EVERTON 1 BURNLEY 1
March 1 st 1926. The Daily Courier.
DEAN HEADS A GREAT GOAL.
DOUGLA'S DEBUT AT GOODISON PARK.
Another "fifty-fifty" affair was served up at Goodison Park. The crowd had hopes of more goals all the afternoon, but between them the sides could only "get there" twice. It has, however, to be recorded that Everton's goal was one of the finest scored on the ground this season. A free kick against the stalwart Hill led up to it, the ball coming out to Chedgzoy. He darted down the wing, rounded Hughes, then beat him for speed, and whipped in a square centre in front of goal, just right for Dixie's head, which did the needful. It was Dean's 23 rd goal of the season. In a sporting way Dean declined the "bouquets" and indicated his clubmates. It must be admitted this was a game lacking seasoning and spice, although not an altogether unappetizing dish. Burnley would persist in dribbling too much and taking their time, with hill in the rule of superman, wandering too much. Hill was Burnley's great source of strength, while Page and Dougal, who had travelled down from Falkirk, the previous day, developed into a dangerous left wing.
Why Everton almost went goalless has an explanation. They were nippier all round than Burnley, more direct in methods, and played a stronger game, but too, many passes went astray, and promising attacks had a disappointing finale. Neither side really deserved to win, so that a draw was quite right. Richards the Burnley centre, has had rapid promotion to high class football. He made his debut in first Division football from the Manchester League only three weeks ago. Richards is by no means a Dean, and little was seen of him. Dean deserved more success. He has still to receive the full support that will make him an even better centre. The good impression of Batten, the Plymouth Argyle recruit, must be confirmed. He is a trier, which is at least half-way to success. His passing was neat, he can use his head, and best of all, he realsied he was a forward, and not a half-back also. Yet he and Troup, as tricky as ever, were not as swift moving a pair as one would have liked. The Everton front line was too much a thing of fits and starts. Credit must, however, be given the home right flank. It was a pleasant sight to see Chedgzoy sailing down and cutting in with mathematical precision from near the corner flag. These were choice centres. Chedgzoy was still the speed master, with sure feet and a cool head. Irvine was inclined to be individualistic but his winger gave him plenty of exercise. The Everton halves ought to have done better. Bain's interception was clever, but the restraining influence of the line did not make itself felt considering the not too strong opposition. Raitt and McDonald were serviceable without being conspicuous, but the lack of understanding with hardy apparent last week was noticeable in the game.
HILL A GREAT PIVOT.
Hill was the great man on the Burnley side. He was 'Cute in manceurve, and although much on the grill, he had a lot to do in blunting the Everton attack. Beel, in his new position to accommodate Dougal was not happy there, and Bruton, his partner, who was not a speed bird, wasted one particularly good opportunity. The veteran Dawson, who has completed 19 seasons with Burnley, was safe. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Chedgzoy (captain), Irvine, Dean Batten, and Troup, forwards. Burnley: - Dawson, goal, McCluggage, and Waterfield, backs, Steel, Hill, and Hughes, half-backs, Bruton, Beel, Richards, Dougal, and Page, forwards.
MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
March 1, 1926. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 29)
Everton: - Jones, goal, Hamilton, and Kerr, backs, Peacock, Hart, and Rooney, half-backs, Parry, McBain, O'Donnell, Houghton, and Kennedy, forwards.
EVERTON "A" 2 WHISTON 2
March 1, 1926. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOOL COUNTY COMBINATION.
At Townsend-lane. The home team were on the defensive, the major portions of the time, and had the visitors been steadier in their shooting they might have got away with the full points. Rand opened the score for the home team after ten minutes play and afterwards play rule evenly until close on the interval, when Dane put the visitors on level terms. In the second half Rand put Everton further ahead, Houghton equalised.
LEEDS UNITED 1 EVERTON 1
March 8, 1926. The Daily Courier
POINT BROUGHT BACK FROM LEEDS.
EVERTON'S FEAT AGAINST THE UNITED.
