on Catterick. Jones took the free kick, sweeping the ball over to Stevenson, who had unfortunately moved inside, so that the ball belonged to a Chelsea man.
It was end-to-end football, and Bentley, from the outside right position gave Sagar a ticklish cross shot to deal with. For the next few minutes Everton launched a persistent attack without, however, causing any grief to Pickering and his colleagues. Catterick came over to the left flank to deliver a pass that looked as though it might bring something in its train. It did bring something, a corner and with the Chelsea defence all huddled up, Everton had two shots blocked away before Pickering was able to clear his lines. Armstrong was not afraid to go amongst his forwards and it was from his work that Bentley was able to gain possession on the goal-line and lift the ball close in to goal, Williams and Sagar went up to the ball together, with the goalkeeper winning the duel.
Chelsea, however, were not done with by a long chalk, and Bentley again on the right wing supplied a centre that created trouble for Everton, but they got out of it and almost straight away launched an attack themselves. Fielding had a shot deflected for a corner. This was speedily cleared to Campbell and although he got his centre across it proved of no value. Immediately following this Chelsea were awarded a free kick, and although this caused a spot of trouble for a moment, Everton were quickly at the other end, and Catterick although hampered by Harris was able to get in his shot which again went for a corner. It was fluctuating football, with both teams striving for the winner. Wainwright made a good run, only to spoil it by being too strong with his centre, which passed harmlessly across the field to Winter. There was a stoppage for a slight injury to Catterick, but when the game was resumed; Tommy Jones delighted the crowd with a back-heel clearance which surprised everyone.
Passes Go Astray
Everton’s passes were going to the wrong places, which enabled Chelsea to take up a billet in the Everton penalty area. They did not remain there for long, for Everton were soon in the Chelsea penalty area, but it was only temporary. Stevenson swept the feet from under Williams and Sagar had to punch out for a free kick, Hedley completing the clearance. Good class movements were now at a premium and neither goalkeeper had any cause for nerves although Pickering had to save a long shot by Saunders. Everton indulged in too much passing, and the crowd showed its displeasure. An injury to a Chelsea player caused the referee to do something which is rarely seen on a football ground. He examined the studs of Wainwright’s boots.
All Trying Hard
Wainwright was putting in all he knew. He made one long run and then just petered out because he had nothing left with which to deliver a shot. The game came back to life when Stevenson offered Fielding a chance to shoot, but the Everton inside left did not seem inclined to take it, and so lost a golden opportunity. In the next minute, however, he made a header of merit, which Pickering had to turn over his crossbar. A mispass by Eglington let in Campbell, and matters became rather desperate from an Everton point of view. Williams might readily have taken a goal, and then the Everton goal was lucky not to fall when a ball cannoned back from Williams and was trickling towards the goal-line when Hedley come a long and cleared.
At this stage Chelsea were trying might and main for the lead, and the Everton defence had to put in some strong work to prevent them getting it. The Londoners had got the Everton defence on the wrong foot, and Bentley made a header which seemed all over a goal for Sagar had come out, but the Everton goalkeeper, with a cat-like leap, got back to make a miraculous save, pushing the ball over the bar. A minute later Everton had taken the lead, Wainwright picked up a loose ball well outside the penalty area, moved forward a pace or two and then let drive. The next thing we saw the ball in the net. Pickering, although he leapt across could not manage to keep the ball out. Final; Everton 2, Chelsea 1.
BURY RESERVES V EVERTON RESERVES
January 22, 1949. The Liverpool Football Echo
Bury res;- Heywood, goal; Fairclough and Kelly, backs; Halpin, Wood and Daniels, half-backs; Wright, Dolan, Crosbie, Kavanagh, and Hogan, forwards. Everton Res; Burnett, goal; Moore and Dugdale, backs; grant, Falder and Lello, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Bentham, Lewis, Powell, and Parker, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. McCann (Preston). Bury went ahead in six minutes, Dolan netted with a cross shot. Everton were hard pressed, but good work by Bentham led to Lewis equalising in 24 minutes. Two minutes later Wright regained the lead for Bury with a shot just inside the post. Mcllhatton did some clever raiding for Everton. Half-time; Bury Res 2, Everton Res 1. Everton made raids on both wings on the restart. Parker brought Heywood to an excellent save. Heywood also turned away a drive by Bentham. The work of the Everton inside right was a feature of the Everton play. He made several openings which were held up by off-side, but Powell tested Heywood. Full time; Bury Res 3, Everton Res 2.
