EVERTON 3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST
March 2 1925. The Daily Courier.
BLUES IN A WINNING VEIN.
FINE RECOVERY AFTER LOSING A GOAL.
By vanquishing Nottingham Forest at Goodison Park, Everton gained a more comfortable position in the League, though they are not yet out of the wood. Present appearances, however, point to the Forest and Preston North End going into the Second Division unless Everton or one of the other clubs immediately above, fall to pieces. Everton posses seven points lead over the Forest, and they should make further headway in the remaining games. It was only their third victory this year, Tottenham and Burnley being the other two clubs, to forfeit the maximum points to Everton.
There was much ragged football in the Everton-Forest game; the teams as a whole rarely reaching a high standard, though there were many brilliant individual flashes. At one time in the second half there appeared danger of the game coming to a premature close so dark did it become. It was difficult to follow the ball from the stand, and the position of play could only be guessed by the actions of the players. The light improved towards the close and the game ran its full course. The Forest opened in promising style, Walker scoring hasty from Gibson's centre in three minutes. It was a brilliant effort on the part of Irvine which placed Everton on level terms, and again the Irishman was in the main responsible for the second goal, when he ran through the defence, and when the ball bounded off the goalkeeper, Broad had only to place it into the empty goal. Broad got the third goal in the second half from Chedgzoy's centre. Everton finished much better than in the match against Cardiff. Irvine was the forward of the day, the Irishman playing with the greatest dash and skill, and resource. Frequently he nonplussed the visiting backs by his elusive dribbles. He was unfortunate in not scoring more than one goal. Chedgzoy rendered valuable assistance and Broad showed an ability to get the ball into the net. The left wing was rarely prominent.
McBAIN AT HIS BEST.
McBain revelled in the going, and he demonstrated once and for all that centre half is his proper position. His tackling and placing were alike skilful and neat. Reid too played well, and Rooney justified the confidence of the directors. He tackled cleanly, and had an eye to placing the ball in good position for the men in front. Rooney only needs experience to bring him into the front flight. McDonald again stood out by reason of his sterling defensive equalities and O'Donnell also showed district skill, though inclined to be ultra cool and dribble for position before clearing. He will improve on better acquaintance with senior methods. Harland made several good saves. On the Forest side no one did better than Morgan, a real terrier, who always seemed to be where the fight was thickest. With head and feet he was continually in the picture. The backs kicked strongly in a strenuous game on a heavy ground, and forward Walker and Gibson were the outstanding figures. The Forest side on the whole, however, did not create any great stir. They were seen at the best in the first quarter of an hour, but failed to maintain the standard set. Teams : - Everton: - Harland goal, McDonald and O'Donnell, backs, Rooney, McBain (captain), and Reid, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Broad, Williams, and Weaver, half-backs, Nottingham Forest: - Bennett, goal, Bulling and Thompson, backs, Belton, Morgan, and Wallace, half-backs, Gibson Flood, Walker, Morris, and Burton, forwards.
DERBY COUNTY RESERVES BEATEN.
Derby Daily Telegraph - Monday 02 March 1925
Derby County Reserves took part another good contest in Central League, this time with Everton Reserves on the Baseball Ground on Saturday. The visitors had Virile forward line, on view with a capable left wing in Chadwick and Troupe. Chadwick shot a good deal and gave the visitors the lead before the interval. Afterwards Rowe, who gave good display, the County level, Bain again placing Everton ahead. The last goal was something of a gift for Collins, who had stopped number of good shots, did not, attempt to deal with the half-back's drive from long range. There was not much pace behind the ball, and probably Collins was unsighted, although that did not appear the case viewing the incident from the Press box. However, Everton played good football a muddy ground and were more deserving of the honours than he home team. For Derby, Pumford tried hard at centre-forward without succeeding in scoring and Storer, after long absence on the injured list, showed of his worth without unduly extending himself. But the forward line did not pull well together as a whole. Tootle was out of his place left halfback, and after the interval resumed operation at full back, changing places with Ritchie. Both teams lasted well a keen contest on an exceptionally heavy ground.
DERBY COUNTY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 2
March 2, 1925. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 30)
The visitors enhanced their championship prospects by winning this game, played on a quagmire, but there was a element of luck about their winning goal, scored nine minutes from the close. Derby's defence stood appealing for hands against Barton, when Bain went on and scored. Everton's first goal was a gem by Chadwick. Rowe equalising for Derby shortly after the interval. Everton were superior at all points except in goal, where Collins gave a magnificent display for the home side.
MENHAM SIGNS FOR EVERTON.
March 7, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Northern Nomads goalkeeper GC Menham, has signed an amateur form for Everton, and will assist the Goodison Park Club whenever his services are not required by the Nomads, who retain first claim on him. Menhan, who played for the North in the recent amateur trial match against the South, is an old boy of Wallasay Grammar School, and before joining the Nomads, he played for the Hightown Club.
March 7, 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo.
DIRECTORS WHO HAD VISIONL; A REMINSCENCE OF MR T.E.COATES.
By Victor Hall.
There is a pleasant remembrance among football enthusiasts of today when they survey the good work done for local football by the men who guided the destinies of Everton and Liverpool years ago when both clubs were in their tender youth. Some day we may recall with passing wonder the strange anxieties that witnessed the separate launchings of both clubs. The jealousies, the brickerings, even the bitterness that was engendered on one side, or on both. And yet time is a wonderful healer, and those live yet that, working once in opposite camps, have since come to know one another better, and knowing, have learned with pleasure that earlier estimates of character were misjudged or hastily formed.
A GREAT LEVELLER.
They have learned that the once bitter opponents was only a strong partisan, and that the best and passion of the argument has but hid or dimmed a kindly nature, and the beneath the angry air there beat an honest heart. Sportsmanship is a great leveller of class. If brings together the broadcloth and the corduroy, the clerical collar and the muffler, the ultra Radical and the stroutest of Tories. So may it always be. We would recall some of those giants of sportsmanship who in the part helped to mould the fortunes of both Everton, and Liverpool. Foremost them, at least in point of years, one recalls, the charming personality of the late Mr. A.T.Coates, one of the first directors of the present Everton club, and previously a committeeman of the club before they left Anfield for Goodison Park. Charming is truly the best way to describe the personality of the popular old clubman. His venerable grey beard, his invariable top hat, and a courtley old-world grace that distinguished him in any company, will be at once recall by all who ever came in contact with him. When in good health he never missed a match, and at all times his heart and soul were in the fortunes of the club, and more particularly in the care and comfort of the players themselves. He was never so happy as when among them. In their recreation or in their amusement no member of the board was more welcome than Mr. Coates, and if success came it did not spoil his interest in them. More potent in his influence with them, however, was the kindly way in which, when fortune was fickle, he still stood by “the boys.” He was not a fair-weather friend of the players. He did not desert them, or avoid their company when defeat or ill-fortune came along. Nor did he show pique or coolness with a player who had “gone off” his form. That is the testing time with every player, when be picks out real friends from the sham. No one knows than the player himself when he is having his bad time. He does not-need the jeers of an ill-informed crowd to remind him that he is “of.” He knows it better than they; sometimes, too, he knows why he is “off.” And they do not……Yet they jeer.