A gale of wind played an important part in the game between Leeds United and Everton. Still, considering how strongly it blew much better ball control was displayed than was generally anticipated. Everton played Hart for Virr, who is on the injured list, and Batten partnered Chedgzoy on the right wing. The toss was watched with unwonted interest, the opinion being that with the gale behind them the winners of the throw up would be able to gain a lead and hold on to it.
WINNING THE TOSS.
The home side won it, and the effect of the wind was early apparent, Leeds attacking right away. But it also had the drawbacks, which was proved when the home team forced a corner and the ball was blown behind from the flag kick. All the same, it was from a corner kick that Leeds took the lead after eight minutes. Whipp, profiting from experience of the gale's vagaries placing the ball so well this time that Wainscott was able to head past hardy. It was an excellent goal. The home inside-left had to drop to his knee to get his head to the ball, but he timed it so perfectly that it glanced in like a cannon ball. The Blues retaliated strongly in spite of the wind. Chedgzoy and Batten combined well, and gave the home defence several anxious moments. O'Donnell too, was a tireless forager. Troup came into the picture more as the game progressed. The interval was drawing near when Dean looked to have a good chance of equalising, but he could do not better than kick the ball against Potts, who had run out. Everton's equaliser, however, came a little later, Chedgzoy beating the Leeds keeper with a low drive from an acute angle. From the visitors' point of view this was satisfactory, but it appeared a little later as if it was going to be more so still. The Blues were making tracks for goal when the home side appealed for off side against Batten. The referee would not have it, and meanwhile Troup found himself with the ball with only Potts in front of him. He did the best he could in the circumstances, and lifted the ball over the Leeds keeper's head, but it went wide. Leeds did rather better against the wind than their rivals had done, but it had dropped a little by that time. Although both goals had narrow shaves, there was no scoring in the second half. It was rather an uneventful game, largely on account of the wind.
ALL ROUND GAME.
Everton played a useful all-round game Dean however, found Townsley difficult to circumvent, and, as a matter of fact, did not get much rope. Batten did many useful things, and on one occasion showed a turn of speed, that would have surprised those who consider him on the slow side. Chedgzoy was in capital form on the right wing. The halves worked hard and broke up some determined Leeds attack. Raitt and McDonald had a particularly onerous task in the first half against the wind, but they were equal to the occasion. Both of them, Raitt before the interval and McDonald after, saved certain goals by kicking out of the goalmouth in the nick of time. Hardy showed resource in goal and made several capital saves. The only fault one could find with him was that he seemed prone to leave his position somewhat more than usual. He was out on both the occasions that his backs booted clear. Jennings, Wainscott, and Whipp were Leeds best forwards. Jackson on the left wing, was disappointing. Edwards and Townsley were the pick of the halves; the last named played a really fine game. Of the backs, Menzie was the better. Indeed, it was his sound tackling that saved Leeds on one or two occasions, when hard pressed. Potts, in goal, then capture from Blyth Spartans, acquitted himself well on making his debut. Whether he should have saved the shot from Chedgzoy or not is debatable. Teams: - Leeds United: - Potts, goal, Allen, and Menzie, backs, Edwards, Townsley, and A.W. Baker, half-backs, Sissons, Whipps Jennings, Wainscott, and Jackson forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Bain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Batten, Dean, O'Donnell, and Troup, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 OLDHAM ATHLETIC RESERVES 2
March 8, 1926. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 30)
Everton were much below form at Goodison Park, and Oldham, who were the better of two poor teams won by the odd goal in three. The Blues can seldom have served up such a feeble exhibition of forward work, the only redcoming feat of being a goal scored by Smith and a great pass from McBain, which hit the post with Matthews well beaten. McBain occasionally gave glimpses at his ability, but Smith, his partner on the right wing did little with the exception of scoring. Murphy in the centre missed two glorious chances of finding the net, The defence was also below standard, but Kerr kicked strongly, it at times wi0thout direction, and Kendall kept a good goal. Oldham scored after 15 minutes' play Hargreaves the ex-Evertonian player, passing forward for Kirkpatrick to run in and find the net. Smith equalised with a snap shot, which left the Oldham keeper helpless, but later Walker scored a second after Kendall had left his goal. Kirkpatrick, Heaton, and Walker, were prominent in the Oldham eleven.