BLUES CUP REHEARSAL WITH CHELSEA
January 22, 1949. The Evening Express
Pensioners Take Lead By Goal from Former Tranmere Player
Wainwright Scores a Penalty on Season’s League Debut
Eddie Wainwright, Everton’s brilliant young inside-right, celebrated his return to League football this season with a penalty goal against Chelsea at Goodison Park today. Wainwright’s spot kick three minutes from the interval put Everton on level terms, Benny Jones, the ex-Tranmere Rovers’ winger having placed the Pensioners in front just on the half-hour. In a terrific second half battle, both attacks missed simple chances. Tommy Jones was again the dominant centre-piece of an Everton defence which was not as sound as it had been in recent weeks in face of a fast moving Chelsea attack. A big welcome greeted Eddie Wainwright on his return to the Everton side for Today’s full-dress rehearsal at Goodison Park for next week’s fourth round F.A cup battle against Chelsea. Wainwright made his first senior appearance of the season, coming in at inside-right, with Alex Stevenson taking over the extreme right wing berth. Everton also had Harry Catterick back at centre-forward –his first appearance since he was injured at Wolverhampton on December 4th – George Saunders, resumed at right back, Hedley switching over to the exclusion of Dugdale. Chelsea were represented by the side which defeated Bristol City in the third round of the Cup. The Pensioners had with them their new £17,000 wing half-back Frank Mitchell from Birmingham, but he watched the game from the stand. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Hedley, backs; Lindley, Jones, Farrell (captain), half-backs; Stevenson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Chelsea; Pickering, goal; Winter and Lewis, backs; Armstrong, Harris (captain) and Macauley, half-backs; Campbell, Bowie, Bentley, Williams, and Jones, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.L. Aldridge, Sutton Coldfield. A 50,000 gate saw Chelsea open in lively mood and Sagar had to look nippy in taking Hedley’s headed back pass as Bentley raced in. When Everton moved to the attack they should have taken the lead, for Catterick, taking possession in midfield, made effective progress before slipping a perfect through pass down the middle for Fielding. Unfortunately Fielding failed to make direct contact, just managing to touch the ball slightly with only Pickering to beat. This was a let-off for Chelsea. Revealing neat constructive football, the Chelsea forwards were quickly back in the Everton goal area, and it was lucky for the “Toffees” that Jones managed to deflect a Benny Jones cross pass before it reached the in-running Campbell.
Chelsea came again and there was another close call for Everton when Bentley flicked the ball outwards, only to see Jones, who was ideally positioned, slew his drive yards wide of the near post. This was certainly fast all-action football, and there were visions of an opening goal for Everton when Wainwright swept the ball through for Fielding to outwit Lewis, but “Nobby”s centre was poorly placed. Stevenson gained possession and turned the ball back for Wainwright to try a fierce drive from 30 yards, Pickering saving low down by the near side post. A Stevenson-Catterick link-up enabled Stevenson to level a perfect cross to which Pickering went up like an acrobat and just managed to pull down. The reappearance of Wainwright had undoubtedly added thrust to the Everton attack on the showing so far, and the crowd roared “goal” when Eddie headed in brilliantly from Stevenson’s corner. They were too soon, for Pickering flung himself sideways to bring off a magnificent save when all seemed lost. Wainwright was proving that he had not lost any of his old zest and strength on the ball, and this Everton attack was in a mood which promised goals. After Sagar had dealt with a Bowie header, Everton made tracks once again and Catterick slipped the ball aside for Eglington to drive in ferociously but rather too high. The first stoppage came after 15 minutes, when Wainwright was slightly hurt in a thrilling challenge for possession with Pickering, but fortunately he was able to return after attention. There was still any amount of purpose behind the Chelsea front line when he swung into action, and on one occasion Campbell swept through on his own, regardless of all challenges only to find Sagar foiling him with a point-blank save by the upright. A choice diagonal pass by Farrell sent Eglington away, and Armstrong tackle forced the ball across-field to Stevenson. A through ball from Stevenson was pounced on by Wainwright, and although harassed by Lewis, Wainwright dropped the ball just over the angle of the woodwork from an incredible angle.
Jones To The Rescue
Once again Chelsea came into the picture with Bentley moving out to the right to take Campbell’s pass in his stride, and across a high ball to the far post, where Sagar pulled it down but only sufficiently to allow the unmarked Williams to lob it back into the centre of the goalmouth. Happily Jones was right on the spot to force the ball clear before Bowie could make contact. There was little to choose between two fast moving teams at this stage, and Armstrong revealed an ice cool football brain when he flicked Catterick forward pass. Intended for Fielding, over his shoulder to the waiting Pickering. Following a fierce Everton attack, Chelsea went away to take the lead after 29 minutes. Bowie flicked the ball sideways for Benny Jones, the former Tranmere Rovers’ winger, who had moved inside, to give Sagar no chance with a perfectly placed cross drive to the roof of the net. Everton’s immediate retaliation was a sharp Wainwright right footer, again from an awkward angle, but Pickering was not unduly worried. Then Catterick was offered a shooting avenue, but sliced his shot well off the mark. For a time play was of a rather scrappy nature with Everton remiss in their passing, but when they did return to the attack Fielding after the ball coming back to him, and switching it out to Eglington. Catterick flung himself desperately at Eglington’s centre, but failed by inches to connect. Stevenson, who was finding Lewis a doughy opponent, earned applause for a brave attempt to beat three men in the most confined space, but broke down at the third attempt.
With three minutes remaining before the interval Everton drew level from a penalty awarded when Armstrong was ruled to have handled following a half-the-length-of-the-field run by Eglington. Everton claimed strongly that Armstrong had knocked the ball down and Referee Aldrich’s attention was called by a linesman who had a perfect view of the incident, and made it quite clear that there had been a handling offence. Wainwright took the spot kick and signalised his return to the game by giving Pickering no chance.
Half-time; Everton 1, Chelsea 1
Both attacks made quick excursions straight from the resumption, but neither goalkeeper was tested. There was infinitely more danger to Everton when the fast moving Williams swept through solo, held off a Fielding pass, and let go a terrific right-footer which flashed a yard over the top. Then Bowie took a Winter pass in his stride and also tried one which was just as narrowly off the target. Now it was Everton’s turn and Eglington was just too slow to connect with Stevenson’s cross with his left foot. This was one of the most exciting tussles seen at Goodison Park this season, and Sagar had all his work cut out to deal with a perfectly placed Campbell centre from the line.