He may have illness or worry, or any of the hundred things that come to trouble every man who works for his bread, and still must work, but what a difference when one can work without worry or without the constant pull at the heart-strings that mental on bodily worry may bring. That is where Abraham T. Coates won the hearts of most players with whom he came in contact. He had a wonderful depth of sincerity and sympathy in his soul, and if he could not praise at least he did not blame. He understood. In return the players gave him their confidence and their respect. They came to him with their troubles and with their anxieties, and like an old confessor he heard them though to the end, and if their views needed expression at the board meeting, he was the champion to state their case, and in most cases he was an eloquent pleader, and one might add a successful one generally. With his fellow directors, too, Mr. Coates held a warm corner in their esteem. He was so genuinely sincere and earnest in every duty to him that he disarmed criticism. Whether on the ground Committee or in matters of finance, his time and his brilliant intellect and energies were always at the club's disposal. Towards the end of his career, advancing age prevented him making the long and frequent journeys in football matters he had done in earlier years, but to the very end his interest and activeies would have shamed many a younger man. With visiting committees too, he was extremely popular. Extremely fastidious in his own entertainment, his heath requiring constant care, he was always welcome and genial speaker at inner-club gatherings where he readily wit and sparkling humour were invariably the hit of the evening. One little story he used to enjoy telling against himself. After a match one day the team were returning to Liverpool by train, and in the saloon carriage, after the tea baskets had been disposed of, he was illustrating a point in offside position with a number of matches to represent players. Round him were gathered the team and some fellow directors and of course, the pressman.
THE ONE SIDE.
From the “offside” illustration. Mr. Coates progressed with his matchsticks to illustrate according to his ideas, the most successful way to carry the ball forward into a good scoring position for any match. Illustrating his points, he moved each of his forwards, and half-backs, one by one, forward on the table of play. “Here you see the centre half passes to the outside-right, who is uncovered, he passes forward and round his man, recovers, and gives to his inside forward; the inside forward instantly swings it over to the outside left, who running up, draws the defence out to him. He is speedy and gets well down to the corner flag then he whips it across where there is his centre and the inside right waiting to score.” “Quite simple you see, according to my plan,” and Mr. Coates puts down his last match. “Wait a bit, Mr., Coates” blurred out one of the players –and he was an international many times over for Scotland –“What the – is the other team doing all this time.” And Mr. Coates had forgotten that!
I was much interested to find your article on my old friend Mr. Ben Kelly. He was one of the most lovable of men, and he was brought into contact with the directors of the Everton Club when he removed from Anfield to Goodison Park, writes Mr. W. R. Clayton. His brother, Richard, was never a member of the board as you state; as a matter of fact, we saw very little of his brother, Richard, but another brother William, was of great assistance to us in planning the stands and hoarding, and was in constant attendance during the time that we put the fixtures on the ground. Mr. Ben Kelly in his department also worked very hard for the club at that time. After being on the board two or three years we had a game, I think an International or an Association Final, fixed for the ground, and certain alterations had to be made, and Kelly Brothers were the only people who could do the work satisfactorily and in the time, and Mr. Ben Kelly, therefore had to resign from the board, by the directors were very glad to re-elected him after the contract which his firm he entered into had been completed.
BURY 1 EVERTON 0
March 9, 1925. The Daily Courier.
EVERTON FORWARD' FAIL AT BURY.
PLAY STOPPED BY RAIN STORM.
The conditions at Gigg-lane were all against accurate football, but Bury adapted themselves better than Everton to the slippery state of the ground and they won by the only goal. Driving rain of great force came on as spectators were making their way to the ground, and the playing space was quickly transformed into a skating ring. In the second half a hail and rainstorm descended with such fury, that the referee stopped play, and led the players off the field for three minutes. The game was resumed, and the match concluded. Bury scored in the first half, when a centre from Robbie touched O'Donnell and placed Bullocl on side. The centre had no difficulty in scoring.
Before this Williams netted from a ball which came to him off Harrison as the goalkeeper and Weaver lay on the ground. Everton are still wondering why the referee did not allow the point. The reason for the decision against the goal was not clear, but the players' appeal was not entertained. Robbie also netted what the Bury men though was a good goal, but he, too, was given offside. Bury undoubtedly had an advantage in the forward line, where Bullock and Robbie were outstanding figures. Bradshaw at centre-half revelled in the going and gave a wonderful display of constructive tactics, his placing tackling and shooting being the feature of the game. The backs also played well. Everton lacked cohesive methods, the forwards being a line of units almost devoid of combined effort. Irvine was the best of the line, but the Irishman was inclined to hold the ball too long. These tactics did not pay on such a day. Little or no fault could be found with the rest of the team.
The halves were strong and resourceful, all three playing with skill and tacts. McBain was at his best, adding to his accustomed skill a valuable asset in driving for goal, but he had no luck. Rooney after playing splendidly had the misfortune to be injured severely in the last minute, when he was carried off the field. He sustained a badly bruised shoulder and an injury to the kneecap. He will not be able to play for some time. McDonald took ill with the flu on Friday, and his place was taken by Raitt. The Scot gave a sound display while O'Donnell's work roused the admiration of the home spectators. The Darlington lad had a fast wing to face, but he stood up to them in great style, his interventions being splendidly timed and his kicking strong and of good length. Harland gave a convincing display in goal; the Irishman saving many fine shots. Everton lost because the forwards failed to finish when they had chances early in the game. Teams : - Bury: - Harrison, goal, Heap, and Adamson, backs, Porter, Bradshaw, and Turner half-backs, Robbie, Stage, Bullock, Ball, and Amos, forwards. Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt, and O'Donnell, backs, Rooney, McBain (captain), and Reid, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Broad, Williams, and Weaver, forwards. Referee DH. Asson.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 SHEFFIELD UNITED RESERVES 0
February 9, 1925. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 31)
Everton enhanced their championship prospects by a fine win over Sheffield. The visitors were no match for the strong team fielded by the Blues, who after obtaining a good lead, toyed their opponents. The Sheffield defence held out for half an hour, but then Cock diverted a pass from Forbes into the net. Chadwick quickly added a second goal, and just before the interval Cock registered a third with a fast drive, which passed over Robinson's head into the net. Late on in the second half Cock got through again, and scored with a shot which might have been saved. Sheffield were seldom dangerous, but might have been awarded a penalty for an offensive which the referee decided was outside the area. Cock gave one of his best displays, being ever ready for an individual run while keeping his wings going in good style. Chadwick and Troup did much good work, but Wall shot badly. All the halves did well, with Bain the outstanding figure.
COCK AND FORBES TO PLYMOUTH
March 12 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton Club yesterday transferred Cock and Forbes two of their forwards to Plymouth Arygle and they are to play on Saturday against Watford in the Southern section Third Division match. Cock who signed on for Everton on January 19, 1923, and scored a goal on the following day in the League match against Stoke City. He was at one time regarded as the leading centre-forward of his day, this was in 1919-20 season, when he was with Chelsea having been transferred to the London Club by Huddersfield Town. He scored nine goals for the Yorkshire club that season, and scorer 21 for Chelsea in twenty-five League matches. He played in the victory International games against Ireland and Scotland, while he was also in the English League team against the Scottish League. In his spell with Everton, Cock scored nine goals in fifteen matches and last season obtained sixteen goals, but this season he has got only five goals and thirteen with the reserves.
