Dundee Evening Telegraph - Saturday 19 June 1948
A competition to find the best golfer among managers is being organised by Jack Cock, Millwall manager. The championship will probably can fined to London and the South for this year. Among those who have already entered are Billy Birrell (Chelsea), Jimmy Seed (Charlton), Tom Whitta'kor (Arsenal), Jack Butler (Crystal Palace), Neil M'Bait, (Leyton Orient), Harry Lowe (Bournemouth) and Bill M'Cracken (Aldershot).
June 24, 1948. The Liverpool Echo
Charlie Gee Everton’s former international centre half has been appointed trainer-coach to the new junior side which Manchester City are running this season as a fifth team, and thus links up a former Goodison colleague in Jock Thomson, City manager. Jock intends to concentrate on producing his own junior players as far as possible from the junior ranks.
June 1948. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton F.C. accounts for the year ending May 1, 1948, show the amazing, and I believe, record breaking, profit of £25,780 13s 3d. The balance sheets for every year from 1930 are before me as I write and nothing like the profit is shown. The 1932 First Division championship season showed a profit of £10,166 and the 1933 F.A. Cup-winning season a profit of £2,172. The 1939 First Division championship season brought a profit of £10,121, but even that is still £15,000 odd below last season’s astonishing financial success. Last season Everton made a profit of £8,454 and the increase this season can be attributed to the fact that gate receipts have risen from £70,920 to the dizzy figure of £103,872 which, writing without the full history of the club, must constitute yet another record. More than £3,000 over last year was received from away games showing what it means to have a good run in the F.A. Cup and to have such loyal supporters even though the club is not winning cups and shields. Income from season tickets was up by more than £1,000, and on the expenditure side we find that players wages increased from £14,035 to £16,637, but benefits dropped from £762 to £500 and players transfer fees came down from £12,000 to £3,241. Everton paid out no less than £19,241 –think of the number of clubs who would be happy with that sum as their total gate receipts –as against £9,765 the previous year, but ground expenses were up by about £3,000. The Everton club is entirely free from bank obligations, while the fixed assets are valued at £34,361 and the stands, hoardings and erractions are valued at £18, 225 less depreciation making a total of £52,286. Yes and that represents and includes Goodison Park, the only four double-decker stand ground in the world. You an add to all that current assets of £14,193 to make a total of £66,879 and provides one of the most magnificent football balance sheets I have ever seen. Granted that Everton won nothing on the field of play, but there is no disputing that never in the history of the club – and that extends for 59 years –has the club been more ably managed. If there are many, or any, questions at the annual meeting I shall be surprised, for this is a balance sheet demanding congratulations on perfect management and never a word of criticism. Yes £25,780 is the profit. The only way to conclude this Everton survey is to say “Well done to all concerned” in a grand effort.
POWELL TO JOIN EVERTON
June 26, 1948. The Liverpool Echo
Welsh International negotiations
Aubrey Powell, the Leeds United and Welsh International outside right, is to join Everton. Manager Frank Buckley, the Leeds United manager, said today that he had completed negotiations with Mr. Theo Kelly, the Everton secretary, for Powell’s transfer. Mr. Kelly, after agreeing to the price, left for a baseball match in Holland and will complete the business on his return. Powell, who is 30 years of age, joined Leeds United when he was 17, asked for his transfer a month ago, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Cardiff City have all made big offers for Powell’s services, but the Leeds directors said they were not high enough and that they had no intention of parting with him until they got what they wanted. Powell broke his leg shortly after going to Leeds but made a complete recovery. He joined the United from a junior club as an inside right, but often operated at outside right. He received his first cap for Wales in 1943.
POWELL WILL ADD PUNCH
June 28, 1948. The Liverpool Echo
The successful outcome of negotiations by Everton for the signing of Aubrey Powell is the first step towards implementing the promise made by the board to shareholders, at the annual meeting that every effort would be made to strengthen the side for next season. News may be forthcoming shortly of further developments in another direction. The need for more punch in Everton’s attack was painfully obvious last season. Their tally of 52 goals in 42 matches was almost the lowest in the First Division, only Grimsby and Huddersfield scoring less. Powell should help to remedy this defect. Not only is he a clever dribbler and ball controller, but he packs an exceedingly strong shot –and is not afraid to “have a go” whenever there is a half a chance of success. I saw him in each of his three internationals appearances last season, against Scotland, at Hampden Park, though he did not score, he was far and away the most dangerous and persistent shooter on the Welsh side, and gave Miller, the Scots custodian some very hot shots. It was the same against Ireland at Wrexham. For Leeds United he scored ten goals last winter. Though rather on the small side, measuring barely 5ft 6ins he is sturdily built, able to take all the knocks that comes his way and more than hold his own in the sternest struggle. Powell, who hails from Cyniate in South Wales, nearly had his career cut short just before the war. After suffering a broken leg he was told he would not be able to play again. But Powell off the field is a determined as he is on it. He said he would prove the medical men wrong. It was a long job and there were times when he almost despaired, but he won through in the end. First capped for Wales in 1943, he has made a dozen appearances for the Principality. Although normally an inside right, he has also played quite a lot at outside right, including one appearance there for Wales. Still a year on the right side of thirty, Powell promises to be a useful acquisition to Everton though I can foresee the Board being in something of a grandary if Eddie Wainwright gets back to his best form. Unless of course, they have Powell in mind for the extreme wing position.