BENEFITS FOR EVERTON PLAYERS.
March 9, 1926. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Among a number of benefits sanctioned by the football league yesterday, were those of Chedgzoy and Reid of Everton. Both players have served the club loyally and well.
EVERTON 2 ARSENAL 3
March 15 th 1926. The Daily Courier.
BLUES STAMPEDED BY ARSENAL.
BRAIN'S HAT-TRICK BRINGS VICTORY.
Although Everton were the losing side their display was not without merit. Unfortunately for ten minutes midway they allowed themselves to be stampeded by a good side. History repeated itself, for at the previous meeting at the Park they were beaten. It is a matter of opinion whether Everton could not have availed themselves of a better side with their resources. Kendall who was doing duty for Hardy, helping the English League, has not the confidence yet of the regular goalkeeper. He ought to have saved the second goal, but he did well generally considering how busily employed he was.
The game often reached a high standard, and it was keen. It was notable for the play of the wingmen on both sides. They came out with honours. It was a pleasure to watch both Chedgzoy, a wonder for a veteran, and Troup, whose trickiness was an asset. Their vis-à-vis, Lawson and Hulme, were two other great wing men. Lawson, although he had been switched over from the right to the left wing, was quite at home, and found Ramsey a faster partner than Dr. Paterson, who was out. Ramsey, too, had developed a great left foot. Arsenal are undoubtedly a fine side. They won because they proved a better side than another good one. Everton did not shoot at every available opportunity, but having obtained a clear two goals lead, there is not much excuse for their defeat. Arsenal were a better side because of their positional play. They were fast and have the team spirit, and seldom a man faltered in a hard game to a finish. The falling away of the Everton forwards in the second half was due largely to the workmanship of the Arsenal's famous half-back line, of which Butler was the pick; Baker can do even better, for he was not on the top of his form; but Blyth was a host in himself, although inclined to be individualistic. The home halves were not consistent throughout, although it was a distinctly serviceable line, the only fault being with some of the passing. Brown offered Chedgzoy several chances, which the winger availed himself of the full. Batten was a most improved new partner to Chedgzoy, and gave a resolute and whole-hearted display. His progress will be watched,
Dean found himself well shadowed, particularly by Butler, but his lob into goal in the first half, after beating the opposition, deserved a goal. This was just before Troup was tripped by Mackie in the penalty area, which enabled Chedgzoy to get his first goal from a penalty kick . His second was a splendid goal from a most awkward angle. On the other wing O'Donnell worked hard, but was not as impressive as usual. Raitt and McDonald, with the exception of a slip or two, were sound, and the former and Brown had an understanding, but Everton did not maintain first half expectations, and there was often doubt as to whether the defence could hold Arsenal's clever forwards. Foremost among them, of course, was Buchan the artist. He did not impress as a speed master, but his side-stepping and brainy moves made him the most dangerous forwards on the field. Brain, formerly of Tony Petre, having one of his best day's, over shadowed "Dixie" and was allowed too much rope. His three goals came together just before the interval with clockwork regularity, two of them being due to the co-operation of Baker and Buchan respectively. Kendall had little chance with the first after Raitt had been beaten, but he dropped the second. Mackie and John were a sound pair, who cleared without hesitation. Teams: - Everton: - Kendall, goal, Raitt and McDonald backs, Brown, Bain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Batten, Dean, O'Donnell, and Troup, forwards. Arsenal: - Harper goal, Mackie, and John, backs, Baker, Butler, and Blyth, half-backs, Hulme, Buchan, Brain, Ramsey, and Lawson forwards.
HARDY PLAYS FOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE.
March 15, 1926. The Daily Courier.