Forbes was secured by Everton from Hearts of Midlothians Club of the 1921-22 season, and was originally a centre-forward, but is rather on the small side for that position. He played in ten league games, for Everton in 1922-23 season. He has played well at outside left for the reserves team this season, but in recent games has had to give way to Troup.
INTERNATIONAL FOR ARGYLE.
Western Morning News - Thursday 12 March 1925
PLAYERS FOR PLYMOUTH CLUB.
For some weeks past the Plymouth Argyle manager (My. Robert Jack) has been searching for fresh talent, and yesterday negotiations with Everton were completed for the transfer Jack Cock (centre forward) and S. J. 'Forbes (outside right). Cock is one of the most prominent footballers in the country. Prior to going to he played for Chelsea and Huddersfield, and it will recalled he led the Chelsea attack in the Cup tie at Home Park in February, 1921. In 1920 was England's centre forward v. Scotland and Ireland, while he also played the Victory international match against Wales and for the Football League against the Scottish League.
In his day Cock one of the most dangerous forwards in the country, dashing type, he loves individual ' effort, and is clever as well as thrustful. Cock comes near to his home, as he was originally from Cornwall, being born at Hayle. He is one of the most popular men in the game, being a perfectly clean player and an artist on and off the field. He is well known in the theatrical world, has a fine voice, and knows how to use it:
S. J- Forbes is young player and said to be very speedy. He is at home on either wing, and can also play at inside forward. He figured at outside right for Everton last Saturday. He has been with Everton three seasons, and played for Heart Midlothian at the same time as Bob Preston likeable man, Forbes is good player into the bargain.
A GREAT FOOTBALLER.
Our London Correspondent writes:—Jock Cock, who just, been transferred to Plymouth Argyle, completes long odyssey by returning "with all his honours heaped I upon him his native West. He is finest footballer Cornwall has far produced, Jack Cock came very near Being the greatest centre forward in the history of the game, but his form suddenly and unaccountably left him at the height his career, though he is still one England's best players he has recapured that touch of genius which once placed him in class by himself. I remember him few years ago whten the wizard Stamford Bridge all London idolized him.- A Cock goal was then a weekly feature the life the Metropolis, and when, sometimes happened, Jack failed to deliver the goods, the fact was reflected 'on the faces of the -fans for time remainder of the day. He has never been really happy since he left Chelsea, but be will regain all his old magic before very long in his own West Countree.
FAZACKERLEY & THE WOLVES. EX-CITY PLAYER RECEIVES NOTICE FROM HIS CLUB.
Hull Daily Mail - Friday 13 March 1925
The Wolverhampton Wanderers directors have given Stanley Fazackerley 14 days’ notice to terminate his agreement with the club. The reasons for the taking of such a drastic step have not been made public, but it is known that the relations existing between directors and Fazackerlev' have been somewhat strained of late. Some time ago he wa placed on tbe transfer list and then withdrawn. Fazackerley joined Wolverhampton 1922 from Everton. Previously was with Sheffield United, Hull City, and Preston North End.
EVERTON SIGN ANOTHER LEFT WINGER
Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 13 March 1925
Everton yesterday secured the transfer of Fred Kennedy, inside left of Manchester United at a fee which is said to be one of the biggest ever paid for a young player. Kennedy was secured by the United in 1923 from Rossendale United as an outside left, but long before that he had been recommended to Preston North End. Kennedy, who was born at Bury, is one of the smallest players in fist-class football, as he stands 5ft 6 half inches, but he is plucky, speedy and uncommonly clever with the ball.
FRED KENNEDY SIGN ON.
March 13 1925. The Liverpool Daily post and Mercury.
The Everton directors yesterday signed on a new forward in Fred Kennedy of Manchester United. Kennedy who is twenty-one years of age, and stands 5ft 6ins, is an inside left and was secured by the Old Trafford club from Rochdale.
EVERTON PLACE SEVEN ON TRANSFER LIST.
March 14 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
There is no official conformation of a report that Everton are willing to transfer seven of their players, the seven players concerned are said to be Chadwick, Kendall, Raitt, Wall, Williams, Caddick, and Glover.
EVERTON –WHATS WRONG?
March 14, 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo.
CHARLIE SUTCLIFF TAKES A HAND IN THE WORLDWIDE DISSUSSION; TEAM SPIRIT MISSING?
What strange things do happen in football. Since the commencement of the season. I have kept hearing of the delightful football played by the Everton team, yet I could never make it pan out with the results. Then, with a team to pick last Monday, and anxious if possible to select a team to beat our friends of the Scottish league. I forsook the Cup-tie at Blackburn and went to Bury to see the League game. Granted the ground, ideal half an hour before the kick off, was ruined by brief blustering showers of heavy rain mingled with sleet, and the lot of the players was made more difficult and unenviable by cold biting breezes. So much, by way of apology, for the players, which may be regarded as taking the rough edge of my criticism. The goalkeeper was not to blame, the backs were not at fault, but with the rest of the team there was much cause for criticism. It was essentially a day for the outside wingmen, who had the best of the field, to be given the fullest opportunity; yet the ball almost continuously kept in the centre, with the inside men trying to dribble or worm their way, though with an occasional pass to a player with no better opportunity. Neither Chedgzoy nor Weaver had much opportunity, and I could not understand why the Everton team selected the middle of the field as their battleground. The swinging-passes to the wingmen were few and far between, and when they were attempted the ball had often too much pace, and went into touch. Everton have much cause for satisfaction that Notts Forest and Preston North End are relieving them from undue anxiety. Now what is the secret of Everton's failure? The team spirit seemed to be lacking. It was a case of go-as-you-please, and it seemed to me a heart talk between directors and players is the first essential. I have not seen a worse team carrying the Everton Club colours for years, and a team that should be of almost international strength is palpably outclassed. Far be it from me to suggest that the players are not trying but there is a cause for such palpable failure and it should be ascertained and eradicated. The play suggested dissatisfaction somewhere. I know it exists in the minds of the directors and supporters but does it not exist elsewhere? The position is serious and calls for immediate consideration. Yes, I went to try and find an inter-League player, but to be brutally frank not one could I find in the Everton team who came anywhere near satisfying me.
March 14 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo
MR. GEORGE MAHON –THE “WINNING” PERSONALITY WHO WON AND KEPT POPULURITY.
By Victor Hall.
When Everton hazarded their future and made the famous trek from Anfield to Goodison Park, there was one among the leaders who was destined to leave a revered name in local football history. Mr. George Mahon had been a leading protagonist in the cause of those who advocated a change from the old ground, and when it came to a cold discussion of ways and means, and cool heads were wanted, he came into prominence and eventually was of powerful influence in the fortunes of the old club. He held, and had always held in a remarkable degree the fullest confidence and respect of his fellow committeemen, and the vast majority of the club “members.” Those were the days when members were those who paid an annual subscription to the club and received in return an advantage in having tickets admitting them to the “members” stands. He possessed in addition, the fullest confidence and respect of the players, and more important still, his name and professional status in business circles in Liverpool stood for everything that was reputable and honourable.