After Stevenson had made a brave effort to force his way beyond four opponents, Chelsea swept back again to the attack, but were still unable to take advantage of some rather remarkable hesitancy on the part of the Everton defenders. Rarely have I seen a game fought out at such remarkable pace, the ball being swept from end to end in the space of seconds. Not surprisingly the pace slackened slightly, but Tommy Jones had to produce one of his cleverest “tricks” on one occasion to keep the enterprising Bentley out of shooting range. There was a chance for Everton when Catterick moved to the right but the Everton centre-forward spoilt matters by placing his pass too far ahead for Fielding to reach, and Pickering had an easy task in leaving his charge to pick up. Try as they might neither forward line could produce a shot capable of doing any damage although Wainwright who was staying the pace well, forced his way through and drove an angle shot just wide of the upright. Wainwright again made a brilliant attempt to break through, only to be beaten back by weight of numbers. Tommy Jones almost gave the spectators heart failure by the timidity of his pass back. Fortunately Sagar had run out to pick up. Four minutes from the end Wainwright gave Everton the lead with a left foot drive from fully 25 yards. Everton 2, Chelsea 1. Official attendance 52,700.
BURY RES V EVERTON RES
January 22, 1949. The Evening Express
Goldan gave the home side the lead in six minutes, and after being over-played, Bentham broke through for the visitors on the right. From his centre Lewis got an equaliser. The home side quickly went ahead again to Wright, and after this the game became more even with Bentham conspicuous with much good prompting. Mcllhatton missed with a fast shot, and just on the whistle Cavanagh finished weakly when clean through the Everton defence. Half-time; Bury Res 2, Everton Res 1.
Parker made poor use of a well-laid attack, shooting over when unmarked, but later he caused the Bury keeper concern by placing a shot over the bar. The home goal later had an amazing escape when Bentham and Lewis both strove desperately to shoot through with three Bury defenders on the floor. Bentham equalised after 71 mins and seven mins, from the end Crosbie put Bury in the lead again. Final; Bury Res 3, Everton Res 2.
Everton “A” v. Earle
Everton were far superior and led at half-time 6-0, McNamara (3), Dobson (2), and Taylor scored.
WAINWRIGHT LAST LAP GOAL WON THE POINTS
January 24, 1948. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Ernest Edwards (“Bee”)
Everton 2, Chelsea 1` (52,700 spectators)
Everton won on the last lap and Chelsea, like Manchester City lost where defeat appeared impossible. Chelsea changed their colours to red –and were their faces red when they walked off beaten by a slippery eel named Wainwright? It was a false, football result so far as standards of play are “concerned. Chelsea gave a polished display of the best arts; Outside the penalty area they were masters of the winning team. Their play consisted of collaboration in which the player with the ball awaited delivery of his pass until he found a comrade in an open spare ready to take up the movement. It was systematic and the methodical transfer plan riddled the home ranks. Football of this character can be so simple and so effective if the line of attack had the wit to take up a position away from, instead of rubbing shoulders with, a rival. That was the difference between the teams. Chelsea’s Williams was a very able and tricky inside forward and Bentley, centre forward, went to the wing to escape Tom Jones’ grip and Bentley as an outside right is a first-class centre forward.
Stevenson’s train was on the wrong line. Signals were against him and the one moment when he shone was when he went sweeping his way near a touchline and the referee had a word with him about the way of tranressors. Wainwright –Back to the joys of football. Everyone happy to witness his personal endeavour. This smart luckless young man now took two goals, one a penalty insisted upon by a linesman after the referee had refused a penalty award to equalise the beautifully made and conclusive goal scored by Jones (ex Tranmere) and two the golden goal near time after a Chelsea avalanche of attack threatening the grand stand of Jones and Sagar with both backs assisting nobly. Catterick began with the through pass to Fielding to make a goal ninety-nine times in a hundred. After that instant delivery was apparently taboo and 70 per cent of Everton’s passes went to Chelsea. Catterick belies his pator of face by sturdy legs and broad shoulders, yet the line of five lacked bulk, I fear. Fielding flourished in his own manner with mans that he careered along to open wide the Chelsea gates before offering his pass, Resulting in what? Precious little especially as Eglington was below his best and corner kicks became goal kicks.
The Everton attack unwilling to copy Chelsea’s co-operative plan, each went a –wheeling and Harris (dour), dominating and influrred with Winter approaching clamped down on the individualists. I award the Everton attack high praise for constancy and last-minute flourishes, but I warm then Chelsea surely will not be so puerile in front of goal next week. Their Pickering, goalkeeper is the biggest kicker since B. Howard Baker and varies his tactics with a throw to a winger, showing admirable judgement. Sagar was saved by Hedley when a lob to an empty goal threatened a goal to end all Everton changes. The most sparkling item apart from Wainwright penetration was one tit-bit by Tom Jones at which the crowd warmed because it was enlightening a classic feint and clearance that should have been firmed for future reference. This stroke of genius showed the heart of the general football follower is in the right place. It is the man who wants’ a win-at-any-price who tells the professor what to do with the ball. Shame on him.