At Glasgow in front of 50,000 spectators. Hardy after a shaky beginning, made no serious mistakes, and helped the Football League beat the Scottish League, by two goals to nil.
STOKE CITY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 0
March 15, 1926. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 31)
At Victoria Ground, Everton indulged in much pattern weaving. They were much the cleverer side, but the City, however, took the chances. Johnson and Watkin were the scorers. Kennedy was the best of the forwards, whose finishing was many inferiors to their approach work. McBain dominated the centre of the field, and distributed both with judgement and intelligence. Hamilton and Kerr were sound enough, and could not be blamed for the defeat . Everton: - Jones, goal, Hamilton and Kerr, backs, Rooney, McBain, and Reid, half-backs, Irvine, Houghton, Murray, Kennedy, and Weaver, forwards.
EVERTON "A" 0 HARLANDIC 2
March 15, 1926. The Daily Courier.
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION.
About 700 spectators witnessed a poor game at Townsend-lane, in which Harlandic emerged winners by two clear goals. In the first half Everton had slightly the better of the game, but the forwards, with the exception of Rand, gave a disappointing display. Rand tried hard to get his line working smoothly, but received no support. He also fell back, on occasions, to assist the defence. Stubbs scored for Harlandic, and shortly after the interval Hughes added a second. After this Rand strove desperately to reduce the score, but without success. Hibbert, the Blues outside right, made a few pretty runs down the wing, but his centres generally were put behind, while on the other wing Dodd and Murphy were feeble. Just before the end Everton's goal had a narrow escape when Morrison sent in a shot which just passed wide of the upright. Rand and Braithwaite did well for the homesters. Houston, Parker, and Stubbs were the pick of the visitors.
Kirkintilloch Herald - Wednesday 17 March 1926
An Old Footballer
One of the largest attended funerals in the district took place on Saturday afternoon, when the remains of Mr. James McPherson, 399 Springburn Road, who was at one time a well-known football player were interred in Sighthill Cemetery. Deceased came from Kilmarnock where he played half-back to Cowlairs Club, where he took a similar position, having also played for Everton. An engineer to trade, he was employed in Hydepark Locomotive Works, Springburn, for over thirty year. Large number of his workmates, old football friends and members of Cowlairs Bowling Club, of which he was an enthusiastic member, followed the cortege, hundreds of people inning the roadway and uncovering during the passing of the hearse.
FOUR CHANGES IN THE EVERTON SIDE.
March 17 th 1926. The Daily Courier.
Everton play their rearranged League game with Sunderland at Goodison Park today, kick-off 3-15. The form of the Blues, especially in the second half, against the Arsenal was such as to call for changes if the Wearsiders were to be stopped. Therefore the introduction of Reid at centre half, Bobby Irvine, as partner to Chedgzoy, and the moving over of Batten to inside left will occasion no surprise. Hardy, after his good work with the English League, of course resumes in goal. Sunderland may make a change in the eleven that somewhat fortunately beat Liverpool. Andrew's leg is troubling him, but he made the journey with his colleagues and if all right will take the field today. Should he have to cry off Coxford will deputise. The teams are: - Everton: - Hardy; Raitt, McDonald; Brown Reid, Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Batten, and Troup. Sunderland: - McInroy; Cresswell, and England; Clunas, Andrews, or Coxford; Prior, Kelly, Halliday, Marshall, and Death.
EVERTON 2 SUNDERLAND 1
March 18, 1926. The Daily Courier.
EVERTON'S BEAT OF THE SEASON.
FINE ALL-ROUND SHOW BEATS SUNDERLAND.
Everton beat Sunderland by two goals to one yesterday at Goodison Park, but if it had been four instead of two it would not have unduly flattered them. The Blues played crisp, sparkling football, and there were times when their superiority was most pronounced. It was undoubtedly one of the best games this season. The Wearsiders' cross-bar was struck more than once, and so were the uprights. Except in goal there was no department in which the Blues were not clearly the masters. The one goal the visitors obtained was not convincing, since it seemed fairly certain that had not Hardy misjudged the flight of the ball he would have cleared. The weather conditions were ideal, and there was a capital gate of 25,000.