Under his leadership therefore, and guided by his wise counsel, the opening of Goodison Park was fortunate in every respect. The club started with a directorate of remarkably sound business experience and good commercial repute; the players had every confidence in the leaders under whom they were to serve. More important still, the names of the eminent gentleman who were chosen as the first directors of the Limited company, into which the old company had been formed, were the most eminent that could have been chosen if all Liverpool had been sifted. Public confidence was assured; 290 odd-0f the old “members” became shareholders in the new company and George Mahon was nominated as first chairman. And right nobly his public career in football then, and later, warranted the choice. With the thorny moves and counter moves of those early negotiations history has now little interest, but no record of local football progress can ignore the influence of Mr. Mahon's personality, in those testing days in the club's history. Those who know Mr. Mahon most intimately are testable to speak of the singular charm of his personality and the sweetness of a disposition that he brought into his daily lift at all times. It is in connection with his association with football, and the Everton club, that were are here dealing though none the less was the estimation of his personality held in the business and financial coracles in which he moved as a professional accountant in the city. He was blessed with an unerring instinct that led him at once to the kernel of any problem whether financial or personal. He had a marked degree a singular perception that guided him to the correct assay whether of men or matters, that not many people possess. With Mr. Mahon it was almost a sense, rarely if ever at fault. Once the problem exposed, he had a clarity of judgement or discernment, call it what you will that with the problem propounded a remedy and again whether speaking of football or finance, rarely was his judgement found faulty. The influence of his personality upon those with whom he came in contact was most remarked, whether it be ascribed to the sweetness of his disposition, his cheery optimism, his own transparent honesty, or a blending of all these faculties, it would be hard to say. But the effect was always there. The problem became no longer a problem once it was subjected to the keen dissection of the subtle mind. With the co-directors and shareholders his was a name to conjure with. At times there were keen rivalries that threatened to provoke at the club's annual meeting angry passions. Rival forces, contending for mastery came prepared to those May meetings to put their forces in array. Presiding, there would be that slender well-known figure, slightly tilted head, the blue eye and boyish bearded face, with that well remembered bating yet incisive speech in which later resolution gleamed below the tentative, halting phrase. How many of these meetings that were going to be so noisy ended mildly with the music as of cooling doves, and the protagonists of an hour ago going home arm in arm? Such was the personality of George Mahon, and that expressed one side of his remarkable personality, there were other equally alluring. When hospitality was dispensed by the Everton club to distinguished rules and legislators no happier man could be found than the chairman, to voice the hospitably of the club and the city generally, to the honoured guests. His speeches were crisp, witty, full of a wishful humour, and yet brimming over with a blending of sound sense and real hospitality. Most valued of all, too, they were brief and to the point. There was nothing wordy or circuitous about either the man of methods. Straight “as a die” himself he expected the same measures of simple honesty from those with whom he came to contact. One of his hobbies was the Theatrical Football game, which in those days was an annual event in which both football clubs took a prominent interest on behalf of local hospitals and charities. The afforded in little relaxation from the stern and serious work of football administration and commanded the esteem –in those days –of the directors of both local clubs. Mr. Mahon was usually elected as chairman and had associated with him the leading representatives of sport and theatrical industry in the city. The success of these unusual event continued for a number of years, with considerable benefit, to the hospitals and charities concerned until in later years experience indicated certain drawbacks, when the clubs decided to adopt other means of benefiting the charitable objects rather than the turmoil and upset to their grounds, these galas occasioned. The practice matches in aid of charities in recent years has well compensated them for the change.
The work and personality of Mr. Mahon was appreciated by the Gala Committee on the termination of Mr. Mahon's period of office. There was but one occasion in Mr. Mahon's career with Everton when the magic of his speech fell on deaf ears. It was the occasion of what has sometimes been described as “the riot at Goodison Park.” An unruly number of people had taken from entry of the ground, when the gates where thrown open on the abandonment of a certain match –they had clustered round the official demanding” their money back.” Most of them had paid nothing, but got in when the gates were thrown open. Mr. Mahon addressed them from the balcony of the club pavilion, offering them free tickets for the replayed match, if they would wait their distribute. His voice did not carry very far over their angry cries and it was only when they commenced to pull down the palisades, and shatter the windows that the police held in reserve, were let loose to deal with the disturbance which they did accordingly with promptitude and dispatch. That is the only time George Mahon ever spoke ineffectually of an Everton meeting. But behind him, on his early death, he left a fragrant memory and a happy incentive to those who, loving sport work solely for love, without fear of favour, and who seek no other reward.
INTERNATION AT GOODISON.
March 16, 1925. The Daily Courier.
The English League beat the Scottish League at Goodison Park, on Saturday by four goals to 3, and an brilliant exposition of football rewarded the 40,000 spectators.
BLACKPOOL RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
March 16, 1925. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 32)
Everton Reserves surprised everyone by losing by the odd goal of three at Blackpool where before 3,000 spectators on a soft ground, they had more of the game. The visitors executed some clever movements in the field, but did not finish well. Williams who scored their goal, was the best marksman, and Weaver made some sparkling dribbles. The Blackpool forwards frequently got the better of the Everton halves, and with a little luck Tremelling who scored twice, would have completed the hat-trick.
PRESCOT 1 EVERTON “A” 3
March 16, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION.
At Prescot. Everton obtained the lead after five minutes, the ball glancing off Barton from a clearance by Clarke. Play progressed on even lines during the first half. Foulkes and Rawlins, the goalkeepers, making capital saves. Harrington, from a penalty scored Everton's second goal, and close on the interval Booth scored for the home side. Prescot had innumerable chances in the second half, but their forwards were poor many scoring opportunities being missed. Lunt scored the visitors' third goal.
EVERTON SIGN DIXIE DEAN.
March 12, 1925. The Liverpool daily Post and Mercury.
“Dixie” Dean was yesterday signed on by the Everton club, this will set a lot of clubs at rest, about his leaving from Tranmere Rovers. Dean a mere boy of seventeen or eighteen years of age. He had brought to Tranmere Rovers more scouts than any other player had ever drawn to Prenton Park. Manchester United Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham, Huddersfield, Liverpool, Everton Middlesbrough, Chelsea, and a host of other clubs had been to see him play, and all were impressed by the way he shaped. He got goals with excellent frequency, and although he had a spell of inactivity through being well guarded by defenders, who had heard of his fame in advance, he resumed his goal-getting recently, he was so well though of that a fancy price was put on his head as Tranmere Rovers did not want to part with him. However, Everton has secured him, and at a great figure when one remembers his years. It is probably the heaviest transfer fee that has ever been paid for a mere boy. It is impossible to state the figure with any degree of accuracy, but we can state definitely that Tranmere were asking £2,500 and a gift of other players from the club that obtained his signature, weather Everton paid that is another matter. It is highly improbable –but that was Tranmere's original claim for the treasure. Dean is a big built boy, very much like McLuckie, the one time Bury and Villa centre-forward with this saving grace –that whereas McLuckie had a pair of feet, Dean is not so troubled. The pair however, are very much alike in football style, in shot, and in height and weight. Dean has been well coached by Sayer, the Irish forward who looked after his interests and coached him during the games as well as off the field. The boy naturally gained prominence that might have spoiled, his temperament, but Secretary Cooke of Tranmere Rovers took him in charge and made arrangements whereby he should not be spoiled. Everton once had another boy on their books who started well but eventually fell though the frailty of human nature. And the sickly adulation of the crowd. It is hoped the crowd will not make a “god” of Dean. He is very human and has many boy-like touches. It is not so much what he has done as the way he has done it, that has impresses. He is natural footballer with a stout heart, a willing pair of feet and a constitution that will stand him in good stead. He has not appeared in all the matches this season, through injury and so on, but he scored more than twenty goals, and he seems to have “more in his locker.” He played for Birkenhead schoolboys as recently as 1920-21, so that it will he seen his rise to seniority has been electric.