• Everton “A” 8, Earle 0
• Aintree 1, Everton “B” 3, Lord Wavertree Cup First round
LINDLEY IS AN EVERTON CUP-TIE DOUBTFUL
January 24, 1949. The Evening Express
Pull Thigh Muscle In Goodison ‘Rehearsal’
‘Toffees’ Golf At Ormskirk
By Pilot (Don Kendall)
Maurice Lindley, the Everton right half-back, is the one player of all Merseyside’s F.A. Cup-fighters to be on the “doubtful” list for next Saturday’s fourth round duel – Everton at Chelsea. Lindley had the misfortune to pull a thigh muscle two minutes before the end of Saturday’s game at Goodison Park with Chelsea and had to leave the field. The injury has been strapped up and the strapping will not be taken off until tomorrow, so until then we shall not know much more about it. Pulled muscles cannot be put right quickly, and with only five days before the vital game it is extremely unlikely that Lindley will be able to play. This is hard luck coming at a time when Everton are playing so consistently and with a settled side. The Everton players were having a day’s relaxation at Ormskirk Golf Club today, but will be at Bellefield tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. Manager Cliff Britton states that after today all the work will be done at home, and he has decided against even a day away for brine baths.
My opinion that Eddie Wainwright is one of the outstanding inside forwards in football was emphasised by Everton’s 2-1 win over Chelsea for which Wainwright got both goals to make this quite a happy return to activity. Everton I am assured had one of their off-days, but if they could beat their cup rivals without striking their best what can they do when they do reproduce their true abilities? The narrowness of Saturday’s win has not damped my hopes about the visit to Stamford Bridge. Colleagues Radar writing of Everton’s latest triumph- their eighth home win –states; “Everton will have to improve on this showing to win in London, but by the same rule Chelsea will have to find some solution to the Wainwright problem if they are to survive. Wainwright is the man Chelsea have to fear for right from the start he always was threatening to get goals and although his shooting was not always on the mark at least he set an example to his colleagues in shooting enterprise. Wainwright’s equaliser to Benny Jones’s goal was an object lesson in penalty-taking, and his winner four minutes from the end was a mighty drive which reminded me of one of Tommy Johnson’s “specials” of the past. This was a neatly-balanced Chelsea side providing long spells of sparkling attacking football, but when they reached the penalty-area they seemed inesmerised. The Everton defence was at times strangely hesitant, but this was not a good day for the Toffees for neither the wing halves not Fielding and Eglington were at their best, and although Catterick and Stevenson were industrious Alex did not seem to take kindly to the outside right. One main Everton fault was the long kicks into the Chelsea penalty area – too aimless to be useful. Still, a welcome if hard-earned win.”
BAD NEWS FOR EVERTON
January 24, 1949. The Liverpool Echo
Lindley Doubtful Starter
Pull-Thigh Muscle Injury
Bad news for Everton is that Maurice Lindley is almost certain to be absent from Saturday’s Cup-Tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, due to a pulled-thigh muscle sustained in the last minute of the game at Goodison. He was immediately strapped up by Trainer Cooke and will rest until he sees the doctor tomorrow, but his chances of being fit in time are very slender. Last occasion Lindley suffered a similar injury was in the second game of the season, against Portsmouth and it was several weeks before he was ready for a trial run in the reserve string. the rest of the team came through with nothing worse than minor knocks, which will yield to treatment in the interim. Most of the players had a day’s relaxation playing golf at Ormskirk today, and for the rest of the week will follow normal training routine. The Chelsea players suffered no injuries likely to keep any of them out of the Cup-tie.
If the Goodison game can be regarded as any guild to Saturday’s Cup-tie, then it would seem that with the venues reverted Chelsea must have good hopes of getting their revenge – providing they don’t throw away chances with the same reckless abandon. With considerably more scoring openings than Everton had they rarely tested Sagar. Had they been as good in front of goal as they were in midfield they would have wrecked Everton’s home record. But a point to bear in mind in relation to the next tussle between the pair is that Everton were not up to the form they have displayed of late. The defence was not as assured and confident as it has been, and the attack did not move with the consign, and method that we saw in the game against Manchester City and Middlesbrough. Catterick though a hard trier stack a little too slavishly to the middle; Fielding seemed afraid to shoot when the situation cried aloud for a first-time effort, and Stevenson had been so long nurtured in the inside position that he could hardly expect him to blossom out as a heaven sent extreme winger. With Eglington passing more to Chelsea players that to his wingmen this left Wainwright as the only real hope of the side. Wainwright was the toast of the terraces, for after equalising Benny Jones early goal, a well taken penalty, he register a victory with a great shot in the last four minute, which appropriately rounded off a fine display. Yet even Wainwright was not a the drawing player we know he can be. They could hardly be expected after his long absence from the game, it will take him between a couple of weeks before he gets back to the real best, but in the mean time he was bring greater efforts to the front line.
EVERTON’S CUP SIDE
January 27, 1949. The Liverpool Echo
Mcllhatton And Lello In
Lindley and Higgins Unfit
Chelsea Make No Change
Everton make three changes – one a positional switch –in their Cup side to meet Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Lindley’s thigh muscle injury keeps him out of the team, and Farrell crosses over to right half, with Lello coming in at left half. Lello has shown good form in this position in recent matches with the Central League X1. Higgins, who twisted his ankle in training last week, had a fitness test this morning but failed to come through satisfactorily, so Mcllhatton, who was yesterday granted, his request for a transfer, takes over from Stevenson at outside right, the team reading;- Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Hedley; Farrell, Jones, Lello; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington.
Chelsea will field the same eleven as last week, and the reports which reach me from Stamford Bridge say the Pensioners are pretty confident of their ability to get through. Chelsea; Pickering; Winter, Lewis; Armstrong, Harris, Macauley; Campbell, Bowie, Bentley, Williams, Jones.