There was a sensational opening, Dean scoring in the first minute. Troup worked down on the left and placed the ball in the centre. There was a bit of a scrimmage in the goalmouth, and then Dean drove the ball hard pass McInroy from close in. Ten minutes later the Wearsiders equalised. Raitt was penalised and Coxford placed the free kick in the centre for Marshall to head towards goal. Obviously Hardy though the ball was going wide, and did not jump for it till it was too late. The ball struck the inside of the upright and went, in the net. Play went up and down afterwards, but the Blues always shaped like the winning side. Death was the most dangerous forward in the Wearsiders' attack. Marshall came second, but Halliday and Kelly appeared in a subdued mood. This, however, was owing to the capital display of Reid, Brown, and Hart, who kept the visitors' vanguard well in hand.
They are McDonald and Raitt at back were far more impressive than the Sunderland defenders, who had to thank their lucky stars that so many of the Everton raids were baffled as much by bad luck as anything else. Close on half-time Irvine rocked the Sunderland crossbar with a lovely shot from long range. It deserved a better fate. Not till the interval did Prior and Kelly gave a taste of their form, and then they were held up at the finish by McDonald. "Dixie" Dean put on Everton's second goal just before half-time. It was the sequel to a long bombardment. Reid slipped the ball forward to the centre forward, who promptly banged it into goal. The visitors had rather more of the game after the interval than they had before. Even so, there was not that incision about their attacking movements that there was about Everton's. On several occasions in the second half the downfall of the visitors goal seemed a certainty.
Both Batten and Dean missed open goals, and Chedgzoy and Troup more than once gave McInroy a warm handful. Death and Marshall came the nearest to equalising for Sunderland before the close, though Halliday once was near doing so. There was another time when Hardy cleared in capital style twice in succession. The home goal had an anxious time in the closing stages. Chedgzoy laid out Coxford with one of his shots for goal. He had to be attended to before resuming. Everton played such an excellent game all round that it would be unfair to pick out any player for special mention. There was sparkle about their game that one looked for in vain in that of Sunderland. Except Death none of the Wearsiders' front line played up to his reputation. Parker and Clunas worked hard at half-back, but they, like Cresswell and England behind them, were often nonplussed by the finesse and skill of the Everton movements. McInroy could not be blamed for the shots that beat him. It was a fine game, and the home side put up a display worthy of their best. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Reid, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Batten, and Troup, forwards. Sunderland: - McInroy, goal, Cresswell (captain), and England, backs, Clunas, Parker, and Coxford, half-backs, Prior, Kelly, Halliday, Marshall, and Death, forwards.
MANCHESTER UNITED 0 EVERTON 0
March 22, 1926. The Daily Courier.
SPECIALISTS IN DIVISIONS.
EVERTON'S SEVENTEENTH DRAW!
Everton added to their laurels as champions drew merchants. Still, to be candid, the Merseyside club did not do so badly to bring away a point from Old Trafford. The semi-finalists are a powerful combination this season, and by no means as easy proposition on their own ground. In spite of the absence of goals, there was plenty of interest in the match. A score for one side or the other frequently appeared imminent, but somehow it never just came off. The Blues were the better side in the first half, and during that time came nearer to scoring than their rivals did subsequently. Indeed, only the excellent goalkeeping of Stewart saved them. Considering that he had been out of the side so long, the United custodian put up a fine show.
It was rather peculiar that both sides played better against the wind than with it. It was fairly strong against the visitors in the first half, and yet they had most of the game. The same thing happened to the Manchester side later. They came nearer to scoring than when the wind was helping them. The strains of the "Marseillaise " formed a prelude to the match. It was in honour of the French Ambassador, who was present with the Lord Mayor of Manchester. Hardy, at the start, was harassed by a United attack, which was greatly helped by the wind. It looked a little ominous for a moment, but the Blues' defence prevailed, and the ball ultimately was cleared. After that there were periods in the first half when Everton were clearly the dominant side. However, they found the home defence difficult to vanquish. Inglis and Jones, at back, with Stewart as a last line of defence, proved equal to all that the Blues' front line could bring against them.