Hull Daily Mail - Tuesday 17 March 1925
W. D. Williams, the Everton inside-left, has been transferred to Blackpool. He also is a versatile forward, who joined Everton from Lancashire Combination circles.
WILLIAMS OF EVERTON SIGNED ON
Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 17 March 1925
Yesterday, the last day on which players could move to or from clubs in danger or those likely to gain an honour. Blackpool provided a football sensation by transfeering one inside left and signing on another. In the afternoon, as fist mentioned in the "Lancashire Daily Post" the club secured W.D Williams, one of the seven players Everton placed on the transfer listlast week, and at 6-30 last night, as announced in our Blackpool editions a few minutes afterwards, Matthew Barrass was transferred to the Wednesday.
W.D Williams, who stands 5ft 7 and half ins, and weighs 11st., played an exceptionally good game for Everton reserves at Bloomfield-road, on Saturday. He joined the Libverpool club from Darwen -he is a native of Blackburn -two seasons ago and was regularly in the First divsion side until the advent of Chadwick, who last season was the leading scorer in the Division. Since August Williams has obtained 23 goals for Everton Reserves, and one for the senior side, in which he has played nine games. He is a useful footballer and possesses the speed of which his new club stands badly in need. Amongst the other teams which sought him was the Wednesday and this competition rather added to his transfer fee, which, however, was not by any means high.
EVERTON'S BIG NOISE SIGNING; WHY DEAN HAS DONE WELL.
March 18, 1925. The Liverpool Echo
It is impossible on the score of time and money to write to every Everton spectator a very necessary postcard on a very important point. So I will print the postcard here and let the spectator's disgest it at his leisure.
The “Echo” Hive, march 17 1925.
Dear spectator –Pardon my intrusion, but you may have heard per 6L, or through the columns of the “Daily Post” that Dixie Dean has been transferred by Tranmere Rovers to Everton. It is a world-making move; it is just the movement of a local boy from Prenton to Goodison Park. The boy has good chances of doing well out of football, but in view of the way another young boy was spoiled at Goodison Park I though I would write you to ask that the boy shall not be spoiled by sticky adulation. At Tranmere there has been too much of Dixie-this and Dixie that; if it continues the boy –he is but eighteen years old –may easily lose his balance and his football form. He is a very human being. Do not imagine that I am intruding or that I am not going to take a firm hold on my own writing about the boy. I promise you I will; but it is the crowd that has the spoiling of the boy. Do be normal –and let him be likewise –K.R.'s. Sincerely yours Bees.
THE CLUBS THAT SOUGHT HIM.
Never has a boy been so seriously sought as Dean. He had the making of a footballer, he had the shape of a player, the height, weight, temperament, and the latent skill. Every scout who came to see him play asked my verdict and each of them said “A real good footballer in the making.” It is not what he does but the way he does that opens out the prospects for future years. That was the reason they were so keen on his transfer. He is a very good boy off the field as well as on, being rational and reasonable, and it is good to know that Mr. Secretary Cooke took him in hand early on, and the boy was thus able to make use of his wages, rather than live up to fabulous heights, and then he brought to earth so soon as his football career was inclined by injury or what not. Manchester United, per Mr. Dale, Villa, Birmingham, Albion, through Dan Nurse, director and ex-player Huddersfield though the canny manager and good friend Mr. Herbert Chapman, also an explayer and a host of other members got busy pulling the strings and working the wires. There was so many wires that one imagined they would make a good marionette show! Sometimes like that we saw the Empire last week when old-fashioned “penny-gaff” entertainment was burlesqued.
WILLIAMS FOR BLACKPOOL.
March 17 1925. The Liverpool Echo.
Williams, of Everton, has gone to Blackpool. Cardiff took an interest in his penmanship but did not persevere with the chance. Williams is an inside left and a virile type of forward who has not been altogether lucky in the last season or so. He got a very hurtful injury at Chelsea's ground two years ago and was a long time getting over this blow. When he came back he was slow to show his former form, but in later days he had come near to his own style, which included a sharp shot and a swift run through a defense. Tautly built he can take and give a charge and he should suit the Blackpool game. He was signed from Darwen by Everton, and in the past few months Middlesbrough have made inquires for his transfer without avail.
NOTTS AD EVERTON
March 18, 1925. Nottingham Evening Post
Rearranged Fixture At Goodison Park
Match Twice Postponed
After two postponements, the first owing to the Cup-ties and the second owing to the fact that the ground was flooded, Everton and Notts County fulfilled their return match at Goodison Park this afternoon. The “Magpies” rested several of their players and Hilton their latest recruit, made his debut in first class football, while the home side included Kennedy at inside left and Troup resumed after an absence of some weeks. The weather was bright and there were about 12,000 present when the teams took the field as follows;- Everton; Harland, goal; NcDonald and O'Donnell, backs; Rooney, McBain and Reid, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Broad, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Notts County;- Streets, goal; Ashurst (captain) and Cope, backs; Mitchell, Hilton and Wren, half-backs; Keeling, Staniforth, Widdowson, Davis, and Barry, forwards. Referee; Mr. A. Fogg, Bolton. Winning the toss Ashurst set his opponents to face the sun. chedgzoy promptly forced a passage and put in a square centre which Hilton cleared. Notts retaliated on the left Staniforth essaying a low drive which flashed across the goalmouth. A moment later Keeling outpaced O'Donnell, and passing into the centre Widdowson was left with an open goal but his shot struck the upright with the goakkeeper completely beaten. The County maintained a strong attack for some minutes, though they failed to improve upon a corner. Cope was penalized for tripping Broad and following the free-kick Ashurst effected a fine clearance and his partner accounted for a dangerous centre by Troup. Everton immediately returned on the left and Troup screwed the ball into the goal with nice judgment, Streets smartly fielding and kicking away. The Notts, forwards displayed excellent combination in the course of a spirited attack and good centres by Barry and Keeling were arrested with difficulty. Irvine broke away and running close in finished up with a powerful low drive, Streets bringing off a masterly save. Cope injured his leg and after a brief absence returned as Everton were pressing on the left. Hilton headed out a skimmink centre by Troup, and after Davis had a hard shot smothered by McBain, Wren joined his forwards in a taking movement and dropped the all in front, O'Donnell intercepting with his head. A free kick against Davis enabled Everton to get a footing in their opponents' quarters and Troup tricking Mitchell, tried a first-class shot which missed the mark narrowly. Barry dribbled through, and wound up with a perfect centre, and through, and wound up with a perfect centre, and although this was not improved upon, the “Magpies” forced another passenger, and succeeding to some clever passing. Standiforth had a fine scoring chance, only to shoot weakly outside. Hereabout Keeling was doing smart work, and as the result of one sparkling run he compelled O'Donnell to concede a corner, from which Davies made a great effort with his head. The home forwards responded with an incursion on the left, Streets saving from Troup at the expense of a corner. Chedgzoy placed the flag kick so well that the ball dropped on the face of the crossbar, and as it rebounded Kennedy put in a powerful drive, which the goalkeeper repelled with both fist. Irvine and in turn shot over the bar, and Broad was only a foot out with a fierce drive.
