July 2, 1938. Evening Express
An inquiry has been made by “Blue Spot” (Liverpool 8) regarding Everton and the outside right position. He asks; “Now Geldard has gone hat player have Everton for the position?” The first choice naturally, will be Gillick, and the club also has J. Davies and Mercer, Boyes the regular outside left, can also play on the right, and in an emergency could be moved over and Trentham brought in on the left. I know that Everton, however, will sign on anther outside right. If this is not done before the seasons opens rest assured there will be “action” in the early weeks of the season.
CREWE ALEX. SIGN FORMER EVERTON PLAYER
July 5, 1938. Evening Express.
George L. Stevens, former New Brighton and Everton centre-forward who joined Southend in 1933 and later went to Stockport has been transferred to Crewe Alexandra F.C. Stevens, a native of Wallasey, was one of the most consistent goal-scorers in the Northern Section when with New Brighton. He went to Everton at a substantial fee but had only one opportunity with the first team. He played mostly with the Everton Reserves and “A” team.
EVERTON F.C. AND VOTE-PWER PLAN
July 17, 1938. Evening Express
A further stage in the Everton F.C, one-vote-one-share controversy will be reached next Wednesday, when Mr. W. C. Gibbons, a director of the Football Club, and a member of the shareholders, Association, will reply to the circular letter issued last week under the signatures of Messrs W.C. Cuff, C.S. Baxter, A. Gates and T. Percy, members of the majority section of the newly-elected Board of Directors. The circular expressed disagreement with the proposal to after the present voting power of shareholders to one vote for each share held. The present method is for holders of three to twenty shares t have one vote, and for holders of more than twenty to have two votes. The Shareholders Association met last night and decided to hold a further meeting next Wednesday. The circular letter issued by the minority section of the Board was briefly discussed, and the feeling of the meeting was that Mr. Gibbons should make his reply to the letter at a full meeting of shareholders.
EVERTON F.C. “DIVISION” ON SHAREHOLDERS’ VOTING POWER.
July 26, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Mr. W.C. Cuff of the Everton Football Club directorate, writes; -If any further evidence were wanted to show that the “one-share one vote” proposal would be fatal of the interest of the small shareholders Mr. W.C. Gibbons, in his shareholders Mr. W.C. Gibbins, in his interview, has convincingly furnished it. The existing article gives each shareholder one vote, but the proposed alteration would give to some members three votes and to others nineteen! Surely the small shareholders will not fall for this. He now possesses his fair stake in the affairs of the club, and he will be most unwise if he gives up the substance for the shadow. Mr. Gibbins has unconsciously expressed the weakness in his proposal and has in fact given it its death blow. I fail to understand your reference to it’ further move in the Everton Football Club directorial war. Our opposition to the proposed articles of association has no connection whatever with directorial war.” Whatever that may mean. In our view the proposal to amend the articles is not in the best interest of any shareholder, and that is all there is to it.
Everton shareholders’ Association as a result of their “bun” penny scheme, treat 250 poor children of the Everton district to a day in Reynolds Park tomorrow.
EVERTON IN ADVANCE
July 28, 1938. The Liverpool Echo
Goodison Park was as silent as a grave when I reached there yesterday, I went to see if there was “anything doing” but all one could hear was the burr of the motor mover, and the hammer of a few workmen who are making some alteration to the terracing of the Gwladys Street corner. Tomorrow the players will sign on for another season, full of hope as usual, but the only new face that will be seen will be that of Milligan, former Oldham Athletic half back. Nothing in the world pleases the followers more than new players. They give him something to anticipate, but in this respect the Everton fan has little to look out for next season. He knows every player inside out, he has been expecting new men to be signed, and from the rumbling I have heard among the masses they do not look to next season with any great hopes. They saw a forward line which could score goals pretty liberally, but at the same time, they looked upon a defence which yielded goals more easily than pleased them. I think they can rest assured that Everton will go into the market before very long. Everton know there are many prominent players to be had, but are not going to buy without having the opportunity to see them in action. It is easy to make a blunder at this time of the season, and their intention to wait until they have given their men the “once over” is to be praised. It may not please the spectator, this waiting business. He would have preferred new names on the list at this stage. Everton have had a number of players in their mind’s eye for some time, but not until they see them perform in practice games will they step into the market.
My own opinion is that the Everton defence will have to be strengthened. One cannot quibble with a forward line which scored o many goals as it did last year –they put 79 in opponents’ net as compared with the champions 77 but take a look at the goals against column -75 found their way into the Everton net. What does that tell us? Just one thing; there were weaknesses in that section of the team. Is the defence likely to be any better next season? One cannot reasonably expect it to be, for the same players are there with no additional backings. Cook, Jones (J), Jackson have it between them, but I fear the Everton defence again. The half- back line, with Britton, Jones (T), Mercer and Thomson, will stand, but I would ask Jones to put a little more “bite” into his game. His football ability is beyond reproach, but he lacks that little fire so necessary in the centre half back’s game. Naturally the going of Albert Geldard has been critised in many quarters. He may have had his faults, but should Gillick get injured, what is going to happen? There is no man to fill his place. For that matter who will deputise for Boyes should he put our through injury? The successful team has good deputies. Everton, have at present few men they can put in the equal of those first team members. Alterations are going on for the extension of the board room, and the corner of the ground at the Gwladys Street end has been improved tremendously, while the boys pen has been enlarged, but what is more necessary Goodison Park way is the building up of the team. Willie Cook has been in light-training for some days, and Jock Thomson resumed from his golfing holiday at Carnousite looking a picture of fitness.
Webster Takes Charge.
Cyril Webster, the Everton inside forward, has the unique experience of being ten years with the club without making one single appearances in the First X1. Webster is not in the least concerned about it, for he has other irons in the fire, and football is not his greatest love. He can append L.L.D after his name yet for all that he takes his football seriously and puts every effort into his play. Few players can claim to have been with one club for ten years without at some time or other figuring in the Senior side. He has spent most of his time in the “A” team, which he skippered on many occasions. With the institution of the fourth (or B team) Cyril has been appointed to take charge and it goes without saying that the job will receive his full attention. Webster is employed by the P.A.C and, being an ambitious young man, should make rapid strides in his profession.