Dean was the best of the visitors' attack. Rarely has he used his head better. Twice, with a back header, he almost had Steward beaten. All the same, he missed a good opening that he should not have done. Irvine, too, who seemed to be getting rid of his habit of holding too long, made the Old Trafford keeper jump about to be in the right spot at the right time. "give it to Dixie" was obviously the plan of the blues' campaign, but occasionally it might have been better to have given it to one of the others. The astute Barson tumbled to this policy in the second half, and Dean did not get so much rope. It must not be supposed that Everton had at all their own way before the interval. Spence and Thomas, the United wingers, frequently initiated raids, but Macpherson and Hanson could not beat the Blues' defence when it came to the finish. On Saturday's form, one easily sees why Hardy was chosen for the Football League side. He has never played more confidently this season. It was not that he stopped shots so much as that he ran out and anticipated them at times in a most skilful manner. Brown played a rousing game at half-back, and Reid and Hart were often conspicuous for useful tackling and passing.
In the second half, the constructive work of Barson and Mann was responsible for frequent attacks by their front line, but just as Everton had failed to subdue their defence, so now they lacked success in a similar manner. There was one period in the last 20 minutes when it looked as if they would prevail, but Hardy, McDonald, and Raitt were at their best, and they held out. In the second half, there was an occasional robustness introduced into the game. In a matter like this, home supporters always blame the visitors. What happened was that both sides became over-anxious. After all, it would have been rather unfortunate to lose the match after getting so near the end. There was no deliberate rough play by anyone.
The Blues' defence was sound, but forward it cannot be denied there is room for improvement. Batten, for example, is still lacking in the requisite speed. He distributes the ball well and can shoot, but he is yet on the slow side. Troup and Chedgzoy did some useful work on the wingers, but taking they game all through both have played more confidently. The United were well served by their wingmen, Spence and Thomas, but the inside men failed to make the most of their chances. Macpherson did not appear so dangerous as Dean near goal. Mann was tireless at half-back, and Barson was always cool and constructive in his methods. Inglis and Jones were a capable pair in front of Steward. Had they not been, the game would have been settled in the first half. Teams: - Manchester United: - Steward, goal, Inglis, and Jones, backs, McCrae, Barson, and Mann, half-backs, Spence, Smith, Mcpherson, Hanson, and Thomas, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt, and McDonald, backs, Brown, Reid, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean Batten, and Troup forwards. Referee Mr. Mee.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES 2
March 22, 1926. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 32)
At Goodison Park. Everton sustained their fifth successive defeat when the Wednesday won by the odd goal. The home side had numerous chances of finding the net, but many glorious openings were spoiled through rank bad shooting. The forwards also passed badly at times. Weaver was Everton's most dangerous forward. On two occasions the winger offered O'Donnell good scoring chance, but the centre shot without pace or direction. Menham made some good saves, but at times was a trifle shaky, and Harrison and Kerr defended resolutely. Peacock was the best half-back. No goals were forecoming in the first half, but seven minutes after the interval Fletcher headed through for Sheffield. Murray and McBain tested the Wednesday custodian with good drives, and eventually O'Donnell equalised with a low shot. Five minutes later Aryes drove home a McIlvenny centre, again giving Sheffield the lead.
Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 27 March 1926
Blackpool investment which is now giving good return the £1,500 spent on Billy Williams, inside left, obtained from the Everton club in March of last year. Billy broke an arm in his very first game after his transfer, and not until this season has he been able to settle down to the form which made him famous in the Lancashire Combination when he played with Darwen. He is now scoring very freely.
EVERTON 3 NOTTS COUNTY 0
March 29, 1926. The Daily Courier.
EVERTON TRICK OFF-SIDE EXPERTS.