TRANMERE VIEW OF THE DEAN TRANSFER.
March 18, 1928. The Liverpool Echo.
Dean; s transfer to Everton has led to another outburst on the part of spectators who imagine that the club was not wise, if it was legally correct, in transferring a boy who has drawn spectators by the thousands. Dean was the Tranmere hero. He was the apple of the spectators eye, and I daresay the claim of the spectators that he should not be transferred would be answered by some of this remark; “Let them mind their own business” Tranmere have fought hard against financial difficulties, and while they recognise the valuable help of the supporters, they say their actions are for the best, and they cannot be dictated to by a set of spectators. They had to realise on Dean while he was alive and well. It is good to see spectators of any club taking notice of transfers, and showing their disapproval of any leave-taking of a local boy. Manchester United did something similar with Kennedy, and the people who got the greatest shock over this boy's transfer to Everton were the neighboring club at Maine-road. Had Manchester City thought there was the least chance of a transfer they would have been there with a big cheque.
GIVE HIM A FAIR CHANCE.
In reply to your letter asking the spectators not to spoil Dean by sickly adulation (writes “Reverite.”) I must say it was a very wise policy on your part, but, being a great admirer of the boy. I am, through the help of your columns going to appeal to the spectators to give the boy a chance also encourage him, and I feel confident, if played to, he will give them the same reward as he has given his many admires at Prenton Park. I agree with you when you say there has been too much “Dixie” but I am sure all club supporters would have been the same as we have been, for he was our only forward as regards goals. I wish him and his new club every success. It is Everton's gain and Tranmere's loss.
EVERTON 1 NOTTS COUNTY 0
March 19 1925. The Daily Courier.
EVERTON GET A GOAL AND TWO POINTS.
TWICE POSTPONED LEAGUE MATCH.
Everton and Notts County decided their Leaguer engagement after two postponentments; Cup-ties prevented the original date being carried through, while the whether conditions held up the re-arrangement date. Yesterday the conditions were ideal –the weather mild and the ground sufficiently firm to ensure a fast game. As the game went, Everton won by the only goal, and deserved to, but the number of chances wasted by both sides, was surprising. Widdowson and Staniforth were the greatest sinners, missing two “sitters” while Kennedy and Broad also lacked direction. However, Broad and his club mate made good their earlier lapses by engineering the winning goal, for it was from Kennedy that Broad secured the ball that enabled him to score. This was 26 minutes in the second in the second half, and though Notts County subsequently made numerous attempts to get on terms, Harland and his backs were equal to the occasion. While it could not be called a high-class game, there were nevertheless many clever pieces of work on both sides. Barry and Davies or work on both sides. Barry and Davies were a scheming pair, add in the opening half Rooney and McDonald had quite a bad time of it. After the interval, however, the Everton defenders took their measure, and as a consequence the pair were not so much in the limelight. On the opposing wings Keeling showed up well, but much of his good work went for nought owing to Staniforth's weakness, the inside men being slow in turning to account the numerous openings made for him. Twne had only the keeper to beat, but each time he failed. From an Everton point of view, most interest centred on the debut of Kennedy, who was secured from Manchester United last week. It can be written down as a successful one, and when he gets to know more of his club mates one can see splendid results from the left wing. Yesterday he was a little too anxious to shoot, and in consequence threw away at least one golden chance of going through when Broad left him with only Streets to beat; instead, he elected to shoot, and the ball flew high over the goal. Troup, who returned to the side after several weeks' absence, was in excellent trim, while the half-back work of Rooney, McBain, and Reid was not only forceful, but more convincing than that of the opposing trio. Alshurst and Cope, however, were more reliable than McDonald and O'Donnell, the last-named being inclined to hang on to the ball too much. As to the goalkeepers, all one can say is they did the little they had to do successfully. Everton: - Harland, goal, McDonald, and O'Donnell, backs, Rooney, McBain (captain), and Reid, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Broad, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Notts County: - Streets, goal, Ashurst, and Cope, backs, Mitchell, Hilton, and Twne, half-backs, Keeling, Staniforth, Widdowson, Davis, and Barry, forwards. Referee Mr. Fogg.
EVERTON SMALL FORWARD LINE.
March 19 1925. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have brought a new life into their attack. It has been plain for some time that Sam Chedgzoy has been wearied through stress of work, and he has been rested for the match at Arsenal ground. Dixie Dean, who has been troubled with a bad ankle, gets his first show at centre forward, and in addition to Parry appearing on the right wing, Young Hargreaves has a run at inside right. Thus the little is the youngest attacking division that has represented Everton for nearly a generation. There is a lack of height and weight, but Dean is no small centre, and Kennedy though not blessed with inches in stature, has certainly got the stocky appearance that recalls McDermott, and can withstand a shoulder charge. The team reads: - Harland, McDonald, O'Donnell; Rooney, McBain, Reid; Parry, Hargreaves, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup.
WILL EVERTON ESCAPE.
By the capture of Kennedy (Manchester United), Millington (Oswestry) and Dean (Tranmere Rovers), following upon O'Donnell's arrival from Darlington. Evertonians shown that they are fully alive to the danger –be it remote or not –of relegation. Unless Preston or Notts Forest make a remarkable recovery and a big decline by Everton occurs, Goodison Park is not likely to be the ground of Second Division club next season. But is's a well to be prepared. At the movement Everton possess 26 points against 18 by North End and the Forest, but up this morning the Merseysiders have played 33 games against the other sides 32.
“DIXIE” DEAN'S DEBUT.
March 21 1925. The Daily Courier.
YOUNGSTERS GET A CHANCE.
Those that witnessed the game between Everton and Notts County, no doubt, left the ground none too pleased with the forward line. I doubt, however, whether they were prepared for the changes the directors have made in the side to visit Arsenal. However, be that as it may, Parry, Hargreaves, and “Dixie” Dean are given an excellent chance to make good. The test will be a big one, for although Arsenal are by no means a great side, they are nevertheless difficult to overcome at Highbury and for that matter Everton can count themselves fortunate if they secure a point. Kennedy, who did so well on Wednesday, renews acquaintance with Troup, and the pair should better understand each other's movements as a result. The half-back line gives confidence, while further behind look to O'Donnell showing that his poor display against Notts County was but a momentary lapse. The Arsenal will be without Donald Cock in the centre, and either the London Caledonian. A. Sloan, or woods will e given the position. Apart from this change, the side is the best the home club can field.
March 21 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo.