CHANCES FOR LAST 16 IN CUP
January 28, 1949. The Evening Express
Toffees’ Bridge Task
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton face one of the most exacting problems of the whole round in going to Stamford Bridge, where they were beaten 6-0 in the League game. Everton offset that defeat by winning last rehearsal 2-1 and without apparently touching their best form. If Everton do strike their best vein, then they will not lose; in fact, I expect to see them force a replay because of the sheer power of their defence. The return of the Wainwright-Mcllhatton wing should add power to the attack, while the strong Lello can take care of the scheming Bowie. Here’s wishing good luck to the Blues on this great day. Chelsea; Pickering; Winter, Lewis; Armstrong, Harris, Macauley; Campbell, Bowie, Bentley, Williams, Jones. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Hedley; Farrell, Jones, Lello; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington.
CAN EVERTON DO IT
January 28, 1949. The Liverpool Echo
That is the question which all Everton fans are anxiously asking. Can the Blues –who tomorrow will play in white, due to the colour clash –repeat last week’s victory over Chelsea with the venues reversed? On the basis of their showing then it looks very doubtful, but there is the encouraging fact that last Saturday’s display was the worst Everton have put up for several weeks, and they may be in better form at Stamford Bridge. Their lack of marksmanship away from home cannot last forever. This would be a happy occasion for them to break loose and end the sequence of goalless efforts. Chelsea have one doubtful starter, Harris is suffering from a painful boil. If he cannot play, Warren will deputise. Chelsea; Pickering; Winter, Lewis; Armstrong, Harris, Macauley; Campbell, Bowie, Bentley, Williams, Jones. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Hedley; Farrell, Jones, Lello; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington.
A CHELSEA DOUBT
January 29, 1949. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
When 3,000 travelling Everton followers left Lime Street, at midnight, they were able to buy, a special Daily Post edition carrying an Up For The Cup column to which Manager Cliff Britton contributed by telephone, a message of good hope. Mr. Britton told me that the players were fit and confirmed that Chelsea have a doubtful in Harris their captain for whom Warren will deputise at centre half if necessary. Chelsea were beaten in the tie rehearsal at Goodison Park a week ago, but played convincing up to goal, and Everton will do well to repeat their victory. However in the course of many weeks Tom Jones and his co-defenders have been consistently close and Chelsea cannot hope to prise them apart unless they finish with greater conviction. Everton players last night saw Annie Get Your Gun” and Harry may take the hint and get his.
Former Everton cup stalwart Fred Geary and John D. Taylor – who captained the first cup winning Everton in 1906 –will look eagerly for Everton success. Geary celebrated his 81st and Taylor his 77th birthday this week. Chelsea; Pickering; Winter, Lewis; Armstrong, Harris, (or Warren), Macauley; Campbell, Bowie, Bentley, Williams, Jones. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Hedley; Farrell, Jones, Lello; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington.
Hartlepool Mail - Saturday 29 January 1949
The Stamford Bridge ground, where Chelsea met Everton, was on the edge of a thick blanket of fog at 9-30 a.m.. and two hours before the gates opened, there were not more than 20 people, almost all of them Everton fans, in the queue An official said: In 29 years experience of the ground I have not seen such a small crowd in the morning before Cup-tie '' At that time, it was possible to see from one side of the pitch to the other. At the head of the queue. Mr. James Singleton, of Everton, told a Press Association reporter ; “With about 3,000 more supporters I came overnight from Liverpool in a train so packed In the corridors that it was impossible to sit down.''
EVERTON FOUGHT GAMELY TO LAST MINUTE
January 29, 1949. The Liverpool Football Echo
Matched Chelsea in Craft, Lacked Final Punch
Bowie Goal Started Cup Exit
Chelsea 2, Everton Nil
Chelsea got the goals, Everton should have had some. One could not be too critical over what one could not see plainly. Chelsea;- Pickering, goal; Winter and Lewis, backs; Armstrong, Harris (captain) and Macauley, half-backs; Campbell, Bowie, Bentley, Williams, and Jones (B.), forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Hedley, backs; Farrell (captain), Jones (T.G.), and Lello, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. H.W. Moore, York. The early-morning fog in the London area promised to “blackout” the Chelsea-Everton Cup-tie but as the day progressed the sun came out and in London itself there was a glorious morning. On arrival at Stamford Bridge, however, it was not at all promising, for there was a mist sufficient to make things difficult for onlooker. In view of the conditions it was decided to start seven minutes before the scheduled time for the kick-off. The far side of the field was a haze and it would be a matter of guess work as to what was actually taking place. The doubt about the Chelsea captain was cleared, for it was made known immediately that he would play. He had a boil on his arm. Everton played the team selected. This was the only match of any importance in the city, and there was a crowd of about 40,000. The game opened at a cracking pace, and after Sagar had handled, Everton went off by some good class football which ended in a shot by Fielding which Pearson hugged to his body.