NOTTS COUNTRY'S POLICY OF DESPAIR
Times have not really changed after all. The club that really sets out to play the off-side game can do so –to an extent. But Everton did their best to prevent Notts County spoiling the game at Goodison Park. The County in their anxiety to avoid relegation, and fearful of the result played "safety first." The daring way Cope and Smith threw the Everton forwards offside was similar to that in the County's game with West Bromwich the previous week. This is the County's new plan, evidently; but the Goodison side did not oblige them with a draw in the Everton way. Anyway the offside tactics did not avail the County anything. They could not make good that way, and it interfered with the game –nevertheless an attractive one –as a spectacle.
The offside tactics succeeded to the extent that they incapacitated Dean, who was playing well down the course, and fell often in the trap. It was not till the second half that he could come into his own. He had, however, an adept assistant in Irvine, whose nimbleness and judgement impressed us much. He had consequently more opportunities, and the call was "Give it to Bobbie," as a variation of the more familiar salutation "Give it to Dixie." Irvine justified the confidence and, with Chedgzoy, made an aggressive wing. Cope and Smith set about their task in no half-hearted measure. The brunt of the defence, indeed, fell upon Cope largely, and he was razor-keen, tackling and volleying with a will. At one period Referee Sambrook considered the comments of some of the spectators, on the Goodison-road side of the enclosure exceeded the bounds of legitimate comment, stopped the game, and gave them a rather lengthy lecture. The referee afterwards did not say what the remarks were, but said they were directed at certain Notts players, and not at himself. This, of course, is an important matter, and any supporters who allow their comments to go beyond legitimate licence do the management a great disservice.
Prior to this incident, there had been an infringement in the penalty area by Cope (Grassed Irvine Daily Post), and Chedgzoy had given his side the lead with a penalty kick goal, with a shot that was an object lesson in accurate placing. Everton should have taken the lead in a more satisfactory way earlier. Iremonger the Notts goalkeeper, who has been with them 22 seasons, gave a superlative display. He kept a courageous and capable goal, doing his job without unnecessary flourishes and advancing daringly when all seemed lost. Iremonger got down to the ball with remarkable agility. Notts' adversity came near the close of the game, when two quick goals were put were put up against them. They were hoping as the result of lucky raids to make a draw. Dean's goal was a splendid one, but Batten;s the first for the club –was more of the blind order. He whipped round and got in a terrific drive –an impossible shot for a goalkeeper to save. On Nott's display their precarious position is not to be wondered at. The re-arranged forwards were unbusiness like. Harris, the ex-Newcastle United acquisition, did not keep his line together, and his efforts lacked the mastertouch of which he is capable. Mills the addition from Hull City, had ball control and speed, but his passes were not all to be desired. Kelly was outstanding on the other wing, but the front line was altogether too disjointed, too anxious and in too much of a hurry to make such impression on Brown Reid and Hart, who if not brilliant, blended defence and attack more after the real Everton style.
The Everton forwards were quick on the ball, but there was just the tendency towards individualism. Chedgzoy gave another helpful display, while Troup skill left a pleasing impression. The Everton, defence had not a fraction of the running about Notts defence had, but neither Raitt nor McDonald conceded any quarter. They took no risks, and parted promptly with the ball. Handy though often on the unemployed, but acquitted himself in his usual confident way. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Reid and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Batten, and Troup, forwards. Notts County: - Iremonger, goal, Smith and Cope, backs, Wren, Dinsdale, and Kemp, half-backs, Taylor, Kelly, Harris, Mills, and Barry, forwards.
ASTON VILLA RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 2
March 29 1926. The Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 33)
PRESCOT 3 EVERTON "A" 2
March 29, 1926. The Daily Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION.
At Prescot. Play in the first half was strongly in favour of Prescot, but they failed to take their chances and at the interval, they were a goal in arrears, Riding and Gaskill scored for Everton and Hornley for Prescot. Later Luckett equalised and ten minutes from time Hornley scored the winning goal.