VICTOR HALL RECALLS SECRETARY “DICK” MOLYNEUX, THE ABLE CLUBMAN .
In his long career as Secretary of the Everton Club, there was probably no more popular official in the League than Richard Molneux. In the days when the League was in its infancy and youthful, sturdy growth the personnel of the club representatives was rather different from those of the present day. In all enterprises, whether of business or pleasure, the pioneer days are the testing days when only the fittest survive. Today out premier clubs are on the whole well established, they have lived through the period of qualification, and have reached that stage of financial stability generally, and that period of professional playing success that has placed them among the leaders. Except for the fluctuating prosperity that attends any club accordingly to the prowess of its players in the League tourney, or Cup Competition, they were beyond the risk of immediate collapse.
ALWAYS A RISK.
In the pioneers days that happy position did not quite exist. Each season in those days was a risk. One bad season might see the best of clubs break up for want of public support. One bad season could be the ill fortune of any club that failed to produce a good playing and winning combination. The secretaries of those days were the mainsprings of every team. There were then no subdivision of duties and responsibilities as there are today. There were, for instance, no “team managers” to undertake personal control at all times of the players. There were few “ground” committees, looking after turf conditions turnstile and stand repairs. There were no “club stewards” to help at big matches, and there were no “supporters” clubs to run club concerts, and help financially in the many useful ways of those modern concerns. And usually there was no treasurer or finance committee to shoulder the anxieties of the club moneybags. Very few clubs had practical directors available for the frequent journeys to Scotland to search for new “talents” nor many experienced enough to appraise their value, or arrange suitable terms when actual signing probabilities existed. All these duties fell mostly on the club secretary in those days. He must be first of all a good judge of football and football players. He must be a good judge of character. He must be tactful. He must have a good memory for names and faces, and figures and dates. He must know bookkeeping and something about the law. He mist know the train services of every railway company and be prepared to travel long hours without food, rising early going to bed late. He must be courageous and cautious, he must be the soul of honour and yet when necessary he must be able to call a good bluff. He must be able to speak his mind at a League meeting, to think clearly; and act quickly. He must be good tempered and good humored, able to sing a comic song, or play a decent game of “solo.”
If he were all these then one might be a good football secretary –in those days! Such men were some of the company that included Harry Lockett of Stoke, the League secretary. J.J. Bentley, the League president; “Josh” Parlby, of Ardwick, Harry Allbut of Newton Heath, Major Sudell, of Preston North End, Williams McGregor of Birmingham the founder of the League competition system; Frank Watt, of Newcastle; John Allison of Salford; Tom Watson of Sunderland (later of Liverpool); J. Nicholson, of Sheffield United; J.K.McDowell, of the Scottish Association; J.H. Addenbrook, of Wolverhampton, Louis Ford, of West Bromwich, G.B. Ramsey of Aston Villa; J.H. McLaughlin, of Glasgow Celtic, Willie Wilton of Glasgow Rangers, “Bob” Lythgoe, of Liverpool F.A., and Dick Molyneux, of Everton.
Amongst them all, “Dick” Molyneux was probably the greatest favourite; certainly he was the most energetic and industrious in the interest of his club. Blessed with a magnificent constitution he was able to undertake the constant wear and tear of his duties for many years during his stay at Everton without serious breakdown, though in later years, when he had severed his association with Everton and gone South. A decline set in that speedily ended a most promising career Richard Molyneux in himself had a most engaging personality. In his secretarial duties he was a glutton for work no matter how late the duties of the day or night previously he was early at his desk each morning, scrupulous and exact in his correspondence and records, and painstaking to a degree in all the technical details of secretarial work. With the players he was firm but always pleasant, and with all with whom he came in contact, he ably represented his committee and club. In social circles, no club secretary was better known or more popular. He was an excellent raconteur and on occasion could slug a good song, and was a ready and witty speaker whenever necessity demanded. Among his friends he was held in the highest esteem, and never forfeited their good regard. What better epitaph could any man desire? Of his adventures in Scotland –and elsewhere –in pursuit of players, papers could be written. Certainly one half of them has never been told. There is for instance, the story of his “stalking” a favour goalkeeper in Scotland for many weary months, in the fond belief that no one in the mining village (where the player lived) knew of his identify, only to get a wire of the actual evening he was to go down to sign his man addressed to him at his hotel in Glasgow. “Molyneux, Secretary Everton Club- -Hotel Glasgow. Don't come here any more. Watch on, Vigilance Committee, ---“
Then there is that other classic story about one of his own players telling him of another famous goalkeeper who was ready to sign for Everton of the club would pay him his usual bonus. The deal was completed while they all sat round a table in the hotel at Glasgow, where Mr. Molyneux had found the player sitting by appointment on his arrival.
When the money was paid over and the accustomed “good health” toasted the newly signed “goakeeper” rose to depart. Then Mr. Secretary discovered he had signed a goalkeeper with a wooden leg. He was quite a good goalkeeper in his native village, but –he didn't come to Everton.
“Dick” Molyneux was as well known in Sauchhall-street Glasgow, as he was in Liverpool and no more popular Englishman visited Scotland, although his object was well-known. The Scottish club officials were warm-hearted hosts, and Welcomed “the enemy” to their boardroom in the fond hopes that it was some other “henroost” that was going to be raided that journey rather than their own. His personal popularly was a great asset to the Everton Club, when it came to a business deal with a club either for a player's transfer or the arrangement of a friendly” match, which in those days were popular features between English and Scottish clubs. But on the point of the business deal, that does not imply that the Northerners abated their natural shrewdness in the avoidance of loss! But they all had a fond word for Dick Molyneux, always, and as has been said, what finer memory can a good man leave after him? Peace be to his ashes!
ARSENAL 3 EVERTON 1
March 23, 1925. The Daily Courier.
POOR DISPLAY BY EVERTON.
EXPERIMENT THAT DID NOT COME OFF.
WILLIAM DEAN DEBUT .
The game at Highbury was a disappointing one from an Everton point of view, as the forward experiment from which the directors expected to learn much taught them little. As to how much accident accounted for the side's poor display is problematical, but the fact is Parry early on had the flight knocked out of him when he received a nasty mouth injury while Hargreaves limped throughout the greater part of the game. However, allowing for these mishaps, I cannot say I was pleased with the way the side as a whole went about business. There was lack of cohesion between the connecting lines, and for fully an hour this was reflected in an inept display by Everton.
During this period Arsenal got three goals, and had they utilised half the chances that came their way even this substantial lead would have been more pronounced. Then ten minutes from time, when many spectators were getting ready to depart, Everton took it into their heads to justify to some extent their good name, and on onlookers were treated to a capital wind-up. In this period Kennedy got one goal, and a shade of luck might have brought him a second; while Dean gave Robson his most difficult shot of the day – drive into the top left-hand corner of the goal that the keeper did well to stop. The rally, however, had come too late, though, it but served to show that had the side exhibited anything like reasonable form in the first half the margin between the two clubs would not have been so pronounced. The first two goals by which Arsenal led at the interval were due to misunderstanding between the defence, McDonald and O'Donnell each leaving it to the other with the result Baker slipped between the pair and with a ground drive, found the net. The second point came through he ex-Darlington lad fiercely lunging at a ball when pressed by Woods, the result being it caught the centre forward on the body and rebounded into the net. Woods also got the third after the interval with a first time effort. There was much to say in extenuation of these slips, for it had been one long pressure on the backs, with the men in front of them unable to relieve them in any way. True, they made incursions, but they were of the briefest character, and as an example of the forward impotency I have only to mention that Robson handled the ball twice in an hour.