A Possible Chance
To follow the play Pickering stood yards out of his goal. The Everton goal was again visited and Campbell shot wide with a possible chance. Both goalkeepers were called into action, but they were not fiercy shots, and Williams should have done better then slew the ball wide to Campball, who could not penetrate the Everton defence. It was a day to shoot whenever the opportunity showed itself, for a goalkeeper’s task was not easy. Everton produced some good football moves. Fielding went after a Farrell pass and was only beaten by inches. Bentley, no slave to the centre-forward position, drifted over to the left and seemed full of danger, particularly when he found the ball moving back to him and the Everton defence had to get together to hold him up. There was little between the teams in point of the attack, and the defences were solid and compact. Fielding, with one canny pass, brought trouble to the Chelsea defenders and when Wainwright shot, Armstrong headed out. The return to Catterick who shot instantly and Pickering had to slip across the goal smartly to watch the ball pass narrowly wide. At this point Everton were having the better of matters and Pickering had to make another save. At the other end, Williams, when only eight yards from goal, volleyed the ball high over.
What we could see was quite good, Wainwright put a perfect pass through to Catterick who was challenged by Pickering, who was injured and had to leave the field – time 21 minutes –and Williams went into goal. What is more, Williams did uncommonly well when he was twice called upon. Everton had been the more dangerous side, although Chelsea had a chance, but their shooting efforts could have been improved upon. Everton were awarded a free kick for a trip on Wainwright by Harris, Jones’s shot had plenty of power behind it, but was slightly of the mark. Pickering had just returned having been absent five minutes. He was none too sure in his first call after he had come out of goal. The nearest thing to a goal came when Williams shot against the upright. A free kick against Everton was of no value to Chelsea, who however, were stronger attackers now that they had a full complement of forwards. Tommy Jones was injured and play was held up a few minutes. Then Sagar, made a confident save from a corner kick taken by Campbell. It had been a keen tussle with Everton perhaps the slightly better side. Near the interval the Everton goal almost fell when Williams’s header from Campbell’s cross passed narrowly outside. Mcllhatton had put across some nice centres, and once, when Pickering rushed out and jumped high to take the ball, he came a purler, but Chelsea were not made to pay any penalty.
Half-time; Chelsea 0, Everton 0.
Seeing was even more difficult when the second half opened, but the light may not have been so bad on the field. I saw Lello made a good shot and Pickering a good save. Bentley, although with his back to the goal got in his header, but it was no trouble for Sagar. Bentley proved that a centre forward need not be nailed down the middle to be dangerous. He had been moving, all about through the game and at last got his reward. Bentley slipped by the Everton defence and delivered a centre that Bowie collected close in and cracked to the back of the net. Time, 52 minutes. Everton hit back and Winter had to make a hurried clearance to prevent an equaliser.
Everton Hard Pressed
Benny Jones shot across the Everton goal, with Bentley throwing himself in swallow-dive fashion to try and get his head to the ball. For some minutes Chelsea got on top, and Sagar had to leap high to make a good catch. Half a minute late he tipped over a hard shot from Williams. At last Everton got away from their defensive role, and Mcllhatton made a good run and shot which Pickering punched up and ran out to collar the ball as it dropped. Sagar held a Benny Jones header, and Pickering went down on his knees to keep out a Fielding shot. Play was held up while Fielding was attended to for an injury to his face.
Everton were not down with, and they won a corner, but it was speedily cleared and Williams had a fine run but finished with a bad shot. Everton came near to snatching an equaliser. Pickering saved from Mcllhatton and Wainwright in turn, the latter a punch-away of the old school. Everton were working hard for the equaliser, and again Pickering had to punch away this time from Wainwright. It should have come when Wainwright made an opening for Catterick who shot wide. Straight from the Chelsea went on to score a second goal after Sagar had “palmed” away a Jones shot for a corner. This proved fatal, for Campbell’s corner kick was piloted into the Everton net by Williams ten minutes from the end. Wainwright almost reduced the lead with a header. Chelsea had been the more likely scorers in the first half, although Everton had made some fine attempts to beat Pickering. Official attendance 56,671. Final; Chelsea 2, Everton 0.
BOLTON RES V EVERTON RES
January 29, 1949. The Liverpool Football Echo
On a slipper ground Everton were much the quicker and cleverer side. Lewis scored in 16 minutes, and after Jackson had equalised for Bolton, Lewis headed a second goal for Everton and Corr a third from a twice-taken penalty kick. An injury to Barton was a handicap to Bolton. Half-time; Bolton Res 1, Everton Res 3. Full Time; Bolton Res 2, Everton Res 4.
Everton “A” v. Orrell
Everton combined well from the start, and Taylor scored in 4 minutes. Dobson scored a second goal, and only Orrell’s great defence and Ritchie’s grand goalkeeping kept the score down. Half-time; Everton “A” 2, Orrell nil. Final; Everton “A” 5, Orrell 0.
January 29, 1949. The Evening Express
Fine First Half Display
Then Goals by Bowie and Williams Seal Their Fate
A goal by Bowie, the little Chelsea inside right, in 53 minutes gave Chelsea the lead against the run of the play against Everton in the F.A. Cup-tie at Stamford Bridge. Everton were the better side in the first half when Chelsea were without goalkeeper Pickering for five minutes but could not force home their advantage. Chelsea were in command for long spells in the second half, goalkeeper Pickering being idea for one spell of 20 minutes. Williams made sure of Cup progress when he scored a second goal in 78 minutes as this completed the scoring. The referee ordered an early start because of the fog. The two clubs agreed to start seven minutes before schedule –a wise decision. When the team took the field there was some sunshines, and from the Press box it was possible to see both goals, but not the crowd on the far side of the ground. Everton had an unchanged team and John Harris, the Chelsea skipper doubtful yesterday owing to a boil decided to turn out. Lello was having his first game with the Everton seniors at left half. Mcllhatton was having his first game since Boxing Day, and Saunders, Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Lello and Catterick were having their first cup-tie of the season. About 2,000 Everton fans made the journey by road and rail wearing black and white colours and not the usual blue which was worn by Chelsea. Chelsea;- Pickering, goal; Winter and Lewis, backs; Armstrong, Harris (captain) and Macauley, half-backs; Campbell, Bowie, Bentley, Williams, and Jones (B.), forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Hedley, backs; Farrell (captain), Jones (T.G.), and Lello, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. H.W. Moore, York. Thousands of spectators missed the kick-off because of the changed arrangement, but there was still a crowd of about 60,000 present for this one big London cup-tie. Everton provided the first thrill of the day when Mcllhatton turned the ball inside nearly for Fielding to go on and let go a rising shot, which Pickering held to his chest. Chelsea came back for Campbell to head just below the far post, and when Campbell came again he was brought down on the edge of the penalty area.
The free kick became the property of Tommy Jones, and away went the Merseysides for Eglington to come to inside right and cross the ball, but Harris intercepted. Williams darted through to try and take a Campbell pass, but Sagar was dead in position to save. Mcllhatton and Catterick raided well for Mcllhatton to sweep a ball into the centre where Lewis and Harris just contrived to hold up fleet-of-foot Wainwright. Another close-up free-kick failed to bring grist to the Chelsea mill and when Armstong followed up enterprisingly his shot was well off the mark. Everton sprang to the attack in great style the whole line coming into action. Wainwright shot grandly for Winter to intercept. The attack was maintained, Catterick shooting for Harris to head away when Pickering put of position. Mcllhatton tried to force it through and when Eglington came racing in Pickering was injured in diving at his feet. Pickering recovered to make a brilliant catch high up from a surprise shot by Fielding. Chelsea responded and should have scored when Bentley placed accurately to Williams, who blinded it high over from six yards. Everton had settled down to become the more dangerous side and the forwards were moving with speed, and accuracy and always willing to “have a go.” Pickering made a daring dive at the feet of Catterick in 24 minutes and cut his head so badly that he had to be walked off the field Williams going into goal celebrated by dashing out to catch and hold a centre bearing the leader “goal.” It was only natural that Everton should pile on the pressure and the Chelsea defence panicked when Williams came out, but managed to survive several weak and hurried attempts to clear. Williams held a half centre half shot by Mcllhatton and then Wainwright was racing through on his own when Harris came across and uprooted him just outside the penalty area.
While Wainwright was being attended to Pickering came back to tremendous cheering and to see Tommy Jones’ low free kick just miss the near upright. Pickering was away only three minutes and then he took ridiculous chances racing to the edge of the penalty area, whenever Everton were on the move. Everton had a long spell of pressure but then Chelsea nearly cashed in on faulty clearances, Bowie trying a shot which came back off the foot of the post. This had been Everton’s half so far, for they lacked the more mobile combination and certainly the more dangerous. Chelsea had a menacing look in sudden raids but their finishing was lacking in conviction. Wainwright tried a surprise run and shot, but was off the mark, Harris was handicapped by the boil under his left arm and could not turn quickly. Everton had a narrow escape when the defence hesitated in going to a centre from Campbell and Williams missed it only by inches. Then Sagar who had to be particularly busy, edged aside a centre by Benny Jones. Tommy Jones, went up for a close-up free-kick, and on this being cleared he had to dash back to try and hold on sudden Bentley-Williams link-up when Williams’ shot went yards wide.
Half-time; Chelsea 0, Everton 0.
Visibility was worse on resuming and it was like ghost football. From the stand it was impossible to see exactly what was happening on the far side of the ground, but it was nice to greet Tommy Eglington on half time were we had hardly seen him in the first half. In seven minutes Bowie gave Chelsea the lead against the run of the play. It was Bentley’s goal all the way for Bentley came to outside right, and raced past Hedley. Jones (T.G.) came over but Bentley brought the ball on the inside of him
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HALF EVERTON DEFEAT WAS WRAPPED IN MIST
January 31, 1949. The Liverpool Daily Post
Chelsea 2, Everton 0
Don’t let me hear anyone say it is well Everton are out of the Cup and can now concentrate on their League position –that would be the last straw. Furthermore, a cup defeat often has repercussions in league games. A good run in the cup is a great tonic and often reflects itself in the League tournament. The conditions at Stamford Bridge could not have been worse for the onlooker, particularly newspapermen who could see no further than half-way across the held. What was happening in the goalmouth was often a matter of conjecture. I very much doubted at one whether the game would reach a conclusion, for fog reduced visibility to a point when players became ghost-like beings fitting anonymously from one place to another. In the circumstances it would not be right to be too dogmatic, but one thing is certain it was not a very lively match. It lacked the electrical touch which makes cup games different from league encounters.
It also lacked good movement and many scoring chances were missed. Chelsea were perhaps the greater shiners in this respect and it looked as though we might have to undergo the strain of extra time. There was plenty of honest endeavour with Chelsea perhaps showing more fighting spirit, but it was far from a game which will stand out in the memory. Everton had their chances when Pickering the Chelsea goalkeeper had to go off with an injury and a forward (Williams) took his place. Everton attacked with vigour and had the Chelsea defence clamped down near its own goal, but Williams son of an old goalkeeper, was able to save the three shots levelled at him. When Pickering had left the field with a facial injury sustained when he dived at Cattericks feet, a Londoner sitting near me said, “Chelsea have had it now.” He could not have known that Everton have scored but one goal away from home this season. What is more the Everton defence was not so sound as usual, although it took Chelsea fifty-two minutes’ to produce a goal. Bentley had been moving about to get away from Jones and he collected a throw-in and swept beyond two Everton men to deliver the centre which Bowie turned into a goal.