Kennedy's goal was a cleverly worked one. It originated through a foul just outside the penalty line, and the ball being slipped to the inside left, he took it in his stride and crashed it into the net. He and Troup got on well together, and on his two display's it is apparent the club have made a smart capture. Dean did not come up to expectations, though he showed several clever head touches. Probably, when he gets to know his comrades more he will adapt himself better. Arsenal were best-served forward, where Haden and Hoar excelled. Woods, however, was a poor substitute for Donald Cock. Teams: - Arsenal: - Robson, goal, Mackie, and Kennedy, backs, Baker, Butler, and John, half-backs, Hoar, Brain, Woods, Blyth, and Haden, forwards. Everton: - Harland, goal, McDonald, and O'Donnell, backs, Rooney, McBain (captain), and Reid, half-backs, Parry, Hargreaves, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 0
March 23, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 33)
For their fixture with Blackburn Rovers, Everton, who are in the running for championship honours introduced their recent signings Menhan, In goal, and Millington at outside right. The Everton forward line, which included Weaver and Broad, showed little combination owing to the ineptitude of the inside forwards. The Rovers started the game in prominent fashion, and extended the home backs, Kerr, in particular, being prominent. During the first half neither keeper was seriously troubled. Three minutes from the interval Houghton was fouled in the penalty area, and Broad scored from the kick. Early in the second half Menham brought off some good saves, particularly from Harper and McCleary, but Everton held the upper hand, and run out deserving winners.
BURSCOUGH RANGERS 1 EVERTON “A” 0
March 23 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION.
It appeared that Burscough were to have the unusual experience of a home defeat, but they pulled their weight in the second half to such an extent that the Everton defence had rarely any rest. However, Hamilton, Callum, and Weir played a great game, and it was only following a corner that Burscough were able to get their orphan goal. Rigsby headed in and in attempting to clear Hamilton diverted the ball into his own goal. Burscough played well-conceived football in the second half, and Rigsby and Balfour were especially prominent.
March 25 1925. The Daily Post and Mercury.
Aston Villa are the visitors to Goodison Park on Saturday and although like Everton, they done none too well this season, a keen game is anticipated. Everton are in the position that they cannot afford to take further risks and therefore they have made three changes. Brown is fit again and displaces Rooney at halves while Chedgzoy and Irvine form the right wing. “Dixie” Dean is given the chance to show his pace between two strong wings and as a result I look to his meeting with more success than against Arsenal. The team is: - Harland, McDonald, O'Donnell, Brown McBain, Reid; Chedgzoy Irvine, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup.
March 26 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Football Association have given permission to the Everton to institute legal proceedings against Darlington Football Club in respect of the transfer of Scott. It will be remembered that Everton secured the transfer of O'Donnell from Darlington in the first week in February, they also negotiating for the signature of Scott, the player they claim “Paired” in the deal. Scott, was given a free hand by the Darlington directors, and refused the Everton offer, and the next day the Liverpool Football Club officials went north and secured his transfer.
EVERTON 2 ASTON VILLA 0
March 30 1925. The Daily Courier.
VALUABLE POINTS FOR BLUES.
FAMOUS CLUBS' LEAN TIMES.
DEANS FIRST GOAL.
By F. McN.
Everton gained two valuable points by beating the Villa at Goodison Park. From that point of view the victory was satisfactory, but the game did not reach the anticipated standard. At one time Everton and Aston Villa were regarded as the aristocrats of the football world, and a meeting between the clubs brought out all the finer points of the code. Both orgisations have now fallen on lean times in a playing sense, and the match only served to emphasize the frailties particularly in the case of the Villa. Judged by the standard the clubs themselves have set, the match was poor, and there was little to remind one of great traditions. The hard ground and a light ball exposed the faults. Whereas the old teams were famous for their ability to keep the ball on the ground, there were few occasions in this game when progress was made otherwise than by lifting the ball into the air. Everton were the better of the two moderate sides, and they well deserved their success, which must have been more pronounced had the inside forwards shown better understanding and more resolute finishing. Still, the Everton five were much stronger than the Villa quintette, who were never able to get going or to combine in anything like the customary Villa fashion. Walker was the only man of the line who demonstrated his worth.
Harland had an easy afternoon. He was rarely tested and McDonald and O'Donnell were never overworked. The halves always had the mastery of the opposition. McBain Reid, and Brown, all playing at the top of their form. The forwards gave an improved display. The lack of cohesive methods was noticeable, however. This may be remedied when Dean and his colleagues become more accustomed to each other's tactics. Irvine again displayed deft footwork and ability to dribble, but there were times when he could have parted with the ball to advantage. He preferred to shoot from awkward angles. Still, Irvine is a wholehearted and most skilful exponents, and occasional faults, probably due to his anxiety to do the best he can for his side, may be forgiven. Dean required nursing until he gains more experience. That he has plenty of football in him, I am convinced. He seemed a trifle shy to let himself go all out on this occasion, and he missed chances in consequence, but one could not fail to note useful passes and drives at goal. He heads the ball well, and on two occasions he diverted centres swiftly towards goal, suggested that he will be useful in this direction. Dean will develop with more experience of first-class football. He has everything in his favour. He scored the first goal when he coolly placed a centre from Kennedy into the net.
Kennedy again impressed by his go-ahead methods subtle footcraft, and strong shooting. On his form so far, this player is a distinct capture. He is a real live inside forward who pairs off well with Alec Troup, who was in one of his most determined moods. He never accepted defeat. When he was robbed of the ball he did not hesitate to go back towards his own goal to get it, and he succeeded frequently. Reid scored Everton's second goal midway through the second half, with a first time drive, the like of which we rarely see. Troup took a corner kick, and before the ball dropped Reid met it and hooked it into the net so swiftly that Spiers had no chance to save. Teams: - Everton: - Harland, goal, McDonald and O'Donnell, backs, Brown, McBain (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Aston Villa: - Spiers, goal, Stuart, and Muldon, backs, Mort, Muldon, and Talbot, half-backs, Johnstone, York, Kirton, Surles, Walker and Dorrell, forwards.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 2
March 30, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 34)
There was every indication at half time in the match at Huddersfield that Everton would administer a severe check to Huddersfield's central League championship ambitions. In the first half Broad had scored two goals for Everton, whereas Huddersfield failed to take two good chances. There was such a promising revival of the home team in the second half, however, that even their own supporters were surprised. Cook scored two goals and Smith placed Huddersfield ahead by a goal headed from a free kick. The transformation in the second half was astonishing. Still Everton's defence was very good and their amateur goalkeeper Menham, handled much more cleaner than Boot. He showed almost an excess of zeal in leaving his goal. Broad's second goal rolled over the line after Boot had gathered it and lost possession. Bond Parry, and Weaver were the best Evertons forwards.