Everton were still in the fight, and Mcllhatton well piled by Wainwright flung the ball across the Chelsea goalmouth to Eglington who had a perfect opening. He should have taken a goal, but to our dismay he shot a foot outside. A goal then might have made all the difference. Shortly afterwards Williams put Chelsea two up and it was all over, although Pickering had to make saves from Fielding, Mcllhatton and Wainwright. Wainwright worked-like a Trojan and Mcllhatton, was responsible for fine centres but Catterick, could not get away from the grip of Harris who decided only at the last minute to play with a boil under his arm. Despite the handicap he played magnificently. When he headed a certain goal by Wainwright he probably won the game.
At times Everton showed a glimpse of good football strategy, but they were not moving with the rhythm of a good team and they seemed to lack confidence. The wing halves did very little prompting and Hedley was so sure as usual. It was left to Jones to stand sentinel down the middle, Sagar made some good saves.
EVERTON FEB. 12TH PLANS
January 31, 1949. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
The Football League did not arrange any First Division fixtures for Saturday, February 12 – date of the F.A. Cup fifth round – and it is to be used to play off outstanding fixtures. It is highly probable that Everton will arrange to visit Birmingham City. This match should have been played at St. Andrew’s on January 15, but the City had a cup reply with Leicester City and so the Toffees had a holiday.” As the league as well as the clubs are keen to fulfil the outstanding dates it looks as if February 12 will mean a Midlands journey for Everton who have no excuses for their cup defeat at Chelsea by 2-0. True, with only Bowie’s goal against them in a “ghost game” they had a golden chance to level the scores which might have produced the wanted replay, but let us he honest and agree that Chelsea –the best Chelsea side I have ever known –deserved to progress. Never have I enjoyed a cup-tie less than this for the very atmosphere was blotted out by the fog, and it was extremely difficult to follow the play closely. What happened on the far side of the field is purely conjecture. Even the players could not see properly above 25 yards, in fact Tommy Jones said to me afterwards that he once thought he saw Mcllhatton unmarked thirty yards away, and put along grand pass only to find he was passing not to Mcllhatton, but to Macauley the Chelsea left half. That’s how difficult it was, but unfortunately for Everton the fog never thickened much and so it was just possible to complete the game. I am certain that had we been able to see the match it would have been a thriller, and one to remember, but as it was this was no more than the shadow of a match. Everton definitely were much the superior team in the first half with little goalmouth luck or penetration, but in the second half the Londoners had matters in hand. It would be unfair to critised anyone in these circumstances, except that though Everton erred in not covering when Campbell took the quick throw-in, which led to the Bentley-made opening goal. Bentley was left to gather and take it away all in his good time. From an Everton view point the half backs were good with Lello a success on the left and Farrell giving his best display this season –of those I have seen. Mcllhatton was a complete success, in fact he flung over more likeable centres than we have had in an Everton game this season. Fielding, Jones and Sagar were good; the earnestness and much skill were there, but in the end there was no denying the attacking superiority of Chelsea. I am sorry Everton are out, for a good cup run would have given them the confidence to tackle their league problem. I refuse to believe that cup dismissal can be a bloom in any shape or form.
January 31, 1949. The Liverpool Echo
Under such circumstances it would be unwise to be hypercritical for much of what could be said was pure guesswork. No doubt the fog dampened the ardour of the spectators and what they saw could not have been heartening for it was anything but a thrilling Cup-tie. There was no great “life” about it, none of the hectic moments which go to make a Cup-tie sometimes different (write Stork). I think Chelsea were entitled to the victory. If only because they twice got the ball in the net whereas Everton should have got it there. Everton in the first half were slightly the better side without, however touching the their best, yet they could not break down the Chelsea defence, not even with a deputy goalkeeper on duty –Pickering was off the field for six or seven minutes through injury. This was Everton’s chance. They saw it and crowded on all they knew, but could not find a shot good enough to beat Williams, who made three saves in true goalkeeping style, body behind the ball. The nearest they came to scoring was when Harris playing with a painful boil under his arm, and a doubtful starter in the morning, headed out a certain goal by Wainwright. A goal then may have stuffed out Chelsea, just as Bowie’s goal practically sealed Everton’s fate. There was still a chance for Everton, particularly so when Wainwright and Mcllhatton provided Eglington with a pars laded goal, but the Irish winger, slipped the ball a foot wide, Pickering should have been left helpless. Almost immediately afterwards Williams put the issue beyond doubt with a second goal, and was given all the time in the world to get the ball down to the toe and shoot into the net. Everton worked hard but not smoothly, nor for that matter could Chelsea be claimed a good side, but they were the stronger contingent, playing with more spirit than their opponents. Bowie’s goal seemed to pluck the heart of the Northern side. Pickering played well outside his goal no doubt it helped him to fellow the run of the play better –for 40 yards was the extent of visibility. Thoughtful forwards would have tired the lob effort, which would have sent Pickering scurrying back into position. Some of the Everton fans were talking about “hard-luck!” No sirs, there was no hard luck about it. Chelsea took their chances, Everton did not. That sums up the game in a nutshell “I Think.”